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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP handles public and private M&A across numerous sectors and jurisdictions. The four-partner team has also acted for clients on shareholder agreements, joint ventures and management buyouts, and has acted for a number of overseas investors into the UK over the past year. Corporate and commercial head Russel Shear has a wide-ranging practice encompassing M&A, corporate finance, joint ventures and private equity investments.

Practice head(s):Russel Shear

Other key lawyers:David Kinch

Key Clients

Toshiba Carrier Corporation

Kout Food Group

Otis Ltd

Sabre Airlines Solutions

Oriole Resources plc (formely Stratex International plc)

Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation

Pratt & Whitney

Chubb Fire & Security

Babylon Health Limited

Blick Rothenberg Limited

UTC Fire & Security

Tethyan Resources plc

Work highlights

  • Advised accountacy firm Blick Rothenberg on its acquisition of Hazlems Fenton LLP
  • Advised Internet Fusion Limited, an e-commerce business, on its acquisition of IP assets from Factory Media Limited and Sports Action Media Limited.
  • Advised on the acquisition by Ingenio Education of  Windrush Valley School , acting for the buyer.
  • Advised Chargeurs on the acquisition of a company specialising in the creation of graphic displays and display structures.
  • Represented Tethyan Resources on the acquisition of Taor, a Serbian company involved in mining and exploration.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP focuses on claimant work and is adept at handling securities and consumer fraud claims, cartel frauds, bankruptcy and corporate Ponzi frauds. Other areas of expertise include asset tracing, pursuing and defending claims of misfeasance by directors and insolvency. The firm is particularly experienced in in work in sub-Saharan Africa, advising the World Bank and donor governments, among others. Clients include large groups of consumers and shareholders. Head of team David Greene is described as 'the embodiment of the Edwin Coe business model - draped in experience, calm in any storm and highly effective'.

Practice head(s):David Greene

Other key lawyers:Ali Zaidi; Nick Neocleous; Zahira Hussain; Fred Sheppard; Thomas Johnson

Testimonials

‘The team at Edwin Coe are consummate litigators, having a superb feel not so much for the law but litigation tactics’.

‘They are one of the best firms, in my experience, balancing cost-effectiveness with litigation excellence’.

‘David Greene is the embodiment of the Edwin Coe business model: draped in litigation experience; calm in any storm; highly effective’.

‘Ali Zaidi provides a superb service particularly to insolvency practitioners, from lowly cases with razor fine commercial margins, to large complex bankruptcies and liquidations’.

‘Zahira Hussain has judgement beyond her years in practice and her client relationship skills are superb’.

‘This is an established firm with quality lawyers, well experienced in large scale litigation’.

‘Thomas Johnson stands out as tenacious and knowledgeable; highly competent and a good fighter to have on your side’.

Key Clients

Trucks Cartel claimants

BM Advisory LLP

Andreas Sofocleous & Co

Crown Currency Action Group

Soteris Pittas & Co L.L.C

St Frances Action Group

N. Pirilides & Associates LLC

150 Claimants in the Giambrone action

Resort Properties claimants

Eclipse tax scheme members

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of around 200 claimants in legal proceedings arising from the fraudulent selling of timeshare products by Resort Properties.
  • Putting together a group action to a make a claim for damages and interest against truck manufacturers in the high-profile trucks cartel case.
  • Representing a group of claimants in relation to the construction of Eclipse Film Finance Schemes. Allegations are made that a fraud was committed by the various entities that assisted in constructing the schemes including Barclays Bank, Disney and Bank of Ireland.
  • Acting for the trustee in bankruptcy of a debtor involved in a substantial mortgage fraud.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP has a strong bias towards claimant work and fraud matters, and undertakes a wide range of high-profile work, from defamations, to disciplinary work, to contentious IP, competition and property disputes. Litigation and dispute resolution team head David Greene has a niche class action practice and Ali Zaidi is restructuring and insolvency head. Nick Neocleous is also highly regarded, and Zahira Hussain, Fred Sheppard and  Thomas Johnson are the key senior associates.

