Finance 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. Visit our finance litigation hub.
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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 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 recovery 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.

"The team is very committed. Its main strength is its proactive approach; it anticipates problems that will arise and prepares the line to be adopted well in advance. This has the advantage of avoiding any unpleasant surprises and  preparing positions with the benefit of time."

The Legal 500 UK 2020

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

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19 Oct 2020

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Pending litigation, impending Brexit: What next for dispute resolution clauses?

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13 Oct 2020

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Jurisdiction, negative declarations and estoppel: BNP Paribas SA (BNP) v Trattamento Rifiuti Metropolitani SPA (TRM)

Claims for declaratory relief should be as focussed as possible and clearly serve a useful purpose. In BNP v Trattamento , the court issued a reminder that its power t..


07 Oct 2020

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Finance litigation podcast series 2020

Welcome to the first in our 2020 series of four short podcasts in which we take a bite-sized look at some of the key themes emerging in financial disputes over the las..


17 Sep 2020

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Finance litigation podcast

Welcome to our finance litigation podcast series.


14 Sep 2020

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Fallout from the Swiss Flash Crash: market volatility, contractual terms and force majeure

The English courts have recently given judgment in a number of claims for losses resulting from the “Swiss Flash Crash” of 2015.


09 Sep 2020

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The purpose of a process agent: Banco San Juan International v Petróleos de Venezuela

A recent decision of the High Court has provided further clarity on the position when a party to a contract has failed to appoint a process agent, or has failed to rep..


07 Aug 2020

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Lamesa v Cynergy: mandatory law in standard form contracts

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07 Jul 2020

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Finance litigation: 10 legal risks

In this article, we examine key issues to be aware of from a legal perspective and highlight practical steps that can be taken to minimise risk.


25 Jun 2020

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Finance litigation update – June 2020

Welcome to the latest finance litigation update, in which we summarise some of the most significant cases and other developments relevant to banks and other financial ..


19 Jun 2020

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Financial mis-selling claims: A checklist for carrying out initial analysis of their prospects

In this article, we have set out an Initial check list that can be used to assess whether a prospective or intimated financial mis-selling claim would be able to overc..


04 May 2020

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Advising on alternatives to LIBOR: the risks in going risk-free

LIBOR will cease to be published (or at least LIBOR panel banks will no longer be compelled to submit quotes) in December 2021.


30 Apr 2020

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Enforcement in the asset management context: what is the relevant asset and who does it belong to?

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23 Apr 2020

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When is talking to your lawyer not a privilege? CAA v Jet2 and RBI v ACE & Ashurst

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14 Apr 2020

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Notice Clauses in Finance Contracts: Alfred Street v NAMA & Ors

In a recent decision, the Commercial Court has provided guidance on the interpretation of the ISDA Master Agreement and 2000 Definitions.


08 Apr 2020

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Guaranteeing performance: Yuanda v Multiplex & Anor

Fraser J’s recent decision in Yuanda (UK) Co Ltd v Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd (formerly known as Brookfield Multiplex Construction Europe Ltd) & Anor [2020] EWH..


03 Mar 2020

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Implied terms, relational contracts and good faith: Taqa Bratani & Ors v Rockrose

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