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.

  • Profile
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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.

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Latest news & insights

25 Jun 2019

From Insights

Escalating tensions in the Gulf – Implications for shipping

This bulletin looks at some of the issues arising for shipowners and charterers operating in the Gulf of Oman area in light of recent developments.


11 Apr 2019

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises Gallagher on Stackhouse Poland acquisition

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised existing client Arthur J. Gallagher & Co (NYSE: AJG), a global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services..


15 Oct 2018

From News

Stephenson Harwood recruits renowned marine and energy insurance specialist Joe O'Keeffe

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has strengthened its marine and international trade practice with the addition of Joe O'Keeffe as a partner in its London office. O'Kee..


08 Jun 2018

From News

Stephenson Harwood advises on French insurance broker LBO

Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has advised the management of SIACI Saint-Honoré, the fourth largest insurance brokerage in France with a strong international presence..


04 Jun 2018

From Insights

The future of insurance - Insurtech and the view from Hong Kong

We look at how Insurtech is developing, consider some of the risks and comment on how the Hong Kong regulator is positioning itself to adjust to the new environment an..


25 May 2018

From News

Stephenson Harwood secures landmark Supreme Court judgment

The Supreme Court’s decision in Atlasnavios – Navegacao Lda ("B Atlantic", [2018] UKSC 26) was handed down on 22 May 2018.


23 May 2018

From Insights

The B Atlantic – Stephenson Harwood secures Supreme Court victory

The Supreme Court’s decision in Navigators Insurance Company Ltd and others v Atlasnavios – Navegacao Lda ("B Atlantic", [2018] UKSC 26) was handed down on 22 May 2018..


17 Nov 2017

From Insights

Stock-take on the new Hong Kong insurance regulation regime

In order to enhance its standing in the international insurance community, in 2015 the Hong Kong government initiated a wholesale reform of the insurance industry.


15 May 2017

From Insights

The Ocean Victory judgment - A cause for concern for insurers wishing to pursue subrogated claims

The Supreme Court’s recent judgment on safe port warranties includes a decision on the insurance cover of The Ocean Victory which is a cause for concern for insurers w..


07 Aug 2014

From Insights

Insurance Block Exemption – Under Review

We look at the Commission's consultation on the IBER which exempts certain agreements between companies in the insurance sector from the EU antitrust rules.


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