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John Corrie

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

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John is a partner in the firm’s  Banking Litigation practice in the UK.


John specialises in banking and cross-border disputes. 

He offers insight into in-house legal operations, having been seconded to a number of major banks both in the UK and abroad in recent years, where he worked on various high-profile national and cross-border contentious issues.

John advises banks on substantial pieces of litigation. He has worked extensively on a portfolio of High Court claims, defending a major UK bank from allegations of mis-selling interest rate hedging products. He has also advised on a series of large-scale banking disputes, including a £400 million claim against a major bank, involving allegations of fraud.


John has worked in our Moscow office and has experience of Russian and offshore litigation including working with  a global bank’s Russian desk on the enforcement of security, and with another bank defending a multimillion-dollar claim in the Russian courts.


John graduated from  the University of Glasgow in 2001 and completed a masters in 2002 from the University of Cambridge.

London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail

Within: Banking litigation: investment and retail

'A top-tier banking litigation practice with a strong mix of investment and retail bank disputes', Herbert Smith Freehills LLP continues to advise many of the largest national and international banking groups and other major financial institutions on their high stakes, complex litigation cases. Recent work included high-profile shareholder actions and multiple parallel claims arising out of contentious issues such as the Panama Papers, mis-selling, film finance, interest rate swaps and tailored business loans. The 'very impressive' Damien Byrne Hill , who  assumed the role as head of disputes for UK and US in 2018, is 'among the very best banking litigators; he is direct, focused, and robust in his approach'. Simon Clarke  handles highly complex banking and financial services litigation, often involving structured products and derivatives. The 'immensely hard working and fun-to-work-with' Harry Edwards, who is 'a strong litigator with a deservedly rising profile', led advice to Watchstone (formerly known as Quindell) on a threatened group litigation brought by shareholders of Watchstone, arising out of various public announcements made by the company in 2013; the claim, if pursued, would be one of the first claims brought on the basis of section 90A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, which provides a cause of action for investors who buy, sell or hold listed securities in reliance on deliberately misleading information published to the market. Other key advisers are the 'first-rate, bright and insightful' Rupert Lewis, who 'has shown that he can handle even the most challenging cases superbly'; and John Corrie, who is 'a very able litigator who combines high intellectual ability with great charm'. Chris Bushell, Adam Johnson QC, Gary Milner-Moore and John Whiteoak are also highly rated; Donny Surtani was made partner; and Julian Copeman returned from secondment to the firm’s Hong Kong office. The key senior associates are Ajay Malhotra, Tom Henderson and Emma Deas. James Norris-Jones  joined  Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP¬†houses a ‚Äėdedicated team which has unquestioning willingness to go out of their way to meet requests without hesitation‚Äô and provides ‚Äėcomplete and comprehensive advice with a quick and thorough grasp of the matter‚Äô. The team handles insurance, legal, financial, technology and construction-related disputes and regularly acts for insurers, brokers and blue-chip clients in both claimant and defendant professional negligence cases.¬†Chris Bushell¬†is defending Amber Fund Management against a ¬£53m claim brought by Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales and Alan Watts¬†is advising PwC on a number of professional negligence matters, including defending it against a claim brought by a British entrepreneur and a claim that it was negligent and/or in breach of contract in respect of legal services provided to the claimant. Barbican Insurance and Marsh are also clients. Paul Lewis¬†is ‚Äėbrilliant in professional indemnity claims involving pensions‚Äô and heads the firm‚Äôs global contentious insurance and reinsurance practice; David Reston¬†is a ‚Äėfirst-class litigator who you want on your side in complex difficult disputes‚Äô; Sarah McNally¬†has ‚Äėexcellent attention to detail and delivers on very speedy turn-around times‚Äô; and Mark Shillito¬†heads the US and UK dispute resolution department. Tom Leech¬†QC¬†, Harry Edwards, who ‚Äėgives clear advice and is very responsive‚Äô, John Corrie¬†and senior associates Antonia Pegden¬†and James Rickards, who recently joined from Outer Temple Chambers, are also recommended.

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