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Fieldfisher

RIVERBANK HOUSE, 2 SWAN LANE, LONDON, EC4R 3TT, ENGLAND
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823 LONDON CITY EC3
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

The broad commercial practice at Fieldfisher is known for its deep bench and expertise in the technology area. Tech expert Robert Shooter specialises in large-scale procurements and commercial collaborations in both the private and public sectors. He co-leads the team with David Bond, who advises clients across a range of industry sectors, including retail, hotels and leisure, education, and food and beverages. The group is advising Premier League football club Liverpool FC on its suite of fan-facing systems.

Practice head(s):Robert Shooter; David Bond

Testimonials

'The team is able to understand both the commercial and legal issues in a short time frame'

'The team provides hands-on support during contract negotiations with potential suppliers'

'Good common-sense lawyers who are easy to do business with'

'David Bond is one of the top franchise lawyers in the UK' 

Key Clients

eBay/Gumtree

Netflix

Starbucks

Liverpool FC

Hamleys

easyHotel

H&M

Olympus

Viacom

Boparan Restaurants (Giraffe, Ed's Easy Diner, Harry Ramsden's, Slim Chickens)

Work highlights

  • Advising Viacom on several commercial matters in respect of its various brands.
  • Advising longstanding client Olympus on a broad range of technology and commercial matters.
  • Advising eBay on various commercial agreements and business critical agreements.
  • Advising Godiva on a key transaction concerning global data hosting services.
  • Advising on Freeview on various matters including the development of an app and Freeview Play – a live TV and on-demand service.
Leading individuals

David Bond - Fieldfisher

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Fieldfisher

Derek Hill leads the team at Fieldfisher, and specialises in tax-structured finance transactions. The group has a variety of experience, but is most noted for advising clients in the TMT, life sciences and financial services sectors.

Practice head(s):Derek Hill

Other key lawyers:Nick Noble; Andrew Prowse

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s competition, regulatory and trade group acts on the full spectrum of competition law issues including merger control, litigation, market investigations, state aid, and public procurement. Team members have wide-ranging experience across industries such as energy, regulated sectors, transport, life sciences, and financial services. Practice head Charles Whiddington splits his time between London and Brussels. John Cassels heads the firm’s regulatory group and specialises in competition law. Nicholas Pimlott is a key contact for telecoms clients.

Practice head(s):Charles Whiddington

Other key lawyers:John Cassels; Nicholas Pimlott

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Leveraging a roster of nearly 40 AIM-quoted clients and connections with a huge number of brokers, Fieldfisher has been involved in dozens of equity deals even at a time when the market has been especially quiet. The practice group is noted in particular for its expertise in the oil and gas and mining and minerals sectors, which means it is regularly handling transactions involving foreign issuers listing in London. To complement its expertise in the natural resources sectors, the firm has a large dedicated CIS group, which has continued to expand its work in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia. Key contacts include Neil Matthews, Anthony Brockbank, George Cotter and Brad Isaac.

Practice head(s):Neil Matthews

Other key lawyers:Anthony Brockbank; George Cotter; Brad Isaac; Dominic Gurney-Champion; David Bowcock

Testimonials

'The team is highly qualified and experienced in the mining and minerals sector.'

'Excellent cross support from partners and senior associates.'

'Highly responsive and proactive on transactions.'

'Very much partner-led, with a high degree of day-to-day involvement from senior lawyers.'

'Every firm has qualified lawyers, but Fieldfisher stands out for its responsiveness, its provision of advice that is actually usable, and its in-depth understanding of the client's business.'

Key Clients

Atalaya Mining

Liberum Capital

Strand Hanson

Grant Thornton UK LLP

KEFI Minerals plc

Mirabaud Securities Limited

Panmure Gordon

Berenberg

finnCap

Stifel Nicholaus Europe

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mirabaud Securities Limited, Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited and Smith & Williamson on fundraisings for Diversified Gas & Oil plc totalling $440m.
  • Acted for AIM-listed Cabot Energy plc on a subscription, placing and open offer raising $16.5m together with the acquisition of the remaining 25% of Cabot's producing oil assets in north west Alberta, Canada (via the acquisition of the entire sharecapital of High Power Petroleum (NOP) UK Limited).
  • Advising Dowgate Capital on S4 Capital Limited's £175 million fundraising and acquisition of MediaMonks.
  • Advised KRM 22 plc, an investing company focused on risk management in capital markets, on its IPO and admission to AIM with a market capitalisation of £12m.
  • Acted for Cenkos Securities plc and Mirabaud Securities Ltd on a secondary placing for AIM-quoted Duke Royalty Limited to raise £44m.
Leading individuals

Anthony Brockbank - Fieldfisher

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has expertise in the banking and broker-dealer spaces, working primarily for large investment banks, commodities houses and hedge funds. In addition, the firm has experience in the area of fintech. Leading the non-contentious practice are financial regulatory specialist Azad Ali; Nicholas Thompsell, who is known for his abilities in the application of regulation in novel or unusual contexts; asset management expert Kirstene Baillie; and Emma Spiers, who focuses on alternative asset management. On the contentious side, the practice is notable for disputes, regulatory enforcement work, disciplinary action and internal investigations, as well as advising individuals under investigation by the FCA. Duncan Black leads in this area and acts for investors, brokers, banks and individuals, with a particular focus on  money laundering and market abuse cases.

Practice head(s):Duncan Black

Testimonials

'Very experienced and reliable'

'Duncan Black has deep knowledge and does not shy away from giving clear advice'

Key Clients

Triland Metals Ltd

Currencies Direct

London Metal Exchange Ring Dealer

Work highlights

  • Defending the CEO of a listed company in an FCA investigation.
  • Advising Debt Fund on anti-money laundering compliance.
  • Defending a crypto-currency exchange in Commercial Court proceedings alleging non-payment of introductory fee in initial coin offering.

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has expertise in the banking and broker-dealer spaces, working primarily for large investment banks, commodities houses and hedge funds. In addition, the firm has experience in the area of fintech. Leading the non-contentious practice are financial regulatory specialist Azad Ali; Nicholas Thompsell, who is known for his abilities in the application of regulation in novel or unusual contexts; asset management expert Kirstene Baillie; and Emma Spiers, who focuses on alternative asset management. The team advised Danske Bank Group in relation to hard Brexit contingency planning across all its European business units . On the contentious side, the practice is advises on disputes, regulatory enforcement work, disciplinary action and internal investigations, as well as representing individuals under investigation by the FCA. Duncan Black leads in this area and acts for investors, brokers, banks and individuals, with a particular focus on  money laundering and market abuse cases.

Practice head(s):Azad Ali; Nicholas Thompsell; Kirstene Baillie; Emma Spiers

Testimonials

'Extensive knowledge and experience of complex legal issues relating to derivatives and regulatory matters but,  nevertheless, able to provide pragmatic advice in a down-to-earth manner'

'All the team are easily approachable and down-to-earth'

Key Clients

Danske Bank Group

Citco Financial Products (London) Limited

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

World Fuel Capital Ltd

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Standard Chartered

Work highlights

  • Advised a bank on Brexit-related financial regulatory issues and asset management concerns, as well as on other regulatory issues.
  • Provide advice on a regular basis to the cleared derivatives business of CGML in respect of its memberships of derivatives exchanges and clearing houses.
  • Advise World Fuel Capital Ltd on a range of regulatory issues, including MiFID II issues, perimeter concerns relating to commodity brokerage exemptions, client categorisation and the impact of Brexit.
  • Advised  ZKB on a range of regulatory issues, including advice with respect to the provision of cross-border services in the UK after Brexit, the scope of the Credit Rating Agencies Regulation and the Securities Financing Transactions Regulation.
  • Advise Standard Chartered on a range of regulatory issues, including regulatory capital, access to financial market infrastructure and market abuse issues.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

The corporate M&A team at Fieldfisher has been focusing more on key target industries recently, in line with the firm's wider strategy. Focus sectors now include technology, media and telecoms and energy and natural resources. In the technology space, the team has advised both UK and US clients on inbound and outbound investments, including Silicon Valley-based companies. In the energy sector, the team works predominantly with AIM-listed clients on fundraising and strategic transactions, including emerging markets clients. Andrew Blankfield heads the team in the London office, which also works with the firm's Birmingham and Manchester offices on transactions. These regional teams are led by Chris Hill and David Bowcock, a recent arrival from Brabners LLP, respectively. In addition to Bowcock in Manchester, the firm hired Brian Chadwick from Cooley (UK) LLP and Matthew Williams from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP in London. Chadwick is a dual qualified UK/US lawyer with a strong focus on the technology market, underlying the firm's drive in this sector. Williams has extensive experience advising energy and infrastructure clients on commercial transactions, with a particular focus on renewable and conventional power facilities.

Practice head(s):Andrew Blankfield

Other key lawyers:David Wilkinson; Brian Chadwick; Matthew Wiliams

Testimonials

'Fast, responsive and very knowledgeable'

'Fieldfisher work as a cohesive team, seamlessly going through the problems on a deal and presenting a single, unified solution.'

'David Wilkinson is unparalleled in the market'

Key Clients

BBC Worldwide / BBC Studios / BBC

Dominvs Group

Getty Images

KazMunaiGas

Coöperatieve KMG EP U.A

Viacom, Inc.

Restore plc

Marlowe plc

PA Consulting

Work highlights

  • Advised California-headquartered  digital promotions company Quotient Technology Inc on its $26.45m acquisition of UK start-up Elevaate.
  • Advised Restore Plc on its £88m acquisition of of TNT's UK document storage business, funded through a £51.5m placing and £160m refinancing.
  • Advised an international joint venture on the acquisition of GHG London Realty, the owner of the Curtain Club in London.
  • Acted for PA Consulting on its dual acquisition of Sparkler, a digital insight and strategy consultancy, and We Are Friday Limited, a digital service design and engineering agency.
  • Represented nominated adviser Smith & Williamson and joint brokers Mirabaud Securities and Stifel on the acquisition of US oil & gas assets by Diversified Gas & Oil plc
Leading individuals

Andrew Blankfield - Fieldfisher

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

The practice at Fieldfisher - which is 'up there with the best teams in this sector' - advises on investigations, bribery, corruption, global asset tracing, freezing orders, search orders and passport orders. Clients include high-net worth individuals and companies with a particular focus on Russia, Ukraine and the CIS. The firm is adept at handling commercial fraud matters that involve parallel criminal or regulatory proceedings and increasingly, private prosecutions. Tony Lewis heads the team; he specialises in issues arising from fraudulent conduct, including investigations, recovering assets, corruption and money laundering.

Practice head(s):Tony Lewis

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Underwood; Aymen Khoury; Kit Jarvis; Andrew Lafferty; Daniel Hayward

Testimonials

'Very strong team with a real breadth of experience and market presence as fraud litigators; they have very strong lawyers at all levels.They are hands on, focused, smart and commercial. They are up there with the best teams in this sector.'

'Stuart Perry - busy, dynamic, smart and clear thinking fraud and insolvency litigator who has a real breadth of experience and understanding of this sector. Instinctively knows the pressure points and how best to exploit them.'

'Colin Gibson - constantly working for clients. Doesn't worry about the small points; excellent on the bigger picture.'

'Dan Hayward is a multilingual recent partner who handles Russian and Ukrainian clients well, and works closely with counsel as part of an integrated team to achieve the result desired by the client.'

