In my 36 years’ plus experience of insurance litigation I have won many major cases and worked on landmark decisions. In the past three years I have acted successfully for Zurich Insurance PLC in two cases in the UK Supreme Court; the landmark EL Policy Trigger Litigation (2012) [“The Trigger Litigation”] and Zurich v International Energy Group Limited (2015) [“IEGL”]. The latter introduced brand new equitable rights of contribution.
Named as a leader in my field in every Legal 500 and Chambers' Directory published, and known for many years as the leading defendant personal injury solicitor in the Midlands, I am now renowned nationally and in 2014 gave evidence to the House of Commons Justice Committee regarding mesothelioma claims.
Aside from my mesothelioma work, my policy interpretation work extends into environmental claims, product liability and construction. I have wide experience of group litigation, e.g. the Metro-Cammell litigation (1995) Scania IV litigation (2004) and a number of current environmental cases. I have particular expertise in products’ claims involving building materials.
I was a deputy district judge between 1993 and 1998. I was recently presented with the Partner of the Year award at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards in recognition of my outstanding contribution to DWF, the legal profession and local Birmingham community.
In recognition of the ground-breaking nature of the IEGL judgment, DWF has been shortlisted in the dispute resolution category of the Europe-wide FT Innovative Lawyers’ Awards 2015.