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  • Carrie Radford

    Carrie Radford
    Partner, London

    Insurance, Maritime, Commercial Disputes

    T. +44 (0) 20 7481 0010
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Carrie co-leads the firm’s marine insurance practice in London, specialising in advising on complex coverage questions and managing disputed claims across all types of marine insurance. Her expertise includes dealing with hull and machinery, war risks, marine cargo, P&I, charterers’ risks, and shipbuilders’ liability policies. Acting principally for insurers and reinsurers based in the London market and overseas, Carrie has also recently spent time on secondment to the Marine Cargo Claims Team of a major Lloyd’s syndicate. Carrie is an Associate of the Association of Average Adjusters.

As a member of the firm’s wider Insurance & Reinsurance group, Carrie also acts for clients in the fields of political risk and trade credit, professional liability, and property damage and business interruption.

A litigator as well as an insurance lawyer, Carrie is adept at handling factually complex matters, with an excellent eye for detail and an ability to build good relationships with witnesses and experts. She has managed diverse disputes from the initial advice stage to trial (and appeal), arbitration hearing and/or mediation. Carrie’s advice on dispute resolution strategy, including at mediation, is valued by her clients.  

Carrie’s in-house experience also includes client secondments to the legal departments of a major London broker and a Malaysian ship owning company. While on secondment, Carrie advised on contentious and non-contentious legal issues and on wordings.

Highlight Matters

  • Advising hull and war underwriters on a suspected deliberate sinking; instructing experts to assess causation (fire/water ingress) and providing legal advice on coverage and avenues of investigation
  • Acting for hull insurers for a rig’s demolition tow, in relation to coverage for a CTL, and the prospects of a recovery action
  • Advising war risks insurers on coverage, where the insured tanker owner has been deprived of the use of the insured vessel for more than 6 months
  • Acting for Charterers’ liability insurers in an unsafe port claim following a major vessel grounding, managing long-running arbitration proceedings in the UK and instructing foreign lawyers on overseas court proceedings
  • Acting for a ship repair yard and its liability insurers in relation to a dispute with a ship owner client, including advising on liability for liquidated damages, consequential losses and delay
  • Advising reinsurers on claims cooperation / follow the settlements issues
  • Instructed by hull underwriters following a collision to advise on coverage, including investigating breach of warranty and misrepresentation issues, and considering the impact of the Insurance Act 2015
  • Acting for reinsurers to coordinate a tripartite settlement and release agreement, involving foreign lawyers and concerns about identification of the loss payee 
  • Providing advice to a major corporate client on fair presentation of risk to insurers upon placement and renewal, and the opportunities that the Insurance Act 2015 presents to insureds.
  • Part of the successful team acting for TMT in the Supreme Court in Oceanbulk Shipping & Trading v TMT Asia, establishing the interpretation exception to the without prejudice privilege rule.


"I believe in providing clear, well considered advice"

Professional Associations & Memberships

Associate of the Association of Average Adjusters.

What you may not know about Carrie

Carrie lives in Greenwich where she enjoys many a visit to the Royal Park (and its playgrounds and sandpits) with her daughters.

Insurance, Maritime, Commercial Disputes

England & Wales, 2007

Education (University):
University of Cambridge