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- London: Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- London: Corporate and commercial > Venture capital
- London: Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation
- London: Dispute resolution > Defamation and privacy
- London: Finance > Asset finance and leasing
- London: Human resources > Employment: employers and senior executives
- London: Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- London: Private client > Family
- London: Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- London: Real estate > Commercial property
London: Corporate and commercial
Within M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a first tier firm,
Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s technology and media focus saw it advise Forward Internet Group Limited on its acquisition of a stake in Factory Media Limited, Europe’s largest action sports media owner. Tim Parker heads the five-partner team.
Within Venture capital, tier 4
Harbottle & Lewis LLP provides ‘cost-effective and commercial advice’ to a balanced mix of investors and investees in the media, communications and technology sectors. ‘Personable’ and ‘tenacious’ team head Tony Littner takes an ‘innovative and responsive approach’, and recently advised social media monitoring company Brandwatch on a $6m investment by Nauta Capital.
London: Dispute resolution
Within Commercial litigation, tier 6
Andy Millmore heads the commercial litigation team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP, which gives ‘excellent advice’. Virgin Atlantic Airways instructed the practice in its dispute with a UK catering supplier. Sandi Simons is ‘valued highly’, and Louis Castellani ‘takes great care with cases’.
Within Defamation and privacy, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a second tier firm,
Harbottle & Lewis LLP is one of the biggest hitters on the claimant side, and its ‘superb list of celebrity clients’ was further extended with the recent addition of John Kelly from Schillings. Highlights included acting for the Duchess of Cambridge in one of the biggest privacy cases of 2012, against French magazine Closer. It has also acted for numerous phone hacking victims. Practice head Gerrard Tyrrell is ‘very impressive’, and Jo Sanders ‘knows her own mind and gets on with the job’. They are supported by a ‘quality team of assistants’.
London: Human resources
Within Employment: employers and senior executives, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a third tier firm,
The ‘efficient’ and ‘effective’ team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP represents an array of senior executives and employer clients from the online, media and entertainment and TV sectors, including the Dominion Theatre and the Aldwych Theatre. Howard Hymanson is at the head of a ‘strong team structure’, and Marian Derham is an ‘excellent ambassador for the firm’.
London: Private client
Within Charities and not-for-profit, tier 4
The ‘highly responsive’ team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP includes David Scott, who has expertise in assisting private individuals with tax aspects of private philanthropy. The firm also handles transactional work for large charities such as Malaria No More and Free the Children. Scott and Colin Howes are ‘hugely experienced and always accessible’.
Within Family, tier 5
Harbottle & Lewis LLP has an ‘up-and-coming’ team. Linzi Bull is ‘extremely collaborative, but at the same time 100% fights for her client’s case’, and Tom Farley-Hills has ‘a nose for the right answer’. The firm is notable for its same-sex practice and cohabitation work.
Within Personal tax, trusts and probate, tier 4
Harbottle & Lewis LLP ‘provides excellent advice with a commercial bent’. The firm acts for a varied client base of high-net-worth individuals in the financial services sector and UK entrepreneurs. Practice head Glen Atchison, who is also the firm’s managing partner, has a strong reputation, and Rhys Llewellyn has ‘excellent commercial acumen’.
London: Real estate
Within Commercial property, tier 4
At Harbottle & Lewis LLP, ‘the advice goes beyond straight legal advice and shows good commercial awareness’. With particular expertise in the media, leisure and entertainment sectors, the team acts for Ben Sherman Group. Melanie Benson and Leo Marino ‘provide excellent advice and always respond immediately’.
London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
Within Brand management, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a second tier firm,
Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s agency, brand name and corporate sponsor clients include Interpublic Group, ProMatch Tour and Volkswagen. Advertising and marketing head Andy Millmore advised Mortimer Whittaker O’Sullivan on brand advertising campaigns. Bob Mitchell heads the group, which provides ‘first-class legal support on sponsorship matters’. He assisted Barclays Bank with renewing its FA Premier League title sponsorship, and advised Emirates on its global arrangement with Formula One.
