Aviation litigation and regulation
We have a genuine in-depth knowledge and understanding of the aviation industry, which enables us to deliver the commercial outcome our clients are looking for effectively and cost efficiently.
Banking and financial services litigation and regulation
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 and regulation practices have acted on some of the most high-profile and complex banking disputes and investigations.
Construction and engineering dispute resolution
Our specialists match extensive industry knowledge with highly regarded technical expertise and a reputation for commercial and practical problem solving.
Fraud and asset tracing
Ranked in Tier 1 of The Legal 500, our team has worked on many of the largest fraud cases in recent years. We have very extensive experience in bringing or defending freezing orders.
Our international arbitration team is known for managing complex and substantial arbitrations worldwide and is well versed in related enforcement and other court proceedings.
Pensions dispute resolution
Our team have immense experience in all pensions related disputes. We take cases from inception to completion managing Pensions Ombudsman, High Court and alternative dispute resolution cases.
Professional and management liability
Our long established practice advises clients on matters involving risk, reputation and liability.
Real estate litigation
Our property litigation team combines excellent technical knowledge with commercial acumen.
Our regulatory litigation team has advised financial institutions in the highest profile investigations and enforcement actions.
We represent major commercial companies and individuals in challenging sanctions in national and EU courts, often in difficult circumstances.
As one of the world’s leading shipping practices, we offer comprehensive, specialist shipping advice which is clear, commercial and reliable.
“Stephenson Harwood has always been seen as a very good and very strong litigation firm – they punch above their weight.”
Chambers UK 2015
In one of the largest disputes of the past decade, the ongoing multi-faceted Tchenguiz litigation, we have achieved a series of victories including securing jurisdiction against Kaupthing Bank Hf and a successful Judicial Review challenge against the SFO.
White collar and financial crime including LIBOR and FX
Representing individuals and institutions under investigation by the FCA and the SFO, including several individuals involved in proceedings relating to the manipulation of LIBOR and collusion in the G10 FX Spot market.
Acting for the liquidators in relation to all aspects of the liquidation of what was the most successful domestic football club in the world, including high-profile and high-value litigation in England and Scotland.
Accolade Wines - construction litigation
Acted for Accolade Wines Limited in major dispute in relation to the defective/negligent design and construction of the largest wine production, storage and distribution facility in the UK.
Libya Investment Authority ("LIA")
Representing the LIA headquartered in Tripoli in relation to the appointment of a Receiver and Manager to run Commercial Court proceedings against Goldman Sachs and Societe Generale, arising from a divided Libya.
Moet Hennessy - global IP litigation
Advised Moet Hennessy and Richemont (a global luxury brand) on a significant global counterfeiting operation and coordinating a number of law enforcement agencies.
Acting in numerous arbitrations, including a major LCIA arbitration (with claims and counterclaims valued at over US$750 million) concerning the management of two deep offshore oil blocks in West Africa and in proceedings to set aside enforcement orders made by the Hong Kong High Court in respect of Singapore arbitration awards.
Samuel Tak Lee
Acting for a Hong Kong tycoon defending a claim to his Tokyo commercial property portfolio, and winning on appeal in the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeal.
Acting in a probate action concerning the multi-billion dollar estate of a well-known Hong Kong entrepreneur, including the issue of testamentary capacity in the context of dementia and an application to appoint an administrator pendente lite.
Shipping disputes including the Fiona Trust litigation
We advised the successful defendants against claims totalling US$1 billion in respect of alleged bribery in the Fiona Trust litigation; we advised on potential claims relating to surrender of bills of lading for LNG cargoes and LOU for discharge of LNG; we represented ship owners in the successful defence of a claim before the English Court relating to the purchase of two VLCCs for conversion into production facilities; we assisted a shipyard in the successful defence of a series of claims relating to purported cancellation by ship owners due to delay.