Insurance & Reinsurance
Devereux is a recognised leader in the insurance and reinsurance field with awards as 'Insurance Set of the Year' and Colin Wynter QC as 'Insurance Silk of the Year' as well as a nomination for Richard Harrison and Alison Padfield as 'Insurance Junior of the Year' (Chambers Bar Awards 2014). In previous years Colin Edelman QC has been recognised as 'Insurance Silk of the Year' (Chambers Bar Awards 2010 and 2007). Colin is also named as the Star Individual in Chambers UK 2014.
We have extensive experience of the operation of the Lloyd’s and companies’ markets and are frequently involved in the most significant cases in the field. We also act as advocates or arbitrators in insurance and reinsurance arbitrations, including international arbitrations. The depth and breadth of expertise offered by Devereux is reflected in the leading directories.
We undertake work involving all aspects of insurance and reinsurance related disputes, including the construction of policy and treaty wordings, breach of warranties, avoidance for non-disclosure and misrepresentation, fraud, aggregation, notification, affirmation, waiver and estoppel, claims co-operation and control clauses, follow settlements clauses, subrogation and contribution. Work with an international dimension includes jurisdictional disputes and Bermuda Form arbitrations. We also advise in relation to compliance with statutory and regulatory provisions, such as the FCA's Insurance Conduct of Business Sourcebook, and other non-contentious work (including policy drafting and review).
We act for insurers, reinsurers, policyholders, brokers, other services providers within the insurance and reinsurance industry and third party claimants. The breadth of our practice areas is a key asset. Our experience of complementary areas of work such as professional negligence, employment, personal injury, tax, sport and pensions provides a distinct advantage in disputes involving professional indemnity insurance, all forms of liability insurance, permanent health insurance (PHI), sickness and accident claims, claims under the Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Act and cases involving the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB). Exposure to a broad range of work means that our junior tenants gain extensive experience of all aspects of oral and written advocacy at an early stage.
Publications written or contributed to by members of Devereux include Insurance Claims by Alison Padfield (3rd edition 2012), Law of Reinsurance by Colin Edelman QC, Andrew Burns QC and others (2nd edition 2012) and MacGillivray on Insurance Law, which is edited by Ben Lynch, Professor John Birds and Simon Milnes, with Colin Wynter QC contributing to Chapter 34.