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Work Department

Financial risks


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).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation

(Leading individuals)

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RPC has a well-earned reputation in financial, liability and professional lines, property, power generation, energy and marine insurance and reinsurance lines. Continuing to bolster its bench strength, the firm recently recruited Mike Newham from Mayer Brown International LLP to bolster its coverage practice and on regulatory investigations against professionals. Global department head Simon Laird and James Wickes represent financial institutions, with Wickes being one of London’s leading specialists on W&I claims. Property specialist Victoria Sherratt and onshore/offshore energy, power and heavy industry insurance risks partners Leigh Williams and Gary Walkling, are also highly recommended. For political risk, Naomi Vary is the lead, and Lucy Dyson is noted for casualty exposures in the US, Caribbean and Latin America.

London > Insurance > Professional negligence

(Next Generation Partners)

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