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Stewarts Law LLP

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The clinical negligence team at Stewarts Law LLP acts solely in the highest value cases, where the likely damages will be in excess of £1m, resulting in a workload comprising catastrophic or maximum severity injury and fatal claims. The practice is headed by Muiris Lyons, who recently took the lead in establishing the firm's sports specific injury department. Spinal injury claims remain a key area of focus for the team, along with cases involving failures in mental health care, such as absconding and attempted suicides, leading to catastrophic injury. Alexandra Bennett is a contact to note for paediatric cases, and also handles matters involving failures to diagnose and treat military tuberculosis.

Family Tier 1

Stephen Foster heads the sizeable practice at Stewarts Law LLP; he 'leads the team impeccably and is a great strategist - you want him on your side for the big-ticket divorces'. The team, which is 'bursting with top-flight litigators of every persuasion', is able to handle a large number of high-value cases due to the real strength and depth throughout its ranks. It has built up a wealth of experience in complex, high-value and often international work, with many of its cases involving assets in excess of £500m and several running into the billions. It has also been involved in several significant reported cases recently. The 'highly strategicHelen Ward is another key member of the team, while the 'intelligent, experienced and impressiveEmma Hatley receives a lot of plaudits and Debbie Chism is also recommended. Associate Lewis Powers joined the team from Josiah-Lake Gardiner Solicitors in May 2020.

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Helen Ward is the standout family lawyer of her generation. In any contested family situation she must be on your client’s side. I am increasingly impressed by Emma Hatley. She is an authoritative performer and is clearly Helen’s successor as the standout family lawyer of her generation. She has a great way of finding consensus’

‘In particular since Stephen Foster has been leading at Stewarts Law, I have noted only the most exceptional client service grounded in commercial common sense, whilst maintaining the human and personal angle high up the agenda. For someone who leads such a large and high-profile team, it is a little known fact that Stephen is often heavily involved at the coal face for his clients and this is a particular strength of him and the partner team

There is a team of highly skilled partners as leaders. Leadership is strong, and teamwork is excellent. The sharp focus of the minds of Sam Longworth, Emma Hatley and Toby Atkinson is refreshing, making it a joy to work with those individuals

Richard Hogwood is always on top of every detail – everything is considered and done before anyone has asked. A brilliant team player

‘Emma Hatley is hugely experienced, tough but calm

Emma Hatley is outstanding: she is pragmatic, goal oriented, focused, creative, constructive, intelligent and experienced. Richard Hogwood is calm, competent and constructive

‘Emma Hatley is just so elegant in the way she runs her cases, what points to put forward, and how to win a case. She does not score unnecessary points

‘Debbie Chism is a fabulous lawyer. She is hugely supportive of her clients and endlessly good humoured

Key clients

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP is 'the absolute market leader for high-value personal injury claims', acting solely for catastrophically injured claimants who have typically suffered severe brain or spinal damage. Members of the 'unrivalled team' are known both for their 'legal and medical knowledge and for their level of client care'. Practice head Paul Paxton is 'masterful' in his handling of cases, and is acting for a post-amputation client in the high profile Alton Towers settlement. Ben Rogers, who is a specialist in obtaining provisions of exoskeletons for clients, exemplifies the firm's commitment to rehabilitation measures. Charles Edwards handles claims arising from both road traffic accidents and injuries sustained in the workplace.

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The firm is an absolute market leader for high-value personal injury claims.

They have an unrivalled team, all capable of handling complicated catastrophic injury claims.

Its reputation is unrivalled.

The partners can be regarded as amongst the very best personal injury solicitors practising in the country, both for legal and medical knowledge and for level of client care.

Paul Paxton is charismatic, masterful and has a wonderful turn of phrase.

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Litigation-only firm Stewarts Law LLP is known for bringing claims against major banks and financial institutions, including complex securities litigation. According to clients, the group 'punches far above its weight in terms of quality of services and the talent it attracts in partners', as well as attracting praise for its 'strong brand and great value for money'. The 'commercially-minded' Clive Zietman leads the practice, which fields Sean Upson (who is 'a brilliant mind and a great litigator'), Keith Thomas, David Hughes, Paul Brehony and Fiona Gillett  and Marc Jones, who are both 'able to grasp the technical aspects of the case quickly'. Other names to note include junior partners Elaina Bailes, Lucy Ward and Laura Jenkins and senior associate Joe Mitchell.

