Firms To Watch: Commercial litigation: mid-market

Launched as an alternative business structure in early 2021, Astraea Group‘s multi-disciplinary team is led by James Ramsden KC (previously at 39 Essex Chambers), and is particularly active in relation to commercial disputes involving decentralised finance and cryptocurrencies.
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP's London litigation head Mark Handley has substantial experience in cross-border commercial litigation and disputes, as well as financial crime investigations.
Davis Woolfe name partner and dispute resolution and litigation head, Guy Davis, has a notable track record in contractual disputes, professional negligence actions, and securing world-wide asset freezing orders.
In addition to its reputation management credentials, JMW Solicitors LLP’s London dispute resolution group specialises in complex, high-value disputes. Former Carter-Ruck partner and department head Matthew Wescott is an experienced commercial and insurance litigator.
Jury O’Shea LLP's commercial litigation department was launched in 2017 by former Stewarts Law LLP partner Daniel Loblowitz, whose track record  includes significant fraud cases, professional negligence work, and complex claims against banks and other large institutions.
Seasoned commercial litigator Andrew Nugent Smith, a former Gowling WLG partner, is in charge of UK growth at specialist class action and group litigation firm Keller Postman UK, formerly known as Keller Lenkner UK.
Headed by IT and insurance disputes specialist Eric France and fraud and banking disputes expert Mark DavisonMills & Reeve LLP’s growing cross-border litigation practice is particularly experienced in obtaining urgent interlocutory relief on behalf of international clients.
Active in both High Court litigation and cryptocurrency claims, Preiskel & Co LLP's dispute resolution department was established in late 2018 by former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partner, Robert Dougans, who focuses on cross-border litigation, usually involving fraud.
Spector Constant & Williams' founding partner Richard Spector is an expert in banking and insolvency disputes, high-value professional negligence claims, contractual claims, and IP and competition law matters.

Firms in the Spotlight Commercial litigation: mid-market

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker has an established track record of success in even the most complex cases. Litigation and Dispute Resolution has been a focus of the firm since its inception in 1948, and our highly experienced team is widely recognised for its skill in this area. The firm deals with a broad range of commercial …

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'Committed to getting great results for clients', boutique practice CANDEY consistently acts for both large corporations and entrepreneurs in major shareholder and joint venture disputes; and it regularly assists with disputes involving the CIS, US, British Virgin Islands and Cyprus. In London, most of the firm's work is predominantly in the High Court, but the team's experience also includes appearances in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Managing partner and 'amazing' litigator Ashkhan Candey has a particular interest in lawyers’ rights and access to justice; 'exceptional lawyer' Andrew Dunn is a specialist in shareholder disputes; and Muhammed Haque KC is sought out for significant company and commercial disputes. The track record of senior solicitor Mei Wong includes acting for corporations and high-profile individuals in company-related disputes, particularly minority shareholder and boardroom fallouts.

Practice head(s):

Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Muhammed Haque KC; Mei Wong; James Collins; Yuri Botiuk; James Glaysher


‘Working with Candey has been a fantastic experience – probably the best I’ve had with any firm. From the moment you walk in, you are made to feel that the firm cares and is committed to getting great results for clients.

‘Candey gets to the point, works quickly and efficiently, and is results orientated. The lawyers also really listen to you and collaborate on decisions.’

‘Candey is very professional – a very strong partner-led client experience, which is not by any means necessarily the case these days – it is very reassuring.’

‘The standout person is Ashkhan Candey himself. He’s amazing – nothing phases him. He is determined, strong and genuinely concerned about getting clients a great result.

‘Ashkhan Candey is a true ideas person, but one of the things I was very impressed with is that he includes clients in the process, talking through different ideas, various approaches, and the pros and cons of each. He is transparent and direct.

‘Andrew Dunn is an exceptional lawyer, who is always very attuned to what his clients need to achieve from the litigation process.’

‘Muhammed Haque KC is always ready to help and share his experience with clients.’

‘James Glaysher thinks out of the box and is very meticulous.’

Key clients

Nissan UK Motoring Manufacturing (UK)

Mahesh Naithani and Group companies

Investors in Funding Secure

Silverbond Enterprises (trading as Park Lane Casino)

Infinity Distribution (in administration)

Grosvenor Parks

The Real Co


Nissan International

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP‘s London commercial litigation group has considerable experience in assisting companies, corporations and high-net-worth (HNW) individuals with high-value, complex litigation that frequently features cross-border dimensions; and representative work ranges from contractual and shareholder disputes, to contested share purchase agreements and corporate control issues. John Bramhall is experienced in acting in disputes involving the mis-selling of complex financial products; Richard Highley is ‘thoughtful and wise‘; Jonathan Brogden assists with contractual claims, banking and finance disputes, financial services regulatory investigations, and white-collar crime: Campbell Dye‘s practice is increasingly focused on TMT work; and Ken Forsyth acts in commercial disputes across the financial services, health, real estate, technology, leisure, and industrial goods and services sectors. Also highly regarded are multi-jurisdictional disputes expert Clarissa Coleman; Laura Berry, who acts in banking, finance, contractual and employment disputes; and senior associate and ‘clear thinkerLisa Skipp.

Practice head(s):

John Bramhall

Other key lawyers:

Richard Highley; Jonathan Brogden; Campbell Dye; Ken Forsyth; Clarissa Coleman; Laura Berry; Lisa Skipp


DACB has a high-quality commercial litigation practice that is independent of the insurance litigation practicen the firm is known for.

‘Great energy combined with wise counsel.’

‘Really punches above its weight in commercial litigation. Very focused on achieving the best outcomes for clients on a cost-effective basis.’

John Bramhall has built (and is still building) a strong team. He gives the impression of exercising the right level of supervision, and of helping to develop the careers of his associates.’

‘John Bramhall is a brilliant strategist who is very focused on achieving clients’ commercial objectives.’

‘John Bramhall – energetic and knowledgeable.’

‘Richard Highley is thoughtful and wise, and Clarissa Coleman is a very energetic practitioner.’

Senior associate Lisa Skipp is a clear thinker and good at managing a team.

Key clients

The Railways Pension Scheme

Delta Capital International

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

CMC Markets

CMC Spreadbet

Unilever UK

Edwards Limited (part of the Atlas Copco group)

Sun Global Investments

YP Seaton & Associates Company

NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Allied World Assurance Company (Europe)

Sun Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Representing The Railways Pension Scheme in a dispute worth £135m (combined claim and counterclaim value).
  • Acting for certain Defendants (including the former Bulgarian Minister of Finance) in their defence of a £330m claim by LIC Telecommunications SARL and Empreno Ventures.
  • Assisted The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust with a judicial review into gender services, which raised the pivotal issue of whether children can consent to medical treatment to halt their pubertal development.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co fields a go-to practice for high-profile, high-value, complex corporate and commercial litigation, particularly cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes, and cross-border commercial contracts. Clients additionally benefit from the group's ability to leverage the expertise of the firm's civil fraud and international trusts disputes practices, as well as experience in defamation/reputation management, IP, employment and real estate litigation. The principal figures are highly experienced commercial and corporate litigator Kate Allass, who is 'fantastic with clients'; Jolyon Connell, who 'provides outstanding expertise, advice and service'; John Wilkinson, a fraud and asset tracing expert; and Ben Longworth, who focuses on complex contractual claims. Within the associate pool, Oliver Blundell is a complex international litigation specialist; Sally Mantell acts in a significant range of commercial disputes; and Victoria Atkins assists both claimants and defendants with high-value contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Kate Allass

Other key lawyers:

Jolyon Connell; John Wilkinson; Ben Longworth; Oliver Blundell; Sally Mantell; Victoria Atkins


‘The commercial litigation team is supported by subject matter experts that can be readily engaged when an issue is multi-faceted, and the level of client service it provides, often at short notice, is exceptional.’

‘Very adaptable, covering a huge range of litigation with a superb cohort of excellent litigators.’

‘Kate Allass is fantastic with clients, especially those with very strong and sometimes incorrect views.’

‘Kate Allass – calm, reflective and assertive when necessary. Brooks no nonsense from opponents while remaining courteous throughout.’

‘Jolyon Connell provides outstanding expertise, advice and service.’

‘Intellectually, Jolyon Connell has an extremely sharp mind, which stays on point and very quickly separates the important and relevant from the unimportant and irrelevant.’

‘Jolyon Connell – honest no-nonsense approach, and great for his willingness to make use of the specialist expertise of his colleagues and his sense of humour. I have the utmost faith in the advice that he provides, even when it is not necessarily what I want to hear.’

Associate Victoria Atkins is always available to the client and with deep knowledge of the entire process.

Key clients

British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)

Alison Cooper

RP Explorer

Peninsula Business Services Group

Health Assured

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) in appeals against it from a successful High Court judicial review decision.
  • Acting for investment fund RP Explorer in its $80m claim against multiple defendants, arising out of investments on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
  • Currently representing Dr Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty in relation to large-value banking litigation in various jurisdictions.

Keystone Law

Between them, Keystone Law‘s bench of disputes lawyers a strong track record in litigation on behalf of both SMEs and major global organisations. Among the firm’s numerous litigators, Alex Ferrari acts in both domestic and international disputes; Elaine Chan is a commercial and insurance litigator; Matthew Reach is ‘a standout litigator‘; and Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs acts in commercial disputes and fraud cases. Other highly rated litigators are: Joanna Mckenzie, who assists with debt recovery, and professional negligence and breach of contract claims; media litigator Lawrence Abramson; Patrick Elliott, a corporate recovery and insolvency specialist; and Gagan Ranu, who is ‘a formidable and unflappable opponent‘. Growth during 2021 included the recruitment of: Louise Abbott, Howard Kennedy LLP‘s former commercial litigation and civil fraud head; Middle East disputes expert Joseph Kosky from Greenwoods GRM ; and aviation litigator James Healy-Pratt from Stewarts Law LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Alex Ferrari; Elaine Chan; Matthew Reach; Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs; Joanna Mckenzie; Lawrence Abramson; Patrick Elliott; Gagan Ranu; Louise Abbott; Joseph Kosky; James Healy-Pratt; Dharmendra Nair; Lara Robson; Patrick Pennal; James Lankshear; Rowan Brown; Richard Johnson-Brown


‘Very engaged on cases and with clients, leaving no stone unturned. Its model of working allows solicitors a great deal of flexibility, enabling them to provide excellent service to clients while allowing them a work-life balance, which, in turn motivates their commitment to the cases. There is also good sharing of caseloads and thorough covering when a file-handler is on leave.’

Louise Abbott is a highly professional practitioner, who brings a realism and practical approach to her cases. Her client care is exceptional.

‘Louise Abbott is a superb practitioner in the fields of commercial litigation and civil fraud. She is knowledgeable and bright, hardworking and highly effective. She is also very good to work with and a good member of a team.’

Patrick Elliott and Louise Abbott – exceptional hands-on commitment to the case in hand and round-the-clock availability. Support where needed and excellent value for money.

Gagan Ranu is a formidable and unflappable opponent, who can hold his own against anyone in a negotiation. He’s not shy of giving bullish advice, and clients like that. He’s also excellent on the bigger tactical picture in disputes, and has a very good instinct for what use to make of counsel vs what tasks to do himself or delegate to junior solicitors.’

‘Elaine Chan has in-depth knowledge of the challenges of the Chinese legal market and unique litigation problems, particularly in relation to product liability. She deploys mediation involving complex China-based opponents with success.

‘Matthew Reach is a standout litigator. Matthew is tactically astute, commercially minded, enormously energetic and instinctively brilliant. Without doubt, Matthew deserves recognition.’

‘Lawrence Abramson has extensive knowledge of the law, with a very pragmatic and commercial approach to handling cases.’

Key clients

Indigo Global Partners (In Liquidation)

The Get Real Marketing Company

Drive-Thru Records

War Road Music

Beauparc Group

Waterloo Solutions

Arcelor Mittal Sourcing


Acasta European Insurance

Osborne Clarke LLP

Osborne Clarke LLP's 'hardworking and focused' London commercial litigation practice has particular expertise in complex cross-border matters; and it is regularly instructed on major disputes involving the technology, projects, and energy and natural resources sectors. Practice head Tom Ellis has considerable experience in representing major corporations in commercial disputes, corporate investigations and fraud-related matters; Andrew Bartlett is a specialist in cross-border work and conflicts-of-laws; and Jane Park Weir acts across national and international commercial and corporate disputes and investigations. The second line of key litigators showcases Russia and CIS disputes head Artem Doudko, who 'has excellent strategic thinking'; and legal director Alfred Church, who assists with technical disputes involving contract scope, construction and interpretation, as well as shareholder and company disputes. At associate director level, Nick Price, acts in commercial disputes, high-value financial litigation and contentious regulatory investigations, while Nina Lazic is a technology sector disputes expert.

Practice head(s):

Tom Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Bartlett; Jane Park Weir; Artem Doudko; Alfred Church; Nick Price; Nina Lazic


‘Great strength in depth, with a really excellent understanding of commercial realities and pressure points.’

‘Hardworking and focused, with excellent value for money from small, efficient teams.’

‘A mid-sized firm that punches above its weight.’

‘Tom Ellis has a brilliant understanding of financial services claims, especially those involving auditors – on a par with anyone else in the field.’

‘Very well led by Tom Ellis, who has a wonderful approach to client relationship management – clear, considered and decisive.’

‘Andrew Bartlett – exceptionally calm and collected in the face of any legal crisis or complex legal conundrum, providing reasoned and always helpful advice. A great, go-to person!’

‘Artem Doudko is client focused and does the job well.’

‘Artem Doudko has excellent strategic thinking – listens to advice and adapts strategy.’

Key clients

BB Energy Group



Qatar Airways QCSC

Granville Technology Group (Time Computers) (in liquidation)

Grant Thornton

OT Computers (Tiny Computers) (in liquidation)



Marks & Spencer

City of Venice


Turner Broadcasting

City of Milan

Work highlights

  • Acting for oil trading business BB Energy in its $130m Commercial Court claim against the directors of the insolvent SAMIR oil refinery in Morocco.
  • Acting for Qatar Airways in its high-profile claim against Al Arabiya News Channel about a video, which depicted a Qatar Airways aircraft being shot at by a Saudi fighter jet within the context of the economic blockade of Qatar.
  • Acting for one of six respondents in an enforcement action brought by the Financial Reporting Council against KPMG and five individuals, which concerned allegedly dishonest conduct during two Audit Quality Review inspections.


Following its 2021 combination with Memery Crystal LLP (now a sister brand handling non-contentious, advisory and transactional matters), Rosenblatt houses sector specialisms in financial services, partnerships, natural resources, retail and leisure, along with private wealth, international trade, and media and entertainment. The ‘incredibly capable‘ senior partner Tania MacLeod leads the dispute resolution practice, which showcases ‘litigation-savvyAnthony FieldDanielle Carr, whose experience includes obtaining urgent injunctive relief and freezing orders; and Dean Nicholls, an expert in banking, finance, director and shareholder disputes, and professional negligence claims. Also integral to the group are commercial litigator Justin Nimmo; business, commercial and contractual disputes specialist Laura Clatworthy; Mark Whelan, who ‘immediately sees how a case will evolve‘; and the ‘stellarSimon Walton.

Practice head(s):

Tania MacLeod

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Field; Danielle Carr; Dean Nicholls; Justin Nimmo; Laura Clatworthy; Mark Whelan; Simon Walton; Harvey Rands


‘No client could possibly ask for more committed and determined legal representatives than those at Rosenblatt. The lengths they will go to in fighting their client’s corner are quite extraordinary. They are also all lovely people, and a joy to work with under even the most difficult conditions.’

‘Tania MacLeod’s strategic reading of a courtroom is second to none. She is an incredibly capable and experienced litigator.

‘Mark Whelan has an enviable and loyal client following. He has highly sensitive commercial antennae and immediately sees how a case will evolve over time, which allows him to make innovative and effective strategic calls.

‘Anthony Field is very pleasant to work with- thoughtful, resourceful and very litigation-savvy. He is the essential wise voice in any litigation team.

‘Justin Nimmo – indefatigable and impossible to put off the scent, Justin will roll up his sleeves and fight his client’s corner as if his life depended upon it.

‘Danielle Carr is extremely responsive and engaged.’

‘Simon Walton is stellar – he really understands which fights to pick and which to compromise on – very commercial in his approach and diligent for his clients. I’ve never known a solicitor fight for their clients’ interests and positions as hard as Simon.’

Dean Nicholls is a great solicitor.

Key clients

Gregor Fisken Limited

Crystal Amber Fund

ED&F Man Capital Markets

Moke International


Berlin Hyp

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bilal Khalifeh, a UK-domiciled Lebanese businessperson, in a claim against Blom Bank for the return of his life savings.
  • Acting for Corbin & King in successfully fighting off a High Court challenge brought by its majority shareholder to prevent it repaying senior debt.
  • Acting for ED&F Man Capital Markets in the defence of an approximately £1.5bn claim brought by the Danish tax authority in the Commercial Court against approximately 100 defendants for the recovery of Danish dividend tax refunds.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' London litigation practice is routinely instructed to act in large-value cases that are frequently multi-jurisdictional; and among the group's several specialist areas are commercial and contractual disputes, shipping and commodities litigation, and corporate and shareholder conflicts. Other areas of expertise range from banking litigation, to fraud and asset tracing, the enforcement of English awards and judgments, and international sports disputes. Stephen Sampson is a widely respected sports and entertainment disputes practitioner; Chris Webber acts in financial services, corporate and commercial disputes; and Katie Pritchard is 'an exceptional fighter'. Within the director pool, Stephen Cole is noted for High Court litigation and multi-jurisdictional disputes, while Ian Debbage maintains a broad commercial litigation practice. At associate level, senior Michael Davar and Katherine Wakeham are also experienced team members.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Sampson

Other key lawyers:

Chris Webber; Katie Pritchard; Chris Swart; Michael Davar; Katherine Wakeham; John Rollason; Gabriella Martin; Lucy Webster


‘With an international reputation and the support of such a firm as Squire Patton Boggs, the team is able to service a wide breadth of commercial disputes, arbitrations and sports law disputes of a high-profile nature. The lawyers have an impressive core of clients from around the world and are tenacious and committed to their clients.’

‘Stephen Sampson is cerebral, conscientious and committed – leaves no stone unturned.’

‘Katie Pritchard is an exceptional fighter. If the client wants to take a matter to trial, it can have complete confidence that Katie will fight every step of the way and that no stone will be left unturned.’

‘Chris Swart is hugely experienced, litigation savvy and street wise. Chris has seen and done it all. This gives him real wisdom and perspective in difficult commercial litigation, and the confidence to make the right judgement calls.

Chris Webber is calm, collected, and on top of the detail. He provides timely and user-friendly commercial advice and representation, with a deep and sophisticated understanding of his clients’ businesses and needs.

‘Chris Webber is very sharp, considerate, and approachable. He strikes a good balance between seeking a win for his profession and the personal needs of a client.

‘Chris Webber and associate Katherine Wakeham make for a fantastic team. They are capable of providing strategic advice in addition to execution; and their grasp of complex issues and ability to distill them into straightforward advice with high degrees of autonomy is what makes them excel over others.’

Associate Katherine Wakeham is energetic, on the ball, and a brilliant technical lawyer. She commands the respect of clients and is a team player.

Key clients

Chelsea Football Club

Asia Coal Energy Ventures

Rembrandt Enterprises

GDS Publishing

Project 11

Sheffield Wednesday FC

World Academy of Sport

Independent Wealth Planners (UK)

Volta Energy Group

Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria

The Consumer Protection Association of Saudi Arabia


Twenty4Seven Education

Work highlights

  • Defending the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) against AIC’s attempt to enforce a foreign arbitration award against FAAN in the UK.
  • Successfully defended the Consumer Protection Association of Saudi Arabia against a £48m claim brought by a New York-based consulting firm for services alleged to have been provided in relation to asthma studies.
  • Successfully defended Volta Energy Group against a claim for a finder’s fee for locating a suitable storage site.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

Watson Farley & Williams LLP‘s ‘very effective team‘ is constantly involved in some of the English Courts’ highest profile commercial litigation; and the fielding of dispute resolution teams from Europe, Asia, the US and the Middle East (in addition to London) facilitates the coordination of complex cross-jurisdictional cases. The practice also stands out for its expertise in large-scale, commercial and corporate litigation in the transport, energy and real estate sectors. The team is jointly led by transport sector expert Andrew Ward; and construction, engineering, petrochemical and energy disputes specialist Rebecca Williams. Also integral to the group are Charles Buss, who focuses on maritime litigation, as well as general commercial and banking disputes; Rob Fidoe, who is ‘building a very strong commercial litigation practice‘; and commercial and financial disputes expert Andrew Hutcheon. At senior associate level Mark McAllister-Jones and Jemma Dhillon both have extensive commercial litigation practices.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ward; Rebecca Williams

Other key lawyers:

Charles Buss; Rob Fidoe; Andrew Hutcheon; Mark McAllister-Jones; Jemma Dhillon; Kelsey Tollady


‘Very creative and knowledgeable about the law, especially in the shipping sphere, with some deep thinkers who can find their way around even the most challenging legal obstacle, as well as some practical problem solvers. It makes for a very effective team.’

