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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Commercial litigation
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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  4. Next Generation Partners
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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.

Other key lawyers:Virginia Cooper

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.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Kosky; Helen Carty

Other key lawyers:Julian Acratopulo; Philip Hill; Roger Leese; Jeremy Sandelson; Maxine Mossman; Kelwin Nicholls; Matthew Scully; Christopher Yates; Simon Davis

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Pfizer

Actis

The Raytheon Company

General Electric

News Corp

Apax Partners

BT

Airbus

Dr Mike Lynch

Permira

Work highlights

  • Advises a client on an ongoing basis in relation to disputes that arise from the supply of aircrafts.

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.

Practice head(s):Damien Byrne Hill; Alan Watts

Other key lawyers:John Whiteoak; Rupert Lewis; Philip Carrington; Alexander Oddy; Julian Copeman; James Baily; Natasha Johnson; Neil Blake; Rachel Lidgate; Fiona Treanor; Andrew Cooke; Kevin Kilgour

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Associated British Foods

British American Tobacco

JPMorgan

Lloyds Banking Group

Royal Bank of Scotland

Sky

Uber

UBS

Volvo

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Michael Davison

Other key lawyers:Chris Hardman; Richard Lewis; Michael Roberts; Neil Mirchandani; Rebecca Wales; Alex Sciannaca; Ivan Shiu; Daniel Armstrong; Hannah Piper

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

National Express

ASTOR Management

BTA Bank

British American Tobacco

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

Ugo Benettolo, Zilmet and Zilmet UK

Cunico Resources

JSC CB PrivatBank

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Calum Burnett

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Hitchin; James Partridge; Joanna Page: Alice Englehart; Richard Farnhill; Sarah Garvey; Helen Biggin; Eve Giles

Testimonials

'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'.

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Kevin Lloyd

Other key lawyers:Richard Lawton; Christopher Boyne; Akima Paul Lambert; Lord (Peter) Goldsmith QC

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

British American Tobacco

Robert Tchenguiz

Whiteleave Holdings

Litasco

Royal Dutch Shell

PJSC Tatneft

PSJC Uralkali

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Martin Davies; Oliver Browne

Other key lawyers:Sophie Lamb QC; Ian Felstead; Jon Holland; Andrea Monks; Daniel Smith; Oliver Middleton

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

The Carlyle Group

Royal Dutch Shell

Barclays Bank

ITV

Singapore Airlines

London Stock Exchange

ABN AMRO

Samba Financial Group

Renesas Electronics Europe

Sinovac Biotech

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Michael Bennett; Satindar Dogra

Other key lawyers:Ben Carroll; Susana Cao Miranda; Tom Cassels; Patrick Robinson

Key Clients

Glencore International

Bayerische Landesbank

Credit Suisse

Hutchison 3G UK (Three Mobile)

Work highlights

  • 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 '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.

Practice head(s):Richard East; Sue Prevezer QC

Other key lawyers:Nick Marsh; Robert Hickmott; Matthew Bunting; Ted Greeno; Alex Gerbi; Khaled Khatoun; Aidan O’Rourke; Yasseen Gailani

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

PCP Capital

Pacific Investment Management

Anchorage Capital

Algebris (UK)

Ukraine

Qualcomm

Avonwick

Oak Finance Luxembourg

Receivers and managers of the Libyan Investment Authority

Millennium Global Markets Credit Fund (in liquidation)

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Ian Hammond

Other key lawyers:Colin Passmore; Patrick Boylan; Ed Crosse, Robert Turner; Paolo Caldato; Kirsten Kitt; Chris Owen

Testimonials

'The firm has the resources and knowledge to pull in expertise from different areas when necessary'.

Key Clients

Grant Thornton UK (and individual partners)

Sushovan Hussain (former Chief Financial Officer of Autonomy Corporation

The Capital Markets Company (UK)

O1 Group

Gemfields

LG Electronics

Sheffield Environmental Services

VEON

BP

Animo Associates

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Sarah Lee

Other key lawyers:Richard Swallow; Efstathios Michael; Deborah Finkler; Damian Taylor; Jonathan Clark; Richard Jeens; James Stacey; Megan Sandler; Kimia Shedy; Camilla Sanger; Holly Ware

Testimonials

' 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'.

Key Clients

BHP Group and other BHP entities

Mercuria Energy Europe Trading

Diageo

British Airways

BT Pension Scheme Trustees

First MTR South Western Trains

Carillion

Bupa

Koninklijke Philips

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Clive Zietman

Other key lawyers:Sean Upson; Keith Thomas; David Hughes; Marc Jones; Fiona Gillett; Paul Brehony; Lucy Ward; Elaina Bailes; Lorraine Lanceley

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Fortress Investment Group and Cyrus Capital Partners

Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of Kazakhstan

Palladyne International Asset Management

Grant Thornton BVI

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Rob Fell

Other key lawyers:Toby Robinson; Andrew King; Jan-Jaap Baer; Stephanie Lee; Rob Fell; Stephen Paget-Brown; Caroline Edwards; Huw Jenkin; Heather Gagen; Alexa Day

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Renesas Electronics

Ancala Partners

Pathfinder Minerals

Macquarie Capital (Europe)

DAF Trucks

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):John Reynolds; Charles Balmain

Other key lawyers:Mark Clark; Amanda Cowell; Hannah Field-Lowes; Rory Hishon; Steven Baker; Chris Brennan; Laura Durrant; John Rogerson; Jonah Anderson

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Goldman Sachs International

OJSC International Bank of Azerbaijan

Ingenious Media Investments and Ingenious Capital Management

System Capital Management

Çukurova Holding

Toshiba

Nexans

Aquila WSA Aviation Opportunities II

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Michael Barnett; Louisa Caswell; Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:Jon Tweedale; Richard Wise; Richard Clayton; Mark Chesher; Natasha Winter

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Associated British Foods

Britvic

GlaxoSmithKline

Barclays

The Road Haulage Association

Co-operative Insurance Group

NKT Group of companies

Pendragon (Master) Fund

Travelodge

Money Supermarket

Diageo

Manchester Airport Group

Wolseley

Solvay Group

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):James Levy

Other key lawyers:Simon Bromwich; Jon Gale

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Ryder

BAE Systems

London Underground

Lendlease

Al Dawlia

Urban & Civic Developments

Mapeley

Regent University

Work highlights

  • 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.

