Commercial litigation in London
Bevan Brittan LLP is well known for its local authority and public sector-related disputes experience; the practice also fields litigators in fraud, financial services, IT, breach of duty claims, and contractual disputes. Virginia Cooper specialises in collective actions and is experienced in financial services disputes.
Clifford Chance LLP's 'highly dedicated and resourceful team is a real pleasure to work with. It has everything - very experienced seniors and capable juniors; knowledge, resources and a professional attitude'. It regularly acts in high-profile matters involving reputational issues and the team's cases are typically cross-border. In a landmark Supreme Court decision on contractual penalty clauses, Julian Acratopulo led advice to Talal El Makdessi on his dispute with a WPP subsidiary, marking the first time the UK Supreme Court has considered the penalties doctrine in over 100 years. Jeremy Kosky is head of commercial litigation and Helen Carty is litigation and dispute resolution head. Other practitioners to note are Philip Hill, Roger Leese, Jeremy Sandelson, Maxine Mossman, Kelwin Nicholls, Matthew Scully and Christopher Yates. Simon Davis became the new president of the Law Society in July 2019.
Jeremy Kosky; Helen Carty
Other key lawyers:
‘Reliable, thorough, hardworking and leave no stone unturned when looking for the answer to a problem. Importantly, they are also a fun, harmonious and friendly team – every other firm has some of these attributes but none have it all‘.
‘Highly skilled and always available.’
‘Philip Hill is probably the brainiest commercial solicitor in London and a top choice for any really difficult case. He is superb with clients and a superb team leader. He is also an outstanding tactician‘.
‘Julian Acratopulo is very able, very clever and very tough. Clients don’t want him on the other side, as they know it’s going to hurt‘.
‘Jeremy Sandelson has excellent client-handling skills and is a great tactician‘.
‘Jeremy Kosky is cool, calm and unflappable.’
‘Simon Davis is a strategist with incredible experience‘.
‘Maxine Mossman has the rare capacity to be on top of every detail of a complex case while at the same time not letting the detail interfere with the bigger picture‘.
‘Chris Yates is a superb litigator – the complete package‘.
The Raytheon Company
Dr Mike Lynch
- Advises a client on an ongoing basis in relation to disputes that arise from the supply of aircrafts.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP is widely praised for its assistance with complex, high-stakes, cross-border commercial litigation and multi-jurisdictional issues. Simon Orton heads the financial institutions disputes; Patrick Swain's experience includes M&A-related and other shareholder disputes, commercial fraud claims, professional negligence, and contentious insolvency; and Geoff Nicholas co-heads the global investigations practice. Matthew Bruce and James Kennedy are also highly rated.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP 'has no weak links - every member of the team makes a valuable contribution to cases'. The firm fields one of the largest and most specialised commercial and corporate litigation practices in the UK across all sectors. Highlights included John Whiteoak leading advice to an international group of companies on disputes surrounding the ownership and possession of a fleet of vessels, which were claimed by a Nigerian company. Damien Byrne Hill is UK and US head of dispute resolution; Alan Watts is UK commercial litigation head; Rupert Lewis leads the banking litigation practice in London; EMEA dispute resolution head Philip Carrington has wide experience of fraud-related litigation; while Alexander Oddy leads the firm's alternative dispute resolution practice. Also key to the practice are Julian Copeman, James Baily, Natasha Johnson, Neil Blake and Rachel Lidgate. The senior associates to note are Fiona Treanor, Andrew Cooke and Kevin Kilgour; Gregg Rowan relocated to the firm's Melbourne office.
Damien Byrne Hill; Alan Watts
Other key lawyers:
‘London’s premier litigation practice. There is no other team in the City which can offer its breadth of experience in the field. Moreover, given its litigation focus, it is able to deploy significant resources to cases where required‘.
‘Rupert Lewis is an obvious standout; he has developed into one of the foremost commercial litigators in the City. He has excellent judgement and a great breadth of experience‘.
Associated British Foods
British American Tobacco
Lloyds Banking Group
Royal Bank of Scotland
- Acted for a group of companies that are part of a large palladium and refined nickel producer in claims worth approximately $300m, surrounding the sale of an interest in two nickel mines in southern Africa.
Hogan Lovells International LLP is 'a UK litigation powerhouse that is strongly recommended for any matters related to UK litigation or complex multi-jurisdictional challenges'. The practice advises on high-profile, high-value and precedent-setting matters across a range of commercial disputes, which involve shareholders and joint ventures, with a particular focus on the financial services and life sciences sectors. It also fields specialists in cases involving Russia and the CIS. On behalf of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation, Michael Roberts secured one of the most significant and widely acclaimed Court of Appeal decisions for many years, which re-established the importance - and applicability - of legal professional privilege, including in the context of internal investigations. Michael Davison heads the firm's litigation, arbitration and employment practice group, Chris Hardman is working on some of the largest matters currently before the English courts, and Richard Lewis has a particular specialism in acting for claimants in fraud cases. Also highly rated are Neil Mirchandani, Rebecca Wales, Alex Sciannaca and Ivan Shiu, together with counsels Daniel Armstrong and Hannah Piper.
Other key lawyers:
‘Comes up with innovative practical solutions to seemingly impossible client problems. It is this ability to think outside the box that marks this firm out‘.
‘The advice is fast, sharp and to the point, and 24/7 availability is the norm to expect from the firm‘.
‘Chris Hardman is a senior partner whose litigation nous is the best some clients have encountered, as is his ability to grasp the detail of the numerous cases in which he is involved. He is rightly regarded as one of the best litigators in the city‘.
‘Alex Sciannaca is an outstanding litigator ‘.
‘Neil Merchandani pays attention to detail and is thorough – good qualities to have in complex litigation with tens of thousands of data‘.
‘Richard Lewis is a superb strategist – not a litigator you want to be up against‘.
‘Michael Roberts is a fiercely intelligent lawyer, who has inner steel and is a pleasure to deal with‘.
‘Rebecca Wales is a good all-rounder – bright, unflappable and efficient‘.
British American Tobacco
Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation
Ugo Benettolo, Zilmet and Zilmet UK
JSC CB PrivatBank
- Achieved a successful settlement for Zilmet, an Italian manufacturer of pressure tanks and expansion vessels for use in central heating systems (and its UK subsidiary )in a high-value claim brought against them in the Commercial Court by Zilmet’s former UK partner and distributor, which included allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty by individual directors.
Allen & Overy LLP has a strong track record advising clients in challenging and business-critical cases, with the majority of the firm's commercial litigation cases involving an international dimension. The group regularly works alongside the firm's corporate, restructuring and banking practices. Highlight matters have included Joanna Page leading the defence of an energy player's Indian subsidiary in UK litigation proceedings relating to the supply of liquefied petroleum gas. Calum Burnett heads the magic circle firm's UK litigation and investigations group, which includes partners such as leading individuals Lawson Caisley , Jonathan Hitchin and James Partridge. Caisley's practice includes fraud and white-collar crime, cyber security breaches and shareholder disputes, with his sector expertise including private equity, aerospace and defence, technology and entertainment. Hitchin is well known for disputes arising during the acquisition and disposal of businesses, the failure of joint ventures, claims arising out of the insolvency and reconstruction of corporate entities, and fraud claims. Partridge meanwhile focuses on asset finance disputes in the aviation and shipping sectors, derivatives-related cases, and disputes involving the interpretation of complex commercial and financial agreements. Other well-regarded individuals are Alice Englehart and Richard Farnhill, along with counsel Sarah Garvey and senior associate Helen Biggin. In a boost to the investigations team Eve Giles was hired as partner in the white-collar crime team from Kingsley Napley LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Jonathan Hitchin is a superb litigator with an increasing reputation in competition law disputes‘.
‘Joanna Page is a first-class litigator and inspires confidence from clients; she is always on top of the detail‘.
- The team acted for an international hedge fund in relation to the theft of valuable algorithmic trading strategies by a rogue employee who fled to Hong Kong from the UK.
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP fields 'profoundly capable lawyers who will truly get to the heart of a case'. The commercial litigation team is regularly instructed by some of the biggest companies in the world on large and complex mandates, which are frequently cross-jurisdictional. The 'sought after' Kevin Lloyd and the 'formidable' Richard Lawton acted for BAT Industries and BTI 2014 in litigation, which sought to recover two dividends plus interest (totalling approximately $880m) from Sequana, Europe’s largest paper and packaging manufacturing and distribution company. Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC is London co-managing partner and chair of European and Asian litigation, while recently promoted partner Christopher Boyne and international counsel Akima Paul Lambert are also highly rated.
‘It is a top-quality team, from partners down to junior associates, who are capable of grappling with the most complex cases‘.
‘This absolutely first-class firm is involved in the biggest and most complex commercial disputes and is stacked with talented lawyers who are also commercially aware‘.
‘Kevin Lloyd is deservedly one of the most highly sought after partners in the London market. He is an incredibly smart lawyer, an astute tactician, commercially savvy and a supreme negotiator – the complete package‘.
‘Richard Lawton is a formidable force. He is an exceptional technical lawyer who is all over the detail of a case and has sound litigation instincts. Allied to that, he is an indomitable fighter who leaves no stone unturned for his clients. Clients want him on their team‘.
‘International counsel Christopher Boyne is someone with the ability to take charge of the most difficult disputes. He handles – and wins – heavy, complex commercial disputes matters and is a hit with clients – one to watch‘.
‘International counsel Akima Paul Lambert is a pleasure to work with, client focused and very responsive‘.
British American Tobacco
Royal Dutch Shell
- Acted for Whiteleave Holdings (a company ultimately controlled by billionaire Vladimir Potanin) in its shareholder dispute with Rusal, a company that is connected to billionaire Oleg Deripaska.
Latham & Watkins' 'very professional team is hands on and provides clear guidance. Timing is also always good and clients know that they are in good hands'. It is highly regarded for high-profile litigation, including cases that are mission-critical for clients, cases that produce important new laws and cases in new areas, such as group actions and test cases. The firm has been making a push to grow its City disputes team in recent years, adding a number of partners including financial services litigators Jon Holland and Andrea Monks from Hogan Lovells in 2018. Significant matters have seen Sophie Lamb QC represent Royal Dutch Shell and The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria in group actions brought on behalf of thousands of residents of two Niger Delta communities in relation to alleged environmental pollution. London practice head Oliver Browne is experienced in complex commercial litigation and arbitration, while global litigation vice-chair Martin Davies' practice covers corporate and shareholder disputes as well as litigation in the banking, technology, data and communications sectors. Also key to the group is Ian Felstead , as well as counsels Daniel Smith and Oliver Middleton.
Martin Davies; Oliver Browne
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent communicators who know the law and are very good at explaining this verbally and in writing. Their writing skills in legal proceedings (letters and briefs) are outstanding‘.
The Carlyle Group
Royal Dutch Shell
London Stock Exchange
Samba Financial Group
Renesas Electronics Europe
- Successfully protected Sinovac Biotech and its board of directors from the actions of dissenting shareholders, including 1Globe Capital, a US medical biotechnology research organisation.
Linklaters LLP 'has a very strong commercial litigation team that stands out due to the quality of its associates and partners'. The practice is highly rated for its handling of large, complex, multi-jurisdictional cases from London, including contractual interpretation cases and big-ticket corporate and financial disputes that involve top-tier UK and international companies. Co-energy disputes team head Ben Carroll and Susana Cao Miranda acted for mining giant Glencore International (GI), in its defence of a breach of contract claim brought by Minera las Bambas and MMG Swiss Finance, which arose out of the sale by GI of a large copper mine in South America. The dispute came about when alleged tax liabilities were pursued by the local tax authority and turns on the interpretation of several indemnities and complex issues of Peruvian law. Michael Bennett is global head of dispute resolution and Satindar Dogra is London dispute resolution head; other names to note in the practice include Tom Cassels , who is known for his strength in public law and competition litigation, and Patrick Robinson who focuses on banking and financial markets disputes.
Michael Bennett; Satindar Dogra
Hutchison 3G UK (Three Mobile)
- Acted for Three Mobile in its breach of contract claim in the Commercial Court against EE, which related to the parties’ agreed rollout of network infrastructure on their shared mobile telecoms network.
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP 'tables an all-star team of diverse individuals with busy practices and has gained a deserved reputation as the very top of the litigation boutiques'. The firm's London office now has over 60 fee-earners running cases across the litigation and arbitration spectrum, making it one of the largest US-based litigation practices in the City. Nick Marsh is chair of the London civil fraud practice, while Richard East is London senior partner and the 'legendary' Sue Prevezer QC and energy litigation chair Ted Greeno are co-managing partners of the office. The practice also fields Robert Hickmott, Matthew Bunting and Alex Gerbi. East and Khaled Khatoun acted for private equity firm PCP Capital (PCP) in a £1.5bn civil claim against Barclays, which arose out of fraudulent misrepresentations that PCP alleges were made to it by Barclays when negotiating its participation in a Barclays' capital raising. Aidan O’Rourke was made partner and Yasseen Gailani is an experienced of counsel.
Richard East; Sue Prevezer QC
Other key lawyers:
‘Its teams are much smaller than many other heavyweight firms but that is what makes it so nimble and adaptable; every partner is very commercial and hands on, with all the work very much partner-led rather than the associates’ work just rubber stamped. That said, the associates themselves are brilliant and the partners often discuss strategy with associates as peers‘.
‘Nick Marsh is a brilliant lawyer with an out-of-the-box approach; he is capable of managing cases in multiple jurisdictions involving numerous legal teams‘.
‘Alex Gerbi is a natural leader and one of the top litigation lawyers in London‘.
‘Sue Prevezer QC and Ted Greeno are legendary‘.
Pacific Investment Management
Oak Finance Luxembourg
Receivers and managers of the Libyan Investment Authority
Millennium Global Markets Credit Fund (in liquidation)
- Represented the first and second defendants to a claim for $400m, which arose from an alleged fraud against the Arcadia Petroleum Group.
Simmons & Simmons' 'clients get an all-round service from committed lawyers who know their business'. The commercial litigation team has expertise in complex contractual, boardroom and joint venture disputes that are often cross-border. UK dispute resolution practice head Ian Hammond defended a £1.5bn claim against Grant Thornton, brought by Robert Tchenguiz, which alleged conspiracy with the Serious Fraud Office in relation to an investigation into the Tchenguiz brothers and their roles in Kaupthing Bank's collapse. Senior partner Colin Passmore is a privilege expert who has maintained a litigation practice alongside his management role and Patrick Boylan specialises in high-value commercial and fraud disputes. Other key advisers are Ed Crosse, Robert Turner, and managing associates Paolo Caldato and Kirsten Kitt. Chris Owen was promoted to partner.
Other key lawyers:
‘The firm has the resources and knowledge to pull in expertise from different areas when necessary‘.
Grant Thornton UK (and individual partners)
Sushovan Hussain (former Chief Financial Officer of Autonomy Corporation
The Capital Markets Company (UK)
Sheffield Environmental Services
- Represented Sushovan Hussain, the former chief financial officer of Autonomy Corporation (Autonomy), in a $5bn claim brought by Hewlett-Packard and which arose out of alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made about Autonomy’s financial state.
Slaughter and May is 'a class act - the Rolls-Royce service for commercial litigation'. Acting for FTSE 100 clients across all industry sectors, the practice attracts some of the most significant, complex and high-value cases in the market. Demonstrating the strength of the firm's practice, in what is reportedly one of the largest lawsuits in English legal history, Richard Swallow and Efstathios Michael acted for BHP Group (BHP), an Anglo-Australian multinational mining, metals and petroleum company, and four non-UK-domiciled BHP entities, all of whom are defendants to claims that arose out of the collapse of the Fundão dam in Brazil. Sarah Lee heads the firm’s dispute resolution group while former practice head Deborah Finkler has a broad practice but is particularly experienced in banking litigation and regulatory investigations as well as complex recovery and insolvency work. Other highly regarded advisers in the team include Damian Taylor, Jonathan Clark, Richard Jeens and James Stacey, while Megan Sandler and Kimia Shedy are the senior associates to note. Camilla Sanger and Holly Ware were made partners in 2018.
Other key lawyers:
‘ An unparalleled ability to take technically difficult legal problems, set in a thick soup of complicated facts, and handle them in a way that is clear, pragmatic and gets the desired result – and all while making it look effortless.’
‘Sarah Lee is the ideal partner to have on a client’s side in a crisis; she is masterfully calm and practical‘.
‘James Stacey has an incredible ability to review at speed and remember in an almost photographic way the most complicated backstory to a dispute. He is truly impressive‘.
‘Richard Jeens is just the sort of cool hand clients need for the most complex of litigation.’
‘Holly Ware is a real rising star – highly organised, dedicated to clients’ needs, incisive and thoughtful‘.
BHP Group and other BHP entities
Mercuria Energy Europe Trading
BT Pension Scheme Trustees
First MTR South Western Trains
- Advised Mercuria Energy Europe Trading on claims brought against it and its co-defendant (RBS) in the Financial List, which arose out of carbon emissions market trading in 2009.
