Firms To Watch: Commercial litigation: mid-market

Deloitte Legal acts in a broad range of commercial disputes, including contractual claims, negligence disputes and corporate litigation; the London team is also sought out to assist with contentious regulatory matters, civil fraud claims, and contentious privacy issues.
Founded in 2019 by Damon Parker, litigation boutique Harcus Parker Limited specialises in bringing and defending complex claims. The firm's commercial litigation practice is jointly led by experienced litigators Jon Beresford, an expert in commercial matters and civil fraud; and Adam Zoubir, who maintains a broad commercial litigation practice.
The recent track record of Laytons LLP's commercial disputes practice, led by experienced partner Geraint Thomas, encompasses high-value litigation involving fraud, cross-border shareholder conflicts, IP disputes, and general contractual claims.
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.
Founded in late 2021 by former Grosvenor Law (GL) partner Mark Hastings and Michael Barnett, previously a global litigation head at Addleshaw Goddard, Quillon Law LLP is a specialist commercial and corporate disputes practice; Hastings and Barnett are further supported at partner level by commercial and civil fraud litigator Nicola McKinney, an October 2022 hire from GL.
The commercial and corporate litigation team at fast-growing firm Spencer West LLP fields practitioners with notable experience in technology-related commercial disputes; the firm's sector expertise also covers healthcare and life sciences, digital health, and aviation.
Winckworth Sherwood LLP's commercial disputes team is headed by Simon Wallis (hired in July 2021 as partner from Joelson, where he was senior associate), who acts in a broad range of commercial disputes; Wallis is supported by Catherine Stockler, a  September 2022 senior associate recruit from Charles Fussell & Co LLP.

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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Commercial litigation: mid-market in London

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP houses 'an effective team that focuses on achieving practical commercial outcomes for clients'. The team is routinely mandated for contractual disputes, shareholder conflicts, contested share purchase agreements, and corporate control issues; and the firm's enviable client base comprises corporations from the financial services, energy, technology, telecoms and healthcare sectors, as well as shareholders, investors, and senior managers and professionals. John Bramhall acts in an array of international, financial and City-related commercial disputes; Richard Highley is ‘the thinking client's litigator‘; Jonathan Brogden's practice includes contractual claims and banking and finance disputes; and the core of Ken Forsyth's practice is substantial contractual claims. Also highly rated, Clarissa Coleman 'has a terrific client-side manner'; Laura Berry has notable expertise in multi-jurisdictional claims; and director Pippa Ellis handles corporate and shareholder disputes. Lucy Grivvell was recently promoted to legal director, while senior associate Lisa Skipp is 'all over the detail'.

Practice head(s):

John Bramhall


Other key lawyers:

Richard Highley; Jonathan Brogden; Ken Forsyth; Clarissa Coleman; Pippa Ellis; Laura Berry; Lucy Grivvell; Lisa Skipp


Testimonials

‘Always very responsive. Straightforward and pragmatic advice, and the billing always seems to reflect the services provided accurately.’

‘John Bramhall and Lisa Skipp always show a keen interest in clients’ business.’

John Bramhall – seen it all, done it all, litigated it all, and all very successfully.’

Key clients

The Railways Pension Scheme


Delta Capital International


Viaro Energy


RockRose Energy


CMC Markets


CMC Spreadbet


Unilever UK


Edwards Limited


YP Seaton & Associates Company


NHS Gloucestershire Integrated Care Board


Capital Land (EDA) Swindon


Work highlights


  • Acting for Grey GR Limited Partnership in a claim involving the operation of a partnership over a number of years that acquired a significant number of assets.
  • Acting for CMC Markets, and its worldwide subsidiaries, in a claim against the Group’s Chief Commercial Officer and a former employee of the Sydney office.
  • Acting for CMC Spreadbet in relation to a claim against a high-profile entrepreneur, who incurred a debt on his spread betting account, in relation to shares in FirstGroup.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co's 'dispute resolution team is second to none in terms of technical quality and relationship building'. The core of the firm's corporate and commercial litigation practice involves major disputes, with a particular focus on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder conflicts, and cross-border commercial contracts. The team predominantly acts in matters comprising international components; and it is particularly expert in both coordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, and handling cases encompassing jurisdictional issues. Corporate and shareholder dispute specialist Kate Allass is 'one of the best in the mid-market sector'; Ben Longworth's commercial disputes practice encompasses contractual claims, shareholder disputes, post-M&A issues, and insurance coverage matters; and Jolyon Connell is 'a class act, who speaks honestly and directly'. At associate level, seniors William Charrington, Charles Fursdon and Blue Elliott all maintain busy commercial disputes practices, while Victoria Atkins and Sally Mantell are also experienced litigators.

Practice head(s):

Kate Allass


Other key lawyers:

Ben Longworth; Jolyon Connell; William Charrington; Charles Fursdon; Blue Elliott; Victoria Atkins; Sally Mantell


Testimonials

‘The dispute resolution team is second to none in terms of technical quality and relationship building.’

‘They understand the benefit of building two-way relationships with barristers’ chambers and the clerks in particular. They understand the need for barristers in a way that a lot of firms don’t.’

‘Kate Allass is one of the best in the mid-market sector.’

‘Ben Longworth particularly impresses, providing robust and commercial advice, and taking great care to investigate the factual matrix underlying the claim. Unreservedly recommended.’

‘Jolyon Connell is a class act, who speaks honestly and directly, but always in a collegiate way. He is razor-sharp, and it is clear that he is a technically very gifted lawyer and would be the first port of call for a dispute.’

‘Jolyon Connell is a super partner – extremely competent, commercial, and great to work with.’

‘Good ability to work in a fluid way with clients’ own teams – good, honest advice, whether it’s saying what is wanted or not’

‘A great team, providing fantastic value for money for clients. Seamless to deal with, and technology is used to maximum efficiency.’

Key clients

ANZ Bank


University College, Oxford


Work highlights


  • Acted for Alison Cooper in her claim against dnata Catering Services, concerning a breach of contract (leading to loss of share value).
  • Acted for University College Oxford in defending a High Court claim brought by a former student, who alleges various breaches of contract/negligence against the College (arising out of the alleged failure to provide adequate disability support).
  • Defended ANZ Bank in High Court proceedings issued against it for unjust enrichment, breach of constructive trust, and knowing receipt.

Humphries Kerstetter LLP

City litigation boutique Humphries Kerstetter LLP consistently acts in sizeable commercial disputes, on behalf of clients from a range of industry sectors, such as financial services, energy, defence, insurance, and IT. The practice also acts in commercial litigation involving international trade, Pharma, telecoms, media, construction, and extractive projects. Managing partner James Russell's experience encompasses commercial and financial disputes that frequently comprise trust and company law issues; senior partner Kristopher Kerstetter’s recent work includes High Court proceedings to enforce an arbitration award; Joanna Pearson is 'definitely someone clients want on their side'; Toby Starr has extensive experience in cases involving complex damages issues; and Robert Javin-Fisher acts for both claimants and defendants in major claims. Founder and former senior partner Mark Humphries, who routinely advises on complex cases, is a consultant since April 2022; and Chris Louth, a January 2023 recruit from Rosenblatt, and Harriet Bush are experienced managing associates.

Practice head(s):

James Russell


Other key lawyers:

Kristopher Kerstetter; Joanna Pearson; Toby Starr; Robert Javin-Fisher; Mark Humphries; Chris Louth; Harriet Bush


Testimonials

Extraordinary attention to detail and all staff are extremely empathetic.’

‘An eclectic mix of staff offers huge breadth of expertise. Extraordinarily knowledgeable – 100% grasp of commerciality.’

‘HK is capable of providing a Magic Circle level of expertise and service with a much smaller, more flexible team.’

‘James Russell is undoubtedly one of the most able solicitors around. He combines a rigorous and analytic legal mind with a highly commercial approach to achieve great results for his clients.’

‘Joanna Pearson provides outstanding client service. She gives excellent advice and creates a great team to achieve the best outcome for the client.’

‘Joanna Pearson is definitely someone clients want on their side.’

‘Chris Louth is an accomplished, knowledgeable and passionate litigation lawyer.’

‘Chris Louth has a firm grasp of the intricacies of commercial litigation and shareholder disputes. He provides invaluable advice at pre-trial stages.’

Key clients

Uro Property Holdings


J García Carrión


Eville & Jones (Group)


Co-operative Group


JD Wetherspoons


Coral Racing


Harvey Nichols Group


Associated Independent Stores


Work highlights


  • Acting for Uro Property Holdings (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Banco Santander) in a dispute with BNP Paribas concerning the acceleration of a €1.3bn securitised loan, allegedly giving rise to a €250m bond make-whole payment.
  • Acted for J García Carrión, one of the largest global wine retailers in the world, in a dispute with Goldman Sachs that arose out of ultra vires foreign exchange derivative transactions (entered into by its former finance director).
  • Acting for around 700 claimants in claims against MasterCard and Visa, arising from the interchange fees that merchants incur.

Keystone Law

Litigating on behalf of both SMEs and global organisations, Keystone Law has a mouth-watering court success rate in the UK. Within the firm’s lawyer ranks, Alex Ferrari is ‘a top-notch litigator‘; James Healy-Pratt acts in relation to aviation accidents; Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs assists with commercial disputes, contentious insolvency-related claims, and fraud cases; Louise Abbott specialises in civil fraud, cryptocurrency and asset recovery work; and Elaine Chan is ‘a very senior, effective solicitor‘. Also key to the firm’s litigation credentials, Lara Robson represents both high-net-worth (HNW) individuals and companies in disputes; Patrick Elliott is a corporate recovery and insolvency expert; Gagan Ranu focuses on India and Middle East-related disputes; Patrick Pennal has a wide-ranging international litigation practice; and Dharmendra Nair specialises in shipping, commodities and commercial litigation. In 2022, Tracy Sell-Peters joined as partner from DWF, while former partners Matthew Reach and Robert Lawrie departed for Fox Williams LLP and Grosvenor Law, respectively.

Other key lawyers:

Alex Ferrari; James Healy-Pratt; Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs; Louise Abbott; Elaine Chan; Lara Robson; Patrick Elliott; Gagan Ranu; Patrick Pennal; Dharmendra Nair; Tracy Sell-Peters; James Lankshear; Chris Botsman: Rowan Brown; Joseph Kosky; Andrea James; Nick Scott


Testimonials

‘The key USP of this practice is that they have their clients’ interests at heart and they will not postpone the resolution of a dispute to clock up fees.’

Clever use of tactics that result in winning every litigation case.

‘Very astute litigators and they have an exceptional knowledge of the workings of the aviation industry.’

‘Alex Ferrari has a keen understanding of the tactics and psychology of litigation, and a forensic eye for detail.’

‘Alex Ferrari is a top-notch litigator of very significant capabilities.’

‘Elaine Chan is very well-organised and tenacious. She also uses technology expertly to deal with matters quickly and efficiently.’

‘Elaine Chan is a very senior, effective solicitor with deep expertise.’

‘They have tremendous access to a talent pool of industry experts.’

Key clients

Global Chartering (Mauritius)


Baffinland Iron Mines


Sablier Labs


Osborne Clarke LLP

Particularly active in technology, financial services, and energy and natural resources-related disputes, Osborne Clarke LLP's 'team of highly capable and experienced individuals' has an enviable track record in heavyweight cross-border disputes. 'One of the most successful commercial litigators of his generation', Tom Ellis leads the practice from Bristol where Charlie Wedin routinely handles large cases and senior partner Peter Clough acts in large-scale commercial and contractual disputes; Andrew Bartlett is sought out for cases featuring challenging jurisdiction, governing law and international enforcement issues; and Jane Park Weir is a highly rated corporate and commercial litigator. The next line of experienced practitioners comprises CIS disputes leader Artem Doudko, and legal director Alfred Church, who frequently advises on jurisdictional and procedural issues. Nick Price, who acts in disputes in the payments, crypto assets, and fintech sectors, and complex commercial disputes specialist, Nina Lazic, were made partners in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Tom Ellis


Other key lawyers:

Charlie Wedin; Peter Clough; Andrew Bartlett; Jane Park Weir; Artem Doudko; Alfred Church; Nick Price; Nina Lazic; Tom Frapwell


Testimonials

‘Tom Ellis leads a team of highly capable and experienced individuals, who deal with a wide range of high-value and complex commercial disputes.’

‘Tom Ellis is a deep thinker, who encourages the team to come up with imaginative solutions to advance clients’ interests.’

‘Tom Ellis is rightly regarded as an outstanding lawyer and one of the most successful commercial litigators of his generation.’

‘Tom Ellis’ experience and wealth of knowledge inspire confidence in both clients and members of the legal team. He is an exceptional lawyer.’

‘Tom Ellis and Nick Price are both real heavyweights, with great caseloads in accountancy-related matters.’

‘Tom Frapwell is a standout up-and-comer amongst the ranks of associates.’

‘Terrific strength in depth, especially in cases involving the accountancy profession and property-related disputes.’

‘Practical, knowledgeable, easy to work with, and a wide range of expertise.’

Key clients

BB Energy


Granville Technology Group


OT Computers


Grant Thornton


Dell Emerging Markets (EMEA)


Qatar Airways Group


City of Venice


Citta Metropolitana di Milano


PricewaterhouseCoopers CI


Turner Broadcasting System Europe


Brightwaters Energy


Boston Trust Company


Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

'A go-to legal firm that cannot be faulted', Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s has notable strength in cross-border and international disputes. The practice's current claims roster includes several large-value matters involving countries such as India, Guinea and South America, as well as North America. Dividing her time between Cambridge and London, Clare Arthurs leads the team that comprises consultant Rustam Dubash, a former practice head; David Niven, who co-heads the professional negligence and group actions practice alongside David O’Brien; international litigation head Richard Marshall; and IP and IT disputes leader Phillip D’Costa. Also integral to the practice, Michael Brown, Kamran Rehman and Alex Fox all maintain active commercial disputes practices; and Charlotte Hill, Harriet Vidot and Laura Coleclough, along with Chris Hoyer MillerOliver Cooke, Colin Hayes, and Valya Georgieva are key senior associates. Insolvency and civil fraud partner John Adams joined from Browne Jacobson LLP in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Clare Arthurs


Other key lawyers:

Rustam Dubash; David Niven; David O’Brien; Richard Marshall; Phillip D’Costa; Michael Brown; Kamran Rehman; Alex Fox; John Adams; Charlotte Hill; Harriet Vidot; Laura Coleclough; Chris Hoyer Miller; Oliver Cooke; Colin Hayes; Valya Georgieva; Lauren Cormack


Testimonials

‘A very hands-on approach, punching well above its size.’

‘A go-to legal firm that cannot be faulted.’

‘All the partners and associates are pragmatic, commercially aware, and knowledgeable in their particular area. Very strong commercial litigators – they are fighters who get results’

‘Excellent understanding of its client base and the various commercial litigation issues that can arise during cases.’

‘Richard Marshall – a sound leader with vast experience.’

‘John Adams is outstanding. He is excellent, hardworking and very client friendly.’

Oliver Cooke – Excellent instincts, client care, and a tenacious litigator who is a fantastic team player.

Lauren Cormack – up and coming associate who is a pleasure to work with.

Key clients

Arani and Others


Arkeyo


Cutlers Holdings


Scarborough Group International Limited


Which? (Consumers’ Association)


Work highlights


  • Instructed by a Floridian law firm to represent individuals that survived a plane crash, as well as the families and estates of those that did not.
  • Acts in various high-profile matters for one of the UK’s largest family-owned property companies, with regard to the sale of Sheffield United Football Club.
  • Acted for the Consumers’ Association, Which?, in both its Court of Appeal and Supreme Court interventions in the APP fraud case of Philipp v Barclays Bank UK Plc, which involves an important point of banking law relating to the scope of a banker’s duty.

Rosenblatt

Rosenblatt‘s dispute resolution team is led by senior partner Tania MacLeod; other key names include high-profile firm founder Ian Rosenblatt and deputy practice head Simon Walton. The firm is focused on disputes, working in tandem with non-contentious colleagues from sister firm Memery Crystal.

Practice head(s):

Tania MacLeod


Other key lawyers:

Ian RosenblattSimon Walton; Anthony Field; Lucy Hamilton-James; Nick Leigh; Elizabeth Weeks; Justin Nimmo; Dean Nicholls; Danielle Carr


Testimonials

‘Rosenblatt’s team work is phenomenal and highly responsive.’

‘They live and breathe a client’s case.’

‘Simon Walton is a phenomenal litigator who sees every angle, and gets the best result for his client at every turn.’

‘Anthony Field is the star of the team – sharply focused but unflappable.’

‘Lucy Hamilton-James is an iron fist in the velvet glove, and Nick Leigh stands out for his grip on detail and his efficiency.’

‘Brilliant lawyers, but what makes them stand out is their commitment to clients. They care, and they will go above and beyond – to quite extraordinary lengths – to fight their corner.’

‘Tania MacLeod is a heavyweight partner and veteran litigator. She takes everything in her stride, has a superb read of a courtroom, and never loses sight of the big picture.’

Elizabeth Weeks is a partner in waiting. A great technical lawyer with strong commercial savvy. Partners and barristers trust her to make decisions on her own, because she always gets them right.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs‘ London litigation team is highly experienced in commercial and contractual disputes, shipping and commodities claims, and corporate and shareholder conflicts. The group is also sought out for high-value fraud and asset tracing matters, banking litigation, enforcement of English awards and judgments, international sports disputes, and environmental, social and governance-related claims. Stephen Sampson is a sports and entertainment sector specialist; Chris Webber‘s track record incorporates financial services, corporate and commercial disputes; and Katie Pritchard is ‘absolutely determined to win for the client‘. At director level, John Rollason and Ian Debbage are key litigators, while of counsel KK Park, and senior associates Henry Goldschmidt, Michael Davar, Gabriella Martin and Katherine Wakeham, also maintain active litigation practices. During 2022, Christian Toms, whose caseload frequently features substantial cross-jurisdictional aspects, and ‘great litigatorLucy Webster, joined as partners from Brown Rudnick LLP and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Sampson


Other key lawyers:

Chris Webber; Katie Pritchard; John Rollason; Ian Debbage; KK Park; Henry Goldschmidt; Michael Davar; Gabriella Martin; Katherine Wakeham; Christian Toms; Lucy Webster; Chris Swart


Testimonials

‘A determined, organised and well-integrated team, with lots of fast-moving parts that function very smoothly together.’

‘Efficient, cost effective and a winner.’

‘Chris Webber and Katherine Wakeham are not just managers of cases, they get thoroughly involved in the merits, the evidence, the process, and the management. Hands-on and very, very good.’

‘Chris Webber and Katherine Wakeham are market leaders in commercial litigation.’

‘Chris Swart – hugely experienced and a highly canny litigator. He sees the pressure points that others do not and finds a way to win the in the most challenging of cases.’

‘Katie Pritchard is absolutely determined to win for the client. Hugely committed and energetic, she will stop at nothing to find the evidence that swings the case.’

‘Lucy Webster – calm, unflappable, hugely diligent and absolutely focused. A great litigator.’

‘Polite and helpful, and they have lots of initiative.’

