DAC Beachcroft LLP‘s London team, which has considerable experience of acting for companies and high-net-worth (HNW) individuals, is consistently sought out for high-value, complex litigation, a significant portion of which often has a cross-border dimension. The practice covers a broad range of disputes, such as contractual matters, shareholder claims, contested share purchase agreements and corporate control issues. Clients include corporates in the financial services, energy, technology, telecoms and health sectors. In addition, at an individual level, the firm generates mandates from senior managers, professionals, shareholders and investors. John Bramhall is highly experienced in acting for (and against) financial institutions in contentious matters. Richard Highley handles disputes involves banks, financial institutions, commercial entities and professionals. Jonathan Brogden acts for clients in contractual matters, banking and finance disputes, financial services regulatory investigations and white-collar crime cases. Campbell Dye and Ken Forsyth are among other key figures in the group, which was bolstered by the recent arrival of Clarissa Coleman from K&L Gates LLP. In another development, Laura Berry made partner in 2020. Rachel Cropper-Mawer moved to Clyde & Co LLP.
Commercial litigation: mid-market in London
DAC Beachcroft LLP
Other key lawyers:
Richard Highley; Jonathan Brogden; Campbell Dye; Ken Forsyth; Clarissa Coleman; Laura Berry
‘Great personal service.’
‘Richard Highley – very thoughtful and tactically astute.’
‘John Bramhall – an enthusiastic, seasoned campaigner who has seen it all.’
Delta Capital International
Royal Mail Group
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
CMC Markets and various subsidiaries
Edwards (part of the Atlas Copco group)
YP Seaton & Associates Company
Gregory Kent Plunkett
- Acting for certain defendants (including the former Bulgarian Minister of Finance) in their defence of a £330m claim by LIC Telecommunications and Empreno Venture.
- Acting for Royal Mail Group in its claim for losses against the Communication Workers Union, arising from threatened strike action in late 2019.
- Assisted CMC Markets and its worldwide subsidiaries with a breach of contractual and fiduciary duty claim against the group’s chief commercial officer and a former employee.
Farrer & Co's 'really excellent' corporate and commercial litigation practice is regularly instructed in major disputes. It is a first port of call for clients in cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and cross-border commercial contracts. Almost all of the practice's work has an international dimension; recent highlights included matters spanning the Caribbean and Channel Islands, as well as the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. Leading the firm's commercial litigation team is Adrian Parkhouse, who has over 30 years of civil litigation experience. The group also includes Kate Allass, who has particular expertise in complex corporate and shareholder disputes. Jolyon Connell is noted for commercial disputes involving financial institutions, private banks and investment funds. Also integral to the department are commercial litigation specialists Ben Longworth and John Wilkinson. Ian De Freitas focuses on claims concerning data privacy, IP, IT and outsourcing issues. William Charrington and Blue Elliott are experienced senior associates, Victoria Atkins has 'superb mastery of cases involving multiple jurisdictions' and Oliver Blundell is 'a hard-working junior with good judgement'.
Other key lawyers:
Kate Allass; Jolyon Connell; Ben Longworth; John Wilkinson; Ian De Freitas; William Charrington; Victoria Atkins; Oliver Blundell
‘A really excellent litigation team that knows its stuff, and has a great understanding of what clients want and how to get it for them (if it can be done). No weak links at all.‘
‘Hard-working, prompt deliveries, able to reach out to other parts of the firm for expertise, and pleasant to work with – supportive during tough times in dispute resolution.‘
‘Excellent expertise and experience in this area.‘
‘While Kate Allass is a very good lawyer, her handling of clients is second to none.‘
‘Adrian Parkhouse heads the department with tremendous experience, skill and charm – justly renowned.‘
‘John Wilkinson is a very experienced litigator and Jolyon Connell stands out as a determined, thoughtful and quick young partner with a knack for complexity and numbers.‘
‘Associate Victoria Atkins has superb mastery of cases involving multiple jurisdictions.‘
‘Associate Oliver Blundell is a hard-working junior with good judgement.‘
Tiago da Silva
British Airline Pilots Association
Handelsbanken Wealth & Asset Management
Sir Owen Glenn KNZM ONZM
Independent Schools’ Bursars Association
- Defended Handelsbanken Wealth & Asset Management against a very large, complex multi-party claim involving over 500 claimants and a broad range of commercial allegations, which arose out of investments in film financing schemes.
- Acted for Tiago da Silva, an UHNW investor, in a high-value claim in the High Court against the directors and owners of an Estonian property investment company.
- Assisted Edgeworth Capital with pursuing substantial debts, owed by two internationally renowned property developers in connection with the restructuring of the Santander headquarters in Madrid and associated bankruptcy proceedings before the High Court in England.
The commercial litigation team at 'standout leader' Keystone Law has an enviable record of success in litigation, and is noted as a go-to for clients ranging in size from SMEs to large global organisations. Alex Ferrari‘s practice covers a wide variety of sectors, and encompasses both domestic and international disputes. The 'exceptionally talented' Matthew Reach specialises in business-related and company disputes, as well as financial services and securities-related litigation. Robert Lawrie is active in shareholder claims, general commercial disputes and matters involving allegations of fraud. Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs has notable expertise in sizeable commercial disputes and large-value complex fraud cases (often with international elements). Also recommended are Gagan Ranu and Dharmendra Nair. Elaine Chan is 'a highly skilled, efficient and personable lawyer'.
Other key lawyers:
Alex Ferrari; Matthew Reach; Robert Lawrie; Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs; Dharmendra Nair; Elaine Chan; Gagan Ranu
‘This practice has a unique model that allows their highly-trained staff to work flexibly, unimpeded by geography. They rely on very sophisticated IT systems that work very effectively and they look after their staff particularly carefully, offering unique support that frees up the lawyers to give their full concentration to clients.‘
‘Keystone provides a knowledgeable and experienced service at more affordable rates for those who don’t need a cast of thousands.‘
‘Keystone Law is a flexible and client-oriented firm.‘
‘Matthew Reach is an exceptionally talented commercial litigator, focusing on high-value commercial and company disputes. Matthew is the go-to for certain litigation funders.‘
‘Robert Lawrie, who I found easy to discuss our case with, managed my expectations extremely well to ensure that I not only won the case but that I came out with a good settlement without over-claiming, which could have caused contentious issues with the court.‘
‘Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs is very efficient and a safe pair of hands in a crisis – straight-talking and tenacious when seeking to achieve his clients’ aims.‘
‘Elaine Chan is a highly skilled, efficient and personable lawyer.‘
Indigo Global Partners
Nest Investments (Holdings)
Institutional Investors in Petrofac
CSE Transtel PTE
Arcelor Mittal Sourcing
- Acting for Indigo Global Partners, a UK-based financial services company, in a claim brought by SKAT (the Danish Tax collecting authority), which has commenced fraud-related claims against multiple defendants in several jurisdictions.
- Acting for Nest Investments (Holdings), as claimant, in (reportedly) the largest fraud claim ever pursued in the courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre, which has led to several reported decisions.
- Handling a large group action on behalf of institutional investors in Petrofac, which concerns investment losses suffered further to Petrofac’s failure to publish market-sensitive information about bribery and corruption in the Middle East.
Osborne Clarke LLP is prominent in large-value cases and its team is particularly active in disputes connected with technology, energy, natural resources and projects. Clients benefit from the firm's ability to leverage the resources of its international network. The department is led by 'very commercial and astute partner' Tom Ellis, who consistently represents major corporations in high-stakes commercial litigation, corporate investigations and fraud-related matters. 'Leading litigator' Andrew Bartlett is sought out for disputes involving complex issues over jurisdiction, governing law and international enforcement. Artem Doudko is the head of Russian and CIS disputes in London. Jane Park Weir specialises in contentious corporate and commercial work, both in the UK and overseas. At associate director level, Nick Price has broad experience of commercial disputes, high-value financial litigation and contentious regulatory investigations. Nina Lazic has particular expertise in technology sector disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Bartlett; Artem Doudko; Jane Park Weir; Nick Price; Nina Lazic
‘Osborne Clarke have unusually strong international capabilities for a mid-market firm, combined with being affordable.‘
‘Good strength in depth and a very diversified team.‘
‘The team is very responsive, provides good analysis, value for money and pragmatic advice.‘
‘The team is very strong in all aspects of contentious work.‘
‘They are able to combine solid experience with the best from the English approach to legal work and flexible fee arrangements, which is so important for many clients nowadays.‘
‘Tom Ellis is a very commercial and astute partner, who understands his clients well and looks to provide advice while understanding the client’s risk appetite.‘
‘Andrew Bartlett is quick to grasp the issues and he has a really good understanding beyond the legal advice, particularly when dealing with third party funders and insurers – a good team player with good organisational skills for multiple strands of litigation.‘
‘Andrew Bartlett is a leading litigator with a strong legal understanding and tactical grip.‘
BB Energy Group
Granville Technology Group (Time Computers) (In Liquidation)
OT Computers (Tiny Computers) (In Liquidation)
Marks & Spencer
Vision Games 1
Boston Trust Company
Northampton Borough Council
- Acting for oil trading business BB Energy in its $120m Commercial Court claim against the directors of the insolvent SAMIR oil refinery in Morocco (following its collapse in 2015).
- Representing Qatar Airways (QA) against Al Arabiya News Channel, in relation to its video depicting a QA aircraft being shot at by a Saudi fighter jet in the context of the economic blockade of Qatar.
- Acting for Renato Ghittini as one of the defendants in $847.7m claims brought by the Kuwait Public Institution for Social Security.
Squire Patton Boggs' team has 'really excellent experience across the whole gamut of commercial litigation'. It acts for clients in complex commercial and contractual disputes, shipping and commodities litigation, corporate and shareholder disputes, and high-value fraud cases (particularly those involving multiple jurisdictions). In addition, other areas of activity include disputes connected with banking, sports and asset-based lending. Members of the team are also experienced in the enforcement of English awards and judgments. London litigation head Stephen Sampson is highly rated for sports and entertainment sector disputes, while Gareth Timms specialises in asset tracing matters and fraud-related cases. Chris Webber is a financial services, corporate and commercial litigation specialist. At director level, Stephen Cole focuses on high-value High Court litigation and multijurisdictional disputes. Ian Debbage acts for banking, retail, sport and construction industry clients. Senior associate Michael Davar and associate Katherine Wakeham are also highly regarded. Ben Holland joined K&L Gates LLP in March 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Gareth Timms; Chris Webber; Stephen Cole; Ian Debbage; Chris Swart; Katie Pritchard; Stuart McInnes; Kwangkyu Park; Michael Davar
‘SPB offers big firm coverage in talent and quality of service with the intimacy of a boutique, and they are attentive and capable of acting with a high degree of autonomy.‘
‘This is a great, cohesive team of hands-on players, who are highly committed to the client’s cause.‘
‘Really excellent experience across the whole gamut of commercial litigation.‘
‘A very professional, well-organised and run commercial dispute resolution practice.‘
‘Stephen Sampson is earnest, hard-working. thorough and conscientious, but with a tough streak when required. He has trained up some truly exceptional lawyers, who have gone on to be market leaders.‘
‘Stephen Sampson leads the team authoritatively, but with a very supportive and reassuring manner towards both clients and team members.‘
‘Chris Webber is very smart, strategic and not intimidated by opponents. He’s thoughtful, proactive and productive in finding solutions to complex challenges.‘
‘Associate Katherine Wakeham is smart and determined, and can navigate complex information to communicate a viable strategic position.‘
Chelsea Football Club
Asia Coal Energy Ventures
Sportfive UK Holding
Sheffield Wednesday FC
West Bromwich Albion
Kingdom of Spain
- Acted for Asia Coal Energy Ventures (ACE), the successful first defendant, in a $70m claim brought by Raiffeisen Bank International, which arose from ACE’s 2015 takeover of Asia Resource Minerals.
- Acted for Sheffield Wednesday in an English Football League investigation and subsequent proceedings, arising from the sale and leaseback of Hillsborough Stadium.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP has a strong pedigree in high-profile and precedent-setting court litigation. It excels in large-scale commercial and corporate disputes that are related to the transport, energy and real estate sectors. In addition, the firm also has an enviable track record in construction and engineering disputes, as well as commodities litigation. In addition to being a major player in the domestic arena, the practice houses specialists who are prominent in cross-border disputes. One of the names to note at the firm is Andrew Ward, who has particular expertise in the maritime, trade, aviation and energy sectors. He co-heads the practice with Rebecca Williams, who 'works tirelessly to get the best result possible'. Also integral to the practice are commercial, banking and maritime litigation specialist Charles Buss and Andrew Hutcheon. The senior associate pool includes Mark McAllister-Jones, who focuses on construction, energy, oil and gas, and corporate/joint venture disputes. Jemma Dhillon is another key individual. Thomas Ross left for Harcus Parker Limited in January 2021.
Andrew Ward; Rebecca Williams
Other key lawyers:
Charles Buss; Andrew Hutcheon; Mark McAllister-Jones; Jemma Dhillon
‘The team combines experience gained in various sectors, which gives the team more perspectives than might otherwise be the case.‘
‘Brings a strong commercial focus to disputes.‘
‘Andrew Ward is tactically astute and sensible.‘
‘Rebecca Williams has excellent judgement, and she gives her clients full and frank advice about the merits and what they need to do to achieve the best outcome. She understands how various processes work, and she works tirelessly to get the best result possible.‘
‘Charles Buss is creative and determined.‘
‘Andrew Hutcheon is thoughtful and an excellent lawyer.‘
Bester Generacion UK
PTT Public Company
Kyla Shipping Co
Deutsche Bank Trust Company of New York
- Represented PTT Public Company in a Supreme Court hearing, which related to a large-value dispute with Triple Point Technology.
- Successfully representing YieldStreet Management in a case before the UK Commercial Court, which provided helpful clarification on a number of aspects of the law of undue influence.
- Successfully representing Bester Generacion in the groundbreaking Technology & Construction Court (TCC) decision in PBS Energo AS v Bester Generacion UK Ltd.
Withers LLP‘s commercial litigation work almost exclusively has a cross-border flavour. Fielding a team of ‘sophisticated litigators‘, the firm is active in matters spanning a multitude of geographical regions, including the Americas and Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific. Tatiana Menshenina is an expert in disputes involving Russia, Ukraine and the CIS. Continuing the international theme, Eleni Polycarpou is ‘multilingual and well connected in the Mediterranean‘. The department acts for a wide range of clients, such as high-net-worth individuals and investors, businesses, governments and financial institutions. Its workload covers matters concerning international fraud, asset recovery and enforcement, and insolvency, among other areas. Global CEO of dispute resolution Peter Wood is widely recognised for his longstanding dispute resolution experience. Also recommended is Roberto Moruzzi, who is experienced in handling a wide range of international and domestic contractual disputes, mis-selling claims, and fraud and asset tracing matters. The ‘very bright and competent‘ Lesley Timms is another name to note, as is Sinead Harris, who has ‘complete mastery of the detail‘.
Other key lawyers:
Roberto Moruzzi; Tatiana Menshenina; Andrew Wass; Stephen Ross; Eleni Polycarpou; Lesley Timms; Sinead Harris
‘The Withers team has a strong presence in the market with great international capabilities.‘
‘Excellent, quality lawyers who are very approachable. Really good interaction between partners and associates (and good partner/associate ratio on the teams).‘
‘Sophisticated litigators who protect their clients on costs, and appreciate and take steps to mitigate or eliminate the unpredictabilities of litigation.‘
‘Very adept at finding solutions to seemingly intractable disputes, Peter Wood is a seasoned litigator with bags of experience, and someone who gets straight to the point; and Andrew Wass is extremely incisive and tactically very astute.’
‘Roberto Moruzzi is very calm and commercial, but he leaves no stone unturned in pursuing the best case for his client, and is very much hands on. He has spent weekends elbow deep in disclosure to unearth evidence.‘
‘Tatiana Menshenina is a highly experienced commercial litigator. She is both a solicitor and a Russian advocate, and is often instructed by Russian and Ukrainian clients in complex cross-border disputes. She manages large teams and demanding clients with great skill. I have never seen her lose her cool, even in the most challenging situations.‘
‘Stephen Ross is the lawyer you want on a difficult case, because his tactical awareness is superb, and his judgement excellent.‘
‘Eleni Polycarpou is multilingual and well connected in the Mediterranean. Lesley Timms is very bright and competent, and a fluent Italian speaker who often acts for Italian clients in litigation in the UK and internationally.‘
Anchor Hedge Fund (in liquidation)
Galaxy Fund (in liquidation)
Futuresone Diversified Fund (in liquidation)
Broadcasting Investment Group
Visual Investments International
Decisive Capital Management
Paper Mache Tiger
- Instructed by Raffaele Mincione, WRM CapInvest and WRM to bring declaratory relief proceedings against the Secretariat of State of the Holy See (the Vatican).
- Acted for Genesis Technologies/Genesis Trustee in relation to Fortuna Fix (in administration) and a shareholder dispute.
- Acting for two tech entrepreneurs in their claim against a Swiss company and a Liechtenstein family foundation.
Boutique firm CANDEY has a strong track record featuring in significant High Court and Court of Appeal cases that have either created new law or clarified existing law. Also notable is that the practice is highly rated for disputes involving the CIS, US, BVI and Cyprus. The group is jointly led by managing partner Ashkhan Candey and Andrew Dunn, who is a specialist in shareholder disputes and company law matters. Also integral to the group is Muhammed Haque QC, who regularly appears as leading counsel in high-profile and high-value commercial litigation. James Collins is experienced in proceedings brought in the English High Court. Yuri Botiuk is also a key individual. At senior solicitor level, Mei Wong has a broad range of experience in general commercial litigation and ADR matters.
Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn
Other key lawyers:
Muhammed Haque QC; James Collins; Yuri Botiuk; Mei Wong
‘A small, very effective practice with very bright, proactive staff – excellent value for money.‘
‘The best legal investment I’ve ever made in 45 years of legal costs – I would recommend these guys as they are ultra-bright, pragmatic and hard-working. I sent an email at 11 pm on a Sunday, and to my amazement, I received a detailed reply in 45 minutes. Unbelievable!‘
‘Their no-win no-fee approach is a strong indicator of the strength of your case/defence, so the alignment of interests is extremely reassuring.‘
‘They are flexible on commercial approaches and very good to partner with.‘
‘Straight advice with the pros and cons given, with a youthful and progressive attitude. CANDEY gets to the core of the problem quickly.‘
‘The personal attention of the principal of the company, Ashkhan Candey, provides an edge over other larger companies that I have employed.‘
‘Ashkhan Candey has his finger on the pulse – great approach and cuts to the chase, telling you how it is.‘
‘Yuri Botiuk and James Collins were always available, very creative and offered sound advice. The best recommendation we can possibly provide.‘
JSN Development Group
Unsecured class of creditors of Funding Secure (In Administration)
Park Lane Casino
Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's 'top-class dispute resolution practice' specialises in complex cross-border and high-value corporate and commercial disputes. The team acts for a wide range of high-profile clients, including private banks, major corporates and foreign governments. Its recent cases included disputes in the technology, telecoms, sport, financial services, mining, energy, aviation and retail industries. Stewart Hey heads up the highly regarded commercial dispute resolution group, which also includes seasoned litigator Edward Craig; the latter practitioner undertakes a wide range of commercial disputes, including matters involving allegations of professional negligence. Rhys Novak's experience includes cases related to fraud, anti-bribery and financial services claims. Also key to the practice are Charlotte Pender and legal director Max Davis, as well as senior associates Lucy Wicksteed, Katy Ackroyd and Stephanie Bonnello. In May 2021, Caroline Greenwell made partner.
