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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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AFRICA HOUSE, 70 KINGSWAY, LONDON, WC2B 6AH, ENGLAND
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London, New York

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s practice has broad sector expertise, particularly in retail, hotels and sport. The firm is also known for its experience in matters relating to blockchain, technology and issues with an international element. Adam Rose specialises in the area of overlap between commercial contracts and real estate. He leads the practice with Lewis Cohen, whose experience covers sport, retail, media and hospitality, as well as specialist agreements in these sectors. Also notable is associate Anne Rose, who joined in 2018 from Simons Muirhead & Burton and co-leads the blockchain group.

Practice head(s):Lewis Cohen; Adam Rose

Other key lawyers:Anne Rose

Key Clients

Tesco Stores Limited

Harrods

Matchroom Limited: Boxing, World Snooker & Professional Darts

SportPesa

Quinyx

Morphe

Castore

Rwanda Development Board

Antognolla

Al Mana

Work highlights

  • Advised Tesco on the international arrangements relating to its F&F clothing and accessories concept.
  • Advised longstanding client Matchroom Boxing on a major international joint venture arrangement with Perform Group (t/a DAZN) in what has been reported as boxing's first ever $1bn deal.
  • Advised Harrods on a supply and licensing arrangement with US retailer Williams Sonoma that sees a range of Harrods-branded items being sold by Williams Sonoma in the US.
  • Acted for Quinyx on a number of high-profile global customer agreements.
  • Advised the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) on its high-profile sleeve partnership agreement with Arsenal FC.
Rising stars

Anne Rose - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's advisory- and transaction-focused team has deep expertise in property tax, advising on all aspects of real estate investment, including student accommodation. Many of  these matters are led by department co-head Jonathan Legg. In addition, the team has experience in insurance-sector deals and fund formation taxation. John Skoulding, who is the other co-head, focuses on transactional advice around domestic and international M&A, fund formations and corporate restructurings and reorganisations. Gary Richards is noted for tax planning and transaction structuring.

Practice head(s):John Skoulding; Jonathan Legg

Other key lawyers:Gary Richards; Isabella Adams

Testimonials

'Excellent communication skills and first class knowledge'

'Jonathan Legg is a leading expert for real estate tax work'

'The team has exceptional knowledge of the key developments in the tax environment'

Key Clients

Brookfield (Student Roost)

Capital & Counties Properties plc

Helical plc

Derwent

Fusion Global Investments LLP

Alony Hetz Properties and Investments

Work highlights

  • Provided property tax advice for 'Student Roost' (a business owned by Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners II fund) on the purchase of the 'Enigma Portfolio' from Curlew Student Trust (a fund backed by clients of CBRE Global Investors)
  • Advised long-standing client Helical plc on the tax aspects on its disposal of its retirement village's portfolio to Legal & General for £102m

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP handles areas of competition law compliance including merger control, competition and regulatory investigations. The team is active in sectors such as retail, media, technology, sports and, increasingly, the financial services sector. Traditionally standing out for its strength in competition-related dispute resolution matters (a space in which practice head Rob Murray and Sarah Houghton are key figures), the firm has extended its non-contentious offering through the appointment of Neil Baylis, former competition practice head at K&L Gates LLP, who joined in March 2019. Andrij Jurkiw departed to join Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in April 2018.

Practice head(s):Rob Murray

Other key lawyers:Neil Baylis; Sarah Houghton

Testimonials

'The team is helpful and provides comprehensive legal advice'

'The group's strengths lie in its competition law expertise and its high-quality service'

Key Clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Rugby Football Union

World Snooker

Iceland Foods

River Island

Euro Car Parts

Mister Men

Euromoney

Formula 1

Zircon Industry Association

Work highlights

  • Represented Euro Car Parts in Phase I and Phase II merger control investigations before the CMA; work concerned the acquisition of Andrew Page by the client.
  • Assisted Mister Men with competition compliance advice; work involved a competition law audit of the Mister Men business, including a review of standard licences and agreements.
  • Advised Euromoney on its global competition law compliance programme.

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Specialising in high profile enforcement cases and with a strong cross-sector disputes practice behind it, Mishcon de Reya LLP  also has experience handling issues arising at the intersection between regulation and employment law. Adam Epstein leads the practice and focuses exclusively on contentious regulatory matters, representing those caught up in FCA and PRA investigations. His team also works closely with the firm’s white collar department in regulatory misconduct cases with a criminal element. The group is acting for the administrators of London Capital & Finance Limited in the high profile FCA and SFO investigations into London Capital & Finance Plc. Also notable in the team are the 'very knowledgeable and thorough' Guy Wilkes; and Matt Hancock, who has particular experience acting for individuals facing serious market abuse allegations. On the non-contentious side managing associate Charlotte Wilson leads the practice, following the retirement of Tim Flood in 2018, and focuses on perimeter guidance and complex restructuring advice.

