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Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1Muiris Lyons leads the team at Stewarts Law LLP. The focus is solely on higher-value cases of maximum severity, involving such complex factors as spinal injury and mismanagement of spinal infection, brain injury and complications following operations, childbirth injury, sensitive wrongful birth cases and amputations, with a notable recent uptake in sports injury work. In addition, the team is developing in the area of mental health deterioration cases; partner Hugh Johnson has particular expertise in this field. The group is much lauded by clients for its ability to ‘devote as much time as is necessary to ensure that a case is properly investigated.’ Alison Goldney, described as ‘the safest of safe hands’, was recently made up to partner in recognition of her exceptional contribution.
Other key lawyers:
Muiris Lyons, Amy Heath, Katherine Fitter, Hugh Johnson; Robert Dransfield; Nick Knowles; Aimee Morris; Hugh Johnson
‘Unquestionably the premier claimant clinical negligence solicitors in the country, in my opinion. Outstanding attention to detail and strength-in-depth at all levels ensures that their clients get the very best service and the best outcomes possible.’
‘Muiris Lyons, Amy Heath, Katherine Fitter, Hugh Johnson and Robert Dransfield all have great attention to detail, very strong client care and considerable experience of running the most complex cases. They do not let difficulties phase them and are prepared to see difficult cases through, and have great support.’
‘Nick Knowles has bags of experience; he’s thoughtful, knowledgeable and trusted by his clients. Robert Dransfield is an excellent negotiator, Katherine Fitter is knowledgeable, with good instincts, Alison Goldney is great with clients, always thinking about the best steps to take to make immediate improvements to their lives.’
‘Amy Heath is experienced and knowledgeable; very quick at understanding the issues and getting to the heart of the case. Aimee Morris is really good with clients – she puts in the hours to get good results for them, whilst Hugh Johnson is very experienced in this area, with great tactical acumen and legal knowledge.’
‘Undoubtedly a leading firm. Extraordinary strength-in-depth, they only take on cases of maximum severity and leave no stone unturned in maximising the strength of a case. Each fee earner only handles a few cases, so they are able to devote as much time as is necessary to ensure the case is properly investigated and they have all the necessary resources at their disposal. Most importantly, they remain down to earth, approachable and great to work with.’
‘It feels hard to mention only a few, as they are all so good. Amy Heath is wonderful to work alongside; she’s dedicated, knows the medicine inside out and has superb judgment. Alison Goldney is the safest of safe hands, who pays outstanding attention to detail. Hugh Johnson and Robert Dransfield are both supreme litigators and fantastic strategists. Nick Knowles is a delight for clients, barristers and opponents alike – a wonderful person with superb judgment.’
‘Stewarts will stop at nothing to obtain the best results they can. They only take on high-value claims and they fund what it takes to establish liability and to get the best possible outcome on quantum. They will also take on cases with a significant degree of risk. The attention to detail is phenomenal and second to none.’
‘I find that the solicitors at Stewarts work in a very collaborative way with counsel to ensure no stone is left unturned and that case preparation is first-class. The experts also appear to like working with Stewarts and are responsive which is very helpful to clients.’
- Acted on a claim against West London NHS Trust for its failure to manage mental health deterioration leading to a suicide attempt, which resulted in significant head injury and paraplegia.
- Acted for a 76-year-old woman who sustained a spinal cord injury as the result of the mismanagement of a spinal infection.
- Acted for a 33-year-old claimant who sustained a post-operative complication resulting in communication hydrocephalus after a brain tumour.
Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1As of May 2022, Daniel Herman has taken over from Paul Paxton as leader of the ‘standout’ personal injury offering at Stewarts Law LLP. The team deals with the most complex, high-value catastrophic personal injury claims, acting exclusively for clients who have suffered life-changing injuries worth a minimum of £1m in damages – its cases often involve road traffic or workplace accidents resulting in such issues as brain, spinal, psychiatric and orthopaedic injury, as well as injuries requiring amputation. It also has extensive experience dealing with cross-border cases. The team’s ethos is that every partner has fewer clients and a smaller workload, allowing them the time necessary to focus fully on the cases that they are running. Stephanie Clarke has been involved with some of the team’s most complex cases in recent years, including a landmark interim payment settlement. Kara Smith leads the pro bono team, which provides 10,000 hours worth of free legal advice to hospital patients, annually. Managing partner Stuart Dench, Charles Edwards and Ben Rogers are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Charles Edwards; Andrew Dinsmore; Clare Salmon; Kimberley Owen; Perry Redgrave, Nichola Fosler; Stephanie Clarke; Anna Wiseman; Lucy Robinson; Megan Goodyer, Anjali Krishnan; Kara Smith; Ben Rogers; Paul Paxton
‘Charles Edwards showed exceptional knowledge and compassion on our first meeting and I knew he was the person we needed to represent us. Throughout the case, Charles found top-ranking experts to help with my husband’s daily needs and ongoing rehabilitation. I cannot speak highly enough of Charles, he is exceptional.’
‘Our experience of Stewart’s law was outstanding in every way, we were referred to them at an understandably very difficult time and from the very first interaction we had with them we felt comfortable, at ease and supported in every way possible! The partners display exceptional professionalism whilst still being friendly, approachable and very informative. Every professional we were referred to by Stewart’s was high-end and first-class.’
‘Kimberley Owen was extremely professional from the very beginning of our case, whilst showing empathy, support and personal ambition to ensure we received the settlement we were entitled to and deserved. The advice and support she gave were outstanding – we were fully informed of every aspect of our case, we received communications very regularly and were able to contact Kimberley with any queries and she always responded efficiently. We especially valued Kimberley’s compassion, invaluable knowledge, judgement and passion for the job she does and would highly recommend her to anybody. We can never thank her enough for what she done for us as a family.’
‘Stewarts Law is unique in the personal injury sector and its long-standing position in tier 1 is wholly merited. The business model of handling only high-value catastrophic injury claims, restricting the caseload of partners and associates to a small fraction of the number handled by their competitors results in an unrivalled level of service and commitment to clients. Strong relationships have been forged with rehabilitation providers, case managers and therapists, hospitals, medical professionals and insurers. Stewarts have a flourishing pro bono unit that helps both clients and others.’
‘The firm has such a standout reputation in the market that they are treated with particular respect by defendant firms and insurers. If I am ever asked for a recommendation for a catastrophic injury firm for a claimant, Stewarts is always top of the list.’
‘For me, Perry Redgrave is the best claimant catastrophic solicitor in the country. His knowledge, understanding and empathy with clients is second to none. But best of all is his unparalleled ability to forge excellent working relationships with defendant solicitors and insurers, thereby ensuring cases run smoothly and reach their maximum potential.’
‘Andrew Dinsmore is simply excellent; hugely experienced, calm, diligent and effective. Lucy Robinson is hardworking, thoughtful and an absolute joy to work with. Clare Salmon is focused and hardworking. Nichola Fosler is diligent and committed to her clients.’
