Clive O'Connell: Lawyer with Goldberg Segalla LLP

Clive O'Connell

London,  England
Phone44 20 3371 5460

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Practice Areas

  • Global Insurance Services
  • Insurance Regulatory
  • General Liability
Contact InfoTelephone: 44 20 3371 5460
Fax: 44 20 3371 5451
EducationStonyhurst College (1975); University College London, Faculty of Laws (LL.B., with honors, 1979); College of Law, Lancaster Gate (Law Society Finals, 1980)
Admitted1982, England and Wales

Professional Associations

•DRI International: UK Country Chair
•International Insurance Society: General Counsel
•The International Association of Claims Professions (IACP)


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.


• United Kingdom Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyer of the Year, Lawyer Monthly, 2014

Insurance Day Power 50 List of Top Influencers in Insurance and Reinsurance
Chambers and Partners; Reinsurance Section
Legal 500; Reinsurance Section
Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom (Insurance Law)
Expert Guides: Insurance and Reinsurance; 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, 2014-2015
Best’s Directories of Insurance Professionals
•Elite Lawyer in Intelligent Insurer


• Clive O’Connell Again Recognized as Top Insurance Legal Professional
April 9, 2015
• Insurance Days Power 50 Names Clive OConnell Key Influencer in the Insurance/Reinsurance Markets
December 17, 2014
• Chambers UK Recognizes Goldberg Segalla’s Clive O’Connell
November 2014
• Goldberg Segalla Partners Selected for Premier Global Insurance and Reinsurance Directories
November 2014
• Goldberg Segalla and London Partners Recognized by Legal 500 United Kingdom
October 2014
• Goldberg Segalla Named Insurance Law Firm of the Year; Two Global Insurance Services Group Partners Rated Top in Their Countries
October 2014
• Reactions Names Goldberg Segalla Law Firm of the Year
June 12, 2014
• Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom Names Clive OConnell a Best Lawyer in Insurance Law for 2014
December 16, 2013
• Goldberg Segalla Places Second for Intelligent Insurer Global Law Firm of the Year
September 27, 2013
• Goldberg Segalla and Partner Clive OConnell Ranked Among Worlds Best by Intelligent Insurer
July 18, 2013


• Goldberg Segalla Joins ICMIF as a Supporting Member
April 9, 2015
• Goldberg Segalla’s Clive O’Connell and Helen Franzese Recognized as Super Lawyers in London
January 16, 2015
• Groundbreaking Vermont Insurance Legislation to Create New Insurance Market, Investment Opportunities
February 19, 2014


• The Insurance and Reinsurance Report


• Featured in “ Goldberg Segalla's O'Connell: Legal Language Matters in ILS Payouts, ” A.M. BestTV, September 14, 2015
• Author, “ Tread Cautiously in a Buyers’ Market, ” Insurance Day, September 14, 2015 (subscription required)
• Quoted in “ Border Controls, ” Insider Quarterly, Autumn 2015
• Author, “ Some Lessons From Mariah Re, ” Intelligent Insurer ILS Blog, August 13, 2015

•Featured in “ Clive O’Connell on the Latest Merger Merry-Go-Round, ” Re360, July 3, 2015
•Presenter, Insurance Claims, IACP, New York, NY, May 28, 2015
•Presenter, AIRROC Panel, AIRROC London Seminar, London, May 11, 2015
•Featured in “ Clive O’Connell on the Current Spate of M&A Activity, ” Re360, May 15, 2015
•Author, “ The Emergence of ILS Investment Funds, ” Intelligent Insurer, April 28, 2015
•Presenter, Reinsurance Contracts, BRMA, April, 19, 2015
• Quoted in “ Are Iran Sanctions Talks Good News for Insurers and Reinsurers? ” Global Reinsurance, April 14, 2015
• Author, “ The Use of Western Dispute Resolution Techniques in Islamic Compliant Risk Transfer, ” DRI For the Defense, March 2015

• Quoted in “ Germanwings’ Insurers Liable for Crash Claims, ” Business Insurance, March 30, 2015
• Quoted in “ Cathedral Leads Germanwings War Policy, ” Intelligent Insurer, March 26, 2015
•Quoted in “ Insurers Identify Wide Range of Emerging Risks, ” A.M. BestTV, March 23, 2015
•Presenter, Good Walls Make Good Neighbors-How a Good Dispute-Resolution Clause Can Help Avoid or Minimize Disputes, CPCU Society Reinsurance Symposium, March 19, 2015
•Author, “ Soft Market; Hard Bargains, ” Reinsurance360, February 18, 2015
• Featured on Reinsurance360 on ratings agencies and reinsurance mergers, January 30, 2015
• Quoted in “ Flight MH370 Disappearance an ‘Accident’ But Disputes May Still Arise, ” Intelligent Insurer, January 29, 2015
• Author, “ The ILS Horizon, ” Intelligent Insurer, January 26, 2015
• Quoted in “ AirAsia Cover Could Be at Risk, ” Intelligent Insurer, January 6, 2015
• Editor, “Part V: Regulatory, Alternative Risk Transfers, and Other Recent Developments, ” in Reinsurance Professional’s Deskbook: A Practical Guide, Thomson Reuters and DRI, January 2015
• Co-Author, “Overview of the Reinsurance Regulatory Environment, ” “International Insurance, ” “Run-off and Transfer Risk, ” and “The Emergence of Insurance-Linked Securities, ” Chapters in Reinsurance Professional’s Deskbook: A Practical Guide, Thomson Reuters and DRI, January 2015
• Quoted in “ Soft Market Creating a Store of Disputes, ” Intelligent Insurer, October 21, 2014

