Hermes is a leading international disputes lawyer with over 30 years’ experience representing major entities on complex matters, including international (re)insurance and underlying commercial litigation, particularly in the Americas, Mediterranean basin, MENA, West Africa and Asia. He is regularly instructed by leading, including Latin America operating corporates, as well as defence counsel on third party liability accounts for such major organisations with insurance stemming from Lloyds of London. Hermes is acknowledged as a leading expert on issues of political violence and cyber risks, having been involved in the development of relevant laws and regulations (from NMA464 onwards), litigating and arbitrating these risks internationally.
Called to the Bar 1985; Middle Temple; Clifford Chance; Partner Clyde & Co; Partner DAC Beachcroft LLP 2008; Partner Signature Litigation 2014.
Vice President, Insurance Institute of London; Member, IBA; Member, Brazilian Chamber of Commerce; Member, Brazil Canada Arbitration Chamber; Member, Oil, Petrochemical and Energy Risks Association; Member, Chilean Chamber for Construction.
Co-author of the leading textbook on reinsurance law and "War Risks and Terrorism"; a contributor to textbooks on conflicts of law, property risks and mass torts; co-author of a practitioner’s textbook on the UK Insurance Act.
Fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Greek.