‘Megan Goodyer is down to earth, pragmatic and a great team player. Ben Rogers has a knack for winning the most difficult cases; excellent analytical skills, dynamic, committed and persuasive. Stephanie Clarke is proactive, organised and loved by clients.’
- Acted for a cattle manager who fell from a height during the course of his employment; the claimant sustained a complete spinal cord injury, multiple fractures and is resultantly wheelchair dependant.
- Acted for a front seat passenger involved in a single vehicle road traffic accident who sustained a severe spinal cord injury.
- Acted for a claimant injured as he crossed a road when he was hit by a taxi, in a case also containing a claim against the claimant’s employer over risk assessment and duty to employees.
Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1Stewarts Law LLP has ‘assembled a very talented team of people that has made a real splash in the area’. Led by the ‘outstanding’ James Price the team has numerous able lawyers both at partner and associate level among them Geoffrey Kertesz who has a ‘first-class mind’. The department advises exclusively on complex, large-scale and often high-profile trust disputes in England and in other major jurisdictions. It acts for UHNW and HNW individuals, families, family offices, trustees and trust companies in addition to a number of well-known UK charities. A substantial part of its work has an international dimension. The group also has experience of appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. It garners praise for providing a ‘premier service’ due to the ‘very high quality of its team which comprises several of the leading lawyers in this field, ensuring that it is engaged in many of the high-profile cases in this area’. Emma Holland is another name to note.
Other key lawyers:
Geoffrey Kertesz; Emma Holland; Jemma Goddard; Lavinia Randall; Luca del Panta; Judith Swinhoe-Standen; Marcus Parker
‘A great combination of powerful intellect, experience in the field, tactical thinking and personable individuals make this team unique. James Price (partner) must now be establishing himself as one of the stars of this field. He is simply excellent in every respect’.
‘The team has capacity and ability to handle the biggest of disputes in what can be regarded as a traditional and stuffy field, with the support of a firm known for its innovative approaches to litigation. Since the team was started by James Price, it has hoovered up a significant amount of the associate and partner talent in this field’.
‘James Price is an extremely able litigator whilst remaining charming and collegiate. Geoff Kertesz brings his considerable intelligence, experience and common sense to all matters. Emma Holland is a real star as are a number of the associates in the team, including Jemma Goddard’.
‘James Price is exceptional – he is very intelligent, hands on and gets to nub of the matter. He is one of the best trust litigators in London and someone clients love. Geoff Kertesz is also truly excellent – commercial, responsive and able to find a solution to difficult issues’.
‘One of the best teams in the sector. Superstar lawyers combined with an exceptional quality of work. James Price is one of the top trusts litigators in the business. He is outstandingly able and charming with clients. Emma Holland is extremely savvy and fights very hard for her clients’.
‘The combination of a first class offering with a conflict free claimant-focused practice make this team unique. Providing excellent lawyers, they are real contenders now for the very best work’.
‘James Price deserves enormous credit for establishing the Stewarts contentious trusts team as a major force in the market, crowned by his representation of one half of the claimant parties in the enormous Wong litigation, the largest contentious trusts case litigated in the Commonwealth’.
‘This team is incredibly impressive, and has a powerful presence in the London market. It is really ambitious, and has a great record of success for its clients. In recent years the firm has made wise hires, and the addition of Luca del Panta, Jemma Goddard, Emma Holland, Lavinia Randall and Judith Swinhoe-Standen has created a dream team’.
Lands Company Limited
Ven-Jiao Wang (a.k.a. Tony Wang)
SS (in the anonymised matter of PTNZ v AS and others)
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and other charities
- Acting for Lands Company Limited in its successful application for summary judgment/strike out of claims brought by Credit Suisse International.
- Acting for Ven-Jiao Wang (a.k.a. Tony Wang) in a five-month trial in the Supreme Court of Bermuda concerning trust assets worth in the region of $20-$25bn.
- Acting for Ven-Jiao Wang (a.k.a. Tony Wang) in an appeal to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council concerning the proper purpose of trustee powers in the context of the above dispute about trust assets worth in the region of $20-25bn.
Private client > Family Tier 1Stephen Foster ‘ably’ leads the team at Stewarts Law LLP that has a ‘phenomenal number of excellent partners and associates’. Foster is adept at handling some of the department’s biggest and most complex cases and is often instructed by self-made entrepreneurs. Praised for its ‘great spread of individuals all of whom are excellent. They have set the benchmark for quality in the family law arena -truly outstanding’ – the bulk of its cases run well into the £100s of millions. A large percentage of its cases involve assets in excess of £500m and several run into the £billions. Debbie Chism and Emma Hatley are both ‘superb’. Chism is held in high esteem for her renowned matrimonial finance practice. Hatley specialises in complex family cases for high-net-worth individuals, usually with an international dimension. Richard Hogwood is praised for his work on cases involving intricate trust and tax issues as well as pre-and post-nuptial agreements. Helen Ward is a highly-respected member of the department too.
Other key lawyers:
Helen Ward; Debbie Chism; Emma Hatley; Richard Hogwood; Sam Longworth; Carly Kinch; Lewis Powers; Matthew Humphries; Toby Atkinson; Harriet Kerchiss
‘The best team doing family work in London. Bar none. By some margin. Their partners are the leading lights of the field, and as importantly (perhaps even more so) their senior associates and associates are uniformly superb, which is unsurprising as they have been trained by the best. No other firm has the resources and willingness to make each case feel like it is their only case, and everything is done as required, if not before’.
‘Emma Hatley and Debbie Chism are the future (and close to the present) leaders in them market. They each combine acute tactical awareness with an ability to make even the most irascible or fragile client feel at ease. Both are fine lawyers and usually know the answer before anyone else. Sam Longworth is following hot on their heels, and is unusually creative and innovative in his approach to legal problems, unafraid to try the unpopular or ground breaking, every angle is stress tested to breaking point, before the right course is chosen’.
‘Matt Humphreys is the gentlemen of the outfit, hiding a steely taste of hard fought litigation (if necessary). Hugely thoughtful both about the law but also the client’s personal and emotional requirements. Carly Kinch quietly goes about being superb, with no ego she devotes herself tirelessly (and with a ridiculous work effort) to her clients. An utter delight to be instructed by, there is nothing about a case she does not hold in her head and has not already thought about. Her unconventional rise from paralegal to partner speaks volumes, it was based on talent’.
‘Probably the best family law team in London! Not a weak link in the chain. Consistently 5 star service. Impossible and unfair to pick out individuals as they are all so good. However Stephen Foster needs special mention not just for building this team but also for running his own very big and successful case load so well. He is an extremely clever lawyer and thinks deeply about his cases and the best strategy to achieve maximum and optimum outcome. Toby Atkinson is also an excellent lawyer and gives 110% commitment to his clients going way beyond what is ordinarily expected’.
