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UK Guide

Litigation: Highly Regarded — London (Firms)

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team that advises a wide range of clients, including corporates, financial institutions and high net worth individuals. Particularly respected for commercial fraud and trust disputes as well as investigation work. Also seen on construction matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very responsive and take the time to understand what clients need. They were good at working with foreign clients and law across jurisdictions."

"They are a very easy firm to get on with. Clients love them and keep coming back." 

Work highlights Retained by property developer Dar Al Arkan and Bahraini investment bank Bank Alkhair to assist with an £18 million fraud dispute. The case follows on from unsatisfactory Bahrain Chamber of Commerce judgments.

Represented the Leipzig Water Authority in its dispute with UBS over complex derivatives products. Having won at first instance the team is now preparing for appeal.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Molyneux is a key contact. 

Significant clients GlaxoSmithKline, Barclays, Associated British Foods, RBS, Britvic.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

What the team is known for Well regarded for its work in litigation in the shipping, energy, insurance and commodities sectors. Frequently instructed on cases with an international aspect, including those featuring jurisdictional challenges. Also respected for its defence of potential class actions for a variety of corporates and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very clear on how English law works and any strategic possibilities."

"They offer good independent advice but let you decide the overall strategy."

Work highlights Assisted Ardila Investments and Zamin Ferrous, Zamin Mining Group subsidiaries, in a dispute with ENRC NV. The matter concerned ENRC's alleged failure to pay Zamin the final tranche of Zamin's share of a Brazilian mine. 

Notable practitioners  

Chris Burdett and Tony Baumgartner are key contacts.

Significant clients G4S, Glencore, Ericsson, Capgemini UK.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded litigators with a focus on asset tracing, fraud, insolvency and other offshore disputes. Equally adept at advising large multinationals or high net worth individuals. Also active representing investment management clients as well as companies in the energy sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have a very strong injunctive and enforcement practice, with a strong international flavour."

They have brilliant associates. There is never a weak link in the team."

Work highlights Acting as lead advisers to the liquidators of Value Discovery Partners. The British Virgin Islands-based private equity fund claims it is facing attempts by the Russian state to expropriate its assets due to Boris Berezovsky's alleged interest in the fund.

Representing auction house Bonhams in connection with the £11 million sale of a 1954 Ferrari 375 Plus motorcar. There are conflicting claims to the proceeds of the sale.

Notable practitioners  

Craig Shuttleworth is highly regarded for the breadth of his litigation practice, which covers fraud actions, warranty disputes and contractual claims. He is often seen representing high net worth individuals and their companies. Sources say: "He is a master tactician who really understands what the other side are thinking."

Sion Richards has developed a fine investigation, asset-tracing and insolvency litigation practice. He is also well regarded for his work with liquidators. Commentators say: "He is very good at getting aggressive search and freezing injunctions that maximise the pressure on the other side in high-value fraud cases."

Significant clients Chevron, Goldman Sachs, MasterCard, Worldpay, Texas Keystone. 

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 29 partners
- 60 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected for work in the financial services, energy and natural resources sectors, as well as in the insolvency space. Able to draw upon an extensive international network to assist with cross-border disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are very helpful and supportive." 

"They showed good attention to detail." 

Work highlights Defended Finsbury Trust Company against claimants seeking damages for alleged secret profits the company had made on offshore art transactions.

Defended Val Telecomunicaciones in a claim brought by investment bank Jeffries Group.

Notable practitioners  

David Allen is well regarded for insolvency and banking sector disputes. He is frequently seen acting for liquidators and their advisers on complex international matters.

Alistair Graham has deep understanding of white-collar crime issues as well as general commercial litigation. Sources say: "He is a very collaborative individual who is easy to work with and brings a sensible, level-headed approach."

Significant clients UBS, HSBC, Unilever, Hachette, Sunseeker International.

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 37 partners
- 115 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well regarded for work with financial institutions, energy and insurance clients. Also respected for its work on contentious professional negligence disputes. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team members that I worked with were intellectually gifted, tactical, consistently dependable and practical."

"There was good rapport among the team, not only among the litigation partners but also in the interaction with their partners in other practice areas."

Work highlights Instructed by solicitors Keoghs and its professional indemnity insurers in relation to allegations of fraud and conspiracy made by Accident Exchange. The claim relates to the deployment in court of falsified evidence prepared by Autofocus.

Working with HKN Energy on a claim against its former provider of security services in Iraqi Kurdistan. The dispute relates to the termination provisions in the party's contract.

Notable practitioners  

Ruth Cowley is a key contact.

Significant clients AIG, BMW, HSBC, Bombardier, BNP Paribas.

Since publication, Chris Warren-Smith has joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for US litigation boutique that has successfully moved into the London market through an active hiring policy. Able to provide top international support, especially on US matters. Frequently seen on international disputes in the finance, energy, entertainment and telecoms sectors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are always coming up with novel solutions." 

"They are very well regarded on high-value, big-ticket litigation."

New developments Paul Friedman recently joined the firm from Clyde & Co.

Work highlights Retained by one of the designated lead claimant groups on the RBS rights issue litigation. Representing the Prudential, Legal & General, Standard Life and Aviva, among others, on the £4 billion matter. 

Notable practitioners  

Ted Greeno is universally respected for his depth of experience and understanding of dispute resolution. He is especially active advising clients in the energy space on contentious matters. Sources say: "He is absolute class - a very thoughtful, bright and effective litigator."

With her experience as a barrister, Sue Prevezer QC brings the best of both worlds to bear for clients facing high-stakes commercial litigation. Commentators note: "She is as tough as nails but really good to work with and just fearsomely bright." 

