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James Wickes

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Partner in RPC's insurance group; specialising in financial risks. Advises London market non-marine insurers/reinsurers on complex coverage disputes, in particular involving financial and professional lines policies, including PI, D&O, W&I and crime insurance. Also acts in the defence of claims against financial professionals, including directors, insurance brokers, IFAs, trustees, tax advisers, wealth managers and investment/asset/fund managers.

Recognised in The Lawyer Magazine's Hot 100 2016.


Legal assistant Noble Group Limited (Hong Kong) 2006; trained RPC 2007-09; qualified 2009; associate RPC 2009-13; senior associate RPC 2013-15; partner RPC 2015. Seconded to the financial lines claims teams at Brit Syndicate 2987, Pembroke Syndicate 4000 and AIG Europe Limited. Co-founder of Limitless London, an award-winning social mobility and careers guidance programme.


British Insurance Law Association; City of London Law Society Social Mobility Forum.


Warren Comprehensive School; Chelmsford College; Durham University (2005 LLB (Hons)); College of Law, London (LPC).

London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Next Generation Partners

James Wickes - RPC

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

The 'exceptional' team at RPC has a great reputation in the financial lines sector, spanning financial indemnity, D&O and professional indemnity claims. Practice head Simon Laird specialises in this sector and divides his time between Bristol and London. 'Excellent technical lawyer' Simon Goldring and James Wickes regularly handle D&O disputes. The team is also increasingly instructed on trade credit and political risk matters, often handled by expert Naomi Vary, as well as on cross-border and domestic property claims under the leadership of Victoria Sherratt. Other areas of growth are power generation and energy, for which the 'outstanding' Leigh Williams and Gary Walkling are the key contacts.

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Professional negligence

Within: Next Generation Partners

James Wickes - RPC

Within: Professional negligence

The 'well respected' team at RPC is based across its London and Bristol offices and it handles complex professional negligence disputes across the construction, legal, property, technology, cyber and financial sectors. Nick Bird is an 'absolute superstar' and is experienced in claims involving lawyers, architects and accountants, while James Wickes defends high-value and complex claims against financial professionals and institutions. Legal director Tom Green handles complex construction disputes and senior associate Laura Stocks defends leading law firms in professional negligence disputes. The team is representing Sense Network and Arch Insurance (Europe) on a claim brought by 95 individuals alleging that they lost money in a fraudulent investment scheme operated by a director of Sense's appointed representative, without Sense's knowledge.

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