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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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Addleshaw Goddard's banking litigation team acts for a range of major UK banks and 'consistently delivers high-quality legal advice and litigation services in a cost-effective manner.' Practice head Sally Emerton is 'very experienced but willing to get her hands dirty' and has 'good strategic instincts'; she focuses on representing major retail and commercial banks, while Ben Lowans has a particular specialism in asset finance matters including marine and aviation finance, and fraud-based litigation. The group also fields several talented managing associates including  the 'intellectually able and extremely hardworking' Steve Walpole, 'up-and-coming star' Samantha Hollingworth, Jennifer Hedley, who is noted for her alternative dispute resolution expertise; and Matthew Dibb, who handles a range of strategic disputes. Ian Hastings retired.

Practice head(s):Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:Ben Lowans; Steve Walpole; Jennifer Hedley; Samantha Hollingworth; Matthew Dibb

Testimonials

'Addleshaw Goddard has the ability to explain complex legal situations to non-legally trained people and boasts in-depth knowledge of the sector.'

'Addleshaw Goddard has exceptional experience in retail banking litigation; the practice takes control of cases at an early stage and knows how to navigate them to a successful outcome for the client.'

'Addleshaw Goddard's banking litigation group is well-resourced, which allows it to engage in more detail and deploy that knowledge at an early stage. It is as good as any London team.'

'Addleshaw Goddard is pragmatic and user friendly, has good attention to detail, and is a go-to supplier for trickier matters.'

'Addleshaw Goddard has the ability to quickly react when required to allow it to secure assets, covering all aspects of the situation and providing excellent advice in very difficult circumstances.'

'Sally Emerton provides business-focused advice on the issue in hand, and is sensitive to costs and outcomes.'

'Managing associate Steve Walpole is very hardworking, personable and pleasant, and always on top of the law. He explores solutions creatively, and always keeps his focus on the practical needs and aims of the client.'

'Managing associate Samantha Hollingworth is proactive, her correspondence is perfectly pitched and she is adept at finding the evidence that will lead to the speedy resolution of a case.'

'Managing associate Matthew Dibb is easy to work with and popular with clients.'

Key Clients

HSBC Bank Plc

Shawbrook Bank

Yorkshire Building Society

West Bromwich Building Society

Aldermore Bank PLC

Nationwide Building Society

Close Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

Alphabet Leasing

Hewlett Packard International Bank

Work highlights

  • Defended Barclays Bank in  a £17m claim brought by a former corporate customer.
  • Represented  Deutsche Leasing in a dispute relating to the breach of two finance leases by Zaskin College and the breach of a personal guarantee.

DLA Piper UK LLP's banking and financial services litigation team continues to receive instructions from high-profile financial services clients on a range of contentious issues. The group fields individuals across its Leeds and Sheffield offices and is praised by clients as 'one of the strongest banking litigation practices outside London.' Adam Ibrahim heads up the practice and is singled out for handling disputes involving complex financial products including derivatives and foreign exchange transactions, cyber crime issues and related fraud matters, while senior consultant Hugh Evans is active in advising lenders. The team also includes legal directors Sohail Ali, who specialises in complex banking fraud matters; Sharon Duncan who acts for a range of corporates and mortgage providers; and Chris Harvey, whose experience ranges from professional negligence and mis-selling claims to complex possession actions.

Practice head(s):Adam Ibrahim

Other key lawyers:Hugh Evans; Sohail Ali; Sharon Duncan; Chris Harvey

Testimonials

'DLA Piper UK LLP has deep experience and knowledge of the sector and is able to manage large and medium disputes with ease. It has an excellent reputation in the market.'

'DLA Piper UK LLP's banking litigation team is able to provide high-quality work at regional rates. It has a fantastic knowledge of the latest legal developments.'

'DLA Piper UK LLP's banking litigation team has a deep knowledge of retail banking litigation. It is rare that an issue arises in a case that someone in the team has not encountered before.'

'Sheffield-based senior associate Barney Connell is superb, responsive, bright, gives sensible and strategic advice.'

'Hugh Evans is immensely helpful and prepared to help clients at a moment's notice on any issue that is problematic or challenging. He has a huge depth of knowledge across legal developments and case law and can talk on any industry subject with knowledge and conviction.'

'Legal director Chris Harvey is a smart and pragmatic lawyer. He always manages to provide advice in a client focused commercial manner as opposed to lawyer speak.'

'Adam Ibrahim provides good client management; straightforward and easy going while having good focus on getting the job done.'

'Legal director Sohail Ali is organised and efficient and on top of the detail of a case. Very straightforward to work with.'

