- Number of partners: 14
- Assistant solicitors: 17
- Other fee-earners: 4
- Total lawyers worldwide: 521
THE FIRM Steptoe & Johnson in London provides the capabilities of a large international law firm in a smaller environment. The firm has a strong international emphasis and provides a comprehensive range of legal services to market-leading businesses throughout the world, drawing frequently on the experience of the US and Brussels offices of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Overall the firm has over 500 lawyers in its London, Beijing, Brussels,Washington DC, Chicago, Phoenix, New York and Los Angeles offices.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Commercial Property: Steptoe’s experience includes industrial and residential development, investment, acquisitions and disposals, property finance, portfolio management, planning and environmental law.
Construction: Steptoe deals with all aspects of construction - from the drafting and negotiation of agreements on behalf of both purchasers and suppliers, to the resolution of disputes by mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation.
Corporate/Commercial: Steptoe handles mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures (UK and cross-border), shareholder agreements, public flotations including AIM listings, venture capital finance, EU law and international corporate structures, agency, distribution and franchising.
Employment Law: Steptoe’s employment lawyers are well versed in employee/employer relations, employment documentation, redundancy, terminations packages, maternity, discrimination, TUPE and advocacy at tribunals.
EU Law: Steptoe has experience in many aspects of EU law, including anti-dumping and anti-subsidy proceedings, EU trade barriers regulation and EU competition law, with representations before the European Commission and the European courts.
Insurance & Reinsurance: Steptoe has first-rate experience of both contentious and transactional insurance and reinsurance matters, including arbitration and litigation, policy drafting and negotiation, insurance regulatory issues, coverage investigations, and alternative risk transfer (ART).
International Dispute Resolution: Steptoe lawyers are actively engaged in the resolution of disputes involving a wide variety of industry sectors through litigation and arbitration (under ICC, LCIA, SCC, AAA, ICSID, CIETAC and LMAA rules), and have substantial experience in major industries. Areas covered include commercial, corporate, technology, energy, trade and investment litigation, and ADR with particular expertise in large fraud cases and cross-border tracing of assets.
International Regulation: Steptoe regularly advises on anti-corruption compliance and investigations (including issues arising under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the implications of the UK Bribery Act and related US and European anti-corruption laws), and export control and economic sanctions regulations.
International Trade: Steptoe has broad experience on regional and multilateral trade negotiations and disputes, US and EU trade policy, customs matters and regulatory requirements.
Tax: Steptoe advises on all aspects of domestic and international taxation including structuring of cross-border transactions, international joint ventures, real estate investment, private equity, transfer pricing, tax litigation, as well as executive compensation and share schemes.
Technology: Steptoe has extensive experience concerning IT and outsourcing, intellectual property and licensing, e-commerce and internet regulation, data protection, law enforcement issues, IT security and encryption, ISP issues, and domain name disputes.
Telecommunications: Steptoe provides a full spectrum of UK and EU regulatory commercial and transactional advice to fixed and wireless sectors, including satellite work, commercial agreements, including service, interconnect and co-location agreements, telecommunications transactions and privatisations.
CLIENTS Clients range in size from the largest multinationals to owner-managed businesses and wealthy individuals.
INTERNATIONAL The firm continuously develops strong relationships with a number of law firms across the globe. The firm’s participation in Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, assists them in meeting clients’ needs throughout the world.