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.

Practice head(s):Oliver Glynn-Jones

Other key lawyers:Graham Shear; Joby Davies; Mathew Rea; Oran Gelb; Sarah McAtominey; Helen Armstrong

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

BCA Trading

Torchlight Fund

BGC Brokers

Martin Brokers Group

Quick Service Logistics

SBR Soletanche Bachy International

Middle East National Airline

Work highlights

  • 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 VinovrŇ°ki¬†are also experienced advisers.

Other key lawyers:Chris Burdett; Richard Power; Neil Jamieson; Helen Rowlands; Tom White; Tim Crockford; Conrad Walker; Anna Myrvang; Nicola Vinovrški 

Testimonials

'Clyde & Co always shows the utmost professionalism and its lawyers are also very personable; working with them is truly a pleasure. The firm also has impeccable client service and stands out for its expertise'.

'They consistently demonstrate a strong grasp of the issues, the law and the underlying facts'.

'Consultant Conrad Walker knows how to operate in a complex environment and how to guide clients when taking strategic decisions during complicated litigation'.

'Legal director Anna Myrvang is a highly intelligent lawyer, who is both tenacious and personable'.

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.

Practice head(s):Ben Trust; Steven Corney

Other key lawyers:Bernard O’Sullivan; Guy Pendell; Jeremy Mash; Richard Bamforth; Omar Qureshi; Andrew Taplin; Lee Gluyas; Sukhi Kaler; David Bridge; Luke Pardey; Louise Boswell; Tim Sales; Tamsin Blow

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Accident Exchange

Atos IT Services UK

British Broadcasting Corporation

BT

GE

London Stock Exchange Group

Mercedes-Benz

Microsoft

Slater & Gordon

Work highlights

  • 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.

Other key lawyers:Philip Young; Marc Keidan; Sinead O’Callaghan; Stephen Elam; Daniel Burbeary; Lydia Danon; Arish Bharucha 

Testimonials

'Extremely efficient and good at mastering the facts and legal principles involved in the cases they act in. They are particularly good at assisting counsel in conducting trials'.

'They are soon going to be too big to be called boutique! It is a full-service commercial disputes practice that stands out for its rigorous approach'.

'Philip Young is one of the main engines of the practice; he is very strong on the facts and the  law as well as on strategy, and he is always able to see the bigger picture'.

'Marc Keidan shows a particularly proactive approach and has a wealth of experience. He is great at producing creative ways to address unusual procedural situations and has a great instinct for what approach is most likely to succeed at hearings'.

'Sinead O'Callaghan is a superb litigator, with a focus on delivering the commercial outcome required by clients'.

'Lydia Danon is very impressive; she breeds confidence with her intelligence, eye for detail and excellent commercial awareness, and she has a determination and work effort that she puts on the line for clients'.

'Senior associate Arish Bharucha is a standout'.

Key Clients

CMOC Sales & Marketing

Grove Park Properties

Eastern European Engineering

India Infrastructure Finance UK

SWP Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for CMOC Sales & Marketing in the High Court in a substantial cyber fraud case involving over 80 parties, 25 jurisdictions and approximately 30 banks.

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.

Practice head(s):Dorothy Cory-Wright

Other key lawyers:John Bedford; Andrew Hearn; Adam Silver; Stephen Surgeoner; Daniel Natoff

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

The joint liquidators of Webinvest

Axle Holdings and Centigon Security Group

BAICO

Franklin Templeton

Work highlights

  • 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 ‚ā¨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.

Practice head(s):Jean‑Pierre Douglas‑Henry; Jeremy Andrews

Other key lawyers:James Carter; Jamie Curle; Edward Shaw; Jeremy Sher; Charles Allin; Anna Mills

Key Clients

Renova Industries

Unilever

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co (in Special Administration)

Solutus Advisors

Work highlights

  • 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 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.

Other key lawyers:Simon Twigden; George Maling; Louise Bell; Pietro Marino; Edward Allen; Jonathan Brook; Tim Elliss; Nick Jones; Lucinda Orr; Richard Levett

Testimonials

'One of the original and best boutique litigation firms. At every level, from the most senior partner to the newest associate, the practice has broad litigation experience and superb legal and tactical judgement.'

'Lawyers are absolutely focused on delivering a high-quality, cost-efficient dispute resolution service, and they work hard on keeping costs down by getting the best deals from members of the Bar and working efficiently themselves'.

'Simon Twigden is very hardworking, client focused and always on hand to provide advice and guidance'.

Key Clients

The Libyan Investment Authority

Wirsol Energy, Wircon UK Solar Assets and Wircon

Pan Africa Metals

Liquidator of Burnden Holdings (UK)

Banco de Portugal

Work highlights

  • Defended an alleged fraud claim with a jurisdiction challenge that is breaking new legal ground.

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.

Practice head(s):Mark Davenport

Other key lawyers:Neville Byford; Richard Little; Jonathan Leach; Lucy Webster; Tim Browning; Rachel Bennet

Testimonials

'A first rate team, highly responsive to clients'

'Mark Davenport  has led an outstanding team for many years.'

Key Clients

Barclay Pharmaceuticals

C Bidco

Damazein Global Investments

Peter Black Footwear and Accessories and Visage

Centinel Spine

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Sion Richards

Other key lawyers:Craig Shuttleworth; Barnaby Stueck; Adam Brown; Rhys Thomas; Daniel Travers; Annabel Treadgold; Sarah Batley

Key Clients

MasterCard

BHS

Azerbaijan Airlines

Joint liquidators of Angel Group and other related companies

RoundShield Partners

Standard Chartered Bank

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Iain Mackie

Other key lawyers:Lois Horne; Matt McCahearty; Guy Morpuss QC; Christopher Charlton; Neill Blundell; Simon Day; Elizabeth Doherty

Testimonials

'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.