Key clients

FC Nantes


Asia Coal Energy Ventures


The Consumer Protection Association of Saudi Arabia


Genuit


Project 11


Sportfive UK Holding


Sheffield Wednesday FC


World Academy of Sport


Independent Wealth Planners UK


Volta Energy Group


Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria


H&P Advisory


Work highlights


  • Acting for The Consumer Protection Association of Saudi Arabia in the successful defence and appeal before the Court of Appeal of a $48m claim, in relation to services claimed to have been provided under a consulting contract with a New York-based consultancy firm.
  • Acting for Georgi Shulev, a co-founder of crypto lending business Nexo, in a £1bn claim against Nexo and its current owners for his unpaid shareholding and other cryptocurrencies owed.
  • Successfully represented the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria in defending a $160m claim, brought by AIC to enforce a foreign arbitration award in the UK.

Watson Farley & Williams LLP

A well-known commercial litigation firm that is capable of taking on larger firms and winning‘, Watson Farley & Williams LLP fields experts in large-scale, commercial and corporate litigation in the transport, energy and infrastructure sectors. The firm also has enviable aviation, commodities, real estate, and construction and engineering disputes practices; and it is able to leverage the cross-border disputes expertise of its Europe, Asia, US and Middle East offices. The principal figures are Andrew Ward, who ‘deserves to become one of the leading lights in commercial litigation‘; construction and energy sector specialist Rebecca WilliamsRob Fidoe, who is particularly focused on energy matters; and Charles Buss, who specialises in maritime litigation and arbitration, as well as general commercial and banking disputes. Within the firm’s senior associate ranks, Jemma Dhillon is experienced in a range of dispute resolution forums, including litigation, arbitration and mediation, while Mark McAllister-Jones is ‘an excellent disputes lawyer‘.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Williams; Rob Fidoe


Other key lawyers:

Andrew Ward; Charles Buss; Jemma Dhillon; Mark McAllister-Jones


Testimonials

‘The commercial disputes team at WFW is a delight to work with. The lawyers are extremely sharp, hardworking, and have excellent instincts when it comes to commercial disputes.’

‘Rebecca Williams is an outstanding disputes lawyer. Her instincts in relation to strategy and how matters are likely to be received by a judge or tribunal are always spot on.’

‘Rebecca Williams – when dealing with difficult opponents she is a fighter that clients want in their corner.’

Key clients

Abbey Healthcare


Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council


Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Fund


Colas Limited


Ørsted


Work highlights


  • Successfully acted for Abbey Healthcare before the Court of Appeal to decide whether statutory adjudication rights apply to collateral warranty claims.
  • Acting for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council at the pre-action stage, in relation to their investigations into the ongoing defects at landmark Twin Sails Bridge, Poole.
  • Acting for Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund, as secured creditor, in relation to the energy administration of Bulb Energy.

Withers LLP

Withers LLP's commercial litigation practice covers asset recovery and enforcement work, contract and company disputes, financial services claims, fraud, and white-collar defence and investigations. The team also acts in professional negligence, insurance, and restructuring and insolvency-related litigation. Global dispute resolution CEO Peter Wood 'always attracts the big cases and the big clients'; Roberto Moruzzi is a renowned international commercial litigator; and Tatiana Menshenina is experienced in disputes involving Russia, Ukraine and the CIS. Also key to the practice, Andrew Wass acts in financial mis-selling claims; and civil fraud head Stephen Ross is 'great with clients'; Eleni Polycarpou co- heads the firm's international arbitration group; Lesley Timms is 'an excellent lawyer'; and Sinead Harris is a specialist in disputes involving contentious insolvency, fraud, asset recovery, and enforcement issues. Financial services disputes partner Henry Farris joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wood


Other key lawyers:

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


Testimonials

‘The Withers team is open, personable, international, and tech-savvy.’

Withers is notable for the intensely international profile of both its work and its lawyers, and it has a particularly strong reputation in Italian and CIS work. It also appears to have a very collaborative culture, with particularly good relationships between partners and associates, and so is able to deploy strong and well-integrated teams to matters of all sizes.

‘The team has very hardworking and practical senior associates and very strategic partners.’

‘Peter Wood is a fabulous lawyer, who always attracts the big cases and the big clients.’

Roberto Moruzzi has a lifetime of experience in this field, and is able to assemble the right people for the job in question.

‘Tatiana Menshenina is a very strategic lawyer – she always thinks several steps ahead and keeps the broad picture of litigation in focus.’

‘Lesley Timms is an excellent lawyer, and Eleni Polycarpou is very experienced, and has good judgement.’

‘Stephen Ross is great with clients and runs a very effective operation.’

Key clients

Athena Capital Sicav


WRM


Heritage Travel and Tourism


MLDO Private Foundation


Transomas


Transomas Investments


Whitechurch Lane


Der Mond Oil


Locafrique Holdings


EUR


itk SAS


Blackmoor Investment Partners


Church Bay Trust Company


Mologic


Global Access Diagnostics


Broadcasting Investment Group


Visual Investments International


Work highlights


  • Instructed by Raffaele Mincione, Athena Capital Sicav and WRM to bring declaratory relief proceedings against the Secretariat of State of the Holy See.
  • Representing members of an UHNW, high-profile family in a $1bn-plus claim involving legal causes of action in civil fraud and insolvency, in relation to gold, diamond, retail and export businesses.
  • Acting for Heritage Travel and Tourism and MLDO Private Foundation in the enforcement of a judgment debt of approximately €172m.

CANDEY

The 'talented, client-oriented lawyers' at boutique firm CANDEY are routinely instructed on heavyweight litigation, particularly in relation to the CIS, the US, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), and Cyprus; and the team regularly appears inBVI courts and the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, in addition to its High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court work. The practice is co-led by managing partner Ashkhan Candey, a seasoned litigator with an enviable track record in successful court proceedings; and Andrew Dunn, who is an expert in shareholder disputes, company law and insolvency. At senior solicitor level, Serene Allen regularly acts (as lead fee earner) in cases concerning general commercial disputes, financial services litigation, and insolvency-related matters; and Mei Wong's experience covers company-related disputes, including minority shareholder and director conflicts. In July 2023, former partner Muhammed Haque KC joined Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn


Other key lawyers:

Serene Allen; Mei Wong


Testimonials

‘Exceptional client service.’

‘Great team with expertise – accessible and available.’

‘Good communication skills, judgement, and perseverance.’

‘Candey has talented, client-oriented lawyers.’

‘The team is extremely reactive, always available, very competitive on pricing, and keen to help clients get the best outcome.’

‘Ashkhan Candey is always involved and always in touch in relation to the case, giving great guidance. Clients wouldn’t see that involvement from such a senior partner elsewhere.’

Key clients

Nissan Motor Manufacturing


Prism Science


Nissan International


Overgas Inc


NDC Tek


Coda Publishing


Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP‘s 'well-established commercial litigation team' is widely respected for its expertise in fraud matters, in addition to its disputes experience in the technology, engineering, telecoms, sporting regulatory and financial services sectors. It also acts in claims involving the mining, energy, aviation, professional services and retail industries. Clients additionally benefit from the London group's leveraging of expertise of colleagues in Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, Dubai, Doha, Manama, Hong Kong and Singapore. Commercial dispute resolution head Charlotte Pender 'gets on top of the legal and factual issues rapidly'; Stewart Hey heads the fraud, asset recovery and investigations group; Rhys Novak has longstanding experience in commercial and corporate disputes; and Edward Craig is 'great with clients and gets results'. Caroline Greenwell's cases typically involve contract breaches and misrepresentations, civil fraud and asset tracing, and bribery and corruption allegations. Lucy Wicksteed and Abigail Rushton are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Pender


Other key lawyers:

Stewart Hey; Rhys Novak; Edward Craig; Caroline Greenwell; Lucy Wicksteed; Abigail Rushton; Lin Boutong


Testimonials

‘A well-established commercial litigation team, which deals with a wide range of very good work for a range of clients.’

‘Charlotte Pender gets on top of the legal and factual issues rapidly and organises work streams, enabling the whole team to be fleet of foot in fast-paced commercial litigation.

‘Edward Craig – great with clients and gets results.’

‘Rhys Novak is excellent. A pleasure to work with and extremely competent.’

‘Rhys Novak is very engaged, very hands-on and very intelligent.’

‘A firm that really knows the market.’

‘Clients really like working with the CRS team. On top of its undoubted technical abilities, the lawyers bring a warmth and strong sense of enjoyment to the client-solicitor collaboration. They are also highly commercial.’

‘Stewart Hey, Charlotte Pender and Caroline Greenwell are all steely individuals when a firm approach is required, yet commercial and receptive when a non-contentious resolution is the more appropriate way forward.’

Key clients

Central Bank of Bahrain


Awal Bank BSC


RSM Restructuring & Advisory


FRP Advisory


Fica Frio


Charlton Athletic Football Club


Charlton Athletic Women’s Football Club


EFG Private Bank


Bilta (UK)


Greggs


LK UK


Work highlights


  • Successfully defended Guy Colegate in the (reportedly) largest corruption prosecution in Italian legal history, which concerned alleged grand-scale bribery in Nigeria.
  • Assisting a victim of a complex fraud with enforcement efforts, against the backdrop of a concerted campaign by the Award debtors to frustrate recovery.
  • Successfully acted for Greggs in a High Court claim over a £150m insurance claim triggered by the Covid-19 crisis.

DWF

Core sectors for DWF's corporate and commercial litigation team are technology, financial services, and energy and infrastructure; and many of the team's disputes are either cross-jurisdictional in nature or involve satellite disputes in other jurisdictions. 'One of London's best litigating solicitors', Richard Twomey leads the practice, which also features Birmingham and London-based CIS desk head Andrew LeachJoshua Fineman, who 'has a brilliant future ahead of him'; and senior associate and commercial disputes specialist, Natasha Gunney.  In recent movements, 'truly exceptional lawyerHardeep Nahal is a partner hire from Constantine Cannon LLP; global dispute resolution head Stefan Paciorek returned to full-time practice from a senior management role; litigation and arbitration partner Darren Kenny joined the London office from Birmingham; and former partner Jonathan Isaacs currently works in-house at BCG Partners.

Practice head(s):

Richard Twomey


Other key lawyers:

Andrew Leach; Joshua Fineman; Natasha Gunney; Hardeep Nahal; Stefan Paciorek; Darren Kenny


Testimonials

Richard Twomey and Joshua Fineman – clients cannot speak highly enough of their skills as litigators, the intelligence and sensitivity which they bring to very challenging cases, and their commitment to client’s cause.’

Richard Twomey has developed into one of London’s best litigating solicitors.’

‘Joshua Fineman has grown in capacity and confidence. He has a brilliant future ahead of him.’

Key clients

British Telecommunications


Wincanton


Strabag International


Altrad Babcock (formerly Doosan Babcock)


Serco


Amazon


Lidl


Ocado Retail


Cerno Professional Services


Homebase


Active Energy Group


Firexo


Rafax Invest


Flexiscale


Survitec Group


Lutz Assekuranz Versicherungsvermittlung Ges


Emirates NBD Bank


DNA Payments


Work highlights


  • Representing certain defendants in the long-running SKAT litigation claim for over £1.5bn, as a result of allegedly fraudulent cum-ex-trading.
  • Representing two clients in high-profile claims arising from the Wirecard collapse.
  • Representing Cerno in significant proceedings against Petrofac.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG‘s ‘highly capable, committed and resourceful team‘ has notable sector expertise in a number of key sectors, including automotive, government, food and beverage, energy, and financial services. Senior litigation partner James Sidwellhas excellent judgement‘; Catherine Naylor is a specialist in multi-jurisdictional matters; and the varied caseload of Andrew Smith, who is ‘probably the best all-round litigator around‘, covers contract terminations, economic torts, legal professional privilege, misfeasance, and guarantees/indemnities. At non-partner level, Verity Barker is ‘unfailingly thoughtful and completely unflappable‘, while principal associate Tom Cox represents corporate and private clients in commercial disputes. Andrew Litchfield heads up the department from the firm’s Birmingham office.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Litchfield


Other key lawyers:

Catherine Naylor; Andrew Smith; Verity Barker; Tom Cox


Testimonials

‘On top of the facts and the law, with an analytical approach to advice. Very good at managing difficult clients.’

‘A superb team of solicitors who offer great value for money and an excellent service.’

‘This is a highly capable, committed and resourceful team – but also one that is approachable, practical, and friendly. It is very good at client management, but is also thorough and thoughtful in its approach to the technical detail.’

‘James Sidwell has excellent judgement, works very hard, and is a canny litigator. He is also an insightful adviser who really takes time to understand his clients.’

Verity Barker is brilliant – she is extremely bright and extremely diligent, but unfailingly thoughtful and completely unflappable.

‘Catherine Naylor – a partner who manages teams beautifully and has a sharp eye for challenging points and how to deal with them.’

Andrew Smith is probably the best all-round litigator around. He thinks creatively but is always realistic, with outstanding judgement and an unerring focus on getting the best result possible at the lowest possible cost.’

Tom Cox is the pick of the associates – utterly reliable and wonderfully personable.

Key clients

Alpha Whiskey Echo


Aston Martin Lagonda


Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games


CPC Group


Equity Trust (Jersey)


Financial Reporting Council


GKN


Halfords Autocentres


HCC International Insurance Company


Hyundai Motor UK


London Legacy Development Corporation


E20 Stadium


M Group Holdings


Midcounties Co-Operative


Millbrook Healthcare Bidco


Cairngorm Capital


National Car Parks


Sanctuary Housing


The Royal Parks


THG


VRFB Holdings


Weetabix


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.

Kingsley Napley LLP

'One of the best mid-market commercial litigation firms in London', Kingsley Napley LLP routinely represents foreign governments, professional football clubs, casino operators, listed companies, banks and corporations, as well as offshore trustees and HNW individuals; and the team is increasingly active in cases arising out of large-scale investigations. Commercial litigation specialist Richard Foss leads the dispute resolution department, which features Ryan Mowat, an expert in contentious trusts and estates; the 'much-in-demand lawyer' William ChristopherSue Thackeray, whose cases often incorporate privacy, data protection and hacking issues; and Fiona Simpson, whose instructions frequently involve offshore jurisdictions, Switzerland and CIS countries. Also integral to the practice, Mary Young acts in claims against professionals, while insolvency litigator Michael Mulligan is 'a dogged advocate for his clients'. In March 2023, Melanie Hart, who maintains a broad disputes practice, joined from Ince Gordon Dadds, while Laurence Clarke is 'a standout senior associate'.

Practice head(s):

Richard Foss


Other key lawyers:

Ryan Mowat; William Christopher; Sue Thackeray; Fiona Simpson; Mary Young; Michael Mulligan; Melanie Hart; Richard Clayman; Jemma Brimblecombe; Hannah Fitzwilliam; Mark Fallmann; Laurence Clarke; Abigail Hall


Testimonials

‘One of the best mid-market commercial litigation firms in London, with a hugely busy and successful disputes team.’

‘The team at Kingsley Napley is calm, measured, and has the ability to be reassuring and focused in times of extreme stress.’

‘Fiona Simpson leads a good team. Experienced and easy to work with.’

‘Sue Thackeray is a hugely experienced, highly effective litigator and negotiator, who always sees the bigger picture.’

‘William Christopher – a tough, smart, talented, and much-in-demand lawyer, who is technically excellent and tactically wise. A very impressive operator.’

‘Mary Young – a fabulous, tenacious and intelligent litigator, who leaves no stone unturned in support of her client’s interests.’

‘Michael Mulligan has the ability to deconstruct complex legal issues and explain them in straightforward ways – a dogged advocate for his clients.’

‘Laurence Clarke – a standout senior associate with a bright future. Articulate and analytical, with a wisdom beyond his years.’

Lewis Silkin

With 'significant experience in dealing with complex disputes‘, Lewis Silkin‘s dispute resolution practice is able to leverage partners and experienced lawyers from across the entire firm. Examples includes shareholder disputes, where the team often comprises colleagues from the firm's employment and corporate law practices. Dispute resolution head Mark Lim is a widely-respected cross-border commercial disputes expert; Andrew Wanambwa, whose track record includes several large-scale disputes before the English High Court, 'quickly identifies the key issues'; Clive Greenwood is highly experienced in commercial and corporate conflicts; and Neil Parkes has longstanding experience in representing clients from the media, entertainment and technology sectors. At managing associate level, Fraser McKeating 'gets the work done', while Nigel Enticknap acts in commercial disputes that frequently incorporate international aspects.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lim


Other key lawyers:

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


Testimonials

‘The knowledge, diligence and teamwork, supported by effective communications and understanding of clients’ needs while interpreting the law effectively, is very refreshing.’

‘Mark Lim’s knowledge, understanding of the client’s issues and appropriate communications with opponents are nothing short of excellent.’

‘Mark Lim and Nigel Enticknap are very experienced and capable litigators, who provide an excellent service for their clients.’

‘The team is bright and energetic. They demonstrate a deep understanding of the issues and are quick to identify solutions.’

‘Andrew Wanambwa is a pleasure to work with. He quickly identifies the key issues and has a keen eye for detail.’

‘They really care about the cases they work on and strive to achieve the best possible result for clients.’

‘Excellent team with significant experience in dealing with complex disputes.’

‘Fraser McKeating is a friendly and approachable member of the team, who gets the work done.’

Key clients

PPE Medpro


Dualit Holdings


Sky


Airbnb


Deliveroo


Havas Media Group


Hermes International


Uniqlo Europe


Ayanda Capital


Global Harvester Holdings


Work highlights


  • Acting for senior executives of the Essar Group in a $1.5bn unlawful means conspiracy claim in the Commercial Court.
  • Acting for PPE Medpro in a £133m Commercial Court dispute with the DHSC over the supply of surgical gowns during the Pandemic.
  • Acting for Convrgnt Value Engineering, a Dubai construction company, in a large breach of contract and professional liability claim.

PCB Byrne

One of the strongest commercial litigation firms in London‘, PCB Byrne has a strong track record in large Commercial Court cases, with the practice’s recent workload ranging from joint venture/shareholder disputes, to contractual conflicts involving the supply of IT services and commodities. Trevor Mascarenhas specialises in complex, high-value, cross-border disputes; Nicola Boulton‘s disputes practice focuses on fraud, dishonesty and corruption; senior partner Anthony Riem has ‘outstanding strategic judgement‘; and Nick Ractliff‘s expertise covers contractual, banking, shareholder and director disputes. The next line of active practitioners features Middle-East disputes expert Charlotte Bhania, and fraud and commercial claims litigator Catherine Eason, who were made partners in April 2022 and July 2023, respectively. Tom McKernan was also promoted to the partnership in mid-2023 and specialises in complex, multi-jurisdictional fraud claims in the Commercial Court. The team was recently boosted by the addition of two consulting partners from Brown Rudnick – Neil Micklethwaite and Olga Bischoff.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Riem; Nicola Boulton


Other key lawyers:

Trevor Mascarenhas; Nick Ractliff; Charlotte Bhania; Catherine Eason; Tom McKernan; Neil Micklethwaite; Olga Bischof


Testimonials

‘Very good value for money. Works harder than most teams. The partners are on the ball, both in terms of the law and client management.’

‘Nick Ractliff is a calm pair of hands and great with clients; and Trevor Mascarenhas has a brain the size of London, often spotting the answer to the knottiest points.’

‘Trevor Mascarenhas is one of the cleverest, and most tactically astute litigators in the London market.’

‘Anthony Riem – outstanding strategic judgement and almost unrivalled experience in the field of civil fraud – he is a standout lawyer.’

