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Financial Regulatory Disputes lawyers

As a financial services business, the daily challenges you face in doing business in a highly regulated, cost pressured environment mean you need advisers who have an unparalleled understanding of the regulators’ expectations, how they apply to your business and are commercial, practical and resourceful.

Our financial regulatory disputes team has represented firms and individuals in over 400 investigations brought by the FCA and the PRA (and their predecessors) as well as overseas regulators across the retail and wholesale sectors and is known for its success in keeping clients out of enforcement.

They provided an excellent, very partner-led, personable service.
Chambers UK, 2015

We have been involved in advising clients on all of the most significant regulatory matters of recent times including governance, retail misselling, client money, PPI, financial crime controls, LIBOR, FX, IRHPs complaints handling, consumer credit, mortgage lending and claims by the FSCS.

We also advise clients on handling s166 skilled person reports, past business reviews, making regulatory notifications, carrying out internal investigations and in responding to supervisory and thematic visits and regulatory enquiries as well as dealing with the Financial Ombudsman Service.

First class for handling complex regulatory matters for clients across the industry.
Legal 500 UK, 2014

Helping you identify and manage risk in order to avoid the reputational damage and cost of a potential dispute is an essential part of the value we offer. We offer reviews of your procedures and controls, and bespoke training sessions for your senior managers and staff. You are also invited to our regular seminars covering in-demand topics such as the Senior Persons Regime, Treating Customers Fairly, complaints handling and market abuse.

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Guy Pendell
Part­ner
Head of Disputes
United Kingdom, London
Guy Pendell is a commercial disputes partner based in London. He has been a partner since 2005 and has around 18 years’ experience handling disputes for mainly corporate clients. He has been c...
Alex Denslow
Alex Denslow
Part­ner
Head of the CMS Insurance Group
United Kingdom, London
Alex Denslow is Head of the CMS Insurance Group. In this position, he leads an international team of 100 specialist lawyers. He is a recommended partner in Chambers and Legal 500 for insurance /...
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Alison Mchaffie
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Alison McHaffie is a partner in the Financial Services and Products Team specialising in all types of contentious regulatory matters. She qualified at CMS in 1995 and has over 20 years of experience...
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Graeme MacLeod
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Graeme MacLeod is a partner in our Disputes Team in CMS Edinburgh, which is recognised as a market leader in Scotland.  He specialises in commercial litigation and professional negligence claims, ...
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Colin Hutton
Part­ner
United Kingdom, Edinburgh
Colin Hutton has over 20 years' experience in dispute avoidance and resolution. He has acted for a wide range of clients and has significant experience working with financial services and energy ...
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Mark Grant
Part­ner
Head of Pensions
United Kingdom, London
Mark Grant is a partner who heads the CMS Pensions Team. He joined the firm as a trainee in 1990 and specialised in pensions law since qualifying in 1992. He became a partner in 1999 and is now the...
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Simon Morris
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Simon Morris is a partner in the firm’s Financial Services and Products team. He joined CMS London in 1980, qualified as a solicitor in 1982 and has been a partner since 1988. He specialises in ad...
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Maxine Cupitt
Part­ner
United Kingdom, London
Maxine Cupitt is a partner in the Insurance and Reinsurance Group at CMS. She joined the firm in 1992, became a partner in 1999 and has worked with the insurance market for over 30 years. Having...
Susann Altkemper
Susann Altkemper
Of Coun­sel
United Kingdom, London
Susann is Of Counsel in the Financial Services team.  She has over 8 years private practice experience, advising financial institutions and corporates on a range of regulatory and commercial ...
Nadia Lucherini
Nadia Lucherini
Seni­or As­so­ci­ate
United Kingdom, Aberdeen
Nadia is a dual qualified (Scotland and England & Wales) Senior Associate in the Insurance and Reinsurance team, based in Scotland.