RPC sends City lawyer to bolster nascent Singapore base

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) is to expand its recently opened Singapore office with the transfer of legal director Jeremy Hewitt from London to lead a regional financial lines practice.

Jonathan Watmough
Jonathan Watmough

The firm made its international debut in Singapore last October on the back of hiring Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) insurance and reinsurance partner Mark Errington (27 October 2011). It was the firm’s first international office and was intended to show the firm’s insurance client base its commitment to the international market.

The firm is looking to rapidly expand its Singapore offering in line with client demand.

Managing partner Jonathan Watmough said: “As Asian companies continue to grow rapidly, so too do their potential insurance exposures. We’re therefore seeing a lot of demand from our clients in the London Market and from international insurers for specialised financial lines capabilities on the ground in Asia, and Jeremy’s move allows us to significantly broaden our local offering.”

Hewitt has a particular focus on directors & officers (D&O) and errors and omissions (E&O) insurance lines and has advised London insurers on their exposure to the Madoff scandal in that regard.

The firm’s Singapore chief Errigton commented: “Jeremy has been advising insurers in London and internationally for well over a decade, both on coverage issues and their response to claims in the UK, Asia, the US and other European jurisdictions.

“He also has experience advising insurers on product development and regularly drafts innovative policy wordings at primary and excess level.”