RPC

Insurance Department

Global-wide
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What the team is known for Recognised insurance-focused firm with long-standing experience acting for major insurers and reinsurers. Draws recognition for its well-established strength in Europe and Asia with prominent offices in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Has a strong reputation for its ability to handle significant international disputes and is especially prominent in the property, energy and construction sectors. Further acknowledged for its expertise in D&O claims, political risk and reinsurance matters.

Strengths One client enthused: "They are extremely reliable and professional; they work to short deadlines and are an efficient and cost-effective option for legal advice," additionally noting the firm's "balanced and pragmatic approach enabling a certain amount of flexibility in resolving issues."

Another source hailed the team for having "great technical lawyers" who also appreciate "the client's need for a pragmatic, commercial approach."

Work highlights Successfully defended a number of D&O insurers, including Arch and Barbican, in arbitration proceedings brought against them by the liquidators of the collapsed Lithuanian bank Ukio Bankas.

Advised second excess layer insurers, including W.R. Berkley Insurance and Lancashire Insurance, on claims submitted by SBM Offshore relating to defects in the construction of its offshore production platform in the North Sea.

Notable practitioners

London-based Simon Laird heads the global insurance practice. Mark Errington and Antony Sassi are the key contacts in Singapore and Hong Kong respectively.