THE FIRM The firm attracts praise for its high-quality and thorough lawyers. It has acted on numerous high-profile disputes in recent times: it advised Liverpool FC on its contentious sale to New England Sports Ventures and successfully defended Cable & Wireless against a multimillion-pound damages claim brought against it by Digicel.
Sources say: "A Rolls-Royce service for bet-the-company litigation."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Nick Archer is hugely experienced and inspires confidence in his clients. He has a strong international practice, and is currently advising Japan Tobacco on satellite litigation in Lebanon, Cyprus and Yemen arising out of a distributor agreement with a Cypriot entity.
Elizabeth Barrett regularly handles complex disputes, such as her recent work for British Airways in relation to the OFT’s criminal and civil investigations into alleged cartel activity.
Deborah Finkler impresses clients with her clear communication and timely advice. She primarily acts for banks and financial institutions.
With Sarah Lee "everything is calm - she doesn't get het up and thinks ahead strategically about what the client is facing," say sources. She was a key partner in the Cable & Wireless case.
According to clients, Nick Gray "brings a wealth of experience" and the reassurance that "he has clearly done this before." He recently advised Cadbury on a dispute with its outsourced telecommunications provider BT.
Interviewees note that Richard Swallow "works exceptionally hard." His broad practice spans derivatives and trade finance disputes, fraud, insurance and reinsurance, competition and insolvency litigation.
Group head Richard Clark is currently advising an international electricity supplier on a dispute with an African sovereign concerning ongoing electricity supply contracts.