The much lauded team at Clifford Chance LLP is described by one client as the ‘best of the best‘, and the firm’s global reach and highly experienced partner bench ensures that it is well placed to ‘deliver solutions to even the most intractable problems‘. Recently, the group has been particularly busy with corporate defence work in the class action space, and aircraft industry disputes; its defence of Airbus against contractual claims by Qatar Airways is just one example which falls into the latter category. Key names at the leadership level are the ‘wise and very personable‘ Jeremy Kosky and ‘shrewd and tough‘ Julian Acratopulo, as well as Helen Carty, who oversees the London team. Other recommended practitioners range from senior statesman Jeremy Sandelson and ‘perfect modern commercial litigator‘ Maxine Mossman, to dual-qualified in the UK and Hong Kong Chris Yates and senior associate Haafiz Suleman.
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Jeremy Kosky; Julian Acratopulo
Other key lawyers:
Helen Carty; Maxine Mossman; Kelwin Nicholls; Claire Freeman; Haafiz Suleman; Chris Yates; Matthew Scully; Jeremy Sandelson
‘Smart, savvy, the people you want on your side.’
‘Jeremy Kosky – wise and very personable. A cool head in a crisis.’
‘It’s the best of the best. Superb quality from top to bottom.’
‘Outstanding strategic and tactical acumen combined with strength in depth makes this a formidable team, which is able to deliver solutions to even the most intractable problems. The team adopts a rigorous approach which more often than not gives its client leverage in any dispute.’
‘Julian Acratopulo is a shrewd and tough litigator, who is able to cut through to the essence of a problem. He is a great lateral thinker and often outflanks his opponents. A great problem solver.’
‘Haafiz Suleman is an excellent commercial litigator with great communication skills and makes the complicated simple. A pleasure to work with.’
‘Efficient, clever, strategic, strength in depth, excellent leadership, a superb litigation outfit.’
‘I have worked extensively with Maxine Mossman. If you could make the perfect modern commercial litigator from scratch, she is what you would get. She is bright, savvy and client focussed.’
Dr Mike Lynch
General Electric Company
Harbour Energy plc group
Link Fund Solutions Limited
Manchester City Football Club Limited
Marks & Clerk
Mitchell’s & Butlers
News Group Newspapers Limited
Panasonic Europe B.V.
The Raytheon Company
United Luck Group Holdings Limited
- Defending News Group Newspapers against numerous claims of voicemail interception and other forms of unlawful information gathering at the News of the World and The Sun.
- Defending Autonomy founder Dr Mike Lynch against allegations of financial impropriety and misrepresentation made by Hewlett Packard, which acquired the client’s software company in 2011.
- Defending Airbus in proceedings before the English High Court against contractual claims by Qatar Airways seeking compensation in respect of A350 aircraft, which it alleges have been grounded due to airworthiness concerns arising from surface degradation issues.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP fields a ‘respected, well-connected and heavy-hitting team with a track record of success‘; the department’s reach spans the gamut of sectors, jurisdictions and specialisms. At leadership level, Damien Byrne Hill – one of the firm’s two managing partners for dispute resolution globally – and head of the UK commercial litigation offering Alan Watts are the key names to note. The group is able to ‘draw on deep resources‘, including Julian Copeman, whose dual qualification in England and Hong Kong gives him significant strength in the cross-border arena; Andrew Cooke, who is known for handling potential litigation arising out of complex refinancings and restructurings; energy and TMT specialist Rachel Lidgate; and Natasha Johnson , whose practice includes a focus on large scale multi-party disputes. Of counsel Catherine Emanuel is much lauded by clients, and is singled out by one as ‘the “engine room” of the team‘.
Damien Byrne Hill; Alan Watts
Other key lawyers:
Natasha Johnson; Julian Copeman; Rachel Lidgate; Andrew Cooke; Catherine Emanuel; Chris Bushell; Neil Blake; John Whiteoak; Sophie Rudrum
‘Experience and profile in the space … a respected, well-connected and heavy-hitting team with a track record of success.’
‘Natasha Johnson shows calm authority when assessing a very complex case at short notice. Always goes the extra mile to help client outcomes. Outstanding litigation support and expertise.’
‘This team, led by Alan Watts, supported by Catherine Emanuel, has a wealth of experience of high-profile, challenging projects. They can draw on deep resources. They handled (and continue to handle) my project with enormous skill and considerable aplomb.’
CNH Industrial, Iveco and Fiat Chrysler
Post Office Limited
RSA Insurance Group Limited
Associated British Foods
- Representing CNHI, Iveco Group and Stellantis, as UK competition litigation counsel, in follow-on damages claims stemming from the European Commission’s settlement decision in Trucks.
- Handling a number of matters on behalf of the Post Office, including a large scale remediation programme for non-GLO claimant postmasters potentially impacted by similar issues; potential civil claims linked to historical criminal prosecutions it brought against postmasters convicted of fraud, theft or false accounting; and representation in the ongoing public inquiry.
- Representing G4S in three class actions arising out of historic allegations that a G4S subsidiary was involved in fraudulent billing practices.
For one client, Hogan Lovells International LLP is an ‘unequivocal recommendation for high-stakes “bet the ranch” litigation‘; this ‘true litigation powerhouse‘ is widely known for representing global leaders in their respective fields in the most complex UK-based and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Kevin Lloyd, Michael Roberts and Alex Sciannaca oversee the offering – the last of these names has a particularly deep understanding of disputes arising out of Russia and the CIS, and is instrumental in maintaining the firm’s high reputation for such work. The Middle East is another growing source of high value mandates for the group. Neil Mirchandani is a go-to contact for clients in the financial services sector, as is Akima Paul Lambert, who is dual qualified in both the US and UK. Chris Hardman, Richard Lewis and Rebecca Wales complete the roster of recommended practitioners.
Kevin Lloyd; Michael Roberts; Alex Sciannaca
Other key lawyers:
Richard Lawton; Neil Mirchandani; Richard Lewis; Akima Paul Lambert; Ardil Salem; Ivan Shiu; Chris Hardman; Rebecca Wales
‘Hogan Lovells know what they are doing and if you want a case done to the highest standards, they will not disappoint.’
‘Where Neil Mirchandani stood out was in the all party meetings, a rare voice of reason – intelligent, persuasive, suggesting solutions rather than grandstanding.’
‘Hogan Lovells is the best firm in the city for difficult, high stakes commercial litigation. Put simply, they have it all: experienced partners who have litigation nous and can direct strategy; fabulous mid-seniority lawyers who can get things done; and a bench of bright and super-keen junior lawyers eager to learn.’
‘Hogan Lovells would be my unequivocal recommendation for high-stakes “bet the ranch” litigation.’
‘Michael Roberts is a fabulous all-rounder. He has the strategic nous of a grandmaster, as well as being super-bright and having enough emotional intelligence to manage demanding clients and the country’s leading silks. Cannot recommend him too highly.’
‘An outstanding and market leading practice.’
‘The firm is a true litigation powerhouse. All partners we dealt with are top-notch and highly skilled in their fields. The team of senior associates is outstanding as well.’
‘Alex Sciannaca is a senior partner with a wealth of fraud litigation and asset recovery experience. Alex is exceptionally good at marshalling complex cross-border high-value cases.’
British American Tobacco
JSC CB PrivatBank
Salesforce Inc. and Salesforce (UK) Limited
Vodafone Limited and Vodafone Group Plc
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Highly regarded disputes boutique Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP fields more than 900 lawyers – including some 300 partners – focused solely on contentious work globally, with London playing an integral part. Co-London managing partners Ted Greeno and Alex Gerbi are noted for their expertise in the energy sector and the CIS region, respectively. The dedicated civil fraud practice is headed up by Nick Marsh, who regularly conducts cases spanning multiple jurisdictions. Other recognised specialists in the team include Aidan O’Rourke – who is a practitioner of choice in the areas of pensions, financial services and intellectual property – and Yasseen Gailani – who operates predominantly in the banking, restructuring and insolvency, and security enforcement spaces. Senior partner Richard East continues to oversee the office.
Other key lawyers:
Alex Gerbi; Paul Baker; Ted Greeno; Yasseen Gailani; Nick Marsh; Aidan O’Rourke; Dominic Roughton; Callum Davidson
‘Extremely high quality professional lawyers who give complete confidence in their ability to manage the litigation. Provide high quality advice and support across the team.’
‘Aidan O’Rourke is in total command of the details no matter how complicated. Provides strong practical advice. A formidable lawyer to have on the other side. Always available.’
‘Callum Davidson is a very smart associate, often leading on particular points.’
Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation
Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, Anchorage Capital, L.L.C., Algebris (UK) Limited
The Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc -v- Ukraine (represented by the Minister of Finance of Ukraine acting upon the instructions of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine)
Patrik Schumacher v (1) Brian Clarke; (2) Rana Hadid; and (3) Lord Palumbo as Trustee of the Estate of Dame Zaha Hadid
Avonwick Limited (owned by the Ukrainian Gaiduk family)
Phones 4U Limited (in administration)
Vladimir Chernukhin, Lubov Chernukhin and Navigator Equities Limited
Palladian Partners LP; HBK Capital; Ken Hirsh LLP; Virtual Emerald Ltd
Essar Capital Services; Essar Global Funds
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
Terre Neuve SARL, Largely Investments SA and Laurent Zahut
HRH Prince Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Princess Deema Bint Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
SAZKA Group as and Allwyn Entertainment Ltd
Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation
- Acting for the estate of Phones 4U in its action against network operators O2, Telefonica, Vodafone, EE, and former EE shareholders Orange and Deutsche Telekom.
- Representing HBK Master Fund, Palladian Partners, Hirsh Group and Virtual Emerald International in litigation in the Financial List against Argentina.
- Acting for Ukraine – upon the instructions of the Cabinet of Minister – in a claim relating to the $3bn Eurobonds purportedly issued by Ukraine and taken up as to 100% by Russia in December 2013.
Allen & Overy LLP
Allen & Overy LLP is ‘filled with star quality at all levels‘; according to one client, which ‘makes working on difficult, complex and demanding cases a real privilege‘. Jonathan Hitchin – a ‘real legend of the A&O litigation department‘ – and ‘star partner‘ Susanna Charlwood both have broad practices spanning claims relating to the acquisition and disposal of businesses and companies, the failure of joint ventures, and insolvency-related issues. Counsel Helen Biggin is particularly noted for her expertise in aircraft detention and repossession, and fraud disputes. Alice Englehart is a key contact for sanctions-related work, while Maeve Hanna is an adviser of choice for major players from the technology, media and insurance sectors. The firm’s hire of Andy McGregor – formerly head of RPC‘s civil fraud department – in January 2022 significantly expanded the offering in this area. Calum Burnett leads the team.
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Hitchin; Susanna Charlwood; Alice Englehart; Helen Biggin; Maeve Hanna; Richard Farnhill; Sarah Garvey; Sophie Pringle; Andy McGregor; Mike Godden; Arnondo Chakrabarti
‘My experience with the A&O team was beyond expectations. The A&O team attended to every single detail and they had brilliant legal insights and advocacy. I would specially mention Alice Englehart and Maeve Hanna who were extraordinary lawyers.’
‘Sarah Garvey is brilliant, and great to work with. Her case management is particularly impressive, since she always seems to know exactly which cogs are turning in the litigation at any given moment, but combines this with good humour. Maeve Hanna is extremely efficient, clearly very skilled, and very easy to work with.’
‘The A&O team is filled with star quality at all levels. It is a pleasure to work with all members of the litigation team from partner through to trainee. Each member of the team is exceptional as well as being very engaging and enjoyable to work with. It makes working on difficult, complex and demanding cases a real privilege.’
Bank of Cyprus
Etihad Airways PJSC
The Rangers Football Club Limited
At Linklaters LLP, the team is able to leverage both its interdepartmental and international strength to achieve successful results in the most complex multi-jurisdictional, cross-practice cases. Alison Wilson heads up the overall disputes group, which fields a large number of experienced senior practitioners, including Christa Band and Tom Cassels. Harriet Ellis , who led on representation of the Internet Association in its appeal to the Supreme Court in Lloyd v Google, is another name to note. Wilson’s banking expertise is reflected in the department’s extensive roster of leading client names from the financial services sector. In terms of other sector specialisms, Ben Carroll is well-regarded for energy-related disputes. As well as acting in claims stemming from joint ventures, shareholder agreements and M&A, the firm is regularly called on at the advisory stage, to mitigate the risk of litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Bennett; Satindar Dogra; Christa Band; Harriet Ellis; Tom Cassels; Patrick Robinson; Ben Carroll; Christopher Stevenson
‘Harriet Ellis – her approach is considered, sensible and insightful.’
‘Knowledgeable, responsive, reliable – meet commitments and deadlines.’
‘Linklaters have an excellent team. Tom Cassels and Christopher Stevenson are always on hand to provide support and advice and are highly commercial in their approach. There is strength in depth to the team, with various associates who are extremely competent and responsive.’
‘Christopher Stevenson – very nice manner; intellectual but highly commercial and emotionally intelligent. Works very well with leading counsel so there is a seamless approach.’
‘Significant strength and breadth.’
OCM (Gibraltar) Chemical Tankers Limited (“OCM”)
Equiti Capital UK Limited.
Independent Petroleum Group Limited (“IPG”)
Visa Europe Limited, Visa Europe Services LLC, Visa UK Limited, Visa International Service Association, Visa Inc. (“Visa”)
The Internet Association
Ola UK Private Limited (“Ola”)
Natwest Markets Plc (“NWM”)
- Representing UK Broker Equiti Capital UK in a ‘knowing receipt’ claim issued in the Commercial Court by Dismatrix SPC and others, arising out of an alleged fraudulent scheme said to have been engaged in by a traded entity in which the claimants invested.
- Acted for the Internet Association in its intervention in the appeal to the Supreme Court in Lloyd v Google.
- Acted for NatWest Markets in its successful defence of claims brought by The ECU Group, concerning alleged manipulation of foreign exchange markets arising out of $11.6bn of FX trades.
Simmons & Simmons
With particular expertise in complex contractual, and boardroom or joint venture disputes, the Simmons & Simmons team is 'consistently unflappable under pressure'. The 'impressive continuity of team members and work streams' also ensures the firm's stellar reputation for handling complex parallel proceedings, which are often cross-border in nature. Patrick Boylan is at the helm of an 'extremely diverse' group; standout senior partners include Ian Hammond and 'extremely perceptive' Kirsten Kitt, while at the managing associate level, Minesh Tanna is particularly recommended. The department's significant TMT and AI-related disputes offering - overseen by Jayne Bentham - is also worthy of note.
