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7 King’s Bench Walk enjoys an undisputed reputation as the leading insurance and reinsurance set, with a breadth and depth of bench that is rare among its peers. Sources describe it as a "standout set for insurance work." Its members are consistently sought after to handle the most complex and high-stakes domestic and international disputes, particularly those arising from the marine, energy and life sciences sectors. The set acts for both defendants and claimants and represents insurers and underwriters as well as corporate and individual claimants. Tenants were involved in the Financial Conduct Authority business interruption test case. Sources say the set is "an absolute intellectual power house" and note that there are "tons of brilliant silks" at 7KBW.

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Greg Leyden is the senior clerk and Eddie Johns and Gary Rose are the deputy senior clerks. "The clerking is superb." "The clerks are proactive and responsive." "The clerks are very professional and offer excellent client service." "The clerks are very accommodating, very open and helpful." "You get a really superior service from them and you always feel like they go above and beyond to find time for you." "Eddie Johns is great. He knows how to get things done." 

David Edwards KC
David Edwards KC is an outstanding silk known for his forensic attention to detail and meticulous preparation. He has an impressive international practice and notable expertise in New York law and Bermuda Form work. Edwards is noted for his extensive expertise in high-value insurance arbitrations.
"He is undoubtedly one of the insurance sector’s real stars. His insurance expertise is very broad. He is bright and very direct and a terrific advocate." "He has a very strong practice and is at the top of his game."

Jonathan Gaisman KC
Jonathan Gaisman KC is consistently instructed in complex and high-profile insurance and reinsurance claims. He has extensive arbitration expertise, both as an advocate and as arbitrator. He is particularly well versed in Bermuda Form arbitrations and insurance disputes involving political risk. He is particularly experienced in marine insurance and energy-related claims.
"He is incredibly thorough and is on top the detail. He really is phenomenal." "Jonathan is a first-rate advocate."

Acted for Hiscox in Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance and Others, the high-profile business interruption case regarding the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Siobán Healy KC
Siobán Healy KC is widely renowned for her work in the insurance industry, particularly when it comes to professional indemnity matters. She has impressive expertise in arbitrations and international disputes, and also acts in an advisory capacity for insurance companies. Additionally, she has considerable experience of handling reinsurance and political risk disputes.
"She is extremely user-friendly, super responsive and a joy to work with." "She is a highly experienced insurance practitioner."

Continued to represent Edge Brokers in a £38 million claim by ABN AMRO against its insurers, with an alternative claim against Edge as the brokers.

Gavin Kealey KC
Gavin Kealey KC is a highly regarded advocate and arbitrator who is head of chambers. He exhibits skill in handling international insurance disputes, including high-value arbitrations. Kealey represents insurers and insured parties in a wide range of disputes, including those relating to pharmaceutical, construction and aviation liabilities.
"Gavin is an outstanding advocate." "He is very succinct and to the point." "Gavin is incredibly clever and persuasive."

Represented two insurers in the FCA test case regarding business interruption policies and COVID-19.

Peter MacDonald Eggers KC
Peter MacDonald Eggers KC is a go-to silk for high-value insurance and reinsurance matters. He is involved in a wide array of international cases arising from complex issues such as piracy, trade sanctions and natural disasters. MacDonald Eggers has further expertise in insurance disputes relating to the financial, construction and energy sectors.
"His written work is incredibly clear and easy for clients to digest and he is excellent in conference." "Peter is a fierce intellect."

Acted for the insurers in Generali Italia v Pelagic Fisheries, a claim regarding a vessel valued under a policy at USD50 million.

Alexander MacDonald
Alexander MacDonald has notable expertise in marine insurance and claims arising out of professional liability and reinsurance disputes. As well as acting as an advocate in court and arbitration, he is also regularly instructed in an advisory capacity. He represents insurers and insured parties in domestic and international insurance disputes.
"He really rolls up his sleeves and is ultra responsive." "He is efficient and user-friendly."

Acted for the owners of a vessel detained in Venezuela in a claim under war and marine policies.

Rebecca Sabben-Clare KC
Rebecca Sabben-Clare KC possesses an impressive breadth and depth of insurance expertise. She acts for both insurers and insured parties on complex and high-value disputes across a variety of sectors. Political and war risks, professional indemnity and reinsurance disputes form key components of her practice.
"She is very committed and always makes herself available. She is an excellent advocate and establishes a good rapport with the judges." "She is supremely intelligent and a natural leader. Her intelligence is balanced perfectly with her commercial acumen. She is one of a kind."

