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Stewarts Law LLP

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP's strategy of quality over quantity has helped the firm to establish itself as a leader in its chosen specialist areas, which centre around catastrophic injury claims and serious neurological injuries, including spinal cord damage and brain injuries. The team, which is led by practice head Frank Pinch - who can 'charm the birds from the trees' - benefits from its close connections with the firm's well-regarded London office. The team's up-and-coming bench of associate talent includes Gabrielle Ross, who is described as 'a future star' who 'leaves no stone unturned for her clients'.

Practice head(s):

Frank Pinch


Stewarts sets itself apart by providing a second-to-none service for clients.’

‘Dynamic and thorough, ensuring that no stone is left unturned.’

‘The best clinical negligence law firm I have had dealings with in 20 years.’

‘Frank Pinch is knowledgeable and tactically excellent.’

‘Amy Fielding is extremely thorough with excellent client rapport.’

‘Frank Pinch has a profound amount of experience. His judgement is always very sound.’

‘Gabrielle Ross is plainly partnership material. She has a real eye for detail, but equally is able to filter out the good points from the bad.’

‘Anna Higham is very hardworking. She is an excellent tactician and i always thinking of how to second guess and outdo her opponent.’

‘Esther Gaudoin handles high value, complicated actions with aplomb.’

‘Amy Fielding’s nursing background gives her the edge over may non-medically trained lawyers which she uses to her advantage, coupled with her dogged determination to get justice for her clients. Utterly fearless, prepared to go all the way and beyond, she rarely fails to get the result. Sheer class.

‘Frank Pinch is a fantastic lawyer, able to charm the birds from the trees. Experienced, tenacious, pragmatic and wonderful with clients and opponents alike.’

‘Gabrielle Ross has an unbelievable eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned for her clients: she is a future star.

‘Frank Pinch is committed, thoughtful and diligent.  Very experienced.  Great attention to detail and tactically astute.’

‘Gabrielle Ross is outstanding in her knowledge of my case; I can ask her anything and she can recall facts of my case in a flash. She is also very patient and explains things in a way I can understand.’

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

Boutique litigation firm Stewarts Law LLP has the scope to handle a range of high-value complex commercial disputes. The group is particularly highly regarded for its experience in fraud and corruption, cartel damages claims, IT disputes and financial services litigation. Mo Bhaskaran is noted for his expertise in complex disputes and heads up the practice, which includes 'experienced litigator' Kate Pollock, Martin Walsh, who leads the firm's technology-sector disputes department, and recently promoted partner Nick Haworth.

Practice head(s):

Mo Bhaskaran


Stewarts Law LLP is a boutique litigation firm with strong expertise in competition damages cases.

Stewarts Law stands out for its ability to delve into litigation, investigate every aspect minutely and think outside the box.

The team is fast-moving, always dynamic and energetic, while at the same time being highly meticulous.

Kate Pollock has a keen eye for detail and a willingness to go the extra mile for clients.

Kate Pollock is a delight to work with.

Mo Bhaskaran is especially clever, experienced, strategic and good with clients and opponents.

Nick Haworth is incredibly bright, responsive, commercial, and responsive with skills and knowledge that go way beyond what you would necessarily expect from a lawyer, which means that he takes away from you a lot of the investigative work needed for litigation. He is also easy and fun to work with, making the whole litigation experience far better than it might otherwise be.

Key clients

Marks & Spencer

Iiyama Corporation

Asda Group Limited

Wm Morrison plc

Home Retail Group plc

BlueOak Capital LLC

Niamac (formerly trading as Safeglaze UK)

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 1

With a focus on finance and divorce work, Stewarts Law LLP's Leeds practice leverages the strength of the firm's London team to assist with national and international mandates, while also attracting work as a result of its well-established regional reputation. The practice exclusively handles high-value disputes and is experienced in matters involving international jurisdictional elements or corporate structures. The 'pragmatic and insightful' Adrian Clossick heads up the department and is a trained collaborative lawyer; senior associate Ed Heaton and associate Jenny Bowden support Clossick on high-value matters.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Clossick

Other key lawyers:


The team at Stewarts excels at the highest level of the market regionally and nationally‘.

Adrian Clossick is always very constructive, pragmatic and insightful‘.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP is recognized as a leading firm in the field of catastrophic injury. This reputation has helped the firm to generate a steady flow of high-value work, securing record settlements and awards in a number of areas, recovering more than £500m for clients in 200 cases over three years. The team - which only acts for clients who have sustained life-changing injuries - is led by Leeds office head Daniel Herman, the first ever accredited spinal cord injury specialist appointed by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Ben Townsend advises on high-value personal injury claims and has a particular focus on brain and spinal cord injuries.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Herman

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Hill; Warren Maxwell; Ben Townsend

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Muiris Lyons

Other key lawyers:

Nick Knowles; Robert Dransfield; Hugh Johnson; Nadia Kreuger-Young


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Family Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Stephen Foster

Other key lawyers:

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


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

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

Debbie Chism is very thorough and extremely professional’.

