Banking litigation in West Midlands

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is renowned for its depth and expertise in the sector. It has the largest specialised banking litigation team in the West Midlands and is present on every major banking litigation panel. Team head Neville Gray engages with complex litigation and undertakes a range of contentious work for some of the UK’s biggest companies. Martin Ward has fifteen years’ experience in the financial services sector and has dealt with matters from retail all the way to cryptocurrency. Amanda Rowley is an expert in high value and complex matters, especially in the area of civil fraud, while principal associate Turon Miah provides a wealth of experience in insolvency work.

Practice head(s):

Neville Gray 

Other key lawyers:

Martin Ward; Daniel Murphy; Turon Miah; Amanda Rowley


‘They do the job as well as any magic circle firm’

‘The Eversheds team is a joy to work with, the lawyers are professional, friendly and always available to deal with any queries.’

‘Turon Miah stands out as an exceptional individual. He is very efficient and provides very clear instructions and analysis.’

‘Amanda Rowley is immensely hard-working and is totally dedicated to helping the client achieve a successful outcome. She’s an excellent lawyer and is absolutely first-rate at all aspects of the job.’

‘Martin Ward runs a proactive and diligent team.’

‘They stand out as leaders in their respective fields in the West Midlands (and across England). Their reputation is well-deserved. I have had very positive experiences working with Eversheds.’

‘A professional firm, with breadth and depth of sector knowledge.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Nationwide Building Society

Santander UK plc

Creation Financial Services Limited

Options UK Personal Pensions LLP

Very Group

Studio Retail Limited

Legal & General Group plc


Work highlights

  • Defending HSBC UK Bank plc in the Ingenious litigation.
  • Defending several thousand litigated payment protection insurance claims brought against a number of major clients, including HSBC UK Bank plc and Creation Financial Service.
  • Acting for Options Personal Pensions LLP in Russell Adams v Options Pensions, the leading judgment on the application and interpretation of s.27 of FSMA 2000.

Shoosmiths LLP

The financial services disputes and investigations practice at Shoosmiths LLP is known for its experience in contentious matters such as fraud, contested recoveries and title disputes. Roger Potgieter leads the team and works closely with a number of major trade bodies. Associate Jordon Bray is particularly experienced in asset, motor and consumer finance litigation. Principal associate Charlotte Healey has over a decade of experience in contentious litigation and is well regarded among asset and motor finance clients.

Practice head(s):

Roger Potgieter 

Other key lawyers:

Alex Bishop; Jordon Bray; Charlotte Healey


‘Shoosmiths care about their clients and the results, and are willing to put an enormous amount of time and effort into securing the best outcome for their clients.’

‘They handle an enormous amount of work apparently effortlessly, always responding swiftly to queries in a clear and concise manner.’

‘Roger Potgeiter and Jordon Bray are a genuine pleasure to work with and are extremely knowledgeable and tactically astute.’

‘Roger Potgieter is at the top of his game. He is on top of all legal developments and has an intricate knowledge of his client’s needs, with an eye on commerciality at all times.’

‘Jordon Bray is always willing to go above and beyond, working late into the evening to ensure that everything is ready for trial.’

‘In-depth sector knowledge and specialism.’

Key clients

Arkle Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services

Grenke Leasing Limited

JBR Capital Limited

LeasePlan UK Limited

Propel Finance Plc

PSA Finance UK Limited

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Volkswagen Financial Services (UK) Limited

Volvo Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Advising a number of banks and leasing companies on the fall-out from one of the largest frauds ever to hit the UK leasing industry, with 55 lenders facing combined losses of £282 million.
  • Advised trade bodies and clients on the subject of commission disclosure following the Court of Appeal decision in Wood and Pengelly.
  • Acted for a number of banks and other lenders defending a high number of mis-selling and other claims brought against them under various provisions of the Consumer Credit Act 1974, including section 75 (connected lender liability) and section 140A (unfair relationships).

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has a specialism in retail mis-selling claims, including those related to film finance and payment protection insurance. Its expertise extends into the fields of regulatory issues and dispute management through insurance policy coverage. Simon Garbett  is a qualified solicitor advocate who specialises in commercial and financial services litigation and arbitration. Senior director Ian Skinner has a long history dealing with fraud and professional negligence work.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Simon Garbett; Ian Skinner; Mariyam Harunah


‘We utilise the banking litigation at Squires for the truly exceptional, always responsive service provided.’

‘A fantastic combination of technical expertise, people who are a delight to work with, and great value for clients.’

Key clients

Brooks Macdonald Group

Dalata Hotel Group Plc

Mazars Financial Planning

Representative Beneficiary of the Newell Rubbermaid UK Pension Scheme

Representative Beneficiary of the CMG UK Pension Scheme

Work highlights