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101 BARBIROLLI SQUARE, MANCHESTER, M2 3DL, ENGLAND
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Stewart Plant

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation and regulatory.

Position

Stewart has a wide ranging litigation, regulatory and dispute resolution practice within the financial services sector and advises clients in the following areas: banking and financial services; fraud and asset recovery; payment services (including card processing, merchant acquiring and card issuing); asset finance disputes; consumer credit and retail banking; aviation and marine disputes; professional negligence claims; and asset based lending.

Career

Trained DLA Piper; qualified 1990; partner 1997 to date.

Education

Wardle High School; Wolverhampton University (1987 LLB (Hons)); Chester School of Law; solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales.

Leisure

Rugby league; skiing.


North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Stewart Plant - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Banking litigation

DLA Piper UK LLP is rated for its ‘first-rate service’ and for its ‘utmost diligence and expertise’. The team handles the full range of contentious banking mandates, with a focus on retail banking and payment services, and asset finance and leasing. It is also increasingly active on contentious financial regulatory matters. The team continues to act for RBS in relation to its alleged liabilities under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act concerning the Breast Implant Group Litigation Order. The Co-operative Bank, Elavon Financial Services, First Data Corporation, WorldPay (UK) and Metro Bank are also clients. The practice is headed by the ‘pragmatic, resourceful and pro-active’ Stewart Plant, who also leads the firm’s global payments practice. Ben Johnson has a ‘practical, focused and effective approach to cases, which is balanced with a relaxed and approachable style’ and primarily acts for banks, payment service providers and the asset-based lending industry. Legal director Nicola Higgins has a particular focus on consumer credit and retail banking, payment services and professional negligence claims. Senior associates Krystle Robinson and Leontia McArdle are also key figures.  

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Commercial litigation: Manchester

Within: Commercial litigation: Manchester

The ‘first-rate’ team at DLA Piper UK LLP represents a range of private equity and corporate clients on major transactional disputes and is praised for its cross-border capabilities. The team has a focus on disputes in the outsourcing and technology sectors, as well as the energy, retail, transport, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. The team represented Maven Capital Partners UK on fraud, conspiracy, breach of warranty, breach of covenant and misrepresentation claims brought against two individuals and an international law firm following investment in a group of companies. Scottish Power, Klöckner Pentaplast Group, Matalan and Tata Steel are also clients. Key figures of the ‘impressive team’ include joint UK head of the firm’s international corporate litigation group Andrew Smith; Jonathan Eatough, who regularly handles corporate and commercial disputes with a particular focus on M&A claims, infrastructure, PFI and other PPP matters; legal director Nicola Higgins, who handles corporate litigation and has particular experience in shareholder disputes, are key members; and department head Stewart Plant, who enjoys a ‘great reputation’. Senior associates Philip Williams , Leontia McArdle and Krystle Robinson are also recommended, as is associate Benjamin Fellows . Alison Fagan joined in January 2017 from Addleshaw Goddard, while David Gray recently retired.

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