David Benest is office managing partner of Appleby’s Jersey office. He is also a partner in the Litigation and Insolvency department. Benest advises on all types of commercial litigation. He primarily specialises in professional negligence, property matters and insurance-related work. He joined Appleby in 1997 and was made a partner in 2001.
Benest has an established reputation for significant defendant insurance-related work acting for, among others, the Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands, Royal and Sun Alliance, AXA, Norwich Union, the Medical Protection Society and the Medical Defence Union.
Chambers UK 2013 described Benest as a ‘smart, focused and well-prepared counsel’. Chambers Global 2012 descrided him as an ‘excellent lawyer’ who specialises in insurance-related work. He was named as a Leader in his Field by Chambers UK 2012. He was also named as a Leader in his Field by Chambers Europe 2011 and 2010.
Benest was described as ‘sensible and practical’ and ‘quick on his feet’ in the 2009 edition of Chambers Global. He was described as ‘highly rated’ by Legal 500 UK 2009 and as ‘very good, very independent — a strong advocate’ by the 2008 edition. He was recommended for dispute resolution by PLC Which Lawyer? 2009.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Jersey Law Review, the Board of Examiners for the Jersey Bar Examinations and the Jersey Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.
Benest has contributed to numerous publications including the 2009 PLC Which Lawyer? Dispute Resolution Handbook. He is a keen speaker and has chaired the February 2011 OP Conference on Trust Litigation in Jersey.
Benest speaks some French.
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