‘Debbie and Emma are both collaborative lawyers and excel at it – while they are more well known for litigation, they both have the necessary skill set and aptitude to make them excellent collaborative family lawyers. Richard Hogwood is personable and very bright. Stephen brings everyone together and runs a very tight ship while allowing people to develop their own skills and personalities’.
‘Simply the best! Stand out excellence from top to toe – cutting edge service, knowledge, skills. Debbie Chism – a superstar – has it all. Toby Atkinson – unparalleled client care across the whole of the family law market. Richard Hogwood – fast, incredibly on the ball – superb. Matthew Humphries – absolutely thorough, knowledgeable. Harriet Kerchiss – outstanding senior associate. Lewis Powers – wise beyond his years – a star of the future’.
‘This is undoubtedly the premier family law team in the country. The best expertise, the best depth of talent, at the best service available. Matthew Humphries – outstanding in client care, strategy and litigation judgment’.
‘Stephen Foster is the stand out leader of the group who combines a worldly wisdom with a down to earth practical advice. Richard Hogwood is a true intellect with an exceptional bedside manner. He reassures and calms even the most difficult clients’.
JC v PC  EWHC 2305 (Fam)
Cathcart v Owens  EWFC 86
Transport > Travel Tier 1Stewarts Law LLP is regarded as 'an outstanding law firm' for international injury claims, with clients extolling its efficiency and resources. The firm represents only clients with severely disabling injuries, with its lawyers handling a limited number of cases to allow for a more thorough service. In the aviation industry, they are market leading, acting for families in 73% of all major aviation disasters on international flights including the death of over fifty passengers. Julian Chamberlayne, described as ‘the finest international personal injury lawyer of his generation,’ heads the aviation and international injury team; other notable individuals include Sarah Stewart, praised for her ‘wealth of experience,’ Scott Rigby, a partner of 16 years described as ‘clever, meticulous, and astute’ and 'travel law star' Christopher Deacon, a phenomenally capable individual’. Recently the team has acted for the families of victims killed in Shoreham airshow disaster and continues to work on the ongoing inquest.
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Stewart; Scott Rigby; Christopher Deacon; Rebecca Huxford; Peter Neenan; Rebecca Smith; James Griffin
‘The Rolls-Royce of the cross-border personal injury world on the claimant side of the court. This well-oiled and efficient team have been involved in nearly all of the significant case law in this field in recent years and have a well-deserved reputation for being at the head of the field. The resourcing and talent that they can bring to any case terrifies their opponents!’
‘Julian Chamberlayne towers above all other practitioners in this field. He has a great intellect, but also strategic abilities that put partners at other firms to shame.’
‘Chris Deacon and his team, from associates through to paralegals, were exceptional throughout my claim. He was never far away from answering the phone or responding to an email. I never felt like I was being ignored or avoided ever. Many times I had emailed over the weekend not expecting it to be answered until Monday and was surprised to get a response within minutes on a Saturday – outstanding professionalism.’
‘I have worked with Chris Deacon throughout and he has given me lots of support as well as advice. He has an incredibly caring nature and allowed me to give a phenomenal amount of information, some of which is quite technical/specific and he totally made sure he fully understood, which has reassured me. Chris exudes clarity!’
‘Scott Rigby is a brilliant lawyer and a great person and he will do all that he can to achieve the very best result for you. He is clever, meticulous and astute and at the same time strong, trustworthy, calm and kind.’
‘Sarah Stewart handled my case from start to finish with care, compassion and dedication. At every interaction, her first question was “how was I doing”? She was always available to talk to, but equally responded quickly to my email enquiries making the need for calls less frequent. Sarah is highly knowledgeable in aviation matters, with a wealth of experience and a wide array of resources to draw upon. She was assisted by very conscientious paralegals.’
‘Rebecca Huxford is the next generation of superstars at Stewarts.’
‘Stewarts are the best firm acting for claimants in this field. They deal only with claimants with injuries of the greatest significance and have enormous experience of the difficult issues these cases raise – as well as that, they are at the forefront of the development of caselaw relating to cross border disputes and have an unrivalled knowledge of the law in this area. There are no weak links in this firm. I cannot recommend them highly enough.’
FGH (by his litigation friend IJK)
Families of passengers who were killed in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 Boeing 737 Max disaster in Ethiopia
Families of ground victims killed in the Shoreham Airshow disaster, UK
- Represented an 11 year old boy when he suffered a very severe brain injury, and serious orthopaedic and eye injuries, as a result of a road traffic accident in Jersey, in which his aunt and siblings were also seriously injured and his mother (the Defendant) died. The settlement terms incorporated the first periodical payment ordered in Jersey under the new Damages (Jersey) Law 2019.
- Acted for the F2 driver Juan Manuel Correa who sustained life-changing injuries in a crash at the Belgian Grand Prix on 31 August 2019.
- Represented the families of ground victims killed in the Shoreham Airshow disaster in the UK in a civil claim and through the inquest process.
Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1The practitioners at Stewarts Law LLP are praised for being ‘highly focused on what matters for the client and being very savvy strategists‘. The practice can cover corporate and commercial litigation, civil fraud and corruption mandates, as well as cartel damages claims, IT issues and financial services disputes. The client roster spans large local, national and international corporations from a variety of industries. Group head Mo Bhaskaran is a specialist in fraud cases, while Kate Pollock is a ‘brilliant communicator with a laser focus on client’s interests' and Nick Haworth acts as key contact for Marks & Spencer.
Other key lawyers:
Kate Pollock; Martin Walsh; Nick Haworth; Ed Holmes
‘The team is able to handle top-level commercial litigation, often against Magic Circle London firms, and attracts high quality domestic and international commercial work.’
‘Mo Bhaskaran has excellent commercial judgment and is very client friendly.’
‘Martin Walsh is technically excellent and has great attention to detail.’
‘Ed Holmes is very diligent, with thorough grasp of the detail and overall strategy. No doubt partner material in due course.’
‘They are an excellent competition and commercial law practice. They are highly focused on what matters for the client and are very savvy strategists. They are able to leverage the firm’s London expertise in terms of know how and access to litigation funding where appropriate.’
‘Kate Pollock is superb: brilliant communicator with a laser focus on client’s interests.’
‘Nick Haworth is very switched on and energetic, with a great eye for detail. More generally, there is an excellent sense of team: they work very effectively together, at all levels.’
‘1st tier firm in Yorkshire. Mixes international clients and regional businesses, offering a London quality of litigation. Great depth of partners.’
Marks & Spencer
Public Institution for Social Security, Kuwait
iiyama UK Limited
Asda Stores Limited
Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
Centrica plc, British Gas
Gemalto NV and others
Vattenfall AB and others
- Secured a landmark victory in the Supreme Court on behalf of ASDA, Argos and Morrisons in the £500m high-profile and long-running interchange fee litigation against Mastercard.
- Acting for a foreign state pursuing a $1bn plus claim in the Commercial Court.