Stewarts Law LLP's 'lawyers are highly co-ordinated, smart, commercial, proactive and responsive'. The largest litigation-only law firm in the UK, it is almost uniquely conflict-free and one of the few London firms able to accept instructions against major banks and financial institutions. Clive Zietman heads the commercial litigation department, Sean Upson has a highly rated banking litigation practice, Keith Thomas has over 20 years’ experience dealing with the full range of banking disputes, and David Hughes advises governments, sovereign funds and institutional clients on complex fraud and regulatory issues; the other names to note are Marc Jones, Fiona Gillett, Paul Brehony and Lucy Ward. Elaina Bailes and Lorraine Lanceley were made up to the partnership in 2019.
Other key lawyers:
‘One of the top litigation firms in the market; it is prepared to take risks and invest resources in cases that others might not, leading to rewards that others might not earn‘.
‘A superb litigation team with bags of experience dealing with really major litigation. It is more than a match for large City firms‘.
‘Clive Zietman takes no hostages and pulls no punches, but is not overly or unnecessarily aggressive; he is very straight-talking both to clients and counsel, which removes any room for misunderstanding‘.
‘Sean Upson is a very clever, thoughtful and superb lawyer’.
‘Recently appointed partner Lorraine Lanceley is a star; she is fantastic with clients and works incredibly hard – a key person to have on the team‘.
Fortress Investment Group and Cyrus Capital Partners
Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of Kazakhstan
Palladyne International Asset Management
Grant Thornton BVI
- Acted for the bond purchasers and issuer in claims against BNP Paribas, as arranging bank, for negligently failing to ensure the validity of security documents.
Travers Smith LLP is 'populated by extremely capable and dedicated partners and associates; each of them is at the top of their game.' The firm's full-service dispute resolution department acts in all types of complex commercial and corporate litigation for both UK entities and international clients. Examples of the team's work include Toby Robinson, Andrew King, Jan-Jaap Baer and Stephanie Lee representing various Hewlett-Packard group companies (HP) in high-value proceedings in the Chancery Division, which arose out of HP's $11bn acquisition of Autonomy. Rob Fell is dispute resolution department head; Stephen Paget-Brown is experienced in a wide range of domestic and international commercial disputes; and Caroline Edwards works on substantial commercial and corporate disputes, and is also developing a reputation in competition litigation. The other key contacts are Huw Jenkin and Heather Gagen; Alexa Day was elected to the partnership.
Other key lawyers:
‘Its client base and the cases the firm gets reflect that it is at the leading edge of City law firms‘.
‘The lawyers’ focus is very clear – to do everything within their power to provide the client with the best possible service. Every member of the team is devoted to that cause and the approach of the entire team is consistent‘.
‘Stephen Paget-Brown really cares about his clients and always works professionally; he is also very good at analysing situations and forming strategies for the future‘.
‘Huw Jenkin is exceptionally clever – his clients are in the very best hands‘.
‘Andrew King is a legend, who is wise and experienced‘.
‘Stephanie Lee is a rising star, who is masterful at everything she does – clever, excellent drafting and strategic‘.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Macquarie Capital (Europe)
- Acted for Ancala Partners, an infrastructure investment manager, in a dispute that arose from its acquisition of an interest in a North Sea gas pipeline and related infrastructure.
White & Case LLP is 'a truly first-class collection of lawyers with talent at all levels, from the top partner to the most junior associate'. The practice represents financial institutions, multinational corporates, technology companies, and oil and gas super-majors in their highest-value and most significant disputes, including cross-border matters. John Reynolds co-heads the global financial institutions practice and recently acted in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving the purchase of a fixed line telecoms operator in Ukraine; Charles Balmain is EMEA disputes section head for commercial litigation and white collar matters, meanwhile Mark Clarke is head of oil and gas disputes in London. The other key names are Amanda Cowell, Hannah Field-Lowes and Rory Hishon. The London office has been expanding its disputes practice in the City, adding Steven Baker, who advises on complex, cross-border banking disputes, from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, Chris Brennan from Addleshaw Goddard, where he led the regulatory investigations and enforcement practice, and Laura Durrant from the Royal Bank of Scotland, where she was most recently head of litigation and investigations. The practice also promoted John Rogerson and Jonah Anderson to the partnership in 2019. Former counsel Paddy Patrick left to become WeWork's EMEA dispute resolution head.
John Reynolds; Charles Balmain
Other key lawyers:
‘White and Case is an impressive firm, with partners who are truly dedicated to cases and to securing favourable outcomes for clients‘.
‘The commercial litigation team is excellent – top-quality partners, top-quality associates and top-quality work, and it is growing in terms of numbers and reputation as a result‘.
‘John Reynolds is long recognised as one of the leading lawyers in the field. He is pragmatic, accomplished and good fun‘.
‘Charles Balmain is an extremely impressive litigator, with great practical advice and an ability to spot – and emphasise – the winning arguments‘.
‘Rory Hishon is the king of detail; he knows all his cases inside out and is on top of everything‘.
‘Amanda Cowell is a whirlwind of energy – someone clients definitely want in their corner‘.
‘John Rogerson is a highly talented junior partner with gravitas beyond his years and an eloquent manner‘.
Goldman Sachs International
OJSC International Bank of Azerbaijan
Ingenious Media Investments and Ingenious Capital Management
System Capital Management
Aquila WSA Aviation Opportunities II
- Represented a Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Australian Securities Exchange-listed mining company in English High Court litigation proceedings, which involved alleged breaches of a sale and purchase agreement involving Peru’s Las Bambas mining project.
Addleshaw Goddard 'has a very dedicated and commercial approach to all aspects of disputes'. The firm has one of the UK's largest litigation practice and is regularly instructed in the biggest and most high-profile cases in the English courts, including large IT disputes and bet-the-company fraud cases. Michael Barnett is litigation head, Mark Molyneux, who divides his time between the London and Manchester offices, is commercial litigation head, and Louisa Caswell is London commercial litigation lead. The other names to note are Jon Tweedale, Richard Wise and Richard Clayton, along with legal director Mark Chesher and managing associate Natasha Winter. Former managing associate Richard Levett left for Enyo Law LLP.
Michael Barnett; Louisa Caswell; Mark Molyneux
‘Strategic in their thinking, clear in their advice and they don’t sit on the fence. The lawyers are also great to deal with – pragmatic, commercial and understanding of the pressures in-house teams are under‘.
‘Michael Barnett is a star performer who brings his vast experience of business disputes to bear on the cases he litigates. His ability to think out of the box and divine the other side’s Achilles heel is just as impressive as his in-depth knowledge of law and procedure‘.
‘Louisa Caswell stands out for her unflappable ability to handle the most difficult case and position‘.
‘Richard Clayton is a great tactical thinker who is always able to achieve outstanding results for his clients‘.
‘Richard Wise is a very organised, able young partner, who will be a real star in the future‘.
Associated British Foods
The Road Haulage Association
Co-operative Insurance Group
NKT Group of companies
Pendragon (Master) Fund
Manchester Airport Group
- In a seminal product liability case, the team acted for GlaxoSmithKline, the UK’s largest pharmaceutical company, in its defence of over 100 claims brought under a group litigation order.
Ashurst has a 'consistently excellent team of dispute lawyers, with a hands-on approach from partners, supported by a first-class team of associates'. The practice regularly manages commercial agreement disputes, while growth areas include follow-on damages claims, data litigation, procurement cases, judicial review and corporate investigations. Head of the firm's global dispute resolution practice Simon Bromwich specialises in the resources and infrastructure sector, with a particular emphasis on construction disputes; London dispute resolution department leader James Levy's practice covers complex, high-value disputes for corporations and financial institutions; while Jon Gale specialises in high-profile and complex commercial and regulatory disputes, particularly in the digital economy, transport and financial services sectors. Former counsel Jessica Neuberger left for Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP , while the highly regarded Edward Sparrow is now a consultant and chairman of the City of London Law Society.
‘The Ashurst team is extraordinarily pragmatic and commercial in its approach and quickly able to grasp the concerns, risks, objectives and motivation of a business very early in the dispute process.’
‘James Levy, Jon Gale and Simon Bromwich get thoroughly into the details of their cases, give very sound advice to their clients, and defend their interests with impressive vigour and determination‘.
Urban & Civic Developments
- Further to the European Commission’s decisions on a truck cartel, the team acted for Ryder and its subsidiary, Hill Hire, in a high-value private damages action against 20 defendants from the DAF, MAN, Daimler, Iveco and Volvo/Renault groups of companies.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Legacy Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave merged in 2018 to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. The combined London commercial litigation team is 'co-ordinated, available and always ready to support' and it frequently acts in high-profile litigation in the UK and overseas for global blue-chip, and high-net-worth clients. Oliver Glynn-Jones heads the London commercial dispute resolution team and Graham Shear leads the international litigation and corporate risk group. Other highly regarded advisers are Joby Davies, Mathew Rea and Oran Gelb. Sarah McAtominey and Helen Armstrong are the senior associates to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘A much admired and experienced commercial litigation team‘.
‘A diligent and skilful team of litigators‘.
‘Oliver Glynn-Jones and Oran Gelb are obvious standouts; they combine excellent analytical and tactical judgement with a commercial, client-friendly approach‘.
‘Graham Shear is a very experienced and savvy litigator, who has the ability to broker good results in difficult cases‘.
‘Mathew Rea is intelligent and a pleasure to work with‘.
‘Joby Davies provides sound advice‘.
‘Helen Armstrong is a very bright senior associate, with a very good eye for detail and the points that others may have missed‘.
‘Sarah McAtominey is an impressive senior associate‘.
Martin Brokers Group
Quick Service Logistics
SBR Soletanche Bachy International
Middle East National Airline
- Successfully defended an unfair prejudice petition brought against BCA Trading in a case that included the first contested application to use predictive coding during disclosure.
Clyde & Co LLP's 'clients' experiences always exceed expectations', according to some of those using the firm. With a well-known strength for insurance-sector work, the firm's large UK practice covers a broad range of commercial disputes for a range of industries. Its experience includes contractual issues, defence of class actions, shareholder disputes, M&A and joint venture matters, fraud, jurisdictional issues, warranty disputes, and enforcement proceedings. Recommended practitioners include Chris Burdett, who divides his time between London and Guildford, Richard Power, Neil Jamieson, Helen Rowlands, Tom White and Tim Crockford . Consultant Conrad Walker, and legal directors Anna Myrvang and Nicola Vinovrški are also experienced advisers.
CMS is 'excellent in communicating with clients and knowing what clients want in advance'. The firm has one of the larger disputes practices in the City and is widely respected for high-profile, bet-the-company disputes, regulatory litigation and investigations, and energy, technology and outsourcing disputes. Ben Trust and Steven Corney co-head the London litigation and arbitration group, while Jonathan Warne heads the wider litigation, arbitration practice. Also key to the practice are Bernard O’Sullivan, Guy Pendell, Jeremy Mash and Richard Bamforth, along with Omar Qureshi, Andrew Taplin, Lee Gluyas, Sukhi Kaler, David Bridge and Luke Pardey. Louise Boswell and Tim Sales are the senior associates to note and Tamsin Blow was made partner.
Ben Trust; Steven Corney
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very well resourced and the lawyers are always reachable, even at partner level‘.
‘A team of first-rate lawyers with real strength in depth; the team is approachable, knowledgeable, efficient, effective and a joy to work with. They secure repeat instructions in high-value and complex commercial litigation and appear in some of the most high-profile and important cases‘.
‘Jonathan Warne is an expert litigator and great tactician, who always gives extremely valuable, strategic advice‘.
‘Lee Gluyas is pragmatic, realistic and thoughtful while knowing the law intricately‘.
‘Luke Pardey is always robust and provides strategic litigation advice‘.
‘Guy Pendell is very practically minded, creative and commercially focused‘.
‘Senior associate Tim Sales is a heavyweight star of the future, who is already running an impressive caseload of his own – he has a keen intellect, an eye for strategy and inspires clients’ trust‘.
Atos IT Services UK
British Broadcasting Corporation
London Stock Exchange Group
Slater & Gordon
- Represented Slater & Gordon (UK) (S&G) in its Commercial Court claim against Watchstone Group (formerly known as Quindell), for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty, which arose from the acquisition by S&G of Quindell’s legal services division in 2015.
Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP 'takes on complex, commercial litigation and gets excellent results without fuss or waste'. Clients also praise the high level of partner engagement at the City boutique that specialises in complex and high-value commercial and financial dispute resolution.It's specialistfocus means it is free from conflicts of interest. Philip Young is a specialist in dispute resolution involving commercial and corporate matters, fraud, banking, partnerships, and insurance; Marc Keidan is well known across the high-end commercial disputes market; and Sinead O’Callaghan is particularly focused on the financial sector. Stephen Elam, Daniel Burbeary and Lydia Danon are also key litigators, and Arish Bharucha is an experienced senior associate.
Dechert LLP 'has good ability to think strategically and give clients sound advice, from a general commercial and strategic perspective as well as a legal one'. The London practice fields complex commercial litigators who are best known for handling high-stakes, multi-jurisdictional disputes on behalf of financial institutions, global corporations, high-net-worth individuals, corporate and sovereign debtholders, and investment funds. Commercial disputes head Dorothy Cory-Wright and counsel John Bedford joined in 2018 from Sidley Austin LLP, while the other names to note are Andrew Hearn, Adam Silver and Stephen Surgeoner, along with senior associate Daniel Natoff. Former commercial disputes head Bernard Caulfield retired from the firm.
‘Provide to-the-point accurate legal advice and litigation strategy in even the most complex matters.’
‘Strength in depth as a result of an impressive series of lateral hires‘.
‘Dorothy Cory-Wright is very well connected, practical and commercial‘.
‘Stephen Surgeoner is fantastic for client management‘.
‘Adam Silver is forensic, tenacious and always spots killer points. He is also modest and understated, achieving results with quiet but ruthless efficiency‘.
‘Counsel John Bedford shows incredible commitment to clients. He is a calming presence for clients and very approachable‘.
‘Senior associate Daniel Natoff is a rising star, who is assured, polished, and with a remarkable focus on clients and their needs‘.
The joint liquidators of Webinvest
Axle Holdings and Centigon Security Group
- Acted for Axle Holdings Pte (Axle) and Centigon Security Group (Centigon) in two sets of related proceedings in the UK and connected proceedings in the US, which related to Axle’s approximately $80m acquisition of Centigon’s share capital.
DLA Piper's litigation team is widely recognised for its international reach and deep sector expertise. It frequently advises on high value disputes such as Cyprus Popular Bank's attempts, as special administrator, to register a €3.5bn freezing injunction. Global co-litigation and regulatory chair Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry focuses on complex cross-border disputes and has particular expertise in banking, energy and natural resources; contentious M&A, fraud and asset tracing, and regulatory disputes.UK co-head of litigation and arbitration Jeremy Andrews is noted for fraud and asset tracing, banking and funds litigation, contentious trusts and estates, and natural resources disputes. Also highly regarded are Jamie Curle, James Carter and Edward Shaw, along with legal director Jeremy Sher and senior associate Charles Allin. Former Hogan Lovells International LLP construction disputes counsel Anna Mills joined as partner.
Jean‑Pierre Douglas‑Henry; Jeremy Andrews
Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co (in Special Administration)
- Acted for Renova Industries (RI) in proceedings brought in the BVI by RI and associated companies against Emmerson International (and various associated companies), which included a claim for declaratory relief in relation to the defendants’ purported exercise of a joint venture exit mechanism.
Enyo Law LLP
Enyo Law LLP is 'an excellent, commercial litigation practice that manages to balance a very strong work ethic with a calm, friendly style'. It is a conflict-free, specialist disputes firm that has extensive experience in securing and enforcing judgments and awards around the world. Simon Twigden has been increasingly focused on work from the CIS, Middle East and North African regions, George Maling has over 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation, and Louise Bell specialises in complex disputes arising out of insolvency situations. Other key partners are Pietro Marino, Edward Allen, Jonathan Brook, Tim Elliss and Nick Jones. Lucinda Orr was made partner in 2019 and Richard Levett was hired from Addleshaw Goddard in 2018.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's commercial and corporate litigation team was recently active in taking three cases to trial, with one in the Court of Appeal. Commercial dispute resolution group head in London Mark Davenport is also global international commercial disputes head; Neville Byford has over 25 years’ litigation experience; Richard Little's experience includes high-value actions in the Commercial Court; and Jonathan Leach has particular expertise in energy, trade and finance related disputes. Lucy Webster and Tim Browning are experienced principal associates, and legal director Rachel Bennet was hired from Enyo Law LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘A first rate team, highly responsive to clients’
‘Mark Davenport has led an outstanding team for many years.’
Damazein Global Investments
Peter Black Footwear and Accessories and Visage
- Acted for one of the world’s largest offshore engineering firms in a Commercial Court claim that centred around a high-value contract for an oil rig purchase.
