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Lunchtime Lectures

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 15th February, 2019

“Law of Privilege – developments relevant to in-house lawyers: one step forward, two steps back”

Nik Yeo

Nik Yeo, a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers, was called to the Bar in 2000. Nik specialises in high-value complex commercial litigation and arbitration spanning a number of practice areas including banking, financial services, professional negligence, energy/natural resources, insurance and reinsurance. His work often draws on his previous experience as a transactional solicitor at Slaughter & May and regularly has an international or cross-border element. He was awarded Professional Negligence Junior of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Awards 2016 and is a contributing author of The Law of Privilege (OUP 3rd ed 2018), the leading text on legal professional privilege. He frequently advises on privilege issues, for example for a major utility seeking to structure its internal communications in respect of serious accidents in such a way as to maximise the scope of privilege.


Tamara Oppenheimer 

Tamara, a barrister at Fountain Court Chambers, was called to the Bar in 2002. Tamara is a high-profile junior with a broad commercial and civil practice spanning a number of areas of expertise including Aviation, Banking & Finance, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Civil Fraud, Insurance and Reinsurance, International Arbitration and Professional Negligence. Tamara is regularly instructed to advise major institutions on privilege issues arising in connection with regulatory and/or criminal investigations. She is considered an expert on Privilege, and was part of the successful Counsel team in the well-publicised victory for ENRC against the SFO in the Court of Appeal. Tamara is also co-author of Thanki’s The Law of Privilege and is a contributor to GIR’s Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations. Described in the directories as “a great advocate with fantastic attention to detail”, Tamara is consistently ranked in both The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, and recently won the Junior barrister of the year for Banking at the Chambers Bar Awards 2018.

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 18th January, 2019

“Friday 18th January 2019 - BIM & Modular Construction - a brave new world for design responsibility”

Tom Ogden

Tom has experience of acting in matters involving material non-disclosure, inducement, incorporation of terms, waiver and notification under the terms of a professional indemnity policy. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants.
Tom has wide experience in the field of professional liability. His experience includes claims involving, amongst others, accountants, auditors, tax advisors, valuers, financial services professionals, construction professionals and insurance brokers. He also has experience of defending wasted costs orders.
Tom has experience both of pure construction disputes and disputes against construction professionals.







David Turner

David specialises in construction-related claims including construction-related insurance claims, claims against construction professionals, and claims relating to defective construction materials. He has been described in the Directories as “a superb courtroom performer and deadly cross-examiner”, “tactically astute with a forensic approach to detail”, “very quick thinking on his feet”, having “a measured style which earns the court’s trust” and is “great with clients”.

David’s practice has typically involved large-scale disputes in the Commercial Court, the Technology and Construction Court and in arbitration both at home and overseas. Recent and current construction cases include claims arising from defective erection of a hotel constructed from modular units, a high-value dispute between a waste authority and its PFI contractor and a claim arising out of damage to an oil refinery while under construction

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 7th December, 2018

“Regulatory Challenges of International Insurance Programs post-Brexit”

Jonathan Post

Undergraduate degree from New College, Oxford Legal Practice Course at Moorgate University Articled at Elborne Mitchell, qualifying 1997 Solicitor, Ince & Co., 1997 - 2003, focussing on marine and non-life insurance and reinsurance litigation XL Capital, General Counsel for International Programs, 2003 - 2012 Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, Senior Legal Counsel, 2012- present Led the development of XL’s “WorldPass” compliance initiative for international program business Heads legal function for Swiss Re’s “Primary Lead” expansion into  international primary (controlled master) program business Published in English and German on international insurance regulatory issues

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 21st September, 2018

“Testing the Boundaries of the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act”

Peter Macdonald Eggers QC


Peter MacDonald Eggers QC is a barrister practising at 7 King’s Bench Walk in London specialising in all aspects of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on insurance and reinsurance, shipping, energy, commodities, international trade and international arbitration. Educated at the Universities of Sydney and Cambridge, Peter practised as a solicitor before being called to the Bar by the Middle Temple in 1999. He was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2011. He is co-author of Good Faith and Insurance Contracts and Carver on Charterparties, author of Deceit: The Lie of the Law and The Vitiation of Contractual Consent, and a Contributing Editor of Chitty on Contracts. He is a Visiting Professor at University College, London. In May 2017, Peter was appointed a Deputy Judge of the High Court.

Lunch Time Lecture - 13:00, 26th July, 2018

“War Risks Cover – The Drugs Don’t Work”

Philippa Hopkins QC

Philippa Hopkins QC has a broad and varied commercial dispute resolution practice. She acts and advises both in court proceedings and in arbitration, and has appeared before a wide variety of courts (including the Court of Appeal) and arbitration tribunals. Philippa appears regularly on very substantial cases both with other counsel and as sole counsel. She has extensive experience of heavy and complex cases in the Commercial Court and in arbitration, and of applications for interim relief. Her work is largely international in nature, often involving complex private international law issues. She has a particular interest and expertise in shipping matters.
Philippa is recognised as a leading practitioner in Insurance & Reinsurance by the legal directories. She appears in a wide variety of marine and non-marine insurance and reinsurance disputes, both in court and arbitration. Philippa is one of the editors of Arnould’s Law of Marine Insurance and Average.
Philippa was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in February 2018.


David Walsh

David Walsh has a broad commercial practice with particular experience of insurance and reinsurance, shipping, commodities, energy, shipbuilding and offshore construction disputes. In the fields of insurance and reinsurance he has acted in a variety of claims, including under aviation, business interruption, cargo, EAR, H&M, K&R, MII, political risk, property, rig, war and XL policies. David is recognised as a leading junior in the legal directories for both his insurance and reinsurance and his shipping work. In the latest edition of Chambers & Partners he was described as “the current go-to junior” for marine insurance and he is one of the editors of a new edition of Chalmers on the Marine Insurance Act 1906.
David joined Essex Court Chambers in May 2018.

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