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Litigation — London (Firms)

Overview

This section has been researched and ranked based on the wide range of litigation and dispute chapters that are already covered in Chambers UK. It serves as an overview of general civil dispute resolution capabilities. More information about the firms and practitioners listed here can be found in the other sections in which they are ranked.

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Allen & Overy LLP - Litigation Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Mona Vaswani handles high-value and high-profile fraud cases for both claimants and defendants. Clients praise her for "giving calm, sound advice even in high pressure solutions." Other sources say: "She is very impressive - she is able to protect the client's best interests and able to cut through the chaff and get to the main body of the case."

Calum Burnett focuses his practice on in contentious regulatory work and banking litigation. He represents a range of financial institutions in complex and high-profile disputes, enforcement proceedings and regulatory investigations. He co-heads the firm's banking, finance and regulatory litigation practice group.

Arnondo Chakrabarti is called upon by clients for his strengths in cross-border disputes and investigatory work. He offers notable expertise in corporate crime matters, banking litigation and contentious regulatory issues.

Lawson Caisley is a highly regarded litigator known for representing major clients in the corporate world. His caseload includes substantial post-acquisition disputes as well as litigation arising out of contractual arrangements. Sources praise him for his "clear and commercial advice," and also describe him as an "excellent tactician" who is "very good at handling large and complex cases." He is head of the commercial and corporate litigation group.

Andrew Denny has expert knowledge of litigation arising from disputes over complex structured financial products. He regularly acts for leading investment banks in major cases, including appeals before the highest courts. Clients say: "Andrew provides clear, concise explanations of complex issues, and he can give strategic recommendations."

Marc Florent is regarded as an expert in the full spectrum of contentious structured finance matters, with particular expertise in derivatives disputes. He also offers strong credentials in insolvency matters.

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Clifford Chance LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

The "phenomenal" Simon Davis brings over three decades of experience to bear for clients in high-profile disputes work, offering outstanding strengths in international litigation and investigations. Clients say: "He's a very impressive and extremely bright guy. He's able to see the big picture and also retain the detail." He leads the commercial litigation group in the London office.

Ian Moulding is described as "tactically wise" by market sources, who commend his skills in complex banking litigation cases. He continues to advise a broad client base on a wide range of contentious matters, including mis-selling and LIBOR manipulation claims.

Maxine Mossman has considerable experience in post-transaction disputes, including claims of fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty. Sources describe her as "very impressive," noting her ability to "forensically review the case and examine witnesses, and to take tactical decisions."

Clients of Roger Best offer high praise for his "excellent" capabilities in banking litigation work. His wider practice also comprises arbitrations, regulatory enforcement and alternative dispute resolution.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP - Litigation Department

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Commentators report that Simon Orton enjoys "a strong reputation" in the field, with his "astonishing capacity for detail" earning particular praise. His practice comprises high-value litigation, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, and he heads the firm's financial institutions disputes group.

Star litigator Ian Taylor brings vast experience and gravitas to financial services disputes, investigations and contentious regulatory matters, in which he acts for leading investment and retail banks. Sources report: "He has an unbelievable ability to bring absolute order to chaos, and he's got an incredibly strategic brain as well."

The "outstanding" James Kennedy heads the commercial disputes department and has a well-established fraud practice. Clients say: "He's extremely responsive, and puts across complex areas of law in an understandable manner. He gives practical guidance, going beyond just thinking about winning to assess whether a case is worth it, in terms of cost and time."

Andrew Hart is a leading figure in the market, offering significant trial experience in a broad range of complex, big-ticket disputes and cross-border matters. Interviewees cite his "proactive, commercial and responsive" approach as a key asset.

Patrick Swain has a robust corporate litigation practice, with significant experience in shareholder disputes and cases concerning company control issues. He is also eminently capable of handling commercial cases, including major contract disputes. "Patrick speaks with great authority and has extensive experience," remarks one client, adding: "He is bold and effective in his interaction with opposing parties."

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Litigation Department

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Damien Byrne Hill is hailed for his "pure quality" in banking litigation matters, enjoying a glowing reputation as a go-to practitioner for high-profile and high-value cases. He garners accolades for his "very savvy" approach, with his clients also commending his strategic outlook.

Head of commercial litigation Alan Watts also has notable experience in company and partnership law. He regularly advises on shareholder disputes along with those relating to the termination of licensing and supply agreements. "He's fantastic," one client reports, adding: "He has a great mind and is very commercial."

Simon Clarke offers great experience in litigation and has specialist knowledge in complex financial services and banking matters. He advises on a wide range of issues, including product mis-selling cases, derivatives disputes, investigations and wider civil claims and regulatory work. Clients say: "Simon is very smart, incredibly hard working and client-focused."

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Hogan Lovells - Litigation Department

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Chris Hardman has "a great name in the market" for his work on significantly high-value corporate disputes concerning Russian and CIS-based clients. He is also adept at taking the lead on cases with multi-jurisdictional aspects, and has considerable experience dealing with offshore interests.

Philip Parish has considerable expertise in disputes concerning derivatives and complex financial products, including mismanagement and mis-selling claims. Clients say: "He is solutions-focused, calm under pressure and collegiate."

Neil Mirchandani is an experienced litigator who regularly takes on challenging cases concerning commercial agreements and corporate control issues. Sources draw attention to his "informed, intelligent and influential contributions," adding that "in a firm that prides itself on the intellectual side of being a litigator, Neil is one of the brightest."

Ivan Shiu handles a broad range of work, which includes substantial disputes arising out of M&A transactions and contract terminations. His work often has a notable international focus. Sources praise his "measured approach" to navigating difficult proceedings.

"Extremely capable advocate" Crispin Rapinet is praised by market commentators as "highly responsive and extremely experienced in this area." He has a wealth of experience dealing with cases linked to both bribery and conspiracy claims.

Cary Kochberg works on major international fraud cases with a global reach. He has noted expertises in cross-border and offshore matters.

Alex Sciannaca manages an impressive caseload that includes complex joint venture and shareholder disputes. He has notable experience in handling cases involving Russian and Ukrainian individuals. One client says: "Alex performed exceptionally well," adding that "he laid down a clear case strategy from the outset and the execution was flawless within very tight time lines."

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP - Litigation Department

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Oliver Glynn-Jones regularly handles structured and asset finance litigation matters, with clients calling upon his talents as a solicitor-advocate on complex dispute work. Clients say: "He has a very good sense of what's commercially important for a client, what the courts will do and how judges will respond."

Segun Osuntokun has garnered a strong reputation for his banking and financial services litigation practice, with clients describing him as "very intelligent, insightful and diplomatic." He heads the firm's Africa Group and has a wealth of experience in cross-border disputes.

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Linklaters - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Andrew Hughes is an expert in commercial dispute resolution, with skills in fraud and regulatory investigations, select committee inquiries and banking disputes. A client says: "He combines one of the biggest brains with a fun personality. I always feel safe when he's on board."

The "brilliant" Christa Band is a leading commercial litigator, specialising in high-stakes banking and financial services cases. Her expertise covers regulatory investigations, crisis management and enforcement proceedings, alongside parallel civil and criminal matters. Sources consider her "top of the tree" in banking litigation work and point out her strategic skills as a notable strength.