‘They are a hardworking team with deep knowledge of clients’ needs. Consistently knowledgeable, very responsive and open minded.’

‘Talented and experienced lawyers with good judgement and creative problem solving.’

‘PCB Byrne has an extremely strong team – genuine experts in international fraud and asset recovery, who take a strategic approach and know all the angles. They are the go-to firm for difficult cases.’

‘One of the strongest commercial litigation firms in London. Able to go toe-to-toe with any firm in the market.’

Key clients

Rusal


PJSC PhosAgro


ABFA Commodities Trading (formerly VTB Commodities Trading Designated Activity Company


CargoLogicAir


South Band Hotel Management


Banco de Sabadell


Work highlights


  • Acting for Rusal in a $3-5bn claim against Vladimir Potanin, which includes allegations of asset stripping, self-dealing, and environmental negligence.
  • Acting for PJSC PhosAgro, which is alleged to have been party to an agreement with the claimants to pay sums of money and shares worth in excess of $200m.
  • Acting for South Bank Hotel Management in a claim over ownership of a Central London building.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

Best known for its enviable fraud credentials, Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP's 'very experienced and understanding team' also acts in major commercial disputes before the English courts and internationally. The group is particularly active on behalf of governments, multinational corporations and ultra-high-net- worth individuals. Commercial litigation and civil fraud head Jonathan Tickner is a specialist in international and commercial disputes, as well as civil fraud and asset recovery work; international head Keith Oliver is 'a standout partner and absolute star'; Sarah Gabriel is a commercial litigation expert; and Jason Woodland is 'a great operator'. The next line of key advisers features Emma Ruane, who is experienced in multi-jurisdictional civil fraud and competition litigation; and Vlad Meerovich, a specialist in both multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Tickner


Other key lawyers:

Keith Oliver; Sarah Gabriel; Jason Woodland; Emma Ruane; Vlad Meerovich


Testimonials

‘Keith Oliver is a standout partner and absolute star – skill and effectiveness in securing successful outcomes for clients.’

‘Jonathan Tickner – clients are very happy with the service provided.’

‘Jonathan Tickner is efficient and helpful.’

‘Jonathan Tickner is very experienced.’

‘Jonathan Tickner, Sarah Gabriel and Vlad Meerovich are top-drawer litigators.’

‘Jason Woodland is a great operator and a star of the future, and Emma Ruane is a great member of the team.’

‘The service could not have been better.’

‘Very experienced and understanding team, sympathetic to deal with, and clear advice and management of expectations. Transparent and honest fees.’

Key clients

The Republic of Mozambique


Instituto de Salud para el Bienestar (a branch of the Mexican government’s Ministry of Health)


The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care


NHS Business Services Authority


Asendia UK


Swiss Post International (UK)


Select Lifestyles


Equity Real Estate


Work highlights


  • Acting for the Republic of Mozambique in the $2bn tuna bond scandal.
  • Acting for 122 of the 519 claimants, including numerous celebrities, footballers and other sports stars, in the Ingenious litigation (a £60m film financing fraudulent misrepresentation dispute).
  • Acting for an ultra-high-net-worth Turkish national in an international fraud and asset tracing claim.

Shoosmiths LLP

Fielding 'an excellent team with terrific strength in depth', Shoosmiths LLP undertakes large numbers of major commercial disputes. Examples include shareholder conflicts, contract breaches, negligence, and fraud and misrepresentation matters. The practice is also experienced in breaches of warranty claims following M&A transactions. Bill Molloy acts in disputes concerning outsourcing, large-scale procurements, shareholder conflicts, and commercial issues, which frequently comprise multi-jurisdictional elements; Susie Wakefield handles a range of commercial disputes, in addition to leading the commercial insurance team; Daren Allen is an expert in fraud, bribery, corruption, and money laundering; and Elliot Bishop is 'a standout lawyer'. At associate level, principal Matthew MacLachlan leads the firm's contentious privacy offering, and senior John Shirley-Rakhra maintains a broad disputes practice. During 2022, banking and finance litigation partner Andrew Bowden-Brown was hired from Francis Wilks & Jones, while former partner Philip Tansley joined Osborne Clarke LLP.

Practice head(s):

Alex Bishop; Bill Molloy


Other key lawyers:

Susie Wakefield; Daren Allen; Elliot Bishop; Matthew MacLachlan; John Shirley-Rakhra; Andrew Bowden-Brown; Johanne Cox


Testimonials

‘A very hardworking and knowledgeable team of excellent lawyers, who provide a very responsive and courteous service.’

‘Bill Molloy is a standout partner at Shoosmiths. He has a strong commercial understanding and legal ability, and takes sound tactical decisions to maximise a client’s prospects of winning a case.’

‘Bill Molloy knows precisely how much to get involved to give the best service to clients. He is very affable but immensely shrewd.’

‘Bill Molloy always has a clear view of the big picture and is an excellent strategist.

‘Elliot Bishop is a standout lawyer, who is intelligent, tenacious, and knows the law inside out.’

‘Shoosmiths has a strong commercial dispute resolution team covering a range of different industries.’

‘The quality of its team is high, and it collaborates well with clients and Counsel to achieve the best outcomes for the client in every case.’

‘An excellent team with terrific strength in depth.’

Key clients

Platinum Fortune


Platinum Wealth Development


Rijksmuseum Twenthe


Zurich Insurance


SCOR SE


IPP Van Triel


Enstar Managing Agency


Everbridge Holdings


Everbridge


Work highlights


  • Instructed by Platinum Fortune and Platinum Wealth Development in a cross-border, high-value shareholders’ dispute concerning shares in Jagex.
  • Acting for a global data centre provider in a complex, high-value dispute with a large international telecoms carrier, which included advising as to termination rights and the recovery of substantial sums associated with the installation and services provided.
  • Acting for Everbridge Holdings and Everbridge in a $65m Commercial Court litigation regarding alleged delays in the issuance of shares as consideration, following a corporate acquisition.

Steptoe UK LLP

Handling high-value, multi-jurisdictional, commercial and corporate disputes, Steptoe UK LLP's London office comprises a 'wide-ranging team with a number of specialist practices that run deep'. The practice has a strong track record in disputes involving fraud, competition law, and contracts, as well as white-collar crime, construction and property-related claims. Neil Dooley acts in cross-border fraud disputes that incorporate Russian aspects; Jonathan Raynes has longstanding experience in the resolution of complex disputes; and Angus Rodger is an international commercial dispute resolution specialist. The next line of active partners features 'outstanding partner' Ivan Gordienko; commercial disputes barrister Jonathan Egerton-Peters (a March 2023 hire from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP); and the 'commercially savvy' Leigh Mallon. At associate level, Alex Green acts in disputes involving Central and Eastern European clients, and Natalia Gofman is an experienced  commercial litigator.

Practice head(s):

Neil Dooley


Other key lawyers:

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


Testimonials

Wide-ranging team with a number of specialist practices that run deep.

The ability to draft in various other partners/associates with particular skill-sets that are not present in the individuals at the time has been a key distinguishing factor in Steptoe’s ability to get the job done, not only in a timely manner, but also in an efficient, effective one.’

‘The firm you do not want to be against in a commercial dispute. A really standout team of commercial practitioners, doing top-quality work.’

Key clients

National Bank Trust


Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha


Eland International Ghana


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 Magomed Bilalov against a Commercial Court claim for damages under a purported contract involving Sochi Olympic Park’s construction.
  • Defending a multinational insurance company in a High Court claim, which relates to liability for PPI insurance.

Bristows LLP

Bristows LLP's practice has notable experience in commercial disputes involving the technology, life sciences and consumer products sectors, as well as claims concerning industrial markets. The group's caseload also regularly features contractual issues, commercial law matters and confidentiality aspects. Mark Brown is a specialist in life sciences, Pharma and digital content disputes; Anna Cook is 'a very savvy, experienced litigator'; Simon Clark is an expert in digital media and breach of confidence-related claims; and Angela Fouracre acts in commercial contract disputes. Of counsel Robert Graham 'always finds the clever points', while senior associate Westley Walker assists with business-critical disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Brown


Other key lawyers:

Anna Cook; Simon Clark; Angela Fouracre; Robert Graham; Westley Walker; Freya Ollerearnshaw; Charlie Purdie


Testimonials

‘Anna Cook is a very savvy, experienced litigator with a phenomenal knowledge of the IT and software licensing sectors.’

‘Anna Cook is extremely calm, measured and clear in her advice. Protects the interests of the client at all times.’

‘Angela Fourcare is a very good lawyer, who leads a strong and likeable team that is rigorous in its approach, while always putting the client’s concerns first.

‘Robert Graham is a highly intelligent and thoughtful lawyer, who always finds the clever points.’

‘Mark Brown is particularly helpful and responsive.’

‘Mark Brown is extremely good at client handling and communications – responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Bristows provides an excellent all-round service.’

Westley Walker is a very capable lawyer who is a real asset to any team.

Key clients

Capgemini


Google


Ofcom


WPP Group


Collins Aerospace


Raytheon Technologies


LG Electronics


Spotify


PACS-TOOLS


Systagenix


Smollan Sales and Marketing (Pty)


Rocket Software BV


Disclosure and Barring Service


ITV


The Guardian


Work highlights


  • Acting for Goodrich Corporation (GC) in proceedings, brought by Rolls-Royce in relation to the purported exercise of a call option in 2018, and in respect of GC’s claim against Rolls-Royce for breach of contract.
  • Acting for WPP and GroupM in a substantial post-M&A High Court dispute.
  • Acts for Rocket Software in various disputes against its users and value-added resellers.

Burges Salmon LLP

The 'quality of a London firm but at regional prices', Burges Salmon LLP‘s Bristol-based practice fields experts in disputes involving commercial contracts, reputation management, professional negligence, product liability, multi-jurisdictional scenarios, ADR, and arbitration. The group also acts in business crime and real estate disputes. David Hall handles mega-value cases;  Ann Metherall focuses on the transport and energy sectors; Andrew Burnette 'has an excellent market reputation'; Chris Jackson and Ian Tucker are transport and procurement specialists; Michael Ward 'provides great client service'; and Richard Binns is a commercial disputes expert. Former partner Sian Edmunds departed for Cargill in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

David Hall; Ann Metherall


Other key lawyers:

Andrew Burnette; Chris Jackson; Ian Tucker; Michael Ward; Richard Binns; Brian Wong; Matthew Walker; Caroline Brown; Amy Cornelius; Annabel Holloway; Hannah Miller; Lucy Hannett; Andrew Matheson; Kelly Whittaker


Testimonials

‘An excellent offering with super smart lawyers and the skill set to match the best – the quality of a London firm but at regional prices.’

‘Andrew Burnette has an excellent market reputation.’

Matthew Walker is a superb strategist and brilliant on the law.

‘ A great, cohesive team and a brilliant service.’

‘People who actually seem (and are) invested in what is best for the client.’

‘Caroline Brown and her team are all first class. Commercially minded and astute!’

‘Hardworking, technically skilled, very client focused, and great team players.’

‘Michael Ward provides great client service and great strategic overviews.’

Key clients

Cobb Europe


Trustees of the Cobb Pension Scheme


PNE


Orsted Onshore UK


URE Energy Limited


PSGS Trust Corporation


Astrel 1 UK Loan


Atos IT Services UK


Work highlights


  • Acted for Atos IT Services UK in a high-profile procurement challenge against the Secretary of State for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy, and the Meteorological Office, in relation to the latter’s 2020 procurement of a weather and climate forecasting supercomputer.
  • Acted for Astrel 1 UK Loan & Others, in relation to a surveyor negligence claim against Cushman & Wakefield for significantly over-valuing two neighbouring mansions in London’s  St James’ Park, which stood as security for a £30m bridge-to-sell loan to a developer.
  • Acted for URE Energy in its dispute with Notting Hill Genesis (UK housing association) over the termination of a long-term electricity supply agreement.

Edwin Coe LLP

'A medium-sized firm with a great reputation in litigation', Edwin Coe LLP regularly acts in actions against major banks, in relation to sizeable commercial losses arising from contracts, failed investments and the mis-selling of financial products. The team also acts in substantial commercial judicial reviews and breaches of confidence claims. Ali Zaidi specialises in fraud-related cases, and insolvency and reconstruction matters; David Greene is 'one of the best litigation solicitors practising in the City'; Zahira Hussain routinely assists with contract-related claims; and elevated to partner in April 2023, barrister Thomas Johnson is experienced in fraud cases, finance disputes, and company law.

Practice head(s):

David Greene; Ali Zaidi


Other key lawyers:

Zahira Hussain; Thomas Johnson; Fred Sheppard; Ian Chai


Testimonials

‘Lean and nimble team, which punches well above its weight in heavy-duty commercial litigation. Particular expertise in claimant-side mandates within group actions.’

‘David Greene is one of the best litigation solicitors practising in the City who commands the respect, and fear, of his peers.’

‘David Green and Fred Sheppard particularly impress with their ability to identify and address quickly the most pressing aspects of  very complex transactions involving multi-layer corporate structures. Almost instant availability for discussion of urgent matters despite their significant workload.’

‘Thomas Johnson is one to watch – really gets the issues, cuts to the chase, and has a good instinct for what will matter in court.’

‘Tightly knit, working well together so that the total is greater than the sum of the parts. No wastage and client-focused.’

‘Ian Chai – an enquiring mind, diligent, to the point, and effective.’

‘One of the firm’s most outstanding qualities is its ability to handle complex issues at the intersection of various fields of law, such as corporate and finance, and to use its vast collective experience in solving complex, multi-jurisdictional problems.’

‘Edwin Coe is a medium-sized firm with a great reputation in litigation – indeed, the number of reported cases where they are involved illustrates their position in the market.

Key clients

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC


Poundland Limited


Lincolnshire Co-operative Limited


MC Rental Limited


Somerset County Council


The Mayor & Commonalty & Citizens of the City of London


Cemex UK Cement Limited


Greene King Brewing and Retailing Limited


Bridgemarts Limited (T/A Gowing & Pursey)


Gap Group Limited


BM Advisory LLP


Sven-Goran Eriksson


Sir Alex Ferguson


Klarna Bank


Conran Holdings Limited


Royal Opera House


The Good Law Project


Fenix International t/a OnlyFans


Acai Berry Foods Limited


Work highlights


  • Acting for a group of 150 claimants, in relation to their claim for damages and interest against various truck manufacturers, following a finding by the European Commission of a price-fixing cartel.
  • Representing the laimants who invested in, and became members of the Eclipse Scheme, which was sold as an opportunity to invest in transactions with Disney involving film rights.
  • Representing consumers, in relation to the mis-selling of Spanish timeshares.

Fladgate LLP

Fladgate LLP's commercial disputes expertise ranges from contractual disputes, misrepresentation, and shareholder and partnership conflicts, to freezing injunctions, search orders, group litigation, warranty claims, and jurisdictional challenges. Tom Bolam 'has a wealth of litigation experience'; Mark Buckley's litigation practice incorporates international commercial, IP and sports disputes; John Evans is 'one of the best commercial litigators around'; Garbhan Shanks focuses on insurance disputes and group actions; and Alexander Wildschütz is a cross-border, commercial disputes expert.  Leigh Callaway is a recently-promoted partner, and Will Thompson is the senior associate to note. Former partner Eugene Matveichuk joined Branch Austin McCormick LLP

Practice head(s):

John Evans


Other key lawyers:

Tom Bolam; Mark Buckley; John Evans; Garbhan Shanks; Alexander Wildschütz; Leigh Callaway; Will Thompson; Doug Cherry


Testimonials

‘A first-class team that is versatile but specialised.’

‘Tom Bolam – exemplifies the skills of the team. Although a young partner, he has a wealth of litigation experience, so he can provide the strategic and tactical nous whilst delegating the detail to the very able more junior team members.’

‘Tom Bolam – clients love him for his tireless dedication to fighting their corner.’

‘Mark Buckley is a tough litigator, who achieves the best for clients when dealing with the other side.’

‘John Evans is a top-notch litigator- a fearless advocate for his clients and with effective and insightful case management.’

‘John Evans is one of the best commercial litigators around.’

‘John Evans gets to the bottom of case without wasting time, and steers the case towards the best route to success.’

‘Its great strength is its synergy – clients get value for money from the lawyers’ ability to delegate specific tasks to individual members in an efficient and cost-effective way. They are also all very bright lawyers, thorough and cost conscious.’

Key clients

SearchFlow & Ors


Loudwater Trade and Finance


Ventura Capital GP


RF Corval Europe


LA Micro Group


Rokstone


TWIG Art


Work highlights


  • Representing over 100 English and Welsh personal search companies in a complex group litigation claim, currently before the High Court to recover payments made to ten water and sewerage utility companies for access to and/or the provision of environmental information.
  • Acting for Loudwater Trade and Finance in connection with litigation stemming from a £122m contract to provide sterile gowns to PPE Medpro.
  • Acting for a group of 1000 SME claimants in proceedings against Clydesdale Bank and National Australia Bank alleging deceit, misrepresentation, negligent misstatement, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment.

Fox Williams LLP

Housing financial services and professional services industry experts, Fox Williams LLP's practice is co-led by Gavin Foggo, a specialist in corporate transactional and corporate governance-related claims, financial and banking litigation, partnership disputes, and civil fraud; and Ben Giaretta, who acts in both arbitration and commercial litigation. Also highly regarded, Tom Custance acts in financial services sector-related employment-related disputes; and David Butler assists with shareholder litigation, insolvency, and civil fraud matters. Recently-elevated partner Evie Meleagros and legal director Rebecca Richardson are also key to the team. Commercial disputes and securities litigation partner Matthew Reach joined in November 2022 from Keystone Law.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Foggo; Ben Giaretta


Other key lawyers:

Tom Custance; David Butler; Andrew Hill; Evie Meleagros; Rebecca Richardson; Peter Ashford; Matthew Reach


Testimonials

‘Fox Williams is a delight to work with. The firm has a genuine desire to resolve problems for clients in the quickest and least painful way possible.’

‘Gavin Foggo cares about his clients, and he always gets to the core of the issues and gives unequivocal advice.’

‘It is a very strong team, which is both client-focused and technically astute.’

‘Evie Meleagros is hardworking, energetic and smart.’

Key clients

Alcyon Capital


Global Risk Partners


Hertz Europe


Ickenham Travel Group


On The Beach (and subsidiaries)


Otaki Holdings


Pamplona Capital Management


St-Georges Eco-Mining Corp


The Imaging Centre Assets


The Imaging Centre Mobile


TIC Mobile


Work highlights


  • Acting for On The Beach in its claim against Ryanair UK and Ryanair DAC, the claim concerning Ryanair’s well- publicised failure to reimburse travel agents and customers for cancelled flights during the global pandemic.
  • Acted for a significant number of institutional investors in a securities litigation claim against Tesco (under s90A FSMA), which relates to Tesco’s misleading reporting of the trading profit and profit margins of its UK business in 2014.
  • Acting for The Imaging Centre Assets, The Imaging Centre Mobile and TIC Mobile in a claim by Canon Medical Systems, which relates to the manufacture and supply of world-leading medical equipment.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP

'An excellent mid-market option', Harbottle & Lewis LLP's commercial litigation team routinely represents the firm's core media, technology and entertainment sector clients in major disputes. It also acts for retail and financial sector clients, as well as HNW individuals from the firm’s renowned private capital department. Commercial litigation leader Sandi Simons 'gets on top of cases' details'; Louis Castellani's caseload covers a range of contentious work; Matthew Leverton is 'a standout litigator'; and Sofie Hoffman acts in contentious trust and probate claims involving dishonesty allegations. In June 2023, Georgina Long and Lizzie Williams were elevated to managing associate level.

