Richard was named Insurance Junior of the Year at the 2014 Chambers Bar Awards. The Awards are based upon independent research conducted for the 2015 edition of Chambers UK.
In May and June 2016 Richard addressed the annual AIRMIC and BIBA conferences on the challenges facing the insurance industry in implementing the Insurance Act 2015 and Enterprise Act 2016 (see ‘Events’ for links).
In November 2015 an Opinion provided by Richard and Colin Edelman QC was relied upon by an alliance of the UK insurance industry, consisting of Mactavish, Lloyd’s, the LMA, IUA, ABI, BIBA, LIIBA and AIRMIC, in the House of Lords debate on proposed amendments to the Insurance Act 2015. The amendments, including amendments proposed by Colin and Richard, became law with the passing of the Enterprise Act 2016 on 4 May 2016.
In November 2013, Richard attended the Insuralex Global Insurance Lawyers Group conference in Bermuda, presenting sessions on ‘The Insurability of Fines and Penalties’ and ‘Aggregation in the Reinsurance Context’. The details may be viewed here.
Senior junior whose practice encompasses significant international insurance and reinsurance disputes. His deep involvement with the industry has led to him providing opinions on amendments to the 2015 Insurance Act. Harrison regularly handles complex arbitrations. "A very smooth advocate. He's very good at dealing with clients." "He has tremendous legal common sense and a thorough grasp of the detail without losing the big picture." - Insurance, Chambers UK Bar 2019
‘Very user friendly.’ - Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2019
‘A highly regarded senior junior with a focus on insurance and reinsurance practice.’ - Insurance and Reinsurance, Legal 500 2019
Senior junior whose practice encompasses significant international insurance and reinsurance disputes. His deep involvement with the industry has led to him providing opinions on amendments to the 2015 Insurance Act. Harrison regularly handles complex arbitrations. "...has tremendous legal common sense and demonstrates a thorough grasp of the detail without losing sight of the big picture." "Richard Harrison has wide-ranging insurance knowledge and is hugely efficient." Defended Enterprise Insurance in a dispute involving the alleged repudiation of a claims management agreement. - Insurance & Reinsurance, Chambers UK 2018
"A practical, sensible and proactive junior with standing in the field." - Insurance and Reinsurance, Legal 500 2017
"Highly rated." - Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2017
Senior junior whose practice entails handling a significant international caseload of highly complex insurance and reinsurance disputes. His deep involvement with the industry has led to him providing opinions on amendments to the 2015 Insurance Act. "Simply superb. He gives clear, focused advice and is a pleasure to work with." "Extremely sensible, very commercial, very measured and easy to deal with, he knows his insurance and reinsurance inside and out." Defended Enterprise Insurance against allegations of repudiation of a claims management agreement concerning 12,000 third-party insurance claims. - Insurance, Chambers UK 2016
Richard Harrison, ranked as a Leading junior in 'Insurance and reinsurance', is "Immersed in (re)insurance jurisprudence and market practice - at the top of his game" - Legal 500 2016
Richard Harrison is ranked as a Leading junior in 'Professional negligence' "He provides a deep level of knowledge" - Legal 500 2016
Richard is recommended as a Leading Junior in Insurance and Reinsurance by the Legal 500 and Chambers UK. He is also recommended by Legal 500 as a leading junior for Professional Negligence.
