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Stewarts Law LLP

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Leeds, London

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Stewarts Law LLP

Litigation-only firm Stewarts Law LLP has notable expertise in large-scale civil fraud and cross-border cases, covering disputes relating to corruption, applications for freezing orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, contempt applications, and search and seizure orders. Clients include major corporates and financial services companies. Clive Zietman heads the team, which was recently boosted by the hire of Ryan Dunleavy from DMG Media Group and the promotion of Elaina Bailes, Lorraine Lanceley and Nick Haworth to the partnership. Key partners include the 'superb' Sean Upson, who has been leading the firm's team advising a large group of institutional shareholders seeking damages as a result of the Tesco accounting scandal.

Practice head(s):Clive Zietman

Other key lawyers:Elaina Bailes; Lorraine Lanceley; Nick Haworth; Ryan Dunleavy; Sean Upson; Ian Gatt QC; David Hughes; Laura Jenkins; Lucy Ward; Mo Bhaskaran; Pia Mithani


‘Laura Jenkins is as bright as they come, efficient and energetic’. 

‘Stewarts are a highly devoted and determined practice with a clear sense of purpose’.

‘They punch far above their weight in terms of size’.

‘The firm provides solid and appropriate legal advice with great partner and associate availability’.

‘Sean Upson is extremely bright and quick to grasp any issue’.  

‘A niche litigation firm who are great at uncovering complex frauds’.

‘Sean Upson is very clever, thoughtful and superb lawyer’.

‘Ian Gatt QC is a great strategist and team player’.

‘Lorraine Lanceley is a star - she is fantastic with clients and works incredibly hard’.

Key Clients

Tesco securities litigation: 112 Institutional investors including the BT pension scheme, the BAE Systems pension scheme,  the Church Commissioners, Bank of America, the Shell pension scheme, the government pension fund of Thailand, the American Red Cross.

Lands Company Limited

Laurence Pagden and Simon Underwood of Menzies LLP as liquidators of Core VCT plc, Core IV plc and Core C plc

Kaupthing Bank hf –v- Deutsche Bank.

Chesterfield United Inc (in liquidation), Partridge Management Group SA (in liquidation) and their joint liquidators, Mark Byers (formerly Stephen Akers) and Mark McDonald of Grant Thornton

2 individuals and 7 companies in proceedings brought by SKAT (SKAT v Solo Capital Partners LLP and 98 others)

Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority

BlueOak Arkansas LLC

Approximately 280 individuals, including a number of high profile celebrities, who invested in the eight film and video game production partnerships promoted by Ingenious Media between 2002 and 2007

Grant Thornton BVI – as liquidators of Stanford International Bank Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for a large group of institutional shareholders seeking damages as a result of the Tesco accounting scandal.
  • Acting for a defendant in proceedings brought by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA) against JP Morgan Chase & Co and others in respect of an investment in notes of $200m that was made by the LIA in late 2007.
  • Acting for the Core VCTs Liquidators in relation to alleged fraud, mis-management, accounting irregularities, transactions at an undervalue and conflicts of interest concerning the former manager and liquidators of the Core VCT.
  • Acting for the liquidators of Kaupthing in connection with a €500m claim against Deutsche Bank arising from the sale of complex banking derivatives at the start of the credit crunch.
  • Representing nine defendants in relation to fraud and negligence claims concerning £1.6bn of Danish dividend withholding tax reclaims.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP handles white-collar-related matters including civil fraud, asset recovery, tax litigation and reputation management. Areas of expertise include bribery, corruption, fraud, asset recovery, tax evasion, money laundering and market abuse. Richard Kovalevsky QC joined the firm in July 2018 and heads the team; he focuses on financial crime. David Savage joined as partner from SG Kleinwort Hambros.

Practice head(s):Richard Kovalevsky QC

Other key lawyers:David Savage; Pia Mithani; Karen Hutchinson


‘Richard Kovalevsky has an affable style linked to a detailed approach’. 

‘Stewarts' criminal practice is relatively new, but they have quickly assembled a group of highly qualified, respected lawyers who are very well placed to advise on all areas of financial crime’.           

‘David Savage is a sanctions specialist who actually knows how sanctions work - having worked extensively in this field for years’.

‘Stewarts provide an excellent level of service and are extremely professional’.

‘Richard Kovalevsky QC is also able to provide unusual, often successful, solutions to complex legal problems which places him in a different league of lawyers’.       