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A magnificent practice. Especially in the field of complex securities litigation.’

‘Their market placement and focus on litigation make them extremely attractive for anyone who wants to do focused banking, civil fraud and commercial disputes. In spite of not having the numbers of the largest City firms, Stewarts punch far above their weight in terms of quality of services and the talent they attract in their partners. A strong brand and great value for money when comparing the competitive rates to the high quality of output.

The number one firm in the UK for making claims against banks. They are fearless, resourceful, clever and imaginative. Happy to take on any of the magic circle firms, and often run rings round them. They are a match for anyone.

I recommend Clive Zietman, Keith Thomas, Lucy Ward: for all-round excellence, and a genuinely supportive and collegiate spirit. They are happy in their work, and it shows.

Sean Upson is one of the finest solicitors specialising in banking litigation. A brilliant mind and a great litigator. Laura Jenkins pays excellent attention to detail and is thorough. A brilliant legal mind

Paul Brehony is charming, well organised and a pleasure to litigate with’

Clive Zietman is commercially-minded, and is able to understand the needs and preferences of a business and make recommendations accordingly. He keeps the big picture in mind and works to achieve a satisfactory outcome for the client, whether through the court system or otherwise.

Fiona Gillett and Marc Jones are able to grasp the technical aspects of the case quickly’

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Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

Litigation-only firm Stewarts Law LLP stands out for its 'fearless, intelligent, tactical' approach to bringing claims, including class actions and group litigation, against large corporates and financial institutions. Described as 'a Rottweiler of a litigator', practice head Clive Zietman has expertise across fraud, insurance, banking and professional negligence claims; Sean Upson has 'fantastic eye for detail' in financial services and fraud litigation while Ian Gatt QC adds a breadth of experience in disputes across the UK, Middle East and Asia. The group has strong securities litigation expertise, for which the 'innovative and unflappable' Fiona Gillett and Laura Jenkins are key contacts, while Marc Jones and Elaina Bailes are other names to note for fraud and asset tracing matters.

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A first-class team capable of taking on any opponent however grand. Fearless, intelligent, tactical – one of the best places to go to have your case presented in the best possible way.

Stewarts are a law firm who have raised their game over recent years. They are involved in many high profile case. They are user friendly and efficient. Clients like their drive and the quality of their work. They are one of the leading firms in London.’

Sean Upson – one of the best lawyers I have worked with anywhere. Fantastic eye for detail. Really gets stuck in.

‘As an experienced banking litigator, Clive Zietman is quick to pick up on the key issues of the dispute. He is commercially-minded and able to understand the needs and preferences of a business and make recommendations accordingly. Clive keeps the big picture in mind and works to achieve a satisfactory outcome for the client, whether through the court system or otherwise.’

Clive Zietman has built up the Stewarts Law commercial litigation team into a formidable outfit. He is determined, shrewd, a strategic thinker and a winner. He’s a Rottweiler of a litigator and cannot be shaken off  while also knowing  exactly when the right time is to pull back. Straightforward speaker, inspiring extreme confidence in all around him.’

‘Marc Jones relishes the battle and leaves no stone unturned; but is also capable of a cool analytical assessment of the strengths and weakness of a claim. Clients love him.’

Fiona Gillett – partner – innovative and unflappable. A joy to work with.

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

The joint liquidators of a Luxembourg holding company of major European mobile telecommunications provider Hellas

Lands Company Limited

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



Republic of Kazakhstan

National Bank of Kazakhstan

Kestrel Coal Midco Pty

Competition litigation Tier 2

Praised for its ‘excellent judgement’, Stewarts Law LLP's team has established itself as a go-to adviser for claimants in the UK and across Europe. It is highly sought out by large corporations seeking compensation for losses incurred as a result of cartel activities or abuses of a dominant position. Of recent note, the team is noted for its successful appearance before the Supreme Court, where it defended a prior decision by the Court of Appeal in favour of its multiple retailer clients as part of their interchange fee dispute with Visa and MasterCard. Kate Pollock heads up the team, which also includes Inge Forster and Stuart Carson.

