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Call: 1975    QC: 1991

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Stuart is noted in legal directories as having a practice of international standing. He is commended for his ‘tactical head’ and as being a ‘strong litigator’ and ‘superb tactician’ who ‘gets results that others only dream of’. He is ‘highly rated’ by Legal 500. He has represented clients in a number of reported cases in the insolvency field and has particular experience in the field of cross-border insolvency. In particular, he acted for the US Receiver in the Stanford Bank litigation in the English and Antiguan courts and was involved in several of the cases arising out of the collapse of Kaupthing Bank. Stuart is co-editor of The EU Regulation on Insolvency Proceedings (3rd edition, 2016). He sits as a Deputy Judge of the High Court of England and Wales, in which capacity he has decided a number of cases in the insolvency field.

Recent work includes:

  • Representing a shareholder in a JV company in a dispute with the liquidators of the other shareholder relating to the sale of the JV company’s assets.
  • Advising a litigation funder, as part of its due diligence, on the merits of an unfair prejudice claim against a majority shareholder (in administration).
  • Advising and representing the administrators on an application pursuant to paragraph 63 of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 relating to the validity of the administrators’ appointment.
  • Advising joint liquidators in connection with the liquidation of a hedge fund in the BVI.
  • Resisting a winding up order against a Cayman Islands company.
  • Representing an investor in claims for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and dishonest assistance in relation to an insolvent company.
  • Advising bondholders in relation to a Part 26 scheme.
  • Pursuing a claim in arbitration for unpaid oil storage charges against a company in judicial management in Singapore.