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Lewis Silkin LLP

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5 CHANCERY LANE, CLIFFORD'S INN, LONDON, EC4A 1BL, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7074 8000
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Fax 020 7864 1200
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182 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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Web:
www.lewissilkin.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP’s primary industry sectors are advertising and marketing, retail, and technology, but the firm also advises clients in the professional services, media, automotive and manufacturing fields. James Gill specialises in complex, high-value commercial contracts, ranging from agency, distribution and franchising to domestic and international outsourcing projects. He co-leads the team with Jo Farmer, who has particular expertise in the advertising and marketing sector, with a focus on intellectual property. She advises clients on exploiting and protecting their intellectual property rights in commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):James Gill; Jo Farmer

Key Clients

Marks and Spencer plc

Howdens

ASOS

Suzuki

News International

Britvic

Zappi

Hermes

Facebook

Haymarket

Work highlights

  • Advised Marks & Spencer on various strategically important multimillion-pound logistics arrangements covering the UK, Ireland and other territories.
  • Assisted Zappi with negotiating a strategically important and high-value contract with a research provider.
  • Advised Howdens on a wide range of commercial contracts, including purchase of raw materials, logistics arrangements, consultancy arrangements, website build, terms of sale, software development/build projects, and trading claims.
  • Advised Sifted on the terms of its joint venture with the FT, including structuring advice on the terms of the joint venture, such as on the brand licence and other commercial aspects.
  • Advising Ozone on setting up various new commercial arrangements.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP works for advertising and marketing clients on corporate M&A transactions, catering for cross-border matters with dedicated international desks across the firm's UK offices, in addition to its Hong Kong office. In addition to its advertising and marketing play the firm has expanded its M&A offering in the technology sector, predominantly advising on corporate finance for founders and early-stage businesses. Practice head Paul Rajput works with these businesses, both on strategic acquisitions and venture capital fundraisings, and has notable experience in the advertising, marking and media sectors.

Practice head(s):Paul Rajput

Other key lawyers:David Willbe; Jo Evans

Testimonials

'The Lewis Silkin team demonstrate a unique ability to understand creative industries, both from a commercial & technical legal point of view, in addition to understanding the cultural requirements of a creative business'

'Paul Rajput and his team are of the highest calibre and an absolute joy to work with. Going through a M&A transaction with them is like being on the back seat of a Rolls Royce'

'Jo Evans has a wonderful balance of being highly professional, deadly serious, trustworthy and detailed on the one hand and delightfully considerate, human & warm on the other.'

'Matthew Rowbotham was first rate throughout the process. He displayed technical precision and clarity over all relevant tax matters and we trusted him.'

'Georgina Fraser was a fantastic associate who assisted Jo throughout. I have nothing but praise for Georgina as she clearly knew her stuff, was confident and steadfast legally, and never put a foot wrong.'

Key Clients

Publicis Groupe SA

Haymarket media group

Harbour Group Industries Inc.

Next Fifteen Communications Group Plc

Havas SA and Havas Media

Four Communications Group Limited

Mother London Limited

Be Heard Group Plc

Wildstone Media Consulting Limited

Lebara

Work highlights

  • Acted for the founders of We Are Friday on the sale of the company to PA Consulting Group
  • Advised Sopra Steria on its acquisition, through subsidiary Sopra Banking Software, of lending solutions software provider Sword Apak, a subsidiary of Sword Group.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Sparkler Limited on the sale of the marketing and advertising agency to PA Consulting.
  • Represented the shareholders of Adaptive Lab Limited, on the sale of the agency to Capgemini.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 2

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP's group, jointly led by Fergus Payne and  Clive Greenwood, advises UK- and overseas-headquartered professional services firms on a range of legal and regulatory issues. On the non-contentious side, it advises on the formation and implementation of new and updated LLP and partnership agreements, restructurings and mergers. The team also has experience in contentious issues, such as allegations of partner misconduct and claims of harassment or bullying. Drawing on specialisms in the wider firm, it has developed a niche in assisting clients with the impact of GDPR on their business structures. Karen Baxter leads the professional services sector group and specialises in the cross-over between employment and partnership law.

Practice head(s):Fergus Payne; Clive Greenwood

Other key lawyers:Karen Baxter

Testimonials

'Utterly brilliant at dealing with clients and achieving what it is that the client wants.'

'Karen Baxter is a leading lawyer in highly sensitive sexual harassment cases involving LLPs.'

'Clive Greenwood is simply superb. He has enormous experience in partnership matters, huge ability and excellent judgement.'

'Fergus Payne is responsive and constructive in his advice and very reliable.'