Practice head(s):Ian McDonald

Other key lawyers:Stuart Pickford; Miles Robinson; Mark Stefanini; Alistair Graham; Dan Hart; Sam Eastwood; Jason Hungerford

Testimonials

'Miles Robinson is a strong litigation team manager with good judgement'.

Key Clients

Société Générale

Panama Canal Authority

Principal Global Investors

HSBC

UBS

ECOM Agrotrade

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees

Unilever

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Peter Scott; Patrick Bourke

Other key lawyers:Ruth Cowley; Antony Corsi; Ffion Flockhart; Neil Miller; Jane Park-Weir; Charlie Weston-Simons; Harriet Jones-Fenleigh

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Shell

HSBC

UBB Waste (Essex)

McLaren Technology Group

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Laura Cameron; Michael Fenn

Other key lawyers:Katharine Davies; Stuart McNeill; Alan Sheeley; Ben Fairhead; Richard Dickman; Michael Fletcher; Daniel Gardiner 

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Aeroflot- Russian Airlines

Trevarian Management and others

Dalriada Trustees

Novo Banco

Teamtrend

BP International

Safestyle UK

Work highlights

  • 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 '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.

Practice head(s):Ben Summerfield

Other key lawyers:Richard Spafford; Belinda Paisley; Vassia Payiataki; Paul Skeet; Tom Webley; Eoin O’Shea; Laura-May Scott; Simon Greer

Testimonials

'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.

Practice head(s):Geraldine Elliott; Tom Hibbert

Other key lawyers:Simon Hart; Davina Given; Daniel Wyatt; Laura Martin.

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Oleg Deripaska and Filatona Trading

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Adler Real Estate

Vannin Capital

The People of the State of California

Ingenious Media Holdings

Bank St Petersburg

Essity

Triumph Group

Bonhams 1793

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Graham Huntley

Other key lawyers:Simon Bushell; Abdulali Jiwaji; Daniel Spendlove; Ioannis Alexopoulos; Kathleen Leslie

Testimonials

'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'.

 

Key Clients

BTA Bank

SG Group Claimants

Lycamobile UK

Kurt Geiger

DTEK Energy

DAI Europe

Ben Oldman Special Situations Fund

Obex Securities

Grupa Ożarów

Bluewaters Communications Holdings

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):John Fordham

Other key lawyers:Richard Garcia; Sue Millar; Edward Davis; Richard Gwynne; Ben Sigler; Kate Cordery; Caroline Houghton; Alina Neal; Guy Harper

Testimonials

'Justin McClelland is a first-class litigator, whose calmness under fire reflects his military background'.

Key Clients

Nigerian National Petroleum

Ryanair

High Commissioner for Pakistan in the UK

Blue Power Group

Libyan Investment Authority

IBRC Asset Finance

Macdonald Hotels

Edgeworth Capital (Luxembourg)

The trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust and the Tchenguiz Family Trust, and related companies.

Natixis

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Mark Dawkins

Other key lawyers:Richard Hornshaw; Kambiz Larizadeh; Justin Williams; Sheena Buddhdev; Jenny Arlington

Testimonials

'Its tactical skills are exceptional'.

'Richard Hornshaw is a phenomenal lawyer, who is hardworking, bright, client focused, and possessed of sound judgement'.

Key Clients

Renova

Tatneft

The joint administrators of Afren

LUKOIL

Partners of Deloitte, as joint administrators of African Minerals

Bridgestone

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):John Leadley

Other key lawyers:Hugh Lyons; Francesca Richmond; Charles Thomson

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Bidcorp

Dubai Islamic Bank

Edwardian Hotels Group

Fedex

ICICI Bank

L'Oréal

Mitsubishi Electric

Standard Chartered Bank

The Walt Disney Company

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Sharman; Sophie Eyre

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Speed; Rachel Glass

Testimonials

'Jonathan Speed has an excellent eye for detail and stays several steps ahead of his opponents tactically'.

Key Clients

Tradeshift

Bank of China Aviation and Bank of China Aviation (Ireland)

Cathay Pacific Airways

Basis Technologies International

KFC

Work highlights

  • 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 '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.

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Kelly; Sunil Gadhia; Christopher Moore; David Sabel; Romano Subiotto QC; James Norris-Jones; James Brady

Key Clients

Russian Federation

NVIDIA

NSK

LG Display

Abraaj Growth Markets Health Fund

Tatneft

Orascom TMT Investments

Idemia France

TPG Varnish

Work highlights

  • Counsel to the Russian Federation in a claim brought by The Law Debenture (as trustee) for the repayment of a $3bn Eurobond issued by Ukraine.

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.

Practice head(s):James Maton

Other key lawyers:Laurence Harris; Rod Freeman; Kevin Perry; Mark Deem; Sascha Grimm; Henry Stewart

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Allergy Therapeutics

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Bambino Holdings

Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands

Maritime Heritage Foundation

Tata Steel UK

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company

Whirlpool

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):John Bramhall

Other key lawyers:Richard Highley; Jonathan Brogden; Campbell Dye; Ken Forsyth; Rachel Cropper-Mawer

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Sanofi Aventis Groupe

Unilever

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.

Practice head(s):Daren Allen; Liz Tout

Other key lawyers:Craig Neilson; Simon Colledge; Adrian Giles; Dan Bodle; Thomas Leyland; Tara Boateng

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Government of the Lao People's Democratic Republic

Government of India

EDF Energy Customers

Cathay Investments 2

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Adrian Parkhouse

Other key lawyers:Kate Allass; Jeremy Gordon; Toby Graham; Ian De Freitas; John Wilkinson; Charlotte Fraser; Ben Longworth; Jolyon Connell; William Charrington

Testimonials

'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.'

Key Clients

AMT Futures

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

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Sarah Walker; Thomas Sprange QC

Other key lawyers:Egishe Dzhazoyan; John Savage QC; Stuart Isaacs QC; Gareth Rees QC; Ben Williams

Testimonials

'Sarah Walker has an excellent understanding of the offshore world in the context of financial services disputes'.

