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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

Edward Craig

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privater Wealth, Retail & Leisure, Sport


Edward has 20 years’ experience in advising a broad range of clients on high value, complex litigation often with an international dimension. His background and approach to litigation are grounded in his experience of advising household name retailers and other key clients of the firm, giving his advice a strong commercial edge. As head of the firm’s retail and leisure sector, he acts for an enviable array of major brands, however his broader commercial contentious practice includes advising sports regulatory bodies, companies and private individuals on a wide range of commercial disputes, including professional negligence matters.

Recent cases have included dealing with a high value manufacturing dispute for a luxury brand, acting against professional service advisors for negligence, and representing clients against HMRC. Edward is a well known figure within the world of luxury brands, where he leads the firm's relationship with Walpole (the leading British luxury brands consortium) and is a regular advisor and contributor within that sector.

Edward is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience highlights:

  • Acting alongside other partners as External Administrator of an insolvent Middle Eastern bank in relation to alleged multi-billion dollar fraud
  • Running a high value banking dispute involving a complex repurchase agreement for a financial product (CDO)
  • Handling a dispute with HMRC and professional advisors in relation to the issue of advance payment notices relating to a film finance scheme
  • Advising a regulatory body in relation to an arbitration

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has an excellent understanding of its clients' objectives and their industries'. The team advises on complex, high-value corporate and commercial disputes for clients that range from multinational corporations to high-net-worth individuals. Recent cases include disputes in the technology, telecoms, financial services, mining, energy, aviation and retail sectors. Stewart Hey, Edward Craig, John Sykes and Rhys Novak are all highly rated practitioners; Charlotte Pender was made partner.

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Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has years of experience in this sector, with a deep understanding of the relevant regulatory regimes'. The healthcare team is best known for its advice to pharmacists and pharmacy owners; it also assists doctors and dentists with professional discipline matters. The practice is also highly regarded for its advice to sports governing bodies on disciplinary proceedings. Noel Wardle in Guildford heads the healthcare regulatory team and London's Edward Craig has niche expertise in equine matters, including horse racing and polo, and legal director Rachel Warren has particular expertise in advising clients appearing before the Fitness to Practise panels of the GPC, GMC and NHS Performance and Fitness to Practise committees. David Reissner retired from the firm.

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