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Norton Rose Fulbright - London
  • 3 More London Riverside
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • SE1 2AQ
  • Tel:(020) 7283 6000
  • Fax:(020) 7283 6500
  • Web:Visit website
  • Global Chief Executive Peter Martyr
  • Global Chairman Adrian Ahern
  • Number of UK partners 150+
  • Number of other UK fee-earners  520+
  • Total UK staff 1160+
  • Number of partners (worldwide) 1200+
  • Number of other fee-earners (worldwide) 3800+
  • Total staff 7500+

THE FIRM Norton Rose Fulbright is a global legal practice. They provide the world’s pre-eminent corporations and financial institutions with a full business law service. They have more than 3800 lawyers based in over 50 cities across Europe, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Recognised for their industry focus, they are strong across all the key industry sectors: financial institutions; energy; infrastructure, mining and commodities; transport; technology and innovation; and life sciences and healthcare.Wherever they are, they operate in accordance with their global business principles of quality, unity and integrity. They aim to provide the highest possible standard of legal service in each of their offices and to maintain that level of quality at every point of contact.Norton Rose Fulbright LLP,Norton Rose Fulbright Australia, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa (incorporated as Deneys Reitz Inc) and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, each of which is a separate legal entity, are members (‘the Norton Rose Fulbright members’) of Norton Rose Fulbright Verein, a Swiss Verein.Norton Rose Fulbright Verein helps coordinate the activities of the Norton Rose Fulbright members but does not itself provide legal services to clients.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Financial Institutions:
 Norton Rose Fulbright has an outstanding financial institutions practice, with almost 1,000 lawyers world-wide. The strength and depth of its practice across asset managers, banks, insurers and the financial services and markets sector is reflected in its panel memberships of over 50 major global financial institutions. Its work covers all aspects of corporate, regulatory and transactional work, significant strategic mandates, litigation and dispute resolution.
Energy: Norton Rose Fulbright has one of the largest global energy teams of any legal practice in the world. The practice’s work is conducted in all the major global energy markets and covers the full spectrum of industry sectors including: climate change, oil and gas, power, regulated utilities, renewables and water. Its breadth of experience is combined with strengths in multiple related disciplines such as project finance, M&A, environmental safety and planning, litigation and dispute resolution, and regulation.
Infrastructure, Mining & Commodities: Norton Rose Fulbright has a renowned international infrastructure practice, which plays a role in almost every major project around the world, including those involving significant development finance. In mining, the practice has acted on transactions in almost every country in the world and the experience gained by its lawyers through work on some of the largest and most innovative mining deals in recent years means that it is well known for the excellent quality of its work. The practice also advises clients in every stage of the commodities cycle from financing through to distribution, and focuses on water, soft commodities, metals and oil and gas.
Transport: Norton Rose Fulbright has some 300 transport lawyers covering all legal disciplines, and more asset finance practitioners than any other international legal practice. Its broad range of experience has earned it a strong reputation in aviation, rail and shipping. In aviation, it advises on the full range of matters from insurance to regulation and enforcement. In rail, its experience has been gained from all sides of major transactions, encompassing regulatory, infrastructure and light rail work as well as rail finance, rolling stock acquisitions and leasing. In shipping, the firm covers all aspects of admiralty, shipping, marine insurance and transport and also benefits from a number of specialist advisors including qualified Master Mariners and former naval officers.
Technology & Innovation: Norton Rose Fulbright provides a full range of legal services to clients in industries where innovation and intellectual property are key, including the communications, media and technology, and retail and brands sectors. The technology and innovation team bring together practitioners from the practice’s corporate, finance, competition, regulatory, intellectual property, employment, dispute resolution and tax teams. It advises on all aspects of technology and intellectual property development, protection, procurement and licensing and on all types of transactions where technology and innovation are important components such as licence agreements, joint ventures, outsourcing, financing (including project, leverage, vendor and acquisition financing), venture capital and private equity investments and buy-outs, and public and private mergers and acquisitions.
Life Sciences & Healthcare: Norton Rose Fulbright advises major global pharmaceuticals, bioscience and technology companies on all aspects of their business from innovation and corporate development, commercialisation and market exploitation through to the maintenance and enforcement of intellectual property rights. In contentious matters, it advises on all areas of litigation (including intellectual property and product liability in complex multi-jurisdictional matters), trade law, recall and crisis management, regulatory, patent counsel and patent prosecution. In corporate and commercial related work, the practice advises on financing, developing and executing exit strategies, M&A, commercialised or pre-commercialisation assets and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and commercial contracts for R&D. In regulatory matters, the practice advises on compliance, antitrust, marketing, pricing and distribution.

INTERNATIONAL OFFICES: Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amsterdam, Athens, Austin, Bahrain, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogotá, Brisbane, Brussels, Calgary, Canberra, Cape Town, Caracas, Casablanca, Dallas, Dar es Salaam, Denver, Dubai,Durban, Frankfurt,Hamburg,Hong Kong,Houston, Jakarta (in association with Norton Rose Fulbright Australia), Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Milan, Minneapolis, Montréal, Moscow, Munich, New York, Ottawa, Paris, Perth, Piraeus, Pittsburgh-Southpointe, Prague, Québec, Riyadh (in association with Mohammed Al-Ghamdi Law Firm),Rome, San Antonio, Shanghai, Singapore, St Louis, Sydney,Tokyo,Toronto, Warsaw and Washington DC.

    Contacts
  • Banking & Finance Jeremy Edwards
  • Corporate, M&A & Securities Martin Scott
  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation Linda Addison
  • Financial Institutions James Bateson
  • Energy Simon Currie
  • Infrastructure, Mining & Commodities Martin McCann
  • Transport Harry Theochari
  • Technology & Innovation Mike Rebeiro
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare Rick Robinson, Patrick Kierans

Branches

  • 3 More London Riverside,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • SE1 2AQ
  • Tel (020) 7283 6000
  • Fax (020) 7283 6500
  • DX 85 London
  • Website : www.nortonrosefulbright.com

Banking & Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 56 partners
- 148 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Retains an excellent market share across its specialist sectors, which include energy, infrastructure, mining, commodities and financial institutions. International prominence attracts numerous multi-jurisdictional mandates on the borrower and lender sides.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 Efficiency: "An extremely good firm -  they are good at producing results and are very good value."

Bench strength: "The calibre of associates is very high."

Market standing: "They always come across as being particularly competent, with a wide range of services and a wide footprint." 

Work highlights Advised Saudi Oger as borrower on two secured term loan facilities, valued at EUR40 million and EUR60 million.  

Acted on behalf of Tullow Oil with regard to the USD3.5 billion reserves-based credit facility extended to it by a 27-bank consortium.

Notable practitioners 

Farmida Bi is a well-established presence in the field of Islamic finance. Her broad practice covers capital markets transactional work and she recently advised Gatehouse Bank on a £6.9 million real estate-based sukuk.

