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Zoe Burge

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
College Square
2 Anchor Road
Bristol
BS1 5UE
England
United Kingdom
Languages English, French

Zoe Burge is a partner and Solicitor Advocate in the Insurance & Reinsurance Group of CMS UK. Zoe has worked in the London insurance market since 2008 and has a background in commercial disputes. Zoe moved from London to Bristol in 2012 and manages our Bristol team of insurance lawyers.

Zoe has worked on a wide range of professional indemnity disputes, but has particular experience of claims against solicitors and insurance intermediaries. Zoe also regularly advises Insurers on complex policy coverage issues relating to D&O, financial institutions and solicitors.

Zoe has her Higher Rights of Audience in Civil Advocacy and is a contributor to “Solicitors’ Claims: A Practical Guide” which was published by Sweet & Maxwell in 2013.

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Relevant experience

  • Top 10 City Law Firms on the defence of high value and complex claims against solicitors, including but not limited to those arising out of mishandled litigation, tax planning schemes, commercial licensing arrangements, matrimonial proceedings; company acquisitions and mortgage fraud.
  • Insurers on policy coverage in relation to claims against solicitors (including off-shore firms) and brokers.
  • Insurers on policy in relation to claims against directors, IFAs, hedge funds, venture capitalists; including, claims brought by the FSCS following the collapse of Keydata and claims arising from Madoff;
  • Insurers on coverage and monitoring in respect of a USD 40m breach of trust claim in Jersey arising out of claims by investors in a highly complicated off-shore property investment structure.
  • Large scale commercial disputes including: FTI Consulting Ltd in its defence of an USD 800m claim brought by Dar Al Arkan and Bank Alkhair (Top 20 case in Commercial Court for 2014 and 2015) and the Liquidators of BCCI in their USD 1bn claim against the Bank of England for misfeasance. 
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Education

1999 – LPC, College of Law, Chester

1998 – LLB (Hons), University of Birmingham 

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Publications

Contributor to “Solicitors’ Claims: A Practical Guide”, published with Sweet & Maxwell in October 2013

Contributor to the market publication “Insurance Broking Practice and the Law

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