Practice head(s):

Sandi Simons


Other key lawyers:

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


Testimonials

‘Peerless in the media sector, but with all-round commercial nous.’

‘Sandi Simons is a great partner, who is very easy to work with and gets on top of cases’ details.’

‘This team is an excellent mid-market option – lean, adaptable and skilful, and well led by Sandi Simons.’

‘Louis Castellani and Sandi Simons are both very shrewd and experienced operators.’

‘Matthew Leverton is a standout litigator with an impressive caseload.’

Sofie Hoffman does an excellent job for clients – more than capable of managing both the mediation and negotiation side of proceedings.

‘Always willing to think about different ways to engage with clients, and how to keep costs down and provide deep support.’

‘Lizzie Williams and Georgina Long have very strong litigation instincts and will go far.’

Key clients

Various subsidiaries of NBC Universal


LiveNation & Ticketmaster


Virgin Atlantic Airways


Oxford University Press


IS Prime


ISFE 21


The Al-Sanea Family


BCT


Spanish Steps Holdings


Work highlights


  • Assisting IS Prime and ISFE21 with Commercial Court proceedings (as well as playing a global coordination role in respect of related proceedings in the US), in relation to the breach of an exclusivity obligation by Think group.
  • Successfully appealed a $16m Commercial Court judgment against Mishal Al-Sanea in the Court of Appeal.
  • Acts for BCT, the corporate trustee of the A Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust (the Trust), and its subsidiary Spanish Steps Holding, in claims against the former sole director of the former corporate trustee of the Trust, Evatt Tamine.

Howard Kennedy LLP

Housing 'seasoned litigators who know how to win', Howard Kennedy LLP's commercial litigation team has a significant track record in complex, cross-border disputes and High Court cases that set new precedents for novel legal issues. Dominic Offord is 'an outstanding group head and litigator'; Joel Leigh's practice covers claims arising from partnership and shareholder disputes, insolvency and regulatory scenarios, and professional negligence-related litigation; Duncan Bagshaw is an expert in Africa-related energy disputes; and India group chair Arish Bharucha is 'a polished performer'. At legal director level, James Wingfield and Ayesha Salim both act in major commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Offord


Other key lawyers:

Joel Leigh; Duncan Bagshaw; Arish Bharucha; James Wingfield; Ayesha Salim; Hannah Hooper


Testimonials

‘An agile and resourceful team that is hardworking.’

‘Dominic Offord is an outstanding group head and litigator. He has excellent judgement, impressive grasp of detail, and knows how to get the best out of his team and Counsel.’

‘Arish Bharucha is a polished performer.’

‘Duncan Bagshaw is well placed for court litigation given his experience.’

‘Magic Circle service, but personalised. Howard Kennedy’s client care is second to none – clients’ problems are their problems.’

‘The team has significant depth and skills – these are seasoned litigators who know how to win.’

‘Joel Leigh is a genuinely exceptional partner. His legal skills, client care and work ethic are second to none – and he, in turn, has trained a team of exceptional litigators.’

‘Ayesha Salim is a star, who is utterly professional and committed to achieving the very best for her client. She bears all the hallmarks of the Howard Kennedy focus on client-centric pragmatism, realism, and value for money.’

Key clients

ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel Middle East FZE


IIFL Wealth Management


IIFL Asset Management (Mauritius)


IIFL Capital PTE (now 360 ONE)


WSL-Cyan


Wilton Secured Lending


Global Currency Exchange Network


Global Custodial Services


Simon C Dickinson


Work highlights


  • Acting for Isaltina Lucas, the former Director of Treasury and Deputy Finance Minister of Mozambique, in Commercial Court proceedings brought by the Republic of Mozambique against Credit Suisse (and other parties),seeking to challenge lending of over $2bn to Mozambique on the basis of alleged corrupt conspiracy.
  • Successfully defending London art dealer Simon C Dickinson in a negligence claim brought by the trustees of the Wemyss Heirlooms Trust, concerning the attribution of an 18th century French painting.
  • Acting for AMNSME, a joint venture between global giant ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel, in a $50m claim against Liberty IQS Pte, a Singaporean company owned by Sanjeev Gupta’s Liberty House Group.

K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates LLP's 'smart, strategic and flexible' team consistently acts in major commercial disputes involving the firm's core specialisms, such as corporate transactions, energy, construction, funds, finance and Fintech. Other disputes specialisms cover technology, sport, gambling, consumer products, commercial life sciences, manufacturing, and logistics. The team is headed by 'excellent litigator' John Magnin, who is particularly focused on corporate, joint venture, finance, crypto and sports-related disputes; and Martin King, who has longstanding experience in the resolution of commercial disputes. At special counsel level, Clare Tanner is an expert in corporate, banking, finance, professional liability, insolvency, and offshore-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

John Magnin


Other key lawyers:

Martin King; Clare Tanner


Testimonials

‘Extremely quick and accurate grasp of the relevant facts, as well as the ability to focus on the key issues.’

‘K&L Gates has a very versatile team, which is able to handle a broad variety of matters.’

‘Clients love working with John Magnin, who is very strong intellectually, and also firm and calm.’

‘John Magnin is an excellent litigator, especially for complex and high-value disputes.’

‘John Magnin understands both commercial and technical issues very well.’

‘Clare Tanner is extremely diligent and careful.’

‘Smart, strategic and flexible – great individuals.’

Key clients

The Racing Partnership


Arena Leisure


Arena Racing Corporation


Crescendo Real Estate Debt Fund


Change Agronomy


Grant Thornton


China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings


Republic of France


Work highlights


  • Acted for The Racing Partnership and Arena Racing Company in business-critical litigation concerning issues of contract, confidentiality, and conspiracy, to stop the unauthorised use and commercial exploitation of live sports data.
  • Representing an individual defendant in a claim brought by a Syrian individual and eight anonymous claimants, in respect of an alleged conspiracy to fund a terrorist group in Syria.
  • Acting for crypto investment vehicles and DeFi platforms/apps in a number of crypto/digital asset disputes.

Keidan Harrison

Recent growth areas for specialist dispute resolution and insolvency boutique, Keidan Harrison, include misappropriation, shareholder, beach of duty, and enforcement claims; and being conflict free, the firm regularly acts against major international corporations. 'Everything that clients want in a litigation partner', Luke Harrison has particular expertise in shareholder, partnership and LLP disputes; and Marc Keidan, who 'always considers every angle', has a varied corporate and commercial litigation practice that is increasingly focused on corporate, shareholder and director disputes. Also highly regarded, Dipti Hunter has longstanding experience in commercial litigation, international arbitration and civil fraud.

Other key lawyers:

Luke Harrison; Marc Keidan; Dipti Hunter


Testimonials

‘The team is led by energetic, innovative, entrepreneurial partners, who provide dynamic, solutions-focused answers to clients’ litigation needs.’

‘The team has the edge over larger City firms because there is active and continued partner-level engagement, with a focus on delivering early results within budget.’

‘A keen focus on quality, consistency, and placing the client’s commercial and strategic objectives at the heart of the matter.’

‘The firm does not over-lawyer matters as large City dispute resolution practices tend to. Instead, the work is undertaken by hugely competent and experienced individuals, who have laser-like focus on the key issues of the matter.’

‘Luke Harrison and Marc Keidan are highly experienced, practical and commercially-focused litigators, who are unwaveringly focused on the client’s objectives and the key issues in the case.’

‘Marc Keidan always considers every angle and has an energy that nobody can replicate.’

Luke Harrison is everything that clients want in a litigation partner. A mastermind with strong strategic oversight, effective at leading a team and coordinating different work streams, but not afraid to roll his sleeves up and get down into the detail where cases are won and lost.

Dipti Hunter is always a wealth of knowledge with a can-do attitude and go-to approach – a joy to work with from start to finish.

Key clients

The Saadat-Yazdi family and companies


Work highlights


  • Acting for Frank Kebekus, a German insolvency practitioner, in the €900m defence of a claim brought by a Luxembourg entity (controlled by Triton Partners).
  • Representing two Kuwaiti HNW individuals, Hassan and Kian Saadat Yazdi, in relation to £50m enforcement proceedings in the English Commercial Court.

King & Wood Mallesons

King & Wood Mallesons‘ London team is well known for its representation of Chinese and Asian parties in high-stakes disputes. The dispute resolution and litigation group also comprises Eastern and Central European and CIS market experts. London commercial litigation leader Darren Roiser is experienced in all aspects of major commercial disputes; and Wilson Antoon is the firm’s London arbitration head. Also highly regarded is legal director Kathryn Griffin, as well as managing associates Chloé Bakshi and Viktoriya Krasyuk. In March 2023, James McKenzie, who has ‘masterful drafting skills‘, was made partner, while former partner Andrei Yakovlev joined Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Darren Roiser


Other key lawyers:

Wilson Antoon; James McKenzie; Kathryn Griffin; Chloé Bakshi; Viktoriya Krasyuk


Testimonials

‘KWM has been a resurgent force in this sector, recruiting wisely and building an enviable portfolio of varied high-profile cases.’

Client service is always their priority.

Darren Roiser – excellent lawyer and good opponent to deal with.

Key clients

Urincha SL


John Eskenazi


Kew Green Group


Kew Green Hotel (Management)


Work highlights


  • Representing Shandong Offshore Investment (HK) Co in a claim for losses in excess of $20m, caused to its joint venture company, Shandong Twin Marine by a former shareholder of Shandong Twin Marine.
  • Acting for Urincha SL and others in a $15m Commercial Court claim, in relation to equity tracker fee agreements with Libra Holdings.
  • Acting for hotel group Kew Green in its claim against founding directors Jameson Lamb and Alex Pritchard, asserting breaches of their contractual, fiduciary, confidentiality, and post-termination obligations.

LK Law LLP

LK Law LLP - 'a specialist firm with expertise in big-ticket, international litigation'- is sought out to act for (or against) banks and other financial institutions, while its caseload frequently comprises fraud allegations. The 'outstanding' firm's banking cases predominantly feature international banks and institutions from the Middle East, Russia, Switzerland, and elsewhere in Continental Europe, in addition to the UK. Andrew Ford is an expert in disputes involving banking transactions, derivatives, tort claims, and unfair prejudice allegations; and Caroline Phipps, who is experienced in civil fraud matters, banking litigation, and issues arising out of corporate insolvency, and commercial litigator James Hayton, were both promoted to partner during 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Ford


Other key lawyers:

Caroline Phipps; James Hayton; Adam Flacks


Testimonials

LK Law has a can-do mindset and is very much solution focused.  It is also fantastically unstuffy and a pleasure to deal with.

‘James Hayton is a good contentious draftsman, well ahead of his peers in this respect.’

‘Caroline Phipps is very talented and diligent – you know you are in safe hands and that she won’t let any balls drop.  Andrew Ford is hugely experienced with strong client handling skills who gives very sensible and practical strategic advice.’

Small but effective. This outstanding team vies competitively with the best litigation firms in London, and it excels at cases involving asset recovery, nationally and internationally.

They work extremely well with international clients; and even though the team is relatively small, they have the ability to run large matters because they use technology to great advantage and plan their campaigns very carefully.

Andrew Ford is an outstanding lawyer and litigator. His strategic insight is unparalleled in the London market.

Andrew Ford is a powerhouse in commercial litigation.

Andrew Ford is an outstanding litigation strategist, who sees not only the big picture but has an in-depth knowledge of its finer details; and Caroline Phipps is very bright and determined.

Key clients

Carlton Huxley


GBT Japan


ICS Investment Consulting Services


Methis Management


Sintesi


Newton Marine Products (2021) Company


Kujtesa


Carlton Huxley


Work highlights


  • Acting for Carlton Huxley in claims that relate to claims brought by certain lenders against one or multiple entities, which concern money transferred for the purpose of investing in property redevelopment projects.
  • Assisting Fontaine & Associates with its clients’ appeal from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP’s litigation team routinely acts for financial institutions, corporations, contractors, investors and family offices in major disputes; and the practice comprises experts in claims involving finance, energy, healthcare and Pharma, as well as mining, insurance, commodities, shipping, construction and IT-related matters. Andrew Savage is a commercial and finance disputes expert, and senior associate Kimberley Smith acts for investors and private equity funds in a range of contentious mandates. Litigator Jack Thorne joined as partner in August 2022 from Paul Hastings LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Savage


Other key lawyers:

Kimberley Smith; Jack Thorne; Edward Perkins; Romilly Holland


Testimonials

The team is very client focused.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the law, very responsive, and excellent drafting.’

‘Jack Thorne is very driven and client focused.’

‘Jack Thorne has an outstanding work ethic – an excellent all-round lawyer.’

‘Andrew Savage is a very savvy operator.’

Key clients

eircom (UK)


Petrochemical Holdings


AIC


Community Health and Eyecare


Amnesty International


Work highlights


  • Representing eircom (UK) in a High Court claim against British Telecommunications, arising out of BT’s conduct during the tender process for the Northern Ireland Public Sector Shared Network Contract in 2018.
  • Successfully represented AIC, a Nigerian construction company, in proceedings in the Court of Appeal and UK Supreme Court, which related to the enforcement of a $160m arbitration award (secured by AIC against the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria).
  • Representing Petrochemical Holdings (PCH) in proceedings against Romania, which concern PCH’s investment in the petrochemical sector.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP 'has the resources to conduct heavy litigation effectively'. The London disputes group routinely acts in high-stakes matters involving the finance, technology and innovation, and energy and infrastructure sectors. London practice leader Simon Willis is a commercial disputes specialist, who is 'exceptionally good at managing cases and advising on strategy'; and Mark Beeley predominantly focuses on international arbitration, yet also maintains a significant cross-border disputes practice in the English courts. The next line of key practitioners includes commercial litigation partners Amanda VossAdam Rizzo and recently-promoted Sarah Stockley, as well as experienced senior associate  Marcus Holmstroem.

Practice head(s):

Simon Willis


Other key lawyers:

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


Testimonials

‘Orrick’s lawyers provide an unusually thorough service and have enviable legal expertise.’

‘Simon Willis is an exceptional partner. He has a fantastic understanding of the law and is exceptionally good at managing cases and advising on strategy.’

‘Simon Willis is an experienced litigator who conducts cases calmly, methodically and very effectively.’

‘Simon Willis has a wealth of experience and expertise, especially in relation to issues of company law and shareholder litigation.’

‘Simon Willis and Amanda Voss make a formidable team.’

‘This is a large firm, which as a result has the resources to conduct heavy litigation effectively.’

Key clients

Connexin


Ernst & Young


Global Processing Services (UK)


KPMG


MetalNRG


Optimares


Petroserv Marine


Sunset Financials


Work highlights


  • Acting for KPMG in relation to the insolvency of Carillion, which collapsed in January 2018 and entered into liquidation with debts of £1.5bn.
  • Acting for Ernst & Young in a claim by HMRC for alleged misrepresentations made, which was in relation to a settlement agreement entered into within the framework of HMRC’s Employee Benefit Trust Settlement Opportunity.
  • Representing listed company Metal NRG in relation to a web of of interrelated claims against a former director, who engaged in self-interested dealing.

Payne Hicks Beach LLP

The ‘innovative and dynamic team‘ at Payne Hicks Beach LLP handles disputes concerning finance (including financial services), commercial issues, fraud, insolvency, and professional negligence. The team is also instructed in company-related disputes, such as unfair prejudice claims. In addition to acting in media sector litigation, dispute resolution department head Dominic Crossley advises educational and sporting institutions, politicians, public sector bodies, and entrepreneurs; and Lucas Mooreidentifies the quickest possible route to the solution‘. Providing further partner-level support are experienced commercial litigators Georgina BayleyAne Vernon and Paul Dorrans.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Crossley; Lucas Moore


Other key lawyers:

Georgina Bayley; Ane Vernon; Paul Dorrans; Andrew Willan; Camilla Pratt; Clementine Dowley


Testimonials

‘A niche firm, which has the ability to generate interesting and high-profile work and to deliver it with great effect.’

Good service and commercial nous.

‘The best boutique practice in London. Wonderfully collaborative and technically superior to all its rivals.’

‘PHB operates at the intersection where a law firm steeped in history meets an innovative and dynamic team with bucketloads of commercial acumen.’

‘Lucas Moore’s appreciation for the commercial realities of a claim, particularly at the outset, make him stand out from other lawyers.’

‘Lucas Moore is razor-sharp and identifies the quickest possible route to the solution, which is invaluable.’

‘Paul Dorrans has a very reassuring presence and rightly gives clients great confidence. He shows excellent judgement.’

‘Georgina Bayley is excellent – a first-class litigator with a deft touch for clients.’

Key clients

Diligence International


Work highlights


Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP

Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP's caseload covers high-level international contractual and corporate disputes that often encompass multi-jurisdictional elements. The department is co-led by 'outstanding litigatorRudi Ramdarshan, who routinely acts in high-stakes commercial litigation cases; and David Burns, an expert in financial transaction-related claims comprising international dimensions, as well as joint venture disputes. Also key to the practice, Jonathan Chan is sought out by East Asia and Hong Kong-based clients for commercial litigation; Victoria Huxley is experienced in Court of Appeal and High Court matters, as well as emergency High Court injunctions; and Benjamin Frost 'knows his case inside out'.

Practice head(s):

Rudi Ramdarshan; David Burns


Other key lawyers:

Katinka Beamish; Marissa Lawrence


Testimonials

One feature that makes the firm unique is its tenacity and commitment when it comes to fighting for clients.’

‘RFB gives Magic Circle service without charging Magic Circle rates.’

‘Rudi Ramdarshan and Victoria Huxley are standout partners. Their legal knowledge and commitment to clients’ cases make working with either or both of them a pleasant experience.’

‘Not only are Rudi Ramdarshan and his team exceptionally helpful in times of commercial disputes, their service is provided in a friendly, approachable and accessible manner.’

‘Rudi Ramdarshan is an outstanding litigator, who has an excellent team ethos and a reassuringly confident approach. He remains unfazed by procedural twists and turns, and is robust and thoroughly detailed in his responses to opponents.’

‘Highly recommended to small and medium-sized businesses for the resolution of disputes and protection of rights and assets in a prompt and efficient manner.’

David Burns is extremely client oriented and Benjamin Frost is calm under fire and knows his case inside out.’

‘Marissa Lawrence is an imaginative and highly effective solicitor, who is well suited to working in a team to seek resolutions.’

Key clients

Naftogaz


PCF Bank


PCF Credit


Pantheon International Advisors


Al Sraiya Group


Glasshouse Asset Management


Comptoir Group


Don’t Look Back Holdings


Bloomsbury Institute


Work highlights


  • Acting for Kashif Ahmed and Bushra Ahmed in a groundbreaking Supreme Court case concerning director’s liability (as a joint tortfeasor where tort in question creates a strict liability).
  • Instructed by PCF Bank and PCF Credit in several contentious matters.
  • Assisting multiple claimants with high-value group litigation claims against various banks.