Patrick Robinson has "a mighty intellect, possesses swiftness of mind and, in the midst of complexity, has the ability to identify what is essential," according to impressed clients. He maintains a broad banking and financial services practice, with expert knowledge of derivatives and structured products disputes, as well as fund and private equity matters.

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Linklaters’ dispute resolution lawyers throughout the world have a stand-out track record of succeeding for our clients in the most sensitive and complex litigation and arbitration cases.

Commercial litigation
We have extensive courtroom experience in many of the major financial and business centres across the world and are instructed by top corporates, firms and financial institutions to act on high profile and business critical litigation. Recent matters include Visa Europe’s defence against retailers, Glencore’s defence against Peruvian mining protestors and claims arising from bribery allegations relating to Formula 1.

International arbitration
Our international arbitration practice is one of the largest in the world. The team act as arbitrators and counsel in arbitral proceedings globally. We are regularly instructed by top corporates, financial institutions and nation states in both commercial and investment arbitrations and we have an excellent track record of success.

Regulatory investigations and crisis management
Linklaters has broad experience of regulatory investigations worldwide. We are market leaders in advising financial institutions on legal and regulatory risk and use our skills and expertise to investigate even the most complex of issues.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Litigation Department

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Lista Cannon brings a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge to cross-border banking litigation. Her wide-ranging practice covers commercial litigation, issues of sovereign immunity, enforcement proceedings and transnational regulatory investigations. She serves as global co-head of the firm's regulation and investigations practice.

Michael Godden is described as "a very forensic lawyer and a very original thinker" by interviewees. He handles a range of wholesale, commercial and retail banking disputes, alongside strengths in international civil fraud, asset tracing and regulatory enforcement matters.

Paul Morris applies his considerable banking litigation expertise to a wide range of structured product disputes and derivatives issues, with sources lauding his ability to "make the big calls in high-stakes litigation." His clients include corporate trustees, issuers, agents and other parties involved in debt capital markets transactions.

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Slaughter and May - Litigation Department

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The "hugely experienced" Deborah Finkler is respected by fellow practitioners as "a tough negotiator and a forceful advocate." She is regularly called upon for her in-depth expertise in complex corporate recovery work, insolvency matters and multi-jurisdictional investigations. She leads the firm's dispute resolution group.

Ewan Brown has a wide-ranging banking litigation and investigations practice, where he regular acts for major banks and financial institutions. His wider practice also incorporates strengths in tax appeals, corporate crime issues, shareholder disputes and competition claims.

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Travers Smith LLP - Litigation Department

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Head of the dispute resolution department Stephen Paget-Brown is held in high regard by market commentators, who say that he is "just what a senior City litigator should be" in that "he has very sound judgement, does not get bogged down in details while still taking them on board, and is an excellent leader of his team."

Andrew King's "huge experience" in the sector is applauded by clients, who also describe him as "very devoted" to their needs. His wide commercial litigation practice includes solid strengths in banking and insolvency disputes.

Robert Fell draws praise for his "client-oriented" manner and his "quick turnaround time." His broad practice includes a range of financial services and financial institutions litigation, alongside expertise in disciplinary proceedings and regulatory investigations.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Litigation Department

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Michael Barnett is highly regarded for his expertise in banking disputes involving investment banks, derivatives and structured finance matters. Interviewees say: "He really knows what clients want, he's very responsive and he delivers."

Louisa Caswell has a robust commercial litigation practice, advising on significant shareholder, transactional and contract disputes. She represents publicly traded companies as well as a number of private equity firms.

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Ashurst - Litigation Department

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The "immensely experienced" Edward Sparrow has a wealth of litigation expertise and enjoys a market leading reputation in the financial services sector. He has specialist knowledge of complex financial services and banking litigation, as well as noted strengths in contentious regulatory matters.

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Baker McKenzie - Litigation Department

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Charles Thomson co-heads the business crime unit and is held in high regard by commentators, who describe him as "a very meticulous and thoughtful lawyer." He advises on large-scale complex fraud matters as part of a wider practice, with a focus on high-value cross-border matters.

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP - Litigation Department

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Sue Prevezer QC is characterised as "a formidable opponent" by her fellow practitioners, who offer high praise for her "impressive and genuinely creative legal arguments." She chairs the firm's international trial practice, offering a wealth of experience in high-stakes litigation challenges and international arbitration matters.

Richard East comes highly recommended for his "phenomenal client coverage skills" and his "very hard-working" manner. He frequently acts for clients in banking, restructuring and wider commercial litigation matters. He also serves as co-managing partner of the firm's London office.

Robert Hickmott is "an effective litigator with a huge amount of experience," according to appreciative clients. His practice incorporates representing corporate stakeholders and HNW individuals in both defending and bringing claims in financial litigation.

Matthew Bunting receives plaudits for his "first-rate advice, both commercially and legally." His practice comprises domestic and international litigation, particularly concerning serious corporate fraud.

Since publication, Mark Hastings has left this practice.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP - Litigation Department

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The "unflappable" Robert Turner is highly esteemed for his "excellent judgement" and his ability to "keep his head when everyone around him has lost theirs." He offers specialist skills in hedge fund and asset management matters, alongside experience in products disputes, derivatives litigation and regulatory matters.

Richard Bunce offers well-honed skills in financial markets disputes, including notable strengths in international litigation. Areas of expertise include wholesale banking issues, distressed debt trading matters and corporate investigations.

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Stephenson Harwood LLP - Litigation Department

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John Fordham is a leading litigator in the London market with impressive international experience. He frequently takes the lead on disputes relating to contracts and shareholder agreements, as well as other commercial matters. Clients speak highly of his "vast experience of the law coupled with excellent commercial advice."

The "excellent" Sue Millar co-heads the firm's banking and finance litigation group. She frequently assists clients with commercial and investment banking disputes, as part of her broad commercial litigation practice.

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Our market-leading commercial litigation department acts on a wide range of disputes for corporates, individuals and other commercial clients. We have a long-established track record of handling the most significant and complex cases. 

We advise clients in every major industry and sector, ranging from multinational corporations, financial institutions, large and medium sized companies, professionals and trustees to governments, charities, high net worth individuals and their corporate interests. 

We offer commercially focused and practical solutions for complex disputes, often assisting clients with interests that cross industries, geographic locations and jurisdictions.

We regularly advise on disputes relating to commercial contracts, trade finance, corporate transactions and governance, joint-ventures, partnerships and shareholder disputes.

We also handle potentially contentious aspects of major corporate and financial transactions, political, cyber threat and sanctions issues as well as disputes involving fraud and injunctions, asset tracing and enforcement strategies. 

We have litigation experts in every office who work with each other regularly, so our local lawyers can put together an international team quickly and efficiently.  

Our experience means we can anticipate and prevent issues before they arise. We are also trusted to act quickly and effectively whenever urgent action is required.

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CMS - Litigation Department

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Jonathan Warne handles a range of high-profile litigation that includes significant corporate control and shareholder disputes, along with contested transactions. One source describes him as "an extremely good litigator" and also remarks on his "exceptional client skills," saying that "his tact, diplomacy and approachability is second to none."

