Overview

Focusing on outcome and not just process, our litigation lawyers take responsibility for helping you arrive at the right solution to your issue, minimising impact and maximising success.

We focus on outcomes, not just process

Our constant focus is outcome and not just process. However complex your challenge, we never lose sight of our role as problem solvers, finding answers to your disputes through the most appropriate, effective and efficient means.

We give you direct access to the people who lead our business

With our partners at the forefront of dispute resolution law, we place our greatest expertise where it has greatest influence. That gives you continued access to our most senior people and the multi-skilled team they lead, benefiting from their professional, personal support.

We treat your challenges as our own

You want your disputes resolved – and resolved quickly. We act with pragmatism and flexibility to move issues from your desk to ours, and then on to resolution, in the most practical and expedient manner possible.

We look with more depth, think with more breadth

We look far beyond the surface of your case, identifying the wider context, underlying causes and contributing factors to the dispute before proceeding towards an outcome.

We have the size and specialism to give you cross-border, multi-sector support

As our track record and client list demonstrate, our 100+ strong team has the ambition and ability to achieve results in the highest-profile cases, no matter how complex the work undertaken, how challenging the situation or how business-critical the potential outcome.

Areas of focus

Our dispute resolution law expertise includes:

  • Complex disputes requiring specialist advice – helping clients with clear, practical analysis in the most complex cases. 
  • Multi-jurisdictional situations – working with our international partner firms to deliver cases involving multiple jurisdictions.
  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) – although experienced trial lawyers, we look to resolve disputes cost effectively via mediation, adjudication and other forms of ADR.
  • Arbitration and specialist tribunals – our cases cross many different tribunals including a growing number of cases being referred to arbitration.
  • Reputation-critical investigations and inquiries – extensive specialist expertise in a wide range of criminal and regulatory investigations which present critical challenges to our clients' businesses.
  • Strategic situations and risk resolution – assisting clients to devise strategies to navigate developing situations and manage risk before they reach open dispute.
  • Urgent and emergency situations – our substantial resource allows us to field teams of lawyers to meet the most challenging of time constraints.
  • Project management – working with our in-house project managers and our bespoke litigation management tool to enhance efficiencies, delivery and communication in our cases. 
Experience

Defending the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency against a £120 million+ damages claim arising from the procurement of a £7 billion contract for the decommissioning of 12 nuclear power stations. The procurement was one of the most significant public sector contracts to be awarded in 2014. It includes an appeal reference to the Supreme Court on issues of public importance regarding the remedies available under EU and domestic procurement. EnergySolutions v Nuclear Decommissioning Agency.

Advising the representative of the 30,000 members of the Fund regarding the Fund trustee’s proposed new contribution regime for recovery of a technical provisions deficit of £362 million. The judgment made new pensions and trusts law on whether trustees must act in the best interests of members/beneficiaries. The case also considers the important pensions law issue of whether enhanced revaluation of deferred benefits amounts to accrual for the purposes of pensions legislation on employer debts. Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustee Ltd v Stena Line & Others.

Defending the National Crime Agency against compensation claims worth over £220 million under section 283 Proceeds of Crime Act. Our team was engaged to defend all aspects of the claims which are significant as being the first challenge under section 283. Mr I Perry and Others v National Crime Agency.

Acting for Victoria’s Secret UK Limited to appeal the High Court decision of Justice Birss in a trade mark challenge concerning the use of its PINK brand. Thomas Pink Limited v Victoria’s Secret UK Limited.

Representing a major European multi-national in successfully defending two claims for £225 million and Euro 450 million brought by way of arbitration references concerning international contracting arrangements. These claims also involved satellite litigation in other European countries and the USA.

Representing the Co-operative Bank in a claim concerning the valuation of a portfolio of 91 bank branches which stood as security for a £125 million loan facility advanced by a subsidiary of the Co-operative Bank. This was one of the largest professional negligence claims of the last few years, raising some new and important points of law, including the application of some long-standing principles to a portfolio valuation.

Acting for Airbus seeking the recovery of secret commissions earned by a former employee (and a supplier). The judgement, following a six week trial, is now a leading authority on the fiduciary duties owed by employees and the consequences of their breach. Airbus Operations Ltd v Withey & Others.

Advising FirstGroup plc on the highly publicised test case for disability rights and equality law concerning access to wheelchair spaces on buses. FirstGroup seeks practical and legal clarity on the extent of reasonable adjustments it has to make to afford access to wheelchair spaces. Our specialist transport litigation team successfully appealed the first instance decision on behalf of FirstGroup and in July 2015 the Supreme Court gave permission to appeal due to public policy importance of the case. Paulley v FirstGroup plc.

Advising Celtic Energy in resolving numerous complex matters arising from the failed SFO prosecution concerning four coal mines in South Wales. This involved complex and novel issues relating to contract, property and planning law relevant to coal mining.

Meet the team
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Andrew Burnette Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
  • Banking Disputes
Ann Metherall

Ann Metherall Partner

  • Head of Dispute Resolution
  • Head of Health and Safety
  • Transport
Chris Preston

Chris Preston Partner

  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
David Hall

David Hall Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Banking Disputes
  • Business Crime and Regulatory Investigations
Emily Roberts

Emily Roberts Partner

  • Intellectual Property and Media
  • Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Portfolio Protection
Guy Bastable Corporate Image

Guy Bastable Partner

  • Corporate Crime & Regulatory Investigations
  • Dispute Resolution & Crisis Management
  • Internal Investigations & Corporate/Director Liability
 
Ian Tucker

Ian Tucker Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Procurement Disputes
  • International Trade
Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy Partner

  • Agricultural Disputes
  • Trust and Probate Disputes
  • Estates and Land
James Sutherland

James Sutherland Partner

  • Head of Real Estate Disputes
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
Jeremy Dickerson

Jeremy Dickerson Partner

  • Head of International 
  • Head of Intellectual Property, Media and Sport
  • Defamation and Reputation Management
Justin Briggs

Justin Briggs Partner

  • Pensions Disputes
  • Trustees and Trust Companies
  • Professional Negligence
Matthew Walker

Matthew Walker Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Financial Services
  • Insurance
Michael Barlow

Michael Barlow Partner

  • Head of Energy and Utilities
  • Environment
  • Water
Michael Ward

Michael Ward Partner

  • Shareholder disputes, partner disputes and LLP disputes
  • Director duty disputes
  • Material contract disputes
Richard Binns

Richard Binns Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Procurement Disputes
  • Healthcare
Sian Edmunds

Sian Edmunds Partner

  • Food and Farming
  • Food and Drink
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Private Wealth Disputes
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Suzanne Padmore Partner

  • Pensions Disputes
  • Professional Negligence
  • Financial services Disputes and Enforcement 
  • Judicial Review
  • Trust Disputes
  • Pensions Regulatory 
  • Life and Pensions 
Ewan-McIntyre

Ewan McIntyre Consultant

  • Dispute Resolution 
  • Transport Disputes
  • Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Insurance
  • Transport
Brian Wong

Brian Wong Director

  • Rail
  • Highways and Road Transport
  • Judicial Review and Public Law

What others say...

'A fantastic choice for high-value national and international disputes' with 'an enviable list of key commercial clients'
Chambers UK 2019

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