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Matheson is one of the few Irish law firms to have a dedicated Insurance Law Group, including one of Ireland’s leading Insurance Dispute and Conflict Resolution teams.

Matheson is instructed on some of the most significant issues facing the insurance industry, including current issues such as COVID-19 business interruption claims.  We regularly advise on the drafting and interpretation of policy wording, complex coverage disputes, D&O claims and subrogation claims. We are also advising a number of clients on amendments to their policy documents to implement the Consumer Insurance Contracts Act 2019. 

Matheson is the law firm of choice for insurers seeking representation in “precedent setting cases”, such as the landmark Supreme Court decision in UCC v ESB or the first fully electronic trial before the Irish Supreme Court.

Our strength and depth is demonstrated by the number of experienced litigators and coverage specialists who work on insurance disputes and coverage issues. Our lawyers’ risk-management skills and deep sectoral experience also ensure our clients are properly advised in relation to any overlapping internal or regulatory investigation that may arise.

Our Team

Experience Highlights
  • Representing a major domestic bank in insurance coverage proceedings challenging the declinature of a multi-million dollar claim under its fidelity insurance policy relating to losses arising from the fraudulent trading of an employee in a US subsidiary. 
  • Arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, advising various insurers on COVID-19 business interruption claims and related issues.
  • Advising a number of insurance companies in relation to implementation of the Consumer Insurance Contracts Act 2019.
  • Advising a London market insurer on the wording for its Irish cyber policy.
  • Advising an international tech company on the wording of various policies, including cyber, written by its captive insurer.
  • As a result of developments in the UK following the Plevin decision and the FCA’s second redress scheme, we are the firm of choice advising a number of financial institutions in relation to their potential exposure and risks of a second redress scheme and multi-party litigation in Ireland.
  • Advising a financial institution with regard to the strategy, defence and successful resolution of over 220 cases before the Irish Courts in relation to mis-selling claims in relation to payment protection insurance (PPI).
  • Advising a major insurance broker in connection with a dawn raid by the European Commission in connection with alleged anti-competitive practices.
  • Advising in relation to the extent of coverage under a D&O insurance policy for directors involved in investigations by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, the Data Protection Commissioner and High Court appointed Inspectors into the affairs of a large Irish corporate.
"The team is responsive and practical." 

Insurance Dispute Resolution: Chambers Europe 2023

"Matheson has a very commercially aware and astute team that fully understands our business model and needs. They can be relied upon to provide pragmatic advice that is fully based on the realities of our industry and the requirements of our company." 

Insurance Dispute Resolution: Chambers Europe 2023

"The team is very knowledgeable and personable. They break down complex matters very well." 
Insurance Dispute Resolution: Chambers Europe 2023