‘Andrew Ward – outstanding combination of command of details and overall strategic vision.’

‘Andrew Ward is a very strong and highly knowledgeable shipping/commodities litigator, with a clear and strong sense of what works and does not work in litigation.’

‘Andrew Hutcheon is a conscientious, diligent, intellectually strong and commercially-savvy lawyer.’

‘Andrew Hutcheon – sees every angle and out-thinks the opposition.’

‘Charles Buss – deep legal knowledge and a canny feel for litigation tactics.

‘Rob Fidoe is an excellent practitioner, who is building a very strong commercial litigation practice across a number of technical areas, including renewables, oil and gas, shipping/commodities and IT.’

‘Rob Fidoe is well liked by clients who appreciate his focused but easy manner. He has particular strength in Asian work.

Key clients

PTT Public Company

YieldStreet Management

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented PTT Public Company (PTT) in its UK court proceedings against US counterparty Triple Point Technology, which related to PTT’s global petrochemicals trading, hedging and charterparty management risk systems.
  • Successfully representing YieldStreet Management in a case before the UK Commercial Court, which provided clarification on a number of aspects of the law of undue influence.
  • Representing an aviation lessor in High Court proceedings against an airline, obtaining summary judgment on part of the claim, and pursuing a complex claim in respect of the redelivery condition of an aircraft.

Withers LLP

Withers LLP's London team 'has a standout cross-cultural, cross-jurisdictional ability that is unique in the mid-market'. Acting for HNW individuals, major brands and large corporate entities, the commercial litigation practice has longstanding experience in complex, international disputes; and the group's expertise ranges from banking litigation, white-collar matters, and fraud and asset recovery, to insurance claims, professional negligence, insolvency, and contract and company disputes. Peter Wood is the firm's global dispute resolution CEO; Roberto Moruzzi is a 'vastly experienced senior-level partner'; Tatiana Menshenina acts in cross-border disputes, shareholder and construction claims, and the enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards; and Andrew Wass is a financial mis-selling claims expert. Also highly regarded are civil fraud leader Stephen RossEleni Polycarpou, who has a specialist practice in art-related disputes; the 'extremely hands-on' Lesley Timms; and contentious insolvency, fraud, asset recovery and enforcement expert Sinead Harris.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wood

Other key lawyers:

Roberto Moruzzi; Tatiana Menshenina; Andrew Wass; Stephen Ross; Eleni Polycarpou; Lesley Timms; Sinead Harris


‘The team has a standout cross-cultural, cross-jurisdictional ability that is unique in the mid-market. It can understand common law and civil code perspectives, as well as navigate the complexities that arise; and it avoids the arrogance of the larger organisations that do this work.’

‘Peter Wood knows his stuff and is great to work with.’

‘Eleni Polycarpou worked successfully on a difficult litigation in the High Court, managing client expectations very well.’

Sinead Harris is hardworking and on top of all the issues.

‘Sinead Harris brings cross-border insights from her experience in working in other jurisdictions.’

‘Roberto Moruzzi – vastly experienced senior-level partner, who has conducted a wide range of commercial disputes, and with specialist knowledge of sports disputes.’

‘Lesley Timms is extremely hands-on, knowledgeable and on top of the file.

‘Stephen Ross is very experienced. A safe pair of hands with excellent client skills, and who has clients’ commercial objectives firmly in mind.

Key clients

WRM CapInvest


Barrowfen Properties

Paper Mache


Transomas Investments

Broadcasting Investment Group

Visual Investments International

Decisive Capital Management

Investors and shareholders of Variti Management Services


Work highlights

  • Instructed by Raffaele Mincione, WRM CapInvest and WRM to bring declaratory relief proceedings against the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.
  • Acting for two technology entrepreneurs, James Kinsella and Robert McNeal, in their claim against a Swiss company and a Liechtenstein family foundation.
  • Acts for a family-run company that invests in commercial and industrial properties in London, and is subject to a longstanding dispute between members of the Patel family.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP‘s ‘excellent litigation team‘ acts for a wide range of private banks, major corporations, sports companies, regulators, foreign governments and individuals, including celebrities and ultra-HNW individuals; and the group regularly works alongside the firm’s highly rated private client practice on disputes involving privately-owned companies or shareholders. Clients additionally benefits from the team’s sectors strengths in technology, telecoms, sports and financial services, along with mining, energy, aviation and retail. Charlotte Pender is the recently-appointed commercial dispute resolution head; Stewart Hey leads the firm’s broader litigation and dispute resolution division; Rhys Novak  is a business and economic crimes specialist; Edward Craig is ‘determined to get the best results for clients‘; and, a partner since 2021, Caroline Greenwell is a multi-jurisdictional disputes expert. The senior associates to note are Lucy Wicksteed and recently promoted Stephanie Duncan.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Pender

Other key lawyers:

Stewart Hey; Rhys Novak; Edward Craig; Caroline Greenwell; Lucy Wicksteed; Stephanie Duncan; Max Davis


‘Very strong team and renowned for a reason – particularly good on sports litigation, great client service, and tip-top engagement with counsel.’

‘Edward Craig – experienced, commercially minded and determined to get the best results for clients.

‘Stewart Hey is diligent and always direct.’

‘Rhys Novak is fantastic.’

Rhys Novak is practical and strategic, and handles clients very well.

Charlotte Pender is always questioning and probing to ensure she provides the best advice.

Stewart Hey, Charlotte Pender and Caroline Greenwell are responsive, efficient and pragmatic, while clearly always focusing on the bests interests of their clients.

Legal director Max Davis is tenacious and an incredibly hard fighter.

Key clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

Awal Bank

RSM Restructuring & Advisory

FRP Advisory

Fica Frio

Charlton Athletic Football Club

Charlton Athletic Women’s Football Club

EFG Private Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for a former employee of a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell in a large Italian corruption prosecution, which concerns alleged grand-scale bribery in Nigeria and involves oil majors Shell and ENI.
  • Successfully represented the Joint Official Liquidators of six Cayman Islands registered companies, which were among 15 defendants in a mega-value trial.
  • Acting for the Central Bank of Bahrain (as Administrators of Awal Bank), in relation to Saad Investments Company’s (In Liquidation) claim against Awal Bank and JPMorgan, which concerns the default of a joint loan facility and the ownership of various assets.

Gowling WLG

Providing 'a very able and experienced team for substantial commercial litigation', Gowling WLG is consistently sought out for large international and domestic commercial disputes, particularly Chancery and Commercial Court cases. 'A super lawyer and a great team player,' senior litigation partner James Sidwell also co-heads the firm's financial services sector group; Catherine Naylor, 'an exceptional litigator,' is particularly focused on complex, multi-jurisdictional cases; and 'star litigatorAndrew Smith's track record includes large amounts of work in the automotive, food and drink, Pharma, property development and telecoms industries. At legal director  level, Verity Barker acts in a variety of cross-border commercial litigation, while Susannah Fink is on hand for both general commercial litigation and insurance disputes. Within the principal associate pool, Tom Cox's experience includes three successful heavyweight High Court trials in a recent five-year period, while Alexander Wrixon combines his litigation expertise with insurance market experience.

Practice head(s):

James Sidwell

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Naylor; Andrew Smith; Verity Barker; Susannah Fink; Tom Cox; Alexander Wrixon


‘Gowling’s commercial litigation department offers a very able and experienced team for substantial commercial litigation, and at rates far below those charged by the Magic Circle.’

James Sidwell is a super lawyer and a great team player, who gets the best out of his associates and Counsel for the benefit of clients. He is also extremely popular with clients because of his easy manner and direct advice.

‘Andrew Smith – cool head, great judgement, superb client manager and excellent team leader.

Andrew Smith is a star litigator. If I were in trouble, I would head straight to Andrew’s door. Outplays colleagues at Magic Circle and other firms.

‘Catherine Naylor and Tom Cox were available 24/7 to respond to our questions, and to respond to often-ludicrous deadlines imposed by the lawyers acting for our opponents. They gave sound, practical and well- considered advice, and we were always confident that we were being guided well.’

‘Catherine Naylor is excellent in her communications with clients and Counsel, as well as in managing her team effectively. The client was delighted with her work on the matter – I would highly recommend her and her team.’

‘Catherine Naylor is an exceptional litigator. She is really clever, spots all the angles, and has great judgement. She is also a delight to work with and very popular with clients.

Principal associate Tom Cox is very hardworking, takes on responsibility, and gets on top of everything.’

Key clients

VRFB Holdings


HCC International Insurance Company

CPC Group

Financial Reporting Council

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for VRFB Holdings (VRFB) in proceedings brought by its joint venture partner, Garnet Commerce, which sought to force VRFB to sell its 50% share for half the market value.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment (on behalf of HCC International Insurance Company) in a claim for unilateral mistake rectification brought against it by Caledonian Maritime Assets.
  • Acting for THG and 14 other respondents in successfully striking out in the Court of Appeal the majority of an unfair prejudice petition (in doing so removing all pleaded claims of monetary value).

Humphries Kerstetter LLP

Heavyweight litigation boutique Humphries Kerstetter LLP routinely handles large and complex commercial disputes; and, consistently acting for and against investment banks, private equity houses and fund management companies, it has a particularly strong banking and financial services client base. Kristopher Kerstetter is a highly regarded international disputes specialist; consultant Christopher Braithwaite is 'a measured, tactically astute litigator'; and Toby Starr is a complex commercial disputes expert. In 2021, financial services litigator Joanna Pearson was recruited from Simmons & Simmons, and Robert Javin-Fisher, whose track record includes disputes in the TMT, Pharma, energy and natural resources sectors, was elevated to partner. More recently, in April 2022, founder and former senior partner Mark Humphries became a consultant at the firm, with Kerstetter being promoted to senior partner and James Russell, who is experienced in financial disputes involving company law issues and breaches of fiduciary duty, becoming the new managing partner.

Practice head(s):

Kristopher Kerstetter; James Russell; Joanna Pearson; Toby Starr; Robert Javin-Fisher; Mark Humphries; Christopher Braithwaite


‘Magic Circle quality in a boutique setting, with a partner-led approach that leads to very high-quality representation.’

‘Has a very broad level of expertise and experience – a go-to practice for any dispute resolution work.’

‘A very efficient and capable team with in-depth commercial knowledge.’

Kristopher Kerstetter really knows this area well, and is hands on and sensible.’

Christopher Braithwaite has a wealth of experience in general commercial disputes, understanding how a court will respond to a particular point, and always thinking several steps ahead of the opponent.

‘Christopher Braithwaite is a measured, tactically astute litigator – focused on what matters.’

Christopher Braithwaite has a huge breadth of experience and real gravitas and judgement.

Joanna Pearson is a superb lawyer and really good to work with. Efficient and knowledgeable.

Key clients

J García Carrión

Uro Property Holdings

Compagnie des Grands Hôtel d’Afrique

Eville & Jones (Group)

Shareholders in venture capital trust Core VCT

Work highlights

  • Acting for J García Carrión (a large global wine and spirit retailer) in a dispute with Goldman Sachs, arising out of ultra vires foreign exchange derivative transactions entered into by its former finance director.
  • Acting for Uro Property Holdings in a dispute with BNP Paribas, relating to the acceleration of a €1.3bn securitised loan.
  • Defending Mark Andrew (and other sellers of shares in a company) against a claim for damages by Flywheel IT Services for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP's 'excellent team of highly skilled individuals' operates across key sectors that reflect the firm’s core strengths, including aviation, policy holder insurance claims, and media, gambling and sport. It is also a go-to practice for disputes concerning corporate transactions and joint ventures, energy, funds, finance, fintech, and manufacturing and distribution. International disputes specialist John Magnin heads the complex commercial litigation and disputes group in London; Ian Meredith's workload covers disputes before the national courts, as well as commercial and investment arbitration; and Martin King specialises in sport, commercial life sciences, technology, betting and gaming disputes. The special counsels to note are Clare Tanner, who focuses on insolvency, banking, finance and professional negligence litigation; and Tim Fox, who 'ensures he secures positive results for clients'. Senior associate Jonathan Graham divides his practice between High Court litigation and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

John Magnin

Other key lawyers:

Ian Meredith: Martin King; Clare Tanner; Tim Fox; Jonathan Graham; Peter Morton


‘An excellent team of highly skilled individuals.’

‘Friendly, collegiate and effective team.’

‘John Magnin gives clear, strategic and practical advice – a wise counsel’

‘Martin King is excellent. His grasp of both sides of the litigation is tremendous, and he ensures that his client’s position is forwarded in the strongest possible terms.’

‘A strong problem-solving focus allied with formidable legal and organisational skills make this a formidable dispute resolution team; and the group collaborates very effectively with its global offices to provide a one-stop service for international disputes.’

Peter Morton – an outstanding combination of analytical and organisational skills means that Peter provides highly effective leadership, and he secures successful outcomes for his clients. He is approachable and alive to the pressures that dispute resolution imposes on industry.

‘Special counsel Tim Fox is a resourceful litigator, who is always on top of the detail and ensures he secures positive results for clients.’

Key clients

Republic of France

The Racing Partnership

Arena Leisure

Arena Racing Corporation

Grant Thornton as the Joint Receivers of the Axiom Legal Financing Fund

Halliburton Company


Crescendo Real Estate Debt Fund LP (acting through its general partner Crescendo Real Estate Debt GP)

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Republic of France in two Commercial Court cases, arising out of an arbitral award in favour of the insurers of the M/T Prestige, which sunk off the Galician coast in 2002 (causing widespread oil pollution).
  • Acting for The Racing Partnership, Arena Leisure and Arena Racing Corporation in High Court actions against major bookmakers and betting industry stakeholders, involving claims for breach of confidence, unlawful means conspiracy and database rights infringement.
  • Instructed by Halliburton Company in relation to a high-profile court case concerning arbitrator conflicts and challenges.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Routinely attracting big-ticket corporate and commercial litigation, Kingsley Napley LLP is able to leverage the firm's widely respected criminal law and media/reputation management expertise. Other key areas are civil fraud, contentious insolvency, banking and trusts; and the practice's clients include listed companies, professional football clubs, casino operators and trustees in bankruptcy, along with offshore trust companies, Middle Eastern banks, Formula 1 companies, HNW individuals, and high-profile entrepreneurs. Team head Richard Foss consistently acts for directors and management teams in civil litigation; Ryan Mowat is 'one of the finest commercial litigators currently in practice"; Sue Thackeray is a specialist in complex cross-border actions;  William Christopher focuses on civil fraud-related commercial litigation; and Fiona Simpson represents companies and directors in relation to frauds and breaches of duty committed by company directors. Also key to the group are Mary Young, who 'can pluck fantastic settlements out of thin air'; and insolvency-related litigation expert Michael Mulligan.

Practice head(s):

Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:

Ryan Mowat; Sue Thackeray; William Christopher; Fiona Simpson; Mary Young; Michael Mulligan


‘The team always offers the right service for the piece of litigation concerned, whether it is a nine-figure fraud dispute or a six-figure case for a private client. It has a broad range of expertise, covering the full range of commercial litigation (domestic and international), and I have been particularly impressed by the team’s careful planning of cases from the start, which inspires confidence in clients.’

‘Richard Foss covers a broad range of cases, providing more than the usual level of direct input as the supervising partner; and he is excellent at strategic legal thinking and client care.’

‘Richard Foss is the lead partner in commercial litigation – he is fantastic with clients and pulls them in.

‘Ryan Mowat is one of the finest commercial litigators currently in practice – combining technical legal knowledge with an impeccable litigator’s instinct, client-handling skills, and negotiating nouse.’

‘Fiona Simpson is a seasoned commercial litigator, with particular capabilities in civil fraud. She always has a complete grasp of a case, and has a sharp focus on the client’s objectives.’

‘The support of Fiona Simpson was great and the empathy was appreciated. Fiona Simpson is commercially astute, tough, an excellent lawyer, and possesses great litigation judgment.

‘Will Christopher is hugely insightful, and great at mastering the right strategy.

Mary Young is very good at playing the long game on cases. Never gives up and can pluck fantastic settlements out of thin air.

Lewis Silkin

An excellent firm for commercial litigation‘, Lewis Silkin‘s dispute resolution team routinely works alongside its employment and corporate colleagues, particularly in relation shareholder disputes. The practice additionally regularly acts with other law firms on multi-party disputes. Dispute resolution head Mark Lim focuses on complex contractual disputes and corporate issues, including shareholder and joint venture-related claims, along with issues concerning board control and directors’ duties. Other highly regarded partners include Andrew Wanambwa, ‘a first-rate lawyer with terrific judgement‘; Clive Greenwood, who has longstanding experience in commercial and corporate disputes; and media, entertainment and technology disputes specialist, Neil Parkes, a 2021 hire from Foot Anstey. Within the managing associate pool, Nigel Enticknap acts in international, commercial disputes; Fraser McKeating‘s cases often involve high-value commercial and corporate issues; and Frances Simm‘s main areas cover corporate/M&A disputes, professional negligence claims, and breach of fiduciary duty.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lim

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Wanambwa; Clive Greenwood; Neil Parkes; Nigel Enticknap; Fraser McKeating; Frances Simm


‘This is an excellent firm for commercial litigation – commercially-focused advice that is efficiently delivered, and with a wide and interesting range of clients and matters. One of the best firms in this market.’

‘Clive Greenwood has a huge market presence – extremely impressive. He is very bright, has great attention to detail, and is a tremendously calm and reassuring presence in a team.

‘Mark Lim is my go-to solicitor. Having worked with the legal profession for more than 25 years, I have not come across a better commercial dispute resolution solicitor. Mark is prepared to go the extra mile for his clients – a joy to work with and an abundance of knowledge. A truly first-class solicitor.’

‘Andrew Wanambwa is a very experienced partner. While he specialises in dispute resolution, he can turn his hand to other areas as appropriate. He always returns calls (unlike many these days) and is generous with his time.

‘Andrew Wanambwa is a first-rate lawyer with terrific judgement and client skills. Both highly commercial and unflappable – a very easy person to deal with.’

‘Neil Parkes is a class act – very good judgement, well liked by clients, and achieves great results.’

‘Managing associate Fraser McKeating is efficient and a very safe pair of hands – a rising star.

Managing associate Nigel Enticknap is excellent. He is very efficient and turns out consistently very good work.

Key clients



The Arsenal Football Club

Havas Media Group

Hermes International

Dyson Technology

Ford Motor Company


Ayanda Capital

The Rugby Football Union

Work highlights

  • Acting for four individuals who are part of a 10-defendant group in unlawful means conspiracy proceedings.
  • Acting for Floreat Investment Management in Commercial Court proceedings, which included claims for breach of director’s duties, negligence, proprietary claims, deceit, and knowing receipt.
  • Acting for Ford Motor Company in a complex, cross-border breach of contract claim against Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine Europe.

PCB Byrne

The 2021 merger of Byrne & Partners LLP and PCB Litigation has given the combined team at PCB Byrne 'a critical mass capable of handling the largest of commercial disputes', with the practice particularly well known for its civil fraud and asset recovery credentials. Focused on fraud, dishonesty and corruption matters, Nicola Boulton is an international litigator with longstanding commercial disputes experience; Anthony Riem is 'first-rate with clients'; Nick Ractliff is 'an asset on any major case'; and 'one of the very best commercial litigators in London', Trevor Mascarenhas acts across a range of industry sectors, from banking and insurance to construction and real estate. Growth within the team includes the April 2022 elevation of Charlotte Bhania, who has particular knowledge of Middle East-related disputes, to partner; and at senior associate level, Rachel Turner is particularly focused on asset recovery and the cross-border enforcement of judgments and awards, including injunctive relief.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Riem; Nicola Boulton

Other key lawyers:

Nick Ractliff; Trevor Mascarenhas; Charlotte Bhania; Rachel Turner


‘A great firm which offers clients a stellar service at reasonable rates. Among its partners, the firm has some of the most experienced and respected litigators managing high-value complex, multi-jurisdictional litigation, supported by a team of excellent associates; and the merger of PCB and Byrne & Partners gives it a critical mass capable of handling the largest of commercial disputes.’

