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James Whitaker

James Whitaker

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James Whitaker is a senior associate in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group of the London office, specialising in insurance-related litigation and advising on policy coverage issues.

James joined Mayer Brown as a trainee in 2007 and, since qualifying in 2009, has handled a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, often with a large international, multi-jurisdictional, element, both in the context of traditional High Court litigation, and of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, particularly arbitrations (under LCIA and ICC rules in particular) and mediations. In 2011-2012, James completed a six month secondment with a major London market insurer.

Directors’ and officers’ liability: James advises clients on a wide range of disputes often involving directors and officers of leading multinational and FTSE 250 companies, in a range of different jurisdictions in addition to the UK, notably the US, including derivative actions, securities claims, unfair prejudice petitions and regulatory investigations.

Professional indemnity: James has considerable experience of defending third party 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.

Financial institutions: James has advised both policyholder and insurer clients in respect of claims against large and medium sized financial institutions in a number of different jurisdictions, including Switzerland, Italy, Iceland, and Sweden, notably in the context of the Madoff fraud, and the collapse of the Icelandic banks.

Political risk/trade disruption: James has acted for London market underwriters in respect of political risk, trade disruption and contract frustration policy disputes involving issues in a range of states, including Ukraine, Mexico, Venezuela, Indonesia, and Kenya.
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