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Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance - UK-wide
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What the team is known for

Outstanding insurance team with the ability to handle high-value coverage disputes and claims defence on behalf of an impressive insurer and reinsurer client base. Experience spans a number of areas including product liability, professional indemnity, financial misconduct, and construction and energy projects. Expansive global footprint means the team is well equipped to handle complex cross-border disputes.

Strengths

One client says: "Everyone in the team is very experienced in their field and the firm provides good value for money."

"The lawyers at Kennedys are practical and solutions-based as well as having great legal knowledge and expertise," says a client, adding that "they would be my first choice for financial institutions, D&O and professional indemnity matters."

Work highlights

Advised Protector Forsikring, the Norwegian insurer for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, on all issues arising from the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, including first and third-party liability issues, recovery and reinsurance matters.

Notable practitioners

Nick Thomas is the firm's senior partner and enjoys an excellent reputation as an insurance practitioner. He has many years' experience in the industry providing advice on substantial claims and coverage disputes, including complex property damage and construction losses related to energy and natural resources.

Nick Williams heads the firm's insurance practice and also sits on the firm's strategy board. He has vast expertise in handling high-value international insurance matters, including Bermuda Form arbitrations.
"He is extremely knowledgeable and has a very detailed understanding of his client's position."

David Chadwick is highly skilled at advising insurers and underwriters on complex cross-border disputes, particularly those associated with political risk and trade credit claims.
"He is really good and sensible to work with - a pragmatic lawyer who finds a way forward." "David has a very engaging manner which made the whole process much easier to deal with. He also assimilated facts quickly and gave good advice on how to achieve a sensible outcome."

Patrick Foss offers clients a wealth of experience in contentious insurance and reinsurance matters. He has deep expertise in a broad range of insurance disputes including those that relate to the marine, energy and construction industries.

Chris Zavos focuses primarily on marine insurance and has extensive expertise in claims relating to war risk, loss of cargo and piracy. He also handles complex claims relating to offshore energy facilities.

Trevor Davies is regularly called upon by insurers for representation in coverage disputes relating to high-value property damage and product liability claims.
"He is very practical in pursuing his clients' cases."

John Bruce heads the firm's financial institutions and D&O team. He handles a wide range of disputes arising from major losses related to alleged misappropriation of funds and financial mis-selling.
"John is excellent - very knowledgeable and good at advising on claims strategy." "He is an approachable and sensible lawyer who does well for his clients."

Ingrid Hobbs has notable insurance expertise and leads the firm's casualty coverage team. She has particular recent experience in matters concerning property damage as well as business interruption claims.
"Ingrid has a good manner with clients that is calm and authoritative." "She is great on strategy."

Katherine Proctor co-leads the international arbitration group and has a growing reputation for her insurance expertise. She handles Bermuda Form matters and other disputes related to both physical risk and financial lines claims.
"Katherine is very impressive and knows reinsurance very well." "She gives very good, practical advice."

Malicka Ahluwalia is building a strong practice that includes assisting on major insurance coverage disputes and associated arbitrations. She has particular experience on matters arising in relation to large construction projects.

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Nick Thomas
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Chris Zavos
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Patrick Foss
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