Commercial litigation: premium in London

Clifford Chance LLP

The commercial and corporate litigation team at Clifford Chance LLP is 'a great choice for big-ticket litigation', particularly with cross-border elements. It benefits from 'tonnes of talent right through from top partners to junior associates' and the ability to work both cross-practice and with its international network. The group counts civil fraud, M&A, financial services, privacy and phone-hacking disputes among its areas of specialism. Practice head Jeremy Kosky handles complex cross-border disputes with experience litigating in London and off-shore jurisdictions. The 'fantastic' Maxine Mossman handles litigation arising from M&A transactions, while veteran consultant (and president of the Law Society) Simon Davis is known for his experience in financial disputes involving investment banks, corporate and regulatory investigations. Helen CartyChristopher Yates and Julian Acratopulo are names to note for financial services, sports and aviation sector disputes respectively. Banking litigator Kate Scott and Claire Freeman, who combines commercial, financial and civil litigation and litigation funding expertise, were recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Kosky

Testimonials

Highly experienced and competent team, a major advantage is that they understand the business of our company as a client, which is a great advantage in order to develop a sustainable long term relationship.’

Very strong and seasoned litigators with tonnes of talent right through from top partners to junior associates. A great choice for big-ticket litigation.

Much as you would expect from CC their commercial litigation teams are absolutely first-rate. Producing excellent work on tight timescales – always very on hand for queries; take on tasks with short notice and very responsive to any feedback. Absolute mastery of the detail in the cases I do with them.

Jeremy Kosky has fantastic oversight of major litigation – sees the big picture but not afraid to descend into the detail when needed. Samantha Ward is a terrific partner with exceptionally good judgement, international level diplomacy skills and a wicked sense of humour. Charles Joseph is a relatively new associate with phenomenal attention to detail who masters every aspect of huge case files.

Julian Acratopulo (partner): very able, very clever and very tough. You don’t want him on the other side, as you know it’s going to hurt.

Maxine Mossman has the rare capacity to be on top of every detail of a complex case while at the same time not letting the detail interfere with a clear view of the bigger picture. Top quality. James Cranston is a superb associate – clever, massively hard-working, and a joy to work with.

Max Mossman is fantastic. She is very user friendly and exceptionally good at managing large teams of lawyers with great efficiency and skill.

Lucy Hall is one of the best associates I have worked with in a long time. Extraordinarily hardworking and holds an astonishing level of knowledge. A fighter and a great litigator.

Key clients

Pfizer

Actis

The Raytheon Company

General Electric

News Corp

Apax Partners

BT

Airbus

Dr Mike Lynch

Permira

Work highlights

  • Representing News Group Newspapers in its high-profile civil litigation defending numerous claims of voicemail interception and unlawful information gathering at the News of the World and The Sun.
  • Defending BT in a claim brought by the administrators of P4U against a number of mobile telecoms companies alleging that the telecoms companies colluded to withdraw supply from P4U, causing it to go out of business, in breach of Article 101(1) of the TFEU/Chapter I of the Competition Act 1998.
  • Successfully acted for Actis and the Super-Max Group in a dispute relating to the dismissal of the former executive chairman of the Super-Max Group (Mr Rakesh “Rocky” Malhotra) for gross misconduct in connection with his attempt to force out the executive management and seize control of a business in which Actis have invested over $250m.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The commercial litigation team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP has 'significant experience in complex cases' and an impressive reputation for handling high-profile, cross-border disputes. The group benefits from the ability to leverage its global network of litigators, as well as legal analysts and legal technologists, including its decision analysis team, which uses software to assess the probabilities of outcome and risks associated with a case. Head of the UK and US disputes practice Damien Byrne Hill has particular experience representing financial institutions, while Julian Copeman and Alan Watts handle a range of commercial litigation and respectively lead the London group and the commercial litigation team nationally. It attracts praise for its 'in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry', as well as the energy and TMT sectors, for which James Baily and Rachel Lidgate are names to note. The firm is also strong in mining and retail disputes work. Other key contacts include Philip Carrington, 'creative problem solver' Chris Bushell, the 'tenacious' Jeremy Garson and John Whiteoak and consultant John Ogilvie who both provide 'a very commercial and straight-talking no-nonsense approach'. Kevin Kilgour, Andrew Cooke and the 'technically outstanding' Catherine Emanuel  are among the team's 'thorough and very bright' senior associates.

Testimonials

The legal advice was excellent but I also appreciated the commercial awareness of the team, who understood the sensitivities and practicalities of the dispute.

If you want a firm to do a proper job, engage Herbert Smith Freehills. The partners are engaged, swift to respond and incredibly experienced. The associates are thorough and very bright. The team has an in-depth knowledge of the insurance industry – unrivalled amongst peers.

Alan Watts and Kate (Catherine) Emmanuel are an outstanding litigation team. They are capable of strategically managing complex high profile litigation.

Jeremy Garson is tenacious and calm in a dispute. I enjoyed working with him but would not wish to come up against him. Dave Phillips is low key but highly effective. He had strong knowledge of the law and encyclopedic knowledge of our case.

Alan Watts provides excellent strategic oversight.

Kate (Catherine) Emanuel is the most exceptional  senior associate I have come across in my legal career. Client focus, technically outstanding, and continuously goes above and beyond.

Chris Bushell is proactive, persistent and a creative problem solver.

John Whiteoak and John Ogilvie (the two Johns) are a great double act. Leaders in their fields, personable, highly professional but very commercial and straight-talking no-nonsense approach.

Key clients

Associated British Foods

British American Tobacco

BP

Iveco

Gazprom export LLC

Norilsk Nickel

Sky

Uber

VEON

Volvo

Work highlights

  • Acting for Jinxin Inc in deceit and unlawful means conspiracy claims worth over US$660m. The claims arise from Jinxin’s acquisition of a majority stake in a now defunct sports media rights company Media Partners & Silva.
  • Advising Iveco and Fiat Chrysler as European coordinating competition litigation counsel in follow-on damages claims stemming from the European Commission’s settlement decision in Trucks, the most high profile competition infringement and follow-on damages cases in Europe.
  • Advised Post Office in a high-profile class action brought by more than 550 claimants following a series of unfavourable judgments prior to the firm’s involvement. The dispute was successfully resolved and a global, full and final settlement was concluded in December 2019.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

'Quite simply a quality act', Hogan Lovells International LLP is highlighted as a 'litigation powerhouse' which attracts praise for its 'quality of advice and depth of analysis'. The group is 'great at managing complex cross border cases' and benefits from global expertise and particular experience in cases involving Russia and the CIS region (within which Chris Hardman, the 'absolutely superb' Alex Sciannaca, Rebecca Wales and recently promoted counsel Daniel Armstrong are all very active). It counts life sciences and financial services sector disputes among its other areas of specialism. Recently nominated deputy CEO Michael Davison leads the team, which also includes Neil Mirchandani (who is 'known for his fierce intelligence and persuasive powers'); Richard Lewis and Michael Roberts, who are 'stand-out partners' for cross-border fraud cases, and Ivan Shiu , who handles a range of commercial litigation including data and privacy disputes.

Practice head(s):

Michael Davison

Testimonials

Hogan Lovells is quite simply a quality act –  litigation specialists who set the benchmark for their competitors. You would always include Hogan Lovells in the top 5 firms.

Neil Mirchandani in Hogan Lovells’ City litigation team is the lawyer of choice for me. Known for his fierce intelligence and persuasive powers,  he is always a voice lawyers from other firms listen to; sit him in a room of lawyers his voice will be heard.

I was very impressed by the abilities of the partners who handled this case: Rebecca Wales and Richard Lewis. Their detailed knowledge of the relevant law was excellent, their judgement and tactical decisions were exemplary, their client management was superb. I would rank them at the top level of commercial litigators.

Ivan Shiu provides an immaculate service. A huge intellect, keen strategist and outstanding business partner. He is the external support every in-house counsel should strive to secure, with a keen understanding of internal politics, corporate pressures and decision-drivers. He is able to provide more than just top level legal support – he is your radar, your eyes and ears, and your safety net – simply outstanding.

The firm stands out in terms of quality of advice and depth of analysis. This is clearly a great litigation powerhouse. They are great at managing complex cross-border cases.

Alex Sciannaca is absolutely superb in advising on litigation strategy, managing multi-country teams and overall case management. Andrew Holland is a great senior associate and is fantastic in drafting submission and settlement agreements.

Michael Roberts, Liam Naidoo, Rebecca Newell are client and result oriented, they look into the details trying not to miss any even minor detail.

Richard Lewis and Michael Roberts are standout partners. Both are masters of tactics and experienced in running billion dollar+ cases. I could not recommend them more highly. They are ably supported by a phalanx of experienced, intelligent and hungry associates. Those who stand out for me are Alex Hohl (clever enough to be a junior in a top litigation set; hard working; and a great tactical sense) and Dan Gritten (composed, assiduous and with a gift for working out when to go on the attack).

Key clients

State Corporation “Deposit Insurance Agency”

National Express Limited

ASTOR Management AG

BTA Bank

British American Tobacco

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited

Ugo Benettolo SPA, Zilmet SPA and Zilmet UK Limited

Cunico Resources N.V.; Cunico Marketing FZE

JSC CB PrivatBank

Work highlights

  • Representing Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation in a number of claims arising from its Court of Appeal victory against the Serious Fraud Office. This includes a $93m claim against the SFO, a professional negligence claim against its former lawyer and judicial review proceedings challenging the SFO’s decision to suspend its own review into its wrongdoing.
  • Acting for the Deposit Insurance Agency in its ground-breaking litigation against former oligarch Sergei Pugachev.
  • Successfully defended National Express in an action brought against it by Dunn Motor Traction, a coach operator that previously ran several routes on NEL’s coach network, relating to the termination of the operating agreement between the parties.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Disputes specialist  Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has 'an outstanding team of commercial litigators' that 'are tough, seasoned and relentless'. It has a reputation for handling high-profile domestic and cross-border commercial litigation, with the ability to 'navigate not only the laws in more developed jurisdictions but also the unique challenges of operating in emerging markets'. Ted Greeno and Alex Gerbi took over as joint managing partners from founders Sue Prevezer QC (who has returned to the Bar and is now at  Brick Court Chambers) and Richard East who has 'a wealth of experience' and remains a senior partner at the firm. Greeno has particular energy sector expertise while Gerbi has particular expertise in disputes relating to Russia, Ukraine and other CIS territories. The group has continued to bolster the breadth of its offering with the recent additions of business human rights litigator Julianne Hughes-Jennett from Hogan Lovells International LLP, former Covington & Burling LLP competition litigator Elaine Whiteford, and solicitor advocate and arbitration specialist Justin Michaelson, who joined from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Civil fraud expert Nick Marsh, Aidan O’Rourke, who has particular private equity sector expertise, and recently promoted Yasseen Gailani are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ted Greeno; Alex Gerbi

Testimonials

Quinn Emmanuel employs professionals that can navigate not only the laws in more developed jurisdictions, but also the unique challenges of operating in emerging markets.

Anthony Sinclair is a brilliant strategist, and able to help develop and execute comprehensive strategies to address multi-jurisdictional, complex litigation. His ability to find the winning arguments and find and mitigate the weak spots in a case are unsurpassed.

Jagdish Menezes is a tremendous professional. His degree of commitment and mastery of the case and applicable laws of multiple jurisdictions are extremely impressive.

Nick Marsh is the best commercial litigator in London by far. Quinn have an outstanding team of commercial litigators; they are tough, seasoned and relentless.

Alex Gerbi: his victory against the odds against Russia for Ukraine shows he is the man with the Midas touch who can turn seemingly hopeless cases into triumphs for his clients. A man with boundless energy who will move heaven and earth to get the best outcome for his clients. A pleasure to work with.

Richard East – a wealth of experience which brings to bear effectively on all his cases. His length of time in the profession has not dimmed his street-fighting instincts.

Key clients

PCP Capital

Du Pont Pension Trust

Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation

Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, Anchorage Capital, L.L.C., Algebris (UK) Limited

Ukraine

Qualcomm Inc.

Avonwick Limited (owned by the Ukrainian Gaiduk family)

Court appointed Receivers and Managers (who are partners at BDO) of the Libyan Investment Authority

Work highlights

  • Defended Ukraine in a claim for payment by The Law Debenture Trust Corporation Plc (LDTC), acting as trustee for €3bn in Eurobonds issued by Russia to Ukraine.
  • Acting for private equity firm PCP Capital in a £1.5bn fraudulent misrepresent claim against Barclays Bank relating to the terms negotiated for PCP’s participation in Barclays’ capital raising in October and November 2008.
  • Acted for investment fund HBK Master Fund LP & Ors, and others, in a claim against Argentina for the payment of approximately €630m plus €250m in interest due under GDP-linked sovereign bonds.

Allen & Overy LLP

The commercial litigation team at Allen & Overy LLP offers 'sharp, focused and reliable' advice across a range of disputes work and is adept at navigating the crossover between commercial litigation and investigations. With the ability to leverage the expertise of its non-contentious colleagues and international network, the team deploys an integrated approach in complex and cross-jurisdictional disputes. Calum Burnett, who specialises in contentious regulatory issues, leads a team which includes Lawson Caisley, who counts fraud and white-collar crime, cybersecurity breaches and shareholder disputes among his areas of expertise, and Jonathan Hitchin who focuses on disputes arising from corporate transactions and insolvency. Alice Englehart has a breadth of expertise in commercial litigation, employment tribunal proceedings, and internal investigations while Richard Farnhill and senior associate Maeve Hanna are highlighted for their energy and technology sector expertise respectively. Counsel Sarah Garvey who has particular EU law and state immunity expertise and Helen Biggin (who was also recently promoted to counsel) are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Calum Burnett

Testimonials

Lawson Caisley is an excellent relationship partner, pro-active and keen to understand the issues we face.

Maeve Hanna made a real impact, and her knowledge of what we do and how we work makes her invaluable when we need some one who can work hand in glove with us.

The service is personal – each and every member of the team truly understands and seeks to serve the needs of the client in the round.

Alice Englehart is in a class of her own. Her mastery of the law and its advocacy is matched with an unrivalled human empathy that helps her identify and secure solutions that are durable. In the white collar sphere, the approach and results of Jonathan Hitchin speak for themselves. Top honours all around.

The team are very reassuring – you can give instructions and know you will receive an excellent piece of work. As people they are also very personable and easy to get on with, so you feel as though you’re a person not a client.

Jonathan Hitchin is a real tiger of a litigator – definitely one you want on your side. Associate Rachel Donelan is destined for greatness.

Always available,  sharp, focused and reliable.’

Lawson Caisley and associate Sophie Orwell are outstanding to work with, showing real dedication and talent in delivering results.

Key clients

Rangers Football Club

The Prudential Assurance Company Limited

The European Union

Work highlights

  • Defending a global energy company in a $1bn claim brought by the Federal Republic of Nigeria against the client and others relating to licensing agreements for a Nigerian oil block which were allegedly secured by bribing officials.
  • Acting for Rangers in a series of disputes arising out of its commercial relationship with SDI Retail Services Limited (part of the Sports Direct Group) relating to the rights to manufacture and sell Rangers-branded merchandise.
  • Representing the European Union and the European Investment Bank in major multi-jurisdictional litigation concerning breaches by the Syrian Arab Republic of a series of agreements relating to various commercial and construction projects in Syria.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

The commercial litigation team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has 'a good range of experience and skills to draw from' in complex and cross-border disputes. 'They demonstrate deep knowledge about arbitration/litigation rules and procedures, along with an understanding of industry specifics' particularly in the financial services, including private equity, and oil and gas sectors. The group frequently handles cross-border work and counts large Russian corporates among its clients. The 'talented' Kevin Lloyd , who has 'acute tactical sense and can handle demanding situations', leads the practice. The group also benefits from the expertise of Lord Peter Goldsmith QC, Richard Lawton, recently promoted partner Christopher Boyne and international counsel Akima Paul Lambert , who all have broad disputes experience.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Lloyd

Testimonials

Debevoise’s commercial litigation team is available 24/7 and each member of the team is very committed to our matters. They demonstrate deep knowledge about arbitration/litigation rules and procedures, along with an understanding of industry specifics.

Very good team, with good partner experience, extremely strong associate support. A good range of experience and skills to draw from and very commercial.

At partner level: Kevin Lloyd has acute tactical sense and can handle demanding situations. Chris Boyne is one to watch for the future.

Kevin Lloyd is a very hands-on partner, full of ideas. Akima Paul Lambert is a pleasure to deal with, very responsive and capable.

Kevin Lloyd is a talented lawyer with a very commercial approach.

Richard Lawton is a good practitioner, with great experience that he brings to situations.’

‘Hugo Farmer is an excellent associate, commercial in his advice, thorough in his work. Excellent.’

