Banking litigation in West Midlands

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's banking disputes practice excels in commercial litigation, complaints handling, investigations and contentious regulatory issues. It counts leading financial institutions among its clients, as well as challenger banks for whom national practice head Chris Busby is a key contact. With the ability to work with offices across its national and international network, the group is well-placed to handle cross-border regulatory issues and recoveries involving jurisdictions in Europe and Asia. Neville Gray has a broad practice and leads the West Midlands team which includes recently promoted partner Martin Ward and principal associate Sarah Hope, who are noted for asset, motor and invoice finance disputes, and mis-selling claims respectively.

Practice head(s):

Chris Busby; Neville Gray

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Hope; Martin Ward


‘Can pull together broad teams with individuals from across the country, meaning resources are used very well. Very good clients and offers a good client service.’


Key clients

Nationwide Building Society


Phoenix Group

Safeway Pension Trustees Limited

Instant Cash Loans

Carey Pensions

Work highlights

  • Advising a number of leading banks and financial institutions on their ongoing strategy for handling PPI claims and complaints, particularly those related to undisclosed commissions.
  • Acting for the trustee of the Safeway pension scheme in a £100m sex equalisation case 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.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG assists a range of financial institutions with enforcement and litigation relating to lending and security. Ian Weatherall leads the team and handles a range of contentious banking and insolvency matters including undisclosed commission and PPI claims. Principal associate Katie Molloy acts for clearing banks and automotive and asset financiers in asset recovery disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ian Weatherall

Other key lawyers:

Katie Molloy

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' finance litigation practice has particular expertise in contentious regulatory matters (including in the insurance and pensions sectors) as well as in traditional misselling claims. The group functions as a national practice led by Manchester-based Anthony Taylor and works with colleagues across its global platform, including in the US, Dubai, Paris and Brussels. In Birmingham, Garon Anthony handles contentious regulatory matters, cybersecurity and data breaches; Simon Garbett acts for banking and pensions clients in cross-border disputes, while director Ian Skinner acts for lenders in fraud and professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Garon Anthony; Simon Garbett


Very quick and proactive. Achieve excellent results. Sound advice.

Ian Skinner is very knowledgable, strong commercial bias. Proactive.

Garon Anthony is very approachable, proactive and sensible.

Key clients

Cambridge & Counties Bank

Brooks Macdonald Plc

Trustee of Jaguar Land Rover Pension Scheme

Homeserve Plc

Dalata Hotel Group Plc

Mazars Financial Planning

FS Legal

FS Legal is highlighted for experience in representing investors in disputes relating to negligent financial advice. Gareth Fatchett has particular experience in this area and leads the team alongside corporate parter Paul Crutchley, who counts financial advisers, brokers, insurers among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Fatchett; Paul Crutchley

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc counts asset finance disputes, debt recovery, restructuring matters and contentious financial regulatory issues among its areas of specialism. Practice head James Baird advises funders and leasing companies on debt recovery matters, while senior associate John Williams has broad financial services litigation expertise and has developed a niche in advising in s140A unfair relationship claims. The group functions as a cross-office practice with frequent collaboration between its Birmingham and Leeds-based teams.

Practice head(s):

James Baird

Other key lawyers:

John Williams


I know the team at Gateley via Rob Payne (partner) and John Williams (senior associate). It’s an experienced team, well known in the market and uses its Birmingham/Leeds axis to challenge for high-quality banking and enforcement work.

Rob Payne is a pleasure to deal with, experienced in the field, and on top of a broad practice. John Williams is responsive and dedicated; probably approaching partnership by this stage.

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

CIAC Corporation Inc

Cambridge & Counties Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented a debt purchaser in a £1bn claim against a major UK clearing bank.
  • Acted for a bank in a LIBOR-linked claim.
  • Instructed in a substantial dispute between two financial institutions arising out of a services agreement.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's litigation services practice is a popular choice for asset finance (particularly relating to motor finance) and misselling disputes. Operating as a national practice, the group is jointly led by Birmingham-based general litigator Alex Bishop and asset-based lending expert Roger Potgieter, Northampton-based Stuart Montgomery and Melanie Chell, and David Farnell and marine and aviation finance partner Elliot Bishop, who are based in Leeds and London respectively.


Full spectrum legal advice for motor finance providers – able to advise credibly both on the law and on how to apply it practically.’

The Shoosmiths team is a very competent unit. For me, I find them very easy to speak with (we do speak literally every day) and they always have the time to discuss a matter fully with me. They take the time to not only explain as they would from a legal position but also to then support my learning and understanding of what they have just advised.

Roger Potgieter and Mel Chell are great partners – approachable and solution-focused.

I deal regularly with Mel Chell, David Farnell and Roger Potgeiter and all three are very capable and experienced litigators. All three are very robust but professional when dealing with opponents and all are regularly looking to ensure the best commercial return in the shortest period of time.

Key clients

JBR Capital Limited

Hampshire Trust Bank Plc

Vauxhall Finance

MAN Financial Services

Volvo Financial Services

Oodle Car Finance

Propel Finance Plc

Arkle Finance Limited

LeasePlan UK Limited

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Aldermore Invoice Finance

Azzuro Associates Limited

Paragon Car Finance

Work highlights

  • Represented a challenger bank in recovery of a debt resulting from a multi-party dispute relating to the introduction and supply of goods under finance agreements.
  • Represented an asset finance lender in a dispute involving goods supplied under a finance agreement.
  • Advising on the recovery of a vehicle that was financed on hire purchase terms and was in the possession of a third party.