Other key lawyers:
Edward Craig; John Sykes; Rhys Novak; Charlotte Pender; Caroline Greenwell; Lucy Wicksteed; Max Davis; Katy Ackroyd; Stephanie Bonnello; Danielle Sharkey
‘Top-class dispute resolution practice with all the necessary skills and experience.‘
‘Capable of handling complex, high-value or sensitive commercial litigation with great efficiency and tactical skill.‘
‘A diverse and inclusive team that is client service-oriented, and has great availability and a strong track record of delivering success.‘
‘Excellent, commercially-minded lawyers.‘
‘They go the extra mile and are always available on short notice for any questions we have.‘
‘Edward Craig is very client focused – a tremendous lawyer with really excellent judgement.‘
‘Caroline Greenwell, a new partner in 2021, is one of the most impressive solicitors around for her grasp of detail, commercial sense, and intuitive approach – brilliant at managing a team and in instilling confidence in clients. One of the very best.‘
‘Senior associate Max Davis is a tenacious litigator.‘
Central Bank of Bahrain
Paddington & Company
Charlton Athletic Football Club
Charlton Athletic Women’s Football Club
EFG Private Bank
Barry McGuigan MBE
One Step (Support)
Golden Wolfe Footwear (HK)
- Successfully represented the Joint Official Liquidators of six Cayman Islands registered companies (known collectively as the AwalCos), who were among the 15 resulting defendants in the trial that uncovered a $330bn Ponzi scheme.
- Successfully defended Guy Colegate (former employee of a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell) against allegations of international bribery and corruption in the Nigerian OPL 245 affair.
- Successfully represented Norsk Titanium in an English High Court contractual dispute claim concerning a consulting agreement.
Gowling WLG is 'an excellent UK litigation outfit', whose team is widely respected for its expertise in large multijurisdictional cases, as well as domestic High Court matters. The department is led by senior litigation partner James Sidwell, who has extensive experience of all types of corporate and commercial disputes. Andrew Smith's varied workload includes cases arising from contract terminations, economic torts, misfeasance allegations and guarantees/indemnities. Catherine Naylor is notably prominent in complex multijurisdictional cases. Legal director Verity Barker represents trustees, fiduciaries and principal employers in negligence actions and asset recovery cases. Another legal director to note is Susannah Fink, who acts for clients in cross-border and domestic contractual disputes involving the life sciences, natural resources and banking sectors. Alex Jay left for Stewarts Law LLP in early 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Smith; Catherine Naylor; Verity Barker; Susannah Fink; Tom Cox
‘Superb mid-to-high-market offering with very experienced partners and highly able associates, who are in teams that are structured to provide real value for money when compared to mainstream commercial firms.‘
‘An excellent UK litigation outfit, with much know-how of domestic litigation and asset recovery matters.‘
‘They carefully consider all options and advise on the correct path at all stages of litigation.‘
‘The litigation and dispute resolution team led by James Sidwell is exceptionally strategic and effective.‘
‘James Sidwell and legal director Verity Barker are standout practitioners. They bring great professionalism and dedication to their work, and they are extremely personable and easy to foster a good relationship with.‘
‘Andrew Smith is hugely experienced, has great judgement, and is an excellent team manager with real client focus.‘
‘Catherine Naylor achieves great results for her clients, and has excellent commercial and tactical awareness.‘
‘Principal associate Tom Cox is energetic, extremely hard-working, reliable and insightful.‘
The Hut Group
Exclusive Contract Services
- Defended CPC Group, Chris Candy, Nick Candy and others against a £132m claim by Mark Holyoake and his corporation, Hotblack, brought in relation to a residential property development at London’s Grosvenor Gardens House.
- Acted for property developer clients in successfully defending a claim brought by claimant, Rajan Russell, for breach of contract (among others).
- Acting for Perrigo, an Israeli pharmaceutical company, which commenced Commercial Court proceedings, seeking both payment under indemnities in a distribution agreement and damages for breach of contract against Aspen Global and its two Irish subsidiaries.
Humphries Kerstetter LLP
Humphries Kerstetter LLP has a strong track record in high-profile reported cases, which have often been heard in the Commercial Court. The 'first-class team of litigation specialists', is particularly well known for its banking and financial services client base. In addition, it also works with clients from the financial services, energy, defence, insurance, TMT, international trade, construction and extractive projects sectors. Key individuals include senior partner Mark Humphries and managing partner Kristopher Kerstetter, who is qualified in both the US and UK. Christopher Braithwaite has longstanding experience of representing companies and individuals in commercial disputes. Toby Starr is 'knowledgeable, experienced and incisive'. Joanna Pearson joined from Simmons & Simmons in January 2021.
Mark Humphries; Kristopher Kerstetter; Christopher Braithwaite; James Russell; Toby Starr; Joanna Pearson
‘First-class team of litigation specialists, who are clever, innovative, pragmatic, proactive and responsive.‘
‘Top people and top professionals.‘
‘Very strong client management, excellent commercial approach to litigation, and very user friendly.‘
‘Very client focused, technically strong and partner led.‘
‘Mark Humphries is a very wise senior practitioner.‘
‘Mark Humphries is an outstanding litigator with a very commercial approach, while commanding huge technical knowledge.‘
‘Mark Humphries is very experienced, and identifies and focuses on points that matter – good team organisation and strong focus on the commercial aspects of any case.‘
‘Toby Starr is knowledgeable, experienced and incisive.‘
Group interchange claim with approximately 100 groups of claimants (including Co-operative Group, JD Wetherspoons, Coral Racing, Harvey Nichols Group, Associated Independent Stores and 96 local government authorities).
One Blackfriars (In Liquidation)
Compagnie Des Grands Hotels D’Afrique
K&L Gates LLP's London disputes team is constantly involved in complex, high-value multijurisdictional disputes. It acts for clients in a number of sectors, including aviation, insurance, media, gambling, sport, funds and finance. Leading the team in London is John Magnin, who has significant experience of contentious matters involving India, particularly investment and joint venture disputes. Ian Meredith's practice includes disputes before the national courts, in addition to his international arbitration specialism. Martin King has particular expertise in sport, technology, betting and gaming, and commercial life sciences disputes. Providing key support is special counsel Clare Tanner, and at senior associate level, Jonathan Graham is experienced in corporate and shareholder-related disputes. Tim Fox is active in aviation sector and insolvency claims. In December 2020, Clarissa Coleman left for DAC Beachcroft LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Ian Meredith: Martin King; Clare Tanner; Jonathan Graham; Tim Fox
‘K&L Gates is good value for the money – extremely broad and deep range of knowledge and experience from the key partners, fabulous K&L Gates network (both from a knowledge and geographical standpoint), and exceptionally responsive. They turned their deliverables around quickly.‘
‘Clever individuals and great strategists.‘
‘Very knowledgeable – worked through a difficult process with a difficult defendant, and the outcome was excellent.‘
‘Communicated well, put in the hours required and understood us and our adversaries.‘
‘The K&L Gates team kept us sane and rational throughout the long process and helped us negotiate the best possible outcome. We were pleased with the end result.‘
‘We genuinely liked the K&L Gates team – all of them! This was good, since we spent a lot of time together.‘
‘John Magnin is the voice of reason – he thought of legal angles the average high-level partner wouldn’t have.‘
‘John Magnin is an excellent disputes lawyer – very experienced, a great tactician and just the man to turn to with a problem.‘
Republic of France
The Racing Partnership
Arena Racing Corporation
Grant Thornton (as joint receivers of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund)
Tiger IT Bangladesh
- Instructed by Halliburton Company in relation to one of the most high-profile and significant court cases relating to arbitrator conflicts and challenges for some years, which dealt with the issue of multiple appointments of arbitrators.
- Acting for France in two Commercial Court cases (and related matters), arising from an arbitral award in favour of the insurers of the M/T Prestige, which sunk off the Galician coast in 2002.
- Acting for The Racing Partnership, Arena Leisure and Arena Racing Corporation (as claimants) in all aspects of High Court actions against major bookmakers and betting industry stakeholders, involving claims for breach of confidence (among others).
Kingsley Napley LLP's commercial litigation team, which is frequently seen against Magic Circle and other leading London practices, leverages the firm's widely respected criminal law and media/reputation management expertise. It also fields specialists in related areas, such as civil fraud, professional negligence, contentious insolvency, banking and trusts. Department head Richard Foss acts for organisations, private individuals and entrepreneurs in a variety of commercial disputes, and is particularly noted for financial services and banking cases. Ryan Mowat has a strong track record securing favourable outcomes for clients in commercial ligation cases, where he acts for both claimants and defendants, Sue Thackeray has over 25 years of commercial litigation experience. The practice also showcases highly regarded partners William Christopher, Fiona Simpson and Mary Young. In January 2021, Michael Mulligan joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP, where he led the restructuring, recoveries and insolvency team.
Other key lawyers:
Ryan Mowat; Sue Thackeray; William Christopher; Fiona Simpson; Mary Young; Michael Mulligan
‘Fantastic cross-over experience between commercial, civil fraud and criminal/regulatory work gives the firm a real depth of expertise in big-ticket work, which increasingly requires specialisms across commercial/regulatory and criminal boundaries.‘
‘Excellent partners who are tactically astute.‘
‘Real breadth and depth of experience in civil fraud with many of them being recognised for doing this work. They are also growing the team, further increasing the high-level quality of their work.‘
‘Richard Foss has put together an excellent team of lawyers. He is a top-quality litigator, and that skill feeds through to the rest of his team.‘
‘Ryan Mowat is without doubt one of the finest commercial litigators in the country – legally knowledgeable, strategically brilliant, exceptional at handling clients and has an ability to lead a large team (including leading QCs) and drive cases to successful conclusions.‘
‘Fiona Simpson is tactically astute, excellent at handling clients and gets the job done.‘
‘William Christopher and Sue Thackeray stand out.‘
‘Mary Young has an excellent eye for detail – never gives up at trying to find a solution. A highly technical lawyer with an excellent understanding of cross-border issues.‘
Lewis Silkin LLP‘s dispute resolution team has litigated high-value and complex claims at every level of the English courts, through to the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. It frequently collaborates with lawyers internationally to resolve cross-border disputes. ‘Tactically astute and highly approachable‘ practice head Mark Lim focuses heavily on corporate issues. Andrew Wanambwa, who is ‘very determined on behalf of clients‘, specialises in the resolution of complex commercial matters. Clive Greenwood, who is ‘a brilliant partner who is at the top of his game’, has over 30 years of experience in this space. Neil Parkes, who joined in February 2021 from Foot Anstey, specialises in media and entertainment and technology sector disputes. At managing associate level, Nigel Enticknap and Fraser McKeating are names to note.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Wanambwa; Clive Greenwood; Neil Parkes; Nigel Enticknap; Fraser McKeating
‘Very professional, with strength in depth.‘
‘During the Covid pandemic, they clearly invested in technology to enable partners and staff to work from home seamlessly. No delays in communication which means a lot to clients working with them – high ethical standards and a culture of good manners.‘
‘Mark Lim leads a team of dedicated and intelligent lawyers, who are focused on delivering excellent results for the clients, at economic rates, and often against much more heavily resourced teams at Magic Circle firms – Lewis Silkin is really a cut above.‘
‘Mark Lim leads the department with flair and determination. He is tactically astute and highly approachable – clients love him.‘
‘Andrew Wanambwa is very determined on behalf of clients. Andrew knows exactly how to build up a strong case, and has a particular skill in not leaving any loopholes for the opponents to take advantage of – and he is tough but realistic about hammering out the best possible out-of-court resolution for clients.‘
‘Clive Greenwood is a brilliant partner who is at the top of his game. He is straightforward and has amazing commercial acumen.‘
‘Managing associate Fraser McKeating is superb – one to watch and he will be a partner in no time.‘
‘Managing associate Nigel Enticknap’s efforts to keep the matter tasks in flow and deep study of details are invaluable.‘
The Arsenal Football Club
Havas Media Group
Rugby Football Union
Ford Motor Company
Medical Associates of Northern Virginia
Picture House Cinemas
Motion Picture Association
- Representing four individuals, two of whom are members of the Ruia family (founders of the Essar group), in a complex, substantial and very high-value unlawful means conspiracy action, arising out of an unsatisfied arbitration award.
- Represented Airbnb Ireland and Luxury Retreats Management (as defendants) in two related actions involving claims of breach of contract, negligence, and causing loss by unlawful means.
- Acting for Ford Motor Company in a complex, cross-border breach of contract claim against Mitsubishi Turbocharger, Engine Europe BV and Sumitomo Corporation Europe.
Memery Crystal LLP‘s dispute resolution team handles substantial and multijurisdictional commercial litigation. It has particular sector expertise in financial services, natural resources and international trade. The workload includes cases involving commercial fraud, shareholder disputes and insolvency-related matters. Practice head Mark Whelan is a financial services disputes specialist. In addition to undertaking international arbitration work, Dean Nicholls’ practice covers litigation arising from major banking and finance disputes, professional negligence claims, and director and shareholder issues. Harvey Rands has ‘decades of experience and is a very shrewd litigator‘. Jenni Jenkins is another name to note in the group, which saw Iain MacWhannell join Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP in February 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Dean Nicholls; Harvey Rands; Jenni Jenkins; Chris Louth; Charlotte Taylor
‘Memery Crystal has the capacity and know-how to deal with multidisciplinary resolutions, yet their compassionate and thorough approach seems more boutique.‘
‘Memery Crystal is a very flexible and unique law firm. They provide a 100% commitment to the client and do whatever is needed to show the full picture to clients.‘
‘They work almost non-stop to find solutions and ways to win cases for their clients, and they stand firm behind their clients and do whatever is needed to make them happy. I am very happy with Memery Crystal.‘
‘The team showed real commercial awareness and willingness to reach settlement.‘
‘Enormous litigation experience and nous – good value.‘
‘Mark Whelan delivers a very personal service and is available 24/7.‘
‘Harvey Rands has decades of experience and is a very shrewd litigator.’
‘Jenni Jenkins takes on every case with fire in her cause, and with great ease, care and a warm understanding of client’s situations. I would have no one else represent me.‘
Petricca & Co Capital
Kezen Trade (In liquidation)
Yayla Agro Gida Sanayi Ve Nakliyat
Flowgroup (In Liquidation)
CRF I (Cayman Islands)
- Represented Marex Financial in securing a landmark Supreme Court ruling, which brought clarity to the legal basis and scope of the reflective loss principle, making it easier for creditors of insolvent companies to recover losses.
- Acting for Berlin Hyp (a substantial German bank) in a complex and high-value unfair prejudice petition against BrickVest, a fintech start-up that is now in administration.
- Acted for Petricca & Co Capital, a London-based fund manager, in its successful complex and high-value cross-border insolvency jurisdiction battle relating to a collective investment undertaking.
PCB Byrne resulted from a merger between Byrne and Partners LLP and PCB Litigation LLP in April 2021. In addition to being active in the domestic litigation arena, the merged entity is also growing its workload in Asia, the Middle East, Russia and the CIS. Anthony Riem has a longstanding track record representing clients in heavyweight international disputes. He co-heads the practice with Trevor Mascarenhas, who is consistently sought out for big-ticket litigation. Nick Ractliff is experienced in civil fraud and asset recovery work, and he also acts for clients in other high-value, complex and multijurisdictional matters, such as banking litigation and shareholder claims. Senior associate Rachel Turner is ‘very client friendly and efficient‘.
Anthony Riem; Trevor Mascarenhas
Other key lawyers:
Nick Ractliff; Rachel Turner; Camilla Cook; Andrew McLeod
‘The team is exceptional in all aspects: from the quality of work to engagement of partners and solicitors!‘
‘All the partners are experts in their fields – master tacticians and great black letter lawyers.‘
‘Fantastic team with unparalleled experience of heavy fraud work.‘
‘Highly responsive and detail orientated – excellent value for money and nimble.‘
‘Anthony Riem does his work brilliantly – an enormously experienced litigator with great judgement and wide expertise across the full range of litigation options, as a result of substantial expertise as an international civil fraud lawyer.‘
‘Trevor Mascarenhas is an absolutely top-class lawyer, who will appraise a client’s case (as well as the opponent’s) from all angles – nothing gets past him.‘
‘Rachel Turner is very client friendly and efficient.’
H E Saeed Al Qebaisi
Deposit Guarantee Fund
Domestic & General
- Acting for Khalifa Almuhairi and Saeed Al Qebaisi (two of the main shareholders of collapsed FTSE 100 company, NMC Health) in respect of a large-value claim brought against them by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
- Defending Andrey Petrik in relation to a dispute concerning the ownership of an international fishing group.
- Acting for PJSC Phosagro (Russian chemical company) in a $50m breach of contract dispute, brought by a former employee claiming to have been promised shares in the company.
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is 'very strong across the board in commercial dispute resolution'. It has a number of specialist areas, including general commercial litigation, group actions, banking and finance disputes, reputation management and digital assets. Other areas of note concern product liability, regulatory disputes and IP/IT disputes. Cross-border disputes are another driver of activity, with recent work involving areas such as India and South America. Practice head Rustam Dubash (who also leads the India group) has approximately 30 years of experience of UK and cross-border litigation. David Niven regularly acts for claimants in multi-party actions against solicitors and other professionals. Alex Fox leads the business and finance disputes team; Richard Marshall is international litigation head, while Philip D’Costa leads the firm's IP and IT disputes offering. David O’Brien is 'well-prepared and quick to respond', according to a client. Senior associates Charlotte Hill and Harriet Vidot are also recommended. Kamran Rehman recently joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP.
Other key lawyers:
David Niven; Alex Fox; Richard Marshall; Philip D’Costa, David O’Brien; Michael Brown; Charlotte Hill; Harriet Vidot; Kamran Rehman
‘Very strong across the board in commercial dispute resolution and extremely good at finding commercial solutions to thorny legal problems.‘
‘They never wavered in their objective, they kept to the agreed scope of work, they were upfront about all costs, they kept to timings, they responded to individual queries without exception, and they acted absolutely in our best interests at all time.‘
‘They consider each individual case, and take the time to respond to personal queries and concerns. They showed unwavering support and stuck to their word in all respects.‘
‘They provided constant guidance and feedback, while delivering professional service that was of a high quality. I was always fully apprised of the status of the matter in which they acted for me, and any questions raised were answered promptly and efficiently by an appropriate member of the team.‘
‘David Niven is effective, fast and quick to the point. He explains the possible outcomes, which lead me to have a good understanding of the procedure and expectation. He is also considerate to the client in terms of fees and time.‘
‘David O’Brien is well-prepared, and quick to respond and advise on all aspects of the dispute. He pointed out the pros and cons involved and, unlike some legal advisors, does not tell his clients only what they want to hear.‘
‘Richard Marshall gets the job done. Terrier-like and tenacious, so as to achieve excellent results for clients.‘
‘Alex Fox and senior associate Charlotte Hill stand out as people you can depend upon for an honest appraisal of the direction of a case.‘
Dr Mohamed El Haddad
Social Money (t/a BridgeCrowd)
Scarborough Group International
- Acted for a Chinese investor on its response to a put option notice demanding £20m cash by an investor.
- Acting for Dr Mohamed El Haddad, a UK-based property developer, who is bringing a £1bn partnership claim in the High Court against several members of Dubai’s ruling elite.
- Acting for Cutlers Holdings and Scarborough Group International, the claimants in respect of a professional negligence claim brought against a law firm for breach of contract, negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.
Although historically known for its fraud focus, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP also 'attracts top-level commercial disputes work' that is without fraud elements and spans several jurisdictions. Representative matters feature shareholder and contractual disputes, insolvency proceedings, IP, professional negligence, and contentious financial services/regulatory issues; and the practice regularly works with well-established litigation funders. Heading commercial litigation and civil fraud, Jonathan Tickner is 'a superb lawyer who builds and manages a team well'; international head Keith Oliver has over 37 years’ experience as a heavyweight commercial litigator; Sarah Gabriel specialises in asset recovery and commercial litigation; and Jason Woodland regularly acts in cases involving emergency injunctive relief. At of counsel level, Amy Harvey is noted for complex multi-jurisdictional disputes and interim remedies related to the preservation and protection of assets; and Emma Ruane has extensive expertise in obtaining and defending worldwide freezing injunctions.
