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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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This chapter aims to reflect the capabilities of law firms which best demonstrate an ability to advise clients on anticipating and managing different types of business risks.

The unprecedented legal, political and economic uncertainty created by the outcome of the UK’s EU referendum in 2016 was further exacerbated by the result of the 2017 General Election, which raised additional questions in terms of the UK’s approach during the negotiations. In order to provide effective legal and strategic commercial advice to clients on Brexit, law firms are increasingly having to demonstrate a co-ordinated approach across their businesses as well as, where possible, a sense of the UK government’s overall long-term direction of travel (through anticipating and shaping policy, for example, and working with industry and trade associations on their engagements with government).

Corporate governance also creates challenges for businesses, as they seek to establish structures and implement policies and procedures which balance the interests of all stakeholders, including shareholders, management, suppliers and financial backers. In 2016, the UK government published a Green Paper on reform of the existing corporate governance framework, with a particular focus on executive pay, increasing connections between boards of directors and other stakeholders, and the extension to private companies of certain features of the corporate governance regime which currently apply to listed companies. The Conservative Party manifesto also featured a number of proposals in this area.

On a related front, the legal market reports robust activity in the areas of internal and regulatory investigations, with clients seeking advice on matters involving allegations of corruption, bribery and money laundering. Some corners of the market have expressed concern at government proposals to shut down the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) and incorporate it back into the National Crime Agency, with the SFO widely hailed as an effective investigator and prosecutor of white-collar crime.

Elsewhere, in the data protection arena, a major talking point has been the EU’s adoption of the General Data Protection Regulation in 2016; it comes into effect in May 2018, so will remain a popular topic for a while. Advice in this area is increasingly being sought by clients as their reliance on technology for general day-to-day business increases. The replacement of the US-EU Safe Harbour framework with the Privacy Shield framework has generated some uncertainty, with numerous companies unclear as to how the change will affect their ability to move data outside of the EU.

In the area of reputation management, the recent Katie Hopkins v Jack Monroe case grabbed the market’s attention, particularly with there being an increased focus on libel issues and defamation on social media. Phone hacking has been another driver of activity for law firms, acting either for the victims or the newspapers allegedly involved.


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Allen & Overy LLP leverages its global platform, and depth of sector expertise, to advise clients on a firm-wide basis on the commercial and legal implications of Brexit on their operations. It is particularly active in the financial services sector, where members of its multidisciplinary team advise banks, asset managers and other financial institutions on all aspects of their contingency planning, such as future market access options, and the costs and risks of business restructuring and relocating, among other concerns. The firm also provides strategic advice to international corporates in other sectors, such as energy and life sciences, and consults with industry associations and government. Daniel Shurman, Richard Cranfield, Kate Sumpter and Damian Carolan are among the contacts at the firm.

Clifford Chance, whose service is β€˜of the highest order’, not only provides legal advice to its clients but also spends a significant amount of time engaging with industry associations such as the CBI, AFME and BBA. It has a first-rate public policy practice, which sees members of the London office operating alongside experts across the network to anticipate changes in public policy and assist clients in formulating commercial strategies; Phillip Souta is the head of the firm’s UK public policy team. Another pillar of the firm’s work is on the international trade side, where it advises businesses and trade bodies on post-Brexit trade issues, including matters involving WTO law, GATTS and trade barrier regulations. Jessica Gladstone has direct experience of negotiating multilateral treaties, and has represented the UK at the UN and other international institutions. She and Jenine Hulsmann are advising Γ‰lectricitΓ© de France (EDF) on the potential impact on the Hinckley nuclear project of the UK trading with the EU under WTO rules. Shell and ITV are other clients.

Dechert LLP’s β€˜cutting-edge and innovative advice’ on Brexit-related issues stems from β€˜its genuine expertise in trade and EU law’; it is β€˜the go-to firm’ in this space. It also stands out for β€˜its deep understanding of the inner workings of government and the Brexit negotiating teams on the UK and EU sides’. The firm’s capabilities in these areas put it on a strong footing to advise clients from a variety of sectors on strategic steps to mitigate the risks arising from possible outcomes of the Brexit negotiations, and also to maximise opportunities. The team also provides advice to clients on their engagement with investors, customers and governments, among other parties. Singled out for particular praise are Miriam Gonzalez and senior director Andrew Hood, who are both β€˜technically excellent, well connected and very personable’. Gonzalez, who has experience of EU and WTO trade negotiations (having acted as lead EU negotiator on the WTO Basic Agreement on Telecommunications), also has extensive expertise in export controls and EU internal market regulations, among other areas. Hood joined the firm in March 2016, having previously served as a legal adviser to former prime minister David Cameron. Complementing its depth of legal expertise, the firm works with firms of accountants to enable clients to consider the economic implications of Brexit, and also liaises with political experts in France and Germany.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has been advising clients on the implications of a possible UK exit from the EU since 2015, which has not only involved considering potential models of Brexit but also assessments of sector and business-specific issues. Ros Kellaway and Stephen Hill led a team which worked in conjunction with PwC to evaluate the impact of Brexit on the UK’s solar photovoltaic industry. Andrew Henderson, who has more than 15 years of experience as a financial services lawyer, has been advising debt fund Stone Harbor Capital on the impact of Brexit for its business, including the loss of marketing and management passports under the AIFMD, and has also provided strategic advice on its post-Brexit options. James Lindop has been advising global businesses on trade-related issues, including the likely impact of the UK falling back on WTO rules to manage its international trade. In addition to advising businesses, the firm has also maintained close links with government bodies and trade associations. Kellaway and corporate partner Rachel Broquard lead the firm’s Brexit group.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP attracts praise for β€˜its very proactive approach to identifying the legal challenges Brexit presents’; it has been β€˜quick off the blocks (compared to the competition) in pulling together a competent Brexit team’. Gavin Williams heads the practice, which draws on the firm’s longstanding track record in trade/WTO law and its sector expertise in areas such as financial services, energy, FMCG and industrial/manufacturing. Recent highlights include advising an investment fund on the potential impact of Brexit on trade in apparel products between the UK and EU, and advising a producer of consumer products on customs considerations for certain products. Brussels-based Lode Van den Hende has recently been appointed to TheCityUK’s international trade and investment group. Consultant Eric White, who is also Brussels-based, led the Trade Policy and WTO group at the European Commission’s Legal Service. James Palmer has more than 20 years’ experience working with the UK government, UK regulators and the European Commission on the development of various business regulations. Financial services regulatory expert Andrew Procter is also highly regarded. The firm adds value beyond pure legal advice, with one client reporting that β€˜its seminars covered all the areas we wanted to have covered, were pitched at just the right level for the audience, and demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter’.

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a dedicated Brexit taskforce, which includes founding members Peter Watts and Charles Brasted (β€˜an exceptional individual and professional’) and is led by managing partner Susan Bright. It works with businesses and industry associations to anticipate and shape the legal and policy considerations arising from Brexit through active engagement with government, and also to manage the commercial implications. The firm is particularly active in the regulated sectors which are most immediately affected by Brexit, such as financial services, energy, media, insurance and pharmaceuticals. Rachel Kent is leading the firm’s response to financial services clients, and has chaired TheCityUK’s working group on third country regimes and other alternatives to passporting. Elsewhere in the network, Brussels-based Hugo Paemen and Warren Maruyama in Washington DC have experience in negotiating trade agreements. The firm is appreciated for its β€˜extraordinarily helpful events, webinars and raft of publications’, which complement its core legal advice.

Linklaters LLP’s specialist team covers Brexit from a range of angles and jurisdictions, which includes monitoring legal and institutional developments in the EU, and also producing thought leadership pieces and client briefings on specific topics to assist clients in their contingency planning. The firm has been particularly active working with UK and European trade and professional bodies, and was recently appointed as Brexit counsel by the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA); Mark Brown, Deepak Sitlani and others act as legal counsel to the association. Michael Kent, Peter Bevan and Harry Eddis also have financial services sector expertise, while other sector strengths include energy and utilities, and TMT. Patrick Robinson gave oral evidence on the impact of Brexit on the UK justice system to the House of Commons Justice Committee. Sir Christopher Bellamy QC heads the group.

Norton Rose Fulbright recently strengthened its offering by hiring consultant Milagros Miranda; she has previous experience serving as a Peruvian representative to the WTO and was involved in negotiating free trade agreements between Peru and the EU, as well as South Korea, Japan and EFTA. Beyond providing core legal advice to clients on the commercial and legal implications of Brexit, the firm has provided industry support; Peter Snowdon, for instance, provided evidence to the House of Lords EU financial affairs sub-committee inquiry on the impact of Brexit on financial services, and Jonathan Herbst and Hannah Meakin assisted the newly established Financial Services Negotiation Forum in an investigation into the post-Brexit options available to the UK financial services industry. Emma Giddings, who co-heads the Brexit team with Martin Coleman, has spoken at industry events on the impact of Brexit on the aviation and wider transport sector. Bob Haken, who has particular expertise in the insurance industry, is another key contact.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s cross-border, multidisciplinary Brexit team is led by Guy Lougher, and handles a wide range of complex commercial, legal and strategic issues for clients across a wide range of sectors, including life sciences and education. Euan Smith led the advice to Universities UK on the legal implications of the UK’s departure from the EU on the level of student tuition fees and the availability of student loans. The group also provides guidance to industry bodies and committees, and has been invited to participate in panel discussions by a number of trade associations, and also to advise government departments. Andrew Henderson leads a public policy team which assists clients in understanding the implications of Brexit and provides advice on effective engagement with government. Other key contacts in the group include Alan Davis; financial regulatory expert Elizabeth Budd; and Robbie Owen, who leads the government affairs team.

Bindmans LLP provides strategic advice to clients on issues connected with employment law, immigration law, public law and human rights, and family law. It also undertakes legal policy work. On the contentious side, John Halford represented the crowd-funded People’s Challenge group in R (Miller and Dos Santos) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union. Subsequent to the case, Halford also assisted the client with briefing MPs and peers on entrenching parliamentary sovereignty and protecting individual rights in the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill. Halford also commissioned the Three Knights Opinion on whether or not Article 50 notification could be withdrawn once invoked, and Parliament’s right to take the final decision at the end of negotiations. Alison Stanley has expertise in EEA-related immigration law. Other key figures include Liz Barratt, Jamie Potter, Shah Qureshi and Selman Ansari.

Corporate governance

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Addleshaw Goddard provides β€˜very practical, business-focused advice, which is drawn from market experience’ to directors, general counsel and company secretaries. Will Chalk heads up the governance and compliance practice, which advises on issues connected with directors’ duties, annual reports and other regulatory reporting requirements, AGMs (conduct and procedure), and reviews of company constitutions, among other matters. The multidisciplinary team also handles areas ancillary to corporate governance; Chris Brennan is β€˜one of the key, go-to people’ for regulatory investigations and enforcement, particularly in the context of FCA enforcement and criminal prosecutions. Jonathan Fletcher Rogers and Nicky Griffin have expertise in employee incentive schemes and associated corporate governance issues. Adam Bennett and Ben Koehne, who specialise in acting for building societies and other mutual organisations, have been advising financial services clients on the implementation of the Senior Managers Regime. Associate Richard Preston β€˜thinks past legislation to provide holistic advice’.

Allen & Overy LLP has a strong track record assisting publicly listed companies across a broad cross-section of operational matters and regulatory risks; corporate partner David Broadley, senior corporate assistants Kate Astley, Victoria Rankmore and others advise Direct Insurance Group (among many other clients) on annual reporting, AGM preparation and other corporate governance matters on an ongoing basis. The firm also advises clients in relation to executive remuneration, anti-money laundering/anti-fraud and reviews of corporate policies. In a novel highlight, Simon Toms was the lead adviser to DeepMind Technologies on establishing an independent panel to scrutinise its use of artificial intelligence. Richard Cranfield and Richard Browne advise Electra on activist shareholder matters.

Baker McKenzie’s clients β€˜have nothing but positive things to say about the firm’. Its cross-practice team excels in assisting international clients with various aspects of their UK operations, including establishing and implementing corporate governance policies and procedures for their UK entities, and providing board-level advice on issues associated with cross-border redomestications. In other areas, the firm provides compliance advice on best practice guidelines, as well as rules and regulations, such as the Market Abuse Regulation, the UK Takeover Code and the Financial Services Act. Regulatory and internal investigations are other areas of strength. The firm also demonstrates notable capabilities in a wide range of crisis situations (including instances where corporates are in financial distress or where there are hostile bidders). The β€˜very attentive’ Helen Bradley is recommended along with other highly regarded individuals such as Dyann Heward-Mills, Roy Pearce, Sunny Mann, and practice head Beatriz PessΓ΄a de AraΓΊjo.

At Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, where β€˜there is no sitting on the fence’, a dedicated corporate governance advisory team works with practitioners active in areas such as employment and dispute resolution to cover a full range of governance issues. The firm has a strong client following of private companies and listed companies (it acts for 37 FTSE 100 companies alone), and advises on matters such as executive remuneration, directors’ duties, company constitutions, corporate reporting and AGMs. Clients include Associated British Foods, G4S and BP. The firm also undertakes a significant amount of contentious and non-contentious work for financial institutions, with recent work including advice to banking and insurance sector clients on the implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, as well as the Senior Insurance Managers Regime. Karen Anderson, Hywel Jenkins, Alex Kay and Andrew Procter are recommended for their financial services expertise, and Carol Shutkever and Paul Ellerman jointly lead the corporate governance advisory team. Senior partner James Palmer β€˜tells the story as it is and is not afraid to confront difficult issues’. Senior associate Gareth Sykes is also highly regarded.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s breadth and depth of expertise enable it to provide a comprehensive service to UK and international listed and unlisted companies, as well as directors, officers and shareholders. Head of the corporate governance unit Andrew Pearson and Maegen Morrison have previously advised longstanding client SABMiller on issues such as its policies on whistleblowing and document retention, reviews of annual reports and accounts, and the establishment of governance arrangements in relation to international joint ventures. Another key client is MP Evans Group, with Richard Ufland and counsel Philip Corser recently advising on constitutional matters, its compliance with the Corporate Governance Code (prior to its AIM admission) and AGM-related issues. Mars, Paysafe Group and Acal also instruct the firm. Paul Randall leads a team focused on employee share incentives. In the area of white-collar crime and fraud, Crispin Rapinet provides management boards with multi-jurisdictional preventative and compliance advice, and also assists in relation to investigations brought by national agencies, as well as follow-up enforcement action.

Linklaters LLP established a specialist operational intelligence group in 2014 to provide business-critical advice on risk management, governance and regulatory compliance, as well as corporate sustainability. Tom Shropshire, Vanessa Havard-Williams and Satindar Dogra co-head the team, which assists clients in formulating and monitoring governance and compliance models, risk assessments, reporting and disclosure requirements, and crisis management. It also deals with a wide variety of ancillary issues, such as anti-bribery/money laundering, data protection and human rights. Shropshire acts for corporate clients located worldwide, and was the lead adviser to the United Nations Global Compact and principal draftsperson of the Guide for General Counsel on Corporate Sustainability. Dogra and others have been advising News Corporation’s independent Management and Standards Committee on investigations into phone hacking and various other matters at News UK. Richard Cumbley has extensive expertise in the privacy implications of new technology, data security incidents and privacy litigation. Elsewhere, the firm acts for a broad cross-section of clients in the financial services industry, including banks, asset managers and wealth management firms. Managing associates Rachel Barrett, Lucy Blake and John Stone are other active members of the team.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s global platform enables it to cater to the needs of financial institutions, individual directors and FTSE 100/FTSE 250 companies in a variety of domestic and cross-border matters. Under the leadership of Chris Pearson, the team advises on a wide range of non-contentious issues, including AGMs and annual reporting obligations, board composition, conflicts policies, and regulatory compliance. The firm also handles internal investigations, and is well versed in domestic and multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and enforcement action. Neil O’May specialises in defending global organisations and individuals against criminal prosecutions connected with corporate and white-collar offences. Another key contact is Sam Eastwood, who assists clients in designing, monitoring and testing compliance policies and procedures in relation to issues such as anti-corruption and financial crime. Jonathan Herbst, Peter Snowdon and senior associate Charlotte Henry all have UK and EU financial services regulatory expertise. Anglo Pacific, HSBC and Trinity Mirror are among the firm’s clients in this space.

Travers Smith LLP β€˜marries deep knowledge with practical advice’ on governance, risk management and regulatory compliance. Highly regarded senior counsel Laura Summerfield leads a team of corporate lawyers advising Main Market and AIM-listed companies – the firm acts for more than 60 – on governance regulation and best practice management, in particular issues such as board composition and succession planning, remuneration policies, the management of hostile shareholders, and directors’ duties. On the anti-bribery and anti-corruption front, Richard Brown handles contentious and non-contentious matters for global businesses across multiple sectors, including ensuring their policies, procedures and structures are compliant with the UK Bribery Act, and also advises on internal investigations and regulatory defence. Doug Bryden heads up a separate area of the firm’s corporate governance offering, which focuses on wider operational, social and environmental risks; this involves developing and reviewing clients’ governance procedures, and ensuring that they meet certain standards on issues such as human rights, modern slavery and corporate regulatory compliance (including export control and sanctions).

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

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Bird & Bird LLP’s β€˜highly impressive’ five-partner team β€˜stands out from the crowd’ as β€˜an obvious leader in the field’ and is led by β€˜industry doyen’ Ruth Boardman, who β€˜has her finger on the pulse and exceptional insight into the industry and its workings’. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) work has been prominent for the team, with recent highlights including advising Treatwell on a GDPR compliance programme. The group is also highly regarded for its expertise in the advertising, financial services, pharmaceutical, health and technology sectors; its impressive client roster includes the European Digital Advertising Alliance, Adobe, Associated British Foods, and Time. Consultant Francis Aldhouse specialises in information law and policy-related issues; James Mullock’s expertise encompasses data protection, freedom of information and cyber law; and Graham Smith acts for a range of telecoms and internet clients and has substantial experience in the field of state surveillance. Clients also single out Gabriel Voisin (who made partner in 2017), senior associate Elizabeth Upton and Heledd Lloyd-Jones.

β€˜One of the best firms in the area’, Bristows LLP has an β€˜excellent’ department, which is β€˜technically strong, extremely responsive and highly considerate of the client’s needs’. The firm’s contentious strength (in areas including data breaches) sits alongside substantial expertise in global compliance programmes and privacy issues. It advised Google in the EU and US on the development and implementation of a GDPR strategy, and is assisting Samsung Electronics in relation to the data protection elements of its digital marketing operations. Other recent highlights include advising Facebook on its entry into the EU-US Privacy Shield, and acting for NBC Universal and Comcast on the development of a global data compliance programme. IBM, Amazon Web Services, British Airways and Dolby are also clients. Mark Watts, who has β€˜incredible knowledge which he applies in a highly commercial way’, leads the team, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Robert Bond and his team from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Of counsel Christopher Millard and Hannah Crowther are also recommended.

Covington & Burling LLP is also ranked.

With a substantial global platform to draw upon and a high-profile client roster including Virgin Media, Delta Airlines and EDF Energy, Dentons covers the full gamut of data protection issues including regulatory compliance, cybersecurity and international privacy. Department head Nick Graham is β€˜one of the go-to names in the field’; his recent work includes advising John Lewis on various data protection strategies and data transfers, and acting for One Savings Bank on GDPR compliance. Martin Fanning attracts high praise from clients, and is noted for his β€˜practical advice and all-encompassing sector knowledge’; he is handling Virgin Atlantic’s data protection governance projects; assisted Daily Mail and General Trust with a global data governance project; and advised Intralinks on the data issues related to its secure collaboration and virtual data room suite solutions. Scott Singer is a key name to note for international data transfers; he is advising First Data on compliance issues following the approval of its BCRs. Senior associate Simon Elliott is also recommended.

Delivering β€˜excellent service from the entire team’, Fieldfisher is β€˜hands down one of the leaders in the field’ and is β€˜unbeatable in terms of client care and industry knowledge’. Hazel Grant attracts praise for her β€˜strong technical prowess’ and leads the group; Phil Lee has β€˜a deep understanding of the law, the industry’s issues and his clients’ needs’; Antonis Patrikios is β€˜one of the best lawyers on the scene. His extremely courteous approach makes him a one-of-a-kind leader’; and senior associate Nuria Pastor β€˜has a great grasp of the market’s nuances’. Renzo Marchini recently joined the firm from Dechert LLP. The group advises on regulatory compliance, data security breaches, data disputes, freedom of information requests and international data projects for a high-profile client list including LinkedIn, Expedia and Nintendo. Recent work includes advising Whole Foods Market Services on the implementation of a compliant EU data protection strategy, and advising on European and Asian privacy policies for Abercrombie & Fitch.

Eduardo Ustaran (β€˜one of the market’s true characters and standout individuals’) heads the department at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which recently advised Verizon on its adoption of binding safe processor rules; acted for Ghostery on the implementation of the European Commission’s β€˜cookie consent’ rules; and assisted the government of Bermuda with the drafting and implementation of data protection legislation allowing Bermudian companies to receive personal data originally from Europe. The team’s client roster also includes the British Heart Foundation and the Information Technology Industry Council, with Ustaran recently advising the latter on issues surrounding the EU-US Privacy Shield framework. Counsel Sian Rudgard regularly advises multinational companies on cross-border compliance programmes and BCRs, and was recently involved in successfully handling Salesforce’s controller and processor BCR applications. Also recommended is counsel Victoria Hordern, who was part of a team which assisted Publicis in implementing a group-wide privacy programme.

Linklaters LLP’s β€˜fantastic expertise and outstanding pragmatism’ set it apart as β€˜a genuinely brilliant practice at the top of its game’. β€˜Quality lawyer’ Richard Cumbley heads the firm’s TMT and IP team, which features Julian Cunningham-Day, Georgina Kon (who made partner in 2016) and β€˜utterly brilliant’ senior counsel Peter Church, with associate Alaister Johnson also recommended. The group utilises the firm’s global reach to advise on a wide range of cross-border issues including privacy matters and international compliance projects. Its track record includes acting for UBS, Live Nation, Disney, HSBC, Thomson Reuters and State Street.

Allen & Overy LLP provides clients with β€˜a combination of brilliant technical advice and an utterly pragmatic approach that makes it a pleasure to work with’. The β€˜excellent’ Jane Finlayson-Brown leads the department, which advises across the full gamut of issues at a national and global level and has notable expertise in the financial, retail, technology and health sectors. In a recent highlight, Finlayson-Brown advised WM Morrison Supermarkets on the unauthorised online publication of employee personal data. Nigel Parker acted for a global bank in civil and criminal litigation against a hacker following a cyber attack which compromised the bank’s systems, and handled various data privacy issues for Four Seasons Hotels including GDPR compliance, cross-border data transfers and employee privacy notices. Parker also led advice to a major pharmaceutical company on its GDPR compliance and several privacy projects, and is the key name in the group for cybersecurity issues. Other clients include Tullett Prebon and Endemol Shine Group.

Baker McKenzie β€˜is building a strong practice in this area’ under the leadership of the β€˜genuinely excellent’ Dyann Heward-Mills, who is recognised for her cybersecurity expertise. She and Harry Small recently worked with L’OrΓ©al, advising on its data retention and deletion policy and its customer-facing privacy policy. Of counsel Nadia Banno defended Associated Newspapers in a data protection claim brought by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis relating to two articles published by MailOnline. Symantec, Google, Netflix, BBC Trust and Pinterest are also key clients. Small is highly regarded for his cross-border advice on data protection compliance, and also attracts praise for his experience in relation to data security breaches. Julia Wilson leads the firm’s employment data protection group, advising on compliance and global strategies, and senior associate Benjamin Slinn advises on compliance projects and international data transfers.

Emma Burnett, who is β€˜an excellent advocate you will see in the trenches when negotiations are underway’, heads the practice at CMS, which β€˜is starting to play in the upper leagues’ following its merger with legacy firms Nabarro LLP and Olswang LLP. The expanded team includes John Armstrong, the β€˜hardworking and diligent’ Ian Stevens, Sam De Silva, the β€˜highly pragmatic’ Elle Todd (who heads the firm’s digital and data team) and litigator Dan Tench. The team’s impressive client roster also includes Ford Credit, National Grid, Fiat, Metlife and Great Portland Estates; De Silva recently advised the latter on its compliance with UK data protection and privacy laws. In another highlight, Tench represented three Safari users whose data was obtained without their consent in a breach of confidence and privacy claim. The team is also recommended for cybersecurity issues, multi-jurisdictional projects and GDPR compliance.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP β€˜has built an experienced and efficient team’ under Paula Barrett’s leadership. Clients also praise Liz Fitzsimons, who is β€˜perhaps the most experienced person in the market when it comes to contentious freedom of information matters and environmental information work’ and is β€˜a true heavyweight in the space, with vast knowledge at her fingertips’; and Gayle McFarlane, who re-joined the firm in 2016 from an in-house position and has a specialism in the interaction between technology and data protection. Recent mandates include advising National Grid Gas on the data protection and freedom of information elements of the separation and sale of its distribution business; advising a vehicle manufacturer on the data protection and e-privacy elements surrounding connected cars and proposals to collect data-roaming memory data from the vehicles when used; and assisting an industrial client in the multi-jurisdictional roll-out of data loss prevention and security tools. Other clients include Specsavers, Honda Europe, Hilton, Capital One Bank and the British Library.

Key data protection lawyers at Hunton & Williams include practice head Bridget Treacy, senior consultant Rosemary Jay and managing partner Aaron Simpson, who joined the London office in 2016 from his previous position in the firm’s New York office. The team has substantial expertise in GDPR and Privacy Shield compliance, and is advising multiple clients in the technology, retail and financial sectors on compliance programmes. It also advised a technology company on a cybersecurity incident, assisted a client in the development and implementation of a global privacy and data security programme, and advised on the data protection elements of various cross-border transactions. Clients include Procter & Gamble, Morgan Stanley, Google, UPS and AQR Capital Management. Senior associate Anita Bapat is recommended, and regularly acts on cross-border data transfer issues.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s β€˜first-class team’ has β€˜exceptional technical knowledge and business sense’, making it an β€˜up-and-coming leader in the field’. Its expertise encompasses cybersecurity breaches, litigation, regulatory compliance, and freedom of information requests. In a recent highlight, it advised the Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police on multiple subject access and freedom of information requests. The University of Surrey, Google and Facebook are also clients. Marc Dautlich (β€˜an industry leading practitioner who is personable and knowledgeable, and scans the horizon for his clients to anticipate oncoming risks’) heads the team, which includes Cerys Wyn Davies in Birmingham; contentious specialist David Barker, who is β€˜a fantastic, client-focused lawyer who is happy to roll up his sleeves and deliver advice at the top level’; newly promoted partner Ian Birdsey, who is recommended for cybersecurity issues; and senior associate Kathryn Wynn, who advises financial services clients.