Other key lawyers:
Ian Hammond; Jayne Bentham; Kirsten Kitt; Minesh Tanna
‘Really good knowledge and strength in depth.’
‘Ian Hammond – tremendous vision and capability. Kirsten Kitt – extremely perceptive and clear in her advice.’
‘A hugely pragmatic and switched on team, consistently unflappable under pressure. Impressive continuity of team members and work streams. Extremely diverse team both in terms of gender and ethnicities. All members of the team are given a “voice” and encouraged to contribute ideas and thoughts.’
Dmitry and Alexander Mints
The O1 Group
Thun Reansuwan and Keleston Holdings Limited
- Representing Sushovan Hussain in the $5bn claim brought by Hewlett-Packard arising out of alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made about the financial state of the FTSE-listed Autonomy Corporation.
- Acting for Telefonica in a £25m trading agreement dispute with Carphone Warehouse.
Fielding a sizeable team of 'top performers', Slaughter and May acts in cases that are central to the commercial and reputational interests of leading corporates active across all industries. The firm has a stellar reputation for class actions, with Camilla Sanger and Efstathios Michael regularly acting in the most novel and complex examples of such litigation; an ongoing highlight sees the department defending BHP Group in proceedings involving over 200,000 claimants arising out of the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil. The bench was further strengthened at partner level by the making up of Megan Sandler in May 2022. Sandler joins such recommended names as Damian Taylor and Holly Ware. Richard Swallow heads up the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Camilla Sanger; Jonathan Clark; Efstathios Michael; Damian Taylor; James Stacey; Peter Wickham; Holly Ware; James Stacey; Robert Turnbull; Megan Sandler
‘The best lawyers and outstanding dedication to the task at hand – overall star quality.’
‘All top performers, clever, and great to work with.’
‘Top quality service. Spot on almost every time. Makes my life easier.’
‘Always appear in control. Listen well. Very responsive.’
‘Team collaborates well – gives practical litigation advice and is efficient.’
‘Efstathios Michael – smart and practical litigator who is delightful to work with.’
‘Jono Clark; James Stacey; Damian Taylor; Camilla Sanger – all top performers, clever, and great to work with’
British American Tobacco plc
Credit Suisse AG, Credit Suisse International and Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited
Aker BP ASA
Virgin America TM Limited and Virgin Enterprises Limited
SIPAC and Predica/Potential Claim by Emerald and Trinity
- Defending BHP Group against claims involving over 200,000 claimants arising out of the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil.
- Representing British American Tobacco in a group claim brought by Malawian tobacco farmers, concerning allegations of child and forced labour on third party farms in Malawi.
- Representing Credit Suisse in multiple claims arising from the $2bn “tuna bond scandal”.
The ‘exceptionally smart lawyers‘ at Stephenson Harwood represent a diverse client roster (spanning major brands, private equity funds, governments and high-net-worth-individuals) across a full range of high value litigation matters, often with parallel proceedings in several jurisdictions. Edward Davis and Paul Thwaite jointly lead the team. At partner level, ‘force of nature‘ Sue Millar, ‘razor sharp‘ Richard Garcia, Genevieve Quierin (who specialises in competition private enforcement actions) and Guy Harper (whose focus is on the oil and gas, financial services, and fine arts sectors) are singled out. In terms of senior associates, Chris Pettett is the name to note.
Edward Davis; Paul Thwaite
Other key lawyers:
Sue Millar; Genevieve Quierin; Guy Harper; Chris Pettett; Richard Garcia; Ben Sigler: Donna Newman
‘Richard Garcia is a pleasure to work with, his advice is always clear, robust and reliable. Sound knowledge, an accomplished litigator.’
‘Both Richard Garcia and Chris Pettett have been committed to heading the team providing services to us, keeping a hands on approach. Their commitment and ‘growing’ with us are qualities which ensure that their services are always flexible and at the same time tailor-made to our needs as our entity goes through various changes.’
‘Stephenson Harwood has an excellent and diverse commercial litigation team. It is always a pleasure to work with them, they are professional, engaged, dynamic and effective.’
‘Sue Millar – a very experienced litigation partner, with the magical combination of being a tough litigator while also being easy and fun to work with!’
‘Stephenson Harwood has an exceptionally strong commercial litigation team whose lawyers are of the highest quality and totally dedicated to the pursuit of their clients’ interests. Extremely strong on international litigation and investment funds.’
‘Richard Garcia – a superstar. Razor sharp intellect. Extremely creative in finding solutions to the client’s problem. Donna Newman – an exceptionally tough and able litigator who instils confidence in her clients. Chris Pettett – a partner in the making and one to watch. Sees every aspect of the problem and is totally dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for the client.’
‘Sue Millar is a force of nature and a brilliant litigator. While she has excellent common sense and an instinctive grasp of the commercialities of a case, she is also a talented lawyer and team leader.’
Medlands PTC Limited (as trustee of the Trust) and Spanish Steps Holdings Limited
Former majority shareholders of Yukos Oil Company
Alpha Bank Cyprus, Bank of Cyprus, Cyprus Popular Bank
Multiple group claimants including Bet365, the largest global online betting company, the Intercontinental Hotel Group, and Levi Strauss
XiO Cayman Limited
John Milsom (KPMG) and David Standish (Interpath Limited) as Court appointed Enforcement Receivers
Lion Air Group, Terra Aviation Networks and Ciel Voyage S.A.S
Aggreko International Projects Limited
Mercuria Energy Trading Pte Ltd
- Acting for Medlands PTC, as trustee of the Trust, and Spanish Steps Holdings in proceedings to secure billions of dollars of trust assets.
- Representing Alpha Bank Cyprus, Bank of Cyprus and Cyprus Popular Bank in group actions, brought in the UK and Cyprus, arising out of agreements to enter into loans to purchase off-plan properties.
Described as ‘warriors on the battlefield‘ by one client, the ‘exceedingly intelligent‘ practitioners at Travers Smith LLP are comfortable running the gamut of international commercial litigation. The firm’s recent highlights span contractual and shareholder disputes, complex fraud cases and ESG-related mandates; Heather Gagen has latterly been very active in the last of these categories. Alexa Day is a key name for urgent injunctive relief work, while Jan-Jaap Baer has particular expertise in contentious issues occurring post-M&A. Rob Fell oversees the department, backed by a strong bench of seasoned partners including Caroline Edwards and Stephen Paget-Brown.
Other key lawyers:
Caroline Edwards; Heather Gagen; Stephen Paget-Brown; Alexa Day; Toby Robinson; Andrew King; Jan-Jaap Baer; Huw Jenkin; Stephanie Lee; Polly Richards; Alice Childs; Rachel Kitchman; Barney Stannard
‘The Travers team is full of exceedingly intelligent people who clearly work well together and excel in providing well thought-through advice for even the most complex issues.’
‘Caroline Edwards displays a unique combination of intelligence, conscientiousness, clarity and oversight. On top of this she is also extremely pleasant to work with. Huw Jenkin is also a very important asset to the team and goes above and beyond in care for our case. It is also very noticeable that he is loved by all in his team.’
‘The team is able to understand complex commercial issues and impress the client with a lot of in-depth knowledge about their business. They always strive to walk the extra mile in order to fully grasp the details of the commercial issues relevant to their case and apply the legal rules to the specific situation. I am very impressed not only by the partners but also by their senior and junior associates.’
‘Caroline Edwards is one of the best commercial litigators I have met. She combines solid legal knowledge with excellent client handling skills.’
‘Travers have an awesome legal team in commercial matters. They are warriors on the battlefield as well as great people to work with in a long running matter. I would highly recommend them. They are also able to give dynamic and wide ranging advice, including on difficult ESG issues.’
‘The cooperation and the collaboration within the team are exceptional, the best I have ever experienced. The team is also very well equipped. I have been highly impressed with every member of the team, from top to bottom. The team is diverse as well and the roles of individual members of the team are well defined and clear.’
‘Today is the 10th anniversary of my cooperation with Stephen Paget-Brown, which tells it all. He is an exceptional attorney and a very experienced partner. He is quick and resourceful as well. He always gives his honest opinion, which is very valuable to his clients.’
‘Rachel Kitchman is incredibly bright, super efficient, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Heather Gagen is a stand out dispute resolution partner who can always be relied upon to provide an exceptional service.’
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Will Wright (of Interpath Ltd) and David Costley-Wood (formerly of KPMG LLP) in their capacity as joint nominees and supervisors of the Company Voluntary Arrangement (“CVA”) of Nero Holdings Limited
- Representing Hewlett Packard in fraud claims amounting to $5bn, with parallel criminal proceedings in the US, arising out of the $11bn acquisition of Autonomy Corporation in late 2011.
- Representing a European investment bank, as claimant, in English High Court proceedings against an Italian regional government, seeking to recover outstanding payments and obtain declarations upholding the validity of certain debt-restructuring derivative transactions governed by an ISDA Master Agreement.
- Successfully defended the joint nominees and supervisors of the Nero Holdings CVA in response to a challenge application brought by a creditor.
The London litigation team forms a key part of White & Case LLP‘s global disputes offering, and spans private and public company litigation, with cases ranging from shareholder and M&A disputes through to contentious corporate and sovereign debt restructurings. Noteworthy names include Charles Balmain, who has demonstrable cross-border expertise; Jenna Rennie, who brings her experience as co-head of the London technology disputes group to bear on her work; and highly regarded litigator Lawson Caisley, whose arrival from Allen & Overy LLP in October 2021 strengthened the capabilities and bench strength of the department further. Mark Clarke has now left the firm.
Other key lawyers:
Lawson Caisley; Charles Balmain; Rory Hishon; Swati Tripathi; Jenna Rennie; John Rogerson
Graham Tuckwell (founder of ETFS Capital)
Bertha UK Limited (“Bertha”)
- Representing Graham Tuckwell – founder, chairman and majority shareholder of ETFS Capital – in a claim for the just and equitable winding up of the company, and an unfair prejudice petition against the client.
- Representing Lush US, Lush Canada and Mark Wolverton in a multi-party, multi-jurisdictional license and shareholder dispute against both Lush UK – the licensor and holding company of the wider ‘Lush’ group (and substantial shareholder in both Lush US and Lush Canada) – and Cosmetic Warriors – Lush UK’s sister company and owner of the ‘Lush’ brand and IP.
- Acted for a client in a multi-jurisdictional dispute with its contractor and a multilateral, relating to a US$2.7 billion contract for the construction of a hydrocarbon central processing facility offshore of Western Australia, and an English law bank guarantee of approximately US$136 million in favour of the client, provided by the multilateral in support of the contractor’s obligations under that contract.
Addleshaw Goddard‘s ‘nimble‘ offering leverages the firm’s international office network to represent major corporates in disputes. Technology is a sector of particular focus and growth for the group, with Lauren Hamilton standing out as a key contact for such work; the team has latterly seen surges in instruction across the core fields of transformation projects, software licensing, and data issues. London-based Mark Molyneux heads up the global disputes practice, while Bill Gilliam oversees the commercial litigation department from the Leeds office. Other recommended practitioners based in the capital include ‘brilliant thinker and strategist‘ Natasha Winter, who made partner in May 2022, and Paul Chaplin, who joined from Hogan Lovells International LLP in February of the same year.
Mark Molyneux; Bill Gilliam
Other key lawyers:
Lauren Hamilton; Maria Frangeskides; Richard Wise; Jon Tweedale; Natasha Winter; Paul Chaplin; Alex Hogarth
‘Great legal knowledge and experience, access to additional specialist expertise across the firm, practical approach.’
‘Maria Frangeskides – great knowledge of the law, and superb judgement. Maria asks the right questions, at the right time, enabling her to formulate a well-judged plan, which is then driven through with energy and decision. She is also a great team leader, bringing out the best in people, whilst leading decisively.’
‘Strong litigation practice. Excellent anticipation of future challenges. Responsiveness. Strong relationships. Practical nature of advice.’
‘Mark Molyneux is a particularly skilled litigator with excellent strategic insight.’
‘We’ve had brilliant support from the litigation team at Addleshaw Goddard over the past year, helping us through tough market conditions and various supplier disputes. The team are knowledgeable and pragmatic, and importantly they understand our business.’
‘Mark Molyneux and new parter Natasha Winter are undoubtedly stand-out individuals within Addleshaw Goddard’s commercial litigation practice. Mark Molyneux is a seasoned litigator who is impressive on strategy and creative thinking. Natasha Winter is a brilliant thinker and strategist, which she combines with strong client rapport.’
‘Top notch commercial team – nimble and well resourced.’
‘Alex Hogarth is very impressive indeed. He is quick to assimilate new material, a creative thinker, and very pragmatic with excellent judgement. Highly recommended.’
Lopesan Touristik S.A.
Britvic Soft Drinks Ltd
Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited
Ted Baker plc
White Oak Europe Acquisition Limited
Jardine Motors Group
Tata Chemicals Europe Ltd
Stats Perform Inc
Manchester Airport Group
Speedy Hire Plc
- Acting for Unitel in its £300m Commercial Court claim against a Dutch company owned by Isabel dos Santos arising out of the “Luanda Leaks”.
- Acting for Carphone Warehouse in two claims against O2, alleging that O2 breached its obligations in relation to the client’s marketing of O2 products causing Carphone Warehouse to suffer a £26m loss of profits/liquidated damages.
- Acting for Panamanian company Langston Corporation and Lebanese businessman Sam Hammam in a claim for breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation against the Championship football club Cardiff City FC and its owner, Malaysian businessman Vincent Tan.
Under the ‘first rate‘ leadership of Jon Gale, Ashurst is well placed to handle the breadth of high value disputes, including in the increasingly complex areas of ESG, data privacy, shareholder and group litigation. In terms of sector specialisms, Simon Bromwich is the name to note for resources and infrastructure work, while recently promoted partner Tim West stands out for his banking, automotive, energy and pharmaceutical expertise. At senior associate level, Sophie Law is singled out by one client as ‘an absolute star’ .
Other key lawyers:
James Levy; Simon Bromwich; Tom Duncan; Sophie Law; Tom Cummins
‘Rolls Royce commercial litigators.’
‘Sophie Law is an absolute star. She will be one of the great litigators in the UK market in the future. She is smart, diligent and wholly reliable, and has excellent judgement.’
‘Jon Gale is first rate.’
