Ryan Hughes | Fieldfisher
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I specialise in complex commercial disputes, notably those referred to international arbitration or cross-border litigation. I assist clients in a broad range of sectors, including manufacturing, engineering, construction, finance, energy and professional services.
My practice includes contractual disputes (including breach of contract claims and warranty claims), professional negligence, fraud and investigations, banking litigation, breach of directors' duties, shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice claims, anti-competitive practice, and regulatory law issues. My work often involves a significant international element and spans territories worldwide: with my recent experience involving cases with elements in the USA, France, Belgium, Ukraine, India and the UAE.
I prioritise helping clients achieve cost-effective and swift resolutions. I consider these should be sought whenever possible, and have experience in many forms of ADR including mediation, adjudication, and contractual settlement. I have also provided advice on injunctive, bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings as alternative means to obtaining clients' objectives.

My recent experience includes:

  • Acting for an aircraft leasing company in ongoing litigation in the Commercial Court, which includes dealing with highly complex case management, and complex expert and factual evidence on international geopolitical and jurisdictional matters in a claim worth approximately $700m. This case was recently named by The Lawyer as one of the top 20 cases for 2023, and I was recognised by The Lawyer as one of the Associates making their names on those cases.
  • Assisting a large toy manufacturer in ongoing litigation in its defence against a claim for engaging in alleged anti-competitive practices and breaches of regulatory law.
  • Obtaining positive judgments against a Judgment Debtor for a banking client who is owed in excess of £15m.

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