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Ivan Wilkinson

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Ivan Wilkinson

Ivan Wilkinson

Legal Director

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Ivan Wilkinson

Ivan Wilkinson

Legal Director

Ivan specialises in commercial and professional liability disputes - particularly those arising in the pensions and financial services contexts. He is highly regarded for his analytical and clear advice, and for his strategically astute approach to resolving complex litigation.

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Ivan specialises in commercial and professional liability disputes - particularly those arising in the pensions and financial services contexts. He is highly regarded for his analytical and clear advice, and for his strategically astute approach to resolving complex litigation.

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Ivan is named as a "Rising Star" in the 2019 Legal 500 in both the fields of Professional Negligence and Pensions Dispute Resolution. 

In relation to the former, the Legal 500 comments:  "Ivan Wilkinson has a strong eye for detail and takes a thorough approach to all issues. Ivan Wilkinson is a force of nature who never seems to sleep; he is constantly one step ahead of the opposition". 

As to Pensions Dispute Resolution, the Legal 500 comments: "Ivan Wilkinson is completely dedicated to his work; he is very thorough and committed to achieving a result that is in the best interests of the client".

Ivan specialises in commercial and professional liability disputes - particularly those arising in the pensions and financial services contexts. He is highly regarded for his analytical and clear advice, and for his strategically astute approach to resolving complex litigation.

He has acted in numerous proceedings involving pension scheme rectification and/or professional liability issues – including in relation to pension scheme advice; corporate finance transactions; insolvency, financial services and tax advice; and valuation claims.

He has advised numerous financial institutions and investors both in relation to claims arising from wholesale activities, such as derivatives trading, and also in relation to retail claims, such as those about the mis-selling of swaps, insurance or investment products.

Ivan was previously employed by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.  He was educated at the College of Law and at Oxford University, where he obtained a first class degree.  Over the years he has contributed to many specialist journals and spoken regularly on professional liability and pensions issues.

He is a full member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

Experience
  • Advising in relation to numerous professional liability claims against large law firms, typically involving pensions advice and/or complex corporate transactions.
  • Acting for one of the defendants in high-profile multi-party proceedings in the Chancery Division, arising from the invalidity of various pensions deeds, reported (on an interlocutory basis) in Briggs, Gleeds & others v Alexander Clay & others [2019] EWHC 102 (Ch).
  • Acting for defendant in multi-million pound Chancery Division pension proceedings relating to failed scheme amendment and associated "loss of a chance" issues.
  • Advising a large financial institution on its strategy to address a prominent class of misselling claims, including judicial review of regulatory body, and multi-million pound compensation claims against various other financial services providers.
  • Advising numerous claimants regarding claims over the misselling of investment bonds and interest rate swaps, including acting for the claimant in Sir Keith Mills v Coutts & Co, Chancery Division, December 2012 (a case relating to AIG Life investment bonds).
  • Advising financial institutions regarding potential claims arising, variously, from the trading of warrants, structured notes and other derivatives.
  • Also advising in relation to claims against surveyors and valuers, including a £100m Commercial Court claim against a leading international firm.
  • Acted for KPMG joint liquidators in various English and US litigation arising from the TXU insolvency, including the proceedings reported in Gold Fields Mining LLC v Tucker and Spratt [2010] EWHC 2307 Ch.

Ivan has also had extensive experience of claims against accountancy firms, including acting as lead associate for the defendant in Equitable Life Assurance Company v Ernst & Young (Commercial Court 2005), the defence team winning each of the 2005 “Legal Week”, “Legal Business” and “The Lawyer” Litigation Team of the Year awards.

Sectors

Sectors

  • Insurance & Reinsurance