A recent arrival from Clyde & Co, Paul Friedman will be splitting his time between Israel and the London office. Sources say he is "very tenacious on fraud and banking litigation."

Martin Davies maintains a vibrant commercial practice and is particularly well known for his work on entertainment, media and technology matters. Sources say: "He is a brilliant litigator" who is "very level-headed and measured."

Nick Marsh has experience advising Russian, CIS and Eastern European clients on challenging cross-border matters. He has particular strength in financial services, telecoms, fraud and energy matters. Observers say: "He is a first-class litigator. He really gets his teeth into a problem, thinks of all the angles and will fight to the bitter end for a client."

Mark Hastings joined from Addleshaw Goddard in March 2017. He is a "very able litigator" with a focus on complex international and domestic fraud cases. Sources say: "He is a very staunch litigator with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, who isn't afraid to roll up his sleeves."

Significant clients Aon, ITV, PRS For Music, A.P. Moller - Maersk, Acacia Mining.   

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-quality team with the ability to service complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes. Active on post-acquisition, corporate ownership, offshore, insolvency and energy disputes. Particularly well known for the quality of financial institution and energy clients it represents.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very thorough and on top of things. They know all the details of a case and provide solid advice."

"As a team they are hard working, on the ball and organised."

Work highlights Advising HP in post-M&A litigation concerning its USD11 billion purchase of Autonomy Corporation in 2011. HP is claiming damages of USD5 billion against Autonomy's former management, alleging deceit and breach of fiduciary duties.

Representing Pathfinder Minerals in a complex, multi-jurisdictional dispute over the ownership of heavy mineral sand mining concession licences in Mozambique.

Notable practitioners  

Caroline Edwards is a highly respected general commercial litigator, and is well known for her work on Lehman Brothers' insolvency litigation. One client enthuses: "She is the perfect litigator for me. She is accurate, pragmatic and businesslike, but fights hard when you need her to."

Stephen Paget-Brown is a "technically able," seasoned litigator with deep experience in financial institution disputes. He receives plaudits for his knowledge of banking and insolvency law as well as his ability to work well with clients on complex cross-border issues.

Robert Fell is a "user-friendly, thorough and responsive" solicitor with an active banking and financial institution litigation practice. Interviewees note: "He is very smooth and attracts a great deal of confidence from clients."

Toby Robinson is taking a leading role on the firm's representation of HP in its dispute with Autonomy. He is lauded by sources for his "deep involvement in the detail of a case."

Significant clients Kaupthing Bank, Argentine Republic, Rosneft Oil, Sebastian Holdings, Mueller Industries.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well regarded for high-value litigation involving financial institutions, corporates, utilities and high net worth individuals. Benefits from in-house advocacy capability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very easy to work with and have good strategic thinking. They are not too corporate - they have managed to remain very human."

"The whole team, while strong with the other side, always kept a good line of communication open."

Work highlights Acting for National Grid Electricity Transmission in a claim for £143 million in damages for overcharges for high-voltage power cables. The claim arose out of the power cables cartel decision of the EC in April 2014.

Working with Thames Water Utilities on a Part 8 claim for court declaration over the rates payable to the Canal & River Trust for the abstraction of water from the River Lee.  

Notable practitioners  

Graham Shear has a varied commercial practice advising high net worth individuals and corporates. Clients say: "He is a cerebral strategist and a fierce tactician, with excellent attention to detail and strong negotiation powers."

Head of the firm's litigation team Oliver Glynn-Jones centres his practice on High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court litigation. Sources say: "He is clearly very hard working and skilled."

Significant clients HSBC, Intercontinental Bank, ScottishPower, Tesco.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 42 partners
- 127 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected for litigation work in the energy, IT, banking, insurance and construction realms. Possesses impressive strength in depth as well as in-house advocacy capacity. Counts a number of major energy companies among its clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The team as a whole are prompt, efficient and responsive." 

"They are very strong and handled matters pragmatically."

Work highlights Represented Rosneft Marine in the Court of Appeal, on a case which will determine whether bunker supply contracts will fall under the scope of the Sale of Goods Act 1979.

Defended GLH Hotels in landlord litigation concerning a hotel at Gatwick airport. The case is currently being appealed.

Notable practitioners  

Guy Pendell has experience leading cross-border litigation for corporate clients. Clients say: "He is a bright and tenacious litigator. He really added value on the strategic side and cut through a lot of complex issues."

Tim Hardy heads the firm's litigation practice and has over 30 years' experience. Sources say he is "sensible and good to deal with," and praise his "thorough and methodical" approach.

Jonathan Warne handles company and commercial disputes for an international client base. Clients say he is "very good at identifying and recommending a strategy at an early stage," while commentators add that he is "very good on Far Eastern matters."

Richard Bamforth has experience leading challenging commercial disputes. Commentators praise him as "reliable and good with clients."

Significant clients Chubb Insurance, Clarksons, ConocoPhillips, ENGIE, LDC, National Grid.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 35 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frequently involved assisting a wide range of clients, including energy companies, investment managers, banks and insurance clients. Particularly active in multi-jurisdictional tobacco litigation, defence of group actions and ownership disputes. Works closely with the firm's New York office. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They always made themselves available and were willing to work overnight, which is important in litigation." 

Work highlights Act for BAT subsidiary BTI 2014, as assignee of various claims of Windward against Sequana and against Windward's former directors. The case concerns issues of directors' duties and company law, and is valued at approximately USD800 million.

