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This chapter is intended to reflect the capabilities of law firms which best demonstrate an ability to assist clients with anticipating and managing emerging business issues.

A major area of activity for law firms has involved advising clients on minimising the risks, and maximising potential commercial opportunities, arising from the UK’s upcoming exit from the European Union in March 2019. Notwithstanding internal political uncertainties in the UK, firms have been kept busy advising clients on their contingency planning arrangements. In addition to providing non-contentious legal advice to clients, other relevant examples of work in this space include engaging with industry associations and government departments.

Also notable is that corporate governance is an area of concern for listed companies, which need to have in place an established set of policies and procedures in order to balance the interests of all stakeholders. Following a government review of corporate governance reform, the Financial Reporting Council has published a new Corporate Governance Code (which is applicable to all companies with a premium listing) to take effect from January 2019. In addition, high-profile examples of poor corporate governance at companies such as BHS have put into perspective the need for large private companies to be more accountable in how they do business. The Financial Reporting Council has also developed a voluntary set of principles to improve governance at private companies.

Projects involving preparing clients for the General Data Protection Regulation ‚Äď which was implemented into UK law by the Data Protection Act 2018 on the 25th May ‚Äď have continued to be at the forefront of work for firms over the past 12 months. For companies with international offices, the transfer of personal data overseas has been a significant focus and has led to an increase of advice surrounding Binding Corporate Rules. While compliance work will continue beyond May 2018, an increase in contentious matters (both in terms of ICO enforcement and civil actions) is anticipated following the legislation taking effect. The emphasis on personal data rights has also taken prominence in the media, with high-profile matters such as the allegations against Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. The combination of media attention, changes in the regulatory environment and the growth in the monetisation of data has resulted in the emphasis of data protection matters through all stages of business management and transactions.

In the area of corporate crime, the main talking point from law firms has been the recent appointment of the new head of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Lisa Osofsky, a former US prosecutor and FBI counsel. It remains to be seen what Osofky’s appointment will mean for the SFO; she has previously stated that she was in favour of merging the SFO with the NCA, but has backtracked on this statement since being appointed.

In 2017, the Criminal Finances Act came into effect, setting out new corporate offences relating to the failure to prevent the facilitation of UK and overseas tax evasion. It also creates new measures relating to money-laundering, corruption and other financial crimes.

Elsewhere, the Court of Appeal recently heard the case of SFO v ENRC (judgment is still pending on this matter) which could have major implications for legal professional privilege, and could also have a major impact on firms’ self-reporting of misbehaviour.

Reputation management is another source of work for firms, with matters involving issues such as privacy, data protection and phone hacking, among others.


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Allen & Overy LLP assists clients with formulating and implementing their Brexit strategies by drawing upon the expertise of its team across multiple departments and jurisdictions. In addition, it has participated in more than 30 fact-finding initiatives with government departments and trade associations, and it also engages extensively with regulators. The firm is particularly active in the financial services sector, where it advises clients on a range of issues connected with their future business needs, such as future market access options,  financial services regulation, business restructuring and relocation, and licensing, among others. Its work covers a broad cross-section of activities in the financial services ecosystem, including banking, investment management and insurance.  Etay Katz, Damian Carolan and senior associate Jodi Norman are part of a cross-office team which is advising a London-headquartered multinational bank on all aspects of its Brexit contingency planning, including its application to BaFin for a licence to establish a European banking subsidiary in Germany. The firm also assists corporate clients from various other industries with Brexit issues, including TMT, life sciences and energy. Daniel Shurman, Richard Cranfield, Kate Sumpter and Matthew Townsend are among a number of names to note.

Ashurst draws upon the wide sectoral and cross-practice expertise of its team - in London and across the network - to deliver a wide variety of services for clients and other stakeholders impacted by Brexit. The firm has been highly sought-after to provide advice to governments in the UK and EU, as well as further afield internationally. It also works with trade bodies and industry associations. The breadth of its offering has meant that members of the firm have delivered seminars for key clients, spoken at industry events and also provided thought-leadership contributions in the mainstream media. Hiroyuki Iwamura is heading up a series of roadshows across the country to advise Japanese companies with operations in the UK on the legal risks associated with Brexit. The firm's practice lead is corporate partner Rob Aird, who has 'really made it a priority to understand the details of Brexit; he studied hard, even before the referendum vote, in order to be well-prepared'. Aird acts for corporates and a wide range of market participants in the financial services industry (including banks and asset managers) in their Brexit preparations. James Coiley, who is a partner in the structured finance and derivatives group, has written extensively about the impact of Brexit on the UK's banking industry (particularly structured products). James Perry is recommended for his financial services regulatory expertise, as is Jake Green. On a related note, counsel Tim Cant has specialist knowledge of the regulation of market infrastructure (including trading platforms and post-trade arrangements) and trading venues, among other areas. Beyond financial services, the firm is able to deliver the full scope of advice to clients in various other sectors, including oil and gas, energy and utilities, and transport. Another key figure in the team is global competition chair Nigel Parr, who is currently leading the City of London Law Society's sub-committee on the impact of Brexit on competition law, and recently chaired a seminar by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.

Baker McKenzie’s cross-departmental Brexit team in London, which is jointly led by Samantha Mobley and Ross Denton, works closely with other practitioners located across the worldwide network to provide fully-coordinated, strategic advice to businesses on their most complex operational challenges. The firm’s depth and breadth of expertise makes it particularly well-placed to advise clients on global restructurings and trade-related issues; Denton, who heads up the London trade practice, is a seasoned expert in the public regulation of international trade, export controls and customs matters. In addition, other areas covered by the trade practice include sanctions and WTO law. Mobley has decades of experience advising clients on global competition issues. Clients also count on the expertise of practitioners with knowledge about other areas, such as employment and immigration, regulatory compliance and tax. Elsewhere, in addition to providing standalone advice to clients, another value-add is that the firm liaises with various authorities across the globe to stay up to speed on developments. It also has strong connections with a number of UK trade associations. Jennifer Revis, Emily Carlisle and Kate Alexander are among other individuals in the sizeable Brexit team.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP - which was formed after Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP and Bryan Cave merged in April 2018 - has a specialist Brexit taskforce, which is led by competition and international trade partner Chris Bryant. With Bryant at the helm, the firm is at the forefront of advice to clients on a wide range of matters, including scenario and contingency planning, restructuring and regulatory issues. It has been particularly active in guiding clients through the impact of a no deal scenario, and what the impact of the UK relying on WTO rules would mean for their businesses. The firm has also played a key role in shaping the UK government's policy towards Brexit, with team members having provided evidence at Parliamentary Select Committees and the Department for International Trade. Financial services regulatory expert Polly James has been advising a variety of clients in the industry on the impact of Brexit, including the loss of passporting rights and alternative business models. Matthew Baker focuses on issues affecting the investment management industry, while Geraldine Quirk advises insurance sector clients on a wide range of non-contentious matters. James Marshall acts for clients from sectors such as aviation, water, energy and transport. Senior lawyer consultant Marieke Datema is also recommended.

Clifford Chance is at the forefront of the advice to a broad cross-section of clients on the commercial and legal implications of Brexit. A major cornerstone of its offering is its public policy practice, which is co-chaired by Simon Gleeson in London and Brussels-based Thomas Vinje. Phillip Souta is the UK head. It is embedded across the global network - as well as legal practice areas and sector groups - and serves to anticipate and shape public policy by engaging with key policymakers and regulators. It also provides clients with informed advice on up to date policy developments to assist them with formulating and implementing their own Brexit strategies, and provides assistance with media relations, among various other services. Complementing the public policy practice is the firm's trade practice, which advises businesses and trade bodies on inbound and outbound post-Brexit trade issues, such as WTO law, GATTS, anti-subsidy and trade barrier regulations; Jessica Gladstone, consultant Federico Ortino and Paris-based of counsel Michel Petite are key individuals. The firm has a particularly strong international regulatory practice, and is notably active in the financial services sector; a team including Christopher Bates, Simon Crown Gleeson and Owen Lysak has advised ISDA on a wide range of regulatory matters, including assisting it with preparing questions for submission to the ESMA/European Commission on the EU Benchmarks Regulation. Lysak and consultant Mark Campbell are advising the Loan Market Association (LMA) on the potential regulatory consequences of Brexit for the syndicated lending industry, among other matters. Elsewhere, the run-up to the Brexit referendum saw a surge in demand from clients for advice on electoral law advice; the firm has a dedicated electoral law practice, which assists businesses and industry bodies with contentious issues (such as electoral petitions) and provides non-contentious advice on UK electoral law and associated regulation.

Dechert LLP's international trade team works with 15 sector experts across the firm to assist clients with minimising commercial and operational risks arising from Brexit, and with identifying and maximising opportunities. The group also advises clients on its engagements with investors, customers and the UK government, among others. Miriam Gonzalez, who co-chairs the firm's  international trade and government regulation practice, has particular expertise in EU and WTO trade negotiations; she has previously served as the lead EU negotiator on the WTO Basic Agreement on Telecommunications, and also led the services negotiations for EU bilateral and WTO accession agreements on e-commerce. Her other areas of expertise include EU and WTO internal market regulations, export controls and foreign investment proceedings. Senior director Andrew Hood advises governments, industry bodies and companies on the implications of Brexit, including UK and EU regulatory issues; he has previously served as the legal adviser to the UK Prime Minister, and also acted as Head of International and EU law at the Attorney General's office. In 2017, Hood provided insights to the House of Lords International Trade Committee on the continuing application of EU trade agreements for the UK post-Brexit. Senior director Roger Matthews is another key contact in the team, which is praised for its 'unparalleled understanding of the issues and context at play on both sides of the Channel'.

DLA Piper has leveraged its resources in the UK and internationally to form a global Brexit committee, which consists of a team of former politicians and government officials, as well as legal advisers; Richard Bonnar is the chairman. The firm enhanced its offering in 2017 by hiring a Brexit director, Paul Hardy, who has more than 20 years of EU law experience, and has previously worked in Brussels and Westminster. Before joining the firm, Hardy formerly served as EU legal adviser to the House of Lords, and as counsel for European legislation at the House of Commons. Working with members of the wider network, the UK-based team has been particularly busy advising clients from the financial services and insurance sectors on their Brexit contingency plans ahead of the UK potentially leaving the EU single market in March 2019. Melanie James is a key partner in the firm's work for insurance sector clients, for whom she advises on commercial, transactional and regulatory matters. She recently presented to the US National Association of Insurance Commissioners and the American Council of Life Insurers on Brexit. Legal director George Mortimer is another insurance sector specialist.  John Forrest, Hardy and associate Daniel Jones have been instructed by TheCityUK to produce a report analysing the possible structure of a future UK-EU free trade agreement, and the impact of relevant provisions on the financial and related professional services industry. Another highlight involved advising UK trade association ABFA (now UK Finance) on the impact of Brexit on the asset-based finance industry. Hazel Moffat, who is a co-head of the public law practice in the UK, is another key figure.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has been assisting clients from a variety of sectors with understanding the implications of Brexit on their operations since 2015.Ros Kellaway and principal associate Annabel Borg lead the team, which works closely with practitioners in the firm's offices across the EU, including Brussels. James Lindop , who heads up the international trade practice, covers a wide range of Brexit-related questions, such as the potential imposition of customs formalities, trading within the WTO framework and reviews of pricing mechanisms (in the light of the possible risk of the imposition of tariffs and other trade barriers). Andrew Henderson is advising Aviva Investors and Legal & General Investment Management on their options for establishing subsidiaries or branches in the EU27 post-Brexit, and he is also assisting multi-manager investment firm Architas with managing various Brexit-related structuring (and associated governance) issues. Totis Kotsonis is recommended for his EU state aid and public procurement expertise. Tom Bridgford assists clients with contracting issues.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP appointed Paul Butcher as its Brexit director in July 2017 to coordinate the firm's Brexit coverage and represent the firm externally. Butcher is a prominent figure in the firm's engagements with UK government departments, as well as City and industry stakeholders (such as TheCityUK and the City of London Corporation). The firm also works closely with designated Brexit partners, such as consulting and advisory firms The Boston Consulting Group, Global Counsel and Hanbury Strategy. A major pillar of the Brexit offering at the firm is the 20 years-old EU and international trade practice, which is led by Brussels-based Lode Van Den Hende ,  and advises clients on supply chain management, commercial contracts, the application of EU regulatory regimes post-Brexit and market access options, among other areas. Consultant Eric White is another key figure in the trade team. Clients from a wide range of industries turn to the firm for support on Brexit, including financial services, TMT, manufacturing, consumer and industrial. In the energy sector, Butcher and Silke Goldberg  are advising a number of energy clients on Brexit (including Euratom) issues. Goldberg also twice gave evidence to the House of Lords Brexit Committee on the impact of Brexit in the energy sector. Geoffrey Maddock, Barnaby Hinnigan and consultant Alison Matthews undertake Brexit-driven mandates in the insurance sector. Gavin Williams, consultant Dorothy Livingston  and senior partner James Palmer are other key figures in the Brexit team.

In 2014, Hogan Lovells International LLP established a specialist Constitutional Change taskforce of senior thought leaders from across the firm to assess the legal and policy implications of emerging issues for clients - such as a possible Brexit. The group, which is led by Susan Bright, includes founding members Charles Brastedand Peter Watts. It has been particularly active in advising clients from regulated sectors on Brexit, including financial services, insurance, energy, media and pharmaceuticals. In addition to undertaking a legal and commercial advisory role for clients, the firm has been working with the International Regulatory Strategy Group (a group of senior UK-based leaders from the UK financial services and professional services industry) to produce a series of major reports which propose a model for mutual market access for financial services post-Brexit; Rachel Kent, who chairs the IRSG workstream, drafted the reports with support from other lawyers from the firm and other members of the workstream. Elsewhere, the firm has also played a key role in anticipating policy by engaging with policy makers within the UK government, as well as the US State and Treasury Departments, and the European Commission, among other bodies. Practitioners with significant trade negotiation experience include Brussels-based senior adviser Hugo Paemen (who led the EU negotiations during the entire Uruguay Round) and Warren Maruyama in Washington DC. Aline Doussin recently joined the trade team in London from Squire Patton Boggs. Lourdes Catrain, who co-leads the international trade team, is another key member of the taskforce.

