Addleshaw Goddard's finance disputes practice has strong relationships with major UK and international banks, private equity firms and other independent funders as well as fintech clients and challenger banks. It handles a range of contentious matters, particularly in the asset-based lending and receivables financing spaces. The group is also well-placed to handle cross-border claims and recoveries, with particular experience in acting for West Africa-based businesses. Practice head Harold Brako has 'encyclopaedic experience' and is a key name alongside legal director Helen Collinge, who also has a broad practice.
Banking litigation in North West
Other key lawyers:
‘Well-integrated professional team of knowledgeable experts.‘
‘The finance disputes resolution team at Addleshaw Goddard is a pleasure to work with. Members are organised, efficient and clear. Instructions to counsel are invariably well set out. At all levels, members have an easy manner, making them delightful to discuss issues with. The nature of their work is always interesting.‘
‘The advice received from Addleshaw Goddard is always clear and either comprehensive or concise (when necessary). They provide excellent value for money whilst achieving consistently good results.‘
‘The team is large enough to have critical mass but small enough to ensure continuity of service and to build good, close working relationships. We have good contacts at different levels within the team – unlike many practices where the lead contact may be territorial about allowing others in the team to have much direct client contact. There is good value for money in the service whilst at the same time, the service levels are great. This team also delivers bespoke training for BFS (at no cost) and invites relevant colleagues to training sessions being run by AG. The added value we receive from AG is excellent.‘
‘Harold Brako is professional, reliable, has encyclopaedic experience and a good sense of humour in a crisis.‘
‘Harold Brako is an outstanding operator, a pragmatic and commercial lawyer who is always available.‘
‘Harold Brako leads with vision and strives for a commercial outcome to the case. The impact of his leadership is clear, as his thoroughness is matched only by that of the associates he manages.‘
HSBC Bank plc
Paragon Bank plc
Aldermore Invoice Finance
Seneca Trade Partners Limited
Santander UK plc
Amicus Asset Finance Limited
Davenham Asset Finance Limited
Ultimate Finance Limited
Bibby Financial Services Limited
Praetura Asset Finance Limited
Genser Energy Ghana Limited
Growth Street Limited
Conister Bank Limited
Advance Global Capital Limited
Röwer & Rüb GmbH
- Acting for Bibby Financial Services Limited regarding its power of attorney (contained within a factoring agreement) in order to conduct and compromise litigation on behalf of its client.
- Acting for Praetura Asset Finance Limited in a High Court action against a high-net-worth individual following his breach of a hire purchase agreement.
- Acting in a joint mandate for Bibby Invoice Discounting Limited and its customer, We Recruit SW Limited, against We Recruit’s clients for non-payment of invoices relating to the supply of agency workers and successfully striking out the defence of one of the defendants.
DLA Piper's financial services litigation and regulatory practice handles an impressive breadth of disputes across the retail banking, payment services, asset financing and leasing arenas. Practice head Stewart Plant, who has a particular focus on retail banking and payment services issues, has experience in defending mass claims in the banking space. Legal director Philip Williams is a key contact for fintech matters, while corporate crime and investigations expert John Gollaglee acts in contentious regulatory compliance issues. Senior associates Krystle Robinson and Benjamin Fellows are other names to note and both have experience in asset finance litigation, Consumer Credit Act work and professional negligence disputes.
‘Extremely responsive and cater to client demands and timelines.‘
‘Senior associate Ben Fellows is very responsive, provides clear and commercially focused legal advice. He also has a very good eye for both detail and the bigger picture.‘
The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (incl. NatWest, Lombard, RBS Invoice Finance)
The Co-operative Bank
Close Brothers Group
Elavon Financial Services
First Data Corporation
Worldpay (UK) Limited
Lloyds Banking Group (incl. HBOS and C&G)
National Asset Management Agency
- Acted for National Asset Management Agency in claims made under a guarantee and indemnity against two guarantors, a Swiss domiciled individual and UK company.