Key Clients

Attock Oil

Motorola

Libya Africa Investment Portfolio

Antracite Investment

Urgula Platinum

Menrela

Ascom Grup

Aldersgate Investments

Flushing Bank

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Christopher Colbridge

Other key lawyers:Rajinder Bassi; Richard Boynton

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Boeing

Gates Worldwide

ICS Inspection and Control Services

Noble Group

Imtech Nordic Group

Work highlights

  • 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 '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.

Practice head(s):Adrian Lifely; Tom Ellis

Other key lawyers:Andrew Bartlett; NIck Price; Artem Doudko

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

BB Energy Group

Dell

Unwired Planet

BT

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Teva

Marks & Spencer

Vision Games 1

EE

Work highlights

  • 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 '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.

Practice head(s):Karyl Nairn QC; David Kavanagh QC

Other key lawyers:Jonathon Egerton-Peters; Bruce Macaulay; David Herlihy; Daniel Gal; David Edwards

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Gennady Bogolyubov

Dmitry Ananyev

Crispian

Great Station Properties and Inter Growth Investments

UCP

Sequana

ATK Energy EU

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Andrew Howell

Other key lawyers:Shane Gleghorn; David De Ferrars; Tim Strong; Laurence Lieberman; Katie Chandler; Boris Telyatnikov 

Testimonials

'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.'

Key Clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Deloitte KPMG

Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1

Rusnano Group

C&F Green Energy

Thought Machine Group

LivaNova Deutschland

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Natasha Harrison

Other key lawyers:Fiona Huntriss; Matthew Getz; Will Hooker; Prateek Swaika

Key Clients

Midtown Acquisitions

Apple

Teesside Gas Transportation

Client Earth

Codere

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Mark Brown

Other key lawyers:Anna Cook; Simon Clark; Jeremy Blum; Angela Fouracre

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Capgemini

Google

Goodrich Actuation Systems

Activision Blizzard

Spotify

The Guardian

Mundipharma International

Gee 7 Group

Flexera

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Eventbrite

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Neil Micklethwaite; Neill Shrimpton

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Tse; Jane Colston; Christian Toms; Olga Bischof; Gerald Byrne

Key Clients

Recovery Partners GP and Revoker

Crownmark

Threadneedle Asset Management

Mahdi Mahmoud Haji Abdullah and other members of the Haider Abdullah family

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Stewart Hey

Other key lawyers:Edward Craig; John Sykes; Rhys Novak; Charlotte Pender 

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

National Bank of Greece

Teutonic

Norsk Titanium

Work highlights

  • Acted for Teutonic Energy Services to recover sums owed under a supply contract.

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.

Practice head(s):Alex Leitch; Louise Freeman

Other key lawyers:Craig Pollack

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Oleg Mkrtchan

Vitaliy Machitski

Vi Holdings

World Anti-Doping Agency

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):David Greene

Other key lawyers:Ali Zaidi; Nick Neocleous; Zahira Hussain; Fred Sheppard; Thomas Johnson

Testimonials

'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'.

 

Key Clients

Timeshare claimants

Claimants in trucks cartel fraud

Eclipse tax schemes claimants

The Creditors of Crown Currency Exchange

Sidney Webb House residents

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Colin Gibson

Other key lawyers:Kit Jarvis; Vivien Davies; Andrew Lafferty; Jonathan Ray-Smith; Aymen Khoury; Daniel Hayward; Nicola Sewell; Abdul Sattar; Nathan Capone; Hannah Piper

Testimonials

'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'.

 

Key Clients

Igor Kolomoisky

Alexander Gorbachev

Atalaya Mining

Robert Reid and Stephen Jennings

Russell Rosenblum

Mavuli Caboose Establishment

Rosalina UK

Getty Images

Oiax

Compound Photonics Group

Hubrick

Work highlights

  • 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 Wildsch√ľtz¬†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.

Practice head(s):Bree Taylor

Other key lawyers:Steven Mash; Alexander Wildschütz; John Ford; Tom Bolam

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Jacuzzi Brands

AerCap

Brainspark Associates

Andrew Herd, CEO of Victoria Gate Casino

The Dutch Rijksmuseum Twenthe

Vinci Facilities

Kyte Property

Ede & Ravenscroft

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Justin Michaelson; James Kitching

Other key lawyers:Leigh Mallon; Duncan Saunders

Testimonials

'Justin Michaelson is outstanding'.

'James Kitching and associate Leigh Mallon are highly skilled solicitors, who are knowledgeable in the law and clear strategic thinkers'.

Key Clients

Sberbank of Russia

Sergey Belyaev and Irina Belyaeva

Cerner

Perrigo Company

Empreno Ventures

Tradeweb

Novelis

Delanson Services

Alexander Katunin

Total

Work highlights

  • 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'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.

Practice head(s):Philip Rocher

Other key lawyers:Charlie Falconer; Allan Neil; Osma Hudda; Patrick Doris; Doug Watson

Key Clients

UBS

Hamid Jafar

Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi and related parties

Genesis Resources and related parties

Investcorp Bank

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):James Sidwell

Other key lawyers:Andrew Witts; Alex Jay; Andrew Smith; Catherine Naylor; Verity Barker; Tom Cox

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

JPMorgan

Nicholas Candy, Christian Candy and CPC Group

TMF Group (Equity Trust (Jersey)

Alliance Trust

Grant Thornton

Philips Electronics UK

The Federal Republic of Brazil and The Municipality of Sao Paulo

Hummingbird Resources

Equiom

First Peninsula Trustees and Port of Hercules Trustees

Dover Street and The Fine Art Auction Group

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Lianne Craig

Other key lawyers:Lucy Pert; Michael Bywell; Anthony Maton; John McElroy

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Menzies

Avaaz Foundation

Quantuma

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Simon Taylor; Dominic Offord

Other key lawyers:Louise Bennett; Duncan Bagshaw; Louise Bennett; Fiona Hinds; Ayesha Salim

Key Clients

HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz

Shorts International

Peterhouse Corporate Finance

Opus Art

Firstwood (UK)

Jeeves Group Liechtenstein

MySale Group

Brighton Investments

CloudTag

Work highlights

  • 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 '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. Elizabeth Shimmin was made partner in 2019.

