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Michelmores LLP

12TH FLOOR, 6 NEW STREET SQUARE, LONDON, EC4A 3BF, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP specialises in advising on consumer protection law issues, including distance selling, e-commerce considerations and financial services regulation, as well as acting for data-driven businesses. Tom Torkar leads the practice and is experienced in advising national and multinational clients in the aviation, IT, media, big data, e-commerce and financial services sectors. Notable in his team are Ian Holyoak, who has expertise in major commercial contracts and related areas of competition, state aid and procurement, and David Thompson, who is known for acting in the food and drink and manufacturing sectors. The team was further strengthened by the arrival of former barrister Charles Courtney, who focuses on IP/IT matters and bridges the gap between the commercial and disputes practices; he joined from Latham & Watkins in 2019.

Practice head(s):Tom Torkar

Other key lawyers:Ian Holyoak; David Thompson; Charles Courtney

Testimonials

'A solid team with great strength and depth to support on all matters'

'Cost effective and responsive with good sound pragmatic advice appreciating and recognising the needs and pressures of the client'

'Tom Torkar is a fantastic all-round commercial lawyer. Fast-working and uncompromising, with the tenacity to secure the best interests of the client whilst not losing sight of the commercial drivers'

Key Clients

Saba Park Services UK Limited / Saba Park Solutions UK Limited (formerly Indigo Park)

Haynes Publishing Group plc

Landmark Information Group Limited / SearchFlow Limited

Limitless Technology Limited

Ashton Bentley Collaboration Spaces Ltd

Regional & City Airports Limited (part of Rigby Group plc)

Downing  LLP

Seasalt

Camp Kerala Group

Gro Group Limited

Frobishers Juices Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Seasalt in relation to multiple commercial and IP-related matters.
  • Acting as trusted legal adviser to longstanding client Camp Kerala.
  • Assisted IMMJ with its service and tech-related commercial arrangements.
  • Acting as a trusted adviser to Haynes in relation to a wide variety of its commercial needs.
  • Assisting RCA in relation to its concession arrangements at Norwich Airport (namely catering (with TRG) and retail (with WHSmith)).

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP

The team at Michelmores LLP maintains a steady stream of work through its strong broker relationships and its dedication to the technology and natural resources sectors. Acting on the company side, one of the group's greatest strengths is its experience handling the transitional phase for smaller companies looking to list for the first time. The practice group has reported a very active year precisely because of its focus on smaller deals. As a reflection of its increased activity, the team promoted three new senior associates and hired an additional junior lawyer. Ian Binnie heads the capital markets group.

Practice head(s):Ian Binnie

Other key lawyers:Edwin Richards

Key Clients

Maistro plc

African Battery Metals plc

Orchard Funding Group plc

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc

China New Energy Ltd

Limitless Earth plc

Modern Water plc

Plant Health Care plc

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

Strand Hanson Limited

Arden Partners plc

Allenby Capital Limited

S.P. Angel Corporate Finance LLP

VSA Capital Limited

Spark Advisory Limited

Whitman Howard Limited

Optiva Securities Limited

Turner Pope Investments (TPI) Limited

Tamesis Partners LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Arden Partners plc and Whitman Howard Limited on a placing which raised £7.8m for AIM-traded Reabold Resources plc.
  • Advised Sutton Harbour on the company's £3m raise via an oversubscribed open offer.
  • Advised Modern Water plc on a strategic equity investment and joint venture by Hangzhou Sunup and associated open offer.
  • Advised Whitman Howard as sole broker to Koovs plc in connection with a £12m placing and subscription.
  • Advised Brandon Hill Capital and Cantor Fitzgerald Europe on a £5.5m placing for Kefi Minerals plc.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP

With strong standings in both Exeter and London, Michelmores LLP primarily handles lower mid-market work for regional, national and international clients. A large proportion of work is done for AIM-listed PLCs, advising companies, nominated advisers and brokers on stock exchange transactions, including IPOs. Also noted is the firm's activity in emerging markets, where it acts for African companies in the mining and minerals sector. Richard Cobb heads the corporate team, while Ian Binnie is head of the capital markets practice; the duo advise clients in equal measure across the firm's sectors.

