Hall Of Fame

Next Generation Partners

Banking litigation in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard is regularly sought out by high street banks, building societies, asset based lenders, and lender, private and foreign banks. Noted for its ‘first-class thinking‘, the group is involved in the tracing and recovery of assets, title issues and insolvency related claims, push payment frauds, liability mandates and fraud-related work. Practice head Sally Emerton is well versed in the leasing and asset finance space, while Ben Lowans is the key contact for fraud-related litigation, and managing associate Jennifer Hedley has experience in acting for defendants. Samantha Hollingworth left for Walkers BVI in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Ben Lowans; Jonathan Mills; Jennifer Hedley; Sandip Singh


‘Strong regional banking litigation team, with deep experience and comfortably able to manage large disputes.’

‘Addleshaw has had the ear of banks for many years and its team is very experienced in giving its clients what they want.’

‘Sally Emerton is a very senior figure in banking litigation in the North of England.’

‘The Addleshaw team have such a wide and varied knowledge base. You never need to worry about them not knowing how to assist because there is always someone on hand to help you. The team work closely with each other and will always be able to respond to another team member’s cases, which is fantastic as there is no lack of continuity of service. The reporting they provide is fabulous, as it gives us a clear understanding of where we are, without the need to chase for updates.’

‘First class thinking about the issues at hand and working with their client to achieve the optimum result.’

‘Sally Emerton and Jonathan Mills provide exceptional service. They are available to assist when needed, are not afraid to advise when a matter is not cost effective and are thoughtful of the bigger picture. They provide easy to understand information, clear and concise, with a full estimate and recommendations. They are a great team and a pleasure to work alongside!’

‘Ben Lowans – very efficient and down to business quickly. Often sees issues that others don’t.’

‘Sandip Singh, who works in this team, is an excellent banking litigator, with a wealth of experience and great client skills and legal knowledge.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas Group

Aldermore Bank PLC

Ultimate Asset Finance


Nationwide Building Society

Close Brothers Group PLC including Close Asset Finance , Close Leasing and Close Invoice Finance

Santander UK Plc including Santander Asset Finance

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 Ltd

Deutsche Leasing (UK) Limited

Aurora Leasing Limited

PEAC Finance

Interbay Asset Finance Ltd

Novitas Loans Ltd

Arnold Clarke Automobiles Ltd

JCB Finance Ltd

NatWest Group

Co-Operative Bank Plc

Hitachi Capital UK Limited

Integro Finance Limited


Borough of Kirklees Council

Work highlights

  • Defending a £45m claim against a commercial lender involving allegations of dishonesty and conspiracy by the lender’s corporate restructuring arm.
  • Advised the Building Societies Association in relation to alleged unfairness of clauses permitting changes in the standard variable rate of interest applicable to mortgage loans.
  • Defending a series of claims against lenders alleging breaches of the Data Protection Act and seeking disproportionate damages and costs.

DLA Piper

Noted for its ‘great breadth and depth‘, DLA Piper regularly acts for UK clearing banks, accounting firms, international financial institutions and building societies. Beyond its traditional litigation-support offering, the team is also increasingly active in matters relating to the fintech sector, Covid-related lending and ESG topics; instructions are often of a cross-border nature. Practice head Adam Ibrahim has a ‘keen strategic brain, and plain-speaking manner, loved by banking clients for giving clear advice’. Senior consultant Hugh Evans has longstanding experience in cases relating to product mis-selling, derivatives, performance bonds, and mortgages. Chris Harvey, Sohail Ali and legal director Claire Clayton-Steadare very hardworking and a pleasure to deal with.’

Practice head(s):

Adam Ibrahim

Other key lawyers:

Hugh Evans; Chris Harvey; Sohail Ali; Claire Clayton-Stead


‘The Banking Team and DLA (Leeds) are outstanding. Clearly undertaking work that might usually be dealt with by London firms. The collaborative way in which they work is valued enormously.’

‘First class banking litigation team. Always a delight to work with. Team has great breadth and depth from elder statesmen like Hugh Evans through to rising stars like Sohail Ali and Claire Clayton-Stead.’

‘Adam Ibrahim is a longstanding partner with a keen strategic brain, and plain-speaking manner, loved by banking clients for giving clear advice. Knows how to manage client expectations with the unpredictability of litigation and the courts.’

