Firm Profile > Stewarts Law LLP > London, England

Stewarts Law LLP
5 NEW STREET SQUARE
LONDON
EC4A 3BF
England

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP is known for its exclusive focus on the highest value clinical negligence claims, including fatal accidents, significant injuries arising from the mismanagement of mental health claims, and obstetric cases. The firm is singled out by one client as fielding 'dynamic, polished litigators who leave nothing undone in the pursuit of the best outcome'; this combination of qualities is exemplified by 'outstanding' practice head Muiris Lyons. Other key practitioners include spinal injury expert Robert Dransfield, and psychiatric specialist Hugh Johnson. The department recently strengthened its offering at partner level with the promotion of Amy Heath and Alison Goldney in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Muiris Lyons

Other key lawyers:

Nick Knowles; Robert Dransfield; Hugh Johnson; Amy Heath; Alison Goldney

Testimonials

‘SUPER! GREAT! They have so much expertise in this field that I won.’

‘Hugh Johnson, I never met a person that knows the file off by heart quite like him. If there was a part that is in question, he will be able to tell you what page it is in the file.’

‘Total dedication to the client, and securing the best possible outcome. Brilliant at client care and litigation in equal measure, in the most challenging of cases. A joy to work for and with.’

‘Muiris Lyons heads up the team, which he has built to lead the field. Hugh Johnson is relatively new in partnership but leading the next generation of young partners, together with Amy Heath. Dynamic, polished litigators who leave nothing undone in the pursuit of the best outcome.’

‘I worked with Robert Dransfield, he could consider things from many perspectives and certainly had strong arguments to support our case. On a personal level he managed my expectations well and took a balanced view.’

‘Muiris Lyons is an outstanding clinical negligence practitioner with a long pedigree.’

Family Tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP has a strong partner line up and a range of impressive associates who work on a substantial array of high-value cases – it has been described as a ‘powerhouse of the best talent‘. Many of the cases run well into the £100s of millions with a large percentage of the cases involving assets in excess of £500m and several running into billions .Stephen Foster leads a team of ‘pure quality‘ that continues to be involved in a significant cluster of major reported cases too. Foster has ‘huge commercial sense and is very pragmatic’. Other key figures include Helen Ward who remains a ‘queen bee of family law‘.  The ‘outstandingEmma Hatley along with Debbie Chism (one of the absolutely bests in the business‘) receive many plaudits. Richard Hogwood is recommended for his work on cases that involve intricate trust and tax issues as well as pre-and post-nuptial agreements. Lucy Gould and Sophie Chapman were promoted to the partnership recently. It is ‘one of the outstanding family law firms in the country. Massive talent and experience‘.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Foster

Other key lawyers:

Helen Ward; Debbie Chism; Emma Hatley; Richard Hogwood; Carly Kinch; Matthew Humphries; Toby Atkinson; Sam Longworth; Lucy Gould; Sophie Chapman Lewis Powers

Testimonials

The best divorce Firm in England by a country mile. Foster: ultra calm and savvy strategist. Kinch: workaholic. Hatley: pound for pound best divorcer in the land. Chism: tough and a brilliant team player. Longworth: in 5 years time will be number 1. Humphries: astute and careful‘.

‘This is the pre-eminent family law team, especially for financial remedies, in the country beyond doubt. It has strength in depth, and a wide range of expertise at every level. It is by far the best organised, most efficient, most expert such team. Even its paralegals are a cut above the rest, and operate on a level of experience and skill akin to seasoned associates (but with costs savings therefore for the client). Helen Ward, Debbie Chism, Emma Hatley are the amongst the best (if not the best) doing this work at the senior echelons. Stephen Foster is a strong leader, keeping a happy ship ploughing forwards and a deft handler of clients. Emma and Debbie are vastly experienced litigators. Their knowledge and understanding of the cutting edge of financial and commercial arrangements are enviable. They are uniquely commercial and pragmatic in their outlook‘.

The less senior partners (Sam Longworth, Matthew Humphreys, Lucy Gould, Carly Kinch and Toby Atkinson) are all clearly future leaders destined for the top tier. Sam is an acute and creative tactician, Matthew Humphreys is the complete package and can and does get the better of vastly more experienced opponents. He is very cerebral in his approach but never loses sight of the real life context and the client’s practical goals. Carly Kinch is a star. I have never seen a solicitor know a case and every detail like her, she is unflappable with unimpeachable cool headed judgment on what is a good point to take (or a bad point to avoid). Her work ethic is truly herculean‘.

‘Emma Hatley is the cornerstone of the team. I know clients adore her (even returning clients) she shows intense skill and knowledge in any negotiating setting at speed and shows herself to be always ten steps ahead while retaining a clear focus on her clients’ interests. Sam Longworth expertly displays a calm and measured focus with all his clients, injecting pragmatism into the case strategy and achieving a swift and successful outcome on a regular basis. Lucy Gould is a star of the future and the firm’s newest partner. Toby Atkinson intuitively responds to the the clients’ needs on both a personal and professional level as required to ensure confidence is retained and focus on outcome maintained‘.

‘The best team of family solicitors in London. There are so many stand out individuals in this team – Toby Atkinson, Stephen Foster, Emma Hatley, Richard Hogwood, Matthew Humphries, Cary Kinch, and last but clearly not least Helen Ward. Stephen Foster is not only the leader and creator of this great team but also an amazing lawyer with a stellar practice. He brings to a case a brilliant ability to strategise and plan and fine judgement to get all the important decisions right‘.

‘Stephen is the first point of call for complex high value cases. He is particularly good at managing difficult client situations and has a commerciality, unmatched by any other family lawyer in London that I have dealt with. He has a lot of common sense and his practical, results based approach, particularly resonates with business / entrepreneurial clients. I know this has been said about him before, but in my view, he must be the most commercial family lawyer in London‘.

The Stewarts team was led by Helen Ward whose experience and excellent judgment ensured that the client’s interests were at all times fully protected and advanced‘.

Toby Atkinson – utterly committed, able to diffuse the most difficult of situations.  Debbie Chism – one of the absolutely best in the business – a star. Emma Hatley – hugely experienced. Richard Hogwood – has it all – charm in abundance, huge legal knowledge, commitment – another star‘.

 

 

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP's ongoing commitment to acting solely for clients who have sustained the most catastrophic injuries ensures that the firm only deals with claims worth in excess of £1m. Typical cases for the practice include fatal accidents and severe injuries, especially those involving the brain or spinal cord, as well as amputations, burns, orthopaedic and neurological complications. For clients involved in particularly high-profile matters, the group offers a service which assists those coping with the added complication of intense media interest at a difficult and traumatic time. The team is equally proficient litigating both overseas and in England. Paul Paxton heads up the offering, which also includes recommended practitioners Charles Edwards and Ben Rogers.