Stewart Room leads PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s β€˜brilliant’ practice, which continued to grow with the hire of James Drury-Smith from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP and Kate Macmillan from Collyer Bristow LLP. Macmillan attracts praise as β€˜a real star in the space, who is building a formidable team around her’; she is β€˜a very clever litigator with huge experience, and is masterful at managing tricky cases’. The practice, which β€˜has made a real impact in the market’, is recognised as a leader for compliance projects and recently handled GDPR compliance programmes for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Huawei Technologies, Prudential, Sainsbury’s Bank and State Street. It also delivered a privacy transformation project for Otsuka Pharmaceutical, and assisted Intel in reviewing the data protection practices of its outsourced service providers in India. Other clients include BBC Worldwide, Dixons Carphone, Network Rail, Visa Europe and TalkTalk Telecom Group.

Taylor Wessing LLP gives β€˜outstanding specialist advice’; it is β€˜presented in a digestible format which is refreshingly pragmatic and solution-focused’, and β€˜cuts to the material point, stripped of unnecessary prose’. The practice is led by Vinod Bange, whose β€˜extensive, specialist knowledge shines through his pragmatic, commercial and client-oriented advice’ – he β€˜avoids unnecessary legalese: a rare trait for data protection lawyers’. Other key individuals are technology sector specialist Christopher Jeffrey and litigator Paul Glass, who acts on data security breaches and contractual disputes. The team is highly regarded for its expertise in global compliance projects and data export matters; recent examples include advising KPMG on international GDPR compliance issues, handling the data elements of Sky UK’s investment into iflix (a Southeast Asian streaming TV service), and assisting Just Eat in relation to its global data protection compliance programme. The department also advised News Corporation on the data protection elements of its Β£220m public takeover of Wireless Group.

Cooley (UK) LLP’s key practitioners include Ann Bevitt; Mark Deem, who specialises in contentious issues; and Sarah Pearce, who regularly handles e-commerce and data analytics matters. Chris Coulter is also recommended, and has notable transactional expertise, particularly in the technology and telecoms sectors; he recently led advice to the NFU Mutual on its cyber risk programme. Other recent work includes assisting Nikon Europe in relation to the privacy and cookie policies surrounding a new product launch; advising Lucozade Ribena Suntory on data protection guidelines for its employees and contractors; and advising Leidos on data processing agreements relating to the international roll-out of its whistleblowing hotline and website. Senseonics and Tracemyfile are also clients.

DLA Piper utilises its international footprint to advise on global compliance projects, particularly in the financial services, retail and pharmaceutical sectors. The team also assisted the Health and Social Care Information Centre in relation to the data protection aspects of its exit from several large outsourcing contracts, while other clients include Asda, Creative Content UK, Aviva, the London Stock Exchange, Boston Consulting Group and InterContinental Hotels Group. Practice head Ross McKean advises clients on data governance and compliance, breach responses, cybersecurity and global sourcing projects. The team also includes the β€˜highly knowledgeable’ Andrew Dyson and associate Rachel de Souza.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s team attracts praise for its β€˜fantastic level of service, paired with very responsive and practical guidance and an efficient approach’. Andrew Moir is global head of the firm’s cybersecurity team; his recent work includes advising an online retailer on a data breach, including contact with data privacy regulators following the release of details highlighting a flaw in its Android and iPhone apps and the subsequent online publication of customer data; and assisting a consortium of global banks in the creation of the Cyber Defence Alliance. Marcus Turle is the key name in the data protection team, which also includes Nick Pantlin, employment specialist Christine Young and senior associate Duc Tran. Pantlin and Tran advised Tabcorp on data compliance issues following an acquisition. Hays, RBS and Standard Life are also clients.

Kemp Little LLP’s expertise in the financial services and technology sectors is apparent from its client roster, which includes Winton Capital Management, Onzo, PhotoBox and Close Brothers. The β€˜innovative’ department, which has β€˜an uncommon willingness to add value both within and outside specific instructions’, is led by Nicola Fulford and also features commercial technology practice head Calum Murray as a key practitioner; he is highly regarded for contractual and regulatory data protection matters. Notable areas of strength for the practice include advising on online operations, cloud-related data issues and international data transfers, and it also assists with data breaches and cybersecurity issues, employment-related data protection matters, and GDPR compliance.

Latham & Watkins is noted for its β€˜strong and up-to-date technical knowledge and ability to communicate well with lawyers and non-lawyers alike’; its β€˜commercial awareness is attractive to clients’. The team is led by the β€˜excellent’ Gail Crawford, whose recent work includes representing Facebook in abuse of dominance proceedings relating to alleged data protection violations; advising VimpelCom on the data protection issues surrounding the launch of its VEON digital platform; and assisting Majestic in relation to its GDPR compliance framework and third party data breach notification issues. Time, Addison Lee and EY are also noteworthy clients. Andrew Moyle and Oliver Browne are also recommended.

Lewis Silkin LLP is noted for its β€˜good knowledge of the law, combined with providing practical and useful advice that enables it to meet the everyday challenges its clients face’. Practice head Simon Morrissey primarily focuses on data issues in the advertising, marketing and media sectors; his recent work includes advising on the privacy elements of marketing campaigns and freedom of information matters. Ellen Temperton is the key member in the team for workplace privacy issues and employment-related data matters; Nathalie Moreno, who joined fromCharles Russell Speechlys LLP, regularly handles multi-jurisdictional projects, David Deakin focuses on technology and digital content matters; James Gill specialises in consumer and e-commerce issues; and Giles Crown is the key name for contentious work.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s β€˜practical, approachable and friendly’ team β€˜pulls out all the stops’ for a client list including BMW, Bank of Montreal, Telstra Global, PayPal and Deliveroo. Highlights included acting for NetScout on its GDPR compliance and similar requirements in India and China; providing a data breach response service to AIG; and producing a GDPR-compliant privacy notice form for Lloyds Market Association. Key areas of expertise include international data transfers, compliance policy audits and data breaches. The β€˜excellent’ Marcus Evans heads the group, which also features litigator Jonathan Ball, IP team head Mike Knapper and insurance expert Ffion Flockhart. Clients also praise senior associate Miranda Byrne Hill, who has β€˜strong technical knowledge’.

Osborne Clarke LLP provides β€˜quick, accurate and carefully judged advice to clients facing cybersecurity issues’, and recently advised Yahoo! EMEA on a range of data protection issues relating to its digital advertising business. Further highlights included assisting Wirecard Group with the data elements of the payment processing delivery methods used in its mobile payment technology; handling multiple cross-border privacy projects for Alibaba; and representing Russian businessman Vladimir Scherbakov in a data privacy claim against the Daily Mail relating to issues of misidentification. Mark Taylor leads the department, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Will Robertson and Ashley Hurst from Bond Dickinson LLP and legacy Olswang LLP respectively. Robertson is highly regarded for his cross-border data transfer expertise. Hurst focuses on litigation and is β€˜a rising star with a deserved reputation as a high-quality lawyer’.

Highlights for the β€˜excellent’ team at Paul Hastings LLP included advising Masimo on a cross-border privacy project including an international personal data transfer; assisting Lloyds Bank with GDPR compliance issues; and advising Telogis on data protection compliance obligations surrounding moving vehicles and telematics. The team also acted for American Express on the development of an audit structure for GDPR compliance, and is assisting Samsung Europe with the data storage and transfer aspects of the implementation of Samsung Pay in UK and Europe. Key names in the team include Suzanne Horne, whose focus is on employee-related privacy matters including outsourcings and TUPE issues; and Ben Regnard-Weinrabe, who is recommended for regulatory advice. Ashley Winton joined McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP.

Noted for its β€˜tailor-made advice’, Reed Smith LLP is β€˜one of the best for client care’. Cynthia O’Donoghue is β€˜first class in terms of industry knowledge’ and leads the department. In a recent highlight, she led advice to the BBC on the development and launch of myBBC and related GDPR compliance issues. She also acted for Ascensia Diabetes Care on the data protection elements of a cross-border business sale, and advised Badoo Trading on the preparation of a GDPR compliance programme relating to its website and mobile app. Abbott Laboratories, CondΓ© Nast International and Koch Industries are also clients.

John Casanova heads the practice at Sidley Austin LLP, which β€˜delivers an integrated, seamless service’ and includes the highly rated William Long; his β€˜forward-thinking and proactive approach keeps him ahead of the curve’, and his advice is β€˜thorough, timely and on the leading edge’. Also recommended are counsel Geraldine Scali, who regularly handles cross-border data transfers, and associates Francesca Blythe and Vishnu Shankar; Blythe is β€˜impressive, experienced and incredibly personable’, and Shankar has β€˜excellent attention to detail, an amazing work ethic and tremendous research skills’. The department recently advised Goldman Sachs on GDPR issues and the implications of Brexit on UK data privacy, and assisted Helsinn Group with GDPR regulation and international data transfers.

Travers Smith LLP is β€˜very responsive, with excellent technical knowledge’ and β€˜understands the market, which is incredibly helpful to clients’. It advised new client Deliveroo on a wide variety of data protection and privacy matters; assisted the Ambassador Theatre Group in relation to the data protection elements of its roll-out of a new online ticketing platform and app; handled the storage and processing of Greatbatch’s European employee database in the US; and advised ETF Securities on an overhaul of its data protection compliance regime. Prudential, Attenda and Trainline are also clients. Practice head Dan Reavill is recommended along with Louisa Chambers, who is β€˜knowledgeable, affable and a superb asset no matter the issue’.

At Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, Richard Dickinson leads the team and is recommended for his experience in cross-border data transfers, processing issues, matters relating to the EU-US Privacy Shield and data breaches; he recently advised Virtual Doctors on the data protection requirements surrounding medical data. The department also includes employment specialist Henry Clinton-Davis, who has a particular focus on the transfer of employee data outside Europe and pan-European data protection policies; corporate partner Jeremy Willcocks; and Rob Bratby, who handles cross-border matters involving Europe and Asia and joined the group in early 2017 from legacy firm Olswang LLP.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s β€˜insightful’ practice is now led by Kate Brimsted following Ian De Freitas’ move to Farrer & Co; Brimsted joined the group from Reed Smith LLP in early 2017 and is highly regarded for data protection strategies and compliance, particularly relating to GDPR. The team, which sits within the firm’s commercial department, advises on data transactions and personal data issues, with a particular emphasis on the transport, energy and financial services sectors. Consultant Tamara Quinn is recommended for non-contentious mandates including data mapping, audits and GDPR compliance.

Bond Dickinson LLP has notable expertise in the retail, financial services and public sectors, with a client base including Kingfisher, AIG, Old Mutual Wealth, NHS Digital and New Look. Among its recent highlights, litigation specialist Andrew Parsons advised an international retailer following the theft of a portable device containing customer data and the subsequent ICO investigation; practice head Andrew Kimble acted for an international telecoms provider on a data security breach involving fraudsters accessing customer account information; and Peter Given advised Hibu on the procurement of SAP’s Cloud for Customer platform and related data protection issues. Jackie Gray heads the freedom of information practice.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s team is led by Mark Gleeson, who joined in 2016 from Squire Patton Boggs and is highly regarded for his experience in global data compliance projects, freedom of information, cyber breaches and data projects. Other key team members include Helena Wootton, who is the key figure in the team for freedom of information matters, and Ros Foster, who primarily acts for public sector clients. The firm’s client base includes Experian, National Trust, the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, NHS England and Oasis Charitable Trust.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is β€˜a first-rate practice in the insurance space’ and has β€˜a deep and sound understanding of the insurance industry that sets it apart from others, paired with a positive and pragmatic approach and excellent client care’; the team handles data breaches and regulatory matters for a client list which includes Hiscox, Beazley and QBE. Practice head Rhiannon Webster is recommended for cross-border data transfers, and the team also includes litigator Hans Allnutt, Bristol-based public sector specialist Rosalind Ashcroft, and Emma Bate, who is β€˜a pleasure to work with’.

John Benjamin leads the department at DWF, which attracts praise for its data breach experience; in a recent work example, Benjamin and Andrew Harris defended WM Morrison Supermarkets in a civil claim brought by employees whose confidential data was published online by a former colleague. The team also includes senior associate Joshua Fineman, who is recommended for contentious matters, and director Elaine Fletcher in Leeds, who recently advised American Eagle Outfitters on its UK and Europe data protection compliance. Evergreen Life, Yodel, Arcadia and Amlin are also clients.

Highlights for Harbottle & Lewis LLP included advising Open Table International on its UK data protection compliance, assisting Hindawi with an audit of its data protection and marketing practices, and advising Virgin Red on data compliance including the collection and sharing of third party sources of data. Daniel Tozer and Jo Sanders jointly lead the group; Tozer focuses on non-contentious commercial data protection, while Sanders is recommended for contentious matters. Senior associate Rebecca Collard is also well regarded. The team’s client list includes We Charity, PokΓ©mon Company International and Sony Home Entertainment.

