Susie Wakefield is a partner in Commercial Litigation specialising in insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration. Susie also has a broad range of experience advising clients in the energy sector and in commodities trading.
Susie qualified and practised for many years in New York and Bermuda as well as in London. Susie has advised Bermuda, US, and London market insurers and reinsurers in litigation in federal and state courts in New York, the Supreme Court of Bermuda, and the High Court and in arbitration. She has represented clients in complex, multimillion-dollar disputes, including cases with substantive international and multijurisdictional aspects.
Recent experience includes:-
advising on a range of (re)insurance matters, including claims and coverage disputes and issues arising in connection with Bermuda Form policies and reinsurance arrangements involving captives and segregated account companies.
Advising insurers/reinsurers on complex policy wording reviews; significant property and casualty losses; claims involving allegations of fraud, misrepresentation, and nondisclosure; D&O issues; breach of warranty claims; claims for contribution from co-insurers; and insolvency-related matters.
Advising on numerous insurance and reinsurance (both facultative and treaty) coverage disputes in litigation and arbitration ' under the Arbitration Act 1996, the Federal Arbitration Act, the Bermuda International Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1993, and the UNCITRAL Model Law as well as ad hoc arbitrations and those under various institutional rules in the UK, Europe, and the US (notably ARIAS US).
Susie co-authored the 'Lloyd's and London Market' chapter of volume seven of the New Appleman on insurance Law Library Edition, 2012.
Susie qualified in the UK in 1997 and is also admitted to practise in New York (2003) and Bermuda (2008).
This Practice Note considers exclusion clauses in insurance contracts, common exclusions, implied exclusions, perils excluded by operation of law, burden of proof, proximate cause and excluded perils, interpretation of exclusion clauses and consideration of exclusions in the Financial Conduct Authority’s business interruption test case.
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