Practice head(s):

Paul Paxton

Other key lawyers:

Charles Edwards; Ben Rogers; Lucy Robinson; Stephanie Clarke; Andrew Dinsmore; Nichola Fosler; Clare Salmon; Peregrine Redgrave

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

As the largest litigation firm in the UK, conflict-free Stewarts Law LLP, is noted by one client as 'one of, if not the, 'go to' firm for litigation against major banks and other financial institutions' and also has the breadth to defend high-value claims. 'Doyen in this field' Clive Zietman (who leads the team) specialises in bringing claims against banks, for which Sean Upson and 'top drawer litigator' Marc Jones are other key contacts. 'Another first-class member of the banking team' Fiona Gillett and Lucy Ward are noted for their experience in securities disputes, while Darren Kidd attracts praise for his 'great strategic talent' including in group claims against banks and Laura Jenkins stands out for her litigation and investigations experience. Elaina Bailes excels in disputes in offshore jurisdictions, including Cayman and the BVI and senior associate Joe Mitchell counts litigation relating to complex financial products among his areas of focus. Tim Symes and Alex Jay (who both handle restructuring and banking litigation) joined from DMH Stallard LLP and Gowling WLG respectively.

Practice head(s):

Clive Zietman

Other key lawyers:

Sean Upson; Marc Jones; Fiona Gillett; Elaina Bailes; Lucy Ward; Alex Jay Darren Kidd; Alex Lerner; Laura Jenkins; Ian Gatt QC; Keith Thomas; Joe Mitchell; Tim Symes;

Testimonials

Leading litigators. The team is imaginative and innovative. It mastered the new technology.

Clive Zietman: the doyen in this field. Has built up the practice at Stewarts and is deservedly regarded as one of the best and most astute litigations in this sector. Marc Jones: top drawer litigator. He has a fierce determination to track down fact and arguments to advance his client’s case. And a real instinct for identifying the weakness ion his opponent’s case. Fiona Gillett: another first class member of the banking team with great analytical strengths.

Darren Kidd – partner with great strategic talent. Alex Lerner – very hard-working and skilled litigator with top City pedigree.

Ian Gatt QC . One of the leading litigators in London. Vast experience. Excellent judgment on how to present cases. Fiona Stewart. Hard working and diligent. Strong team leader. Responsive to client needs.

One of the absolute top commercial litigation firms, including in financial disputes. Great depth of experience in the partnership, arising out of the RBS Rights Issue dispute and the years prior to that. Refreshing but able to go toe-to-toe with any bigger firm.’

Keith Thomas has an unusual level of understanding of the financial industry. Lucy Ward is one of the top young partners and a superstar in the making–with a wise head but approachable, bright and hands-on.

Dynamic, creative, clever, hard-working. Prepared to take on the banks and so-called magic circle sets. The best banking litigation team in the UK if you want to make a claim against banks or finance house or other investment advisor.’

Stewarts is one of, if not the, ‘go to’ firm for litigation against major banks and other financial institutions as it goes where others fear to tread. Its team in this area is able to cover all aspects of such claims whether they arise out of insolvency, complex securities transactions, mis-selling, failed ventures or simply lending gone wrong. It is this ability to cover all bases which makes it stand out.’

Key clients

Kestrel

Lodha Developers (UK Limited) v (1) Sun Global Investments Ltd (2) Green Lake Multi Strategy Fund Limited and (3) Global Capital Fund Limited

Stanford

Kazakhstan

Palladyne

SKAT

Timeshare

Dr Frank Kebekus and Galapagos S.A.

Eclipse

Ingenious Litigation

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

'Exceptional' litigation specialist firm Stewarts Law LLP's 'uniformly brilliant' corporate and commercial disputes team is known for bringing high value and cross-border claims. Clive Zietman leads the team which includes Sean Upson, who is experienced in managing group claims; the 'fantastic strategist' Ian Gatt QC, securities litigation expert Lucy Ward and Lorraine Lanceley, who has 'deep experience' spanning a range of litigation.  It strengthened its insolvency-related disputes practice with the additions of Tim Symes in Septemer 2020 from DMH Stallard LLP and Alex Jay in February 2021 from Gowling WLG.

Practice head(s):

Clive Zietman

Other key lawyers:

Ian Gatt QC; Lucy Ward; Sean Upson; Lorraine Lanceley; Tim Symes; Alex Jay; Joe Mitchell

Testimonials

Uniformly brilliant – a Rolls Royce machine for complex and high stakes litigation. Both the partners and the associate team are fantastic – no weak links.

Ian Gatt QC – fantastic strategist, totally focused on getting the right outcome for his clients, and great leader: the complete package. Sean Upson – huge intellect, details-orientated and totally on top of what is always a very busy caseload. Lorraine Lanceley – superb client skills and deep experience of heavy litigation – one to watch.

Lucy Ward is a brilliant. She is thoughtful and calm with a clear strategic vision with a full mastery of all the complexities of her cases. One of the best solicitors I have worked with in nearly 40 years in the law. I have been extremely impressed by Joe Mitchell – his written work is superb.

The team has astonishing strength in depth. The partners, senior associates and associates are all of the highest quality. All those who I have worked with were first rate and completely on top of the case.

Stewarts is a dispute resolution firm which advises across the full spectrum of disputes. I work closely with Lucy Ward and her team of associates. I think the key strengths are extremely strong technical expertise in the English courts, sensible approaches to billing, a small extremely hard working team working across an intricate subject.

Highly proficient and well-qualified team that works tirelessly for the client. Extremely efficient turnaround in submissions and responses. A standout feature is how well coordinated they are so that all members of the team are up to speed on the case. All members of the team including the most senior are readily available and responsive at all times. This is an exceptional firm with talented and very personable staff. Comprehensive use of technology is evident throughout with well organised document control and recall.

Competing with the best of the best.

Key clients

58 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

Matrix v Musst

Lands Company Limited (“Lands”)

Toucan v Wirsol

Susquehanna

Bugsby

Widehurst Solar Ltd

Maddox

Competition litigation Tier 2

Known as 'a trailblazer for claimant work', Stewarts Law LLP has developed an excellent reputation for advising on complex and innovative disputes, both in relation to standalone claims and follow-on actions. A key highlight in 2020 saw the firm secure a judgment for the claimants in the Supreme Court case Asda, Argos and Morrisons & Ors v Mastercard & Ors in relation to the highly-publicized interchange fees cartel. Kate Pollock leads a team of specialist competition litigators, including Stuart Carson, who has advised on claims relating to all the major cartel investigations in the last decade, and Inge Forster, a specialist in cross-border competition disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kate Pollock

Other key lawyers:

Inge Forster; Stuart Carson; Leah Keen; Anna Crellin; Nick Haworth

Testimonials

Very client focussed and commercial claimant side team. Big hitters.’

I have found the Stewarts team to be very committed and hard-working. They dive deep into the details of the cases they are working on to get a strong understanding of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the cases they are planning to pursue.

The firm strikes me as having strong entrepreneurial initiative backed by a solid level of experience. I’ve found both Kate Pollock and Stuart Carson to have strong engagement with the legal and economic issues relevant to the case, compared with other firms where the partners are not generally as available or engaged in the details of the case.’