Continued to represent the bank in ABN AMRO Bank v Royal Sun Alliance & Others, a claim following the collapse of a cocoa trading entity.

Alistair Schaff KC
Alistair Schaff KC is a standout silk for both insurance and reinsurance disputes, who is also adept in the field of international arbitration. Schaff has an extremely active practice and has argued cases in courts of the highest level in the UK and abroad. He is particularly skilled in maritime and energy-related insurance concerns.
"Alistair's legal analysis is spot on. He is tactically astute and a compelling and courteous advocate." "He provides clear and methodical advice. He really is an exceptional KC."

Josephine Higgs KC
Josephine Higgs is active across a wide spectrum of insurance and reinsurance disputes. She is experienced in domestic and international matters, and particularly skilled in Bermuda Form arbitrations. Higgs is also well regarded for her astute handling of professional liability and property damage claims.
"She is very bright - a star of the future." "Josephine is always on top of the technical legal detail and not afraid of arguing points others shy away from. She is a formidable advocate and is straight-talking."

Acted for the second interveners, the Hospitality Insurance Group Action, in the landmark case of FCA v Arch.

Dominic Kendrick KC
Dominic Kendrick KC is well known for handling high-value commercial disputes, including insurance and reinsurance litigation, arbitrations and appeals. He receives praise for his academic prowess and is also a highly sought-after arbitrator. Kendrick is particularly adept at insurance disputes arising out of shipping.
"He is very straightforward and very clever." "He is extremely experienced."

Benjamin Parker
Benjamin Parker has significant involvement with insurance litigation and arbitration in domestic and international markets. He has particular expertise in claims arising out of the maritime and energy spheres. His experience includes appearances before the Supreme Court and the House of Lords.
"Ben is very commercial, provides practical advice and is incredibly hard-working. He is a delight to work with." "He is meticulous in his attention to detail."

Acted for a group of marine insurers in a case concerning the impounding and alleged constructive total loss of an USD80 million oil tanker in Venezuela.

Andrew Wales KC
Andrew Wales KC takes on insurance work covering a range of different areas, including disputes in the pharmaceutical industry, major D&O claims and international cases involving political unrest. Wales also offers expertise in cases involving allegations of fraudulent behaviour.
"Andrew is extremely user-friendly. He picks up difficult cases very quickly and is a strong communicator and excellent strategist." "He leaves no stone unturned."

Acted for MS Amlin and Ecclesiastical Insurance Office in Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance.

Richard Waller KC
Richard Waller KC specialises in political risk cases but also handles a wider range of international insurance and reinsurance work, particularly disputes with a large element of fraud. Other recent instructions have included business interruption and property damage claims. Waller is particularly knowledgeable in insurance disputes relating to the financial sector and shipping.
"Richard is excellent, always on top of the detail and very good with clients." "He is a thorough advocate."

Acted for ProSight in a case relating to a dispute over funds at Lloyds. ProSight sought summary judgment on its claim for the return of its funds at Lloyd's having sold its interest in the relevant Lloyd’s syndicate.

James Brocklebank KC
James Brocklebank KC handles insurance claims arising out of a wide range of commercial matters, and has a particularly strong reputation in professional negligence cases and in the energy sector. He is skilled in cross-border disputes, including matters involving conflict of laws. He is also experienced in dealing with contractual and tortious matters. Brocklebank demonstrates additional strength handling reinsurance disputes.
"James has a firm grasp of insurance principles." "He is commercially savvy and articulate."

Continued to act for the Azzouz Group in recovering losses arising from the occupation of manufacturing facilities in Syria by insurgent forces under a policy of war and terrorism insurance.

Adam Fenton KC
Adam Fenton KC receives instructions in a wide range of insurance and reinsurance disputes. He acts as both advocate and arbitrator, often in cases relating to the financial sector. Fenton is also well versed in insurance coverage claims involving shipbuilding. His cases concern a wide array of allegations including fraud and professional negligence.
"Adam is very bright and very hard-working. He knows the market very well."

Acted for Hiscox in the insurance market test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority against various insurers concerning COVID-19 related losses.

Timothy Kenefick
Timothy Kenefick is a well-respected and experienced junior capable of handling an array of complex insurance and reinsurance disputes, typically on behalf of insurers. He is also experienced in domestic and international arbitration and mediation. He has experience of marine insurance claims.
"Timothy has a very strong commercial understanding of the insurance market." "He is diligent, hard-working and pleasant to deal with."

Acted for nine defendants in Equitas v Sande Investment and Others. The case concerned the recovery of sums that Equitas alleges were collected by the defendants from various reinsurers between about 1998 and 2004 and which Equitas says should have been paid on to it.

