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Charles Fussell & Co LLP

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

Charles Fussell & Co LLP's 'excellent, niche commercial litigation practice' predominantly represents claimants in commercial disputes, fraud and professional negligence. It is also increasingly active in defence-side matters. Charles Fussell is an expert in high-value, multi-party litigation involving the financial services and energy sectors; Simon Winter's practice covers commercial fraud, professional negligence, and disputes involving commercial contracts and shareholders; and banking and finance, competition, IP and IT disputes specialist Jonathan Cohen is 'an exceptional litigator'.

Practice head(s):

Charles Fussell

Other key lawyers:

Simon Winter; Jonathan Cohen; Elizabeth Stoppelmoor


‘Excellent, niche commercial litigation practice.’

‘Provides the expertise and experience of top-level Magic or Silver Circle firms with the flexibility and value of a small litigation boutique – delivers more bang for your buck than any other comparable law firm in London.’

‘Charles Fussell is a seriously experienced litigator, who goes the extra mile for his client. Exactly the kind of person you want with you in a fight!’

‘Charles Fussell has a great client manner and is a skilled communicator.

‘Charles Fussell is a top-class litigator and great strategist, who knows when to hit hard and when to pull a punch.

Simon Winter and Jonathan Cohen are very clever, hardworking and thoroughly nice people.’

‘Jonathan Cohen is an exceptional litigator. He combines breadth and depth of legal knowledge with being an astute tactician and a very personable demeanour that effectively disarms his opponents. A rare combination – a pleasure to work with.’

‘Elizabeth Stoppelmoor is an impressive tactician and strategist.’

Key clients

JJH Enterprises t/a ValueLicensing

Katanga Contracting Services


Energy Venture Partners

Albion Energy

Albion Resources

Genesis Mining Iceland EHF

LJ Management (IOM)

Waseem Sarwar

Oussama Ammar

Work highlights

  • Acting for Albion Energy  in a successful high-value action following the sale of an oil company.
  • Acting for Energy Venture Partners in a large-value, multi-jurisdictional and multi-party fraud action.
  • Acting for Katanga Contracting Services in two claims for non-payment of fees and a subsequent multi-jurisdictional enforcement action.

Charles Fussell & Co LLP combines the expertise of a City firm with the more hands-on, partner-led and cost-effective approach of a boutique firm. As the firm focuses only on contentious matters it is much less constrained than competitors on the type of entity it can act against.

The firm: Charles Fussell & Co LLP was established in 2007 as a boutique litigation firm. The firm’s expertise is in commercial litigation, often involving multiple jurisdictions and high-value claims. It also undertakes all forms of alternative dispute resolution and advises clients on ways to avoid disputes. The firm is led by former barrister and Herbert Smith litigator Charles Fussell, with support from solicitors and staff with litigation experience gained from leading City firms. It believes in staffing cases with small and efficient teams and focusing efforts on problem solving and understanding the commercial context of the dispute. Commercial conflicts are an ever-increasing problem with many larger law firms, and Charles Fussell & Co LLP prides itself on being conflict-free. It regularly instructs counsel from the leading sets of chambers across the firm’s specialisms and has good links with leading litigation service providers, including forensic accountants, e-disclosure providers and crisis/litigation PR firms. It is particularly adept at working with retained advisers and as part of multiparty and multidisciplinary teams. It has significant experience of working alongside many of the leading UK and US firms in large and complex cases.

Types of work undertaken: The firm deals with all kinds of commercial litigation, arbitration and expert determination. Many of the firm’s matters involve at least one or more parties based overseas or where the case has a multi-jurisdictional element.

Its main emphasis is on disputes emerging from the financial services sector, especially disputes with banks and financial institutions (such as disputes over guarantees) where larger firms cannot act. It also deals regularly with cases of commercial fraud and of professional negligence, especially of solicitors in relation to corporate and property transactional work. It also acts regularly in cases emerging from disagreements between businesses over long-term service agreements and between shareholders and partners in businesses.

The firm also frequently works alongside other law firms in very large disputes, where it will be retained to act in relation to a discrete part of a case or for one of many parties. In this way the firm has been involved in at least one of the top 20 leading cases in London for the past five years, including Berezovsky v Abramovich, JSC JTA Bank v Ablyazov, Dar Al Arkan Real Estate Development v Al Refai & Others, Peak Hotels v Tarek Investments, The Libyan Investment Authority v Goldman Sachs and The Libyan Investment Authority v Societe Generale.

Senior partner Charles Fussell
Other partner Simon Winter
Number of UK partners : 2
Number of other UK fee-earners : 2