We live in litigious times and the relentlessly competitive nature of business today means that commercial litigation is now a fact of corporate life.
The fact does not, however, diminish the anxiety and disruption caused by business disputes, which can be costly in terms of both time and money.
Although much of our commercial litigation lawyers’ work is in the English courts, Fladgate’s strong international focus means that we have established a reputation for high-quality cross-border commercial litigation work. Our commercial litigation lawyers act for corporate clients from the UK and abroad, across a wide range of business sectors. We are also instructed by a large number of overseas lawyers.
Our advice is candid, realistic and clearly communicated, to enable clients to make informed decisions. Although we are experienced in handling cases of considerable size and complexity, we are flexible in our approach and will tailor our service specifically to meet our clients’ needs.
We cover all aspects of commercial litigation including:
Fladgate LLP has ‘good-quality litigators for all commercial areas’. The practice is largely conflict free and able to act against most banks in financial services-related litigation. It is also well known for its significant HNW private client base. The team acted for London private equity firm PCP Capital Partners in a claim against Barclays Bank for fraudulent misrepresentation that related to a £7bn capital raising.
Simon Ekins is department head; Bree Taylor is ‘recommended without reservation’; Steven Mash ‘comes up with strategies that lead to excellent court outcomes’; and Mark Buckley is ‘the standout litigator in London’s contentious bond market’. Other key advisers include Simon Brew, Alexander Wildschütz, construction law expert David Weare, and Digby Hebbard, who pursues claims against construction project professionals. Russia specialist and dispute resolution partner Eugene Matveichuk joined from Osborne Clarke LLP.
Fladgate LLP acted for a group of retail and institutional investors in litigation against RBS arising from its rights issue. Simon Ekins and Simon Brew are recommended alongside Mark Buckley, who is ‘a great tactician’, Bree Taylor, who is ‘a tough, smart litigator’, and the ‘exceptional’ Steven Mash. Alexander Wildschütz, David Weare and Digby Hebbard are also well regarded.
Fladgate LLP recruited Memery Crystal LLP’s former dispute resolution head Bree Taylor, as well as Steven Mash, Digby Hebbard and Anil Rajani from Crowell & Moring, Trowers & Hamlins LLP and IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) respectively. The team advised on a rights issue claim. The key lawyers are Simon Ekins, Simon Brew, Mark Buckley and Paul Howcroft, as well as Alexander Wildschütz, David Weare and Sophia Purkis.
Bree Taylor joined Fladgate LLP from Memery Crystal in June 2015. She specialises in shareholder and company disputes and is “very thorough and clear in explaining things.” One happy client comments that “she really put her whole soul into this: she immersed herself in the material, became completely absorbed by the case and unlocked the optimal approach.”
Simon Brew of Fladgate LLP is a seasoned practitioner with extensive expertise in all kinds of negligence work including claims against legal and construction professionals. Sources comment: “He has a wide range of skills and expertise and a very strong relationship with the Big Four.”
According to sources, Alexander Wildschütz of Fladgate LLP is “a practical lawyer who is well attuned to the realities of the situation”. He is dual-qualified as a German Rechtsanwalt and a solicitor in England and Wales, and regularly advises on cross-border litigation.
Fladgate LLP’s team head is Simon Ekins. The practice was instructed by a former director of Hertie and its wholly owned subsidiary, in a claim concerning the extension of funding to those companies.