Key Clients

Frank Dowling

Dr Cansun Guralp

Martin King

Work highlights

  • Acting for a suspect connected to a mining company, caught up in the SFO’s ENRC investigation.
  • Bribery investigation concerning the collapse of a UK plc. The investigation involves an officer of a bank who is said to have received corrupt payments for the award of construction contracts.
  • Investigating large scale money laundering activity with the purpose of disclosing findings to the authorities.
  • Retained directly by an Ambassador to advise in a sensitive criminal difficulty.
  • Representing Frank Dowling, a high-profile London restauranteur and club owner prosecuted by HMRC in relation to allegations of substantial non-payment of tax.
Leading individuals

Richard Kovalevsky QC - Stewarts Law LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 2

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP¬†is 'an outstanding conflict-free firm that is able to take on banks and other financial institutions, which it regularly does¬†‚Äď and wins'. The largest litigation-only law firm in the UK is traditionally known for claimant matters, but it is increasingly being instructed for defence work. The practice also benefits from the firm's¬†civil fraud practice, which is often involved in disputes over complex financial instruments and structures. It acted for the liquidators of Kaupthing Bank in relation to a ‚ā¨500m claim against Deutsche Bank, which arose from the sale of complex banking derivatives.¬†Clive Zietman¬†is a go-to lawyer in London for large-scale litigation against banks. Also highly rated are¬†Sean Upson,¬†Keith Thomas,¬†David Hughes,¬†¬†¬†Marc Jones, Fiona Gillett, Paul Brehony¬†and¬†Ian Gatt QC, along with Lucy Ward¬†and Laura Jenkins. Elaina Bailes¬†and Lorraine Lanceley¬†were promoted to the partnership, and senior associate¬†Joe Mitchell¬†and associate¬†Harry Spendlove¬†are also experienced advisers.

Practice head(s):Clive Zietman

Other key lawyers:Sean Upson; Keith Thomas; David Hughes; Marc Jones; Fiona Gillett; Paul Brehony; Ian Gatt QC; Lucy Ward; Laura Jenkins; Elaina Bailes; Lorraine Lanceley


'Fiona Gillet is an unflappable, excellent lawyer, who is brilliant with clients.'

'Ian Gatt QC is top quality – he is responsive, quick and accurate in what he does.'

Key Clients

Fortress Investment Group

Cyrus Capital Partners

Golden Belt 1 Sukuk Company

Chesterfield United (in liquidation)

Partridge Management Group (in liquidation) and their joint liquidators

Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of Kazakhstan

Palladyne International Asset Management

Grant Thornton BVI (as liquidators of Stanford International Bank)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fortress Investment Group, Cyrus Capital Partners and Golden Belt 1 Sukuk Company in claims against BNP Paribas, the arranging bank, for negligently failing to ensure the validity of security documents.
Leading individuals

Clive Zietman - Stewarts Law LLP

Sean Upson - Stewarts Law LLP

Next Generation Partners

Elaina Bailes - Stewarts Law LLP

Lucy Ward - Stewarts Law LLP

Rising stars

Joe Mitchell - Stewarts Law LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 2

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP's 'lawyers are highly co-ordinated, smart, commercial, proactive and responsive'. The largest litigation-only law firm in the UK, it is almost uniquely conflict-free and one of the few London firms able to accept instructions against major banks and financial institutions. Clive Zietman heads the commercial litigation department, Sean Upson has a highly rated banking litigation practice, Keith Thomas has over 20 years’ experience dealing with the full range of banking disputes, and David Hughes advises governments, sovereign funds and institutional clients on complex fraud and regulatory issues; the other names to note are Marc Jones, Fiona Gillett, Paul Brehony and Lucy Ward. Elaina Bailes and Lorraine Lanceley were made up to the partnership in 2019.

Practice head(s):Clive Zietman

Other key lawyers:Sean Upson; Keith Thomas; David Hughes; Marc Jones; Fiona Gillett; Paul Brehony; Lucy Ward; Elaina Bailes; Lorraine Lanceley


'One of the top litigation firms in the market; it is prepared to take risks and invest resources in cases that others might not, leading to rewards that others might not earn'.

'A superb litigation team with bags of experience dealing with really major litigation. It is more than a match for large City firms'.