Key Clients

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

haysmacintyre

Blick Rothenberg

Gerald Eve

Hickman & Rose

Goodstuff Communications

Work highlights

  • Advised on a new partnership agreement for Hickman & Rose Solicitors.
  • Advised an international law firm on a number of partnership-related matters.
  • Advised a boutique investment firm on aspects of its conversion from an LLP to a limited company.
Leading individuals

Clive Greenwood - Lewis Silkin LLP

Fergus Payne - Lewis Silkin LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP's 'team is very down to earth but with great client-handling skills and experience'. It has significant disputes experience involving international and cross-border litigation, jurisdictional issues, joint venture and shareholder issues, share purchases and warranty claims, as well as disputes in the trusts, partnerships, utilities, construction, competition and civil fraud areas. Simon Chapman leads the dispute resolution group; Mark Lim specialises in high-value and complex international disputes, and Clive Greenwood  has over 30 years’ experience  of litigation, arbitration and mediation cases. Other names to note are Andrew Wanambwa and managing associates Nigel Enticknap and Fraser McKeating, the latter recently promoted.

Practice head(s):Simon Chapman

Other key lawyers:Mark Lim; Clive Greenwood; Andrew Wanambwa; Fraser McKeating; Nigel Enticknap

Testimonials

'Commercially minded, dogmatic and with great strength in depth.'

'Clive Greenwood is the standout star. He has superb rapport with clients and understands the nuances of litigation like no other'.

'Mark Lim is exceptionally approachable and charismatic, with a roll-your-sleeves-up mentality'.

'Andrew Wanambwa is an outstanding commercial litigator, who has a calm and assured manner, but works extremely hard to achieve the desired result for clients - a class act in the London litigation scene'.

'Managing associate Fraser McKeating is building an amazing list of clients - he is thorough and careful and provides the highest quality of work'.

'Managing associate Nigel Enticknap is careful and thorough'.

Key Clients

Vincotte International

House of Fraser Global Retail and House of Fraser UK & Ireland

Marks & Spencer

Deliveroo

International Game Technology

Seedlip

The Arsenal Football Club

Hermès International

Dyson

Work highlights

  • Defended House of Fraser Global Retail against an unfair prejudice petition, which was presented by minority shareholder West Coast Capital (part of the Sports Direct group of companies).
Leading individuals

Clive Greenwood - Lewis Silkin LLP

Rising stars

Fraser McKeating - Lewis Silkin LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP

The market-leading team at Lewis Silkin LLP has strong expertise in all aspects of employment law, advising on the spectrum of issues from the gig economy to gender pay gap reporting, while also playing prominent roles in high-profile High Court disputes. The practice is particularly well-regarded for its development of innovative services to meet client needs, including its low cost fixed-fee HR support offering, rockhopper. Recent highlights include advising Deliveroo on the categorisation of their delivery staff as non-workers. Joint managing partner Richard Miskella heads the practice, which also has a strong track record of advising senior executives, and is home to a line-up of well-regarded partners including 'all-time great' Michael Burd, James Davies, 'master tactician' Toni Lorenzo, senior executives practice head Nicholas Hadaway and Colin Leckey.

Practice head(s):Richard Miskella; Michael Burd

Other key lawyers:James Davies; Toni Lorenzo; Nicholas Hadaway; Colin Leckey

Testimonials

The team is highly responsive, knowledgeable but importantly practical when assessing technical risk vs practical reality.'

'Toni Lorenzo and team provide a very high-quality and pragmatic service to us. Lewis Silkin's strength and depth in employment law is longstanding.'

'They are succinct and pragmatic and find solutions rather than just cover all their risks.'

'Toni Lorenzo and Mike Anderson are supremely experienced, commercial, and excel at cases involving urgent applications for injunctive relief, or employee competition litigation.;

'Excellent technical knowledge and judgement, highly efficient and well-resourced, very relaxed and pleasant in personal dealings, reflecting strong relationships with clients.'

'Bench strength, breadth and depth of experience, well-grounded, universally good to deal with.'

'Approachable, warm and friendly - real people! They understand a creative industry and the constant struggle not to appear overly corporate to employees but the need to find a way through that fits with the business and avoids risk. They're not tickboxy and bureaucratic. We love the 'Sounding Board' - it's so useful, great idea.'

'The team at Lewis Silkin is always pragmatic and will discuss the best solution for the business and give an honest appraisal of risk. They are always open and communicative and will go out of their way to make the job of an HR professional or manager easier. Many other legal firms will sit on the fence and won't approach a case with the degree of transparency and integrity that Lewis Silkin do.'

'Lewis Silkin is a great employment house, and the senior executive team is very well managed by Nick Hadaway. He knows his world and is an expert in obtaining good outcomes.'

'Superb litigators with near unparalleled experience in big-ticket litigation. Strength in depth.'

'Toni Lorenzo is exceptionally proactive and energetic, fearless, gets great results for clients.'

'Michael Burd is among the most senior and highly respected employment lawyers in the country, with outstanding qualities of judgement and the ability to get deals done, stays calm in even the most challenging situations. One of the all-time greats.'

'Nicholas Hadaway is an expert in this field who aggressively represents his clients and knows how to get the best outcomes.'

'Richard Miskella - a class act. Unflappable. Commercial and cerebral.'

'Toni Lorenzo - A master tactician. Has seen it and done it all before.'