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A vibrant and cohesive team which covers all the bases and shows excellent judgement.

Market-leading claimant lawyers, highly commercial and excellent at achieving quality results for the client.

Stewarts’ competition team is at the leading edge of claimant damages actions. The team members acted for a large group of retailer claimants in the interchange fee litigation. Those clients are each other’s competitors, but Stewarts navigated them together through two High Court trials, a lengthy resoundingly successful appeal in the Court of Appeal, and a fierce Supreme Court battle. They are passionate about what they do, always on top of everything, and an excellent group of people to work with.

Stewarts is a really valuable player in the claimant competition litigation market. The team’s boutique litigation expertise is well-placed to be applied in the cartel damages context.  In my experience, Stewarts’ lawyers are extremely strong litigators. They are always focused on the client’s ultimate commercial aim and think strategically about how to use litigation tactics to achieve that aim.

Kate Pollock is a fabulously energetic team leader, hugely commercial, with excellent personal skills.

Kate Pollock combines exceptional intellect, tremendous strategic insight and constant good humour.

Inge Forster works incredibly hard and knows her way around knotty procedural issues like the back of her hand.

Inge Forster is extremely impressive. She is highly responsive and engaged with the detail of the case. Inge has wide-ranging experience of competition litigation, which means that she is strong on procedural and practical matters, such as positioning for disclosure and other pre-trial stages.

Key clients

Asda Stores /  Home Retail Group / Wm Morrison Supermarkets



iiyama Corporation

Ingram Micro

Vattenfall AB

Marks & Spencer

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Stewarts Law LLP's team focuses predominantly on multijurisdictional civil fraud cases, with an emphasis on disputes concerning financial products and financial institutions. Mo Bhaskaran advises corporates and governments on major fraud investigations and asset recoveries. David Hughes acts for governments, sovereign funds and institutional clients in a wide range of cases, including financial product litigation. Clive Zietman has over 30 years of experience of commercial litigation and a notable track record in major corporate scandals, including the Guinness and Maxwell trials. The firm is currently representing 9 of the 100 defendants in a £1.6bn fraud claim brought by the Danish tax authority relating to withholding tax reclaims made by various entities and paid out by the claimant between 2012 and 2015. Partner Ryan Dunleavy joined the firm from DMG Media Group in January 2019.

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‘Stewarts Law have been a key law firm for us for many years. Their market placement and focus on litigation make them extremely attractive for anyone who wants to do focused banking/civil fraud/commercial disputes.’

‘In spite of not having the numbers of the largest City firms, Stewarts punch far above their weight in terms of quality of services and the talent they attract.’ 

‘Stewarts have the ability to attract a variety of interesting work and to staff matters appropriately.’ 

‘Partners provide excellent strategic insight. They are also excellent organisationally, and genuinely nice people who are great to work with.’

‘I’ve been particularly impressed by the understanding of the subject matter displayed by both partners and senior associates at the firm, not to mention their hard work and drive, and their client management skills.’

‘Alex Jay is a key player in international fraud. Completely unflappable, marshals his team and liaises very well with counsel and the expert investigators.’

Key clients

Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (“RAKIA”)

Ingenious Litigation

Kaupthing Bank hf –v- Deutsche Bank

Grant Thornton BVI – as liquidators of Stanford International Bank Ltd

Mitu Misra

Laurence Pagden and Simon Underwood of Menzies LLP as liquidators of Core VCT plc, Core IV plc and Core C plc (the “Core VCTs Liquidators”).




Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

James Price heads the 'phenomenal' team at Stewarts Law LLP and has been involved in leading trust litigation around the world, including in Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the BVI, Guernsey, Jersey, Gibraltar, Hong Kong and the UK. The team acts for high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices, trustees and trust companies in addition to charities. The group is also adept at advising on the financial affairs of those who lack mental capacity. At associate level, Emma Holland and Luca Del Panta garner praise, and the team was further strengthened by the arrival of Geoffrey Kertesz from BDB Pitmans in August 2020.

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James Price is everywhere at the moment – he has done very well in creating  a team so quickly. Excellent and very pragmatic, he makes things easier rather than harder’

‘Stewarts’ private client offering combines all the savvy of a top-flight niche litigation firm with the suave sophistication private clients have come to expect. The team is involved in the largest trust disputes, and the depth of knowledge and experience provides clients with a first-class service

James Price deals with some extremely fractious cases with tact, care and good humour. He is well known in his field and deservedly so. But he is not a showman, he has a deep expertise that is appreciated by clients and the profession as a whole, with whom he frequently shares his experiences and knowledge

‘The firm also has strengths in related areas of family and commercial litigation. James Price is one of the leading figures in the area, with great experience and enormous expertise. He is charismatic and brilliant with clients. Emma Holland is formidably clever and misses nothing. She is also charming and extremely hardworking

Emma Holland works in a forensic and targeted manner. I think clients will feel she is a very safe pair of hands, and a force to be reckoned with. I highly recommend Emma and think her work is exceptionally good value

‘Emma Holland is well versed in trusts law both onshore and offshore and definitely an up-and-coming one to watch. Luca del Panta is bilingual and is a charming associate who knows his trust law and likewise will go far

‘Geoffrey Kertesz  is masterful and extremely popular. He commands universal respect amongst his peers, and is an energetic and ambitious individual.’

‘Geoffrey Kertesz has a depth and breadth of understanding and connections within the UK courts and legal system that made me confident I was being strongly defended in the case. He is also a member of the California State Bar, which makes him uniquely qualified to address any questions relating to US/California law’

‘Jemma Goddard is a very engaged, knowledgeable lawyer, keeping everyone else on their toes – she is someone you want on your side’

‘Jemma Goddard is a future star‘

‘Jemma Goddard is a talented lawyer who combines pragmatism with a detailed knowledge of trusts and probate law’

‘Lavinia Randall is an excellent up-and-coming lawyer. She works hard for her clients, and will have all the details of their case at her fingertips without losing sight of the bigger picture. She is definitely someone who you would want on your team‘

Key clients

Lands Company Limited

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP advises high-net-worth individuals and professionals caught up in criminal matters and regulatory investigations. The team draws on strengths from its trust, tax, employment, media and commercial practice groups.

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‘Prompt first-class service at all times’.

‘David Savage is extremely smart and hard-working’.

‘The criminal team at Stewarts is at the top of its game with an exceptional reputation’

‘The team has significant experience and skill in managing challenging corporate and individual engagements’.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP specialises in multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory issues. Areas of practice include civil fraud, asset recovery, tax litigation and employment-related mandates. The team's client base includes companies in the oil and gas, construction, manufacturing and telecoms sectors. David Savage is recommended for international sanctions matters.

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Senior executives Tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP has expertise advising on individual and team moves, whistleblowing and discrimination claims. The team has recently gone through a series of changes - following the departure of Tim Spillane to head up the employment department at Bird & Bird LLP in September 2019, Joseph Lappin was promoted to practice head (having been made up to partner in 2019). That year Richard Nicolle also departed to become an employment judge, but in summer 2020, the team was boosted by the arrival of former Harbottle & Lewis LLP senior associate Charlie Thompson, who joined as a partner. Ian Gatt QC, 'a master of his field', is also on hand for heavyweight employment disputes.

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‘Reliable employment team delivering a high level of client care.’

‘Joseph Lappin is a conscientious and reliable lawyer who provides a high level of client care.’

‘Tremendous industry and commitment to clients whilst maintaining the highest standards of objectivity and integrity.’

‘Joe Lappin is an extraordinarily hardworking and resourceful solicitor, utterly committed to the the client’s cause whilst maintaining the highest professional standards. He is very knowledgeable in the employment field, tactically astute and and a skilful draftsman.’

