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Alaina Wadsworth

Solicitor Advocate

T +44 20 7367 2722
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
Languages English, French, Spanish

Alaina is a partner and solicitor advocate in CMS’s Insurance and Reinsurance Group having trained at the firm and qualified in 2009.  She is ranked as a Rising Star in Insurance Law by Super Lawyers and Expert Guides.

She specialises in advising on insurance and reinsurance disputes and coverage with a particular focus on healthcare, aviation and a broad range of professional negligence claims (particularly insurance brokers).

She regularly advises on heavy weight litigation matters as well as international and cross-border disputes, utilising her foreign language skills, and was involved in one of the largest negligence claims of recent years defending a leading broking house where the claims, valued at worth half a billion dollars, concerned an all risks policy placed into the specie market.

Alaina has completed three extended secondments; one as an aviation claims adjuster to a major insurer and aviation market lead and two to the legal teams of leading insurance brokers.

In addition to her contentious practice, Alaina advises on non-contentious insurance issues such as policy drafting and wording reviews and insurance contractual documentation such as coverholder arrangements, SLAs, TOBAs and broker transfers. Having undertaken numerous policy drafting and wording reviews and regularly spoken on the topic, Alaina is well versed in advising on the impact of the Consumer, Insurance and Enterprise Acts.

She is a contributing partner to the leading text Insurance Broking Practice and the Law.

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  • 2012 – Higher Rights of Audience, BPP, London
  • 2007 – LLB, College of Law, London
  • 2007 – Legal Practice Course, College of Law, London
  • 2006 – Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law, London
  • 2005 – BA Hons French and Spanish, Cardiff University, London
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22 March 2017
In­sur­ance: in­surer li­able for de­fence costs where only un­in­sured claims...
The High Court has made a non-party costs or­der against an in­surer in re­spect of un­in­sured claims. Back­ground The de­fend­ant, Trans­form Med­ic­al Group, faced 426 claims brought against it for the sup­ply of de­fect­ive breast im­plants as part of the P
04 September 2017
lnsur­ance claims: Co-op­er­a­tion and in­surer­'s duty to make clear when in­form­a­tion...
The Court of Ap­peal has held that in­surers could not es­cape li­ab­il­ity by re­ly­ing on breach of a con­di­tion pre­ced­ent as they had had a duty to tell the in­sured that they re­garded doc­u­ments as out­stand­ing. Back­ground The claimants were a hold­ing comp
12 August 2016
In­sur­ance Act 2015: now in force
The main pro­vi­sions of the In­sur­ance Act 2015 come in­to force today. With the con­sumer in­sur­ance re­forms that came in­to force in 2013, this rep­res­ents the biggest shake up of in­sur­ance law in over 100 years. The ma­jor­ity of the changes in­tro­duced by


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28 April 2020
COV­ID-19: Brokers FAQ
As the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic takes hold, brokers are com­ing un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure. They are fa­cing an ever-rising tide of quer­ies, no­ti­fic­a­tions and claims from poli­cy­hold­ers re­gard­ing cov­er­age of their losses arising from the cur­rent crisis. Des­pite pres
02 September 2020
Group Lit­ig­a­tion Or­ders and the pit­falls of mak­ing ap­plic­a­tions pre­ma­turely
A re­cent County Court de­cision to dis­miss an ap­plic­a­tion for a Group Lit­ig­a­tion Or­der (GLO) made on be­half of 26 dent­al pa­tients provides fur­ther guid­ance as to when the court will per­mit this form of...
27 April 2020
COV­ID-19 In­sur­ance Im­plic­a­tions
The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has ex­trac­ted a ter­rible toll on hu­man life and has caused sig­ni­fic­ant dis­rup­tion to busi­ness and in­vest­ment world­wide. The true eco­nom­ic im­pact of the pan­dem­ic re­mains to be de­term­ined and one is­sue in­sur­ance mar­ket par­ti­cipants are
07 July 2020
Brokers PI: Mind the trap - Aus­trali­an Fed­er­al Court re­minds in­sur­ance...
On 19 Feb­ru­ary 2020 the Fed­er­al Court of Aus­tralia ruled in PC Case Gear Pty Ltd v In­strat In­sur­ance Brokers Pty Ltd (in liq) that In­strat In­sur­ance Brokers Pty Ltd (In­strat) breached the du­ties that...
31 January 2018
Ten things every in­surer should know
23 April 2020
Su­preme Court rules on jur­is­dic­tion in mat­ters re­lat­ing to in­sur­ance
A re­cent case in the Su­preme Court has cla­ri­fied the in­ter­pret­a­tion of the Brus­sels Reg­u­la­tion Re­cast (Reg­u­la­tion (EU) 1215/2012) (the Reg­u­la­tion) on jur­is­dic­tion.  The case con­cerned a bank’s, Cred­it...
CMS launches Glob­al Product Li­ab­il­ity team in Lifes­ci­ences
09 April 2020
Su­preme Court rules that costs of com­mer­cial sur­rog­acy can be re­cov­er­able
Last week the Su­preme Court made the land­mark de­cision that awards for dam­ages to cov­er the costs of for­eign com­mer­cial sur­rog­acy, us­ing donor eggs, can now be re­cov­er­able un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances....
Risk Mat­ters: In­sur­ance Sec­tor Up­date (Spring 2016)
08 April 2020
Su­preme Court finds em­ploy­ers less likely to be vi­cari­ously li­able for...
In re­vers­ing the Court of Ap­peal’s de­cision, the Su­preme Court in Barclays Bank plc v Vari­ous Claimants has re­in­forced the abil­ity of com­pan­ies to use the “in­de­pend­ent con­tract­or de­fence” when faced...
Risk Mat­ters: In­sur­ance Sec­tor news­let­ter Sum­mer 2014
High­light­ing top­ic­al is­sues for in­sur­ance sec­tor par­ti­cipants
02 April 2020
Clin­ic­al neg­li­gence: dent­al prac­tice vi­cari­ously li­able for neg­li­gence...
The County Court in Leeds has re­cently set an im­port­ant pre­ced­ent by find­ing a dent­al prac­tice vi­cari­ously li­able for neg­li­gent dent­al work car­ried out by an un­in­sured dent­ist who was not dir­ectly em­ployed...