Practice head(s):David Greene

Other key lawyers:Ali Zaidi; Nick Neocleous; Zahira Hussain; Fred Sheppard; Thomas Johnson

Testimonials

'David Greene has a stellar reputation.He is great with clients, has very sound and sensible tactical judgement, and usually gets his own way to the benefit of his clients'.

'Dogged persistence, laced with charm, is the hallmark of David's team'.

 

Key Clients

Timeshare claimants

Claimants in trucks cartel fraud

Eclipse tax schemes claimants

The Creditors of Crown Currency Exchange

Sidney Webb House residents

Work highlights

  • Represented a group of around 200 claimants in proceedings that arose from the fraudulent sale of timeshare products.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 7

Edwin Coe LLP

Under the leadership of the 'outstanding'¬†Linky Trott,¬†Edwin Coe LLP¬†acts for UK and international corporates and a growing number of high-net-worth senior executives, particularly from the financial services and energy sectors. The team advises on the employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions and disposals, and is also active on contentious mandates, including race and sex discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing claims.¬†Alexandra Carn¬†specialises in employment matters in the financial services sector;¬†Ruth Hickling‚Äės expertise includes advising senior employees on grievances, disciplinary issues, dismissals and exit strategies; and consultant¬†Rachel Harrap¬†has particular experience¬†in advising insolvent companies.

Practice head(s):Linky Trott

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Carn; Ruth Hickling; Rachel Harrap

Testimonials

'Edwin Coe's practice has excellent breadth and depth of experience and is unique in its well-balanced delivery of professional litigation work alongside a dedicated and empathetic approach to its clients. Its team are highly regarded across the industry and are thought leaders.'

'A truly wonderful firm and group of professionals.'

'Linky Trott and Emma Sangeelee, individually and as a team, are outstanding. They are smart, talented, hardworking and dedicated professionals who care for their clients. Both think laterally and comprehensively about solutions to issues and retain an excellent grasp of the detail and of technical issues, while also maintaining professional objectivity and a broad and solid understanding of prevailing market trends. Linky and Emma are two of the most talented individuals with whom I have had the pleasure of working.'

'The team are brilliant to work with, and have a deep and comprehensive understanding of how to address the issues at hand. They make themselves available to talk through the issues in a clear and understandable way with people who don't have a good understanding of employment law.'

'Ruth Hickling is my absolute go-to in any tricky, sensitive or complicated situation. She gets it - she provides helpful and pragmatic advice, and works with passion and enthusiasm. It goes without saying, but Ruth knows her stuff inside and out. She helps me navigate through the noise to the best course of action, and also listens to what I want and need and tailors her advice accordingly.'

'Always available to give clear, concise advice on the full spectrum of issues we face, from partner exits to issues with the mental well-being of staff.'

'Linky Trott is the ideal resource when it comes to employment law. She gives absolutely clear advice but with a healthy dose of reality to allow you to make the best decision.'

Key Clients

Otis Ltd

Penspen Limited

Chubb Fire & Security Ltd and Chubb (NI) Ltd

Duet Asset Management Limited

Tower Resources PLC

Kout Food Group (owners of Costa Coffee, Burger King & Little Chef franchises)

Tripp Limited

The Mango Tree

Kellogg Company Inc

TSX Inc

Work highlights

  • Advising Chubb Fire & Security and Chubb (NI) Limited on the full range of employment matters, including a TUPE change of service provider and employee liability information claim.
  • Defending Biosure (UK) Limited against a claim for specific performance in relation to a share allocation.
  • Defending Dion Global Solutions (London) Limited against a breach of contract claim in the High Court and a concomitant unfair dismissal claim in the Employment Tribunal.

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Edwin Coe LLP

Under the leadership of the 'outstanding'¬†Linky Trott,¬†Edwin Coe LLP¬†acts for UK and international corporates and a growing number of high-net-worth senior executives, particularly from the financial services and energy sectors. The team advises on the employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions and disposals, and is also active on contentious mandates, including race and sex discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing claims.¬†Alexandra Carn¬†specialises in employment matters in the financial services sector;¬†Ruth Hickling‚Äės expertise includes advising senior employees on grievances, disciplinary issues, dismissals and exit strategies; and consultant¬†Rachel Harrap¬†has particular experience¬†in advising insolvent companies.

