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          Speciality Lines

          Kidnap and Ransom

          We understand that clients operating in countries including Mexico, Columbia, Nigeria, Venezuela, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, in diverse sectors such as energy and industrials, with large workforces, might attract unwanted attention from criminal groups.

          Our Kidnap & Ransom specialists bring experience and expertise, focused on reducing risk and assisting when claims arise. 

          As part of one of the largest and most respected insurance teams in the UK, our Kidnap & Ransom experts act for charterers and ship-owners, as well as their insurers, P&I clubs and reinsurers in London, the US, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, supporting them in times of crises arising from pollutions, groundings, collisions, explosions, riots and revolutions. 

          Our areas of expertise include interpreting the provisions of Kidnap & Ransom policies for insurers and assureds, advising business that operate in unstable or dangerous jurisdictions about the scope of cover available, analysing the provisions of the Terrorism Act 2000, advising on corporate and personal offences, advising on cargo theft, from yards and warehouses, and representing international traders whose personnel have been kidnapped at the hands of maritime pirates.  

          A team of experts you can rely on

          Our have a particularly strong reputation for our effective due diligence, designed to identify who controls and operates criminal groups, who they are affiliated with and what they use their money for.



          With the value of precious metals having increased considerably, in recent years, so has the volume of insurance claims relating to the loss and theft of jewellery. We understand that handling these matters requires sensitivity as well as expertise.

          We’re specialists in providing practical, commercial advice to insurer clients with respect to a broad range of issues arising from jewellery-related claims. 

          Working across the DWF offices, our team of specialist jewellery claims experts advise some of the largest insurer names, providing home and other personal possession insurance, throughout the entire claim lifecycle - from pre-litigation through to complaints, litigation and recovery.

          We have a proven track record for successes in defending claims against insurers and securing favourable outcomes across a range of jewellery claims, including those related to policy coverage, policy interpretation, liability and evidential disputes.  

          A commercially-focused, innovative approach

          We understand the importance of helping our insurer clients to recover costs, reduce litigation spend and to increase fraud detection.

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          Jonathan Moss

          • Partner // Global Head of Transport Sector // Head of Marine & Trade

          Peter Olymbios

          • Senior Associate