Michael Ings acted on behalf of Trinity Mirror as borrower on a forward start revolving credit facility of £110 million provided by a syndicate of banks. He is well regarded for his telecoms and media sectoral expertise.

Asset-based lending specialist Michael Black is commended for his handling of cross-border transactions, with one client noting that he "managed the foreign lawyers fantastically" and "made life as easy as possible."

Significant clients BNP Paribas, Citibank, Société Générale, ING Bank, Barclays.

Banking Litigation - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Expanding practice with broad capabilities representing prominent clients in the banking field. Routinely acts on high-profile complex matters including Libor, swaps mis-selling and distressed debt.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "A very cohesive team. Members think outside the box and they're very detailed. They have good financial services knowledge and know what's going on in the financial market. "

Technical ability: "A reliable team of banking litigators. They have some good technical litigators and they run a good team. They are also very strong on arbitration."

What's new? In June 2013, Norton Rose merged with Houston-headquartered Fulbright & Jaworski to become Norton Rose Fulbright, enhancing the firm's litigation capability.

Work highlights Acted for the US trustee of Lehman Brothers in connection with litigation arising out of the collapse of the investment bank.

Defended RBS in proceedings brought by Infotech claiming breach of copyright, breach of contract and breach of confidence.

Notable practitioners  

"Outstanding litigator" Lista Cannon is highly regarded in the space and has extensive experience across the full spectrum of banking disputes, complemented by a strong arbitration practice.

The "incisive and tactically astute" Paul Morris has a broad practice with particular experience in structured financial products and derivatives. Sources say he is "considered in his decision making, as well as very easy to deal with."

"Very detailed" and "very good strategically," Chris Warren-Smith is praised for his approach and knowledge of the market. He has significant experience advising on international disputes.

Michael Godden specialises in banking litigation and has particular expertise in derivatives, structured finance and Islamic finance. Sources find him "very impressive."

Significant clients The Bank of New York Mellon, BNP Paribas, Citi, Deutsche Bank, HSBC.

Capital Markets - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 51 partners
- 93 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its skill advising on ECM transactions, especially involving the mining, natural resources and energy sectors. Also advises clients on DCM matters, such as liability management, corporate issuances and Islamic finance transactions. Maintains a particularly strong presence in Canadian DCM matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They're very diligent and very helpful. It's a good work product coming out of Norton Rose Fulbright."

Work highlights Represented Starwood Capital in relation to the £350 million IPO of its European debt fund.

Advised Workspace Group in connection with its £57.5 million retail bond issuance.

Notable practitioners  

Tak Matsuda offers experience across the full spectrum of DCM transactions, including project bonds and equity linked products. He recently advised on the issuance of a £57.5 million retail bond by client Workspace Group.

The "very pragmatic" Simon Cox is an ECM specialist who largely concentrates on emerging markets transactions, which often involve the energy and mining sectors. He has particular experience in matters concerning Mongolia and Kazakhstan.

Significant clients Aureus Mining, Société Générale, Royal Bank of Canada, Peel Hunt, Kenmare Resources.

Capital Markets: Structured Finance, Securitisation & Derivatives - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Particularly noted for its securitisation experience, and regularly handles transactions involving a wide range of asset classes, such as equipment leases, trade receivables and commercial property. Frequently advises on major cross-border matters, making use of the firm's comprehensive global coverage, which includes offices across Canada, Australia, the Middle East and the USA, as well as Europe.

Notable practitioners  

Farmida Bi has a breadth of securitisation expertise, particularly in the Islamic finance market, and regularly acts for corporate and sovereign issuers, as well as financial institutions.

Sandrine Sauvel advises trustees, arrangers and rating agencies across a broad range of structured finance transactions, both domestically and throughout Europe. Securitisation is a key area of focus, and her experience encompasses whole-business securitisations, commercial paper conduits and auto loans.

David Shearer regularly represents a mixed client base of service providers, issuers, arrangers and originators. His knowledge of the structured finance market is wide-ranging, but he maintains a particular focus on covered-bond transactions. 

Competition/European Law - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Proven experience of handling tricky competition matters with notable strengths in damages claims and cartel investigations. Has experience of working with key industry clients in the transport, energy and retail sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Reputation: "They have a good track record in handling complex cases."

Clear advice: "They provide excellent summaries that allow us to see where the focus is required and what we need to decide."

Work highlights Represents PwC in the Competition Commission enquiry into the audit services market.

Acts for HSBC in UK and European-level actions concerning the competition issues related to interchange fees set by Mastercard and Visa.  

Notable practitioners 

"Solid adviser" Peter Scott is at the forefront of the firm's competition litigation. He regularly represents clients in complex contentious matters and is adept at litigating before domestic and European courts.

Martin Coleman has a reputation for being "very quick on his feet and able to get the answers you need as soon as possible." He is one of the lead partners on the aforementioned PwC case and has also handled significant work for Delta Air Lines.

Sources say "meticulous" Michael Grenfell "knows how to control things so the process runs smoothly." He is also recognised as being "incredibly customer-focused." He frequently acts for regulatory bodies including, recently, Ofwat.

Caroline Thomas is felt to have "an excellent grasp of technical material," and is also noted as "an extremely good drafter." She has experience of market investigations and contentious competition cases.

Significant clients Accolade Wines, ASDA, BMW, Cathay Pacific, The Crown Estate.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-46 partners
-79 other lawyers

What the team is known for A good international network provides an appealing setting for a respected and growing London M&A practice. Key expertise and activity in the oil and gas, infrastructure and mining and commodities sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They understood the business side of our transaction."

Industry knowledge: "They have a local presence in all the key natural resources markets."

Breadth of services: Clients praise the integrated nature of the advice across multiple legal practice areas.

Work highlights Represented BP in the sale of its LPG bottle and tank filling businesses to various purchasers.

Advised Barclays on the £1.3 billion combination of the majority of its African operations with Absa. 

Advised Royal Bank of Canada on the USD2 billion acquisition by RBC Wealth Management of the Caribbean, Latin American and African private banking businesses of Coutts.  

Notable practitioners  

Chris Pearson is "thoughtful" and "highly pragmatic," and "gets the deal done," impressed sources say. He represented Delta Air Lines in its proposed acquisition of a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic from Singapore Airlines for USD360 million.

Robin Brooks focuses on transactions in emerging markets. He "understands our needs," said one satisfied client.

Significant clients Allied Gold Mining, Brit Insurance, HSBC, Lloyds Banking, OMV.

Employment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Able to draw upon the firm's extensive global footprint to provide large corporate clients with employment advice. Delivers guidance on the employment issues that arise from corporate transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "The quality of their work is excellent. They combine a technical understanding with an ability to explain things clearly and then apply them to the matter at hand."

Responsiveness: "Their advice is timely and they're very accessible. They're really cost-minded and don't waste time on theoretical possibilities."

