Patrick Lawrence QC
Insurance & Reinsurance
Patrick's extensive practice in this area has focused on disputes between insurer and insured concerning questions of construction, and the avoidance of policies for non-disclosure, misrepresentation and fraud. He has appeared in a number of contested trials at which the honesty of the insured has been the subject of a direct challenge. He has frequently advised on the relationship between the solicitors’ policies now written by the commercial market and the run off insurance administered by SIF; and has acted as in arbitrator in that connection. He is currently (2010) advising on coverage issues relating to claims arising out the Madoff fraud; and is acting in two arbitrations concerning the operation and construction of the ‘Minimum Terms’; in particular issues as to ‘Successor Practices’ and the liability of insurers to indemnify in respect of issues arising out of disputes as to costs and fees.