Clyde & Co has expanded its Middle East insurance practice with the appointment of financial lines insurance specialist, Olivia Darlington (pictured) as a partner based in Dubai, UAE.
Darlington has broad expertise in contentious insurance matters specialising in Professional Indemnity, FI, D&O and Cyber business lines; she regularly advises on the defence of high-value claims against professional services firms, financial institutions and directors/officers and on complex coverage matters. Darlington also has extensive experience acting as breach response counsel in the event of cyber breaches.
Darlington joins from Simmons & Simmons, where she was Head of Insurance for the Middle East & Africa and Of Counsel for the firm’s Dispute Resolution – Insurance & Construction Group. Her experience spans the UK and Middle East regions after moving to Dubai in 2019.
Mark Beswetherick, insurance partner at Clyde & Co, says: “We are very excited to welcome Olivia to the team. She is highly regarded for her technical expertise and has strong relationships with insurers and a deep understanding of the regional insurance market’s needs. She will be a highly valuable addition to bolster our insurance offering in the region.”
Olivia Darlington adds: “Clyde & Co is the leading insurance firm in the Middle East and I see no better platform from which to grow my practice. I look forward to working with my new colleagues and supporting clients with their insurance matters.”