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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 & insights

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Publications: 27 APRIL 2020

Insurer obtains freezing order against bitcoin exchange operator

An insurer has successfully sought a proprietary freezing order against defendants, including a bitcoin exchange operator, after paying a ransom demand in Bitcoin on behalf of its customer. This…

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Publications: 03 APRIL 2020

Covid-19 coronavirus: how the APAC courts and arbitral institutions have adapted to the challenge

As Covid-19 coronavirus continues to spread across the globe, the various forums for dispute resolution worldwide find themselves presented with novel challenges, in particular relating to issues…

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Publications: 28 NOVEMBER 2018

Mere risk of exposure to sanctions insufficient for underwriters to avoid liability

Underwriters could not rely on a sanction limitation and exclusion clause in an insurance policy, which referred to insurers’ “exposure” to sanctions, to avoid liability for a claim simply because…

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Publications: 26 NOVEMBER 2018

Latest Directors’ liability survey points to cyber and data loss as top risks facing senior managers

Allen & Overy, in conjunction with Willis Towers Watson, the global risk advisory and insurance broker, has launched its sixth annual Directors’ liability report – “D&O: Personal Exposure to Global…

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Recognition

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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.