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Gordon Dadds is one of London's top 100 and most future-focused law firms, with a growing global footprint. Over the past few years, it has expanded from a highly regarded but modestly sized practice to become one of the UK's most ambitious full-service firms, with over 100 fee-earners specialising in every major area of law.

The firm: Gordon Dadds was founded in 1920, with an office in Piccadilly, by divorce lawyer George 'Tim' Gordon on leaving the army after the First World War. The firm has since developed in ways its founder could scarcely conceive, though its growth remains consistent in that it still prizes ambition and respect, still insists upon excellence in everything it does and still offers clients a uniquely personal service. In short, Gordon Dadds builds on its past to define its future. Since 2013 the firm has expanded from a highly regarded but modestly sized practice to become one of the UK's most ambitious full-service firms, with fee-earners specialising in every major area of law.

Its legal services are also complemented by its consulting arm, a growing and important part of Gordon Dadds' service for business clients. It has also established a near-shoring operation in Cardiff, offering clients increased cost efficiency and better service delivery. To support this forward-thinking approach the firm has made a significant investment in technology, enabling it to serve and support clients around the clock and around the world. It also provides staff with the best in training and development so they're always leading the way rather than trailing the pack.

The firm's diversity as a business is a reflection of the various agendas of ambitious and successful people, high-growth businesses and major corporations. Many of its clients have family relationships, holdings or other interests in more than one country. Personal clients range from affluent individuals seeking tax advice to the world's great industrial dynasties. Business clients range from technology start-ups from London's Silicon Roundabout to national companies throughout England and Wales, and global or Fortune 500 companies.

Gordon Dadds is at the heart of many formal and informal networks, which helps it direct and coordinate major legal and consulting assignments.

Perceived as an ambitious firm which is punching well above its weight, Gordon Dadds remains firmly in growth mode, while continuing to ensure that it delivers a high-quality service to clients.

Types of work undertaken: Gordon Dadds' business services include arbitration, banking, business recovery, restructuring and insolvency, commercial contracts, commercial real estate, corporate, corporate finance, employers' issues and immigration, insurance, intellectual property and brand management, licensing, betting, gaming and regulatory, litigation and dispute resolution, mediation, and tax compliance and planning.

The firm's personal services include administration of estates, director, partnership and shareholder disputes, issues at work, litigation and dispute resolution, mediation, powers of attorney, private wealth, relationship formation and breakdown, reputational issues and defamation, residential real estate, tax compliance and planning, and wills and succession planning.

Other offices: Cardiff, Bristol

  • Number of UK partners: 56
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 172
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Dispute Resolution: 24.3%
  • Corporate & Tax: 23.3%
  • Property: 21.0%
  • Family & Private Client: 10.9%
  • Employment: 5.9%
  • Regulatory Solutions: 5.9%
  • Clinical Negligence: 3.8%
  • Financial Services: 2.9%
  • Consulting: 2.0%

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Ince & Co is an international commercial law firm, with 13 offices worldwide, founded in 1870 with its London office opening in 1979. The number of staff has grown to around 600, including over 100 partners and more than 260 other lawyers worldwide.

The firm: Ince & Co serves its global client base from offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We provide the best quality legal advice and strategic guidance to clients based in four core sectors: Transport, Trade, Energy & Infrastructure and Insurance. By combining our sector expertise, legal knowledge and market experience, we deliver services in support of our clients' most complex disputes, transactions and projects.

The firm is traditionally highly regarded in both shipping and insurance, with a number of offices located in key strategic locations for these markets internationally. Its corporate and finance practice has grown significantly in recent years and the firm has developed a strong transactional business to complement its contentious work.

The lawyers' in-depth knowledge of clients' industries allows Ince & Co to develop innovative products and solutions, including Ince Compliance, Ports and Maritime Logistics and Cyber Security solutions.

It has recently opened new offices in Cologne and Marseille in line with its strategy to grow business in its core sectors in key locations. The strategy to adapt and diversify its business to meet clients' needs is leading to strong sustained growth in the firm's chosen sectors and geographies.

Clients range from major international corporations through to smaller companies, private individuals and others. Some examples include global ports and terminal operators, oil and gas contractors, underwriters and banks, international energy companies and many others. The firm's clients have interests around the world, from Afghanistan to Zambia. In jurisdictions where Ince & Co does not have an office, it works with law firms with which it has close links and, in many cases, strong personal relationships, in order to carry out clients' requests.

Types of work undertaken: Within the four sector areas that Ince & Co covers, the firm has a broad range of expertise, including EU law, competition and regulation, commercial disputes, insolvency and corporate recovery, trade and commodity finance, shipping dispute resolution, sale and purchase transactions, bills of lading, aviation insurance, reinsurance, emergency response, ports and maritime infrastructure, and yacht accidents and claims. The firm's advice covers commercial disputes and transactional and corporate matters, including contracts, commercial issues, employment, finance and property. It also practises English, French, German, Greek, UAE, Hong Kong and PRC law. Singapore law advice is provided by Incisive Law LLC, with whom Ince & Co in Singapore has a formal law alliance.

Transport: the firm's reputation for delivering the highest quality advice and outcomes for clients in the aviation sector is built on its specialist legal knowledge and in-depth understanding of the aviation industry. It covers all areas of aviation law including aviation liabilities and dispute resolution; aviation finance and leasing, including fleet acquisition and renewal of airframes and engines; and aviation regulatory and commercial law including UK and EU competition law, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and travel and consumer law. Ince & Co's shipping lawyers advise shipowners, charterers, P&I clubs, hull insurers, cargo owners, shipbuilders and banks, and fully understand the problems of the industry and the unique challenges faced by clients operating in it. Known as one of the world's leading maritime law firms, it helps with dispute resolution, charterparties, shipbuilding, shipping incidents and casualties.

Trade: the global trade and commodities group operates in each sector of the commodities markets including oil and gas, grains and soft commodities, metals, coal, power, LNG and derivatives. It is recognised for its ability to respond quickly and with no-nonsense, concise advise. It also provides expertise in corporate work, and trade and commodity finance.

Energy & Infrastructure: Ince & Co acts for the full range of companies in the oil and gas world, including services companies, drillers, oil companies, construction and fabrication companies and yards, refinery and terminal operators, traders, banks and investors, insurers and more. It has a strong reputation for handling heavyweight, technical disputes and a wide range of projects, including: oil and gas exploration and production; world leading offshore LNG - including many 'firsts' in the spheres of FSRUs and FLNG; engineering and offshore construction/installation; ports and terminals; and other shoreline infrastructure.

Insurance: Ince & Co is one of the leading specialist insurance and reinsurance firms in the world with deep roots in the London and international markets. Its lawyers have deep sector knowledge and market-leading expertise in multiple classes of business, including expertise in corporate insurance and financial lines.

Other offices: Beijing, Cologne, Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, Marseille, Monaco, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai, Singapore

  • Number of UK partners: 50
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 117
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Aviation: 5
  • Energy: 21
  • Insurance: 11
  • International trade: 6
  • Shipping: 51
  • Other: 6

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