Has an almost wholly insurance and reinsurance-centred practice and handles cases with significant multi-jurisdictional aspects. He has received instructions from Hong Kong, Germany and Iceland amongst other places. "Incredibly bright, hard-working, thoughtful and reliable." Acted in the Rathbone Brothers case, which concerned over £100 million in liability coverage disputes. - Insurance, Chambers UK 2016
"He is brilliant, thorough, incisive and strategic – you want him on your team." - Insurance and Reinsurance, Legal 500 2015
"Exceptional." - Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2015
Maintains a highly focused insurance and reinsurance practice, and is adept at handling the more technical cases. His work is increasingly international in scope, and he receives instructions directly from Hong Kong, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, among a number of countries and territories. Expertise: "He's an exceptionally charming individual. He backs that up with also having a really impressive grasp of the issues and the ability to think laterally about the problems one encounters." Recent work: Represents an insured professional trustee who is facing a claim in excess of £100 million brought by a number of beneficiaries of the Jack Walker Trust who allege mismanagement of the trust's assets. - Insurance, Chambers UK 2015
"Exceptionally capable and very impressive." - Insurance and Reinsurance, Legal 500 2014
"Very experienced and focussed." - Professional Negligence, Legal 500 2014
Praised for his ability to handle an extensive range of insurance and reinsurance matters. "He has an incisive mind and often manages to bring a different view to issues he is asked to advise on". "Very intelligent, and has a wealth of knowledge on insurance-related matters. He is very approachable, which makes for excellent collaboration". - Chambers UK 2014
"Is the kind of barrister who is always willing to go the extra mile. As well as being technically superb, he is approachable and pleasant to work with." He has experience as both counsel and arbitrator in a wide variety of insurance and reinsurance disputes. - Chambers UK 2013
"Combines technical capability with being very user-friendly; a modern-day senior junior" - Insurance and Reinsurance, Legal 500
"...provides clear, concise and practical advice" and "gets top marks for judgement, balance and application" - Insurance and Reinsurance, Legal 500
"Expresses sound and reliable opinions and brings bright and innovative ideas to a case" - Insurance and Reinsurance, Chambers UK
"...Richard Harrison very succinctly sums up matters in a fair way to the court" - Insurance and Reinsurance, Legal 500
Richard is ranked as a leading junior for Insurance and Reinsurance in both Chambers UK ("incredibly bright, hard-working, thoughtful and reliable") and Legal 500 ("brilliant, thorough, incisive and strategic – you want him on your team").
Richard has a profound depth of experience in advising on and arbitrating/litigating disputes in the insurance and reinsurance fields (including Bermuda Form).
Richard’s experience covers all aspects of insurance and reinsurance, including notification, aggregation, avoidance and fraud, advising re FCA regulation, wordings, TOBAs, binding authorities and claims management contracts; compliance and strategic advice concerning the Insurance Act 2015.
Richard’s reported cases include Rathbone Brothers v Novae in the Court of Appeal and EL Trigger in the Supreme Court. Recent high-profile cases include the British Airways Heathrow data centre outage 2017 (business interruption claim); NotPetya Ukrainian cyber-attack 2017 (business interruption/cyber insurance); Icelandic bank/Tchenguiz claim (professional indemnity insurance); South Korean toxic humidifier disinfectant death and injury claims (product liability insurance); Petrobras corruption scandal - New York class action (professional indemnity insurance); major weapon systems claim (export credit insurance); liability of professional trustees in Guernsey and Jersey (professional indemnity and D&O insurance); World Trade Center aggregation/coverage arbitrations (excess of loss reinsurance); antisuit injunction for excess of loss insurers against US wood products manufacturer (US umbrella liability insurance); failure of Enterprise Zone, EBT and film financing tax schemes (professional liability insurance); satellite fuel leak claim (in-orbit and revenue insurance); mis-selling of financial products (Hong Kong banks - professional liability insurance); Californian wildfires (whole account reinsurance); British Steel blast furnace claim (property and business interruption insurance); class actions against Canadian auditors (excess of loss reinsurance); legal expenses insurance disputes, including security for costs (before and after the event insurance); pension scheme/trustee liability (trustee liability insurance); collapse of VW/Audi dealership showrooms (professional indemnity insurance); asbestos property and injury claims (public and employers’ liability insurance); advising on bespoke merger and acquisition policies.
Recent cases include:
Involvement in many aspects of commercial litigation and advisory work including arbitration and ADR.
Recent cases include:
Richard is ranked as leading junior by Legal 500 (2014) for professional negligence, where he is described as ‘very experienced and focussed.’
Experienced in professional negligence claims involving the insurance sector, legal services, the financial sector, the construction industry, valuers (commercial and residential), accountants and auditors.
Recent cases include (see above for insurance related claims):
Richard Harrison offers expertise in handling fraud in the context of insurance claims, including coverage issues arising from fraudulent activities and the effect of fraudulent conduct in course of pursuing insurance claims.
ARIAS (UK) Panel Arbitrator
Squire University Law Scholarship
College Scholarship and Prize
Inns of Court School of Law
Lincoln's Inn Sunley Scholarship 1990
Lincoln's Inn Hubert-Greenland Scholarship (Major Award)
University of Cambridge, Robinson College M.A (Law Tripos)