Andrew handles a broad range of insurance and reinsurance disputes, as well as subrogation and recovery matters, for the world’s leading insurers. He also handles general commercial litigation and arbitration and coordinates many other transatlantic legal issues with Cozen O’Connor’s offices in the United States.
Typical insurance instruction concern UK and international property, power & energy, machinery breakdown, marine, trade credit, political risks, surety, political violence, and high-value cargo and specie losses. Andrew regularly advises clients on policy language, UK, and U.S. regulation, trade sanctions, and other issues at the underwriting phase. Regarding political risk, trade credit, and political violence, Andrew acted for insurers in connection with the Ukrainian banking collapse of 2008, the Thailand riots of 2010, the Arab Spring, and the Yemen Civil War. Andrew has lectured on the insurance of political violence at many insurers, the British Institute of Comparative Law, and in New York and has co-authored a textbook on the insurance of political violence (War Risks and Terrorism, Insurance Institute of London, 2007).
Andrew has defended insurers in connection with multiple large and complex coverage disputes in overseas jurisdictions, especially regarding power, property, and engineering losses facultatively reinsured into the London market. He is well-versed in issues regarding claims control and co-operation and has handled cases in Chile, Venezuela, Brazil, Russia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Colombia, Peru, South Africa, China, Taiwan, and elsewhere. Claims often include losses at power stations, mines, and railways.
Andrew has provided decisive expert advice on issues of English law to appeal courts in Chile (power/reinsurance) and Moscow (specie/course of business at Lloyd’s). Within England, Andrew advises on a range of insurance disputes, including defending and preparing insurers with smaller matters, before the Financial Services Ombudsman.
Andrew has a long-standing interest in Russia, having been a student there in the 1990s, and has advised a range of businesses (including investment banks, insurers, and shipping businesses) with respect to their dealings with Russia. He also advises Russian businesses on their English law commercial contracts and has lectured regularly in Russia on questions of English commercial law, including at the British Embassy in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, St. Petersburg, and the Urals.
Andrew works closely with our U.S. lawyers and clients on a very wide range of transatlantic commercial disputes as well as non-contentious advice.