Jillian Raw

Jillian Raw

Partner London, United Kingdom


  • Qualified in South Africa in 1997 and in England and Wales in 2004.
Jillian is a cyber insurance claims and cyber coverage specialist. She is dual qualified, in South Africa (1997) and England and Wales (2004), and became partner in 2011.

Her experience includes advising insurers on cyber policy wordings and acting for insurers in respect of high-profile cyber hacking and large data loss incidents.

She has particular expertise in cyber insurance issues relating to cloud computing, damage and business interruption (BI) caused by cyber attacks and software failures, cyber supply chain interruption, cyber damage to equipment, ransomware and denial of service (DOS) attacks. Jillian also advises on cyber jurisdiction issues, data breach response and reputational management.

Jillian is a member of Kennedys’ emerging risks team, and her focus is on new risks arising from the use of computer technology.

Jillian also has experience in engineering and property damage claims, particularly those of a technical nature. Many of her reported cases are extensively reported in legal texts and have attracted media attention.

She regularly acts in leading cases in the utilities sector in cases concerning electricity and gas distribution on behalf of FTSE 100 energy companies.

Jillian is a sought after speaker and panellist at cyber conferences and has spoken on cyber insurance topics alongside leading industry commentators and specialists. Her articles on cyber insurance issues are regularly republished in Insurance Day and across other jurisdictions including Canada, Australia and Malaysia. She is also a contributing author to Tolley’s Insurance Handbook (3rd edition) and a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.

Work highlights

  • Cooper v Thameside Construction Co Ltd [2016] EWHC 1248 (TCC) Successfully defended a contractor against a subrogated property damage claim, resulting from substantial flood damage. The court found that there was an “incomplete evidential picture” but that the defendant had identified at least two plausible alternative explanations for a defective fitting. As a result the Judge reached the conclusion that the claimant had failed to discharge the burden of proof.
  • Mueller Europe Limited v Central Roofing (South Wales) Limited [2013] Successfully acted for the claimant in obtaining the full £21 million in damages following a fire in its factory; resulting in property, machinery, and business interruption losses.
  • Mueller Europe Limited v Central Roofing (South Wales) Limited (Electronic Disclosure) [2012] Successfully pursued an application where Coulson J held that a search for electronic documents carried out by the managing director of the defendant had been inadequate. He held that the court had the power to order that a further search should be carried out by a suitably qualified IT consultant.
  • Brit Inns (in Liquidation) v BDW Trading Ltd [2012] Successfully defended a £2.2m subrogated recovery claim in the High Court, for material damages and business interruption to a commercial property. The High Court set out principles for the assessment of damages where an insured’s claim was grossly exaggerated and the insurer had not properly investigated it.
  • Brit Inns (in Liquidation) v BDW Trading Ltd (Costs) [2012] Jillian was also instructed when, in relation to the claim above, the Court decided costs when the claim was inflated, where the claimants’ recovery was limited and conduct was in issue.