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Crispin Winser

Call 2003

"He is stunningly good. His work is detailed and his manner of cross-examination is incisive but pleasant."
(Chambers UK 2020)

Insurance & Reinsurance

Crispin’s experience includes coverage disputes, non-disclosure, misrepresentation, late / non-notification, aggregation, co-insurance, fraudulent claims, brokers’ duties and the recovery of brokers’ commission. He is regularly instructed in relation to claims arising from defective products and fire and flood damage. Crispin is the co-author (with Sir Antony Edwards-Stuart) of the chapter on Insurance in Emden’s Construction Law.

Selected Cases

  • Aspen & Liberty Mutual v Sangster & Annand [2019] Lloyd’s Rep IR 217; 35 Const LJ 200 – acting for insurers in the Commercial Court obtaining a declaration of no liability to indemnify the insured contractor in respect of a £9m claim following a fire at a hotel in Scotland said to have been caused by hot works (and successfully resisting an application to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal).
  • Acting for insurers in the Mercantile Court in relation to the disputed avoidance of a property policy for misrepresentation and breach of warranty and the alleged negligence of the brokers.
  • Acting against an insurer in a coverage dispute under a Public and Products Liability policy.
  • Acting for insurers in the Mercantile Court in relation to the disputed avoidance of a policy for arson.
  • Liberty Syndicate Management v Campagna [2011] EWHC 209 (TCC); 27 Const LJ 275 – acting in a multi-million Euro dispute arising from a latent defects insurance scheme for the construction of new houses across Ireland.
  • Acting for a local authority in relation to its insurer’s refusal to indemnify a £1m public liability claim.
  • Advising a joint venture contractor in relation to a 20m Euro claim under a project PI policy.
  • $130m international arbitration concerning a claim under a project all risks policy following hurricane damage to a hotel and condominium development in the Caribbean.
  • Advising insurers in relation to their potential exposure under historic PL policies to indemnify claims made by victims of alleged child abuse.
  • Advising insurers in relation to apparently fraudulent claims under a buildings policy.
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  • Registered practitioner in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)
  • Major Scholar, Inner Temple
  • MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, King’s College London
  • Dip Law, City University
  • BA, Bristol University


  • British Japanese Law Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • LCIA European Users Council & Young International Arbitration Group
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • Society of Construction Law (UK & Gulf)
  • Technology & Construction Bar Association


  • Legal 500 2020 London Bar: leading junior for Construction and International Arbitration
  • Legal 500 2019 UAE: leading junior for Construction
  • Chambers UK 2020: leading junior for Construction and International Arbitration: Construction/Engineering
  • Chambers Global 2019: leading junior for Construction
  • Who’s Who Legal 2019: leading junior and future leader for Construction


“An excellent senior-junior – very clever and responsive.”

Legal 500 2020 EMEA

“highly responsive … creative and quick on his feet, with real substance on the intellectual side of a dispute” … “He is stunningly good. His work is detailed and his manner of cross-examination is incisive but pleasant.” … “He prepares thoroughly and is very perceptive and good on his feet”

Chambers UK 2020

“Very proactive and impressive.” … “Extremely hardworking, very effective in cross-examination and always responsive.”

Legal 500 2020

“Excellent and technically very able. He is very personable and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and work as part of the wider legal team” … “Very responsive and very hard-working” … “He has an impressive intellect and is always very quick to grasp the detail on technical matters. His cross-examination is very effective.”

Chambers UK and Global 2019

“Provides that combination of skills that are key in a senior junior: clear strategy, concentration on what really matters, and strong delivery” … “One of the top junior barristers in the construction/arbitration field”

Legal 500 2019

“A clever and practical construction specialist who is concise, clear and very helpful.” … “Very thorough and commercially astute. A tenacious advocate.”

Chambers UK and Global 2018

“A confident advocate, who goes out of his way to achieve the best result for his clients.”

Legal 500 2018

“Lauded junior whose practice extends from domestic residential development work and PFI matters to large-scale international arbitration. His drafting skill draws particular praise from market. He is incredibly thorough and has an instant grasp of detail.”

Chambers UK and Global 2017

“His excellent style of cross-examination proves effective with witnesses”

Legal 500 2017

“A good advocate who gives concise, practical advice”

Chambers UK 2016

“He’s all the things you want in a cross-examiner – effective in a very measured way and judges the tribunal well”

Legal 500 2016

“very cool and poised and approachable, friendly, responsive and good technically”

Chambers UK 2015

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