'Clive Zietman takes no hostages and pulls no punches, but is not overly or unnecessarily aggressive; he is very straight-talking both to clients and counsel, which removes any room for misunderstanding'.

'Sean Upson is a very clever, thoughtful and superb lawyer'.

'Recently appointed partner Lorraine Lanceley is a star; she is fantastic with clients and works incredibly hard - a key person to have on the team'.

Key Clients

Fortress Investment Group and Cyrus Capital Partners

Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of Kazakhstan

Palladyne International Asset Management

Grant Thornton BVI

Work highlights

  • Acted for the bond purchasers and issuer in claims against BNP Paribas, as arranging bank, for negligently failing to ensure the validity of security documents.
Leading individuals

Clive Zietman - Stewarts Law LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 2

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP focuses on high-profile clients on the claimant side and has extensive experience, particularly in relation to competition law infringements such as cartels and abuses of a dominant position. A key differentiator setting the practice apart is the presence of an in-house economist, which gives the team a competitive edge when it comes to performing technical tasks such as quantification of antitrust harm incurred by clients. Also of importance is the firm’s ability to secure funding arrangements for clients due to its strong relationship with litigation funders. The practice is led by Kate Pollock, who successfully represented Asda Stores, Home Retail Group and Wm Morrison Supermarkets as claimants in an interchange fee case brought against MasterCard before the Court of Appeal. Anna Crellin is also noted.

Practice head(s):Kate Pollock

Other key lawyers:Anna Crellin


The team is composed of experienced experts who take a highly innovative approach and are great at what they do

The Stewarts team has made a well-deserved reputation for itself in competition litigation

A great firm for claimant work'

The team stands out for its breadth as well as depth of knowledge

‘Kate Pollock is immensely smart and experienced – a real standout on the market. She inspires confidence in clients, loyalty in co-workers and admiration in opponents’

Key Clients

Asda Stores

Home Retail Group

Wm Morrison Supermarkets


Marks & Spencer Group

Ingram Micro

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented claimants Asda Stores, Home Retail Group and Wm Morrison Supermarkets in the Court of Appeal against MasterCard in relation to the excessive charging of interchange fees.
  • Acting for iiyama on a LCD cartel damages claim brought against Samsung Electronics.
  • Representing Swedish state-owned power company Vattenfall in bringing a high-voltage power cable cartel claim against Prysmian & Ors.
  • Acting for Marks & Spencer on an interchange fees claim against MasterCard.
  • Acting for Ingram Micro on a LCD cartel damages claim against Samsung Electronics.
Leading individuals

Kate Pollock - Stewarts Law LLP

Rising stars

Anna Crellin - Stewarts Law LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP 'has a very strong team of international arbitration practitioners with genuine experience and expertise across different areas of practice'. The team regularly attracts conflicts-based referral work, as well as instructions from previous cases' co-counsel and repeat business from existing clients. Philippa Charles leads the international arbitration department, which also showcases Ian Gatt QC, David Hughes and senior associate Veronica Connolly. Daniel Wilmot, whose primary focus is Africa-related disputes and the oil and gas sector, joined as partner from White & Case LLP, while Matthew Knowles left for Hogan Lovells International LLP.

Practice head(s):Philippa Charles

Other key lawyers:Ian Gatt QC; David Hughes; Veronica Connolly; Daniel Wilmot


'The team is excellent - conflict free, flexible and very able'.

'Philippa Charles is a standout practitioner, who is extremely bright and able to lead on a case in a manner that seems effortless'.

'Senior associate Veronica Connolly is a rising star in international arbitration, with outstanding analytical and presentational skills'.

Key Clients

Government of the Republic of Poland

Work highlights

  • Represented the Government of the Republic of Poland in proceedings to set aside the enforcement of a $120m-plus award, which was obtained in a BIT arbitration against Poland by PL Holdings.
Leading individuals

Philippa Charles - Stewarts Law LLP

Rising stars

Veronica Connolly - Stewarts Law LLP

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP's lawyers handle direct and indirect tax litigation, tax-centred commercial litigation and tax investigations. The team, which is led by David Pickstone, made a number of hires in 2018-2019, including James Le Gallais from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, who specialises in tax mis-selling claims; and Lisa Vanderheide from BDO LLP, whose experience includes the spectrum of interactions with HMRC.

Practice head(s):David Pickstone

Other key lawyers:Victor Cramer; Lee Ellis; James Le Gallais; Lisa Vanderheide; Sarah Stenton; Darren Kidd


'Hard working diligent team, with in-depth knowledge of the subject matter.'