‘Ian Gatt QC is a master of his field and sees the big picture with great clarity.’

‘Stewarts takes a detailed and robust approach to senior executive employment litigation – good at combining forcefully advocating for their client’s position with pragmatism.’

‘Joseph Lappin who is very detailed orientated and willing to give each matter the time it deserves.’

‘Strong litigators for senior executives.’

‘Ian Gatt QC – a class act, you know you are in safe hands.’

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Areas of expertise for the team at Stewarts Law LLP include direct and indirect tax litigation, commercial tax litigation and tax investigations. The group has experience before courts and tribunals at all levels. 'Nimble lawyerDavid Pickstone, who leads the group, specialises in direct and commercial tax litigation. Lee Ellis is noted for his direct tax litigation expertise. James le Gallais, who joined from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP in 2019, leads on commercial tax litigation. Tax investigations are led by Sarah Stenton and Lisa Vanderheide, both of whom joined from BDO LLP in April 2019.

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inspire confidence with their determination.’

The team have a perfect blend of cut and thrust litigation experience coupled with deep tax law knowledge. Having senior team members from a diverse range of tax law backgrounds.’

David Pickstone is a nimble but solid lawyer with outstanding commercial intuition. Has a good team that works well together.’

James Le Gallais is an outstanding litigator. He has a keen mind and always thinks several steps ahead.’

Key clients

Ingenious Litigation – over 350 individual investors

Tayto Group Limited and Others

Invicta 43 Group Action against Jonathan Peacock QC – over 120 individual investors

FCC Recycling UK Ltd and Singleton Birch Limited

Eclipse Group Action against HSBC – 165 individual investors

Scotts Atlantic Group Action against Andrew Thornhill QC – 110 individual investors

Tax Film Schemes Group Action against Canaccord Genuity – over 30 individual investors

John Jaekel

International arbitration Tier 5

Stewarts Law LLP's 'has intrinsic international arbitration knowledge'. The  team leverages the firm’s position as a disputes-only firm; and has developed a strong Africa-related disputes practice, with recent experience in the power, oil and gas, and telecoms sectors, in particular. Philippa Charles leads the group, which is supported by senior associate Veronica Connolly. Daniel Wilmot joined as partner from White & Case LLP in 2019.

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‘Daniel Wilmot is an exceptional talent. Extremely fast in working up and working out a case. Prescient understanding of how tribunals are going to decide issues. A great team leader and shines under extreme pressure.’

‘As a disputes-only firm, Stewarts is focused on arbitration in a way other firms are not. They are at the front of thinking in relation to e-disclosure, funding and other cutting edge issues.’

‘Philippa Charles has an excellent team. Preparation of offer in time, transparent and detailled. Preparation of Claim also excellent, good working-together, all in time and within Budget.’

‘Philippa Charles stands out in the team – she is a technically astute lawyer who is also highly personable and pragmatic, with great leadership qualities and an excellent work ethic. She sits as arbitrator quite regularly and is well known in the London international arbitration community.’

‘The team is quite experienced with proactive lawyers who have a mastery of their specialist legal area. The lawyers all have the ability to communicate easily and make the clients feel relaxed. They ensure a very good working relation with clients. The team is of good size, not too large, not too small, providing a great team spirit.’

Veronica Connolly (senior associate) – dedicated, hard-working, completely on top of the documentation, incredibly well organised, pro-active, in depth knowledge of institutional international arbitration rules. A partner in the making.’

‘Extremely go-getting and commercial. Really works hard to appreciate what the client wants and ensure they get it.’

‘Philippa Charles – a real breath of fresh air. Dynamic, charismatic and an excellent lawyer. Knows her subject inside out.’

Reputation management Tier 5

The media disputes team at Stewarts Law LLP attracts instructions from high-net-worth individuals and corporations in claims ranging from High Court defamation cases, to regulatory disputes and data-related issues. The department, which was formally set up in early 2019, is led by Ryan Dunleavy. With a background as a journalist, in-house counsel at national publications and solicitor at a specialist media law firm, he is praised for being 'an excellent reputation management, defamation and privacy lawyer'. Advising secret service and special forces personnel is a key area of practice for the department head.