Practice head(s):Richard Cobb; Ian Binnie

Testimonials

'Highly reactive, providing sound corporate advice'

'Ian Binnie is an experienced and clear-thinking adviser'

Key Clients

LEBC Holdings Limited

TESM Limited

African Battery Metals Plc

Gatsby

Knadel Limited

AgDevCo

M-BIRR

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime

Trend Investments

Arbaro Fund

Boultbee Estates Limited

Safeboda Holdings

Meridian

BRAC

Global Medical Investments AB

Work highlights

  • Acted for LEBC Holdings on its acquisition of Aspira Corporate Solutions, a regional provider of financial planning, pensions and wealth management advisory services.
  • Acted for the shareholders of TESM on its sale to NYSE-listed DXC Technology.
  • Advised African Battery Metals in relation to two simultaneous acquisitions of mining assets in Cameroon and Cote D'Ivoire, for ca. £2m.
  • Advised the selling shareholders of Knadel on the sale of the its entire issued share capital to Catalyst Development, a specialist financial markets consultancy.
  • Advised the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime on its acquisition of the corporate vehicle that owns The Empress State Building in Earls Court, London.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP is 'very responsive to questions, requests for meetings and reacting to developments generally. The practice obviously has other matters, but clients feel as if their case is the priority'. It is best known for financial services litigation, insurance coverage disputes, insolvency litigation, and  financial crime and fraud. Jonathan Kitchin in Exeter is department head, Peter Sigler became private client head in 2019 and Garbhan Shanks is head of both international arbitration and insurance and reinsurance.

Practice head(s):Peter Sigler; Garbhan Shanks; Jonathan Kitchin

Testimonials

'The lawyers think ahead and consider proactive ways to avoid problems arising or how best to manage anticipated issues that lie ahead'.

'Jonathan Kitchin has a very sound legal mind and is very approachable'.

'Peter Sigler is exemplary - thoughtful, responsive and has expert knowledge of the law. He is also an excellent case strategist and effective leader of clients' issues'.

'Garbhan Shanks is hands on and always directly involved.He is obviously experienced and gives calm, measured advice, even when the pressure is on'.

Key Clients

Wyelands Capital

GFG Alliance

RGL Management

York Global Finance

Richard Pease & CRUX Asset Management

United Bank

AlixPartners Services UK

Work highlights

  • Represented approximately 1000 small and medium-sized enterprises in claims that they were mis-sold tailored business loans.

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London: Finance

Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 8

Michelmores LLP

Praised for its 'ability to provide a very high-quality service at a reasonable price', Michelmores LLP excels in advising boards of directors of companies experiencing financial difficulty, where it is noted for its 'strategic thinking' and ability to provide 'commercial and hands-on advice in complex situations'. The 'experienced, practical and approachable'  Charles Maunder heads the three-partner team that also includes the 'pragmatic and strategic' Douglas Hawthorn, who excels in handling private equity sponsor-led restructurings.

Practice head(s):Charles Maunder

Other key lawyers:Douglas Hawthorn

Testimonials

'The team provides high quality, commercial and hands-on advice in complex situations.'

'Charles Maunder is superb.'

'Douglas Hawthorn has extensive insolvency experience and knowledge.'

Key Clients

Board of Directors of Mothercare UK Limited, Childrens World Limited and Early Learning Centre Limited

