Kate Scott > Clifford Chance LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Clifford Chance LLP
E14 5JJ

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Litigation&Dispute Resolution



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London > Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Clifford Chance LLP‘s team of ‘highly-talented individuals’ acts for a multitude of major financial institutions and FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies on a wide range of matters, spanning compliance projects, international data transfers, cybersecurity strategy and the monetisation of big data. On the contentious front, the team is especially sought after to handle regulatory investigations and high-profile data privacy litigation. Data protection specialist Jonathan Kewley leads the group and highly regarded as ‘a real star in the technology law world’. With deep knowledge of data, privacy and cybersecurity matters’, Simon Persoff is recommended for banking secrecy and cybersecurity work. Data privacy claims and other contentious matters are the area of expertise of Kate Scott and Samantha Ward.

London > Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail

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Kate Scott  – Clifford Chance LLP

Clifford Chance LLP’s banking litigation team is perceived as ‘truly top notch and a go-to for the most important, heavyweight disputes’. The ‘formidable’ Ian Moulding heads up the team and continues to receive mandates on some of the highest-profile cases in the market, including a number of disputes related to alleged LIBOR manipulation. The team benefits from the expertise Helen Carty, who specialises in banking disputes and regulatory investigations, and  Matthew Newick, who is the firm’s global head of litigation & dispute resolution, Lindsay Bickerton, who has experience acting for financial institution clients on complex and reputationally significant litigation matters, insolvency specialist Stephanie Huts and Kate Scott, who spent a year acting as Head of EMEA Litigation for a global bank, are also names to note. The highly experienced Roger Best additionally continues to be active in this space. The team differentiates itself through its ability to work on cross-border matters, considering the nuances of each individual jurisdiction. It also benefits from working closely with the firm’s corporate crime and financial regulatory teams, which broadens the lawyers’ understanding of the markets in which their financial institution clients operate. ‘Talented’ senior associate Michael Gorrie is another name to note.

London > Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders

Clifford Chance LLP is a popular choice for banks, major corporate and private equity firms, maintaining a busy caseload acting for policyholders raising coverage issues and in test claims, particularly arising both in the context of the pandemic and the Ukraine crisis. Philip Hill ‘is right up there with the best’  and is active on D&O and liability insurance claims concerning the mis-selling of complex financial products, alleged fraud/breaches of duty in a transactional context, and political risk. He leads the group alongside the practices’ newest partner, Christopher Ingham, an expert in the oil, gas and energy sectors. Dorian DrewKate Scott and director Baljit Rai are recommended for financial services litigation and credit insurance.

London > Industry focus > TMT

Clifford Chance LLP‘s TMT offering focuses primarily on large and complex corporate transactions. With cross-practice support from specialists in areas including corporate law, litigation, antitrust, technology, and regulation, the team is well-equipped to provide support to major clients from start-ups to multinationals. Practice head André Duminy is renowned for his M&A experience, and has particular experience in the fintech and insurtech sectors. Jennifer Chimanga  is similarly highly regarded, and has worked increasingly on cross-border transactions; corporate specialist Toby Parkinson is also significant in this area. Simon Persoff brings expertise across technology and telecoms, while Kate Scott and Samantha Ward are cornerstones of the group’s litigation offering. Zayed Al Jamil joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in March 2022, further strengthening the firm’s offering in outsourcing and technology projects.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech

Clifford Chance LLP has expertise across M&A, technology, data privacy, financial regulation and insurtech matters. Other areas of focus include capital markets, tax, antitrust, intellectual property, ethics, cybersecurity and litigation work. The practice advises tech-focused corporates and financial institutions, regulators and governments, insurance companies, financial investors and disruptors. Simon Crown leads the team alongside Jonathan Kewley, with the latter focusing on the cutting-edge areas of technology ethics, data, AI, cybersecurity and blockchain regulation. Kate Scott completes the leadership trio, specialising in fintech litigation. Monica Sah is recognised for her work relating to regulatory change for global financial institutions and disruptor blockchain providers. André Duminy, also head of the firm’s London technology sector focus group, global outsourcing department and UK commercial practice, is another key member of the team, while senior associate Diego Ballon Ossio advises technology companies, financial institutions and other market participants on the regulatory aspects of digital asset trading and custody issues.