Complimented for its 'blend of experience and specialism in complex international disputes', Clifford Chance LLP's 'sensational' commercial litigation team handles a full range of high-value disputes, often with a cross-border element. Jeremy Kosky leads the corporate and commercial litigation practice, while Julian Acratopulo (who is described as 'a marlin spike capable of disentangling the threads of the knottiest legal problems') heads the international commercial litigation group. With experience across a range of sectors, clients include global media organisations, technology, engineering companies and financial institutions. For the latter Helen Carty and Christopher Yates are key contacts, while for M&A disputes, Maxine Mossman is a name to note; Kelwin Nicholls and Claire Freeman are both experienced in disputes with a civil fraud angle, and the 'extraordinarily bright' senior associate Haafiz Suleman is highlighted for cybersecurity litigation. The group has continued to grow its partnership ranks with the promotions of Stephanie Huts and Christopher Ingham , who excel in insolvency and insurance disputes respectively.
Commercial litigation: premium in London
Jeremy Kosky; Julian Acratopulo
Other key lawyers:
Helen Carty; Maxine Mossman; Kelwin Nicholls; Claire Freeman; Christopher Ingham; Christopher Yates; Stephanie Huts; Haafiz Suleman; Philip Hall
‘Clifford Chance does not just talk its clients’ language, it taught them it.‘
‘The blend of experience and specialism in complex international disputes and their ability to grasp complex technical issues really sets this team apart from the rest. I found their approach to be highly pragmatic, focused on the important outcomes and they did not get distracted by irrelevant details.‘
‘Clifford Chance’s London commercial litigation practice is nothing short of sensational. It’s resources are seemingly limitless, and the breadth and quality of its expertise is awe-inspiring. There is literally no time, day or night, when the machine is not producing high quality work, and one is left in no doubt that you are their first and foremost client.‘
‘Julian Acratopulo is a stand-out individual. He is the perfect partner and the one that you want on your case. He is great at making strategic decisions and guiding the client. He also has a detailed understanding of the case. He knows what questions to ask and how to motivate his legal team to deliver a great result. Kelwin Nicholls is very clever, has outstanding expertise in banking and financial services matters and is completely calm even in the most pressured environments. He has incredible experience of how to handle the most complex matters. When others are losing their heads, he will not lose his.’
‘It was a pleasure to work with Matthew Scully, Anne Collins, Haafiz Suleman and their team. One of the most collaborative teams I have come across, they worked hard and communicated very well throughout the case, making it feel like we were one team. Professionally they showed a deep understanding of the technical facts of the case and were very reliable. They were also very approachable. Working together has been an enjoyable experience and I have no hesitation in recommending them to others.‘
‘Julian Acratopulo is a marlin spike capable of disentangling the threads of the knottiest legal problems and laying them before you with a clarity you will have never seen before. Angela Morris is too good for her own good, getting things done before anyone realised they needed to be done. Samantha Ward is the Dorothy Parker of commercial litigation whose wit enlivens those with whom she’s working no less than it terrifies her opponents.‘
‘Philip Hill : a truly exceptional litigator, with a superb mind and outstanding tactical nous. The first choice for many clients, and rightly so. James Cranston (senior associate): one of the finest associates in London; quite outstanding.’
‘Haafiz Suleman is a star individual, and will, without doubt, go far. He is extraordinarily bright, hard-working and always ‘on it.’ I am amazed how readily he is able to pick up particularly difficult, technical points of law and analysis, particularly in areas where he has no previous experience. He is an out and out litigator, and fights his client’s corner every step of the way.’
The Raytheon Company
Dr Mike Lynch
Talal El Makdessi
Richard Deitz – President, Founder and President of VR Capital
Panasonic Europe B.V.
News Group Newspapers Limited
General Electric Company
VB Football Assets
Cellcom Telecommunications Limited
NEX Group Limited
United Luck Group Holdings Limited
Nordic Trustee AS
Helix Subco S.à r.l
- Advising Mike Lynch in a civil fraud dispute brought by Hewlett Packard which acquired Lynch’s software company in 2011 for $11bn but then later wrote down the value of their investment by more than $5bn and claimed $5bn for alleged financial impropriety and misrepresentation.
- Defending BT in commercial claims against it by the administrators of Phones 4U which alleges alleges that BT owed it duties of good faith under their 3 year contract and breached those duties by refusing to renew the contract and by informing Phones 4U early that it would not renew.
- Successfully defended Richard Deitz, founder and president of VR Capital, as one of a consortium of five defendants in a $50m English High Court action brought by a Yukos Oil subsidiary.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's commercial litigation team attracts praise for being 'fantastic at thinking out of the box and coming up with unique solutions' in complex, high-value disputes across a range of sectors. The group continues to develop a niche in defending multiparty claims, for which the 'exceptional' Alan Watts and recently promoted counsel and 'real rising star' Catherine Emanuel are key contacts, while James Farrell has particular experience in multi-party claims in the competition space. Watts and managing partner Damien Byrne Hill jointly head the team which includes Julian Copeman , who is dual-qualified in England and Hong Kong. Among the junior partners to note are 'strong litigator' Rachel Lidgate, who has particular experience in the TMT and energy sectors; Chris Bushall, who is popular among banks and investment funds, and recently promoted Andrew Cooke, who handles a range of corporate and commercial disputes. Changes to the team include Adam Johnson QC's appointment to the bench as a High Court judge and Philip Carrington's retirement from the partnership (he remains a consultant to the firm).
Damien Byrne Hill; Alan Watts
Other key lawyers:
Natasha Johnson; Julian Copeman; Rachel Lidgate; Andrew Cooke; Catherine Emanuel; James Farrell; Sarah McNally; Chris Bushall; Neil Blake; John Whiteoak; Sophie Rudrum; Andrew Taggart
‘Excellence of the team from top to bottom.’
‘Absolutely top notch service. Pragmatic…always alive to the ‘bigger picture’ commercial drivers towards settlement…thorough in research and acute in legal analysis of issues.’
‘Alan Watts, a very senior partner, is exceptional. Down to earth, proactive, sensible and acute as a lawyer and tactician. Catherine Emanuel is brilliant. Sarah McNally, an insurance partner is also excellent.‘
‘A great experience working with Natasha Johnson and Andrew Taggart at HS. Excellent communication, understanding of issues and fast, to-the-point advice.’
‘I would turn to HSF if I was in a ‘bet-the-company’ situation. Their litigation team really is second to none. They’re fantastic at thinking out of the box and coming up with unique solutions. I also think they’re very collaborative and responsive to a client’s needs.‘
‘Sophie Rudrum is superb. Incredibly organised, dedicated and user friendly. One to watch. Neil Blake would be my go to partner for large scale litigation.‘
‘Rachel Lidgate – thorough, thoughtful advice; strong litigator.‘
‘Alan Watts is an outstanding relationship partner and Catherine Emanuel is a real rising star.’
The Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”)
CNH Industrial, Iveco and Fiat Chrysler
Post Office Limited
Associated British Foods
British Gas Trading Ltd (part of the Centrica Group)
- Acted for the FCA which advanced the claim for policyholders in the Covid-19 Business Interruption insurance test case (FCA v Arch and Others) both in the High Court and Supreme Court.
- Advising CNHI, Iveco and Fiat Chrysler as UK competition litigation counsel in relation to follow-on damages claims stemming from the European Commission’s settlement decision in Trucks, one of the most high profile competition infringement and follow-on damages cases in Europe.
- Acted for the Optal Sellers against WEX Inc. in a dispute arising out WEX’s claim that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a ‘material adverse effect’ on the businesses of Optal and eNett (a related company).
Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'premier litigation practice' is 'capable of dealing with the most complex litigation'. It is particularly strong for cross-border disputes relating to Russia, the CIS region, and the Middle East and counts life sciences and financial services among its sector specialisms. The team was bolstered by the addition of 'superb litigation strategist' and 'heavy-hitter' Kevin Lloyd who joined from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP alongside the 'incredibly bright, focused and strategic' Richard Lawton and new partners Akima Paul Lambert and Ardil Salem. Lloyd jointly leads the team alongside Alex Sciannaca who is particularly well known for handling disputes arising out of Russia and the CIS and, increasingly, the Middle East. Richard Lewis is another key contact for CIS region disputes; he and Michael Roberts attract praise for their 'great tactical nous'. Other key contacts include Chris Hardman, Neil Mirchandani and Ivan Shiu, who has experience in data breach litigation, and Rebecca Wales.
Alex Sciannaca; Kevin Lloyd
Other key lawyers:
Richard Lawton; Neil Mirchandani; Richard Lewis; Michael Roberts; Akima Paul Lambert; Ardil Salem; Ivan Shiu; Chris Hardman; Rebecca Wales
‘Very strong team, capable of dealing with the most complex litigation.‘
‘Hogan Lovells is the city’s premier litigation practice for the largest commercial disputes. Michael Roberts and Richard Lewis have serious intellect, the experience of handling numerous $1bn+ disputes, and great tactical nous.’
‘Kevin Lloyd is one of the leading litigators in the City. He is a superb litigation strategist and commercial operator. A class act. Richard Lawton is incredibly bright, focused and strategic. He is all over the papers and thinks outside the box to achieve his clients’ commercial objectives. Ardil Salem is a pleasure to work with.‘
‘All round excellence: the partners are incisive and first-rate, and run an efficient and effective operation that invariably delivers results for the clients.’
‘Kevin Lloyd – recently recruited form Debevoise – oozes class and inspires clients at every turn. A genuine heavy-hitter and the “real deal”. Richard Lawton is a class act. Michael Roberts is one to watch as he continues his meteoric ascent through the firmament of commercial litigation players.’
‘Richard Lewis is an undoubted heavyweight of city litigation these days. He is seriously clever and often dances rings around opponents with tactical acumen. He is also great at leading and motivating a team. Not to be outdone, Michael Roberts is more cerebral but no less effective.‘
‘The quality of the associate pool is second to none. Alex Hohl and Dan Gritten stand out for particular mention. I have never worked with an associate as clever as Hohl – most of the time I’m just trying to keep up with him. Dan Gritten is a great all-round package and an undoubted rainmaker of the future: bright and hard-working, he also has excellent ‘soft’ skills.‘
‘The key partners who I have worked with are Chris Hardman, Richard Lewis, Rebecca Wales and Alex Sciannaca who are all very knowledgeable, creative and client-oriented. They work very efficiently with their clients and with the counsel teams.‘
State Corporation “Deposit Insurance Agency” (DIA)
JSC CB PrivatBank
Salesforce Inc. and Salesforce (UK) Limited
Vodafone Limited and Vodafone Group Plc
- Acting for Sergiy Taruta in a $2bn joint venture/shareholder dispute between 4 Ukrainian oligarchs.
- Acting for the State Corporation Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA) in its ground-breaking $1bn case against former oligarch, Sergei Pugachev
- Representing British American Tobacco in multiple High Court claims including a negligence and breach of contract claims against PwC and Freshfields relating advice given to Windward Prospects.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Since entering the London market in 2007, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP‘s now 25-partner litigation team has built a reputation for handling some of the biggest commercial claims in the market. ‘Backed by huge international heft‘, it is strong for cross-border matters and has the ability to leverage its impressive US practice in transatlantic disputes. The group has continued to grow with the additions of Paul Baker and Dominic Roughton in April 2021, who joined from Simmons & Simmons and Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP respectively. Richard East leads the team, which includes the ‘outstanding‘ Ted Greeno, Alex Gerbi (who has particular expertise in disputes relating to Russia, Ukraine and other CIS territories), and Nick Marsh, who counts M&A, finance, energy, telecoms, fraud and offshore disputes among his areas of specialism. Other key contacts include Aidan O’Rourke, who focuses on pensions, financial services and intellectual property disputes, and Yasseen Gailani who is particularly strong for financial services, restructuring and security enforcement work. 'Superstar' group litigation specialist Ravi Nayer joined from Brown Rudnick LLP .
Other key lawyers:
Alex Gerbi; Paul Baker; Ted Greeno; Yasseen Gailani; Nick Marsh; Aidan O’Rourke; Justin Michaelson; Dominic Roughton; Simon Camilleri; Ravi Nayer
‘Quinn are the most effective heavy litigators in London. Their offering is backed by huge international heft and their client offering is 360 degrees.‘
‘They are talented and committed across the board. Nick Marsk, Gregory Pantlin, James McSweeney, Julianne Hughes-Jennett and all their associates, led by the legendary Ted Greeno, are without exception outstanding.’
‘Justin Michaelson – hands-on, very strategic. Simon Camilleri is very efficient and reliable.’
‘They have great experience in litigation and tactics, especially in the civil fraud context that I work with them.‘
‘Ravi Nayer is a superstar. Driven, fantastic analytical mind, very entrepreneurial.’
PCP Capital Partners LLP
PCP International Finance Limited
Du Pont Pension Trust;
Outrider Master Fund LP;
Sandglass Opportunity Fund LP;
Bluemountain Credit Alternatives Master Fund LP;
Bluemountain Foinaven Master Fund LP;
Bluemountain Guadalupe Peal Fund LP;
Bluemountain Logan Opportunities Master Fund LP;
Bluemountain Montenvers Master Fund SCA SICAV-SIF;
Bluemountain Kicking Horse Fund LP;
City National Rochdale Fixed Income Opportunities Fund;
Growth Credit Fund IC
Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation
Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, Anchorage Capital, L.L.C., Algebris (UK) Limited
Ukraine (represented by the Minister of Finance of Ukraine acting upon the instructions of the Cabinet of Minister of Ukraine)
Brian Clarke; Rana Hadid; and Lord Palumbo as Trustee of the Estate of Dame Zaha Hadid
Avonwick Limited (owned by the Ukrainian Gaiduk family)
Court appointed Receivers and Managers (who are partners at BDO) of the Libyan Investment Authority (“LIA”)
A Raga Establishment Limited
Phones 4U Limited (in administration)
Vladimir Chernukhin, Lubov Chernukhin and Navigator Equities Limited
HBK Fund Management
Essar Global Fund Limited
Alvarez & Marsal as Joint Administrators to NMC Health PLC (in administration) and NMC Healthcare LTD (in administration) and the other 35 NMC group companies in administration
- Defended Ukraine in a claim by the Trustee of $3bn of Eurobonds held by Russia.
- Acting for Phones 4U Limited (in administration) in a £500m claim against against O2, Vodafone and EE for coordinated anti-competitive behaviour that Phones 4U say was responsible for it falling into liquidation.
- Representing HBK Fund Management in a €1bn claim against the Argentine Republic for payment of monies due under GDP-linked sovereign bonds.
Allen & Overy LLP's 'superb' litigation and investigations team has 'an excellent reputation for high-quality work'. Praised for its 'integrated ability to offer advice across multiple specialties' it draws on its strong transactional practices and global network in complex and cross-border issues. It benefits from partners with a breadth of commercial litigation experience including Alice Englehart and Jonathan Hitchin , while Richard Farnhill specialises in complex contractual disputes in the energy, utilities and financial services spaces. Among its counsel ranks, Helen Biggin counts aircraft detention and repossession and fraud disputes among her areas of specialism and Sarah Garvey has particular expertise in conflict of laws, state immunity issues and EU laws. The practice was bolstered by the arrival of 'superstar' Susanna Charlwood from Shearman & Sterling LLP, who has particular experience in the aviation, mining and private capital sectors, and the promotion of Maeve Hanna who has a breadth of experience in cross-border corporate disputes. Lawson Caisley joined White & Case LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Hitchin; Susanna Charlwood; Alice Englehart; Helen Biggin; Maeve Hanna; Richard Farnhill; Sarah Garvey; Hugo Flaux; Sophie Orwell
‘Not a single person working there, from partners to postroom, is less than excellent.’
‘Jonathan Hitchin: unparalleled ability to see the ‘big picture’ and direct the case accordingly. Sarah Garvey: manages the day-to-day operation of the case with great skill, in particular knowing the right balance of pressure to place on the team to get work done and to allocate the right people to the right jobs. Sophie Orwell: colossal work ethic and tireless even in the face of significant time challenges.‘
‘Hugo Flaux is brilliant. He performs well beyond his level of qualification and has a great sense of humour. He is extremely clever, and was on top of all the legal arguments in our case, as well as the evidential aspects. His ability to get to grips with the technical aspects of the case was impressive. He was also super-organised on the procedural front. All in all, a dream to work with!‘
‘This is a superb all round outfit with an excellent reputation for high quality work at the very top end of commercial practice.‘
‘Jonathan Hitchin and Sarah Garvey are both highly experienced, hard working, capable litigators, with Jonathan having particular expertise in corporate disputes. They are a delight to work with.‘
‘What impresses me most is their integrated ability to offer advice across multiple specialties. It’s clear that the partners genuinely enjoy practicing together and bring out the best in one another.‘
‘Susanna Charlwood. It was an extraordinary coup for Allen & Overy to entice Susanna to come across from Shearman & Sterling. Make no mistake Susanna is a complete superstar as her splendid work highlights. She has her eye on every detail whilst managing to maintain a thoroughly positive energy in the entire team. Truly excellent.‘
‘Alice Englehart and Maeve Hanna were exceptional.’
The Prudential Assurance Company Limited
Rangers Football Club
- Advised Hiscox in the ground-breaking test case bought by the FCA in relation to the response of business interruption insurance policies to Covid-19
- Advising Eni SpA, and three of its Nigerian subsidiaries, in a $3bn claim brought by the Federal Republic of Nigeria in relation to allegations that the clients and others secured licensing agreements for a Nigerian oil block by bribing officials.
- Acting for Rangers Football Club in a series of disputes arising out of its commercial relationship with SDI Retail Services Limited (part of the Sports Direct Group). The disputes relate to the rights to manufacture and sell Rangers-branded merchandise.
Linklaters LLP's dispute resolution team is noted for its 'commercially-focused litigation advice' and experience in multijurisdictional cases. Global dispute resolution head Michael Bennett and corporate crime and fraud expert Satindar Dogra jointly lead the London practice, which includes the 'highly experienced' Tom Cassels (who counts commercial, public law and competition litigation among his areas of expertise); Patrick Robinson, who is noted for funds and private equity disputes, and Christa Band who has a breadth of experience handling multijurisdictional matters and managing parallel proceedings. Other names to note include Ben Carroll (who splits his time between London and Moscow and focuses on energy disputes), Harriet Ellis, who has a broad practice, and contentious insolvency specialist Rory Conway.
Michael Bennett; Satindar Dogra
Other key lawyers:
Christa Band; Harriet Ellis; Tom Cassels; Susan Roscoe; Patrick Robinson; Ben Carroll; David Thomas; Rory Conway
‘Very reliable and consistent in quality for commercial litigation. Some of the team are particularly strong on financial crime issues and how these relate to litigation.‘
‘Harriet Ellis – takes a very considered approach and strikes a good balance between being thorough and yet pragmatic. Her collegiate approach makes her a pleasure to work with.’