'Mike Anderson - A great strategist. Dynamic. Really fights for his clients.'

Key Clients

Sainsburys

ASOS

LinkedIn

Deliveroo

Baker McKenzie

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

JCDecaux

Sir Martin Sorrell

Vivienne Westwood

Work highlights

  • Advised Deliveroo to defend their categorisation of their delivery staff as non-workers for the purposes of employment legislation.
  • Advising Sainsbury’s in relation to board level and strategic employment issues.
  • Acted as key advisor to Viacom in relation to its data protection audit across EMEA, focusing on workplace data protection issues.
  • Advised The Ardonagh Group, Price Forbes and Partners and Bishopsgage Insurance Brokers on high-profile litigation over claims made by Arthur J Gallagher and its subsidiary Alesco Risk Management alleging an unlawful team move.
  • Appointed by global Buddhist organisation RIGPA to conduct an investigation into allegations of abuse by Tibetan Buddhist lama Sogyal Rinpoche.
Leading individuals

James Davies - Lewis Silkin LLP

Michael Burd - Lewis Silkin LLP

Richard Miskella - Lewis Silkin LLP

Toni Lorenzo - Lewis Silkin LLP

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP

The market-leading team at Lewis Silkin LLP has strong expertise in all aspects of employment law, advising on the spectrum of issues from the gig economy to gender pay gap reporting, while also playing prominent roles in high-profile High Court disputes. The practice is particularly well-regarded for its development of innovative services to meet client needs, including its low cost fixed-fee HR support offering, rockhopper. Recent highlights include advising Deliveroo on the categorisation of their delivery staff as non-workers. Joint managing partner Richard Miskella heads the practice, which also has a strong track record of advising senior executives, and is home to a line-up of well-regarded partners including 'all-time great' Michael Burd, James Davies, 'master tactician' Toni Lorenzo, senior executives practice head Nicholas Hadaway and Colin Leckey.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Hadaway

Other key lawyers:Richard Miskella; Toni Lorenzo

Testimonials

The team is highly responsive, knowledgeable but importantly practical when assessing technical risk vs practical reality.'

'Toni Lorenzo and team provide a very high-quality and pragmatic service to us. Lewis Silkin's strength and depth in employment law is longstanding.'

'They are succinct and pragmatic and find solutions rather than just cover all their risks.'

'Toni Lorenzo and Mike Anderson are supremely experienced, commercial, and excel at cases involving urgent applications for injunctive relief, or employee competition litigation.;

'Excellent technical knowledge and judgement, highly efficient and well-resourced, very relaxed and pleasant in personal dealings, reflecting strong relationships with clients.'

'Bench strength, breadth and depth of experience, well-grounded, universally good to deal with.'

'Approachable, warm and friendly - real people! They understand a creative industry and the constant struggle not to appear overly corporate to employees but the need to find a way through that fits with the business and avoids risk. They're not tickboxy and bureaucratic. We love the 'Sounding Board' - it's so useful, great idea.'

'The team at Lewis Silkin is always pragmatic and will discuss the best solution for the business and give an honest appraisal of risk. They are always open and communicative and will go out of their way to make the job of an HR professional or manager easier. Many other legal firms will sit on the fence and won't approach a case with the degree of transparency and integrity that Lewis Silkin do.'

'Lewis Silkin is a great employment house, and the senior executive team is very well managed by Nick Hadaway. He knows his world and is an expert in obtaining good outcomes.'

'Superb litigators with near unparalleled experience in big-ticket litigation. Strength in depth.'

'Toni Lorenzo is exceptionally proactive and energetic, fearless, gets great results for clients.'

'Michael Burd is among the most senior and highly respected employment lawyers in the country, with outstanding qualities of judgement and the ability to get deals done, stays calm in even the most challenging situations. One of the all-time greats.'

'Nicholas Hadaway is an expert in this field who aggressively represents his clients and knows how to get the best outcomes.'

'Richard Miskella - a class act. Unflappable. Commercial and cerebral.'

'Toni Lorenzo - A master tactician. Has seen it and done it all before.'

'Mike Anderson - A great strategist. Dynamic. Really fights for his clients.'

Key Clients

Sir Martin Sorrell

Xavier Rolet KBE

David Pegler

Work highlights

  • Advised Sir Martin Sorrell on the terms of his high profile departure from WPP and reputation management issues, including defamation and data protection.
  • Acted as principal personal legal adviser to Xavier Rolet, the former CEO of the London Stock Exchange, on all of his partnership and directorship matters.
  • Acted for David Pegler in respect of his exit as CEO of London ExCeL Centre.
Leading individuals

Nicholas Hadaway - Lewis Silkin LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 2

Lewis Silkin LLP

The 'first-rate' team at Lewis Silkin LLP handles both personal and business immigration mandates, advising clients including multinational corporates, start-ups and high-net-worth individuals across sectors including financial services, fashion, media, entertainment, retail and sports. The team is increasingly advising clients with an established or growing presence in the Asia Pacific region, working with its Hong Kong office to provide an integrated service. Its China desk advises clients doing business in the UK and advised a multinational business group which links Chinese companies with UK businesses on a successful appeal against the Home Office's decision to revoke its sponsor licence. The firm's Japanese desk is able to support its client base of several Japanese multinational companies. The team also operates closely with the firm's employment team to provide a full service to its clients. Andrew Osborne handles personal and business immigration work and is noted for his sports sector expertise.

