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Intelligent Insurer
THE JUSTICE LEAGUE—
THE BEST LAW FIRMS
Intelligent Insurer surveyed in-house
legal counsel to establish which law firms
and attorneys are the best and why.
n-house counsel have faced a range of challenging issues so far this year as the impact of Canopius holdings UK uses barlow lyde and gilbert
I
the financial crisis hit home. but shoots of a recovery are at last emerging and in-house largely for non-litigious, insurance-related matters, but
counsel are again looking forward with renewed vigour. also for company commercial work, which is handled
by Stephen browning. Philip Osman, general counsel
Working harder with fewer resources has seen legal specialists come up with a range of fresh
and company secretary at Canopius, said: “Stephen is
and innovative ideas to help companies stay ahead of the game. Consequently, it is now more
important than ever to have up-to-the-minute information on which law firms are the best in
a most dedicated lawyer who is able to look at issues
the industry.
from all angles and find solutions to them. he often
raises points that we had not thought of and is able to
In an attempt to answer that question, Intelligent Insurer carried out a survey to discover which
suggest a remedy for them. We have a complex share
are the leading law firms in the UK, US, bermuda and around the world, why they rate so
structure on which Stephen provides guidance and
highly and what the future may hold for them.
clarity. We would recommend barlow lyde & gilbert
All those mentioned were recommended by several parties and have been categorised
for their insurance work.”
as ‘market leader’, ‘highly commended’ or ‘commended’. The companies mentioned in
lovells was rated the UK market leader in run-off
the survey results by no means form a definitive list, but the results reveal which are the
and insolvency. A number of respondents referred
best law firms for litigation, run-off and insolvency, regulation, reinsurance and claims
specifically to “improvements” within the firm and were
in each country. We canvassed more than 300 respondents, primarily in-house general
impressed with its “specialist work”. Meanwhile, Clyde &
counsel at major insurers, reinsurers and brokers, as well as claims directors and top
Co also had a solidly strong UK showing, earning highly
executives.
commended status in litigation, run-off and insolvency,
In the UK, barlow lyde & gilbert featured strongly, winning four out of the five categories and claims, and commended in reinsurance. Other
in which it was nominated. barlow lyde & gilbert was the UK market leader in claims, firms recommended consistently for the jurisdiction
litigation, regulation and reinsurance, and commended in run-off and insolvency. One include reynolds Porter Chamberlain, CMS Cameron
respondent praised the firm for its “straightforward advice”, while “good value” was another McKenna, Edwards Angell Palmer & dodge, Freshfields
term repeatedly used. bruckhaus deringer, and herbert Smith.
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