'The team are a perfect blend of astute litigation practitioners and tax experts. They really know both sides well and play to their strengths as a team. They are commercial in their approach but are also very much into the detail. A perfect combination.'

'The team has extensive tax litigation experience. Whereas most tax teams' experience is limited to tax tribunal litigation, the Stewarts team has extensive experience of tax litigation in both the High Court and the Tax Tribunal.  In addition, the Tax Team has the benefit of being able to draw on the expertise of Stewarts' wider disputes/litigation experience.'

'Stewarts know how to do group redress really well. It is complex, political and involves mobilising litigation finance in the best way. They are well ahead of the competition in researching disputes, finding the best angle, helping the clients get organised and securing the funding. Their willingness to work on risk in a mature and ungrudging way is outstanding. They will always make my shortlist. If you could only go to one firm, go to them.'

'I found James Le Gallais to be particularly helpful in guiding me through a very complicated process.'

'Lee Ellis - what he doesn't know about tax law isn't worth knowing.'

'David Pickstone leads the team with aplomb. He really understands his client base and the drivers for tax litigation.'

'Martin Cox  is a rising star in the team and definitely one to watch.'

'Victor Cramer has made an impressive start at Stewarts.'

'Lee Ellis is a stand-out partner who in addition to detailed technical knowledge has excellent strategic judgement.  His extensive experience of tax litigation in both the High Court and Tax Tribunals means that he is able to authoritatively advise clients on the best way to achieve their desired outcomes through the litigation process.'

'David Pickstone is a very smart lawyer who grasps the legal issues at the heart of a matter and know how to assemble the arguments, client support and financial resources need to pursue them. He gives confidence that a problem is in good hands, that he knows the law and how it will best be argued and that he will pursue it with vigour. He strikes a nice balance between assiduous careful lawyer and commercial advocate knowing how to navigate group dynamics and litigation funding complexities too.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for approximately 280 investors,  including a number of high profile celebrities, in respect of a >£100 million  group action (including claims in fraudulent misrepresentation, conspiracy and professional negligence) arising out of their investments in eight film and video game production partnerships promoted by Ingenious Media between 2002 and 2007.
  • Act for a significant number of high profile professional footballers (between 20-30) in relation to disputes with HMRC on avoidance schemes and in claims of professional negligence and/or fraudulent misrepresentation arising from their investments in failed tax avoidance schemes.
  • Act for client in various multi-million pound commercial tax claims regarding the correct Landfill Tax treatment of different types of waste.

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London: Human resources

Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP's employment team is known for being 'strong and forceful, and working extremely hard for its clients'. The firm regularly represents senior executives and partners in high-value cases with reputational sensitivity, and has particular expertise in partnership and LLP disputes, as well as complex renumeration structures, including with an international element. 'Highly capable' partner Richard Nicolle has over 20 years' experience in employment-related matters, and handles a substantial contentious caseload, including claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing in the Employment Tribunal.

Other key lawyers:Richard Nicolle; Joe Lappin


'Stewarts has a strong and forceful team, working extremely hard for their clients and identifying the best way to advance cases.'' 

'Richard Nicolle is a highly capable lawyer, able to turn his hand to many things with great effect.'

Key Clients

Integrated Financial Arrangements

Gravis Capital Partners LLP

MDY Legal

The Copyright Licensing Agency

Strand Communications Ltd

C5 Capital Limited

First State Investments (UK) Limited

Heavenly Group Limited

Global Financial Experts Limited

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP's London team exclusively undertakes cases with an estimated value in excess of £1m, which involve catastrophic or maximum severity injuries. Despite the cap on the value of cases, the practice's sphere of expertise is far from limited. Brain and birth injury, psychiatric claims, oncology treatments, failures to diagnose illness and fatal accidents are all key areas of activity for the department, which has been under the leadership of Muiris Lyons for a decade. Spinal Injury claims remain a mainstay of the practice, which often represents high-net-worth claimants.

Practice head(s):Muiris Lyons

Other key lawyers:Nick Knowles; Robert Dransfield; Hugh Johnson; Nadia Kreuger-Young


'Stewarts Law is a class act, with a spotless approach to the preparation of papers.  All lawyers have good tactical acumen and a sympathetic client-focused approach.'