Clients praise the team at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP as β€˜genuinely excellent due to its strong business acumen and approach to matters from a practical perspective’; it provides β€˜responsive and customer-focused advice’. Practice head Kolvin Stone β€˜combines strategic thinking with a proactive approach’ and is recognised for his cross-border expertise, particularly in the technology sector. In a recent highlight, he assisted Microsoft with European privacy issues and cross-border data transfer restrictions; and also advised Telenor on the data protection elements of its acquisition of Tapad. James Drury-Smith is now with PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP.

At Pritchetts Law, team head Stephanie Pritchett β€˜has a phenomenal reputation in the space’; she is β€˜hugely experienced, and commercial in her thinking, and has a very hands-on approach which allows for solid, practical and relevant advice’. Consultant solicitor Ben Wootton is also recommended; he β€˜has extensive commercial experience and clearly understands how the sector works’. The team recently led advice to DFS on a cybersecurity and data protection audit, and advised Unison on its GDPR compliance programme and its use of personal data. Other clients include Thomson Reuters, Development Initiatives and Risk Factory.

RPC β€˜masters the balance between delivering great and timely advice that is commercially effective, and horizon gazing to ensure clients are knowledgeable on the space as it stands’. Oliver Bray regularly acts for clients in the media and online retail sectors and leads the non-contentious practice, while Keith Mathieson leads on the contentious side. The team’s impressive client roster includes Virgin Media and Coca-Cola European Partners, with legal director Robert Johnson (who β€˜deserves to be put in the spotlight for his incredible knowledge and commercial guidance’) recently acting for the latter on an international data transfer and related compliance issues.

Rohan Massey heads the department at Ropes & Gray International LLP, which is noted for its cross-border experience, particularly in international data transfers between the US and the UK. In a recent highlight, Massey was part of a team advising Bain Capital and the Blackstone Group as sellers on the privacy issues involved in IBM’s acquisition of the Weather Company’s business-to-business, mobile and cloud-based web properties. The group also regularly assists US and Asian investors in relation to data protection transactions and regulatory issues surrounding their entrance into the European market.

At Sheridans, practice head Philip James has particular expertise in cyber risk and fraud prevention, and is β€˜always helpful, responsive and informed’; he β€˜takes his time to understand how clients work and adjusts his service delivery accordingly’. The team also includes Eitan Jankelewitz, who advises on e-commerce and internet marketing issues. Recent highlights include assisting Sport England with a privacy impact assessment, GDPR compliance and a data strategy, and advising TripAdvisor on its use of cookies and the handling of subject access requests. The Internet Advertising Bureau, Agatha Christie Productions and The Body Coach Online are also clients.

Simmons & Simmons’ team is noted for its cross-border expertise and its experience across the financial services, investment funds, TMT and life sciences sectors. It is advising TelefΓ³nica UK on several big data projects, as well as handling an international data compliance audit for Idemitsu Petroleum UK and assisting Huawei Technologies with data protection and cybersecurity issues relating to the supply of equipment for telecoms networks. Other clients include Moody’s, the University of Oxford, Virgin Media, GlaxoSmithKline and the Discovery Channel. Alexander Brown is the practice head, and other key team members are employment specialist Philip Bartlett and litigator Robert Allen.

Stephenson Harwood is highlighted for its β€˜technical knowledge, extensive experience and practical approach’, and its responsiveness is β€˜impressive to say the least’. The group is highly experienced in GDPR compliance and Privacy Shield matters as well as international data transfers and data breach issues. Jonathan Kirsop heads the group and recently led advice to Barclays Bank on a range of matters including subject access requests, data transactions and GDPR compliance. Sara George is the key name for regulatory and criminal investigations, and regularly advises on data breaches and investigations involving the Data Protection Act.

Wedlake Bell LLP’s β€˜excellent’ department is β€˜very knowledgeable and well trusted’ by a client roster which includes new gain Deltanet International and Wates Group; practice head James Castro-Edwards is advising the latter on data protection issues surrounding its employees and on GDPR compliance. Castro-Edwards also assisted the MI Group in relation to its compliance with UK data protection legislation, including employee personal data transfers; and is handling data protection matters for Countrywide. Other key practitioners include Jonathan Cornthwaite, Adam Edwards, Adrian Heath-Saunders and solicitor Jonathan Wright, who is β€˜a highly experienced individual’.

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Allen & Overy LLP has β€˜an excellent team of highly experienced and motivated lawyers’ who are β€˜at the top of their game’; the group is β€˜first rate in terms of quality of service, speed of response, business acumen and pure technical ability’. The firm is best known for advising major multinationals on sensitive business investigations; examples include representing a large international hedge fund in relation to the theft of highly confidential information and trading strategies by a former UK employee, in a case spanning London, Hong Kong, Beijing and New York, and the team has also been acting for various FTSE 500 and Fortune 500 companies in an array of matters involving data protection, corruption and sanctions issues. The department is co-headed by Jonathan Hitchin, a β€˜true regulatory investigations specialist who is not afraid to stand up to enforcement agencies’, and Arnondo Chakrabarti, an β€˜outstanding lawyer who is completely unflappable and has a good grasp of what clients need’.

Baker McKenzie utilises its strengths in litigation, financial services, and EU and competition to advise on the full spectrum of corporate crime matters, including internal investigations, anti-bribery, trade sanctions and cyber risks. Key individuals in the team include Charles Thomson, who focuses on civil and criminal cases involving fraud, asset tracing and tax violations; Sunny Mann, who specialises in UK and EU export control, sanctions and anti-bribery rules; compliance and investigations practice head Joanna Ludlam; and Jonathan Peddie, who has notable expertise in financial crime. Highlights included representing Bidcorp Foodservice in a claim against a former manager alleged to have misappropriated company assets and derived secret profits from bribe payments.

Clifford Chance is β€˜in the top bracket of this very competitive field’, and has significant expertise in all areas of financial crime including sanctions, fraud, cartels and criminal investigations. It has represented Serco in several high-profile investigations brought by the UK government into its billing practices, and also advised the founder of Autonomy in relation to allegations of financial impropriety and misrepresentation made by Hewlett-Packard. Key practitioners include Roger Best, who acts in fraud, sanctions and AML-related issues; and Luke Tolaini, who focuses on corporate criminal liability and cross-border crisis management. RBS and Barclays are also key clients. Judith Seddon has joined Ropes & Gray LLP.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is β€˜a market leader in the area of complex global investigations’, and β€˜its fee-earners are accessible and approachable at all levels’, providing β€˜practical and commercial advice whilst paying close attention to detail and to the needs of the business’. The firm regularly represents boards of directors, board committees and corporations in internal investigations, and also acts for companies against individuals and third parties alleged to have committed criminal acts against a corporation. The team recently advised Rolls-Royce on a high-profile investigation into allegations of corruption in Indonesia, China and other overseas markets, as well as on other anti-corruption matters related to its energy business. Lord Peter Goldsmith QC heads the department along with the β€˜particularly impressive’ Karolos Seeger, who β€˜gives a great deal of attention to his clients’ and is noted for his β€˜sound personal judgement along with high-calibre legal advice’.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has a strong track record in high-profile investigations involving the SFO and FCA, and has handled a significant number of global investigations since the financial crisis in areas such as tax avoidance, precious metals, the London Whale and money laundering. The team advises clients on responses to regulators, and related police investigations and criminal prosecutions, and also has significant expertise in antitrust and competition work. Practice co-heads Matthew Bruce and Geoff Nicholas are the key figures, and Ali Sallaway and Paul Lomas are also recommended. Raj Parker left for Matrix Chambers.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s β€˜well-established and well-resourced team’ is β€˜strong, responsive and knowledgeable’, and is β€˜able to combine relevant specialisms to provide an effective and thorough service’. The firm is notable for having handled the UK’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreement, and has recently seen an uptick in demand for its sanctions regime advisory offering in light of the changing sanctions landscape, most notably across Russia and Ukraine. In another recent highlight, the group represented SociΓ©tΓ© GΓ©nΓ©rale in a claim brought by the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), which alleged bribery and intimidation tactics made in relation to a series of trades totalling approximately $1.5bn. Business crime expert Rod Fletcher heads the team and is recommended along with Susannah Cogman, who is β€˜calm, sensible and well informed’.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is β€˜a leading firm which draws on its superb civil litigation practice’, and is β€˜very conscious of the demands and complexities of navigating clients’ requirements, adopting a strategic, practical and focused stance in all matters’. The firm has notable expertise in the financial services and life sciences sectors, and regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional investigations, regulatory issues and sanctions. Highlights included representing the UK parent company of a global industrial group in a major investigation involving internal disciplinary proceedings and associated employment law issues; and advising a healthcare software company on corruption and anti-bribery issues in relation to allegations of payments to a government official in Qatar. Crispin Rapinet is the key figure.

Kingsley Napley LLP’s β€˜exceptionally experienced group of solicitors’ has β€˜a solid level of experience’ in all areas of corporate crime including serious fraud, reputation management, regulatory liability and compliance, and also has a strong international practice with respect to cross-border tax, MLA and extradition issues. The firm has handled a number of SFO investigations related to the financial crisis, and regularly conducts internal investigations in relation to bribery, money laundering and corruption allegations. Leading individuals include Stephen Parkinson and Louise Hodges, along with β€˜exceptional young partner’ Johanna Walsh.

Norton Rose Fulbright represents a mix of corporates, financial institutions and senior executives in internal investigations, regulatory matters and enforcement proceedings, and regularly advises on the implementation of compliance programmes focusing on bribery and corruption, antitrust, economic sanctions and fraud. The firm has also seen increased demand for the application of Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the UK since their introduction into English law, and has also seen a number of instructions relating to senior management liability, whistleblowing and the proposed offence of failing to prevent economic crime. The team is headed by Ruth Cowley, who maintains an active litigation practice. The dual-qualified Lista M. Cannon is also a key figure, advising on investigation and enforcement proceedings, and Sam Eastwood and Neil O’May are other names to note. Chris Warren-Smith joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s β€˜experienced team’ has β€˜excellent credentials in this area’, and has β€˜cutting-edge experience in advising corporates under investigation, providing strategic and practical advice’. Anne-Marie Ottaway’s β€˜experience with the SFO allows her to see issues from a rounded perspective and give effective advice’. In a recent highlight, the team advised Sweett Group in a corporate prosecution by the SFO in relation to an offence of failure to prevent bribery, a high-profile matter which exposed disadvantages in the precedent set by the SFO for Deferred Prosecution Agreements in the ICBC Standard Bank case. Barry Vitou joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Simmons & Simmons’ β€˜well-regarded’ team has β€˜good strength in depth’, combining expertise in investigations, litigation, crime and competition to advise across the full range of regulatory issues. It regularly reports to the SFO, the FCA and other regulatory bodies, and has a strong track record in large-scale multi-jurisdictional investigations involving corruption, fraud, money laundering and sanctions. Practice head Nick Benwell has a strong track record in securing search and freezing orders; Stephen Gentle has notable expertise in international financial crime investigations; and Tim Boyce acts for financial institutions in relation to fraud claims and litigation involving complex financial products. The firm’s clients include a mix of global insurance companies, hedge funds, investment banks and energy companies.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP is β€˜top of the range in all aspects’; its β€˜fast, responsive and extremely professional’ team is β€˜not just a legal counsel, but also a business risk adviser’. The firm acts for corporates, directors, officers and employees in relation to various business-related allegations, with key areas of expertise including bribery and corruption, antitrust and cartels, fraud and tax-related matters. Recent work includes representing CrΓ©dit Agricole in a long-running investigation into its compliance with US economic sanctions, and acting for Trinity Mirror in a matter related to the Metropolitan Police Service’s investigation into alleged phone hacking and bribery of public officials. Keith Krakaur heads the practice, and Elizabeth Robertson is β€˜a combative and experienced solicitor’.

The team at Slaughter and May has β€˜the strength and depth of talent to undertake incredibly complex, wide-scale multi-jurisdictional investigations’, and β€˜exhibits excellent strategic judgement’. Highlights included acting for Rolls-Royce in investigations conducted by the SFO, the US Department of Justice and the Brazilian MinistΓ©rio PΓΊblico Federal concerning alleged bribes paid to Chinese and Indonesian advisers, a matter which was resolved by way of a Deferred Prosecution Agreement. The team also represented British American Tobacco in an internal investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption within its Africa-based businesses. Practice head Deborah Finkler is recommended along with Jonathan Cotton, who β€˜sees straight to the heart of the problem and identifies solutions with consummate ease and professionalism’, and Richard Swallow, who β€˜confronts challenging legal issues head-on’.

Ashurst has β€˜a significant practice advising corporates in relation to internal investigations, anti-corruption and anti-money laundering issues’, and has a notable focus on the oil and gas, energy, infrastructure and defence sectors. The firm utilises its global network to provide anti-corruption advice on risks relevant to various jurisdictions, and has a strong track record in acting for corporates and financial institutions in relation to financial irregularities, fraud and money laundering. The β€˜simply excellent’ Angela Pearson heads the department, and is β€˜very clever and careful whilst also recognising the commercial realities of each matter’. David Capps is the name to note for banking and finance disputes.