Representing Royal Dutch Shell in a large group litigation concerning environmental damage allegedly caused by oil spills in Ogoniland, Nigeria.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Lloyd has significant experience co-ordinating major international disputes for blue-chip clients. He wins plaudits for the passion he brings to his clients' cases, with sources saying: "He is a very committed guy, he is all over the detail and gives a really thorough service."

Significant clients Antofagasta, EY, BDO UK, Oaktree Capital Management, NLMK Group.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 21 partners
- 39 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles a broad range of commercial disputes, often with a multi-jurisdictional element. Adept at leading tough litigation proceedings and thorough investigatory work. Possesses an extensive network of international offices.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have some very strong individuals and provide a service that is good value for money."  

Work highlights Acting for Arcadia Energy and VTN Shipping across multiple proceedings in England, the Netherlands and Nigeria concerning payment for, or return of, oil product and a floating storage vessel. The USD100 million dispute involves allegations of subsidy fraud and fraudulent trading.

Instructed by Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) to advise on the alleged wrongful misappropriation of USD140 million of secured assets in Tanzania.

Notable practitioners  

Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry leads the London litigation team. He has experience on contentious M&A, banking and energy disputes. Interviewees say: "He is a very experienced litigator who understands difficult cross-border cases, has an understanding of global markets and has a good set of contacts."

Significant clients British Airways, BNP Paribas, Central Bank of Cyprus, Credit Suisse, China Southern Airlines.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 51 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well thought of for financial litigation, investigations, fraud and compliance matters. Clients include major corporates, state-owned enterprises and financial institutions. Frequently seen on cross-border matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are an excellent firm - very efficient and client-focused."

Work highlights Represented Morgan Stanley in the Supreme Court against Tael One Partners. The case centres on the interpretation of the Loan Market Association terms with regard to payment premiums.

Retained by market research company Ipsos in post-acquisition litigation against Aegis Group. The action follows Ipsos's £517 million purchase of Synovate Group from Aegis in 2011.  

Significant clients Bank of New York Mellon, Standard & Poor's, Sky, Connaught Income Fund, Bet365 Group.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 60 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global giant offering cross-jurisdictional representation in high-stakes litigation involving financial and reputational risk. Recognised for its expertise in handling sensitive matters relating to public law, fraud and competition law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They did an extremely good job – from the word go, they picked up the fast-moving case and coped admirably with litigation. They kept me well informed and explained everything in painstaking detail and in layman's terms as well."

Work highlights Represented Canaccord Genuity in a £400 million chancery claim brought by American Leisure Group over the placing of shares on AIM in 2007, in which the client acted as broker. The case included complex issues relating to allegations of negligence and misrepresentation.

Continues to act for Associated Newspapers in defence of a privacy and data protection claim issued by two US celebrities and their daughter over articles published in MailOnline. 

Notable practitioners  

John Leadley manages the disputes department and is a key contact.

Significant clients BBC Trust, Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Gorgeous Beauty.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Active in high-value litigation, most notably in the European financial market. Additionally recognised for its growing client base in the technology and communications sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A high-calibre team with strength in depth." 

Work highlights Acts for GSI, the EMEA subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, in its dispute with Novo Banco, a 'bridge bank' formed by the Bank of Portugal to assume the assets and liabilities of the collapsed entity Banco Espírito Santo. GSI issued proceedings against Novo Banco in February 2015 for the repayment of a loan and the case is now on appeal. 

Notable practitioners   

Sophie Eyre focuses on civil fraud litigation, often handling matters involving overseas asset tracing and non-disclosure issues. Sources praise her tenacity in disputes, describing her as a "suitably dogged litigator" and "thoroughly unflappable."

Significant clients Nokia, Wilhelmsen, UniCredit, Virgin Atlantic, BNP Paribas.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

What the team is known for Commercial outfit representing high-profile businesses, individuals and governmental bodies in cross-border conflicts. Known for its activity in the investor and consumer credit markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A strong team with particularly good internal communications across all sections of the firm, leading to an ability to provide a comprehensive, co-ordinated service. All team members are exceptional at client communication and managing information flows."

"They are more focused on the quality of service, the advice and the delivery of desired outcome than on maximising their take. I thought they did a great job and could not fault them." 

Notable practitioners  

"Outstanding lawyer" Jonathan Kelly is said to be "absolutely superb" by sources, who describe him as "highly intelligent" and "a formidable opponent." His international dispute resolution practice sees him handling financial services, competition and corporate disputes.

Sunil Gadhia is a "well-rounded" dispute lawyer whose practice covers a wide range of litigation in the UK and further afield. One client comments that he is "great at keeping the big picture, developing a tactical response to claims and communicating key aspects back to the company."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 36 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents sovereign states, corporations and financial institutions in high-stakes disputes. Particularly well known for its work advising investment banks and asset managers on contentious matters.

Work highlights Representing Bahrain-based Ithmaar Bank in proceedings relating to a collapsed USD90 million real estate fund in Turkey.

Advised Avonwick Holdings on its USD175 million claim filed against multiple parties for unlawful means of conspiracy and transactions to defraud creditors in the context of the Webinvest insolvency.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Hearn "is an established player" in the London litigation market, and specialises in representing hedge funds, banks and other members of the financial services sector. Clients laud his abilities, saying: "He always sees the big picture, has a vast experience in commercial court and is a natural leader of big litigation."

Significant clients NML Capital, Standard Chartered Bank, Deutsche Bank, Spinnaker Hedge Funds, Home Retail Group.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established name in the London commercial litigation market, handling warranty claims, contract disputes and enforcement actions. Routinely acts for household names across a wide variety of sectors, including the energy, automotive, construction and aerospace industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have been flexible in their approach and willing to provide support as and when required." 