Practice head(s):Adam Epstein

Other key lawyers:Matt Hancock; Guy Wilkes

Testimonials

'Adam is very calm and collected and gives clients confidence'

'A sensible and practical team that progresses cases well and is committed to its clients.'

'Matt Hancock is dedicated and creative in fighting enforcement actions and a pleasure to work with'

'Guy Wilkes is an outstanding partner with FCA and magic circle experience. He understands not only the legal and regulatory environment extremely well but given his engineering background understands the business extremely well'

Key Clients

Smith and Williamson (Administrators of London Capital & Finance Plc)

Leading individuals

Adam Epstein - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Guy Wilkes - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP acts for both public and private companies, as well as institutional investors and family offices - a product of the firm's well-regarded private client practice. The team has been taking on more international mandates, particularly in the technology sector, which has been a strong area of growth over the past year. A decrease in client confidence and inbound investment into the UK has signalled some slowdown in real estate M&A work, although this area continues to be strong. Hospitality has been largely unaffected, and continues to provide work and new clients, including Minor International. Practice head Nick Davis has a broad client base but is best known for his work in the  recruitment services sector.

Practice head(s):Nick Davis

Other key lawyers:Ross Bryson; Jonathan Berman

Testimonials

'The Mishcon de Reya team works very hard, stays calm under pressure and delivers the goods with exceptional knowledge and skill'

'Nick Davis understands the recruitment industry better than any other lawyer I have ever met in the UK and beyond. He also surrounds himself with talent willing to learn and to grow'

'Nick understands that clients wants a strong deal that won't come back to bite at any stage'

'Ross Bryson is a strong operator who is great with numbers, he is an excellent lawyer'

'Jonathan Berman is passionate about looking after his clients.'

Key Clients

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.

Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners (StudentRoost)

Capital & Counties Properties

Stonehill Holdings UK

Fusion Global Investments

UK Power Reserve

Alony Hetz Properties & Investments

Founders of Allen Lane

Owners of Soho Gyms Group

Minor International

Work highlights

  • Advised Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance on the $952m sale of its UK insurance subsidiary Canopius to private equity firm Centerbridge Partners.
  • Advised Stonehill Holdings on the joint venture for the development of a non-campus student residence in Hungary, with a gross development value of €250m.
  • Advised shareholders in recruitment consultancy firm Allen Lane on its sale to Japanese-headquartered Outsourcing, for a confidential sum.
  • Advised new client Minor International, a hospitality, restaurant and lifestyle company, on the purchase of a 75% stake in Benihana Holding for £20m.
  • Advised real estate investment holding company Alony Hetz Properties and Investments on the acquisition of Brockton Capital and the establishment of a new real estate investment company, Brockton Everlast.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP fields a cross-departmental team dealing with the life cycle of partnerships and LLPs. It is most noted for its work handling partnership disputes, and is often instructed in cases involving discrimination and whistleblowing claims, worker status issues and exit terms. The group is led by Joanna Blackburn, who focuses on the intersection between employment law and partnerships. Blackburn is supported by Daniel Naftalin, who has experience in the range of contentious partnership matters.

Practice head(s):Joanna Blackburn

Other key lawyers:Daniel Naftalin; Greg Campbell; Jennifer Millins

Testimonials

'Jennifer Millins provides a very professional level of service. She is exceptionally knowledgeable about the partnership area and provided very sage advice.'

'The team always picks up the phone and is able to provide advice with very short delay.'

'Joanna Blackburn: very honest and professional and would always act in her client's best interest.'

Key Clients

HgCapital

Sovereign Capital Partners LLP

Accel Partners LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Finnegan Europe LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for an individual on his complex exit from TCV Partners LLP, a global fund based in the USA.
  • Acting for Londonewcastle on its partnership law-based joint venture with Brent Council on the redevelopment of the Queens Park/ Cullen House & Falcon Public House development site.

