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Fenchurch Law bolsters insurance disputes team in London with new hires

22 January 2024
By Michael Hayes

Fenchurch Law has announced the expansion of its coverage disputes team in London with two new hires; Jessica Chappell and Isabel Becker.

Jessica Chappell joins as a Senior Associate, bringing with her over eight years’ experience working across complex and high-value commercial litigation matters, including contractual and shareholder disputes, professional negligence claims, coverage disputes and claims against directors by liquidators. Jessica joins Fenchurch Law from Davis Woolfe where she was a Senior Associate, having previously held positions at Calibrate Law (Associate Solicitor) and Portner Law (Associate/Trainee Solicitor).

Isabel Becker joins Fenchurch Law’s Reinsurance & International Risks team as a Foreign Qualified Lawyer, having previously trained at Bach Langheid Dallmayr, a German law firm specialising in international insurance and liability. Representing insurers, Isabel worked on a number of claims related to Covid-19 business interruption and private health insurance. Isabel graduated from Heidelberg University with a Degree in law before moving to the UK in 2022 and achieving a Distinction in Insurance Law (LLM) at Queen Mary University of London.

The new appointments will bolster the business’ insurance disputes team, which was set up to provide improved access to justice for policyholders and their insurance brokers, when coverage disputes arise.

Managing Partner, David Pryce, commented:

“Jessica and Isabel both bring with them excellent legal and insurance knowledge with combined experience within the UK and international markets. Both will be invaluable in helping Fenchurch Law achieve its mission of levelling the playing field for policyholders.”

Jessica Chappell added: “First and foremost I was attracted to Fenchurch Law due to its excellent reputation within the legal insurance market and the team of experts I would have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from. But I was equally impressed by the business’ commitment to ensuring that when a dispute arises, the policyholder has the same advantage as the insurer, in an industry where traditionally this has not been the case. This purpose together with its forward thinking and unique values, drew me to Fenchurch from the start.”

Isabel Becker added: “I was drawn to Fenchurch Law by its excellent market reputation, as well as its inclusive and ambitious culture. I’m very excited to be working in an environment where I’ll have the opportunity to play an important role in helping the business achieve its growth objectives, whilst providing first-class legal support for policyholders.”