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About Rupert

Rupert specialises in insurance, reinsurance and professional indemnity claims. He frequently acts for insurers, reinsurers, policyholders and insured professionals in claims arising from a wide range of classes of business, including professional indemnity, management liability, financial institutions property / business interruption, energy, product liability and construction. His cases often have an international element. He has been involved in some of the leading cases on, for example, brokers’ negligence and non-disclosure in reinsurance.

Rupert has spent time on secondment in the claims teams of two Lloyd’s syndicate, through which he has developed a thorough understanding of the insurance market. He is a member of the Insurance and Reinsurance Legacy Association (“IRLA”) and the British Insurance Law Association (“BILA”). He regularly presents to clients on topical market issues.

Legal 500 2024 describes Rupert as ‘dedicated and hard-working and has considerable experience in this field. He is a very calm, thoughtful, and combines strong technical insurance knowledge with good judgement’ and ‘has a really strong understanding of how [professional negligence claims] problems arise, and how to resolve them. He is ‘highly recommended in this field’ and also combines ‘very good legal and technical insurance skills’ with ‘the empathy that is often required to understand what has gone wrong and why.’

His recent experience includes:

-Advising major UK insurers and reinsurers on their exposure to Covid-19 business interruption claims

-Advising policyholder on claims arising from defective energy waste plants and potential claims against solicitors

-AXA v ARIG – leading Court of Appeal decision on inducement in non-disclosure

-Standard Life v Oak Dedicated and Aon – commercial court case on brokers’ duties

-Acting for insurers of a sub-contractor in a TCC case concerning a fire at a residential development in Canterbury.