The Stewarts competition team has been a trailblazer for claimant work that is creative but deeply thought-through and strategic. They are a superb team, passionate about what they do, and clearly enjoy working with each other.

Highly energetic claimant practice with excellent litigation judgment and pragmatism to achieve results for the client.

Kate Pollock – exceptional competition litigator, huge energy and terrific team leader Inge Forster – a cool head and clear strategic thinker.

Good availability and great advice. Good diversity in the team, many female lawyers and individuals of different backgrounds. They seem to be collaborating internally in a very good way.’

Inge Forster gives sound advice, in a format that I as client can take in. She is clear and gives clear well based recommendations.’

Key clients

Centrica plc

British Gas

ASDA Stores Limited

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

Argos Stores Limited

iiyama UK Limited

Vattenfall AB

Gemalto NV

LafargeHolcim Ltd

Marks and Spencer plc

N Brown

QVC

Card Factory plc

Ingram Micro Inc.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Stewarts Law LLP exclusively advises on complex, large-scale and often high-profile trust disputes in England and other major jurisdictions. It acts for high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices, trustees and trust companies and for a number of well-known UK charities. The 'world-class and impressive' James Price heads the 'dynamic' team that is currently involved in some of the largest (in terms of value) and most complex matters in global trust litigation. Geoffrey Kertesz ’s addition to the department from BDB Pitmans has ‘strengthened the team’. Emma Holland  has been promoted to partnership. 'This team is going from strength to strength with some clever hires and excellent promotions.'

Practice head(s):

James Price

Other key lawyers:

Geoffrey Kertesz; Emma Holland; Jemma Goddard; Luca del Panta ; Lavinia Randall; Catriona Abraham

Testimonials

‘James Price – flying; Geoff Kertesz – just gets it done; Luca del Panta – all over the detail and bright as a button; Emma Holland – super.’

‘The team has incredible quality and the partners complement one another very well – James Price, Emma Holland, and Geoff Kertesz. James Price is a key player in so much of the major trusts litigation. He is charismatic and has exceptional judgment. Emma Holland’s promotion to partner is very well deserved. She is very shrewd, strategically and tactically savvy, and works extremely hard for her clients.’

‘Geoff Kertesz is highly competent, intelligent – both in terms of legal knowledge and in terms of social art. In other words he is empathetic and has a level of insight which has given me great confidence in his analysis of the situation. I feel that has made him highly dependable. Alongside all this is Geoff’s humour, which for me personally is really essential during family conflicts. He’s able to add some light to what has been a heavy situation but he does it with respect and it doesn’t impede his ability to then turn to serious matters. The other person who’s been working on the case is the amazing brain that is Catriona Abraham. Sharp, clear, concise, and again with humour and empathy. She and Geoff are really a dream team. I almost want to have legal problems in future just so I can instruct them again and watch how they work a case.’

A growing powerhouse of expertise punching well above its weight.’

Stewarts’ contentious trusts practice has grown exponentially in a few years by picking up some of the most talented associates and partners in the industry.  Stewarts provides a fantastic platform for these litigators to take on a wider and more interesting range of work than many firms. James Price is a dynamic and experienced litigator who inspires confidence in clients. Geoff Kertesz is incredibly talented and a dream to work with. New partner Emma Holland will really enable the team to move to the next level.  Jemma Goddard is also a great addition at associate level.’

‘James Price is a great leader with a strong team behind him. The lawyers can stand toe-to-toe with any firm intellectually, but they still have the feel and personal touch of a smaller, more niche firm. James Price is brilliant with clients and a very experienced trusts litigator with strong links to resources in many different offshore  jurisdictions.’

This is a very dynamic and competitive new entrant to the world of contentious trusts, led by the very popular James Price. Its rapidly expanding team is testament to how its adaptability and conflict free approach (since it only does litigation) plus quality has meant that it now has experience of some of the biggest trust litigation in the world. James Price – a very good lawyer with great judgement who its a pleasure to work with. James is plainly excellent. Geoff Kertesz – highly respected new partner who is making waves and will be a big hit. Emma Holland – very talented new partner whose elevation was much deserved.  She will go far.’

Geoff Kertesz is a big name in this area and is a relatively recent addition to the team. Jemma Goddard has just joined from Wedlake Bell, where she will be sorely missed – she is a very strong associate, efficient and extremely bright. Lavinia Randall is likewise a good hire.

Key clients

Lands Company Limited

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Combining strengths in litigation funding, financial crime and banking litigation, Stewarts Law LLP handles a range of civil fraud cases, as well as providing expertise in the criminal aspects, financial instruments and structures involved in fraud matters. Mo Bhaskaran advises major corporates, large public sector organisations and overseas governments on investigations, fraud and corruption issues. He co-leads the team with David Hughes, who focuses on assisting governments, sovereign wealth funds and institutional clients in complex fraud and recoveries cases. Paul Brehony left to join Signature Litigation LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Mo Bhaskaran; David Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Sean Upson; Laura Jenkins; Marc Jones; Elaina Bailes

Testimonials

‘A first rate team who can deliver a top quality product to rival any firm. There is real strength across the whole firm from partner to paralegal’.

‘Sean Upson is a brilliant lawyer and the partner you want on your side. He is a great thinker, with lots of ideas of how to improve the client’s position. He also has excellent judgment’.

‘Laura Jenkins is deeply impressive. She is highly intelligent, very motivated at getting the right result for the client and is all over the detail’.

‘Absolutely first class. Not just the professionalism and dedication one would expect, but across the board in-depth knowledge and support vis-a-vis procedure and tactics, and very nice people to boot’.

‘This team at Stewarts has excellent strategic insight, excellent awareness of the issues in a case (including novel legal issues that have not been subject to extensive consideration by the Courts previously), good client management skills (including persuading clients to take advice), have solid legal analytical skills and are very hardworking. I think in all these respects Stewarts is a cut above most if not all other firms’.

‘The partners I have worked with (David Hughes, Marc Jones and Elaina Bailes) are all strategically brilliant, and showed particular skill in thinking through the real world consequences of all points and steps taken in the litigation’.

‘They stand out for their rapid grasp of difficult issues of foreign law even in highly complex cases, with a multitude of players’.

Key clients

Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (“RAKIA”)

Ingenious Litigation

Grant Thornton BVI – as liquidators of Stanford International Bank Ltd

SKAT

58 institutional investors including the BT pension scheme

Lands Company Limited

Eclipse

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP is a 'technically excellent and innovative' firm that only handles litigation. The practice is active in four areas of tax disputes: direct tax litigation, indirect tax litigation, commercial tax litigation and tax investigations. Practice head David Pickstone, who founded the department, specialises in direct tax, environmental tax and commercial tax litigation. Leeds-based Lee Ellis, who leads the direct tax litigation offering, advises clients on cases against HMRC. 'Stand out VAT partner' Victor Cramer leads the indirect tax offering; clients describe him as 'passionate' and a 'creative thinker'.

