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Geoff Steward

Tel:
Work 020 7831 9222
Email:
Macfarlanes LLP

Work Department

Litigation.

Position

Partner heading the firm’s arbitration and contentious intellectual property groups, as well as undertaking a broad range of sports, contractual and commercial disputes. Has particular expertise in the sports, television, retail and food and drink industries. A number of Geoff’s recent disputes have been resolved by LCIA/ICC arbitrations and mediation.

Career

Trained Macfarlanes; qualified 1995; partner 2002.

Languages

German (AO level).

Member

INTA; TIPLO; BASL; associate member of ITMA; LCIA; ICC.

Education

Yarm Grammar School; University of Nottingham (1991 2(1)); Nottingham Law School (1992).


London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Macfarlanes LLP is experienced in complex commercial disputes and investigations, and the practice undertakes litigation in sectors including aviation, retail, hotels and beverages, as well as energy, mining and commodities, among others. It has also increasingly acted in corporate and commercial disputes for family offices and entrepreneurs. Highlights included representing Liontrust Asset Management, Liontrust Investment Partners and Liontrust Investment Services, as respondents, in landmark High Court litigation, which made new law in relation to repudiatory breach of contract in the context of LLP agreements. Litigation and dispute resolution head Iain MacKie is 'a class act; he is a great litigator and knows the clients inside out'. Also recommended are Guy Morpuss QC (who heads the advocacy and arbitration groups), Lois Horne, Matt McCahearty,  Geoff Steward, James Popperwell and Simon Nurney.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Macfarlanes LLP 'gives first-rate legal and strategic advice that is well suited to the idiosyncrasies of international arbitration'. The practice primarily encompasses banking, investment, energy, aviation and transport disputes as well as construction and engineering, and advertising matters. Lois Horne is 'fantastic'; and Simon Nurney is 'a stand out in terms of strategy and negotiation'. James Popperwell, Geoff Steward  and in-house silk Guy Morpuss QC are also highly regarded.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport

Within: Sport

Macfarlanes LLP's department is led by commercial contracts and IP expert Jeremy Courtenay-Stamp; its clients have included Umbro and the UCI Independent Commission. Commercial litigator and arbitrator Geoff Steward has experience in the sector.

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Macfarlanes LLP

  • Finding the ‚Ä®right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‚Äėin principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‚Äėrecorded in a suitably worded agreement'. ‚Ä©
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