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Investor Protection Litigation

"What I'm impressed by is that they're a niche firm of litigation solicitors who really focus on that and know their business. They really know what they're doing so I would have no hesitation recommending them. They're really excellent in what they do."
(Chambers & Partners 2016 independent research)

The Investor Protection Litigation department at Stewarts Law acts for institutional investors and has expertise in shareholder and securities litigation.

"They were very sensible, very reasoned and focused on the commercial outcome for their client." (Chambers & Partners 2015)

The team acts for pension funds (both public and industry) and asset managers to recover compensation for shareholders' losses brought about by corporate wrongdoing. Our lawyers represent some of the largest institutional investors in the UK and Europe and are involved in a number of leading and groundbreaking cases.

The team is led by Keith Thomas, Partner & Head of the Investor Protection Litigation department, he has particular expertise in shareholder and securities litigation. Partner Fiona Gillett specialises in high value and complex litigation for institutional investor clients.

Following the financial crisis in 2008, a substantial proportion of securities litigation has involved banks. We are one of the few law firms in the UK with both the requisite experience and willingness to sue banks on behalf of our clients.

Our team is UK-based and has strategic partnerships in place with law firms in the United States and other countries enabling our clients to take a global approach to litigation and the recovery of losses.

Featured Cases

  • The department is recently settled a case for a large number of institutional investors in a group litigation claim against RBS relating to its rights issue of April 2008. RBS agreed to pay up to £ 800 million to various shareholder groups. The team represented more than 300 institutional investors in the litigation.

  • In November 2014 the department launched a claim against Tesco. The claim relates to compensation for shareholders who suffered a loss as a result of the overstatements of profit by Tesco PLC. The Claim will allege that directors and senior management knew or were reckless as to whether Tesco's statements to the market were untrue or misleading and/or dishonestly concealed the true position, in breach of the Financial Services and Markets Act.

If you require immediate assistance please call a switchboard number above, alternatively email the Investor Protection Litigation team providing a phone number and summary of your enquiry and we'll get back to you.

Industry Recognition

The two leading independent legal directories, Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, have again ranked our team as a leading department in the UK.

One market commentator says of Sean Upson: "He's brilliant - if I ever had a banking and finance case, I'd want him and nobody else." (Chambers & Partners 2016)

Clive Zietman
is "quite a wise man of the litigation world," according to sources, who say he is "tough, uncompromising, but nice about it." (Chambers & Partners 2016)

Clive Zietman
'has a great legal brain', and Sean Upson is 'in the highest bracket of lawyers: he is a lawyer's lawyer'. (Legal 500 2015)

"They are thoughtful, considered and measured in terms of their approach." And "I couldn't fault them. They didn't put a foot wrong. They're slick, organised and great fun to work with." (Chambers & Partners 2015)

 See our Chambers Leading Firm 2016 profile here   Legal 500 Top Tier Firm 2016

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