Jones Day's London office frequently represents significant corporations in groundbreaking, cross-border litigation and is particularly renowned for its civil fraud and international asset tracing experience. Sion Richards leads the firm's global disputes practice in London; Craig Shuttleworth advises on litigation, arbitration, adjudication, and expert determination, as well as matters that focus on claimant fraud actions and white-collar crime; and Barnaby Stueck focuses on complex fraud, contentious insolvency, asset tracing and investment fund disputes, which often involve offshore jurisdictions. Adam Brown and Rhys Thomas are also key names. Daniel Travers and Annabel Treadgold were made partners and Sarah Batley is an experienced of counsel.
Other key lawyers:
Joint liquidators of Angel Group and other related companies
Standard Chartered Bank
- Acted as lead counsel to Mastercard in groundbreaking antitrust litigation commenced by retailers from across the UK and EU. This was in connection with the legality of certain Mastercard fees paid by retailers for payment card transactions.
Macfarlanes LLP has 'very engaged and committed lawyers, who really get to grips with key issues'. The litigation practice is well known for high-value, high-stakes corporate and commercial disputes and investigations, particularly with a cross-border element.It frequently advises on disputes arising from corporate acquisitions, investments and re-organisations, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements. Iain Mackie is head of litigation and dispute resolution, and Lois Horne has particular experience in corporate and shareholder disputes, contract issues, banking litigation and financial crime. Other names to note are Matt McCahearty and Guy Morpuss QC, and senior solicitor Christopher Charlton. Corporate crime and investigations head Neill Blundell was recruited from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, and Simon Day and Elizabeth Doherty were made partners.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has a depth of experience in cross-border matters, along with a network of global contacts and international experience that give it a strong edge when it comes to plotting strategy for multi-jurisdictional litigation‘.
‘Matt McCahearty is an outstanding strategist for international litigation matters. Calm and practical, he has the patience to learn all of the facts and ferret out the right legal solution for the situation‘.
‘Guy Morpuss QC provides an excellent service as an in-house firm silk‘.
Mayer Brown International LLP's 'team is strong and has good cross border capability'. It acts for clients in commercial litigation across a number of industries, such as finance, manufacturing, telecoms, consumer products, energy and media. Ian McDonald heads the litigation and dispute resolution practice in London; pensions litigation practice head Stuart Pickford is particularly focused on commercial trusts, with his practice also including shareholder disputes and warranty claims; and Miles Robinson is recommended for substantial contractual and commercial litigation court claims, often with a cross-border element. Also key to the practice are Mark Stefanini, Alistair Graham and counsel Dan Hart . Well known white-collar partner Sam Eastwood and Jason Hungerford were hired from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Other key lawyers:
‘Miles Robinson is a strong litigation team manager with good judgement‘.
Panama Canal Authority
Principal Global Investors
Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees
- Acted for Société Générale in an appeal against a judgment, which found that it had wrongly maintained freezing orders against a Turkish counterparty.
Norton Rose Fulbright 'provides in-depth sector knowledge and real identification with clients' issues and priorities; it is also one of the easiest teams around to work with'. The firm's disputes lawyers advise multinational and domestic corporate clients on the full spectrum of complex contentious corporate and commercial matters. It acts for public and private companies operating across the financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology, and life sciences and healthcare sectors. Recommended advisers are Ruth Cowley, Antony Corsi, Ffion Flockhart, Neil Miller and Patrick Bourke, along with EMEA head of litigation and disputes and global head of antitrust Peter Scott . Of counsels Jane Park-Weir and Charlie Weston-Simons, who was promoted in 2018, are also recommended. Harriet Jones-Fenleigh was made partner in 2019. Veteran litigator and white collar specialist Sam Eastwood left for Mayer Brown in 2018.
Peter Scott; Patrick Bourke
Other key lawyers:
‘Creative and effective litigators, who achieve outstanding results for their clients with great strategic thinking that outflanks many opponents‘.
‘Ffion Lockhart and of counsel Charlie Weston-Simons are outstanding‘.
UBB Waste (Essex)
McLaren Technology Group
- Represented Shell in its successful defence of a $183m multi-jurisdictional claim for conspiracy and breach of contract.
Pinsent Masons LLP' 'lawyers are very tough and determined in the pursuit of their clients' interests'. The practice is noted for high volume, big-ticket litigation and stands out for complex commercial disputes in the energy, financial institutions and technology sector. It frequently advises on cases with cross-border and multi-jurisdictional elements, including Russia and Ukraine. Michael Fenn is London litigation and regulatory head with Glasgow-based Laura Cameron heading the risk advisory services group . Also highly rated are Katharine Davies, Stuart McNeill, Alan Sheeley, Ben Fairhead, and legal directors Richard Dickman and Michael Fletcher. Daniel Gardiner is an experienced senior associate.
Laura Cameron; Michael Fenn
Other key lawyers:
‘A genuinely superb firm for big-ticket litigation that combines brilliant litigation tactics with professionalism and a team ethos that are unrivalled‘.
‘Katharine Davies is one of the most experienced and best dispute lawyers in the London market – the person clients absolutely want on their side‘.
‘Stuart McNeill is clever, calm, objective and balanced‘.
‘Michael Fenn is an exceptional adviser, who has significant experience acting for large clients – clients completely trust his advice‘.
‘Daniel Gardiner is a brilliant associate, who has good sense, good judgement and determination‘.
Aeroflot- Russian Airlines
Trevarian Management and others
- Acted for six corporate defendants, including Teamtrend, Trade Point Agro and Milbert Ventures, in their groundbreaking successful jurisdictional challenge and discharge of a $2.6bn freezing injunction obtained by Privatbank.
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP 'has excellent client management skills, with an ability to cut through complex legal issues to the nub of a problem'. The practice advises on the full spectrum of commercial litigation matters, including complex provision of services contracts, interpretation of contract terms, and fraud and fiduciary duty issues. It also has extensive experience of contentious restructuring issues, unfair competition, and trade secrets disputes. Ben Summerfield and Richard Spafford co-chair the commercial and corporate litigation team, which also includes international arbitration specialist Belinda Paisley and international trade and commodities expert Vassia Payiataki, along with Paul Skeet, Tom Webley and Eoin O’Shea.The senior associates to note are Laura-May Scott and Simon Greer.
Other key lawyers:
‘Ben Summerfield is outstanding – a dream lawyer loved by clients for his ability to spot a killer point and distill complex matters into clear, succinct summaries‘.
‘Tom Webley is practical and commercial, with sound judgement as to what points a judge is – and is not – likely to be receptive to‘.
RPC's 'extremely strong commercial litigation team is engaged in some of the most high-profile disputes in the market'. The well-established disputes practice frequently receives referrals from Magic Circle and US firms, and can draw upon its own specialist contentious teams that cover disputes in banking and finance, commodities, tax, employment, real estate, IP, IT, insurance, construction, competition, and media. Geraldine Elliott is commercial disputes head, Tom Hibbert is global commercial disputes head, and Simon Hart is head of financial disputes. Other experienced practitioners are Davina Given and senior associates Daniel Wyatt and Laura Martin.
Geraldine Elliott; Tom Hibbert
‘Stocked with great litigators, RPC is probably the best litigation firm outside the Magic Circle and therefore the first choice for many clients that prefer a more direct and focused style of litigation‘.
‘The team never rests on its laurels; it is refreshingly down-to-earth, hands on, and dedicated to securing the best possible outcomes for clients‘.
‘Tom Hibbert has years of experience of high-profile commercial litigation and brings a light touch to complex tactical decisions‘.
‘Davina Given has an outstanding mind; she is precise and analytical, coupled with a first-rate knowledge of the law. She is also tenacious and determined – a really formidable opponent‘.
Oleg Deripaska and Filatona Trading
The Federal Republic of Nigeria
Adler Real Estate
The People of the State of California
Ingenious Media Holdings
Bank St Petersburg
- Acted for Cypriot company MountainPeak Trading in its damages claim against Citibank in the English High Court, which arose from an alleged overpayment made under a facility agreement.
Signature Litigation LLP has 'a highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution'. It is a specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border. Graham Huntley acts in M&A disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, economic tort claims, and regulatory disputes and investigations. Simon Bushell specialises in complex international disputes. Other recommended partners are Abdulali Jiwaji, Daniel Spendlove and Ioannis Alexopoulos, while Kathleen Leslie is a notable senior associate.
Other key lawyers:
‘Signature has done exceptionally well in forming and growing a talented pool of commercial litigators, who are busily engaged on some of the most important and highest profile commercial cases presently proceeding through the courts‘.
‘The practice has a commercial and innovative approach to finding funding solutions‘.
‘Graham Huntley is a leading figure in commercial dispute resolution and widely regarded as a rainmaker‘.
‘Daniel Spendlove is excellent, with great attention to detail, wide experience and excellent client care‘.
‘Abdul Jiwaji is calmness personified and a first-rate communicator‘.
SG Group Claimants
Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund
Bluewaters Communications Holdings
- Represented Bluewaters Communications Holdings in two claims that arose from an agreement between Bernie Ecclestone and Gerhard Gribkowsky in relation to the 2005 sale by BLB of its stake in Speed.
Stephenson Harwood has particular strengths in cross-border disputes in the energy, financial services, shipping, aviation, art and real estate sectors. Recent growth included the hiring of Justin McClelland, who is focused on contentious financial regulation, economic crime, and corporate investigations, from Winston & Strawn LLP. John Fordham heads the commercial litigation group; Richard Garcia has particular litigation expertise in relation to shareholders, partnership joint ventures, post-acquisition issues and corporate investments; meanwhile Sue Millar is particularly focused on the financial services and international trade sectors. Also highly rated are Edward Davis, Richard Gwynne, sports law group head Ben Sigler and Kate Cordery. Guy Harper was made partner in 2019, and Caroline Houghton and Alina Neal are the senior associates to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘Justin McClelland is a first-class litigator, whose calmness under fire reflects his military background’.
Nigerian National Petroleum
High Commissioner for Pakistan in the UK
Blue Power Group
Libyan Investment Authority
IBRC Asset Finance
Edgeworth Capital (Luxembourg)
The trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust and the Tchenguiz Family Trust, and related companies.
- Successfully defended Nigerian National Petroleum in a dispute involving the enforcement of a $400m arbitral award.
Akin Gump LLP's London group 'has grown up fighting complex, multi-jurisdictional cases and conducted some of the highest value and most complex litigation for some of the savviest and most sophisticated clients'. It specialises in complex cross-border litigation, including acting for hedge funds and other investment firms on international creditor disputes.These include restructuring matters, debt disputes and shareholder activism issues.Other key areas are energy disputes and Russia and CIS-related litigation. Mark Dawkins, Richard Hornshaw, Kambiz Larizadeh and Justin Williams are all experienced advisers; senior counsel Sheena Buddhdev and counsel Jenny Arlington are also names to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘Its tactical skills are exceptional‘.
‘Richard Hornshaw is a phenomenal lawyer, who is hardworking, bright, client focused, and possessed of sound judgement‘.
The joint administrators of Afren
Partners of Deloitte, as joint administrators of African Minerals
- Advised Oceanwood Opportunities Master Fund on multiple sets of proceedings, which arose out of the Norske Skog group’s financial restructuring.
Baker McKenzie is 'a truly international law firm with its international offices working closely together to provide a seamless litigation service for clients'. It regularly advises on high-stakes disputes, particularly in multi-jurisdictional contexts; and the commercial litigation practice is supported by niche expertise in fraud, and corporate, shareholder and post-M&A disputes. John Leadley leads the global dispute resolution practice group, which also fields Hugh Lyons, Francesca Richmond and Charles Thomson.
‘The team is very well resourced, with top partners supported by very able associates‘.
‘One highly noticeable trait is that this seems to be a very happy place to work‘.
‘John Leadley is a senior litigation partner, who is right at the top of his game; his judgement is always right on the money and he commands great loyalty from his team and peers at other law firms‘.
‘Hugh Lyons continues to stand out in this area; he is tactically astute, commercial and realistic‘.
‘Charles Thomson is dynamic and technically excellent‘.
Dubai Islamic Bank
Edwardian Hotels Group
Standard Chartered Bank
The Walt Disney Company
- Acted for Edwardian Hotels Group in a £100m dispute between certain of its minority and majority shareholders.
Bird & Bird LLP 'has a very rigorous approach to dispute resolution'. It is particularly active in disputes involving technology and communications, financial services, retail and consumer matters, and media, entertainment and sports law. Jeremy Sharman and Sophie Eyre co-head the London dispute resolution group, which also includes Jonathan Speed and senior associate Rachel Glass.
Jeremy Sharman; Sophie Eyre
‘Jonathan Speed has an excellent eye for detail and stays several steps ahead of his opponents tactically‘.
Bank of China Aviation and Bank of China Aviation (Ireland)
Cathay Pacific Airways
Basis Technologies International
- Successfully represented Singapore-based Bank of China (BOC) Aviation and BOC Aviation (Ireland) in a landmark case against the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines and its parent United Breweries.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 'fields a very strong team of lawyers who provide precise and correct legal analysis'. The London litigation practice is well known for its representation of global corporations, financial institutions, and sovereign states in high-value and complex, cross-border disputes. Jonathan Kelly advises on a wide range of matters including antitrust and competition, banking and financial services, corporate and private equity matters, regulatory enforcement and investigations, and sovereign immunity. Also highly rated are Sunil Gadhia, Christopher Moore, David Sabel , Romano Subiotto QC and James Norris-Jones. James Brady was made partner in 2019.
Cooley (UK) LLP's 'commercial litigation team is second to none in terms of knowing its clients' business and giving targeted advice'. The London litigation team's work is international and frequently multi-jurisdictional, and it covers asset recovery, employment, general commercial disputes, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, life sciences, product liability, public international law, technology disputes and IP. James Maton heads the UK disputes practice, Laurence Harris is vice chair of the global litigation department and Rod Freeman is an experienced product litigation lawyer. Also key to the group are Kevin Perry and Mark Deem. Sascha Grimm and Henry Stewart have been promoted to partner.
Other key lawyers:
‘James Maton is a valued partner to clients. He makes it his job to understand every aspect of clients’ business, which makes his advice an invaluable tool‘.
Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria
Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands
Maritime Heritage Foundation
Tata Steel UK
The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company
- Advised Allergy Therapeutics in High Court proceedings against Inflamax Research and three of its directors. The proceedings relate to a clinical trial in 2015.
DAC Beachcroft LLP is 'commercial, practical and approachable'. The practice is particularly known for disputes work in the banking and financial services arena, accountants' regulatory investigations and professional liability, and IT, IP and defamation matters. It also provides litigation support to the health sector. Many of its disputes involve international aspects, with Italy, Russia and Latin America all the sources of significant instructions. Practice head John Bramhall, Richard Highley and Jonathan Brogden are highly rated; other key litigators are Campbell Dye, Ken Forsyth and Rachel Cropper-Mawer.
Other key lawyers:
‘Practical and to the point’
‘Sensible pragmatic lawyers, who are experienced and user friendly‘.
‘Richard Highley and John Bramhall embody the qualities of commerciality, practicality and approachability‘.
Sanofi Aventis Groupe
Edwards (part of the Atlas Copco group)
The Bacardi Group
Dentons' London team 'gives fast, reliable and clear advice on difficult questions that also have cross-border strategic implications'. It advises corporate clients on a range of litigation, including post-M&A issues, corporate control, joint ventures and shareholder matters. Liz Tout heads the litigation and dispute resolution practice in London and Daren Allen is head of the financial markets and commercial disputes team. Other key lawyers include Craig Neilson, Simon Colledge, Adrian Giles, Dan Bodle and Thomas Leyland, while Tara Boateng is an experienced senior associate.
Daren Allen; Liz Tout
Other key lawyers:
‘Top-notch service to clients at a competitive pricing level‘.
‘Adrian Giles is always available on very short notice‘.
‘Daniel Bodle is an extremely calm litigator who never loses sight of the clients’ objectives‘.
Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Government of India
EDF Energy Customers
Cathay Investments 2
- Acted for the Government of India in Commercial Court proceedings, which involved pursuing and defending challenges and appeals (under the Arbitration Act 1996) in relation to a United Nations Commission on International Trade Law award.
Farrer & Co's 'lawyers are interested in clients' business and go to great lengths to understand the issues that affect them'. The practice has an emphasis on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and commercial contracts. The key individuals are practice head Adrian Parkhouse, the 'outstanding' Kate Allass, Jeremy Gordon and Toby Graham, along with Ian De Freitas, John Wilkinson, Charlotte Fraser and Ben Longworth. Jolyon Connell was made partner in 2019 and William Charrington is an experienced senior associate.
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice combines the human touch of a firm with a strong private client background with the quality and efficiency of any City firm‘.
‘Adrian Parkhouse is absolutely one of the top commercial litigation solicitors in London. He gives top-quality service and gets superb results. He is also utterly unflappable in the most extreme circumstances‘.
‘Kate Allass is very switched on and empathetic; she manages clients and their expectations superbly, and knows when to press hard and when to back off for a while‘.
‘Ben Longworth is knowledgable, practical and tremendously easy to work with – he is the dream instructing solicitor’.
‘Kate Allass is absolutely outstanding. Very bright and understands the legal aspects of the case, but also very practical and commercial.’
