Herbert Smith Freehills

Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Notable practitioners

Alexander Oddy is held in high esteem for his work representing policyholders in claims relating to the energy and natural resources sectors, as well as financial services. One client notes him to be "a thoroughly excellent lawyer who provides a service that is second to none," adding: "Not only is he an expert from a technical perspective, he is also incredibly commercial."

Anthony Dempster is an experienced practitioner notable for his work litigating and advising on significant insurance and reinsurance disputes relating to property damage, financial lines and D&O, among other areas. Sources note him to be "calm, sensible and effective."

David Reston demonstrates impressive experience acting for insurers in defending complex claims. He is particularly notable for his expertise in professional indemnity matters, including those connected with financial services, construction and engineering.

Paul Lewis heads the firm's global contentious insurance team. He maintains an impressive practice covering both policyholder and insurer-side work spanning claims including professional indemnity and D&O liability. One impressed client considers him "an absolutely first-rate lawyer who goes above and beyond to support his clients."