Linklaters LLP operates across practice areas and jurisdictions to assist clients with navigating Brexit-related challenges and opportunities. In the financial services sector, the firm's depth and breadth of expertise puts it on a strong footing to advise a wide range of financial institutions on the impact of Brexit on corporate structures, reorganisation/restructuring options, financial regulatory issues (such as passporting and equivalence), jurisdiction analysis (for relocation/setting up) and employee-related issues, among others. Michael Kent, Peter Bevan and Harry Eddis are among the practitioners to note in this space. The firm also engages extensively with UK and EU trade bodies, as well as regulators; Deepak Sitlani and Mark Brown have spoken on a number of occasions at ISDA conferences. Aside from financial services, the firm advises clients from various other industries on the implications of Brexit, including retail, energy and automotive. Christopher Bellamy QC and Lucy Fergusson jointly lead the group, which also includes Nicole Kar, Charlotte Morgan and Matthew Weiniger QC.

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a core multidisciplinary Brexit team, which is led by Emma Giddings, that monitors developments in the negotiations and assesses the commercial implications for clients. Its advice on Brexit covers all the industries in which the firm has a particular focus, such as financial institutions, insurance, energy, transport and life sciences. The firm launched a dedicated trade practice in London in January 2017 as a response to the EU referendum vote; practice head Mark Simpson has trade treaty law experience, which includes free trade agreement negotiations under the WTO framework. In addition, counsel Milagros Miranda Rojas has more than 15 years of experience of advising and representing governments in trade policy and international trade law issues. Beyond core legal advice to its clients, the firm is extremely active on the thought leadership front. Jonathan Herbst has provided evidence to the House of Lords EU financial affairs sub-committee on the impact of Brexit on financial services. He has also been asked by the same sub-committee to give evidence on how financial regulation and supervision can evolve post-Brexit to ensure financial stability, and to ensure equivalence/some other form of close relationship between the UK and EU regulatory regimes to preserve market access. Harry Theochari is advising the UK government on the impact of Brexit on the UK's port and shipping interests. The energy team has been involved in various Brexit-related speaking engagements, conferences and client training events.

Pinsent Masons LLP's multidisciplinary, cross-border Brexit advisory team assists clients with all aspects of their preparations, including scenario planning, contract risk assessments and renegotiations, and employment audits, among other matters. Clare Francis is leading the firm's advice to clients on a cutting-edge commercial contracts product, Brexit Contracting Solutions, which use Artificial Intelligence to assess the impact of Brexit on existing contract portfolios in a fast and efficient manner, as well as assessing broader supply chain risks. Euan Smith provides corporate immigration support along with Joanne Hennessy. Iain Connor advises clients from sectors, such as IT and pharmaceuticals, on likely intellectual property issues post-Brexit. A notable feature of the Brexit team is that it includes a public policy unit, which is led by Andrew Henderson, and assists clients with building a case for how they want Brexit to work for them, and how they can put this forward to key influencers. Robbie Owen leads the government affairs team, which includes Francis Tyrrell, and focuses on the process for Brexit-related legislation and its constitutional implications. Outside of the UK, Christoph Maurer in Paris and Munich-based Rainer Kreifels are other key figures. Guy Lougher is the overall head of the Brexit advisory team, which also features Alan Davis, Elizabeth Budd and Caroline Ramsay.

Slaughter and May has a dedicated partner-led Brexit working group, which is chaired by Jeff Twentyman, and operates as a fully-coordinated, multidisciplinary service for clients and industry bodies. As part of its offering, the firm has significant involvement in client events and industry initiatives across numerous sectors (including financial services) in order to provide thought-leadership on the multitude of issues that are likely to arise from Brexit. Richard de Carle and Stephen Powell assisted with preparing a major publication by the firm on the WTO rules, which is now in its second edition. Powell is also the co-chair of a working group set up in 2017 by the Financial Markets Law Committee to consider the WTO regime. Competition partner Anna Lyle-Smythe is on the steering committee of the UK Legal Forum, and is also a key contributor to a number of competition law working groups examining the implications of Brexit on competition law and state aid. Ian Johnson, who heads up the restructuring and insolvency practice, is a member of the City of London Law Society and Law Society working groups, which are considering the insolvency aspects of Brexit. In terms of core legal advice to clients, in the financial services sector, a cross-practice team including Oliver Wareham, Craig Cleaver, Rob Sumroy and Nick Bonsall provides ongoing assistance to EU-headquartered general insurer Zurich Insurance Plc with its Brexit planning and associated regulatory issues; a major element of the work has centred around the client's application to the UK regulators, the PRA and FCA, for full third country authorisation of its UK branch post-Brexit. Elsewhere, other areas of sector expertise include aviation, energy, retail and telecoms. Sara Luder, Ben Kingsley, Jan Putnis, Jonathan Marks and William Turtle are other contacts. 

Bindmans LLP's multifaceted offering sees it cover the interface between Brexit and areas such as employment law, family law, human rights law and immigration law. Clients in this space include individuals, businesses, education bodies and unions. Another pillar of the firm's Brexit work is its involvement with grassroots, rights-focussed organisations; John Halford and Liz Barratt recently advised NGO Here For Good on EU and discrimination law issues, as they relate to EU nationals planning to reside in the UK post-Brexit; they have also co-authored a detailed legal guide for EU nationals on the topic of planning and securing their rights in the UK. The firm also has a strong reputation in litigation and related policy work, having previously acted for the crowd-funded People's Challenge Group in R (Miller and Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Tamsin Allen, who acts for the Cambridge Analytica whistleblowers Christopher Wiley and Shahmir Sanni, recently instructed counsel to prepare an opinion on whether or not there were grounds to suspect that criminal offences had been committed by individuals associated with the Leave campaign. Halford represented MPs Tom Brake and Chris Leslie in Scottish judicial review proceedings seeking a reference to the CJEU for a ruling on whether or not the Article 50 notice can be unilaterally withdrawn by the UK. Elsewhere, the team is currently analysing the UK and EU position papers on the citizens' rights elements of the proposed withdrawal agreement to assess where rights have been overlooked or will be left unprotected, and possible legal remedies. Associate Olivia Piercy is a member of Resolution's Working Party on Brexit, which is analysing and itemising key family law legislation which will be impacted by Brexit; the objective of this work is to provide the UK government with a detailed assessment of EU amendments to domestic family law, which will need to be preserved post-Brexit. Amy Rowe (the head of the family and matrimonial team) and Ashley Fleming (an associate in the immigration team) are other recommended individuals at the firm.


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Addleshaw Goddard's 'first-class team' is praised for its 'good balance of technical and practical guidance' on a wide variety of governance and regulatory compliance matters, where it acts for directors, general counsel and company secretaries. It has a wealth of expertise in many areas, including directors' duties, company constitutions, annual reporting requirements and AGMs (conduct, procedure and practice). Group head Will Chalk is 'strongly connected within the governance community, which enables him to advise on the purely substantive issues, where he demonstrates impeccable judgment'. Adam Bennett and Ben Koehne are singled-out for their particular experience of advising building societies and mutuals. Recently promoted partners Erin Shoesmith  and Michelle Headridge work closely to advise clients on their compliance with environment, health and safety (EHS) law. Also recommended are Amanda Hulme and compliance director Sarah Herbert, who are knowledgeable about the interplay between corporate governance and financial regulation. Jonathan Fletcher Rogers and Nicky Griffin advise Main Market and AIM-listed companies on the governance aspects of executive remuneration. Chris Brennan  joined White & Case LLP.

Allen & Overy LLP covers the full spectrum of advice on governance, regulatory compliance and risk management issues. The practice, which is led by Richard Cranfield and Richard Browne, has a particularly strong specialism in assisting clients with AGMs, annual reports and other governance arrangements. Cranfield is part of a group, which includes David Broadley and Dominic Morris, that provides support to between 25 and 30 listed companies per year; clients such as Aviva Virgin Money and Imperial Brands turn to the firm for support in this area. Another notable client is Electra Private Equity, for whom the firm advises on activist shareholder issues, strategic reviews and various other matters. Matthew Townsend's recent work included advising Rotork on the standards of its whistleblowing and 'ethics and values' policies, as well as acting for England Athletics in an internal governance review. Sarah Henchoz and Karen Seward have been advising clients on the recent introduction of Gender Pay Gap reporting. Senior corporate assistants Victoria Rankmore and Kate Astley are also recommended.

Baker McKenzie¬†'effectively delivers global insights across industries and various corporate governance themes'.¬†Beatriz Pess√īa de Ara√ļjo, in particular, is 'an intellectual leader', whose 'analyses are clear and understandable'. The multidisciplinary corporate governance team consists of practitioners from a wide variety of areas, including corporate, compliance, financial services, disputes and employment/employee benefits. Many individuals have previous experience of being seconded to regulators, have advised regulators as part of their practice or have served on industry working party groups. The team particularly stands out for its expertise in assisting international clients with reconciling the UK corporate governance regime with the US regime (or equivalent regimes in other countries). Its work in this space includes (among other matters) cross-border redomestications and advice to boards of emerging market companies seeking a London listing on creating a corporate governance framework. On the regulatory front, members of the team advise clients on compliance (and other issues) related to the Market Abuse Regulation, the Companies Act, the Financial Services and Markets Act and UK Corporate Governance Code, among others. Other pillars of the practice include crisis management, data protection, executive remuneration and tax governance.¬† Araujo recently provided support to the World Economic Forum on the corporate governance aspects of its Compact for Resposive and Responsible Leadership.¬†Joanna Ludlam¬†co-leads the compliance and investigations team with¬†Sunny Mann. Other key figures include¬†Helen Bradley,¬†Robert Adam,¬†Nadia Banno¬†and¬†Jeremy Edwards.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's dedicated team acts for 110 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and it also undertakes a significant amount of work for private companies, with a focus on the listing, reporting and governance standards that are applicable to them. Carol Shutkever and Paul Ellerman jointly head up the group, which is supported by practitioners in ancillary areas, such as corporate, employment and financial services. It provides 'excellent updates on topical matters' and 'delivers advice without setting on the fence'. In the financial services sector, the team has been particularly active in the advice to banks and insurance institutions on the implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime and the Senior Insurance Managers Regime. Karen Anderson is knowledgeable about market abuse, conflicts of interest and systems and controls issues, among other areas. Outside of financial services, Shutkever, Ellerman, Greg Mulley, senior associate Bradley Richardson and others have recently advised BHP on a wide range of matters, such as AGM preparations, annual reporting and reporting requirements under the Modern Slavery Act. Other key clients include BP, Sky, Pearson and Page Group. On the contentious side, internal investigations and regulatory investigations are other drivers of work for the team; Mark Bardell, Hywel Jenkins, James Palmer, Andrew Procter and Jenny Stainsby are all recommended in this space. Susannah Cogman is a name to note for corporate crime compliance and investigations.

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team garners praise from clients for its 'excellent industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice and response times'. The group assists private and publicly listed companies with a wide range of matters, such as the design and operation of corporate governance policies and procedures, executive remuneration, AGM issues, reviews of annual reports and directors' duties.¬†Consultant Richard Ufland, Paul Randall, counsel¬†Tamsin Nicholds¬†and counsel Philip Corserhave¬†advised longstanding client MP Evans Plc on matters such as compliance with the Disclosure of Transparency Rules, market abuse, constitutional matters (including reviews of constitutional documents) and share option scheme arrangements. On the contentious side,¬†Crispin Rapinet¬†is acting as the lead adviser to Caisse de d√©p√īt et placement du Qu√©bec (as a major shareholder of Bombardier Transportation) on investigations into alleged bribery at a Bombardier subsidiary. Other clients include ITV, Mars and NATS. Andrew Pearson, who has retired from private practice, was succeeded by Jonathan Baird¬†as the head of the practice.

Linklaters LLP, which is deservedly recognised as a 'a leader in the field', has been providing an integrated, global risk management, governance and regulatory practice since its dedicated operational intelligence group was established in 2014. The firm provides the full spectrum of advice on governance and compliance models, risk assessments, reporting, disclosure, investigations and crisis management. Tom Shropshire is advising the board and executive management of a financial institution with operations in Europe and the US on its approach to corporate governance, compliance policies and procedures and reporting frameworks. In another matter, which concerns a client's worldwide operations, Shropshire is acting for a global corporate in an assessment of its corporate governance structure and practices, and the effectiveness of its compliance procedures. Shropshire is also assisting another global company with an internal investigation into its operations in Latin America. Vanessa Havard-Williams, who demonstrates 'first-class judgment', has expertise in human rights and sustainability issues, environmental and product safety, and crisis management, among other areas. Shropshire and Havard-Williams co-lead the practice with Satindar Dogra, who has more than 20 years of experience of fraud investigations and corporate crime. Richard Cumbley has expertise in global projects involving data security incidents, regulatory investigations and large-scale privacy-related litigation. Alexandra Beidas, who leads the incentives team, acts for 40 of the companies listed on the FTSE 100, and also advises a number of FTSE 250 companies. Other notable individuals include Tom Cassels, Harry Eddis and Michael Kent. Recently promoted partner Rachel Barrett and managing associate Lucy Blake are also highly recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright combines local expertise with the resources of a wider global network to cover the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues across the corporate governance sphere. Its depth and breadth of expertise has enabled it to develop strong relationships with a number of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, financial institutions and investors, among others. Led by Christopher Pearson, the team advises clients on a wide range of matters, including preparing for AGMs, annual reporting obligations, shareholder activism, board composition and conflicts policies. Corporate partner Claire O’Donnell, who has more than 15 years of M&A experience, advises boards on the ethical aspects of transactions, directors' duties and other governance issues. Jonathan Herbst, who is the global head of the financial services regulatory practice, has specialist expertise in banking and brokerage regulation. The firm's strong non-contentious offering is complemented by its excellent record in contentious matters, including domestic and cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement action. It has a particularly stand out reputation in investigations into financial crimes and related prosecutions; Sam Eastwood, (now at Mayer Brown International LLP) who led the business ethics and anti-corruption practice, is a name to note in this space. On a related note, Neil O’May, Ruth Cowley, Jason Moss and Paul Griffin are representing Carl Rogberg, the former financial director of Tesco, in a Serious Fraud Office prosecution connected with accounting practices at the retailer.

