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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s practice head Robert Lands and Eric Gummers are advising Marriott Vacation Club (MVCI Europe) on structuring the sale and marketing of fractional rights in Europe, (as well as associated regulatory and commercial contracts issues), which includes a luxury apartment at 47 Park Street in London. Lands has particular expertise in the technology and creative industries, with his advice to clients spanning areas such as advertising, franchising, brand licensing, distribution agreements and endorsement agreements. Consultant Jonathan Sellors is recommended for his knowledge of commercial arrangements in the medical devices and medical research sectors. The firm also generates work from clients in the retail and leisure industries.

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

Howard Kennedy LLP

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP

Led by Daniel Tunkel, Howard Kennedy LLP’s financial regulation team is particularly active advising small and lower mid-cap investment funds on the regulation impacting their businesses. Tunkel regularly assists foreign clients establish regulated businesses in, or promote their investment products and services in the UK.

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

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s β€˜efficient’, β€˜responsive, commercially focused’ and β€˜cost-effective’ department counts real estate, especially in retail, hotels and leisure, as its core strength in M&A; it also has strong experience in the media sector, and handles public as well as private M&A. Clients commend it for handling β€˜a wide range of high-value, highly complex, multi-jurisdictional transactions’. Ashley Reeback and the β€˜diligent, commercial, pragmatic and extremely responsive’ Anthony Hunt, who is β€˜a pleasure to deal with’, head the practice; Hunt advised Pandora Jewellery UK on its purchase of the business and assets of nine concept stores in North West England. Michael Harris, who is singled out for the β€˜speed and quality of his advice’, advised Impresario Festivals on its sale of the Rewind, Boardmasters, Field Day and South West Four festivals to Global. Gillian White, Jonathan Metliss, Paul Glassberg and Keith Lassman are also recommended.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜a good commercial firm with a strong partnership offering’ and it adopts a cross-disciplinary approach to contentious and non-contentious partnership issues. β€˜Charming and effective’, Robert Craig, who is β€˜one of the most experienced partnership practitioners in practice’, acted for an accountancy practice in relation to certain amendments to the partnership documentation. Jane Amphlett specialises in the employment aspects of partnership law and has β€˜a strong following among professional services firms and LLPs’. Additionally, Tim Bignell is β€˜an extremely impressive litigator’ and Daniel Tunkel is instructed by a litany of investment fund partnerships. Paul Millett is also recommended. In 2016-2017, the department added Cain Hoy Guggenheim and Lillie Square LP to its client roster.

Leading individuals

Robert Craig - Howard Kennedy LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP provides β€˜an exemplary service’, and the crime department β€˜is client-focused, very driven, and has excellent up-to-date knowledge’. Key figure Ian Ryan is β€˜an excellent lawyer who brings considerable experience when defending professionals’, and is regularly instructed by public figures from the arts, media and business sectors.

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP maintains a strong reputation in the financial services area, representing a mix of banks and financial institutions in multiparty, cross-border fraud matters. The group also has significant insolvency and professional negligence expertise, advising on civil fraud claims involving insolvent companies and allegations of constructive partnership. Managing partner Craig Emden is the key contact along with Simon Taylor, who heads the dispute resolution practice.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜an extremely highly thought of firm for white-collar work’, offering β€˜a highly personalised service and an impressive level of devotion to its clients’. The firm handles privately funded work, primarily defending high net-worth individuals in bribery and corruption allegations, money laundering cases and FCA investigations. Practice head Ian Ryan is β€˜an excellent lawyer with a wealth of experience in dealing with high-profile, tricky cases requiring good strategic input’, and β€˜excellent tactician’ John Martyn is also recommended. Dan Hyde has joined Penningtons Manches LLP.