Imperial Brands PLC
GSH Private Investments
Crypton Digital Assets Limited
United Company Rusal Plc
Blue International Holdings Limited
Close Brothers Asset Management
Daiwa Capital Markets Europe Limited
Virgin Media O2
- Representing Daiwa, a private capital client, in a contribution claim it is bringing against Mr Maan Abdul Wahed Al Sanea, a wealthy Saudi businessman.
- Representing Crypton Digital Assets in a High Court claim against Blockchain and several other defendants concerning a cryptocurrency trading platform utilising artificial intelligence algorithms.
- Representing NCR in a technology contract dispute in the Commercial Court with former supplier GDS.
At Baker McKenzie, all the corporate and commercial litigators are aligned to industry groups, ensuring that cases are always handled by practitioners who specialise in the client’s sector of business. Claims connected to fraud and finance are a particular strength of the firm; with many of the group’s noted practitioners – including ‘superstar partner‘ Hugh Lyons, Marc Thorley, Marc Florent, Charles Thomson and John Leadley – active in these areas. The team is also valued for its ability to utilise the firm’s extensive global network to seamlessly handle multi-jurisdictional mandates.
Other key lawyers:
John Leadley; Charles Thomson; Anthony Poulton; Henry Garfield; Ben Levitt; Marc Thorley; Marc Florent
‘Technically robust, but fully supportive.’
‘A worldwide team with local knowledge. Excellent team in London, but can draw on offices in just about any jurisdiction due to the firm’s global reach. Unprecedented coverage and great knowledge in this area.’
‘Hugh Lyons is a superstar partner, with an impressive practice focusing on the Middle East which he has built up over many years. He is trusted by lay clients and is culturally savvy. He is supported by a number of very good associates.’
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
- Representing Dr Winston Wong, an ultra-high-net-worth client, in his global litigation to recover assets worth over $20bn presently held by trustees, individuals and companies in multiple jurisdictions.
- Acting for two entities (KPA and PIFSS) – both wholly owned by the state of Kuwait – in cases relating to their investment in a Cayman Islands Fund, and including claims for breach of contract, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy.
- Representing a large Islamic bank in the UAE in multi-jurisdictional proceedings arising from a large-scale receivables fraud in the early 2000s and settlement of claims in 2007.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Corporates, financial institutions, and sovereigns are equally quick to instruct the ‘exceptionally capable‘ team at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in both domestic and multi-jurisdictional litigation. The firm is well placed to leverage its strength across Europe, the US and Asia to seamlessly handle the latter type of work in particular. Jonathan Kelly – described by a client as ‘one of the doyens of the London commercial disputes market‘ – is a key team member. Sunil Gadhia, who brings extensive sanctions expertise to the group, and James Brady are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
James Norris-Jones; Jonathan Kelly; Sunil Gadhia; James Brady; Naomi Tarawali
‘This firm is a class-act. They have really clever lawyers, they empower their associates at an early stage, they run lean teams, and they worry me when they turn up on the other side!’
‘Jonathan Kelly is one of the doyens of the London commercial disputes market: unflappable, this man has seen it all before.’
‘Sunil Gadhia has a deep understanding of client needs, his legal knowledge and skills are obviously endless. Sunil is supportive, calm, and focused on long term goals.’
K” Line (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd; “K” Line Holding (Europe) Limited
GHF Fund (formerly Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund)
Vauxhall Motors Limited
Ness Global Services
- Defending “K” Line against (i) claims by the car manufacturer Volkswagen in the High Court and (ii) collective proceedings in the Competition Appeal Tribunal brought by McLaren for damages arising out of competition law infringements in the maritime car carriers sector.
- Representing LG Display in a claim for contribution by Samsung relating to a settlement with 42 UK local authorities of a follow-on damages claim relating to the European Commission’s 2010 LCD infringement decision.
- Acting for a number of HSBC entities in litigation brought by The ECU Group, relating to FX trading in the 2004-06 period.
The ‘impressive‘ team at CMS is valued particularly for its TMT sector strength, with the firm representing an impressive roster of household names in this field. The group is also noted for its ‘excellent strength in depth across all levels of seniority‘; this extends from leadership level – such as seasoned practitioners Ben Trust, Steven Corney, Guy Pendell and Jonathan Warne – to experienced partners, including technology expert Tim Sales and contractual disputes specialist Louise Boswell.
Ben Trust; Steven Corney
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Warne; Guy Pendell; Louise Boswell; Luke Pardey; Tim Sales; Lee Gluyas; Kushal Gandhi; Sarah Vasani; David Bridge
‘The team has excellent strength in depth across all levels of seniority and is adept at bringing on and nurturing talent.’
‘Jonathan Warne is an outstanding lawyer – great with clients, a keen legal brain and a master of strategy.’
‘Tim Sales is a relatively new partner and a star in the making. Low-key in approach, he is an excellent lawyer with a real eye for detail. He inspires confidence in all those around him.’
British Broadcasting Corporation (and its wider group)
- Representing a number of defendants – Golden Music, Cornwallis, and Khunying Korkaew Boonyachinda – in a billion-dollar fraud claim relating to a Thai wind energy company.
- Representing the landlords of Caffe Nero in a challenge to its “company voluntary arrangement”.
- Defending Microsoft against an action brought by a second-hand software reseller claiming damages of £270m for abuse of dominant position.
The highly regarded practitioners at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 'specialise in providing a Rolls Royce service' to blue-chip corporates and ultra-high-net-worth-individuals from around the world. Contractual claims, M&A litigation, and issues arising out of joint venture arrangements are areas in which the group particularly excels. In November 2021, the firm was joined by 'possibly one of the most seasoned litigation solicitors on the market today', Patrick Swain, who left Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP after more than 20 years. His arrival bolsters the firm's already significant expertise in handling shareholder disputes. Lord (Peter) Goldsmith KC leads the team, which also includes 'brilliant commercial litigator' Christopher Boyne.
Lord (Peter) Goldsmith KC
Other key lawyers:
Christopher Boyne; Gavin Chesney; Luke Duggan; Patrick Swain
‘The only word I can use to describe Patrick Swain is exceptional.’
‘Patrick Swain is possibly one of the most seasoned litigation solicitors on the market today. He has the flair to run very complex cases with ease, and to manage the expectations of everyone involved and deliver what’s truly best for the client with exceptional efficiency.’
‘What makes the Debevoise team unique? Lord Goldsmith’s reputation, and the firm’s reputation generally, together with their place in the market, mean they are particularly well-suited to handling very complex, high-value and high-profile disputes of all kinds for clients ranging from ultra high net worth individuals, to multinationals, state entities, and various sovereign states.
‘The commercial litigation team are exceptionally responsive and service-driven. They specialise in providing a “Rolls Royce” service. Christopher Boyne in particular is a trusted commercial advisor to a number of high profile in-house counsel. He and his team are dedicated to providing clients with prompt, accurate and well-thought through strategic advice in real time.’
‘Christopher Boyne is a brilliant commercial litigator who punches well above his weight in terms of seniority. I have seen him go up against impressive large teams and win. As well as being super bright and very sensible in his judgement, he is an exceptional team leader who commands loyalty from his juniors and respect from both senior partners and opponents.’
‘Patrick Swain’s team was brilliant in its strategic perspective and positioning in a very important and protracted dispute. The team delivered fantastic results against the odds and was steadfast in its positioning of the case, which ultimately proved to be a critical lever in a commercial settlement.’
‘A go-to practice for the biggest, most complex cases, particularly with an international element.’
Sberbank of Russia
Victor Pisante & associated investment companies
The Hinduja family
Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited
Neoma Private Equity Fund IV L.P.
Tethyan Copper Company Pty Ltd
- Represented Petro Poroshenko, the former President of Ukraine, in his victory in the High Court of England and Wales, successfully challenging the jurisdiction of the English courts to hear a $250m conspiracy claim brought against him and the former head of the National Bank of Ukraine, relating to the nationalisation and bail-in of PrivatBank, Ukraine’s largest bank.
- Represented Victor Pisante and various related corporate entities in successful Commercial Court proceedings to recover substantial damages from George Logothetis (and his associated companies) in connection with claims for fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of a joint venture agreement.
DLA Piper maintains a stellar reputation across mandates including energy and resources and construction disputes and product liability cases. Class action defence is a mainstay of the practice, as is fraud work. Many of the standout practitioners in the group, including Jamie Curle, James Carter and legal director Charles Allin, are experts in cross-border disputes; Carter is noted particularly for his focus on Africa, while many of Allin’s recent highlights have a connection to the Middle East. ESG issues are a cornerstone of seasoned litigator Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry‘s practice.
Other key lawyers:
Jeremy Sher; James Carter; Jeremy Andrews; Charles Allin; Sarah Ellington; Alexander Chaize; Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry
‘Jamie Curle is hugely experienced; brilliant combination of abilities; natural grip of the strategic and the big-picture; ability to hold onto the detail at the same time; gets the best out of his teams; a joy to work with; and clients seem to love him. Exceptional.’
‘Broad-based expertise, calling on strength over a variety of sectors. Good value options, and will offer real diligence.’
‘James Carter: no-nonsense and sensible litigator.’
Renova Industries Limited et. Al.
The Football Association Premier League Limited
Eco World – Ballymore Embassy Gardens Company Limited
- Representing Renova Industries in proceedings brought in the British Virgin Islands for declaratory relief in respect of the alleged exercise of a joint venture exit mechanism.
- Representing Uber in class action litigation disputes with over 75,000 drivers, including in relation to group litigation orders, and a settlement scheme concerning holiday pay compensation.
- Acting for the Premier League in obtaining summary judgment for approximately $213m against PPLive Sports International, the Premier Legaue’s former broadcasting partner for Mainland China and Macau.
Litigation boutique Enyo Law LLP fields an 18-partner disputes team which has a ‘truly gutsy, yet classy, approach to the toughest commercial litigation‘. Under the guidance of George Maling – who is singled out by a client as being ‘one of the finest commercial litigators in the City‘ – the firm continues to forge an excellent track record in disputes concerning such diverse issues as shareholder agreements, joint ventures, and conflict of laws. Tim Elliss is noted for his cross-border expertise, while Lucinda Orr brings her experience as a practising barrister to the group. Edward Allen, who recently became managing partner, is another key senior name.
Other key lawyers:
Lucinda Orr; Tim Ellis; Edward Allen; Boris Telyatnikov; Anna Maxwell
‘Enyo is a boutique litigation practice, with huge strength in depth and a wide range of experience and expertise. It has the resources to put together the perfect team for the full range of commercial disputes.’
‘George Maling is first class. One of the finest commercial litigators in the City.’
‘They are all calm, clever and sensible. Great people to be leading the team in virtually any kind of commercial dispute.’
‘Lucinda Orr is an outstanding professional who demonstrated flexibility and provided full support to the client with respect to the best way to handle the case in hand.’
‘Enyo stepped into another law firms’ shoes to quickly turn around a complex litigation case to put us in a strong position.’
‘Anna Maxwell quickly got on top of the detail, and led us through a complex litigation case with aplomb.’
‘Enyo are probably the strongest and deepest of the litigation boutiques that have sprung up over the last 10-15 years. They were one of the first to adopt the model and perfected it early on. They have always had a very strong partner team, but they were also quick out of the blocks in building an excellent group of associates and have been able to build a strong culture that pulls everyone with them. They really know how to run a case.’
‘Enyo continues to have a truly gutsy, yet classy, approach to the toughest commercial litigation.’
Cordic Group Limited
Mr Robert Gresham Gray
Cossac Holding Limited
Gazprombank (Switzerland) AG
Nataliya Golubovich; Olga Mirimskaya
The Libyan Investment Authority
Angophora Holdings Limited
Wirsol Energy Limited, Wircon UK Solar Assets GmbH and Wircon GmbH
BH Air Limited
Dmitry and Alexander Mints, two adult sons of Russian businessman Boris Mints
Directors of the Comexposium Group
Dechert LLP, Neil Gerrard, David Hughes, Caroline Black
- Defending Dechert and three other defendants in serious claims made by Karam Al Sadeq – 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 his torture.
- Representing two cryptocurrency investors in their factually and legally novel claim against a cryptocurrency platform regarding the allocation of cryptocurrency.
- Representing fleet management company Cordic Group in its £20m claim for fraudulent breach of warranty against the vendors of its recently acquired operating company Cordic Limited.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s London office acts as the hub for the firm’s global dispute resolution practice; the team based in the capital is responsible for handling key litigation for major clients based around the world. The industrials, consumer, TMT and healthcare sectors are sectors in which the group is particularly well regarded. Mark Davenport heads up the practice, which also includes recommended litigator Sheena Buddhdev.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Little; Neville Byford; Tim Browning; Phillip Richardson; Sheena Buddhdev
‘Fantastic tactical advice to deliver results through dispute resolution. The ability to draw on the skills of a wide range of people/departments through their regional network of expertise.’
‘Mark Davenport – highly experienced with a superb tactical nose.’
Brown-Forman Beverages UK Limited
Frames Process Systems International B.V
Al Saif Group
Allstate Insurance Company and Mr Richard Silverstein
Bemaco Steel Limited and Prime S.A.
Known particularly for its integrated M&A and global litigation capabilities, Jones Day has a stellar track record handling corporate control issues, joint venture, and shareholder disputes across a wide range of jurisdictions; Daniel Travers is just one of the highly regarded practitioners with extensive experience in these areas. The department is helmed by Sion Richards, who is singled out by one client as ‘the perfect leader‘. Sarah Batley has been increasingly focused on mandates with linked to ESG issues, while Annabel Treadgold specialises in mandates arising out of the energy, resources, and construction sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Annabel Treadgold; Daniel Travers; Sarah Batley; Rhys Thomas; Adam Brown; Gregory Barden; Barnaby Stueck
‘Jones Day have a lot of depth and manage large complex international cases well with a strong team in London. A great professional outfit and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Adam Brown – extremely capable, calm, assured, works extremely well with the counsel team. Barnaby Stueck – fantastic with clients, very smart, excellent tactically.’
Sion Richards is the perfect leader of a team, hard-working, great strategist, very clever.’
‘Excellent client service. the team has exceptional knowledge of our industry and business enabling them to operate seamlessly and as an invaluable partner with the legal and business teams. Highly regarded advisers trusted at the highest levels of our business.’
‘Highly professional, thoughtful and strategic.’
‘Jones Day stepped in and made an incredible difference. I recommend the team without reservation. If you need the best, contact this team. I couldn’t be more pleased with the Jones Day team.’
‘Adam Brown is an outstanding partner – highly responsive and identifies solutions quickly.’
