Mo co-heads the commercial litigation department. Mo specialises in large scale fraud and corruption investigations and recovery action (including working with enforcement authorities in the UK and overseas), as well as high-value commercial disputes relating to a range of commercial matters including fraud, IT and PFI projects, product recall and corporate claims arising from acquisitions. He acts on emergency injunctions (search and freezing injunctions).
His clients span sectors as diverse as government, manufacturing, financial services, technology, energy and health.
Cases in which Mo has advised include defending a major public sector body from claims exceeding £100m in relation to the cancellation of a large PFI project. He also acted on a number of internal investigations into fraud and corruption including historic corruption/fraud by a senior director within a FTSE 250 listed group, defending an HMRC investigation arising as a result and pursuing claims against the director responsible, as well as a significant $1bn multi-jurisdictional investigation into systemic corruption by a foreign public official.
Mo is described by Chambers as “a very punchy commercial litigator who takes no prisoners.” … “He’s fantastic. If you were a client you’d have absolute confidence in him.”
Legal 500 refers to Leeds Head Mo Bhaskaran as ‘strik[ing] the right balance between aggression and realism.
Mo joined Stewarts as a partner in 2013 after spending 14 years at Pinsent Masons, the last six as a partner.
Accreditations and Memberships
Mo is an accredited mediator (ADR Group), and a member of the IBA Asset Recovery Sub Committee and the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association.
Articles written by Mo have featured in Who’s Who Legal and The Lawyer, and he has also appeared on Sky TV discussing international corruption, with particular reference to the GlaxoSmithKline China allegations.
Mo enjoys outdoor sports and pursuits including running, riding his Pinarello around the Yorkshire Dales and skiing in the Alps.