Reflective of RPC's credentials in the corporate governance sphere, its multidisciplinary team includes partners and associates with experience of serving as general counsels, financial regulators and independent non-executive directors. It has expertise in a broad scope of contentious and non-contentious issues, including gender pay gap analysis, board effectiveness reviews, remuneration policies, company culture and internal investigations. It also provides support on the preparation of Modern Slavery statements. Clients include retailers, financial services and insurance sector firms, and multinational corporates. The firm was appointed to the FCA's Skilled Persons Panel in 2017, and has been approached to provide skilled persons reports on the governance and culture of asset managers and banks. Complementing its core legal advice, the firm is also actively engaged with industry players and influencers, such as Business in the Community and Tomorrow's Company. Jeremy Drew, Patrick Brodie and Matthew Griffith head up the team.

Travers Smith LLP has adopted a multifaceted approach to delivering governance and risk advisory services to its clients. A specialist group led by Doug Bryden advises clients on developing and implementing structures, policies and procedures that address traditional governance risks, as well as wider environmental and social risks involving issues such as human rights, sustainability and ethical investment. Laura Summerfield heads up a group that focuses on governance regulation and best practice guidance for listed companies; the scope of the advice includes corporate culture, directors' duties, management of board-level responsibilities and activist shareholders. Senior associate Aisling Arthur is another key figure in the listed company advisory team. Another area of strength for the firm is in advising clients on contentious and non-contentious corruption and bribery matters. On the contentious side, in particular, it has an outstanding track record in high-profile litigation involving allegations of financial crimes. Richard Brown, who established the specialist anti-corruption and anti-bribery practice, is the name to note. In a mandate which had a significant cross-border element, in 2017, Bryden, Brown and others advised a listed company on a comprehensive review of its policies and procedures in relation to corporate governance, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, conflicts of interests, human rights and various other issues. Bryden and Summerfield are the overall co-heads of the corporate governance practice.


Data protection privacy and cybersecurity

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The 'practical and commercially-minded'privacy and data protection group at Bird & Bird LLP is highlighted for its 'speedy responses' and 'value for money'. It was instructed by Domino's Pizza on a substantial GDPR compliance project, acting both on the audit of processes and implementation of solutions. This substantial project included consideration of GPS tracking technologies embedded in vehicles and online advertising techniques. The team is headed up by 'standout' lawyer Ruth Boardman who has led complex and substantial GDPR projects for companies such as the Football Association. With a 'good depth of knowledge' and 'client management skills' Gabriel Voisin has experience acting for clients on compliance issues, as well as on cyber security, cookies and tracking technology threats.

The experienced data protection team at Bristows LLP¬†frequently handles complex compliance and strategic matters as well as investigations, breaches and contentious issues. The group, led by Mark Watts, is acting for Google's DeepMind in relation to investigations by the ICO of Royal Free's use of the client's technology. The team is also advising the same client on privacy aspects of the deployment of the technology in other NHS hospitals, as well as on GDPR compliance. The group is a popular choice for US-based companies, and advises on GDPR preparation for¬†McKinsey Consulting,¬†Kimberly-Clark and¬†Tennant Corporation on compliance projects. Other key names to note in this area are Christopher Millard¬†‚ÄĒ who is recommended particularly for advice within the technology and communication sectors ‚ÄĒ Robert Bond,¬†who joined the team from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, and associate Hannah Crowther.

The data protection team at Dentons boasts an impressive client roster, which includes the additions of new clients Kelly Services and trade associations UK Finance and techUK. Practice head Nick Graham is the global chair of the firm's privacy and cybersecurity group and leads advice to John Lewis on data protection strategy, policy and data transfers issues. The department continues to act for First Data Corporation on obtaining local authorisations for its processors binding corporate rules, in addition to on GDPR compliance matters. Other key highlights include the team's work for Virgin which includes data protection governance advice in relation to Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Holidays' privacy, advertising and marketing matters, as well as on cyber risk issues to its telephone, mobile, broadband and TV services. Martin Fanning is a key name to note and has experience advising public sector bodies and financial institutions. Simon Elliottwas recently promoted to the partnership.

Highlighted as 'strong leaders' for data protection advice, the 'stellar' privacy, security and information law group at Fieldfisher¬†boasts 'deep bench strength' and the capabilities to advise on a full-range of issues. It handles complex compliance programs, where it is praised for 'finding practical solutions out of the most obscure data privacy requirements'. The practice has additionally been instructed to handle international data transfers, binding corporate rule applications, disputes and breaches. Clients include Pearson plc,¬†Just Eat, Adidas and the AA are all clients.¬†Hazel Grant¬†heads the team which includes¬†Phil Lee¬†‚ÄĒwho has been described by one client as 'one of Europe‚Äôs best privacy lawyers'. Other key names to note include Antonis Patrikios¬†and director Nuria Pastor.¬†The department has also benefited from the addition of Judy Krieg¬† from¬†Shepherd and Wedderburn¬†who has particular expertise in the financial services sector. Other changes to the team include Leonie Power's promotion to the partnership.

Hogan Lovells International LLP's privacy and cybersecurity team is instructed by large corporate and governmental bodies, and is highlighted particularly for its GDPR expertise and significant experience advising on international data transfer issues. Eduardo Ustaran heads up the practice which is instructed by Groupon and Cigna on compliance and strategy, and Verizon on the adoption of binding safe processor rules. In another work highlight the team acted for Aimia on its Nector loyalty programme, which required liaising with the ICO to agree suitable transparency and consent mechanisms. Sian Rudgard is a key name to note, particularly in relation to binding corporate rules.

Leveraging the firm's wider technology expertise, the data protection practice at Linklaters LLP is highlighted for its multi-jurisdictional advice. The team has been acting on substantial GDPR compliance and strategy, as well as in high-profile ICO investigations. Practice head Richard Cumbley attracts praise for his ability to 'come up with innovative ways to cut through difficult problems'. The team is instructed by large corporates including Disney, J Sainsburys, Thomson Reuters and BUPA, in addition to consultancy firm KPMG. Julian Cunningham-Day is highlighted for his 'strong client skills and practical, supportive advice' in this area. Associate Alaister Johnson is also recommended.

The 'responsive and knowledgeable' data protection and cybersecurity practice at Allen & Overy LLP handles compliance and strategic work, investigations and contentious matters as well as transactional support. The 'strong team' has been instructed by large companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Endemol Shine Group and Four Seasons Hotels on GDPR preparation. In another work highlight it advised Allianz SE on data protection matters associated with its £1bn joint venture with Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society. It has also represented clients undergoing criminal investigation for data protection offences. The 'extremely knowledgeable and business-orientated Nigel Parker attracts praise for his 'ability to take on highly technical issues'; he jointly heads the practice alongside the 'pragmatic and personable' Jane Finlayson-Brown. Lawson Caisley, Sarah Henchoz, Mark Ridgway are key practitioners for cybersecurity matters.

The eight-partner data protection team at Baker McKenzie is headed up by Harry Small and has the capabilities to handle major multijurisdictional programmes. It is acting for a global media and entertainment company on international data transfer arrangements, strategy relating to cyber breach procedure and direct marketing issues. The group has also been instructed for large corporates following data breaches and cybersecurity threats. Julia Wilson has particular expertise in employment data protection issues. Sue McLean recently joined from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

CMS' data protection practice was significantly bolstered by its merger with legacy firms Olswang and Nabarro. The group was instructed by Microsoft to advise on a number of strategic matters, as well as on the creation of a guidlines aimed at assisting SMEs with GDPR compliance. In another work highlight, head of the digital and data team Elle Todd¬†‚ÄĒ who formerly headed up Olswang's practice ‚ÄĒ led on advice to easyJet on GDPR auditing, data mapping and on the implication of moving to a new database. The department also acts for¬†AIG plc in connection with its data breach insurance product.¬†Emma Burnett¬†continues to head up the group which also includes Sam De Silva, who has experience handling data protection and cybersecurity matters. The team's impressive client roster also includes Costco Wholesale Corporation,¬†Deliveroo and¬†Miniclips.

The 'user-friendly and sophisticated' data protection, privacy and security team at DLA Piper is highlighted for its 'sound, sensible and practical advice', particularly in the insurance,financial services, defence and life sciences sectors. The 'impressive' practice head Ross McKean 'combines specialist privacy, IT and industry knowledge', and led a team advising Tata Steel Europe on  both GDPR preparation planning and implementation of compliance strategy. In another work highlight, the team was instructed by the ICO to develop regulatory guidance on the changes to international data transfers resulting from the GDPR. Client also include Visa, Aviva and the London Stock Exchange.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP boasts a 'very strong and experienced team' focusing on data protection, information and cybersecurity law, which offer 'excellent value for money'. With 'specialist knowledge and practical experience of data protection litigation' the team has the capabilities to handle significant strategic projects and contentious matters. In a significant mandate, the team was instructed by Santander UK on its UK GDPR compliance programme. The group also acted for an international IT services provider following a cyber-attack on its network, including risk advice, analysis of personal data laws and potential liability under contract law, negligence and other torts. Paula Barrett heads up the practice which also includes 'national expert'  Liz Fitzsimons, who attracts praise for her 'calm, practical, and measured advice'. Simon Morrissey has recently joined the team.

The full-service data protection and cyber security practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP advises on compliance and strategic projects, commercial and transactional support, as well as acting for clients following cyber-attacks and data breaches. Aaron Simpson heads up the practice which includes the highly regarded Bridget Treacy and senior consultant Rosemary Jay. The group was instructed by Yahoo! in relation to a high profile cybersecurity attack and resulting global regulatory and legislative investigations. Treacy and Jay continue to be instructed by Google to provide advice on European and US privacy law. Morgan Stanley, Tiffany & Co and Time Out England are also clients.

Pinsent Masons LLP's information law team has been highlighted for its 'excellent service' and 'tailored,pragmatic and timely advice'. The team is instructed on both contentious and strategic matters, with particular experience in the financial services and technology sectors and acts for high-profile clients including TSB Bank, Google, Facebook and  Starship Technologies. The department has been advising  global medical device manufacturer on compliance solutions to enable the transfer of data to the US, following the invalidity of Safe Harbour. With an 'impressive grasp of technical detail' Marc Dautlich heads the global practice and is praised for his 'delivers clear and commercial advice' to both public and private sectors. David Barker is highlighted for contentious matters and heads the group's data protection litigation team and Ian Birdsey leads the cyber practice. Birmingham-based Cerys Wyn Davies is another key name to note.

PwC Legal LLP benefits from being able to leverage its risk professionals, auditors, consultants, strategists and forensic experts alongside its 'high service' legal department. Led by practice head Stewart Room, the team is advising Spotify on its GDPR compliance project and privacy governance structures. The Information Commissioner's Office, Citi Group and the Financial Ombudsman are also all clients. The group includes the 'extremely helpful' James Drury-Smith  (who boasts a 'very good knowledge of the law and its practical application') and has been strengthened with the addition of Fedelma Good from Barclays.

Taylor Wessing LLP's 'very business focused' data privacy team boasts significant technology sector expertise and client care that is described as being 'second to none'. Practice head Vinod Bange led a team acting for Just Eat on its GDPR compliance project, which included complex advice on the implementation of cloud software, technical solutions and mobile marketing. The team is also instructed by Sega, Emirates NBD, and KPMG on GDPR compliance preparation. The team has supported the firm's private equity team advising Inflexion on data protection elements arising from the buyout of Virgin Experience Days. Changes to the team include the arrivals of senior counsel Jane Reeves from Thompson Reuters and associates Tamara Mackay-Temesy from CMS and Anna McGowan from Amec Foster Wheeler.

The 'helpful and efficient' team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is 'excellent on all fronts' and attracts praise for its 'appropriate advice and sensible approach'. The practice is jointly led by 'the exceptional' head of data protection and privacy Miriam Everett (who 'is commercial in her approach and provides technically sound advice'); the global head of cyber security Andrew Moir (who 'brings an unique blend of deep legal & technical IT expertise');and the 'responsive and helpful' Nick Pantlin, who heads up the national TMT and data department. The team has been instructed on several substantial GDPR compliance projects for clients such as Hays, British American Tobacco plc and Time Warner. Other key names to note include 'subject matter expert' Marcus Turle.

Technology and digital media specialist¬†Kemp Little LLP¬†has a strong data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice.¬†Nicola Fulford heads up the data protection and privacy practice, while tech and telecoms lawyer Emma Wright¬†leads on the cybersecurity side. The department acts for clients such as British Telecommunications plc, Trainline and¬†Dentsu Aegis Network and, in addition to assisting with compliance projects, is often instructed to advise on new and evolving technologies using data.¬†Counsel¬†Anita Bapat¬†‚ÄĒ who has expertise across the full range of UK and EU¬†data protection and privacy law¬†‚ÄĒ joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

Highlighted as being 'very good for cutting edge privacy advice', Latham & Watkins' information law, data privacy, and cybersecurity team combine 'the highest quality knowledge and industry experience' to 'deliver business appropriate advice'. The 'smart and ultra-commercial' Gail Crawford (who 'both leads in her space and provides practical application') heads up the team, which benefits from the addition of Ian Felstead who joined from CMS and specialises in contentious matters. The department's impressive client roster includes EY, Facebook and Addison Lee.