The "very impressive" Bernard O'Sullivan has extensive experience in civil fraud proceedings, with particular expertise in matters with Russian and CIS elements. One market source comments: "He co-ordinates complex strategic plans in a very practical, commercial and efficient manner. His knowledge of international laws, asset recovery tools and litigation procedure in multiple countries is unparalleled."

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DLA Piper LLP - Litigation Department

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Jean-Pierre Douglas-Henry is the head of the UK litigation department and also heads the firm's EMEA cross-border litigation practice.

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Enyo Law LLP - Litigation Department

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Pietro Marino advises clients on cross-border fraud cases and recovery measures, with particular experience in the financial services sector. He is praised by market commentators as "very diligent and hard working, with a huge depth of legal knowledge."

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HFW - Litigation Department

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Noel Campbell has extensive experience in civil fraud and asset recovery, particular in offshore Caribbean jurisdictions. Clients say: "We know we can rely on him if we have a fraud case in the UK or across multiple jurisdictions, and he is very strong on offshore work. He has very in-depth and insightful knowledge of fraud work."

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Jones Day - Litigation Department

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Craig Shuttleworth has a broad commercial litigation practice and is particularly well-versed in joint venture and private equity disputes. He also handles disputes concerning contested transactions and supply agreements. One source remarks: "He is a deal maker, acting to get the best result for his client in some quite tricky situations."

Sion Richards is well known for his advisory work on large-scale fraud cases and his work in multi-jurisdictional matters. Sources describe him as "very strongly focused on the needs of his client" and "very calm, on top of things and reassuring."

Barnaby Stueck is "the real deal in terms of asset tracing work," according to market commentators, who add that he "has an enviable array of offshore contacts." He is well known for his international and offshore fraud work, and is dual-qualified in England & Wales and the Cayman Islands. Sources say he is "a great rainmaker, an original thinker and very good with clients."

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Macfarlanes LLP - Litigation Department

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Barry Donnelly leads the banking, finance and financial services dispute resolution practice at Macfarlanes LLP and regularly counsels clients on international litigation and arbitration. Interviewees describe him as "a high-quality lawyer" and commend his "pragmatic and very commercial demeanour."

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Mishcon de Reya LLP - Litigation Department

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Gary Miller is noted for his expertise in injunctive relief and asset recovery work, as part of a broader commercial dispute and fraud practice. One market commentator reports: "He is about the most tenacious solicitor I have ever worked with. He does not just go the extra mile for the client, he goes to the ends of the earth."

Head of dispute resolution Kasra Nouroozi "has a depth of experience and a fearlessness" which impresses those who work with him. He has substantial experience advising on high-value international fraud cases, as well as cross-border recovery efforts.

Kathryn Garbett is head of the fraud defence group and is noted for her defence work in complex, high-value fraud cases. Sources say: "She is excellent at getting to the right points quickly, and has a great clarity of thought and expression."

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Increasingly complex ventures and tougher trading conditions have led to an increase in business disputes. For many law firms, litigation is a distraction from their everyday focus. For us dispute resolution is at the heart of our firm. We are unusual for a firm of our size in that we remain largely conflict free and able to act on large commercial disputes.

We are one of the largest litigation teams in London with almost 200 litigators. We act for businesses that range from owner-manager operations to multinational entities with disputes which cross several jurisdictions. We have litigators embedded in every practice area from IP and Corporate to Family and Real Estate. We have excellent links to both the investigative community and litigation funders and we have recently launched our own eDiscovery offering which allows our lawyers to handle even the largest disclosure exercises in-house.

We recognise that each dispute requires a bespoke solution. When we litigate we are known for our assertive style.

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  • Shareholder disputes
  • Commercial fraud
  • Financial distress & Insolvency
  • Regulatory disputes
  • Intellectual property
  • Patent and Trade Mark disputes
  • Business crime
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Reed Smith LLP - Litigation Department

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Interviewees characterise Nicholas Brocklesby as "extremely user-friendly, thorough and hard working," and commend his ability to "get to the heart of a matter quickly." He handles complex litigation work for a broad range of financial institutions, including private equity houses, investment banks and hedge fund managers.

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Stewarts - Litigation Department

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Sean Upson has a broad commercial and banking disputes practice, with substantial experience of cross-border fraud cases and injunctive relief work. Sources say: "He is very pleasant to deal with, never loses his cool and always remains calm under pressure. He is very thoughtful and open-minded."

Clive Zietman is "a very commercial guy" with "incredible presence when he walks into a room," according to sources. He heads the commercial litigation department at the firm.

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We act in some of the most high-profile and groundbreaking cases in the UK.

Our clients include FTSE 100 companies, Fortune 500 and other international corporations, as well as institutional investors, foreign governments, public bodies and individuals.

We are conflict free, enabling us to act for our clients against global banks and multinationals in high-value and complex disputes. Many of our cases are groundbreaking and involve the application of new and developing areas of the law.

Our lawyers have unrivalled experience in putting together innovative costs arrangements. The use of third party funding, after-the-event insurance and risk-sharing fee agreements enables our clients to manage risk and litigate from a position of financial strength.

Our team of more than 50 lawyers has the depth and expertise to conduct heavyweight litigation. All our partners have experience in coordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions. We have strategic alliances with handpicked law firms around the world to enable our clients to take a cross-border approach to litigation.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld - Litigation Department

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Mark Dawkins heads the firm's disputes team in London.

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP - Litigation Department

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"Class act" Jonathan Kelly has considerable expertise in a broad spectrum of banking and financial services disputes, alongside skills in antitrust and competition claims and issues of sovereign immunity. Interviewees describe him as "a real market leader," revealing: "He is great to work with him because you know he's seen it all before."

Sunil Gadhia acts for both claimants and defendants in litigation and arbitration cases, often in substantial cases with cross-border issues. He also offers skills in regulatory investigations, competition law matters and international sanctions issues.

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For more information about Cleary Gottlieb's Litigation practice, please visit https://www.clearygottlieb.com/practice-landing/litigation-and-arbitration

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Cooke Young & Keidan LLP - Litigation Department

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The "fantastic" Philip Young is described as "a bright and forceful" lawyer by market commentators, who highlight him as "a pleasure to work alongside." His practice incorporates banking, fraud and financial services litigation.

Marc Keidan regularly acts for a broad spectrum of bank customers, hedge funds and wider investors in litigation claims against financial institutions. Market sources offer praise for his "solutions-focused" manner and his skills as "a great strategist who thinks outside the box."

Sinead O'Callaghan has a wide-ranging litigation practice, with strengths in banking and finance litigation, contentious trust work, fraud and professional negligence claims. Sources reveal: "She is an experienced litigator who always has her finger on the pulse of the case and where it's going."

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Dechert LLP - Litigation Department

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Andrew Hearn has a broad practice with significant focus on cross-border and international disputes. He has a strong track record in litigation concerning joint ventures, breaches of contract and shareholders' agreements. Clients describe him as a "highly experienced" litigator who "considers the big picture and also has great attention to detail."

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Eversheds Sutherland - Litigation Department

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Distinguished litigator Andrew Legg focuses his practice on commercial and banking disputes, with considerable expertise in cross-border matters. He also excels in regulatory enforcement matters, investigations and insolvency litigation.