- Acting for a major Japan-based manufacturer of computer monitors in a pan-European claim in the UK courts for losses valued at over €160m.
Insurance > Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimantStewarts Law LLP is ‘without doubt a market leader for serious injury litigation in Yorkshire.’ Jointly led by Frank Pinch and Daniel Herman, it maintains a strong reputation for its work in the catastrophic injury and clinical negligence spaces. The group is regularly instructed on complex life-changing issues including spinal cord and brain injuries as well as amputations, severe orthopaedic and neurological injuries. It has experience litigating cases both in England and overseas and stands out for its ‘Rolls Royce service’ and ‘exceptional client care’. The team has an impressive pool of senior associates, including the ‘outstanding’ Gabrielle Ross, Anna Higham, and former nurse Amy Fielding. Ben Townsend and Warren Maxwell are also recommended; the former has experience in equestrian cases.
Frank Pinch; Daniel Herman
Other key lawyers:
Warren Maxwell; Amy Fielding; Gabrielle Ross; Rebecca Hill; Chris Smith; Anna Higham; Ben Townsend; Carly Plant
‘Stewarts is without doubt a market leader for serious injury litigation in Yorkshire.’
‘The team have been outstanding with both the professional side of my claim as well as the personal side and I would highly recommend them.’
‘They provide a Rolls Royce service; exceptional client care; incredibly well resourced and they get fantastic results.’
‘An extremely well-resourced firm. Very high calibre of lawyer. They limit the number of cases that any one person handles to ensure attention to detail, efficient handling of cases and the best outcome for clients. Well managed and well-led.’
‘The team at Stewarts are absolutely excellent. They regularly achieve very high settlements for their clients while still managing to put the client at the centre of what they do. They are innovative and break new ground.’
‘The team is composed of Frank Pinch, Anna Higham and Gabrielle Ross. All are very talented solicitors with encyclopaedic knowledge of spinal injury cases.’
‘Daniel Herman – incisively intelligent, calm and collected and a master of his craft; and Ben Townsend – meticulous attention to detail and not afraid to take on cases which others find too complex.’
‘Gabrielle Ross is particularly outstanding. She is a dedicated individual with exceptional talent. She is organised, perceptive and explores avenues within claims that others would likely bypass. She leaves no stone unturned and is a credit to her firm and profession.’
- Representing a claimant who suffered brain haemorrhage, stroke and spinal cord damage arising out of delayed response to problems after spinal surgery.
- Representing a claimant who became paraplegic after spinal surgeons wrongly attributed her decline after surgery to a spinal stroke, when it was in fact the result of further collapse of bones in her spinal column causing cord compression.
- Representing claimant in his thirties who was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome at hospital but was not then listed for emergency surgery to relieve pressure on delicate nerve fibres.
Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 1The ‘dynamic’ team at Stewarts Law LLP is headed by ‘star family lawyer’ Adrian Clossick . Its workload predominantly involves advising on financial disputes resulting from relationship dissolution. It focuses its efforts exclusively on high-value, and (technically and emotionally) complex matters, involving such elements as domestic abuse and coercive control. Its expertise extend to children cases also, including international custody disputes. Its cases are often cross-jurisdictional. Key members of the team are Ellie Hampson-Jones and Jenny Bowden.
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Harvey; Jenny Bowden; Ellie Hampson-Jones; Rebecca Worsley; Lisette Dupré
‘Stewarts’ family team is a cut above the rest. The team works incredibly well and efficiently together, and throughout my case they have consistently delivered top legal advice. They are the ‘go-to’ law firm for family and divorce matters, in my view, and I will undoubtedly recommend them to anyone in my circles who may need expert family law advice.’
‘Stewarts has at their disposal every expert who may be required to help with the case and they make sure the deployment of such services are joined up with theirs and that from a client’s point of view, it feels seamless. As far as I am concerned, Stewarts’ team is ‘The A Team’ when it comes to family and divorce law matters. They are truly in a league of their own.’
‘Adrian Clossick is an outstandingly clever family law and divorce expert. Adrian remains calm and measured at all times, yet is highly effective and on-target without fail. He has unique ability to deliver top expert legal advice in a compassionate, friendly and down to earth manner. Adrian is an exceptionally talented strategist who knows how to win a case, even in the most challenging and difficult circumstances. Adrian, in my view, is a star family lawyer!’
‘Ellie Hampson-Jones is a totally safe pair of hands – a lawyer anyone would want to have on their side. Her expertise is second to none and she consistently, and very quickly, delivers top quality and effective legal advice. Ellie is a deep-thinker; she strategises from day one, such that everything falls into place like clockwork. She will go the extra mile for her clients and will do so in an effortless manner. She is truly passionate and caring about her clients and work.’
‘Rebecca Worsley has been and will always be a standout person for us on our particular family journey and is someone who we are glad to have had the pleasure of working with. Sensitive, sincere, caring, astute, well organised and dedicated are just a few words that can be used to describe her although I’m not sure they compliment her highly enough.
‘I’ve dealt with Jenny Bowden and Rebecca Worsley, and I’ve found them both extraordinarily knowledgeable, responsive, and – importantly – sympathetic, sensible and understanding in negotiating a divorce and child arrangement orders. Both of them are a pleasure to work with. I would recommend them to anybody.’
‘The team are dynamic and always striving for excellence. They bring magic circle skills to the North and represent fantastic value for money.’
‘Lisette Dupré is an excellent lawyer who offered me invaluable advice and was lightning quick when my children were wrongfully removed from my care’.
Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2Areas of expertise of Stewarts Law LLP include taking on investigations and recovery work for governments and large corporates; representing clients in disputes including cases relating to cryptocurrencies; advising on fraud cases arising in insolvency situations and trusts; and providing tax advice and advice on avoidance schemes. Practice head Mo Bhaskaran divides his time between Leeds and London, and is instructed by corporates, public sector organisations and overseas governments. Pia Mithani specialises in fraud and corruption matters. David Hughes retired in late 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Martin Walsh; Pia Mithani
‘Exceptionally talented and well-organised team able to deal with the heaviest and most complex international fraud matters. Excellent advice and strategic judgment from the partners and engaged and hard-working associates.’
‘Great teamwork from a group of highly able and motivated lawyers.’
‘Mo Bhaskaran, Martin Walsh, Pia Mithani. A pleasure to work with all of them. Great at integrating barristers, partners and associates into a large team.’
‘They tend to work with a lean team, which makes them good value for clients, and results in a very hard working bunch of people. I highly rate this team at Stewarts.’
‘A team of exceptional lawyers across all levels of seniority. Talented and experienced in the sector they are really very impressive indeed. Top quality partners are supported by a team of up and coming associates who look to be stars of the future.’
Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority
Grant Thornton BVI
Lands Company Limited
The Eclipse Group
Global Green Development Limited
United Homes Limited
- Acting for nine Defendants in a massive civil fraud claim which is being brought by SKAT (the Danish tax authority) against over 100 Defendants arising from dividend withholding tax reclaims made by various entities and paid out by SKAT.