Practice head(s):Andrew Osborne; Antonia Grant

Other key lawyers:Ben Maitland; Naomi Hanrahan-Soar; Joanna Hunt; Stephen O’Flaherty; Natasha Hotson

Key Clients

Deliveroo

Havas

Marks & Spencer

Ford Motors

Fulham Football Club

ASOS

Leeds United F.C.

Chelsea F.C.

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised an international tire distributor and manufacturer on various issues and was able to maintained the company’s A rated sponsorship status following compliance issues found by the Home Office during an unannounced visit.  
  • Advised a Canadian headquartered AI company on its successful sponsor licence application.
  • Successfully obtained a sponsor licence status for a risk and control data analysis business for it to hire a new CEO after its first application was refused in an expedited fashion.
  • Advised a multinational advertising and public relations business on the successful transfer of workers to a sponsor licence for another company within the group, who had been a TUPE’d as a result of a commercial contractual rather than a change in ownership.
  • Advised Leeds United FC on the appointment of former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa and his management team.
Leading individuals

Andrew Osborne - Lewis Silkin LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Lewis Silkin LLP

Clients recommend¬†Lewis Silkin LLP¬†for its ‚Äėhighly commercial and pragmatic‚Äô advice, with the practice priding itself on its sector-specific knowledge, specifically in the advertising and media, technology and professional services industries. Headed by Jonathan Reuben¬†and recommended on all commercial property fronts, the practice is adept on HQ relocations, major development works and regeneration projects. Investment-related work includes the acquisition and disposal of high-value multi-tenanted Central London properties in addition to related refinancing and portfolio management for both high-net-worth individuals and foreign investors. High-profile retailers form the client base, as do a number of hotels¬†which instruct the team for developments, redevelopments and asset acquisition, among other matters. Legal director Julia Poulter¬†is a recommended junior member of the team.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Reuben

Other key lawyers:Rachel Francis-Lang; Emily Meredith Hardy; Leonard Goodrich

Testimonials

'Highly commercial and pragmatic with spirit of the law guidance rather than letter of the law edict.'

'Good legal knowledge, available, responsive, commercial'.

'Anthony van Hoffen and Philip Foster provide good strategic advice and great technical knowledge'.

'They are friendly in their approach which makes you feel comfortable interacting with them, yet they maintain formality when appropriate. Nothing appears to ever be too much trouble.'

'Direct partner engagement on all matters. Very practical approach on various legal and business situations. Quite refreshing.'

'From day one, direct partner attention. Industry knowledge is plentiful and always available when needed.'

Key Clients

Rio Tinto

Interpublic Group of Companies and all its subsidaries

Haysmacintyre

Pizza Express

Christie’s Auction House

Marks & Spencer

Havas SA and all of its group companies

Vevo UK Ltd

Transport for London

Howden Joinery Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for McCann-Erickson EMEA Limited on the acquisition of new leasehold interest in five floors of 135 Bishopsgate with contraction rights and pre-emption rights.
  • Acting for Sheppard Robson Architects in a reconfiguration of their campus office premises in Parkway Camden Town.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Lewis Silkin LLP

Clients recommend¬†Lewis Silkin LLP¬†for its ‚Äėhighly commercial and pragmatic‚Äô advice, with the practice priding itself on its sector-specific knowledge, specifically in the advertising and media, technology and professional services industries. Headed by Jonathan Reuben¬†and recommended on all commercial property fronts, the practice is adept on HQ relocations, major development works and regeneration projects. Investment-related work includes the acquisition and disposal of high-value multi-tenanted Central London properties in addition to related refinancing and portfolio management for both high-net-worth individuals and foreign investors. High-profile retailers form the client base, as do a number of hotels¬†which instruct the team for developments, redevelopments and asset acquisition, among other matters. Legal director Julia Poulter¬†is a recommended junior member of the team.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Reuben

Other key lawyers:Anthony van Hoffen

Testimonials

'Highly commercial and pragmatic with spirit of the law guidance rather than letter of the law edict.'

'Good legal knowledge, available, responsive, commercial'.

'Anthony van Hoffen and Philip Foster provide good strategic advice and great technical knowledge'.

'They are friendly in their approach which makes you feel comfortable interacting with them, yet they maintain formality when appropriate. Nothing appears to ever be too much trouble.'

'Direct partner engagement on all matters. Very practical approach on various legal and business situations. Quite refreshing.'

'From day one, direct partner attention. Industry knowledge is plentiful and always available when needed.'

