Ralph Fearnhead Managing Associate

Contact Information

+44 20 3321 6544
ralph.fearnhead@mishcon.com

Personal Profile

Ralph is a Managing Associate in the Dispute Resolution Team with over six years' experience, specialising in insurance and reinsurance disputes.

He advises policyholders and reinsurers on coverage disputes across a wide range of business sectors and product lines including: Professional Indemnity; Business Interruption; D&O; Employers Liability; Credit Risk; Bankers Blanket Bond; and Product and General Liability Policies, as well as a range of more niche products. An expert on alternative modes of litigation funding, including third party funding, ATE/BTE and other insurance products and CFAs/DBAs, Ralph advises corporates, funders, insurers and individuals on alternative funding structures.

He has most reported insurance and reinsurance cases in recent years, successfully recovering over £100million for Standard Life from its PI insurers in the High Court and Court of Appeal and representing a large Japanese reinsurer in a number of international and multi-jurisdiction arbitrations concerning a $1.2bn property damage settlement following 9/11, culminating in a widely publicised case in the Court of Appeal.

Ralph won the International Insurance Law Association Europe Prize 2012 and regularly speaks at industry events.

Key Experience

  • His work on Follow the Fortunes clauses in Reinsurance Law has been published in Insurance Law Review and he is a member of the British Insurance Law Association and Airmic
  • Standard Life Assurance Limited v Ace European Group and Others [2012] EWHC 104 (Comm)
  • Ace European Groups & Ors v Standard Life Assurance Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 1713 

Career History

Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya
Managing Associate, Addleshaw Goddard LLP
BPP, GDL and LPC
Edinburgh University, Geography (BSC)