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Fieldfisher - Litigation Department

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Head of department Tony Lewis acts in fraud and asset tracing cases. He is praised by market commentators as "very good at strategic overview and able to see the big picture very clearly."

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RPC - Litigation Department

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Tom Hibbert earns acclaim for his "excellent blend of commerciality and tactical sense." His expertise resides in investment banking litigation, with particular strengths in capital markets disputes, fund management matters and disputes arising from insolvencies and restructurings. He is the firm's global head of commercial disputes, and also leads the banking and financial litigation team.

Simon Hart has a strong litigation practice which covers cross-border banking and restructuring disputes, financial markets litigation and corporate investigations. Sources report: "Simon is calm, confident and assured. He's an adept lawyer and a team player."

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Litigation is at the very core of the firm:  nearly 70% of RPC's partners and other lawyers are engaged in this sphere.  RPC represents large blue-chip multinationals, growing corporates, entrepreneurial challenger brands, financial institutions and other professional practices.  Our practice spans UK-focused English High Court actions and disputes for international clients or with significant international dimensions.

Beyond our core commercial disputes practice led by Tom Hibbert and Geraldine Elliott, RPC has a number of recognised specialist contentious teams covering banking and financial litigation, tax, employment, media, IP and IT, competition, construction, employment, real estate, insurance, reinsurance, international arbitration and international trade. 

International

Our practice spans UK-focused English High Court actions and disputes for international clients or with significant international dimensions - for example, acting in claims in relation to Germany, Isle of Man, Liberia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, USA, Brazil, Oman, and South Korea.

Our offices in Hong Kong and Singapore support our international offering particularly in relation to

complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. RPC is also a founding member of the TerraLex global network.

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Signature Litigation LLP - Litigation Department

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Graham Huntley is a "formidable, tenacious and committed" litigator and founding partner of Signature Litigation LLP. He has a wealth of experience in disputes concerning complex commercial and corporate matters. One client reports: "He has a fine legal brain, but is also commercially astute. He is certainly a lawyer that you want fighting your corner, not the other way round."

Simon Bushell regularly advises high net worth individuals and has extensive experience working in Russia and CIS-related fraud cases. Market contacts say that “he is a good operator” who “knows his stuff.”

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Drawing on the firm's strengths in conflict free work, banking and financial markets disputes, regulatory and civil fraud, the firm has built a team with extensive experience in a wide range of heavy and complex litigation. In addition to acting for corporates, professionals, trusts and funds the firm's litigation strength also attracts cases against corporates and financial institutions. 

The litigation practice handles disputes at all levels of the English Court system, and achieves efficiency through benefiting from the interplay of a sizeable team of litigators and an efficient and conflict free platform to work with. 

As the firm's involvement in large and high profile litigation has demonstrated, it can draw on the resources necessary to handle the largest disputes, including with international elements, where the firm's flexibility enables it to choose the right partners to work with on multijurisdictional disputes. 

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Taylor Wessing LLP - Litigation Department

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Shane Gleghorn heads the disputes and investigations department. He has a focus on cases arising in the banking and finance sector, and has additional experience in fraud arbitrations.

David de Ferrars is co-head of the corporate crime and fraud group, and advises on ligation, including international fraud and asset tracing. Clients say he "has a great manner and is good to work with, and is tough enough to get the job done."

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Dentons - Litigation Department

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The "very calm and sensible" Richard Caird receives plaudits for his "very sound judgement" in banking litigation cases, particularly in derivatives matters. He also acts for regulators and other public law entities in the sector.

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Dentons' Commercial Dispute Resolution (CDR) UK offering has evolved as a result of a strategic decision to invest in the development of this practice. In early 2016, we repositioned our “core” commercial litigation team to integrate dedicated specialists from our London, Milton Keynes and Watford offices. This offering will be further enhanced by our combination with Maclay Murray & Spens in late 2017.

This integrated CDR team provides City-based, regional and international clients with alternative fee-structures and quality services. Our flexible resourcing model across multiple hubs ensures that we have the scale, expertise and price points to provide a bespoke service suitable to the nature of the dispute. We believe this agile and tailored approach differentiates us, and challenges the way that disputes work is typically resourced.

We routinely advise on:

  • shareholder agreement and joint venture disputes;​unfair prejudice petitions;
  • derivative claims;
  • warranty, indemnity and misrepresentation claims;
  • disputes concerning pre-emption and subscription rights;
  • directors' duties and disqualification of directors;
  • board disputes;
  • earn out and completion account disputes arising post acquisition;
  • hostile takeovers;
  • LLP and partnership disputes;
  • funding/investor issues; and
  • urgent remedies such as injunctions.

The core CDR team works closely with relevant practice and sector groups to support our clients through the dispute resolution process, and to help strengthen overall relationships.

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Latham & Watkins - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Jon Holland is regarded as a leading authority in landmark banking disputes, with highly prized skills in complex litigation proceedings, money laundering work and sanctions matters. A commentator says: "I was really impressed with Jon Holland, he is undoubtedly a class guy. He is smart, personable, good technically and very pleasant."

Andrea Monks is described as "very energetic and responsive to her clients' needs" by interviewees, who also describe her as "a delight to work with." She is engaged by clients for her strengths in asset and trade finance disputes, capital markets work and mis-selling claims.

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Lewis Silkin LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Dispute strategy consultant Tom Coates is a key contact for the firm.

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Dispute Resolution
When disputes arise, they can often have far-reaching implications for the rest of a business.

Contentious issues need to be dealt with swiftly and appropriately to prevent them escalating, keeping disruption and financial impact to a minimum. Mitigating risk is just as important as robustly fighting a claim in court. There are numerous alternatives to litigation, so pursuing the right strategy is important to ensure disputes are resolved in the most effective way. 

We treat problems as if they are our own, working closely and collaboratively with our clients to provide practical solutions that fit with their commercial objectives. While we have a substantial group of litigators, we are also experts in alternative dispute resolution, mediation and arbitration. In addition, we also provide risk mitigation and investigation services to help clients identify where issues might arise, and where they have in the past, to work out the causes and implement solutions.

Whether it’s handling high-profile, complex cases in the High Court and beyond, or working behind the scenes with a minimum of fuss, clients rely on our first-class insight to help them stay one step ahead.

http://www.lewissilkin.com/CMI/Services/Dispute-Resolution

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Mayer Brown International LLP - Litigation Department

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Ian McDonald handles high-value, cross-border disputes concerning derivatives, structured finance transactions and loan structures. His expertise covers allegations of mis-selling, misconduct and fraud, among others. Clients say: "Ian combines good legal knowledge with an ability to understand what a client wants."

David Allen is characterised as "very pragmatic and practical" by clients, who highly rate his "tactical approach which mitigates the risk of a dispute escalating." His practice incorporates contentious banking and insolvency work.

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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

David Kavanagh QC co-heads the firm's global litigation and arbitration practice. He is known for his strength in cross-border disputes, particularly those involving Russian and CIS-based clients. Sources remark that he is "outstanding in instilling confidence in the clients, leading the team and co-ordinating."

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The European International Litigation and Arbitration Group advises on international commercial disputes for multinational companies and major institutions, particularly in the commercial, engineering, energy and financial services fields. The firm’s practice also encompasses mediation, conciliation and the representation of clients before the English courts.