Practice head(s):

David Pickstone

Other key lawyers:

Lee Ellis; James le Gallais; Victor Cramer; Sarah Stenton; Lisa Vanderheide

Testimonials

Really technically excellent and innovative. Their smaller size means that they can be nimble and flexible and deliver for the client without using inappropriately high levels of unnecessary resource.’

Victor Cramer is a stand-out VAT partner – really technically minded and very passionate about the subject. He is a creative thinker and really a joy to work with. Lisa Vanderheide and Sarah Stenton are also stars in the firm’s direct tax field. Both are real self-starters and have a lot of initiative and expertise.’

Forward thinking and innovative. Very good at thinking on their feet. Friendly and reliable.’

Strong technical knowledge combined with disputes experience – particularly Victor Cramer.’

Key clients

Tayto Group Limited

FCC Recycling UK Limited

Singleton Birch Limited

John Jaekel

The Claims Guys Ltd

Ingenious Litigation

Eclipse Group Action

Scotts Atlantic Group Action

Senior executives Tier 4

Stewarts Law LLP has significant expertise in partnership and LLP disputes acting for senior partners negotiating entries, exits and redundancies. It also acts for individuals and teams in disputes with employers in sectors including the banking industry. Team head Joseph Lappin specialises in leading on Employment Tribunal cases concerning unfair dismissal, sex, race and disability discrimination claims, and restrictive covenants. Charlie Thompson, who joined from Harbottle & Lewis LLP in mid-2020, handles work ranging from remuneration disputes, to bullying, whistleblowing and discrimination claims including cases involving serious psychiatric issues.

Practice head(s):

Joseph Lappin

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Thompson

Testimonials

Impressive devotion to clients and great flexibility whilst retaining objectivity and judgment.’

‘Joe Lappin is one of the most devoted, hardworking solicitors around. He leaves no stone unturned for the client, is supportive to others in the team and alive to all potential legal angles. In one difficult matter he was very nimble when negotiating a favourable settlement and in another he was very adept in securing a valuable stay of proceedings.’

‘I found them understanding and accommodating, taking time to explain the processes and to respond to my needs and queries. I dealt mainly with Joseph Lappin, who dealt with the specifics of my case with great aplomb and understanding.’

‘I am delighted with the service I have received from Stewarts, mainly from Charlie and would recommend them both in a heartbeat.’

The standout feature of the service I have had working with Stewarts is Charlie Thompson’s ability to empathise with me and understanding the human nature of the grievance I am going through. He has been willing to listen and work together to plan my strategy. Charlie has been someone I find to be honest, communicating good and/or bad news as quickly as possible, and with sensitivity. This makes him a trusted adviser.’

International arbitration Tier 5

Stewarts Law LLP's 'fantastic international arbitration team' is a preferred choice for specialist international arbitration conflict referral work; it also has notable strength in matters involving Africa, where the practice's expertise includes disputes in the energy, oil and gas, power, shipping and telecoms sectors. The group is also experienced in acting for states. Philippa Charles oversees the growth of the international arbitration team, which includes the 'exceptional' Daniel Wilmot and Veronica Connolly, the team’s leading senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Philippa Charles

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Wilmot; Veronica Connolly

Testimonials

Very focused team with excellent communication skills – they are my favourite team of solicitors to work with, as they are well prepared, focused and strategic.

They have been brilliant with the client – a fantastic international arbitration team that deserves a stellar reputation in the market.

Although smaller than some of the bigger more well-known IA teams in the City, I would always recommend Stewarts to my clients, as they are a dedicated, bright team that offers much better value for money to clients than some of the bigger teams elsewhere.

Stewarts is a tight-knit and nimble legal team. I have been impressed with how focused they are on both the client’s needs and providing top-quality legal services at good value.

Stewarts’ approach was practical and innovative in relation to sharing views, reviewing documents, obtaining witness statements, and developing defence strategies.

Philippa Charles is very bright, hardworking and sensible.

Daniel Wilmot has been exceptional! He is always ready to provide practical and intelligent solutions to problems, and he has great advocacy skills.

Daniel Wilmot is excellent and an absolute pleasure to work with. He is the perfect combination of very intelligent and practical – completely on top of the detail of the case and really effective with both team and client management.

Key clients

Republic of India

Professional negligence Tier 5

Stewarts Law LLP 's practice focuses on advising claimants on tax-related professional negligence matters, with the lawyers sitting within the tax litigation team.  The team is able to call on the technical tax knowledge of former HMRC lawyers, big four tax litigators and a former tax inspector. David Pickstone leads the team, which regularly finds itself working against some of the large defendant law firms.

Practice head(s):

David Pickstone

Other key lawyers:

Lee Ellis; Darren Kidd; James Le Gallais

Testimonials

‘The team has an impressive and deserved reputation for dealing with commercial professional negligence matters against a range of professionals, including counsel, solicitors and IFAs. It has great strength in depth with talented individuals at all levels of seniority which enables effective teams to be put together and deployed as necessary.’

‘The in-depth experience of partners in the Tax Litigation Practice enables them to provide great insight in dealing with disputes with HMRC and and handling negligence claims against financial advisers and institutions. This results in the highest quality legal advice but what is particularly valuable is their tactical and strategic advice. The Practice has good strength in depth with a number of heavyweight partners and high quality Associates. Client communication and and responsiveness is excellent, and they are very skilled in handling group litigation claims.’

‘Excellent knowledge of a complex area of law. They provided a detailed analysis of the strengths and weakness of our case, reassuring us that their willingness to proceed was based on merit not fee generation.’

‘James Le Gallais is impressively clear in his laying out of the issues, both in structuring the case and in case-management matters (an important aspect, particularly in class actions with many claimants having different fact patterns to their individual claims).’

‘David Pickstone is hugely experienced in tax litigation and has been involved in some of the most high profile recent and current large group tax litigation claims against professional advisers. Very astute but also very personable and a pleasure to work with, providing great re-assurance if you are an individual involved in complex litigation. Great tactical and strategic insight.’

‘I have worked with James Le Gallais on a tricky litigation matter and he has been ahead of the curve throughout. He has been good at keeping me and the client informed during the process.’

‘David Pickstone is a senior partner with specialist tax expertise and Darren Kidd is a highly experienced litigator.’

Key clients

The Scotts Atlantic Group Action

The Ingenious Litigation

Neil Blair & The Blair Partnership

John Jaekel

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5

Stewarts Law LLP is experienced at representing clients in fraud, tax evasion and bribery investigations, either conducted by UK authorities or internal. The group often acts in conjunction with specialists from other departments, such as employment, tax, and commercial litigation. Practice head David Savage is recommended for his ‘perfect blend of expertise, engagement and energy’. Former department lead Richard Kovalevsky QC departed to Cohen & Gresser LLP (UK) LLP in September 2020.

Practice head(s):

David Savage

Testimonials

‘A progressive and forward-thinking team, with extraordinary talent and very well led by David Savage. They do not just pay lip-service to equality and diversity but actively embrace it.’

