William Brown

William Brown

Partner London, United Kingdom

Qualifications

  • Qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales in 1999

William is a Partner in Kennedys’ London office. He qualified in England and Wales in 1999 after training with Kennedys, and became a partner in 2007.

William advises national and international insurers and reinsurers and their insureds on all aspects of coverage disputes relating to property damage, engineering and construction disputes including contractors’ all risk. He handles first and third party claims arising from incidents causing major losses, including fire, explosion, flood, collapse, impact, machinery breakdown, environmental contamination, subsidence and riot, in multiple jurisdictions.

He also handles a variety of product liability claims ranging from construction to retail products including foodstuffs.

William regularly delivers lectures to insurers and reinsurers and writes numerous articles. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurance and a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL). William also authored the property and subrogation chapters of the latest edition of Kennedys’ UK claims handling guide.
He was described as having the “ability to understand our customers’ needs and provide bespoke service” by the Gracechurch London Insurance Law Report in 2013. The 2016 report described him as “commercially aware”.

 

Work Highlights

  • Advised on large and complex cases in different jurisdictions. These include the Buncefield explosion in 2005 (where claims totalled over £500 million)
  • The successful recovery of a major insurer’s damage claims following the 2011 London and Manchester riots; and advising insurers on aggregation issues in relation to the 2011 Thailand floods on claims in excess of £100 million.
  • Current cases include providing coverage advice to the London Market following substantial third party liability claims in Egypt, Portugal and Sierra Leone.