Edward Craig > Charles Russell Speechlys LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Work Department

Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Privater Wealth, Retail & Leisure, Sport


Edward has 20 years’ experience in advising a broad range of clients on high value, complex litigation often with an international dimension. His background and approach to litigation are grounded in his experience of advising household name retailers and other key clients of the firm, giving his advice a strong commercial edge. As head of the firm’s retail and leisure sector, he acts for an enviable array of major brands, however his broader commercial contentious practice includes advising sports regulatory bodies, companies and private individuals on a wide range of commercial disputes, including professional negligence matters.

Recent cases have included dealing with a high value manufacturing dispute for a luxury brand, acting against professional service advisors for negligence, and representing clients against HMRC. Edward is a well known figure within the world of luxury brands, where he leads the firm’s relationship with Walpole (the leading British luxury brands consortium) and is a regular advisor and contributor within that sector.

Edward is admitted to practise in England and Wales.

Experience highlights:

  • Acting alongside other partners as External Administrator of an insolvent Middle Eastern bank in relation to alleged multi-billion dollar fraud
  • Running a high value banking dispute involving a complex repurchase agreement for a financial product (CDO)
  • Handling a dispute with HMRC and professional advisors in relation to the issue of advance payment notices relating to a film finance scheme
  • Advising a regulatory body in relation to an arbitration

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.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport

(Leading individuals)

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Headed up by Jason Saiban, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP‘s sports, retail and technology group and is a key contact for both sponsors and sports entities. Key engagements for the team see them working with major multinational apparel companies and national governing bodies on sponsorship, marketing and advertising matters. Nic Couchman – who heads up the sport department – advises high-profile athletes on commercial, brand, and image rights matters. Edward Craig is the first port of call for equine matters, advising governing bodies in horseracing on contentious and non-contentious matters. Nick White advises clients on NFTs, ambush marketing issues, the assignment and transfer of trade marks and supports on sponsorship deals in tennis. Richard Davies and Danielle Sharkey support the team on a range of sponsorship, media rights and marketing instructions. Sharkey, in particular, leverages her experience of working as a legal and compliance adviser at the British Horseracing Authority.

London > Industry focus > Retail and consumer

With strength in advertising, marketing, and brand protection work, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP‘s retail, consumer, and consumer tech group acts for food and beverage sector clients, sports retailers, and luxury brands. Jason Saiban takes point on commercial contracting matters, including digital transformation projects, sponsorships, and logistics mandates. Contentious and regulatory matters are handled by Edward Craig, while Michael Powner is recommended for his employment expertise. Saiban, Craig and Powner jointly lead the team. Intellectual property specialist Mary Bagnall is also noted.