- Acting for the Co-operative Bank plc in its claim for professional negligence and breach of contract against a firm of surveyors, which had provided project monitoring surveyor services to the bank at a complex and high-profile hotel and spa development at a sports ground in Hampshire.
The finance litigation team at DWF attracts praise for its 'excellent sector knowledge' and 'commercial mindset'. The group is particularly strong in asset finance litigation and has been increasingly active in the payments, consumer and retail banking sectors. Asset finance and fraud litigation expert Ritchie Irvine leads the team alongside national practice head John Perez, who has particular expertise in motor finance matters. Ben Johnson is highlighted for his combination of fraud-related retail banking litigation knowledge, asset finance industry experience and regulatory payment services expertise; while Julia Perez manages volume recoveries for major banking and commercial clients.
‘Very approachable at partner and associate level, excellent sector knowledge and proactive in their recommendations on strategy. They have a commercial mindset and are outcome-focused.‘
‘Ritchie and team are a great support function to my business. They understand our pressures and provide us with great guidance to safeguard the bank.‘
‘Diverse in-depth comprehensive understanding of relevant legislation and dispute resolution by commercial negotiation.‘
‘Ben Johnson and associate Mahesh Vara are both excellent and have provided clear and commercial advice throughout. They are always responsive and have exceeded our expectations on several matters where there have been late developments.‘
‘The human element when dealing with a legal situation is invaluable. My team and I are not lawyers or have a great understanding of the law so Ritchie and the DWF team help bridge that gap for us.‘
‘Comprehensive understanding of subject matter relayed at a level that the non-expert can interpret a understand.‘
Lloyds Banking Group, including Lloyds Bank plc, Bank of Scotland plc and Lloyds Commercial Finance.
Shawbrook Bank Limited
RBS Group, including National Westminster Bank Plc
Aldermore Bank Plc
Santander Consumer (UK) plc trading as Santander Consumer Finance.
KBL European Private Bankers SA
UK Asset Resolution Limited (UKAR), including Bradford & Bingley plc, Mortgage Express and NRAM plc (formerly called Northern Rock plc).
NextGear Capital UK Limited (part of the Cox Automotive Group)
PSA Finance UK Ltd
Metro Bank Plc
Brown Shipley & Co. Limited.
Together Money (formerly Lancashire Mortgages/Blemain)
Hyundai Capital UK Ltd
Barclays Partner Finance
Elavon Financial Services DAC
The financial services disputes and investigations practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP counts misselling claims, investment management disputes, professional negligence litigation and contentious regulatory matters among its areas of expertise. Manchester-based James Southworth leads the firm's Northern practice, which includes individuals across Manchester, Birmingham and Leeds. The practice functions as part of a national team with frequent collaboration with regional offices including those in Cardiff and Nottingham. Financial crime and investigations expert Zia Ullah is another name to note in the North West. Sarah Naylor moved in-house to Sesame Bankhall Group.
Other key lawyers:
Nationwide Building Society
Coventry Building Society
Instant Cash Loans
The Co-Operative Bank
Squire Patton Boggs' 'excellent' financial services litigation practice has developed a niche in representing lenders in claims against professional advisers. Both practice head Anthony Taylor and recently promoted director Peter Lees have a breadth of experience in this area, while Taylor is also known for acting for clients in arbitration proceedings against professional indemnity insurers. With the ability to leverage its strong New York and Washington DC practices, the group is well-placed to handle cross-border disputes with US elements.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent, niche, banking litigation team; very knowledgeable; client-focused and good value.‘
‘Anthony Taylor has built a small but accomplished team around him that are motivated by doing the most challenging and high-profile litigation. The team compares well to any of the magic circle teams that I work with but have the advantage of a regional cost structure and rate card.‘
‘Excellent client service and a real feel for the ‘commercial’ aspects of the legal advice. Very prompt and efficient client service, and well capable of making mischief for opponents in correspondence.‘
‘Anthony Taylor is a stand out individual in banking litigation. Great fun to work with; a deep knowledge of banking law; and an excellent feel for the right strategy move in a difficult case.‘
‘Anthony Taylor, highly accomplished and incredibly tenacious. He uses his charm to drive higher levels of performance from his teams and the experts that support him. Devotes significant time to the matters that he leads such that you get the commitment levels that you might see more readily from senior associates in the City. ‘
‘Anthony Taylor is a very effective litigator – very fast response times, and an extremely clear communicator. Clients trust him, and rightly so.‘
TLT's financial services disputes and investigations team handles a range of banking litigation, internal investigations and contentious regulatory matters. It has particular expertise in the retail mortgage space where it offers 'an end-to-end service' and benefits from the ability to work with its other departments including on the property and restructuring aspects of mandates. Practice head James Chadwick is highlighted by one client as the 'master of title rectification work' and counts recoveries, professional negligence and contentious regulatory matters among his other areas of expertise. Legal director Roisin McGlinn handles secured recoveries work.
