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Addleshaw Goddard

Work Department

Finance litigation and regulatory investigations.


Partner specialising in banking, finance and investment disputes and contentious regulatory work acting for banks, asset managers, hedge funds and pension funds in domestic and cross border cases involving a range of lending and investment products both structured and plain vanilla.


1993-1998 (qualified 1995): Pinsents Masons, trainee and solicitor, litigation; 1998-2006: Simmons & Simmons, senior associate, financial markets litigation; 2006-2010: Halliwells LLP, partner, finance litigation and recoveries; 2010-2014: TLT LLP, partner, finance litigation; 2014 – present: Addleshaw Goddard LLP, partner, finance litigation and regulatory investigations.


LSLA; Law Society of England and Wales; Financial Services Lawyers Association.


London School of Economics and Political Science (1988 Government and History, Bsc (Econ)); Guildford College of Law (1993 Law Society Finals).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

(Leading individuals)

Richard ClaytonAddleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has a varied banking litigation practice, acting for and against banks in a wide range of disputes. The group’s workload encompasses representing clients on both sides of enforcement proceedings, as well as handling claims pertaining to alleged misselling, conspiracy and fraud. Cryptocurrency and the payments sector are two notable areas of focus for the practice, which is led by Richard Clayton. Clayton is highly praised by clients, who regard him as a ‘great tactician’ who possesses ‘excellent judgement’; his cases often include cross-jurisdictional elements. ‘Experienced litigator’ James Herring is another core partner and takes the lead on payment cases, while Sivan Daniels was promoted to the partnership in April 2022 and is an ‘outstanding lawyer’ with experience handling high-value claims. Legal director Alex Unger is another name to note and is highlighted for earning ‘the absolute trust of his clients’. Michael Barnett  departed the firm in 2021.