‘David Savage heads up the financial crime team at Stewarts and has extensive experience in financial crime matters including orchestrating significant internal investigations and dealing with economic sanctions matters both on an advisory and contentious basis.’

‘David Savage is a brilliant attorney. We worked with him on a complicated matter involving the United States Department of Justice, and he provided extremely good advice about international exposure and was an extremely pleasant person to work with.’

‘David Savage exudes a perfect blend of expertise, engagement and energy. He speaks the same language as his clients and instills confidence and calm when dealing with highly stressful experiences. He is my go-to financial crime expert in London.’

‘David Savage is a vibrant lawyer with a great energy. He is able to maintain focus and control over large-scale investigations but at the same time is not restrained by convention. Although a new partner in this field, his expertise and approach are seasoned.’

Key clients

KBR

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 6

Stewarts Law LLP’s team has seen notable change, following the departure of former practice head Richard Kovalevsky QC to Cohen & Gresser (UK) LLP in November 2020. ‘Brilliant attorneyDavid Savage now leads the department; he is well-versed in financial crime matters, drawing on a wealth of experience gained as a sanctions officer in a private bank. The team represents senior executives and high-net-worth individuals in complex fraud, sanctions and asset recovery matters. It also acts on a multi-disciplinary basis alongside the firm’s civil fraud, tax litigation, media disputes and employment specialists.

Practice head(s):

David Savage

Other key lawyers:

Pia Mithani; Karen Hutchinson

Testimonials

‘David Savage is a brilliant attorney. We worked with him on a complicated foreign exchange matter involving the US Department of Justice, and he provided extremely good advice about international exposure for our client and was an extremely pleasant person to work with.’  

‘Stewarts provide specialist legal advice in the area of complex crime and fraud so they are specialist by nature. You need that on complex litigation cases which are multi-jurisdictional and multi-faceted.’

‘A very friendly and highly skilled team, well led by David Savage. The team is well resourced to handle SFO, FCA, CMA and HMRC investigations. They have a wealth of experience in AML and ABC matters, as well as internal investigations. The team is very collegial when working with counsel.’

‘The team at Stewarts, although relatively new to the market, have quickly established themselves and their reputation in order to compete with longstanding firms in this area. They are dynamic and approachable. Due to the extent of the wider firm’s practice, they are able to offer a multi-specialism service to clients.’

‘David Savage is the main person that I have direct experience of in this area. He is a vibrant lawyer with a great energy which clients like. He is always willing to discuss matters and try alternative approaches to legal problems.’

Travel

Stewarts Law LLP ‘dominates the field’ of travel and personal injury law; its recent caseload includes cases relating to a number of incidents that have attracted news attention across the globe, including the crash of Ethopian Airlines flight 302 in 2019 and the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014. Julian Chamberlayne heads the team and is a leading name in catastrophic injury and fatality claims, particularly in relation to aviation incidents or casualties involving high-profile individuals. Aviation is also a focal point of Sarah Stewart, who has advised on claims involving Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the US. Scott Rigby is another key name and is particularly prominent in advising on cases concerning the Rome II Regulation. Other key contacts in the sizeable team include Christopher Deacon and associate Rebecca Huxford.

Practice head(s):

Julian Chamberlayne

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Stewart; Scott Rigby; Christopher Deacon; Rebecca Huxford; Peter Neenan

Testimonials

‘Stewarts are outstanding, from partners in the firm down to the paralegal team. Nothing is too much, and they will go out of their way to help and put your mind at rest.’

‘Julian Chamberlayne’s determination in our case is faultless. Rebecca Huxford has followed in his footsteps: her knowledge is immense and her attention to detail amazing.’

‘Stewarts provides a unique service to its clients, with first-class legal advice and representation. Stewarts is the best claimant law firm in the UK for complex personal injury travel litigation cases.’

‘This team is right at the head of its market. If you suffer an injury abroad or are injured in an incident with a foreign angle, there is no better team of UK lawyers you could hire to represent you. This well-resourced and experienced team brings deep legal knowledge and well-honed litigation skills to the field.’

‘Julian Chamberlayne leads from the front. His clients can have confidence that they have the best lawyer in the field. His team of Scott Rigby, Chris Deacon and Becky Huxford have all the skills required to run a high-value personal injury claim effectively.’

‘They have the experience of running foreign claims and the relationships to ensure their clients’ interests are best served during the rehabilitation phase and the litigation phase. They have access to the highest quality experts and counsel.’

‘It is an incredibly warm and caring team, from the receptionists to the paralegals and solicitors. They provided a personalised service that made me feel like an individual and not a billable item. They also kept me informed of the ongoing costs of the litigation by sending six-monthly case plan and costs updates which were very helpful indeed.’

‘Peter Neenan is an excellent lawyer with a background in physics – it’s the latter knowledge that helps Stewarts understand and fight the technical aspects of the aviation claims. Sarah Stewart is also an excellent lawyer, with significant experience and expertise in fatal accident and catastrophic personal injury claims.’

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

As 'a go-to firm for tricky litigation', Stewarts Law LLP is particularly strong for corporate and commercial disputes, fraud and corruption investigations and litigation, cartel damages claims and IT and financial services disputes. Practice head Mo Bhaskaran is highlighted for his expertise in fraud disputes, while Kate Pollock attracts praise for her 'razor-sharp tactical instincts' in a range of matters including breach of competition damages claims. Technology disputes expert Martin Walsh, Nick Haworth and senior associate Ed Holmes (who joined from Addleshaw Goddard  and has experience acting for public sector clients in civil fraud disputes) are other names to note. Jonathan Sinclair retired.

Practice head(s):

Mo Bhaskaran

Other key lawyers:

Kate Pollock; Martin Walsh; Nick Haworth; Ed Holmes

Testimonials

‘The Stewarts Dispute Litigation Team in Leeds is an exceptional team. It would compete with any top-rated London litigation team.’

‘Mo Bhaskaran – lead partner. he is very organised, tenacious, clear-sighted and determined. He is running a substantial team of solicitors, supported by counsel, forensic accountants, foreign experts, liaising with teams of lawyers cross-border, which he does with drive, vision and excellent judgment. Martin Walsh – Martin has overseen some of the main workflows on the case over the past year. He is excellent – equally determined, he is a fine lawyer, an excellent drafter and has admirable litigation sense. Other individuals who have been closely involved are Nick Haworth and Ed Holmes.’

‘The Stewarts team are first-rate in the litigation department. They are technically excellent, commercial and responsive at all times. Very solution-orientated and prepared to get stuck in to find the best possible solutions that are both practical and commercial.’

‘Nick Haworth and Mo Baskaran are terrific partners at the firm. Both incredibly knowledgeable about follow-on damages claims – responsive and very client focused.’

‘Very professional, well-organised litigation specialists. A ‘go to’ firm for tricky litigation.’

‘Kate Pollock is excellent.’

‘The team has unparalleled energy and cohesion under the leadership of Kate Pollock. It has dynamism, friendliness and meticulous attention to detail. The team always produces work products very promptly and of very high quality.’

