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Insurance & Reinsurance


Insurance Set of the Year

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2016

7KBW is a leading insurance and reinsurance chambers, comprising an enviable array of barristers who have significant practices in this area of law.

7KBW has won Chambers and Partners Insurance Set of the Year for nine of the past eleven years.  We are top-ranked in all the other major directories.

Virtually all members of 7KBW have formidable experience in insurance and reinsurance.  Many have been involved in cases that are at the cutting edge of developments in insurance law, and some have also been heavily involved in recent statutory amendments to the law.  Members act for insureds and insurers, and for reinsureds and reinsurers, both in the Lloyds’ and companies’ markets and worldwide. Senior members regularly act in arbitrations, both in England and overseas, and both as counsel and as arbitrators in ICC, LCIA and other arbitrations.

Our expertise

The members of 7KBW practise in all areas of insurance law, including the following areas amongst others:

  • Aviation
  • Avoidance disputes
  • Bankers’ blanket bond
  • Bermuda Form
  • D&O
  • Business interruption
  • Contractors’ all risk insurance
  • Investment risk
  • Marine
  • Negligence (brokers and advisers)
  • Political risk
  • Professional indemnity
  • Reinsurance
  • War

Expertise in reinsurance covers all types of facultative and treaty, proportional and excess of loss re-insurance.  Members have been involved in most of the high-profile insurance and reinsurance market disputes over the last decades, including cases arising out of:

  • The September 11th terrorist attacks
  • 2011 floods in Thailand
  • LMX spiral and contingency claims
  • Piracy in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere

Leading Cases

  • AIG Europe Ltd v Woodman [2017] EWCA UK SC 18
  • WR Berkley Insurance Europe and anor v Teal  Assurance Co Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 25
  • Teal Assurance v Berkley (liability insurance: time of ascertainment of liability)
  • The “Galatea” (marine insurance: overvaluation and non-disclosure)
  • Rathbone v Novae (excess professional indemnity policy)
  • The “B Atlantic” (war risks insurance) [2016] EWCA Civ 808
  • Ocean Victory (subrogation)
  • The Federal Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
  • The “Suez Fortune”
  • Astrazeneca v XL (Bermuda Form)
  • Was v Lexington (back to back reinsurance)

 

“Insurance top to bottom”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

“There’s no better chambers when it comes to dealing with extremely
high-value insurance coverage matters”

(Chambers & Partners 2015)

“A go to chambers for the largest and most complex insurance cases, which operates at a much higher level than the majority of other sets in the market. There is no better chambers when it comes to dealing with extremely high-value insurance coverage matters”
(The Legal 500 2014)

 

 

Latest Insurance & Reinsurance News

Tonicstar Ltd v Allianz Insurance PLC and Sirius International Insurance Corporation

Stephen Hofmeyr QC appeared on behalf of the respondent in an application to remove an arbitrator pursuant to section 24 of the Arbitration Act 1996. The dispute concerned the construction of clause 15.5 of the Joint Excess Loss Committee, Excess Loss Clauses (01/1997) which provides: “Unless the parties otherwise agree the arbitration tribunal shall consist […]

November 15, 2017

7KBW is ranked as leading set in the latest Chambers & Partners 2018

Chambers and Partners 2018 has listed 7KBW as a leading set. Our client service has been particularly noted as the following: Instructing solicitors flock to 7KBW because of its winning “combination of excellent barristers and a first-rate clerking team.” Senior clerk Bernie Hyatt is highlighted for his “very engaging” manner and facility for forging and […]

November 2, 2017

The Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017 Winner

7KBW are delighted to announce we won three awards at this years Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017. We were nominated for 6 awards, and are very happy to say we won the following: Insurance Set of the Year Shipping Set of the Year   Silk of the Year  – Robert Bright QC   Congratulations to […]

October 27, 2017

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