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My Expertise

I also specialise in banking disputes and international arbitration across many different industries and I have built up a top tier reputation for my work for insurance carriers in Bermuda.

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I advise clients on all types of insurance and reinsurance contracts, including energy risks, property and business interruption, general and professional liability, subrogation issues, D&O, E&O and financial lines coverage. My reinsurance dispute experience includes handling matters following natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita as well as major energy plant explosions.

I am frequently brought in to advise on high-value, high-profile cases, including: advising a Lloyd's syndicate on foreign and UK proceedings brought in relation to reinsurance commutations; assisting several European banks in handling their exposure to the Lehman-backed Dante programme, which entailed settling Commercial Court proceedings; and representing a large excess insurance carrier through an international arbitration due to coverage for D&O liability deriving from energy price fixing allegations in California.

I am vice chair of the Insurance Coverage Section of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice group of the American Bar Association. I am a regular external speaker at webinars, seminars and conferences, including for the Chartered Insurance Institute, Brokers & Reinsurers Markets Association, American Bar Association, The Einstein Network Law Channel and Falconbury. I help set up and provide secretarial services to the Forum of Offshore Risk Engineers (FORE).

I contributed a chapter on the Bermuda form to "The Reference Handbook on the Comprehensive General Liability Policy", first published by the ABA in 2010, and a chapter on English law in "Reasonable Expectations: Interpreting Insurance Policies in Common Law Jurisdictions", first published by the ABA in 2016.

I am experienced in international arbitration, both ad hoc and in accordance with various rules, including UNCITRAL, ARIAS, ICSID and LCIA. I have a lot of experience in cross-border disputes and in presenting foreign legal issues to tribunals in England and elsewhere. 

Chambers & Partners have stated that I am admired for being 'capable of thinking outside the box' in my handling of Bermuda Form matters and cross-border disputes. They also refer to me as 'experienced in marine and energy cases'.