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Mayer Brown International LLP - London
  • 201 Bishopsgate
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2M 3AF
  • London Senior Partner Sean Connolly
  • UK Partners 90
  • Other fee-earners 200
  • Total staff (all fee-earners & support staff) 520

THE FIRM Mayer Brown is a leading global law firm with offices in major cities across the Americas, Asia and Europe. The firm is known for its client-focused approach to providing creative solutions to complex problems on behalf of businesses, governments and individuals. The firm’s London office has looked after the needs of clients in the city and beyond since 1895. In Asia, the firm operates as Mayer Brown JSM as a result of its 2008 combination with JSM (formerly Johnson Stokes & Master), a leading Asian law firm. In Brazil, the firm has an association with Tauil & Chequer Advogados. The firm also has an alliance with Ramon & Cajal in Spain. This presence in the world’s leading markets for legal services enables Mayer Brown to offer clients access to local market knowledge combined with global reach.Mayer Brown serves many of the world’s largest companies, including a significant proportion of the Fortune 100, FTSE 100, DAX and Hang Seng Index companies, together with global leaders in major industries.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Banking & Finance: This is a founding practice of Mayer Brown and one of the firm’s signature strengths. The firm has significant experience in structured finance and has been at the forefront of the markets for securitisation and other structured products since their inception. The firm is also highly distinguished in all aspects of domestic and cross-border financing transactions, including leveraged finance, asset-based lending, debt capital markets (including emerging markets and high yield), project finance, real estate finance, derivatives and tax-based lending. The practice also provides a complete financial restructuring service.
Corporate & Securities: Corporate and securities law is at the core of Mayer Brown’s global practice. In the UK the firm is known for its strong public and private M&A practice and well-regarded Corporate Finance team with its extensive experience in the international capital markets. The domestic and international experience of the practice includes private equity, corporate governance, investment funds, financial services regulation, joint ventures and outsourcing.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Litigation is the firm’s largest practice with more than 450 lawyers globally handling complex, cross-border litigation for a wide variety of clients. The firm has extensive experience in dealing with financial and banking disputes, insolvency and restructuring issues, disputes affecting the global construction industry and all aspects of insurance and reinsurance. The practice has dedicated teams advising on commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration and all types of dispute resolution.
Other Specialist Groups: Other practices and industry groups also well respected in the UK legal market and internationally, and with several recognised leading lawyers include: competition, construction and engineering, employment, environment, financial institutions, financial services regulatory and enforcement, insurance and reinsurance, IP/IT, mining, pensions, real estate and tax.
Graduate Recruitment: Please see www.mayerbrown.com/careers or graduaterecruitment@mayerbrown.com

INTERNATIONAL Other
Offices USA:
Charlotte, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto,Washington DC.
Asia: Bangkok, Beijing, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore.
Europe: Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Paris.
Associated law firm offices: Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo.

Mayer Brown International LLP operates in combination with its associated Illinois limited liability partnerships, a SELAS established in France, a Hong Kong partnership, and its associated entities in Asia, and is associated with Tauil & chequer Advogados, a Brazilian law partnership.

    Contacts
  • Construction & Engineering Michael D Regan
  • Corporate Peter Dickinson
  • Employment Nicholas Robertson
  • Environment Michael Hutchinson
  • Antitrust/Competition Gillian Sproul
  • Finance Dominic Griffiths
  • Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement Marc Cohen
  • Insurance & Reinsurance David Chadwick
  • Intellectual Property Mark Prinsley
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution David Allen
  • Pensions Philippa James
  • Pro Bono Julie Dickins
  • Real Estate Jeremy Clay
  • Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency Devi Shah, Ashley Katz
  • Tax Sandy Bhogal

Branches

Banking & Finance - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Noted for its strength in cross-border transactions, and has a strong track record in acting on leveraged loan facility restructurings. Also highly visible on asset-based lending, particularly in conjunction with high-yield bonds.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 International capability: "They have a large international practice, which is very strong." 

Visibility: "We see them frequently and compete against them often."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Lloyds with regard to a £53 million loan for the construction of an office building at Chiswick Park.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Dominic Griffiths is a key contact here.

Significant clients Deutsche Bank, Wells Fargo, Morgan Stanley, Nomura, HSBC.

