Banking litigation in West Midlands
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a specialist banking litigation team in Birmingham which focuses on high-profile work relating to lending, financing, wealth management, mis-selling and negligence. As well as its well-established relationships with major banks, the firm also has also built a reputation for its work for challenger banks, while the team also handles international work out of Birmingham. Chris Busby, who leads the practice, is and also UK head of financial services disputes and investigations. Neville Gray is another key figure and works on investigations and regulatory advice. Other notable names include principal associate Martin Ward , who specialises in asset, motor and invoice finance; and Sarah Hope , who is an expert in mortgage mis-selling.
Other key lawyers:
Nationwide Building Society
Coventry Building Society
Instant Cash Loans
- Advising a range of banks and financial institutions on their complaint handling and litigation strategies for PPI cases.
- Providing strategic advice to banks, building societies and other lenders in respect of complaints under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974.
- Acting for the trustee of the Safeway pension scheme in relation to a sex equalisation case with a value over £100m which was referred by the Court of Appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union
- Defending payday lender Instant Cash Loans in a claim, brought by over 180 individual claimants, for breach of statutory duty and for an unfair relationship under the Consumer Credit Act 1974 on the basis of an alleged lack of affordability assessments.
- Successfully represented a subsidiary of Coventry Building Society in an interest-only mortgage mis-selling claim which concluded in a three-day trial in the High Court.
Gowling WLG's skillset in this space covers banking, finance and insolvency litigation with a number of major financial institutions among its client roster. Ian Weatherall heads the practice and is most notably skilled in disputes involving undisclosed commission and payment protection insurance. Banking and asset finance specialist Matthew Harvey is also highly recommended. Associate Katie Molloy is skilled in asset recovery disputes.
CIT Vendor Finance
Hampshire Trust Bank
RCI Financial Services
Mercedes Benz Financial
Earl Shilton Building
Investec Asset Finance
UK Asset Resolution
Royal Bank of Canada
Barclays Bank UK Plc
- Acted for Barclays Bank in an application to rectify security relating to lending to a group acquiring a care home business.
- Advising Young & Co’s Brewery in relation to several issues arising from lending to tenants.
At Squire Patton Boggs , the team operates as part of the firm's substantial international network, with the Birmingham practice focusing on advising lenders on professioinal negligence, mis-selling, regulatory issues and lender liability claims. 'First-class lawyer' Garon Anthony leads the team, while also handling disputes involving banking, pensions, financial advisers and insurance clients, as well as issues relating to cyber-attacks and data breaches. Commercial litigator Simon Garbett is also regularly involved in complex cross-border disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Garbett; Ian Skinner
‘The team takes the time to foster a relationship, which means they really understand our business and our goals. Their advice is clear and unambiguous and most importantly, they don’t sit on the fence.’
‘Really down to earth and friendly. We take for granted the expertise in their field but the fact that we can call any member of the team and they know us and what we are about is great.’
‘The team is extremely responsive to client needs and timescales, and invests the time and resources to fully understand the nature of any potential litigation. Access to the team is first rate, as is their knowledge and expertise.
‘Garon Anthony is a first-class lawyer with a keen eye for detail, and a skill for distilling complex issues into clear narratives.’
Cambridge & Counties Bank
Brooks Macdonald Plc
Trustee of Jaguar Land
Rover Pension Scheme
Dalata UK/Hotel Group Plc
Gareth Fatchett and Paul Crutchley are the two key names at FS Legal . Fatchett acts for investors who have received negligent financial advice, whereas managing partner Crutchley is a corporate and commercial lawyer with a strong emphasis on the financial services sector.
Gareth Fatchett; Paul Crutchley
Gateley Plc 's Birmingham banking litigation offering is led by the 'ferociously hard-working, practical and commercial' James Baird , who focuses on advising funders and leasing companies on debt recovery, asset-tracing and fraud disputes. Recent work for the firm has included acting on a nine-figure dispute arising out of the sale of a credit card portfolio.
Other key lawyers:
‘James Baird is great, and the team he has created around him is second to none.’
‘A very pro-active team, giving clear and commercial advice, and combining a thorough-going knowledge of the law of banking and finance with great practical insights and a real feel for the commercial concerns of clients.’
They stand out from the ranks of other similarly placed firms, not just in the quality of their personnel, but also in that of they work they produce.’
‘The team is phenomenally hard-working and fights its clients’ corner hard, whilst at the same time being a delight to work with.’
‘Gateley goes from strength to strength – the banking litigation practice is a tight-knit, efficient and astute team. We rely on them daily and they, quite simply, never let us down. Could not recommend them more highly.’
‘They have excellent working relationships with instructing banks and a helpful and a detailed understanding of the lending structures and client bank processes.’
‘Unique expertise combining immense complex banking litigation experience with knowledge of asset backed security and cross-border insolvency litigation. Top of the tree in the West Midlands and nationally in this area.’
‘James Baird is ferociously hard-working, practical and commercial.’
‘Senior associate John Williams is charming, very bright and gets to grip with the commercial realities of a case with great skill.’
‘James Baird is a shrewd and highly experienced partner with a keen understanding of the law.’
‘James Baird is unparallelled in his legal knowledge in this area. He is highly intelligent, incisive, pragmatic and tactical, and delivers all this with wit and modesty.’
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
Shoosmiths LLP's banking litigation team is headed by Roger Potgieter, who predominantly focuses on claims against asset finance, motor finance, banking and leasing clients. Additional services provided include debt recovery, enforcement of securities and professional negligence claims.
‘The team have a good balance of expert knowledge and being able to manage a number of cases.’
‘Roger Potgeiter is very good at looking at issues as a whole to ensure we take the right course of action.’
Aldermore Invoice Finance
Arkle Finance Ltd
Blue Motor Finance
Close Brothers Limited
Hampshire Trust Bank
Hireco (TL) Ltd
JBR Capital Ltd
John Deere Finance
LeasePlan (UK) Ltd
Oodle Car Finance
Secure Trust Bank
The Car Finance
VFS Finance Ltd