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Adrian Parkhouse

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Farrer & Co

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Adrian is head of the art and heritage group. He has broad experience of all aspects of dispute resolution. He also has leading experience of art-related disputes. Adrian is a CEDR accredited mediator. He has led teams in a number of major commercial cases this year, acting both for claimants and defendants on a range of matters.


Qualified in 1984; became a partner in 1989.


Oxford (BA).

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

Farrer & Co provides 'high-quality advice'. The team is led by 'completely unflappableJonathan Haley, who 'engenders the utmost confidence in clients' and often acts as 'a diplomatic and realistic sounding-board' in contentious situations. He continues to advise Allies & Morrison LLP on matters connected to its LLP conversion, including IP transfers and the substitution of large numbers of project contacts. 'Cool-headed in complex cases', Adrian Parkhouse successfully represented former partner at a law firm in a landmark and high-value Court of Appeal case against his former firm in relation to a liability issue. Also recommended are Eleanor Rowswell, who has niche expertise in employment law as it relates to partners and staff in professional practices; and Kathleen Heycock who specialises in team moves, international partner disputes and international acquisitions by regulated partnerships. John Wilkinson joined the team from Stephenson Harwood in September 2017 and has experience in commercial disputes involving partnerships.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil

Thorough and highly effectiveFarrer & Co is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional freezing injunctions and asset tracing, with notable experience of  cases involving the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, the Middle East, South East Asia, and Eastern Europe. The firm continues to act for Celsa Steel in relation to a multi-party fraud claim in which various subcontractors stole steel and other materials from the company and manipulated records to conceal the thefts. It also acted for Sir Owen Glenn KNZM ONZM and Kea in a £200m fraud claim against Eric Watson, Novatrust and others that relates to secret profits made in breach of fiduciary duties, and proprietary constructive trust and tracing claims. Head of team Adrian Parkhouse is ‘absolutely first rate, hugely experienced, intelligent and a very impressive operator’. Kate Allass is ‘pragmatic and highly practical’ and John Wilkinson, who joined as partner, has ‘bags of hard hitting commercial nous’.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Adrian Parkhouse - Farrer & Co

Within: Commercial litigation

With almost all of its work involving international dimensions, Farrer & Co's 'great corporate and commercial litigation practice' has a particular emphasis on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and cross-border commercial contracts. The practice acted for RP Explorer Master Fund in the Commercial Court in its $80m claim against multiple defendants, which arose out of its investments on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. Adrian Parkhouse heads the team, which includes Kate AllassJeremy Gordon, Toby Graham, Ben Longworth and Charlotte Fraser . The key senior associates are Ben Longworth and Jolyon Connell. John Wilkinson joined from Stephenson Harwood.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property

Within: Leading individuals

Adrian Parkhouse - Farrer & Co

Within: Art and cultural property

Farrer & Co   has a number of ‘standout individuals’ among them the ‘very impressiveAdrian Parkhouse, who acts for dealers, galleries, individuals and foreign governments in disputes over art and heritage property. The ‘brilliant and pragmaticJames Carleton  has particular expertise in cross-border art and heritage law. The ‘exceptionally able’ Rhoddy Voremberg is well regarded for his advice on the tax treatment of heritage property; the ‘excellent and immensely experiencedMike Chantler is also recommended for his work on the administration and taxation of heritage property. Julian Smith  is highly respected for his work in advising charities and non-departmental public bodies. Adam Carvalho  is an ‘up-and-coming senior associate whose reputation continues to grow’. The team represents major museums and galleries such as the Natural History Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Science Museum, and also acts for the international super-rich, dealers and collectors. Other major clients include Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College, Historic Royal Palaces and the Art Fund.

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London: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

Farrer & Co ‘has a strong property litigation department, with excellent breadth and depth of knowledge’. The firm has ‘a growing practice with a large number of private clients’ and ‘ensures that their clients are provided with a top-quality service’. Siobhan Jones heads the department and delivers ‘excellent strategic and knowledgeable advice and direction to a case’ while ‘building excellent relationships with clients’. Jones is currently defending Holy Cross Sisters Trustees who are accused of deceitfully withholding information in a Court of Appeal planning application. The group has particular strength in representing high-net-worth individuals, contract interpretation and high-value dilapidations. Jo Ord is ‘technically very able’ and Graham Anderson is an ‘extremely effective and thoughtful solicitor’. Partner Adrian Parkhouse is also recommended and focuses on construction disputes. Clients include The British Museum, Diageo and the Duchy of Cornwall.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)


Within: Sport

With 'a long history of acting for sports governing bodies on weighty matters', Farrer & Co has 'a strong sports pedigree'; governance, integrity and safeguarding are core strengths, though the team also has longstanding experience in event-staging. Julian Pike has 'great experience' and 'a very good understanding of the needs and pressures faced by his clients'; he advised the Football Association (FA) on the Select Committee inquiry into its handling of bullying and discrimination allegations lodged against former England women's manager Mark Sampson. Senior litigator Adrian Parkhouse is 'calm and effective, with a sound knowledge of the sector', and knows 'exactly what clients expect'; he defended PGA European Tour against a damages claim worth over £200,000, relating to its staging of the golf tournament. Henry Sainty assisted UK Athletics with staging the IAAF World Athletics Championships and the IPC World ParaAthletics Championships in 2017; he also advised the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) on its agreement with The Queen's Club to stage the Aegon Championships. Other clients include the International Canoe Federation and Billericay FC. Kate Allass is 'strong, effective litigator'; the 'extremely sharpPaul Jones is 'a great person to have on your side'. Associate Tom Rudkin is widely recommended.

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