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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

Clive Zietman

Tel:
Work +44 (0)20 7822 8075
Email:
Web:
www.stewartslaw.com/people/clive-zietman/
Stewarts Law LLP

Work Department

Commercial Litigation

Position

Partner and head of Commercial Litigation

Clive leads the Commercial Litigation team at Stewarts. Over the past few years, he has been involved in several actions against banks, a task that most central London law firms are unable to undertake as a result of conflicts of interest.

Clive also acts as a supervising solicitor appointed by the court in search order cases. He has been involved in several high-profile search order cases including the Ferrari secrets case and the Elton John stolen refuse dispute.

Clive has acted in several well-publicised cases, including:

  • Acting for 83 bankers in a case against Commerzbank regarding unpaid bonuses
  • The RBS shareholder litigation concerning the 2008 right issue
  • The high-profile diamond business dispute between Lev Leviev and Arcadi Gaydamak

Career

On qualification in 1985, Clive joined Herbert Smith where he worked for many years as an assistant. He set up his own firm in 1994, which grew to become a 13-partner firm seven years later. Clive was Head of Commercial Litigation at Manches from 2004 until 2009, when he joined Stewarts.


London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Litigation-only firm Stewarts Law LLP has notable expertise in large-scale civil fraud and cross-border cases, covering disputes relating to corruption, applications for freezing orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, contempt applications, and search and seizure orders. Clients include major corporates and financial services companies. Clive Zietman heads the team, which was recently boosted by the hire of Ryan Dunleavy from DMG Media Group and the promotion of Elaina Bailes, Lorraine Lanceley and Nick Haworth to the partnership. Key partners include the 'superb' Sean Upson, who has been leading the firm's team advising a large group of institutional shareholders seeking damages as a result of the Tesco accounting scandal.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Clive Zietman - Stewarts Law LLP

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Stewarts Law LLP¬†is 'an outstanding conflict-free firm that is able to take on banks and other financial institutions, which it regularly does¬†‚Äď and wins'. The largest litigation-only law firm in the UK is traditionally known for claimant matters, but it is increasingly being instructed for defence work. The practice also benefits from the firm's¬†civil fraud practice, which is often involved in disputes over complex financial instruments and structures. It acted for the liquidators of Kaupthing Bank in relation to a ‚ā¨500m claim against Deutsche Bank, which arose from the sale of complex banking derivatives.¬†Clive Zietman¬†is a go-to lawyer in London for large-scale litigation against banks. Also highly rated are¬†Sean Upson,¬†Keith Thomas,¬†David Hughes,¬†¬†¬†Marc Jones, Fiona Gillett, Paul Brehony¬†and¬†Ian Gatt QC, along with Lucy Ward¬†and Laura Jenkins. Elaina Bailes¬†and Lorraine Lanceley¬†were promoted to the partnership, and senior associate¬†Joe Mitchell¬†and associate¬†Harry Spendlove¬†are also experienced advisers.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Clive Zietman - Stewarts Law LLP

Within: Commercial litigation

Stewarts Law LLP's 'lawyers are highly co-ordinated, smart, commercial, proactive and responsive'. The largest litigation-only law firm in the UK, it is almost uniquely conflict-free and one of the few London firms able to accept instructions against major banks and financial institutions. Clive Zietman heads the commercial litigation department, Sean Upson has a highly rated banking litigation practice, Keith Thomas has over 20 years’ experience dealing with the full range of banking disputes, and David Hughes advises governments, sovereign funds and institutional clients on complex fraud and regulatory issues; the other names to note are Marc Jones, Fiona Gillett, Paul Brehony and Lucy Ward. Elaina Bailes and Lorraine Lanceley were made up to the partnership in 2019.

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