Firm profile submitted by Marriott Harrison
THE FIRM Marriott Harrison is a leading niche business law firm. It provides a high quality, partner led service for business clients across a wide range of sectors. It is particularly known for its mid market transactional practice. The firm consistently operates at a high level in its core practice areas by concentrating on excellence. The vast majority of the senior lawyers are either home-grown or have had extensive previous experience at major firms. The firm advises clients on a wide range of deals: not only does it have experience domestically and internationally in major complex transactions for institutions and corporate clients, but it is also very experienced in representing owner-managers and growing businesses. What particularly distinguishes the firm is its very personal approach, both internally and with clients, and its commercial, common-sense attitude. There is an expanding and loyal client base, which is a measure of the continuing success that these attributes bring. In recent years the graduate training programme has enabled the firm to grow organically. The recent economic climate has afforded the firm the opportunity to recruit senior personnel from larger firms.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
Corporate: The Corporate Team provides expertise in all of the usual corporate finance and M&A areas, such as corporate acquisitions and disposals, management buyouts and venture capital, flotations, restructuring, banking and financial services. The firm has a particularly strong presence in the private equity market and represents a number of private equity and venture capital institutions as well as advising MBO/ MBI management teams. It also has a significant AIM practice and reputation, acting regularly for companies and for nominated advisers and brokers.
Media: The Media & Technology Team advises across a broad range of media including film, television, records and music, publishing, online and digital media, branding and advertising and reputation management. In addition the Team is also experienced in the technology sector advising on software creation, development and exploitation, e-distribution (including to the consumer market), intellectual property rights in software and data, as well as privacy and data protection.
Real Estate: The Real Estate Team looks after existing and new clients’ property needs, taking and granting leases, buying and selling – whether it be for owner occupiers, or investment or development- providing strategic advice and helping them when disputes arise. It has recently represented British Land and two international banks who are lending in the English property market. Their clients have taken leases in high profile developments such as the Leadenhall Building and One New Burlington Place, they also acted for the lead tenant on the Fish Island Village development.
Litigation: The Litigation Team is widely experienced in commercial litigation and arbitration with particular expertise in company/shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, breach of trust and fraud. The team’s expertise covers interim remedies, including freezing injunctions. The work is often complex and high value and involves a high proportion of international work/disputes with an offshore element.
Employment: The Employment Team deals with the full range of non-contentious employment matters including employee documentation, employee incentives, TUPE issues, redundancies and reorganisations. It also deals with contentious matters including complex employee tribunal claims and High Court matters including team moves and enforcing restrictive covenants. In addition to this the team provides transactional support for the corporate team.