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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 spent the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic on secondment to a leading solicitors’ firm dealing with business interruption claims and consequently has a close familiarity with the issues such claims present.

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

  • Sole counsel in the High Court (TCC) for two insurers defending a claim from a policyholder for alleged non-payment of policy benefits under a construction defects policy. Drafted the defence and successfully struck out the claim. Value £140,000.
  • Sole counsel for an insurer in a claim for alleged non-payment of policy benefits under an accidental injury and disablement policy.
  • Advising insurers on the steps available against an uncooperative insured.
  • 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.
  • Representing (on appeal) an insurer in a successful application for summary judgment, on limitation grounds, of the insured’s claim for an indemnity.
  • Advising and drafting pleadings in relation to disputed travel insurance claims.
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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


  • SCL


“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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