Banking Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Well-established practice with a diverse client base including leading banks and financial institutions. Excellent presence in the market and recognised capability on cross-border disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Strong depth of knowledge and an understanding of our commercial position. Creative and strategic in considering alternative solutions."

Bench strength: "Mayer Brown covers all the aspects necessary in the case by building a good team. Very effective."

What's new? Alistair Graham recently joined the team from White & Case. 

Work highlights Advised UBS in connection with a high-value complex litigation in relation to credit default swaps.

Acting on behalf of Standard Bank in proceedings relating to a substantial amount of silver which should have been stored in a third-party vault in China.

Notable practitioners  

"Ferociously intelligent and extremely practical," Ian McDonald consistently impresses peers, counsel and clients. Sources say he "immerses himself in the detail of the case" and is "absolutely exceptional at tactics and leading a team."

"Commercially aware and proactive" David Allen "brings an ability to put together and work with a team. He is very good at client management." Clients appreciate he is "responsive, quick on the uptake and quick to action things."

Senior associate Susan Rosser focuses her practice on litigation involving financial institutions and complex financial products. She also has experience handling professional negligence claims and fraud matters.

Significant clients HSBC, Northern Trust, Nomura, Nordea, DSB Bank.

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

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

What the team is known for Has a proven track record of success handling innovative securitisation transactions, including several which were the first of their kind in a particular jurisdiction. Remains at the forefront of key developments in the sector, continually working with prominent industry bodies. Also offers substantial international capability, with experience in South America, Asia, Europe and the USA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Pragmatic advice: "The service was fantastic - a combination of being very focused on the details but also very commercial. They really helped us think about the strategy as we were negotiating the securitisation." 

Bench strength: "They have an extremely deep bench of senior lawyers and a very good crop of up-and-coming lawyers. The partners are extremely well known in the global securitisation industry both from a deal perspective as well as from a legal perspective."

What's new? Securitisation specialist Jeremiah Wagner was made a partner.

Work highlights Advised private equity firm GTCR in relation to its £950 million acquisition of insurance provider Premium Credit. The team advised on the financing of the transaction, which was wholly provided from rated securitised debt.

Acted for Santander in connection with the USD1.25 billion Bilkreditt 3 publicly listed auto loan securitisation.  

Notable practitioners  

Kevin Hawken is "extremely knowledgeable, deeply committed and extraordinarily hard-working," according to commentators, who also note that he is "really at the forefront of a lot of the regulatory issues." One core focus of his practice is advising on the impact of US regulation on institutions in Europe. He recently acted for Santander in connection with a USD1.25 billion Norwegian auto loan securitisation.

UK practice head Edmund Parker is highly experienced across a broad range of products. Sources describe him as "very user-friendly and very easy to deal with," adding that "he really knows his stuff." He has strong market standing as an expert in structured finance.

Dominic Griffiths worked alongside Kevin Hawken on the Norwegian auto loan transaction. He has particular experience of the Italian market, and frequently advises on financings that involve an Italian element. Interviewees admire that "he definitely knows how to get his hands dirty in deals."

Since his arrival at the firm, Chris Arnold has impressed a range of sources with his combination of strong commercial and technical expertise. He is a dual-qualified US and UK lawyer, and focuses on transactions involving structured products and derivatives.

David O'Connorrecently joined the firm from Allen & Overy LLP. He brings significant experience of advising on CMBS transactions. 

Significant clients Rabobank, Royal Bank of Canada, Wells Fargo, Deutsche Bank, HSBC.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 24 other lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded for substantial cross-border transactions. Key expertise includes the telecommunications, corporate real estate and energy sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "They are very well resourced, efficient and very focused on a prompt service delivery."

Client service: "They are what you would expect from a really top firm."

Work highlights Represented Mittal Investments in the £272 million acquisition of a portfolio of construction materials operations in the UK from Tarmac and Lafarge.

Advised Groupe Ludendo on its £60 million acquisition of Hamley's.

Represented Ecofin Energy Resources on its AUS180 million merger with Amadeus Energy.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Dickinson "thinks about the answer both legally and commercially" and is "highly proactive and responsive," impressed clients say. He heads the firm's corporate group in the UK.  

Richard Page is an "accomplished lawyer who always seems to impress," clients say. He has particular expertise in representing clients in the TMT, life sciences and corporate real estate sectors.

Significant clients Oxford Catalysts, Numis Securities, Bodycote, Moody's, Thomson Reuters.

