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Roderic McLauchlan

Partner, Toronto

Recent experience

Sample cases in Professional Liability

  • Defending insurance brokers in a multi-million dollar Ontario claim arising from a substantial mine collapse
  • Representing insurers in connection with FCA investigation and investor claims arising from suspension of UK investment fund
  • Acting for top auditors firm defending a complex multimillion pound claim by offshore trade finance company.
  • Representing clients in Ontario proceedings concerning vicarious liability under workers' insurance legislation
  • Defending French insurance brokers in USD 480 million Commercial Court case.
  • Defending an accounting firm in multimillion tax advice claim by a property developer.
  • Dealing with a series of Continental European claims involving international accounting firms.
  • Defending a UK auditing firm in large claims by company liquidators arising from a failed merger and acquisition.
  • Defending an international firm of solicitors in a highly sensitive professional indemnity claim in Singapore.

Directors’ and officers’ liability and insurance

  • Acting for insurers in SEC/DOJ investigation and SFO criminal prosecution of international company for bribery and corruption in the lead additive industry
  • Acting for insurers of D&Os of high profile UK corporate collapse leading to civil claims and directors disqualification proceedings.
  • Acting for insurers of D&Os in Global Crossing class action

Financial Institutions claims and litigation

  • Acting for reinsurers of a worldwide insurance programme for international bank claims in Jersey, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa and other jurisdictions.
  • Acting for insurers in a large coverage dispute with fund manager of suspended UK retail investment funds facing massive FSA compensation demands.
  • Representing Lloyd’s managing agent E&O insurers in respect of coverage for “bad faith” claims and related coverage issues.
  • Acted for or am acting for insurer clients in numerous offshore financial centre disputes involving fund managers, administrators and/or custodians, notably in Jersey, Guernsey, Caymans and Bahamas.
  • Acted for Lloyd’s Underwriters on one of the largest Financial Institution Insurance claims in Canada.

Construction insurance and architect/engineer matters

  • Advising insurers on oil sands notifications, and offshore energy insurance claims under WELCAR contracts
  • Defending claims against engineers in connection with environmental claims and other projects
  • Advising insurers on coverage and handling of complex architect and engineering claims

Sample non-contentious work

  • Reviewed and prepared numerous PI, D&O and other specialised wordings and proposal forms for Lloyd’s syndicates and London market insurers.
  • Performed claims audits for Lloyd’s syndicates and London market insurers in the UK and Canada.
  • Prepared comprehensive risk and litigation reviews on various UK professions and sectors.