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Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP


Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP - London
  • Adelaide House
  • London Bridge
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC4R 9HA
  • Number of UK partners 173
  • Number of other UK fee-earners 477
  • Total number of staff 1434

THE FIRM BLP is a leading international law firm with a reputation for innovation in legal services. With offices in Abu Dhabi, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, Moscow, Paris and Singapore, the firm’s international footprint was extended further with openings in Dubai, 2012 and Beijing, 2013, helping it meet the needs of clients in an increasingly internationalised market. The firm’s expertise covers all aspects of commercial law; construction, engineering and procurement; corporate finance; dispute resolution; employment, pensions and incentives; EU and competition; finance; intellectual property; private client; real estate; regulatory and compliance; restructuring and insolvency; and tax. One of the fastest growing top 20 UK law firms in recent years, BLP continues to recruit and promote leading individuals as part of an ambitious programme to employ top-ranked legal experts globally. Its real estate capabilities are the most highly regarded in the UK, it has one of the largest and broadest tax teams in the City, its real estate finance practice has worked on some of the biggest securitisations deals of the past number of years, and the firm is currently ranked by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s top ten legal innovators. BLP is renowned for responding creatively to the challenges clients face. For example, Lawyers On Demand provides a high-quality pool of over 200 flexible, freelance lawyers, offered to clients at low cost, as and when needed, and the firm has recently created ‘Integrated Dispute Resolution’, a five-pronged model where clients are able to utilise BLP’s capabilities from instruction to trial. Through an innovative legal outsourcing arrangement it is also delivering a truly client-centric service to Thames Water – managing their legal needs under a long-term, fixed-price deal. Further, the firm recently launched an Integrated Client Service Model, which consists of: Legal Process Improvement (LPI); LOD virtual transaction teams; third parties sourcing; and BLP Manchester – a legal services delivery team.

Principal Areas of Work BLP lawyers are ranked in almost 70 areas of legal expertise and have extensive experience across numerous industry sectors. The firm’s industry experience includes: energy and natural resources; financial institutions; healthcare; infrastructure; hotels, sport and leisure; outsourcing and business services; public sector and not for profit; real estate; retail; security, defence and aerospace; and transport.

INTERNATIONAL As well as its own offices of which there are eleven in total, BLP has strong relationships with a non-exclusive panel of the leading independent local law firms around the world. Via its preferred firm network, the firm has access to more than three times as many tier-1 ranked legal practices in Asia and Europe than any ‘global’ law firm. Across Europe, these relationships enable BLP to call upon 230 tierone ranked practices, meaning the firm can deliver the highest quality local advice in a flexible, seamless way that reflects the circumstances of each jurisdiction and the requirements of each matter. As a result, BLP successfully supports clients across 130 different jurisdictions, and was short-listed for a Managing Partners Forum Award for Best International Collaboration across Frontiers in 2012 and Best Managed International Firm in 2013. The firm embraces diversity and is committed to social responsibility. Thirty-three per cent of BLP employees took part in corporate responsibility activities during working hours last year – more than twice the London Benchmarking Group member average – and in 2012 the firm was listed in The Times report, ‘Top 50 ‘Employers for Women’. Further details are available via the firm’s website, www.blplaw.com, LinkedIn or via Twitter: @BLPLaw

Other offices: Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, Moscow, Paris, and Singapore.

Areas of Practice

  • London  
  • Real Estate 28%
  • Corporate 23%
  • LDR 19%
  • Finance 13%
  • Tax 10%
  • Other 7%
  • Asset Finance Russell Clifford
  • Aviation Tom Budgett
  • Banking & Capital Markets Emma Howdle-Fuller
  • Betting & Gaming David Collins
  • Charities Janet Turner QC
  • Commercial Mark Lewis
  • Construction & Engineering Bob Maynard
  • Corporate Finance Michael Anderson, Benjamin Lee
  • EU & Competition David Harrison
  • Employment Lisa Mayhew
  • Energy & Infrastructure Mark Saunders, Mark Richards
  • Environment Tim Pugh
  • Financial Services Sidney Myers
  • Food, Health & Safety Law Craig Baylis
  • Hotels Karen Friebe, Nick Skea-Strachan
  • Insolvency & Corporate Recovery Ben Jones, David Leibowitz
  • Insurance/Reinsurance Jonathan Sacher, Anthony Lennox
  • Insurance Corporate Regulatory Jacob Ghanty, Adam Bogdanor
  • Intellectual Property Simon Clark
  • International Arbitration Nic Fletcher QC
  • Investment Funds Antony Grossman
  • Leisure Craig Baylis
  • Licensing Craig Baylis
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution Jonathan Sacher
  • Outsourcing Mark Lewis
  • PFI/PPP Tessa Kimber
  • Pensions & Incentives Norman Russell
  • Planning Tim Hellier, Tim Pugh
  • Private Equity Michael Anderson, Benjamin Lee
  • Pro Bono Michael Goldmeier, Alison Klarfeld
  • Project Finance Mark Richards
  • Public Sector Andrew Yates
  • Real Estate Chris de Pury
  • Real Estate Disputes Roger Cohen, Wendy Miller
  • Real Estate Finance Naveen Vijh
  • Retail John Bennett
  • Restructuring Ben Jones
  • Tax Corporate, International, Contentious John Overs, Michael Wistow
  • Technology & Media Ian De Freitas
  • Trademarks Ian Gruselle
  • Transport Mark Richards, Russell Clifford
  • Trusts & Personal Tax, Private Client Jonathan Kropman
  • Water Keith Stella