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Darren Thompson
117 Houndsditch
1st Floor
London, EC3A 7BT
TEL: 020 3805 6292
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Darren O. Thompson

Darren Thompson is a seasoned insurance litigator with experience in high-value cross-border and domestic commercial litigation and arbitration.  He has handled complex liability and property claims involving conflicts of law, and his practice focuses on third-party losses - whether defence, subrogation or coverage.  Darren’s practice frequently involves dispute resolution by litigation and ADR. 

He has a strong scientific background frequently handling matters of a technical scientific and numerically complex nature.  In addition, he conducts a significant aspect of business activity in German and often deals with cases with a German-language element. 

Before joining Zelle International, Darren worked in some of London’s prominent insurance and commercial law firms and leading German chemicals company, BASF.

Representative Matters


Advising insurers in relation to loss related to the bacterial contamination of food.

Acting for insurers of manufacturer of components for an undersea gas interconnector on contractual dispute, applicable law and jurisdiction and contribution. (English, German, Belgian law)  

Advising insurers of manufacturer of power module manufacturer after losses arising by failure of wind turbines affecting several U.S. wind farms. (English and German law) 

Advising insurers and acting for insured manufacturer of electronic components following fire at a factory.  

Defending manufacturers of anti-corrosion coating for use in undersea hydrocarbon pipelines. (Mulheim Pipe Coatings GmbH v Chemetall plc [2007] All ER (D) 418 (May))

Advising insurers of manufacturer of satellite receiver box component in a claim relating to radiation of electromagnetic waves allegedly associated with disturbances to nearby ADSL lines. 

Advising insurers of French hip prosthesis manufacturer in relation to batch defects in ceramic hips. 

Representing insurer in a cross border product liability claim involving parties in Central Asia and Europe. (English, German and Kazakh law) 

Defending claim by automotive manufacturer against German maker of specialist tooling used in the production of carbon fibre sections of cars and other high-value vehicles. 

Advising Japanese pharmaceuticals company in a dispute under a world-wide patent licence following the unilateral and wrongful withdrawal of a product containing the patented substance.  (ICC arbitration) 

Advising insurer and, in a separate but related claim/inquest, manufacturer of a medical product derived from human cadavers used in neurosurgery.  


Advising insurers and defending insured following corrosion loss.

Acting for insurers of defendant contractor who subcontracted the installation of an allegedly faulty busbar.  

Advising insurers on issues of liability arising from a flood emanating from the insured’s premises that spread to and damaged neighbouring commercial property. 

Advising insurers on smoke damage claim. 

Acting for insurers in subrogated recovery following sewage ingress into several retail units at a landmark Central London location. 


Representing insurer in a complex outwards reinsurance dispute.

Acting for insurers and reinsurers in defending supplier of particular critical engine components for commercial airliners. 

Advising insurers of manufacturer of silicone-based medical devices in claims by multiple companies and individuals.  (English, Austrian law) 

Acting for insurers in coverage dispute following a series of alleged late notifications.

Cited cases

Mulheim Pipe Coatings GmbH v Chemetall plc [2007] All ER (D) 418 (May)

Stowers v G A Bonus Plc Helm Insurance Brokers Ltd [2003] Lloyd’s Rep IR 402

Articles & Presentations

"The Financial Conduct Authority v. Arch and Others [2021] UKSC 1 (“the FCA Test Case”)," January 26, 2021, co-author

"Lessons in Liability Litigation: A Case Study," Lloyd's Market Association Masterclass, June 4, 2019, co-presenter

"E-discovery masterclass," Lloyd's Market Association Masterclass, September 5, 2018, co-presenter

"Reservations of Rights Around the World," Insurance Law360, April 20, 2016, co-author

"Liability actually: lessons to be learned from the Court of Appeal decision in AstraZeneca Insurance Company v XL Insurance (Bermuda) and Ace Bermuda on the meaning of ‘liability’ in English law liability policies," London, 2014, co-presenter

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