‘Rhys Thomas is a very knowledgeable, personable and efficient lawyer. He is always available to support us and provides outstanding advice. A very good litigator without the argumentative (which can be counterproductive when seeking a commercial resolution) mindset, which is refreshing!’
MasterCard International Inc.
Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation Limited
- Defending Mastercard in two competition litigations.
- Defended ENRC against a claim brought by the former global co-head of Dechert’s white collar and securities litigation department.
- Acts for the additional liquidator of high street retailer Comet in respect of the investigation and prosecution of substantial claims relating to the group’s collapse in 2012.
Macfarlanes LLP's 'genuinely premium' department leverages the dual strength of its private client and corporate practices to skillfully represent entrepreneurs, senior executives, shareholders, family offices and corporate entities connected to them. Practice head Matt McCahearty is described by one client as being 'good at managing large teams in the most complex commercial litigation'. The group also fields 'legendary figure' Iain Mackie and 'superstar' Lois Horne . Newly made up Christopher Charlton is 'everything you would want in a partner'.
Other key lawyers:
Iain Mackie; Christopher Charlton; Lois Horne
‘They have a team of extremely able lawyers, who really get to the bottom of the knottiest cases, and ally that to good commercial judgement so as to arrive at an effective strategy for the client. Excellent team players.’
‘Iain Mackie – extremely experienced and wise litigator. Very sound commercial judgement, and remains calm and effective under pressure when commercial litigation is at its most challenging. Adept at handling the largest and most complex of cases.’
‘Matt McCahearty is a very thorough and able lawyer. Drills to the bottom of difficult and knotty points, and comes up with well reasoned and commercially sound strategic advice for the client. Good at managing large teams in the most complex commercial litigation.’
‘The commercial litigation team has the unique combination of commercial nous and depth of legal knowledge. The team is also very approachable and down to earth.’
‘Christopher Charlton is fantastic. He is everything you would want in a partner. Always available. Sharp intellect. Easy to work with. Gets to the point.’
‘Macfarlanes have a genuinely premium commercial litigation team, with tremendous ability at all levels.’
‘Iain Mackie is a legendary figure, whilst new partner Chris Charlton is undoubtedly a future superstar – quite superb.’
‘Lois Horne is a superstar. She is all over the papers, has superb tactical judgement and a sense for how points will play before a tribunal, and thinks several moves ahead.’
The State of Qatar
SAS Institute Inc.
The Insolvency Administrator of Wirecard AG
Genius Sports Group
Red Bull Racing
Better Capital LLP
Business Growth Fund
J.D Williams & Company
Grange Hotels / Integrity International Group Limited
Axel Manes / Mad Atelier
Norton Rose Fulbright stands out for its ‘sheer breadth and depth of experience‘; with the team well placed to handle matters ranging from complex contractual claims and M&A disputes to civil fraud. The team’s leadership comprises ‘litigation superpower‘ Ruth Cowley, who heads up the commercial disputes and investigations offering, and ‘hugely talented‘ Patrick Bourke, who oversees the EMEA-wide dispute resolution group. Among the other capable practitioners within the department, Antony Corsi and Andrew Judkins are particularly recommended – with one client describing them as 'a formidable team’.
Patrick Bourke; Ruth Cowley
Other key lawyers:
Antony Corsi; Ffion Flockhart; Charlie Weston-Simons; Andrew Judkins; James Lockwood, Helen Fairhead
‘The team has a busy practice, giving it in-depth knowledge of the issues confronting the industry. Approachable and intelligent.’
‘Charlie Weston-Simons is knowledgeable and very easy to deal with.’
‘The sheer breadth and depth of experience makes Norton Rose an exceptional litigation firm.’
‘Ruth Cowley is a litigation superpower. Superb practice with exceptional client skills. A deep thinker who always tries to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.’
‘Patrick Bourke is a hugely talented litigator with immense wisdom and sagacity. A wealth of experience which he brings to the party for every client.’
‘An excellent choice for serious commercial and civil fraud litigation.’
‘If a close friend or family member had a serious problem, I would trust Antony Corsi to deal with it.’
‘Among the various individuals I have worked with at NRF, Antony Corsi and Andrew Judkins stand out. Antony is a thoroughly charming, clever and careful partner with good knowledge of his matters and excellent judgement. Andrew is a true work-horse with a prodigious work ethic and quality work product. They make a formidable team.’
ExxonMobil (subsidiary: Esso Exploration and Production UK Limited)
A diverse roster of clients - ranging from asset managers to retailers, manufacturers to funds, and high net worth individuals to tech companies - instructs the 'vibrant group of disputes practitioners' at RPC. The team's in-depth sector knowledge, international reach, and complementary non-contentious strength combine to make it 'an opponent to be feared'. 'Fantastic litigator' Tom Hibbert and 'incredibly valuable and important adviser' Geraldine Elliott sit at the head of the group. For complex fraud cases, including those with a nexus to cyber, Daniel Wyatt is singled out. Simon Hart , whose cases frequently involve financial restructuring issues, and Davina Given , whose specialism is art-related disputes, are also names to note.
Geraldine Elliott; Tom Hibbert
Other key lawyers:
Simon Hart; Davina Given; Rupert Boswall; Parham Kouchikali
‘Geraldine Elliott and Simon Hart are two strong partners in a vibrant group of disputes practitioners.’
‘Geraldine Elliott is an excellent communicator, practical and clever. Simon Hart is a smooth and sensible lawyer, who doesn’t waste time.’
‘RPC works for some of the largest companies and HNWIs, and put themselves out to service even the biggest of personalities.’
‘Geraldine Elliott is an outstanding lawyer and adviser. Always available, despite having an extremely heavy workload. Hugely experienced. Great analysis and wisdom. An incredibly valuable and important adviser across a range of issues.’
‘The team at RPC are immensely impressive. The senior partners are all seasoned litigators, with excellent experience honed through years of practice. They invariably make the right judgement calls – and it is a pleasure to work alongside such a capable team. The associates are, without exception, thorough and very hands on – with excellent drafting skills for correspondence, and witness statements.’
‘Tom Hibbert is a fantastic litigator. He’s always on the ball – whether it’s identifying the killer point, or the issue that is most likely to trouble the Court – and comes up with innovative solutions to ensure the litigation is always conducted on the best footing.’
‘RPC have a number of quality litigation teams, but my recent experience is of Rupert Boswall and Davina Given in extremely high value professional negligence litigation. They bring to this area not only substantial commercial litigation expertise, but exceptional rigour in a difficult area.’
‘Unique combination of legal astuteness allied to genuine street fighter abilities mean that RPC is an opponent to be feared.’
Lancer Property Asset Management
Triumph Group Inc
Federal Government of Nigeria
Direct Line Group
Siam Commercial Bank
Steinhoff International Holdings (subsidiaries)
- Represented Lancer Property Asset Management, its four directors and holding company in a £30 million dispute, at the heart of which was an allegation them that payments were made under a dishonest scheme or as bribes.
- Acting for Ingenious Media Holdings – a media production and finance company – and related companies and directors in High Court claims brought by a large number of investors relating to alleged losses said to arise from investments into various film production partnerships and investors’ ability to claim sideways loss tax relief.
- Acting for subsidiaries of the furniture retailer Steinhoff International in a claim relating to accounting irregularities at the parent company that came to light in late 2017 when accountancy firm Deloitte refused to sign off Steinhoff’s audited accounts.
Stewarts Law LLP
Claimant specialist firm Stewarts Law LLP is singled out by one client as a 'Rolls Royce machine for heavy litigation'. As well as continuing to work across the full spectrum of commercial cases, the team has lately seen increasing numbers of large scale disputes arising from Brexit, supply chain and contractual issues relating to the pandemic, and mandates with a nexus to cryptocurrency. The group benefits from the presence of Ian Gatt KC - who brings relevant experience as both a solicitor and a barrister to his role - as well as a roster of other recommended practitioners including Lorraine Lanceley and Marc Jones. Clive Zietman and Mo Bhaskaran oversee work from the London and Leeds offices, respectively.
Clive Zietman; Mo Bhaskaran
Other key lawyers:
Ian Gatt KC; Lucy Ward; Sean Upson; Lorraine Lanceley; Joe Mitchell; Marc Jones
‘Magic circle level of experience and expertise but in a claimant-sided firm. A justified meteroric rise.’
‘A Rolls Royce machine for heavy litigation. Their fee earners are very experienced, and there is a great can-do attitude from the paralegals up to the partners.’
‘Ian Gatt KC must be one of the best in the business – deeply experienced, superb on strategy, and a great team leader when in the trenches on heavy litigation.’
Matrix Receivables Ltd
Lands Company Limited (“Lands”)
Toucan Genco Ltd
Palladyne International Asset Management B.V. (“PIAM”)
Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (“RAKIA”)
Maddox RP LLP
Dr Geoffrey Guy and related companies
JSC VO Machinoimport
Lipton Rogers Developments LLP (“LRD”)
United Homes Limited
- Acting for the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority, the defendant to a counterclaim by Farhad Azima (against whom the client was awarded damages totalling in excess of $4.1m for fraudulent misrepresentation and unlawful means conspiracy), in a claim alleging that the client was responsible for the hacking and publication online of his data.
- Acting on a case worth over $200m for Lands, a Cayman company issued by the Libyan Investment Authority, in relation to investments with US and European banks made before the civil war.
- Acting in a £10m dispute for Matrix Receivables, which is the assignee of claims of a financial services company for breach of contract and unjust enrichments.
'Fantastic tactician and excellent negotiator' Graham Shear helms the team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, overseeing a range of high-stakes, complex contractual litigation matters on which the group is instructed. Other recommended partners include Oran Gelb and Sarah McAtominey; the latter is a key name to note for the firm's roster of high-net-worth-individuals. At senior associate level, Helen Armstrong - who has a particular focus on technology and outsourcing disputes - is singled out.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Tuson; Segun Osuntokun; Sarah McAtominey; Joby Davies; Oran Gelb; Helen Armstrong; Alexandra Kirby
‘Joby Davies is a calm and thoughtful litigator, with an excellent client manner and very good at making a team work well together.’
‘Their level of support is second to none, they are part of our team, they work with us in a collaborative way to support us through the life of a deal, rather than stepping in only at the point litigation might be relevant. They are efficient, succinct and understand our needs very well.’
‘Alexandra Kirby is a stand out lawyer. She is friendly but professional, gets to grips with nuances and complexities and presents issues in an easy to digest way. Oran Gelb is a hands-on partner.’
‘Sarah McAtominey is particularly user friendly and able.’
‘Graham Shear is a fantastic tactician and excellent negotiator. I have seen him extract concessions from the other side that no one thought would be possible.’
‘The team has fantastic strength in depth. All of them are great on the law, and the practical implications of the law.’
‘Graham Shear – a wealth of experience which he draws upon to recognise, and fix issues with the case.’
‘Experienced commercial partners that can value add to the litigation approach. Also personable, easy to deal with and a wide support team in place.’
Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC
Tata Consultancy Services
Wood Holdings Investment Limited
- Successfully represented Vatche Manoukian in his battle with two Lebanese banks who have been ordered by the court to transfer Mr Manoukian’s personal funds out of Lebanon.
Clyde & Co
With its pre-eminent reputation in the insurance sector, Clyde & Co is perfectly positioned to operate at the intersection of this industry with commercial litigation. The team is predominantly involved with subrogated claims, acting for the insured as either claimant or defendant. 'Master strategist' Chris Burdett heads up the practice. 'Stellar' legal director Anna Myrvang is particularly singled out for praise by clients.
Other key lawyers:
Tom White; Richard Power; Anna Myrvang; Conrad Walker; Kathryn Griffin; Claire Harpur
‘Nimble, enthusiastic and engaged.’
‘Chris Burdett is a seasoned litigator and master strategist. Also thoughtful, engaging and very good to work with.’
‘It is a great pleasure working with the team. The team is very experienced, knowledgeable and responsive, and the have a very good feeling for the client’s needs. They always deliver in time and within budget.’
Apache North Sea Limited
Nautical Challenge Ltd
Chubb Bermuda Ltd
Arch, QBE, Zurich
VistaJet Limited & VistaJet US Inc.
- Defending Dechert LLP and former partner, Neil Gerrard, against serious allegations made by former client, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation.
- Acting for Apache UK Investment in a dispute as to the amount of security that the client was required to post for decommissioning obligations, following its acquisition from Exxon of sole ownership of a company that holds licences in hydrocarbon producing fields in the North Sea.
- Acting for Nautical Challenge, owners of a very large crude carrier, in a dispute with the owners of a container ship over liability for damage done to both vessels under the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 following a collision between them just outside the dredged entrance and exit channel to the port Jebel Ali in the UAE.
Covington & Burling LLP
Disputes in the life sciences, media and technology, financial services and energy sectors - particularly those with a nexus to regulatory issues - form the cornerstone of Covington & Burling LLP's City practice. Louise Freeman and Ian Hargreaves co-chair the group; the former is a recognised name for complex class actions. International work is another core part of the firm's offering, with both Craig Pollack and senior associate Eddy Eccles standing out in this field.
Louise Freeman; Ian Hargreaves
Other key lawyers:
Craig Pollack; Greg Lascelles; Sinead McLaughlin; Eddy Eccles
‘Strong multi-jurisdictional experience and specialists in life sciences.’
‘Louise Freeman is excellent. Very approachable and was an asset for a sensitive mediation we worked on together.’
‘I was assisted by an all-female team of competent, available, insightful lawyers. Took the time, on pro bono assignments, to learn about the specificities of the industry and transactions.’
Dag Lars Cramér, senior executive in the Beny Steinmetz Group
Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria
- Representing Deutsche Telekom in a claim 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 a 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.
Dechert LLP‘s reputation for expertly handling matters involving simultaneous litigation in multiple jurisdictions ensures that the firm is instructed by a steady stream of international corporations, creditor groups, sovereign states, hedge funds, and other financial institutions. Practice head Dorothy Cory-Wright is ably supported by a growing bench of capable partners, including Andrew Hearn (who is particularly noted for his involvement with cross-border enforcement efforts), fraud expert Adam Silver, and newly promoted Daniel Natoff.
Dorothy Cory Wright
Other key lawyers:
Stephen Surgeoner; Andrew Hearn; Adam Silver; John Bedford; Daniel Natoff
Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of PJSC Commercial Bank “PrivatBank”
Axle and Centigon
Hanging Gardens Ltd
Procurement Bureau of the Republic of China Ministry of National Defence
- Successfully represented the Republic of China Ministry of National Defence in a dispute with Strategic Technologies in the English Court of Appeal.
