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James Whitaker is a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice of the London office, where he focuses on complex, high value commercial disputes and insurance-related litigation. His practice focuses, in particular, on disputes involving senior management liability (often relating to leading multinational and FTSE 100 and 250 companies), shareholder disputes, banking and financial institutions, professional liability, intellectual property disputes and political risk/trade disruption/contract frustration, including in the context both of traditional High Court litigation, and of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, particularly arbitrations (under LCIA and ICC rules in particular) and mediations. James has particular experience of derivative actions, unfair prejudice petitions, as well as securities claims and other class and collective actions, and has advised in relation to regulatory investigations involving senior directors and officers. He also advises extensively on insurance policy coverage issues.

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London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Mayer Brown International LLP has a track record of expertly handling large corporate transactions, as well as the the IP involved in such deals. The firm also handles disputes in the media space and advises film/TV studios on legal issues arising out of production. Miles Robinson heads up the department and focuses his practice on disputes arising out of contracts and commercial matters which regularly involve multiple jurisdictions. Highly active on the contentious side, James Whitaker regularly represents players in the film and television industries and is one of the firm’s key contacts for charities in the space.

London > Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Mayer Brown International LLP has a long-established track record of work on cross-border disputes and in claims in offshore jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, and Jersey. Its varied practice spans professional indemnity, through to cyber, construction, energy and financial lines. Known for his work in the professional liability field, Jim Oulton acts in the English courts on claims concerning accountants, insolvency practitioners, lawyers and tax professionals. James Whitaker is recommended for mandates in the financial services, and Tim Shepherd defends claims relating to transactions.