Firm profile submitted by Marriott Harrison
Number of partners: 19
Other fee-earners: 9
Commercial: Bruce Jones
Corporate: Jon Sweet
Corporate Finance: Simon Charles
Employment: Bob Mecrate-Butcher, Katherine De Souza
Finance & Restructuring: Brett Israel
Intellectual Property/IT: Eesheta Shah, Julian Hitchcock
Life Sciences: Alex Denoon
Litigation: Tamar Halevy
Private Equity: Jonathan Leigh-Hunt, David Strong
Real Estate: Mark Lavers
THE FIRM Marriott Harrison is a leading specialist 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 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. The firm has grown by attracting senior personnel from larger firms whilst at the same time its graduate training programme has been successful in enabling the firm to grow organically.
PRINCIPLE AREAS OF WORK
Corporate & Commercial: 55%
Real Estate: 16%
Finance & Restructuring: 10%
Life Sciences & Intellectual Property: 8%
The corporate team provides expertise in all of the usual corporate finance and M&A areas, such as corporate acquisitions and disposals, management buyouts, venture capital, flotations, restructuring, banking and financial services. The firm has a particularly strong presence in the venture capital 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.
Banking & Finance:
The banking and finance team advises a variety of bank and non bank lenders, other institutions and companies on a range of banking and finance matters, from domestic and bilateral to syndicated and international loan arrangements encompassing all forms of security and intercreditor arrangements. Reflecting the firm’s broad corporate expertise, a proportion of the team’s work involves the interaction between early stage debt and the various holders of equity whilst the practice extends to mature senior debt issues, refinances and restructurings. Core clients include challenger banks and private equity funds.
Restructuring & Insolvency:
The restructuring and insolvency team is active in providing a range of transactional and technical advisory assistance to various client stakeholder groups. These include insolvency practitioners, turnaround practitioners, banks and other lenders, other institutions, trading counterparties and boards of directors. The breadth of work means that the team advises in relation to ‘light’ restructurings and reschedulings in moderately stressed situations through to full-blown insolvency scenarios involving voluntary arrangements, administrations, receiverships and liquidations, often with a need for overarching sensitive tactical input.
The life sciences team has an enviable reputation advising life sciences clients from conventional pharmaceutical and medical technology companies to clients developing and selling regenerative medicine, genomics and borderline products. The team focuses on advising its clients regarding IP, regulatory (including contentious matters such as judicial reviews) and associated commercial contracts.
The IP team advises across a broad range of intellectual property issues including online and digital media, patents, know-how, branding, 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), IP rights in software and data, as well as privacy and data protection.
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. Recent highlights have included hotel acquisitions, the refinancing of a retail park and the sale of a business park.
The litigation team is widely experienced in commercial litigation and arbitration with particular expertise in company/shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, breach of trust and civil 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.
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.