- Representing VTB Bank, as a senior secured lender, in a dispute between the Essar Group and ArcelorMittal.
Following her arrival from Addleshaw Goddard in November 2021, and his return from a short spell at Walkers in March 2021, Louisa Caswell and Thomas Leyland now occupy the key leadership positions at Dentons in London; the former oversees the UK-wide disputes offering, while the latter heads up the London-based commercial litigation team. The firm is highly valued for its ‘fantastic international reach with excellence across all fields‘. Recommended practitioners range from seasoned litigator Liz Tout to ‘standout‘ senior associate Tom Hanson.
Louisa Caswell; Thomas Leyland
Other key lawyers:
Liz Tout; Craig Neilson; Adrian Giles; Dan Bodle; Tim Constable; Felicity Ewing; Tom Hanson
‘Tim Constable: a fantastic partner with bounds of energy and good tactical nous. An excellent negotiator in settlement meetings.’
‘Ability to put together large, sometimes multilingual/multi-jurisdictional teams at short notice to deal with international fraud matters.’
‘Craig Neilson is a stand-out partner. Very bright, personable and energetic, and always looking for new angles in a case.’
‘Fantastic international reach with excellence across all fields.’
‘Adrian Giles – really shrewd and astute commercial litigator. Louisa Caswell – impressive lawyer and popular with clients.’
‘Thomas Leyland and Tom Hanson are standout individuals. Great strategic thinkers.’
‘Dentons provides a first class service litigation service, with is provided without any ‘over-resourcing’. They exhibit real experience and practical good sense and understand where clients are coming from. It is also the sort of firm where it is obvious to those who deal with it that the ‘atmosphere’ internally is a positive one, with colleagues genuinely enjoying working there, something which feeds into the client’s experience too. They are good at fostering younger talent, enjoy a strong relationship with the Bar and have a strong track record of forming cohesive teams with counsel to produce the best litigation results for they clients.’
‘Thomas Leyland is a very impressive individual who combines calm strategic thinking with attention to detail and provides hands-on guidance to the team he leads. To lure him back is a coup for Dentons and a credit to the litigation team.’
Newcastle United Football Club Limited
DHL Information Services (Europe) s.r.o.
Vodafone Italia S.P.A.
Pathfinder Mozambique SA and JV Consultores Internacionais Limitada
Circumference Investments (Europe) Limited, Circumference (Luxembourg) SARL and Circumference Holdings Ltd.
American Eagle Outfitters
Emtelle UK Limited
- Defending PricewaterhouseCoopers against a £63m claim for alleged breach of confidence.
- Defending Vodafone in a termination dispute related to an important contract for the Italian Serie A football broadcast rights.
With over 30 London-based Russian speakers in its team, Fieldfisher continues to stand out as a pre-eminent firm for disputes involving former Soviet Union countries. The firm continues to further expand its global capabilities; in February 2022, the department welcomed Shivani Sanghi, who is dual qualified in the UK and India, from Covington & Burling LLP. ‘Extraordinarily clever litigator‘ Colin Gibson heads up the practice, and is ‘able to provide a strong strategic direction‘ to the group.
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Hayward; Elora Mukherjee; Shivani Sanghi; Vivien Davies; Andrew Lafferty; Tracey Wright
‘The Fieldfisher team is excellent for premium commercial litigation and arbitration. They were proactive and dedicated, and able to pick up and master a case at remarkable speed. They were also delightful to work with and always committed to the client’s interests even when having to field a large workload at speed.’
‘Colin Gibson is a brilliant lead partner, able to provide a strong strategic direction and manage resources in a difficult and fast moving situation. Tracey Wright is a great detail-orientated lawyer and focused on delivery. I worked closely with her on a number of urgent matters which required accuracy at speed.’
‘Very hardworking with fantastic partner engagement. Very friendly and an absolute pleasure to work with.’
‘Extremely capable team with experience in a number of industries and jurisdictions. The Fieldfisher team also are very diverse and have been involved in a number of D&I initiatives. They use a number of different technologies to assist with eDisclosure and document review.’
‘Elora Mukherjee is an outstanding lawyer with great attention to detail and ability to work with different teams. Great knowledge across multiple sectors and very good at providing support and options.’
‘Colin Gibson is an extraordinarily clever litigator who always strikes exactly the right balance between aggression and caution. He reliably achieves the best possible results no matter how complicated or challenging the case.
Daniel Hayward is a true star among the younger generation of partners. He has a deservedly loyal client following and is a genuine expert.’
‘The Fieldfisher commercial litigation team are a first-class outfit. They deliver.’
Mohamad El Ghazzi
Advocate Joseph Benkel acting as trustee in bankruptcy of Mr Eliezer Fishman
Atalaya Mining PLC
Compound Photonics Group Limited (CPGL)
Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime Limited
- Successfully defended Igor Kolomoisky against claims for $300m brought by Russian oil giant PJSC Tatneft.
- Acting for Mr El Ghazzi, a Lebanese National, in a $1bn case brought by the Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security.
At HFW, notable sector strength in six key industries - aerospace, commodities, construction, energy, insurance and shipping - forms the bedrock of the firm's litigation practice. The global offering is overseen by Noel Campbell from Hong Kong, with Andrew Williams taking on the leadership role in the London office. Other key team members based in the capital range from seasoned 'master tactician' Damian Honey to 'standout' senior associate David Chalcraft.
Noel Campbell; Andrew Williams
Other key lawyers:
Brian Perrott; Damian Honey; Rick Brown; Simon Jerrum; David Chalcraft
‘A lean but experienced team of litigators that fights very large claims across a variety of jurisdictions.’
‘Damian Honey is loved by lay clients and is a master tactician. Andrew Williams is pragmatic and very effective. Good to have on your side.’
‘This small team outperforms in comparison to its size. Partner involvement and client contact is superb. Collectively, they provide sound legal advice, balanced with commercial considerations. They are able to see the client’s objectives and align themselves with those objectives, making for a very cohesive and collaborative team. I would not hesitate to recommend HFW.’
‘Rick Brown is an extremely well rounded legal adviser who I would trust to on any complicated dispute. Rick is measured in his advice and is very easy to work with.’
‘David Chalcraft is a standout lawyer within the team with a wealth of experience. I trust David’s advice and am reassured that he has the client’s interests in mind. David’s attention to detail and diligence is a key strength when working through large, complex disputes.’
‘Very approachable and proactive, business-focused team. Constantly reviewing and refreshing its offering and trying to be as user-friendly as possible.’
‘Rick Brown is excellent – very good with clients.’
‘Andrew Williams is extremely pragmatic and always delivers common sense advice. He has also developed a credible and supportive team, whereby he is able to delegate with authority and confidence.’
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC
ICTSI Middle East DMCC
Ferabosco Investment Limited, Mr Liviu Dragan and Mr Florin Manea
StoneX Financial Ltd
BP Oil International Limited
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC
Salt Ship Design A/S
Dewhurst Airfield Services
- Defending Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank and Emirates NBD Bank against a claim issued by the State of Qatar for damages, restitution and an account of profits arising out of an alleged conspiracy between the clients and others with the unlawful purpose of harming Qatar and its citizens.
- Successfully acted for BP Oil in a claim for unjust enrichment in the London Commercial Court against Vega Petroleum and Dover Investments, seeking restitution of prepayments made for 211,387 barrels of crude oil which Vega and Dover have failed to deliver.
- Acting for ICTSI Middle East in a claim against the Government of the Republic of Sudan for the repayment of a debt and payment of an ongoing indemnity in respect of the costs of funding under a refund bond governed by English law.
The 'nimble team' at 'US litigation behemoth' Latham & Watkins is comfortable representing leading players from all industries; the firm's current client roster spans household names including Meta, New Look, Shell and Total. Practice head Martin Davies is supported both by a strong bench of well-regarded partners - including 'highly effective, strategic lawyer' Oliver Browne and 'real street fighter' Oliver Middleton - and 'very high quality associates'. The arrival of James Lloyd from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP in October 2021 served to further strengthen the group's burgeoning cybersecurity specialism.
Other key lawyers:
Andrea Monks; Ian Felstead; Oliver Browne; Oliver Middleton; Hayley Pizzey; Alex Cox; Thomas Lane; James Lloyd
‘Great strength in depth, very high quality associates, very good sector knowledge. A premium product.’
‘A nimble team, able to offer heavy partner involvement or lighter associate handling as required. This ensures both a swift and cost-effective service – not always the case with a US litigation behemoth like this one.’
‘Martin Davies – among the best litigators in London. Clever, tactically excellent and lovely to work with. Very class act.’
‘Oliver Middleton is a good example of the flexibility the firm offers: a real street fighter when he needs to be, totally committed to securing the best tactical outcome, but able to confer with his less hands-on colleagues when formulating the wider and longer strategy.’
‘Oliver Browne is a highly effective, strategic lawyer with vast amounts of commercial litigation experience across a range of areas. He has excellent judgement and is always able to make the right call to drive the litigation forward to achieve results. He is a pleasure to work with and is very well liked by clients and the wider team.’
‘Thomas Lane has made a huge splash since qualifying as an associate. He is extremely bright and hard working, and is always on top of the detail of the case. He is very helpful and has an easy manner which makes working on the case a real pleasure, even during the toughest times.’
‘Exceptionally capable, commercial, hard-working and intellectually rigorous. A model example of a US law firm in London – young partners and counsel, backed by ambitious associates, with a modern friendly touch. A pleasure to work with.’
‘An easy style and working relationship, without any baggage, and without any sacrifice of standards. Associates/assistants handle matters with great confidence and can be entrusted with procedural issues without a second thought.’
Meta (formerly Facebook)
Endeavor Operating Company/IMG
One Equity Partners
Societe Nationale de Raffinage, S.A. (Cameroon)
- Representing Meta in connection with the CMA’s investigation into its completed acquisition of Giphy.
- Defended New Look in a case concerning the group’s transfer to turnover-based rents as part of a company voluntary arrangement, approved during the financial and operational restructuring of New Look in 2020.
- Representing the interested parties in relation to sensitive climate change and human rights litigation in which Leigh Day and Friends of the Earth are challenging the UK Government’s participation in Mozambique LNG.
Mayer Brown International LLP‘s commitment to growing its commercial litigation capabilities was illustrated by the firm’s hire of, in the eyes of one client, ‘one of the best lawyers‘ in the market, Airlie Goodman, from Linklaters LLP in February 2022. This hire further strengthens the team’s proficiency in the financial and professional services sectors. Significant contractual, post-M&A and shareholder disputes are the firm’s mainstays. Ian McDonald, Miles Robinson and Mark Stefanini are some of the recommended senior practitioners.
Other key lawyers:
Airlie Goodman; Miles Robinson; Stuart Pickford; Mark Stefanini; Jonathan Cohen; Jeremy Holden
‘If they have Airlie Goodman, they have to be an excellent firm!’
‘I have worked with Airlie Goodman, and she is one of the best lawyers I have worked with in commercial litigation. She is attentive to details, comprehensive in her service, smart in her remarks and hard working. She is humble and makes you feel at ease. She helped address sensitive matters with a pragmatic mindset.’
‘Mayer Brown is a team of consummate professionals in the area of commercial disputes. I would highly recommend them for their thoroughness, thoughtfulness and ability to go into battle on the right issues at the right time. They are suitably robust, but yet also know when to throw in the towel when the fight is no longer worth the candle.’
‘Miles Robinson is a true hero of this team, fighting and working hard for his clients.’
‘The Mayer Brown litigation team is a first rate offering, with exceptional lawyers at both associate and partner level. The level of diligence shown by the team in all aspects of their work really is exceptional.’
‘Jeremy Holden: a very astute litigator, and terrifically bright. Overall, he demonstrates a quality that is well above what I would expect from someone of his seniority.’
‘The team is particularly good at dissecting a situation and narrowing it down to a few key issues. Strategy is developed in careful collaboration with the client, who remains deeply involved in the process.’
Civil Aviation Authority
Salic (UK) Limited
Ugland Nordic Shipping AS / Teekay Shipping Norway AS (a subsidiary of Altera Infrastructure L.P.)
- Defending Salic (UK) in a group litigation claim in the High Court of England & Wales, brought by approximately 18,000 claimants who allege that the client has an exposure through its investment in the Brazilian company that owned the assets that are the subject-matter of the case.
- Representing eOne (a Canada-based global mass media and entertainment company) in a high value claim 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.
- Representing three leading international casinos, based in Las Vegas and Singapore, in multi-jurisdictional litigation against Chinese high-net-worth-individual Yu Songbo.
Businesses ranging from owner-manager operations to household name multi-national entities value Mishcon de Reya LLP's ability to handle complex, cross-border litigation with 'real aplomb'. Leadership duties are split three ways: Kasra Nouroozi heads up the dispute resolution offering, Richard Leedham oversees the commercial litigation group, and Janet Tobin helms private commercial litigation. Shaistah Akhtar is the team's sanctions expert, while Nicola Bridge stands out for her in-depth telecoms and gaming knowledge.
Kasra Nouroozi; Richard Leedham; Janet Tobin
Other key lawyers:
Mark Davis; Nicola Bridge; Shaistah Akhtar; Andrew Short; Tom Roberts
‘Mishcon de Reya have perfected the most difficult skill in this field, to manage massively complex, multi-jurisdictional, high value litigation without losing sight of the ultimate objective and while keeping the client fully engaged. With huge teams and many barristers also involved, maintaining that focus is critical. They manage to achieve this with real aplomb.’
‘Mark Davis – huge stamina, clear-eyed about the strengths/weaknesses in a case. Strong advocate for his point of view but refreshingly open to being persuaded by different strategies.’
‘The standout partner is Shaistah Akhtar. She fights ferociously for her client’s interests and achieves outstanding outcomes for them as a result. If a client wants a partner who will fight their corner robustly, it should be her. Her tenacity combines with a razor-sharp intellect to produce one of the best commercial litigation partners in London.’
‘Andrew Short is one to watch. He has an excellent, level-headed approach to big strategic calls and operates beyond his years in managing long-running, complex litigation.’
‘The Commercial Litigation team at Mishcon de Reya are fantastic. They are on top of everything and have a wealth of knowledge and experience, which makes them a top class team to work with. I have learnt a great deal from them and I find them all an absolute pleasure to work with.’
‘Mark Davis is formidable – he is extremely intelligent and pays real attention to detail. He is always thinking and challenges anything he is not sure about. He is also very commercially minded and is always focused on delivering the best result for his clients.’
