Eversheds Sutherland

Banking Litigation Department

The Regions
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What the team is known for Recognised for its work in contentious regulatory proceedings as well as on the defence of mis-selling and professional negligence claims. Advises a stellar client roster of retail and investment banks, as well as other financial services companies. Clients benefit from the depth of resources provided by its extensive nationwide and global network.

Strengths Sources state: "They achieve a very high-quality work product without losing the personal touch."

Clients report that the team is "easy to work with and has a wide service offering."

Market commentators describe the firm as "fantastic" and "a perennial top performer in this market."

Work highlights Advised a number of leading banks and building societies on their ongoing strategy for litigation regarding payment protection insurance complaints and claims, particularly those relating to undisclosed commissions.

Notable practitioners


Christopher Busby
is experienced in advising banks across a broad range of disputes, including large mis-selling claims, and also has expertise in regulatory investigations and related enforcement proceedings. He is the firm's UK head of financial disputes and investigations as well as leading the team across the Midlands.
"He is very responsive and strategic, attuned to commercial and internal dynamics and easily acquires trust and understanding with non-legal stakeholders." "He really knows his stuff and is receptive to ideas when trying to find ways around a problem." "Tremendously well respected in the industry."


James Southworth
is adept at handling contentious proceedings for leading national banks and is head of the firm's financial disputes team across its Northern offices. He is skilled in managing regulatory disputes and investigations as well as high-value litigation relating to mis-selling, negligence and breaches of contract.
"An excellent tactician who is very good at reading between the lines and spotting the weak points." "He is extremely charming, an effective communicator and brings clients with him because he inspires confidence."