Other key lawyers:
Keith Oliver; Sarah Gabriel; Jason Woodland; Amy Harvey; Emma Ruane
‘The team attracts top-level commercial disputes work. This is a reflection of the talented team and its success in managing big-ticket disputes work for a range of clients.‘
‘The practice is unique because they drive results. They just do magic in commercial litigation. Their reputation and brand allows them to be second to none in terms of the leverage they can create over the counter parties. I believe that it is a result of really hard work and understanding not just the case of the litigation, but a deep understanding of the business model of the party the client has an issue with.‘
‘A sense of curiosity towards both law practice and everything around that is truly second to none. They are exceptionally inventive and enthusiastic in their approach to litigation, as well as bringing a wealth of experience.‘
‘A good mix of partners and associates enables teams to be appropriately balanced and matters to be resourced as required.‘
‘Jonathan Tickner is a superb lawyer who builds and manages a team well, and he has a keen eye for strategy.‘
‘Keith Oliver is a well-recognised star in this area.‘
‘Jason Woodland is a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Sarah Gabriel is a quietly cerebral lawyer who ruminates until she finds the right solution.‘
The Republic of Mozambique (acting through its Attorney General)
Anthony Barness & 124 others
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
The NHS Business Services Authority
18 claimants (including Andrew Cole, Robbie Savage and Danny Murphy)
- Representing the Republic of Mozambique in proceedings it commenced in the Commercial Court against Credit Suisse, former Credit Suisse employees, Privinvest Group companies and Iskandar Safa, which concern facility agreements and purported sovereign guarantees.
- Acted for the claimants, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the NHS Business Services Authority, which allege serious misconduct by a large multinational pharmaceutical group (Servier).
- Acting for Alexander Tugushev in proceedings concerning his ownership of a one-third stake in an international fishing business, which he co-founded with two of the defendants in the 1990s.
Boutique litigation firm Alius Law was established in January 2021 by company disputes and fraud specialist Bree Taylor and Victoria Prince, who joined from Fladgate LLP. In a more recent development, John Ford has also made the same move. The 'experienced team thinks strategically and provides pragmatic solutions' in relation to high-value and complex litigation. It acts for clients in the oil and gas, aviation, retail, financial services and hospitality sectors.
Other key lawyers:
John Ford; Victoria Prince; Reece Davison
‘An experienced team that thinks strategically and provides pragmatic solutions.‘
‘Although this is a new firm, the partners have a great chemistry with their clients and within their team of lawyers. They are friendly, intelligent, practical, and ready to go the extra mile.‘
‘Speed and efficiency with courage of conviction, and the ability to understand the client’s thinking, are what make them stand out.‘
‘The team is small, focused and has worked together before, so the business is well coordinated and integrates smoothly with clients.‘
‘Victoria Prince and Bree Taylor are a dynamic litigation duo.‘
‘Bree Taylor (and her advice) is highly practical, as well as technically spot on.‘
‘Bree Taylor’s case management and use of associate help were a great blend of appropriate staffing and hands-on communication, which resulted in a very cost-effective and good result – I would recommend her very highly.‘
‘Bree Taylor is an outstanding and hard-working litigator.‘
Ede & Ravenscroft
5 Hertford Street
San Leon Energy
The Claims Guys
- Defended Ede & Ravenscroft, a well-known academic gown hire company, against an anti-competitive conduct claim by a competitor.
- Defended Michael McBraida, a well-known industrialist, against claims of breach of directors’ duties in relation to renewable energy company, TMO Renewables (in liquidation).
- Acted for San Leon Energy, a listed oil and gas company, in a claim for unpaid royalties (profit share) in relation to an offshore oil exploration project in the Netherlands.
Bristows LLP's team has substantial expertise in commercial disputes connected with the technology, life sciences, industrial markets and consumer products sectors. It was particularly active recently in litigation arising from debt restructurings and contractual disputes, among various other matters. The department is led by Mark Brown, who specialises in life sciences/pharmaceutical and digital content disputes. Anna Cook has approximately 25 years of experience in disputes arising from commercial contracts, software and large-scale technology projects. Simon Clark is noted for his expertise in digital media, breaches of confidence, and the interplay between commercial law and IP law.
Other key lawyers:
Anna Cook; Simon Clark; Angela Fouracre; Jeremy Blum; Alex Keenlyside; Westley Walker; Robert Graham
‘Very client friendly, results focused and down to earth.‘
‘Highly experienced practitioners, great people to work with on challenging projects, and pragmatic and clear-headed advisers.‘
‘The Bristows team is excellent. In my experience, they look at a case from all angles to try to get the best result for their client. They do not see cases as routine business, but instead consider the individual requirements of each case and each client.‘
‘I would not hesitate to recommend Bristows for any commercial dispute, particularly one which involves IP/technical elements, due to the wider strength of the firm in these fields.‘
‘Mark Brown is thoughtful, hard-working and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get into the detail of a case. He retains a focus on the bigger picture.‘
‘Mark Brown is a skilled litigator, who strikes the right balance between advising and taking input on board – a great strategist.‘
‘Anna Cook and her team are very hands-on and approachable.‘
‘Anna Cook has a deep understanding of the technology and IP sector, and is doing an outstanding job for us. She is highly responsive, engaging and knowledgeable, and it is incredibly reassuring having her looking after us, confident in the knowledge that we are getting the best possible advice and guidance.‘
Gee 7 Group
Disclosure and Barring Service
Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Assisted Gee 7 with settling a longrunning dispute against a competitor, which concerned the misuse of confidential information.
- Acting for WPP and GroupM (part of the WPP Group) in a substantial post-M&A High Court dispute over alleged contract breaches.
- Acts for Uniface in various disputes against its users and value-added resellers.
DWF's recent work included major fraud cases, as well as international construction, energy and telecoms disputes, and shareholder and transactional claims in the Commercial Court. Jonathan Isaacs leads the London commercial litigation team, which includes Richard Twomey, who is active in international disputes in the financial services, energy and technology sectors. Jonathan Moss is experienced in cross-border commodities, shipping and logistics-related litigation. Support at director level is provided by 'very good' barrister Emma Walker and Joshua Fineman. Natasha Gunney is an experienced senior associate. In Birmingham, Andrew Leach is the head of the CIS desk. Darren Kenny is a commercial fraud disputes specialist.
Jonathan Isaacs; Richard Twomey
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Moss; Andrew Leach; Darren Kenny; Emma Walker; Joshua Fineman; Natasha Gunney
‘DWF has an excellent spread of knowledge and expertise across a huge range of commercial litigation sectors, including all aspects of financial services, insurance and investment activity.‘
‘Of all the legal firms I have worked with in the past, DWF has earned my most tremendous respect, appreciation and trust – specifically for their professionalism, transparency and consistent availability.‘
‘Very collaborative, available, professional, well organised and straightforward.‘
‘They are extremely energetic and responsive.‘
‘Jonathan Isaacs is a fantastic lawyer and strategist, who knows how to deliver bad news to his clients in the least painful way.’
‘Richard Twomey has excellent energy and tactical experience.‘
‘Emma Walker is a very good barrister, with a keen eye on the detail and all its moving parts.‘
‘Director Joshua Fineman is a stand out at the firm. He is very hardworking and good at managing clients, and able to offer practical advice while looking at the bigger picture of a case – Joshua is always thinking beyond just the brief and provides additional value.‘
Just Cash Flow
Active Energy Group
Western International Market Traders Association
Mercantile Port & Logistics
Fladgate LLP frequently acts against larger firms in high-profile disputes that have an international flavour. The department is led by John Evans, who joined from Kerman & Co in 2020. It includes IP and sports disputes expert Mark Buckley, as well as Eugene Matveichuk, who undertakes cases connected with energy, real estate and finance. Alexander Wildschütz is another name to note in the group, which saw Bree Taylor and Victoria Prince leave to found Alius Law. Joel Seager joined the team from Memery Crystal LLP in June 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Buckley; Eugene Matveichuk; Alexander Wildschütz; Tom Bolam; Leigh Callaway; Will Thompson
‘The team as a whole are quick to act, always with John Evans’ hand on the tiller.’
‘I have worked primarily with John Evans. He is a stellar partner and a joy to work with.’
‘They are a very effective general service business litigation team, dovetailing in well with their property and construction departments.’
‘Responsive and able team.’
‘Mark Buckley has excellent judgment and a cool head in a crisis.’
‘Joel Seager is a masterful lawyer. He is at the top of his game – and possesses an unrivalled wealth of experience, insight and skills.‘
‘Joel Seager provides game-changing advice on key points. He has a great command of the commercial realities and issues that arise for clients and provides fantastic advice to them. Clients love him.‘
‘Joel Seager is a tireless champion of a client’s case and he gives his all for the client. One couldn’t ask for anyone more committed to the client’s cause. He brings great commercial experience and knowledge to every point which arises.‘
Searchflow & Ors
Freudenberg Sealing Techonology
LA Micro Group
- Acting for Betamax in a major affreightment contract claim.
- Representing over 100 personal search companies in a group litigation claim to recover payments made to ten water and sewerage utility companies for access to and/or the provision of copies of environmental information.
- Defending Freudenberg against a warranty claim by Jaguar Land Rover.
Harbottle & Lewis LLP's commercial litigation group handles contentious matters for the firm's media, technology and entertainment sector clients. In addition, it is also active in retail and finance industry disputes, and it generates mandates from high-net-worth clients from the firm’s private capital practice. The firm is frequently involved in complex litigation with a nexus to jurisdictions such as the US, Russia, the Middle East, Cayman Islands/BVI and across Europe. Sandi Simons leads the commercial litigation group, which includes experienced partners Louis Castellani and Matthew Leverton. At senior associate level, Georgina Long has 'a good eye for detail' and Lizzie Williams is 'very good at running cases with little support'. Former partner Andy Millmore is now a consultant.
Other key lawyers:
Louis Castellani; Matthew Leverton; Georgina Long; Lizzie Williams; Andy Millmore
‘A friendly and efficient team with experience in both litigation and arbitration.‘
‘An excellent, client-focused and accessible service delivered by people who work very well as part of a wider team encompassing clients and counsel.‘
‘Unparalleled expertise in the media field, and very approachable and adaptable.‘
‘Sandi Simons is an excellent team leader, with good strategic instincts and bags of common sense – very friendly for a partner of her seniority, and happy to get her hands dirty mulling over the issues and even the details.‘
‘Louis Castellani is a fantastic tactician, who really understands what makes opponents tick and what will press the appropriate buttons. He really sees the bigger picture with clients whose interests are not necessarily confined to the dispute in hand.‘
‘Matthew Leverton has built a very strong reputation and has very good fraud experience – a very safe pair of hands and very insightful.‘
‘Senior associate Georgina Long has a good eye for detail.‘
‘Senior associate Lizzie Williams is very good at running cases with little support, doing the work of several associates.‘
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Oxford University Press
McCann Erickson Central
- Represented Laurence and Lara Sargent in defeating an urgent injunction application brought by Entertainment Partners (at the time a 25% shareholder in Sargent-Disc), which sought to restrain the sale of Sargent-Disc to Cast & Crew.
- Acting for Mishal Al-Sanea in co-ordinating pieces of ongoing and/or potential litigation in various jurisdictions, which involve the Al-Sanea family, particularly Maan Al-Sanea (Chairman of the Saad group of companies).
- Acting for the internationally known fashion brand, Victoria Beckham, in a claim relating to the defective construction and fit-out of its luxury flagship London store.
Regularly active in complex multi-party, cross-border litigation, Howard Kennedy LLP‘s team acts for corporates, sovereign governments and wealthy individuals. Its key work streams include complex international litigation and arbitration matters, contentious insolvency and civil fraud cases. Cross-border fraud and contentious insolvency expert Dominic Offord is the head of the commercial dispute resolution practice, which includes highly regarded practitioner Simon Taylor. Duncan Bagshaw has expertise in Africa-related disputes, while Joel Leigh is noted for his specialism in professional negligence and civil fraud claims. Fiona Hinds and Tim Bignell are other experienced partners. Elizabeth Morley made partner in 2020. James Wingfield and Ayesha Salim are key legal directors in the team.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Taylor; Duncan Bagshaw; Joel Leigh; Fiona Hinds; Tim Bignell; Mark Stephens CBE; James Wingfield; Ayesha Salim; Hannah Hooper; Julia Wookey
‘I would recommend the firm as they are very experienced, represent value for money and helped us make sensible decisions in a difficult litigation case.‘
‘Their excellent service and advice helped us achieve a very good outcome.‘
‘Great for regular updates and detailed billing and suggestions to help minimise our costs.‘
‘Dominic Offord was outstanding, and his advice, pragmatic approach and reassurance were invaluable.‘
‘Duncan Bagshaw is a very skilled person, and most of all, very smart. He gets to the point quickly and is very precise and competent. He acts in a very clear manner and his availability is very much appreciated.‘
‘Joel Leigh is an excellent practitioner, with a very good sense of the appropriate approach to take in difficult situations.‘
‘Tim Bignell is a very experienced litigator.‘
‘Fiona Hinds is a very effective litigator.‘
Comune di Messina
Alexander (Sascha) Zverev
Nueva IQT SL
Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau
Europa LLP Executive Pension Scheme & Ors
- Acted for Vordere Plc in complex, multifaceted litigation to protect the interests of Vordere and its shareholders from the actions of its former directors, including successfully securing settlements of claims against a Brazilian company and a Cayman-based shareholder.
- Acting for Europa LLP Executive Pension Scheme & Ors in a case involving allegations of tax fraud.
- Successfully acted for professional tennis player Alexander (Sascha) Zverev in a dispute with his agent/manager, ACE Group International, which concerned the validity and/or the enforceability of their professional representation contract.
Ince acts for clients from a wide variety of sectors, such as TMT, transport, retail, hospitality, energy, infrastructure and insurance. Nick Goldstone heads up the London dispute resolution department, which includes seasoned practitioner Philip Cohen, who has over 35 years of litigation experience. Robin Shaw undertakes a significant amount of work for some of the UK's leading news publishers. Nicholas Yapp's 40-year career has seen him handle matters such as commercial contract disputes, software disputes and minority shareholder petitions, among others. Melanie Hart and Max Robinson are also recommended, as is 'very hard-working' associate Benjamin Atkin.
Other key lawyers:
Philip Cohen; Robin Shaw; Nicholas Yapp; Melanie Hart; Max Robinson; Benjamin Atkin
‘They are very good at working as a team and delegating tasks so as to avoid duplication of effort; and they work in a focused way so that the client gets a fast and cost-effective service.‘
‘They can turn their hand to any type of commercial dispute, and are approachable and really good team players in cases involving a large number of different professionals.‘
‘Very good at running complex litigation in a streamlined manner.‘
‘Nick Goldstone is very experienced and focused, and determined to do the best for the client and get the best possible result – a great team leader and good at spotting the weaknesses that the other side have.‘
‘Philip Cohen is a star performer – immense experience and a disarming style (which conceals great intelligence).‘
‘Robin Shaw is a standout practitioner.‘
‘Melanie Hart resolved the dispute in a very solution-oriented and economically reasonable manner.‘
‘Associate Benjamin Atkin is very hard-working and a good team worker – dedicated to providing a high-quality service for the client and ensuring that the client gets the result it requires.‘
Marshall Monteagle (and its subsidiaries)
Telegraph Media Group
Guardian News & Media
Easy Rent A Car
- Acting for the Daily Telegraph in its successful defence of a libel claim brought against it by Stelios Haji-Ioannou, the well- known founder and major shareholder of EasyJet.
- Acting for Marshall Monteagle, a global trading conglomerate, in pursuing and/or defending worldwide proceedings arising out of one of its senior executives leaving the company and setting up in competition.
- Acted for Oysterware, a digital signage company, in a long-running claim for breach of contract and software copyright infringement.
King & Wood Mallesons
King & Wood Mallesons has a strong track record in both domestic and international litigation. Its excellent team includes Darren Roiser, whose practice covers joint venture, shareholder and fraud-related disputes. He co-heads the practice with Wilson Antoon. Another key individual is Andrei Yakovlev, who is an expert in contentious matters with a nexus to Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe. Natalie Quinlivan and James McKenzie are experienced of counsels, while Chloé Bakshi is the 'standout managing associate'.
Darren Roiser; Wilson Antoon
Other key lawyers:
Andrei Yakovlev; Natalie Quinlivan; James McKenzie; Chloé Bakshi
‘KWM are re-establishing itself as a force to be reckoned with in London litigation – its high-value cases range from financial services to institutional investment to international shipping, and it is a highly cohesive and impressive team.’
‘Extensive professional experience.‘
‘Very bright, experienced and hard-working team.‘
‘Of counsel Natalie Quinlivan is a very experienced, clever litigator, who I have worked with during a long-running and complicated fraud dispute. She is bright, reliable and excellent with clients.‘
‘Chloé Bakshi is the standout managing associate.‘
Shandong Offshore Investment (HK) Co
Wang Kai Lang (Victor Lang)
Carl Olsens Tankrederi A/S
- Representing Shandong Offshore Investment (HK) Co in a derivative claim for losses caused to its joint venture company, Shandong Twin Marine, by Johan Andresen, former CEO of, and former significant shareholder in, Shandong Twin Marine.
- Acting for Wang Kai Lang, a Chinese businessman and investor, in a high-value joint venture dispute involving the MMD Group, which is involved in the manufacture, sale and servicing of mining machines.
- Acting for Urincha SL, Ramon Uriarte Inchausti and Carl Olsens Tankrederi A/S (as claimants) in a Commercial Court claim against Libra Holdings for breach of equity tracker fee agreements and unlawful means conspiracy.
Founded in 2012, litigation boutique LK Law LLP has a strong reputation for cross-border commercial litigation. With a significant number of cases emanating from Continental Europe and the Middle East, Andrew Ford is recognised for large international disputes, as well as fraud cases and asset tracing matters. Consultant Jeremy Scott has longstanding experience of cases relating to corporate fraud and insolvencies. Special counsel Caroline Phipps, senior associate Caroline Mattin and principal Adam Greaves are other key individuals in the team.
Other key lawyers:
Jeremy Scott; Caroline Phipps; Caroline Mattin; Adam Greaves
Algosaibi Family & Group
Judah El Maleh
Elena Tsareva & 31 other Russian individuals
Modern Food Company
- Instructed by Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company, a Saudi Arabian partnership, in without prejudice negotiations with one set of defendants in Cayman Islands proceedings.
- Acting for Judah El Maleh, a former employee of HSBC, in defence of proceedings concerning money laundering and misappropriation of funds.
- Acting for Francesco Mombelli (and his companies) in defending Commercial Court proceedings brought by the Public Institute for Social Security (Kuwait) for alleged bribery, unjust enrichment and knowing receipt.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP is a strong choice for high-stakes matters and its roster of clients includes high-net-worth individuals, multinational companies and nation states. Its work covers sectors such as finance, technology and innovation, and energy and infrastructure. Practice head Simon Willis focuses on commercial disputes (often involving financial and professional services institutions), contentious regulatory work and professional negligence cases. He works with Mark Beeley, who primarily focuses on international arbitration, but also maintains a cross-border disputes practice in the English courts. Marcus Holmstroem is an experienced senior associate. Amanda Voss and Adam Rizzo recently made partners. Maria Frangeskides joined Addleshaw Goddard.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Beeley; Amanda Voss; Adam Rizzo; Marcus Holmstroem
‘Very bright team, with an exceptional commitment to achieving the best result for the client.‘
‘Impressive subject matter experts – a very responsive and cohesive team.‘
‘Practical, sensible, sound judgement, down to earth, and lovely to work with.‘
‘Offers great clarity and confidence – they are very experienced and knowledgeable, as well as very effective communicators, personable, and able to change their style to fit the situation. A pleasure to work with.‘
‘Very strong – good client centricity and they know our business well.‘
‘Simon Willis is an outstanding litigation solicitor, and drives and controls his team very effectively.‘
‘Simon Willis really understands what we do.‘
‘Simon Willis is a big brain, combining both detailed legal and analytical ability with a clear focus on strategic issues.‘
Ernst & Young
Jasminder Singh (Edwardian Hotels)
- Acting for KPMG in relation to the collapse of Carillion, one of the largest corporate insolvencies in UK history.
