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Banking & Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Burgeoning team acting for borrowers and lenders on a broad range of banking transactions, often with a cross-border element. Increasing presence on matters involving the aircraft industry.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“Responsive and commercial - they turn things around incredibly quickly. Strong and technical firm with high-calibre banking lawyers.”

“Exceedingly good response; they always make themselves available. A very pleasant crowd to work with on a human level, and they know us inside out.” 

Work highlights Advised J.P. Morgan on £28.5 million of financing for a substantial property in London.  

Represented Silicon Valley Bank in a number of cross-border life sciences and technology sector lending transactions, including amendments to existing facilities and receivables financings.

Notable practitioners 

Sources note that head of finance Andrew Evans “brings a lot of experience and knowledge” to transactions. He is “always up to date on market practice and industry standards.” His specialist areas include secured and unsecured lending, asset finance in wealth management and real estate finance.

Significant clients Europe Arab Bank, Standard Chartered, Aviva, Threadneedle, EMED Mining.

Banking Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Focuses on litigation concerning derivatives and structured finance for national and international clients. Significant activity related to the liquidation of Lehman Brothers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The advice we've had has always been very clear, timely and commercial. The work is always of a high standard."

Work highlights Acts for the liquidator of Lehman Brothers Finance in numerous multi-jurisdictional claims relating to derivatives contracts.

Successfully represented Torre Asset Funding in a claim against RBS finding negligent management of a substantial loan and securitisation.

Notable practitioners  

Duncan Black is well regarded by clients as "always impressive." They assert: "He's extremely knowledgeable and experienced and always able to respond to tricky questions on the spot."

Significant clients LBBW, Citi, Danske Bank, Commerzbank, Standard Bank.

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

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

What the team is known for Well-regarded team offering expertise across a wide range of derivatives and structured products. Advises domestic and international banks, institutional asset managers and pension schemes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is well equipped and highly knowledgeable in the field of derivatives. They make a real point of trying to understand the business in order to better advise on products, and so it feels collaborative, hands-on and personable."

"The team takes a very commercial approach to legal problems and issues." 

Work highlights Advised Lehman Brothers Finance (in liquidation) on claims against a series of investment companies within the Henderson group, in connection with the close-out of its derivatives contracts with these companies.

Advised Aviva Investors Global Services on its US and European agreements for clearing OTC derivatives, including the ISDA and ISDA/FOA addenda.

Notable practitioners  

Guy Usher is head of the firm's derivatives and structured finance group, and frequently advises major global investment banks, hedge funds and investment managers. A client compliments him as a "brilliant derivatives expert, with a broad experience in derivative contracts." 

Edward Miller recently advised Lehman Brothers Finance in connection with its claims against a series of investment companies regarding the close-out of derivatives contracts. Clients praise his "excellent depth of understanding" and his ability to "give confidence with his practical approach."

Gonzalo Fernandez, a consultant in the firm's finance group, acts on a broad range of securitisation matters. A recent highlight saw him acting for H.E.A.T. Mezzanine on the restructuring of its three CLOs.

Client favourite Luke Whitmore possesses experience across a wide range of derivatives and structured products, including equity derivatives, synthetic CDOs and credit default swaps. "His strengths are his commercial acumen, and solid understanding of the operational mechanics," states one source.

Significant clients Goldman Sachs, Investec Asset Management, Neuberger Berman Europe, The Bank of New York Mellon, Commerzbank. 

Clinical Negligence - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its handling of a variety of complex, maximum severity clinical negligence claims. Noted in particular for its specialist expertise relating to obstetrics and cancer cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their preparation for the case was exhaustive. It was a very long and very useful process for me - it helped me come to terms with what had happened. Every time I went there I was very well received."

"They handled the case very sensitively. The experts they used were all fantastic and knowledgeable. From beginning to end we were impressed."

What's new? Caron Heyes joined the firm from Blake Morgan in 2014.

Work highlights Achieved a settlement in excess of £15 million for a child born with brain damage as a consequence of obstetric and midwifery errors.

Obtained a substantial award for the parents of a man who lost his fight with testicular cancer as a result of medical negligence.

Notable practitioners  

Samantha Critchley commands the respect of her peers for her varied clinical negligence practice, which in recent times has been focused on claims for brain-injured children and victims of delayed diagnosis of cancer. One client notes: "This was the most difficult thing I've been through in my life and I think Samantha was the best person to be by my side through it."

Edwina Rawson handles a range of matters, including wrongful birth, paediatrics, obstetrics and neurology. Sources describe her as "very thorough in her preparation, very bright and very committed."

Jonathan Zimmern is well regarded for his meticulous preparation of cases, sound forensic judgement and impressive command of medical issues. His varied caseload incorporates birth and spinal injury matters, plastic surgery claims and inquest work.

