Elle is a legal director based in our London office. Elle qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2010.

Elle specialises in advising marine and energy reinsurers in London and internationally on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Elle’s experience covers a wide range of marine and energy classes of reinsurance business, including hull & machinery, war, kidnap & ransom, cargo, salvage, increased value, aquaculture, yachts and liabilities including charterers, builders’ risks and protection & indemnity (P&I).

Elle also has significant experience working on subrogated recovery actions and property and business interruption insurance matters.

Elle has undertaken a secondment to the marine claims department of a company market insurer and to the claims team of a mutual insurer.

Elle spent several years serving as treasurer and chairperson of the Lloyd’s Marine U35s Insurance Group and regularly speaks at conferences.

Elle is an associate member of the Association of Average Adjusters and a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).

Market recognition

  • Next Generation Partner for 'Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation (UK)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2022

Work highlights

  • Advising hull and machinery and increased value insurers in respect of loss of a vessel in suspicious circumstances.
  • Advising various war insurers in relation to detainment of vessels in Venezuela, Egypt, Crimea and Yemen.
  • Advising reinsurers on potential exposure under various insurance programs following the Tianjin explosion.
  • Advising liability insurers on potential exposure following the collapse of Hanjin and assisting insurers in handling incoming claim.
  • Acting on behalf of the insurers in the case of Versloot Dredging B.V. v HDI Gerling and Others through to the Supreme Court hearing.
  • Advising insurers in respect of payment of claim following grounding of vessel in Sudan in light of sanctions. 
  • Drafting warranties for inclusion in hull policy following the enactment of the Insurance Act 2015.
  • Negotiating and drafting settlement agreement between insured, insurer, reinsurers, financial interests and brokers following partial loss.
  • Advising reinsurers on rights under claims co-operation clause and thereafter directing the handling of underlying claim by insurers.
  • Advising fixed premium P&I insurers in respect of general average and sue and labour claims following The Longchamp decision.
  • Advising on the applicable measure of indemnity under a cargo policy following damage to a yacht during shipment.
  • Advising ship repairers and their liability insurers in relation to investigation of claim by shipowner concerning damage to vessel.
  • Handling dispute on behalf of insurers in relation to liability following payment of claim against alleged fraudulent payment authorities.