Stephen Netherway

Stephen Netherway


Areas of Expertise

Stephen has wide-ranging experience in disputes and arbitration, with particular focus on major insurance and reinsurance disputes, brokers/intermediaries and delegated authority arrangements, policy coverage as well as major business claims. Frequently these involve cross-border or multi-jurisdictional issues and assisting/monitoring overseas proceedings. Stephen has considerable experience in both the major trial and appellate UK Law Courts, as well as before international and domestic arbitration panels. His disputes experience includes:

  • Business critical disputes and claims
  • Professional negligence claims involving a wide variety of professionals including brokers, actuaries, solicitors, accountants, construction professionals
  • A specific focus on insurance broker and other intermediary liability / liability under delegated authority arrangements
  • Policy coverage
  • Treaty and facultative reinsurance/retrocession
  • Surety and bonding
  • PA, Travel and other personal lines classes
  • Product liability
  • Personal injury (including catastrophic personal injury) and public liability claims
  • Complex life sciences and healthcare/medical related disputes
  • Trade credit
  • Director claims and shareholder/ partnership disputes
  • Debt and liquidated damages claims and subrogated recoveries
  • Fee and commission disputes
  • Third Party Funding and ATE/CFA issues
  • Judicial review
  • FOS/Pensions Ombudsman claims
  • Media/reputation
  • Marine and Aviation
  • Injunctions including anti suit injunctions
  • Ancillary arbitral court support orders, and arbitral appeals


Prior to joining Devonshires, Stephen was a senior Insurance and Reinsurance partner in CMS Litigation and Arbitration group, being appointed partner in 2001 after joining from Dentons as an associate in 1993. Stephen was also Head of CMS UK’s Insurance sector at CMS UK.


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


“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

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)
- 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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