The idea of setting up a small, specialist insurance barristers’ chambers, focusing on strong and sustained professional relationships with client solicitors and professional clients, was something Colin and Elton first discussed as long ago as March 2014, on the occasion of a mutual colleague’s celebration of appointment to the High Court Bench.
The opportunity to do so and to operate a practice independent of all others, for various reasons, did not arise until shortly before the turn of the decade.
With the creation of Maryon Wynter Chambers, the long-held plan finally came to fruition.
Welcome to Maryon Wynter Chambers.
Advice and Litigation
Colin, for over 30 years, has advised in and appeared on behalf of policyholders, insurers and reinsurers in all aspects of non-marine insurance disputes, litigation and arbitrations.
Colin has also reviewed and revised insurance policy wordings on behalf of dozens of companies, including BSkyB, Coca Cola, Babcock, Crest Nicholson, Heathrow Airport and has variously drafted and revised commercial insurance wordings for a number of insurers and brokers.
Given his seniority, wealth and breadth of experience, Colin is now regularly asked to sit as an arbitrator and/or arbitral umpire, parties particularly valuing the independence readily visible to, and appreciated by, their clients in Colin’s standalone practice out of Maryon Wynter Chambers.
Colin’s arbitral practice is more fully addressed under separate heading.
Colin Wynter KC has specialised in insurance law for more than thirty years and has appeared in many leading cases during that period. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including “Insurance QC of the year” (Chambers & Partners) and “Lawyer of the Week” (The Times). He has also been runner-up for Business Week’s “Lawyer of the Year” Award (a source of enduring frustration).
Following his success in the Supreme Court on behalf of asbestos cancer claimants in the long-running employer’s liability insurance Trigger Litigation, Colin turned his attention to advising corporate insurance policyholders on the hidden perils lurking within their insurance wordings, out of which developed an extensive practice reviewing and revising, on behalf of principally corporate policyholders, insurers’ standard commercial policy wordings, across all classes.
This in turn led him to create in 2016, together with, Stuart Hill, the specialist insurance law, policyholder-only, mixed legal practice law firm, Wynterhill LLP, for the purpose of providing a conflict-free, specialist insurance practice, able to respond to every need of the corporate insured.
Wynterhill LLP having become an established presence within the insurance market, Colin has turned his attention to the creation of Maryon Wynter Chambers, which has been set up in order to enable Colin’s barrister work to be conducted in the fully independent manner of the traditional Bar, and further to enable him to accept instructions from both Insurers and Policyholders, as per the Bar’s “cab rank rule”.
He remains a consultant at Wynterhill LLP, and can be instructed by solicitors, dependent upon client preference, via either Maryon Wynter Chambers or Wynterhill LLP.
Authorised to accept instructions directly from individual corporate entities and members of the public, on insurance policy wordings, insurance coverage and claims disputes, without intercession of a solicitor. This will be an advisory service only.
During the Covid pandemic, Colin provided numerous written and oral advices, many for no fee, to financially distressed companies and individual businesses, as well as to more comfortably off enterprises. As a specialist insurance practitioner, he felt morally obliged to make our services as widely available as possible, in a time of unusually great need for such expertise.
Colin enjoys good wine, good food and watching Arsenal play lower league opposition.
T: +44 (0)20 3056 8878
M: +44 (0)7704 903 378
X: @QcWynter / @maryonwynter
Elton Maryon acted as clerk to Colin for the best part of 30 years, during their time together at Devereux Chambers, where Elton had worked continuously from 1976 to 2014, initially as a Junior Clerk rising to the role of Joint Senior Clerk in 1986 and Senior Clerk in 1991, a position he held until 2009, when he became Consultant Clerk. In 2016 he was Consultant Senior Clerk at Arden Chambers and from 2017 to 2019 worked at Hardwicke Chambers as a Practice Manager and prior to that role, as the Fees Management Consultant.
Elton’s approach is principally one of creating and thereafter maintaining trusted working relationships, he and his barristers doing what they can for trusted clients, in terms of response times and, where appropriate, fees, at the same time as seeking to build similar relationships with newer, more recently arrived clients. As for wider marketing, the approach with which both Elton and Colin have always felt most comfortable is one of letting the work do the marketing.
Elton enjoys comedy, reading, theatre, cinema, jazz and is a Crystal Palace season ticket holder.
T: +44 (0)20 3056 8883
M: +44 (0)7802 462 966
X: @EltonMaryon / @maryonwynter