Other key lawyers:
‘Fantastic team: one of the go-to firms for mortgage title rectification work. Almost peerless. Also strong in mortgage work more generally and regulatory advice. Top-notch service for the very best banking clients!‘
‘TLT’s North West banking litigation practice is key in the local market. The team has particular expertise in disputes arising from secured lending and I am very comfortable in instructing them on matters across the spectrum of secured recoveries, title rectification, security issues, receivership and professional negligence. Their understanding of property issues means they can offer an end-to-end service including wider commercial and strategic advice.‘
‘The team, led by James Chadwick in Manchester, have very useful expertise in handling debt related claims and issues. They also have their fingers on the pulse in terms of current claims, trends and tactics for handling such matters.‘
‘James Chadwick is second to none. Master of title rectification work. Safe pair of hands.‘
‘Roisin McGlinn is an unsung hero – on top of her game.‘
‘James Chadwick is a technically very strong and steadfast litigator. In my experience he is always available and goes above and beyond to get us the results we need. He leads a strong team.‘
‘James Chadwick has a deep, deep understanding of this field, tireless energy and an ability to deal with the most complex and demanding pieces of litigation.‘
Bank of America, ML
The Cooperative Bank plc
Lloyds Banking Group plc
The Royal Bank of Scotland
Unicredit, Redstone Mortgages Ltd
Gateley Plc's financial disputes and regulation practice handles a range of matters including asset finance disputes and contentious regulatory matters. Birmingham-based James Baird heads up the team, which includes dedicated banking litigator Andrew Field in Manchester. Field counts complex recoveries, security enforcement issues, fraud cases and professional negligence claims among his areas of expertise.
Other key lawyers:
‘Unrivalled experience in acting in the retail and commercial banking sector. Very in-tuned to providing the service required by those acting within the banking industry.‘
‘Andrew Field is a specialist in banking litigation and adopts an extremely thorough and highly competent approach to all his instructions. I certainly regard him as one of the leading solicitors in the field.‘
‘Andrew Field is always available to and appreciative of the demands of the in-house team. Very easy to work with.‘
‘I have dealt with Andrew field for a number of years. Professional in approach and succinct in advice. Delivers quality service. Able to get to heart of issue and achieves desired outcomes.‘
Macquarie Equipment Finance UK Limited
Henry Howard Finance Plc
Scania Finance Great Britain Limited
Arkle Finance Limited
Tower Leasing Limited
Grenke Leasing Limited
Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited
CIAC Corporation Inc
Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited
Hill Dickinson LLP's finance litigation team is singled out for its asset-based lending expertise and has particular experience in invoice discounting and receivables finance disputes. Practice head Sharon Williamson handles a range of contentious matters in the banking space and has been increasingly active in fraud-related matters, including employee fraud claims and phishing attack issues.
‘As well as providing excellent litigation services to our Operations teams nationally, Hill Dickinson have also assisted in providing essential training to our colleagues by co-delivering sessions along with our Learning & Development team. Coming directly from one of our legal partners, the learning points were well-received and given in a style that has real benefits for our staff.‘
Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited
Bibby Financial Services Limited
Bibby Factors Limited
Bibby Factors Manchester Limited
Bibby invoice Discounting Limited
Bibby Factors Scotland Limited
Metro Bank t/as SME Invoice Finance
Hitachi Capital (UK) Limited
Hyde Park Finance Limited
- Acting for Hyde Park Finance Limited in a disputed £1.6m claim against three indemnifiers.
