Chambers Europe 2021, a legal directory of the best lawyers and law firms worldwide, has ranked our Insurance Dispute Resolution services as the amongst the most outstanding in Europe.
What the team is known for: Earns praise for proven capacity to handle diverse claims across EL/PL, motor insurance and financial lines. Defends insurers and self-insured companies or associations in personal injury claims filed by employees or third parties. Noted for its expertise in professional liability cases pertaining to the construction, financial services and legal sectors. Assists with coverage disputes arising under professional indemnity policies. Also has a separate claimant-side practice.
Strengths: “I regularly get a summary of each claim and anything that might have happened in the last week or so,” says one client, further noting: “The lawyers are proactive in trying to get a claim resolved.” “They are commercially minded,” says another source, explaining: “They understand the importance of getting out of a case and getting certainty, but they also understand the importance of bringing our customer along with that decision. They tend to meet our customers face to face more often, which I like.”
From our team the notable practitioners included Harry Fehily, Michael Murphy and Robert Kennedy.
Harry Fehily is best known for his handling of claims arising under financial lines policies. He has experience in professional liability claims brought against insured accountants. He also defends EL/PL claims. Sources say that he is “knowledgeable and efficient.”
Michael Murphy moves up the rankings owing to strong feedback for his professional indemnity practice. Clients highlight his strong technical skills and say that “his arguments are well thought out, researched and backed up.” “His advice on strategy is clear and decisive, and his recommendations on reserves are very accurate,” reports a second source.
Sources note that Robert Kennedy “can come up with ideas that are a bit outside the box; he looks at cases in different ways to gets things resolved.” He enters the rankings owing to a considerable volume of praise for his work predominantly on EL/PL insurance claims.
Also ranked in other services for their leading work are:-
George Kennedy for Corporate/M&A
George Kennedy regularly handles sales and acquisitions on behalf of clients hailing from a range of sectors including pharmaceutical, technology and aviation.
Stephen Walker for Corporate/M&A
According to market sources, Stephen Walker “is a pleasure to deal with.” He has experience in corporate and capital markets transactions.
Harry Fehily for Dispute Resolution
Holmes O’Malley Sexton’s managing partner Harry Fehily is involved in a wide range of disputes on behalf of corporate clients, being particularly active in the construction and insurance sectors. Clients say that he is “commercial and communicates clearly and concisely.”
Sandra Egan for Real Estate
Sandra Egan has proven experience in the negotiation of lease agreements and real estate asset transactions. One client praises Egan’s practical approach, while another states: “She is hugely efficient and makes complicated projects look easy.”
Many thanks to our clients and colleagues in the legal profession who have provided the feedback to Chambers in their independent research.