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'standard approach to executing legal due diligence and M&A transactions is affordable but still high-quality and incredibly professional', in the words of one client. Highlights include Andrew Rimmington¬†and managing associate Lucinda Brendon¬†advising the management team of automotive company Autovista Group¬†on a¬†‚ā¨325m secondary buyout. The client provides¬†pricing and specification intelligence for Europe‚Äôs automotive decision-makers. Management representation of this kind forms a large portion of the firm's PE practice, which is strongly supported by broader employment and tax teams. Kevin McCarthy, who leads the team, is a key contact.

Practice head(s):Kevin McCarthy

Other key lawyers:Andrew Rimmington; Lucinda Brendon

Testimonials

'The team is committed, capable and gets to the heart of the matter expeditiously'.

'Very pragmatic and commercial approach, no grandstanding. They focus on getting the job done while making sure important points are covered. Their deep experience means they know what the market norms are and can explain why'.

'Andrew Rimmington is very experienced, exceptionally client-focused and really on your side. Associate Lucinda Brendon is extremely responsive, cool and unflappable; she is the perfect combination'.

Key Clients

Parking Eye Limited

UK Power Reserve

AutoVista Group

Ink Global

Chess Technologies Limited

Plurimi Wealth LLP

Martland

Stork Self Storage Limited

Sunshine Capital Limited

Management of On the Go Tours

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team of ParkingEye on their investment alongside Macquarie and MML Capital Partners into a new structure which will include both ParkingEye and Glyde.
  • Advised the management team of UK Power Reserve on sale  - alongside Inflexion Private Equity and Equistone Partners - to Sembcorp Industries.
  • Acted for the management team on a secondary buyout of the Autovista Group for €325m.
  • Instructed by management to advise on their equity terms in the context of a secondary buy-out backed by US marketing investment group, Stagwell Group.
  • Acted for the sellers (composed of institutional investors including funds managed by Beringea LLP) and management seller of Chess Technologies Limited.
Leading individuals

Andrew Rimmington - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Rising stars

Lucinda Brendon - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team has broad expertise, handling fraud investigations, litigation asset recovery, civil injunctions, freezing orders and cyber security. Clients include global organisations and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Kasra Nouroozi heads the team and specialises in disputes, investigations and cross-border injunctions. Kathryn Garbett is adept at handling civil fraud litigation, while Gary Miller is an international litigator and focuses on commercial disputes involving dishonesty, fraud and corruption issues. Robert Wynn-Jones is also 'extremely well regarded'. Mark Davis joined as partner from Davis & Co, while Alison Levitt QC left to join 2 Hare Court.

Practice head(s):Kasra Nouroozi

Other key lawyers:Kathryn Garbett; Gary Miller; Mark Davis; Robert Wynn Jones; Hugo Plowman; Claire Broadbelt; Annabel Thomas

Testimonials

‘Excellent resources and a go-to firm for the biggest cases’.

‘Robert Wynn Jones is extremely well regarded and is an expert in the field’.

‘A team with real strength in depth and great experience in this area’.

‘They are all very committed, extremely familiar with the area, and particularly creative with investigations and interim applications’.

‘Robert Wynn Jones is very clever, absolutely tireless in his clients' interests and always practical’.

Hugo Plowman is an excellent leader and team builder, with huge experience, and a genuine enthusiasm for the work’.

Key Clients

Sana Sabbagh

Suppiqat

Dieter Neupert

Yaroslavsky

Koza

Batista

Walid Giahmi

Allseas

Mario Staggl

Work highlights

  • Advising Nopporn 'Nick' Suppipat, an entrepreneur who built Thailand's largest wind energy company and who fled the country after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The resulting litigation involves claims for conspiracy against 17 defendants in six jurisdictions, with damages in excess of $1bn.
  • Acting for a client on a high-value claim seeking to remove him as personal executor of an English estate by the wife of the deceased and his daughter.
  • Acting for Alexander Yaroslavsky against allegations that he conspired to defraud Tatneft by means of a complex oil-siphoning arrangement.
Leading individuals

Gary Miller - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Kathryn Garbett - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP represents clients in cross-border investigations, prosecutions, bribery, money laundering and fraud cases. It acts for clients being investigated by various agencies including the FCA, SRA, FRC, HMRC, CMA and SFO. Other areas of expertise include market abuse, insider dealing, tax and extradition cases. Highly regarded head of team, Jo Rickards , has expertise in cases involving corruption, cartels, fraud and contentious financial services. Clients include individuals, directors, boards and companies in the UK and internationally. Johanna Walsh joined as partner from Kingsley Napley LLP. Alison Levitt QC left the firm for 2 Hare Court.