Leading individuals

Ian Ryan - Howard Kennedy LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP fields β€˜excellent people who give good, sensible advice’. The practice’s scope of commercial litigation work covers international contractual and commodities disputes; financial services matters and civil fraud; professional negligence; IP; and insolvency disputes. It is also well known for sports and media sector litigation. Louise Bennett is commercial litigation head; Tim Bignell is β€˜able to handle testing situations’; and Craig Emden is β€˜a brilliant litigator’. Steven Morris, Fiona Hinds, Joel Leigh, Mark Stephens CBE and Simon Taylor are key contacts. Former commercial litigation head, Sue Thackeray, joined Kingsley Napley LLP.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Ian Ryan heads the β€˜superb’ practice at Howard Kennedy LLP, which specialises in defending professionals in the legal and financial sectors, with experience in regulatory matters arising from criminal investigations. It also acts for clients on compliance and risk avoidance. The practice represented an accountant in an investigation by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales arising from unlawfully accessing confidential information while on secondment at a bank. Other work includes acting for two solicitors in a Solicitors Regulatory Authority investigation into alleged misconduct and judicial review proceedings before the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal arising from defective appointments to barrister disciplinary tribunals. The β€˜extremely thorough’ and β€˜quick-witted’ Joel Leigh has β€˜tremendous client-care skills’ and can β€˜translate complex concepts into simple English’.

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London: Human resources

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

Howard Kennedy LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s practice handles high-value disputes and advisory matters, often involving cross-border elements. Practice head Jane Amphlett successfully assisted long-term client Foxtons with an application brought before the High Court regarding the enforcement of the restrictive covenant of a former senior employee. Amphlett has also been advising US-based IT company ePlus on various compliance matters regarding the client’s UK employees, including assisting with training, contracts and employee handbooks. Sam Murray-Hinde joined from Hewitsons, while Carolyn Brown is now at RSM Legal LLP.

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London: Insurance

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

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s solicitors are experienced in handling a range of accident and injury claims including spinal injury, workplace exposure, occupational stress, repetitive strain and manual handling injuries. The team acts for individuals, trade unions, professional associations, businesses and non-profit organisations, with particular experience in representing clients in the healthcare and entertainment industries. β€˜Tireless and dynamic’ department head Elizabeth Smith is β€˜hugely well regarded’ and β€˜achieves incredible results for her clients’; she is β€˜gritty and tenacious’ and specialises in work-related stress and upper-limb disorder claims.

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London: Private client

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

Howard Kennedy LLP

Mark Stephens is β€˜a brilliant strategic thinker’ and heads a skilled team at Howard Kennedy LLP which has β€˜an excellent understanding of the practicalities of the art market and is therefore particularly well able to assist its clients in potentially contentious situations’. Robert Lands is β€˜very experienced’ on all aspects of intellectual property, and Daniel McClean is β€˜really hungry to get the best results for his clients, with an excellent understanding of the art world and a sophisticated understanding of artists’. Jonathan Sellors is β€˜very practical and adopts a good strategic approach to matters’. The team is best known for its work in relation to impressionist, modern and contemporary art, and looted art and cultural property, and covers both transactions and contentious issues. It acts for high-profile artists, galleries, estates and charitable foundations including The Tate, ArtAngel, Sir Peter Blake and Turner prize-winner Mark Wallinger. Tim Bignell recently led the defence of a client in High Court litigation brought by the Art Loss Register for breach of confidential information, employment covenants and solicitation of company clients. In another major matter, the group acted for Meem Gallery (Dubai) on behalf of a group of leading Iranian artists and estates against Christie’s (London) and Darius and Marc Azari in relation to 300 disputed artworks.

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 β€˜is growing in importance in the market and has been doing some very significant work that often arises out of its large number of clients with large UK property portfolios’. The β€˜very impressive’ Naomi O’Higgins is β€˜one to watch’; she β€˜focuses relentlessly on trying to achieve her clients’ goals and motivates the whole team to do likewise’. The β€˜cool and competent’ Emily Mailer β€˜completely focuses on the best outcome for her client’. The team is β€˜user-friendly and commercial in its approach’, and advises a broad array of clients on high-value and complex matters. It has a strong client base in the creative, entrepreneurial and charities sectors, and is increasingly working with clients and intermediaries in the Channel Islands and other offshore jurisdictions.

