Company

Stewarts

Position

Managing Partner

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Location

London

Advice type

Litigation

Stuart Dench

Spear’s Review

A key force in the development of Stewarts into the UK’s largest litigation-only law practice, managing partner Stuart Dench served as the firm’s head of business development and marketing for two decades, before he took the reins as managing partner following John Cahill’s tenure in 2022. 

He originally joined the firm as a personal injury lawyer, helping passenger victims of high-profile transportation crashes to seek recompense — including a 2008 Heathrow flight crash and 1999’s Ladbroke Grove rail disaster, which became one of the largest fatal accident claims in British history. 

Fresh out of his legal education, Dench joined Stamp Jackson & Procter Limited as a trainee solicitor where he spent several years before joining the firm where he would spend the next quarter century of his career, and that he would later lead.

Power List Profile

Stuart is Managing Partner at Stewarts and was formerly Head of Business Development and Marketing for more than 20 years.

He has overseen the rapid growth of the firm as it established itself as the UK's largest litigation-only law practice. Prior to assuming the role of managing partner, and before that taking charge of business development and marketing, Stuart was a practising personal injury and aviation lawyer. Stuart qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and joined Stewarts in 1998.

He was appointed as a partner and the Head of Business Development and Marketing at the firm in 2000. Stuart succeeded John Cahill as Managing Partner in 2022. Stuart lives in London, is married to Lucy and has three daughters.

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