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Stewarts Law History

25 years of excellence

We're very proud of the achievements and progress the firm has made over its first 25 years.

In 1990 the Firm opened its doors in Lincoln's Inn Fields London. Twenty five years later, we have more than 50 partners and have exceeded £50 million in turnover. The firm is now the UK's largest litigation-only law Firm.

We have established leading practice areas and most importantly have achieved excellent outcomes for clients often in ground breaking litigation.

As part of our 25th anniversary celebration in 2015 we installed a timeline of key moments in each of our office receptions.



Stewarts Law's founding partners



Stewarts is founded and establishes its first office in Lincoln's Inn Fields, London.





1991 - 1999


Stewarts lays the foundation for its future litigation focus with a number of ground-breaking cases.




John Cahill



John Cahill is appointed as Managing Partner to lead the Firm into the new millennium and create a litigation only law firm



Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

2000 - Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Stewarts Law is ranked number 1 for its injury practice, which focuses on clients with the most serious injuries. The Firm develops an outstanding reputation for cases involving brain and spinal injury.






Stewarts opens a Leeds office to meet the needs of its expanding client base in the North of England




Aviation and Travel

2006 - Aviation and Travel

Stewarts Law sets up the UK's first global claimant aviation practice, representing victims and families in aviation disasters across the world.




Divorce and Family

2008 - Divorce and Family

Stewarts Law establishes a leading divorce department. Stephen Foster, later joined by Debbie Chism, Emma Hatley and Helen Ward, achieve top ranked status in Chambers and the Legal 500, and win Private Client Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards.





The Firm becomes Stewarts Law LLP and enters an extraordinary period of growth and diversification. In the years that follow the Firm becomes the UK's largest litigation only law firm.



Competition Litigation

2009 - Competition Litigation

The Competition Litigation department is established with a focus on cartel damages claims and is instructed in a number of innovative and ground-breaking cases for major corporate clients.



Commercial Litigation

2009 - Commercial Litigation

Stewarts Law re-launches commercial litigation and quickly establishes a leading conflict free litigation practice. The team specialises in fraud, professional negligence and banking litigation, and secure instructions in the highest profile cases following the financial crisis.



2010 - Employment

The Employment department is launched and is instructed in a number of high profile employment litigation cases. The Firm wins victory in a multi-million pound case for bankers against Commerzbank in connection with unpaid bonuses.






The Stewarts Law Foundation is formed and over the following five years donates £2.5m to over 100 charities.




International Arbitration, Investor Protection and Tax Litigation

2015 - International Arbitration, Investor Protection and Tax Litigation

The Firm launches International Arbitration, Investor Protection Litigation and Tax Litigation. The departments secure early successes in major cases and are set for significant growth.





The Firm celebrates its 25th anniversary with a series of special events.




Trust and probate2016 - Trust and Probate Litigation


The firm launches the Trust and Probate Litigation department to act for high net worth individuals, families, family offices, trustees and trust companies in contentious trusts and probate matters both in the UK and internationally.


Best companies to work for 2017



The firm debuts on the 'Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For' list. 58th overall and one of just 10 law firms to feature on the list.


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