Litigation - London (Firms)
Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 51 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Well-regarded and active litigation practice with international capability. Particularly known for financial services litigation, regulatory investigations and technology disputes.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
“They're doing a great job and are doing everything they can to defend our interests. They're very thorough and I really feel that I can trust them to take care of everything. I really rely on their judgement and their expertise.”
“There were also overseas colleagues involved, and the collaboration was very good. It was a very strong alignment.”
What's new? SJ Berwin merged with King & Wood Mallesons on 1 November 2013.
Work highlights Acted for Ipsos on high-value claims of breach of contract and warranties, and fraudulent misrepresentation against Dentsu Aegis Network (formerly Aegis Group) in relation to Ipsos's purchase of the Synovate Group.
Advising companies in the Pirelli, Michelin, Continental, Bridgestone and Cooper Tire groups on a EUR350 million follow-on claim arising out of the synthetic rubber cartel investigation.
Head of the dispute resolution practice Craig Pollack is highly regarded in the market for his work in international arbitration, commercial disputes, and banking and financial market cases. He acted for Standard & Poor's on a claim for declaratory relief in relation to liability for its rating of certain structured financial products in 2006.
Solicitor-advocate Alex Leitch acts for private equity firms, funds, asset managers and corporate clients in relation to a range of contentious matters. Recent work includes advising Arch Financial Products, as well as its CEO and compliance officer, on the FCA investigation into its role as investment manager of the Arch Cru Funds.
Hilton Mervis has a strong reputation in the market, with peers praising him as being “very insightful, very clever” and “a fighter.” He has a wide-ranging commercial practice, with experience in corporate and company disputes, banking and regulatory matters, and professional negligence cases.
Significant clients Standard & Poor's, Associated British Foods, BSkyB, Universal Music, Hilton Hotels.