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Stewarts Law LLP


Stewarts Law LLP - London
  • 5 New Street Square
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4A 3BF
  • Managing Partner John Cahill
  • Number of partners  49
  • Other solicitors  70
  • Other fee-earners  92
  • Total fee-earners  211

The Firm Stewarts Law is one of the UK’s largest litigation only law firms, with offices in London and Leeds. The firm acts for corporate and individual clients and has leading and innovative departments.

Principal Areas of Work
Aviation & Travel: The Aviation and Travel Department specialises in aviation and international personal injury litigation. The Aviation Team is recognised globally for its expert representation of air crash victims, survivors and their families. The Travel Team specialises in complex personal injury and fatal accident claims in an international context.
Clinical Negligence: The Clinical Negligence Department has expertise in neurological injury, particularly spinal injury, brain injury and cerebral palsy. The department is franchised by the Legal Services Commission and its partners are approved as specialists by Action for victims of Medical Accidents (AvMA) and the Law Society.
Commercial Litigation: The Commercial Litigation Department advises on commercial disputes of all kinds and is noted for its expertise in banking, fraud and professional negligence. The department’s work encompasses UK litigation, as well as heavyweight international litigation.
Competition Litigation: The Competition Litigation Department specialises in competition-related litigation, with a particular focus on damages issues that arise as a result of competition infringements.
Divorce & Family: The Divorce and Family Department has rapidly acquired a reputation as one of the leading divorce and family law practices in the UK. The department acts for high-net-worth and international clients from a wide range of backgrounds and represents both husbands and wives.
Employment: The Employment Department focuses on the resolution of high-value and high-profile employment disputes. The department acts for employers and individuals. It has an outstanding reputation acting for claimants against investment banks and other financial institutions.
International Arbitration: The International Arbitration Department has extensive experience of international arbitration cases seated in London and in other key arbitral centres. Lawyers in the department have conducted arbitrations relating to numerous business sectors including the aviation, oil and gas, energy, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and defence manufacturing fields.
Investor Protection Litigation: The Investor Protection Department acts for institutional investors and has expertise in shareholder and securities litigation.
Personal Injury: The Personal Injury Department specialises in high-value and complex personal injury claims, with particular expertise in compensation claims following spinal injury, brain injury, fatal accidents and other serious injuries, such as brachial plexus, burns and amputation. Independent observers regard it as the leading catastrophic injury department in the UK.

Areas of Practice

  • Aviation & Travel 7.5%
  • Clinical Negligence 8%
  • Commercial Litigation 23%
  • Competition Litigation 7.5%
  • Divorce & Family 15%
  • Employment 5%
  • International Arbitration 5%
  • Investor Protection Litigation 5%
  • Personal Injury 24%
  • Aviation & Travel James Healy-Pratt
  • Clinical Negligence Muiris Lyons
  • Commercial Litigation Clive Zietman
  • Competition Litigation Jonathan Sinclair
  • Divorce & Family Stephen Foster
  • Employment Tim Spillane
  • International Arbitration Philippa Charles
  • Investor Protection 
  • Personal Injury Paul Paxton
  • Leeds Office Daniel Herman
  • Business Development Stuart Dench


  • 9 Bond Court,
  • Leeds,
  • West Yorkshire
  • UK
  • LS1 2JZ
  • Tel (0113) 222 0022
  • Fax (0113) 222 0044
  • DX 26428 Leeds Park Square
  • Email : info@stewartslaw.com

Banking Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Conflict-free offering with capability to act against major financial institutions. Enjoys a strong reputation for litigation arising out of a range of derivatives and debt and equity-based securities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were very sensible, very reasoned and focused on the commercial outcome for their client."

"They are thoughtful, considered and measured in terms of their approach."

"I couldn't fault them. They didn't put a foot wrong. They're slick, organised and great fun to work with."

Work highlights Acted for the winding-up committee of Kaupthing Bank on the attempted recovery of money paid to Deutsche Bank in return for credit-linked notes bought before Kaupthing's insolvency.

Acted for approximately 70 institutions in the High Court alleging that RBS's 2008 rights issue of £12 billion was defective.

Notable practitioners  

Sean Upson is leading the team representing the winding-up committee of Kaupthing Bank. Counsel describes him as "an exquisite solicitor: he understands the detail of a client's case. He will drill down into the detail and understand what is needed to win it."

"Fearless litigator" and department head Clive Zietman is praised for his "good grasp of the commercial realities of a situation and targeted, sensible advice." Clients report: "He truly loves litigation. He considers all the legal angles and has the precision accuracy of a scalpel."

