Signature Litigation Paris

The Paris office of Signature Litigation was created in line with the philosophy of our London office. It offers clients a dedicated litigation and international arbitration team comprising lawyers who are recognised for their expertise and their training at major international law firms.

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Arbitrating disputes in France

Our Paris office is located at 49/51 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris.

The office is led by a five partner team, comprising Thomas Rouhette, former head of Hogan Lovells’ Paris disputes practice, Sylvie Gallage-Alwis, previously a member of the litigation team of Hogan Lovells for over 10 years, Emmanuèle Lutfalla, an insurance and reinsurance litigation specialist, who joins Signature Litigation from Soulié & Coste-Floret, a boutique French insurance disputes firm, specialist commercial arbitration practitioner Flore Poloni and Jérémie Fierville, a corporate and financial dispute resolution specialist. This team is supported by 18 other fee earners.

Philip Dunham

Philip has been recognised in the Who’s Who Legal guide in France every year since 2016 for his arbitration expertise. He is also ranked in Chambers Europe 2023 and in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023 Guide for international arbitration. The Legal 500 notes that Philip will “go to great lengths to learn about his clients – their industries, strengths, assets and liabilities, as well as their concerns, so as to be sure that the solutions he provides would be the most suitable and innovative solutions to suit his clients’ needs.” It further highlights Philip’s “great analytical skills, such that he can parse through complex legal situations to reveal the critical issues at the core, and to then arrive at logical conclusions to resolve them.” The Guide also states that Philip has “excellent people skills” and is “personable, persuasive and able to read others well.”

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Jérémie Fierville

Jérémie’s practice focuses on shareholders, governance, and M&A disputes, as well as general commercial and civil litigation. Having practised in both Paris and London, Jérémie acts for a broad range of French and international companies. He represents his clients in strategic pre-litigations, litigations and arbitrations, as well as mediation proceedings.

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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 ‘Leading Individual’ 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.”

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Emmanuèle Lutfalla

Emmanuèle is recognised as a ‘Thought Leader’ in Who’s Who Legal’s France 2020 Guide. She is also ranked as both a ‘National’ (in France) and ‘Global’ Leader for Product Liability Defence in Who’s Who Legal. The Guide notes Emmanuèle “excels in handling disputes at the intersection of product liability and insurance matters, representing clients from the life sciences sector in litigation and product risk management.” The Legal 500 EMEA Guide ranks Emmanuèle as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for insurance and notes she is “very renowned in the insurance sector“. The Legal 500 also ranks the insurance and reinsurance litigation practice very highly in Paris, and also notes the department unites an impressive bench of stellar litigators“. The Chambers Europe 2022 Guide notes that Emmanuèle noted as “the key point of contact” for insurance at the firm. Chambers ranks Signature Paris’ insurance practice as a leading firm in its Europe Guide and highlights the team’s “knowledge and ability to handle complex and difficult matters“.

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Flore Poloni

Ranked in the Who’s Who Legal Arbitration Guide, Flore is described as “the most dynamic young arbitration practitioner in Paris“, “a very dynamic and multi-skilled lawyer” and praised for her “excellent communication skills and perfect knowledge of arbitration“. The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 Guide ranks Flore as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ for dispute resolution and has been recognised as a ‘Rising Star’ lawyer for International Arbitration. Flore has been praised for her “extensive expertise in international arbitration” and described as “extremely capable”.

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Thomas Rouhette

Thomas is ranked as a leading expert 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 ‘Hall of Fame’ lawyer 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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The firm’s specialist offering provides comprehensive, pragmatic and efficient legal advice of a quality that is praised by clients, who also welcome the speed with which answers are provided, its flexibility and absence of conflicts of interest.

The team is recognised for its expertise in complex, cross-border & international litigation, commercial, banking, corporate and post-M&A disputes, insurance/reinsurance, product liability and environment litigation, mass litigation and class actions. It also assists its clients in the scope of investigations conducted by regulatory authorities, criminal proceedings and in regulatory/product safety matters.