Sarah Shearman provides legal professional support to the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice in London.

Before becoming a professional support lawyer, Sarah acted for clients in the context of litigation and dispute resolution processes, primarily in the banking and finance sector. Her experience includes acting for clients in disputes involving complex financial products, derivatives, high-profile class actions, mis-selling and misrepresentation and high-value, multi-party bribery and corruption. She has acted for clients in the pre-action stages, throughout the Court process, in mediations and enforcement scenarios and in group litigation, including assisting both institutional and retail litigants in obtaining funding and ATE insurance.

Sarah also spent two years acting for clients in the banking and finance sector in a transactional capacity. Her experience covers a wide range of financial products including loans, commercial mortgage-backed securities, derivatives and bonds.


Contentious Experience

Acted for group of defendants in litigation concerning allegations of bribery commenced by the Republic of Mozambique against various entities in the Privinvest Group, Credit Suisse and certain named individuals *

Acted for a large group of institutional and retail investors in the RBS Rights Issue Litigation *

Assisted in obtaining advice from Counsel as well as funding and ATE cover for a potential group action against two insurance companies *

Acted for private individual on pro bono matter against a major bank in relation to a disputed mortgage product *

Acted for a boutique investment bank operating in emerging and frontier markets in relation to Global Depository Notes and a mistake as to their valuation *

Acted for UK resident to set aside registration of foreign judgments *

Acted for a Korean insurance company in a dispute with a Lehman Brothers entity in relation to the distribution of collateral and entitlement to a termination amount in a CDO squared transaction *

Acted for Fondazione Enasarco in proceedings against Lehman Brothers Finance S.A. relating to a dispute over the quantum of a termination payment under a principal protected constant proportion portfolio insurance (CPPI) product *

Acted for a Class X noteholder in several securitisations nearing their maturity date in relation to an alleged miscalculation of interest payments *

Acted for a major US hedge fund in relation to its claim against a Lehman Brothers entity in respect of warrants issued by the Lehman Brothers entity *

Transactional Experience

Acted for PIMCO in relation to EUR237,500,000 commercial mortgage-backed notes issued in relation to property portfolios in the Hellenic Republic and admitted to trading on the Irish Stock Exchange *

Acted for a leading international asset manager in relation to its role as arranged of a £71,800,000 facility agreement relating to the refinancing of an acquisition of 14 properties let to a major national furniture retailer *

Acted for a major international bank in relation to a loan facility it provided to a bank in Botswana *

Regulatory Experience

Acted for two separate clients to establish funds *

Acted for numerous clients in relation to EMIR *

(* At previous law firms)


  • England and Wales