DAC Beachcroft LLP's London commercial litigation group is 'focused on delivering for its client, and the preparation work is exceptional'. It has considerable experience in high-value, complex litigation that often has cross-border dimensions. Italy, Russia and Latin America have all been sources of significant instructions. The team acts in a broad range of disputes concerning contracts, shareholders, contested share purchase agreements, and corporate control issues. Its clients include corporations in the financial services, energy, technology, telecoms and health sectors, as well as senior managers and professionals, shareholders and investors. John Bramhall, whose experience includes international, financial and City-related commercial disputes, leads the team. Also highly regarded are Jonathan Brogden, who specialises in banking and finance disputes, financial services regulatory matters, and financial crime; Campbell Dye, whose clients include pharmaceutical, food and financial services companies; and Ken Forsyth, whose core practice is contractual disputes. Laura Berry was made partner in May 2020.
Commercial litigation: mid-market in London
DAC Beachcroft LLP
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has a great focus on delivering for their client, and the preparation work in advance of working with me to prepare for arbitration was exceptional.’
‘Laura Berry and John Bramhall managed to keep me motivated through some of the most difficult pieces of the work, both through their exceptional preparation and great client management skills.’
‘Strong dispute resolution team with particular expertise in banking and financial disputes. Where the team excels is in also having deep regulatory knowledge. Having worked with the team as a client whilst in-house in two financial institutions, the knowledge that the team had a deep insight into regulatory and governance issues in addition to made them a primary point of contact and sounding board whilst in-house.’
‘Jon Brogden has been a trusted advisor for more than a decade both on complex cross-border litigation matters and on regulatory and governance matters, whilst I was working in-house.’
‘Having known Jon Brogden now for more than a decade he is a versatile lawyer who combines genuine care and support for his clients with clear, practical and effective advice. For over a decade he was very much the trusted advisor and of counsel both to myself and the in-house teams I work with.’
‘Richard Highley and John Bramhall – both very experienced litigators; worked both with and against them; they always do a good job; tough opponents but sensible to deal with. No grandstanding for the sake of it.’
‘Laura Berry is an up and coming star: highly intelligent, diligent and calm under pressure.’
‘Pippa Ellis is dedicated, effective and brings insightful common sense to any problem.’
‘Clarissa Coleman has great experience acting for individual defendants facing a litigation onslaught, staying calm in the face of the storm whilst carefully plotting the best route through.‘
Delta Capital International AD
The Sanofi Aventis Groupe
Peffers Johnstone Planning Limited
Heathrow Hub Limited
Imperial Chemical Industries Limited
CMC Markets Plc and various subsidiaries
Mr Charles Price
- Secured an interim injunction to restrain alleged breaches of a non-disclosure agreement, which related to strategic land development opportunities.
- Acted for The Sanofi Aventis Groupe in a major cartel damages claim against British Airways.
- Acted on behalf of the second and fourth defendants in their defence of claims, which arose from an alleged wrongful sale of shares in companies that were ultimately owned by Vivacom, Bulgaria’s largest telecoms network.
The core of Farrer & Co s corporate and commercial litigation practice involves major disputes, with a particular emphasis on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and cross-border commercial contracts. The group has an impressive track record in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal and almost all its work has an international dimension. It is particularly skilled at coordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, as well as handling cases involving substantial jurisdictional aspects. Adrian Parkhouse leads the practice, which is 'made up of excellent lawyers, who are creative, flexible, and able to think outside the box'. Examples include Kate Allass, a corporate and shareholder dispute expert, and Ian De Freitas, who is focused on matters involving data privacy, IP and IT, and outsourcing issues. Also key to the group are Toby Graham, John Wilkinson and Ben Longworth, along with senior associate William Charrington. Jolyon Connell was made partner in 2019.
Other key lawyers:
‘Extremely detailed and responsive. I moved from another lawyer’s practice and you really can’t compare their letters – extremely well written , concise and very detailed.’
‘Contacts listen and absorb the information provided, they sum up all my thoughts in a very concise and detailed manner.’
‘It is a real team, working very well together. it is really easy to talk to each member of the team, having full and deep knowledge of our case.’
‘The individuals we work with are very good professionals, with deep knowledge of our case and applicable legislation, which makes it easy for us to understand our position better. However, what I would say stands out is their capacity to understand the client and use that understanding to improve our case position.’
‘Utter commitment to their client. Prepared to work all night if necessary.’
‘Extremely attentive, very sharp. Straight to the point. Immediately understood any points/concerns I raised and able to explain to me in a very clear manner. Attention to detail and good tacticians.’
‘This firm provides a first-rate litigation service where the client’s needs are always given priority.’
‘I work with John Wilkinson – hugely experienced partner in international litigation.’
‘Oli Blundell – still relatively junior but very hard-working and with excellent judgement.’
‘Top quality, and punches well above its weight. This team is picking up very significant commercial litigation disputes.’
‘Adrian Parkhouse (partner): he’s absolutely excellent and, in terms of raw brain-power, one of the top commercial litigation solicitors in London. Clients rightly love him, because he gives top-quality service and gets superb results. He’s also utterly unflappable in the most extreme circumstances.’
‘Ian de Freitas is a top-quality litigator, always on top of the detail but able to see the big picture, always thinking both inside and outside the box, a great team leader, and he gets superb results for his clients.’
‘Will Charrington is super clever, unbelievably hard-working, and an excellent lawyer. You don’t get a better associates than Will.’
‘The team headed up by Adrian Parkhouse is not only made up of excellent lawyers, but they are also a thoroughly nice group of people. They’re creative, flexible and able to think outside the box.’
‘Adrian Parkhouse is unflappable. The case we’ve been working on is unusual and has thrown up all sorts of issues, which Adrian has handled with aplomb. He is particularly good at handling ‘difficult’ clients.’
‘The associates are all good, but I’ve been particularly impressed with Blue Eliott. Her drafting is excellent and she is great with clients.’
‘Farrer & Co have an intimate working knowledge of our business and a number of individuals have worked with us on secondment at some point over the last ten years. This experience has provided Farrer with a unique insight into our business and its operations allowing the firm to provide legal support with full knowledge of our systems and processes and the requirements of functional partners. The litigation team at Farrer & Co are highly respected by the legal department and by internal business partners.’
‘Kate Allass has acted as a trusted advisor to our business for many years. Kate provides excellent commercial advice in an timely, efficient and cost-effective manner.’
‘Always available when needed both by the client and by the counsel team. Really sensible, practical advice given. The team knows which fights to pick and which to avoid.’
‘Kate Allass – very switched on, superb tactical brain, firm with opponents while maintaining their respect. Victoria Atkins – hard working, very efficient, practical, knows when to use counsel and when not to.’
‘Farrers look after their clients like family.’
‘Kate Allass is extremely intelligent and astute.’
‘They are very thorough in their approach, and always provide in-depth comments on any letters or other material so that we (as clients) understand the situation 100% and can (together with the lawyers) make informed and optimal decisions about the way forward. They are very pro-active in keeping us in the loop and are always on top of everything. They showed time and again that they turn things (any letters or documents they need to draft or any other work) around very quickly if needed which is very important in my opinion in commercial litigation.’
‘Ian De Freitas, William Charrington, Lucy Penn – my experience with working all three is very positive. They are constantly on top of everything, always well informed, and don’t mind working in evenings or weekends if required. Their analyses, arguments, suggestions, etc. are usually very good as far as I (not being a lawyer myself) can judge on this.’
AMT Futures Limited
RP Explorer Master Fund
Sir Owen Glenn KNZM ONZM
Kea Investments Limited
Heartwood Wealth Management
Red Kite Management Limited
British Airline Pilots Association
The Challenge Network
Arbuthnot Latham & Co
- Acting for RP Explorer Master Fund in its $80m claim against multiple defendants in a variety of jurisdictions, which concerns complex investments on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
- Acting for Heartwood Wealth Management, one of the defendants in the massive Ingenious film finance scheme litigation, a complex, multi-party claim involving a range of commercial allegations.
- Acted successfully for Sir Owen Glenn KNZM ONZM and Kea Investments in a hard-fought, approximately £200m claim against Eric Watson, Novatrust and others, which concerned joint venture-related agreements and transactions.
Osborne Clarke LLP's dispute resolution team 'blends regional law firm with City focus', with its lawyers working across London and Bristol. The group counts the technology, energy and natural resources sectors and cross-border litigation relating to the Middle East, Russia and CIS among its areas of expertise. Practice head Tom Ellis handles complex commercial disputes, corporate investigations and fraud-related issues, while Andrew Bartlett attracts praise for his 'sophisticated understanding of multinational litigation' with experience advising on issues of jurisdiction and international enforcement. Head of the Russia and CIS disputes practice Artem Doudko, international litigation and investigations expert Jane Park Weir, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright, and associate directors Nick Price and the 'fantastic' Tom Frapwell (who both handle commercial litigation and contentious regulatory investigations) are other names to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘Personalised service, deep knowledge of their subject area, ability to bring together various parties and control them to save in-house counsel trying to pull on multiple strings.‘
‘Really good whole service law firm. Blends regional law firm with City focus. Very price-sensitive and aware of value against ‘cost’.‘
‘High-class commercial litigators, with some particular skills in multinational work.‘
‘Very reasonable and client-oriented‘
‘Tom Ellis provides clarity of approach, detailed knowledge of each matter and is always available to speak. Takes time to know his client as an individual and has a great breadth of experience’
Tom Frapwell is a fantastic senior associate.‘
‘Andrew Bartlett – few solicitors have his sophisticated understanding of multinational litigation.‘
‘Knowledgeable and focused’
BB Energy Group
Unwired Planet LLC
Tiny Computers (in liquidation) / Grant Thornton
Time Computers (in liquidation) / Grant Thornton
Marks & Spencer
Vision Games 1 Limited
Northampton Borough Council
- Acting for BB Energy (Gulf) DMCC in a claim for losses suffered under oil-trading contracts entered into with a Moroccan oil refinery known as SAMIR in 2015.
- Acting for 3 corporate defendants in a claim by multiple bondholders in the PSB bondholder litigation.
- Acting in three separate high value Commercial Court claims for damages against major technology manufacturers including LG, Samsung, Micron, Philips, Nippon, Asahi and others arising from cartels for the supply of DRAM memory, LCD monitors and CRT Glass and Tubes (for monitors).
The litigation team at Squire Patton Boggs handles a range of domestic and cross-border disputes and counts shareholder disputes, financial services litigation, cross-border fraud and asset tracing among its areas of expertise. The group benefits from the ability to leverage its national and international network and 'exploits the latest technology to achieve the best results'. Practice head Stephen Sampson also handles international sports disputes and regulatory investigations while Gareth Timms and Ben Holland are names to note for fraud and energy sector disputes respectively. Other names to note include 'masterful technical' Chris Webber for financial services disputes and associates Katherine Wakeham and Thomas Noble.
‘The litigation team has a reputation for meticulous attention to detail. It exploits the latest technology to achieve the best results and cut costs‘
‘Christopher Webber is a masterful technical lawyer and delivers consistently exceptional service for his clients.‘
‘Kate Wakeham is exceptional.‘
‘Tom Noble is a very efficient and bright associate.‘
Chelsea Football Club
Fawaz Al Hasawi
Rembrandt Enterprises Inc
Project 11 Limited
Lagardère Sports UK Ltd
Sheffield Wednesday FC
- Defended Rembrandt Enterprises Inc in a €29m claim brought by Nederlandse Industrie van Eiprodukten for breach of contract for supply of egg products into the US.
- Acted for NFFC Group Holdings and Fawaz Al-Hasawi in two breach of contract claims arising from the sale of Nottingham Forest Football Club.
- Advised Overgas Inc AD and related group companies in a benchmark decision on a strike out application in London Commercial Court proceedings flowing from an ICC arbitration award.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP's London dispute resolution practice fields 'an experienced and multinational team with in-depth knowledge'. In recent years, it has been involved in some of the highest profile and precedent-setting commercial litigation in the English courts. It has particular expertise in handling large-scale, complex commercial and corporate litigation on behalf of organisations in the firm’s specialist sectors of transport (maritime and aviation), energy and real estate. The firm also has a highly rated practice in construction, engineering and commodities disputes. Andrew Ward and Rebecca Williams co-head the London dispute resolution group, which includes commercial, banking and maritime litigation and arbitration expert, Charles Buss, as well as real estate litigator Dev Desai. Andrew Hutcheon, Rob Fidoe and Thomas Ross are also experienced partners. A strong line of senior associates includes Jemma Dhillon, Andreas Efstathiou, David Handley and Mark McAllister-Jones.
Other key lawyers:
‘Andrew Ward is calm, focused, diligent, thorough – and always good-humoured.’
‘The best thing about the team is their commercial awareness. They are as closely involved with banking/ship finance litigation as any other firm and their awareness of the global issues which arise is as good as anyone’s.’
‘Charles Buss is the author of the leading textbook on ship financing, and has a very deep understanding of enforcement action and related litigation.’
‘Watson Farley & Williams have a strong oil, gas and renewables practice based on the firm’s extensive finance practice and has built a small but formidable construction disputes team over the past five years.’
‘Robert Fidoe is an outstanding lawyer, adept at managing complex technical disputes and with a good eye for the issues that are important in a dispute. Robert’s easy-going manner is very popular with clients and other team members who find him very easy to work with.’
‘Experienced and multinational team with in-depth knowledge of issues related to certain very specific sectors (maritime, air, oil and gas).’
‘Andrew Hutcheon is attentive to concerns and concerned with the clients’ objectives – he is pragmatic, very combative, persevering and successful.’
‘WFW have an incredible level of industry knowledge in the energy and transport sectors, which gives them a real understanding of what their clients want and the issues which they face.’
‘Andrew Hutcheon is one of the most intelligent, careful and diligent lawyers I have ever worked with. Andrew Ward also stands out as intelligent and capable.’
‘Andrew Ward is excellent. Insightful, incisive and commercial. Really bright and a pleasure to work with.’
Natwest Markets Plc
The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc
Bester Generacion UK Ltd
PTT Public Company Limited
CMA CGM S.A.
MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company
Debenhams Retail Ltd
- Acted for Bester in principal Technology and Construction Court proceedings, which were brought by PBS Energo in relation to a high-value contract termination dispute.
- Successfully represented Bester Generacion UK in the headline 2019 case of PBS v Bester, in which the English court refused to enforce an adjudication award.
- Represented PTT Public Company, the Thai state-owned oil and gas company, in a dispute concerning the design and implementation of a trading risk management system for its global commodity trades.
Representing numerous high-net-worth (HNW) individuals, as well as businesses, governments and financial institutions, Withers LLP's team has 'a strong understanding of cross-border disputes'. It acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes of all kinds, including international asset recovery and enforcement matters. The practice's sector expertise includes art, brands, fashion and sport, as well as major financial services. Clients also benefit from the firm's BVI-based disputes team. Global CEO of dispute resolution, Peter Wood, has more than 30 years' experience and boasts a substantial Italian practice; Roberto Moruzzi has particular expertise in complex business restructuring and insolvency disputes; and Tatiana Menshenina is a specialist in cross-border litigation, particularly in relation to Russia, Ukraine and the CIS region. Other names to note are Andrew Wass, Stephen Ross, Eleni Polycarpou and recently promoted Lesley Timms, along with special counsel Georgina Bayley.
Other key lawyers:
‘This is a highly skilled and experienced team of commercial litigators with a global practice. They are often involved in high-profile, high-value cases in the Commercial Court, Chancery Division and in arbitration on behalf of HNW individuals, corporate clients and State actors. They are indefatigable in pursuit of their clients’ interests and deliver a very high-quality service. There is a real team spirit and they are great to work with.’
‘Tatiana Menshenina (partner) is a dual-qualified Russian lawyer and English solicitor. She has a large following of CIS and Ukrainian clients (including the government of Ukraine) whom she represents in proceedings in England and in international arbitrations. She is an astute and clever tactician who is very good at managing complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation. One of her particular strengths is finding creative solutions to unexpected problems and developments that occur during litigation.’
‘Georgina Bailey s a very competent and experienced litigator who basically operates at partner level. She gets things done quickly and efficiently and is a joy to work with. She is in complete command of every aspect of a case and has a great eye for detail.’
‘Lesley Timms is an excellent commercial litigator with a strong focus on Italy and Italian clients. Her approach to dispute resolution is wise and measured and she is very good with clients.’
‘Very strong team, particularly in case involving Russian and Ukrainian issues.’
‘Tatiana Menshenina – knows the CIS market back to front. Commercially savvy.’
‘Julia Alaverdashvili – extremely intelligent and diligent. A real rising star.’
‘A market leader for cases with an Italian element. Extensive experience of Italian clients and cases and numerous fluent Italian speakers make them a first choice. Also strong in international arbitration, and notable for the breadth and quality of its practice.’
‘This a firm with a deep pool of talent from partners to associates. The team provides an excellent service to clients and also stands out for being particularly user-friendly and collegiate.’
‘Among the partners, Peter Wood stands out for corporate disputes. Utterly charming but a touch litigator when he needs to be, he gets outstanding results for clients. In arbitration, Eleni Polycarpou stands out for the range of her experience and her ability to manage even the most difficult clients with ease. Finally, among junior partners, Lesley Timms is clearly going to be star partner in the coming years. She is totally unflappable, and has outstanding commercial judgment.’
‘Among associates, Caroline Thompson is recommended for her efficiency and thoroughness; she’s a great addition to any team. Peter Leckey is a non-nonsense litigator with bags of common sense.’
‘Excellent private client/litigation firm with specialist expertise across a number of industry sectors including fashion and motor racing.’
‘Roberto Moruzzi is hugely experienced and hard-working.’
‘A strong understanding of cross-border disputes and the cultural sensitivities in certain jurisdictions.’
‘Eleni Polycarpou is an exceptional disputes lawyer and manages her wider team very efficiently. Always available and up-to-speed.’
‘Strong litigation practice capable of handling complex cases and deal effectively with all intricacies of the case.’
‘Tatiana Menshenina is very good in creating rock-solid litigation strategies. Tatiana is extremely effective in managing the client’s expectations and bringing in results.’
‘Very friendly and capable commercial litigation team that always has the client’s best interests at heart. The focus is always on achieving the best possible outcome and reducing risk.’
‘Peter Wood: head of commercial litigation, he has a very hands-on commercial approach to disputes which often brings excellent results/ Robert Moruzzi: very tenacious in an attractively understated way. Peter Leckey: very able senior associate.’
Barrowfen Properties Limited
SBD International Limited
Michele di Pierro
International Brand Firm Limited
- Defended a £33m freezing injunction.
- Represented a Russian businessman in the successful resolution of a dispute over a mining-related joint venture debt.
- Acted for a family-run company in a longstanding dispute between members of the family, which included the fraudulent conduct of one of the family members (a former director), and a professional negligence and conspiracy claim.
Boutique firm Candey is 'a one-stop, top-quality shop for any litigation matter, and provides very good, commercial and focused advice '. Other clients praise the practice for being 'responsive, knowledgeable, strategic and tactical - you feel confident that they can achieve results and they are good value for money'. The practice is highly regarded for disputes that concern Russia, as well as the mining, oil and gas, banking, and hotels and leisure sectors. Managing partner Ashkhan Candey, who has a long track record in wins and major settlements in the High Court, heads the practice, alongside shareholder, company law and insolvency disputes expert, Andrew Dunn. Also recommended are James Collins, who is experienced in proceedings brought in the High Court and under institutional arbitration rules; Yuri Botiuk, whose disputes experience includes Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan-related disputes; and Mo Haque QC, whose international caseload spans the Caribbean, CIS, US and Asia.
“A one-stop, top-quality shop for any litigation matter, and provides very good, commercial and focused advice.”
“Responsive, knowledgeable, strategic and tactical – you feel confident that they can achieve results and they are good value for money.”
“Yuri Botiuk has very good knowledge of the law and is very practical and effective in his approach. The Candey team has strength at all levels of seniority and is effective and competent.”
“The firm provides excellent and sound advice and an excellent value-for-money service. Yuri Botiuk and James Collins are practical, knowledgeable, stress-free-lawyers and excellent case co-ordinators.”
Sberbank of Russia
Kazakhstan Kagazy Plc & Ors
JSN Development Group
Dial House Consultants
- Acted for JSN Development Group in a dispute with a special purpose vehicle held by the Elegant Resorts group of hotels, which concerned financial mismanagement of a hotel by Elegant Resorts.
- Represented Elarem Hoffmann in highly acrimonious proceedings with Irina Abramovich (IA), the ex-wife of Roman Abramovich, which involved allegations that IA tricked Roman Abramovich out of large sums to fund property projects in Europe.
- Acting for Russia’s Sberbank in enforcing an LCIA arbitration award.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields several experts in complex, cross-border and high-value corporate and commercial disputes. Working alongside the firm’s widely respected private client practice, the 'superb team of commercial litigators' is particularly well placed to act for privately-owned companies and shareholders when disputes arise. It also has strengths across numerous industry sectors, with recent cases including disputes in the technology, telecoms, sporting regulatory, financial services, mining, energy, aviation and retail sectors. Stewart Hey heads the firm's commercial dispute resolution department, which includes Edward Craig, whose litigation often has international dimensions. Other key partners are John Sykes, Rhys Novak and Charlotte Pender. Katy Ackroyd, Lucy Wicksteed and Stephanie Bonnello provide additional support at senior associate level.
Other key lawyers:
‘High quality associates and partners able to cover a broad range of commercial work always to an excellent standard.’
‘Ed Craig – has real commercial nous. Excellent with clients and achieves excellent results. Katy Ackroyd – excellent litigator. Always on top of the detail ‘and has excellent client management. A real pleasure to work with.’
‘Edward Craig leads a superb team of commercial litigators.’
‘Edward Craig is an old-school team leader: knows the market; knows his team; knows the law and can be trusted to exercise sound and principled judgement.’
‘The CRS Dispute Resolution team is excellent at resourcing work, both in terms of ensuring the right level of human resource is directed to the work in hand but also by regular rotation ensuring every team member is fully up to speed on the key issues in a case and how to address them.’
‘Charlotte Pender is an exceptionally dedicated litigation professional with a very strong commercial sense, an impressive understanding of the technical aspects of complex large scale litigation and, most importantly, an unerring sense for the right tactical step to take at every step of the way.’
‘Ed Craig is highly knowledgeable and understands our needs.’
‘Global reach, a team of really talented lawyers and a client-focused approach.’
‘Stewart Hey is a great lawyer – excellent eye for detail and team leader. Ed Craig and John Sykes are brilliant with clients. Some very good associates in Caroline Greenwell, Hannah Kent and Danielle Sharkey.’
‘They really know their law and can manage a case expertly across the team. These are givens at CRS, but why I really like working with them is they are so highly client focused – doing what’s best for the client; in a human way (they work hard but are fun to work with too); and transparently in terms of cost management.’
‘Stewart Hey: seemingly a workaholic; available at the most unsociable hours; a rapid responder par excellence.’
‘Charlotte Pender is a great big-picture thinker; mild and gregarious but underneath as sharp and forceful as anyone when the need arises. Caroline Greenwell works incredibly hard; a fantastic client relationship ambassador for CRS; but again has that sharp forcefulness when it’s needed.’