- Defending certain EY entities against a claim pursued by a former audit partner, who alleges that he was constructively dismissed when he refused to adopt an improper position in an audit.
- Acting for Optimares in High Court litigation against Qatar Airways, arising from an agreement to design and manufacture airplane business and economy class seats.
Payne Hicks Beach LLP's 'highly impressive' commercial and corporate litigation team excels in finance disputes, commercial claims (particularly in the motor, marine and property industries), fraud cases, professional negligence matters and company disputes. Dominic Crossley is experienced in litigation connected with the media sector. Lucas Moore is active in claims concerning financial services, international trade, fraud, insolvency and corporate governance/shareholders. In a key development, Andrew Willan was promoted to partner. Also notable is that Georgina Bayley and 'stellar' senior associate Camilla Pratt were hired from Withers LLP and Rosling King LLP respectively.
Dominic Crossley; Lucas Moore
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Willan; Georgina Bayley; Camilla Pratt; Richard Manyon; Ane Vernon; Matthew Spring; Hanna Basha
‘As a smaller firm, PHB’s teams tend to be close-knit, with individuals working very collaboratively across different teams.‘
‘They have transformed themselves in recent years from a typically private client practice to a more focused, commercial operation.‘
‘They are a great firm and a pleasure to work with.‘
‘A highly impressive firm, with a good client base and a wide range of expertise.‘
‘Lucas Moore is ambitious, commercial, and has been in no small part responsible for the more commercially-focused approach to the disputes team – an outstanding partner, who is highly responsive and doesn’t waste time.‘
‘Lucas Moore thinks creatively about how to solve problems – and he maintains a cool head in fast-moving and difficult situations.‘
‘Lucas Moore and senior associate Camilla Pratt are a deadly duo. Polite and insightful, they do not shy away from a fight when required.‘
‘Lucas Moore is leading the charge and has grown the practice since joining, including with the addition of Camilla Pratt, who is stellar.‘
Trowers & Hamlins LLP's practice is characterised by strengths in heavyweight commercial disputes (including commercial litigation involving public sector bodies), as well as Middle East-related work. Lucy James leads the national commercial litigation team, which includes Alex Burton, who spends a substantial amount of time in the firm's Middle East offices. Key developments at the firm included Navinder Grover, who was formerly Teacher Stern LLP's insolvency head, joining in 2020. In addition Charlotte Clayson made partner. Senior associates of note include James Lancaster, Cara Gillingham, Laura Pennells and Michael Rhode. Ned Beale joined Hausfeld & Co LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Alex Burton; Navinder Grover; Charlotte Clayson; James Lancaster; Cara Gillingham; Laura Pennells; Michael Rhode
‘The breadth of talent shown by this team is incomparable. Their ability to provide commercially sensitive and strategic advice is first class, and ensures that their clients are able to navigate through the litigation minefield safely.‘
‘They deliver total transparency on fees, and work seamlessly with other teams across the firm on associated issues.‘
‘Trowers are very sensitive to the commercial needs of their clients.‘
‘A very diverse team, whose lawyers have a wide range of experience. They are also open to innovative billing arrangements, such as partial CFAs and litigation funding.‘
‘Trowers and Hamlins have provided outstanding legal support on contentious matters, including procurement challenges and contractual disputes.‘
‘Lucy James is highly responsive, provides practical and strategic advice ,and is always on hand to support. Equally she ensures we have full access to the associate(s) working on the matter.‘
‘Navinder Grover is a ferocious litigator and a deft strategist, seeing issues and potential opportunities long before his opponent, giving his clients an ability to negotiate from a position of strength every time. He never fails to deliver.‘
‘Alex Burton and senior associate Michael Rhode are strong on legal analysis, nimble and responsive to clients’ needs.‘
TWC Aviation Capital
Sheikh Salah Hamdan Albluewi
Athena Art Finance Corporation
All Parliamentary Party on Fair Business Banking
Advanced Multi-Technology For Medical Industry (Hitex)
- Acting for a family of New York-based, prominent art and rare instrument collectors and dealers in a dispute regarding the sale of artwork.
- Acting for Toorani in the international aspects of a long-running dispute concerning an ultra-HNW Bahraini family.
- Successfully representing Hasan Dalkilic and Sevim Pekin in relation to a dispute over shares in Paragon Quality Foods.
US-headquartered firm Armstrong Teasdale acquired Kerman & Co in February 2021, which resulted in it inheriting the latter firm's commercial litigation practice. The department, which is led by Robert Paydon, has a strong presence in the natural resources, pharmaceuticals and sports industries. In addition, a significant portion of the work undertaken by the firm has an international flavour and involves acting for private clients/ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family offices; Robin Pickworth is a key contact for these types of clients. James Thorndyke's workload includes cases involving sports law, contractual claims, shareholder disputes and negligence actions. Senior counsel Andy Kerman has longstanding experience in corporate litigation. Providing further key support are 'very experienced senior associate' Sarah Weindling and 'highly respected associate solicitor' Emma Shaw.
Other key lawyers:
Robin Pickworth; James Thorndyke; Andy Kerman; Sarah Weindling; Emma Shaw
‘Nimble and well-resourced, this is a standout firm for complex international commercial litigation.‘
‘Genuinely client focused and always determined to achieve the best commercial outcome, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone involved in difficult commercial disputes.‘
‘The team provides an excellent City of London service at highly competitive rates.‘
‘Robert Paydon has been very responsive and understands my needs.‘
‘Robin Pickworth is the perfect all-round litigator. Very good on the law, attentive, great with clients and excellent on strategy. A thoroughly nice guy and very easy to work with, I have recommended him to a number of colleagues and clients.‘
‘James Thorndyke is an excellent partner.‘
‘Sarah Weindling is a very experienced senior associate with great attention to detail.‘
‘Associate solicitor Emma Shaw is a highly respected junior practitioner, who performs well above her QE.‘
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships)
Petrosaudi Oil Services (Venezuela)
- Acting for Purple Surgical in a variety of high-value commercial disputes, arising from the supply of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Acted for Abdoulaye Ndiaye in a hotly contested dispute concerning the purchase of $53m of emeralds and the acquisition of a 50% stake in an emerald and beryl mine in Zambia.
- Acted for PetroSaudi Oil Services (POS) in resisting a de novo inter partes application by PDVSA Servicios to continue an injunction, which it obtained ex parte against Clyde & Co in 2020 without joining POS.
Boodle Hatfield LLP's team regularly acts for clients in multimillion pound commercial disputes, and it is currently particularly active in representing clients from the Middle East and other foreign jurisdictions. Well known for art law disputes, Simon Fitzpatrick also represents a range of clients in commercial litigation, including high-net-worth individuals and privately-owned companies. Kellie Jones, who made partner in May 2020, is a specialist in Middle East-related joint venture disputes. Senior associate Rebecca Foden's recent work included high-value contractual claims.
Other key lawyers:
Kellie Jones; Rebecca Foden
‘The team comprises extremely good strategic thinkers, who look at a problem from all angles and then come up with multiple attack/defence points, forcing the opposition to fight on a number of fronts.‘
‘They have the capability of rapidly digesting and understanding complex matters regarding software and the tech sector in general, thus allowing them to progress onto the legal strategy. Moreover, I found the team to be excellent throughout, from associate to partner, and found access to partner level was easy and efficient.‘
‘This team excels in high-value disputes and litigation, where they act for an impressive roster of international (as well as) domestic clients.‘
‘On the technology front, the team has seized the opportunities during the pandemic lockdown to embed technology in its practice – this has enabled the team to do away with the prior reliance on paper, and be able to deliver high-quality document sets which stand them above their competitors.‘
‘The dispute resolution team, led by the ever-capable Simon Fitzpatrick, continues to strengthen and now punches like for like.‘
‘Simon Fitzpatrick is extremely responsive, very astute, and quick to get to the nub of a problem and assimilate the steps to be taken -very calm and composed.‘
‘Kellie Jones has a steady hand and pragmatic approach to litigation.‘
‘Senior associate Rebecca Foden is a rising star, who is extremely responsive and capable. Truly excellent – she has a forensic grasp of the detail, and offers sound pragmatic advice with excellent client-handling skills. She’s results oriented and you definitely feel more confident with her in your corner!‘
- Acted in High Court proceedings for a client (which sources opportunities and introduces them to third party investors in exchange for a fee if the deal completes) in a disputed fee matter.
- Acting for a company, which specialises in automotive design and engineering, in relation to a claim for breach of contract for failing to deliver luxury bespoke vehicles within a specified period.
- Acting for a client, whose significant claim for damages, which arose out of his wrongful dismissal from a Plc that subsequently went into administration, was initially rejected by the administrators of the company.
Burges Salmon LLP's Bristol-based practice houses specialists in transport, financial services, pensions and insurance, as well as energy and natural resources, business crime, and agricultural and rural affairs. The team's key figures include commercial and financial disputes specialist David Hall, the 'extremely bright, committed and hard-working' Ann Metherall, Andrew Burnette, food litigation expert Sian Edmunds, transport and procurement specialist Chris Jackson and Ian Tucker.
David Hall; Ann Metherall
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Burnette; Sian Edmunds; Chris Jackson; Ian Tucker; Michael Ward; Matthew Walker
‘Superb teamwork, strong management, clear lines of communication, and strength and depth across the board.‘
‘An ambitious team, which delivers London service at regional rates.‘
‘Burges Salmon has a highly integrated team of experienced and extremely able lawyers who are not only very bright, but immensely hard-working, and highly attuned to the commercial objectives of their clients.‘
‘They offer a rare combination of specialist legal knowledge and real industry expertise, and their attention to detail and case preparation are outstanding.‘
‘David Hall excels in commercial litigation. He stays close to the matter, leads the team with second-to-none skills, and exceeds clients’ expectations.‘
‘Ann Metherall is extremely bright, committed and hard-working – an excellent manager.‘
‘Andrew Burnette is tactically astute, calm and reassuring.‘
‘Andrew Burnette has very good judgement.‘
FirstGroup (and subsidiaries)
Crown Commercial Service panel
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Ministry of Justice
The Crown Estate
- Acted for Ludlow Street Healthcare (and associated group companies) in a dispute with its former CEO and his wife, which involved the alleged unauthorised diversion of significant sums of money.
Dorsey & Whitney
Dorsey & Whitney‘s 'excellent' London trial department is able to leverage the expertise of the firm's broad corporate practice, as well as its extensive US and Asian coverage. The practice has also developed a notable specialism in eDiscovery. Seasoned commercial litigator Tim Maloney leads the firm’s London trial team, which includes Matthew Blower, who provides 'clear and practical strategic advice', and has broad experience in international and domestic disputes. Associate Joseph Lewin is 'very hard-working'.
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Blower; Joseph Lewin
‘The firm’s top-level expertise, together with their proactive, client-focused approach, have been a constant throughout our relationship with Dorsey & Whitney.‘
‘Communicating with partners has always been most efficient and technology has always been used in an optimal and effective manner.‘
‘Dorsey provided an excellent, high-quality service throughout the litigation.‘
‘They are user friendly and very responsive – to the minute generally, and the quality of work has been very high. They have clear expertise and mastery of the facts and documents.‘
‘Tim Maloney is a leading name – he has the wisdom, wit and leadership required for complex cases.‘
‘Tim Maloney’s vast experience and international network have been instrumental in achieving the best outcome for clients.‘
‘Matthew Blower is highly responsive, and provides clear and practical strategic advice. I would certainly recommend him to other clients.‘
‘Associate Joseph Lewin is very hard-working and has excellent attention to detail.‘
Warner Chappell Music Italiana
Traffic Monsoon (in receivership)
- Acted for Watchstone Group, as claimant, against PricewaterhouseCoopers, which arose from an alleged fraudulent conspiracy and breach of warranty matter.
- Acted for Otello Corporation (as claimant) in a shareholder dispute with a US-based majority shareholder, which concerned the latter’s refusal to approve a sale of the claimant’s minority stake to a third party.
- Defended Watchstone Group against a claim for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation, which arose from the £637m sale of a division of its business.
Edwin Coe LLP’s litigation and dispute resolution practice is highly focused on civil claimant work. Senior partner David Greene has a wealth of experience of claims against major banks, including those relating to financial mis-selling and commercial losses arising from contracts. He is also a go-to for competition-related disputes and claims by shareholders. Another key individual is Ali Zaidi, whose experience includes multimillion pound bankruptcy matters and cases arising from corporate Ponzi frauds. Zahira Hussain, who made partner in 2020, is noted for contractual disputes. At senior associate level, Thomas Johnson is 'a very shrewd and sophisticated litigator', and Fred Sheppard is 'clever, intuitive and tough'.
Ali Zaidi; David Greene
Other key lawyers:
Zahira Hussain; Thomas Johnson; Fred Sheppard
‘Experienced litigation team. They take on a wide variety of litigation in the High Court, which gives them a useful breadth of perspective that many mid-tier commercial dispute outfits lack.‘
‘Often go toe-to-toe with bigger City outfits, and they are responsive and thoughtful.‘
‘The team at Edwin Coe is extremely diverse and has a broad range of knowledge and experience. I have found it to be incredibly flexible during the Covid-19 pandemic in comparison to other firms. I cannot recommend it enough!‘
‘Excellent knowledge of the issues, with the ability to cut through with insightful advice.‘
‘David Greene is very experienced, particularly in group actions, and superb on big-picture strategy.‘
‘Zahira Hussain is very helpful, organised and efficient.‘
‘Senior associate Thomas Johnson is a very shrewd and sophisticated litigator, who gets straight to the point and is very focused on the litigation’s objectives.‘
‘Senior associate Fred Sheppard is clever, intuitive and tough; he never gives up and always puts the client first, no matter the circumstances.‘
Fuller Smith & Turner
Somerset County Council
The Mayor & Commonalty & Citizens of the City of London
Cemex UK Cement
Sir Alex Ferguson
Royal Opera House
The Good Law Project
- Acting for a group of 128 claimants in relation to its claim for damages and interest against various truck manufacturers, following a finding by the European Commission of a price-fixing cartel.
- Representing the claimants who invested in (and became members of) the Eclipse Scheme, which was sold as an opportunity to invest in transactions with Disney (which were a fraud).
- Representing consumers in relation to the mis-selling of Spanish timeshares.
A go-to practice for funded litigation, Forsters LLP's team handles a wide range of commercial disputes, including major international multi-party actions. It was recently particularly active in shareholder litigation, investment claims, and corporate and post-transactional litigation. Benedict Walton, who leads the practice, is regularly seen in substantial cross-border disputes. Another practitioner with experience of international disputes is Andrew Head, whose work covers complex financial cases and high-value professional negligence claims. Providing key support are senior associate Caroline Harbord and senior solicitor Bryan Shacklady.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Head; Caroline Harbord; Bryan Shacklady; Jack Barlow
‘Forsters is a focused, creative and nimble practice with a rare richness of experience in group litigation.‘
‘Strength in depth and very client focused, and the firm is proactive, well organised and responsive.‘
‘They have high-quality and friendly people with great commercial sense.‘
‘The contentious team are active thought leaders, particularly in relation to financial services matters concerning issues of fraud and mis-selling.‘
‘Ben Walton is clever, creative, committed and pragmatic – a very strong strategist and shows real leadership on cases. On a more personal level, and perhaps most importantly, he is honest and loyal.‘
‘Andrew Head is unusual for a partner, in that he gets seriously into the detail of a case. He has good tactical sense and never misses an opportunity for marginal gains.‘
‘Caroline Harbord is certainly a senior associate to watch – deeply organised, responsive, diligent, and with strong instincts – she will no doubt go very far indeed.‘
‘Bryan Shacklady is a senior solicitor who often runs his own cases, could easily be, and surely soon will be, a partner in the firm.‘
GPF (In Liquidation)
- Acting for GPF, one of 14 defendants in a factually complex, international multi-party action, which involves allegations of breaches of a series of contracts.
Fox Williams LLP's dispute resolution department is notably active in matters related to financial services and professional services, and its team's expertise spans civil fraud, financial services regulatory, securities litigation, investment banking disputes, partnership claims and insurance matters. Gavin Foggo leads the litigation and dispute resolution practice, which houses financial services specialist Tom Custance. Also recommended is David Butler, who specialises in civil fraud, insolvency and shareholder litigation. Andrew Hill is an expert in securities litigation and group/class actions.
Other key lawyers:
Tom Custance; David Butler; Andrew Hill; Peter Ashford; Ben Giaretta; Evie Meleagros; Rebecca Richardson
‘The Fox Williams team has real expertise in mid-market commercial litigation. What makes them stand out is the fact that they punch well above their weight in taking on big City firms, and provide excellent value for the quality of service they provide.‘
‘The team at the firm are excellent – efficient, proactive and intelligent, and a pleasure to work with. One feels that they are very much on side.‘
‘Solid and considered, but at the same time highly effective as commercial litigators.‘
‘A practice that looks after the disputes of wealthy individuals, company directors and their companies with infinite care.‘
‘A good spread of internal disciplines allows good case support on peripheral points.‘
‘Gavin Foggo has the ability to explain the most complex concepts clearly so that rational decisions can be made. He is always available to discuss issues and he is a great strategist – one feels safe in his hands.‘
‘Gavin Foggo and Tom Constance are both highly experienced, reliable and trustworthy litigation experts – definitely partners who you would want to have in charge of your litigation.‘
‘Tom Custance is super bright, very, very effective, and an excellent lawyer and case manager.‘
Various consumer claimants and fleet owners of Mercedes diesel vehicles
The Software Incubator
Melanie Chen and Chipper Management
Kuwait Investment Office
Sandringham Financial Partners
Euro Pacific Cards Services
- Acted for Melanie Chen/Chipper Management in defending a €65m multijurisdictional claim brought by KMG International, regarding the alleged fraudulent dissipation of shares in a German automotive company.
- Acted for Kuwait Investment Office/Kuwait Investment Authority in proceedings against a number of former senior employees, for breach of contractual and fiduciary duties in arranging unauthorised salary and bonus increases.
- Acted for Euro Pacific Card Services in a breach of contract claim regarding prepaid card services against Prepaid Financial Services.
Boutique firm Keidan Harrison was launched in May 2020 by Marc Keidan (former co-founding partner of Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP) and Luke Harrison, who previously led Debenhams Ottaway‘s litigation team. In May 2021, it recruited Dipti Hunter as a partner from PwC LLP. Specialising in dispute resolution and insolvency, the practice’s sector expertise includes finance, aviation, professional services and property development, as well as manufacturing, commodities and medicinal cannabis. It is also active in the flexible office space.
