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Baker & McKenzie - London
  • 100 New Bridge Street
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4V 6JA
  • Managing Partner Paul Rawlinson
  • UK  
  • Number of partners 82
  • Assistant solicitors 239
  • Other fee-earners 100
  • International  
  • Number of lawyers worldwide +4000

THE FIRM For more than 60 years, Baker & McKenzie has provided sophisticated advice and legal services to many of the world’s most dynamic and successful organisations. With more than 4,000 locally qualified, internationally experienced lawyers in 47 countries, the firm has the fluency to deliver a broad scope of quality legal services – consistently, with confidence and sensitivity for cultural, social and legal practice differences. Baker & McKenzie professionals share common values of integrity, personal responsibility and tenacity in an enthusiastic client-service culture. The firm is still guided by the entrepreneurial spirit and demanding standards of its founders and works to forge close personal relationships among its professionals in order to foster the responsiveness and accountability clients rightfully expect. The firm has a diverse and welcoming culture. Its lawyers and other professionals are citizens of more than 60 countries and are admitted to practice in nearly 250 jurisdictions. They speak more than 75 languages, with English in common. They have offices in 75 locations worldwide, including in 26 of the world’s 30 largest economies. The firm’s advanced technology and management systems include a single, shared global technology platform for client intake, email and billing systems; global practice standards; a quality audit program; and a worldwide conflicts policy based on the American Bar Association standards.

London Office: As a pre-eminent legal centre, London is a strategic priority for Baker & McKenzie. During more than 50 years in the City, Baker & McKenzie has established a very strong platform from which to continue its growth. With more than 400 fee earners, the London office is the firm’s largest, as well as the largest of any City law firm that originated outside of the UK. It covers all the practices expected of a major international law firm. Many of these practices are market-leading. Much of their work is cross border and their Corporate and Finance teams, in particular, regularly advise on, and co-ordinate, complex, cross-border transactions. Baker & McKenzie works closely with the rest of their offices around the world. High-profile matters and transactions, coupled with the firm’s global reach and capability, have helped Baker & McKenzie to increase its work with the UK’s leading businesses.

What others say about Baker & McKenzie LLP: Baker & McKenzie is frequently acknowledged as a leading provider of legal services by major publications, professional organisations and research institutions. Baker & McKenzie was recognised as Firm of the Year in Europe and Southeast Asia by Chambers. The Acritas Sharplegal® Global Elite Brand Index has also named Baker & McKenzie the world’s top law firm brand for four consecutive years. The firm has been one of Corporate Board Member magazine’s Most Admired Law Firms since the survey began in 2001 and has been a member of BTI Consulting’s Client Service A-Team in four of the past five years. Baker & McKenzie has also been cited as Asian Counsel’s Most Responsive International Firm of the Year for China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand.
In the UK, Baker & McKenzie has been ranked one of the top ten most influential law firm brands by leading global research organisation Acritas and was also awarded the Exceptional Achievement Award at the prestigious Managing Partners’ Forum Awards 2014. Baker & McKenzie is also the only law firm to appear in both The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers and The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For lists.

INTERNATIONAL Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bahrain, Baku, Bangkok, Barcelona, Beijing, Berlin, Bogotá, Brasilia, Brussels, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Caracas, Casablanca, Chicago, Dallas, Doha, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Guadalajara, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Houston, Istanbul, Jakarta, Johannesburg, Juarez, Kuala Lumpur, Kyiv, Lima, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manila, Melbourne, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Monterrey, Moscow, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, Paris, Porto Alegre, Prague, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh, Rome, Seoul, San Francisco, Santiago, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Sydney, Taipei, Tijuana, Tokyo, Toronto, Valencia, Vienna, Warsaw, Washington DC, Yangon, Zurich.

    Contacts
  • Banking Bernard Sharp
  • Capital Markets Edward Bibko
  • Corporate Tim Gee
  • Commercial Duncan Reid-Thomas
  • Commercial Property Stephen Turner
  • Construction Jeremy Winter
  • Corporate Finance/M&A Tim Gee
  • Derivatives Vincent Keaveny
  • Dispute Resolution/Litigation/ADR John Leadley
  • Employment Christine O’Brien
  • Employee Benefits Jeremy Edwards
  • Energy & Natural Resources Mike Webster, Neil Donoghue
  • Environment Graham Stuart
  • EU, Competition & Trade Samantha Mobley
  • Financial Services Arun Srivastava
  • Information Technology Harry Small
  • Insolvency Ian, Jack, Louise Webb
  • Intellectual Property Michael Hart
  • Insurance John Leadley, Arun Srivastava
  • Immigration Tony Haque
  • Media Steve Holmes, Ben Allgrove
  • Pensions Robert West
  • Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Jane Hobson
  • Wealth Management Ashley Crossley
  • Private Equity Charles Whitefoord
  • Projects Mike Webster, Calvin Walker
  • Structured Capital Markets Vincent Keaveny
  • Tax Alex Chadwick
  • Telecoms Peter Strivens
  • Trade Law (WTO) Ross Denton
  • VAT, Customs & Excise Mark Delaney, Ross Denton

Branches

Banking & Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 24 associates

What the team is known for Established presence in the banking and finance area. Sizeable team with the bench strength to tackle a wide range of work within the practice, including work for lenders, borrowers and sponsors on securitisation, acquisition finance and regulatory matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

“They have a lot of resources to provide a big team. They are always well organised, highlight the right topics and are always up to speed.” 

“A great firm committed to a high standard of service to the client.” 