BCL Solicitors LLP is β€˜a class act, with a proven track record of success and a phenomenal level of associate support’. It is β€˜able to offer unrivalled experience in commercial litigation earned over several decades’, and is β€˜a firm to whom any business person would be well advised to turn in times of regulatory trouble’. The team acts for both corporates and individuals, advising on all matters of alleged criminality including bribery, corruption, cartel activity and sanctions compliance. Practice head Ian Burton is β€˜a superstar who has experience in every kind of case imaginable’, and Richard Sallybanks has notable expertise in SFO investigations.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP β€˜has made huge strides to establish itself as a solid corporate crime firm’, with the London team working closely with the firm’s Russian and Asian offices to provide cross-border expertise across all areas of corporate crime and financial regulation. Key clients include Thames Water, Marubeni Corporation and Tesco. Practice head Aaron Stephens is β€˜a calm, intelligent and thoughtful person who has great client care skills’, and Oran Gelb has a strong track record in financial crime matters.

Brown Rudnick LLP’s β€˜service, knowledge and understanding of relevant issues is always excellent’. The firm is particularly known for its strength in joint US/UK investigations, where it advises on various issues in relation to both white-collar crime and contentious regulatory matters, primarily in the financial services space. Mark Beardsworth heads the team and is β€˜pragmatic and helpful, with an easy-going style in what are often very difficult and distressing circumstances’. Tom Epps is currently involved in a number of finance-related SFO investigations, and Peter Bibby brings significant enforcement expertise from his time at the FSA, advising on contentious regulatory matters. In a recent highlight, the team acted for a major UK university on numerous data protection matters, advising on the misuse of confidential data and IP rights.

DLA Piper has extensive experience in high-profile, cross-border investigations and criminal defence work, with key areas of expertise including tax and fraud investigations, sanctions breaches, cartel cases and financial integrity matters. Recent work includes representing Latvian bank Trasta Komercbanka in proceedings brought by the European Central Bank and the national regulator, which sought to withdraw the bank’s licence on the basis of concerns regarding capital, liquidity and money laundering. The group also acted for Soma Oil and Gas in an SFO investigation into allegations of bribery by public officials in Somalia. Tony Katz heads the financial services and investigations team, and has substantial experience in cross-border matters across various sectors.

Dechert LLP has β€˜outstanding credentials in this practice area’, with a β€˜strong’ team β€˜always focused on client matters and the success of each case’. The practice maintains strong links with the firm’s US offices and regularly advises on multi-jurisdictional investigations involving sanctions, customs and export control issues, and has also developed good relationships with various domestic and international bodies including the SFO, the Bank of England and HM Treasury. Key practitioner Neil Gerrard focuses on white-collar crime in the corporate sector, and recent arrival Matthew Cowie has extensive experience in fraud and corruption matters across the pharmaceutical, defence, telecoms, and oil and gas sectors.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP β€˜is able to offer corporate and business crime services as a one-stop-shop’, and is β€˜a truly international firm which covers the full range of white-collar crime issues, with a vast level of expertise in bribery and corruption’. Highlights included acting for a specialist financial services company which was investigated by HMRC, in a case concerning the VAT treatment of payments by a former senior manager; and representing an outsourced services provider which received a whistleblowing report of bribery. Other recent clients include a leading company in the aviation sector, a global energy company, and a UK challenger bank. Neill Blundell is β€˜a standout lawyer in the department’ and is β€˜particularly strong in representing corporate bodies with criminal and regulatory issues’.

The β€˜experienced and professional’ team at Fieldfisher provides β€˜a high calibre of advice to both individuals and corporates, and is particularly adept at seeing off criminal proceedings’. Tony Lewis is β€˜an expert in the area who always comes up with admirable solutions and delivers solid results’; Francesca Titus is β€˜able to set case tactics and preparation to avoid common pitfalls’; and Alexandra Underwood advises on criminal restraint orders, sanctions, money laundering and bribery issues. The group is currently acting for Currencies Direct in its application to the court for directions for dealing with client funds, some of which may represent the proceeds of crime.

K&L Gates LLP has β€˜the benefit of drawing from an international pool of lawyers, which is of particular use in cross-border investigations’, and β€˜has a highly commercial approach which is founded on practical advice that senior corporate officers understand and appreciate’. The team advises on FCA regulation and enforcement proceedings, insider trading matters, money laundering and sanctions, and also has notable expertise in extradition and mutual legal assistance. Practice head Christine Braamskamp has a strong client base of Dutch nationals, and is β€˜an extraordinarily hardworking lawyer with a keen ability to get to the heart of a case’. David Savell and the β€˜approachable and commercial’ Dylan Moses are also key figures.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP’s β€˜experienced team of able lawyers’ has β€˜excellent UK strengths with strong international links’, and is noted for its expertise in criminal defence cases spanning the US and China. Key names include corporate crime specialist Satnam Tumani, whose β€˜enormous experience coupled with his care, attention to detail, courtesy and common sense make him an outstanding practitioner’; Chris Colbridge, who heads the firm’s litigation and arbitration group; and Harkiran Hothi, who regularly advises clients on anti-bribery compliance. Innospec is a key client.

Linklaters LLP is appreciated for its β€˜excellent, well-judged service, pragmatic advice and deep technical knowledge’, and is β€˜reliable in a crisis situation, providing an insightful and practical approach’. Clients include a mix of financial institutions, corporates and individuals, and the group regularly appears before various global regulators including the SFO, the FCA and the Pensions Regulator. Highlights included acting for Bhs following its collapse in mid-2016, advising on various Parliamentary enquiries and enforcement actions brought by the Pensions Regulator; and representing a private investment firm in investigations into potential corruption and bribery activity. Michael Bennett and Satindar Dogra are the key individuals, and Christa Band is noted for her financial services expertise.

The β€˜exceptional’ team at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP is β€˜extremely knowledgeable and astute in both regulatory investigations and white-collar crime’, and β€˜all of the lawyers show a high level of professionalism and dedication to the matters brought to them’. The group works closely with the firm’s white-collar crime and civil fraud departments, advising corporates on financial crime compliance issues including bribery, sanctions and money laundering. Highlights included advising on a global investigation into alleged corruption among high-level government figures in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi, and representing trader clients subject to civil asset recovery, and criminal fraud and money laundering investigations. Michael O’Kane is β€˜a go-to authority for cross-border criminal and sanctions matters’, and Hannah Laming has notable expertise in criminal liability.

RPC’s β€˜well-led department’ provides β€˜practical advice across a range of regulatory and corporate crime matters’, and has notable expertise in the professional services, construction, retail and art sectors. The team recently advised a marine market client on financial and trade sanctions regimes; handled several anti-money laundering and suspicious activity reporting matters; and investigated a number of fraudulent insurance claims. Practice head Richard Burger β€˜takes a calm and measured approach to proactive defence’, and β€˜is highly valued by clients facing criminal investigations’. Davina Given has extensive cross-border experience, and Parham Kouchikali specialises in financial dispute resolution and FCA enforcement actions.

Reed Smith LLP handles a broad range of criminal and regulatory investigations on behalf of major corporates, and has solid experience in allegations of FCPA and UK Bribery Act breaches. The team recently advised a global company on 30 internal FCPA investigations concerning its operations in Croatia, Austria, France and other European jurisdictions, and also assisted a major financial institution with compliance issues in relation to UK money laundering regulations. Eoin O’Shea leads the practice, focusing on corporate crime, bribery and money laundering issues. Rosanne Kay specialises in enforcement matters and financial services litigation.

Stephenson Harwood is β€˜an excellent firm in the field of regulatory investigations’, with β€˜unparalleled experience of dealing with the SFO, FCA and other overseas bodies’. Recent highlights include acting for Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees in relation to claims against failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing, among which are allegations of malicious prosecution, conspiracy to injure and unlawful interference. The group also represented various Russian and Israeli-owned banks in 12 cases before the General Court of the EU, challenging decisions before the Council of the EU to impose sanctions and advising on sanctions interpretation and compliance. β€˜Accomplished lawyer’ Tony Woodcock β€˜leads an outstanding team’ and is β€˜a great tactician who has every tool in the box at his disposal’. Sara George is β€˜tough, determined and tenacious’.

White & Case LLP’s team has β€˜strong ability and experience in the field along with a good sense of priority’, and is β€˜adept at dealing with high-profile regulatory investigations, and has an eye towards important legislative developments’. The firm advises on corporate crime matters, the mitigation and management of business risk, and public investigations by government bodies including the FCA and PRA. Highlights included representing a global logistics company in a self-reported SFO investigation into corrupt payments made in Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, a matter involving both pre and post-Bribery Act conduct. Jonathan Pickworth heads the practice, and β€˜brings valuable experience due to his interactions with enforcement authorities'.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP’s London team is comprised of English and US-qualified attorneys, and has notable experience in managing high-profile investigations and enforcement actions both domestically and overseas. The group is acting for a UK banker accused of manipulating Libor and facing trial in the US, currently representing the client in an appeal against the verdict. Peter Burrell heads the compliance and enforcement practice, and is noted for his expertise in corporate bribery prosecutions, money laundering issues, sanctions and fraud. US-qualified lawyer Rita Mitchell is also a key figure along with Paul Feldberg, who brings significant private sector and fraud regulatory experience.

WilmerHale’s β€˜outstanding’ team is praised for its β€˜excellent coordination and understanding of complex business markets’; it β€˜develops a very good sense of the client’s business risk, providing deep and effective advice on internal processes and risk mitigation’. The firm has been involved in a significant number of SFO investigations, advising a range of clients including major banks and automotive companies, and also has a strong track record representing high-net-worth individuals. Practice head Stephen Pollard is β€˜very diligent’, and β€˜is able to take a pragmatic approach and engage well with senior management’.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s β€˜strong’ team provides β€˜a 24-hour service and proactive advice to its corporate clients’. It is notable for its expertise in the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and regularly handles cases involving federal and state investigations, prosecutions, grand jury practice and appeals. Recent work includes representing News UK in relation to the News of the World phone hacking case, the largest criminal investigation in the UK to date, and acting for GSK and Hewlett-Packard on various regulatory matters. Kathleen Harris heads the department, and is β€˜an exceptionally capable lawyer who is particularly well respected in the City’.

β€˜Outstanding law firm’ Bivonas Law LLP provides β€˜a personalised boutique service which addresses the individual needs of its clients’, and is praised for its β€˜dedication, breadth and depth of knowledge, and assiduous attention to detail’. Clients include a range of corporate and senior executives across a range of sectors along with private banks, advertising companies and traders, and the group has notable Bribery Act and risk management expertise. Managing partner Antony Brown is the key figure along with Steve Sharp, an β€˜experienced criminal lawyer who grasps cases head-on’ who is β€˜able to navigate the most challenging and complex issues’.

CMS has expertise across CEE and CIS jurisdictions, and regularly advises on internal and external investigations, enforcement, money laundering compliance and sanctions. The team also has notable experience in Bribery Act matters, and has advised clients in relation to self-reporting and corruption issues. Omar Qureshi heads the corporate crime practice, and Duncan Aldred leads the banking litigation team, advising banks and insolvency professionals on various contentious matters. Maxine Cupitt is the name to note for financial services and insurance work.

Clyde & Co LLP’s β€˜superb team’ is highlighted for its β€˜excellent response times and good attention to detail’, and is β€˜extremely conversant with the regulatory viewpoint’. The department is notable for its strong sanctions practice and its Forensic Investigations unit, which includes a number of forensic accountants and former police officers who assist with complex corporate crime matters. The firm is particularly active in the banking, professional services and healthcare sectors, where it advises a broad mix of clients on money laundering, sanctions, and collusion and market manipulation cases. Chris Hill has β€˜a deft touch’ and β€˜a real understanding of the client’s side of each matter’. John Whittaker is the other key figure.

Corker Binning has β€˜a well-deserved reputation for excellence in the fraud and white-collar crime space’, and β€˜combines hard work, commitment and excellent judgement to provide a through and efficient service’. The firm advises a range of companies in the global shipping, engineering, pharmaceutical, and financial sectors on the risks of prosecution, as well as on large-scale international cases involving fraud, bribery and corruption allegations. Recent work includes assisting GML, an antagonist of the Putin regime in Russia, with enforcement issues arising from a $50bn arbitration relating to the expropriation of Yukos Oil Company. David Corker has extensive experience in bribery, sanctions and export control matters, and Peter Binning is β€˜a major player who is supported by a strong team of junior colleagues’.

Covington & Burling LLPis also ranked.

Fox Williams LLP’s highlights included representing two directors in a private criminal prosecution brought by a high-profile property business owner, and acting for an international corporation in the media sector in an internal investigation into allegations of criminal misconduct by a journalist: a matter involving significant liaison with the Metropolitan Police Service. James Carlton has substantial experience in handling disciplinary investigations and proceedings, and Peter Wright specialises in financial services regulatory issues.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is adept at handling cross-border investigations spanning the US and the UK, and is particularly strong in the fields of bribery, sanctions, cartels and financial manipulation. Highlights included representing UBS in investigations initiated by several government authorities into allegations of foreign exchange benchmark rate manipulation, with fines of over $4.3bn having been levied against banks worldwide. The team acted for the same client in an investigation into alleged wrongdoing in connection with a financial product known as the V10 Index. Philip Rocher specialises in high-profile commercial disputes, and Allan Neil has a strong track record in major pan-European investigations.

