Craig Naylor Principal Associate

Speaks:  English

Qualified: 2013 - Solicitor of England & Wales

Primary office:  Birmingham

Craig Naylor

Craig Naylor is a Birmingham based principal associate who helps clients to avoid and manage the risks posed by all types of dispute, and to recover losses caused by third parties.

By providing an independent view on the merits, potential costs and managing the dispute process, Craig helps the majority of paying or recovering parties in the public and private sector to reach negotiated resolutions of conflicts.

Craig's highlights include his management to a negotiated settlement of a dispute concerning the termination and exit of a long-term and wide-ranging public sector IT/outsourcing contract, and working on a multi-million pound claim for a client against its investment advisers, in relation to losses suffered in the financial crisis.


Assisted a team of up to 12 lawyers with successful settlement of a high-profile High Court dispute following the exit of two key stakeholders from a $3 Billion hedge fund. Key tasks included assisting with the urgent review of circa 80,000 documents and collection of witness evidence.

Acted for a Local Authority in a politically sensitive Commercial Court dispute regarding the termination of a 15-year outsourcing agreement with a value of over £200 million. Concluded a time-critical settlement of the dispute and negotiated amendments to the agreement to ensure the continuity of services after exit of the supplier.

Advice on the optimal termination process and key considerations for a public sector organisation terminating a business critical outsourcing contract which had been running for a number of years.

Assisted with the defence of a claim relating to the termination of a high-profile sports agency relationship in the motorsport sector. The reputational implications of the claim for each side were critical, and we were able to preserve confidentiality through a settlement of the dispute prior to judgment.

Assisting a pension fund with a £300 million High Court action for the recovery of investment losses from its investment adviser. Involved in the collection and review of over 330,000 documents for disclosure and management of two litigation experts advising on a complex investment scheme involving derivatives.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2019

    • Career
      July 2019
      Gowling WLG (UK), principal associate
  • 2016

    • Career
      July 2016
      Gowling WLG (UK), senior associate
    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, associate
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, Associate
  • 2013

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
    • Career
      Wragge & Co, Solicitor, 2013-2014
  • 2011

    • Career
      Wragge & Co, Trainee Solicitor
  • 2010

    • Rankings & Awards
      LPC Prize for Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • 2009

    • Education
      College of Law, Birmingham, LPC (Distinction)
    • Rankings & Awards
      Leonard Coling Scholarship and Chief Richard Akinjide Tripos Prize
  • 2006

    • Education
      Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, MA Law