Key Clients

Igor Kolomoisky

KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Limited ("KeyMed")

Alexander Gorbachev

Jeremy Willmont and Emma Sayers (as joint trustees in bankruptcy of Mikhail Shlosberg)

Equix Diamonds

Stephen Jennings and Robert Reid (Yukos Oil dispute)

PwC (as liquidators of Goldtrail Travel Limited)

Tetiana Ieremeieva and Roman Yeremeiev

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ukrainian oligarch Igor Kolomoisky in respect of a $1.9bn claim brought against him by PrivatBank, the largest commercial bank in Ukraine.
  • Acting KeyMed and Olympus in a claim against two former directors relating to an alleged pensions fraud.
  • Acting for Equix Diamonds DMCC in a $10m dispute.  
  • Acting for Stephen Jennings and Robert Reid, who have been sued alongside three other individuals in relation to their part in the auction of assets following the liquidation of Yukos Oil in Russia in 2007.
  • Acting for the liquidators of Goldtrail in pursuing dishonest assistance claims against a series of individuals, and Turkish airline Onur Air and in defending appeals from the first instance decision in the liquidators' favour
Leading individuals

Tony Lewis - Fieldfisher

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's white-collar practice includes dedicated criminal law experts - both solicitors and barristers - who are able to advise a client from the beginning of an investigation through to trial and, where necessary, appeal. The team regularly acts for individuals caught up in high profile criminal cases, advising in relation to allegations such as fraud, corruption, money laundering and sanction breaches. It handles matters involving various regulatory/investigatory authorities including the SFO, the FCA, HMRC and the National Crime Agency in the UK and the US DoJ.  It also provides advice around Bribery Act compliance and issue management. The team is headed by Tony Lewis   and Francesca Titus, with the firm adding Kyle Phillips as a senior associate from Howard Kennedy.

Practice head(s):Tony Lewis; Francesca Titus

Other key lawyers:Kyle Phillips

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a Rolls Royce Service - nothing is impossible’.

‘Fieldfisher have an excellent reputation within the industry for representing and advising private clients in large scale white-collar crime cases and internal fraud investigations within companies’.

‘Tony Lewis has expertise, knowledge and passion for his area of work that is unquestionable’.

‘Francesca Titus brings years of independent practice as a barrister to offer a unique advantage for those wishing to avoid litigation. She is brilliantly clever and a delight to work with’.

‘Francesca Titus leads a team that provides really excellent legal advice and representation in the area of crime, particularly white-collar’.

‘Kyle Phillips has developed an impressive reputation as a highly efficient lawyer with excellent judgement and an impressive work ethic’.

Work highlights

  • Representing a defendant, a former director of a successful printing company who counted Royal Bank of Scotland as a client.  The directors are alleged to have committed an 8 year fraud against HMRC leading to a loss to HMRC of around £4m.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's lawyers have disputes expertise in derivatives and other structured finance transactions, lending, receivables financing, and investment products. The team also assists with disputes involving peer-to-peer lending and cryptocurrencies, and has increasingly worked on contentious insolvency and regulatory-related litigation. Key names to note are Andrew Lafferty, Duncan Black, Kit Jarvis and Aymen Khoury, along with directors Julia Dodds, James Lewis, and senior associate Abdul Sattar.

Practice head(s):Andrew Lafferty

Other key lawyers:Duncan Black; Kit Jarvis; Aymen Khoury; Julia Dodds; James Lewis; Abdul Sattar

Testimonials

'It is evident from the cost-budgeting process that the lawyers at this firm take great care to structure the legal team (both solicitors and counsel) in a way that operates efficiently and delivers the greatest value to the lay client without compromising on the quality of the advice and service provided.'

'The team exercises very good judgement about what is acceptable to the Court, resulting in excellent outcomes for client.'

'Director James Lewis has an excellent command of detail and understanding of the substantive issues in proceedings.'

'Kit Jarvis makes valuable contributions in respect of strategy.'

Key Clients

Dana Gas Sukuk

Greif International Holding

Oiax

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dana Gas Sukuk in a contested Islamic finance restructuring, which involved parallel proceedings in London and the Gulf that gave rise to jurisdictional questions about the appropriate forum, procedure and applicable law.
Leading individuals

Andrew Lafferty - Fieldfisher

Rising stars

James Lewis - Fieldfisher

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's 'team is very professional and highly technical. It has the ability to get to the root of complex and challenging cases'. The practice covers high-value finance disputes, post-M&A litigation   and  has a significant civil fraud and financial crime team. The team has been carrying out increasing work in the CIS.  Colin Gibson heads up the team, which comprises Kit Jarvis, Vivien Davies, Andrew Lafferty, Jonathan Ray-Smith, Aymen Khoury and Daniel Hayward, along with legal director Nicola Sewell and senior associates Abdul Sattar, Nathan Capone and Hannah Piper. Simon Moore retired from the firm and Rhys Griffiths departed for Fox Williams LLP.

Practice head(s):Colin Gibson

Other key lawyers:Kit Jarvis; Vivien Davies; Andrew Lafferty; Jonathan Ray-Smith; Aymen Khoury; Daniel Hayward; Nicola Sewell; Abdul Sattar; Nathan Capone; Hannah Piper

Testimonials

'Don't back down.'

'Methodically and patiently present cases that demolish the ability of the opposition to present any coherent defence that does not represent the truth'.

'Tremendous strength in depth, with very capable lawyers at all levels.'

'Colin Gibson is a dynamic, excellent head of department, who is very good on the detail, but glosses over irrelevancies to concentrate on the big picture'.

'Kit Jarvis is into  the detail and works with clients to drive cases forward'.

'Daniel Hayward is a fighter and particularly good with Russian and Ukrainian clients'.

'Legal director Nicola Sewell has the ability to cut to the heart of the matter, rather than scoring points around the edges'.

 

Key Clients

Igor Kolomoisky

Alexander Gorbachev

Atalaya Mining

Robert Reid and Stephen Jennings

Russell Rosenblum

Mavuli Caboose Establishment

Rosalina UK

Getty Images

Oiax

Compound Photonics Group

Hubrick

Work highlights

  • Acted for the owner of a Spanish copper mine in a €50m post–M&A dispute.
Leading individuals

Colin Gibson - Fieldfisher

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher 'has a strong team of subject matter experts', and it is best known for acting in high-value commercial and investor-state arbitrations for and against ultra-high-net-worth individuals and corporations from the former CIS region. Simon Sloane has over 20 years' international arbitration experience across Europe, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Australasia and Asia, and Colin Gibson is dispute resolution head. Other experienced practitioners are Alexandra Underwood, Daniel Hayward and recently promoted Tracey Wright, while Jonathan Hofstetter and Richard Waugh are key advisers in Birmingham. Former international arbitration practice head Simon Moore retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):Simon Sloane; Colin Gibson

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Underwood; Daniel Hayward; Tracey Wright; Jonathan Hofstetter; Richard Waugh

Testimonials

'The team is extremely professional and delivers high-quality work'.

'Simon Sloane is exceptional, has a commanding presence and provides inspiring leadership to his team'.

'Colin Gibson is an outstanding practitioner with infallible tactical instincts'.

'Daniel Hayward has really good knowledge of practice and procedure'.

Key Clients

Littop Enterprises

Gilward Investments

Work highlights

  • Represented Littop Enterprises (and related companies) in a high-value arbitration against a state-owned gas company.  

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's large, specialist professional discipline group acts for over 40 different regulators across health, sport, surveying, policing, finance and law, as well as higher education institutions that offer study courses in regulated professions. It supports the GC team at the SRA in relation to a range of issues that affect the regulation of solicitors and legal businesses. Manchester-based Sarah Ellson and John Cassels in London co-head the firm's regulatory group; senior partner Matthew Lohn - who chairs the firm’s supervisory board - and Tom Rider are also key contacts, while the notable senior associates are David Northfield and Carina May. Former director Alix Rejman left to become GC at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Practice head(s):Sarah Ellson; John Cassels

Other key lawyers:Matthew Lohn; Tom Rider; David Northfield; Carina May

Testimonials

'The utterly professional Sarah Ellson is a standout leader and a very clever lawyer'.

Key Clients

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Financial Reporting Council

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Taxation Disciplinary Board

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

Northern Ireland Social Care Council

General Optical Council

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Work highlights

  • Acted for NMC in litigation in relation to former registrants.
Leading individuals

Matthew Lohn - Fieldfisher

Sarah Ellson - Fieldfisher

Rising stars

David Northfield - Fieldfisher

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's team has experience handling tax disputes for clients in the film, leisure, life sciences and healthcare sectors, carrying out both tax litigation and criminal defence work. The group is led by Hartley Foster, who has extensive experience in cases before the courts, and includes former tax inspector and policy adviser George Gillham and European tax law expert Philippe Freund.

Practice head(s):Hartley Foster

Other key lawyers:George Gillham; Philippe Freund

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London: Finance

Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 8

Fieldfisher

Led from London by Stewart Perry  and from Manchester by Michelle Shean, Fieldfisher has a strong national practice in the mid-market on behalf of insolvency practitioners, banks, corporates and directors across the spectrum of insolvency work, ranging from advisory corporate restructuring matters, through to formal insolvencies and insolvency-related disputes. Although it is active across a range of industry sectors, the team is able to add particular value to matters within the retail, life sciences, and energy spaces.

Practice head(s):Stewart Perry; Michelle Shean

Other key lawyers:Kit Jarvis; Robin Spender; Larry Coltman; Carly Schiff

Testimonials

'The team are proactive and can never be accused of being vanilla.'

'Michelle Shean is a great listener and responds to requests and beyond. She has a tremendous attention to detail.'

'I have worked with Kit Jarvis over about nine years and always found him to be always on the case, thoughtful, assertive when necessary, a really good listener and highly committed and energetic. On a long-running, complex piece of litigation, these are very valuable qualities.'

Key Clients

PwC

KPMG

Ernst & Young

Grant Thornton

FRP Advisory

RSM

Duff & Phelps

Begbies Traynor

BDO

Wilkins Kennedy

Cannon Corporate

Hubrick Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the administrators and receivers in respect of a large bio-gas energy company, with complex land title and environmental issues.
  • Acting for the liquidators (in a compulsory liquidation) trading five group companies, enabling a payment in full and return to the incumbent management team.
  • Assisting Mrs Shlosberg and a number of foreign trust companies in relation to claims levied by the Trustees in Bankruptcy of Mr Shlosberg.
  • Assisting the liquidators in proceedings to recover substantial funds in respect of a dishonest assistance claim.
  • Assisting the liquidators relating to frauds committed by former directors.

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Derivatives (including commodities)
Derivatives (including commodities) - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher handles work in all asset classes for a broad range of market participants. Its work in derivatives, repos, stock lending and structured products transactions has earned it a reputation as a leading adviser to both the institutional asset manager sector and the UK prime brokerage market. The firm's Condor ALS offering is an alternative legal solutions platform that offers clients a range of customisable and low-cost services for large derivatives and financial markets documentation projects. Guy Usher leads the finance group and has more than 25 years' experience in the derivatives market. The firm is 'growing in leaps and bounds'. It recruited partners Matthew Williams, who focuses on energy trading, and Lis Blunsdon, who handles trade and regulatory matters, from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP to boost its capability in commodity derivatives.

Practice head(s):Guy Usher

Leading individuals

Guy Usher - Fieldfisher

Matthew Williams - Fieldfisher

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has a strong team focused on Russia and the CIS region, where it handles both transactional and regulatory matters, though it has steadily grown the stream of work involving jurisdictions in Africa and the Middle East. It predominantly acts for high-net-worth individuals, investment banks and blue-chip corporates. Lead partner Matt Hinxman in the banking and asset finance group is a specialist in project finance in the oil and gas, mining and renewables sectors. Also recommended are CIS group partner Nodir Sidikov, banking and finance partner Oliver Abel Smith and mining and metals specialist Jonathan Brooks.

Practice head(s):Matt Hinxman

Other key lawyers:Oliver Abel Smith; Jonathan Brooks; Nodir Sidikov

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Structured products and securitisation
Structured products and securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has a financial markets and products group that acts for a diverse array of clients, including US and European banks, trustees and hedge funds. The practice is led by Guy Usher, who focuses on derivatives and repos in securitisations, CDOs, leveraged loan structures, and project financings and has been growing at junior and mid-level in recent years. Stephen Moller advises fintech companies and investment managers on receivables financings; Dougall Molson  advises on securitisations, receivables and inventory financings with a particular focus on commodities; and securitisation specialist Richard Todd has almost 20 years' experience in representing arrangers, lenders, sponsors, issuers and originators. The practice continues to attract new clients, including start-up peer to peer lending platforms and established financial institutions. It focuses on bespoke transactions, notably for issuers, corporate services providers, trustees, and servicers. Gonzalo Fernandez leads on trustee matters.

