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Insurance Disputes

Our international team of litigation and arbitration lawyers are renowned for their legal and tactical expertise, depth of resource and clout.

Sadly, but possibly inevitably, insurance policies can lead to coverage disputes. We specialise in advising on the resolution of large and difficult claims from the London and international insurance market, and in the defence of claims against companies and their directors which are insured under all types of liability insurance policies.

There is no better place for insurance buyers to come for help with their serious problem claims: we understand the market well; we give good, practical advice; and we have a terrific track record. As insurance policies increasingly require arbitration of disputes, especially in London, our top-tier arbitration expertise plays to our strengths in this area, as does our international reach in dealing with cross-jurisdictional problems that often arise with globally placed insurance programmes.

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Publications: 13 JANUARY 2020

The von der Leyen Commission

The European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen took office on 1 December 2019, following changes required as a result of the European Parliament rejecting three of the candidate Commissioners originally put forward. 

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News: 10 DECEMBER 2019

Artificial intelligence is the most significant risk to businesses globally, according to directors

When asked about global risks affecting their businesses, nearly three fifths (58%) of directors stated that technological advances (artificial intelligence and machine learning) are the most significant threat. This is according to the seventh annual Directors’ Liability report by international law firm Allen & Overy, in conjunction with Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW), the global risk advisory and insurance broker.

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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 there was a risk that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. sanctions regulator, might conclude the payment was prohibited and potentially impose a sanction.  “Exposure” to sanctions means that any payment under the claim must be prohibited by law. The case also provides obiter comments on the clash between recently re-imposed U.S. sanctions in relation to Iran and the EU “Blocking” Regulation: Mamancochet Mining Ltd v Defendants Managing Agency Ltd [2018] EWHC 2643 (Comm)

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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 Risk” – which outlines the changing risk culture affecting senior management.

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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.