Announcement: appointment of Steven McDonald as a Partner at Gresham Legal

Published on July 11, 2022

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Steven McDonald as a Partner at Gresham Legal. Steven is an exceptionally talented disputes lawyer. He has in-depth experience across a broad range of complex and high value disputes, with particular specialism in cross border civil fraud claims. Steven advises clients on both litigation and arbitration matters. Steven was described in the Legal 500 (2018) as “very good at resolving complex disputes”. Steven joins from an established specialist disputes firm where he has practised for the last ten years. Prior to that, he trained and qualified at a major commercial law firm based in London.  Steven’s recruitment strengthens Gresham Legal’s position in the legal market and continues a positive trend in this regard. Commenting on his appointment, Steven said:

“I am thrilled to be joining the Partners at Gresham Legal and am excited to work with them building on their success and reputation in the London disputes market.”

Managing Partner Smeetesh Kakkad said:

“I am delighted to welcome Steven to Gresham Legal. He has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in high stakes commercial disputes, and his experience will greatly enhance our offering. Steven’s appointment is another important step in the strategic growth and long-term development of the firm.”

Gresham Legal was established in 2015 as a specialist disputes practice with the aim of providing the highest quality representation in a more efficient and cost-effective manner than traditional law firms. Since then, the firm has been instructed on many substantial and high-profile litigation and arbitration cases, such as Province of Balochistan v Tethyan Copper Company Pty Limited [2021] EWHC 1884 (Comm), National Bank Trust -v- Yurov & Ors [2020] EWHC 100 (Comm), The Republic of Korea -v- Dayyani [2019] EWHC 3580 (Comm) and Kazakhstan Kagazy plc -v- Arip & Ors [2019] EWHC 2630 (Comm). The firm is currently representing one of the defendants in fraud and conspiracy claims brought by the ex-wife of Mr Oleg Bourlakov against him and others worth in excess of US$1.8 billion (Loudmila Bourlakova & Ors v Oleg Bourlakov & Ors [2022] EWHC 1269 (Ch)).

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