Practice head(s):Guy Usher

Other key lawyers:Alex Campbell; Gonzalo Fernandez; Stephen Moller; Dougall Molson; Marsili Hale

Key Clients

Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP

Credit Suisse Asset Management

Citigroup Global Markets Limited (outsourcing team)

Credit Suisse Asset Management

CSC Global

Estates and Infrastructure Exchange

Intertrust Group

Law Debenture Trust Corporation

Link Asset Services and Link Mortgage Services

Lucid Trustee Services Limited

Ocorian

Open Access Finance Limited

RM Capital Markets Limited

Société Générale

Wells Fargo

Wilmington Trust

U.S. Bank Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Link Asset Services in its role as corporate services provider for bond issuers on the restructuring of multiple residential mortgage-backed securitisations.
  • Advised new corporate services provider client Ocorian on the establishment of new pre-securitisation warehouse for commercial real estate loans.
  • Advised the bond issuer on a new £336m Residential Mortgage Securities No. 31 PLC residential mortgage-backed securitisation.
  • Advised Société Générale, Citigroup Global Markets and SMBC Nikko as Joint Lead Managers on new $500m ABS issuance from the Trafigura commodity receivables securitisation programme.
  • Advised Link Asset Services as the corporate services provider for the issuers of three warehouse securitisations.
Leading individuals

Richard Todd - Fieldfisher

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Trade finance is an integral part of the lending group's practice at Fieldfisher, which advises on a range of transactions in relation to commodities as well as other sectors and asset classes. Features of its work include prepayment finance, documentary and standby Letters of Credit, export and pre-export facilities, reserve-based lending, borrowing base structures, inventory finance and receivables finance. In 2018, the firm became more involved in assisting banks, commodity trading houses and producers on prepayment financings and related off-take arrangements. It also advised on alternative financing techniques such as metals streaming arrangements and inventory management facilities. Practice head Oliver Abel Smith has particular expertise in trade and commodity finance and asset finance in the energy and natural resources sector.

Practice head(s):Oliver Abel Smith

Other key lawyers:Andrew Evans; Matt Hinxman; Jonathan Brooks; Dougall Molson

Key Clients

Banco do Brasil S.A.

Citibank, N.A.

Deutsche Bank

Europe Arab Bank plc

ICBC Standard Bank

Privredna Banka Zagreb d.d.

RCB Bank Ltd

Silicon Valley Bank

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Traxys

Work highlights

  • Acted as English legal advisers for KMG Kashagan B.V. on subsequent extensions of the existing prepayment facility underwritten by Vitol S.A. in respect of crude oil exports.
  • Advised Citigroup Global Market, SMBC Nikko and Société Générale, as Joint Lead Managers, on a new 144A term issuance undertaken pursuant to the Trafigura Securitisation Finance Programme, a receivables-backed securitisation.
  • We acted as English legal advisers for KMG Kashagan B.V. on subsequent extensions of the existing prepayment facility underwritten by Vitol S.A. in respect of crude oil exported from the Kashagan oil up to an amount of US$2,200,000,000.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher‚Äôs team of ‚Äėacknowledged experts‚Äô delivers ‚Äėexperience-based assessments‚Äô and is jointly headed by Graeme Nuttall OBE¬†and Mark Gearing. Its core strengths include helping long-established employee-owned businesses to maintain their structure, and assisting start-ups and growing companies with employee ownership, tax-advantaged share plans, US-based inward investment into Europe and constitution creation. Clients from a wide range of sectors engage the group, such as mining, media and technology, and life sciences entities. Senior associate Tamsin Nicholds¬†recently arrived from Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†and is recommended for corporate governance matters.

Practice head(s):Graeme Nuttall OBE; Mark Gearing

Other key lawyers:Tamsin Nicholds; Neil Palmer

Testimonials

'Instant availability of seasoned practitioners fittingly introduced by a very knowledgeable relationship partner.'

'They are experts in the field. They understand what growth companies need, the challenges they face and how plans are best structured to avoid pitfalls and provide flexibility appropriately.'

'Flexible, personable, responsive. Fun people to work with. Return calls promptly whatever time of day they are called. Prioritise and achieve timelines.'

'Fieldfisher are acknowledged as the experts in advising on employee ownership trusts, as one of the partners, Graeme Nuttall, authored the Nuttall Report for the government that resulted in a change in the legislation.'

'Graeme Nuttall is a calm and thoughful adviser who appreciates the issues that founders and owners face when relinquishing control of their businesses to the staff. He is very experienced in this sector and finds ways to provide flexible solutions to suit various businesses needs. He is very well supported by Neil Palmer, who is a master at providing documentation that delivers this business model.'

'Given that members of their senior team were closely involved in developing the legislation which has brought employee ownership trusts into existence, Fieldfisher are able to offer a unique insight into the various forms of employee ownership for those considering such a move.'

'Graeme Nuttall wrote the Nuttall Report on behalf of the government and has since been instrumental in seeing this to fruition.'

Key Clients

Morey Smith Limited

MSMR Architects Limited

Riverford Organic Foods Limited

Assael Architecture Limited

Hodge Jones & Allen

Cambridge Design Partnership Limited

Restore plc

KRM22 plc

Bidstack Limited (now Bidstack Group plc)

Texel Finance Limited

BBC Studios

Haydale Graphene plc

Cerillion plc

Smith Global Limited (Mr & Mrs Smith)

Work highlights

  • Advised Riverford on its majority sale to an employee ownership trust, with its founder Guy Watson retaining a minority stake.
  • Advised Cambridge Design Limited, a technology and project design business, on its successful move to employee ownership.
  • Advised Restore PLC on an all employee share plan offered to its 1,500 employees across the UK.  
  • Advised Morey Smith Limited on its 100% move to employee ownership, shaping the business for the next generation.    
  • Advised Bidstack, a cutting edge technology provider of in-game advertising, on its reverse takeover and readmission to AIM.
Leading individuals

Graeme Nuttall OBE - Fieldfisher

Rising stars

Tamsin Nicholds - Fieldfisher

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s employment practice has enjoyed a recent uptick in contentious instructions across an array of matters such as gig economy disputes, workplace misconduct allegations and unfair dismissal allegations; practice head Nicholas Thorpe recently successfully defended British Cycling against a high-profile discrimination claim brought by former Team GB Olympian Jess Varnish. The team is also regularly instructed on a range of advisory and transactional issues such as managerial restructurings, TUPE arrangements, international expansion exercises and redundancies. Key sectors of focus are tech, energy, finance, life sciences, media and retail.

Practice head(s):Ranjit Dhindsa; Nicholas Thorpe

Key Clients

All Nippon Airways

Architectural Association

British Cycling

Big Lottery

Charlotte Tilbury

Church of England

Control Risks

Cushman & Wakefield

Jigsaw

King

National Gallery

NCS Trust

PA Consulting

Royal Academy of Dance

Royal College of Physicians

Sport England

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the British Cycling Federation in the high-profile Employment Tribunal claim brought by former GB Olympian Jess Varnish.
  • Represented the National Gallery in one of the first gig economy disputes in the public sector.
  • Advised on the consequent management changes following Robinson Webster Holdings' debt restructuring exercise.
  • Advising on a range of multijurisdictional employment issues for cosmetics brand Charlotte Tillsbury.
  • Advised Forbes Media on a TUPE transfer resulting from the acquisition of online publication The Memo.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher advises on the full range of matters across the health and safety sector, with a particularly strong emphasis on clients in the transport and defence sectors. Andrew Sanderson leads the team and focuses on reviews, investigations and prosecutions, primarily in the aforementioned sectors. Another notable name is Manchester-based Sarah Ellson, who is particularly strong on healthcare matters.

Practice head(s):Andrew Sanderson

Other key lawyers:Sarah Ellson

Testimonials

National Security and Resilience Consortium

All Transport and Logistics Limited

Mediaforce Group Limited

KBC Logistics Limited

Key Clients

National Security and Resilience Consortium

All Transport and Logistics Limited

Mediaforce Group Limited

KBC Logistics Limited

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

With an emphasis on advising trustees in the utilities, transport, public and not-for-profit sectors (which have their own unique pensions regulations), the team at Fieldfisher receives regular instructions involving scheme streamlining and redesign exercises, buy-ins, GDPR compliance, scheme closures and pension liabilities issues. The contentious offering is particularly tailored to representative beneficiaries, with recent instructions involving breach of director duties, historic drafting errors and other rectification actions. The 'highly respected' David Gallagher leads the team, working with the 'extremely cerebral' Michael Calvert.

Practice head(s):David Gallagher

Other key lawyers:Michael Calvert

Testimonials

'The team provides clear and pragmatic support'

'David Gallagher is highly respected, with an established reputation built on providing excellent advice'

'A great all-round team'

'Mike Calvert is extremely cerebral and a joy to work with'

'The respect David Gallagher has from clients and other advisers has been built up through the excellent advice he has provided over the years'

Key Clients

Trustees of the British Energy Generation Group

Electricity Pension Trustee Limited

Trustees of the various Arriva plc pension schemes

Meredith Corporation

Trustees of the Carillion Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme

Trustees of the General Medical Council Pension Scheme

Trustees of the DZ Bank AG London Branch Pension Plan

BNY Mellon

KeyMed Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustees of one of Arriva's pension schemes on a major buy-in exercise for all pension benefits.
  • Advising Meredith on the sale of its UK business and the financial commitment to its legacy defined benefit pension scheme.
  • Acted for the trustees of the British Energy Generation Group in a complex reallocation of members' benefits between three pension schemes.
  • Advising the trustees of the Carillion Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme on issues relating to Carillion's liquidation.

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

With an emphasis on advising trustees in the utilities, transport, public and not-for-profit sectors (which have their own unique pensions regulations), the team at Fieldfisher receives regular instructions involving scheme streamlining and redesign exercises, buy-ins, GDPR compliance, scheme closures and pension liabilities issues. The contentious offering is particularly tailored to representative beneficiaries, with recent instructions involving breach of director duties, historic drafting errors and other rectification actions. The 'highly respected' David Gallagher leads the team, working with the 'extremely cerebral' Michael Calvert.

Practice head(s):David Gallagher

Other key lawyers:Michael Calvert

Testimonials

'The team provides clear and pragmatic support'

'David Gallagher is highly respected, with an established reputation built on providing excellent advice'

'A great all-round team'

'Mike Calvert is extremely cerebral and a joy to work with'

'The respect David Gallagher has from clients and other advisers has been built up through the excellent advice he has provided over the years'

Key Clients

KeyMed (a subsidiary of Olympus Corporation)

Work highlights

  • Representing KeyMed Limited in its action against two former directors for breach of fiduciary duties.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Led by recommended Paul McNeil, the team at Fieldfisher boasts an extensive track-record acting for those injured through medical negligence in multi-million pound claims. The practice offers broad representation to UK-based and international clients in cases related to obstetrics, fetal medicine, neurosurgery, gynaecology and cancer, among others. Samantha Critchley regularly leads on high value birth and neonatal injury claims. Delayed cancer diagnosis and cerebral palsy-related claims are all areas of expertise for Mark Bowman, while Jonathan Zimmern's experience also spans spinal and orthopaedic injury.

Practice head(s):Paul McNeil

Other key lawyers:Samantha Critchley; Jane Weakley; Mark Bowman; Jonathan Zimmern

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher's approach is outstanding, from the point of initial contact to claim conclusion (some ten years later) we found everybody exceptionally helpful, understanding and highly approachable.  Their professionalism shines through.'

'They have attention to detail, great access to the best experts and excellent judgement in the management of their cases.'

'Very hardworking team of highly competent lawyers.'

'Mark Bowman's commitment to our claim went over and above our expectations.  He was hugely knowledgeable, supportive and reassuring; communication was clear and no question was too small for him to answer.'