Anthony Riem is first-rate with clients.

‘Trevor Mascarenhas and Anthony Riem are well-known seasoned litigators. Nick Ractliff is also an accomplished lawyer, and an asset on any major case.’

‘Trevor Mascarenhas and Nick Ractliff are both brilliant litigators.’

Nick Ratcliff is an incredibly smart and analytical lawyer. The degree of commercial acumen that he brings to his cases is exceptional, even by comparison to partners at other top litigation firms.

‘Trevor Mascarenhas has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and is an astute strategist in high-value claims.’

‘Trevor Mascarenhas is one of the very best commercial litigators in London. Able to hold off whole teams from the largest firms with one hand.

‘Trevor Mascherenas is an able team leader, with a sensible approach to achieving a positive result for his client.’

Key clients

Balda Foundation

Nysco Management Corp

Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine (as liquidator of National Credit Bank)

Republic of Cuba

Banco Nacional de Cuba

VTB Commodities Trading Designated Activity Company

Lopag Trust Reg and others

Invest Bank

His Excellency Saeed Alqebaisi

Associazione Cassa Nazionale di Previdenza Ed Assistenza A Favore dei Ragioneri E Periti Commerciali

PJSC PhosAgro

Punjab National Bank (International)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Balda Foundation and Nysco Management Corp in the successful defence of a $2bn Commercial Court claim brought by Vale against Beny Steinmetz and others.
  • Defending His Excellency Saeed Alqebaisi and Khaleefa Almuhairi, two of the main shareholders of NMC Health, against a $1bn claim in deceit and conspiracy brought by Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank.
  • Acting for Nikolai and Vera Kazakov, the principal defendants to a $1.5bn conspiracy claim brought by Ludmilla Bourlakova.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s practice is active in several specialist areas beyond general commercial litigation, including international disputes; group actions involving professional negligence and financial mis-selling; banking and finance litigation; defamation and reputation management; and digital asset disputes and cybercrime. Additional key areas are insolvency, health and safety/product liability claims, HNW-related disputes, and IP/IT matters. Clare Arthurs heads the litigation team, which features international litigation leader Richard Marshall, who is ‘fiercely bright‘; IP & IT disputes head Phillip D’Costa; and cross-border disputes expert Alex Fox. The second line of partners showcases Michael Brown, who acts in financial services-related commercial disputes; David O’Brien, who ‘sees points that others would not‘; and Kamran Rehman, a 2021 recruit from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. Charlotte Hill, Oliver Cooke and Laura Coleclough are experienced senior associates, while former practice head Rustam Dubash retired from the partnership during 2022, but remains a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Clare Arthurs

Other key lawyers:

Richard Marshall; Phillip D’Costa; Alex Fox; Michael Browns; David O’Brien; Kamran Rehman; Charlotte Hill; Oliver Cooke; Laura Coleclough; Rustam Dubash


‘Penningtons provides a bespoke service to meet its clients’ needs – one of the strongest teams around for mid-market commercial litigation.’

Operates a highly sophisticated litigation outfit, and is exceptional in dealing with top-end shareholder and director disputes. The team adopts a very pragmatic approach to its cases, and is particularly exceptional in achieving the best outcome for the client without the need to litigate the case all the way to trial.

‘Richard Marshall is as tactically astute as he is knowledgeable. It is the breadth of his experience that is of the greatest benefit to the clients. Whether in mediation or immediately before trial, he provides a calm reassurance that the best result will be achieved.

‘Richard Marshall is fiercely bright, and shows exceptional commercial acumen. His skills really stand out when advancing the client’s case in a mediation context, or when negotiating with the other side.

‘Richard Marshall is very experienced, knowledgeable and strong strategically.

‘David O’Brien is a cut above the rest – sees points that others would not.

Alex Fox’s enthusiasm ensures that claims are driven forward with a clear strategic vision, and senior associate Charlotte Hill is a rising star.

‘Oliver Cooke is an excellent senior associate with in-depth legal knowledge, and who takes a sensible and commercial approach to resolving disputes.’

Key clients

Podhurst Orseck PA (LaMia)

Various SMEs insured with National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society

The Consumers’ Association (t/a Which?)

Work highlights

  • Acting for a US law firm (on behalf of 43 individuals) in resisting and seeking the quashing of an interim anti-suit injunction obtained in England by insurance broker Aon and re-insurer Tokio Marine Kilnand.
  • Assisting with the enforcement of rights to payments, further to the sale of a renowned golf course.
  • Acting for a group of SMEs in breach of contract claims against the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society, in relation to Covid-19-related non-payment of business interruption claims under various NFUM-underwritten insurance policies.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

In addition to its widely respected fraud expertise, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP's commercial disputes team routinely acts in high-value and internationally flavoured cases that are complex and politically sensitive. Department head Jonathan Tickner also leads the firm's fraud and commercial disputes group; international head Keith Oliver and Sarah Gabriel both have longstanding commercial litigation experience; and Jason Woodland represents both individuals and corporates in complex disputes that frequently involve fraud allegation. Growth within the team includes commercial litigation expert Emma Ruane being elevated to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tickner

Other key lawyers:

Keith Oliver; Sarah Gabriel; Jason Woodland; Emma Ruane

Key clients

The Republic of Mozambique

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the NHS Business Services Authority

18 claimants, including former footballers Andrew Cole, Robbie Savage and Danny Murphy

Asendia UK

Swiss Post International (UK)

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP 'stands out as a high-end, mid-market litigation firm'.  The commercial and technology disputes team has enviable litigation experience in the technology, life sciences, industrial and consumer products sectors; and its specialisms include contractual matters, commercial law and confidentiality issues. The key figures are life sciences, pharma and digital content disputes expert Mark Brown; and Anna Cook, who acts in disputes arising from commercial contracts, software and large-scale technology projects. Also key to the team are Angela Fouracre, who handles commercial contract-related disputes; of counsel Robert Graham, an expert in technology contract-related claims; and 'outstanding senior associate' Westley Walker.

Practice head(s):

Mark Brown

Other key lawyers:

Anna Cook; Angela Fouracre; Robert Graham; Westley Walker; Simon Clark


‘Bristows stands out as a high-end, mid-market litigation firm determined to add value for clients. From the point of view of a barrister instructed by them, it provides some of the best, most focused sets of instructions that I see – and this has happened often enough for it not to be a one-off. The team is also very outcome-driven, and sensitive to clients’ commercial goals and needs.’

‘Mark Brown and Angela Fouracre are both excellent.’

‘Mark Brown gets the very best from his excellent associates.’

‘Angela Fouracre has a huge wealth of knowledge in IT disputes. She thinks around all aspects of a dispute, and is an important adviser not only on the law but also on wider strategic and commercial considerations.’

‘Anna Cook is a highly experienced IT disputes lawyer, who knows the implementation, outsourcing and software licensing markets extremely well. Anna has a very engaging manner, is great with clients, and often disarms opponents.

‘Anna Cook thinks deeply about strategy, and offers very clear and sound advice on why we should take certain actions. She is able to gain a good understanding of complex issues quickly and presents the arguments effectively in court documents. Like her colleagues at Bristows, she is very easy to work with.’

Of counsel Robert Graham is one to watch – exceptionally bright, very knowledgeable on technology and related IP rights, and pragmatic and focused.

‘Westley Walker is an outstanding senior associate, who has an exceptional eye for detail, strong communication skills and sound judgement.’

Key clients




WPP Group

Collins Aerospace

Raytheon Technologies

LG Electronics




What’s Running

Rocket Software BV

Disclosure and Barring Service


Sony Interactive Entertainment


DWF's 'very good' London team handles a significant volume of international work, including construction, energy, IT and telecoms disputes, as well as cases in the Commercial Court over shareholder and transactional disputes. Stefan Paciorek is global dispute resolution head; Richard Twomey leads the London commercial litigation practice; Jonathan Isaacs 'has excellent strategic vision'; and Jonathan Moss specialises in multi-jurisdictional commodities, shipping and logistics litigation. Also in London, Joshua Fineman is 'an exceptional partner', while commercial disputes specialist Natasha Gunney is a key director, In Birmingham, Andrew Leach is CIS desk head, while Darren Kenny focuses on commercial fraud disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Isaacs; Richard Twomey; Stefan Paciorek

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Moss; Joshua Fineman; Natasha Gunney; Andrew Leach; Darren Kenny


‘DWF’s commercial litigation team combines excellent strategic command of the law with responsiveness and transparency. For us, the transparency was critical. DWF saw itself as a partner, not a service provider, and participated accordingly, helping us navigate the complex issues with a view towards the best outcome.’

‘A very good, commercial mid-market litigation and dispute resolution practice.’

‘Jonathan Isaacs has excellent strategic vision, is very focused on achieving the correct result for the client, and writes superb letters to opponents!’

‘Jonathan Isaacs’ calm exterior hides a highly intelligent mind and steely approach.

‘Joshua Fineman is an exceptional partner. In my fifteen years or so of international commercial disputes, I have encountered few other lawyers who merit being called exceptional. Joshua is strategic, yet tactical, and thoughtful, yet responsive, to exigencies that arise.’

Key clients

Cerno Professional Services


Just Cash Flow

Active Energy Group




Union Pacific Capital

Paramit Corporation



Georgina Energy


Ubeauty Global

Rafax Invest


Survitec Group

Doosan Power Systems

Strabag International

Work highlights

  • Acting for three individuals in a large scandal, which relates to SKAT’s (Danish Tax Authority) suing of 90-plus defendants (resident in 12 different jurisdictions) for losses of over £1.6bn.
  • Acting for Cerno Professional Services in Commercial Court proceedings brought against Petrofac Services (Petrofac), in relation to the question of whether a success fee is payable by Petrofac to Cerno.
  • Defending Wincanton Holdings against proceedings commenced by Muller UK & Ireland Group, alleging fraudulent over-charging claims.

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP's disputes department handles a range of commercial disputes, including contractual claims, misrepresentation actions, shareholder/partnership disputes, freezing injunctions, search orders, group litigation and warranty claims. It is also expert in jurisdictional challenges. John Evans is 'superb'; Tom Bolam specialises in company, commercial and fraud matters; Mark Buckley has 'good knowledge of the Indian market'; Eugene Matveichuk is an energy/natural resources, real estate and financial disputes expert; Garbhan Shanks is 'outstanding'; and Alexander Wildschütz is a cross-border specialist. In April 2022, commercial disputes expert Leigh Callaway was made partner, while Will Thompson is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):

John Evans

Other key lawyers:

Tom Bolam; Mark Buckley; Eugene Matveichuk; Garbhan Shanks; Alexander Wildschütz; Leigh Callaway; Will Thompson


‘Outstanding teamwork with effective supervision partner and exceptional support from senior associates down to trainees – very responsive, with proactive management of client expectations.’

Tom Bolam is an astute litigator and has a good manner with clients. From a counsel perspective, he strikes the right balance between constructive comment and respecting counsel’s advice.

‘Garbhan Shanks – outstanding at client management, excellent commercial instincts and a hands-on approach.’

Garbhan Shanks is exceptionally able and very experienced.

‘John Evans was superb as the partner. He was well-versed in the detail, and his analysis really assisted the case in cutting through the mountain of material provided by the other side.

‘John Evans was super to work with – innovative in how he came up with ways to build our case. He focused on understanding our objectives right from the start and the work was aligned with these objectives. This innovative and supportive approach helped achieve an outcome that was far above our expectations.’

‘Mark Buckley has great expertise in Privy Council appeals, as well as good knowledge of the Indian market.’

‘Mark Buckley – hardworking, level headed and dependable, Mark is someone you want on your side. His commercial work is bookended by his expansive Indian practice and his top-tier Formula 1 cases, where he has an enviable reputation.’

Key clients



Liberty Steel

LA Micro Group

Patagonia Inc

United Bank

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Betamax in an appeal case in the Privy Council, which was important because it summarised the law relating to public policy being used as a reason for not enforcing international arbitration awards.
  • Representing over 100 English and Welsh personal search companies in group litigation to recover payments made to the ten water and sewerage utility companies in England and Wales for the provision of environmental information.
  • Acting for a group of 850-plus SME claimants in proceedings against Clydesdale Bank and National Australia Bank, alleging deceit, misrepresentation, negligent misstatement, breach of contract and unjust enrichment.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's commercial litigation group routinely acts for the firm’s well-known core media, technology and entertainment sector clients. It is also active in disputes involving the retail and financial sectors, and consistently represents HNW clients from the firm’s enviable private capital practice. Sandi Simons is commercial litigation head; Louis Castellani is 'a very astute strategist'; Matthew Leverton has significant experience in expert determination, arbitration and mediation matters; and Sofie Hoffman acts in international contentious trust and probate matters. Georgina Long and Lizzie Williams are 'both very able senior associates who should go far'.

Practice head(s):

Sandi Simons

Other key lawyers:

Louis Castellani; Matthew Leverton; Sofie Hoffman; Georgina Long; Lizzie Williams


‘The team has sound tactical and strategic instincts, and a very sound grasp of the client’s ultimate objectives.’

‘Sandi Simons and the team as a whole have always provided the detailed knowledge, drive and enthusiasm to keep us going.’

‘Matthew Leverton is a star partner with excellent judgement and client focus.

‘Louis Castellani is a veteran litigator and very astute strategist.

‘Louis Castellani is a standout partner, with extremely astute litigation instincts.

‘Sofie Hoffman has been excellent at focusing on the important issues, while also navigating some very sensitive personal/relationship complexities between the various parties to the litigation.’

‘Lizzie Williams and Georgina Long – both very able senior associates who should go far.’

Lizzie Williams is a rising star. She is hugely hardworking, with a great eye for detail without ever losing sight of the big picture.

Key clients

Various subsidiaries of NBC Universal

LiveNation & Ticketmaster

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Victoria Beckham

Driift Live

Beauty Outlet

Oxford University Press

IS Prime


McCann Erickson Central

Floreat Group

The Al-Sanea Family

Work highlights

  • Acting for The Al-Sanea Family in various pieces of ongoing and/or potential litigation in various jurisdictions.
  • Representing IS Prime and ISFE 21 in pursuing and defending Commercial Court claims, arising out of a contract for the provision of brokerage services.

Howard Kennedy LLP

With 'all the skill of a Magic Circle firm', Howard Kennedy LLP's commercial litigation practice covers contractual disputes, misrepresentation, warranty claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, M&A conflicts, joint venture-related contentious issues, and corporate governance issues. Commercial dispute resolution head Dominic Offord specialises in contractual disputes, cross-border fraud matters and contentious insolvency; Joel Leigh is an expert in complex professional negligence and civil fraud claims; and Duncan Bagshaw has niche expertise in Africa-related energy disputes. India group chair Arish Bharucha joined as partner from Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP during 2021, while Ayesha Salim and James Wingfield are experienced legal directors.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Offord

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Bagshaw; Joel Leigh; Arish Bharucha; James Wingfield; Ayesha Salim; Shelley Drenth


‘A truly personalised service. The team works tirelessly for its clients, but in a way that is directed to clients’ (often very specific) needs.’

‘All the skill of a Magic Circle firm, but without the price tag.’

‘The team worked exceptionally well together. It even made itself available at the weekend as we approached the trial date.’

Fees are in line with the competition and I paid for what I got, which was a winning result!

‘Dominic Offord is a standout. He has the perfect balance of letting team members do their jobs, understanding the detail, and driving the case in the best direction for the client. He is also delightful to work with.’

‘Joel Leigh – genuinely very impressive. He is incredibly committed, and, despite his seniority, is very hands on to make sure the clients receive exceptional service. Particularly good in commercial litigation that has a sports law or insolvency focus, but a great all-rounder too.’

‘Duncan Bagshaw – speed, efficiency, availability, and analytical skills.

‘Arish Bharucha is a thoughtful partner, but with a strong sense of what is commercially practicable. Excellent at advising clients, particularly on strategic decisions in cases where the position changes as the proceedings progress.’

Key clients

Isaltina Lucas, the former Director of Treasury and Deputy Finance Minister of Mozambique

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Nueva IQT

Work highlights

  • Acting for the former Director of Treasury and Deputy Finance Minister of Mozambique in a claim brought by the Republic of Mozambique against Credit Suisse and other parties, arising out of the Hidden Debts Scandal.
  • Acting for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, as an intervenor in the Supreme Court case of Halliburton Company v Chubb Bermuda Insurance Limited.

Keidan Harrison

The ‘dynamic, hardworking, innovative and client-focusedKeidan Harrison specialises in commercial dispute resolution and insolvency; and the 2020-launched boutique firm acts for international and UK businesses, and HNW individuals including directors, partners and shareholders, as well as insolvency practitioners, pension trustees and other fiduciaries. Marc Keidan (former co-founding partner of Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP) has a broad corporate and commercial disputes practice; Luke Harrison is ‘determined to go the extra mile for clients‘; and commercial litigation, international arbitration and civil fraud specialist Dipti Hunter is a 2021 partner hire from PwC LLP. Kit Smith was promoted to managing associate in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Luke Harrison; Marc Keidan; Dipti Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Kit Smith


‘The team at Keidan Harrison is dynamic, hardworking, innovative and client focused. It is punching above its weight in the market and getting great results.’

‘Marc Keidan – he’s been there and got the t-shirt – what he doesn’t know about commercial disputes is not worth knowing.’

‘Marc Keidan is a standout practitioner. He is always thinking multiple steps ahead in developing strategy for his cases and distils complex problems for his clients in a user-friendly manner. He is also a pioneer in the litigation space, constantly looking (and finding) where the next big area of work will develop.’

‘Marc Keidan and Luke Harrison are going places with this firm – unstuffy, fast-moving and nimble litigators.’

‘Marc Keidan and Luke Harrison are tenacious, but technically strong and also innovative.’

‘Luke Harrison brings creativity and enthusiasm in equal measures to his practice.’

‘Luke Harrison is an excellent lawyer – creative, driven and determined to go the extra mile for clients; and for a partner, he is extremely hands on.

Managing associate Kit Smith is one to watch. He is a mature, confident and really good lawyer – fantastic with clients, very smart and conscientious, and he recently received a well-deserved promotion.

Key clients

FRP Advisory

MSP Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for MSP Capital in a substantial fraud claim against persons unknown, which concerns lending to fictitious borrowers.
  • Represented one of the 17 directors of a gold mining conglomerate, in relation to interim applications arising out of derivative proceedings.
  • Advised music and property mogul Charles Gordon in a fraud claim brought against him as a result of the liquidation of his property companies, which resulted in two adverse judgements against the applicant liquidator.

King & Wood Mallesons

Housing ‘a stream of talented lawyers‘, King & Wood Mallesons‘ dispute resolution and litigation team has a strong reputation for both domestic and international litigation. Clients particularly appreciate the firm’s enviable international network throughout Asia Pacific, Europe, the US and the Middle East. The experience of London commercial litigation head Darren Roiser typically involves multiple jurisdictions and urgent interim relief; Andrei Yakovlev assists with disputes over M&A, foreign investments, and sovereign and corporate finance; and Wilson Antoon acts in large and complex proceedings. James McKenzie is ‘a first-rate counsel‘, while Chloé Bakshi is an experienced managing associate.

Practice head(s):

Darren Roiser

Other key lawyers:

Andrei Yakovlev; Wilson Antoon; James McKenzie; Chloé Bakshi; Viktoriya Krasyuk


‘KWM has a stream of talented lawyers, and is a market leader within a wide range of commercial fields, from shipping to fraud.’

Dynamic and ambitious team at competitive rates.

‘Darren Roiser provides a calm hand at the tiller as head of the talented team.’

‘Wilson Antoon is strategic, commercial, and always looking for a winning angle.’

James McKenzie is a first-rate counsel, with an excellent legal brain and masterful drafting skills. An excellent choice for any commercial case.

Key clients

Shandong Offshore Investment (HK) Co


European High Growth Opportunities Securitization Fund

John Eskenazi Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Shandong Offshore Investment (HK) Co in a claim for losses caused to its joint venture company, Shandong Twin Marine (STM), by a former STM shareholder.
  • Acting for JEL and John Eskenazi (international dealers in Indian, Gandharan, Himalayan and South-east Asian works of art) in their dispute with Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani and Qatar Investment and Projects Development Holding Co.
  • Acting for Urincha and others in a Commercial Court claim, in relation to investments into equity tracker fee agreements with Libra Holdings.


A large proportion of the work of specialist disputes practice LK Law LLP involves acting for or against banks and other financial institutions, particularly in relation to fraud allegations; and the team routinely litigates before the English courts, while also being experienced in bringing and defending claims in offshore jurisdictions. Andrew Ford focuses on large international disputes, fraud, and asset tracing; and senior associate Chris Atkinson acts in litigation involving banks and other financial institutions, including fintech entities. In July 2022, Caroline Phipps was promoted to principal.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ford

Other key lawyers:

Chris Atkinson; Caroline Phipps


A well-planned and meticulously-run boutique firm, with a number of outstanding professionals.