Significant clients Trustees of the Mineworkers Pension Scheme, ING Global Equity, John Hancock Insurance Trust, BP Pension Trustees, Rathbone Investment.

Clinical Negligence - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Focuses exclusively on high-value clinical negligence matters. Offers particular expertise pertaining to spinal cord and brain damage claims, as well as birth injury and fatal accident cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They put in a lot of effort, they're not frightened to fight to trial and they go the extra mile."

"They run their cases hard and efficiently, they get good results and they are very adept at sniffing out the right experts. They have a very strong client focus."

Work highlights Achieved a £4.71 million settlement for a claimant whose untimely release from a mental health unit resulted in his sustaining total paraplegia after he carried out his threat of jumping off a balcony.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Muiris Lyons is considered to be "a force to be reckoned with" in the London clinical negligence market. His focus is on catastrophic injury claims, including brain, spinal cord and birth injury cases.

Nick Knowles has an excellent track record in obtaining multimillion-pound settlements in various brain and spinal cord injury claims. He is described as a "very patient, very experienced and very hard-working clinical negligence solicitor," who remains "extremely calm under pressure."

Robert Dransfield has a wealth of experience in handling catastrophic spinal cord injury claims, which has been his specialist focus for over a decade. Clients have been impressed by his "very thorough and very user-friendly" approach.

Star associate Hugh Johnson is noted for a strong specialism in spinal injury cases. One source asserts that "he will go far," owing to his "unflappable nature and technical ability."

Competition/European Law - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Key player in the market. Instructed in major private enforcement actions. Draws significant strength from its long-standing litigation expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very on top of it and tactically astute." 

Work highlights Represented Marks & Spencer in proceedings against MasterCard and Visa in relation to the interchange fees cartel.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Sinclair is popular with clients, who call him "incredibly experienced and very methodical." He gains further praise for being "a calm litigator who can deal with complex and sensitive situations in a very quick and easy manner."

Significant clients Arcadia, ASDA, B&Q, Iceland, Morrisons.

Employment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-known senior executive-focused practice. The team works with employees and former employees of groups in the financial services, legal and media sector. In addition to its work for individuals, the firm also has a growing respondent practice.

What's new? The practice was boosted with the arrival of Richard Nicolle from Dentons. 

Notable practitioners  

Richard Nicolle advises employers on a wide range of employment matters. He also works with senior executives advising them on tribunal and High Court litigation.

Tim Spillane focuses on advising senior employees working in the financial services sector. Recent work includes advising individuals on whistleblowing and discrimination claims. He is praised for his client service and called "an expert at both the technical and emotional issues that are rife when dealing with any employment situation."

Significant clients Dover Harbour Board, Fusion-io, Ducada Capital, Sammons Associates, Gravis Capital Partners.

Family/Matrimonial - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly sought after by high-profile clients and ultra high net worth individuals. Well versed in handling matrimonial proceedings with international elements. Celebrated litigation expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a sensible, pragmatic and commercial outfit." 

Notable practitioners  

Helen Ward is known for handling high-value, high-profile cases. Sources describe her as a "keen strategist" and admire her ability to outmanoeuvre her opponents.

Head of department Stephen Foster frequently advises high-profile clients in complex matrimonial proceedings. Commentators describe him as "very astute and commercially aware. He's calm and very reassuring to the clients."

Debbie Chism is an expert in hard-fought matrimonial litigation, but maintains a strong reputation as a collaborative lawyer. Sources report that "she will negotiate hard and is open to collaborative approaches. She can see solutions that other people can't."

Emma Hatley handles complex matrimonial finance matters. Sources describe her as "dynamic and charismatic."

Matthew Humphries is a valued adviser in finance matters. He is regularly instructed in complex proceedings with cross-border elements.

Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist litigation offering with impressive expertise in financial and corporate disputes, and insolvency work. Acts for a wide array of clients, including investors, individuals, groups and financial institutions.

Work highlights Acted for Anatoly Ereshchenko as one of the defendants in the much publicised £1.5 billion BTA Bank v Ablyazov dispute.

Represented 70 institutions, including the Trustees of the Mineworks Pension Scheme, in a £500 million dispute arising out of a 2008 rights issue by RBS.

Notable practitioners  

Clive Zietman handles high-profile banking litigation, professional negligence claims and fraud disputes, and is a prominent figure in the marketplace. He is described as having built up a "fantastic practice," and as a lawyer who "likes to resolve disputes sensibly."

Significant clients A group of 83 former employees of Dresdner Kleinwort, Grant Thornton, Kaupthing Bank, GHLM Trading, Lev Leviev. 