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‘Stewarts promote themselves with justification as specialists in litigation. In the field of reputation management this means that they conduct straightforward defamation and privacy actions, but they also take such issues into account in other forms of litigation, for example, they have particular experience of matrimonial disputes involving high-value financial claims where privacy is critical to the parties. It is to their advantage and that of their clients that they are not a niche media-law firm, since they are able to draw on such expertise in other fields.’

‘Ryan Dunleavy comes from a defamation background at Carter Ruck, and shows all the knowledge and judgement that one would expect as a result. What makes him special and something of a rarity is his experience with the intricately detailed reporting restrictions in cases involving children and appeals relating to matrimonial financial awards.’

‘Ryan Dunleavy is a very experienced and focused professional, he can grasp multiple and complicated matters and can identify very quickly the most appropriate and best solution in resolving any forthcoming issue and/or problem. He is punctual, accurate and works extremely efficiently. It is a real pleasure to have him as my legal representative. He is also very “human”, the kind of a professional who has, along with high professional standards, also such passion to feel and take on all the clients’ personal feelings.’

‘I had the good fortune to work with Emily Cox over an extended period of time. She already had very impressive experience and clearly has a brilliant mind, which she was able to apply to help us come up with new ways to challenge large companies and regulators on behalf of clients. She always made herself available to respond to urgent inquiries, showing patience and a cool head in a crisis.’

‘The size and scale of Stewarts mean that it has the ability to advise corporate clients on all regulatory matters. Ryan Dunleavy is a new acquisition at partner level with very substantial  expertise acting on behalf of media corporates.  He is tactically and commercially savvy and has an unflappable manner which clients appreciate and like.’

‘Ryan Dunleavy is extremely hard-working and business-minded, very engaging and committed. He is an excellent networker, determined to build a strong practice at Stewarts and appears to be attracting some very good clients. He is at a firm which can provide phenomenal support.’


The team at Stewarts Law LLP 'routinely undertakes cutting-edge, high-value, cross-border personal injury litigation', including acting in claims involving catastrophic injuries abroad and fatal accidents arising from international airline disasters. The department exclusively represents claimants with severe injuries. Based across its London and Leeds offices, the international injury team is led by 'veteran' Julian Chamberlayne, who has recovered more than £140m for catastrophically injured clients since joining the firm in 2000. The London-based aviation team also includes Sarah Stewart. The 'outstanding' Scott Rigby, Peter Neenan and the 'hugely experienced and very thorough' Christopher Deacon are other names to note in this space. Associate Rebecca Huxford is 'a rising star in the international personal injury world'.

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‘Being in Julian Chamberlayne’s hands took so much pressure of me. In his calm hands he dealt with every obstacle thrown at his. Nothing fazed the team at all and in doing so they always found another positive way to come back. They were always contactable and dealt with my concerns immediately.’

‘Scott Rigby is definitely a unique and outstanding solicitor. His professional and calm nature give him his outstanding qualities. He is always planning ahead and confident of what he is doing.’

‘Stewarts are the market leaders in this area, they are the go-to firm for high value personal injury work with an international or aviation dimension. The quality of their personnel is absolutely peerless which translates into an exceptional client service. They have excellent links with lawyers across the world and therefore can handle international cases better than any other English claimant firm.’

‘Sarah Stewart- Client focused, tenacious, rightly ranked as a leading individual.’

‘Peter Neenan- He is one of the top aviation lawyers in Europe. He an aviation law supremo who is details focused with brilliant technical knowledge. Nobody knows more about the Montreal Convention than Peter.’

‘Chris Deacon- Fantastic lawyer, personable and very savvy. Achieves excellent results in all of his cases, has a knack for obtaining concessions from defendants.’

‘Rebecca Huxford- An experienced catastrophic injury lawyer who is a rising star in the international personal injury world.’

‘In the international PI field, the team at Stewarts are in a class of their own. They combine catastrophic PI expertise with being totally on top of the foreign law aspects of the claims they work on. In addition, they are lovely people with great client care skills.’