‘Unique skills, expertise and experience, and an ability to work as a team with the client and stakeholders during challenging situations. The team has shown great strategy, flexibility and commerciality.’
‘The practice is a good size for tackling almost any size and type of case. There is enough resource to run large-scale litigation, but also an intense focus on the individual client’s needs and objectives.’
Federal Republic of Nigeria
Telefonica UK Limited
113 individuals in claims against Ingenious
Geoff Rowley and Paul Allen in their capacities as Joint Liquidators for Patisserie Holdings Plc (“PH Plc”) and others (the “Joint Liquidators”)
Bonnier Books UK Group Holdings Limited and Others
Ocado Group PLC
Evatt Tamine and Cabarita (PTC) Limited
Watchstone Group PLC
- Acting for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in applications which have been brought in the English Commercial Court under sections 67 and 68 of the English Arbitration Act 1996, seeking to set aside a very substantial arbitral award won by a British Virgin Islands company arising from a failed gas deal.
- Acting for Telefonica in proceedings brought by Phones 4U, alleging conspiracy between EE, Vodafone, Telefonica and their parent companies.
- Acting for a group of individuals who invested in various film investment schemes designed and promoted by the Ingenious group of companies, who are now alleging that Ingenious misrepresented how the schemes would operate and, in particular, the tax relief that would be available.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP takes a multi-disciplinary approach to disputes; the core team is able to draw on the expertise of forensic accountants, e-data advisers and technology specialists, among others, to assist with the smooth running of a matter from pre to post-trial. Daniel Gardiner‘s recent promotion saw him join the firm’s ‘excellent cohort of young partners‘, alongside names such as Jean Francois Le Gal and Michael Fletcher. At the more senior end, key contacts include contractual expert Katharine Davies and London litigation practice head Michael Fenn. Laura Cameron, who helms the overall risk advisory department, is based predominantly in Glasgow.
Laura Cameron; Michael Fenn
Other key lawyers:
Katharine Davies; Stuart McNeill; Michael Fletcher; Alan Sheeley; Daniel Gardiner; Jean Francois Le Gal
‘Alan Sheeley is exceptional.’
‘Pinsent Masons are renowned for their industry-specific expertise and are therefore able to focus on the core of a case in a more effective way than competitors. They also have an excellent cohort of young partners who are hands on, proactive and highly efficient.’
‘The Pinsent Masons team gives exceptional and flexible round the clock service in person or remotely as required. The team also secured exceptional support for us from the best of the senior and junior bar.’
Skatteforvaltningen (The Danish Customs and Tax Administration) (SKAT)
Dexia Crediop SpA, Banca Intesa Sanpaolo SpA
CATS North Sea Limited
De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
- Acting for Skatteforvaltningen (the Danish Customs and Tax Administration) as claimant in multi-party London Commercial Court proceedings to recover approximately £1.5bn losses arising from a large alleged fraud within the financial services sector.
- Defending Natwest against a claim by 27 claimants (10 companies in liquidation and 17 liquidators) who allege that the client dishonestly participated in transactions involving the sale and purchase of European Union Allowances in June and July 2009, which resulted in the claimant companies incurring VAT liabilities that they were unable to pay.
- Acting for Dexia Crediop and Intesa Sanpaolo in four Financial List cases concerning Italian local authority interest rate hedging.
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP's practice combines a formidable depth of sector-specific expertise, multi-jurisdictional resources, and a considerable bench of 'major stars' with stellar reputations in the market. Ben Summerfield, who co-chairs the global dispute resolution practice - is singled out by one client as 'a powerhouse of a lawyer'. Marcus Price's varied roster of high calibre cases spanning the commodities, technology and shipping sectors illustrates the firm's commitment to excellence at all levels of seniority.
Other key lawyers:
Gautam Bhattacharyya; Tom Webley; George Hoare; Marcus Price; Oliver Rawkins
‘All high quality lawyers who prepare their cases diligently and apply excellent analysis, but the stand-out performer is the exceptional Ben Summerfield. He is an excellent lawyer and litigator. Ben controls matters at a strategic level with good commercial judgement and creative thinking, while always finding time to be on top of the detail of the legal and factual issues. An all-round star performer who inspires trust and confidence in clients and barristers alike.’
‘Reed Smith has a strong partner-led practice with exceptional client service.’
‘Ben Summerfield is a powerhouse of a lawyer: bright, responsive and keen to get into the detail.’
'Tough and strategic' Matthew Shankland acts as both London lead and global co-head of Sidley Austin LLP's commercial litigation and disputes practice. Under his leadership the team is well placed to expertly handle both domestic and international matters. The firm runs the gamut of cases, from contentious issues regarding international sale and purchase agreements, to government interventions in financial markets, to company directors' duties and shareholder rights. Andrew Fox, Alastair Hopwood and senior associate Sarah Lainchbury complete the roster of core practitioners.
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Fox; Alastair Hopwood; Sarah Lainchbury
‘Sidley Austin is a major player in the commercial litigation space in London.’
‘Matthew Shankland – hugely experienced’
‘Andrew Fox is a stand-out partner in the commercial litigation and arbitration space.’
‘Sarah Lainchbury is an excellent all-rounder: very hard-working and tremendous judgement in commercial disputes.’
‘Perhaps one of the most highly focused client service groups I have worked with. They go out of their way to anticipate my needs and make my life easier. As good as they come in this regard, as well as being very diligent, smart, and highly responsive.’
‘Matthew Shankland is tough and strategic, and brings a no-nonsense sensibility to the team. Sarah Lainchbury is very responsive and thorough, and is excellent at keeping the train on the tracks and on schedule. Alastair Hopwood is very thoughtful and pays close attention to detail.’
Brightline Holdings LLC
Darty Holdings SAS
Highly regarded boutique litigation outfit Signature Litigation LLP fields an ‘expanding team of top drawer talent‘. At the senior end, three partners are particular worthy of note: Graham Huntley, Daniel Spendlove and Abdulali Jiwaji all regularly act for clients from a host of industry sectors, working across M&A, shareholder and joint venture disputes, often with multi-party and multi-jurisdictional elements. Handling warranty claims and professional indemnity issues for a range of corporate and financial institutions is another mainstay of the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Abdulali Jiwaji; Daniel Spendlove; Tom Snelling; Paul Brehony; Olivier Swain; Ryan Cable; Ioannis Alexopoulos
‘An expanding team of top drawer talent provides strength in depth across the field. Talented partners supported by up and coming associates make for a powerful team.’
‘Daniel Spendlove is an outstanding litigator with particular experience of high-value and complex funded litigation. He is methodical, engaged, imaginative and bright. He combines a good legal brain with a commercial appraoch.’
‘Abdulali Jiwaji is a thoughtful lawyer who really thinks through the most difficult points in seeking solutions for his clients.’
‘Daniel Spendlove has excellent communication skills and is a strategic thinker who always considers our strengths and weakness in moving the case forward. Daniel has an eye for detail and is very pleasant to deal with even in difficult moments. If he says he will do something he does it and his integrity is first class.’
‘Daniel Spendlove is a consummate professional and lawyer, combining intellectual and emotional intelligence in such a way as to make me, as a client, feel completely supported.’
‘They work as a team – collaboration and cooperation are second nature to them – appropriate expertise and skills are brought together, to give the client the best possible service. Top lawyers, top class.’
‘Abdulali Jiwaji is a stand-out practitioner. Quiet in manner, but confident and authoritative. Eyes on the detail – but also on the big picture. Spots the problems before they arise – and works out the practicable solutions. Ace judgement. Truly impressive. And, to add to all that: delightful to deal with – for barristers, team members and clients. He has it all.’
Members of the Barclay family (UBOs of the Daily Telegraph, Yodel, and previously the Ritz Hotel)
Georgian Co Investment Fund
SG Group Claimants
Privinvest companies and Mr Iskandar Safa
Commission Recovery Limited
Various retail investors – Old Mutual & Friends Provident
Global Growth (Atlanta Bidco Limited)
Cellcom Telecommunications Ltd
Claimants against Wind Energy
Bugsby Property LLC
Profile Security Services Ltd
Hunnewell Partners – Recovery Partners
- Defending members of the Barclay family against claims issued in the English High Court by other family members alleging that the defendants had sold the Ritz Hotel for “half the market price”, implying a claim value in the hundreds of millions.
- Representing Privinvest companies and Mr Iskandar Safa in a Commercial Court Claim brought by the Republic of Mozambique against Credit Suisse, Privinvest and others.
- Acting for Georgian Co Investment Fund, owned by the Ivanishvili family, who are claiming against various entities in the Credit Suisse Group for $500m to $800m losses arising out of the fraudulent handling and investment of family assets.
Akin has the 'strength and depth to turn any case to the client's advantage'. Energy, financial services, and technology disputes are particular areas of expertise; the team's strength in the last of these areas is illustrated by its involvement with an £80m cryptocurrency-related claim. Practice head Richard Hornshaw is singled out by one client as 'the complete package'.
Other key lawyers:
Kambiz Larizadeh; Jenny Arlington; Justin Williams
‘The Akin team have a deeply experienced partner bench for international commercial litigation and cross-border insolvency and restructuring work. They are adept at leveraging different expertise in their team as and when required by the case, and although very-much “partner-led”, our experience is that they are supported by a talented and impressive group of associates.’
‘Richard Hornshaw is the complete package for commercial litigation – excellent technically, a great sense of the right strategy, and able to handle demanding clients with a naturally relaxed manner which is simple and to the point, while remaining sensitive to their needs and concerns.He is extremely user-friendly, good fun to work with, and very responsive and proactive in moving matters along. Richard’s someone you feel you can always pick up the phone to, to discuss ideas and strategy. We could not recommend him more highly.’
‘The strength and depth to turn any case to the client’s advantage.’
‘Justin Williams is a standout performer: all round package of great lawyer, great strategist and superb client handler.’
‘Good understanding of business and technology in particular. Proactive and practical advising. Flexible invoicing.’
‘Hands on and highly available. Provide constructive advice.’
‘Strength in depth. Many capable lawyers and the ability to handle disputes across the full spectrum of commercial litigation.’
‘Kambiz Larizadeh is bright, hardworking and has great judgement.’
Ad Hoc Committee of Noteholders of Hurricane Energy
The administrators of African Minerals Limited
Dommo Energia S.A.
Holders of notes issued by Travelport Limited
NOC Swiss and Arash Naghdi-Esfastani
Nordic Trustee AS
- Representing Nordic Trustee AS, as holder of secured bonds issued by G3 Exploration, in various cases of insolvency litigation.
- Acting for the joint administrators of African Minerals, an AIM-listed company that went into administration in 2015 with debts of approximately $1bn; at around the same time as this occured, Shandong Iron and Steel Group – the client’s former joint venture partner – effected a security enforcement sale process through which the mine and associated infrastructure was sold to a Shandong affiliate for nominal consideration.
- Bringing claims worth £80m on behalf of three high-net-worth purchasers against an issuer of cryptocurrency and the provider of a cryptocurrency platform.
The team at Bird & Bird LLP takes a sector-specific approach to dispute resolution, with aviation, financial services, retail and energy standing out as particular areas of expertise. The firm is also increasingly developing its proficiency in contentious data issues, building on both its established international privacy and data protection practice, and its stellar reputation in the technology sphere. Sophie Eyre and Jeremy Sharman are the key names to note.
Sophie Eyre; Jeremy Sharman
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Speed; Matthew Pack; Victoria Hobbs; Simona Peter; Jessica Quinlan; Prashant Kukadia
‘Bird & Bird have been an invaluable resource to our business over the pandemic. The commercial litigation team are always quick to respond and pragmatic in their advice.’
‘Matthew Pack has been excellent and unfailing in a very difficult time. Case matter organisation was great, we always knew exactly where we stood on each matter.’
‘Jonathan Speed is an excellent partner – calm, disciplined and very capable. He is a brilliant lawyer with the ability to get a holistic view on a matter in extremely short time and to develop an excellent strategy even faster’
‘Jessica Quinlan: Exceptional in her understanding of complex technological matters and in translating this into legal work products of top quality’
‘Incredibly sharp attention to detail and able to grasp the facts of a situation quickly. The people at the firm are a real asset driven by clear and strong leadership coming from the top of the house.’
‘Jeremy Sharman – highly capable and feels like an extension of the company legal team. Personable, pragmatic and brings significant value-add and expertise to the team.’
‘Prashant Kukadia – one of the brightest in the Bird and Bird stable; his thoroughness and attention to detail is second to none. To be able to wade through a vast amount to detail and then distil the salient facts are key qualities allowing fast decision making and clarity of thought .’
‘Sophie Eyre is truly world class in her field of litigation – bringing the bigger picture and forward guidance to any potential negotiation.’
Cathay Pacific Airways
NAC Aviation 25 Limited
Aldus Portfolio Leasing Limited
Vega Petroleum Ltd and other
Bart de Laender
XY ERS UK Limited
Aser Media Pte Limited and Andrea Radrizzani
The Football Association Premier League Ltd (‘Premier League’)
Robert Bosch GmbH (‘Bosch’)
Afriquia Gaz SA and Maghreb Gaz SA
Pret A Manger (Europe) Limited and EAT Limited
Lottoland Services Ltd
MSA Britain Limited (MSA)
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
- Successfully defended 12 developers of Bitcoin in the Tulip Trading Ltd v Bitcoin Association for Bitcoin SV (BSV) and others case.
- Acted for the Premier League in defence of proceedings brought in the Competition Appeal Tribunal by St James Holdings, the ultimate owner of Newcastle United Football Company Ltd, in connection with the Premier League’s exercise of its alleged power to block a takeover of NUFC by a consortium company, the majority owner of which was the Public Investment Fund.
- Acting for Aser Media and Andrea Radrizzani in defence of proceedings brought in the English Commercial Court by Jinxin, a company incorporated in the Cayman Islands and established as a joint venture by two Chinese-based company groups, Baofeng Group and Everbright Securities.
Litigation boutique Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP has the ‘experience and aptitude to take on and win against the biggest players‘. Utilising its commercial and banking expertise, as well as its increasing technology capabilities, the firm has continued to cement its reputation for fintech and venture capital-related disputes. Sinead O’Callaghan, Stephen Elam and Lydia Danon are the key senior contacts. Consultant Philip Young - ‘an exceptional intellect‘ - is currently taking a mid-career break.