‘Susan Roscoe- practical, thoughtful, not afraid to be direct. David Thomas- reflective, knows the detail extremely well; exceptional team player.‘
‘Tom Cassels is very easy to work with having the ability to articulate complex legal concepts in a manner which is accessible to all, irrespective of the expertise of the audience and with an appropriate pitch for all audiences from the boardroom down. A highly experienced bright legal mind able to achieve commercial solutions to legal problems.’
‘Commercially-focused litigation advice with a sensible perspective on what matters. Deep links with the TMT practice means a level of technical acumen from a TMT perspective amongst the litigation team that is unusual. The way they work is seamless.’
AXA UK plc
Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV
Glencore International AG
The Association of Football Agents UK Limited.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons' litigation and arbitration team is noted as 'a go-to firm for large complex disputes' with particular expertise in contractual, boardroom and joint venture disputes. Praised for its 'depth of experience and forward-thinking approach', the team is led by Patrick Boylan who excels in corporate disputes. Other key contacts include Ian Hammond , who is particularly active in joint venture and shareholder disputes; contentious asset management specialist Robert Turner and 'star of the future' recently promoted partner Kirsten Kitt, who has particular experience in litigation with an insolvency aspect. Paul Baker left to Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP while Joanna Pearson joined Humphries Kerstetter LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Ian Hammond; Robert Turner; Kirsten Kitt; Adam Brown
‘Ian Hammond – insightful, practical in the solutions offered and a pleasure to deal with. Kirsten Kitt – extremely intelligent and precise in her work.’
‘The Simmons commercial litigation team’s depth of experience and forward-thinking approach stands them out from the crowd in the dispute resolution market. Their legal acumen coupled with their commercial and strategic approach makes them a go-to firm for large complex disputes, especially given their innovative and forward-thinking approach to fees and costs. The recent appointment of Kirsten Kitt as a Partner in the team only adds to the strength of their already excellent bench.‘
‘Ian Hammond – experience in spades. He has seen it all before. Is entirely unflappable and a voice of reason even at the most tense moments. His strategic approach to complex multi-faceted litigation sets him apart. Kirsten Kitt – A star of the future. She is pragmatic, calm, and measured. She is all over the detail (legal and factual). She is a great role model for others and a great person to help lead the new generation of Simmons partners. Adam Brown – Hard working and diligent. Definitely one to watch.‘
‘High-quality advice. Responsive. Pro-active.‘
‘The strength in depth of the team is surprisingly good, even for a firm of its reputation. Even the very junior team members have an in-depth understanding of the tasks and issues faced.‘
Dmitry and Alexander Mints
The O1 Group
Thun Reansuwan and Keleston Holdings Limited
- Defending BT Group plc in collective proceedings which the claimant representative claims to be worth £600m.
- Representing two high-net worth individual defendants in US$700m High Court proceedings involving allegations in relation to what was one of Russia’s largest private banks, Otkritie Bank, prior to its nationalisation by the Central Bank of Russia in 2017.
- Acting for Telefonica in a £25m trading agreement dispute with Carphone Warehouse.
The 'highly strategic and knowledgeable' disputes and investigations group at Slaughter and May is known for handling a range of high value, cross-border and multiparty disputes. With the firm's notable strength in M&A, the group frequently advises clients on transactional disputes and corporate fallout and also has 'immense experience of financial disputes'. The practice is increasingly developing expertise in class and group actions (for which Camilla Sanger and the 'extremely smart and commercial' Efstathios Michael are among the names to note); it also handles competition follow-on damages claims ,which are among Jonathan Clark and Holly Ware's areas of focus. Other names to note include financial services sector specialist Deborah Finkler, Damian Taylor (who counts contractual, competition, fraud and insurance disputes among his areas of expertise), and corporate litigator James Stacey. Following Sarah Lee's retirement, the 'very strategic litigator' Richard Swallow leads the team. Gayathri Kamalanathan joined from Danske Bank and Peter Wickham, who is strong for energy and natural resources disputes, was promoted to the partnership. Megan Sandler and Smriti Sriram are among the senior associates to note.
Other key lawyers:
Camilla Sanger; Jonathan Clark; Deborah Finkler; Efstathios Michael; Damian Taylor; James Stacey; Peter Wickham; Holly Ware; Gayathri Kamalanathan; James Stacey; Robert Turnbull; Megan Sandler;
‘Excellent client service – responsive, smart and commercial.‘
‘Highly strategic and knowledgeable with an extremely high level of commitment to their clients, matched with unparalleled expertise.‘
‘Simply the best of the best. A smooth-running machine of the highest pedigree. The firm is fully-aligned with its clients’ litigation goals and their commercial goals, and is careful never to allow the former to shroud the latter.‘
‘ It was due to the legal expertise and approach from this team that we were able to secure such a fantastic result. It’s clear the team has immense experience of financial disputes and know exactly how to achieve the best results for their clients.‘
‘Holly Ware is a rising star. Hugely organised and a great motivator of the team. Richard Swallow has vast experience and is a very strategic litigator.‘
‘Efstathios Michael – extremely smart and commercial, delightful personality but takes a hard line when appropriate, simplifies complexity, and responsive.‘
‘Richard Jeens – simply one of the best, most practical, and savviest commercial litigators around. James Stacey – bright, insightful, and a keen eye for detail. Robert Turnbull – a star of the future. Brilliant at managing even the most complex of cases.‘
‘I have worked very closely with Damian Taylor on a couple of claims and was very impressed with his ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses as well as come up with an excellent strategy and response.‘
Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited
British American Tobacco plc
British American Tobacco plc.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (now Stellantis N.V.) and other members of the corporate group
- Advising BHP Group PLC and other entities who are defendants to US$5bn claims (involving over 200,000 claimants) arising out of the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil.
- Acting for Credit Suisse in multiple claims arising from US$2bn “tuna bond scandal”.
- Acting for British American Tobacco plc in a group claim threatened by Malawian tobacco farmers, concerning allegations of child and forced labour on third party farms in Malawi.
Stephenson Harwood's 'innovative thinking and commercially savvy' commercial litigation team is 'highly experienced in complex international cases' including in large corporate, joint venture and partnership disputes in the energy, financial services, shipping, aviation, art and real estate sectors. Edward Davis and Paul Thwaite jointly lead the group. Other key commercial litigators include John Fordham, Richard Garcia (who specalises in cross-border investment disputes); Genevieve Quierin (who recently joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP bringing expertise in high profile group claims); the 'excellent' Sue Millar, and Guy Harper. Other changes include the arrival of accountancy professional liability and regulatory specialist Adam Culy from BDO and the departure of Louis Flannery to Mishcon de Reya LLP. Senior associate Chris Pettett is 'one to watch'.
Edward Davis; Paul Thwaite
Other key lawyers:
Sue Millar; Genevieve Quierin; Richard Garcia; John Fordham; Richard Gwynne; Guy Harper; Adam Culy; Chris Pettett; Ben Sigler
‘Innovative thinking and commercially savvy; highly experienced in complex international cases, but also reliable and skilled in smaller domestic disputes.‘
‘Richard Garcia is experienced and client-friendly. He has excellent knowledge of the sector.’
‘I worked mostly with Genevieve Quierin. She is confident, proactive and has good judgement. She is always available and reassures clients that even the most complex exercises are under control.’
‘Richard Garcia – excellent at mastering the technicalities of complex financial instruments; always looks to go the extra mile to find a way to argue a point for a client.‘
‘Sue Millar – Simply excellent. She brings total commitment to a case, fights for her client and does so with astuteness and attention to detail without losing sight of the big picture.‘
‘Brilliant international firm with exciting global reach into markets where London lawyers are not always prominent. The commerciality and skill of the lawyers and their knowledge of comparative legal systems and experience of big litigation ought to place them at the top of London’s legal offering. Also their diversity and gender balance is very impressive.‘
‘Ben Sigler and John Fordham are outstanding lawyers and analyse cases brilliantly.’
‘Richard Gwynne – a superb litigator who brings a vast array of experience, a razor sharp mind and practice wisdom to his cases. Richard Garcia – loves finding creative solutions to complex problems. Totally dedicated to the client’s cause. Chris Pettett is one to watch. Totally dependable to the run the case in the best way.‘
Over 1,000 claimants in group claims brought against Mastercard and Visa
Merrill Lynch International
Libyan Investment Authority
Aggreko International Projects Limited
Ministry of Defence and Support for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Alpha Bank Cyprus Ltd and Ors
Raiffeisen Bank International AG
Members of the founding family of the Essar group
Medlands PTC Limited (as trustee of the Trust) and an underlying company of the Trust
Starbridge Development Holdings Limited
- Representing over 1,000 claimants in group claims brought against Mastercard and Visa. The claimants seek to recover losses incurred as a result of unlawful Multilateral Interchange Fees (“MIF”) set by the card schemes on every Visa and Mastercard card transaction processed by the claimants in the UK and Europe.
- Acted for Merrill Lynch International (“MLI”) in successfully defending a claim brought by CFH Clearing Limited (“CFH”), a former foreign exchange trading counterparty of MLI following the foreign exchange market volatility caused by de-pegging the Swiss Franc from the Euro. The first-instance decision in the clients’ favour was upheld by the Court of Appeal.
- Acted on behalf of one of the competing chairmen of the Libyan Investment Authority (“LIA”) (Libya’s sovereign wealth fund) in relation to the existing receivership and representing him on the ongoing authority dispute against the other purported chairmen following the division in the Libyan government and institutions of the Libyan state following the fall of Gaddafi in 2011.
'Exceptional' litigation specialist firm Stewarts Law LLP's 'uniformly brilliant' corporate and commercial disputes team is known for bringing high value and cross-border claims. Clive Zietman leads the team which includes Sean Upson, who is experienced in managing group claims; the 'fantastic strategist' Ian Gatt QC, securities litigation expert Lucy Ward and Lorraine Lanceley, who has 'deep experience' spanning a range of litigation. It strengthened its insolvency-related disputes practice with the additions of Tim Symes in Septemer 2020 from DMH Stallard LLP and Alex Jay in February 2021 from Gowling WLG.
Other key lawyers:
Ian Gatt QC; Lucy Ward; Sean Upson; Lorraine Lanceley; Tim Symes; Alex Jay; Joe Mitchell
‘Uniformly brilliant – a Rolls Royce machine for complex and high stakes litigation. Both the partners and the associate team are fantastic – no weak links.‘
‘Ian Gatt QC – fantastic strategist, totally focused on getting the right outcome for his clients, and great leader: the complete package. Sean Upson – huge intellect, details-orientated and totally on top of what is always a very busy caseload. Lorraine Lanceley – superb client skills and deep experience of heavy litigation – one to watch.‘
‘Lucy Ward is a brilliant. She is thoughtful and calm with a clear strategic vision with a full mastery of all the complexities of her cases. One of the best solicitors I have worked with in nearly 40 years in the law. I have been extremely impressed by Joe Mitchell – his written work is superb.‘
‘The team has astonishing strength in depth. The partners, senior associates and associates are all of the highest quality. All those who I have worked with were first rate and completely on top of the case.‘
‘Stewarts is a dispute resolution firm which advises across the full spectrum of disputes. I work closely with Lucy Ward and her team of associates. I think the key strengths are extremely strong technical expertise in the English courts, sensible approaches to billing, a small extremely hard working team working across an intricate subject.‘
‘Highly proficient and well-qualified team that works tirelessly for the client. Extremely efficient turnaround in submissions and responses. A standout feature is how well coordinated they are so that all members of the team are up to speed on the case. All members of the team including the most senior are readily available and responsive at all times. This is an exceptional firm with talented and very personable staff. Comprehensive use of technology is evident throughout with well organised document control and recall.‘
‘Competing with the best of the best.‘
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
Matrix v Musst
Lands Company Limited (“Lands”)
Toucan v Wirsol
Widehurst Solar Ltd
- Representing 58 Institutional investors (including the BAE Systems pension scheme, the Church Commissioners and the government pension fund of Thailand) in a high profile damages claim for losses resulting from a fall in Tesco’s share price following the supermarket’s widely reported accounting scandal which included it’s overstatement of earlier financial statements by at least £326m as a result of manipulation of its commercial income.
- Acting for Toucan Genco in a damages claim for breach of contract for remedial works and loss of profit relating to defects suffered to 18 solar farms which were purchased from the defendant.
- Acting for Lands Company in a dispute with the Libyan Investment Authority which seeks an account of funds allegedly received through a transaction with Credit Suisse made before the civil war (and/or damages) on the basis of a breach of fiduciary duty and/or undue influence and/or illegality on the grounds of bribery.
'Battle-hardened from some of the biggest, longest commercial fights in recent years', Travers Smith LLP's 'outstanding' dispute resolution team is noted by one client to include 'some of the very best people to be in the trenches with'. The 'absolutely superb' Rob Fell heads the group which includes Caroline Edwards, the 'outstanding' Heather Gagen, 'first-class litigator' Jan-Jaap Baer and Toby Robinson, who all have broad commercial litigation experience. For disputes arising from corporate transactions, Huw Jenkin and Andrew King are names to note. Stephen Paget-Brown remains as a senior consultant to the firm, while among the next generation, 'real star' Stephanie Lee, Alexa Day and recently promoted Polly Richards are among the junior partners to note.
Other key lawyers:
Caroline Edwards; Heather Gagen; Toby Robinson; Andrew King; Jan-Jaap Baer; Stephen Paget-Brown; Huw Jenkin; Stephanie Lee; Alexa Day; Polly Richards;Jarrai Jawara; Ed Hardman; Tim Knight; Alice Childs; Rachel Kitchman; Barney Stannard; John Lee
‘Heather Gagen is an outstanding partner. She never stops working – fighting hard for her client and obtaining exceptional results. Stephen Lee was excellent in the supporting partner role. Barney Stannard, Alice Child and Rachel Kitchman are amazing new partners. John Lee is one to watch in the future.’
‘Caroline Edwards is one of the best UK lawyers I have ever worked with. She is pragmatic, charming and very knowledgeable. She is able to manage her team members in an excellent way. Huw Jenkins is also a very good partner. He has an eye for every little detail and never gives up, even if the case is extremely difficult. I would also like to mention Tim Knight, who is an excellent associate with very good economic skills.‘
‘Rob Fell : he’s absolutely superb, and runs a team on a big case beautifully. He’s an incredibly experienced commercial litigator; clients love him; he’s an excellent lawyer, and he invariably produces outstanding results for clients. Ed Hardman: a terrific associate on whom one can depend entirely. He’s an excellent lawyer, he’s terrifically clever, and he’s a brilliant and invaluable team member. Top quality. Jarrai Jawara: an outstanding associate, and a total superstar of the future. Top quality.’
‘Travers occupies its own, distinctive space at the premium end of the commercial dispute resolution sector. The firm has a strong, winning personality, expressed through a really excellent, cohesive team of passionate, dedicated lawyers, battle-hardened from some of the biggest, longest commercial fights in recent years. They are some of the very best people to be in the trenches with.‘
‘What I value the most about the team is that they make you feel like they really care about you as their client and think carefully about your best interests. They engage as a team and work very closely together. Their work is exceptional and their advice is based on reliable analysis. You always know who is working on your case and they are all visible and engaged. It is nothing like in some of the other firms where the most senior partner only turns up at the beginning of the relationship but leaves as soon as you have signed the engagement letter and you never see him again.‘
‘Travers Smith’s disputes practice is outstanding. They can handle the toughest disputes, have really grown from strength to strength, and have been involved in some of the leading cases. Their lawyers are very clever, very hard-working and hugely collaborative. They are also very nice people and a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Jan-Jaap Baer: a seriously first-class litigator. Charming and understated in person, he’s fiercely intelligent and strategic, and devotes extraordinary energy to winning his clients’ cases. Huw Jenkin: passionate, experienced, and incisive – a superb lawyer and a joy to work with.‘
‘Stephanie Lee, partner: a real star. She’s effortlessly on top of the detail, extremely smart, and imperturbable in even the fiercest fight. Andrew King, partner: vastly experienced and cuts straight to the chase. A real master at handling difficult cases (and clients). Rob Fell: a superb leader of his world-class team. Has very well-honed instincts and is always deeply reassuring to have on your side. Polly Richard: the least surprising partner pick since Steph Lee, a serious future star. Toby Robinson, partner: diligent, determined and with huge reserves of energy.‘
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean AS
- Representing Hewlett-Packard group companies in proceedings arising out of HP’s acquisition of Autonomy Corporation plc, a FTSE 100 software company, in 2011. HP alleges that it overpaid for Autonomy by approximately US$5bn as a result of the misrepresentation of Autonomy’s financial performance (through the use of fraudulent transactions and false accounting). One of the Defendants, Dr Mike Lynch (the former CEO of Autonomy), has brought a Counterclaim against HP for $160 million, asserting that HP’s allegations have caused damage to his reputation.
- Defended Camellia plc and two of its English subsidiaries in two separate sets of proceedings involving novel ‘parent company liability’ claims concerning alleged human rights abuses in the operations of two overseas subsidiaries of the Camellia group in Kenya and Malawi respectively.
- Advised Wallenius Wilhelmsen, a leading shipping company in respect of two separate cartel damages claims brought against it (and related group companies and other defendants) in the English courts by Daimler AG and Volvo. The claims related to the 2018 European Commission decision on the supply of roll-on roll-off (RoRo) vehicle shipping services from 2006 to 2012.
White & Case LLP's 'bright and efficient' City disputes team is well-regarded for cross-border corporate and commercial litigation. The practice has a breadth of expertise and has recently been active in shareholder disputes, financial restructuring and insolvency cases, broken deal litigation and disputes with a civil fraud element. Amanda Cowell, who has expertise in shareholder activitism and private equity disputes, leads the practice, which includes the 'exceptional' Charles Balmain, who handles a range of litigation for clients including global corporations, financial institutions and funds, and Rory Hishon, who has experience in the TMT sector. Lawson Caisley (who specialises in cybersecurity disputes) joined from Allen & Overy LLP , while technology disputes expert Jenna Rennie and Swati Tripathi (who has experience in financial services, oil & gas and hospitality) were promoted to the partnership. Long-serving partner John Reynolds left in mid-2021 to join new firm Avonhurst.
Other key lawyers:
Charles Balmain; Rory Hishon; Swati Tripathi; Jenna Rennie; James Hart; Ethan Wang; Adam Wallin; John Willems
‘Charles Balmain is exceptional – quick and considered and effective.’
