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HFW

Insurance

2 ranked lawyersBand 2United Arab EmiratesGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Skilled contentious insurance practice acting across a variety of areas. Has notable expertise in aviation insurance, often representing major airlines in regulatory matters and high-stakes litigation. Also demonstrates experience in marine, energy and construction insurance claims, representing clients in both litigation and arbitration across the region. Has growing strengths in computer crime and cyber liability claims.

Strengths

One client enthused: “Once we hand over a file to them we take it off our minds knowing it is in safe hands.”

Another client said: “We are very satisfied with HFW. They are a very business-friendly firm that understands the details of the specific sectors we engage in.”

Work highlights

Advised several insurers, reinsurers and policyholders from across the GCC on business interruption claims arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Notable practitioners

Richard Gimblett is a specialist in aviation insurance who acts for several major regional airlines on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has especially noteworthy experience concerning major aircraft loss cases and is also regularly called upon to provide guidance on regulatory issues in both the aviation and insurance sectors.

Sam Wakerley heads the firm’s regional insurance and reinsurance department and is described by sources as “an extremely professional and knowledgeable lawyer.” He handles a variety of contentious issues within the field and receives particular commendations from peers for his experience in property and marine insurance claims. Sources go on to praise him as "pragmatic and transparent," as well as "clear, responsive and commercially minded."

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United Arab Emirates

Insurance


Richard Gimblett
Band 2
Sam Wakerley
Band 2