Kevin Lloyd is top of the tree amongst commercial litigators’

Key clients

AIG Inc

Premier Oil

Victor Pisante

British American Tobacco

Litasco S.A.

Royal Dutch Shell

Tatneft

Uralkali

Whiteleave Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing PJSC Tatneft (one of the largest oil suppliers in Russia) in a $500m claim against four Ukrainian businessmen seeking damages for the refusal by a Ukrainian refining company to pay for oil supplied to it by Tatneft (via various intermediaries) in 2007.
  • Acting for Litasco SA (the exclusive international marketing and trading company)  and the Swiss-based subsidiary of LUKOIL PJSC (a Russian multinational oil and gas company) in defence of a $2bn claim brought in the Commercial Court by Palmali Shipping.
  • Representing British American Tobacco plc (and its wholly owned subsidiary BTI 2014 LLC), in a number of claims arising out of the payment of $1bn of dividends by Windward Prospects Limited to Sequana . This includes claims against the former directors of Windward Prospects Limited and Sequana S.A., and related appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Linklaters LLP

Linklaters LLP's 'top quality litigators' are a popular choice for complex, cross-border disputes. The 'exceptional' litigation team works closely with non-contentious practice groups — including corporate, banking and energy — and the firm's international network in large scale and cross-border matters. Michael Bennett leads the global dispute resolution practice, while corporate crime and fraud litigation expert Satindar Dogra heads the group in London. Christa Band is the name to note for banking litigation ,while Tom Cassels is highlighted for public law and competition law litigation. Rory Conway, Ben Carroll and Patrick Robinson are names to note for contentious insolvency, energy sector and financial markets disputes respectively.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bennett; Satindar Dogra

Testimonials

‘The associates and partners are top quality litigators, almost entirely without any weak links in the chain. Although the litigation department is not as large as certain other magic circle and leading US firms, the quality of the litigators is exceptional.’

‘Rebecca James is a highly intelligent and capable senior associate.’

Key clients

Glencore International AG

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

National Grid Interconnectors Holdings Limited, National Grid Viking Link Limited and Energinet.dk

The Association of Football Agents UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Defended Glencore International, one of the world’s leading mining and trading groups, in a breach of contract claim brought by Minera Las Bambas SA and MMG Swiss Finance arising out of the sale by Glencore of a large copper mine in South America.
  • Acted for National Grid and Energinet in two High Court procurement claims brought by NKT HV Cables and LS Cable & System, challenging National Grid and Energinet’s decision to award contracts for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a subsea electricity interconnector to link the electricity networks of the UK and Denmark.
  • Acting for the Association of Football Agents UK in challenging the Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) proposed imposition of a mandatory cap on agents’ commissions.

Simmons & Simmons

With 'strength in depth throughout the entire scale of seniority', Simmons & Simmons offers 'a very strong team of commercial litigators who are able to combine with other specialised departments within the firm to give clients a truly expert service'. The group frequently handles disputes arising from contracts, shareholder issues and corporate transactions (for which practice head Patrick Boylan and Ian Hammond are particularly strong) and are experienced in managing disputes with parallel proceedings including regulatory investigations and disputes in other jurisdictions. Colin Passmore has carved a niche in issues relating to privilege, while managing associate Minesh Tanna specialises in AI and TMT sector disputes. For financial services sector disputes Richard Bunce, contentious asset management specialist Robert Turner and managing associate Kirsten Kitt, who combines litigation and corporate investigations expertise, are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Boylan

Testimonials

A class act of a team. High calibre and supremely intelligent and focused lawyers

A very strong team of commercial litigators who are able to combine with other specialised departments within the firm to give clients a truly expert service.

Excellent at putting together complete teams for heavyweight and complex litigation. Always reliable and hands-on. Good client management. Able to provide a complete service.

Strength in depth throughout the entire scale of seniority.’

Patrick Boylan is a highly focused and endlessly hardworking partner with expertise and judgement which belie his years; a wonderful client handler and leader of the team. Stuart Dutson – in short, he is a winner – he delivers success for his clients no matter how big or complex the job – nothing phases him and he is Mr Cool when dealing with any adversity.’

Ian Hammond is a true leader among commercial dispute resolution partners. Jayne Bentham is a fantastic litigator with bags of good sense.

Ian Hammond is a very senior litigator with great experience in the field. Able to delegate where necessary but also capable of making the big decisions’

Managing associate Kirsten Kitt is exceptionally bright and hardworking, capable of identifying the key issues immediately.

Key clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP (and individual partners)

Sushovan Hussain (former Chief Financial Officer of Autonomy Corporation plc)

The Capital Markets Company (UK) Limited

Michael Woodford (MBE) and Paul Hillman

O1 Group Limited

Gemfields Limited

LG Electronics

Sheffield Environmental Services Limited (part of the Veolia Group)

VEON Ltd

BP

Work highlights

  • Defending the former CFO of Autonomy Corporation plc, Sushovan Hussain, in a $5bn claim brought by Hewlett-Packard arising out of HP’s acquisition of Autonomy Corporation.
  • Acting for BP in two sets of High Court proceedings for multi-party, high value claims worth in excess of £60m against Mastercard and Visa.
  • Defending two LG Electronics entities in a £950m damages claim brought by members of the Koç group (a major Turkish electronics manufacturer which owns the Grundig and Beko brands) following the European Commission’s price-fixing cartel findings in relation to the markets for cathode ray tubes (CRT) used in TVs.

Slaughter and May

The disputes and investigations group at Slaughter and May 'provides a Rolls-Royce service'. The group handles a range of complex commercial disputes including defending group and class action claims, for which Efstathios Michael and Camilla Sanger are key contacts. Sarah Lee, who counts banks, financial institutions, major corporates, international organisations and governmental bodies among her clients, leads the team, which also includes the well-regarded Deborah Finkler , who has particular strength in financial services sector disputes and investigations. The team attracts praise for its 'real strength in depth' which includes junior partners Damian Taylor (who has a breadth of experience including in acting for energy companies, governments and high profile sports clubs) and the 'up-and-coming' commercial and competition litigator Holly Ware and 'very strong associates' such as Megan Sandler.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Lee

Testimonials

From initial contact to final outcome, the Slaughters’ DR team have been excellent. They guided my team and I through a highly complex litigation with the skill and excellent customer service you would expect from a first class legal establishment.

A great stable of talented partners and associates who provide a Rolls-Royce service.

A wonderful team of very high-quality lawyers who are a pleasure to work with – terrific with clients and always highly praised by all.

The team at S&M have the ability to describe the complex in a manner that makes it easier to digest for clients new to high court litigation. They are always available and 100% reliable in hitting even the tightest deadlines’

Holly Ware is an up-and-coming partner who leads a team well; associate Smriti Sriram is all over the detail of the case.

Real strength in depth – in particular, some very strong associates to support a great partner team.

Jonathan Clark is very good on the details and wider strategic issues. Camilla Sanger has excellent client skills and mastery of the case.

Camilla Sanger provides really clear and commercial advice – quickly earning ‘trusted adviser’ status. Peter Wickham – a stand-out associate – combines an intellectually rigorous approach with a very clear and client-friendly manner. Ross Francis-Pike is another really strong associate, with a very clear communication style.

Key clients

British American Tobacco plc

BHP Group

Diageo plc

A household name brand

Bupa

Department for Transport

Bathroom Brands Holdings UK Limited

Essex County Council

A large UK insurance underwriter

A global alternative investment advisor

Work highlights

  • Advising British American Tobacco plc on a high-profile threatened claim by potentially thousands of Malawian tobacco farmers relating to allegations of child and forced labour on third party farms. The claim would be legally novel and commercially highly significant.
  • Advising BHP entities on one of the largest claims ever litigated in the English courts brought by more than 200,000 claimants and giving rise to a variety of topical legal and procedural issues
  • Advising Diageo on High Court claims brought against a high-profile Indian entrepreneur and associated entities and successfully secured summary judgment against two of the defendants.

Stewarts Law LLP

Litigation-only firm Stewarts Law LLP stands out for its 'fearless, intelligent, tactical' approach to bringing claims, including class actions and group litigation, against large corporates and financial institutions. Described as 'a Rottweiler of a litigator', practice head Clive Zietman has expertise across fraud, insurance, banking and professional negligence claims; Sean Upson has 'fantastic eye for detail' in financial services and fraud litigation while Ian Gatt QC adds a breadth of experience in disputes across the UK, Middle East and Asia. The group has strong securities litigation expertise, for which the 'innovative and unflappable' Fiona Gillett and Laura Jenkins are key contacts, while Marc Jones and Elaina Bailes are other names to note for fraud and asset tracing matters.

Practice head(s):

Clive Zietman

Testimonials

A first-class team capable of taking on any opponent however grand. Fearless, intelligent, tactical – one of the best places to go to have your case presented in the best possible way.

Stewarts are a law firm who have raised their game over recent years. They are involved in many high profile case. They are user friendly and efficient. Clients like their drive and the quality of their work. They are one of the leading firms in London.’

Stuart Upson – one of the best lawyers I have worked with anywhere. Fantastic eye for detail. Really gets stuck in.

‘As an experienced banking litigator, Clive Zietman is quick to pick up on the key issues of the dispute. He is commercially-minded and able to understand the needs and preferences of a business and make recommendations accordingly. Clive keeps the big picture in mind and works to achieve a satisfactory outcome for the client, whether through the court system or otherwise.’

Clive Zietman has built up the Stewarts Law commercial litigation team into a formidable outfit. He is determined, shrewd, a strategic thinker and a winner. He’s a Rottweiler of a litigator and cannot be shaken off  while also knowing  exactly when the right time is to pull back. Straightforward speaker, inspiring extreme confidence in all around him.’

‘Marc Jones relishes the battle and leaves no stone unturned; but is also capable of a cool analytical assessment of the strengths and weakness of a claim. Clients love him.’

Fiona Gillett – partner – innovative and unflappable. A joy to work with.

Key clients

58 Institutional investors including the BT pension scheme, the BAE Systems pension scheme, the Church Commissioners, Bank of America, the Shell pension scheme, the government pension fund of Thailand

The joint liquidators of a Luxembourg holding company of major European mobile telecommunications provider Hellas

Lands Company Limited

Laurence Pagden and Simon Underwood of Menzies LLP as liquidators of Core VCT plc, Core IV plc and Core C plc

Susquehanna

Bugsby

Republic of Kazakhstan

National Bank of Kazakhstan

Kestrel Coal Midco Pty

Work highlights

  • Representing 58 Institutional investors (including the BAE Systems pension scheme, the Church Commissioners and the government pension fund of Thailand) in a group action against Tesco claiming damages for losses after a more than 20% fall in Tesco’s share price following a accounting scandal.
  • Representing the Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of Kazakhstan (NBK) in a dispute about the ownership of $530m held by the Bank of New York Mellon, London Branch under a Global Custody Agreement entered into with NBK.
  • Represented Liam Robertson in obtaining an asset preservation order (APO) over Bitcoin worth more than £1m stolen by fraudsters.

Travers Smith LLP

Travers Smith LLP's dispute resolution team is 'a polished litigation machine' that 'has the talent and scale to take on some of the biggest cases in the English courts'. The 'superb' Rob Fell, who has expertise in both litigation and regulatory investigations, heads a practice in  which 'truly first-rate litigatorCaroline Edwards is a key member, particularly for financial services sector disputes and follow-on damages competition claims. For fraud and banking disputes, Toby Robinson and Huw Jenkin are names to note, while Andrew King also has particular contentious insolvency expertise. The 'consistently good and enthusiastic team' includes senior consultant Stephen Paget-Brown ; 'first-class litigator' Jan-Jaap Baer ; 'rising star' Heather Gagen ;  Stephanie Lee (who is 'very much someone you want on your side'); and the recently promoted Polly Richard, who is 'an excellent new addition to the partner roster'.

Practice head(s):

Rob Fell

Testimonials

A polished litigation machine, good at dealing with the demands of litigation on the largest scale’

Travers is a unique player in the commercial dispute resolution space: a City firm that has stayed as such, but has the talent and scale to take on some of the biggest cases in the English courts, and a track record of doing just that. Travers invests properly in its people, and it pays off: they are a superb team who work very well together, with little churn. International aspects are well covered through Travers’ network of close relationships with the best overseas firms.

Travers Smith’s commercial litigation practice is superb. They are involved in some of the highest-profile cases in this area and have risen from strength to strength. Their lawyers are exceptional at every level.

Andrew King is legendary – vast experience, very hands-on. Toby Robinson is meticulous and hard-working; Stephanie Lee is a star in the making, dynamic and energetic; Polly Richard is a new partner, future star, having been one of the best DR associates out there.

Jan-Jaap Baer is an absolutely first-class litigator who goes beyond the last mile for his clients. Strategic, dauntingly smart, relentlessly hard-working, and all over the detail. Huw Jenkin is a highly accomplished lawyer, passionately devoted to his clients’ cause, and extremely charming. Stephanie Lee really excels in everything she does; smart, strategic and very much someone you want on your side. Andrew King has a wealth of experience in large and complex litigation, which comes through clearly in his robust, commercial guidance. Emma Reynolds, senior associate: a really superb lawyer, with star potential.

Rob Fell is a superb leader of, and ambassador for, his team: an incisive thinker and superb communicator. Absolutely superb, and runs a team on a big case beautifully. He’s extremely clever and a top quality lawyer, he’s tactically outstanding, he’s always on top of the detail, and clients adore him.’

Caroline Edwards is a truly first-rate litigator by any standards. Heather Gagen is a rising star.  Both are a real pleasure to work with, as well as being exceptional commercial litigators.

Ed Hardman is a terrific associate on whom one can depend entirely. He’s a brilliant and invaluable team member. Top quality.’

Key clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kaupthing hf and Jóhannes Jóhannsson

Renesas Electronics Corporation

Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited

Scion Films

Micro Focus International Plc

A Prominent British Retailer

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hewlett Packard in fraud claims amounting to $5bn, with parallel criminal proceedings in the US, arising out of the $11bn acquisition of Autonomy Corporation plc in late 2011.
  • Acted for Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited in its successful claim to recover success fees that should have been paid to it for debt advisory and equity raising services provided in respect of the development of an offshore windfarm in the German North Sea.
  • Defending a leading shipping company, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS, in proceedings brought against it (and related group companies and other defendants) by Daimler AG following the  European Commission antitrust decision relating to a cartel for the supply of roll-on roll-off (RoRo) vehicle shipping services from 2006 to 2012.

White & Case LLP

White & Case LLP's disputes practice 'does not shy away from complex situations' and combines 'immense depth of experience' and 'an international presence that enables effective handling of cross-border disputes'. It has experience of disputes involving parallel proceedings in different jurisdictions, as well as arbitration and has particular expertise in matters in the oil and gas and technology sectors, areas in which  Mark Clarke and Steven Baker are the respective contacts to note. Amanda Cowell, who is frequently instructed by corporate, telecoms and banking clients, leads the practice,  which includes 'strategic thinker' Charles Balmain and John Reynolds , who is highlighted as 'a titan of the London litigation landscape'. John Rogerson, Rory Hishon and Hannah Field-Lowes are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Cowell

Testimonials

One of the many highly-rated law firms in the litigation workspace. The firm does not shy away from complex situations and will without doubt stand its ground, ensuring full protections for the agent at all times.

White & Case LLP is simply amazing. Very well resourced to cater for the need of their clients.

Steven Baker is an exceptional talent and brings a unique blend of intellect and tenacity to the hardest financial dispute.

Immense depth of experience in all forms of commercial litigation and an international presence that enables effective handling of cross-border disputes.

The team’s key strength is the depth of talent and the fact that even the more junior associates are capable of working largely independently’

Charles Balmain is a smooth operator, with consummate client skills. He is a strategic thinker with an excellent manner’

Rory Hishon stands out. He is fully committed and totally on top of all his cases. Amanda Cowell is excellent too.’

‘John Reynolds is a titan of the London litigation landscape. A colossus who inspires great loyalty in his clients.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs International

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited

Ingenious Media Investments Limited and Ingenious Capital Management Limited

System Capital Management

Salini-Impregilo SpA

Jan De Nul NV

Sofidra SA

MMG

Toshiba

Salamanca Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Goldman Sachs International in complex multi-party, multi-jurisdictional proceedings  (before the English and Portuguese courts) arising out of the transfer of assets and liabilities of Banco Espirito Santo in Portugal to a bridge bank, Novo Banco SA.
  • Representing a syndicate of Chinese banks in judicial proceedings and the restructuring of a $925m facility advanced to Reliance Communications (formerly India’s second largest telecoms operator)
  • Acted for Ukraine’s largest industrial conglomerate, System Capital Management, in a complex dispute comprising arbitration/litigation in London, Cyprus and Holland relating to the purchase of the leading fixed line telecoms operator in Ukraine.