Central Bank of Bahrain
Paddington & Company Limited
Norsk Titanium AS
- Successfully represented the joint official liquidators of six Cayman Islands-registered companies, which were among the 15 resulting defendants in a high-value trial that uncovered a $330bn Ponzi scheme.
- Acting in international proceedings for a former employee of a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, which (together with certain of its employees) is alleged to have engaged in international bribery and corruption.
- Acted in a shareholder dispute in the Zambian diamond mining industry, which involved the representation of multiple defendants in joined proceedings.
Fladgate LLP is known for acting against larger firms in complex, high-value disputes that often have international aspects. Highly rated practitioners at the firm include Steven Mash, a funding and group litigation specialist; John Ford, who is regularly instructed on disputes involving trusts and art; Eugene Matveichuk, who is an expert in disputes in the oil and gas sectors, including those involving Russia and CIS clients; and cross-border contractual and shareholder disputes specialist, Alexander Wildschütz.
Other key lawyers:
‘Joel Seager – excellent advice – aggressive at the right points and gave us confidence to take the steps we needed to. Very cost conscious also.’
Jacuzzi Brands LLC
Brainspark Associates Limited
International Leasing Finance Corp
The Dutch Rijksmuseum Twenthe
Vinci Facilities Plc
Kyte Property Limited
- Acting for the defendant, a German company, in a case concerning components for high-end Jaguar Land Rover models.
- Representing two individual defendants in an approximately $700m claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and unlawful means conspiracy, which related to the sale of a sports television broadcasting rights business.
- Acted for the fourth defendant in a claim by the liquidators of a renewables company for damages for breach of duties by a number of directors.
Gowling WLG's practice is widely regarded for its expertise in large, multi-jurisdictional cases, as well as in domestic High Court matters. Senior litigation partner in the London team, James Sidwell, specialises in domestic and cross -border disputes in the banking and financial services sectors, together with fraud and asset tracing, contentious trusts and regulatory enforcement work. Other notable litigators are Andrew Smith, who has been active in the automotive, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and heavy industry sectors, and commercial disputes specialist Catherine Naylor. Legal director Verity Barker and principal associates Emily Till and Tom Cox are also active practitioners.
Other key lawyers:
‘They offer dedication and commitment, a very personal service, and a commercially focused practical and sensible approach. I think they have the experience and ability to play in the big-litigation market at a cost far below that of the magic circle firms.’
‘Emma Carr is extremely committed and responsible and has shown why she deserved being elevated to partner a few years ago. Andrew Smith is everything you would want from a more senior partner: very experienced, independent thinking, considered, careful; and supported by two fantastic associates in Sean Adams and Tom Cox, extremely diligent and thoughtful.’
‘Gowling employ excellent team work. Good knowledge of the law and procedures, flexible and client friendly.’
‘Gowling have some fantastic lawyers who are really focused on getting the best result for the client: they are very sensible about cost-effective solutions and always aim for a quick solution if that is what the client needs. Many of the individual lawyers are outstanding: very clever but also very level-headed in litigation.’
‘Andrew Smith is a true stand-out partner in my view, and Cat Naylor is also very reliable. Among the senior associates Tom Cox and Sean Adams have really impressed me.’
‘One of the best teams around. They work for blue chip companies, but bring a realistic approach without in any way compromising the client’s interests.’
‘Andrew Smith is one of the top litigators in the country. Tom Cox is bright and very efficient. Maintains the client’s confidence at all times.’
Koninklijke Philips N.V.
The Hut Group Limited
Hummingbird Resources plc
CPC Group Limited
Spirit Aerosystems, Inc
Perrigo Company plc
Equiom 13 years
Exclusive Contract Services Limited
Dover Street Limited
- Acting for a German company facing a claim of negligence under Danish law, in relation to a £1.5bn claim by the Danish Tax Authority.
- Successfully acted for three defendants in a £60m claim brought by a former business partner in relation to his exit from their business.
- Successfully defended a £132m claim, which alleged conspiracy to misappropriate a property development at London’s Grosvenor Gardens House.
Humphries Kerstetter LLP
Humphries Kerstetter LLP has a strong banking and financial services client base; with the practice also working with clients in sectors such as energy, defence, insurance, IT, telecoms, media and construction. In addition, it is active in professional negligence work and handles cross- border matters. Mark Humphries is the firm's senior partner and has more than 30 years' experience in contentious legal practice; while managing partner Kristopher Kerstetter maintains a broad dispute resolution practice, with particular expertise in international arbitration and associated litigation. Christopher Braithwaite, James Russell and Toby Starr are other experienced partners to note.
‘Very professional and at the same time very attentive…. immediate response with in-depth knowledge: great company.’
‘Immediate response with in-depth knowledge, especially Mark Humphries who is like an angel who is anytime available with solutions and recommendations great and very exceptional.’
‘Humphries Kerstetter reflects the abilities of its founders: smart, efficient and effective — and a pleasure to work with on your team.’
‘Kris Kerstetter has always demonstrated an exceptional ability to quickly grasp complex factual and legal issues, succinctly focus on the areas on which a dispute will turn, and then advocate effectively towards a positive and practical result.’
‘Provides a unique blend of Magic Circle technical ability and knowledge with more general charge rates and overwhelmingly commercial advice.’
‘Mark Humphries – an exceptional litigator who provides appropriate advice and also goes the extra mile. Mark gives both sides’ views in a dispute and assists materially in delivering mutually acceptable solutions whilst always supporting his clients to the hit.’
‘HK is lean, focussed, cost-effective and they get results. This is a firm that exists to win for its clients and not just to bill.’
‘We very much like James Russell – he inspires confidence.’
Group of circa 50 groups of interchange claimants
One Blackfriars (in liquidation)
Marfin Investment Group
Compagnie Des Grands
Hotels D’Afrique S.A
- Acting for an investment group (and three individuals) in an appeal against a worldwide freezing order.
- Acted in a professional negligence and breach of duty claim against the former administrators of a property development company.
- Represented a group of merchants in their claims against MasterCard and Visa for overcharging on interchange fees.
K&L Gates LLP
The disputes team at K&L Gates LLP attracts praise for its 'deep understanding of the commercial drivers in litigation and the strategies to be deployed'. The 'exceptional' John Magnin leads the practice and has particular experience in natural resources, media, sport and finance sector litigation and disputes in India. Anne McCarthy frequently acts for institutional investors and high net worth individuals and in claims against financial institutions and professional negligence; while Martin King is a popular choice for disputes in the sport, technology, betting and life sciences sectors.
‘The group have a strong commercial focus with a deep understanding of both the commercial drivers in litigation and the strategies to be deployed to advance those commercial objectives. This is allied with a clear sense of the relative merits of the fora in which commercial litigation may be brought.‘
‘User-friendly, flexible, collaborative and experienced.‘
‘Martin King and John Magnin have been outstanding in the quality of the instructions given and the management of a demanding client. Above all, they have been a joy to work with.‘
‘Peter Morton and John Magnin – Great individuals to work with and very clever. Always available.‘
‘John Magnin is exceptional. Technical expertise second-to-none, meticulous, and a real pleasure to work with.‘
‘Excellent and pro-active. Very knowledgeable and engaged.‘
The Racing Partnership Limited.
Arena Leisure Limited.
Arena Racing Corporation Limited.
Decatur Europe Limited
Tiger IT (Bangladesh) Limited
Republic of France
Ping Europe Limited
Y.P. Seaton & Associates Company Ltd
US Bank Trustees Limited
- Represented Halliburton Company (an American multinational) and one of the world’s largest oil field service companies, in an appeal to the Supreme Court relating to the arbitrators’ duty of disclosure.
- Acting for The Racing Partnership, Arena Leisure and Arena Racing Corporation as claimants in three High Court actions against bookmakers and betting industry stakeholders. This included successfully bringing a claim for breach of confidence at first instance against Sports Information Services.
- Defending Decatur Europe, Tiger IT Bangladesh and Mr Ziaur Rahman in a dispute with a French company which seeks injunctive relief. This included acting for the defendants in jurisdictional challenges and a request for a stay on the grounds of forum non conveniens.
Keystone Law 's litigation experience includes general commercial litigation, as well as advice in more specialist areas such as fraud, shipping, aviation, financial services and cross-border matters across significant jurisdictions. Alex Ferrari's practice covers various sectors and encompasses both domestic and international disputes; Matthew Reach advises on business-related and company disputes, including financial services and securities litigation; while Robert Lawrie acts in cases involving shareholder disputes, general commercial litigation, and fraud allegations. Other notable practitioners are Patrick Pennal, Dharmendra Nair and James Lankshear; Elaine Chan also recently joined from Ward Hadaway's Manchester office.
‘Rob Lawrie is standout.’
‘Alex Ferrari has more than 20 years’ experience of commercial litigation in particular in the context of insurance, aviation, life sciences and financial services. And it shows. A man who knows the ropes and all the tricks of the trade.’
‘Keystone is an innovative practice that operates more like chambers, which means that clients benefit from almost exclusive advice at partner level and avoid having their affairs dealt with by junior staff to whom they have been delegated.’
‘Joanna McKenzie is one of the most dedicated lawyers with whom I have worked. She is tremendously hard-working and willing to share the risk with clients by accepting instructions on a no-win no-fee basis. She regularly goes the extra mile for her clients and always give pragmatic advice.’
‘Elaine Chan is an excellent solicitor and somebody who clearly has an abundance of knowledge and capability when it comes to both providing advice and dealing with insurance matters. Elaine’s down to earth persona makes working with her very easy and enjoyable.‘
‘Elaine Chan is an expert on insurance issues, including in the international context. Her work with Chinese colleagues has meant that she has expertly deployed mediation to resolve disputes. She has enhanced her own skills by training as a mediator.’
Nest Investment (Holdings) Ltd
PPF Capital Source Limited
Athena Brands Limited
Acasta European Insurance Company Limited
UNIQA Österreich Versicherungen AG
JC Harkness & Co
Indigo Global Partners Limited
Coventry Gliding Club Limited
China Taiping Insurance (UK) Co Ltd
- Acting for a group of shareholders in The Lebanese Canadian Bank (now defunct), in relation to a large fraud claim in the courts of the Dubai International Financial Centre.
- Acted for a Lebanese trading company that was defrauded by a Scottish company, which sold pesticides that it stated had been made and tested in the EU.
- Acting for numerous institutional investors in a large class action against Petrofac.
Kingsley Napley LLP 'has strength in depth, with very good collaboration between departments in cases that straddle different legal disciplines'. The practice consistently attracts big-ticket, complex litigation, with clients benefiting from its in-house capability in relation to criminal law, regulatory issues, and media and reputation management. The firm also fields experts in related areas such as civil fraud, professional negligence, insolvency, banking and trusts. With over 25 years’ experience, Richard Foss leads the dispute resolution practice, and has particular expertise in financial services and banking disputes. The team further showcases commercial litigation specialists Ryan Mowat, Sue Thackeray, William Christopher and Fiona Simpson. Mary Young was made partner.
Other key lawyers:
‘They have an impressive approach to litigation which focuses on the client’s business.’
‘The team benefits from being able to draw on lawyers from a number of specialisms to put together teams which are particularly suited to individual disputes, whether they arise out of sporting and media contracts or international tax fraud. They are a lively bunch of people who are also extremely good lawyers.’
‘Ryan Mowat handles high-value sports and leisure industry cases. He is focused and unflappable, especially when the going gets tough. Sue Thackeray is one of sport’s law’s doyennes. She has a contact book to die for and client care skills to match. Brings unparalleled commitment to her cases. Daniel Staunton has added real weight to the team. He is adept at ensuring that all the dots are joined and that nothing gets missed, even in the hardest fought cases.’
‘Fiona Simpson is extremely polished.’
‘Strength in depth, with very good collaboration between departments in cases which straddle different legal disciplines.’
‘Standout lawyer is the Ryan Mowat who combines exceptional strategic and negotiating skills with great client management and sound legal knowledge. He can go toe-to-toe with any magic circle firm, and has experience of taking litigation all the way to the Supreme Court – and winning. Partners Sue Thackeray and Fiona Simpson are both also excellent – tough and hard working, again with an excellent litigator’s sense for judging the strengths and weaknesses of both sides’ cases. Mark Fallman and Hannah Fitzwilliam are associates to watch.’
‘The team have a really varied practice, dealing with anything from construction and development disputes and property disputes to “one-off” pieces of unusual litigation. The broad ranges of skills and experience adds value in all areas. In my experience, the litigation team is partner-led, but provides the associates beneath the partner(s) with considerable autonomy.’
‘Ryan Mowat is a really considered and tactical litigator. He analyses his clients’ positions very closely, not just legally but also with a view to the strategy of and behind the litigation and how that will or might impact upon the psychology of the litigants. That really comes to the fore in mediations in particular; he is a master of the strategy and psychology of mediation.’
‘They are focussed. They all work very well together. They put a team together on a case and that is the team – there are very few, if any, changes for the duration of the case. There is always heavy partner involvement both in strategy and overseeing the team. They are unique in the market because they are not large but they have a very big kick.’
‘Richard Foss is a brilliant strategic thinker. Also very supportive even when things are not going that well. He is always absolutely upfront with clients on the strengths and weaknesses of their case and does not pull any punches. That way there are no surprises other than good ones – and he does amazingly manage to pull rabbits out of a hat.’
‘Mary Young is a fabulous new made up partner. So well deserved. A real bloodhound for details that will move a case her way a few notches. Very good on cross-border cases. Fiona Simpson is also extremely good extremely in relation to fraud, freezing injunctions and claims against directors.’
Specialising in commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, and insolvency, Memery Crystal LLP's team is 'hands-on, practical, efficient and experienced'. It is particularly effective in obtaining interim relief, such as third party disclosure orders and injunctions to freeze assets. The practice also has sector expertise in financial services, natural resources and international trade. Mark Whelan, who acts for brokers, hedge funds, financial institutions and practitioners, heads the dispute resolution practice; Russia and CIS specialist Dean Nicholls’ cases regularly involve serious allegations of fraud; while Harvey Rands is a highly rated financial services disputes specialist. Also key to the group are Iain MacWhannell (also a barrister) and Jenni Jenkins.
‘Great value for money. As hard hitting as the silver circle but without the terrifying hourly rates.’
‘Iain MacWhannall is excellent. He has keen eye for detail and is an excellent negotiator and litigator. Clients are in the safest of hands with Iain. Mark Whelan is also a class act.’
‘They are hands-on, practical, efficient and experienced.’
‘Harvey Rands has enormous experience and a very skilful problem-solver and litigator.’
‘Strong team – approachable, sensible and commercial. Very astute strategically.’
‘We have had to use Memery Crystal across a range of jurisdictions and forms of dispute – they have risen to the challenges on each occasion.’
‘Incredibly user friendly and very savvy litigators. Their partners give sound practical commercial advice, giving overall consideration to the commercial reality and not just the balks letter law. Tactically sound but pragmatic at the same time.’
‘Mark Whelan – one of the leading commercial litigators in the mid-size firms. Frequently boxing above his weight, he has carved out a formidable reputation for himself with banks and financial institutions.’
‘Iain MacWhannell – charming and forensically bright. He has fantastic judgment and instinctively knows the right decisions to make in complex, high value commercial litigation. As a former barrister, Iain’s tactics are at the heart of what he does and why he is so very much in demand. Revered for his knowledge and experience of FS, tax, civil fraud and injunctions work, he has a proven track record in heavy weight litigation.’
‘Carl Rohsler – somebody who goes out of his way to achieve the best results for his clients. Highly regarded in the IP and Gaming/Gambling sector, he is somebody that you want on your side. A real thinker, Carl will go over and over various different scenarios in order to arrive at the right decision. It is that diligence and pride in his work that set him apart from others.’
‘Focused with an eye on the a good outcome from a lengthy process, emphasising the cost-benefits in analysing the pursuit of a claim.’
Marex Financial Limited
Medsted Associates Limited
Petricca & Co Capital Limited
Berlin Hyp AG
Kezen Trade Israel Limited
JJ Management LLP
Ocean Partners USA Inc
Yayla Agro Gida Sanayi Ve Nakliyat A.S
- Successfully represented Medsted Associates in a Court of Appeal ruling on the disclosure of fiduciary duty-related commission.
- Acting for Berlin Hyp (a substantial German bank) in an unfair prejudice petition against BrickVest (a Fintech startup), which has now gone into administration.
- Represented Marex Financial in the Supreme Court, in an appeal concerning the application of the Reflective Loss Rule.
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP 'has good depth of experience in commercial litigation, and provides advice that is both practically and commercially sound, while being highly effective'. The team's scope of work covers general commercial litigation, international litigation and arbitration, and group action litigation. Other litigation areas include banking and finance disputes, reputation management, cybercrime, product liability, energy, HNW disputes, and IP and IT; and the practice's international work involves diverse jurisdictions, such as India and South America. Commercial dispute resolution head Rustam Dubash also heads the India group; David Niven and David O’Brien co-head the professional negligence and group action practices; Alex Fox leads the business and finance disputes team; while Richard Marshall is international litigation head. Also highly rated are IP and IT disputes head, Phillip D’Costa and regulatory head John Doherty. Michael Brown joined as a partner from Bird & Bird LLP in 2019, and consultant Noel McMichael and senior associate Charlotte Hill are also experienced practitioners.
Other key lawyers:
‘David Niven: commercially savvy; aggressive when he need to be; fearless in defending and advancing clients’ interests. David O’Brien: one of the brightest and most astute litigators in the market. Phenomenally clever, hard-working and insightful. Jenna Coad: efficient, easy to deal with and never misses a beat.’
‘The team has a good depth of experience in a range of commercial litigation. They provide advice that is both practically and commercially sound, whilst being highly effective. Also, with clients located in certain geographical areas (in particularly India) this firm has particular expertise and contacts, which gives such clients a distinct advantage over the competition.’
‘Phillip D’Costa is a particularly astute tactician. He has many years of experience of commercial litigation and provides legal advice which based on my personal experience is both practical and commercially sound. Clients appear to have confidence in his ability to deliver results and he motivates clients well and keeps them focussed on the important points. He has particular expertise and understanding of the Indian legal system and has a loyal (and substantial) following of clients from India.’
Over 400 investors in failed property schemes
Cyrpus-based family office
Scarborough Group Developments Limited (and 53 others)
Three high net worth individual directors
Shannon Construction Limited
- Instructed by over 400 investors, who seek to recover their losses in hotels and care homes, following the high- profile collapse of Gavin Woodhouse’s Northern Powerhouse Developments.
- Successfully pursued a debtor through the UK courts, recovering all of the debt, with interest at 13% and all costs paid.
- Acted for multiple claimants in an action against a law firm.
'Strong boutique practice' Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is particularly well-known for its expertise in commercial disputes involving civil fraud elements and is 'adept at handling multi-jurisdictional disputes and dealing with asset preservation and tracing issues'. It counts shareholder, financial services and competition law litigation among its other areas of experience; for the latter, Jason Woodland is a name to note. 'Master tactician and expert litigator' Jonathan Tickner and Keith Oliver (who attracts praise for his 'deep knowledge and experience') jointly lead the team in which Sarah Gabriel and of counsels Amy Harvey and Emma Ruane are also key members.
‘Peters & Peters regularly punch above their weight. They are a go-to firm for civil fraud, partly because of the very high quality and experience of their fee earners but also due to the appealing mix of high-stakes white collar criminal work alongside the civil fraud offering. Their international connections are excellent.‘
‘The specialist team has experience and expertise in handling big ticket commercial disputes, particularly those involving fraud and asset tracing. It is also adept at handling multi-jurisdictional disputes and dealing with asset preservation and tracing issues. It has increasing experience in financial services related group litigation.’
‘Strong boutique litigation practice – with deep experience of criminal and regulatory issues putting the firm in a unique position for civil fraud cases, whether acting for claimants or defendants.‘
‘Keith Oliver is a longstanding leader in the field with deep knowledge and experience. He’s a skilled litigator with a team behind him that punches above its weight and takes on all and any big-ticket litigation against big firms – clients love him.‘
‘Jonathan Tickner is bright as a button, very experienced, incisive and a delight with clients. Sound judgement as to what works and what doesn’t.‘
‘Sarah Gabriel is an outstanding litigation expert. Her combination of knowledge, skill and tactical guidance is outstanding.‘
‘Philip Gardner – an outstanding associate, has a great future ahead – one to watch.‘
‘Jonathan Tickner is a master tactician and expert litigator with sound instincts. He is supported by a conscientious and young team of able associates. Jonathan leads the team well and involves himself in the key decisions in a case.‘
The Republic of Mozambique (acting through its Attorney General)
Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority
Pure Energy Development Sàrl and Elnur Aliyev
Newmafruit Farms Limited
Swiss Post International (UK) Limited and Asendia UK Limited
- Acting for The Republic of Mozambique in claims against Credit Suisse and the Privinvest Group (including a US$2bn claim.)
- Representing Alexander Tugushev in a $1.5bn claim relating to the ownership of a one-third stake in an international fishing business which he co-founded with two of the defendants in the 1990s.
- Acting for Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority in a misconduct claim against a large multinational pharmaceutical group, Servier, relating to the sale and supply of blood pressure lowering blockbuster drug perindopril to the NHS.
Bristows LLP's 'dynamic team has in-depth expertise and a great, no-nonsense approach'. It is widely respected for IT and data-related disputes, but also has specialists in commercial disputes involving confidentiality, as well as conflicts concerning contracts for the licensing and exploitation of IP. In addition, the sizeable team is experienced in disputes arising out of the life sciences, industrial markets and consumer products sectors; and is experienced in multi-jurisdictional disputes, involving clients from locations such as the Netherlands, US, China, Europe, Japan and Scandinavia. Mark Brown, Anna Cook, Simon Clark, Angela Fouracre and Jeremy Blum are all experienced partners.
Other key lawyers:
‘A dynamic and friendly team with in-depth expertise and a great no-nonsense approach.’
‘Anna Cook is a standout partner: she combines a first-class intellect with tremendous enthusiasm, and is a pleasure to work with. Rob Graham (Senior Associate but surely a next-generation partner) – combines a deep knowledge of IP and technology law with a practical solutions-focussed approach to dispute resolution.’
‘Mark Brown: experienced and skilful in commercial dispute resolution generally; Gemma Barret: passionate in achieving the goal and the quality of the deliverables is excellent, endowed with rare blend of scientific knowledge (biochemistry) and legal skill in litigation management/strategy. Westley Walker: good knowledge/knowhow and experience in litigation practices especially in disclosure (document search/collection/production).’
‘We work with Anna Cook and Rob Graham – both are very bright, responsive, commercially minded and a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Anna Cook is extremely bright, knowledgeable (both on the technology and legal side) and very commercial. She is great at coming up with innovative solutions to complex legal and commercial problems. Always calm, Anna is a pleasure to deal with.’
‘Mark Brown and his team stand out for going the extra mile to add value and bring their (considerable) knowledge, expertise and brainpower to bear on a case. This is not a firm that subcontracts their thought process to counsel, but whose instructions are underpinned by very well thought-out analysis and well structured documentation.’
‘The output from teams headed by Mark Brown is invariably impressive, whoever the associates on the case might be. He is clearly an exceptional leader who combines high standards with being a pleasure to work for.’
‘I have worked with them now on four separate cases. In each the team is a real team – working together, understanding each other’s roles, delegating and taking responsibility when appropriate and involving counsel and the clients in the team work. Everyone feels part of the team and as if their input is important. This sounds obvious but is quite rare in practice: a function of a positive, friendly and commercial culture.’