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White & Case LLP - Litigation Department

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"Impressive litigator" John Reynolds leads the disputes team at White & Case LLP. He has extensive experience in corporate litigation, including disputes relating to company control, share sales and contractual issues. Clients highlight his international expertise and organisational skills, adding: "His experience produces confidence behind which the client can feel safe from legal attacks by the most vicious and cunning opponents."

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Overview

This section has been researched and ranked based on the wide range of litigation and dispute chapters that are already covered in Chambers UK. It serves as an overview of general civil dispute resolution capabilities. More information about the firms and practitioners listed here can be found in the other sections in which they are ranked.

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients of Roger Best offer high praise for his "excellent" capabilities in banking litigation work. His wider practice also comprises arbitrations, regulatory enforcement and alternative dispute resolution.

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Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "phenomenal" Simon Davis  brings over three decades of experience to bear for clients in high-profile disputes work, offering outstanding strengths in international litigation and investigations. Clients say: "He's a very impressive and extremely bright guy. He's able to see the big picture and also retain the detail." He leads the commercial litigation group in the London office.

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Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Fordham is a leading litigator in the London market with impressive international experience. He frequently takes the lead on disputes relating to contracts and shareholder agreements, as well as other commercial matters. Clients speak highly of his "vast experience of the law coupled with excellent commercial advice."

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Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Hardman has "a great name in the market" for his work on significantly high-value corporate disputes concerning Russian and CIS-based clients. He is also adept at taking the lead on cases with multi-jurisdictional aspects, and has considerable experience dealing with offshore interests.

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Signature Litigation LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Graham Huntley is a "formidable, tenacious and committed" litigator and founding partner of Signature Litigation LLP. He has a wealth of experience in disputes concerning complex commercial and corporate matters. One client reports: "He has a fine legal brain, but is also commercially astute. He is certainly a lawyer that you want fighting your corner, not the other way round."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Commentators report that Simon Orton enjoys "a strong reputation" in the field, with his "astonishing capacity for detail" earning particular praise. His practice comprises high-value litigation, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, and he heads the firm's financial institutions disputes group.

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Stephen Paget-Brown

Travers Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the dispute resolution department Stephen Paget-Brown is held in high regard by market commentators, who say that he is "just what a senior City litigator should be" in that "he has very sound judgement, does not get bogged down in details while still taking them on board, and is an excellent leader of his team."

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Ashurst

From the Chambers UK guide

The "immensely experienced" Edward Sparrow  has a wealth of litigation expertise and enjoys a market leading reputation in the financial services sector. He has specialist knowledge of complex financial services and banking litigation, as well as noted strengths in contentious regulatory matters.

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Star litigator Ian Taylor brings vast experience and gravitas to financial services disputes, investigations and contentious regulatory matters, in which he acts for leading investment and retail banks. Sources report: "He has an unbelievable ability to bring absolute order to chaos, and he's got an incredibly strategic brain as well."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

The "brilliant" Christa Band is a leading commercial litigator, specialising in high-stakes banking and financial services cases. Her expertise covers regulatory investigations, crisis management and enforcement proceedings, alongside parallel civil and criminal matters. Sources consider her "top of the tree" in banking litigation work and point out her strategic skills as a notable strength.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Calum Burnett focuses his practice on in contentious regulatory work and banking litigation. He represents a range of financial institutions in complex and high-profile disputes, enforcement proceedings and regulatory investigations. He co-heads the firm's banking, finance and regulatory litigation practice group.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Lista Cannon brings a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge to cross-border banking litigation. Her wide-ranging practice covers commercial litigation, issues of sovereign immunity, enforcement proceedings and transnational regulatory investigations. She serves as global co-head of the firm's regulation and investigations practice.

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Arnondo Chakrabarti

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Arnondo Chakrabarti is called upon by clients for his strengths in cross-border disputes and investigatory work. He offers notable expertise in corporate crime matters, banking litigation and contentious regulatory issues.

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Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Charles Evans of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP focuses his practice upon contentious regulatory proceedings and investigations. Clients say: "Charles is very impressive in terms of his ability to grasp the intricacies of complex financial products. His advice was always clear and confidence-inspiring."

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Slaughter and May

From the Chambers UK guide

The "hugely experienced" Deborah Finkler is respected by fellow practitioners as "a tough negotiator and a forceful advocate." She is regularly called upon for her in-depth expertise in complex corporate recovery work, insolvency matters and multi-jurisdictional investigations. She leads the firm's dispute resolution group.

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Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Shane Gleghorn heads the disputes and investigations department. He has a focus on cases arising in the banking and finance sector, and has additional experience in fraud arbitrations.

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Oliver Glynn-Jones

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Oliver Glynn-Jones regularly handles structured and asset finance litigation matters, with clients calling upon his talents as a solicitor-advocate on complex dispute work. Clients say: "He has a very good sense of what's commercially important for a client, what the courts will do and how judges will respond."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Hart is a leading figure in the market, offering significant trial experience in a broad range of complex, big-ticket disputes and cross-border matters. Interviewees cite his "proactive, commercial and responsive" approach as a key asset.

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Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers UK guide

Jon Holland is regarded as a leading authority in landmark banking disputes, with highly prized skills in complex litigation proceedings, money laundering work and sanctions matters. A commentator says: "I was really impressed with Jon Holland, he is undoubtedly a class guy. He is smart, personable, good technically and very pleasant."

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Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Hughes is an expert in commercial dispute resolution, with skills in fraud and regulatory investigations, select committee inquiries and banking disputes. A client says: "He combines one of the biggest brains with a fun personality. I always feel safe when he's on board."

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "outstanding" James Kennedy heads the commercial disputes department and has a well-established fraud practice. Clients say: "He's extremely responsive, and puts across complex areas of law in an understandable manner. He gives practical guidance, going beyond just thinking about winning to assess whether a case is worth it, in terms of cost and time."

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Segun Osuntokun has garnered a strong reputation for his banking and financial services litigation practice, with clients describing him as "very intelligent, insightful and diplomatic." He heads the firm's Africa Group and has a wealth of experience in cross-border disputes.

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Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Philip Parish  has considerable expertise in disputes concerning derivatives and complex financial products, including mismanagement and mis-selling claims. Clients say: "He is solutions-focused, calm under pressure and collegiate." 

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White & Case LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Impressive litigator" John Reynolds leads the disputes team at White & Case LLP. He has extensive experience in corporate litigation, including disputes relating to company control, share sales and contractual issues. Clients highlight his international expertise and organisational skills, adding: "His experience produces confidence behind which the client can feel safe from legal attacks by the most vicious and cunning opponents."

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Craig C Shuttleworth

Jones Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Craig Shuttleworth has a broad commercial litigation practice and is particularly well-versed in joint venture and private equity disputes. He also handles disputes concerning contested transactions and supply agreements. One source remarks: "He is a deal maker, acting to get the best result for his client in some quite tricky situations." 

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Stewarts

From the Chambers UK guide

Sean Upson has a broad commercial and banking disputes practice, with substantial experience of cross-border fraud cases and injunctive relief work. Sources say: "He is very pleasant to deal with, never loses his cool and always remains calm under pressure. He is very thoughtful and open-minded."