Personal Injury - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a reputation for working on the most complex and high-value personal injury claims, many of which involve brachial plexus, burns and amputation injuries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I would single them out because they are extremely professional, devoted to their clients and not afraid to fight their cases."

"Brilliant - they really do push the boat out for their clients, and they have an absolutely fantastic team."

What's new? Scott Rigby has been promoted to partner; he specialises in international personal injury claims.

Work highlights Represented a teenager left paralysed from the neck down after a car accident, in a highly publicised claim that settled at £12.2 million.

Currently advising a young man who endured severe spinal cord injuries and required a below-the-knee amputation after an accident suffered whilst working at an outdoor adventure centre.  

Notable practitioners  

Julian Chamberlayne specialises in international personal injury work, with notable experience in advising English claimants injured in Australia. He elicits much praise for being "a good leader and a fantastic communicator." Sources also remark that he is "bright and imaginative, and that he is always looking to promote new or better ways to recover for his clients."

Andrew Dinsmore is frequently engaged in the most serious accident claims, and is particularly noted for his expertise in traumatic brain injury claims. He is regarded as "a tremendous lawyer" who is "absolutely brilliant with his clients."

Head of department Paul Paxton is acclaimed by peers and experts as a leading national practitioner in catastrophic injury work. Sources say he is "very professional" and "well respected by both his peers and other insurance companies."

Stuart Dench is a seasoned authority in the personal injury field who is particularly noted for his expertise in international aviation claims. Observers point out that he "deals with incredibly complex, high-value cases" and "is prepared to discuss and lay his cards on the table."

Charles Edwards has developed an all-encompassing personal injury practice and is well known for his capacity to manage severe and complex brain and spinal injuries. 

Clare Salmon undertakes a great deal of catastrophic and fatal injury claims arising from both the workplace and the public liability sphere. She is noted for being "extremely professional" and "insightful and committed."

Ben Rogers is particularly active on behalf of claimants with severe brain and spinal injuries. Commentators remark that he has excellent research skills and that he "really pushes the boat out for clients."

Peregrine Redgrave is a catastrophic injury expert with significant experience in handling employers' liability cases. According to sources, he is "assertive, commercially astute and approachable."

Personal Injury - National Leaders (outside London)

What the team is known for Leading catastrophic injury practice, singled out for its capability in representing clients with spinal injuries. Renowned for its group litigation work, and regularly works with those injured overseas. Ranked offices in Leeds. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a significant national presence, particularly doing high-value work."

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Herman in Leeds is a key contact.

Aviation - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for High-profile firm offering expertise in civil litigation resulting from aviation incidents. Particularly noted for its multi-jurisdictional expertise in areas such as Western Europe, Australasia, North America and South-East Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Always responsive, always very clear, and they've been very quick in reacting and telling the client what the next step is."

"They are way ahead of everyone else; they've transformed the litigation market."

Work highlights Represented the family and dependants of Charles Stisted following his death in a helicopter crash. This has led to litigation being pursued in both the UK and the USA.

Acted for those affected by the crash of Manx 2 flight NM7100 which led to the death of six people and varying degrees of injury to the surviving six passengers.

Notable practitioners  

James Healy-Pratt is the market leader for claimant work in the aviation field. He is lauded by sources as "very smart, an exceptional intellect and very creative," and is also singled out as being "dedicated to his clients - he really goes the extra mile."

Sarah Stewart is an increasingly prominent figure in the aviation market and one source reports that "she has managed to combine this sense of empathy with clients with a ruthlessly clinical approach to litigation; she is becoming an irresistible force - a dominant force now in the air crash field." Another lauded her for being "compassionate and very focused in terms of doing a good job for her clients."

Fraud - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive experience in large-scale disputes for claimants and defendants. Fraud practice is complemented by financial and banking litigation expertise.

Work highlights Successfully defended Leviev in a USD1 billion dispute brought by Gaydamak alleging conspiracy and breach of trust relating to diamond interests in Angola.

Acted for Emailgen Systems on a USD3.5 million dispute against Exclaimer, alleging fraudulent diversion of funds away from the joint venture.

Notable practitioners  

Jane Colston is hailed as a prominent figure in the market. She has experience in forensic investigations and multi-jurisdictional asset tracing.

Peers say Sean Upson is "clever, thorough and very tenacious." Sources admire his "unusual mix of intellectual rigour and litigation common sense."

Travel - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent travel practice, advising on complex, high-value catastrophic injury claims. Regularly acts in cases that result in landmark decisions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are innovative in the way they litigate. They look at all the angles in cases, including the economic effects."