Board of Directors of JD Classics Limited

Board of Directors of Wolf Minerals (UK) Limited

Board of Directors of Toys 'R' Properties (UK) Limited

York Global Finance

AlixPartners

Octopus/Ticketus LLP

Founders of Bullitt Limited

The Board of Directors of Flybe plc

FRP Advisory Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Board of Directors of each of Mothercare UK Limited, Childrens World Limited and Early Learning Centre Limited in respect of ongoing trading issues, director's duties, and their proposed company voluntary arrangements and financial restructuring.
  • Advised the Board of Directors of JD Classics Limited in respect of ongoing trading issues, director's duties, and an accelerated M&A process.
  • Advising the Board of Directors of Toys 'R' Us Properties (UK) Limited following various companies in its group (in various jurisdictions) entering insolvency processes.
  • Advising Greenray Energy Solutions on a rescue package.  
  • Advising receivers of £300m debt linked to the Marme Group liquidation in Spain and associated Aabar Block/Glenn Maud proceedings.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP continued to expand the scope of its mid-market work in emerging markets in 2018. Clients praise 'a small  but proactive team that is very active in the DFI and impact investment space' and note that it is 'well known for its work involving Africa and has a commercial and solution-driven approach to legal issues'. The practice led by Joe Whitfield, who specialises in deals in sub-Saharan Africa, advises financial institutions, private equity funds, impact investors, project sponsors, developers, and leading foundations on equity and debt investments, exits and portfolio management in sectors such as agribusiness, financial services, FMCG, forestry, real estate and renewable energy. Whitfield, senior associate Harry Trick and other key practitioners have recently handled matters involving, inter alia, India, Mozambique, Pakistan, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Practice head(s):Joe Whitfield

Other key lawyers:Henry Taylor; Harry Trick; Nirav Patel; James Whistler

Testimonials

"Joe Whitfield is a fountain of knowledge on equity investments in frontier markets. Harry Trick is very 'hands-on' and interested in the commercial side of the transaction."

"The team is proactive and has a 'hands-on' approach to client matters. I am very confident recommending Michelmores to clients in my jurisdiction seeking quality advice from an English firm at an accessible price."

"Joe Whitfield, Henry Taylor and Harry Trick are not only very proactive and responsive, but also very open and approachable, which has contributed to a great long-standing working relationship. It has been a pleasure working alongside them."

"They bring a deep knowledge of the local market context, the impact investment sector and transactions involving financial institutions. They are able to provide sound advice in relation to the implications of legal terms - looking ahead to future possible scenarios - and guiding on best practice."

"The team is very good at building relationships with local legal counsel, and guiding and getting the most out of them. They take a straightforward and transparent approach to negotiations, maintaining good relations with opposing counsel, and ensuring positive outcomes for transactions."

"Calm, diligent and insightful. They are excellent at communicating and building relationships with clients. They are sensitive to client needs, their advice is measured and pertinent, and they know when to push back if they feel the wrong course is being taken."

"Michelmores provides a simple and proportionate approach to completing transactions in emerging markets. They have deep industry and market knowledge, which means that they can provide relevant and appropriate advice. Long and complex documents are relatively easy to draft. What's harder is a short robust document, which can be easily understood by all parties. This is exactly what Michelmores has mastered, with great skill and at a competitive price."

"Joe Whitfield and Harry Trick have both been standout lawyers to work with. Both are incredibly practical and bring a very pragmatic approach to finding a sensible and proportionate solution to negotiating deals. They actually give advice, rather than simply acting on the instructions of the client. This creates real value, rather than just being a papering job."

"Michelmores has been excellent at advising on the structuring and legal documents to inform good governance of complex vehicles seeking unusual development outcomes with multiple complex parties. They have done this in a flexible, responsive and client focused manner."

"Joe Whitfield has been truly outstanding in terms of technical knowledge, guiding us through complex issues, and working in a responsive and flexible manner to meet our needs."

Key Clients

African Battery Metals PLC

AgDevCo

AHL Growth Fund LP

Arbaro Fund

Bamboo Finance

BRAC

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe (AIM Adviser/Broker)

