Clyde & Co LLP

Insurance Department

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Foreign desks Excellent reputation for its expertise in matters concerning Latin American jurisdictions, including Colombia, Brazil and Mexico. Offers a strong network of offices around the region as well as a team of experts based in London, including Peter Hirst, Neil Beresford and Liliana Veru-Torres.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Grant regularly advises insurers and underwriters on disputes relating to specialty lines of insurance, including major political risk and trade credit claims as well as those that concern specie and bloodstock. According to clients, "he is excellent at analysis and adept at handling large claims," and he also "pushes matters forward in a reasonable way."

James Cooper is head of the firm's global insurance practice group and is particularly adept at advising insurers on claims that concern financial institutions.

Liliana Veru-Torres is dual-qualified in Colombia and in England and Wales, and has notable expertise handling high-value insurance disputes for clients based in Colombia and other jurisdictions. According to a source, "she's just so knowledgeable, and so good at understanding and advising on the different ramifications and complexities of the law in Latin America."

Mark Wing is "very highly regarded" for the strength of his contentious insurance practice. He is frequently instructed by leading insurers to provide advice and expertise on complex coverage and subrogation proceedings related to property damage and product liability.

Michael Payton is chair of the firm and a long-standing leader in the insurance world. He continues to provide strategic advice to major names in the industry, with one client enthusing: "There is no solicitor better than Michael Payton – he is brilliant yet approachable."

Neil Beresford is particularly active advising on insurance matters concerning Colombia. He represents insurers and reinsurers on a wide range of mandates, particularly with regard to product and environmental liability.

The "excellent" Nigel Brook is the current head of the firm's global reinsurance team and demonstrates considerable strength handling multi-jurisdictional reinsurance disputes. He has notable expertise in technology and cyber insurance issues, and also leads the firm's global initiative on Resilience and Climate Change Risk.

Nigel Chapman has notable expertise in insurance disputes arising in the energy sector, and is particularly adept at handling arbitration proceedings. He is described by one source as "a thoroughly knowledgeable and very clever man."

Firm senior partner Peter Hirst skilfully handles contentious insurance matters arising in a broad spectrum of industry sectors. He is adept at advising on international disputes and offers particular expertise in Latin American proceedings.

Timothy Taylor is routinely sought out by insurers to provide advice on highly complex claims arising in relation to marine insurance as well as those that concern energy and construction policies. He is experienced in ADR as well as court proceedings and is an accredited mediator.

The "very capable and commercial" Toby Rogers adroitly handles a broad spectrum of coverage disputes on behalf of insurers, particularly those arising out of significant property-related and business interruption losses.