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Philip Clifford served as global Co-chair of the International Arbitration Practice and then as Chair of the London Litigation & Trial Department. He is currently a United Kingdom representative on the ICC Commission on Arbitration, co-author of a leading text on the LCIA Arbitration Rules, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Solicitor Advocate. As well as representing parties, he also regularly sits as an arbitrator, giving him a valuable dual perspective on resolving disputes.

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

Latham & Watkins recently hired Jon Holland, 'a highly experienced litigator who has overseen highly complex regulatory investigations' and Andrea Monks, who 'brings great focus and energy to her cases and is always on top of the issues'; the both joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP and have advised retail and investment banks, asset managers, and other financial institutions on high-profile disputes and contentious regulatory matters. Recent matters include defending Barclay Bank, as security agent, on a dispute involving the £525m bond financing of the Four Seasons Healthcare Group (FS), which arises from an alleged common mistake that FS alleges gives rise to a right to rectify the terms of security given by it; the matter is of particular relevance to the legal and business community as it should clarify the laws on rectification of contracts. The practice also acted for an international investment firm (and other entities) in their defence to a clawback claim of over $1bn brought under the 1986 Insolvency Act; the claim related to a financing transaction for Hellas II, one of Greece’s largest telecoms companies, which later went into insolvency. Oliver Browne and Martin Davies head the team; Davies is 'a calm and strong lead partner for high-value, complex claims, and he gives excellent client service and is able to marshal his team, counsel and outside parties with real skill'. Stuart Alford QC focuses on economic crime and regulatory matters; and Philip Clifford QC recently took silk. Jumana Rahman and Dan Smith are key counsels.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Latham & Watkins fields 'lawyers with strong intellect and technical ability, combined with savvy commercial and tactical advice'. The firm grew the 'swiftly expanding practice' when it hired Jon Holland and Andrea Monks , who advise financial institutions on significant disputes and contentious regulatory matters, from Hogan Lovells International LLP; and Ian Felstead, who is known for commercial, media, and regulatory litigation, from CMS. Felstead is 'an excellent litigation lawyer who is capable of handling complex disputes'. In a claim for contractual rectification, the team acted for Barclays Bank, which acted as the security agent in a £525m bond financing of the Four Seasons Healthcare Group (FS); the High Court dispute arose from an alleged common mistake that FS alleges gives rise to a right to rectify the terms of security given by it. Oliver Browne is chair of the litigation and trial department in London; other highly rated advisers include Philip Clifford QC, Stuart Alford QC, Sophie Lamb QC, Charles Claypoole and Martin Davies. Jumana Rahman, and Dan Smith are notable counsels; and John Kallaugher retired from the partnership in 2017.

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International arbitration

Within: Leading individuals

Philip Clifford QC - Latham & Watkins

Within: International arbitration

Latham & Watkins' 'top-flight team' acts in high-profile matters in several different industry sectors, including oil and gas, energy and construction disputes, and investment treaty arbitration. Highlights included defending Ukraine in an arbitration brought by three Cypriot companies under the Energy Charter Treaty. Co-chair of the firm's London litigation and trial practice Oliver Browne is 'a great team leader, has very sound judgment and is someone clients can rely on in good times and bad'; recently appointed silk Sophie Lamb QC  is global co-chair of the international arbitration practice; Philip Clifford QC also took silk in 2018; Charles Claypoole regularly takes a leading role in investment treaty disputes; and Sebastian Seelmann-Eggebert divides his time between London and Hamburg. Charles Courtenay is a key counsel, while Samuel Pape is a well-regarded associate.

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