‘Jonathan Zimmern's comprehension of complex medical issues and ability to present them simply is first rate.'

Work highlights

  • Representing a pregnant claimant before the Court of Appeal regarding the duties of care owed to her by the clinicians treating her father's Huntingdon's Disease. The case will address whether clinicians should be legally obliged to consider the interests of those beyond the patient who may be affected by genetic information.
  • Recovered  approximately £12m for a young woman who had a craniotomy, who suffered brain damage when she was allowed to fall from bed as a result of nursing negligence.
  • Recovered £37m for a six-year-old boy who suffered a catastrophic brain injury after contracting the herpes virus at Watford General Hospital.
  • Reached a £23m settlement for 2-year-old girl who suffered a stroke due to negligent heart surgery.
  • Recovering a damages payment of £19.6m (including a lump sum of £7.3 million) for a brain injured child as a result of negligent treatment at Barnet Hospital.
Leading individuals

Paul McNeil - Fieldfisher

Samantha Critchley - Fieldfisher

Next Generation Partners

Jonathan Zimmern - Fieldfisher

Mark Bowman - Fieldfisher

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's 'bright, personable and efficient' team is acknowledged for its quick intervention in catastrophic accidents to ensure the funding of early rehabilitation for seriously injured people. Jill Greenfield heads the serious injury department, which has significant experience in road traffic and work accident cases involving neurological damage (brain and spinal injury) as well as serious orthopaedic injuries, psychiatric and fatal claims. Recent standout work includes acting on behalf of claimants in the high-profile sexual assault cases against producer Harvey Weinstein, as well as representing the families and victims of the Westminster Bridge and Finsbury Park mosque terror attacks. Paul McNeil has recovered multimillion-pound damages in several road traffic accidents. Cycling claims and rehabilitation are a niche strength for Jennifer Buchanan. Acting for clients involved in accidents abroad is a typical instruction for the practice, which is adept at handling cases with a significant international element. The firm also fields one of the 'leading industrial disease teams in London', which has 'longstanding experience' in asbestos disease litigation. Peter Williams leads on the mesothelioma claims that have been at the forefront of the developing area of law regarding immunotherapy and ongoing medical costs after settlement. Keith Barrett - described as 'a behemoth of personal injury litigation' - is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):Paul McNeil; Jill Greenfield; Peter Williams

Other key lawyers:Keith Barrett; Jennifer Buchanan; Andrew Morgan; Dushal Mehta; Shaheen Mosquera

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher has the resources to back up their worldwide reputation. Client care and pursuit of the very best results is at the heart of its team ethos.'

'Fieldfisher was head and shoulders above other firms in terms of integrity, competency and diligence in exploring every possible avenue of investigation to secure a positive outcome for claims.'

'Disarmingly low key in style, Peter Williams is a ruthless analyst of the other side's weaknesses and has very high client-care skills. He is pragmatic in negotiation and gets on well with his opponents in order to obtain quick results on favourable terms for clients. He is prepared to take on risky mesothelioma work in which liability is very hard fought.'

'Absolutely outstanding PI team for serious injury or fatal claims. Small team with a lots of partner involvement and strong support from very able associates and excellent, proactive PAs and paralegals.'

'Jill Greenfield inspires absolute confidence in her clients, meets and deals with them all personally, takes no nonsense from opponents and issues claims early or enters agreements with insurers to get vital rehabilitation early in a case.'

'Keith Barrett is a behemoth of personal injury litigation. He is extremely well regarded by his clients and opponents alike, receiving multiple weekly referrals through word of mouth/reputation. He is a unique operator, placing every one of his clients at the heart of his service and he is never afraid to run an application or trial if in the clients best interests. This often results in him working seven days a week for his clients. An exceptional litigator.'

Work highlights

  • Represented the claimant in test case Bussey v Anglia Heating Limited heard before the Court of Appeal, which concerned restrictions on the ability of claimants to make mesothelioma claims in low-level exposure asbestos cases.
  • Secured funding for a client exposed to asbestos, in the first contested case regarding payment for private immunotherapy treatment in mesothelioma claim.
  • Achieved £4.5m in compensation for a ten-year-old involved in a road traffic accident resulting in multiple fractures and serious neurological injury.
  • Representing several women in claims against the Weinstein Company UK Ltd and the Weinstein Company LLC in the US, listed as damages for personal injury.
  • Representing several victims that were catastrophically injured in Westminster Bridge and Finsbury Park mosque terrorist attacks.
Leading individuals

Jill Greenfield - Fieldfisher

Paul McNeil - Fieldfisher

Peter Williams - Fieldfisher

Rising stars

Jennifer Buchanan - Fieldfisher

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is engaged on negligence disputes involving professionals across the legal, construction, property, finance and tax sectors. Louise Elmes has joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Retail funds
Retail funds - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has a well-established reputation for regulated funds, but its broad funds practice encompasses a wide range of vehicles, including more bespoke and innovative structures. Beyond fund formation work, the firm provides an end-to-end service on a full spectrum of issues. Practice head Kirstene Baillie advises longstanding client Fidelity Investments on an ongoing basis on its UK authorised fund range. Another highlight involved Baillie and Nicholas Noble advising UK wealth manager Veritas on establishing its own fund range, which caters for clients who would usually fall below its typical threshold for taking on a discretionary management mandate.

Practice head(s):Kirstene Baillie

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Noble

Key Clients

Fidelity Investment Management Limited

Veritas Investment Management LLP

Williams Family

7im and Invesco

STANLIB Fund Managers Jersey Limited

Truffle Invest Limited

Guardian Media Group Plc

Drax Power Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme

Other Groups of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme

Ingenious Capital Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised 7IM and Invesco on their GDPR-related revised privacy policies
Leading individuals

Kirstene Baillie - Fieldfisher

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has particular expertise in advising on the recognition of overseas charities as UK charities. Graeme Nuttall is a dual-qualified solicitor and chartered tax adviser and heads the firm’s charities group. Penny Wotton is another key figure and heads the private client team. Wotton has acted for a wide range of charities from healthcare and investment regulatory bodies through to royal charter bodies, charitable NHS trusts and other educational and religious charities. She has also advised on charitable projects for broadcasters, major corporations and in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):Graeme Nuttall; Penny Wotton

Other key lawyers:Neil Palmer

Testimonials

'The team has provided excellent support to us'.

'Neil Palmer always replies promptly and dedicates the appropriate resources to complete the task or handle the specific matter'.

Key Clients

BBC Children in Need (BBC CIN)

National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS)

Royal Mencap Society (Mencap)

Young Enterprise

Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS)

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)

Debt Hacker

The Computing Technology Industry Association Inc. (CompTIA)

National Cargo Bureau Inc. (NCB)

London Suzuki Group

Blond McIndoe Research Foundation (Intellectual Property)

Linux Foundation (Intellectual Property)

Work highlights

  • Supporting BBC Children in Need with its GDPR compliance programme.
  • Operating Opening Doors to education clinic for National Deaf Children's Society.
  • Operating Right to Care Clinic for Mencap.
  • Supporting Young Enterprise with a GDPR compliance programme.
  • Operating a legal advice clinic for Prisoners' Advice Service.

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

The vast majority of the work at Fieldfisher relates to complex, high-value deputyships for children and adults who have sustained catastrophic injuries at birth or as a result of serious accidents or medical negligence. The dedicated team provides specialist deputyship and trustee services to clients nationally in addition to some clients who live outside the UK and who have received significant damages awards. In addition head of team Anna Bond is regularly instructed to act as an expert witness to comment on the lifetime costs of a professional deputyship. Robin Tubbs is 'extremely responsive and efficient'.

Practice head(s):Anna Bond

Other key lawyers:Robin Tubbs

Testimonials

'Still a relatively new team, but it is increasing its profile and quality of work all the time. The team deals with some top end COP work and is very capable'.

'Clients know names and faces and find the lawyers friendly - I also find them easy to work with as they give quick decisions'.

'This team excels in internal communication. The whole team appears to have up to date information at all times'.

'A responsive team, very knowledgeable and attentive, and speaks in plain English! It has the right type of professionalism and the ability to simplify problems and then action things!'

'Anna Bond and Robin Tubbs are excellent practitioners, but are very down to earth and easy to get on with'.

'Anna Bond and Robin Tubbs are excellent deputies, highly knowledgeable and professional'.

'Anna Bond is exceptionally good and Robin Tubbs is excellent. They are extremely responsive, on the ball and empathetic'.

'Anna Bond has a unique ability to communicate effectively often having to say things which can be difficult for clients and families to hear without causing breakdowns in relationships. She is a very clear strategic thinker'.

'Robin Tubbs is easy to get hold of and quick to respond to queries. Keen to attend necessary meetings to address important decisions'.

'Robin Tubbs is extremely responsive and efficient. He never has to be chased, and has an eagle eye for detail'.

Next Generation Partners

Anna Bond - Fieldfisher

Rising stars

Robin Tubbs - Fieldfisher

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

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's practice secured a major boost in autumn 2019 with the hire of Linklaters LLP head of trusts Peter Golden, who joined as head of private client, succeeding Penny Wotton, who will now increase her focus on the firm's charity client base. Golden came on board alongside former Linklaters LLP managing associate Alistair Robertson, who joined as a partner. The practice acts for numerous non-domiciled clients and continues to receive a steady flow of new instructions from wealthy non-domiciled clients, particularly from the CIS and Gulf regions. It has been advising clients on regularising their UK tax status and on restructuring their UK property portfolios. The team advises on a broad range of matters including domestic and international estate planning and structuring, UK and offshore trust formations as well as charitable giving, trust and estate administration.

Practice head(s):Peter Golden

Other key lawyers:Penny Wotton; Alistair Robertson; Amanda Gordon-Napier-Tompkinson

Testimonials

'A no-nonsense approach combined with efficient handling of the task in hand. Penny Wotton is sympathetic but straightforward and efficient; she delegated sensibly but kept on top of what was happening.'

'Penny Wotton is wonderful to work with. She is responsive and always provides a thorough and thoughtful response to myself and/or the client.'

'Penny Wotton is the fount of all knowledge.'

'Penny Wotton is very professional.'

'Amanda Gordon-Napier-Tompkinson dealt with matters quickly and efficiently.'

Work highlights

  • Representing the client in an appeal to the Upper Tier Tax Tribunal to secure CGT principal private residence relief.
  • Representing a billionaire on structuring a gift of £200m to children.
  • Representing millionaire on cross-border estate planning.
  • Acting for a high-profile individual in the media sector on establishing and venture funding an integrated advertising and production business.
  • Providing comprehensive tax and structuring advice to Middle Eastern billionaires.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

The multi-disciplinary team at Fieldfisher is especially strong in the small-to-mid cap market, but advises the full spectrum of explorers, developers and producers, as well as investors, banks, metals traders, investment banks and brokers from its London and Paris offices on mining projects throughout the world. Jonathan Brooks' team recently successfully defended Atalaya in the Court of Appeal to confirm a previous High Court verdict which stated the client was not in breach of its contract with Astor Management.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Brooks

Testimonials

'This team is known for its good knowledge of the mining sector across public markets, debt market and M&A.'

'Jonathan Brooks is extremely responsive, knowledgeable about the sector with a good range of contacts. He takes a commercial view, shows flexibility on billing and recovery of fees.'

'Dominic Gurney-Champion gives clients good commercial advice across the piece and is able to bring in other partners on very specific advice. He is mindful of the costs and will always try to find an efficient way of reaching the desired outcome.'

Key Clients

Africa Finance Corporation

Amur Minerals Corporation

Atalaya Mining plc

Central Asia Metals plc

Dalradian Gold Limited

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Fusion Capital AG

KEFI Minerals plc

Kalahari Metals Limited

Kodal Minerals plc

Mirabaud Securities

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd

Orion Minerals NL

SigmaRoc plc

SP Angel Corporate Finance

Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Tembo Capital

Terrafame Group Ltd

Traxys Europe S.A.

