Our client provides a wide range of water treatment products and services. It was retained to specify and provide a water purification system for use in a new dialysis unit at the main hospital in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (“CNMI”), a US dependency.

The specified product failed to meet CNMI’s certification requirements, a fact which was known and concealed by a former employee of our client who was imprisoned for his role in the concealment. The government of CNMI sued our client for damages and loss of profits, and that claim was compromised on a confidential basis.

We are retained to recover the damages paid to CNMI, and our client’s US defence costs, from our client’s captive insurer and, ultimately, from the captive’s UK based reinsurer.

The dispute involves various complex issues relating to the interplay of our client’s various local policies and the master policy which, together, comprise our client’s global insurance programme. It also involves issues relating to the correct jurisdiction and applicable law where the relevant local policy is silent and up to three separate jurisdictions are arguably the most appropriate to hear the dispute. It also involves issues relating to the extent to which UK reinsurers are bound by foreign judgments.

Meet the Team

David Pryce Managing Partner

David is a partner specialising in insurance disputes, with a particular focus on Construction and Technology risks.

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Jonathan Corman Partner

Jonathan is a partner specialising in insurance disputes, with a particular focus on Professional and Financial risks.

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John Curran Partner

John is a partner specialising in insurance disputes with a particular focus on D&O, Energy, Industrial, and Institutional risks.

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Joanna Grant Partner

Joanna is a partner specialising in insurance disputes, with a particular focus on Property Risks.

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Amy Lacey Partner

Amy is a partner specialising in policyholder insurance recoveries and advice on construction, property and financial risks.

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James Morris Senior Associate

James specialises in representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes under a range of financial lines insurance policies, including Professional Indemnity, D&O, Crime, Cyber and W&I.

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Laura Steer Senior Associate

Laura is a senior associate specialising in insurance disputes. Laura has a broad range of experience, but with a particular focus on Energy and Property risks.

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Alex Rosenfield Senior Associate

Alex has a solid grounding in coverage disputes. His experience includes professional indemnity claims, property damage and business interruption.

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James Breese Associate

James has considerable litigation and regulatory experience to compliment his knowledge of insurance disputes.

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Daniel Robin Associate

Daniel is an associate specialising in insurance disputes with a particular focus on professional liability, property damage, commercial combined policies and financial lines related policies.

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Rob Fink Consultant

Rob is a consultant specialising in insurance disputes, with a particular focus on Professional & Financial risks.

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Donna Baldwin Practice Director

Donna is Fenchurch Law’s Practice Director.

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Michael Hayes Business Development Manager

Michael is Fenchurch Law's Business Development Manager.

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Fiona Oletu-Martins Operations Assistant

Fiona provides administrative support to all fee earners and ensures the smooth running of the Fenchurch Law office.

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Tracey Pryce BD & Operations Consultant

Tracey is a consultant to Fenchurch Law, providing support to the business development and operations team.

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Our Approach

Underpinning everything we do is the belief that honest policyholders, with genuine claims, should be supported by their insurers through every step of the claims process, and should have their claims paid, in full.

Our Principles

All our efforts and energies are directed towards one purpose, which we call The Fenchurch Law: always act in the policyholder’s best interests.


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