Stephen Moverley Smith QC
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Stephen specialises in litigation and arbitration in the fields of commercial, company, trusts and business law. Clients refer to him as "an approachable and trustworthy advisor, legally adept and thorough - winning qualities" (Legal 500).
With a background of high profile work for the DTI and Inland Revenue as junior counsel to the Crown (Chancery) prior to taking silk in 2002, Stephen has developed an extensive practice in the fields of hostile corporate and trust litigation, insolvency, civil fraud and joint venture disputes (in both a corporate and partnership context), often for private clients.
Stephen has practiced in the regulatory field for many years and was appointed a Joint Inspector by the DTI (now BERR) to investigate allegations of market abuse. His on-going regulatory work includes cases is in the area of collective Investment schemes and land banking.
Stephen has an extensive off-shore practice, particularly in the British Virgin Islands (since 1995) and Cayman Islands. He is regularly involved in multi-jurisdictional disputes, advising on global strategy, interim remedies, conflicts of law and asset recovery and appearing before courts and arbitral tribunals in a wide variety of jurisdictions.
Recent notable cases include acting for the Chinese defendants in the battle for control of the largest drinks company in China (Danone v Wahaha); acting for the liquidators in the liquidation of the biggest investor in the Madoff fraud (Fairfield Sentry Ltd) and for the Moscow patriachate in a dispute as to ownership of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in London.