Nick Atkins

Nick Atkins


Email nick.atkins@​

Phone +44 20 7296 2074

Fax +44 20 7296 2001


Practice groupLitigation, Arbitration, and Employment

Clients describe Nick Atkins as "genuinely knowledgeable, prompt and extremely helpful."

Chambers, 2018

Nick has been working on insurance and reinsurance matters since he joined the firm in 1984.  He is a litigator who helps clients solve their most complex problems. Nick co-chairs our insurance disputes practice. 

Over the years Nick has dealt with most types of insurance, including claims relating to directors and officers, crime policies, property damage, business interruption, products liability, public liability and employer's liability. He has also handled many professional liability claims, especially involving insurance brokers. 

Nick is equally experienced in reinsurance matters and has litigated and arbitrated many of the largest reinsurance problems that have affected the market. He cut his teeth on the asbestos, pollution and health hazard claims that threatened the industry in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s.  This involvement with APH problems has led to him working extensively on helping clients find solutions to their legacy issues through the use of schemes of arrangement and the development of innovative techniques in relation to portfolio transfers. 

Nick is very focused on resolving problems as efficiently as possible and is an advocate of the use of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms; in particular, he has considerable mediation experience, dating back to the successful mediation of a reinsurance dispute in 1996.

Awards and recognitions


Acritas Star
Acritas Stars Independently Rated Lawyers


Insurance: Contentious Claims (UK)
Chambers Global


"Nick Atkins is 'an exceptional insurance lawyer' who has over 30 years’ experience providing first-rate advice to clients."
Who’s Who Legal, Insurance & Reinsurance


Chambers UK


Best Lawyers


Insurance: Clients describe Nick Atkins as "genuinely knowledgeable, prompt and extremely helpful."
Chambers UK


Legal 500 UK


Insurance & Reinsurance: Nick "is praised for his 'excellent judgment' and is considered one of the foremost insurance litigators in the country."
Who's Who Legal


Insurance & Reinsurance
Expert Guides


Insurance: Practice head Nick Atkins 'provides an excellent service and goes beyond what is expected' … he 'excels' in a broad range of mandates
Legal 500

Education and admissions


LL.B., The University of Sheffield


Member, British Insurance Law Association

Member, ARC

Member, Law Society of England

Representative experience

Acted for a U.S. asbestos trust in a significant reinsurance dispute.

Represented a number of Japanese insurance companies in obtaining regulatory and court approval for transfers of legacy portfolios.

Representing financial institutions in claims under crime policies.

Resolving numerous professional liability claims against insurance brokers.

Multiple representations of clients in relation to D&O coverage.

Representing an oil company regarding coverage for claims arising from an explosion.

Litigating a claim for avoidance of a reinsurance contract.

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