‘They are all over the details, and very knowledgeable and experienced in the area.’

‘Everyone I have worked with is very conscientious, hands on, and knowledgeable about the sector.’

‘Chris Harvey was outstanding during our case. The business team were really impressed at his ability to breakdown complex concepts.’

‘Special praise to for Sohail Ali, Claire Clayton-Stead and Chris Harvey. All of them are very hardworking and a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Stand out candidates are Adam Ibrahim and Hugh Evans who combine experience and commerciality so well. They organise their teams very efficiently.’

Key clients

Bank of Ireland

Lloyds Banking Group (including Bank of Scotland)

NatWest Group

Goldman Sachs

Leeds Building Society

Virgin Money UK Plc (including Clydesdale Bank and Yorkshire Bank)

ANZ Bank

Syndicate Bank and Canara Bank

Deutsche Bank

New Day

Work highlights

  • Acting for Clydesdale Bank plc t/a Virgin Money in significant mortgage claims.
  • Acting for NatWest Markets PLC in relation to a claim in which allegations were made against the banks for breach of contractual and tortious duties of care and breach of implied terms in relation to the sale of interest rate derivatives.

Gateley Plc

The banking litigation team at Gateley Plc works closely with other practice groups of the firm in order to assist with a range of disputes, such as recovery actions, insolvency-related matters and regulatory queries. The group’s clients are usually banks, building societies and other finance providers. Key contact Roger McCourt also has experience in fraud disputes, and Andrew Johnson heads up the firm-wide dispute resolution group. Rob Payne left for Walker Morris LLP in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Roger McCourt; Ben Forbes

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP is noted for its ‘enviable blend of legal knowledge and practical know-how’ and the team covers fraud and professional negligence cases as well as disputes relating to regulatory and insolvency matters. Its client roster includes high street banks, alternative, niche and challenger lenders as well as receivers and insolvency practitioners. The practice was reinforced by the arrival of Rob Payne in October 2021 from Gateley Plc; he and Richard Sandford now jointly head up the team. Louise Power is a key contact for vulnerable borrowers and Kate Hicks‘ ‘advice is always of an exceptionally high quality‘.

Practice head(s):

Rob Payne; Richard Sandford

Other key lawyers:

Louise Power; Kate Hicks; Ellen McLean; Karl Anders


‘Very strong banking offering entirely at home with complex legal issues.’

‘Walker Morris’ banking litigation team has an enviable blend of legal knowledge and practical know-how. Its lawyers offer the complete package to their banking clients.’

‘Kate Hicks’ extensive knowledge of the sector provides reassurance that complex title rectification matters and professional negligence claims are in safe hands. Advice is always of an exceptionally high quality, considered and comprehensive and matters are dealt with efficiently and resolved swiftly wherever possible. Kate’s friendly, proactive and helpful approach also makes her a delight to work with.’

‘The team is able to bring first class levels of experience to the resolution of financial disputes.’

‘Richard Sanford has a wealth of experience in finance litigation, a keen eye for detail and is always prepared to take a hands-on role.’

‘The team are extremely knowledgeable, professional and efficient in all of their dealings. They are happy to discuss cases with us and offer advice if we are going in the wrong direction and review correspondence to ensure that it is water tight and correct.’

‘Rob Payne – excellent banking litigation partner.’

‘Louise Power – unrivalled experience in mortgage and other consumer banking litigation.’

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Handelsbanken Plc

Bank of Ireland

UK Asset Resolution t/a Mortgage Express, Bradford & Bingley & NRAM Limited

Topaz Finance Limited

Oakwood Home Loans

Pepper UK Finance

Imagine Mortgages Limited t/a Generation Home

The Mortgage Lender Limited

Loughborough Building Society

Skipton Building Society

Leeds Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society

Schneider Financial Solutions Limited

Foundation Home Loans

Furness Building Society

Leek Building Society

SDKA Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Handelsbanken in defence of a claim pleaded in excess of £20m arising from the circumstances of the Bank’s demand under its facilities and subsequent appointment of Administrators in respect of a customer company.
  • Acting for Handelsbanken in a contested application to vary a criminal restraint order to facilitate the realisation of a substantial investment property by Receivers appointed by the Bank.