Work highlights Advised Royal Bank of Canada on the employment aspects of its multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Coutts's Latin American, Caribbean and African private banking divisions.

Notable practitioners  

According to one client, Paul Griffin has a laudable capacity to apply "his technical understanding to commercial matters." He is labelled a "fantastic transactional lawyer" and has the ability to "work constructively with the opposing side" in complex matters. 

Catrina Smith boasts a strong practice that is founded on a familiarity with clients working in the financial services and energy sectors. She led for Royal Bank of Canada on the Coutts matter. 

Significant clients Aeroturbine, ACE, Bank of Ireland, Petronas, PwC.  

Environment - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Handles a wide range of work, including non-contentious matters and litigation. Has a good standing in the waste, energy and water sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "What I like about the relationship with Norton Rose is that they are very easy to pick up the phone to and catch up with; accessible is the word."

Market standing: "Norton Rose has a splendid practice under Caroline May which benefits from its focus on the energy sector."

What's new? New clients include Picton Capital and Aeroturbine.

Work highlights Advised SP Setia on its £400 million purchase of Battersea Power Station.

Advised DP World on the London Gateway port and logistics park development.

Notable practitioners  

Caroline May heads the team and is seen as an "absolutely fearless lawyer who has seen virtually everything before." She advised Urbaser and Balfour Beatty Capital on the environmental aspects of the contract for the Gloucestershire Waste Treatment PFI. Sources say: "She is very resourceful and she will try and get a very positive solution for her clients."

Significant clients BP, Crest Nicholson, Drax Power, Statoil, The Crown Estate.

Fraud - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Well-regarded civil fraud practice. Notable capacity for advising on related issues of regulatory compliance and criminal liability.

What's new? In June 2013, Norton Rose merged with Houston-headquartered Fulbright & Jaworski, bolstering its overall commercial litigation offering.

Notable practitioners  

Sam Eastwood advises on civil fraud proceedings, in addition to his celebrated corporate crime practice.

Information Technology - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sophisticated practice advising large financial institutions on major IT projects. Also acts for clients in other sectors, such as professional services, public services and telecoms.

What's new? In June 2013, Norton Rose and Fulbright & Jaworski combined to become Norton Rose Fulbright, giving legacy Norton Rose a dramatically improved presence in the USA.

Work highlights Represented RBS in a copyright infringement, breach of confidence and breach of contract action brought by financial services IT provider 3i Infotech.

Advised Solium Capital on an agreement to supply a share plan administration system to Barclays. 

Notable practitioners

Mike Rebeiro is the merged firm's global head of technology. He advises on major IT outsourcing transactions, as well as software licensing, procurement and implementation matters.

Significant clients Department of Health, Friends Life, PwC, ReachLocal, UBM.

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A developing department with expertise in both patent litigation and soft IP work. Experience in handling disputes for clients in the financial services and energy and mining sectors

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They're very aware of our business and the industry we operate in. They provide us with practical, commercial advice."

Commercial awareness: "They don't just think about things in a legal sense, they are also business-focused."

What's new? Patent litigator Huw Evans joined the firm in 2013 from Allen & Overy.

Work highlights Represented RBS in defending a software copyright infringement claim brought by 3i Infotech.

Advises Delta Air Lines on IP issues arising from its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Holidays.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Ball is a "sharp, on-the-ball litigator" who advises on a wide array of disputes. He acted for Brightpoint GB on defending a patent infringement case brought by IPCom.

Sources say Huw Evans is "very pragmatic" and "good at explaining things in a straightforward manner." He acts for clients from the life sciences and hi-tech sectors.

Significant clients Accolade Wines, Prudential, Visa Europe, Expedia, Statoil.

International Arbitration - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for London unit of a reputable global international arbitration practice. Experienced in advising on arbitrations before both domestic and foreign institutions. Sector focuses include oil, gas and infrastructure.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
Efficiency: "They get up to speed quickly, take the time to really understand the documents and the transaction, and provide easy-to-follow and understandable reports."

What's new? In June 2013, Fulbright & Jaworski and Norton Rose merged to create Norton Rose Fulbright, significantly expanding the reach of its international arbitration practice.

Notable practitioners  

Deborah Ruff is a valuable member of the group who has been the key partner on numerous key mandates for the firm. She regularly handles high-value matters.

Sources describe Sherina Petit as a "phenomenal talent who gives her all to every case," with one adding: "She has great strategic and technical skills, as well as being incredibly hard-working." Petit's practice focuses on Indian disputes.

Litigation - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Standout name for cross-border disputes, covering a broad spectrum of industry sectors. Attracts clients drawn from the banking and finance, energy and insurance and reinsurance sectors. Significantly expanded London bench and capacity.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "They do a good job and are highly professional." 

What's new? In 2013, Norton Rose merged with Fulbright & Jaworski, greatly enhancing the litigation team's capability in London.

Work highlights Continued to represent The Swedish Club and Costamare in litigation of over USD130 million, concerning the grounding of the 'Rena' in October 2011.  

Defended RBS in the High Court over claims brought by 3i Infotech of contractual breaches, infringement of copyright and breach of confidence, regarding the bank's private wealth customer data platform.

Notable practitioners

Highly rated practitioner Lista Cannon concentrates her practice on regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings but also has a good track record acting on disputes in the energy sector.

The "excellent" Radford Goodman is heavily involved in ongoing litigation on behalf of the US trustee of the liquidation of Lehman Brothers, and co-ordinates closely with colleagues in Hong Kong, Singapore and Germany.

Sam Eastwood is well recognised for his bribery and anti-corruption practice, acting on behalf of global corporations on investigations and the development of compliance programmes.

Chris Warren-Smith is popular with clients, who describe him as "very good strategically; he knows what's happening in the marketplace and he's very up to speed on the latest trends."

Significant clients Emirates, Citi, Rio Tinto, Barclays, Visa.

Pensions - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted for its standalone pensions work. Acts for corporates, banks and trustees on wide-ranging issues. Collaborates with colleagues around the world to co-ordinate cross-border aspects of transactions. Clients praise the team's flexibility on billing arrangements.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They're responsive and provide good, reliable, professional advice."

What's new? Norton Rose merged with Houston-headquartered Fulbright & Jaworski on 1 June 2013, enhancing the firm's attractiveness to clients with US and UK interests.

Work highlights Advised the trustee of the Invensys Pension Scheme on the pensions aspects of the sale of Invensys’ rail signalling business to Siemens. This included advising the trustee on a £400 million up-front payment to the scheme as well as the establishment of a £225 million reservoir trust. 

Advised the BayernLB Retirement and Death Benefits Plan trustees on the proposed closure to future accrual of the defined benefit and defined contribution sections of the bank's pension scheme.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Ford heads up the London team and is experienced in all areas of pensions law. According to one effusive client, "he's got a very pragmatic approach to life, always looking to solve problems, not create roadblocks."

