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Louis Flannery QC

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Louis is the head of international arbitration. He specialises in arbitration and litigation with a particular emphasis on fraud and/or conflict law issues. He is a regular speaker on arbitration and civil fraud at conferences all over the world.

He has extensive experience of international commercial arbitration under the major institutional rules (AAA, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, among others) as well as substantial High Court litigation in England.

As a practising solicitor advocate, he has undertaken advocacy before international tribunals and courts, including the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Louis has acted or advised in relation to commercial disputes for over 25 years and has been involved in many reported decisions in England.

London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Louis Flannery - Stephenson Harwood

Within: International arbitration

Stephenson Harwood 'performs excellently and its experienced practitioners are able to handle the most difficult and complex disputes efficiently'. The practice has emerging markets expertise and it is complemented by arbitration-focused specialists in the firm's marine and construction disputes teams. International arbitration group head Louis Flannery QC, who took silk in 2018, and Haris Zografakis acted for PDVSA Servicios in a commercially sensitive, high-value dispute concerning an agreement with a contractor for the drilling of oil wells. The 'highly effective' Kamal Shah, who heads the Africa and India groups, 'has become a force to reckon with in international arbitration; Shai Wade, who heads the upstream oil and gas disputes team, is 'an extraordinary lawyer with pure diligence'; counsel Duncan Bagshaw is 'very responsive and engaged throughout'; and Vivek Kapoor is a key senior associate.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

Football and motorsports are the linchpins of Stephenson Harwood's practice, which is led by Louis Flannery QC. Within football, insolvency-related work is a particular strength: the 'superb' Julian Cahn, who is especially active in the sports sector, continued to defend the liquidators of RFC 2012 (formerly Rangers FC) against a £27m claim brought by Ticketus regarding its ticket purchase agreement. He also acted for the trustees in Boris Becker's bankruptcy proceedings, and advised the joint receivers of the shares in Global Gaming Ventures (Developments). Construction is another area of activity for the department: Jonathan Cripps continued to act for Heads of the Valley Development on the £425m construction of a motorsports complex in South Wales. Elsewhere, James Quarmby advised Legacy Community Foundation, set up to provide sports training and facilities in disadvantages areas, on its creation and registration with the Charity Commission.

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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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