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Stewarts Law LLP

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Leeds, London

Paul Brehony

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Stewarts Law LLP

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Commercial Litigation 


Partner in the Commercial Litigation departments. 

He has extensive experience of complex multi-jurisdictional commercial and insolvency related disputes, generally claimant focused, often with a heavy investigative bias. His clients include most of the leading accountancy firms and their officeholders as well as individuals and corporates.

Paul’s cases include complex banking and financial services/products litigation, a significant amount of contentious insolvency, misfeasance and fraud work, along with professional negligence actions, shareholders’ disputes and tax.


Paul trained and practiced at Simmons & Simmons before joining SJ Berwin. He then spent six years at PwC Legal, latterly leading the Commercial Litigation Group before joining Stewarts as a partner in 2010.


Paul is a member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) and INSOL, its international equivalent. He is a member of the IBA and is regularly amongst the firm’s representatives at IBA conferences and events. He is also a member of the LSLA and the CLF.


Brighton College; London University; Goldsmith’s (Holloway and King’s) College (BA Hons history (2.1)); College of Law, Lancaster Gate (CPE; LSF).

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

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: 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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