Bernard Caulfield


Bernard Caulfield

Retired Partner

London | 160 Queen Victoria Street, London, UK EC4V 4QQ
+44 20 7184 7533 | +44 20 7184 7001

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Bernard Caulfield has a wealth of experience in dealing with commercial disputes, including international and multi-party proceedings. He has extensive experience in the financial services, insurance and other regulated sectors. He is recommended for his expertise in the area of Dispute Resolution – Commercial Litigation in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 UK and noted for large energy disputes, varied commercial actions, insurance disputes, and matters arising from the financial downturn on behalf of hedge funds in The Legal 500 UK 2017.

Mr. Caulfield has dealt with numerous regulatory inquiries and investigations and has appeared before investigatory and disciplinary committees on behalf of clients. This includes FSA enquiries, enquiries by competition authorities and queries concerning client assets, investigations and the structuring of trading relationships between group companies across different jurisdictions.

In the insurance sector, Mr. Caulfield has acted for brokers, insurers, Lloyd’s Syndicates and agents at Lloyd’s in many major commercial insurance and reinsurance disputes that have affected the London and international markets over the last 20 years. He was lead partner in the defence of one of the largest multi-party Lloyd’s Names litigations. Mr. Caulfield has also acted for leading bookmakers in large disputes, including the first case brought by a gambler alleging a duty of care against a bookmaker. In the pensions sector, Mr. Caulfield has conducted several important cases concerning quantification and recovery of payments under the various pensions selling reviews and their recovery from insurers. In addition, Mr. Caulfield has experience before the Takeover Panel and with the OFT.

Mr. Caulfield’s work also includes advising on money laundering and he is experienced in dealing with the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the Serious Fraud Office and Police. Mr. Caulfield has represented clients in arbitrations before the ICC and other arbitral and ad hoc bodies.

  • The University of Hull, BSc (Econ), 1977
  • England and Wales
  • London Solicitors Litigation Association
  • British Insurance Law Association
  • Association of Pension Lawyers