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TOWER BRIDGE HOUSE, ST KATHARINE'S WAY, LONDON, E1W 1AA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 3060 6000
Fax:
Fax 020 3060 7000
DX:
600 LONDON CITY
Email:
Web:
www.rpc.co.uk

Nick Bird

Tel:
Work 020 3060 6548
Email:
RPC

Work Department

Professional liability.

Position

Professional liability defence litigation. Acts for magic circle and leading firms in complex and high-value claims.

Career

Called to the Bar 1993; Francis Taylor Building 1993-95; Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 1996; solicitor advocate (civil) 2001; partner Reynolds Porter Chamberlain 2004.

Education

Clifton College, Bristol; Royal College of Music, London; York University (1992 BA Hons); Inns of Court School of Law (1993 Bar finals).

Leisure

Theatre; concerts; football; reading.


London: Corporate and commercial

Partnership

Within: Partnership

Considered 'a safe pair of hands', RPC advises professional services firms on the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious work, including the establishment of partnerships and LLPs, as well as partnership mergers and dissolutions. Co-head Patrick Brodie represented Switzerland-based executive search firm Egon Zehnder on the enforcement of a global non-compete restrictive covenant injunction action against a former partner. Co-head Geraldine Elliott specialised in partnership disputes, predominantly acting on the side of the firms. Legal director Graham Reid handles regulatory matters involving partners. The 'diligent' Nick Bird focuses on professional liability and disciplinary claims from the perspective of partnerships. Ernst & Young LLP is a standout client of the department.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Nick Bird - RPC

Within: Professional negligence

RPC‚Äôs ‚Äėpractical‚Äô team is active in disputes across the legal, construction, technology, cyber and financial sectors. The team is defending Marsh in a ¬£50m claim brought by NatWest relating to the placement of its public liability policy and is advising several major insurers on regulatory issues and various complaints made against a self-invested personal pensions operator. Aviva, AIG, Libra and Barbican are also key clients. Tim Bull¬†heads the professional and financial risks team;¬†Paul Castellani¬†is ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô; Alexandra Anderson¬†heads the construction insurance team, where Alan Stone¬†is also active; Simon Greenley¬†is regularly instructed on capital markets and financial services disputes; Nick Bird¬†has an ‚Äėeye for detail‚Äô and is ‚Äėsound on strategy‚Äô; James Wickes¬†handles claims against financial professionals and institutions; and Simon Laird¬†is head of insurance. Senior associate Laura Stocks¬†focuses on solicitors‚Äô negligence, while Tom Green, who is also a senior associate, handles construction-related disputes. Legal directors Alison Clarke¬†and Rachael Healey¬†are also recommended. Karen Morrish¬†recently joined from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP. The department is based across the firm‚Äôs Bristol and London offices.

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Legal Developments by:
RPC

  • Cancelling insurance: insolvency and downgrade clauses

    One of the most common concerns for both parties to an insurance contract (including reinsurance) is that the other party might become insolvent and unable to perform its obligations under the contract. Both insurer and insured will therefore wish to have the right to cancel the insurance mid-term in the event of the other party’s insolvency, or a change in its financial circumstances that makes its insolvency a more likely prospect in the near future.
    - Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP

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