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Ed Foss


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English

Ed Foss is a partner in the Insurance and Reinsurance Group at CMS. Ed has over 20 years’ experience advising insurers and insurance brokers on liability issues as well as acting for other professionals and their insurers, in particular solicitors firms. Before joining CMS as a partner in 2008, Ed spent 7 years as the Group Legal Adviser to a major international insurance broker. Prior to that he trained and became a partner at another recognised insurance firm. Ed blends his legal experience with a practical and first-hand knowledge of the insurance market.

Ed is particularly well known for his work on liability issues for insurance brokers and solicitors firms and their insurers. Ed acts for many of the major international insurance brokers and large law firms offers a unique legal and practical insight into the exposures these clients face and how best to mitigate them. Ed also acts on behalf of other professionals and Directors & Officers (both defence and coverage) as well as advising on reinsurance issues.

Ed is recommended in both the Legal 500 and Chambers and was a committee member of the British Insurance Law Association for many years.

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"He fights for his clients but does it with a lightness of touch and a sense of humour."

Chambers, 2021

"A very good lawyer with a good reputation."

Chambers, 2021

"He is a very strong advocate for his clients and fights to the end."

Chambers, 2021

"He is someone who has your back constantly and who is always thinking about how best to manage internal stakeholders."

Chambers, 2020

Interviewees praise “his excellent subject area knowledge and strong commercial sense”. “Ed knows the market inside out”.

Chambers, 2015

Ed Foss “knows the law backwards, and is ingenious”.

Legal 500, 2015

Relevant experience

  • Simmons & Simmons LLP in the case of Hinkel -v- Simmons & Simmons LLP (CH-2020-000134).
  • Dentons in the case of Link ATL Pension Trustees Ltd and others -v- Sedgwick Financial Services Limited and others (BL-2018-000525).
  • Womble Bond Dickinson in the case of Philip Day -v- WBD (QB-2018-003709).
  • The producing broker in the case of Involnert Management Inc –v- Aprilgrange & Ors [2015] EWHC 2225 (Comm).
  • Agnew Higgins Pickering Ltd in the case of Gard Marine & Energy Ltd –v- Lloyd Tunnicliffe & Ors [2010] EWCA Civ 1052.
  • Heath Lambert in the case of ICSOP –v- Heath Lambert Ltd.
  • Aon UK Ltd in the case of Eastcap Limited –v- Aon UK Ltd.
  • The defendant brokers in the case of Kitty Hawk Co Ltd –v- JLT Speciality Ltd/Lloyd & Partners Ltd.
  • Curzon Insurance in the recent Federal Mogul asbestos case.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Member, British Insurance Law Association
  • Former Committee Member, British Insurance Law Association
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  • Countdown to Insurance Reform – Insurance Day 22.7.15
  • A New Regime for Insurance Contract Law – Kluwer review of banking, financial and insurance law (Luxembourg) – to be published at end of the year
  • Insurance Act Receives Royal Assent – Reactions 18.2.15 – article by Ed and Simon Garrett
  • What are the Practical Considerations of the Insurance Act 2015 – Strategic Risk 9.3.15 – article by Ed and Simon Garrett
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Lectures list

  • Insurance Act 2015 – presentations to LIIBA and Locktons
  • Insurance Contract Law – presentation to Aon
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  • 1989 - Chester Law School (Merit), Chester
  • 1985 - LLB, Cardiff University, Cardiff
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