Banking litigation in West Midlands

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's financial services disputes and investigations group is praised for its 'enormous expertise and great strength-in-depth'. Neville Gray leads the West Midlands practice and advises his impressive roster of financial services clients on litigation and regulatory matters, extending to fraud issues and pensions disputes. Also in Birmingham sits national banking litigation head Chris Busby — whose broad expertise includes complaint handling, misselling claims, PPI and advising on contentious regulatory issues — and Martin Ward, who specialises in motor, asset and invoice finance work and is increasingly focusing on new trends in unfair relationship claims, including affordability and undisclosed commissions. Principal associates to note include Sarah Hope (who counts product misselling claims, PPI issues, bank charge disputes and asset finance recovery work among her specialisms) and Turon Miah who joined from Gowling WLG, adding significant insolvency litigation experience.

Practice head(s):

Neville Gray

Other key lawyers:

Chris Busby; Martin Ward; Sarah Hope; Victoria Savage; Turon Miah

Testimonials

‘Eversheds are deservedly picking up some of the biggest banking cases around. They have enormous expertise and great strength-in-depth. First-rate.’

The team provides a flexible product to meet the client’s needs – offering detailed assistance and bespoke work where required but also template pleadings, witness statements and instructions to counsel in bulk litigation to keep costs down.

‘I have done a lot of work with Victoria Savage involving the full range of banking litigation disputes and have always found her work exemplary. Victoria provides a strong service especially against difficult timetables and has adapted brilliantly to the new ways of working in Covid -19. I always receive helpful instructions and support throughout a case and always feel able to pick up a phone to discuss matters and plan tactics.

‘They work exceptionally well on wide portfolios of cases. They identify a strategy (in consultation with counsel and the client) and they implement it with great effect.’

‘They work for many different lenders in PPI Claims and therefore can learn lessons for one lender that can be adapted across the piece. The team are always friendly and responsive. There is no sense of hierarchy and every member no matter how senior or junior is treated the same.’

‘Neville and his team are proactive and willing to go the extra mile to achieve the best outcome. In individual cases this may only represent a small saving but it makes a big difference to the company’s strategy overall. The team have a hard-working ethos and are able to turn around urgent matters quickly.’

Key clients

Nationwide Building Society

Santander

Phoenix Group/Standard Life

Safeway Pension Trustees Limited

Instant Cash Loans

Options Pensions

Work highlights

  • Advising leading banks and building societies on ongoing strategy for handling PPI Court claims and complaints, particularly those related to undisclosed commissions.
  • Representing sector leading banks, building societies, and other lenders in complaints and claims under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 (CCA), and associated issues, including associated claims under s.56 and 140A of the CCA.
  • Defending Options UK Personal Pensions in multiple mis-selling claims and complaints relating to its role as SIPP administrator and pension scheme trustee.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's financial services disputes and investigations team is known for its expertise in advising asset, motor and consumer finance sector clients. Roger Potgieter leads the Birmingham-based team and has a breadth of experience in contentious issues. The group is increasingly assisting clients with fraud and financial crime issues, within which principal associate is Charlotte Healey is active. The group benefits from the ability to work cross-office as part of its national practice, which includes experts based in London, Manchester, Leeds, Milton Keynes and Northampton.

Practice head(s):

Roger Potgieter

Other key lawyers:

Jordon Bray; Joshua Howells; Charlotte Healey

Testimonials

‘The team know our business and give us practical answers. They act in a professional manner and don’t just follow a set process. Their knowledge of the legislation is second to none and are able to discuss problems on an ad hoc basis.’

‘Roger Potgeiter is responsive and adapts to each case. We had numerous lawyers that just start down a litigation route and don’t adapt that action as the case evolves or keep checking that the case is even worth us pursuing – Roger is not like that. He is happy to challenge and discuss all the options.’

‘Very personable and easy to deal with and range of expertise and great team playing between their colleagues and focused and driven to obtain favourable results for their clients. Billing is very streamlined and easy to deal with.’

‘Very personable and accommodating and always happy to provide the best advice, in particular Joshua Howells.’

Key clients

Arkle Finance Limited

Bibby Financial Services

Grenke Leasing Limited

JBR Capital Limited

LeasePlan UK Limited

MAN Financial Services

Paragon Car Finance

Propel Finance Plc

PSA Finance UK Limited

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Vauxhall Finance

Volvo Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Acting for a number of bank 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).
  • Representing several commercial asset finance businesses in a range of disputes and litigated matters including recovery of leased assets, fraud investigation and recovery, and pursuing claims against guarantors and other third parties.
  • Assisting many of the UK’s leading motor finance businesses in recovery of high-value assets, including through injunctive relief where necessary. Also assisting with fraud investigations and recovery, title disputes, and as defendant in relation to claims brought by customers or third parties.

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has particular experience in financial mis-selling disputes, including relating to PPI and film finance schemes, as well as cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement issues. Its expertise also extends to insurance and pensions disputes. The national team is led by Manchester-based Anthony Taylor and includes Simon Garbett and director Ian Skinner, who focuses in fraud and professional negligence work, in Birmingham. Garon Anthony joined HCR Hewitsons.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Simon Garbett; Ian Skinner

Key clients

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Brooks Macdonald Plc

Trustee of Jaguar Land Rover Pension Scheme

Homeserve Plc

Dalata Hotel Group Plc

Mazars Financial Planning

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's financial disputes practice acts for funders and leasing companies in a range of contentious issues including asset recovery and regulatory matters. Practice head James Baird is particularly experienced in advising on fraud prevention work, collections consultancy issues and recovery mandates, while Amanda Wootton is a key associate to note for debt recovery and asset finance work following John Williams' departure to TLT.

Practice head(s):

James Baird

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Wootton

Testimonials

‘The asset finance team at Gateley PLC has a wide-ranging and high value customer base, and for good reason: it is excellent at what it does, and its members are hard-working, client-focused and possessed of excellent litigation skills. Definitely a team to turn to for difficult and high-value cases in the debt recovery/asset finance sector.’

‘James Baird (Partner): Simply superb. Clever, adept at finding innovative solutions to difficult problems, and with a great litigator’s brain. Knows exactly how to run a case, and with a great worth ethic and an ability to win and hold the confidence of his clients. Definitely a solicitor you want fighting your corner. Amanda Wootton (Associate): Excellent: responsive, resourceful and very hard working.’

‘Very commercially orientated.’

‘The team is led by James Baird. He totally gets it. A technically excellent lawyer coupled with savvy commercial insight. A perfect combination. When the chips are down he is on speed dial one! The team James has built around him is likewise superb. Amanda Wootton (Associate) is up and coming. Super-efficient, friendly and laser focused on getting it done.’

Key clients

Macquarie Corporate and Asset Finance 1 Limited

Propel Finance Plc

Scania Finance Great Britain Limited

Arkle Finance Limited

Tower Leasing Limited

Grenke Leasing Limited

Kennet Equipment Leasing Limited

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG has experience acting for major clearing banks, automotive finance clients and asset financiers in disputes. Ian Weatherall and Katie Molloy both have expertise in financial and insolvency disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ian Weatherall

Other key lawyers:

Katie Molloy