RP Explorer Master Fund
Heartwood Wealth Management
Red Kite Management
Robert Tchenguiz and his interests
British Airline Pilots Association
Celsa Steel (UK)
PGA European Tour
- Acted for AMT Futures in a complex international contract claim, which included concurrent actions against multiple defendants in separate sets of Commercial Court proceedings, as well as a Supreme Court hearing.
King & Spalding LLP's London disputes practice is a key part of the firm's broader global litigation practice.. It has experience handling corporate and commercial disputes before the English courts for domestic and international clients. Sarah Walker's practice encompasses disputes in the financial services, aviation, IT, communications and energy sectors; Egishe Dzhazoyan acts for clients in the banking, financial services, telecoms, mining and energy sectors. The group also boasts four silks in Thomas Sprange QC, John Savage QC, Stuart Isaacs QC and Gareth Rees QC, while Ben Williams is a notable senior associate. Nicholas Cherryman left for Kobre & Kim LLP.
Sarah Walker; Thomas Sprange QC
‘Sarah Walker has an excellent understanding of the offshore world in the context of financial services disputes‘.
Libya Africa Investment Portfolio
- Advised Motorola on a longstanding battle to recover approximately $3bn in damages from members of Turkey’s Uzan family.
Kirkland & Ellis International LLP is 'brilliant tactically and delivers excellent results for clients either by mediating a way through or, if that is unsuccessful, by bringing its highly skilled and expert litigators to bear'. The team has successfully represented clients in high-profile matters before the English courts, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Christopher Colbridge represents multinational corporations, governments and government-owned entities in disputes around the world. Also highly rated are Rajinder Bassi and Richard Boynton.
‘Rajinder Bassi is well known and highly respected; she is a smart, robust international litigator who is brilliant with clients and opponents alike‘.
‘Richard Boynton is a truly outstanding, young partner who will undoubtedly be one of the top commercial litigation superstars within five years‘.
ICS Inspection and Control Services
Imtech Nordic Group
- Acted for a global engineering group in connection with claims that arose out of the purchase of certain assets of a company in liquidation.
Osborne Clarke LLP
Osborne Clarke LLP 'has a very collaborative team that processes the most challenging and difficult tasks in litigation in an efficient way'. It is particularly active in cross-border disputes involving the Middle East, Russia and the CIS, working on commercial loss claims, technology-related cases, energy and project disputes, directors' issues, and joint venture and business partnership disputes. Andrew Bartlett, Tom Ellis and Adrian Lifely are all highly rated practitioners, while Nick Price is an experienced associate director. Russia and CIS disputes head Artem Doudko recently joined from White & Case LLP.
Adrian Lifely; Tom Ellis
‘The team’s senior elements are always present but good juniors are allowed to progress‘.
‘Andrew Bartlett is very clever and excellent at communicating‘.
‘Artem Doudko is a sharp-minded litigator‘.
BB Energy Group
Marks & Spencer
Vision Games 1
- Acted for BB Energy (Gulf) DMCC in a claim which arose out of losses suffered under oil trading contracts entered into with the SAMIR Moroccan oil refinery.
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP 'has a strong litigation department with a high-profile practice'. It acts for clients in significant matters in the English Courts as well as in jurisdictions that follow English law and are subject to Privy Council appeals, such as Bermuda, the BVI, Cyprus and the Cayman Islands. The team also handles high-value, complex disputes that involve parties in Russia and central eastern Europe, as well as litigation in the energy and telecoms sectors. Karyl Nairn QC and David Kavanagh QC are the global co-heads of the international litigation and arbitration group, which also fields Bruce Macaulay, David Herlihy, Daniel Gal, David Edwards and counsel Jonathon Egerton-Peters.
Karyl Nairn QC; David Kavanagh QC
Other key lawyers:
‘Exceptionally hardworking, responsive and extremely efficient; with first-class legal knowledge. They recognise the key issues in play and know not to get bogged down in irrelevant matters‘.
‘A stellar litigation practice with great strategic thinkers and planners‘.
‘Karyl Nairn QC is undoubtedly one of the great litigators in the London market‘.
‘David Kavanagh QC is highly experienced, has good judgement and a creative approach‘.
‘Bruce Macaulay is an iron fist in a velvet glove; he is the one that every client should want on their side. He has immense experience and ability in international commercial disputes of all types‘.
‘David Edwards is a very sound litigator‘.
Great Station Properties and Inter Growth Investments
ATK Energy EU
- Successfully represented Gennadiy Bogolyubov, a former main shareholder in Ukraine’s PrivatBank, in obtaining the dismissal of a civil fraud claim brought against him by PrivatBank for over $2bn in England’s High Court.
Taylor Wessing LLP manages a broad range of commercial and corporate disputes, primarily in the professional services, financial services, technology and life sciences sectors. It is also well known for its experience in disputes involving corporate crime, fraud and investigations, product liability, restructuring and corporate recovery, Cybersecurity, technology, finance and professional negligence. Andrew Howell is disputes and investigations head and Shane Gleghorn is UK managing partner. David De Ferrars, Tim Strong and Laurence Lieberman are also highly regarded, while Katie Chandler was made partner in 2018 and senior counsel Boris Telyatnikov is the contentious lead for the Russia and CIS desk.
Other key lawyers:
‘David De Ferrars is an excellent partner who is very commercially savvy.’
‘Senior associate Edward Spencer is a real star who has a very good eye for detail and is the font of all knowledge when it comes to disclosure issues.’
‘Max Kempe is an up and coming associate who is very reliable.’
Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1
C&F Green Energy
Thought Machine Group
- Acted for a high-net-worth individual in a high-profile and complex shareholder dispute.
Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP's London-based commercial litigation group is active in high-stakes, high-complexity disputes, and stands out for its transatlantic litigation capabilities. Natasha Harrison is London managing partner and practice head and Fiona Huntriss acts in a range of commercial disputes, restructuring and insolvency litigation, sovereign matters, and banking and finance litigation. Matthew Getz is also highly rated, Will Hooker was made partner after recently joining from Clifford Chance LLP, while Prateek Swaika was promoted to counsel.
Teesside Gas Transportation
- Advised Midtown Acquisitions on its enforcement and recognition proceedings in the UK, which related to two judgments from the New York courts that totalled approximately $600m.
Bristows LLP's team 'is more than a collection of lawyers; it is a real team working together - and for each other - for a common client-focused goal'. The practice stands out for complex IT disputes, as well as commercial claims involving IP licensing and exploitation contracts; it has also experienced growth in disputes involving the misuse of confidential information, and instructions for pharmaceutical and life sciences companies. Mark Brown, Anna Cook and Simon Clark are experienced advisers, as are Jeremy Blum and Angela Fouracre. Kevin Appleton retired from the firm.
‘The lawyers have a keen sense of the commercial aims of their clients and how to focus strategy so as to achieve those aims and they have an exceptional understanding of the commercial markets in which their clients operate‘.
‘Mark Brown is a fantastically bright litigator, who gives primacy to clients’ needs and aims, listens to and challenges advice appropriately, and is a pleasure to work with‘.
‘Anna Cook displays a high level of attention to technical and legal detail, and recognises and distills the important features of any case‘.
‘Angela Fouracre is highly professional and an excellent communicator. She is commercially focused but nevertheless a fine lawyer and good to work with‘.
Goodrich Actuation Systems
Gee 7 Group
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
- Acted for Blizzard Entertainment, a global computer games publisher, in the first successful claim in the UK against purveyors of cheats and bots in the online computer gaming sector.
Brown Rudnick LLP's large London-based dispute resolution group spans cross-border civil fraud, criminal and regulatory work and regularly handles complex financial, real estate, IP and other commercial disputes. The firm is able to litigate against banks without conflicts as well as advising major multinationals. Neil Micklethwaite is global dispute resolution managing director, Neill Shrimpton is London litigation head and Nicholas Tse, who divides his time between the London and Paris offices, heads the worldwide international arbitration team. The other names to note are Jane Colston, Christian Toms, Olga Bischof and counsel Gerald Byrne.
Neil Micklethwaite; Neill Shrimpton
Recovery Partners GP and Revoker
Threadneedle Asset Management
Mahdi Mahmoud Haji Abdullah and other members of the Haider Abdullah family
- Successfully acted for Recovery Partners GP and Revoker in claims that former directors and employees conspired to take a highly valuable business from them.
Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has an excellent understanding of its clients' objectives and their industries'. The team advises on complex, high-value corporate and commercial disputes for clients that range from multinational corporations to high-net-worth individuals. Recent cases include disputes in the technology, telecoms, financial services, mining, energy, aviation and retail sectors. Stewart Hey, Edward Craig, John Sykes and Rhys Novak are all highly rated practitioners; Charlotte Pender was made partner.
‘Excellent domestic and international lawyers who are at the top of their game for complex disputes.’
‘Stewart Hey is an excellent lawyer with massive experience of the biggest claims‘.
‘John Sykes is a great lawyer with effortless interpersonal skills’.
‘Edward Craig has an excellent understanding of the issues faced by clients and is a reliable contact‘.
Central Bank of Bahrain
National Bank of Greece
- Acted for Teutonic Energy Services to recover sums owed under a supply contract.
Covington & Burling LLP
Covington & Burling LLP 'has a great amount of experience and specialist skills, and the team is user friendly and responsive to client demands'.The practice often acts in financial markets-related issues, as well as general commercial litigation involving contracts, business torts, trade secrets, IP, corporate governance and control cases, and obtaining urgent, injunctive relief from the English courts. It also has a focus on life sciences litigation, cybersecurity breaches and data privacy issues. Craig Pollack serves as co-chair of the firm’s global problem solving practice; Louise Freeman co-chairs the commercial litigation and European dispute resolution practice groups; and Alex Leitch has acted for governments and global listed clients from the financial services, life sciences and technology sectors.
Alex Leitch; Louise Freeman
Other key lawyers:
‘Uniquely qualified in private equity fund litigation. The lawyers are smart, practical and commercial, and work seamlessly with their regulatory and business colleagues across geographies‘.
‘Alex Leitch understands the funds business as well as being an excellent litigator – he offers sound commercial judgement along with solid legal advice‘.
World Anti-Doping Agency
- Acted for all five defendants from an investment house in a valuation matter that related to an investment into – and ownership of – a five-star hotel in the Swiss Alps.
Edwin Coe LLP has a strong bias towards claimant work and fraud matters, and undertakes a wide range of high-profile work, from defamations, to disciplinary work, to contentious IP, competition and property disputes. Litigation and dispute resolution team head David Greene has a niche class action practice and Ali Zaidi is restructuring and insolvency head. Nick Neocleous is also highly regarded, and Zahira Hussain, Fred Sheppard and Thomas Johnson are the key senior associates.
‘David Greene has a stellar reputation.He is great with clients, has very sound and sensible tactical judgement, and usually gets his own way to the benefit of his clients’.
‘Dogged persistence, laced with charm, is the hallmark of David’s team‘.
Claimants in trucks cartel fraud
Eclipse tax schemes claimants
The Creditors of Crown Currency Exchange
Sidney Webb House residents
- Represented a group of around 200 claimants in proceedings that arose from the fraudulent sale of timeshare products.
Fieldfisher's 'team is very professional and highly technical. It has the ability to get to the root of complex and challenging cases'. The practice covers high-value finance disputes, post-M&A litigation and has a significant civil fraud and financial crime team. The team has been carrying out increasing work in the CIS. Colin Gibson heads up the team, which comprises Kit Jarvis, Vivien Davies, Andrew Lafferty, Jonathan Ray-Smith, Aymen Khoury and Daniel Hayward, along with legal director Nicola Sewell and senior associates Abdul Sattar, Nathan Capone and Hannah Piper. Simon Moore retired from the firm and Rhys Griffiths departed for Fox Williams LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Don’t back down.’
‘Methodically and patiently present cases that demolish the ability of the opposition to present any coherent defence that does not represent the truth‘.
‘Tremendous strength in depth, with very capable lawyers at all levels.’
‘Colin Gibson is a dynamic, excellent head of department, who is very good on the detail, but glosses over irrelevancies to concentrate on the big picture‘.
‘Kit Jarvis is into the detail and works with clients to drive cases forward‘.
‘Daniel Hayward is a fighter and particularly good with Russian and Ukrainian clients’.
‘Legal director Nicola Sewell has the ability to cut to the heart of the matter, rather than scoring points around the edges‘.
Robert Reid and Stephen Jennings
Mavuli Caboose Establishment
Compound Photonics Group
- Acted for the owner of a Spanish copper mine in a €50m post–M&A dispute.
Fladgate LLP 'covers a wide range of complex areas of commercial law with skill and efficiency'. The department is known for litigating against larger firms in complex, high-value disputes, which are often internationally focused. Practice head Bree Taylor is well known for high-value company and shareholder disputes; Steven Mash is a third party funding expert; Alexander Wildschütz has particular expertise in cross-border matters; and John Ford, who specialises in complex trust, civil fraud and high-profile art disputes, recently joined from Pinsent Masons LLP. Tom Bolam is an experienced senior associate.
‘High level legal expertise with good commercial awareness and personal attention of partners‘.
‘Steven Mash is an absolutely top-drawer litigation partner, who is extremely experienced and delivers very sage advice’.
Andrew Herd, CEO of Victoria Gate Casino
The Dutch Rijksmuseum Twenthe
Ede & Ravenscroft
- Defended a German manufacturer of automotive parts against a claim for allegedly supplying defective automotive parts.
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP's 'commercial litigation practice stands out for its strategic thinking from the beginning of cases and the deep knowledge and involvement in the details by senior associates and partners'. The London-based international disputes practice covers litigation, fraud and white-collar crime, international arbitration, and regulatory and compliance. It is also known for freezing injunction cases within the UK market. James Kitching and Justin Michaelson are highly rated, and Leigh Mallon and Duncan Saunders are the associates to note.
Justin Michaelson; James Kitching
‘Justin Michaelson is outstanding‘.
‘James Kitching and associate Leigh Mallon are highly skilled solicitors, who are knowledgeable in the law and clear strategic thinkers‘.
Sberbank of Russia
Sergey Belyaev and Irina Belyaeva
- Represented Russia’s Sberbank in a successful challenge against an application made to the High Court by the International Bank of Azerbaijan, which sought an order for a permanent moratorium against creditor action in England and Wales.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's London practice is highly regarded for commercial litigation, including multi-jurisdictional co-ordination of complex cross-border disputes, major group litigation, and offshore disputes, particularly those destined for Privy Council appeal. It also has litigation expertise in financial services regulatory matters, employment, antitrust, public law, insurance, hedge funds, telecoms, boardroom disputes, and expropriation-related litigation. Philip Rocher specialises in high-value, cross-border litigation and has deep experience in financial sector disputes with former UK Lord Chancellor Charles Falconer handling major commercial litigation with a focus on appellate work. Other names to note are Allan Neil, Osma Hudda, Patrick Doris and Doug Watson.
Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi and related parties
Genesis Resources and related parties
- Acted for Investcorp Bank (Investcorp) in proceedings brought in the Cayman Islands by a Dubai-based investor, which included allegations that Investcorp representatives guaranteed a return of 45 per cent on his investment in its hedge fund programme.
Gowling WLG's team is 'always responsive and thorough'. The practice acts on large, multi-jurisdictional cases, as well as in domestic High Court matters. It has particular strength in fraud and asset tracing, insurance and reinsurance, insolvency, financial services and contentious trusts. UK commercial litigation head James Sidwell is a senior litigation partner in the London team while chairman Andrew Witts advises on international and offshore fraud cases. Also highly regarded are Alex Jay and Andrew Smith, whose primary office is Birmingham. Catherine Naylor has been promoted to partner.
‘The firm deploys a mix of London and Birmingham professionals, enabling it to provide a first-rate service at economic rates, with dedicated high-quality partners leading a great team of associates‘.
‘Shows sound judgement and strength and depth in its knowledge when getting to grips with a case‘.
‘The stand out partners are James Sidwell, who is an outstanding lawyer, highly personable, astute and extremely intelligent; and Catherine Naylor, an extremely competent and hardworking lawyer, who is efficient and offers sound pragmatic advice‘.
‘Andrew Smith is very experienced and a great team leader‘.
‘Senior associate Tom Cox is a future superstar, who gets into the detail but also sees the wood for the trees‘.
Nicholas Candy, Christian Candy and CPC Group
TMF Group (Equity Trust (Jersey)
Philips Electronics UK
The Federal Republic of Brazil and The Municipality of Sao Paulo
First Peninsula Trustees and Port of Hercules Trustees
Dover Street and The Fine Art Auction Group
- Advised two corporate trustees in high-value, multi-jurisdictional litigation, which arose out of the Madoff Ponzi scheme fraud.
Hausfeld & Co LLP has been investing in its London practice adding two lateral hires, with Lucy Pert and Michael Bywell joining from Harbour Litigation Funding and Arnold & Porter, respectively. The team, which is 'very user-friendly and accustomed to risk in a way many firms are not', stands out for high-profile disputes on behalf of claimants, and is experienced in disputes involving competition law, arbitration, fraud and insolvency. It has also experienced growth in TMT litigation. Lianne Craig leads the commercial disputes team and Anthony Maton is London managing partner; John McElroy is also highly regarded.