Practice head(s):Linky Trott

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Carn; Ruth Hickling; Rachel Harrap; Emma Sangeelee

Testimonials

'Edwin Coe's practice has excellent breadth and depth of experience and is unique in its well-balanced delivery of professional litigation work alongside a dedicated and empathetic approach to its clients. Its team are highly regarded across the industry and are thought leaders.'

'A truly wonderful firm and group of professionals.'

'Linky Trott and Emma Sangeelee, individually and as a team, are outstanding. They are smart, talented, hardworking and dedicated professionals who care for their clients. Both think laterally and comprehensively about solutions to issues and retain an excellent grasp of the detail and of technical issues, while also maintaining professional objectivity and a broad and solid understanding of prevailing market trends. Linky and Emma are two of the most talented individuals with whom I have had the pleasure of working.'

'The team are brilliant to work with, and have a deep and comprehensive understanding of how to address the issues at hand. They make themselves available to talk through the issues in a clear and understandable way with people who don't have a good understanding of employment law.'

'Ruth Hickling is my absolute go-to in any tricky, sensitive or complicated situation. She gets it - she provides helpful and pragmatic advice, and works with passion and enthusiasm. It goes without saying, but Ruth knows her stuff inside and out. She helps me navigate through the noise to the best course of action, and also listens to what I want and need and tailors her advice accordingly.'

'Always available to give clear, concise advice on the full spectrum of issues we face, from partner exits to issues with the mental well-being of staff.'

'Linky Trott is the ideal resource when it comes to employment law. She gives absolutely clear advice but with a healthy dose of reality to allow you to make the best decision.'

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 6

Edwin Coe LLP

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP is instructed by a range of high-net-worth individuals, investors, entrepreneurs, employees and businesses on immigration issues. It is experienced in handling sponsor licence work, Tier 1 entrepreneur and investor applications. The team, which is led by Dhruti Thakrar, also handles nationality applications and immigration appeals. The team operates closely with the firm's corporate, private client and employment departments to provide a full service to clients.

Practice head(s):Dhruti Thakrar

Other key lawyers:Christine Chiew

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP is particularly strong in covering property damage and business interruption matters arising from catastrophes such as fires. Other mainstays of the practice include public liability, product liability and broker's professional negligence disputes. 'Tough negotiator' Roger Franklin leads on business interruption and property loss claims, while Michael Whitton focuses on liability and coverage disputes arising from fires, floods, thefts and other perils. Nicola Maher is regularly involved in professional negligence and D&O work.

Practice head(s):Roger Franklin

Other key lawyers:Michael Whitton; Nicola Maher

Testimonials

'Undoubtedly the leading firm acting for SME and consumer policyholders - they are not afraid to take matters to trial and get excellent results'

'Roger Franklin has wonderfully sound judgement and is a tough negotiator'

'Michael Whitton is a crafty old fox who has seen it all before'

'Nicola Maher is excellent and handling challenging clients'

'Senior associate Oliver Pannell is a rising star'

Key Clients

Dalamd Limited

Euro Pools Plc

JBR Leisure Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a textile company on matters arising from a fire at its premises
  • Represented waste recycler Dalamd in a claim against insurance broker Butterworth Spengler following a large fire at their premises.
  • Acting for Euro Pools in a claim for indemnity under a product liability policy of insurance with RSA, relating to design issues in swimming pools with moveable floors and booms.
Leading individuals

Michael Whitton - Edwin Coe LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 5

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP is instructed by claimants in disputes against insurance companies and brokers' professional indemnity insurers; it is a 'leading expert at bringing claims against insurance brokers'. The team, which is 'tenacious in fighting for its client but is also pragmatic', is instructed by Sartex Quilts & Textiles on a £3m dispute against insurers and a broker claim for negligence, relating to a fire at its premises in 2011. Head of insurance litigation Roger Franklin acts on domestic and international disputes and is noted for his experience in claims against insurance brokers. Franklin has 'very sound judgement and excellent attention to detail'.