‘The stand-out team member is Kate Pollock. She combines approachability and empathy with razor sharp tactical instincts and litigation judgment.’

Key clients

Marks & Spencer

Public Institution for Social Security, Kuwait

iiyama UK Limited

Asda Group Limited

Wm Morrison plc

Home Retail Group plc

Card Factory plc

LafargeHolcim Limited

Gemalto NV and others

Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

'Fantastic negotiator' Adrian Clossick leads the divorce and family offering at Stewarts Law LLP in Leeds. Acting exclusively on high value disputes, the team's expertise covers issues relating to foreign assets in divorce, trust structures and multijurisdictional tax work. In addition, the firm has a strong track record in matters pertaining to childcare arrangements, financial protection for cohabiting couples and the complexities of privacy rights. Associate Sarah Harvey is known for her 'sharp intellect'.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Clossick

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Harvey

Testimonials

‘Quick to grasp issues arising from complex trust issues in divorce proceedings and incisive and robust advice resulting in satisfactory outcome with full protection of trust assets. Immediate attention and access on all occasions with very thorough and methodical approach to disclosure requirements and presentation of information. ’

‘Adrian Clossick and Sarah Harvey were wise, patient and thorough in my case. I valued their insight and compassion, although this never took their focus away from the salient matters to be dealt with.’

‘I found the firm to be, in a word, brilliant. Their case management was superb, their legal analysis first rate, and the overall service that they provided to the client absolutely impeccable. ’

‘Adrian Clossick is a brilliant lawyer and strategist and an absolute joy to work with. He’s very clever, a fantastic negotiator, and has excellent judgement.

‘Stewarts undoubtedly boasts one of the most enviable matrimonial finance teams in Leeds, with solicitors of the highest quality, across the team, from to to bottom. Their reputation and standing in the market place continues to go from strength to strength, and they provide their clients (typically at or towards the top end of the market) an outstanding service.

‘Adrian Clossick has a wealth of experience in dealing with cases of the highest value and complexity, few in the region can match his track record. He is ably assisted by Sarah Harvey. Wise beyond her years with a sharp intellect and a steely determination to do her best for her clients.’

‘I see the family team at Stewarts as operating at the top end of their sector. Their clear strength is an ability to advise clients on technical, complex high net worth matrimonial proceedings. They provide excellent quality advice and have an ability to communicate to clients clearly and sensitively, as well as to collaborate with other professionals and experts as needed to provide joined-up advice. I believe the team has grown in numbers which is testament to the work it attracts.’

‘Adrian Clossick is the partner I have dealt with predominantly. He understands clients’ circumstances and needs swiftly and also complex legal points. Clients trust him to provide clear, pragmatic and accurate advice. As a solicitor in private client law, I find Adrian excellent to work with collaboratively due to his grasp of the whole picture. I’ve also worked with Sarah Harvey in the last year and she is also efficient and personable and has provided excellent advice and service to mutual clients.’

Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

At Stewarts Law LLP, clinical negligence matters are overseen by the 'hugely experienced and tactically excellent' Frank Pinch ; the team is known for delivering 'a true Rolls-Royce service'. With a strong reputation for its work on spinal cord, brain damage and other serious matters, this department is known for securing early interim payments to support clients with their rehabilitative needs. 'Phenomenal' Leeds office head Daniel Herman leads the 'exceptionally able and talented' personal injury team, which handles a range of domestic and international cases concerning loss of limbs/amputation, severe burns, orthopaedic issues and neurological cases. Ben Townsend, Warren Maxwell, senior associates Amy Fielding, Gabrielle Ross, Anna Higham, Chris Smith and legal director Rebecca Hill are other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Frank Pinch; Daniel Herman

Other key lawyers:

Warren Maxwell; Amy Fielding; Gabrielle Ross; Rebecca Hill; Chris Smith; Anna Higham; Ben Townsend

Testimonials

‘The only PI firm in the country that truly provides a Rolls-Royce service to its clients. Led by the formidable Dan Herman, with outstanding support from his other partners – particularly Ben Townsend and Warren Maxwell.’

‘The team are excellent litigators.  They achieve top results for their clients and take them on the litigation journey with a human touch.’

‘Stewarts are unique in the claimant clinical negligence marketplace, only taking on cases of maximum severity. As a result of focusing on high end work only, all of their team are hugely experienced in dealing with complex cases and the fee earners are able to dedicate all their energy to a smaller caseload rather than being overrun.’

‘Amy Fielding lives, eats and breathes her cases. Anna Higham has a sharp mind combined with an accessible manner.’

‘Warren Maxwell is a most highly regarded partner. He has wide experience in involved high value PI claims. He works tirelessly for his clients. He has wonderful client care skills and achieves remarkable results.’

‘Dan Herman – a phenomenal litigator. Also a great leader of the Leeds office.’ ‘Ben Townsend is able to see the bigger picture in a case but also knows that the detail counts. Chris Smith’s easy manner and hard work, together with a great relationship with clients, makes him a popular choice with many.’

‘Frank Pinch – the consummate clinical negligence lawyer: hugely experienced; tactically excellent.’

‘Gabrielle Ross is outstanding – she has a vast knowledge of spinal injuries, so is very good at explaining what the different terminologies mean both in law and what apples to your specific spinal injury.’

‘Rebecca Hill is really good on the numbers and technical claims. Always has a real eye for the detail.’

Stewarts is a law firm like no other. Specialising in high-value and complex disputes, its track record of success has helped the firm become the UK’s leading litigation-only law firm.

The firm: Clients choose Stewarts for its legal excellence, specialist expertise and pioneering approach to complex litigation. The firm’s focus is always on success: achieving the best results for its clients around the world.

Types of work undertaken: Each specialist department has an international reputation for excellence.

Aviation litigation: one of the world’s leading aviation litigation teams, pursuing cases in both UK and overseas jurisdictions. Stewarts technical aviation expertise allows it to investigate the causes of air accidents. This drives the litigation strategy for each claim including the selection of defendants, jurisdiction and applicable law.

Clinical negligence: the team focuses exclusively on claims involving serious neurological injuries, in particular spinal cord and brain injury. The team’s legal expertise and willingness to push boundaries have enabled its clients to win record-breaking compensation awards.

Commercial litigation: this conflict-free team is known for acting against global banks and multinationals in high-value and complex disputes. Many of its cases are groundbreaking and involve the application of new and developing areas of the law. The firm has unrivalled experience in putting together innovative costs arrangements for clients, and expertise in co-ordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

Competition litigation: Stewarts acts in the most high-profile competition cases in the UK and Europe. The use of third-party funding, after-the-event insurance and risk-sharing fee agreements enable clients to manage risk and litigate from a position of financial strength.

Divorce and family: the pre-eminent divorce and family practice in the UK, the partners are regarded as the leading lights of the profession spearheading a department of unrivalled strength and depth advising on all aspects of family law. The team has particular expertise in unravelling complicated trusts, identifying assets held within companies and advising on complex tax issues.

