Insurance Disputes

Insurance is a necessary and important aspect of our everyday lives, giving us peace of mind and providing a vital lifeline when something goes wrong. Unfortunately, making a claim on an insurance policy isn’t always straightforward.

If your insurance provider disputes your claim, it can be a very frustrating experience with the potential to result in significant losses for you. Where your claim has been wrongfully or mistakenly denied, you will often need to take legal action to secure the payment you are entitled to.

If you find yourself in this position, our expert insurance dispute resolution team can help.

Lavelle Solicitors have built an excellent reputation for providing efficient and effective representation for clients in dispute with their insurance providers. We have decades of experience in dealing with insurance companies and protecting the rights of our clients.

Our goal is to take the confusion and stress out of dealing with insurance disputes, helping you to effectively challenge your provider’s decision and secure a fair payment from your policy.

For help to efficiently and effectively resolve an insurance dispute, please get in touch with our expert team now.

Call: (01) 644 5800            Email:

Types of insurance disputes we can handle for you

Our insurance disputes solicitors regularly assist clients to resolve disputes related to a wide range of different insurance products, including:

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Buildings and Contents Insurance
  • Permanent Health Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Mortgage Protection Insurance

To find out more about how we can help resolve your insurance dispute, please contact Ciarán Leavy.

How we can resolve an insurance dispute for you

We understand that your goal will generally be to get a fair payment from your insurance provider as quickly as possible with minimal hassle. To facilitate this, we will tailor our approach to your situation, allowing us to get the best available result as quickly and simply as possible.

Our insurance dispute resolution solicitors are experts in various methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), allowing us to effectively pursue an out-of-court settlement wherever appropriate. However, we also have strong experience with taking court action for insurance disputes, so can provide the support you need whatever approach is required.

Arbitration for insurance disputes

Arbitration is commonly used for insurance disputes, with many insurance policies carrying an ‘arbitration clause’ specifying that any dispute must be dealt with through arbitration.

Our arbitrators can act as an independent third-party to investigate the circumstances surrounding your insurance dispute and provide a decision on how we think the dispute should be resolved.

Arbitration can allow disputes to be resolved faster than relying on court action or other dispute resolution options, as well as having the benefit of providing a definitive answer to even the most complex and contentious disputes.

Both you and your insurer must agree to use arbitration and sign a formal agreement to accept the decision of the arbitrator. As stated above, this provision may already be included in your insurance policy, so this is something we would need to review when first discussing your insurance dispute with you.

Litigation for insurance disputes

In some cases, initiating court proceedings may be the most appropriate or only remaining option to achieve a fair outcome. Where this is the case, our dispute resolution team can provide the experienced support and skilled representation you need at every stage of proceedings.

Our insurance disputes solicitors have a proven track record of successfully pursuing disputes in court proceedings at all levels, including in the High Court, Supreme Court, Circuit and District Courts.

Time limits for insurance disputes

Some insurance policies, particularly for houses and commercial properties, include an arbitration clause. This means that if a dispute arises between an insurance company and a client then the issue must be referred to Arbitration within a short period of the dispute occurring. If a dispute is not referred to Arbitration on time it may be too late to take action so we recommend you contact us as soon as possible.

Our fees for insurance dispute resolution

The fees for resolving an insurance dispute will depend on the complexity of the work involved and the time taken to resolve the issues involved.

We will be happy to advise you at the outset of our relevant hourly rates and any other costs, such as court fees, that you may be likely to incur in the course of dealing with your dispute.

Our insurance dispute resolution expertise

Lavelle Solicitors is one Ireland’s top law firms for Dispute Resolution, being ranked Tier 4 by leading client guide the Legal 500.

Ciarán Leavy has more than 13 years experience advising and representing Lavelle’s clients in relation to all types of personal and business disputes. Ciarán is known for achieving positive outcomes for clients facing even the most complex and contentious disputes and has been recognised by the Legal 500 for his “technical knowledge and interpersonal skills” as well as the “first-class” team that he leads.

Marc Fitzgibbon has been advising clients in relation to all types of legal disputes, including insurance disputes, for more than 30 years. Marc is a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) accredited mediator and has been praised in the Legal 500 for his “highly practical” approach.

Speak to our insurance dispute resolution solicitors now

To start the process of resolving an insurance dispute or to find out more, please get in touch with our expert team now.

Call: (01) 644 5800            Email:

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