David Kendall

Senior Counsel

I have greatly enjoyed helping clients meet the challenges presented by the significant changes in the London and international insurance markets over the last 30 years.

David Kendall is a senior counsel in Cooley's London office and focuses on all aspects of insurance and reinsurance, including coverage, delegated authorities, run-off and insolvency. His cases include insurance coverage disputes (including third-party liability, marine, financial institutions, political risk, D&0 and property insurance), reinsurance disputes, insurance/reinsurance run-off and insolvency, arbitration and commercial court litigation. He has extensive experience of Bermuda form arbitrations in London.

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  • Advised Lloyd’s Market Association on the Insurance Act 2015, Enterprise Act 2016 and Brexit 

  • Lloyd's Syndicate 991 Litigation Concerning Jurisdiction in Insolvency Matters 

  • AXA Group Insurance and Reinsurance Coverage Issues and Disputes 

  • Insurance Insolvencies Including Lehman Re and Highlands 




Brings a sharpness, intellectual ability and rigour of analysis to his cases that I haven’t seen from many other solicitors. – Chambers UK, 2016

  • London Metropolitan University
    MA, 1982

  • College of Law
    LSF, 1977

  • University of Birmingham
    LLB (Hons), 1976

Admissions & Credentials

England & Wales


  • Advisory Council of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies - Queen Mary University of London

  • British Insurance Law Association (Chairman 2012 to 2014)

  • Insurance Scoping Forum, Financial Markets Law Committee

  • Insurance & Reinsurance Legacy Association

  • Lloyd's Market Association

Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers & Partners (UK): Leading Individual - Insurance (2022)

    The Legal 500 UK: Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation (2022)

    The Legal 500 UK: Insurance (2022)

    Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers: Litigation and Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyer

    Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers: Best of the Best

    Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Insurance & Reinsurance

    Who's Who Legal Insurance & Reinsurance: Lawyers

    Chambers Global: Band 1 in Insurance – Contentious Claims and Insurance – Reinsurance