Employment: this leading employment team is recognised for its cutting-edge work for senior executives and an excellent knowledge of how the City works. It advises on a full range of employment, partnership, LLP and shareholder issues with particular expertise advising on individual and team moves, whistleblowing and discrimination claims.

Financial crime: the team advise and represent individuals and corporates. They have in-depth experience of potential and actual criminal exposure and deal with all aspects of bribery, corruption, fraud, asset recovery, tax evasion, money laundering and the manipulation of financial markets.

Fraud: We act for governments, sovereign wealth funds, corporates and individuals in fraud and asset tracing claims. Our lawyers have acted in some of the largest global fraud investigations. We are free from conflict and pursue investigations against the world’s largest banks and financial institutions.

Insolvency and Asset recovery: We are a leading team of contentious insolvency and asset recovery specialists. We act for officeholders and other stakeholders including lenders, directors, shareholders and investors.

International arbitration: this dynamic team has extensive experience of arbitration cases seated in London and other arbitral centres around the world. As a conflict-free practice, Stewarts is trusted by major City, US and other international law firms to act for their clients when they are unable to do so.

International injury: Stewarts pursues cases both in the UK courts and in overseas jurisdictions, when necessary calling on strategic alliances with law firms around the world. The firm has been involved in many of the leading cases that have shaped the law in this fast-changing area, enabling its clients to win record-breaking compensation awards.

Media disputes: We are a specialist UK-based media litigation team that acts in high-value, complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Our team can help resolve any kind of media, communications, intellectual property, data, or privacy dispute. We deal with matters in the UK courts and before UK regulators

Personal injury: the team focuses exclusively on claims involving serious neurological injuries, in particular spinal cord and brain injury. The team’s legal expertise and willingness to push boundaries have enabled its clients to win record-breaking compensation awards.

Securities litigation: the team acts in some of the most high-profile securities litigation cases in the UK, to recover compensation for shareholders’ losses brought about by corporate wrongdoing. The team has the depth and expertise to conduct heavyweight securities litigation. As it is conflict-free, the firm is one of a few with the experience and ability to litigate against the large listed companies and financial institutions on behalf of clients.

Tax litigation and investigations: this specialist tax litigation team advises on tax disputes with HMRC and on tax-related commercial litigation. The firm’s lawyers have acted in many of the most recent high-profile cases brought before tax tribunals. Advice extends beyond legal analysis to address practical, commercial and strategic issues.

Trusts and probate litigation: the team advises on complex, large-scale and often high-profile disputes in the UK and other jurisdictions, including both onshore and offshore trust litigation, and domestic and international probate disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner John Cahill jcahill@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7822 8062
Aviation and international injury Julian Chamberlayne jchamberlayne@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7822 8034
Clinical negligence Muiris Lyons mlyons@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7822 8095
Commercial litigation Clive Zietman czietman@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7822 8075
Competition litigation Kate Pollock kpollock@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7936 8086
Divorce and family Stephen Foster sfoster@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7822 8020
Employment Joseph Lappin jlappin@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7936 8170
Fraud Mo Bhaskaran mbhaskaran@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 113 394 9486
International arbitration Philippa Charles pcharles@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7936 8127
Media disputes Emily Cox ecox@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7903 7953
Securities litigation Keith Thomas kthomas@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7822 8177
Personal injury Paul Paxton ppaxton@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7822 8033
Tax litigation and investigations David Pickstone dpickstone@stewartslaw.com +44(0) 20 7936 8178
Trust and probate litigation James Price jprice@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7936 8090
Leeds office Daniel Herman dherman@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 113 222 0023
Business development Stuart Dench
Financial crime David Savage dsavage@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 20 7903 7904
Photo Name Position Profile
 Toby Atkinson  photo Toby Atkinson Partner  Toby advises clients in relation to a broad range of family…
 John Cahill  photo John Cahill Managing Partner Expertise John is frequently described as the ‘architect’ of the…
 Stuart Carson  photo Stuart Carson Partner with Competition Litigation department. Stuart specialises in complex and high-value competition…
 Julian Chamberlayne  photo Julian Chamberlayne Partner and Head of the International Injury department, handling a mix of…
 Philippa Charles  photo Philippa Charles Partner and Head of the International Arbitration.  Philippa specialises in complex and…
 Debbie Chism  photo Debbie Chism Partner in the Divorce and Family department.  Debbie’s leading national reputation in…
 Stephanie Clarke  photo Stephanie Clarke Partner in the Personal Injury department.  Stephanie has extensive knowledge and a…
 Victor Cramer  photo Victor Cramer Partner Victor is a specialist in VAT and indirect taxation, as well…
 Christopher Deacon photo Christopher Deacon Partner Chris is a specialist international injury lawyer who throughout his career…
 Stuart Dench  photo Stuart Dench Partner and Head of Business Development and Marketing Stuart has been the…
 Andrew Dinsmore  photo Andrew Dinsmore Partner in the Personal Injury department.  For over 20 years, Andrew has…
 Robert Dransfield  photo Robert Dransfield Partner in the Clinical Negligence department.  Robert specialises in complex and high-value clinical…
 Charles Edwards  photo Charles Edwards Partner in the Personal Injury department.  Charles is a very experienced, collaborative…
 Inge Forster  photo Inge Forster Partner in the Competition Litigation department. Inge specialises in competition litigation damages…
 Nichola Fosler  photo Nichola Fosler Partner in the Personal Injury department.  Nichola specialises in serious injury claims…
 Stephen Foster  photo Stephen Foster Head of Divorce and Damily department. Stephen is very adept at dealing…
 Ian Gatt  photo Ian Gatt Partner Ian is an experienced advocate and commercial litigator with more than…
 Fiona Gillett  photo Fiona Gillett Partner in the Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation departments.  Fiona specialises in…
 Emma Hatley  photo Emma Hatley Partner in the Divorce and Family department.  Praised in the legal directories…
 Richard Hogwood  photo Richard Hogwood Partner in the Divorce and Family department. Richard focuses particularly on negotiating…
 David Hughes  photo David Hughes Partner David’s experience includes advising clients on asset recoveries, enforcement proceedings, funds…
 Matthew Humphries  photo Matthew Humphries Partner in the Divorce and Family department. Matthew’s particular expertise is resolving complex…
 Laura Jenkins  photo Laura Jenkins Partner Described by counsel as a very talented solicitor with a stellar…
 Marc Jones  photo Marc Jones Partner in the Commercial Litigation department. Marc specialises in high-value commercial and…
 Geoff Kertesz  photo Geoff Kertesz Partner in Trust and Probate department
 Carly Kinch  photo Carly Kinch Partner Carly has significant experience with all aspects of family law but…
 Nick Knowles  photo Nick Knowles Partner in the Clinical Negligence department. Nick has enormous experience in handling…
 Sam Longworth  photo Sam Longworth Partner in the Divorce and Family department.  Sam is a leading lawyer…
 Muiris Lyons  photo Muiris Lyons Partner and Head of the Clinical Negligence department. Muiris is ranked as one…
 Peter Neenan  photo Peter Neenan Partner in the Aviation department.  Peter is a dual qualified English solicitor…
 Paul Paxton  photo Paul Paxton Partner and Head of Personal Injury department. Paul specialises in complex and…
 David Pickstone  photo David Pickstone Partner and Head of the Tax Litigation department. David specialises in complex tax…
 James Price  photo James Price Partner and Head of the Trusts and Probate Litigation department. James specialises…
 Peregrine Redgrave  photo Peregrine Redgrave Partner Peregrine specialises in representing claimants in catastrophic injury claims involving traumatic…
 Scott Rigby  photo Scott Rigby Partner in the International Injury department.  Scott specialises in acting for clients…
 Lucy Robinson  photo Lucy Robinson Partner in the Personal Injury department.  Lucy represents claimants only, most of…
 Ben Rogers  photo Ben Rogers Partner in the Personal Injury department. Ben specialises in acting for claimants in…
 Clare Salmon  photo Clare Salmon Partner in the personal injury department. Clare is recognised in legal directories…
 David Savage photo David Savage Partner and Head of Financial Crime David has extensive private practice and…
 Rebecca Smith  photo Rebecca Smith Senior Associate  Rebecca is a highly experienced aviation lawyer, specialising in complex…
 Sarah Stewart  photo Sarah Stewart Partner in the Aviation department.  Sarah specialises in aviation related disputes resulting…
 Tim Symes  photo Tim Symes Tim is an expert in contentious insolvency litigation encompassing director fraud and…
 Keith Thomas  photo Keith Thomas Head of the Securities Litigation department.  Keith focuses on complex and high-value…
 Sean Upson  photo Sean Upson Partner in the Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation departments.   Sean specialises in…
 Martin Walsh  photo Martin Walsh Partner Martin advises private sector clients in the technology, finance and manufacturing…
 Lucy Ward  photo Lucy Ward Partner Lucy specialises in banking and financial services litigation and has particular…
 Helen Ward  photo Helen Ward Partner in the Divorce and Family department. Helen approaches each case with…
 Daniel Wilmot photo Daniel Wilmot Partner Dan is a disputes specialist with a track record of strategically…
 Clive Zietman  photo Clive Zietman Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation Clive leads the Commercial Litigation team…
Number of UK partners : 70
Number of other UK fee-earners : 198