Paul McNeil upholds an enviable reputation in the clinical negligence field. Sources regard him as "an exceptionally safe pair of hands" and appreciate his sympathy and listening skills in addition to his pragmatic and realistic approach to claims.

Caron Heyes is a "very capable" associate who "always provides a first-class service." Sources are impressed by her tenacity, drafting and client care skills. She joined the firm from Blake Morgan in 2014 where she acted on behalf of two individuals in connection with a fatal accident claim brought against Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.  

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 31 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Continues to act for household names on a range of corporate and private equity work, making use of its experienced team. Sector focuses include energy and technology.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very professional, very thorough, and dealt with a number of complex issues very thoughtfully."

"They are very responsive to our requests and able to drive a transaction process forward."

Work highlights Assisted FFastFill in relation to a recommended takeover by Pattington for £106 million.

Represented BBC Worldwide and Ragdoll in relation to the sale of Ragdoll Worldwide to DHX Media for £17.4 million.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Brockbank has a "very good practice," according to sources, who are quick to highlight his credentials in capital markets matters. He is an experienced hand, with some 28 years working in the area.

The "excellent" Andrew Blankfield is a "very professional and very thorough" practitioner, say commentators. He recently acted for Elsevier in its purchase of Woodhead Publishing.

Significant clients Avocet Mining, Viacom, Infrastrata, Gazprom, Reed Elsevier.

Employment - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for High-profile advisory work relating to government projects and broad employment advice to its private sector clients. The team continues to grow its international employment practice with an increasing amount of work on cross-border mandates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They support our needs and have always been very efficient. They have also been good at establishing the parameters for legal issues." 

Work highlights Advised Pearson on the TUPE implications of outsourcing its IT function.

Worked with the Cabinet Office on the TUPE issues relating to the ISSC2 shared services project.

Notable practitioners  

Richard Kenyon has a wealth of contentious and non-contentious experience and is valued by clients because "he can translate into non-legal language and make his advice easily actionable."

Significant clients Autodesk, BBC Worldwide, Control Risks, DTZ, Miramax.

Information Technology - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 29 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed technology practice notable for its work on sophisticated IT for a stellar client list. Active in emerging areas such as data monetisation. Additional expertise in the satellite and space sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They definitely have strength, knowledge of the internet space and an ability to understand our business and then apply that to their advice."

"They clearly have a dedicated IT technology team who know their stuff."

What's new? New client wins include eBay, Trinity Mirror and BAE Systems.

Work highlights Advised Netflix on the implementation of an advanced payment services system across its expanding European division.

Represented Nintendo in the design and roll out of its new UK online retail service.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Michael Chissick is considered "a phenomenal IT lawyer" who is "affable and very approachable." He draws on his extensive experience to provide guidance and strategic overviews on technology matters.  

Paul Barton is rated by sources for his "responsive and open approach," with clients adding that they have "ultimate confidence in his advice and support, and would very much recommend him to others." He frequently advises service providers on the latest software, including agile technology and strategic platforms. 

Simon Briskman provides advice to blue-chip private sector clients on matters ranging from technology licensing to mobile apps and the rapidly growing area of big data. Sources say he "gives practical good advice" and "genuinely tries to find a solution to the issues." Recent highlights include advising the BBC and ITV on their joint venture for the next generation of satellite digital broadcasting.  

Paul Graham is known as "a real driver of work" and concentrates on technology infrastructure in diverse sectors. He recently handled negotiations for BAE Systems' £80 million CAD integration project.

The well-respected John Worthy is acknowledged for his specialisms in financial services and communications. According to commentators, he is "able to really understand when we need a light touch or when it's something important that might need more scrutiny."

The "very pragmatic" James Buckingham has a broad practice incorporating system integration and application development. Clients highlight his ability to "manage complicated contract negotiation workloads." 

The "technically very gifted" Robert Shooter provides "exceptional strategic advice and a dose of pragmatism, and is a stand-out negotiator." He heads the firm's technology and outsourcing group.

Eminent practitioner Hamish Sandison remains "a real stalwart of the IT practice," renowned for his public sector expertise. His practice crosses transactional and contentious matters and he is often sought out for advice on large-scale procurements and outsourcing. 

Significant clients Amazon, Vodafone, VMware, Expedia, Motorola.

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A comprehensive IP practice across all core rights. Famed for trade mark litigation and commercial brands work, the team also has powerful capabilities in life sciences and hi-tech matters of all stripes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Excellent - they respond in a timely manner, provide excellent guidance and are able to evaluate issues from both a legal and business perspective."

"I have always been impressed with the quality of the work they produce and the efficient way in which they operate."

