Insurance

Insurance overview

We are a leading chambers for complex insurance claims and coverage issues and recognised as such in both Chambers UK and Legal 500. We provide advice on policy wordings and are regularly instructed to defend claims and pursue subrogated recoveries in jurisdictions throughout the world.

Our members are specialists in actions involving insurers and insurance cover, including construction, property damage, death and personal injury, public liability, consumer, employer’s liability and health & safety as well as professional liability.

We have significant experience in policy coverage work, on behalf of assureds, insurers or reinsurers. We advise regularly on coverage and avoidance issues, dealing with issues such as misrepresentation and non-disclosure including breach of duty, fraud, policy interpretation, causation issues, notification and aggregation. We are experienced in dealing with the inter-relationship of multiple layers of insurance and co-insurance.

We are familiar with all forms of insurance policy, including standard forms and bespoke wording and covering all the various types of liability insurance (D&O, employers, public, product and professional indemnity), insurance of property, contractors all risks insurance, life insurance and reinsurance.

John de Waal QC has published Risk & Negligence in Property Transactions and Paul Reed QC has written two leading insurance texts with contributions from a number of Hardwicke members: Construction All Risks Insurance and Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance (both Sweet & Maxwell). We also contribute to Insurance Broking Practice and the Law (Informa) and other specialist texts.

Recognition

“Out on their own for insurance matters”Legal 500
“Handles a range of disputes involving insurers and insurance cover, with expertise across construction, property damage, professional liability, clinical negligence, personal injury, public liability, consumer, employer’s liability, and health and safety disputes”Legal 500
“Innovative and highly commercial - a modern set that project excellent business-like, but friendly, qualities”Legal 500

News

Paul Strelitz and Oliver Hyams appear in first ever English Court of Appeal case on abuse of process by reason of inconsistent position in earlier court proceedings

05/10/2021

Gatehouse Chambers achieves fantastic results in the Legal 500 UK Bar Directory

30/09/2021

Nigel Jones QC – The Lawyer’s “lawyer of the week”

01/09/2021

Gatehouse Chambers involved in mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar

01/09/2021

Guideline Hourly Rates – an update

18/08/2021

Miguel Henderson becomes a member of Gatehouse Chambers

26/07/2021

Gatehouse Chambers goes live and moves premises!

19/07/2021

Hardwicke to become Gatehouse Chambers

15/06/2021

Articles

Paul Strelitz and Oliver Hyams appear in first ever English Court of Appeal case on abuse of process by reason of inconsistent position in earlier court proceedings

05/10/2021

Silence is true wisdom’s best reply – the use and misuse of the Reply

28/09/2021

Aggregation – solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance: an update on Baines v Dixon Coles & Gill

09/09/2021

Rare authority on CPR 19.3: representative claim by and on behalf of insurance companies is properly constituted (Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc and others v Textainer Group Holdings Ltd and others)

24/08/2021

Guideline Hourly Rates – an update

18/08/2021

Hardwicke to become Gatehouse Chambers

15/06/2021

The Court of Appeal gives guidance on s36 Limitation Act 1980: HMRC v IGE USA Investments & Ors

26/04/2021

Witness statement reforms – what to note and why not to worry

31/03/2021

Past events

Paul Reed QC speaking at Legal Business International Arbitration Summit 2021

11/10/2021

Charles Bagot QC speaking at the Commonwealth Lawyers Association Conference 2021

09/09/2021

Newsletters

Focus On…Hardwicke

26/09/2018

Videos

Construction All Risks Webinar: Making and defending a claim

17/09/2021

Pupillage at Hardwicke

28/01/2020

Books

Electronic Disclosure Law & Practice

17/05/2019

Insurance Broking Practice & the Law

28/01/2019

Construction All Risks Insurance

28/01/2019