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Trevor Asserson is a UK solicitor and a member of the Israeli Bar. Trevor is the senior partner and founder of Asserson Law Offices.
Trevor has for many years been recognised in the main UK legal directories for his litigation skills. He was first described as a “rising star” in the 1990s and Chambers and Partners 2004 recorded his “heavyweight reputation”. He has been short-listed as “Litigator of the Year” by the Legal 500 and in the 2005 edition he was recommended as “totally responsive, excellent value for money and a creative thinker”. Who’s Who in the Law 2006 listed him as a litigation expert. In Chambers 2006 he was recognised as a “leader in his field – always thinking about a case”. More recently, the Legal 500 of 2008 describes him as “clever and inventive” and in Chambers 2008 he was called an “excellent litigator,” who “impresses a largely international clientele with his “diligence, commitment and ability to isolate and focus on issues of importance and come up with the most appropriate strategy.” The more complex and complicated the problem, “the happier he is!” …” Chambers 2009 describes him as “clearly very bright” and “an innovative thinker.” Chambers 2012 reports that clients have said he is "dedicated and user-friendly" and "able to find creative solutions." Trevor is listed as a highly recommended in his practice area by the Legal Business Directory of European Legal Experts 2009 and was delighted to be highly ranked in Chambers Global.
Prior to establishing Asserson Law Offices, for 20 years Trevor worked in the UK, where his positions included working for some years at Herbert Smith, Europe's leading litigation firm, then for 7 years working as head of international litigation at Bird & Bird, a multi national firm with a premier reputation for IP, Telecoms and IT law. Trevor was in charge of some 45 litigation lawyers around Europe and the Far East. He then moved to become a senior litigation partner at Morgan Lewis, one of the largest law firms in the world with some 450 partners.
Trevor’s clients include sovereign states, multinational companies, banks, and high net worth individuals. He has a wide range of commercial litigation experience, having specialized in complex international cases.
His clients have included the UK Government on a major IT outsourcing problem; Hellenic Petroleum in a dispute concerning the largest ever investment into Macedonia; Hellenic Telecom (OTE) in a dispute arising out of the largest investments into Armenia; some of the world’s largest Telecom companies including BT, Telefonica and T-Mobile; sports companies and individuals in the field of tennis, football (including acting for the Football Association) and boxing (including acting for the promoter, Don King). Trevor has also worked for a number of banks including HSBC (in relation to major property litigation), CSOB (regarding a $500m professional negligence claim), JP Morgan Chase (regarding the $200m film insurance litigation) and others. He is also frequently asked to advise on claims against major banks and corporations. He directs a team of solicitors instructed in relation to a very significant Civil Recovery claim brought by the Serious Organised Crime valued at over £100m. The matter is now proceeding to the Supreme Court on two separate issues.
Trevor was educated at University College School and at Oxford University where he won an open scholarship to read Modern History. He subsequently studied law at the College of Law, in London. He qualified as a UK solicitor in 1984 and was called to the Israeli Bar in 1992. Trevor has higher advocacy rights, allowing him to appear before courts in the UK and is also a qualified mediator. He has many years’ experience in international commercial arbitration both at an institutional and ad hoc level.
Trevor is married with two children and lives in Jerusalem.
Noted cases include:
In Serious Organised Crime Agency v Perry:
High Court decision of Foskett J ( 1 WLR 910,  ACD 68); Court of Appeal’s decision (Carnwath LJ, Richards LJ and Ward LJ) ( 1 WLR 542,  CP Rep 43,  Lloyds Rep FC 606, Times, October 13, 2010 and Lawtel 30 July 2010); First instance judgment of Mitting J ( 1 WLR 2761, Times, 22 July 2010,  1 Costs L.R 22); Court of Appeal (Maurice Kay LJ, Hooper LJ and Tomlinson LJ) ( Lloyd's Rep. F.C. 387 and Times, June 10, 2011).
Other noted cases include:
Tritton Development Fund Ltd. v Fortis Bank (Cayman) Ltd & others [2006 CILR 268 ]; Shahar  All ER (D) 283 (Nov); Brimko Holdings Limited v Eastman Kodak Company (Lawtel 27/5/2004); Don King v Lennox Lewis, Lion Promotions LLC + Judd Bernstein (Lawtel 6/2/2004); Don King Productions Inc v Warren (no 1)  2 All ER 218;  1 BCLC 607; (no 2)  2 All ER 608;  2 BCLC 132 W;  2 Lloyd’s Rep 392;  BCC 263; (no 3) ‘The Times’, June 18 1998; One 2 One Personal Communications Ltd v Jordan  All ER (D) 312 (Jul); Jordan v One 2 One Personal Communications Ltd  EWCA 644; Mamidoil – Jetoil Greek Petroleum Co SA v Okta Crude Oil Refinery AD (Costs)  EWHC 2462;  1 Lloyd’s Rep 42;  100 (4) LSG 31; Mamidoil – Jetoil Greek Petroleum Co SA v Okta Crude Oil Refinery AD (no 3); (no 2)  1 Lloyd’s Rep 591; (no 1)  EWCA 406;  2 All ER (Comm) 193;  2 Lloyd’s Rep 76; (no 1)  Lloyd’s Rep 554; OTE v Government of Armenia; Wiggins plc v FRRP (Department of Trade & Industry); R v Broadcasting Complaints Commission ex parte Owen  DC [May LJ and Taylor J]; R v Secretary of State for the Environment, ex parte Rose Theatre Trust Company .