Key Clients

London Legacy Development Corporation

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Cain International

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cain International on the redevelopment of the former Royal Mail North London Post Sorting Office site  into a mixed use scheme.
  • Acting for London Legacy Development Corporation to provide ongoing advice on the rights required to be granted for the provision of infrastructure for the regeneration of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Legacy.
  • Acting for Notting Hill Home Ownership Limited on the re-development of a mixed use scheme incorporating office, retail and cafe uses to provide 3,149 sq m of commercial space, together with 79 residential units (including 31 affordable units) and associated access, servicing, refuse storage, car and cycle parking, and landscaped amenity areas.
  • Advised Far East Consortium International Ltd on the acquisition and redevelopment of the Grade II Listed Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End.
  • Representing Via Developments on Phase 2 of the development of land at Tall Trees, Yarm in a joint venture with the landowner to provide 330 dwellings and associated infrastructure and public open space.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Lewis Silkin LLP

Clients recommend¬†Lewis Silkin LLP¬†for its ‚Äėhighly commercial and pragmatic‚Äô advice, with the practice priding itself on its sector-specific knowledge, specifically in the advertising and media, technology and professional services industries. Headed by Jonathan Reuben¬†and recommended on all commercial property fronts, the practice is adept on HQ relocations, major development works and regeneration projects. Investment-related work includes the acquisition and disposal of high-value multi-tenanted Central London properties in addition to related refinancing and portfolio management for both high-net-worth individuals and foreign investors. High-profile retailers form the client base, as do a number of hotels¬†which instruct the team for developments, redevelopments and asset acquisition, among other matters. Legal director Julia Poulter¬†is a recommended junior member of the team.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Reuben

Other key lawyers:Brian Kilcoyne; Julia Poulter

Testimonials

'Highly commercial and pragmatic with spirit of the law guidance rather than letter of the law edict.'

'Good legal knowledge, available, responsive, commercial'.

'Anthony van Hoffen and Philip Foster provide good strategic advice and great technical knowledge'.

'They are friendly in their approach which makes you feel comfortable interacting with them, yet they maintain formality when appropriate. Nothing appears to ever be too much trouble.'

'Direct partner engagement on all matters. Very practical approach on various legal and business situations. Quite refreshing.'

'From day one, direct partner attention. Industry knowledge is plentiful and always available when needed.'

Key Clients

PizzaExpress

Harrods

Harvey Nichols

Marks & Spencer

Canada Goose

Gabriel Scott

Work highlights

  • Acting on the redevelopment of the former Royal Mail North London Post Sorting Office site (about half a million sq ft of space) into a mixed-use shopping, leisure and residential destination.
  • Acting for luxury lighting and furniture retailer Gabriel Scott Limited on its first acquisition in the UK in central London of leasehold premises within the Pollen Estate close to Bond Street.  
Rising stars

Julia Poulter - Lewis Silkin LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP’s specialist areas of expertise include the data aspects of employment law, consumer and commercial law, defamation issues and advertising regulations. The group also has particular sector focuses including advertising, technology, sports, media, professional services, retail and hospitality sectors; clients include Viacom, Lush, Fulham Football Club, Cineworld Cinemas and Omnicom Group. Practice head Ellen Temperton is also a member of the employment group; other practitioners include Nathalie Moreno, who has experience in global data protection audits and compliance implementation programmes, and employment specialist Alexander Milner-Smith. Former practice head Nick Walker departed and Simon Morrisey joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):Ellen Temperton

Other key lawyers:Nathalie Moreno; Alexander Milner-Smith

Testimonials

'The Lewis Silkin team is brilliant in putting forward well-informed, thought-through and practical solutions to GDPR-related technical questions. Clients rate it very highly with respect to its knowledge of the law, the practicality of its advice and attention to client needs.'

'Ellen Temperton is deeply knowledgeable and a huge pleasure to work with. She brings experience and enormous aptitude to everything she does.'

'Alexander Milner-Smith is uniquely positioned to advise on the privacy compliance aspects of GDPR projects while also being aware of the employment law sensitivities such as the need to inform and consult with works councils and trade unions about the new notices. The ability to advise on GDPR compliance and employment law matters means Milner-Smith's advice is particularly commercial and practical.'

'In this niche area, the firm has significant experience and a highly capable team. One of the leading firms in data protection and its interface with partnership and professional firms.'

Key Clients

Omnicom Group

Viacom

Lush

Millennium Copthorne PLC

Fulham Football Club

PPHE Hotel Group

Centaur Media Plc

Clear Channel International

Cineworld Cinemas Ltd

Arts Alliance Media Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising a multinational software company on the implementation of its GDPR compliance programme.
  • Assisting a multinational technology company with its GDPR implementation.
  • Acting for Viacom on its data protection audit across EMEA focusing on workplace data protection issues.
  • Conducting a global data protection audit for the Omnicom Group.
  • Advising a premiership football club on its GDPR compliance programme including workplace and spectator privacy notices, marketing and cookies advice and other compliance issues.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP's 'down-to-earth and relatable' reputation management team works closely with the firm's employment practice, assisting high-profile clients with sensitive reputational issues. 'Calm and competent' department leader Adam Glass specialises in pre-publication clearance work; in particular advising trade publisher Haymarket media on all of its titles such as "Campaign", "Third Sector" and its automotive press publications. Giles Crown acts for high-profile and high-net-worth clients and the 'technically good' key figure Karen Baxter handles cases entailing an overlap with employment and partnership law.

