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Topic Delineating War and Terrorism in Insurance Coverage
Speakers Richard Kilpatrick, Richard Neylon and Michael Davey

Date / time
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

The Old Library, Lloyds

In person


Richard Kilpatrick, Associate Professor of Business Law at the College of Charleston, will explore the line between war and terrorism in USA and UK insurance coverage disputes.  He will then be joined for further discussion and presentation by Richard Neylon, Partner and Head of Complex Environments at law firm HFW, and Michael Davey KC of Quadrant Chambers.

Date / time: 12/03/2024 at 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm

Location: The Old Library, Lloyds, 1 Lime St, London EC3M 7HA

Richard Kilpatrick is Associate Professor of Business Law at the College of Charleston, School of Business, in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, where he teaches courses in commercial law and international business. Richard has published academic journal articles, book chapters, and essays covering a broad range of maritime and international commercial law issues. His work has appeared in leading journals in the field, including Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly, the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce, the Journal of Business Law, and the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. Richard previously taught and practised maritime law in Chicago, and he has regularly served in visiting research positions at the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law, Centre for Maritime Law. In spring 2024, he will be in residence at Kadir Has University Faculty of Law in Istanbul, Türkiye, where he will be conducting research on marine war risk issues. Richard holds a Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School and is a member of the Illinois bar and academic member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Michael Davey’s practice covers a broad range of commercial matters, including shipping, international trade and marine insurance. He has appeared as leading counsel in the Supreme Court in cases ranging from The “Ocean Victory” to a claim in tort for an environmentalist attack on tuna fishermen. Michael is co-author of Miller’s Marine War Risks (4th edition, 2020, Informa). He is regularly instructed in marine insurance matters, ranging from disputes arising out of the war in Ukraine to jurisdiction over marine policies placed in London and elsewhere (The “Kapitan Veselkov” [2020] 1 WLR 4211).

Richard Neylon is a partner at international law firm HFW. Richard handles major incidents and disputes for liability, war, kidnap & ransom, marine, art/specie, cyber and special risks underwriters and their assureds. He heads HFW’s global Complex Environments team.

He has particular expertise in managing and resolving incidents in complex and hostile environments. He has played a central role in co-ordinating and resolving over 150 hijacking, kidnapping, extortion and detention cases worldwide over the last 15 years, dealing with the initial incident through to managing the recovery and post-recovery phases. He is often recognised as the leading lawyer globally in this field.  He also regularly deals with unlawful detentions, drug seizures, fraud and similar complex problems that companies which operate globally can become exposed to. A lot of his work involves mitigating the potential liabilities arising from major incidents.

Richard is also a recognised specialist in handling major marine casualties and acts for a range of shipowners, charterers and insurers, in wet and dry shipping disputes. He has been involved in many of the recent high-profile incidents. He has particular experience of collisions, fires/explosions, salvage, piracy, capture/seizure, groundings, unsafe port claims and war risks – often involving complex multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration. He acted for the successful Respondents in the recent UK Supreme Court case Herculito Maritime Ltd & others v. Gunvor International BV & others (“The Polar”) [2024] UKSC 2, a long-running case arising from a hijacking by Somali pirates, involving issues of War Risks and Kidnap & Ransom insurance.


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