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The Penningtons Manches Cooper travel law team specialises in providing fast, innovative and effective solutions for travel industry clients in this complex and ever-changing area of law. We represent high-profile travel insurers, underwriters, Lloyds syndicates, intermediaries and assistance companies.

The breadth of our expertise is recognised by various household name insurers for whom we act as the panel solicitors and who regard us as a trusted adviser on a range of legal issues affecting the travel industry. Our insurer clients primarily rely on us to represent their policyholders for compensation claims arising from accidents abroad and to act for the insured in a defendant capacity when necessary.

We recognise the importance of insurance recoveries and have created insurer-focused schemes for travel insurers and assistance companies to reduce leakage. We are also instructed to defend travel insurers against breach of contract claims pursued by their policyholders.

As a member firm of both Multilaw and the European Law Group, we can call upon other member firms around the world for assistance in addition to our established and trusted network of foreign personal injury lawyers.

Our team includes members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), the Travel and Tourism Lawyers’ Association, and the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers. We are a previous winner of the International Travel Insurance Journal (ITIJ) Award for Legal Services Provider of the Year and have also been named as a finalist in this category twice in the last five years.

When handling travel insurance disputes, we work closely with colleagues across the firm who form part of the wider insurance and reinsurance group. The far-reaching yet focused expertise in our UK offices is replicated throughout our overseas network. From our bases in Spain, France, Greece and Singapore, we are often instructed on insurance issues that have an English law aspect, but also an international dimension. Such issues may be complex because they involve cross-border disputes or issues touching two or more systems of law or regulation.

Our bilingual teams of insurance lawyers in each of our overseas locations are able to give specialist advice in English, thereby enabling UK-based clients to communicate with them directly. As a member firm of both Multilaw and the European Law Group, we can also call upon other member firms and their lawyers around the world for additional assistance to complement the legal expertise in our established offices.

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Recent work highlights

Lloyds syndicate claim linked to music tour

Defending a claim on behalf of a Lloyds syndicate arising from damage caused to a hotel during a band tour to the US, when a band member activated the hotel sprinkler system. The claim involved coverage, dual insurance and contribution issues.

£14.5 million in damages following French motorway crash

Recovering a travel insurer’s outlay in full and damages of £14.5 million for its insured, who was rendered a tetraplegic following a road traffic accident in France. The claim was initiated in the English High Court and subject to French law.

High value skiing accident claim

Acting for a travel insurer on the defence of a multi-million-pound claim for damages resulting from a ski accident on a school trip. The case involves several insurers and a coverage dispute arising from dual insurance.

Contested US medical expenses

Advising an insurer client on disputes arising from pre-existing non-disclosure, alleged fraud, contribution and double insurance, and declination of cover for medical expenses relating to medical treatment in the US.

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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under number 419867.

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