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Eversheds LLP’s ‘well-informed and knowledgeable’ team is on all the major banking litigation client panels and has been involved in disputes ranging from swaps and fixed-rate loan mis-selling to film finance mis-selling. The team continues to handle a group of over 30 contested commercial lending cases for HSBC relating to undue influence, unfair relationships and issues of fact surrounding the terms of the lending and security. Chris Busby has ‘superb sector knowledge and a calm presence’, and principal associate Neville Gray is a ‘strong technical lawyer’.

Greg Standing heads the consumer finance team at Gowling WLG and is ‘particularly strong in relation to consumer credit legislation’. Recent successes include acting for HSBC on the enforcement of a loan and mortgage security and representing American Express in a claim arising from a large debt incurred by a high-net-worth cardholder.

Shoosmiths LLP’s practice has a particular emphasis on asset and motor finance. Key players include senior associate Martin Ward and Northampton-based Melanie Chell, who specialises in fraud and injunctive relief in relation to high-value assets and has a ‘knowledge and appreciation of the commercial requirements’. The team was boosted by the hire of Roger Potgieter, who joined from DWF. Clients include Bibby Financial Services and RBS Invoice Finance.

Squire Patton Boggs handles a range of disputes, including financial mis-selling, outstanding lending and regulatory issues for clients such as Arkle Finance and Trustee of the Jaguar Land Rover Pension Scheme. Simon Garbett’s team includes newly made-up partner Garon Anthony, who is an ‘expert on investment class actions’.

Gateley Plc acts for clients such as Macquarie Equipment Finance and Grenke Leasing in the asset finance and leasing sector on work ranging from borrower defaults to title investigations and fraud cases. James Baird is the main contact.

At Hill Hofstetter, the ‘outstanding’ Jim Sharkey has been busy on behalf of borrowers in a variety of mis-selling claims against both banks and intermediaries. Sharkey is also experienced in offshore financial services litigation.

Irwin Mitchell’s practice has grown with the hire of Simon Ellis from DLA Piper UK LLP. Ellis and associate Jane Anderson have been working on a number of professional negligence claims for clients such as HSBC and NatWest.

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