- Acting for lead claimant group in the ‘Ingenious Litigation” case, where the clients are seeking in excess of £160m for claims including fraudulent misrepresentation and conspiracy.
- Acting for a sovereign wealth fund, ‘Ras Al Khaimah’ in ‘RAKIA v Azima’ in connection with cyber fraud issues.
Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2Stewarts Law LLP has a broad practice acting for both claimants and defendants across litigation related to loan facilities, bonds, private equity transactions, investments and distressed assets. The team’s clients include government bodies, investment funds, liquidators and state bodies, and it also represents large numbers of investors in group claims. Clive Zietman leads the practice; ‘immensely experienced and widely respected’, he has over 30 years experience handling disputes in this sector. Sean Upson and Fiona Gillett are adept at handling claims against banks, including litigation involving complex financial products, while Marc Jones is developing a reputation for handling matters related to cryptocurrency and fintech. Other names to note include Laura Jenkins and Elaina Bailes, who joined forces in 2021 to act for the liquidators of Stanford Bank in high-profile Court of Appeal proceedings, and the ‘experienced and sensible’ Keith Thomas who handles securities litigation alongside Lucy Ward.
Other key lawyers:
Sean Upson; Marc Jones; Fiona Gillett; Elaina Bailes; Lucy Ward; Alex Jay Darren Kidd; Alex Lerner; Laura Jenkins; Ian Gatt KC; Keith Thomas; Joe Mitchell; Tim Symes
‘In my view Stewarts are the number one litigation firm for claims against banks and other financial institutions. They are very knowledgeable, highly motivated to do well for their clients, commercially minded, strategic and not intimidated by large corporations or their well heeled and often aggressive legal teams’
‘Clive Zietman: the doyen in this field; immensely experienced and widely respected. Marc Jones: tough, analytical, leaves no stone unturned. Fiona Gillett: hard working with an eye for detail’
‘Harry Spendlove is a standout lawyer. He has partner written all over him and really gets to grips with a case.’
‘Ian Gatt KC leads an excellent team, bringing his experience at the Commercial Bar to bear on the wider sphere of litigation with which he is now involved. He is knowledgegble, highly intelligent, tactical and personable. Stewarts’ recruitment programme has assembled a fabulous team of effective lawyers who are also excellent (and fun) to work with.’
‘Ian Gatt KC must be regarded as one of the genuine stars of this sector. Fiona Gillett is simply brilliant and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Stewarts have an experienced team. They can handle large and complex matters. They are pragmatic and sensible and easy to work with.’
‘Keith Thomas is experienced and sensible. Laura Jenkins is very easy to work with. Bright, personable, well-prepared.’
Kestrel Coal Midco Pty Ltd
Lodha Developers (UK Limited) v (1) Sun Global Investments Ltd (2) Green Lake Multi Strategy Fund Limited and (3) Global Capital Fund Limited
Grant Thornton BVI – as liquidators of Stanford International Bank Ltd
Susquehanna International Group, LLP (“SIG”)
SKAT (Danish tax authority)
Dr Frank Kebekus and Galapagos S.A
The Eclipse Group Action
- Acting for the liquidators of Stanford International Bank Ltd (in liquidation) (“SIB”) in disputes related to the bank’s ponzi scheme.
- Instructed by the defendant borrower in litigation against Kestrel Coal Midco Pty Ltd related to a loan deal for the purchase of a $2bn coal mine.
- Acting on a $230 million dispute for Susquehanna International Group, LLP and SIG Growth Equity Fund II, LLLP concerning SGE’s investment in ETFS Capital Limited, a Jersey based provider of exchange traded fund products.
Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 2The specialist competition litigation practice at Stewarts Law LLP possesses a ‘dynamic’ team with a number of experienced partners including ‘amazing’ practice head Kate Pollock and cross-border disputes expert Inge Forster. The firm’s major clients include UK household names Asda and Marks & Spencer. The competition litigation team also uniquely contains in-house economist Mark Lewis.
Other key lawyers:
Inge Forster; Stuart Carson; Mark Lewis; Zach Sananes; Nick Haworth
‘Stewarts is a dynamic team led by ambitious and highly regarded individuals.’
‘Very strong experience at partnership level.’
‘All the partners with whom I’ve worked have been very knowledgeable, practical, hands-on and good with clients.’
‘The team is fantastic. They are real grown-ups. They are sensible, pragmatic people.’
‘Kate Pollock is amazing. She is super-impressive, but never takes herself too seriously.’
‘Stuart Carson and Mark Lewis demonstrate real ambition when developing and critically evaluating new cases and are so easy to work with.’
‘Stewarts are a market leader in competition damages. They have a deep understanding of how to bring a case in the UK and the EU. They invest heavily in identifying cases and working with experts early on to identify whether they are viable.’
‘There is a strong firm ethos and collaboration. Lawyers have a sense of pride in working for Stewarts.’
Centrica plc, British Gas
ASDA Stores Limited
Wm Morrison Supermarkets Limited
Gemalto NV, Thales Dis France SA and others
Vattenfall AB and others
iiyama UK Limited
LafargeHolcim Ltd and others
Marks and Spencer plc
Card Factory plc
Ingram Micro Inc.
American Golf (Trading) Limited
- Successfully represented major retailers including Asda in the Supreme Court on liability issues.
- Acting for Thales/Gemalto in a substantial pan-European smart card chip cartel claim.
- Representing the Swedish-state owned energy giant Vattenfall in its High Voltage Power Cables cartel.
Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3
Claimant specialist firm Stewarts Law LLP is singled out by one client as a 'Rolls Royce machine for heavy litigation'. As well as continuing to work across the full spectrum of commercial cases, the team has lately seen increasing numbers of large scale disputes arising from Brexit, supply chain and contractual issues relating to the pandemic, and mandates with a nexus to cryptocurrency. The group benefits from the presence of Ian Gatt KC - who brings relevant experience as both a solicitor and a barrister to his role - as well as a roster of other recommended practitioners including Lorraine Lanceley and Marc Jones. Clive Zietman and Mo Bhaskaran oversee work from the London and Leeds offices, respectively.
Clive Zietman; Mo Bhaskaran
Other key lawyers:
Ian Gatt KC; Lucy Ward; Sean Upson; Lorraine Lanceley; Joe Mitchell; Marc Jones
‘Magic circle level of experience and expertise but in a claimant-sided firm. A justified meteroric rise.’
‘A Rolls Royce machine for heavy litigation. Their fee earners are very experienced, and there is a great can-do attitude from the paralegals up to the partners.’
‘Ian Gatt KC must be one of the best in the business – deeply experienced, superb on strategy, and a great team leader when in the trenches on heavy litigation.’
‘Lorraine Lanceley is an up-and-coming partner – wonderful with clients, very good on detail, and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Client focused, commercially minded, results driven. Good lawyers who combine intellectual clout with commercial nous. They are formidable litigators.’
