Robin Spedding is an associate in the Litigation & Trial Department in the London office of Latham & Watkins.

Mr. Spedding advises clients from a broad range of industries in relation to complex commercial litigation, often with an international element. He has worked on cases in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court.

Mr. Spedding has particular experience in advising banks and other financial institutions. His industry knowledge is bolstered having spent a year on secondment to the litigation and investigations team of a major bank where he advised in relation to complex litigation (particularly in relation to interest-rate hedging products and alleged benchmark manipulation) and arbitral proceedings, in addition to regulatory matters.

Mr Spedding maintains an active pro bono practice, regularly advising clients at the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau and assisting with ad hoc litigation advice. 

Mr Spedding is a qualified barrister having undertaken pupillage at a leading commercial chambers where he worked on a broad range of international commercial disputes, with a particular emphasis on civil fraud and urgent interim relief, fraudulent misrepresentation and misstatement, professional negligence disputes, and insolvency and restructuring disputes.

Mr Spedding previously worked at the Court of Appeal as judicial assistant to Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd (during his appointment as President of the Queen’s Bench Division).

Mr. Spedding is a member of Transparency International UK, the LCLCBA, and the FSLA.

Mr. Spedding’s experience includes: 

 

Complex Commercial Litigation

  • Advising a project finance organisation in relation to matters of contractual interpretation arising from the introduction of international sanctions
  • Advising a technology development company in relation to claims arising under consultation agreements 
  • Acting for a telecommunications company in relation to claims alleging vicarious liability for economic torts arising from a number of alleged cyber-attacks* 
  • Advising a major bank in relation to a claim issued by a number of institutional investors alleging anti-competitive and collusive manipulation of the foreign exchange market*
  • Acting for a sovereign wealth fund in multi-billion dollar Commercial Court proceedings and related arbitral proceedings against its former asset managers* 
  • Advising a major bank in relation to a US$50 million claim concerning a close-out valuation of derivative transactions under a ISDA Master Agreement 2002*
  • Acting for a multinational oil and gas company in relation to the close-out of repo transactions under a GMRA 2000*
  • Advising a substantial financial services firm in relation to a claim for damages for breach of a bond sale and purchase agreement*

Insolvency and Restructuring

  • Advising a multi-asset investment brokerage in relation to the enforceability of claims arising from sudden market volatility*
  • Advising a financial institution seeking declaratory relief in relation to the effect of a Scheme of Arrangement*

Company Law

  • Pre-action rights and strategy, including successfully negotiating positive outcomes for clients prior to the commencement of litigation
  • The interpretation of governing law and jurisdiction provisions
  • The drafting of enforceability provisions and conflicts of laws analysis arising from the interpretation of the same
  • Post-completion obligations and contractual claims
  • Advising a private equity house in relation to the acquisition of a vacation rental business
  • Regulation and Investigations
  • Advising an English football club on compliance with domestic and international football rules and regulations
  • Acting for a global financial institution on its global monitorship concerning its AML and sanctions controls*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification

  • England and Wales (Barrister)

Education

  • Bar Professional Training Course, Cardiff University, 2012
  • LLM, Cardiff University, 2011
    Distinction
  • MA in Law, University of Cambridge, 2010

Languages Spoken

  • English