David Hughes > Stewarts Law LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Stewarts Law LLP
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Work Department

Commercial Litigation and Fraud



David’s experience includes advising clients on asset recoveries, enforcement proceedings, funds disputes and security enforcement. He has expertise in cases involving money laundering and other regulatory issues including capital market products, enforcement of bond structures, swaps and derivatives products. He was previously contributing editor to Butterworths Money Laundering Law.


David joined Stewarts in June 2017 having previously worked as a partner at Dechert LLP. Prior to Dechert LLP David was Head of Banking and Finance Litigation at Berwin Leighton Paisner and DLA Piper.


  • Law Society
  • Institute of Money Laundering Prevention Officers

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

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

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

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