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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP's well regarded team, which acts for national and international clients, is led by Robert Lands, who has a specialism in agreements involving the technology, fashion and creative (including film and TV) industries. Lands' experience includes brand licensing, endorsement agreements and distribution agreements. Eric Gummers is highly active in the hospitality and leisure sector, and is working with Lands to advise Marriott Vacation Club (MVCI Europe Limited) on structuring the sale of its fractional products in Europe. Consultant Jonathan Sellors is another noted practitioner in the group, which also handles a full range of contracts in the sports, technology and real estate sectors.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

Anthony Hunt and Ashley Reeback lead the team at Howard Kennedy LLP, which was bolstered by the arrivals of Jonathan Polin from Dentons in June 2017 and Jonathan Cohen from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in October 2017. The team is noted for its expertise in the hotel, restaurant, leisure and retail sectors: highlights in these areas included Hunt acting for Pandora Jewellery UK on the acquisitions of various concept stores from franchise partners; Paul Glassberg advising Yolana and AYU London (companies associated with restaurateur Alan Yau) on their joint venture with an investor to develop and operate a chain of Turkish restaurants; and Eric Gummers acting for Fairview Hotels on the acquisitions of hotels in Cardiff, Newcastle and Rugby as part of its continued expansion programme. In addition, Gillian White advised the shareholders and management of the Aston Barclay Group on the MBO by Rutland Partners. Michael Harris and legal director Stephanie Brigg are also noted.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP is 'a good all-round firm' with 'some very capable individuals in the partnership field'. The group handles LLP formations, partner obligations, employment matters and commercial contracts, in addition to financial regulatory advice on LLP structures, tax, dispute resolution, business recovery and reconstruction. The team is co-led by 'commercial and knowledgeable' Jane Amphlett, who specialises in advisory matters such as partner appointments and departures, and 'one of the top experts in partnership disputes', consultant Robert Craig. Also recommended are the 'capable' Simon Taylor and corporate structuring expert Ashley Reeback.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP has a ‘dedicated set of lawyers who really fight their clients’ corner’. It acts for high-net-worth individuals, high-profile clients, media clients, solicitors and other professionals. Areas of expertise include harassment, blackmail, drug offences and historic sexual offences. Ian Ryan heads the team and is ‘a superb tactician who knows exactly how to work a case to the client’s advantage’. Senior associate John Martyn is ‘diligent, imperturbable and outstanding at dealing with tricky clients’.

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP deals with civil fraud matters involving multi-party, multi-jurisdictional litigation and handles ‘very complicated international fraud very well indeed’. ‘First-rate performer’ Louise Bennett heads the department, Joel Leigh is ‘a first-rate litigator with excellent judgment on both matters of substance and procedural issues’. Tim Bignell has ‘huge experience and is thoughtful and resourceful’. Craig Emden and Fiona Hinds are also recommended.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP advises high-net-worth individuals, executives and personalities from the financial services, legal, entertainment, media, art and sports sectors against accusations of fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering and other financial misconduct. It is adept at handling civil and criminal fraud cases with multi-jurisdictional elements. Head of team Ian Ryan is  ‘hugely experienced, measured and tactical’, he supported by John Martyn who is ‘devoted to his clients and works passionately on his cases’. Kevin Robinson joined as consultant from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP; he is ‘rightly regarded as one of the doyens of corporate crime, regulatory investigations and surely just about the best solicitor in this area and in white collar crime generally’.

Leading individuals

Ian Ryan - Howard Kennedy LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

The 'forward-thinking, efficient' Howard Kennedy LLP 'provides an excellent levels of service'. It advises on contractual disputes, professional negligence actions, complex international litigation and arbitration, and contentious insolvency; the practice is also experienced in director and shareholder disputes and civil fraud. It obtained a series of injunctions for a payment and foreign exchange services firm, whose banking services were suspended following alleged money laundering and fraudulent activity by a number of its customers. Commercial litigation head Louise Bennett 'gets to grips with complex financial issues to see the bigger picture'; dispute resolution head Simon Taylor is 'an excellent strategist and superb negotiator'; Tim Bignell 'cuts through detail to commercial issues and practical solutions'; and Fiona Hinds is 'an excellent, pragmatic commercial lawyer'. Other key litigators include managing partner Craig Emden, Steven Morris, Joel Leigh and Mark Stephens CBE; while senior associate Ayesha Salim is 'always in command of the details'.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP 'has good industry knowledge and insight in this area, meaning the advice is balanced and appropriate; and the firm provides a high level of partner attention supported by associates who have a firm grasp of detail'. The practice is focused on representing solicitors in investigations launched into their conduct by the Solicitors Regulation Authority; defending barristers against various allegations of misconduct; and defending accountants and other financial service professionals in disciplinary proceedings. Business crime and regulatory head Ian Ryan ('calm, but with a steely side') is experienced in acting both for and against professional regulators. Other key contacts include Joel Leigh and senior associate John Martyn.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP's 'impressive employment department' has 'a straightforward approach that affords pragmatic and practical advice' and 'always puts the client first'. The practice is noted for its cross-border expertise and also handles employment disputes and workforce restructuring work with particular knowledge of the retail and leisure sectors; clients include Pandora, Condé Nast International and Foxtons. The 'brilliant' Jane Amphlett leads the group and 'first-class lawyer' Sam Murray-Hinde is 'meticulous, prepared and thorough'.