International experience, and a young, bright and hardworking set of lawyers.

Available, proactive, efficient and pragmatic.

Andrew Ford is sharp and incisive.

Andrew Ford and senior associate Chris Atkinson – the perfect balance between capability, affability, availability and knowledge.

Andrew Ford and Chris Atkinson are really good at making things run smoothly, giving a sense of full control during the process – cannot recommend them more enthusiastically.

Caroline Phipps is a top lawyer and very, very bright.

Key clients

Scully Royalty

ICS Investment Consulting Services

Methis Management


Work highlights

  • Acting for Scully Royalty (and other group companies) in a conspiracy/fraud claim brought in the Cayman Islands by Raiffeisen Bank International.
  • Acting for Francesco Mombelli (and his companies) in a $890m claim brought in London’s Commercial Court by the Public Institute for Social Security (Kuwait) for alleged bribery, unjust enrichment and knowing receipt.
  • Acting for a British businessman imprisoned in Dubai following a $500m fraud in his contractual claim in the Commercial Court in London against Dubai Islamic Bank, seeking an injunction to procure his release.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP‘s London litigation team is sought out by HNW individuals, multinationals and nation states for heavyweight disputes across the firm’s core sectors of finance, technology and innovation, and energy and infrastructure. ‘A determined advocate for his client‘, Simon Willis‘ commercial disputes expertise covers financial and professional services institutions, contentious regulatory work, and professional negligence; and in addition to his international practice Mark Beeley acts in cross-border disputes in the English courts. Recent additions to the partnership include Amanda Voss and Adam Rizzo during 2021, and Sarah Stockley in 2022. Marcus Holmstroem is the senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Simon Willis

Other key lawyers:

Mark Beeley; Amanda Voss; Adam Rizzo; Sarah Stockley; Marcus Holmstroem


‘Exceptional in-depth understanding and analysis of the client’s case and the associated principles.’

The Orrick team brings an unusually intelligent approach to every instruction.’

‘Orrick’s team is unrivalled in terms of ability and experience.’

‘Simon Willis is a standout partner – highly intelligent, commercially minded, and a determined advocate for his client.’

‘Simon Willis distils the essentials in a very clear and reassuring manner.’

‘Simon Willis – technically excellent, highly pragmatic and incredibly experienced.’

‘Simon Willis is fantastic. He is completely unflappable and always provides excellent advice.’

Amanda Voss is very experienced, and has very strong project management expertise.

Key clients

Ernst & Young


Sunset Financials



Work highlights

  • Representing longstanding client, KPMG, in relation to the insolvency of Carillion, which collapsed in 2018 and entered liquidation with debts of £1.5bn.
  • Acting for aircraft interiors company Optimares in a High Court litigation against Qatar Airways, arising from an agreement to design and manufacture airplane business and economy-class seats.
  • Representing certain EY entities in a claim brought by a former audit partner, alleging that he was constructively dismissed for refusing to adopt an improper position in an audit.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

'A hidden gem in the London litigation market', Payne Hicks Beach LLP's commercial and corporate litigation team handles disputes involving HNW individuals, corporations, funds and banks; and its expertise ranges from financial services, international trade, fraud, contentious insolvency and professional negligence, to corporate governance/shareholder issues such as unfair prejudice claims. Dominic Crossley acts for private individuals and commercial organisations in significant disputes; Lucas Moore is 'always looking for innovative approaches to cases'; and Ane Vernon has a growing education and regulatory sector-related disputes practice. During 2021, partners Georgina Bayley and Paul Dorrans joined from Withers LLP and Simmons & Simmons respectively.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Crossley; Lucas Moore

Other key lawyers:

Ane Vernon; Georgina Bayley; Paul Dorrans


‘Excellent integration between the contentious and non-contentious teams, and between partners and associates – an advantage of a relatively small and close-knit firm.’

‘This is a hidden gem in the London litigation market: PHB will make a client feel taken care of, while building the best team to suit the demands of any given case.’

PHB is a safe pair of hands operating in this market, which is the most important thing.’

‘An excellent team that works collaboratively with clients and Counsel – adapted well to remote and hybrid working, and always ready to go the extra mile.’

‘Lucas Moore is a standout partner. He is always looking for innovative approaches to cases, and works seamlessly with Counsel to devise strategy and arguments.’

‘Ane Vernon – 100% committed to her clients and a real team player.’

‘Georgina Bayley has brought real heft to the firm’s commercial litigation offering. She is very client focused, efficient, and absolutely brilliant.’

‘Georgina Bayley – excellent client skills combined with a deep knowledge of procedural and substantive law that she wears lightly.’

Key clients

Morshead Mansions

Diligence International

Work highlights

  • Acted for Diligence International in high-profile harassment proceedings that were discontinued against it in November 2020.

Shoosmiths LLP

Providing ‘first-rate skills at every level‘, Shoosmiths LLP‘s disputes offering covers corporate litigation, technology disputes, cyber incident-related matters, coverage claims, banking disputes, and marine and aviation litigation. Corporate and commercial disputes expert Bill Molloy has ‘strong knowledge of tech disputes‘; Susie Wakefield leads the commercial insurance team; and Philip Tansley heads the cyber incident response practice. Other active litigators are ‘standout partner‘ Elliot Bishop and experienced senior associate Matthew MacLachlan. Birmingham-based Alex Bishop is national dispute resolution and litigation head, while Daren Allen joined the London team in September 2021 from Dentons, where he was business crime and investigations head.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bishop; Bill Molloy

Other key lawyers:

Susie Wakefield; Philip Tansley; Daren Allen; Elliott Bishop; Matthew MacLachan; John Shirley; Johanne Cox


‘A highly talented team that works well together and provides first-rate skills at every level.’

‘Bill Molloy is one of the most personable people you could hope to meet, while being an excellent lawyer, strategist and tactician. He knows how to get the best out of his people and is utterly unflappable.

‘Bill Molloy is a heavyweight commercial litigator, with a strong knowledge of tech disputes.’

‘Bill Molloy – a great strategist and will fight your corner without fail.

‘Susie Wakefield is a standout partner at Shoosmiths – approachable and hands-on to understanding the issues arising in our business. She always considers the appropriate structuring of a matter, who is best placed to help, and how Shoosmiths can add value.’

‘Philip Tansley and the remainder of the team (which included senior associate Matthew MacLachlan) demonstrated excellent client management and engagement skills; were always on top of broader strategy issues; and delivered timely, well-thought out advice.’

‘Elliot Bishop is a standout partner with an impressive following. He is commercial, easy to work with, and very clever.’

‘Associate John Shirley is exceptionally bright and hardworking – one to watch for the future.’

Key clients

Platinum Fortune LP

Platinum Wealth Development

Rijksmuseum Twenthe

Zurich Insurance


Bombardier Transportation (UK)


IPP Van Triel

Starstone Underwriting



Work highlights

  • Instructed by Platinum Fortune and Platinum Wealth Development in a high-value shareholder dispute concerning shares in Jagex.
  • Acted for Zurich and SCOR in relation to coverage for liabilities, arising from the T-Mobile hack of 2018 and the settlement of multiple US class actions.
  • Acting for Starstone Underwriting and Comp Re in a D&O coverage pursuit being litigated in the US.

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP

The commercial and corporate disputes expertise of Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP covers fraud claims, contract disputes, white-collar crime, competition, and construction and property disputes. Neil Dooley assists with cross-border fraud claims; Jonathan Raynes is a complex disputes expert; Angus Rodgerhas excellent instincts for a winning point‘; and Ivan Gordienko is a cryptocurrency expert. ‘Brilliant and hands-on‘ partner Leigh Mallon is a 2021 hire from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; and within the firm’s associate pool, Alex Green focuses on disputes involving clients from Central and Eastern Europe, while Natalia Gofman regularly works alongside Dooley on major commercial cases.

Practice head(s):

Neil Dooley

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Raynes; Angus Rodger; Ivan Gordienko; Leigh Mallon; Alex Green; Natalia Gofman


‘The team at Steptoe is a pleasure to work with – super efficient and creative. The lawyers identify their clients’ strategic objectives, and then set about devising tactics to meet them, rather than litigating through the same-old worn strategies that others deploy as a reflex.’

‘Angus Rodger, in particular, is great. He has excellent instincts for a winning point, and sees what really matters in the case much more readily than most.’

‘Angus Rodger is a very capable and knowledgeable lawyer, who is able to express himself in a user-friendly way.’

‘Leigh Mallon is absolutely top tier. He is a brilliant and hands-on litigator, who combines impressive legal expertise with strategic thinking – everything a client could wish for. He certainly is one of the best litigators I have worked with.’

‘Leigh Mallon – smart and hardworking’

‘Leigh Mallon is excellent. His attention to detail is extraordinary, combined with an ability to see the larger picture.’

‘We have worked with fantastic lawyers within Steptoe & Johnson, including Ivan Gordienko, who is an exceptional lawyer and partner leading a great team.

Associate Alex Green is a rising star in the sector.’

Key clients

Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha

Tokai Rika Co

Cigna Insurance Services (Europe)

Thompson Crosby Co


O’Keefe Construction Greenwich

Work highlights

  • Defending car carrier Nippon Yusen Kabaushiki Kaisha in a £115m class action, filed in the Competition Appeal Tribunal on behalf of tens of millions of purchasers of vehicles.
  • Defending Cigna against a £50m High Court claim, which concerns liability for PPI insurance.
  • Defending Magomed Bilalov against a Commercial Court claim that seeks damages under a purported contract, which relates to the Sochi Olympic construction.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP's department is best known for its experience in Middle East-related matters and substantial commercial disputes, including litigation involving public sector bodies. National commercial litigation head Lucy James acts in disputes involving complex contracts, defamation, fraud, IT claims, professional negligence and partnerships; Alex Burton is a cross-border disputes specialist; Navinder Grover co-heads the firm's contentious insolvency practice; and Charlotte Clayson is a commercial and public law disputes expert. The London team also features experienced managing associate James Lancaster, along with key senior associates Cara GillinghamLaura PennellsMichael Rhode and Rebecca Lawrence.

Practice head(s):

Lucy James

Other key lawyers:

Alex Burton; Navinder Grover; Charlotte Clayson; James Lancaster; Cara Gillingham; Laura Pennells; Michael Rhode; Rebecca Lawrence; Sam Robinson; Andrew Reid

Key clients


InHealth Group

Caramel Sales


Tradition Singapore (Pte)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sayacorp (as claimant) in the Abu Dhabi Global Market Court, in relation to claims against NMC Healthcare (in administration) and various other NMC group companies (all also in administration).
  • Acting for one side of a UHNW Bahraini family in the international aspects of a long-running dispute over control of the family business and finances.
  • Defending a family of New York-based art and rare instrument collectors and dealers against a London-based art adviser’s claim, which concerns the sale of a work by Picasso.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP

'An outstanding alternative to the Magic Circle firms in London', Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP's litigators are well known for major transactional and shareholder-related disputes in the private equity, insurance and asset management sectors. The team also has significant experience in high-value fraud cases involving multiple jurisdictions. London litigation, compliance and enforcement practice chair, Peter Burrell, is a 'remarkable litigator', who  focuses on cross-border matters; and Simon Osborn-King is active in commercial litigation comprising parallel UK and US aspects. Promoted to partner in January 2022, Jerry Healy is 'a very sharp lawyer', while associate Giles Harvey is 'a future star'.

Practice head(s):

Peter Burrell

Other key lawyers:

Simon Osborn-King; Jerry Healy; Giles Harvey


An outstanding alternative to the Magic Circle firms in London. It has built a very serious London team in this area in a short space of time by very astute lateral hires and rapid promotion. The group has the capacity and skillsets to go toe-to-toe with the best and never fails to impress.

Peter Burrell is a very hands on, robust and forensic investigator. You know you are in safe hands and his strategic application is second to none.

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.

The standout partner is Peter Burrell. His day-to-day knowledge of the detail (despite his seniority) is incredible – you know you’re being advised by someone that really gets the case.

Simon Osborn-King is very experienced – a safe pair of hands.

Simon Osborn-King is excellent.

Jerry Healy is very clever. A very sharp lawyer, but polite, thoughtful and respectful of those he is working alongside.

Associate Giles Harvey is utterly committed – a future star.

Key clients

Symphony Partners

Next Global Investments

Dynamic Link Ventures

Man Group

MontLake QIAIF Platform ICAV

Man Asset Management (Ireland)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Nopporn Suppipat, Symphony Partners Next Global Investments and Dynamic Link Ventures (as claimants) in a $2bn conspiracy trial in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for Man Group in its defence of a large-scale fraud-related dispute.
  • Secured a judgment for MontLake QIAIF Platform ICAV (Irish investment fund) in its High Court proceedings against Kidman Asset Management, Massimo Bochicchio and Tiber Capital (in administration).

Armstrong Teasdale

The commercial litigation practice of Armstrong Teasdale (which recently acquired UK firm Kerman & Co) acts in natural resources, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and sports-related disputes. Robert Paydon is UK commercial litigation head; Robin Pickworth is civil fraud leader; James Thorndyke is ‘very commercial‘; and senior counsel Andy Kerman is ‘a hugely experienced and savvy litigator‘. At associate level, senior Molly Ahmed and Emma Shaw are also active litigators. In June 2022, Fraser Mitchell was made partner.

Practice head(s):

Robert Paydon

Other key lawyers:

Robin Pickworth; James Thorndyke; Andy Kerman; Fraser Mitchell; Molly Ahmed; Emma Shaw; Sarnjit Lal


The team brings together years of courtroom experience, with a total dedication to achieving the client’s objectives in a cost-effective way. It has real breadth of experience in a number of different fields, from financial services, arbitration, oil and gas, to partnership disputes.

Robert Paydon is incredibly hardworking and very focused on delivering the best outcome for the client.

Robert Paydon is tenacious when dealing with opponents and pursuing arguments in court, but he is sufficiently commercial and realistic to know when to move on. He has excellent client-handling skills.

Robin Pickworth’s client care is exemplary. He focuses on the early and strategic resolution of disputes, and does so successfully and in the best interest of his client.

James Thorndyke is an excellent partner – very commercial and with a great eye for detail.

James Thorndyke is very good – personable, with excellent commercial and legal instincts, and trusted by clients.

Senior counsel Andy Kerman has excellent tactical judgement, and is a hugely experienced and savvy litigator.

Associate Emma Shaw is an excellent lawyer who gives matters 110%.

Key clients

Purple Surgical

Privinvest Holding

Abdoulaye Ndiaye

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Championships)


Miss World

Petrosaudi Oil Services (Venezuela)

Melford Capital

Unichem Laboratories

Tenke Fungurume Mining

Rugby Football Union

Work highlights

  • Acted for Michael Gott, as petitioner, in high-value unfair prejudice proceedings, obtaining a series of leading judgments that are of interest to practitioners in the area.
  • Assisting Unichem Laboratories with its successful defence of a Commercial Court claim brought against it by Jamp Pharma.
  • Assisted Purple Surgical with a suite of PPE supply chain disputes in multiple jurisdictions, including a €24m fraud claim and a $12.7m Commercial Court dispute.

Boodle Hatfield LLP

Boodle Hatfield LLP's litigation department 'consistently demonstrates excellent strategic judgement and commercial insight'. It regularly assists international families and businesses with cross-border disputes, while clients also benefit from the firm's specialisms in the art and luxury assets, agrochemicals and family business sectors. A 'truly outstanding commercial litigator', Simon Fitzpatrick's recent track record includes acting in contractual disputes, breach of fiduciary duty matters, professional negligence claims, and partnership, shareholder and property disputes; and Kellie Jones frequently represents HNW individuals, particularly from the Middle East. An 'outstanding senior associate', Rebecca Foden is experienced in art-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Simon Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Kellie Jones; Rebecca Foden


‘The team at Boodle Hatfield consistently demonstrates excellent strategic judgement and commercial insight. The individuals within the team are great team players and incredibly user friendly. Boodle Hatfield is also one of the market leaders in terms of gender diversity and equality, and has taken proactive steps to ensure flexible working for its staff.’

‘Simon Fitzpatrick is absolutely excellent – great strategic thinking as well as client handling.

‘Simon Fitzpatrick is a truly outstanding commercial litigator. A perfect blend of strategic thinking and targeted aggression. His insight into the direction of a case never fails. He is also great at getting the best from his team.’

‘Simon Fitzpatrick is the ideal person to be running a serious piece of big-ticket litigation.

‘Simon Fitzpatrick is strategically very strong and has superb judgement.’

‘Kellie Jones has great client care and a highly commercial approach.’

‘Rebecca Foden is an outstanding senior associate – super-smart and efficient.’

‘Rebecca Foden is one of the best I’ve worked with.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP‘s ‘excellent‘ Bristol-based disputes group comprises experts in transport, financial services, insurance, energy and natural resources, agricultural and rural affairs, and business crime and regulatory matters. The group is jointly led by David Hall and Ann Metherall, while Andrew Burnette acts in contractual, banking, company and shareholder disputes. Also highly regarded are ‘trusted‘ food litigation expert Sian Edmunds; Chris Jackson, a transport and procurement specialist; Michael Ward, who is ‘tireless and creative‘; and rail regulatory expert Ian Tucker.

Practice head(s):

David Hall; Ann Metherall

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Burnette; Sian Edmunds; Chris Jackson; Michael Ward; Ian Tucker; Matthew Walker; Richard Binns; Ewan McIntyre; Brian Wong; Caroline Brown; Hannah Miller; Annabel Holloway


An excellent team, delivering high-quality work in a very commercial and responsive manner.

Magic Circle service at regional firm rates.

Sian Edmunds is a trusted adviser. She has taken time to truly understand our business (and us), and always offers sensible, commercial and pragmatic advice.

Matthew Walker is absolutely first rate – very bright, an extremely good lawyer, very commercially-minded, and a terrific manager of cases.

Michael Ward is tireless and creative.

Michael Ward is energetic, enthusiastic and determined to find solutions for his clients even in the most difficult case. Nothing fazes him.

Michael Ward was notable for his excellent client-handling skills and strategic vision.

Senior associate Annabel Holloway is detail-oriented and responsive.

Key clients

FirstGroup and subsidiaries


Celtic Energy

Coca-Cola HBC

Crown Commercial Service Panel

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

John Lewis


Ministry of Justice

The Crown Estate


Work highlights

  • Represented the Ministry of Justice, alongside the Government Legal Department, in a case brought by Mitie over the procurement process for facilities management services across the HMCTS (Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service) estate.
  • Represented Northampton Borough Council and Daventry District Council, as interested parties, in judicial review proceedings concerning the Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP

Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP's 'outstanding' London practice acts in a broad range of complex commercial, business and financial disputes throughout the UK and internationally. UK commercial litigation head Jumana Rahman's recent workload spans various industries, including the financial services, energy, and hospitality sectors; John Gibson heads the firm’s UK white-collar and investigations practice; and Richard Kovalevsky KC is London criminal defence head. At counsel level, Thomas Shortland 'adds value to whatever he is working on'.

Practice head(s):

Jumana Rahman

Other key lawyers:

John Gibson; Richard Kovalevsky KC; Thomas Shortland


‘The team puts clients at ease with its manner and expertise.’

‘The team is outstanding. What makes its stand out? Quality, quality, and quality – a class act that delivers outstanding results.’

‘Jumana Rahman is a star litigator. She has excellent judgement, adjusts as the facts change, and the right person to have on your side. Very steely and a calm presence in the eye of the storm.’

Jumana Rahman is very, very bright and articulate – she is everything you’d want to put before a client. Her years of experience mean clients can be sure they’re instructing a first-rate litigator, who is value for money in cases of any magnitude.

‘John Gibson and counsel Thomas Shortland are a dynamic duo of sheer professionalism, experience and expertise.’

John Gibson is a heavy-hitter in white-collar matters, who brings incisive intelligence and gravitas to his cases.

John Gibson is a totally masterful strategist. He is among the very best lawyers I have ever seen when handling – sometimes very agitated – clients; and his overlapping white-collar crime practice (and years at the Bar) put him in prime position to handle commercial disputes emerging from enforcement contexts.

‘Thomas Shortland is an excellent lawyer, who adds value to whatever he is working on; and his work rate is second to none in London.’

