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Stephenson Harwood

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Commercial litigation.


Richard has long experience in resolving a very wide range of complex commercial disputes, most of which have a cross border dimension. This may be through litigation, arbitration or ADR or old fashioned negotiation.

Richard's experience includes working on matters concerning banking and finance looking at derivative disputes, transactional issues, trade finance and significant recovery actions including claims against third parties; shareholder, joint venture and investor oppression issues; and cross border disputes, managing litigation across numerous jurisdictions.

His recent work includes acting for SPL Guernsey in various claim against investment managers, former directors and auditors arising out of the Arch Cru affair. Richard has also acted in a high profile LIBOR dispute arising out of a substantial multi party international financing (including a derivative) which is one of the lead cases on this issue.

Richard has written and spoken frequently, in particular on cross border issues and trade finance matters.

He is a member of the ICC UK Committee on Banking Technique and Practice and was also a member of an ICC working party on the use of a-national dispute resolution provisions in international contracts. He also acted with ICC UK on particular concerns arising out of the negotiations for the entry into the Rome I Regulation.

He is now focussing on the implications of Brexit for dispute resolution issues, in particular jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments.

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: 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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    The amount that pension schemes have to pay to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) for the year 2006/07 may have increased by as much as five times the previous year's levy. Employers who ultimately bear the cost of many pension schemes will need to make plans now to ensure the levy payable for the year 2008/09 is kept to a minimum.
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