Work highlights Acted for a Nigerian telecommunications company on the raising of a USD3 billion debt facility from a group of 17 West African banks and a further five international financial institutions.

Worked on the securitisation of a £20 million investment by Rutland & Partners for UK turkey farmer and producer Bernard Matthews.

Notable practitioners 

Clients describe Bernard Sharp as an “expert in the structuring of financial documents” and “very loan-oriented, very good at advising - his knowledge of the market is very good.” He is head of the London banking practice and specialises in acquisition finance work.

Significant clients Standard Chartered Bank, Macquarie Bank, Colony Capital, AXA Private Equity, Carlsberg.

Banking Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Impressive global footprint enhancing its ability on large-scale cases and investigations such as LIBOR. Demonstrates capability in the related areas of fraud, insolvency and financial regulation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Incredibly competent, practical, thoughtful and client-focused. The firm puts the client at the heart of things."

Work highlights Acted for a collection of 13 individuals at various US and European banks who have come under regulatory scrutiny as part of the investigations into Libor manipulation.

Acts for LBBW in simultaneous proceedings in Germany and England. The case in Germany relates to the enforceability of credit derivative products.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Poulton has expertise in trust-related fraud and asset-tracing cases. Clients praise him as "practical" and "really excellent" for his client-centric approach.

Arun Srivastava specialises in contentious regulatory matters, having spent a year seconded at the FSA. Peers describe him as "very committed" and "one of the best regulatory lawyers who crosses into contentious work."

Andrew Keltie's practice straddles banking litigation and fraud with ancillary strength in contentious trusts cases. He is a key team member acting on behalf of individuals in the Libor investigations.

Significant clients Grupo Torras, Anello Asset Management, Kuwait Investment Office, Bank St Petersburg.

Capital Markets - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Displays expertise in DCM and ECM matters involving emerging markets, particularly in relation to the CIS, Turkey, Africa and the Middle East. Houses a significant number of US and UK-qualified lawyers, and offers substantial international coverage due to the firm's expansive network of offices.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The team are really experienced, and not only know the law, but the practice. They're very user-friendly and are good to work with."

"They did a very good job, and were also reasonable in terms of fees."

Work highlights Advised the Kingdom of Bahrain on a USD1.5 billion debt offering. 

Notable practitioners  

Edward Bibko is a UK and US-qualified lawyer who acts as head of the firm's EMEA capital markets group. A client notes: "He's available and responsive - he puts himself in the shoes of the client and tries to find a solution."

Christopher Hogan has experience of DCM matters involving the Middle East and the CIS, and is also a specialist in Islamic finance. He recently advised the Kingdom of Bahrain on a USD1.5 billion offering of 6.125% notes, which were listed on the LSE. 

Adam Farlow possesses expertise in registered offerings and private placements of international debt. A client commends him as a "very strong US securities lawyer, who works very hard and is always there for his clients." 

Significant clients Commerzbank, BNP Paribas, City of Kyiv, ING, Ferrexpo.

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

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

What the team is known for Proficient in a wide variety of work across a broad range of asset classes. Represents new and established originators and issuers on transaction structures, restructurings and regulatory matters. Utilises the firm's global reach to effectively advise on international deals, particularly those involving the emerging markets.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have a wealth of experience in this field, and it is put to good use with their advice - rarely have they not come across something that has arisen. A very professional and competent law firm at a reasonable cost!" 

"We have had very good dealings with the securitisation team. They have provided good advice and a professional service in producing the agreements required for our securitisations in the UK." 

Work highlights Acted as lead counsel to Volkswagen Financial Services regarding the refinancing of the Driver UK Master transaction, and the issuance of £2.5 billion notes by Driver UK Master.

Represented Bank of America Merrill Lynch, HSBC and FirstRand Bank in their capacity as joint lead managers regarding the issuance of £379 million of securitisation notes by Turbo Finance 4.

Notable practitioners  

Vincent Keaveny, head of the firm's London structured capital markets group, has acquired an excellent reputation in matters such as residential mortgages, SME loans, and auto loans and leases. Sources praise him for his "great book of clients."

Jonathan Walsh, co-head of the firm's global securitisation practice group, is deemed by one client to be "a very savvy professional with deep knowledge." He recently advised Sealed Air in connection with a EUR100 million trade receivables securitisation.

Significant clients Citi, National Australia Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Morgan Stanley, ISS.

Competition/European Law - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Well placed to co-ordinate competition assistance on a global scale. Provides support in non-contentious matters, in addition to specialist competition litigation advice.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I find them very very commercial. I also like the fact that I can call them up and, regardless of where in the world our problem is, they will be able to assist."

Work highlights Advised Antalis International on its acquisition of the paper distribution business of Xerox in Western Europe, which ultimately received unconditional clearance within the EU.

Notable practitioners  

Samantha Mobley heads up the global antitrust and competition group and is widely recognised in the competition arena. Clients report that she is "incredibly approachable, very bright and very practical."

Thomas Cassels focuses on public law and competition litigation, and is respected by peers for his standing in these areas. Sources say he has a "strong strategic vision for dispute resolution."

Clients value Keith Jones's collaborative approach to working with them. He has a broad practice and regularly advises on merger control.

Significant clients Accenture, British Airways, Carlsberg, Hitachi Data Systems, L'Oréal.  

Construction - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded practice offering dispute and transactional advice, particularly in relation to high-value international projects. Strong expertise in relation to energy, mining and power matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Baker & McKenzie’s client service is excellent; careful attention is given to the client’s instructions."