Practice head(s):Roger Franklin

Other key lawyers:Michael Whitton; Nicola Maher; Kate Dwyer

Testimonials

Michael Whitton is hugely experienced and a tough negotiator.

Roger Franklin has an incredible command of the English language, which he adapts to create communication of sometimes extremely complex issues to any audience.

Key Clients

Sartex Quilts and Textiles

Dalamd Limited (formerly JL Sorting Limited (in liquidation) and Widnes Land Partnership LLP (in liquidation)

RR Securities

Work highlights

  • The firm represented Dalamd (formerly JL Sorting (in liquidation) and Widnes Land Partnership LLP (in liquidation)) on a £5m claim against the insurance broker Butterworth Spengler, following a large fire at their premises.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 5

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP is increasingly working on philanthropy matters by helping to structure and establish new charities for private individuals and families. The firm is adept at providing cross-border trust and tax advice on the establishment of new charitable structures and in providing ongoing operational advice to charities. With David Goepel at the helm the practice advises international pan-continental educational initiatives, national charities, and professional governing and regulatory bodies, in addition to helping philanthropic organisations that are set up by private clients. Alison Broadberry is also recommended.

Practice head(s):David Goepel

Other key lawyers:Alison Broadberry

Key Clients

The Lion Youth Club

Salvation Army International Trustee Company

Sant Zora Singh Lopon Charitable Trust

Save Our Sons

AIMS

Theatre Royal Haymarket

Work highlights

  • Advising The Lion Youth Club on the redevelopment of a youth charity’s premises.
  • Advising the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s charity on the conversion from a charitable trust to a charitable company limited by guarantee.
  • Continuing to provide a co-ordinating role for African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative.
  • Advising the Australian charity Save Our Sons on the establishment of a UK charity “Beards for Boys”.
  • Continuing to assist Sant Zora Singh Lopon Charitable Trust in a review of its constitutional arrangements.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP

Alison Broadberry heads the team at Edwin Coe LLP that handles a very significant volume of intestate estates that would otherwise have been dealt with by the Treasury Solicitor under the bona vacantia rules. It acts for private individuals and families, some of whom are based overseas, on a wide range of issues, from asset protection and succession through to onshore and offshore trusts and family settlements. Other areas of expertise lie in advising on tax investigations and inheritance tax planning. Nick Giles is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Alison Broadberry

Other key lawyers:David Goepel; Nick Giles

Testimonials

'Coolness under pressure, unusually high levels of good sense for such high-quality legal analysis and creativity. A stand-out firm for references where other firms have a conflict, which speaks very highly of its perception among its peers.'

'Very helpful team that is always pleasant to work with. The team is at the top in terms of competency. Good technical knowledge but able to be practical with clients.'

'David Goepel is one of the most able practitioners in the sector, but operates exactly where his clients want to be - under the radar. He has a remarkable ability to build consensus and drive forward solutions, where others would fail.'

Key Clients

Hoopers

St. James’s Place

Leading individuals

David Goepel - Edwin Coe LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP’s specialist areas include corporate occupiers, the hospitality sector, developments and property investments for overseas clients. Practice head Stephen Brower is an expert in property finance, specifically high-end residential development funding, while the wider team holds experience in relation to mixed use projects, the disposal of investment and letting. The practice also handles sales and leasebacks, headquarter developments and joint venture planning.

Practice head(s):Stephen Brower

Other key lawyers:Joanne McIvor; William Thompson

Key Clients

Lush

Coutts & Co

Luxlo

Smiths Pension Fund

Carrier Refrigeration Limited

Bostall Group

United Technologies Holdings Limited

Toshiba Carrier UK Limited

Pickfords Move Management

TH Real Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising Moffat Manor/Gendevon/Riverview Holiday Parks on the sale and leaseback of three holiday parks across Scotland.
  • Advising Entrepreneur on the purchase and development agreement to build a new headquarters building.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP has a strong lender-side client base, acting for numerous banks (including several overseas institutions). The team regularly advises on investment and development finance, particularly in relation to commercial property assets, including hotels, serviced apartments, offices, retail and healthcare facilities. On the borrower side, the firm has extensive experience advising high-net-worth individuals on the financing of high-end residential developments, landed estates and agricultural land. Stephen Brower leads the practice.

