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Andrew Bandurka

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Insurance and reinsurance practice group.


Andrew specialises in complex and/or international insurance and reinsurance matters and related broker's professional indemnity claims. He has an Honours degree in Mathematics and Statistics a Master's degree in Operational Research, and has qualified as a barrister and a solicitor. He worked for British Airways, International Insurance Services (IIS), and another law firm, and has been a partner at Holman Fenwick Willan for about 25 years. He led the successful teams in several high profile reinsurance claims, worth $100ms to the market, including the Kuwait invasion aggregation case (Scott v Copenhagen Re), the Exxon Valdez follow settlements case (King v Brandywine), and the 9/11 Twin Towers aggregation case (Heraldglen v AIOI). He also led the defence of some of the biggest broker professional indemnity claims to reach the Courts, including $100m+ cases regarding mortgage endowment mis-selling and energy business interruption losses. His practice covers a broad spectrum of matters ranging from reinsurance defence and collection, complex reinsurance pools, public and products liability insurance, energy (onshore and offshore), financial products mis-selling, financial institutions' liabilities, natural and man-made disasters (California wildfires, Victoria bushfires, WTC, Kuwait, Exxon Valdez), products liability, cargo, jeweller's block and specie, and business interruption claims. He acts in and advises principally on the resolution of disputes and coverage issues, domestic and international, and he advises on policy wordings and related matters.


Partner Holman Fenwick Willan 1993.


Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; associate ARIAS US.

London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Andrew Bandurka - HFW

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

HFW ‘provides a well-rounded service’, offering a comprehensive range of dispute resolution, transactional and regulatory legal services to the insurance sector, specialising in high-value, complex, multi-party, and cross-border work. Practice highlights include advising insurers in relation to coverage issues arising out of the SociĂ©tĂ© GĂ©nĂ©rale employee fraud, which cost the bank €5bn, and advising an insurer on its liability for claims made by the investment banks which advised Enron and HealthSouth, with claims totalling $100m. The team includes experienced insurance specialists Andrew Bandurka, Alison Proctor and Edward Rushton, as well as Christopher Foster, ‘a standout lawyer whose memory for cases is exceptional but who is able to translate that knowledge into a real pragmatism’, and the noteworthy Adam Strong, a seasoned negotiator of complex issues, with ‘a very good understanding of client requirements’.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

HFW receives praise for its ‘strong’ department, which handles high-value and complex claims against accountants, auditors, brokers, insolvency practitioners, financial intermediaries and institutions, surveyors, architects, engineers and lawyers. It is also experienced in negligence cases relating to marine surveyors and marine salvage work. Professional negligence head Andrew Bandurka is regularly instructed by leading insurance and reinsurance brokers on complex matters, often with a cross-border element; he handles lawyers' professional indemnity coverage disputes and is also instructed on architects' and surveyors' negligence cases. Jonathan Bruce is often instructed by Latin American reinsurance brokers; Costas Frangeskides handles a range of brokers, solicitors and property transaction claims; Christopher Cardona is global head of insurance and reinsurance; Christopher Foster defends significant claims against solicitors; and Adam Strong defends claims against solicitors, architects, insurance brokers, surveyors and IFAs. Nigel Wick and senior associate Rupert Warren are also recommended. David Robinson is now a consultant.

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