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Sharp rise in investment dispute engagements
Our latest analysis of enquiries in our core business areas of banking, investment and insurance is shown below. The first pie chart covers the period from January 2013 to June 2014 (about 200 enquiries) and the second, July 2014 to July 2015 (about 150 enquiries). The pattern is similar for both, with one major exception. Enquiries about investment disputes, which had fallen from 21% to 14% in the previous period, have increased sharply to 24%. The focus of many disputes has moved from investment underperformance (a continuing feature since 2008) to a broader range of issues, including pension valuations in marital disputes, regulatory questions and custody and fiduciary issues.
Most wholesale banking disputes (18% of enquiries) still involve commercial property lending and trade finance, while insurance cases (36% of enquiries, covering broking and underwriting) remain at around one third of our workload.
As always, we are on standby to respond as quickly as possible to lawyers seeking experts as they return from their holidays!
GBRW Expert Witness
We continue to add new experts to ensure that we are able to offer recent and relevant experience. In the insurance field, these have included new broking and underwriting experts, including life assurance and motor underwriting; in banking, foreign payments and interest, foreign exchange and equity derivatives; and in the investment field, Asian market and financial institution equity specialists.