Practice head(s):Adam Glass

Other key lawyers:Karen Baxter; Giles Crown

Testimonials

'Real quality in the team (both breadth and depth), as good as (if not better) than the large international city firms.'

'Adam Glass is an exceptional litigator.  He is extremely tenacious and will fight the client's corner to the end.  He has excellent judgement, always gives sound, fair and practical advice and always gets results. He is definitely someone you want on your side.'

'Lewis Silkin's lawyers are really down to earth .  They have great technically knowledge and provide practical, commercial advice.'

'Karen Baxter is great. She is technically very good, gives practical advice, can be contacted easily and is very responsive.'

'Adam Glass gave clear, incisive advice. He was calm, competent and accommodating throughout, which was hugely helpful.'

Key Clients

Dr Carpos-Young

Haymarket Media

Walker Books

The Old Vic

Deciem UK Ltd and Deciem Beauty Group Inc

News UK

Suzuki

RIGPA

Tortoise Media

Splash News and Picture Agency

Sir Martin Sorrell

Work highlights

  • Represented Dr Carpos-Young in a defamation claim following wrongful dismissal and victimisation from the Royal Academy of Music.
  • Following investigation into claims of sexual harassment by Kevin Spacey during his tenure at The Old Vic, the firm has been advising the theatre on its  development of a pioneering workplace scheme called ‘The Guardians Programme’.
  • Continuing advice to Suzuki in relation to its sponsorship and celebrity endorsement agreements,
  • Appointed by the global Buddhist organisation, RIGPA to conduct a global investigation concerning allegations of abuse by the retired Tibetan Buddhist lama Sogyal Rinpoche.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP is lauded for its 'excellent commercial and practical advice' and 'outstanding reputation in advertising and marketing', which saw the team work alongside Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO in negotiations for Elton John to appear in the John Lewis Christmas advert. Brinsley Dresden is regularly instructed by leading brands and advertising agencies to advise on all aspects of advertising law and regulation. Giles Crown has a niche specialisation in comparative advertising issues and is particularly active on the contentious side. Jo Farmer is described as 'one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in advertising' and is often the 'go-to' adviser for media agencies and tech platforms in relation to social media campaigns and media buying. Dominic Farnsworth and Geraint Lloyd-Taylor (who was promoted to partner in April 2019) are also of note.

Practice head(s):Brinsley Dresden; Giles Crown; Dominic Farnsworth

Other key lawyers:Brinsley Dresden; Giles Crown; Jo Farmer; Geraint Lloyd-Taylor

Testimonials

'Lewis Silkin remains a market leader for its in-depth knowledge of the advertising industry, not only in terms of the technical legal theory informing their decisions, but equally importantly their practical interpretation and real-world application of the law, allowing agencies to achieve the best creative possible.'

'Lewis Silkin has a marvelously strong, deep and knowledgeable adlaw team that is always extremely responsive to client needs and not only legally savvy but also business savvy.'

'Lewis Silken are real experts, with a real breadth and depth of experience. Hands down the best firm in London for TMT. '

'Brinsley Dresden and Geraint Lloyd-Taylor provide excellent, practical and pragmatic legal advice across a wide range of TMT issues, all while understanding the realities of tight deadlines and being excellent communicators. '

'Giles Crown is an excellent all-round adviser who is a true IP expert whilst offering commercial and pragmatic advice for clients.'

'Jo Farmer is prompt, efficient and extremely client-friendly. She takes time to understand the client's business needs and explain things in a simple and approachable manner.'

Key Clients

Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

Publicis Groupe

Bacardi

Wieden & Kennedy

Booking.com

Work highlights

  • Working with Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO on a major campaign for their sanitary products brand, Essity, which involved challenging the regulatory authorities' unwillingness to permit the showing of menstrual blood in ads for sanitary protection products.
  • Advised Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO on the advertising and marketing clearance for Visa’s Fifa World Cup campaign, featuring high-profile football player Zlatan Ibrahimović.
  • Assisted the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers with drafting a new version of the UK’s first-ever industry standard template contract for use when brands are engaging with influencers for their marketing campaigns.
  • Worked with Adam & Eve, John Lewis’ creative agency, on the drafting and negotiation of the talent agreement for Elton John to appear in the John Lewis Christmas advert, including advice related to the music licensing.
  • Advised on all aspects of News UK’s new quiz app, Q Live, including software agreements, talent agreements, regulatory issues (related to broadcast and advertising) and game rules.
Leading individuals