Leading individuals

Emily Mailer - Howard Kennedy LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP β€˜is able to compete with the toughest on the most complex and potentially high profile of cases’. Team head Lois Langton is β€˜particularly good at dealing with difficult and demanding clients from the sports and entertainment industries. She has an unrivalled ability to absorb and retain every detail of a case’. Consultant Alan Kaufman is β€˜a seasoned professional. Clients gain comfort from his experience and bedside manner’.

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

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜technically and practically excellent on the complex offshore issues that affect non-UK domiciles and the relevant property regime for inheritance tax purposes. However, above all, it is a client-centric firm’. Liz Palmer is β€˜incisive, thorough and unrelentingly logical in her application of complex legal provisions. Combined with this she genuinely cares about her clients and works hard to ensure that there are practical solutions’. John Annetts is β€˜an excellent lawyer, meaning he is more than technically good. He is also pragmatic and easy to get along with in dealing with technical legal points/difficulties for the most complex clients with large assets’. The β€˜very sound’ Simon Malkiel is β€˜thorough and always ensures that every point that may help or hinder his client has been fully examined. He thinks logically but creatively about problem solving’. Michael Lewis is β€˜approachable, knowledgeable and focused on achieving the client’s objectives’.

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London: Public sector

Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜an excellent firm’, and its civil liberties and human rights team includes β€˜great leader and strong fighter’ Mark Stephens, who β€˜is second to none’ and β€˜in a league of his own’. The team has a strong presence in the media and technology sector as evidenced by Stephens’ advice to leading global ICT firms on the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014. Senior associate Elizabeth Morley has experience in freedom of expression law and is acting for an Egyptian journalist, blogger and human rights activist, who is currently subject to a travel ban imposed by the Egyptian government. The team is also acting for a high-profile artist on the UK government’s refusal to grant the client an entry visa, and is also advising on the return of the client’s passport and issues pertaining to international freedom of travel following the client’s arrest in Asia. Other notable clients include Human Rights Watch, Index on Censorship and Global Witness. Associate Antonia Torr is β€˜an outstanding lawyer’.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 4

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 provides β€˜strong service and excellent industry knowledge’ particularly in relation to the hotel-and-leisure and retail sectors. Eric Gummers, who is β€˜very attentive to the details’, specialises in condo-hotels, fractionals, and timeshares; while Adam Walford leads on restaurants work and acts for clients such as Carluccio’s and Samba Brands. On the retail side the team β€˜is particularly good at assisting new entrant retail businesses to the UK to get up to speed with local laws and commercial leasing practices’. Retail co-heads Julian Hindmarsh and Nicky Stewart, and β€˜fantastic’ senior associate Vanessa Laundon, provide β€˜succinct, timely advice’ to a multitude of luxury brands including Honey Birdette and NARS Cosmetics. The practice’s investment work is led by Andrew Collins and Graham Kaye, and in one highlight Collins advised a group of Isle of Man investors on the re-gear of the occupancies of a landmark office building in central London. Paul Springall heads the practice.

Next generation lawyers

Vanessa Laundon - Howard Kennedy LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

