Stephen Netherway

Stephen Netherway


Areas of Expertise

Stephen is one of the UK’s leading insurance lawyers, with over 30 years’ experience in the sector. With a formidable reputation for dealing with the most complex matters he has a market leading focus in business-critical commercial insurance and reinsurance disputes, including coverage and FOS/regulatory claims.

Stephen is experienced in all major classes of first party and third party insurance business, namely: professional indemnity/ negligence, marine, directors & officers and crime/ fidelity, property (and title risk), business interruption (including Covid claims), construction, accident & health, travel and other personal lines classes, life and critical Illness, public and products liability, surety and bonds, trade credit, contingency and cancellation, general commercial liability including employers’ liability, specie and ATE.

Stephen’s focus also includes treaty and facultative reinsurance (life and non-life) disputes and claims, within the professional indemnity/professional negligence sphere. Additionally, Stephen is well versed in broker/intermediary and delegated authority liability disputes.

He has extensive experience in the major trial and appellate UK law courts and has considerable expertise  as a recognised practitioner in international and domestic arbitration.

Stephen’s practice encompasses domestic and international work, and is frequently involved in advising both domestic and overseas clients on cross-border or multi-jurisdictional issues and assisting/monitoring overseas proceedings.


Prior to joining Devonshires in 2019, Stephen was a senior Insurance Partner at CMS UK, being appointed partner in 2001. Stephen was also Head of CMS UK’s Insurance sector.


  • Lead Author of Limited Liability for Professional Partnerships (Jordans)
  • Past contributing Editor to Practitioners Book Insurance Broking Practice and the Law (Informa)


Stephen is recognised in both Legal 500 for professional negligence and Chambers for insurance and reinsurance claims and in Euromoney’s World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance lawyers. Stephen is recognised in the current Editions of The Best Lawyers UK and Who’s Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance.


Regular presenter of seminars and webinars on insurance issues. Most recently, presenter at Devonshires’ Building Safety Act conference.


Stephen graduated with his degree in Law (LL.B) from the University of Nottingham.


Lifelong Reading FC, Worcestershire CCC and, previously, Worcester Warriors supporter.


Member of the Insurance Team at CMS that won The Lawyer Client Care award.

News Articles

Professional Membership

Stephen is a CEDR accredited mediator.


“just excellent”, “very hands on and responsive” and “simplifies strategy to achieve the best commercial outcome”

Anonymous client

“Excellent”, “cool under fire”, noted for ability to “see through the complexities of the matter to the core point”

Chambers Legal Directory 2019

Get in touch

020 7880 4328
07770 459 339
London Office
Devonshires Solicitors LLP
30 Finsbury Circus

PA: Elizabeth Holland
020 7880 4343

Notable Cases

Morgan Read & Sharman Ltd (The Travel Insurance Litigation), [2001] 8 WLUK 36

River Countess & ors v MSC Cruise Management Ltd, - [2021] EWHC 2652 (Admlty)

Spire Healthcare Group v RSA, [2018] EWCA Civ 317; [2022] P.N.L.R. 15

Mander Syndicate v Prudential, Gyngell Dobinson & Gregory and ors, [1998] 1 WLUK 311

Nederlandse Reassurantie Groep Holding NV NRG v Bacon & Woodrow and ors, [1995] 1 All E.R. 976

Farraj v King’s Healthcare NHS Trust, [2009] EWCA Civ 1203

Lincoln National v Sun Life & Phoenix, [2006] 1 All ER (Comm) 675

Goshawk Dedicated Ltd v ROP Inc, [2006] EWHC 1730 (Comm)

Harcus Sinclair (a firm) v Buttonwood Legal Capital Ltd, Rylatt Chubb (a firm), Alternative Real Estate Fund Limited, Roskill Advisors (Cayman) Limited [2013] EWHC

R (Beety & others) v Nursing & Midwifery Council [2017] EWHC 3232

Sphere Drake Insurance plc v Orion Insurance plc [1991] EWCA Civ J0806-1


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