Russell-Cooke LLP

Russell-Cooke LLP‘s multi-disciplinary department comprises experts in a range of contentious matters, including civil fraud, professional negligence, construction, insolvency, and contractual and director/shareholder disputes. Senior partner John Gould specialises in commercial litigation, regulation, and public law matters; insolvency head Lee Ranford 'brings decades of experience'; Elliot Elsey's practice encompasses contractual and quasi-contractual disputes, as well as claimant-side professional negligence; Michael Stacey is 'a standout solicitor with excellent regulatory knowledge'; and Mark Fletcher maintains a broad litigation practice. Joshua Mitchell (promoted in July 2023, David Fendt and Emily Mitcheson are the senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):

John Gould


Other key lawyers:

Lee Ranford’; Elliot Elsey; Michael Stacey; Mark Fletcher; Joshua Mitchell; David Fendt; Emily Mitcheson


Testimonials

‘City expertise in its legal knowledge, experience, advice, and case-handling of insurance and property litigation at a non-City price – what’s not to like?’

‘John Gould – the doyen of regulatory solicitors who also does commercial work. Extremely wise, tremendous intellect, and hardworking.’

‘Lee Ranford is a seasoned partner specialising in commercial insolvency matters. He brings decades of experience and a cool touch to the most complex and challenging matters.’

‘Mark Fletcher is a brilliant lawyer with a fine eye for detail, who will turn over every stone in order to achieve the best result for his client.’

‘Michael Stacey is a standout solicitor with excellent regulatory knowledge and great client service.’

‘Eliott Elsey demonstrates a complete grasp of the issues in the case. Every care is taken to ensure clients are on board throughout.’

‘David Fendt is a very experienced senior associate, who communicates excellently with clients, is very attentive, and effectively manages demanding cases.

Emily Mitcheson is a highly-experienced senior associate and, frankly, is now operating on a partner level. Joshua Mitchell is also very good to work with – he is firmly on top of matters and provides helpful input.’

Key clients

Law Society of England and Wales


Solicitors Regulation Authority


Shurgard


Venson Automotive Solutions


FRP Advisory Trading


Health and Protection


Moore Kingston Smith


WSM Marks Bloom


Work highlights


  • Advising the owner of a student accommodation block in claims arising from high-value remedial works (due to fire safety issues).
  • Assisting an insolvency practitioner with recovery of multi-million pound loans from tax investment schemes.
  • Assisting the claimant with a multi-million pound proprietary estoppel/unjust enrichment claim.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

'Every bit the equal of the market's largest and most well-known firms', Trowers & Hamlins LLP routinely acts in heavyweight commercial disputes, commercial claims involving public sector bodies, and Middle East-related work. The team has also experienced growth in contentious insolvency work, financial services sector-related commercial judicial reviews; and the commercial side to employment disputes. Lucy James is 'a Titan of the commercial litigation world'; Alex Burton focuses on complex, cross-border disputes; Navinder Grover typically acts in corporate disputes, frauds and insolvency-related matters; and Charlotte Clayson assists with high-value commercial and public law disputes. James Lancaster is an experienced managing associate.

Practice head(s):

Lucy James


Other key lawyers:

Alex Burton; Navinder Grover; Charlotte Clayson; James Lancaster; Cara Gillingham; Laura Pennells; Michael Rhode; Andrew Reid; Edward Rees; Dylan Milner-Stopps; Jamie De Souza; Emily Sharples; Harriet Heber


Testimonials

‘Every bit the equal of the market’s largest and most well-known firms in terms of resources, calibre of clients, quality of legal output, and market presence.’

‘The team works collaboratively and effectively.’

Lucy James is a Titan of the commercial litigation world; Michael Rhode is a leading practitioner, who is also a strategic master; Alex Burton is perceptive and responsive; and Simon Banks is reliable, smart and hardworking.

‘Navinder Grover – great communication skills and a seasoned negotiator.’

‘Navinder Grover is solutions oriented and tenacious.

‘The team is focused and aims to get the best for the client.’

‘All the team members are diligent and approachable.’

Emily Sharples – efficient and really gets into the detail of the case.

Key clients

InHealth Intelligence


Harlow District Council


ICL 5


Caramel Sales


Advanced Multi-Technology for Medical Industry (Hitex)


Sayacorp


Work highlights


  • Acting for a public sector client in a potential follow-on damages claim, which concerns price manipulation.
  • Acts on behalf of 13 charitable trusts, in relation to potential negligence claims against the principal employer of a pension scheme, its professional advisers, and the trustee of the pension scheme.
  • Acts for InHealth Intelligence in a procurement claim against NHS England.

Armstrong Teasdale

Committed to the cause‘, Armstrong Teasdale‘s commercial litigation department has a strong presence in the finance, natural resources, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing industries. UK department head Robert Paydon is ‘a very good strategic thinker‘; James Thorndyke focuses on sport, IP and general commercial disputes; Fraser Mitchell  is a recently-elevated partner; and senior counsel Andy Kerman is ‘a great tactician‘. Senior associate Emma Shaw and of counsel Molly Ahmed are also key litigators.

Practice head(s):

Robert Paydon


Other key lawyers:

James Thorndyke; Fraser Mitchell; Andy Kerman; Emma Shaw; Molly Ahmed


Testimonials

‘Fantastic solicitors – thorough, dedicated and achieve results.’

‘Robert Paydon is creative, tenacious and thoughtful. Great litigation know-how and a very good strategic thinker.’

‘Fraser Mitchell is very sharp and commercially driven.’

‘Andy Kerman – hugely experienced, wise, and a great tactician. He really does understand the client’s concerns.’

Molly Ahmed is very hardworking, nothing is too much trouble for her; and Emma Shaw is highly efficient.’

‘Highly efficient, full of good minds, and committed to the cause.’

Key clients

Purple Surgical


Privinvest Holding SAL


FKA Brands


Petrosaudi Oil Services (Venezuela)


Melford Capital


Cancrie Investments


Kataman Metals


European Health Technology


Work highlights


  • Acting for Cancrie Investments in its multi-jurisdictional enforcement of a United Arab Emirates judgment.
  • Acting for Privinvest in a series of commercial contract and guarantee claims.
  • Acingt for Purple Surgical in high-value commercial disputes arising out of the supply of PPE during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ashfords LLP

Ashfords LLP's commercial litigation practice covers contract disputes, emergency relief, contempt of court proceedings, fraud, asset and tracing claims, and company and partnership disputes. Other key areas range from claims against company directors, to cross-border disputes, defamation, professional negligence claims, and debt recovery and enforcement matters. The principal figures are London office head James Crighton, who is 'always thinking strategically'; Exeter-based commercial disputes head Andrew Perkins; and technology and sports disputes expert Rory Mac Neice in Bristol.

Practice head(s):

James Crighton; Andrew Perkins; Rory Mac Neice


Other key lawyers:

Ceris Fuller


Testimonials

‘The team is able to respond to instructions really quickly, always with the goal of achieving the very best outcome for the client.’

‘All the solicitors are available, on top of the papers and issues, and uniformly pleasant to deal with.’

‘James Crighton stands out because he is really engaged in his matters, on top of all the detail, and always thinking strategically. He manages clients really well and is a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

iiB Group Holdings


Fontaine


Douglas & Gordon


Slater & Gordon No


Betterstyle International


Hardis Group


CognitionX


Voilerie du Sud Ouest


Work highlights


  • Defended Samuel Watson against a claim for fraud and conspiracy, which was valued at over £100m, and was brought by multiple claimants (including Voltaire Capital Holdings).
  • Defended Eric Watson in Kea Investments Ltd v Watson, which included (reportedly) the longest committal trial in English legal history.
  • Defended Nobu Su in proceedings involving a fraud claim of $37m, committal applications and search orders.

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans' 'extremely capable dispute resolution team' has substantial experience in group claims, commercial contract disputes, professional negligence, and shareholder, partnership, and joint venture disputes. Other key areas are banking and finance litigation, debt and asset recovery, and IT disputes. Commercial litigation leader Sinéad Lester is well known for corporate and shareholder conflicts; Jonathan Sachs is an expert in group litigation and professional negligence claims; and commercial litigator Richard Langley is 'not afraid to challenge others' views'.

Practice head(s):

Sinéad Lester


Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Sachs; Richard Langley; Jocelyn Contato


Testimonials

‘The firm is extremely client friendly, and provides value for money and excellent client care.’

‘Jonathan Sachs – the doyen of the commercial litigation world. He is extremely client friendly and a joy for Counsel to work with.’

‘Jonathan Sachs has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, which is married up with a tactical astuteness that makes him a formidable colleague  and an even more formidable opponent.’

‘An extremely capable dispute resolution team.’

‘Richard Langley is always a pleasure to work for. He is a very able black letter lawyer, who is not afraid to challenge others’ views, but always a team player.

‘They understand the problems clients have from the outset; and their offices and the way they work are 100% professional.’

‘Sinéad Lester is very helpful and very easy to communicate with. A hardworking solicitor with fast responses, and the billing policy is reasonable for the service.’

‘Excellent all-round commercial litigation team. Great client service and strong legal knowledge.’

Key clients

North Channel Bank GmbH & Co


Real Time Systems


Trinsalvage Enterprises


Cambridgeshire County Council


Work highlights


  • Acted for the successful claimant in Companies Court proceedings to retain control of a majority shareholding.
  • Acting for various corporate claimants in pursuing business interruption claims under insurance policies, which were triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Representing Cambridgeshire County Council in a dispute involving the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway.

Blake Morgan LLP

With 'a deep understanding of all types of commercial disputes', Blake Morgan LLP predominantly acts in high-value and complex litigation. The 'impressive' Sarah Rees is frequently involved in cases with offshore features; Justin Weare is 'one of the best commercial litigators around'; and Alex Shirtcliff has extensive experience in both domestic and international cases. Elevated to partner in May 2023, Conor Daly, who is 'clear, concise and to the point', specialises in commercial litigation and insolvency litigation.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Rees


Other key lawyers:

Justin Weare; Alex Shirtcliff; Conor Daly


Testimonials

‘An excellent team that is led by the impressive Sarah Rees.’

‘A versatile team that is capable of managing complex litigation efficiently and effectively.’

‘Justin Weare is a delight to work with – helpful, down to earth, and focused on the client’s needs.’

‘Justin Weare is, without question, one of the best commercial litigators around. Strategic, clever and innovative, Justin is consistently able to find multiple solutions to the most intractable problems that his clients face. A star in his field.’

‘Conor Daly is a safe pair of hands, who is clear, concise and to the point.

‘The team at Blake Morgan has a deep understanding of all types of commercial disputes, allowing them to navigate even the most challenging problems with finesse and precision.’

‘With a diverse range of solicitors willing to go the extra mile for any client, the team provides an extraordinary level of client service.’

‘Clients can rest assured that, if there is a pragmatic and efficient solution to their dispute, the Blake Morgan team will find it.’

Key clients

The Kerry Group


South American Aircraft Leasing


Transomas


Transomas Investments


Awendale Resources


Work highlights


  • Acting for Georgian billionaire and former Prime Minister of Georgia, Bidzina Ivanishvili (and members of his family) in their global claims against entities within the Credit Suisse Group.
  • Acting for Maxim Chechetkin in a Financial Services and Markets Act claim against global crypto platform, Kraken.
  • Acting for Amber Murphy in UK proceedings over the use of the registered trade mark for a series of novels.

Boodle Hatfield LLP

With notable specialisms in the art, luxury asset, family business and agrochemicals sectors, Boodle Hatfield LLP's 'commercial litigation team excels at managing disputes'. The practice regularly acts in matters for clients from the Middle East, as well as other overseas jurisdictions. Commercial litigation specialist Simon Fitzpatrick is 'strategically very strong and has superb judgement'; and Kellie Jones routinely acts in professional negligence, breach of contract and insolvency-related claims. 'Superb' senior associate Rebecca Foden is an expert in art-related litigation.

Practice head(s):

Simon Fitzpatrick


Other key lawyers:

Kellie Jones; Rebecca Foden


Testimonials

‘Commercially minded and quick to grasp key issues.’

‘Very good and held in high regard – responsive and gets very good work.’

‘The team is excellent. They seem to provide a very pleasant working environment that is packed with immensely capable individuals.’

‘Simon Fitzpatrick is a fabulous lawyer, who is able to navigate waters with the most difficult clients, and with great skill, combining firmness with charm.’

‘Simon Fitzpatrick is strategically very strong and has superb judgement; and Kellie Jones is good at dealing with clients, keeping expectations realistic.’

‘Rebecca Foden has a real eye for detail, and she is reliable, user friendly and incredibly bright.’

‘Rebecca Foden is simply superb. She always delivers.’

‘Boodle Hatfield’s commercial litigation team excels at managing disputes, thanks to its excellent strategic judgement and commercial insight.’

Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP

Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP's 'brilliantly innovative' UK commercial litigation practice acts in shareholder disputes, investment fund litigation, and disputes concerning M&A, capital markets, joint ventures, and commercial arrangements. It also assists with claims over regulatory obligations, directors’ duties, fraud, corporate governance, insolvency, and professional negligence. UK commercial litigation leader Jumana Rahman is 'one of the best resolvers of disputes in the London market', while former counsel Thomas Shortland is a recently-elevated partner. Charlotte Ritchie is an experienced associate.

Practice head(s):

Jumana Rahman


Other key lawyers:

Thomas Shortland; Charlotte Ritchie


Testimonials

‘Standout stars in every way and brilliantly innovative – they will come up with winning ideas and tactics that would not occur to lesser mortals, and are relentlessly persistent.’

‘They will work unflaggingly and constantly until they have left no stone unturned and no potentially winning avenue unexplored.’

‘Quite simply the nicest people to work with and to have alongside in a fight.’

‘Jumana Rahman is truly a cut above the rest – one of the best resolvers of disputes in the London market. She offers excellent client service with a clear purpose: resolving disputes as efficiently and effectively as possible.’

‘Jumana Rahman is a very sound and level-headed adviser.

‘Thomas Shortland is very switched on for commercial and sanctions work, and with a very responsive and commercial approach.’

‘A strong disputes team, with some strong lawyers, including Thomas Shortland.’

‘Thomas Shortland is a standout partner. He has broad experience and is very dedicated to his clients.’

Key clients

Hot Pancakes Limited


Dorsey & Whitney

The London trial team at Dorsey & Whitney is led by ‘superb lawyer and creative litigatorAymen Khoury, who is ‘very highly respected for his Middle East focused practice‘ and the ‘excellentMatthew Blower, a former criminal barrister who has been at the firm since 2006. The practice, which is described as offering a ‘unique combination of big US firm thrust with a more traditional finesse and effectiveness‘, also includes recently promoted partner Joseph Lewin, and regularly handles post-M&A disputes, shareholder disputes and civil fraud cases.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Blower; Aymen Khoury


Other key lawyers:

Joseph Lewin; Shamilee Arora


Testimonials

‘Matt Blower is excellent and Joseph Lewin is a rising star.’

‘Aymen Khoury is an outstanding litigator who cares passionately for his clients’ interests and never lets go of a strong point. He combines a clear view of his client’s commercial objective with a laser-like focus on the detail of the argument.’

‘Aymen Khoury is a relentless litigator who achieves excellent results for his clients. Knowledgeable, affable and tenacious. A pleasure to deal with.’

‘I’ve worked with Aymen Khoury and Shamilee Arora. Both are excellent. Aymen stands out for his great communication skills and ability to get to the heart of a problem quickly. He provides great client service, he’s a smart lawyer, and he knows how to use law to solve commercial problems. He’s also a delight to work with. Highly recommend.’

‘Aymen Khoury is an outstanding commercial litigator.  His strategic instincts are always spot on.  His attention to detail and commercial approach to litigation commands client confidence. He is very highly respected for his Middle East focused practice.’

‘Matthew Blower was highly responsive throughout and provided clear and practical strategic advice. I give him my highest recommendation and will recommend him to anyone who asks!’

‘Joseph Lewin – hard working and excellent attention to detail and also an enormous capacity to work very long hours and get things done that have to be done.’

‘It is actually hard to describe how excellent Matthew Blower and his team are. They are always available, giving practical and level-headed advice, and they always have their eyes on the end game, i.e. winning the trial. They were on top of things and remained calm under pressure, and there was a lot of pressure. They were also lots of fun to work with. During such an intense period it is important to work with someone that has a sense of humour and enjoys what he is doing.’

Key clients

Watchstone Group PLC


DnaNudge Limited


Otello Corporation ASA


Warner Chappell Music Italiana S.r.l


Rayan Asset Management Limited


Work highlights


  • Acting for Watchstone Group in its high profile litigation against PwC, arising out of the £637m purchase by Slater & Gordon of the professional services division of Quindell (as Watchstone was then known) in 2015.
  • Acting for the defendant, DnaNudge, in its dispute with the UK Department of Health & Social Care regarding a contract for the provision to the government of COVID-19 testing kits worth approximately £160m, and a related dispute with Ventura Capital GP Limited, which alleges fraudulent misrepresentation in relation to the subscription of shares for approximately £40m.
  • Acting for the Claimant, Otello Corporation ASA, a Norwegian company, in a shareholder dispute with a US based joint venture partner in London, New York and Norway.

Forsters LLP

Forsters LLP's dispute resolution practice routinely handles major commercial disputes, including high-value, international, multi-party actions; and is praised for 'combining the intellectual heft of a magic or silver circle firm with the savvy and personal touch of an elite Mayfair firm'. The 'tight-knit and determined team' is led by Benedict Walton, whose practice encompasses cases concerning breaches of contractual terms, breaches of directors’ duties, shareholder disputes, negligence, fraud, investment disputes, and group actions; he and fellow partner Caroline Harbord are described as 'hard-working, robust, committed and creative'. Andrew Head has a track record of work on international disputes, finance cases, class action claims and professional negligence; while Bryan Shacklady is an experienced counsel.

Practice head(s):

Benedict Walton


Other key lawyers:

Andrew Head; Caroline Harbord; Bryan Shacklady


Testimonials

‘Ben Walton and Caroline Harbord are hard-working, robust, committed and creative. I hold them in the highest possible regard.’  

‘The team combines the intellectual heft of a Magic or Silver Circle firm with the savvy and personal touch of an elite Mayfair firm. From partners to trainees, the team is packed with first-rate lawyers.’

‘An excellent and responsive team led by Ben Walton. They focus on the key pressure points.’

‘A nimble, expert commercial litigation outfit. High quality litigation at reasonable costs.’

‘Forsters have an outstanding all-round team – they are commercially savvy, fearless in fighting their client’s corner and have superb capabilities for a firm of their size.’

‘The team at Forsters is hugely practical and goal-driven. They are business-orientated and full of energy and new ideas.’

‘Forsters is a very good choice if you want a strong ‘can do’ ethic.’

‘Excellent legal ability and organisation. Strong teamwork. Excellent preparation and communication. This all leads to a clear and informed experience.’

Key clients

Clarence Court Eggs


Keyforce Trustees


GPF


Greybull Capital


Stonegate Farmers


Thames Valley Eggs


Freeths LLP

Freeths LLPtakes a pragmatic and commercial view, while providing clear concise advice and options‘. Well known for both high-value and high-profile litigation, the practice is headed by London managing partner Philippa Dempster, ‘a leader in her field‘, whose caseload encompasses both UK and international disputes, along with defamation and data-related claims. Nick Sutton joined as partner in September 2022 from Fletcher Day to bolster the firm’s commercial litigation and insurance disputes practice.