Brinsley Dresden - Lewis Silkin LLP

Giles Crown - Lewis Silkin LLP

Jo Farmer - Lewis Silkin LLP

Next Generation Partners

Geraint Lloyd-Taylor - Lewis Silkin LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

The 'responsive' technology and communications practice at Lewis Silkin LLP leverages a cross-departmental team to advise its impressive roster of technology and telecoms sector clients. The team, which 'always offers a high standard of work', is jointly led by Sean Dempsey, David Willbe and James Gill who focus on employment, corporate finance transactions and commercial IT advice respectively. Nathalie Moreno, who advises on the commercial and regulatory aspects of a range of IT transactions including IT procurements and cloud outsourcing projects, is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Sean Dempsey; David Willbe; James Gill

Other key lawyers:Nathalie Moreno

Testimonials

'The team is very personable and friendly, all members have a human side to them, which many lawyers do not. They are responsive and the standard of work is always high.'

'All individuals are personable, easy to get on with and feel like part of our in-house team.'

'Lewis Silkin gets its client's businesses, is flexible enough to meet their demands and provides innovative advice, which is tailored to meet the clients' specific challenges.'

'Sean Dempsey and Hannah Price as exceptional. They are able to see the wood for the trees and come up with clear advice even in the most complex scenarios.'

Key Clients

Deliveroo

LinkedIn

HP Enterprise

Oath (formerly AOL)

Meniga Limited

Hutchison 3G

Algebra Ventures

Absolutely No Nonsense Admin Ltd (ANNA)

Computacenter

Snap Inc. (Snapchat)

Sifted

Smartr365

Capricorn Financial

Ve Global

Zappistore

Work highlights

  • Advised Sopra Steria on its acquisition, through its subsidiary Sopra Banking Software, of lending solutions software provider, Sword Apak.
  • Advising Sharpe on all aspects of a cryptographic token offering, including issues relating to regulation and utility, terms of the offering, and group structuring.
  • Assisted Infosys with the global outsourcing of Verizon’s IT staff to Infosys.
  • Advised Sifted on the terms of its joint venture with the FT including the terms of the joint venture, brand licencing issues and other commercial aspects.
  • Acted for Zappi on the negotiation of a strategically important and high-value contract with a research provider.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

The practice at Lewis Silkin LLP is recognised for its expertise across contentious IP matters, trade mark and design portfolio management work, commercial and transactional mandates, and domain name management issues; and has notable sector specialism in the retail, technology, media, entertainment, manufacturing and engineering industries. The group is jointly led by Jo Farmer, who handles a range of non-contentious matters including advertising and marketing issues; trade mark practice head Dominic Farnsworth; Simon J Chapman, who heads up the dispute resolution team, and brand management expert Giles Crown. Chris Hayes departed to an in-house role at GW Pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):Jo Farmer; Dominic Farnsworth; Simon Chapman; Giles Crown

Testimonials

'Lewis Silkin's advice is both protective of the client's interests, and pragmatic.'

'Jeremy Summers is personable, supportive, strategic.'

'Alan Hunt is exceptionally adept at advising on music rights across all international territories.'

Key Clients

Facebook

Madison Sports Group Limited

Omnicom (TBWA, BBDO)

BUPA

Southampton FC

Haymarket Media Group

Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

Vue Entertainment Limited

Visa

Argos Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Dyson in a comparative advertising and trade mark infringement dispute against Euro Pro, makers of Shark cleaners, relating to a Shark advertising campaign in the UK.
  • Acting for Superdry in a trade mark infringement and passing off claim brought against Bio-Synergy and its director relating to Superdry's  trade mark, Super7.
  • Acted for Lush in a trade mark infringement and passing off against claim Nordstrom.
  • Instructed by Britvic to advise on a range of intellectual property matters including worldwide trade mark and design portfolio management, commercial and contentious IP work and advertising and marketing issues.
  • Defended Asos in three international design and copyright disputes, which covered Holland, China and Norway.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP is active across a range of high-profile media and entertainment instructions and demonstrates strengths across advertising, marketing, theatre, publishing, film, TV, music, social media and digital mandates. The theatre team is regularly engaged on new productions and is instructed by producers in the sector on high-profile mandates; it is advising Nullarbor Productions on all production issues in relation to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical. Managing associate Alan Hunt specialises in IP law is instructed by clients across the theatre, fashion, media, entertainment, sport, retail, music and technology sectors. The publishing department is instructed by a range of print, digital, broadcast and social media clients, and also works closely with several trade bodies. The music group acts for record labels, digital and mobile services, brands and rights-owners. The team also handles live music mandates and is instructed by several music festivals and venues. Cliff Fluet is instructed by several music streaming platforms as well as artificial intelligence, blockchain and immersive entertainment clients. The firm is also engaged on film and TV sector work where it handles content creation, financing, exploitation, IP, content, brands and reputation management work, as well as defamation and privacy disputes. In the gaming and social media sphere, the team acts for digital producers, publishers and social talent on digital media and social media content. Jeremy Summers heads the team.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Summers

Other key lawyers:Simon Entwistle; Jo Farmer; Nigel Dewar Gibb; Geraint Lloyd-Taylor; Cliff Fluet; Alan Hunt; Iain McDonald

Testimonials

The team has brilliant knowledge of advertising and marketing law.