"Very good advice and quick responses." 

Work highlights Acted for Ma'aden on the financing and development of a USD6 billion expansion to an existing phosphate operation in north Saudi Arabia.

Advised Sonangol on the development of a USD10 billion refinery in Angola.  

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Winter is a well-known practitioner in the market, highlighted by peers as "a big hitter and a great figure." He specialises in contentious matters, focusing on the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors.

Significant clients The government of the British Virgin Islands, Southern Water, Degrémont/Suez Environnement, Porsche, Radisson Edwardian Hotels.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 18 partners
- 53 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for top clients in a variety of international transactions across a wide range of industry sectors. Noted for strengths in energy and natural resources, pharmaceuticals and consumer brands.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were really accessible and very available. I can't think of a time they didn't make themselves available out of hours. They're troopers."

"They are really easy to work with and understand our business." 

Work highlights Acted for Best Buy in the sale of its interest in a joint venture with Carphone Warehouse for around £500 million.

Represented Emerson Electric in the disposal of the controlling stake in its power and embedded computing business to Platinum Equity.

Notable practitioners  

Global head of M&A Timothy Gee "has a strong reputation" in corporate work, according to sources. He was part of the team acting for Cargill in the acquisition of a stake in a shipping terminal in Novorossiysk.

Significant clients Siemens, Cargill, Bidvest, Alliance Oil, Unilever.

Employment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 1 of counsel
- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global reach means the team is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional employment matters. Recognised for its industrial relations capability and its investigations work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are good on big-ticket litigation, have great resources across EMEA and can really leverage their global footprint."

"Very proactive and responsive, as soon as I send them an email they get straight to work." 

Notable practitioners  

John Evason is "second to none for trade union matters," with a wealth of experience in industrial relations. Sources note that he is "very client-friendly and good in front of senior business people."

Monica Kurnatowska is described as "an exceptional employment lawyer." Clients note her as a "tactically savvy" and "detail-focused" practitioner who is able to advise across the employment spectrum.

Daniel Ellis is "supremely able" with a "superb knowledge in the international deal area." He is praised by sources for his TUPE work, with one client saying: "He is thoughtful, commercial and shows good judgement."

Stephen Ratcliffe advises clients across a range of sectors and industries. He is singled out for his client care, with sources commenting upon his "responsiveness and availability," as well as his ability to turn around work very quickly.

Significant clients British Airways, Invensys, UBM, Lloyds, Hitachi Europe.

Environment - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Focuses on representing multinational companies on product stewardship and regulatory issues. Regularly advises clients on compliance with regimes including REACH, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) and Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS).

Notable practitioners

Graham Stuart advises clients on climate change and environmental matters. His climate change work includes advising on emissions trading, carbon disputes and carbon reduction projects. A client said he is "extremely user-friendly, technically strong and, above all, commercially minded."

Significant clients ArcelorMittal, Shell, Arqiva, Standard Bank, Sony. 

Financial Crime - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Experienced in matters relating to fraud, bribery and money laundering. Investigations practice enhanced by excellence of public law and civil fraud expertise. Impressive international capacity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The have a truly global reach and capability in the international trade arena, where multi-jurisdictional capability is essential."

"They are very knowledgable and experienced, but also very commercially aware and offer pragmatic and clear advice."

Notable practitioners  

Joanna Ludlam is a key contact at the firm.

Immigration - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Global firm with strength in servicing large international organisations. The team can leverage the firm's global footprint to co-ordinate international mandates touching upon multiple jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners 

Tony Haque is praised by clients for his knowledge and his ability to "explain the law in simple terms for clients to understand." He has a wealth of immigration experience and is recommended for his thoroughness.

Information Technology - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Powerhouse technology practice with expertise in both non-contentious matters and disputes, across sectors including e-commerce and telecommunications. Notably active in expanding areas such as cloud and cyber security, aided by its extensive global operation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"An excellent practice that remains a leading light due to the dedication of the way they approach technology and their global focus, which enables them to do some fantastic work."

"One of the pre-eminent technology firms in the country. I wouldn't have any problems going to any of the practitioners there because I know they'll all be excellent."

Work highlights Acted for Arqiva on bidding and contractual matters relating to the Department of Energy & Climate Change's smart meter programme roll-out.

Advised Virgin Media on matters including telecom supply arrangements with EE and network infrastructure changes.

Notable practitioners  

"Brilliant" practitioner Harry Small is praised for his ability to "see the big picture on a matter and identify the key issues." He is known for combining his contentious and transactional experience to address complex renegotiations.  

Steve Holmes is described as an "absolute class act." Commentators praise his commerciality, pragmatism and technical skill, and further highlight his "very impressive and calm" approach. He specialises in telecommunications and media.

Robbie Downing focuses on the intersection of IT and regulatory law, particularly in relation to e-commerce and privacy matters. He has in-depth experience of EU law and considerable expertise in international compliance and telecommunications. 

Significant clients Colt Technology Services, Ernst & Young, Fujitsu, Google, Accenture.

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 22 associates/trade mark attorneys

What the team is known for An impressive client list across a number of industries which the firm advises on all IP matters. Its work on the trade marks and copyright side, which includes a filing and prosecution arm, is its strongest suit, but the team is fast building up its patent litigation capability.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"You feel like you're their only client and can always trust them to be there."

"The services provided and the level of legal work have been outstanding."

What's new? Noted patent litigation specialist Hiroshi Sheraton joined from McDermott, Will & Emery in March 2014.