Vardar Minerals Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising AIM-quoted Amur on a convertible loan facility of up to $10m with Cuart Investments PCC and YA II PN, in an investment consortium arranged by RiverFort Global Capital.
  • Defended AIM and TSX-V-quoted Atalaya on its hearing in the Court of Appeal against a judgment of the High Court in London in March 2017, relating to a claim by Astor Management that deferred consideration due to it in relation to the Rio Tinto copper mine had become payable.
  • Advised Dalradian on English legal and regulatory aspects of a transaction to take the formerly AIM and TSX-quoted company private, structured by way of a recommended takeover by Orion Mine Finance under a Canadian plan of arrangement.
  • Advising the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on Bank of China's $120m participation in a $295m syndicated loan arranged by EBRD to be made to JSC ShalkiyaZinc.
  • Advised Kalahari Metals Limited on  an investment agreement to give AIM-quoted Metal Tiger the right to acquire 50% of Kalahari Metals.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

The main pillar of Fieldfisher's oil and gas practice is private M&A and field development, but the team also advises its diverse client base on matters pertaining to capital markets and commodity transportation and sales. Practice co-head Matthew Williams and regulatory expert Elisabeth Blundson recently joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP. Currently the group is advising President Energy on the development of fields in Argentina and Paraguay, and Echo Energy on the development of its oil and gas concessions in Argentina. On the contentious front, the firm covers a broad range of disputes relating to contractual issues, projects, technical and construction matters, corporate and shareholder issues, and trade and distribution.

Practice head(s):Dominic Gurney-Champion; Matthew Williams; Stuart Carter

Other key lawyers:Elisabeth Blundson; Dougall Molson; Brad Isaac

Key Clients

BP

Total S.A

CGG

National Petroleum Company South Abu Zeneima Ltd

Gulfsands Petroleum

Hansa LAPS Ltd

JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Productions

Independent Oil and Gas plc

Echo Energy plc

Karoo Energy plc

North Sea Natural Resources Limited

Cabot Energy plc

Pipeline System (CLH-PS) Ltd

CLH S.A

President Energy plc

LLP PSA (operating on behalf of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan)

ElecLink Ltd

Interconnector (UK) Limited

KMG Kashagan BV

JSC KazTransGas

Nemo Link Limited

INEOS Upstream Limited

Eni

World Fuel Services Corp

JSC National CompanyKazMunai Gas

San Leon Energy

Discover Exploration Limited

Justin Crusteam Ltd

Lateral Resources Ltd

Texas LNG

Trafalgar Oil & Gas LLC

North Sea Natural Resources

Corallian Energy Ltd

Infrastrata

Peninsula Petroleum

Svenska Petroleum Exploration

British Pipeline Agency

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Angus Energy Plc

T.D. Williamson, Inc.

Dart Energy (East England) Limited

Libya Oil Holding Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising nominated adviser Smith & Williamson and joint brokers Mirabaud Securities and Stifel on the acquisition of US oil and gas assets by Diversified Gas & Oil plc and placing to raise $250m on AIM.
  • Acted for AIM- listed Echo Energy plc on a subscription and placing, raising £8.5m before expenses.
  • Advised AIM- listed Cabot Energy plc on a subscription, placing and open offer raising $16.5m together with the acquisition of the remaining 25% of Cabot's producing oil assets in north west Alberta, Canada.
  • Acted for AIM- listed oil and gas company San Leon Energy on an £11m secured convertible loan from major shareholder Toscafund Asset Management LLP.
  • Acted as English legal advisers for JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Production in respect of $1.95bn tender offer launched by the company for its GDRs and shares, valuing the company at $5.6bn, and its de-listing from the Official List of the London Stock Exchange and the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Leading individuals

Matthew Williams - Fieldfisher

Next Generation Partners

Elisabeth Blundson - Fieldfisher

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is a prominent firm for bringing public law challenges on behalf of high-profile commercial clients. Significant recent instructions involved bringing judicial review claims against the Advertising Standards Authority, the Financial Ombudsman Service, city councils, the NHS, HM Treasury and HMRC. The broad nature of the matters saw professionals including Matthew Lohn and senior associate David Northfield acting on issues concerning the provision of unlicensed medicinal treatment, the unfair banning of advertising content and numerous applications challenging the introduction of new laws and regulations by government bodies. The team also acts for a number of clients on judicial review defence mandates. Martin Smith is a leading name for inquests and public inquiries, having acted on a number of highly publicised matters such as providing advice to the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority in connection with the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Regulatory investigations and general public law advisory work such as advising on the scope and application of a governing body’s powers is also covered by the firm; senior associate Carina May is developing a name in this field.

Practice head(s):Sarah Ellson; John Cassels

Other key lawyers:Matthew Lohn; Martin Smith; Carina May; David Northfield

Testimonials

'Martin Smith is encyclopaedic about all things to do with inquiry and inquest law. A first-rate lawyer and strategist'

'Nicola Margiotta, Oliver Carlyon, Abigail Scholefield, Alex Merity and Ashleigh Shepherd are all highly committed, very hardworking public lawyers who understand the inquiry world'

'Jonathan Hoffstetter is a very experienced and capable litigator who takes a careful approach to the strategic implications of cases for his clients'

Key Clients

Kellogg Marketing and Sales Company (UK) Ltd

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Sky Blue Sports

Roche Products Limited

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Construction Industry Training Board

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Sir John Saunders (Manchester Arena Inquest)

The Coroner, Mrs Justice Keegan (Ballymurphy Inquests)

The Coroner, Sir Peter Thornton QC (Birmingham Inquests)

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the coroner, Sir John Saunders, to act as the solicitor to the inquests into the 22 deaths that occurred as a result of the bombing at the Manchester Arena.
  • Instructed by the coroner in relation to the inquests into ten deaths which occurred in the Belfast suburb of Ballymurphy between 9 and 11 August 1971.
  • Acted for Kellogg's in pursuing a challenge on public law grounds against a decision by the Advertising Standards Authority banning an advertising campaign.
  • Acting for Roche Products Ltd as an interested party in a judicial review of the NHS provision of bevacizumab (also known as Avastin).
  • Advising the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) on the scope and application of its powers and duties under its charter and byelaws, as well as on its regulatory systems and decision making.
Leading individuals

Martin Smith - Fieldfisher

Matthew Lohn - Fieldfisher

Next Generation Partners

Carina May - Fieldfisher

David Northfield - Fieldfisher

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

With a particularly strong healthcare regulatory practice, Fieldfisher continues to be highly sought after by start-ups, private sector healthcare providers and professional regulators such as the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The firm combines multi-disciplinary expertise to assist with commercial transactions, particularly in the care home sector, as well as advising on serious incidents and inquests. Alison Dennis advises on regulatory issues arising in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries. Public and regulatory law specialist Sarah Ellson heads the practice from the Manchester office.

Practice head(s):Sarah Ellson

Other key lawyers:Alison Dennis

Key Clients

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Roche Products Limited

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Millbrook Healthcare Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Roche in a judicial review relating to the use of an unlicensed product for blindness.
  • Assisting the Nursing & Midwifery Council on a range of matters, including on the introduction of the new profession of nursing associates, a review of its overseas registration process, revalidation, litigation, support during a special review and an audit of its fitness to practise investigations.
Leading individuals

Sarah Ellson - Fieldfisher

Next Generation Partners

Alison Dennis - Fieldfisher

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

The commercial property team at Fieldfisher possesses particular experience of representing occupiers in the leisure and hospitality, healthcare and industrial sectors, while the investment practice is increasingly acting for overseas entities, particularly from the US, along with clients from the real estate private equity sector. Elsewhere, the retail offering includes franchising, advertising and IP knowledge in addition to acquisitions, lettings, asset management, leasing and portfolio management expertise. Hotel and leisure clients turn to the 'hard working and commercially savvy' Paul Houston 's team for high-value transactions, financing, competition, brand protection, employment and advertising matters. The firm’s development department prides itself on its full service offering, from planning and environmental matters through to land acquisition, constructions and disposal. Ramatu Banga - 'the epitome of a professional'- works with both private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):Ramatu Banga; Paul Houston

Other key lawyers:Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher seem to be a firm that puts client service right at the top of their agenda.'

'They have genuine experts in all the areas required areas and absolutely offer a one-stop shop for legal services.'

'Great technical strength and very commercial, the team really understand the hotel market, and get the deal done quickly and effectively.'

'Client service is fantastic, the team go the extra mile including delivering bespoke training on real estate, finance and other technical matters.'

'The Hotel and Leisure team at Fieldfisher is led by Paul Houston who is a fantastic real estate and development lawyer.'

'In addition to Ramatu Banga's expertise and experience, she possesses a further quality of understanding the client's business and culture.'

'Paul Houston is really hard working and commercially savvy. Outstanding dedication to the acquisition, with commercialism and attention to detail.'

'Ramatu Banga is outstanding and dedicated with a strong work ethic to get the job done to the required expertise required.'

'The practice is unique in its commercial perspective and focusing on the outcome requried by the client and not on winning legal points.

'Ramatu Banga is the epitome of a professional. Precise, likeable, good humoured, but most importantly possessing the ability to solve complicated property issues.'

Key Clients

BP

Avery Healthcare Group

H & M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited

Landprop Holding B.V. and Vastint UK B.V. (part of the inter IKEA Group of Companies)

Imperial College, London

Co-operative Group Limited

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Robert Bosch

BGC Partners Inc / Cantor Fitzgerald

20 Essex Street Chambers

HLW International

Work highlights

  • Represented booking.com on the acquisition of a new headquarters office building in the new development by Allied London at St. John's / Enterprise City, Manchester.
  • Represented Co-operative Group Food Limited when taking a 600,000 sq ft strategic logistics hub at Biggleswade.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

The commercial property team at Fieldfisher possesses particular experience of representing occupiers in the leisure and hospitality, healthcare and industrial sectors, while the investment practice is increasingly acting for overseas entities, particularly from the US, along with clients from the real estate private equity sector. Elsewhere, the retail offering includes franchising, advertising and IP knowledge in addition to acquisitions, lettings, asset management, leasing and portfolio management expertise. Hotel and leisure clients turn to the 'hard working and commercially savvy' Paul Houston 's team for high-value transactions, financing, competition, brand protection, employment and advertising matters. The firm’s development department prides itself on its full service offering, from planning and environmental matters through to land acquisition, constructions and disposal. Ramatu Banga - 'the epitome of a professional'- works with both private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy; Susan Simpson

Other key lawyers:Liam Buckley

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher seem to be a firm that puts client service right at the top of their agenda.'

'They have genuine experts in all the areas required areas and absolutely offer a one-stop shop for legal services.'

'Great technical strength and very commercial, the team really understand the hotel market, and get the deal done quickly and effectively.'

'Client service is fantastic, the team go the extra mile including delivering bespoke training on real estate, finance and other technical matters.'

'The Hotel and Leisure team at Fieldfisher is led by Paul Houston who is a fantastic real estate and development lawyer.'

'In addition to Ramatu Banga's expertise and experience, she possesses a further quality of understanding the client's business and culture.'

'Paul Houston is really hard working and commercially savvy. Outstanding dedication to the acquisition, with commercialism and attention to detail.'

'Ramatu Banga is outstanding and dedicated with a strong work ethic to get the job done to the required expertise required.'

'The practice is unique in its commercial perspective and focusing on the outcome requried by the client and not on winning legal points.

'Ramatu Banga is the epitome of a professional. Precise, likeable, good humoured, but most importantly possessing the ability to solve complicated property issues.'

Key Clients

Shell Pension Funds

DWS

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc

Imperial College, London

Birmingham International Airport

Countryside Properties Limited

CALA Homes Limited

Cambridge Medipark

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Royal Academy of Dance

CA Ventures

Work highlights

  • Represented Co-operative Group Food Limited when taking a 600,000 sq ft strategic logistics hub at Biggleswade.
  • Represented booking.com on the acquisition of a new headquarters office building in the new development by Allied London at St. John's / Enterprise City, Manchester.
  • Acting for London Southend Airport Company Limited on the investment sale of the Holiday Inn Hotel at London Southend Airport.
  • Acting for Dominvs Group on various site acquisitions for development as hotels.
  • Acting for CA Ventures on its debut acquisition of three development sites with a GDV of circa £115m.