Practice head(s):Jason Yardley

Other key lawyers:Christian Tuddenham; Elizabeth Shimmin

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

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

Gwynt-y-Môr OFTO

Singularis Holdings (in Official Liquidation) and Grant Thornton as liquidators

Work highlights

  • 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 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.

Practice head(s):John Magnin

Other key lawyers:Anne McCarthy; Clarissa Coleman; Martin King; Clare Tanner; James Boyd

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

William Andrew Tinkler

Halliburton

 

David Ingram and Amanda Wade of Grant Thornton

Longulf Trading (UK)

Work highlights

  • 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.

Other key lawyers:Robert Lawrie; Alex Ferrari; Matthew Reach; Patrick Pennal; Iain Roxborough; Dharmendra Nair; Gagan Ranu

Testimonials

'Matthew Reach is always willing to assist clients, providing a professional and efficient legal service'.

Key Clients

Tereza Burki

John Onderwater

Athena Brands

Noel Edmonds

Abdullah Abdul-Jabbar Alanizi

Nest Investments (Holdings)

Rakesh Malhotra

Paul Bell

24-7 Midwives

Work highlights

  • Defended complex, committal proceedings that arose from a UK judgment as well as a further claim for damages.

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.

Practice head(s):Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:Ryan Mowat; Sue Thackeray; William Christopher; Fiona Simpson; Mary Young

Testimonials

'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.'

Key Clients

Thought Machine, Paul Taylor, Sarah Moger and Mark Warrick

Madiyar Ablyazov

Rangers Football Club

Paul Allen of FRP Advisory in his capacity as trustee in the bankruptcy of Jason Cheung

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Simon Chapman

Other key lawyers:Mark Lim; Clive Greenwood; Andrew Wanambwa; Fraser McKeating; Nigel Enticknap

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Vincotte International

House of Fraser Global Retail and House of Fraser UK & Ireland

Marks & Spencer

Deliveroo

International Game Technology

Seedlip

The Arsenal Football Club

Hermès International

Dyson

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Julian Stait

Other key lawyers:Tom Canning

Key Clients

AllianceBernstein

Visa

Rabobank

HSBC

Deutsche Bank

Barclays

Lloyds Bank

Ziraat Bankasi

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Kasra Nouroozi

Other key lawyers:Kathryn Garbett; James Libson; Richard Leedham

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Ingenious Media

AssetCo

Kiwix

Work highlights

  • 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, Kevin Roberts and Gemma Anderson are all highly rated practitioners, and Richard Jerman is a well-regarded associate.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Kevin Roberts; Gemma Anderson; Richard Jerman

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

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

Liquidators of Saad Investments Company

Landsbanki

Benedikt Sobotka, CEO of Eurasian Resources Group

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Dominic Crossley

Other key lawyers:Stephen King; Richard Manyon; Lucas Moore; Ane Vernon

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Whitepost Healthcare Group

Italia Conti Group

KnowledgePool Group

Ancasta International Boat Sales

Snap On (Holdings)

The Saga Group

Morshead Mansions

LSL Group

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal Society of Biology

Bonnier Publishing

Work highlights

  • 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.

Other key lawyers:Susanna Charlwood: Jo Rickard

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.

Other key lawyers:Andrew Hutcheon; Andrew Ward; Rebecca Williams; Rob Fidoe; Thomas Ross

Key Clients

Bester Generacion UK

PTT Public Company

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of PTT Public Company, the Thai, state-owned oil and gas company, in high-value claims and counterclaims, which arose out of an integrated commodities trading risk management system that was procured from a global IT systems and software supplier.

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.

Practice head(s):Peter Wood

Other key lawyers:Tatiana Menshenina; Roberto Moruzzi; Niki Olympitis; Christopher Coffin; Andrew Wass; Lesley Timms

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Vladimir Ivanovich Galagaev and others

Elena Baturina

Tatiana Akhmedova

Diesel London

Racing Point

Wainford Holdings

Barrowfen Properties

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Hilton Mervis

Other key lawyers:Jane Wessel; Charlotte Mallorie; Tom Fox

Key Clients

Airbus

Estera Trust (Jersey)

Dafisa

Stabilus

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Simon Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:Kellie Jones

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Chiltern Farm Chemicals

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Ashkhan Candey; Andrew Dunn

Other key lawyers:Yuri Botiuk; James Collins; Mo Haque QC

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Dial Partners and Dial House Consultants

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK)

Nissan Motor Iberica

Sberbank of Russia

Silverbond Enterprises

Eiroholdings

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Richard Viegas

Other key lawyers:Stephen Rosen; Jeff Roberts; Janine Alexander; Steven Heffer

Key Clients

Fraser Turner

Chapelgate Credit Opportunity Master Fund

Vald Nielsen Holdings and Newwatch

Benchwalk Advisors

Equatorial Congo Airlines

Learn to Trade

Baird & Co

Mazda

Work highlights

  • 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'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.

Practice head(s):Tim Maloney

Other key lawyers:Matthew Blower

Key Clients

Watchstone Group

United Healthcare Group

Traffic Monsoon (in receivership)

Glenrinnes Farms

3M

Kvaerner

Siem Industries

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Emily Exton

Other key lawyers:Benedict Walton; Andrew Head; Christopher Bacon; Roberta Harvey

Testimonials

'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'.

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.

Practice head(s):Gavin Foggo

Other key lawyers:Tom Custance; Peter Ashford; David Butler; Andrew Hill

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Hertz Europe

Pamplona Strategic Investments and Pamplona Capital Management

Eric Daniels (former CEO of Lloyds Bank)

Software Incubator

IFG Group

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Sandi Simons

Other key lawyers:Andy Millmore; Louis Castellani; Matthew Leverton; Georgina Long

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Virgin Atlantic Airways

Concert Promoters Association

Endeavor

Royal National Theatre

LW Theatres Group

Hat Trick Productions

Work highlights

  • 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.

Other key lawyers:Damian Honey; Simon Blows; Noel Campbell; Costas Frangeskides; Alistair Feeney

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.