Employment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 3 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advising large, multinational corporations on strategic organisational changes. Preferred advisers amongst a number of financial institutions for sophisticated employment matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Their work is outstanding; it is well researched, well executed, simple to understand and great value for money."

Commercial awareness: "They helped me understand the commercial reality of the situation. I really don't think that there is anything that they could have done better."

Market standing: "I've got a lot of time for the firm. They're not aggressive for the sake of being aggressive."

Work highlights Acted for Mittal Investments on the employment aspects of a £272 million acquisition of a portfolio of construction materials operations, spanning quarries, plants and other works.

Advised QBE Insurance in connection with a substantial team move case. Successful in obtaining a 12-month springboard injunction.

Notable practitioners  

Nicholas Robertson is a doyen of the employment world and, in the words of one peer, "a real heavyweight." "I think he's probably one of the best employment lawyers you will ever find," claimed one source, whilst others praised his commercial awareness and ability to work collaboratively. He recently handled a complex litigation matter on behalf of Southern Cross.

Christopher Fisher is perceived to have a "stunning ability to make very complicated matters seem simple" and to adopt a "sound and level-headed approach, one which is very much in the interests of his clients." A recent work highlight saw him represent QBE Insurance in a team move.

Stefan Martin recently assisted JPMorgan with its successful defence against a £2 million claim of negligent misrepresentation. He is described as being "user-friendly" and is well-regarded by a number of financial services clients.

Significant clients Southern Cross, QBE, M&G, EMI, The Football Association.

Environment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner

What the team is known for Broad practice which includes transactional support, regulatory compliance work, advice on financings and litigation support.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "What I appreciate is that I can use Mayer Brown on an EU level; they have amazing consistency between the different offices." 

Work highlights Advised the administrators of retail chain Comet on a range of environmental issues.  

Notable practitioners  

Michael Hutchinson advises clients on transactions and in relation to regulatory matters and contaminated land. Sources say: "He is innovative and very good."

Significant clients Klesch & Co, Digital Realty Trust, Dow Chemical , Unilever, Caterpillar.

Hotels & Leisure - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Acts on acquisitions, sales, and the development and redevelopment of hotels. The London team is part of an international sector group handling management agreements, employment matters, trade mark and other advice.

Work highlights Acted for CTF Holdings on the refurbishment of Chancery Court Hotel in Holborn before and after the 2012 Olympic Games.

Advises Reignwood International on the financing and redevelopment of 10 Trinity Square into a '6 star' hotel.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Hepner leads the hotel and leisure team in London.

Significant clients CTF Holdings, Reignwood International.

Information Technology - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Focuses on multi-jurisdictional transactions and tends to act for customers rather than suppliers. Antitrust, cloud computing and privacy advice are also areas of focus for the team. 

Work highlights Advised Hachette on the outcomes of a European Commission antitrust investigation into the e-books market.

Representing internet gambling operator Bet 365 in a number of challenges levelled by various German state-level governments to implement geolocation software to determine the location of customers placing online bets.

Notable practitioners 

The "excellent" Mark Prinsley heads the London IT and IP practice and concentrates mainly on outsourcing and IT projects for corporate customers. He also advises on related privacy issues.

Significant clients BNP Paribas Real Estate, EMI, HSBC, Moody's Investors Service, Unilever.

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Advises a number of blue-chip clients across the spectrum of IP concerns. Notable expertise in advising the hi-tech and media sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "We're very pleased with the service. It's my favourite firm to deal with."

Client service: Sources highly rate the firm for its client-friendly attitude.

Work highlights Represents Hachette Group in litigation against mobiles24 concerning e-book copyright infringement.

Advises Sotheby's on copyright claims made by the Design and Artists’ Copyright Society royalties agency.  

Notable practitioners  

Sarah Byrt is a "friendly and accommodating lawyer" who provides simple and straightforward advice. She advises on commercial IP concerns.

Significant clients Google, EMI, Studiocanal, Celtic Pharma, Omega Pharma.

Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Continues to thrive in the London market as the frequent recipient of complex instructions in the banking and finance, energy and mining sectors. Sizeable team co-ordinates seamlessly on a cross-border basis.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Strategic planning: "Depth of knowledge and understanding of our commercial position, creative and strategic in considering alternative solutions." 

Client service: "Very pleased with the service, it's excellent. They're my favourite firm to deal with by a long way." 