Addleshaw Goddard

The commercial litigation team at Addleshaw Goddard handles a range of disputes and is able to call on its national and international networks for large or cross-border matters. Financial markets disputes expert Michael Barnett heads the dispute resolution group, while Mark Molyneux (who counts competition litigation among his areas of expertise) leads the commercial litigation team. Its sector specialisms include insurance and financial services, for which Richard Wise and Richard Clayton are respective names to note, as well as consumer and retail, in which Louisa Caswell and recently promoted legal director Natasha Winter have particular experience .

Practice head(s):

Michael Barnett; Mark Molyneux

Ashurst

Praised for its 'modern and forward-looking outlook', Ashurst's commercial litigation team has the 'ability to manage large-scale, complex litigation'. The group counts corporate and M&A, competition, procurement, data, digital economy and IT sector disputes among its areas of specialism. Jon Gale, who handles a range of complex commercial disputes and contentious regulatory issues, leads the practice, which includes construction and infrastructure disputes specialist Simon Bromwich and James Levy, who acts for corporates and financial services clients. Other names of note include Tom Duncan and Euan Burrows who focus on construction and competition law issues respectively, and 'unflappable' senior associate Sophie Law.

Practice head(s):

Jon Gale

Testimonials

Ashurst has an incomparable ability to manage large-scale, complex litigation. Their internal resources and skill in allocating those resources where necessary to get on top of intensive proceedings is highly commendable.’

Ashurst have a quality team across the board delivering top notch advice that is also practical and pragmatic.

Ashurst has a very modern and forward-looking outlook and appears to be doing very well at attracting top quality litigation work for a broad range of clients.

A highly supportive team.  They are very proactive and strategic. They really go the extra mile to think through all angles.

Jon Gale is extremely diligent, fully engaged at all times, leaves no stone unturned’

‘Tom Duncan is highly intelligent, calm under pressure and has excellent client relations skills’

‘Sophie Law is a rising star; unflappable, highly efficient, no task is too much.’

‘Euan Burrows is a top-drawer competition law litigator who is always in high demand. Tom Connor is a very bright and energetic lawyer handing top class instructions.

Key clients

Ryder Limited

Transport for London/London Underground Limited

Lendlease

XPO Supply Chain UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised London Underground Limited on major litigation arising from the £2.5bn procurement of new trains for the Central, Bakerloo, Piccadilly and Waterloo & City lines. This involved separate proceedings by a Bombardier Transportation/Hitachi Rail joint venture and by Alstom Transport UK limited.
  • Advised Daiwa in a $200m claim brought by Singularis Holdings Limited. This raised complex issues regarding attribution of responsibility for corporate conduct, illegality and the scope of the Quincecare duty.
  • Acting for Ryder in a claim against DAF, Daimler, Iveco, MAN, and Volvo/Renault for compensation in the form of overcharge and lost profits resulting from a cartel which the medium and heavy trucks manufacturers admitted to being engaged with between 1997 and 2011.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's well-regarded dispute resolution team is particularly active in banking and financial services litigation, corporate and shareholder disputes and competition litigation. Key contacts include Jonathan Kelly and recently promoted counsel Paul Stuart , while James Norris-Jones and James Brady specialise in financial services disputes. It has niche experience acting for sovereign states and state-owned bodies (for which Christopher Moore is the name to note) and in disputes relating to UN, EU and UK sanctions in the EU and English courts, which is a focus for Sunil Gadhia.

Key clients

Vale S.A.; Vale Holdings B.V; Vale International S.A.

Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund

Russian Federation

Public Institution for Social Security for the State of Kuwait

A Middle Eastern Pension Fund Investment Manager

Idemia France SAS

Tatneft

Castle Water

Sanjay Chandi and Prashant Manek

Work highlights

  • Representing Vale Group in a $1.86bn commercial court claim against the billionaire diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz and other former managers and shareholders of BSG Resources.
  • Advising Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund on issues and disputes arising from the collapse of the Dubai-based private equity fund The Abraaj Group and the separation of the $1bn Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund from The Abraaj Group.
  • Acting for the Russian Federation in a claim pursuing repayment of a $3bn Eurobond issued by Ukraine and held by Russia’s National Wealth Fund as the sole noteholder.

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's disputes practice is 'very accustomed to major litigation'. It is particularly well-known for representing insurers (for which Emma Ager is among the names to note) and has a breadth of expertise beyond this. Chris Burdett focuses on commercial fraud, cross border enforcement and asset recovery; Richard Power 'has a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience' in the oil and gas, IT and finance sectors, and Tom White has experience in financial services matters, property and construction and IT disputes. Recently promoted partner Rebecca Armstrong handles a range of contentious commercial matters, while Irvine Marr focuses on shipping disputes, particularly in the Middle East, Asia and Russia. Legal directors to note include Anna Myrvang, who attracts praise for her 'extremely relevant and quick counselling', and Pavani Reddy who joined from Zaiwalla & Co and has sanctions and civil fraud expertise.

Testimonials

Highly skilled, experienced and motivated commercial litigation team, very accustomed to major litigation & well supported by their other teams apart from their insurance team. We asked them for a second look at a matter and they blew a magic circle opinion out of the water, on commerciality, content and cost.

Ability to communicate advice quickly and in a digestible form with awareness of commercial drivers.’

Supportive approach, strong risk analysis and can tailor the depth of advice to the audience. Prepared to offer clear cut advice and not just ‘sit on the fence’

Richard Power  has a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience but at the same time is very approachable, making it a pleasure to work with him. I can’t fault him’

Richard Slaven is a highly experienced commercial adviser who has long handled our big-ticket litigation. He has built a quality team, including Tom White (Partner) & David Milner (Senior Associate)’

Nigel Chapman is one of the most skilled insurance-lawyers I have worked with. He has a great combination of being very orderly, patient and calm and, at the same time, he always comes up with hard-hitting arguments and has a very strong rhetoric.

Anna Myrvang has a unique talent and a special ability to quickly get into a complex problem, form an overview, lay out a strategy and communicate  often sophisticated legal arguments in an efficient and understandable way without losing sense of detail. She is also very pleasant even when she is put under great pressure. She provides extremely relevant and quick counselling.’

Key clients

G4S Plc

HiLight Semiconductor Limited and others

Stichting Vestia

The State of the Netherlands

Chevron

PricewaterhouseCoopers

KPMG

Philips Electronics UK

Russell Bedford International

Ingles & Hayday

Nautical Challenge Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Dutch social housing association Stichting Vestia in a €800m claim against Deutsche Bank relating to allegations of bribery, lack of authority and inappropriate financial transactions.
  • Acting for Nautical Challenge (the owners of the vessel ALEXANDRA 1) in a shipping dispute following the collision between ALEXANDRA 1 and container vessel EVER SMART outside the dredged entrance and exit channel to the port of Jebel Ali in the UAE.

CMS

The disputes team at CMS has 'all the skills necessary to deal with large-scale commercial litigation'. It is particularly strong for energy and technology sector disputes, in which  Guy Pendell, Dan Tench (who focuses on media sector and data security issues) and Luke Pardey (who handles 'complex commercial and IT-related disputes') are names to note. The 'excellent and imaginative lawyer' Ben Trust has a breadth of experience in corporate governance and transactional disputes and jointly leads the practice alongside Steven Corney (whose experience spans contractual and tortious disputes and civil fraud matters). The group also includes 'excellent strategist' Jonathan WarneJeremy Mash who 'has a very cool head in a crisis', and competition litigation specialist Kenny Henderson, who joined from Stewarts Law LLP to develop the firm's follow-on class action practice. Other changes to the team include the promotions of Tim Sales and Louise Boswell to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Ben Trust; Steven Corney

Testimonials

A 21st century 24/7 powerhouse. Experienced team with all the skills necessary to deal with large-scale commercial litigation.

A very strong, commercially focused team that does a good job of making you feel supported, rather than simply delivering pieces of advice in isolation from wider issues.

Expert at building effective teams that get results for their clients.

Luke Pardey is my ‘go to’ partner for advice and assistance on complex commercial and IT-related disputes. He has made time and effort to understand our organisation, how it works and many of the individual clients. He is always responsive and delivers first-rate accurate and practical advice. He is excellent at identifying the key issues and drivers in a dispute. He delivers excellent advice and knows how to tailor it for delivery and onward use within the organiation.

Jeremy Mash has a very cool head in a crisis and inspires confidence’

Ben Trust is an excellent team leader and builder and an excellent and imaginative lawyer with sound judgement.

Jonathan Warne is an excellent strategist, but he is also an outstanding listener, in fact one of the best I’ve seen in terms of client management. He always considers issues from a strategic perspective and is brilliant in coming up with strategies that are always very helpful and very business friendly.

Key clients

TikTok

Coca Cola

Microsoft Corporation

British Broadcasting Corporation (and its wider group)

Slater & Gordon

BT plc

SSE

Metro Bank

Japan Tobacco Industry (JTI)

Klarna Bank

AEG

London Stock Exchange Group plc

Thirdway Interiors

Work highlights

  • Acted for Slater & Gordon in a high profile fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty claim against Watchstone Group plc, formerly known as Quindell plc.
  • Defending Essar Capital Services in recognition and enforcement proceedings brought by ArcelorMittal relating to a $1.5bn arbitral award made in Minnesota.
  • Defending Sports Information in an intellectual property, breach of confidence and conspiracy by unlawful means claim brought by The Racing Partnership relating to the creation and provision of horse racing betting odds and other data relating to horse races at the racecourses of the second claimant, Arena Leisure.

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP

The ‘flexible, responsive and conflict-free‘ litigation boutique Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP has ‘the cost-efficient gravitas to get results’. Traditionally known for bringing claims against large financial institutions, the group has expanded its expertise to include the technology sector and, in particular, fintech and venture capital-related disputes. Key names to note include named partner Philip Young and the ‘consistently excellentSinead O’Callaghan, who is strong for financial services and IT and telecoms sector disputes, as well as professional negligence claims. Other names to note include Stephen ElamLydia Danon and Daniel Burbeary for contentious regulatory issues, financial sector litigation and disputes relating to China, Russia and former CIS countries respectively, and the 'very intelligent, hard-working and insightful ' senior associate Arish Bharucha who is developing an India-related disputes practice alongside Danon. Marc Keidan left the practice to establish corporate, insolvency and banking disputes boutique Keidan Harrison.

Testimonials

CYK has the cost-efficient gravitas to get results. I’m always impressed by their ability to command the attention of defendants, bring them to the table to settle and extract a healthy settlement. Practically, they are flexible, responsive and conflict-free. Two things emerge when comparing them to peers: (i) they avoid the belligerence and bluster of some others and (ii) economical fees.

The team has strong, highly talented individual lawyers, which enables it to compete shoulder-to-shoulder with much larger firms.

Everybody in the firm is a very decent person to deal with. They all commit 100% to their cases, and invest themselves in them. Few match them in this regard.

 Sinead O’Callaghan is consistently excellent in commercial disputes. She is my ‘go to’ litigation adviser.

Steve Elam is technically very savvy and pro innovative fee structures. Rosie Wild is technically strong, able to absorb complex data and concepts and distil it into sensible advice.’

Philip Young is extremely bright with great vision; Sinead O’Callaghan is fearless, very smart with tactical foresight. Lydia Danon puts in the hours, has great relationships with clients. 

Arish Bharucha is a very intelligent, hard-working and insightful lawyer with a keen sense of strategy.

Lydia Danon is a legend; totalling charming and totally on the ball. Sam Roberts is very bright and finds angles others don’t.  Liam McNeely is really clever, completely on top of the law and very commercial.’

Key clients

Infund LLP

Corplaw Ltd

ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc

Reliantco Investments Ltd

Cheyne Capital International Limited and Cheyne Capital Holdings Limited

Esquiline Asset Managers Limited

CMOC Sales & Marketing Ltd

Mary Ward House Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for three individuals in defence of a High Court claim brought by Vald Nielsen Holding and Newwatch in connection with their successful management buy-out of a company.
  • Defending Reliantco Investments in a high profile claim brought by a high-net worth individual and investor in Bitcoin for wrongful close out of said trades
  • Acting for ZCCM Investments Holdings in a claim against KHL and related parties of misappropriation and misuse of up to $2.4bn of company funds.

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP acts for financial institutions and multinational corporations in complex and cross-border disputes. The group has continued to grow, with the most recent addition of Simon Fawell, who joined from Sidley Austin LLP and brings a breadth of commercial litigation expertise; this follows the arrivals of practice head Dorothy Cory-Wright (who handles a range of litigation and contentious regulatory matters) and counsel John Bedford, also from Sidley Austin LLP, in 2018. Andrew Hearn, who handles multijurisdictional disputes and cross-border enforcement issues; Adam Silver who counts financial litigation, fraud and contentious insolvency among his areas of expertise, and Stephen Surgeoner, whose sector specialisms include financial services, insurance, energy and telecoms, are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Dorothy Cory-Wright

Key clients

Franklin Templeton Investment Management Limited

Tyndaris SAM

Ministry of Defence of the Republic of China

Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of PJSC Commercial Bank ‘PrivatBank’

VTB Bank (PSJC)

Fondazione Enasarco

Work highlights

  • Advising the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of China in a foreign judgment enforcement claim due to be heard in the Court of Appeal.
  • Advising VTB Bank (as a senior secured lender to the Essar Group) in multi-jurisdictional litigation brought by ArcelorMittal seeking to enforce a $1.5bn arbitration award against the Essar Group.
  • Advising fund manager Tyndaris SAM in a dispute with a high profile investor that is thought to be the first English High Court dispute concerning the operation of trading platforms driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's commercial litigation team has a reputation for handling complex, cross-border disputes and counts energy and natural resources (for which James Carter is a key contact) and financial services among its sector specialisms. It has strengthened its construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes capabilities with the additions of Bob Maynard and Caroline Pope from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. 'Absolute litigation superstar' Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry (who handles contentious M&A, fraud asset tracing and regulatory disputes) leads the team alongside 'brilliant all-rounder' Jamie CurleJeremy Andrews is highlighted for disputes involving offshore jurisdictions and the CIS region, while recently promoted partner Jeremy Sher counts class actions and M&A-related disputes among his areas of expertise. Senior associate Charles Allin is 'an up-and-coming superstar', particularly for oil and gas, financial services and M&A disputes.

Testimonials

Magic Circle expertise without magic circle prices.

Consolidating a strong base and increasing their profile through their London and global presence. High quality and good value alternative to the magic circle for the biggest disputes in the English courts or arbitration.

Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry is an absolute litigation superstar. Completely unflappable and with a huge breadth of experience and tactical nous’

‘ James Carter is extremely clever and very hard working’

‘Charles Allin is definitely one to watch as an up-and-coming superstar. More than capable in his own right to run any high profile, high value litigation or arbitration. Tactically astute, clever and highly organised.

Jamie Curle is a brilliant all-rounder; able to keep all the balls in the air; incisive; very commercial; he is a stand-out individual

Jeremy Andrews is charming; clever; hugely experienced and a very safe pair of hands’

‘Senior associate Sam Bodle is very tough; very clear-sighted; tenacious.

Key clients

Renova Industries Limited

Wael Said Khoury and others

Solutus Advisors Limited & Neil Forkin

Atlas Residential Solutions Management UK Limited and Atlas Apartment Homes LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Renova Industries in proceedings brought in the British Virgin Islands against Emmerson International Corporation for declaratory relief relating to the alleged exercise of a joint venture exit mechanism.
  • Defended Solutus Advisors in claims brought by Debussy DTC Plc and US Bank Trustees which alleged an abuse of position as special servicer of the £263m Debussy DTC Plc CMBS Loan in respect of the Toys R Us Properties (UK) Limited property portfolio in disposing of a number of properties held within the Group.

Enyo Law LLP

'A small firm with big hitting lawyers',  Enyo Law LLP has 'gained a well-deserved reputation on the market' as a 'robust dispute resolution firm'. The conflict-free practice handles cross-border litigation and counts foreign states, central banks, sovereign wealth funds, hedge funds, pension funds, private equity funds and high net-worth individuals among its clients. 'Highly experienced' founding partner Simon Twigden (who has an increasing focus on litigation involving parties based in former CIS countries, the Middle East and North Africa) is a name to note alongside the 'super bright' George Maling, contentious insolvency expert Louise Bell and the 'brilliant young litigator' Tim Elliss. Recently promoted partner Lucinda Orr is highlighted for her expertise in disclosure-heavy cases in foreign languages.

Testimonials

Although this firm has been established relatively recently, it already gained a well-deserved reputation on the market. Enyo Law is a robust dispute resolution firm which has gathered a excellent portfolio, both in terms of outstanding lawyers and also in terms of the client base. They are business-minded, client-oriented and focused on achieving results which are best-suited to meet their clients’ expectations.

