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Clyde & Co hires 19-lawyer team from DWF

6th January 2023 - Author: Jack Willard

Global law firm Clyde & Co has appointed both Peter Barnes and Charlotte Kelly as partners in its global insurance practice.

Clyde & CoThey both join the firm from DWF, together with 17 team members.

The team focuses on product liability arising from property, construction, aviation, energy, mining, motoring and manufacturing risks. They particularly specialise in the Japanese motor manufacturing, heavy manufacturing and energy sectors.

They will join Clyde & Co’s Insurance, Financial and Professional Disputes practice, and will also work with the firm’s aviation and casualty practices.

Barnes is a dual-qualified solicitor and barrister. He routinely advises in respect of coverage under primary and excess/umbrella liability and reinsurance policies.

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Additionally, he specialises in high severity events in the UK and internationally under public, product and pollution liability re/insurance covers. His practice also has a particular focus on product liability, and his clients are based in the London Market, Japan, the US, and Europe.

Moreover, Kelly is an insurance and reinsurance specialist with a deep level of knowledge and experience from advising the London Market and international insurers and reinsurers on complex coverage and re/insurance disputes.

She also defends claims with a focus on product liability in the spheres of property, manufacturing, life sciences, energy, retail, motor and aviation amongst other areas.

“Peter’s and Charlotte’s specialism in Japanese risks, and their focus on Japanese manufacturing and other specialty areas, further expands our product liability offering, which is already unique in its global reach and sector coverage. We look forward to welcoming them and their team to the firm,” said Neil Beresford, partner at Clyde & Co.

“We are thrilled to be joining Clyde & Co’s leading global insurance practice and look forward to supporting and developing Clyde & Co both domestically and internationally,” added Barnes.

“Our investment in this 19-strong team proves the commitment to our offering in the product liability   space. The hires align with our strategy to offer insurers the depth and breadth of support across business lines and regions they are looking for. We keep assessing clients’ needs and have therefore continued to grow our wider offering in the UK insurance market, including through our merger with BLM in July this year,” said James Cooper, chair of Clyde & Co’s global insurance practice.

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