Signature Litigation has been ranked in The Legal 500 UK 2020 for ‘Fraud: Civil’, ‘Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail’, ‘Commercial Litigation’, ‘International Arbitration’, ‘Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation’, and ‘Professional Negligence’.
Please see below a list of the full rankings and commentary about the Firm as published in The Legal 500 UK 2020 Guide:
London: Crime, Fraud and Licensing
Fraud: Civil (Tier 2)
Disputes boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles a broad range of civil fraud matters; areas of expertise include search and seizure orders, freezing injunctions, and multiparty, multijurisdictional disputes. Clients include large corporates, private equity houses, financial institutions, banks, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and foreign government agencies. Simon Bushell, ‘a force-field of drive and determination’, leads the team alongside firm founder Graham Huntley, who is described as ‘an extraordinary legal mind’ and Julian Connerty, who has a particular focus on international fraud, insurance, industry disputes and regulatory investigations.
Graham Huntley and Simon Bushell are both recognised as ‘Leading Individuals’ in this category.
Banking litigation: investment and retail (Tier 3)
Signature Litigation LLP ‘has been outstandingly successful’. The highly specialised dispute resolution firm has a strong focus on large, complex cases that are frequently cross-border. Founding partner, Graham Huntley, is a specialist banking litigator, and Simon Bushell is highly rated for high-stakes Russian and CIS-related disputes. Abdulali Jiwaji has particularly strong experience advising on disputes involving financial products and mis-selling, investigations and disciplinary proceedings, and Julian Connerty is increasingly focused on shareholder and group claims. Rory Spillman and Becca Hogan are the associates to note.
Graham Huntley is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ and both Becca Hogan and Rory Spillman are considered ‘Rising Stars’ in this category.
Commercial Litigation (Tier 3)
Signature Litigation LLP has ‘a highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution’. It is a specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border. Graham Huntley acts in M&A disputes, shareholder and joint venture disputes, economic tort claims, and regulatory disputes and investigations. Simon Bushell specialises in complex international disputes. Other recommended partners are Abdulali Jiwaji, Daniel Spendlove and Ioannis Alexopoulos, while Kathleen Leslie is a notable senior associate.
Graham Huntley and Simon Bushell are recognised as ‘Leading Individuals’ and Daniel Spendlove is ranked as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ in this category.
International Arbitration (Tier 5)
Signature Litigation LLP’s ‘tactical and strategic vision is unparalleled, and the practice has a great range of partners and associates’. It fields specialist arbitration lawyers who are experienced in high-value, complex international arbitrations. Natalia Chumak has a particular focus on CIS-related matters; Ioannis Alexopoulos is well known for joint venture and shareholder disputes, business break-ups and fraud and banking disputes; and Josh Wong is recommended for security, asset tracing and enforcement actions that involve multiple jurisdictions. Counsel Neil Newing and senior associate Nick Storrs are also key advisers.
Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation (Tier 6)
Disputes boutique Signature Litigation LLP advises insurers and reinsurers on public and professional liability, energy claims and property damage arising from natural disasters and other catastrophes . The firm stands out for its Latin American expertise, with the ‘outstanding’ Hermes Marangos handling a variety of high-profile matters involving Brazil or Mexico.
Hermes Marangos is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in this category.
Professional Negligence (Tier 5)
Boutique firm Signature Litigation LLP has a focus on complex and cross-border cases, and it is instructed by claimants and defendants on high-value mandates. It handles claims involving the financial services sector and also advises on cases involving other professions. In an example of its cross-border experience, the team represented the Ivanishvili family, and its corporate investment vehicle, on a claim against the Credit Suisse Group, for losses arising out of breach of trust, breach of mandate, breach of duty, breach of agency investment obligations and more generally for negligent or dishonest investment and fund practices, carried out by employees of the bank, its sister and subsidiary companies.
Signature’s profile on The Legal 500 website can be found here.