Firm Profile > Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP > London, England

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP
5 NEW STREET SQUARE
LONDON
EC4A 3BF
England

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP‘s ‘exceptional‘ banking litigation team is praised for its ‘out-of-the-box thinking‘ in complex disputes. With a ‘stand-out reputation‘, practice head and managing partner Natasha Harrison is popular with a range of financial institutions including hedge funds, investment banks and money managers in high-value disputes. Fiona Huntriss, who is praised for being ‘technically outstanding but also unflappable‘, has a breadth of experience in banking, restructuring and insolvency litigation, while Tracey Dovaston leverages her in-house experience in a range of financial services disputes. Neil Pigott (who has ‘valuable experience in special situations, distressed investments and restructurings as well as the disputes that surround those situations‘) joined in August 2020 from BNP Paribas. The disputes specialist firm benefits from the ability to leverage its renowned US team in transatlantic disputes.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Huntriss; Tracey Dovaston; Neil Pigott; Nick Turvey; Rosalind Axbey

Testimonials

The firm is true expert in litigation and complex disputes. Their approach is refreshing and demonstrates out-of-the-box thinking.’

Natasha Harrison: huge commercial practice and popular with funds operating out of London. Astute judgment as to what will and won’t fly before the Court. Fiona Huntriss: technically superb, very able on paper and a fantastic team player.’

Neil Pigott brings a fresh view to BSF with his unique experience in private practice and investment banking. Where others know the theory he has real and valuable experience in special situations, distressed investments and restructurings as well as the disputes that surround those situations.’

First-rate team for heavy and difficult commercial banking litigation. Frequently turned to when problems arise in relation to fund investment or banking documents, and clients require an external set of eyes to assess the merits and identify a creative way forwards.’

Natasha Harrison has the stand-out reputation and her elevation to the firm’s leadership is richly deserved and provides an excellent role-model for younger lawyers. Fiona Huntriss is technically outstanding but also unflappable and a real pleasure to work with.

Exceptional team – highly credible.

Fiona Huntriss – top drawer, calm under pressure. Associate Rosalind Axbey – very clever

The team is relatively small but obviously hand-picked, meaning that everyone is of the same high quality and great to deal with.

Key clients

Barclays Bank

ING Bank

Farallon Capital Management

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Taconic Capital

Warwick Capital

Madison Pacific

Simon Gaul

VR Capital

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

Since entering the London market in 2007, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP‘s now 25-partner litigation team has built a reputation for handling some of the biggest commercial claims in the market. ‘Backed by huge international heft‘, it is strong for cross-border matters and has the ability to leverage its impressive US practice in transatlantic disputes. The group has continued to grow with the additions of Paul Baker and Dominic Roughton in April 2021, who joined from Simmons & Simmons and Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP respectively. Richard East leads the team, which includes the ‘outstandingTed Greeno, Alex Gerbi (who has particular expertise in disputes relating to Russia, Ukraine and other CIS territories), and Nick Marsh, who counts M&A, finance, energy, telecoms, fraud and offshore disputes among his areas of specialism. Other key contacts include Aidan O’Rourke, who focuses on pensions, financial services and intellectual property disputes, and Yasseen Gailani who is particularly strong for financial services, restructuring and security enforcement work. 'Superstar' group litigation specialist Ravi Nayer joined from Brown Rudnick LLP .

Praised for being 'creative problem solvers who bring first-class litigation skills', Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP's commercial litigation team handles a range of cross-border disputes with expertise in transatlantic litigation for corporates and financial institutions. The 'strategic, tenacious and very client friendly' Natasha Harrison leads the team which includes 'phenomenally strong lawyers at every level'. The 'brilliant' Fiona Huntriss and 'excellent, hands-on litigation partner' Will Hooker have a breadth of experience in a range of cross-border disputes; 'skilled strategist' Matthew Getz is a name to note for litigation involving anti-corruption and fraud investigations, while 'excellent litigator' Tracey Dovaston specialises in financial services disputes.

Practice head(s):

Richard East

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Quinn are the most effective heavy litigators in London. Their offering is backed by huge international heft and their client offering is 360 degrees.

They are talented and committed across the board. Nick Marsk, Gregory Pantlin, James McSweeney, Julianne Hughes-Jennett and all their associates, led by the legendary Ted Greeno, are without exception outstanding.’

Justin Michaelson – hands-on, very strategic. Simon Camilleri is very efficient and reliable.’

They have great experience in litigation and tactics, especially in the civil fraud context that I work with them.