‘A responsive and highly intelligent team that is not afraid to take on cases that are large or complex‘.
‘Lianne Craig is very good, clever, commercial and user-friendly’.
‘Antony Maton is a great tactician with excellent client skills‘.
‘John McElroy is knowledgeable, commercial and very easy to work with‘.
‘Lucy Pert is a very capable litigator‘.
- Represented the liquidators of Premier Motorauctions in a high-profile £54m claim against PwC and Lloyds Bank, which alleged that they conspired to force the business into administration.
Howard Kennedy LLP advises sovereign governments, members of royal families, corporations, owner-managed businesses and wealthy individuals on international contractual and commodities disputes, financial services matters, civil fraud, professional negligence, IP and insolvency disputes. Simon Taylor is dispute resolution head. Duncan Bagshaw, who has particular disputes experience involving the energy sector and Africa, joined from Stephenson Harwood, while Dominic Offord, who has acted in large-scale cross-border insolvency and fraud cases, was hired from Browne Jacobson LLP, taking over as commercial litigation head from Louise Bennett. Also key to the team are Fiona Hinds and legal director Ayesha Salim.
Simon Taylor; Dominic Offord
HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz
Peterhouse Corporate Finance
Jeeves Group Liechtenstein
- Represented a payment services provider in a claim for damages against its former bank, which arose from the summary termination of banking facilities.
Jenner & Block LLP
Jenner & Block LLP 'has an extremely strong team of fantastic lawyers, who are incredibly committed to their clients and to achieving results'. The practice acts in high-value, complex matters that frequently have cross-border or international elements and involve proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. A number of the team's matters also raise new questions of law. Jason Yardley advises on disputes involving finance, insolvency, mining, energy, technology and telecoms issues, while Christian Tuddenham acts in high-profile cases in the financial services sector. Also key to the team is James Woolrich . Elizabeth Shimmin was made partner in 2019.
‘The lawyers have very sound commercial judgement and a great strategic approach‘.
‘Jason Yardley is a standout individual, who is extremely clever, hands on and creative‘.
‘Elizabeth Shimmin is a fantastic partner, who has great commercial judgement, drafts extremely well and is excellent with clients‘.
Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings (former Lehman Brothers real estate private equity fund)
Singularis Holdings (in Official Liquidation) and Grant Thornton as liquidators
- Acted for Cruz City 1 Mauritius Holdings in a worldwide action against India’s Unitech Group to enforce an award that is valued at approximately $500m.
K&L Gates LLP
K&L Gates LLP is 'a great firm with huge coverage across the globe and the London disputes group works well together as a team'. It advises on disputes involving corporate transactions, funds, finance, fintech, media, sport and high-net-worth individuals. John Magnin is the London head of complex commercial litigation and disputes; Anne McCarthy advises on financial sector claims and has a substantial negligence practice; Clarissa Coleman spent much of 2018 assisting with shareholder and boardroom disputes; while Martin King is noted for sport, technology, betting and gaming, and commercial life sciences disputes. Clare Tanner is an experienced special counsel and James Boyd is the senior associate to note.
‘The client experience is very good – lawyers take on board the issues and give various options on financing defences‘.
‘Excellent work from lawyers who are good at pointing out the rationale of proceedings and how these things generally go‘.
‘John Magnin is very knowledgeable’.
William Andrew Tinkler
David Ingram and Amanda Wade of Grant Thornton
Longulf Trading (UK)
- Acted for William Andrew Tinkler in five separate proceedings that rose out of his highly publicised dispute with the board of the Stobart Group.
Keystone Law 'has significant expertise in the field and provides quick answers and flexibility to match clients' needs, while caring about good legal solutions'. Alex Ferrari's practice covers various sectors and encompasses both domestic and international disputes, Matthew Reach specialises in business-related and company disputes, and Robert Lawrie acts in cases involving shareholder and general commercial disputes, as well as fraud allegations. Patrick Pennal is also an experienced adviser. New arrivals in 2018, included Gagan Ranu, the former India desk head at Lewis Silkin LLP; as well as corporate and commercial disputes specialist Iain Roxborough and Dharmendra Nair, a disputes lawyer specialising in shipping, commodities and commercial litigation, who joined from Clifford Chance LLP and Squire Patton Boggs, respectively.
Kingsley Napley LLP has expertise in areas such as civil fraud, professional negligence, insolvency, banking and trusts, and its commercial litigation clients include listed companies, professional football clubs, government agencies, as well as trustees in bankruptcy, offshore trust companies, Middle Eastern banks and Formula 1 companies. The firm also advises high-net-worth individuals and high-profile entrepreneurs. Richard Foss leads the dispute resolution practice, which also fields Ryan Mowat, Sue Thackeray, William Christopher and Fiona Simpson. Mary Young was recently made partner.
‘More than similar teams in other firms, they are tough, resilient and determined to fight hard for the clients’ interests.’
‘Fiona Simpson is very committed and commercially minded.’
‘Will Christopher – very user-friendly, but tough, determined and tenacious.’
‘Ryan Mowat – bright, fully committed to every case, and a tactical genius.’
‘Hannah Fitzwilliam – very bright, fearsomely organised and a real star of the future.’
‘Good depth of knowledge across various departments which enabled the firm to give expert advice not only on the dispute resolution aspect of the matter, but also on professional regulatory issues.’
‘Fiona Simpson has an ability to pick up and follow small items of information gleaned from her background research that most firms would miss.’
‘Iain Miller has a good knowledge of the law outside his own area of expertise, as well as exceptional authority within it. This enables the client to plan the conduct of a matter strategically, instead of being forced to follow events, maximises the possibility of a successful resolution without wasting management time and resources unnecessarily.’
Thought Machine, Paul Taylor, Sarah Moger and Mark Warrick
Rangers Football Club
Paul Allen of FRP Advisory in his capacity as trustee in the bankruptcy of Jason Cheung
- Acted for various Rangers Football Club companies in long-running and acrimonious litigation with Sports Direct International, its owner Mike Ashley, and other Sports Direct companies.
Lewis Silkin LLP's 'team is very down to earth but with great client-handling skills and experience'. It has significant disputes experience involving international and cross-border litigation, jurisdictional issues, joint venture and shareholder issues, share purchases and warranty claims, as well as disputes in the trusts, partnerships, utilities, construction, competition and civil fraud areas. Simon Chapman leads the dispute resolution group; Mark Lim specialises in high-value and complex international disputes, and Clive Greenwood has over 30 years’ experience of litigation, arbitration and mediation cases. Other names to note are Andrew Wanambwa and managing associates Nigel Enticknap and Fraser McKeating, the latter recently promoted.
‘Commercially minded, dogmatic and with great strength in depth.’
‘Clive Greenwood is the standout star. He has superb rapport with clients and understands the nuances of litigation like no other‘.
‘Mark Lim is exceptionally approachable and charismatic, with a roll-your-sleeves-up mentality‘.
‘Andrew Wanambwa is an outstanding commercial litigator, who has a calm and assured manner, but works extremely hard to achieve the desired result for clients – a class act in the London litigation scene‘.
‘Managing associate Fraser McKeating is building an amazing list of clients – he is thorough and careful and provides the highest quality of work‘.
‘Managing associate Nigel Enticknap is careful and thorough‘.
House of Fraser Global Retail and House of Fraser UK & Ireland
Marks & Spencer
International Game Technology
The Arsenal Football Club
- Defended House of Fraser Global Retail against an unfair prejudice petition, which was presented by minority shareholder West Coast Capital (part of the Sports Direct group of companies).
Milbank advises some of the world’s leading corporates and financial institutions on large and complex business disputes. The practice has significant cross-border experience and stands out for its ability assisting with commercial disputes on both sides of the Atlantic. Co-managing partner of the London office Julian Stait leads the London litigation team, and has a track record for commercial litigation that involves banking, financial services, IT, competition disputes, and investigations. Tom Canning is also widely praised.
Other key lawyers:
- Acted for global satellite service provider, O3b, in relation to Commercial Court and Court of Appeal proceedings against a satellite-based internet provider.
Mishcon de Reya LLP's litigators are 'very tough but imaginative' in devising the appropriate strategy for clients. The team is also hardworking, with 'impressive litigation experience at both senior and junior levels'. It acts for businesses that range from owner-manager operations to multinational entities, with disputes crossing several jurisdictions.The practice is largely conflict free and able to act on large commercial disputes and group actions. Kasra Nouroozi heads the dispute resolution department, which includes fraud defence group leader Kathryn Garbett as well as James Libson and Richard Leedham. The team makes use of technology and eDiscovery to reduce the cost of large-scale litigation and also has experience with litigation funders, group litigation claims and shareholder actions.
‘This team goes to court a lot and knows how to share know-how and experience efficiently and effectively’
‘A go-to team for urgent applications – particularly freezing injunctions, with a genuine track record of success‘.
‘Richard Leedham is superb – a great project manager and finisher. Clients enjoy considerable success by strategically partnering with him. He knows how to achieve results‘.
- Acted for AIM-listed AssetCo in its claim for £38m in damages against Grant Thornton for the negligent audit of its accounts in 2009 and 2010.
Morrison & Foerster LLP's London Litigation team is best known for handling complex cross-border disputes that often have finance, insolvency or antitrust components. A significant number of the team's disputes' clients are in the technology and finance sectors, but it has also advised on litigation involving the manufacturing, retail and media sectors, among others. Practice head Jonathan Wheeler and Gemma Anderson are all highly rated practitioners, and Richard Jerman is a well-regarded associate.
‘Stable staffing on long-running cases with the benefits of being a large global player that can attract high-quality individuals’.
‘Jonathan Wheeler is a user-friendly, highly capable litigator who is always measured in his approach to litigation, rejecting the histrionics of some of his opponents‘.
Grant Thornton, as trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari
Liquidators of Saad Investments Company
Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group
- Acted for the liquidators in the highly complex $9.2bn liquidation of Saad Investments Company, which has raised several jurisdictional issues.
Payne Hicks Beach's 'team is responsive, knowledgeable and really gets into the detail of a case, considering all angles from which it can be approached'. The disputes practice covers finance, professional negligence, commercial litigation in the motor industry, breach of warranty claims, marine law, property-related commercial matters, reputation management and judicial review. Dominic Crossley became head of the dispute resolution department in 2018, replacing Stephen King, who is now consultant. Richard Manyon is also highly rated, commercial litigation partner Lucas Moore was hired from Jones Day, and Ane Vernon was made partner.
‘Works hard to deliver the best possible results for clients‘.
‘Richard Manyon is an incredibly intelligent lawyer, with a good sense of what will and won’t work in litigation. He is always willing to go the extra mile for clients and to think pragmatically about achieving the best result‘.
‘Lucas Moore is a first-rate litigator who is intelligent, commercial, pragmatic and also has a real eye for detail. Clients really appreciate his direct commercial approach‘.
Whitepost Healthcare Group
Italia Conti Group
Ancasta International Boat Sales
Snap On (Holdings)
The Saga Group
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
The Royal Society of Biology
- Acted for Whitepost Health Care Group in its claim against Santander regarding mis-sold interest rate hedging products.
Shearman & Sterling LLP's Susanna Charlwood has broad experience in the litigation of high-profile and high-value commercial disputes, including banking and finance-related matters and restructuring and insolvency situations. Her work frequently involves concurrent proceedings in more than one jurisdiction and her clients include companies in the mining, communications and transport sectors, banks and hedge funds. Also highly rated is of counsel Jo Rickard, who advises on litigious matters across a range of industries, including financial Institutions, insurance and TMT.
Watson Farley & Williams LLP
Watson Farley & Williams LLP's international disputes practice regularly handles large-scale, complex commercial and corporate litigation on behalf of investment banks, large corporations, shipping lines, and global energy and natural resources companies. Andrew Hutcheon specialises in disputes involving the offshore oil and gas, energy, natural resources, shipping and aviation sectors, and Andrew Ward has particular expertise in the maritime sector. Also key to the team are Rebecca Williams, Rob Fidoe and Thomas Ross. Former team head Andrew Savage left for McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP.
Withers LLP' London lawyers are 'extremely patient, caring and attentive, and understand different cultural differences'. The team is focused almost exclusively on cross-border matters and houses experts in complex, international asset recovery cases. It also has specific expertise in the fields of art, brands, fashion and sport. Peter Wood is global CEO of dispute resolution, Tatiana Menshenina acts for Russian and CIS clients, and Roberto Moruzzi heads the Europe litigation and arbitration team. Also key to the group are Niki Olympitis, Christopher Coffin and Andrew Wass; Lesley Timms was recently made partner.
Other key lawyers:
‘What makes the practice unique is Withers’ world-class, private client practice, which means that when dealing with cases involving individuals such as oligarchs they have a real understanding of how these people operate and how they structure their affairs‘.
‘Legally and strategically astute and give excellent client service‘.
‘Peter Wood is a great name in international commercial litigation‘.
‘Christopher Coffin is very experienced and an exceptionally good strategic decision-maker who gives well-considered and sound advice‘.
‘Lesley Timms is thorough, hardworking and dedicated to her clients‘.
Vladimir Ivanovich Galagaev and others
- Represented 79 claimants in a high-value claim for fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy, which was connected with the sale of loan notes and the collapse of a major bank in Russia.
Arnold & Porter has a strong track record handling multi-jurisdictional litigation and has in-depth expertise in corporate and commercial disputes that arise out of its experience in the pharmaceutical and private equity sectors. Hilton Mervis's corporate-based litigation typically involves issues arising out of joint ventures, private equity and partnership structures, while Jane Wessel has extensive experience handling competition damages litigation in the English High Court and the Competition Appeal Tribunal. Charlotte Mallorie and Tom Fox are experienced counsels.
Estera Trust (Jersey)
- Acted for minority shareholders, Estera Trust (Jersey) and Herinder Singh in a major shareholder dispute, which related to the affairs of the Radisson Edwardian hotel chain’s holding company.
Boodle Hatfield LLP's litigation team 'provide the same high quality of work and results that more than match a Magic - or Silver - Circle firm, yet with more direct partner level involvement that is not reflected in the costs charged'. The team advises on significant commercial disputes and is highly regarded for its arts law and arts finance litigation experience. Simon Fitzpatrick leads the commercial litigation team and senior associate Kellie Jones acts for several high-net-worth individuals from the Middle East, particularly in disputes involving joint ventures. Tim Maxwell left for Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excels at handling high-quality, technical litigation‘.
‘Very bright and commercial – they have niche expertise but can ably turn their hands to a broad range of commercial disputes‘.
‘Simon Fitzpatrick is quite simply outstanding‘.
Chiltern Farm Chemicals
- Represented Chiltern Farm Chemicals, a UK manufacturer of slug pellets, in its appeal to secure protection for a commercially sensitive field monitoring study.
Candey is praised for its 'attention to detail and capacity to work under pressure'. The practice is rated for complex shareholder, securities and joint venture disputes. Managing partner Ashkhan Candey heads the department with Andrew Dunn; Yuri Botiuk and James Collins are also experienced advisers. Mo Haque QC was hired from Campbells' BVI office.
Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn
‘The team is very logical and has great lateral thinkers who are analytical; they also display a great deal of creativity in problem solving‘.
‘Yuri Botiuk is very knowledgeable , with practical and effective suggestions as to how a case should be handled‘.
‘James Collins understands the specifics of cases and does not miss any important detail‘.
Dial Partners and Dial House Consultants
Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK)
Nissan Motor Iberica
Sberbank of Russia
- Acted for corporate finance boutique Dial Partners, and its sister company, in proceedings against Eastern Airways International (and its former owners) in a claim involving the non-payment of fees.
Collyer Bristow LLP's team has wide experience of business and high-net-worth disputes, as well as internal disputes (including boardroom and partnership issues). Its team includes specialists in mining, Fintech, financial disputes, insolvency, IP, IT and e-commerce, and competition. Richard Viegas heads the commercial disputes team, which also includes Stephen Rosen, Jeff Roberts, Janine Alexander and media and privacy department head Steven Heffer.
Chapelgate Credit Opportunity Master Fund
Vald Nielsen Holdings and Newwatch
Equatorial Congo Airlines
Learn to Trade
Baird & Co
- Acted for Fraser Turner in a complex £80m claim against PWC (and others) for inducing breach of contract and unlawful means of conspiracy; the claim was in relation to a listed mining company placed into administration.
Dorsey & Whitney
Dorsey & Whitney's 'team is flexible and dynamic' according to clients, who point to appropriate resourcing with ' partner-level judgement coupled with associate-level common sense and good industry knowledge' resulting in good service delivery. Tim Maloney heads the firm’s London office and London trial team, which regularly acts in complex international cases. Matthew Blower specialises in high-value commercial litigation.
Other key lawyers:
United Healthcare Group
Traffic Monsoon (in receivership)
- Acted for Watchstone Group (formerly known as Quindell) in a high-profile warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation claim, which arose from a share purchase agreement relating to the sale of Quindell’s professional services division.