‘Amongst the partners, I would pick out: Charles Balmain (very smooth and in control); Rory Hishon (king of the detail and one of the hardest workers you are likely ever to meet); and Amanda Cowell (very smart, and much-loved ). Look out for James Hart (seriously clever ); and Ethan Wang (excellent drafting and research).‘
‘White & Case is a very well-known firm but it is unusual amongst large international firms in that it has many partners who are also used to working as advocates, particularly in arbitration. This gives them a real understanding of the whole breadth of the legal profession and the different elements of a case. Its lawyers are bright and efficient and are highly effective litigators.’
‘A high-quality commercial litigation practice with a stellar client base and huge experience of difficult and complex domestic and international litigation.‘
‘White & Case are a top name in commercial litigation and deservedly so. They have a wide range of abilities and skills within the team and work is properly delegated. Clever, hardworking and user friendly partners lead a tight ship. ‘
‘Rory Hishon – very good client manner, thoughtful, tireless.’
‘Amanda Cowell – Very bright. Adam Wallin – Bright, engaged and on the ball.‘
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC)
The Swissport Group
- Represented Çukurova, the well-known Turkish conglomerate, since 2007 in its dispute with Russia’s Alfa Group and Sweden’s TeliaSonera concerning the ownership of a controlling shareholding in Turkcell Iletisim A.S., Turkey’s largest mobile phone company.
- Represented PT Ventures, a telecommunications company and shareholder in Angola’s leading telecommunications company, Unitel, in a complex, high value, multi-fronted litigation/arbitration involving no fewer than five jurisdictions including related proceedings in the BVI and the Netherlands. The underlying dispute is between PT Ventures and its three co-shareholders in Unitel.
- Represented Amigo Holdings Plc, recently FTSE-250 listed and the UK’s largest guarantor loan company, in its highly publicised and ultimately successful defence of a takeover by its founder and majority shareholder.
With ‘impressive partners and highly motivated associates‘, Addleshaw Goddard acts for both claimants and defendants in complex litigation. Mark Molyneux leads the national disputes practice – London head Louisa Caswell is joining Dentons in November 2021. Recently promoted partner Lauren Hamilton is a key contact for technology disputes, and the ‘very commercially astute‘ Maria Frangeskides (who joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in early 2021) is popular among investment fund clients.
Other key lawyers:
Lauren Hamilton; Maria Frangeskides; Richard Wise; Jon Tweedale; Natasha Winter; Alex Unger
‘Maria Frangeskides is very bright, very commercially astute, excellent at client handling, and very skilled at putting a first-rate team together and running it.’
‘Lauren Hamilton is a rising star who rolls her sleeves up and gets stuck into the detail. Alex Unger is one to watch.’
‘Lauren Hamilton – very good to work with, well organised and insightful.’
‘Richard Wise really cares about getting things right. Committed to providing the clients with a great service. Natasha Winter is very diligent and user-friendly. ‘
‘Jon Tweedale is exceptional to work with. His approachability, insight and ability to see the key issues is invaluable.’
‘Top flight team with impressive partners and highly motivated associates.’
‘Whilst not regarded as being a magic circle firm, I regard AG’s commercial litigation department as equally good, if not better than, any of the recognised magic circle firms – and a fair bit cheaper for clients.’
‘Strong in depth, not just at a senior level, and easy to work with. Good use of technology in trial – integrating transcripts, disclosure and pleadings in a very simple and intuitive way.’
INEOS FPS Limited
The Co-op / CIS General Insurance Limited
Bestway Retail Limited (part of the Bestway Wholesale group)
Lopesan Touristik S.A.
- Acted for CIS General Insurance in its successful multi million claim against IBM in relation to IBM’s unlawful termination and repudiation of an IT implementation and 10 year managed services contract for a new end to end IT operating platform. The case involved complex IT evidence on the management of the transformation, with the judge finding IBM repudiated the contract and responsible for all critical delays to the IT project and for failures to report.
- Acted for INEOS FPS defending claims brought by Apache North Sea relating to a request by Apache to increase shipments through the Forties Pipeline System in the North Sea (which is operated by INEOS FPS and is the pipeline system through which the overwhelming majority of oil extracted from the North Sea is transported). INEOS conditioned the provision of consent on an increase to the tariff payable, which was challenged by Apache.
- Acting for Carphone Warehouse (part of FTSE listed Dixons Carphone) which is suing Telefonica (O2), claiming the mobile network operator caused it to suffer a £26m loss of profits/liquidated damages by breaching O2’s obligations in relation to Carphone Warehouse’s marketing of O2 products.
The 'excellent' commercial litigation group at Ashurst acts for major corporations and public bodies in a range of disputes. 'Commercial in his approach', practice head Jon Gale has an impressive breadth of experience; James Levy handles a range of corporate, banking and finance litigation while Simon Bromwich is particularly popular among multinational construction and government clients. Senior associate Sophie Law is noted for her 'wide experience of heavyweight litigation'. The group also attract praise for its 'excellent communication and coordination with other teams', including relevant transactional practices.
Other key lawyers:
James Levy; Simon Bromwich; Tom Duncan; Sophie Law
‘James Levy is brilliant. He has a great brain and is endlessly supportive, with application that makes some very difficult arguments and concepts understandable. The firm compares very well to magic circle firms in my view and is my choice over most magic circle firms.‘
‘Jon Gale is very strategic and commercial in his approach. He seeks to get the best economic outcome for us as clients rather than chasing fees. Jon is available at all hours and we really feel like we have his full attention when required‘
‘Tom Duncan is outstanding: unflappable and concise, with excellent judgement. Sophie Law is destined for great things. She is highly intelligent and diligent, with excellent judgement and wide experience of heavyweight litigation.‘
‘James Levy is an exceptional team leader, has excellent commercial judgement, communicates very effectively with clients, and gets the best from his counsel team.’
‘I have found the litigation team at Ashurst to be first-rate. The team is flexible, receptive, enthusiastic and responsive. This is an example of well-informed and very clever lawyers investing time in my business to understand the key drivers and so provide commercially-orientated and useful advice as opposed to “legal” advice – very much a part of our team. overall estimates of costs are always safe to reply on and flexible payment arrangements help.‘
‘Excellent blue chip firm who provide a premier service.‘
Imperial Brands PLC
Moss Bros Group PLC
Transport for London
XPO Supply Chain UK Limited
- Acted for Transport for London in its defence of a legal challenge brought by the unsuccessful tenderer in the procurement of a contract for the design, build, financing, and maintenance of the Silvertown Tunnel.
- Acted for Moss Bros Group plc in one of the first pieces of litigation to consider the implications of Covid-19 and leading to proposed changes to the Takeover Code.
- Representing Imperial Brands PLC in group litigation brought by circa 7000 Malawian tobacco farmers. The case is high-profile and concerns allegations of child and forced labour on third party farms in Malawi.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
With 'ready access to external expertise and relationships where required for multi-jurisdictional disputes', Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's 'very experienced and sophisticated' dispute resolution team is known for representing corporates, financial institutions, and sovereigns in cross-border litigation. Key contacts include the 'outstanding senior litigator' Jonathan Kelly; the 'analytical and commercially focused' Sunil Gadhia; James Norris-Jones and the 'sharp and thoughtful' James Brady.
Other key lawyers:
James Norris-Jones; Jonathan Kelly; Sunil Gadhia; James Brady; Naomi Tarawali
‘Cleary provides tailored UK legal advice, with an overall US perspective. The lead partner in the UK is very knowledgeable and his assessment of the case and the rulings has been very accurate. He adds on and works well in coordinating with our barrister.’
‘James Brady, is very sharp and thoughtful. He provides a holistic approach to the litigation.’
‘Sunil Gadhia – Friendly, readily accessible, excellent knowledge, analytical and commercially focused. Overall guidance and a strong ability to work through complex issues involving multiple jurisdictions. ‘
‘Jonathan Kelly – an outstanding senior litigator who has seen it all! Sunil Ghadia – brilliant and clever – someone you want on your side.’
‘We have established an excellent working relationship with the practice in relation to various matters. They have ready access to external expertise and relationships where required for multi-jurisdictional disputes, whilst the matters are still coordinated by the core team in London.‘
‘Experience and professional approach , they always available for their clients and provide excellent advice.’
‘A very experienced and sophisticated team who regularly handle difficult and high profile disputes.‘
Vale S.A.; Vale Holdings B.V; Vale International S.A.
GHF Fund (formerly Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund)
“K” Line (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd; “K” Line Holding (Europe) Limited; “K” Line (Europe) Limited
A Middle Eastern Pension Fund Investment Manager
“K” Line (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd)
Sanjay Chandi and Prashant Manek
Ryanair and Laudamotion
- Representing Vale in a $1.85bn claim in the Commercial Court against the billionaire diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz and other former managers and shareholders of BSG Resources.
- Acting for Castle Water in a highly complex contractual dispute regarding the transition of business customers from Thames Water to Castle Water during the opening of competition in the business retail water market in April 2017.
- Representing the Russian Federation in its pursuit through the English High Court of repayment of the $3bn Eurobond issued by Ukraine and held by Russia’s National Wealth Fund as the sole noteholder.
Clyde & Co LLP's disputes team is particularly well-known for its work in the construction, energy, marine, trade and insurance sectors. Practice head Chris Burdett has broad experience in corporate and commercial litigation, while Richard Power is particularly active in energy and international trade disputes. Tom White and data protection and TMT disputes expert Ian Birdsey (who joined in July 2020 from Pinsent Masons LLP) are key contacts for technology sector litigation. For fraud-related disputes, Rachel Cropper-Mawer who recently joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP and legal directors Kathryn Griffin and the 'very skilled litigator' Anna Myrvang (who specialises in disputes involving bribery allegations) are names to note.
Other key lawyers:
Tom White; Richard Power; Ian Birdsey; Rachel Cropper-Mawer; Conrad Walker; Anna Myrvang; Kathryn Griffin; Claire Harpur
‘The team gives clear advice and the service is excellent. It is clear that the team is very experienced in handling complex litigation about derivatives, which also involves applying foreign law. They really give you the feeling that the matter is handled by a safe pair of hands.’
‘Anna Myrvang is a very skilled litigator. Her knowledge of the file and the facts is excellent and she is very responsive to the client needs. Conrad Walker is a seasoned litigator. He is very sensitive to the client’s needs. He has a great strategic approach. Because of his broad experience he has a calming effect and he is able to guide the client through some very complex decision making pertaining tot the litigation and the litigation strategy. Claire Harpur is very thorough in her work‘
‘Anna Myrvang deserves special mention and provides excellent advice. Anna is commercial and goes above and beyond to meet her clients’ needs.‘
‘Tom White – diligent, thoughtful and always available. An agile legal mind and a commitment to achieving the right commercial outcome for his clients.’
‘Clyde & Co has the size and skills to deal with the biggest cases and also the flexibility to take on more niche work. The firm has wide international experience and easily matches the best.‘
‘This is a litigation firm which results in a real depth of practical high-value dispute resolution experience. At the same time, their insurer client base ensures they are practical and commercial when handling claims. They are our go-to litigation provider.‘
‘The international reach of Clydes, through its network of offices and correspondent law firms is well suited to our requirement for a firm that can assist in bringing claims in a number of overseas jurisdictions.‘
‘The team consistently provides a solid service. From our perspective the team ranks top-tier.‘
Apache North Sea Limited
Nautical Challenge Ltd
- Advising Apache North Sea in a dispute concerning the proper construction of an agreement for the transportation and processing of hydrocarbons.
- Advising Nautical Challenge Ltd, owners of the very large crude carrier, “ALEXANDRA 1”, in a dispute with the owners of a container ship, “EVER SMART”, over liability for damage done to both vessels under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972, following a collision.
- Advising Stichting Vestia in a dispute against an investment bank in respect of financial products, involving allegations of bribery and also issues of capacity under Dutch law.
CMS‘s ‘proactive, innovative, forward-thinking‘ disputes team excels in cross-border litigation. Over the last year the team has been active in technology sector disputes and counts energy, telecoms and regulatory disputes among its other specialisms. Ben Trust, Jonathan Warne and Steven Corney jointly lead the team, which includes Neal Gibson; all have a breadth of experience in contentious corporate and commercial issues. ‘Class act‘ Guy Pendell, Lee Gluyas (‘a seasoned veteran of technology project disputes‘) and the ‘fantastic‘ Luke Pardey are particularly strong for TMT disputes. Louise Boswell is experienced in disputes requiring interim injunctive relief.
Jonathan Warne; Ben Trust; Steven Corney
Other key lawyers:
Luke Pardey; Neal Gibson; Tim Sales; Lee Gluyas; Guy Pendell; Louise Boswell; Kushal Gandhi; Cathryn Hopkins
‘Neal Gibson is a standout litigation partner. One of the very best in the industry.‘
‘The commercial disputes team at CMS has real strength in depth but what particularly stands out is the involvement of partners and the knowledge that the partners have of the detail of the cases that are being run. This is a partner-led approach that ensures appropriate levels of partner engagement throughout a matter. This ensures that strong and responsive teams are put together and then supervised over a life of a case.‘
‘Jonathan Warne is rightly regarded as a market leader. He has unrivalled experience in the conduct of “big ticket” commercial litigation. He has a superb tactical brain and an instinct for what will be a good (and a bad) point or approach to adopt. He has an easy and approachable manner with clients and a keen sense of the commercial objectives and imperatives in a matter.‘
‘Tim Sales is a relatively new partner and a star of the present and the future. A first rate legal mind coupled with a client-focused approach will take him far. He also has a keen eye for detail.’
‘Guy Pendell – a class act: an incredibly intelligent partner who can stay on top of the detail of the most complicated of cases while never losing sight of the client’s strategic objectives. Also a very intelligent lawyer and good negotiator. Kushal Gandhi – an unassuming and phenomenally bright partner who looks at legal problems from every possible angle to make sure he is not missing a trick for his clients. Always on top of the detail and a pleasure to work with.‘
‘Lee Gluyas – a seasoned veteran of technology project disputes who really knows his way round IT and outsourcing litigation and can keep himself and everyone around him calm in the gravest of litigation crises!‘
‘Luke Pardey. Another fantastic partner for commercial disputes (including those with a tech angle): very bright master problem solver who manages to combine single-minded determination on behalf of the client with an easy and relaxed manner.‘
‘Proactive, innovative, forward-thinking – great grasp of bigger picture strategic effort combined with strong tactical nous. Immense attention to detail; very thoughtful in terms of tactics and case management.‘
British Broadcasting Corporation (and its wider group)
Japan Tobacco Industry (JTI)
- Acting for entrepreneur Alexander Gorbachev in a high-profile USD$2bn claim against Russian billionaire Andrey Grigoryevich Guriev concerning oral agreements, declarations of trust and fraud in respect of shares in PhosAgro.
- Successfully represented three prominent Russian businessmen in a data protection dispute relating to the ‘Trump dossier’ which alleged Russian interference in the US 2016 presidential election.
- Defending IBM in £130m claim brought by Co-op Insurance.
Praised for its 'highly innovative thinking', litigation boutique Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is particularly popular among high net worth individuals, SMEs, as well as, increasingly, corporates and investment companies. 'Brilliant strategic thinker' Philip Young is a key contact for claims requiring urgent injunctive relief while Sinead O’Callaghan and the 'gutsy and straight-talking' Lydia Danon have broad practices. Stephen Elam has a specialism in financial services and regulatory disputes. It continues to build its technology practice, particularly in fintech and venture capital-related disputes. Arish Bharucha joined Howard Kennedy LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Philip Young; Sinead O’Callaghan; Stephen Elam; Lydia Danon; Daniel Burbeary
‘Philip Young – Brilliant strategic thinker. Lydia Danon- gutsy and straight-talking. What every client wants in a fight. Rosie Wild – Goes the extra mile, all the time. The associate every partner wants. Daniel Burbeary – Great client skills. Sees the way through to a good commercial result.‘
‘Highly innovative thinking. Brilliant ability to produce well-thought through and strategic approaches to cases.’
‘This team knows its onions extremely well. They possess not only a great knowledge of the law, but also of the technicalities surrounding the use of the law.’
‘The service, knowledge, professional attitude, and process are very well done.’
Reliantco Investments Limited
The ECU Group Plc
Grove Park Properties
Infund LLP and Mr Hector Juan Jose Garcia Quevedo Topete
Oliver Morley, trading as Morley Estates
Robson Asset Management Manco Limited
- Defended Reliantco Investments (a Cyprus-based company offering a web-based trading platform) in a claim brought by high-net worth individual and investor in Bitcoin for the balance of her account and trading profits which the defendants alleged belonged to the claimant’s husband, self-professed inventor of Bitcoin, Craig Wright. The dispute involved allegations of fraud on both sides, and arguments relating to the legal position of “armchair” derivative traders and whether they are rightly considered as consumers.
- Acting for Derek Quinlan, a well-known property developer, on a bankruptcy petition brought against him by Edgeworth Capital (Luxembourg) SARL, which is a vehicle of another well-known property developer, Robert Tchenguiz.
- Acting for a businessman in English High Court proceedings instigated by the Law Society against the owner of Kingly Solicitors (and others) concerning the alleged misuse of up to £11m in client monies from Kingly Solicitors (and certain other related law firms). The client was was the sole director of certain corporate entities through whom client monies are said to have passed.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's London commercial litgiation practice is described by one client as 'an outstanding team for high value work' and is praised for its 'truly international outlook'. 'Rainmaker and highly experienced litigator' Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC leads the team following the departure of Kevin Lloyd, who joined Hogan Lovells International LLP alongside Richard Lawton and Akima Paul Lambert. 'Top-notch commercial litigator' Christopher Boyne is another key contact.
Other key lawyers:
Christopher Boyne; Gavin Chesney; Luke Duggan
‘Chris Boyne – A real rising star, with shrewd judgement and a hands-on approach. Perfect for big ticket litigation.’
‘Lord Peter Goldsmith is a very experienced QC and a brilliant speaker. Gavin Chesney is great in advising clients on a case, providing deep analyses of each aspect.’
‘A litigation heavyweight, instructed on and able to handle the largest and most demanding cases.‘
‘They are an outstanding team for high value work and have been very prominent in the last few years in major commercial litigation in London.‘
‘Debevoise is a firm with deep experience in dealing with the most complex, highest value commercial disputes – and a truly international outlook to match.‘
‘Chris Boyne is well-established as a top-notch commercial litigator. He is extremely bright, cuts immediately to the heart of the case, has excellent litigation instincts and never loses sight of how best to achieve the client’s commercial objectives. He is also a pleasure to work with. Lord Goldsmith is a rainmaker and highly experienced litigator and advocate with impeccable strategic judgement. Luke Duggan is top-quality : very bright; commercial and efficient.’
