Commercial Litigation

Not just a department but a firm that specialises in advising a range of clients on all aspects of large-scale commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on multi-party, multi-jurisdictional and multi-claim disputes.

We are set up to provide the dedicated and innovative support needed by our clients who include multinational corporations, financial institutions, high net worth individuals and groups of stockholders

"Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large-scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions."
Chambers Europe and Chambers Global 2020
Our work has been recognised by the leading directories across our offices in England, France and Gibraltar.

Our conflict-free, dispute-focussed and client-orientated structure enables us to provide the most effective advice and support needed by clients addressing substantive actions and remedies in the English, French and Gibraltar Court systems, extending to deep experience and expertise in the enforcement of foreign judgments in those jurisdictions.

We also use our flexibility to deliver prompt and innovative pricing proposals and solutions. Through a demonstrable track record of confining the costs of litigation to realistic budgetary constraints, we provide holistically pragmatic and commercially focussed advice at all stages of litigation, including through settlement strategies, alternative dispute resolution and other mechanisms where appropriate.

Our track record supports our description in the leading directories as “an excellent boutique litigation firm” which “can really go toe-to-toe with magic circle firms”.

We achieve that through a unique culture and structure. This is reflected in our ranking in The Legal 500 for commercial litigation which describes the firm as “a first-class firm with a positive, collaborative culture of integrity”.

Our partners in all our jurisdictions are very highly ranked. In London, Graham Huntley is top ranked by The Legal 500 and Chambers for commercial litigation, banking litigation and civil fraud. He is described by The Legal 500 as “an extraordinary legal mind” and possessing “a deeply commercial intelligence and a willingness to go more than the extra mile for his clients”, alongside Chambers which ranks him in Band 1 for banking litigation as someone who is an “exceptionally strong strategist”. Beyond that, The Legal 500 recognises that all “the key individuals are supremely professional and very Informed”.

The Legal 500 UK notes that Abdulali Jiwaji “has excellent interpersonal skills, is very good with clients and a pleasure to work with”. Chambers Global describes him as being a “technically sound, sensible and robust litigator who always finds practical solutions”.

The Legal 500 describes Daniel Spendlove as “very smart, client focused and details-oriented” and “excellent, with great attention to detail, wide experience and excellent client care”. He has also been praised as “highly professional”, and “a strategic thinker” who “brings real energy to cases”.

In Paris, Thomas Rouhette has earned plaudits from all the directories who recognise him as “a strong litigator” with 30 years’ experience in commercial litigation, which has led to him being consistently recognised by The Legal 500, Chambers, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who (Thought Leaders) as a commercial litigation expert, with sources noting “He is one of the best litigators” they have worked with – “just excellent” (WWL, 2018) who Is “highly esteemed for his expertise in handling product liability cases” and in the enforcement of foreign judgments before the French Court.

Also in Paris, Sylvie Gallage-Alwis handles high value commercial litigation specifically for manufacturers and distributors operating in France, within the scope of product-related litigation. She is listed as the only Next Generation Lawyer by The Legal 500 EMEA Guide in this respect. Her specific expertise is also recognised by Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers. Sylvie is praised for her “rigorous analysis, strategic guidance and seasoned litigation” and recognised as a “a star in the international world” and “well-connected expert”.

In Gibraltar, practice leader Elliott Phillips is recognised in Chambers Europe and Chambers Global as “an impressive individual who is extremely capable”, with a particular client following in telecommunications, financial and gaming sector disputes. The development of the office is typified by the “Up and Coming” partner Steven de Lara, also recognised by Chambers as “extremely hard working, client-focussed and very knowledgeable”.

Commercial Litigation Team

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

Chambers UK 2020

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis

Sylvie is described by Who’s Who Legal as a “dynamic and determined litigator”, who is “a firm favourite among clients” as “she always goes the extra mile to support her clients, and is proactive in seeking commercial solutions to disputes” and is “analytical, intelligent and responsive”. The Legal 500 EMEA Guide ranks Sylvie as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ for Product Liability Litigation in France and she is recognised for her work on “high-profile toxic tort and product liability cases, handing a number of asbestos claims.”

