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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides ‘a first-class service' to a client roster that includes a number of large banks; the team is particularly well-known for defending mis-selling claims. Chris Busby heads the firm’s national practice and is a ‘real star in his field and well-deserving of his accolades – he is very knowledgeable on banking regulation, very attentive to what clients need and very easy to work with’. He has expertise in PPI matters, a leads a practice that handles a high volume of work for major banks. Neville Gray, who ‘has a strong understanding of his cases and an excellent grasp of case management’, is representing a private bank in a series of mis-selling cases concerning alleged negligence or breaches of statutory duties as regards to the sale of film partnership scheme products. Gray also acted for a Nordic bank in claims by users of its trading platform at the time of the 2015 termination of the Swiss Franc’s peg to the Euro. He also has SIPP mis-selling and Consumer Credit Act expertise. Principal associate Sarah Hope  is a ‘hardened and experienced litigator, with great client skills’. Principal associate Martin Ward  joined from Shoosmiths LLP. The practice also acts for banks in professional negligence actions against solicitors and invoice finance disputes. Santander and Nationwide are other clients.

Gowling WLG is ‘responsive, with very good asset finance industry knowledge in particular’. Clark Sargent and senior associate Katie Malloy (who ‘provides sound advice and is very diligent’) are representing PEAC in several cases against schools which leased printing equipment but subsequently sought to void the leases as ultra vires on public law grounds. Ian Weatherall  and senior associate Turon Miah acted for Home Retail Group Card Services in a large volume of PPI cases concerning Argos-branded store cards.

Squire Patton Boggs’ team handles a range of heavyweight financial services regulation work. Garon Anthony handles cross-border regulatory investigations, often concerning English law-based “free zones” outside the UK, as well as domestic mis-sellling cases and insurance disputes. Simon Garbett, whose work crosses over with matters such as pensions, is also another key partner. Senior associate Ian Skinner joined from Dentons’ Milton Keynes office. The firm is a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s “skilled person” panel for financial crime matters. Brooks Macdonald Financial Consulting is a client, as is Amana Capital Group.

FS Legal is described by some as ‘the only pure financial services litigation firm outside London – its team is the envy of many of the top law firms it comes up against’. Gareth Fatchett (‘a renowned expert in financial services work') handles a range of heavyweight financial services litigation; he represented Metro Financial Solutions in a dispute with Tenet Connect Services – the client left the network, and Tenet Connect subsequently attempted to claim back fees. Other work concerns novel regulatory matters, plus SIPP and mortgage mis-selling cases. Paul Crutchley also handles heavyweight work, some of which concerning offshore financial services.

Shoosmiths LLP’s 'dedicated' team ‘has that rare mix of being legally gifted and commercially sensible; the entire team is friendly and eminently capable’, with notable expertise in consumer credit litigation. Roger Potgiegter is ‘a real asset to the firm and his clients alike – he provides pragmatic advice, projects a calm exterior at all times and has a wealth of knowledge and experience: quiet simply, he makes clients’ lives easier’. He advised Creation Consumer Finance and other lenders in mis-selling claims brought under sections 75 and 140A of the Consumer Credit Act. In a separate case, he also acted for a car manufacturer-backed finance provider in a claim brought under the Data Protection Act concerning allegedly incorrect statements to credit reference agencies.

Gateley Plc ’s James Baird handles a range of banking litigation, often involving fraud by bank employees. Clients include Macquarie Equipment Finance, Aldermore Bank, Scania Finance, Tower Leasing and several traditional banks.

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