Enyo is a small firm with big hitting lawyers, all skimmed from the cream of the crop from magic circle firms. Consequently, its partners and associates have the same work ethic, drive and intellect that you expect from the magic circle, but in the context of a much smaller firm, with much smaller teams. In short, it is the slick service delivered by the family firm. As a result, Enyo is a joy to work with.

Simon Twigden’s commercial judgment is impeccable, and he is a great team player. Pietro Marino has years of litigation experience, and thoroughly immerses himself in each and every one of his cases. Edward Allen’s drafting style is crisp, concise and effective.

George Maling is super bright and whose relaxed manner belies a serious intellect and strategic awareness. Tim Ellis – calm and organised, he’s a really bright and efficient litigator.

Associate Bruno Bainsfair ticks all of the boxes identified above; bright, motivated, hard working, and a pleasure to work with. Konrad Rodgers (partner) is a blue sky thinker who comes up with innovative approaches to difficult legal cases.

‘Louise Bell is exceptionally bright and even more exceptionally hard-working. She looks at things from every angle to try and get the absolute best result for her client possible.’

Pietro Marino is rightly viewed one of the most well-regarded litigators in the City. Edward Allen has superb judgment and will fight his client’s case with tremendous effectiveness every inch of the way. George Maling is a giant among litigators. Underneath his relaxed and charming manner, is a super effective strategist. Timothy Ellis is a rising star, a brilliant young litigator with great analytical skills.

Tim Elliss is a litigating machine. Thoroughly good chap to work with and very sure-footed. Tenacious, accurate and won’t run a weak point sometimes to the frustration of the client. Consequently, the judges tend to have confidence in his witness statements. Simon Twigden is a class act. Highly experienced and backs himself providing strong strategies for the firm and the clients.

Key clients

The Liquidators of and the Claimant companies in liquidation Bilta (UK) Limited, Nathanael EURL Limited, Weston Trading UK Limited, Vehement Solutions Limited, Inline Trading Limited

Mr Stephen Hunt, as Liquidator of Burnden Holdings (UK) Limited

LBJ Sports Apparel Limited trading as The Elite Group

The Hellenic Republic

The Libyan Investment Authority

Nordsee Offshore MEG1 Gmbh

AMC III Purple B.V.

SCOR SE

Pan African Minerals Limited

Thamesview Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending Mr Bogolyubov in a $200m claim brought by one of the largest oil producers in Russia in relation to an alleged dishonest scheme concerning oil deliveries.
  • Acted for French reinsurer SCOR in successfully defending an application brought by Barclays Bank plc, to stay proceedings in England under Article 30 of the Recast Brussels Regulation, while related proceedings in France are ongoing.
  • Represented The Hellenic Republic in proceedings before the English High Court to set aside an arbitral award obtained by Leidos in an ICC arbitration in Greece.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's 'excellent litigation team' acts for large corporates in a range of disputes and is developing a strong technology sector presence. Global head of international disputes Mark Davenport counts financial services, pharmaceutical, transport and IT among his sector specialisms; 'excellent litigator' Neville Byford's experience includes civil fraud and sports sectors disputes, within which he advises well-known show jumpers , while Richard Little 'is able to turn his hand to wide range of disputes' including civil fraud, public law and franchising litigation. Claire Stockford, who joined from Shepherd and Wedderburn, adds cross-border and competition disputes expertise, while recently promoted legal director Lucy Webster 'has a great sense of litigation tactics and strategy' in intellectual property and media disputes.

Practice head(s):

Mark Davenport

Testimonials

Excellent litigation team, they are always on top of my list for difficult pieces of litigation where the client needs a strong and robust firm to defend it.

Richard Little is one of the canniest and cunningest solicitors in the City, with huge experience and great instincts’

‘Associate Tim Browning is low key but amazingly thorough, extremely bright, as well as being an all round good guy. I would send any client to them.

Legal director Lucy Webster is the mainstay of any team she works in, ferociously hardworking, she coordinates the workstreams and has a great sense of litigation tactics and strategy’

‘Associate Kimeya Baker would be a valued member of any litigation team – a hardworking team player, she offers insights on problems that show a maturity beyond her years; a great star in the making.

Neville Byford is an excellent litigator with a wealth of experience and canniness to get to the heart of a dispute and pick it apart in the client’s favour. Also much appreciate his directness and honesty with clients on a case’s prospects.’

Able run rings round an opponent with litigation correspondence that is invariably well-judged, whether it be a long letter wearing the opposition down with requests for information or documentation or a short and punchy one, pointing out shortcomings in the other side’s performance. The correspondence is so good because it is backed by an early appreciation of the key points in a case and how they will play out’

Richard Little has a terrific, varied practice and is able to turn his hand to wide range of disputes; no subject matter stumps him!

Key clients

Malaysia’s Minister of Finance (Incorporated) and 1Malaysia Development Berhad

Iranian Offshore Engineering Company

Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited

Bemaco Steel

Peter Black Footwear and Accessories Limited and Visage Limited

JPR Services and John Ray

Credit Suisse Trust

Barclay Pharmaceuticals Limited (a subsidiary of Celesio AG)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Malaysia’s Minister of Finance and 1Malaysia Development Berhad in a dispute against International Petroleum Investment and Aabar Investments PJS which challenged an LCIA arbitration consent award based on settlement agreements, which formed part of the highly-publicised 1MDB fraud.
  • Defending Kamran Amouzegar (a former employee of Pictet Bank) as the fifth defendant in a claim brought by PIFSS (the pension fund of the State of Kuwait) alleging that the former head of PIFSS placed funds belonging to PIFSS with various financial institutions (including Pictet Bank and VP Bank) in return for receiving bribes from those financial institutions.
  • Acted for Iranian Offshore Engineering Company in an $87m claim against nine defendants relating to a contract for the purchase of an oil rig, which the client did not receive.

Jones Day

Jones Day's commercial and corporate litigation team 'is well used to tackling very big ticket, high profile litigation'. The practice is noted as being 'exceptionally gifted', 'particularly in cases involving a fraud angle' in which Sion Richards , who leads the team alongside Barnaby Stueck (who 'is fantastic on anything with an insolvency angle') is focused. Other contacts to note include 'sophisticated litigator' Adam Brown, who handles multi-jurisdictional investigations and resulting litigation; Rhys Thomas and Lee Coffey, who both handle a range of multijurisdictional disputes, and corporate and insolvency litigator Daniel Travers. The 'simply brilliant' Annabel Treadgold is another name to note for fraud disputes, as well as contentious energy sector matters, while counsel Sarah Batley counts product liability disputes among her specialisms. Craig Shuttleworth retired from the practice.

Practice head(s):

Barnaby Stueck; Sion Richards

Testimonials

‘Jones Day is one of the most effective and well-established players in the top end London dispute resolution market. I have yet to work with someone there who I did not regard as impressive.

Commercial litigation lies at the very core of Jones Day’s London practice. They are exceptionally gifted in the field; particularly in cases involving a fraud angle.’

The team is well used to tackling very big ticket high profile litigation. Excellent solicitor resources enabling effective conduct of substantial litigation.

Sion Richards goes from strength to strength every year. Barnaby Steuck is fantastic on anything with an insolvency angle and is very strong in Cayman/BVI cases. Annabel Treadgold is simply brilliant and incredibly hardworking.

Adam Brown is extremely bright, calm, efficient and focused. A sophisticated litigator working at the top of his field.

Annabel Treadgold is exceptionally clever and committed to the cases. Definitely one to watch.

Nick Cotter is a dedicated, effective and efficient advocate. He thinks strategically and understands our company’s business and strategy. Nick is great at working with our business people as well as our other firms and he always puts our company’s interests first. We’re lucky to have Nick as an advocate for us.

Rhys Thomas is a good strategist and legal thinker.

Key clients

UTB LLC and HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Mosaad Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

MasterCard Incorporated

Jonathan Faiman and Project Today Holdings Limited

Geoff Rowley and Tony Wright of FRP Advisory LLP as Joint Liquidators of BHS Limited, BHS Group Limited, Davenbush Limited and Lowland Homes Limited

Nicholas Guy Edwards and Philip Stephen Bowers of Deloitte LLP in their capacities as Joint Liquidators of Angel Group Limited & other related companies (Angel Group Proceedings)

Nicholas Guy Edwards and Philip Stephen Bowers of Deloitte LLP in their capacities as Joint Liquidators of Angel Group Limited (McBrides Proceedings)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Mosa’ad in his claim to take full control of the English Premier League team, Sheffield United Football Club, after a hotly contested shareholder dispute with UK businessman Kevin McCabe.
  • Acting as lead counsel to Mastercard in antitrust litigation commenced by retailers from across the UK and EU in connection with the legality of certain Mastercard fees paid by retailers for payment card transactions.
  • Acting for T0DAY Development Partners and Jonathan Faiman in a high profile conspiracy and theft of confidential information dispute with Ocado.

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins' commercial litigation team combines a strong London-based team with the ability to leverage its international - and US - practice. It counts media, entertainment, technology, sport and financial services among its sector specialisms. For financial services matters Andrea Monks and Jon Holland are names to note, while Ian Felstead focuses on commercial, media, and technology litigation. Martin Davies (whose expertise spans corporate, finance and fraud disputes) leads the team alongside Oliver Browne , who has a broad practice covering complex litigation and arbitration proceedings. Recently promoted partner Oliver Middleton focuses on work including corporate and intellectual property litigation, while senior associate Hayley Pizzey is noted for contentious data protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Browne; Martin Davies

Key clients

The Carlyle Group

Royal Dutch Shell

ITV plc

Singapore Airlines

London Stock Exchange

ABN AMRO

Samba Financial Group

Renesas Corporation and affiliates

Sinovac Biotech Limited

Miramax

Work highlights

  • Acting for individual in a multi-million pound claim for conspiracy by the defendants to deprive the claimant of the ownership of shares in, and assets related to, one of the largest construction groups in the Middle East.
  • Representing Barclays Bank in a group action and two opt-out class actions in the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT). In each case, the proposed class representative is asserting that the conduct of Barclays (and other banks) in manipulating the FX markets caused members of the class to suffer loss.
  • Representing Allergan plc in a dispute relating to a sale and purchase agreement for the sale of Auden McKenzie Holdings Limited to the second claimant (now Teva Pharmaceuticals) from the defendants, two individual sellers of the Auden McKenzie business.

Macfarlanes LLP

Macfarlanes LLP offers 'invaluable strategic and substantive advice' to entrepreneurs, senior executives, shareholders, private clients and corporates in disputes. The group 'works well with other departments', including on tax and white-collar crime issues, and has particular experience in the automotive, financial services, hotels, IT, and mining sectors. The 'outstandingMatt McCahearty took over as head of the department from the 'cool, calm, strategic' Iain Mackie (who remains at the firm and handles financial services sector disputes, including cases relating to private equity investments). 'Brilliant lawyer' Lois Horne is a name to note for shareholder and contract disputes, while Simon Nurney has experience across corporate, commercial and construction disputes and class-actions. Senior solicitor Christopher Charlton specialises in cross-border issues including issues of jurisdiction and enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Matt McCahearty

Testimonials

Quiet, measured and with a strong attention to detail. They think carefully before they shoot! … but every bullet counts.

Extremely well-versed and competent, both substantively and tactically (the latter of which is virtually as important as the law). 

The partners are absolutely on top of the details of the case. This enables them to give invaluable strategic and substantive advice rather than helicoptering above a case being run by others.’

Lois Horne is a stand out partner. She is a brilliant lawyer, prepares meticulously and tactically is always one step ahead. You want her on your team’

‘Max Hobbs is a super-bright and effortlessly charming associate. One to watch.

Iain Mackie is cool, calm, strategic. His level head and careful analysis has been a great benefit to me.’

‘Extraordinarily effective as a bridge to the barrister. The distinguishing feature is that Macfarlanes is able to bring out the absolute best in barrister support to the benefit of the client and the matter

‘Matt McCahearty is outstanding

Key clients

Better Capital LLP

The State of Qatar

Tony Matharu (Grange Hotels)

Elegant Hotels Group Ltd

SAS Institute Inc.

BDO

Nederlandse Industrie Van Eiproducten

Liverpool Football Club

United Company Rusal

Libyan Investment Authority

Avon Products

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Sir Robert McAlpine and Balfour Beatty

Exotix Partners

Work highlights

  • Defended Royal Bank of Scotland in multi-billion pound competition law private damages claims and opt-out class action in relation to alleged manipulation of foreign exchange markets.
  • Advising The State of Qatar on a multi-billion dollar claim against Banque Havilland SA and one of its employees alleging a conspiracy to manipulate.
  • Successfully acted for United Company Rusal (which owns a stake in Norilsk Nickel) in a long-running and high-profile dispute involving three Oligarchs relating to control of the $33bn mining company, Norilsk Nickel.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'pragmatic, responsive and business-oriented' commercial litigation team handles a range of complex cross-border disputes for its impressive roster of clients. Its experience spans several sectors including finance, manufacturing, telecoms, consumer products, energy and media and the team 'can draw resources from various fields of practice, working seamlessly'. The group is led by Ian McDonald , who focuses on financial services sector litigation, and includes 'top-notch' litigator Miles Robinson who attracts praise for his 'astute judgement' and Stuart Pickford, who specialises in commercial trusts and pensions litigation. Other names to note include Alistair Graham for white collar crime and fraud disputes, Mark Stefanini for financing disputes, warranty claims and other post-acquisition litigation, and counsel Dan Hart , who focuses on disputes with cross-border elements, including foreign parallel proceedings and international enforcement.

Practice head(s):

Ian McDonald

Testimonials

A very pragmatic, responsive and business-oriented team. Easy and efficient to work with.

Mayer Brown has a very strong litigation practice which is attractive to large institutional litigators.

The team is very much committed and hands-on. They also understand the business priorities’

Very diverse team that can draw resources from various fields of practice, working seamlessly.

Responsive, cost-conscious, and thorough. The advice they provide is succinct and to the point. In addition, their written work is prepared in a way that can be shared easily with senior legal and business leaders without the need for edits or redrafting. They know their audience and how to communicate their message effectively.

Incredibly thorough, thoughtful, and take a holistic view of the matter. Their advice isn’t limited to the dispute or the litigation at hand; it accounts for and incorporates our business goals so that we have a full understanding of the risks and benefits of a potential course of action’

 I would recommend Miles Robinson and his team to any client looking for top-notch commercial litigators. He is a stand out individual with astute judgement – a good team player with an excellent work ethic.’

Key clients

Entertainment One

Civil Aviation Authority

P&O Ferries

Principal Global Investors

HSBC

UBS AG

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees Limited (as sole trustee of industry-wide occupational pension scheme)

Unilever

Sunseeker

Work highlights

  • Representing eOne in its public High Court battle with Monex Europe, a Foreign Exchange trading company, and Prince Marwaha, eOne’s former treasurer, in a dispute regarding currency trading commissions.
  • Acting for the Civil Aviation Authority in an appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the scope of legal advice privilege.
  • Representing P&O Ferries in claims arising out of the award of and cancellation of capacity contracts with ferry companies in relation to Brexit arrangements at the Port of Dover.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its 'increasing presence in a number of market-leading cases'. It has particular experience in the energy, financial services, infrastructure, transport, technology and life sciences sectors and counts cybersecurity and regulatory-related litigation and competition class action among its areas of growth. Managing partner Peter Scott and Patrick Bourke jointly lead the practice and focus on competition and corporate disputes respectively. Ruth Cowley is 'experienced at managing heavyweight litigation' particularly in the financial institutions and energy sectors, Antony Corsi has an impressive breadth of expertise and 'the uncanny ability to demystify very complex issues' while Ffion Flockhart and Neil Miller are noted for cybersecurity and energy sector disputes respectively. Jane Park-Weir joined Osborne Clarke LLP.

Practice head(s):

Peter Scott; Patrick Bourke

Testimonials

Norton Rose Fulbright offers professional excellence and bespoke personal attention across the spectrum of multidisciplinary business legal services. . They provide an end -to-end perspective on dispute resolution management and work closely with in-house counsel in developing strategies for dispute management.

Excellent roster of clients and increasing presence in a number of market-leading cases.

Highly responsive and effective team who achieve tangible results for their clients. They demonstrate a profound understanding of their clients’ needs and combine this with great legal and litigation skills.’

Antony Corsi is our go-to partner for dispute resolution. He has keen listening skills and the uncanny ability to demystify very complex issues. His drafting and communication skills are top notch. He is above all very client-focused.

Patrick Bourke and Ruth Cowley are standout individuals: excellent technical lawyers, experienced at managing heavyweight litigation, and a joy to work with.

Charlotte Winter is a great intellect, who combines tenacity with focused ability to understand the client’s needs and achieve outcomes.’

‘Patrick Farrell has considerable strategic insight, and exceptional team leadership. Robin Springthorpe: a tenacious litigator who invariably resolves difficult problems with efficiency’

‘Zayba Drabu a superb litigator, who masters the most difficult problems to gain optimal results for clients. A rising star. Annabelle Wheeler: Exceptional talent who is able to assimilate and resolve difficult legal problems: another rising star.