Other key lawyers:
Philip Young; Sinead O’Callaghan; Stephen Elam; Lydia Danon; Daniel Burbeary; Sam Roberts; Jake Calvert; Rosie Wild
‘Lydia Danon – totally switched on, with excellent client care. Becoming a real name in fraud. Sam Roberts – very creative thinker, utterly diligent and great litigation instincts.’
‘Sinead O’Callaghan was very reactive and to the point.’
‘In our experience, the team has very high quality throughout. They are personable, available and efficient.’
‘Lydia Danon and Jake Calvert are both exceptional lawyers, but also remarkably commercial in their approach – something I’ve found very hard to come by in the past.’
‘A super-nimble but exceptionally well regarded banking, financial and fraud litigation team with the experience and aptitude to take on and win against the biggest players. Very well connected both in the UK and internationally. An absolute pleasure to work with not least because the team are all clever, friendly and inclusive in their dealings.’
‘Philip Young is a doyen of the London boutique litigation market. Nobody with better judgement, knowledge of the law and tactical nous. Lydia Danon completely ‘on-it’ from the word go. Focused and possessing superb client and team handling skills. Rosie Wild is, in my view, the best commercial litigation assistant around.’
‘Natalie Todd (newly arrived from PCB) is deeply experienced in CIS and international financial and commercial and fraud litigation. Jon Felce (also newly arrived from PCB) is a hire that every boutique would have liked to have made. Jon has a deserved reputation for his drive, legal knowledge and quiet, steely, effective drive for successful results.’
Domidias Limited and Merbau Synergy Limited/ Sian/Merbau
ThinkMarkets (FCA and ASIC-regulated online trading broker)
iFinex Inc (trading as Bitfinex).
Grove Park Properties Ltd
The ECU Group PLC
Oliver Morley, trading as Morley Estates
Fantasia Holdings Group Co Ltd
- Acted on behalf of Grove Park Properties in a £22m claim against RBS in which the bank had, amongst other things, falsely accused the client’s director of forging bank documents.
- Acting for Derek Quinlan, a property developer, in a bankruptcy petition brought against him by Edgeworth Capital SARL, which is a vehicle of another well-known property developer, Robert Tchenguiz.
- Acting for ThinkMarkets group companies in Commercial Court proceedings brought by IS Prime, relating to the basis upon which IS Prime provided matched principal brokerage services to the client on exclusive terms.
Cooley (UK) LLP has an unparalleled reputation for representing companies operating in the life sciences and healthcare space, and is marked out by one client as ‘a clear leader in that critical and growing sector‘. The team’s recent work concerning clinical trials on behalf of IQVIA – led by respected litigators Laurence Harris and Henry Stewart – was just one such example. James Maton oversees the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Laurence Harris; Sascha Grimm; Henry Stewart
‘Very responsive and specialists in their field. Work in a collaborative way with their clients and have a commercial perspective on matters.’
‘Proper specialists in life sciences. A clear leader in that critical and growing sector.’
‘Sascha Grimm has the expertise and commercial insights to work collaboratively with the in-house legal teams to manage litigation, mitigating the risks for the business and identifying commercially viable solutions.’
‘Laurence Harris – a brilliant, seasoned litigator. Fantastic judgment. Knows what is important and what is not and makes sure to deliver the important.’
‘The team has strong knowledge of the pharmaceuticals/life science sector.’
‘Laurence Harris – very intelligent partner, quick to make judgments.’
‘Sascha Grimm – very clever, good scientific and industry understanding.’
GIC Private Limited
Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited
Odyssey Marine Exploration Limited
Redx Anti-Infectives Limited
Swindon Town Community Mutual Limited
Tata Steel UK Limited
Whirlpool UK Limited
- Represented IQVIA, a provider of biopharmaceutical development services, in its dispute with Cardiorentis, a Swiss pharmaceutical company which engaged the client to conduct an enormous global clinical trial to test its primary product.
- Represented Tata Steel in proceedings against Motherwell Bridge for the defective construction of a large gasholder at the Port Talbot Steelworks, which causes intermittent operating issues requiring the gasholder to be taken out of service.
- Acting for GIC in commercial court proceedings brought against it and Green Dragon Gas by Nordic Trust.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is able to 'consistently deliver on the most high-profile matters'. Much of the firm's work is multi-jurisdictional, and the group is much lauded for its expertise in offshore disputes, particularly those destined for Privy Council appeal; team lead Philip Rocher, Susy Bullock and Doug Watson are all well versed in such work. Rocher and Watson are also key contacts for group litigation, which is another mainstay of the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Doug Watson; Susy Bullock; Allan Neil; Osma Hudda; Dan Warner; Charles Falconer
‘Philip Rocher is a very experienced partner who exercises strong leadership running teams in large scale litigation. Sound judgement as to what will work with the court. Tactically astute.’
‘Dan Warner – excellent legal and technical knowledge, particularly in relation to competition litigation. Very thorough and hard working.’
‘Expert in this field with great clientele. Huge experience at all levels of courts.’
John Wiley & Sons Inc.
Investcorp Bank B.S.C.
Forensic News LLC
Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi and related parties
PSS Principal FIDC
A leadership change at the beginning of 2022 has seen ‘brilliant strategist‘ Lianne Craig step up to become Hausfeld & Co LLP‘s first female managing partner, while her place as head of commercial disputes has been taken by respected litigator John McElroy. As well as handling the gamut of commercial litigation cases globally, the firm is committed to innovative funding solutions and arrangements. Other noted practitioners include aviation and media-focused Ned Beale, recently promoted partner Simon Bishop and counsel Duran Ross.
Other key lawyers:
Lucy Pert; Anna Gilbert; Duran Ross; Simon Bishop; Ned Beale; Lianne Craig
‘Anna Gilbert is a superb litigator. She has excellent instincts seeing both the bigger picture and not missing important details. John McElroy is great on tactics.’
‘They attract interesting, serious work, often in innovative and emerging areas of litigation, and have an impressive ability to deliver results for clients on even the most difficult of cases. The ethos of the firm is in my experience unique. The associates are really valued, wellbeing is taken seriously and there is a real sense that everyone enjoys working together.’
‘Simon Bishop is an exceptional lawyer. He has a masterly ability to be completely on top of the details whilst also making consistently brilliant tactical decisions and really understanding the overall direction of a case. Simon has first rate technical legal skills and commercial instinct and is a real asset on any case. He is also an absolute delight to work with.’
‘Lianne Craig is probably the best lawyer I have worked with – both a brilliant strategist and also a great technical lawyer. She is absolutely fierce when it is required and holds her own against any magic circle partner, but she is also fair and has a strong sense of justice. Lianne is also an excellent people manager and understands how to run a team on a big case.’
‘A very well trained and educated team; with excellent leadership from partners who are involved in cases while at the same time letting associates flourish and show their qualities rather than being told what to do.’
‘Ned Beale is an outstanding litigator. Most efficient and effective. He has excellent instincts, great judgement and knows which points to press home. One couldn’t be in better hands.’
‘Lucy Pert is tenacious, smart and clear in her advice.’
‘My overall rating is “brilliant”. Probably the best quality is the collaborative approach the whole team has with us.’
Trappit S.A. and Trappit Tecnologias S.L.
ProPharma Group MIS Holdings Limited
Bailor Investment & Finance Corporation and 12 others (the 13 subsidiaries of Wellcourt Investments Group SA)
Athena Art Finance Corp
Jose Nistal Hernansaiz and Poseidon Ventures
Red Fort Capital
Private Joint Stock Company Pharmaceutical Firm “Darnitsa” (“Darnitsa”)
Iris Helicopter Leasing Limited (Iris)
- Acting for the Trappit in a claim issued in the Chancery Division against GBT Travel Services UK, involving misuse of confidential information and infringement of intellectual property rights relating to extremely valuable and commercially sensitive travel savings software.
- Acting for ProPharma Group in its claim under a buyer-side warranty and indemnity insurance policy which was taken out to cover specified losses incurred in connection with the client’s entry into a share purchase agreement.
- Representing Red Fort Capital as the victim of a fraud, pursuant to which it was induced to enter into a loan agreement as lender with a group of companies as borrower.
King & Spalding LLP is differentiated by the ratio of Queens Counsel present within its team, providing exceptional advocacy credentials. Ruth Byrne KC, John Savage KC and Ben Emmerson KC are all key players within the group, as is Thomas Sprange KC - who jointly heads up the practice, alongside Sarah Walker. As well as acting across the full roster of commercial disputes across the technology, aviation, energy and financial services sectors, the firm is regularly called on to handle interlocutory and injunctive matters.
Sarah Walker; Thomas Sprange KC
Other key lawyers:
Ruth Byrne KC; John Savage KC; Ben Emmerson KC; Jessica Trevellick
Hexagon Holdings (Cayman) limited
International AirFinance Corporation
The Government of Mongolia
Global Jet Capital Holdings
Union Fenosa Gas
Motorola Solutions Inc
- Represented Hexagon in a multi-billion AED claim against the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC) for breaches of a joint venture agreement concerning a building development project within the DIFC.
- Representing Shapoorji Pallonji and Company Private – the contractor – in an application for injunctive relief to prevent a call on a performance bond worth approximately $32m.
- Representing Deutsche Bank in a claim issued by 1MDB in the UK High Court, which relates to the fraud and misappropriation suffered by 1MDB, a defunct former Malaysian state-owned fund, at the hands of various third parties.
Following the retirement of Christopher Colbridge in February 2022, Rajinder Bassi - who is singled out by one client as 'highly skilled at running a team' - stepped into the practice leadership position at Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. The firm maintains its reputation for excellence in the representation of private equity shops and in the handling of restructuring-related litigation. The arrival of Stuart Doxford from Simmons & Simmons in March 2022 further strengthened this group of 'exceptional quality' practitioners.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Boynton; Jon Newman; Noah Stewart-Ornstein; Stuart Doxford
‘Rajinder Bassi is highly skilled at running a team, and a calm and reassuring presence. Noah Stewart-Ornstein is diligent and enthusiastic.’
‘The litigation team are dynamic and proactive. They have good technical lawyers who take a highly commercial approach, with excellent application of common sense. They are not fazed by the biggest cases or problems. They are highly responsive and also extremely good to work with. Excellent team players.’
‘Rajinder Bassi stands out. She is a very able lawyer and highly experienced. Always remains calm in the most tense and fast moving of litigation circumstances, and has unfailingly sound judgement. She manages difficult cases with great skill to get the result the client wants, and is a reassuring and impressive presence on the team.’
‘Richard Boynton is a commercial litigation superstar. Having worked with him on many cases, I can safely say he would be my first port of call for any major piece of commercial litigation. He’s massively brainy; a first rate lawyer, with a very fine breadth of legal expertise; he’s brilliant at organising and running a massive case, and a large team; he’s immensely hard-working; he produces terrifyingly good documents; he’s a fearsome opponent; he’s a delightful team-leader and team-player; and he’s an excellent tactician. He’s monstrously good!’
‘Rajinder Bassi is excellent. She, rightfully, has a massive practice. She has a wonderful manner with clients, and with every member of the team that she leads so adeptly; she’s an extremely thoughtful and able lawyer and tactician; and she radiates both deep commercial experience and great confidence. Absolutely top quality.’
‘Noah Stewart-Ornstein: he’s bright, immensely hard-working, highly articulate, and very able.’
‘The Kirkland team are hugely impressive, providing the highest quality legal advice on complex cross-jurisdictional disputes. They provide advice which is to the point, and demonstrate analytical abilities that take them quickly to the real issues in any particular matter. They are a pleasure to work with, remaining accessible and proactive at all times. The support they provided was exceptional.’
‘ Rajinder Bassi, Richard Boynton, Noah Stewart-Ornstein are all of exceptional quality. Whilst working hard to ensure they meet their clients’ expectations and desires, they are always clear in their advice as to where the level of those expectations should be set. They are some of the highest quality litigators I have had the pleasure to work with.’
Galapagos Bidco SARL
Wyndham Destination Network LLC
Various Bondholders of the Steinhoff Group
Silver Point Capital
Amoeba Issuer DAC (Bain Capital Credit)
Liveperson Netherlands BV.
- Represented US-based private equity firm FTV Capital in a shareholder dispute before the Royal Court of Jersey and the Jersey Court of Appeal in relation to its investment in ETFS Capital.
- Acted for Wyndham, an American holiday rental business, in a dispute with the purchaser of the European arm of its business, which was sold for $1.3bn in 2018.
- Acting for the Galapagos entities (a group ultimately held by funds sponsored by European private equity fund Triton Partners) in litigation across four jurisdictions which stems from (but is separate to) a complex $800m restructuring.
With Andrew Howell at its helm, the team at Taylor Wessing LLP remains committed to acting in the most cutting-edge cases; environmental, pandemic and cryptocurrency-related claims are just some recent examples of this focus. In January 2022, the firm welcomed ‘top-class lawyer‘ Richard Viegas from Collyer Bristow LLP, where he headed up the commercial litigation department. Viegas joins a large roster of highly regarded practitioners, including ‘quick-witted, analytical and astute‘ Katie Chandler and fraud expert Shane Gleghorn.
Other key lawyers:
Katie Chandler; Shane Gleghorn; David de Ferrars; Nick Storrs; Stuart Broom; Richard Viegas
‘The team has been outstanding in the support it has provided and always acts professionally and quickly without a compromise on quality.’
‘Richard Viegas is a top-class lawyer whose in-depth experience and knowledge consistently produces excellent results – a real pleasure to work with.’
‘TW has stocked its practice with fundamentally bright and decent people. There isn’t a B team, they are all impressive but not in a magic circle cookie-cutter kind of way.’
‘Stuart Broom came to my case when it was at a relatively advanced stage, but his ability to absorb information and very quickly start shaping strategy was impressive. His client focus is very sharp and he doesn’t hesitate to roll up his sleeves when that is necessary.’
‘The team around Katie Chandler is superb. They have masterfully guided our client through the vagaries of High Court litigation and were always a step ahead of the opposing side.’
‘Katie Chandler is a stellar litigator: quick-witted, analytical and astute.’
UK Hospitality Industries
Grant Thornton UK LLP
Joint Official Liquidators of Saad Investment Company Limited (In Liquidation)
Emerson Process Management Limited
Konkola Copper Mines Plc
Arnold & Porter‘s ‘sophisticated team‘ principally handles mandates arising out of joint ventures, private equity and partnership structures, and post-completion and shareholder disputes. The firm’s global strength in the pharmaceutical sector is a key differentiator. The group is ‘brilliantly led‘ by Hilton Mervis, with able support from ‘superstar‘ Jane Wessel and recommended counsel Charlotte Mallorie.