Work highlights Acted for the Public Relations Consultants Association against the Newspaper Licensing Agency in the landmark dispute dubbed 'Meltwater', concerning the other side's attempt to license specialist news search engines.

Manages Unilever's global trade mark portfolio, one of the world's largest at over 150,000 active registrations.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Hart leads the department and has a flourishing litigation practice with a focus on copyright, trade marks and designs. He also leads the firm's global relationships with some of its largest clients.

Ben Allgrove is consistently lauded by key clients and peers for his deep understanding of IP law, in particular on its interface with software and the internet. One source says of him: "We've enjoyed working with one of the most brilliant legal minds in the business. Our business has encountered numerous disputes that have been solved by impeccable, swift legal and commercial thinking."

Paul Rawlinson manages the London office. He is well known for his work on copyright, designs, trade mark and passing-off matters. One client says: "He brings long-term strategic insight and a keen feel for what is commercially important for the company to any IP issue."

Hiroshi Sheraton arrived from McDermott, Will & Emery in March 2014, a real coup for his new firm. An IP litigation specialist with a strong track record in life sciences and electronics cases, he is busy bolstering that side of the firm's practice.

Significant clients Eli Lilly, Google/YouTube, L'Oréal/The Body Shop, Sony, Unilever.

Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-17 partners

What the team is known for Handles high-profile and cross-border cases, with a particular focus on fraud, trusts and pensions litigation. Benefits from the firm's excellent international footprint and represents a number of multinational corporates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

“Strong, with a great variety of quality work from a good client base. Good at managing the case to an advanced stage and using counsel where appropriate. Very good quality legal analysis and evidence preparation.”

“Baker & McKenzie is a big law firm with a lot of excellent lawyers and international partners.”

Work highlights Acted for Globe Motors and its subsidiary TRW Lucas Varity on a damages claim for breach of an exclusive supply agreement and misrepresentation.

Acted for Bank St Petersburg on its enforcement action against Vitaly Arkhangelsky pursuant to personal guarantees securing corporate loans. Also acted in defence of a counterclaim alleging fraud and conspiracy.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Keltie is a “very impressive” commercial litigator, with a practice focused on international arbitration and litigation, fraud claims and trusts disputes. He has particular expertise in financial crime and asset recovery matters.

Significant clients Cable & Wireless, Mitsubishi Electric, Mattel, Shell, BBC Trust.

Pensions - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Global powerhouse with a fine reputation for its standalone London pensions practice, offering support to both trustees and employers. Particular expertise in investment matters, risk management and corporate transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Their people are technically superb and very well informed on pensions law."

"Their level of client care is fantastic: they will drop everything to provide the service."

Work highlights Worked with the Trustee of the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund on an annuity transaction as part of a complex de-risking initiative for its 34,000 scheme members.

Advised Cameron Pensions Trustee on a variety of pension issues stemming from Cameron's joint venture with Schlumberger. 

Notable practitioners  

Robert West "has the ability to put complex matters into an understandable form and has a very practical and commercial approach," enthuses one of his clients. He is also described as being "as good a source of knowledge as you will find." He heads the firm's pensions group and recently worked with the Trustee of the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund on a large annuity transaction.

Jeanette Holland assisted Ingersoll-Rand on the creation of a new defined benefit plan. She has a broad practice, with particular expertise in risk management, and is described by her clients as "very practical and able to come up with some very good suggestions and advice." 

Chantal Thompson "gets to the point and has a lot of background knowledge," according to impressed market observers. She advised Cameron Pensions Trustee on the pensions challenges arising from entering into a joint venture with Schlumberger.

Arron Slocombe is particularly appreciated by clients because "he will always give you solutions or a choice of solutions that is easy to take." He acted for Atos on pensions matters arising from the company's corporate carve-out of certain areas to Worldline.

Associate Jonathan Sharp acts for clients across a wide range of pensions matters and is already building a reputation for himself in the market. 

Significant clients CSC Computer Sciences, Serco, Evonik, Kimberly-Clark, Avis.

Private Client - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Compact wealth management team that impresses with the breadth and scope of its international offering. Advises ultra high net worth individuals and families on tax planning and trust structures, as well as a number of sizeable institutional clients.

Notable practitioners

Trusts and tax specialist Ashley Crossley advises wealthy clients on cross-border issues. Sources say he is "exceedingly proactive and very clear in his insight and recommendations."

Salpy Kouyoumjian has a growing reputation in the private client sphere and acts for a range of international clients, most significantly from Eastern Europe and the Middle East. "She is an excellent client practitioner," states one commentator; "she can make decisions and set matters out in a clear, precise way."

Public International Law - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for An international network tackling work such as multi-territory sanctions, global climate change law and BIT arbitrations. Maintains its reputation for work in the energy and environmental areas.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have got the advantage of offering advice from so many countries and offices. If we are dealing with something where we need specialist advice, we find that they are the place to go." 

What's new? New clients wins include Shell and ArcelorMittal.

Work highlights Advised infrastructure company Elsamex in an ICSID annulment action brought by Honduras in response to an award granted in a previous arbitration.

Provided counsel to the UNHCR on a number of prominent refugee law matters, including the intersection between asylum claims and human rights law, and refugee status determination following prior recognition.

Notable practitioners  

Sources say practice leader Edward Poulton is "extremely personable and very clear." He serves as counsel on matters ranging from ICSID annulment cases to PIL issues arising from financial crises. His practice includes sitting as arbitrator in ICC and LCIA disputes.