Marc Keidan; Luke Harrison
Other key lawyers:
Dipti Hunter; Jon Felce; Natalie Todd
‘An innovative and talented team that is quickly building an excellent name for itself.‘
‘I have been very impressed with Keidan Harrison; for a new firm they feel very established, and provide accurate, commercial and practical advice.‘
‘They are a firm that is doing things differently to their peers and growing in presence, while attracting strong additions to the team.‘
‘While the team is compact, every member has a wealth of experience in commercial litigation. The size of the firm means that the team is extremely nimble and quick to respond to client needs, with the partners providing close hands-on input.‘
‘Marc Keidan and Luke Harrison have longstanding reputations in the market, and their new venture has already shown that it can compete with the bigger firms in the market. For Marc, banking litigation remains his real strength, and this is now nicely supported by Luke’s specialisms of insolvency and fraud-related disputes.‘
‘Marc Keidan is an exceptionally dedicated, inventive lawyer.‘
‘Luke Harrison is innovative in his approach and finds practical solutions to problems. I would not hesitate to recommend Luke, as he works tirelessly for his clients and offers a fantastic service.‘
‘Luke Harrison is a very dedicated solicitor, who will work to get you a good result.‘
‘Natalie Todd has excellent control of her cases and is an excellent leader.’
‘Jon Felce is excellent. He is extremely responsive, all over the detail and punchy in his advice. Always willing to get in the trenches and he does what needs to be done.‘
A former director of Petropavlovsk
Gassell Charles Gordon
Vision 4 Sport Events
Elite Legacy Education
- Acted for a former director of Petropavlovsk in a derivative action brought by an institutional shareholder in Petropavlovsk (the FTSE 250 Anglo-Russian gold mining company).
- Acting for former music producer, property developer and Taking the Initiative Party leader, Gassell Charles Gordon, in respect of multi-party litigation arising from the collapse of his property development and music companies into liquidation.
- Acting for MSP Capital in connection with asset recovery proceedings, arising from a fraud perpetrated on it by persons unknown.
McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s 'exceptionally strong' commercial litigation department excels in high-stakes, cross-border disputes. In addition to handling arbitration cases, Andrew Savage acts for clients in commercial and financial litigation. According to a client, Kimberley Smith is 'clearly developing into an exceptional lawyer'; she is experienced in handling contractual disputes before the High Court. Ben Lamble is active in contentious matters that are connected to the financial services, commodities and energy sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Kimberley Smith; Ben Lamble; Edward Perkins
‘They have an exceptionally strong team of very experienced individuals, who provide advice that is always aimed at providing the client with the best commercial options, and they benefit from great global coverage.‘
‘From my experience, they always do their utmost to secure a win for their clients.‘
‘The practice is unique in terms of understanding clients’ needs and serving in the best manner.‘
‘The partners of the practice are highly dedicated, results oriented, always reachable, and easy to work with.‘
‘This team, headed by Andrew Savage, is a growing force that is continuing to go from strength to strength in terms of recruits and cases that they are attracting.‘
‘Andrew Savage has done a great job of building up a team of very impressive associates – he is exceptional and equally comfortable in court or arbitration. Clients get a total investment to their cause when they instruct him.‘
‘Andrew Savage is absolutely dedicated to his clients, a superb tactician and a fantastic lawyer overall.‘
‘Associate Kimberley Smith stands out for praise, and is clearly developing into an exceptional lawyer.’
Obregon Aviation Designated Activity Company
Conapro Dena-BMS SAL
H I G Capital
Panasonic Industry Europe
Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe
Legal Action Worldwide
- Representing AIC, a Nigerian construction company, in proceedings in the Court of Appeal that relate to the enforcement of a $160m arbitration award secured by AIC against the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria.
- Successfully represented a fund, managed by HIG Capital, in a Commercial Court claim against the Maltese arm of a multinational insurance company.
- Represented two European entities in the Panasonic group in a High Court claim brought against it by TRW (now ZF Automotive UK).
Almost all of McGuireWoods London LLP's disputes work has international aspects, which includes the firm coordinating litigation across multiple jurisdictions, such as parallel claims and overseas enforcement matters. Much of the practice's workload also comprises of regulatory or arbitration elements. Hardeep Nahal has experience of handling some of the market's largest and highest profile cases. William Boddy is noted for complex, multijurisdictional disputes that often involve fraud allegations. Another notable individual is Chloe Steele, who is 'an exceptionally hard-working associate'. Energy litigation partner Simon Hems was hired from Ince in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
William Boddy; Simon Hems; Chloe Steele
‘MGW is a quality litigation outfit. They have significant legal talent within their team and considerable commercial experience.‘
‘McGuire Woods are an outstanding law firm that is highly professional. They are also bullish and inspire confidence at every step, while being realistic in respect of overall outcomes. The firm is far more professional than other firms we have dealt with.‘
‘I can’t imagine using a different firm in London. With McGuireWoods, we have a true international legal team at our disposal.‘
‘They operate a high level of client care and transparency with their billing.‘
‘Hardeep Nahal is very bright and demonstrates considerable skill in navigating clients through the maze of litigation risk.‘
‘Simon Hems and the team are outstanding solicitors. Since moving from Ince, Simon’s practice scope has expanded, and his team provides additional support on both sides of the Atlantic.‘
‘Simon Hems is a top-notch disputes lawyer with a practical understanding of energy clients. He is our go-to English lawyer for contracts disputes and other contentious matters.‘
‘Chloe Steele is an exceptionally hard-working associate with a bright legal mind. She has incredible attention to detail and works well with clients.‘
Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees (in its capacity as trustee of the Tchenguiz Family Trust)
MedImmune (a subsidiary of AstraZeneca)
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has focused on commercial litigation for over 60 years. It regularly acts for clients in high-stakes and complex international matters, including commercial and contractual disputes. It has a notable specialism in resolving disputes with a nexus to the art community. Following the retirement of senior partner Jonathan Roberts, the team is now jointly led by 'sterling litigator' Rudi Ramdarshan and David Burns, with the latter practitioner being noted for handling cases involving fraud, confiscation and complex financial transactions with international dimensions. Benjamin Frost, Jonathan Chan and Victoria Huxley made partners.
Rudi Ramdarshan; David Burns
Other key lawyers:
Benjamin Frost; Jonathan Chan; Victoria Huxley
‘They are a solution-oriented, tenacious group offering exceptional value for money.‘
‘The commercial litigation team at RFB are technically brilliant. I feel that I have the full force of the team when they act for me. Very few firms bring such a collaborative approach, where you feel that they are an extension of your own team. They understand that I need to make commercial decisions, and they have that at the forefront of everything they do.‘
‘A truly global service offered by a range of diverse and expert solicitors with connections internationally.‘
‘Rudi Ramdarshan is a a sterling litigator who achieves outstanding results for clients in difficult commercial disputes, even in the face of challenging opponents.‘
‘David Burns comes into his own in matters where there are allegations of fraud, and has an in-depth knowledge of joint venture disputes – he fights hard for his clients.‘
‘Jonathan Chan provides a friendly and accessible service, and is keen to support clients with timely advice.‘
‘Benjamin Frost has an astute attention to detail, and works hard to provide us with the best possible outcome.‘
‘Victoria Huxley is one of the hardest working solicitors I have come across.‘
Pantheon International Advisors
Al Sraiya Group
Glasshouse Asset Management
Don’t Look Back Holdings
- Acting in a £100m group litigation matter against various banks.
- Successfully acted for the Bloomsbury Institute in a Court of Appeal claim, which would have seen the client’s education business endure financial loss.
- Acted for Kashif Ahmed and Bushra Ahmed in a Court of Appeal case that concerned directors’ liability as joint tortfeasors, where the tort in question creates a strict liability.
Russell-Cooke LLP‘s practice covers civil fraud, professional negligence, construction, contractual and director/shareholder disputes. In addition, insurance disputes are a new area of focus. Senior partner John Gould undertakes a mix of commercial litigation, regulatory matters and public law disputes. Lee Ranford is the head of insolvency. Elliot Elsey acts for clients in professional negligence cases, contractual disputes and civil fraud matters. Michael Stacey focuses on handling commercial and professional liability disputes for charities and regulators. Also recommended is Mark Fletcher (who made partner in 2020), as is senior associate Emily Mitcheson.
Other key lawyers:
Lee Ranford; Elliot Elsey; Michael Stacey; Mark Fletcher; Emily Mitcheson; Ricky Cella
‘Very hands on and practical, and with good strategic sense.‘
‘The Russell-Cooke team does a great job with cases of all shapes and sizes.‘
‘They tailor their resources to the case and produce great outcomes for clients – a pleasure to work with.‘
‘The team is very client friendly, provides regular updates, and is very reasonable with billing.‘
‘John Gould has unrivalled knowledge of legal services – he literally wrote the book.‘
‘Elliot Elsey always adds value. He is extremely commercial and practical in his thinking, and is great at dealing with difficult and demanding clients.‘
‘Mark Fletcher is excellent on the detail and very organised – a great advantage particularly where disputes have a TCC element. Very easy to work with.‘
‘Emily Mitcheson is an excellent senior associate. She is very clever and conscientious, as well as a great team member. She is also extremely responsive, which is very important for counsel.‘
Law Society of England and Wales
Solicitors Regulation Authority
Voluntary Service Overseas
Youth Hostels Association
British Gas Energy Trust
Venson Automative Solutions
Architects Registration Board
- Acted for Long Coast Logistics, an Egyptian company, in a $15m dispute with a large tobacco manufacturer regarding alleged breaches of a distribution agreement.
- Acted for Venson Automative Solutions in a dispute over alleged breaches of a substantial fleet hire agreement.
- Acts for Shurgard, a large multinational storage company, in ongoing litigation matters.
Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘highly talented‘ group acts for clients in complex shareholder disputes, as well as cases involving breaches of contracts, fraud and misrepresentation, negligence and other tortious claims. Other drivers of work include post-M&A claims and injunctive relief actions. Bill Molloy‘s practice includes multijurisdictional matters related to TMT, engineering, banking/finance and life sciences. Commercial insurance head Susie Wakefield and contentious technology specialist Philip Tansley are also recommended. Alex Bishop in Birmingham is the national head of dispute resolution and litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Bill Molloy; Susie Wakefield; Philip Tansley; Johanne Cox; Elliot Bishop; Matthew MacLachlan
‘An exceptional and highly able group.‘
‘Highly talented, commercially minded and very capable indeed.‘
‘The team is dynamic and forward-thinking, with a clear understanding of the situation and overall aims. This also allows them to be suitably reactive when required.‘
‘Their systems are clear, their communication is exemplary and they know their stuff.‘
‘They get it, they speak up, they challenge and they seek to find improvements.‘
Platinum Wealth Development
Bombardier Transportation (UK)
IPP Van Triel
- Instructed by Platinum Fortune (a US company) and Platinum Wealth Development (BVI), which were involved in a complex, high-value shareholder dispute concerning shares in Jagex.
- Acted for Zurich and SCOR SE in relation to coverage for liabilities, arising from the T-Mobile hack of 2018 and the settlement of multiple US class actions, such issues including aggregation of claims.
- Acting for Starstone Underwriting and Comp Re in a D&O coverage suit being litigated in the US.
Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP‘s London office handles competition disputes, fraud and white-collar crime cases, and construction and property claims. Other key features of the practice are its Russian language capabilities and experience of cryptocurrency disputes. Much of Jonathan Raynes‘ work is for clients in the construction and energy industries. He works with Ivan Gordienko, who has particular expertise in litigation arising from Russia and CIS-related corporate transactions. In June 2021, commercial litigation expert Leigh Mallon joined from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, while environment and chemicals specialist Simon Tilling joined from Burges Salmon LLP later in the year.
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Raynes; Ivan Gordienko; Leigh Mallon; Neil Dooley; Angus Rodger
‘A first-rate commercial dispute resolution practice that is mid-sized in terms of the London practice, and has the advantage of being attractive to foreign lawyers not wanting to lose their clients to another firm.‘
‘This practice truly understands the merit of offering the expertise of their solicitors who have specific project knowledge and experience, so as to supplement exemplary legal knowledge of the highest quality.‘
‘Charges sensible fee levels, and is great for referrals from the Bar to assist with foreign instructions for Commercial Court proceedings.‘
‘Jonathan Raynes is hugely experienced in foreign-related work – very capable, conscientious and a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Jonathan Raynes is a reliable member of an international team for commercial court litigation or arbitration.‘
‘Jonathan Raynes’ dedication, expertise and effectiveness have consistently contributed highly to the success of each assignment we have involved him with.‘
‘Ivan Gordienko was excellent and careful in the work I carried out with him in the Commercial Court – very nice to work with.‘
‘Ivan Gordienko is an excellent partner, who is very hard-working, careful, and has good judgement.‘
Oliver Connell & Son
O’Keefe Construction Group
Ballast Nedam International Projects
- Represented Hytera (Chinese manufacturer of radio systems) in the UK proceedings in its global dispute with Motorola, in which a UK Court of Appeals judgment upheld privilege allowing parties to speak freely in settlement negotiations.
- Represented a Russian bank in a $150m transactional dispute, the case becoming a leading authority on the interaction of arbitration and insolvency law.
- Representing Vergnet, a wind turbine supplier, in multi-party proceedings following the catastrophic failure of a turbine that led to the closure of a wind farm in New York State on safety grounds.
Wallace LLP frequently litigates in cases against City/US firms, and its team is regularly sought out for corporate and commercial disputes with cross-border issues; its team has experience of undertaking matters involving clients, counterparties and/or assets located in Guinea, Brazil, South Africa, among other territories. The department is led by Simon Serota, who has sat as a deputy costs judge in the High Court since 1996. His team includes Alexander Weinberg, whose experience includes domestic and cross-border shareholder, joint venture and corporate disputes. Oli Goldman represents companies and high-net-worth individuals in commercial litigation and fraud-related matters. Names to note at senior associate level are Elizabeth Asher and Josephine Mathew.
Other key lawyers:
Alexander Weinberg; Oli Goldman; Elizabeth Asher; Josephine Mathew; Philip Blyghton
‘A smaller boutique firm, but able to handle complex litigation and arbitration.‘
‘Not afraid of a fight against the giants of the industry, and works tirelessly for clients.‘
‘A firm that punches above its weight with a classy array of commercial litigators.‘
‘The team at Wallace are very focused on understanding the issues and outcome that are desired.‘
‘They work with you to bring forward the best legal options, and the team is excellent at bringing in a variety of professionals to deal with legal challenges.‘
‘Oli Goldman is bright as a button, and able to handle difficult clients with sensitivity and discretion – practical approach to complex issues and sound judgement.‘
‘Senior associate Elizabeth Asher is extremely cool under very high pressure, and produces consistently high-quality products- highly efficient and competent.‘
‘Senior associate Josephine Mathew at Wallace is hard-working and efficient, and very good at managing clients – excellent attention to detail.‘
Joseph (Yossie) Tchelet
Victory 1268 Real Estate Sole Co
Neil McGlynn (and subsequently the executors of Neil McGlynn’s estate)
- Representing three HNWI defendants (domiciled in South Africa and Israel) in substantial Commercial Court proceedings, including in response to a worldwide freezing order obtained by the claimants over each client’s assets.
- Representing Albion Energy in stakeholder proceedings concerning $13.5m held by a law firm in its client account, such monies subject to an undertaking entered into as part of an escrow agreement with a third party.
- Acting for Stephen Garbett and Anis El-Mariesh in their substantial defence of a breach of warranty claim, brought by a South Africa-based global data firm.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP's 'hard-working and committed' London team is frequently instructed in complex litigation that involves concurrent, parallel civil, criminal, regulatory or arbitration proceedings. Leading the group is Peter Burrell, whose 'technical ability is second to none'. Simon Osborn-King has a varied practice that covers domestic and cross-border commercial litigation and investigations; he is particularly strong in cases involving fraud and other wrongdoing, as well as shareholder disputes and contentious matters arising from corporate transactions. Jerry Healy is 'an exceptional senior associate'.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Osborn-King; Jerry Healy
‘The team has good depth of experience in complex commercial litigation, and a great work ethic.‘
‘The senior members are entirely hands-on, deliver top-quality advice, and more so than any other firm I’ve worked with, are genuinely lovely people to have on your matter.‘
‘Really terrific and clever lawyers.‘
‘Hard-working and committed – good to work with.‘
‘Fantastic team that works together seamlessly.‘
‘Even the most senior partner (Peter Burrell) stays directly involved in his cases, both strategically and in the day-to-day. His technical ability is second to none and his accessibility is hugely valued by us as clients.‘
‘Peter Burrell is an excellent, tough litigator with very good strategic oversight, and a nice style in settlement discussions.‘
‘Jerry Healy is an exceptional senior associate, who is very clever, all over the detail and has an extraordinary work ethic.‘
Dr Tetiana Bersheda
Man Asset Management (Ireland)
MontLake QIAIF Platform ICAV
Next Global Investments
Dynamic Link Ventures
- Acted for QIC Europe in applying to join the market-leading, high-profile, FCA Business Interruption Test Case as a party, and seek a leapfrog certificate for appeal to the Supreme Court.
- Acting for Nopporn Suppipat and three Hong Kong-incorporated companies (Symphony Partners, Next Global Investments and Dynamic Link Ventures) in ongoing conspiracy proceedings against 17 defendants before the Commercial Court.
- Representing Dr Tetiana Bersheda in High Court proceedings connected with an upcoming trial in the Southern District of New York against Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest art brokers and auction houses.
Ashfords LLP's team is best known for contract disputes, applications for emergency relief, committal proceedings and fraud and asset tracing claims. Other areas of strength include company/partnership disputes, claims against company directors, professional negligence actions, cross-border/multijurisdictional disputes and debt recovery matters. James Crighton leads the dispute resolution team in London, while Bristol-based partner Rory Mac Neice is the firm-wide practice head.
James Crighton; Rory Mac Neice
Other key lawyers:
‘They have an excellent grasp of tactical litigation and never lose sight of the end objective of the client. Perhaps more than other firms, they have displayed a particular ability to adapt their approach to the specific demands of the case.‘
‘The team communicates extremely well and has openly embraced new technology to deal with the challenges caused by the Covid-19 virus. This has meant that there has been no disruption at all to the services provided.‘
‘They really think about how best to achieve the client’s objective and act accordingly, rather than deploying a one-size-fits-all approach.‘
‘Works well together, looks after the client and uses counsel effectively.‘
‘James Crighton leads a very strong team, provides robust commercial advice, and is relentless in fighting for his client’s interests.‘
‘James Crighton is a very hands-on partner who provides hard-headed commercial advice.‘
‘James Crighton is an excellent and experienced litigator, who has very good knowledge of the law and a real eye for tactics. He is always measured and realistic in his approach, and is able to gain the confidence of the client very early in the process.‘
‘James Crichton is highly efficient and easy to work with.‘
Great American Bagel Factory
Douglas & Gordon
Leather Inside Out
Slater & Gordon
nGage Specialist Recruitment
Ascension Island Government
Shepheard Epstein & Hunter
Sherbourne Preparatory School
Voilerie du Sud Ouest
- Acted for Eric Watson (as defendant) in Kea Investments v Watson, which culminated in the longest committal trial in English legal history.
- Acted for Nobu Su, as defendant, in proceedings involving a fraud claim of $37m, committal applications and search orders.
- Acted for Deansgate 123 (Slater & Gordon) in a claim (under s.423 of the Insolvency Act 1986) to set aside the transfer of properties, further to high-value judgements following the defendant’s conviction for murdering his wife.
In June 2021, DWFM Beckman merged with Axiom Stone Solicitors to create Axiom DWFM. The diverse workload includes breach of contract claims, commercial and shareholder/director disputes, breakdowns of business partnerships, finance disputes and insolvency litigation. Daniel Gleek leads the dispute resolution team, which includes experienced partners Demetris Dionissiou, Sharokh Koussari and Naylah Hamour, as well as 'go-to' legal director Elizabeth Johnson. Peter Bridson has retired.
