Kit Jarvis, Partner, Dispute Resolution

Kit Jarvis, Partner, Dispute Resolution, Fieldfisher

I specialise in Dispute Resolution and investigations involving aspects of banking and finance, insolvency and fraud and asset tracing. 

I was the exclusive winner of the Litigation category for the UK at the 2017 Client Choice Awards.  You can be nominated for such an award only by your clients.  The awards focus on a partner's ability to add real value to a client's business above and beyond other players in the market, and are awarded following a survey of senior corporate counsel.

I have recently acted for JSC Astana Finance in relation to substantial claims made against it by Barclays Bank Plc in an LCIA arbitration, arising out of a credit contingent swap. I secured a settlement for my client without any payment from it to Barclays.  I have also acted recently for various companies in the Pioneer group based in BVI, Hong Kong and China in proceedings brought by BHP Billiton and others concerning guarantees given to support freight futures contracts. More recently I have been involved in the E-Clear, Goldtrail and Orb v Ruhan cases.

I have experience across a wide range of industry sectors, including travel and oil and gas, but my particular focus is on the financial sector.

Aside from the Client Choice Award win, I have featured in the leading directories for many years. The Legal 500 2014 praises me for "working extremely hard", "always look[ing] after clients" and "always [being] willing to go the extra mile".  The 2015 edition describes me as "a standout practitioner". Another directory, the IFLR 1000 said in its 2015 edition: "Kit is an excellent lawyer, He understands what the client wants and has a commercial review to his work… a great lawyer". The Legal 500 2016 edition says that my "client service is second to none", and The Legal 500 2017 edition recommends me for banking litigation ("engaged and committed" and "impressively tough and determined"), commercial litigation ("a very strong practitioner"), international arbitration ("enormous energy and dedication"), civil fraud ("commercial and bright") and corporate restructuring and insolvency ("hardworking and commercial" and gives "thoughtful advice").

I have written numerous articles and I am the co-author of the second edition of Commercial Enforcement, the leading textbook on methods of enforcement of civil judgments. I am a regular speaker at seminars on banking and finance matters and on insolvency issues.

I have a working knowledge of French, and in my spare time I have fun with my wife and two young daughters.  I also enjoy cycling, skiing, sailing, tennis, watching (these days) rugby, opera, and good food and wine.