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James Whitaker

James Whitaker

Associate
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Overview
James Whitaker is a senior associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group of the London office, focusing in particular on disputes relating to directors’ and officers’ liability, banking and financial institutions, professional liability, and political risk/trade disruption, and on insurance-related litigation, as well as advising extensively on policy coverage issues.

James joined Mayer Brown as a trainee in 2007 and, since qualifying in 2009, has handled a wide range of matters across a broad range of industries, often with a large international, multi-jurisdictional, element, in the context both of traditional High Court litigation, and of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, particularly arbitrations (under LCIA and ICC rules in particular) and mediations. As part of his training, James completed an in-house secondment with a major music label and, in 2011-2012, James completed a further secondment with a major London market insurer.

James focuses his practice, in particular, on the areas of directors’ and officers’ liability (often relating to leading multinational and FTSE 100 and 250 companies), in a range of different jurisdictions in addition to the United Kingdom (notably the US), including in relation to derivative actions, securities claims, unfair prejudice petitions and shareholder disputes as well as regulatory investigations; banking and financial institutions litigation, often in international jurisdictions, including Italy, Switzerland, Iceland and Sweden; and professional liability, defending and prosecuting claims against a range of professionals, including solicitors, accountants, quantity surveyors and valuers, as well as financial institutions, both in the United Kingdom and in other jurisdictions, notably the US, the Netherlands, Italy, Cyprus and the Bahamas. James also has experience of political risk and expropriation, trade disruption and contract frustration disputes involving issues in a range of states, including Ukraine, Mexico, Venezuela, Indonesia, and Kenya.
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