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

The commercial property team at Fieldfisher possesses particular experience of representing occupiers in the leisure and hospitality, healthcare and industrial sectors, while the investment practice is increasingly acting for overseas entities, particularly from the US, along with clients from the real estate private equity sector. Elsewhere, the retail offering includes franchising, advertising and IP knowledge in addition to acquisitions, lettings, asset management, leasing and portfolio management expertise. Hotel and leisure clients turn to the 'hard working and commercially savvy' Paul Houston 's team for high-value transactions, financing, competition, brand protection, employment and advertising matters. The firm’s development department prides itself on its full service offering, from planning and environmental matters through to land acquisition, constructions and disposal. Ramatu Banga - 'the epitome of a professional'- works with both private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):Paul Houston

Other key lawyers:Ramatu Banga

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher seem to be a firm that puts client service right at the top of their agenda.'

'They have genuine experts in all the areas required areas and absolutely offer a one-stop shop for legal services.'

'Great technical strength and very commercial, the team really understand the hotel market, and get the deal done quickly and effectively.'

'Client service is fantastic, the team go the extra mile including delivering bespoke training on real estate, finance and other technical matters.'

'The Hotel and Leisure team at Fieldfisher is led by Paul Houston who is a fantastic real estate and development lawyer.'

'In addition to Ramatu Banga's expertise and experience, she possesses a further quality of understanding the client's business and culture.'

'Paul Houston is really hard working and commercially savvy. Outstanding dedication to the acquisition, with commercialism and attention to detail.'

'Ramatu Banga is outstanding and dedicated with a strong work ethic to get the job done to the required expertise required.'

'The practice is unique in its commercial perspective and focusing on the outcome requried by the client and not on winning legal points.

'Ramatu Banga is the epitome of a professional. Precise, likeable, good humoured, but most importantly possessing the ability to solve complicated property issues.'

Key Clients

Viacom

Dominvs Group

Interstate

We Are Bar (Jamie's Bars, Smollenskys, We Are Bar etc)

Easy Hotel

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels

Morgans Hotel Group

Giraffe

Starbucks

Harry Ramsdens

Slim Chicken

Six Senses

Serani Hotels

Bibendum Wines Limited

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Work highlights

  • Advising GHG London Holdings on the sale of the Curtain Hotel Shoreditch.
  • Advising Viacom on hotel licence agreements for the development of Nickelodeon and MTV branded hotels.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

The commercial property team at Fieldfisher possesses particular experience of representing occupiers in the leisure and hospitality, healthcare and industrial sectors, while the investment practice is increasingly acting for overseas entities, particularly from the US, along with clients from the real estate private equity sector. Elsewhere, the retail offering includes franchising, advertising and IP knowledge in addition to acquisitions, lettings, asset management, leasing and portfolio management expertise. Hotel and leisure clients turn to the 'hard working and commercially savvy' Paul Houston 's team for high-value transactions, financing, competition, brand protection, employment and advertising matters. The firm’s development department prides itself on its full service offering, from planning and environmental matters through to land acquisition, constructions and disposal. Ramatu Banga - 'the epitome of a professional'- works with both private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy; Jayne Elkins

Other key lawyers:Paul Houston; Susan Simpson; Mark Lee

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher seem to be a firm that puts client service right at the top of their agenda.'

'They have genuine experts in all the areas required areas and absolutely offer a one-stop shop for legal services.'

'Great technical strength and very commercial, the team really understand the hotel market, and get the deal done quickly and effectively.'

'Client service is fantastic, the team go the extra mile including delivering bespoke training on real estate, finance and other technical matters.'

'The Hotel and Leisure team at Fieldfisher is led by Paul Houston who is a fantastic real estate and development lawyer.'

'In addition to Ramatu Banga's expertise and experience, she possesses a further quality of understanding the client's business and culture.'

'Paul Houston is really hard working and commercially savvy. Outstanding dedication to the acquisition, with commercialism and attention to detail.'

'Ramatu Banga is outstanding and dedicated with a strong work ethic to get the job done to the required expertise required.'

'The practice is unique in its commercial perspective and focusing on the outcome requried by the client and not on winning legal points.

'Ramatu Banga is the epitome of a professional. Precise, likeable, good humoured, but most importantly possessing the ability to solve complicated property issues.'

Key Clients

Shell Pension Funds

BP

HCP, Inc

DWS

Kennedy Wilson Europe

Landprop Holding B.V. and Vastint UK B.V. (part of the inter IKEA Group of Companies)

Imperial College ,London

Cambridge Medipark

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Shell Pensions Funds on a number of sales and purchases and the day to day running of all the property investments for these funds.
  • Acting for London Southend Airport Company Limited on the investment sale of the Holiday Inn Hotel at London Southend Airport.
  • Acting for GHG London Holdings on the sale of the Curtain Hotel, Shoreditch.
  • Acting on the purchase of Hammersmith Magistrates Court London for multiple hotel developments.
  • Acting for EPF on the investment sale of the office building, Norfolk House, in Central Manchester.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

The commercial property team at Fieldfisher possesses particular experience of representing occupiers in the leisure and hospitality, healthcare and industrial sectors, while the investment practice is increasingly acting for overseas entities, particularly from the US, along with clients from the real estate private equity sector. Elsewhere, the retail offering includes franchising, advertising and IP knowledge in addition to acquisitions, lettings, asset management, leasing and portfolio management expertise. Hotel and leisure clients turn to the 'hard working and commercially savvy' Paul Houston 's team for high-value transactions, financing, competition, brand protection, employment and advertising matters. The firm’s development department prides itself on its full service offering, from planning and environmental matters through to land acquisition, constructions and disposal. Ramatu Banga - 'the epitome of a professional'- works with both private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):Ramatu Banga

Other key lawyers:Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher seem to be a firm that puts client service right at the top of their agenda.'

'They have genuine experts in all the areas required areas and absolutely offer a one-stop shop for legal services.'

'Great technical strength and very commercial, the team really understand the hotel market, and get the deal done quickly and effectively.'

'Client service is fantastic, the team go the extra mile including delivering bespoke training on real estate, finance and other technical matters.'

'The Hotel and Leisure team at Fieldfisher is led by Paul Houston who is a fantastic real estate and development lawyer.'

'In addition to Ramatu Banga's expertise and experience, she possesses a further quality of understanding the client's business and culture.'

'Paul Houston is really hard working and commercially savvy. Outstanding dedication to the acquisition, with commercialism and attention to detail.'

'Ramatu Banga is outstanding and dedicated with a strong work ethic to get the job done to the required expertise required.'

'The practice is unique in its commercial perspective and focusing on the outcome requried by the client and not on winning legal points.

'Ramatu Banga is the epitome of a professional. Precise, likeable, good humoured, but most importantly possessing the ability to solve complicated property issues.'

Key Clients

Shell Pension Funds

DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management)

Belstaff International

H & M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc

Nike

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Leathams

Blackrock Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Acting for retail investor K/S Habro in relation to dispute with a significant retailer tenant.
  • Represented Co-operative Group Food Limited when taking a 600,000 sq ft strategic logistics hub at Biggleswade.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's contentious construction practice recently secured a major boost with the hire of RPC  head of construction and projects Dan Preston, who brought with him a team comprising David Thorne, five associates and an executive assistant. Preston, who specialises in acting for contractors and employers on disputes, now leads the firm's practice, while Thorne, who is considered a 'brilliant litigator' focuses primarily on dispute resolution for suppliers on construction and PFI projects. Senior associate Katherine Flynn is also well regarded.

Practice head(s):Dan Preston

Other key lawyers:David Thorne; Katherine Flynn

Testimonials

'The Fieldfisher construction team is excellent.'

'David Thorne is a brilliant litigator. He has an unusual ability to drive forward litigation whilst, at the same time, keeping his eyes fixed on trying to leverage a strong commercial deal. This is invaluable for clients and makes him a real asset. He has instilled this approach throughout the team.'

'Very helpful organisation with the partners and associates easily contactable. All personnel I have worked with have been very knowledgeable, have provided good advice and have undertaken all work in a timely manner achieving all deadlines.'

'There has always been a personal touch from the organisation and they have the right people skills to ensure the audience listens and respects the information and advice discussed.'

'The team handles complex construction and adjudication cases brilliantly.'

'The Fieldfisher construction team is organised and able to deal with difficult adjudication issues quickly and effectively.'

'The team is particularly strong at taking technical and commercial analysis and distilling from this clear advice, which enhances communication and engagement with the client.'

'Katherine Flynn is a capable, dedicated and pragmatic lawyer who delivers thorough legal advice that enhances the prospects for settlement.'

'Katherine Flynn works extremely well in multi-discipline teams.'

'Katherine Flynn is a key part of the construction team's success at Fieldfisher and I would recommend her without hesitation.'

'Katherine Flynn gets the job done, manages the team  and puts in the work to achieve the results the client wants.'

Key Clients

Morgan Sindall Group

Sir Robert McAlpine

Hammerson

SPIE

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's non-contentious practice recently secured a major boost with the hire of former RPC construction and projects head Dan Preston, who joined as practice head with fellow partner David Thorne and team of associates. The team acts for developers, contractors private clients and funders, providing procurement, contract negotiation and risk allocation advice. Key clients are drawn from a variety of sectors including energy, real estate, mining and hospitality and leisure.

Practice head(s):Dan Preston

Other key lawyers:David Thorne

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has expanded its planning capabilities and now enjoys a diverse range of mandates from commercial clients and housebuilders. Mid-scale regeneration and mixed-use schemes are regular instructions, however the team is also experiencing growth in the infrastructure side of the practice, with Yohanna Weber advising on a number of DCOs for mid-scale energy projects throughout the UK. John Bowman leads the practice, with further instructions involving section 106 applications for redevelopment projects, highways agreements, and planning advice pertaining to acquisitions and other transactions.

Practice head(s):John Bowman

Other key lawyers:Yohanna Weber

Testimonials

'A responsive, capable and very personable team with a mixture of young and experienced professionals.'

'The team goes beyond what's expected to ensure it delivers.'

Key Clients

Cambridge Medipark Limited

Cambridge University

Akzo Nobel UK Limited

Cala Homes

Ramboll UK

Estates and Infrastructure Exchange

Wheelabrator Technologies

ESB Solar

S&J Padfield & Partners

euNetworks

Liberty Property Trust

Perenco

Work highlights

  • Advising on DCOs for two  energy-from-waste NSIPs in Kent, 42mw and 75mw respectively.
  • Advising on the planning application for a 700-property mixed-use scheme in North Stafford.
  • Advising on a planning application for a new settlement at Long Marston Airfield.
  • Advising on the development of 135 new homes on land at Myton Green in Warwick
  • Advising on the planning aspects of over 800,000 sq ft of further ‎development at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has specialist expertise in real estate finance matters involving operating assets, such as hotels, care homes and senior living facilities, and student accommodation. The team is also highly active in handling loan-on-loan deals, and has a strong debt fund client base. Other clients include clearing banks, specialist real estate banks and real estate asset managers. Philip Abbott and John Nelmes lead the team, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Christian Francis and Iain Thomas from DWF. Jayne Backett has expertise in complex development finance projects.

Practice head(s):John Nelmes; Philip Abbott

Other key lawyers:Christian Francis; Iain Thomas; Jayne Backett

Testimonials

'The team is extremely personable, easy to communicate with, and responsive. The firm is able to pull together a cohesive team across multiple service areas to work effectively and efficiently together. The analysis we receive is always thoughtful and considered from a legal perspective and well balanced against commercial requirements.'

'There is depth in the team so we always have access to a highly qualified contact. We receive an excellent quality of service.'