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mona Vaswani handles high-value and high-profile fraud cases for both claimants and defendants. Clients praise her for "giving calm, sound advice even in high pressure solutions." Other sources say: "She is very impressive - she is able to protect the client's best interests and able to cut through the chaff and get to the main body of the case."

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Cooke Young & Keidan LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "fantastic" Philip Young is described as "a bright and forceful" lawyer by market commentators, who highlight him as "a pleasure to work alongside." His practice incorporates banking, fraud and financial services litigation.

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Barnett is highly regarded for his expertise in banking disputes involving investment banks, derivatives and structured finance matters. Interviewees say: "He really knows what clients want, he's very responsive and he delivers."

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Band 3

Damien Byrne Hill

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Damien Byrne Hill is hailed for his "pure quality" in banking litigation matters, enjoying a glowing reputation as a go-to practitioner for high-profile and high-value cases. He garners accolades for his "very savvy" approach, with his clients also commending his strategic outlook.

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Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very calm and sensible" Richard Caird receives plaudits for his "very sound judgement" in banking litigation cases, particularly in derivatives matters. He also acts for regulators and other public law entities in the sector.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Lawson Caisley is a highly regarded litigator known for representing major clients in the corporate world. His caseload includes substantial post-acquisition disputes as well as litigation arising out of contractual arrangements. Sources praise him for his "clear and commercial advice," and also describe him as an "excellent tactician" who is "very good at handling large and complex cases." He is head of the commercial and corporate litigation group.

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Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Denny has expert knowledge of litigation arising from disputes over complex structured financial products. He regularly acts for leading investment banks in major cases, including appeals before the highest courts. Clients say: "Andrew provides clear, concise explanations of complex issues, and he can give strategic recommendations."

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Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard East comes highly recommended for his "phenomenal client coverage skills" and his "very hard-working" manner. He frequently acts for clients in banking, restructuring and wider commercial litigation matters. He also serves as co-managing partner of the firm's London office.

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Band 3

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Natasha Harrison of Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP brings significant experience in high-profile banking disputes, where she acts on behalf of a range of investment banks, hedge funds and other financial institutions. Interviewees hail her "undoubted quality" in the sector, revealing: "She provides clear, practical and commercial advice, and knows the field inside out."

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Dechert LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Hearn has a broad practice with significant focus on cross-border and international disputes. He has a strong track record in litigation concerning joint ventures, breaches of contract and shareholders' agreements. Clients describe him as a "highly experienced" litigator who "considers the big picture and also has great attention to detail."

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RPC

From the Chambers UK guide

Tom Hibbert earns acclaim for his "excellent blend of commerciality and tactical sense." His expertise resides in investment banking litigation, with particular strengths in capital markets disputes, fund management matters and disputes arising from insolvencies and restructurings. He is the firm's global head of commercial disputes, and also leads the banking and financial litigation team.

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Band 3

Edmonds, Marshall, McMahon Ltd

From the Chambers UK guide

"Superstar" Robert Hunter of Edmonds, Marshall, McMahon Ltd is exceptionally well regarded in the market for his work in fraud, asset tracing and breach of trust matters. He has particular expertise in disclosure and freezing injunctions.

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Band 3

David Kavanagh QC

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Kavanagh QC co-heads the firm's global litigation and arbitration practice. He is known for his strength in cross-border disputes, particularly those involving Russian and CIS-based clients. Sources remark that he is "outstanding in instilling confidence in the clients, leading the team and co-ordinating."

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Band 3

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

"Class act" Jonathan Kelly has considerable expertise in a broad spectrum of banking and financial services disputes, alongside skills in antitrust and competition claims and issues of sovereign immunity. Interviewees describe him as "a real market leader," revealing: "He is great to work with him because you know he's seen it all before."

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Band 3

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Hilton Mervis heads the commercial disputes practice at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. He is an experienced litigator and "a superb tactician" known for handling complex disputes arising out of shareholder, partnership and contractual arrangements. One client describes him as "very tenacious and very client focused," and also praises his creative approach, saying: "One of his greatest strengths is that he comes up with out of the box solutions to complex issues." 

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Band 3

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Neil Mirchandani is an experienced litigator who regularly takes on challenging cases concerning commercial agreements and corporate control issues. Sources draw attention to his "informed, intelligent and influential contributions," adding that "in a firm that prides itself on the intellectual side of being a litigator, Neil is one of the brightest."

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Band 3

Latham & Watkins

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrea Monks  is described as "very energetic and responsive to her clients' needs" by interviewees, who also describe her as "a delight to work with." She is engaged by clients for her strengths in asset and trade finance disputes, capital markets work and mis-selling claims.

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Band 3

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Moulding is described as "tactically wise" by market sources, who commend his skills in complex banking litigation cases. He continues to advise a broad client base on a wide range of contentious matters, including mis-selling and LIBOR manipulation claims.

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Band 3

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sue Prevezer QC is characterised as "a formidable opponent" by her fellow practitioners, who offer high praise for her "impressive and genuinely creative legal arguments." She chairs the firm's international trial practice, offering a wealth of experience in high-stakes litigation challenges and international arbitration matters.

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Band 3

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Ivan Shiu handles a broad range of work, which includes substantial disputes arising out of M&A transactions and contract terminations. His work often has a notable international focus. Sources praise his "measured approach" to navigating difficult proceedings.

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Band 3

Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Arun Srivastava joined Paul Hastings (Europe) LLP from Baker McKenzie in August 2018. He offers specialist knowledge of European regulatory requirements, alongside a wider financial services litigation practice.

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Band 3

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Patrick Swain has a robust corporate litigation practice, with significant experience in shareholder disputes and cases concerning company control issues. He is also eminently capable of handling commercial cases, including major contract disputes. "Patrick speaks with great authority and has extensive experience," remarks one client, adding: "He is bold and effective in his interaction with opposing parties."

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Band 3

Robert D H Turner

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "unflappable" Robert Turner is highly esteemed for his "excellent judgement" and his ability to "keep his head when everyone around him has lost theirs." He offers specialist skills in hedge fund and asset management matters, alongside experience in products disputes, derivatives litigation and regulatory matters.

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Warne handles a range of high-profile litigation that includes significant corporate control and shareholder disputes, along with contested transactions. One source describes him as "an extremely good litigator" and also remarks on his "exceptional client skills," saying that "his tact, diplomacy and approachability is second to none."

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Band 3

Stewarts

From the Chambers UK guide

Clive Zietman is "a very commercial guy" with "incredible presence when he walks into a room," according to sources. He heads the commercial litigation department at the firm.

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Band 4

Byrne and Partners LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nicola Boulton of Byrne and Partners LLP deals with large-scale fraud cases, often involving multiple jurisdictions and worldwide freezing orders. Her clients say she is "very approachable and very astute," while commentators note that "her appreciation of complex legal and non-legal issues is second to none."

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Band 4

Nicholas Brocklesby

Reed Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Interviewees characterise Nicholas Brocklesby as "extremely user-friendly, thorough and hard working," and commend his ability to "get to the heart of a matter quickly." He handles complex litigation work for a broad range of financial institutions, including private equity houses, investment banks and hedge fund managers.

