Clive O'Connell is recognised as one of the world's leading insurance and reinsurance legal professionals. He has focused his practice on reinsurance law since qualifying as a solicitor in 1982. His experience includes representing clients in some of the largest reinsurance disputes in recent years, including disputes involving sums in excess of $100 million and multijurisdictional issues, and he has acted for clients in disputes in a variety of forums including the Commercial Court and arbitration in England, the federal and state courts and arbitration in the United States, the Commercial Court and arbitration in France, as well as other jurisdictions such as Bermuda, Jamaica, Switzerland, Sweden, and Hong Kong. Clive has acted for clients on wording both of their general programmes as well as unique transactions. He has also been involved in every aspect of run-off and exit strategies for reinsurers and insurers.
Clive is ranked highly in all major international legal ranking directories, including Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Euromoney Expert Guides, Who's Who Legal, The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers, and others. The Chambers and Partners directory has noted, Clive O'Connell is deemed a formidable reinsurance lawyer by market sources. The Chambers and Partners Global Guide listed Clive in its 2014 edition as one of the U.K.'s top-ranking reinsurance lawyers, describing him as a reinsurance lawyer who is highly accomplished in handling prestigious cases. One source told Chambers, He's one of the few lawyers combining reinsurance expertise with capital market expertise. He's creative, tactical, realistic, and business-minded. In 2011, Legal 500 called him one of the best reinsurance lawyers in London.
He is currently the U.K. representative for DRI (Defense Research Institute) International, as well as General Counsel of the International Insurance Society, and is a regular presenter at meetings of the International Association of Claims Professionals. He was the Legal Correspondent of The Review - Worldwide Reinsurance magazine. Mr. O'Connell writes regularly for publications including Insurance Day, Reactions, and Global Reinsurance. He is a contributor to Reinsurance Practice and the Law and an author of a chapter on legal issues for Alternative Risk Strategies. He served for several years on the panel deciding Reactions magazine's London Market Awards.
An avid cyclist, Clive has participated in the Lloyd's Cycling Club's 950-mile ride from Lloyd's to the Reinsurance Rendez Vous in Monte Carlo.
•Chambers and Partners; Reinsurance Section
•Legal 500; Reinsurance Section
•Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom (Insurance Law)
•Euromoney Expert Guides; Best of the Best 2011 and Top 8 Experts
•The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers; Most Highly Regarded Individuals
•Recommended for Insurance: Contentious in PLC - Which Lawyer
•London Super Lawyers (Insurance Coverage)
•Best's Directories of Insurance Professionals
•Elite Lawyer in Intelligent Insurer