Practice head(s):

Philippa Dempster


Other key lawyers:

Nick Sutton; Imogen Randall; Samantha Fleming; Sajjid Kurmani; Petya Koycheva


Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of the law, but takes a pragmatic and commercial view, while providing clear concise advice and options.’

‘Philippa Dempster – a leader in her field, and a great communicator who provides a range of solutions from a commercial angle.’

Petya Koycheva is very thorough and provides clear, concise advice.

Key clients

Lyle & Scott


Eddie Stobart


Work highlights


  • Acting for Business Continuity Institute (BCI) in connection with social media and LinkedIn posts, alleging that the BCI’s board and senior management were acting contrary to good ethics and the Institute’s constitution.

Kennedys

Beyond Kennedys' core insurance sector client base, the firm's 'impressive' commercial litigation practice consistently attracts significant volumes of high-value work from global non-insurance clients. UK commercial disputes head Ben Aram 'makes sure that everything is on track'; Danny Steel maintains a broad commercial dispute resolution practice; and recently-promoted Kavan Bakhda is 'undaunted by difficult tasks'. Alexander Scard and Darren Bradshaw are experienced legal directors, while senior associate Rhys Tebbett acts in high-value, complex disputes that frequently originate overseas.

Practice head(s):

Ben Aram


Other key lawyers:

Danny Steel; Kavan Bakhda; Alexander Scard; Darren Bradshaw; Rhys Tebbett; Daisy Burgess


Testimonials

Good to work with – they allocate work appropriately within the team (everyone is super-competent at their level) and they work well together.’

‘They communicate well with clients and are across the detail.’

‘They have an eye on what matters and work well under time pressure.’

Key clients

National Crime Agency


McTear Williams and Wood


Kroll


PWC


Azets


Work highlights


  • Acting for the joint liquidators of companies that operated a currency exchange business (Kroll), in relation to an application to determine whether monies, paid to the companies immediately before their insolvency, were held on trust for the payers.
  • Acting for McTear Williams & Wood in a claim against the former auditors of a company, which concerns alleged dishonest assistance, fraudulent trading, and breaches of duty.
  • Acting for Antony Batty and Hugh Jessemann, as joint trustees in bankruptcy of an individual who owes significant sums to HMRC, in connection with investigations into the bankrupt’s affairs.

McGuireWoods London LLP

Delivering 'an unflappable service', McGuireWoods London LLP is best known for international, high-stakes litigation; and the disputes team is experienced in a range of industries, including energy, banking, life sciences and technology. In addition to general commercial disputes, Simon Hems specialises in the offshore oil and gas, renewable energy and maritime sectors, as well as insurance recovery work; and William Boddy routinely acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes that involve allegations of fraud. Recently-raised partner Chloe Steele is 'a trusted advisor'.

Practice head(s):

William Boddy; Simon Hems


Other key lawyers:

Chloe Steele


Testimonials

Reliable, responsive and very professional.’

‘Chloe Steele is a trusted advisor to clients.’

‘Great and efficient service.’

‘Impressive ability to cope with and manage turnaround times that are difficult to meet – an unflappable service.’

‘Very efficient and able to handle quick turnaround timescales, without any loss of intellectual input.’

‘All instructions are carefully prepared, even when times are tight, and fully thought through.’

‘What is most helpful is the fact that they offer reasoned solutions and outcomes to the issues in dispute, and the questions posed by the client and the foreign court in question.’

Key clients

Genesis Aviation Services


Tanner Pharma UK


TannerGAP


14th Street Capital


Work highlights


  • Representing Genesis Aviation Services in multiple claims concerning aircraft losses, further to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
  • Defending complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings against Tanner Pharma UK, TannerGAP and others (pursued by FS Medical Services in relation to the sale of coronavirus testing kits that were sourced from China for the DHSC).
  • Successfully led an international team that acted for 14th Street Capital in a cross-border insolvency matter, including appointing administrators over defaulting debtor Afin Technologies.

ONTIER LLP

ONTIER LLP‘s growing London disputes practice is able to leverage the office's significant technology disputes practice, which is particularly active in the crypto disputes space. In addition to his fraud disputes credentials, Oliver Cain's recent workload encompasses accounting, banking and finance, commodities, digital assets, energy, IT, real estate, and shipping-related claims; Felicity Potter acts in high-value, multi-jurisdictional disputes; and Aoife Keane is an international arbitration and litigation specialist. Senior associate Nicholas Dawson maintains a broad commercial disputes practice.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Cain


Other key lawyers:

Felicity Potter; Aoife Keane; Nicholas Dawson; Amy Harvey


Testimonials

‘An experienced team at every level of litigation. They are not afraid of a challenge and always think ahead in terms of both the way in which they should staff a matter throughout its lifespan, as well as utilising the latest technology available in law to ensure they work in the most efficient way for their client.’

‘They will always explain the way in which they will be billing the client, and give cost estimates at each stage to ensure there are no surprises along the way. The way that they work together and ensure the right members of the team are utilised for each task is fantastic and both their fee earners and support staff are always friendly and willing to help.’

‘Oliver Cain is the calmest litigator I have ever met. He is always in the detail of his client’s cases and is never fazed in a crisis. He will never leave a stone unturned and knows how to ask the right questions to ensure he understands his clients case to be able to give them the most accurate legal analysis and/or commercial solution.’

‘Nicholas Dawson is an outstanding senior associate with a breadth of knowledge across multiple sectors. He has astute judgement as well as deep and broad legal knowledge. His advice is clear and logical, even in complex cases. A fantastic associate and one to watch out for.’

Key clients

Emar Al-Bayadir For Development & Trading


Tulip Trading


Wright International Investments


Cameroon Holdings


Work highlights


  • Represents Tulip Trading in proceedings brought in the English Courts against the developers of the BTC, BCH and ABC bitcoin networks, in which it seeks an order requiring the developers to restore control of digital assets held on those networks.
  • Represents Emar in claims, arising out of a joint venture to invest in UK and European real estate.
  • Acting for Dr Craig Wright and Wright International Investments in claims against the Coinbase and Kraken digital currency exchanges, asserting that they have been passing off digital currencies BTC and BCH as Bitcoin.

Rosling King

Rosling King fields 'an excellent, modest-sized team of hardworking and intelligent commercial lawyers'. The disputes group is particularly active in shareholder and partnership disputes, and claims involving breach of directors’ duties and contracts, along with negligence and mis-selling matters. Practice leader Georgina Squire is ‘incredibly commercial‘; Hannah Sharp is experienced in high-value commercial litigation, and has notable financial services sector expertise; and Lauren Pardoe focuses on company-related matters. Fellow partners Kate Rigby and Laura Matthews also act in commercial litigation.

Practice head(s):

Georgina Squire


Other key lawyers:

Hannah Sharp; Lauren Pardoe; Kate Rigby; Laura Matthews; Avneet Baryan


Testimonials

‘An excellent, modest-sized team of hardworking and intelligent commercial lawyers.’

‘Georgina Squire and Lauren Pardoe are exceptionally good to work with.’

‘Georgina Squire is incredibly commercial and always looks at the overall strategy at a tactical level.’

‘Hannah Sharp is particularly good. She is an exceptional lawyer – a great analyst of complex material, who pays fine attention to detail, which comes out in the quality of her work product. She is also an excellent team player.’

‘Hannah Sharp is an excellent commercial litigation lawyer. She is hands on, across the detail, and extremely responsive.’

‘Technically strong partners and team, and good to work with’

‘An excellent team, whether partners, associates, trainees or paralegals.’

‘They always have someone to assist and break down large quantities of information into a manageable set of data. The partners are highly experienced and great to work with.’

Key clients

Amicus Finance


Funding Circle


Bulmers


WWRT


Asertis


Baytree Holdings


Aggaris Investments


Morevale Company


Oak Trust (Guernsey)


CriSeren Investments


Sunley Estates


Elsworthy SJW


21st Century Group Holdings


Capital Home Loans


Palmali Shipping


Iesis


Work highlights


  • 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 connection with non-performing loans advanced by the bank.
  • Acting for Palmali Shipping in a fiercely-contested contractual dispute worth over $175m.
  • Representing four defendants (Sunley Estates, Elsworthy SJW, Mr Seal and Mr Taylor) in a claim relating to the sale of a high-value residential property.

RWK Goodman

RWK Goodman is the result of a May 2022 merger between Royds Withy King and Goodman Derrick LLP. The practice is notably active in commercial disputes, particularly those concerning contract breaches and shareholder conflicts, including unfair prejudice claims, civil fraud, and recovery matters. Firm-wide dispute resolution head Dan Dodman focuses on high-value cases comprising international elements; Milan Kapadia is London disputes leader; Stephen Welfare is an experienced general commercial litigator; and Craig Walker is a commercial disputes and investigations expert.

Practice head(s):

Milan Kapadia; Dan Dodman


Other key lawyers:

Stephen Welfare; Craig Walker; Julie Killip; Jack Pestill; Ellie Spencer; Tim Newcombe; Chloe Howes


Testimonials

‘A mid-market firm that is able to run sizeable cases to trial efficiently.’

‘Dan Dodman sees the big picture and is a tough negotiator.’

‘Dan Dodman is commercial, practical and client-focused.’

Key clients

Christie Group


Quantuma


National Association of Jewellers


RSM


Begbies Traynor


Armstrong Solar Holdings


State Bank of India (London head office branch)


Bank of India (London head office branch and Wembley branch)


Axis Bank (GIFT City Branch, India)


SBI (Mauritius)


AfrAsia Bank (Mauritius Branch)


Indian Overseas Bank (Hong Kong Branch)


Tufnell Parcels Express


New Freedom Holdings


Explosive Learning Solutions


Evelyn Partners


Kroll


Opus Partners


Moorfields Advisory


Stellafoam


Work highlights


  • Acting for four banks, Canara Bank (London Branch), Indian Overseas Bank (Hong Kong Branch), SBI (Mauritius), and AfrAsia Bank (Mauritius Branch) against the Essar group of companies, in their $130m claim for breaches of a loan facility, including non-payment and asset dissipation breaches.
  • Acting for the defendants in a claim for fraudulent breach of fiduciary duty, knowing receipt, and dishonest assistance.
  • Acting for a ‘problem gambler’, who it is alleged was encouraged to continue betting with defendant bookmakers.

Stevens & Bolton LLP

Comprising 'City-quality lawyers, operating at out-of-town prices', Guildford firm Stevens & Bolton LLP has notable expertise in the life sciences, IT and technology, energy, insurance and franchising sectors. The team is led by commercial disputes, fraud and asset recovery specialist Sarah Murray, while Michael Frisby is an expert in life sciences, insurance, construction and engineering disputes, along with international arbitration. Also highly regarded, Andrew Quick is 'a sage and experienced adviser', and Catherine Penny advises on a range of commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Murray


Other key lawyers:

Michael Frisby; Andrew Quick; Catherine Penny; James Evison; Lorna Sleave


Testimonials

‘The dispute resolution team comprises City-quality lawyers, operating at out-of-town prices.’

‘Sarah Murray is a brilliant lawyer, who is not afraid to get stuck in as part of the team; and Catherine Penny’s advice is on point and pragmatic.’

‘Very efficient and organised, and able to deal with major litigation. They have a very happy band of clients.’

‘Andrew Quick is a sage and experienced adviser, who is quick to identify the commercial and legal aspects of even the largest litigation. Suitably firm and energetic with the opponent, when needed.’

‘Andrew Quick has a great grasp of the detail of a case and clear commercial nous.’

‘James Evison – a thoughtful and thorough team player. Starting to emerge as a force.’

‘A really professional outfit that understands the detail of a case and proactively manages it. They keep across all the issues and work efficiently, not wasting barrister time unnecessarily or duplicating work streams.’

‘A brilliant team of litigators with vast experience in the field.’

Key clients

Helios Oryx


Allianz Insurance


Global Display Solutions


Diebold Nixdorf (UK)


CBRE Managed Services


Work highlights


  • Acting for Helios Oryx  in £80m proceedings issued in the Commercial Court, which concern ongoing proceedings in Namibia for sums due under a facility agreement.
  • Acting for Allianz in a Commercial Court dispute worth £140m, in respect of customer redress for the sale of PPI and Product Protection insurance.
  • Acting for Global Display Solutions and its group companies in damages claims against NCR Corporation (and its group companies) for deceit, breach of contract and unlawful conspiracy (among others).

Wallace LLP

Wallace LLP's 'tight-knit and dynamic team' is consistently mandated for corporate and commercial litigation that features cross-border aspects. Alexander Weinberg is 'who clients need at the tiller in difficult cases'; Oli Goldman acts in a range of commercial disputes, regulatory investigations and fraud-related matters; and Simon Serota is a renowned property litigator. At senior associate level, Elizabeth Asher acts in commercial and insolvency disputes; Josephine Mathew specialises in high-value commercial litigation; and Philip Blyghton 'delivers tremendous value to clients'.

Practice head(s):

Simon Serota


Other key lawyers:

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


Testimonials

‘Wallace provides a tight-knit and dynamic team that delivers top-quality legal advice and client care, with a personal touch that clients don’t always get at the bigger firms.’

‘They care about the clients and getting the best result. Though they are a smaller outfit (akin to some of the boutique litigation firms), they punch above their weight and can go toe-to-toe with the biggest firms on the biggest cases.’

‘Oli Goldman has excellent legal knowledge and great client delivery.’

Alexander Weinberg and Philip Blyghton are both standouts.

Alexander Weinberg is a very effective communicator and litigation manager. He is who clients need at the tiller in difficult cases.’

‘Philip Blyghton is a brilliant senior associate. He is pleasant, diligent, technically excellent, and he has good judgement – delivers tremendous value to clients.

Josephine Mathew – ability to understand complex issues and take in a lot of information/documents and distil them down to the most important facts.’

‘Josephine Mathew – very available. Good communication and good knowledge of court procedure. Also very reliable.’

Key clients

Aaqua BV


Aaquaverse PTE


Steven Bartlett Limited


Turtle Reef Holdings


Natuzzi


TradingView


Novus Aviation Capital


ENIC Group


Efficio


Henry Schein Inc


Excell Group


Opia


Maris Interiors


Eco Energy World


Incisive Media


Albion Energy


Ludsin Overseas


Matière SAS


Work highlights


  • Acting for Dutch businessman, Robert Bonnier (and companies in the Aaqua Group), in defending a claim brought by one of Nick Candy’s investment vehicles, including successfully discharging a worldwide freezing injunction.
  • Acting for three HNWI defendants, Marcus Struik, Asher Avidan and Joseph Tchelet, in their defence of Commercial Court fraud proceedings that were brought by Vale group companies.
  • Defending Greek investor Panagiotis Triantafyllidis against proceedings brought against him by Dorset, a Marshall Islands investment company, in relation to shares in a Cayman Islands company.

Astraea Group

'A dynamic and innovative boutique disputes firm', Astraea Group was launched as an alternative business structure in 2021. The firm‘s multi-disciplinary team features the 'immensely experienced strategist' James Ramsden KC (previously at 39 Essex Chambers), whose expertise covers crypto asset claims in the UK, Cayman, BVI, Singapore and New York; and Robert Bedford, who was promoted from legal director to partner in July 2023.  At associate level, Lisa McCreath has 'an amazing ability to handle complex and factually-voluminous cases'.

Practice head(s):

James Ramsden KC; Robert Bedford


Other key lawyers:

Robert Bedford; Lisa McCreath


Testimonials

A dynamic and innovative boutique disputes firm.’

‘Has the ability to handle the most complex and high-value cases in the areas of civil fraud, investor-state arbitration, general commercial disputes, and sanctions.’

‘The firm offers an excellent and highly personal service for competitive fees.’

‘It is an ideal choice for high-net worth individuals and smaller corporates looking for the private client touch.’

‘James Ramsden KC is a veteran courtroom and arbitration advocate, equally at home in the High Court and before major international arbitral tribunals.’

‘James Ramsden KC is an immensely experienced strategist who is able to extract settlements where others have failed.’

Robert Bedford is a very adept litigator.

‘Robert Bedford is brilliant, who cuts to the core of the case in no time; and Lisa McCreath is a rising star with an amazing ability to handle complex and factually-voluminous cases.’

Key clients

Bitcoin Association & Ors


BTC Core & Ors


Viegas and 1,516 Ors


Anatoli Stati & Ors


Work highlights


  • Acting for the defendants in a $4bn action in which Dr Craig Wright (a high-profile figure claiming to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous inventor of bitcoin) alleges hackers stole the key to a number of wallets.
  • Representing a group of over 1,500 Brazilian orange growers, who successfully contended that the English courts has jurisdiction to hear their claims concerning a purchase cartel.
  • Acting for investors in ongoing, multi-jurisdictional proceedings to enforce a $500m SCC arbitral award, resulting from Kazakhstan’s breaches of the Energy Charter Treaty.

Charles Fussell & Co LLP

'Excellent boutique litigation firm' Charles Fussell & Co LLP mostly acts in claimant matters, in relation to commercial disputes, fraud and professional negligence. The team is also increasingly instructed by defendants. Charles Fussell specialises in high-stakes litigation involving the financial services and energy sector; Simon Winter is 'a very solid operator'; and Jonathan Cohen focuses on banking and finance disputes, and competition, IP and IT-related claims. The caseload of chartered legal executive Elizabeth Stoppelmoor covers fraud, unfair prejudice, and contractual disputes.

Practice head(s):

Charles Fussell


Other key lawyers:

Simon Winter; Jonathan Cohen; Elizabeth Stoppelmoor


Testimonials

‘An excellent team that often represents parties in big-ticket cases, as they are often conflict free (being a smaller outfit).’

‘Excellent boutique litigation firm.’

‘Charles Fussell is very astute, intelligent and experienced. He has excellent relationships with clients, and he is particularly good at seeing the big picture within a case.’

Key clients

Hummingbird Resources


Albion Resources


JJH Enterprises (trading as ValueLicensing)


Work highlights


  • Acting for Neil Gerrard in ENRC’s application to commit him for contempt.
  • Acting for Albion Resources, securing judgment on the merits at trial for $6.8m (plus costs) against Heritage Oil.
  • Acted for ValueLicensing, securing an important victory against Microsoft at a two-day hearing in which Microsoft attempted to strike out the claim on the basis that the English court had no jurisdiction.

Collyer Bristow LLP

Collyer Bristow LLP's wide-ranging expertise encompasses contract disputes, high-value tort claims, professional negligence, civil fraud, trusts-related claims, contentious insolvency, and cross-border matters. The team also comprises specialists in e-commerce, competition law, insolvency, and Fintech and crypto currency. Robin Henry's commercial disputes caseload frequently involves cross-border aspects, while Stephen Rosen's 'extensive commercial disputes experience gives him a real edge'. Former partners Janine Alexander and David Vaughan departed the firm for Taggart Homes and Irwin Mitchell, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Robin Henry


Other key lawyers:

Stephen Rosen


Testimonials

Stephen Rosen and Robin Henry are very pragmatic lawyers who understand clients’ business.

‘Stephen Rosen is hugely experienced, very wise, and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Stephen Rosen impresses clients with his wide legal knowledge and well- honed ability to spot the weaknesses in opponents’ cases. He always brings an air of calmness to challenging situations.’

