Olivia is a partner in Kennedys’ Madrid office and is qualified in three jurisdictions: Spain (since 2006), Belgium (since 2004) and England and Wales (since 2015). Fluent in Spanish, English, French and Dutch, she is able to report in any of these languages.

A specialist in marine, product liability, construction, property, aviation and energy, her client base includes insurers and reinsurers writing risks in Spain. She regularly defends insurers and reinsurers and advises on coverage and policy wordings.

Olivia has an extensive background in transportation law, including marine, road and aviation. She advises cargo insurers and marine liability insurers and has drafted policy wordings to be implemented in Spain. Olivia is appointed to act in a range of disputes, including CMR disputes, coverage disputes under the International Chamber of Commerce and charterparty disputes. She also has specialist expertise relating to directors’ and officers’ and travel accidents.

She leads the travel team and cyber team in Spain and is involved in many of Kennedys’ strategy groups. Her triple qualification provides added value for international claims and she is often instructed for large and complex losses.

Olivia is a member of the Association of Young Insurance Professionals in Spain (AJPS), Spanish Maritime Law Association, Women in International Shipping and Transport Association and is the Kennedys’ spokesperson for EWI (Empower Women in Insurance). She is also a member of the Madrid and Brussels Bar Associations, and Solicitors Regulation Authority.

She is also a regular speaker at international seminars to explain the Spanish legal system to foreign underwriters and claims managers.

Qualifications

  • Qualified in Belgium in 2004
  • Qualified in Spain in 2006
  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2015

Olivia Delagrange is excellent, she understands our work ethic and team ethos, gets the job done and keeps everything simplistic.

The Legal 500 EMEA 2022

Market recognition

  • Leading Individual for 'Insurance (Spain)'
    "Olivia Delagrange is thoughtful, patient, a team worker, practical and completely expert in her field."
    "Olivia Delagrange is an expert in her field who is qualified in Spain, Belgium and England and Wales."
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2022
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Transport: Shipping (Spain)'
    "Olivia Delagrange is excellent, she understands our work ethic and team ethos, gets the job done and keeps everything simplistic! She doesn’t try and take over and involves you in every step of the matter that is being handled."
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2022
  • Notable Practitioner for 'Insurance (Spain)'
    "Olivia regularly represents insurers and reinsurers in multi-jurisdictional disputes across Europe, profiting from her triple qualification in Spain, Belgium and England and Wales. Her experience includes data protection, product liability, and regulatory matters. One client recommends her for being 'knowledgeable, courteous and punctual'".
    Chambers Europe 2022
  • Leading Individual for 'Insurance (Spain)'
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2021
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Transport: Shipping (Spain)'
    "Olivia Delagrange is unique in her field and an absolutely brilliant lawyer. She understands the law and knows how to get a result for you. Her leadership abilities are second to none and her team is fully supportive".
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2021
  • Notable Practitioner for 'Insurance (Spain)'
    "Delagrange stands out due to her amazing knowledge of jurisdictional issues and her command of languages," with another client adding: "She simplifies matters for you and explains all the issues at hand so that you can make the right and balanced decision on the claim being faced".
    Chambers & Partners Europe 2021
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Transport: Shipping (Spain)'
    "Olivia Delagrange is multi-lingual which greatly assists on our claims. A true specialist in marine law with amazing knowledge of transportation law. Very proactive and easily understands your requirements, together with a commercial attitude towards a dispute".
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Insurance (Spain)'
    "Olivia Delagrange is very intelligent, turns things round quickly, and can advise across a multitude of jurisdictions".
    The Legal 500 EMEA 2020
  • Recommended in The Gracechurch Report 2019
    “She's very professional, she has multi jurisdictional legal capabilities and she's just lovely, I don’t know how to put that, very personable. And she's on top of things which is important of course".
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2019

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended claims against insurer for up to €8 million by pharmaceutical distributors in different countries for large losses caused by contaminated medication. Successful settlement with each of the claimants.
  • Successful declinature of coverage on behalf of reinsurers in relation to €5.8 million claim under policy for machinery breakdown at a cogeneration plant.
  • Drafted all risks marine policy wording to be implemented in Spain.
  • Provided comparative analysis on the different scenarios of an insured’s liability towards potential claims under three different jurisdictions (Spanish, English and French) for a €50 million loss caused by the breakdown of a penstock in a hydraulic plant.
  • Defended aviation schools, instructors and liability insurers in aviation accidents.
  • Defended insurers of directors and officers accused of bribery by paying large sums of money to a Spanish political party in exchange for awarding public works.
  • Defended cargo insurers in underinsurance dispute.
  • Defended insureds covered under marine liability policies.

Olivia profits from her triple qualification in Spain, Belgium and England and Wales [and is] knowledgeable and courteous.

Chambers Europe 2022

Market recognition
  • L500 EMEA 2022 Leading Individual

    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2022

  • L500 EMEA 2022 Recommended Lawyer

    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2022

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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 EMEA 2020