Banking litigation in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard's finance litigation team leverages its 'in-depth knowledge of the market' to advise its broad client roster, which includes asset funders and asset-based lenders, building societies, leading UK and foreign banks, and challenger banks. Practice head Sally Emerton has a breadth of experience across the banking sector, while Ben Lowans is particularly strong for asset finance work (including marine and aviation finance issues) and fraud-related litigation. In addition to its strong Leeds-based managing associates (including Steve Walpole, Jennifer Hedley, Matthew Dibb and Samantha Hollingworth), the group frequently works cross-office with banking litigation experts across its national network.

Practice head(s):

Sally Emerton


Addleshaw Goddard have a deep and longstanding experience and knowledge of a broad range of retail banking disputes that gives them great judgement as to the strategy for such cases, and how best to respond to issues when they arise. It is always easy to work with the banking litigation team, who are very communicative and clear.

I’ve been very impressed by Addleshaw’s strong relationships with banks and in-depth knowledge of the market. They bring a multi-faceted approach to their cases, managing a strong understanding of the legal landscape with common sense and commercial attitude to what is in their client’s best interests.

An impressive team that is well up to the standard of any London team I have worked with. They have a detailed knowledge of banking; a can-do attitude; and an impressive attention to detail.

Ben Lowans manages a significant caseload and gets stuck into every single matter. He is dedicated to the client’s case, always makes time for every individual matter and wants to understand counsel’s view on each point, and he is willing to take on the fight.

The entire Addleshaws team was excellent, but Steve Walpole, in particular, stood out for his calm, confident and very pleasant way of dealing with the client, legal team and case management generally.

Managing associate Samantha Hollingworth is an undoubted ‘star’ who is the best of the best. I am very impressed by her knowledge and dedication, delivered in a very unselfassuming way.

Managing associate Matt Dibb is down-to-earth and great fun to work with, but also highly intelligent and knowledgeable, and is legally and commercially astute in terms of both strategy and his legal opinions on the case.

Managing associate Jen Hedley is conscientious, thorough and really pays attention to the details. She is able to manage large-scale litigation seamlessly.

Key clients

BNP Paribas Group

Aldermore Bank PLC

Nationwide Building Society

Close Bank Plc

Santander UK Plc

Hewlett Packard International Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Yorkshire Building Society

West Bromwich Building Society

Skipton Building Society

Liebherr GB Limited

Virgin Money Group

Asset Alliance Leasing

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Deutsche Leasing (UK) Limited

Aurora Leasing Limited

PEAC Finance

Work highlights

  • Defending Santander UK Plc and Carter Allen Limited in a claim pursuant to their decision to freeze customer’s bank accounts owing to suspicious activity.
  • Defending Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group at trial and in appeal courts in relation to claims brought pursuant to third parties investment in a fraudulent investment scheme.
  • Acting for Raphaels, a private bank, in a claim regarding payment services supplied under an amended and restated BIN sponsorship and card services agreement.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper's banking litigation practice handles a range of national and international disputes and has particular expertise in defending class actions and contentious Islamic finance matters. The team is led by Adam Ibrahim, who has a broad practice encompassing investment, corporate and retail banking matters and asset finance and receivables finance disputes. Other names to note include the 'exceptionally brightChris Harvey, who has experience in defending banks in a range of claims (including class action litigation) and recently promoted partner Sohail Ali who specialises in Islamic financing work. Hugh Evans remains as a consultant at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Adam Ibrahim


DLA is a very experienced banking firm with loyal bank clients.

Excellent: experienced and cost-effective service.

Adam Ibrahim is a very experienced partner with a healthy scepticism; he tests arguments with the same commercial, legal and practical eye.

Hugh Evans has decades of experience and contacts throughout the world of banking and finance; extremely enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

Chris Harvey is an exceptionally bright and hard-working individual.

Legal director Sharon Duncan is very knowledgeable and experienced particularly in mis-selling cases.

Key clients

Alpha Bank


Bank of Ireland

Barclays Bank

Clydesdale Bank/Virgin Money

Deutsche Bank

Elavon Financial Services

GE Capital

HSBC Bank Plc

Leeds Building Society

Lloyds Banking Group (incl HBOS)

Metro Bank Plc

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Royal Bank of Scotland Group (incl Nat West & Lombard)


Skipton Building Society

Standard Chartered Bank

Sun Capital

The Co-operative Bank Plc


Work highlights

  • Acting for Bank of Scotland in a high-profile £85m claim by the liquidators of Ventra Investments Limited for damages for alleged fraudulent misrepresentations made in the sale of a series of multi-million pound swap transactions, LIBOR manipulations, and alleged intermeddling by the bank in Ventra’s administration.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank in a £10m consequential loss claim arising out of an alleged mis-sold interest rate swap to Norham Properties.

