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Stewarts Law LLP

5 NEW STREET SQUARE, LONDON, EC4A 3BF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7822 8000
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Fax 020 7822 8037
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Web:
www.stewartslaw.com
Leeds, London

London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP advises on large-scale civil fraud matters with cross-border aspects. The firm is advising RAKIA, which invests the sovereign wealth of Ras Al Khaimah; in a fraud case against a former CEO and other individuals valued at $1.5b. It also continues to act for the liquidators of Kaupthing in connection with a €500m claim against Deutsche Bank which related to the sale of banking derivatives during the credit crunch. Clive Zietman heads the team, he is supported by the ‘impressiveSean Upson who ‘typically identifies very quickly the available courses of action and then provides prompt and reliable advice as to which option is most feasible and appropriate’. Ian Gatt QC joined as partner from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and David Hughes joined as partner from Dechert LLP. Laura Jenkins and Lucy Ward were promoted to partner. Daniel Loblowitz and Fiona Stewart left the firm.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Leading individuals

Richard Kovalevsky - Stewarts Law LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 2

Stewarts Law LLP

'A top firm for claimants and highly recommended for banking litigation', the 'smart and user-friendly' conflict-free firm Stewarts Law LLP is the largest litigation-only law firm in the UK and acts for some of the world’s biggest financial institutions, companies, multinational corporations and high-net-worth individuals; the team has also expanded into new areas of disputes work, such as securities litigation. The practice acts in complex, large-scale and high-value banking disputes and has significant experience of litigation funding; and the civil fraud group's work often involves complex financial instruments and structures. In a high-value, complex matter involving multiple jurisdictions, it acted for the liquidators of Kaupthing in connection with a €500m claim against Deutsche Bank, which arose from the sale of complex banking derivatives; and in a dispute that raised fundamental questions about the duties of banks that issue Islamic corporate bonds, the team acted for both hedge funds that bought a bond and the company that issued the bond.  Clive Zietman is department head,  Marc Jones 'runs litigation very well', and Fiona Gillett is 'a very able lawyer, who has a great touch with clients'. Other key advisers are  Sean UpsonKeith ThomasPaul BrehonyIan Gatt QC and David Hughes . Lucy Ward and Laura Jenkins were promoted to the partnership. Elaina Bailes is a key senior associate.

Leading individuals

Clive Zietman - Stewarts Law LLP

Sean Upson - Stewarts Law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Elaina Bailes - Stewarts Law LLP

Lucy Ward - Stewarts Law LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP is the largest litigation-only law firm in the UK and one of the few firms able to accept instructions against banks and financial institutions as well as other major corporates. It 'provides an excellent service with able lawyers, who are ready to drop everything and get up to speed at short notice when necessary'. The practice acted for 112 institutional investors, as claimants, in seeking damages further to Tesco's admission that its earlier financial statements were overstated by at least £326m as a result of manipulation of its commercial income; the case is one of the first cases to be brought under new legislation that is designed to address serious corporate mis-statements in published statements.Clive Zietman heads the commercial litigation department and the 'ultra-responsiveIan Gatt QC 'has a good understanding of clients' priorities'. Other highly rated advisers include Marc Jones, Fiona GillettKeith ThomasSean Upson, Paul Brehony and Andrew Hill. David Hughes was recruited from Dechert LLP, while Fiona Stewart left the firm.

Leading individuals

Clive Zietman - Stewarts Law LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 2

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP is 'one of the leading competition damages firms in the field' and its team is particularly noted for the 'steel determination' with which it manages large pieces of litigation for claimants pursuing damages arising from cartel infringements and abuses of dominance. The team is co-led by 'excellent strategist' Kate Pollock and 'resourceful' Kenny Henderson, who has vast cross-sectoral experience in competition disputes. Ian Gatt QC is recommended as 'a very far-sighted thinker'. The group represented multiple claimants, including Arcadia Group, Asda, Next and B&Q , in separate actions against Visa Europe and Visa concerning interchange fees. It also represented iiyama in separate claims against Schott and Samsung Electronics regarding CRT and LCT panel cartels respectively; in cases currently pending trial. The 'meticulous' Inge Forster is another key contact with 'good procedural knowledge'.

Leading individuals

Kate Pollock - Stewarts Law LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Stewarts Law LLP

'A boutique firm that regularly outguns its larger competitors', Stewarts Law LLP provides a largely conflict-free service in commercial arbitration matters to clients across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and the practice's sector specialisms include energy and power projects, cross-border trade and investment, and defence. International arbitration department head Philippa Charles is 'super-intelligent, has flawless tactical nous and is an ever- popular choice both as counsel and arbitrator'. Ian Gatt QC is 'a superb lawyer who contributes immensely to a case's successful outcome'. Matthew Knowles is also highly rated, and associate Veronica Connolly is 'an excellent attorney, well versed in the applicable law and very capable and competent'. Al Trent relocated to Jamaica.

Leading individuals

Philippa Charles - Stewarts Law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Veronica Connolly - Stewarts Law LLP

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP

The 'great' team at Stewarts Law LLP is noted for providing 'speedy and practical commercial advice' and are particularly good at 'demystifying complicated legal issues'. Department head David Pickstone draws on his experience at a Big 4 accounting firm to advise on a variety of tax disputes. Complimenting Pickstone's area expertise,  the team welcomed Victor Cramer from KPMG United Kingdom in January 2018. Demonstrating the group's strength, it is currently representing multiple high-net-worth individuals in an action against Ingenious Media, Coutts, UBS and other independent financial advisors regarding faulty advice about the tax implications of film partnerships. It is also representing FCC Environment UK and FCC Recycling as defendant and counterclaimant in $40m cross-claims against HMRC for the recovery of landfill tax and VAT. Senior associate Lee Ellis is also recommended.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP's 'outstanding' team is 'one of the best in the market for senior executives' with 'an excellent reputation in complex litigation' particularly partnership and LLP disputes. Team leader Tim Spillane is 'a pragmatic and solutions-focused leader in the field' and is 'incredibly easy to work with'; he is noted for his expertise in the financial and professional service industries and handles senior-level appointments and departures, team moves and restrictive covenant work. Richard Nicolle is also singled out for his ability to 'combine deep legal experience with a highly tactical approach'.

