Herbert Smith Freehills

Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Notable practitioners

Alexander Oddy is "first-class in every respect," according to sources. He has vast expertise in handling coverage disputes on behalf of policyholders, particularly leading energy companies and financial institutions. One source reports: "On what was a very complex case I was really impressed, both by how he rolled up his sleeves and got into the detail and by how he co-ordinated a huge team with great skill."

Anthony Dempster wins praise from clients for his "outstanding technical skills." He acts for insurers and reinsurers in a range of contentious proceedings, often in the context of losses sustained during natural disasters. One client adds: "He is a very good team player and also brings a commercial sense to matters."

The "fantastic" David Reston has considerable expertise in handling complex and often sensitive disputes on behalf of insurers, demonstrating particular strength in professional indemnity matters.

Global head of contentious insurance Paul Lewis is praised by sources as "a class act" and is a leading name for policyholder representation. He is highly adept at handling complex coverage disputes, particularly in the financial sector, and also has notable expertise in advising insurance brokers.