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Managing Partner: John Cahill
Number of partners: 62
Other solicitors: 83
Other fee-earners: 120
Total fee-earners: 265

Areas of Practice
Aviation: 4%
Clinical Negligence: 13%
Commercial Litigation: 19%
Competition Litigation: 6%
Divorce & Family: 17%
Employment: 4%
Financial Crime: 2%
Fraud: 3%
International Arbitration: 4%
International Injury: 4%
Media Disputes: 2%
Personal Injury: 13%
Securities Litigation: 3%
Tax Litigation: 3%
Trust & Probate Litigation: 3%

Aviation & Travel: Sarah Stewart
Clinical Negligence: Muiris Lyons
Commercial Litigation: Clive Zietman
Competition Litigation: Kate Pollock
Divorce & Family: Stephen Foster
Employment: Joseph Lappin
Financial Crime: Richard Kovalevsky QC
Fraud: David Hughes
International Arbitration: Philippa Charles
International Injury: Julian Chamberlayne
Media Disputes: Ryan Dunleavy
Personal Injury: Paul Paxton
Securities Litigation: Keith Thomas
Tax Litigation & Investigation: David Pickstone
Trusts & Probate Litigation: James Price

THE FIRM Stewarts is a law firm like no other. Specialising in high-value and complex disputes, the firm’s track record of success for clients has helped it to become the UK’s leading litigation-only law firm. Clients choose Stewarts for legal excellence, specialist expertise and a pioneering approach to complex litigation. The firm’s focus is always on success: achieving the best results for clients around the world.


One of the world’s leading aviation litigation teams, pursuing cases in both UK and overseas jurisdictions. The team’s technical aviation expertise allows the firm to investigate the causes of air accidents. This guides the firm’s approach to each claim, including the identification of those responsible and the countries in which the firm should take legal action. It also enables the firm to take steps to improve air safety and prevent similar accidents happening again.

Clinical Negligence:Lawyers in this top ranked team only handle a small number of cases to ensure that they give the claim the attention it deserves. The team’s legal expertise and willingness to push boundaries has enabled its clients to win record-breaking compensation awards.

Commercial Litigation: This conflict-free team is known for acting against global banks and multinationals in high value and complex disputes. The team have unrivalled experience in putting together innovative costs arrangements for clients, and expertise in coordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions.

Competition Litigation: The firm acts in the most high profile competition cases in the UK and Europe. The team reviews and researches regulatory decisions in order to advise clients of potential claims and assist them in evaluating the benefits of taking action. The firm’s lawyers have unrivalled experience in putting together innovative costs arrangements. The use of third party funding, after-the-event insurance and risk-sharing fee agreements enables clients to manage risk and litigate from a position of financial strength.

Divorce & Family:In the pre-eminent divorce and family practice in the UK, the firm’s partners are regarded as ‘the leading lights of the profession’ spearheading a department of unrivalled strength and depth advising on all aspects of family law. The firm’s lawyers have particular expertise in unravelling complicated trusts, identifying assets held within companies and advising on complex tax issues.

Employment: This leading employment team are recognised for its cutting-edge work for senior executives and its ‘excellent knowledge of how the City works’. The firm advises on a full range of employment, partnership, LLP and shareholder issues. The team has particular expertise advising on individual and team moves, whistleblowing and discrimination claims.

Financial Crime: The team is expert in defending allegations of white collar and financial crime. It advises and represents individuals and corporates being investigated or prosecuted for fraud, corruption, money laundering, market manipulation and tax evasion. Civil fraud, regulatory obligations and criminal investigations increasingly overlap and the firmwide expertise provides clients with advice on a range of often interconnected issues.

Fraud: The team acts in some of the world’s largest fraud investigations. They act for governments, sovereign wealth funds, corporates and individuals in fraud and asset tracing claims. They are free from conflict and pursue investigations against the world’s largest banks and financial institutions.

International Arbitration:This ‘dynamic’ team has extensive experience of international arbitration cases seated in London and other arbitral centres around the world. As a conflict-free practice, the firm is trusted by major City, US and other international law firms to act for clients when they are unable to.

International Injury:Stewarts’ lawyers pursue cases both in the UK courts and in overseas jurisdictions, when necessary calling on the firm’s strategic alliances with law firms around the world. Stewarts has been involved in many of the leading cases that have shaped the law in this fast-changing area, enabling clients to win record-breaking compensation awards.

Media Disputes: This specialist UK-based media litigation team acts in high-value, complex and multijurisdictional disputes. They can help resolve any kind of media, communications, intellectual property, data, or privacy dispute.

Personal Injury:Lawyers in this top ranked team only handle a small number of cases to ensure that they give the claim the attention it deserves. The team has won clients record-breaking awards with interim payments and provision for the latest rehabilitation methods.

Securities Litigation:The team acts in some of the most high-profile securities litigation cases in the UK and around the world. Their lawyers represent public and private pension funds, asset managers and sovereign wealth funds, including some of the largest institutional investors in the world.

Tax Litigation & Investigation:This specialist tax litigation team advises on tax disputes from HMRC, from enquiry stage through to appeals before the tax tribunals and courts. The team comprises solicitors and barristers, chartered tax advisers and former HMRC inspectors and have acted in many of the recent high-profile cases brought before the tax tribunals.

Trust & Probate Litigation: The team advises on complex, large scale and often high profile disputes in the UK and other jurisdictions, including both onshore and off shore trust litigation, and domestic and international probate disputes.