Significant clients Eurofer, Standard Bank, Bunge/Climate Change Capital.

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Comprehensive practice covering all elements of property finance as part of a wider real estate offering. Strong international footprint, acting for lenders and investors from South-East Asia and for sovereign wealth funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"We have a very good relationship with them and their expertise is highly appreciated. I have confidence that I'm in good hands; they really know their subject matter."

"They understand the property market, understand our business needs and we get a continuity of service."

Work highlights Acted for Virgin Money as originator in relation to the redemption of RMBS and the termination of all transaction documents, valued at £2 billion.  

Represented CIMB Bank and a bank syndicate on the £790.2 million refinancing of the site acquisition and development of London's Battersea Power Station.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Turner is a key contact for real estate finance.

Significant clients Canada Life, Colony Capital, Edwardian Group, Goldman Sachs, HSBC.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Regularly acts for inward investors including institutions on property finance deals in the UK market and across Europe. Handles transactional real estate matters for retailers, hotel groups and corporate occupiers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They understand the property market, they understand our business needs and we get a continuity of service."

"They have been very easy to work and very effective. For such a large organisation I was very impressed with how joined up their offices were."

What's new? New client wins include Commerzbank International and Standard Chartered Bank.

Work highlights Advised fashion retailer Michael Kors on its new store programme across the EMEA region.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Turner leads the London real estate team. Clients say he has "strong core property skills and a good understanding of finance documentation," adding: "He's also very commercial."

Justin Salkeld has wide-ranging experience of transactional real estate, property financing and hotels sector issues. He also acts for retailers. Clients highlight his "readiness to spend his time and commit to conference calls at very short notice - that's one point that we appreciated the most." 

Significant clients Government Pension Fund of Thailand, Jones Lang LaSalle, Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia, Sony UK, Colt Technology Services.

Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Firms)

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Tax - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Sizeable London tax planning offering, active across a range of commercial and corporate sectors. Advises clients engaged in such areas as retail and technology. Work undertaken includes restructurings, M&A deals and financings, while transfer pricing advice is also available. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think they are an excellent group. They are tremendous and keep us up to speed. We value their judgement and business acumen."

"A very credible tax team in London." 

Work highlights Assisted Platinum Equity with its sale of Contego Packaging Group's European cartons arm to Graphic Packaging Holding.

Advised manufacturer Dover on UK issues arising as part of its separation of a communication technologies business into an independent company.

Notable practitioners  

Alex Chadwick "is great. He is very measured. He is very technical, but he has a practical edge so you get an opinion and advice. It actually really helps you move things forward," remarks an observer. Chadwick focuses his practice on international tax planning in a variety of corporate contexts. 

Commentators say Geoff Kay "is clearly very knowledgeable on the UK specific issues; you get a straightforward answer and a realistic approach. He is a very likeable character and easy-going." He works on a broad range of corporate tax matters, including those concerning M&A, finance and joint ventures.

James Smith "is conscientious of how tax fits into a broader business context and balances tax objectives with business objectives," according to sources. His workload focuses on both domestic and cross-border matters, including investments, LBOs and transactions in the structured capital markets sphere.

Significant clients Sony, Emerson, Baker Hughes, Best Buy, LKQ.

Administrative & Public Law - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 20 associates

What the team is known for Outstanding strength in the telecommunications and media sectors. Good reputation for advising on regulatory and competition issues. Noted for its ability to handle the political and reputation management elements of public law matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The quality of their work has been excellent, and the quality of support is very good. They are very responsive, and the drafting is strong."

"They are very diligent to make sure the client is aware of the risks in their claim. They're careful to point out the pros and cons."

Work highlights Acted pro bono on a judicial review challenging the proposed Quality Assurance Scheme for Advocates, a matter of fundamental importance to the legal profession.

Represented British Airways in relation to the CAA scheme for the economic regulation of Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Notable practitioners  

Administrative and public law group head Thomas Cassels has an excellent reputation in the market. His practice focuses on competition and regulatory issues within the media and sports industries, as well as judicial review proceedings. 

Joanna Ludlam's practice centres on handling public law disputes, and regulatory investigations for the full range of clients in the market, including governmental and private bodies. She regularly advises the BBC Trust on regulatory and governance matters. 

Significant clients British Olympic Association, Hutchison 3G, Camelot, L'Oréal, Shell.

Commercial Contracts - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Offers broad expertise in a range of fields but with a notable IT focus. Acts for an enviable blue-chip client base, with strength in areas including outsourcing, procurement and service agreements as well as impressive cross-border capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The quality of their performance is consistently really high-level, no matter the jurisdiction, and they are business-oriented. They are capable of scaling up on very short notice; you get great service and top-of-the-class advice."

"They are at the top end of the quality range. They are reliable and expert and they have strength and depth across the board at associate level."

Work highlights Advised Arqiva on its successful bid for the contract to run the Smart Meter Implementation Programme, a £625 million infrastructure project requiring the procurement of approximately ten million household communications hubs.

Notable practitioners  

Duncan Reid-Thomas's expertise covers areas including procurement, outsourcing, consultancy and distribution agreements. He is well versed in advising clients in the IT sector, and sources comment that "he is very pragmatic and he takes a very commercial approach."

Significant clients Google, Ernst & Young, Fujitsu, Unilever, Porsche.

Data Protection - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Global firm with a strong presence in the UK data protection market as well as European, US and Asian capability. Acts on customer and employee data control and breach prevention issues.

