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Stuart Benzie

Call: 2002

Stuart Benzie is a senior and experienced commercial advocate who advises and represents commercial clients in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He also acts in arbitration matters under a variety of rules (LCIA, DIAC, ICC etc).

He is recommended in Chambers UK, Chambers Global and Legal 500 for commercial dispute resolution, commercial fraud, and sport. Clients’ comments include “Stuart is utterly brilliant – an iron fist in a velvet glove.” (Chambers & Partners 2023) and “an intellectual heavyweight” (Legal 500 2023).

Stuart qualified as a solicitor with Clifford Chance (1999) and was subsequently employed as a strategy consultant by McKinsey & Company, and as a senior member of HSBC’s London based securitisation team. Stuart is valued for his commercial experience and insight and client comments include, “…he is very responsive, very commercial and popular with clients” (Chambers & Partners 2023) and “…incredibly commercially-minded” (Legal 500 2021).

Stuart has a broad commercial practice with a particular focus on complex commercial fraud, shareholder disputes and High Court employment disputes (relating to restrictive covenants, confidential information, and unlawful competition). Stuart also provides non-contentious advice in relation to business protection, including the drafting of enforceable restrictive covenants and effective protection of confidential information.

Stuart is a true specialist in dealing with urgent interim applications, including freezing and search orders, springboard injunctions, gardening leave injunctions and other prohibitory and mandatory orders. As a consequence of this specialisation, Stuart has extensive experience of committal applications and has appeared in several applications (primarily for applicants) in cases which resulted in significant prison sentences.