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Practice Summary

Saul Lemer undertakes a broad range of commercial disputes including both litigation and arbitration. Saul has been involved in a number of high value led cases but also enjoys the advocacy opportunities afforded by his un-led work.

In litigation, Saul currently acts (with Daniel Toledano QC) for Diageo in c US$140 million Commercial Court proceedings against Vijay Mallya and others and (with Craig Orr QC) in c €100 million Commercial Court proceedings relating to the sale of a Bulgarian telecommunications business. In arbitration, Saul currently acts (also with Daniel Toledano QC), in LCIA proceedings for the claimant bringing a multi-million dollar claim for breach of an SPA.

Other notable cases have included:

  • Romanello Financial Corp v Lars Windhorst [2017] (Comm) – Saul acted (both as sole counsel and led) for the claimants seeking to recover c €60 million invested in shares and bonds on terms that the shares and bonds would be repurchased on a specific date.

  • Mavuli Caboose Establishment v RP&C International Ltd [2017] (Comm) – Saul acted (as sole counsel) for the first defendant in a claim for c US$11 million brought in relation to the placement of loan notes issued by a UK care home provider.

  • Chesterfield United Inc v Deutsche Bank AG [2016] (Ch) – Saul acted for Deutsche Bank in c. €500 million litigation arising out of the sale of credit linked notes.

  • Ardila Investment NV v ENRC NV [2015] (Comm) – Saul acted (both as sole counsel and led) for a South American mining company in a dispute before the Commercial Court relating to the sale of a mining business.  In this context, Saul also assisted with the preparation of and attended related proceedings before the Dutch Court.

  • CMC v Tyson [2015] (Comm) – Saul acted (as sole counsel) for CMC Spreadbet plc in a claim to recover over £3 million paid to customers of CMC Spreadbet in circumstances in which CMC Spreadbet allege conspiracy and breach of contract.

  • Greenclose Ltd v National Westminster Bank Plc [2014] EWHC 1156 (Ch) – Saul acted in a claim relating to the notice provisions under contract governed by an ISDA Master Agreement.

  • Avrahami v Biran & Ors [2013] EWHC 1776 (Ch) – Saul acted (as sole counsel) for the defendant in a claim relating to fraudulent misrepresentation, breaches of fiduciary duty and damages (Saul cross-examined 19 claimant witnesses).

  • Fidelity Bank PLC v Constant Capital Markets & Securities Ltd [2012] (Comm) – Saul acted for the claimant in a claim relating to the rectification of Repo Agreements in relation to US$ 80m worth of Nigerian Government Bonds.

  • JSC BTA Bank v Ablyazov [2011] EWHC 2506 (Comm) – Saul acted for a number of defendants in a claim relating to banking fraud and, in particular in relation to an application for relief from sanctions.