Work highlights Acted for Eli Lilly in a dispute with Human Genome Sciences which has significant implications for how supplementary protection certificate regulations are interpreted.

Acted for Hearst Corporation in a multi-jurisdictional copyright, trade mark and passing-off battle against numerous adversaries concerning the rights to the cartoon character Betty Boop.

Notable practitioners   

Nick Rose heads the firm's IP practice, himself specialising in contentious matters, mainly where copyright, trade marks and trade secrets are at issue. One source says he is "very popular with his clients, driven by their commercial interests above all else."

David Knight takes instructions in all IP rights although his metier is patent law, in particular contentious matters. His background in electronic engineering makes him an excellent choice for hi-tech patent disputes.

Rebecca Swindells handles mainly contentious work on behalf of clients in retail, media and entertainment. She advises on disputes of all stripes and co-ordinates worldwide anti-counterfeiting campaigns.

Beatriz San Martín is a patent litigator noted for her profound understanding of the life sciences sector. Clients appreciate the sheer depth of her knowledge and her collegiate approach to cases.

Significant clients Dell, Ernst & Young, Fabergé/Gemfields, Hearst Corporation, Live Nation Worldwide.

Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad-based practice with expertise across areas including insolvency and shareholder disputes, commercial contract litigation and fraud. Sector strengths include energy, retail and finance, with notable expertise in representing individuals and handling work with CIS-region aspects.

Work highlights Acted for Thomas Cook on its claim for damages subsequent to the deaths of two customers at a hotel in Corfu from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Acted for the liquidators of E-Clear in proceedings to recover property and monies owed to creditors, including claims against a former director, his mother and a bank.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Stewart is a key contact.

Significant clients Amazon, Vodafone, BP, Cyprus Airways, Oiax.

Pensions - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Compact group of able pensions practitioners that continues to enjoy a solid reputation for its work in the public sector. Works with sponsoring employers and trustees, in particular for those in the life sciences, retail and energy industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They respond quickly, know their subject, and produce good work."

Work highlights Assisted the BBC with various pensions elements in connection with an outsourcing project.

Notable practitioners 

David Gallagher receives glowing praise for being "calm and measured," with one source saying: "Clients find him to be a very reassuring presence." He has experience working in the public sector and advises on all aspects of scheme management and corporate transactions.

Michael Calvert advises on a range of restructurings, as well as scheme funding and transactional challenges. "He is very relaxed and methodical about his approach to the different types of pensions obstacles," say clients.

Significant clients Electricity Supply Pension Scheme, British Energy Generation Group Trustees, Arriva Passenger Services Schemes, Cabinet Office, Capital Cranfield Trustees.

Personal Injury - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Offers formidable strength and depth on the claimant side, handling very complex, high-value claims. Notable for its expertise in catastrophic RTAs and workplace accidents, and for its emphasis on rehabilitation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They kept me informed at every stage, tailored their services to account for my health issues, and were thorough and timely with their work."

"An extremely impressive team who are devoted to their clients."

Work highlights Represented a cyclist who had her leg amputated after an RTA, in a multimillion-pound claim.

Counsel to a claimant who sustained serious spinal and head injuries and an amputation after he was crushed by straw bales in the farm where he worked.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Williams devotes a significant portion of his practice to high-value traumatic injury claims arising in the workplace or on the public highways. He is also a highly regarded industrial disease practitioner, leading the asbestos claims team.

Jill Greenfield manages a wide array of personal injury claims, including accidents at work, serious spinal cord and orthopaedic injuries and fatalities. Observers praise her as "a well-prepared lawyer with very good communication skills who is always thinking of her clients."

Caroline Pinfold has great experience in handling industrial disease claims caused by asbestos exposure. She is singled out by interviewees for her unparalleled knowledge of mesothelioma and lung cancer. 

Paul McNeil heads the personal injury team and is a seasoned RTA solicitor. Observers point out that he is "a brilliant tactician" and "an efficient lawyer who gives clear and concise instructions."

Mark Bowman's practice focuses mainly on high-value catastrophic injury claims arising from accidents at work and RTAs. He is highlighted by sources for his excellent client care and "extremely personal" approach to cases.

Real Estate Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Maintains an active trial presence handling real estate disputes for major clients. Particularly noted for rent review issues, acting for both landlords and tenants.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a very effective team." 

Work highlights Successfully represented the City of London Corporation before the High Court in a major dispute concerning business tenancies at Smithfield Market.

Acted for BMW on a rent review arbitration relating to its Park Lane, London showroom.

Notable practitioners  

Lesley Webber is a highly experienced figure in the property litigation group. Clients describe her as "very much the authority on rent reviews," praising "her particular expertise and in-depth knowledge" of review matters.

