The professional and management liability team at Stephenson Harwood is especially well known for its work on matters which are complex, high-value and sensitive.
We have been involved in the risk and liability aspects of many of the high profile corporate collapses and scandals over the last two decades, in the UK and in the international arena.
We routinely advise on challenges to professionals’ work across the span of the financial, insurance, pensions, construction and legal sectors in which they operate.
We act for both claimants and defendants.
Achieving results is important to us and we pride ourselves on providing strategic custom built solutions.
Our track record in the contentious arena, knowledge of our clients’ businesses and familiarity with the issues, results in clients turning to us to help steer them through commercial and legal risk in a non-contentious context, as well as in relation to disputes and potential disputes.
Clients include two members of the Big 4 firms of chartered accountants, the world’s leading auction house, a host of global financial institutions and members of their senior management.
“Stephenson Harwood delivers 'thorough' and 'well-thought-through' advice, and is praised for its ability to 'focus on the key issues'.
The Legal 500 UK 2016
We act for two members of the Big 4 and other firms of accountants on contentious and potentially contentious issues across audit, tax and corporate finance. We pursue other accountants.
We act for and against solicitors, spanning the range of commercial activity undertaken by Magic Circle and City Firms.
We act as Insurers Representative on big ticket claims against professional services organisations around the world.
Funds and financial institutions
We have a wealth of experience in pursuing and defending claims against banks and other financial institutions for breach of mandate, marketing and sale of investments, investment management and returns.
Directors and officers
Our track record includes acting for management on claims following high profile corporate collapses. We also act for insolvency practitioners and others in investigating and pursuing recoveries from former management.
We act for bodies which set standards for the professions and for those who transgress them. We represent individuals in relation to investigations by regulators and others into alleged irregularities.
Fine art and cultural property
We have an enviable track record in acting for and against auction houses and art dealers, including in relation to issues concerning provenance, title and attribution of works of fine art.
We act for claimants and defendants in substantial claims against architects, surveyors and engineers arising out of design, construction and valuation of property.