Our Dispute Resolution team is delighted to have achieved strong rankings in the recently launched edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession.
Fladgate LLP’s ‘excellent firm is frequently involved in major litigation’. The practice specialises in acting in complex, high-value disputes, which are internationally focused or sourced; and being largely conflict free, the department is able to sue most banks and act in financial services litigation. It acted for Castex Technologies in proceedings in the Commercial Court, brought by various hedge funds, which alleged rigging of stock prices in connection with the conversion of foreign currency convertible bonds. Simon Ekins is department head; the ‘switched-on and easy-to-work-with’ Steven Mash is ‘at home across the range of commercial disputes’; and Bree Taylor is ‘professional and shows broad-based thinking’. Mark Buckley, Alexander Wildschütz and Eugene Matveichuk are also highly rated.
Fladgate LLP’s disputes group includes pre-empting potential claims or defences; recovery litigation, including disputed security and enforcement; insolvency matters; fraud; and payment systems. Other areas of strength are mis-selling claims, including swaps; claims against professionals, including surveyors, accountants and solicitors; and disputes between banks. Representative experience includes acting for a financial services firm in the prosecution of its claim for commission against its former client, an international maritime group. Steven Mash is a specialist in civil fraud matters and Bree Taylor has acted for claimants in actions against major banks. Other names to note are Simon Ekins, Simon Brew and Alexander Wildschütz.
Fladgate LLP is ‘developing an excellent reputation for fraud litigation’ and offers ‘comprehensive coverage in this area across the range of industries and sectors where civil fraud claims can arise’. The firm continues to represent Jean-Pierre Schenk in a CHf 3m claim against advisers who attempted to defraud him, defendants were served in Sweden and Switzerland and freezing orders imposed. Simon Ekins heads the team, supported by Sophia Purkis who is ‘an outstanding litigator; totally committed to her clients’ and has ‘superbly tuned antennae for the nuances of a complex fraud case and a vast talent for absorbing the detail of a case’.
Demonstrative of Fladgate’s wider expertise, overall the firm achieved 25 rankings, with 61 lawyers attaining 98 individual recommendations.