Gallagher today announces that it has further invested in its litigation expertise with the appointment of two experienced insurance law practitioners.
gallagher makes key hires in its major risks practice

Ian Coleman has joined as both an originator and technical director bringing a wealth of underwriting criteria and assessment experience, with a focus on policy wordings. Ian qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and has held senior underwriter roles at leading ‘After The Event’ commercial and competition insurance litigation insurers since 2006.

James Bailey, also a qualified solicitor, has joined as a technical director. James brings specialist experience relating to litigation, policy wordings and legal issues relating to the Insurance Act 2015.

Gallagher’s Major Risks Practice is a team of over 50 professionals, including litigation insurance specialists Alan Pratten MBA ACII (30 years of broking of complex risks), Steve Jones (previously a Barristers’ Clerk at the chambers of a leading QC), Frances Emerson (a qualified solicitor and previously director at a leading litigation funder), Rob Horner (formerly an underwriter at a leading insurer), Mick Brown (formerly insurance manager at a global manufacturer), plus Thomas Bryne and Nairn Lickrish who together have over 40 years broking experience.

Alan Pratten, Managing Director of Gallagher’s Major Risks Practice, said: “When we set out to form our specialist litigation team seven years ago, we wanted assertive, ethical and talented professionals who had a passion for client delivery. The need for insurances such as Opponents Cost Legal Expenses, Arbitration Default Insurance, Judgement Preservation Insurance and Tax Insurance continues to grow. I’m confident our team has unbeatable knowledge and scale to help clients manage these risks and Ian and James will add further expertise to our already strong specialist capabilities.”