Practice head(s):Jo Rickards

Other key lawyers:Johanna Walsh; Matthew Ewens; James Watson; Gareth Minty

Testimonials

‘Johanna Walsh is fantastic with clients and is available for them 24/7’.

‘The firm has interesting and important specialisms within the team including private prosecutions and intellectual property crime’.

‘Gareth Minty is an excellent lawyer, tactician and a very approachable good communicator’.

‘James Watson is very bright and hard working’.

‘Johanna Walsh is an excellent lawyer with great experience’.

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a businessman who was subject to an investigation and restraint in relation to allegations that he masterminded what has been described as potentially the largest tax fraud ever committed in Europe and that he laundered a significant part of the proceeds through the UK.
  • Acting for main suspects in the SFO's investigation into Unaoil.
  • Acted for a suspect in the long running SFO investigation into Rolls Royce.
  • Acting for a key defendant in SFO prosecution of Guralp Systems Limited.
  • Representing the managing director of a company who is being investigated for bribery, fraud and perverting the course of justice.
Leading individuals

Jo Rickards - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has expertise in M&A transactions, gambling licensing regulations and defending regulatory enforcement proceedings. The practice is experienced in drafting and negotiating commercial gambling and platform contracts, and in advising on anti-money laundering procedures and data protection measures. Nick Nocton advises on eSports and virtual currencies, while practice head Susan Breen assists with migration plans for the transfer of businesses across different jurisdictions. Niki Stephens, who was promoted to partner in April 2019, advises on enforcement actions by the Gambling Commission.

Practice head(s):Susan Breen

Other key lawyers:Nick Nocton; Susan Breen; Niki Stephens

Testimonials

They have the ability to work together as a true team and provide a seamless, consolidated approach

The practice is proactive, polite, knowledgeable and determined to fully understand technicalities before forming a response

Key Clients

Bede Gaming

DraftKing

Jackpotjoy

GVC

Videoslots

Kwiff

Catena Media

SportPesa

Kambi

Gaming Innovation Group

Matchbook

Gaming Nation

Bet365

Football 1x2

Carousel Group

B2B Gaming

188bet.com

Bet-at-home

Camelot

iGaming.com

Inspired Entertainment

Ladbrokes

Lottomart

Optimizer Invest

Red Tiger Gaming

Summit Partners

TAG Media

Videoslots

Work highlights

  • Advising DraftKing on regulatory and compliance matters
  • Advising Videoslots on licensing and compliance matters
  • Advising Ladbrokes Coral Group on the defence of two claims brought by the operators of the Arena Leisure horse racing courses and the chosen partners to distribute audio-visual footages of races from those courses
  • Advised Catena Media on the acquisition of the horse racing site gg.co.uk
Leading individuals

Nick Nocton - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Susan Breen - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next Generation Partners

Niki Stephens - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP 'has extraordinary depth and experience in UK High Court litigation'. The firm's finance and banking litigation lawyers are best known for their advice on disputes involving corporate finance and private equity. Masoud Zabeti leads the finance and banking disputes group, James Oldnall is 'an excellent litigation professional with a very good track record' and Genevieve Quierin is 'a star within the disputes team'. Also key to the practice are Derval Walsh and Mohammed Khamisa QC, along with managing associates Samantha Kakati, Henry Farris, Edwin Chik, Ian Bean and Polly Blenkin.

Practice head(s):Masoud Zabeti

Other key lawyers:James Oldnall; Genevieve Quierin; Derval Walsh; Mohammed Khamisa QC; Samantha Kakati; Henry Farris; Edwin Chik; Ian Bean; Polly Blenkin

Testimonials

'Acting in numerous high-profile matters, and the firm has particularly strong junior partners.'

'Its reputation has been gained from past results in major cases.'

'James Oldnall genuinely cares about cases and their outcome.'

'Genevieve Quierin is a calm, surgically-precise, savvy operator with exceptional client-management skills and an impressive strategic approach. She is responsive, thorough and always has her eye on the jugular.'

Key Clients

Maze

The ECU Group

Duet Group Limited

Tradition (UK)

Arle Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting for The ECU Group, which manages multi-currency loan facilities, in various claims against HSBC entities for unlawful foreign exchange trading practices.
Leading individuals

Masoud Zabeti - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's litigators are 'very tough but imaginative' in devising the appropriate strategy for clients. The team is also hardworking, with 'impressive litigation experience at both senior and junior levels'. It acts for businesses that range from owner-manager operations to multinational entities, with disputes crossing several jurisdictions.The practice is largely conflict free and able to act on large commercial disputes and group actions. Kasra Nouroozi heads the dispute resolution department, which includes fraud defence group leader Kathryn Garbett as well as James Libson and Richard Leedham.  The team makes use of technology and eDiscovery to reduce the cost of large-scale litigation and also has experience with litigation funders, group litigation claims and shareholder actions.

