John Reynolds

Partner, London


‘John Reynolds is long recognised as one of the leading lawyers in the field. He is pragmatic, accomplished and good fun’.
Legal 500 UK 2020


John Reynolds is a well-known and formidable dispute resolution lawyer whose broad international practice has a particular focus on banking, finance and investment disputes.

Clients benefit from John's considerable experience in the English courts at all levels, as well as in numerous international arbitration tribunals. He also litigates in jurisdictions outside the UK, with recent experience in territories including the US, Nigeria, Eastern Caribbean – in particular, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua, St. Kitts and St. Lucia – and other offshore jurisdictions.

John's legal knowledge spans banking and finance disputes (including the representation of investment banks and other financial institutions), disputes arising out of the global financial crisis, joint venture and shareholder disputes, regulatory investigations, M&A disputes and cartel claims. In addition, he advises on fraud and asset-tracing claims and trust claims.

John is a member of the International Bar Association, the British Association for Sport and Law and the Committee of the Commercial Litigators Forum. He also sits as an arbitrator, including as a member of the FA Premier League Appeals Panel.

John is ranked in the Hall of Fame for Commercial Litigation and Banking Litigation in Legal 500 UK 2020 and Chambers.

Bars and Courts
England and Wales
University College London
Bristol Polytechnic
Reading University


Çukurova's litigation over US$2 billion Turkcell shares
John led the team that successfully represented the Turkish conglomerate Çukurova in a long-running and groundbreaking litigation concerning the enforcement of security over a controlling block of shares in the leading Turkish mobile telephone operator. The litigation began in 2007 in the British Virgin Islands and has involved 14 hearings before the Commercial Court in the BVI, seven appeals to the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal, and eight hearings before the Privy Council in London.

Global regulatory enforcement proceedings concerning the adequacy of AML systems and controls
John represented an international investment bank in regulatory enforcement proceedings concerning the adequacy of AML systems and controls. White & Case acted as global coordinating counsel in respect of  investigations by the Financial Conduct Authority (UK), the New York Department of Financial Services, the Department of Justice, the New York Federal Reserve (in the US), BaFin (in Germany) and the European Central Bank.

Synthetic rubber cartel case
John led the team in London that successfully defended the private damages claim against two Czech petrochemical companies in the English and Italian Courts, and ultimately the European Union's (EU) General Court in respect of participation in a pan-European cartel in synthetic rubber. The EU's General Court annulled the European Commission's infringement decision against the companies, and overturned the fines imposed on them in their entirety.

Disputes arising out of the global financial crisis
John represented the largest shareholder (a hedge fund) in Northern Rock bank, at the time of its nationalisation by the UK Government, involving proceedings against HM Treasury in the English Court and against the British Government in the European Court of Human Rights. Additionally, he represented various financial institutions in claims against Lehman Brothers, in particular in relation to derivative positions.

Singapore private wealth management claims
John is leading the team acting for an investment bank in three separate, but related, claims brought by Private Wealth Management clients in Singapore.

An FCPA investigation into activities in the Gulf
John represented a party in connection with an FCPA investigation into activities in the Gulf.


Litigation in the Hedge Fund World, Hedge Funds: A Practical Global Handbook to the Law and Regulation, Globe Law and Business, September 2012, (co-author)

Awards and Recognition

Leading Individual, Chambers UK 2014, Chambers Europe 2014, Chambers Global 2014
Dispute Resolution: Litigation - UK

Leading Individual, The Legal 500 UK 2012
Dispute Resolution: Litigation

Chambers UK, Dispute Resolution, 2013
"Described by clients as a 'highly business-oriented' and an 'effective' litigator whose greatest strength is his 'problem-solving approach,' which keeps clients' commercial goals firmly in mind."

The Legal 500 UK 2012, Banking Litigation
"John Reynolds 'uses targeted aggression, and is very client focused and pragmatic', and 'quality advocate'. "

Chambers UK, Dispute Resolution, , 2011
"[John has] a formidable reputation and always attracts high-profile work."

Legal 500 UK, 2010
"John Reynolds is 'a star' in this field; he is 'technically strong but very commercial and pragmatic and really gets into the detail"

Chambers UK, Dispute Resolution, 2010
"A powerful force in litigation both domestically and internationally"