Key clients

Sinovac Biotech

Infinity Wealth by Design

Elicap Partners

Dorsey & Whitney

Dorsey & Whitney‘s London trial department 'always delivers what clients need'. The team's litigation clients particularly appreciate the group's ability to draw upon the experience of the London office’s wide-ranging corporate practice, in addition to the firm's enviable US and Asian network. Team head Tim Maloney is a specialist in high-profile and complex commercial litigation, while Matthew Blower is 'a very good lawyer and excellent with clients'. Commercial and real estate litigation expert Joseph Lewin is a recently-promoted special counsel.

Practice head(s):

Tim Maloney

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Blower; Joseph Lewin; Ron Moscona; Shamilee Arora


The team is small and has a personal touch – always delivers what clients need. I highly recommend the team.

In Tim Maloney and Joseph Lewin, Dorsey & Whitney has a formidable duo – very experienced, very able, extremely hardworking, and looking to get the best outcome for their client at all times.

Tim Maloney has a wonderful manner and massive experience. He understands the reality of commercial dealings and can forensically investigate factual matters with great precision.

Tim Maloney has formidable formidable experience in litigation. He delivers for his clients and it is a great pleasure to work with him.

‘Matthew Blower is a very good lawyer and excellent with clients. However, where he really stands out is in his ability to work constructively with his opponents (even in a difficult case), which inevitably results in the client saving time and money.’

Matthew Blower is highly responsive, and provides clear and practical strategic advice. I give him my highest recommendation and will recommend him to anyone who asks!

Special counsel Joseph Lewin is clearly on the way to making partnership and a star in the making. A great litigator who leaves no stone unturned for his clients.

Key clients

Watchstone Group

Otello Corporation

Warner Chappell Music Italiana


Traffic Monsoon (in receivership)

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Work highlights

  • Acting for Watchstone Group in its high-profile litigation against PwC, arising out of the large-value 2015 purchase of the professional services division of Quindell (as Watchstone was then known).
  • Acting for claimant Otello Corporation in a shareholder dispute with a US-based joint venture partner.
  • Acting for Warner Chappell Music in a high-profile case against the Prince Estate, which concerns the ownership of well-known song: The Most Beautiful Girl In The World.

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP’s London commercial litigation team is 'particularly experienced in group litigation matters'. The track record of litigation and dispute resolution head, Ali Zaidi, includes bankruptcy and corporate Ponzi frauds; and senior partner and 'exceptional strategic thinker' David Greene leads the group action and finance litigation team. Also key to the practice, Zahira Hussain regularly handles contractual disputes; and at senior associate level, barrister Thomas Johnson is 'frighteningly efficient', and Fred Sheppard acts in commercial and civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ali Zaidi; David Greene

Other key lawyers:

Zahira Hussain; Thomas Johnson; Fred Sheppard; Ian Chai


‘Efficient, approachable and responsive team, and particularly experienced in group litigation matters. A pleasure to work with.’

David Greene is very experienced, and especially good with strategy and identifying commercial solutions.’

‘David Greene is exceptional and will take the time to engage fully. He is an exceptional strategic thinker.’

‘David Greene and senior associate Fred Sheppard are exemplary professionals, who are able to provide both practical and doctrinal perspective on very complex issues involving international commercial and financial litigation.

David Greene and Fred Sheppard have vast international experience that allows them to see a particular case from various angles and offer the clients unexpected and clever solutions.’

‘Zahira Hussain explained the process in a class action in a very helpful manner – very knowledgeable and helpful.’

‘Senior associate Thomas Johnson is frighteningly efficient and refreshingly direct – he is a real asset in the team for heavy-duty litigation.

‘Associate Ian Chai provided valuable assistance with a very knotty company dispute. He worked tirelessly, and his diligence was helpful in ensuring the application was successful.’

Key clients

Fuller Smith & Turner


Lincolnshire Co-operative

MC Rental

Somerset County Council

The Mayor & Commonalty & Citizens of the City of London

Cemex UK Cement

Greene King Brewing and Retailing


Gap Group

BM Advisory

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Klarna Bank

Conran Holdings

Royal Opera House

The Good Law Project

Fenix International t/a OnlyFans

Acai Berry Foods

Work highlights

  • Assisting a group of 130 claimants in relation to their claim for damages against various truck manufacturers, following a finding by the European Commission of a price-fixing cartel.
  • Representing claimants who invested in the Eclipse Scheme, which was sold as an opportunity to invest in transactions with Disney (in relation to film rights).
  • Representing consumers in relation to the mis-selling of Spanish timeshares.

Forsters LLP

The recent track record for Forsters LLP's 'seriously competent, astute group of lawyers' includes shareholder litigation, investment claims, professional negligence matters, and corporate and post-transactional litigation. The team is also well known for funded litigation. Practice head Benedict Walton is 'a standout partner with terrific instincts', while Andrew Head's experience includes large trials that frequently comprise international elements. In April 2022, Caroline Harbord and Bryan Shacklady, who both act in cross-border matters, were promoted to partner and counsel, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Benedict Walton

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Head; Caroline Harbord; Bryan Shacklady


Magic Circle quality at mid-market rates.

This is a seriously competent, astute group of lawyers. They combine a strong command of the law with a personal touch that seems to attract a high calibre of lay clients.

Benedict Walton is a standout partner with terrific instincts.

Benedict Walton – hugely commercial and great at litigation  psychology.

Benedict Walton has good tactical sense and gives well-considered advice. An excellent no-nonsense commercial litigator, whose approach is strategic and innovative. He gets results.

Andrew Head is more hands on than any other partner I have worked with.  Very willing to roll up his sleeves and get into the detail, but keeps the big picture in sight.

Caroline Harbord is tenacious and with great instincts.

Bryan Shacklady – recently promoted to counsel, but could easily be (and probably should be) a partner – able to run the most complex litigation.

Key clients

Keyforce Trustees


Members of the Gold Dust Group

Clarence Court Eggs

Greybull Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for Keyforce Trustees and Andrey Zernov in complex litigation concerning the ownership of a substantial stake in a large insurance company.
  • Acting for Swiss company GPF (in liquidation), as one of 14 defendants, in international and multi-party litigation concerning alleged breaches of contract and alleged misappropriation and misapplication of large sums.
  • Assisting a group of over 200 investors in Anabus Holdings (a Cypriot company supposedly trading in gold dust but in fact running a Ponzi Fraud) in a claim against a law firm for negligence and/or deceit.

Fox Williams LLP

Fox Williams LLP's 'deeply experienced mid-market litigation outfit' is particularly expert in civil fraud; shareholder, partnership, M&A, insurance and investment banking disputes; securities litigation; and High Court employment disputes. Gavin Foggo is 'a tremendous litigator'; Tom Custance is a financial services sector-related employment disputes specialist; David Butler is a civil fraud, shareholder litigation and insolvency expert; and Andrew Hill specialises in securities litigation. In May 2022, Evie Meleagros and Rebecca Richardson were elevated to partner and legal director, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Foggo

Other key lawyers:

Tom Custance; David Butler; Andrew Hill; Peter Ashford; Ben Giaretta; Evie Meleagros; Rebecca Richardson


‘A highly reliable and deeply experienced mid-market litigation outfit, with a team of knowledgable lawyers who are able to add to its highly-regarded offering by drawing in assistance from complementary departments within the firm.’

‘Gavin Foggo is gaining a well-deserved reputation for being able to handle the biggest commercial fraud cases.’

‘Gavin Foggo is a tremendous litigator with many years experience. He gets to the issues quickly and provides straightforward advice.’ 

‘Tom Custance is deeply experienced and unflappable. A litigator to have on your side.

‘Peter Ashford is excellent – really interested in the law and unswerving in his desire to use the law to the advantage of his clients; and he is supported by a good team of really bright associates.’

‘Peter Ashford gets to the heart of the legal questions in a case and grapples with them. He is willing to go to any length to find a legal route to victory for his client in court. He is also commercially pragmatic and won’t fight silly points.’

‘David Butler is a standout commercial and fraud litigator who has seen it all before; and new partner Evie Meleagros is incisive, imaginative and hardworking.

‘Legal director Rebecca Richardson was deservedly promoted this year – quietly on top of the material and highly effective in her litigation role.’

Key clients

The Software Incubator

Chipper Management

Genesis Properties Holding

Genesis Kinghwa

Transcendent Global Finance

Transcendent (SG) Pte

Ickenham Travel Group

Hertz Europe


Revetas Holding

On the Beach and subsidiaries

Global Risk Partners


Work highlights

  • Acted for The Software Incubator in relation to a favourable ruling obtained from the Court of Justice of the European Union, which declared the sale of electronically-supplied software to be a sale of goods within the meaning of the Commercial Agents (Council Directive) Regulations 1993.
  • Acted for Secretariat in the Court of Appeal case, Secretariat Consulting Pte Ltd v A Company, marking a leading decision in English law on the duties of experts in international arbitration.
  • Defended Genesis Properties Holding, Genesis Kinghwa, Transcendent Global Finance and Transcendent (SG) Pte against claims for knowing receipt of approximately $30m.

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s litigation department is well known for high-value disputes that are frequently internationally focused; and its experience covers contract disputes, security enforcement and insolvency, along with whistleblower claims, economic torts, and privacy and data breach. Andrew Savage focuses on commercial and finance disputes, along with international arbitration; recently promoted counsel Armando Neris is a former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP lawyer; and senior associate Kimberley Smith is experienced in energy, commodities and construction-related contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Savage

Other key lawyers:

Armando Neris; Kimberley Smith; Romilly Holland; Edward Perkins


‘A strong US presence in our sector which is very useful for cross-border matters. It allowed us to use one firm for all issues no matter the jurisdiction.’

‘The team operates at the intersection of litigation, restructuring and transactional law. It is therefore the perfect team for difficult restructuring and enforcement scenarios, and it is equally at home acting for all sorts of financial institutions.’

‘Small, focused team with innovative thinking, good team relationships and sensible advice.’

‘On top of the detail, with very clear, good and commercial advice and excellent support to the counsel team.’

‘Andrew Savage is good at thinking outside the box.’

‘Andrew Savage was excellent to work with.’

‘Associate Kimberley Smith is very focused and hardworking, and has excellent drafting skills.’

Key clients

Obregon Aviation Designated Activity Company

Petrochemical Holdings

Conapro Dena-BMS SAL

H I G Capital

Panasonic Industry Europe

Panasonic Automotive Systems Europe


Legal Action Worldwide


BDO Cayman

Work highlights

  • Representing (alongside the firm’s New York office) BDO USA and another BDO member firm in a series of matters relating to the failed Platinum family of hedge funds.
  • Representing Obregon (a vehicle set up by O’Brien-Staley Partners to own and lease aircraft) in a claim against Spanish airline Volotea.
  • Representing two Europe entities in the Panasonic group in a High Court (TCC) claim brought by TRW, which involved successfully challenging jurisdiction at first instance and on appeal.

McGuireWoods London LLP

'Populated by highly talented, committed lawyers', McGuireWoods London LLP's litigation team advises on a broad range of English and cross-border litigation matters. Simon Hems has longstanding experience in representing US and European oil and gas industry clients in litigation, arbitration and ADR; and William Boddy has substantial experience in acting in complex, fraud-related multi-jurisdictional disputes. In January 2022, the 'absolutely great' Chloe Steele was made partner, while in late 2021, former partner Hardeep Nahal departed for Constantine Cannon LLP

Practice head(s):

William Boddy; Simon Hems

Other key lawyers:

Chloe Steele


‘Work was completed within the timeframe specified, and there was an eagerness to help us resolve a potentially messy scenario as quickly and efficiently as possible.

‘When first engaging the firm, partners were available to have initial discussions so as to find potential solutions. We had to go away and think about moving forwards, but we did not find McGuireWoods to be pushy when doing so. When we did decide to move forwards some time later, the process was painless and quick, in terms of onboarding us as clients and figuring out a plan of action.’

‘We received excellent client service from the entire team, and would not hesitate to return to McGuireWoods or indeed recommend them.’

‘This is a department that is populated by highly talented, committed lawyers, who behave with the utmost skill and professionalism.’

‘The proactiveness of the associates was truly exceptional.

‘William Boddy was extremely helpful and knowledgeable.’

‘Chloe Steele remained our point of contact and was excellent.

‘Chloe Steele, who recently made partner, is absolutely great.’

Key clients

Tanner Pharma UK



14th Street Capital


Work highlights

  • Defending Tanner Pharma UK and TannerGAP against complex $46m-plus multi-jurisdictional proceedings, being pursued by FS Medical Services in relation to the sale of Coronavirus testing kits.
  • Acting for Landlet in its claim in the Commercial Court against Lloyds Bank, seeking to recover consequential losses flowing from the entry into two LIBOR interest rate swaps in March 2008.


ONTIER LLP‘s London office houses experts in multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency work; and the ‘strong team‘ is notably active in blockchain, cryptocurrency and cybercrime disputes. Oliver Cain is ‘a highly experienced, efficient litigator‘; and during 2022, Felicity Potter and Simon Cohen were promoted to partner and managing associate, respectively, while disputes specialists Aoife Keane and Amy Harvey joined as partners from Seddons and Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, respectively. Former litigation head Paul Ferguson recently departed for Addleshaw Goddard.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Cain

Other key lawyers:

Felicity Potter; Aoife Keane; Simon Cohen; Amy Harvey; Nicholas Dawson; Ibar McCarthy; Emma Hill; James Dixon


‘Very good lawyers.’

‘Efficient, productive, unfussy and effective.’

‘A strong team that runs high-value complex litigation with an international cross-border focus.’

‘Oliver Cain is a highly experienced, efficient litigator, who delivers excellent value for money in litigation, and provides a strategic cross-check in collaboration with overseas lawyers and London barristers.’

‘Simon Cohen – a managing associate who has a very hands-on approach to complex litigation and good attention to detail.’

Key clients

Advanced Control Systems

Luzar Trading

Adquantum Trading

Compass Bank & Trust Corporation


Brunswick Gold

Emar Al-Bayadir For Development & Trading

Grupo Mexico SAB de CV

Brunswick Rail

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tulip Trading against the developers of various Bitcoin blockchains, in seeking to restore control over Bitcoin that is worth over £3bn.
  • Defending Dr Craig Wright (Dr Wright) against a claim, which is brought by Crypto Open Patent Alliance (COPA), which seeks declarations that Dr Wright does not own any copyright in the Bitcoin White Paper.
  • Acted for Advanced Control Systems in a £20m dispute, arising out of a contract for the implementation of the control system for the electricity distribution system in Bangalore.

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Operating from London, Manchester and Exeter offices, Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP has a highly robust commercial litigation practice; and its workload covers high-level international contractual and corporate disputes, as well as art law-related disputes. The department's co-heads are 'outstanding litigator' Rudi Ramdarshan; and 'strategic thinker' David Burns, an expert in matters involving fraud, arbitration, confiscation and complex financial transactions. The second line of partners features commercial disputes specialist Benjamin FrostJonathan Chan, who 'fights hard', and 'superb litigator' Victoria Huxley.

Practice head(s):

Rudi Ramdarshan; David Burns

Other key lawyers:

Benjamin Frost; Jonathan Chan; Victoria Huxley


‘Not only is the team exceptionally helpful in times of commercial disputes, the service is provided in a friendly, approachable and accessible manner. I would highly recommend its services to small and medium-sized businesses in resolving disputes, and protecting rights and assets in a prompt and efficient manner.’

I received excellent service. Rudi Ramdarshan and his team understood the significance of the case and were very proactive in exploring available defences and anticipating how the case was going to pan out. Their advice was measured and realistic. I felt constantly supported and updated by this efficient team, for whom nothing was too much to ask.

Rudi Ramdarshan is a standout partner. He has a very good grasp of the law and procedure, and excellent judgement on what is likely to work in a difficult case. Rudi is also an easy person to work with and a very good listener.

‘Rudi Ramdarshan was an outstanding litigator 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.’

‘Rudi Ramdarshan and Benjamin Frost are fantastic litigators – really diligent and with fantastic client-care skills.’

David Burns is a strategic thinker, who is incisive and commercial. He is also a brilliant litigator and negotiator – no one fights as hard as David Burns, and he really knows his way around joint venture disputes.

Victoria Huxley is a superb litigator who comes across as calm and considered, yet has real grit and uses her knowledge to devastating effect in her written work. Few people are able to outwork Victoria. She is particularly strong in director and shareholder disputes.

Jonathan Chan has grown over the years to be a brilliant litigator. He fights hard and demonstrates knowledge well beyond his experience.

Key clients


Pantheon International Advisors

Al Sraiya Group

Glasshouse Asset Management

Comptoir Group

Don’t Look Back Holdings

Bloomsbury Institute

Work highlights

  • Assisting multiple claimants with high-value group litigation claims against various banks.
  • Acting on behalf of a consortium of higher education providers in a high-value dispute.
  • Acting for Kashif Ahmed and Bushra Ahmed in the Court of Appeal, in relation to director’s liability as a joint tortfeasor (where the tort in question creates strict liability).

Rosling King

Rosling King‘s majority-female partner team is well known for its expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes, claims involving breach of directors’ duties, breach of contract, negligence and mis-selling; and during 2021, the firm’s disputes offering was bolstered by its merger with boutique shipping litigation firm, Lax & Co. Practice head Georgina Squire is ‘very impressive‘; Hannah Sharp acts in commercial and financial services-related litigation; and Lauren Pardoe assists with company disputes. Kate Rigby and Laura Matthews were made partners during 2021.

Practice head(s):

Georgina Squire

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Sharp; Lauren Pardoe; Kate Rigby; Laura Matthews; Martin Meredith; Avneet Baryan; James Kidd


‘RK has a small but very effective team of clever and motivated commercial litigators.’

Georgina Squire is very impressive for her approachability, the way she approaches litigation, and her grasp of pertinent issues at such high speed.

Georgina Squire – very upbeat and ambitious in her approach.

Georgina Squire knows everyone, while Martin Meredith has terrific judgement and is a tough litigator.

Hannah Sharp is a partner who stands out as commercially savvy, very intelligent, and with a great instinct for points that will work (or not).

Kate Rigby can turn her hand to anything and gets on top of the detail swiftly; and Kate’s positive attitude makes the most complex cases feel much more manageable!

Laura Matthews deserves mention as a hardworking and extremely thorough junior partner, whose persistence in getting difficult matters over the line always pays off.

Senior associate James Kidd has great attention to detail – no matter what you think may have been overlook or missed, it hasn’t. Great asset to any team and a great work ethic.

Key clients

MB & Services

Amicus Finance

Funding Circle




UK Acorn Finance


Baytree Holdings

Aggaris Investments

Morevale Company

Oak Trust (Guernsey)

CriSeren Investments

Sunley Estates

Elsworthy SJW

Capital Home Loans

OneSavings Bank


Work highlights

  • Successfully represented MB & Services and Tatiana Golovina in a large-value, cross-border claim, including obtaining a topical Court of Appeal decision on the impact of political interference on Russia’s court system.
  • Acting for WWRT in its £65m claim, brought under Ukrainian tort law, against the former chairman of a Ukrainian bank and his ex-wife, in relation to non-performing loans granted by the bank.
  • Acting for shipping client Palmali Shipping in a contractual dispute worth over $155m.

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP‘s ‘very commercial and sensible‘ commercial litigation practice covers civil fraud, professional negligence, construction disputes, insolvency, contractual claims, and director and shareholder conflicts. John Gould‘s practice includes commercial litigation and public law disputes; Lee Ranford is insolvency group leader; Elliot Elseygives great practical advice‘; Michael Stacey assists charities and regulators with disputes; and Mark Fletcher is a ‘good tactician‘. At senior associate level, Emily Mitcheson is ‘one to watch‘ and Ricky Cella is ‘particularly strong‘.

Practice head(s):

John Gould

Other key lawyers:

Lee Ranford; Elliot Elsey; Michael Stacey; Mark Fletcher; Emily Mitcheson; Ricky Cella


‘The team is very commercial and sensible, and attuned to client needs – amazing value for such an able group of solicitors.’

‘The team at Russell-Cooke is technically very good – impressive knowledge of the insolvency legislation and how best to use it to the client’s advantage.’

‘Mark Fletcher is particularly good. Always available and responds very quickly to any query.’

‘Mark Fletcher – sound lawyer and good tactician – full of common sense.’

‘Elliot Elsey – very calm and considered, and gives great practical advice. He is pragmatic when he needs to be, and really puts himself in the client’s position.

‘Elliot Elsey is really great – knows which points to push and how to make progress.’

Emily Mitcheson is a very hands-on senior associate and one to watch. She spots issues early and gets on top of the detail. She is also a good communicator.

Senior associate Ricky Cella is particularly strong.

