Non Practising Consultant
Catastrophic Loss Expert
Alan Fisher is a catastrophic loss expert with a particular emphasis on construction and engineering related failures.
Alan has also been involved in many of the so called "disaster cases" ranging from the comparatively small Abbeystead explosion, which killed 15 people and badly injured twice that number in 1988, to the Paddington train crash in 1999.
He has also appeared as advocate in complex arbitration cases such as that following the derailment of a heavy goods train at Bexley in 1997. Some of these leading cases feature on this website, such as Gan -v- Tai Ping Insurance 1999.
He brings to these cases many years of experience as an investigator and has acquired an in-depth knowledge of the legal and technical issues involved. Below are some of the more significant cases Alan was involved in before establishing Fisher Scoggins:
- National Trust -v- Haden Young Ltd  72 BLR 1
Recovery action following a major fire at listed National Trust property Uppark House in the region of £22 million.
- Red Sea Insurance -v- Bouyges  1 AC 190
Concrete problems in Saudi Arabia with issues as to private international law.
- Buchanan -v- Eagle Star 
War risks Liberian civil war - Pre-emptive strike to establish non-liability of underwriters. Main issues: jurisdiction
- Flying Colours -v- Assicurazioni Generali  2 Lloyd's 184
Contingency Insurance, film producers indemnity policy. Main issue: policy coverage.
- Beoco -v- Alfa Laval  OB 137
Refinery explosion. Issue: indemnity and recklessness.
- Fairfreld Mabey -v- Shell  All ER 576
Failures in North Sea oil rig fabrication.
- Thorman -v- New Hampshire  1 Lloyds Rep 7
Professional Indemnity - Architect. Main issue: coverage and meaning of 'a claim'. Acted for Home Insurance Co (CIGNA).
- Eckersley -v- Binnie  (Abbeystead)
Abbeystead Methane Gas Disaster in 1988 leaving 15 dead and 55 injured when underground water pumping station exploded during public tour.
For many years Alan has lectured on Health and Safety topics and on regulatory aspects of the energy and transport industries at insurance industry conferences and as a visiting lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire Civil Emergency Management Centre.
FROM OCTOBER 2010 ALAN WILL NO LONGER PRACTISE. ALAN WILL BE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST FOR TRAINING AND NON PRACTISING ADVICE.