Clifford Chance LLP

Banking Litigation Department

London (Firms)
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What the team is known for Superb track record in representing multinational banks and other financial institutions in their most complex and reputationally significant matters. Offers expertise across the full gamut of disputes work, with notable strengths in defending class actions, regulatory and criminal investigations, fraud and misrepresentation disputes. Also calls upon a specialist forensic accounting team to assist on litigation and investigatory work. Strong bench of litigators, many of whom have experience often involving multiple jurisdictions, with additional strength in handling international arbitrations.

Strengths"They are the best of the best," says one commentator, adding: "For any kind of complex, large dispute, they would be top of my list."

Another source reports: "They are extremely good at handling very large cases and managing a huge workload."

Work highlights Continued to defend Deutsche Bank against claims in excess of EUR800 million brought by Dutch housing association Vestia, in relation to derivatives transactions it entered into with the bank.

Notable practitioners

Clients go to
Helen Carty
for her expertise in cross-border financial disputes. She is particularly skilled at defending financial institutions against claims concerning swaps mis-selling and derivatives transactions.
"She is extremely experienced in banking litigation and really has a feel for the strategy and merits of a case."

Head of the practice
Ian Moulding
draws wide praise for his market-leading expertise in banking litigation. He frequently acts for banks in complex matters including LIBOR-related claims and shareholder disputes.
"Ian is a class act. He is very experienced, diligent and thorough, and he runs his teams very carefully." "He is an absolutely top solicitor."


Matthew Newick
is the firm's global head of dispute resolution and is experienced in advising international banks on a wide array of cross-jurisdictional matters. He is particularly adept at handling disputes emerging from insolvency proceedings, as well as providing assistance with regulatory investigations.


Roger Best
is a highly experienced financial litigator who remains an excellent choice of counsel for complex banking matters. Clients often go to him for his expertise in regulatory enforcement matters and insolvency-related claims.
"His knowledge and skills are very impressive."


Simon Davis
is a consultant with the firm who receives praise for his deep experience in banking litigation matters. He continues to provide clients with the benefit of his expertise in high-stakes financial disputes and contentious regulatory issues.
"A very accomplished lawyer who is very experienced."