Work highlights Acted for a claimant with spinal and orthopaedic injuries on a landmark appeal concerning the correct interpretation of Rome II in regard to expert evidence for foreign accidents abroad.

Secured a £10 million settlement for six foreign nationals injured in an RTA in the UK.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Chamberlayne heads the travel team at Stewarts. Market sources say he is "absolutely tireless in the pursuit of his clients' interests" and has "an exceptional brain."

James Healy-Pratt is praised for being "tactically adept." As head of the aviation department he acts for claimants across the world in aviation disasters. He is currently acting in a USD50 million claim arising out of a plane crash in Cork last year.

Scott Rigby has recently been promoted to partner. Peers comment that he is "very personable and always on the ball." He played a key role in the landmark Wall v Mutuelle de Poitiers Assurances decision.

Ben Townsend is a partner in the Leeds office. Peers highlight that he "is phenomenal, leaves no stone unturned, and is dedicated and hard-working." Clients value his "imagination, experience and confidence." He has recently acted in a number of overseas bus crash group claims.

Christopher Deacon is singled out as "one to watch." He has litigated for clients across the world in both international personal injury claims and travel litigation.

Clinical Negligence: Mainly Claimant - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Widely recognised as a leading firm for high-value brain and spinal injury cases. Also houses specific expertise in cauda equina claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A smaller office but they do some really good work - I would say they are market leaders. They have very good systems - for example cost budgeting."

Notable practitioners  

Frank Pinch is regarded by peers as "extremely meticulous in pursuing points and his client care is excellent." He assists clients with a broad range of brain and spinal injuries, among others.

Gabrielle Ross is noted for her handling of spinal injury cases. She is commended by a satisfied client: "She is very efficient and extremely professional, but also approachable. I felt really happy with her."

Family/Matrimonial - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds  

What the team is known for Regularly represents high net worth clients in complex matrimonial finance matters, increasingly with international elements. Also covers private children law and cohabitation disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The billing was transparent and everything was broken down very clearly. Everything was made very clear from the outset."

"They were very good, supportive and efficient." 

"They are an excellent team in Leeds for matrimonial work."

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Simon Preston has a "mature experience" that is admired in the market and is praised for "inspiring confidence in his clients." One impressed client commented: "He deals with things in a very calm manner. He's level-headed and reassuring. Communication with him is simple - he comes down to the client's level and is not baffling."

Adrian Clossick remains a well-known and liked associate. Clients describe him as "affable, supportive and a good listener," and peers say he "has the ability to get straight to the nub of the issue and advise in a very clear and practical way."

Litigation - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department 
- 4 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Litigation department with a strong focus on cartel damages and financial services disputes. Work portfolio includes acting for major clients in the retail sector against international financial institutions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very strong on commercial litigation." 

"They are really excellent."  

What's new? Mo Bhaskaran was recruited from Pinsent Masons to lead the litigation department.

Work highlights Instructed to represent a range of retailers, including Morrisons, ASDA and Debenhams, in cartel actions against MasterCard worth up to £1 billion.

Brought a claim for potentially £1.5 billion of damages against Visa on behalf of WM Morrison.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Sinclair is a pre-eminent figure in the Leeds litigation market, leading on some of the practice's major competition law matters. His representation of prominent FTSE 100 companies is coupled with accolades from peers, with one source saying he is "tenacious and unfazed by obstacles, with strong commercial nous."

As head of the commercial dispute department, Mo Bhaskaran earns praise for his skill and experience in litigation. The past year has seen him lead on high-value commercial banking matters, involving issues of fraud and corruption. Sources rate him highly in this area of law and give mention to his impressive client list.  

Significant clients Marks & Spencer, Pace, Home Retail Group, House of Fraser, New Look.

Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant - Yorkshire

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Leeds

What the team is known for Highly regarded severe injury specialists, concentrating on high-value matters involving brain and orthopaedic injury, amputations, fatal accidents and spinal injury leading to tetraplegia and paraplegia. Known also for work on group actions and accidents abroad. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"No detail is too small: their approach is extremely thorough, and they ensure they look after the needs of the client."

"Top of the tree." 

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Herman is head of the firm's personal injury department. He focuses on brain and spinal injury cases. He is thought of as an "innovative litigator" who is "well respected by his opponents for his tough but businesslike approach."

Peter Stringer is well regarded for his handling of matters involving brain and spinal injury, as well as fatal accident claims. Sources say that he is "very good with with clients" as he is "very approachable."

Ben Townsend is reported to be "always on top of every last detail of his case." He is known for his work on spinal and brain injury litigation.