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James joined BCLP as a trainee in 2012 and qualified into the Insurance and Reinsurance team in 2014. Acting primarily for insurers and reinsurers, James has been exposed to a broad range of issues and disputes, including:

Coverage:

  • Reinsurance claims arising from major losses such as COVID-19, 9/11, volcanic eruption, and other catastrophes.
  • Construction/property claims including from fire, water damage, and cladding/Grenfell-related issues.
  • Financial lines claims relating to coverage available under professional liability, W&I and D&O covers.

Defence:

  • W&I claims arising, typically, from alleged tax indemnity and/or accounting warranty breaches.
  • Professionals, including solicitors and barristers facing negligence or conduct allegations.
  • Insurance market, including alleged breaches of coverholder or binding authority agreements, and broker follow-on claims.

Advisory:

  • To pension trustees and annuity providers on de-risking transactions structured using insurance and reinsurance policies.
  • Policy wording advice, including redrafting products to ensure they were Insurance Act 2015 compliant.
  • Due diligence on insurance and reinsurance programs, including trade credit and credit default products.

Practices