Leading individuals

Tim Spillane - Stewarts Law LLP

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP  is 'competent, responsive, organised and attentive to detail'; all in all it provides 'first-class service'. A 'standout practice for catastrophic injury', the practice has an extensive track record handling multimillion-pound neurological, spinal and fatal injury cases. Alison Goldney re-joined the firm from Brethertons LLP, and is recommended alongside Muiris Lyons, who is recognised throughout the UK and abroad as one of the leading figures for maximum severity work. Nick Knowles has many years of experience and 'a caring heart to his cutting-edge practice'.

Leading individuals

Muiris Lyons - Stewarts Law LLP

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP is a 'first choice' and 'the premier claimant firm in the field', according to clients. It assists individuals who have sustained serious, life-changing injuries, including brain and spinal injuries and amputations. Changes in the team include the arrival of 'first-class litigator' David Healy from BL Claims Solicitors and the promotion of the 'absolutely superb' Peregrine Redgrave to partner in May 2017. Paul Paxton, the 'technically first-class' head of the personal injury team, is 'the leading claimant lawyer in the country'. Other key figures are the 'great all-roundClare Salmon, who has 'extensive experience of both difficult liability claims and high-value quantum'the 'exceptionally good and collaborativeCharles Edwards; and the 'able and dedicated' Stephanie Clarke. Julian Chamberlayne heads the international injury department, acting for UK nationals who are injured abroad and for foreign nationals injured in the UK.

Leading individuals

Charles Edwards - Stewarts Law LLP

Paul Paxton - Stewarts Law LLP

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Stewarts Law LLP

At Stewarts Law LLP  James Price  is a ‘highly capable litigator who communicates very well with his senior clients’. Senior associate Emma McCall ‘combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law with a thoroughness and enthusiasm for her cases which few can match’. The department handles complex and large-scale disputes in England and other leading jurisdictions and acts for high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices, trustees and trust companies as well as charities.

Leading individuals

James Price - Stewarts Law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Emma McCall - Stewarts Law LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

Stephen Foster at Stewarts Law LLP is an ‘excellent team leader who has pulled together a fabulous team that continues to go from strength to strength’. Foster’s clients are figures from the City and entrepreneurs and many of his cases have an international dimension. Emma Hatley  is described as being ‘in a league of her own. She is a tenacious litigator- calm and measured as well as a real fighter with grit if necessary. She is destined for the top’. Matthew Humphries is an ‘excellent all-round lawyer with a great brain’. Also recommended are Debbie Chism (brings a vast store of experience to all her clients and is completely unflappable’), Richard Hogwood (‘frighteningly efficient’)  and Sam LongworthToby Atkinson  ‘strives to achieve a peaceful resolution if there is one to be found whilst preparing to fight if required. His advice is thoughtful and measured and his judgement is sound’. Helen Ward  is ‘superb in every way’. Other key members of the eight-partner practice include newly promoted partner Carly Kinch.

Leading individuals

Debbie Chism - Stewarts Law LLP

Emma Hatley - Stewarts Law LLP

Helen Ward - Stewarts Law LLP

Stephen Foster - Stewarts Law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Carly Kinch - Stewarts Law LLP

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP is the ‘best in the business’ for complex, high-value cases for those who have been seriously injured abroad; it has the ‘technical skills, the know-how and the commitment to make a real difference to any serious case’ and is ‘sympathetic, realistic and pragmatic’. It is acting for a claimant, who was 19 when he suffered a massive brain injury as a result of a road traffic accident in Jersey; and is representing a claimant who suffered multiple orthopaedic, vascular and chest injuries in an accident at work in Austria. Head of international injury Julian Chamberlayne is a ‘tenacious litigator, who is confident in his creative use of the law who runs rings around most opponents’. The ‘effervescentScott Rigby’s ‘lively enthusiasm wins over clients and opponents alike, facilitating settlement where others might struggle’. Senior associate Christopher Deacon is a ‘superb travel lawyer; he is knowledgeable, tenacious, compassionate and intellectually astute’. Head of aviation James Healy-Pratt is ‘quite simply brilliant; his understanding of multi-jurisdictional law, his ability to deliver challenging issues in a kind and patient manner, his understanding of the coronial system and his brilliant strategic overview give his clients the confidence to know that he really is fighting their corner’. The aviation team acts for pilots and passengers, and their families, who are involved in aviation accidents and aviation disasters worldwide, often involving multi-jurisdictional litigation. Sarah Stewart is ‘extremely good with clients who have suffered losses in aviation disasters; they have complete confidence in her’; and Peter Neenan has an ‘incredible forensic mind and an eye for detail’ and is ‘fantastic on aviation-related cases’. Daniel Herman leads the Leeds-based personal injury team which also features Ben Townsend.

Leading individuals

James Healy-Pratt - Stewarts Law LLP

Julian Chamberlayne - Stewarts Law LLP

Next generation lawyers

Christopher Deacon - Stewarts Law LLP

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