“Apparent Bias” and Repeat Appointments in London Insurance Coverage Arbitrations: The Troubling Case of Halliburton v. Chubb
Join leaders in Covington's Insurance Recovery and Arbitration practices on a call to discuss the judgment handed down last month by the English Court of Appeal in Halliburton v Chubb. Exploring the significance to both the insurance and international arbitration communities, Alex Leitch, Allan B. Moore and Richard Mattick will discuss the serious questions being raised about the issue of “apparent bias” and the reluctance of English courts to set aside arbitrator appointments and awards in London-seated insurance arbitrations, even in circumstances which have led the court to find that a policyholder has "legitimate concerns" about the impartiality of an arbitrator.
- Alex Leitch: London-based partner with a proven track record in handling complex, high-value and high-profile international disputes in the English High Court and beyond. Mr. Leitch focuses on disputes arising from all significant contractual and commercial relationships and has particular expertise in dispute work for companies in the financial services, life sciences, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors.
- Allan B. Moore: Washington-based partner who practices in the areas of international arbitration and insurance coverage. Mr. Moore co-chaired the firm’s Arbitration Practice Group for 10 years (2008-2018), was lead insurance coverage counsel for BP in the Deepwater Horizon litigation, and has practiced in the insurance field for over 25 years. He regularly appears before arbitral tribunals in London, the U.S., and elsewhere.
- Richard Mattick: London-based of counsel who has extensive experience acting for policyholders in London arbitrations and English Court proceedings in the insurance coverage field, including handling the first two successful challenges to solvent schemes of arrangement, and is individually ranked in the Chambers UK directory, in the category "Insurance - Mainly Policyholders - UK Wide."