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Stephen Roberts

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Stephenson Harwood

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Commercial litigation


Stephen is a litigator and problem solver in the professional services, insurance and fine art sectors. Clients value his strategic and practical approach, informed by decades of bringing chaos and complexity to heel and in finding solutions to difficult issues.

Stephen’s work is principally devoted to helping clients, both claimants and targets, on issues arising from corporate collapses and scandals across the globe, and on professional duties and liability in this country and overseas.

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: Private client

Art and cultural property

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen Roberts - Stephenson Harwood

Within: Art and cultural property

Stephenson Harwood  fields a ‘very well-respected and market-leading team that provides great customer service, very good representation and high levels of advice with a great ability to adapt quickly as needed’. The ‘pragmatic and friendlyRoland Foord garners considerable praise as someone who is ‘very experienced in the art world with an excellent grasp of fact and detail’. The group has ‘great experience and expertise at all levels and its advice is consistently reliable, constructive and straightforward’. Stephen Roberts is known as a skilled litigator in the fine arts sector.  The team continues to be engaged in some of the largest and most complex disputes and has also been busy providing non-contentious advice to high profile individuals in the art market. In a significant matter that is attracting media interest the team is acting for Mark Weiss Limited and Mark Weiss (an established London old master dealer) in a dispute over a painting that was sold privately through Sotheby’s as a work by Frans Hals. There are now questions about the painting’s authenticity. Other clients include a major museum in the Middle East.

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