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Nick Atkins


Nick Atkins

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.



Nick 'is regarded as a 'very good practitioner' by market commentators. He has a broad practice which takes in a range of complex disputes'

Chambers UK, 2016

Representative experience

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

Represented several 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.

Advising on the sanctioning by the English Court of the Orion Insurance closure scheme of arrangement.

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.

Education and admissions


  • LL.B., The University of Sheffield


  • Member, British Insurance Law Association
  • Member, ARC
  • Member, Law Society of England


Insurance & Reinsurance

Who's Who Legal


Chambers UK, Insurance


Chambers UK, Insurance


Chambers UK, Insurance

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