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UK London (Firms) Commercial and Corporate Litigation

This section ranks firms and lawyers advising businesses, high net worth individuals and other non-public sector entities on disputes arising out of commercial arrangements. It also covers corporate litigation, including post-M&A disputes, corporate control issues, joint venture disputes and shareholder disputes. This chapter covers exclusively courtroom litigation, rather than alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation and arbitration. This section does not cover regulatory investigations or enforcement actions, such as those matters covered in the Competition Law, Financial Services, Health & Safety or Professional Discipline chapters. This section also does not cover public law work, such as those matters covered in the Administrative & Public Law, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Local Government or Public Procurement chapters. General crime, financial crime, civil fraud, banking litigation, restructuring/insolvency and tax matters will not be considered under this chapter. International arbitration is covered extensively elsewhere and so should not appear on submissions to this section.

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Band 1
  1. Clifford Chance LLP
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    Clifford Chance LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 1 | 5 Years Ranked
    Outstanding disputes practice with a strong bench of talented litigators. Regularly appointed by major clients to advise on litigation arising out of complex transactions and business arrangements. Offers clients the benefit of a significant global presence during multi-jurisdictional proceedings. Frequently acts on major shareholder disputes and breach of contract cases.
  2. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
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    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 1 | 5 Years Ranked
    Market-leading firm with a strong focus on high-stakes commercial and corporate litigation. Impressive ability to handle highly complex matters concerning multiple parties and jurisdictions. Known for acting on behalf of blue-chip clients including multinational corporations and ultra high net worth individuals. Regularly acts on big-ticket shareholder disputes in the Commercial Court, representing both corporations and minority shareholders.
  3. Hogan Lovells
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    Hogan Lovells
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 1 | 5 Years Ranked
    A top-quality litigation outfit with considerable experience in handling complex, high-value cases. Noted strength in corporate matters, including big-ticket shareholder, joint venture and post-acquisition disputes. Well known for its ability to take on cases with challenging multi-jurisdictional aspects, particularly with regard to Russia and CIS states. Instructed by an enviable array of clients, including financial institutions, mining companies and ultra high net worth individuals.
  4. Herbert Smith Freehills
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 1
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Band 2
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    Linklaters
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Prominent litigation team, highly regarded for handling commercial disputes with cross-border elements. Has notable expertise in the financial services, mining and telecommunications sectors, with deep experience handling proceedings in the Commercial Court. Regularly advises on business-critical contractual disputes as well as those relating to contested share purchase agreements.
  2. Macfarlanes LLP
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    Macfarlanes LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    Robust litigation group regularly instructed on high-value cross-border matters. Manages a broad caseload that includes a significant focus on disputes regarding commercial and corporate agreements. Represents corporate clients, financial institutions and individual executives, and demonstrates notable ability in litigation involving family-owned businesses.
  3. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
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    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    Respected firm recognised for its high level of corporate and litigation expertise in the UK and internationally. Notable strength in shareholder disputes and matters concerning individuals based in Russia and the CIS, with key experience in multi-jurisdictional and offshore matters. Adept at handling cases at all levels, including the UK Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
  4. Slaughter and May
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    Slaughter and May
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 2 | 3 Years Ranked
    Strong litigation outfit, regularly instructed to act on contractual disputes, as well as those concerning shareholder disagreements, contested transactions and joint ventures. Acts for leading clients in finance, technology, energy and healthcare, and also possesses significant cross-border capabilities.
  5. Stewarts
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    Stewarts
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 2 | 4 Years Ranked
    Boutique litigation shop with a sizeable presence in contentious corporate matters and the ability to handle disputes with big-ticket values. Solid reputation for taking the lead on behalf of claimants in large-scale shareholder actions while also assisting clients with breach of contract claims and other commercial disputes. Notable expertise in handling matters with complex offshore aspects.
  6. Travers Smith LLP
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    Travers Smith LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 2 | 5 Years Ranked
    Demonstrates considerable ability in litigation regarding corporate control issues and M&A transactions. Also handles shareholder disputes and litigation arising out of a range of commercial arrangements. Strong client base includes blue-chip technology companies and private equity firms. Highly adept at cross-border proceedings, with significant experience representing clients based outside the UK as well as coordinating across multiple jurisdictions.
  7. Allen & Overy LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 2
  8. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. Addleshaw Goddard LLP
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    Addleshaw Goddard LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 3 | 5 Years Ranked
    Robust team involved in a range of commercial and corporate litigation. Handles disputes arising out of M&A transactions and commercial agreements, along with significant corporate disputes. Acts for major companies in the pharmaceutical, food and transport sectors, as well as investment and private equity funds. Further expertise in disputes concerning the technology sector.
  2. Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
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    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 3 | 4 Years Ranked
    Distinguished team with impressive international capabilities. Substantial experience acting on high-value, complex cases in the Commercial Court. Possesses notable expertise in post-M&A disputes and experienced at handling matters relating to corporate control. Also active on contractual and joint venture disputes concerning natural resources, often with regard to companies based in Africa, Russia and the CIS.
  3. Lewis Silkin
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    Lewis Silkin
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 3 | 5 Years Ranked
    Offers high-quality advice to clients facing a wide spread of corporate and commercial litigation, often on an international basis. Tackles disputes relating to joint venture, shareholder and contractual agreements, as well as post-transaction claims. Acts for high-level corporates as well as individual shareholders and executives in a range of sectors.