Lesley Browning advises clients such as Domtar and Arval UK Group. With expertise spanning the full range of pensions issues, she is well respected by both peers and clients.

Shane O'Reilly is an associate at the firm and has recently assisted clients such as Invensys Pension Trustee and the trustees of the BayernLB Retirement and Death Benefits Plan.

Significant clients BMW, HSBC, Nestlé UK, trustees of the CEMEX UK pension schemes, trustees of the Thomson Pension Fund.

Planning - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-2 partners
-10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Adept at handling urban development and regeneration projects. Works collaboratively with the firm's strong real estate and energy teams in progressing infrastructure and energy projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Pragmatic advice: "The team consistently delivers a balance of commercial pragmatism, value for money and 'always on' advice. It is unusual to receive all-round advice and guidance which interfaces with the legal issues across all disciplines in the manner that that team are able to deliver."

Notable practitioners  

Jacqui O'Keefe is a key contact.

Significant clients HG Capital, The Crown Estate, Foinavon, Royal London Asset Management, DP World.

Professional Negligence - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Defendant-focused practice acting for insurers, banks, accountants, and financial service providers. Particularly strong on negligence matters with a regulatory slant. 

What's new? In June 2013, Norton Rose merged with Houston-headquartered Fulbright & Jaworski, giving this legacy Fulbright team a greatly improved international platform.

Work highlights Defended securities brokers Teathers, in liquidation, against over 200 claims, with an approximate value of £30 million, relating to a stockbroker's promotion and management of a film finance investment vehicle.

Notable practitioners  

Contentious insurance expert Kirsty Hick is praised for giving "practical and commercial advice rather than hiding behind caveats and disclaimers," and for being "a pleasure to work with."

Financial services expert Chris Warren-Smith, has a lot of experience in defending claims against professionals in this area. His practice has a significant international element and he is highly respected by peers.

Significant clients Santander, Brewin Dolphin, JM Finn, Nationwide Building Society, Teathers.

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-12 partners
-30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Specialist advisers on the full range of real estate finance matters, focusing particularly on transactions involving prime assets. Notable expertise in Islamic financing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They were thorough and organised, and flagged up important issues at an early stage. They clearly communicated with us, advised us on what the implications were and made recommendations. I thought they provided a really strong service."

Client service: "I find them very helpful from my point of view because I'm not a lawyer. I feel like I can ring them up and ask questions and they'll take the time to explain the answers."

Work highlights Advised on the £700 million acquisition and leaseback of 12 private hospitals from the Spire Healthcare Group on behalf of Malaysia's Employees Provident Fund, Och-Ziff Capital Management Group and Moor Park Capital Partners.

Acted for S P Setia, Sime Darby and the Employees Provident Fund on the £400 million acquisition of Battersea Power Station.

Notable practitioners  

Lucy Wolley Dod is heralded as a "strong and pragmatic lawyer who has an array of experience to support every situation which seems to come up in property financing."

Associate Sarah Cullen is earning herself a good reputation in this area. Clients say she is "extremely helpful, conscientious and thorough. She guided us through the process well."

Significant clients BNP Paribas, Crest Nicholson, Ivanhoé Cambridge, RBS, Scottish Widows. 

Real Estate Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts alongside the firm's other practices, including its environment and construction divisions, on advising property developers, commercial landlords, investors and trusts on real estate controversies. Has a particular focus on professional negligence and insolvency-related claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They're effective, approachable, they respond very quickly and offer very detailed and very, very helpful advice."

Work highlights Acted for Stena Realty against Berkeley Homes on complex multiparty rights of light claim, arriving at an agreement accepted by all parties involved and so allowing the development to continue.

Advised CommerzReal regarding the insolvency of multiple tenants on three separate sites, and advised on issues connected to the Comet administration, assuring rent from continued use of the property whilst the administration process is ongoing.

Notable practitioners  

"Impressive" solicitor advocate Charlotte Bijlani receives high praise from clients, who describe her as "very professional, very approachable and very proactive," and "always available." Amongst her wide-ranging contentious property work she has recently acted on cases relating to transactions, insolvencies, dilapidations and damages claims.

Significant clients ABC International Bank, Ask Developments, Crest Nicholson, Europa Capital Partners, Workspace.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 25 partners
- 50 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A well-regarded firm in the London investment and development market. Noted for high-quality individual lawyers and inbound investment from Asia and the Middle East.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "You're made to feel like their favourite client. You are made to feel special and that you are the only one."

Technical ability: "Extremely high quality. The individuals are all very capable and clearly know what they are doing."

Co-ordination: Clients particularly highlight the availability and responsiveness of relationship managers.

What's new? Norton Rose merged with US firm Fulbright & Jaworski in June 2013.

Neil Biswas joins from Nabarro.

Work highlights Acted for the joint venture between S P Setia, Sime Darby and Malaysian Employees Provident Fund on the acquisition and funding of the Battersea Power Station site.

Continues to advise DP World on its £1.5 billion London Gateway development, a new container port and logistics park on the River Thames.

Notable practitioners 

Lindsay Morgan is head of real estate for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. She specialises in portfolio acquisition and management, with clients including institutions and public sector bodies.

Head of the London real estate group David Sinclair is praised by sources for his "extraordinary" attention to detail. He acts for investors and developers, with recent work including advising DP World on the London Gateway project. Clients say: "You get utterly spoilt by David. He makes it a pleasure to work with him."

Daniel Wagerfield acts for investors, developers and corporate occupiers. He led on the acquisition of the Battersea Power Station development. Clients praise him as "very clear and commercial-minded."

Significant clients Commerz Real, Crest Nicholson, Ivanhoe Cambridge, The Crown Estate, WELPUT.

Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners

What the team is known for Strength in handling contentious insolvency matters. Singled out for knowledge of the real estate and shipping sectors. Experienced in handling cases with cross-border elements.

Work highlights Acted as UK Counsel to the trustee of Lehman Brothers, advising on all aspects of the insolvency, including settlements.

Represented various Malaysian entities in a joint venture to acquire Battersea Power Station following the underlying company going into administration.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say Hamish Anderson "has a lot of experience backed up with great academic knowledge." He has a broad practice and regularly handles complex cross-border matters. He was the lead partner on the Lehman case.

Tax - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department 
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong capacity to handle M&A, reorganisations, financial transactions and property tax, with sector specialisms in financial services, transport and energy. Formidable global presence, with offices in Europe, Asia, Canada, South Africa and Latin America.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Experience:"They have a strong tax department with very experienced tax partners."

Work highlights Advised BP on the sale of its LPG bottle and tank filling business, which spanned numerous European jurisdictions, South Africa and China, as well as the disposal of its non-refinery integrated wholesale business.

Assisted Stena with the tax aspects of all of its shipping and offshore business operations in the UK.