Head of the property litigation group Antony Phillips is recognised in the market as a "good communicator and a reassuring presence at the helm." He continues to act on major commercial property disputes and rent reviews.

Significant clients Accenture, AXA, BlackRock, London Borough of Southwark, BP.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Particular experience in energy sector property matters. Also handles corporate occupier leasing work and investment transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very responsive. We get very good service from them and they are very good at working to suit our needs and requirements."

"Always responsive and very friendly. We have built up a good rapport with them."

What's new? New clients include AXA, Santander UK and Scotland Gas Networks.

Work highlights Advised National Grid on the property issues concerning its gas infrastructure across London, the South East and East Anglia, including advice relating to the Crossrail and Thames Tideway Tunnel projects.

Acted for Colliers International Property Consultants on their headquarters relocation.

Notable practitioners  

Roger Sargologo specialises in property matters in the energy sector. Clients say: "He is good on the technical side and very committed. He's also very personable."

Significant clients BP, City of London Corporation, Costco Wholesale, Gala Coral, Manhatten Loft.

Tax - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Established presence in the market, providing specialist corporate tax expertise and advice to clients in the energy, life sciences, healthcare and media sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are pragmatic and don't take me down roads that don't work. It is good, solid and clever advice."

Work highlights Advised Pearson on VAT issues deriving from the organisational structure employed in its provision of educational services.  

Advised Punter Southall on a range of tax contexts, including significant M&A-related work.

Notable practitioners  

Sources laud Nicholas Noble as "a strong tax practitioner" who "has an extremely sharp brain and knows what will and will not fly." He is head of the firm's funds and financial transactions taxation group.

Interviewees report that Derek Hill is "extremely accessible and collaborative." He is head of the corporate tax practice at the firm and is singled out for his experience in tax work relating to the media industry. 

Significant clients BBC, Time Warner, Polytherics, KEFI Minerals, Brit Investment Holdings.

Administrative & Public Law - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 30 other lawyers

What the team is known for Excellent reputation for advising on inquests and inquiries, as well as providing expert guidance on regulatory issues. Offers robust representation in judicial review proceedings for public bodies and private clients challenging the decisions of governmental and regulatory entities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are exceedingly good and their client service is fantastic. Whether you're dealing with a junior or a senior partner, you really get the sense they're giving you their full attention."

Work highlights Represented the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority in a range of matters, including in a judicial review examining its statutory powers in granting licences.

Advised Sir Robert Owen, the coroner to the inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, on the inquest itself and to two judicial review proceedings arising out of it.

Notable practitioners  

Sources report that senior partner Matthew Lohn is "a natural litigator." He has an outstanding reputation for his decades of work across a variety of public law matters. He has a particular specialism in professional discipline.

Martin Smith is renowned for his high-profile work advising public bodies on vires issues, statutory interpretation, inquests and inquiries. Sources characterise him as "a man of enormous tact and wisdom."

The "prodigiously hard-working and committed" Tim Suter has an impressive practice focused largely on inquests and public inquiries. He is presently leading a team of advisers to the coroner on the Hillsborough Inquest, and has in the past been involved in the Al Sweady Public Inquiry, the Leveson Inquiry and the BBC investigation into Jimmy Savile.

Significant clients ASDA, Legal Services Board, BBC, Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, GMC.

Capital Markets - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Leading presence in the AIM arena, fielding a large team of skilled lawyers. Known for handling high-profile fund-raisings and IPOs, and is frequently involved in transactions in Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Africa. Strong in matters involving energy and natural resources, as well as technology and healthcare.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"An excellent firm with a very strong capital markets franchise. Our contacts are very capable, commercial and user-friendly lawyers." 

"They understand their market and serve it well. They deliver a good service in an unfussy way."

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Brockbank is widely acclaimed for his capital markets expertise and displays particular ability in transactions involving the energy sector. A client describes him as a "charming, skilled and capable lawyer" who is "extremely good at finding solutions and resolving complex issues in transactions."

Dominic Gurney-Champion is noted for his advice to financial institutions and natural resources clients on a broad range of matters, including IPOs, fund-raisings and disposals. Clients commend him for "providing good general commercial advice rather than purely analysing legal issues."

Neil Matthews is a high-profile figure in the market who regularly advises on domestic and international IPOs. Sources describe him as a "sensible and competent" practitioner.

Brad Isaac has a particular expertise in AIM transactions involving mining, oil and gas. He is praised by sources as being an "impressive" lawyer who is "attentive and practical."

According to sources, George Cotter has "strong equity capital markets experience and credentials." He advises on fund-raisings, flotations and takeovers.