Stephen Rosen is a legend in commercial litigation – his extensive commercial disputes experience gives him a real edge. He is also a remarkable and inspirational team leader.

‘The service is first class, and the depth of knowledge and attention to detail are excellent.’

‘The personal attention and responsiveness exceeds client expectations.’

‘Outstanding ability to understand technical matters and coordinate highly complex cases.’

‘A mid-size firm that can complete with the big firms in important banking, financial services and commercial cases.’

Key clients

FIAMM Energy Technology


Sui Northern Gas Pipelines


Manolete Partners


Work highlights


  • Acting for global automotive product manufacturer FIAMM Energy Technology, in litigation brought by car maker Nissan over the supply of 1.6m car batteries, which involved approximately 900,000 separate claims and a total claim value of about €120m.
  • Acting for Sui Northern Gas Pipelines in a High Court application to set aside arbitral awards, which relate to the sale of gas in Pakistan.
  • Acting for Manolete Partners in a claim against a truck manufacturing cartel, following European Commission decisions.

gunnercooke LLP

Taking 'a hands-on approach to dispute resolution', gunnercooke LLP has notable experience in disputes involving financial services, technology, media, real estate, and IP, as well as SMEs and owner-managed businesses. Corporate and commercial disputes specialist Shilpen Savani 'works hard to get the best results for clients'; Philip Rubens is a contentious financial services expert; Fergus Buckley focuses on civil fraud and shareholder disputes; and Laurence Katz is experienced in commercial dispute resolution, insolvency litigation, and fraud and asset tracing claims.

Other key lawyers:

Shilpen Savani; Philip Rubens; Fergus Buckley; Laurence Katz; Rashmi Dubé; Kelly Fox; Khaled Moyeed; Clare Jones


Testimonials

‘The team has a wide range of expertise and experience in the commercial litigation field.’

Shilpen Savani is commercially astute, works hard to get the best results for clients, and is a joy to work with.

‘Shilpen Savani stands out. He has a very shrewd understanding of the commercial realities of a case and how to make those realities work in his client’s favour. He is also not afraid to take on challenging cases, and is thoughtful and imaginative as to how to pursue them.’

‘Philip Rubens and Clare Jones are proactive in dealing with complex issues and getting a grasp on the case.’

‘Philip Rubens and Clare Jones are two outstanding lawyers and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Takes a hands-on approach to dispute resolution. Everything is done to achieve the best outcome for the client.’

They cover a wide range of practice areas and service them all with common excellence across the board.

‘Gunnercooke is a firm with a difference. No hourly billing targets, and they get to know their clients and how they work. Lawyers are remunerated directly according to the work they achieve. A very innovative firm.’

Work highlights


  • Successfully obtained permission to appeal against a lower court judgment in the High Court.

iLaw

'More interested in solutions than simply running the clock', iLaw is traditionally known for its IT and IP credentials, but the boutique law firm additionally specialises in high-stakes, cross-border commercial litigation that frequently comprises fraud and asset recovery work. Department head Mark Culbert is 'a very sensible, commercially-minded litigator'; .Tom Clark is an expert in asset recovery, insolvency litigation and fraud matters; and Jenny Lau focuses on a mixture of High Court litigation and early-stage investigations for potential arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Mark Culbert


Other key lawyers:

Tom Clark; Jenny Lau


Testimonials

‘Good breadth of sectoral expertise.’

‘Mark Culbert is a very sensible, commercially-minded litigator.’

‘Mark Culbert is a pragmatic senior partner with good subject matter knowledge.’

‘Mark Culbert – clients love his down-to-earth and common-sense approach.’

‘iLaw’s team, whilst smaller than many litigation and asset-recovery teams punches above its weight due to Tom Clark’s strong leadership.’

‘Tom Clark is exceptional. He has a keen understanding of cross-border asset recovery and works well with litigators in other jurisdictions to maximise recoveries whilst keeping costs under control. Tom gives the client comfort that matters are under control with frequent communication.’

‘Jenny Lau has excellent client-management skills and is very practical.’

‘Pragmatic, commercial and human. More interested in solutions than simply running the clock.’

Key clients

OYO Technology and Hospitality (UK)


Naked Wine


Kwik Fit


Nora Grinberg


Robert Dyas Holdings


CleanCo Ventures


Assensus


Bovingdon Film Studios


Berry Farming


Sambal Shiok!


Portillion SPV 1


Agriculture Investments


Spinview Global


Work highlights


  • Assisted Nora Grinberg with her defence of High Court proceedings, brought in relation to her inheritance of shares in her late husband’s family business.
  • Representing Assensus Ltd in its High Court claim concerning England’s (reportedly) largest solar farm project.
  • Assisting large corporations with portfolios of dispute work, including Robert Dyas Holdings and OYO Technology and Hospitality (UK.

Marriott Harrison LLP

Marriott Harrison LLP's commercial litigation team is able to leverage the firm's notable corporate law credentials, in relation to corporate disputes, including shareholder conflicts and joint venture/post-transaction-related claims. A substantial amount of the group's work comprises international features. Dispute resolution head and shareholder disputes expert Tamar Halevy 'navigates the most complex situations with ease', while Simon de Broise, who is experienced in high-value disputes, is a June 2022 partner hire from Collyer Bristow LLP (where he was senior associate).

Practice head(s):

Tamar Halevy


Other key lawyers:

Simon de Broise; Joseph Tendler


Testimonials

‘Tamar Halevy is incredibly perceptive, detailed, and relentlessly hard-working. Clients are grateful that she is fighting their case and not the other side’s!’

‘Tamar Halevy – clients could not be more impressed by her expertise and dedication.’ 

‘Tamar Halevy navigates the most complex situations with ease, communicating with the other party assertively and effectively.’

‘Simon de Broise is a brilliant commercial litigator with excellent judgement, and great strategic and tactical skills.’

‘Open and reasonable billing. Good understanding of the latest legislation on technology matters and litigation.’

‘Clients strongly value the proportionality, careful approach, communicative reasoning, and reliable directions of Joseph Tendler.’

‘Joseph Tendler is a trustworthy professional, whose qualities exceed his rank – he does what is best for his clients.’

‘The partners at Marriott Harrison are highly-skilled and experienced professionals.’

Key clients

Ink Global


Smith Bradbeers & Co


Work highlights


  • Successfully represented Eric Duneau and Frederic Senegas in the Companies Court, in a ground breaking judgment relating to the just and equitable winding up of a listed PLC, followed by a notable costs judgment.
  • Represented Ink Global in High Court proceedings against Wizz Air, involving a contractual dispute concerning the grounding of Wizz Air’s aircraft during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Acting for Smith Bradbeers & Co in a long-running court battle with UK Chiropractic Property.

Michelmores LLP

Delivering 'London quality but without the London mark-up', Michelmores LLP's commercial and regulatory disputes team is able to leverage the firm's specialist insolvency, construction, property litigation, contentious probate, and agriculture teams. Marie-Louise King's practice covers breach of contract claims, company and shareholder disputes, conflicts arising out of corporate transactions, and contentious insolvency; and Peter Sigler is head of international. 'A litigator that clients want on their side', Jonathan Kitchin heads up the department from Exeter.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Kitchin


Other key lawyers:

Sara Chisholm-Batten; Iain Connor; Charles Courtenay; Andrew Oldland KC; Alice Daniels; Jayne Clemens; Charlotte Bolton; Abigail Brown; Daniel Lampard


Testimonials

‘Good strength and depth in the media litigation field.’

‘Jonathan Kitchin – commercial, knowledgeable and fun to work with. Fair and transparent on fees.’

‘Jonathan Kitchin is a litigator that clients want on their side. Practical and clear, fast responses, and pragmatic.’

‘Jayne Clemens is very knowledgeable on media issues and swift and responsive for clients facing pre-publication issues and engaged in litigation.’

‘Jayne Clemens – first-rate strategic sense.’

‘Excellent team – London quality but without the London mark-up.’

‘Michelmores as a firm is pushing things forward, with sustainability and the environment one of their key differentiators. They also treat their lawyers and clients well. Forward thinking.’

‘The team works well together, despite being spread across multiple locations.’

Key clients

Octopus Investments


Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing


Centek


Sycurio


SchoolsCompany Trust


Burbage Realty


Work highlights


  • Acting for a high-net-worth individual in a multi-million pound claim brought in the High Court against his business partner, which concerned a joint venture for the acquisition, establishment and operation of farmers’ markets in Moscow.
  • Acting for the e-commerce business of an internationally renowned entrepreneur, alongside a global IT business, in relation to two concurrent London-seated LCIA arbitrations that concerned the distribution of technology products in India.
  • Acting for a commercial agency business in relation to a substantial contractual claim for fees and profit share, regarding the development of a large-scale commercial logistics and distribution park.

Seddons

Seddons has a strong track record in representing both claimants and defendants in litigation involving foreign governments, steel production, mining, fashion, and real estate. Dispute resolution head Christian Smith has particular expertise in corporate disputes, shareholder conflicts, and commercial agency matters; John Melville-Smith is an expert in challenges to wills, contested probate and inheritance disputes, and contractual and professional negligence claims; and David Wheeler is 'highly experienced'. Marvin Simons recently stepped down as department co-head, but stays on as consultant.

Practice head(s):

Christian Smith


Other key lawyers:

John Melville-Smith; David Wheeler; Marvin Simons; Farhana Khanom; David Wright; Steffan Taylor


Testimonials

‘Christian Smith is a highly experienced commercial litigator, who has a confident manner and a firm grasp of the strategy and tactics required to succeed in litigation.’

‘David Wheeler is highly experienced, and devotes a lot of care and attention to his cases. He is practical, commercial, and really fights clients’ corners.’

‘Cost-conscious, so that unnecessary sums are not spent/wasted, but prepared to go to court where that is the right approach and will yield the right result for the client.’

‘Marvin Simons has a wide range of experience in general commercial and solicitor negligence matters. First-rate legal analysis, good, instinctive sense of merits, and excellent at delivering commercially-focused advice that addresses specific client concerns.’

‘Steffan Taylor is highly responsive and supportive.’

‘This is a strong commercial litigation team, with particular expertise in insolvency. They take a pragmatic approach to settlement, so as to achieve the best overall result for the client.’

‘The firm is responsive and pays great care and attention to the cases it works on.’

‘Very sound and experienced legal advice, with a focus on the right commercial outcome (often through carefully-managed mediations).’

Key clients

Susa Holdings Establishment


Knight Sales Services


Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP fields a 'formidable team'. In January 2023, commercial disputes specialist Mark Rondel joined as partner from EMW Law LLP to head the dispute resolution team in London, where recently-elevated partner Sneha Nainwal is India desk head. Barry Jervis leads the nationwide dispute resolution and litigation practice from Birmingham; and Nicola Holton, who divides her time between London and Milton Keynes, heads the firm’s insolvency litigation offering. Legal director Catherine Hammerson-Jones is the firm’s leading lawyer for Quincecare claims.

Practice head(s):

Mark Rondel


Other key lawyers:

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


Testimonials

Mark Rondel is a litigator of the highest quality.’

‘Mark Rondel shows excellent judgement, is tenacious without being unnecessarily aggressive, and works hard to deliver the legal product – highly impressive to clients who see how well and efficiently he works.’

‘Each fee earner has diverse skills and strengths, which combine to form a formidable team.’

‘Catherine Hammerson-Jones brings a level of enthusiasm that is seldom seen in litigation, and this is combined with considerable legal skills.’

‘Catherine Hammerson-Jones has a unique background, which makes her ideally suited to certain types of work. In her particular field, Catherine is definitely a go-to solicitor.’

‘As a firm/team they always have time to present complex and technical matters in a way that makes sense.’

‘Great knowledge and ability. Never an issue with resources or timing.’

Key clients

Columbia Group


MC Trustees


Kedai


Rocquefort Properties


Rocquefort Property Holdings


Frontlaunch


Sunbel Development


Lotus Properties (London)


Calderon


Albion Yard (Estates)


Treasure Global Resources


Goldbrown


Julius No 1


Columbia House Properties (No 6)


Luiz Properties


Crondall


Vuillard Holdings


Mintcove Management


Work highlights


  • Acted for Spring Near East Manufacturing Company in its claim against HSBC UK for sums due and outstanding.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank in long-running enforcement matters relating to mortgages over properties in France.
  • Acting for Ebury Partners  in a dispute with a former employee regarding the allocation of EMI options.

Simons Muirhead Burton

Headed by managing partner and experienced commercial litigator, Razi Mireskandari, Simons Muirhead Burton‘s commercial disputes practice has 'an excellent awareness of litigation risks and opportunities'. The group also comprises Stephen Shotnes, a specialist in the forensic and evidential aspects of litigation, and Antony Perlmutter, who is 'head and shoulders above most of his peers'. Within the consultant ranks, Peter Gould heads a commercial litigation unit that focuses on high-value claims, and Dina Shiloh is another experienced commercial litigator.

Practice head(s):

Razi Mireskandari


Other key lawyers:

Stephen Shotnes; Antony Perlmutter; Peter Gould; Dina Shiloh; Gordon Clough; Rob Coleridge; David Phillips


Testimonials

The team’s work is very reliable – seamless communication and very good analytical skills.’

‘Antony Perlmutter is head and shoulders above most of his peers.’

‘Antony Perlmutter’s acute tactical skills are matched by a superb knowledge and experience of litigation, which he uses to his clients’ best advantage without ever losing sight of the fact that it is their interests that are paramount.’

‘David Phillips is able to understand the issues quickly – friendly attitude, while still being able to approach matters factually.

‘David Phillips is able to grasp the key points of a case.

‘The greatest asset this team have is its ability to work as a team.’

‘Its ethos is client care, which is added to an excellent awareness of litigation risks and opportunities.’

Key clients

Centre Films


Maxima Creditor Resolutions


A11Y


Work highlights


  • Acting for an estate agency business in a £12m-plus claim concerning breach of directors’ duties.
  • Acting for a HNW individual in a £10m claim against former solicitors.
  • Acting for a group of film companies in a claim concerning distribution rights.

Teacher Stern LLP

Teacher Stern LLP has extensive expertise in handling high-stakes commercial disputes, including cross-border and multi-jurisdictional cases. The commercial disputes team is co-led by Sarah Emerson, whose practice encompasses commercial claims, insurance, cyber risk, and crisis management; and Clare Toomer, an expert in corporate and shareholder disputes, as well as contentious IP matters. In 2022, commercial litigator and former Isadore Goldman director, Michelle Mollaghan, was recruited as partner, while former partner Rajesh Pabla left to join Hill Dickinson LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Emerson; Claire Toomer


Other key lawyers:

Michelle Mollaghan; Luke Turtle


Testimonials

‘Being a relatively small team ensures that internal communication is very good, and this gives them the ability to move cases forward, and deliver excellent client service, at all times.’

‘They maintain very strong relationships with a number of clients who have been instructing the firm for many years.’

‘Sarah Emerson is an outstanding tactician, a very good lawyer and is an absolute delight to work with. Clients have total trust and she ensures that all those involved in the litigation work together seamlessly through focused and regular communication.’

‘Good expertise and knowledge within their field.’

‘Sarah Emerson has always been approachable and in touch with the nuances of our specific individual circumstances arising from our case. Her entire team are always responsive and treat us with a great deal of respect.’

‘Michelle Mollaghan is massively experienced and hugely knowledgeable when it comes to disputes in the commercial/civil fraud/insolvency fields. She has a great feel for strategy, what the court will accept and what the client’s goals are. She is also great with clients and very easy to work with, always easy company.’

Key clients

Fidelity Group


Pozitive Energy


Various BOS SAM holders


Designer Group (Designer M&E Services)


Ebix


Aviv Holdings


Carter Backer Winter


Invescap (Lojj)


Lineten


Vape Supplier


Ape Properties


Yeoman Preston


Gravity Global


BDO


Jabac Finance


M J Advisory


Work highlights


  • Defended Sandra Ncube against a multi-party and multi-jurisdiction fraud claim that was valued at £59m.
  • Instigated a large-value class action of 160 claimants against Bank of Scotland for relief under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 against the Bank of Scotland (challenging the terms of a shared appreciation mortgage product).
  • Acted for Alice Goh in respect of a fraud action, arising from an investment that passed through various jurisdictions and entities.

Velitor Law

Established in 2021 by SCA Ontier founder, Seamus Andrew, Velitor Law acts in both high value and ultra-complex disputes. The ‘very clever‘ Andrew has extensive experience in financial services disputes, particularly hedge fund-related claims; and fellow partner Christopher Lillywhite, a former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP associate, ‘clearly knows his stuff from a litigation point of view.’ Lillywhite has notable expertise in shareholder disputes, claims involving directors’ duties, and civil fraud.

Practice head(s):

Seamus Andrew; Christopher Lillywhite


Testimonials

Seamus Andrew has the ability to quickly assess a difficult case and act swiftly.

‘Seamus Andrew is very clever and good to deal with.’

‘Clients are incredibly impressed by Christopher Lillywhite, who is clearly extremely smart and demonstrates extraordinary diligence in getting to grips with cases.’

‘Christopher Lillywhite clearly knows his stuff from a litigation point of view.’

‘Christopher Lillywhite has enormous initiative, understands nuance, consistently meets agreed deadlines, and produces excellent outputs.’

‘Excellence in litigation and clear thinking.’

‘A flexible approach – they readily go above and beyond, and are easy to deal with.’

‘The team is very skilled, pays attention to the details, and goes the extra length to provide support beyond the planned scope of engagement.’

Work highlights


  • Acting for the former King of Spain, His Majesty Juan Carlos, in a claim brought by Corinna Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn seeking damages of more than £120 million.
  • Acting for BSV Claims in claims that UK holders of a cryptocurrency (BSV) have against certain cryptocurrency exchanges.
  • Acted for Kabab-ji in its appeal to the UK Supreme Court, which related to the enforcement of an arbitration award.

Wiggin LLP

'A great mid-market firm', Wiggin LLP fields go-to commercial litigators for the media, technology, sports, and betting and gaming industries. Matthew Dando specialises in contentious commercial matters and publication disputes in the media sector; the 'very astute' litigator Mark Deem is a September 2022 partner recruit from Mishcon de Reya LLP; and consultant partner Caroline Kean is a media disputes specialist. Former partner Alan Owens departed the firm in late 2022.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Dando; Mark Deem


Other key lawyers:

Caroline Kean; Elizabeth Wiggin; Adelaide Scardino Lopez


Testimonials

‘Mark Deem is very astute, caring, and quick to learn tricky scientific concepts. Mark also has a high level of IT understanding, which is very useful.’

‘Mark Deem does stand out. His ability to understand complex scientific detail quickly is very impressive. Mark is always there if clients need him.’

‘Mark Deem manages his team well, and what they produce is of high quality. All in all a very bright person and easy to work with.’

‘Matthew Dando is extremely straightforward and collaborative.’

The team worked very well in preparing and submitting all the documents for High Court.

All members of the team work well and clients are impressed by their astute questions, proving they understand concepts quickly.

‘A great mid-market firm, with a particular niche in media, IT and gaming work. An efficient and personable team.’

‘Alan Owens is a first-class partner, and Elizabeth Wiggin & Caroline Kean are exceptional litigators.’