‘Without doubt the leaders in this field. They approach each case on a collaborative basis and are open to thinking outside the box to the benefit of all parties involved.’

Commercial litigation: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

Litigation specialist firm Stewarts Law LLP attracts praise for being 'strategic and often ahead of the market' and has particular expertise in fraud and corruption litigation, cartel damages claims, and IT and financial services sector disputes. Practice head Mo Bhaskaran specialises in fraud and corruption investigations and recovery actions, while Kate Pollock is 'a superb litigator' with particular experience assisting retail, manufacturing, aviation, and energy sector clients. Recently promoted partner Nick Haworth, who is 'incisive and calm, even in the fiercest storm', is another name to note for corporate and commercial disputes. The group also benefits from the competition litigation expertise of Jonathan Sinclair, who acts in a consulting role; and has strengthened its fraud litigation capabilities with the addition of senior associates Ed Holmes and Andrew Robson from Addleshaw Goddard.

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I am always impressed by Stewarts as a firm. They are fiercely dedicated to their clients. They are strategic and often ahead of the market – they initiated the payment card interchange fee litigation in this country, and in so doing managed to represent a large group of prominent retailers which were fierce competitors. The firm maintains a first-rate internal culture; its people are loyal to the firm, dedicated to their clients’ interests, and deeply supportive of each other.

Kate Pollock is really good. Straight forward and talks common sense.

Kate Pollock is a superb litigator: smart, strategic, and level-headed. She fights hard for her clients while still managing to maintain good relations with counterparties – she is an excellent negotiator too. A privilege to work with.

I worked with Nick Howarth when he was a senior associate and thought he was clearly on the route to partner. Incisive, and calm even in the fiercest storm.

Key clients

Marks & Spencer

Public Institution for Social Security, Kuwait

iiyama Corporation

Asda Group Limited

Wm Morrison plc

Home Retail Group plc

Cardiff Educational Endowment Trust

BlueOak Capital LLC

Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP focuses on high-value family disputes, with an experienced team handling a caseload that includes complex issues relating to corporate and trust structures, international tax work, and overseas assets in divorce and cohabitation settlements. 'Stand out' practice head Adrian Clossick is noted for his work with high and ultra-high-net-worth clients nationally and internationally, while recently-promoted legal director Ed Heaton is also highly active in multi-jurisdictional corporate and trust-related cases. Associate Sarah Harvey assists with complex financial cases.

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The team at Stewarts offer an exceptional level of service to their clients. They provide excellent (and sensible) advice, they are brilliant at case management and strategy, and always add value to whatever work they are doing. The quality of their work is second to none.

Incisive clear advice delivered extremely promptly. Excellent analytical, drafting and presentation skills. First class availability.

The Stewarts team in Leeds and for that in London are simply brilliant. They are the best lawyers that I have come across in any field/genre/area. There was real clarity of purpose amongst all the team members and the communication was first class with me as their client. They also did it in a manner that showed empathy and understanding, and at certain moments a warmth beyond the call of duty. I felt that they were totally engaged in making sure that I achieved the right outcome, without ever being unrealistic, weighing up the pros and cons at every stage. I never felt that they were driven by money and therefore creating unnecessary work. I couldn’t say that about some law firms.

Adrian Clossick, Edward Heaton and Sarah Harvey make a great team. Individually, they are all good communicators, knowledgeable about their field and meticulous in their approach. They never over promise and will always be up front about what is feasible, including all the potential downsides. I would like to single out Ed as a total star for his talent, honesty, transparency and communication skills.

Over the last ten years Stewarts Law in Leeds has established itself as one of the North’s leading matrimonial finance firms. Its team, headed by Adrian Clossick, has a wealth of experience in dealing with mid to high value cases, particularly those involving complex trust and company structures (including those with an international component). The team has considerable strength in depth and brings to bear an exceptional level of intellectual rigour and attention to detail, together with healthy pragmatism when required. The firm’s star is very much in the ascendancy in terms of its standing in the regional market, where it is undoubtedly blazing a trail.

