“They are very efficient and effective.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“The team is very well co-ordinated, and able to work with large and complex matters.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Excellent commercial drive and technical ability on complex international arbitration cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“One of the very best litigation boutiques in London.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Signature Litigation is a market-leading boutique litigation firm. It has extremely strong background in big ticket litigation, with quality personnel and an unparalleled degree of focus and determination.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Exceptionally good at building up the dispute strategy.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Signature is a very professional team managing a complex international case across many jurisdictions. They have a very strong standing in managing multiple parties across different jurisdictions with different law.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Excellent banking team with real experience in claimant-led litigation. Senior Associates are particularly impressive: thorough, efficient and very sensible.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Great specialist knowledge with a pragmatic and commercial outlook.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is quite extraordinary – I don’t know quite where the headspace comes from to do this time and time again.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“They provide brilliant client care coupled with very sound legal judgment.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Experts in their specialist field. Nobody better.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Every member of the team is valued and as a result they provide a much higher quality of service to their clients than their competitors.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Signature is not afraid to look for solutions outside the box to get results for its clients.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“The team is very well coordinated and able to work with large and complex matters.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“The dispute resolution experts at Signature Litigation LLP have a particular focus on complex, cross-border civil fraud claims.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Signature Litigation is the only pure litigation specialist in Gibraltar, setting the firm apart from others in Gibraltar. The firm is very professional, knowledgeable and efficient, an ideal choice for litigation in the jurisdiction.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The practice unites an impressive bench of stellar litigators.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The boutique specialises in complex litigation, both in France and internationally, with the majority of matters multi-jurisdictional in nature, with the firm’s London presence a key asset for cross-border work.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Signature Litigation Paris “quickly established itself as one of France’s finest dispute resolution practices and consistently attracts high-stakes, often headline-grabbing matters.”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The team is attentive, available, very friendly, and provides unfailing follow-up to cases.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“Great ability to establish a strategy and a very clear, structured and impactful line of defense or attack, based on a real mastery of legislation and procedures.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“Excellent expertise combined with the ability to explain idiosyncratic concepts of French jurisdiction to foreigners.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The team is also highly regarded for its know-how in defending companies against toxic tort claims and deals with a high amount of claims brought by employees regarding asbestos and other chemical substances.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Signature Litigation Paris is “the market’s go-to-firm for domestic and cross-border product liability cases.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The firm’s focus on dispute resolution and insurance matters makes it a popular choice for a range of clients in the aviation industry including airlines, constructors, and insurers who benefit from the department’s ability to advise on cross-border matters.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The team is very responsive – we would normally receive a response on the same day or early the day after. They keep us updated regularly, and are knowledgeable in their fields of expertise.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“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

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Biography

Neil is an international arbitration lawyer and commercial litigator with particular experience in managing high value cross-border disputes, many of which involve multiple parties and multiple jurisdictions. His practice has a particular focus on the energy sector and oil and gas disputes.

Neil has extensive experience in international commercial arbitration, including LCIA, ICC, CIETAC, SIAC, SCC, UNCITRAL, and ad hoc arbitration proceedings under the Arbitration Act 1996, as well as ancillary or enforcement proceedings before the English Courts, claims under investment treaties and cases concerning State entities and state immunity.

Prior to joining Signature Litigation, Neil was a Legal Director at Eversheds Sutherland, where he qualified in 2004. Neil is a fluent French speaker and undertook a series of secondments to Eversheds Sutherland’s arbitration and public international law team in Paris.

Neil represents clients across all sectors, but has particular expertise in the energy sector and oil and gas disputes and has acted in matters involving: exploration and production, joint ventures, oilfield services, pipeline transportation, product distribution, advising on available protections under relevant investment treaties and disputes concerning carbon emissions. Neil also has considerable experience in acting for clients involved in corporate/finance disputes (relating to M&A transactions, shareholders’ agreements, loans and guarantees), and has acted on a wide range of technology/media/telecoms disputes (including contractual disputes, royalty audits and disputes over rights).

