About the conference

Bringing together leading international underwriters, claims adjusters, insureds, brokers and other service providers involved in claims arising from activities which are commonly referred to as offshore energy risks (which extend to related onshore activities and include well and drilling operations irrespective of location) this 3-day event includes presentations, activities and networking. The Conference is a non-commercial undertaking organised by a Committee drawn from professionals with extensive experience of energy claims.

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Since its modest beginning in 1996 as a forum for informal discussions between leading energy insurers and their loss adjusters, the annual Lillehammer Energy Claims Conference has grown to encompass representatives from global oil & gas companies, claims brokers and certain specialist service providers.

For over five years the conference has attracted capacity attendances - some 345 delegates in 2015 for the 20th Anniversary Conference. In recent years participants from America, Angola, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Denmark, Dubai, France, Germany, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, The Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., Venezuela, Vietnam and elsewhere, have clearly justify the conference’s claim to be the premier international energy claims forum.

Attendance at the Conference is, in general, restricted to representatives of underwriters, claims adjusters, insureds, claims brokers and other service providers directly involved in claims arising from offshore energy risks.

The Conference is not open to members of the legal professions although the Committee will usually issue a very limited number of specific invitations to lawyers closely involved with subjects under discussion. To encourage an atmosphere of open debate and participation, opinions expressed at the event are considered personal to the speakers and members of the media are excluded.

Delegates are always encouraged though Q&A and commentary sessions to play an active part in the Conferences’ interactive programmes.

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2016 Agenda

Chairman for the Day – Chris Brown, Charles Taylor Adjusting

10:00 – 13:00

  • Bus departures from City of Oslo and Oslo Airport, Gardermoen

First Timers’ sessions

09:30 – 09.40

  • Intro for the first timers’ session - Chris Brown, Charles Taylor Adjusting

09:40 – 12:00

  • From Drilling to Decommissioning – Allan Kelly & Patricia Castro, Braemar Adjusting Ltd / James Buckwell, Charles Taylor Adjusting

The role of the Stakeholders and their most important considerations once a claim comes;

Claims Adjuster:
  • Paul Stratton, Munich Re Syndicate Ltd
Claims Broker:
  • Eddie Cave, JLT Specialty
Risk Manager/Claims Consultant:
  • Nick Coffey, Indecs Consulting Limited
Loss Adjuster:
  • Rodney Winkler, BC Johnson & Associates
  • Nigel Chapman, Clyde & Co LLP

12:00 – 13:30

  • First timer’s fresh air break

13:30 – 15:00

  • Lunch Break

Main Conference

15:15 – 15:30

  • Welcome & Opening Remarks – Chris Brown, Charles Taylor Adjusting

15:30 – 15:50

  • Claims Overview – Lindsey Green, AIG

15:50 – 17:00

  • Legal Highlights - UK/USA/Scandinavia/Rest of the World – Tom Stapleton, Kennedys / Kyle Moran, Phelps Dunbar / Trond Eilertsen, Wikborg Rein / Enrique Garza, Garza Tello & Asociados, S.C.

17:00 – 17:45

  • Q&A session and First Timers’ session experience feedback
Chairman for the Day – Geoff Jones, Braemar Adjusting Ltd.

09:00 – 09:45

  • Oil price influence on the industry – Stewart Williams, Wood Mackenzie

09:45 – 10:15

  • Correlation between oil price fluctuations and upstream accidents? – Charles Barder, Willis Towers Watson

10:15 – 11:00

  • Oil Company/Contractor reality check – Rosalia Charitos, Dong Energy / Svein Bergstad, Seadrill

11:00 – 11:30

  • Underwriter/Broker challenges – Frank Streidl, Zurich Insurance / Grete Henæs, Marsh AS

11:30 – 12:15

  • Stacking of drilling rigs – James Vavasour, MatthewsDaniel

12:15 – 12:45

  • Q&A and summing up

12:45 – 14:00

  • Lunch break

14:00 – 14:45

  • Salvage/Wreck Removal – Morten Lund Mathisen, Wikborg Rein / Alex Harrison, London Offshore Consultants

14:45 – 15:30

  • Decommissioning – Caroline Haquet, Scor / Frederic Bouffard, Total

15:30 – 16:00

  • Q&A

16:15 – 20:15

  • Bus transfer to/from social activities


  • Dinner
Chairman for the Day – John Reid, Lloyd Warwick International

09:30 – 11:30

  • Interactive Claims Scenario
  • Claims Adjuster: Gavin Williams, Hiscox
  • Claims Consultant: Stuart Broad, Longdown/EIC
  • Loss Adjuster: George Begley, MatthewsDaniel
  • Insurers lawyer: Paul Lowrie, Clyde & Co LLP
  • Insured’s lawyer: Fiona Treanor, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

11:30 – 11:45

  • Q&A

11:45 – 12:00

  • Conference Closing Remarks – Jan-Hugo Marthinsen, Gard AS

12:00 – 13:30

  • Hotel check-out, lunch and bus departures for Oslo Airport, Gardermoen

Speakers at the conference