'A vastly experienced team with an impressive practice in catastrophic injuries, and which is deeply committed to clients who suffered spinal cord injuries.'

'Stewarts offers a Rolls Royce service to clients, with each of its fee earners having the requisite time and resources to devote to their cases.'

'The team is selective in the work taken on and works cases up to the best state they could be in before trial/settlement. They constitute a formidable litigation force which defendant firms simply have to respect.'

'A team which engenders courage ( they do not shy away from difficult cases), total dedication to the clients' cause (leaving no stone unturned) and a winning combination of medical as well as legal know-how.'

'Muiris Lyons leads the team with exceptional charm, intelligence and unparalleled knowledge of the industry.'

‘Hugh Johnson has a first class brain, charming manner and diligent approach to all his cases.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully representing neurologically injured claimant against a neurosurgeon in relation to negligent post-operative treatment.
Leading individuals

Muiris Lyons - Stewarts Law LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP is 'a stand-out PI firm for catastrophic injury nationwide'. Its London practice exclusively acts for adults and children who have sustained severe life-changing injuries, most frequently resulting from amputation, spinal or brain damage. It houses a personal injury team of 'excellent lawyers' that takes on a limited number of high-value cases in order to enhance client care and its efforts to secure the highest settlements for catastrophically injured individuals. Paul Paxton, who specialises in complex brain and spinal cord injuries, heads the department, which also includes Charles Edwards who is 'a very safe pair of hands for high-value claims' arising out of road traffic accidents, accidents at work or in public places. Ben Rogers has particular expertise in spinal injuries and exoskeleton provisions.

Practice head(s):Paul Paxton

Other key lawyers:Charles Edwards; Ben Rogers; Andrew Dinsmore; Lucy Robinson; Stephanie Clarke; Nichola Fosler


'Stewarts is the premier firm for claimant personal injury work.  The firm only handles claims of high value and complexity and has an exceptional range of high-quality solicitors all of whom are experts in dealing with catastrophic injury claims.'

'Stewarts is always ready to help and explain the process as it develops and will use language that is understandable, avoiding the often complicated and long-winded legal jargon.'

'It is very pro-active in engaging with insurers not only on a case-by-case basis but also strategically, often working to agreed protocols to ensure swift access to justice. It also offers a very well-resourced pro bono legal service to assist the recently injured.'

'Paul Paxton leads by example as to how catastophic injury cases should be run. He is easy to reach, helpful and pragmatic.'

'Charles Edwards has an understated style but he is a determined and able lawyer. He is very sensible and easy to deal with.'

'The PI team at Stewarts is probably the most tenacious and successful for catastrophic injury claims. It does not shy away from difficult cases.'

Work highlights

  • Representing a protected party, an Irish national, in a severe brain injury claim with issues relating to periodical payments and tax treatment should he return to live in Dublin.
  • Currently acting for a young tetraplegic, father-of-two in a substantial claim estimated to be in excess of £10m.
  • Represented a 39-year-old client with spinal injuries securing damages of £15m (including periodical payment orders on a capitalised basis).
  • Represented the claimant in a brain injury claim for a protected party arising from a road traffic incident (£3.8m settlement).
  • Represented a claimant who suffered life-changing injuries including burns and below-knee amputation in an employers' liability claim for compensation with success in a full-liability trial.
Leading individuals

Charles Edwards - Stewarts Law LLP

Paul Paxton - Stewarts Law LLP

Next Generation Partners

Ben Rogers - Stewarts Law LLP

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP advises on various complex disputes both in England and overseas, and acts for high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices, trustees and trust companies. It also acts for charities. A substantial part of its work involves an international dimension and the team has recently co-ordinated trusts and probate cases in countries as diverse as Bermuda, Ireland and Singapore. James Price leads the team that also boasts significant experience in assisting in the affairs of those who lack mental capacity.

Practice head(s):James Price

Other key lawyers:Emma Holland


'James Price is at the top of his game. He is very experienced and manages to be both robust and charming - a winning combination'.

'His colleague Emma Holland is very on-the-ball, technically accomplished and hardworking'.