- Represented Bibby Factors Manchester in a dispute relating to the recovery of £130,000 from a debtor.
Since joining the practice in 2018, Liverpool-based Phil Sheard has continued to grow Brabners LLP's finance litigation practice. Sheard joined alongside associate James Stephenson; both have particular commercial debt recovery expertise in the invoice and asset-based financing spaces.
Other key lawyers:
‘They understand our business, industry and issues which may require their assistance with legal action. They are responsive, knowledgeable and give regular feedback.‘
‘Phil Sheard and James Stephenson are quickly able to get to the heart of a dispute and provide an honest assessment of the best course of action to take and chances of success.’
‘Phil Sheard provides very good, sound advice. Is not afraid to tackle complex matters (in fact he seems to relish them) and is always available to us. If Phil is not available we can always turn to James Stephenson and know we’ll receive the same level of care and advice.‘
‘Phil and James are always available, get back to you quickly, are very knowledgeable in what they do and produce great results.‘
Bibby Factors Northwest
Bibby Factors Manchester
Bibby Factors Yorkshire
Bibby Factors Leicester
Bibby Factors Bristol
Bibby Factors Sussex
Bibby Factors Slough
Bibby Invoice Discounting
Bibby Financial Services
Bibby Trade Factors
Bibby Trade Services
4Syte Funding Limited
4Syte Construction Limited
4Syte Funding Limited
Kingsway Asset Finance Limited
C&M Wealth Group Limited
TradeRiver UK Limited
- Instructed by TradeRiver UK Limited in an application by a creditor of a personal guarantor to set aside his IVA.
- Acted for C&M Wealth Group in a claim for unsecured bridging finance pursuant to a personal guarantee.
- Acting for 4Syte Construction Finance in relation to a potential termination of an invoice finance agreement, including in opposing an interim injunction to restrain the powers of the chosen administrator and to apply for a non-party costs order against a shadow director.
Kennedys represents SMEs, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals in disputes against financial services institutions. Senior associate Andrew Davidson leads the team, which includes Alison Loveday, who has particular experience in financial regulatory and misselling disputes; and the 'very experienced' Reuben Berg.
‘A unique practice in taking on the banks over the sale of derivative products and related litigation against banks. Very effective at running litigation against much larger litigation teams.‘
‘Reuben Berg and senior associates Ian Mendelsohn and Frances Mosely are very experienced litigators with a real ability to play a hand well so as to bring the mighty to their knees.‘
Julian Hodge Bank
Begbies Traynor Group plc
Duff & Phelps
City of London Group plc
Euro Hotels Group
Myerson Solicitors LLP's 'tenacious' banking litigation team combines financial and regulatory disputes expertise, regularly bringing claims against banks. Practice head Jonathan Hassall acts for corporate, owner-managed businesses and individuals in a range of claims, while senior solicitor Vicky Biggs has particular experience in handling disputes relating to derivative products.
Other key lawyers:
‘Myerson’s banking litigation team are tenacious, and work with the best experts in the field, to drive forward their clients’ objectives.‘
‘Jonathan Hassall is very savvy.‘
‘Vicky Biggs is tactically astute. Clear-headed. Never loses focus on the details.‘
Bennett Holdings Shrewsbury Limited
CGL Group Limited
- Represented a family-owned property management company in a £5m claim against the Royal Bank of Scotland’s global restructuring group.
- Acting for CGL Group Limited in a misrepresentation claim relating to a Property Participation Fee Agreement (PPFA) and in relation to a claim against the Royal Bank of Scotland’s global restructuring group.
- Acted for a father and son property development partnership in relation to a direct loss and consequential loss claim against the Royal Bank of Scotland’s global restructuring group.