Key clients

Law Society of England and Wales

Solicitors Regulation Authority


Venson Automotive Solutions

FRP Advisory Trading

MX Sports

Health and Protection

Moore Kingston Smith

Work highlights

  • Represented the SRA in the Court of Appeal to determine the ability of insurers to aggregate claims against solicitors (arising from the misappropriation of client money).
  • Acting for an insolvency practitioner in recovering large-value loans from tax investment schemes.
  • Assisting an investment consultant with a claim arising from a £4bn development.

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP fields 'an exceptional team of top-quality lawyers', who are regularly instructed on complex corporate and commercial disputes that involve cross-border issues. Property litigator Simon Serota heads the litigation department, which showcases Alexander Weinberg, an expert in shareholder, joint venture and corporate disputes; and Oli Goldman, who has 'an extraordinary tactical mind'. Within the firm's senior associate pool, Elizabeth Asher focuses on commercial and insolvency litigation; Josephine Mathew has a broad disputes practice; and Philip Blyghton is 'technically excellent'.

Practice head(s):

Simon Serota

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Weinberg; Oli Goldman; Elizabeth Asher; Josephine Mathew; Philip Blyghton


‘An exceptional team of top-quality lawyers, from partners to junior associates.’

‘Alexander Weinberg is a great relationship manager – something that was absolutely critical to the success of the multi-handed litigation in which we were involved. I valued that quality very much.

‘Alexander Weinberg – a partner who knows his cases inside out and inspires confidence in his clients.

‘Oli Goldman is a thoughtful and hardworking solicitor, who is always aware of how best to advance his client’s case – a brilliant strategist and someone that you really want on your side. Deeply impressive.

Oli Goldman has an extraordinary tactical mind. He always knows how best to put pressure on the other side, and never loses sight of the big picture or ultimate goal, even when grappling with the detail of tricky commercial cases.

‘Senior associate Elizabeth Asher was very effective and efficient at managing the constant demands of a hard-fought speedy trial and dealing with a difficult client.’

‘Senior associate Josephine Mathew is a partner in waiting. She has strong tactical insight, the confidence and ability to run a difficult case by herself, and her drafting is worthy of a barrister. She will go far.’

Philip Blyghton is a standout senior associate. He is technically excellent, and his command of the procedural history and the disclosure in our very big case was superb. I would happily work with him again, as he made me look good!

Key clients


Turtle Reef Holdings

Matière SAS


Fortimat Properties

Gattaz Property

Peppermint Events

Work highlights

  • Defending three HNWI defendants against large-value Commercial Court fraud proceedings, brought by companies within the Vale group.
  • Acting for Dan Fallows (former chief aerodynamics engineer for the Red Bull Racing Formula One team), in expedited High Court proceedings, following his high-profile move to Aston Martin Racing.
  • Defending Greek investor Panagiotis Triantafyllidis against proceedings brought against him by Dorset (Marshall Islands investment company), in relation to shares in a Cayman Islands company.

Alius Law

Launched in early 2021, litigation-only firm Alius Law specialises in high-value, complex commercial litigation. Former Fladgate LLP dispute resolution head Bree Taylor has a strong track record in fraud cases and company disputes that feature cross-border aspects; and representing offshore trust companies and ultra-HNW individuals, John Ford's caseload includes claims involving world-famous brands. At associate level, Reece Davison is a commercial disputes specialist, while former disputes partner Victoria Prince  left the firm for Lloyds Banking Group in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Bree Taylor

Other key lawyers:

John Ford; Reece Davison


One-stop-shop for legal advice, strategy, risk management, negotiation, ideas, advice and answers – this small team invests in the matters it works on.

Alius Law is my top pick for the mid-market. I would recommend it to anyone embarking on complex commercial litigation.

Excellent team – great advice with high levels of responsiveness.

Extremely solutions focused and with extremely strong client relationships, built through dedication to clients’ needs.

Bree Taylor has built a great, niche firm.  Very collaborative and most enjoyable to work alongside on multi-party actions – strong strategic skills and rock-solid experience.

Bree Taylor is a seasoned litigator, with extremely well-honed instincts. She is exceptional at strategy and hugely impressive.

Bree Taylor is great for her dedication to clients, and ability to identify and meet their needs, exceeding their expectations.

Bree Taylor – superb analytical and pragmatic strategies.

Key clients

Ede & Ravenscroft


5 Hertford Street

Genesis Aviation

San Leon Energy

Jigsaw Clothing

JP Lease

Bank of China Aviation

Cork Gully

CHC Helicopters

Vinci Facilities

SBI Leasing



Work highlights

  • Defended traditional robemaker and gown hire company, Ede & Ravenscroft, against allegations of Competition Act breaches.
  • Successfully defended a well-known industrialist against claims of breach of directors’ duties, in relation to renewable energy company TMO Renewables.
  • Acted for an aircraft finance company in a successful claim against a budget airline over the condition of aircraft.

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP's disputes practice covers contractual issues, emergency relief, contempt of court proceedings, fraud, asset and tracing claims, and company and partnership disputes. The team also assists with claims against company directors, multi-jurisdictional disputes, professional negligence and debt recovery. London dispute resolution head James Crighton is increasingly sought out for contempt of court proceedings; and Rory Mac Neice in Bristol is the firm-wide practice head. Senior associate Chris Freeman is a specialist in professional negligence and technology sector disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Crighton; Rory Mac Neice

Other key lawyers:

Chris Freeman


‘Teams are appropriately resourced, and partners are very engaged and hands on to ensure that cases are well run, in terms of giving advice and contact with clients, as well as the smooth running of the litigation process.

‘What is particularly great about this team is that strategic decisions are properly considered.’

‘Very commercially astute litigators, always with an eye on the long-term ramifications in the litigation; and they are able to anticipate and address issues well before they come to light in the litigation.

‘Able to adapt seamlessly between an aggressive approach when required, but keeping the door open to good commercial outcomes for the client.’

‘Partner expertise and hands-on involvement is always available. This allows for a very consistent application of strategy from start to finish.

‘James Crighton is a hands-on partner, who is on top of the detail in terms of the facts and the law, and has good judgement when it comes to making strategic and tactical decisions.’

James Crighton is an experienced and astute litigator.

‘James Crighton is a pleasure to deal with.

Key clients

IIB Group Holdings


Douglas & Gordon

LBF Travel

Betterstyle International

Hardis Group


Interlex Advokater

Milestone Civil Engineering

Work highlights

  • Defended Eric Watson in Kea Investments Ltd v Watson, which involved the longest committal trial in English legal history (17 days).
  • Defended Nobu Su in proceedings involving a fraud claim of $37m, committal applications and search orders.
  • Acted for Milestone Civil Engineering in enforcing a substantial arbitration award from a construction dispute, which now involves contested winding-up proceedings.

Axiom DWFM

The result of the 2021 merger between DWFM Beckman and Axiom Stone Solicitors, Axiom DWFM houses several finance disputes experts. Team head Daniel Gleek assists with corporate and commercial claims, cross-border matters, insolvency litigation, negligence claims and injunctive relief matters; Demetris Dionissiou heads the insolvency and property dispute resolution teams; and Sharokh Koussari is active in defence-side commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Gleek

Other key lawyers:

Demetris Dionissiou; Sharokh Koussari; Colin Jaque; Binal Shah; Lupa Akthar


‘Massively impresses with its knowledge. The team was friendly and really took a lot of the stress out of the situation. It gave me complete confidence in my case and its abilities to bring it to a successful conclusion.’

‘The expertise and legal knowledge were invaluable, explaining each process of the litigation, and making sure we were fully aware of our commitments and options.’

‘All contact was carried out very efficiently and bills were provided promptly. I feel that Axiom has legal expertise and experience for every subject.’

‘Daniel Gleek and Toby Matthews have a fantastic grasp of the law. I think they are superb!!’

‘Daniel Gleek provides expert advice on financial litigation issues.’

‘Daniel Gleek responds quickly to enquiries by email and telephone. His advice is expert, detailed and reassuring. I know he must be busy with other clients, but he always finds time to answer questions and says that there are no silly questions.’

‘Having dealt with Shilan Shah for many years, his knowledge of the law and precedents have been invaluable.’

Key clients

Panmure Gordon

Charlton Athletic Football Company

Gordon Newman

Medical and Aesthetic Training Academy


Juvea Aesthetics

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans' commercial litigation practice is experienced in disputes involving group claims, major commercial contracts, professional negligence, and shareholder, partnership and joint venture conflicts. The firm also acts in banking and finance litigation, debt and asset recovery matters, and IT disputes. Commercial litigation head Sinéad Lester 'has a really sharp and analytical mind'; Richard Langley is a contractual and corporate litigation specialist; and Irwin Mitchell's former London commercial litigation leader, Jonathan Sachs, is an international litigation expert.

Practice head(s):

Sinéad Lester

Other key lawyers:

Richard Langley; Jonathan Sachs


‘The firm has a great pool of talent across its office, and often boxes well above its weight. The inter-departmental links work very well, allowing other relevant skills to be accessed easily when necessary.’

‘Great team for medium-sized commercial litigation. Competitively priced, but top-level legal service.’

‘This firm provides a reasonably-priced but high-quality commercial litigation offering, marked by practical, unstuffy, but thoughtful, advice. Its seasoned litigators are well able to run a case to trial, but lose no opportunity to settle it on advantageous terms where possible. The quality of its drafting of case documents is notably high.’

‘The team at BDB is focused on developing long-term relationships with clients, while new associates assigned are introduced and familiarised with client teams well. Compares well to other firms for litigation.’

‘Sinéad Lester has always been responsive when required, and quickly assesses the level of adviser we need and the budget we are comfortable with.’

‘Sinéad Lester has a really sharp and analytical mind – inquires into and explores the legal options thoroughly.’

‘Sinéad Lester is a very industrious, user-friendly litigator, who has particularly deep knowledge and experience of minority shareholder disputes. She works tirelessly for her clients, while at the same time providing them with carefully-thought-out practical advice.

‘Richard Langley is an exceptional lawyer. He has an eye for the detail, but doesn’t get lost in it. He is always happy to challenge received wisdom.’

‘Richard Langley is a very experienced and tactically astute litigator, who calmly and methodically investigates the opportunities and obstacles that his clients face, and discovers the best path for them to follow, however complicated and challenging the surrounding circumstances.

Key clients

North Channel Bank

Real Time Systems

Cambridgeshire County Council

Victory Success Holdings

Showa Holdings

Work highlights

  • Acts for North Channel Bank in the massive SKAT litigation in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for various claimants in a group claim, which relates to failed investments in student and hotel accommodation.
  • Representing Cambridgeshire County Council in a dispute involving the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway.

Blake Morgan LLP

Acting for national and international corporations, financial institutions and high-profile individuals, Blake Morgan LLP's 'lean and effective team' handles litigation across multiple jurisdictions. Sarah Rees focuses on business, finance, retail, leisure and media disputes; Justin Weare is 'quite simply a superb lawyer'; and recently promoted partner Alex Shirtcliff acts in the pursuit and defence of assets within civil fraud scenarios. At legal director level, commercial and insolvency disputes expert Conor Daly is 'a commercially-minded, determined and detail-driven litigator'.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Rees

Other key lawyers:

Justin Weare; Alex Shirtcliff; Conor Daly; Mark Jones


Extremely hardworking, commercially astute and client focused. A lean and effective team that is excellent at delivering practical solutions to clients and represents value for money.’

‘The Blake Morgan team consistently demonstrates rare levels of expertise. The litigators are extremely diligent, very strategic, and have a unique blend of skill and experience. The team also works collaboratively to offer clients an impeccable, holistic service.’

‘Sarah Rees is very smart and has a pro-client approach.

‘Justin Weare understands clients’ needs and is good at achieving what the client wants (and managing expectations where that is not feasible).’

‘Justin Weare is quite simply a superb lawyer. His knowledge of the law is outstanding, and he displays a commercial nous that affords his clients a strategic advantage in commercial litigation. Justin also always offers his clients the highest level of service in complex commercial matters.’

‘Alex Shirtcliff is a joy to work with for barristers.

‘Legal director Conor Daly is just great. A commercially-minded, determined and detail-driven litigator – unceasingly on the ball.’

‘Conor Daly is practical – knows his stuff and how to communicate it succinctly to clients. A solid and reliable adviser.’

Key clients

The Kerry Group

South American Aircraft Leasing

Grant Thornton UK


Transomas Investments

Awendale Resources

Buyer’s Dream

Work highlights

  • Acting for South American Aircraft Leasing in two connected sets of proceedings against two Cuban companies, in relation to the leasing of six aircraft.
  • Acting for Amber Murphy in UK proceedings over the use of the registered trade mark to a series of novels.
  • Acting for Corinna zu Sayn Wittgenstein Sayn in a claim against the former King of Spain under the Protection From Harassment Act 1997.

Charles Fussell & Co LLP

Charles Fussell & Co LLP's 'excellent, niche commercial litigation practice' predominantly represents claimants in commercial disputes, fraud and professional negligence. It is also increasingly active in defence-side matters. Charles Fussell is an expert in high-value, multi-party litigation involving the financial services and energy sectors; Simon Winter's practice covers commercial fraud, professional negligence, and disputes involving commercial contracts and shareholders; and banking and finance, competition, IP and IT disputes specialist Jonathan Cohen is 'an exceptional litigator'.

Practice head(s):

Charles Fussell

Other key lawyers:

Simon Winter; Jonathan Cohen; Elizabeth Stoppelmoor


‘Excellent, niche commercial litigation practice.’

‘Provides the expertise and experience of top-level Magic or Silver Circle firms with the flexibility and value of a small litigation boutique – delivers more bang for your buck than any other comparable law firm in London.’

‘Charles Fussell is a seriously experienced litigator, who goes the extra mile for his client. Exactly the kind of person you want with you in a fight!’

‘Charles Fussell has a great client manner and is a skilled communicator.

‘Charles Fussell is a top-class litigator and great strategist, who knows when to hit hard and when to pull a punch.

Simon Winter and Jonathan Cohen are very clever, hardworking and thoroughly nice people.’

‘Jonathan Cohen is an exceptional litigator. He combines breadth and depth of legal knowledge with being an astute tactician and a very personable demeanour that effectively disarms his opponents. A rare combination – a pleasure to work with.’

‘Elizabeth Stoppelmoor is an impressive tactician and strategist.’

Key clients

JJH Enterprises t/a ValueLicensing

Katanga Contracting Services


Energy Venture Partners

Albion Energy

Albion Resources

Genesis Mining Iceland EHF

LJ Management (IOM)

Waseem Sarwar

Oussama Ammar

Work highlights

  • Acting for Albion Energy  in a successful high-value action following the sale of an oil company.
  • Acting for Energy Venture Partners in a large-value, multi-jurisdictional and multi-party fraud action.
  • Acting for Katanga Contracting Services in two claims for non-payment of fees and a subsequent multi-jurisdictional enforcement action.

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP's practice covers contracts, torts, civil fraud, trusts, insolvencies and cross-border claims. The team also assists with boardroom, partnership, shareholder and joint venture disputes. Robin Henry is disputes head; Jeff Roberts acts in commercial disputes and company litigation; and Janine Alexander assists with banking, finance and litigation funding disputes. In May 2022, the practice hired Shakespeare Martineau LLP's former London disputes head David Vaughan, while former commercial disputes leader Richard Viegas departed during 2021 for Taylor Wessing LLP.

Practice head(s):

Robin Henry

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Roberts; Janine Alexander; David Vaughan

Key clients

FIAMM Energy Technology

Musst Holdings

Harrington Scott

Work highlights

  • Acted for global automotive product manufacturer FIAMM Energy Technology in litigation, which was brought by Nissan over the supply of 1.6m allegedly faulty car batteries.
  • Acted for Musst Holdings against Astra Asset Management in litigation, which concerned a capital raising-related breach of contract.
  • Assisting UAE businessman Sami Wadi Sidawi with his defence to proceedings brought by Radwan Al-Rawi, which concerns shares allegedly held in trust.


Achieving 'excellent results at a low cost', DaySparkes' diverse commercial litigation practice covers professional negligence claims, director and shareholder disputes, market abuse claims and insolvency-related matters. It is also active in cryptocurrency disputes, property litigation, VAT fraud, and cases involving freezing injunctions. The 'highly effective' John Day acts in a wide variety of complex, commercial and banking litigation disputes; and the track record of 'impressive' Michael Sparkes includes disputes against major international banks. Director Gopi Binning is 'one to watch'.

Practice head(s):

John Day; Michael Sparkes

Other key lawyers:

Gopi Binning


‘A tiny but highly effective banking, commercial and fraud litigation boutique. With two top-flight partners and a brilliant quarterback, it is an outfit particularly suited to working for individuals and small/mid-size entities against banks and larger commercial or financial organisations. Relentless in its approach, it achieves excellent results at a low cost.’

A Magic Circle pedigree and attention to detail in a litigation boutique.

The team is led by Michael Sparkes and John Day, both very experienced commercial litigators, who give very hands-on leadership to their teams. Clients get an efficient and personal service.

‘John Day is a humorous and clever solicitor with pragmatic advice, and Michael Sparkes is impressive, especially at building to mediation.’

‘Michael Sparkes is calm, unruffled, highly experienced, and utterly focused on dispelling myths put forward by the opposition.’

John Day is no-nonsense, always jovial and highly effective.

‘John Day is a highly motivated, keen strategist and very experienced litigator. You will want to have him on your team.’

Director Gopi Binning is one to watch.

Key clients

RM Sotheby’s

Dynamo 44

Penta Consulting

Watchers SA

Work highlights

  • Acted for RM Sotheby’s in a Norwich Pharmacal application by JBR Capital for the production of documents required to prove title to a high-value Ferrari F12.
  • Acted for two HNW Slovakian business owners in a claim against two joint venture partners, arising out of the failure to account for the profits of a UK property portfolio.
  • Representing over 40 victims of the HBOS Reading Fraud in their claims against Lloyds Banking Group for significant damages for direct and consequential losses, arising out of the destruction of their businesses.

Freeths LLP

Demonstrating 'an excellent ability to manage large complex cases', Freeths LLP houses experts in group actions, corporate/M&A litigation, and contractual and commercial disputes. Other specialisms include fraud, confidential information, insolvency, debt collection, gaming, and funding/insurance claims. Team head Philippa Dempster acts in domestic and international disputes, as well as defamation and data claims. At director level, Vickie Williams' practice includes professional negligence, insolvency, contractual and partnership disputes, and warranty and insurance claims; and Imogen Randall is 'great to work with'.

Practice head(s):

Philippa Dempster

Other key lawyers:

Vickie Williams; Imogen Randall; Samantha Fleming; Sajjid Kurmani


‘Demonstrated an excellent ability to manage large complex cases. In particular, the team collaborated very well with Counsel in relation to difficult issues that arose on an almost daily basis, while at the same time managing the expectations and concerns of hundreds of clients.’

‘Director Imogen Randall effectively managed a large team – great to work with, even under a great deal of pressure. She was diligent, hardworking and cared deeply about the case we were working on.’

Key clients

Group Action – 555 sub-postmasters

GP Surveyors

Lyle & Scott

Teqcycle Solutions

Eddie Stobart

Work highlights

  • Acting for 555 sub-postmasters in a group action against the Post Office for damages suffered because of the failings of the Horizon computer system.
  • Acted for Toys ‘R’ Us in a standstill agreement dispute.
  • Acted for Sir Kenneth Olisa in defamation and data protection claims against the IoD.

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP‘s 'agile commercial litigation team' handles an array of disputes, including claims involving contractual issues, torts, breach of fiduciary duties and civil fraud. The 'exceptional' Amanda Burge acts in a wide range of complex and large-value commercial disputes; and promoted to equity partner during 2021, Martin Ochs focuses on contentious IP and commercial disputes. At associate level, senior Laura Daly, and Lola Dawson and Lauren Twidale are also key team members.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Burge

Other key lawyers:

Martin Ochs; Laura Daly; Lola Dawson; Lauren Twidale


‘Hamlins’ litigation team knows its way around dispute resolution, and is reliable and commercial to deal with.’

An experienced and agile commercial litigation team, led by Amanda Burge. She does not merely front the offering, but provides a huge amount of partner involvement in all cases that require it. She gets through huge amounts of work, providing a service that is both super-responsive and extremely proactive.

‘Amanda Burge is a good technician, and is robust and tenacious in her dealings with opponents and other parties, never forgetting that any client involved in litigation is seeking a cost-effective service.’

‘Amanda Burge runs a well-drilled team – she delivers an excellent service and expects the same of her team. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Amanda Burge is exceptional – extremely responsive, very tenacious, and high-quality advice delivered at speed. Always on top of the situation,  and works incredibly hard to deliver a good service.’