Other key lawyers:
Demetris Dionissiou; Sharokh Koussari; Naylah Hamour; Elizabeth Johnson; Colin Jaque
‘Goes the extra mile, taking the time to understand us as a client and what we need, and gets under the skin of the dispute.‘
‘Dedication to their clients to make sure no stone is left unturned when trying to evaluate courses of action in any scenario. Availability is key – they are always on hand to answer questions and give advice no matter the time of day.‘
‘This team works hard to understand its client’s needs, sets achievable goals and works tirelessly to win. Other firms would be well advised to emulate this team.‘
‘Focused, highly commercial and results-driven.‘
‘Sharokh Koussari has a huge wealth of knowledge and experience – especially in dealing with international clients.‘
‘Naylah Hamour is a fiercely committed and tenacious fighter for her client’s interests, with deep legal knowledge and an innovative mind.‘
‘Legal director Elizabeth Johnson was the key reason that we chose this firm to represent us. Within the first exploratory conversation, she immediately saw what would be the best recommendation for us and pulled out all the stops to give us the right advice and present all options to us. We found that an extremely rare quality and it made all the difference.‘
‘Elizabeth Johnson is my go-to for any matter – she always calmly and considerately evaluates and plans the best way forward for any giving scenario, bringing in added expertise where necessary, depending on the circumstances.‘
BDB Pitmans acts for clients in litigation relating to commercial contracts, professional negligence, shareholders/partnerships/ joint ventures, banking and finance, asset recovery and IT. Sinéad Lester leads the commercial litigation team, which includes contractual and corporate litigation expert Richard Langley. Significant developments at the firm included the hire of Irwin Mitchell's former London commercial litigation head, Jonathan Sachs, as well as the departures of former litigation head Geoffrey Kertesz and former partner Donna Goldsworthy for Stewarts Law LLP and Fieldfisher, respectively. David Archer left for Archer, Evrard & Sigurdsson.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Langley; Jonathan Sachs
‘Diligence, thoroughness and an excellent team ethic. Very easy to work with and 100% reliable.‘
‘Strong client relationships and good-quality commercial work.‘
‘Keenly aware of the client’s objectives, which sit front and centre of any strategic decision. A clear focus on delivering straightforward solutions and a discernible sensitivity to the client’s position, financial and otherwise.‘
‘Sinéad Lester is a very experienced commercial litigator with a talent for managing client expectations and running a tight ship.‘
‘Richard Langley is a tenacious litigator with a fine legal mind and a keen sense for the weaknesses in the other side’s case.‘
‘Richard Langley is a very thoughtful lawyer.‘
Master Holdings Group
Cambridgeshire County Council
North Channel Bank
Sancus Financial Holdings
Dr Cho Kwai Chee
Real Time Systems
Carriacou Development Corporation
Wong Kie Yik
Wong Kie Chie
Successful Trend Investments Corporation
- Representing North Channel Bank in the massive SKAT litigation in the Commercial Court.
- Acted for Andreas Dinglis, Master Holdings Group and Dinglis Properties in relation to a shareholder dispute.
- Acted for Dr Cho Kwai Chee in the Privy Council, which considered whether to overturn 40 years of House of Lords authority on freezing orders.
Blake Morgan LLP undertakes heavyweight litigation that frequently involves Russia and CIS-based clients. Sarah Rees leads the London commercial litigation team, which includes 'star partner' Justin Weare. Legal director Lucy Edwards leads the practice's insolvency litigation and Proceeds of Crime Act workload. Alex Shirtcliff (previously admitted in the BVI as well as England and Wales) returned to the firm as legal director in 2020 after five years at Kobre & Kim, and subsequently made partner in May 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Justin Weare; Alex Shirtcliff; Lucy Edwards; Conor Daly
‘Great for their knowledge, dedication, judgement and hard work at all hours.‘
‘The team is small, but nimble and able to accommodate all aspects of clients’ needs – not just litigation, but also getting input from colleagues dealing with corporate transactions.‘
‘Direct partner involvement, great tactical skills and efficient matter management – punches above its weight and price band for City firms.‘
‘Sarah Rees is a clever lawyer- not only the manager of a project team but personally involved in the legal discussions and drafting of documents.‘
‘Justin Weare is a star partner, who goes above and beyond for his clients.‘
‘Justin Weare is a perfect team player, attending to the client’s needs, and ensuring that everything in the litigation goes smoothly (or as smoothly as possible).‘
‘Justin Weare is pragmatic and hands-on, with a keen eye for tactical advantage in litigation.‘
‘Alex Shirtcliff is superb with clients and tactics.‘
The Kerry Group
Robert Simon Terry
South American Aircraft Leasing
Grant Thornton UK
Stephen Hunt (of Griffins)
Media Entertainment NV
- Defended Desmond Reeves and Maxwell Audley against a £50m-plus claim, arising out of the liquidation of TMO Renewables.
- Acting for Stephen Hunt (as liquidator for Transworld Payments Solutions UK) in high-value matters connected to First Curacao International Bank in the Caribbean, and arising from the bank’s involvement in a major fraud.
- Acting for Awendale Resources in UK proceedings arising from a Russian property development joint venture, and related cross-border litigation.
Although litigation boutique Charles Fussell & Co LLP primarily acts for claimants in commercial law disputes, and fraud and professional negligence cases, it is increasingly active in defence work. Name partner Charles Fussell specialises in high-value, multi-party litigation, and is frequently seen in matters connected with the financial services and energy sectors. In addition, his practice also encompasses media litigation. Simon Winter has broad commercial litigation experience. Jonathan Cohen focuses on disputes involving banking and finance, competition, IP and IT.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Winter; Jonathan Cohen
‘Charles Fussell & Co LLP was a litigation boutique before litigation boutiques had been invented.‘
‘A small, dedicated and highly competent team that goes all out for their clients.‘
‘First-class personal service.‘
‘This is an outstanding small firm. They move fast, and have excellent client management – they are also innovative and punch far above their weight.‘
‘Charles Fussell is very clever and very commercial – an excellent combination.‘
‘Unique personal attention from Charles Fussell, who is intelligent, robust and determined.‘
‘Simon Winter is an excellent litigator, whose calm approach is devastatingly effective in the face of an aggressive litigation style.‘
‘Jonathan Cohen is a very astute and intelligent lawyer.
- Acting for Albion Energy, the successful claimant in a high-value action that followed the sale of an oil company.
- Acting for Energy Venture Partners, which is alleged to be a conduit for bribery in a large-value, multijurisdictional and multi-party fraud action.
- Acting for Albion Resources in seeking repayment of a loan from a borrower and its parent.
Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP
Experienced in complex, cross-border commercial litigation, Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP's London practice is led by highly regarded partner Jumana Rahman. It is particularly focused on investment funds litigation, and banking and financial services disputes. Strong support is provided by John Gibson, who leads the firm’s UK white-collar and investigations practice, and counsel Thomas Shortland, who acts for clients in commercial and financial disputes. In November 2020, Richard Kovalevsky QC joined from Stewarts Law LLP as head of criminal defence in London.
Other key lawyers:
John Gibson; Thomas Shortland; Richard Kovalevsky QC
‘Cohen & Gresser is one of a small number of boutiques in the London market that actually makes sense.‘
‘Small team that is well organised and accessible.‘
‘They go into detail and aim to give you a full picture; and the team is able to summarise the essential of what needs to be known.‘
‘A firm that is focused on disputes above all else, and it is able to deliver excellence and personal service and attention at the same time.‘
‘The lawyers stand shoulder to shoulder with their peers at bigger full-service firms, but lack the grandstanding others exemplify.‘
‘Jumana Rahman is simply one of the very best. She combines professional excellence with a down-to-earth approach that puts the client first. For her, resolving the dispute efficiently and excellently is of paramount importance.‘
‘Stand-outs are John Gibson and counsel Thomas Shortland – superb analytical skills and huge experience.‘
Collyer Bristow LLP is well known for its banking litigation expertise, but the firm also has a substantial commercial disputes offering, which focuses on complex, high-value disputes that frequently contain international features. Richard Viegas leads the commercial disputes team, which includes Jeff Roberts, who represents high-net-worth individuals and large corporations in shareholder and boardroom disputes. Janine Alexander has notable experience of disputes involving interest rates and credit derivatives, investment mis-selling, LIBOR fixing and complex property and development finance.
Other key lawyers:
Jeff Roberts; Janine Alexander
Sami Wadi Sidawi
Bench Walk Advisers
- Instructed by Pramod Mittal to oppose a £140m bankruptcy petition presented against him by Moorgate Industries UK, the claim relating to a complex and long-running dispute involving companies in Bosnia and the Isle of Man.
- Assisted Sami Wadi Sidawi, a high-profile UAE businessman, with the defence of a complex trusts claim.
DaySparkes' workload ranges from fraud claims against banks to professional negligence claims against accountancy, law and architecture firms. In addition, other work includes director, shareholder and partnership disputes. John Day handles a wide variety of complex commercial disputes, frequently with cross-border components. Michael Sparkes' experience includes spearheading the firm’s recent work on the HBOS Reading fraud. Gopi Binning made director in 2020.
John Day; Michael Sparkes
Other key lawyers:
‘A small boutique that punches well above its weight, owing to excellent partners and associates.‘
‘Proactive from the very start of the relationship and continue to be thoroughly supportive.‘
‘They don’t leave any stones unturned, and have provided results we did not think possible.‘
‘Very knowledgeable in the commercial and banking/fraud sectors.‘
‘The team is expert at complex, financial disputes, but are in a small enough practice to be nimble.‘
‘Michael Sparkes is diligent, considered and tenacious – he will not let go of a case until he gets a good result for his client.‘
‘John Day is commercial, robust and very effective.‘
‘Director Gopi Binning is super-bright and all over the detail of complex cases.‘
- Assisting a UK-based international tech and IT procurement company with a claim against its former CFO, arising out of the need to restate its group accounts.
- Representing Joanne Dove in a complex fraud claim against Lloyds Banking Group for the recovery of approximately £50m in damages, arising out of the HBOS Reading banking scandal.
- Representing Gary Wells (former managing director of surf and leisure wear brand Kangaroo Poo) in his claim against Lloyds Banking Group for the loss of his business at the hands of the HBOS Reading fraudsters.
Freeths LLP's multifaceted practice covers high-value and high-profile group actions, corporate/M&A litigation, commercial disputes and fraud cases. In addition, other areas of strength include insolvency matters and gaming cases. London managing partner Philippa Dempster has a wide-ranging workload, which covers UK and cross-border mandates. Directors Imogen Randall and Vickie Williams are other names to note.
Other key lawyers:
Imogen Randall; Vickie Williams; Sajjid Kurmani
‘Solicitors fall into two categories – those who tell you what they are going to do and those who work with you to determine the optimum course of action. Philippa Dempster and her team definitely fall into the latter category.‘
‘Philippa Dempster is approachable and has a razor-sharp intellect; she is also always available, and never in any doubt that I am the client and they are the professional adviser.‘
‘Philippa Dempster is open to out-of-the-box approaches to issues proposed by a lay client. But, most importantly, she gets results!‘
Group Action – 555 sub-postmasters
Toys ‘R’ Us
Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE
Lyle & Scott
- Acted in the headline group action against the Post Office (on behalf of 555 claimants) for damages suffered by reason of the failings of the Horizon computer system.
- Acted for Toys ‘R’ Us in a standstill agreement dispute.
- Acted for Sir Kenneth Olisa in a defamation claim against the Institute of Directors.
Hamlins LLP‘s team has substantial expertise in commercial litigation work, including large and complex contractual and tortious claims, disputes concerning breaches of fiduciary duties and civil fraud cases. Leading the firm's dispute resolution department is Amanda Burge, who is highly regarded for general commercial disputes that are frequently complex and involve significant monetary values. IP disputes head Martin Ochs is also active in commercial litigation. Jamie Lester, who joined in May 2020 from Royds Withy King, has longstanding experience of commercial litigation and insolvency.
Other key lawyers:
Martin Ochs; Jamie Lester; Laura Daly; Lola Dawson
‘Very client-centric, responsive and quick. Every interaction feels like we are a new client they are giving their 120% to.‘
‘They are quick and efficient with any instruction that we give, especially with the serving of legal notices and pre-action letters, and issuing of proceedings that need serving quickly.‘
‘They are very much on top of their workload, which they manage efficiently.‘
‘Very firm views, which made it easier to assess the options available to us.‘
‘The team led by Amanda Burge is excellent and hugely experienced in commercial litigation in a wide variety of sectors.‘
‘Amanda Burge has very considerable experience in hard-fought commercial litigation. She is the partner that you absolutely want in your corner in any fight. She goes above and beyond at every stage – you could not have a more tenacious and dedicated litigator acting for you.‘
‘Amanda Burge stands out for her speed, analytical breadth and insight, as well as her ability to explore multiple solution sets exhaustively and quickly zero in on the most suitable one.‘
‘Jamie Lester gets things done. He is a great communicator and has a keen eye for detail, and he provides top-notch support and client service.‘
60 Houseboat owners (represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association)
Vacation Club Services
Armstrong Solar Holdings
Rheno Property Holdings
The joint administrators of Pentagon UK and Atlantic Finance UK
The State of Romania
- Assisted 60 houseboat owners (represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association) with various interlinked disputes with the Chelsea Yacht and Boat Company, including a claim concerning the charging of licence fees for mooring houseboats.
- Represented Dsquared2 in a High Court damages claim, in respect of losses arising from the robbery of high-value fashion goods, stored in a warehouse owned by European logistics company Arcese (through subsidiary Textile Logistics).
- Represented Armstrong Solar Holdings in proceedings to enforce a guarantee agreement against a parent company, in relation to the enforcement of loan notes owed by its subsidiary (which then entered into liquidation).
Kennedys' commercial litigation practice has longstanding insurance and reinsurance sector expertise. The team is also experienced in general commercial dispute resolution, particularly in relation to the financial services industry. The track record of department head Ben Aram includes cases at all English court levels, including the Supreme Court. Dino Paganuzzi is 'an excellent leader and strategist'. The commercial disputes work of recently promoted partner Danny Steel frequently has international elements. Darren Bradshaw and Rhys Tebbett are key senior associates.
Other key lawyers:
Dino Paganuzzi; Danny Steel; Darren Bradshaw; Rhys Tebbett
‘An incredibly agile, smart and responsive team that provides a Magic Circle level of service and knowledge in an unfussy package. Absolutely top notch!‘
‘Kennedys offers an excellent range of solicitors, from associates to partners. It provides a cost-effective service, with associates or senior associates undertaking the bulk of work where possible.‘
‘The team is thoughtful, experienced and highly technical, and provides a very thorough service – able to react to changing situations very quickly and with excellent results.‘
‘Ben Aram is incredibly smart and commercial, and a wonderful tactician. Unsurprisingly he has a very loyal client following.‘
‘Dino Paganuzzi is an excellent leader and strategist.‘
‘Danny Steel was recently made up to the partnership, which was thoroughly well-deserved.‘
‘Senior associate Rhys Tebbett is headed for the very top.‘
‘Senior associate Darren Bradshaw is a details man, picking up and managing all the intricacies of a case – a fantastic team player.‘
AIB Group (UK)
National Crime Agency
McTear Williams and Wood
Duff & Phelps
- Acting for the joint liquidators of companies, which operated a currency exchange business, in an application to determine whether monies paid to the companies immediately before their insolvency were held on trust for the payers.
- Acted for McTear Williams & Wood in a high-value claim against the former auditors of a company, in respect of alleged dishonest assistance, fraudulent trading and breaches of duty.
- Assisted Wyelands Bank with enforcement options, in relation to US-dollar facility portfolios currently in default.
ONTIER LLP (formerly known as SCA ONTIER LLP) specialises in substantial multijurisdictional commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency cases. The practice also fields experts in cryptocurrency and cybercrime disputes, and its work is predominantly international, with recent instructions originating from Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. Paul Ferguson and Oliver Cain lead the team, which includes senior associate Simon Cohen and associate Nicholas Dawson. In December 2020, former managing partner Seamus Andrew left to found Velitor Law.
Paul Ferguson; Oliver Cain
Other key lawyers:
Simon Cohen; Nicholas Dawson
‘Excellent team specialising in high-end litigation.‘
‘Ontier’s UK litigation team is committed to its clients, business-oriented and has a strong legal background.‘
‘Strong commercial experience with a focus on delivering on client expectations.‘
‘A top-quality service at a reasonable price.‘
‘The go-to practice for cases requiring co-ordination with overseas law firms unused to litigation and arbitration in London.‘
‘Paul Ferguson has excellent judgement and strong commercial instincts.‘
‘With Oliver Cain, you get more than your pay for. Oliver is calm under fire, with an encyclopaedic grasp of procedure and very sound legal judgement.‘
‘Associate Nicholas Dawson is mature beyond his years – an asset to any team.‘
Craig Wright (aka Satoshi Nakamoto)
Advanced Control Systems (division of Indra Sistemas)
Compass Bank & Trust Corporation
Shanghai Shipyard Co
Emar Al-Bayadir For Development & Trading
Grupo Mexico SAB de CV
Grupo Carso (Slim Group)
- Acting for Tulip Trading against the developers of various Bitcoin blockchains, in seeking to restore control over Bitcoin following a computer hack.
- Acting for Grupo Mexico, one of the world’s largest mining companies, in large-value proceedings.
- Acted for Ramona Ang in successfully obtaining judgment against Reliantco Investments for substantial damages, which arose out of a breach of an investment contract with the cryptocurrency exchange.
Currently fielding an all-female partner team, Rosling King LLP's dispute resolution department is particularly well known for disputes involving shareholders/partnerships, breaches of directors’ duties, breaches of contracts, negligence and mis-selling claims. Department head Georgina Squire is a former chair of the Law Society Litigation Committee. Helen Thurkettle regularly handles high-value commercial litigation. Lauren Pardoe focuses on company disputes. In 2020, Hannah Sharp was hired from Hogan Lovells International LLP, while Euan Palmer joined Greenwoods GRM.
Other key lawyers:
Helen Thurkettle; Lauren Pardoe; Hannah Sharp; Martin Meredith; Laura Matthews; Helen Pamely
‘The team punches well above its weight, and is equally matched to the big international/Magic Circle firms.‘
‘The people are bright, pleasant to work with and hard-working at all levels. I feel that there is a real drive to achieve the best results for the client.‘
‘The team has good relationships in the market and work closely with counsel, experts, funders and insurers to provide a seamless service to clients. Overall, I would trust the team at Rosling King to handle even the most complex, high-value commercial litigation, and would choose them over any of their bigger competitors.‘
‘The team at Rosling King is full of strong, talented lawyers, who are all hard-working and efficient, and strive hard to provide the best possible service to clients – very commercial and excellent at strategy.‘
‘Georgina Squire is highly knowledgeable, with sound judgement and first-rate client management skills. Georgina is extremely calm under pressure, and her depth of experience really inspires confidence – an outstanding lawyer, who I would instruct without hesitation on any kind of commercial litigation.‘
‘Georgina Squire provides first-class commercial litigation advice – she is extremely professional and someone you want in your corner. A standout star, and despite being the senior partner, she is fully involved in all the detail of cases – a very talented lawyer and strategist.‘
‘Lauren Pardoe is exceptional – very intelligent and hard-working, and always on top of the detail even though she is a partner.‘
‘Hannah Sharp is an excellent technical lawyer with an eye for detail, but also a strategic thinker, who always provides sound tactical and commercial advice. Hannah is very easy to work with and extremely responsive, and I trust her to get the best possible results for me.‘
Capital Home Loans
Amicus Finance (In Administration)
UK Acorn Finance
- Acted for Tatiana Golovina and MB&S in a high-profile multijurisdictional claim against United Company Rusal (the world’s second largest aluminium producer) for breach of confidence and unlawful means conspiracy.