Forsters LLP's 'very down-to-earth group' has some 'genuine talent within the ranks. It enjoys great personal relationships with its clients, who are not just other customers for them'. The full-service disputes team has broad expertise across the commercial, corporate and private wealth sectors, which compliment the firm's contentious teams in property, construction and family. The team also regularly handles matters with multi-jurisdictional elements. Emily Exton heads the dispute resolution group, which also includes Benedict Walton, Andrew Head and senior solicitors Christopher Bacon and Bryan Shacklady. Roberta Harvey joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP to strengthen the team's contentious trust and estates practice.
‘Very capable lawyers who are able to handle high-value and complex disputes in an effective and cost-efficient manner‘.
‘Extremely hands on, with a high level of partner input‘.
‘Benedict Walton stands out for his commitment to clients, detailed understanding of the facts and issues, and approachability‘.
‘Senior solicitor Bryan Shacklady has excellent attention to detail and clients visibly trust him‘.
Fox Williams LLP 'fields superb commercial litigators, who are excellent tacticians and strategists'. Clients describe it as 'a niche firm that is able to stand up to firms several times its size'. The practice's particular areas of disputes focus are civil fraud, financial services regulatory, employment, investment banking, partnership and policy holder insurance matters. Gavin Foggo, Tom Custance, Peter Ashford and David Butler are highly regarded advisers; group action specialist Andrew Hill was hired from Stewarts Law LLP.
‘A very engaging team that provides well-thought, comprehensive advice‘.
‘Gavin Foggo is an exceptional talent, who is very user friendly and insightful in commercial litigation – not afraid to engage with the detail but always sensitive about clients’ concerns‘.
‘Tom Custance vigorously defends clients’ cases and avoids unnecessary and expensive procedural gambits‘.
‘Peter Ashford is a level-headed and robust commercial litigation and arbitration partner – never overbearing but not aloof‘.
Pamplona Strategic Investments and Pamplona Capital Management
Eric Daniels (former CEO of Lloyds Bank)
- Defended Hertz Europe against a high-value claim that was brought by Ryanair in relation to an exclusive car rental supplier agreement.
Harbottle & Lewis LLP's 'commercial litigation group is excellent; it is also innovative and dependable'. The team acts for the firm’s established core media, technology and entertainment client base, as well as the retail and financial sectors and high-net-worth clients. Andy Millmore heads the dispute resolution team and Sandi Simons is commercial litigation head. Louis Castellani is also highly regarded, Matthew Leverton was made partner, and Georgina Long promoted to senior associate; former senior associate Melanie Hart is now at Ince.
‘Unparalleled media experience, but the firm also has an unusual level of general commercial and legal understanding‘.
‘Sandi Simons gets involved in the detailed thinking and is very creative in seeing possible problems before they happen‘.
‘Matthew Leverton is always available; he is also a very clear thinker, gives balanced advice, and is highly intelligent and articulate‘.
‘Georgina Long is excellent – she has a cool head and gets the job done no matter what is thrown at her‘.
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Concert Promoters Association
Royal National Theatre
LW Theatres Group
Hat Trick Productions
- Acted for a film financing company in a Commercial Court claim, which was brought by a lender for repayment of a film production-related loan.
HFW is widely respected for its expertise in energy, mining and transport-related disputes. The practice also regularly acts in litigation involving commodities, manufacturing, utilities, engineering, financial services and international trade companies. Damian Honey represents clients in disputes in relation to commodities and freight-related matters; other highly regarded advisers are Simon Blows, Noel Campbell, Costas Frangeskides and Alistair Feeney.
Humphries Kerstetter LLP
Humphries Kerstetter LLP is 'a high-quality litigation boutique that has the ability to act in all commercial disputes, including against financial institutions'. It advises clients in sectors such as financial services, energy, defence, insurance, TMT, international trade and construction. Mark Humphries, Kristopher Kerstetter, Christopher Braithwaite and James Russell are all experienced advisers; Toby Starr joined from Starr Legal and of counsel Robert Javin-Fisher was hired from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.
Mark Humphries; Kristopher Kerstetter; Christopher Braithwaite; James Russell; Toby Starr
Other key lawyers:
‘A combination of Magic Circle-type expertise with practical commercial advice at a more realistic charge rate‘.
‘Christopher Braithwaite, Mark Humphries and Kristopher Kerstetter are all experienced litigators, who are hardworking and highly effective’.
Azitio Holdings, Oleg Mkrtchan and Gastly Holdings
One Blackfriars (in liquidation).
Marfin Investment Group
- Represented a group of merchants in claims against MasterCard and Visa for overcharging on interchange fees.
Ince & Co and Gordon Dadds LLP merged in late 2018 to become Ince. The new entity is 'strongly focused on promoting clients' interests and is very well-organised in dealing with litigation procedures'. It advises on disputes in sectors such as transport, trade, energy and infrastructure, and insurance in addition to litigation surrounding corporate law, real estate, private wealth, employment and regulatory issues. Nicholas Yapp heads the dispute resolution practice, which also includes joint London managing partner Nick Goldstone and Melanie Hart , who was hired from Harbottle & Lewis LLP.
‘Focused on the client and ensuring their expectations can be met. The team is also very good at keeping the client informed and on top of the issues‘.
‘Nick Goldstone is a dogged and tenacious operator, who fearlessly drives both litigation and negotiation to achieve clients’ goals‘.
Swiss Life Group
The Kapoor Group
Mr Robert Horton of R2 Recovery
The London District Housing Association
- Acted for Swiss Life Group in the enforcement of high-value US federal court judgments under The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
Almost all of McGuireWoods London LLP's matters involve co-ordinating litigation in multiple jurisdictions, whether relating to parallel claims or overseas enforcement.The practice's litigation frequently involves regulatory and arbitration elements. Hardeep Nahal handles high-profile cases in the market, Michael Tackley is focused on cross-border issues, and William Boddy acts in complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes that often involve fraud allegations.
Michael Tackley; Hardeep Nahal
Other key lawyers:
Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees (in its capacity as trustee of the Tchenguiz Family Trust)
West End Homes and Les Residence Falcon Wharf
- Acted for Vincent Tchenguiz and his interests in a high-profile £2.2bn claim against Grant Thornton UK, Iceland’s Kaupthing Bank (Kaupthing) and others, which arose out of Kaupthing’s collapse.
Memery Crystal LLP 'delivers an excellent partner-led service and regularly seems to outperform its competition'. The practice has particular disputes expertise in relation to financial services, tax, insolvency, commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, natural resources, and international trade. Dispute resolution head Mark Whelan, Harvey Rands and Iain MacWhannell are the key contacts. In 2018, Jenni Jenkins was made partner and Joel Seager was hired from Enyo Law LLP, while in 2019, Dean Nicholls joined from Gordon Dadds LLP. Jane Marsden has left the firm.
‘A first-class financial services litigation practice’.
‘Mark Whelan takes a very hands-on role, making sure that he fully understands the desired commercial outcome from the outset‘.
‘Iain MacWhannell is excellent – he is commercial, pragmatic and astute‘.
Petricca & Co Capital
Jersey Oil & Gas
Brotherton Real Estate
- Acted for Marex Financial in a high-value damages claim for breach of delivery and title obligations in relation to nickel sale contracts.
Michelmores LLP is 'very responsive to questions, requests for meetings and reacting to developments generally. The practice obviously has other matters, but clients feel as if their case is the priority'. It is best known for financial services litigation, insurance coverage disputes, insolvency litigation, and financial crime and fraud. Jonathan Kitchin in Exeter is department head, Peter Sigler became private client head in 2019 and Garbhan Shanks is head of both international arbitration and insurance and reinsurance.
Peter Sigler; Garbhan Shanks; Jonathan Kitchin
‘The lawyers think ahead and consider proactive ways to avoid problems arising or how best to manage anticipated issues that lie ahead‘.
‘Jonathan Kitchin has a very sound legal mind and is very approachable‘.
‘Peter Sigler is exemplary – thoughtful, responsive and has expert knowledge of the law. He is also an excellent case strategist and effective leader of clients’ issues‘.
‘Garbhan Shanks is hands on and always directly involved.He is obviously experienced and gives calm, measured advice, even when the pressure is on‘.
York Global Finance
Richard Pease & CRUX Asset Management
AlixPartners Services UK
- Represented approximately 1000 small and medium-sized enterprises in claims that they were mis-sold tailored business loans.
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP's London office stands out for its expertise in the energy, insurance, and financial services sectors. Nick Greenwood's clients include private equity, banking and financial services entities; Peter Sharp has a broad litigation practice that spans the oil and gas, financial services, insurance, aviation, and engineering sectors; and David Waldron advises on international commercial, oil, gas, energy, and antitrust disputes. Paul Mesquitta is a notable associate.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP 'provides excellent legal knowledge and analysis, coupled with a sensible, common-sense approach'. The team handles complex, cross-border disputes as well as significant domestic litigation, and it is particularly active in the firm’s core practice areas of finance, energy and technology. Simon Willis' work often involves financial and professional services institutions, contentious regulatory work and professional negligence; and Maria Frangeskides' practice includes international trade, energy, commercial fraud, finance, and shareholder and joint venture disputes. Amanda Voss, Adam Rizzo and Wayne Hofer are notable senior associates. Matthew Lawson retired from the practice.
‘Simon Willis is very clever and gives straightforward, clear advice to clients‘.
‘Adam Rizzo is an efficient and highly personable senior associate, who is excellent at running cases on a day-to-day basis‘.
Ernst & Young
Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile
- Acted for KPMG in relation to the collapse of Carillion, one of the largest corporate insolvencies in UK history.
PCB Litigation LLP's 'overall service is excellent and its lawyers are friendly but also very professional and efficient; their rates also represent good value for money'. The boutique is best known for fraud and asset recovery work, but it has also developed a significant commercial litigation disputes practice, both internationally and domestically. Anthony Riem and Trevor Mascarenhas are highly rated, as are Jon Felce and Nick Ractliff.
Anthony Riem; Trevor Mascarenhas
‘A tight-knit team with work done by partners who have extensive experience of business in Russia and neighbouring countries‘.
‘Anthony Riem is praised for his clear advice; he is also commercial and prepared to engage with all stakeholders, not just clients and other lawyers‘.
‘Trevor Mascarenhas has a seriously impressive knowledge of the law, particularly on issues such as jurisdiction and conflict of laws’.
‘Nick Ractliff is a highly effective manager of long-running litigation, particularly where there is a necessity to co-ordinate with third parties and to engage in further litigation to enforce a judgment after a successful trial’.
‘Jon Felce is a calm and collected presence, and the breadth of his legal writing demonstrates that he has a genuine enthusiasm for the law‘.
- Acted for a global satellite company in bringing a conspiracy claim.
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is experienced in specialist areas such as group action litigation, banking and finance disputes, defamation and reputation management, cybercrime, product liability, and IP and IT matters. Rustam Dubash heads the department, Richard Marshall leads the international litigation and arbitration team, and David Niven heads the professional negligence and group actions practice. Also highly regarded are Philip D’Costa, Alex Fox, Dan Hyde, John Doherty, Donald Lambert and Noel McMichael. David O’Brien was made partner.
Other key lawyers:
Munroe K and Munroe K Luxembourg
Scarborough Group International and over 53 others
Shannon Construction and Royston Wright
General Practitioners Defence Fund
- Acted for Scarborough Group International and over 53 others in a Commercial Court claim against the Bank of Scotland and Uberior Investments, which involved alleged fraudulent LIBOR manipulation.
Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is 'an excellent boutique for commercial work, with an emphasis on quality and customer service'. It is traditionally known for fraud matters but now acts in major commercial and corporate litigation with or without fraud elements. The team assists with high-profile, international cases, including matters where freezing and disclosure orders are obtained. Keith Oliver, Jonathan Tickner, Sarah Gabriel and Jason Woodland are all highly rated practitioners.
Jonathan Tickner; Keith Oliver
‘A small but effective team, with good access to senior individuals – clients won’t find themselves passed on to junior members‘.
‘Keith Oliver has many years of experience and is well known in the industry‘.
‘Sarah Gabriel is totally committed to her clients and prepared to work above and beyond the call of duty; she handles more difficult clients with ease, and while tough she never loses sight of negotiated resolutions‘.
‘Jonathan Tickner leads a team of talented lawyers with wide experience in commercial dispute resolution and a focus on fraud-related claims‘.
‘Jason Woodland is an extremely safe pair of hands‘.
Mohammad Al Mojil and Adel Al Mojil
Secretary of State for Health and the NHS Business Services Authority
Group claim against Ingenious Media
18 clients bringing claims against Scion Media
Swiss Post International (UK) and Asendia UK
Pure Energy Development and Elnur Aliyev
- Acted for Alexander Tugushev in relation to his ownership of a one-third stake in an international fishing business that is estimated to be worth approximately $1.5bn.
Sidley Austin LLP
Sidley Austin LLP's Matthew Shankland heads the London dispute resolution practice and is co-leader of the firm-wide commercial litigation and disputes practice group. His experience encompasses a spectrum of corporate and commercial cases conducted in the higher courts of England and the European Courts, as well as before international arbitration tribunals and the courts of other jurisdictions. Highly rated former global litigation co-head and London litigation head Dorothy Cory-Wright and counsel John Bedford joined Dechert LLP in 2018.
Squire Patton Boggs' 'team stands out with its great level of client communication and understanding'. The London litigation practice acts in complex, often multi-jurisdictional cases, working particularly closely with offices in the US, the Middle East, CIS, and the Far East. Stephen Sampson is head of London litigation, Gareth Timms is particularly focused on banking disputes, including Islamic finance, asset tracing and fraud related work, and Chris Webber is also highly regarded. Nicola Phillips was made partner in 2018 and Stephen Cole is an experienced director. Former London managing partner Robert Weekes and Laurence Winston, who was previously UK litigation head, both joined Crowell & Moring.
‘Clear expertise in financial and contractual disputes with a strong teamwork ethos that delivers excellent value for clients‘.
‘Chris Webber is a very focused specialist, with in-depth experience in negotiations.’
Chelsea Football Club
LAN Cargo and LATAM Airlines Group
- Defended Rembrandt Enterprises, a US producer of egg products, against a claim before the Commercial Court, which was brought by a Dutch entity over the supply of egg products in the US.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP is 'very professional and client focused, without the internal politics that can trip up other practices'. Its key strengths are corporate, banking and insurance disputes, together with a specific aviation and aerospace focus. The team is also particularly active in Middle East-related work and commercial disputes involving public sector bodies. Lucy James heads the national commercial litigation team, Ned Beale focuses on high value corporate disputes, and Alex Burton co-heads the firm's international dispute management practice. James Lancaster is an experienced senior associate.
‘The firm’s lawyers interact well, which is to the benefit of clients; they also respond very quickly to any points clients make‘.
‘Ned Beale is highly intelligent. He uses a layered approach to a case, building up each legal point over time until it becomes fortified against all attacks. He also makes sure clients understand where he or she is going with the case and for what purpose‘.
Central Bank of Bahrain
Panasonic Bic UK
Giant Target Trenchless Contracting
Currie & Brown International
- Represented a high-profile CIS businessman in high-value litigation surrounding a port’s ownership.
Wallace LLP 'has a talented team of commercial litigators in place to resolve litigation, arbitrations and disputes of a commercial nature'. It frequently acts in complex, domestic and multi-jurisdictional corporate and commercial disputes. Simon Serota is litigation head, Alexander Weinberg has expertise in shareholder and joint venture disputes, and matters involving breaches of directors’ duties; Oli Goldman acts in a variety of commercial disputes and fraud-related matters; and Craig Thompson advises on disputes involving IT, telecoms, retail, sports, manufacturing and aviation. Elizabeth Asher and Josephine Mathew,are the senior associates to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘The skillset is high and the legal teams within the firm pay specific attention to cases and client needs; it is very traditional in its problem-solving approach, ensuring compliance with established regulations and practices at every step‘.
‘Alexander Weinberg is exceptional – he has a clear focus and outlines throughout the approach that needs to be followed‘.
‘Oli Goldman is an awe-inspiring litigator‘.
‘Craig Thompson is a hugely experienced and shrewd operator, with a great feel for strategy‘.
‘Senior associate Elizabeth Asher is fantastic to work with‘.
‘Clients only have praise for senior associate Josephine Mathew‘.
Konstantinos Daskalakis and Arvind Mundhra
William Paterson-Brown and Timothy Paterson-Brown
Excell Business Systems
- Acted for two defendants in successfully challenging the English court’s jurisdiction in relation to $100m-plus claims that alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and contract.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP 'has a fantastic London litigation practice' that regularly works with its colleagues in Europe, the US and Asia. Jamie Maples has been developing the office's growing focus on significant tax litigation matters and Mark Lawford's principal areas of expertise include cross-border insolvencies and restructurings, debtor and creditor representations, and insolvency litigation. Christopher Marks is the associate to note.
‘Very thorough and lawyers are always available to bounce ideas off’.
