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Karen Morrish

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Insurance (Professional and Construction Risks)


Partner. Karen is a highly regarded insurance lawyer specialising in the defence of complex and high-value claims against professionals. She also has vast experience advising insurers on coverage issues. Karen has been involved with claims against members of the legal profession since qualification, both in a defence capacity and in providing monitoring services and strategic advice to excess layer insurers on claims attracting significant market interest.

In addition to claims against lawyers, Karen has also defended and provided coverage advice and monitoring services relating to claims against accountants, tax advisors, insolvency practitioners insurance intermediaries and corporate service providers (particularly offshore).


Trained Blake Lapthorn (Qualified 1996), Bond Pearce 2000-2012 (partner 2005), Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold 2012-2017, joined RPC 2018.




Southampton University LLB (Hons), College of Law.

London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

‚ÄėA pre-eminent insurance litigation firm‚Äô, RPC¬†has a reputation for contentious insurance work in the financial lines, international property and power generation and energy sectors, areas in which it receives increasing numbers of instructions. The team is also investing in new sectors, having recently hired Naomi Vary, who specialises in trade credit and political risk insurance, from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP. Karen Morrish¬†also joined from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP, while¬†Toby Higginson¬†and Toby Savage¬†were promoted to partner. The team, headed by Simon Laird, also includes¬†energy insurance market expert Gary Walkling,¬†and is known for its ‚Äėexcellent personnel and very capable and effective resources' and for¬†'providing a quality service‚Äô. The practice also has significant capability in the cyber risks field and has developed a cyber incident response service called ReSecure. The team acts for some of the major insurers, London market companies and global composites, including AIG, Liberty, AXA CS, XL Catlin and Aviva. Recent highlights include Simon Goldring¬†applying for a declaration, on behalf of AXA CS, that the English court does not have jurisdiction over XL's claim for double insurance against it, and¬†Leigh Williams¬†acting for WR Berkley Insurance and Lancashire Insurance Company in the high-profile case of¬†Single Buoy Moorings Inc v Aspen Insurance UK & Ors. The latter represents the largest single asset insurance claim that has ever been litigated in the UK and one of the largest contested insurance claims brought in any jurisdiction.

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Professional negligence

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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