Key clients

The World LLC

HSBC

Orange

UBB Waste (Essex) Ltd

Greengate S.A.R.L.

Gwynt-y-Mor Offshore Windfarm Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Orange Liberia as the fifth defendant in a high-value and multi-party cross-jurisdictional conspiracy claim brought by Lonestar Cell arising from a high-profile cyber-attack in Liberia.
  • Acting for the World LLC in enforcement proceedings in the English Commercial Court of a foreign judgment obtained against Mr Shokat Mohammed Dalal.
  • Advising Gwynt-y-Mor Offshore Windfarm on an application for judicial review of a decision made by the energy regulator, Ofgem, in September 2017.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's 'outstanding' commercial litigation team 'combines market-leading knowledge with excellent value for money'. 'It is particularly strong in energy disputes' — in which Katharine Davies and 'stand out senior associate' Daniel Gardiner are key contacts — and counts financial services, IT, pharma, retail and  manufacturing among  other sector specialisms. Laura Cameron (who splits her time between London and Glasgow) leads the team alongside Michael Fenn who handles tort and breach of contract disputes. Other names to note include Stuart McNeill, for banking litigation and professional negligence claims; Alistair Calvert for his experience in Africa-related instructions, and Ben Fairhead, who has developed a niche in pensions liberation litigation. Natalie Sherborn, who focuses on representing ultra-high net worth individuals and senior executives in contentious regulatory issues,  joined from Kobre & Kim LLP.

Practice head(s):

Laura Cameron; Michael Fenn

Testimonials

The commercial litigation team at Pinsents offers very practical and focused advice. It is pragmatic and realistic. It is particularly strong in energy disputes where it has a breadth of talent.

Pinsents are an outstanding commercial litigation firm which combines market-leading knowledge with excellent value for money.

Katharine Davies (partner) and Daniel Gardiner (senior associate) consistently provide high-quality, pragmatic advice that reflects a deep understanding of the oil & gas industry and our commercial needs. Their client care is excellent; they are responsive and provide efficient and timely assistance. Amy Paynter (associate) also deserves a commendation for her well-organised and efficient case management.

Alexander Grant takes ownership of the advice and always treats it commercially.

Mike Hawthorne is a stand out individual at Pinsents. His legal knowledge is second to none, his litigation experience and judgement is always spot on, and his versatility is outstanding in that he is willing to turn his hand to any commercial law area.

Michael Fenn is a well-regarded litigator who navigates complex issues and clients with ease.’

Katharine Davies considers all angles of a case to advance her clients’ interest. She is very experienced and realistic in her assessments.

A stand out senior associate is Daniel Gardiner. He is very impressive. I expect him to be a star of the near future in the London litigation market.

Key clients

Aeroflot- Russian Airlines

Trevarian Management Limited and others

Dalriada Trustees Limited

Novo Banco SA

Teamtrend Limited

BP International Limited

CATS North Sea Limited

DSM Demolition Limited

SKAT

Work highlights

  • Representing the Danish tax authority (Skatteforvaltningen ‘SKAT’) in claims with an aggregate value of $1.5bn against 102 defendants relating to fraudulent dividend tax refund applications.
  • Acting for Dalriada (an independent trustee company) in litigation before the High Court, Determinations Panel and Tax Tribunal arising from appointments by the Pensions Regulator to irregular pension schemes suspected of being scams or involving poor governance.
  • Represented the liquidators (BDO) of  Payroller Limited in litigation relating to alleged VAT fraud. This included obtaining freezing injunctions against a number of companies and individuals who were the key players in the fraudulent scheme and advising on cross-border and jurisdiction issues.

Reed Smith LLP

With an 'impeccable reputation, wide range of offices and experience managing complex disputes', Reed Smith LLP's team is adept at handling multijurisdictional disputes. It is particularly strong in corporate and financial services litigation, insurance recovery and media claims. Practice head Ben Summerfield is a 'superb strategist with a pro-active approach' and a breadth of experience acting for major corporates, financial services institutions and high net worth individuals in commercial litigation. Other names to note include Nick Brocklesby, who has an 'excellent commercial attitude' and expertise in banking and financial services disputes; Peter Hardy who has a strong track record in cross-border litigation and enforcement issues, and Tom Webley , who counts cybersecurity and contentious regulatory issues among areas of specialism. Simon Greer and Yousef Hatem are among the firm's 'top quality' associates.

Practice head(s):

Ben Summerfield

Testimonials

Reed Smith has a very strong litigation team with excellent leadership and a broad range of expertise. Associates are top quality and hard working. They carry out a lot of analysis themselves rather than rely heavily on the Bar and, as a result, clients receive the benefit of the combined thinking of highly experienced solicitors and counsel.’

Very diligent, clever and commercial. Always great to work with. Excellent individual performers.

Ben Summerfield is a partner destined for greatness. Superb strategist with a proactive approach. Highly focused, clear thinking, Ben is a great solicitor to work with. His analysis and judgement are spot on.

Nick Brocklesby: excellent commercial attitude. Clear client guidance and very solution orientated.’

Ben Summerfield remains every client’s top choice in complex commercial litigation, and in particular for commercial fraud.

RPC

RPC benefits from 'high-quality litigators with vast experience of how to win complex disputes'. The group is particularly strong for multijurisdictional disputes and fields strong practices in the UK and Asia as part of its global disputes group, which is led by London-based investment banking litigator Tom Hibbert. Geraldine Elliott heads the London practice and is 'very comfortable with massive and multi-party litigation' including in the financial and professional services, pharmaceutical, aerospace, industrial and manufacturing sectors. For contentious insolvency issues, Simon Hart and Finella Fogarty (who recently joined from DWF) are names to note, while Parham Kouchikali and Davina Given both focus on financial services disputes and contentious regulatory issues. The group also benefits from the addition of Tatiana Minaeva from Jones Day who, along with recently promoted partner Dan Wyatt , has particular experience in disputes involving Russia. 'Outstanding litigator' Matthew Evans, Laura Martin and Dan Hemming are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Geraldine Elliott; Tom Hibbert

Testimonials

High-quality litigators with vast experience of how to win complex disputes.’

RPC provides sound, practical, commercial legal advice. They provide me with the information I need to enable me to make fully informed decisions. They don’t just focus on the law – they focus on all the key elements.

A big and talented pool of litigation lawyers. Mainly claimant side. Do a lot of funded work. Sophisticated.

Rupert Boswall is clever and tactical, understands the end game.

Dan Hemming is a rising star who will be a titan before long. Tom Hibbert is a very shrewd and difficult opponent – you want him on your side.

Parham Kouchikali is very easy to work with. He is a smooth operator and doesn’t get flustered. He’s strategic and is able to apply legal knowledge in a commercial context.

Geraldine Elliott is a leading light in their litigation team. Very experienced and manages the most sensitive cases with consummate ease. Also highly flexible in building a team and working with a client. Very comfortable with massive and multi-party litigation.

‘Matthew Evans – a senior associate who is an outstanding litigator. Incredible output under intense pressure. Inventive legal thinking. A partner in the making.

Key clients

Ingenious Media

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Essar Steel Ltd

Sports Direct

Oleg Deripaska & Filatona Trading

Triumph Group Inc

Google Inc.

The People & State of California

Work highlights

  • Defending media production and finance company Ingenious Media in claims related to alleged losses from investments into various film production partnerships and investors’ ability to claim sideways loss tax relief.
  • Representing the Federal Government of Nigeria  in separate claims against Shell and Eni, arising out of the oil majors’ alleged fraudulent and corrupt acquisition of an oil prospecting licence.
  • Successfully defended Google in a breach of confidence claim brought by a US technology company relating to one of Google’s major platforms.

Signature Litigation LLP

Specialist disputes firm Signature Litigation LLP is 'able to flex their team swiftly in order to accommodate deadlines and budgets', particularly in financial services sector disputes. 'Exceptional litigator' Graham Huntley leads the team and has strong experience in warranty claims and professional indemnity disputes. Daniel Spendlove 'is able to turn his hand to all forms of commercial litigation' and counts financial services, mining, oil and gas and reinsurance among his sector specialisms; Abdulali Jiwaji (who 'is always on the ball and has a good tactical brain') focuses on contentious regulatory matters, and Tom Snelling (who recently joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP) adds experience in private equity, consumer products and retail sector disputes.

Practice head(s):

Graham Huntley

Testimonials

Quality team at every level, and able to flex their team swiftly in order to accommodate deadlines and budgets.’

The team at Signature is highly talented, experienced and dedicated. They are a skilled litigation practice who set the bar very high. You would definitely want them on your own, and not on the other, side. They are entirely committed to the cause. Moreover, being a specialist litigation practice seems to give them an edge over others.

Signature’s growth in size and reputation reflects the success of its team which is itself based on assembling a team of outstanding litigators. There is a good range of seniority enabling cases to be resourced appropriately and at each level of seniority the firm has apparently adopted a ‘best of the best’ approach to recruitment.

Graham Huntley is an exceptional litigator with a brilliant mind. Dan Spendlove is an exceptionally committed, exceptionally hard working lawyer,  with a careful and thorough approach to issues.

Dan Spendlove is a really effective litigator. He has good instincts for a case and is particularly effective at building relationships with clients and dealing with the complexities of funded litigation. Abdul Jiwaji’s calm, relatively quiet manner inspires confidence. He is always on the ball and has a good tactical brain.

Graham Huntley is a legend on the London litigation scene. He is a master of litigation strategy, but also has complete command of the detail of the case. He is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients. He is a litigation superstar; tough and relentless; never gives up’

‘Julian Connerty is subtle and meticulous; inspires great confidence in all around him. ‘

‘Becca Hogan is a highly talented senior associate with the skills of an experienced partner.’

Key clients

BTA Bank

RBS Rights Issue Litigation

Kurt Geiger

Georgian Co Investment Fund, owned by Bidzina Ivanishvili and immediate family

Bluewaters Communications Holdings LLC

Various retail investors against Old Mutual and Friends Provident

Sunharbour Holdings LLP

Captain Arshad Rashid

Work highlights

  • Acted for one of three groups of RBS shareholders  in unprecedented claims under Section 90 of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) against RBS arising from its failed 2008 rights issue. It continues to act for claimants in ongoing matters that have arisen from the settlement.
  • Represented Bluewaters Communications Holdings in two claims relating to alleged bribery and corruption during the sale of Formula One to CVC Capital Partners.
  • Acted for Kenyan company Sunharbour Holdings in a claim against Blockbonds for unpaid fees and equity interests relating to consultancy services provided in relation to Blockbonds’ proposed launch of a blockchain-based, e-money platform in a number of African markets (including Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Namibia, Botswana and Zambia.)

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's commercial litigation team has 'great strength and depth across shipping, financial services, art and real estate'. Richard Garcia is a name to note for transatlantic matters, while Kamal Shah 'has fantastic contacts in the African and Indian markets' and Ros Prince counts Russian and CIS litigation among her areas of experience. Paul Thwaite and the 'fantastically intelligentEdward Davis now jointly lead the commercial litigation team, taking over from John Fordham who is a 'hugely experienced litigator with a wealth of experience of international financial disputes', including those with cross-border elements in Qatar, Russia and Libya. Sue Millar is strong for banking litigation and Guy Harper for oil and gas, financial services and fine art sector disputes.

Practice head(s):

Edward Davis; Paul Thwaite

Testimonials

A team that achieves what few can; a balance of phenomenal legal ability, fantastic organisational skills and straightforward common sense. Great strength and depth across shipping, financial services, art and real estate with a particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional, cross-border disputes.

Very experienced and highly effective litigation team, well able to compete on the biggest commercial disputes including fraud, banking and international cases.

Richard Garcia is an exceptionally shrewd litigator who sees every dimension of the problem. Senior associate Chris Pettett is tireless in his attention to the clients’ interests.

Edward Davis is the consummate solicitor; fantastically intelligent with a measured level-headed approach that works wonders. With his huge work ethic and great organisational skills, it is unsurprising that he has just been appointed co-head of the team. Richard Gwynne is a delight to work with and can be relied upon to quietly identify the killer point faster than anyone else in the room.

John Fordham: outstanding and hugely experienced litigator with a wealth of experience of international financial disputes including very high profile fraud cases and fiercely loyal to clients.’

‘Sue Miller: Tough and dedicated to pursuing complex and difficult cases. Richard Garcia: Proactive, creative and highly experienced with a high profile in international financial claims.

Sean Jeffrey is a real specialist in the fraud and regulatory fields, having been involved in the Tchenguiz litigation saga against the SFO and Grant Thornton for almost 10 years. Kamal Shah (though heavily involved in international commercial arbitration) has fantastic contacts in the African and Indian markets and is a very smooth commercial operator.

Ros Prince: top-notch lawyer and strategist. Perfectly judges what the other side is thinking. Guy Harper is a pleasure to deal with and has excellent judgement as to the strengths and weaknesses of the case.’

Key clients

High Commissioner for Pakistan in the United Kingdom, on behalf of the Government of Pakistan

Blue Power

Libyan Investment Authority

Macdonald Hotels Ltd

Natixis S.A.

Mark Weiss Limited

Fox Marble Holdings Plc and Fox Marble Limited

Arriva Rail East Midlands Limited

Ryanair DAC

Work highlights

  • Acting for two individual respondents in the high profile and widely reported Essar Steel dispute. It is advising on a suite of orders and for four of the ten defendants in a worldwide freezing order in a $1.6bn case.
  • Representing the Government of Pakistan in a dispute with the Republic of India relating to the ownership of £35m deposited in a bank account in the UK in 1947.
  • Representing Blue Power in a €400m dispute against Eni (the Italian oil and gas giant) relating to a project at the troubled Goliat oil and gas field in the Barents Sea off Norway.

Akin Gump LLP

'Originally known simply as the best bond outfit in London', Akin Gump LLP's disputes team has 'leveraged those skills into wider commercial litigation'. The 'strong premium litigation team' counts financial services, restructuring and energy sector disputes, as well as litigation involving Russia and the CIS region, among its areas of specialism. The team is led by Mark Dawkins who, alongside Richard Hornshaw, is particularly active in financial services disputes. Justin Williams is 'extremely experienced in handling 'big ticket' litigation' in the energy sector and in disputes with a Russian element, while Kambiz Larizadeh is highlighted for civil fraud matters. Counsel Sheena Buddhdev, who attracts praise for 'excellent skills coordinating complex cases', is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Dawkins

Testimonials

The firm has a strong premium litigation team. They are knowledgeable, well prepared and not afraid to take a novel approach to advancing a client’s case.

A very strong, cohesive team. Client-focused with excellent commercial awareness, sensitive to client needs and the challenges of litigation/arbitration, particularly for foreign clients.

This is a perfectly sized team that is both nimble and has serious capacity. They do more litigation than some of the Magic Circle, and are more savvy as a result. They have that level of detail that you would want. Originally known simply as the best bond outfit in London, by far, they have leveraged those skills into wider commercial litigation.

Justin Williams is very calm under pressure and extremely experienced in handling ‘big ticket’ litigation. Counsel James Glaysher is very bright, always on top of the detail and has very good drafting skills.

Sheena Buddhdev is the pivot at the heart of a team, excellent skills coordinating complex cases and multiple work streams.

Counsel Tom Laidler is extremely bright, very hard-working and fun to work with. Obviously partner material. Aimee Smart is very clever, and with an assiduous eye to detail.

Kambiz Larizadeh is calm and measured under pressure, and with exceptional judgement – he’s able to identify the points that really matter and that will make the difference.

Richard Hornshaw is destined for the very top, an absolutely determined streetfighter, someone you’d want on your side if the chips are down.

Key clients

Tatneft

Oceanwood Capital Management

Renova

The Joint Administrators of Afren PLC (in administration)

Partners of Deloitte LLP as Joint Administrators of African Minerals Limited

Fairhold Securitisation Limited

Bridgestone

Ad Hoc Group of Creditors of Noble Group

Neste Bahrain WLL

Mr. Robert Foresman

Bondholder creditors of Interserve

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tatneft, Russia’s fifth biggest oil company, in $380m English litigation proceedings against four Ukrainian oligarchs.
  • Advising Oceanwood on multiple sets of proceedings arising out of the financial restructuring of the Norske Skog group, a Norwegian-headquartered paper business with approximately €1bn of debt.
  • Representing Neste Bahrain in $200m litigation in Bahrain concerning alleged tax liability relating to a base oils joint venture.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is 'a top-drawer commercial litigation outfit'. It combines  'a great pool of in-depth knowledge and experience in all types of complex disputes' with 'a down-to-earth, practical approach to client and litigation management'. Steve Abraham heads the disputes team which includes John Leadley, who counts financial services, consumer goods, hotels and leisure among his sectors of expertise; Andy Moody , who is active in multijurisdictional disputes in the energy, aviation, diversified industrials and telecoms sectors; Edward Poulton who specialises in investment treaties, financial services and M&A disputes; and Francesca Richmond , who is highlighted for antitrust, consumer and data privacy litigation. For financial services litigation, Hugh Lyons ( who has 'a good technical understanding of the banking and finance transactions which often underpin the disputes') and Marc Florent, who joined from Allen & Overy LLP, are noted.