Significant clients RBC Capital Markets, Charles Stanley Securities, Gulfsands Petroleum, KEFI Minerals, Shore Capital & Corporate. 

Commodities - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Key strengths include trade finance and derivatives work associated with precious metals, biomass trading and structured investment products. Acts for a variety of stakeholders, including financial institutions, broker-dealers and funds.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have been outstanding for us. No improvements - they are excellent as they are." 

Work highlights Advised Brevan Howard Asset Management on regulatory issues surrounding precious metals derivatives trading.

Acted for construction company FM Conway on derivatives contracts with a division of BP concerning the costs of supplying bitumen.

Notable practitioners  

Partner Guy Usher chairs the firm's derivatives and structured finance practice. He has deep experience in the field and is described by sources as "a very fine derivatives lawyer." He advised Brevan Howard Asset Management, as mentioned above.

Significant clients Banco do Brasil, Citibank, EMED Mining, Mitsubishi, Standard Bank.

Data Protection - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners 
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

Basic facts about the department Renowned privacy and data protection specialists, with particular strength in information security and contentious data protection matters. Acts for an impressive range of well-known IT clients. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 
"Outstanding service that's very practical. They understand the business constraints and are willing to balance risks against reality. They also understand the cross-European approach needed."

"I'm very confident about their advice, especially in more contentious aspects of data protection, freedom of information and information security."

Work highlights Advised Unilever on its worldwide privacy policy review, including the project's scope and future-proofing against legislative change.

Acted for Sony Europe on a review of its supplier contracts and data security policy implementation.

Notable practitioners  

Hazel Grant "wears her strong intellect and legal rigour lightly, and is always prepared to offer practical and commercial risk solutions in a complex and constantly changing environment," states one source. Grant has particular expertise in sensitive compliance and subject access request matters. She recently joined the team from Bristows LLP.

Significant clients Facebook, McAfee, Netflix, Nintendo, LinkedIn.

Employee Share Schemes & Incentives - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Dual practice that mixes traditional share scheme mandates with specialist advisory work for employee-owned businesses. Noted for its expertise in servicing technology sector clients, ranging from start-ups to listed companies.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They give us the options and then suggest the kind of routes that we could take. They offer their opinion, but they let us choose the right thing for us."

"Very knowledgeable group of people who all have a broad level of knowledge on multifaceted issues."

Work highlights Assisted Circle with its complex £25 million acquisition of the employee-owned Circle Partnership and the resulting set-up of a Partnership Benefit Trust.

Advised Versarien on the share scheme aspects of its IPO.

Notable practitioners  

Mark Gearing leads on the firm's traditional share scheme mandates. He manages advisory and transactional issues for clients such as Versarien and Cook Trading. He is commended for his thoroughness and his knowledge of both his clients and the market.

Graeme Nuttall is renowned for his expertise in employee ownership. His specialism in the field has resulted in numerous sources labelling him an expert on the subject. Clients add that he is thoughtful, business-oriented and diplomatic. One impressed source called him "a very emollient and smooth operator – nothing fazes him."

Significant clients Trap Oil Group, Sterling Energy, Cook Trading, Central Surrey Health, MJP Architects.

Financial Services - UK-wide

What the team is known for Strong track record in the payments law field, with notable expertise on the card and mobile payments sides. Handles a wide range of transactional and advisory work in this area, from the establishment of e-money programmes to guidance on payments infrastructure.  

Notable practitioners  

Kirstene Baillie of Fieldfisher heads up the firm's financial services and funds team. Clients say: "She's very prompt and also tries to put herself in your shoes. She looks at things from your perspective, at what you're trying to achieve."

Duncan Black of Fieldfisher is an expert in regulatory enforcement, which he capably straddles with his banking litigation practice. Peers say he is "intelligent, perceptive, and his opinions carry weight."

Franchising - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Market-leading team that has been active on a range of high-value matters for its stellar client base. Highly respected for its work in the fashion, education and healthcare industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"They have been very proactive and they provide a very good speed of response and grasp of the issues."

"They are always very strong on international franchising."

What's new? New client wins include Cabana, Elite Car Detailing and Jenny Packham.

Work highlights Successfully represented Costa in the establishment of several national franchises and in a commercial transaction relating to a UK franchisee. 

Acted for Dominvs Group on a number of franchising agreements concerning its hotel and restaurant businesses.

Notable practitioners  

Chris Wormald is a leading figure in the national and international franchising world and continues to impress with his innovative approach to business expansion. Sources are quick to praise his technical expertise and ability to handle large and sophisticated deals.

David Bond is a seasoned franchise and licence practitioner with a wealth of experience. He is engaged by clients from a variety of industries, including media, food and beverage and retail. Sources say: "His day-to-day preparation of franchising agreements is very good and he has a very nice manner."