Notable practitioners  

Europe, Middle East and Asia head of tax Louise Higginbottom frequently advises clients in the energy and transport sectors. She recently led the team advising BP on the disposal of its LPG bottling operations.

Dominic Stuttaford focuses upon advising on the tax aspects of M&A and reorganisations. He frequently advises banking, insurance and technology clients.

John Challoner has a strong record on property tax matters as well as notable niche expertise in advising on the tax aspects of Islamic finance transactions.

Chris Bates is widely regarded as a "very strong tax adviser," especially in connection with financial transactions, such as derivatives and structured finance.

Matt Hodkin is noted for his strong expertise in advising clients in the transport and renewable energy sectors.

Leading associate Andrew Roycroft advises clients on domestic and international corporate transactions and restructurings.

Significant clients AXA, BNP Paribas, Friends Life, HSBC, ING.

Asset Finance - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Regarded as a leading firm across all three major asset classes, and particularly noted for its outstanding capabilities in big-ticket transactions. Handles a range of aviation finance matters, including pre-delivery payments and Islamic bond facilities. The broad shipping practice handles significant energy sector work, including drilling rigs and tanker financings. The rail finance team advises on rolling stock matters across Europe, as well as refinancings.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Negotiation skills: "If you're having a discussion with the other side Norton Rose is exceptional at putting the points across. They always look at the practical side, and this is very useful."

Client service: "They are extremely easy to deal with, and very open and easy to instruct, meet and work with."

What's new? Simon Lew brings his extensive shipping finance experience to the firm from Clifford Chance.

New clients include China Aircraft Leasing Company, S7 Airlines and Starlite Aviation.

Work highlights Advised LOT Polish Airlines on the USD500 million US Ex-Im Bank-backed financing of five new Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Advised HSM Products on the acquisition of five subsidiaries of FR8 Singapore.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Hartley is revered throughout the market for his shipping finance practice. He is particularly known for his work in structured transactions.

Head of transport Harry Theochari is praised by clients for his long-term experience in the shipping finance sector. He is known for his particular skill in dealing with international cases.

Simon Lew receives high praise for his shipping finance practice throughout the market. One client comments that "he knows exactly which points we could be commercial on and which were deal breakers."

Neil Poland heads the aviation team and is known for his broad practice in this sphere.

Giles Brand is noted for his aviation finance expertise. One client comments that he is "particularly good at communicating complex risk positions in layman's terms."

Tom Johnson heads the rail department at the firm and is well known for his work for ROSCOs.

Alistair MacRae is known in the market for his broad asset finance practice, with particular expertise in rail-related matters. He is described by sources as "a really fantastic lawyer."

John Shelton is hugely experienced in the shipping finance sphere and continues to act for shipping companies and banks across a range of matters.

Significant clients Bombardier Transportation UK, Carnival Corporation, easyJet, Eversholt, Gulf Energy Maritime.

Since publication, Neil Poland has joined Vedder Price

Aviation - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad practice covering asset finance and commercial litigation for airlines, as well as regulatory and competition work. Highlighted for its commerciality and solution-focused approach.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Delivery: "We continue to be impressed with the team. They are very pleasant people to work with but also diligent in terms of getting things done on time and pragmatic. I like the hands-on approach that they have; they keep a project very tight and deliver good value as a result."

Work highlights Advised Pembrook Capital on the leases of two aircraft valued in excess of USD80 million to Kingfisher Airlines of India, and on their successful repossession.  

Advised Amentum Capital and HSH Nordbank on claims in excess of USD100 million against Air Comet and Astra. The matter involved repossession of five aircraft from Spanish low-cost airline Air Comet.

Notable practitioners  

Highlighted by market observers for his prowess in both aviation dispute resolution and regulation, head of aviation disputes Patrick Farrell led the group acting for Pembrook Capital, Amentum Capital and HSH Nordbank. One impressed client states: "I would say Patrick is at the top of his game! He is very pleasant to work with, quite understated but very knowledgeable. There is a depth of experience there."

Significant clients Air Tanker Services, easyJet, Emirates Airline, Flybe, United/Continental Airlines.

Capital Markets - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 5 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers 
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Provides comprehensive international coverage, with a global footprint that extends to Latin America, South Africa, Canada and Central Asia. Receives plaudits for its sector expertise in mining, oil and gas, and natural resources.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Extremely helpful, they know their stuff, they know the rules and some of the finesse around those rules. They're extremely proactive when you work with them."

Industry knowledge: "They're very experienced, hard-working and reasonable. Strong on oil and gas."

What's new? The firm received instructions from new clients Aureus, Good Energy and Mecom.

Work highlights Advised Canaccord Genuity with regard to its role as bookrunner on a share placing by AIM-listed Secure Trust Bank.

Acted for RBC Europe in connection with the placing of 2,860,000 new ordinary shares by InternetQ, which raised £6 million.

Notable practitioners  

According to sources Rajesh Karia "understands the industry, and provides straight, honest advice." He recently acted for Liberum Capital in relation to Mwana Africa's USD33.5 million secondary fund-raising.

Significant clients Good Energy Group, Primary Health Properties, Aureus Mining, Macquarie Bank, Rathbone.

Commodities - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners 
- 116 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for A highly regarded commodities practice with strong expertise in trade and commodity finance, the regulation of commodity derivatives and advice to exchanges on the establishment of new platforms. Physical commodities practice covers both transactions and disputes, with a particular focus on coal and gas sales agreements. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "Every time we came across an issue they had experience of a similar situation and could offer reasonable advice."

Industry knowledge: "These deals have been nightmare deals but I have been very confident given their experience in the trade finance sphere." 

Responsiveness: "The lawyers were available 24 hours a day." 

What's new? JK Nippon Oil and Energy, Mercuria Energy Trading and Manganese Trading secured as new clients.

Work highlights Assisted Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank with the provision of a USD250 million pre-export finance facility to VSMPO.

Advised Trafigura on its USD60 million worldwide borrowing base programme.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Herbst advises on the regulatory aspects of commodity derivatives, both OTC and exchange traded. He "is just what we needed on the regulatory side," said one client.

Trade finance specialist Nicholas Grandage receives numerous enthusiastic comments from clients, with one interviewee stating: "He is an absolutely excellent problem solver; he has found ways through when we thought we were stuck." Grandage was the lead partner in the aforementioned work for Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank.

Leading associate Jenni Lajzerowicz "is always extremely well prepared and has good commercial nous," according to impressed observers. She regularly handles disputes concerning coal and oil sales agreements.

Significant clients CME Group, ScottishPower, Rabobank, Louis Dreyfus Foreign Desks, BP.

Construction - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 42 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Instructed on the full gamut of construction-related projects and disputes. The team has a marked presence in the areas of mining, waste, nuclear and infrastructure, particularly in Africa. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "The advice is always quite direct and commercial; they look at the bigger picture."

