Colin Edelman QC

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Colin Edelman QC specialises in high value complex commercial disputes with an emphasis on insurance, reinsurance, professional negligence, and energy. He has previously been voted Insurance Silk of the Year on a number of occasions and Professional Negligence Silk of the Year.

Key cases in 2019/20: Supreme Court - R&S Pilling v UK Insurance, Travelers v XYZ; Court of Appeal - Equitas v Municipal Mutual; Commercial Court – Catlin v Weyerhaeuser, FCA v Business Interruption Insurers Covid Test Case; and a number of high value arbitrations as counsel and as arbitrator.

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Called to the Bar: 1977; Devereux Chambers: 1979; Assistant Recorder: 1993; QC: 1995; Recorder: 1996-2016; Deputy High Court Judge: (QBD & Commercial Court) 2008-2016. Head of Chambers: 2002-2011; Bencher of Middle Temple: 2003; Director of Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund: 2007, Deputy Chairman: 2009, Chairman: 2013.

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Editor of The Law of Reinsurance (OUP). Contributor to Insurance Disputes (LLP). Speaker at seminars on insurance and reinsurance topics.


Educated at Haberdashers Askes School, Elstree 1961-72 and Clare College, Cambridge 1973-76.

Leisure pursuits include skiing, walking, badminton, Luton Town FC. Lives in London.