Key clients

Flutter Entertainment


Twentieth Century Fox


MBC Group


DAZN group


ITV


HarperCollins


Entain


Grant Naylor Productions


Work highlights


  • Acting for A-IR in a dispute concerning alleged breaches of a Master Services Agreement and Statement of Work, which concerned the conduct of a clinical trial for a US counterparty.
  • Defending Failbetter Games against a claim brought by its previous CEO, in relation to a defective buyback of his shares in the company.
  • Defending LucasFilm against an unjust enrichment claim, in relation to its film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Zaiwalla & Co

'Able to conduct complex, multi-party, multi-jurisdictional claims involving billions of pounds', Zaiwalla & Co undertakes high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation work that emanates from India, Russia, South America, and across the Middle East. Name partner Sarosh Zaiwalla, who 'has many years of experience in complex litigation', is an expert in challenging international sanctions, while Leigh Crestohl covers a broad range of commercial disputes. The youngest partner at the firm, Kartik Mittal routinely acts in high-value banking litigation involving developing or high-growth economies.

Practice head(s):

Leigh Crestohl


Other key lawyers:

Sarosh Zaiwalla; Kartik Mittal; Varun Zaiwalla; Saurabh Bhagotra


Testimonials

An impressive list of overseas and domestic clients, and an impressive record of success in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and High Court.’

‘They are all knowledgeable lawyers – the driving concern is what the client wants to achieve and how best can it be done. A top-class firm that punches well above its weight in commercial litigation.’

‘A large part of its success is owed to the fact that for each case it partners early on with the best and most appropriate members of the Bar to create a winning team for that particular case.’

‘Sarosh Zaiwalla has many years of experience in complex litigation.’

‘Leigh Chrestol and Varun Zaiwalla are extremely able lawyers.’

‘The partners and the firm give 100% attention to each case that they take on.’

‘One of the outstanding boutique commercial litigation practices in London.’

‘Able to conduct complex, multi-party, multi-jurisdictional claims involving billions of pounds.’

Key clients

Air India


Steppe Metal Powders


Work highlights


  • Acting for Air India in an ongoing appeal before the First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) against the decision of HMRC to uphold a post-clearance demand note and a civil penalty notice, in relation to 12 import entries.
  • Instructed in a professional negligence claim, on behalf of a group of persons who relied on a due diligence report prepared by a London law firm.
  • Acting for Steppe Metal Powders in a claim for damages for breach of contract.

Costigan King

Costigan King's 'individuals approach cases in an analytical, yet creative, manner'. Arianne King specialises in resolving commercial disputes through litigation and ADR; Julian Critchlow is a construction disputes expert; and George Menzies' recent experience includes the enforcement of a large arbitration award. At consultant level, Amanda Lee is 'super-efficient'.

Practice head(s):

Julian Critchlow; Arianne King; George Menzies


Other key lawyers:

Amanda Lee; Nadia Armah; Waleed Tahirkheli; Alexander Gallagher


Testimonials

‘The team consists of a well-integrated set of individuals, each with their own complimentary set of skills and expertise.’

‘The members of a team assigned to a case is customised, so as to ensure that the client always gets valuable, yet cost-effective, advice.’

‘The individuals approach cases in an analytical, yet creative, manner.’

Key clients

25 Culross Street Investments


CUA Property


Glory Trading Holding


E J Interiors


Work highlights


  • Acting for The Estate of Michael Norcross in several contentious corporate and commercial matters.
  • Acting for Elena Kudimova, in relation to inaccuracies in a film to be made about the client’s sister (a Russian investigative journalist assassinated in 2006, further to her reporting on government corruption).
  • Defending Diego Ugolini in Part 20 proceedings.

Davis Woolfe

Specialist disputes firm Davis Woolfe covers both commercial litigation and insolvency work. Name partner and dispute resolution leader Guy Davis is experienced in the resolution of complex contractual disputes, professional negligence actions, and securing of world-wide asset freezing orders. Jerome O’Sullivan joined as consultant partner from Fletcher Day in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Guy Davis


Other key lawyers:

Jerome O’Sullivan


Testimonials

‘The direct and personal approach and access that Guy Davis provides is the stand-out differentiator.’

‘Guy Davis is an excellent strategist and demonstrates a can-do approach to resolving issues.’

‘Clients will struggle to find a more tenacious representative than Jerome O’Sullivan.’

‘They always have excellent relationships with clients; and in larger cases, they deploy an appropriate team, so there is almost always someone available to field queries about the case.’

‘The firm makes good use of cloud-based technologies, which allows ready access to documents and helps keep costs down.’

‘A no-nonsense approach to cases, with direct and focused advice. If difficult advice needs to be given, then it is given early on.’

‘Very fair in their dealings, and they are excellent lawyers and always do what they say they are going to do.’

‘A small, agile and highly experienced team of litigators, with experience spanning commercial litigation, fraud and insolvency.’

Key clients

Globalcove


Discovery Land Company


Taymouth Castle DLC


The River Tay Castle


Work highlights


  • Assisted Discovery Land Company with a private prosecution, when the MET Police had declined to act, resulting in the successful conviction of Stephen Jones, who was indicted on three counts of fraud.
  • Acted for Michael Ross in various of allegations of fraud, in respect of two large-scale property developments in the UK.
  • Acting for Globalcove, an international property development company, in a breach of fiduciary duty claim against an individual project manager.

Duane Morris LLP

The London office of US firm Duane Morris LLP is well known for transport and automotive matters. The commercial litigation team is also experienced in cases involving fraud allegations and crypto asset-related claims. International cross-border litigation expert Alex Geisler heads the team, which features Vijay Bange, who handles complex litigation. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Mark Handley from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP.

Practice head(s):

Alex Geisler


Other key lawyers:

Vijay Bange; Oliver Kent; Chris Recker; Charlyn Cruz; Mark Handley


Testimonials

‘Tech sector expertise with rare crypto recovery experience.’

‘Chris Recker is very knowledgable in this area.’

‘Chris Recker is outstanding. He is very hands on, and all over the detail. He will fight every corner for the client. A future star in commercial litigation.’

Key clients

Refinaria de Petroleo Riograndense


Stellantis


Greenwoods Legal

Greenwoods Legal‘s commercial litigation practice is headed up by Huw Wallis, whose track record includes major High Court proceedings, as well as claims involving injunctive relief. Also at partner level, Euan Palmer focuses on oil and gas disputes, while Russell Strong leads the marine law and international trade practice.

Practice head(s):

Huw Wallis


Other key lawyers:

Euan Palmer; Russell Strong


Testimonials

‘Huw Wallis takes the time to understand clients’ business and requirements.’

‘Excellent quality.’

‘The attention to detail was outsanding.’

‘Exceptional legal talent.’

‘Good client-care skills.’

Work highlights


GSC Solicitors LLP

Committed to the cause‘, GSC Solicitors LLP‘s commercial litigation team is headed by Michael Shapiro, who focuses on general commercial, contractual and shareholder claims. Shapiro also acts in property litigation, and company and personal insolvency-related disputes, while senior consultant Barry Samuels is ‘highly recommended for his depth of experience‘.

Practice head(s):

Michael Shapiro


Other key lawyers:

Barry Samuels; Richard Curtin; Mark Richardson; Sana Sheikh; Clive Halperin


Testimonials

‘Barry Samuels is highly recommended for his depth of experience, deep attention to his clients, and ability as a team leader. He is also a person of the highest integrity.’

‘Barry Samuels is a legend of the game – immensely knowledgeable, experienced, and a real gentleman.

‘Barry Samuels has an in-depth understanding of law. His breadth of knowledge is unsurpassed. His responses are fast, and his care and sensitivity to the needs of clients go above and beyond.’

‘100% commitment to the cause. Clients get an exceptionally-dedicated team.’

Sana Sheikh is very clever. Extremely sharp and an absolute pleasure to work with.

‘Service is phenomenal, advice is quick, and calls are always returned.’

‘The practice is very hands-on and engaged with its clients.’

‘Outstanding skills and a great ability to understand international legal issues.’

Key clients

Universal Music UK


Work highlights


  • Acting for David Metson in an unfair prejudice petition relating to his business.

Hamlins LLP

Hamlins LLP‘s team acts in contractual and tortious claims, and civil fraud and fiduciary duty-related disputes. Martin Ochs is a contentious IP and commercial disputes specialist, and principal associate Laura Daly and associate Lauren Twidale are active litigators. Former group head Amanda Burge joined Hill Dickinson LLP in Summer 2023.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Burge


Other key lawyers:

Martin Ochs; Laura Daly; Lauren Twidale


Testimonials

A highly experienced and competent team that is able to think out of the box when complexities arise, and its lawyers communicate well with all parties.

‘The firm’s experience in the travel and timeshare industry is unmatched.’

‘The team uses its expertise to guide not only the litigation it is directly involved in, but to provide assistance more broadly where its clients’ interests are affected.’

‘Martin Ochs is a top partner in his field – his industry know-how and tactical acumen are unparalleled.’

Lauren Twidale is a very impressive associate with a very bright future. She is already handling complex litigation.

Laura Daly has been outstanding throughout the process.

Key clients

DSquared2 Retail


Azure Resorts


60 Houseboat owners (represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association)


Liquid Natural Gaz


Redtree Solutions


FCEA (Fine & Country)


The Joint Administrators of Atlantic Finance UK


Time Quantum Expert Forensics


EMS Electro Medical Systems


Marriott Vacations Worldwide


Work highlights


  • Acting for minority shareholders, who presented a petition pursuant to sections 994 and 996 of the Companies Act 2006, seeking relief from the court from the unfairly prejudicial conduct undertaken by other shareholders.
  • Acting for 60 houseboat owners at Chelsea Reach in various claims and issues between them and the Licensor Chelsea Yacht & Boat Company, which relates to the payment of premiums, in addition to mooring and maintenance fees.
  • Assisting a Regulator with various issues, including PI insurance coverage aspects, breach of directors’ duties, and fraud matters.

JMW Solicitors LLP

An effective mid-market outfit‘, JMW Solicitors LLP specialises in high-value disputes. The practice is experienced in representing HNW and ultra-HNW clients, as well as high-profile public figures. Practice leader and former Carter-Ruck partner, Matthew Wescott, is a commercial and insurance litigation specialist, while David Wadsworth is ‘an incredibly experienced litigator‘.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Wescott


Other key lawyers:

David Wadsworth; David Smith; Priya Sejpal


Testimonials

An effective mid-market outfit that punches above its weight.

‘Matthew Wescott is a highly capable operator, combining clear analysis, sound judgement and hard work.’

‘Matthew Wescott is diligent, always on point, and rightly has the trust of his clients.’

‘JMW has had an incredible couple of years, and is now a serious player when it coms to commercial litigation.’

‘David Wadsworth is an incredibly experienced litigator, who offers clients practical, commercial advice.’

David Smith, on the residential real estate side, is a market-leader who knows more about the private rental sector that anyone else in the field.

Key clients

Vertical Aviation


Anchor Group


Urbanbubble


Ginger Ray


Knight Frank


Northwood Solihull


National Residential Landlord’s Association


Joelson

Joelson's practice covers disputes involving the media, technology, and hospitality and leisure sectors. The team also acts in fashion, financial services, gambling, and food and drink-related claims. Jo Gregory is 'intelligent and calm under pressure', while Jennifer Maxwell- Harris's contentious employment caseload increasingly encompasses shareholder and director issues.

Practice head(s):

Jo Gregory; Jennifer Maxwell-Harris


Other key lawyers:

Reema Jethwa


Testimonials

‘The team is friendly, approachable, proactive, efficient, effective, and good value for money.’

‘Jo Gregory is intelligent and calm under pressure.’

‘Jennifer Maxwell-Harris is a real star. She’s a great lawyer, with a practical head, and a calm, calming and persuasive manner.’

‘Jennifer Maxwell-Harris gets great results.’

‘Joelson is very well placed to service the mid-market of commercial litigation.’

‘Combining excellent partner and senior associate input, the firm is able to act swiftly and effectively on disputes.’

‘They take the time to understand the business and work with clients.’

‘Excellent client service and support, and they are knowledgeable and give realistic expectations.’

Key clients

Firstplan


Deepki


Untold Studios


Talan SAS


Jamjar


Puttshack


Finatal


Addison Lee Group


Eedi


Arete Research


With Intelligence


Remoteli


Pets As Therapy


Work highlights


  • Acting for the UK subsidiary of French company Talan in relation to conspiracy, team move and contractual issues, as well as breaches of restrictive covenants.
  • Acting for Remoteli in a complex contractual matter.
  • Acting for national charity Pets As Therapy in a dispute involving various, alleged IP rights.

Jury O’Shea LLP

Jury O’Shea LLP covers a broad range of commercial and corporate litigation, as well as ADR matters. The team has particular expertise in shareholder disputes, professional negligence, and fraud claims. Former Stewarts Law LLP partner Daniel Loblowitz, whose recent caseload includes a $500m-plus fraud, 'gets great results for his clients'.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Loblowitz


Other key lawyers:

Sophie Moynihan


Testimonials

‘Daniel Loblowitz is a very calm presence, who has a good grasp of both commercial and legal aspects.’

‘Daniel Loblowitz is incredibly bright and goes above and beyond for clients.’

‘Daniel Loblowitz’s legal knowledge is second to none, and he is a very hard worker. A true star.’

Key clients

Dacorar (Southern)


Glenbeigh Developments


Work highlights


  • Acting for Gary Verschuur, the founding director of a law firm, in a complex shareholder dispute.
  • Acting for Dacorar (Southern) and Glenbeigh Developments against Fairbridge Developments, in a claim for project management fees, which concerned a 20-year development project.

Locke Lord LLP

Locke Lord LLP's 'extremely effective' commercial litigation team is headed up by Kevin Heath, who specialises in litigation in the asset finance and payments sectors, as well as complex commercial disputes. Fellow partner David Herbert, who has 'very good client-handling skills', focuses on high-stakes,  international disputes, insolvencies, and restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Heath


Other key lawyers:

David Herbert


Testimonials

Kevin Heath is an industry veteran who has vast experience and contacts.

Kevin Heath and his relatively small team are not the cheapest but they get results.

Kevin Heath is excellent.

Key clients

Close Brothers


Close Leasing


TechTo Pay


Shawbrook Bank


Liberty Leasing


Sodexo


Insolve Plus


Preiskel & Co LLP

Boutique firm Preiskel & Co LLP is well known for handling both cryptocurrency disputes and major High Court litigation, including telecoms sector matters. The firm's dispute resolution department was established in late 2018 by former Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner partner, Robert Dougans, who 'thinks outside the box to get the best result'.

Practice head(s):

Robert Dougans


Testimonials

‘The firm has a variety of very interesting disputes. They are often able to get results without having to resort to bringing claims.’

‘The firm has the personal touch and achieves excellent results for clients.’

‘Robert Dougans brings decades of experience with him.’

‘Robert Dougans is immensely knowledgeable and experienced.’

‘Robert Dougans has excellent client rapport, and makes effective use of Counsel to deliver cost-effective, but quality, representation to his clients.’

‘Robert Dougans is very knowledgeable about the enforcement of foreign judgments and awards.

‘Robert Dougans thinks outside the box to get the best result. At the same time he is not afraid to tell a client what they need to hear (but may not wish to.)’

‘Preiskel’s billing is extremely considerate. It punches above its weight and handles excellent, high-value crypto and banking work.’

Key clients

Bitstamp


GFH Capital


Simwood eSMS


Superior Industries


Barons Financial Services


Boss Equity


Work highlights


  • Acting in a cryptocurrency fraud.
  • Defending Superior Industries against a claim by Punjab National Bank of India to enforce guarantees in a banking matter.
  • Acting in a dispute regarding the licensing of Covid vaccines.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

PwC LLP's 'commercial and corporate litigation team compares very favourably with mid-sized City firms'. With longstanding experience in leading substantial commercial litigation matters and complex investigations, Agnes Quashie  heads the regulatory and commercial disputes team. In 2022, 'very effective litigator' Ryan Lynch joined as senior manager from Collyer Bristow LLP.

Practice head(s):

Agnes Quashie


Other key lawyers:

Ryan Lynch; Nabeel Osman; Polly Miles


Testimonials

‘The PwC commercial and corporate litigation team compares very favourably with mid-sized City firms.’

‘The quality of cases is high, as is the quality of the instructions produced for Counsel (clear, well-reasoned, and well-organised), with an ability of all members of the team to fully engage in the detail of the facts and arguments of a case.’

‘Ryan Lynch is extremely well organised, an excellent drafter, and a very clear communicator. He is an absolute pleasure to deal with.’

‘Ryan Lynch is a very effective litigator and a calm head in the heat of a trial. He has an astute grasp of the issues, even in big cases, and is also very good at managing clients who are understandably stressed by the litigation process.’

‘Ryan Lynch is extremely impressive – clients are reassured by Ryan’s detail, his commanding knowledge of all case matters, his lateral thinking in designing/executing legal strategy, and his dedication and hard work.’

Solomon Taylor & Shaw LLP

'Extremely good at mid-market commercial disputes', Solomon Taylor & Shaw LLP is consistently mandated by SMEs and high-wealth individuals for contractual, shareholder, banking and finance, and partnership and joint venture disputes, along with corporate control issues. Practice leader and longstanding litigator Mark Summerfield 'has a standout reputation in his own right'.

Practice head(s):

Mark Summerfield


Testimonials

‘A small firm in appearance that punches above its weight as a direct result of its strong team of high-quality lawyers’

‘Mark Summerfield – conscientious and passionate, but also realistic and knows when to tell a client the harsh reality.’

‘Mark Summerfield is very commercial and fully on top of the client’s needs and expectations.’

‘This is a lean and efficient team that is led by Mark Summerfield, who offers strong leadership and runs cases very efficiently.’

‘Mark Summerfield is an excellent partner, who has a standout reputation in his own right and strong contacts with foreign law firms, which brings in high-quality international work. He is very active and efficient in running cases, often against larger teams from City firms.’

‘It competes with far larger City firms on substantial international and domestic cases, but at far more reasonable fees.’

‘Among the very best litigation boutiques. Can take the fight to the big firms.’

The team at Solomon Taylor & Shaw is extremely good at mid-market commercial disputes. They are, in substance, a City offering at non-City prices, and clients really benefit from their cost-effective expertise.’

Spector Constant & Williams

Spector Constant & Williams is increasingly sought out by private clients and businesses that are involved in high-value, domestic and international disputes. Richard Spector's practice includes banking and insolvency claims, professional negligence and contractual disputes, along with IP and competition law claims; and James Robertson is an experienced commercial litigator.

Practice head(s):

Richard Spector


Other key lawyers:

James Robertson; Richard Curtin; Elina Sfongali; Eleni Tsiakkas; Aurelia Matonis


Testimonials

‘A multi-disciplinary team with surprising depth for a relatively small firm.’

‘Richard Spector has great commercial focus and and a good head for litigation strategy.’

‘Richard Spector brings strong leadership and constant focus to the cases he is running.’

Key clients

Cabo Concepts


Ensign House


East Riding Council


Pipe Technologies UK


Bluehouse Capital Advisors


Work highlights


  • Represented Cabo Concepts in a dispute involving complex competition and IP law issues, in relation to a market-leading toy.
  • Represented Ensign House in relation to a claim involving a skyscraper in Canary Wharf.
  • Represented East Riding Council, which invested £20m into a Luxembourg fund, further to which the money disappeared.