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Monica Lesny


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

Monica Lesny is a partner in the Insurance Group.  She handles a variety of professional negligence claims and has acted on a number of high value Contractors All Risk disputes.

Following an extended secondment at QBE, her primary focus is on construction professional indemnity insurance and she is currently defending claims involving a range of professionals including architects, engineers, construction/project managers and surveyors. She has particular experience in M&E and infrastructure claims and in addition to matters in the UK, is currently handling claims in Italy, Hungary, Poland and France on behalf of London Market insurers.

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Monica “knows how to assess strengths and weaknesses in arguments”

Legal 500

“Super Lawyers”: Rising Star 2013-2015

Tomson Reuters

Relevant experience

  • Engineers: in relation to a mineral extraction plant in Chile.
  • Architects: high court dispute on the Northern Triangle, Emirates Development.
  • Insurers: in connection with a number of arbitrations brought against architects in the UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar).
  • Insurers: on a number of high profile multi million fire related claims (against D&B contractors, architects etc).
  • Engineers: claim in relation to a large biomass plant in Belgium.
  • Insurers: claims arising from the design and construction of waste recycling facilities in Greater Manchester.
  • Insurers: on claims and coverage arising from infrastructure projects, and building collapses in Southern and Eastern Europe (including Hungary, Latvia, Portugal and Poland as well as the UK).
  • Administrator/Insolvency Practitioner: claims arising from the insolvency of Sixty UK.
  • Insurers: on coverage claims arising from provision of a new accommodation module to a mobile drilling platform.
  • Farraj and another v King’s Healthcare NHS Trust and another (Court of Appeal) [2009] EWCA Civ 1203.
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  • LLB - Manchester University 
  • LPC - Nottingham Law School
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