Practice head(s):Stephen Brower

Key Clients

Maybank Berhad

Riyad Bank

Handlesbanken

Cynergy Bank (was Bank of Cyprus)

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP

Working closely with its construction team, particularly on adjudications and matters concerning build issues and professional negligence, as well as other departments, Edwin Coe LLP's property litigation team led by Joanna Osborne is well placed to assist a wide range of clients, including landlords and tenants, developers, local authorities, individual investors and private clients, with various commercial property disputes. Recently, the team has been particularly active handling property portfolio-related matters and landlord and tenant disputes. Leasehold enfranchisement specialist Katherine Simpson joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish in September 2018.

Practice head(s):Joanna Osborne

Other key lawyers:Shams Rahman; Katherine Simpson

Key Clients

United Technologies Group

Smiths Pension Trustees

Connie Investments

Hawksford Trust

Newrest-Servair LCY UK

Provincial Equity Finance

Henley Homes

Reading Heights

Work highlights

  • Assisting a number a companies within the United Technologies Group with various landlord and tenant issues, which arose across the portfolio.
  • Acted for the landlord of the Edwardian Hotel (now renamed the Avni Kensington Hotel), Connie Investments, in a dispute with its tenant, Avni Kensington Hotel, over the interpretation of the rent review provisions and the security of tenure exclusion provision in the tenant’s lease.  
  • Advising Smiths Pension Trustees on various contentious issues arising from its property portfolio including lease renewals and dilapidation claims.
  • Advising the aviation caterer Newrest Servair LCY UK on planning and noise abatement disputes with the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.  
  • Advising the Salvation Army International Trustee Company on a possession claim involving multiple parcels of land at its international head office at Sunbary Court in London.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Edwin Coe LLP

The 'practical, realistic, efficient and trustworthy' practice at Edwin Coe LLP has experience in a range of transactions and disputes. Simon Miles, who has particular experience handling trade mark disputes, leads the team, which also includes the 'extremely responsive and knowledgeable' Nick Phillips, who focuses on the IT sector, and trade mark attorney Maggie Ramage.

Practice head(s):Simon Miles

Other key lawyers:Nick Phillips; Maggie Ramage

Testimonials

'Edwin Coe has a good depth of knowledge, listens well and understands the issues clients face as a business.'

'The individuals are brilliantly responsive and experts in their field.'

'The practice is highly professional and always demonstrates the highest level of capability.'

'Simon Miles is sharp and a great communicator.'

'Nick Phillips takes time to understand the client's business and the challenges faced and looks for realistic solutions; he is a pleasure to work with.'

'Simon Miles offers commercial advice, which is delivered rapidly.'

Key Clients

easyGroup

Garmin

Studiocanal

GroupM

Noble Automotive

Paddington and Company Limited

Kout Food Group Limited (Little Chef, Cha Cha Moon)

Venntro Media Group

Silvergate Media Limited (Octonauts)

FilmOn.com

Champane Lanson

Physique Management

Work highlights

  • Acting for EasyGroup in an EU trade mark infringement dispute and related passing off issues relating to the Netflix original series Easy.
  • Acting for five defendants including Greenwich Polo Club and The Copyrights Group in trade mark infringement and passing off claims brought by Lifestyle Equities CV and Lifestyle Equities BV.
  • Instructed by Hardware Labs in a trade mark dispute with Nvidia.
  • Advising Paddington and Company on a number of trade mark matters including several oppositions, invalidity claims and cancellations in China.
  • Assisting Silvergate Media with the management of trade mark, design and copyright portfolios relating to the children’s book and television series, Octonauts.

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