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Insurance & reinsurance

Insurance Set of the Year

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017

Nominated for Insurance Set of the Year at the

2018 Chambers Bar Awards

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 ten of the past twelve 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 – more information here.
  • 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

7KBW are delighted to announce we have been nominated for the following awards at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019. Insurance Set of the Year   Silk of the Year – Peter MacDonald Eggers QC   Junior of the Year – Benjamin Parker Shipping Set of the Year   Junior of the Year – Richard Sarll […]

September 5, 2019

Equitas Insurance Ltd v. Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd [2019] EWCA Civ 718 On 17 April 2019, the Court of Appeal handed down its long-anticipated judgment in Equitas v MMI, the latest in a series of ground-breaking appellate judgments concerned with the treatment of mesothelioma claims against employers, employer’s liability (EL) insurers and (now) excess of […]

May 20, 2019

7KBW are delighted to announce that Alexander MacDonald has won Shipping Junior of the Year at this year’s Legal 500 Awards. Alex has also won this year Insurance Junior of the Year at the 2018 Chambers Bar Awards. Full results of The Legal 500 UK Awards 2019 can be found here.

January 11, 2019