‘Ravi Nayer is a superstar. Driven, fantastic analytical mind, very entrepreneurial.’

Key clients

PCP Capital Partners LLP

PCP International Finance Limited

Du Pont Pension Trust;

Outrider Master Fund LP;

Sandglass Opportunity Fund LP;

Bluemountain Credit Alternatives Master Fund LP;

Bluemountain Foinaven Master Fund LP;

Bluemountain Guadalupe Peal Fund LP;

Bluemountain Logan Opportunities Master Fund LP;

Bluemountain Montenvers Master Fund SCA SICAV-SIF;

Bluemountain Kicking Horse Fund LP;

City National Rochdale Fixed Income Opportunities Fund;

Growth Credit Fund IC

Federal Insurance Deposit Corporation

Pacific Investment Management Company LLC, Anchorage Capital, L.L.C., Algebris (UK) Limited

Ukraine (represented by the Minister of Finance of Ukraine acting upon the instructions of the Cabinet of Minister of Ukraine)

Qualcomm Inc.

Brian Clarke; Rana Hadid; and Lord Palumbo as Trustee of the Estate of Dame Zaha Hadid

Avonwick Limited (owned by the Ukrainian Gaiduk family)

Court appointed Receivers and Managers (who are partners at BDO) of the Libyan Investment Authority (“LIA”)

A Raga Establishment Limited

Phones 4U Limited (in administration)

Vladimir Chernukhin, Lubov Chernukhin and Navigator Equities Limited

HBK Fund Management

Essar Global Fund Limited

Alvarez & Marsal as Joint Administrators to NMC Health PLC (in administration) and NMC Healthcare LTD (in administration) and the other 35 NMC group companies in administration

Practice head(s):

Natasha Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Fiona Huntriss; Matthew Getz; Will Hooker; Prateek Swaika; Colin Trehearne; Rosalind Axbey

Testimonials

A first-rate and fast-growing team, with exceptional dedication to their clients and achieving the best results for them.’

Natasha Harrison is a market leader. Her clients adore her. She is a very tough litigator and highly experienced, and has acted in some of the leading cases in the area. Fiona Huntriss is a brilliant partner. She is a great tactician, knows the law inside out and is very sensible. Her clients rightly think the world of her and she deserves to be rank very highly indeed. She is incredibly responsive.

Natasha Harrison and Tracey Dovaston are stand-out partners at the firm. Natasha is a first-rate litigator and someone who is strategic, tenacious and very client friendly. I would trust her with any significant and complex litigation problem. Tracey is an excellent litigator who leverages her prior in-house experience to deliver smart and strategic advice in a way that is useful to clients and knows how to partner well with in-house legal teams.

The lawyers at Boies are creative problem solvers who bring first-class litigation skills to bear on any problem. They are always willing to go the extra mile to get things done and are highly professional in all of their dealings.’

Boies Schiller have phenomenally strong lawyers at every level and so can put together teams which can go against any of the top litigation firms. They are very client driven and imaginative in coming up with solutions to achieve the results their clients want. Their lawyers are very hard working and resourceful.

Fiona Huntriss is details orientated and calm under pressure. Without doubt, she is our go-to partner. So easy to work with, she is on top of her matters with a seemingly effortless ability to brilliantly manage client relationships, provide detailed legal advice, stay on top of the facts and deliver razor sharp legal advice.

Matthew Getz is a skilled strategist and deep thinker who has exceptional client care skills. Prateek Swaika is a rising star , clever, hard-working and resourceful. Colin Trehearne is  highly intellectual, with a brilliant grasp of the US market, invaluable to a firm like Boies, with a big US client base.

Will Hooker is an excellent, hands-on litigation partner who has the experience of a magic circle litigator. Rosalind Axbey has experience and maturity far ahead of her years.

Key clients

Teesside Gas Transportation

Barclays Bank

Apple

ING Bank

Michael Hwang SC and Sir David Williams QC

Farallon Capital Management

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Taconic Capital

ClientEarth

Madison Pacific

Athena Art Finance

Alya Samokhlova

Vadim Wolfson

Simon Gaul

VR Capital

Association of Litigation Funders

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

The team at Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP advises financial advisers, investment managers and other financial services companies on a range of civil and criminal fraud matters, internal investigations and various other financial regulatory violations. Matthew Getz has attracted particular praise from clients; he jointly leads the practice with Tracey Dovaston, who joined in January 2020 from Barclays. The team is also noted for its close working relationship with lawyers in the firm’s US offices.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Getz; Tracey Dovaston

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Well organised and diligent. Its common with large law firms to feel youre being juggled as a client. Whether were actually a higher priority or not at this firm, BSF makes me feel as though we are.

