Chambers Global has once again ranked the firm for Competition Law, Litigation and International Arbitration. The 2022 edition of the guide also lists five of our lawyers as leading individuals in their practice areas. Three of them feature in the Tax: Contentious rankings.

Published by Chambers and Partners, the Chambers Global Guide recognises leading firms and lawyers in more than 200 jurisdictions worldwide.


Competition Law: Private Enforcement: Claimant

Our Competition Litigation team has retained its Band 2 ranking in the UK for its claimant private enforcement work. Chambers describes the team as a “dedicated competition litigation team able to handle high-value proceedings on behalf of domestic and multinational clients from the technology and retail industries. Often assists clients with collective actions and opt-out class actions.”

The listing highlights the team’s continuing dominance in the interchange arena representing well-known corporates in competition claims. Chambers sources recognise that “Stewarts have made a key contribution to developing the competition damages claims market in the UK.”

Head of Competition Litigation Kate Pollock is singled out for a Band 2 ranking. The guide describes her as “particularly active on collective damages claims and opt-out class actions. She represents claimants from the retail, technology and construction sectors in cartel follow-on damages proceedings.”

The Competition Litigation team and Kate Pollock are also ranked in the UK and European Chambers Guides.

The team’s Global profile can be found here.


Dispute Resolution: Litigation

Our Commercial Litigation team has climbed the rankings to Band 2 in the 2022 edition. According to a client, “the team is excellent and very well versed in litigation. The lawyers are incredibly down to earth and communicate extremely well – they are good to work with but also very technically proficient and well attuned to what is involved in supporting their clients during litigation.”

The guide notes that the team has “a strong track record of handling group actions on behalf of institutional investors and shareholders. Also demonstrates notable skill in complex civil proceedings relating to alleged fraud.”

Clive Zietman and Sean Upson are listed as Notable Practitioners. “Members of the team have represented clients such as domestic and multinational businesses, high net worth individuals and financial institutions in cases brought at all levels of the UK court system,” Chambers says.

The Commercial Litigation team is also ranked in the European and UK guides, and Clive and Sean are both mentioned in the UK guide.

The team’s Chambers Global profile can be found here.


Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration

Our International Arbitration team is ranked in Band 5 in the UK and highlighted for its experience in in arbitrations held under LCIA, SCC and ICC rules.

According to Chambers, the team “demonstrates particular prowess in Africa-related disputes, and offers specialist experience in the energy and telecoms sectors. Acts on behalf of an impressive roster of companies, funds and high net worth individuals, alongside acting for sovereign states in BIT claims.”

Head of International Arbitration Philippa Charles receives a Band 3 ranking. “She demonstrates considerable strength in the energy and telecommunications sectors and often handles shareholder disputes,” Chambers acknowledges, describing her as a “popular choice as counsel and arbitrator for complex commercial and BIT claims.”

Philippa and the International Arbitration team are also ranked in the UK Chambers Guide.

The team’s Chambers Global profile can be found here.


Tax: Contentious

Three of our Tax Litigation and Investigations team are ranked in the 2022 edition of the Global Guide. Head of department David Pickstone is ranked Band 3, while Lee Ellis is Band 4 and Victor Cramer is listed as Up and Coming.

David has “deep experience handling cases for corporate clients. He regularly works on tax avoidance schemes, VAT disputes and other commercial litigation,” according to Chambers. One source describes him as “very focused, quick on his feet and articulate.”

Lee is “a respected tax practitioner known for handling matters concerning environmental taxes and tax avoidance schemes.” Testimonies say he “has an excellent skill for analysing the most complex tax dispute matters and providing clear, pragmatic and commercial advice.”

Victor “is excellent in terms of detail and strategy” according to Chambers’ sources. The guide acknowledges he is well known for his experience acting for corporate clients in VAT and landfill tax cases.

All three are also included in the UK Chambers Guide, and David is ranked in the High Net Worth Guide.



The firm’s full list of Chambers Global rankings is available here. Our rankings in the rest of Chambers’ guides can be found here.




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