- Acted for WWRT in its high-value claim, brought under Ukrainian tort law against the former chairman of a Ukrainian bank and his ex-wife, in connection with non-performing loans advanced by the bank.
- Acting for Tonstate Group Limited & others, as claimants, in a complex company dispute against a former chief executive, as a result of his alleged unlawful extraction of monies.
RWK Goodman‘s team is experienced in representing corporate entities and high-net-worth individuals in commercial disputes, particularly those involving contract breaches, shareholder disputes and claims for the recovery of large sums that comprise multi-jurisdictional dimensions. Department head Stewart Wilkinson has been a commercial litigator for approximately 40 years. Stephen Welfare's work includes contract and negligence claims, media and entertainment, and sports law matters. Milan Kapadia has over 15 years of experience in commercial disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Stephen Welfare; Milan Kapadia; Jack Pestill; Tim Newcombe
‘The team at RWK is very competent and available. It was a pleasure to work with them.‘
‘Invoices were always clear and transparent, and the practice was efficient, professional and provided much needed support throughout protracted litigation.‘
‘I am eternally grateful for Stephen Welfare’s dedication, support and invaluable advice. Stephen became a trusted friend throughout these proceedings. We had never been involved in any litigation before, and this was a very stressful and frightening experience that was made bearable because of Stephen.‘
‘Stephen Welfare is a very competent and determined lawyer, who helped us to get a very successful result in a difficult case.‘
‘Stephen Welfare defended the client’s interests with dedication and tenacity. He has a good manner with the clients and is pragmatic.‘
State Bank of India
National Association of Jewellers
David Rubin & Partners
Armstrong Solar Holdings
ICICI Bank UK
Bank of India
Punjab National Bank
- Acted for Punjab National Bank in connection with the breach of a working capital facility that it provided to MBL Highway Development Company.
- Representing Bank of India in a high-profile case involving defaults on a working capital facility that it provided to Firestar Diamond (whose promoter/guarantor has received press coverage in connection with a $2bn fraud in India).
- Represented a director, founder and major shareholder (Craig Shaw) in highly contentious High Court litigation concerning allegations of misuse of confidential information and unlawful means conspiracy.
Guildford-based firm Stevens & Bolton LLP has one of the largest teams in the south of England. It acts for clients in litigation concerning corporate governance, joint ventures, warranty/indemnity claims, and shareholder and partnership disputes. In addition, other work includes disputes over trading, projects, contracts, fraud and professional negligence. Sarah Murray leads the disputes practice, which includes Michael Frisby, who provides 'a thoughtful, proactive service' and Andrew Quick, who 'gives really clear advice'. Catherine Penny made partner in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Frisby; Catherine Penny; Andrew Quick; Richard King
‘They form well-balanced teams capable of being hands-on, interacting with each person involved in the case in a positive manner, and being flexible so as to overcome the hurdles stemming from cases involving more than one jurisdiction and possibly different cultures and legal systems.‘
‘Led by the energetic and approachable Sarah Murray, this team has grown quickly and really made a splash in the market as a genuine out-of-London alternative legal service provider.‘
‘Its all about the people! Clear, concise advice.‘
‘Sarah Murray stands out as a key individual for her deep legal knowledge of the complexities of international disputes, coupled with her being capable of building a positive rapport with colleagues and clients, and working proactively in a team.‘
‘Sarah Murray is responsive, user friendly and great fun.‘
‘Thoughtful, proactive service from partner Michael Frisby throughout our dealings.‘
‘Andrew Quick gives really clear advice and guidance.‘
Philips Electronics UK
Papa John’s (GB)
Global Display Solutions
Drivex Business Solutions
Justice for SubPostmasters Alliance
- Acting for Allianz in a Commercial Court dispute with former corporate partner, JD Williams, in respect of redress for the sale of PPI and product protection insurance.
- Representing GDS in a claim for damages for breach of contract, deceit, unlawful means conspiracy and intimidation against NCR Corporation, arising out of forecasts for product requirements under a supply agreement involving digital display screens.
- Acting for Helios Oryx in proceedings issued in the Commercial Court for sums due under a facility agreement with Trustco Holdings.
Teacher Stern LLP‘s commercial litigation team focuses on contractual/shareholder actions, professional negligence and fraud/asset tracing claims. In addition, it has notable experience of mis-selling claims against institutional defendants. Leading the commercial litigation team is Jack Rabinowicz, who specialises in high-value, cross-border claims. Clare Toomer is noted for corporate and shareholder litigation, while Sarah Emerson acts for clients in insurance disputes. Rajesh Pabla 'goes the extra mile'. Former insolvency head Navinder Grover joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP in June 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Clare Toomer; Sarah Emerson; Rajesh Pabla
‘The company operates in many different sectors and has a wide breadth of experience within commercial litigation.‘
‘The approach by Teacher Stern has been bespoke and tailored to the clients’ needs.‘
‘They have always been able to identify the best time to push and the best time to pull back to ensure an efficient, effective and valuable resolution.‘
‘TS are a very good mid-sized firm, capable of giving good advice to smaller clients involved in major matters.‘
‘Clare Toomer is an impressive partner with an enormous capacity for work and excellent client-handling skills.‘
‘Clare Toomer is very engaging and gives her professional advice with clarity, which we value. She shows great empathy too.‘
‘Rajesh Pabla has always fought hard to obtain the best results for his clients, while maintaining a pragmatic and realistic approach.‘
‘Rajesh Pabla is very diligent and goes the extra mile to help obtain a positive result for his clients, and he knows the optimum time to bring on board expert witnesses such as forensic accountants so as to achieve a swifter resolution.‘
- Acting for Tan Sri Syed Mohd Bin Tun Syed Nasir (a HNW individual) in an application to strike-out a claim against him for €36m.
- Assisting Primekings Holding and other individuals with defending an unfair prejudice petition, brought under section 994 of the Companies Act 2006 by minority shareholders of KSSL.
- Acting for Moises Gertner (an alleged debtor) in his appeal against a challenge by a purported creditor to a proposal for an individual voluntary arrangement.
Boutique firm Berkeley Rowe acts for clients in disputes connected with civil fraud, finance, professional negligence and governance/regulation. The practice is now led by corporate and commercial litigation specialist Leonard Scudder, who joined from Austin Ryder & Co in 2020.
‘The team is utterly focused on client care and service, providing a complete legal service across the full spectrum of contentious and advisory needs.‘
‘Excellent in-house provision, allied with access to the best in specialist referral advice (eg counsel, accountancy, corporate intelligence etc), result in first-class advice and representation no matter what the issue is.‘
‘Very international for a smaller firm. Their ambition and implementation of that is second to none – a very driven firm, whose reach is truly global.‘
‘The firm manages to secure high-quality work (both litigation and arbitration) from the Middle East and Asia.‘
‘The associates are particularly strong. This is usually because they have trained at a market-leading firm before being tempted away by Berkeley Rowe.‘
‘Leonard Scudder is highly experienced.’
Global Emerging Markets (GEM)
UK College of Business and Communications
Sheikh Abid Gulzar
Arnold Du Toit
- Acted for an ultra-high net worth individual in multiple matters arising from defective construction works and various adjudication proceedings, in relation to a £75m Knightsbridge property.
- Acted for a Turkish company in proceedings involving a joint venture with a Nigerian company.
- Acted for a company embroiled in Court of Appeal proceedings, contesting a winding up order and various pieces of connected litigation, including claims being heard in the Czech Republic and English insolvency courts.
Carter-Ruck‘s team handles substantial contractual disputes, contentious matters involving shareholder/partnership issues, professional negligence cases, and disputes relating to fraud and breaches of confidence. Adam Tudor is well-known for his strengths in media litigation and reputation management. Antonia Foster and Claire Gill are other recommended individuals at the firm.
Other key lawyers:
Adam Tudor; Antonia Foster; Claire Gill
Costigan King's team is experienced in bringing legal action through the County Court, High Court, Appeal courts and tribunal hearings. The principal figures are George Menzies, Julian Critchlow, Arianne King and consultant Amanda Lee.
Julian Critchlow; Arianne King
Other key lawyers:
George Menzies; Amanda Lee
‘Costigan King has a team of experts in their chosen field, enabling them to provide a broad service. Dealing with them feels personal and very reassuring.‘
‘Specialises in difficult legal and commercial litigation cases, including matters with an international element.‘
‘I have always found them to be incredibly knowledgeable, approachable and commercial.‘
‘Not only do they know the law and the procedures, they know how to translate them into winning formulas.‘
‘Julian Critchlow has a wealth of experience that is second to none.‘
‘Arianne King is not only a brilliant lawyer but also a very personable individual, who always does the very best for her clients.‘
‘George Menzies is a consummate litigator, with a superb ability to marry tactics with the client’s desired commercial outcome.‘
‘Consultant Amanda Lee has an extraordinary eye for the fine detail, with particular experience in arbitration.‘
Brilla Capital Investment Master Fund SPC
25 Culross Street Investments SARL
Offset Solutions FZE
E J Interiors
Eleven Hundred Agency
- Acted for Offset Solutions FZE in a claim against an insolvent bank in Dubai.
- Acted for Suez Recycling and Recovery UK in a series of claims and disputes, in relation to the processing of domestic and hospital waste, and public nuisance claims arising from the operation of landfill sites.
- Acted for Cap Juluca Properties, and other luxury hotel operators in the Caribbean, in property damage and business interruption claims caused by seasonal hurricanes.
Devonshires Solicitors LLP has a large client following among housing providers, and it is a leading name for housing disputes. In addition, other drivers of work include matters relating to insolvency, debt recovery, fraud and private finance initiatives. One of James Dunn's specialisms involves acting for regulators in litigation. Philip Barden handles commercial disputes for entities in sectors such as banking, insurance and shipping, among various others. Former partner Anna Buch left the firm in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Philip Barden; Jim Varley; Stephen Netherway; Nikki Bowker
‘A good safe pair of hands . It feels like a jungle out there and this firm makes that journey feel a little safer.‘
‘An incredibly deep understanding of our organisation and our business, but more so our ethics and values, which is testament to their ability to support us through legal engagements.‘
‘Very reactive and always able to support on the timelines that we set.‘
‘Economic, practical and solutions-led.‘
‘James Dunn leads by example and is an excellent team leader. He ensures that those around him rise to the occasion and deliver good work.‘
‘James Dunn is outstanding. He can think outside the box and achieve an asset recovery for a client when things look gloomy to begin with. He is however realistic and does not over-promise – this means that clients can always trust his judgement.‘
‘Philip Barden is a fighter who gets the job done.‘
Solicitors Regulation Authority
Canaccord Genuity Wealth (International)
The Travel Corporation
Prince Muffakham Jah
Notting Hill Genesis
Rendall & Rittner
Tindall Riley & Co
- Acting for Prince Muffakham Jah in a historic case involving a disputed deposit from 1948, which involves both India and Pakistan.
- Acting for a large housing association in a contract claim by consultants.
- Acting for The Travel Corporation, a global travel and leisure group, in international proceedings relating to substantial uninsured and insured damage that was caused to a river cruiser in 2019.
Goodman Derrick LLP's strengths in litigation are complemented by its team's experience of alternative forms of dispute resolution, such as negotiation and arbitration. The head of the firm's dispute resolution department is Nigel Adams, who regularly handles company and commercial disputes, while maintaining niche specialisms in media and classic car claims. Construction and real estate disputes are also among the firm's key areas of activity.
Other key lawyers:
Craig Walker; Dan Dodman; Jonathan Cole
‘All members of the team have an attention to detail that is second to none.‘
‘The knowledge, professionalism and total understanding of cases make this firm stand out from the rest.‘
‘The firm’s correspondence and response times are excellent – we have not received such good service before.‘
‘The advice is always exactly what we require, and we always receive calls/emails to clarify any points that may be ambiguous. The billing structure is also excellent, with excellent payment terms.‘
‘We have always received excellent advice that has helped our businesses grow.‘
‘Nigel Adams’ professionalism, knowledge and empathy have been second to none during a very personal and difficult business dispute – this along with his fee flexibility have made a horrible situation much more palatable. I have not come across this attention to detail with previous solicitor companies.‘
‘Nigel Adams is our preferred legal adviser – we would not go to anyone else now, and would recommend his services to any of our contacts.’
Greenwoods GRM‘s disputes practice, which is led by Huw Wallis, includes specialist sub-teams that are active in construction, financial services and property disputes. In a significant development in 2020, Euan Palmer joined from Rosling King LLP; in addition to being active in oil and gas disputes, he is also sought after for advice on other matters, such as shareholder disputes, unfair prejudice petitions and commercial fraud cases. Nicholas Scott left for Blaser Mills Law in February 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Euan Palmer; James Dyche
‘Great new team in the UK commercial litigation market.‘
‘Proactive with clients and counsel, and cost sensitive – beats Magic Circle firms.‘
‘Client focused , empathetic and incredibly smart.‘
‘The team is most pragmatic, responsive and sensitive to the requirements of clients. We were very satisfied with their services during a highly contested commercial dispute matter.‘
‘Huw Wallis is a seasoned pair of hands.‘
‘We had a great experience with Huw Wallis, who provided great strategic inputs that helped the client take informed decisions.‘
‘Euan Palmer is a reliable source of advice in international commercial disputes.‘
‘Euan Palmer understands the oil and gas industry, which is a significant benefit and saves significant time and cost; and he is good at seeing the gaps in contracts, which helps during disputes.‘
- Acting in several large-value cases across a range of jurisdictions, including an insolvency claim arising from the wrongful appointment of administrators, and a complex High Court claim involving allegations of conspiracy and dishonest assistance.
GSC Solicitors LLP's 'hard-working, dedicated and strategic' team regularly acts for clients in complex litigation matters, including cases in the Commercial Court and Privy Council. Head of commercial litigation Michael Shapiro has over 30 years of experience in dispute resolution. Senior consultant Barry Samuels is another key individual.
Other key lawyers:
Barry Samuels; Richard Curtin; Mark Richardson; Sana Sheikh
‘Clients will get very hands-on and personal service from hard-working, dedicated and strategic lawyers.‘
‘GSC has great experience in private client disputes, often involving international elements or fraud angles.‘
‘Offers top-quality service from lawyers who put their clients’ needs first.‘
‘GSC will not spend a pound more than is necessary to achieve a result for the client, but they do this without compromising excellence of service.‘
‘Michael Shapiro gives clients frank appraisals of their dispute’s risk profile. He knows how to package a case so as to ensure it is favourably received in court, and always knows where the deal lies if one is to be done.‘
‘Michael Shapiro is a lovely individual, as well as being hard-working and committed to his clients.‘
‘Senior consultant Barry Samuels is highly experienced; active in complex commercial disputes since the 1980s, he is very hard-working and dedicated.‘
‘Barry Samuels is an outstanding lawyer, who is wholly dedicated to doing his best for the firm.‘
Universal Music UK
- Acted for Roman Pipia in a claim by a creditor for an order for sale, which was challenged on the basis that the property in question was held on trust for other family members.
- Acted for Michael Elton in a claim made by a deceased person’s former carer against the estate under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependent) Act 1975 .
- Acted for Sergey Linkov and Irina Kazantsera in an appeal to the Privy Council from a favourable decision of the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean, which overturned a Cayman High Court decision.
gunnercooke LLP has a well-established reputation in contentious matters related to financial services, SMEs and owner-managed businesses, technology, media, real estate and IP. Shilpen Savani has longstanding experience in complex commercial disputes and contentious corporate matters. Fergus Buckley focuses on civil fraud cases and shareholder disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Shilpen Savani; Fergus Buckley; Sarah Armstrong; Henna Elahi
‘Gunnercooke is an unsung hero in this market – they are proactive and really do devise tailor-made commercial solutions for clients.‘
‘The team I dealt with immediately understood my situation, taking the complexity of it in their stride.‘
‘They were able to offer excellent advice from first engagement through to resolution.‘
‘Small and niche practice, but with a highly skilled and experienced bench.‘
‘A very good firm with a standout performer in Shilpen Savani. He understands his client’s objectives and is an excellent negotiator who achieves great results. One to watch as his results when under pressure are exceptional.‘
‘Shilpen Savani is a highly competent lawyer, who is both open and creative in his approach to clients’ cases. He is not afraid to pursue difficult or novel arguments if it is in his client’s commercial interest, and he is clear sighted and constructive in his dealings with clients and opponents.‘
‘Fergus Buckley was highly professional, insightful, hard-working and very proactive. I am grateful for his assistance in my legal matter and the results that were achieved.‘
‘Fergus Buckley is a great tactician, has excellent commercial instincts, and is extremely good at managing client relations and providing input on tactics and strategy.‘
Originally launched as a niche IT/IP City practice, boutique firm iLaw has developed an excellent reputation for handling a wide range of commercial litigation, including disputes with an international flavour. Mark Culbert leads the department, which includes fellow director Tom Clark. Senior consultant Allan Murray is a cryptocurrency/blockchain disputes expert.
Mark Culbert; Tom Clark
Other key lawyers:
Allan Murray; Jenny Lau
‘Great depth of knowledge and considered accurate advice.‘
‘iLaw has a creative, enthusiastic, problem-solving attitude to dealing with litigation.‘
‘Great team – big City law firm service, but without the baggage.‘
‘iLaw provides a very knowledgeable small team to deal with complex litigation proceedings.‘
‘They work well together and ensure that the client is kept fully up to speed on developments.‘
‘Mark Culbert is always fantastic – incredibly responsive and his advice is sensible and commercial.‘
‘Mark Culbert has excellent client care standards.‘
‘Tom Clark is the standout partner for complex litigation and asset recovery; and he has excellent connections with similar lawyers in other jurisdictions to ensure asset recovery is dealt with swiftly and effectively.‘
Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts
Watches of Switzerland Group
The White Company
T M Lewin
The Hut Group
Robert Dyas Holdings
- Representing a number of High Street retailers in group litigation action against MasterCard and Visa, in relation to interchange fees.
- Acted for FC Kairat of Almaty in appealing a decision of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chambers (concerning compensation payments to clubs in respect of professional footballers).
- Acting for various investors in pursuing a High Court claim against ITI Capital for losses suffered by options trading investors.
Irwin Mitchell handles commercial disputes involving civil fraud, contract breaches, supply chain issues, pensions, breaches of directors’ duties, corporate warranties and shareholders/partnerships, along with injunctions, regulatory issues and professional negligence. Senior associate Dominique Dolman has experience of domestic and multijurisdictional cases. In June 2021, Jonathan Sachs joined BDB Pitmans.
Other key lawyers:
‘Easy to deal with and resilient litigators.‘
‘The practice’s strength in commercial litigation is to be able to provide an expert and focused service that remains personal and client-responsive.‘
‘Although they are a sizeable firm with a national reach, they are still approachable as individuals and as a team, while being able to draw on the broader resources of the firm.‘
‘Jonathan Sachs has an assured, high-level touch – deep experience and good instincts.‘
‘Jonathan Sachs has a very strong sense of strategy.‘
‘Senior associate Dominique Dolman is an experienced and able litigator who provides great, client-focused advice that is always grounded in commercial reality. I have never been less than impressed with her ability and commitment to achieving the best possible result for the client.‘
‘Dominique Dolman is bright and hard-working. I cannot think of an occasion when I have disagreed with her preliminary advice to clients.‘
In addition to being recognised for its contentious IP expertise, Joelson is highly regarded for its representation of businesses in gaming disputes. The practice is also regularly instructed by European and US clients in asset tracing and enforcement matters. Jo Gregory, who leads the practice, is 'an excellent litigator'. Senior associate Simon Wallis acts for clients in gaming disputes; he is 'a phenomenal strategist'.
