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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Work Department

Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Services, Private Wealth


Rhys is a dispute resolution specialist with considerable experience across a broad range of corporate and commercial disputes, including breach of contract, shareholder, fraud, tax, professional negligence and warranty claims. He also has a particular specialism in corporate fraud and crime issues, including advising businesses on protecting themselves, their officers and employees from bribery and corruption.

Clients include corporates and individuals, whether based in the UK or abroad. Rhys represents a broad range of companies – from multinationals and financial services firms to family-owned entrepreneurial businesses. He also has experience of advising and representing ultra-high net worth and high net worth individuals both on personal matters, regulatory matters and matters concerning their businesses.

Rhys is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience highlights:

  • Representing an engineering company on its defence of a US$146 million claim concerning its investment in a Tanzanian power plant. This work included a multi-jurisdictional battle involving proceedings in England, Tanzania, New York and the Netherlands
  • Representing MasterCard UK Members Forum Limited (in members’ voluntary liquidation) on 15 claims brought by high profile retailers concerning the alleged anti-competitive effects of interchange fees on credit card payments
  • Representing a tech entrepreneur on a contractual claim for £21 million with a successful arbitral award and assisting with enforcement in the UK, Jersey and the BVI.
  • Representing leading stockbrokers in defending a £16.5m professional negligence claim concerning complex options trading strategies

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP‘s ‘well-established commercial litigation team‘ is widely respected for its expertise in fraud matters, in addition to its disputes experience in the technology, engineering, telecoms, sporting regulatory and financial services sectors. It also acts in claims involving the mining, energy, aviation, professional services and retail industries. Clients additionally benefit from the London group’s leveraging of expertise of colleagues in Paris, Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, Dubai, Doha, Manama, Hong Kong and Singapore. Commercial dispute resolution head Charlotte Pendergets on top of the legal and factual issues rapidly‘; Stewart Hey heads the fraud, asset recovery and investigations group; Rhys Novak has longstanding experience in commercial and corporate disputes; and Edward Craig is ‘great with clients and gets results‘. Caroline Greenwell‘s cases typically involve contract breaches and misrepresentations, civil fraud and asset tracing, and bribery and corruption allegations. Lucy Wicksteed and Abigail Rushton are experienced senior associates.