‘The result is an efficient, effective, relaxed and most of all client focused working environment – it is a joy to work with and I believe brings out the best in everyone whilst keeping the client centre stage.’
‘Anna Cook is incredibly client focused, a pleasure to work with, has immense technical knowledge, an astute tactical brain and is a great team player. It is no surprise she has a loyal following of clients.’
‘Angela Fouracre – partner. Angela is great to work with and also very client focused. She has a good strategic brain and is very accessible. Again an excellent team player.’
‘Bristows offer an excellent client-oriented service and give sound commercial advice.’
‘Mark Brown is a pleasure to work with. He combines good technical knowledge with a strong commercial, client focused approach and is a great team player.’
Activision Blizzard Inc.
Mundipharma International Limited
Gee 7 Group Limited
Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Acted for Uniface in proceedings against Citibank for software overuse and infringement.
- Acted in a high-profile case involving the gaming bots sector.
DWF 'declutters the issues and develops the best arguments'. The litigation team handles business disputes across its key sectors of retail and international trade, commerce, banking and finance, technology and energy. Jonathan Isaacs is noted for High Court commercial contract, corporate and boardroom disputes; Richard Twomey acts in international disputes involving distressed projects, transactional fallouts, shareholder and ownership disputes, and UK pensions; while Jonathan Moss represents international clients in movement of goods-related disputes. Natasha Gunney and Joshua Fineman are notable senior associates.
‘Of all the legal firm professionals I have worked with over the years, DWF has earned my greatest respect, appreciation, and trust. Specifically, for their attention to detail, outstanding communication, consistent availability, and unarguably the most human group of lawyers I have ever had the opportunity to work with.’
‘The team is intellectually impressive yet affable and approachable, providing a welcome interface for clients and counsel alike.’
‘Multi-jurisdictional conflicts require a deep understanding of not only the commercial agreement over which the dispute is originated but also the applicable regulations in each country involved in such dispute and the idiosyncrasy of the involved individuals, in order to find the right strategy for a specific dispute. DWF Law LLP has this understanding.’
‘I cannot praise Richard Twomey and Joshua Fineman, and thus the firm, highly enough for their diligence, commercial and litigation nous, and client-management skills. Outstanding in all respects.’
‘Empathetic and decluttering the issues and honing into and developing the best arguments. Very hard working and always available to take your call even outside of working hours.’
‘Very intelligent in getting to grips with the core issues and devising a sound strategy.’
‘Not money orientated to bill you for every minute, they always keep an eye on the bigger picture.’
‘Extremely supportive of the client in stressful times.’
‘The team has a very practical approach and they respond very quickly. Their responses are always in line with our company vision and reassure our position.’
‘Over the last year and a half, I have gotten to know Joe Martin and Jonathan Issacs very well and witnessed them take my legal case beyond anything I could have imagined. Simply put, Joe and Jonathan care about their clients and they have went through great lengths to fully understand why my case matters how we will win. Most importantly, DWF Law firm partners and associates have all demonstrated unarguably the best performance anyone could hope for with the best expertise I have ever witnessed.’
‘Richard Twomey stands out as a partner who is tactically astute, knowing which battles to fight and how to develop the most effective strategy for dealing with complex cases.’
‘Jonathan Isaacs has a very practical approach. He doesn’t only give advice, he also helps us to make decisions when they are needed quickly. He responds very quickly and will go above and beyond to help on a specific topic.’
Active Energy Group PLC
Mercantile Port & Logistics
Western International Market Traders Association
FB Lineas SA
Georgina Energy PLC
Korea Electric Power Corporation
- Acting for three defendants in litigation brought by the Danish tax authority
- Defended an enforcement action in relation to a £1.145bn judgment debt, which was obtained in India by 13 state-owned banks.
- Acted in a claim against a US-listed entity, following the breakdown of a longstanding agency relationship.
Harbottle & Lewis LLP is 'fantastic to work with - we would always choose to use them'. The commercial litigation group acts for clients across the firm’s established core sectors of media, technology and entertainment, as well as those operating in the retail and financial sectors, and HNW clients from the firm's private capital practice. Much of its work involves complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration in several jurisdictions, including the US, Russia, the Middle East, Cayman Islands, BVI and across Europe. Sandi Simons heads the commercial litigation group, which also includes highly regarded partners Louis Castellani, Andy Millmore and Matthew Leverton. Sofie Hoffman joined as partner from Edmonds Marshall McMahon.
‘Lizzie Williams has been excellent at managing the client and attention to detail. Sandi Simons has an unusual grasp of detail and unusually good legal brain for a partner.’
‘Strength in depth. Efficiency and rapid turnaround.’
‘Team of Sandi Simons (partner) and Lizzie Williams and Ben Stevens (associates) all excellent.’
‘All round team. Consistently good. Always available and deliver results.’
‘John Kelly and Matt Leverton are an excellent team.’
‘If you want Magic Circle quality and service, with really nice people to work with, but without the price tag, that is Harbottles. They cover most areas of commercial work and can (and do) absolutely go head to head against the giant firms. They have impressive clients, especially in media, and are very much valued by them. In this practice area I think they are brilliant.’
‘I think the whole team demonstrate a no-nonsense commercial approach to cases, always putting clients’ interests first and doing the necessary to achieve the best. Louis Castellani would be my personal choice of lead partner if I had a commercial issue in any area of commercial litigation, but especially if there were a media or publicity angle. Sandi Simons (partner) is a great tactician, always two steps ahead, but also a stickler for the details as well as a very knowledgeable technical lawyer. Matthew Leverton is cracking on detail, with a fantastic memory for it, and with a dog-like ability to keep gnawing at the other side until he gets an answer. More junior people include Georgina Long who is really switched on to all the complexities and tactics of a case, and Lizzie Williams who shows judgement and instinct beyond her years of qualification!’
‘I struggle to think of a better commercial disputes firm in their part of the market. They combine a wealth of hands-on litigation experience, a deep grasp of how use the court system to get results and an overarching commercial focus on their clients’ interests.’
‘All the H&L people I have worked with have been distinctive for their sheer grasp of how to conduct litigation. It is rare to find this combination of technical expertise and strategic acumen, not just in one or two individuals but across a whole team.’
‘On the partner side, I would single out Andy Millmore (a keen eye for the key point), Louis Castellani (very shrewd litigator) and Matt Leverton (a real rising star).’
Universal Pictures Visual Programming Limited
Falcon Asset Finance (Cayman) Limited
Vandermolen Film Co. Limited
Ticketmaster Oxford University Press
- Representing two UHNW investors in proceedings brought by them (and associated corporate entities) against a former business associate, who misappropriated funds.
- Defending a breach of contract claim for Universal Pictures Visual Programming Limited.
- Defended an urgent injunction application in the context of an unfair prejudice petition.
Howard Kennedy LLP's 'very personable practice'is regularly instructed to act in complex, multi-party, cross-border litigation. Simon Taylor is dispute resolution head; Dominic Offord acts in high-profile, large-scale, cross-border fraud cases that involve the recovery of large sums; and Fiona Hinds is particularly focused on clients in the financial services and sport sectors. Other experienced partners are Joel Leigh, who specialises in civil fraud and professional negligence claims; and Tim Bignell, an expert in partnership, shareholder and contractual disputes, as well as insolvency and restructuring. James Wingfield and Ayesha Salim are experienced legal directors.
Other key lawyers:
‘Joel Leigh and Julia Wookey are excellent.’
‘Joel Leigh – hard-working, astute, charming to work for but steel runs through the veins, an excellent practitioner who gets results.’
‘Julia Wookey – very bright and capable.’
‘This is a strong litigation team. It is results focused and delivers greater value than other perhaps more prestigious firms whilst achieving better results.’
‘Joel Leigh is a fine lawyer and aggressive litigator. He has a good grasp of the law and commercial reality, and is an excellent communicator.’
‘A very personable practice, leading industry knowledge, with a keen eye on the detail.’
‘Dom Offord is our go-to UK lawyer for specialist turnaround, restructuring and insolvency cases. His cross-border case experience is unparalleled and his analytical advisory is exceptional. Dom’s crystal clear communication and personable nature helps manage client expectations from start to finish. We would and have recommended Dom highly to associates.’
‘The team’s primary strength is the quality of its staff, in particular the excellent Dominic Offord.’
‘Dominic Offord is quite simply one of the best lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Not only is he technically brilliant, acutely commercial and able to provide a wonderfully calm and balanced approach, his real strength is his ability to follow your thought process. I have never felt as if Dom and I have been working against each other. In terms of strategy, Dom has a canny knack of being able to translate an IP’s creative solutions into workable legal strategies. Many lawyers are able to tell you what you can and can’t do. However, I have found few who can ascertain and provide you with a legal mechanism for you to do what you want to do, and fewer still who can get close to doing so as effectively as Dom.’
‘Imogen Maclean’s particular strength is cases which require complex investigation. Imogen is quite the sleuth and provided valuable assistance with the investigation and collation of supporting evidence for a highly contentious matter we working on. Her ability to join the dots in the evidence allowed us to build a robust and ultimately successful case.’
‘Arish Bharucha is a very intelligent, hard-working and insightful lawyer with a keen sense of strategy.’
HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz
MySale Group PLC
Shorts International Limited
Peterhouse Corporate Finance Limited
China International Mining Group Corporation
Firstwood (UK) Limited
Jeeves Group Liechtenstein
- Acted for Prince Abdul Aziz in alleged breach of contract proceedings.
- Acted for three defendants in claims that were brought by the Danish tax authorities to recoup withholding tax.
- Acting for professional tennis player, Alexander (Sascha) Zverev, in a dispute with his agent and manager (ACE Group International), which concerns the validity and enforceability of a professional representation contract.
Ince is 'properly resourced and provides an all-round, value-for-money service with the client's interests at the heart of everything it does'. The practice fields disputes experts with experience in the TMT, transport, trade, retail and hospitality, energy, infrastructure, and insurance sectors. The practice also acts in litigation involving corporate law, real estate, private wealth, employment and regulatory issues. Nicholas Yapp is dispute resolution head, and joint London managing partner. Nick Goldstone focuses on media-related disputes, reputation management and human rights. Philip Cohen is also a highly experienced litigator, while Robin Shaw is known for representing news publishers in litigation. Other notable partners are Melanie Hart and Max Robinson.
Other key lawyers:
‘A highly professional outfit with a fierce determination to win for the client.’
‘Nick Goldstone: a terrier-like grip on litigation and excellent negotiator.’
‘The teams are very good at dealing with urgent issues and working hard to ensure that deadlines are met and that clients get the best service.’
‘Nick Goldstone is an expert at ensuring the litigation teams know what is required of them and working with counsel to get the best results for the client in a cost-effective way.’
‘The team is extremely well managed. They are efficient, knowledgeable and explain things in a no-nonsense way. They are very commercially minded.’
‘We normally deal with Nick Goldstone who gives good advice. We find him extremely tough but with an underlying sense of humour. He is very knowledgeable but unlike some solicitors is aiming for an end result rather than prolonging cases.’
‘Excellent partner engagement with the work, and highly skilled associates. Melanie Hart is a particular star: really gets to grips with the clients’ needs, and combines strategic insight with hands-on hard work.’
‘A very “savvy” firm, offering firm practical advice.’
‘Philip Cohen and Vikash Savani are a formidable team.’
‘Nick Goldstone is the leading light in the team and increasingly prominent in the firm as a whole.’
‘Nick Goldstone is an outstanding litigator whose judgement is excellent. He is very tenacious and has great intuition.’
‘Pragmatic and results-focused firm that does not over-bill.’
‘Melanie Hart – very rare to find a lawyer who has the full package, but Melanie does. Great client management skills – reassuring, expert, confident but caring. Fine legal mind. Determined deliverer. Very very impressed by her work.’
‘Robin Shaw is a superlative litigator who is leading a diverse young team of keen and talented junior lawyers. The firm is properly resourced and provides an all-round, value-for-money service with the client’s interests at the heart of everything they do.’
‘The media litigation team lead by Robin Shaw is truly excellent. Robin is not only a clever, knowledgeable media lawyer but an excellent strategician with immense good humour and a calm manner coupled with a genuine commercial understanding of the industry.’
Marshall Monteagle PLC and its subsidiaries
Telegraph Media Group Limited
Guardian News & Media Limited
Easy Rent A Car Limited
- Successfully represented Easy Rent A Car and George Nesteros in an appeal involving the application of the Recast Brussels Regulation to trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings.
- Successfully defended The Daily Telegraph in privacy litigation brought by Sir Philip Green in relation to allegations of sexual harassment and the use of non-disclosure agreements.
- Acted for a global trading conglomerate in worldwide proceedings arising from a senior executive leaving the company and setting up in competition by misappropriating confidential information, customers, suppliers and staff.
Lewis Silkin LLP's team 'is exceptionally customer focused '. The practice has significant experience in international and cross-border litigation, jurisdictional disputes, joint venture and shareholder claims, and share purchase and warranty matters. Other areas of disputes strength involve banking, trusts, partnerships, utilities, construction, competition and civil fraud. In 2019, Mark Lim, whose work frequently has an international focus, was appointed head of the dispute resolution group, which also fields highly regarded commercial litigation partners Andrew Wanambwa and Clive Greenwood. Fraser McKeating is the managing associate to note.
‘Very knowledge and hardworking team, who represent good value for money for a top London firm.’
‘Stand out performer is new Head of Dept, Mark Lim. Highly motivated and very approachable, he is excellent with clients on difficult cases.’
‘Mark Lim leads a consistently strong team. The team are in Mark’s image: clever, thoughtful and assertive. They are careful, innovative and client friendly. Lewis Silkin is a medium-sized law firm but doing top end work, with brilliance and at a reasonable cost. If one has a tricky commercial dispute that one wants fought properly and effectively to a satisfactory conclusion then this is the team.’
‘Mark Lim leads the team with unflappable brilliance. He is a very bright, knowledgeable lawyer, equally at home in insolvency, insurance, or banking litigation.’
‘Mark Lim is very good, sensible no-nonsense approach, very thoughtful and thorough, gives good clear and direct advice.’
‘Mark Lim – excellent commercial approach, careful and good with clients; Nigel Enticknap – clever, thoughtful and thorough.’
‘The team that handled my case were exceptionally customer focussed and had studied the case documents thoroughly. I was impressed with the knowledge they had on a fairly unique part of commercial law. Suggestions were made and a very clear road map was laid out at the start with what documents and information would be required. Meeting notes and any conversations that were held were accurately documented and quickly shared.’
‘Andrew Wanambwa was excellent throughout the time I was involved in the case. No question was considered foolish and Andrew had a clear ability to assess the argument and the behaviour of the legal team of the other party. This enabled us to make decisive actions as to what path we would follow. I was also impressed and how Andrew personally followed up and chased for information from our side when delays occurred. I learned a huge amount working with Andrew and would not hesitate to recommend him in any dispute case.’
Ford Motor Company Ltd
The Arsenal Football Club Plc
Havas Media Group
Dyson Technology Limited
Picture House Cinemas
- Acted in a claim against a law firm for breach of contract and breach of tortious duty.
- Acted for defendants in relation to breach of fiduciary duty and dishonesty claims, which arose from a management buyout.
- Acted for Sivana Sports International in a contractual dispute with a Formula 1 driver, which concerned unpaid commission.
The 'cohesive, practical and extremely hardworking' Lipman Karas LLP is an 'outstanding' specialist litigation boutique that undertakes high-value, high-profile, cross-border litigation; and is 'giving more established rivals a serious run for their money'. Andrew Ford focuses on international disputes, fraud, and asset tracing, with a significant number of his cases involving Continental Europe and the Middle East. Jeremy Scott plays major roles in disputes that arise from corporate frauds and insolvencies; while Caroline Phipps, who is experienced in the project management of investigations and trials, is a recently promoted special counsel. Caroline Mattin and Rachael Gregory are also recommended.
‘An outstanding team. Great work product, very easy to deal with, totally focussed on client. A real underestimated team, as good as any magic circle firm – but with a human face!’
‘Cohesive, practical and extremely hard working.’
‘A very go-ahead and innovative team giving more established rivals a serious run for their money. First class client service.’
‘International reach, in terms of the firm and client base. Dedicated and professional and excellent to work with. A London based commercially acute firm fit for the 21st century challenges.’
‘The London team is made up of committed, skilled and experienced professionals who are also pleasant to work with.’
‘All members of the team are highly motivated, intelligent and a pleasure to work with. They always give 110% to their clients and they outclass many much larger outfits. The practice has a global reach, with international offices, however working with them feels like working with a family team. They are extremely professional, knowledgeable and capable, yet personable and approachable. They also cover an extremely wide variety of work, including some of the highest profile international cases, yet conduct these with considerable ease.’
‘Experienced team who work together and with clients very effectively. Very approachable, pragmatic and consultative. Charming and intelligent.’
‘Lipman Karas is a modern and sophisticated law firm with highly qualified and organised solicitors. The firm is equipped to manage large litigation cases with data bases, conference facilities and support staff. What sets them apart is the dynamic atmosphere in which the team conducts itself.’
‘I am very impressed with the dedication and professionalism of Lipman Karas. They are very reactive and proficient.’
‘Andrew Ford – unsung hero of the commercial litigation world. Fantastic with clients and loved by fellow lawyers on the team. A real people person.’
‘Chris Atkinson is a highly efficient lawyer who is trusted to lead cases on his own. Very user friendly and with great judgement.’
Francesco Mombelli & Others
Joint receivers of various entities in the African Minerals mining group
Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers Company
Tsareva & Others
- Acting for Francesco Mombelli, and his companies, (as defendants) in Commercial Court proceedings brought by the Public Institute for Social Security (Kuwait) for alleged bribery, unjust enrichment and knowing receipt.
- Instructed by a Saudi Arabian partnership in relation to claims made against it, including a six-week appeal before the Cayman Islands’ Court of Appeal.
- Acting for 34 individual Russian investors in their claims against two Russian oligarchs and their corporate vehicles.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP is 'well set up to conduct heavy, complex, high-value litigation, with experienced lawyer teams'. The London litigation team acts across the firm's core sectors of technology, energy and infrastructure, and finance; and handles large, high-stakes domestic disputes in the English Courts, as well as complex, high-end, cross-border cases. London litigation practice head Simon Willis was also recently appointed London office leader, and although he is focused on international arbitration, Mark Beeley maintains a cross-border disputes practice in the English courts. Amanda Voss, Adam Rizzo and Marcus Holmstroem are experienced senior associates.
‘An exceptionally hard-working team, with a particularly sophisticated approach to the law and the issues. Very good at understanding the client’s objectives and concerns and putting these at the centre of its strategy.’
‘Simon Willis – very bright; excellent grasp of relevant areas of law; authoritative leader of teams on large-scale litigation.’
‘Adam Rizzo – diligent and intelligent approach; liaises well with client and with counsel team.’
‘An excellent team, picking up top quality big-ticket litigation.’
‘Amanda Vos is fabulous! She’ll stop at nothing to produce an excellent document, and her contributions on every aspect of a case are invaluable. She someone you can depend upon with total confidence. Terrific.’
‘Very strong team. Know us and our sector. Supportive and responsive.’
‘Simon Willis – Winning combination of legal knowledge and practicality. Very sound judgment. Amanda Voss – Clever and tenacious.’
‘I rate Simon Willis as one of the best lawyers operating in the Accountant’s liability space, and he is a joy to work with as well!’
‘The individuals we have worked with are outstanding in their field and a pleasure to work with. Adam Rizzo deserves a special mention for the dedication he has shown in handling our litigation.’
‘Great attention to detail, hard working, practical, excellent with clients.’
‘A wide ranging practice – and excellent at everything.’
‘This firm is well set up to conduct heavy and complex high-value litigation, with experienced teams of lawyers. It has particular expertise in corporate litigation, especially with an international aspect.’
‘Simon Willis is highly experienced in conducting heavy litigation, often with a corporate element. He is tactically astute and painstaking, and develops strong relationships with his clients (who are often longstanding clients of his).’
‘Simon Willis runs a hard working team and, importantly, his oversight is close and effective.’
‘Simon Willis is simply an outstanding litigation solicitor. He is tough, hard working, well informed and highly tactical in his thinking. Yet he is easy to work with.’
Ernst & Young
Jasminder Singh (Edwardian Hotels)
Langston Group Corporation
Sunset Financials Limited
- Representing Langston Group Corporation and Samir-Georges Hammam, in a claim against Cardiff City Football Club (and its owner) for damages suffered as a result of fraudulent representations made when entering into a settlement agreement.
- Represented the chairman and majority shareholder of the Edwardian Hotels Group (one of the largest privately-owned hotel groups in the UK), in one of the largest unfair prejudice petitions to be litigated in recent years.
- Acting for KPMG, as former auditor to Carillion (the collapse of which marks one of the largest corporate insolvencies in UK history) in litigation brought by the Official Receiver.
'The firm to turn to when we have a difficult legal problem', Payne Hicks Beach's commercial and corporate litigation team is '100% focused on obtaining the best result and provides first-class legal advice'. It is well known for its disputes expertise in areas including banking, finance, professional negligence and reputation management. Particularly well known for media-related litigation, Dominic Crossley heads the dispute resolution department, with Lucas Moore acting in claims involving financial services, international trade, fraud, insolvency and shareholders. Richard Manyon and Ane Vernon are also recommended.
‘A growing and ambitious litigation team – they have real focus and drive.’
‘Lucas Moore – an outstandingly bright solicitor, with a ton of litigation experience – he can take the most complex commercial litigation in his stride.’
‘Ane Vernon will fight her client’s corner hard, but not lose sight of commercial realities.’
‘The litigation team is 100% focused on obtaining the best result for us. They always have an excellent grasp of all the facts of a case and provide us with first class legal advice. They are the firm to turn to when we have a difficult legal problem.’
‘Lucas Moore is extremely thorough and has a commanding grasp of all the facts of a case. He has quickly gained respect of our company with his detailed knowledge and professional handling of cases.’
‘Excellent and capable team across a range of disciplines and suitability for different types of cases.’
- Acted for Famfa Oil (Famfa) in two sets of proceedings, which were commenced by financing banks in relation to Famfa’s bid to purchase Nigerian oil assets.
- Representing victims of phone hacking and media intrusion in judicial review proceedings, which challenged the decision to terminate the Leveson Inquiry.
PCB Byrne - the result of the April 2021 merger of Byrne & Partners and PCB Litigation - is a conflict-free boutique that 'has a long track record of success'. Its core commercial litigation offering includes civil fraud and asset recovery, as well as banking litigation. The team's experience further includes contractual claims, joint venture disputes and shareholder actions. Well known for fraud and asset recovery work, Anthony Riem also has a substantial international commercial disputes practice; with much of Trevor Mascarenhas' commercial litigation work also involving international elements. Jon Felce and Nick Ractliff are experienced partners; Natalie Todd was made partner in 2019, while senior associates Rachel Turner, Catherine Eason provide additional support.
‘Tony Riem and Trevor Mascarenhas are highly experienced. New partners have joined, who seem very good, and have also been made up internally which is great to see. This is a practice on the up.’
‘They are market leaders who have a long track record of success. They got a particularly good result on a case I referred as I was conflicted. Tony Riem kept me well informed throughout, and the client was extremely pleased both with the outcome and the recommendation.’