DOB Equity

DSM Venturing

Finnfund

FMO

Gatsby

Global Innovation Fund

Global Medical Investments AB

M-BIRR

Meridian

Phatisa

SafeBoda Holdings

Soros Economic Development Fund

The Lundin Foundation

Thirdway Africa Capital

Triodos Investment Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Gatsby with regard to the establishment of Msingi, an innovative organisation established by Gatsby and the UK Government and designed to identify new and existing high potential industries around East Africa in order to catalyse innovation, growth and increased competitiveness in these industries and contribute to the structural transformation of East Africa’s economies, driving job creation and prosperity.
  • Advising Pan African Housing Fund on its restructuring.
  • Advising Arbaro Fund (part of the German Finance in Motion Group, and whose investors include the European Investment Bank and Finnfund) on its first investment which comprised a tranched equity investment into Miro Forestry Developments Limited – an English Company which operates a forestry group in Ghana and Sierra Leone.
  • Advised Brandon Hill Capital and Cantor Fitzgerald Europe as joint brokers in connection with a £5.5m placing and subscription for AIM quoted company, Kefi Minerals plc, a gold and exploration and development company with project in Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia.
  • Advising Lundin (a Canadian non-profit organisation funded by the Lundin family) and DSM (the venturing arm of DSM, a life sciences company listed on Euronext Amsterdam) on their joint-equity and debt growth capital investment in to Java Foods Limited, a Zambian affordable food manufacturer.
Leading individuals

Joe Whitfield - Michelmores LLP

Rising stars

Harry Trick - Michelmores LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 2

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP's 'thorough and tenacious' team has significant experience in the insurance and reinsurance sector, handling work spanning professional indemnity, political risk, D&O, product liability and public liability matters. The group's client base includes policyholders in the real estate, public, utilities, financial services and manufacturing sectors, among others. Practice head Garbhan Shanks regularly acts for companies in the financial, energy, pharma and utilities sectors, while 'astute' senior associate Harriet Chopra focuses on product liability, professional indemnity and D&O insurance.

Practice head(s):Garbhan Shanks

Other key lawyers:Harriet Chopra

Testimonials

'The team at Michelmores is very thorough, tenacious, and very knowledgeable. Lawyers have your best interest at heart and you trust their judgement'

'Expert firm for insurance litigation matters. In depth understanding of insurers perspective. Attention to detail'

'Garbhan Shanks and associate Naomi Hall are very capable in this field'

'Senior associate Harriet Chopra is very astute'

Key Clients

Wyelands Capital

GFG Alliance

Aviva Canada Inc

Houlder Limited

Plurimi Wealth LLP / Plurimi Investment Managers

Walters Power International

Kot Addu Power Company Limited

G L Hearn

United Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a major national commercial property agency in a professional indemnity coverage dispute with insurers under the Insurance Act 2015.
  • Advising a public body on coverage of significant potential public liability legacy claims.
  • Acting for a former director of an insurance brokerage firm in a dispute with D&O insurers about cover of a professional negligence claim.
  • Providing advice in relation to a long-running insurance and reinsurance coverage dispute in Pakistan regarding proximate cause in a terrorist attack.
  • Representing an investment and wealth management firm in an insurance coverage dispute as to the responsiveness of a professional indemnity policy over legal costs incurred defending a US action.
Rising stars

Harriet Chopra - Michelmores LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 6

Michelmores LLP

Based across its London, Exeter and Bristol offices, the team at Michelmores LLP is 'specialised, which means it has in-depth knowledge both of the law and of the defendant insurers and their solicitors; this allows the team to offer an informed tactical approach to disputes'. The team handles claimant and defendant work across disputes involving financial service providers, architects, chartered surveyors, solicitors, accountants, valuers and receivers. The team is noted for its specialist knowledge of agricultural-related professional negligence cases.

Practice head(s):Garbhan Shanks; Simon Barnett

Other key lawyers:Ben Sharples; Jonathan Kitchin; Fiona Pearson; Jayne Clemens; Jane Swannell; Rachel O'Conner

Testimonials

Jayne Clemens is highly experienced and has excellent client management skills; she is effective at communicating the strengths and weaknesses of the position to the client, and helps the client identify and focus on their real objectives.

The team is incredibly professional and diligent in their work, at both strategic and operational levels.

Fiona Pearson and Tim Richards stand out for their calmness, tenacity and negotiating skills.

Fiona Pearson is a highly experienced and pragmatic lawyer; she is hardworking, great to deal with and always has the interests of her clients at heart.

Fiona Pearson is experienced, knowledgeable, and is prepared to go the extra mile for her clients.

Jane Swannell is very measured in her dealings and is quick to grasp the technical law, issues and facts.

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP

Through its offices in London and the South West head office Michelmores LLP advises clients based in England and Wales and internationally. It is regularly instructed by both national and regional charities including local hospices, educational and church charities. Recent work highlights have included advising on a variety of will validity claims, administration disputes as well as other proprietary estoppel claims. It has also advised on various trust disputes which were complicated by an offshore or an international component. Tony Cockayne heads the department.

