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Roger ter Haar QC

Call 1974 • QC 1992

"Brilliant at cross-examination." "He's very good in court and clearly understands what judges and arbitrators want to hear."
(Chambers UK 2017)

Insurance & Reinsurance

Roger has acted in numerous insurance and reinsurance disputes both for insurers / reinsurers and insured / reinsured including many cases of alleged entitlement to avoid. Cases in which he has been instructed have concerned claims for losses incurring in many countries outside the United Kingdom including Australia, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Dubai, Egypt, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Israel, Oman, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, the United States of America, Eire and Venezuela. He has also been instructed by the Serious Fraud Office in connection with conspiracies relating to insurance and reinsurance matters.

Roger also sits as an arbitrator in insurance matters and has sat as a Chairman of a Lloyd’s Disciplinary Committee.

Selected Cases

  • Teal Insurance Co Ltd v W R Berkeley Insurance (Europe) Ltd [2011] LL.R.IR 285.
  • Axa Insurance UK PLC v Norwich Union Insurance Ltd [2007] EWHC 1046 (Comm); [2007] Lloyd’s Rep IR 45 (Andrew Smith J) (dual insurance – whether EL or motor policy responded) (Beachcrofts).
  • Drake Insurance PLC v Provident Insurance PLC [2004] QB 601 (Barlow Lyde & Gilbert).
  • International Lottery Management Ltd v Dumas [2002] Lloyd’s Rep IR 237 (Hextall Erskine).
  • Kennecott Utah Copper Corpn v Cornhill Ins [2000] Lloyd’s Rep IR 179 (Beachcroft Wansbroughs).
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Qualifications


  • Deputy High Court Judge (2003)
  • Recorder (2003)
  • Boundary Commissioner (2000)
  • Bencher of Inner Temple (1993)
  • BA Jurisprudence (1973)
  • Magdalen College, Oxford

Memberships


  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators (2013)
  • The Korean Commercial Arbitration Board Panel of International Arbitrators (2013)
  • Chairman, Inner Temple Estates Committee (1995 – 1999)
  • Former Chairman Lloyds Disciplinary Committee

Recommendations


“Formidable in court, and his ability to absorb an argument that is made, digest it and articulate a response while on his feet is really impressive.”

Chambers UK 2018

“He is very experienced, very charming and a real leader in the field.”

Chambers UK 2018

“He makes complex matters look easy. He’s relaxed but devastating at cross-examination. It is a pleasure to listen to him and to work with him. His memory is virtually photographic, and he’s so lovely.”

Chambers UK 2018

“A very experienced, persuasive and effective advocate, who is popular with clients….an absolutely excellent strategist and one of the best on his feet.”

Legal 500 2017

“Well respected, with a badge of quality…outstanding experience…A popular choice for construction disputes and international arbitration.”

Legal 500 2017

“His ability to quickly grasp the relevant facts and get involved in the strategy of a case is excellent.”

Chambers UK

“He is incredibly clever in a broad way, not just about a particular topic but almost everything.”

Chambers UK

“Judges listen to anything he says’, ‘a well-established construction silk’.”

Chambers UK

“A fearsome operator, whose cross-examination of witnesses can be devastating.”

Chambers UK

“A very thorough and very disciplined counsel who is very good with the detail.” “Simply a class act, who instinctively cuts through the issues to get to the heart of a dispute.”

Chambers UK

“Strong advocate with an understated approach who delivers outstanding results in cross-examination.”

Chambers UK

“An old-fashioned advocate who can pick up any case and run with it well…One of the very best.”

Chambers UK


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