Ellen Temperton and Nick Walker jointly head Lewis Silkin LLP's data and privacy practice and focus on employment-related matters and disputes, respectively. A team led by Simon Morrissey is acting for Omnicom Group on a significant GDPR compliance programme, including auditing and implementation of solutions. In another work highlight, the department has assisting several PR agencies with data subject access requests from high profile individuals. The group is also instructed by the UK police force to provide ongoing advice on data issues. The Economist, Lush and IG Index are all clients.

The 'very responsive' data protection, privacy and cybersecurity team at Norton Rose Fulbright has been singled out for 'always providing good advice'. The group has been acting for clients on GDPR compliance projects, including for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation which it has been advising specifically on export of personal data to the client's headquarters in Japan, and other non- EU jurisdictions. The practice is also instructed by AIG to handle domestic and multi-jurisdictional data breach issues in connection with the clients cyber insurance product. This has included advising a global financial institution following a ransomware attack and a retailer on the legal implications of a data theft by a former employee. Marcus Evans heads the practice, which includes disputes lawyer Jonathan Ball, head of IP Michael (Mike) Knapper and Ffion Flockhart, who utilises her insurance background to advise large corporates and financial institutions.

The data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice at Osborne Clarke LLP has experience acting for clients in the technology, financial services, retail and energy sectors. Mark Taylor heads up the practice and has been particularly focusing on GDPR compliance. Taylor is leading a team advising, and drafting guidance for, UK Finance and its members on the application of the regulation to the payments space. The team is also instructed by TripAdvisor to advise on both implementation of GDPR compliant processes and on subject access requests. 'Excellent tactician' Ashley Hurst frequently handles contentious data protection matters and Charlie Wedin represents clients in contentious cyber security issues. Will Robertson is a key name to note for advice relating to IT projects. Tamara Quinn joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

Paul Hastings LLP technology transactions group is highlighted for 'cost effective provision of expert advice'. The practice has experience advising clients on compliance and regulatory issues, as well data security threats. Changes to the team include the arrival of Sarah Pearce from Cooley (UK) LLP and the departure of Ashley Winton to McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP.

Attracting praise for its 'excellent level of client service', 'the truly experienced' IP, tech and data group at Reed Smith LLP  'combines high-qualified advice with good value for money'. The department is instructed on several complex compliance and regulatory projects. It also has experience handling cross-border data transfers, defending clients in litigation and advising on data related-issues arising from new technologies. The 'extremely knowledgeable' Cynthia O’Donoghue (who offers a 'customer-oriented approach' and the ability to 'find the best solution, from both the legal and technical points of view') heads up the practice which also includes recently promoted partner Philip Thomas, who is highlighted as being 'professional, and a delight to work with'. Senior associate Katalina Bateman is also singled out 'for her expertise in data protection and pragmatic approach'. Kate Brimsted left the practice to join Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

The data and privacy practice at RPC is jointly headed up by  Oliver Bray and Keith Mathieson who focus on non-contentious and contentious issues respectively. A 'very experienced and capable litigator', Mathieson is defending Associated Newspapers in several data protection disputes, and acted alongside recently promoted partner Nicola Cain for Media Lawyers Association to draft responses to the government's 'call for views' on derogations to the GDPR. In another significant work highlight, the group is instructed by Facebook to advise of several issues including the impact of the GDPR and ePrivacy Regulation. Jon Bartley joined the group from Penningtons Manches LLP and is considered 'extremely strong in the field', with expertise in digital technology and e-commerce, data protection and cyber security.

The 'very knowledgably, pragmatic and commercial' technology sector group at Travers Smith LLP provides a 'excellent' and 'cost effective' data protection advice. The team has been instructed by the Cheque and Credit Clearing Company to advise on complex data transfer and protection aspects relating to the national implementation of an electronic image based cheque clearing system. Other work highlights include acting for Micro Focus on a substantial GDPR compliance project. Dan Reavill heads up the team which includes Louisa Chambers who is highlighted for her 'positive, proactive and engaging approach'. Shazam, Trainline and Zoopla are all clients.

Arnold & Porter's 'excellent' data protection and information law practice offers 'timely advice and practical help'. The team has been handlingcompliance projects for implementation of GDPR and e-privacy laws, with particular experience acting for clients in the life sciences sector. It has also represented clients in contentious matter and investigations. Richard Dickinson heads up the group which includes key lawyer for issues and advice relating to employee data, Henry Clinton-Davis The practice has been strengthened, particularly in the telecoms, media, and technology sectors, by Rob Bratby's arrival from Olswang.

The practice at Browne Jacobson LLP is instructed on contentious and non-contentious matters to provide compliance and strategic data protection, privacy, cyber-security and freedom of information law advice. The group advised London Electric Vehicle Company on a study for a new electric charging network utilising a personal data sharing arrangement with TfL, UK Power Networks and EA Technology. Practice head Mark Gleeson, and Nottingham-based Helena Wootton jointly led a team which acted for Vision Express (UK) data considerations relating to the purchase of Tesco Opticians.  Another key name to note is public and regulatory lawyer Ros Foster.

Highlighted for its 'knowledgble, pragmatic and informed advice', Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's data and cyber security team has been described as providing 'a platinum service'. The group is headed by Kate Brimsted who was previously at Reed Smith LLP, following the departure of Ian De Freitas to Farrer & Co. The department has been advising clients on implications of the GDPR, particularly in relation to international data sharing.  The team also handles transactional matters and advised a global company on compliance implications of its divestment from a wider corporate group.

The 'absolutely outstanding' privacy and data protection team at Cooley (UK) LLP acts for both large corporates and SMEs, and attracts praise for its 'great value for money'. It is instructed by several clients including software company Lumeon, TalentSky and US-based defence company Leidos on GDPR compliance programmes, which has included advising on matters of data processing, access and international data transfers. The group is  jointly led by Mark Deem and Ann Bevitt who focus on litigation and non-contentious compliance respectively. Former co-head Sarah Pearce left the team to join Paul Hastings LLP. Clients also include Lloyd's Market Association and the National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society.

The information law practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for insurance and health sector clients in a full range of data protection, privacy and cyber security matters. The team was instructed by Lloyd's Market Association and the Association of British Insurers to consider and provide strategic advice on on the UK Data Protection Bill's application to the insurance industry. It also handles contentious work and successfully defended a large insurer client against an ICO Prosecution, for alleged breach of data protection laws. Rhiannon Webster heads the practice which includes head of cyber and data risk Hans Allnutt.

DWF's privacy and information law practice attracts praise for its 'value for money' and 'reliable, professional expertise delivered in a timely manner'. The group is known primarily for handling data breaches and contentious matters. Andrew Harris continues to defend Wm Morrison Supermarkets in claims resulting from the leak of employees information into the public domain by a former employee. John Benjamin heads up the practice and leads a team advising a major insurer on data considerations of its new projects and digital products. The 'very knowledgeable' team have also recently been instructed by new clients Bupa and Aviva. Joining the team from the Information Commissioners Office, Michele Voznick is a notable addition.

The multi-disciplinary data protection team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP is 'a pleasure to work with' and comprises of lawyers specialising in data, reputation management, technology and employment law. It was recently instructed by Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Holidays on a substantial GDPR compliance project. In another work highlight the group advised Map Patient Healthcare of data privacy issues relating to its developing technology which would allow NHS patients to access real-time information about A&E departments. Daniel Tozer (who attracts praise for his 'timely and incredibly commercial advice') and Jo Sanders jointly head the practice which is highlighted as 'excellent value for money'.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP's 'extremely knowledgeable' cybersecurity and data protection practice is known its representation of clients in the technology sector on privacy matters. It has been handling several compliance projects ahead of implementation of the GDPR, including for Zoosk, and is highlighted for both its expertise on the GDPR and privacy matters and thorough understanding of product features and technology'. Practice head  Kolvin Stone is experienced advising on cross-border issues and attracts praise for 'managing his team to maximize the value of services'. Microsoft Corporation, GoPro and Lucozade Ribena Suntory are all clients.

Described as 'genuine experts in niche areas' of data protection law, Pritchetts Law Bristol-based team has been considered 'amazing value for money'. The practice is highlighted for its 'high quality but pragmatic advice', and is instructed on substantial compliant project in preparation for the GDPR by Unison, DFS Furniture and provider of student accommodation UPP Group. Singled out for her 'phenomenal reputation', Stephanie Pritchett is 'hugely experienced, commercial in her thinking' and 'takes a thorough and detailed approach to finding practical solutions'. Pritchett frequently handles a full range of data protection, freedom of information and privacy law for a broad client base. She is ably supported by Ben Wootton who boasts 'extensive commercial experience'.

Ropes & Gray LLP frequently acts for US-based clients on a range of international privacy and data security issues. The group has particular expertise advising investment funds and life sciences sector clients, including on global data flow, compliance and regulatory issues. It is also representing a private equity firm in investigations into a suspected personal data breach, alongside the firm's government enforcement and litigation teams. In another work highlight, the group is instructed by a Fortune 500 company in the health care sector on the extension and implementation of the entity’s binding corporate rules.  Rohan Massey heads up the London team which also includes counsel Clare Sellars and senior associate Robert Lister.

The data privacy, security and information rights group at the media and entertainment specialist firm Sheridans handles a range of data protection issues for global brands, national agencies and trade bodies. The team recently acted for Sport England on its GDPR compliance programme in addition to advising on a project utilising data to increase physical participation in physical exercise. In another work highlight Eitan Jankelewitz, who heads the practice alongside Philip James, is instructed by Internet Advertising Bureau to draft codes of practice for the online advertising industry. James has particular expertise advising on cyber risk and fraud prevention.

Simmons & Simmons data protection and privacy group is headed up by the 'intuitive and astute' Alexander Brown. The department is noted for its expertise in the financial sector and is instructed by HSBC on data protection and digital matters. It is also acting for Telefónica UK on all data protection compliance matters and advised on its project preparing for the GDPR. Beyond advising financial institutions and telecoms clients, the team has particular expertise acting for investment funds, technology and life sciences companies. Recently promoted partner Lawrence Brown is highlighted for his 'methodical approach'.

Stephenson Harwood's data protection and information law team is recommended for 'pragmatic advice and competitive fees'. The group has experience advising on GDPR compliance issues and data transfer agreements and registrations. Clients include those in the financial services, pharma and life sciences sectors. The 'pragmatic and experienced' practice head Jonathan Kirsop  attracts praise for his ability to 'work effectively with both lawyers and colleagues in the business' on a range of matters.

James Castro-Edwards heads up the data protection practice at Wedlake Bell LLP. The practice has experience handling data protection compliance projects spanning several jurisdiction, and has also advised in response to data breaches. Adrian Heath-Saunders is another key name to note.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team boasts the capabilities to handle contentious and non-contentious matters data protection, privacy and information law advice. The group has particular experience acting for clients in the retail and financial services sector, and advised clients in these industries on GDPR compliance programmes. In another work highlight, it represented an international telecoms provider following fruadsters accesing customer data. The team also acted for London Borough of Lewisham in a high profile information request. Andrew Kimble leads the data protection and privacy practice which includes Jackie Gray and Andrew Parsons, who are recommended for freedom of information law issues and contentious data and privacy matters respectively. Caroline Churchill was recently promoted to the partnership.


Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

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‚ÄėOne of the leading firms in this space‚Äô Allen & Overy LLP¬†handles high-profile, global investigations for corporations and financial institutions into corruption, sanctions and antitrust issues. It is currently acting for global banks, and FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies in relation to tax fraud, criminal investigations and anti-money laundering issues. The firm continues to act for a major international hedge fund in relation to a trade secrets theft by a former employee. This cross-border matter involved an extradition from China back to the UK where the theft took place and is worth over ¬£31m. Jonathan Hitchin¬†heads the team, Arnondo Chakrabarti¬†is another key practitioner. Eve Giles¬†joined as partner from Kingsley Napley LLP¬†.¬†Michelle De Kluyver¬†left the firm for Addleshaw Goddard¬†.

Baker McKenzie¬†advises corporations in relation to a range of regulatory and enforcement matters and has a particular expertise in export controls and export sanctions. It also provides corporate counselling and assists clients to conduct risk assessments and implement compliance processes. The multidisciplinary team advises on litigation, employment matters, intellectual property, financial services, banking, and competition and trade law. The firm is acting for Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC to recover around $500m that was stolen in a complex receivables financing fraud. It is also acting for Bidcorp in a breach of fiduciary duty and employment contract case worth ¬£45m. The team is headed by Joanna Ludlam, Jonathan Peddie, Sunny Mann¬†and Charles Thomson¬†, who has ‚Äėvery quietly and effectively built up a first-class team‚Äô.

Clifford Chance LLP advises on sanctions, bribery and benchmark manipulation matters and has a specialist in-house team of forensic accountants. The firm continues to act for Serco in relation to investigations and inquiries by the City of London Police and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). It also is acting for the founder of Autonomy in relation to allegations of financial impropriety and misrepresentation made by Hewlett Packard in a case worth over £3bn. RBS is also a client. Key practitioners Roger Best and Luke Tolaini are recommended. Judith Seddon left the firm for Ropes & Gray LLP.

‚ÄėLeading firm‚Äô Debevoise & Plimpton LLP¬†advises on a broad range of corporate defence, compliance and regulatory work. Key client sectors include engineering, aerospace and defence, infrastructure projects, energy, oil and gas, mining and financial services. Recent highlights include advising Rolls-Royce with its Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPAs) with the SFO and Department of Justice (DOJ) and also its leniency agreement with Brazil‚Äôs Minist√©rio P√ļblico Federal. This very high-profile case related to bribery and corruption. Lord Peter Goldsmith QC¬†co-heads the team with Karolos Seeger. Jane Shvets, who is ‚Äėa good communicator, and amazingly attentive to clients‚Äô issues and details in investigations‚Äô was promoted to partner. Wendy Miles¬†QC joined as partner from Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP¬†. Associate Robin L√∂√∂f¬†is also recommended. Junior partner Alex Parker¬†left the firm.

