Sarah Rees Partner

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Contact Details

Sarah is a partner in the London office, and leads the London Commercial Litigation team. She is a recommended lawyer in the Legal 500 2017 edition. 

Main areas of practice

As head of the London Commercial Litigation team, Sarah has broad experience of civil litigation generally, and works on a broad range of general corporate and commercial disputes across all sectors.  She handles predominantly high-value and complex litigation, both national and international.  She is often involved in cases with an offshore element, and has first-hand experience of litigation in offshore jurisdictions, notably the British Virgin Islands. In recent years, Sarah receives instructions increasingly frequently by clients from CIS countries.


Sarah's clients are from the worlds of business and finance, retail, leisure and media, and gambling.

She receives instructions from individuals based in the UK and overseas, listed and non-listed companies, SMEs and partnerships.

Significant experience

High-value and complex litigation for national and international clients. 

Recent reported cases in which Sarah has been involved include the following:

  • The Ritz Hotel Casino Limited v Nora Al Daher - [2014] EWHC 2847 (QB)
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers v SAAD Investments Co Ltd and Anor (Bermuda) - [2016] UKPC 33
  • Blue Tropic Ltd & Anor v Chkhartishvili - [2016] EWCA Civ 816
  • Blue Tropic Ltd & Anor v Chkhartishvili – [2016] EWCA Civ 1259
  • Inna Gudavadze & Ors v Ivane Chkhartishvili - BVIHCMAP2016/0037
  • Watchstone Group Plc v Quob Park Estate Ltd & Ors - [2017] EWHC 2621 (Ch)
  • Marz Ltd v Bank of Scotland PLC (2017)
  • Alexey Bazhanov & Ors v Arkadiy Fosman & Ors - [2017] EWHC 3404 (Comm)

Other expertise

  • Privy Council: Sarah receives instructions in the conduct of appeals before the Judicial Committee of Her Majesty's Privy Council; particularly appeals from offshore jurisdictions such as the British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas.
  • Competition law: including CMA investigations into alleged anti-competitive practices, and follow-on damages claims and enforcement of private rights under the EC and national competition rules.
  • Casinos: Sarah acts for a number of high-end London casinos in relation to gambling disputes.


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