‘Impressive team and a pleasure to work with – very good judgement – always aware of the points that matter.‘
Royal Dutch Shell
The Hinduja Family
British American Tobacco
Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited.
Sberbank of Russia
- Successfully defended Royal Dutch Shell and other Shell entities in a $1bn claim brought by the Federal Republic of Nigeria against Shell and others relating to licensing agreements for a Nigerian oil block which were allegedly secured by bribing officials.
- Acting for various companies in the AIG Group in their successful appeal of $100m judgment concerning claims brought by multiple former employees in connection with bonuses allegedly payable under the terms of a deferred compensation scheme.
- Defending Sberbank in respect of €200m dispute arising out of the collapse of a major international oil refinery.
Dechert LLP‘s commercial disputes team is popular among financial institutions, sovereign states as well as multinational corporations in cross-border disputes. Practice head Dorothy Cory-Wright has impressive experience across complex commercial litigation and contentious regulatory issues, while Andrew Hearn is noted for disputes with cross-border enforcement issues. For financial services sector disputes and contentious insolvency issues, Adam Silver is key contact, while Stephen Surgeoner advises across the financial services, insurance, energy and telecommunications industries. Recently promoted partner John Bedford and ‘switched-on and hard-working‘ senior associate Daniel Natoff are other key contacts.
Other key lawyers:
Stephen Surgeoner; Andrew Hearn; Adam Silver; John Bedford; Daniel Natoff; Julie Witham; Suzi Cocksedge; Simon Fawell
‘Dechert has a good and experienced team of commercial litigators all of high calibre.‘
‘Andrew Hearn gives sensible strategic advice, is always on top of the detail, and a pleasure to deal with. Daniel Natoff is switched-on and hard-working.‘
‘Stephen Surgeoner: calm, not phased by pressure, good judgement and available round the clock. Julie Witham: extremely diligent and conscientious. Suzi Cocksedge – : up and coming associate, shows great leadership and promise.‘
‘The Dechert team handles high stake dispute, and everyone works in a collaborative and supportive way. The partners look out for junior lawyers, and junior lawyers go extra miles to deliver the best work product.‘
‘Experienced litigation team with a wide variety of work. Recommended as a high-level litigation firm. Excellent facilities and support for litigation in a pandemic.‘
‘The litigation team is perfectly organized and oriented in the case and capable of handling even the most complex of litigations. The members of the team have deep understanding of the facts of the case, quick to find legal arguments supported by facts and evidence and thus adapt quickly to how the litigation evolves.’
‘I have worked with John Bedford and Stephen Surgeoner on a complex fraud case . They were very attentive and did their best for the client. They are both hardworking, intelligent and experienced litigators who work well with the bar.‘
Ministry of Defence of the Republic of China
Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of PJSC Commercial Bank “PrivatBank”
VTB Bank (PSJC)
Axle and Centigon
Hanging Gardens Ltd
Kevin Hellard and Emma Ward (Tuke proceedings)
Moore Freres & Company
- Advised fund manager, Tyndaris, in a High Court dispute with a high-profile investor concerning the operation of trading platforms driven by artificial intelligence and machine learning.
- Successfully represented the Republic of China Ministry of National Defence in a dispute with Strategic Technologies Pte Ltd in the English Court of Appeal. The decision settles a previously undecided, novel point of law which has been the subject of academic debate for decades.
- Advising VTB Bank as a senior secured lender in relation to a high profile dispute between the Essar Group and ArcelorMittal.
DLA Piper's 'flexible, creative' litigation and regulatory practice is 'excellent at managing largescale international litigation', particularly those involving emerging markets. 'Great strategic thinker' Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry and the 'hugely experienced' Jamie Curle jointly lead the team. Douglas-Henry's broad practice increasingly includes advising clients on human rights and governance issues; Curle and legal director Charles Allin count financial services sector, fraud and asset tracing and natural resources disputes among their specialisms. Jeremy Andrews is experienced in litigation involving the offshore jurisdictions, Russia and China, while James Carter is active in Africa-related disputes. Legal director Sarah Ellington is another contact for ESG issues.
Jean Pierre Douglas-Henry; Jamie Curle
Other key lawyers:
Jeremy Sher; James Carter; Jeremy Andrews; Charles Allin; Sarah Ellington; Alexander Chaize
‘Jamie Curle ( London) – top notch; hugely experienced; high-profile practice; great ability to guide strategic direction and stay on top of detail at same time. Jeremy Andrews (London) – smooth operator; very experienced; great commercial nouse; inspires confidence.’
‘JP Douglas-Henry is a great strategic thinker. Jeremy Andrews is a classy operator who provides a superb, urbane presence on any team. Jamie Curle is clever and fights hard from the outset. James Carter is an up and coming partner with particularly good arbitration expertise. This is a good outfit – and they work well as a team dealing with disputes of any scale. I have worked with them on cases ranging between $10m and $1bn and they each bring something to the table.’
‘James Carter – fantastic judgement on client handling issues; he had to make a number of difficult calls during the course of this case and got them all right. Jeremy Sher – superb handling of very difficult disclosure issues. Jeremy will always go the extra mile. Charles Allin – a rising star. He was the “point man” or lynch-pin on a number of key aspects of the case. His drafting is top-notch and his attention to detail impressive.‘
‘Jeremy Andrews – unflappable leadership, he has everyone’s back, and wants everyone’s ideas on the table for consideration. Sarah Ellington – real focus on the law and the arguments. Alexander Chaize – a star of the future, in the Jeremy Andrews mold. What really makes them stand out is that yes they are brilliant lawyers but they are also nice people, at the top of their game.’
‘Flexible, creative and well-run practice. Good associates who work well together and seem to enjoy working together on our big case, the impression is they are very invested in the result, demonstrate impressive attention to detail. The size of the practice allows to staff the case according to its ever-evolving requirements and meet tight deadlines. Flexible billing approaches to address budgeting concerns on a case that spans many years and many jurisdictions.‘
‘They can staff any case with the best lawyers at the appropriate level, can handle any dispute and have expertise around the world.’
‘They are excellent at managing largescale international litigation.’
Renova Industries Limited et. al.
The Football Association Premier League
- Advising Renova Industries Ltd in proceedings brought in the British Virgin Islands against Emmerson International Corporation for declaratory relief in respect of the alleged exercise of a joint venture exit mechanism.
- Representing the Premier League in a high-value claim in the English Commercial Court against PPLive Sports International, a Hong Kong entity that used to hold exclusive rights to broadcast the Premier League competition in China and Macau.
Enyo Law LLP
'Outstanding litigation boutique' Enyo Law LLP is made up of 'incredibly skilful and energetic litigators'. The practice has experience in both domestic and cross-border issues. George Maling and Tim Elliss frequently handle international disputes; Simon Twigden is increasingly focused on disputes relating to the CIS, Middle East and North African regions, while Lucinda Orr has particular expertise in disclosure-heavy cases in foreign languages. Edward Allen and Nick Jones are noted for civil fraud and asset tracing. Boris Telyatnikov, who handles disputes relating to the Russia and CIS region, joined from Taylor Wessing LLP , while Jamie Leader's arrival from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP adds insolvency litigation expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Twigden; Boris Telyatnikov; Pietro Marino; Lucinda Orr; Tim Ellis; Edward Allen; Boris Telyatnikov; Richard Levett; George Maling; Georg Stiegelbauer; Olivia Gare
‘Enyo are an outstanding litigation boutique: they are very strong both tactically and strategically. Compared to other firms I have worked with they have a particular strength in identifying the winning points/approach and (critically) selling it to the client. They therefore start trials in the strongest possible position.‘
‘Boris Telyatnikov – Boris is a highly intelligent litigator, with good tactical sense and commercial judgement. He is also a pleasure to deal with. Tim Elliss is similarly a very good technical lawyer as well as sensible. I would have no hestitation in recommending him. Georg Stiegelbauer is more junior but very promising.‘
‘I have been particularly impressed with Edward Allen, whose tactical judgement is (in my experience) second to none amongst solicitors. He also has the ear of his clients, and can sell them the right strategic approach to a case, even if it cuts across their preconceptions. I would also strongly recommend Lucinda Orr – she is a class act, who knows everyone in the Court system and can keep even the most complex cases on the road.‘
‘ Tim Ellis is quite simply class-leading. Whip smart and single-minded.’
‘Simon Twigden and Pietro Marino are both brilliant. I have worked with George Maling and Richard Levett who are both exceptionally able. Olivia Gare is a very good associate.’
‘Enyo are an outstanding litigation boutique: they are very strong both tactically and strategically. Compared to other firms I have worked with they have a particular strength in identifying the winning points/approach and (critically) selling it to the client. They therefore start trials in the strongest possible position.’
‘Boris Telyatnikov – is unique and has amazing knowledge of the Russian and non-Russian market that makes him highly sensible not only for legal issues, but also for project management.’
‘Enyo is an incredibly exciting firm. Although they were formed nearly 10 years ago they have retained the energy that marked them out when they formed. Because they are essentially non-transactional they are much less hampered by conflict. Because they are focused on litigation they are incredibly skilful and energetic litigators. In a word they are “cool”.‘
The Libyan Investment Authority
Wirsol Energy Limited, Wircon UK Solar Assets GmbH and Wircon GmbH
Everest Alliance Ltd
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
Banco Internacional de Mocambique
Stephen Hunt, as Liquidator of Burnden Holdings (UK) Limited
Mitsubishi Turbocharger and Engine Europe BV
Bluebird Music Limited
Rusnano group (including Fonds Rusnano Capital SA and Management Company Rusnano LLP)
- Acting for The Libyan Investment Authority in a $100m claim against Credit Suisse.
- Defending Dechert and three other defendants in serious claims made by Karam Al Sadeq (“KAS”), who was the former group legal director and deputy CEO of the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority, who alleges that the defendants were responsible for a sustained campaign against him over a period of years by which they ‘orchestrated’ his kidnap from Dubai, his extended detention in unlawful and degrading conditions, and (it is alleged) were responsible for him being tortured. The defendants deny the claims entirely.
- Successfully defended Ukrainian businessman, Gennadiy Bogolyubov, in $400m dollar 12-week remote trial in autumn 2020, brought by PJSC Tatneft.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP 's 'fantastic' commercial dispute resolution team 'offers strength and reliability at all levels of seniority'. The practice blends a breadth of experience in litigation and international arbitration proceedings, with many practitioners, including Richard Little, having experience in both. It also benefits from a range of sector-specific expertise; Mark Davenport has particular experience in the energy, pharmaceutical, transport and IT sectors while legal director Lucy Webster excels in energy, industrials and media sector disputes. For civil fraud issues, Neville Byford and recently promoted partner Tim Browning (who also counts contractual, M&A and tort claims among his areas of expertise) are recommended. TMT disputes expert Phillip Richardson and Sheena Buddhdev, who handles corporate insolvency, joined from Linklaters LLP and Akin Gump LLP respectively.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Little; Lucy Webster; Neville Byford; Tim Browning; Margrit Trein; Kimeya Baker; Phillip Richardson; Sheena Buddhdev
‘They are a fantastic team that offers strength and reliability at all levels of seniority. This is combined with individuals who are remarkably reassuring and easy to work with.’
‘Richard Little has an almost psychic ability to determine the key concerns of a judge and how best to address them. Tim Browning is great to work with and is skilled at both focusing on the detail of a case as well as the bigger picture and broader strategy, Kimeya Baker is generally excellent and completely dependable.’
‘Neville Byford would be the first name on the team sheet of any top flight disputes resolution team. A 24/7 practitioner of the highest quality.‘
‘Margrit Trein is superb. Always across all details of the case and very hard working. Kimeya Baker – an excellent team member, happy to be thrown in a case at the deep end – Kimeya will always come to the surface triumphant. Lucy Webster – a brilliant solicitor – the sort of person round whom the rest of a legal team gravitates and on whom it depends.‘
‘Industry knowledge (rail industry), attention to detail and proactive engagement with the client.‘
‘Mark Davenport: Excellent strategic thinker and skilled team manager. Kate Lomas: highly skilled technical with a good practical insight.’
‘One of the best Dispute Resolution departments in London.’
‘What makes this practice unique is Richard Little. He is a really commercial litigation solicitor – and a joy to work with in a team. His judgement is superb, both in relation to legal issues and in dealing with clients (not all of whom are easy). Most of all he is a gifted draftsperson when it comes to inter-solicitor correspondence.‘
Brown-Forman Beverages UK Limited
Malaysia’s Minister of Finance (Incorporated) and 1Malaysia Development Berhad
Bemaco Steel Limited and Prime S.A.
Frames Process Systems International B.V.
Credit Suisse Trust
Iranian Offshore Engineering Company
Praised for providing a ‘highly personalised and committed service‘, Jones Day‘s litigation team is strong for cross-border disputes and has been increasingly busy in Middle East-related matters. Sion Richards leads the global disputes team, while Barnaby Stueck leads the offshore disputes practice. Other key contacts include Rhys Thomas and Lee Coffey (who both have broad disputes practices) and Adam Brown, who has experience in asset tracing, insolvency, theft of confidential information and corruption disputes. Daniel Travers counts contentious insolvency and corporate matters, including joint venture disputes, among his specialisms; Annabel Treadgold is noted for civil fraud and asset tracing, while of counsel Sarah Batley‘s wide-ranging practice includes commercial, corporate and civil fraud-related disputes.
Sion Richards; Barnaby Stueck
Other key lawyers:
Rhys Thomas; Adam Brown; Adam Brown; Annabel Treadgold; Daniel Travers; Sarah Batley; Gregory Barden; Lee Coffey; Ben Larkin
‘The London litigation team has an excellent mentality. They are something like a crack unit, within a massive army. You get a highly personalised and committed service, with a great deal of partner attention. If needed they have huge resources and truly global reach.‘
‘Sion Richards: Unparalleled experience and superb judgement. Annabel Treadgold: A rising star partner, great tactician. Tom Besant: another future star.’
‘Rhys Thomas – startlingly bright, hard working but thoroughly down to earth. Adam Brown – a star of the future. Greg Barden, calm and considered. Never panics.‘
‘Lee Coffey has exceptional strategic judgement, and has a great sense of which points are important, which points are not and what will land with a tribunal. He is unflappable and a great team leader. He will quickly gain the confidence of a client, for good reason. Daniel Travers has superb technical and analytical skills, and enormous capacity for managing the complex moving parts of complex litigation and arbitration. He does so with a quick wit and good sense of humour. Goes the extra mile for clients.’
‘Sion Richards is a tour de force. Annabel Treadgold is amazing. Rhys Thomas is super hard working. Barnaby Stueck has real flair.‘
‘Adam Brown and Ben Larkin – excellent legal knowledge in their field. They are very adept at dealing with the tactical demands of litigation, but without losing sight of that importance of properly analysing and advising on the underlying legal points, especially where they are complex. Even when specialist counsel’s advice is sought, there is always very valuable insight and analysis on complex points of law from the solicitor team.‘
HRH Prince Abdullah bin Mosa’ad bin Abdulaziz Al Sa’ud and UTB, LLC
Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation 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 (each in liquidation)
Geoffrey Carton-Kelly (as additional liquidator to CGL Realisations Limited (formerly Comet Group Limited) (in liquidation)
Nicholas Guy Edwards and Matthew David Smith of Deloitte LLP in their capacity as Joint Liquidators of Angel Group Limited & Others
Total Fluides SAS
- Acting as lead counsel for Mastercard in two ground-breaking cases related to claims by retailers across the UK and EU and by Euronet over the legality of interchange and ATM fees.
- Successfully represented HRH Prince Abdullah Bin Mosa’ad and his company, UTB, in the high-profile shareholder dispute with Sheffield United Limited over the control of Sheffield United Football Club, and acted for the club in a dispute over the purchase of certain properties from Sheffield United Limited and related companies, including the club’s stadium, Bramall Lane.
- Defending Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation against claims brought by Dechert’s former global co-head of white-collar and securities litigation, Neil Gerrard, and his wife, for misuse of private information, trespass, harassment and data protection breaches arising from alleged unlawful surveillance activities.
Latham & Watkins' disputes department is 'an excellent team for high-value litigation'. The group represents its 'outstanding client base' in a range of disputes including data protection issues and collective and group actions. Within the latter, practice head Martin Davies and recently promoted partner Oliver Middleton have particular experience. The 'outstanding' Ian Felstead is a key contact for media, technology, and sports clients, while the 'exceptional' Oliver Browne has a broad practice covering a range of domestic, cross-border and arbitration-related litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Andrea Monks; Ian Felstead; Oliver Browne; Oliver Middleton; Hayley Pizzey; Tom Watret
‘The Latham & Watkins dispute resolution team has an outstanding client base with very tricky litigation disputes and I highly recommend them.’
‘Ian Felstead and Hayley Pizzey are both extremely hard working and an absolute joy to work with – they are a real ‘dream team’ and I highly recommend them both. Ian Felstead is an outstanding lawyer – he can turn his hand to any area of law and quickly become an expert in it. He also has excellent judgement. Hayley Pizzey is a fantastic lawyer – she is extremely bright and has an excellent understanding of legal issues and commercial concerns. Her analysis of a case is impressive and her attention to detail is truly beyond compare.’
‘Really excellent lawyers who always go that extra mile for the client when the easier option would be not to. My experience working with them has been excellent. Superb lawyers. They are speedy, with a great attention to detail, and are a real pleasure to deal with. They have great experience and litigation nous. They are right at the top of the league of UK lawyers that I have dealt with over the last 3 years.‘
‘Oliver Middleton and Tom Watret – good examples of the team spirit. Endlessly resourceful and hard working to get the best possible result for the client.‘
‘Oliver Browne is an exceptional lawyer and leader of teams. He gets the best result for his clients and has exceptional insight into what is needed to prevail in London litigation.‘
‘Martin Davies and Andrea Monks are head and shoulders above most dispute resolution partners in their willingness to roll up their sleeves, get to grips with the depths of a case, in order to identify the optimal strategy for their client.‘
‘An excellent team for high-value litigation. Tactically astute; highly organised; with first-rate client handling skills. Real strength in depth: the associates are uniformly clever, diligent, and pleasant to work with.’
Ms Sana Sabbagh
Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, Limited
The Carlyle Group
Apollo Management International
One Equity Partners
- Representing Aerium Finance Limited and Mr Ely-Michel Ruimy who are two of over 35 defendants in a large-scale fraud claim, which will be one of the largest disputes ever heard in the Commercial Court.
- Represented Ms Sana Sabbagh – the claimant in litigation alleging a multi-million pound 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 the insolvency administrator of Germany’s former second largest airline, Air Berlin, in a widely-watched dispute regarding an action for damages against former parent company, Etihad, following its decision to withdraw funding it had committed to provide in a April 2017 letter of support, which ultimately forced Air Berlin – Europe’s 10th largest airline – into bankruptcy.