Dechert LLP¬†has ‚Äėa professional and experienced team composed of really nice lawyers‚Äô. It advises corporate clients on fraud, bribery, money laundering, international trade, export control and sanctions issues. It is adept at handling investigations by the National Crime Agency (NCA), SFO, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and various European Union (EU) institutions. Neil Gerrard¬†heads the team and is ‚Äėin the first rank of practitioners in the field‚Äô. Matthew Cowie¬†¬†has ‚Äėan excellent grasp of the law along with the ability to ensure that involved parties work together in a collaborative way when possible‚Äô. Caroline Black¬†‚Äėkeeps cool in complex and stressful situations with senior decision makers‚Äô, Miriam Gonzalez¬†is also recommended. Roger Burlingame¬†joined as partner from Kobre & Kim LLP. David Hughes¬†left for Stewarts Law LLP.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP¬†has ‚Äėa reputation in this area that is deservedly exceptional‚Äô. In 2017 it represented clients under investigation by the SFO, the police, the FCA, the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), the Pensions Regulator (TPR), the FRC, the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA), the DOJ and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). A particular highlight included advising PwC in relation to an investigation by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) into PwC's Client Money and Asset (CASS) audits of Barclays Bank. In October 2017 the investigation was abandoned. Other clients include Goldman Sachs, Lloyds, RBS, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS and Vanquis Bank. Susannah Cogman¬†heads the team, supported by Rod Fletcher¬†and Daniel Hudson, who are ‚Äėvery professional and capable colleagues and a pleasure to work with‚Äô. Hywel Jenkins¬†is ‚Äėa stand-out star of the team and incredibly clever‚Äô. Brian Spiro¬†joined as partner from BCL Solicitors LLP¬†.

Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†handles multi-jurisdictional investigations and has a particular focus on Russia and the CIS, and the Middle East. Key clients sectors include financial services and life sciences. It also provides advice on compliance and risk-mitigation. Recent highlights include successfully acting for the Deposit Insurance Agency of Russia (DIA) in a landmark High Court judgment against Russian oligarch, Sergei Pugachev in an asset seizure case worth around $1b. Other clients include Airbus, Standard Chartered, Maersk Oil and Gas, ENRC and Lego. Crispin Rapinet¬†heads the team, he is ‚Äėthe don of Investigations and anti-corruption work‚Äô. Counsel Liam Naidoo¬†is ‚Äėa really good thinker and he surgically cuts open an issue and pulls out the critical parts to present a solution‚Äô. Claire Lipworth¬†joined from the Financial Conduct Authority where she was chief criminal counsel.

The ‚Äėhighly professional and very efficient‚Äô practice at¬†Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†has ‚Äėa strong reputation and well-documented case history and is ably supported by smart and committed teams in the UK and US'. It acts for corporations facing prosecutions from regulatory agencies such as the SFO, NCA, FCA, The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), HMRC and Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI). The firm advises on various corporate crime issues such as anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, financial sanctions, data breaches, and fraud. Satnam Tumani¬†co-heads the team, he is ‚Äėpersonable with a strong work ethic and unparalleled experience as a senior prosecutor who possesses a depth of multi-jurisdictional experience‚Äô. Marcus Thompson¬†joined as partner from Ropes & Gray LLP¬†and now co-heads the team. Andrew Butel¬†was promoted to partner, he has ‚Äėan impressive ability to review, analyse and assimilate vast quantities of data‚Äô. Sarah Klein¬†is ‚Äėarticulate, personable and pragmatic with a keen eye for detail‚Äô. Michael Casey¬†joined as partner from Ropes & Gray LLP.

Linklaters LLP advises corporations and financial institutions on regulatory compliance and investigations and prosecutions by the FCA, PRA, TPR, DOJ and SEC. The firm is advising Amec Foster Wheeler in relation to bribery and corruption investigations by the SFO, SEC and DOJ. Another highlight included acting for Sir Philip Green and Taveta Investments in relation to the Work and Pensions and Business, Innovation and Skills Committee inquiry into BHS which resulted in a £363m settlement. Other clients include Citi, UBS, Lloyds, Morgan Stanley, RBS and Aviva. Michael Bennett and Satindar Dogra head the team, supported by Martyn Hopper, Christa Band, Ben Packer and Andrew Hughes. Elly Proudlock joined as counsel from WilmerHale, Susana Cao Miranda joined as partner from Goldman Sachs.

The ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô practice at¬†Norton Rose Fulbright¬†advises a wide range of corporate clients in high-profile investigations. It is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings, criminal investigations and related prosecutions and civil litigation. It provides advices on issues of bribery and corruption, fraud, money-laundering, antitrust, economic sanctions, export controls, human rights and market manipulation. Sam Eastwood¬†(now at Mayer Brown International LLP)¬†headed the team alongside Peter Scott¬†and Neil O‚ÄôMay¬†who has ‚Äėquickly established a reputation as a go-to person for managing these cases‚Äô. Lista M. Cannon¬†is ‚Äėalways thinking three steps ahead of everyone else ‚Äď she has long-range vision, and commands the confidence of her clients‚Äô. David Harris¬†is noted for his ‚Äėmastery of the detail of all aspects of his cases‚Äô. Pamela Reddy¬†joined as partner from Simons Muirhead & Burton. Ruth Cowley¬†is also recommended.¬†Chris Warren-Smith¬†¬†and Melanie Ryan¬†left for Morgan Lewis.

Simmons & Simmons¬†¬†advises on corruption, fraud, money laundering, sanctions, mutual legal assistance and criminal tax investigations. It is also adept at handling the criminal side of investigations, advising clients on search and seizures, interviews, internal corporate investigations and cross-border criminal matters. Another area of expertise is contentious regulatory investigations including misconduct, systems and controls breaches and individual accountability. It has particular experience of dealing with investigations by the FCA and SFO. The firm‚Äôs key client sector is financial services including including retail and wholesale banks, asset managers, brokers and other major financial institutions. Nick Benwell¬†and Stephen Gentle, who ‚Äėbrings a calm reassurance to problem areas‚Äô head the team. Tim Boyce, Richard Sims¬†and Emma Sutcliffe¬†are also recommended.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP¬†¬†is ‚Äėa most professional, talented and client-oriented firm‚Äô. It deals with complex, multi-jurisdictional investigations, regulatory advice, white-collar crime, corporate governance and parallel civil litigation. The firm continues to advise SocGen on various US government agency investigations across many countries with regards to sanctions, London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and tax. Another highlight included representing and successfully reaching a settlement for BlackRock Fund Advisors (BFA) in relation to an investigation by the SEC. Keith Krakaur¬†heads the team and is ‚Äėan outstanding lawyer in the regulatory and white-collar criminal area of law‚Äô. The ‚Äėvery experienced and client-focused‚Äô Elizabeth Robertson¬†is also recommended.

Slaughter and May¬†is ‚Äėa go-to firm for international corporate investigations‚Äô and has ‚Äėstrength and depth in the team, very good associates and provides excellent strategic advice‚Äô. The firm continues to act as corporate counsel for Rolls-Royce in relation to investigations by the SFO, DOJ and Brazilian authorities into bribery and corruption in overseas markets, this matter was worth around ¬£671m. Other key clients include Shell and British American Tobacco. Sarah Lee¬†heads the team, supported by Jonathan Cotton¬†and Richard Swallow¬†who is ‚Äėsavvy and creative, and has a nice touch with clients and prosecutors‚Äô. Deborah Finkler¬†is ‚Äėvery smart and very strategic‚Äô. Nick Gray¬† and Richard Parker¬†retired.

Ashurst¬†acts for corporations and financial institutions with regards to internal investigations into bribery, corruption, financial irregularities, fraud and money-laundering and sanctions. It is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional investigations, including those by the FCA, SFO and NCA. Key client sectors include oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and defence. Head of team Angela Pearson¬†is ‚Äėa highly capable leader with good commercial judgement‚Äô.¬†David Capps¬†is also recommended.

BCL Solicitors LLP¬†advises companies and large organisations on internal investigations and external investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Areas of expertise include fraud, bribery, corruption, sanctions, cartels and corporate manslaughter. Ian Burton¬†heads the team, he is ‚Äėrespected by all, especially his opponents and is able to position his clients to the maximum advantage at the investigation phase‚Äô. Richard Sallybanks¬†has ‚Äėan outstanding brain for corporate¬†investigations‚Äô. Michael Drury¬†has ‚Äėdecades of experience and a tenacious approach to cases he undertakes‚Äô. John Binns¬†was promoted to partner and Shula de Jersey¬†from Slater and Gordon. Brian Spiro¬†left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

The ‚Äėhighly regarded‚Äô practice at¬†Brown Rudnick LLP¬†is adept at handling joint US/UK investigations with a particular focus on the financial services sector. The firm continues to act for a top-tier UK university on various issues such as data protection breaches and mis-use of confidential data and intellectual property (IP) rights by a former employee. It is also advising a firm of accountants on anti-money laundering rules. Head of team Mark Beardsworth¬†is ‚Äėa highly experienced adviser¬†to senior industry directors‚Äô. Tom Epps¬†is ‚Äėnot one to follow the pack and considers carefully his decisions before delivering creative solutions‚Äô. Peter Bibby¬†is also recommended. Anupreet Amole, who is ‚Äėparticularly impressive and has excellent industry awareness‚Äô, joined as counsel from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP.

Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave merged to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP¬†in April 2018. The firm acts in the areas of anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, tax, employment, corporate crime, financial regulation, anti-trust and competition. Working in conjunction with its Russian and Asian offices it offers a full service to international clients, including in-house forensic services. Clients include AIG and Marubeni Corporation. Andrew Tuson¬†heads the team, he is ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable in the general area of financial crime, and particularly market abuse‚Äô. Oran Gelb¬†and Polly James¬†are recommended. Richard Chalk¬†joined as partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Former practice head Aaron Stephens¬†left the firm for King & Spalding LLP.

DLA Piper¬†is ‚Äėsuperb under pressure and delivers exactly what is required when required‚Äô. It advises corporations on bribery and corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud investigations, cartel cases, sanctions breaches, crisis management, global compliance issues and financial integrity matters. The firm is acting for SMG Europe Holdings following the the terrorist attack in the City Room just outside the Manchester Arena in 2017, this has involved providing crisis management support and conducting an internal investigation. Another highlight includes acting for Boston Consulting Group, advising an expert witness in the high-profile Tesco fraud case. Tony Katz¬†and Sam Millar¬†head the team. Simon Airey¬† left the firm for Paul Hastings LLP.

Fieldfisher¬†handles civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings in multiple jurisdictions worldwide. Recent highlights include advising on an internal investigation into high-value bribery and corruption, and FCA and SFO investigations. Clients include Currencies Direct and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which it is acting for in relation to a high-profile investigation. The ‚Äėknowledgeable, strategic, experienced, responsive, and professional‚Äô Tony Lewis¬†Heads the team. Francesca Titus¬†is‚Äôvery experienced, bright and gets the job done‚Äô. Alexandra Underwood¬†is recommended alongside Hartley Foster¬†, who ‚Äėsees the landscape from the moment of instruction and is fantastic at avoiding minefields‚Äô. Judy Krieg¬†joined as partner.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP handles cross-border strategic advisory, transactional, investigative and enforcement issues. It also deals with fraud, bribery, money-laundering and anti-competitive behaviour issues. Matthew Bruce and Geoff Nicholas head the team, supported by Paul Lomas and Ali Sallaway.

Kingsley Napley LLP¬†advises corporate clients on bribery offences, pre-bribery act corruption allegations, serious fraud, money laundering and regulatory breaches. The firm continues to act for Tesco in relation to alleged accounting irregularities discovered in an SFO investigation, this case is worth ¬£250m. Stephen Parkinson¬†was promoted to senior partner, Louise Hodges¬†now heads the team as the criminal practice area leader, she is ‚Äėat the very top of the tree‚Äô in this field. Johanna Walsh¬†¬†was promoted to partner, as was Rebecca Niblock¬†who is ‚Äėhugely respected by colleagues, due in large measure to her unerring ability to out-tactician her opponents‚Äô. Eve Giles¬†left the firm for Allen & Overy LLP.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP¬†advises corporate clients on financial crime, compliance issues, anti-bribery and corruption, sanctions and anti-money laundering. The firm continues to act for Hungarian oil and gas company MOL in relation to a high-profile bribery allegation in which the company is said to have tried to bribe the former prime minister of Croatia. Michael O‚ÄôKane¬†heads the team, he provides ‚Äėclear and concise advice in a truly approachable and rational manner. He has a deep understanding of the complexities in the areas that he specialises‚Äô. Anna Bradshaw¬†was promoted from of counsel to partner. Nick Vamos¬†joined from his position as head of special crime at the CPS. Hannah Laming¬†is also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP¬†advises on compliance issues and conducts investigations in relation to fraud allegations and regulatory breaches. It is particularly adept at handling SFO investigations for infrastructure and energy companies. Key practitioner Anne-Marie Ottaway¬†is ‚Äėexperienced, sensible and cool under pressure‚Äô. Neil McInnes¬†has rejoined the London office from Singapore. Senior associate Michael Ruck¬†has ‚Äėcome into private practice from the FCA and as such is very knowledgeable and will fight a client‚Äôs corner‚Äô. Senior associate Olga Tocewicz¬†combines ‚Äėexcellent client relations with a good, incisive mind, calm and unflappable, she can be trusted with the most difficult cases‚Äô. Christopher Richardson¬†joined as a partner and head of forensic accounting¬†from Ernst and Young. Tom Stocker¬†is also recommended. Barry Vitou¬†left the firm for¬†Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Reed Smith LLP advises on the full range of issues relating to regulatory investigations and corporate crime, including competition, corruption, bribery, fraud and money-laundering investigations. It carries out internal investigations for clients across the globe and is particularly adept at advising on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and bribery. Key practitioner Eoin O’Shea has experience in acting for multinational companies on significant investigations in sectors such as energy and natural resources, defence, life sciences and financial services. Rosanne Kay focuses on regulatory enforcement matters. Charles Hewetson is also recommended.