Practice head(s):Mark Humphries; Kristopher Kerstetter; Christopher Braithwaite; James Russell; Toby Starr

Other key lawyers:Robert Javin-Fisher 

Testimonials

'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'.

 

Key Clients

Azitio Holdings, Oleg Mkrtchan and Gastly Holdings

One Blackfriars (in liquidation).

HPK Engineering

Marfin Investment Group

Brisegroup

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Yapp

Other key lawyers:Melanie Hart; Nick Goldstone

Testimonials

'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'.

 

Key Clients

Swiss Life Group

Ritec International

The Kapoor Group

Mr Robert Horton of R2 Recovery

The London District Housing Association

iamYiam

Bibby Distribution

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Michael Tackley; Hardeep Nahal

Other key lawyers:William Boddy

Key Clients

Vincent Tchenguiz

Bestnet

Teoco UK

Landlet

Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees (in its capacity as trustee of the Tchenguiz Family Trust)

Select Vantage

West End Homes and Les Residence Falcon Wharf

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Mark Whelan

Other key lawyers:Harvey Rands; Iain MacWhannell; Jenni Jenkins; Joel Seager;  Dean Nicholls

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Marex Financial

Medsted Associates

Flowgroup

Petricca & Co Capital

Jersey Oil & Gas

Brotherton Real Estate

STM Group

International Goldfields

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Peter Sigler; Garbhan Shanks; Jonathan Kitchin

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Wyelands Capital

GFG Alliance

RGL Management

York Global Finance

Richard Pease & CRUX Asset Management

United Bank

AlixPartners Services UK

Work highlights

  • 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.

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Greenwood; Peter Sharp; David Waldron; Paul Mesquitta

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.

Practice head(s):Simon Willis 

Other key lawyers:Maria Frangeskides; Amanda Voss; Adam Rizzo; Wayne Hofer

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

KPMG

Ernst & Young

CDR Creances

Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile

Langston Corporation

Andrew Wright

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Anthony Riem; Trevor Mascarenhas

Other key lawyers:Jon Felce; Nick Ractliff

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

PL Holdings

Ukrnafta

TPG Capital

Acon

Argent Group

Miller Mining

Veetee Rice

Vadim Kargin

Qatcom

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Rustam Dubash

Other key lawyers:Richard Marshall; David Niven; Philip D’Costa; Alex Fox; Dan Hyde; John Doherty; Donald Lambert; Noel McMichael; David O’Brien

Key Clients

Munroe K and Munroe K Luxembourg

Scarborough Group International and over 53 others

Shannon Construction and Royston Wright

General Practitioners Defence Fund

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Tickner; Keith Oliver

Other key lawyers:Sarah Gabriel; Jason Woodland

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Alexander Tugushev

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

Newmafruit Farms

Work highlights

  • 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'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.

Practice head(s):Matthew Shankland

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.

Practice head(s):Stephen Sampson

Other key lawyers:Gareth Timms; Chris Webber; Nicola Phillips; Stephen Cole

Testimonials

'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.'

Key Clients

Chelsea Football Club

Rembrandt Enterprises

Overgas

LAN Cargo and LATAM Airlines Group

Fawaz Al-Hasawi

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Lucy James

Other key lawyers:Ned Beale; Alex Burton; James Lancaster

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

CCS Media

Fondazione Enpam

Vossloh Group

Panasonic Bic UK

Remit Group

Giant Target Trenchless Contracting

Currie & Brown International

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Simon Serota

Other key lawyers:Alexander Weinberg; Oli Goldman; Craig Thompson; Elizabeth Asher; Josephine Mathew

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Konstantinos Daskalakis and Arvind Mundhra

William Paterson-Brown and Timothy Paterson-Brown

Annabel Bowie

Courtwood Holdings

Excell Business Systems

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Jamie Maples

Other key lawyers:Mark Lawford; Christopher Marks

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Ad hoc committee of 2017 noteholders of Dana Gas

Stuart Sybersma and David Soden as joint provisional liquidators of Abraaj Investment Management

BlackRock

Altecnic

Lehman Brothers

KPMG (joint special administrators to MF Global UK)

Jinpeng Group

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Michael Madden; Daniel Meagher

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Shebah Exploration and Production Company

Telereal

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):James Crighton; Rory Mac Neice

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Saatchi Gallery

Douglas and Gordon

nGage Specialist Recruitment

Paul E Schweder Miller & Co

BM Advisory

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Sarah Rees

Other key lawyers:Justin Weare

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

The Ritz Hotel Casino

The Kerry Group

Robert Terry

Roman Pipia

Buyer's Dream

Aristides Potamianos

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):John Gilbert; Damian Watkin

Key Clients

Dana Petroleum

Aqua Ventures International FZE

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):David Hall

Other key lawyers:Kari McCormick; Andrew Burnette; Chris Jackson; Sian Edmunds; Michael Ward

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

FirstGroup and subsidiaries

BBC

Virgin

Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company

Crown Commercial Service Panel

Financial Services Compensation Scheme

The Crown Estate

Celtic Energy

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Charles Fussell

Other key lawyers:Simon Winter

Testimonials

'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'.

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):John Day

Other key lawyers:Michael Sparkes

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Simon Robinson

RM Auctions

Daniel Wagner

Mahmood Al-Najar

John Cozens

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Julian Johnstone; Charles Spragge

Other key lawyers:Neil Hayter; Rachel Brown

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Fondation Ion Basgan

Credit Europe Bank

Onur Air Tasimacilik

Haier Appliances

Vistra (UK)

Orexim Trading

Quantuma

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.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Isaacs; Richard Twomey

Other key lawyers:Joshua Fineman

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Kompaktwerk

Jamtoff Trading

Highland Estates

Western International Market

Arcadia Group

Rathore Group

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Peter Bridson

Other key lawyers:Demetris Dionissiou; Elizabeth Johnson; Sharokh Koussari; Colin Jaque; Naylah Hamour; Claire Lyon

Testimonials

.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.

Practice head(s):Philippa Dempster

Other key lawyers:Vickie Williams

Testimonials

'The team has a strong presence in IT litigation'.

'Director Vickie Williams is a good team player and takes a commercial approach'.