Macfarlanes LLP‘s commercial litigation team attracts praise for providing ‘practical and commercially sound advice in complex disputes‘. Working closely with the firm’s impressive private client and corporate practices, the team is a popular choice for privately-held businesses and wealthy families in a range of UK and cross-border corporate and commercial disputes. The ‘outstanding‘ Matt McCahearty leads the team and is popular with US clients. Other key contacts include the ‘extremely bright, commercially minded and client-friendly‘ Lois Horne, ‘excellent litigator‘ Iain Mackie and recently promoted partner Christopher Charlton.
Other key lawyers:
Iain Mackie; Matt McCahearty; Max Hobbs; Ed Llewelyn-Evans; Fred Snowball; Lois Horne
‘Macfarlanes has one of the leading corporate commercial litigation and corporate practices in the UK. They have always provided us excellent advice and have a good pulse on the market. They are very much at the top of their field.‘
‘Lois Horne is a stand-out partner. She is extremely bright, commercially minded and client-friendly. She is always on top of the documents and the detail as well as the big picture. She has an excellent sense of how a point will play before a court or tribunal and thinks tactically several steps ahead. Max Hobbs is an associate to watch. He works incredibly hard, has a keen eye for detail, and is a pleasure to work with. He is going places.‘
‘Matt McCahearty is an outstanding litigation partner who played a key role in one of our most complex recent litigations. He has sound judgement and knows how to work very well with clients. Iain Mackie led the matter for us as well and is an excellent litigator with a very good command of strategy and a close attention to all the small points in a litigation.’
‘The team is very strong, has top quality instructions, goes toe to toe with the largest City firms, and is excellent value for money. There is strength in depth at all levels.’
‘Lois Horne – excellent tactical nous, and a clear sense of the aims in litigation and how to achieve them. Ed Llewelyn-Evans – calm under pressure, and a highly skilled litigator.‘
‘Iain Mackie: always on top of what the client wants and needs; clever, astute, savvy, with excellent judgement. Lois Horne: super-clever, and very on top of the detail of her cases. Dan Lavender: very canny, always looking for the angles for his client and getting the most out of a bad case. Matt McCahearty: he has a very steely edge and will always fight his client’s corner. Fred Snowball: extremely bright, on top of every aspect of his cases; definitely future partner material. ‘
‘Extremely able, experienced and thoughtful litigators. Take a detailed approach to mastering the legal and factual detail of the case. Give practical and commercially sound advice in complex disputes.‘
Dr Ali Mahmoud Hassan Mohamed (Libyan Investment Authority)
Tony Matharu (Grange Hotels)
A former senior partner of a substantial Swiss private bank
Investec Trust (Guernsey) Limited / ITG Limited (ITGL)
Better Capital LLP
Ian Colin Wormleighton and David Philip Sodden of Deloitte LLP
Palla Pharma Limited and TPI Norway AS
Universal Coal PLC
Genius Sports Group and its subsidiary, Betgenius Limited
- Represented Travelport in an expedited preliminary issues claim which considered material adverse effect provisions in the context of SPAs, and the Covid-19 pandemic against WEX Inc to enforce a SPA relating to the $1.7bn sale of two travel payments businesses, eNett and Optal.
- Successfully acting for Dr Ali Mahmoud Hassan Mohamed, the chairman of the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), in English court proceedings to establish that he is the legitimate chairman of the organisation.
- Defending NatWest in three separate claims relating to loss alleged to have arisen from anti-competitive manipulation of foreign exchange markets by individual traders at various banks. The proceedings comprise: a group action in the High Court and two competing applications for a collective proceedings order in the Competition Appeal Tribunal (the UK’s first ever ‘carriage dispute’.)
Norton Rose Fulbright's litigation department is 'a very safe set of hands for the most complex and difficult cross-border commercial disputes'. It counts contractual, shareholder and M&A disputes among its areas of expertise, which are areas of focus for Ruth Cowley (who is daul-qualified in England and Wales and Hong Kong), recently promoted partner Charlie Weston-Simons (who also handles insurance issues, professional negligence and cyber litigation) and senior associate Andrew Judkins. It also has growing expertise in cyber disputes and group actions, for which Ffion Flockhart and Antony Corsi are the respective names to note. Banking litigator Michael Godden heads the EMEA dispute resolution practice, while Patrick Bourke leads the London team.
Michael Godden; Patrick Bourke
Other key lawyers:
Ruth Cowley; Antony Corsi; Ffion Flockhart; Charlie Weston-Simons; Andrew Judkins
‘Really top class outfit.‘
‘Antony Corsi – A charming and urbane individual with an excellent discipline for careful project management of complex litigation. Perfect blend of an eye for overall strategy and tactics, with attention to detail in the delegation and supervision of senior and junior associates leading individual workstreams.‘
‘Andrew Judkins – a truly remarkable ability to get up to speed. Highly organised individual who plainly takes great care in his work.’
‘Antony Corsi – beginning to make waves in the London market. Will go far.’
‘The team is marked out by its disciplined management of the litigation and the various workstreams – nothing is ever missed or forgotten about. Overall, the team is a very safe set of hands for the most complex and difficult cross-border commercial disputes.
‘Outstanding market and industry knowledge – very bright and intelligent – pleasure to work with.‘
Gwynt-y-Mor Offshore Windfarm Limited
The World LLC (Nakheel)
First Bank of Nigeria
- Defending Orange SA in claims brought by the Administrators of Phones4U which were issued in December 2018 and allege anti-competitive collusive conduct, breach of contract and unlawful means conspiracy and are brought against Orange SA and a number of the other major mobile network operators (MNOs) including EE, Vodafone, Telefonica, and Deutsche Telekom.
- Acted for Greengate (Luxembourg SPV) as defendant in a claim brought by two companies (one UK-based, one US-based) in the Atlas property management group. The case concerned the second largest residential Build-to-Rent property in the UK.
- Defended Gwynt-y-Mor Offshore Windfarm (GyM) and related companies in a £20m claim for an indemnity under an SPA. This was the first occasion on which a dispute has come before the Courts in connection with a transfer of offshore windfarm transmission assets pursuant to the OFTO regime.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP's litigation team stands out for its sector and regulatory expertise and counts energy, financial services, procurement and civil fraud disputes among its areas of specialism. For energy sector clients, Katharine Davies and Daniel Gardiner are key contacts; Michael Fletcher is experienced in technology, financial services, energy sector and procurement disputes. Practice head Michael Fenn is developing the group's Russia and CIS region-related disputes practice; Stuart McNeill handles contractual, corporate and banking litigation and Alan Sheeley focuses on fraud and asset recovery issues. Energy and Africa-related disputes expert Alistair Calvert joined Bracewell (UK) LLP , while technology and media sector litigator Ian Birdsey moved to Clyde & Co LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Katharine Davies; Stuart McNeill; Michael Fletcher; Alan Sheeley; Daniel Gardiner; Natalie Sherborn
‘Experienced partners and an excellent associate team; at significantly lower rates than the magic circle but with all of the equivalent judgement and experience; in consequence entirely able to compete at the premium commercial litigation end of the market.’
Skatteforvaltningen (The Danish Customs and Tax Administration) (SKAT)
CATS North Sea Limited
De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
Balfour Beatty Group Limited, Vinci Construction UK Limited and SYSTRA Limited
- Acting for 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.
- Defending NatWest Markets Plc in a claim by 27 claimants, who allege that the Bank dishonestly participated in transactions involving the sale and purchase of European Union Allowances that resulted in the claimant companies incurring VAT liabilities that they were unable to pay.
- 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
Reed Smith LLP's 'hard-working, intelligent and tenacious' commercial disputes group is praised for its 'particularly strong international practice'. The group has a breadth of experience in transactional and corporates litigation, usually with cross-border elements. The 'exceptional ' Ben Summerfield (who is 'a high-class litigator' and 'excellent tactician') leads a team which includes Gautam Bhattacharyya , who is noted for international arbitration-related litigation, and George Hoare , who handles financial services and commercial litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Gautam Bhattacharyya; Tom Webley; George Hoare; Carolyn Pepper; Brian Durcan; Michael Skrein; Marcus Price; Oliver Rawkins
‘Regularly punch above their weight – particularly strong international practice, especially disputes arising in India.’
‘Ben Summerfield is an exceptional partner. Extremely bright and quick thinking with good judgement. While he has a good instinct, he backs that up with detailed research and careful thought. He is a good strategist and tirelessly promotes the interests of his clients going above and beyond in order to deliver a premium service.‘
‘George Hoare has wide-ranging commercial litigation experience and is very good to work with. Brian Durcan stands out and has strong matter management and attention to detail.‘
‘Gautam Bhattacharyya – strongest India practice in London; seasoned, astute, good sense of humour. Michael Skrein – senior figure with wealth of experience in commercial/media disputes. Carolyn Pepper – good industry experience, energetic, canny.’
‘Ben Summerfield is a high-class litigator. He thinks fast, is clever and an excellent tactician. He’s also a pragmatist and will give realistic advice. Tom Webley is also very good – unflappable and very effective.‘
‘Reed Smith has a particularly strong commercial litigation team with deep knowledge and a large staff. ‘
‘They are both on top of the detail of the case and able to step back and see the big picture. They are also a pleasure to work with. ‘
‘Reed Smith has a fantastic team from top to bottom. They are hard-working, intelligent and tenacious in defending their client’s interests.’
RPC's commercial disputes team counts insurance, technology, media, financial services and retail among its sector specialisms. The 'very experienced and superbly equipped' Geraldine Elliott leads the team and has particular expertise handling warranty claims, shareholder and joint venture disputes and asset and financial recovery matters. Other key contacts include Simon Hart (who is experienced in disputes involving restructuring and asset tracing); the 'genuinely outstanding' Davina Given and Rupert Boswall, who both have broad commercial litigaiton practices; financial services disputes expert Parham Kouchikali and Daniel Wyatt, who is active in civil and cyber fraud, financial services, and shareholder disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Hart; Davina Given; Rupert Boswall; Parham Kouchikali; Tom Hibbert; Chris Ross; Andy McGregor; Daniel Hemming
‘RPC are at the forefront of the new wave of commercial litigation outfits, which combine the traditional jurisprudential excellence with the incision and savviness that is now needed to handle the huge volume of material in big cases, the ever more complex procedural rules and the demands of high profile and high net worth clients. They use the Bar adroitly, thus saving clients money and getting the best result in Court.’
‘Geraldine Elliot is a very experienced and superbly equipped litigation partner. Practical and very effective. Parham Kouchikali is a rising star banking partner. Very sharp on the law and flexible in terms of finding fees solutions.’
‘Davina Given is a genuinely outstanding solicitor. She is extremely clever; works ferociously hard; and has a superb 360 degree vision on her cases. I would say she is the best out there at the moment for accountancy cases, just way ahead of the competition.‘
‘Tom Hibbert – true Titan in the field. A real heavyweight commercial litigation partner who has seen it all before. Worth his weight in gold in a big case. Daniel Hemming – talent and experience way beyond his years. Destined to be one of the most influential commercial litigation partners in London. Andy McGregor – class act. Chris Ross- expert, clever and tenacious with plenty of charm to boot.‘
‘The team provides high-quality services for a competitive price.’
Lancer Property Asset Management
Triumph Group Inc
Oleg Deripaska and Filatona Trading Limited
Federal Government of Nigeria
Direct Line Group
- Acting for Lancer Property Asset Management, its four directors and holding company in a dispute with 24 BVI-based companies in relation to £30m worth of payments allegedly made under a dishonest scheme.
- Defending Ingenious Media in £350m claims relating to alleged losses said to arise from investments into various film production partnerships.
- Represented Google in a US$100m breach of confidence claim brought by a US technology company relating to one of Google’s major platforms.
‘Strong from top to bottom‘, litigation boutique Signature Litigation LLP‘s commercial litigation team is ‘exceptionally good at building up the dispute strategy‘. The ‘absolute star‘ Graham Huntley leads the team, which includes the ‘very bright‘ Abdulali Jiwaji who ‘inspires confidence‘ including in contentious regulatory matters as well as financial services, corporate and M&A disputes. The team also includes the ‘hugely talented‘ Daniel Spendlove, who has a broad practice. It has been strengthened by the additions of Tom Snelling, who has a breadth of experience, and Paul Brehony (who is particularly strong for insolvency-related disputes) from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Stewarts Law LLP respectively. Simon Bushell joined Seladore Legal.
Other key lawyers:
Abdulali Jiwaji; Daniel Spendlove; Tom Snelling; Paul Brehony; Olivier Swain; Ryan Cable; Ioannis Alexopoulos
‘The Signature team is strong from top to bottom. Headed by Graham Huntley, who is highly experienced. One of the best litigators I have had the privilege of working with is Abdulali (Abdul) Jiwaji. He has a grip of the big picture and the detail; very deft in client handling; tenacious and determined; swift, responsive and clear-thinking. Gentle in manner; tough as tough can be. Would recommend him without reservation. He is the total package.‘
‘Olivier Swain in London and Simon Everington in Gibraltar are both terrific. Simon is a very capable manager of litigation. Olivier is clever and strategic. They are good at making sure each member of the team plays to (and develops) their strengths. Ioannis Alexopoulos and Ryan Cable: highly effective in difficult situations requiring swift judgement and action. The Signature team are extremely good at what they do.’
‘Dan Spendlove is a hugely talented partner who is fully engaged in his client’s matters. He builds and manages a team effectively and drives a case forward. Abdul Jiwaji is always a calm voice however much pressure there might be in a situation and encourages and inspires confidence.‘
‘Graham Huntley – an absolute star. Supremely knowledgeable and reassuring. Abdul Jiwaji – a real pleasure to work with. Super hard-working, really responsive and very bright. ‘
‘Dan Spendlove is genuine. He has tremendous empathy, enthusiasm and energy; all of it directed to the furtherance of my interests as his client. He has never waivered in his commitment or support. He is exactly the advisor I wished for.‘
‘Signature Litigation is a market-leading boutique litigation firm. It has extremely strong background in big ticket litigation, with quality personnel and an unparalleled degree of focus and determination.‘
Privinvest Shipbuilding SAL (Holding)
Georgian Co Investment Fund
Cellcom Telecommunications Ltd
Members of the Barclay family
Profile Security Services Ltd
Vectura Limited and Heptares Therapeutics Limited
- Representing Privinvest companies in a claim brought by the Republic of Mozambique against Credit Suisse, Privinvest and others, linked to Privinvest’s commercial supply agreements for provision of vessels and systems to enable Mozambique to assert sovereignty over and generate revenue from its offshore exclusive economic zone.
- Acting for Georgian Co Investment in claims against various entities in the Credit Suisse group for losses arising out of the handling of family investments and assets pursuant to a range of commercial trust arrangements.
- Defending Cellcom Telecommunications in a claim that it is vicariously liable for the alleged actions of a former director of it’s subsidiary, a Liberian mobile/ISP business, who is accused of commissioning a cyber attack on a competitor to obtain commercial advantage.
Baker McKenzie‘s ‘technically brilliant and commercially astute‘ commercial litigation team attracts praise for its ‘depth of international expertise‘. Practice head Andy Moody, ‘brilliant tactician‘ Hugh Lyons, the ‘excellent‘ Anthony Poulton and the ‘top quality‘ John Leadley are all names to note. The team was bolstered by the arrival of banking and commercial litigator Marc Thorley from Simmons & Simmons, while recently promoted partners Henry Garfield and Yindi Gesinde are among the next generation to note. The group also benefits from the wider firm’s expertise in private wealth, corporate, IP and tax issues.
Other key lawyers:
Hugh Lyons; Charles Thomson; John Leadley; Anthony Poulton; Henry Garfield; Yindi Gesinde; Ben Levitt; Anjuli Patel; Francesca Richmond
‘Technically brilliant and commercially astute, they are a stand-out firm.’
‘Hugh Lyons – a seasoned litigator with great tactical nouse. He has an extraordinary ability to manage teams well and ensure that everyone is enjoying the job however time-consuming or complex the matter. Ben Levitt – very bright with great client skills. Anjuli Patel – a litigation star in the making.‘
‘Charles Thomson: thorough, clear. Detailed legal analysis.‘
‘Top team in this field; with particular strength in MENA. Thorough understanding of the area. Very experienced partners supported by very able assistants.’
‘Hugh Lyons is a brilliant tactician with a deep understanding of his clients’ goals and how to achieve them.‘
‘Anthony Poulton: excellent and extremely bright. John Leadley: top quality, and a first choice for any big litigation.’
‘Great cross-border strength and depth of international expertise, especially in the field of international arbitration.‘
‘Andrew Moody is one of the standout partners in the dispute resolution department. He is particularly well versed in international arbitration across a wide range of sectors. Henry Garfield is a recently made up and up-and-coming partner in the dispute resolution department.’
Dr Winston Wong
Gazprom Export LLC
Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC
Border Timbers Limited
JJW Hotels & Resorts UK Holdings Limited
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Issa Al Jaber
Abdullah Nasser Bin Obaid
Schlumberger Oilfield UK PLC
Colt Technology Services
ETC Export Trading Company SA and ETC Group Limited
- Advise Dr Wong, an ultra-high-net-worth client, in his global litigation to recover assets worth over $15bn.
- Successfully defended Prandicle in various high-value claims before the English Commercial Court in a multi-billion dollar litigation.
- Acting for Toshiko Morimoto (the widow of the founder of a large Taiwanese shipping company) in English Commercial Court proceedings.
Praised for being 'creative problem solvers who bring first-class litigation skills', Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP's commercial litigation team handles a range of cross-border disputes with expertise in transatlantic litigation for corporates and financial institutions. The 'strategic, tenacious and very client friendly' Natasha Harrison leads the team which includes 'phenomenally strong lawyers at every level'. The 'brilliant' Fiona Huntriss and 'excellent, hands-on litigation partner' Will Hooker have a breadth of experience in a range of cross-border disputes; 'skilled strategist' Matthew Getz is a name to note for litigation involving anti-corruption and fraud investigations, while 'excellent litigator' Tracey Dovaston specialises in financial services disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Fiona Huntriss; Matthew Getz; Will Hooker; Prateek Swaika; Colin Trehearne; Rosalind Axbey
‘A first-rate and fast-growing team, with exceptional dedication to their clients and achieving the best results for them.’
