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  • Simon Cooper

    Simon Cooper
    Consultant, London

    Insurance, Commercial Disputes, Cyber security

    T. +44 (0) 20 7481 0010

Simon has almost 35 years’ legal experience and focuses on commercial dispute resolution, insurance and reinsurance matters. He also heads up the firm’s cyber group.

Simon is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution and in working with lawyers in many jurisdictions, as well as coordinating multi-jurisdictional projects on clients' behalf. He also advises widely on the development of new products for insurers and has been instructed in relation to a number of the recent modernisation projects in the London insurance market.

Simon is secretary of the IBA’s insurance Committee and a member of the IUA Clauses Subcommittee and also edited the second edition of ‘Reinsurance Practice & the Law’ as well as writing and lecturing frequently.

"experienced and clear in his advice, providing expert knowledge on issues within the insurance and reinsurance markets"legal 500 uk

Highlight Matters

  • Advising the Lloyd’s, the LMA and the IUA on a new ‘Single Claims Agreement Party’ innovation and drafting the agreement for adoption in the market;
  • Advising Lloyd’s in relation to the structure and wording of the new Electronic Placing Platform.
  • Providing advice to the Corporation of Lloyd’s and a supporting opinion for publication to the market to facilitate the roll out of a new Claims Scheme.
  • Defending a large Bermudan Reinsurer against claims under a whole account excess of loss contract.  An early analysis of the merits and identification of procedural errors made by the claimants, enable us to identify a suitable window of opportunity for a favourable settlement for our client and minimise the legal costs incurred.
  • Leading a team acting for a top 10 London Market insurer and its insured in defending a £450m professional indemnity claim in the Commercial Court in London.  By identifying and focusing on the key issues for our client in a complex multiparty case, we achieved a settlement after mediation of less than 1% of the amount claimed at a cost that was within an agreed budget.
  • Advising on the aggregation of a series of accountants’ professional negligence claims for reinsurance purposes.
  • Acting for one of the World’s largest engineering and trading conglomerates to defend a multimillion pound claim relating to allegedly defective goods.  We worked closely with the client to identify potential outcomes and develop a successful case strategy within acceptable costs margins.  This was an international case which required particular sensitivity to the expectations of different business cultures.
  • Advising a P&I Club on the consequences of the insolvency of a major shipping company and member.
  • Simon graduated from the Cambridge University in 1979 and obtained a post graduate diploma in law with distinction from City University London, where he was placed first in the examinations.


“My aim is to give clear and practical advice to clients free from legal jargon”

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Member of the International Bar Association (IBA);
  • Member British Insurance Law Association

What you may not know about Simon

Simon is a great fan and novice exponent of Italian cooking; he has a wide interest in a range of sports and has twice run the London Marathon.

Insurance, Commercial Disputes, Cyber security

Education (University):
Cambridge University, City University