Irwin Mitchell β€˜benefits from having a team that can deal with all aspects of financial services disputes’, and the group β€˜is well placed to deal with whatever issues might arise in regulatory processes, especially if they lead to civil or criminal proceedings’. The firm continues to represent an EEA-passported insurance firm in a matter involving a criminal investigation, FCA enforcement proceedings, insurance negotiations and related civil proceedings, arising from allegations of fraudulent mis-selling of pensions schemes on a mass basis. The team is also acting for a high-turnover UK business in an internal investigation into potential criminal offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act and Money Laundering Regulations. The β€˜tactically excellent’ Sarah Wallace heads the team, and is β€˜a lawyer you definitely want on your side’.

Jones Day is β€˜very strong in the field of regulatory investigations and corporate crime’, and has β€˜great depth of experience and knowledge’. The firm recently acted for Standard Bank in the UK’s first Deferred Prosecution Agreement, conducting an internal investigation and self-report to the SFO along with subsequent negotiations. It also has a vast array of experience in antitrust and securities improprieties, international trade and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act breaches. Sion Richards co-heads the practice with Glyn Powell, who β€˜combines past experiences as a prosecutor with good defence instincts, which allows him to deal with complex investigations and proceedings’.

McGuireWoods London LLP has extensive expertise in white-collar crime litigation, and is best known for advising corporates on a range of financial crime issues including competition, fraud, money laundering and market abuse. Vivian Robinson QC acts for both corporate and individual clients on regulatory compliance matters, and is involved in the training of senior corporate staff on bribery and corruption risk. David Kirk is the other key figure along with associate Andrew Thornton-Dibb, who has substantial experience in engaging with negotiators in respect of UK and EU legislative proposals.

Michelmores LLP has a focus on fraud and corruption matters, and recently represented Octopus Investments in its recovery of Β£27m following the takeover of Rangers FC, a high-profile fraud case in Scotland. The corporate team also advises on issues related to the Bribery Act, and the employment department is adept at handling allegations in disputes brought by employers. Andrew Oldland QC heads the regulatory and financial services team, and has extensive experience in financial regulation and crime. Peter Sigler is also recommended.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP’s β€˜commercial approach is a hallmark of the firm as a whole’, and the β€˜great coordination between the forensic accountants and the legal team goes a long way in improving the overall client service’. The firm is noted for its strength in tax issues, corporate finance, investment funds and financial services regulation, and it has substantial expertise in cross-border investigations and disputes. Practice head Agnes Quashie is β€˜a trusted team leader with excellent judgement’, and Chris Cartmell is β€˜a committed and experienced case handler’. Keily Blair focuses on regulatory compliance and enforcement issues.

Ropes & Gray International LLP’s β€˜excellent’ team is β€˜always keen to fully understand the client’s business’. The department has been very active in the life sciences and private equity sectors, advising a broad mix of clients on regulation, compliance, corporate crime and investigations. The practice is co-headed by Amanda Raad, who is β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ and β€˜an exceptional partner to work with’, and former barrister Marcus Thompson, who advises on a range of due diligence, compliance, investigations and remediation.

Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP deals with the full gamut of civil and criminal fraud issues, and has developed deep expertise in matters connected to the Bribery Act, the UK Proceeds of Crime Act and related legislation. The group also advises on the development and implementation of compliance programmes, fraud risk assessment and prevention, and handles investigations into potential breaches of compliance policies, with a focus on sectors such as professional services, aerospace and defence, pharmaceuticals and financial services. Key figures include compliance expert Jeffrey Cottle, white-collar crime and contentious regulatory lawyer Patrick Rappo, and John Rupp, who focuses on bribery and anti-corruption matters.

Taylor Wessing LLP regularly advises on investigations into the manipulation of FX rates, and also has substantial experience in data protection and cybercrime, corruption and anti-bribery advisory matters. In a recent highlight, the team advised Pi Consulting (Trustee Services) in a matter concerning a substantial pension fraud, assisting with ongoing insolvency, litigation and asset tracing proceedings across various jurisdictions. Key individuals include Shane Gleghorn, who specialises in disputes and investigations in the banking and finance sector, and David de Ferrars, who heads the corporate crime and fraud unit. Tim Strong is also a name to note, and focuses on disputes in the financial and energy industries.

Dentons’ highlights included acting for a bank in a highly publicised matter involving allegations of money laundering, a case currently being brought before the Court of Appeal; and advising the Cypriot special administrator of FBME Bank on the decision of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to designate the bank as an entity of primary money laundering concern. Recent arrival Daren Allen from Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP heads the practice, and Celyn Armstrong is the other key individual.

β€˜Specialist private criminal prosecution firm’ Edmonds Marshall McMahon provides β€˜timely advice as the process unfolds’, and is β€˜able to focus on the relevant parts of each alleged corporate crime’. The team recently acted for Orb A.R.L in a High Court action brought against a property tycoon regarding an alleged oral business venture agreement, and also represented TM Eye in Operation Mordor, a series of private criminal prosecutions involving a number of luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Apple and Thomas Sabo, aiming to dismantle the production and circulation of counterfeit goods. Kate McMahon is β€˜a fearless and energetic prosecutor’ who has β€˜a relentless commitment to justice’.

Gowling WLG’s team is β€˜excellent on all fronts’, and is appreciated for its β€˜very quick responses, pragmatic advice, and current and appropriate knowledge’. The firm has advised on the regulatory aspects of claims arising from two major Ponzi schemes, and retains a strong client base of accountancy firms, banks and insolvency practitioners involved in FCA and SFO investigations. Practice head James Sidwell specialises in cross-border asset tracing and white-collar criminal cases, and chairman Andrew Witts is also a name to note.

At Mayer Brown International LLP, highlights included representing an individual in a Β£36m dispute involving substantial allegations of fraud, which arose in relation to the proceeds of the sale of shares in Roadchef PLC; and acting for Sweett Group in an investigation into allegations of bribery activity related to a building contract in North Africa. The team regularly advises clients on fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of trust, Ponzi schemes and asset tracing, and has extensive experience in working with banks and insolvency practitioners. Devi Shah and Alistair Graham are the key names to note.

Mishcon de Reya LLP is noted for its regular involvement in bribery, corruption and high-profile financial crime matters, as well as its work in areas including judicial review, investigations, and private prosecutions. The group recently acted for Monaco-based energy services company Unaoil in a judicial review action brought against the SFO, which the client claimed had misled Monaco police into a raid of its premises following allegations of bribery, corruption and money laundering. Alison Levitt QC heads the team, and recent arrival Jo Rickards from Kingsley Napley LLP is notable for her white-collar crime expertise.

Morrison & Foerster (UK) LLP advises on cross-border financial crime, corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations, and has significant expertise in FCA and SFO matters along with major contentious insolvencies. Highlights included representing the administrators of Landsbanki in two successful asset recoveries totalling Β£80m, and in several High Court actions against various major retailers. The team also acted for the trustees in the bankruptcy of a high-profile individual convicted on charges of money laundering, where assets were restrained by a Crown Court order. Jonathan Wheeler is the key name to note.

Osborne Clarke LLP is β€˜highly supportive throughout the client’s involvement with various regulatory bodies’, and β€˜always keeps the client informed of any new articles related to your case’. It acts for a mix of domestic and international companies, advising on anti-bribery and corruption issues along with data breaches, fraud and all aspects of white-collar crime. Jeremy Summers β€˜demonstrates great professional care and competence’, and is β€˜compassionate and supportive in his treatment of clients on a personal level’. Tom Ellis is also a key practitioner.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP has a strong track record in high-stakes white-collar defence, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations, with clients including a broad range of global institutions across various sectors. The team collaborates extensively with the firm’s US offices, and regularly advises on insider trading issues, market manipulation, violation of economic sanctions regimes, and criminal antitrust matters. The firm also has notable expertise in cases involving the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and related international law. Theodore Edelman is the name to note, and splits his time between London and New York.

Weightmans LLP has β€˜a national offering’, and β€˜substantial experience of advising corporates in regulatory matters’. The team is β€˜very responsive to the demands of high-stakes matters’, provides β€˜timely advice and workable solutions’, and is β€˜very careful not to rack up time’. Practice head Euros Jones offers β€˜straightforward advice’ and has β€˜a great deal of experience in the area’, and has recently advised on a number of investigations and prosecutions brought by the SFO, the FCA and the CPS.

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As β€˜one of the very best boutique claimant firms in London and definitely the go-to firm in the field’, Atkins Thomson β€˜has played a central role in the phone-hacking litigation and has unrivalled expertise in this area’. β€˜Talented and conscientious’ senior associate James Heath is the key name for phone hacking litigation; is acting for Ian Hurst in a claim against News Group Newspapers relating to computer hacking and email interceptions. The team also successfully represented Javad Marandi in a defamation case against Observer Newspapers, acted for clients including Sienna Miller, Pete Doherty, Dougray Scott and Heather Mills in pursuing claims against Mirror Group Newspapers, and defended Donald Trump in a libel claim. Name partners Graham Atkins and Mark Thomson jointly lead the group; Atkins is β€˜shrewd, experienced and a safe pair of hands’ and Thomson β€˜is a strong, reliable and innovative lawyer with an impeccable record’. Senior associate Nicola McCann, who is β€˜helpful and approachable’, is also noted.

CMS’ practice (previously part of legacy firms Olswang LLP and Nabarro LLP) β€˜is first rate and has a rare quality in being able to provide exceptional advice to both claimants and defendants’. The group is β€˜at the top of the list for corporate reputation management’ and its clients include ITV, Guardian Media Group and Microsoft. In a recent highlight, β€˜exceptionally talented and creative lawyer’ Dan Tench defended Bloomberg in a privacy, data protection and breach of confidence claim brought by an individual pertaining to the publication of details of a Serious Fraud Office investigation. The group also acted for Ingenious Media Holdings and its CEO in a judicial review of a decision to disclose information about the clients to journalists from The Times, and represented James Stunt in a libel claim against Associated Newspapers. Geraldine Proudler, who β€˜is among the most experienced lawyers in the business’, leads the group, which includes Ian Felstead, Karen Denny and legal director Tamsin Blow. Anna Caddick moved in-house to Facebook.

Carter-Ruck β€˜remains at the top of the field’ and is β€˜a pre-eminent law firm for reputation matters’. The team is led by β€˜the powerhouse to call in any media-related crisis’ Nigel Tait; he β€˜regularly puts clients at ease with his shrewd, pragmatic advice and is an exceptional, tenacious and clever practitioner’. Other individuals singled out include the β€˜exceptionally experienced’ Ruth Collard; Cameron Doley; the β€˜thoughtful and conscientious’ Claire Gill; Guy Martin; Alasdair Pepper; the β€˜intellectually rigorous’ Adam Tudor; and recently promoted partners Rebecca Toman and Antonia Foster. Recent highlights include acting for a high-profile individual in a dispute before the Supreme Court against News Group Newspapers regarding an interim injunction restricting publication of the claimant’s identity, and representing the Mahmood family in a libel claim against Katie Hopkins and the MailOnline. Simon Cowell, Kate and Gerry McCann, Bryan Adams, James Blunt and the Qatari royal family are also clients.

At Harbottle & Lewis LLP, Gerrard Tyrrell heads the department and has extensive experience representing senior members of the Royal Family. His recent work includes successfully representing HM The Queen in a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) relating to a misleading front page headline published by The Sun; acting for HRH The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George in an IPSO complaint against The Daily Express and OK! regarding the publication of a photograph of Prince George; and advising HRH Prince Henry of Wales in an IPSO complaint against The Daily Star concerning an accuracy complaint. The team also acted for Melania Trump in a dispute with the Daily Mail relating to false claims; represented over 80 victims of phone hacking in pursuing claims against News Group Newspapers; and successfully acted for Kim Kardashian West against Closer, following the publication of false claims relating to a Parisian robbery. John Kelly β€˜knows his stuff’ and Jo Sanders is β€˜excellent’; senior associate Louise Prince is also noted.

At RPC, practice head Keith Mathieson is β€˜a first-rate lawyer’ and β€˜an excellent tactician, who is cool and collected under pressure and gives thoughtful and pragmatic advice’. The team β€˜understands media litigation inside out’ and focuses solely on acting for defendants; clients include the News Media Association, Twitter, Times Newspapers, News Group Newspapers and the Financial Times. Mathieson recently represented Mirror Group Newspapers in several high-profile claims brought by individuals relating to voicemail interception and call data blagging; he also defended Associated Newspapers in a libel and malicious falsehood action brought by Optical Express over allegations published by the Daily Mail, and acted for Thomson Reuters in libel proceedings brought by Finsbury Park Mosque over false allegations of involvement in terrorism. Other key practitioners include senior associate and β€˜seasoned media litigator’ Louise Turner, who is β€˜a pleasure to work with’, senior associate Kim Waite and legal director Nicola Cain.

β€˜Premier league firm’ Schillings is β€˜pre-eminent in the field’ providing β€˜a unique and powerful client service’ with β€˜strategically brilliant and deeply impressive individuals at every level’. Key names include Keith Schilling, the β€˜outstanding’ Rod Christie-Miller, the β€˜amazingly practical’ Chris Scott and Rachel Atkins, who clients β€˜recommend without hesitation’. Highlights included Atkins advising Sir Philip Green on false allegations made by an MP on Radio 4; acting for Brad Pitt against various media outlets relating to inaccurate allegations and the attempted publication of private information; and assisting a high-profile individual in the Supreme Court with the reinstatement of an injunction to prevent the publication of his identity and private information. Jenny Afia and Magnus Boyd are also recommended, as is senior associate Natalie Sherborn, who β€˜has an excellent legal mind with an instinct for effective risk management paired with an incredible work ethic’.