Key Clients

Eddie Stobart

William Hill Organization

Lyle & Scott

Volare Aviation

GP Surveyors

The liquidators of SHB Realisations (formerly BHS)

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Clive Ince

Other key lawyers:Nigel Adams; Jonathan Cole

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

John Frieda Salons

The Restaurant Group

FBN Bank

Chelsfield Group

Lucent Lighting

ITV Studios

BSkyB

Grandlane Group

Arbuthnot Latham

The former directors of the Luminar Group

Readers Digest

Chime Communications

Work highlights

  • 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. .

Practice head(s):Amanda Burge

Other key lawyers:Antony Perlmutter; Martin Ochs

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

60 houseboat owners represented by Chelsea Reach Boatowners Association

European Land & Property

Hilton Worldwide

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Sachs

Other key lawyers:Jane Anderson; Dominique Dolman

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Sandi Haywood

Taray Investments and Bellevue Homes

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Joanne Gregory

Other key lawyers:Myles Levy

Testimonials

'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 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.

Practice head(s):Darren Roiser; Dorothy Murray; Andrei Yakovlev

Key Clients

Actavis Group

Forex Capital Markets

Mikhail Abyzov and Emmerson International

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mikhail Abyzov and Emmerson International against Viktor Vekselberg and the Renova Group in a highly contested joint venture dispute.

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.

Other key lawyers:Nick Cherryman; Andrew Stafford QC

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.

Practice head(s):Andrew Ford

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Scott; Christopher Atkinson; Caroline Mattin; Caroline Phipps

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Elena Tsareva & others

Nick Harrold and Joe Seifert

Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Agnes Quashie

Other key lawyers:Dipti Hunter

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.

Practice head(s):Rudi Ramdarshan; David Burns; Jonathan Roberts;

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Roberts

Testimonials

'Team members seamlessly get involved in bringing their expertise where needed'

'Rudi Ramdarshan and David Burns bring the team together'.

Key Clients

Naftogaz

Pantheon International Advisors

High Fly

Dominvs Property Developments

Glasshouse Asset Management

Comptoir Group

Don’t Look Back Holdings

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Stewart Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:Stephen Welfare; Chris Rodda; Jamie Lester; Milan Kapadia

Testimonials

'Approachable, hardworking and commercial'.

Key Clients

Monsoon Accessorize

State Bank of India

Smyths Toys

Vodafone

Christie Group

Quantuma

Cantel (UK)

National Association of Jewellers

Leatherman Tools

The Baglioni Hotel

Bank of India

David Rubin & Partners

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):John Gould

Other key lawyers:Paolo Sidoli; Lee Ranford; Elliot Elsey; Michael Stacey

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Shurgard

Voluntary Service Overseas

Youth Hostels Association

GroceryAid

Pelican Rouge

Venson Automotive Solutions

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Rex Brown

Sky

MX Sports

BNP Paribas

FRP Advisory

Work highlights

  • 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.

Other key lawyers:Seamus Andrew; Paul Ferguson; Oliver Cain

Testimonials

'The London team's instructions are consistently high quality and the work produced is particularly pleasing'.

'Seamus Andrew is phenomenally bright, always thinks two or three steps ahead, and is calm and collected in even the tightest corners'.

'Paul Ferguson is very bright, personable and diligent'.

'Oliver Cain is a very capable lawyer, who makes time to get stuck in and deliberate about tactics as well as the legal issues in dispute'.

Key Clients

Automobili Lamborghini

Grupo Mexico

Dommo Energia

Salbatring International

Mahou

Telefónica

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Chinese state-owned shipyard seeking to recover $171m from a Hong Kong entity that was due under a guarantee agreement.

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.

Practice head(s):Kamran Rehman

Other key lawyers:David Vaughan; Michael Mulligan

Testimonials

'Kamran Rehman is a cool and steely tactician, who likes to be two moves ahead in terms of seeing where his opponents are going'.

Key Clients

United Republic of Tanzania

Monex Europe

Capreon (UK)

Precision Engineering Plastics

Falcon Investment Management

Formation Group

Central Bridging Loans

United National Bank

Keele Residential Funding

Rhea Capital Partners

SREI Infrastructure Finance

Work highlights

  • 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.

Other key lawyers:Angus Rodger; Neil Dooley; Ivan Gordienko; Jonathan Raynes 

Testimonials

'The London practice is small but incredibly efficient and flexible'.

'Angus Rodger is an intelligent and thoughtful lawyer, who is unafraid to adopt an isolated position where it is in his client's interests to do so'.

'Neil Dooley is an exceptional litigator, with amazing commercial and tactical nous and great legal instinct'.

'Jonathan Raynes is very knowledgable, responsive and generally very helpful'.

Key Clients

Japan Airlines

LG

Generalis

Otkritie bank

Trust Bank

National Bank of Moldova

VTB Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sova Capital in enforcing a major judgment against fraudsters.

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.

Practice head(s):Sarah Murray

Other key lawyers:Sarah Murray; Richard King; Michael Frisby; Andrew Quick; James Lister;

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Allianz Insurance

Gama Aviation

Samsung Electronics

CI Plus

TM Lewin

Syniverse

CBRE Managed Services

Anheuser-Busch Inbev Procurement

TGI Fridays

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Navinder Grover

Other key lawyers:Rajesh Pabla; Philip Rubens; Clare Toomer; Jack Rabinowicz

Testimonials

'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'

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Glenn Chidgey; David Golten

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society

Interoute Communications

Parham Holdings

Reveal Projects

Express Vending

Mears Group

American Express Europe Services

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Pavani Reddy

Other key lawyers:Sarosh Zaiwalla; Leigh Crestohl 

Testimonials

'Pavani Reddy is knowledgeable, practical and fun to work with'.

'Sarosh Zaiwalla is a canny veteran litigator'.

'Leigh Crestol is a standout litigator'.

Key Clients

Alexander Dobrovinsky

Vadim Maratovich Shulman

Wanbury

Air India UK

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Geoffrey Kertesz; Sinéad Lester

Other key lawyers:Richard Langley; Donna Goldsworthy' David Archer; Neil Emerson

Testimonials

'Richard Langley is exceptional'.

