Key Experience

Commercial disputes

  • We act for a substantial number of US institutional investors in both the RBS and Tesco securities litigation in the English Courts.
  • We act for two US investment funds (Fortress and Cyrus) against BNP Paribas in a claim for approximately $60m arising out of a defective Islamic bond (sukuk).
  • We acted for a Chinese automotive manufacturer in London-seated arbitration proceedings against a Brazilian corporation in a distribution / joint venture dispute valued in excess of US$700 million.
  • We act for a financial institution in a dispute concerning the validity of corporate actions under the Cayman Islands sanctions regime.
  • We acted for a Canadian company in High Court proceedings, contesting the English Court’s jurisdiction and opposing an anti-suit injunction relating to claims over extraction rights to South American mines.
  • We acted in an ICC arbitration under New York law concerning breaches by a European IT supplier of its agreement with a European flag-carrier airline.
  • We acted for a subsidiary of a major US corporation in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings relating to the disputed termination of a significant pharmaceutical distribution agreement valued in excess of $500m.
  • We act for two US investment funds (Fortress and Cyrus) against BNP Paribas in a claim for approximately $60m arising out of a defective Islamic bond.

 

Read more about our Commercial Litigation team here.

 

Competition

  • Representing US interests in large scale antitrust claims, including those relating to interchange fees, LCDs, lithium-ion batteries and refrigeration compressors.

 

Read more about our Competition Litigation team here.

 

International Injury

  • We are currently acting in Nevada and California for a junior doctor who sustained life-changing injuries in an incident involving a truck at a well-known Las Vegas hotel.
  • We act for a father who drowned in a swimming pool incident in Eastern USA.
  • We are representing a young cyclist who was knocked off his bike by a passing truck whilst on a charity bike road through Arizona.

 

Read more about our International Injury team here.

 

Aviation

  • We are representing British families involved in an EC130 helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, in February 2018. The helicopter was being operated for sightseeing purposes by Papillon Airways. The claims involve liability of multiple parties and the application of US law to the levels of compensation.
  • We represented French and Finnish ground victims who suffered extensive burns when a Learjet 45 crashed into downtown Mexico City in 2008. The claim involved disproving the local investigators’ accident analysis, avoidance of local limits of liability and a claim in the US which resulted in judgment against the Mexican operator for in excess of $100m.

 

Read more about our Aviation team here.

 

Tax

  • Application of international double taxation treaties, including specifically the UK/USA double taxation treaty, with our lawyers acting on matters which engaged issues concerning the taxation of income/gains/business profits, the taxation of permanent establishments and requests for mutual assistance/information.
  • Application of the UK’s controlled foreign companies’ regime and other associated provisions concerning the diversion of profits overseas.
  • Application of the UK’s rules concerning credit or exemption from UK tax for income on which foreign tax already paid.
  • Application of the UK’s corporate group relief rules for large multinational groups.

 

Read more about our Tax Litigation and Investigations team here.

 

Media Disputes

  • We provide strategic advice in relation to copyright, design, passing off, and trade mark infringement, including in relation to media and e-commerce.
  • We act in TV format rights disputes.
  • We represent clients in copyright infringement disputes relating to, in particular, photographs, audio-visual content, designs, graphics, music, literary works, and software.
  • We advise clients upon branding and reputational issues, including relating to breaches of confidence, privacy, trade secrets, defamation, malicious falsehoods, and negligent misstatements.
  • We deal with issues relating to data breaches and court claims relating to these.
  • We conduct cases for clients regarding regulatory matters.
  • We act on relevant breach of contract disputes.

 

Read more about our Media Disputes team here.

 

Divorce and Family

  • We have particular expertise in cases with an international element since many of our clients have connections to multiple jurisdictions, including in the US and South America. In international cases, family situations often develop that require immediate and urgent action; knowledge, experience and the ability to act swiftly can often be critical to the outcome of a case. Our large and vastly experienced team, of whom six partners are fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, is ideally placed to deal with the most complex of cases, whether these involve the resolution of financial claims on divorce, the international relocation of children, applications to the English Court for financial settlement following divorce proceedings overseas, or jurisdiction disputes. We offer a fast turnaround and a supportive approach to our clients, irrespective of where they are based. We have an extensive global network, and work closely with our affiliates across the globe with speed and efficiency, with the aim of achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.  
  • We regularly act for American citizens and are well versed in US tax and pension considerations, with a strong network of trusted US lawyers with whom we work on such cases. 
  • On the non-contentious side, we regularly act for parties entering into marital agreements to protect their assets in the event of relationship breakdown. For global families either based in or with connections to the UK, it will often be sensible to put in place pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements in different countries. We have the requisite expertise to advise on how to implement these agreements, taking into consideration the impact of any country-specific laws and where necessary co-ordinating with lawyers in other jurisdictions with whom we have long-standing and strategic partnerships. Our aim is to protect our clients’ property and interests wherever they are located and ensure that future litigation can be avoided.

 

Read more about our Divorce and Family team here.

 

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Meet the Americas team

Our team has great experience dealing with disputes in the Americas. 

We are highly ranked in the UK by Chambers and The Legal 500.

Ryan Dunleavy - Commercial and Media Litigation - Partner - Stewarts