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Jonathan Bruce



Friary Court
65 Crutched Friars
London EC3N 2AE
United Kingdom

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Jonathan specialises in marine and energy/property insurance and reinsurance, and shipping. He acts mainly for insurers, reinsurers, brokers, energy companies, shipowners, insureds, and any others involved in the insurance chain. His practice is global, but he has significant experience in matters involving Latin America, Eastern Europe / Russia, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese, having lived in Brazil.

As to energy/property insurance and reinsurance, he acts in coverage disputes and subrogation claims involving property and business interruption, pipeline damage/pollution, general liability / casualty, CAR, DSU and Control of Well, in both onshore and offshore energy, including construction / Welcar. His experience extends also to the powergen, windfarm, renewables, mining, smelting and industrial sectors, as well as trade credit / political risk. On the marine side, Jonathan acts in insurance and reinsurance coverage and recovery / defence claims arising from losses worldwide, including hull and machinery damage, groundings/collision, salvage/towage, GA, pollution, defective bunkers, cargo damage / contamination, builder's risk, LOH, War Risks, TDI, P&T, etc. He also acts in charterparty and bills of lading disputes. Jonathan is highly experienced in arbitration, court proceedings and mediations, and also advises on wordings and policy architecture.

Jonathan is recommended in both Chambers UK and Legal 500 for insurance (2020 editions), including these quotes from clients: 'He is very knowledgeable, experienced, and good in front of clients. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending him' and ‘I am particularly impressed by HFW partner Jonathan Bruce. Highly effective negotiator, a very incisive legal mind, grasps the big picture straight away and able to provide prompt and practical advice’. Jonathan is also recommended in the top band for insurance lawyers in Chambers Global and Chambers Latam. The 2016 guide comments that "The esteemed Jonathan Bruce is a popular choice for clients" and "he is a leader in the field". The 2018 guide quotes clients as saying that he is a "very well-regarded figure in insurance and reinsurance", and "an excellent strategist; a very easy lawyer to work with". The 2019 guide quotes him described by clients as "outstanding", referring to his "stellar track record".

Jonathan is qualified in England and Wales.

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The London office is the firm's largest, with over 250 lawyers.

It offers the full range of services that HFW provides globally, with partners from the London office working closely with all the other HFW offices, as well as in many jurisdictions around the world. HFW moved to its current premises in September 2008, having previously been in nearby Lloyds Avenue for almost 100 years.

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