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Insurance Litigation

Allen & Overy’s international team of insurance litigation and arbitration lawyers is renowned for its legal and tactical expertise, depth of resource and clout in resolving coverage disputes.

We specialise in advising on the resolution of large and difficult claims and in the defence of claims against companies and their directors that are insured under all types of liability insurance policies. 

A&O is ideally positioned to take on cross-border cases given our extensive office network covering the key insurance markets in Western Europe, Asia and the U.S. We are world leaders in the use of arbitration, typically the preferred form of dispute resolution in insurance policies. 

Our insurance cases frequently involve catastrophic losses, difficult coverage and loss allocation issues, often with complex underlying international litigation and arbitration. We are experts in:

  • professional indemnity/civil liability 
  • product liability, toxic tort liabilities and product withdrawals (particularly in the pharmaceutical context) 
  • environmental, nuisance, property damage and business interruption claims 
  • directors and officers (D&O) liabilities, often connected to U.S. securities class actions 
  • catastrophe financial risk 
  • credit insurance 
  • crime policy/bankers blanket bond 
  • regulatory risk and political risk 
  • distressed captives and insolvent insurers 
  • insurance and reinsurance advisory services 

News and insights

Airplane on runway

Publications: 07 December 2022

Russia-Ukraine conflict - Update on aviation insurance claims

As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues, claims under aviation insurance policies have been a key focus, with a flurry of claims recently issued in the English, US, and Irish courts, and secondary…

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Publications: 30 November 2022

The Insurance Disputes Law Review – Edition 5

The fifth edition of the Insurance Disputes Law Review has been released.

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Publications: 12 July 2022

No anti-suit injunction available against a state

In the absence of consent by the state, a party will not be able to obtain an anti-suit injunction against a state (nor any other injunction or order for specific performance). Venezuela was entitled…

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Publications: 06 July 2022

Insurance disputes and jurisdiction clauses

In a tower of insurance policies where the primary policy did not contain a choice of law or jurisdiction clause, a clause in the excess policies that purported to follow the choice of law and…

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A brief look at topical issues in contract law

A blog where experts from Allen & Overy analyse the latest contract law themes and developments, and what they mean for your business.