As β€˜an unquestionable leader on the defendant side’, Simons Muirhead & Burton provides β€˜practical and rapid advice that justifies its place at the top of the tree’. Practice head Louis Charalambous is β€˜one of the best media lawyers out there’ and is β€˜calm, organised and very popular with clients’. His recent work includes defending News Group Newspapers against a private claimant in injunction proceedings, defending Times Newspapers against claims of libel, malicious falsehood and breach of the Data Protection Act brought by Priya Hiranandani-Vandrevala pertaining to allegations made in an article, and represented various media groups in a libel claim brought by Susanne Ibru. Channel 4, BBC, Dennis Publishing, Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House are also clients. Other key practitioners include Razi Mireskandari, Stephen Shotnes, Maninder Gill, senior associate Erica Henshilwood and Martin Soames, whose β€˜knowledge is incredibly detailed’.

Addleshaw Goddard regularly acts for corporate claimant clients including British Airways, Co-operative Group and GlaxoSmithKline. The team also defends individuals, and recently acted for Manish Dusara in a defamation claim brought by an individual, which raised the issue of whether witness statements used in other proceedings can be used to bring a defamation claim. David Engel, who is β€˜incredibly bright, commercial and imbues confidence’, heads the team, which also includes information protection specialist Abigail Healey, who β€˜is responsive, reassuring, practical and a pleasure to deal with’. Other areas of expertise for the group include data protection disputes, misuse of information, rights to be forgotten, freedom of information requests and internet-related work, particularly pertaining to social media. Other clients include Leon Restaurants, Travelodge, Virgin Care and William Hill.

Lee & Thompson LLP’s team is β€˜approaching the top bracket in the industry for its reputation management work’ and has β€˜a strong understanding of the market and the issues clients face’. The firm’s media and entertainment client roster includes Harry Styles and Jude Law; practice head Mike Brookes is advising the latter on several privacy and defamation issues against Associated Newspapers and various US publishers pertaining stories surrounding him and his children. Other highlights include advising Lara Stone on harassment and reputation issues surrounding her divorce from David Walliams, and assisting various clients including Universal Pictures, Studio Canal and Working Title Films with pre-publication defamation and privacy issues. The team is also highly involved in the phone-hacking litigation against News Group Newspapers acting for an expansive list of high-profile individuals including Christopher Eccleston, Sophie Anderton and Wayne Bridge. Mark Stafford is recommended for pre-broadcast copyright and libel clearance work and senior associate Leo Dawkins is β€˜a rising star’.

Penningtons Manches LLP has established itself as a key player in the space following the recruitment of Jeremy Clarke-Williams and associate director Adele Ashton from Slater and Gordon. Clarke-Williams is β€˜a first-class lawyer’, who has β€˜exceptional experience’, and his β€˜pragmatic and determined approach coupled with expert advice always achieves results’. Highlights included acting for Robert Murat in several libel claims relating to false allegations published in various national newspapers; acting for an individual in misuse of private information, breach of confidence and breach of the Data Protection Act claims; and representing a former Deputy Chief Inspector in a privacy claim against Spire Healthcare regarding the use of a photograph without permission.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s β€˜team of strategic thinkers’ is β€˜truly on top of its game’. The group includes β€˜premier-league practitioner’ Niri Shanmuganathan and β€˜highly experienced’ senior counsel Timothy Pinto, who heads the firm’s publishing group and is recognised for his experience advising corporate clients. Shanmuganathan regularly acts for individuals; his recent work includes advising a former City banker in two libel claims against ex-colleagues pertaining to alleged defamatory comments. The practice is also noted for its knowledge of digital content delivery, social media and user-generated content-related matters, and has a focus on the publishing, advertising, media, sport, private equity and property sectors.

Wiggin LLP’s team is β€˜hugely impressive and has a strong position in the market’; the defendant-focused practice acts for key names including Bauer Media Group, CondΓ© Nast and Associated Newspapers. Practice head Caroline Kean is β€˜completely delightful to deal with but lethally dangerous for the opposition’ and β€˜couples enormous charm with deadly legal skills’. In a recent highlight, Kean acted for an international cricketer against a company that had continued to use the client’s image for advertising purposes beyond the end of his endorsement agreement; she also defended a national tabloid newspaper in a claim brought by the ex-girlfriend of a pop star; and acted for News UK in a misuse of private information claim relating to Operation Elveden. Legal director Anna Doble is β€˜excellent’, consultant Amali De Silva β€˜really understands her clients and provides fast, practical and high-quality advice’, and solicitor Eileen Weinert is β€˜incredibly legally astute’.

At ACK Media Law LLP, the team’s recent highlights include handling the reputation management issues surrounding the Fifty Shades film series, which includes advising on content-related matters, and assisting See-Saw Films with the clearance, libel and privacy elements of the second series of Top of the Lake. Other work includes advising global rights agency Merlin Network on a smear campaign that targeted the company and was pursued through social media channels and defamatory emails; and representing New Scientist in a libel claim brought by a Canadian doctor. The group is jointly led by Susan Aslan and Sue Charles, who is noted for her specialist content advisory expertise. Channel 4 and Associated Newspapers are also clients.

Boutique firm Archerfield Partners LLP stands out for its expertise in pursuing harassment claims, and its knowledge of defamation issues, privacy mandates and pre-publication matters. Recent work includes acting for Russell Brand and Jemima Goldsmith in bringing a claim under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 against a masseuse; a permanent injunction was successfully granted in favour of the claimants. Other highlights include advising the family of Tara Palmer-Tomkinson on the press issues and IPSO interactions following her death in early 2017; handling the pre-publication issues surrounding multiple book titles for Macmillan Publishers; and representing a group of individuals, including Audley Harrison and Katie Price, in claims against Mirror Group Newspapers relating to potential phone hacking. Key practitioners include Mark Bateman, Matthew Dowd, Paul Chamberlain and consultant Kevin Bays.

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s practice β€˜benefits from the combination of being a small specialist team of true experts with being part of a larger firm with all the resources that brings’. Practice head and β€˜consummate professional’ Rupert Earle provides β€˜balanced and realistic advice’ and recently advised Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust on a complaint to the IPSO relating to an inaccurate headline published in the Daily Mail. The group also acted for Times Newspapers in the Supreme Court claiming that the High Court was unjust in awarding an individual the costs of a libel action, and successfully represented an individual in a right to be forgotten request to Google. The National Union of Students, Fairtrade Federation and the Advertising Standards Authority are also clients. Associate Ross Allan is β€˜clearly a highly capable litigator, who is bright, hardworking and great to work with’.

Bindmans LLP β€˜uses its strength in human rights and civil liberties work to provide a top-quality reputation management service representing vulnerable individuals and NGOs’. Practice head Tamsin Allen is β€˜superb’ and has β€˜a well-deserved reputation’ in the space and the β€˜ability to see through the trees and get to the important facts quickly, understand the best cause of action and negotiate brilliant deals’. She recently led advice to Undercovers on the libel, privacy and copyright issues related to a TV drama series on undercover policing; and acted for actor Steve McFadden in a phone-hacking claim against Mirror Group Newspapers. Impress, Captive Animals’ Protections Society and Paul Gambaccini are also clients.

Clintons’ team β€˜demonstrates nothing but class and diligence in its work’ and has β€˜an impressive style and manner paired with a thorough and tough approach’. The β€˜genuinely excellent’ group is active in the unlawful mobile voicemail interception litigation and is advising an extensive client list, including Chris Parker, Danny Young and Brooke Kinsella, in misuse of private information claims against News Group Newspapers. Roddy Chisholm Batten is the key name for defamation work in the firm and is β€˜sharp, focused and effective’; he regularly acts for claimants from the media, entertainment, sports and news industries in pursuing matters including libel claims, breaches of confidentiality, IPSO complaints and rights to be forgotten.

Collyer Bristow LLP is β€˜an established firm with well-deserved recognition in the space’ and is β€˜able to consistently steer claims through to successful conclusions’. Its β€˜superb team of lawyers’ is led by β€˜well-known and highly regarded expert’ Steven Heffer. Other names to note include consultant Rhory Robertson, who is β€˜an unflappable strategist and brilliant veteran of the field’, and senior associate Alex Cochrane, who β€˜gains clients’ trust through a mixture of an authoritative yet friendly personality coupled with outstanding legal expertise’. Heffer remains prominent in the phone-hacking litigation, while Cochrane recently acted for Justin Lee Collins in a libel claim against News Group Newspapers concerning an article published in The Sun, and represented actress Sarah Lancashire in proceedings against Mirror Group Newspapers relating to the misuse of private information.

David Price Solicitors & Advocates acts for a range of clients spanning national newspapers, including The Telegraph, The Independent, The Mirror and The Sun and private individuals, including Imogen Thomas and Kat Ward. The team represented Katie Hopkins in appealing a High Court ruling pertaining to libellous tweets regarding food blogger Jack Monroe, and successfully represented defendant Karin Ward in a defamation claim brought by Freddie Starr, who sought damages for claims made surrounding allegations of assault. David Price is the key name in the group, supported by solicitor Julia Varley.

β€˜First-rate media lawyer’ Julian Pike heads the department at Farrer & Co, which, according to one client, receives β€˜full marks for its service and industry knowledge’. The practice primarily advises claimants, with clients ranging from ultra-high-net-worth individuals to charities, sporting bodies, schools and arts organisations; examples include the Science Museum, British Athletics, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Age UK. In a recent highlight, Pike acted for an individual in injunction proceedings in a libel case relating to false and defamatory allegations and harassment issues; he also represented Pippa Middleton and James Matthews in the High Court in obtaining an emergency injunction following the hacking of the client’s iCloud and the attempted sale of private photographs; and advises Bauer Media Group on pre-publication issues. The β€˜experienced’ Michael Patrick made partner in 2016.

At Foot Anstey, practice head Tony Jaffa advises clients on all aspects of publishing law, Peter Singfield acts for clients in the retail, media, publishing and manufacturing sectors, and Neil Parkes in Bristol is β€˜commercial, pragmatic, sensible and focused on the client’s objectives’. The team is β€˜a clear leader when it comes to representing newspapers and the regional press’ with clients spanning Tindle Newspapers, Mirror Online and Midland News Association. Recent highlights include providing The Independent and Evening Standard with pre-publication advice relating to libel, privacy and contempt issues; defending Trinity Mirror Merseyside in misuse of private and confidential information proceedings, and representing Local World as defendant in a libel dispute relating to alleged defamatory allegations made in an article. The team also advises on online reputation management, subject access requests and harassment issues.

Hamlins LLP is β€˜a key firm in the phone-hacking litigation’, where it acts for various claimants against News Group Newspapers. The work is led by department head Christopher Hutchings, who is β€˜excellent at client care’; he also acted for a couple who sued Channel 5 for breach of privacy following the broadcaster filming them being evicted from their home in TV programme Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away; represented Vic Reeves in phone-hacking claims against Mirror Group Newspapers and News Group Newspapers; and acted for Ziauddin Yousafzai in a libel action against Asian broadcaster Ary. Senior consultant Andrew Stephenson is highly regarded; he recently advised Random House Group on pre-publication matters and libel issues relating to publications. Eddie Jordan, Simon Clegg, Ceva Animal Health and Ralf Little are also clients.

Howard Kennedy LLP’s practice head Mark Stephens is β€˜a high-profile star in the field’ and a β€˜very experienced media lawyer’. Stephens and senior associate Elizabeth Morley β€˜are the ultimate dream team clients want for high-profile and sensitive reputation management cases’. The group also includes associate and business crime specialist John Martyn and consultant David Hooper, who joined from RPC. The team has particular expertise in social media-related issues and also advises on corporate reputation matters, international free speech issues and blackmail cases. Clients include the Democratic Press and Keith Vaz. Sue Thackeray joined Kingsley Napley LLP and Dan Hyde joined Penningtons Manches LLP.

The β€˜excellent’ group at Mishcon de Reya LLP β€˜provides a brilliant defamation and privacy service to established private clients and businesses’ including the Tata Group and Euromoney Institutional Investor. Department head Ramona Mehta, who is β€˜a stellar advocate who is clearly on top of her game with an outstanding reputation among high-net-worth individuals’, has core strengths in breach of privacy issues and matters involving the threatened publication of defamatory comments. Other key practitioners include legal director Emma Woollcott, who is β€˜particularly strong on the digital elements’, James Libson, who leads the firm’s private client team, Anthony Julius, who is β€˜a leader in the defamation arena’, and managing associate Alexander Rhodes, whose experience includes advice to high-net-worth families.

Payne Hicks Beach has notable expertise in the private client space, and the firm regularly handles reputation management and privacy matters for clients such as Steve Coogan and Richard Lyttelton. The β€˜faultless’ department is led by the β€˜strategically smart’ Dominic Crossley, whose recent work includes representing Issam Khorani in a high-profile libel and harassment dispute relating to anonymous internet comments and public demonstrations, advising the Dowler Family on media interest and harassment issues, and acting for Nelson Piquet Jr in a libel matter. Other names to note include Sarah Webb, who has β€˜sound mature judgement, concern for the client’s needs and an ability to put forward arguments in a robust yet respectful way’; assistant solicitors Andrew Willan and Emily Gailey; and Hanna Basha, who joined from Hill Dickinson LLP in 2017.

