Commercial & Regulatory Disputes

"The depth and breadth of the team is excellent at all levels and there is really strong leadership and tactical oversight from the partners, who are not afraid to get stuck into the detail."

Chambers UK 2023

"Very talented litigators, with the ability to grasp the essence of issues as they arise."

Legal 500 UK 2023

"A regional firm that can go head-to-head with the biggest City commercial disputes teams."

Legal 500 UK 2023

Forward-thinking dispute resolution

Our Commercial and Regulatory Disputes team has a wealth of experience in conducting litigation in the High Court, arbitration and through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods.

Our team frequently advises on financial matters, including corporate breakdown, financial services and the FCA’s regulatory standards, financial crime, insurance coverage and private wealth. Our specialist team offers seamless support, covering everything from crisis management to representing you in front of regulators and authorities through our in-house KC.

Through our collaborative approach to supporting our clients, we draw on the expertise of the wider Firm to cover all angles and help you navigate the practical challenges of your dispute.

International dispute resolution

We routinely represent clients with an international reach. As members of the International Bar Association, we routinely represent clients operating across the globe. With a close network of international law firms to collaborate with, we can support on cross-border and international jurisdiction matters with any degree of complexity.

Our dispute resolutions team is ranked in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 in relation to commercial litigation, policyholder coverage disputes, fraud and regulatory investigations.

Arbitration

Our highly talented team of specialist litigation, arbitration and regulatory lawyers make up our International Arbitration Group. The team practises general commercial arbitration, and includes specialist insurance & reinsurance, IP/IT, construction and engineering lawyers. We have experience of both ad-hoc and institutional arbitrations and have acted for clients in complex, high-value disputes under the rules of the LCIA, ICC, SCC and DIAC.

Corporate Breakdown

Our team advises companies and their General Counsel, directors and shareholders in dispute. Our experience extends to resolving board room deadlock, the removal of directors, breach of shareholder agreements, unfair prejudice on minority shareholders, derivative claims, breaches of fiduciary duty or misfeasance, post transaction warranty or indemnity claims, earn-out or completion account disputes and expert determination clauses. Our market leading corporate team can also advise on how to prevent disputes arising in the first place or mitigate the risk of them escalating unnecessarily.

Financial Services

We know that familiarity with the regulatory landscape is essential to resolving financial services disputes or investigations. The Senior Managers & Certification regime, fitness and propriety, self-reporting, the FCA’s investigatory powers, the FOS or FSCS and professional indemnity insurance can all unlock successful outcomes for our clients. We understand that plotting the right course of action depends on whether you are an authorised firm, an approved person, investor or a customer. We have experience of acting on high profile instructions for fund management companies, financial planning firms and group actions supported by litigation funders.

Fraud and Financial Crime

Steps taken by corporates, directors and managers in the immediate aftermath of an incident or the emergence of wrongdoing are crucial in determining their impact on you or your business. Under the leadership of Andrew Oldland QC, our team is uniquely positioned to provide clear insight into the functioning and requirements of regulators, prosecutors and investigators. We can also formulate strategies for the freezing, recovery and repatriation of assets and for reputation management during these sensitive times. We will provide continuity of representation and seamless advice across the criminal, civil and regulatory aspects of your matter and have particular experience in financial regulation, fraud, bribery & corruption and money laundering.

Regulatory Investigations

We can advise on the full range of regulatory issues and have particular experience in investigations by the FCA, SFO, CMA, HSE and HMRC. If you are facing an investigation or think that you may soon be investigated for a regulatory breach or a criminal offence, it is essential that you seek legal advice immediately. Our experienced team will provide expert guidance throughout any investigation with a view to minimising any disruption or damage to your business. If proceedings follow, we provide continuity of advice and representation of the highest quality throughout. The strategies we develop cover important ancillary issues such as civil claims, disciplinary action against employees, insurance cover (D&O or PII) and reputation management.

International

If your business has an international reach it is essential that you have a clear and informed understanding of the laws and regulations for the territories that you operate in and your ability, if required, to enforce Judgments or Awards and preserve assets in foreign jurisdictions. When a cross-border crisis arises, our experienced lawyers will engage with our established global network of trusted legal advisors and rapidly assemble a specialist team to deal with all aspects of your international investigation

Intellectual Property & Technology

We advise on all aspects of intellectual property law including disputes and contentious matters. We support our clients by identifying, protecting, exploiting and enhancing their intellectual property rights. Our lawyers are specialists in this field and have considerable expertise in enforcing IP rights both domestically and overseas. Our work covers the full range of rights from copyright and designs, through trademarks, confidential information and patents.

Data Protection and Information Law

Our data protection and privacy lawyers advise clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious aspects of data protection and information law. We support clients with legal, commercial and operational advice in data breach or cyber-attack situations and advise in respect of resulting compensation claims. We have a lot of experience in advising on efficient and appropriate responses to Data Subject Access Requests, the use of AI to review and respond to large scale DSAR exercises and in assisting clients with their project management and the review process itself. We are well-versed in supporting our clients with ICO communication and investigation including in relation to challenges to ICO decisions in the First Tier Tribunal.

Reputation Management & Privacy

We recognise that protecting your brand and reputation is critical and that social media can be a challenging information platform to manage. Our reputation management lawyers are dedicated to dealing with defamation, breach of privacy, online abuse and harassment claims as well as infringement of intellectual property rights, misuse of confidential information and data protection. We can advise on reputation management as a standalone issue or as part of a wider commercial or regulatory dispute resolution strategy.

Private Wealth & Trusts

Our experienced team brings together the expertise of private wealthtrusts, and tax lawyers with highly experienced litigators to advise clients on complex and often sensitive disputes. We work with private individuals, beneficiaries and trustees across many jurisdictions, including the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands.

Professional Negligence

Our specialist professional negligence lawyers provide advice to both claimants and defendants on claims involving a range of professionals, including solicitors, accountants, surveyors, financial advisors and architects. We provide a full service using our extensive experience handling matters from the initial letter of claim through to trial as well as our knowledge of litigation funding and insurance coverage. We will build the right team for your case – including carefully selected experts, mediators and barristers. Our team is also able to draw on a depth of expertise within Michelmores across the financial services, agriculture, construction and private wealth sectors.

KEY CONTACTS
TEAM
Jayne Clemens
Jayne Clemens
Partner
Alice Daniels
Alice Daniels
Partner
Iain Connor
Iain Connor
Partner
Fiona Pearson
Fiona Pearson
Partner
Peter Sigler
Peter Sigler
Partner
Emily Aggett
Emily Aggett
Senior Associate
Charlotte Bolton
Charlotte Bolton
Senior Associate
Nick Roberts
Nick Roberts
Senior Associate
Abigail Brown
Abigail Brown
Associate
Daniel Lampard
Daniel Lampard
Associate
Scott Love
Scott Love
Associate
Chloe Chappell
Chloe Chappell
Associate
Emily Edwards
Emily Edwards
Solicitor
Paul Francis
Paul Francis
Associate
Sophie Hay
Sophie Hay
Solicitor
Jack Kewley
Jack Kewley
Solicitor
Matthew King
Matthew King
Associate
Lorenza Picciano
Lorenza Picciano
Solicitor
Alex Ricketts
Alex Ricketts
Trainee Solicitor