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Stephenson Harwood

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John Fordham

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Stephenson Harwood

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Commercial litigation.

Position

A very experienced litigator, John has represented clients in a full range of commercial and civil disputes. He acts for states and other sovereign bodies, companies and individuals, as either claimant or defendant. The majority of John's work is international in nature. Clients value his experience and strategic and tactical advice.

John is head of our commercial litigation practice group and described as "the heartbeat of the team" (Chambers Global 2016). His extensive litigation experience covers the full range of commercial activity, including banking and finance, insurance, professional negligence and joint venture/shareholder/director/partnership. John is also a practising mediator (accredited by CEDR) and sits as an arbitrator.

The Chambers 100 guide to the 100 best business lawyers in the UK stated that John is renowned for his expertise in high-profile contentious matters with client commentary saying “John is probably one of the most respected solicitors in the City and rightly so. He has great presence, experience and commercial savvy. He is also a very approachable and easy person to deal with.” Peers "have a huge respect for his entrepreneurial success and technical legal ability" (Chambers Global 2016). John has recently been inducted to the 2018 Legal 500 Hall of fame as a result of his continued recognition by the directory.

He is  also highly regarded in the field of fraud and asset tracing, having handled numerous freezing injunctions and disclosure orders for claimants and defendants, including the award-winning case of Westminster v Dame Shirley Porter. John’s work includes representing clients involved in investigations and prosecutions by the Financial Conduct Authority and Serious Fraud Office. 


London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Leading individuals

John Fordham - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Fraud: civil

Stephenson Harwood handles high value fraud cases, disputes and international fraud litigation, with a strong track record of work relating to emerging markets such as Russia, the CIS, Africa and India. Areas of expertise include freezing orders, search orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, receivership orders, gagging orders and asset tracing. Ros Prince - 'a tenacious litigator without fear of standing up to oligarchs or governments' - co-heads the team and focuses on large scale fraud disputes. She works in tandem with the 'phenomenally experienced' Alan Bercow, who also heads the team, advises clients in large scale fraud and asset tracing litigation, while other key members of the wider team include commercial litigation head John Fordham, described as a 'been there and done it' partner, while senior associate Priya Grigoriadis is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Stephenson Harwood's 'highly experienced practice' regularly advises on large, high-value and technically challenging disputes, and it has recently assisted with disputes involving alleged interest-rate benchmarking, FX-fixing and mis-selling. Sue Millar and Edward Davis co-run the banking and finance litigation subgroup, and John Fordham is commercial litigation department head. Other experienced partners are Richard Garcia, Donna Newman and Richard Gwynne, while Alina Neal is the senior associate to note.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

John Fordham - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Commercial litigation

Stephenson Harwood has particular strengths in cross-border disputes in the energy, financial services, shipping, aviation, art and real estate sectors. Recent growth included the hiring of Justin McClelland, who is focused on contentious financial regulation, economic crime, and corporate investigations, from Winston & Strawn London LLP.  John Fordham heads the commercial litigation group; Richard Garcia has particular litigation expertise in relation to shareholders, partnership joint ventures, post-acquisition issues and corporate investments; meanwhile Sue Millar is particularly focused on the financial services and international trade sectors. Also highly rated are Edward Davis, Richard Gwynne, sports law group head Ben Sigler and Kate Cordery. Guy Harper was made partner in 2019, and Caroline Houghton and Alina Neal are the senior associates to note.

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Mediators

Within: Mediators

Stephenson Harwood’s commercial litigation head John Fordham is 'an excellent mediator who exudes both gravitas and empathy during mediations; he facilitates discussion at an appropriate level and achieves settlements that at the outset seem impossible'. Fordham is regularly instructed in high-value, complex mediations, and he has particular strength in financial services disputes. On the international side, he has carried out mediations in France, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Jersey and the US. Fordham recently mediated a dispute that arose from the share-out of a hotel business.

Within: Mediators - ranked: tier 3

John Fordham - Stephenson Harwood

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