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Addleshaw Goddard

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Michael Barnett

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Addleshaw Goddard

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Michael joined the litigation team as a Partner in 2005 and leads the disputes practice.  Michael is widely known as a highly experienced specialist in financial markets and complex commercial disputes, having acted in recent years in some of the more high-profile and complex cases for financial institutions and other market participants, trade counterparties and investors.


Denton Wilde Sapte 1993-2005; Addleshaw Goddard 2005.

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Addleshaw Goddard¬†advises on ‚Äėbet the company‚Äô fraud disputes, breaches of trust, worldwide freezing injunctions, cross-border fraud and commercial litigation. Other areas of expertise include international contract and fraud disputes relating to investments, corporate and director fraud and bribery. Michael Barnett, who¬†heads the practice, has been working in tandem with¬†Louise Caswell¬†to advise Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig (KWL)¬†on its defence of a ‚ā¨350m claim brought by UBS, which ran for seven years across two jurisdictions, and concluded in 2018 when¬†UBS was refused permission to appeal by the Supreme Court.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Barnett - Addleshaw Goddard

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Addleshaw Goddard's 'very well-run team' acts in a large amount of large, high-profile banking cases in the commercial court. Its full-service banking litigation practice¬†frequently advises on matters involving international elements and includes financial regulatory and financial crime expertise. It particularly stands out for derivatives and structured products litigation. It acted for¬†Kommunale Wasserwerke Leipzig, the City of Leipzig's¬†water authority, in its longstanding defence of an approximately ‚ā¨350m claim. The matter was brought by UBS and established new law on bribery.¬†Michael Barnett¬†is 'a very solid performer' and¬†Richard Clayton¬†and¬†James Herring¬†are also highly rated individuals, while¬†Sivan Daniels¬†and¬†David Wigg,¬†are senior managing associates. Mark Gill retired from the practice and Chris Brennan¬†left for¬†White & Case LLP.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Addleshaw Goddard 'has a very dedicated and commercial approach to all aspects of disputes'. The firm has one of the UK's largest litigation practice and is regularly instructed in the biggest and most high-profile cases in the English courts, including large IT disputes and bet-the-company fraud cases. Michael Barnett is litigation head, Mark Molyneux, who divides his time between the London and Manchester offices, is commercial litigation head, and Louisa Caswell is London commercial litigation lead. The other names to note are Jon Tweedale, Richard Wise and Richard Clayton, along with legal director Mark Chesher and managing associate Natasha Winter. Former managing associate Richard Levett left for Enyo Law LLP.

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London: Finance

Trade finance

Within: Trade finance

Addleshaw Goddard acts for clearing banks, overseas banks and funds in trade finance transactions. Mike Davison leads the finance and projects team, in which the firm's trade finance expertise resides. His work includes receivables financing and supply chain financing, Shariah-compliant deals and commodity finance arrangements. Partners Michael Barnett and Richard Clayton handle contentious trade finance matters. Rising star associate James Tarleton plays a key role in asset-based lending, trade finance and specialty finance transactions. One client remarks that the firm's practice has 'real titans in this field with wide ranging experience and expertise of all forms of trade finance transactions and disputes'.

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