Other key lawyers:
‘The personable approach is second to none, and the expertise and consideration given to the case was very impressive.‘
‘Joelson delivered an outstanding service which led to very positive results. I’d have no hesitation recommending their services.‘
‘The individuals worked with were reliable, and available around the clock. They were just as eager as we were to ensure the best possible results were achieved.‘
‘Joelson is an excellent boutique firm with very talented lawyers.‘
‘Joelson develops close working relationships with clients, as well as a real understanding of the client’s business and commercial needs.‘
‘Jo Gregory is excellent – the standout partner who will drop anything for a client.‘
‘Jo Gregory is an excellent litigator, who is highly knowledgeable and has great tactical awareness. She is also great to work with.‘
‘Senior associate Simon Wallis is a phenomenal strategist, highly personable and very knowledgeable. His ability to get up to speed and work through technical information is very impressive.‘
Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord LLP‘s commercial litigation team is led by Kevin Heath, who specialises in asset finance and payments sector disputes. In addition, he acts for clients in commercial litigation involving insider dealing, trade secrets and breaches of confidence. Providing further partner-level support, David Herbert focuses on high-stakes and complex international disputes, insolvencies and restructurings.
Other key lawyers:
‘Locke Lord are a highly experienced firm that combines detailed knowledge of their various fields with a commercial acumen, which is rarely seen.‘
‘Very experienced team – regarded as one of the best in the asset finance and consumer credit sectors.‘
‘Fast-acting and innovative – they do not simply follow a process, they look at ways to expedite any action to get the best results for the client.‘
‘Very friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and commercial team.‘
‘The team is a very strong line-up of people with complementary skills. I’m not aware of any weak links at all, so you know that every case is going to be well-run and well-supported by talented people.‘
‘Kevin Heath is hard-working and diligent – he doesn’t just leave it to assistants to do the work, and he is an excellent tactician who is clever and sure-footed.‘
‘Kevin Heath is our main point of contact, and he demonstrates key qualities that we like – he is creative and responsive, regardless of the time of day.‘
‘Kevin Heath is hard-hitting, effective, gets commercial results, and always looks for the most cost-effective solution.‘
ING Lease (UK)
A large portion of the disputes handled by Marriott Harrison LLP have an international flavour; 'remarkable' practice head Tamar Halevy has Russian/CIS contacts through her involvement with the British Russian Law Association, which enables the firm to generate work with a nexus to the region. The firm's strong pedigree in commercial litigation also sees it attract mandates from its corporate clients, as well as barristers, foreign lawyers and large English law firms. 'Standout litigator' Jim Mackie also has extensive commercial dispute resolution experience.
Other key lawyers:
‘Good all-round commercial litigation practice that deals with all different types of disputes for large commercial clients.‘
‘The dispute resolution team is relatively small, but I consider this a positive as they are very experienced at working closely together, which means that the team is able to work efficiently for the client, producing a good outcome at a relatively lower overall cost.‘
‘Wide range of practice areas for a boutique firm. They work hard at every case and have an attention to detail not present in their competitors – always considering how best to achieve a particular client’s goals.‘
‘The work done by our teams was highly focused, thus achieving a positive result for our client.‘
‘Tamar Halevy is remarkable for her exceptional level of helpfulness and quick feedback culture; and she is extremely professional while also maintaining a pragmatic approach – one could not be in better hands, because Tamar advises at the highest level, both with regard to legal issues and the implementation of proposals.‘
‘Tamar Halevy is very well organised and motivated, and works hard to get the best results for her clients. She is all over the detail of a case and ensures she understands her clients’ requirements.‘
‘Jim Mackie is a standout litigator, who really has seen it all and is unfazed by whatever is thrown at him. Always good with the clients and knows how to get the job done.‘
‘Jim Mackie is a superb lawyer, who develops deep and long-lasting relationships with his clients. He is pragmatic and focused on positive client outcomes.‘
Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC
Profin Developpement La Rosiere
Southend United Community & Education Trust
- Represented Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC in a trial in the Commercial Court involving a £130m dispute with Harbour litigation fund, which concerned the terms of an investment agreement.
- Represented Radisson Hotels in a trial in the High Court involving a dispute with its landlord, Manchester Airport, relating to the rates of electricity and gas charges levied by Manchester Airport over many years.
- Represented Profin in a complex High Court jurisdiction hearing involving a dispute with Richard Gower.
Michelmores LLP fields practitioners with expertise in contentious matters related to financial services, private wealth and reputation management. The team's recent work included commercial disputes arising from Covid-19. Names to note at the firm include department head Jonathan Kitchin and Charles Courtenay, who is notably strong in domestic and cross-border IP/technology disputes. Peter Sigler's varied workload includes banking and insolvency-related cases, and he is also recommended for work with an international flavour. Garbhan Shanks joined Fladgate LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Charles Courtenay; Peter Sigler; Andrew Oldland QC; Sara Chisholm-Batten
Madison Group (US)
CRUX Asset Management
Daily Mail & General Trust
Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing
Legal Aid Agency
Peter Jones Investment Group
- Trusted advisers to hotel, wedding, entertainment, sporting events and travel businesses, which are in crisis because of the impact of COVID-19, including assisting with business interruption insurance coverage and the cancellation or postponement of events.
- Assisting a government department with breach of copyright and contractual issues, as well as injunctive proceedings, which relate to a high-profile visitor attraction.
- Regularly acting alongside or against large litigation practices in disputes involving offshore jurisdictions and enforcement overseas issues.
PwC LLP’s regulatory and commercial disputes team is led by Agnes Quashie, who has longstanding experience of handling commercial disputes heard before the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Senior manager Kirsty O’Connor is another key practitioner in the group. In May 2021, former commercial disputes team head Dipti Hunter departed for Keidan Harrison.
Other key lawyers:
Nabeel Osman; Polly Miles; Kirsty O’Connor
‘Workflows are managed effectively at PwC, meaning that matters are handled efficiently and swiftly.‘
‘An excellent in-house legal practice within an accountancy business.‘
‘The PWC team is totally professional and gets the results.‘
‘Senior manager Kirsty O’Connor was clearly taking a leading role in our case. I would strongly recommend her.‘
‘Kirsty O’Connor and the team are great. Everything is efficient but also friendly and dedicated to get an optimum outcome. Kirsty is exactly the sort of person you want on side – she has a good eye for detail and a friendly approach.‘
Dooba Finance (UK)
- Acted for Dooba Finance (UK), a property investment client, in a highly complex shareholder dispute.
- Currently assisting a large multinational client with an ongoing dispute with HMRC.
- Acted for a property investment client in a dispute relating to its relationship with a former legal adviser.
Seddons‘ dispute resolution team includes 'highly experienced litigator' Marvin Simons, whose caseload covers disputes concerning professional negligence, partnerships, insurance and banking litigation. In addition to being sought after for domestic cases, cross-border disputes are another driver of his work. Simons co-heads the practice with Christian Smith and Rebecca Arnold. The 'indefatigable' John Melville-Smith and 'proactive' Aoife Keane provide additional partner-level support.
Marvin Simons; Christian Smith; Rebecca Arnold
Other key lawyers:
John Melville-Smith; Aoife Keane; David Wheeler; Charles Burrell; Farhana Khanom
‘The team of lawyers is highly skilled, the service is partner-led, and they are available at all times. The team is also very diverse, and the juniors are competent and available – no nonsense delivery.‘
‘A mid-sized litigation practice with some very high-profile work.‘
‘The Seddons litigation team has a highly commercial focus, always seeking out what is in the best practical and commercial interests of its clients.‘
‘The team’s approach is professional and collegiate, while still putting the client’s interests at the forefront.‘
‘Marvin Simons is a highly experienced litigator, although he takes a light touch and delegates well to his juniors (and to counsel). He has an eagle eye – he misses nothing.‘
‘Christian Smith has been amazing throughout our dealings with the practice. Not only is he very capable, committed and professional, but also very caring and with excellent people skills.‘
‘John Melville-Smith is indefatigable – a litigator who never misses a point and wears opponents down until they make a mistake.‘
‘Aoife Keane is enthusiastic, proactive, and has great commercial sense and a loyal client following.‘
Shakespeare Martineau LLP's London disputes practice, which is led by the 'first-rate' David Vaughan, covers commercial/corporate matters, such as contractual disputes and shareholder-related issues. It also acts for clients in litigation involving warranties, professional negligence, financial services and fraud. In 2021, former London practice head Kamran Rehman left for Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, while former partner Michael Mulligan joined Kingsley Napley LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Sneha Nainwal; Lisa Serrant
‘Fantastic team that works well on commercial disputes.‘
‘The SM team is hands-on and very quick to appreciate complex issues, including cross-border traits. We really liked how quickly they were able to grasp the Indian law aspects and apply them to the facts in the matter.‘
‘The dispute resolution practice of the firm has deep knowledge and expertise, and their reasonable fees are definitely value for money.‘
‘We have worked with boutique litigation firms in London, and this team definitely stands out. We were also very impressed with the commercial aspects while handling the matter, being sensitive to costs and real-time responses.‘
‘An efficient and effective firm.‘
‘The first-rate David Vaughan is a good team player with excellent client skills.‘
‘David Vaughan has good communication skills, and is good at dealing with particularly demanding clients.‘
‘David Vaughan was very competent, knew his stuff, and got on with the work with minimum fuss – resulted in an early settlement.‘
Dr Siavash Mahdavi
United Republic of Tanzania
Air Tanzania Company
Ministry of Works of Tanzania
Tanzanian National Roads Agency
Ministry of Transport of Tanzania
Attorney General of the United Republic of Tanzania
Precision Engineering Plastics
Falcon Investment Management
Argus Vickers American Equity Research
Central Bridging Loans
Banca Intesa San Paolo
Simit Sarayi UK
South Bank Hotel Management
United National Bank
Keele Residential Funding
Rhea Capital Partners
Social Money (T/A BridgeCrowd)
FundingSecure (In Administration)
- Defending Monex Europe and Banco Monex against a £78m claim, which is being pursued by nine claimants against five defendants.
- Representing Dr Siavash Mahdavi in proceedings for the recovery of monies from the insurer of Sterling Avram.
- Acted for the Government of Tanzania and Air Tanzania Company in defending a claim pursued by Wallis Trading.
Shepherd and Wedderburn
Shepherd and Wedderburn is prominent in high-value disputes, predominantly in the Technology and Construction Court, and the commercial and business and property divisions of the High Court. Edinburgh-based partner John MacKenzie, who is an experienced solicitor-advocate, leads the practice. In London, the partners to note are Philip Sewell and the 'hands-on' Ben Pilbrow. Sarah Walker is an experienced senior associate.
Other key lawyers:
Philip Sewell; Ben Pilbrow; Sarah Walker
‘The S&W team works extremely closely with the client, offering clear, commercial and legal advice in a manner that is easy to understand for non-legal people.‘
‘Excellent individuals who build personal rapport with their clients.‘
‘When we engage S&W, we are always supported by senior people, who continue to lead the matter through to conclusion, rather than (like others) delegating to associates and junior support staff.‘
‘A great practice with commercially-astute support.‘
‘High-quality, candid advice that is always solutions focused, and enables my business to navigate successfully through disputes.‘
‘Great at garnering professional but approachable relationships.‘
‘Ben Pilbrow provided an exceptional service to the client, and was easy and straightforward to deal with.‘
‘Ben Pilbrow is a very hands-on partner, who works hard, and knows the ins and outs of every aspect of the case. He is very pleasant and easy to deal with, and I enjoyed working with him immensely.‘
QIC Action Group
EMFC Loan Syndications
Moore Kingston Smith
- Represented Sheffield United in a complex shareholder dispute, tried on an expedited basis and addressing claims concerning specific performance, declaratory relief and a s994 petition.
- Represented EMFC Loan Syndications throughout a termination of contract claim.
- Retained by Macdonald Resorts to provide strategic advice and, where appropriate, commence proceedings against activist members in its membership structure.
Simons Muirhead Burton has a standout reputation in media litigation, and its dispute resolution practice is able to attract a wide ambit of other contentious commercial work, under the leadership of department head Razi Mireskandari. Other drivers of activity include contractual disputes and contentious shareholder matters, as well as IP and fraudulent misrepresentation cases. Antony Perlmutter is experienced in property-related litigation, and he also handles contentious commercial cases for clients. Consultant Peter Gould has over 35 years of commercial litigation experience. Also highlighted is senior associate Emma Linch, who is 'cool under pressure'.
Other key lawyers:
Peter Gould; Antony Perlmutter; Emma Linch; Gordon Clough
‘Impressively clear minded about the best means to achieve client objectives.‘
‘A perfectly balanced team, with the drive and initiative to secure results against the odds during the toughest of commercial litigation.‘
‘They have a very innovative practice in terms of securing litigation funding for media-industry based litigation. They also have a wealth of experience in that sector, which gives them a real edge in cases that touch on those areas.‘
‘Razi Mireskandari is a real innovator in relation to getting cases off the ground by finding funding.‘
‘Razi Mireskandari has seen it all and come up smiling.‘
‘Antony Perlmutter is a strategist whose experience gives him instant insight from the outset as to the best way to run a case.‘
‘Consultant Peter Gould has great common sense and instinct, and always brings in interesting cases.‘
‘Senior associate Emma Linch is cool under pressure.‘
Solomon Taylor & Shaw's boutique litigation practice is regularly engaged in proceedings before a variety of tribunals across the UK, as well as housing a substantial international litigation practice. Leading the litigation team is 'hugely experienced litigator' Mark Summerfield, who also regularly acts as a mediator.
‘The team at Solomon Taylor & Shaw has wide experience of a broad range of practice areas, and is able to tackle almost any area of commercial litigation with confidence.‘
‘They build excellent working relationships with counsel and use them effectively to enhance their expertise when dealing with specialist areas. They are as comfortable dealing with litigation against much larger firms as they are against their mid-market competitors.‘
‘All of the team pays great attention to detail, and the communication within the departments is excellent, which shows they work well as a team. They have provided great information on problem solving when it has come to difficult situations.‘
‘Their clarity on billing and compliance have also helped with understanding the legislative process and essential steps to be taken.‘
‘Solomon Taylor & Shaw are a good down-to-earth firm, and they are adept at handling disputes in a commercially sensible and effective way.‘
‘Mark Summerfield is a really reassuring presence for clients. He is calm, and helps them all the way through a dispute to achieve the best possible outcome.‘
‘Mark Summerfield has played a massive part in guiding myself through a litigation process, especially when it came to deciding even whether to start litigation. He has given me an honest opinion throughout on where this could go and what the fees would be.‘
‘Mark Summerfield is a hugely experienced litigator who has seen it all. Constantly focused on how to get clients the outcome they require – whether through litigation or ADR.‘
Weightmans LLP garners praise for its 'strong, dependable offering'. The highly regarded team includes Andrew Cromby, who has over 25 years of commercial litigation experience, and James Denison (who is a financial services and construction disputes expert). Charles Boyne is 'a truly hands-on partner'. Principal associate Simon Adam is London litigation team manager. Mark Brenlund joined Hextalls LTD in late 2020.
Andrew Cromby; Simon Adam
Other key lawyers:
James Denison; James Denison; Charles Boyne; Conrad McDonald; Mark Surguy
‘The sense of inclusion, co-operation and collaboration that the team promotes is difficult to miss.‘
‘A strong, dependable offering with a range of experience across practice areas.‘
‘Andrew Cromby is a commercial litigator with very substantial experience in disputes involving professional services firms.‘
‘Andrew Cromby is an extremely able adviser and litigator. He is down to earth, bright and will fight his clients’ corner with skill and determination. He is also a good negotiator, who always keeps focused on the commercial elements of any case.‘
‘James Denison is always readily available, and he explains the approach we are following very well and in a way that a non-lawyer can understand.‘
‘Charles Boyne offers clients both the benefit of his extensive litigation experience and a hefty dose of common sense. A truly hands-on partner, Charles is a robust and determined litigator, while remaining approachable and collaborative in his approach to his team.‘
UK Trucks Claim
The Integrity Foundation
- Acted for UK Trucks Claim Limited in pursuing proceedings on behalf of owners and lessees of over 600,000 trucks, which were sold by way of unlawful anti-competitive practices.
- Acted for CVR Global (now Begbies Traynor) in pursuing the recovery of a substantial rent deposit from the landlord of London’s 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin).
- Acted for The Integrity Foundation in resolving competition issues in the renewable energy consumer standards market.
Wiggin LLP is a go-to firm for commercial litigation involving the media, technology, sports, and betting and gaming industries. Caroline Kean is the head of litigation, working with Alan Owens, who 'adds great value'. Matthew Dando's practice encompasses a mix of media litigation and general commercial litigation work. Julian Darrall joined from Associated Newspapers in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
Alan Owens; Matthew Dando; Julian Darrall
‘Clear industry understanding, listens to the client’s needs and adapts to accommodate them.‘
‘Always strives to go over and above. I worked with Wiggin on a High Court litigation and couldn’t have been happier with the service.‘
‘The most important aspect of the practice is its unique combination of professionalism and personalisation during the litigation.‘
‘One can expect truthful, timely and adequate legal advice.‘
‘The practice is very well prepared for gaming and regulatory matters, and offers tangible solutions to matters.‘
‘Looks to add value with creative solutions wherever possible.‘
‘Alan Owens is very knowledgeable, and has approached our cases with the necessary care, while reflecting on our business needs and what would be best for us as an outcome.‘
‘Alan Owens adds great value both personally and in the manner in which he managers and supports his team, always getting the most from them.‘
The Ingenious Group
Twentieth Century Fox
- Defending Middle East News UK (and three other UAE-based defendants) in proceedings brought by Qatar Airways over the publication of a video that described the impact of the closing of airspace to Qatar aircraft.
- Acting for Larkhark Films/Ingenious Group in an international dispute, which concerns the film Starbright and its delivery, despite concerns about its quality.
- Acts for Flutter Entertainment, which owns a number of betting, gaming and entertainment brands (including Paddy Power, Betfair, PokerStars and Sky Bet), in contentious matters.
Zaiwalla & Co is well-known for its involvement in substantial, multijurisdictional commercial litigation, much of which originates from developing and high-growth economies, such as India, Russia and the Middle East. Sarosh Zaiwalla, who has over 40 years of commercial litigation experience, has a strong track record in precedent-setting cases. Leigh Crestohl oversees the litigation department's work.
Other key lawyers:
Leigh Crestohl; Kartik Mittal; Rohit Ralleigh
‘A firm like no other – prepared to take on the tricky or unpalatable cases from overseas that others won’t touch – and often as not they go on to win them.‘
‘Top boutique firm.‘
‘Other solicitors have a pyramid structure, Zaiwalla has a real team. Every member of the team thinks about every issue, and the issues are discussed collaboratively with the team and with counsel. The outcome is a robust litigation strategy, and the process is stimulating and effective and can produce out-of-the-box solutions.‘
‘Zaiwalla & Co are a pleasure to work with and there is no weak link in the team.‘
‘A very experienced boutique litigation practice with an extraordinarily broad case load, from international sanction cases through to cross-border frauds.‘
‘Sarosh Zaiwalla has vast experience, and an unparalleled ability to understand how to achieve what a client wants.‘
‘Sarosh Zaiwalla brings to bear his extensive expertise to ensure the best results for clients, fearlessly fighting their corner.‘
‘Leigh Crestohl runs the engine-room of the firm.‘
Adeel Abdul Kareem
M/S Unique Part Trading
Lord Rami Ranger
- Acted for Bulgaria’s largest private gas company (Overgas) in defending a $105m claim (brought by a Gazprom subsidiary) concerning an alleged scheme to dilute the shareholding of a joint venture company.
- Acted for Hirbodan Management Company and HICO FZE (as claimants) in proceedings issued to enforce an Iranian Court judgment against Cummins Power Generation (known for the design and manufacture of power generation equipment).
- Acted for Adeel Abdul Kareem (UAE-based businessman) in a dispute relating to a marine insurance contract.