The Firm

We are a specialist commercial law firm with focused expertise in international commercial disputes. Our team has vast experience in the marine, insurance and energy sectors.

We act for clients all over the world including some of the world’s largest oil companies, international insurance companies, shipping businesses and entrepreneurs.

Our Advantages

 

We offer the highest possible level of client care and partner involvement whilst maintaining competitive charge-out rates. We understand the importance of resolving legal problems with pragmatic commercial solutions and ensuring the best possible outcomes for our clients.

Offices

Hamilton House
1 Temple Avenue, London EC4Y 0HA
+44 207 831 1099

Our London office is situated close to the Royal Courts of Justice, where we are surrounded by barristers’ chambers with which we have strong long-standing relationships.

 

Aleksanterinkatu 17
00100 Helsinki Finland
+44 207 831 1099

We also maintain an office in Helsinki and are able to access a global legal network.

 

Expertise

Commercial Litigation

Resolving commercial disputes is at the core of our business. We are commercial and strategic in our approach to litigation and we never lose sight of our clients' objectives.

Our experience ranges from complex banking litigation and high-value contractual disputes to major cross-border claims.

We handle claims for Claimants and Defendants in the High Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. We project manage claims in numerous foreign jurisdictions.

International Arbitration

London arbitration is often the designated forum for resolving contractual disagreements, particularly in our main practice areas of insurance, shipping and energy work. We have successfully arbitrated nationally and internationally and our partners have experience dealing with a wide variety of arbitration rules.

We advise our clients at every stage of the arbitration process including post-arbitration stages such as the appeal process and enforcement.

MEDIATION

Mediation is often the best means to resolution. It is fast, flexible, cost-effective and confidential. We have achieved excellent results for our clients by mediating with our opponents and negotiating settlements.

Shipping AND International Trade

Our team has formidable experience and expertise in the marine sector. We routinely handle charterparty and bill of lading disputes, cargo and fuel claims, cross-border trade disputes and vessel arrests. We act for a wide variety of maritime clients including cargo owners, shipowners, charterers, P & I clubs, and salvors.

INSURANCE

London remains the insurance capital of the world. We are on the panel of an international insurance company and our partners enjoy excellent reputations in insurance law. Our team handles a wide variety of insurance claims and advises on coverage issues, jurisdiction, subrogation and other contractual issues.

OIL AND GAS

We have experience in both upstream and downstream energy disputes ranging from offshore contracting, oil concessions, commission disputes, joint venture agreements and fuel quality disputes. We have also handled swap contracts, oil trading contracts and political disputes concerning the shipment and delivery of oil. We are on the legal panels of an Oil Major and a Fortune 150 energy company.

The Team

Ian Ross (Partner)

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Ian founded Ross & Co in 1998, having previously worked as a partner at Clyde & Co. He specialises in commercial disputes, cross-border litigation and mediation.

Having studied at Oxford, Ian worked in Sweden and Finland and spent two years working for the Bank of Finland. Ian was Chairman of the Board at the Finnish British Chamber of Commerce and in June 2001 he received a knighthood from the President of Finland for services to Finland.

Ian speaks Swedish and some Finnish.

Neil Fleeson (Consultant)

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Neil has more than 25 years’ experience in commercial dispute resolution. His practice covers a broad range of commercial disputes. Neil has advised, for example, on major contractual disputes, negligence claims, employment litigation, injunctions, warranty claims and fraud issues. He has considerable experience in insurance and reinsurance, covering a wide range of disputes, including professional indemnity, property, aviation and private medical insurance. Neil has also advised on policy wordings. Much of Neil’s work has had an international element, often involving working closely with professionals in different jurisdictions and raising complex issues of facts and law and conflict of law.

Neil is experienced in assisting clients in the resolution of disputes through alternative methods such as arbitration or mediation. He has presented seminars, both internally and externally, on various litigation, employment law and insurance topics and has spoken at several major insurance conferences.

Neil graduated from Oxford University, where he studied Classics, with First Class Honours and also obtained First Class Honours in the Solicitors' Final Exams. Neil was previously a partner in Clyde & Co and in a US law firm.

Hannah Chima (Paralegal)

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Hannah joined Ross & Co Solicitors in 2018. She has a law degree from University College London and takes particular interest in Public International Law and International Litigation. Hannah has developed a special interest in Employment Law and works with Ian and Neil in preparation of their cases for High Court hearings and International Arbitrations. In contrast to her work at Ross & Co, Hannah also dedicates time to Citizens Advice where she is a qualified advisor.

She is very keen on running for charity. In April 2019 she ran over 100 miles to raise money for Shelter. Hannah also enjoys ballet dancing and has attained her Grade 8 award.

She is competent in the Spanish language.

Sofia Rautavuori (Paralegal)

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Sofia has been a part of the Ross & Co team whilst studying a Master's in International Commercial Law at City University. Prior to this, she graduated from University College London with a Law degree. Together with Hannah, she assists Ian and Neil in a broad range of international cases they are handling.

In her spare time she competes for her University in cheerleading competitions.

She speaks Finnish and Mandarin Chinese.

Careers

We are always interested in strong new candidates for our team.
If you are interested in working with us please send your CV and covering letter to aleksandra.szczesniak@finnross.com.

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Contact Us

For enquiries please email aleksandra.szczesniak@finnross.com or call us on +44 207 831 1099.