Steven Friel is one of the most accomplished litigation funders in the international market. He has repeatedly been ranked by independent directories as a leader in the field:
“Steven Friel is an experienced litigator and funder, he is praised for his hands-on approach and ability to work constructively on even the biggest and most complicated matters.”
Chambers and Partners, 2021
“Steven Friel is very easy to deal with, makes decisions quickly on an informed basis and won’t leave you hanging around. He grasps the facts and the law extremely quickly. He is an extremely good resource for Woodsford – a great strategic thinker.”
Chambers and Partners, 2020
“Steven Friel is the CEO of Woodsford Litigation Funding… Commentators praise his flexible working style, with one reporting: “He is smart, and responds well and quickly to clients. He is willing to take a decision quickly and take some risk.” Clients highlight his enthusiastic demeanour, one saying he has “got enormous energy. I’ve spoken to him as sounding board on a few other cases as well. He seems to have limitless energy to explore things, and he’s extremely sharp.”
Chambers and Partners, 2019
“Steven Friel is an experienced disputes practitioner who is held in high esteem as an adviser to Woodsford’s clients. Clients appreciate his ability to combine his litigation expertise with a commercial approach. One seasoned barrister reports that ‘he is very impressive. He has a razor sharp legal mind, is intellectually curious, and has strong business sense.’”
Chambers and Partners, 2018
Steven was recognised as one of the top 100 professionals at the forefront of the litigation funding industry in the Lawdragon Global 100 – Leaders in Legal Finance Guide, 2021.
Before joining Woodsford, Steven was a partner in the London office of international law firm Brown Rudnick. Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Steven was a partner in the London office of DAC Beachcroft, and practiced from the London and New York offices of Debevoise & Plimpton.
Steven’s expertise was recognised by every annual edition of the Legal 500 published in the eight years up to when he left private practice. For commercial litigation work, he was praised as having “the sort of knowledge that one only gets with years of accumulated experience in heavy or complex litigation” and a “strong commercial grip on the relevant legal provisions and financial aspects of cases.” For his work in international arbitration, the Legal 500 ranked Steven as “outstanding,” and he was noted as an “experienced practitioner” of banking litigation.
Steven is a graduate of Cambridge University, and graduated top of his class with a Master of Laws degree in International Dispute Resolution from the University of London.
Email Steven or telephone +44 20 7313 8071