Neil is regarded as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ in The Legal 500 UK 2022 for international arbitration and banking litigation, and is described as “a strong lawyer who stands out for the quality and thoroughness of his analysis” and noted for managing “major cross-border disputes“. The Legal 500 UK 2021 recognised him as “an outstandingly clever counsel who will go very far”. Neil is also described as being “an exceptionally talented lawyer, a strategic thinker and a pleasure to work with. The depth and breadth of his experience in international commercial arbitrations is a huge asset to the firm”. He is also ranked in the Who’s Who Legal Arbitration 2021 Guide as a ‘future leader’.

He is co-author of “International Arbitration: A Practical Guide”, a leading international arbitration textbook published by Globe Law and Business. Neil is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the ICC and the LCIA.

Experience

International Arbitration

  • Acted for an Armenian mining company in four separate LCIA arbitrations in London arising out of a joint venture (and related lending arrangements) with Russian and Cypriot entities.
  • Acted for a US Investor in relation to a claim under a Bilateral Investment Treaty concerning expropriation of its investment In an Eastern European State.
  • Acted for a major NOC in a Swiss Rules arbitration arising out of a cooperation agreement concerning upstream and downstream projects in Algeria.
  • Acted in a joint venture dispute between a consortium of oil companies and an African State in relation to the ownership and operation of a pipeline project.
  • Acted for a listed aviation company in an ICC arbitration concerning claims arising out of alleged breaches of warranties given on a disposal of part of the client’s business.
  • Acted for a Hong Kong based supplier of consumer goods in DIFC-LCIA arbitration proceedings and parallel English High Court proceedings against a Saudi Arabian purchaser for non-payment of goods received.
  • Acted for a State in defending multiple arbitration proceedings brought under the auspices of different Bilateral Investment Treaties.
  • Acted for a multinational mobile telecommunications company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a tender for a mobile license in a Middle Eastern state.
  • Acted in a complex LCIA arbitration worth over USD 100 million concerning the ownership of property in Moscow and breaches of a shareholders’ agreement, and spanning several jurisdictions including Russia, England, Cyprus, Switzerland and the BVI.
  • Acted in an LCIA arbitration for a Japanese trading house in a dispute concerning the supply of emission credits under the Kyoto Protocol.
  • Acted for a Middle East drilling contractor in a SIAC arbitration in Singapore concerning a dispute over the hiring or rigs in Iranian waters.

Commercial Litigation

  • Acted for a UK logistics supplier in a dispute in the Technology and Construction Court in London arising out of an outsourcing project with a global technology company.
  • Acted for a Russian individual in successfully resisting a Norwich Pharmacal order in respect of documents and information sought from him concerning alleged financial mismanagement.
  • Acted for an Irish listed healthcare company in both London seat ICC proceedings and English High Court proceedings against Indian and Singaporean companies and individuals relating to losses arising from breach of warranties on an acquisition, and related issues of conspiracy, deceit and breach of director’s duties.
  • Acted for a composer in an English High Court action against members of a well-known heavy metal band for breach of copyright.
  • Acted for the estate of a well-known musician in two matters before the High Court and the Court of Appeal, obtaining judgment for breach of performer’s rights.

Publications

Pourquoi la décision Halliburton vs Chubb fascine-t-elle tant la communauté de l’arbitrage britannique ? – Option Droit et Affaires – 3 February 2021

Counsel Neil Newing and Associate Olivia Flasch examine the Halliburton Chubb Supreme Court rulingUK Supreme Court Blog – 2 February 2021

Supreme Court clarifies arbitration bias in Deepwater Horizon Chubb rulingInsurance POST – 1 December 2020

Chubb wins UK Supreme Court case against Halliburton – Insurance Business UK – 30 November 2020

International community “will see Halliburton ruling as protecting Bar”Litigation Futures – 30 November 2020

UK Supreme Court dismisses appeal over apparent biasGlobal Arbitration Review – 27 November 2020

STAND-OUT CASE OF THE WEEK: HALLIBURTONEdward Fennell’s Legal Diary – 27 November 2020

UK Supreme Court rules in favour of Chubb Bermuda in case against HalliburtonBermuda Re/insurance – 27 November 2020

UK court rules in favour of Chubb in case against HalliburtonIntelligent Insurer – 27 November 2020

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

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