James Whitaker is a senior associate in the Insurance & Reinsurance practice of the London office.
James joined Mayer Brown as a trainee in 2007, and as part of his training, completed a six month secondment to EMI Music. Since qualifying in 2009, James has handled a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, often with a large international element. He has advised on policy coverage issues and disputes under a variety of lines of insurance, and has assisted insurer and policyholder clients in relation to the defence of third party claims against policyholders, both in the context of traditional High Court litigation, and of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, particularly arbitrations (under LCIA, ICC and ad hoc rules) and mediation. In 2011-2012, James completed a six month secondment with a major London market underwriter.
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 Mexico, Venezuela, Indonesia, and Kenya, where he recently assisted in successful subrogated recovery litigation relating to misappropriated gasoil.
Directors and officers: James advises clients on a wide range of coverage issues arising under directors and officers policies, assisting insurers in the context of coverage disputes, and has regularly acted as monitoring counsel in the context of the defence of third party claims against insured clients, in a range of different jurisdictions, notably the US and South Africa, including securities and ERISA class actions.
Professional indemnity: In the context of professional indemnity insurance, James has advised clients on a range of coverage issues, and has assisted in the defence of 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 clients on coverage issues and in the context of third party claims against large and medium sized financial institutions in a number of different jurisdictions, including Italy, Iceland, and Sweden, notably in the context of the Madoff fraud.