Work highlights Represented Volkswagen in defence of a claim brought by Plato Management, a company owned by racing driver and TV presenter Jason Plato. The claim is for breach of a contract for the provision of motorsports services in relation to the British Touring Car Championship in 2008.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Davenport serves as global head of international commercial disputes at the firm. He has significant experience in cases arising in the financial services, transport and IT sectors. One client appreciates that "he was very on top of procedure and gave sound litigation advice."

Andrew Legg is "a very strong technical lawyer who immerses himself in the case," according to those in the market. Clients find him "thoroughly reliable and dependable" and say that "his approach is always thoughtful and considered."

Significant clients Centrica, Smiths Group, Rolls-Royce, Shell, Siemens.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice representing an impressive client base, including asset managers, investment banks and natural resources companies. Active handling high-value and cross-border disputes, as well as precedent-setting cases in company and trusts law.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"First class. They are always my first choice for litigation. They are especially experienced in dealing with international adversaries."

"The quality of the work and the personnel is very high. They are very team-oriented."

Work highlights Represented Roskilde Bank in claims brought against a secondary market purchaser, alleging fraudulent mis-selling of subordinated debt in the bank itself. The EUR40 million case spreads across Danish and UK courts and is currently on appeal.

Represented multiple parties, including Kestrel Holdings and Indigo Capital Partners, in claims brought against them for alleged breach of the terms of certain loan notes. 

Notable practitioners  

Head of the dispute resolution department Iain Mackie is considered "absolutely first class" by market commentators, who add that he is "very strategic and subtle in how he gets things done." His impressive commercial practice covers a range of complex matters, including fraud, money laundering, breach of duty and diversion of funds.

James Popperwell has years of experience in commercial litigation, and has a particular interest in litigation funding. He also has particular expertise in disputes concerning Russia and the CIS.

Significant clients ICAP, ARMS, United Company Rusal.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 50 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well versed in disputes arising in the financial services and energy sectors, as well as acting on contractual disputes and professional negligence claims. Also recognised for its work in pensions litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An outstanding team." 

Work highlights Continues to advise a joint venture between Talisman and Sinopec on legal issues surrounding the operation of offshore oilfields.

The firm maintains its relationship with Dalriada Trustees, an independent trustee group under the supervision of the Pensions Regulator. Recent work includes proceedings brought in the High Court by the Pensions Regulator following a suspected fraud of £13 million by eight suspected parties.

Notable practitioners  

The highly regarded Katharine Davies is considered "exceptionally knowledgeable" in energy sector matters by market commentators. She advises oil and gas companies as well as utilities.

Michael Fenn possesses a broad litigation practice and is known for his continued representation of Aeroflot, recently assisting it with a multimillion-pound fraud claim against the estate of Boris Berezovsky and others. Sources describe him as an "excellent and strategic thinker."

Significant clients E.ON, CNR International, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Saad Air Co, Balfour Beatty.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Significant global presence with a recognised London litigation team. Noted activity in the high-profile media and insurance recovery arena in addition to handling complex disputes in the corporate and financial spaces.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I have genuine faith in their ability and am very confident that I have the best team in litigation."

"They are excellent. The balance between senior and more junior staff is right and the team works well together for the benefit of the client. They are excellent at breaking down complex issues allowing a layman to follow what the position is."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of BT Cornwall in a claim against three major customers regarding the possible termination of a £200 million outsourcing contract. 

Continues to represent the American Leisure Group in an ongoing dispute relating to a failed AIM flotation in 2007. The case involves issues of directors' duties in the context of the post-financial crash property market in Florida.

Notable practitioners  

Sources state that Richard Spafford is an "extremely able" commercial litigator as well as a "thoughtful, careful and extremely good tactician." He handles commercial litigation and disputes arising in the financial services sector.

Charles Hewetson focuses on banking and financial services disputes. He also has a well-developed practice advising professional services clients, including accountancy firms, on negligence cases.

Clients say that Nicholas Brocklesby is "a calming force in an otherwise stressful situation," adding that he is "very hands-on and responsive." He is experienced handling commercial and financial services litigation.

Significant clients Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Bauer Media, Hyatt, Barclays, ITV.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 43 partners
- 100 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Diverse commercial outfit known for the strength of its insurance practice, as well as its banking and finance disputes work. Routinely handles high-profile international disputes.

Work highlights Continues to represent a group of exchange bond holders. Bonds are worth EUR225 million and issued by the Argentine Republic in the process of a debt restructuring following its default in 2001. The claimants issued proceedings in the English courts against the trustee, BNYM, for various declarations relating to funds.

Acting for the general partner of a real estate investment fund in a claim against the fund's manager, Deutsche Alternative Asset Management UK, for gross negligence following its EUR220 million investment in poorly performing German real estate assets.

Notable practitioners  

Tom Hibbert heads the global disputes, banking and financial litigation teams. Sources say he is "strong on banking litigation" and "very insightful." His expertise covers disputes arising in the capital markets, investment banking, restructuring and funds areas.

Simon Hart is a banking litigation specialist who predominantly handles multi-jurisdictional disputes for financial institutions and wealth funds. Sources say that he is a "clever commercial litigator" who is "cool, calm and collected" during negotiations.

Clients commend Geraldine Elliott as "someone with great perseverance, sense of leadership and teamwork skills." She is experienced handling company litigation including warranty claims, shareholder disputes and joint venture disputes.

Significant clients DMGT, SCA AB, Sports Direct, EY, AIG.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 31 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established brand employing its extensive global network in big-ticket litigation involving multiple areas of law. Possesses noted expertise in complex professional negligence disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I am very impressed at how they manage to maintain the strong, high level of legal review and diligence on cases without involving a massive team, which makes them more efficient on costs."

