Signature Litigation ranked in The Legal 500 EMEA 2023, with our Paris office ranked in Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation

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Signature Litigation and several members of its Paris and Gibraltar offices have been ranked again in the The Legal 500 EMEA Guide 2023, with our Paris office having successfully achieved a Tier 1 ranking for its Commercial Litigation practice.

Paris Office

Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation – Tier 1

Signature’s Paris office has increased its ranking to Tier 1 in Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation. The Guide notes that “Signature Litigation AARPI houses one of France’s most enviable product liability practices, with the team also handling insurance, reinsurance, ESG, toxic tort and civil fraud proceedings.”

The Guide also comments that “The firm assists a prominent client base including top industrial manufacturers in the automotive, healthcare, technologies and retail areas which it defends in mass claims and other highly sensitive litigation (some of these cases are global and also involve proceedings in many other jurisdictions).”

Partner Thomas Rouhette is ranked in The Legal 500’s ‘Hall of Fame’ for this practice area. The Guide notes that “Thomas has a seasoned, wide and multifaceted practice. He is an expert in international, cross-border litigation and has acted in some of the most high-profile litigations before the French courts on behalf of companies in the scope of a wide-ranging practice, including contract litigation, product liability, corporate and banking disputes as well as fraud and asset tracing.”

Partner Sylvie Gallage-Alwis is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’. The Guide notes that Sylvie is “known in the French market as a leading toxic tort / mass litigation lawyer” and that she “has been involved in most pro-company case law rendered in recent years, notably in asbestos-related and chemical-related cases, with some cases mentioned in the French Civil and Social Security Codes because of the significant reversal in case law they represent.”

Partner Jérémie Fierville has been ranked as a Next Generation Partner in this category.

Counsels Mathilde Gérot and Claire Massiera have been newly ranked as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’.


Aviation – Tier 2

The Guide notes that “the Paris aviation team at Signature Litigation AARPI advises aerospace manufacturers and insurers involved in complex, cross-border litigation.”

Partner Thomas Rouhette is recognised in The Legal 500’s ‘Hall of Fame’ for his Aviation expertise.

Counsel Claire Massiera is recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’ and “specialises in representing clients in major aviation accidents.”

Senior Associate Ela Barda is also ranked as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’.

Associate Solène Poitrinal has also been newly ranked as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’.


Insurance – Tier 2

The Guide notes that “the insurance specialists in the Paris office of multinational law firm Signature Litigation AARPI have strength in advising insurers such as Allianz, QBE and Global Aerospace, financial institutions such as Société Générale, and corporates across the retail, mining and luxury goods sectors on a diverse spectrum of insurance matters.”

The Guide also highlights that “the team offers a comprehensive service which extends to policy wording, coverage issues, industrial risk investigations, and high-value, cross-border claims related to environmental pollution and operating losses.”

One source commented that “The firm has good expertise in international litigation and, in particular, American law in our sector of activity. The team are available.”

Partner Emmanuèle Lutfalla is recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’. The Guide describes her as “an expert in insurance and reinsurance litigation and claims management”.

Thomas Rouhette is also recognised as a ‘Recommended Lawyer’.


Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration – Firms to watch 

Signature’s Paris Office has also been newly ranked for Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, with Partner Flore Poloni mentioned.

The Guide notes that “the team has strong potential and acts for leading French companies and various international groups in ICC and award exequatur cases spanning mining, corporate and construction issues, among others.”


Gibraltar Office

Dispute Resolution – Tier 2

“Signature Litigation LLP excels in large-scale commercial litigation and arbitration.”

“Distinguished as a leading independent disputes boutique in Gibraltar, the practice has strong cross-border capabilities given its links to the London and Paris markets.”

A testimonial describes the practice as “a superb team” and notes that “the team is incredibly user friendly and responsive, extremely strategic and commercial in its approach and a joy to work with.”

Partner Elliott Phillips is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’. The Guide notes that Elliott is “very responsive, personable and  efficient”, as well as “an outstanding practitioner and one of the best lawyers in Gibraltar”. Another commented that “Elliott Phillips is simply superb. A brilliant tactician and outstanding advocate, he leads his team with incredible skill and care.”

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