Stewart specialises in advising corporates and regulators on complex, often international, cross-border and high-value, commercial and regulatory disputes (in court or arbitration forums), predominantly within the energy and natural resources and financial services (including banking) sectors.
He leads the fraud teams within Charles Russell Speechlys, and the vast majority of his cases involve allegations of fraud, dishonesty, bribery and corruption and, therefore, key legal issues arising include conflicts of law, interim (injunctive) remedies to prevent dissipation of assets and/or preservation of evidence, asset recovery and tracing, as well as contentious insolvency scenarios.
His recent cases include acting as External Administrator (along with several other Charles Russell Speechlys partners) for Awal Bank BSC (in administration), as appointed by the Central Bank of Bahrain, in a multi-billion alleged fraudulent scheme involving a large number of related cases in multiple jurisdictions, where Stewart is in charge of cases relating to the US and Cayman.
Stewart also led a team successfully acting for one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical wholesalers in relation to a complex high-value letter of credit fraud perpetrated on it by a fraudster, and which involved related proceedings in a number of jurisdictions in Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific.
He also has a great deal of experience in advising corporates in relation to product mis-selling within the financial services sector.
Stewart is admitted to practise in England and Wales.
- Advised one of the world's largest pharmaceutical wholesalers in a complex multi-jurisdictional letter of credit fraud
- Leading a team advising Joint Official Liquidators in connection with an alleged $9.2Bn fraud currently litigating before the Cayman Courts
- Advising individuals/entities in relation to an on-going SFO investigation into payments against a backdrop of multi-billion USD sales of defence equipment to the Middle East
- Lead a team advising the Central Bank of Bahrain that forged new US Bankruptcy Ch11 law in the US against a backdrop of acting as External Administrator to a Middle Eastern Bank (in administration) and currently under US Ch15 recognition
- Advisor the joint-venture entities involved in a dispute relating to a West African mining project valued at between $800m-$1.5Bn