What's new? Appointed to the HSBC global panel.

Work highlights Acted on behalf of BASF in the Supreme Court regarding an antitrust damages claim brought by BCL.  

Represented the liquidator of NewCap Reinsurance in a significant Supreme Court case over the enforcement of an Australian judgment.

Notable practitioners

Alistair Graham is characterised by sources as an "excellent lawyer" who "goes the extra mile for his clients." He has a strong grounding in financial services disputes and is able to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional cases.

Sources praise David Allen as "responsive, quick on the uptake and quick to action things." They further admire his ability to manage cases efficiently: "He stays involved in the matter but doesn't over-commit time-wise." 

Significant clients UBS, HSBC, EMI Records, Standard Bank, Unilever.

Pensions - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 10 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Global firm with a sizeable London team. Conspicuous strength in pensions finance and further expertise in areas such as asset management, pooled pension fund investments, buyins and buyouts. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "Mayer Brown is professional and proactive, and understands what solutions we need."

Work highlights Advised the trustees of the Kingfisher Pension Scheme on the closure of the final salary section of the scheme to future benefit accrual and the transfer of existing members to a new defined contribution scheme.

Advised the trustees of the Santander (UK) Group Pension on the merger of seven schemes into a single scheme worth £8.4 billion.

Notable practitioners  

Philippa James is head of the pensions team and has more than 25 years of experience. Clients praise her commercial awareness and ability to clearly explain complex legal issues to non-lawyers.

Ian Wright has a mixed contentious and non-contentious practice covering a broad array of areas, such as employer covenants, investments and funding. One client states: "He's a joy to work with. He's a very, very bright guy."

Anna Rogers is an experienced lawyer who regularly advises clients on issues relating to asset and liability management and pension scheme governance. She is able to provide "sound and authoritative advice and innovative ideas," according to interviewees.

Sources praise Edward Jewitt for his practical approach and note that "he's careful to make sure all the angles are covered." Clients include Waterways Pension Fund and Santander (UK) Group Pension Scheme.

Jonathan Moody "has a good grasp of the most complex aspects of pensions legislation," according to sources. He is able to provide advice on the full range of pensions issues and often works with government departments in connection with new legislation.

Richard Goldstein enters the rankings this year following glowing praise from clients. Sources describe him as "technical," "innovative" and "thorough."

Significant clients Prudential, UK Power Networks, Merchant Navy, Santander, Total.

Professional Negligence - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 30 other qualified practitioners

What the team is known for Supreme across the full spectrum of professional negligence claims. Regularly instructed on some of the UK's most high-profile and complex matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "A full service on a par with the best: a premium service that values relationships and is willing to help out in any way possible." 

Market standing: "We see Mayer Brown doing high-quality work; the team picks up very strong instructions and positions themselves for that higher-end work."

What's new? New panel appointments include Munich Re, Bar Mutual, and Aviva.

Work highlights Advised Chubb and its insured Foreman Roberts on a £12 million claim relating to the design of a diesel oil system at a London development.

Notable practitioners 

Sean Connolly has an incredible amount of experience in the professional negligence world. Connolly is known as "a highly effective operator" and is sought by major insurers for his expertise.

William Glassey is extremely well regarded by peers who mention him as a go-to person for the largest, most complex claims. Well known for defending lawyers, he "exudes authority and keeps very level-headed."  

Michael Regan is pre-eminent for his construction practice and is praised by clients for providing an "outstanding" service.

James Oulton is an insurance expert and regularly defends claims against brokers and underwriters. He is "remarkably persistent for his clients" and is often instructed on the most difficult cases.

Sally Davies has a "fearsome reputation as a brilliant negotiator." She is praised for providing a "high-end service" and for her "technical ability."

Significant clients QBE, AIG, ACE, Zurich, Aon.

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-5 partners
-14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Acts at an international level on a variety of real estate finance transactions, including acquisitions, development financing, loan sales and restructuring.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "Their strength is their experience. They have a familiarity with the market and a good sense of what is to be expected, which is important."

What's new? Chris Harvey joined the practice from CMS. His clients include Lloyds and HSBC.

Martin Wright joined from Ashurst, bringing experience in investment and development financing transactions.

Work highlights Advised Lloyds as lenders on a £53 million loan for the purposes of constructing a new office building at Chiswick Park, which is pre-let to Aker Solutions.

