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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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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 merged with sports law boutique Couchmans in 2018. Recent cases for the practice include disputes in the technology, telecoms, financial services and mining sectors, as well as energy, aviation, retail and sporting regulatory matters. It acted for Cyclone Promotions in its claim against a professional boxer for breach of a promotional contract. Stewart Hey heads the firm's commercial dispute resolution department; John Sykes  is well known for shareholder litigation; and Edward Craig heads the firm's retail and leisure sector group, but his broader commercial contentious practice includes advising sports regulatory bodies.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property

Within: Art and cultural property

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô¬†Suzanne Marriott¬†at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†heads the arts group and Edward Craig¬† heads the retail and leisure group. Marriott advises individuals, landed estates and charitable trusts where art is part of their assets on diverse issues from cross-border and UK tax planning to tax reliefs on art. Robert Blower¬† is ‚Äėsuperb on heritage matters‚Äô and the ‚Äėvery focused‚ÄôAndrew Cameron¬† is also recommended. For art-related dispute resolution Ludovic de Walden¬† is described as ‚Äėone of the best in his field about everything related to art‚Äô. The team advises a broad client base of dealers, artists, galleries and auction houses as well as wealthy individuals on a diverse range of issues from tax planning, escrow and valuation agreements to succession planning and insurance matters. The National Museum of the Royal Navy is an important client. In a key matter the team acts as a trustee of a charitable trust which endows the Arts, organises and funds art prizes and helps with exhibitions and the collections of leading museums and galleries throughout the UK. The firm is well placed to provide the full range of advisory, transactional and dispute resolution services to clients in this specialist area.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's 'extremely strong' department underwent significant transformation in 2017-'18: although it lost Jonathan Ellis, Ian Lynam, Jon Walters and James Eighteen to Northridge Law, it absorbed the team at Couchmans LLP, including well-regarded sports veteran Nic Couchman, digital, data and IP expert Jody MacDonald and corporate and commercial partner Satish Khandke. Couchman heads the group jointly with the 'extremely accomplished' Jason Saiban, who advised Nike European Operations Netherlands on marketing contracts as well as on event-staging arrangements relating to the World Championships in Athletics in London. Litigator Edward Craig, who is a regulatory equestrian specialist, assisted the British Horseracing Authority with rewriting its rulebook. MacDonald advised the ITF on broadcasting, data and sponsorship issues, and acted for the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) on agreements involving the collecting and commercialising of live match data. Other clients include Ascot Racecourse, Football DataCo and CSM Sport & Entertainment. Senior associate Stephanie Bonnello is 'an excellent sports litigator'; Nick White is an IP and digital expert who has advised numerous high-profile sportspeople.

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