Simon Kerr
Simon Kerr acts for both insurers and insureds in high-value cases, including Bermuda Form arbitrations. He handles claims arising out of disputes in the energy, construction, shipping and commodities sectors, among others. He is regularly instructed in connection with cross-border insurance disputes.
"Simon is both very good at understanding and getting to the heart of complex matters and breaking them down methodically."

Acted for Sky in its insurance claim in the Commercial Court relating to the design and construction of its new flagship building in West London.

Jawdat Khurshid KC
Jawdat Khurshid KC is sought out for his insurance expertise which forms a substantial part of a broader commercial practice. He is capable of handling both marine and non-marine cases and complex disputes relating to D&O insurance, professional indemnity and construction all risks policies.
"He is a very commercial and user-friendly silk who is able to turn his hand to a range of complex issues." "He is completely unflappable."

Acted for Quadra Commodities in a claim for an indemnity under a contract of marine cargo open cover all risks insurance issued by the defendant insurers as a result of the total loss of a number of cargoes from three warehouses situated in Ukraine.

Harry Wright
Harry Wright is a well-regarded junior who has developed an impressive reputation for his knowledge of the 2015 Insurance Act. He is also skilled in Bermuda Form arbitrations and marine-related insurance disputes. Alongside direct insurance matters, Wright handles high-profile and complex reinsurance cases.
"Harry is diligent, thorough and easy to get on with. He is very client-friendly."

Acted for an insurer defendant, Hiscox, in Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance and Others, the business interruption policy test case.

Sushma Ananda
Sushma Ananda is a well-regarded junior active in the insurance space. She acts in cases regarding business interruption and public liability insurance, as well as Bermuda Form arbitrations.
"She is a great communicator, responsive and commercial." "She is a real engine and driver of the team."

Acted for MS Amlin and Ecclesiastical Insurance Office in the landmark case of Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance and Others.

David Bailey KC
David Bailey KC handles a broad spectrum of insurance work across numerous sectors, including shipping and construction, and is both an experienced litigator and arbitrator. He has extensive expertise in cases involving property damage claims. He is regularly involved in cross-border disputes and is especially knowledgeable about jurisdiction conflicts.
"David is an immensely knowledgeable and very thoughtful barrister."

Lead counsel for Parkdean Resorts in its £60 million business interruption claim arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Robert Bright KC
Robert Bright KC is a silk noted for his involvement on significant insurance cases, including those relating to P&I club cover. He is regularly instructed by marine insurers.
"He is an excellent silk." "Robert is regularly instructed on major insurance disputes."

Stephen Hofmeyr KC
Stephen Hofmeyr KC is recognised for his wide-ranging insurance expertise and strong track record in handling international insurance disputes arising from significant global crises. He is also noted for his prominence in marine insurance, and is further instructed in complex insurance disputes involving warranty and indemnity policies.
"Stephen is incredibly bright and hard-working. He is good on his feet and has huge attention to detail." "He is extremely clever and very experienced."

Acted for Gunvor International in a case of piracy which gave rise to claims under a charter and an insurance policy. 

Keir Howie
Keir Howie has a growing insurance practice encompassing a broad array of marine and non-marine matters. He has experience assisting with a diverse range of disputes, including those in connection with war risks, product liability and professional indemnity policies.
"Keir is classy, unruffled and courteous." "He is responsive and clear."

Acted in TKC London v Allianz, a summary judgment application under a business interruption policy relating to losses suffered during the coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Holmes KC
Michael Holmes KC has a solid reputation in the market, particularly for reinsurance disputes, where he is a noted specialist. He is regularly involved in international arbitrations, particularly in the construction and energy sectors, and is highly adept at Bermuda Form arbitrations. He is also well acquainted with the insurance implications of the financial crisis, especially with regard to derivative transactions.
"He is fantastic, very practical and very responsive." "Michael brings a compelling mix of clear legal analysis and practical advice."

Jessica Sutherland
Jessica Sutherland maintains a broad insurance practice acting in brokers' negligence claims and reinsurance matters, in addition to coverage disputes. She offers expertise in both marine and non-marine claims. She is also proficient in cross-border matters involving shipping. Sutherland has notable experience in Bermuda Form arbitrations.
"Jessica is an excellent technical lawyer who is very efficient and able to gets to grips with complex material very quickly." "She is very calm and measured."

Acted for claimant Parkdean, which has 67 holiday parks, in a piece of pandemic-related insurance litigation against its insurer heard in the Commercial Court.

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