In July 2016, Mark joined Reed Smith's Insurance Recovery Group, a market-leading team of coverage experts operating internationally who are committed to providing support only to insured policyholders.
Mark has had extensive experience, for over 20 years, in handling high-value, multi-jurisdictional insurance and other commercial disputes (including cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings).
In the insurance context, that experience has covered a range of non-marine and marine risks - including professional indemnity, financial institutions, directors' and officers' liability, property, energy and construction risks.
Mark's practice also increasingly involves "risk management" work, including advising on corporate governance matters, reviewing anti-corruption policies and procedures and conducting reviews of insurance arrangements.
Between 2008 and 2010, Mark worked in the Dubai office of a U.S. firm and continues to work closely with clients from, and investors into, Middle East jurisdictions. He has also developed a strong reputation for assisting policyholder clients based in a number of offshore jurisdictions (in particular, Jersey and Guernsey).
Mark was identified as a "Best Client Partner 2014" in a Legal Week survey of FTSE 100 general counsel.
Mark is regularly commended by independent legal directories: he "is 'very sensitive to the commercial needs of the client,' according to market commentators. He handles professional indemnity, real estate and energy and construction coverage among other areas." - Chambers & Partners 2016
Mark was granted Higher Rights of Audience (Civil Proceedings) in November 2016.
Finally, Mark is an active participant in a range of pro bono initiatives coordinated by Reed Smith.
This Practice Note looks at the insurance contract provisions in Regulation (EC) No 593/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 17 June 2008 on the law applicable to contractual obligations (Rome I). Definitions are provided and the different provisions for large and non-large risk contracts are explained in terms of choosing the applicable law, failure to choose, escapes routes and EU Member State derogation. Insurance cover obligations are explained as is how to determine where the risk is situated. Provisions for reinsurance contracts are briefly considered. Finally, whether Regulation (EC) No 593/2008, Rome I or Regulation (EC) No 864/2007, Rome II applies when dealing with vehicle accidents or third party rights against insurers is explored.
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