Johnny Shearman

Head of Knowledge and Legal Services
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“The team at Signature is highly talented, experienced and dedicated.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Signature Litigation is described as a “quality team at every level“.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“Extremely bright and dedicated team. A willingness to go the extra mile and find a solution to whatever problem comes along however simple or complex.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Signature Litigation has “‘the agility to deal with matters of all kinds’ and has particular experience in multiparty and multijurisdictional disputes.”

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is quite extraordinary.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“I am confident that they would always deliver a peerless service to the client, whoever that may be.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“They are quite commercial in their approach and don’t escalate matters; rather they find the most efficient way to deal with things”

Chambers UK 2020

“A highly respected litigation boutique with expertise in a wide range of contentious corporate matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“They can really go toe to toe with magic circle firms”

Chambers UK 2020

“An excellent boutique litigation firm”

Chambers UK 2020

“They have really had our backs in a very innovative way”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are absolutely brilliant – very good at the big picture, very effective communicators and very easy to get on with.”

Chambers UK 2020

“Signature has provided us with steady-handed advice and I can honestly recommend their tightly-knit team to anyone in need of sound legal advice”

Chambers UK 2020

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”

Chambers UK 2020

“Well known for its representation of oligarchs and other high net worth individuals”

Chambers UK 2020

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is extraordinary”

Chambers UK 2020

“Brilliant client care coupled with sound legal judgement”

Chambers UK 2020

Signature “has developed a deep bench of talent, which means even with the high demand for their services they consistently maintain a high quality”

Chambers UK 2020

“Highly responsive, intelligent and commercially astute lawyers”

Chambers UK 2020

“They demonstrate the ability to formulate, plan and implement a sophisticated global strategy”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are impressive in the way they deal with very complex cases”

Chambers UK 2020

The Firm’s “tactical and strategic vision is unparalleled, and the practice has a great range of partners and associates”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“Outstandingly successful”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Dispute resolution boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles large, high-profile professional negligence claims, often with a cross-border element, for claimants and defendants.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”.

Chambers UK 2019

“The firm is extremely focused on high-quality litigation”.

Chambers UK 2019

“Their advice is sound and their strategic approach is excellent. I would recommend them without hesitation.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Adept at handling multiparty and cross-border disputes, particularly those related to banking.”

Chambers UK 2019

“They have a lot of experience in multi-jurisdictional, high-value litigation. They are a boutique firm that is growing in size considerably but which can still provide a personal, flexible service.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The hallmarks of the team are that they are responsive, commercial, conflict-free, flexible … a client gets Magic Circle quality.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large-scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The practice advises on all aspects of large-scale banking litigation.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“A first-class firm with a positive, collaborative culture of integrity”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“A highly specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex and often cross-border cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.

Chambers UK 2019

  • Chambers UK 2021
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Biography

Johnny is Head of Knowledge and Legal Services at Signature Litigation. He has gained significant experience in handling a broad spectrum of domestic and international disputes and now advises internally on all aspects of dispute resolution.

Johnny has worked on some of Signature’s highest profile cases including those featured in The Lawyer’s “Top 20 Cases of the Year”. His knowledge encompasses complex contractual and tortious disputes, CIS disputes, professional negligence litigation and contentious insolvency matters. His experience includes disputes at all levels, from County Court to Supreme Court proceedings, as well as international arbitration.

Johnny is regularly asked to participate at panel and round table events discussing key legal and procedural developments as well as delivering talks himself on a number of topical issues.

Johnny was co-editor of the Chambers & Partners UK Litigation Global Practice Guide 2019. He routinely publishes articles, recently co-authoring the feature article on the Disclosure Pilot Scheme for PLC Magazine’s 30th anniversary edition. Johnny has also been featured in other publications such as the FT Adviser, Dow Jones Financial News, Compliance Monitor and many more.

As part of the HMCTS Reform Programme, Johnny advised HMCTS on possible changes to to be made to its scheduling and listing function.

Johnny is a member of the London Solicitors’ Litigation Association (LSLA) and JUSTICE.

Prior to joining Signature Litigation, Johnny practiced at the international law firm Nabarro LLP (now CMS Cameron Mckenna Nabarro Olswang LLP).

Experience

Commercial Litigation

  • Acting for two BVI companies in proceedings against a Georgian businessman and former politician for the misappropriation of the companies’ assets valued at approximately US$100m.
  • Acting for the claimants in a professional negligence claim brought against a major international law firm in respect of restructuring advice given in relation to a €20m distressed loan.
  • Advising the liquidators of a company in parallel proceedings against the company’s former directors brought under the Civil Procedure Rules and the Insolvency Act.
  • Acting for a large medical defence organisation defending professional negligence claims brought against doctors.
  • Acting for a UK property development company in a multi-million pound loss of chance dispute.

Regulatory Investigations

  • Advising members of a medical defence organisation in the regulatory proceedings brought by the General Medical Council and Medical Practitioners tribunal service.

Press Coverage

Corporate failures – can the UK’s financial regulator lead the charge? – Global Restructuring Review – 11 December 2020

Why The Singapore Convention Is Relevant In The UK – Law360 – 10 December 2020

Disclosure pilot scheme: revision, simplification and extension – PLC Magazine –  1 December 2020

Does the Legal Profession Really Need to Use the Term ‘Non-Lawyer’? – Legal Week – 16 November 2020

The Singapore Convention On Mediation – Lift Off!Lawyer Monthly – 4 November 2020

Governing law of arbitration agreements: cutting the Gordian knotPLC Magazine – 1 November 2020

A step (change) in the right direction? – New Law Journal – 22 October 2020

Nigerian Oil Spill Ruling Shows Limits Of UK Class Actions – Law360 – 6 October 2020

JALLA V SHELL: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR REPRESENTATIVE ACTIONS? – Lawyer Monthly – 5 October 2020

A touch of class – Litigation Futures – 29 September 2020

Finding common cause for UK class actions – Energy Voice – 29 September 2020

PRIN, class actions and vulnerable customers at risk during the pandemic – Compliance Matters – 8 September 2020

Danger ZoneGovernance & Compliance Magazine – 1 August 2020

Mortgage arrears-handling failures cost Lloyds dearly – Compliance Monitor – 14 July 2020

The Angelic Grace of judicial pragmatismLitigation Futures – 15 June 2020

Witness statements – evolving or endangered?The Law Society Gazette – 15 June 2020

Covid-19 fallout increases urgency to address Libor transition legal issuesFT’s Global Risk Regulator – 8 June 2020

The Disclosure Pilot Scheme: Views From The Ground – PLC Magazine – 1 June 2020

Significantly lower award of damages against Spain in latest investor-state arbitration claim over renewable energy tariffs (PV Investors v Spain)Lexis PSL – 11 March 2020

UK Courts to operate remotely during the Coronavirus pandemic? Let’s be honest, it’s complicatedLegal IT Insider – 19 March 2020

Legacy Contracts Complicate Libor TransitionLaw360 – 2 March 2020

Latest court decision highlights level of scrutiny courts apply to Disclosure Pilot Scheme casesLawyer Monthly – 12 February 2020

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