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London: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP's client list notably includes those from the entertainment and media sectors and the medical professions. In addition to work relating to injuries and fatalities at work, it also has a focus on claims relating to workplace stress. The team members are valued for being 'very clear communicators' and for being 'firm when needed'. The department is headed by Elizabeth Smith, a 'no-nonsense solicitor with excellent negotiating skills' who 'thinks clearly and quickly and gets to the heart of the problem'. Another key member of the team is Joel Leigh, who specialises in fatal accident claims.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

Mark Stephens  heads a dedicated team at Howard Kennedy LLP that advises on all aspects of the law relating to art and cultural property, from drafting agreements to litigation and the resolution of disputes for clients such as museums and galleries as well as public art organisations, photo libraries and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Other clients include governments and national institutions. The ‘robust’ Daniel McClean  divides his time between the US and UK and is recommended along with Robert Lands, who specialises in intellectual property and related IT and media work. Major clients include The Tate, Contemporary Arts Society, Mark Wallinger and the Design Artists Copyright Society. Sir Peter Blake and Art Basel are other significant clients. Tim Bignell  is leading the advice for a pre-eminent Middle Eastern gallery and art collector in a claim against the international art house Sotheby’s. The claim is for the alleged incorrect description and dating in a sales catalogue relating to the sale of a historical bronze statue.

Leading individuals

Mark Stephens - Howard Kennedy LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel McClean - Howard Kennedy LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP  has a ‘perfectly formed team’ under the leadership of the ‘very hardworking’ Emily Mailer . Mailer has ‘firmly in mind her clients’ best interests and how to achieve their objectives’. Naomi O’Higgins  ‘is very measured, extraordinarily knowledgeable and gives practical and realistic advice’. Elizabeth Barclays  is a ‘hardworking solicitor who is excellent at managing clients’. The ‘very effective team’ works extensively with high-net-worth, entrepreneurial and creative sector clients and is skilled at handling complex, high-value and high profile disputes. It also frequently receives referrals from other leading firms and barristers. In addition the group has significant experience of co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional advice.

Leading individuals

Emily Mailer - Howard Kennedy LLP

Naomi O'Higgins - Howard Kennedy LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP  fields a ‘high-quality team that cares about its clients’. Lois Langton  (who is ‘likeable, smart and a strong litigator’) advises on all aspects of family law and child related work including adoption and surrogacy. Alan Kaufman  is a ‘master in his field, excellent with clients and a fine negotiator’.  

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

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP has an ‘excellent team with very good strength and depth and a very good international outlook’. John Annetts heads the administration and estates team and is ‘smart, able, calm and experienced. He deals with difficult situations with great assurance’. The ‘very bright’ Liz Palmer shows ‘great attention to detail and makes one feel at ease when discussing complex legal matters. She is very good at explaining difficult issues to her lay clients’. Simon Malkiel is ‘fantastic with highly technical issues and is able to think creatively to explore all possible options for his clients. He is very clear on protecting his clients from the risk of interference from the HMRC’. Senior associate Nick Mendoza ‘deals with huge probates with multiple elements with calmness and poise’. It has a diverse client base of high-net-worth individuals and families based both in the UK and internationally.

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London: Public sector

Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

Key figures at Howard Kennedy LLP include the ‘highly responsive’ Mark Stephens CBE  and Elizabeth Morley . The practice has an extensive track record handling cases in the Supreme Court, the Privy Court and the European Court of Human Rights. Clients include Human Rights Watch and the Media Legal Defence Initiative, as well as corporate clients, for which the practice advises on a full range of human rights issues, including compliance and non-financial reporting. Other areas of expertise include free speech and privacy matters, where the practice is able to leverage the firm's media capability; and assisting vulnerable clients with judicial review cases.

Leading individuals

Mark Stephens CBE - Howard Kennedy LLP

Next generation lawyers

Elizabeth Morley - Howard Kennedy LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP is ‘an excellent firm for leasing and and property management’ matters and is ‘widely recognised as a market leader in the retail and hospitality sectors’. Restaurant sector head Adam Walford is acting for Patty&Bun in relation to its restaurant expansion strategy, while Eric Gummers has experience with corporate real estate mandates in the hotel sector. Department head Julian Hindmarsh also leads the retail group, which handles a range of property issues for luxury retailers such as Pandora, Antler, and new clients Cifonelli and Oliver Peoples. Mark Johnstone heads the development practice, which is especially active in the residential space; Kate Woodgate is acting for a development joint venture in relation to the delivery of several hundred homes as part of a significant development project in London. Charles Maxwell is a contact in the investment team, Denise Condon heads the residential development sales group and Vanessa Laundon is an active senior associate in the department.