Shelley Nadler has excellent knowledge of franchise structures and agreements. She undertakes franchising work across the world involving businesses that want to set up operations in the Middle East, Russia and China.

Gordon Drakes advises on alternative methods of business expansion as well as traditional franchising. He also has strong commercial expertise, including knowledge of IP licensing, merchandising and sponsorship arrangements. One observer remarks that "he is a very calm, thoughtful guy who responds quickly. He's very thorough in his written responses and pragmatic in understanding how to balance the commercial challenges with the legal side."

Significant clients Early Learning Centre, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Hummingbird Bakery, Jo Jingles, Marriott Hotels.

Fraud - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Handles civil fraud investigations and proceedings for claimants and defendants. Significant international outlook.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide a strong mix of tenacity, approachability and practicality."

Work highlights Defended Oiax in a USD500 million claim brought by Dubai Islamic Bank alleging fraud by a director.

Secured a USD5 million freezing order for Vinisin, an international flooring company, in support of Hungarian proceedings against its former managing director.

Notable practitioners  

Head of the fraud and anti-corruption team Tony Lewis deals with claims and investigations concerning financial misfeasance, asset recovery, corruption and money laundering. Sources characterise him as "a great ideas man, a very good strategist and a pleasure to work with."

Significant clients The deVere Group, Goldtrail, OneSavings Bank, Omniway.

Healthcare - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Regularly retained by regulatory and governing bodies. Increasingly visible in private healthcare, advising on regulatory compliance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their service levels are fantastic. Whether you are dealing with a junior or a senior partner, you really get the sense they are giving you their full attention."

"Absolutely fantastic, helpful and very thorough. It sometimes blows my mind how thorough they are. They give great service and good advice."

What's new? The team was appointed to the Department of Health panel.

Work highlights Assisted ASDA with its proposal to provide general ophthalmic and pharmacy services in its UK stores.

Advised the Human Tissue Authority on the application of EU Directives on tissue and cell processing and living donor transplants.

Notable practitioners  

Based in Manchester, Sarah Ellson heads the public and regulatory law groups and is recognised for her expertise on healthcare regulatory issues. "She is very client-focused," reports one client. "Working with her, even at the most challenging times, is really easy. I feel comfortable approaching her with issues, no matter how trivial they may seem."

Significant clients General Medical Council, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, City Health Care Partnership Community Interest Company, Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

Hotels & Leisure - UK-wide

What the team is known for Regularly represents the interests of franchise operations in domestic and international expansion. Additional areas of strength include development, restructuring and disposals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"As a practice they're great - approachable, knowledgeable and respected."

"I would recommend them on franchising capabilities."

What's new? Finance specialist Alex Campbell joined the team from Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Work highlights Represented the Dominvs Group in the purchase and subsequent redevelopment of the former Tower Bridge Magistrates Court into a hotel.

Assisted Interstate with the acquisition of Chardon Management and its portfolio of UK hotel management contracts.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Houston heads the practice group and is acknowledged by peers for his pragmatic and commercial approach. He acts on a range of matters, including portfolio disposals and brand roll-outs.

Significant clients Manhattan Loft, David Lloyd Leisure, Morgans Hotels, Millennium & Copthorne Hotels, Marriott.

Investment Funds - UK-wide

What the team is known for Caters to a mainly domestic client base of asset managers, working on a variety of products that often include an international element. Offers assured advice to regulated and unregulated funds and managers. Increasingly attracting alternative investment management clients seeking guidance on adapting to the new regulatory framework.

Work highlights Represented GLG Partners in a range of authorised fund matters, including the establishment of a total return fund, and a UCITS merger into the UK select fund.

Advised Ingenious Asset Management on the implications of the AIFMD, including advice on restructuring of products to comply with the new regulations.  

Notable practitioners  

Kirstene Baillie has impressed clients with her industry knowledge, with one explaining: "Kirstene gives excellent high-level guidance on unique issues affiliated with our practice." She has a great depth of experience in the financial services sector and offers assured advice on regulated and alternative investment fund issues.

Significant clients Mirabaud Unit Trust Managers, Rocket Pictures, Federated Investors, Man Group, SCIO Capital.

Media & Entertainment - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong contenders in film and television work, advising producers, distributors and financiers on all aspects of the creative process. Demonstrates strong media asset finance capabilities, and notable expertise in advertising and marketing matters, including rights licensing and content regulation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very well versed in the media sphere and have good technical knowledge as well."

"Very professional, very helpful and commercial." 

What's new? Emily MacKintosh has joined from Working Title Films.