Advised Crosstree Real Estate Planners and Helical Bar, as borrowers from HSBC, on their joint venture to purchase London properties valued at £60.75 million.

Notable practitioners  

Nigel White is co-head of the practice and continues to impress clients, who describe him as "very experienced," with a "very thorough and deep understanding of the market."

Significant clients Canary Wharf Group, Arminius, Apollo, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Selfridges. 

Real Estate Litigation - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Serves clients of the firm's planning, construction, finance, environmental and transactional real estate teams to provide a co-ordinated service and offer strategic advice to address potential real estate disputes before they arise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Efficiency: "Service levels are excellent, with fast response and turnaround times, as is the provision of appropriate knowledge and advice. There is always someone who is available to speak to me when urgent issues arise."

Work highlights Advised the administrators of Comet on their occupation of the stricken retailer's 240 outlets, on issues such as enforcement, rent payments and lease renewals.

Notable practitioners  

Ian McDonald leads the firm's real estate litigation practice.

Significant clients Associated British Foods Pension Trustees, British Land, GE Real Estate, JPMorgan, Unilever.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Handles structured real estate transactions for overseas investors and funds. Other areas of expertise include development and distressed real estate.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They put the client first and did a fantastic job on a tricky transaction."

Communication skills: "Great effort was made by the lawyers in terms of communication and differing values were respected. It is a pleasure to work with Mayer Brown."

What's new? Chris Harvey joins from CMS.

Martin Wright joins from Ashurst.

Work highlights Advised Tishman Speyer on its £170 million acquisition of Eland House from Land Securities.

Acted on the £129.6 million acquisition of the Clarges estate for British Land. 

Notable practitioners  

Jeremy Clay is head of the global real estate practice at Mayer Brown. He focuses on structured investment and development. Clients say he is "very practical" and "incredibly commercial in the way he thinks about things."

Peers and clients alike are full of praise for Chris Harvey, who specialises in real estate investment. Sources say he has "a good commercial mind" and is "a good communicator who knows how to deliver deals."

The "very bright" Martin Wright has a broad commercial property practice with particular expertise in urban regeneration. Canary Wharf Group is a key client. 

Senior associate Iain Roberts handles a wide range of commercial property matters, from property management to corporate transactions. Sources commend him as "very good, very capable and commercial."

Significant clients TIAA-CREF, GE Capital Real Estate, Derwent London, Crosstree/Helical Bar, China Overseas Holdings.

Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Equally adept at handling work on behalf of borrowers and lenders. Frequently active in sophisticated transactions involving multiple jurisdictions. Can draw on the firm's wider global coverage. Notable strength in the retail sector.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They have an excellent quality of advice, combining sound legal analysis with an understanding of key commercial drivers."

Technical ability: "The quality of work undertaken was outstanding, with no stone left unturned and exceptional attention to detail."

What's new? New client wins include NRW Bank, Alvarez & Marsal and Bank of Montreal.

Work highlights Advised the board and directors of Eircom Ireland Finance on the substantial eircom restructuring.

Represented the liquidators of New Cap Reinsurance Corporation in a case before the Supreme Court which sought to enforce an Australian preference judgement.

Notable practitioners  

One interviewee describes David Allen as "ferociously intelligent and extremely practical." His practice focuses on litigation, and his expertise is often called upon when contentious insolvency cases arise.

Clients value Devi Shah for her strategic acumen. One source notes: "She proved outstanding in developing and successfully executing strategy." She is particularly adept at handling restructuring matters in the insurance sector, yet also demonstrates abilities in pension and retail matters.

Ashley Katz is described as "a very gifted, careful and diligent lawyer." He has a broad practice with experience in both domestic and cross-border deals. Highlights this year include acting On the eircom deal as well as advising clients involved in the Comet administration.

Ian McDonald is recognised for being "calm, disciplined, great with clients and demonstrating excellent judgement." As head of the commercial dispute resolution team he is a solid option in contentious insolvency matters.

Significant clients Ernst & Young, Great American Group, Deloitte, BNP Paribas, Wilmington Trust.

Tax - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Handles a range of tax matters concerning M&A, reorganisations, joint ventures and property transactions, as well as housing strong expertise in transfer pricing. Noted for its international capabilities, with a strong presence in continental Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
International capability: "The integration of the UK team with their US colleagues is stronger than with any other international firmswe have used."

