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Travers Smith LLP


Travers Smith LLP - London
  • 10 Snow Hill
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC1A 2AL
  • Managing Partner Andrew Lilley
  • Senior Partner Chris Hale
  • UK  
  • Number of partners 65
  • Assistant solicitors 173
  • Other fee-earners  89
  • International  
  • Number of partners  2
  • Assistant solicitors 2

The Firm Travers Smith has spent the past 150 years quietly building a reputation for excellence. The key to its reputation is a partner-led approach and uncompromising focus on quality control. This, when allied to one of the highest retention rates in the City, means it is able to present clients with teams of uniformly excellent lawyers. The firm is entrepreneurial in its approach and exceptionally efficient. It fights only the battles that are worth winning, consistently focusing on the results it can achieve for its clients rather than the points it can score. This approach has attracted a long list of loyal clients.

Principal Areas of Work Travers Smith is a full-service law firm. Technical excellence underpins everything it does, and the firm strives to provide user-friendly legal advice that is relevant to clients’ needs. The firm acts for publicly-listed and private companies, financial institutions and private equity clients, as well as other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border transactions. A corporate law firm, its business comprises the following main practice areas: banking, commercial (including IP and IT); corporate (corporate finance, private equity and investment funds); corporate recovery; employment; employee incentives; environment and planning; EU and competition; financial services and regulatory; litigation; pensions; real estate; and tax.

International For its international and cross-border work, Travers Smith has always favoured close relationships with other premium-quality independent law firms, deliberately avoiding formal networks and exclusive relationships. Instead, the firm has invested heavily in forming close ties with a number of carefully chosen preferred firms, ensuring that its clients have the very best experience and expertise at their disposal.

Recruitment Travers Smith is always looking to recruit people from all backgrounds, with academic excellence and sound judgement who take their careers, but not themselves, seriously. The firm’s training philosophy is that skill and expertise are best acquired through practical experience complemented by carefully targeted formal instruction. Great emphasis is placed on ensuring that trainees are actively involved in a broad range of work and the firm regularly wins awards for its training programmes. Graduate applications are made to Graduate Recruitment Manager Germaine VanGeyzel at www.traverssmith.com/graduaterecruitment.

Areas of Practice

  • Corporate/Commercial/Financial Services 40%
  • Banking/Corporate Recovery 15%
  • Litigation 15%
  • Real Estate 10%
  • Employment  
  • Tax 10%
  • Banking 
  • Commercial Tom Purton
  • Corporate Spencer Summerfield
  • Corporate Finance Neal Watson
  • Corporate Recovery Jeremy Walsh
  • Dispute Resolution Stephen Paget-Brown
  • Employee Incentives Mahesh Varia
  • Employment Tim Gilbert
  • Environment & Operational Regulatory Douglas Bryden
  • EU/Competition Nigel Seay
  • Financial Services & Regulatory Jane Tuckley
  • Investment Funds Sam Kay
  • M&A Spencer Summerfield
  • Pensions Paul Stannard
  • Private Equity Paul Dolman
  • Real Estate Anthony Judge
  • Regulatory Investigations Stephen Paget-Brown, Margaret Chamberlain
  • Tax Kathleen Russ