Work highlights Advised Exclusive Film International on its acquisition of Icon Entertainment International and Majestic Films. 

Advised Align Technology on advertising and marketing matters across Europe, including a loyalty membership programme, use of endorsements, prize promotions and copy clearance.

Notable practitioners  

Media practice head Tim Johnson is "logical" and "commercial," and is celebrated for his film and television financing expertise in addition to his ability to "turn his hand to a variety of media deals." Recent work includes advising Rocket Pictures on a range of production, distribution and finance arrangements.

Highly experienced film and television lawyer Barry Smith is regarded by peers as a "legend," and advises on financing, production and distribution matters. He advised Marv Films on financing arrangements for the feature film 'Secret Service'.

David Naylor is building a strong reputation in the field of digital media, where he is highlighted as having a "very broad understanding of the industry" and is valued by clients for his "insight and awareness." He acted for Trinity Mirror on a deal with online gaming company Contagious Sports relating to a betting app.

David Bond heads up the firm's advertising and marketing practice, advising clients on clearance issues, sponsorship and branding concerns. He has acted for William Reed on multiple marketing matters of late.

Significant clients BBC Worldwide, Rocket Pictures, Ingenious Media, BP, Nickelodeon.

Outsourcing - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 20 partners 
- 40 other qualified lawyers  
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Highly respected group with strength in complex SIAM, tower and mutualisation sourcing models. Strong presence in both international and domestic markets for both public and private sector clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Fieldfisher were fully supportive and very committed. The partners were consistently available and supportive throughout our entire process too. We had ultimate confidence in their advice and support, and I would very much recommend them to others."

"They provided a core team of experts who were able to provide a strategic overview, industry knowledge, fast turnaround and in-depth expertise in our matters. The strength of the lean team that they put forward was second to none."

Work highlights Supported the BBC in connection with its third generation facilities management re-tender.

Advising on contract finalisation and post-deal operational aspects of Philip Morris International's USD400 million global network outsourcing to Orange Business Services. 

Notable practitioners  

"Professional operator" Simon Briskman "offered a good service, and I was very happy with the work he did," said one impressed client. Briskman maintains a comprehensive outsourcing practice, having recently worked with Philip Morris International, the BBC and Pearson Shared Service, among others.

Robert Shooter focuses his practice on large-scale outsourcing and procurement matters. "He provided exceptional strategic advice with a dose of pragmatism and humour when needed, and is a standout negotiator," said one client. "I would highly recommend him."

Managing partner Michael Chissick is a respected figure in the sourcing field. Additional areas of expertise include e-commerce and IT procurement and licensing. 

Significant clients Accenture, Amazon, BAE Systems, Cabinet Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Partnership - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 8 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Proficient in non-contentious partnership work for a broad range of professional clients. Particularly strong in advising the financial service industry on the use of LLPs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've done very good work. At the end of the day we've been very pleased with the work product."

"I was extremely impressed with their approach and cannot fault the advice that I was given."

Work highlights Assisted media fund Bob & Co with the creation of a fund management LLP as part of wider fund structuring work.

Handled UK legal and regulatory matters on behalf of US-based asset manager Federated Investors. This included providing advice on the governance of the group's UK FCA-authorised fund manager, which is an LLP.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Thompsell is the key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Sanctum FI, People Made, Atelier Arcade, RS Platou, City Health Care Partnership.

Pensions Litigation - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer

What the team is known for Adept at handling a range of complex pensions disputes including professional negligence, rectification claims and pensions liberation work. Significant experience representing employers, trustees and representative beneficiaries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're really good. Pensions are a complex area of law and they always go out of their way to explain things and keep me informed all the way along."

Notable practitioners

David Gallagher heads the pensions department. Sources point to his impressive breadth of expertise in both complex litigation and non-contentious matters.

Michael Calvert's practice includes extensive regulatory expertise alongside notable strength in work including rectification. Sources comment: "He's very good at calmly picking through a lot of documents and latching on to the significant points. He has a real eye for detail." 

Personal Injury - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Undisputed expertise in industrial disease work, with particular strength in mesothelioma and asbestos-related work. Handles claims throughout the UK and internationally, including EL/PL as well as neighbourhood exposure and overalls cases.

 Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're an absolute Rolls-Royce practice when it comes to industrial disease, particularly in asbestos work - they're top-tier." 

Notable practitioners 

Peter Williams heads the department and is a key contact.

Professional Discipline - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 1 legal director
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London 

What the team is known for Broad professional discipline practice, with sector expertise in healthcare, education and sport. Advises regulators on disciplinary proceedings and the development of regulatory frameworks.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are pragmatic in finding solutions to problems." 

Work highlights Advised the Professional Standards Authority on the use of its powers to appeal decisions on the ground of leniency on the part of the nine healthcare professional regulators.  