‘Clive Zietman: highly experienced litigation partner who has a long record of success. He combines intellectual rigour with a pragmatic and commercial approach to his cases. Very good with clients at explaining the issues, managing their expectations whilst achieving great outcomes for them.’
‘Marc Jones is a star – a very talented lawyer who wears it lightly, and is a pleasure to work with.’
‘Ian Gatt KC – broad relevant legal experience both as a solicitor and barrister ensures complete and coherent advice and guidance. Lorraine Lanceley – strong client focus and empathetic style ensuring excellent and highly effective client engagement.’
Matrix Receivables Ltd
Lands Company Limited (“Lands”)
Toucan Genco Ltd
Palladyne International Asset Management B.V. (“PIAM”)
Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (“RAKIA”)
Maddox RP LLP
Dr Geoffrey Guy and related companies
JSC VO Machinoimport
Lipton Rogers Developments LLP (“LRD”)
United Homes Limited
- Acting for the Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority, the defendant to a counterclaim by Farhad Azima (against whom the client was awarded damages totalling in excess of $4.1m for fraudulent misrepresentation and unlawful means conspiracy), in a claim alleging that the client was responsible for the hacking and publication online of his data.
- Acting on a case worth over $200m for Lands, a Cayman company issued by the Libyan Investment Authority, in relation to investments with US and European banks made before the civil war.
- Acting in a £10m dispute for Matrix Receivables, which is the assignee of claims of a financial services company for breach of contract and unjust enrichments.
Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3Stewarts Law LLP acts on a multi-disciplinary basis across four specialist areas of tax disputes including direct tax litigation, indirect tax litigation, tax investigations and commercial tax litigation. The department is well-versed in tax and HMRC settlement with a diverse client base from high-net worth individuals and associated businesses. David Pickstone is experienced in direct tax, environmental tax and commercial tax litigation. Lee Ellis acts for corporates while Victor Cramer focuses on indirect tax.
Other key lawyers:
Lee Ellis; Victor Cramer
‘Excellent relationship with HMRC which assists clients in getting to heart of dispute quickly. Former HMRC senior officers on the team help understand HMRC thinking. Very accessible and responsive partners.’
‘Partner Lee Ellis has exceptional grasp of complex and technical issues, leverages his in house experience at HMRC Solicitors Office wisely and gives clients great insight into the mindset of Revenue.’
‘Stewarts key strengths are their extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of tax litigation which enables them to give insightful, pragmatic and exceptional strategic advice in addition to first class technical tax advice. This in my view is what makes the team stand out from other legal advisers.’
‘Lee Ellis has extensive experience of both tax advisory and tax litigation both from an HMRC and taxpayer perspective. This enables him to give taxpayers exceptionally astute, strategic and pragmatic advice on all all stages of tax investigations and tax litigation more generally. In addition to being an exception technical tax lawyer, he also has exceptionally sound judgement and is strategically astute.’
‘Excellent team with excellent leadership from David. technically very capable lawyers, approachable and easy to work with.’
‘David Pickstone is noted for his technical ability and leadership skills’
‘Strong litigation team combined with technical knowledge.’
‘I have recently worked with Victor Kramer and Krishna Mahajan, and they were both excellent – communicative, practical, technical and commercial.’
Quinn (London) Ltd
The Claims Guys Ltd
Tayto Group Limited and Others
FCC Recycling UK Limited and Singleton Birch Limited
Marchill Investments LLP
A Banking & Finance Industry Body
Neil Blair / The Blair Partnership
- Acted Quinn (London) Ltd in a leading tax appeal which found for our clients and rejected HMRC’s attempts to narrow the scope and availability of R&D relief to small and medium-sized enterprises.
Employment > Senior executives Tier 4Advising senior executives, senior employees and partners, Stewarts Law LLP provides expertise in negotiating entry and exit agreements, advising on incentive and remuneration structures, and acting in a range of disputes. Core strengths for the practice include unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing disputes in the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Joseph Lappin spearheads the team.
Other key lawyers:
Charlie Thompson; Ian Gatt KC
‘Joe Lappin and his team of employment professionals at Stewart’s are stellar. They bring a precise understanding of your objectives, the professional context that you’re facing, and the relevant case law and regulations relevant to you.’
‘Joseph Lappin is a real rising star. He combines extreme smarts, detailed diligent review, and pragmatic HR working experience to give you the full range of options and professional outcomes.’
‘Specialist litigators offering high quality litigation teams.’
‘I have worked with Ian Gatt KC and Charlie Thompson. Both are excellent – clever, knowledgeable and responsive.’
‘I have worked with Charlie Thompson – he is very impressive and I would recommend him strongly.’
‘Charlie Thompson is a great addition. He has both a strong grasp for the technical, legal side of the work, but is also someone who is pragmatic and focused on getting the best outcome for the client.’
Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5Stewarts Law LLP‘s team routinely leverages its conflict-free status for conflict-referral arbitration work. The practice is also active in Africa-related disputes and the representation of states, and has a growing reputation for cryptocurrency-related matters. ‘Outstanding‘ department head Philippa Charles is a cross-border arbitration specialist, while Daniel Wilmot ‘battles hard‘. Recent expansion includes the recruitment of international commercial and investment treaty arbitration partner Alejandro Garcia and ‘no-nonsense‘ senior associate Mark McMahon from Clyde & Co and Mayer Brown International LLP, respectively.
Other key lawyers:
‘Stewarts has a solid understanding of commercial arbitration work and is growing its strength in investment arbitration. Its relatively small size enables it to compete with larger firms on price, without risking quality and the capacity to take on large matters.’
‘Stewarts is a truly client-focused outfit, which sets it apart from larger firms elsewhere. The calibre and experience of the group is second to none, and this is reflected from senior partners to associates, who are impressive right down to juniors.‘
‘Philippa Charles is outstanding and sets the tone for the rest of the group – particularly recommended for trickier global cases.’
‘Philippa Charles is pragmatic, strategic and committed.’
‘Daniel Wilmot stands out as a partner willing to roll up his sleeves for his clients, and he battles hard.’
‘Daniel Wilmot has a great grasp of the issues at hand, as well as an understanding of the commercial aspects.’
‘Mark McMahon is a standout among the senior associates – bright, diligent and fantastic with clients.’
‘Mark McMahon is a no-nonsense lawyer, who has fantastic analytical and drafting skills. He works hard and brings with him a deep analytical understanding of commercial and construction arbitration issues.’
- Defending a Nigerian energy company against two ICC arbitrations commenced by a consortium of lenders, in relation to $1bn-plus claims, which involve challenges of jurisdiction and raise novel points on powers of consolidation under the ICC rules.
- Acting for a sophisticated Cayman-based cryptocurrency market operator in a large-value dispute over the repayment terms for cryptocurrency (advanced for an investment).
- Acting for a Nigerian engineering consultancy in large-value ICC/ad hoc arbitration claims, which concern the award of large construction/project contracts.
Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 5The ‘talented and experienced’ team at Stewarts Law LLP have a specialised practice focused on tax based professional negligence, and has advised on several high profile tax professional negligence actions, including the high-profile Ingenious litigation relating to film finance schemes. Founder of the department David Pickstone represents both high net worth individuals and corporates; he is known for being 'extremely good at conveying complex legal issues in ways that laymen can understand.' He works alongside James Le Gallais, who 'combines a particularly astute legal brain with hard-edged commerciality' and senior associate Alex Lerner.
Other key lawyers:
James Le Gallais; Darren Kidd; Alex Lerner
‘David Pickstone is an outstanding communicator – extremely good at conveying complex legal issues in ways that laymen can understand.’
‘A team of exceptional lawyers across all levels of seniority. Talented and experienced in the sector, they are really very impressive indeed. Top quality partners are supported by a team of up and coming associates who look to be stars of the future.’
‘James Le Gallais is an outstanding lawyer combining a particularly astute legal brain with hard-edged commerciality. He is a joy to work with. David Pickstone is a pre-eminent partner in relation to tax scheme work.’
‘Best in class litigation practice.’
‘David Pickstone – excellent client skills, high quality legal and litigation skills.’
- Represented a large group of claimants in the Ingenious Litigation, with the firm being the lead claimant group. The procedural decisions arising from the case have set important new precedents in relation to security for costs and litigation funding, alongside issues such as the scope of the duty of care of professional advisors.
- Instructed by c.130 investors in a complex claim against a leading KC arising out of their failed investments in The Invicta FIlm Partnership No.43 LLP.
Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5Stewarts Law LLP advises domestic and international corporates on corporate investigations, both internal and initiated by regulatory agencies, with a notable focus on financial crime, including fraud, corruption, international sanctions, money laundering, and insider trading allegations. Clients come from a variety of industries such as data, energy, real estate, and telecoms, with the team leveraging internal asset recovery, tax litigation and employment expertise, allowing it to handle complex proceedings, including cross-border investigations. David Savage leads the team, and offers strong financial services regulatory expertise, advising on institutional internal investigations and issues such as international sanctions. Pia Mithani advises a wide range of clients, including international public institutions and hedge funds.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team in white collar is a specialist boutique within a litigation firm. As such they offer an excellent service and one which puts partner time at the forefront even though their associates are also excellent.’
‘David Savage is incredibly knowledgeable, approachable and personable. He takes great care to make sure his clients and contacts know how much he cares about them and their issues.’
Combined Property Control
- Represented Combined Property Control in its dispute with Lockton Companies LLC arising out of an insurance claim made under a significant property portfolio insurance policy in which it is alleged that Lockton, as broker, fraudulently altered certificates of insurance and forged documents pertaining to agree to certain settlements sum on behalf of the insurer.
Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 6Led by financial crime specialist David Savage, who regularly handles high-level investigations, the team at Stewarts Law LLP advises and represents company directors, corporate officers, and high-net-worth individuals in a range of industries facing multijurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations relating to fraud, corruption, international sanctions, money laundering and market abuse. The practice draws upon in-house tax and employment expertise, while Pia Mithani is noted for her asset recovery capabilities, and director Karen Hutchinson has experience in cross-border civil fraud cases as well as financial crime matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Stewarts are sharp and focused and aggressive and expert – they know their patch and stick to it and do very well for their clients.’
‘My experience is with David Savage, head of department and I have nothing but positive things to say.’
‘David Savage – Extremely experienced on sanctions, AML, bribery and corruption, and fraud generally. David is building a strong criminal defense team focused in large measure on Stewarts base giving advice to individuals, but likewise they are extremely well-suited to work for corporates.’
‘David Savage leads a small dynamic team with a lot of clout that are extremely capable of dealing with a broad spectrum of new, emerging and complex regulatory matters.’
‘David Savage is outstanding. He totally appreciates that people’s livelihoods and firm’s reputations are at stake and pulls out the stops to achieve the best outcomes for his clients. He is a thought leader: smart and switched on while still personable and responsive.’
‘Friendly, approachable and know their stuff.’
‘David Savage – a really smart partner.’
Dispute resolution > Public international law
Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Disputes firm Stewarts Law LLP recently launched a policyholder disputes department with the hire of insurance litigator Aaron Le Marquer from Fenchurch Law.
Latin America: International firms > International arbitration
Stewarts Law LLP > Firm Profile
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.
Policyholder Disputes: The team advises policyholders on insurance disputes, including business interruption, property, energy and construction, financial and professional risks and casualty. They only represent policyholders in disputes against insurers.
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.
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|Clinical negligence||Muiris Lyonsfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 (0) 20 7822 8095|
|Commercial litigation||Clive Zietmanemail@example.com||+44 (0) 20 7822 8075|
|Competition litigation||Kate Pollockfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 (0) 20 7936 8086|
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|International arbitration||Philippa Charlesfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 (0) 20 7936 8127|
|Media disputes||Emily Coxemail@example.com||+44 (0) 20 7903 7953|
|Securities litigation||Keith Thomasfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 (0) 20 7822 8177|
|Personal injury and Head of Leeds Office||Daniel Hermanemail@example.com||+44 (0)113 222 0023|
|Tax litigation and investigations||David Pickstonefirstname.lastname@example.org||+44(0) 20 7936 8178|
|Trust and probate litigation||James Priceemail@example.com||+44 (0) 20 7936 8090|
|Financial crime||David Savagefirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 (0) 20 7903 7904|
|Insolvency and Asset Recovery||Alex Jayemail@example.com||+44 (0)20 7903 7902|
|Policyholder disputes||Aaron Le Marquerfirstname.lastname@example.org||+44 (0)20 7822 8150|
|Toby Atkinson||Partner Toby advises clients in relation to a broad range of family…||View Profile|
|Elaina Bailes||Partner Elaina is an experienced commercial litigator who has acted on a…||View Profile|
|Stuart Carson||Partner with Competition Litigation department. Stuart specialises in complex and high-value competition…||View Profile|
|Julian Chamberlayne||Partner and Head of the International Injury department, handling a mix of…||View Profile|
|Sophie Chapman||Partner Sophie advises clients on a broad range of family law issues,…||View Profile|
|Philippa Charles||Partner and Head of the International Arbitration. Philippa specialises in complex and…||View Profile|
|Debbie Chism||Partner in the Divorce and Family department. Debbie’s leading national reputation in…||View Profile|
|Stephanie Clarke||Partner in the Personal Injury department. Stephanie has extensive knowledge and a…||View Profile|