Key Clients

Alpha Bank

Aviva

Bank of Ireland

Barclays Bank

Clydesdale Bank

GE Capital

HSBC Bank Plc

Leeds Building Society

Lloyds Banking Group (incl HBOS)

Metro Bank Plc

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (incl Nat West & Lombard)

Santander

Skipton Building Society

Standard Chartered Bank

Sun Capital

Work highlights

  • Defended Bank of Scotland in a £39m claim brought by the former shareholders of a bank customer alleging fraud and conspiracy.
  • Acting for Alpha Bank in the enforcement  of a judgment of the Athens Court of First Instance.

Walker Morris LLP handles the full range of contentious matters for its impressive financial services client roster. Louise Power heads up the team and focuses on financial litigation involving secured lending elements including multi-jurisdictional fraud issues and surveyors negligence claims. Other names to note include Richard Sandford, whose experience ranges from secured and unsecured debt recovery to professional negligence claims; Andrew Beck, who is a key contact for fraud investigations, and multi-jurisdictional debt and asset recovery partner Rob Aberdein.

Practice head(s):Louise Power

Other key lawyers:Richard Sandford; Andrew Beck; Rob Aberdein

Testimonials

'The banking litigation team at Walker Morris LLP is very approachable and knowledgeable,  quick to respond and proactive with making suggestions and improvements.'

'Director Justin Coley is very supportive and highly professional and diligent in responding to client queries with urgency. He brings a clear and balanced line of advice to a varied range of topics.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Leeds Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society

Co-operative Bank

Admiral Financial Services

UKAR

Bank of Ireland

Skipton Building Society

Furness Building Society

Atom Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisted FundingSecure with the securing a worldwide freezing injunction over the assets of the defendant after it was discovered that it had fraudulently obtained a number of loans.
  • Successfully represented TMB in an appeal against a district judge's summary judgment made in the client's favour.

Gateley Plc's financial disputes and regulation team counts a range of high-profile financial institutions including banks, building societies and other finance providers among its client base, and handles a variety of matters including asset finance disputes and financial services regulatory matters. James Baird, who is based in Birmingham, heads up the practice, which includes Leeds-based partners Rob Payne and new arrival Roger McCourt, who joined from Dentons; Payne and McCourt have experience assisting financial services sector clients.

Practice head(s):James Baird

Other key lawyers:Rob Payne; Roger McCourt

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

Work highlights

  • Representing a large UK clearing bank in the recovery of the proceeds of a £15m fraud.
  • Representing a regulated debt purchaser in negligence claims arising out of an FCA investigation.
  • Represented a major clearing bank in the complex title rectification of multiple properties.
  • Represented a major clearing bank in a £4.4m fraud under an invoice discounting facility.
  • Representing a clearing bank in a complex Libor-linked possession action regarding a major development site.

Gordons LLP acts for a range of commercial lenders, fixed charge and Law of Property Act receivers and corporate pension trustees across the full spectrum of banking disputes. The group's experience encompasses realising security of property, pursuing guarantors and professional negligence claims and also advising on operational loss issues.  Andrew Breckenridge heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):Andrew Breckenridge

Testimonials

'Gordons LLP takes a strategic view from the outset as to the likely course of litigation and, where a defence raised is novel, ensures the proper time and thought is taken at the outset so that the client proceeds on the right path from the earliest opportunity.'

'Andrew Breckenridge stands out as a solicitor who, rather than just taking counsel's advice, engages fully in the thought process, suggesting ideas, questioning arguments and pulling threads so that the position taken has been properly stress tested.'

Key Clients

Goldcrest Finance Limited

Goldcrest Distribution Ltd

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Computershare Mortgage Service

 

Work highlights

  • Acted for a clearing bank in a claim brought by two guarantors relating to a commercial lending, successfully obtaining a summary judgment.
  • Acted for a corporate SIPP trustee, which faced two High Court actions in Manchester by an SIPP scheme’s current trustee and the scheme member, alleging negligence and breach of duty following an alleged failure to collect commercial rent arrears.
  • Acted for Goldcrest Distribution in enforcing a legal charge given to support a guarantee and indemnity.

Squire Patton Boggs is instructed by a range of financial institutions, handling the full spectrum of litigation and international arbitration with particular expertise in asset-based lending and fraud-related work. Manchester-based Anthony Taylor heads up the team, which includes Simon Miller in Leeds; Miller has particular experience assisting high-profile financial services clients with professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):Anthony Taylor

Other key lawyers:Simon Miller;

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