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Fieldfisher LLP

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher LLP

Fieldfisher LLP  launched in Birmingham in late 2016  when it merged with specialist business law firm Hill Hofstetter. Now, the firm's corporate and commercial team, which is headed by partner Chris Hill, focuses on advising the professional services sector on acquisitions, disposals and restructurings. It also  advises tech and other companies on software and hardware transactions, with a high proportion of its matters involving some international element. Matthew Williams  joined from Orrick  to help strengthen the firm's corporate presence in the  energy, commodities and infrastructure sectors, with Hugo Lidbetter  joining as a partner from EDF as part of the same push.

Practice head(s):Chris Hill

Other key lawyers:Matthew Williams; Hugo Lidbetter


'Graham Muth is very commercial in his way, which often is not the case with corporate lawyers. His right-hand man Iain Wilton is also very good, organised and commercial too.'

Key Clients

Solihull Moors Football Club

Enzen Global

Enzen Limited

Metamorph Group

Work highlights

  • Advising India's Enzen Global on the UK aspects of its fundraising from Greater Pacific Capital.
  • Advising Enzen Limited (a subsidiary of the India based Enzen Global Solutions) on its investment into Seville based Wellness Telecoms.
  • Acting for professional services consolidators Metamorph Group on the acquisition of  midlands based professional services firm Terry Jones solicitors.
  • Advising Solihull Moors FC on a multi-million pound investment in the club.
Leading individuals

Matthew Williams - Fieldfisher LLP

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher LLP

Fieldfisher LLP's Birmingham practice, which it secured via its 2016 merger with Hill Hofstetter, leverages the wider firm's growing international offering to secure roles on a number of high-value international mandates. Jonathan Hofstetter, who leads the practice and is particularly known for his work in competition claims, but also has expertise in technical and engineering disputes. Other key members of the team include Ann Benzimra, who focuses on the IT and manufacturing sectors, Jim Sharkey, who works on banking and offshore related cases; and credit insurance specialist Larry Coltman. Also recommended is director Stephen May, who is an expert in contractual and construction disputes.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Hofstetter 

Other key lawyers:Ann Benzimra; Jim Sharkey; Larry Coltman; Richard Waugh; Adam Sturt


'The team is extremely strong, and in particular, the partners are very sensible and have excellent judgement. They are easy to deal with, and very charming.'

'Jonathan Hofstetter is very experienced and has a calm, insightful approach to client problems.'

'Jim Sharkey's no-nonsense approach serves clients well.'

'Richard Waugh is extremely detail-oriented, and thinks carefully about issues for clients, but also fights their corner strongly.'

'Adam Sturt is thorough, sensible and charming.'

Key Clients

Pearson PLC

2 Sisters Food Group

DS Smith PLC


Holland & Barrett

Trend Micro

Work highlights

  • Represented a high net worth individual in successfully setting aside a worldwide freezing order for $2.6bn obtained by PrivatBank and striking out the claim on jurisdictional grounds.
  • Represented a UK division of the engineering and technology multinational Bosch group in proceedings brought by a recruitment company over the placement of its new UK managing director.
  • Representing a former director in defending claims by the liquidator of Prosperity Corporate Consultancy Limited, a company in which our client is a former director and shareholder.
  • Acted for Pearson Education Limited in High Court (Technology and Construction Court) proceedings against the Secretary of State for Education in a public procurement challenge under the Public Contract Regulations 2015.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Hofstetter - Fieldfisher LLP

Next Generation Partners

Stephen May - Fieldfisher LLP

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher LLP

Fieldfisher LLP's team has particular experience of acting in significant multi-jurisdictional work, and it is also sought out to advise on all aspects of employment disputes. In addition, it routinely helps employers deal with a myriad of complex issues such as equal pay, discrimination, TUPE and collective redundancies. Team head Ranjit Dhindsa is skilled at advising employers on resolving disputes at mediation.

Practice head(s):Ranjit Dhindsa


'The firm has a strong employment practice with experienced lawyers who take a commercial approach in the advice they provide'.

'It is friendly, knowledgeable and business savvy'.

'Ranjit Dhindsa is very proficient and is well-liked by clients'.

'Ranjit Dhindsa works hard to get good results for her clients in a commercial and pragmatic way'.

'Ranjit Dhindsa is very accessible and solution focused'.

'Ranjit Dhindsa is a top class lawyer. A rare individual who approaches corporate problems with a holistic approach - seeing all the facets not just the legal issues'.

Leading individuals

Ranjit Dhindsa - Fieldfisher LLP

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher LLP

Fieldfisher LLP handles transactions including land purchase and site sales in relation to residential development, and is also frequently involved in leasing matters and investment work in the logistics sector. Sue Simpson leads the development and regeneration team, and Mark Lee focuses on commercial property investment and occupier work. Former partner Jonathan Wright left to join to Emms Gilmore Liberson in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Sue Simpson

Other key lawyers:Mark Lee

Key Clients

Alldos (UK) Limited

Avery Healthcare Group Limited

Atlas Land Limited

I.M. Properties Plc

Countryside Properties Limited

CALA Homes Limited

Santander UK Plc

Exeter Properties

Cambridge Medipark

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Fridge Spares Wholesale Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Robert Bosch Limited

Skanska UK Plc

Bloor Homes Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Exeter Property Group on the acquisition and letting of five major logistics sites with a value of over £75m.
  • Acting for Cedar Invest on the acquisition funding and development of the Derby Royal Infirmary Hospital.
  • Advising Robert Bosch on the lease of premises for a facility for developing driverless cars.
  • Advised Akzo Nobel on obtaining planning permission for a further 800 homes on the Stafford Site, and negotiating the sale of the scheme.

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