‘Able to understand the case quickly and gather the necessary information for case analysis.’
Excellent strategic litigators.’
‘A heavyweight team of litigators that provide practical and commercial advice in resolving disputes.’
‘A team with strong Russia/CIS expertise bolstered by the recruitment of David Harby from HFW.’
‘Great professional team. Client-oriented.’
‘Very savvy. And very good value for clients. A team of top litigators, many of whom have come from magic circle firms. There is no fat on their business model, which means you get significantly more bang for your buck than at comparable firms.’
‘You know what you’re getting with PCB – partner expertise at sensible prices. It’s shoulder to the wheel as soon as you ask; not delegating it to a junior to whom you have to spend more time explaining what you need. They bill you when they say you will and the amount agreed.’
PL Holdings Sarl
ACON Equity Management LLC
Domestic & General
- Defending Andrey Petrik in relation to the ownership of an international fishing group.
- Representing the Azzouz Group in a claim against insurers, following the occupation of facilities by Syrian insurgents.
- Successfully representing private equity firm ACON, in relation to an investment in an energy company.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP 'has an excellent client base'. The practice's key strengths are Middle Eastern-related work, heavyweight commercial disputes, and commercial litigation involving public sector bodies. Lucy James' disputes focus includes banking, contracts, defamation, fraud, investigations and insolvency, along with dispute resolution involving IT, professional negligence and partnerships. Ned Beale is recommended for high-value corporate disputes, and Alex Burton co-heads the international dispute management practice. Charlotte Clayson and James Lancaster provide notable senior associate-level support. Navinder Grover, former insolvency head at Teacher Stern LLP, joined as partner in 2020.
‘Lucy James heads up the commercial litigation segment of the firm. She works very hard and is very focused and dedicated. She deals things in a calm and efficient way. She works well with the bar in order to bring the best team for the client.’
‘Very strong in depth in banking and general commercial litigation, with international reach while remaining good value. Blue-chip partners.’
‘Alex Burton is a well respected and balanced litigator who has a keen strategic sense. He doesn’t waste time or dither. He gives careful and measured advice.’
‘Very attentive and understanding of the particular business needs in a sensitive matter.’
‘Ned Beale. Extremely experienced, navigated complex negotiations calmly and precisely.’
‘Trowers was one of the first English firms to open offices in the Gulf, and has a particular expertise in litigation involving parties from the GCC region, built on decades of experience. That incudes understanding the interaction between the English and Gulf states’ legal systems and substantive laws, handling disputes with a Sharia law element, and understanding the cultural differences between West European and GCC businesses.’
‘Ned Beale is one of London’s leading litigators, combining focused and creative strategy with a determination to win for his clients. James Lancaster is an excellent senior associate, adept at handling complex and long running cases. And moreover , they update the client on each step of the litigation matters with detailed options and reports and are always available for discussion.’
Central Bank of Bahrain
All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking
Department of Health
Currie & Brown International
Boxington Corporate Finance
- Acting for a group of MPs and Lords in the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking, intervening in a company law case (Sevilleja v Marex) that addressed the rule against reflective loss for the first time in 20 years.
- Acting for the Central Bank of Bahrain in an ongoing worldwide mandate to pursue large claims worldwide, which arise out of the Saad Group fraud, one of the largest frauds of all time.
- Pursuing claims of approximately $20m, relating to a substantial Bahraini business, with the work including obtaining a freezing injunction in Jersey and successfully concluding one set of Chancery Division proceedings.
Boodle Hatfield LLP's 'very practical and commercial practice' has a strong reputation for arts law-related disputes. Recent highlights also include a cross-border liquidation; an insurance dispute; breach of contract issues; and alleged breach of fiduciary duty. In addition to his art law disputes expertise, Simon Fitzpatrick acts in commercial litigation for HNW individuals and privately-owned companies. Recently promoted partner Kellie Jones represents HNW individuals from the Middle East, particularly in relation to joint venture-related disputes.
The practice is very practical and commercial in its approach. The team listen, understand and advise at the key moments to make a practical difference. The team also don’t spend huge amounts of time explaining the possible outcomes but focus on the outcome I would like.
They listen well; really listen to what the objectives are. They evaluate the issue from alternate angles and make recommendations. They will also challenge as appropriate which makes them more than just a processing team. They are open to new ideas and approaches and hugely respect the cultural differences across the globe.
The two stand out individuals are Sarah Latham and Simon Fitzpatrick. Two truly exceptional legal professionals.
Good communication, accessible, professional.
Good commercial sense, quick to understand issues, responsive.
The team were fantastically professional, completely understood the nature of the dispute and gave us excellent advice on the strategy to resolve, and we eventually reached a satisfactory conclusion.
I was impressed with the whole team, Rebecca Foden was a pleasure to work with.
Highly competent and efficient, responsive and pragmatic
Great team work with proper back up, very clear vision and a personal touch.
Excellent sectoral knowledge and close attention to detail and client needs.
Simon Fitzpatrick and Sarah Latham: extraordinary commitment to the client’s cause.
Chiltern Farm Chemicals Limited
- Acted for Chiltern in its successful challenge in the High Court to the legality of a Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ban on metaldehyde slug pellets.
Burges Salmon LLP's 'very strong team has real in-depth experience and expertise across a multitude of legal and industry areas'. The Bristol-based practice fields litigation experts in transport, energy and natural resources, financial services, business crime, agriculture, pensions and IP. David Hall is dispute resolution team head, alongside Ann Metherall. Other notable partners are Andrew Burnette, who has a broad commercial disputes practice, and transport and procurement specialists Chris Jackson and Ian Tucker, along with Sian Edmunds , Michael Ward and Matthew Walker . Former partner Kari McCormick joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.
Other key lawyers:
An ambitious and energetic commercial litigation team, planning to punch above its traditional reputation.
Creative and thorough.
No nonsense, realistic, reasonably priced, litigators.
Excellent partner engagement with the work, and highly skilled associates.
A very strong team with real in-depth experience and expertise across a multitude of legal and industry areas. They provide clear and pragmatic advice, and are genuine trusted advisers in this space.
Highly strategic and client-focused team with a can-do, hands-on attitude.
Michael Ward gives his all to each case, and is always available to clients.
Michael Ward is exceptionally clever, energetic and imaginative – always thinking up cunning plans to defeat the opposition.
David Hall is a very experienced and wise litigator.
Excellent partner engagement with the work, and highly skilled associates. Sian Edmunds is a particular star: really gets to grips with the clients’ needs.
Chris Jackson – a genuine in-depth understanding of the industry and a real feel for where the strengths and weaknesses of a case lie.
Ian Tucker is another industry expert who provides very clear and commercially focused advice.
Lloyd Nail has a phenomenal intellect and unerring ability to identify the heart of an issue, provides clear and cogent advice.
David Hall is an extremely able disputes resolution solicitor. He works ferociously hard to win his clients’ trust and leaves no stone unturned in exploring every facet of each case. He is a fantastic team-leader, who mucks in in terms of trial preparation and seems to have a sixth sense in terms of knowing when to call on counsel.
FirstGroup plc and subsidiaries
Crown Commercial Service panel
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
PRISA (Promotora de Informaciones)
The Crown Estate
- Acted for First Trenitalia West Coast Rail, as an interested party in a procurement challenge against the Secretary of State for Transport, which concerned three major rail franchises.
- Acted for Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited (FSCS) in a claim involving breach of fiduciary duties by an offshore trustee, which followed the collapse of a development company that offered off-plan timeshares in a hotel development in St Lucia.
- Acted for Ludlow Street Healthcare (and associated group companies) in a dispute between a private healthcare business (and its former CEO and his wife), which involved claims concerning the alleged unauthorised diversion of significant sums of money.
In addition to Collyer Bristow LLP's standalone banking disputes practice, the firm has a substantial commercial disputes team that focuses on complex, high-value disputes, frequently involving international elements. Richard Viegas heads the team, which also includes Jeff Roberts, who acts in shareholder and boardroom disputes for HNW individuals and sizeable corporates; and Janine Alexander, who has significant experience in disputes that involve interest rate and credit derivatives, investment mis-selling, LIBOR fixing, and property and development finance.
Exceptionally well-informed about the market, intelligent and able to learn new areas of business very quickly. They are also commercial and pragmatic.
Rich Viegas in particular is excellent. He is fiercely bright, endlessly hardworking and knows that what I care about is a sensible, commercial settlement, not a point-scoring competition. There is no lawyer I’d rather use for this kind of work. Cannot rate him highly enough.
Technical and tactical expertise and a great ethic of client communication, which is regular and clear.
Richard Viegas is excellent in his clear and incisive thinking and superb at presenting relevant information to the client in a clear and digestible manner.
Lucy Waddicor has exceptional attention to detail and stand out work ethic.
Unlike other law firms we previously used, Collyer Bristow LLP have shown nimbleness and out of the box thinking we had not previously experienced, nor appreciated. The firm’s commitment to our case has pro-actively been on the front foot, and their counsel clear with conscience legal correspondence that is elegant, cost effective and coherent; on the whole we are very impressed by the firms offering!
We are extremely impressed and grateful to Richard Viegas for his total 24/7 commitment to our claim; we changed law firms midway and hence Richard essentially inherited our claim. The team at Collyers quickly got into the minutiae of matters, took control of, drove complex litigation and provided us tremendous comfort they fully understood the dynamics of our claim.
It is clear to us Richard Viegas has created a litigation practice that is a cut above the rest in London and the nicest thing is Richard, Ryan Lynch and Lucy Waddicor are wonderful people to work with.
Musst Holdings Limited
Mr Sami Wadi Sidawi
Harrington Scott Limited
Bench Walk Advisers
Vald Nielsen Holding A/S
ChapelGate Credit Opportunity Master Fund Limited
- Acting for Musst Holdings in a high-value breach of contract claim, which related to complex financial instruments held within a managed fund.
- Successfully acted for Vald Nielsen Holding and Newwatch (as claimants) in a fraud claim.
- Acted for an UAE businessman in the defence of a complex trusts claim.
Dorsey & Whitney's trial department leverages the expertise of the London office’s broad corporate practice, alongside the firm’s extensive US and Asian coverage. The practice also has notable expertise in eDiscovery. Tim Maloney heads the firm’s London office and London trial team, which regularly acts in complex international cases. Matthew Blower is a specialist in high-value commercial litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution.
Other key lawyers:
Tim Mahoney is smart, engaged, great judgement, and always available when needed.
Watchstone Group PLC
Otello Corporation ASA
Traffic Monsoon, LLC (in receivership)
Warner Chappell Music Italiana S.r.l.
Hardy Oil PLC
Bronze Monkey LLC
- Defended Watchstone Group against a claim for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation, which arose from a £637m sale of a business division.
- Acted for the claimant in a shareholder dispute.
- Acting for the court-appointed receivers of Utah-incorporated company, Traffic Monsoon, in the English part of a worldwide enforcement action arising from a Ponzi scheme.
Civil fraud cases form an integral part of Edwin Coe LLP’s commercial litigation workload; the practice is also highly rated for securities and consumer fraud claims, often acting for large groups of consumers and shareholders. In addition, it stands out for its specialised work involving sub-Saharan Africa. David Greene leads the group action litigation team, and Ali Zaidi is head of litigation and insolvency. Zahira Hussain is a recently promoted partner and Thomas Johnson is an experienced senior associate. Former partner Nick Neocleous retired from the practice.
Excellent strength in depth across the full range of commercial fields.
Very strong individuals – Ali Zaidi and David Greene in particular are excellent both tactically and technically. Zahira Hussain is also excellent.
Edwin Coe has great strength in depth in its property litigation team, both at partner and associate level.
Trucks Cartel claimants
BM Advisory LLP
Crown Currency Action Group
Soteris Pittas & Co L.L.C
St Frances Action Group
150 claimants in the Giambrone action
Resort Properties claimants
Eclipse tax scheme members
- Acted for a group of claimants in relation to the Eclipse film finance schemes, where investors were misled as to their true nature.
- Representing a group of around 200 claimants in legal proceeding arising from fraudulent timeshare product selling.
- Acting for group claimants in an action for damages and interest against truck manufacturers, following the uncovering by the EU of a price fixing cartel.
At Mayfair law firm Forsters LLP, the commercial dispute resolution group is headed by Benedict Walton. Walton's areas of expertise include breaches of warranty, competition litigation, breaches of directors’ duties and shareholder disputes, along with negligence, fraud, investment disputes and group actions. Key recent work has included a series of multimillion-pound cross-border claims, often featuring particularly complex elements. The team, which works with corporates, banks, trustees, insolvency practitioners, investors and high net worth individuals, was bolstered during 2019 by the hire of senior associate Caroline Harbord from Mourant. Other key figures include experienced litigator Andrew Head, who, like Walton, has particular expertise regarding litigation funding and ATE insurance, and contentious trusts and estates head Roberta Harvey.
Irwin Mitchell has 'a solid mid-market dispute resolution offering and is highly client focused'. The department handles a wide range of commercial disputes, involving commercial contracts, supply chains, pensions, breach of directors' duties, corporate warranties, and shareholders and partnerships. Other areas of strength are IP and IT disputes, injunctions, regulatory issues, and professional negligence claims. Jonathan Sachs is a specialist in professional negligence, commercial litigation and fraud. Professional negligence expert Jane Anderson and Dominique Dolman, who handles large-scale commercial disputes, are experienced senior associates.
A good dispute resolution firm for all needs.
Jane Anderson is an exceptional litigator. Able to drive the team to its goal and charismatically lead the team and the client.
I regularly recommend Irwin Mitchell to clients that have approached me on a direct access basis. My own dealings with Irwin Mitchell and the experience of clients of mine that have worked with IM are: (1) IM are extremely approachable, client friendly and client focused; (2) Clients are generally very satisfied with the quality of service they get from IM; (3) IM have solicitors at various levels of seniority and are thus particularly able to tailoring their service to a client’s budget; (4) They are Rottweilers when they need to be but can play nicely too. The result is they can get the best out of opponents. (5) Cases are always beautifully prepared and everyone that is involved in a case is always entirely on top of things.
Jonathan Sachs is one of the most approachable and decent people I know. He identifies with the client to the extent that he really works to get the best results but remains sufficiently intellectually detached that he is able to give sensible advice. Most of the clients that we have in common trust JS to an extent that is unusual and he is able to speak to them with a frankness that few solicitor can. He has been around for a while and knows most of his opponents (counsel and solicitors), their foibles and has a phenomenal understanding of what will fly in court.
Dominique Dolman is one of the most easy to work with solicitors I know. DD is always on top of the cases. She is amazing at dealing with clients (probably the best client skills I have seen), fantastically aware of best litigation tactics and determined (more so than many of her peers) to get the best and most commercially sensible outcome for the client.
Jonathan Sachs is an extremely competent litigator who combines commercial acumen with a warm and engaging personality. One can see why his clients trust his advice.
Irwin Mitchell’s commercial litigation team is well able to operate at a level expected of city firms, significantly punching above its weight. Its smaller size (and regional offices) enable it to operate more flexibly than its bigger competitors without any dilution in the very high quality of service it is able to provide.
Dominique Dolman is an exceptionally good lawyer with wide-ranging experience of commercial disputes and a client-friendly touch, more than capable of managing high-value claims (in my own recent experience a number of claims valued well into 8 figures).
Samantha Leung is a very bright and detail-focused associate with a great future.
Bags of experience across the full spectrum of commercial dispute resolution. Responsive approaches to funding and a real appetite for pursuing appropriate resolution.
Jonathan Sachs – strong commercial acumen and not to be bullied.
Jonathan Sachs is a very savvy lawyer. He is legally knowledgeable (particularly in the prof-neg area) but his years of experience have given him an exceptional feel for how claims are likely to unfold and where the other side’s pressure points are likely to be. Every penny of value is eked out for the benefit of his clients with the settlement point usually right at the top end of the range for the cases concerned.
Taray Investments Limited
Bellevue Homes Limited
- Represented the claimant against solicitors, for negligently advising on a personal injury-related settlement at significant undervalue.
- Represented a family in a case against a financial investment firm, which was for vicarious liability further to an agent’s negligent advice.
- Acted for a property developer in a professional negligence claim against previous solicitors.
King & Wood Mallesons
Commercial litigation is at the core of King & Wood Mallesons' 'client focused and dedicated' London office. The group, led by London managing partner Darren Roiser, acts in high-stakes commercial disputes involving financial services, civil fraud and asset recovery, and contractual claims. Clients particularly benefit from the firm's leveraging of its China and Asia Pacific network. Andrei Yakovlev is a Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe disputes specialist; and Wilson Antoon and Natalie Quinlivan were promoted to partner and of counsel, respectively. Former partner Dorothy Murray left for Proskauer Rose LLP.
The team’s genuinely international capabilities make them a real competitor against the very best disputes practices within the magic circle and US law firms. They have unrivalled access to Chinese clients and an unparalleled knowledge of China-related disputes.
KWM is an excellent and focused team which routinely punches above its weight i nterms of the instructions it obtains. Its lawyers have excellent industry knowledge and technical skill.
An excellent and diverse team. They are a pleasure to deal with and are very results-focused.
I would thoroughly recommend Andrei Yakovlev and Wilson Antoon for complex international arbitration matters. They are excellent.
The team brings breadth and depth – real experience across different jurisdictions and other firms. They are well led by Darren Roiser, who has brilliant client management skills and a combination of legal skill and communication ability.
Darren Roiser, as London Managing Partner, sets the tone and leads from the front. He has an interest in clients and the wider sectors and communities they serve and is always responsive to their demands.
Alpha Co Ltd
Shandong Offshore Investment (HK) Co Ltd
High net worth Chinese investor
- Acted for Alpha Co in enforcing various Japanese loans over the assets of Yuki Scott (member of a HNW Japanese billionaire family).
- Representing Shandong in a derivative claim for losses caused to its joint venture company, Shandong Twin Marine (SDTM), by Johan Andresen, the CEO of – and significant shareholder – in SDTM.
- Acting for a Chinese businessman (and investor in a high-value shareholding) in a dispute involving complex conflict of law issues and parallel proceedings in the PRC.
McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP is best known for taking on larger firms in complex, high-value disputes, which often have international features. Its corporate and commercial practice ranges from provision of services contracts, interpretation of contract terms, fraud and fiduciary duty issues to claims concerning the structure, governance or operation of companies. Andrew Savage joined the firm in 2019 from Watson Farley & Williams LLP, where he was commercial litigation head. Romilly Holland, Kimberley Smith and Ben Lamble are experienced associates.
Andrew Savage is technically excellent and also able to give the practical advice that clients need.
Andrew Savage is a first-class rainmaker and legal strategist who gets the job done.
They have an exceptionally strong team of very experienced individuals who provide advice which is always incisive and exactly on-point. They benefit from great global coverage. They always do the utmost to secure a win for their clients. The main partner, Andrew Savage, has done a great job of building up a team of very impressive associates. You couldn’t want a better team – and I don’t hesitate to recommend them when the opportunity arises.
Andrew Savage is absolutely dedicated to his clients, a superb tactician and a fantastic lawyer overall. One of his main achievements is that he has built up a team of very impressive associates. These include Ben Lamble, Kimberley Smith and Edward Perkins, each of whom is a future star. I’ve worked with each for more than a year on multiple cases and have been very impressed.
This is a first rate team that’s really going places. Andrew Savage is going it again, building a team that he continues to lead brilliantly.
Andrew Savage is one of the top litigators in London. He is at the sweet spot of experience (whisper it, but some people who spent their career in bigger firms haven’t seen as much litigation) and has the intellectual ability to grapple with the most complex and high-value cases. A real fighter and a nice guy too, who brings out the best in his team. Ben Lamble is a really able associate. He’s spotted points on papers missed by the silks, and has the charm to point it out nicely.
Andrew Savage brings a depth of experience to the team – his broad knowledge of commercial law means that there is nothing he can’t take on and do so successfully.
Lehman Brothers Finance A.G. (In Liquidation)
Petrochemical Holdings GmbH
Conapro Dena-BMS SAL
- Represented Petrochemical Holdings in proceedings that brought against Romania under the Energy Charter Treaty.
- Acted in a Commercial Court claim against The Ministry of Petroleum (The Republic of The Gambia) for loss of profit under an oil sales contract.
- Represented Lehman Brothers Finance in High Court proceedings against two German entities, which were established by the late Dr Klaus Tschira (one of the co-founders of German multinational software company, SAP SE).
McGuireWoods London LLP is well known for its successful handling of complex, big-ticket commercial litigation. Almost all of the team's matters involve international elements, coordinating litigation in multiple jurisdictions, whether in relation to parallel claims or enforcements overseas. Much of the practice's work also includes regulatory or arbitration features. Hardeep Nahal regularly acts in high-profile matters, and William Boddy acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes that frequently involve fraud allegations. Former partner Michael Tackley retired from the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Highly motivated, efficient and well organised team led by Hardeep Nahal. They get on with delivering first-rate advice in commercial matters.
I have worked closely with Hardeep Nahal. He is a stand-out lawyer who connects extremely well with clients. He brings extensive experience to ‘heavy’ commercial matters and gives well-thought-through and reliable (and usually successful) strategic advice. He is comfortable in most sector areas and has good contacts with the leading chambers and the magic circle firms. His leadership skills ensure his team provide an optimum service.
Excellent commercial team led by Hardeep Nahal. They have an excellent manner in dealing with complex issues and getting to grips with the case. The team have a user-friendly approach and are able to extract the best from the clients under pressure. Unlike many firms they have excellent team approach, providing legal advice and we as able to “think outside the box”. Leadership and team work is superb.
They are a quality and intelligent team. They work well with us as a client in that they know what advice we are looking for and how to deliver it with the right tone and with minimal fuss. They are also not afraid to disagree and gently steer us back on course in difficult matters. I also find them to be very lateral and commercial in their thinking. They are always looking to find clever solutions to our issues and the results have been good for us. They know our business well and as such they have become trusted advisers.
Hardeep Nahal is intelligent and very well connected. He has excellent case strategy and is a good leader in difficult situations. Chloe Steele (associate) has excellent attention to detail and turns around work product very quickly. She is very impressive.
Tindall Hotels Limited Partnership
Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees SA
Select Vantage Inc.
West End Homes Limited
Les Residence Falcon Wharf Limited
Estate of Arne Glucksman
- Successfully negotiating a confidential settlement (on behalf of the majority shareholders of two property-owning companies), which concerned unfair prejudice petitions brought by minority shareholders.
- Acting for Landlet in its LIBOR interest rate swaps-related Commercial Court claim against Lloyds Bank, which involves issues of misrepresentation, misstatement, breach of contract and breach of duty.
- Acting for Tindall Hotels Limited Partnership in its High Court claim against Bayerische Landesbank, which arose out of swap transactions.
Russell-Cooke LLP's 'highly professional, efficient and sensible commercial litigation team' comprises several specialist dispute resolution practitioners, who act for companies, regulators, partnerships, charities and individuals. Of note, the firm operates an in-house electronic disclosure platform to undertake effective investigations and manage the majority of electronic disclosure exercises internally. Senior partner John Gould specialises in commercial litigation, regulation and public law disputes, and Lee Ranford is insolvency team head. Elliot Elsey, Michael Stacey and Mark Fletcher have all recently been made partners. Andrew Pavlovic and Emily Mitcheson provide further support at senior associate level.
