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Our insurance offering encompasses two strands:
  1. Marine insurance – acting for London and continental insurers and reinsurers on all aspects of coverage and subrogated disputes as well as advising in relation to risk management and wordings.
  2. Commercial – advising on commercial and corporate insurance matters, reinsurance and dispute resolution. We act for insurers and reinsurers, as well as for major insured companies and their captive insurers and brokers.

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Operating primarily from London and Paris, but with capability in Dubai, South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore, the team acts for some of the major international players and their representatives. Through our knowledge of the market and its dynamics, we are known for our high levels of client service and for our commercial approach.

Our marine insurance team is recognised for its expertise, globally. We have substantial experience of major European, Asian, offshore and international insurance and reinsurance dispute resolution, in all classes of business.

In corporate and commercial work, we regularly advise clients on regulatory and compliance matters, drafting policy, treaty wordings and management agreements. We have substantial M&A experience and capital markets capabilities.

“They are very approachable and grounded. They know what the market wants, and what insurers want.”
Chambers UK 2014

London's largest hull casualty claim

Acting for underwriters in the largest hull casualty the London market has ever known.

P&I clubs and other mutual

Advising in relation to regulation of insurance intermediaries.

Explosion and sinking of a vessel

Advised cargo and charterer's liability underwriters following the explosion and sinking of a vessel carrying a bulk metallic cargo.

Broker M&A

Advising a leading global brokerage for commercial insurance, employee benefits and risk management solutions on various acquisitions.

Sale of consulting business

Advising a global accountancy firm on the sale of its employee benefits consulting business.

Insurance outsourcing contracts

Advising on the UK's first ever Shari'a compliant insurance outsourcing (to a leading UK outsourcing company).

Professional indemnity insurance claims

Defending a firm of actuaries and benefit consultants against an allegation of professional negligence.

Competition law compliance matters

Advising a UK multi-line commercial property and casualty insurance provider on best competition law compliance practice in relation to ad hoc co(re)insurance arrangements on the London subscription market.

Pension liberation scheme

Acting for banks defending claims brought against them in respect of a pension liberation scheme.

British Marine Holdings Limited

Representing the client on its sale to QBE Insurance.

Alex Davis Partner and Head of Insurance

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