Practice head(s):Tony Cockayne

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Ridgway; Jasmine Davis

Testimonials

'The profile of this team is on the rise: it is involved in some of the largest, most complex proceedings. Its USP is that it combines the experience of the big London firms but with the fresh perspective of a firm outside London.'

'It is a team with greater visibility and presence than its South West location would suggest. Tony Cockayne has a good balance between hard nosed litigation and a collaborative approach.'

'Tony Cockayne works incredibly hard to secure the best possible result for his clients - be that through litigation or negotiation - he is diligent, thorough in his legal analysis, as well as practical and commercial in his thinking.'

'Highly regarded firm that competes with the big names in the capital for this work. Able to offer experienced partner involvement at competitive rates.'

'Jennifer Ridgway is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, highly able and great to work with.'

'Tony Cockayne is a real star- he works really hard to get the best for his client and is tough behind his cheerful demeanour. He has fantastic support from his team including Jasmine Davies, who is intelligent and calm under pressure.'

'Tony Cockayne and Jasmine Davis are approachable, very competent, and a pleasure to work with.'

'Tony Cockayne is outstanding, a pleasure to deal with and very good with clients. Jasmine Davis is also very able and has a bright future ahead of her.'

'Jasmine Davis and Tony Cockayne are able distil complicated legal issues easily and provide practical and sensible advice. They are extremely responsive.'

Work highlights

  • Representing the daughter of the deceased, who died leaving a 25-page home-made Will. The estate itself is complex with a number of trust funds.
  • Instructed in a dispute involving a complex family business with international assets worth over £10m and which is the subject of two historic will trusts and an estate.
  • Defending a claim brought under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 worth in excess of £1.3m involving three generations and a portfolio of investment properties.
  • Advising two national charities on the disposal of a high-profile gift of land with development potential and national interest and significance.
  • Acting for one of two siblings in relation to a dispute regarding the validity of the late father's will and conduct of one of the siblings as an executor.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP advises on all aspects of wealth structuring for wealthy individuals and their families, whether they are based in the UK or internationally. The tax, trust and succession team in London is augmented by lawyers who are based in Exeter and Bristol. The team has a qualified accountant and a chartered tax advisor so it is well-placed to advise on disputes with an international/offshore dimension that involve complex trust and corporate structures, as well as on complicated probate matters. Jonathan Riley heads the team.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Riley

Other key lawyers:Sandra Brown; James Radcliffe; Jennifer Ridgway

Testimonials

'Jonathan Riley is very competent and experienced.'

'Michelmores delivers a quality service at a fraction of the price. Jonathan Riley is responsive, commercial pragmatic, bright and easy to work with.'

'To have this combination of experience and price efficiency is rare and extremely attractive to private families. Jonathan Riley is very charismatic and engaging and has forged a very good name.'

'Sandra Brown brings a wealth of experience and is able to translate this to ensure it is accessible to clients.'

'James Radcliffe is very pleasant to deal with and very competent.'

'James Radcliffe is very approachable and calm and clients of mine have appreciated his clear and concise advice.'

'I have been enormously impressed with Jennifer Ridgway's diligence, speed of response, charm and technical know how across the whole range of private client issues.'

'Provides London-quality service and advice at regional prices.'

 

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London: Public sector

Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 3

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP is adept at handling a variety of education matters and is known for its advice to state-funded schools, colleges and local authorities. The team led by Antony Power handles complex and often high-value matters relating to re-brokerage and establishing new institutions. Charlotte Antoniou is particularly experienced in advising on governance structures, while Russell Holland, who splits his time between Bristol and London, is recommended for his employment law expertise.

Practice head(s):Antony Power; Charlotte Antoniou

Other key lawyers:Russell Holland; Carol McCormack; James Baker; Tom Briant-Evans; Sally Rice

Testimonials

'Michelmores offer a personalised and prompt service and all of their lawyers are extremely knowledgeable about their field of expertise. The speed of action is the best facet of this firm.'

