Litigation & Arbitration


Stephen Hallam has many years of experience in the successful resolution of complex commercial and financial disputes, whether through litigation, arbitration or mediation. His clients include financial institutions, international corporations, companies in the energy and construction industries, high net worth individuals and senior executives. His work is broad based, encompassing High Court commercial litigation (usually for international clients), international arbitration, civil fraud, asset-tracing and recovery, and FCA regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings.

Before joining Brown Rudnick, Stephen was a partner in a major London law firm for 19 years. He is recognised as being one of the leading commercial litigation lawyers in London and is recommended by clients for his "thoughtful, pro-active and effective" approach to the successful resolution of disputes.

Stephen is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and holds that Institute's Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration.



Representing a senior executive of a major European bank in connection with an SFO money-laundering investigation.

Representing various bank executives and traders questioned in connection with the LIBOR and FX investigations conducted by the regulatory authorities in a number of jurisdictions.

Representing the chief executive of a U.K.-listed company in an FCA investigation into dealing in the company’s shares.

Acting for an oil industry services company in an ICC arbitration relating to a dispute with its local agent in the Middle East.

Representing the former majority shareholder of an overseas bank in a multi-million dollar LCIA arbitration arising from the sale of the bank.

Acting for a Dutch oil industry services company in an ICC arbitration in London and related court proceedings in France, in a dispute arising out of an agreement for the supply of pipeline equipment.

Acting for the chairman of a leading U.K. life insurance provider in an investigation by the FCA.

Representing the chief executive of the U.K. branch of an overseas financial services company the subject of an investigation by the FCA.

Acting for the chairman and managing director of an international insurance company the subject of an investigation by the FCA.

Acting for a European bank in High Court litigation against an international auction house to resolve issues relating to title and the right to sell works of art the subject of competing charges.

Representing a Romanian company in litigation in the English High Court concerning a disputed guarantee agreement.

Representing a 50% shareholder in a company in litigation in the English High Court against the other 50% shareholder, seeking the winding up of the company on just and equitable grounds.


College of Law, Guildford

Bar Admissions

England & Wales
Professional Affiliations
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Awards and Honors
The Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom, Arbitration and Mediation, 2009-2022
Chambers UK, Leading Individual, 2015