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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

Sean Upson

Tel:
Work 020 7822 8187
Email:
Web:
www.stewartslaw.com/people/sean-upson/
Stewarts Law LLP

Work Department

Commercial Litigation, Fraud and Securities Litigation

Position

Partner in the Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation departments.  

Sean specialises in complex commercial High Court and arbitral disputes. He has a particular focus on banking and finance disputes, and financial fraud cases.

Sean acts for sophisticated corporate claimants (including hedge funds, financial institutions and pension funds) in complex financial disputes and fraud work. He presently acts for the 112 financial institutions claiming against Tesco Plc in respect of its £263m accounting mis-statements.

Sean has recently completed a €500m complex derivatives claim and a £150m civil fraud both with substantial claimant recoveries for our clients. Sean presently leads the Stewarts team acting in the high-profile claims against Tesco Plc.

Career

Worked in Niigata, Japan,1992-93; trained Baker & McKenzie; qualified 1995; Baker & McKenzie London and Sydney dispute resolution departments 1995-04. In 2004 with a group of Baker & McKenzie litigators, Sean founded niche dispute resolution practice Masseys LLP which was described in the Legal 500 as ‘excellent and noted for its willingness to litigate against banks.’ Masseys merged with Stewarts Law on 2 August 2010.

Member

Sean is a solicitor advocate.

Education

University of Essex (LLB Hons).


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

Sean Upson - 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: 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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