Fountain Court Chambers

Insurance Department

London (Bar)
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Fountain Court Chambers fields considerable commercial dispute expertise and its members are frequently sought out to handle a raft of insurance mandates for clients across the banking and financial services and construction industries. Renowned for their strength handling multi-jurisdictional matters, members of the set are instructed in complex litigation and arbitrations, including Bermuda Form. The set offers further capabilities advising on technical coverage and jurisdictional issues concerning a wide range of policies.

Client service: "They are always helpful and courteous." "The clerking team is strong. The clerks are very straightforward and provide a great experience throughout." "They are great at engaging proactively and actively looking after their relationships." Alex Taylor is the senior clerk.

Anneliese Day QC

A respected advocate who advises both insurers and the insured on a wide array of work. She regularly tackles complex cases involving aggregation, dishonesty and jurisdictional issues. She is also noted for her expertise in the construction sphere.
Strengths: "She is an absolute genius and an assassin in court. She has fantastic people skills and massive technical ability too." "She has great rapport with judges."

Bankim Thanki QC

Head of chambers, who is particularly well known for taking on major insurance cases in the financial sector. He handles claims in a wide range of insurance and reinsurance disputes. Thanki is particularly skilled at handling matters relating to D&O claims.
Strengths: "He is very personable, user-friendly and attentive to detail." "He has an excellent reputation and is a big-name advocate."

Ben Lynch QC

A new silk who enjoys an excellent reputation at the Bar for his work on highly complex coverage disputes. He is skilled in representing the interests of both policyholders and insurers in litigation. Lynch also writes and speaks extensively about insurance law.
Strengths: "He's going great guns and building up an impressive insurance practice. He rewrote the textbook we all reach for." "He's incredibly responsive and intelligent. He provides very user-friendly advice and is a pleasure to work with." "He's just an absolute expert on insurance issues."

David Railton QC

Recognised for his deep knowledge of the insurance market, he has considerable experience of handling insurance disputes arising from the financial services sector. He has also handled a number of significant international arbitrations and regularly sits as an arbitrator in these matters.
Strengths: "An absolute class act."

James Cutress QC

A recently appointed silk who upholds a wide-ranging commercial practice. He is involved in a considerable range of insurance and reinsurance disputes, including Bermuda Form arbitrations. Cutress is further experienced in trade credit and product liability insurance disputes.
Strengths: "He has a fantastic, straightforward and measured style. He has a good read of where a case is going and stress-tests things very well, without being a passion killer."

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC

Boasts strong credentials in professional negligence and product liability. Her insurance work often originates in these areas and she has significant experience of acting as an advocate, arbitrator and mediator. She is skilled in complex reinsurance disputes.
Strengths: "She's a very effective and thorough performer and a very strong advocate." "She is absolutely excellent. She provides forensic analysis and is always on top of the details." "Extremely calm under pressure and able to grasp very complex cases very quickly and provide pragmatic advice."
Recent work: Continued to act for AIG to defend a claim for costs, the largest such claim against an insurer non-party under Section 51 of the Senior Courts Act.

Patrick Goodall QC

Handles substantial insurance and reinsurance disputes. His practice is international in nature and he has handled a number of complex cross-border claims. He offers considerable expertise in matters involving fraud and financial services.
Strengths: "He is very thoughtful, measured and balanced in his views and has a good client manner about him. He's very rigorous in his analysis and a good advocate."

Stephen Moriarty QC

Respected insurance silk who manages a strong domestic and international practice as an advocate and is also skilled as an arbitrator in high-value disputes. His wide-ranging capabilities include D&O, marine and general liability disputes.
Strengths: "He's quick to get to the heart of complex factual issues and identify commercial solutions. He also provides very practical and effective advice." "His advice is not on the fence, he directs the process and gives it to you straight throughout, managing clients' expectations."