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Craig Emden is an excellent commercial dispute lawyer.

Legal 500 2023

Craig Emden is the Managing Partner of Howard Kennedy. He is also a commercial litigator with over 30 years' experience acting for clients across a number of industries and sectors.

Craig was reappointed Managing Partner in 2021 for a second four-year term, having previously been joint Managing Partner. Building on the progress achieved in that time, with his reappointment Craig set out an ambitious three-year growth plan for the firm.

He prioritises building a culture where people thrive and the firm's values prevail: alongside ensuring top quality support to clients whatever their needs. As Howard Kennedy continues to grow, Craig is intent on ensuring that the firm only recruits people that will fit in with the firm's ethos and values.

Craig is a solicitor providing clients with commercial and straightforward advice on all aspects of commercial and real estate litigation, both domestic and international. His areas of expertise include sports-related litigation, corporate and partnership disputes (particularly shareholder disputes), professional negligence, insolvency, and general commercial litigation. His clients range from individual entrepreneurs and partnerships to major PLCs.

On the sports side, Craig acts for football managers and other coaching staff, players, and agents.

Craig's aim is always to ensure that he takes as much pressure as possible off the shoulders of his clients and to fully understand what the client wants to achieve and to do that as painlessly as possible.

Recent work
  • Acting for a football agent in a multi-million-pound claim brought by a football club claiming breach of contract, conspiracy, deceit, and fraudulent misrepresentation.
  • Acting for investors in show jumping horses in a claim against an Olympic show jumper alleging multiple fraudulent activity.
  • Acting for a billionaire client on a £3m commission claim against him following the acquisition of a property for £173m. This culminated in an eight-day trial.
  • Acting for a bank following multiple fraud and suing solicitors and valuers for professional negligence in a series of cases.
  • Acting for a partner in a solicitors’ firm who was expelled for threatening to sue his partners for making fraudulent misrepresentations inducing him to become an equity partner.
  • Acting for a large overseas travel operator in a claim for £45m against a credit card merchant acquirer and obtaining a freezing injunction and judgment for this sum.
Did you know
Craig is an avid Spurs fan and is very happy to follow them to places like Kazan and Maribor, as well as, Barcelona and Turin!
London Bridge and The Shard at dusk.

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