Harry has commercial litigation expertise in these areas:
- Civil / commercial fraud
- Quincecare and banking negligence
- Contentious insolvency
- Injunctive relief
- Shareholder disputes
Harry acts for individuals and corporate clients from the UK and abroad in a wide variety of disputes. Significant cases in which he has acted include:
- Acting for a company and individual subject to freezing injunctions and defending claims in Arcadia Petroleum Limited v Peter Miles Bosworth and Others, a case concerning African oil trading in which the claimants sought to recover $287m.
- Acting for the US investment funds Fortress Investment Group LLP and Cyrus Capital Partners LP in a $650m professional negligence claim against BNP Paribas for its role in arranging a Shari’ah compliant bond issue.
- Acting for the BVI and Cayman liquidators of Stanford International Bank Ltd (in liquidation) in an ongoing £120m Quincecare negligence claim against HSBC Bank plc arising out of a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme. This dispute was listed by The Lawyer as one of the top 20 cases of 2021.
- Acting for Susquehanna Growth Equity LLC in a shareholder claim for a $230m buy back order against ETFS Capital Limited and Graham Tuckwell.
- Acting for The Chedington Court Estate Limited in liquidation and bankruptcy proceedings involving applications to unwind a property transaction. This dispute is now a leading authority on standing to make insolvency applications and on section 283A of the Insolvency Act 1986 (Brakes v The Chedington Court Estate  EWCA Civ 1491).
- Successfully acting for a number of corporate and individual defendants in proceedings involving claims for breach of confidence and privacy brought by two former employees to injunct and destroy the contents of an email account which contained evidence of a substantial fraud.
- Acting for The Chedington Court Estate Limited in a Commercial Court £18m deceit claim against the seller of a wedding and events business.
“Harry Spendlove is a standout lawyer and really gets to grips with a case” – The Legal 500 for Banking Litigation (2022).
Harry studied History at the University of Leeds before completing the Legal Practice Course in London. Harry trained at Stewarts and qualified into the Commercial Litigation department.
Accreditations and Memberships
- London Solicitors Litigation Association
- Could crowdfunding become a viable means of financing commercial litigation? (published in June 2015 in the Law Society Gazette and Litigation Funding).
- LexisNexis webinar on Quincecare claims (18 November 2022).