'The breath of the team really helps, together with the knowledge that if we really need the senior partner's time he is normally available immediately.'

Key Clients

PBB Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Lloyds Banking Group

Bank of Ireland

Business Lending Group

Europe Arab Bank plc

ICG Longbow

Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander Limited (in administration)

Santander UK plc

Standard Chartered Bank

Dominvs Group

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Tyndaris LLP

RM Capital

Tunstall Real Estate Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advising an overseas investor on borrowing from a debt fund to purchase debt secured on six hotels in the UK from a hedge fund, and on a subsequent restructuring.
Leading individuals

John Nelmes - Fieldfisher

Philip Abbott - Fieldfisher

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Dilapidations specialist Antony Phillips heads up the 'incredibly hard-working, extremely knowledgeable and user-friendly' team at Fieldfisher, which has a strong profile for injunctive relief proceedings pertaining to energy, infrastructure and development projects but the team is also well versed in handling rent reviews, contentious matters arising from property portfolios and landlord and tenant disputes. Clients also highlight the team's 'good specialism in representing corporate occupiers on commercial real estate matters'. 'Supremely knowledgeable' consultant Lesley Webber is best known for her expertise in commercial rent reviews and contentious planning and development work.

Practice head(s):Antony Phillips

Other key lawyers:Owen Talfan Davies; Lesley Webber

Testimonials

'There are no weak links in this team.'

'Fieldfisher is a great firm to work with, bringing real insight into the legal aspects of landlord and tenant disputes and helping its clients to achieve the best results.'

'They are original thinkers and willing to go that extra mile to achieve success.'

'Lesley Webber's shrewd analysis of each case is impressive, as is her determination to achieve exceptional results for clients.'

'Antony Phillips has great insight into landlord and tenant law and the ability to deliver on client requirements. Litigation is seldom anyone's desired course but Antony has the ability to make the process bearable and win through.'

Key Clients

INEOS

H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK

Southwark Council

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate

Angus Energy

Imperial College London

Shell Pension Funds

BP

BMW

Work highlights

  • Acting for INEOS Upstream in Court of Appeal proceedings for injunctive relief protecting the interests of INEOS, its supply chain and INEOS' property from unlawful activity posed by activists opposed to hydraulic fracturing.
  • Acting for 27 investors in claims arising from a multi-million pound development dispute concerning a large student accommodation development.
  • Acting for Dart Energy (East England) and Island Gas, among others, in proceedings for injunctive relief protecting IGas' property and proprietary rights from unlawful activity posed by activists opposed to hydraulic fracturing.
  • Acting for Angus Energy in proceedings for injunctive relief protecting Angus' property and proprietary rights from unlawful activity posed by activists opposed to hydraulic fracturing.
  • Assisting the Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy with rent reviews of 1-19 Victoria Street and 10-18 Victoria Street where Business Energy and Industrial Strategy are the tenants.
Leading individuals

Antony Phillips - Fieldfisher

Lesley Webber - Fieldfisher

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London: Risk advisory

Brexit
Brexit - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s Brexit taskforce is headed up by Andrew Hood, who specialises in EU, trade, regulatory and public international work and recently joined the firm from Dechert LLP. The group acts for industry bodies, government and public organisations, and companies across a variety of sectors, with particular expertise in the financial services, life sciences and technology industries. The group has also been notably active handling full Brexit strategies and regulatory advisory work for clients. It recently advised PRA Health Services on the impact of Brexit on its operations in the UK and the EU, particularly the life sciences regulatory regimes, and also assisted Sport England with preparing for the regulatory impact Brexit will have on the programmes it supports and funds. John Cassels is a key contact for regulatory issues and competition work, Azad Ali focuses on financial services regulatory issues, and Alison Dennis handles IP, commercial and regulatory work in the pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical device industries.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hood

Other key lawyers:John Cassels; Azad Ali; Alison Dennis

Key Clients

National Savings and Investments (NS&I)

Sport England

PRA Health Services

Work highlights

  • Advising PRA Health Services on the impact of Brexit on its EU operations, including the applicable life sciences regulatory regimes.
  • Assisting Sports England with preparations for the impact of Brexit on the regulatory landscape to ensure its programmes are not disrupted and remain compliant.
  • Advised NS&I on the implications of Brexit on its outsourcing agreements with Atos.

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Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's privacy, security and information law group handles the full spectrum of data issues at a national and international level, including GDPR readiness programmes, data transfers, binding corporate rules, cyber and data security breaches, incident response readiness, data subject rights requests, freedom of information matters and data disputes. Hazel Grant heads up the practice and regularly acts for health, charity and public sector clients. Other noteworthy practitioners include Phil Lee, who has substantial US experience and has considerable expertise assisting cloud, social media and online advertising clients; Antonis Patrikios, who leads the firm's cybersecurity practice; Leonie Power, who focuses on advertising technologies, cross-border matters and e-marketing; and director Nuria Pastor. Compliance specialist Judy Krieg is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):Hazel Grant

Other key lawyers:Phil Lee; Antonis Patrikios; Nuria Pastor; Judy Krieg

Testimonials

'The Fieldfisher team provides commercially-minded, practical advice.'

'Clients truly appreciate the depth of subject-matter expertise that each member of the Fieldfisher team brings to the discussion. But more important is its ability to apply legal interpretation and guidance to the business circumstance. It maintains current awareness of the laws and regulations that are of interest and has always served as a true subject-matter expert.'

'The lawyers at Fieldfisher take the time to understand the client's business and corresponding nuances that they then apply to the legal guidance they provide. This is extremely helpful and even provides cost efficiencies.'

Key Clients

Pearson Plc

Just Eat

Perkins Coie

Hasbro SA

8x8

Invesco UK Limited

EY

Alibaba

Work highlights

  • Assisting Pearson with its GDPR compliance.
  • Advising Just Eat on its GDPR compliance programme and ongoing privacy issues.
  • Acting for Perkins Coie (Los Angeles) on the EU privacy implications arising from a proposal by an underlying client to engage in B2B marketing on a pan-European basis.
  • Assisting Hasbro with its GDPR compliance including advice on employee personal data, advertising to children, connected toys, websites, apps and online games.
  • Advising new client 8x8 on its GDPR readiness efforts and wider issues including cybersecurity readiness and disclosure requests.
Leading individuals

Hazel Grant - Fieldfisher

Phil Lee - Fieldfisher

Rising stars

Nuria Pastor - Fieldfisher

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher advises clients on civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings. Areas of expertise include advising on investigations, risk assessment, bribery, corruption, fraud, tax evasion money laundering and sanctions. Co-head of team Tony Lewis is adept at handling Bribery Act compliance issues and investigations by organisations such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC and NCA. Francesca Titus, who also heads the team,  handles corporate criminal law, internal investigations, and extradition. Kyle Phillips joined as senior associate from Howard Kennedy LLP.

Practice head(s):Tony Lewis; Francesca Titus

Other key lawyers:Kyle Phillips; Alexandra Underwood; Hartley Foster; Judy Krieg

Work highlights

  • Leading an international internal investigation into Europe's leading specialist for payment processing and issuing services.  This is in relation to allegations of serious offences of forgery and/or falsification of accounts
Leading individuals

Tony Lewis - Fieldfisher

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

One of Fieldfisher's areas of expertise in terms of its reputation management practice is defending claims against defamatory user-generated content on client websites. Furthermore, the practice assists high-net-worth individuals with reputation management issues, both in isolation as well as within the context of related litigation. The team around department head Colin Gibson also acts for public bodies and regulators in relation to allegations of defamation. Senior associate Nathan Capone is a key figure. He takes on a number of cases independently and also runs the firm's defamation and privacy law blog.

Practice head(s):Colin Gibson

Other key lawyers:Adam Sturt; Nathan Capone

Key Clients

ADVFN plc

Work highlights

  • Advising online financial newswire ADVFN plc in relation to various claims and applications made against it in relation to defamatory user-generated content posted on its bulletin boards.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's integrated IP and advertising, marketing and sponsorship group provides a one-stop shop for brand owners, and is increasingly sought after by international and US-based advertisers, promotions agencies and legal counsels to advise on international advertising campaigns. David Bond leads the advertising team; his experience covers advising on media buying contracts, claims substantiation and defending against complaints with the ASA and Ofcom. Leighton Cassidy's practice spans soft IP, filing and prosecution, trade mark licensing, and IP rights exploitation. Nick Rose, Hastings Guise and Sonal Patel Oliva are the other figures to note for contentious IP and promotional activity.

Practice head(s):David Bond; Leighton Cassidy

Other key lawyers:David Bond; Sonal Patel Oliva

Key Clients

eBay/Gumtree

Hasbro

Align Technology (Invisalign)

LoveHolidays

Sport England

Guthy-Renker/Nestlé Skin Care (proactiv +)

Work highlights

  • Advising Hasbro on website content, advertising to children, various marketing activities, e-commerce and GDPR compliance, and the terms of its template agency contracts for creative services and media buying.
  • Advising eBay in relation to online promotions; its media buying contract; key adtech contracts; and a proposed listings distribution agreement with US-based company adMarketplace for the UK, French and German 'my eBay' websites.
  • Advising longstanding client Align Technology (trading as Invisalign) on advertising and marketing matters across the EMEA, Asia and Australasia regions.
  • Continuing to advise EY on its global IP strategy and substantial IP portfolio, enforcement and the recovery of domain names.
  • Advised Sport England in relation to the high-profile 'This Girl Can' campaign.
Next Generation Partners

Sonal Patel Oliva - Fieldfisher

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's fintech group stands out for its commitment to advising start-ups and growth scale companies in the digital payments and banking space, on all aspects of their development, including fundraising, PSD2 compliance and implementation, cross-border regulatory issues, market access requirements, commercial contracts and cloud banking. Outside of this core area the team has further expertise in the areas of blockchain, p2p lending, M&A and data privacy. Partner Simon Briskman, whose clients include banks and financial institutions, has niche expertise in the use of AI and robotic process automation and offshoring and nearshoring projects; in a highlight instruction, he represented Atom Bank in its deal with Google to use the cloud to run its core banking platform. Recently promoted partner Marsili Hale specialises in assisting alternative finance providers and financial institutions with the creation of new finance structures.

Practice head(s):Simon Briskman

Other key lawyers:Marsili Hale

Key Clients

Atom Bank

Euronext

Wirecard

Netflix

National savings and investment

E-commerce and FinTech – Payments Advisory

HUBX

QUANTERIUM TECHNOLOGIES

Bank Leumi

Work highlights

  • Euronext and Algomi have created a bond trading fintech, Algonext, to increase liquidity in the bond markets. We helped set up and commercialise the platform; and have continued to be involved in its development.
  • Supporting many leading e-commerce/fintech businesses in their new payment operation, including advising Twilio, Sift Science and Invoice2go on PSD2 compliance in Europe in relation to their international payments activities.
  • Working with Wirecard on a range of payment services issues and commercial partnering agreements.
  • Advised National Savings and Investments on current issues with implementing open banking.
  • Advised on the further international expansion of the highly successful Netflix gift card programme across new territories, including Romania, Greece, Israel, Czech Republic and Hungary.
Leading individuals

Simon Briskman - Fieldfisher

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

David Bond and Gordon Drakes now jointly lead the practice at Fieldfisher following the retirement of former franchising and licensing co-head Chris Wormald. Other key practitioners include Andrew Dodd, who heads up the firm’s franchise disputes practice; litigator James Seadon and James Corlett, who is based in the firm’s Manchester office and focuses on the fashion retail sector. The group handles national and international matters including the franchising aspects of corporate transactions, commercial structures, global franchise rights, master franchise issues and litigation. Clients span the retail, food and beverage, hotels and leisure, education and estate agency sectors; noteworthy franchisor examples include Starbucks, Brighton College, Boparan Restaurants and Snap-On Tools. The team has also recently advised the Arcadia Group on several strategic international matters including its expansion into Hungary.

