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Stewarts Law LLP

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Leeds, London

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

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

Other key lawyers:Kate Pollock; Martin Walsh; Nick Haworth


'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)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Asda Stores, Home Retail Group and Wm Morrison Supermarkets against MasterCard to recover damages for cartel activity. Following a favorable judgement for the claimants at the Court of Appeal, the defendant has been granted permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.
  • Defended Niamac (formerly trading as Safeglaze UK) and others in a trading dispute brought by Safestyle UK relating to the alleged theft of confidential information, poaching staff, passing off, trade mark infringement and other allegations.
  • Acting for iiyama (UK) in a cartel damages claim relating to the manufacturer of LCD screens.
  • Assisting BlueOak Arkansas with an urgent application made for the release of an interim injunction obtained by Tetronics UK preventing HSBC from paying out on a £4.5m on-demand guarantee.
  • Instructed by the Public Institute for Social Security, Kuwait in a claim issued against Man Group for bribes estimated to be in excess of $80m.
Leading individuals

Mo Bhaskaran - Stewarts Law LLP

Next Generation Partners

Nick Haworth - Stewarts Law LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

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

Stewarts Law LLP

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.'

Rising stars

Gabrielle Ross - Stewarts Law LLP

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

Stewarts Law LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Daniel Herman

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Hill; Warren Maxwell

Work highlights

  • Represented a 24-year-old man who sustained a spinal cord injury following a motorcycle accident
  • Recovered damages of £16.25m on behalf of a 19-year-old man who sustained tetraplegia following a motorcycle accident.
  • Recovered damages of £6.1m on behalf of a 25-year-old man who sustained a spinal cord injury when he fell from ladders whilst cleaning gutters.
  • Recovered £3.655m on behalf of a 30-year-old man who sustained paraplegia following an accident in which he was a passenger in a car which was alleged by the defendant to have been stolen or unlawfully taken.
  • Recovered £1.7m for a 44-year-old man who sustained a serious knee injury at work which ultimately led to an amputation of his left leg below the knee.
Leading individuals

Ben Townsend - Stewarts Law LLP

Daniel Herman - Stewarts Law LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Stewarts Law LLP

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:Ed Heaton; Jenny Bowden


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

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

Leading individuals

Adrian Clossick - Stewarts Law LLP

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