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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

David Hughes

Tel:
Work +44 (0)20 7822 8188
Email:
Web:
www.stewartslaw.com/people/david-hughes/
Stewarts Law LLP

Work Department

Commercial Litigation and Fraud

Position

Partner

David’s experience includes advising clients on asset recoveries, enforcement proceedings, funds disputes and security enforcement. He has expertise in cases involving money laundering and other regulatory issues including capital market products, enforcement of bond structures, swaps and derivatives products. He was previously contributing editor to Butterworths Money Laundering Law.

Career

David joined Stewarts in June 2017 having previously worked as a partner at Dechert LLP. Prior to Dechert LLP David was Head of Banking and Finance Litigation at Berwin Leighton Paisner and DLA Piper.

Member

  • Law Society
  • Institute of Money Laundering Prevention Officers


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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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Stewarts Law LLP 'has a very strong team of international arbitration practitioners with genuine experience and expertise across different areas of practice'. The team regularly attracts conflicts-based referral work, as well as instructions from previous cases' co-counsel and repeat business from existing clients. Philippa Charles leads the international arbitration department, which also showcases Ian Gatt QC, David Hughes and senior associate Veronica Connolly. Daniel Wilmot, whose primary focus is Africa-related disputes and the oil and gas sector, joined as partner from White & Case LLP, while Matthew Knowles left for Hogan Lovells International LLP.

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