β€˜Experienced in all planning aspects’, Howard Kennedy LLP’s β€˜hardworking and competent’ team continued to be active on behalf of the firm’s strong developer client base, which includes BlackOnyx Group and Ballymore. β€˜Technically excellent’ practice head Martha Grekos focuses on the promotion of urban regeneration projects, and is acting for longstanding client Almacantar on all aspects of its office-led redevelopment of 125 Shaftsbury Avenue; Grekos also continued to assist the same client with planning for the redevelopment of Marble Arch Tower. In other highlights the team is advising Galliard on its planning application for the redevelopment of Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium, and is acting for First Base on a 230-apartment scheme in Preston Park, Brighton, which is the client’s first development scheme outside London. Senior associate Laura Nation is the other name to note.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Particularly strong on the lender side, the β€˜technically strong, cost-effective and client-oriented’ team at Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜always available’, and counts bridging and development financings as core areas of expertise. It also handles Islamic finance: Samantha Hook advised Al Mubarakia as borrower on obtaining a Β£21m loan to convert offices to a 124-apartment private rental scheme in east London. Other clients include Aldermore, Amicus Finance, Arbuthnot Latham & Co and Bank Julius Baer & Co. β€˜User-friendly’ group head Daniel Fireman β€˜irons out potential issues early on’. Also recommended are the β€˜pragmatic and very responsive’ Marcus Jamson, and Steve Clinning.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s β€˜strong practice’ has β€˜a no-holds barred approach to property litigation’ covering β€˜straightforward landlord and tenant issues to complex development disputes’. Amanda McNeil, whose β€˜gentle persona hides her steely determination and toughness as a litigator’, leads the group following the move of the β€˜absolutely top drawer’ Michele Freyne to a consultancy role. The β€˜awesome’ Lara Nyman is β€˜always spot on tactically’ and is singled out by clients for her β€˜exceptional reliability’; she recently successfully acted for the claimant Spartafield in a contractual dispute. Senior associate Daniel Swimer is β€˜one to watch with a very focused, careful and knowledgeable approach’ and β€˜senior statesman of the property litigation world’ Simon Taylor is β€˜a bright and seasoned practitioner with a safe pair of hands’.

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 team’s β€˜super-fast, in-depth and broad knowledge ensures the deal gets done’. The group, led by the β€˜highly experienced and efficient’ Pervaze Ahmed, acts for high-net-worth individuals on the buying and selling of residential real estate assets, particularly in the prime and super-prime London real estate market. Ahmed joined the firm in 2017 from Blake Morgan LLP. Other key practitioners include Graham Kaye and Samantha Hook. Recent highlights include advising an ultra-high-net-worth individual on the purchase of six apartments in the new Marble Arch Tower totalling Β£90m and advising a private client on a Β£19m property purchase.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s practice head Mark Stephens is β€˜a high-profile star in the field’ and a β€˜very experienced media lawyer’. Stephens and senior associate Elizabeth Morley β€˜are the ultimate dream team clients want for high-profile and sensitive reputation management cases’. The group also includes associate and business crime specialist John Martyn and consultant David Hooper, who joined from RPC. The team has particular expertise in social media-related issues and also advises on corporate reputation matters, international free speech issues and blackmail cases. Clients include the Democratic Press and Keith Vaz. Sue Thackeray joined Kingsley Napley LLP and Dan Hyde joined Penningtons Manches LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s team focuses on soft IP matters and predominantly acts for clients in the media, retail and arts sectors. Practice head Robert Lands handles commercial and contentious IP issues; Mark Stephens has notable expertise in contentious IP, and a particular focus on the arts and culture sector; and consultant Jonathan Sellors is experienced in copyright, design rights and trade marks issues. Associate Alex Meloy is also noted. Clients include Pandora, Bloomberg and the Tate.

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

Howard Kennedy LLP

The β€˜innovative’ team at Howard Kennedy LLP is β€˜the team you want to go to if you have a high-profile and very sensitive media case’. Its expertise spans the music, publishing, film and TV sectors, advising on contentious and non-contentious matters spanning corporate, financing, international broadcasting, online content, IP, regulatory compliance, financing, employment and defamation. It acts for a number of North American media outlets including Washington Post, CNN, Thomson Reuters and New York Times. It also acts for UK-based media outlets including Express Newspapers. Mills & Boon, The Old Vic and Ingenious are also clients. The team is jointly headed by Mark Stephens, who is β€˜second-to-none on strategy’ and is experienced in international comparative media law and regulation, and IP, publishing, entertainment and media specialist Robert Lands. They are ably assisted by Jane Amphlett, who handles employment matters, Tim Bignell, who handles disputes in the sector, senior associate Elizabeth Morley, who also handles dispute resolution and is β€˜quietly charming, but with a steely core’, and consultant David Hooper, who joined from RPC in 2016 and β€˜brings endless knowledge, expertise and wisdom’.

Next generation lawyers

Elizabeth Morley - Howard Kennedy LLP (Dispute resolution)

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