Responsiveness: "They turn around work in a timely manner." 

What's new? New clients include Lagos State Government, Region of Waterloo (Ontario) and Swakop Uranium. 

Work highlights Advised Fusion for Energy on procurement and contract matters relating to the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project in France.

Advised Balfour Beatty Capital and Urbaser on the development of a waste treatment facility in Essex.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say that Peter Hall "knows his stuff and represents his clients very well." He advises domestic and international clients on non-contentious construction matters.

Energy specialist Richard Hill acts on the purchaser side of transactions, on non-contentious matters related to construction projects across the globe.

Observers note that Donald Warnock is "fantastic from a commercial perspective." He has developed an all-encompassing construction law practice and acts in the UK as well as internationally.

Significant clients DP World, Ferrovial, Marubeni, Mubadala, Tube Lines/London Underground. 

Corporate Crime & Investigations - UK-wide

What the team is known for Impressive experience handling major SFO investigations and internal investigations, and in providing anti-bribery compliance advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They are agile in their approach, depending on client needs. What makes them unusual is that they make a lot of effort to really understand us as a company."

What's new? The arrival of Neil O'May from Bindmans LLP has strengthened the firm's white-collar offering.

Notable practitioners 

Sources identify Sam Eastwood as "a leader in the field," with an excellent reputation for advising multinational corporations on investigations and compliance. Clients describe him as "very analytical in his approach" and "very insightful in terms of where the bribery and corruption agenda is headed."

Employee Share Schemes & Incentives - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Part of a globally integrated team with enhanced international capabilities following a recent merger. Renowned for developing share schemes for companies that are converting to LLP status.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They're receptive to our needs and helpful in terms of working with our other advisers."

International capability: Sources applaud the firm's successes on employee share schemes in the Middle East where rivals have struggled.

What's new? The firm itself is a new entity, formed when Norton Rose merged with Fulbright & Jaworski.

Work highlights Advised CGI Group on the share scheme aspects of its £1.7 billion takeover of Logica.

Handled the employee benefits aspects of Crest Nicholson's £550 million flotation.

Notable practitioners  

According to one interviewee, Monique Fry "excels at the provision of share scheme advice." The source adds that "she always takes account of the bigger picture and she is a pleasure to work with." She led the team that advised CGI Group in its recent acquisition of Logica.

Clients appreciate Louise Dent's ability to consider the strategic implications of share schemes, complementing her expertise in "understanding what it is that clients are trying to achieve."

Significant clients 7IM, Capital Shopping Centres, Drax Group, Irwin Mitchell, Petrofac.

Energy & Natural Resources - UK-wide

What the team is known for Firm of highly commercial lawyers with a great capacity to take on international work across its network of foreign offices. The group is considered an energy stalwart, and is home to an eminent renewables practice.

Strengths (Mainly quotes from clients)
Efficiency: "They provide simple and straightforward advice - they are pragmatic in the approach they take, which is exactly what we need."

International capability: "They are building oil and gas sector expertise within their international network."

What's new? Energy projects specialist Rob Marsh has been promoted to partner.

Work highlights Assisted OMV with the EUR247.9 million acquisition from RWE Dea of a 20% stake in the Edvard Grieg oilfield development.

Acting on behalf of Ofwat in connection with the £2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel project.

Notable practitioners  

Neil Miller is leader of the energy dispute resolution group, and is proclaimed to be "very strategic, thoughtful and sensible - he is a good lawyer and litigator."

Sources confirm that oil and gas specialist Nick Prowse "gets deep into the work." Prowse acted on behalf of Tullow Oil on a USD3.5 billion refinancing.

The "very talented" Richard Metcalf has been kept busy representing Zimbabwe Power on power development projects.

The "fantastic" Simon Currie is global head of energy and is singled out for his high profile in the renewables market. Currie is highly esteemed by sources as "one of the most well connected in the energy industry."

Significant clients ING, Ministry of Oil & Gas of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Qatar Electricity & Water, Saudi International Petrochemical, Scatec Solar.

Energy & Natural Resources - UK-wide

What the team is known for Very strong in project finance and respected for its handling of M&A, capital markets and litigious matters. Extensive work in emerging markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Visibility: "Norton Rose has a very fine mining practice. They have a very good footprint, having done deals with law firms in Australia, South Africa and Canada."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Tizir, a joint venture between Mineral Deposits and Eramet, in relation to the issue of a USD150 million Nordic bond towards the funding of construction of a mineral sands mining facility in Senegal.

Advised Allied Gold Mining on its £360 million takeover by St Barbara Mining by way of a scheme of arrangement.

Notable practitioners  

Global head of infrastructure, mining and commodities, Martin McCann has advised Standard Bank and The Standard Bank of South Africa on an initial short-term bridge loan facility and a later equity offering and senior secured Nordic bond issue made in connection with the Northlands Resources iron ore mining project in Kaunisvaara, Sweden.

Rajesh Karia is thought to be "very easy to work with" by sources, who praise his "complete understanding" of a transaction. Karia acted for RBC Capital Markets, Canaccord Genuity, Mirabaud Securities and J&E Davey, the joint bookrunners in a USD60 million share placing by Kenmare Resources.

Simon Cox represented SAT & Co in its acquisition of Romaltyn, the holding company of Romaltyn Mining and Romaltyn Exploration, for USD20 million.

Impressed sources say that Daniel Metcalfe "is great. Dan is a very good associate - he has been measured and affable, which is something that really helps when you have a tough transaction."

Significant clients Barclays, Rio Tinto, AngloGold Ashanti, Petropavlovsk, Banro.

Environment - UK-wide

What the team is known for The climate change group acts on matters such as carbon and energy trading, policy advice, clean energy and green finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "They were involved early on in carbon trading and they have been innovative in the area. If there is a low carbon project going you will always expect to see them and they are always amongst the toughest competition."

What's new? New clients include Green Investment Bank.

Work highlights Part of a consortium that advised the EU Commission on the link between climate change and natural catastrophe insurance.

Advised BP on emission investments, including into an emissions trading scheme in California.

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Hedges has a practice which focuses on carbon trading, policy issues and green finance. He has advised a number of clients in relation to carbon disputes that have developed due to the fall in the price of carbon credits. Sources say: "He is pragmatic, approachable and very knowledgeable."

Significant clients Athelia, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Gazprom Marketing and Trading.

Financial Services - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 16 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Possesses broad experience across the range of financial services matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Offers specific strengths in the banking and market infrastructure, hedge fund and management funds sectors. Also has a strong track record in defending high-profile individuals in regulatory investigations.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I think the service is excellent - the advice is very considered."

Client service: "I've been impressed by the attention that they pay to matters and the care they put in."

Work highlights Advised CME Europe in connection with the establishment of a new derivatives exchange based in the UK, primarily for the trade of foreign exchange futures contracts.  