‘Martin Ochs has an unrivalled knowledge of timeshare and holiday-related litigation, and his litigation tactics are second to none.’

‘Martin Ochs and associate Lauren Twidale provide a truly exceptional service. They have both developed an understanding of our industry model that few other firms possess.

‘Martin Ochs and associate Lauren Twidale are highly responsive and supportive, and I regard them as a pivotal resource upon which I rely for the success of my department. They display a remarkable understanding of the civil procedures rules and court process, and are exceptional strategists. In addition to the above, they are excellent value for money.’

Key clients

DSquared2 Retail

Azure Resorts

60 houseboat owners represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association Limited

Redtree Solutions

Rheno Property Holdings

FCEA (Fine & Country)

The Joint Administrators of Pentagon UK & Atlantic Finance UK

Pembroke Road

EMS Electro Medical Systems

Work highlights

  • Acting for DSquared2 in a High Court damages claim for losses arising from the robbery of high-value fashion goods from a warehouse.
  • Acting for a well-known telecoms company in claims concerning an international messaging services agreement with an overseas supplier.
  • Acting for 60 houseboat owners (represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association) in various disputes with the Chelsea Yacht and Boat Company.


With 'strong commercial litigation expertise', boutique firm iLaw specialises in high-profile international and commercial disputes. Core areas for the practice are IT and IP,  but it is increasingly active in matters involving the cryptocurrency, beverage and film sectors. Commercial litigation department head Mark Culbert is 'a superb lawyer and litigator'; and the cases of fellow-director and 'standout practitioner' Tom Clark are frequently internationally flavoured. Newly appointed litigation director and 'superb commercial practitioner' Jenny Lau heads the firm’s arbitration practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Culbert; Tom Clark

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Lau


‘Works co-operatively as an integrated team – relaxed but effective to work with.’

‘Strong commercial litigation expertise and excellent adaptation to the ever-changing legal market.

‘iLaw is a niche practice with top-level lawyers providing pragmatic commercially-driven litigation expertise.’

‘Mark Culbert navigates the ship with a steady, reliable hand. Good at getting value for money for clients and easy to work with.

‘Mark Culbert is a superb lawyer and litigator – I have worked with Mark for 20 years and would not instruct any other litigator in London.’

‘Tom Clark is a standout practitioner, who has been on hand at every step offering sound, pragmatic advice, and with a view to creating efficiencies where possible – he under-promises and over-delivers.’

Jenny Lau is responsive to clients, and with a good eye for the commercial realities.

‘Jenny Lau is a superb commercial practitioner. She has enormous experience, is a creative thinker, and really fights for her clients.’

Key clients

Warner’s Distillery

Noah Media Group

CleanCo Ventures

Kwik Fit

Goldsmith Jewellers

Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts

GLH Hotels

Watches of Switzerland Group

The White Company

T M Lewin

LK Bennett



The Hut Group

Robert Dyas Holdings


Work highlights

  • Representing several High Street retailers (including Naked Wines) in a group litigation action against MasterCard and Visa, which concerns interchange fees.
  • Representing Kazakhstan’s football club FC Kairat in appealing (to the Court of Arbitration for Sports) a decision of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chambers, which concerns payments to clubs for professional footballers.
  • Acting for various investors in pursuing a High Court claim against ITI Capital for losses suffered by options- trading investors.


Specialising in complex UK and cross-border matters, Kennedys' commercial litigation practice has widely recognised insurance and reinsurance sector expertise, but it is also active in financial services and manufacturing-related commercial disputes. Group head Ben Aram focuses on high-value, complex cases with international dimensions; Danny Steel 'has an excellent feel for the best course to victory'; Darren Bradshaw is a recently promoted legal director; and senior associate Rhys Tebbett's clients include UHNW individuals, family offices, global corporations, and insurers and reinsurers.

Practice head(s):

Ben Aram

Other key lawyers:

Danny Steel; Darren Bradshaw; Rhys Tebbett


‘Exceptional knowledge and experience, combined with a hands-on, can-do approach to commercial litigation at the very highest level.’

‘Commercially minded, proactive and engaging.’

Kennedys offers an excellent service across a range of disciplines. It is particular good at handling multi-faceted (sometimes niche) disputes, such as those arising from its insurance clients, but which might cover issues of insolvency and fraud.

‘Ben Aram is a fantastic team leader – a genius tactician who never forgets what the client’s ultimate goal is.’

‘Danny Steele has an excellent feel for the best course to victory, is approachable, and always available.’

‘Legal director Darren Bradshaw can get to the heart of a matter very quickly, and is able to provide concise advice on very detailed matters.’

Darren Bradshaw – conscientious and with a fantastic eye for detail, spotting points often missed by others, including counsel!

Senior associate Rhys Tebbett must surely be headed into the partnership soon – clients love his responsive, authoritative nature, which he combines with a fantastic knowledge of the law!

Key clients

National Crime Agency

McTear Williams and Wood




Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP's 'very talented litigators' have strong financial services credentials, while recent work includes COVID-19-related insurance coverage matters, competition investigations and commercial disputes. Exeter-based practice leader Jonathan Kitchin is 'excellent'. In London, Peter Sigler, 'an outstanding litigator with excellent strategic vision', is head of international; and the practice of 'excellent litigator' Marie-Louise King, a recent partner hire from Winckworth Sherwood LLP, covers breach of contract claims, company and shareholder disputes, conflicts arising out of corporate transactions, and contentious insolvency.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Kitchin

Other key lawyers:

Sara Chisholm-Batten; Peter Sigler; Marie-Louise King; Andrew Oldland KC; Alice Daniels; Jayne Clemens; Emily Aggett


‘Very talented litigators, with the ability to grasp the essence of issues as they arise.’

‘A regional firm that can go head-to-head with the biggest City commercial disputes teams.’

‘Michelmores has a wealth of knowledge that I rely on – if it does not know the answer to my query, it will have someone at the firm who will be able to offer clarity.’

‘Very capable, with a good range of expertise’

‘Jonathan Kitchin is excellent.’

‘Peter Siegler is an outstanding litigator with excellent strategic vision.

Jayne Clemens is a supremely hardworking and approachable litigator with excellent client relationships.

‘Marie-Louise King is an excellent litigator, and very good with clients and at understanding their needs – good team player.’

Key clients

Octopus Investments

Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing



Schools Company Trust

Burbage Realty


Peter Jones Group

Work highlights

  • Managing commercial, insurance coverage and regulatory disputes for national sports, travel, entertainment, hospitality and property development businesses, in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Acting for a FTSE 250 client in pursuing a £40m fees and profit claim, which relates to a nationally significant infrastructure project.
  • Representing Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing in international contractual disputes.

RWK Goodman

In May 2022, Royds Withy King merged with Goodman Derrick LLP to form RWK Goodman, which fields a combined team that is experienced in breach of contract and shareholder conflicts, along with large-value claims that feature multi-jurisdictional aspects. Stewart Wilkinson has longstanding commercial disputes experience; Stephen Welfare's broad practice includes niche UK jewellery sector expertise; and Milan Kapadia acts in commercial, banking and insolvency disputes. Former Goodman Derrick disputes head Nigel Adams moved to Druces LLP in February 2022. 

Practice head(s):

Milan Kapadia; Stewart Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Jack Pestill; Tim Newcombe


‘I have learned a great deal from the firm, through its guidance of me through the legal process and its efforts to win our case. The way the team works together is enjoyable to watch.’

‘High-quality analysis that is adapted correctly to legal contexts.’

‘A very efficient group.’

‘Well resourced team with a can-do approach.’

Stewart Wilkinson has very adept negotiation skills.

Senior associate Jack Pestill should definitely be mentioned for his invaluable input and really hard work.

Key clients

State Bank of India

Christie Group


Cantel (UK)

National Association of Jewellers

Loon Fung


David Rubin & Partners

Armstrong Solar Holdings


Bank of India

Punjab National Bank


AfrAsia Bank (Mauritius Branch)

SBI (Mauritius)

Indian Overseas Bank (Hong Kong Branch)

Canara Bank (London Branch)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Canara Bank (London Branch), Indian Overseas Bank (Hong Kong Branch), SBI (Mauritius) and AfrAsia Bank (Mauritius Branch) in relation to the non-payment of sums due under a working capital facility provided to IDH International Drilling Holdco.
  • Acting for the Bank of India in a high-profile case involving defaults on a working capital facility provided by it to Firestar Diamond FZE, a Dubai-incorporated entity.
  • Instructed generally by the liquidators of Grabal Alok UK, its assistance including acting for the liquidators in over 30 actions and claims under the Insolvency Act 1986.

Simons Muirhead Burton

Simons Muirhead Burton‘s commercial litigation team is led by managing partner Razi Mireskandari, whose practice covers contractual matters, negligence, shareholder issues, IP claims, and misrepresentation; Martin Soames focuses on publishing-related commercial disputes; Stephen Shotnes is an experienced commercial and media litigator; and Antony Perlmutter is a commercial litigation and property-related disputes expert. At consultant level, Peter Gouldalways pulls in interesting cases‘, while Dina Shiloh has broad trial experience in complex commercial cases.

Practice head(s):

Razi Mireskandari

Other key lawyers:

Martin Soames; Stephen Shotnes; Antony Perlmutter; Peter Gould; Dina Shiloh; Emma Linch; Gordon Clough; David Phillips; Emma Linch; Lisa Gowers; Shirin Vakilzadeh


‘Strength in depth and goes the extra mile.’

‘Prepared to work hard and gets into the detail, keeping overall strategy well in mind.’

‘Consultant Peter Gould always pulls in interesting cases and has a good nose for a deal.’

‘Associate Lisa Gowers – great case manager, eye for detail, and encyclopaedic knowledge of the facts. Very dedicated to her clients.

‘Associate Shirin Vakilzadeh is brilliant to work with and works hard to make things run smoothly.’

Key clients

Remali Limited

Hanger Holdings

Total Soft


Stevens & Bolton LLP

Fielding one of the largest commercial litigation teams in the south of England, Guildford firm Stevens & Bolton LLP consistently acts in high-value disputes that are frequently cross-border in nature. Specialist areas for disputes head Sarah Murray are commercial and insurance claims, fraud and asset recovery work; Michael Frisby is active in life sciences, engineering and energy-related disputes; and Andrew Quick assists with corporate and franchising disputes, along with professional negligence. Catherine Penny also plays a key role within the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Murray

Other key lawyers:

Michael Frisby; Andrew Quick; Catherine Penny; Michael Stocks; James Evison


‘Extremely strong depth of experience, with the skills needed to manage the largest and most complex litigation.’

‘Commercial to the core, taking time to learn our business before advising. City-level advice at outer-London prices.’

‘Sarah Murray – tremendous tactical awareness and deeply knowledgeable about financial service practice and litigation.’

‘Sarah Murray is unique in creating the right atmosphere among the team members and coming up with smart ideas in difficult times.’

‘Sarah Murray is an excellent client partner – she really takes time to learn our business and ensure all advice from the firm is tailored to our commercial requirements. She is also reliable, forever available, and provides experienced and expert litigation advice.’

‘Michael Frisby understood the case very well and made it as if it were his own case.

Catherine Penny is very highly regarded by barristers instructed by her.

‘Managing associate Michael Stocks understood well our industry’s complexity and was able to put the claims in good order.’

‘Managing associate James Evison is a partner, surely, in waiting – he has the experience of running highly complex litigation.’

Key clients

Allianz Insurance

Philips Electronics UK

Papa John’s (GB)

Global Display Solutions

Helios Oryx

Drivex Business Solutions



Deutsche Bank Luxembourg

Diebold Nixdorf

Work highlights

  • Acting for Global Display Solutions in a claim for damages for fraudulent misrepresentation, deceit, breach of contract and intimidation against NCR Corporation.
  • Acting for Helios Oryx in proceedings issued in the Commercial Court for sums due under a facility agreement with Trustco Holdings.
  • Acting for Allianz in a Commercial Court dispute with a former corporate partner, JD Williams, in relation to redress for the sale of PPI and product protection insurance.

Teacher Stern LLP

Key areas for Teacher Stern LLP‘s commercial litigation team are contractual and shareholder actions, professional negligence, fraud/asset tracing claims, and mis-selling disputes against institutional defendants. Commercial litigation team head Jack Rabinowicz specialises in significant cross-border litigation and arbitration claims; Rajesh Pabla acts for clients from the property, IT, sports, media, fashion, banking, fintech and real estate finance sectors; Clare Toomer focuses on corporate and shareholder disputes, in addition to contentious IP; and Sarah Emerson is an insurance disputes expert.

Practice head(s):

Jack Rabinowicz; Rajesh Pabla

Other key lawyers:

Clare Toomer; Sarah Emerson; Michelle Mollaghan; David Bowman

Key clients

Moises Gertner

Crosslet Vale

Various BOS SAM holders

Handelskredite Montenegro

Various Barclays SAM holders

Primekings Holding



Carter Backer Winter

Invescap (Lojj)

George J Goff Limited

Kings Security Systems

NatWest Bank

Ape Properties

Satyam Enterprises

Work highlights

  • Acted for Moises Gertner and Crosslet Vale in relation to very high-value insolvency proceedings at first instance, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court level.
  • Acted for well-known Malaysian businessman Tan Sri Nasir in relation to complex company law claims against him by a UK Plc at first instance, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court level.
  • Acting in a group professional negligence action for 161 individuals, who were mis-sold shared appreciation mortgages by Bank of Scotland between 1997 and 1998.

Constantine Cannon LLP

The London office of US-based litigation boutique Constantine Cannon LLP, which has financial payments services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and transportation sector expertise, recruited high-profile litigation partner Hardeep Nahal from McGuireWoods London LLP in October 2021. Providing further partner-level support is competition litigation head Richard Pike, who 'achieves practical and commercial outcomes'.

Practice head(s):

Hardeep Nahal; Richard Pike

Other key lawyers:

Simon Yeung


The Constantine Cannon team merges creativity with commerciality. Quite simply, it always find a way to get things done.

Hardeep Nahal and his team are very proficient and diligent lawyers. They understand the mechanics of each individual case and approach it creatively, all the while keeping the client comfortable and updated. No question is too silly or time consuming.

Hardeep Nahal is a brilliant and experienced lawyer, who inspires confidence when approaching a new case. Timely and bullish, and always delivers.

Richard Pike achieves practical and commercial outcomes by first creatively exploring the limits of what is possible.

Of counsel Simon Yeung is a master at completing the seemingly impossible both on time and to budget.

Key clients

Euronet 360 Finance

Grant Thornton-organised trucks consortium

Work highlights

  • Acting for a consortium of 140 local authorities and fire and rescue services in bringing a follow-on damages claim, which relates to a truck cartel.
  • Representing Gary Lee, a software developer, in a large-value commercial litigation matter against a former partner in a company called Your City Office.
  • Assisting Euronet with a claim against Mastercard and Visa that alleges breaches of competition law.

Costigan King

Providing 'a bespoke service to clients', Costigan King is best known for construction disputes, but the team additionally assists with a range of commercial disputes, both nationally and internationally. George Menzies is a disputes specialist, while Julian Critchlow and Arianne King are 'highly experienced lawyers'. Consultant Amanda Lee is 'excellent'.

Practice head(s):

Julian Critchlow; Arianne King; George Menzies

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Lee; Nadia Armah


The firm is unique in that its lawyers are highly experienced, having practised at well-established City firms; and they provide a bespoke service to clients, particularly in the litigation sector.

Innovative and personalised service.

The team has diversified experience and is able to cover several different areas. The lawyers draw on each other’s experience to deliver a well-rounded service for their clients.

Arianne King and Julian Critchlow are well regarded, highly experienced lawyers within construction litigation, and more recently, in wider commercial litigation.

Arianne King is always keen to learn about new areas of law, and the firm has a fresh and flexible approach to clients – a very progressive firm.

Consultant Amanda Lee – great attention to detail, very responsive and very good with clients.

Amanda Lee is excellent!

Key clients

The Estate of Michael Norcross

Criswick Estates

25 Culross Street Investments

CUA Property

Offset Solutions FZE

E J Interiors

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Estate of Michael Norcross in several contentious matters in the corporate sector.
  • Acting for former Love Islander Georgia Harrison in a defamation of character matter, which concerns a sex tape that was released without her consent.
  • Acting for Juste Puharic, as claimant, against four defendants (including the Grosvenor Hotel), in relation to four cars (valued at £5.5m) that were allegedly misappropriated from the hotel.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP

Housing providers comprise a large part of Devonshires Solicitors LLP's client base. In addition to day-to-day commercial disputes work, the 'fantastic' team focuses on insolvency, debt recovery, public inquiries and coroners inquests. James Dunn is a fraud, regulatory and inquiry specialist, while Philip Barden is a commercial disputes expert.

Practice head(s):

James Dunn

Other key lawyers:

Philip Barden; Jim Varley; Stephen Netherway; Nikki Bowker; David Pack; Matthew Garbutt; Leah Kesby


‘A very competent, commercial litigation team.’

‘A fantastic and knowledgeable team that is well versed across many sectors that we have to deal with.’

Always available, forthright and direct, which saves a lot of time and ensures we act effectively.

‘If one is looking for practical advice and a competent firm that will bill you fairly and not go over the top, this is the ideal law firm.’

‘I appreciate the exceptional service that the team provides to clients, with cases from medium to large – and it always holds its own.’

‘A pleasure to work with; and what impresses me is the common sense approach it adopts, rather than fighting and arguing everything, which is so often the case.’

Prompt attention, excellent focus on issues, simple but easily-understandable presentations, and available at short notice.

‘Philip Barden stands out as outstanding. He cares, works hard, is a tough negotiator and pragmatic. I have no hesitation in recommending him to clients, and he has always come good.’

Key clients

Uniworld River Cruises


Notting Hill Genesis

Tindell Riley & Co

Notting Hill Genesis

Rendall & Rittner

Canaccord Genuity Wealth (International)

Spink Construction

Duane Morris LLP

In addition to its transport and automotive sector disputes expertise, the London dispute resolution practice of US firm Duane Morris LLP, led by commercial litigator Alex Geisler, acts in disputes involving shareholders, group actions, and franchise and distribution agreements. Fellow partner Vijay Bange assists with construction, engineering and energy disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alex Geisler

Other key lawyers:

Vijay Bange; Oliver Kent; Chris Recker


Very flexible team that is able to provide robust advice on litigation matters.

Top-notch professionals with quick turnarounds and clear communication.

Lawyers who think outside of the box – creative, innovative solutions with superb client engagement, and always listening to clients, providing solid guidance.

Commercial good sense and strategic management of litigation.

Alex Geisler – industry expert and great deal of experience in this space.

Vijay Bange is a very hands-on partner, who is always available.

Key clients

Refinaria de Petroleo Riograndense


Greenwoods Legal

Greenwoods Legal‘s disputes department comprises specialist sub-teams in commercial claims, construction, property disputes and regulatory. Team head Huw Wallis' cases frequently feature complex, high-value or international elements; and Euan Palmer focuses on oil and gas matters. Marine law and international trade head Russell Strong joined in 2021 from Zaiwalla & Co.

Practice head(s):

Huw Wallis

Other key lawyers:

Euan Palmer; Russell Strong; Sara Roden


‘Greenwoods represents a great alternative for us to the Magic/Silver firms. You know you are going to get excellent quality advice and solicitors (often ex-City lawyers) at a more reasonable rate.

‘The solicitors we deal with tend to be more pragmatic and flexible in their thinking, and really try to understand the commercial drivers/business requirements behind the advice we are seeking.’

Highly recommend them, and the team has genuinely nice people to deal with.

‘Practical, pragmatic and cost effective. Always thinking about strategy and the bigger picture, rather than simply going through the motions or getting too caught up in the detail.’

‘The firm is proactive and provides hands on practical advice while ensuring that tight deadlines are met. Its advice is focused on ensuring a cost-effective and effective delivery of the relevant service.’

‘The team recognises that issues faced by clients don’t occur always during 9-5 hours. It makes itself available to pick up the baton, and run with it at short notice and to very tight deadlines. This is exemplified by Huw Wallis who took on a new matter over the Christmas break with a three-day filing deadline, meeting it with efficiency and calmness.’

Huw Wallis is a pleasure to deal with and you always feel like a priority client.

GSC Solicitors LLP

GSC Solicitors LLP's team routinely acts in litigation in the Commercial Court, as well as in other business and property courts, and the Court of Appeal. Michael Shapiro is a commercial, contractual and shareholder disputes expert, while senior consultant Barry Samuels 'does not stop working until he gets results'.

