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Reed Smith LLP

Insurance

4 ranked lawyersBand 1UK-wideUK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Prominent policyholder practice, well equipped to handle a diverse range of coverage types, including financial lines, commodities, energy and political risk. Clients benefit from the firm's strong international presence, including in the USA, as well as the group's key expertise in Bermuda Form work. Also handles professional indemnity and brokers' negligence disputes. Offers further strength in advising corporate policyholders on structuring their insurance programmes.

Strengths

"Reed Smith is a superb firm," says a source, adding: "It is a hugely professional organisation, with very impressive back-up and support, that provides real value for money by combining stellar expertise with a practical and flexible approach to fees."

According to one source, "they organise cases very well, getting everything in order before a trial, as well as being very commercial and switched-on to what matters to the client."

Commentators note: "They know how insurance policies work but also have knowledge of the market and an understanding of how you get to commercial solutions."

Notable practitioners

Laura-May Scott is an associate with notable experience assisting policyholder clients on a wide range of matters, including disputes concerning D&O and professional indemnity policies.
"She was really embedded in the matter and kept everything very organised and efficiently managed." "She is very strong, with very efficient turnaround times, and very good with clients."

Margaret Campbell offers policyholders the benefit of her extensive expertise in complex insurance disputes. She is particularly adept at advising on matters relating to commodities and marine insurance, as well as brokers' negligence actions.
"Margaret is terrific - she is very commercial and sensible in her advice." "She had a very firm view of the strategy and how to handle all the issues in our case." "Her considerable intellect combined with her vast experience informs her superb judgement, on which I am happy to rely."

Mark Pring offers policyholders considerable strength in disputes related to professional indemnity and financial lines. He is capable of handling both domestic and cross-border matters.
"He's very clear, client-focused and easy to work with, as well as having deep knowledge of insurance." "Mark is highly responsive and has a very collegiate manner."

Peter Hardy attracts praise for his adept handling of an array of complex, cross-border coverage disputes, notably those arising in the financial services and offshore energy sectors. He is also knowledgeable about Bermuda Form arbitrations.
"He has years of experience and is one of the most knowledgeable insurance practitioners in the market." "He is first-class for policyholders."

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Insurance: Mainly Policyholders


Laura-May Scott
Associates to watch
Margaret Campbell
Band 1
Mark Pring
Band 2
Peter Hardy
Band 1