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

Roger has acted as counsel 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.

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


  • 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


“His instincts in understanding how to present disputed issues to a tribunal are brilliant. “

Legal 500 EMEA 2020

“Very detailed and exceptionally well prepared.” “A masterful advocate.” “He provides clear, thoughtful and well-considered advice.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“Has a wealth of experience, and is an impressive advocate who can quickly get the measure of a witness or tribunal.”

Legal 500 2020

“An impressive advocate who can quickly get the measure of a witness or tribunal and tailor his cross-examination accordingly.”

Legal 500 2020

“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

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