Key Clients

Lands Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Lands Company of the Cayman Islands on a claim against it by the Libyan Investment Authority for funds received by it pursuant to a transaction allegedly procured by fraud.
  • Advising the settlor’s widow and her son who are beneficiaries of an offshore trust which owns a large construction business in relation to restructuring proposals.
  • Advising a Liechtenstein trustee in relation to the occupation of a trust property and about the exercise of trustee discretion regarding financing arrangements.
  • Advising the only family (and non-professional) member of the board of a trustee to various offshore family trusts about restructuring proposals.
  • Advising the minor principal beneficiary of two family Jersey law settlements in relation to three applications to be brought before the Guernsey court, with issues arising in the UK, the USA and France.
Leading individuals

James Price - Stewarts Law LLP

Rising stars

Emma Holland - Stewarts Law LLP

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Family - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

Stephen Foster heads this large and excellent team at Stewarts Law LLP that has real strength in depth throughout its ranks. A large percentage of the cases the team is involved in have assets in excess of £500m. Several of its cases run into billions of pounds. Another key strength of the practice is that it continues to be involved in an impressive cluster of significant reported cases. Helen Ward is another significant member of the team who has acted for well-known international families, entrepreneurs and high-profile individuals from the worlds of sport and arts.

Practice head(s):Stephen Foster

Other key lawyers:Helen Ward; Debbie Chism; Emma Hatley; Richard Hogwood; Matthew Humphries; Sam Longworth; Toby Atkinson; Carly Kinch


'The team is led exquisitely by Stephen Foster who has a blend of extremely strong and diverse lawyers. There is a badge of quality with Stewarts. Stephen Foster brings gravitas and practicality to everything that he does'.

'It is a large team that is able to take on a large number of cases and makes its presence known in the divorce and family sphere. Stephen Foster is excellent and Helen Ward is one of the leading family lawyers of her generation'.

'Debbie Chism is very thorough and extremely professional'.

'Emma Hatley is brilliant and is currently advising in the biggest cases for the biggest clients, and deservedly so'.

'Richard Hogwood is phenomenal, super intelligent'.

'Richard Hogwood is almost too clever. He is incredibly straightforward, a real pleasure to deal with as he sorts things out in a sensible way'.

'Toby Atkinson does superb work'.

'Sam Longworth is an excellent lawyer with a great client manner and commitment to the case. He is also very fair'.

'Carly Kinch is extremely organised and hardworking. Emma Hatley is effervescent and client friendly, Sam Longworth is very smart'.

Key Clients

C v C [2018] EWHC 3186 (Fam)

XW (the judgment was anonymised) in the case of XW v XH 2017 EWFC 76 and XW v XH 2019 EWCA Civ 549

Mantegazza v Mantegazza [2017] EWHC 3811 (Fam)

Court of Appeal case of Kelly v Pyres [2018] EWCA Civ 1368

HRH Louis Prince of Luxembourg v HRH Tessy Princess of Luxembourg & Anor (Application for Financial Remedy) [2018] EWFC 77

HRH Louis Prince of Luxembourg v HRH Tessy Princess of Luxembourg (Publication of Offer) [2017] EWHC 3095 (Fam)

ND v SD & Ors [2017] EWHC 1507 (Fam)

ABX v SBX [2018] EWFC 81

Work highlights

  • In C v C [2018] EWHC 3186 (Fam) acting for a well-known banker husband in the case where Roberts J clarified the court’s approach to the right to share non-marital (in this case post-separation accrual) assets.
  • Acting in XW (the judgment was anonymised) in the case of XW v XH [2017] EWFC 76 and XW v XH [2019] EWCA Civ 549 which is a high-value ancillary relief case.
  • Acting in Mantegazza v Mantegazza [2017] EWHC 3811 (Fam) which is a major case on the issue of the appropriate forum for divorce proceedings.
  • Acted for the husband in Kelly v Pyres [2018] EWCA Civ 1368 in the challenge to the diplomat’s wife’s assertion that the English court had jurisdiction to hear divorce and financial proceedings.
  • Acted for Prince Louis in his English divorce and financial proceedings – HRH Louis Prince of Luxembourg v HRH Tessy Princess of Luxembourg & Anor (Application for Financial Remedy) [2018] EWFC 77.
Leading individuals

Debbie Chism - Stewarts Law LLP

Emma Hatley - Stewarts Law LLP

Helen Ward - Stewarts Law LLP

Richard Hogwood - Stewarts Law LLP

Stephen Foster - Stewarts Law LLP

Next Generation Partners

Carly Kinch - Stewarts Law LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP’s financial crime department is headed by the highly regarded Richard Kovalevsky QC who joined the firm from 2 Bedford Row. Areas of expertise include civil fraud, asset recovery, tax litigation, commercial litigation and reputation management. It also handles matters relating to bribery, corruption, fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and the manipulation of financial markets. David Savage joined the firm as partner from SG Kleinwort Hambros. Karen Hutchinson was promoted to legal director.