Stewarts is a law firm like no other. Specialising in high-value and complex disputes, its track record of success has helped the firm become the UK’s leading litigation-only law firm.

The firm: Clients choose Stewarts for its legal excellence, specialist expertise and pioneering approach to complex litigation. The firm’s focus is always on success: achieving the best results for its clients around the world.

Types of work undertaken: Each specialist department has an international reputation for excellence.

Aviation litigation: one of the world’s leading aviation litigation teams, pursuing cases in both UK and overseas jurisdictions. Stewarts technical aviation expertise allows it to investigate the causes of air accidents. This drives the litigation strategy for each claim including the selection of defendants, jurisdiction and applicable law.

Clinical negligence: the team focuses exclusively on claims involving serious neurological injuries, in particular spinal cord and brain injury. The team’s legal expertise and willingness to push boundaries have enabled its clients to win record-breaking compensation awards.

Commercial litigation: this conflict-free team is known for acting against global banks and multinationals in high-value and complex disputes. Many of its cases are groundbreaking and involve the application of new and developing areas of the law. The firm has unrivalled experience in putting together innovative costs arrangements for clients, and expertise in co-ordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

Competition litigation: Stewarts acts in the most high-profile competition cases in the UK and Europe. The use of third-party funding, after-the-event insurance and risk-sharing fee agreements enable clients to manage risk and litigate from a position of financial strength.

Divorce and family: the pre-eminent divorce and family practice in the UK, the partners are regarded as the leading lights of the profession spearheading a department of unrivalled strength and depth advising on all aspects of family law. The team has particular expertise in unravelling complicated trusts, identifying assets held within companies and advising on complex tax issues.

Employment: this leading employment team is recognised for its cutting-edge work for senior executives and an excellent knowledge of how the City works. It advises on a full range of employment, partnership, LLP and shareholder issues with particular expertise advising on individual and team moves, whistleblowing and discrimination claims.

Financial crime: the team advise and represent individuals and corporates. They have in-depth experience of potential and actual criminal exposure and deal with all aspects of bribery, corruption, fraud, asset recovery, tax evasion, money laundering and the manipulation of financial markets.

Fraud: We act for governments, sovereign wealth funds, corporates and individuals in fraud and asset tracing claims. Our lawyers have acted in some of the largest global fraud investigations. We are free from conflict and pursue investigations against the world’s largest banks and financial institutions.

Insolvency and Asset recovery: We are a leading team of contentious insolvency and asset recovery specialists. We act for officeholders and other stakeholders including lenders, directors, shareholders and investors.

International arbitration: this dynamic team has extensive experience of arbitration cases seated in London and other arbitral centres around the world. As a conflict-free practice, Stewarts is trusted by major City, US and other international law firms to act for their clients when they are unable to do so.

International injury: Stewarts pursues cases both in the UK courts and in overseas jurisdictions, when necessary calling on strategic alliances with law firms around the world. The firm has been involved in many of the leading cases that have shaped the law in this fast-changing area, enabling its clients to win record-breaking compensation awards.

Media disputes: We are a specialist UK-based media litigation team that acts in high-value, complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Our team can help resolve any kind of media, communications, intellectual property, data, or privacy dispute. We deal with matters in the UK courts and before UK regulators

Personal injury: the team focuses exclusively on claims involving serious neurological injuries, in particular spinal cord and brain injury. The team’s legal expertise and willingness to push boundaries have enabled its clients to win record-breaking compensation awards.

Securities litigation: the team acts in some of the most high-profile securities litigation cases in the UK, to recover compensation for shareholders’ losses brought about by corporate wrongdoing. The team has the depth and expertise to conduct heavyweight securities litigation. As it is conflict-free, the firm is one of a few with the experience and ability to litigate against the large listed companies and financial institutions on behalf of clients.

Tax litigation and investigations: this specialist tax litigation team advises on tax disputes with HMRC and on tax-related commercial litigation. The firm’s lawyers have acted in many of the most recent high-profile cases brought before tax tribunals. Advice extends beyond legal analysis to address practical, commercial and strategic issues.

Trusts and probate litigation: the team advises on complex, large-scale and often high-profile disputes in the UK and other jurisdictions, including both onshore and offshore trust litigation, and domestic and international probate disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Head of Leeds Office and Personal Injury Daniel Herman dherman@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 113 222 0023
Head of Commercial Litigation Leeds Mo Bhaskaran mbhaskaran@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 113 222 0022
Head of Competition Litigation Kate Pollock kpollock@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 113 222 0022
Head of Divorce and Family Leeds Adrian Clossick aclossick@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 113 222 0022
Head of Clinical Negligence Leeds Frank Pinch fpinch@stewartslaw.com +44 (0) 113 222 0022
UK Partners : 74
UK Fee Earners : 198

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