Insurance Disputes

Appleby’s Insurance and Reinsurance Dispute Resolution team is a recognised industry leader, having been involved in numerous high-profile disputes in this field. From the latest claims and notification arising from the sub-prime debacle, to the most complicated major catastrophes, to perennial market challenges, our team has market-leading experience representing insurers and reinsurers in complex, high-value arbitration, litigation and mediation matters.

Disputes in this dynamic, intellectually challenging and highly competitive field require a team of dedicated expert lawyers who combine substantial experience with the legal and commercial acumen necessary to obtain a desirable and cost-effective resolution. Our experience, across a number of jurisdictions and in all types of disputes, includes coverage and allocation, finite risk reinsurance, problems relating to managing general agencies and pools, insurance/reinsurance insolvency litigation, binding authority issues and wordings issues and advice. We represent a wide range of parties, including many of the world’s leading reinsurers and insurers, as well as insureds and brokers on issues concerning:

  • Facultative
  • Excess
  • Coverage issues
  • Captive disputes
  • Conflicts of laws and forum shopping
  • Special risks
  • Financial lines
  • Directors' and officers' liability
  • Errors and omissions (particularly accountants')
  • Environmental coverage
  • Policy and contract review

Some recent examples of work include:

  • Representing a reinsurer in arbitration against a Bermuda insured where our client was seeking to have the insurance declared void by reason of material non-disclosure
  • Representing insurers of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cayman in relation to a US$70 million contested insurance claim, which has given rise to multiple proceedings involving three layers of excess insurers in multiple jurisdictions