Other key lawyers:
Highly professional, efficient, friendly and sensible.
John Gould is a very experienced litigator. Michael Stacy is an acute commercial lawyer, friendly and efficient.
Always on top of the material and 100% engaged in the case, creating a collaborative process with counsel. Excellent client management, leading to clear and helpful instructions.
Mark Fletcher: a great eye for arguments that will persuade the Court.
Ricky Cella: always on top of the material and 100% engaged in the case, creating a collaborative process with counsel.
Customer service and focus genuinely exceptional. Excellent balance between specialists within the firm.
Andrew Pavlovic: excellent anchor for the team representing us, produced stand-out work for us.
The litigation team at Russell-Cooke have a very commercial and pragmatic approach to litigation. They take the time to get to know their clients, and are always aware of the commercial context in which they are advising. They never lost sight of the need to manage the litigation and secure an outcome which preserved our commercial interests. They are responsive and easy to deal with, and they have ensured that the case has been managed in a way which has kept costs proportionate to the dispute.
Andrew Pavlovic is pragmatic, on top of the detail, and is able to explain complicated legal concepts succinctly and clearly.
Diligence, attention to detail, availability, custom made service, friendly environment, making client feel safe and comfortable.
Good communication, availability, fast response to our needs, ethical, good understanding of our business, trustworthy and reliable, good expertise in many fields around our business; resourceful.
Highly professional responsive team who have breadth and depth in their competency base.
Andrew Pavlovic has been supportive and extremely helpful throughout. He is diligent and very knowledgeable and achieves a good balance of commerciality.
A great value alternative to larger, more expensive firms. They have an exceptional atmosphere at the firm, which means they attract a continuous stream of top-quality associates.
Elliot Elsey: Clever, calm and with judgment well beyond his years.
A fantastic team of lawyers who really know what they are doing, are great at dealing with difficult and demanding clients and get things done.
The team, led by John Gould, provides excellent, and commercial, advice and a top-notch service. They provide creative solutions to problems so are the go-to team with anything out-of-the-ordinary.
John Gould has an unparalleled knowledge of legal services – he literally wrote the book on it – which is invaluable when it comes to dealing with commercial disputes in this area. John is well supported by Michael Stacey who is efficient, thorough and responsive.
Law Society of England and Wales
Solicitors Regulation Authority
Voluntary Service Overseas
Youth Hostels Association
British Gas Energy Trust
Venson Automative Solutions Limited
Architects Registration Board
- Acted for the successful defendant in the precedent-setting case of Meadowside Building Developments Ltd v 12-18 Hill Street Management Company Ltd, which addressed the relationship between liquidation and adjudication, among others.
- Obtained summary judgment against a defendant, which related to alleged breaches of a hire agreement.
- Acted for an Egyptian Company in a dispute with a large tobacco manufacturer, which concerned alleged breaches of a distribution agreement.
Shoosmiths LLP consistently undertakes high-value and complex disputes for FTSE 100 clients. The practice's expertise includes commercial insurance and reinsurance claims, corporate disputes, and banking and finance litigation. It also acts in marine litigation, particularly in relation to luxury yachts and other high-value asset recoveries. Bill Molloy is the lead partner in London for technology disputes, and Susie Wakefield is an insurance disputes specialist. Philip Tansley, who focuses primarily on cyber incident response and technology disputes, joined from RPC in 2020. Alex Bishop in Birmingham is national head of the litigation services practice.
British American Tobacco
The White Company
AXA Versicherung AG
Associated British Foods Plc
Chubb Insurance Company SE
Zurich Insurance plc
Bombardier Trains (UK) Limited
Poly AI Limited
- Acted for AXA Versicherung AGin relation to monies owed (under various reinsurance contracts) by insurers, which are now part of the Enstar Group.
- Represented Targus Europe (and its insurers) in obtaining a freezing injunction and judgment in relation to monies owed.
- Acted for a multinational in a dispute concerning the quality of essential components, which were supplied to another multinational for industrial generators.
Wallace LLP's 'communication, knowledge and strategy are excellent'. The team is routinely instructed on complex, domestic and multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial disputes. The practice also fields specialists in banking litigation, and disputes involving M&A, TMT, employment and property matters. Simon Serota is litigation head; Alexander Weinberg has particular expertise in shareholder and joint venture disputes, as well as disputes involving breaches of directors’ duties. Oli Goldman's practice covers complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes. Meanwhile commercial and insolvency litigator Elizabeth Asher and fraud expert Josephine Mathew provide notable senior associate-level support. Former partner Craig Thompson joined TLT.
The team at Wallace LLP communication, knowledge and strategy was excellent which led them to resolve my case within two weeks which meant it had minimal impact to my business. They were transparent at all stages and implemented the right steps immediately to help close the case.
As a collective every member of the firm we’ve dealt with always breeds confidence. They respond quickly and provide detailed but easy to follow guidance and advice. They have become an extension of our team and reach out to us with opportunities and pain points to be aware of before we have even thought of them. This team extension element is something we value.
The sheer dynamism and energy of the commercial litigation team. It punches well above its weight despite being a medium-sized practice, in large part because its team members have had experience of heavyweight litigation from the highest tier of litigation practices in London.
Wallace are a strong independent litigation firm with very sensible practitioners who can see the wood for the trees.
There was an equal emphasis on attention to detail and communication, both of which gave me utter confidence in the process and them. The matter they represented me on was quite complicated and had generated a lot of personal animosity. So by breaking things down into manageable chunks and by talking me through things all the time, Wallace LLP calmed me at every stage of the process and helped de-escalate the incredible stress I was feeling at the time.
Provision of clear, considered and to-the-point advice.
The team I have encountered are very knowledgeable in the both the theory and application of the law. The team have a very strong command of the bespoke aspects of UK law for each relevant case.
A very thorough practice with the ability to handle complex international cases with focus and speed.
Approachable, supportive, diligent, persistent, honest.
Very good communicators, hard working and dedicated. They know their subject extremely well and are able to strategize with intelligence.
Excellent case analysis and diligent work. Good client communication.
Oli Goldman at Wallace LLP was very friendly, charismatic and knowledgeable and always kept me in the loop of the stages of the case. Oli was very aware that we needed to resolve the legal issue immediately and led a strategy which persuaded the plaintiff to agree to our terms. I would highly recommend him due to this and he was always available when I needed him.
Gattaz Properties Limited
Fortimat Properties SA
Executors to Neil McGlynn’s estate
Working Links (Employment) Limited
- Acting for three HNWI Defendants (domiciled in Israel and South Africa), in substantial Commercial Court proceedings, including responding to a worldwide freezing order.
- Acting for two foreign-incorporated SPVs (ultimately owned by a Russian HNWI), in unlawful means conspiracy claims in the Commercial Court against a property development business and a Bahamanian investment fund (and related individuals and entities).
Wedlake Bell LLP is 'an excellent firm and the members of the commercial litigation team are all very switched on'. The practice routinely conducts cases in the High Court; and in a recent 12-month period, it also appeared in both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. The practice covers matters including breach of contract, professional negligence, judicial review and company disputes, along with shareholder and partnership claims, banking and finance litigation, fraud, debt and asset recovery, and IT disputes. It is also extremely well-known for real estate litigation and construction disputes. David Golten is commercial litigation head, while Glenn Chidgey and Tal Goldsmith are insolvency specialists.
Other key lawyers:
Wedlake is an excellent firm. The members of the commercial litigation team are all very switched on.
Glenn Chidgey has worked his way up from legal executive to partner, which is not an easy thing to do. He is a brilliant lawyer and fantastic communicator. Mike Gardner is also very good on the law and will work unceasingly to get the best result for his client. Aggressive at the right times, but with very good judgement.
Edward Starling is quite understated but is very clever and an excellent tactical litigator.
They are big enough to provide full service to major commercial clients, but small enough for you to really get to know the team. This works both ways and you really feel they are there to help. All members of the team are accessible and friendly, extremely thorough and hard working and always willing to go the extra mile. All that is on top of their being really good lawyers.
David Golten works tirelessly for his clients. He tries to eke out every last point, thinks laterally, puts together good teams and generally gets very good results.
Calm under pressure and proactive advice.
Robust advice and deep rooted knowledge of their specialist area.
Real team players when we work with them we feel we are in it together.
Tal Goldsmith and Ed Starling – both tenacious lawyers who give clear advice. We regard them as part of our team.
A very personable and commercial approach is taken across the team. The firm have sufficient depth to consider the more unusual points whilst never seeming too large to navigate.
David Golten and Nick Saville continue to perform well delivering good service in a practical manner always designed to match the best settlement with the need to control costs.
The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited
GTT Communications Inc
Parham Holdings Limited
The Royal London Property Fund
The Royal London UK Real Estate Fund
Mears Group Plc
The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc
- Acted for Taparis in a high-value claim relating to the acquisition of shares in an electric engine manufacturing company.
- Acted for Mears Group in substantial litigation brought against it by the supplier of company fleet cars.
- Acting for Royal London (the large mutual pension provider) in litigation, including a high-value case against the former managing agents of its property portfolio.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP 'has built a very serious London team in a short space of time'. It acts in high-value, complex litigation, often with concurrent parallel proceedings such as civil, criminal, regulatory and arbitration matters. Consistently involved in high-profile disputes in the English courts, Peter Burrell heads the litigation and compliance, investigations and enforcement practices in London. Simon Osborn-King focuses on fraud, wrongdoing, and shareholder and transaction-related disputes (particularly in the private equity and asset management space).
They are an outstanding alternative to the magic circle firms in London. US headquartered, they have built a very serious London team in this area in a short space of time by very astute lateral hire and rapid promotion. They have the capacity and skill sets to go toe-to-toe with the best and they never fail to impress.
Peter Burrell is a remarkable litigator and leads his team from the front. He has a prodigious appetite for work, displays first class judgement and draws heavily from the very talented team behind him.
Mike Thorne, Andrew Turnbull and Cristina Caggiano are all stand-out solicitors.
The team understands our business and needs.
Super responsive and diligent.
Man Group PLC
Nopporn Suppipat and others
- Defending Man Group in a large-scale, highly complex civil fraud claim, commenced by a Middle Eastern investor.
- Acting for claimants in ongoing conspiracy proceedings in the English Commercial Court, and in connection with proceedings in Hong Kong, Belize, BVI and Thailand.
The 'tactical and commercial team' at Armstrong Teasdale (formerly Kerman & Co) acts for HNW and ultra HNW individuals drawn into commercial disputes, as well as advising on natural resources disputes, and sports-related claims. Department head Robert Paydon, who handles contractual, company and shareholder disputes, as well as regulatory issues, was recruited from Winckworth Sherwood LLP; Robin Pickworth was hired as partner from Mishcon de Reya LLP; Anthony Kerman is the firm's hugely experienced senior partner; and James Thorndyke has extensive experience resolving contractual disputes in a variety of sports. Former commercial litigation head John Evans departed for Fladgate LLP.
‘James Thorndyke – very strong industry knowledge, great case management and keeps the client duly informed. Both technical and practical.’
‘Emma Shaw – great enthusiasm. Strong industry knowledge. Good client management.’
‘I have worked closely with Robin Pickworth this year and have also been referred one matter from another lawyer there. The firm has proved to be excellent in its dispute resolution work.’
‘Robin Pickworth is a highly skilled lawyer, being expert in the law and procedure of litigation but also highly competent in devising a proactive strategy for successful dispute resolution. He gets on very well with clients, gives clear legal advice which is given in the commercial context of his client. I have no hesitation in referring him litigation and arbitration work.’
‘The dispute resolution team punches well about their weight, both in terms of the service they provide and the scale of the matters in which they are involved. A top-class London outfit; better and more affordable than their rivals.’
‘Robin Pickworth is really stand-out. One of the best solicitors I have worked with. Engaged; hard-working; commercial and very bright. He would fit right into the dispute resolution team in any top firm in the City.’
‘Packs a very large punch, providing an outstanding service across all the disputes that it handles, from medium to the highest value. The team has excellent strength in depth.’
‘James Thorndyke is an excellent younger partner, with gravitas and experience well beyond his years. A first-rate litigator. One to watch is Associate Emma Shaw, who has an excellent eye for detail and provides an excellent service to clients. An extremely good lawyer.’
‘Robin Pickworth: hard working, very sensible towards recommendations and costs, highly structured and impressive knowledge.’
‘I have worked closely with Robin Pickworth. We were adverse to each other in a very hostile and volatile situation. Normally I end up despising the lawyer on the other side but although he was tough as nails, he won my respect as an excellent lawyer – he is also unflappable and a pleasure to deal with.’
‘James Thorndyke is brilliant with clients and with getting a deal done. Also a good sounding board for bouncing ideas off.’
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) Limited
Miss World Limited
Totaljobs Group Limited
SBE Licensing LLC
London Marathon Events Limited
Bestway Holdings Limited
- Acted for The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) Limited in a high-profile committal application against a ticket tout who breached a court order.
- Acted for SBE Licencing in relation to its group companies’ claim for an injunction and damages against Ryan Chetiyawardana, for allegedly infringing an EU-registered trade mark.
- Acted for The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships) in relation to the sale of non-debenture tickets and hospitality to the 2019 Wimbledon Championships by two companies, which were not permitted to sell such tickets.
Ashfords LLP's 'excellent commercial litigators' are best known for contract disputes, fraud, asset tracing, company and partnership disputes (including minority shareholder matters), and claims against company directors. Other areas of strength include disputes over share and asset purchase agreements, emergency relief, debt recovery, and cross-border and multi-jurisdictional disputes. James Crighton and Bristol-based Rory Mac Neice are experienced partners.
Other key lawyers:
Ashfords offers an efficient and high-quality commercial litigation team which punches considerably above its weight. Whether at partner level or trainee, everyone is extremely responsive and willing to roll-up their sleeves to deliver whatever is necessary for the client.
James Crighton is a very experienced partner and someone in whom clients can have confidence. Offering a highly commercial outlook, he ensures that clients benefit, not only from a highly skilled legal approach but imaginative solutions as well. Tom Leach is a very good solicitor who, with an excellent eye for detail, ensures that no stone is left unturned.
Ashfords has an effective litigation team which appears to me to give good value to clients.
James Crighton is an excellent litigator. East to deal with, impressive and effective.
Excellent commercial litigators who are particularly well experienced in handling litigation involving elements of insolvency, civil fraud and company law and are able to traverse these areas.
James Crighton: an experienced and adept at commercial litigator. His correspondence is excellent and he is very tactically astute in court and more generally. Clients get on with him very well and he is able to command their trust very quickly. He is also well experienced with commercial litigation that has a multi jurisdictional angle. He also has an eye for a good settlement when required, and is a very able negotiator.
Slater and Gordon
Douglas and Gordon
nGage Specialist Recruitment
Ascension Island Government
The Great American Bagel Factory
Shepheard Epstein & Hunter Limited
- Acted for a law firm in enforcing a significant judgment debt, as well as in bankruptcy proceedings where the debtor’s assets are over £100m.
- Acted for Nobu Su in defending the enforcement of a high-value judgment, tracing claims, and applications for committal.
- Acted for Eric Watson in high-profile, complex proceedings against another New Zealand businessman.
Axiom DWFM 's commercial litigation practice is 'both strong and diverse in its areas of specialism'. Its expertise ranges from commercial contract claims to corporate disputes, insolvency and debt recovery. Other areas of strength include IP disputes, real estate-related commercial litigation, disputes over trusts and estates, professional negligence, civil fraud, injunctions, and disputes involving fundraisers and other financial institutions. Peter Bridson heads the dispute resolution department, which includes experienced litigators Elizabeth Johnson, Demetris Dionissiou, Naylah Hamour and Sharokh Koussari.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at is fantastic. We regularly refer clients to them and there is no potential client I would hesitate to send their way. What you get with Axiom DWFM is the quality and impact of a heavyweight City firm, but with the more intimate level of service and client care expected of a boutique firm. As most of our clients are HNW individuals with high expectations, Axiom DWFM is the perfect fit. The team’s real strength is in dispute resolution, with a focus on the wider implications for their clients, including reputation management.’
‘The practice is both strong and diverse in its areas of specialism covering a wide range of disputes from general commercial litigation to property, employment, insolvency, regulatory, disciplinary as well as civil fraud and white collar crime.’
‘The team has a good split of experience from senior partners down to paralegals so as to ensure that they can cater for all client requirements.’
‘I have always found the team very responsive and a pleasure to work with.’
‘A pragmatic approach to dispute resolution, achieving the right balance between taking matters to court and negotiating a resolution. Time and cost-effective advice.’
‘I have instructed Sharokh Koussari a several times over the years in relation to employment and commercial litigation matters. He is a strategic thinker, able to grasp complex issues very quickly. Sharokh is a shrewd negotiator who sees the big picture and is able to come up with solutions to very complex problems. I have also instructed Naylah Hamour. She is able to efficiently deal with complicated commercial and employment matters.’
‘The DWFM Dispute Resolution team works very effectively. It is made up of competent fee earners of varying levels of experience and charge out rates. The right person is always allocated from a cost benefit and skill set perspective and all my matters are overseen by Elizabeth Johnson. The team is well briefed; communicates seamlessly and on top of matters at every stage.’
‘A brilliant firm. Attentive, responsive, thorough, knowledgeable and very friendly. We have had no hesitation in recommending them to many of our clients and colleagues in our industry, both in the UK and Internationally.’
‘A razor-sharp team with a human touch. They are pragmatic and tenacious with a great ability to spot the tactical route to a good deal or the best outcome in litigation. They fight exceptionally hard for their clients, but aren’t afraid to give difficult advice.’
‘All the people with whom I have interacted appear genuinely happy at work, motivated and are clearly valued by the firm. People in all roles routinely receive verbal thanks for their work input from peers and senior staff. Staff morale appears high and I always sense a good atmosphere within the workplace.’
BDB Pitmans fields several disputes specialists in commercial contracts, professional negligence, shareholder, partnership, and joint ventures disputes. The team also acts in complex banking and finance litigation, debt and asset recovery, and IT disputes. Geoffrey Kertesz is litigation head; Sinéad Lester leads the commercial litigation team; and Richard Langley has over 20 years’ commercial litigation experience. Other experienced partners are David Archer, Donna Goldsworthy and James Freemantle. Former partner Neil Emerson left the firm.
‘Thoroughness, diligence and tactical acuity.’
‘This firm has a number of lawyers who are intellectually able, legally knowledgeable and client friendly. It has a strong litigation department, and its charges are reasonable for the quality of service which it provides.’
‘BDB Pitmans offer a real alternative to top-tier firms, delivering a quality dispute resolution service with sensible resourcing and at an attractive overall price.’
‘I’ve always been impressed by BDB Pitmans’ responsiveness and their ability to provide clear, straightforward commercial advice in a timely manner. The communication between the teams at BDB Pitmans is excellent with each department kept up to speed with issues so they can add input if required.’
‘The BDB team are collaborative, friendly (not to the other side) and provide pragmatic advice at key moments in disputes which have the potential to lead to litigation.’
‘Sinéad Lester and Katie Smith have in particular combined very effectively on numerous engagements for us.’
‘Sinéad Lester, the Head of Commercial Litigation, is a very capable litigator: bright, hard-working, knowledgeable legally and tactically astute and a pleasure to work with. She has a particular expertise in minority shareholder litigation.’
‘I have worked with Richard Langley, Sinéad’s predecessor as Head of Commercial Litigation, on several cases over the last 15 years. He is intellectually curious but also commercially savvy, with a sharp mind but also an excellent sense of humour.’
‘Sinéad Lester is a stand out partner within the department, running a team with confidence and skill and ably dealing with (to my knowledge) exceptionally challenging clients and their often wholly unreasonable demands. Sinéad is a true commercial litigator with a wide network of valuable contacts in the field.’
‘Sinéad Lester and Katie Smith provide practical advice in a timely manner and never appear to be averse to resolving matters early which is entirely desirable in many of the matters for which we seek advice.’
Master Holdings Group Limited
North Channel Bank GmbH & Co. KG
Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited
Garden Bridge Trust/PwC (as liquidators)
Goals Soccer Centre plc (in administration)
- Acted for the Fidelity Bank Ghana in its application to the English court to register a Ghanaian judgment obtained against a guarantor, as well as the enforcement of the judgment.
- Instructed by Goals Soccer Centres (in administration) to bring claims against KPMG (the company’s former auditors) and against the former finance director and CEO, further to the discovery of historical accounting errors.
- Acted for the majority shareholders in Dinglis Properties, in a claim brought by a minority shareholder, who alleged that he was unfairly prejudiced by the majority’s conduct.
Blake Morgan LLP is praised by clients for its 'exceptional attention to detail and commitment to client service'. It undertakes heavyweight litigation that frequently involves multiple jurisdictions, and its clients include some from Russia and the CIS region. Sarah Rees leads the London commercial litigation team, which includes Justin Weare, whose practice includes shareholder, joint venture, company, contractual, civil fraud, offshore and energy disputes. The team's work further includes insolvency litigation, as well as Proceeds of Crime Act matters (both led by legal director Lucy Edwards).
Blake Morgan’s strength is its twin focus on specialist expertise and value for money.
Justin Weare is the stand-out partner. His dedication to getting the job done through thick and thin has been impressive – even over the Christmas holidays.
Strong commercial litigation team, with experience in technical disputes involving expert evidence. I have worked with the Blake Morgan team on software and engineering disputes, in which I have found the level of engagement and technical expertise higher than even much larger firms. Takes a steady and proportionate approach (eg, does not send pointless or lengthy letters; correspondence is short and punchy). Punches above its weight.
Justin Weare did an exceptional job of managing resources, dealing with a demanding client, and progressing the case in a measured and targeted way. He was a pleasure to work with, was on top of the detail (impressive in a highly technical dispute) and had excellent judgement about where to deploy the client’s limited resources. My sense was that Blake Morgan delivered far more value to its clients than our opponents.
A good value alternative to City firms.
Justin Weare – smart and sensible
Blake Morgan’s dispute resolution practice is unique because of its exceptional attention to detail and commitment to client service. The team’s strengths include its in-depth knowledge of procedure, considerable experience and its developed commercial nous. One of the team’s key capabilities is its excellent ability to sustain and develop working relationships with Counsel – a market leader in that respect.
Justin Weare is simply a first-class lawyer – clever, strategic and commercially savvy. His ability to understand and respond to clients’ needs is outstanding.
Strongly focused on client’s interests and result. This team is not of those who can sell just efforts.
Sarah Rees is perfect in managing multi-jurisdictional disputes, joining and coordinating effort of lawyers in different countries
My go-to firm for tricky trust, partnership and asset recovery disputes. Cost effective and nice people to deal with.
Sarah Rees is a complete star. Remains personally involved throughout, and is a joy to work with.
A solid choice for sophisticated and demanding clients – especially in the international context. Offshore aspects don’t phase them. They are hands-on, accessible and sensibly priced.
Alex Shirtcliff is a former colleague and will drive business in. His hire seems a statement of intent.
The team is effective, friendly, and focused on results. They run right teams of committed lawyers and provide excellent value for money. Clients appreciate their uncluttered and direct approach to getting the client what they want. The best of the litigation mid-market.
Sarah Rees is a pleasure to deal with. She inspires confidence in clients and coordinates teams across multiple jurisdictions with efficiency and good humour. Conor Daly is hard-working, detail-focused, and excellent at dealing with demanding clients.