"They are a big player in the market. Their main team has been very strong – they have many good senior associates and strong people who all adapted to our way of working. They just had a fantastic all-round approach."

Work highlights Acted for the FCA against former owner of Keydata Investment services, Stewart Ford, in litigation relating to the collapse of the company in 2009 in a financial scandal that saw 30,000 consumers facing potential losses of £450 million. The FCA has issued a decision notice fining him £75 million, the largest fine to ever be placed on an individual.

Continues to act for Jackie Stephenson, the liquidator of the Bell Group UK Holdings, in a long-running matter regarding the collapse of Alan Bond's corporate empire. Publicised as Australia's biggest piece of commercial litigation, the case originally settled for £900 million in 2013 and further negotiations were held in November 2015.

Notable practitioners  

Liz Tout is head of the London litigation practice and a key contact.

Significant clients ASOS, DEPFA, Goodman Logistics, Home Retail Group, Sainsbury's.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Growing specialist litigation firm focusing on large-scale commercial matters. Known for its enviable clientele of prominent private equity funds, financial institutions and wealthy individuals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An impressive boutique firm. They have built up a large reputation over a short time and accumulated some able and go-getting litigators."

"A team of A++ players who all worked together tirelessly."

Work highlights Defended Mr Russ DeLeon against claims of alleged unlawful means conspiracy brought by the Chevron Corporation in relation to the funding of USD9.5 billion Lago Agrio litigation in Ecuador.

Continues to act for the Libyan Investment Authority in a claim brought against the French bank Société Générale and others, alleging that the bank funnelled corrupt payments through a Libyan intermediary with connections to the Gaddafi regime.

Notable practitioners  

Sources laud Pietro Marino as a "very strong" litigator who "can strategically shape a case." His expertise lies in significant fraud cases and disputes in the energy sector. He is also known for his representation of Russian oligarchs and other high net worth individuals.

Simon Twigden has a versatile commercial litigation practice and regularly handles high-profile conflicts across jurisdictions, notably the CIS, North Africa and the Middle East. Commentators state that "his commercial thinking is second to none," and that he is "exceptional at handling large matters."

George Maling is considered "a savvy litigator" by market commentators, with one source adding that he is "a 'roll your sleeves up' kind of guy who is very intelligent and commercial." He covers a range of commercial litigation matters, with particular experience representing oligarchs and high-profile businessmen.

Significant clients The Pilot Group, GVC, Capita, Wellesley Partners.

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第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong US firm offering support to blue-chip businesses, often in international litigation. Experienced in litigation involving private equity clients, offshore funds and banking entities. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are brilliant, creative, committed and knowledgeable." 

Work highlights Continues to act for Singapore Airlines and Singapore Airlines Cargo PTE on claims levied by 65,000 claimants against British Airways for damages arising from an alleged cartel. BA, in turn, brought claims against 23 other airlines included in the alleged cartel, including the client. The case is now in the Court of Appeal.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Clifford is a key contact. 

Significant clients London Metal Exchange, London Private Hire Cab Association, Addison Lee, EFAD Real Estate Company, MTSF.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 34 partners
- 152 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Robust dispute resolution department offering services across a broad range of legal disciplines with a specialism in fraud defence and tax litigation. Noted for its international injunction expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's an incredibly smart, efficient and knowledgeable team." 

Work highlights Represents several members of the RBS Action Group in group litigation against the bank relating to alleged misleading of shareholders during its 2008 rights issue.

Advising Mercedes-Benz Financial Services on a £500 million dispute against HMRC centring on whether the ECJ rules that a car finance agreement is a supply of goods or a supply of services. 

Notable practitioners  

Kasra Nouroozi is head of the dispute resolution practice and a key contact.

Significant clients Global Torch, Hays, HP, Microsoft, Scottish Widows.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact outfit with a strong track record in competition and civil fraud disputes, especially those arising in Russia and the CIS. Advises an international client list of prominent companies and individuals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are efficient, responsive and good at co-ordinating a professional team. They are effective at communicating with clients."

"When it comes to any sizeable litigation I would always seek their advice, even if it's just as a second opinion. They are frank when they need to be and have a very good success rate."

Work highlights Acted for Universal Environmental (Information) Access on claims brought against two of its directors for breach of fiduciary duties in diverting business opportunities to other companies that they owned.

Advised Lerch Bates on unfair prejudice proceedings brought by its joint venture partner, settling the dispute in 2014 with the sale of Lerch Bates's interest to the partner. Currently acting on an IP rights and copyright dispute arising out of the settlement.

Notable practitioners  

Keith Oliver is a senior partner at the firm and "obviously one of the doyens of civil fraud," according to sources. Commentators go on to describe him as a "force of nature" who is "fantastically good at seeing the big picture and helping clients get the right result."

Civil fraud specialist Sarah Gabriel is praised by clients for her "thorough and rigorous" approach. Her practice involves handling emergency asset-tracing proceedings across jurisdictions, including the USA, Russia, Latvia and Switzerland.

Clients comment that Jonathan Tickner "never stops looking for creative solutions for the client, and combines leadership and hard work with an easy-going demeanour." His practice is focused on international asset-tracing and civil fraud disputes. 

Significant clients Constantin Medien, Fame Hall Holdings, Prestige Prosperity.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 36 partners
- 76 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Versatile dispute resolution team covering a swathe of disputes with growing emphasis on issues of technology, cybersecurity and corporate crime. Maintains its solid reputation in multi-jurisdictional fraud litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They are committed and responsive." 