Practice head(s):David Bond; Gordon Drakes

Other key lawyers:Andrew Dodd; James Seadon; James Corlett

Key Clients

Hamleys

Thomas Pink

Viacom/MTV

Arcadia

Yopa

Brighton College

Karen Millen

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Keller Williams

easyHotel

Starbucks

Snap-On Tools

Boparan Restaurants (Giraffe, Ed's Easy Diner, Harry Ramsen's, Slim Chickens)

Work highlights

  • Advising Arcadia Group on various strategic matters including advice on the the regulatory environment in Iran and expansion into Hungary.
  • Assisting Oasis Fashions Group and Warehouse Fashions Group with their international development and the establishment of their franchise arrangements in multiple countries.
  • Advising the in-house EMEA team at Starbucks on updating its template agreements, franchise renewals and the data and financial aspects of its European loyalty card scheme.
  • Handling Brighton College's international franchise expansion including granting franchise rights for the construction and operation of a new International Brighton College in Singapore.
  • Assisting Boparan Restaurants with multiple franchising issues including international franchise deals and renewals.
Next Generation Partners

Gordon Drakes - Fieldfisher

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

The practice at Fieldfisher has the capacity to handle a broad range of IT transactions and technology projects and 'offers a good combination of telecoms regulatory and privacy expertise'. The team is instructed by a range of IT service providers and corporates investing in IT. Practice head Robert Shooter has expertise in large-scale procurements and outsourcings, while Simon Briskman focuses on major IT projects and the exploitation of new technologies, with a growing specialism in the adoption of AI and robotic process automation. Other key practitioners for commercial IT matters include Paul Barton, John Worthy and recently promoted partner John Brunning. For telecoms, technology, outsourcing and privacy partner Paul Graham, who leads the team, and the 'very commercially astute and pragmatic' James Walsh, who has 'good industry and technology knowledge', are singled out.

Practice head(s):Robert Shooter

Other key lawyers:Paul Graham; James Walsh; Simon Briskman; Paul Barton; John Worthy; John Brunning

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher's IT and telecoms team has a well-resourced and deep practice which is very commercially aware.'

'The firm fields a great team for technology, whether relating to outsourcing or general technology commercial matters.'

'James Walsh and his team are responsive and understand what in-house lawyers need. The quality of work is excellent.'

'James Walsh is pragmatic and client focused, and good at working with technical colleagues.'

'James Walsh's awareness of the reality of business makes his advice fit well with his clients.'

'Simon Briskman is a great resource of practical advice with a real understanding of in-house needs.'

'James Walsh and Micheal Butterworth are both stand out lawyers.'

Key Clients

Netflix

Freeview

Nintendo

Liverpool FC

VmWare

Co-op

Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL)

Philip Morris International

Starbucks

Trustpilot

8x8

Inmarsat Global

Space Norway

Work highlights

  • Assisting Netflix with strategic payments work.
  • Advised Nintendo on payment technologies.
  • Acted for VmWare on several transactions including its hybrid cloud deployment deal with Barclays and the licensing, implementation and use by Shell of VMware's SaaS-based Workspace One EUC platform.
  • Assisted Mobile Broadband Network with a series of ten-year deals to support its existing 3G, 4G and 5G requirements until 2028.
  • Advised Liverpool Football Club on the expansion and consolidation of its suite of fan-facing systems into one 'omni-channel' system.
Leading individuals: IT

Robert Shooter - Fieldfisher

Next Generation Partners

John Brunning - Fieldfisher

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

The team at Fieldfisher is noted for its soft IP experience, and is jointly led by trade mark and brand protection expert Leighton Cassidy and Nick Rose, who handles enforcement of rights including copyright, trade mark, passing off and trade secret litigation. Other name to note include John Linneker, who handles a range of trade mark, copyright, patent, design and confidential information disputes; while 'super focused IP litigator' Beatriz San Martín has particular expertise in the life sciences and disruptive technologies industries.

Practice head(s):Leighton Cassidy; Nick Rose

Other key lawyers:John Linneker; Beatriz San Martín

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

The multidisciplinary team at Fieldfisher handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious media and entertainment instructions, and by utilising its global footprint, the team is able to handle cross-border work. It fields specialists across media financing, digital media, interactive content, film and television, advertising and marketing, sponsorship, endorsement, publishing, rights licensing, corporate finance, banking, IP, content regulation and media tax. The media, technology, privacy and corporate groups are often engaged on digital media instructions such as the development and use of innovative platforms, the production, development and distribution of new and legacy content and advertising and digital commerce. The media technology practice media advised Freeview on the development of the Freeview Mobile App. The team is also involved in the development, production and distribution of film and television projects and the media asset finance practice is instructed by financiers, producers and distributors of film and television on the financing, creation and exploitation of media assets. Tim Johnson is noted for film and television financing work. The media tax practice advises investors in high profile film finance structures. Tom Guida heads the media and entertainment offering.

Practice head(s):Tom Guida

Other key lawyers:Tim Johnson; Derek Hill; Andrew Blankfield; Carlton Durrant; Christine Philips; Oliver Abel Smith; Robin Spender

Testimonials

The team has in-depth experience for media and entertainment sector mandates.

The team consists of experienced partners and more junior experts.

The firm has a strong media tax offering.

Key Clients

BBC/BBC Studios

Channel 4

Time Warner/Warner Bros.

Sony Pictures

NBC Universal/Universal Pictures

Natixis Coficine

Lions Gate

New Regency

Netflix

Wonderhood Studios

Work highlights

  • Acted for the commercial arm of the BBC on its deal to take full control of Lookout Point; increasing its stake in the independent studio from 49% to 100%.
  • Continued to advise the IAAF on the licensing of all media rights for the IAAF's world championship-level events in Europe and Africa to the European Broadcast Union and ESPN Media Distribution.
  • Assisted the IAAF in setting up a joint venture with ITN Productions for the broadcasting and media production of all IAAF sanctioned events.
  • Advised Wonderhood Studios in connection with the establishment of a new advertising and production venture by David Abrahams, the former CEO of Channel 4.
  • Acted for BBC Studios on the financing arrangements for His Dark Materials, a major and ambitious new high budget television drama based on the Philip Pulman novels.
Leading individuals

Tim Johnson (Film and TV; digital media) - Fieldfisher

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's trade mark prosecution practice is part of the firm's wide-ranging IP offering and specialises in worldwide trade mark and design clearance work, the drafting and filing of the corresponding trade mark applications in the UK and abroad, and assistance in contentious trade mark matters, including opposition proceedings, invalidity and revocation actions. Leighton Cassidy directs the practice. Solicitor Bill Lister joined Appleyard Lees.

Practice head(s):Leighton Cassidy

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is home to an impressive range of expertise in the IP litigation and transactional fields together with regulatory regimes, competition, data privacy and related tax law. Team head Nicole Jadeja has expertise in commercial and regulatory matters together with a focus on IP and has represented clients in UK and ECJ courts as well as the EPO. Nicola Bex has considerable expertise in the medical device field in addition to drafting supply and licensing agreements, including those relating to clinical trials. Beatriz San Martin specialises in IP disputes in the sector and Sarah Ellson spearheads the regulatory team and advises on biosciences regulations.  Former co-head of the team Alison Dennis is joining Taylor Wessing LLP in early 2020.

Practice head(s):Nicole Jadeja

Other key lawyers:Beatriz San Martin; Sarah Ellson; Nicola Bex 

Key Clients

Abbott Laboratories

Sandoz

Align Technology Inc

GlaxoSmithKline

PerkinElmer Inc

Insulet

Roche Products Ltd (pharmaceuticals) and Roche Diagnostics Limited (medical devices)

Genomics England Limited

Stifel Nicolaus Europe (formerly Oriel Securities)

Smiths Medical

Work highlights

  • Acted for Roche Products in the judicial review of the NHS provision of its product bevacizumab (Avastin), the cancer drug. The Claimants were Bayer and Novartis and Roche was an interested party.  
  • Continuing to act for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on a  long-running judicial review dispute with the Assisted Reproduction and Gynaecology Centre in relation to the decision to change the information and statistical data about licensed clinics which HFEA publishes on its website in the discharge of its duties, under section 8 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.
  • Advised Tristel plc, an AIM-listed life sciences company on its purchase of the Belgium-headquartered distribution business, Ecomed Group.
  • Acting for Sandoz, the generics arm of Novartis, in a dispute concerning the interpretation of the Supplementary Protection Certificate Regulation.  Sandoz is seeking revocation of GD Searle's SPC for darunavir, an antiretroviral used for the treatment of HIV on the basis that the SPC is invalid. The matter was appealed and a number of questions were referred to the European Court.
  • Acting for medical device company Align Technology on a range of matters, including drafting international agreements,  technology licensing and advising on compliance, regulatory, tax and competition law in addition to IP disputes.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's sports group represent private companies invested in the sector,  including a number of tech-focused companies, clubs and governing bodies across a wide range of sports. The team is particularly adept advising on funding solutions, including private equity investment, venture capital rounds and corporate joint ventures. Further expertise lies in advising innovative companies with a sports and entertainment focus on all aspects of their operations, including regulatory compliance and fundraising strategies, as well as handling high profile disputes. Patrick Cannon frequently introduces equity funding to clubs and governing bodies through his corporate contacts, whereas partner Jonathan Ray-Smith stands out for his extensive commercial dispute resolution work.

Practice head(s):Patrick Cannon

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Ray-Smith

Testimonials

"In terms of a depth of expertise, experience and knowledge Fieldfisher's sports group has plenty of it."

"Patrick Cannon and David Bond have a broad depth of understanding about and work well together."

Key Clients

Brabham

The British Cycling Federation

Liverpool FC

Reactoo

Bidstack Group PLC

LiveStyled

Fit XR

Norton Motorcycles

NUCA MMA

Hunton Yachts

London Sport

Rise

The Actives

British Taekwondo

Work highlights

  • Advised Brabham Branding Limited, a company owned by David Brabham, the son of ex-F1 champion Sir Jack Brabham, on a joint venture and brand licensing deal with an Australian track car manufacturer in relation to the iconic Brabham name.
  • Advised on a ground-breaking and high-profile employment status case involving former Olympic cyclist, Jessica Varnish, who has raised claims of unfair dismissal, sex discrimination, victimisation and detrimental treatment resulting from whistleblowing complaints.
  • Advising Liverpool Football Club on the expansion and consolidation of its suite of fan-facing systems into one 'omni channel' system.
  • Advising Reactoo on a fund raise in relation to IP protected technology that it has developed aimed at sports broadcasters such as Eleven Sports, which allows viewers to watch sports content live and on demand video together with friends anywhere around the world.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's multidisciplinary team has 'quantified knowledge and sector experience'. It handles franchising, rolling stock procurement and leasing work; and the team also offers expertise across outsourcing, technology, telecoms, regulatory, competition, state aid, employment, pensions, construction and commercial work in the sector. The team is advising the DfT on the Greater Western Change Project, the biggest in franchise change programme across the Greater Western network, to focus on the interventions required to mitigate the impact of the electrification programme delays highlighted in the Hendy Review.

Practice head(s):John Worthy

Other key lawyers:John Cassels; Nicholas Thompsell; Ranjit Dhindsa; David Gallagher; Sam Jardine; Cecily Davis; Sarah Keir; Liam Corrigan

Testimonials

The firm has a very dedicated team, which works really hard and has a keen interest the client's business.

Sam Jardine is a great ambassador for the firm.

Sarah Kier has some great sector knowledge and always goes beyond what is required to help.

 

Key Clients

Department for Transport

Go Ahead/Southern Rail/Thameslink

Global Travel Ventures

Trainline

Abellio Group (Greater Anglia, Scotrail)

London North East Railway

ITSO Limited

Systra (SNCF/RATP)

Work highlights

  • The team advises Trainline on regulatory frameworks.
  • The team is advising London North East Railway on the procurement of a revenue management software solution.
  • The team is advising Global Travel Ventures on regulatory issues relating to the launch of an innovative rail ticketing app.

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