Sylvie Gallage-Alwis
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Graham Huntley

Graham is consistently recognised by The Legal 500 and Chambers as one of the UK’s highest ranked commercial and banking litigators and has been involved in some of the most significant cases of recent years. Chambers UK describes him as “an intense and effective solicitor with an incredibly client-focused approach” and he has previously been described as “very bright, very hard-working, a good tactician” and “very committed and driven”. The Legal 500 recognises Graham for being a “a leading figure in commercial dispute resolution and widely regarded as a rainmaker.”

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Abdulali Jiwaji

The Legal 500 UK has noted that Abdulali is recommended for commercial litigation and financial disputes. The Legal 500 praises him for his ‘ability to analyse difficult issues and provide concise and clear advice’, whilst Chambers Global has described Abdulali as a “technically sound, sensible and robust litigator who always finds practical solutions”.

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Thomas Rouhette

Thomas is ranked Band 2 by both Chambers Global and Europe for his litigation and aviation law expertise, with sources praising him for his “invaluable” advice, experience and knowledge. The Legal 500 EMEA Guide consistently recognises Thomas as a ‘Leading Individual’ for his aviation and commercial litigation practices. Who’s Who Legal regards Thomas as the “finest product liability lawyer in the country and one of the very best on the continent.”

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Tom Snelling

Highly ranked in the Chambers UK Guide for his commercial litigation expertise, Tom Snelling is described in the 2020 Guide as “extraordinarily good” and an “utter pleasure to work with and enormously talented, with a sixth sense for where a case is going and very sound judgement”. The Guides have also noted that Tom is “amazingly dedicated with strong credentials in international litigation” and that he is both “practical and commercial”.

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Daniel Spendlove

Daniel has been highly ranked in The Legal 500 UK Guide for his expertise in banking litigation, commercial litigation and professional negligence. The Guide describes him as “very smart, client focused and details-oriented” and a “highly rated litigator”. He receives praise for being “a strategic thinker” who “brings real energy to cases”. He was recently described, by Commercial Dispute Resolution magazine, as “one of a new breed of independent and forceful commercial litigation partners”.

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Commercial Litigation Experience

Assisting the Russian state-controlled deposit insurance agency in addressing complex and innovative issues around the enforcement in France of a Russian judgment involving the tracing and attachment of properties in France and the Caribbean.

Representing one of the leading online marketplaces in its disputes with luxury brands on the grounds of an alleged breach of their selective distribution network.

Representing in litigation and mediation a leading US electronic products manufacturer in the scope of a litigation against one of its competitors on the grounds of breach of contract.

Representing a leading car equipment manufacturer in its disputes with former, or successive, owners of manufacturing sites located in France concerning transferred liabilities. This matter involves both litigation and arbitration.

Representing the leading US fertiliser manufacturer following alleged unfair competition practices in France, based on the hiring of a team from a competing entity. The claim is valued at over €10 million.

Representing a Japanese conglomerate before the French Courts in proceedings deriving from the alleged sudden termination of a supply agreement the client entered into with one of its distributors in France.

Representing a US manufacturer of protective equipment in the scope of proceedings filed by the purchaser of one of its sites on the grounds of misrepresentation on the technical feasibility of the conversion of the machinery on the site. The claim is valued at over €55 million.

Acting on behalf of institutional clients and over 35,000 individual shareholders bringing claims in excess of £1 billion against RBS over its 2008 rights issue following the acquisition of ABN Amro.

Advising a major corporate on claims in excess of $300 million in relation to hundreds of foreign exchange derivative transactions entered into with international banks on the grounds of non-compliance with Shari’a law.

Representing an investment fund in High Court professional negligence proceedings against a major international law firm arising out of French restructuring advice given in respect of a €20 million distressed loan.

Advising a Russian investment bank in a £100 million dispute with an AIM-listed mining and mineral company with operations in Sierra Leone regarding a number of M&A, equity and debt transactions over a period of 4 years.

Acting for two BVI incorporated companies in relation to Georgian law tort/delict claims for damages of approximately $40 million stemming from the misappropriation of Georgian assets.

Advising the family and estate of the late Badri Patarkatsishvili concerning ownership of interests of various assets, in particular an approximately $2 billion shareholding in a metallurgy company.

Acting for a Gibraltar investment vehicle in an ongoing dispute before the British Virgin Island (BVI) Commercial Court, Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, and Privy Council relating to a disputed managerial entitlement of approximately $200 million in relation to a $1 billion investment fund.

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