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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Stephen Burns

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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Business disputes, healthcare, technology, media and telecommunications; litigation and dispute resolution.


Stephen is a highly experienced general commercial litigator who largely advises on High Court litigation, arbitrations and mediations. Stephen has been involved with many large-scale court cases and arbitrations, in particular contractual, shareholder and fraud disputes, as well as corporate-related litigation. He has co-ordinated litigation on a large scale, such as a £35m dispute about the operability of a put option and a significant fraud case involving knowing receipt. He also successfully assisted a client to enforce its right to due process, transparency and access to adequate remedies under procurement rules. He often advises clients in the telecoms, technology and healthcare sectors in respect of contractual disputes. He also advises shareholders and directors in respect of shareholder disputes, drawing on his experience to provide contentious advice in respect of various aspects of corporate law, including s459 (now s994 of the Companies Act 2006) of the Companies Act 1985. Cases include Rapiscan Systems Limited v Commissioners of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customers [2006] EWHC 2067 (QB).

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen Burns - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's Guildford team is hailed for being able to compete with City practices whilst maintaining a personal service and sensible costs. Whether advising large corporates or smaller businesses, Stephen Burns is especially highlighted for these qualities and Jamie Cartwright  is noted for his expertise in the TMT and automotive sectors. The team is home to a number of high-performing associates including  Charlotte Healy, Katy Ackroyd and Katie Bewick.

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

The lawyers in Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's largely claimant-based practice frequently litigate claims against city-based insurers and within the accountancy and financial services sector. Stephen Burns and David Savage are crucial figures in the team and have recently acted for Icon 1992 in a dispute against an insurance broker pertaining to the recovery of sums. Duncan Elson is another name to note, and has vast expertise in trust and estate-based litigation.

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