David Simpson
David Simpson

Chief Underwriting Officer

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Career Summary

David joined Thomas Miller in 1999 after completing the BCL degree at Oxford University. Prior to Oxford, he had obtained first class undergraduate degrees in Politics and Law, worked as a Judges Clerk (the NZ equivalent of a Judicial Assistant) and practised from New Zealand's leading set of chambers, concentrating on commercial litigation in general and professional liability matters in particular.

David has handled claims against barristers for Bar Mutual throughout his time at Thomas Miller and is well-known in the lawyers’ professional liability market for his involvement in most of the significant/high quantum claims against barristers in recent years.

His claims handling experience also  includes claims against solicitors, patent and trade mark agents and occupational pension trustees, as well as providing risk assessment reports for underwriters on proposals for ATE insurance in commercial litigation.

David is the Chief Underwriting Officer of Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited and his responsibilities include the day to day management of Bar Mutual underwriting issues and relationships with Bar Mutual’s reinsurers.


  • Director, Thomas Miller Professional Indemnity
  • Joined Thomas Miller in 1999
  • Barrister, Shortland Chambers, Auckland, 1994-1995
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, February 1994
  • Judges Clerk, Auckland Registry, High Court of New Zealand, 1993-1994
  • BA (in Politics) and LLB(Hons) (1993, University of Auckland), BCL (1998, Worcester College, Oxford University)

Special Experience

  • Defence of claims against barristers, solicitors, patent and trade mark agents
  • Risk assessment for ATE underwriters in commercial litigation
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