Next generation lawyers

Vanessa Laundon - Howard Kennedy LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Martha Grekos heads Howard Kennedy LLP's planning team, which has a focus on acting for developers on London urban regeneration, development and property work. Grekos specialises in promoting redevelopment projects that are politically sensitive and involve large and complex environmental impact assessments, compulsory purchase orders, highway orders, planning agreements and appeal court proceedings. Recent work includes advising on all planning aspects of Almacantar's £500m redevelopment of 125 Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Development finance and Islamic finance are key areas of growth for the 'supportive, responsive and pragmatic' team at Howard Kennedy LLP, which also handles senior and mezzanine lending, bridge finance and investment finance. It acts for a healthy balance of lender clients, including Santander, RBS, Metro Bank and Octane Capital, and borrowers such as Galliard Homes and Ballymore. Steve Clinning, who is 'always commercial, responsive and a pleasure to deal with', acted for Octopus Property on the £48m funding of the acquisition of the Sky building in Brentwood, completing the matter in just ten days; Clinning and Marcus Jamson also advised Neo Capital on the £50m acquisition of a property in Hammersmith. Daniel Fireman, 'one of the most knowledgeable and experienced solicitors in this industry', heads the practice, which also includes Samantha Hook. Nada Jarnaz joined from Taylor Wessing LLP.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP is a ‘strong performer’ that ‘provides an exemplary service’. The practice is led by Amanda McNeil who has an ‘impressive knowledge of the finer points of law’ and is ‘very good with clients, not giving in easily’. McNeil has particular expertise in leasehold enfranchisement, service charge disputes, rent recovery, covenants and possession proceedings. She has also been advising on an increasing number of CVAs. Other areas of focus for the firm include vacant possession, rights to light and contentious business lease renewals. Michele Freyne is ‘excellent and highly recommended', Simon Taylor is ‘redoubtable’ and Lara Nyman ‘ably assists’ the team. Ballymore Properties, Pandora and Business Environment Offices are among the team’s clients. Daniel Swimer joined Joelson.

Leading individuals

Michele Freyne - Howard Kennedy LLP

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s practice ‘exceeds expectations’ and regularly handles property acquisitions in London and around the UK in the range of £10m - £25m. Pervaze Ahmed leads the team and is ‘an exceptional conveyancing lawyer’ who is ‘always on hand to answer queries’ and has ‘the right level of forcefulness during transactions’. Ahmed has specific expertise of the prime and super-prime residential property market in Central London and acts for clients in the UK, South East Asia and the Middle East. Partner Samantha Hook acts for various on shore and offshore private banks providing loans secured against premium residential property. Clients for the firm include Arbuthnot Latham & Co, Bank Julius Baer & Co and Coutts & Co.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Headed by the ‘experienced and responsive’ Mark Stephens CBE, Howard Kennedy LLP represents high net worth individuals and large corporations abroad and in the United Kingdom on privacy and reputation matters. The firm acted for Democratic Press SA in defence of a libel claim brought by Israeli businessman Mr Sabby Mionis and provides pre-publication advice to publishing companies. ‘Highly experienced’ senior associate Elizabeth Morley  is one to note.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

The 'competent and knowledgeable' team at Howard Kennedy LLP acts for clients such as Pandora Jewellery, Strada Italian Restaurants and ePlus Technology Inc. The group was instructed by Micad Systems UK on the acquisition of software company Integrated Handheld solutions, including on IP rights relating to valuable software. It has also acted for large brand retailers and restaurants on strategic IP, including on licensing and joint venture issues, as well as in contentious matters. Robert Landsis highlighted as being 'efficient with an in-depth knowledge' heads up the practice which also includes Mark Stephens CBE, who has particular media sector expertise.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s media and entertainment practice acts for individual and corporate clients across publishing, theatre, film, TV, music, advertising, PR, marketing, gaming and social media. Its expertise spans corporate, financing, IP, regulatory compliance, employment and defamation matters, and it handles international broadcasting, online content and global rights protection cases. Corporate partner Stephen Heinemann advised Greene Light Stage the fund raising for a joint venture with Elton John’s production company, Rocket Stage. Consultant David Hooper is a publishing expert and is representing Democratic Press in a libel action. Litigator Tim Bignell is representing musician Richard Blackmore on claims against HEC and DPO (both in administration).  Senior associate Elizabeth Morley handles media and entertainment sector disputes and employment head Jane Amphlett is also noted for her expertise in the sector. Media law and regulatory head Mark Stephens CBE leads the department with IP and commercial head Robert Lands.

Next generation lawyers

Elizabeth Morley (Dispute resolution) - Howard Kennedy LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP's 'high-calibre' sports practice 'tailors its service to its clients' needs', and is 'well connected in the worlds of football, rugby, golf and horseracing'. Lois Langton, who has 'a long history of acting for sports individuals', heads the group jointly with the 'fearless' Fiona Hinds, who has 'great technical skills and good judgement'. Litigator Joel Leigh is 'quick to reach the heart of the matter' and 'experienced in acting for premiership footballers'; he has 'the skills of the pure sports lawyer as well as the expertise and approach of a generalist'. 'Very experienced' litigator Craig Emden has 'a cool head and a strategic approach'. Clients of the department include The Club Company. Employment and governance expert Sam Murray-Hinde arrived from Hewitsons in May 2017.

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