Siobán practises commercial law including arbitration, insurance and reinsurance, international carriage of goods and commodities, shipping, professional negligence, conflict of laws and jurisdiction disputes, and banking.

Siobán acted for the lead Claimants in the litigation arising out of the Buncefield explosion and for the appellant reinsurers in Wasa v. Lexington, one of the last ever judgments to be given by the House of Lords.

She is retained in several unrelated Commercial court actions involving allegations of professional negligence by insurance brokers and solicitors. Siobán acted for insurers in the long-running Metro litigation. She has also been involved in the film finance insurance litigation.

In recent years Siobán has been instructed in a number of insurance disputes relating to political risks and trade credit insurance, directors’ and officers’ liability, mis-selling of financial products, construction risks, the Lloyd’s market, alleged brokers’ negligence and commodity and shipping and arbitration appeals.

She is frequently involved as an advocate or arbitrator in insurance, reinsurance, maritime and sale of goods arbitrations and mediations, and in advisory work in relation to commodity arbitrations where legal representation at hearings is not ordinarily permitted. During the last year her shipping and commodities practice has included disputes under charterparties and bills of lading, shipbuilding and ship sale contracts, sale of goods contracts and related financial transactions.

Since taking silk in 2010 Siobán has been recommended by the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Directories as a leading silk in the fields of insurance and reinsurance, international arbitration, shipping and commodities, professional negligence and commercial litigation, having been consistently recommended as a leading junior in those fields before she took silk.

Siobán was Chambers & Partners’ Insurance Junior of the Year 2009, having previously been short-listed for the Award in 2007 and 2008.

Areas of practice

Siobán has a broad commercial practice, with particular expertise in advocacy and advisory work in the following areas:

Insurance and reinsurance; Professional negligence; Shipping; International carriage of goods and commodities; Conflict of laws and jurisdiction disputes; Arbitration; Commercial contracts and Banking.

Siobán also regularly acts as an arbitrator in insurance and reinsurance, international trade and shipping and general contractual disputes and has experience of arbitrating under UNCITRAL, ARIAS, LCIA, SIAC and ICC rules. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of ARIAS(UK)’s panel of arbitrators, a member of SIAC’s and AIAC’s panels and of the CAS Panel.