Tony Hannon

Tony Hannon

Partner London, United Kingdom

Tony is a London-based partner, who trained and qualified as a solicitor at Kennedys in 1998. He specialises in property, energy, construction and engineering insurance and reinsurance claims. Tony advises on coverage matters and running subrogated recovery claims for insurers and reinsurers of corporates and high net worth individuals. 

Tony has handled a large number of complex coverage matters involving a wide variety of different issues under operational and Contractors’/Erectors’ All Risks (CAR/EAR) policies arising from claims by UK, international and multinational insureds.

He has advised on jurisdictional issues and obtained injunctive relief in the English courts on a number of occasions for London Market and Bermudan (re)insurers. He has enforced arbitral proceedings in London in favour of court proceedings in a variety of complex jurisdictions in the US and elsewhere.

Tony has handled multiple large subrogated recoveries for the London Market including a £55m fire loss at a UK power station. He also managed a £3.5m Contribution Act claim arising from an explosion at an insured’s recycling plant that caused multi-party property damage and injury claims.

Qualifications

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1998

“We have been working on a very big case together. He's provided a great organisational and unified approach, pulling all the threads together. It's involving a lot of international issues and he's led his team very effectively.”

The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019

Market recognition

  • “He has got a good depth of experience and knowledge of the areas we are using.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • “We have been working on a very big case together. He's provided a great organisational and unified approach, pulling all the threads together. It's involving a lot of international issues and he's led his team very effectively.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • “Again a particularly very difficult claim and he provided really good information on the coverage issues we had. He's very professional, very experienced in his role and so that has helped especially in this jurisdiction we have been dealing in.”
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019
  • He is Associateship of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII) qualified.
  • A member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.
  • He is highly regarded in both the energy and property insurance sector and is praised for “the speed and quality of service provided” in Gracechurch Consulting’s independent survey of the London insurance market 2013. The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2016 described him as “...a good partner who knows his stuff. I think he's a very accessible guy and easy to relate to. He's easy to work with.” and "He understands what we need and is able to deliver that in an impartial way.”

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading insurer on the application of bespoke loss aggregation provisions under the policy it issued to a large retailer. The retailer had multiple outlets affected by the August 2011 UK riots; in London, Birmingham and elsewhere.
  • Turville Heath Inc v Chartis Insurance UK Ltd [2012]. Successfully obtained a stay of High Court proceedings issued by a private client policyholder in a £2m dispute over the proper measure of damage after a pool house was destroyed by fire.
  • Successfully acted for London Market reinsurers in the High Court in Lusaka, Zambia, on a series of claims brought by a Zambian state-owned power company, following four losses within the space of six months in 2008, spanning two policy periods.
  • Successful £1.3m recovery (following a fire at a London restaurant) from targets who were in liquidation/had to be restored in the company register before protective proceedings could be issued the day before limitation expired on the Contribution Act claim.
  • Acted for reinsurers on a US$200m business interruption dispute following a fire at a Lithuanian oil refinery. We successfully challenged legal proceedings issued by the insured in the Lithuanian courts and successfully defended the insured’s jurisdictional challenge before the arbitration tribunal (in Vilnius and London). The claim was settled at a mediation within the loss adjuster’s reserve.