Christopher Crane is a lawyer in Ince’s insurance and reinsurance team. He advises on a broad range of commercial matters and disputes arising in the insurance sector including property and construction, reinsurance, professional indemnity, trade credit and cyber risks.
Chris is experienced in all forms of dispute resolution and regularly advises on coverage disputes, liability issues, subrogation and contribution claims, reinsurance disputes and disputes between other parties in the insurance chain. He also regularly advises insurers on the development of new products including policy wordings and insurance structures. Chris also advises on financial losses and data protection issues arising from cyber breaches.
Chris frequently writes and lectures on insurance topics, and is a member of the IUA Clauses Subcommittee and the IBA’s Insurance Committee.
My matter highlights
- Acting for French construction insurers in London arbitration proceedings against reinsurers seeking recoveries under a quota share agreement;
- Acting for former directors of a company under a D&O policy defending a claim for breach of directors’ duties in the Bermuda Commercial Court;
- Advising insurers on the impact of the Insurance Act 2015 on policy wordings and TOBAs;
- Advising legal expenses insurer on risks and potential liabilities arising from its policy terms, commercial arrangements and trading relationships under variety of circumstances;
- Acting for shareholders in the Chancery Court in a dispute arising from the exercise of a share purchase option;
- Acting for traders in an international commodities dispute in London arbitration proceedings;
- A member of the firm’s team advising on criminal and civil proceedings in the Spanish court arising from the Prestige oil spill;
- Acting for insurers pursuing a claim under an excess of loss treaty in London arbitration proceedings;
- Advising various companies on financial losses and data protection issues arising from a phishing email and ransomware attacks;
- Acting for subrogating insurers in High Court proceedings in respect of recoveries arising from the London riots;
- Acting for French construction insurers in London arbitration proceedings seeking recoveries under a quota share treaty;
- Advising directors (under a D&O policy) defending a claim for breach of directors’ duties in the Bermuda Commercial Court;
- Advising various banks in relation to the eligibility of trade credit insurance as a credit risk mitigant for capital requirements regulation (CRR) purposes;
- Advising London market insurers on terrorism, business interruption and cyber policy wordings; and
- Advising legal expenses insurer on policy wordings, insurance structures and commercial arrangements.
My recent publications
News / Court construes scope of indemnity under Mortgagees’ Interest Insurance Policy
06-06-2022 / Insurance, Maritime
Piraeus Bank A.E. v Antares Underwriting Limited and others (The ZouZou)  EWHC 1169 (Comm)
News / The Insurance and Reinsurance Law Review Tenth Edition
19-05-2022 / Insurance
We are delighted to share with you the tenth edition of The Insurance and Reinsurance Law Review edited by Simon Cooper. As with previous years, Ince was a member of The Law Reviews (TLR) leading panel of contributors.
News / High Court assesses insurable interest principle and late payment damages claim
16-03-2022 / Insurance, Maritime
Quadra Commodities SA v XL Insurance Company SE & Ors  EWHC 431 (Comm) This recent High Court case deals with a claim arising from the “Agroinvestgroup Fraud” which affected the Ukrainian agribusiness in early 2019. It provides useful guidance on the interpretation of all-risks cargo policies and, for the first time, how the Courts will treat claims for late payment damages under section 13A of the Insurance Act 2015.