Other key lawyers:
Jane Wessel; Charlotte Mallorie
‘Hilton Mervis – imaginative and aggressive litigator who thinks out of the box.’
‘Excllent collabriation between team members with different areas of expertise.’
‘Hilton Mervis – highly experienced; exceptional commercial instincts.’
‘Jane Wessel is a wonderful lawyer and person. She is kind, compassionate, and cares deeply about her cases and her team. She is tireless in her work, and is always thinking outside the box in order to deliver the best results to her clients. More than anything, she is always open to new ideas, listens closely, and is not afraid to use ideas generated by others.’
‘Sophisticated team with great experience in shareholder disputes.’
‘Charlotte Mallorie is an outstanding lawyer – efficient and all over the detail. She is one of the people I mention if asked for a recommendation of an English commercial disputes lawyer.’
‘Jane Wessel has superstar quality. She is an absolutely superb tactician and a fantastic lawyer overall. She has masterly command of the subject and has unrivalled knowledge of the detail of each of her cases. She displays absolute charm with her clients and all those with whom she works. She is very charismatic and clients love her. Most importantly, she gets great results. Six stars out of five!’
‘When the firm fields a team it is always a team of true team players. Each member respects the lead and is in turn respected by the lead. All are absolutely committed to the client and to the client obtaining a just outcome. And there is the right environment for innovation and for strength to go the extra mile. The whole dispute resolution department is brilliantly led by Hilton Mervis. For those who have not yet tried Hilton and his firm, this is an undiscovered gem capable of taking on anyone else.’
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
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Limited
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd
Instrument Product Design Limited
- Successfully represented the Ad Hoc Board of the Central Bank of Venezuela in the Commercial Court, and in subsequently obtaining permission from the Supreme Court to appeal against the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the Venezuelan Gold dispute.
- Acting for Sotheby’s in a large art fraud case, allegedly committed by Yves Bouvier and individuals working on his behalf.
- Successfully represented Estera Trust (Jersey) and Herinder Singh in a section 994 petition brought by them against respondents Jasminder Singh and Edwardian Group.
Bracewell (UK) LLP‘s ‘specialist team‘ has carved out a recognised niche for itself, as the only London office of an international firm which is exclusively dedicated to the energy sector; the group consequently offers ‘real expertise in energy disputes at all stages of such projects‘. John Gilbert heads up the practice, and regularly acts in litigious mandates relating to oil and gas exploration, pipeline operation, and power generation.
Other key lawyers:
Alistair Calvert; Robert Meade; Laura Young; Jameela Bond
‘They pay attention to detail and are readily available.’
‘Alistair Calvert is hands on with commercial, savvy advice.’
‘Excellent practice, with a particular specialism in oil & gas and energy matters.’
‘Alistair Calvert will be one of the standout lawyers in the market in years to come. Jameela Bond is a first-class practitioner, surely destined for partnership very soon.’
‘This is a small, specialist team with real expertise in energy disputes at all stages of such projects.’
‘John Gilbert is a highly personable, very experienced and hard-working litigator.
‘Laura Young is an up and coming lawyer, who has shown great promise in the energy sphere.’
Aqua Ventures International FZE (AVI)
Apache North Sea Limited
Savannah Energy Plc
- Acted for Aqua Ventures International FZE and eight individual co-defendants in English High Court proceedings commenced by Equitix EEEF Biomass 2, arising from the sale of a biomass plant in Lincolnshire.
- Acted for Apache North Sea in defence of English High Court proceedings brought by Schlumberger Oilfield UK, claiming that amounts were due to it in respect of electric submersible pumps that it supplied to the client for use in the Forties Field, UK North Sea.
Brown Rudnick LLP fields a ‘formidable team‘ of ‘legally and strategically astute‘ litigators. The group’s cross-border expertise is illustrated by practice head Neill Shrimpton ‘s regular activity in Caribbean offshore jurisdictions, and by Neil Micklethwaite ‘s stellar track record of CIS-related work. For civil fraud cases, Jane Colston is the name to note.
Other key lawyers:
Neil Micklethwaite; Jane Colston; Olga Bischof; Jessica Lee
‘One of the best commercial, financial and fraud litigation teams in London. With all the weight and resource of an American/international law firm behind them, BR’s litigators are regularly instructed in the most important cases of the day and achieve stellar results for their clients, often against the might of much larger outfits. Incredibly nice to work with, too, which gives them a distinctive edge over many of their rivals.’
‘Jane Colston brings a laser-focus to strategy and tactics in the most complex cases. Very highly experienced. The most committed solicitor I have had the pleasure to work with, her drive is always to achieve the very best result for her client. I have seen her go back to an opponent time after time, month after month, to ensure that the client’s goal is achieved.’
‘Jessica Lee has a keen eye for detail, superb litigation knowledge and experience, and always the brightest attitude and mode of communication.’
‘First class US firm. In depth knowledge of commercial litigation.’
‘Neil Micklethwaite is the man you want on your side.’
‘A formidable team who work their cases really well.’
‘Neil Micklethwaite – inspires confidence in his clients and understands the tactics of his cases. Olga Bischof – a thoughtful and thorough lawyer who has particular expertise in dealing with overseas clients. Neill Shrimpton – immerses himself in the detail of his cases and is excellent at spotting the point that may win a case.’
‘Superb team of professionals. Legally and strategically astute and very team-orientated/collaborative and commercial.’
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
At Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, experienced barrister duo James Kitching and James Barratt skillfully handle complex disputes on behalf of clients from the pharmaceutical, telecoms, financial services and real estate sectors. James Wareham is the firm’s global litigation department chair.
Other key lawyers:
James Kitching; James Barratt
‘The Fried Frank litigation team in London can deliver large litigation projects. It combines significant partner involvement with good associates to deliver excellent client results.’
‘Stand out partner was James Kitching. He was very strategic whilst also getting involved in the details where necessary.’
‘A small but high quality team which does work of impressive quality and value.’
Perrigo Company Plc
Perrigo Ireland 2
Milbank is able to leverage the joint power of capable teams on both sides of the Atlantic to act in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes for some of the world’s leading corporates and financial institutions. In London, Julian Stait is the key senior practitioner to note.
Other key lawyers:
Emma Hogwood; Cormac Alexander; Vasiliki Katsarou
Visa Inc., Visa International Service Association, Visa Europe Limited, Visa Europe Services LLC and Visa UK Limited
- Defending Visa against proceedings brought by Sainsbury’s in relation to the setting and implementation of multilateral interchange fees associated with the use of Visa branded debit and credit cards.
- Acted for Alafco, as lessor, in two proceedings against Hong Kong Airlines, as lessee, in disputes arising out of the leasing of two aircraft.
Major banks and financial institutions across the globe form the core of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP‘s client roster; the group is highly proficient in leveraging its litigation and investigations expertise, and its multi-jurisdictional presence, on behalf of such players. Melanie Ryan leads the team, supported by ‘very high calibre‘ practitioners such as ‘veteran litigator‘ Peter Sharp and the ‘hugely capable‘ David Waldron.
Other key lawyers:
Chris Warren-Smith; Peter Sharp; David Waldron; Paul Mesquitta
‘A top end team, led by very high calibre partners backed by very able associates – with excellent judgement in allocating work to the right level. Deep experience and confidence in tackling the most complex international commercial disputes.’
‘Peter Sharp is a veteran litigator, with a huge intellect and excellent commercial judgement. One of the most impressive disputes solicitors in London.’
‘David Waldron is hugely capable, reliable and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Instructed on some very large international litigation.’
‘UK and US partners work seamlessly together to provide holistic cross-border advice.’
‘David Waldron and Peter Sharp are both very experienced, savvy litigators with excellent judgement.’
Under the leadership of Jonathan Wheeler, Morrison Foerster‘s broad offering handles High Court and appellate proceedings relating to commercial and insolvency disputes, privacy and data security litigation, licensing issues, intellectual property rights, and competition and procurement claims. Technology and finance are sectors of particular expertise, as, increasingly, are media and retail. The team grew at associate level in February 2022, following the arrival of Anish Hazra from Slaughter and May.
Other key lawyers:
Gemma Anderson; Chiraag Shah; Shawna Pasquale; Richard Jerman; Anish Hazra; Chloe Kearns; Hayley Ichilcik; Laura Steen
‘Chloe Kearns is absolutely superb! She’s extremely clever; she’s an excellent lawyer, with a particularly deep knowledge of the financial services regulatory sphere; she’s immensely hard-working; she produces outstanding documents; and is utterly delightful to work with. She would be my first choice for a commercial associate on a tough case.
‘Hayley Ichilcik is a very able lawyer whose commercial practice covers a wide range of areas, and she’s adept at each of them; she’s clever, tough, charming and a delight to work with. Clients love her, as does her legal team: she provides encouragement, reassurance and adept handling of the most difficult cases. First-rate.’
‘MoFo have shown themselves, without exception, to be trustworthy, reliable, committed, and diligent with great attention to detail. They are an absolute pleasure to work with.’
Liquidators of Saad Investments Company Limited
- Represented the liquidators of Saad Investments Company – a Cayman Islands company and the investment vehicle of Maan Al-Sanea – in proceedings in the English High Court against Samba Financial Group, seeking approximately $400m in damages.
- Defending one of the holding companies in the Louwman Group in an English High Court claim brought by MRL, which is seeking approximately £70m in damages over delayed repayment of a loan to finance MRL’s acquisition of the 71 classic car collection of the Violati Maranello Rosso Museum.
Proskauer Rose LLP fields a team of ‘creative lawyers with real gumption for a fight‘, be that post-M&A, shareholder, contractual, partnership or joint venture related. The firm is particularly well positioned to handle disputes specific to asset managers. Co-chairs Dorothy Murray and Steven Baker are singled out by one client as ‘really top class‘.
‘The Proskauer team is brilliant. They are very creative lawyers with real gumption for a fight when that is what their clients need. I have seen them pull clients out of situations that other firms would find very sticky indeed.’
‘Steven Baker and Dorothy Murray are both extremely bright, easy to work with, communicate well with clients and and are highly experienced. Really top class.’
‘Dorothy Murray, in particular, is brilliant. She considers every angle, including many that others would not perceive at all. But she is no “kitchen sink” lawyer. Having carefully considered every possibility, she selects and then ruthlessly prosecutes the strategies that are most likely to bring success to the client.’
‘Great heavyweight outfit with all the talents and strengths to litigate hard and successfully however big a dispute.’
‘Steven Baker – a class act at the top of his game.’
‘Advised on a sticky cross border matter and helped get to an efficient solution.’
Millennium Technology Venture Partners
Goldman Sachs International
Members of the Advisory Committee of the Novalpina Capital Partners I SCSp Fund
Lion Capital LLP, Lion/Heaven UK II Limited
Timothy Webster, Christopher Dobson, Emma Loisel and Aitken Investments Ltd (Former majority shareholders of The Exchange Lab Ltd)
NOAL SCSp (formerly known as Novalpina Capital Partners ISCSp)
- Handled a forced removal of the General Partner on behalf of the Advisory Committee of the €1bn fund Novalpina Capital Partners.
- Represented venture capital investor Millennium Technology Venture Partners in a $250 million claim, securing a finding of unfair prejudice and buy-out of its stake in ETFS.
- Representing Goldman Sachs International in long-running and multi-jurisdictional litigation valued at over $1bn arising out the collapse of a European bank.
The team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP has been strengthened at partner level with the promotion of both Hayley Lund and Chris Marks over the last few years. The group has a particularly strong reputation for its contentious work in the private equity space, and is regularly called on to handle fund-level disputes, including those relating to team exits and spin-offs. Jamie Maples helms the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Lawford; Hayley Lund; Chris Marks
‘Super smart team – compact but with a real quality of work, and a pleasure to work with’
‘The team at Weil is fantastic. They are thorough, efficient, organised and all-round great to work with.’
‘Hayley Lund is a true star. Genuinely exceptional. She works harder and more tirelessly for her clients than any lawyer I know.’
‘Jamie Maples is pure class – he has a fine and careful mind, a beautiful writing style, an even temper and excellent manner with his team and his clients. It is difficult to imagine a situation Jamie could not handle with apparent ease.’
‘Christopher Marks has a very sharp mind and is hardworking and relentless. He always seems to be a few steps ahead of everyone else.’
‘Both Jamie Maples and Hayley Lund are excellent – it’s no surprise Hayley recently made partner.’
‘An excellent team – truly committed to their clients, for whom they work tirelessly. Standout client care; but all the skill of the most ferocious litigators.’
‘They understand the UK system but can communicate clearly and effectively with US clients who come from a different mindset. They understand our goals and motivations but are able to layer on the professionalism of working in the UK courts.’
Asia Research & Capital Management Ltd
Joint Special Administrators of MF Global UK Limited
Stuart Sybersma/David Soden as joint official liquidators of Abraaj Investment Management Limited
Smiggle UK Ltd
- Represented Shop Direct Finance Company, the UK financial services arm of The Very Group, in High Court proceedings against the Official Receiver arising out of the PPI mis-selling scandal.
- Representing Lehman Brothers Holdings in the “Waterfall” litigation concerning the unexpected multi-billion pound surplus arising out of the main UK Lehman entity.
The London office of Winston & Strawn LLP is particularly well regarded for its representation of major US clients in English courts, utilising the firm’s significant American client base and reputation to do so. The team’s ‘extremely capable and dynamic litigators‘ most commonly act in the aviation, energy, technology and health care sectors. ‘Master of international litigation‘ Ben Bruton heads up the practice.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Stepek; Daniel Meagher
‘The firm is held in very high regard and gives its clients great confidence. They are good at setting out clear strategies designed to advance clients’ interests.’
‘Daniel Meagher is very efficient and capable. I am struck by how effective he is at keeping up-to-date and understanding the detail of cases.’
‘Extremely capable and dynamic litigators.’
‘Ben Bruton is a stand-out. A master of international litigation and almost unrivalled in expertise.’
‘Extensive experience combined with considerable strategic insight makes this a formidable team that achieves effective results for its clients.’
‘Ben Bruton: a dynamic litigator who combines intellectual rigour with strong organisational skills. Ben uses these qualities to secure positive solutions for his clients.
‘Daniel Meagher: an efficient operator, who identifies successful strategies for his clients and is able to adapt to changing circumstances. A real asset to any client with a difficult dispute to resolve.’
‘Ben Bruton is a true gentleman who will always put the client’s interests first. He is exceptionally clever when devising strategy, a gifted communicator and someone who always delivers.’