The team is very hardworking and delivers excellent results.

Jo Farmer is brilliant.

Work highlights

  • Advised Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO on two ground-breaking campaigns for AMV’s client, Essity (also known as Libresse).
  • The team is advising Nullarbor Productionson all production issues in relation to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical.
  • The team is advising Annerin Productions (on a new musical based on the works of Foreigner; Jukebox Hero.
  • Advised the Association ofIindependent Festivals (AIF) on a long-running consultation/dispute with PRS.
  • Advised Haymarket Media Group on the sale of PistonHeads, the UK's second-largest motoring website and the UK's biggest online motoring community, to CarGurus.
Leading individuals
Rising stars

Alan Hunt (Theatre) - Lewis Silkin LLP

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP is especially experienced in the management of worldwide trade mark portfolios for major corporations, but also fields a substantial litigation offering to complement its non-contentious practice. Clients predominantly come from the advertising, marketing and creative sectors, though the caseload also contains a significant number of instructions from the retail, automotive, entertainment and technology sectors. In April 2018, the firm opened an Irish office and acquired a specialist search service to better assist clients seeking to protect streamlines and slogans used in advertising. Dominic Farnsworth is the practice head. Aaron Newell joined J A Kemp.

Practice head(s):Dominic Farnsworth

Testimonials

'Dominic Farnsworth is strong technically, responsive, strategic and cost-effective.'

Key Clients

366 Group

Aston Martin Lagonda

Britvic

BUPA

Deliveroo

Lush

Monsoon

Saga

Sainsburys, Argos, Habitat, Nectar

Vivienne Westwood Foundation

Work highlights

  • Appointed after a competitive tender to manage the global trademark portfolios of Argos, Habitat and Nectar, including clearance work, drafting and filing applications, representation in trade mark registry disputes and domain name disputes.
  • Management of longstanding client Aston Martin Lagonda’s global trade mark portfolio.
  • In charge of the management of Saga's trade mark portfolio since 2010.
  • Advised Britvic on new product marks and assisted the client with the management of its global trade mark portfolio.
  • Management of Deliveroo's global trade mark and domain portfolio, including trade mark and domain monitoring, development and implementation of trade mark and domain global filing strategies, representation in trade mark and domain disputes, and trade mark advice on advertising campaigns prior to their launch.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP's sports practice acts for Premier League clubs, governing bodies such as the RFU, and private companies, providing services encompassing marketing, IP, brand protection, corporate transactions, commercial agreements, immigration, employment and litigation. Sports marketing partner Alex Kelham represents Saudi Arabia's first female racing driver and recently advised Goodwood Racecourse on their World Horseracing digital media platform. Recent hire John Shea specialises in contentious work, representing clients before FIFA or the CAS in regulatory compliance matters. Partner Andrew Osborne has an encyclopaedic knowledge of player transfers, appointments and immigration, particularly in relation to the impact that Brexit will have on the UK market. On the commercial side, Jeremy Summers provided Alex Thomson Racing with advice on the negotiation and finalisation of a sponsorship deal with Nokia, involving a complex shared intellectual property agreement.

Practice head(s):Alex Kelham; Andrew Osborne

Other key lawyers:John Shea

Key Clients

Rugby Football Union

Chelsea F.C

Leeds United F.C.

Visa Europe Limited

Virgin Racing

Brighton & Hove Albion F.C.

Fulham Football Club

Ascot

Work highlights

  • Advised on and drafted new centralised employment contracts for the RFU Women’s 15 team.
  • Advised Leeds United on the appointment of former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa and his management team.
  • Advising Virgin Racing on a range of standard agreements including the standard driver agreement.
  • Advised Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club on the identification, recruitment and transfer of the club’s summer transfer targets.
  • Advised Ascot Racecourse Limited on a range of commercial issues: from sponsorship, data issues, disputes and settlement of a personal injury claim as well as licensing deals.
Leading individuals

Alex Kelham - Lewis Silkin LLP

Andrew Osborne - Lewis Silkin LLP

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Legal Developments by:
Lewis Silkin LLP

  • Negotiating the minefield of administrative decisions

    There are many situations where decisions are made by organisations such as local authorities (during the tendering process, the grant of contracts or planning decisions, for example) or professional or disciplinary bodies where a party may wish to challenge the outcome. A party with an interest in a decision may feel aggrieved by the outcome due to what appears to be a conflict of interest by those making the decision, or the appearance of bias. This may have serious consequences for in-house lawyers acting for organisations subject to such decisions, and therefore this briefing is intended to provide a general overview of the areas to consider. Challenging judicial or quasi-judicial decisions where there is a conflict of interest was considered by James Levy in a previous briefing (IHL146, p37-40).
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