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Band 4

Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Bunce offers well-honed skills in financial markets disputes, including notable strengths in international litigation. Areas of expertise include wholesale banking issues, distressed debt trading matters and corporate investigations.

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Band 4

HFW

From the Chambers UK guide

Noel Campbell has extensive experience in civil fraud and asset recovery, particular in offshore Caribbean jurisdictions. Clients say: "We know we can rely on him if we have a fraud case in the UK or across multiple jurisdictions, and he is very strong on offshore work. He has very in-depth and insightful knowledge of fraud work."

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Band 4

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Clarke offers great experience in litigation and has specialist knowledge in complex financial services and banking matters. He advises on a wide range of issues, including product mis-selling cases, derivatives disputes, investigations and wider civil claims and regulatory work. Clients say: "Simon is very smart, incredibly hard working and client-focused."

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Band 4

Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jane Colston of Brown Rudnick LLP is described by market commentators as "very client-friendly and commercially minded," and by clients as someone who has "demonstrated strong ability to effectively deal with very complex and multifaceted matters under severe time pressure." She is acts for individuals, corporates and institutions in fraud cases.

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Band 4

Allen & Overy LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Marc Florent is regarded as an expert in the full spectrum of contentious structured finance matters, with particular expertise in derivatives disputes. He also offers strong credentials in insolvency matters.

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Band 4

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sarah Gabriel of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is described by one market commentator as "frighteningly intelligent, and one of the most meticulous and forensic solicitors I have ever worked with." She advises defendants and third parties on fraud allegations, with experience co-ordinating the defence of multi-track proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

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Band 4

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sunil Gadhia acts for both claimants and defendants in litigation and arbitration cases, often in substantial cases with cross-border issues. He also offers skills in regulatory investigations, competition law matters and international sanctions issues.

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Godden is described as "a very forensic lawyer and a very original thinker" by interviewees. He handles a range of wholesale, commercial and retail banking disputes, alongside strengths in international civil fraud, asset tracing and regulatory enforcement matters.

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Band 4

RPC

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Hart has a strong litigation practice which covers cross-border banking and restructuring disputes, financial markets litigation and corporate investigations. Sources report: "Simon is calm, confident and assured. He's an adept lawyer and a team player."

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Band 4

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Hickmott is "an effective litigator with a huge amount of experience," according to appreciative clients. His practice incorporates representing corporate stakeholders and HNW individuals in both defending and bringing claims in financial litigation.

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Band 4

Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian McDonald handles high-value, cross-border disputes concerning derivatives, structured finance transactions and loan structures. His expertise covers allegations of mis-selling, misconduct and fraud, among others. Clients say: "Ian combines good legal knowledge with an ability to understand what a client wants."

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Band 4

Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "excellent" Sue Millar co-heads the firm's banking and finance litigation group. She frequently assists clients with commercial and investment banking disputes, as part of her broad commercial litigation practice.

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Band 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gary Miller is noted for his expertise in injunctive relief and asset recovery work, as part of a broader commercial dispute and fraud practice. One market commentator reports: "He is about the most tenacious solicitor I have ever worked with. He does not just go the extra mile for the client, he goes to the ends of the earth."

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Morris applies his considerable banking litigation expertise to a wide range of structured product disputes and derivatives issues, with sources lauding his ability to "make the big calls in high-stakes litigation." His clients include corporate trustees, issuers, agents and other parties involved in debt capital markets transactions.

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Band 4

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "extremely impressive" Keith Oliver of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is known for his work in large international fraud cases. Sources describe him as "very creative in pursuit of clients' interests" with "a desire to think up new ways of solving problems and a sixth sense for negotiations."

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Band 4

Steven Philippsohn

PCB Litigation LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Steven Philippsohn of PCB Litigation LLP handles large-scale commercial fraud cases and is described by clients as a "highly intelligent individual who has always stepped up in tricky matters."

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Band 4

PCB Litigation LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Anthony Riem of PCB Litigation LLP has extensive experience in dealing with fraud cases, and a marked specialism in cases that originate in Russia and the CIS. He is described by clients as a "superb lawyer," and he is praised for the calibre of his advice and his creative approach.

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Band 4

Linklaters

From the Chambers UK guide

Patrick Robinson has "a mighty intellect, possesses swiftness of mind and, in the midst of complexity, has the ability to identify what is essential," according to impressed clients. He maintains a broad banking and financial services practice, with expert knowledge of derivatives and structured products disputes, as well as fund and private equity matters.

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Band 4

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of commercial litigation Alan Watts also has notable experience in company and partnership law. He regularly advises on shareholder disputes along with those relating to the termination of licensing and supply agreements. "He's fantastic," one client reports, adding: "He has a great mind and is very commercial."

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Band 5

Signature Litigation LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Bushell regularly advises high net worth individuals and has extensive experience working in Russia and CIS-related fraud cases. Market contacts say that “he is a good operator” who “knows his stuff.”

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Band 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David de Ferrars is co-head of the corporate crime and fraud group, and advises on ligation, including international fraud and asset tracing. Clients say he "has a great manner and is good to work with, and is tough enough to get the job done."

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Band 5

Charles Russell Speechlys

From the Chambers UK guide

Stewart Hey of Charles Russell Speechlys handles international fraud work, with particular experience in the Cayman Islands. Sources say he is "meticulous, creative, flexible" and "incredibly effective."

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Band 5

Byrne and Partners LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Yvonne Jefferies of Byrne and Partners is known for her work on high-profile international fraud cases. One client comments: "She is a pleasure to work with. She is a highly impressive communicator, combining a wealth of experience with technical and strategic brilliance. Relentlessly determined and hard hitting when necessary, she knows when to take a more subtle approach to achieve our commercial objectives. An extraordinary litigator."

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Band 5

Fieldfisher

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Tony Lewis acts in fraud and asset tracing cases. He is praised by market commentators as "very good at strategic overview and able to see the big picture very clearly."

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Band 5

Enyo Law LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Pietro Marino advises clients on cross-border fraud cases and recovery measures, with particular experience in the financial services sector. He is praised by market commentators as "very diligent and hard working, with a huge depth of legal knowledge."

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Band 5

Trevor Mascarenhas

PCB Litigation LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Trevor Mascarenhas of PCB Litigation LLP is well known in the market for his long experience and expertise in fraud and asset recovery work. Clients appreciate that "he is very understanding and lends a very human touch to very emotionally charged situations, without ever sacrificing the highest level of professionalism."

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Band 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of dispute resolution Kasra Nouroozi "has a depth of experience and a fearlessness" which impresses those who work with him. He has substantial experience advising on high-value international fraud cases, as well as cross-border recovery efforts.

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Band 5

Bernard O'Sullivan

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very impressive" Bernard O'Sullivan has extensive experience in civil fraud proceedings, with particular expertise in matters with Russian and CIS elements. One market source comments: "He co-ordinates complex strategic plans in a very practical, commercial and efficient manner. His knowledge of international laws, asset recovery tools and litigation procedure in multiple countries is unparalleled."

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Band 5

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

"Extremely capable advocate" Crispin Rapinet is praised by market commentators as "highly responsive and extremely experienced in this area." He has a wealth of experience dealing with cases linked to both bribery and conspiracy claims.