'Michelmores is a firm which takes time to listen to client needs, prefers face-to-face meeting and is responsive to requests. The advice is clear and well communicated.'

'The education team at Michelmores always go above and beyond and have a rapid response time. They instill so much confidence and one feels well supported. They really do know their stuff.'

'Antony Power, Russell Holland, Charlotte Antoniou and Tom Briant are the standout colleagues.'

'Michelmores always have the client at the heart of their service.'

'The administrative efficiency of all the team is fantastic.'

Key Clients

Aspirations Academies Trust

Astrum Multi Academy Trust

Bright Tribe

One Day Trust

Wandle Learning Trust

Bellevue Place Education Trust

The Sigma Trust

South Devon College

Exeter Diocese

Link Academy Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised Bourton Meadow Academy Trust on the re-brokerage of two private finance initiative-funded schools into the trust.
  • Advising Astrum Multi-Academy Trust on the opening of a brand new Early Years and Key Stage 1 Special School.
  • Advising One Day Trust on converting into a multi-academy trust to enable it to take on the unique London Screen Academy.
  • Advising Aspirations Academy Trust on a complex school transfer in Poole, Dorset.
  • Advising Discovery Schools Academies Trust on the transfer of a nursery provision previously run by a private provider.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP's reputation management practice stands out for its expertise advising charities. The firm is involved in a lot of contentious work as one of its major clients, PETA Foundation UK Ltd., often stand their ground and take legal proceedings all the way. Senior associate Jayne Clemens heads the team, which receives an increasing number of instructions related to social media, fake news and user-generated content. Peter Sigler covers all matters related to litigation, while associate Charlotte Bolton advises on issues with an IP aspect.

Practice head(s):Jayne Clemens

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Bolton; Peter Sigler

Testimonials

'The media team is small but very responsive to urgent problems for their clients.'

'Jayne Clemens is very good in the media field, as is international head Peter Sigler.'

Key Clients

PETA Foundation UK Ltd.

Gemalto UK Limited

Fintellect Publishing Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the UK arm of PETA in relation to claims made by Loro Parque, one of Spain's largest tourist attractions.
  • Advising the successful bidder, Gemalto, in relation to a high profile procurement dispute between Her Majesty’s Passport Office and De La Rue, over the contract to manufacture the new "blue passports".
  • Providing pre-publication advice on a range of matters to Fintellect Publishing Limited.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Michelmores LLP

The 'commercially focused' technology and innovation team at Michelmores LLP is highlighted for its 'availability, knowledge of the industry and tenacity' and its 'ability to translate legalese into plain English'. The team, which is spread across the firm's London and Exeter offices, is regularly instructed by a combination of private and public sector clients on commercial IT projects and related disputes. The 'highly commercial, sensible and pragmatic' Tom Torkar heads up the practice, which includes commercial disputes partners Sara Chisholm-Batten and Charles Courtenay, who recently joined the London team from Latham & Watkins.

Practice head(s):Tom Torkar

Other key lawyers:Charles Courtenay; Sara Chisholm-Batten 

Testimonials

'Michelmores' technology team delivers silver circle quality work for regional prices.'

'The team has a good understanding of the commercial value, not just the legal aspects of the matter involved, and is prepared to be flexible in order to get the deal agreed.'

'Tom Torkar is simply superb.'

'Tom Torkar is superb; his attention to detail and doggedness is first class.'

Key Clients

Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (Metropolitan Police Service)

Limitless Technology Limited

Landmark Information Group Limited

Triodos Bank NV

Institute of Directors

Mizrahi Bank

Deko (Pay4Later)

Jessops Europe Limited

Gamesys

Intelsat

Work highlights

  • Advising Limitless Technology on the launch and global roll out of its enterprise AI and crowd-sourced, customer service SaaS platform.
  • Advised Jessops on its arrangements with Fujifilm for managed services relating to photo-printing and photo-gifts across its retail store and digital estate.
  • Instructed by Deko to advise on its cloud-based platform.
  • Advising Oats on multiple IT and data driven service agreements, primarily dealing with international oil and gas companies.
  • Acted for Triodos Bank on the launch of its crowd-funding platform.

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