Practice head(s):

Steve Abraham

Testimonials

It is a world-class litigation and arbitration practice, with a great pool of in-depth knowledge and experience in all types of complex disputes. It easily competes with the Magic circle and other top tier litigation and arbitration firms, with a unique international network.’

They have the expertise, institutional resources and commitment of a major international commercial disputes resolution practice, combined with a down-to-earth, practical approach to client and litigation management. Also, they manage an impressive combination of technical legal expertise and practical thinking.’

Baker McKenzie are a top-drawer commercial litigation outfit. Their consistent instructions on high-value and high-profile litigation and arbitration cases is demonstrative of their expertise at every level. But this is also coupled with a down-to-earth approach with clients and counsel, and a very commercial outlook.

The calibre and quality of the members of the team really stands out. John Leadley is a remarkable professional with an incredible depth of experience and intellect who understands our business needs. He consistently exhibits great skill and knowledge with a friendly but also direct approach. He is very pragmatic, reliable and precise in his assistance.

Andy Moody is incredibly astute and a first rate intellect with enormous amounts of tactical insight. Hugh Lyons is a tough no holds barred street fighter.

 Ben Ko is energetic and hard-working. Really gets his teeth into difficult factual problems to understand the commercial basis of the problems which have arisen.

Judith Mulholland is a very impressive team player, with excellent legal instincts and a tenacious approach to litigation. Diligent, hardworking and great to deal with. Lereesa Easterbrook is another valuable member of the Baker McKenzie team. Hardworking, diligent and excellent to work with.’

Key clients

Prandicle Limited

Gazprom Export LLC

Edwardian Hotels Group

Fedex

L’Oréal

Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC

ICICI Bank Limited (Singapore Branch)

National Asset Loan Management D.A.C (“NALM”) and IBRC Asset Finance

JP Morgan International Bank Limited / JP Morgan Bank Luxembourg S.A.

Abdullah Bin Obaid

Barclays Bank Plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Prandicle Limited, a third party, in a $1bn claim relating to allegations of the wrongful sale of a large Ukrainian steel plant as well as wrongful ownership of various high profile and high value assets in Ukraine and Poland under contractual terms.
  • Representing Gazprom Export LLC (the world’s largest exporter of natural gas) in litigation against a number of Bulgarian companies, and their ultimate beneficial owner, relating to the dilution of shares in the subsidiary of a 50/50 joint venture between Overgas Holding and GPE and Gazprom.
  • Acted for Edwardian Hotels Group in a high value shareholder dispute, in which two of the company’s minority shareholders issued an unfair prejudice petition against the majority shareholders, seeking a buy-back of their shares in the holding company. This ultimately led to two long and hotly-contested trials and a complex three-day consequential hearing.

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

'Top-quality' litigation boutique Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP attracts praise for its 'enviable track record in commercial litigation'. With the benefit of being conflict-free, the group assists its impressive client roster of leading global corporates and financial institutions in a range of high profile matters. It is particularly adept at handling cross-border disputes with transatlantic elements, with the ability to leverage its strong US practice. 'Brilliant' managing partner Natasha Harrison is highlighted as 'a stand-out leader in this field' and heads a team which includes the 'exceptional' Fiona Huntriss ,  'excellent tacticianWill Hooker and white-collar crime litigator Matthew Getz.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Harrison

Testimonials

The team is top-quality, with an enviable track record in commercial litigation matters. Each lawyer has been hand-picked by Natasha Harrison, and it shows from the cohesion with which they operate.

A boutique litigation outfit with smart ideas and counsel who formulate unusual strategies. Good to have in your corner when you need to fight.

Boies are a leading firm in the field of commercial dispute resolution, frequently appearing in the most high-profile cases in this area, and particularly strong in bondholder, finance and restructuring disputes. Their lawyers are very commercially switched on and focused on their clients’ needs.’

Will Hooker is an excellent tactician and an accomplished advocate. Great fun to work with. Alessia de Quincey is a standout associate.’

Will Hooker, an excellent partner and super smart litigator who manages with consummate ease all that is thrown at him, particularly last minute instructions.’

Natasha Harrison is a stand-out leader in this field. A brilliant litigator and good role model.Her clients love her and she is definitely someone you want on your side’

‘Fiona Huntriss is an exceptional partner – she is technically extremely capable but also very commercially switched on and focused on her clients’ needs. Extremely sensible and very on top of the detail.  A SUPER STAR! Good fun to work with, clear crisp advice and superb execution. Can’t recommend her enough.’

Key clients

Apple

Teesside Gas Transportation

Barclays Bank

ClientEarth

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Coast Capital Management

Warwick Capital

Taconic Capital

Mr Sirwan Saber Mustafa / International Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Apple in  proceedings in the English courts relating to multi-jurisdictional antitrust dispute against Qualcomm Incorporated alleging Qualcomm’s abuse of dominant position in the chipset and licensing markets.
  • Acting for Teesside Gas Transportation Limited in a contractual claim against CATS North Sea Limited; Antin CATS; ConocoPhillips Petroleum Company UK and ENI UK relating to the the interpretation and calculation of a fee payable by TGTL under a capacity reservation and transportation.
  • Representing two co-arbitrators, Michael Hwang SC and Sir David Williams QC, in challenges to an award granted by an arbitral tribunal on which they sat, as well as in defence of proceedings for their removal from the case brought by BSG Resources (in administration).

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP fields 'a highly efficient team that is used to running big and complex litigation'. The team is particularly active in follow-on damages litigation as well as M&A disputes and corporate misconduct and fraud claims. Graham Shear — who counts sport and entertainment among his sector specialisms —leads the practice, following the departure of Oliver Glynn-Jones to head Goodwin's London disputes team. Other names to note include Mathew Rea for commodities, media and financial services sector disputes; Oran Gelb for financial services litigation and senior associates Helen Armstrong (who has particular technology and outsourcing litigation experience) and the 'intelligent, commercially awareSarah McAtominey.

Practice head(s):

Graham Shear

Testimonials

High quality technical legal skill and industry knowledge – punches well above its weight

Top quality complex commercial litigation. Intelligence, commercial awareness and analytical strength at all qualification levels.

BCLP are very client-oriented, with plenty of partner time given to clients, and a highly efficient team that is used to running big and complex litigation. I rate them very highly.’

Graham Shear is a master of his craft. He has an exceptional ability to see all the permutations of the chessboards in front of his clients and the best decisions to  lead them to the result they are looking for. He has almost unrivalled experience in thinking about this through both a pragmatic, commercial prism, as well as a legal one.

BCLP stands out for the level of senior involvement in the case’

Oran Gelb is a standout partner, and is fast generating an impressive reputation as a bright and dedicated partner with excellent client skills.

Sarah McAtominey is intelligent, commercially aware and a strong team manager’

Georgia Henderson-Cleland is all over the detail and has strong analytical skills.

Key clients

BGC Brokers

CBRE Loan Services

Citi

Thames Water

QSL

Torchlight Fund LP and its General Partner

BCA Marketplace PLC

Playtech

Tata Consultancy Services

Intertrust Management Services

Ohpen Operations UK Limited

Soletanche Bachy

Golub Capital

Angel Trains Ltd

Clean Power Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Samathur Kin Kan Li and his investment vehicle, MMWWVWM, on one of the first court claims dealing with investments relying on AI for decision making.
  • Acted for BGC Brokers LP in two actions against a competitor, Tradition UK, and a number of Tradition UK employees (including the Tradition CEO) relating to allegations concerning Tradition’s deliberate procurement and misuse of BGC’s confidential information in attempts to recruit BGC and other successful brokers.
  • Representing Tata Consultancy Services in two related outsourcing claims against the Home Office valued in aggregate at £91m.

Cooley (UK) LLP

The commercial litigation team at Cooley (UK) LLP in London is known for its 'wide experience in technology disputes' and counts life sciences and manufacturing among its other sector specialisms. James Maton (who focuses on the technology and manufacturing sectors) leads the team alongside Laurence Harris who is particularly active in cross-border fraud and asset tracing disputes. The group also has strong banking litigation and product liability expertise, for which Kevin Perry and Rod Freeman are the respective contacts to note, while Mark Everiss and Richard Hopley handle insurance and reinsurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Maton; Laurence Harris

Testimonials

The team has wide experience in technology disputes understanding the problems that arise and the difficulties in evidencing them at a very practical level.

The team works fast and with precision. Very strong technically.

Mark Everiss and Mark Deem are simply outstanding in terms of quality and delivery.

Key clients

IQVIA

Allergy Therapeutics

Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Government

AXA XL

Blockchain

Therapeutic Frontiers Limited

University of Notre Dame (USA) in England (UND)

Zacchaeus 2000 Trust (Z2K)

eBay & StubHub

Municipal Mutual Insurance (MMI)

Government of the Republic of Maldives

Tata Steel

Work highlights

  • Representing IQVIA, the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development services, in a contractual dispute with Cardiorentis, a Swiss pharma company.
  • Represented Allergy Therapeutics, a life sciences company, in a complex breach of contract claim against a Canadian company, Inflamax, regarding the operation of a global clinical trial operated by Inflamax.
  • Acting for the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Government in civil claims to recover land and money from parties involved in corrupt practices/fraud.

Dentons

Dentons' 'highly efficient and commercially savvy group of litigators' advises corporate clients on issues ranging from post-M&A disputes to corporate control issues, joint venture and shareholder disputes. Practice head Liz Tout counts energy, engineering and construction, rail and IT sector disputes among her specialisms. Other names to note include Simon Colledge, who specialises in professional negligence, fraud and contentious insolvency matters; Adrian Giles who frequently works with the firm's global network in cross-border disputes and Craig Neilson , who is 'always able to keep on top of a fast-moving piece of fraud litigation' and has particular expertise in financial crime and freezing injunctions.

Practice head(s):

Liz Tout

Testimonials

Power house team with big names, fantastic at international commercial and investment arbitration, with substantial public international law capability as well.

A highly efficient and commercially savvy group of litigators.Very good at delivering brilliant results through well-managed litigation.

Dentons offers strong global reach with has been invaluable in the cross-border asset tracing advice we have received. I think this international presence is difficult for others to rival.’

Adrian Giles is a very astute commercial litigator who invariably knows where to fight the battles and how to get the best results.

Sophie Palmer is a very effective senior associate with bags of experience’

‘ Rathi Thiagamoorthy is a star in the making – extremely wise beyond her years and hugely committed to getting the best for her clients’

‘Tara Boateng is another very impressive associate.

Craig Neilson stands out as a partner always able to keep on top of a fast-moving piece of fraud litigation. He does not miss even the smallest of points, while keeping a clear sight of the client’s overall commercial objective. He is responsive, reliable, straightforward, re-assuring and no nonsense. He is a good listener and grasps the issues quickly, providing clear, intelligent and confident guidance.

Key clients

GPF GP S.à.r.l.

Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Government of India

Ecotricity Group

EDF Energy Customers Limited

Cathay Investments 2 Limited

First Milk Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Government of India in the most recent challenges/appeals to an arbitral award in the English commercial court arising out of a high-profile UNCITRAL arbitration against Reliance and BG concerning an oil and gas project in India.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

The litigation team at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher offers 'real strength in depth' with 'Olympian authority at partner level''. The group is adept at handling complex, cross-border disputes and benefits from 'very able and highly experienced and commercial teams both in the US and the UK'. Practice head Philip Rocher has 'excellent litigation judgement' and, alongside Allan Neil, particular expertise in the financial services sector. Lord Charles Falconer (who as a former commercial barrister has 'very impressive' litigation and strategy skills) focuses on handling appellate work, while Doug Watson has a broad practice including cross-border commercial litigation, shareholder disputes and antitrust follow-on damages litigation. The group is also carving a niche in defending multiparty litigation, for which Rocher, Osma Hudda and associate Daniel Barnett are names to note.

Practice head(s):

Philip Rocher

Testimonials

Highly knowledgeable partners and associates, particularly in relation to the financial services sector. Very capable team for large competition damages claims.

The quality of the associates is very high at all levels, which makes running a complex matter much easier from the perspective of an in-house lawyer.

They offer real strength in depth. Olympian authority at partner level and complete attention to the detail at junior associate level – often in the same meeting. Can call on expertise in any field of law to deal with whatever may arise. In tune with the client’s objectives and tirelessly resourceful in carrying them out. Not cheap but worth every penny.

Philip Rocher is a very experienced partner with excellent litigation judgement.  He is a calm and reassuring presence on complex litigation, and is very focused on excellent client service’

‘Dan Warner is a strong associate with good knowledge of competition damages claims. Daniel Barnett and Mo Farhan are extremely able senior associates with excellent legal analysis and judgement.

Lord Charles Falconer is one of the best lawyers I have ever met. His litigation and strategy skills are very impressive. He is excellent at the court’

Daniel Tan is a hard-working associate. He memorises every detail in the case  and is a very good asset for the firm.  He’s a star in the making. All the Gibson Dunn hallmarks (resourcefulness, doggedness etc) but a thoroughly modern sort of lawyer – cool, dapper, charming and IT savvy.’ 

Doug Watson  – very much on side with the firm’s can do, no stone left unturned approach. Aggressive and tenacious for the client but sensible and can give unwelcome advice’

Key clients

Asda/Walmart

UBS

Koza Limited

Chunghwa

Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi and related parties

Genesis Resources Inc and related parties

Investcorp Bank B.S.C.

Marathon Oil

Work highlights

  • Defending Asda Stores against thousands of claims pursued by current and former Asda store workers who allege that they perform work of equal value with higher paid workers at Asda distribution centres, and should therefore be entitled to equal pay.
  • Defending Koza Limited, an English-incorporated mining company, and its sole director, in English proceedings relating to the Turkish state’s attempts to interfere with its operations, in a breach of human rights and public policy.
  • Acting for UBS AG in litigation relating to the ongoing Fairhold Securitisation default (a pre-2008 CMBS deal backed by housing ground rents in the UK) and subsequent restructuring.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP's 'superb' trial and global disputes team handles corporate and commercial disputes for an impressive roster of domestic and international clients. The 'fantastic' Sarah Walker has a breadth of expertise covering financial services, aviation, IT, communications and energy sector issues, and jointly leads the team alongside experienced litigator Thomas Sprange QC. The team is known for its expertise in multijurisdictional disputes and is 'excellent at giving real-time advice to evolving situations without regard to differing time zones across the world; Egishe Dzhazoyan frequently handles disputes for clients based in Russia and the CIS region, while recently promoted partner and energy sector expert Ben Williams has particular experience in disputes in the Middle East. 'Exceptional litigator' Ruth Byrne is popular among multinational corporates.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Walker; Thomas Sprange QC

Testimonials

An unparalleled team in terms of dispute resolution in the London market’

‘Ruth Byrne is an exceptional litigator and extremely calm in complex situations.

This practice has been excellent at giving real-time advice to evolving situations without regard to differing time zones across the world. They have made an effort to understand our business and our risk tolerances and keep these in mind when handling our matters.

King & Spalding have a particularly good knowledge of the Middle East market. Their expertise in this area is of relevance to our practice offshore both through London and New York which are essential hubs.

Sarah Walker is one of the best litigators in London. She is a fantastic adviser and mentor who always endeavours to be available to her clients, regardless of her other commitments. She is fearless and leads an impeccable team, inclusive of Jessica Trevellick.

They are incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable. Sarah Walker is a fantastic operator; hard-working and experienced, she always has the client’s interests in focus.

Superb team.

Key clients

Libyan Investment Authority

Attock Oil

MOTOROLA

Libya Africa Investment Portfolio

Terra Raf Trans Traiding Ltd

Anatolie and Gabriel Stati

Antracite Investment Limited

Leidos Inc.

Urgula Platinum Limited

Menrela Limited

Ascom Grup S.A.