Practice head(s):Kasra Nouroozi

Other key lawyers:Kathryn Garbett; James Libson; Richard Leedham

Testimonials

'This team goes to court a lot and knows how to share know-how and experience efficiently and effectively'

'A go-to team for urgent applications - particularly freezing injunctions, with a genuine track record of success'.

'Richard Leedham is superb - a great project manager and finisher. Clients enjoy considerable success by strategically partnering with him. He knows how to achieve results'.

Key Clients

Ingenious Media

AssetCo

Kiwix

Work highlights

  • Acted for AIM-listed AssetCo in its claim for £38m in damages against Grant Thornton for the negligent audit of its accounts in 2009 and 2010.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Acting primarily on the claimant side, Mishcon de Reya LLP has carved out a significant reputation based on its extensive experience bringing high-profile competition damages claims. An area of recent uptick for the competition litigation department is defending clients against allegations of abuse of a dominant position. The group has a successful track record handling precedent-setting cases; for example representing Sainsbury's Supermarkets in a claim against MasterCard in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, with a further set of proceedings scheduled for a hearing at the Supreme Court in 2020. Practice head Rob Murray, Sarah Houghton and managing associate Natasha Pearman are recommended. The team is growing, with March 2019 seeing Neil Baylis join from K&L Gates LLP.

Practice head(s):Rob Murray

Other key lawyers:Sarah Houghton; Natasha Pearman; Neil Baylis

Testimonials

'A go-to firm for work in the claimant space'

'A strong competition department with an impressive array of clients and notable recent victories'

'An excellent approach to case management, coupled with a great strategic approach to litigation'

'Rob Murray has an excellent strategic vision and knowledge of the industry'

'Sarah Houghton has phenomenal organisational skills, which make her a great team leader in litigation matters'

Key Clients

Microsoft Corporation

Sainsbury's Supermarkets

Harbour Litigation Funding

MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group

John Lewis & Partners

Lakeland

Ryman

Boux Avenue

Robert Dyas

Argos

Esso Petroleum Company

Ocado Retail

Work highlights

  • Represented Microsoft Corporation in bringing a cartel damages claim against Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Sanyo and LG Chem; the claim arose as a result of a global cartel affecting batteries used in various products, including mobile phones.
  • Represented Sainsbury's Supermarkets in bringing a claim concerning the recovery of interchange fees against MasterCard at the Competition Appeal Tribunal, recovering £70m in damages for Sainsbury's.
  • Advised Balmoral Tanks and Balmoral Group Holdings on appeals to the CAT and the Court of Appeal following the CMA's decision in 2016, which set a precedent for liability arising out of information exchange occurring at a one-off meeting.  
  • Advising Media-Saturn-Holding on its follow-on claim against Panasonic and Toshiba in the High Court relating to the cathode ray tube cartel.
  • Acting on instruction by Esso Petroleum Company to bring claims concerning interchange fees against MasterCard and Visa before the High Court.
Leading individuals

Rob Murray - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Rising stars

Natasha Pearman - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'very responsive, strategic and proactive team' has considerable experience in Africa and Asia-related disputes. Karel Daele heads the firm’s international arbitration practice and Kasra Nouroozi is dispute resolution head; Ben Giaretta, legal director Zachary Segal and managing associate Elizabeth Montpetit are the other names to note.

Practice head(s):Karel Daele; Kasra Nouroozi; James Libson

Other key lawyers:Ben Giaretta; Zachary Segal; Elizabeth Montpetit

Testimonials

'Karel Daele is highly effective'.

Key Clients

Kingdom of Belgium

BSG Resources

Range Developments

Starenergie 2073

Microsoft

Samsung C&T

Meinl Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for BSG Resources in LCIA arbitration proceedings against Brazilian mining company Vale, which related to the sale of a 51 per cent interest of a mining project in Guinea.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team has a particularly strong track record in VAT disputes with HMRC. Leslie Allen leads the department, drawing on vast experience in direct and indirect tax disputes, including those relating  to tax avoidance and evasion claims. In September 2018, the group benefited from the arrival of Paul Noble from Pinsent Masons LLP, who has expertise in mitigating tax risk where HMRC has  already commenced an investigation, or where clients are at risk of challenge.

