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Insurance Disputes

Effective risk transfer strategies and protection


We understand that stakeholders across the insurance market require specialist expertise, often across jurisdictions, and the ability to apply this sector experience to resolve disputes effectively.

Most companies around the world use insurance as a means of effective risk transfer for their business. From traditional policies such as property damage and business interruption, directors and officers (D&O) liability, professional indemnity, and public and product liability, to newer and more bespoke products such as cyber, credit and political risk and warranty and indemnity (W&I) insurances, we can help you.

We work with corporate policyholders, brokers and insurance and reinsurance companies to provide strategic legal advice often on complex, high profile insurance and reinsurance disputes and achieve excellent outcomes that demonstrate real client value. 

Assisting with major claims is our core expertise, including advice on coverage, claim project management, claims advocacy to secure appropriate settlement of the claim using the full range of dispute resolution procedures including litigation, arbitration and all the forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

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Recent Experience

Financial Conduct Authority

representing the FCA in its ground-breaking business interruption insurance test case for losses arising out of COVID-19 at first instance and the UK Supreme Court in 2020


advising on claims under aviation insurance policies in excess of US$3.5 billion relating to the loss of aircraft and engines in Ukraine and Russia following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the imposition of international sanctions

BHP Billiton-Mitsubishi Alliance

representing BMA when its eight open cut coal mines were inundated in the Queensland floods of 2008 (and again in 2011), triggering a contested $1B business interruption claim

Single Buoy Moorings Inc

advising in connection with a US$1.3 billion Construction All Risks insurance claim considered to be the largest in the energy insurance market of the last decade

Toll Holdings Limited

acting for Toll in recovering losses under its cyber insurance policies following two ransomware attacks in 2020

a UK retail bank

advising on D&O and POSI insurance claims in respect of a s90 FSMA securities action and regulatory proceedings arising from the global financial crisis

Insights and updates

3rd February 2023
Our assessment of the key lessons for insurance policyholders based on last year’s top cases...
22nd August 2022
Like all forms of insurance, the cover actually provided by policies which might be thought...
11th August 2022
A claim under a Directors and Officers liability policy for investigation, defence and settlement costs...
12th July 2022
A recent decision of the New South Wales Supreme Court 1 demonstrates the scepticism with...

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31 March 2023

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