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

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

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 2

Praised for its 'ability to think outside the box for creative settlement and tactics', Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP's banking litigation team acts for leading banks, hedge funds, investment banks and money managers in a range of disputes. Managing partner Natasha Harrison is 'just brilliant' and leads a team which also includes the 'superb' Fiona Huntriss. Complemented by its strong transatlantic practice, it has continued to bolster its impressive London team with the addition of Tracey Dovaston from Barclays, who adds depth of contentious financial services regulatory, internal investigations and disputes experience. Other names of note include recently promoted counsel Michael Jacobs, who is particularly active in contentious insolvency and restructuring matters, and associate Nick Turvey who joined from Akin Gump LLP and focuses on finance, fund and corporate insolvency litigation.

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Testimonials

‘Very strong indeed, particularly at partner level, with good attention to detail and ability to think outside the box for creative settlement and tactics’

‘Fiona Huntriss is superb. She gets into the detail to an exceptional level and has an instinctive knowledge of the right pressure points for the other side’

‘Natasha Harrison is superwoman! Not only does she run the firm with aplomb, but she also gives laser focused attention to clients’

‘Very nice people! Excellent lawyers, hard working and super reputation’

‘Fiona Huntriss is A SUPER STAR! I adored working with her from start to finish. She did the work on budget, on time and it was excellent. Straight talking, commercial and read her client very well.  She is also a great role model for younger female associates’

‘Natasha Harrison is just brilliant’

 

Key clients

Barclays Bank

Farallon Capital Management

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Taconic Capital

Warwick Capital

Coast Capital Management

Public international law Tier 3

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP's London-based team plays a central role in complex PIL matters globally. Its breadth of PIL expertise includes investor-state arbitration proceedings, sovereignty issues, boundary work and Law of the Sea matters, state and diplomatic immunity mandates, sanctions and human rights issues. London managing partner Natasha Harrison's international litigation and arbitration practice covers a range of international public law matters.

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Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

'Top-quality' litigation boutique Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP attracts praise for its 'enviable track record in commercial litigation'. With the benefit of being conflict-free, the group assists its impressive client roster of leading global corporates and financial institutions in a range of high profile matters. It is particularly adept at handling cross-border disputes with transatlantic elements, with the ability to leverage its strong US practice. 'Brilliant' managing partner Natasha Harrison is highlighted as 'a stand-out leader in this field' and heads a team which includes the 'exceptional' Fiona Huntriss ,  'excellent tacticianWill Hooker and white-collar crime litigator Matthew Getz.

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Testimonials

The team is top-quality, with an enviable track record in commercial litigation matters. Each lawyer has been hand-picked by Natasha Harrison, and it shows from the cohesion with which they operate.

A boutique litigation outfit with smart ideas and counsel who formulate unusual strategies. Good to have in your corner when you need to fight.

Boies are a leading firm in the field of commercial dispute resolution, frequently appearing in the most high-profile cases in this area, and particularly strong in bondholder, finance and restructuring disputes. Their lawyers are very commercially switched on and focused on their clients’ needs.’

Will Hooker is an excellent tactician and an accomplished advocate. Great fun to work with. Alessia de Quincey is a standout associate.’

Will Hooker, an excellent partner and super smart litigator who manages with consummate ease all that is thrown at him, particularly last minute instructions.’

Natasha Harrison is a stand-out leader in this field. A brilliant litigator and good role model.Her clients love her and she is definitely someone you want on your side’

‘Fiona Huntriss is an exceptional partner – she is technically extremely capable but also very commercially switched on and focused on her clients’ needs. Extremely sensible and very on top of the detail.  A SUPER STAR! Good fun to work with, clear crisp advice and superb execution. Can’t recommend her enough.’

Key clients

Apple

Teesside Gas Transportation

Barclays Bank

ClientEarth

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Coast Capital Management

Warwick Capital

Taconic Capital

Mr Sirwan Saber Mustafa / International Holdings Limited

International arbitration Tier 4

Excelling at handling its own oral advocacy at international arbitration hearings, Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP's 'very client-oriented and proactive' UK team has significant investor-state arbitration capabilities. Its commercial arbitration portfolio has also grown notably. Kenneth Beale and Will Hooker are international arbitration specialists; and London managing partner Natasha Harrison's practice includes high-stakes investor disputes. David Hunt is the associate to note.

Testimonials

‘The international arbitration team at Boies Schiller Flexner has emerged as an understated powerhouse on the arbitration scene, particularly in London. They have managed to put together an extremely busy practice with top-notch clients without implementing an active marketing initiative. This success likely arises from word-of-mouth referrals, which is a testament to the high quality of work.’

‘Ken Beale is a terrific international arbitration practitioner who quickly grasps the real issues in dispute and digs down into the weeds to ensure that a complex matter is presented clearly and precisely. His demeanour with tribunals and clients is spot on. He is smooth without being too slick – a trait that is not as easy to find as one would think.’

‘Natasha Harrison is a great mind and stands out for her ability to deal with large groups of private equity and hedge fund clients.’

‘The team has outstanding knowledge, dynamism and grit. The partners and associates are brilliant and a pleasure to work with. They work seamlessly with local counsel in international arbitration.’

‘David Hunt is one the brightest, most efficient and hardest working associates I have ever seen. He very much impressed the client and the other lawyers involved. It is delightful to work with him and having him as a part of the team.’

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

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP’s London practice works closely with its counterparts in the US to provide a joined up approach to financial crime and investigations. Head of team Matthew Getz is UK- and US-qualified and focuses on government and internal investigations, white-collar defence, anti-corruption due diligence and regulatory compliance issues. Tracey Dovaston joined as partner from an in-house role at Barclays.

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Testimonials

‘Focused, ferocious, fair and effective’.

‘Their partner assigned to me was extremely accommodating and able to adjust to my schedule’.

‘Their current size and structure allows for good personal interaction and flexibility to suit their clients’.

‘Matthew Getz was extremely competent in his handling of my affairs’.

‘Very high-quality people all around, with a range of skills from detached advising to aggressive, engaged advocacy’.

‘Matthew Getz is a thoughtful, pragmatic and effective advisor who quickly understands the litigation situation and can get past the noise to focus on what matters to the client’.

‘The team has great judgement and exhibits creativity that is hard to find amongst counsel’.

‘They are great to work with, which facilitates collaboration and leads to better results’.

Key clients

Andreas Glapiak

BTA Bank

Midtown

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.

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Managing partner Natasha Harrison