Gateley Plc

Gateley Plc's financial disputes practice attracts praise for its 'exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge of retail banking disputes' and 'strong regulatory awareness'. The group acts for a range of banks and lenders in misselling and misrepresentation allegations, professional negligence matters and has been increasingly active in defending unfair relationship and APP fraud claims. Birmingham-based James Baird leads the national practice, which includes Rob Payne and Roger McCourt in Leeds; both have a breadth of experience across the sector.

Practice head(s):

James Baird


The Gateley team have exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge of retail banking disputes. This enables them to reliably predict the course that disputes will take and provide the best advice as to how to respond at an early stage and to guide strategy generally.

Rob Payne is a hands-on partner, with a relaxed and confidence-inspiring approach that is reassuring for clients and makes him very easy to work with on high pressure matters.’

John Williams is very organised, efficient, focused and reliable. You feel that you can trust his judgement as to how the other side will react to developments in litigation.’

Rob Payne is a very technically gifted lawyer with a vast knowledge of a number of varying matters, but he is pleasant, down to earth, approachable and very commercial.

Roger McCourt is an extremely reliable lawyer who is capable of great commerciality and understands the business of banking very well.

Roger McCourt is a seasoned professional, particularly in financial services dispute resolution.  He has a very effective manner with clients.

I have worked with Rob Payne (partner) and Ashley Neville (Associate). They resource the case between them very well. Ashley is tremendously hard-working and diligent. Rob Payne has very strong tactical awareness to help clients call difficult case decisions. The whole team has strong regulatory awareness.

Key clients

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

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading challenger bank on a significant APP fraud.
  • Acting in a multi-million pound insurance dispute for a large international corporate.
  • Representing a bank in a professional indemnity claim following a cyber-attack on a solicitors’ practice.

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP's banking and finance litigation group is particularly known for its expertise in mortgage-related disputes, with experience in debt recovery, professional negligence and fraud-related matters. The one-office practice has an impressive national presence and experience in handling cross-border matters. 'Top-level banking litigation partner' Louise Power leads the team, which includes Richard Sandford, who has a broad banking litigation practice. Andrew Beck, who leads the fraud investigations team, and 'up and coming director' Sandip Singh have particular experience in mortgage fraud and professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Louise Power


The team provides first-rate client support in the conduct of complex and sensitive dispute resolution. The team is able to manage document-heavy litigation with ease and with the kind of efficiency which puts it on a par with top-tier firms.

Flexible and pragmatic and great at providing solutions for our varied caseload. One of our “go-to” firms for complex and non-standard cases.

Walker Morris provide very comprehensive advice on complex fraud recovery cases in easy to understand terms and language. The team have excellent communication skills and respond to enquiries quickly.’

Louise Power is a top-level banking litigation partner, with a huge amount of experience.

Sandip Singh is an up and coming director, with great legal knowledge and real determination to deliver for his clients.

Richard Sandford has such a wealth of knowledge experience in banking litigation that he is able to navigate the most complex cases with ease.  He manages to combine high-level technical knowledge, commercial common sense and good humour.’

Richard Sandford and his team have a clear understanding of the commercial aspect of our business and show an incredible attention to detail in their work.

As well as dealing with the ‘routine’ in a professional and efficient manner, the partners are quick to respond to unforeseen circumstances, providing support and advice when required. Louise Power and director Justin Coley stand out in this respect.

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Leeds Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society

Co-operative Bank

Admiral Financial Services


Bank of Ireland

Skipton Building Society

Furness Building Society

Atom Bank

Work highlights

  • Acting for FundingSecure in High Court proceedings and a worldwide injunction in relation to the security of multi-million pound art works.
  • Acting for a commercial banking client in a highly complex and sensitive case involving threats of criminal proceedings and imprisonment of bank employees and lawyers.
  • Successful multi-million pound recovery in a negligence and mortgage fraud claim arising from one of the largest buy to let mortgage frauds to affect Wales.