Work highlights Acting for MetLife Seguros de Retiro in the appeal of a case against J.P. Morgan relating to around USD75 million worth of Argentinean peso-denominated notes tied to a consumer inflation index published by Argentina's central bank. The appeal hearing will take place in November 2016.

Advised two minority shareholders, owning 22% of Lush Cosmetics and Cosmetic Warriors, on the sale of their shares for around £150 million. The sale was met with legal action from the companies regarding how the share valuation under the articles of association should work.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Howell is a commercial litigator offering counsel to major organisations in the financial and professional services sectors, with noted expertise in accounting matters. Sources describe him as "very personable, clever and thoughtful," adding: "He's at the top of his game."

David de Ferrars counsels clients on a broad range of litigation, including commercial contracts disputes and corruption investigations. He has niche expertise in disputes between shareholders, and between members of a partnership or joint venture.

Shane Gleghorn specialises in arbitration, litigation and regulatory disputes in the finance and banking sectors. Sources state that he is "very commercial and sensible."

Richard Marsh predominantly handles shareholder disputes. He co-heads the firm's Middle East practice and devotes a significant portion of his practice to matters arising there and in the CIS.

Significant clients PwC, Deloitte, Stepan, Erdenet Mining.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Draws on unique expertise in science and engineering to service clients in the energy, construction and technology spaces. Experienced advising banking clients, trusts and investment funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Overall, the Bristows' commercial litigation team working on this claim have been excellent. They are consistently responsive and the quality of their legal services has been top-drawer."

"You know you can call on them and it does give a sense of safety, knowing they have your best interests at heart and they are protecting you. I would absolutely use them again." 

Work highlights Represented The Myers Trust in a claim for the redemption of a £16 million corporate loan note issued by Kestrel and Alchemy, as part of the purchase price of Myers' secured finance company Swift Advances.

Acts for Russian oil and gas piping manufacturer Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant and its English subsidiary in a High Court claim for the recovery of loans used for trading in oils and steel.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Appleton is a key contact.

Significant clients Capgemini, Kodak, Flexera Software, WPP, Kroll.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Dispute resolution boutique known for representing claimants in high-profile banking litigation. Growing expertise in partnership and fraud disputes. Acts on behalf of a diverse client base of corporates and individuals, domestically and overseas. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's a very proactive team who are not afraid to speak their mind and 'tell us how it is'. We were always presented with commercial, business-minded advice."

"Teamwork is one of the strongest points of the firm." 

Work highlights Acting for Property Alliance Group in a highly publicised claim of fraudulent misrepresentation against RBS, in the context of Libor manipulation claims made against the bank. 

Represented Proxima Property Topco in a dispute with the Bank of America Merrill Lynch relating to £450 million of interest rate and inflation swaps, after Proxima missed a £435 million repayment to the bank in December 2014. The matter was successfully resolved in October 2015.

Notable practitioners  

Marc Keidan works on behalf of banking, finance and accounting clients, handling professional negligence, civil fraud and claimant cases against banks. Commentators state that he "leaves no stone unturned, is a creative thinker" and is "absolutely passionate and determined."

Philip Young is described as a "super smart" and "outstanding litigation tactician" by market sources. He is a solicitor advocate and handles a wide range of corporate and international trading disputes.

"Clients love to work with" Sinead O'Callaghan, according to market sources, because "she knows every piece of paper." She is active advising on shareholder disputes and claims arising from the sale of financial products.

Significant clients Alexander Vik, Kombinat Aluminijuma Podgorica, Rame Service, Highland Capital Texas, SWP Group.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Commercial practice noted for its expertise in complex disputes in the shipping, insurance, commodities and banking sectors. Frequently engaged in international cases on behalf of global corporates and foreign-domiciled banks. 

Work highlights Continues to represent Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in a long-running dispute with Nomura regarding a restructuring arrangement in 2009 following the financial crisis. The disputes surrounding the transaction settled in September 2015.

Notable practitioners  

John Bramhall is considered a "great litigator" with "an excellent pedigree and a lot of experience" in commercial and banking litigation. He is also known for his work in competition litigation in the aviation sector. He continues to represent the Allston Landing claimants in damages proceedings against British Airways arising from an alleged air freight cartel.

Significant clients Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (In Special Liquidation), Unilever, Petrofac.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established firm advising on high-value commercial and financial litigation. Clients include high net worth individuals, major corporations and financial institutions. Particularly known for its work in contentious trust litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A strong, joined-up and cohesive unit. As a team, they take a calm approach and are quick to defuse hostility in a way in that helps to move matters forward proactively and effectively. They are a well-rounded team who are client-focused and who provide a client experience that is second to none."

"I was happy with them in every respect." 

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the trustees of five New Zealand trusts in claims of USD3.5 billion levied against Sergei Pugachev in Russia and England after the collapse of JSC Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy bank. The claim included allegations for wrongful and fraudulent trading during Mr Pugachev's management of the bank.

Represents AMT Futures in litigation against a German law firm for alleged inducement to breach of contract by third parties. The case involves complex jurisdictional issues.

Notable practitioners  

Adrian Parkhouse assists clients in the finance sector with contractual disputes and injunctive proceedings such as freezing orders. Sources praise him as "extremely commercial" and a "good lateral thinker," with one stating: "He has an excellent ability to seek out alternative solutions to complex issues."

Significant clients RP Explorer Master Fund, Cedar Capital Partners, GB Minerals Holdings, Stephanie Overton, Sir Owen Glenn.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles a range of commercial disputes for an impressive roster of domestic and international clients, particularly high net worth individuals. Frequently instructed on cases relating to the CIS, and expanding its activity in oil and gas sector disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"It's a tight team with an interest in getting to the answer." 