Representing former and current employees of a major financial institution, in relation to investigations and enquiries being conducted regarding the high-profile LIBOR scandal.

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Herbst has been leading the team on the CME Europe matter mentioned above. He offers key expertise in outsourcing transactions, commodity derivatives and the regulation of acquisitions and disposals.

Peter Snowdon concentrates his practice on matters related to the regulation of retail financial services, including e-commerce, financial promotion and the impact of EU regulation. 

The "excellent" Lista Cannon's wide-ranging experience includes advising clients on multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigation and enforcement proceedings.

Significant clients Citadel, ConvergEx, Société Générale, CME, Northern Trust. 

Insurance - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Adept in all aspects of insurance and reinsurance work, with particular specialisms in niche areas such as takaful, marine and offshore energy, and political risk. Strong international presence covering Europe, Canada, South Africa, Australia and East Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They have an efficient and excellent manner. The team has grown and is now very large. The volume of their operations has grown considerably."

Market standing: "Their clients are major players, big public companies. They can handle any high-profile case."

What's new? Norton Rose merged with Fulbright & Jaworski to create Norton Rose Fulbright.

Work highlights Recently advised Collyer Bristow in relation to a £100 million claim against Lockton, its insurance brokers.

Recently represented Brit Insurance, Hiscox and Catlin regarding a claim brought against them by Starlight in Greece.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Mendelowitz is expert across a vast array of insurance and reinsurance matters, including those pertaining to the maritime, professional indemnity and international casualty arenas. 

Susan Dingwall is described as a "first-class, very tough litigator." She concentrates her practice on political risk, D&O, and trade and credit risks, and she is a recognised expert in takaful. She is the lead partner on the aforementioned Collyer Bristow case.

Patrick Foss is a specialist in insurance and reinsurance related to the marine and energy spheres. Key areas of expertise include mortgagee's interest, cargo and war and political risks. He is complimented as a "superb academic lawyer."  

Christopher Zavos is described as one of the "pre-eminent marine lawyers in the London market." His practice encompasses all facets of marine and energy-related insurance issues, including those pertaining to hull, yacht, offshore wind farms and piracy. Sources state: "He is a diligent and thorough lawyer who demonstrates commitment to his clients and a very good understanding of all their commercial issues."

Significant clients Hiscox, Chartis, XL, QBE, Markel.

Insurance - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Highly regarded across a broad range of insurance matters, including complex corporate transactions, restructurings and regulatory issues. Expert in the Lloyd's and life sectors, with a strong international reach, particularly in Asia.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Norton Rose was very good at getting what we wanted. In all technical issues they were right there in the mix. The work was fantastic."

Bench strength: "They clearly have strength and depth there. They do some very good insurance deals."

Work highlights Advised Aquiline on its £87 million acquisition of Equity Red Star from IAG.

Advised Brit Insurance Holdings on the sale of Brit Insurance to Riverstone, in a deal worth USD300 million.

Notable practitioners

David Whear attracts acclaim from the market for his insurance practice, which includes deep expertise on regulatory issues, M&A and joint ventures. He is particularly well-regarded for his command of the Lloyd's market, with one client remarking: "He's probably at the top of the practice in terms of Lloyd's." Another appreciative client states: "From a market intelligence point of view he's got his finger on the pulse."

The "highly efficient" James Bateson is head of the firm's financial institutions practice. He is respected for his long-standing insurance practice, which includes advising high-profile domestic and international insurers on a wide range of insurance-related matters. He recently advised AmTrust on its USD70 million acquisition of Car Care Plan.

Described as "a current luminary of the sector," Maria Ross's practice covers regulatory, transactional and bancassurance matters, and she is a recognised expert in the life sector. One source commends her as being "good at identifying and representing her clients' interests, and very pleasant to work across from."

Significant clients ACE, Swiss Re, Domestic and General, AXA, AIG.

Ashley Prebble   

Investment Funds - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 13 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Commended for its work spanning multiple asset classes, including open and closed-ended funds and real estate funds. Recognised for its extensive international footprint and sectoral strengths in infrastructure and energy.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Team work: "Diligent, thoughtful and they work as a team, which is important. They are innovative and all round very good and committed."

Responsiveness: "Get a lot of contact from them - they're always at the end of the phone, they will drop everything and come back with answers rapidly."

Bench strength: "The quality of the associates is very high. They retain good quality people." 

Work highlights Acted for Starwood Capital Operations on the £228 million IPO of the new investment company.

Advised on the £250 million IPO of listed energy fund Greencoat UK Wind for client Greencoat Capital.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Newell is a well-established figure in the funds market, this year acting for 46 Parallels on the formation of an African hybrid debt fund, which closed at USD300 million. Sources appreciate his "straightforward manner" and his ability to "keep calm with lots happening." 

Ian Fox's recent work includes advice to Harbour Fund II, a Cayman Island-domiciled fund on its launch and £120 million fundraising. He is reportedly "good at building relationships" and "incredibly approachable." 

Richard Sheen "brings a breadth of experience to transactions," according to sources. He is the global head of asset management at the firm and lately led the team's work on the IPO of Starwood Capital Operations.  

Cathy Pitt has a broad corporate practice and handles establishment and fundraising for domestic and international investment funds, focusing particularly on closed-ended listed funds.

One source lauds associate Tim Page for the "outstanding quality" of his work, noting that he is "on top of all the detail" and possesses "good commercial understanding."

Significant clients Henderson Global Investors, Invesco Perpetual, Cenkos Securities, Canaccord Genuity, Oriel Securities.

Outsourcing - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Well regarded for handling a full range of technology and business process outsourcing transactions. Established links with the public sector and with clients in financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "The team is measured in its approach and will ensure key points are understood effectively. They press in the right places to create a balanced discussion."

Client service: "They culturally align to us and there is a sense that they know the ebb and flow of our business."

Work highlights Assisted Solium Capital and Solium Capital UK with an agreement to provide share plan administration services to Barclays. 

Advising the Department of Health on an alliance contract for the provision of employee records, payroll and pensions services.

Notable practitioners  

Mike Rebeiro advises a range of clients on both IT and business process outsourcing agreements. He has an excellent client base in the financial services sector and recently advised on hosting system agreements, data centres and finance and account outsourcings.  

Significant clients BNY Mellon, Friends Life, PwC, RSA, Vodafone.

Projects - UK-wide

What the team is known for Established team working on PPP projects domestically and internationally. Acts for sponsors and lenders in sectors such as waste, water, rail, airports and ports.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Responsiveness: "They are excellent, prompt, responsive and willing to give solid advice that is actually useful."

Industry knowledge: "Years of experience and a very deep understanding of issues."

What's new? New clients include BAM PPP.

Work highlights Advised the successful bidder on the Madinah Airport PPP project in Saudi Arabia.

Advised the lender group on the N11 Arklow to Rathnew road PPP project in Ireland.

