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Commercial Litigation

They are a firm that I'd recommend to anybody who had a complex piece of commercial litigation and wanted it handled efficiently and effectively. An impressive niche firm. They do what they do very well.

(Chambers & Partners 2016 independent research)

The Commercial Litigation Department at Stewarts Law advises on a wide range of commercial disputes. The practice is particularly noted for its experience in banking, fraud and professional negligence. The department's work encompasses UK and international commercial litigation, international arbitration and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Our commercial litigation expertise is recognised by the two leading independent guides to the legal profession, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners (UK and Europe editions). The Legal 500 have praised the department's 'absolutely first class lawyers'. Chambers have recognised the department's 'capacity to handle work at the highest level'.

"This litigation boutique benefits from frequent referrals from large corporate law firms, due to its ability to remain largely conflict-free when acting against banks. The firm's lawyers, who are largely drawn from magic and silver circle firms, have been involved in many of the highest-profile disputes in London." (Chambers & Partners 2013)

Our client base is made up of financial institutions, UK and other overseas listed companies and multi-national corporations, high net worth individuals, professional advisers and entrepreneurs.

We are a conflict-free litigation-only law firm and are trusted by major City and other international law firms to act for their clients when they are unable to act because of conflicts of interest.

There are few law firms in the United Kingdom with both the requisite experience and willingness to accept cases against banks. Research shows that currently only four of the top thirty law firms in the UK are conflict free and would be able to litigate against one of the major UK banks. We are conflict free and are able to sue banks on behalf of our clients.

In addition to our banking and financial litigation we have expertise in a wide range of general commercial litigation including commercial disputes, fraud, professional negligence, corporate, partnership and property disputes, insolvency and international trade.

We evaluate each case at the outset and provide straightforward advice on the merits of the case and cost issues. Our aim is then to conduct matters speedily but thoroughly and, at key stages, to assess both the financial and commercial implications of the case.

Litigating through the Courts or by arbitration can be both expensive and time consuming. We consider litigation as one of a number of options available for resolving commercial disputes. Our litigation lawyers will recommend mediation or negotiation if there is sufficient common ground to achieve a settlement. The swiftest route to a satisfactory resolution of a case can often be found in strong reasoned argument. However, we will take firm action where our clients' situation demands it.

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

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Industry Recognition 

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

Specialist litigation offering with impressive expertise in financial and corporate disputes, and insolvency work. Clive Zietman is a prominent figure in the marketplace. He is described as having built up a "fantastic practice," and as a lawyer who "likes to resolve disputes sensibly." (Chambers Europe 2015)

"Would highly recommend to anyone trying to navigate the UK litigation process. They have good contacts and a wealth of knowledge." (Litigation, Chambers & Partners 2016)

"The job they did was excellent. They delved into the details and knew all of the factual information. They give clients what they need and have amazing availability." & "They are savvy and well-regarded operators." (Fraud: Civil - UK-Wide, Chambers & Partners 2016)

"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." (Banking Litigation, Chambers & Partners 2016)

'Recommended to anyone taking on a bank with an arguable case', 'does good quality work and punches above its weight' and described as a 'diligent and hardworking' group. Clive Zietman 'has a great legal brain', and Sean Upson is 'in the highest bracket of lawyers: he is a lawyer's lawyer'. Key players in the Leeds team include practice head Mo Bhaskaran; the 'tenacious' Kate Pollock; and Jonathan Sinclair, who is singled out for his 'decisive pragmatic advice'. (Legal 500 2015)

See our Chambers Europe 2015 entry   See our Chambers Leading Firm 2016 profile here   Legal 500 Top Tier Firm 2016

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