Work highlights Advised Ally Insurance Holdings on tax aspects of the sale of its international vehicle service contract and motor extended warranty business to a subsidiary of US company AmTrust International.

Assisted GTCR and Premium Credit on tax matters connected with a securitisation facility established in relation to GTCR’s acquisition of Premium Credit.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Sandy Bhogal is praised by clients for his "amazing attention to detail." He led the firm's recent advice to Ally Insurance Holdings on a corporate disposal, and is also noted for his expertise in the private equity sphere.

Peter Steiner handles a wide range of corporate transactions and property tax matters, including recent advice to British Land on a property acquisition.

Significant clients Canary Wharf Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Rabobank, Unilever, Petrobras.

Capital Markets - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

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

What the team is known for Advises clients who operate in the oil and gas and mining sectors on all their AIM-related matters. Maintains a strong client base that includes both issuers and NOMADs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
Client service: "They're very responsive, available to review and discuss things. They understand our industry, which is good, and they've got some particularly strong associates."  

Work highlights Advised on the AIM IPO of Eland Oil & Gas on behalf of Canaccord Genuity, the NOMAD and broker to the transaction.

Acted for African Eagle Resources with regard to a secondary placing to raise £12 million. The proceeds are for the financing of a bank feasibility study for its Dutwa nickel project in Tanzania.

Notable practitioners  

Kate Ball-Dodd is a key contact.

Significant clients Numis Securities, Oxford Catalysts Group, Imperial Innovations, MWB Business Exchange, GW Pharmaceuticals.

Construction - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for A standalone group dealing with a vast array of construction and engineering projects and disputes in the UK and abroad. Is also noted for its expertise in related areas such as insurance, mining and procurement.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They are willing to listen to the client's points and fights the client's corner."

Client service: "Very smooth and user-friendly operation." 

Bench strength: "Very strong team." 

What's new? New clients include Standard Life, Brookfield and Cofely. 

Work highlights Advised the US Task Force for Business and Stability Operations on the development of mineral prospects in Afghanistan.

Acted for Kier in complex claims regarding damage to a car park at the Castlepoint Centre.

Notable practitioners

Raid Abu-Manneh is a "terrific lawyer," according to sources. He has substantial international experience and is a fluent Arabic speaker. 

The "sensible and pragmatic" Jonathan Hosie is an expert in construction-related documentation.

Clients say that the well-respected Michael Regan "gives a Rolls-Royce service." He is appreciated for his commercial approach.

When it comes to negotiating Sally Davies is "hard as nails," according to a market commentator. She has extensive experience in construction-related litigation and other forms of dispute resolution.

Kwadwo Sarkodie is a "very good, very solid lawyer," according to sources. He handles contentious and non-contentious matters.

Significant clients Panama Canal Authority, ArcelorMittal, Wates Group, Costain, St George. 

Energy & Natural Resources - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Occupies a strong position for big-project finance work and has extensive experience of acting for lender clients. Significant geopolitical expertise in the mining sector and a name frequently mentioned with great confidence by peers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They maintain a high standard of service and display appropriate expertise and professionalism at all times. We experienced a seamless service delivery as a result of their co-ordination of our transaction from the London office."

Efficiency: "When the matter took longer than expected to complete we saw the team composition shift over time, but the team members were kept well informed and we didn't experience any interruption or slowdown in service levels."

Work highlights Acted for Caterpillar Financial, Standard Bank and Nedbank, the mandated lead arrangers, on a USD170 million syndicated loan to Base Resources in connection with the Kwale Mineral Sands Project, a titanium-mining project in Kenya.

Instructed by the US Department of Defense and the government of Afghanistan, as part of a group of international advisers involved in the development of the mining industry in Afghanistan.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Ian Coles leads work encouraging investment and development in the Afghanistan mining industry. Sources praise him for his skill in project finance and his "invaluable knowledge of law, his banking practice and his ability to contain heated negotiations."

Also involved in the development of the Afghanistan mining industry, Rachel Speight is picked out by sources for her high profile: "Rachel is heavily involved in the mining sector." Speight also has experience of working on mining matters in Finland and Mauritania.

Significant clients UniCredit, Export Development Canada, Barclays, Korean Development Bank, BNP Paribas.

Insurance - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Commended for its expertise across a broad range of insurance and reinsurance matters, including professional indemnity, financial lines, political risk and product liability. Strong global capability due to the firm's vast network of offices, which spans Europe, Asia, South America and the USA.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "Serious player with good insurance reputation."

