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6 New Street Square,
New Fetter Lane,
Tel: +44 (0)20 7822 1900
Fax: +44 (0)20 7822 1901
Weightmans is a top 50 UK national law firm with over 120 partners and over 1,000 people based in offices in London, Birmingham, Dartford, Knutsford, Leicester, Liverpool and Manchester. We are growing rapidly because of our focus on two key aspects of our business: our clients and our people.
Our London Market Team offers advice on all types of insurance and reinsurance contracts, the resolution of disputes, claims handling, collection of reinsurance recoveries and drafting of policy and commutation wordings.
We fully appreciate the commercial realities of the market in which our clients operate and are acutely aware of the key issues of cost, management time and reputation that affect their business.
Through our extensive contacts with lawyers around the globe, we can recommend the best firm for the job in any particular location. Our service is genuinely partner led and accessible. Our fees are cost effective, not disproportionate.
Members of our team have been involved in the Lloyd’s names litigation of the early 1990’s; the leading English case on the aggregate extension clause; numerous large scale property damage and business interruption claims; the PA spiral; the Aon 77 case and a number of other major insurance and reinsurance disputes. They are recognised in the UK’s Legal 500.
Our expertise includes:
Coverage advice/disputes – we provide coverage advice and deal with coverage disputes across all classes of insurance and reinsurance business on behalf of the London and International markets.
Dispute resolution – we are experienced in all forms of dispute resolution, whether that be negotiation, mediation, arbitration or court proceedings. Our aims are simple: to protect our clients’ position but to assist, not hinder, the resolution of their dispute.
Executive Liability – we act for insurers or reinsurers in relation to claims relating to a variety of high value executive liability work, in particular brokers E&O, Directors & Officers, and financial institution cover.
Property damage & business interruption – we advise on all types of high value property damage and business interruption insurance and reinsurance contracts, across a wide range of industries including commercial, construction, distribution, engineering, energy, industrial, manufacturing, mining, leisure and retail sectors.
Reinsurance - we provide advice and support on all types of reinsurance contracts (facultative and treaty) and dispute resolution on reinsurance matters. We advise on all classes of reinsurance to reinsurers/reinsureds, and have extensive contacts with lawyers around the globe. We are experienced in dealing with reinsurance matters worldwide.
Reinsurance recoveries – we are experienced in the recovery of reinsurance collections from recalcitrant reinsurers, whether live or in run-off and whether in the established reinsurance markets or more far flung jurisdictions. Our experience includes dealing with jurisdictions such as Venezuela, Uruguay, South Korea, Egypt, Tunisia, Israel, Colombia, Iran, Serbia, Bulgaria, Philippines and India. We are commercial and flexible as to the funding of such recovery programmes, particularly where it involves aged or low level balances.
Wordings – we are experienced in the review and drafting of all forms of insurance and reinsurance policy wordings. We are also skilled in the drafting and review of commutations, policy buy back, settlement and release, standstill, indemnity and confidentiality agreements.
We are recommended by Legal 500 which says:
"...Ling Ong and Colin Peck are the main insurance contacts in the London office, handling D&O, business interruption and property damage claims." (2010 edition)
"Weightmans LLP two partner team specialises in reinsurance claims and general coverage disputes and has progressed well since its formation in 2008." (2011 edition)
Ling Ong, Partner
London Market Team
Tel: +44 (0)20 7822 1985
Colin Peck, Partner
London Market Team
Tel: +44 (0)20 7822 1984
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