Notable practitioners  

Harry Small leads the data protection department.

Significant clients Google, L'Oréal, Netflix, Colt, Unilever.

Employee Share Schemes & Incentives - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Assists multinationals with ongoing advisory share plan matters, as well as the share scheme implications of transactions. Adept at servicing clients in the financial services sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very proactive, they think outside of the box, and they are very inexpensive for the work they provide."

"They are very good, especially the speed at which they come back to you; they will e-mail a response at 10pm so I have answers for the next day."

Work highlights Assisted Liberty Global with the share scheme aspects of its redomestication to the UK and £14.5 billion merger with Virgin Media.

Advised Deutsche Bank on the operation of its international share schemes and on compliance with recent financial regulatory reforms.

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Edwards works with the firm's most high-profile clients, including Liberty Global and Deutsche Bank. Clients remark on his ability to deliver legal advice in a commercial and accessible manner, with one saying: "He is in tune with everything that is going on." 

Significant clients Rowan Companies, Smith & Nephew, Catlin Group, Ivensys, Oracle.

Energy & Natural Resources - UK-wide

What the team is known for Advises clients on project development, finance, compliance and M&A. The London team works closely with the firm's international network and is particularly well regarded for its experience in the Middle East.

Work highlights Acted for Ma'aden on the project development and financing for the expansion of its phosphate operations in northern Saudi Arabia.

Advised Rio Tinto on the USD820 million sale of its stake in Northparkes mine to China Molybdenum.

Notable practitioners

Richard Blunt is a corporate lawyer who advises on M&A and project development in the mining sector. Recent work has included advising Turquoise Hill Resources on the sale of its 50% interest in a gold project in Kazakhstan. Impressed clients say: "He was able to go toe-to-toe with the other side and we felt very comfortable having him in our corner."

Significant clients Macquarie, Capital International, ArcelorMittal, Nyrstar, Anglo American.

Energy & Natural Resources - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 74 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global firm acting on energy matters worldwide in conjunction with its international offices. Oil and gas work includes advising on upstream, midstream and downstream financing and development mandates, M&A and joint ventures. Also strong in the power sector, advising on the development of IPPs and on complex nuclear energy projects. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are able to provide a very lean team that can accomplish a remarkable volume of high-quality work very efficiently."

"They have geographic coverage that suits us very well, and in terms of client care and client contact they go above and beyond. I like their proactivity, they anticipate our needs and when I have a request it is done quickly."

Work highlights Acted for Alliance Oil in its joint venture with Repsol.

Counselled Korea Electric Power on the project financing and development of a nuclear power plant in the UAE.

Advised Magyar Villamos Művek on the procurement process for the installation of new nuclear power units in Hungary.

Advised ALS in its acquisition of oilfield services company Reservoir Group.

Notable practitioners

Hugh Stewart is head of the energy, mining and infrastructure group and is a key contact. 

Significant clients SOCAR, NOVATEK, Shell, GDF SUEZ, Invenergy. 

Financial Services - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Strong capability on cross-border disputes, drawing strength from its extensive global network. Remains a popular choice for contentious regulatory issues as well as advice relating to payments services and client money.

Work highlights Advised the Blue Sky Group on the AIFMD with particular regard to the client's depositary arrangements.

Acted for LBBW simultaneously in England and Germany defending claims brought by UBS and KWL respectively concerning back-to-back credit derivative transactions.

Notable practitioners  

Arun Srivastava leads the team and effectively manages both contentious and non-contentious issues. He has significant expertise in matters involving Europe and the Middle East. Sources praise his "technical knowledge."

Fraud - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Well equipped to handle international disputes for claimants and defendants. Offers particular expertise in cross-border asset tracing.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They've got a lot of expertise in the international fraud sector."

Work highlights Defended Bank St Petersburg in a USD180 million dispute arising from allegations of fraud and conspiracy.

Acted for LBBW on a £100 million dispute concerning alleged fraudulent misrepresentation and payment of bribes.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Andrew Keltie is hailed as an "impressive operator." He frequently handles cross-border fraud and asset tracing claims, and specialises in disputes concerning trusts.

Charles Thomson has experience in handling bribery and corruption, asset tracing and money laundering matters.

Significant clients Grupo Torras, Anello Asset Management, Kuwait Investment Office.

International Arbitration - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 20 associates

What the team is known for Expanding London office with notable worldwide arbitration strength. Handles commercial and investment treaty arbitrations on behalf of a range of clients in areas such as the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"In terms of client service, the firm is as good as it gets. They are incredibly supportive."

Work highlights Represented Elsamex in annulment proceedings brought by Honduras, challenging a USD12 million award previously obtained by the client. The London and Barcelona offices adopted a collaborative approach in proceedings conducted entirely in Spanish.

Notable practitioners

Steve Abraham has a strong focus on disputes involving Africa and the Middle East, particularly those arising from energy, M&A and mining disputes. He is recognised as a "fantastic arbitration practitioner."  

Edward Poulton is an "effective and measured advocate" who tackles a wide range of commercial disputes in the financial and gas spheres. He is "bright and savvy, with a good feel for the weakness in the other side," and is experienced as both counsel and arbitrator.

Investment Funds - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Highly visible on international fund mandates, servicing an impressive management and institutional client base. Benefits from the firm's extensive global network, and its full-service capability in London, offering clients supporting tax and regulatory guidance. Represents numerous sovereign wealth funds and has seen a surge in co-investment activity.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"I think we're extremely lucky - we're very satisfied with the performance and service that they've provided."  