Advised the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in relation to judicial review claims arising over certain disciplinary hearings.

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Ellson heads the firm's public and regulatory law team and is particularly noted for her advice to healthcare regulators.

Matthew Lohn is the firm's senior partner and advises a range of regulators on both disciplinary proceedings and non-contentious matters. His expertise encompasses a breadth of sectors, including healthcare, sport and accountancy. Sources praise his "good judgement and focus on the best interest of his clients."

Tom Rider represents a range of regulators in disciplinary proceedings. Sources state that "he sees the issues from all angles and retains a commercial perspective."

Caroline Jaggard has broad professional discipline experience. Sources praise her ability to be "thorough and sensible in very difficult circumstances."

David Northfield acts for a range of regulators. Clients appreciate that "he takes a lot of care to anticipate the committee and is good with witnesses."

Significant clients GDC, General Osteopathic Council, Security Industry Authority, UK Council for Psychotherapy, Bar Standards Board.

Public Procurement - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Acts for an impressive range of central government bodies as well as private sector clients. Handles both dispute resolution work and transactional matters. Also noted for its EU law expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were consistently available and supportive throughout the process. We had ultimate confidence in their advice and support and I would very much recommend them to others."

"On the litigation side it is difficult to fault them. The cliché is that they go the extra mile but as a client you know it when you see it."

What's new? Hazel Grant joined the firm from Bristows in 2014.

Work highlights Acted for a number of public bodies, including the Cabinet Office, on a business process outsourcing joint venture with Steria.

Represented Pearson in litigation under the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, concerning a framework agreement with the Department for Transport for computer-based testing services.

Notable practitioners

Nicholas Pimlott is a well-known practitioner specialising in competition and communications law. Clients describe him as "very responsive" and "easy to work with," adding that he "gives overall a very high standard of legal advice in a measured and cost-effective way."

IT specialist Hazel Grant joined the firm from Bristows LLP in 2014. "I have always found her extremely knowledgeable, imaginative and solution-focused," reported one client, adding: "She has a quick grasp of the subject and brings the essentials to the fore."

Significant clients. Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, HM Treasury, NHS Direct, DVLA.

Retail - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- Recommended office location: London

What the team is known for Broad practice acting for a range of retailers, including high-end and mid-market groups. Although it works on all retail-related matters, the team is best known for its market-leading franchising practice. 

Notable practitioners

Chris Wormald is the key contact for the retail department.

Tax - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Offers specialist expertise representing clients with operations in the media sector. Particularly well equipped to handle contentious tax matters for organisations and individuals relating to film schemes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are completely undaunted by the scale of a dispute and are always up for the fight if that is what the client wants."

Notable practitioners  

The "immensely experienced" Hartley Foster is heralded by sources as "an incredibly safe pair of hands." He is well known for handling HMRC inquiries and negotiations.

Telecommunications - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Solid tech practice with strength in outsourcing and regulatory issues. Multi-practice bench with experience in handling contentious, transactional and competition-related mandates for key telecoms clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"No matter what we instruct them on, the customer service side of things is great." 

Work highlights Advised Philip Morris on the USD400 million outsourcing of its global network. Orange Business Services provides the relevant services to the client.

Represented Pegasus Global Holdings in the launch of its commercial satellite communications constellation, Laser Light, which uses optical wave technology.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Pimlott maintains a broad technology and communications practice, with a recent focus on competition and regulatory matters. Work highlights include matters involving EU free movement matters. Sources say he "clearly has great expertise in this area," describing him as "a go-to resource."

Simon Briskman is identified for his broad practice. "The number of different things he has expertise in is remarkable. Whatever gets thrown at him, he isn't fazed," says one interviewee. Of late, he has advised GEO and FibreSpeed on EU issues arising in respect of telecommunications infrastructure.

Significant clients Vodafone, O2, Huawei, EE, Starbucks.

Travel - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Outstanding travel team advising on all aspects of regulatory and commercial travel law. Particularly noted for its expertise in compliance. Regularly works with some of the largest online travel retailers in the world.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very responsive, and their strategic and business acumen is strong; they have a good grasp of industry practices."

Work highlights Advised Kayak on its data privacy, advertising and e-commerce compliance requirements prior to the release of its new website.

Advised Hostelbooker.com on compliance requirements and the risks of comparative advertising.

Notable practitioners  

Peers regard Peter Stewart as a standout solicitor. Clients comment that his advice is "always constructive, straightforward and clear." He is recognised for his expertise in compliance, with a focus on financial protection.

Significant clients Association of British Travel Agents, On the Beach, Thomas Cook, Expedia, Lowcostholidays.