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Edward Davis

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Stephenson Harwood

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Commercial litigation.


Ed is a commercial litigator, helping to resolve a wide range of domestic and cross-border disputes. He is well-known for his expertise in complex banking and fund-related matters, and co-heads the firm's market-leading finance litigation group. He advises clients in High Court litigation and arbitration.

Ed has a broad commercial litigation experience, acting for a variety of clients, including banks and other financial institutions, funds, commodities traders, accountants, trustees and individuals. He advises on the full range of commercial disputes, including fraud and injunctions, commercial contract disputes, and joint-venture and shareholder disputes. He also advises on international and cross-border litigation strategies and manages and co-ordinates litigation in different jurisdictions. Clients value his pragmatic and commercial approach.

He is particularly well-known for acting in complex and high value financial disputes, covering a wide range of products, including asset backed securities, credit default swaps, interest rate swaps, bond issues, global depository receipts and credit linked notes. He has advised clients in connection with various trade finance matters (letters of credit, letters of indemnity), and advises banks on regulatory issues.

As well as acting in High Court disputes, Ed has acted in a wide range of insolvency matters (advising liquidators, creditors and companies in winding-up proceedings) and has acted for clients in a number of LCIA and ICC arbitrations.

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Edward Davis - Stephenson Harwood

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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