Richard Breavington > RPC > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Insurance and reinsurance.


Partner. Richard is a highly experienced insurance and reinsurance lawyer who has acted on a broad range of insurance claims and non-claims disputes. His specialisms are:

  • Cyber insurance, particularly incident response
  • Technology errors & omissions claims
  • Non-claims advice to insurers’ in-house legal teams, including on reinsurance issues
  • Property and PI claims – particularly technology-related

His experience includes:

  • Advising on various cyber breach incidents – heading up the team providing RPC’s award-winning cyber breach response service, ReSecure
  • Advising on a dispute relating to the recoverability of ICO fines under cyber insurance as a matter of English law
  • Advising on various technology-related disputes, ranging from product and software functionality / implementation to liability for cyber breach incidents
  • Advising a price comparison company following a malfunction on its website affecting information passed to product providers, including on regulatory aspects regarding customer notification
  • Advising a reinsured on the interaction between reinsurance structures in place to protect exposure to high value property catastrophes
  • Advising Royal & SunAlliance in relation to the Court of Appeal case of Coles v Hetherton, which concerned the process and principles for recovery of motor repair costs from at fault drivers’ insurers.


Trained Herbert Smith; qualified 2004; RPC 2011; partner 2014.


Waingels College; Bristol University (LLB, First); Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (LPC)


Reading; theatre; music; running.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Major tech, social media and publishing companies such as Google, Meta, Twitter and Associated Newspapers turn to RPC for assistance with data privacy litigation, cybersecurity incident response and compliance matters. Jon Bartley offers ‘excellent guidance and support in respect of data protection requirements’ while data dispute litigator Rupert Cowper-Coles is recommended for subject access requests and right to be forgotten claims. Richard Breavington has extensive expertise in data breach response and David Cran is a key contact for tech disputes.