Nick Williams

Nick Williams

Partner London, United Kingdom

Qualification

  •  Qualified in England and Wales in 1980

Nick is the head of the insurance division at Kennedys and sits on the firm’s strategy board. Nick qualified in 1980, and was involved in the creation of the first directors’ and officers’ products in the UK.

He has conducted litigation and arbitration around the world. Specialising in insurance coverage disputes in the fields of casualty, financial institutions, directors’ and officers’ liability, environmental risks, professional indemnity, product liability, property damage and Bermuda Form. Nick has represented some of the largest insurers and reinsurers and Lloyd’s syndicates in many of the most high profile disputes of the last 30 years.

Nick has particular expertise in high value multi-jurisdictional disputes (with quantum of £100 million plus) and has mediated on behalf of insurers in multi-party, high profile disputes in Toronto, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Oslo as well as numerous mediations in the UK. He has also been involved in many of the leading Bermuda Form arbitrations and disputes.

His experience extends from the claims emanating from the collapse of the Maxwell Empire in the 1990s to advising on policy disputes arising from ‘Deepwater Horizon’.

Nick is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).

Nick Williams leads the firm's insurance team and is ‘totally on top of what he's doing,’ according to market commentators. Clients say: ‘He listens and he understands, and is very good at pulling together parties who are ready for a fight.’
 

Chambers UK, 2017

Market recognition

  • Included in the The Best Lawyers™ in the United Kingdom 2019 for Insurance Law (London) 
  • Band 1 - Insurance: Contentious Claims
  • 'Clients highlight him for his "knowledgeable approach" and ability to smoothly navigate highly complex matters.'
    Chambers UK, 2018 
  • Band 1 - Insurance: Contentious Claims
  • “Nick Williams leads the firm's insurance team and is ‘totally on top of what he's doing,’ according to market commentators. Clients say: ‘He listens and he understands, and is very good at pulling together parties who are ready for a fight.’"
    Chambers UK, 2017 
  • An Expert in Who’s Who Legal for Insurance and Reinsurance
    Who’s Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance 2017
  • Band 1 and a Leading Individual in Insurance: Contentious claims and reinsurance.
  • "Kennedys ‘operates a first-class practice across the whole range of work’…"
    The Legal 500 UK, 2017
  • Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer for insurance and reinsurance litigation
    The Legal 500 UK, 2016
  • “Their client service is excellent and they are very aware of different companies’ commercial perspectives”.
  • "Very technically proficient but with an emphasis on problem resolution and being commercial".
    Chambers UK, 2016
  • “Kennedys has a highly experienced team across international and UK law, dealing with direct and reinsurance issues and the group is one of the strongest in the area across the London market”
    The Legal 500 UK, 2015

Work highlights

  • Played a key role in the disputes which flowed from film finance insurance over the last 10 years.
  • Instructed to defend a US$46 million indemnity claim in relation to the 2010 ‘Deepwater Horizon’ disaster.
  • Instructed on claims by the captive insurer against European and US reinsurers arising from mass tort product liability claims against insured manufacturer in the US.
  • Instructed on multi-jurisdictional disputes arising from the cancellation of a reinsurance contract midway through period of cover and acting for reinsurers on claims arising from alleged breach of terms by a fund management company.
Market recognition
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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016

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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016

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    Leading Individual

    Chambers UK 2016