Key Clients

Dinglis Properties

Smurfit Kappa

Claranet

Nuffield Health

Investec

EFG Bank

Electrosonic

Work highlights

  • Defended Germany's North Channel Bank against a breach of duty of care claim by Denmark's tax authority.  

Headed by Peter Laskey, Bowling & Co.'s team is focused on financial product mis-selling, shareholder disputes, compulsory purchase orders, and fraud and asset recovery.

Practice head(s):Peter Laskey

Key Clients

Abdul Bari

Work highlights

  • Acted in a fraud claim based on misrepresentations that led to an investment in a sham property company in Bangladesh.

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.

Practice head(s):Seamus Smyth

Other key lawyers:Lisa Ginesi; Kate Boguslawska; Graham Balchin

Testimonials

'Lisa Ginesi is an experienced and sound performer'.

'Graham Balchin is tenacious and achieves strong results in short time frames'.

Key Clients

Polymeric UK

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Adam Tudor; Alasdair Pepper; Matthew Wescott

Other key lawyers:Antonia Foster; Claire Gill 

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Philip Barden; James Dunn

Other key lawyers:Jim Varley; Anna Buch

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Solicitors Regulation Authority

First Priority Housing Association

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management

Insolve Plus

Kone

Thompson Reuters

Michael Page International

Ultra Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Jovita Vassallo

Other key lawyers:Luiz Costa

Testimonials

'Good knowledge and the ability to move things forward'.

'Jovita Vassallo is brilliant'.

'Senior associate Luiz Costa provides superb assistance'.

Key Clients

Brazilian Navy

Welsh & Jefferies

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Huw Wallis

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Scott

Testimonials

'Provides a personal approach to clients'.

Key Clients

Brewin Dolphin

MAHLE Industries

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.

Practice head(s):Michael Shapiro

Other key lawyers:Barry Samuels; Mark Richardson; Richard Curtin

Work highlights

  • The firm advised Bresto Pte on a dispute relating to its investment in a BVI company

gunnercooke LLP's Shilpen Savani's cases are high-value and frequently involve an international element. Fergus Buckley is focused on civil fraud matters while David Herbert has particular expertise in civil fraud and asset tracing.

Other key lawyers:Shilpen Savani; Fergus Buckley; David Herbert

Testimonials

'Shilpen Savani is very user friendly and has a wide range of experience'.

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.

Practice head(s):Mark Culbert; Tom Clark

Testimonials

'Great, practical advice from experienced solicitors'.

'Mark Culbert is steady under fire'.

'Tom Clark is a committed and adept operator'.

Key Clients

Mitchells & Butlers

Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

Hillebrand

Interquest Group

G&C Systems

Women’s Aid

Goldsmith Jewellers

Kwik Fit

T M Lewin

Majestic Wine

La Tasca

Arnold Clark

William Russell

The Evergreen Group

OpenPlanet

NetBuilder

H Tempest

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Ben Aram

Other key lawyers: Dino Paganuzzi 

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.

Practice head(s):Geraint Thomas 

Other key lawyers:John Abbott

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.

Practice head(s):Joseph Kosky; Kevin Heath

Other key lawyers:David Grant

Testimonials

'Happy to listen to clients' ideas and create a collaborative approach'.

'Kevin Heath has expert knowledge'.

Key Clients

Government of Iraq

Glengary Overseas

Close Brothers

Shawbrook Bank

Liberty Leasing ‎

Santander

EER ‎

ING Lease (UK)

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Tamar Halevy

Other key lawyers:Jim Mackie

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

Mobeus Private Equity Partners

UAB Avion Express

Ross Hare

MAC Aero Interiors

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Jan Mugerwa 

Testimonials

'Partners provide excellent attention to detail'.

'Jan Murgerwa has huge experience in complex commercial and company litigation'.

Paul Hastings LLP's Simon Airey specialises in global investigations, financial and regulatory crime, bribery and corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud inquiries, and data breaches.  Fellow investigations partner Morgan Miller splits his time between Washington DC and London.

Other key lawyers:Simon Airey

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.

Other key lawyers:Joseph McCormick; Danielle Carr; Anthony Field

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.

Practice head(s):Philip Sewell

Other key lawyers:Claire Stockford; Ben Pilbrow

Key Clients

Air Technology Systems

Busaba Eat Thai

Clydesdale Bank

EMFC Loan Syndications

Epic Games

HSBC Bank

HSS Hire

Macdonald Resorts

NHBC

Nicholas Faulks

Sainsbury’s

Scandinavian Airline System

Sheffield United

Standford Properties

Surefoot Solutions

Wells Fargo Bank

Zeus Software

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Michael Thomas; Theo Solley

Testimonials

'Theo Solley is reliable, diligent and very attentive to clients' requests'.

Key Clients

RLM & Co

Callenders & Co

Lockhart & Co

Financial Services Commission (Mauritius)

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Razi Mireskandari

Other key lawyers:Stephen Shotnes; Maninder Gill; Peter Gould; Jeffrey Smele

Testimonials

'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'.

 

Key Clients

Ionnis Kent

Parish Council of Chalfont St Peter

John Robson and Alfred Chubb

David Bailey

Keith Collins

Discovery Yachts Group

Executive Aircraft Sales

GRP Mina

Work highlights

  • 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.

Practice head(s):Mark Summerfield

Testimonials

'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.

Practice head(s):Marian Boyle

Testimonials

'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'.

Key Clients

ITFA

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.

Other key lawyers:Andrew Cromby; James Denison; Simon Adam

Key Clients

Antares

Argo

Aspen Risk Management

AXA Insurance UK

Liberty

Markel (UK) and Markel International

RiverStone

Hamilton Underwriting

Duff and Phelps

Investec (Channel Islands)

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.

Practice head(s):Caroline Kean

Other key lawyers:Alan Owens; Matthew Dando

Testimonials

'Excellent on commercial disputes in the media industry'.

Key Clients

The Ingenious Group

bet365

Twentieth Century Fox

eOne

Viasat

Recorded Picture Company

Mister Smith Entertainment

Work highlights

  • 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.

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