Dentons is pleased to announce that the Banking and Finance Litigation Group of Matthew Arnold & Baldwin is to join the Firm on February 1, 2016. The Group's arrival significantly expands Dentons' highly-regarded litigation practice and creates one of the largest financial disputes and contentious regulatory teams in the UK.

The Watford-based team includes 11 partners, 34 associates and 30 paralegals. Led by Steven Mills and Clare Stothard, the practice is predominantly focussed on financial litigation and investigations work for major banks. The team is rated by Chambers as one of the leading banking litigation practices outside of London, with Steven Mills ranked as a "Band 1" lawyer.

Dentons' enlarged Financial and Commercial Disputes Group will comprise 18 partners and over 100 fee earners, offering clients enhanced capabilities in complex financial litigation and regulatory investigations. Our overall UK Disputes practice will increase in size to 37 partners and 130 fee earners. In response to client demand the Firm is significantly enhancing its flexible resourcing model including the use of paralegals.

Brandon Ransley, UK Managing Partner of Dentons, comments, "Steven and Clare's team have built an outstanding reputation for providing high-quality cost-effective legal services to a number of important banking clients, and we are very pleased to welcome them to the Firm. The market for financial litigation legal advice is becoming more competitive, with clients increasingly looking for innovative service delivery models from their law firms. We have responded to this demand whilst simultaneously enhancing our existing capability to advise at the premium end of the market."

Richard Caird, who will lead the combined Financial Services & Commercial Disputes Group, adds, "The arrival of this highly-talented and complementary team enables us to significantly strengthen existing client relationships by meeting their financial litigation needs across a broader spectrum of services. We also look forward to developing new client relationships by bringing this enhanced range of delivery options to market."

Steven Mills comments, "We are delighted to be joining Dentons. Their highly-regarded litigation and contentious regulatory practice and expanding geographical reach will provide us with a strong platform to deliver a fuller range of specialist services to our banking and finance clients."

Steven Mills and Clare Stothard co-head Matthew Arnold & Baldwin's Banking and Finance Litigation group. They have experience of handling complex disputes for investment and retail banks and other financial institutions. The practice covers disputes involving investment products, mis-selling, derivatives, fraud and asset recoveries, investigations, compliance and regulatory reviews.

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