John Bennett


I am an insurance specialist who acts both for insurers in coverage disputes and for professional indemnity insurers and their insureds, particularly barristers, accountants, solicitors, IFAs and patent agents.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7280 8807 Mob: +44 (0)7775 734 320


DWF LLP 20 Fenchurch Street London EC3M 3AG View office Tel: +44 (0)333 320 2220 Fax: +44 (0)333 320 4440 DX: 584 London - WT Email:

My Expertise

I also deal with defamation claims against professionals and broadcasters and have broad experience in other IT/media matters.

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My strong reputation for working with professional indemnity insurers and their insured, with a particular focus on legal professionals, is recognised in the current edition of Chambers & Partners, with sources commenting that "He's very wise and reassuring, and he will think carefully before he commits to anything. He has a cool head, and is a super-nice man".  

Chambers and Partners 2015 states that I am a 'real heavyweight' of the professional indemnity world. 'Experienced and efficient,' he regularly defends barristers in negligence claims and it is said that there are many 'who owe their continued good reputation to John helping them out of a sticky situation.' I was also praised for my commercial awareness. One client notes: 'He helped us to understand the various options and set out the best one for us.' I am recommended for high-value solicitors' negligence claims.   

Legal 500 UK 2014 recognised that I "Provide clear, concise advice" and Recommended are the ‘seasoned and careful professional’ John Bennett.

I also appeared in the 2010 edition of Chambers & Partners Legal Directory (Professional Negligence Section) where I was recognised for my "superb work": "he is pretty much the best thing since sliced bread" one client enthused. I have also been ranked as a leading individual in the professional negligence field in the 2012 edition of Chambers which described me as "totally unflappable" and someone who will "fight tooth and nail to get the best possible result."

Recent cases

  • Wright v Lewis Silkin LLP [2016] EWCA Civ 1308
  • Godiva v Travelers – a major solicitor's professional indemnity insurance aggregation dispute – one of The Lawyer's Top 20 Cases of 2014"