Ability to listen to their clients’ ideas, processing the information being provided so that the best strategy is produced. Never fail the defined deadlines. Starting to work with BSF I have realised what “client-centered approach” means.

A synthesis of US and English legal approaches and styles which enables their largely international clients to litigate in England with confidence and understanding.

Always spot-on, no need to review and/or to check the content. They are fast, efficient and constructive. Despite the fact that litigation is their forte, they were always trying to avoid any unnecessary conflicts.

Matt Getz; authentic solicitor with a solid background. Able to inspire confidence in his clients and ready to provide prompt, but  comprehensive, advice when required.

Great positive attitude with exceptional work. The partners and the associates were extremely friendly. Always ready to help 24/7.

Matt Getz – exceptionally able, very bright, an original thinker, very good tactician, and a tough and assertive lawyer who you want on your side.

Fiona Huntriss is so charming and incisive she can slice and dice her opponents without them knowing anything about it.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

Investors in Glencore

Ira Kleiman W&K Info Defense Research

Madison Pacific

Vadim Wolfson

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 5

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP's 'very committed' team has a large and active book of international arbitration business in London. As a highly experienced advocate in arbitration, Will Hooker is currently handling over 10 live commercial arbitrations; while London managing partner Natasha Harrison is a leading international disputes lawyer, and associate David Hunt focuses on international arbitration with a particular emphasis on investor-state disputes. Former partner Kenneth Beale left for King & Spalding LLP in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Will Hooker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The BSF international arbitration team comprises polished performers; they are excellent at focusing on the key issues that matter in a case and present user-friendly, clear and concise written and oral submissions that are forceful, yet sensibly measured.

Great for the depth of experience of the individuals themselves, and ability to harness that as a team when approaching complex issues.

They are very committed to a result, hardworking and knowledgeable.

Very professional and service-oriented team.

They were very committed and helpful.

Impressive innovative thinking.

Will Hooker is a very good solicitor advocate; his written submissions are concise, clear and powerful, and his oral advocacy is very well thought through.

Will Hooker has an engaging, but measured style, and is very adept at handling questions from the tribunal.

Boies Schiller Flexner, one of the world’s leading international dispute resolution firms, enjoys a reputation for winning in complex, high risk disputes where results matter most. Boies Schiller Flexner’s London office is the English law firm of choice for US and UK financial institutions, investment funds, governments and corporates to lead on their highest profile multi-jurisdictional litigation, arbitrations and investigations. The firm won Commercial Litigation Team of the Year at the 2017 Legal Business Awards. All London practice areas are led by partners recognised as leading individuals. A total of six partners, one counsel and eleven associates make for a formidable team and managing partner Natasha Harrison is known for recruiting only ‘best in class’ lawyers. To accommodate its growth and future plans, the London team has more than doubled its office space with a move to 5 New Street Square.

Types of work undertaken: Litigation: The team has extensive experience in the English courts (Commercial Court, Chancery Division, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) and throughout the world, including most European and Asian jurisdictions. Case highlights this year include Davidson Kempner, Goldman Sachs and Barclays v Essar – in a complex and far-reaching litigation concerning a cross-border dispute and for Teesside Gas Transportation Limited in a high-value energy/natural resources litigation.

Arbitration: Boies Schiller Flexner arbitrators represent clients in arbitral proceedings all over the world in front of forums such as the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICSID, AAA, NASD and in ad hoc arbitration. The firm’s lawyers regularly appear before tribunals in Paris, Geneva, London, Zurich, Stockholm, Hong Kong and throughout the US in a wide variety of commercial disputes that often involve parallel US litigation. In 2016 BSF arbitrators secured a legislative change in Greece after leading a wide-ranging arbitration for client OPAP, against the Greek State.

Global investigations and white-collar defence: The London arm of the global investigations team represent institutions and individuals involved in sensitive, complex regulatory enforcement and white-collar defence appearing before FCA, SFO, Financial Reporting Counsel, US Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, the CFTC, state attorney general, and other state and federal agencies. Boies Schiller Flexner also regularly conducts internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients and implements effective compliance programmes. In addition, the group has extensive experience across all global securities and commodities law including insider trading and market manipulation, criminal antitrust violations, data privacy and cybersecurity and anticorruption laws including the FCPA and UK Bribery Act.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Natasha Harrison