Practice head(s):Richard Kovalevsky QC

Other key lawyers:David Savage; Karen Hutchinson; Pia Mithani


'Richard Kovalevsky QC is one of the few criminal silks that really gets the increasingly US approach to white collar criminal enforcement in the UK. A go-to defence counsel for employees in trouble.'

Key Clients

KBR, Inc.

Ticket Hut

Work highlights

  • Retained by KBR, Inc. Limited in connection with the SFO enquiry into Unaoil. Providing advice and court representation to the US parent company in connection with the SFO’s demand for documentation within the global investigation. Working directly with the General Counsel of KBR, Inc. on this matter.
  • Detailed advice and submissions to the information commission on behalf of a global insurer resulting in no action being taken.
  • Representing a corporate in a corruption investigation.
  • Retained to advise Ticket Hut Ltd and represent the company in relation to a Trading Standards prosecution brought against the company.
Leading individuals

Richard Kovalevsky QC - Stewarts Law LLP

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London: Transport

Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

'Leading claimant travel team' Stewarts Law LLP specialises in complex aviation and international personal injury claims. Based across the firm's London and Leeds offices, the team acts for claimants who have suffered serious and catastrophic injuries abroad and handles complex fatal accident claims. International injury team head Julian Chamberlayne is 'second-to-none at keeping on top of legal developments and knowledge in the sector'. Scott Rigby, who handles international catastrophic injury cases, is a 'calm head on strong shoulders, and a match for the fiercest of opponents'. Recently promoted partner Christopher Deacon has a 'huge future ahead; he is a brilliant lawyer and delightful human being'. James Healy-Pratt heads the aviation team, which also features Sarah Stewart. The team of 'aviation experts' acts for victims and families in aviation accident claims and is representing the families of 189 passengers who were killed in the Lion Air Boeing 737-800 accident in October 2018. Owen Hanna has joined Keystone Law.

Practice head(s):Julian Chamberlayne; James Healy-Pratt

Other key lawyers:Sarah Stewart; Scott Rigby; Peter Neenan; Frank Pinch; Christopher Deacon; Rebecca Huxford


Julian Chamberlayne, Scott Rigby and Christopher Deacon are superb.

The winning combination of two leading teams in travel and cross-border claims and a pre-eminent aviation team, which work closely together, gives the firm a clear edge.

Inspiring leadership from Julian Chamberlayne.

All the lawyers in the team are very, very able indeed, and leave no stone unturned.

Julian Chamberlayne is a lawyer of the very highest intellect and ability.

The firm provides professionalism, compassion and empathy in equal amounts.

Sarah Stewart is flexible to client's needs.

Julian Chamberlayne and his team are amazing; the team leaves no stone unturned and you know that the team are doing everything they can for the client's benefit.

Key Clients

The families of 189 passengers killed in the Lion Air Boeing 737-800 accident on 29 October 2018.

The families of four British passengers killed in the Papillon Airways helicopter accident in the Grand Canyon on 10 February 2018.

Passengers on board Emirates Flight EK-521 which crashed during landing at Dubai International Airport  on 3 August 2016

Families of crew onboard Turkish Airlines/ACT Airlines Flight 6491, a Boeing 747-400 freighter which crashed in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic in January 2017.

Work highlights

  • The team is acting for a claimant in a high value compensation claim in Jersey, arising from a road traffic accident in which he suffered a very severe brain injury.
  • The team is representing a claimant in his £5m compensation claim in England, arising from an accident at work in Germany, in which he suffered a very severe brain injury.
  • The team is acting for the claimant in his £5m compensation claim in England, arising from a road traffic accident in Cyprus, as a result of which he suffered a very severe brain injury.
  • The team represents a claimant in his $3m compensation claim in England, arising from a boating accident in Bermuda, in which he suffered a brain injury and his wife was tragically killed.
  • The team represents the families of four deceased British passengers, and the only surviving passenger, who were on board a Papillon Airways helicopter when it crashed during a pleasure flight over the Grand Canyon, USA in 2018.
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Legal Developments in the UK

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.