‘Natasha Harrison is a market leader. Her clients adore her. She is a very tough litigator and highly experienced, and has acted in some of the leading cases in the area. Fiona Huntriss is a brilliant partner. She is a great tactician, knows the law inside out and is very sensible. Her clients rightly think the world of her and she deserves to be rank very highly indeed. She is incredibly responsive.‘
‘Natasha Harrison and Tracey Dovaston are stand-out partners at the firm. Natasha is a first-rate litigator and someone who is strategic, tenacious and very client friendly. I would trust her with any significant and complex litigation problem. Tracey is an excellent litigator who leverages her prior in-house experience to deliver smart and strategic advice in a way that is useful to clients and knows how to partner well with in-house legal teams.‘
‘The lawyers at Boies are creative problem solvers who bring first-class litigation skills to bear on any problem. They are always willing to go the extra mile to get things done and are highly professional in all of their dealings.’
‘Boies Schiller have phenomenally strong lawyers at every level and so can put together teams which can go against any of the top litigation firms. They are very client driven and imaginative in coming up with solutions to achieve the results their clients want. Their lawyers are very hard working and resourceful.‘
‘Fiona Huntriss is details orientated and calm under pressure. Without doubt, she is our go-to partner. So easy to work with, she is on top of her matters with a seemingly effortless ability to brilliantly manage client relationships, provide detailed legal advice, stay on top of the facts and deliver razor sharp legal advice.‘
‘Matthew Getz is a skilled strategist and deep thinker who has exceptional client care skills. Prateek Swaika is a rising star , clever, hard-working and resourceful. Colin Trehearne is highly intellectual, with a brilliant grasp of the US market, invaluable to a firm like Boies, with a big US client base.‘
‘Will Hooker is an excellent, hands-on litigation partner who has the experience of a magic circle litigator. Rosalind Axbey has experience and maturity far ahead of her years.‘
Teesside Gas Transportation
Michael Hwang SC and Sir David Williams QC
Farallon Capital Management
Davidson Kempner Capital Management
Athena Art Finance
Association of Litigation Funders
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's commercial disputes team attracts praise for being 'innovative in their thinking'. Led by the 'highly skilled and commercially intelligent' Graham Shear , the team includes financial services investigations and disputes expert Oran Gelb and 'excellent tactician' Joby Davies . Recently promoted Sarah McAtominey has a breadth of experience acting for financial services, technology, oil and gas, hotels and sport sector clients, while senior associate Helen Armstrong is noted for technology and outsourcing disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Tuson; Segun Osuntokun; Sarah McAtominey; Joby Davies; Helen Armstrong; Clare Reeve Curatola; Rachel Ziegler; Ben Blacklock; Emily Smith
‘They offer the full package. Very committed to the client’s cause and innovative in their thinking.‘
‘Graham Shear . Highly skilled and commercially intelligent. Aggressive and forward-thinking about potential problems and litigation headwinds. Very tactically astute. Highly energetic.‘
‘A real strength is their depth of knowledge and wide-ranging practical experience of dealing with large competition litigation cases.’
‘Andrew Tuson is an excellent and thoughtful solicitor. He takes great care to analyse the position facing his client and reacts incisively and responsively to advice.‘
‘Oran Gelb has a calm approach to complex disputes. He is well supported by Clare Reeve-Curatola who is a measured in her approach and tackles complex disputes in a measured and commercial way. I would highly recommend both of them.’
‘Ben Blacklock is exceptionally clever and knowledgeable, capable of challenging and also thorough, diligent, client friendly and helpful. Rachel Ziegler is very experienced and knowledgeable and good at understanding client’s needs and perspectives.’
‘Segun Osuntokun – a complete class act. Utterly unflappable. Joby Davies – excellent tactician and always thinking two steps ahead. Andrew Tuson – very personable and dedicated to getting the best outcome for the client. Emily Smith – hard working and brings real value to any team.’
‘I was delighted with the responsiveness, attention to detail I received from the whole team at BCLP. They made what was a difficult situation seem more manageable by the way they planned our way through the case.’
El Al Israel Airlines
Wood Holdings Investment Limited
Torchlight Fund LP and its General Partner
Tata Consultancy Services
- Acted for National Grid in its high-profile claims for damages due to overcharges paid for the purchase of High Voltage Power Cables and the associated compound financing losses alleged to have been suffered as a result.
- Acted for an UHNWI investor in a claim against a manager in connection with a $5bn investment into a complex algorithmic investment fund which would select investments using AI.
- Acted for the global brokerage, BGC Brokers LP, in two actions against a competitor, Tradition UK, and a number of Tradition UK employees, including the Tradition CEO.
The commercial litigation team at Cooley (UK) LLP is particularly strong for life sciences and technology sector disputes. Practice head James Maton handles a range of commercial, contractual, product liability and public international law issues, Laurence Harris and Kevin Perry have a breadth of experience in cross-border disputes while Henry Stewart is noted for contractual disputes and asset recovery work and Sascha Grimm for reputation management disputes. Mark Deem joined Mishcon de Reya LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Laurence Harris; Henry Stewart; Kevin Perry; Sascha Grimm
Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited (MMI)
- Representing IQVIA, the world’s largest provider of biopharmaceutical development services, in its dispute with Cardiorentis, a Swiss pharma company that engaged IQVIA to conduct an enormous global clinical trial (excess of 23 countries) to test its primary product – a heart failure treatment.
- Advised Municipal Mutual Insurance on its ability to recover UK EL claims on its reinsurance programme covering the period 1950-1990 and the way in which it should seek to recover these claims
- Representing Tata Steel UK Limited in proceedings against Motherwell Bridge Limited for the defective construction of a large gasholder at the Port Talbot Steelworks, which caused intermittent issues requiring the gasholder to be taken out of service and the import of natural gas to the steelworks.
Covington & Burling LLP
Covington & Burling LLP‘s ‘very experienced‘ dispute resolution team excels in disputes with a regulatory angle and has particular expertise in the life sciences, media and technology, financial services and energy sectors. Louise Freeman, who counts technology and pharmaceutical companies among her clients, is developing a specialism for privacy, cyber and other data related litigation and solely leads the team after former co-head Alex Leitch‘s departure to Paul Hastings LLP. Craig Pollack excels in coordinating cross-border disputes, including those involving parties and projects in Russia and the CIS region.
Other key lawyers:
Craig Pollack; Greg Lascelles; Sinead McLaughlin; Eddy Eccles
‘Very commercial, hard working and attention to detail.‘
‘Personal service with staff always available.‘
‘DR team is very experienced and provides very good value for money!‘
‘Craig Pollack – one of the best commercial dispute resolution lawyers on the market, with deep expertise and knowledge on specifics of disputes with CIS clients and projects. He provides very commercial and valuable advice, always very clear and to client’s needs. Clients trust him, this is what makes him exceptional. And he always proves that such trust is deserved.‘
‘Louise Freeman has experience, great attention to detail and is super responsive as well as being pragmatic.‘
‘Straightforward advice told exactly the way it is.‘
‘I’ve had my fair share of dealings with various law firms over the years, Covington is another level, they are in a league of their own. Extremely professional.’
World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA)
Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria
- Representing Deutsche Telekom in a claim (including in the Court of Appeal) brought by the administrators of Phones 4U, relating to an alleged conspiracy among the UK Mobile Network Operators to put Phones 4U out of business.
- Defending a major global bank in a claim brought in the English High Court alleging infringements of competition law relating to the trade of aluminium.
- Defending the director of BSG Resources (Dag Lars Cramér) in a high profile claim by Vale, a Brazilian mining giant, with an accompanying worldwide $1.85bn freezing order, against Mr Cramér and others in the English High Court, relating to hotly contested allegations of corruption in procuring Vale to enter into a joint venture in respect of a mining licence in the Republic of Guinea. The allegations have spawned separate Swiss and Brazilian criminal actions and various US actions.
Dentons's 'excellent' dispute resolution group excels in international disputes, where it is able to leverage its extensive global network. The firm has recruited Addleshaw Goddard London practice head Louisa Caswell to lead its UK disputes division; she joins in November 2021. Felicity Ewing and counsel Adrian Giles are key contacts for M&A and corporate disputes. Liz Tout and Thomas Leyland (who recently rejoined the team from Walkers' Dublin's office) have experience in energy and outsourcing disputes respectively while the 'exceptional' Craig Neilson and the 'absolutely excellent' recently promoted partner Natalia Fludra both count finance and fraud among their areas of specialism. Simon Colledge left to join gunnercooke LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Liz Tout; Thomas Leyland; Craig Neilson; Natalia Fludra; Adrian Giles; Dominic Pellew
‘Excellent offering particularly in high value international litigation where the firm can use its talented lawyers from various offices around the world.‘
‘Craig Neilson is an excellent partner. He is extremely responsive and diligent, and is always thinking of creative and imaginative approaches to a dispute. He is also very pleasant to work with.‘
‘Adrian Giles – a brilliant strategist and very calm under pressure.’
‘Natalia Fludra is absolutely excellent and a star in the making. Adrian Giles is incredibly hard working, intelligent and approachable. Dominic Pellew is a great tactician.’
‘Top team in this field; with particular strength in fraud. Thorough understanding of the area. Very experienced partners supported by very able assistants.‘
‘Incredibly flexible and reliable and willing to provide support at very short notice. Their understanding of our business means they offer pragmatic solutions.‘
GPF GP S.à.r.l.
Government of India
EDF Energy Customers Limited
Cathay Investments 2 Limited
First Milk Limited
- Acting on a £63m breach of confidence claim against PwC.
- Acting for Nord Naptha in its Commercial Court claim against New Stream Trading AG (NST) for repayment of $16m
Fieldfisher's 'well-oiled litigation machine' attracts praise for its 'tremendous strength in depth'. With a large number of Russian speakers, it has expertise in disputes involving Russia and the CIS region, for which practice head Colin Gibson and Andrew Lafferty are key names to note. The group also has a growing Middle East and North African practice group led by Vivien Davies. Jonathan Hofstetter left the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Tony Lewis; Kit Jarvis; Helen Mulcahy; Aymen Khoury; Daniel Hayward; Vanessa Wilkinson; Elora Mukherjee; Laura Parnell
‘A great team in this space, with real strength in depth.’
‘Fieldfisher are a well-oiled litigation machine.’
‘They have tremendous strength in depth and can easily marshal the resources to cope with the largest and most complex cases. There is a particularly heavy concentration of Russian and Ukrainian speaking lawyers, hence their prominent position in Russia/CIS-related disputes. Within the team there are some especially impressive individuals with a rare ability to devise winning strategies throughout the life of a case.‘
‘Tony Lewis is very impressive and a joy to work with.’
‘Colin Gibson is probably the best solicitor I have worked with. He works hard, and knows his stuff. He is also amazing with clients, and brilliant at simplifying complex issues. And he is a joy to work with. Laura Parnell is wonderful – she is destined for greatness.‘
‘I have worked with Kit Jarvis and Elora Mukherjee who have impressed me greatly. They both have strong, but not overbearing, personalities and inspire a great deal of confidence in clients, colleagues and suppliers. They seem to be able to soak limitless amounts of pressure applied by opponents without appearing in the slightest bit phased. This is very reassuring and allows them to maintain their objectivity so that they do not lose sight of the goal.’
‘Helen Mulcahy is a uniquely talented and experienced partner. Helen is not only an outstanding lawyer but also a shrewd judge of litigation strategy.’
‘Aymen Khoury is a punchy commercial litigator who has a strong understanding of the main drivers in any piece of complex litigation. Great strategic awareness. Has the energy to keep any dispute moving in the right direction. Aymen is ably assisted in most of his work by Vanessa Wilkinson, who is phenomenally hard-working and careful in stress-testing every element of the case she is building.’
Robert Reid and Stephen Jennings
Advocate Joseph Benkel acting as trustee in bankruptcy of Mr Eliezer Fishman
Igor Kolomoisky (Tatneft dispute)
Mr Igor Kolomoisky (Privat Bank dispute)
Compound Photonics Group Limited (CPGL)
Mohamad El Ghazzi
Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime Limited
Versilia Group Holdings Limited
Atalaya Mining PLC
- Successfully defended serious allegations of dishonesty and bid rigging made against the founder of globally renowned investment business Renaissance Capital (Mr Jennings) and an in-house lawyer of Rencap in 2007 (Mr Reid) in high-profile “Yukos litigation”.
- Representing the Israeli court appointed trustee in bankruptcy (Joseph Benkel) in English High Court proceedings in connection with the recovery of assets on behalf of creditors reportedly owed $830m.
- Represented Igor Kolomoisky, one of four defendants in a claim brought by Russian state-owned oil giant PJSC Tatneft in respect of the alleged misappropriation of approximately $300m of oil payments.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher‘s litigation team attracts praise for its ‘exceptional ability at all levels‘. It counts defending multi-party and group litigation among its areas of expertise, for which practice head Philip Rocher and Osma Hudda are key contacts. The practice has a strong in-house advocacy offering led by commercial barrister Charles Falconer and is adept in handling cross-border disputes, within which financial services sector expert Allan Neil and the ‘fierce‘ Doug Watson are experienced. Susy Bullock joined from UBS in June 2020, adding ‘excellent knowledge of the banking industry‘ as well as business and human rights issues. She leads the group’s ESG practice.
Other key lawyers:
Charles Falconer; Doug Watson; Susy Bullock; Allan Neil; Osma Hudda; Cassie Aprile; Daniel Barnett; Daniel Warner
‘Strength in-depth – an excellent range of experience and expertise.’
‘Osma Hudda has both the intellectual clout to have a clear view of how the complex legal and factual issues feed into the litigation strategy, and the strong leadership and interpersonal skills needed to motivate the legal team and work closely with counsel, the client and witnesses in order to deliver that strategy – all with a keen eye on the client’s commercial interests as well.‘
‘Philip Rocher’s depth of experience, sound judgement and ability to cut through the detail to the essentials provide an invaluable resource on any litigation team. He is a superstar of commercial litigation.‘
‘Gibson Dunn’s commercial litigation team has exceptional ability at all levels.’
‘Susy Bullock – As former in-house counsel at UBS Susy has excellent knowledge of the banking industry and clients’ priorities. She is extremely thorough and always on top of the detail. Allan Neil – Very good at honing-in on the detail early on. Goes the extra mile to get to the bottom of a case.‘
‘Doug Watson – fierce, thorough and extremely hard working. Nothing too much trouble for the client and no stone left unturned to get the best result. About the safest pair of hands imaginable.‘
‘Daniel Barnett is an intellectual powerhouse, whose ability to analyse and assimilate the most complex and technical legal issues is astonishing.’
‘Cassie Aprile and Dan Warner have an ability to master factual detail and analyse evidence at speed and with a degree of precision that is rare. The quality of their work is first-rate.‘
Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi and related parties
Genesis Resources Inc and related parties
Investcorp Bank B.S.C.
Genesis Entities: Steven Kao, Genesis Kinghwa LLC, Genesis Resources Inc, Genesis Properties Holding LLC, Transcendent Global Finance Inc, Transcendent (SG) Pte Ltd
Forensic News LLC
HFW's 'extremely knowledgeable and commercial' litigation team excels in cross-border disputes. Noel Campbell handles litigation in London, Hong Kong and offshore jurisdictions, Damian Honey is known for litigation related to the Middle East while Costas Frangeskides excels in disputes across the US, Europe and the MENA region. 'Tough fighter' Andrew Williams (who is strong for shareholder and contract disptues) and Campbell jointly lead the team, which includes commodities, derivatives and shipping disputes expert Brian Perrott. Fraud and insolvency litigator Simon Jerrum joined from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Noel Campbell; Andrew Williams
Other key lawyers:
Brian Perrott; Damian Honey; Costas Frangeskides; Rick Brown; Simon Jerrum; David Chalcraft;
‘The team deliver comprehensive services to client which spans all aspects of fraud / litigation insolvency. They excel at working closely with clients to co-ordinate a global asset recovery strategy and invest time building relationships with their clients, making them a pleasure to work with on large and complex assignments which naturally have a duration of multiple years. ‘
‘They know their stuff, are client focused and straightforward to deal with. Compared to other commercial litigators I found them very able to give a well rounded view of the strengths and weaknesses of our position.’
‘Broad experience in UK and international disputes. Lean teams and excellent responsiveness and high-quality advice.’
‘The team is available and responsive, and extremely knowledgeable and commercial. Their focus is wide-ranging and international, which suits what we do. I also appreciate their proactive approach in sending email briefing notes and packs on topics that might be of interest.’
‘Simon Jerrum looks at problems from all angles to come up with good practical solutions.‘
‘Noel Campbell, who is now focused on Hong Kong, Singapore and the South-East Asian market, is an industry expert having been involved in a extremely varied, significant and complex fraud disputes. His strategic analysis and straightforward advice are highlights. Rick Brown, is a standout leader of the UK team. Rick balances litigation strategy with commercial considerations and focusing on the clients’ needs and desires. He is extremely personable which makes him a pleasure to work with. David Chalcraft and Simon Jerrum are stars and future leaders of the HFW business. David has an eye for detail and excels at co-ordinating multijurisdictional high value claims. You want him on your team for large fraud disputes.’
‘Damian Honey has seen it all and brings superb experience to any team. Andrew Williams is a tough fighter who takes no nonsense and brings practical, commercial views to running high-value disputes.’
‘I would rate Brian Perrott very highly for his approachability and legal acumen. He is excellent at communicating complex legal concepts to commercial clients who do not have time or may not want to know, until the importance of what is being said hits home.’
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC
ICTSI Middle East DMCC
Ferabosco Investment Limited, Mr Liviu Dragan and Mr Florin Manea
Concord Resources Ltd
Gascoigne Halman Ltd and Connells Ltd
- Defending Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC in a claim brought by State of Qatar for damages, restitution and an account of profits arising out of an alleged conspiracy with other UAE banks.
- Acting for ICTSI Middle East DMCC in a claim against the Government of Sudan for repayment of €410m due under a Refund Bond.
- Defending Uniserve in various claims regarding sale and purchase of PPE ordered during the height of the COVID pandemic. Claims and counterclaims in excess of £40m.
King & Spalding LLP's 'smart and savvy' commercial litigation practice is praised for its 'exceptional' expertise and 'wealth of experience', particularly in cross-border disputes involving the US and the Middle East. Sarah Walker and Thomas Sprange QC jointly lead the team, which includes Ruth Byrne , who is popular among energy and life sciences sector clients. Recently promoted partner and energy dispute expert Ben Williams relocated to the firm's Dubai office.
Sarah Walker; Thomas Sprange QC
Other key lawyers:
Ruth Byrne; Jessica Trevellick
‘Dispute resolution is the DNA of King & Spalding and their expertise in this space is exceptional. Great strategists.‘
‘The King & Spalding litigation team, and Sarah Walker in particular, has been amazingly supportive and creative in their support of our business. Sarah has taken time to thoroughly understand our product, give advice that meets our business objectives while taking into account risk and appropriate expense.’
