Stephen Netherway

Stephen Netherway


Areas of Expertise

Stephen has considerable and wide-ranging experience in insurance  and reinsurance policy coverage issues and insurance and reinsurance related business disputes, including disputes involving insurers, reinsurers and brokers/intermediaries. Stephen’s wider dispute experience also includes extensive experience of multi-party, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional issues. Stephen has considerable experience in both the major trial and appellate UK Law Courts, as well as before international and domestic arbitration panels. His insurance and reinsurance focussed experience includes:

  • Business critical disputes and claims, including market disputes
  • Policy coverage
  • A specific focus on insurance broker and other intermediary liability, including fee and commission disputes
  • Treaty and Facultative reinsurance
  • Professional negligence
  • Directors & Officers and Crime/ Fidelity
  • Property
  • Business Interruption (including Covid) claims
  • PA, Travel and other personal lines classes
  • Life and Critical Illness, Healthcare/medical related disputes and personal injury
  • Public liability
  • Product liability
  • Surety and bonding, trade credit
  • Other classes, including employers liability, cyber,  judicial review, title insurance.
  • Third Party Funding and ATE/CFA issues
  • Financial Ombudsman/Pensions Ombudsman claims


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



“Excellent”, “cool under fire”, noted for ability to “see through the complexities of the matter to the core point”Chambers Legal Directory 2019

Stephen has also been recognised in Legal Business/Legal 500’s Directory of Legal Experts (professional negligence), Euromoney’s World’s Leading Insurance and Reinsurance lawyers, Who’s Who Legal, as well as in Chambers Directory for insurance and reinsurance claims.

Stephen was recognised in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers UK and the current digest of Who’s Who Legal.


Stephen graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in Law (LL.B) 2:1

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Professional Membership

Stephen is a CEDR accredited mediator.

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

- Spire Healthcare Group v RSA
- Syndicate 1242 v Morgan Read & Sharman Ltd (The Travel Insurance Litigation)
- River Countess & ors v MSC Cruise Management Ltd
- Mander Syndicate v Prudential, Gyngell Dobinson & Gregory and ors
- NRG v Bacon & Woodrow and ors
- Farraj v King’s Hospital Trust & ors
- Lincoln National v Sun Life & Phoenix
- Goshawk v ROP
- The Lloyd’s Litigation
- Harcus Sinclair v Buttonwood Legal Capital and ors
- Buttonwood Legal Capital v Rylatt Chubb (a frim)
- Regina (Beety & others) v Nursing & Midwifery Council
- Sphere Drake v Orion


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