Contentious Insurance

William Fry’s Contentious Insurance Group understands that the unique considerations and complexities of insurance disputes require incisive technical but also commercially driven legal advice. The Contentious Insurance Group offers a dedicated, specialist service with in-depth insurance law expertise focused on meeting the demands of the insurance industry. Our high calibre lawyers have extensive experience of contentious insurance matters in Ireland and the London Market making us a premier contentious insurance practice.

Led by John Larkin, one of Ireland’s leading insurance practitioners, the Contentious Insurance Group’s core expertise includes advising on policy coverage, the defence of claims, pursing subrogated recoveries, handling fraudulent claims and drafting policies in the following insurance sectors:

  • Engineering, Construction and Energy
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Public Liability
  • Product Liability and Recall
  • Commercial and Residential Property Damage
  • Commercial Risk and Business Interruption
  • Reinsurance
  • Directors & Officers and Errors & Omissions Insurance
  • Financial lines, including Market Risk and Fidelity Guarantee cover
  • Agriculture; and
  • Local Authority

The advent of the Commercial Court and adoption of UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration provides greater opportunities for the swift resolution of major insurance disputes in Ireland.

The recent addition of Paul Fisher from AIG, to our team of experienced litigators (including Barry Cahir and Ruairi Rynn) provides the Contentious Insurance Group with unrivalled expertise in this area. 


William Fry has an extensive Insurance and Reinsurance practice representing clients in all sectors of the industry. The Firm's most recent contentious insurance experience includes:

Advising on the appropriate wording of a Catastrophe Excess of Loss Reinsurance for a financial services body.

Advising on the commutation and novation of a book of Workers' Compensation Reinsurance business.

Advising on the wording in mortgage indemnity guarantee policies.

Advising a leading company providing title insurance to the real estate and mortgage industries in respect of claims made on foot of its policies.

Advising a number of international corporate companies on professional negligence claims made against them.  Such entities include stockbrokersinternational accountancy & consultancy firmsinternational real estate & valuation firms andinternational insurance brokers.

Advising various Construction and Engineering clientsState bodies and an international media corporation in respect of claims by third parties and the coverage afforded to them under their insurance arrangements.

Acting for various corporate entities and individual insureds regarding claims on policies such as Directors & Officers, Credit Risk insurance, Product Liability and claims in connection with Intellectual Property rights.

Members of the Group have also obtained instructive and invaluable experience following secondments to major insurers in the UK and Ireland.


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Sources say: "With this firm we can pick up the phone and get things done very quickly." "Lawyers here delivered what they said they would and when they said they would. They are very consistent – all the work is excellent and they are easy to do business with." 
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Insurance

William Fry has ‘high industry knowledge and interaction’ and is the firm of choice for many transactions. 
Legal 500 EMEA, 2013 - Insurance

Sources say: 'The team will work all hours to make sure we get what we need in the time.' 'It is a tight-knit team that is full of integrity and works to provide the best for its clients.'
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Insurance

William Fry is an ‘expert in its field’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Insurance

Sources enthuse that 'the lawyers’ substance and knowledge stand out - you can ring them with a question, and nine times out of ten you'll get an answer straight away. Also, they're proactive, ringing us to make sure we're up to date on legislative changes.'
Chambers Europe, 2011 - Insurance

William Fry garners praise from clients commending the firm’s ‘up-to-date knowledge’ and ability to provide ‘cross-departmental insurance advice, with corporate, tax and antitrust all specialist areas’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2010 – Insurance

The large insurance department at William Fry offers premier advice on non-contentious and contentious matters. Within the practice, the firm’s corporate and regulatory insurance group stands out. One client commented that “we have migrated all our work to William Fry now. The firm never advises at arm’s length, but takes the time to get to understand our business. It is a very proactive outfit.” In line with the increasing consolidation of the insurance industry, the firm has been active on several major acquisitions. It has also been prominent in large portfolio transfer files. The firm has a proven ability to handle major cross-border mandates, working in conjunction with UK and other foreign law firms.
Chambers Europe, 2010 - Insurance


John Larkin
John Larkin's "knowledge of insurance law is second to none. He understands the marketplace and really combines that with his pragmatism. He is easy to deal with and not a time waster."
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Insurance

Clients value John Larkin's 'fantastic network – he knows everyone in the business in Ireland and further afield.' 
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Insurance

Clients highlight team head John Larkin for his ‘keen understanding of the financial services environment’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Insurance

Clients rave about long-standing insurance and reinsurance expert John Larkin, observing that he 'has excellent intuition about the international insurance market, a great deal of experience, and he's highly practical and demonstrative in what he says.'
Chambers Europe, 2011 - Insurance

Team head John Larkin is ‘one of the top two insurance specialists in Ireland’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2010 – Insurance

John Larkin is one of the market’s most revered practitioners, known and recommended by all. “His particular understanding of reinsurance is a godsend,” say sources, who on a more personal level appreciate his “24-hour accessibility and timeliness in delivery.” 
Chambers Europe, 2010 - Insurance

Barry Cahir
Barry Cahir is also respected for general commercial litigation expertise and is a "highly efficient practitioner who really cares about the client relationship".  He is a strong contributor to the firm's restructuring and insolvency practice.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2010 – Dispute Resolution

Barry Cahir is praised as a rising star and particularly commended for his efforts on corporate recovery. “He gives good feedback and makes himself available”, said one client.
Chambers Europe, 2009 - Dispute Resolution

Eoin Caulfield
Eoin Caulfield is described as "exceptionally knowledgeable about the sector and insurance start-ups as well as any regulatory and commercial issues that may affect insurance companies."
Chambers Europe, 2013 - Insurance

Eoin Caulfield is highly valued by clients, who say 'he is approachable and knowledgeable, with an exceptional understanding of the European insurance market.' 
Chambers Europe, 2012 - Insurance

Clients highlight Eoin Caulfield as being ‘a pillar of support’.
Legal 500 EMEA, 2012 - Insurance


Key Contacts

John Larkin Partner

Barry Cahir Partner