Ian Crotty has extensive insurance and commercial litigation experience and is widely recognised in the insurance industry, in particular for his broad insurance knowledge of both the UK and Irish insurance markets. Ian is known to have a down-to-earth, pragmatic and commercial approach to dispute resolution and understands the different nuances from both insurers’ and insureds’ perspectives.

Ian has worked in private legal practice and in an in-house global brokerage. Ian was a Partner in a global insurance law firm in Dublin for a number of years and later a Claims Leader in a global insurance brokerage. Having been instrumental in helping to build up a number of insurance-based firms in Ireland from the ground up and having managed high-value complex claims within a global brokerage, Ian brings a unique style and offering to the market.

Ian has a broad range of claims experience. He has significant professional indemnity specialist expertise in the construction and financial services sector and has been involved in many high-value multi-party disputes over the years. Ian has resolved hundreds of professional negligence claims involving home-owners, architects, engineers, project managers, solicitors/barristers, insurance brokers, accountants, taxation/financial advisers, contractors and developers. He has acted regularly in relation to commercial disputes involving matters such as intellectual property, judicial reviews, defamation, company law and insurance policy coverage.

Insurers, insureds, brokers and commercial entities can benefit from his specialist knowledge and bespoke services. Ian works closely on the ground with the people behind the insured entities, the underwriters, brokers and insurers’ claims teams.

Ian also acts as a Mediator and is a keen advocate for alternative dispute resolution mechanisms where appropriate for the parties.

Examples of Ian Crotty’s experience are as follows

Advising a leading insurer and large insured in a successful resolution of an eight party multi-million euro Commercial Court claim involving construction defects ;

Successfully settling 56 separate claims in relation to a construction development to avoid protracted litigation and achieved early commercial resolution for all parties ;

Coverage advice in relation to aggregation and excess layer insurance considerations on a multi-million claim ;

Managing financial and professional lines claims within a global insurance brokerage such as a captive programme for a major Financial Institution ;

Managing a portfolio of claims arising from the winding down of Anglo-Irish Bank and associated run-off claims ;

High profile intellectual property Commercial court case involving copyright allegations ;

Successfully defending a Judicial Review case involving a student nurse who alleged bias and breach of process ;

Arbitrating and mediating on many cases. Most notably a high quantum case involving oil contamination of a commercial site where the sum disputed was €8m ;

Representing various solicitors on high-value cases involving breaches of undertakings involving some of the country’s leading financial institutions ;

Acted for many solicitors during investigations by the Law Society Complaints Committee;

Defending multiple Directors and Officers of a large Financial Institution in financial investment-related and funds litigation pursuant to Directors and Officers insurance cover;

Advising on claims strategy and risk management to insureds to include providing claims workshops and presentations to insureds and affiliated bodies such as the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland;

Providing claims advocacy services to clients to include attendance at settlement meetings, hearings and mediations;

Managing a number of legal panels and third party claims handlers in conjunction with insurers on a variety of insurance schemes in Ireland, UK and USA.