Insurers' legal arsenal expands

The recent decision of Bristow Helicopters Ltd v Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation [2004] 2 Lloyds Rep 150 has confirmed the availability of a useful new weapon in the armoury of insurers, on the basis of which insurers can go on the attack in the courts in England in order to prevent proceedings being brought against them by potential claimants in unfavourable jurisdictions. The form of this new weapon is an action for a negative declaration.Ordinarily, when parties litigate, a claimant is seek