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Band 5

Jones Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Sion Richards is well known for his advisory work on large-scale fraud cases and his work in multi-jurisdictional matters. Sources describe him as "very strongly focused on the needs of his client" and "very calm, on top of things and reassuring."

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Band 5

Jones Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Barnaby Stueck is "the real deal in terms of asset tracing work," according to market commentators, who add that he "has an enviable array of offshore contacts." He is well known for his international and offshore fraud work, and is dual-qualified in England & Wales and the Cayman Islands. Sources say he is "a great rainmaker, an original thinker and very good with clients."

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Band 5

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Tickner of Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP has extensive experience in dealing with large-scale multi-jurisdictional fraud cases. Market commentators agree that he is "switched-on" and "very savvy."

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Band 5

Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Witts is chairman of Gowling WLG (UK) LLP and is well regarded in the market. He advises on international and offshore fraud cases.

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Band 6

Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Allen is characterised as "very pragmatic and practical" by clients, who highly rate his "tactical approach which mitigates the risk of a dispute escalating." His practice incorporates contentious banking and insolvency work.

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Band 6

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Steven Baker of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP undertakes a wide range of litigation and arbitration disputes for financial services institutions, including banks, hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds. Clients say: "He is very thoughtful, very into the detail, but equally he takes a very commercial stance." 

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Band 6

DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Bramhall is head of the litigation group at DAC Beachcroft LLP and a respected commercial litigator. He has notable experience in handling shareholders disputes that involve competing international interests. Interviewees note his strength as a measured negotiator who has a "a good practical business head on him."

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Band 6

Slaughter and May

From the Chambers UK guide

Ewan Brown has a wide-ranging banking litigation and investigations practice, where he regular acts for major banks and financial institutions. His wider practice also incorporates strengths in tax appeals, corporate crime issues, shareholder disputes and competition claims.

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Band 6

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Matthew Bunting receives plaudits for his "first-rate advice, both commercially and legally." His practice comprises domestic and international litigation, particularly concerning serious corporate fraud.

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Band 6

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Louisa Caswell has a robust commercial litigation practice, advising on significant shareholder, transactional and contract disputes. She represents publicly traded companies as well as a number of private equity firms.

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Band 6

William Christopher

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

William Christopher of Kingsley Napley LLP acts in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases, for both claimants and defendants. Sources say he is "able to explain very complex issues of common law and make tactical judgement calls for foreign clients."

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Band 6

Macfarlanes LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Barry Donnelly leads the banking, finance and financial services dispute resolution practice at Macfarlanes LLP and regularly counsels clients on international litigation and arbitration. Interviewees describe him as "a high-quality lawyer" and commend his "pragmatic and very commercial demeanour."

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Band 6

Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "fantastic" Michelle Duncan of Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP is a seasoned banking and corporate litigator with expert knowledge of insolvency and securities matters. Interviewees describe her as "excellent technically" and reveal that "she is a very tough litigator who you would want on your side." 

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Band 6

Travers Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Fell draws praise for his "client-oriented" manner and his "quick turnaround time." His broad practice includes a range of financial services and financial institutions litigation, alongside expertise in disciplinary proceedings and regulatory investigations.

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Band 6

Mishcon de Reya LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kathryn Garbett is head of the fraud defence group and is noted for her defence work in complex, high-value fraud cases. Sources say: "She is excellent at getting to the right points quickly, and has a great clarity of thought and expression."

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Band 6

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Hargreaves of Covington & Burling LLP is held in healthy regard by those in the market. He advises clients on fraud and asset recovery matters.

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Band 6

Cooke Young & Keidan LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Marc Keidan regularly acts for a broad spectrum of bank customers, hedge funds and wider investors in litigation claims against financial institutions. Market sources offer praise for his "solutions-focused" manner and his skills as "a great strategist who thinks outside the box."

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Band 6

Travers Smith LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew King's "huge experience" in the sector is applauded by clients, who also describe him as "very devoted" to their needs. His wide commercial litigation practice includes solid strengths in banking and insolvency disputes.

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Band 6

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Cary Kochberg works on major international fraud cases with a global reach. He has noted expertises in cross-border and offshore matters.

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Band 6

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Distinguished litigator Andrew Legg focuses his practice on commercial and banking disputes, with considerable expertise in cross-border matters. He also excels in regulatory enforcement matters, investigations and insolvency litigation.

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Band 6

Neil P Micklethwaite

Brown Rudnick LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Neil Micklethwaite of Brown Rudnick LLP handles cross-border fraud cases, as well as asset tracing, with particular experience in matters linked to Russia and CIS countries. Clients say he has "a very strategic, clear mind" and endeavours to "find the optimal positions for a client."

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Band 6

Clifford Chance LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Maxine Mossman has considerable experience in post-transaction disputes, including claims of fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of warranty. Sources describe her as "very impressive," noting her ability to "forensically review the case and examine witnesses, and to take tactical decisions." 

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Band 6

Sinead O'Callaghan

Cooke Young & Keidan LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sinead O'Callaghan has a wide-ranging litigation practice, with strengths in banking and finance litigation, contentious trust work, fraud and professional negligence claims. Sources reveal: "She is an experienced litigator who always has her finger on the pulse of the case and where it's going."

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Band 6

Farrer & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Adrian Parkhouse of Farrer & Co LLP has a long-established commercial and corporate dispute practice with a significant fraud element. Sources say he is "very experienced and very well regarded in the market, and can turn his hand to any sort of commercial litigation."

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Band 6

Covington & Burling LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Craig Pollack of Covington & Burling LLP acts on behalf of investment banks, hedge funds, HNW individuals and wider corporate clients on banking and financial services disputes. Interviewees describe him as "a seasoned litigator" and a "superb tactician."

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Band 6

Shearman & Sterling LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Josanne Rickard of Shearman & Sterling LLP acts for banks, liquidators, receivers and wider corporate clients on a broad range of commercial and banking litigation. Sources reveal: "She is a very intuitive lawyer, she understands our business and is on top of the subject matter."

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Band 6

Withers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Ross heads the civil fraud group at Withers LLP. Sources praise him as "sensible, very commercial and always calm," while further commentators say: "He has very strong judgement and is a master strategist." He handles international fraud work.

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Band 6

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Alex Sciannaca manages an impressive caseload that includes complex joint venture and shareholder disputes. He has notable experience in handling cases involving Russian and Ukrainian individuals. One client says: "Alex performed exceptionally well," adding that "he laid down a clear case strategy from the outset and the execution was flawless within very tight time lines."

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Band 6

Pinsent Masons

From the Chambers UK guide

The "tenacious and creative" Alan Sheeley of Pinsent Masons acts for banks and businesses in large-scale, complex fraud disputes. Sources say he is "fantastically energetic and adept at looking at all of the options."

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Band 6

Kingsley Napley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sue Thackeray of Kingsley Napley LLP is "very well known" in the market. She acts in complex multi-jurisdictional fraud cases.

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Band 6

Charles M Thomson

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers UK guide

Charles Thomson co-heads the business crime unit and is held in high regard by commentators, who describe him as "a very meticulous and thoughtful lawyer." He advises on large-scale complex fraud matters as part of a wider practice, with a focus on high-value cross-border matters.

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