  4. Mishcon de Reya LLP
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    Mishcon de Reya LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Dynamic litigation team, particularly known for representation of claimants in a range of disputes. Possesses considerable experience in shareholder litigation, collective actions and breach of contract cases. Acts for domestic and international clients across a range of industries, including both multinational companies and owner-managed businesses.
  5. RPC
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    RPC
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 3 | 5 Years Ranked
    Strong contentious practice with notable expertise in acting for multinational corporations, privately owned companies and ultra high net worth individuals on commercial and corporate litigation. Regularly handles disputes between shareholders and joint venture partners as well as those relating to major commercial contracts. Offers complementary strength in disputes concerning banking and financial services. Cases often involve a cross-border element.
  6. Signature Litigation LLP
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    Signature Litigation LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    A highly respected litigation boutique with expertise in a wide range of contentious corporate matters. Particularly well versed in shareholder disputes, including large group actions. Also advises on cases concerning breaches of contract and fiduciary duties. Has strong international capability and is adept at multi-jurisdictional cases.
  7. Stephenson Harwood LLP
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    Stephenson Harwood LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Offers considerable strength in commercial litigation, particularly on large-scale contractual and joint venture disputes. Often acts for ultra high net worth individuals, as well as large multinational companies. Particularly sound in cross-border claims with clients based overseas. Also regularly handles shareholder litigation and disputes relating to corporate ownership and control.
  8. White & Case LLP
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    White & Case LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    Notable team with a strong litigation offering. Particularly well regarded on large-scale cross-border mandates covering the USA, Asia, Europe and offshore jurisdictions. Adept at handling disputes over corporate control and shareholder issues as well as big-ticket contractual matters. Represents clients across a broad range of sectors, including mining, heavy industry, technology and financial services.
  9. CMS
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 3
  10. Simmons & Simmons LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 3
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Band 4
  1. Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
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    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    Well-regarded litigation practice with robust expertise in high-profile disputes in the UK and abroad. Able to advise on complex cross-border matters owing to its international resources. Handles high-value commercial contracts disputes for clients across a range of sectors, including aviation, transport and logistics. Also has expertise in shareholder disputes.
  2. Covington & Burling LLP
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    Covington & Burling LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 4 | 2 Years Ranked
    Able to advise on post-transaction and contractual disputes for an impressive client base that includes multinational companies and high net worth individuals. Notable expertise in multi-jurisdictional litigation, aided by its strong US presence, including disputes that involve Russia and other CIS states.
  3. Dechert LLP
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    Dechert LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 4 | 5 Years Ranked
    Well-known disputes team with a notable focus on cross-border and multi-jurisdictional cases. Handles commercial litigation relating to breaches of contract along with shareholder, joint venture and transactional disputes. Represents a broad roster of clients including global corporations and high net worth individuals.
  4. Eversheds Sutherland
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    Eversheds Sutherland
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 4 | 4 Years Ranked
    Respected and highly capable litigation team, often instructed by clients to handle large international cases, with a particular focus on jurisdictions in Europe and the Middle East. Able to advise on large contractual and shareholder disputes along with those that concern corporate transactions. Acts for leading clients in infrastructure, energy and life sciences, among other industries.
  5. Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
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    Kirkland & Ellis International LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 4 | 1 Years Ranked
    Sophisticated litigation team well known for its experience acting in high-profile and complex disputes. Frequently advises clients on cross-border matters including shareholder actions, commercial claims and contested corporate transactions. Particular expertise representing private equity firms.
  6. Latham & Watkins
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 4
  7. Norton Rose Fulbright
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 4
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Band 5
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    Arnold & Porter
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 5 | 5 Years Ranked
    Regularly acts for high net worth individuals as well as large corporates on a variety of commercial and corporate disputes, including shareholder and contractual claims. Has notable expertise in cross-border litigation, bolstered by its strong presence in the USA.
  2. Farrer & Co LLP
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    Farrer & Co LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 5 | 2 Years Ranked
    Experienced in a broad variety of commercial litigation, including joint venture, shareholder and contractual disputes. Prominent within the financial services sector, with further expertise in other industries such as technology and real estate. Can leverage the strength of its market-leading private client team to assist in representing high net worth investors and other individuals, including both UK and foreign nationals.
  3. Fieldfisher
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    Fieldfisher
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 5 | 1 Years Ranked
    Possesses strong expertise in disputes concerning the corporate world, such as shareholder and joint venture matters. Also has experience in large contractual claims and litigation arising from insolvency situations. Highlighted for its specialist expertise on Russia and CIS-related disputes.
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    HFW
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 5 | 5 Years Ranked
    Skilled disputes team regularly involved in complex commercial litigation. Adept at handling international disputes concerning parties in multiple jurisdictions, including shareholder and contract disputes. Notable clients include energy conglomerates, financial institutions and leading private equity firms, as well as high net worth individuals and businesspeople.
  5. Jones Day
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    Jones Day
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 5 | 4 Years Ranked
    International firm with a noted ability to handle cross-border litigation work. Adept at handling cases involving shareholder actions, complex contractual issues and joint venture disputes. Represents well-known companies and institutions across a range of sectors, including financial services, technology and aviation.
  6. 5
    Wallace LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 5 | 2 Years Ranked
    Defended Stephen Garbett and Anis El-Mariesh in a £9 million breach of warranty claim brought by Decision, a global data firm, following Decision’s acquisition from the defendants of Copperman Consulting, a UK-based SAP software specialist.
  7. Reed Smith LLP
    Commercial and Corporate Litigation
    UK 2022 | Band 5