‘A small team of highly experienced lawyers, who are able to manage large cases through the effective use of counsel‘.
‘Jamie Maples is an excellent and incisive team leader, who brings a refreshing approach to litigation problems‘.
‘Christopher Marks is a go-to associate for anything contentious; he is very approachable, knowledgeable and thinks though every angle‘.
Ad hoc committee of 2017 noteholders of Dana Gas
Stuart Sybersma and David Soden as joint provisional liquidators of Abraaj Investment Management
KPMG (joint special administrators to MF Global UK)
- Represented the ad hoc committee of Dana Gas sukuk certificate holders in proceedings in England, UAE and BVI, which arose out of the alleged unlawfulness of a $700m Shari’a compliant bond.
Winston & Strawn LLP's 'specialised litigation team in London' frequently acts as the co-ordinating hub for major international disputes across Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Michael Madden leads the firm’s commercial litigation team in London and regularly assists with disputes involving corporate acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures; Daniel Meagher, who is experienced in disputes involving energy, aviation, financial services, telecoms, construction, and shareholders, was made partner, while Justin McClelland left for Stephenson Harwood.
Michael Madden; Daniel Meagher
‘A niche practice in the UK but the team does punch above its weight‘.
‘Michael Madden does outstanding work and deploys a range of skills necessary to be successful in this area, not least tenacity and a thorough grasp of the issues‘.
Shebah Exploration and Production Company
- Represented Shebah Exploration and Production Company in a dispute surrounding a high-value facility agreement.
Ashfords LLP is 'an impressive outfit that provides a streamlined, high- quality commercial litigation service for clients'. The practice handles disputes involving contracts, partnerships, company directors, share and asset purchase agreements, freezing injunctions, debt recovery, and cross border disputes. James Crighton is an experienced partner, and Bristol-based Rory Mac Neice specialises in disputes in the technology and sports sectors.
James Crighton; Rory Mac Neice
‘Ashfords benefits from having quality people throughout all levels of the team – there are no weak links‘.
‘The extremely commercial James Crighton is someone clients want on their side‘.
Douglas and Gordon
nGage Specialist Recruitment
Paul E Schweder Miller & Co
- Acted for the claimant in an Insolvency Act claim, which included the successful resistance of a strike out application.
Blake Morgan LLP is 'a real alternative to large City firms for commercial litigation, with particular strength in international cross-border work', according to clients. The practice has particular specialisms in financial, technology, IP, hospitality and gaming disputes, as well as civil fraud. Sarah Rees and Justin Weare are the key advisers.
Other key lawyers:
‘A go-to team for difficult and complex shareholder and stakeholder disputes, especially those involving trusts and asset tracing‘.
‘Sarah Rees is extremely personable, on top of the detail in every case and with a strategic vision that is rarely seen‘.
‘Justin Weare is bright, thoughtful and sensible, with considerable experience of heavyweight commercial litigation‘.
The Ritz Hotel Casino
The Kerry Group
- Acted for Transworld Payment Solutions UK (and its liquidator) in a fraud-related claim against First Curacao International Bank.
Bracewell (UK) LLP launched an energy disputes practice in late 2017 through the hiring of partners Damian Watkin and John Gilbert from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP and K&L Gates LLP, respectively. The office focuses on emerging economies such as those in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, as well as the more developed markets of the UK and continental Europe.
John Gilbert; Damian Watkin
Aqua Ventures International FZE
- Acted for Dana Petroleum in a dispute surrounding the ability of an operator under North Sea joint operating agreements to recover certain acquisition costs from non-operating parties.
Burges Salmon LLP's Bristol-based practice 'has great market presence in disputes, excellent knowledge of the law and is very hardworking'. It fields specialist litigators in transport, energy and natural resources, financial services, agricultural and rural affairs, IP and pensions. David Hall heads the team, which also includes Kari McCormick, Andrew Burnette, Chris Jackson, Sian Edmunds and Michael Ward.
‘Competes head to head with the leading firms, but at a lower cost to clients‘.
‘Kari McCormick has an excellent knowledge of the law and is extremely commercial in her approach‘.
‘Sian Edmunds is really on the ball when it comes to delivering practical solutions for her clients, but is not afraid of a fight‘.
FirstGroup and subsidiaries
Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company
Crown Commercial Service Panel
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
The Crown Estate
- Acted for Ludlow Street Healthcare (and associated group companies) in a shareholder dispute.
Charles Fussell & Co LLP is 'rarely conflicted and provides a top-rate service to clients'. The team acts predominantly for claimants in commercial disputes, fraud and professional negligence cases. Charles Fussell specialises in high-value, multi-party litigation, and Simon Winter is noted for disputes involving commercial contracts, commercial fraud, shareholder disputes, and professional negligence claims against solicitors.
Other key lawyers:
‘A very strong boutique practice that has a focus on partner-led work‘.
‘Charles Fussell and Simon Winter are truly outstanding lawyers, who are also excellent with clients – a winning combination‘.
- Acted for companies controlled by Venezuelan shipping magnate Wilmer Ruperti in claims against the Novoship group of shipping companies for alleged breach of a settlement agreement’s confidential and non-disclosure terms.
DaySparkes is 'a class outfit that comprises super lawyers with great experience'. Commercial litigation and dispute resolution head John Day's work frequently has an international dimension, with increasing amounts of trust, fraud, insolvency and international arbitration work. Michael Sparkes recently handled several complex disputes against international banks.
Other key lawyers:
‘A highly committed micro-boutique with partners who are no-nonsense, hands-on litigators‘.
‘John Day and Michael Sparkes understand what clients need in conflict situations and never fail to deliver‘.
- Defended a property developer against alleged property fraud and freezing injunction proceedings.
Druces LLP's 'team is very hardworking, organised and committed to getting the right results for clients'. The disputes practice covers high-value cross-border matters, banking and finance, claimant-side professional negligence, claims against directors, shareholder and partnership issues, mining, oil and gas, and property and insolvency. Julian Johnstone, Charles Spragge and Neil Hayter are experienced advisers, and Rachel Brown is a highly regarded senior associate.
Julian Johnstone; Charles Spragge
‘Clients always get a truly balanced view and the lawyers provide good value and a sensible approach‘.
‘Charles Spragge is a real asset, who is sensible and sensitive in his handling of clients‘.
‘Julian Johnstone is a bright, lateral-thinking litigator, who is sensible, robust and realistic‘.
‘Senior associate Rachel Brown is always fast to respond, and honest and balanced in her advice – even if clients don’t like it‘.
Fondation Ion Basgan
Credit Europe Bank
Onur Air Tasimacilik
DWF is 'accessible, knowledgeable and meets deadlines'. The London office is particularly focused on disputes involving retail and international trade, commerce, banking and finance, technology, and energy. Jonathan Isaacs has a particular interest in High Court commercial contract, corporate and boardroom disputes, and Richard Twomey has a strong track record in dealing with international disputes. Joshua Fineman is the senior associate to note.
Jonathan Isaacs; Richard Twomey
Other key lawyers:
‘Jonathan Isaacs is personable and provides a good balance of legal advice together with good common sense – he understands the bigger picture‘.
‘Senior associate Joshua Fineman is a very hardworking individual, who is incredibly committed to clients‘.
Western International Market
- Acted for two Russian nationals against a Russian billionaire in a claim that arose out of the sale of interests in two nickel plants.
DWFM Beckman's disputes expertise includes commercial contracts corporate law, insolvency and debt recovery, IP, property, trusts and estates, professional negligence, civil fraud, injunctions and asset tracing. Peter Bridson heads the team, which includes Demetris Dionissiou, Elizabeth Johnson, Sharokh Koussari and Colin Jaque.
Other key lawyers:
.The team are available and responsive at all hours and are able to directly help and/or bring in other specialists for any given situation.’
‘A strong, commercially savvy and formidable practice. There is a real emphasis on commercial acumen and ‘knowing your clients’ business’. The fee earners I have worked with have displayed a keen eye for detail; tireless determination to advance their clients’ interests as forcefully as possibly and consummate professionalism. In my view, DWFM Beckman punches above its weight in terms of market position. Very straightforward and commercial legal advice.’
‘Knowledgeable, very proactive and reassuring with clients and always well prepared.’
‘A boutique firm that is commercial and flexible regarding strategies and fees.’
‘There is a combination of factors which make DWFM Beckman unique amongst the legal practices of which I have experience. Firstly, all the people at DWFM Beckman with whom I have interacted appear genuinely happy at work and are clearly valued by the firm. Staff morale appears high and I always sense a good atmosphere within the workplace. The client really is at the heart of everything they do and there is a collective appreciation of that within the practice. A ‘one team’ ethos is apparent, which contributes to excellent service delivery to their clients.’
‘Demetris Dionissiou always goes the extra mile for his clients, leaving no stone unturned. He has good commercial sense and an enviable litigation manner.’
‘A great team with a diverse set of specialisms.’
‘Elizabeth Johnson is always calm, collected and her attention to detail is second to none.’
‘Demetris Dionissiou, is a talented lawyer. He has a sharp intellect and is commercially astute. He is a pleasure to deal with and thoroughly professional at all times. All in all, a formidable lawyer.’
‘Elizabeth Johnson is a very hard worker, always on top of the issues and very reactive to the client’s concerns and demands. She keeps her cool under pressure.’
‘Elizabeth Johnson is a true role model for her staff. She is a people person and has a natural rapport with her clients. She recognises that clients can view the legal process differently and also be affected by it differently. She empowers her clients to make informed decisions at each stage of their client journey. She has the ability to explain seemingly impenetrable legal terminology in simple terms for her clients to understand and time after time I have witnessed her demonstrate clear thinking and technical brilliance. She is an excellent ambassador for her firm and her profession.’
‘Elizabeth Johnson is smart and on the ball. She is a strong litigator, excellent negotiator and mediator and picks up quickly on a client’s commercial and personal considerations. Brilliantly strategic in her thinking, diplomatic and smooth. She makes her clients feel safe.’
‘Claire Lyon stands out for being hardworking and focused on achieving a client’s objective.’
‘Sharokh Koussari is a wise and measured litigator with commercial sensitivity and business acumen. He knows when to fight and when to negotiate a settlement and excels in both.’
Freeths LLP's 'team provides good value for money' across a broad array of disputes work including corporate and M&A matters, commercial disputes, fraud, insolvency, group actions, public sector disputes, IT matters and insurance. Philippa Dempster is the principal contact and Vickie Williams was promoted to director.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has a strong presence in IT litigation‘.
‘Director Vickie Williams is a good team player and takes a commercial approach‘.
William Hill Organization
Lyle & Scott
The liquidators of SHB Realisations (formerly BHS)
- On behalf of nearly 600 claimants, the team acted in a group action against Post Office for damages suffered because of the Horizon computer system’s failings.
Goodman Derrick LLP 'provides a highly personalised and user-friendly service to both large corporations and individuals alike, and the team is extremely tenacious but realistic in its goals'. The practice advises on a range of commercial disputes and is able to draw upon the firm's specialist construction and real estate litigators. Practice head Clive Ince and Nigel Adams are highly regarded, and Jonathan Cole is an experienced senior associate.
‘Deliver a tailor-made service and personal care, and are particularly understanding of clients’ ambitions‘.
‘Clive Ince is brilliant at handling clients and goes the extra mile‘.
‘Nigel Adams is an excellent lawyer and very user friendly‘.
John Frieda Salons
The Restaurant Group
The former directors of the Luminar Group
- Advised a franchisor on a claim against a franchisee for breach of restrictive covenants.
Hamlins LLP is 'big enough to offer a breadth of experience, yet offers a very personal touch that makes even small clients feel valued and important'. It has particular disputes expertise in IT, construction, engineering, insurance, professional negligence, and travel and timeshares, along with IP, defamation, sports, partnership and shareholder disputes and financial matters. Amanda Burge heads the dispute resolution department, which also comprises Martin Ochs.
Other key lawyers:
Antony Perlmutter; Martin Ochs
‘Good leadership, the team is efficient and productive’.
‘Amanda Burge is very approachable and likes to help if at all possible; she is always contactable and willing to go the extra mile‘.
‘Martin Ochs is an impressive litigator who has proven himself to be extremely efficient in producing high-quality work under tight deadlines‘.
60 houseboat owners represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association
European Land & Property
- Acted for European Land & Property in a contractual dispute for sums due under an estate management deed.
Irwin Mitchell's 'members are hardworking, pragmatic and driven to find practical and workable solutions to clients' problems'. The disputes practice covers commercial contracts, supply chains, breach of directors’ duties, corporate warranties, shareholders and partnerships, IP and IT disputes, injunctions, regulatory issues, and professional negligence claims. Jonathan Sachs is recommended for professional negligence, international commercial litigation and fraud matters, and Jane Anderson (who relocated to London from the firm's Birmingham office in 2018) and Dominique Dolman are the senior associates to note. Sarah Wallace left for Constantine Law Limited in 2019.
‘Good at thinking outside of the box and pushing counsel to do likewise‘.
‘Jonathan Sachs and senior associate Dominique Dolman are both sensible, hardworking litigators who give clients frank advice and fight hard once they have instructions. They are a pleasure to work with and are excellent at analysing cases tactically‘.
Taray Investments and Bellevue Homes
- Represented the respondent in the Supreme Court in an employment-related breach of contract claim.
Joelson 'has a boutique dispute resolution team that dedicates all its efforts to a case'. It has expertise in disputes involving corporate and commercial law, professional negligence, shareholder issues, IP, insolvency, property litigation, judicial reviews and construction matters. Disputes head Joanne Gregory and Myles Levy are the key advisers.
Other key lawyers:
‘Joelson punches well above its weight, with high-profile clients and a very personal yet professional service‘.
‘Joanne Gregory is a tenacious and accomplished litigator, who combines charm with a very highly skilled mind‘.
‘Myles Levy delivers steadfast advice‘.
King & Wood Mallesons
King & Wood Mallesons focuses on joint venture and shareholder disputes, and fraud and asset recovery; it acts in domestic matters as well as disputes involving Chinese trade and investment The London office is able to offer commercial litigation, financial disputes advice and arbitration services. The names to note are Andrei Yakovlev, Dorothy Murray and London managing partner Darren Roiser.
Darren Roiser; Dorothy Murray; Andrei Yakovlev
Forex Capital Markets
Mikhail Abyzov and Emmerson International
- Acted for Mikhail Abyzov and Emmerson International against Viktor Vekselberg and the Renova Group in a highly contested joint venture dispute.
Kobre & Kim LLP
Kobre & Kim LLP focuses entirely on disputes and investigations work, making it conflict free. The London office hired Nick Cherryman, who represents clients in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes, from King & Spalding LLP in 2019. Andrew Stafford QC is recommended for the enforcement of international judgments.
Lipman Karas LLP
Lipman Karas LLP is 'a boutique law firm that is conflict free and able to take on cases against large financial institutions'. Andrew Ford focuses on large international disputes, fraud and asset tracing; and Jeremy Scott specialises in cross-border insolvency, fraud, asset tracing, art and cultural property law, trust disputes, urgent interim remedies, and enforcement of judgments. Christopher Atkinson, Caroline Mattin and Caroline Phipps are experienced senior associates.
‘The London team is made up of incredibly dedicated individuals, who are committed to achieving the best possible outcome in each case‘.
‘Andrew Ford is reliable, hardworking and always delivers on his promises‘.
‘Jeremy Scott is a true class act‘.
‘Senior associate Christopher Atkinson has excellent judgement and reads a court room very well indeed‘.
Elena Tsareva & others
Nick Harrold and Joe Seifert
Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers
- Acted for two groups of investors that brought Commercial Court claims against Russian oligarchs (and their international network of companies), and relating to the administration of a bank in Russia.
PwC LLP's disputes work frequently spans multiple jurisdictions and covers commercial contracts, debt recovery, asset tracing, professional negligence, shareholder and board issues, financial services, IT, private client matters and tax. Agnes Quashie heads the UK regulatory and commercial disputes practice, and Dipti Hunter is a senior manager.
Other key lawyers:
Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP 'has exceptional solicitors at all levels'. The team acts in a large number of high-level, international contractual and corporate disputes, often with multi-jurisdictional elements. The practice also has a strong reputation for resolving art law disputes. Jonathan Roberts is senior partner, and Rudi Ramdarshan's cases include commercial fraud and matters involving high-value injunctions. David Burns and Rebecca Roberts are also key partners.
Rudi Ramdarshan; David Burns; Jonathan Roberts;
Other key lawyers:
‘Team members seamlessly get involved in bringing their expertise where needed’
‘Rudi Ramdarshan and David Burns bring the team together’.
Pantheon International Advisors
Dominvs Property Developments
Glasshouse Asset Management
Don’t Look Back Holdings
- Acted for Ukraine’s national oil and gas company, Naftogaz, in a long-standing debt dispute with US company Merchant International.
Royds Withy King's 'dynamic and forward-thinking team' is well known for disputes involving contracts, company and shareholder matters, contentious insolvencies, financial services, and estate agents and business agents. The firm also has particular retail sector expertise as well as a growing Indian practice. The key advisers are Stewart Wilkinson, Stephen Welfare and Chris Rodda; Jamie Lester was hired from Hunters Law LLP and Milan Kapadia was made partner.
