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Stewart Plant

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation and regulatory.


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.


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


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


Rugby league; skiing.

North West: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Stewart Plant - DLA Piper UK LLP

Within: Banking litigation

Clients of DLA Piper UK LLP single out the firm’s national expertise and international network, making it an ideal choice for cross-border work. The Manchester team is adept at handling disputes in the retail banking and payment services, as well as the asset finance and leasing sectors. The firm, which is on the panels of a number of major UK financial institutions, acts for clients including The Co-operative Bank, Elavon Financial Services, First Data Corporation, WorldPay (UK) and Metro Bank. Key work included representing RBS in the PIP breast implant Group Litigation Order, which involved advising on the bank’s position arising from potential liabilities under Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. ‘Exceptional’ Team head Stewart Plant specialises in litigation, regulatory issues and dispute resolution within the finance sector, and also heads the firm’s global payments practice. Ben Johnson is ‘quick to assimilate facts’ and has ‘good awareness of the commercial realities of cases, as well as a keen eye to the broader strategy of a dispute’. Other key figures include legal director Nicola Higgins, who handles disputes involving consumer credit and retail banking, payment services, as well as professional negligence claims; and senior associate Krystle Robinson.

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Commercial litigation: Manchester

Within: Commercial litigation: Manchester

Clients of DLA Piper UK LLP’s litigation team are quick to praise its ‘excellent service’. It regularly handles litigation arising from private equity and corporate transactions, often with an international dimension, and has particular strengths in the outsourcing and technology sectors. The team defended two designated members of MicroFusion in a common law derivative claim brought by another member of MicroFusion, and is acting for Maven Capital Partners UK on claims for fraud, conspiracy, breach of warranty, breach of covenant and misrepresentation, brought against two individuals and an international law firm following investment in a group of companies. The team is also acting for Tata Steel in a long-running dispute with its water supplier concerning the price of supply of non-potable water for use at three sites in Wales. Brother International Europe, Klöckner Pentaplast, Matalan and Pets at Home are also clients. Key figures include Stewart Plant, who heads the department; David Gray, who leads on manufacturing dipsutes; Andrew Smith, who handles complex transactional and shareholder disputes and is joint UK lead for the firm's international corporate and securities litigation group; and Jonathan Eatough, who advises on disputes arising from M&A, infrastructure projects, and PFI and PPP arrangements. Legal director Nicola Higgins and senior associates Philip Williams, Leontia McArdle and Krystle Robinson are also recommended.

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