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Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Washington, DC

Steptoe & Johnson - London
  • 1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
  • Washington, DC
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20036
  • Number of partners 14
  • Assistant solicitors 8
  • Other fee-earners 2
  • Total lawyers worldwide 521

THE FIRM Steptoe & Johnson in London provides the capabilities of a large international law firm in a smaller environment. The firm has a strong international emphasis and provides a comprehensive range of legal services to market-leading businesses throughout the world, drawing frequently on the experience of the US and Brussels offices of Steptoe & Johnson LLP. Overall the firm has over 500 lawyers in its London, Beijing, Brussels,Washington DC, Chicago, Phoenix, New York and Los Angeles offices.

Commercial Property: Steptoe’s experience includes industrial and residential development, investment, acquisitions and disposals, property finance, portfolio management, planning and environmental law.
Construction: Steptoe deals with all aspects of construction - from the drafting and negotiation of agreements on behalf of both purchasers and suppliers, to the resolution of disputes by mediation, adjudication, arbitration and litigation.
Corporate/Commercial: Steptoe handles mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures (UK and cross-border), shareholder agreements, public flotations including AIM listings, venture capital finance, EU law and international corporate structures, agency, distribution and franchising.
Employment Law: Steptoe’s employment lawyers are well versed in employee/employer relations, employment documentation, redundancy, terminations packages, maternity, discrimination, TUPE and advocacy at tribunals.
EU Law: Steptoe has experience in many aspects of EU law, including anti-dumping and anti-subsidy proceedings, EU trade barriers regulation and EU competition law, with representations before the European Commission and the European courts.
Insurance & Reinsurance: Steptoe has first-rate experience of both contentious and transactional insurance and reinsurance matters, including arbitration and litigation, policy drafting and negotiation, insurance regulatory issues, coverage investigations, and alternative risk transfer (ART).
International Dispute Resolution: Steptoe lawyers are actively engaged in the resolution of disputes involving a wide variety of industry sectors through litigation and arbitration (under ICC, LCIA, SCC, AAA, ICSID, CIETAC and LMAA rules), and have substantial experience in major industries. Areas covered include commercial, corporate, technology, energy, trade and investment litigation, and ADR with particular expertise in large fraud cases and cross-border tracing of assets.
International Regulation: Steptoe regularly advises on anti-corruption compliance and investigations (including issues arising under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the implications of the UK Bribery Act and related US and European anti-corruption laws), and export control and economic sanctions regulations.
International Trade: Steptoe has broad experience on regional and multilateral trade negotiations and disputes, US and EU trade policy, customs matters and regulatory requirements.
Tax: Steptoe advises on all aspects of domestic and international taxation including structuring of cross-border transactions, international joint ventures, real estate investment, private equity, transfer pricing, tax litigation, as well as executive compensation and share schemes.
Technology: Steptoe has extensive experience concerning IT and outsourcing, intellectual property and licensing, e-commerce and internet regulation, data protection, law enforcement issues, IT security and encryption, ISP issues, and domain name disputes.
Telecommunications: Steptoe provides a full spectrum of UK and EU regulatory commercial and transactional advice to fixed and wireless sectors, including satellite work, commercial agreements, including service, interconnect and co-location agreements, telecommunications transactions and privatisations.

CLIENTS Clients range in size from the largest multinationals to owner-managed businesses and wealthy individuals.

INTERNATIONAL The firm continuously develops strong relationships with a number of law firms across the globe. The firm’s participation in Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, assists them in meeting clients’ needs throughout the world.

  • Commercial Property Brendan Patterson
  • Construction Jonathan Raynes
  • Corporate/Commercial Michael Thompson
  • Employment Alison Wallace
  • Fraud & Anti-Corruption Pat Norton
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Angus Rodger
  • International Dispute Resolution Pat Norton
  • International Trade/EU Law James Searles


  • 99 Gresham Street,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2V 7NG
  • Tel +44 207 367 8000
  • Fax +44 207 367 8001
  • DX 206 London

Real Estate - London (Firms)

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

What the team is known for Active in retail and residential development, distressed real estate, data centre work and property management.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "Good commercial advice. They work as a team to ensure the client's needs are dealt with as quickly as possible."

Client service: "Very personalised and focused service. Excellent property experience."

Efficiency: "They are not wasteful in terms of hours. They spend only the time that needs to be spent."

What's new? Malmberg Limited is a new client.

Work highlights Acted for Telecity Group on the management of its growing data centre portfolio.

Acted for Audley Court on the management of its portfolio of retirement villages.

Notable practitioners

Brendan Patterson acts for property companies and occupiers, with work including both development and investment. Sources say he is "very commercial" and "very bright."

Matthew Farmer advises property companies and investors, with a particular emphasis on development projects. Clients feel they "can rely on him to be very commercially astute as well as legally astute."

Significant clients Santon Capital, Raven Russia, Bride Hall, Coln Park, Rokeby Developments.

Insurance - UK-wide

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

What the team is known for Offers advice across a broad range of insurance work, with a particular focus on the regulatory and advisory side. Experienced in complex alternative risk arrangements, service contracts and strategies for dealing with PPI issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "We worked with them on a very tricky transaction, which needed very focused legal knowledge and practical knowledge. It concluded very successfully."

Client service: "We had a very significant project - a big project over many months. They did quite a fantastic job for us."

Work highlights Acted for CNP Assurances and its subsidiaries in a pension buyin and buyout.

Notable practitioners 

Angus Rodger has a broad insurance practice that includes contentious insurance and reinsurance matters alongside his notable non-contentious practice. One client enthuses: "What stands out for me is how commercially minded he is and how practical his legal advice is. It's instantly usable for the business as well - it's never too academic."

Significant clients SCOR, Barbican Insurance, Munich Re, XL, HSB Engineering Insurance.