Patrick Foss

Patrick Foss

Partner London, United Kingdom

Patrick is a partner in our London office with over 30 years’ experience specialising in insurance law. He qualified in England and Wales in 1989.

His practice is primarily focused on coverage and disputes work in marine, offshore and onshore energy, political violence/terrorism, trade credit and political risk.

Predominantly acting for global insurers and Lloyd’s syndicates, a significant proportion of Patrick’s practice sees him advise clients in respect of claims under construction and operational policies, advising on many substantial energy losses worldwide – both on-shore and offshore.

His experience of handling marine matters includes handling claims under hull and machinery, mortgagee's interest, war, loss of hire, cargo, charterers' liability, ports and terminals, general liability and protection and indemnity (P&I) policies. Patrick also represents insurers and owners, charterers and terminal operators on shipping disputes and casualties. Patrick has handled political violence/risk claims for insurers in jurisdictions including Libya, Algeria, Syria, Thailand, Bahrain, India, Pakistan, Kenya and Nepal.  

Patrick is a regular speaker at many of the leading international marine and energy conferences and co-wrote the first three editions of Good Faith and Insurance Contracts (published by Informa).

Qualifications

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1989

 

Patrick Foss "knows marine insurance backwards and combines a thorough knowledge of the law with an extensive knowledge of commercial practices.

Chambers UK 2020

Market recognition

  • Notable practitioner for 'Shipping (UK-wide)'
    One client says that he "always excels and delivers on complex claim matters."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Notable practitioner for 'Insurance: Contentious Claims (UK-wide)'
    Patrick Foss "knows marine insurance backwards and combines a thorough knowledge of the law with an extensive knowledge of commercial practices."
    Chambers UK 2020
  • Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer for 'Shipping (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Leading Individual and Recommended Lawyer for 'Insurance and reinsurance litigation (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2019/20
  • Hall of Fame for ‘Shipping (London)’
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Notable practitioner (Band 2) for 'Insurance: Contentious claims (UK-wide 2019)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Notable practitioner (Band 2) for 'Shipping (UK-wide 2019)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • "Patrick Foss has a notable dispute resolution practice focused on shipping and energy insurance matters and has experience as a litigator and arbitrator. He demonstrates expertise in marine casualties, including in the investigation and evidence-gathering stage."
    Chambers UK 2019
  • "Patrick Foss offers a wealth of experience handling insurance claims arising in the marine and energy sectors. One source notes him to be a "very smart lawyer who really represents clients' interests very well and offers a nice balance of charm and industry savvy."
    Chambers UK 2019

Work highlights

  • Representing construction all risks insurers on claims arising out of the alleged total loss of the Yme platform, one of the largest insurance claims brought in the English courts.
  • Advising marine liability insurers following the sinking of the vessel Sewol in April 2014 with the loss of 304 passengers and crew. 
  • Advising hull insurers on a constructive total loss claim arising out of the alleged detention of a vessel in Venezuela.  
  • Advising energy liability insurers in relation to claims arising from significant property damage caused by onshore drilling. 
  • Representing hull insurers in proceedings concerning the total loss of the vessel Kapitan Veselkov
  • Advising construction all risks insurers on significant claims arising out of onshore and offshore pipeline damage in Asia.
  • Advising political violence insurers on a number of claims arising from physical damage and business interruption due to the conflict in Syria.
Market recognition
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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 UK 2020

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2020