Within Intellectual property, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a third tier firm,
Harbottle & Lewis LLP has a broad-based IP practice acting for media, entertainment, technology and consumer goods industry clients. Shireen Peermohamed provides a ‘very clear, practical advice that takes into account business needs’. Among other matters, she continues to act for Orange in trade mark disputes. Tony Ballard is ‘an excellent technical expert on copyright issues’. IP litigator Andy Millmore is ‘insightful and creative with solutions, an experienced negotiator and commercially savvy’. Former practice head Mark Owen joined Taylor Wessing LLP.
Within IT and telecoms, tier 5
Harbottle & Lewis LLP advises on telecoms and technology sector contractual and regulatory matters. Team head Tony Ballard acts for satellite broadcast and telecoms industry clients, such as Telenor and ANO TV-Novosti. Adam Mitton advised Microsoft on cross-border agreements with third party app developers for the Xbox 360 platform.
Within Media and entertainment, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a first tier firm,
Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s film and TV practice is ‘excellent at closing multi-party contracts’, and Jonathan Berger is an ‘incisive negotiator’. Practice head Medwyn Jones advised Neal Street Productions on Call the Midwife, The Hollow Crown and a series of films of Shakespeare’s history plays. Peter Armstrong advised Universal on Snow White and the Huntsman and Fast and Furious 6. ‘Excellent’ theatre lawyer Neil Adleman is advising Warner Bros Theatre Ventures on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Playful Productions on The Audience and the National Theatre on War Horse. ‘Able, creative and personable’ music practice head Chloe Wright advises Universal Music Group. Paul Jones and Adam Mitton combine ‘legal knowledge and commercial understanding’, and represent clients including Omnifone. Other clients include Jamie Cullum and Conor Maynard. E-commerce and technology head Mark Phillips advises Take Two and Geomerics. The ‘exceptionally hardworking’ Alan Moss advised Microsoft on digital entertainment service Zune, and Tony Ballard advises on cutting-edge broadcasting and digital media. Shireen Peermohamed heads the publishing team, with associate Alex Hardy noted for her ‘commercial experience’. The team acts for Oxford University Press, Penguin Books and new client Hachette. John Kelly joined from Schillings, while Paul Cairns has moved in-house.
Within Media finance, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a first tier firm,
Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s ‘responsive, commercial’ six-partner group handles film, TV, games, music, publishing and theatre finance. Practice head Abigail Payne advised Londinium Films on a new film fund as well as on the feature film Nina. She also advised Coutts & Co on children’s animated TV series Roy. Neil Adleman advised on the Broadway production of Ghost (the Musical), and Charles Leveque advised Omnifone. Alan Moss, who ‘works exceptionally hard to close a deal’, advised Carnival Productions on the Dracula television series.
Within Sport, Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a second tier firm,
Providing ‘absolutely first-class legal support on sponsorship matters’, Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s practice also extends to disciplinary and regulatory matters. It acted for Emirates on its shirt sponsorship deal with Real Madrid FC, and represented taekwondo fighter Aaron Cook following his non-selection for London 2012. Practice head Bob Mitchell has ‘an excellent strategic overview of sports sponsorship’, and senior associate Anil Matharu is ‘very efficient, flexible and proactive’. Dalton Odendaal re-joined the firm after a period working at LOCOG and the BOA.
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Offices in London
- Corporate and commercial : M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- Corporate and commercial : Venture capital
- Dispute resolution : Commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution : Defamation and privacy
- Finance : Asset finance and leasing
- Human resources : Employment: employers and senior executives
- Private client : Charities and not-for-profit
- Private client : Family
- Private client : Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Real estate : Commercial property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Brand management
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : IT and telecoms
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Media and entertainment
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Media finance
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Sport