Raif Hassan is counsel in the Dispute Resolution Group of the Firm's London office, whose practice focuses on cross-border commercial litigation and arbitration.
Raif has experience of international commercial disputes resolved by ICC and LCIA arbitral proceedings, High Court litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation and expert determination. He also advises clients on contentious competition and restructuring matters and has extensive experience of damages actions before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, including opt-out collective proceedings.
Raif has worked with clients from a variety of sectors including pharmaceutical, financial services, defence, infrastructure, and automotive. As well as representing clients in dispute resolution proceedings, he also regularly provides advice on a range of contractual, jurisdictional and conflict of law issues, as well as on issues relating to the enforcement and recognition of judgments.
Raif is committed to pro bono work and has received White & Case pro bono awards in 2015,2016 and 2018 for his work with Children's rights charities, the Whitechapel Homeless Mission and the Citizens Advice Bureau. In 2019, Raif was awarded the Firm's Global Citizenship Cup for his continued pro bono efforts. Raif is a member of the Firm's Social Mobility Taskforce, and a Pro Bono Leader.
Raif is recognised in The Legal 500 UK 2023 as 'an ascendant figure in competition litigation. He mixes deep litigation experience with a level of technical excellence across a very diverse range of English and international law topics. One to watch for sure.'
Raif's experience includes:
Defence Industry: Advising in relation to several disputes concerning typically high-profile UK Ministry of Defence procurement projects.
Acting for a leading Japanese producer of automotive bearings products in its defence of follow-on damages actions in the Competition Appeal Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal for alleged breach of Article 101 TFEU.
Acting for a leading producer of occupant safety systems (OSS) in its defence of follow-on and standalone damages actions in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and High Court.
Acting for a leading high voltage cables manufacturer in its defence of follow-on damages proceedings in the High Court and Competition Appeal Tribunal, including in relation to an opt-out class action consumer claim.
Acting for a leading high voltage cables manufacturer in its defence of Part 20 claims for contribution in the High Court.
Acting for a hedge fund in its cross-border claims against the Lehman Brothers International (Europe) and Lehman Brothers Holding Inc estates for a series of breaches of Lehman's obligations as prime broker to our client.
Representing a private equity group in relation to breach of confidence claims brought in the High Court.
Advising a financial institution with the conduct of a voluntary internal review of its spot FX trading activities, following the well-publicised foreign exchange scandal, in relation to communications with the FCA regarding this matter and in relation to cross-border issues faced in light of the multiple investigations ongoing in the financial services sector regarding spot FX trading.
Advising a hedge fund in relation to the contentious Lehman Brothers scheme of arrangement proceedings in the High Court.
Representing an arranger of financial investments in fraud proceedings in the Circuit Commercial Court.
"Court of Appeal: Banks' Quincecare duty may apply to instructions from defrauded customers", 23 March 2022
"Left to their own devices: No duty arises between cryptoasset software developers / controllers and cryptoasset owners", 12 May 2022
"UK Supreme Court upholds first successful claim for breach of the "Quincecare" duty financial institutions owe their customers", 5 November 2019.
"Sanctioned default? The English High Court considers the effect of foreign illegality on English obligations", 7 October 2019
"Litigation in the Hedge Fund World, Hedge Funds: A Practical Global Handbook to the Law and Regulation", Globe Law and Business, August 2019, (co-author)
"Frustrated by Brexit? Too high a hurdle to overcome for the EMA", 28 February 2019
"Supreme Court confirms effectiveness of 'no oral variation' clauses", 21 May 2018
"A "New Deal for Consumers": European Commission tables new consumer protection proposals with stronger collective redress potential", 20 April 2018
"Court of Appeal confirms relevance of communications subsequent to an alleged contract", 21 February 2017
"Implied terms: Lord Neuberger's Cardinal Rule Applied", 3 February 2017
"Unlocking the door: BDMS Limited v Rafael Advanced Defence Systems," CDR News, 21 May 2014