Notable practitioners  

David Chadwick is head of the firm's London insurance and reinsurance group. He is singled out by sources for his expertise in matters pertaining to political risk, with other areas of strength including professional indemnity and reinsurance. 

Senior partner Sean Connolly is described by sources as being "extremely strong" and an "excellent practitioner." He advises the team's major clients on a variety of domestic and international insurance and reinsurance matters. Key areas of expertise include professional indemnity and financial institution risks. 

Significant clients QBE, AIG, ACE, Beazley, Zurich.  

Insurance - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Accomplished across a wide range of insurance-related matters, including disposals of non-core businesses, bond issues and restructurings. Also noted for its expertise in M&A matters, for both insurers and brokers.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They have a good knowledge of the Lloyd’s market."

Client service: "Very user friendly, they know their stuff on corporate insurance." 

Work highlights Represented Riverstone in its acquisition of Brit Insurance, a key deal in the run-off sector. 

Advised Beazley on a EUR250 million medium-term note programme.

Notable practitioners Colin Scagell is a key contact in the practice.

Significant clients Beazley, QBE, ACE, Chartis, Zurich.

Outsourcing - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

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

What the team is known for Advisers to customer-side private sector clients with a solid understanding of technology outsourcings. Noted for its work in highly regulated sectors, including pensions and financial services.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Industry knowledge: "They are impressive in negotiations, with a grasp of the detail and an excellent understanding of the wider market."

Commercial awareness: "They take their time to get beneath the structure of the deal. You see that when the contracts are challenged in and you realise they work."

Technical ability: "We were pleased with the sheer volume of work they were able to deliver."

Work highlights Advised Virgin Media on a review and expansion of the outsourcing of call centre and information technology services agreements with Accenture.

Notable practitioners  

Clients commend Peter Dickinson for his experience and insight. "He has a sharp mind and gets to the core of issues very quickly." He is also noted for his persuasive style.

Department co-head Mark Prinsley is highlighted as a "thoughtful, pragmatic and commercial lawyer who creates a collaborative working environment." 

Significant clients AT&T, Bodycote, Punter Southall, Selfridges, Unilever.

Pensions Litigation - UK-wide

What the team is known for Acts for an impressive list of household-name clients. Pools the expertise of lawyers in the firm's pensions and litigation teams to tackle a wide range of complex disputes.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Technical ability: "Its work is highly technical in nature but is presented in a clear, concise and accurate way."

Work highlights Continues to act for the trustee of the Prudential Staff Pensions Scheme in litigation arising from a change in the sponsoring employer's practice of awarding discretionary pension increases.

Acted for the Pension Protection Fund, following the transfer of the Woolworths Group Pension Scheme to the Fund, in a case concerning the Pensions Act 2004's provisions governing the operation of the PPF and the effect of the PPF assessment period on members’ benefits.

Notable practitioners  

Stuart Pickford "is calm, methodical and completely trustworthy," according to interviewees. He is a partner in the firm's litigation and dispute resolution practice, and joint head of the pensions litigation group.

Significant clients Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund, UK Power Networks, Santander, Total, BOC.

Product Liability - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Offers a broad service covering everything from initial risk management advice to defence against claims. Adept at co-ordinating work with its IP and other specialist teams as well as its international offices in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Notable practitioners  

Ingrid Hobbs has experience in construction and engineering liability claims, and has represented clients in litigation, mediation and arbitration. She also receives the stamp of approval from her peers, with one calling her "a good product liability insurance lawyer – I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her." 

Miles Robinson mainly focuses on the automotive and chemical sectors of product liability, and has experience in large group actions.

Significant clients Omega Pharma, Selfridges, Mindray, ACE.

Telecommunications - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Continues to be a valued adviser for telecoms transactions, especially those which involve companies headquartered in the USA. Well known in the market for acting for call centre supply services.

Work highlights Represented Azini Capital in its USD80.3 million sale of wireless mobile solutions company Starhome.

Provides ongoing legal assistance to AT&T in relation to its outsourced voice and data solutions arrangements in the UK and Europe.

Notable practitioners

Peter Dickinson is known by market sources for his deep involvement in M&A within the telecoms market. His client portfolio includes major international operators, to which he provides transactional legal advice. 

Significant clients Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Virgin Media.