AREA OF PRACTICE

Litigation & Arbitration

Biography

Razzaq Ahmed is an Associate in the Firm's Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group and focuses on commercial litigation, multi-party disputes, and regulatory investigations. His experience extends across clients sized from start-ups and individuals through to FTSE institutions across a variety of contentious situations. Together with his experience at one of the largest FTSE 100 insurers, Razzaq is also able to advise clients with a wider viewpoint having served in the Financial Conduct Authority’s complex cases and enforcement teams, where he assisted on a range of multi-party situations including investigations into major banks for SME failings and PPI remediation planning.

Razzaq is an active individual in the Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) space and in the multi-party litigation space, having contributed to various publications in recent years. He has also advised boards of regulated entities on duties under the Senior Manager Regime and directors' duties. Razzaq’s academic background in economic theory serves as a valuable asset for institutions and clients needing to assess the strategic viability for multi-party litigation (including securities litigation) and to assess matters from a litigation funding perspective.

Razzaq has personally invested into the future of legal talent in the profession and has researched, written, and spoken to junior audiences about the future of the profession and his areas of practice. He is proactive and incredibly passionate about social mobility and access to the legal profession, and is regularly invited to present at inner-city schools, career events, and universities. He is also a serving member of the Royal Air Force Reserves and enjoys road cycling, hiking, photography, and rock climbing.

In 2019, Razzaq was recognized as the City of London Solicitors Company's "most promising" city solicitor.

Representation

In recent years, Razzaq has worked on the following matters:

Acting for a business in relation to a shareholder’s dispute and related injunction proceedings.

Advising sustainability teams in relation to shareholder and wider stakeholder management in respect of ESG issues.

Advising institutions and litigation funders in relation to multi-party securities claims under FSMA.

Advising trade organizations in relation to COVID-19 and insurance arrangements for members and drafting regulatory submissions.

Managing large-scale insurance policy reviews and advice to large groups of SMEs.

Acting for SMEs in relation to misrepresentation claims in the regulated and unregulated spheres.

Advising companies and individuals in relation to regulated financial disputes and out-of-court redress options.

Acting for a foreign state-owned organization in relation to the close-out amount of an ISDA currency swap following the collapse of a major investment bank.

Acting for multiple corporate defendants in relation to a worldwide freezing injunction and on points of material non-disclosure.

Acting for a sub-contractor in relation to a technology dispute relating to multiple contractual breaches as part of a local authority mandate.

Acting for a UK bank in relation to the scope of privilege during regulatory investigations.

Advising small businesses in relation to regulatory and contractual disputes with regulated entities.

Advising in-house legal, governance, and company secretary teams on relevant regulatory regimes such as the Senior Managers and Certification Regime and risk event and redress management (civil and regulatory considerations).

*Some of the above matters were handled by Razzaq prior to joining Brown Rudnick.

Education

University of Law – GDL and LPC, 2017
University of Bristol – BSc Economics and Management, 2015
Tiffin School, Kingston-upon-Thames, 2011

Bar Admissions

Solicitor, England & Wales
Publications
Co-author, "ESG and Litigation: The Outlook for Shareholders and Listed Companies," ICLG's Environmental, Social & Governance Law 1st Ed. (2021)
Co-author, "The Law and Business of Litigation Finance: Other Methods of Financing Litigation," Bloomsbury Professional (December 2020)
Author, “In the face of technology, focus on skills specialization,” City Solicitor. Vol 105 (2019)