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Oliver acts for both insurers and reinsurers on coverage disputes with their insureds/cedants. He has many years’ experience of advising clients on complex international re/insurance disputes (in both arbitration and Court proceedings) across a broad range of industries.  Oliver recently completed a part-time secondment to an international insurer with a presence at Lloyd’s of London, where he provided advice relating to all classes of business.  Oliver was recognised in Legal 500 UK (2017) for Insurance and Reinsurance litigation.

Oliver is a contributing author to Financial Regulation: Emerging Themes in 2020 – an extensive collection of articles around the themes of supervision, governance, financial crime and investigations and digital.


Representative Experience

Recent experience includes:

  • Advising reinsurers in relation to their inwards claims and outwards collections in connection with losses related to the 2017 and 2018 California Wildfires;
  • Advising reinsurers in relation to its outwards facultative reinsurance collections concerning losses related to the 2003 mutual fund market trading scandal in the US;
  • Advising a large UK insurer in its claim on reinsurers related to US mesothelioma and welding rod fume related losses dating back to the early 1980s;
  • Acting in a £60m claim on a Contractors’ All Risks insurance policy in relation to the construction of one of Europe’s largest infrastructure projects of the last decade;
  • Advising insurers in connection with a claim brought by a well-known athlete under a disability income insurance policy;
  • Acting for an insurer in its claim against its former coverholder in respect of various breaches of a Lloyd’s binding authority agreement;
  • Advising a Lloyd’s syndicate in relation to aviation claims related to the loss of aircraft in Libya;
  • Defending a claim brought by an excess layer reinsurer against a primary layer reinsurer in relation to its handling of an underlying wrongful death claim in the US.  Case settled a week prior to the substantive hearing;
  • Defending a claim on a jewellers block insurance policy. Achieved settlement following a mediation and shortly prior to Trial;
  • Advising reinsurers in relation to both their inwards claims and outwards collections in relation to the FIFA bribery and corruption scandal; 
  • Defending a Lloyd’s reinsurance broker against an approx. £20m claim. Reported decision: Equitas v Walsham Bros. [2013] EWHC 3264 (Comm);
  • Defending a claim brought by the liquidator against the Finance Director of the UK’s largest refrigeration company, who was insured under a D&O policy. Achieved settlement at a mediation one month prior to Trial;