‘They are very efficient and skilful. They give candid legal advice which is commercially sensible.‘
‘Sarah Walker is incredibly user friendly.‘
‘Smart and savvy.‘
‘Sarah Walker is a stand-out partner who makes an immense effort to understand our business, make herself available on our time zone, is not intimidated by any opposing party, and provides clear and valuable advice regarding our appropriate paths forward. Jessica Trevellick who is an amazing rising associate.‘
‘The London team is fairly small but has a wealth of experience and can call on their international colleagues especially in the US and the UAE when needed.‘
Motorola Solutions Inc
International AirFinance Corporation
The Government of Mongolia
Global Jet Capital Holdings
Union Fenosa Gas
Terra Raf Trans Trading Ltd
- Successfully represented Union Fenosa Gas (“UFG”) in securing a US$2.2bn ICSID award against Egypt for cutting off the gas supply to liquefaction facilities in Damietta and in resisting challenges to the recognition of that award in England, making new law in the process. The latter led directly to the satisfactory settlement of the matter in early 2021.
- Defending Deutsche Bank in claims against it relating to previous criminal and regulatory investigations into alleged manipulation of the global foreign exchange (“FX”) market by traders at various FX dealer banks. King & Spalding is global counsel for Deutsche Bank in the context of various class and direct-action litigation matters that are proceeding in the Southern District of New York, the UK High Court , Canada and Israel.
- Representing ConocoPhillips in a $140m claim brought by Chrysaor E&P for consideration adjustments relating to the latter’s acquisition of ConocoPhillips’ UK assets by way of a put option agreement.
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP's disputes practice is particularly well known for representing the firm's impressive roster of private equity clients in investment, M&A and shareholder disputes. The group excels in cross-border matters and counts insolvency and restructuring-related litigation among its other areas of expertise. Christopher Colbridge (who is dual qualified in France and England and Wales) leads the team, which includes the 'brilliant' Rajinder Bassi and Richard Boynton.
Other key lawyers:
Rajinder Bassi; Richard Boynton; Jon Newman
‘Strength in depth. Practical advice.’
‘Rajinder Bassi is brilliant; careful and thoughtful. She has a huge breadth of legal experience, excellent judgement and is decisive.’
‘This is a highly motivated team who are thoughtful and hard working. They really add value and the standard of their work is outstanding.‘
‘Rajinder Bassi: calm and pragmatic approach.‘
‘Jon Newman – excellent on the detail and on strategy; very commercial in approach’
Agility Public Warehousing Company K.S.C.
Galapagos Bidco SARL
H.I.G. Capital Partners LLP
ICS Inspection and Control Services Limited
Imtech Nordic Group
Noble Group Limited
The Boeing Company
Wyndham Destination Network LLC
- Acting for the Galapagos entities (a business group ultimately held by funds sponsored by the European private equity fund Triton Partners) in litigation brought in a number of jurisdictions which stems from (but is separate to) a complex US$800m restructuring.
- Acting for US private equity firm FTV Capital in a shareholder dispute before the Royal Court of Jersey relating to its investment in ETFS Capital Ltd (formerly ETF Securities Ltd), a pioneering business in the exchange traded funds industry.
- Acting for various Bondholders and Creditors of Debenhams PLC in connection with commercial claims arising out of Debenhams’ insolvency, specifically representing certain beneficial owners of a series of senior notes due in 2021.
The dispute resolution team at Mayer Brown International LLP provides 'a good balance of technical and practical advice' in cross-border corporate and commercial disputes. Practice head Ian McDonald has particular experience in the energy, renewables, automotive and real estate sectors, while the 'excellent' Miles Robinson acts for a range of clients ,with experience in significant shareholder and post M&A disputes; Stuart Pickford 'inspires confidence' particularly in commercial trusts and pensions litigation, and Mark Stefanini counts supply chain, shareholder and M&A disputes among his areas of expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Miles Robinson; Stuart Pickford; Mark Stefanini; Jonathan Cohen; Chris Roberts
‘The team is hands on, flexible and proactive with a good balance of technical and practical advice. They listen to suggestions for improvements to the relationship, take them on board and provide proposals for ways forward.‘
‘Stuart Pickford has been supporting us for years, providing valuable support in complex matters and proving to be a trusted advisor. He is able to quickly understand issues at stake and provide practical solutions with a clear reasoning.‘
‘Miles Robinson is an excellent partner, with great client skills and a thorough understanding of how to litigate to his client’s best advantage. Chris Roberts is an extremely energetic, intelligent and dynamic lawyer who works very fast and efficiently. They made a great team.‘
‘Jonny Cohen is a star in the making: always on top of things and ready to go the extra mile to get things just right.‘
‘A Rolls Royce service.‘
‘Stuart Pickford is a standout adviser who is both meticulous as to details and highly insightful on strategy. He is, additionally, wholly reliable, indeed unflappable, when crisis looms and is ready willing and able to devote all his energies to achieve the necessary. He truly inspires confidence.‘
‘The team is not only covers all the bases, but always thinks tactically, making sure every step is thought through.‘
Civil Aviation Authority
Ugland Nordic Shipping AS / Teekay Shipping Norway AS (a subsidiary of Altera Infrastructure L.P.)
Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees Limited (as sole trustee of industry-wide occupational pension scheme)
- Acting for the Civil Aviation Authority in a appeal to the Court of Appeal concerning the scope of legal advice privilege.
- Acted for listed client eOne (the leading Canada-based global mass media and entertainment company now part of the Hasbro toy conglomerate) in an £18m fraud claim involving allegations of bribery, dishonesty, deceit, conspiracy and corruption against Monex Europe (a Foreign Exchange trading company), Prince Marwaha (eOne’s former treasurer), Inderjit Bhatti, (eOne’s former assistant treasurer), and companies that Mr Bhatti. incorporated.
- Defending Sunseeker London, a global distributor and seller of luxury motor yachts, in claims made by a former customer alleging misrepresentation and breach of contract in respect of a credit note issued by Sunseeker London.
The ‘superb‘ commercial litigation team at Mishcon de Reya LLP benefits from ‘an excellent pool of talent at all levels of seniority‘. Kasra Nouroozi (who is adept at handling multijurisdictional disputes and investigations and cross-border injunctions) jointly leads the team alongside insurance sector expert Richard Leedham. Mark Davis counts shipping, aviation and professional services among his sector specialisms; Nicola Bridge has particular experience in the telecoms and gaming sectors, ‘tenacious‘ Shaistah Akhtar is an expert in sanctions law and handles a range of commercial, fraud and regulatory disputes. Ben Lasserson‘s arrival from Pinsent Masons LLP adds competition and group litigation expertise.
Kasra Nouroozi; Richard Leedham
Other key lawyers:
Mark Davis; Nicola Bridge; Shaistah Akhtar; Ben Lasserson; Suzi Sendama; Andrew Short; Sarah Houghton; Tom Roberts; Lizzie Mude
‘Incredibly well-resourced. A deep pool of very talented individuals. Some of the brightest minds to work with. Every i is dotted and every t crossed. Nothing is left to chance.‘
‘Shaistah Akhtar is one of the most tenacious litigators I have worked with and she achieves results for the client time after time. She never gives up! Andrew Short is extremely clever and sensible. Definitely one to watch for the future.’
‘They retain a lot of the dynamism of a smaller firm, but with the scale and experience to handle intense and large-scale litigation. The breadth of work they handle means they can deal confidently with a wide range of commercial litigation cases’
‘Suzi Sendama – a stalwart in heavy litigation. She has a sharp mind and is able to corral a team to meet tight deadlines and heavy workloads. The one you want on complex cases. Andrew Short – a bright mind and straightforward.‘
‘This is a superb commercial litigation team. They have a wide range of highly able commercial litigators, with the ability to master and address the most wide-ranging and complex commercial disputes.’
‘Richard Leedham is the standout. He knows how to manage the largest and most complex of disputes to a successful conclusion.‘
‘This is a heavyweight commercial litigation team with a wealth of experience, particularly in arbitration and fraud matters. The team has an excellent pool of talent at all levels of seniority. They are also a genuinely friendly bunch!‘
‘Tom Roberts is very clever and has an excellent eye for detail. He is also completely unflappable – no matter what happens in the case he remains calm and always has constructive suggestions for the way forward.‘
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Ocado Group PLC
Geoff Rowley and Paul Allen in their capacities as Joint Liquidators for Patisserie Holdings Plc and others
Sidley Austin LLP is popular with clients in heavily regulated sectors including the pharmaceutical, insurance, financial services, property, retail, oil and gas and technology spaces. 'Star litigator' Matthew Shankland leads the team and handles a range of corporate and commercial disputes. Andrew Fox and Alastair Hopwood are other names to note. The team benefits from the ability to leverage multi-disciplinary and cross-border teams including regulatory and investigations colleagues in the US, Brussels and Geneva.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Fox; Alastair Hopwood; Sarah Lainchbury; Samantha Cummings;
‘Sidley Austin are tenacious in looking after the client’s interest. They consider all the angles and are always looking to improve their position.‘
‘Matt Shankland – star litigator; very well-known in the market. Andrew Fox – shrewd strategic thinker. Alastair Hopwood – very calm and authoritative. Sarah Lainchbury – exceptional; hard-working and excellent lawyer. ‘
‘Andrew Fox has been a standout partner for his commercial approach, and making himself available.’
‘Very responsive, excellent work product, great to work with. ‘
‘Excellent experience and culture in the commercial litigation space.’
Deutsche Bank AG London
Genworth Financial, Inc.
Brightline Holdings LLC (formerly Virgin Trains USA LLC)
- Representing global investment bank Deutsche Bank AG London in UK High Court proceedings concerning, amongst other things, the determination of the relative ranking of various categories of subordinated liability in the administration of two Lehman Brothers entities.
- Represented leading U.S. insurance firm Genworth in PPI mis-selling-related litigation valued at £600m.
- Acting for Brightline Holdings LLC (formerly Virgin Trains USA LLC), a railway transportation services company, in English High Court dispute with Virgin Enterprises Limited.
Taylor Wessing LLP's disputes and investigations team has 'extensive experience' of acting for life sciences, technology, professional services and private wealth clients in commercial litigation. The group frequently handles multijurisdictional disputes, including those involving fraud and cross-border asset tracing. Practice head Andrew Howell focuses on financial services and professional services sector disputes, while the 'tactically astute' Katie Chandler is noted for corporate, contractual and technology projects litigation. For fraud and disputes involving regulatory investigations, UK managing partner Shane Gleghorn is noted. Civil fraud and asset tracing specialist Boris Telyatnikov moved to Enyo Law LLP .
Other key lawyers:
Katie Chandler; Shane Gleghorn; David de Ferrars; Nick Storrs
‘The dispute team was very committed, available and rendered a top performance.‘
‘A large team with extensive experience.’
‘Nick Storrs has a ferocious work ethic and deep commitment to his clients’ cause, he is very popular and wins great work. His work is consistently high-value and high-stakes.‘
‘Katie Chandler is on top of things, very skilled and experienced in High Court litigation. Her case approach was as efficient as tactically astute.’
UK Hospitality Industries
Professor Russel Griggs OBE
Konkola Copper Mines Plc
Siegfried Evionnaz SA
Joint Official Liquidators (“JOLs”) of Saad Investment Company Limited (In Liquidation)
Grant Thornton UK LLP
- Acting for Professor Russel Griggs OBE in his role as the Independent Reviewer of a redress scheme set up by Lloyds Banking Group in relation to SME customers impacted by the criminal fraud that took place in the Impaired Assets Office of the Reading branch of Halifax Bank of Scotland.
- Represented Swiss company Siegfried Evionnaz in successfully contesting jurisdiction in a pre-emptive claim by Mastermelt in England for negative declarations as to its liability in respect of metal refining services provided.
- Acting for a Russian businessman in a cross-border insolvency dispute resulting from the client’s trustee in bankruptcy.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
‘When you need the biggest of the big guns, Skadden are an oustanding choice‘, says one client of the firm’s international disputes practice. David Kavanagh QC and the ‘tenacious‘ Karyl Nairn QC jointly lead the practice, which combines arbitration and litigation expertise with experience in heavily regulated sectors including financial services, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, energy and natural resources. Key contacts include Bruce Macaulay, Daniel Gal QC, the ‘superb‘ David Edwards and senior counsel Jonathon Egerton-Peters.
Karyl Nairn QC; David Kavanagh QC
Other key lawyers:
Bruce Macaulay; David Edwards; Daniel Gal QC; Jonathon Egerton-Peters; Anna Grunseit; Ekaterina Churanova; Nicholas Adams; Anna Grunseit
‘Skadden is one of the premier US full-service firms in London, with high quality lawyers across the full spectrum of disciplines. It has particular expertise in relation to Russian and Russian-related transactions and disputes.‘
‘David Edwards is superb. He’s very bright and has good judgement; he’s good with clients but equally insightful when gauging a judge’s reactions and what will play well in court – a true 360 degree litigator. Ekaterina Churanova is one to watch – an up-and-coming lawyer with good knowledge of the law and an astonishing work ethic.‘
‘When you need the biggest of the big guns, Skadden are an oustanding choice. They have huge resources, the best expertise and will devote themselves completely to getting the right result for their clients.’
‘An excellent litigation team, certainly one of the best for the very highest value disputes.‘
‘Bruce Macaulay – international litigation, very measured and controlled, re-assuring for clients, very knowlegeable. Karyl Nairn QC – extremely clever; her clients are well served.‘
‘The International Litigation Team at Skadden is formidable, handling some of the largest and most complex cases.‘
‘Daniel Gal QC – brings swift and precise analysis to difficult questions. Sound judgement, methodical, and impressive. David Edwards – affable and a pleasure to work with. Nicholas Adams – amazing eye for detail, clear-thinking,‘
‘Three individuals at Skadden stand out for me. David Kavanagh QC: Although much of David’s work is now geared towards arbitration he remains one of the best commercial litigators in the UK. He really is first-rate. Anna Grunseit: absolutely brilliant. She is a real star of the future. Scarily bright and efficient and superb at her job.’
Renaissance Financial Holdings Limited
Various entities in the Glencore and Access World groups
Engen Holdings (PTY) Limited
Motion Picture Licensing Co.
- Represented LetterOne, an international investment business focused on the telecoms, technology and energy sectors, in successfully reaching a full and global settlement of several shareholder disputes and litigation proceedings related to the indirect interests in Turkcell (Turkey’s number one telecom and digital operator.)
- Defending the trustees of five purpose trusts in complex multi-jurisdictional claims (amounting to $15bn) before the Bermuda, Hong Kong and US courts.
- Defending a global healthcare company in £600m claims brought in the London High Court for losses claimed by way of an assessment of damages payable under cross-undertakings granted in patent infringement proceedings.
The 'outstanding' disputes team at Akin Gump LLP is particularly strong for financial restructuring litigation, cross-border fraud, energy sector and Russia-related disputes. The 'excellent' Richard Hornshaw took over as head of the team from Mark Dawkins, who stepped back from the practice. Hornshaw focuses his practice on finance and securities law matters, as well as insolvency and restructuring situations, while Kambiz Larizadeh is a name to note for civil fraud. Counsel Jenny Arlington (who is fluent in English, Russian and German) handles both international arbitration and litigation, with particular expertise in technology disputes as well as cyber and privacy issues. Sheena Buddhdev joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Kambiz Larizadeh; Jenny Arlington
‘Cutting edge analysis combined with real tenacity in getting the right result.’
‘Richard Hornshaw is both deeply impressive technically, as well as collaborative in his approach – an absolute necessity in cross-border commercial litigation with multiple teams and firms needing to operate as one unit to implement a consistent strategy. You look forward to working with him on significant matters as he builds and leads a great wider team with a deft touch, and is always alive to the right legal points and strategy.‘
‘Jenny Arlington is a rising star! She is a safe pair of hands, and works tirelessly (often behind the scene) to ensure many different parts of the case move together towards the desired outcome!‘
‘Of all the law firms I deal with in London, Akin Gump is unique for effective and insightful advice, delivered on budget, and with exceptional quality in legal and commercial strategy.’
‘The Akin London team has a very impressive bench of commercial litigators with the right blend of strategy, client focus, and technical and Court nous. They are a great firm to work with, always focused on the end-game and getting the best result for the client. They have also impressed us by their stress-testing alternative approaches, strategies, and legal arguments.‘
‘Kambiz Larizadeh had a good ear to understand your legal concerns and worked tirelessly . He provided not only sound legal advice but also comfort that they are genuinely there to resolve the issues at hand.’
‘Akin Gump has outstanding professionals, and very dedicated. Stand out for their know-how, expertise and dedication to the client.’
‘Richard Hornshaw is excellent, and one of the most intelligent solicitors in the City. I would trust him with any knotty problem.’
Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of Premier Oil
Deloitte as administrators of African Minerals Limited
Fairhold Securitisation Limited
Bridgestone Licensing Services, Inc. and Bridgestone Americas Inc.
Holders of notes issued by Travelport Limited
Nordic Trustee AS
- Advising Nordic Trustee AS, the holder of secured bonds issued by G3 Exploration Limited (“G3E”). This is a highly contentious insolvency situation in which the principal litigation workstreams include: (i) two sets of contested winding-up proceedings in the Cayman Islands; (ii) potential claims against the founder and former Chairman and CEO of the Group; (iii) a hostile inter-creditor dispute; (iv) declaratory relief proceedings in England relating to a disputed guarantee; (v) correspondence relating to pre-action disclosure in Singapore; (vi) a guarantee debt claim in the Cayman Islands and subsequent §1782 enforcement actions in NYC; and (vii) a complaint before the Conciliation Board of Oslo, Norway.
- Acting for the joint administrators of African Minerals Limited (AML). AML was an AIM-listed company that went into administration in 2015 with debts of approximately US$1bn. As part of the scheme structure, the claims were assigned to a special purpose vehicle (SPV) controlled by certain of the creditors. The scheme was implemented against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and was one of the first schemes of arrangements to be approved at a virtual meeting of creditors and by the court at a virtual hearing.
- Represented the Travelport Ad Hoc Group in connection with the high profile Commercial Court litigation concerning the attempt by Wex Inc. to invoke a ‘material adverse event’ clause to escape its US$1.7bn agreement to acquire the Travelport payments business.
With a 'powerful team of quality litigators', Bird & Bird LLP's commercial litigation team stands out for its sector specialisms. The 'incredibly astute' Sophie Eyre is popular among aviation and life sciences sector clients and jointly leads the team alongside Jeremy Sharman , who focuses on the financial services, technology and communications sectors. For the latter areas, Jonathan Speed is another name to note, while Victoria Hobbs is a key contact for the group's growing retail sector client base.