Work highlights Acted for Ardian on the USD750 million fund-raising for its early secondary fund.

Advised Singaporean pension fund NTUC on the establishment of an investment programme to focus on European real estate.

Notable practitioners  

James Burdett is lauded for his "hands-on approach" and is further noted by one client for his "excellent availability." He has a good profile in private equity fund matters in the emerging markets, and has advised GIC on a co-investment into a Turkish clothing retailer.  

Significant clients Kuwait Investment Office, Earth Capital Partners, SVG Capital, Bunge, Citadel Capital.

Life Sciences - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Deep experience and resources for handling corporate transactions and collaboration and licence agreements for leading international life sciences sector clients. Also increasing firepower with regard to patent litigation. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are efficient in how they organise themselves around areas of specialisation so that they really have industry experts concentrated in the right practices."

"They understand in-house counsel's perspective." 

What's new? Patent specialist Hiroshi Sheraton arrived from McDermott Will & Emery in March 2014, and transactional expert Julian Thurston joined as a consultant in February 2014.

Work highlights Advised medical technology leader CareFusion on its acquisition of a Spanish group with subsidiaries in the UK, France, China and Portugal.

Advised Basilea Pharmaceutica on its exchange of co-promote rights for isavuconazole in North America for full rights to the antifungal in all other regions.

Notable practitioners  

Julian Thurston joins as a consultant, boosting the firm's already strong transactional offering in the sector. He is well known in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare fields for his advice on licence, development and supply agreements.

Jane Hobson is lauded for her skill at handling often multi-jurisdictional commercial and corporate life sciences deals. According to one client, she is "everything a lawyer in private practice should be - she's not only an expert in her field, but also has a way to really make things happen, and adapts to her audience well."

The "gifted" Hiroshi Sheraton is celebrated above all for his prowess in handling complex patent litigation, and also undertakes licence agreements of all stripes.

Significant clients AstraZeneca, Biogen Idec International, Merck, Novo Nordisk, UCB.

Media & Entertainment - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for International giant offering multi-jurisdictional capabilities to large media organisations, including traditional rights holders and innovative digital media groups. Handles matters in developing areas ranging from video gaming and online distribution to IPTV and mobile TV.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

“Our business has encountered numerous disputes that have been solved by impeccable, swift legal and commercial thinking."

“I feel I have access to anyone at very senior levels within Baker – they're always supportive of the relationship." 

Work highlights Acted for Sovereign Films as lead legal advisers on a number of rights licensing matters and production and distribution agreements, including for Emma Thompson's film 'Effie'.

Represented BBC Trust as sole independent legal adviser in a diverse range of strategic and regulatory matters.

Notable practitioners  

The "practical and pragmatic" Ben Allgrove is an esteemed and experienced digital lawyer, acting for cutting-edge clients such as Netflix, Meltwater and Pinterest. Clients highlight his "consistent level of outstanding legal work."

Steve Holmes advises media clients on major transactions, and has particular expertise in technology, outsourcing and regulatory concerns. His clients include Virgin Media, Fremantle and Take Two.

Significant clients Google, Tumblr, Netflix, Fremantle, Hit Entertainment.

Outsourcing - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners 
- 20 associates
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Esteemed global powerhouse with an exceptionally strong London bench. A high-level operation on both the customer and supplier sides, handling a broad range of deals, including those pertaining to business process outsourcing (BPO), IT outsourcing (ITO) and telecoms. Sector-specific specialisms pertaining to media, telecoms, pharmaceuticals and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Flexible, capable, practical lawyers. They are reliable and expert, with strength and depth across the board at associate level."

Work highlights Advised Arqiva on its bid to provide communications services to the Department of Energy & Climate Change in relation to the Smart Meter Implementation Programme.

Advised Siemens in connection with a multi-tower facilities management outsourcing project covering all of the company's sites in the UK.

Notable practitioners  

Steve Holmes heads up the London team and handles a broad range of outsourcing transactions. One client enthuses: "He is technically very able, but more importantly he understands the role of the in-house lawyer. What he also brings is a market view - he is able to give an indication of where the deal will go from his experience. I could wax lyrical about him all day."

"Doyen of the industry" Harry Small has a vast range of expertise that encompasses both IT and communications as well as contract disputes and contentious IP issues. One client praises his "pragmatic, sensible negotiation on a complex, difficult to price deal," while he is lauded by peers as being both "long standing and highly respected." 

David Halliday acts on both customer and supplier side sourcing deals. He gains particular recognition for the dispute resolution and renegotiation scope of his work.

Significant clients Google, Virgin Media, Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu, esure.

Pensions Litigation - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Regularly instructed on complex claims with significant cross-border expertise. Strength in areas including rectification and Pensions Ombudsman work. Bolsters its offering with formidable non-contentious experience.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have an impressive overlap between pensions and litigation expertise. They're a good example of successful co-operation between the two areas."

"They have a solid core pensions foundation behind them and they're well placed to service clients."

Work highlights Represented the Trustees of the Olympic Airlines Pension and Life Assurance Scheme in a petition for winding up the statutory employer in England and Wales.

Acted for the Trustees of the Royal Mail Senior Executive Pension Plan on their request for a determination in the High Court concerning the construction of the plan's trust deed and rules.

Notable practitioners Robert West heads the pensions department and is a key contact.

Significant clients Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund, IMG, Pitt Capital Partners.

