Our Head of Commercial Litigation in Leeds and Head of Fraud Mo Bhaskaran has been named the Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year at this year’s Northern Powerhouse Awards, organised by The Legal 500 and hosted in Manchester on 2 March 2023.

The Legal 500 said: “The depth and quality of legal services in the North has been recognised by successive UK governments and, with these awards, it is our ambition to celebrate this success. The Legal 500 Northern Powerhouse Awards recognise the lawyers, law firms and in-house legal departments setting the pace in the region, providing a platform to celebrate their achievements over the last 18 months.”

Mo says: “I am delighted to have been selected as Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year by The Legal 500 in 2023. This is a very exciting time for our Commercial Litigation team, which is continuing to provide market-leading and innovative dispute resolution services for international clients.”

Stewarts’ teams and individuals were shortlisted for multiple other categories at the awards, recognising the breadth of our practice in Leeds. These included:


Recognition by The Legal 500

Both our London and Leeds Commercial Litigation teams are ranked in the latest edition of The Legal 500. Acknowledging Stewarts’ “broad practice acting for both claimants and defendants”, the guide quotes a source who says that “Stewarts are the number one litigation firm for claims against banks and other financial institutions.” In Leeds the department is “able to handle top-level commercial litigation, often against Magic Circle London firms, and attracts high quality domestic and international commercial work”.

The “exceptionally talented and well-organised” Fraud team provides “excellent advice and strategic judgment from the partners and engaged and hard-working associates.” A source notes: “They tend to work with a lean team, which makes them good value for clients, and results in a very hard working bunch of people.”

Our Divorce and Family teams in both London and Leeds are top-ranked. The Leeds team are credited with “bringing magic circle skills to the North” and “represent fantastic value for money”.

Both the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence teams are also in the top tier for claimant work in Leeds. “Without doubt a market leader for serious injury litigation in Yorkshire,” Stewarts is credited with “regularly [achieving] very high settlements for their clients while still managing to put the client at the centre of what they do.”

Stewarts’ full rankings in The Legal 500 can be found here.




You can find further information regarding our expertise, experience and team on our Commercial Litigation pages.

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