Clients are β€˜hugely impressed’ by the β€˜highly understated’ team at Pinsent Masons LLP, which has β€˜first-rate knowledge, expertise and experience in the field’. Practice head David Barker is β€˜exceptionally bright and doesn’t lose track of the realities for the clients’, senior associate Alex Keenlyside β€˜stands out for his willingness to go the extra mile no matter what’ and associate Imogen Allen-Back is β€˜brilliant and a real star of the future’. Barker recently acted for key client Google in two right to be forgotten cases and defended it in a European Court of Human Rights application made by an individual following an unsuccessful defamation claim. Capita, Balfour Beatty, United Utilities and Birkbeck, University of London are also clients.

At Simkins LLP, β€˜no stone is left unturned in its quest to succeed’ and the team is β€˜particularly good at dealing with heavyweight matters for both individuals and corporate clients’. The β€˜outstanding’ Gideon Benaim leads the group and is β€˜a thoughtful and considered advocate whose planning in strategic battles is exceptional’; he β€˜isn’t afraid to say what he thinks is the best advice regardless of whether it is what the client wants to hear’. He recently represented Sir Cliff Richard in a privacy and data protection action against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police. The department’s high-profile client list also includes JK Rowling, Naomi Campbell, Royal Mail and Canary Wharf Group. The β€˜utterly dependable’ Jon Oakley, β€˜excellent client handler’ Tom Iverson, who β€˜engenders client’s confidence’, and associate Eleanor Steyn are also noted.

Withers LLP has β€˜an excellent claimant practice and is rapidly growing its defendant expertise’, and has β€˜a truly brilliant’ team that stands out for β€˜the exemplary service provided by knowledgeable and pleasant practitioners’. β€˜Fantastic lawyer’ Amber Melville-Brown, who heads the practice, is β€˜head and shoulders above her peers’ and has β€˜a charming and friendly manner and a thorough, responsive and practical approach’. Recent highlights include representing a barrister against the Mail on Sunday, MailOnline and The New Zealand Herald in a matter relating to defamatory allegations concerning suppressed and tampered evidence; and acting for an individual in a misuse of private information, defamation, malicious falsehood and harassment claim. The team also regularly advises charity clients and NGOs, including the British Red Cross, Greenpeace and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

BLM’s practice has a core focus on acting for insurers. Recent highlights including defending King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls and its insurers in defamation, malicious falsehood, misfeasance in public office and negligence proceedings; defending the University of Cambridge and its insurers against claims made following statements made in an email concerning the claimant’s suitability for a job role; and defending Frederic Robinson and its insurers against a defamation and privacy claim relating to the use of the claimant’s image without permission in an advertisement. Other clients include Hiscox, QBE, RSA and Zurich Insurance. Practice head Tim Smith handles defamation, privacy and data protection mandates.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s team has β€˜a very strong position in the corporate reputation management arena’ and has β€˜substantial expertise’. Noteworthy corporate clients include Tesco and Thames Water, while the team also advises private individuals including Andrew Marr, Ashley Cole and Kieron Dyer. The team advises across the full spectrum of issues, with particular expertise in confidential information issues, data protection and cyber-security matters. Graham Shear and Joby Davies, who β€˜are very experienced and well-established practitioners in the area’, are the practice co-heads. Ian De Freitas is noted for his experience in handling reputational elements of data breaches.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is a β€˜go-to’ practice for commercial TV broadcasters, with a client list including ITN, ITV, Channel 4 News and Russia Today TV. In a recent highlight, the team successfully acted for the respondent Sky in an appeal pertaining to a breach of confidence claim relating to a music elimination show broadcast on Sky 1. The team is also representing several high-profile claimants in separate phone-hacking claims against News Group Newspapers and Mirror Group Newspapers; and advises Russia Today TV on pre-publication matters, including libel, privacy and compliance issues. Consultant Duncan Lamont leads the department, which includes associate Claire Greaney, who has expertise in telephone interception cases. Nick Armstrong retired in 2016.

Fieldfisher’s team is best known for its expertise in matters pertaining to online defamation, and its extensive client list includes international corporations, government organisations, high-net-worth individuals, public bodies and regulators. Department head Rhys Griffiths recently acted for ADVFN in claims made against it regarding defamatory user-generated content posted on its bulletin boards, and Colin Gibson is acting for Alexander Economou in a libel action. Associate Nathan Capone, who is β€˜a noteworthy up-and-comer’, specialises in breach of confidence actions.

Gordon Dadds LLP’s team β€˜provides solid and reliable advice to claimants and defendants’ and is β€˜building a profile in the reputation management space due to the reputations of some extremely experienced individuals’. Practice head Robin Shaw is β€˜highly rated by peers and clients alike for his in-depth knowledge and substantial expertise’, and Nick Goldstone has substantial experience acting for claimants. In a noteworthy highlight, Shaw advised Private Eye on the reputation issues relating to an article that the subject of the piece, John Beggs QC, asked not to be published. HarperCollins is also a client. The group also works closely with the firm’s regulatory investigations and corporate crime teams.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s β€˜extremely responsive’ team β€˜understands the nature of the market and clients’ needs very well’. Practice head Alan Watts β€˜proves his worth time and time again by cutting to the heart of the issue and spotting the most strategic options quickly. His recent work includes representing Lord Alan Sugar against the Daily Mail in a dispute concerning defamatory comments published in an article; acting for Virgin Atlantic following the publication of a press release by a pilot’s union that included defamatory comments and malicious falsehoods; and handling pre-broadcast issues for the Board of the Pension Protection Fund relating to allegations made in a Channel 4 documentary. Neil Blake is highly regarded and senior associate Rebecca Murtha is β€˜a rising star’.

Kingsley Napley LLP’s β€˜energetic and fearless approach means it is never afraid of the fight no matter how long or difficult it is’. Charlotte Harris, who is β€˜a leading light in the field and one of the best of her generation’ and β€˜a clever and subtle operator with an excellent knowledge of the field’, and Gerard Cukier, who is β€˜an incredibly wise and experienced individual, who is honourable, reliable and trustworthy’, jointly head the team. In a recent highlight, Harris acted for Katie Hopkins in a defamation claim brought against her by food blogger Jack Monroe relating to alleged defamatory tweets. Other key practitioners include Ryan Mowat, who regularly acts for clients in the media, sport and entertainment sectors, and Sue Thackeray, who joined from Howard Kennedy LLP.

At Lewis Silkin LLP, the β€˜superb’ Nick Walker, β€˜first-class litigator’ Adam Glass and the β€˜brilliant’ Giles Crown are the key names. The team acts for claimants and defendant clients, with noteworthy examples including Sky UK and AOL; the group recently defended the latter in a defamation claim brought by an individual relating to allegations made in several articles. Other work includes advising Nissan on the reputational issues arising from the use of its logo in Vote Leave campaign flyers. Impress, Huffington Post, Sony, Grant Thornton and International Business Times are also clients. Jonathan Coad joined Keystone Law.

At Manleys Solicitors, the β€˜tremendously helpful’ and β€˜fully committed’ team provides β€˜a superb service’ and β€˜handles complex issues with ease and speed’. The group has substantial experience in the media, sports, healthcare and political sectors, and acts for clients including Barron Publishing, Michelle Donelan MP and cast members of The Only Way is Essex. Highlights included defending Professor Carole Mundell in a libel claim brought by a former colleague; acting for David de Freitas in libel proceedings; and representing Simon Danczuk MP in proceedings with the Mail on Sunday following allegations of rape published in the newspaper. Practice head Mark Manley, who has β€˜great strength of character and an infectiously positive attitude’, and Leanne Wheeler, who is β€˜outstanding in every respect’ and β€˜displays a deep understanding of the practice area combined with the ability to quickly grasp the complexities of a case’, are the names to note.

Russells Solicitors’ team β€˜goes above and beyond for clients’ and leverages its media strength to advise claimants in the sport, TV and film, and music sectors. Clients include Ellie Goulding, Bobby Gillespie, Shaun Ryder, Linford Christie and Jeremy Kyle. In a recent highlight, the team advised Cheryl (formerly Cheryl Cole) on preventing the publication of compromising photographs by News Group Newspapers. Other work included assisting Parlophone with the press issues surrounding a royalties dispute with Radiohead, and acting for Patsy Kensit in phone-hacking litigation against Mirror Group Newspapers. Practice head Steven Tregear is β€˜incredible to work with’; John Reid and senior associate Callum Galbraith are also noted.

At Seddons, β€˜pre-eminent’ practice head Mark Lewis β€˜is a man on a mission and will fight for his clients like no one else, giving 110% every single time’ and is β€˜a fearless advocate and a superstar of the reputation management space’. Lewis is highly active in the high-profile phone-hacking litigation and also advises on malicious falsehoods, social media law, libel issues and injunctions. The team also includes Marvin Simons, who leads the firm’s dispute resolution department.

The β€˜professional, efficient and effective’ department at Swan Turton LLP is led by the β€˜highly proactive’ Catherine Fehler, who pairs β€˜discretion and wisdom with a pragmatism and clarity’ and is β€˜extremely trustworthy and dependable’. The group’s high-profile client list includes Refinery29, Peter Green, Peter James, Ennio Morricone and David Tennant. The team acted for Robert Kilroy-Silk in a dispute pertaining to the Daily Mail and MailOnline’s publication of articles based on material from a fake Twitter account attributed it to the client. Consultant Rupert Grey is β€˜incredibly experienced’ and Julian Bentley β€˜goes the extra mile to get the job done’.

Jill Bainbridge heads the team at Blake Morgan LLP and is recognised for her expertise in matters involving social media and cross-border issues. The practice is a key name for corporate clients, particularly in the publishing and charity sectors; recent work includes advising a national charity on public statements made by a former employee who was subject to a confidentiality agreement, advising a local Anglican church branch on defamation and harassment issues between a clergyman and a parishioner, and handling two libel claims for FuelDefend Global concerning email correspondence between employees. Claire Rawle is also noted.

Brett Wilson LLP’s team, which is β€˜dynamic and innovative and has well and truly established itself in this arena’, primarily focuses on claimant work, with particular expertise in online libel and harassment disputes. β€˜Thoughtful and knowledgeable’ practice head Iain Wilson has β€˜an excellent attention to detail and a client-friendly demeanour’ and is highly regarded for his work on misuse of private information issues, breach of confidence claims and representative actions. In a recent highlight, the team is acting for Andrea Collins in pursuing claims against her ex-husband Phil Collins and Penguin Random House concerning statements made in Collins’ autobiography. The team also includes solicitor Max Campbell, who is β€˜genuinely excellent and combines hands-on expertise with strategic decision making’.

DLA Piper’s team is experienced in advising publishers – including Hodder, Little Brown Book Group, Pan Macmillan and Penguin Random House – on the clearance of published titles; recent work in this space include assisting with the publication of Class of 92 and Fifty Years of Hurt: The Story of England Football and Why We Never Stop Believing. Other clients include Orion, Springer Nature and Quercus. Key names in the β€˜brilliant’ team include Ruth Hoy, who advises on traditional and online media-related matters; Duncan Calow, who is noted for his expertise in the e-publishing and digital content spaces; Richard Taylor, who is highly regarded for international defamation matters; Andrew Smith, who is based in Manchester; and Paul Stone, who handles libel and slander matters for public sector clients.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s group sits in the firm’s IP and media practice, and focuses primarily on claimant work. The team recently assisted BUQ with obtaining an injunction to prevent the publication of sensitive information relating to the CEO of a FTSE 100 company; Andrew Terry, who led the matter, is noted for his cross-border expertise. The firm also has substantial strength regionally with Michael Clavell-Bate and Matt Taylor leading the firm’s work from the Manchester office and Nottingham-based Steve Dunseath noted for his expertise in trade libel matters.

Osborne Clarke LLP’s department, which is recognised for its online defamation and privacy expertise and acts for claimants and defendants, is led by Ashley Hurst, who joined from legacy firm Olswang LLP in 2016. Recent work includes defending banker David Longmuir against a libel claim brought by Svetlana Lokhova relating to defamatory emails; representing former USSR deputy prime minister Vladimir Scherbakov in claims for damages caused by an article published by the Daily Mail; and handling pre- and post-publication libel issues for Emap Publishing. Other noteworthy practitioners include Charlie Wedin, who advises on the reputation elements of cyber and data security matters, and senior associate Alexander Vakil, who handles defamation, privacy and social media-related disputes.

At Sheridans, Keith Ashby counts IPSO as a key client and also advises individuals, corporates and brands across the media, music, theatre, television and film industries. He is highly regarded for his expertise in defamation, misuse of private information and breach of confidence matters.

Shoosmiths LLP counts the University of Bolton and the Renewal Trust as key clients; the group advised the latter on issues surrounding an ITV broadcast, some of which was filmed on the client’s premises. Manchester-based team head Kath Livingston led the matter, and regularly advises corporate clients and organisations on trade libel, internet defamation, campaigning matters, breach of individual privacy rights and media reporting issues. Mark Elder, who is based in Birmingham, has recently acted for several private individuals in phone-hacking litigation.

Laurence Winston leads the group at Squire Patton Boggs, which includes senior associate Tim Lowles. Lowles’ past work includes advising Max Mosley on pre-action issues and various take-down requests and applications to Google. The team handles libel, defamation and privacy issues at a national and international level for clients including the International Tennis Federation and Bank Leumi. The group also works closely with the firm’s media and advertising, IP and technology, and employment teams.

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