Signature Litigation has been ranked in The Legal 500 UK 2022 guide for ‘Fraud: Civil’, ‘Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail’, ‘Commercial Litigation: Premium’, and ‘International Arbitration’.
A list of the full rankings and commentary about the Firm and its members are below:
London: Crime, Fraud and Licensing
Fraud: Civil (Tier 2)
“The dispute resolution experts at Signature Litigation LLP have a particular focus on complex, cross-border civil fraud claims, as well as ‘great specialist insolvency and financial services knowledge’. Practice head Graham Huntley has expertise in fraud and ‘will not hesitate to go the extra mile to get the result for his client’. His team includes new arrival Paul Brehony, who joined from Stewarts Law LLP in 2020 and is a ‘highly accomplished insolvency litigator’.”
Signature is commended for being “very well coordinated and able to work with large and complex matters“, and “every member of the team is valued and as a result they provide a much higher quality of service to their clients than their competitors.”
Graham Huntley is recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ in this category. He is further described as “utterly dedicated; he will not hesitate to go the extra mile to get the result for his client.”
Paul Brehony and Julian Connerty are recognised as ‘Recommended Lawyers’. Paul is described as a “a highly accomplished insolvency litigator” and “fantastic in highly complex insolvency cases where his knowledge and experience put him head and shoulders above others.”
Banking litigation: investment and retail (Tier 3)
“Disputes boutique Signature Litigation LLP’s banking litigation team attracts praise for its ‘great specialist knowledge’ and ‘real experience in claimant-led litigation’. It frequently represents claimants in financial services disputes and also has experience acting for banks. The ‘outstanding’ Graham Huntley leads the practice which includes Abdulali Jiwaji who has particular experience in financial products and misselling disputes. The ‘stellar’ Becca Hogan and the ‘excellent’ Rory Spillman among the ‘impressive’ senior associates. The group benefits from the additions of Tom Snelling and Paul Brehony from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Stewarts Law LLP respectively.”
Graham Huntley is recognised as a ‘Hall of Fame’ lawyer and both Becca Hogan and Rory Spillman are considered ‘Rising Stars’ in this category.
Graham is described as “a doyen of London banking litigation, and has led many of the biggest cases of recent years” and “a master tactician.”
A commentator noted: “Signature is a very professional team managing a complex international case across many jurisdictions. They have a very strong standing in managing multiple parties across different jurisdictions with different law.”
Commercial Litigation: Premium (Tier 3)
“‘Strong from top to bottom’, litigation boutique Signature Litigation LLP’s commercial litigation team is ‘exceptionally good at building up the dispute strategy’. The ‘absolute star’ Graham Huntley leads the team, which includes the ‘very bright’ Abdulali Jiwaji who ‘inspires confidence’ including in contentious regulatory matters as well as financial services, corporate and M&A disputes. The team also includes the ‘hugely talented’ Daniel Spendlove, who has a broad practice. It has been strengthened by the additions of Tom Snelling, who has a breadth of experience, and Paul Brehony (who is particularly strong for insolvency-related disputes) from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and Stewarts Law LLP respectively.”
Graham Huntley is listed in The Legal 500’s ‘Hall of Fame’ and Abdulali Jiwaji is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’. Daniel Spendlove is also highly commended in this category.
A commentator noted: “The Signature team is strong from top to bottom. Headed by Graham Huntley, who is highly experienced. One of the best litigators I have had the privilege of working with is Abdulali (Abdul) Jiwaji. He has a grip of the big picture and the detail; very deft in client handling; tenacious and determined; swift, responsive and clear-thinking. Gentle in manner; tough as tough can be. Would recommend him without reservation. He is the total package.”
Daniel is further praised as “a hugely talented partner who is fully engaged in his client’s matters,” and a client described him as “genuine. He has tremendous empathy, enthusiasm and energy; all of it directed to the furtherance of my interests as his client. He has never waivered in his commitment or support. He is exactly the advisor I wished for.”
International Arbitration (Tier 5)
“Dispute resolution firm Signature Litigation LLP fields specialist arbitration lawyers who act in complex, high-value and cross-border matters. With approximately 30 years’ experience, Ioannis Alexopoulos has particular experience in cases involving Greece, the Balkans, Central Asia, Brazil, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Josh Wong is a highly experienced commercial international arbitration expert, and Daniel Spendlove has a strong focus on finance, mining, and oil and gas matters. At counsel level, Neil Newing also manages major cross-border disputes.”
Ioannis Alexopoulos, Daniel Spendlove, Josh Wong, Neil Newing and Ryan Cable are all recognised as ‘Recommended Lawyers’.
Signature is noted as a “fast growing arbitration practice” and “one of the very best litigation boutiques in London“.
The team is praised for having “excellent commercial drive and technical ability on complex international arbitration cases,” “very well co-ordinated, and able to work with large and complex matters.”
Ioannis Alexopoulos is commended as “an excellent arbitration lawyer, who is smart, efficient and very responsive“.
Insurance and Reinsurance Litigation
Hermès Marangos retains his position as a ‘Leading Individual’ in this practice area.
A link to Signature Litigation’s Legal 500 profile can be found here.