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Simon Greenley

Simon Greenley is a leading London insurance, professional indemnity and commercial disputes lawyer.

Simon is ranked by the Chambers Global legal directory in the top tier for English insurance disputes lawyers.  

Simon acts for London, US and Zurich based global Insurers. He specialises primarily in financial and professional risks defence and coverage, and D&O. He has particular experience in the capital markets, fund managers, banks and financial services professional liability, banker's bond, most categories of non-marine insurance coverage and intermarket insurance dispute resolution in the Commercial Court and in London/Bermuda Form arbitration. He is a key partner to a number of leading global Insurers and Lloyds Syndicates in these market sectors.

Simon has represented London underwriters in many high-value policy defences and in arbitration and reported cases in the English courts, including the BP Deep Water Horizon loss, the collapse of Enron, attack on the World Trade Centre in New York, BCCI, the Madoff Fraud, financial products misselling , currently Interest Rate Hedging Products;  and disputes relating to derivatives, structured credit products and other financial instruments.

Directory quotes

Simon Greenley offers considerable expertise in handling disputes on behalf of both domestic and international insurance entities. He is particularly well versed in complex professional liability and financial line matters. - Chambers UK 2018

Simon Greenley is held in high regard by those in the market for his work on insurance-related disputes. - Chambers UK 2018

Respected practitioner Simon Greenley has an established reputation in professional negligence work. -  Chambers UK 2017

He is frequently sought out for his expertise on 'bet the company' matters. Impressed sources report that "he is absolutely excellent" as well as a "very nice guy." - Chambers UK 2017 

also recommended are the ‘brilliant’ Simon Greenley and Simon Laird. - Legal 500 UK 2016

"Hugely experienced and has a great following" - Chambers UK 2016

"The "very able" Simon Greenley is held in healthy regard by market commentators. He provides insurance industry clients with deep expertise and experience in financial lines and D&O liability claims" - Chambers UK 2016

"Recommended" - Legal 500 UK 2015

"Prolific in the first instance space," Simon Greenley is one of the top solicitors for D&O work currently in the market. He has a hugely strong professional indemnity practice" - Chambers UK 2015

"Has a forensic approach to things and really gets into the detail for the client" - Chambers UK 2015

"Well regarded by peers" - Chambers UK 2014

"Simon Greenley wins praise from the market for his insurance and reinsurance practice, with sources describing him as "extremely good" and "very sensible." He is notable for his experience in professional indemnity claims regarding financial institutions and frequently engages in overseas coverage disputes" - Chambers UK 2014

"Very experienced financial institutions man who is well respected in the market - a very intelligent and thorough partner" - Chambers UK 2014

Relevant work

DP Mann v Lexington - leading Court of Appeal authority on "occurrence" in insurance/reinsurance

Standard Life v Ace, QBE and others – leading Commercial Court and Court of Appeal authority on professional liability insurance coverage

Brotherton v Colseguros - leading Court of Appeal authority on contractual rescission and jurisdiction issues

Carvill v Camperdown, XL & Ors - Court of Appeal authority on English jurisdiction over foreign litigants and brokerage issues

Aitken v Stewart Wrightson Members' Agency Ltd - a leading Commercial Court authority on contractual and tortious liability of contractors

Berriman v Rose Thompson Young - a Commercial Court authority on underwriting in the Lloyd's insurance market