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Stewarts Law LLP

5 NEW STREET SQUARE, LONDON, EC4A 3BF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7822 8000
Fax:
Fax 020 7822 8037
Email:
Web:
www.stewartslaw.com
Leeds, London

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP

At Stewarts Law LLP, highlights have included acting for the claimants in a long-running claim for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and dishonesty in relation to assets across various jurisdictions; representing Kaupthing in a €500m claim arising from the sale of banking derivatives during the financial crisis; and acting for Chesterfield United and Partridge Management Group in claims against Deutsche Bank in relation to two credit derivative transactions funded by Kaupthing. Clive Zietman heads the practice, and Sean Upson is praised for his β€˜immaculate legal mind and keen sense of the commercial’.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 2

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP has β€˜a well-deserved reputation as one of the pre-eminent disputes practices’. The largest litigation-only law firm in the UK and one of the few London firms able to accept instructions against major banks and financial institutions, it is regularly involved in some of the most significant, complex, large-scale cases before the English courts. Key growth in the practice included the recruitment of Ian Gatt QC, the former head of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s advocacy unit; and David Hughes, who joined from Dechert LLP to expand the fraud practice. The team acted for 313 claimants in the headline group litigation against RBS in respect of its 2008 Β£12bn rights issue; it also acted for the liquidators of Kaupthing in a €500m claim against Deutsche Bank, arising from the sale of complex banking derivatives. Other matters saw the team defend a multinational automotive components manufacturing group against a claim for breach of a loan facility by a syndicate of five banks. Department head Clive Zietman is β€˜a superb lawyer and a real rain maker’; Sean Upson is β€˜a stellar disputes partner with a tireless and prolific work ethic’; Marc Jones is β€˜very popular with clients’; Fiona Gillett is β€˜determined’; and Keith Thomas and Paul Brehony are also highly rated.

Leading individuals

Clive Zietman - Stewarts Law LLP

Sean Upson - Stewarts Law LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP

Best known for banking litigation and civil fraud, Stewarts Law LLP’s commercial litigation team is also involved in some of the most significant cases before the courts. β€˜In the big-ticket, conflict-free commercial litigation space, the firm is superb; it has an excellent range of strong litigators with top-level experience that allows them to go toe-to-toe with the Magic Circle’. Recent growth saw the firm hire Ian Gatt QC, the former head of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s advocacy unit, into its disputes group; James Price was recruited from Farrer & Co to grow the offshore commercial disputes practice further; and Matthew Knowles joined from Harbour Litigation Funding. The practice acted for a large group of institutional shareholders in seeking damages further to the high-profile Tesco accounting scandal. Clive Zietman β€˜has a great feel for strategy and settlement negotiations’; Marc Jones is β€˜a driving force’; Fiona Gillett is β€˜very determined’; and Keith Thomas is β€˜very commercially and financially astute’. Other recommended litigators are Sean Upson, Paul Brehony, Fiona Stewart and Andrew Hill.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP’s competition litigators β€˜deliver with the passion, creativity and integrity, which inspires the confidence of clients and counsel’. The firm is staking its ground as a claimant-side specialist and has been active in a number of complex cases. Department head Jonathan Sinclair is acting for a litany of household name retailers in claims against MasterCard and Visa in the ongoing interchange fee litigation. Similarly, the β€˜sensible and commercial’ Kate Pollock is advising Vattenfall in High Court proceedings arising out of the power cables cartel. The team is also acting for iiyama (UK) in damages claims regarding the LCD cartel. Ian Gatt QC joined the firm from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Kenny Henderson joined from Covington & Burling LLP while Scott Campbell left for Hausfeld in 2017.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP grew its β€˜excellent practice, which is improving all the time’ through the β€˜very deserved’ promotion of Al Trent, who is β€˜smart, hard-working and personable’, to the partnership; it also recruited Ian Gatt QC, the former head of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s advocacy unit; and Matthew Knowles joined from Harbour Litigation Funding. The practice acts in commercial disputes involving the defence and energy sectors, and commercial trade matters, with a client base spread across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Philippa Charles is β€˜a wonderful blend of legal intelligence and commercial savvy’.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP

As a litigation-only law firm, Stewarts Law LLP has been actively involved in the increasingly salient area of tax litigation. The team specialises in bringing group action cases and is acting for high-net-worth individuals in relation to their personal and business taxation issues. Department head David Pickstone is representing over 200 high-net-worths in litigation regarding the Ingenious Media film investment schemes, and the supposed tax benefits in connection with those investments. He is also acting for FCC Environment UK and FCC Recycling UK as defendant and counterclaimant in relation to its available recovery of overpaid VAT and landfill tax. Associate and barrister Lee Ellis is acting with Pickstone for Makro UK in a dispute with HMRC regarding an anti-dumping assessment. SUEZ Environment is another key client.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employees/unions
Leading individuals

Tim Spillane - Stewarts Law LLP

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP’s practice focuses on acting for high-value senior individuals in employment disputes. β€˜Extremely responsive and commercial’ practice head Tim Spillane handles litigation and arbitration for senior executives, including high-value bonus and breach of contract claims, whistleblowing, discrimination and FCA regulatory issues. He is ably assisted by Richard Nicolle, who advises on remuneration issues, and Ian Gatt, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Leading individuals

Tim Spillane - Stewarts Law LLP

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

β€˜Technically and strategically very good’, Stewarts Law LLP’s practice has significant expertise in high-value catastrophic injury claims and a notable track record for securing multimillion-pound settlements on behalf of its clients. The β€˜strong’ firm covers a range of clinical negligence claims and specialises in neurological, spinal and fatal injury cases. Recent work includes a tetraplegia claim against the NHS Trust that settled for Β£1.2m. Department head Muiris Lyons has particular expertise in birth-related injury cases. Other key figures include Nick Knowles, who is noted for his successful representation of children and protected parties, as well as his experience in brain and spinal injury claims; Robert Dransfield, who has a particular interest cauda equina cases; and Antonia Jones, who is highly experienced in cases of obstetric negligence, spinal cord and psychiatric injury and has acted for a number of claimants suffering from cerebral palsy and cauda equina.

Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Muiris Lyons - Stewarts Law LLP

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Clinical negligence: defendant
Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Muiris Lyons - Stewarts Law LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP handles a range of catastrophic cases, including brain and spinal injury, amputation, burns and brachial plexus. It has acted on a number of high-profile matters, including the Alton Towers β€˜Smiler’ roller-coaster accident. β€˜First-class lawyer’ Paul Paxton, who is leading on that case, is β€˜a supreme tactician’ and specialises in handling high-value and high-profile catastrophic and fatal injury claims. Other key figures include brain and spinal injury specialist Charles Edwards, who has a track record of handling high-value and complex personal injury cases; β€˜outstanding lawyer’ Clare Salmon, who is experienced in catastrophic injury cases and has β€˜great attention to detail’; the β€˜determined and innovative’ Ben Rogers, who handles contentious liability disputes and claims for new assistive aids and technologies; and the β€˜absolutely dedicated’ Stephanie Clarke, who is β€˜an impressive solicitor’ and specialises in life-changing injuries and fatality claims arising from accidents on the road and at work.

Leading individuals

Charles Edwards - Stewarts Law LLP

John Cahill - Stewarts Law LLP

Paul Paxton - Stewarts Law LLP

Stuart Dench - Stewarts Law LLP

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Personal injury: defendant
Leading individuals

Charles Edwards - Stewarts Law LLP

John Cahill - Stewarts Law LLP

Paul Paxton - Stewarts Law LLP

Stuart Dench - Stewarts Law LLP

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Stewarts Law LLP

The β€˜very experienced’ James Price is the new head of department at Stewarts Law LLP, having joined from Farrer & Co. He is β€˜a hardworking and experienced litigator’,’ a first-rate lawyer and a formidable opponent with excellent client skills’, and β€˜a superb addition to the team’; β€˜his reputation is such that there is no doubt that he will make a success of it’. Associate Emma McCall is also well regarded. The group has been acting in various significant cases for high-profile individuals, and is also acting for a number of large corporates in trust disputes.

Leading individuals

James Price - Stewarts Law LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP is β€˜top notch for high-end and complicated matrimonial work and continues to go from strength to strength’ under the leadership of the β€˜calm and wise’ Stephen Foster, who is β€˜a first-class strategist and negotiator whilst also maintaining a personal and human touch’. β€˜Star performer and first-class litigator’ Debbie Chism is β€˜very, very experienced’ and the β€˜efficient’ Richard Hogwood is β€˜exceptionally strong on pre-nuptial agreements, especially those with an international element’. The β€˜very intelligent’ Sam Longworth is β€˜very good on the more complicated multi-jurisdictional cases’, and the β€˜shrewd and strategic’ Helen Ward is β€˜someone with whom it is possible to reach settlements out of court even though she fights every client’s corner vigorously’. The β€˜goal-orientated’ Emma Hatley β€˜achieves good outcomes elegantly, ensuring that couples emerge with as few bruises as possible’, and Toby Atkinson is β€˜extraordinarily able and extremely bright, and works tirelessly and efficiently for his clients, always looking to resolve issues if possible while preparing to fight if there is no negotiated settlement to be found’. Matthew Humphries is β€˜a star who is extremely good with numbers and complex corporate and financial structures, and just brilliant with the messy cases’. At senior associate level, Lucy Gould has β€˜encyclopaedic knowledge’ of complex matrimonial finances involving trust assets, and the β€˜brilliant’ Carly Kinch is β€˜a rising star’. The team overall is β€˜simply among the best. It is good on children matters and has an undoubted strength in complex and heavyweight financial remedy cases’.

Leading individuals

Debbie Chism - Stewarts Law LLP

Emma Hatley - Stewarts Law LLP

Helen Ward - Stewarts Law LLP

Stephen Foster - Stewarts Law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Carly Kinch - Stewarts Law LLP

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP is β€˜a standout firm for travel and personal injury’ and β€˜completely dominates the field of aviation accidents for claimants’. The practice handles complex international personal injury claims with β€˜compassion, professionalism and dedication’. Recently work includes acting for the family of Jules Bianchi, who died nine months after suffering a severe brain injury during the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix in 2014, and representing the families and dependants of more than 30 passengers on board the AirAsia Airbus 320-200 which crashed into the Java Sea in 2014, killing 155 passengers and seven crew members. Travel team head Julian Chamberlayne’s β€˜analytical skills are superb’; he is β€˜never afraid to take on challenging cases’. Head of aviation and travel James Healy-Pratt is β€˜one of the leading aviation lawyers of his generation’; β€˜his charisma belies a fantastic tactical brain and a spine made of steel when it comes to negotiation’. Scott Rigby β€˜prepares cases meticulously and has very accomplished client-handling skills’. Also recommended are the β€˜exceptional’ Sarah Stewart, associate Christopher Deacon, who is β€˜absolutely dedicated and organised’, Peter Neenan, who stands out for his β€˜impressive ability to explain complex aviation law in understandable terms’, Leeds office head Daniel Herman, and Ben Townsend, who is also based in Leeds.

Leading individuals

James Healy-Pratt - Stewarts Law LLP

Julian Chamberlayne - Stewarts Law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Deacon - Stewarts Law LLP

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