• Author, “ ILS: Avoiding Legal Pitfalls, ” Insurance Day, October 20, 2014
•Quoted in “ Trouble at Sea, ” Bermuda: Re + ILS, September 30, 2014
•Featured in “ Disputes Over Reinsurance and ILS Differ, ” A.M. Best TV, September 2014
•Author, “ What Would a Scottish ‘Yes’ Mean for Re/insurers? ” Run Off and Restructuring, September 8, 2014
•Quoted in “ Now Lankan Insurers Include Sanction Clauses, ” Sri Lanka Sunday Times, August 28, 2014
•Featured in “ Virtual Roundtable: Insurance & Risk Management 2014, ” Corporate LiveWire, August 2014
•Author, “ Checking the Wordings, ” Insurance Day, August 18, 2014
•Featured in “ Clive O’Connell of Goldberg Segalla Highlights the Impact of ILS in the Reinsurance Market, ” Reinsurance re360, June 27, 2014
•Quoted in “Hourly Charging Continues to Grate, ” Reactions, June 9, 2014
• Panelist, “The Future of Reinsurance, ” Meeting of Reinsurance Officials (MORO), Miami, FL, June 9-11, 2014
•Featured on “ILS Market Could Offer Advantages to Mutuals, ” A.M. Best TV, June 2014
• Quoted in “Goldberg Segalla’s Clive O’Connell to Participate in Ride Across Italy, ” Insurance Day, April 24, 2014
• Author, “Insurance-Linked Securities: Avoiding the Pitfalls, ” Insurance Day, April 24, 2014
• Quoted in “Soapbox: Who Has the Upper Hand in Negotiations?” Intelligent Insurer, April 22, 2014

• Quoted in “In Widened Vision 2025 Strategy, Lloyd’s Stresses Primary Insurance, Local Presence, ” Best’s News Service, April 17, 2014

• Quoted in “ILS Characterised by Greater Propensity for Litigation, ” Bermuda:Re+ILS, April 3, 2014
• Featured in “Big Interview: Clive O’Connell, ” Insurance Day, February 25, 2014

• Panelist, Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) European Conference, Zurich, Switzerland, October 9, 2013
• Quoted in “A Paradigm Shift, ” Intelligent Insurer Monte Carlo Edition, September 2013
• Quoted in “Wordings of ILS Deals Increasingly Novel, ” Intelligent Insurer: Monte Carlo Today, September 11, 2013

• Quoted in “More Captives May Move Onshore, ” Intelligent Insurer, May 29, 2013
• Quoted in “Focus on Counter Corporate Tax Avoidance Could Affect Insurance, ” Business Insurance, June 2, 2013
• Quoted in “Report: More Bermuda Captives May Move Onshore, ” The Royal Gazette, June 4, 2013
• Quoted in “Legal Focus: Insurers Drowning in Regulation, ” Reactions, May 2013
• Quoted in “Reinsurance Gets Caught Up in Sanctions Fight, ” Reactions, May 2013
• Presenter, “Avoiding the Wheel of Fortune: Utilizing Dispute Resolution Clauses to Create Drafting Certainty, ” Brokers and Reinsurance Market Association (BRMA) Rendezvous, Clearwater Beach, Florida, April 21-23, 2013
• Author, “Lloyd’s Cycling Club: London to Paris, ” Reactions, April 10, 2013
• Quoted in “Lloyd’s to Paris Cycle Riders Gearing Up for Gruelling 240 Mile Trip, ” Insurance Day, March 21, 2013
• Quoted in “ILS Market Reawakens to Strong Demand, ” Intelligent Insurer, March 19, 2013
• Quoted in “Hurricane Sandy Highlights US-London Market Ties, ” A.M. Best’s News Service, November 1, 2012 (subscription required)
• Featured in “Goldberg Segalla Partner Clive O’Connell Discusses Reinsurance Rates and Growth Opportunities, ”, September 2012
• Quoted in “Man-Made Risks Present Unique Challenges, ” Intelligent Insurer - Monte Carlo Today, September 12, 2012
• Featured in “Back to Basics, ” Run Off & Restructuring, Autumn 2012
• Author, “Wordings of Retakaful Contracts: Drafting Notes for Specific Clauses, ” chapter in International Takaful Report: A Shariah and Legal Analysis, July 2012
• Quoted in “A New View on Catastrophe Reinsurance, ” Reactions, June 2012
• Quoted in “The Lawyer Merry-Go-Round, ” Reactions, May 2012
• Quoted in “I Need to Call My Lawyer, ” Reactions, May 2012
• Quoted in “Analysis: Investors Turning to Reinsurance for Juiced Returns, ” Reuters, May 29, 2012
• Quoted in “Law Firms Must Be Transatlantic, Says Leading Lawyer, ” Intelligent Insurer, March 13, 2012

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Clive O'Connell

1st Floor, 65 Leadenhall Street
London EC3A 2AD

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