Private Client - UK-wide

What the team is known for Maintains a stellar reputation for trusts litigation. Regularly handles high-profile and multijurisdictional disputes for individuals, families and institutional clients. Draws upon its global reach to serve an international client base.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"If you were looking for a modern, dynamic firm, you'd go to Baker & McKenzie." 

Work highlights Acted for Taiwanese family-owned company Yuan-Sheng on a family dispute concerning the alleged misappropriation of assets.

Notable practitioners  

Anthony Poulton "is very much admired by everyone," state market sources; "he is very bright and incredibly hard-working." He heads the trusts disputes team and is widely recognised for his capabilities on domestic and international trusts litigation matters.

Andrew Keltie has a diverse practice and regularly acts on a range of offshore trusts litigation cases. He is described as "a seasoned litigator," and is noted for his experience of complex multi-jurisdictional asset tracing.

Gemma Willingham has a fantastic reputation among her clients, who report that "she is a walking encyclopaedia: she has an amazing ability for reading and retaining material." She is heavily involved in advising trustees in offshore disputes.

Significant clients Barclays Wealth, Grupo Torras,  Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund.

Private Equity - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Utilises its comprehensive global coverage to act on multinational private equity transactions. Mandates frequently feature an international dimension. Attracts clients from the healthcare, infrastructure and energy sectors, due to the firm's sectoral specialisms.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're very commercial. They definitely focus on the key issues, take a view on things and don't get bogged down."

"For me it's having good lead partners who know senior management well and know the company. It's those trusted adviser relationships that we have."

Work highlights Worked with Emerson Electric on the sale of part of its business to Platinum Equity for around USD300 million.

Advised Bain Capital on Ideal Standard's restructuring of the African and Middle Eastern arms of its business.

Notable practitioners  

David Allen is described as "technically very good and a very commercial lawyer" who "communicates very well." Sources are quick to note his experience in private equity matters. He advised Montagu in relation to a management incentive scheme for its portfolio company Euromedic.

Significant clients Platinum Equity, Ardian, EQT Partners, Macquarie Group, Capital International.

Product Liability - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for International practice with London office involved in global product recalls and risk matters on behalf of major clients. Represents manufacturers and distributors in the full range of product liability litigation in defence of various consumer claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"The quality of service is very consistent. The geographical scope is impressive and enables me to get quick answers across a number of countries in a flexible way."

"Although their product liability department assists a variety of industries, they have deep knowledge of our sector and this helped give us a tailored advice."

Work highlights Instructed by healthcare products manufacturer CR Bard concerning claims related to allegedly defective medical devices.

Notable practitioners  

John Leadley has experience handling global product recalls for multinational clients. His expertise spans a number of industries covering medical devices, electronics, toys and TMT equipment. According to commentators, he has "great judgement, immense experience and clear, strategic thinking."

Kate Corby is a senior associate who has impressed both clients and peers. Sources say: "She has great business acumen in addition to great legal knowledge. This was a tremendous help in maintaining and improving our relationships with our strategic partners in a very delicate moment."

Significant clients Hewlett-Packard, Mattel, Sony, Hologic, Logitech. 

Professional Discipline - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 associates
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Advises clients in the healthcare, legal and financial services sectors on regulatory proceedings and investigations. Impressive experience in judicial reviews.

Work highlights Advised the Professional Standards Authority on a statutory referral concerning whether a decision of the GDC should be sent to the High Court on the ground of undue lenience.

Notable practitioners  

Thomas Cassels heads the firm's administrative and public law team and advises on professional discipline matters in a range of sectors. Sources say: "He is very experienced in the area and inspires confidence."

Public Procurement - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Acts for private sector buyers and service providers including notable utilities and technology companies. Particular expertise in advising on threatened bid challenges.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They know our business well and are at ease engaging with people at all levels in our business." 

"They are willing to give advice which is difficult for us to hear."

Work highlights Acted for Arqiva on its bid to provide communication infrastructure for the high-profile national Smart Metering Implementation Programme.

Advised Southern Water on procurement strategy ahead of the AMP6 price control period.

Notable practitioners

Ross Denton is a key contact.  

Telecommunications - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Widely acknowledged as leading practice for both regulatory and transactional matters in the telecoms and broader technology fields. Particular depth of expertise in large-scale commercial contracts for telecoms sector clients. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Consistently acting for good clients on major transactions and disputes."

Work highlights Represents Arqiva in the negotiation of contracts with the Department of Energy & Climate Change, and subcontracts with other groups, for the Smart Metering Implementation Programme for the northern region, following Arqiva's successful bid for this work in 2013.

Acted for Virgin Mobile on its agreement with EE for the provision of a platform for the further operation of the MVNO.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Strivens is identified for his long-standing position in the telecoms legal scene, handling major transactional telecoms matters. He is praised for his creativity in managing relationships with key sector clients, including Colt.

Robbie Downing is described as "a brain-box who is really pragmatic and gets what we're trying to do." A regulatory specialist, his recent work highlights include advising a major financial sector client on telecoms regulation in jurisdictions around the world.

Steve Holmes acts on transactional matters for major telecoms companies. He recently acted for Arqiva on its successful bid for the national Smart Metering Implementation Programme for the northern region. Clients praise his "commercial and pragmatic approach."

Duncan Reid-Thomas "expertly guides his clients through the process," according to a source. Multiple interviewees underscored his focus: "His attention to detail is fantastic," said one client, who continued: "He embraces change - both in our business and in the market."

Significant clients Cable & Wireless, Telefónica, Ernst & Young, Accenture.