Aldersgate Investments Ltd

Flushing Bank

GE

Bank & Clients

Global Jet Capital

Work highlights

  • Defending Steven Kelbrick and Attock Oil International in a $340m claim brought by companies in the Farahead Holdings group which includes allegations of fraud, conspiracy and dishonest assistance relating to West African oil trading.
  • Acting for one of the claimants to the ‘crown’ of the Libyan Investment Authority, a $67bn fund.
  • Representing Motorola Credit Corporation in the recovery of $3bn of damages owed by members of the Uzan family (who once controlled a business empire in Turkey and now live in exile) for alleged fraud relating to Motorola’s investment into Telsim, a mobile network controlled by the family.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's 'experienced and effective' dispute resolution practice offers 'good commercial judgement' and 'advice in the most complex cases'. The US powerhouse  attracts praise for 'managing extended teams for larger cases' including non-contentious lawyers from its private equity and restructuring teams. The 'very experienced' practice head Christopher Colbridge is best known for international arbitration and global white-collar crime investigations, while Rajinder Bassi is described by clients as 'a standout name in commercial litigation' and 'a fearsome opponent' in international disputes, including in the telecoms, energy, pharmaceutical and financial services sectors. Richard Boynton has particular experience acting for international banks and private equity funds in a range of disputes. Chiraag Shah joined Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Colbridge

Testimonials

Experienced and effective lawyers. Good commercial judgement. Good at managing extended teams for larger cases, involving counsel teams and other lawyers and professionals.

Top firm providing advice in the most complex cases.

Rajinder Bassi is a standout name in commercial litigation: a first-class intellect, oodles of experience, natural charm with clients and opponents and tough as nails when the occasion demands. He is first-rate: very bright, commercially extremely savvy, great with clients, and a fearsome opponent.

Richard Boynton is one of the best commercial litigation solicitors I’ve come across. He was the single best associate I’ve ever seen (when at Clifford Chance); and he’s grown into a top-class litigation partner. He knows how to run a massive case better than almost anyone else in the market; he’s tremendously clever; he’s stunningly hard-working and he’s a total joy to work with. Pound-for-pound he’s as good a commercial litigation solicitor as you could find.

Chris Colbridge: very experienced and senior litigator. Excellent commercial judgement and recognition of the realities and likely outcomes.

Noah Stewart-Ornstein is a ‘stand out’ associate destined for partnership.

Key clients

Noble Group Limited

Galapagos Bidco SARL

LivePerson

The Boeing Company

H.I.G. Capital Partners LLP

Gates Worldwide

Agility Public Warehousing Company K.S.C.

Imtech Nordic Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Noble in one of the most complicated and high value schemes of arrangement (within which $3.5 billion of debt was restructured) before the English courts.
  • Representing a US private equity firm in an unfair prejudice claim arising from an investment in a company involved in the exchange traded funds market.
  • Representing a consumer products company in breach of contract and breach of warranty  claims relating to a contract for the implementation of an IT software system.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's commercial litigation team benefits from 'an exceptional pool of talent at partner and associate level and is able to resource teams for the biggest and highest pressure commercial cases'. The 'hugely experienced' insurance sector specialist Richard Leedham leads the corporate and commercial litigation group,  which sits within the wider dispute resolution team  headed  by Kasra Nouroozi (who handles international litigation, including in the Middle East, USA, Russia and the CIS .) 'Tough litigator' Shaistah Akhtar 'is simply first-class' for commercial litigation and fraud matters; Mark Davis counts shipping, shipbuilding, aviation, banking & finance and professional services among his sector specialisms, while Nicola Bridge has particular telecoms and gaming sector expertise. The team also attracts praise for its 'innovative, can-do attitude' and offers alternative litigation funding advice.  

Practice head(s):

Richard Leedham

Testimonials

Mishcons is differentiated in this sector by its innovative, can-do attitude to commercial litigation. It has an exceptional pool of talent at partner and associate level and is able to resource teams for the biggest and highest pressure commercial cases.

A firm marked by inventive, committed litigators, willing to think outside the box.

Mishcons have an enviable broad-based commercial litigation practice. They have the experience to handle a range of matters from civil fraud/injunctions to large scale cartel damages matters. A key difference between Mishcons and other litigation departments of City firms is that high-value commercial litigation work is Mishcons’ bread and butter, as opposed to regulatory investigations/arbitration work.

Many top quality partners with excellent associate support. Kas Nouroozi is still at the top of his game. Hugo Plowman, goes from strength to strength every year. Richard Leedham is incredibly creative, hugely experienced and very knowledgeable and calm. Rib Wynn Jones is a force of nature; particularly on fraud cases.

Shaistah Akhtar is simply first-class. A very tough litigator but measured and sensible, at the same time. She is very bright, very quick; you need only say something once. Clare Freshwater is astonishingly efficient, remembers everything and always knows where everything is. A crucial link in any case.

I have worked a lot with Nicola Bridge, who has an unparalleled attention to detail. She always thinks through the issues in the case thoroughly and always reacts in a way that is considered rather than kneejerk.

Rebecca Morse is a standout associate. A very impressive work ethic reflected in her excellent knowledge of large scale litigation, and accessibility.

Sonia Campbell is very pleasant, tough, tactically astute.’

‘Mark Deem is great to deal with. Highly personable and always available.’

Key clients

Telefonica (O2)

Ocado Group PLC

Richard Lloyd (representative action against Google)

AssetCo plc

113 individuals in claims against Ingenious

Lloyds Banking Group plc, BAE Systems plc, Investec Bank plc, Kuwait Investment Authority

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in challenging a substantial arbitral award won by a British Virgin Islands company arising from a failed gas deal, on the basis that the underlying contract and the award itself were procured through fraud and corruption.
  • Acting for Ocado in its claim against its founder Jonathan Faiman, former employee Jonathan Hillary and their new business venture Today Development Partners for theft and misuse of Ocado’s confidential information.
  • Defending Telefonica in proceedings brought by Phones 4 U Limited (in administration) alleging conspiracy between EE, Vodafone, Telefonica and their parent companies in terminating their trading relationship with P4U in close proximity and that absent collusion, none of them would have done so.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP has an 'extremely impressive, experienced litigation team able to deal with the most complex and high-value disputes across multiple jurisdictions'. It has particular experience securing and dismissing worldwide freezing orders and in disputes in regulated industries, such as energy, telecoms, taxation, technology and natural resources. Karyl Nairn QC (who attracts praise for her 'logic and creative approach') and the 'very experienced and connected' David Kavanagh QC jointly lead the practice and both handle cross-border litigation and international arbitration. 'Seasoned litigator' Bruce Macaulay and 'outstanding' David Edwards — who focuses on complex corporate, commercial and shareholder disputes — are other key contacts. Jonathon Egerton-Peters, who counts tax controversies and competition follow-on litigation among his areas of specialism, and Genevieve Poirier, who is 'a first-rate litigator in both the commercial court and arbitration', are counsels to note.

Testimonials

An extremely impressive, experienced litigation team able to deal with the most complex and high-value disputes across multiple jurisdictions. One of the best teams in the business.

One of the top litigation and arbitration practices in London. Its pre-eminent reputation and status within the US means that it is frequently involved in big ticket litigation involving US entities in the London litigation and international arbitration markets.

Karyl Nairn QC is unique among her peers for her combination of logic and creative approach’

Karyl Nairn QC and David Edwards are excellent partners in the London office, offering a superb combination of wisdom, experience and intelligence.

Bruce Macaulay is a seasoned litigator and arbitrator with a sharp commercial mind and a very calm and reassuring demeanour. He is the perfect candidate for difficult and complex litigation or arbitration.

David Kavanagh QC is a grand master. He is very experienced and connected. Known for very heavy disputes. David Edwards is an outstanding disputes partner. Wholly at ease driving multi-jurisdictional teams in very hard fought litigation. Always adds value to every case and has an excellent reputation. Charming and effective in arbitration.

Genevieve Poirier (counsel): A first-rate litigator in both the commercial court and arbitration fields. An absolute delight to work with as counsel. Very bright, with exceptional commercial judgement and super efficient. A partner in the making.

Anna Grunseit (associate) is scarily bright and incredibly efficient. She is probably the most impressive associate I have had the pleasure to work with during my 30+ years at the Bar. A future star of the profession and certainly one to watch.

Key clients

Crispian Investments Limited (Cyprus)

UCP plc

Great Station Properties S.A.

Sequana S.A.

 

Work highlights

  • Representing the trustees of five purpose trusts which are defending complex multi-jurisdictional proceedings before the Bermuda, Hong Kong, and US courts.
  • Defending Dmitry Ananyev against two sets of proceedings brought by 16 Russian investors who were clients of the Russian private bank, Promsvyazbank, claiming fraud and that they were induced to purchase worthless Loan Notes which have now defaulted.
  • Acted for investment company Crispian Investments in a significant shareholder dispute regarding the potential sale of shares in Norilsk Nickel (one of the world’s largest producers of nickel, copper, and platinum; and the world’s largest producer of palladium) with a value of around $1.477bn.

Bird & Bird LLP

Bird & Bird LLP's 'high quality' dispute resolution group offers a breadth of experience in disputes and deep sector expertise. It is particularly active in the technology and communications sector, within which Jeremy Sharman and Jonathan Speed are experienced.  Victoria Hobbs is a key contact for retail, hotel and leisure and food and beverage sector clients, while 'stand out partnerSophie Eyre (who jointly leads the practice alongside Sharman) has particular experience in aviation, defence and life sciences sectors and counts disputes involving Russia and the CIS among her specialisms.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Sharman; Sophie Eyre

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Hobbs; Jonathan Speed

Key clients

DXC Technology

Cathay Pacific Airways

Banca Nazionale del Lavoro S.p.A.

Citibank

Yum!

Whitbread Group

Domino’s Pizza UK & Ireland Limited

Bluefield Group

Costa Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation in an eight day trial in the English High Court whereby Ukrnafta appealed to set the award aside despite failed attempts to do so in the Swedish Courts.
  • Acted for Citibank in High Court proceedings in a claim brought by Dutch software vendor Uniface BV. The dispute related to amounts due under a software licence agreement and which settled following a mediation in summer 2019.
  • Defended Tradeshift Network and Tradeshift Holdings Inc rectification claim brought by Capitalaid.

Covington & Burling LLP

Attracting praise for its 'strong cross border capability', Covington & Burling LLP's 'extremely knowledgeable' disputes team offers 'joined-up thinking, integrated across multiple jurisdictions'. Louise Freeman and Alex Leitch jointly lead the group, which has particular experience in sectors such as financial services, TMT, energy and life sciences, where it benefits from the ability to leverage the firm's strong regulatory expertise. Other names to note include Craig Pollack, who has broad experience acting for banks, hedge funds, public companies, and ultra-high net worth individuals, and special counsel Sinead McLaughlin , who recently joined from Linklaters LLP and is particularly strong for financial services disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alex Leitch; Louise Freeman

Testimonials

Extremely knowledgeable and strong cross border capability. Very client-focused and culturally sensitive which is key in global multi-party litigation.

The team has extensive experience in cross border fraud in particular and has strength in depth. Very inclusive and joined-up thinking, integrated across multiple jurisdictions.

Louise Freeman is very good with clients and puts them at ease with her advice and mitigation strategies.

Craig Pollack is a go-to person for any high stakes litigation. He will live and breathe your case and assemble one of the strongest teams in London to run it. Clients beat a path to his door for a reason…

Craig Pollack has a forceful and direct method of leading the team which marshals the best results.

Rosie Klement is a very bright junior who is very reliable and a pleasure to work with.

Will Carter is fast-thinking, well-organized and meticulous’

Alex Leitch is excellent, practical, knowledgeable and a nice guy. Straight shooter. Easy to work with. Thinks outside the box.

Key clients

Oleg Mkrtchan

Vi Holdings

Deutsche Telekom

World Anti-Doping Agency

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mr Oleg Mkrtchan (a Ukrainian high net worth individual and former owner of a major steel works in Ukraine) and his related corporate entities in multiple claims alleging oral misrepresentations made by Mr Mkrtchan, and an alleged misappropriation of funds and assets.
  • Represented Vi Holding and Vitaliy Machitski (a Russian businessman) in a dispute between substantial businessmen from Russia and the CIS in relation to an alleged loss of $300m.
  • Representing Deutsche Telekom in a claim brought by the administrators of Phones 4U, who seek very substantial damages for an alleged conspiracy among the UK Mobile Network Operators (MNO) to put Phones 4U out of business.

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's dispute resolution team is well-regarded for finance litigation, post-M&A litigation and civil fraud disputes. The group has particular experience in litigation relating the CIS region and the Middle East, for which Daniel Hayward and Vivien Davies are the respective names to note. Colin Gibson leads a team which includes Alexandra Underwood,,who handles public procurement and civil fraud disputes, financial services litigator Kit Jarvis and Donna Goldsworthy , who recently joined from BDB Pitmans and counts banking and finance, real estate finance and investment, energy and sport among her sector specialisms.

Practice head(s):

Colin Gibson

Testimonials

Fantastic international work. A huge cross-section of clients with a diverse range of needs. They are particularly good at dealing with different clients’ varying expectations.

Unbelievably high calibre litigation team, second to none.’

A dynamic and highly focused litigation team determined to get the best possible result for their clients. Very bright and skilful with a particular focus on CIS work.

Colin Gibson: always calm under fire. Never one to make a mountain out of a molehill. Fiercely protective of his clients’ interest.

Daniel Hayward: a fighter through and through. Excellent tactician and knows when to leave irrelevant points.

Alexandra Underwood: exceptional attention to detail and willing to work all hours to get the job done.

Associate Rebecca McKee is a self-starter who doesn’t have to be spoon-fed everything to get the job done.

Kit Jarvis is a stand-out performer. Over the decade or so we have worked with Kit we have seen him represent us in complex, and sometimes hostile, situations with an ease and comfort that was most reassuring. Kit’s knack at dissecting counter-arguments on the hoof is most impressive. In all, Kit is a solid, clever, eloquent operator .

Key clients

Oiax Limited

Compound Photonics Group Limited (CPGL)

Hubrick Limited

Oro Agri International Ltd

Work highlights

  • Defended investment bankers Robert Reid and Stephen Jennings in a claim brought by Yukos Finance relating to alleged losses of over $40m arising from an auction of assets following the liquidation of Yukos Oil in Russia in 2007.
  • Advised Mr Igor Kolomoisky (a high net worth individual and prominent figure in Ukraine in JSC Commercial Bank ) as one of four defendants in a $368m claim brought by Russian state-owned oil giant PJSC Tatneft.
  • Representing Maria Alessandra Foglia in complex $15m civil fraud case involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.

HFW

HFW has 'a solid commercial disputes team with a particular focus on finance disputes and shipbuilding related litigation'. Andrew Williams, who attracts praise for his 'excellent commercial nous' leads the team alongside Hong Kong-based Noel Campbell (who is highlighted as 'someone you want in your corner'.) 'Very experienced disputes lawyer' Damian Honey handles international finance disputes (particularly relating to the Middle East), fraud and contentious energy sector issues, while Brian Perrott focuses on commercial fraud and derivatives disputes. Other names to note include Rick Brown for a range of commercial litigation, Christopher Foster for insurance and reinsurance matters and Nicholas Hughes who is 'excellent in aviation'.

Practice head(s):

Noel Campbell; Andrew Williams

Testimonials

Alistair Feeney just gets it. There is no doubt with him that a case is left in the safest possible pair of hands and he walks the perfect, elusive line between overloading a client with too much information and leaving that client feeling as though control over a matter has been lost’

‘Clare Chyb is a go-to senior associate: responsive, insightful and thorough.

The firm is a natural choice representing buy-side companies in disputes concerning financial derivative products and financial services. Bold and unafraid to fight your corner against the most high profile players in the market.’

HFW have a solid commercial disputes team with a particular focus on finance disputes and shipbuilding related litigation. Not a large team but good quality.

Chris Foster: very determined, firm and analytical. Richard Jowett: probably the most intellectual and legally knowledgeable insurance solicitor I know. Nick Hughes: excellent in aviation.’

Brian Perrott brings a measured and considered approach and advises through a strategic lens. Prash Kukadia is a reliable pair of hands you can trust to pick up on the detail and provide pragmatic advice.

Andrew Williams – a partner who is has a very strong grip of legal analysis and solutions. Very skilled technical lawyer. Pugnacious and unafraid of taking on the big guns.

‘Stephen Drury – very good on sanctions and finance disputes.

Noel Campbell is something of a godfather at the firm and has seen all sorts of disputes. He is someone you want in your corner’ 

 

Key clients

Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Ikon Finance Limited and others.

ICTSI Middle East DMCC

Quantuma

Joseph Ghossoub

Gascoigne Halman Ltd and Connells Ltd

CNM Estates (Tolworth Tower) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank on a major piece of commercial litigation arising out of the economic and political embargo of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
  • Acting for Grant Thornton UK as trustees in the bankruptcy of the insolvent estate of Boris Berezovsky, the Russian businessman found hanged in March 2013.
  • Representing ICTSI Middle East in a claim against the Government of the Republic of Sudan for the repayment of a debt and payment of an ongoing indemnity in respect of the costs of funding under a refund bond governed by English law.

