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Zoe Burge


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
2 College Square
Anchor Road
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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  • 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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  • 1999 – LPC, College of Law, Chester
  • 1998 – LLB (Hons), University of Birmingham 
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Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd v Hon-Ying Amie Tsang [2023]
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Professional Indemnity Insurance Seminar 2023
The annual Professional Indemnity Seminar for insurance professionals took place on Wednesday, 7 June 2023. The event provided an update on legal issues of interest to all PI classes, as well as relevant content for specific sectors.
Professional Indemnity Insurance Seminar
The annual Professional Indemnity Seminar for insurance professionals is taking place on Wednesday, 7 June 2023. As usual, the event will provide an update on legal issues of interest to all PI classes...
CMS Professional Indemnity Insurance Seminar
Our annual professional indemnity event for insurance professionals took place in Cannon Place on Thursday 24 March 2022. A video recording of the event is now available to watch here. As usual, the...
COVID-19 Insurance Implications
The COVID-19 pandemic has extracted a terrible toll on human life and has caused sig­ni­fic­ant disruption to business and investment worldwide. The true economic impact of the pandemic remains to be determined...
Supreme Court rules on loss of a chance claim
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Supreme Court guidance on loss of a chance claims -  Perry v Raleys Solicitors
This is the first occasion that the Supreme Court has had the opportunity to consider a claim for a loss of a chance in a professional negligence claim relating to a lost litigation opportunity, since...
IRG Financial Lines Seminars
Our Insurance and Reinsurance Group is a recognised market leader and is consistently ranked among the UK’s top legal insurance practices in the leading legal directories. We regularly handle large, com­plex...
Solicitors’ PI: negligent solicitors not entitled to rely on illegality...
The Court of Appeal recently dismissed an appeal by solicitors, upholding a decision that their client was entitled to damages of £78,000 caused by their negligent failure to file Land Registry documents...
Solicitors’ PI: innocent solicitors are financially liable in property...
In a surprising decision of the Court of Appeal in Dreamvar (UK) Limited v Mishcon de Reya, it has been held that a buyer’s conveyancing solicitors who had not been negligent in their conduct of the...
Supreme Court considers duty of care owed by solicitor
In Steel and Another v NRAM Limited, the Supreme Court unanimously reaffirmed that a solicitor acting for one party to a transaction will only owe a duty of care, and potential liability for negligent...
Professional Negligence: Supreme Court decision in BPE Solicitors v Hughes-Hol­land...
The Supreme Court provided important clarification of SAAMCO last month in BPE Solicitors and another v Hughes-Holland (in substitution for Gabriel). The issue on appeal was what damages are recoverable...