David Kendall

United Kingdom

Cooley LLP

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7556 4529
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7785 9355

Email: dkendall@cooley.com
Web: https://www.cooley.com

David Kendall is a partner in Cooley’s London office and focuses on all aspects of insurance and reinsurance, including coverage run-off and insolvency. His cases include insurance coverage disputes, (including third party liability, marine, financial institution, political risk, D&0 and property insurance), reinsurance disputes, insurance/reinsurance run-off and insolvency, arbitration and commercial court litigation. He has extensive experience of Bermuda form arbitrations in London.

David is Immediate Past Chairman of the British Insurance Law Association.

David is currently listed in three Legal Media Group ‘Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers’ publications, specifically: ‘Litigation and Product Liability (2014)’; ‘Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers (2014)’ and ‘Best of the Best (2013) (Insurance and Reinsurance)’. The latter notes David as being amongst the top 10 legal practitioners for the insurance industry in the UK and one of the top 35 practitioners worldwide. David is also named as one of the top 10 insurance & reinsurance lawyers in the world in ‘The Who’s Who Legal of Insurance & Reinsurance 2014’.

David is also noted in the current edition of the established legal directory The Legal 500 (UK) as being a ‘Leading individual in the field of Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation’ and, to quote the publication, ‘is one of the best around’. In Chambers & Partners Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers (UK), he is ranked in the top tier (Band 1) in the categories of Insurance: General Claims and Insurance: Reinsurance. David is also included in the current edition of Euromoney’s Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide for Insurance and Reinsurance as well as Litigation.

Cooley’s Insurance & Reinsurance practice provides a full range of legal services to the global insurance and reinsurance industry and benefits from the extensive experience of our lawyers in this area. We provide full insurance & reinsurance services across Cooley’s broad client base, from advice regarding the negotiation and placement of policies, to assisting with claim presentation, negotiation and settlement, to litigating coverage and rescission claims for policyholders, insurers and reinsurers. In addition to our core services for insurance & reinsurance industry clients, we frequently draw upon the corporate, employment, litigation, securities, tax, banking, competition, intellectual property and financial services practices within our firm to meet all of our clients’ needs.

We have experience in assisting clients across the full spectrum of insurance and reinsurance eg third party liability, including commercial general liability, directors’ and officers’ liability, employers’ liability, professional indemnity, products liability, Bermuda Form and financial institutions; and first party insurance, including marine & energy, property, business interruption, cyber risk and more.

Our business insurance & reinsurance lawyers assist clients in structuring, drafting, negotiating and obtaining regulatory approval of operations and agreements, including unique and complex reinsurance arrangements. We represent parties in connection with significant equity investments by insurers and reinsurers, and in the formation, licensing, acquisition and sale of carriers, brokers and agents.

The group’s litigation insurance & reinsurance lawyers have represented leading companies in numerous (re)insurance arbitrations and court cases. Our lawyers have addressed all commonly recurring claims and coverage issues, as well as many unique market situations. While our team comprises skilled litigators who frequently receive verdicts in favor of our clients, we also assist clients in resolving disputes through alternative means, such as mediation and negotiation, and strongly encourage these alternatives wherever appropriate. We also assist companies in comprehensive reviews of contract wordings and developing treaty guidelines.

Our insolvency and run-off lawyers are well-known for acting on schemes of arrangement, recently completing the Minster scheme of arrangement, the largest insurance scheme to date and for acting in specific disputes in the run-off market.

The team’s diverse range of work means that we are familiar with the operation of the world’s principal insurance and reinsurance markets, whether in London, U.S., Bermuda, continental Europe or elsewhere.

Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law.

  • Cooley has¬†850 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe
  • 275 partners in a single-tier partnership
  • 1800 employees worldwide
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  • Cooley’s 2014 revenue grew by 19% to $802¬†million
  • Recognized as Elite “Top-25 Innovative Law Firm” by Financial Times
  • Preeminent tech, life sciences, venture capital and fund formation practices
“Doyen of the market” David Kendall is a real heavyweight insurance and reinsurance lawyer, and a Bermuda Form arbitration expert. A highly placed source said: “In my view he is the best insurance solicitor in London by far.”
Chambers & Partners, 2015