Work highlights Continues to defend Oiax in relation to fraud claims of USD500 million brought by Dubai Islamic Bank relating to trade financing agreements. The firm secured an anti-suit injunction on behalf of the client to ensure that proceedings would be carried out in English courts.

Acted for OmegaFlex, a US piping designer and manufacturer, in proceedings brought against a former senior employee who is alleged to have taken confidential information and joined a major competitor.

Notable practitioners  

Colin Gibson is a key contact.

Significant clients Dalekovod, deVere Group, Sport England, DencoHappel, Wasserman Media Group Europe.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised for its in-house advocacy abilities and international reach in large-scale litigation. Cross-disciplinary capabilities allow the firm to handle complex issues. Experienced in arbitral award enforcement litigation and disputes in the financial services sector. 

Work highlights Continues to represent UBS globally in an extensive series of investigations carried out by multiple governmental bodies into alleged fraudulent manipulation of the foreign exchange by various international banks.

Acts for the Republic of Djibouti in a Commercial Court case against Abdourahmen Boreh, a former politician and businessman, regarding claims that Mr Boreh allegedly abused his position as Djibouti's agent and representative in relation to the construction and operation of an oil terminal near the capital.

Notable practitioners  

Philip Rocher's broad commercial disputes practice covers civil fraud cases, directors' duties claims and advice to banking clients on regulatory enforcement action. Clients say: "He is unassuming, but you underestimate him at your peril. He is very effective, has a very wise head on his shoulders and is very good at weighing everything up and coming up with a view."

Charles Falconer is an experienced practitioner with an impressive background as the Secretary of State for Justice, Lord Chancellor and a commercial barrister. His practice consists of high-profile international disputes and investigations, and sources commend him as "a very bright man with huge reserves of energy."

Significant clients Investcorp Bank, Chevron, GFH Capital.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Commercial dispute department recognised for its experience advising trustees and private wealth funds on liquidation and fraud proceedings. Experienced in insurance-related litigation and financial services disputes, including claims against banks.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"It's a good team, with a technically good and commercial approach." 

Work highlights Acting for the trustees of Philips Pension Fund and Philips Electronics UK in respect of a claim against the fund's former investment advisers and investment managers, Aon Hewitt and AllianceBernstein.

Continues to advise on the liquidation of USD110 million of UK assets of Stanford Bank, following its collapse in 2009. 

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Smith is a key contact for the practice.

Significant clients Federative Republic of Brazil, Municipality of São Paulo, TMF Group, Grant Thornton, PwC.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 51 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers clients expert disputes support, notably in the banking, finance, energy and heavy industrial sectors. Equipped to handle global proceedings thanks to its international reach.

Work highlights Continues to represent Cargill International in litigation relating to the insolvency of leading supplier of bunker fuel OW Bunker, now defunct having taken monies from shipowners without passing on the proceeds to suppliers.

Continues to advise Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSE in commercial litigation following the lending to, and subsequent default of, the Saad and Al-Gosaibi conglomerates.

Notable practitioners  

Damian Honey is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients BP, Grant Thornton, Hochtief, OMV, Caterpillar, Lafarge Aggregates.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Works across its global platform to advise on high-value multi-jurisdictional litigation. Serves clients across a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, media and shipping. 

Work highlights Assisted China International Mining Group, shareholders in Mwana Africa, in issuing an unfair prejudice petition to challenge the reappointment of an established member of the Mwana board as chair. 

Notable practitioners  

John Magnin heads the practice and focuses on international commercial disputes, particularly in the Caribbean and India. A client comments: "He is calm, thinks outside the box and is able to provide consistent advice on delicate or tough matters."

Significant clients Capita, Puma, Trelleborg, Axiom Funds, London Underground.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents multinationals, utilities and financial services clients in dispute resolution. Experienced in a range of corporate and commercial litigation matters, including shareholder, joint venture, civil fraud and utilities litigation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very on the ball, they know their stuff and they are very good with big-ticket litigation. You can absolutely relax and know that everything is being done."

"Lewis Silkin is excellent and punches well above its weight."

Work highlights Acts for Trust Risk Group in its dispute with ATEL, in which ATEL alleges TRG unlawfully withheld EUR32 million of insurance premiums. TRG claims it is owed EUR97 million by ATEL and is treating the premiums as part payment.

Continues to represent RTA Alesa, a Swiss company, in a dispute regarding the design of an alumina energy storage silo in Oman. The client alleges that it did not receive full consideration despite performing all of its obligations under the contract.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the disputes team Tom Coates focuses on high-value litigation in the financial service, retail and hospitality sectors. Sources commend his "absolutely perfect client skills," and add that he is "a very careful litigator."

Significant clients Save China's Tigers, International Game Technology, EDF Energy, House of Fraser Group.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frequently handles disputes in heavy industries on behalf of companies in the energy, aviation and manufacturing sectors. Advises an international client list, including investment funds, banking clients and major names in the oil and gas industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are creative in their legal thinking." 

Work highlights Acted on behalf of the UK subsidiary of Idemitsu Kosan in a three-party dispute with operators and licensees of adjoining oilfields in the North Sea, arising out of charges for the shared use of an FPSO vessel.

Representing both Acropolis Capital Partners and Acropolis Capital Management in claims brought by the estate administrator for a deceased Saudi Arabian foreign minister, based on an alleged agency agreement with the deceased. The administrator of the £150 million state is seeking documents in order to challenge asset transfers made before the foreign minister's death.

Notable practitioners  

Harvey Rands has a broad dispute resolution practice, with experience in high-profile disputes in the energy and natural resources sectors. He also advises on company and insolvency law. 

