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Frederick Simpson

Call 2018

Insurance & Reinsurance

Frederick has extensive experience of advising on coverage and compliance with policy terms in a variety of disputes, and of representing both insurers and policyholders in litigation and other forms of dispute resolution. He is recognised as ‘up and coming’ by Legal 500.

More broadly the majority of Frederick’s practice involves insurance in some form or another and he frequently acts for insurers as claimant in subrogated recoveries and as defendant in claims against both the insured and the insurer directly.

Selected Cases

  • Quinlan v Herbert House Investments Limited and ors. Sole counsel in the High Court (TCC) for the second and third defendant insurers defending a claim from a policyholder for alleged non-payment of policy benefits under a construction defects policy. Drafted the defence and successfully obtained summary judgment on the claim.
  • Djan v Metlife. Sole counsel for an insurer in a claim for alleged non-payment of policy benefits under an accidental injury and disablement policy. Drafted the defence, advised on strategy and represented in court.
  • Resisting an appeal. Sole counsel for an insurer successfully resisting an appeal against summary judgment, on limitation grounds, of the insured’s claim for an indemnity.
  • Advising on jurisdiction and procedural matters in a Commercial Court claim by an insurer against a coverholder and the authorised representative of a sub-coverholder.
  • Advising insurers on the steps available against an uncooperative insured facing two separate claims under a professional indemnity policy.
  • Advising (on secondment) on the proper construction of a variety of insurers’ and brokers’ property damage and business interruption wordings and the extent of cover for Covid-19 related losses, both in the abstract and in relation to particular claims.
  • Advising (on secondment) on the extent to which the Government’s business support measures could be taken into account when calculating business interruption losses.
  • Advising (on secondment) on questions of privilege between insurer and insured.
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  • MA Philosophy (Cantab)
  • GDL, BPTC (University of Law)
  • Academic Scholar, Christ’s College Cambridge
  • ‘Best Junior Officer’ Sword, Irish Guards
  • Lord Brougham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Debating Shield, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn




  • PNBA
  • SCL
  • ACIArb


“Freddy is very hard-working and has a great demeanour. Freddy’s drafting is exceptionally clear and easy to follow.”

Legal 500, 2024

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