The Kerry Group
Robert Simon Terry
Cratos Hotel Casino
The Ritz Hotel Casino Limited
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Media Entertainment NV
Awendale Resources Inc
- Acting for the owner of work by the artist Banksy against gallery and exhibition owner, Lazinc, for alleged damage to the artwork while on loan to an exhibition in Australia.
- Acting for Robert Simon Terry – the high-profile individual founder and former Chairman of Quindell (now Watchstone Group) – in several sets of UK proceedings.
- Acting in UK proceedings arising from a Russian property development joint venture and related cross-border litigation.
Carter-Ruck's commercial litigation team 'achieves increasingly impressive results'. It handles complex, sensitive, high-value claims, relating to breaches of contract, shareholder and partnership issues, financial services, professional negligence, commercial fraud, breach of confidence and IP. Adam Tudor spearheads the firm’s commercial litigation practice, while other names to note include mis-selling claims specialists Antonia Foster and Claire Gill.
‘The firm’s commercial offering has been growing steadily for many years. It brings to this area the litigation expertise of the higher-profile libel work and is achieving increasingly impressive results.’
‘Adam Tudor is an excellent all-round litigator with a keen strategic eye for the opponent’s weak spot. Cameron Doley is good on large-scale arbitrations.’
‘Carter-Ruck well deserves its fine reputation in commercial litigation.’
Charles Fussell & Co LLP is a boutique litigation firm that is 'very responsive, savvy and effective'. It predominantly acts for claimants in commercial disputes, fraud and professional negligence cases, although it does take on defence-side mandates too. Name partner Charles Fussell specialises in high-value, multi-party litigation, frequently involving the financial services and energy sectors. Simon Winter's current disputes practice involves commercial fraud, commercial contracts, shareholders, and professional negligence (principally against solicitors).
Other key lawyers:
Close-knit and very capable team of lawyers, who punch well above their weight in terms of their size and regularly hold their own against major firms.
Superb service of a kind you can only get from a small firm: that is, personal service from the firm’s principal.
The key attributes are the willingness to work all hours to achieve the goal. They are always accommodating and the advice they give for a layman is clearly understood. They do not sugar coat one’s legal position. They are factual, precise and their communication skills are excellent. I have never been in doubt the advice they give is always the best for the client.
An excellent boutique practice offering on a small scale the quality of a magic circle firm but with lower prices and a more personal service.
Very responsive, savvy and effective on complex commercial disputes.
They were a litigation boutique before anyone had invented the concept. Small and nimble, they provide an excellent litigation service, very efficiently and with the minimum of fuss. Always prepared to go above and beyond.
The firm has a wide experience of many aspects of commercial litigation, including civil fraud, interim orders, insolvency, and company and banking law. What makes Charles Fussell & Co different is that the individual partners really roll up their sleeves and become involved in individual cases – there is no palming it off to the associates.
Agile and high-calibre litigation team, with particular expertise in financial disputes.
Charles Fussell is an outstanding lawyer, and can and will sue the banks. He does not have conflict issues.
- Acting for the successful claimant in a high-value action, which followed the sale of an oil company.
- Acting for a party alleged to be a conduit for bribery, in a high-value, multi-jurisdictional, multi-party fraud action.
- Acting for a bitcoin mining company in a high-value dispute with a former IT supplier.
The 'always available and realistic' DaySparkes is a conflict-free, litigation boutique experienced in large fraud matters, negligence claims against professional advisers; claims against HMRC and other government bodies; director, shareholder and partnership disputes; and general commercial disputes. Frequently acting in international and cross-border matters, John Day heads the commercial litigation and dispute resolution department. Fellow co-founder Michael Sparkes has handled a broad range of complex disputes against major international banks.
Other key lawyers:
A very small but very highly effective boutique. Partners always hands-on. They get very close to their clients and ensure an effective and decent result. Sophisticated use of litigation funding. Excellent associates.
Michael Sparkes: considered, details man, very tough when it comes to negotiation. Sees the big picture and plays the long game.
John Day: bright, punchy and effective.
Gopi Binning: a very highly effective associate who punches well above his level of seniority
Tenacious and efficient. They punch well above their weight.
John Day is particularly good. He is engaged on the detail and has a sound commercial approach.
The team was always available and happy to discuss related issues even if they needed to point us to other specialists. They were always realistic in what could be achieved and helpful in managing our expectations – reminding us you get the law not justice. Their positive interaction with our Counsel helped manage our costs in what was a difficult case and they too did not look to bill for every minute, but discussed with us the cost development as the case went on. Finally their realistic assessment of the potential solution led to a positive outcome.
We worked with John Day and Gopi Binning throughout the case. In addition to the positive attributes described above, we found them thorough in their research, creative in the options provided and timely in their responses.
DaySparkes are a small boutique firm which offers an excellent service for small to medium sized commercial disputes. They have a technically strong team of lawyers and provide sound commercial advice which is focused on achieving their clients’ goals. They are particularly strong on banking/finance related disputes.
John Day has excellent commercial instincts and provides clear and focused advice.
This is a first-class specialist litigation boutique which punches well above its weight and is seen in large commercial disputes.
John Day is an excellent litigator who founded the firm together with Michael Sparkes, who is a sound tactician and smooth operator.
John Day and Michael Sparkes have superb knowledge on financial disputes.
John Day and Michael Sparkes provide a partner led, personal service. They are both innovative in finding solutions for their clients.
John Day and Mike Sparkes are a class outfit and punch way above their weight in terms of critical mass etc. Really solid and dependable, great strategists and lovely people o work with. They are my go-to litigation referral firm.
- Acting for the former managing director of Kangaroo Poo (a manufacturer of surf and leisurewear), a victim of the HBOS Reading fraud.
- Acting for the founder and majority shareholder of Remnant Media, one of the principal victims of the HBOS Reading fraud.
- Acting for Joanne Dove (former managing director of Cotton Bottoms) in her fraud claim against Lloyds Banking Group, which arose out of the infamous HBOS Reading fraud.
Druces LLP's practice is 'professional and responsive and avoids unnecessary legal jargon'. It is best known for high-value, cross-border disputes, international commercial arbitration, banking and finance disputes, and insolvency-related claims. Other areas of strength are professional negligence (acting primarily for claimants); claims against directors; shareholder and partnership disputes; mining and oil and gas sector-related matters; and property-related claims. Charles Spragge heads the dispute resolution group, following the departure of former litigation head Julian Johnstone for Freedman + Hilmi. Neil Hayter is focused on insolvency work.
I have worked alongside Rachel Brown who is a senior associate at Druces. I found her to be very efficient and dedicated to her client’s cause. She was easy to work with and showed levels of maturity and skill one would expect from a partner.
They’re a dream to work with. I’ve found them to be professional, responsive and avoid unnecessary legal jargon.
Neil Hayter and Charles Spragg are very personable, which always makes working with professional advisors easier.
This is a team that you can really trust the judgment of. They are also always a pleasure to work with. With Druces, you can trust that your case is in safe hands. Their thorough approach to every case they deal with is distinctive and this, coupled with their dedication to defend the best interest of their clients, makes them an excellent team to work with.
Victoria Novikova’s interpersonal and client care skills are particularly valuable in her dealing with international clients. She is a very competent and experienced litigator dealing with international commercial matters. She is known in the Russian-speaking market and can be fully trusted to deal with complex international litigation. Victoria is a real asset in dealing with cases originating from the CIS/FSU region requiring Russian language skills and cultural experience.
Charles Spragge is a very experienced partner and deals with international commercial and banking cases. He can always be relied on when dealing with tricky or complex issues. He is also very approachable and a pleasure to work with.
Charles Spragge is a courteous and effective lawyer, who builds up strong client relationships.
Sensible approach while retaining thoroughness and technical skills.
Charles Spragge is my go to. He is always approachable and ready to have an initial look without the clock running wild. Calm-headed.
Small but dedicated with the ability to compete with bigger firms whilst keeping the more personal, client-based approach.
Rachel Brown – hard working, determined, commercially aware and sensitive. The sort of commercial litigation solicitor that every client would want to instruct.
We are very fond of Charles Spragge and his team. Their advice is focussed and spot on. Price/quality ratio is very good and always on time.
Charles Spragge has a more pragmatic and solution driven approach than many of his competitors in the City.
ICICI Bank UK PLC
Orexim Trading Limited
Fondation Ion Basgan
- Acting for the liquidator of an overseas bank, which is pursuing a €100m claim against a UK debtor.
- Acted for the creditor of a $45m arbitration award, which involved securing a full recovery.
- Acted for an international bank in relation to a borrower’s breach of covenants (under a £25m syndicated facility).
Being relatively free of conflicts, Fox Williams LLP regularly acts against large institutions. The practice fields disputes specialists in financial services, civil fraud, employment, investment banking, partnership and insurance, among others. Gavin Foggo is litigation and dispute resolution head; Tom Custance is a financial services disputes expert; David Butler focuses on civil fraud, company and partnership disputes; and Andrew Hill is a group action specialist.
Freeths LLP 'provides a very sensible, commercial and value-for-money service'. The team has particular expertise in corporate and M&A litigation, commercial disputes, and fraud, confidential information and data issues. It also fields specialists in insolvency, group actions, public sector matters, and funding and insurance. Senior partner and London managing partner Philippa Dempster is highly rated, and Vickie Williams and the recently promoted Imogen Randall are the directors to note.
The firm provides a very sensible, commercial and value-for-money service.
The culture separates Freeths from so many firms with whom I have worked over the years. While their grasp of the law is up with the best, I found them focused on me, my needs and on achieving justice rather than invoices or, worse, winning cheap shots against the other side or finding other ways of proving their superior knowledge.
Philippa Dempster is an exemplary lawyer. Her combination of knowledge, instinct and empathy made her my ideal partner as we navigated a complex case to a very satisfactory conclusion. It felt as if whenever I had a burning need to discuss something she made herself available in short order.
There were times when I contemplated giving up and cutting my losses and Philippa was there each time to lay out the logical reasons for staying the course. Her grasp of the law and her creativity combined to defeat the other side and to deliver a very satisfactory outcome. I would describe her approach to me as a client as being more akin to that of a friend than a service provider. I can’t speak too highly of the quality of her work.
Group Action (circa 600 sub-postmasters)
Toys ‘R’ Us
Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE
GP Surveyors Limited
- Instructed by GP Surveyors (a surveyor of medical practices), following the unlawful retention of confidential data by an ex-employee, who had set up in direct competition.
- Acted for the former deputy chair of the Institute of Directors in relation to unfounded allegations of misconduct.
- Acted in a group action (for approximately 600 sub-postmasters) against Post Office Ltd for damages suffered because of the failings of the Horizon computer system.
Hamlins LLP's 'great commercial litigation team is very user-friendly and committed'. It handles large and complex claims involving contracts and torts, professional negligence, breaches of fiduciary duties and civil fraud, as well as IP, defamation, partnership, shareholder and competition disputes. The firm has particular sector expertise in travel; property, construction and engineering; sports; IT and software; and insurance and financial matters. Amanda Burge heads the dispute resolution department, while Jamie Lester (who joined in May 2020 from Royds Withy King), and Martin Ochs provide further partner-level support.
The team stands out for its very user-friendly client-interface, actively cultivating a strategic relationship; taking a deep and proactive interest in the challenges and opportunities facing the business, and generally projecting the role of a partner genuinely interested in client success.
Amanda Burge stands out as a tireless champion for our interests, almost worrying more about us than ourselves. Her response time is one of the best I have ever come across for any external service provider legal or non-legal, and she keeps moving the file forward relentlessly towards a favorable outcome. Amanda always clarifies and simplifies complex and tangled issues which helps to guide action at moments of impasse. A core strength is that regardless of how much she invests in devising a solution, if the client is uncomfortable with it, she very easily comes up with multiple other options.
Great team, very user-friendly and committed; also realistic and commercial when needs be. The individuals within the commercial litigation team communicate well with each other and are particularly adept in dealings with QCs, seeking advice only when necessary and/or appropriate.
The team is an excellent choice for property litigation being responsive and technically very good and able to respond effectively and efficiently.
Amanda Burge is our principal contact and is an excellent litigator – very tenacious and sound. She is ably assisted by Laura Daly.
The entire team has a fundamental understanding of the subject matter involved, briefs properly and responds efficiently and effectively when questions arise. The focus appears to be on providing a first-rate service to the clients and, from my perspective, the team achieve that.
Martin Ochs has a commercial awareness and tactical intelligence to provide a first class service to his clients. Martin often appreciates what a client should be looking to achieve in any given dispute before they themselves have realised what is in their best interests.
Amanda Burge is a star of commercial litigation. Fantastic client care and an enormous pleasure to work with.
Amanda Burge has enormous experience of fighting large-scale commercial disputes and inexhaustible tenacity. You want her on your side. Not against you.
Ben Kilshaw took ownership of a large complicated transaction. Kept calm under immense pressure, even though he only got involved midway through the transaction.
60 Houseboat owners represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners
Fine & Country Group
European Land & Property Limited
William Pears Group
India Buildings Development Limited
Arnewood Estates Limited
- Acting for two individuals in a shareholder dispute, including the bringing of an unfair prejudice petition.
- Conducting ongoing litigation in relation to several disputes, which involve both the holiday and timeshare industry and the banking and finance sector.
- Acting for the houseboat owners at Chelsea Reach, in various ongoing disputes against Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company.
Kennedys' international commercial litigation and arbitration team is headed by Ben Aram, who focuses on high-value, complex cases with international dimensions, as well as matters involving conflicts of laws. The team attracts high-value commercial disputes instructions from its traditional insurer client base and other large corporations, as well as from family offices. Dino Paganuzzi's clients include lenders, insolvency practitioners, SMEs and HNW individuals. Danny Steel was made partner in 2020.
Kennedys have a small, but incredibly strong, commercial litigation offering. The team, led by Ben Aram, manages to offer a magic-circle level of service, knowledge and experience whilst maintaining a person, partner-led relationship with clients. The team is really in its element when involved in the very biggest of disputes and when squaring up to the big names in commercial litigation.
Ben Aram is outstanding – a thorough and perspicacious tactician who has the rare combination of being both an excellent lawyer and thoroughly commercial to boot.
Danny Steel – Even though only newly promoted to the partnership, he has had the cool, clam air of a highly experienced partner for a long time. An absolute pleasure to work with, and a nightmare to be against!
Rhys Tebbett – Still relatively junior, but has to be one of the very brightest stars of the future. Has the tactical mind and legal knowledge of a lawyer well beyond his years.
AIB Group (UK) Plc
National Crime Agency
CVR Global LLP
McTear Williams and Wood
Duff and Phelps Limited
WR Berkley (Europe)
- 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.
Michelmores LLP's 'gives practical and confident advice'. It is best known for its expertise in financial services litigation, insurance coverage disputes, insolvency litigation, and financial crime and fraud. Jonathan Kitchin, who divides his time between London and Exeter, heads the commercial and regulatory disputes team; private client head Peter Sigler's practice includes banking and insolvency disputes; Charles Courtenay is a cross-border IP and technology disputes specialist; while Andrew Oldland QC is a financial crime expert.
Jonathan Kitchin: creative, intelligent, highly responsive and commercially savvy. Jonathan is an excellent member of any team: he is happy to roll up his sleeves and get stuck in with more or less any and all aspects of the litigation.
Naomi Hall and Abi Tancock: both stand out associates in my view. They are each diligent, responsive and calm under pressure. They are both solid associates whom I expect will rise through the ranks.
The firm has a great breadth of experience. Whether the issue relates to a technical point of law, or concerns a more general factual dispute, the firm is able to rise to the challenge, and gives practical and confident advice.
Peter Sigler has a vast amount of experience on which he is able to draw. He has a great feel for how a particular course of action will pan out. Not only does he add gravitas to a legal team, but he is also a very reassuring presence. Abigail Tancock is also one to watch. She is always on top of the detail, and always seems to be one step ahead of everyone else.
RGL Management Limited
CRUX Asset Management
United Bank Limited
AlixPartners Services UK LLP
Founder of JAR Capital
Tony Allen & Tony Conti
Fern Trading Limited and BridgeCo (t/a Octopus Properties)
- Acted in a quantum dispute to determine the level of damages payable, further to a Supreme Court judgment.
- Acted for the Receiver in relation to high-value subordinated loans.
- Instructed by RGL Management (and hundreds of SME claimants) to pursue Clydesdale Bank and National Australia Bank for losses suffered from tailored business loans.
City of London-based ONTIER LLP is 'an excellent firm of solicitors that is efficient and gives first-rate advice'. The international, commercial law firm specialises in complex high-value, multi-jurisdictional, commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency across a range of financial and industry sectors. The firm has secured instructions from locations including Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. Key practitioners include multi-jurisdictional disputes expert Paul Ferguson and Oliver Cain, who has over 20 years’ experience in high-value, commercial litigation and arbitration.
‘They are never out of their depth and they are very proactive and efficient in the way they deal with cases.’
‘They bear comparison with the best boutique and premium commercial litigation practices in the UK.’
‘This is an excellent firm of solicitors, efficient and give first-rate advice.’
‘ONTIER LLP’s commercial litigation practice is highly effective and notably efficient. Led by the superb Oliver Cain, the boutique firm is focuses particularly on its clients’ needs and responds to them with unrivalled care and attention. Unlike some of the larger firms, cases are managed and run through small teams of able lawyers, meaning there is a continuity of approach at each stage of a dispute without losing sight of the global picture.’
‘Broad knowledge and experience.’
‘Very experienced litigation and arbitration team, able to handle disputes in sectors as diverse as shipbuilding and bitcoin. Their attention to detail and smooth organisation deliver a first-class product to the client.’
Paul Ferguson is a very high-grade lawyer, who provided excellent instructions and legal input and who managed admirably to communicate with and control demanding clients.’
Brilliant tacticians and top-class technicians. Small really is beautiful. My go-to-firm for small- to medium-sized litigation matters.
Craig Wright (aka Satoshi Nakamoto)
Advanced Control Systems
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.
Shanghai Shipyard Co Ltd
Grupo Mexico SAB de CV
Irving H. Picard (Trustee of the SIPA Estate of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC)
Brunswick Rail Limited
- Acting for Craig Wright, pseudonymously known as Satoshi Nakamoto, in relation to his claim to be the creator of Bitcoin.
- Acting for Grupo Mexico, one of the world’s largest mining companies, in high-value proceedings.
- Acting for a Chinese state-owned shipyard in proceedings to recover large sums from a Hong Kong entity (under a guarantee agreement).
PwC LLP acts across a range of areas including partnership and shareholder disputes; disputes involving white-collar crime, regulatory, data protection, trust and property issues; and claimant and defendant-side professional negligence claims. Regulatory and commercial disputes head Agnes Quashie has over 20 years’ experience leading large, complex investigations involving fraud, corruption, sanctions, asset tracing and asset recovery issues. Dipti Hunter is an experienced senior manager.
Dipti Hunter (Senior Associate) is smart, tough and widely experienced. She has litigated all sorts of disputes (with all sorts of interim applications) in all sorts of different jurisdictions. There’s nothing she can’t handle.
PwC has a robust disputes team with experienced focused litigators.
Dipti Hunter is an exceptionally tenacious litigator who leaves no stone unturned.
I have worked with Dipti Hunter who is a superb Senior Associate. She has the mental agility to administer large commercial matters of significant complexity. A real interest in commercial and banking law. A superb team leader of the sort that is vital in a commercial matter of any scale. A loyal team player who is unrelenting in the service of her clients.
Dooba Finance (UK) Limited
- Acted for Dooba Finance (UK) Limited in the enforcement of a loan agreement, in relation to outstanding sums.
- Acted for China Shipping (UK) Agency Co in the Court of Appeal in a claim against trustees of a defined final salary pension scheme.
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP's 'highly commercial and engaged team of excellent lawyers' covers high-level contractual and corporate disputes, often with multi-jurisdictional elements. Of note, the firm has a strong reputation for resolving disputes for the art community. Senior partner Jonathan Roberts has been practising commercial litigation for over 40 years; Rudi Ramdarshan consistently plays a prominent role in the firm’s largest commercial litigation cases; David Burns is experienced in disputes concerning fraud, confiscation and complex financial transactions with international dimensions; and Rebecca Roberts is a commercial and employment disputes specialist.
Other key lawyers:
This is a team that really punches above its weight in terms of value for money and sheer quality of the service they offer to clients. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a quality product and work ethic at reasonable prices.
I have worked with Rudi Ramdarshan, David Burns and Rebecca Roberts over the last year or so, and each of them is excellent. Rudi, in particular, has an excellent bedside manner with clients, while David has the quiet charm and efficiency that one would ordinarily associate with the magic circle. Rebecca is a joy to work with because of her in-depth knowledge of company law and her commerciality.
Their advice was measured and realistic. I felt constantly supported and updated by their efficient team for whom nothing was too much to ask. We used a funding model that was highly appropriate to my circumstances and which placed the Claimant at significant costs risks. This was both convenient and tactically astute.
Rudi Ramdarshan was an outstanding litigator on my matter, with an excellent team ethos and a reassuringly confident approach. He remained unphased by numerous procedural setbacks and was robust and thoroughly detailed in his responses to the opponent.
Laura Gomme for her persistence and efficiency even in the face of difficult opponents. She is proactive and supports her clients by going the extra mile. Making her expertise available 24/7 to the property sector. She is frequently the face of firm-wide marketing initiatives and leads the way with a loyal client following.
They all worked well together, kept the client fully informed and engaged, met every deadline, and worked through the night when needed – such is the nature of litigation.
Rudi Ramdarshan is approachable and always contactable. He explains things very clearly, and is keen to engage the client throughout the whole process. He is relentless in his pursuit of justice. He knows the litigation rules inside out, thus ensuring every tactical angle is explored and used appropriately.
Samantha Gordon worked tirelessly and excelled in researching a complex area of law that also involved unravelling detailed government policy decisions.
Laura Gomme assisted the litigation team as required, and worked on bringing different elements to the claim to collate the necessary evidence.
Rudi Ramdarshan gives excellent client care whilst being a creative and thoughtful lawyer. He comes up with inventive solutions to tricky legal problems and leads a strong litigation team that can handle all sizes of disputes. Jonathan Roberts is a veteran litigator with experience of all forms of commercial litigation in all courts. His judgment is superb. David Burns is a tenacious litigator who over-achieves for clients.
RFB really add value to a litigation team. Strong tactical expertise and very commercial.
Pantheon International Advisors
High Fly Limited
Dominvs Property Developments Limited
Al Sraiya Group Limited (Qatar)
Glasshouse Asset Management
Don’t Look Back Holdings
- Acted for Naftogaz, Ukraine’s national oil and gas company, in complex multi-jurisdictional litigation.
- Acted for Markus Pedriks in complex, cross-border litigation, which involved fiduciary duties, promissory notes, settlement agreements, and disputes between shareholders.
- Acted in a £100m group litigation matter against various banks.
Royds Withy King
Royds Withy King's 'good-quality commercial litigation practice' handles contentious insolvency work, and it is increasingly active in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional work, including instructions from Indian banks. The firm's clients also benefit from its partnership with Affiniti finance, which enables the financing of claims. Stewart Wilkinson has over 35 years’ commercial litigation and arbitration experience, and Stephen Welfare and Milan Kapadia are also key practitioners. Former partner Jamie Lester left for Hamlins LLP.
