Senior Partner Jonathan Scott
Deputy Senior Partner Mark Crean
Joint CEOs Sonya Leydecker, Mark Rigotti
UK Number of partners 155
Other fee-earners 720
International Number of partners 452
Other fee-earners 1842
The Firm Operating from over 20 offices across Asia Pacific, EMEA and North America, Herbert Smith Freehills is at the heart of the new global business landscape providing premium quality, full-service legal advice. The firm provides many of the world’s most important organisations with access to market-leading dispute resolution, projects and transactional legal advice, combined with expertise in a number of global industry sectors, including energy, natural resources, infrastructure and financial services.
Principal Areas of Work
Corporate & Commercial: Herbert Smith Freehills’ Corporate Practice provides clients with marketleading legal advice on their most important commercial transactions, including significant cross-border mergers and acquisitions, ground-breaking projects, complex capital markets fundraisings, financial regulation, inward investment, governance and risk management for companies’ boards and corporate tax advice. Clients include the world’s leading corporates, banks, financial buyers, governments and public sector bodies and its role frequently puts the firm at the heart of industries that are reshaping, restructuring and expanding into the world’s emerging markets. The diversity of the group allows it to advise on transactions across a wide range of industry sectors and the firm is acknowledged as providing world-class legal advice to energy and infrastructure, technology, media and telecoms, and financial services clients. The firm’s expertise is reflected by its consistently high ranking in the global league tables of major law firms.
Banking & Finance: Herbert Smith Freehills’ growing Finance Practice is known for the distinctive quality of its debt finance capability, advising on international and domestic deals in the bank lending (including acquisition finance and property finance), securitisation and capital markets, asset finance and project finance markets as well as on corporate recovery matters. Its experience of acting for parties on all sides of transactions, and its reputation for innovation gives the global legal entity a broad and original perspective when approaching deals, particularly those that are complex. With a focus on service delivery Herbert Smith Freehills has a full finance offering across its London, Hong Kong, Madrid, Moscow, Paris, Singapore and Australia offices.
Dispute Resolution: The firm has a formidable reputation for domestic and international litigation, international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution – a pre-eminent position it has held for decades. It is the breadth of the firm’s practice and the experience and quality of its practitioners that distinguish it from its competitors. Areas of specialism include: commercial litigation, international arbitration, advocacy, ADR, banking and regulatory disputes, intellectual property, insurance litigation, private wealth and charities, international public law, competition litigation, fraud and investigations, health and safety, professional negligence and trusts litigation. As a firm, Herbert Smith Freehills is strongly committed to the development of its advocacy practice. The firm’s unique in-house advocacy unit provides a number of benefits for clients, including ease of instruction and reduction in cost. The firm’s disputes office in Belfast, which is focused on the document review often found in major contentious cases, enables it to offer clients an attractive combination of quality, efficiency and pricing.
Real Estate: Herbert Smith Freehills has a reputation for executing the largest and most complex real estate deals with accuracy and at speed. Its broad practice covers development, investment, infrastructure/ projects, corporate occupier, planning, construction and property litigation.
Clients Herbert Smith Freehills represents many of the world’s leading corporations and most of the pre-eminent investment banks. Its client base includes a growing number of blue-chip multinationals in Asia-Pacific, EMEA and North America.
International The firm has offices spanning Asia Pacific, EMEA, North America and Australia. Its formal association with Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung in Jakarta provides further expertise in Asia, while its capability in the Middle East now covers Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. In 2012, the global legal entity expanded into America by opening an office in New York which solely focuses on disputes work, with particular emphasis on cross-border investigations, international arbitration and cross-border litigation. In 2013, Herbert Smith Freehills also opened its first two offices in Germany (Frankfurt and Berlin) and in South Korea (Seoul).
Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Bangkok, Beijing, Belfast, Berlin, Brisbane, Brussels, Doha, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Madrid, Melbourne, Moscow, New York, Paris, Perth, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Jakarta (associated firm).
- Advocacy Unit Ian Gatt
- Acquisition Finance Ewen Fergusson
- Administrative & Public Law Andrew Lidbetter
- Arbitration Paula Hodges
- Asset Management Nigel Farr
- Banking Litigation Damien Byrne Hill
- Construction & Engineering Mark Lloyd-Williams, Nicholas Downing
- Consumer Goods Gillian Fairfield
- Corporate Crime Rod Fletcher
- Corporate Fraud Rod Fletcher, Robert Hunter
- Debt Capital Markets Andrew Roberts
- Derivatives Dina Albagli
- Employee Incentives Paul Ellerman
- Employment Andrew Taggart
- Energy, Natural Resources & Utilities Paula Hodges Mark Newbery
- Entertainment & Media Stephen Wilkinson Alan Watts Nick Elverston
- Equity Capital Markets Chris Hayne Steve Thierbach
- EU, Competition & Regulation James Quinney
- Finance & Banking Malcolm Hitching
- Financial Institutions Alex Kay Damien Byrne Hill
- Financial Services Regulatory Clive Cunningham
- Infrastructure Adrian Clough Patrick Mitchell
- Insurance Geoffrey Maddock
- Insurance & Reinsurance Litigation David Reston
- Intellectual Property Mark Shillito
- International Law Adam Johnson Dominic Roughton
- Investment Funds Nigel Farr
- IT & E-commerce Nick Pantlin
- Leisure & Sport Stephen Wilkinson Alan Watts
- Life Sciences David Wilson Sophie Rich
- Litigation Tim Parkes
- M&A Stephen Wilkinson James Palmer
- Pensions Daniel Schaffer
- PFI/PPP Patrick Mitchell
- Planning & Environment Matthew White
- Private Equity Gavin Davies
- Project Finance John Balsdon
- Real Estate Donald Rowlands
- Retail Ben Ward
- Restructuring & Insolvency Kevin Pullen
- Securitisation Michael Poulton
- Tax Isaac Zailer
- Telecoms Nick Elverston
- Trusts & Charities Robert Hunter
- WTO/World Trade Law Craig Pouncey