Business Interruption

Our team has excellent experience in advising the London market and international clients in relation to all types of business interruption claims. This part of our practice has been particularly active since the COVID-19 pandemic, although our experience in this area goes much deeper.

Much of our business interruption work is closely related to our property damage expertise and is in respect of losses to businesses following fires, floods, water escapes, explosions, rioting and other civil disorder, as well as weather phenomena such as earthquakes and hurricanes. We also have specific experience in losses arising out of utility service interruption – gas, electricity and water. Our experience extends to litigation and arbitration for clients in overseas jurisdictions placing insurance through the London market and in claims with a broad international reach.

We advise on business interruption policy coverage issues, losses and related claims for businesses such as those relating to policy extensions, notifiable diseases, exclusions, implications of resuming business activity, credit insurance, travel insurance, events and contingency insurance. We have in-depth experience of claims in many different sectors including commerce, heavy industry, services, construction, manufacturing, retail, government and hospitality.

In relation to COVID-19, we were first port of call for many insurers to assess policy responses concerning business interruption claims and then, following the Supreme Court judgment in the FCA’s test case, we were retained by many insurers to advise on remaining key points of principle. We have since acted in several multi-million pandemic-related business interruption insurance claims, including Bermuda forms, in international arbitration and international courts, including the Gulf region and the USA. We also successfully acted on Various Eateries v Allianz [2022] EWHC 2549 (Comm) which provided further clarity on policy coverage for business interruption claims relating to COVID-19.

We are expert in the interrelated area of product liability, where defective products, often industrial mechanical, affect business capacity and efficiency, and also in delay to start up claims following disruption to works in the construction field. In addition to this, our barristers can draw on broader experience when required in case specific situations, often using expertise in civil fraud and asset recovery, employment and brokers’ professional negligence.

For more information, contact our clerks on:

+44 (0)20 7822 1200
or click here to email.

Business Interruption Barristers

Bob Moxon Browne KC

Call 1969 | Silk 1990

Howard Palmer KC

Call 1977 | Silk 1999

Neil Moody KC

Call 1989 | Silk 2010

Charles Dougherty KC

Call 1997 | Silk 2013

Andrew Miller KC

Call 1989 | Silk 2014

Sonia Nolten KC

Call 2002 | Silk 2023

Alison Green

Call 1974

Doré Green

Call 1994

Jack Harris

Call 2006

David Thomas

Call 2009

William Clerk

Call 2012

George Hilton

Call 2012

Kate Legh

Call 2018

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