‚ÄėWell-established and well-regarded‚Äô Stephenson Harwood¬†is ‚Äėvery good, both in terms of knowledge, depth of team and response times‚Äô. It is adept at handling investigations by the FCA, SFO, the¬†Competition and Markets Authority¬†(CMA), DOJ, SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The firm continues to act for Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees in relation to claims against the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing, this case is worth over ¬£1.5b. Another highlight includes acting for the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission in an investigation in to the collapse of Enterprise Insurance. Key practitioner Tony Woodcock¬†is ‚Äėa star lawyer, wonderful to deal with and has a wealth of experience and great judgement‚Äô. Sara George¬†is ‚Äėan impressive litigator with a very good FCA background‚Äô. Sean Jeffrey¬†is also recommended.

White & Case LLP¬†advises large multinational clients on SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCA and police investigations in relation to allegations of tax evasion, sanctions busting, money laundering, insider dealing, fraud, false accounting and financial services offences. It has experience of conducting global defence strategies in multiple jurisdictions. The ‚Äėvery competent and friendly team‚Äô is led by Jonathan Pickworth¬†who 'knows the law inside out and brings to bear his considerable expertise on matters he is involved in‚Äô. Joanna Dimmock¬†was promoted to partner and Lydia Jonson¬†joined the team as a professional support lawyer.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP¬†advises corporates, financial institutions and individuals on cross-border bribery and corruption, financial crime, sanctions, money laundering and fraud issues. The firm is acting for Afren against two former directors charged with fraud by the SFO after a self-report, the alleged fraud is valued at over $500m. Another highlight includes acting for a FTSE 250 financial services firm in relation to an FCA investigation into LIBOR-related trades. The team is ‚Äėsuper responsive, patient and thorough with the process of learning the nuances of a particular investigation and marketplace‚Äô. Peter Burrell¬†heads the team, he has ‚Äėa very caring¬†and¬†understanding personality¬†and¬†is very knowledgeable‚Äô. Rita Mitchell¬†and Paul Feldberg¬†are recommended. Simon Osborn-King¬†joined as partner from Slaughter and May.

WilmerHale advises corporates and individuals involved in significant SFO and FCA investigations on the full gamut of financial services-related criminal matters. The firm works across a global network of offices to attract high-profile clients which include HSBC, Rolls Royce and Standard Chartered. Stephen Pollard heads the team, supported by counsel Christopher David and David Rundle who was promoted to counsel.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP¬†advises multinational corporates across in relation to regulatory prosecutions and investigations and also compliance issues. The firm continues to advise News UK in the wake of the News of the World phone hacking scandal in regards to the interaction of the rights of individuals with the freedom of the press and state prosecutions. Other clients include states, multinational technology and pharmaceutical companies. The team is composed of ‚Äėknowledgeable and able lawyers who apply themselves with considerable industry and efficiency to servicing their clients‚Äô needs‚Äô. Kathleen Harris¬†heads the team, ‚Äėher judgment on tactical issues, negotiation, advice on Deferred Prosecution Agreements and complex issues such as legal professional privilege is outstanding‚Äô.¬†Sean Curran¬†is also recommended.

Bivonas Law LLP¬†advises a variety of corporations and senior executives across a range of sectors including banking, advertising, oil and gas, traders, hotels and financial services. It is adept at handling FCA investigations, enforcement and interventions. A particular area of expertise is the Bribery Act and also the prevention and risk management of corporate crime, including cyber crime. Head of team Anthony Brown¬†has ‚Äėa sharp legal mind, vast legal knowledge, a positive approach to work, awareness of business needs and a high-level of professionalism‚Äô. Steve Sharp¬†has ‚Äėwide experience, a good legal brain, works like a Trojan and is a great team member‚Äô.

CMS combined with Nabarro and Olswang in May 2017. It advises on various corporate crime matters including compliance procedures, the UK Bribery Act, money laundering, enforcement and sanctions. Key client sectors include construction, energy and utilities, life sciences, Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT), retail financial services and insurance. The firm is acting for Skansen Interiors in defence of a prosecution under section 7 of the Bribery Act 2010 for failing to prevent bribery by one of its former board directors. Omar Qureshi heads the team, he is supported by Adam Greaves, Dan Tench and Alison McHaffie. Senior associate Amy Wilkinson rejoined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Corker Binning¬†advises on the full gamut of financial corporate crime including bribery, sanctions and export controls. It deals with large-scale multi-jurisdictional investigations focusing on the shipping, engineering, industrial manufacturing, pharmaceutical, banking, finance and hospitality sectors. The firm continues to advise GML, an antagonist of the Putin regime in Russia in relation to a $50b arbitration following the expropriation of Yukos Oil Company in 2004 by the Russian regime. In 2014 GML won the arbitration however this decision was recently overturned by a Dutch court. David Corker¬†is a key practitioner alongside Peter Binning, who is ‚Äėthe godfather of business crime‚Äô. Newly promoted partner¬†Claire Cross¬†‚Äėknows every document in the case‚Äô.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†advises corporations involved in high-profile investigations undertaken by the SFO, HMRC, FCA, Trading Standards and the NHS Fraud Unit. The team provides ‚Äėa very good overall service and responds quickly and effectively‚Äô. The firm continue to act for a Russian conglomerate on its cross-border response to a $200m fraud committed by former employees. Key practitioner Zia Ullah¬†specialises in international sanctions, anti-money laundering and fraud cases. Jake McQuitty¬†joined as partner from TLT.¬†Former head of team Neill Blundell¬†left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP.

Fox Williams LLP¬†advises on a broad range of corporate crime issues including fraud, bribery, market manipulation and sanctions compliance. It recently acted for a large logistics company in relation to a City of London Police investigation into alleged fraudulent sales practices, after liaising and cooperating with the investigators, the investigation was terminated. Other clients include brokerage firms, foreign banks, multinational media companies and a public relations company. James Carlton¬†heads the team and is ‚Äėvastly experienced in this area and is particularly excellent in corporate investigations‚Äô. Sona Ganatra¬†was promoted to partner. Peter Wright¬†is also recommended.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP deals with large cross-border financial crime investigations. It is adept at handling global bribery, corruption, tax evasion, insider dealing, money-laundering and LIBOR and forex cases. The firm continues to represent UBS in relation to anti-trust conduct and the LIBOR investigations conducted by the SFO. It is also representing a global investment bank in parallel insider dealing investigations being conducted by the SEC and US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York in the US and FCA and NCA in the UK. Philip Rocher heads the department and is recommended alongside Allan Neil and Sacha Harber-Kelly, who joined as partner from the SFO.

Irwin Mitchell¬†advises corporates on SFO investigations and internal investigations involving crime and regulatory breaches. It has a particular focus on financial crime and contentious financial services investigations, bribery, fraud and money laundering. The firm also advises corporates and individuals on preventative measures. Sarah Wallace¬†heads the team, she is ‚Äėthe go to choice for a tough and no nonsense litigator who will leave no stone unturned in defence of her clients‚Äô. She is supported by senior associates Craig Weston, Tina Lakhani¬†and Katie Byrne.

Jones Day is adept at conducting internal investigations into fraud, anti-trust, securities improprieties, international trade and breaches of the FCPA, government contracts, healthcare and environmental crimes, and internal and regulatory investigations. Glyn Powell has experience of police, revenue authorities and SFO investigations. Powell jointly heads the team with Sion Richards, who acted in the UK’s first DPA. Adam Brown provides advice on FOREX investigations conducted by the FCA.

K&L Gates LLP¬† advises on internal investigations, bribery, corruption, complex fraud, insider trading, anti-money laundering, cartels, health and safety, sanctions, extradition, mutual legal assistance, FRC matters, FCA regulations and enforcement proceedings. The firm is acting for Serco Group on various criminal and regulatory matters including the high-profile SFO investigation into fraud involving government contracts. The team is ‚Äėextremely responsive and assesses each piece of work intelligently‚Äô. ‚ÄėRising star‚Äô Dylan Moses, who is ‚Äėgood to work with, is very popular, and has excellent experience‚Äô was promoted to partner. Paul Feldberg¬†joined as partner and Robert Dalling¬†joined as special counsel. Senior associate David Savell¬†left for Locke Lord LLP¬†and Christine Braamskamp¬†left for Jenner & Block LLP.

Michelmores LLP advises on regulatory investigations, police investigations, prosecutions, commercial litigation and financial crime. It also is adept at drafting anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) policies and procedures. The firm is advising a large Israeli bank in relation to the UK aspects of a worldwide tax evasion investigation b the DOJ. Another recent highlight included advising a UK arms exporter on potential breaches of export control legislation, and issues relating to self-reporting and the proceeds of crime act (POCA). Andrew Oldland QC heads the team, which includes Peter Sigler.

Mishcon de Reya LLP advises on corruption investigations, money laundering, fraud, market abuse and insider dealing. It also handles private prosecution work and is currently conducting proceedings arising from an internal accounting fraud and is acting for a national broadcaster to bring proceedings relating to unlawfully streamed content. The firm is also acting for UnaEnergy in relation to a multi-jurisdictional SFO investigation into alleged corruption in a matter worth millions of dollars. Alison Levitt QC heads the team, supported by legal director Gareth Minty. Jo Rickards joined as partner from Kingsley Napley LLP.

PwC Legal LLP¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent quality of service and value for money‚Äô. It deals with financial crimes, investigations, criminal defence and compliance engagements. Areas of expertise include investigations by regulatory authorities such as the FCA and SFO; governance, risk and compliance strategies; and identifying breaches of law. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), plcs and international conglomerates. Head of team Agnes Quashie¬†is ‚Äėdetermined to get the best outcome for her clients‚Äô. Chris Cartmell¬†is ‚Äėknowledgeable, resourceful and client¬†focused‚Äô. Keily Blair¬†is also recommended.

Ropes & Gray LLP¬†International provides ‚Äėa superb service with quick responsiveness‚Äô. It focuses on the private equity, life sciences, energy and natural resources, and financial services markets. The firm advises on matters relating to global corruption, sanctions, money laundering, due diligence and on-going monitoring procedures. It also conducts internal investigations, advises on the FCPA and UK bribery act, and represents corporations involved in external investigations by authorities such as the DOJ, SFO, Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Key practitioner Amanda Raad¬†is ‚Äėexceptionally intelligent, diligent, and willing to put in long hours to get the job done‚Äô. Sean Seelinger¬†and Arla Kerr¬†were promoted to counsel. Judith Seddon, who ‚Äėexudes calm control and consummate professionalism‚Äô joined as partner from Clifford Chance LLP, Sarah Lambert-Porter¬†also joined from Clifford Chance LLP¬†as senior associate. Marcus Thompson¬†for Kirkland & Ellis International LLP¬†.

RPC¬†¬†provides¬†‚Äėtimely, expert and practical advice tailored to clients' specific circumstances‚Äô. It advises corporations in criminal investigations and corporate witnesses in compliance with production orders and statutory demands for information and documentation. Key client sectors include professional services, media, construction, retail and art as well as having a particular focus on the insurance sector. Davina Given¬†heads the team, which includes¬†Jonathan Cary,¬†who relocated from the Hong Kong office.¬†Parham Kouchikali¬†is also recommended.¬†Richard Burger¬†joined¬†DWF.

Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP¬†has ‚Äėan experienced, thoughtful, creative and patient team‚Äô. It advises on criminal fraud issues, civil recovery matters, contentious criminal and regulatory matters, corporate internal investigations, bribery, corruption, money laundering and sanctions. It also provides advice on the development and implementation of compliance programmes, preventative and reactive advice and investigations into potential breaches of compliance policies. Jeffrey Cottle, Patrick Rappo, John Rupp¬†and Meredith Rathbone¬†head the team. Keith Huffman¬†and Peter Ibrahim¬†joined as associates.

Addleshaw Goddard¬†advises corporate clients on bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, market abuse, economic sanctions, export controls, customs, health and safety, cartels and other criminal and regulatory investigations. The firm is continuing to act for G√ľralp Systems in relation to an SFO and DOJ investigation into payments made to a South Korean public official researcher. ‚ÄėStand out regulatory and investigatory lawyer‚Äô Nichola Peters¬†heads the team.¬†Michelle De Kluyver¬†joined from Allen & Overy LLP. Clarissa Coleman¬†left for K&L Gates LLP.

Burges Salmon LLP¬†advises on many aspects of corporate crime including money laundering, proceeds of crime, bribery and regulations. It is adept at handling cases involving the SFO, NCA and the police and also handles cases of asset freezing and recovery. Recent highlights include acting for the NCA in relation to a ¬£220m compensation claim. David Hall¬†heads the team, he has ‚Äėexcellent judgment and is a thorough, proactive thinker‚Äô. Kari McCormick¬†and legal director Thomas Webb¬†are also recommended.

Clyde & Co LLP advises corporates and individuals on internal investigations, disclosures to regulators, regulatory investigations and regulatory enforcement action. Areas of expertise include anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, anti-bribery, corruption, market abuse, fraud and sanctions. Recent cases have included investigations by the SFO, FCA, City of London Police, NCA and FCA. The firm also has an internal forensics investigations unit. Joint head of team Chris Hill has a particular focus on the insurance and international risk markets. John Whittaker who also heads the team focuses on commodity and natural resource companies. Charles Kuhn joined the firm from Hickman & Rose, he focuses on providing regulatory advice on financial market cases.