Practice head(s):

Michael Shapiro

Other key lawyers:

Barry Samuels; Richard Curtin; Mark Richardson; Sana Sheikh


‘GSC brings together an incredibly wide range of specialists within a small firm. Its expertise ranges from media law, to construction disputes and international fraud.’

‘Very hardworking team with exceptional star quality. These lawyers know how to win a case.’

‘Michael Shapiro has provided expert advice on litigation, which has seen us successful in all our cases.’

‘Barry Samuels is outstanding for client care and attention, experience, profound knowledge and immediate responses. The firm’s charges are also reasonable.’

‘The vastly experienced Barry Samuels is sage and unflappable – the standout individual in this talented team.’

‘Barry Samuels – a living legend of the market. A lawyer who does not stop working until he gets results.

‘Barry Samuels is brilliant and approachable. He was born to litigate!’

Senior associate Sana Sheikh – a real future star in the making. Exceptionally bright and will go far. 

Work highlights

  • Acting for Elena and Olga Rostropovich, children of the world-famous cellist, in a dispute involving a Sotheby’s auction of their father’s valuable artefacts.
  • Representing Universal Music (UM) in a dispute with Gardiner &Theobald over UM’s King’s Cross HQ building.
  • Acting for Meritcape in a right of light dispute involving a high-value central London property development.

gunnercooke LLP

gunnercooke LLP's 'proactive' bench of advisers handle complex disputes involving financial services, technology, media, real estate, IP, and SME and owner-managed businesses. Shilpen Savani is a commercial disputes and contentious corporate specialist; Philip Rubens assists with contentious financial services matters; and Fergus Buckley 'has great litigation instincts'.

Other key lawyers:

Shilpen Savani; Fergus Buckley; Henna Elahi


Personal-level involvement with the full combination of legal and business acumen to lay out a winning litigation strategy in litigation – allows this small firm to wipe the floor with larger, higher profile firms.

Attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned in devising strategy -great game theory from a legal angle.

‘Proactive people who are always putting their best foot forward for clients.’

‘Shilpen Savani stands out as an exceptionally bright, yet personable and commercial, litigation lawyer. He does his firm and his clients credit with his understated, yet incisive, delivery and excellent knowledge of the law.’

‘Shilpen Savani is extremely good – knowledgeable, clever, likeable, responsive and reliable. I cannot recommend him highly enough.’

‘Shilpen Savani and associate Henna Elahi have shown to have excellent communication skills – great ability to analyse the requisite information, using it in the best possible manner for the case.’

‘Fergus Buckley is a class act, who is full of energy and will leave no stone unturned for his clients.’

‘Fergus Buckley is excellent at taking a commercial and practical approach, managing client expectations and helping parties to reach sensible compromises. He also has great litigation instincts.’

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell‘s key commercial disputes figures are recently promoted Katie Byrne in Gatwick, who acts in high-value international and financial services (including insurance) disputes; and London-based solicitor Samantha Leung, who is ‘hardworking, diligent and extremely able‘. Providing additional partner-level support are Manchester-based Duncan Hope and Dorrien Peters in Sheffield.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Hope; Dorrien Peters; Katie Byrne

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Leung


The service provided to clients is of the highest quality.

The London office has the advantage of being able to draw on expertise from other offices, and does so – in particular from Sheffield and Crawley/Gatwick, under the able leadership of Dorrien Peters‘.

The team has a number of individuals, who are excellent and able to provide great service to clients, particularly Samantha Leung, who is hardworking, diligent and extremely able, and has a calmness that belies her experience.


Joelson's disputes expertise covers IP and IT matters, along with employment-related claims. The 'particularly impressive' Jo Gregory leads the practice, in which Jennifer Maxwell- Harris is increasingly active in contentious employment work involving cross-over shareholder and director issues.

Practice head(s):

Jo Gregory; Jennifer Maxwell-Harris

Other key lawyers:

Jayneil Amin; Reema Jethwa


‘Great strength in mid-market claims, bringing considerable expertise to such disputes.’

It is a very well coordinated team, in which work is always conducted at the appropriate level, and optimal from a costs perspective.

‘Jo Gregory is a very hands-on partner and has a great manner with clients.’

‘Jo Gregory is particularly impressive.’

‘Jo Gregory is of a far higher quality than one would necessarily expect from a firm of this size. She provides excellent litigation advice to high-profile clients, and is as likeable as she is competent and tenacious.’

‘Jennifer Maxwell-Harris is exceptional in defending her client’s interests and ensuring the best outcome for them, even in the most challenging situations. She is measured, calm under pressure and great to deal with.’

‘Jennifer Maxwell-Harris has real insight into the law, and how to use it for achieving practical goals.’

‘Jennifer Maxwell-Harris is an absolute standout. She’s wonderful to work with. She’s smart, detailed, committed, sensible, highly persuasive, and reasonably priced.’

Key clients

Addison Lee

Delaware Consulting

Oakleaf Partnership

Iceland Seafood

Lemon Pepper Holdings

Work highlights

  • Representing actor Antonia Kinlay in her claim against J K Rowling’s production company Bronte Film and Television for pregnancy- related discrimination.
  • Assisting a global food and drinks brand in relation to a dispute with one of its international distributors.
  • Assisting a leading media company with a defamation claim by an industry leader.

Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord LLP is well known for its expertise in cards and payments, asset finance, contentious insolvency, offshore matters, art law, and privacy and cybersecurity. The commercial litigation group is headed by Kevin Heath, 'a very able negotiator and strategist', while David Herbert acts in heavyweight international disputes and insolvencies.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Heath

Other key lawyers:

David Herbert; Michael Jacobs


‘A uniquely strong team.

Specialists in strategy and negotiation, as well as litigation.’

‘From top to bottom, the team is diligent, hardworking and creative.’

The team I want to go to when I have a commercial dispute.’

‘Kevin Heath is tough, a very able negotiator and strategist, and client friendly.

Key clients

Close Brothers

Close Leasing

Shawbrook Bank

Liberty Leasing


ING Lease (UK)





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Marriott Harrison LLP

Regularly acting in disputes with international dimensions, Marriott Harrison LLP's recent track record includes major High Court trials. The practice of disputes head Tamar Halevy covers breach of contracts, trust-related claims, director/shareholder disputes, fraud and professional negligence; and fellow partner Jim Mackie 'deploys superb litigation and dispute resolution strategies'.

Practice head(s):

Tamar Halevy

Other key lawyers:

Jim Mackie


‘Impressive ability to assemble a top-level and winning team.’

‘Great availability and extremely knowledgeable – we were in very safe hands (and we won our case).’

‘All the partners we worked with were very qualified and knowledgeable – very solid and experienced professionals. At all times, we were confident that they worked in our best interests as a client.

‘Tamar Halevy’s integrity stands out – it genuinely feels like she has our interests at heart. Her personal dedication and commitment to finding the best solution to our legal issue has been incredibly reassuring.

‘Tamar Halevy does an outstanding job.  She is a highly experienced and very bright litigator, who combines intellectual depth with an empathetic manner and highly practical approach.

Tamar Halevy is not only an exceptional technical lawyer, but also a committed and hardworking team leader who keeps abreast of every aspect of the case. She really goes the extra mile to achieve the best outcome for her clients.

We reached the limit of our capacity to finance the overall trial but Tamar Halevy was able to find a solution so we could complete the trial. This shows that the firm takes the time to understand its clients and find solutions for them to attain their goals.

‘Jim Mackie is not only a pleasure to work with, but an outstanding solicitor. He has deep knowledge of clients’ industries; and deploys superb litigation and dispute resolution strategies, always with clients’ commercial objectives in mind.’

Key clients

Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC

Radisson Hotel Manchester

Eric Duneau

Frederic Senegas

Work highlights

  • Achieved a win for Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC in the Commercial Court, which related to a £130m dispute with Harbour litigation fund over the terms of an investment agreement.
  • Achieved a win for Eric Duneau and Frederic Senegas in the Companies Court, the judgment relating to the just and equitable winding up of a listed PLC.
  • Represented Radisson Hotels in a High Court dispute with its private energy supplier, Manchester Airport.


Seddons acts in defence-side matters for foreign governments, along with steel mining, fashion and real estate clients. Marvin Simons has a broad litigation practice; Christian Smith and Rebecca Arnold  both have extensive commercial litigation experience; and John Melville-Smith is 'very pragmatic'.

Practice head(s):

Marvin Simons; Christian Smith; Rebecca Arnold

Other key lawyers:

John Melville-Smith


‘A brilliant team that is able to handle the largest and most complex matters calmly and effectively. Its calm approach conceals a steely core, and it is more than able to take aggressive action when needed.’

A Magic Circle service at significantly less cost. Hugely experienced in complex disputes and across disciplines, and with a valuable portfolio of clients that would make many rivals green with envy.

Christian Smith has vast experience in commercial disputes, fraud cases, and the interconnection between civil disputes and insolvency and regulatory issues. Pragmatic, not afraid of the fight, and completely committed to advancing clients’ interests.

‘Christian Smith is an outstanding litigator. Great with clients and really knows his stuff.’

‘Excellent partners and staff that helped us navigate the legal system, particularly Christian Smith.’

Christian Smith is always available to discuss matters and I value his commercial insight and approach.’

‘John Melville-Smith is an exceptional contentious trusts and estates lawyer. He is also very pragmatic in how he approaches matters and very cost conscious, so as to get the best deal for his clients.

‘John Melville-Smith is very sensible and respectful to all parties concerned when dealing with contentious matters. I have no hesitation in recommending him to clients as he is a safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

New Quadrant Trust Corporation


Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Growing areas for Shakespeare Martineau LLP's nationwide dispute resolution and litigation practice, led by London and Birmingham-based Barry Jervis, include financial services litigation, contentious insolvency and cross-border litigation. In May 2022, India desk head Sneha Nainwal was made partner; former London disputes head David Vaughan joined Collyer Bristow LLP.

Practice head(s):

Barry Jervis

Other key lawyers:

Sneha Nainwal; Nicola Holton; Catherine Hammerson-Jones; Gareth Hegarty; Lisa Serrant


‘The experience was very professional and accommodating.’

‘The team is absolutely professional when it comes to turnaround times and integrity. They adhere to the deliverables promptly and effectively.’

‘ A lovely team that works well, and with good knowledge across the board.’

‘Sneha Nainwal is a new partner who is definitely one to watch – very bright and will go far.

‘Sneha Nainwal  is exceptionally adept in identifying and assembling the perfect team of lawyers.’

‘Sneha Nainwal – great on international disputes.

‘Legal director Catherine Hammerson-Jones was very hands on and knowledgeable. Her turnarounds were remarkable.’

Key clients

Crowdstacker Corporate Services

Columbia Group

Venus Assets

Monex Europe

South Bank Hotel Management

Kaushal Corporation

MC Trustees



Rocquefort Properties

Rocquefort Property Holdings


Sunbel Development

Lotus Properties (LONDON)


Albion Yard (ESTATES)

Treasure Global Resources


Julius No 1

Columbia House Properties (NO 6)

Luiz Properties


Vuillard Holdings

Mintcove Management

Work highlights

  • Represented Crowdstacker Corporate Services in successfully opposing the classification of the creditors in a restructuring plan submitted by the administrators for Amicus Finance.
  • Acting for Dr Siavash Mahdavi in a claim under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme for recovery of a sum from Sterling Avram’s insurer.
  • Defended Monex against a £78m claim issued by Entertainment One.

Shepherd and Wedderburn

Highly active in the funding market, Shepherd and Wedderburnprovides an exceptional service‘. John MacKenzie leads the group from Edinburgh; and in London, Philip Sewell‘s practice covers financial and shareholder disputes, professional negligence, and food and health and safety litigation, and Ben Pilbrow is a commercial disputes specialist.

Practice head(s):

John MacKenzie

Other key lawyers:

Philip Sewell; Ben Pilbrow; Sarah Walker; Leonore Dupont


The team provides an exceptional service and is very professional at all times.’

Its knowledge and communication is excellent. The lawyers are also very receptive and responsive to questions from the client.

Ben Pilbrow and senior associate Leonore Dupont have been absolutely brilliant from Day One. They have been on hand to deal with all our legal matters in a very timely manner.

Ben Pilbrow and senior associate Leonore Dupont’s advice has been first class, and they have kept us in the loop on all matters. They have made us feel very comfortable with their advice, and I feel that we couldn’t have chosen a better firm to represent us.

Key clients

Tangerine Holdings

Macdonald Resorts

QIC Action Group



EMFC Loan Syndications


Knight Frank

Work highlights

  • Assisting QIC Action Group, comprising a large group of small and medium-sized businesses that have commercial insurance policies with QIC Europe (QEL), with the prospects of claims against QEL under the insurance policies.
  • Assisting BDO with a complex administration appointment and subsequent extension, with the objective of preserving and realising the assets of a company in administration.
  • Assisting Knight Frank, as Law of Property Act receiver, in respect of high-value investment properties in London.

Solomon Taylor & Shaw LLP

Solomon Taylor & Shaw LLP's 'exceptionally lean and efficient team' frequently works on cross-border matters, and is increasingly active in international arbitration. Dispute resolution head Mark Summerfield focuses on partnership and shareholder disputes, in addition to insolvency and banking-related matters. Fellow partner Jeremy Harris leads the real estate dispute resolution practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Summerfield

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Harris


‘The team is very efficient, commercial and attentive. One of the best mid-market firms that I have come across. ’

‘Approachable and always available, offering considered, timely and pragmatic advice.’

‘An exceptionally lean and efficient team, headed by Mark Summerfield.’

‘When it comes to litigation, there is no person I would rather turn to than Mark Summerfield. Smart thinking, diligent, dynamic and very thorough – these attributes are what make Mark stand above the rest.’

‘Mark Summerfield is easy to deal with – strong experience, transparent and highly skilled.’

‘Mark Summerfield is not only a hard-fighting and skilful litigator, but an experienced mediator. He uses his experience as a mediator to get his clients into the best position to achieve their goals through settlement, without the need to fight it out in court.’

‘Mark Summerfield and Jeremy Harris are both excellent. They are on top of the detail of their cases, and address any issue raised by Counsel in a timely and efficient manner.

‘Mark Summerfield and Jeremy Harris prepare the clients extremely well for the next steps, and are clearly keen at all times to achieve the best possible outcome for them.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Professor Marc Winslet (and his companies) in seeking to obtain repayment of loans made in England to a resident of France (relying on provisions within the UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement).

Velitor Law

Velitor Law was launched in 2021 by hedge fund disputes specialist Seamus Andrew, a former barrister and founder of law firm SCA Ontier. Andrew, who is 'one of the most effective lawyers around', is partnered by 'fantastically talented lawyer' Christopher Lillywhite, a former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP associate.

Practice head(s):

Seamus Andrew

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Lillywhite


Although a relatively small firm, it brings to bear the highest City standards., while rates are extremely reasonable and the service provided is top-notch.

Innovative, commercially switched-on, excellent lawyers.

A remarkable feature of Velitor is its ability to immerse itself in the highly technical aspects of the oil and gas industry, and to collaborate with engineering experts in distilling the essential points at issue.

Throughout my career I have worked with many international legal firms, and the team at Velitor, led by Seamus Andrew, is without a doubt the most effective.

In more than 40 years’ experience, it is my considered view that Seamus Andrew is one of the most effective lawyers around and I remain greatly indebted to him.

Seamus Andrew combines a remarkable knowledge of commercial law with an excellent understanding of business realities.

Christopher Lillywhite is extremely cerebral, personable and hardworking. Clients would be hard pressed to find a more able and effective litigator in any firm in London.

Christopher Lillywhite is a fantastically talented lawyer.

Key clients

Ayre Group

Creatella Ventures

Work highlights

  • Acted for Calvin Ayre against various publishers in his claims for both defamation and breach of privacy rights.
  • Acted for Kabab-ji SAL (Lebanon) in its appeal to the UK Supreme Court, which related to the enforcement of an arbitration award.
  • Defended Creatella Ventures against a claim for breach of contract.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP acts for insolvency practitioners and individuals in the financial, legal, construction, property, energy and insurance sectors. Charles Boyne is an insolvency specialist; Andrew Cromby is 'a skilled commercial litigator'; and James Denison acts in professional and management liability claims. Principal associate Simon Adam is London litigation team manager.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Cromby; Simon Adam

Other key lawyers:

Charles Boyne; James Denison; Conrad McDonald; Mark Surguy; Kiri Hutton; Shevy Narendra


‘The entire team at Weightmans was superb throughout an extremely lengthy and complex process – a commercially-minded team, with good partner engagement and appropriate resourcing.’

‘James Denison was a pleasure to work with. I found him the consummate professional. Very thorough, especially with regards to his drafting of documents. He was also always available.’

‘Charles Boyne is just great – client focused and commercial in his approach.

‘Andrew Cromby is a really skilled commercial litigator. He has a particular specialism in professional services disputes, but his experience and skillset extends into general commercial litigation. He’s very bright, focuses on the commercial realities of a case, and works very hard and effectively in defending the interests of his clients.

‘Mark Surguy – great attention to detail.

‘We have received a first-class service from Andrew Cromby and principal associate Conrad McDonald, who have worked tirelessly in support of an ongoing issue.

‘Conrad McDonald – experience and ability beyond his years.’

‘Associate Kiri Hutton is an excellent recent addition to the team.’

Key clients

UK Trucks Claim

Henry W Pollard & Sons

Wiggin LLP

Wiggin LLP's commercial litigation team is well known for its media, technology, sports, and betting and gaming sector expertise. Consultant Caroline Kean is litigation head; Alan Owens is 'outstanding'; and Matthew Dando specialises in contentious commercial and media industry publication disputes.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Kean

Other key lawyers:

Alan Owens; Matthew Dando; Elizabeth Wiggin


‘Great strength from a small team.

‘Knows its specialist areas inside out and excellent for medium-sized disputes.’

‘Very responsive, switched on and good to work with. We always get full partner attention, which is rare for most firms these days.’

‘Advice is not merely template based, but takes into account the full complexity and nuance of each problem – deep sector experience and knowledge.’

‘Fully focused on clients’ issues, in-depth advice with options, and always practical and commercial. The lawyers also listen to clients and their particular concerns.’

‘Alan Owens is outstanding. All over the detail, but his particular strength is in understanding the client and where litigation will go.’

‘Alan Owens has solid gambling law expertise.

‘The very realistic and commercial senior associate Elizabeth Wiggin is very easy to work and delivers rapid turnarounds.’

Key clients

Flutter Entertainment

The Ingenious Group


Twentieth Century Fox

MBC Group

DAZN Group


Harper Collins


Zaiwalla & Co

'Cost-effective and shrewd law firm' Zaiwalla & Co routinely handles heavyweight commercial litigation work involving India, South America and the Middle East. A 'leading light in litigation', name partner Sarosh Zaiwalla has longstanding experience in high-value multi-jurisdictional cases, while IP and administrative law specialist Leigh Crestohl oversees the litigation department's work.

Other key lawyers:

Sarosh Zaiwalla; Leigh Crestohl


‘The team at Zaiwalla always thinks strategically for the client- very good at grasping the key issues of complicated matters and devising a strategy around them Dealing with the team is very smooth, as one doesn’t have to go through different layers of people.’

‘Compared to some larger firms, Zaiwalla is a very cost-effective and shrewd law firm. Everyone at the firm is at a top-quality level.’

‘Sarosh Zaiwalla is a force of nature, who always personally discusses the case with the team and ensures it is abreast of the intricacy of the case. As a result, every member of the team becomes as effective as Sarosh himself, who has a great deal of knowledge and experience.’

‘Sarosh Zaiwalla is a leading light in litigation, always fighting hard for clients to secure the best results using any avenues available to them.

Leigh Crestohl has an excellent strategic mind and a great awareness of clients’ wider needs.

‘Leigh Crestohl is a very experienced and wily litigator.’

‘Leigh Crestohl – very bright and capable.’

‘Leigh Crestohl has a very quick grasp on matters, and provides valuable advice to me and my business. Leigh is very knowledgable when it comes to the technicalities of the law, and he is sharp and almost instantly gets to the core of issues – his advice to the business often contributes towards strategic decisions we make.’

Key clients

DDI Holdings

Sethia London

Air India

Work highlights

  • Defended a large private gas company in Bulgaria against a damages claim, in relation to an alleged scheme to dilute the shareholding of a joint venture company.
  • Acted for Sheikh Mohamed bin Issa Al Jaber, who claims that in 2002 he orally agreed to lend the defendants the sum of $30m to enable them to launch a rival Arabic news channel to Al Jazeera.
  • Acted for Sethia London in a dispute between UAE businessman Ajay Sethi and a company owned by British businessman Nirmal Sethia, which concerned a breach of a loan agreement.