Sources say that Jane Marsden is "excellent, clever, efficient and she knows how to litigate." She is co-head of the department and has experience in substantial oil, gas and mining industries' disputes. Market commentators add that she is "very creative and highly knowledgeable on the law."

Significant clients Gulf Keystone Petroleum, Shanta Gold, Ocean Partners, Pearson Education, Cheyne Capital Management.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist litigation firm taking on the full range of complex commercial matters. Experienced in shareholder, insolvency and company law litigation, as well as contractual disputes and fraud cases. Frequently instructed on claims against banks and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They work hand in glove with you and can compete with the big firms."

"They are very successful in collection action cases." 

Work highlights Acts for 313 financial institutions in the RBS rights issue litigation – a large-scale group litigation against RBS following its government bailout in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. 

Advised Sakthi Auto Component on a EUR40 million breach of contract claim issued by a group of banks led by Barclays.

Notable practitioners  

Clive Zietman heads the group's commercial disputes practice and is known for leading high-profile proceedings around the globe, particularly in the financial services and investment management arenas. Sources say he has a "brilliant reputation in the market," adding that he is "fantastic with clients."

Significant clients Clive Taylor, Expense Reduction Analysts, Unicorn, Paul Brett, Leviev.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-quality disputes team frequently handling regulatory, tax and structured finance disputes. Works closely with European and US offices to handle cross-border litigation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They worked very well to provide a first-rate service for their clients." 

Work highlights Acted for yacht brokers Edmiston on its claim for unpaid commissions in relation to the sale of a superyacht. 

Notable practitioners  

Market sources say that Jamie Maples is "technically very strong" and "a shrewd tactician." He is particularly active in commercial litigation involving institutional investors.

Significant clients Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay, Lehman Brothers, Littlewoods Group, Providence Equity.

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第六等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Up-and-coming litigation-focused firm with experience in significant international disputes. Particularly well regarded for work in the hotel and resort sector. Often acting for individuals against large corporates and financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I've been amazed at how clear and unambiguous they have been. They do not shy away from advising you."

"They are knowledgeable and know their stuff, but can think outside the box."

Work highlights Representing Peak Hotels and Resorts in a USD400 million dispute over the ownership of luxury hotel company Aman Resorts. Proceedings relating to this dispute are being pursued in London, New York and the British Virgin Islands.

Acting for Monde Petroleum in a USD500 million claim for rights to a percentage of oil revenues from oil fields in Kurdistan. The claim will be heard in the Commercial Court.

Notable practitioners  

Ashkhan Candey is managing partner and a key contact.

Significant clients Worshipful Company of Grocers, Milos Andric, Dial Partners, Sitel, Concord Hotels.

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Band 6

第六等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected for work on significant matters in the fraud, asset tracing and enforcement arenas. Often seen on international matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The quality of their input is really excellent. They bring serious value."

"They are good to work with, and are relaxed and supportive." 

Work highlights Acts for Bernie Ecclestone's family trust, Bambino Holdings, in proceedings related to Bayerische Landesbank's sale of shares in Formula 1 to CVC Capital Partners.

Retained by the government of Turks and Caicos to lead the islands' civil recovery efforts. Claims have been launched against developers and individuals who acquired unvalued Crown land and, in some cases, sold it on for large profits.

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Perry has a deep understanding of fraud, banking and construction disputes. He is frequently seen on cross-border matters with a heavy technical element. Sources say: "He is brilliant. He is tactically very astute and very good on the detail."

Significant clients Tata Steel UK, Ciber Inc., JPW Enterprises (Scotland), government of Nigeria, Pulse Entertainment.

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Band 6

第六等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well regarded for its ability to advise financial institutions facing contentious regulatory issues. Experienced in offshore disputes as well as insolvency and Russian-originated work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They have a very practical approach, offer prompt responses and are technically strong."

Work highlights Acted for Emmerson International, Mikhail Abyzov, Romos and Fresko in a dispute with Viktor Vekselberg, and affiliated companies, arising from an oral joint venture agreement concerning power generation and distribution assets in Russia and Ukraine.

Retained by Infederation in proceedings alleging abuse of dominant market position by Google. The case is running in parallel to the EC investigation into Google. 

Notable practitioners  

As a former barrister Dorothy Cory-Wright has deep understanding of litigation and dispute resolution. She is especially well regarded for her work advising financial institutions on contentious regulatory issues.

Matthew Shankland is a qualified barrister who focuses his practice on financial institution, Russian and offshore-derived work. Sources say: "He is a charismatic lawyer who is good with clients and takes a strategic point of view."

Significant clients Investec Bank, GATX, HSBC Monitor, Kaupthing Bank, Fortress.

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Band 6

第六等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Works across a wide range of industries on commercial litigation. Particular strengths include shipping, banking, insurance and aerospace matters. Possesses an impressive roster of global clients, including airlines, shipping lines and energy companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They punch significantly above their weight when you look at the quality of the work. They have no problem mixing it with the big boys."

Work highlights Advising Nan Fung Shipping on six High Court claims against shipowner Emirates Trading Agency. The claims relate to the waiver and termination of bareboat charters.

Working with VIS Trading in its dispute with Avaz Nazarov and others. Successfully obtained a multimillion-dollar ruling for the client, and is currently pursuing enforcement action in Russia and other jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners  

Andrew Savage leads the firm's litigation team. Sources say: "He is intellectually very curious and explores every angle of a case." Another interviewee lauds him, saying: "He is very good with clients and is a very able performer."

Significant clients BNP Paribas, International Consolidated Minerals, Lehman Brothers Finance, MRI Trading, Rabobank.

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