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Michael Bennett

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Michael is the firm’s Global Head of Dispute Resolution and has over 20 years’ experience in managing legal, regulatory, political and reputational risk in commercially sensitive situations and handling the related disputes. He has been based in London, New York and Asia and focuses particularly on all contentious aspects of large scale M&A and advising clients on various aspects of crisis management, helping navigate potential civil and criminal exposure alongside regulatory, parliamentary and media sensitivity (usually with a cross-border dimension). He has significant experience advising on fraud investigations and corruption risk, dealing with the SFO and other international regulatory bodies.


Trainee solicitor Linklaters, London and Tokyo, 1989-91; assistant solicitor Linklaters, London 1991-94; secondment to British Airways’ legal department, London 1994-95; assistant solicitor Linklaters, New York 1995-96; London 1996-98; partner Hong Kong 1998-2000; partner London 2000.


King’s College, London (LLB Hons).

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

The Linklaters LLP team takes a multidisciplinary approach, combining the expertise of lawyers across its global network of offices, including specialists in derivatives, insolvency, financial regulation, capital markets, energy and infrastructure and competition. Clients include banks and FTSE 100 companies, which it advises on high-value multijurisdictional disputes. Satindra Dogra heads the London team - which was recently boosted by the arrival of former Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders  - while Michael Bennett is global head. Other new additions to the London team include Gavin Lewis, who relocated from Hong Kong, while Teresa Laboucarie-Polak and Chris Stevenson were both recently made up to partner.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Bennett - Linklaters LLP

Within: Commercial litigation

Linklaters LLP 'has a very strong commercial litigation team that stands out due to the quality of its associates and partners'. The practice is highly rated for its handling of large, complex, multi-jurisdictional cases from London, including contractual interpretation cases and big-ticket corporate and financial disputes that involve top-tier UK and international companies. Co-energy disputes team head Ben Carroll and Susana Cao Miranda acted for mining giant Glencore International (GI), in its defence of a breach of contract claim brought by Minera las Bambas and MMG Swiss Finance, which arose out of the sale by GI of a large copper mine in South America.  The dispute came about when alleged tax liabilities were pursued by the local tax authority and turns on the interpretation of several indemnities and complex issues of Peruvian law. Michael Bennett is global head of dispute resolution and Satindar Dogra is London dispute resolution head; other names to note in the practice include  Tom Cassels , who is known for his strength in public law and competition litigation, and Patrick Robinson who focuses on banking and financial markets disputes.

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London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

Linklaters LLP's risk and resilience team provides global risk management, regulatory and governance advice to clients. The group primarily focuses on governance and compliance models, board advice, risk assessments, investigations, reporting and disclosure, and crisis management. Key practitioners  include co-head Vanessa Havard-Williams, who also leads the firm's sustainability practice and has expertise in human rights issues; co-head and corporate partner Tom Shropshire, who splits his time between London and the US; and Michael Bennett, who is global head of the dispute resolution group. Tom Cassels is also a key name for contentious work, Rachel Barrett is an expert in compliance and risk management issues, Richard Cumbley focuses on data and privacy matters, and Satindra Dogra handles fraud investigations and bribery work. Managing associate Lucy Blake is also noted for her financial crime and fraud knowledge.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Within: Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Linklaters LLP has a strong corporate crime offering in London, with the firm's international network and broad practice coverage meaning it is able to handle multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations, and advise on the employment and remuneration consequences arising from investigations. Its lawyers regularly work on cross-border cases brought by regulators including the  SFO, FCA and PRA in the UK and the DOJ and SEC in the US. Clients include financial institutions, corporates and individuals. Co-head of team and global head of disputes Michael Bennett deals with financial crime investigations and regulatory risk. His highly regarded co-head Satindar Dogra, who also heads the London disputes practice, handles fraud investigations and corporate crime, including bribery, corruption, sanctions and money-laundering cases. Martyn Hopper is also highly recommended for financial regulation matters. Adding further strength to its bench, the magic circle firm added Alison Saunders as a partner from the Crown Prosecution Service, where she was  director of public prosecutions.

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