Banking and financial services litigation

In any high-stakes financial dispute you want to be certain that you have legal specialists on your side with decades of experience in the field. Our award-winning finance litigation practice has acted on some of the most high-profile and complex banking disputes.
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Featuring leading litigation lawyers with Legal 500 and Chambers recognition, our team deals with many of the largest disputes of the day. We have the skills and experience to assist you with disputes involving the full range of financial products and structures including:

  • securitisations
  • CDOs
  • ABCP
  • swaps and derivatives
  • TEPs, TIPPs, GDRs and ADRs
  • Islamic finance structures
  • loan notes, promissory notes and bonds.

We advise clients on private and retail banking disputes; investment banking and structured finance disputes; trade finance disputes (including letters of credit, performance bonds, guarantees and bills of exchange); recovery strategies; asset finance disputes; and fraud and asset tracing matters.

We act for, and against, banks and other financial institutions; hedge funds, closed end funds, and other funds; corporates; insolvency practitioners; and individuals.

Our highly regarded financial regulatory and sanctions team represents institutions and individuals in a variety of investigations, with a particularly wide experience of advising on LIBOR and FX related investigations and sanctions issues.

We have litigators that can help you solve finance related disputes in High Court cases and arbitrations, as well as banking litigators in France, Dubai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

"Internationally capable group of finance litigators with extensive experience handling a diverse range of issues within the industry."
Chambers UK 2018

Tchenguiz Family Trust

Litigation against Kaupthing Bank (in liquidation). Together with a related claim, the sums at stake represented 1/3 of the GDP of Iceland. We won The Lawyer magazine's "Litigation Team of the Year" 2012 for our work on this litigation.


Representing FIM Advisers LLP in proceedings against it arising out of the operation of the largest Ponzi scheme in history. We are also advising a leading European bank on its global strategy in relation to its Madoff related exposure.


Acting in a claim brought by Goldman Sachs arising out of the termination of credit default swaps with a combined notional amount of US$500m. The claim settled on favourable terms on the first day of trial.

British Arab Commercial Bank

A high profile claim against AHAB, a Saudi Arabian conglomerate, to recover sums loaned to one of its subsidiaries, ATS. Identified as one of The Lawyer's top 20 cases of recent years, the bank's claim was successful at trial.

Arch Cru

Obtained a favourable High Court judgment for a Guernsey protected cell company, and the underlying cells, in 2014 in respect of the new board's investigation into the collapse of the "Arch Cru" investment structure that resulted in massive losses to certain OEICs.


Advising in respect of a uniquely complex and innovative voluntary consumer redress scheme relating to the way in which its payment card protection products were sold to approximately 2 million retail customers.


Advising on a number of matters involving allegations of LIBOR manipulation and mis-selling. We have been involved in one of the major test cases on LIBOR issues and continue to advise on UK and international investigations. We are also advising on a number of matters involving allegations of misconduct and the use of anti-competitive devices in the FX market both in the UK and the USA. We have advised on a number of recent high profile international spot fix manipulation investigations.

Eastern European bank collapse

Acting for the bank’s insolvency administrator on claims against a business man who is subject to civil and criminal fraud proceedings in various jurisdictions. We have obtained freezing, third party disclosure and search orders and had 8 separate court hearings, all of which have been successful.

Banking crisis and non-performing loans

Advising a number of European banks on hundreds of recovery and liability proceedings in several jurisdictions arising from multi-billion Euro loan portfolios including the impact of European and national banking and insolvency legislation.

Securities litigation

Acting for a global asset manager in connection with litigation relating to a portfolio of RMBS and CMBS assets including noteholder claims in England and securities fraud claims in New York and California.


Edward Davis Partner

T:  +44 20 7809 2327
M:  Email Edward | Vcard Office:  London


Sue Millar Partner

T:  + 44 20 7809 2329
M:  + 44 7825 625 898 Email Sue | Vcard Office:  London

Latest news & insights

02 Feb 2018

From Insights

Bank liable to investors for "dropping the ball" in its role as arranger in securities offering

In the landmark judgment Golden Belt v BNP Paribas [2017] EWHC 3182 (Comm) the Commercial Court found, for the first time, that an arranging bank owed a limited duty o..


15 Jan 2018

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Are you sure?

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01 Dec 2017

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Court of Appeal rules investor has no contractual right of action against issuer in respect of bearer notes

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01 Nov 2017

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Letters of credit in the Supreme Court: Some unintended consequences?

In Taurus Petroleum v SOMO the Supreme Court has granted a third party debt order and receivership order against an issuing bank over the proceeds of a letter of credi..


20 Oct 2017

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Partner Sue Millar named 'Woman Lawyer of the Year'

Commercial litigation partner, Sue Millar, was named 'Woman Lawyer of the Year' at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2017, held in London last night.


17 Oct 2017

From Insights

A brief overview of the doctrine of privilege (webcast 2017)

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09 Oct 2017

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GMRAs – a review of two recent cases in the English High Court (2017 webcast)

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04 Oct 2017

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Financial mis-selling claims – the key principles and an update (2017 webcast)

In this webcast, Donna Newman takes stock of the court's approach to financial mis-selling claims in light of the principles emerging from the case law over the last f..


20 Mar 2017

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29 Nov 2016

From Insights

FCA Remediation and Redress Schemes – recent developments webcast

We take a look at recent developments in the FCA's approach to remediation and consumer redress schemes.


22 Nov 2016

From Insights

ISDA Master Agreements - a brief update webcast

In this webcast, we review two recent cases in which the English courts have considered the termination and close-out provisions of ISDA Master Agreements.


15 Nov 2016

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Negative interest rates - the legal fall-out webcast

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08 Nov 2016

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Financial mis-selling - a brief update 2016 webcast

In this webcast, we provide a brief recap and review four more recent cases on this topic.


12 Jul 2016

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A guide to commercial litigation: a step by step approach

Our guide provides an outline of the different stages in court proceedings in England and Wales and sets out some of the options available to those involved in litigat..


27 Oct 2015

From Insights

Good faith, Wednesbury unreasonableness and all that jazz webcast

In this fourth webcast, Sue Millar, a partner in our finance litigation team, will be reviewing the court’s developing approach to Good faith and Wednesbury unreasonab..


21 Oct 2015

From Insights

ISDA Master Agreements – latest developments 2015 webcast

Ros Prince reviews the latest developments in the case law with regard to ISDA Master Agreements.


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