Fleur Rochester

Fleur Rochester

Partner London, United Kingdom

Her practice is professional indemnity focused, with a particular emphasis on construction disputes and claims against brokers. She was based in Manchester for 12 years, where she developed a significant book of SME business, acting mainly for the company market and corporate clients with significant captives.

Fleur’s time in-house, most recently as Head of Special Lines for Syndicates 1206 and 2526, has provided her with hands-on experience of London market practice and procedures, and a clear understanding of clients’ wants and needs from a claims and a general business perspective. Fleur has extensive experience of working with coverholders, TPAs and lawyers in other jurisdictions.

Fleur is a coverage specialist, advising both Lloyd’s and the Company market across all lines of business. Fleur deals with arbitration, adjudication and litigation of policy disputes.

Recently, Fleur has handled multi-national claims against construction clients by the World Bank and a global energy and petrochemical company, a high-profile brokers’ claim concerning event insurance (non-appearance, cancellation and terrorism cover), complex adjudication proceedings against a civil and structural engineer and the response of a D&O policy to the costs of a Department of Justice investigation into an alleged Klein conspiracy.

In 2015, Fleur advised excess insurers in connection with the successful appeal in Juliet Bellis & Co v Challinor & Ors and also succeeded in an important test case which dealt with valuing the borrower’s covenant in lenders’ claims (Canada Square Operations Limited v Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward Limited).

Qualifications

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2002

She's been very helpful, we had issues that we needed some bodies in the office for and she came in on a Saturday to help. Not many people would do that.

The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019

Market recognition

  • “She's been very helpful, we had issues that we needed some bodies in the office for and she came in on a Saturday to help. Not many people would do that.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional negligence (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional negligence (London)'
    ... “very commercially astute”
    The Legal 500 UK 2017
  • Recommended Lawyer for Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation
    “a highly shrewd fighter; no one can pull the wool over her eyes.” 
    The Legal 500 UK 2017

Work highlights

  • Stockport MBC v Transco [2003]
  • Bellis & Ors v Challinor & Ors [2015]
  • Canada Square Operations Limited v Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward Limited [2015]
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017