Jenner & Block LLP

The 'fantastic' commercial litigation team at Jenner & Block LLP 'knows the industry extremely well and has been involved in some of the most high-profile cases'. It has particular experience in matters involving conflicts of law and jurisdiction issues, including multi-jurisdictional enforcement work.  Led by the 'exceptional' Jason Yardley, the team counts financial services among its sectors specialisms, in  which Christian Tuddenham is focused. Yardley and the 'brilliant' Elizabeth Shimmin have broad practices including experience in energy and telecoms sector disputes. James Woolrich left to join the Bar.

Practice head(s):

Jason Yardley

Testimonials

Excellent strategy and tactics, very user friendly.

The Jenner & Block commercial litigation team is fantastic – it knows the industry extremely well and has been involved in some of the most high-profile cases in this area. It has very strong lawyers at all levels, particularly at the partner level.

Jason Yardley is an exceptional lawyer in this field – he leaves no stone unturned, has a deep knowledge of the law, and is extremely committed to meeting his clients’ needs.

Elizabeth Shimmin is also a brilliant partner at the firm – she has a great client base and her clients rightly rate her opinion very highly.’

Key clients

Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings (the former Lehman Brothers real estate private equity fund)

Gwynt-y-Môr OFTO PLC (Balfour Beatty & Equitix Ltd Consortium)

Singularis Holdings Limited (in Official Liquidation) & Grant Thornton as Liquidators

Redeemer Committee of the Highland Crusader Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings, the former Lehman Brothers real-estate private equity fund, in multi-jurisdictional proceedings to enforce a $500m arbitration award against one of India’s largest real-estate groups.
  • Advising Gwynt-y-Môr, the second largest wind farm in the world, on claims arising out of latent defects in assets purchased in 2015 for over £350m in total.
  • Represented the liquidators of Singularis Holdings in the Supreme Court in October 2019 in a disputes against Daiwa Capital Markets Europe, resulting in an award in excess of U$200m and the largest recovery to date in the long-running Saad Group insolvency.

Milbank

Milbank's litigation team's 'ability to coordinate and give you the confidence that they are on top of everything makes them stand out'. The group has experience in complex  cross-border disputes and benefits from the ability to leverage its strong US network. It counts technology and financial services among its sector specialisms, with practice head Julian Stait and Tom Canning having expertise spanning both areas. The finance litigation practice has been bolstered by the addition of Mona Vaswani from Allen & Overy LLP (who also has particular fraud and asset tracing expertise) and the promotion of William Charles to the partnership. Stait and special counsel Emma Hogwood also handle competition law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Julian Stait

Key clients

Visa

Rabobank

Brugg Kabel AG and Kabelwerke Brugg AG Holding

Direct Line Group

Work highlights

  • Defending Rabobank in competition and fraud claims brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on behalf of 39 failed US banks in the English High Court against Rabobank, Barclays, Bank of Scotland, the BBA, Deutsche Bank, Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS.
  • Acting for Visa entities (Visa Inc., Visa International Service Association, Visa Europe Limited, Visa Europe Services LLC and Visa UK) in multiple sets of proceedings in the High Court in which the Visa entities are being sued for alleged infringements of English, Irish and European competition law in relation to the setting and implementation of multilateral interchange fees associated with the use of Visa branded debit and credit cards.

Morrison & Foerster LLP

The litigation team at Morrison & Foerster LLP is particularly strong for technology and finance disputes and counts manufacturing, retail and media among its other key sectors. The 'absolutely superb' Jonathan Wheeler leads the team which includes Gemma Anderson, who focuses on contractual and technology disputes and contentious insolvency matters, and  Chiraag Shah , who joined from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP bringing a breadth of experience in commercial, fraud and corruption disputes, including in Africa. The group further bolstered its white-collar and contentious regulatory expertise with the additions of Gareth Rees QC and Hayley Ichilcik from King & Spalding LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wheeler

Testimonials

A relatively small litigation team, but with excellent credentials. The representation is partner-led, which is not always the case with larger firms.

Mofo is a great firm – very professional and well resourced.  Dealing with them inspires great confidence that everything will be done properly.

They listen and work to understand the issues and problems before they give their thoughts and opinions. They understand practical business realities and work with the clients to incorporate those concerns into the analysis. They also understand the notion of budgets and apply resources accordingly.

Very strong indeed.

Jonathan Wheeler is an excellent lawyer to have on your team. He’s smart, commercial and gets right down into the trenches with the client and with the rest of his team. That’s what you need in tough, long-running litigation’

‘Laura Steen is an excellent practitioner with a great mix of intellect and people skills. Laura’s client communication is first-rate.’

Jonathan Wheeler  is superb. He always has a deep understanding of his cases and maintains complete control of them. He is brilliant to work with. His technical and strategic contribution to any case is immense. Jonathan is a very tough litigator but a wise and considered player, at the same time.

Key clients

Liquidators of Saad Investments Company Limited

Grant Thornton LLP as trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari

Work highlights

  • Representing Saad Investments Company Limited and the liquidators in a $400m damages claim against Samba Financial Group, a Saudi Arabian bank.
  • Advising trustees in bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari in a large fraud/insolvency matter. He was convicted on charges of money laundering, and his assets were restrained by a Crown Court order shortly before his bankruptcy. His assets comprise over 80 properties in the UK and property and other assets in many foreign jurisdictions.

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP's disputes team handles a range of corporate and commercial litigation and counts professional services, financial services, technology and life sciences among its sector specialisms. Practice head Andrew Howell advises on commercial and corporate litigation in the financial and professional services sectors. Other names to note include UK managing partner Shane Gleghorn, Laurence LiebermanKatie Chandler and David De Ferrars.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell

Testimonials

‘Andrew Howell is one of the best litigators I know. He never puts a foot wrong.’

‘The scarily intelligent Andrew Howell is fantastic to work with.’

Arnold & Porter

The commercial disputes team at Arnold & Porter is well-placed to handle cross-border disputes and has a particularly strong reputation in the life sciences sector. Hilton Mervis, who counts civil fraud, contractual disputes and international partnership issues among his areas of expertise, leads a team which includes counsel Charlotte Mallorie and antitrust litigator Jane WesselWilliam Godwin QC joined as counsel from 3 Hare Court , adding a breadth of commercial litigation expertise, including in corporate issues, construction contract disputes and shipping and insurance sector litigation.

Practice head(s):

Hilton Mervis

Key clients

Estera Trust (Jersey) Limited

Herinder Singh

Heineken

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd

Triton Partners

Dafisa

Stabilus

Bausch Health (previously Valeant)

Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim

Work highlights

  • Acted for Estera Trust (Jersey) Limited and Herinder Singh in a shareholder dispute brought by Jasminder Singh and Edwardian Group relating to the Radisson Edwardian group of hotels in London.
  • Acting for Heineken and Adrestia in pan-European follow-on damages claims arising from the Truck cartel case where the European Commission imposed its largest cartel fine of €2.9bn on a number of truck manufacturers.

Bracewell (UK) LLP

Bracewell (UK) LLP's London office focuses on the energy sector, advising in relation to emerging economies, such as those in Africa, the Middle East and Central America, as well as the more developed markets of the UK and continental Europe. John Gilbert is an expert in joint operating agreement disputes. Former partner Damian Watkin joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Practice head(s):

John Gilbert

Other key lawyers:

Robert Meade; Rona Amigues-MacRae

Testimonials

‘They have a team ethic  – and corresponding drive – that is often missing in  other firms’

‘John Gilbert is one of my favourite people to work with. A truly charming individual. Very bright and hard working, and with exceptional knowledge of the energy industry. He has chosen members of the team who are in his image and I would particularly highlight Rob Meade and Rona Amigues-MacRae’

Key clients

Aqua Ventures International FZE

Work highlights

  • Acted for Aqua Ventures International (and eight other defendants) in their dispute against Equitix EEEF Biomass 2, which concerned the share sale of a biomass waste-to-energy plant.

Brown Rudnick LLP

Brown Rudnick LLP's 'exceptional team integrates seamlessly with the client and counsel to deliver very high-quality litigation strategies, with the client firmly at the centre'. A primary component of the practice involves civil fraud and asset tracing cases; it also handles complex, civil litigation involving banking and financial activities. In addition, the team has particular experience in multi-jurisdictional litigation involving the management of investment funds, as well as sophisticated financial instruments such as derivatives and structured products. Neill Shrimpton is the London international litigation and arbitration head, and London office managing partner Neil Micklethwaite is a senior litigation partner. Also highly regarded are Jane Colston, Olga Bischof, Christian Toms, Ravinder Thukral, and Nicholas Tse (who divides his time between the firm's London and Paris offices). Gerald Byrne provides support at counsel level.

Practice head(s):

Neill Shrimpton

Testimonials

‘An exceptional team who integrate seamlessly with the client and counsel to deliver very high quality litigation strategies with the client firmly at the centre. BR has a strong international profile and reach. Also trusted on top-end referral work. Strong thought leaders’

‘Jane Colston  – everybody’s favourite litigation partner. Indefatigable. Driven. Humane. Efficient and a strong thought leader’

‘Christian Toms – highly focused, technically excellent partner with broad shoulders and a eye on the result at all times’

‘Neil Micklethwaite has immense industry knowledge, great client communication skills and a very broad range of global contacts’

‘Neill Shrimpton is a very fine lawyer, who applies great dedication to the detail of his client’s cases’

‘I would have no hesitation in recommending them for high value commercial disputes – in particular those with an international aspect’

Key clients

Mr Mahdi Mahmoud Haji Abdullah & other members of the Haider Abdullah family

Recovery Partners GP Limited

Revoker LLP

Jirehouse

Jirehouse Partners LLP

Jirehouse Trustees Ltd

Work highlights

  • Defended a law firm against a High Court civil fraud claim, as well as freezing injunctions, disclosure orders, and committal proceedings for contempt of court.
  • Acting for claimants in a matter concerning the unlawful diversion of a business opportunity.

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's exquisitely talented' disputes practice 'has solid expertise in handling commercial litigation'. 'Formidable advocate and excellent strategist' James Kitching (who leads the practice following Justin Michaelson's departure to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP) 'instils a high level of confidence' across a range of complex disputes, including those with multijurisdictional issues and parallel proceedings. Recently promoted senior counsel Leigh Mallon also has a breadth of expertise 'particularly relating to complex IT disputes, although he is a fantastic all-rounder'. James Barratt (who joined from Squire Patton Boggs) adds energy and natural resources sector disputes expertise, while associate Duncan Saunders specialises in fraud, freezing injunctions and banking and finance sector disputes, particularly in Russia and the CIS region.

Practice head(s):

James Kitching

Testimonials

Every member of the team, from most junior to senior, is exquisitely talented’

Fried Frank has an excellent team of highly skilled professionals and has solid expertise in handling commercial litigation. Very pragmatic team with a very hands-on approach. They are a very responsive team, thorough and efficient. Their work is highly solution-oriented and precise. They have the ability to explain complex legal matters in an understandable way.

Fried Frank is genuinely one of the most responsive law firms I have ever worked with. The advice is fast, strategic and tactical advice but to the point. All members of the team are available and on hand to assist 24/7.

James Kitching stands out. He is a very experienced and knowledgeable litigator with convincing pleading skills. He is a formidable advocate and excellent strategist. He is one of the most agile litigators I have ever met.

Leigh Mallon is a strong litigator, able to master highly complex disputes. He is extremely competent, smart, thorough, well organised and a quick-thinker. Leigh’s professional, hands-on approach to the case and his organisation skills are unique.

 Leigh Mallon and James Kitching are both excellent communicators and two of the best litigators in the City. James is meticulous. He is a strategic thinker that has a good knowledge of the law and instlls a high level of confidence. Leigh is brilliant and is able to quickly identify the issues that will determine a dispute and prepare a successful case strategy’

I work with a wide-range of litigation firms in the London (and international) markets and, while a lot are the same, I do think that Fried Frank is unique. Right from the beginning of a case, the team is able to identify the key issues quickly, understand the detail and provide all-important strategic and commercial advice. In addition, they are an agile team who can (and do) scale teams rapidly to respond to specific cases and crisis situations within the timescales required. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Key clients

Perrigo Company

Cerner

Work highlights

  • Represented Perrigo Company Plc and Perrigo Ireland in a $2.44bn claim arising from the €3.9bn acquisition of Belgian over-the-counter pharmaceutical company, Omega Pharma Invest NV.

Hausfeld & Co LLP

Conflict-free Hausfeld & Co LLP is 'very engaged in the issues at stake and go the extra mile'. It litigates against major defendants, such as banks and state-owned entities; and clients particularly appreciate the practice's willingness to share the risks of litigation through conditional fee agreements or damages-based agreements. Lianne Craig leads the commercial disputes team, which includes key partner John McElroy, who is experienced in high-profile, high-value financial disputes that frequently involve technical banking issues; and Lucy Pert, who is particularly focused on banking litigation. Duran Ross provides notable senior associate-level support.

Practice head(s):

Lianne Craig

Other key lawyers:

John McElroy; Lucy Pert; Duran Ross

Key clients

New Balance Athletics, Inc.

Philip Comberg

Ventra Investments Limited (in Creditors Voluntary Liquidation)

Tempus Energy Technology Ltd

Tempus Energy Ltd

Joseph Kasonde (and 1152 others)

Work highlights

  • Acted for New Balance in high-profile expedited proceedings against Liverpool FC, which went to trial in the Commercial Court in October 2019.
  • Acting for a claimant against his former employer and its parent (VivoPower International), in claiming repudiatory breach of his service agreement and breach of three other agreements.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's litigation, regulation and investigations group is a 'compact team with immense skill and the support of a truly international network of offices'. The 'strategic and tactical genius' Peter Sharp jointly leads the team alongside Melanie Ryan, David Waldron and Chris Warren-Smith. The group is frequently instructed in cross-border disputes and is particularly well-known for banking and financial services sector disputes, while Sharp also counts insurance, aviation, and oil and gas sectors among his areas of focus and Waldron has experience in disputes arising from industrial and infrastructure projects.

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Shearman & Sterling LLP's litigation team has impressive experience advising major corporates, financial institutions and hedge funds in cross-border disputes and contentious regulatory issues. The 'excellent' Susanna Charlwood leads a team which benefits from the recent additions of the 'exceptionally hard-working' counsel Jonathan Swil from Linklaters LLP and senior associate Matthew Orr from the Financial Conduct Authority. Swil adds  experience in financial services, cross-jurisdictional insolvencies, financial fraud, TMT and contentious regulatory matters, while Orr has expertise in criminal and non-criminal investigations and litigation with a particular focus on asset freezing and forfeiture.

Practice head(s):

Susanna Charlwood

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Swil; Matthew Orr

Testimonials

Superb in every respect. What stands out in particular is the level and quality of partner engagement (both exceptional).

Every member of the team comes across as a real team player. From paralegal through to partner everyone punches above their weight and is unafraid to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. There is definitely a ‘we’re in it together’ attitude which is particularly refreshing’

Susanna Charlwood is an excellent partner who is on top of all of the detail of a case. She is a true force of nature, with an incredible work ethic and is a true role model. Her grasp of the facts and legal knowledge is top notch and she always gets on top of matters very quickly’.

Counsel Jonathan Swil is exceptionally hard-working and very good on dealing with experts.

Key clients

Enka Insaat Sanayi A.S.

Etihad Airways PJSC

Cargolux Airlines International S.A.

Cyrus Capital Partners, L.P.

ICE Futures Europe

Abu Dhabi Global Market

Work highlights

  • Acting for Enka, an international engineering and construction company, in an ongoing cross-border dispute with OOO “Insurance Company Chubb” (a Russian entity within the global Chubb insurance group.)
  • Acting for Etihad Airways in its dispute with the Insolvency Administrator of Air Berlin, in connection with a comfort letter provided by Etihad in 2017.
  • Defended Cargolux in damages claims following the EC findings against them and several other airlines in relation to the ‘Air Cargo cartel’.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP's 'unique, international and extremely commercial practice' is well-placed to act for US-based clients in multijurisdictional disputes. Practice head Ben Bruton, who splits his time between London and Dubai, attracts praise for his 'international experience and sensitivity to cultural and regional nuances' which 'adds tremendous value to his clients'. Following Michael Madden's departure, Bruton leads the team, in which Daniel Meagher (who is 'extremely efficient' in energy, natural resources, financial services, telecoms sector and shareholder disputes) is a key member.

Practice head(s):

Ben Bruton

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Meagher

Testimonials

Unique international and extremely commercial practice.

Strong understanding of the industry combined with very effective dispute resolution skills. Very responsive to client needs achieving successful outcomes.

Ben Bruton is one of the best practitioners in the field of dispute resolution and litigation. Ben has an unassuming style that prevents deadlocks and helps resolve deadlocks if they occur. He is formidable as a strategist as well as a negotiator to help resolve complex matters. His international experience and sensitivity to cultural and regional nuances adds tremendous value to his clients.

Daniel Meagher extremely efficient and effective in approaching complex legal problems. Very responsive to client requirements.