‘Approachable, hardworking and commercial‘.
State Bank of India
National Association of Jewellers
The Baglioni Hotel
Bank of India
David Rubin & Partners
- Acted for Bank of India in relation to an invoice discounting facility it granted to Dubai’s Firestar Holdings.
Russell-Cooke LLP 'concentrates on providing great value for money and quality advice'. Senior partner John Gould's areas of practice include complex financial schemes; Paolo Sidoli is noted for claims involving fraud and asset-tracing, minority shareholders, directors and partnerships, and breach of warranties; and Lee Ranford is insolvency team head. Elliot Elsey and Michael Stacey were recently made partners, while former commercial litigation team head Francesca Kaye was appointed a Master of the Chancery Division.
‘Able to conduct complex commercial litigation skillfully, unencumbered by the conflicts that can constrain larger firms‘.
‘Paolo Sidoli is a superb lawyer, who is adept at conducting heavyweight commercial litigation, especially disputes involving alleged frauds and offshore trust structures‘.
‘Elliot Elsey is very savvy, clever and commercial‘.
Voluntary Service Overseas
Youth Hostels Association
Venson Automotive Solutions
Solicitors Regulation Authority
- Represented a digital services provider in a complex contractual dispute, which included bribery allegations.
SCA ONTIER LLP 's 'very measured and thorough team' specialises in complex, high-value, multi-jurisdictional, commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency across a range of financial and industry sectors. Managing partner Seamus Andrew splits his time between London and the BVI, Paul Ferguson has advised in disputes involving banking and finance, energy and insolvent schemes of arrangement, while Oliver Cain's work is almost exclusively international and cross-border in nature.
Shakespeare Martineau LLP 'provides high-quality City litigation services at a fraction of the cost charged by the Magic Circle firms'. The team is experienced in disputes surrounding corporate and commercial matters, finance, fraud and bribery, shareholders, sale and purchase agreements, warranties and indemnities, and professional negligence. The key partners are practice head Kamran Rehman, David Vaughan and Michael Mulligan.
‘Kamran Rehman is a cool and steely tactician, who likes to be two moves ahead in terms of seeing where his opponents are going‘.
United Republic of Tanzania
Precision Engineering Plastics
Falcon Investment Management
Central Bridging Loans
United National Bank
Keele Residential Funding
Rhea Capital Partners
SREI Infrastructure Finance
- Defended Air Tanzania and the United Republic of Tanzania against a £30m Airbus lease-related claim in the Commercial Court.
Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP is 'a hidden gem among commercial litigation practices in London'. Angus Rodger has some 30 years’ experience of international dispute resolution; Neil Dooley is well known for complex, high-profile and high-value fraud cases; while Ivan Gordienko is noted for disputes in the aviation, telecoms, real estate, chemicals, and financial services sectors. Jonathan Raynes is experienced in matters involving construction, engineering, procurement and construction contracting, process plants, energy, and real estate development.
Guildford-based Stevens & Bolton LLP has 'an excellent, hardworking commercial litigation team'. It advises on joint venture disputes, warranty claims, and shareholder and partnership issues. Other areas include trading disputes, fraud, bribery, professional negligence claims and contentious trusts. Richard Mumford, who left for REN Legal, was replaced as team head by Sarah Murray in 2019. Managing partner Richard King, Michael Frisby and Andrew Quick are also key advisers. James Lister was promoted to the partnership.
‘It has the ability to conduct high-profile litigation cases to a very high standard‘.
‘Andrew Quick is an analytical thinker who provides practical and commercial advice‘..
‘Senior associate Paula Harris has a fantastic ability to absorb huge amount of complex data and simplify it all in a very methodical manner‘.
CBRE Managed Services
Anheuser-Busch Inbev Procurement
- Acted for a multi-unit franchisee of Domino’s Pizza UK (DPUK) in applying for and obtaining injunctions that prevented DPUK from terminating franchise agreements.
Teacher Stern LLP's 'experienced, efficient team provides a complete litigation service'. The practice covers contractual and shareholder actions, fraud and asset tracing claims, mis-selling disputes, and professional negligence. The key contacts are insolvency head Navinder Grover as well as Jack Rabinowicz, Clare Toomer, Rajesh Pabla and Philip Rubens.
‘Prepared to give tough advice where needed’
‘The team will do all it can to achieve the best outcome for clients‘.
‘Navinder Grover is a robust but fair, tactically astute litigator, who is prepared to take a view and stick to it‘.
‘Jack Rabinowicz has an uncanny instinct for seeing and achieving the best outcome‘.
‘Clare Toomer has a great combination of legal and commercial skills, and is very diligent and client focused‘.
‘Rajesh Pabla is a standout individual’
- Acted for the defendants in high-value claims brought in the High Court of Justice, which alleged that issued subscriber shares were unpaid.
The disputes practice at Wedlake Bell LLP, which merged with London practice Stitt & Co in 2018, covers the full spectrum of disputes work with experience in professional negligence, judicial review, company law, shareholders and partnerships matters, as well as banking and finance, fraud, debt and asset recovery, IT, professional discipline, and outsourcing and procurement disputes. It is also well known for real estate litigation and construction disputes. David Golten is commercial litigation head and Glenn Chidgey is disputes head.
Glenn Chidgey; David Golten
‘Provides a consistently high level of service at reasonable cost and the team is customer focused and practical‘.
‘David Golten always looks for commercial solutions and continually seeks to maintain his cheerful outlook‘.
‘Glenn Chidgey has excellent judgement and will go the extra mile for clients‘.
The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society
American Express Europe Services
The Royal Bank of Scotland
- Acted for The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society in a range of disputes relating to its £8bn property portfolio.
Zaiwalla & Co 's 'extraordinary practice' undertakes complex, multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation work that emanates from high-growth economies such as India, Russia and the Middle East. Managing partner Pavani Reddy has extensive litigation experience in relation to energy and commodities; and Sarosh Zaiwalla's disputes practice includes commodities, shipping, financial services, energy, real estate, and oil and gas. Leigh Crestohl was made partner in 2019.
‘Pavani Reddy is knowledgeable, practical and fun to work with‘.
‘Sarosh Zaiwalla is a canny veteran litigator‘.
‘Leigh Crestol is a standout litigator‘.
Vadim Maratovich Shulman
Air India UK
- Defended a client in a fraud claim that was issued by the Minister of Finance of Angola.
In late 2018, Pitmans LLP merged with Bircham Dyson Bell to become BDB Pitmans. The commercial litigation practice covers shareholder disputes, financial litigation and complex IT litigation. Geoffrey Kertesz is litigation head and Sinéad Lester heads the commercial litigation team. Also highly regarded are Richard Langley, Donna Goldsworthy, David Archer and Neil Emerson.
Geoffrey Kertesz; Sinéad Lester
‘Richard Langley is exceptional‘.
- Defended Germany’s North Channel Bank against a breach of duty of care claim by Denmark’s tax authority.
- Acted in a fraud claim based on misrepresentations that led to an investment in a sham property company in Bangladesh.
Carter Lemon Camerons
Carter Lemon Camerons' team is particularly noted for its disputes work involving financial services, banking, property, IP and professional negligence. Seamus Smyth heads the litigation and arbitration group, which also includes property litigation leader Lisa Ginesi, Kate Boguslawska and Graham Balchin.
Other key lawyers:
Lisa Ginesi; Kate Boguslawska; Graham Balchin
‘Lisa Ginesi is an experienced and sound performer‘.
‘Graham Balchin is tenacious and achieves strong results in short time frames‘.
- Advised a minority shareholder on its entitlement to convert loan stock into shares to achieve board control.
Carter-Ruck handles breach of contract, shareholder and partnership matters, professional negligence, breaches of confidence, and IP issues. Adam Tudor leads the commercial litigation practice, Alasdair Pepper's practice involves financial mis-selling claims; and Matthew Wescott acts in commercial, financial, insurance and construction disputes. Antonia Foster and Claire Gill are also experienced advisers.
Adam Tudor; Alasdair Pepper; Matthew Wescott
- Advised four claimants on a claim involving an equity release scheme.
Devonshires Solicitors LLP's 'pragmatic, economic and client-focused practice' is well known for its large client base of housing providers. The team's disputes experience includes insolvency, debt recovery, fraud, regulatory issues and private finance initiatives. Philip Barden, James Dunn and Jim Varley are the key contacts.
Philip Barden; James Dunn
Other key lawyers:
Jim Varley; Anna Buch
‘Excellent value for money without compromising on quality‘.
‘Philip Barden is pragmatic and understands clients’ business‘.
‘James Dunn is extremely diligent and on top of the detail’.
Solicitors Regulation Authority
First Priority Housing Association
Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management
Michael Page International
Ultra Insurance Company
- Acted in a high-value dispute against two Ukrainian oligarchs, which involved an alleged fraud on PrivatBank.
Fletcher Day's team is 'friendly, approachable and knowledgeable, and it is praised for its agility, responsiveness and availability'. Jovita Vassallo specialises in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes in the English commercial courts and Luiz Costa is the senior associate to note.
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‘Good knowledge and the ability to move things forward‘.
‘Jovita Vassallo is brilliant‘.
‘Senior associate Luiz Costa provides superb assistance‘.
Welsh & Jefferies
- Acted in a Court of Appeal matter concerning the beneficial ownership of foreign companies and the enforceability of English judgments against third parties.
Greenwoods GRM 'has a fantastic range of clients and a growing team that is dynamic and ambitious'. The team advises on disputes involving financial services, insolvency, education, manufacturing, natural resources, and oil and gas. Huw Wallis, who splits his time between Peterborough and London, is disputes head; Nicholas Scott is also highly regarded.
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‘Provides a personal approach to clients‘.
GSC Solicitors LLP carries out a range of commercial litigation work for a mix of corporate and high-net-worth individual clients, advising on everything from contractual disputes to private client and property litigation. Its corporate client base includes both public and private companies, while it counts a number of oligarchs among the individuals it advises. The team is headed by Michael Shapiro , who has over 25 years’ experience in the dispute resolution sphere, and also includes senior consultant Barry Samuels , who has a particular focus on real estate litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Barry Samuels; Mark Richardson; Richard Curtin
- The firm advised Bresto Pte on a dispute relating to its investment in a BVI company
Traditionally known as a niche IT and IP practice, iLaw is now also known for complex and international commercial litigation disputes. The 'team is exceedingly commercially astute and delivers good outcomes for difficult disputes'. Commercial litigation head Mark Culbert was appointed managing partner in 2019; director Tom Clark is also highly regarded.
Mark Culbert; Tom Clark
‘Great, practical advice from experienced solicitors‘.
‘Mark Culbert is steady under fire‘.
‘Tom Clark is a committed and adept operator‘.
Mitchells & Butlers
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
T M Lewin
The Evergreen Group
- Acted for a number of High Street retailers in group litigation action against MasterCard and Visa in relation to interchange fees.
Kennedys' Ben Aram leads the international arbitration and commercial litigation team in London and focuses on cases with international dimensions; Dino Paganuzzi is recommended for insolvency-related disputes, along with banking and commercial litigation and fraud matters.
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Laytons LLP has a significant, cross-border caseload, with particular strength in litigation involving financial services, real estate and construction, shareholders and partnerships, IP, and product liability. Geraint Thomas heads the team, which also includes John Abbott.
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Locke Lord LLP
Locke Lord LLP 's 'team is very knowledgeable and commercially minded'. Its litigators are experienced in disputes that involve aviation, banking, energy, construction, corporate law, insolvency, insurance and real estate. Joseph Kosky, Kevin Heath and David Grant are the names to note.
Joseph Kosky; Kevin Heath
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‘Happy to listen to clients’ ideas and create a collaborative approach‘.
‘Kevin Heath has expert knowledge‘.
Government of Iraq
ING Lease (UK)
- Represented Close Brothers in a misrepresentation dispute with a supplier.
Marriott Harrison LLP's 'commercial litigation team is solutions focused and provides well-targeted, savvy advice'. Tamar Halevy advises on director and shareholder disputes, breaches of contracts and trusts, fraud, and professional negligence. Jim Mackie is the other partner to note.
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‘The team provides high-quality litigation advice, and has excellent practical skills and a strong understanding of the matters it deals with‘.
‘Tamar Halevy has an excellent intellectual grasp of legal problems and fantastic knowledge of the law‘.
‘Jim Mackie has seen it all and is unflustered by anything the other side might raise‘.
Mobeus Private Equity Partners
UAB Avion Express
MAC Aero Interiors
- Represented Ross Hare in a breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation claim that related to a South African game farm and resort.
Olephant Solicitors is 'a real boutique litigation firm that is very client focused'. It is experienced in disputes surrounding company law and shareholder disputes, and claims involving civil fraud and injunctive relief. Founder Jan Mugerwa heads the team.
‘Partners provide excellent attention to detail‘.
‘Jan Murgerwa has huge experience in complex commercial and company litigation‘.
Rosenblatt recently hired Joseph McCormick and Danielle Carr from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and SCA ONTIER LLP, respectively. Anthony Field is noted for commercial, company and shareholder matters, banking disputes and negligence claims.The disputes team frequently works with other practices within the firm to create cross-disciplinary teams and has experience implementing measures such as freezing orders and search and seizure orders, injunctions. The firm is also able to offer alternative fee arrangements and is open to discussing third party funding or After Event Insurance (ATE) with clients where relevant.
Shepherd and Wedderburn is experienced in disputes involving retail, hotels and leisure, health and safety, food and drink, sport, energy, utilities, financial services, and real estate. Philip Sewell, Claire Stockford and recently promoted partner Ben Pilbrow are the principal advisers.
Air Technology Systems
Busaba Eat Thai
EMFC Loan Syndications
Scandinavian Airline System
Wells Fargo Bank
- Acted for Zeus Enterprises (trading as Yieldify) in a disputed commercial contract debt recovery matter.
Sheridans commercial litigation work predominantly involves media and IP matters, including copyright and other IP and reputational issues. The team is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution methods including arbitration and mediation. Senior partner Michael Thomas and Theo Solley are the key contacts.
Michael Thomas; Theo Solley
‘Theo Solley is reliable, diligent and very attentive to clients’ requests‘.
RLM & Co
Callenders & Co
Lockhart & Co
Financial Services Commission (Mauritius)
- Acted for Rain Forest Resorts in relation to a freezing order.
Simons Muirhead & Burton is 'a very serious firm that delivers results'. It is best known for its media litigation practice but also acts in disputes involving luxury hotels, public real estate, aviation and commercial shipping. Managing partner Razi Mireskandari heads the dispute resolution team, which also includes Stephen Shotnes, Maninder Gill and consultant Peter Gould; Jeffrey Smele was made up to partner.
‘A dynamic and collaborative ethos and has strength in media- related disputes‘.
‘Razi Mireskandari is able to stand back and view the issues in the context of the client’s longer-term needs‘.
‘Peter Gould is indefatigable in supporting his clients’ interests, immersing himself in the detail of cases to secure the best outcome he can for them‘.
Parish Council of Chalfont St Peter
John Robson and Alfred Chubb
Discovery Yachts Group
Executive Aircraft Sales
- Acted for a joint venture partner in precedent-setting High Court litigation concerning the test to determine a duty of good faith in commercial contracts.
Solomon Taylor & Shaw is 'particularly good at addressing clients' concerns and making the litigation process as easy as possible'. The practice is focused on commercial litigation, including partnership and shareholder disputes, insolvency-related litigation, and classic and supercar litigation. Mark Summerfield is highly regarded.
‘A strong London litigation service at a sensible price‘.
‘Mark Summerfield has very good judgement and an excellent manner with his clients‘.
Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP is 'a niche practice that adopts a partner-led approach on cases rather than using a large team'. It has expanded its London capabilities beyond its traditional trade and export finance expertise to include banking, finance and insurance disputes. Insurance and dispute resolution partner Marian Boyle's practice also includes cross-border disputes.
‘The team’s management of cases is impressive‘.
‘Marian Boyle is truly a force to be reckoned with – she is intelligent, tough and responsive to clients’ needs‘.
Weightmans LLP' areas of specialism include partnership and shareholder disputes, injunctions, construction and engineering-related claims, and financial services disputes. The team includes Andrew Cromby, who has a particular focus on partnership disputes, James Denison , who specialises in defending claims against investment intermediaries, insurance brokers and construction professionals, and principal associate Simon Adam.
Most of Wiggin LLP's commercial litigation work is focused on the media, technology, sports, and betting and gaming sectors. Caroline Kean is litigation head, Alan Owens is a technology litigation specialist, and Matthew Dando was appointed partner in 2019.
‘Excellent on commercial disputes in the media industry‘.
The Ingenious Group
Twentieth Century Fox
Recorded Picture Company
Mister Smith Entertainment
- Acted for Larkhark Films in a dispute with European Film Bonds over an insurance claim, which related to the completion and delivery of a film called Starbright.