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Stephenson Harwood

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Andrew Myers

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Stephenson Harwood

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Commercial litigation.

Position

Andrew is well known as a tenacious litigator who gets results. He frequently takes on cases where other lawyers have floundered and turns them around. The directories have described Andrew as a "red hot litigator" and someone who "fights hard but fair". Andrew has particular expertise in property-related disputes.

Andrew has 22 years' experience specialising in property disputes, professional negligence claims and contract disputes. His property disputes experience includes dilapidations claims, enforcing covenants, tenant insolvency, restrictive covenants, lease renewals and suing other solicitors who have negligently drafted property documents. 

He is an experienced tactician, a solicitor advocate and is experienced at using “no win no fee” to his clients’ benefit.

Andrew acted for the successful tenants in the largest ever enfranchisement claim Westbrook Dolphin Square Limited v Friends Life Ltd.

He acted for the successful defendants in a dispute concerning a failed joint venture to build a shopping centre in Wolverhampton. Andrew’s clients were sued for £56 million. The judge ordered them to pay just £2 (and made their opponents reimburse Andrew’s clients' legal costs).

Andrew acts for several large institutional pension fund landlords, as well as several entrepreneurial property companies. But he also acts for smaller businesses and institutions.  He is acting for a property agent owed a large fee by a national housebuilder, and for a property company which is suing a major supermarket which reneged on a joint venture agreement. He is also defending a widow from an attempt by her relatives to take her late husband's estate, and a local charity whose landlord is trying to take away its 89 year lease. 


London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Stephenson Harwood's 'excellent practice is genuinely focused on litigation'. It has particular expertise in cases involving financial services, shareholder disputes, public international law and fraud, which are frequently multi- jurisdictional. The team represented Blue Power in Business List proceedings against Eni, the Italian oil and gas multinational, which are valued at over €1 bn; the matter arose out of an oil and gas field project, including a claim for breach of contractual obligations of exclusivity that arose from Eni's engagement of third parties. John Fordham is department head; Sue Millar and Edward Davis are co-financial litigation heads;  Richard Gwynne's practice covers banking and finance litigation, shareholder and joint venture disputes, and complex cross-border disputes; and Richard Garcia has particular experience of shareholder, partnership, joint venture, post-acquisition and corporate investment disputes. Sean Jeffrey and Andrew Myers are also highly rated, Kate Cordery was made partner, and Guy Harper and Alina Neal are key senior associates.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Stephenson Harwood’s ‘experienced team’ is ‘very switched on, very able’ and provides ‘excellent commercial advice’ for claimants and defendants across a range of professional negligence disputes. The team is representing the National House-Building Council in a £41m claim against its former auditor and tax adviser, PwC; advising Mark Weiss Limited and Mark Weiss in a $10.8m case against Sotheby's relating to the sale of a painting which is now alleged to be a forgery; and acting for Mercer, Sedgwick Noble Lowndes and Sedgwick Financial Services in a £10m pensions tax negligence case arising out of the Sea Containers chapter 11 insolvency proceedings. Among the team, Andrew Myers is noted for property-related disputes; regulatory litigator Tony Woodcock is ‘excellent’; the ‘incredibly cleverRichard Garcia is active in finance-related disputes; Helena Berman is ‘absolutely first-rate, brings a huge amount to any case’ and is active across a range of pensions, trusts, legal and tax-related cases; and recently promoted partner Kate Cordery has ‘plenty of energy and verve and is a clear thinker who inspires confidence’. Senior associates Guy Harper and Paul Hollands are also recommended. Roland Foord and Stephen Roberts, who is ‘very commercial, bright, is able to see the wood for the trees’ and is ‘not afraid of arguing his point in the most charming of ways’, head the team.

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London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Andrew Myers - Stephenson Harwood LLP

Within: Property litigation

The team at Stephenson Harwood is ‘very knowledgeable and its relationship with clients is excellent’. The ‘shrewd and determinedAndrew Myers leads a group that delivers ‘a proactive approach and fine eye for detail’. Myers is a qualified solicitor advocate and is representing Sovereign Property Holdings in a high value overage claim in the Court of Appeal. A separate Court of Appeal matter saw the team acting for Generator Developments in a claim against Lidl for failing to honour a joint venture agreement. Partner Sophie Schultz is ‘fiercely intelligent, hugely knowledgeable and has great instincts in litigation’. Together with Myers she is advising the Royal College of Art on obtaining vacant possession of a site recently purchased for the development of a £108m campus. Associate William Payne 'is quick to get to grips with even very difficult and complex issues'. Rights of light and development and construction nuisance are core strengths for the firm.

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