Adrian Clossick is one of the North of England’s stand out matrimonial finance specialists. He is exceptionally bright and inspires confidence in his clients. Ed Heaton also provides a wealth of experience of complex high value cases and a rigorous approach to the issues arising in any particular case. I would not hesitate to highly commend both Adrian and Ed as outstanding performers in the field of matrimonial finance.

Adrian Clossick is perceptive, skilled, empathetic yet strong in advice and guidance.

Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

The personal injury and clinical negligence teams at Stewarts Law LLP focus on acting for clients who have sustained life-changing injuries, and set the benchmark for damages recovered per case. The PI department, headed by 'supreme strategist' Daniel Herman, has secured the highest reported settlements or awards for a tetraplegic, a paraplegic, a brain injury, a criminal injury and a fatal accident. The clinical negligence team, led by the 'completely unflappable'  Frank Pinch, regularly recovers the highest damages per case in claims against the NHS. As an additional service, Stewarts employs wheelchair users as 'independent living advisers' to assist clients with the practical issues associated with life-changing injuries. Ben Townsend has particular expertise in severe brain injuries and has acted for clients injured in road traffic accidents whilst overseas, while personal injury specialist Warren Maxwell - who is praised for his 'wonderful' manner with clients - draws on his experience in the Coldstream Guards to advise on claims brought by past and present HM Forces personnel.

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‘Stewarts are pre-eminent in the fields of catastrophic clinical negligence and personal injury litigation. They are unique in only handling the most severe, high end work. They offer an unparalleled Rolls-Royce service to their clients.  

‘Stewarts put effort into helping clients understand the litigation process and are excellent at communicating with other professionals involved.’

‘Frank Pinch is knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Ben Townsend is on completely on top of his cases. Both are flexible in response and take a good team approach.’

‘Emma Lyons has been fantastic and I have valued her support.’

‘Dan Herman is a brilliant, top flight PI solicitor – bright, effective and a supreme strategist.’

‘ I have been hugely impressed by Gabrielle Ross: extraordinary attention to detail and dedication to her cases, with excellent judgement.’

‘Frank Pinch commands great respect in the marketplace: calm, knowledgeable and terrific with clients.’

‘Warren Maxwell is wonderful with clients, respected by his opponents and very much one to watch.’

‘Rebecca Hill is superb. She builds a really strong relationship with her clients. Really thorough and detailed when explaining matters to clients.’

‘Chris Smith is an empathetic colleague who chooses good teams. He is a team player. He is clear in his communication and he always gets back to you. He has very high standards and high expectations of people he works with but he leads by example.’

‘Amy Fielding’s nursing background means she is particularly adept at dealing with complex medical cases and she is always mindful of the holistic needs of clients.’

‘Anna Higham combines a thorough and effective approach to cases with an approachable and friendly manner which puts clients at ease.’


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.

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 +44 (0) 20 7822 8062
Aviation and international injury Julian Chamberlayne +44 (0) 20 7822 8034
Clinical negligence Muiris Lyons +44 (0) 20 7822 8095
Commercial litigation Clive Zietman
Competition litigation Kate Pollock
Divorce and family Stephen Foster
International arbitration Philippa Charles
Media disputes Ryan Dunleavy
Securities litigation Keith Thomas
Personal injury Paul Paxton
Tax litigation and investigations David Pickstone
Trust and probate litigation James Price
Leeds office Daniel Herman
Business development Stuart Dench
Financial crime Richard Kovalevsky QC
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…
 James Healy-Pratt  photo James Healy-Pratt Partner and Head of the Aviation department.  James specialises in international and…
 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. His particular expertise is resolving…
 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…
 Nick Knowles  photo Nick Knowles Partner in the Clinical Negligence department. Nick has enormous experience in handling…
 Richard Kovalevsky photo Richard Kovalevsky Partner and Head of Financial Crime   Richard is an expert in…
 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 David has extensive private practice and in-house experience in financial crime,…
 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 a specialist insolvency lawyer with 18 years of contentious experience.…
 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

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