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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  has a specialist banking litigation team in Birmingham which focuses on high-profile work relating to lending, financing, wealth management, mis-selling and negligence. As well as its well-established relationships with major banks, the firm also has also built a reputation for its work for challenger banks, while the team also handles international work out of Birmingham. Chris Busby, who leads the practice, is and also UK head of financial services disputes and investigations. Neville Gray is another key figure and works on investigations and regulatory advice. Other notable names include principal associate Martin Ward , who specialises in asset, motor and invoice finance; and Sarah Hope , who is an expert in mortgage mis-selling.

Practice head(s):Chris Busby

Other key lawyers:Neville Gray

Key Clients

Nationwide Building Society

Coventry Building Society

Phoenix Group


Instant Cash Loans

Carey Pensions

Work highlights

  • Advising a range of banks and financial institutions on their complaint handling and litigation strategies for PPI cases.
  • Providing strategic advice to banks, building societies and other lenders in respect of complaints under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
  • Acting for the trustee of the Safeway pension scheme in relation to a sex equalisation case with a value over £100m which was referred by the Court of Appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union
  • Defending payday lender Instant Cash Loans in a claim, brought by over 180 individual claimants, for breach of statutory duty and for an unfair relationship under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 on the basis of an alleged lack of affordability assessments.
  • Successfully represented a subsidiary of Coventry Building Society in an interest-only mortgage mis-selling claim which concluded in a three-day trial in the High Court.

Gowling WLG's skillset in this space covers banking, finance and insolvency litigation with a number of major financial institutions among its client roster. Ian Weatherall heads the practice and is most notably skilled in disputes involving undisclosed commission and payment protection insurance. Banking and asset finance specialist Matthew Harvey  is also highly recommended. Associate Katie Molloy is skilled in asset recovery disputes.

Practice head(s):Ian Weatherall

Other key lawyers:Matthew Harvey; Katie Molloy

Key Clients


CIT Vendor Finance

Hampshire Trust Bank

RCI Financial Services

Honda Finance

Mercedes Benz Financial


Earl Shilton Building


American Express

Black Horse

Investec Asset Finance

UK Asset Resolution

Manchester Building


Royal Bank of Canada

Barclays Bank UK Plc


Work highlights

  • Acted for Barclays Bank in an application to rectify security relating to lending to a group acquiring a care home business.
  • Advising Young & Co's Brewery in relation to several issues arising from lending to tenants.

At Squire Patton Boggs , the team operates as part of the firm's substantial international network, with the Birmingham practice focusing on advising lenders on professioinal negligence, mis-selling, regulatory issues and lender liability claims. 'First-class lawyer' Garon Anthony leads the team, while also handling disputes involving banking, pensions, financial advisers and insurance clients, as well as issues relating to cyber-attacks and data breaches. Commercial litigator Simon Garbett is also regularly involved in complex cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):Garon Anthony

Other key lawyers:Simon Garbett; Ian Skinner


'The team takes the time to foster a relationship, which means they really understand our business and our goals. Their advice is clear and unambiguous and most importantly, they don't sit on the fence.'

'Really down to earth and friendly. We take for granted the expertise in their field but the fact that we can call any member of the team and they know us and what we are about is great.'

'The team is extremely responsive to client needs and timescales, and invests the time and resources to fully understand the nature of any potential litigation. Access to the team is first rate, as is their knowledge and expertise.

'Garon Anthony is a first-class lawyer with a keen eye for detail, and a skill for distilling complex issues into clear narratives.'

Key Clients

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Brooks Macdonald Plc

Trustee of Jaguar Land

Rover Pension Scheme

Amana Capital

Homeserve Plc

Dalata UK/Hotel Group Plc

Gareth Fatchett and Paul Crutchley  are the two key names at FS Legal . Fatchett acts for investors who have received negligent financial advice, whereas managing partner Crutchley is a corporate and commercial lawyer with a strong emphasis on the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):Gareth Fatchett; Paul Crutchley

Gateley Plc 's Birmingham banking litigation offering is led by the 'ferociously hard-working, practical and commercialJames Baird , who focuses on advising funders and leasing companies on debt recovery, asset-tracing and fraud disputes. Recent work for the firm has included acting on a nine-figure dispute arising out of the sale of a credit card portfolio.

Practice head(s):5

Other key lawyers:5


'James Baird is great, and the team he has created around him is second to none.'

'A very pro-active team, giving clear and commercial advice, and combining a thorough-going knowledge of the law of banking and finance with great practical insights and a real feel for the commercial concerns of clients.'

They stand out from the ranks of other similarly placed firms, not just in the quality of their personnel, but also in that of they work they produce.'

'The team is phenomenally hard-working and fights its clients' corner hard, whilst at the same time being a delight to work with.'

'Gateley goes from strength to strength - the banking litigation practice is a tight-knit, efficient and astute team. We rely on them daily and they, quite simply, never let us down. Could not recommend them more highly.'

'They have excellent working relationships with instructing banks and a helpful and a detailed understanding of the lending structures and client bank processes.'

'Unique expertise combining immense complex banking litigation experience with knowledge of asset backed security and cross-border insolvency litigation. Top of the tree in the West Midlands and nationally in this area.'

'James Baird is ferociously hard-working, practical and commercial.'

'Senior associate John Williams is charming, very bright and gets to grip with the commercial realities of a case with great skill.'

'James Baird is a shrewd and highly experienced partner with a keen understanding of the law.'

'James Baird is unparallelled in his legal knowledge in this area. He is highly intelligent, incisive, pragmatic and tactical, and delivers all this with wit and modesty.'

Key Clients

Macquarie Equipment Finance UK Limited

Henry Howard Finance Plc

Scania Finance Great Britain Limited

Arkle Finance Limited

Tower Leasing Limited

Grenke Leasing Limited

Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited

CIAC Corporation Inc

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Shoosmiths LLP's banking litigation team is headed by Roger Potgieter, who predominantly focuses on claims against asset finance, motor finance, banking and leasing clients. Additional services provided include debt recovery, enforcement of securities and professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):Roger Potgieter


'The team have a good balance of expert knowledge and being able to manage a number of cases.'

'Roger Potgeiter is very good at looking at issues as a whole to ensure we take the right course of action.'

Key Clients

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Arkle Finance Ltd

Blue Motor Finance

BNP Paribas

Personal Finance

Close Brothers Limited

Conister Bank

Hampshire Trust Bank

Hireco (TL) Ltd

JBR Capital Ltd

John Deere Finance

LeasePlan (UK) Ltd


Building Society

Northridge Finance

Oodle Car Finance

Paragon Bank

Secure Trust Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Tesco Bank

The Car Finance


VFS Finance Ltd


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