The business insurance industry, after requesting aid from one adjudication service, has finally been answered with the announcement of a new commercial insurance sector expert panel being formed by Centre for Justice.
The announced first members of the panel include Paul Reed QC, of Hardwicke Chambers, and Colin Edelman QC, of Devereux Chambers. The two experts will be leading what the Centre for Justice says will be a highly skilled team of leading business liability insurance experts who will provide extensive mediation expertise and first-hand insurance law knowledge.
Appointed a QC over 15 years ago, Mr Edelman was authorised in 2008 to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge and has more than 20 years of experience in professional negligence, reinsurance, and insurance. Described as quite possibly the ‘foremost insurance Silk’ by Legal 500, Chambers UK named him their Insurance Silk of the Year in 2010.
Appointed QC in 2010, Mr Reed is a regular adviser on avoidance and coverage issues for Lloyd’s underwriters and insurance companies. Mr Reed has particular expertise in the construction insurance sector, with detailed knowledge of of product liability, all risks, and professional indemnity policies as well. He acts for a myriad of insurance firms such as Lloyds’ syndicates, Generali, RSA, Zurich, and AIG.
Julia Dias QC, another panel member, has previous experience working at Eversheds and achieved Silk in 2008. Ms Dias’ primary areas of expertise are in the professional negligence, shipping, arbritration, insurance, and reinsurance fields, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators lists her as an accredited member.
The final member of the panel, Adam Fenton QC, achieved Silk in 2003. Recognised for his expertise in both the Legal 500 and Chambers directories for both insurance and reinsurance, Mr Fenton has acted previously as a court advocate and an arbitrator for the insurance and reinsurance sector as well.
Anthony Hurndall, founder and director of the Centre for Justice said he was delighted to welcome these new panel members to Centre for Justice and there are plans to add other insurance panel members to this core team.