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Simon Garrett


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

Simon Garrett is a partner in the Insurance Team. He has worked as a lawyer in the London insurance market since 2001.  He acts for a variety of insurers, intermediaries and their insureds in defence of claims against them or advising on coverage issues. 

Simon’s practice focuses on claims against financial institutions, commercial D&O claims and complex professional indemnity disputes involving financial services companies and other professionals, particularly solicitors, IFA’s, insurance brokers, accountants and other financial services professionals. Simon also represents clients facing investigations by regulatory bodies e.g. FCA, FRC, Lloyd’s of London. Simon also regularly acts for the aviation insurance market dealing both with coverage issues and defence of insureds.

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The ‘brilliant’ Simon Garrett

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Relevant experience

  • Former Finance director of a listed accountancy firm on an FRC investigation
  • Former Directors/Employees of Safeway on a claim to pass on a Competition Act fine
  • Brokers/insurers in a USD 500 million claim for misappropriated gold
  • IFAs/Insurers for various mis-selling claims
  • Solicitors & insurers in respect of various professional negligence claims
  • SIPP operators/insurers for various breach of trust/ maladministration claims
  • Accountants/insurers for various audit & other professional negligence disputes
  • Construction firm/insurers in respect of allegations of blacklisting of construction workers
  • Aviation insurers in respect of recoveries arising out of the Lockerbie tragedy
  • Brussels airport/insurers in respect of the 2006 airport hangar fire
  • Aviation insurers in respect of the Shoreham disaster
  • Various schools facing professional indemnity claims by pupils/parents
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  • 2000 - BSc, Law with Legal Practice Management, Aston University, Birmingham
  • 2001 – LPC, University West of England, Bristol 
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  • Member: City of London Law Society, Insurance law sub-committee
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