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Jim Oulton

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Jim Oulton is a partner in the Insurance & Reinsurance practice of the London office. He is well known for his work in the Professional Liability field, where he handles claims and insurance coverage disputes. He regularly advises in claims concerning accountants and auditors, real estate professionals, trustees (in particular in offshore jurisdictions), asset managers, IT professionals and lawyers. Recent work includes cases involving failure to detect fraud, mortgage fraud, valuations of property and other assets in falling/unstable markets, claims arising from allegedly negligent audits, tax planning and tax mitigation schemes as well as claims against Insolvency Practitioners. Jim has also spent significant time recently advising professionals as to their duties to produce documents and information to the SFO, FSA, HMRC and to Insolvency Practitioners. In recent years he has often been instructed by excess layer markets as claims develop to advise on policy issues (often aggregation) and strategy. He is frequently asked to protect their interests in settlement discussions and at mediations. Jim also advises in relation to Financial Institutions and D&O claims in a range of disputes, including the international oil sector, offshore investment companies and funds and other businesses. He has also recently spent significant time advising the underwriters of Insolvency Practitioners' Bonds as to the extent of their obligations.


Leeds University BA (Hons); CPE/Law Society Finals

London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Jim Oulton - Mayer Brown International LLP

Within: Professional negligence

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'robust and creative team' is engaged on high-profile professional negligence disputes across the legal, engineering, construction and property sectors, where it is instructed by a raft of leading insurers. The team is commended for its international reach and for its experience in cross-border disputes. Head of insurance William Glassey regularly defends claims against solicitors, barristers, pensions actuaries and property professionals, while Michael Regan, who heads the construction and engineering group, is noted for complex construction-related claims. Sally Davies, who co-leads the construction and engineering professional indemnity team, is 'very client-friendly, and is able to steer a course between insurer and insured to deliver a result'. Elsewhere, Jim Oulton delivers 'really outstanding client care and legal advice', and James Morris, who was recently promoted to partner, and Jonathan Stone are experienced in construction-related claims.

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