|Emily Cox||Partner and Head of Media Disputes. Emily is an experienced litigator who…||View Profile|
|Victor Cramer||Partner Victor is a specialist in VAT and indirect taxation, as well…||View Profile|
|Christopher Deacon||Partner Chris is a specialist international injury lawyer who throughout his career…||View Profile|
|Stuart Dench||Stuart is Managing Partner and was formerly Head of Business Development and…||View Profile|
|Andrew Dinsmore||Partner in the Personal Injury department. For over 20 years, Andrew has…||View Profile|
|Robert Dransfield||Partner in the Clinical Negligence department. Robert specialises in complex and high-value clinical…||View Profile|
|Charles Edwards||Partner in the Personal Injury department. Charles is a very experienced, collaborative…||View Profile|
|Lee Ellis||Partner Lee is a highly-regarded and experienced tax specialist. He regularly assists…||View Profile|
|Inge Forster||Partner in the Competition Litigation department. Inge specialises in competition litigation damages…||View Profile|
|Nichola Fosler||Partner in the Personal Injury department. Nichola specialises in serious injury claims…||View Profile|
|Stephen Foster||Head of Divorce and Damily department. Stephen is very adept at dealing…||View Profile|
|Alejandro Garcia||Partner Alejandro has over 18 years of dispute resolution experience. His practice…||View Profile|
|Ian Gatt||Partner Ian is an experienced advocate and commercial litigator with more than…||View Profile|
|Fiona Gillett||Partner in the Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation departments. Fiona specialises in…||View Profile|
|Jemma Goddard||Associate Jemma specialises in bringing and defending estate and trust related claims,…||View Profile|
|Alison Goldney||Partner Alison specialises in high value and complex clinical negligence claims for…||View Profile|
|Emma Hatley||Partner in the Divorce and Family department. Praised in the legal directories…||View Profile|
|Amy Heath||Partner Amy has over 10 years’ experience acting for individuals who have…||View Profile|
|Richard Hogwood||Partner in the Divorce and Family department. Richard focuses particularly on negotiating…||View Profile|
|Emma Holland||Partner Emma advises beneficiaries, trustees, and other fiduciaries on trust disputes both…||View Profile|
|Matthew Humphries||Partner in the Divorce and Family department. Matthew’s particular expertise is resolving complex…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Huxford||Associate Rebecca specialises in international injury claims, with a particular specialism in…||View Profile|
|Alex Jay||Partner and Head of Insolvency and Asset Recovery Alex leads the contentious…||View Profile|
|Laura Jenkins||Partner Described by counsel as a very talented solicitor with a stellar…||View Profile|
|Hugh Johnson||Partner Hugh specialises in complex healthcare claims, particularly those involving spinal cord…||View Profile|
|Marc Jones||Partner in the Commercial Litigation department. Marc specialises in high-value commercial and…||View Profile|
|Geoff Kertesz||Partner in Trust and Probate department||View Profile|
|Darren Kidd||Partner. Darren specialises in complex and high-value commercial disputes. Darren has experience across…||View Profile|
|Carly Kinch||Partner Carly has significant experience with all aspects of family law but…||View Profile|
|Nick Knowles||Partner in the Clinical Negligence department. Nick has enormous experience in handling…||View Profile|
|Sophie Lalor-Harbord||Partner Sophie specialises in complex commercial litigation and has particular experience in…||View Profile|
|Lorraine Lanceley||Partner Lorraine specialises in high-value and complex commercial disputes. She has worked…||View Profile|
|Joseph Lappin||Partner and Head of Employment Joseph advises on all aspects of employment…||View Profile|
|James Le Gallais||Partner James is a partner in the Tax Litigation and Investigations department…||View Profile|
|Aaron Le Marquer||Partner Aaron leads the Policyholder Disputes team and specialises in representing policyholders…||View Profile|
|Sam Longworth||Partner in the Divorce and Family department. Sam is a leading lawyer…||View Profile|
|Muiris Lyons||Partner and Head of the Clinical Negligence department. Muiris is ranked as one…||View Profile|
|Harry McGowan||Partner Harry specialises in securities litigation and has particular expertise in statutory…||View Profile|
|Joe Mitchell||Senior Associate Joe specialises in high-value commercial litigation, often involving banking and…||View Profile|
|Pia Mithani||Partner Pia is a general commercial litigator. She has particular experience in…||View Profile|
|Peter Neenan||Partner in the Aviation department. Peter is a dual qualified English solicitor…||View Profile|
|Marcus Parker||Marcus has more than 25 years’ experience as both an English lawyer…||View Profile|
|David Pickstone||Partner and Head of the Tax Litigation department. David specialises in complex tax…||View Profile|
|Lewis Powers||Associate Lewis advises on all areas of family law. He has twice…||View Profile|
|James Price||Partner and Head of the Trusts and Probate Litigation department. James specialises…||View Profile|
|Peregrine Redgrave||Partner Peregrine specialises in representing claimants in catastrophic injury claims involving traumatic…||View Profile|
|Scott Rigby||Partner in the International Injury department. Scott specialises in acting for clients…||View Profile|
|Lucy Robinson||Partner in the Personal Injury department. Lucy represents claimants only, most of…||View Profile|
|Ben Rogers||Partner in the Personal Injury department. Ben specialises in acting for claimants in…||View Profile|
|Clare Salmon||Partner in the personal injury department. Clare is recognised in legal directories…||View Profile|
|Zachary Sananes||Partner Zach has significant experience acting on a wide range of complex…||View Profile|
|David Savage||Partner and Head of Financial Crime David has extensive private practice and…||View Profile|
|Rebecca Smith||Senior Associate Rebecca is a highly experienced aviation lawyer, specialising in complex…||View Profile|
|Chris Smith||Partner Chris joined Stewarts in 2014 and acts in complex and high-value…||View Profile|
|Sarah Stewart||Partner in the Aviation department. Sarah specialises in aviation related disputes resulting…||View Profile|
|Lucy Stewart-Gould||Partner Lucy was named Spear’s Future Leader in Private Client 2018. She…||View Profile|
|Tim Symes||Tim is an expert in contentious insolvency litigation encompassing director fraud and…||View Profile|
|Keith Thomas||Head of the Securities Litigation department. Keith focuses on complex and high-value…||View Profile|
|Charlie Thompson||Partner Charlie is an experienced employment lawyer, who specialises in complex and…||View Profile|
|Martin Walsh||Partner Martin advises private sector clients in the technology, finance and manufacturing…||View Profile|
|Lucy Ward||Partner Lucy specialises in banking and financial services litigation and has particular…||View Profile|
|Daniel Wilmot||Partner Dan is a disputes specialist with a track record of strategically…||View Profile|
|Anna Wiseman||Partner Anna has over 10 years’ experience dealing with catastrophic personal injury…||View Profile|
|Clive Zietman||Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation Clive leads the Commercial Litigation team…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 81 Number of other UK fee-earners : 207
Disputes Yearbook 2020
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- Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant
- Insurance > Personal injury: claimant
- Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- Private client > Family
- Transport > Travel
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
- Insurance > Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant
- Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil
- Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Dispute resolution > Competition litigation
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium
- Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations
- Dispute resolution > International arbitration
- Insurance > Professional negligence
- Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates)