DWF continues to bolster City capability with latest partner hire

Legal business DWF has appointed partner Simon Gildener to its professional indemnity and commercial insurance practice as it continues to strengthen its City offering. Simon joins from Bond Dickinson and specialises in professional indemnity and financial lines insurance claims and policy coverage.

Simon has over 20 years’ experience working in the City insurance market and has particular expertise in advising regulated financial services organisations, including wealth managers and insurance brokers. He has experience in direct insurance and reinsurance contract disputes and advises on management and professional liability insurance coverage issues affecting international financial institutions, private equity funds and hedge funds.

Simon has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including McLaren Racing’s errors and omissions (E&O) claim against Baker & McKenzie relating to the drafting of the commercial contracts underpinning Formula 1 and advising the three failed Icelandic banks on their Bankers Blanket Bond, involving crime, E&O and D&O policies, following the global financial crisis.

Simon comments on his appointment: “DWF has a strong presence in the financial services sector which provides a platform from which to develop the firm’s financial institution and risks insurance offering in London.  I look forward to joining the team and developing the specialist practice in the City.”                                       

DWF’s CEO of Insurance Services Paul Berry says: “Simon will be a great addition to the professional indemnity and commercial insurance team and his appointment will enable us to enhance our service offering to financial institutions alongside in-depth sector knowledge for the benefit of both our insurance and financial clients. The team advises many major insurer clients and is well placed to expand our insurance expertise into the financial services sector to meet increasing client demand as confidence in the global financial markets continues to rise.

DWF is continuing to invest in its City capability with a number of recent senior hires across several practice areas, including pensions partner Amanda Banister from Stephenson Harwood, new Head of EU/Competition in London Howard Cartlidge from Olswang, a full commercial litigation team led by partner Jonathan Isaacs from PwC Legal and new Head of Corporate in London Matthew Doughty from Squire Patton Boggs.

Paul Berry

Partner - CEO of Insurance Services

I am the CEO of Insurance Services at DWF.


Simon Gildener


I specialise in insurance/reinsurance coverage and liability claims involving the financial services sector. I have over 20 years experience in the London insurance market. I am also admitted to the New York Bar.