Good-quality commercial litigation from a medium-sized firm.
Monsoon Accessorize Ltd
State Bank of India
Cantel (UK) Ltd
National Association of Jewellers
Leatherman Tools Inc.
Colombini UK Limited
David Rubin & Partners
Armstrong Solar Holdings Ltd
- Instructed by the liquidators of Grabal Alok UK, a former retail clothing stores chain, in several actions and claims.
- Defended one of three directors of CUS against allegations by a liquidator that he had acted in breach of his director’s duties.
- Acted for the Bank of India in relation to an invoice discounting facility, which it granted to a Dubai company, Firestar Holdings.
Shakespeare Martineau LLP is 'a medium-sized firm with a solid and professional commercial litigation department'. It handles complex litigation for sovereign states, state-owned entities, banks, property investment funds, financial services institutions, family offices and UHNW individuals. Practice head Kamran Rehman specialises in commercial and banking disputes, as well as professional negligence actions. The team also includes experienced partner David Vaughan.
Other key lawyers:
‘Kamran Rehman is one of the leading partners in the commercial litigation. He is a very efficient, realistic and commercially-minded litigator. The firm as a whole is great value for money.’
‘Very committed to the cause of their clients. Very hard working and capable associates.’
‘Kamran Rehman is totally committed to his client’s corner. Always pushing his team to explore the potential of every argument and every shred of evidence. A street-fighter with real grit and determination.’
‘George Fahey is a superb young solicitor. Hard working and real judgment. Always showed both an understanding of the bigger picture and a real grasp of its granular detail. A star of the future.’
‘The firm provides a good service at competitive prices, with particular expertise in property litigation, professional negligence and insolvency.’
‘David Vaughan is an experienced and bright lawyer, who has excellent people skills and adopts a commercial approach to litigating. He is often instructed on interesting or novel cases.’
United Republic of Tanzania
Air Tanzania Company Limited
Ministry of Works of Tanzania
Tanzanian National Roads Agency
Ministry of Transport of Tanzania
Attorney General of the United Republic of Tanzania
Monex Europe Limited
Capreon (UK) Limited
Precision Engineering Plastics Limited
Falcon Investment Management Limited
Argus Vickers American Equity Research Limited
Formation Group Plc
Central Bridging Loans
Banca Intesa San Paolo
Simit Sarayi UK Limited
South Bank Hotel Management Limited
United National Bank
Keele Residential Funding Plc
Rhea Capital Partners
Social Money T/A BridgeCrowd
FundingSecure Ltd (In administration)
- Acted for the Government of Tanzania and Air Tanzania Company, in defending a £30m claim pursued by Wallis Trading.
- Acted for Capreon (UK) Ltd in a claim for approximately £12m, which arose out of the abortive £366m acquisition of Winnersh Triangle and breach of heads of terms.
- Advised Monex Europe Limited and Banco Monex defending a £35m claim brought by Entertainment One.
Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP has 'a burgeoning reputation in commercial litigation, especially in the seemingly unstoppable wave of Russian and CIS cases making their way through the Commercial Court'. It is best known for civil fraud and competition cases; it also handles white-collar crime, and construction and property disputes. In addition, the office has familiarity with cryptocurrency matters. Jonathan Raynes is noted for commercial disputes with technical elements; Angus Rodger regularly exercises his advocacy rights before the English higher courts; and Neil Dooley acts in fraud claims. Ivan Gordienko is a Russian-speaking litigator.
Neil Dooley is a large part of the reason for the firm’s burgeoning reputation. But others at the firm, such as Ivan Gordienko and associate Alex Green, have also stood out for me.
Ivan Gordienko has a great all-round package. Speaking fluent Russian, and an excellent technical lawyer, Gordienko has a great eye for the factual detail and the bigger picture. His principal associate, Alex Green, is a star of the future: hard-working, bright and with great instincts – he’s wise beyond his years.
ITW (Illinois Tool Works)
PJSC VTB Bank
- Pursuing a high-value claim for AOS Holding AG for cryptocurrency-related fraudulent misrepresentation.
- Acting for Chinese chemical manufacturer, Do-Fluoride, in resisting the enforcement of a Swiss arbitral award.
- Representing French wind-turbine manufacturer, Vergnet, in litigation, which followed the shutdown of a wind farm because of unforeseen turbulence.
Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP has one of the largest teams in the south of England handling commercial disputes. Its clients range from UK and foreign multinationals to owner-managed businesses and entrepreneurs. In addition, the practice, which 'produces a consistently high level of work', has sector expertise in energy, food and beverages; IT; retail; insurance and pharmaceuticals. Sarah Murray heads the dispute resolution practice, while much of Michael Frisby’s work involves international elements. Catherine Penny (promoted in 2020) and Andrew Quick are also partners to note.
A dedicated focus and account management that we didn’t feel we’d gain with a big London firm.
In working with S&B for over a decade, we’ve always been completely satisfied with the firm’s performance. They understand how we work as a business and how we approach our commercial risk profile – and that understanding allows them to tailor their advice and support to enable us to achieve what we needed to from each issue. That depth of understanding and experience saves a huge amount of time on briefing a firm’s team and bringing them up to speed, and allows us to progress more quickly to solutions.
S&B’s client service is first class. We know that when we pick up the phone on something new, we’ll be speaking to a trusted advisor who understands us and the way we work. We always feel valued. The depth of understanding of our business means we’re always being presented with a commercial solution that works for us. S&B deal with the reality of a situation, and tailor their advice accordingly. We very rarely need to have a conversation about value for money as a result.
Beverley Whittaker is our main liaison and starting point for any matter, and has been for over a decade. Beverley always impresses me with her depth of knowledge and experience, and her ability to not only appraise a situation quickly, but come up with pragmatic solutions. Her honest and thoughtful approach makes her very easy to work with.
Michael Frisby is normally our main contact on dispute and litigation matters, and his ability to evaluate and communicate complex and in-depth situations across a range of stakeholders is always invaluable. His experience in his field constantly shines through in his advice, and his ability to cut through the noise to get to the heart of an issue, whilst presenting a range of potential options, has led to the resolution of most of the disputes we face.
Kimberley Eyssell led us through a particularly complex and sensitive situation with a huge amount of skill, ensuring we were aware not only of the process steps but also the options available to us to drive the matter to a solution favourable to us. Over a period of 12 months plus, Kimberley kept us fully informed, and formed relationships with the other parties in the matter that allowed us to reach a settlement that would not have seemed likely at commencement.
Michael Frisby has always provided carefully considered advice. He takes the trouble to explain finer legal points in a way that non-legal clients can understand. He has built up our trust in his advice.
Stevens & Bolton is a small firm that punches above its weight in tricky commercial litigation. It is partner led, and therefore has a high level of senior input into any litigation.
Andrew Quick is an excellent partner, with great judgment, and impressive client handling cases in those cases I have worked with him on, which were both difficult factually and with somewhat difficult clients.
The team are ably led by the magnificent Sarah Murray who combines charm, efficiency and excellence in equal measure. There is significant strength and depth within the department which means that there is a consistently high work product.
Elaine O’Hare is, in my view, a particular star to watch.
Gama Aviation plc
CBRE Managed Services
Allianz Insurance plc
CI Plus LLP
Annheuser-Busch In Bev Procurement
Philips Electronics Limited
- Acting for Global Display Solutions (and others) in a claim for fraudulent misrepresentation, deceit, breach of contract and intimidation against NCR Corporation (and subsidiaries).
- Acted for CI Plus in a High Court claim against German company IMPEXSAT GmbH & Co KG for IP infringement, breach of licence terms and breach of confidence.
- Acted for Gama Aviation in various claims and counterclaims by and against the owner of an aircraft.
Teacher Stern LLP's primary focus is on high-value contractual and shareholder actions, professional negligence, and fraud and asset tracing claims. The team, which 'pays close attention to detail', also assists with mis-selling disputes against institutional defendants, and clients benefit from the firm's strong relationships with third party funders and insurance providers. Jack Rabinowicz heads the commercial litigation team, which also fields Clare Toomer and Rajesh Pabla. Insurance disputes expert Sarah Emerson was hired as partner from K&L Gates LLP, while former insolvency head Navinder Grover joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP.
The team are very personable communicative and provide the facts and their advice. They have also been excellent in looking at the issues from both a strategic and tactical level in terms of next stages within the service provision and anticipating of future activities.
Close attention to detail and calm advice to clients in a highly emotive situation
You feel like you are their only client. Always approachable and happy to have sensible discussions around fees.
Professional and straightforward approach. A practical approach to a complex issue. I have worked predominantly alongside Clare Toomer and have found her to be personable, approachable and highly knowledgeable. She will defer to wise council / colleagues where issues are beyond her subject matter expertise and will be direct in her approach where needed and professional at all times.
Clare Toomer is very accessible, responsive and sensitive to a wide range of client needs.
Clare Toomer – the reason we work with Teacher Stern. Robust in her dealings with the other side and tells you exactly what is and is not possible, and why.
Daniel Gore – Recently promoted. Seems to be on every matter we are working with them on, however, able to shoulder the caseload. A real superstar and workhorse.
- Acting for Kings Security Systems in a claim against its former CEO and COO.
- Acted for the debtor in an appeal, which was against the revocation of an individual voluntary arrangement approved by creditors.
- Acted for the defendants in high-value claims, which were brought in the High Court of Justice.
At boutique firm Berkeley Rowe, the commercial litigation department acts in disputes that emanate from civil fraud, financial transactions, professional negligence, and matters concerning governance and regulation. Team head Tom Keya acts in disputes involving banking, financial services, construction and IT. International commercial arbitration and litigation specialist, Ian Sellars, was hired as partner from Keystone Law in 2019, while Gemma Redfern joined as head of white collar crime and regulatory in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘This is a new and dynamic firm where specialists have been taken from major firms to make up various teams. The firm has grown quickly and has a clean-cut hard-working ethic.’
‘Transparent billing, easy to work with, very good at what they do. Highly capable. This is the best firm I’ve ever worked with.’
‘It is not an overstatement to say that Tom Keya is probably the only solicitor of his generation that I know who I could have imagined starting a new law firm on the scale and with the ambition of Berkeley Rowe. It is no surprise that he is succeeding because he is a force of nature and incredibly client-focused. Clients would choose Berkeley Rowe because they would sense that Tom will give his all for them, and because he has a forward-thinking new firm around him with which to do so.’
‘The firm led by Tom Keya is very agile and therefore quickly puts together teams to work on cases that a full of experts in that area of law. They are a truly international firm whist retaining a good amount national work.’
‘Highly strategic in their thinking, with a focus on obtaining the best possible outcome for their clients. Experienced, pragmatic and highly engaged, they deliver a premium bespoke service that puts the client at the centre of the process.’
‘The young and dynamic team at Berkeley Rowe is second to none. They are outstanding lawyers and negotiators. They are extremely commercial and quick witted. They are highly results oriented.’
‘Tom Keya is a resourceful and energetic lawyer who gets on well with clients and is up to the fight on behalf of his clients when necessary and is good at getting his cases resolved.’
‘Tom Keya – knowledgeable, meticulous, hard working, meets deadlines.’
‘Gemma Redfern is an exceptional lawyer – one of the best criminal fraud solicitors in the country.’
Global Emerging Markets
MES Global Limited
- Acted in a shareholder dispute for MES Group.
- Acted in a high-profile, ultra-HNW individual’s unexplained wealth order.
- Acting in the striking out of a claim, which related to a £120m fraud.
Devonshires Solicitors LLP's large following of housing providers represents a broad part of the firm's client base. The dispute resolution team is particularly focused on insolvency, debt recovery and criminal law, along with fraud, cross-border investigations, regulatory work and private finance initiatives. Philip Barden, James Dunn, Anna Buch and Jim Varley are all experienced partners.
This is a well resourced team capable of delivering a quality product.
Philip Barden is a dynamic leader who brings out the best in a legal team.
The Devonshires teams headed by Philip Barden packs a punch and is a very good match for its larger rivals.
Philip Barden is a veteran commercial litigator who knows all the tricks. Steven Netherway is a fantastic acquisition and has given the team a real boost. Matt Garbutt has made a real name for himself in some very high-profile cases and is destined for partnership very soon.
Attentive, dynamic, clever and great value. Pin-point deployment of skills and resources, overseen by stand-out leaders. They are “in it to win it”, but highly mindful of their clients’ pockets and situations. Very nice people to work with too!
Philip Barden, Senior Partner – simply the best litigator I know. Both strategically and tactically brilliant, and excellent under pressure.
Very economic with exceptional return on time invested.
Philip Barden: excellent strategic overview of issues, understands formal litigation in law is the last resort.
Solicitors Regulation Authority
First Priority Housing Association
Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management
Insolve Plus Limited
Michael Page International
Ultra Insurance Company Limited
- Representing a grandson of the last ruling Nizam of Hyderabad in complex, high-profile, multi-party proceedings for the recovery of £35m.
- Acting for a prominent HNW individual in a High Court claim involving the largest shopping centre in Western Ukraine, which involves allegations of serious fraud.
- Acted for a liquidator in successful claims against a former director of a company (in liquidation) for relief under the Companies Act 2006, Insolvency Act 1986 and common law.
Greenwoods GRM's disputes team comprises several specialist sub-teams, including construction, financial services and regulatory. The London team is led by Peterborough and London-based Huw Wallis, whose experience includes claims involving injunctive relief; and Nicholas Scott, who specialises in complex international commercial disputes, including High Court litigation and arbitration.
Huw Wallis runs a highly client-focussed, commercial, and switched-on team. City quality, without the city overheads.
Huw Wallis is a first-class litigator – willing to test the arguments available, and explore how they can be developed to best achieve the client’s goals. A good lawyer, and a good person to work with.
Personal, affordable and best practice. Exceptional access to partners and very knowledgeable legal advisors in the litigation area.
Champagne service at a lemonade price.
Greenwoods is what I imagine a client would want from a mid-market litigation team. It has the experience, expertise, and attitude of a larger firm but at a price that reflects its provincial base.
Huw Wallis leads from the front. He runs a tight ship and also manages complex and (for barristers) interesting cases himself.
Nick Greenwood is an excellent litigator. He is careful, tactical, and commercial. Nick knows his law and is always looking for a solution.
The tax litigation team at Greenwoods GRM has takes the initiative and responds rapidly and efficiently to all the challenges of the litigation process.
Nick Scott is outstanding. He has tremendous knowledge and experience, is always available, and responds to challenges in a cal, decisive and unphased manner.
Loan Charge Group Action claimants
- Acting for multiple claimants in their judicial review of HMRC’s attempt to collect back taxes from self-employed contractors that it accuses of tax avoidance.
GSC Solicitors LLP has longstanding relationships with several large clients, including global businesses, UHNW individuals and sizeable family businesses. Commercial litigation team head Michael Shapiro focuses on general commercial, contractual and shareholder disputes, as well as property litigation and company and personal insolvency-related disputes. Consultant Barry Samuels' disputes frequently have international angles.
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The practice is unique in that it provides a personalised service to its clients, and makes each of its clients feel special. The result is a splendid working relationship, one built on confidence and trust. Unlike other firms, the dispute resolution team does not treat clients, big or small, as fee fodder.
Michael Shapiro is an experienced and knowledgeable litigator who has a very calm, commercial and realistic approach to dispute resolution.
GSC provides excellent value for money compared to the larger City law firms. Its strengths lie in the fact that an entire team will be dedicated to your dispute and they will work round the clock for very reasonable fees to provide the best-quality service and legal advice for their clients. They have exceptional expertise in managing disputes for high-net-worth individuals.
I was particularly impressed working with Barry Samuels. He is a legend of the game and combines his vast experience in heavy-weight litigation with characteristic charm and warmth. He is a pleasure to work with and clients love him.
I was also very impressed working with Sana Sheikh. Her legal drafting skills are second to none and attention to detail excellent. She is a rising star and will be a force to be reckoned with in the future in commercial litigation.
GSC punch well above their weight. Despite having a modestly sized team they have specialists in almost all areas of civil law from fraud to media/entertainment and property. They are resourceful, adaptable and knowledgeable.
Barry Samuels is a litigation legend with decades of experience from heading up litigation departments elsewhere. He is tactically extremely astute and able effectively and with great strategic acumen to process and deploy vast amounts of information in multi-jurisdictional disputes.
Sana Sheikh is a stand-out associate with a wealth of detailed knowledge and technical expertise.
The team is a remarkable mix of highly qualified and experienced solicitors whose talents, as a focussed team, compliment one another. In modern terms it qualified as a boutique practice which punches well about its weight, certainly in litigation and arbitration work and the high-net worth private clients whom it attracts.
Universal Music UK Limited
Daejan Properties Limited
Brickfield Properties Limited
- Acted for Universal Music UK (Universal) in a claim concerning an Oxford Street property, further to Universal’s acquisition of EMI.
- Acted for a Russian lawyer (and his wife) in a case, which is due to be heard in the Privy Council in relation to their shareholding in a Cayman Islands company.
- Acted for a Georgian oligarch in an approximately $300m claim against BGEO Group, which related to the forced sale of the assets of a company owned by the oligarch.
gunnercooke LLP has established a disputes presence in relation to financial services, SME and owner-managed businesses, technology, media, real estate and IP. Shilpen Savani acts in commercial disputes and contentious corporate matters; Fergus Buckley is noted for civil fraud matters. Laurence Katz has specialised in commercial dispute resolution for approximately 25 years. Former partner David Herbert joined Locke Lord LLP.
‘Efficient and professional.’
‘Sara Cato is outstanding – makes things clear and easy and is a huge asset to the company.’
‘Shilpen Savani was very good at client-handling and taking a commercial approach to the potential litigation.’
‘Robust, practical advice. Highly knowledgeable senior team members. Very hard-working and well trained junior team members.’
‘Shilpen Savani is knowledgeable, unflappable, efficient.’
‘Fergus Buckley was hands on, very accessible and delivered excellent advice.’
‘From a mediator’s perspective one can see immediately the quality of a firm from the preparation not just of the lawyers but the preparation of their clients by the lawyers. The teams from gunnercooke have been quite exceptional. Without conceding anything to the detriment of their clients, they have approached the mediation with the correct ethos: how can we achieve the best solution for our clients. I cannot recall any mediation in which they have not achieved a settlement, and that is in great part due to their realistic advice and support for their clients.’
‘Shilpen Savani’s support for his clients’ case has never clouded his judgment in assisting them to a sensible resolution. He is one of the ablest lawyers I have seen in mediation. I have also worked with Fergus Buckley and Laurence Katz, each of whom demonstrated their wholehearted commitment to their clients’ interests. It is clear that the ethos of the firm is client care which accounts for their popularity.’
‘The sheer wealth of experience is something which stands out as one of gunnercooke’s superb qualities. They are true experts in their respective fields but don’t stop that getting in the way of pragmatic and well-pitched advice.’
‘I have often worked with Shilpen Savani and he has always been professional, personable and highly competent. His advice is practical and accessible and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.’
‘Strong commercial awareness and highly responsive.’
‘Shilpen Savani – excellent client relationships based upon commercially sensible advice and strong strategic thinking.’
- Acts for longstanding clients, SCL Elections and Cambridge Analytica, in the alleged use of data culled from Facebook during high-profile political campaigns in the US and the UK.
Founded in 2006 as a niche IT and IP City practice, iLaw has evolved into a boutique law firm that specialises in high-value, high-profile commercial litigation disputes, including international matters. Mark Culbert heads the commercial litigation department; Tom Clark is another notable director; while senior associate Allan Murray is an expert in cryptocurrency and blockchain disputes.
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Strong team with good work ethic and excellent focus on key objectives.
Very approachable and knowledgeable, and very easy to deal with.
Small but effective firm with a range of expertise to support SMEs with all their legal needs. Have used iLaw for a range of issues for which they have always been responsive, individualistic and focused on solutions that centre on the clients needs.
Mark Culbert has proven to be an real legal asset and has excellent knowledge of his area of practice and the sectors in which he advises. The firm generally has an ethos of client focus and solutions first to solve the issues that are brought to it.
Responsive, unpretentious, expert, creative and a pleasure to work with. My experience has always been positive and I have recommended iLaw to numerous other business leaders. They are thorough, cut to the chase and provide pragmatic advice in a way that as a layman we can consider and feel supported by.
Mark Culbert is exceptional. His advice is clear, expert, insightful, pragmatic and relatable. While some aspects of a piece of work may be dealt with by his team, he is always on top of things and will respond if requested. Mark appreciates the stress his clients may be experience during litgation and he is reassuring and calm – combined with his responsiveness he is a pleasure to work with. Justin Ellis is efficient, creates trust and gets things done.
iLaw make complex litigation look simple across a range of industry sectors. It is not surprising they are involved in cases with high-profile litigants, from household name entrepreneurs to Hollywood scriptwriters.
iLaw excels at the execution of strategic negotiation with considerable success, both in terms of resolving intractable disputes and also achieving excellent settlement terms.
Mark Culbert is a highly experienced, savvy commercial litigator. Each case starts with a blank sheet of paper, which is rapidly turned into a detailed road map. He doesn’t like to lose. Whenever we have clients with difficult, complex claims, Mark is the first port of call, to check whether he is available to represent them. A polished operator.
Allan Murray is the epitome of the calm, collected litigator. Affable, sharp intellect and impeccable client care. A lawyer you want in your corner when it gets tough.
iLaw are small but expert. You get the service of a city law firm without the price tag.
Mark Culbert is fantastic. He really makes an effort to get to know clients and their individual circumstances in order to provide a tailored approach.
The team has excellent contacts with the accountancy and insolvency practitioner community.
Tom Clark is creative and consistent – not an easy combination to pull off !
The iLaw team is both responsive and proactive. iLaw are able to response to new issues quickly and then their proactivity sets them apart. This means a matter can be left in their hands in the knowledge that all dates and deadlines will be met without the need to prompt or chase. Further, iLaw have taken time to get to know us as a business saving time on individual cases.
Agriculture Investments Limited
Mitchells & Butlers plc
Assassin’s Fist Limited
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
The Clean Liquor Company
G&C Systems BV
Porte a Porte
Parem Financial Inc
Monolit Investments Inc
Majestic Wine Plc
The Evergreen Group Limited
H Tempest Limited
- Acted for a number of businesses in a group litigation action against MasterCard and Visa, which was in relation to interchange fees.
- Acted for a supplier of fruit to supermarkets, in a claim against a provider of bioponics (a recently discovered way of growing plants without soil), which concerned representations made about operating costs and crop yields.
- Represented a number of high street retailers in a group litigation action against MasterCard and Visa, which concerned interchange fees.
Isadore Goldman is a specialist boutique commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice. It undertakes litigation in relation to contract claims, fraud and breach of trust, banking litigation, property and construction. Contractual disputes specialist Michelle Mollaghan, contentious insolvency experts Jane Cary and Andy Taylor, and Portsmouth-based Nick Oliver, are the key directors.
The team specialises in insolvency litigation and know that area of the law inside out. Very thorough and pay attention to detail without losing sight of the bigger picture and overall objective.
Nick Oliver is outstanding. He is extremely knowledgeable, quick to grasp the issues and drives cases forward relentlessly.
The practice has a very clear specialism in insolvency. They have plenty of experience in bringing claims on behalf of insolvency practitioners.