Jeremy Sharman; Sophie Eyre
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Speed; Matthew Pack; Victoria Hobbs; Simona Peter; Jessica Quinlan;
‘Bird & Bird are an excellent legal firm, they go above and beyond. They are always available to provide excellent advice in a professional and timely manner.‘
‘Able to draw on expertise from the firm’s offices in multiple jurisdictions, this is a powerful team of quality litigators.‘
‘Incredibly strong well-knit team across litigation and cross department, especially commercial and M&A. Contact with any individual in the team is equally effective. Hand on partner-led approach.‘
‘Sophie Eyre – this is who you need on your team. Incredibly astute, pragmatic and totally dedicated to addressing her clients’ needs’
‘Jeremy Sharman – a calm and reassuring presence with a fine sense of the client’s commercial needs and, while trusting his team to handle day-to-day matters, contributed useful legal and tactical points. Matthew Pack – diligent, conscientious and unflappable; very good on procedure and ensuring that the team was coordinated. Jessica Quinlan – highly efficient and an important member of the team.‘
‘Jonathan Speed is a class act, who listens and delegates well, at the same time as taking responsibility and leading his team.‘
Vega Petroleum Group
Cathay Pacific Airways
British Telecommunications plc
- Acted for Cathay Pacific in its claim for reconciliation charges under 10 year contract against Lufthansa Technik.
- Acted for Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation in the enforcement of a US$147m award in the Commerial Court.
- Advising Smart DCC on disputes and risk management issues arising out of a major public project connected with the UK’s energy infrastructure. Issues concern whether the supplier’s performance is contractually compliant including in relation to system software and firmware deliverables.
Hausfeld & Co LLP‘s ‘nimble and effective‘ commercial litigation team is a popular choice for claimant-side representation and is experienced in providing flexible fee, third-party funding and insurance arrangements. The ‘exceptionally impressive‘ practice head Lianne Craig (‘a real star of the commercial litigation sphere‘) is popular with Spanish clients. Other key lawyers include John McElroy (who is noted for his ‘excellent litigation strategy instincts‘), Lucy Pert and Ned Beale, who recently joined from Trowers & Hamlins LLP and has particular expertise in the aviation and media sectors. Counsel Faye Moore recently joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Anthony Maton; John McElroy; Lucy Pert; Anna Gilbert; Duran Ross; Simon Bishop; Ned Beale
‘The team is highly driven to meet client aims. It may be linked to the fact that the firm often works on a contingency basis. However, I think it is more than that – the lawyers genuinely care about their clients and the approach is led by example by Anthony Maton. The lawyers in the team have a diverse range of backgrounds – most have been at other firms previously. This gives a beneficial mix of styles, approaches and insight into the approach of others.‘
‘Lianne Craig – A brilliant combination of commercial approach and client skills. John McElroy – A pleasure to work with. Excellent litigation strategy instincts. Willing to roll up his sleeves as part of the team. Anna Gilbert – Careful and thoughtful lawyer but knows how and when to be ‘punchy’.‘
‘Hausfeld’s commercial litigation practice has taken off in a big way over the last few years, led by the exceptionally impressive Lianne Craig. The firm attracts heavyweight commercial disputes and is frequently pitched against magic circle or American firms. They are uniquely skilled in taking a strategic approach to litigation and achieving brilliant results in seemingly tricky cases.’
‘Lianne Craig is a formidable lawyer and businessperson. She is brilliantly clever and is a real star of the commercial litigation sphere. Lianne is completely fearless and incredibly tough when it comes to fighting her client’s position, but she is also very down to earth and an absolute delight to work with. She is a fantastic strategist and is able to maneuver tricky situations to achieve brilliant outcomes for her clients.‘
‘Simon Bishop is fantastically bright . He has an unparalleled eye for detail and really gets stuck into the substance of his cases, with a degree of enthusiasm and rigour that goes well above and beyond the norm. Simon is also very business-minded and is brilliant at spotting legal trends and identifying emerging issues in litigation.’
‘Ned Beale – a very good hire for Hausfeld; should develop well given his talent and the opportunities he will have there.‘
‘Lucy Pert – pitches things just right with the client and knows when to delegate and when to get involved. Duran Ross is fantastic; he has the eye for detail and confidence to manage large litigation on his own.’
‘Faye Moore has an incredible work ethic combined with an uncanny ability to keep her head when all around her are losing theirs.’
Trappit Tecnologias S.L.
2MC Gestion Y Consultoria S.A.
New Balance Athletics, Inc.
Athena Art Finance Corp
ProPharma Group MIS Holdings Limited
State Oil Limited and The Prax Group
All Party Parliamentary Group on Fair Business Banking
- Acting for Trappit, Trappit Tecnologias and 2MC Gestion Y Consultori in a claim issued in the Chancery Division, Intellectual Property List, against American Express Europe LLC and GBT Travel Services UK Limited involving misuse of confidential information and infringement of intellectual property rights relating to extremely valuable and commercially sensitive travel savings software.
- Represented New Balance Athletics in a claim against Liverpool FC arising out of a sponsorship agreement related to the provision of playing kit and other licensed products. The case went to trial in the Commercial Court in October 2019 on an expedited basis.
- Acted for Dr Philip Comberg (former CEO of VivoPower International PLC) in a claim against his former employer (VivoPower International Services Limited) and its parent (VivoPower International PLC) for repudiatory breach of his service agreement and the breach of three other agreements entered into with the defendants.
Jenner & Block LLP
Jenner & Block LLP handles cross-border disputes including those with jurisdiction issues and multi-jurisdictional enforcement work. Practice head Jason Yardley has a broad practice covering litigation and arbitraton; Elizabeth Shimmin has particular experience in financial litigation, energy, infrastructure and the defence sectors; Christian Tuddenham has experience in disputes relating to emerging and frontier markets including in the Middle East, India, Pakistan, Russia and the CIS region.
Other key lawyers:
Christian Tuddenham; Elizabeth Shimmin
Milbank's litigation and arbitration practice is particularly well-known for financial services and technology sector disputes. The group benefits from strong teams on both sides of the Atlantic and frequently handles cross-border work. Practice head and 'excellent tactician' Julian Stait is strong for technology, banking and competition litigation, while Tom Canning combines financial services, energy and technology sector expertise.
Other key lawyers:
William Charles; Emma Hogwood; Cormac Alexander; Vasiliki Katsarou
‘Fantastic firm, with litigation department headed by Julian Stait, one of the strongest players in the big-ticket commercial litigation space. Adds enormous value to any team. His team of associates are extremely accomplished, with standouts Emma Hogwood and Cormac Alexander, both of whom are an absolute delight to work with.‘
‘Julian Stait – highly experienced senior litigator. Tom Canning – very able and driven.‘
‘Julian Stait – excellent tactician. Will Charles – brilliant client service. Vasiliki Katsarou – very knowledgeable and hard working.‘
‘Kind, engaged and knowledgeable lawyers, who are experts in their field. ‘
‘Deep trial experience and attention to detail.‘
‘Julian Stait is among the best trial lawyers in the UK.’
Visa Inc., Visa International Service Association, Visa Europe Limited, Visa Europe Services LLC and Visa UK Limited
Direct Line Group
Tata Consultancy Services
Morrison & Foerster LLP's disputes team is particularly strong for technology and finance sector litigation but also counts manufacturing, retail and media sector companies among its clients. The 'superb' Jonathan Wheeler leads the team, which includes Gemma Anderson (who focuses on technology, contractual, and privacy and data protection matters) and Chiraag Shah, who counts disputes involving white collar, fraud and corruption issues among his area of specialism.
Other key lawyers:
Gemma Anderson; Chiraag Shah; Shawna Pasquale; Richard Jerman; Pietro Grassi
‘Practical; efficient; always have client’s views in mind; including in-house counsel as active, valued members of the team.‘
‘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. Richard Jerman is everything you want: serious, very capable, and a master of detail, so great to have on your side in any dispute.‘
‘I was particularly impressed with Shawna Pasquale, who managed a large number of stakeholders (based in North America and Asia) to present a coherent and persuasive case. She is very hardworking and has an eye for the points that win cases.‘
‘High-quality international team. The service is tailored to the client and the individuals are accessible at all times.‘
‘The team is very ‘client driven’, keeping you informed about every possible step we can take. Very diligent.‘
‘The team has sound legal expertise and develops a comprehensible strategy in the negotiations. The analyses/assessments in advance were very valuable in the further course of the negotiations.‘
‘Pietro Grassi: stands out for his extreme knowledge of details of a case, his level of coordinating all process matters and very friendly attitude.‘
Liquidators of Saad Investments Company Limited
Arnold & Porter's 'thorough and dynamic' commercial litigation team is particularly well-known for multijurisdictional disputes (often leveraging the firm's US offices) and pharmaceutical sector litigation. The 'creative solution finder' Hilton Mervis leads the practice, which benefitted from the addition of William Godwin QC from 3 Hare Court , who brings 'very strong analytical skills' and particular experience in construction sector and China-related disputes. Other names to note include Jane Wessel (particularly for antitrust disputes) and 'very tenacious' counsel Charlotte Mallorie.
Other key lawyers:
William Godwin QC; Jane Wessel; Charlotte Mallorie
‘Very hands-on team who all know each other and have worked together for a long time.‘
‘Hands-on and fight very hard for clients.’
‘The team was instructed on a very complex disclosure case. Despite the complexity the team were a pleasure to work with, keeping on top of the issues at all times, very organised and pleasant to work with despite tight deadline pressures.‘
‘Great,proactive team. They will work hard to find solutions. Very thorough and dynamic. Detail-oriented.‘
‘Hilton Mervis is a first-class lawyer. He always gives 100% to very case and is constantly thinking laterally about how to approach a case.‘
‘Hilton Mervis is a creative solution finder. Out of the box solutions to complex situations. Charlotte Mallorie is a very tenacious and proactive team player.‘
‘William Godwin QC has very strong analytical skills and attention to detail, provides a timely and reactive service, is very approachable and makes very effort to be available for clients. In addition to excellent oratory skills, William provides clear and concise explanation of intricate legal issues.‘
‘Hilton Mervis is extremely clever and a real fighter for his clients, doing everything he can to achieve the best result.‘
Estera Trust (Jersey) Limited / Ocorian Limited
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd
Sotheby’s (AP US client we are working with)
Central Bank of Venezuela as represented by the Ad Hoc Board appointed by Interim President Guaidó and the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela
- Advising Arnold & Porter’s US client, Sotheby’s, on a high profile art fraud case.
- Successfully advised the Ad Hoc Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela in the Commercial Court in relation to the Venezuelan Gold dispute.
- Delivered a major victory for Estera Trust (Jersey) Limited and Herinder Singh in a section 994 petition brought by them against respondents Jasminder Singh and Edwardian Group Limited, holding company for the Radisson Edwardian hotel chain in London.
Bracewell (UK) LLP's 'small but expert' disputes team has 'enormous experience in energy disputes' with a particular focus on emerging economies including Africa and the Middle East. The 'extremely bright' John Gilbert, who counts representing clients locked in disputes over gas sale agreements among his specialisms, leads the team, which has benefitted from the addition of oil and gas exploration disputes expert Alistair Calvert from Pinsent Masons LLP.
Other key lawyers:
Alistair Calvert; Robert Meade; Laura Young; Jameela Bond
‘They are a small but expert team, specialising in the oil and gas section. They know their industry inside out, and are good litigators.’
‘Alistair Calvert understand the legal dimensions of a case, and the commercial and human realities of a case. In terms of up and coming lawyers, keep an eye out for Jameela Bond – she will be one of the stars of years to come.‘
‘The team is excellent, with enormous experience in the energy disputes sector and innovative use of document sharing platforms.’
‘John Gilbert is extremely bright and goes to great lengths to ensure his clients get the service they deserve. Both he and Laura Young are skilled at dealing with groups of investors, whether companies or individuals, often from different jurisdictions and with differing investment stakes.’
Aqua Ventures International FZE (AVI)
Apache North Sea Limited
- Representing Aqua Ventures International FZE and eight individual co-defendants in English High Court proceedings commenced by Equitix EEEF Biomass 2 related to the sale of a biomass plant in Lincolnshire.
- Defending Apache North Sea Limited in English High Court proceedings brought by Schlumberger Oilfield UK claiming that amounts are due to it in respect of electric submersible pumps that it supplied to Apache for use in the Forties Field, UK North Sea.
Brown Rudnick LLP‘s international dispute resolution team attracts praise for its ‘ability to manage complex international disputes‘. Practice head Neill Shrimpton is experienced in offshore disputes, including the British Virgin Islands and the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, while Neil Micklethwaite is particularly active in disputes involving parties based in Russia and the CIS region. Jane Colston is noted as a ‘standout commercial and fraud litigator‘.
Other key lawyers:
Neil Micklethwaite; Jane Colston; Gerald Byrne; Olga Bischof; Jessica Lee
‘I have been impressed with the quality of this practice, their grasp of international and complex issues and their ability to communicate them‘
‘Impressive attention to detail and to the specific needs of our sector rather than giving generic advice.‘
‘I have only ever worked with a small team at Brown Rudnick, but it has been extremely satisfying and effective. I have complete confidence in their ability to manage complex international disputes’
‘Olga Bischof is a complete delight to work with, very sensible and pragmatic and never flustered. She has a natural instinct as a litigator for the right point and the right approach, not wasting time on grandstanding.’
‘Jane Colston in London is one of the best litigators in London. She possesses outstanding client-facing skills backed up with a superb intellect and is both strategically and legally astute.’
‘Jane Colston – standout commercial and fraud litigator. A joy to work with. Hugely effective. never takes her eye off the main objective, which is achieving the best result for the client. Jess Lee – excellent; clever and diligent.‘
Recovery Partners GP Limited and Revoker LLP
Group of Shareholders v RSA Insurance Group Plc
Sir Frederick Barclay and Amanda Barclay
Edo Barac, Silvercouk Ltd, Luna Capital Partners LLP, Copella Capital Ltd, Zuben Capital Limited, Silver Fox Holdings Ltd
PCB Litigation (Tatiana Akhmedova)
- Acting for Sir Frederick Barclay and Amanda Barclay in proceedings against other members of the immediate Barclay family and a director of Barclay Group companies arising from the covert bugging of the Claimants’ private and confidential conversations at the Ritz Hotel London.
- Representing Tatiana Akhmedova in a claim to recoup part of a $615m judgment owed by her ex-husband, Farkhad Akhmedov, by suing her elder child, Temur Akhmedov, who she says has been shielding his father’s assets.
- Acting for Recovery Partners GP Limited and Revoker in a claim against individuals who were all former employees, directors or consultants at the company.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's team is 'very good at punching above its weight' according to clients and counts pharmaceutical, telecoms, financial services and real estate companies among its sectors of expertise. The 'outstanding' James Kitching leads the team, which includes 'a pool of talented and passionate associates'. Justin Michaelson and Leigh Mallon joined Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP and Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP respectively.
‘Very good at punching above its weight. Able to focus resources and every team member is very good.’
‘James Kitching is outstanding. Very good at leading a team. Able to manage a very complex case strategically.‘
‘James Kitching – one of the best I have seen at seeing the big picture and making complex arguments sound simple and uncontroversial. Supported by a pool of talented and passionate associates who take ownership and add to the world-class experience.‘
Perrigo Company Plc
Perrigo Ireland 2
- Advising Perrigo in a US$2.5bn damages claim for alleged substantial and complex fraud and alleged breaches of warranties arising out of an M&A transaction.
With 'deep-rooted experience in a wide variety of international cases and jurisdictions', Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's litigation and regulation and investigations team is noted for cross-border disputes, particularly involving investment funds. Banking litigation specialist Melanie Ryan leads the team, which includes litigation and cross-border regulatory enforcement expert Chris Warren-Smith, Peter Sharp (who counts financial services, insurance, aviation, and oil and gas among his sector specialisms) and 'experienced international litigator and arbitrator' David Waldron.
Other key lawyers:
Chris Warren-Smith; Peter Sharp; David Waldron; Paul Mesquitta
‘Deep-rooted experience in a wide variety of international cases and jurisdictions.’
‘The London litigators have handled more securities litigation than many of their competitors.’
‘A great all-round operation with access to offices around the world.’
‘Morgan Lewis’ London office has a really top-end, experienced partner team, with years of experience in complex international disputes (together with all the know-how and judgement which comes with that).‘
‘Paul Mesquitta is an up-and-coming star litigator. Real natural instinct for the best points. Incredibly fast in difficult situations. Certainly will be a strong partner. ‘
‘Peter Sharp – a veteran partner who has been litigating at the highest level for many years, and brings a commanding presence (as well as excellent judgement) to any litigation. David Waldron – a very experienced international litigator and arbitrator, with sound judgement, a strong client service ethos and a very level head.‘
Winston & Strawn LLP‘s litigation team is ‘exceptionally strong in the international space‘. It frequently represents US clients in English litigation and collaborates closely with the firm’s Moscow office on disputes arising out of Russia. Practice head Ben Bruton ‘has real expertise in disputes which involve a UAE element‘. The group also counts transport, including aviation, disputes among its specialisms.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Stepek; Daniel Meagher
‘Exceptionally strong in the international space because of their US presence. I have done numerous cases in England in which it has been invaluable to have US input. Where cases have involved both UK and US elements, the firm has worked very effectively to manage the litigation in both jurisdictions. I know them for very heavy and high value litigation.’
‘A client-focused and savvy litigation team which can handle the largest dispute resolution matters.’
‘A talented team who combine deep knowledge of the industry with very efficient dispute resolution skills.‘
‘Great cooperation with the internal and full external team when handling remote Dispute Resolution proceedings and time zone challenges.’
‘Ben Bruton is excellent and is supported by a great team.’
‘Ben Bruton has strong links to Dubai and spent many years there. He has real expertise in disputes which involve a UAE element, which are being seen increasingly in the English Courts.‘
‘Dan Meagher is very quick, very sensible and a delight to work with. He always gets the issues in the case very quickly.‘
‘Ben Bruton brings a cool head and considerable skill in leading his team to help find the right solution for his client. His calm demeanour masks a steely resolve that ensures he prevails.’
- Represented a major US-based client which owns and leases aircraft in a claim against a European low-cost airline for failure to pay rent due under the lease agreements. This was one of the first major pieces of litigation in the aviation sector arising out of the pandemic.
- Represented a Chicago-headquartered aircraft component supplier as sole counsel in Commercial Court proceedings against a European airline relating to payment and charges.
- Successfully represented an international ship owner in a claim in the Commercial Court against a Nigerian-based charterer following a collision in Nigerian waters leading to a vessel’s constructive total loss.