Notable practitioners 

Mark Berry is a projects lawyer with extensive PFI experience. Sources note his technical expertise and see his engineering background as a big plus. He advised a bidder on the Essex waste PFI. Sources say: "He is extremely knowledgeable of the subject and has an adaptable style depending on who the client is." 

Chris Brown is a projects lawyer with experience in the PPP sector. He advised a lender group on the financing for a programme of school building in the Republic of Ireland.

Martin McCann is a banking lawyer with a great deal of experience financing infrastructure projects. He advised a lender group on the USD1.5 billion Lekki port project in Nigeria.

Andrew Buisson advises clients on infrastructure and PFI/PPP projects. He advised the Lagos state government on the Lekki-Epe international airport PPP.

Significant clients Balfour Beatty Capital, G4S, International Finance Corporation, SMBC, Saudi Oger.

Projects - UK-wide

What the team is known for Well-regarded project finance group with strength in areas such as energy, petrochemicals and infrastructure. Handles projects domestically, EU-wide and in Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. Regularly acts for both lenders and sponsors. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Bench strength: "With the bench strength and support team they have, they can mobilise very quickly to get a transaction over the line."

Efficiency: "If you need to do something and complete it they are very useful, they are efficient and practical, and supportive of getting a deal done."

Work highlights Advised the lenders on the USD4.1 billion financing of a downstream oil and gas project in Uzbekistan.

Advised a consortium of sponsors in relation to the development of the Rotterdam World Gateway Port.

Notable practitioners 

Andrew Hart is a project finance partner in the firm's London office. He handles work in areas such as energy and infrastructure, for both sponsor and lender clients. Sources say: "His writing is a piece of art, so clear, so articulate."

Simon Currie is a projects lawyer with a focus on the energy sector. Sources particularly note the strength of his ECA practice. He led the London team on a number of solar energy projects in South Africa. Sources say: "He knows his subject very well, he is pragmatic and is well connected – which is useful." 

Jeffery Barratt is a partner focusing on infrastructure and energy projects. He advises sponsors, and lenders, including multi-laterals and ECAs.

Martin McCann is a finance lawyer with a practice that includes mining and infrastructure projects. He advised the lenders on the financing of the USD1.5 billion Lekki port project in Nigeria. Sources describe him as "one of the most experienced mining lawyers in London," and add that "he is very commercial and focused in terms of wanting to get a deal done."

Charles Whitney is a banking lawyer with a practice that focuses on advising lenders and sponsors on project finance matters. He advised the lenders on the Surgil gas and petrochemical complex in Uzbekistan. Sources say: "He is good at going into the meeting and negotiating tricky and complex legal issues and coming out with the result that we want."

Significant clients Barclays, International Finance Corporation, Société Générale, Standard Bank of South Africa, KEXIM.

Public Procurement - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London 

What the team is known for Widely respected for procurement work in the utilities and public sectors, particularly regarding PPP/PFI projects. Draws on support from the firm's strength in European law.

Work highlights Acted as legal advisers to the Secretary of State for Transport during the Brown Review into the future of rail franchising.

Advising the Department of Health on the procurement of contracts for electronic staff records and pension scheme administration.

Notable practitioners  

Totis Kotsonis is hailed for his extensive expertise in procurement and comprehensive knowledge of the law. He led the team advising on the Brown Review.

Significant clients The Crown Estate, ThyssenKrupp, Bombardier Transportation UK, Ofwat. 

Shipping - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 17 qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for A strong name in the market for offshore and energy work. Clients rely on the practice for a broad array of maritime matters, and it is instructed on dry litigation, admiralty disputes and insurance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "It has a strong team and, importantly, this is supported by a very strong general practice such that if the need for advice on, say, financing or employment matters arises then this, too, can be accommodated."

What's new? The practice welcomed a number of impressive names to its client roster, including AIG and ICICI Bank.

Work highlights Acted for The Swedish Club and Costamare in litigation worth more than USD130 million following the grounding of the 'Rena' off the coast of New Zealand.

Advised a number of Lloyd's syndicates on claims that followed an alleged piracy attack on the 'Brillante Virtuoso', a crude oil tanker, in July 2011.

Notable practitioners 

Patrick Foss is a litigator who spends much of his time advising on marine disputes, including associated energy and insurance matters. Sources laud him as "sensible and bright." His recent work includes acting for a reinsurer on claims following the total loss of a marine structure.

Philip Roche serves as global co-chair of the firm's shipping practice and advises notable clients, including shipbuilder Austal, as well as financial institutions. Clients appreciate his "good all-round legal support," and describe him as "extremely knowledgeable."

Christopher Zavos had a lead role for a number of Lloyd's syndicates in connection with claims relating to an alleged piracy attack on a crude oil tanker in 2011. Clients highlight his hard-working manner and practical ethos: "He is a diligent and thorough lawyer who demonstrates commitment to his clients and a very good understanding of all their commercial issues, which he balances with a fine legal brain."

Significant clients Carnival UK, Catlin Underwriting Agencies, Credit Agricole, ExxonMobil, Gulf Energy Maritime. 

Telecommunications - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on industry financing and investments. Active emerging markets practice. Adept at handling telecommunications infrastructure transactions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client relationships: "The team makes a point of understanding clients' businesses and maintaining close relationships with them."

International reach: "The firm has a strong international presence and understands local markets well."  

What's new? Associate Lucy Lillywhite joined the team from Charles Russell in January 2013.

Work highlights Provided cross-jurisdiction regulatory advice to Vodafone on its provision of M2M services.

Advised IFC and Standard bank on financing Eaton Towers' tower portfolio purchase in Uganda.

Notable practitioners

Oliver Stacey is praised for his thoroughness and for bringing value to discussions. "His can-do attitude certainly assists when dealing with projects that have tight deadlines," comment interviewees. He has particular expertise in advising on tower sales and leaseback deals. 

Significant clients Cable & Wireless, France Telecom, Hutchison 3G, Telecom Aircom.

Transport - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 26 qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Broad and multifaceted advice on rail matters. Most frequently identified for its rail finance work, as well as its involvement in large-scale projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Value for money: "They are incredibly good lawyers and incredibly fair. They don't charge the earth."

Client focus: "They have a very client-friendly style. They are open and easy to work with."

What's new? The arrivalof Simon Lew has strengthened the firm's asset finance practice.

Work highlights Advised the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Barclays on the restructuring of syndicated financing to Stansted Express.

Notable practitioners  

Tom Johnson is one of the most respected practitioners in the field of rail finance. He climbs a band in the rankings following praise for his "excellent working knowledge of the rail industry," as well as his "commercial approach to drafting and documentation."

Louise Auty has represented a range of rail clients, including operators, rolling stock companies and state bodies. She is "exceptionally knowledgeable and talented," say market sources.

Significant clients Bank of America, Eversholt Rail, Hitachi Rail, The Go-Ahead Group, Bombardier Transportation UK.