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Adam Ibrahim

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation and regulatory.


Adam is head of the litigation and regulatory team in Leeds, as well as leading the specialist Yorkshire banking litigation team. Acting for UK clearing banks (especially RBS, Lloyds, NAG and Santander), mortgage banks, building societies and asset-based lenders, he is increasingly well known for advising on disputes involving derivatives and other financial products, fraud, insolvency and corporate lending, and retail banking products and is recognised as a leading individual in the sector.


Trained Wilde Sapte, qualified 1994. Assistant solicitor, Wilde Sapte (banking and financial services group), 1994; assistant solicitor, DLA Piper, 1995; associate, 1997; partner, 2001; head of litigation and regulatory group, Leeds, 2007.


Tapton School, Sheffield; Manchester University (1991, LLB (Hons)) ; College of Law, Chester (1992, Law Society Finals).


Football, cricket, horse racing, and family life.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation

Within: Banking litigation

DLA Piper UK LLP’s ‘superb’ practice fields ‘first-class, London-quality lawyers’ who are ‘exceptionally friendly, strong commercially and hugely experienced’. Department head Adam Ibrahim has ‘an enormous amount of expertise that makes him highly dependable’; he handles financial product disputes, cybercrime and fraud issues, insolvency work and retail banking matters. Hugh Evans and Ben Johnson are also names to note; Evans has ‘great instincts’ and Johnson ‘consistently achieves excellent results’. Evans recently defended RBS in an issue relating to the alleged mis-selling of interest rate hedging products and Johnson acts for banks, payment service providers and asset-based lending clients. Other practitioners to receive praise from clients include legal director Sharon Duncan, who is ‘a friendly, client-facing lawyer’; legal director Chris Harvey, who is ‘extremely hardworking’; ‘highly knowledgeable’ senior associate Sohail Ali, and senior associate Claire Clayton-Stead, whose ‘hands-on approach makes her excellent with clients’. Aviva, Bank of Ireland, Barclays Bank, Clydesdale Bank and Standard Chartered Banks are clients.

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    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

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