They are a pleasure to spend time with, which helps in building a working relationship.
Isadore Goldman have a long history of giving good, commercial and pragmatic advice.
The small commercial litigation team at Isadore Goldman is largely though far from exclusively focused on disputes with an insolvency aspect, in respect of which it has vast experience and an ability to provide exceptional service to its clients.
Michelle Mollaghan has decades of experience at Isadore Goldman rising through the ranks from para-legal/clerk to partner. Michelle is extremely good with clients, empathetic to their legal difficulties and focused on providing commercially viable solutions.
A small but experienced firm with partner involvement in the cases which brings skill and knowledge to cases.
Michelle Mollaghan – experienced, particularly in banking and credit work, and prepared to be robust.
Michelle Mollaghan – truly excellent lawyer; diligent, intelligent, commercially astute and lovely to work with.
Michelle Mollaghan is well known and well respected and her great expertise also embraces insolvency and banking work.
Michelle Mollaghan has wonderful client skills and great commercial instincts with a brilliant balance between an eye for detail and an ability to see the bigger picture.
Mfw Insolvency and Corporate Recovery
McTear Williams and Wood
Compass Financial Recovery & Insolvency
Fleximize Capital Limited
CVR Global LLP
Investec Bank Plc
Investec Asset Finance Plc
Portland Business and Finance Solutions
- Acted in a longstanding cross-border trust dispute.
- Successfully defending multi-parties in a £30m knowing receipt claim.
- Acting for joint liquidators in a high-profile fraudulent breach of duty matter.
Joelson is particularly noted for its disputes expertise in gambling and gaming, IP and food safety, along with shareholder and technology disputes. Acting for HNW individuals and corporate entities, litigation and dispute resolution team head Jo Gregory undertakes complex disputes both in the UK and internationally.
We have found this team to be extremely professional and accessible. As a new business, we have been given lots of advice and clear instruction, timely responses and transparent pricing structures that allow us to plan ahead. The team is particularly strong in relationship building and creating brand loyalty.
Jo Gregory has helped us understand where Joelson Law can help our business and been extremely patient getting to know our unique circumstances and gently helping us understand where they can help the most. It has never been a hard sell or an opaque process. We feel safe in her hands and she is very knowledgeable, accessibly and friendly.
We commissioned Joelson Law to help us draw up contracts with external companies and Matthew Overton helped us define our goals and create a document that we felt protected us and explained in detail every step of the way.
Nimble firm that punches way over its weight; great collection of interesting clients; great depth of knowledge across the firm.
Jo Gregory – dynamic partner; brilliant with clients Simon Wallis – partner in waiting; keen brain; on top of the detail.
A friendly firm who are always willing to go the extra mile, led by an excellent Chairman who leads from the front and always stays in touch even when we aren’t doing any business. Litigation work is conducted by Jo Gregory like a rapier, quick, fast and effective with a very sharp point!
If Jo Gregory and Phil Hails Smith weren’t lawyers they would be strikers for Arsenal football club. Always scoring goals for their clients !!
Despite being a small firm, they often get involved in big scale litigation, which they manage to handle as well as much bigger competitors.
Jo Gregory is likeable, tenacious and very bright.
Healthy Kids Limited t/a Little Dish
- Acted for BCPL in successfully defending a copyright infringement action.
- Acted for Little Dish in a claim for injunctive relief against Samworth Brothers.
Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord LLP's dispute resolution work involves insolvency, fraud, rights to goods, and consumer credit regulation. Of note, the team has experienced growth in disputes involving asset finance and consumer credit, and cards and payments. Kevin Heath is highly regarded for banking and finance (including insolvency) litigation, while David Herbert joined as partner from gunnercooke LLP.
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David Herbert is a skilled operator, providing well-considered and commercial legal advice. He has a deep understanding of the offshore sector.
The team is exceptionally responsive and client-focused, and consists of a number of talented litigators who really compliment each other’s strengths. They are pragmatic and hard-working, and in my experience get very good results for clients.
Kevin Heath is a superb litigator who is very tough when justified, but is also pragmatic and never loses sight of what is in the client’s interests. He is a highly experienced commercial litigator and would be my first choice for a whole range of commercial litigation. Nicole Fry (associate) – extremely quick and responsive, works closely with Kevin Heath and provides invaluable support.
Close Brothers Limited
Shawbrook Bank Limited
ING Lease (UK) Limited
- Represented Close Brothers (which financed six excavators) in proceedings against a hirer and supplier for misrepresentation, in relation to a deposit purportedly paid for goods.
- Acted for the claimants in litigation against FCFM, which involved a claim for specific performance of a contract for the sale of shares in RockRose Energy (or damages).
- Acting for the trustee in bankruptcy of a former solicitor, in a claim that assets were transferred to his wife prior to his bankruptcy, so as to put them beyond the reach of creditors.
Marriott Harrison LLP regularly attracts high-value and complex disputes work, and has experienced growth in relation to international litigation. Tamar Halevy has particular expertise in company and shareholder disputes, while Jim Mackie acts for companies and individuals in claims for breach of contract, professional negligence, breach of trust, and fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation.
The commercial disputes team provides real commercial support to the clients of the firm and punches well above its weight. One of its core strengths is its ability to provide dispute resolution support across a range of areas and industry sectors. The work which is undertaken is well thought out and structured and exceptionally well executed. It always seems to get the best possible result for the client.
Jim Mackie brings a real wealth of experience to commercial disputes. He seems to have an excellent rapport with clients and is fantastic at putting together and managing the right team for the case. He understands the commercial realities of the disputes and is great at focussing on the client’s commercial objectives.
The Marriott Harrison dispute resolution team is different to many of its competitors because of the high-standard, partner-led service whereas if we were to instruct one of the large City firms our work would be dealt with on a day to day basis by more junior lawyers. The team also has exceptional front-line court experience which differentiates them from many of their larger competitors who do not get into court as much.
We have worked primarily with Tamar Halevy who heads up the dispute resolution team. Tamar has been fully involved in, and on top of, all the details and complexity of our case right from the beginning and all the way through. She has provided sound legal advice and has been tenacious in seeking to achieve a commercial outcome for us in the case. She has constantly made herself available to communicate with us on the matter.
The firm offers very cost-effective approach and maintains good quality of services, which is a distinguishing feature.
Tamar Halevy is always there to provide a practical advice and ensure the most effective strategy.
Tamar Halevy and her team at Marriott Harrison were uniquely equipped to advise me on the particularly intricate details of my case with regard to legal, financial and social aspects. Tamar’s CV impressed me in the selection process with her experience in financial matters, international M&A and dispute resolution.
Tamar Halevy – accessible, focussed, diligent, patient and pragmatic.
Tamar Halevy is an excellent litigator. Tamar has always seen the best route forward for the pieces of litigation on which we have worked together. She is very practical in her approach, and avoid unnecessary wasting of time and resources. She takes counsel’s advice well, and never has a difficulty in understanding it.
In my experience Brett Israel turns around work very quick, and is an excellent leader of his team. There is never a wasted moment in his cases.
Tamar Halevy is exceptionally clear and definitive in her advice and explanations. Her oral delivery is unparalleled for a firm of this size.
They have excellent experience and strength in this area. I would compare them very favourably with other firms.
Tamar Halevy is superb – experienced, unflappable and great with clients.
Tamar Halevy, who leads the dispute resolution team, is really excellent: very knowledgeable in company law, experienced in shareholder disputes, hard-working, possessed of fine drafting skills and most enjoyable to work with.
Radisson Hotels UK Limited
Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Heathrow Limited
The Watch Gallery Limited
Chiltern Capital LLP
UAB Avion Express
Smart Cancer Centre Limited
- Acting in a Commercial Court claim against three Turkish defendants, pursuant to a series of loan agreements.
- Defended – and counterclaimed – a High Court claim, which was brought by the owner of one of the UK’s largest airports and related to gas and electricity charges.
- Represented Ross Hare in a Commercial Court claim against Patrick Doherty, which related to an alleged breach of a funding agreement for a game farm and resort in South Africa.
Rosenblatt acts for corporations and individuals on contentious commercial issues, including litigation, arbitration and ADR. Anthony Field is experienced in commercial and banking disputes, negligence claims, and company and shareholder issues; Joseph McCormick has higher rights of audience; while Danielle Carr's work includes sectors such as TMT, cryptocurrency and blockchain, banking and professional services.
Seddons' dispute resolution department has a significant track record defending clients across industries including steel production, mining, fashion, and real estate. Experienced partner Marvin Simons heads the dispute resolution team, in which Christian Smith and John Melville-Smith are also key members. Aoife Keane was hired as partner in 2019 from Hausfeld & Co LLP.
Marvin Simons runs a small dispute resolution practice, taking a very hands-on approach with an exceptional eye for detail while never losing sight of the wider commercial context and client objectives.
Impressive range of international clients; outstanding service.
Christian Smith – the steadiest of hands; superb with clients.
Excellent and responsive customer service. Very intelligent team members who are always on the ball.
- Acted in a dispute concerning a family-owned property company.
Shepherd and Wedderburn
Shepherd and Wedderburn advises on disputes in a range of sectors including retail, hotels and leisure; health and safety; food and drink; energy; financial services and real estate. Philip Sewell has over 25 years’ experience in contentious commercial matters, and Ben Pilbrow has a particular speciality in litigation funding, insurance and costs. Former partner Claire Stockford joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.
They are very focussed on the task in hand and its success whereas many of their competitors seem more interested in the size of the bill they can send and recording their timesheets.
They also use experienced individuals whereas others often use inexperienced and inadequately supervised juniors.
The individuals (Nathaniel Buckingham and Iain Drummond) are extremely personable and provide first class expertise which is thoroughly thought out & tested internally.
I have instructed Shepherd and Wedderburn for many years (on behalf of a couple of employers). They don’t shout about themselves as much as other firms; they differentiate themselves by their consistently great service and delivering value for money (other firms often deliver one or the other – in my experience a firm that delivers both is rare).
I looked through my list of contacts and realised that I had used over 50 lawyers from S&W down the years. Ben Pilbrow and Lee Dupont, who were both integral to the dispute, were two of the best. They made a great team together. They are relatively young, but demanded and got the full trust of my board on a make or break issue for the company. They were always available and worked unbelievably hard to get the job done.
Communication with the client, prompt service delivery, good legal advice. Very approachable.
Quality of advice and willingness to give advice without the clock running!
The key reason I use Shepherd and Wedderburn is no matter how challenging the situation they are solution focused and help my company navigate to the best possible outcome for us. In the last six months we had cause to use the disputes team for a complex procurement challenge and I was delighted with how they supported us. Never failing to be candid in their advice, but always working to find a practical way forward.
Matt Philip was our lead associate on our most recent instruction – his turnaround time was fantastic, the quality of the work exceptional and he above all secured us a fantastic outcome in a challenging scenario. I highly recommend Matt and would turn to him again without hesitation in any future dispute we have.
Air Technology Systems Limited
Amey Community Limited
Balfour Beatty plc
Busaba Eat Thai Limited
Close Brothers Limited
Clydesdale Bank plc
EMFC Loan Syndications LLP
Home Loans Ltd
HSBC Bank plc
HSS Hire plc
J de Jonge Group B.V.
Lending Crowd (Edinburgh Alternative Finance Limited)
Macdonald Resorts Limited
Magnolia Building Society
Med Lab Limited
Natwest Bank plc
PeoplePlus Group Limited
Royal Bank of Scotland plc
Scandinavian Airline System AB
Scarborough Group International Limited
Scottish Power plc
Sheffield United Limited
Surefoot Solutions Limited
Trent Port Investments Limited
Water Plus Limited
- Acted for Macdonald Resorts in relation to a small, activist element of its membership.
- Acted for EMFC Loan Syndications in a dispute concerning allegations over the termination of a retainer.
- Acted for Sheffield United in a well-publicised dispute involving the ownership of Sheffield United Football Club.
Sheridans' commercial litigation work involves specialist media and IP matters, including copyright and other IP and reputation issues. The department acts for both claimants and defendants in complex, high-value disputes, including litigation with international elements and international arbitration. Michael Thomas is the experienced senior partner, and Theo Solley runs a well-established Privy Council Agency practice.
The team understood our problem very quickly, offered great advice and a strategy that played out exactly as they predicted. They were always reassuring and calm.
They cut through the emotion that can often blind a client and explained the legal position succinctly. Other practices can spend time on unnecessary meeting’s and emails. We can honestly say that no words or emails were wasted and this resulted in good value for money.
We were very pleased to receive professional and personal attention when we dealt with Sheridans.
The requisitions by Theo Solley’s firm for fees are reasonable and if the client queries the quantum of the fees charged, I have found that the Firm is very cooperative to be flexible depending on the facts and circumstances of the litigation. Theo Solley is very accessible either by email or by telephone and I find him to be very efficient. The legal work produced by the firm is of a very high quality.
We felt very confident in their hands. Their knowledge of the entertainment industry is excellent and they immediately knew from our first meeting what points we could pursue to win our case. They explained everything clearly to us and were honest in their recommendations of how to proceed.
Their approach to us and to our client through correspondence was always of being in control and exuded confidence, always focusing on the facts. Theo Solley was confident of our case, quick to respond, reassuring of our position as the case progressed and his advice was invaluable throughout. We would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.
We worked with Theo Solley. He is easy to get along with. Very professional. Diligent and quick to react.
Lockhart & Co
Financial Services Commission (Mauritius)
RLM & Co
Callenders & Co
The Movies Begin Limited
Fit the Bill Limited
Jamaica Police Federation
- Acted for Firefox (and others) in a commercial shareholders’ dispute.
- Acted for The Central Electricity Board (Mauritius) in a commercial litigation appeal to the Privy Council.
- Acted in a Privy Council appeal concerning land in The Bahamas.
Go-to media litigation practice Simons Muirhead Burton hired commercial and property litigator Antony Perlmutter in 2019 from Hamlins LLP as partner, which expanded the firm's commercial and corporate contentious offering. Managing partner Razi Mireskandari heads the dispute resolution group, which also fields experienced partners Maninder Gill, Stephen Shotnes and Jeffrey Smele, along with consultants Peter Gould and Dina Shiloh.
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The unique attributes of Simmons, Muirhead and Burton are their availability and willingness to assist on the full range of commercial issues. Their advice is clear, concise and commercially focussed. They look for the best solutions not always via legal actions.
I have worked with Maninder Gill for 12 years and he assists in so many ways, not just in his specialisms, but across the range and introducing others as required. He is knowledgeable, direct and commercially astute.
I have worked with Antony Perlmutter for nearly eight years. He is one of the most tenacious litigators I know. He seems to never sleep and is always available to clients. He is exceptionally approachable. Most of the clients that we have in common eventually view AP as more of a friend than a solicitor. He always goes the extra mile to get the client the win.
The firm has a lively collaborative ethos and has been strengthened by a number of lateral hires in recent years which have helped it to reach out beyond its traditional media-related commercial disputes into property-based litigation and financial services disputes.
Razi Mireskandari is always focused on the practicalities of the dispute. He never loses sight of the long-term objective. Anthony Perlmutter is a litigator through and through. Loves to fight his client’s corner and clients love him for it. David Phillips gets through enormous amounts of work on cases and spots opportunities that others might miss. Dina Shiloh is a recent hire who has brought with her a real range of experience and clients, including from the finance sector.
It feels like a single effective practice rather than a series of specialist groups.
Antony Perlmutter is a perceptive, responsive and able litigator. His interpersonal skills are first rate. I appreciate his straight talking and decisive advice. I had every confidence that he would do a thorough job, and he did.
A very responsive and experienced firm whose people that give practical and helpful advice at a reasonable cost.
Parish Council of Chalfont St Peter
Discovery Yachts Group Limited
Coc Coc Pte
- Acting for Discovery Yachts Group (and its subsidiaries), in defence of a claim brought in relation to the purchase and use of a luxury yacht.
- Acting for two former executives of Wild Brain Family International (the producer of children’s television such as Bob The Builder and Teletubbbies) in defence of a £10m claim brought by their former company.
- Acted in a high-profile, £31m case against the Holy Cross Sisters Trustees, who allegedly made fraudulent representations regarding the use of playing fields at the former site of a school they owned.
At boutique practice Solomon Taylor & Shaw, its commercial litigation work includes partnership and shareholder disputes, banking and insolvency-related litigation, international arbitration, and classic and supercar litigation. The commercial litigation practice is led by Mark Summerfield, who accepts mediation appointments alongside his day-to-day litigation practice.
In a really unpleasant dispute resolution scenario this firm were supportive, sensitive and understanding. It was never about how much money they could get from me as a client. It was what’s going to be best for the client; how can we support the client; how can we best get the information we need from the client to settle successfully that has been brow beaten.
It’s the personal touch which was supported by a solid understanding of every aspect of the case.
Mark Summerfield and Colin Nahon are solid, robust, intelligent, thoughtful and understanding lawyers. They were always available and incredibly responsive.
Impressive in handling the matter in a commercial and pragmatic way.
They provide a strong London litigation service at a competitive price.
I’ve been particularly impressed with Mark Summerfield. Mark has very good judgment and an excellent manner with his clients, being careful to understand their goals and then coming up with ways to achieve them, even where the case is difficult.
Mark Summerfield – very nice to work with, calm, and good with clients.
Great attention to detail and always pro-active in identifying issues and how to try and sort them at an early stage. Commerciality runs through the whole team. Easily on a par with much larger firms with heavier charging scales.
Mark Summerfield is always available and ultra relable, if he says something will be completed by a certain point in time, then you can assuredly plan on it being done. This together with a very commercial eye and strategic mind makes him ideal to have in your corner.
Excellent partner engagement with the work: city experience and skills without the price tag. Mark Summerfield is a particularly canny litigator, always with one eye on getting the client into the best position to achieve a successful outcome by negotiation if possible. Jeremy Harris has a focus on the property aspects of commercial disputes: nothing fazes him.
Their commerciality and sensitivity to the clients needs are excellent.
They have managed to make what is always a difficult situation manageable providing realistic expectations of success and a reality check when needed.
Commercial disputes, insurance and risk management specialist Marian Boyle leads the London disputes practice at Sullivan (known as Sullivan & Worcester until a 2019 rebrand). The team acts in banking, finance and insurance disputes for major finance, corporate and insurance industry clients; and it consistently handles cross-border disputes, with a particular focus on arbitration.
Marian Boyle is extremely good. Very committed and lovely to deal with.
A genuine sense of getting the job done with minimum of fuss and cost to the client. Cases are staffed leanly and efficiently. Costs are very reasonable given the quality of the product.
Considerable expertise in international trade and trade finance-related disputes, with strong international connections and impressive access to expertise in complementary fields (particularly to good expert witnesses).
Marian Bailey is very knowledgeable in her field and a true fighter for her client – very dedicated and determined.
They know their market inside out and give excellent, robust advice while adopting a commercial and practical approach to disputes/claims.
Marian Boyle is supremely knowledgeable about commercial and insurance law, and procedure; she always cuts to the chase; she fights hard for her clients; she is a master strategist and knows when to fight and when to settle.
There is great coordination between the insurance and banking regulatory teams in the UK which creates a seamless service of combined knowledge. This is extremely useful and from our experience somewhat unique compared to their peers.
We work with Marian Boyle and Hannah Fearn. They are easy to contact, very responsive and very personable. They are always prepared and able to explain complex points of law to a layman and can work to tight deadlines.
Weightmans LLP's disputes specialisms involve partnerships and shareholders; contractual and warranty claims arising out of sale and purchase agreements; guarantees and indemnities; construction and engineering; financial services; insolvency; and injunctions. Andrew Cromby, Mark Brenlund and James Denison are the partners to note, and principal associate Simon Adam is London litigation team manager.
Wiggin LLP's commercial litigation instructions mostly involve the media, technology, sports, and betting and gaming sectors. The practice's disputes work encompasses contracts, boardroom fallouts, IP, confidential information, commercial fraud, and warranty, shareholder and joint venture issues. Caroline Kean is experienced in complex media disputes, Alan Owens is technology litigation head, and Matthew Dando was made partner in 2019.
Firm specialises in media and communication matters – offers genuine expertise in the sector.
Matt Dando – hugely experienced parter with a long City pedigree in litigation.
Wiggin have cornered the market in relation to specialist gambling advice. Their knowledge of the industry is second to none, and the service they give to their clients is excellent.
Alan Owens and Steve Ketteley are both excellent. They have an in-depth knowledge of gambling matters, and are fantastic to work with.
Good on technical disputes especially involving modern media.
The team’s in-depth understanding of the industry that we operate in and their proactive and commercial approach and responsiveness in relation to any issues is outstanding.
Matthew Dando is outstanding and is always available when needed. His commercial and pragmatic approach has been important when called upon.
The Ingenious Group
Twentieth Century Fox
- Acts for Playtech (a developer of gambling software) in litigation.
- Acted for William Hill in litigation.
- Acted for GVC in a regulatory investigation by the UK Gambling Commission.
Zaiwalla & Co undertakes complex, multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, which emanates from high-growth economies such as India, Russia and the Middle East. Senior partner Sarosh Zaiwalla has approximately 40 years' commercial litigation experience, while Leigh Crestohl and Kartik Mittal are recently promoted partners. Former managing partner Pavani Reddy joined Clyde & Co LLP as legal director.
The team is well aware of the construction industry and JCT contracts. The took a balanced approach towards our case.
Team strength: diversity and organisation.
Key capabilities – Analytical and logical reasoning.
Sarosh is very intuitive and an easy person to work with. Even if he disagrees with the client’s approach, he can easily explain the logical reasoning behind his argument. He is one of the best lawyers we have worked with.
Wee were very impressed by Lawrence Jacobson’s knowledge of substantive law and legal procedures.
What makes this practice unique is the sheer range of matters they are prepared to take on if they think it is a good cause. Sarosh Zaiwalla has a fantastic ability to make contacts and has a superb client base from all around the world.
Sarosh’s ability to conjure up legal solutions out of the air, combined with his never-give-up attitude, has had a profound influence on the whole culture and approach of the firm.
Leigh Crestohl: very sharp, experienced in three (at least) jurisdictions and extremely hard-working.
Russell Strong: relatively recently arrived but has established himself as a top performer within the firm.
Special mention for Stephanie Limaco, a Spanish-speaking associate who has been of invaluable help on South American cases.
The head of the firm, Sarosh Zaiwalla, sets the tone in his unique, penetrative and tenacious way so as to give the galaxy of high-profile clients drawn to the firm the gold standard of service.
Sarosh Zaiwalla is a beacon in the field and an inspiration to other practitioners.
A small boutique litigation practice which punches well above its weight, taking on the biggest names in the industry and proving to be more nimble and strategically astute.
Leigh Crestohl has experience of litigation in the Magic Circle, which he brings to the firm’s clients with a much more hands on and personal approach. He is well supported by some exceptional senior associates such as Russell Strong. They are an experienced team, especially in complex factual or financial matters, often involving fraud.
Hirbodan Management Company
Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber
MBI & Partners UK Ltd
- Acted for the claimant in a highly contested shareholder dispute between two Russian shareholders in an international telecoms company.
- Acted for Dubai-based Sheikh Mohamed in a High Court claim, which related to a breach of oral loan agreements.
- Acted for Farhad Azima in a highly publicised case that raised issues of sophisticated trans-border computer hacking.