Overview

Our banking disputes lawyers represent UK and international retail and investment banks and lending institutions on all types of contentious situations. We understand that banking disputes can have wider commercial and reputational implications and we work with clients to achieve swift and effective resolution.

We recognise that a bank’s business covers a far more diverse range of issues than simply banking. Therefore, the litigation faced by banking sector clients requires more than the resolution of technical disputes arising from day-to-day banking activities; it also requires the experience and flexibility of approach needed to handle the unusual challenges that financial claims frequently present. With the sector under increased scrutiny, disputes will typically involve not only traditional court based procedures, but will also regularly bring with them regulatory complaint.

Working as a core part of our wider banking and financial services group, our specialist banking disputes lawyers combine an in-depth knowledge of core banking, investment and insolvency issues with extensive experience of managing court, ADR and investigatory procedures to provide an all-round service to banking sector clients.

Areas of focus 

Our expertise in banking disputes includes the following:

  • Commercial loan facility litigation – property finance, acquisition finance, asset finance. 
  • Inter-bank disputes – syndicated loan disputes, derivatives trading mismatches.
  • Financial fraud and anti-money laundering – emergency reaction, asset preservation and tracing, criminal/regulatory investigations.  
  • Mis-selling of financial products and services, in particular hedging products.
  • Lender claims – bank claims against professionals.
  • Distressed debt – insolvency litigation and loan/security recovery.
Experience

Successfully defending an institutional lender against a £30 million + mis-selling claim brought in connection with the hedging of a major property finance project.

Advising a European Bank as retained Counsel to advise on customer complaints, account management and payment transfer issues, POCA and Anti-Money laundering situations and the handling of Restraint Orders.

Conducting two major portfolios of Lender Claims with a claim value of over £150 million concerning negligent advice provided by multiple surveyor and solicitor firms in connection with commercial property transactions. The cases involve a range of claims including negligence, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

Representing a European Bank over many years in a series of interbank disputes arising from the conduct, execution and settlement of derivative transactions, including, interest rates swaps, currency swaps, bonds and repo trades on Eurex, OTC options, credit default swaps, and an Argentinian MTN programme.

Pursuing a claim regarding the over-valuation of a portfolio of 91 bank branches which stood as security for a £125 million loan advanced by a major UK Bank. With a claim value of up to £20 million, this is one of the largest professional negligence claims presently before the Courts raising new and important points of law.

Representing a UK bank in all aspects of a major property finance fraud, including freezing injunctions, asset tracing, challenges to receiverships, deceit claims against professionals, international proceedings to pierce the corporate veil, insurance coverage and a criminal investigation.

Handling a portfolio of claims arising from a book of distressed commercial loans for a major UK bank.

Representing a UK bank in claims to recover its investments in two failed biomass waste-to-energy projects.

Meet the team
David Hall

David Hall Partner

  • Head of Dispute Resolution
  • Banking Disputes
  • Fraud and White Collar Crime
Andrew Burnette

Andrew Burnette Partner

  • Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Negligence
  • Banking Disputes

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