David Hertzell

Senior Advisor

David Hertzell was appointed as Law Commissioner for commercial and common law on 1 July 2007.
He began his legal career as a trainee solicitor with Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) in 1981 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1983. DAC made Mr Hertzell a partner in 1989. He became managing partner in 1992; a post he held until 1996 and again from 1999 to 2006. Apart from his management responsibilities Mr Hertzell specialised in professional indemnity, reinsurance, captive insurance and regulatory issues. DAC later merged with Beachcroft to form DAC Beachcroft.


He previously chaired the Airmic (the UK risk managers association) Captive Insurance Focus Group and was a member of the BSI drafting committee on risk management. He is currently President of the British Insurance Law Association, Chair of the CII Professional Standards Board and a Board member of Airmic. He is a pension fund trustee and until 2014 sat as the independent member on the audit and risk committee of the Judicial Appointments Commission. He has written several articles on captive and commercial insurance and contributed to books on these topics.

David has recently been appointed jointly by the Secretary of State for Justice and the Chancellor of the Exchequer to Chair the Government’s task force on insurance fraud.

David joined Mactavish in January 2015 as a special advisor to offer advice to corporates, brokers and insurers in preparing for legislated Law Reform and subsequent and related common law developments.


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