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

Richard Hogwood is phenomenal, super intelligent‘.

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

Toby Atkinson does superb work‘.

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

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

Key clients

C v C [2018] EWHC 3186 (Fam)

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

Mantegazza v Mantegazza [2017] EWHC 3811 (Fam)

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

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

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

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

ABX v SBX [2018] EWFC 81

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Paul Paxton

Other key lawyers:

Charles Edwards; Ben Rogers; Andrew Dinsmore; Lucy Robinson; Stephanie Clarke; Nichola Fosler


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

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

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

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

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

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

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Clive Zietman


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

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

Key clients

Fortress Investment Group

Cyrus Capital Partners

Golden Belt 1 Sukuk Company

Chesterfield United (in liquidation)

Partridge Management Group (in liquidation) and their joint liquidators

Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of Kazakhstan

Palladyne International Asset Management

Grant Thornton BVI (as liquidators of Stanford International Bank)

Commercial litigation Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Clive Zietman


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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Fortress Investment Group and Cyrus Capital Partners

Republic of Kazakhstan and the National Bank of Kazakhstan

Palladyne International Asset Management

Grant Thornton BVI

Competition litigation Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Kate Pollock

Other key lawyers:


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

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

A great firm for claimant work’

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

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

Key clients

Asda Stores

Home Retail Group

Wm Morrison Supermarkets


Marks & Spencer Group

Ingram Micro

Employment: senior executives Tier 2

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

Fraud: civil Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Clive Zietman

Other key lawyers:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

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

Lands Company Limited

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

Kaupthing Bank hf –v- Deutsche Bank.

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

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

Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority

BlueOak Arkansas LLC

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

Grant Thornton BVI – as liquidators of Stanford International Bank Ltd

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

James Price

Other key lawyers:

Emma Holland


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

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

Key clients

Lands Company

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Kovalevsky QC

Other key lawyers:

David Savage; Pia Mithani; Karen Hutchinson


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

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

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

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

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

Key clients

Frank Dowling

Dr Cansun Guralp

Martin King

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

Richard Kovalevsky QC

Other key lawyers:


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

Key clients

KBR, Inc.

Ticket Hut

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

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

Practice head(s):

David Pickstone

Other key lawyers:

Victor Cramer; Lee Ellis; James Le Gallais; Lisa Vanderheide; Sarah Stenton; Darren Kidd


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

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

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

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

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

‘Lee Ellis – what he doesn’t know about tax law isn’t worth knowing.’

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

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

‘Victor Cramer has made an impressive start at Stewarts.’

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

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

International arbitration Tier 5

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

Practice head(s):

Philippa Charles


The team is excellent – conflict free, flexible and very able‘.

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

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

Key clients

Government of the Republic of Poland


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

Practice head(s):

Julian Chamberlayne; James Healy-Pratt

Other key lawyers:

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


Julian Chamberlayne, Scott Rigby and Christopher Deacon are superb.

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

Inspiring leadership from Julian Chamberlayne.

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

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

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

Sarah Stewart is flexible to client’s needs.

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

Key clients

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

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

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

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

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
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 Mo Bhaskaran  photo Mo Bhaskaran Partner and Head of Commercial Litigation, Leeds Mo specialises in complex commercial…
 Adrian Clossick  photo Adrian Clossick Partner and Head of Divorce and Family department in Leeds.  Adrian specialises…
 Ellie Hampson-Jones  photo Ellie Hampson-Jones Associate  Ellie is recognised as a “Rising Star” by Spear’s magazine and…
 Daniel Herman  photo Daniel Herman Partner and Head of the Personal Injury department in Leeds.  Since 1999,…
 Warren Maxwell  photo Warren Maxwell Partner in the Personal Injury department.  Warren represents claimants in high-value and…
 Frank Pinch  photo Frank Pinch Partner responsible for the Clinical Negligence department in the Leeds office. Frank…
 Kate Pollock  photo Kate Pollock Partner and Head of Competition Litigation department in Leeds. Kate specialises in…
 Jonathan Sinclair  photo Jonathan Sinclair Partner in the Competition Litigation department.  Jonathan has for over 25 years…
 Ben Townsend  photo Ben Townsend Partner in the Personal Injury department. Ben specialises in brain and spinal…
Number of UK partners : 70
Number of other UK fee-earners : 198