In 2017 Dentons merged with Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens. The firm advises on criminal and civil proceedings and regulatory investigations by the FCA, SFO, local law enforcement and overseas regulators. It also conducts internal investigations, provides compliance and prevention of crime advice, and deals with confiscation and civil recoveries. Recent highlights included acting for a global investment bank in relation to an anti-money laundering review across 24 jurisdictions. Daren Allen heads the team, he is supported by Celyn Armstrong who joined as partner from Linklaters LLP. Craig Neilson joined the team as partner as part of the merger with Maclay Murray & Spens.

Edmonds Marshall McMahon¬†is a specialist private prosecutions firm, it has ‚Äėa highly dedicated team with a wealth of specialist knowledge and impressive client care skills‚Äô. It advises on strategies for prosecution and enforcement of crimes against industry. It also acts for corporations who have been the victims of fraud. The firm continues to act for TM Eye who in turn are instructed by Novartis, Apple, Louis Vuitton and Mulberry assisting in the prosecution of those selling counterfeit goods. Key practitioner Andrew Marshall¬†is ‚Äėextremely bright, hard-working and tactically astute‚Äô. Kate McMahon has ‚Äėenthusiasm, experience and sheer dynamism‚Äô. Tamlyn Edmonds¬†is ‚Äėvery bright, a fearless advocate and has good forensic skills‚Äô. David Jugnarain¬†is also recommended. Dennis Kavanagh¬†joined as senior associate.

McGuireWoods London LLP¬†advises corporations on a range of financial crime issues, including bribery and corruption, competition, fraud, money laundering, market abuse, and financial sanctions. It also advises on compliance, self-reporting, DPAs and prosecutions. The firm is providing ongoing advice to a UK subsidiary of an Indian operation which is under investigation for corruption allegations. Vivian Robinson¬†QC heads the team, she is ‚Äėexcellent in her field and strong tactically and strategically‚Äô. William Boddy¬†was promoted to partner, associate Andrew Thornton-Dibb¬†is also recommended. David Kirk¬†left the firm.

Morrison & Foerster LLP¬†is ‚Äėa high quality, niche firm with a wealth of talented and experienced litigators‚Äô. It advises corporate clients on financial crime issues including corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations. It has experience of dealing with multi-jurisdictional FCA and SFO investigations and cross-border contentious insolvency matters. Clients include financial institutions, funds, trustees and multinational public companies. The firm is acting for Grant Thornton, the trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari who was convicted of money laundering, the case is valued at ¬£25m. Jonathan Wheeler¬†heads the team, supported by Kevin Roberts, who is ‚Äėa hugely experienced, wise and knowledgeable criminal lawyer and has an excellent manner with clients‚Äô. Paul Friedman¬†is also recommended.

Osborne Clarke LLP advises national and international corporations in relation to various investigations. Key client sectors include financial services, investment funds, real estate, energy, media and high-technology fields. Areas of expertise include internal investigations, bribery, corruption, dawn raids and due diligence in relation to acquisitions.Jeremy Summers heads the team, supported by Tom Ellis.

Paul Hastings LLP¬†provides ‚Äėhigh levels of expertise, competence, professionalism and responsiveness‚Äô. It advises on government investigations, litigation, and corporate compliance, including anti-corruption and FCPA, global trade controls, privacy and data security, securities enforcement, and white collar matters. The firm also designs compliance programs, conducts due diligence on mergers and acquisitions, and conducts internal investigations. Simon Airey¬†joined as head of team in May 2017 from DLA Piper¬†,¬†he has ‚Äėgreat charisma and superb judgment and he has the confidence of even the most exacting clients‚Äô.

Travers Smith LLP¬†acts for corporations and institutions in relation to investigations by the FCA, SFO, the London Stock Exchange, the Environment Agency, Health and Safety Executive, and DOJ. It also advises corporations on compliance issues and the design of anti-bribery programmes. Recent highlights included advising the Bank of England in relation to an SFO investigation into crisis-era liquidity auctions. In 2017 the SFO closed its investigation. Rob Fell¬†heads the department, he is ‚Äėcharming and excellent at building relationships with general counsel and in-house legal teams‚Äô. Doug Bryden¬†and Tim Lewis¬†are recommended, Heather Gagen¬†was promoted to partner.

Weightmans LLP¬†conducts internal investigations for clients in relation to fraud, bribery and corruption, and defends corporate clients in relation to external investigations. It also provides compliance advice in relation to corporate crime and breaches of regulatory corporate crime legislation. The firm also conducts private prosecutions. Euros Jones¬†heads the practice, he has ‚Äėvery good experience in this area and is an effective litigator‚Äô.


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Headed by ‚Äėhighly intelligent‚Äô¬†David Engel¬† and ‚Äėquick-witted‚Äô Abigail Healey¬†, Addleshaw Goddard¬†is ‚Äėone of the very highly regarded practices in the sector‚Äô and are commended for having the ‚Äėwider resources and capacity to run and manage very large-scale litigation‚Äô. Amongst their list of clients are GlaxoSmithKline, Sainsbury‚Äôs and Travelodge. Samantha Haigh¬† is one to note.

The team at¬†Atkins Thomson¬†has ‚Äėgreat in-depth knowledge‚Äô of media-related litigation including defamation, privacy and data protection. The firm has ‚Äėextensive knowledge and expertise in pre-publication injunctions‚Äô as well as harassment injunctions. In addition to acting for a number of client in phone hacking litigation, the team has experience of obtaining disclosure orders and other remedies against international media companies such as Google and Facebook. The firm has successfully defended Donald Trump in a defamation case, acted for Mrs Cherie Blair in defamation and privacy actions and acted for The Estate of Sir Bobby Robson in relation to phone hacking by the press. The ‚Äėextremely able‚Äô Graham Atkins¬† is a ‚Äėquality litigator‚Äô. ‚ÄėInnovative and reliable‚Äô Mark Thomson¬† is one of the lead lawyers in the phone hacking litigation. Other names to note include Nicola McCann¬† and James Heath.¬†¬†Yinka McKay¬† joined the team.

Carter-Ruck¬†has ‚Äėa track record of excellence in high-profile privacy and defamation actions‚Äô. They boast an impressive client list which includes, celebrities, leading business people, politicians and multinational companies and represented NT1 and NT2 in the right to be forgotten claims against Google. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô¬†Adam Tudor¬† successfully represented the Mahmood family in a libel case against Katie Hopkins and MailOnline. ‚ÄėExperienced‚Äô partner Nigel Tait¬† represented Aurora and Ricardo Pierdant in a libel action against Guardian Newspaper. Others names to note include Claire Gill¬† and¬†Persephone Bridgeman-Baker¬†. Antonia Foster¬† and Rebecca Toman¬† have been promoted.

CMS'¬†include ITV and Guardian Media Group as well as a number of high-profile individuals. Dan Tench¬† acted for Bloomberg in defending a claim brought by an individual based on privacy,¬†data protection and breach of confidence and also led the team advising Appleby¬†on all aspects of reputational management after the ‚ÄėParadise Papers‚Äô leak. Other names to note include partner Karen Denny,¬†who acted for Microsoft Corporation in connection to a right to be forgotten claim; and the ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô Tamsin Blow. Ian Felstead¬†joined¬†Latham & Watkins.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP¬† has¬†‚Äėa strong team that provides a cost-effective service for clients‚Äô. ¬†The team advise high net-worth individuals, corporates and brands on defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, data protection issues and also engage in pre-publication action on behalf of their clients. The firm has successfully represented several members of the British royal family against publications like Mail Online and Closer Magazine. Other work included representing The First Lady of the United States of America Melania Trump in successful defamation proceedings against The Daily Mail and obtaining an on-air apology for Pets at Home Limited following the finding of the BBC Trust that a Watchdog programme lacked accuracy and had failed to be impartial. The team is led by the ‚Äėtactically astute‚Äô Gerrard Tyrell¬†, ‚Äėable‚Äô Jo Sanders¬† and ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô John Kelly¬†.

RPC¬† is a defendant firm that ‚Äėoffers a level of advice and litigation experience that‚Äôs hard to beat‚Äô. Clients include The Daily Mail, The Sun, The BBC and Financial Times. ‚ÄėHugely experienced‚Äô partner Nicola Cain¬† advises several high-profile publications on defamation and privacy issues. Keith Mathieson¬† is praised for being ‚Äėa highly respected partner who has a complete command of the legal issues‚Äô. He was the lead partner acting for News Group Newspapers in a privacy and breach of confidence claim brought by the Duchess of York. He also defends MGN Limited in civil claims relating to voicemail interceptions and Associated Newspapers Limited against data protection, libel and privacy claims. Other names to note include Rupert Cowper-Coles,¬†¬†Philip Tansley¬† and Oliver Murphy

Schillings¬† has¬†‚Äėa very strong team with an up-to-date practical knowledge and excellent responsiveness‚Äô.¬†Rachel Atkins¬† is commended for her ‚Äėexcellent subject knowledge and practicality‚Äô. Jenny Afia¬† is the lead partner in a team conducting ten defamation, harassment and breach of confidence claims in the Bahamas on behalf of Mr Louis Bacon. Other names to note include partner¬†Keith Schilling¬† and Magnus Boyd¬†.¬†Chris Scott¬†left to found reputation management firm,¬†Himsworth Scott.

Simons Muirhead & Burton¬†¬†acts for major broadcasters and television production companies. Clients include Simon and Schuster, Channel 4 and Penguin Random House. Partners Louis Charalambous¬†,¬†Martin Soames¬† and¬†Razi Mireskandari¬† are all ‚Äėreassuringly capable lawyers‚Äô. They‚Äôve acted for News Group Newspapers Limited in a number of claims including successfully opposing a libel claim brought by cleric Ali Hammuda and defending a libel and breach of Data Protection Act claim brought by Max Mosley. In addition, the practice carries out all legal clearance work for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. Erica Henshilwood¬†,¬†Gordon Clough¬† and¬†Jeffrey Smele¬† are additional names to note.

Wiggin LLP¬†is a defendant practice with ‚Äėa team of very approachable and responsive industry experts‚Äô who ‚Äėprovide a stellar service to clients‚Äô. The team is headed by ‚Äėknowledgeable and experienced strategist‚Äô Caroline Kean. Clients include 21st Century Fox, Netflix and MoneySavingExpert.¬†Anna Doble¬† and¬†Adelaide Lopez¬† are associates to watch.

Lee & Thompson LLP¬†represents clients across the media, technology, entertainment and creative industries. ‚ÄėLevel-headed‚Äô partner Mike Brookes¬† led the team acting for Moroccan Prince Moulay Hicham in his libel and data protection claim against Elaph Publishing Limited, and is defending Channel 5 in a privacy claim brought against them by Mr Ali and Mrs Aslam. Other names to note include¬†Leo Dawkins¬† and Mark Stafford¬†.

Mishcon de Reya LLP¬†is a¬†'well-established firm with an excellent reputation for high quality work‚Äô. The practice has handled a range of highly-publicised cases and acts on behalf of clients over multiple jurisdictions including Saudi Arabia, the United States of America and Greece. The ‚Äėtech-savvy team‚Äô regularly deals with issues relating to new technologies and social media. Head of department¬†Emma Woollcott¬† is ‚Äėa hugely impressive and strategically astute litigator‚Äô who specialises in defamation, breach of confidence, invasion of privacy, harassment and injunctions. Head of Mishcon Private James Libson¬† is ‚Äėa skilled litigator and arbitrator‚Äô. Harry Eccles-Williams¬†and Alexandra Whiston-Dew¬† are ones to watch. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Ramona Mehta¬†is now a consultant.

Penningtons Manches LLP has impressive capabilities across the full range of libel, reputation management and privacy law and is also adept at providing pre-publication advice. The group is regularly called on by other departments in the firm to act for individuals and clients include high-profile and high-net-worth individuals, as well as police officers and companies. Associate director Adele Ashton is representing a professional photographer in proceedings concerning defamation, negligence and breaches of the Data Protection Act concerning a nude photo shoot on a National Trust for Scotland property; the claim is subject to contested jurisdiction. Other recent work for Ashton includes acting for the claimant in a claim against a Foundation Trust pertaining to the alleged misuse of private information and breach of confidence and breach of the Data Protection Act. Head of reputation and privacy Jeremy Clarke-Williams is another key name.

Headed by the ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô Gideon Benaim, ‚Äėresponsive‚Äô Jon Oakley¬† and ‚Äėpragmatic‚Äô Tom Iverson, Simkins LLP's team¬†is commended for its ‚Äėstrong knowledge and experience‚Äô. It acts for a number of high-profile individuals and also does advisory work for film and television producers, non-news publishers and digital media clients. Gideon Benaim¬†led the team that successfully represented Sir Cliff Richard in his privacy and data protection action against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police. Fiona McAllister¬† and Jessica Welch¬†are also recommended.

Taylor Wessing LLP's¬†clients include high-net-worth individuals, corporates and global publishers. In addition to more traditional claimant work, the reputation management department advises on liability issues arising from use of social media, cyber-security and data breaches, online harassment and data protection law.¬†Niri Shanmuganathan¬† leads on a range of matters including blackmail threats, an application to reduce reporting restrictions and pre-publication advisory work. Other names to note include the ‚Äėsmart and assertive‚Äô Michael Yates¬† and ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô Timothy Pinto¬†. Simon Jupp¬† joined from Shoosmiths LLP.

ACK Media Law LLP's team is headed by Sue Charles  and Susan Aslan. Aslan advised Channel 4 on programme complaints, and successfully defended Associated Newspapers in libel proceedings in respect of a MailOnline article reporting on the conviction of three men.

In addition to representing high-profile individuals like Sam Allardyce and organisations like Stringfellow Restaurants Limited in reputation management issues, Archerfield Partners LLP handles a range of privacy, harassment, copyright and data protection. Partners Mark Bateman and Paul Chamberlain  have been instructed by six individuals who have been notified by the Metropolitan Police Service of potential phone hacking under Operation Golding. Charlotte Ward was promoted to senior associate.

Bates Wells Braithwaite's clients include¬†The Times, politicians, foreign royalty and the NUS. The team is headed by the ‚Äėhighly experienced‚Äô Rupert Earle; Highlights included advising Royal Albert Hall in relation to a series of adverse articles published by The Telegraph and acting for Times Newspapers Limited in a case concerning the recoverability of success fees and after the event insurance premiums from media defendants in conditional fee agreement cases. Ross Allan¬† and Andrew Wheelhouse¬† are also recommended.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP's reputation management department is headed by Joby Davies  and Graham Shear and acts for a number of high-profile celebrities, politicians, high-level executives and corporates including Tesco, HSBC and Thames Water. The team has notable expertise in private confidential information and cybersecurity issues such as corporate espionage, email hacking and theft of electronic data. Sarah McAtominey  is also recommended.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for ITV and ITN’ on  compliance advice and litigation, and is acting for several soap actors, celebrity agents and PRs in phone hacking matters. Department head Duncan Lamont  acted for numerous claimants in the group voicemail interception litigation against News Group Newspapers Limited. Nick White and Stephanie Bonnello  joined the team from Couchmans LLP.

At Clintons, Roddy Chisholm Batten is acting for individuals bringing nine separate claims for misuse of private information against News Group Newspapers Limited in relation to the unlawful interception of mobile telephone voicemails. The firm has also been heavily involved in the Mirror Newspapers hacking litigation and has settled over 42 clams against Mirror Group Limited. Caroline Hrabi is a rising star.

David Price of David Price Solicitors & Advocates  acts for a wide range of defendant clients ranging from newspapers to members of the public. Clients include Barcroft Media, The Telegraph and Random House. In the past year, he has been instructed by Independent Print Ltd to apply to the Supreme Court for permission to appeal the decision of the Court of Appeal in the Lachaux case.

Headed by the ‚Äėsuperb‚Äô Julian Pike, the practice at¬†Farrer & Co¬†acts for high-profile individuals, charities, celebrities, organisations and publishers. The practice acted for Princess Tessy of Luxembourg on matters related to her divorce proceedings in the High Court, and advised the Football Association in relation the Select Committee inquiry into its handling of allegations of discrimination made against Mark Sampson. Tom Rudkin¬† is also recommended. Michael Patrick left the firm.

Foot Anstey¬†boasts a ‚Äėknowledgeable and responsive team that offers a good value for money'. The firm advises a large number of publishers and broadcasters including Which?, Johnston Press PLC and Emap Limited. Tony Jaffa¬†is praised for his ‚Äėmeasured and thoughtful advice‚Äô; he acted for Trinity Mirror in two defamation claims brought in the High Court and successfully obtained anonymity for an individual in the defense of a breach of privacy and civil harassment claim revolving around allegations of revenge pornography. The team also provides pre-publication and post-publication advice to a range of publishers including The Sun, Archant and Tindle Newspapers Limited. The ‚Äėreliable and highly qualified‚Äô Jennifer Agate¬† is one to watch.

The ‚Äėvery committed‚Äô media team at Hamlins LLP¬†acts for¬†a range of claimant in libel and data protection claims, and assists corporate clients and executives with reputation management matters including preventing publication, online issues and the right to be forgotten.¬†Christopher Hutchings¬† is representing various claimants against News Group Newspapers. The ‚Äėexperienced, calm and practical‚Äô Simon Gallant¬† joined the team from Gallant Maxwell.

Headed by the ‚Äėexperienced and responsive‚Äô Mark Stephens CBE, Howard Kennedy LLP¬†represents high net worth individuals and large corporations abroad and in the United Kingdom on privacy and reputation matters. The firm acted for Democratic Press SA in defence of a libel claim brought by Israeli businessman Mr Sabby Mionis and provides pre-publication advice to publishing companies. ‚ÄėHighly experienced‚Äô senior associate Elizabeth Morley¬† is one to note.

Payne Hicks Beach acts for high-net-worth individuals, commercial organisations and publishers. Dominic Crossley led the team advising Max Mosley on media and data protection issues. Hanna Basha  and Nick Grant  joined the team from Hill Dickinson LLP; Hanna's work includes acting for Everton FC in relation to various media issues including the removal of allegations printed by the Telegraph and securing apologies for allegations which were broadcast and appeared in the press. Sarah Webb has retired.

Headed by the ‚Äėexperienced and intelligent‚Äô David Barker, the team at Pinsent Masons LLP¬† ‚Äėhas real expertise and strength in all aspects of media and information law‚Äô.¬† Highlights included advising Google in relation to a number of right to be forgotten cases; acting for the BBC in a breach of confidence claim brought against it by Appleby;¬†and advising the Media Lawyers Association in relation to an application to the Supreme Court in the Elaph Publishing case. Senior Associate Alex Keenlyside¬† is commended for being ‚Äėincredibly diligent and intelligent‚Äô. Imogen Allen-Back¬† is an ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô associate who is ‚Äėwise beyond her years‚Äô.

Withers LLP¬†‚Äėprovides excellent service and great value for money‚Äô to¬†charities, politicians, sports personalities, celebrities and businesses. Highlights included assisting Sasha Wass QC with a successful IPSO complaint against the Mail on Sunday and the MailOnline, performing pre-publication work on behalf of a well-known author and advising high-net-worth individuals on blackmail and defamation issues.¬†Amber Melville-Brown¬† and Athalie Matthews¬† are commended for their ‚Äėexcellent client care and practical instincts‚Äô. The ‚Äėexperienced and practical‚Äô¬†Caroline Thompson¬† and ‚Äėproactive and professional‚Äô¬†Andrew Fremlin-Key¬† are ones to watch.

The media and information law team at Bindmans LLP¬† acts for NG0s, television producers, national newspapers and household-name celebrities. Team Head Tamsin Allen¬† is praised for being ‚Äėbright and brilliant with clients‚Äô; she acted for Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

BLM is a defendant practice that represents a wide range of clients including but not limited to insurers, newspapers, magazines, advertisers, marketing companies, police forces, local authorities and universities. In the past year, partner Tim Smith  has been instructed by the City of London Police and its insurers in relation to defamation proceedings brought by an individual convicted of making fraudulent insurance claims, The University of Cambridge and its insurers in relation to a negligence claim brought by a job-seeker and King Edward Camp Hill School for Girls and its insurers. Julia Varley  is one to note. Steve Kuncewicz  and Hannah Pilkington  are recent additions to the team.

Collyer Bristow LLP¬†is a ‚Äėlongstanding presence in the defamation and privacy field‚Äô. Partner Steven Heffer¬† acted for nine claimants including David Tennant, Sophia Myles and Eddie Irvine in phone hacking and misuse of private information claims against News Group Newspapers. Rhory Robertson¬† is ‚Äėa doyen within the libel and media field‚Äô and is described as ‚Äėsomeone who brings a calm, commercial and assured approach to even the most difficult case‚Äô.

DLA Piper's clients include Macmillan, NBC Universal and Al Jazeera. Ruth Hoy  and Claire Sng  focus on defamation, privacy and breach of confidence matters. Duncan Calow  is 'highly experienced in advising on defamation and privacy matters in e-publishing and digital content'. Andrew Smith, Simon Levine and Richard Taylor advise on defamation disputes for entities ranging from individuals to major corporates.

Fieldfisher¬†¬†is noted for its specialist expertise in¬†online defamation issues. Key figures include¬†Colin Gibson¬†and¬†Rhys Griffiths, who¬† is ‚Äėa safe pair of hands for complex matters'. Clients include politicians, high-net worth individuals and publishers.

Headed by Alan Watts, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises clients on defamation, malicious falsehood, misuse of private information, breach of confidence, harassment and regulatory remedies. The practice acted for Lord Sugar in connection with false and misleading online advertising using his name and image to promote services without authorisation. Neil Blake, Christopher Cox and Angela Liu  are also recommended.

Kingsley Napley LLP¬†'s media and reputation unit acts for high-profile individuals and corporations with a particularly strong sports, entertainment and political focus. Other areas of expertise include pre-publication and post-publication advice and injunctions. Team Head Charlotte Harris¬†and Gerard Cukier¬†are praised for their ‚Äėbrilliant client care‚Äô; they acted for Rt Hon Damian Green MP in relation to public allegations made by a journalist and former police officer. Helen Morris¬†is also recommended.

The team at Lewis Silkin LLP¬†includes¬†Adam Glass, who¬†has ‚Äėa wealth of experience‚Äô and acted Cherish Premier Wealth Limited in relation to an undercover investigation into alleged pension scams broadcast on prime-time television. He also represented the Public Relations & Communications Association in a hearing against PR agency Bell Pottinger. Giles Crown¬†represented Oath (formerly AOL) in defamation proceedings. Other names to note are Oliver Fairhurst¬†and Ali Vaziri¬†.

Headed by Mark Manley, Manleys Solicitors¬†represents celebrities, high-net-worth individuals and professional sportspeople as well as media, broadcast and publishing companies. The team has experience of acting on behalf of senior politicians on allegations of false statements and is experienced in online publishing issues. The firm provides pre-publication/pre-broadcasting advice to Bauer and Newsco. ‚ÄėCompetent and knowledgeable‚Äô partner Leanne Wheeler¬†has acted for the NHS and Bet 365. Katie Mickleburgh¬†is one to watch. Adam Berman¬†joined from Weightmans LLP.

Russells Solicitors is a specialist entertainment and media firm that acts for celebrities in libel, privacy, harassment and data protection claims against magazines, websites and newspapers. Joint Heads Steven Tregear and John Reid successfully represented Cheryl Tweedy in preventing the publication of intrusive stories during her pregnancy. Callum Galbraith  joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

Seddons acts for UK-based and international clients on libel, privacy, data protection and intellectual property issues. Mark Lewis successfully acted for George Galloway’s former aide, Aisha Ali-Khan, in relation to libellous claims made by the former MP.  Rory Lynch joined from Spring | Law.

Squire Patton Boggs¬†has been involved in a number of high-profile cases and provides pre-publication and post-publication advice to other firms and high-net-worth individuals. It also provides reputation management advice to politicians, sportspeople and musicians. The ‚Äėhugely impressive‚Äô Tim Lowles¬†has been promoted to Director.

Swan Turton LLP¬†acts for high-profile individuals and corporate clients in defamation, privacy and other reputation management matters including pre-publication work. Clients include composer and performer Ennio Morricone, for whom the firm handles contractual matters; digital media company Refinery29, for which the firm advises on pre-publication matters; and journalist and broadcaster Mark Lawson. Partner Catherine Fehler¬†is ‚Äėmeticulous, highly intelligent and wholly committed‚Äô. Rupert Grey¬†acts for high-net-worth individuals and institutions in complex reputation management matters. Associates¬†Paula Kumar¬†and Anne Mannion¬† are Also recommended.

Brett Wilson LLP conducts privacy, data protection and harassment cases for both claimants and defendants, with a particular focus on internet-related issues. The firm has conducted a number of representative actions on behalf of institutions and private bodies and has also been engaged in a large number of privacy claims, particularly focusing on medical confidence. Iain Wilson’s clients include Hertsmere Borough Council and Association of British Bookmakers. Max Campbell was promoted to partner. Alexander Cochrane joined the team from Collyer Bristow LLP. Tom Double is also recommended.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises on reputation management, privacy, advertising and branding disputes.  Andrew Terry successfully acted for the Chairman of Millwall FC in his defamation claim against former Tory Minister, Mr Stephen Norris. He also represented BUQ in obtaining privacy injunctions to prevent the publication of highly personal information. Michael Clavell-Bate is experienced in handling reputation management matters for public and private institutions.

At Gordon Dadds LLP¬†dispute resolution head¬†Nick Goldstone¬†acts for claimants against the press and broadcasters, while the ‚Äėintellectually brilliant and ruthlessly effective‚Äô Robin Shaw¬†acts for Private Eye on a number of matters, including successfully dismissing an application by Cambridgeshire Police to obtain access to Private Eye‚Äôs subscriptions list. Melanie Hart¬†joined Harbottle & Lewis LLP.

The team at Keystone Law handles proceedings on behalf of claimants and defendants on a range of matters including intellectual property, risk management and litigation. Team head Jonathan Coad joined the team from Lewis Silkin LLP and acts for television personality Noel Edmonds in relation to his claim against Lloyds Banking Group. He also successfully acted for Mohammad Kozbar in his defamation hearing against The Daily Telegraph. Ian Down has acted for several well-known global brands.

Headed by Ashley Hurst,¬†Osborne Clarke LLP's¬†team act for corporates, high net-worth individuals, online platforms and print publications. Key work included acting for Appleby¬†in a breach of confidence claim, and defending David Longmuir in a libel case brought by Svetlana Lokhova. Other clients include EMAP Publishing Limited, TripAdvisor and Wilmington Healthcare Limited. The ‚Äėhardworking and engaged‚Äô Charlie Wedin¬†and ‚Äėresponsive‚Äô Alexander Vakil¬†are also recommended.

Sheridans represents high-profile individuals, businesses and regulatory bodies in a wide range of reputation management issues, including pre-publication work, breach of confidence cases, mis-use of private information and defamation cases. Keith Ashby and Theo Solley are names to note.

Shoosmiths LLP's team is led by Kath Livingstone and Mark Elder. Key work included successfully acting for Lee Sharpe and other high-profile individuals in phone hacking claims against Mirror Group Newspapers Limited; and acting for Derwent Holdings Limited in securing the removal of confidential information from an online blog.

Simmons & Simmons’ client list includes major international financial institutions, insurers, asset managers and professional services firms. Paul Baker and Robert Allen handle reputation management issues arising from all forms of published material including social media commentary.


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