Practice head(s):Leslie Allen

Other key lawyers:Dario Garcia; Robert Hartley; Paul Noble; Waqar Shah

Testimonials

'Waqar Shah knows his stuff and is impressive'

'Leslie Allen's knowledge of VAT is second to none'

'The team is responsive and always make the client feel like their number one priority'

'They know the tax subject inside out and have the depth of knowledge, expertise and ability to deliver'

Key Clients

Paul Lewis, on behalf of the BBC Presenters Group

Iceland Foods Ltd

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

National Car Parks Limited

Royal Mail Group Litigation

IG Index

Work highlights

  • Represented a group of over 170 BBC presenters in a disagreement with the BBC over a number of tax issues, including most notably the BBC's recoupment of national insurance and PAYE contributions from presenters who were self-employed and who had therefore already accounted to HMRC of their own accord
  • Represented Iceland Foods after HMRC asserted that it was in breach of National Minimum Wage (NMW) legislation.
  • Acting for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services UK on a potential judicial review.
Leading individuals

Leslie Allen - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team has a strong track record of advising high-value entrepreneurial and private equity-backed organisations, particularly in the TMT sector, on novel incentive arrangements. The group also has experience designing incentive structures for real estate-sector businesses structured through a mixture of partnership and corporate entities. Other areas of expertise include corporate transactions and regulatory advice. Department head Stephen Diosi has expertise in all aspects of the strategy, design, implementation and compliance of UK and global employee incentive arrangements. Associate Caroline Nye-Wilkins acts for businesses in the financial services, entertainment, social media and transport sectors.

Practice head(s):Stephen Diosi

Other key lawyers:Caroline Nye-Wilkins; Jennifer Anderson

Testimonials

'Their personable nature and their ability to really understand your business and help you to come up with practical solutions'

'They are creative problem solvers'

'Stephen Diosi is highly experienced, practical, creative, customer-centric, great at relationships and very responsive'

'What makes the practice unique is the combination of its wide-ranging legal experience and unparalleled commercial acumen which allows the team to deliver best in class, top quality advice to its clients'

Key Clients

Merlin Entertainments plc

Bank of New York Mellon

Advanz Pharma Corp

Stella McCartney

Insight Learning and Development

Raspberry Pi

Work highlights

  • Providing strategic and global share plans advice to Merlin Entertainments plc
  • Advising the incoming management team of Advanz in relation to the design and implementation of a new management incentive plan (MIP) in conjunction with a debt and equity restructuring of Advanz
  • Advising Stella McCartney in relation to the design and implementation of a new senior executive incentive plan in conjunction with the buyout from Kering by Stella McCartney
  • Advising Insight Learning and Development in relation to the design and implementation of a new long-term incentive plan following the termination of the company's previous incentive arrangements.
Next Generation Partners

Stephen Diosi - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Rising stars

Caroline Nye-Wilkins - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

The sizeable team at Mishcon de Reya LLP has a strong reputation for its work on complex, high-level 'special situations' matters, with regular appearances in the Employment Tribunal, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The practice specialises in matters at the forefront of employment law, including the gig economy and the gender pay gap, and acts for prominent senior executives, CEOs and board directors, as well as senior partners of law firms and PE houses. Recent highlights include taking a lead role on the headline-making Pimlico Plumbers Supreme Court case on the employment status of gig economy workers, while the firm has also been representing senior female BBC journalists and broadcasters in their equal pay and discrimination dispute with the broadcaster. Daniel Naftalin heads up the team, supported by 'force of nature' Joanna Blackburn, the 'exceptional' Jennifer Millins, Sharon Tan, Greg Campbell and Susannah Kintish.

Practice head(s):Daniel Naftalin

Other key lawyers:Joanna Blackburn; Jennifer Millins; Greg Campbell; Susannah Kintish; David Cummings

Testimonials

'This is a huge team with real strength and depth. The Mishcon de Reya lawyers are involved in so many of the leading cases.'

'Mishcon de Reya is efficient, dynamic, and has excellent communication skills.'

'The standout partner is Joanna Blackburn, who is a force of nature. She is a brilliant lawyer but an even better strategist. She knows exactly what points to press and when.'

'Jennifer Millins is the best and brightest of the up-and-coming new partners. Dan Naftalin also deserves mention; he is very experienced and clients love and him.'

'Jennifer Millins is exceptional. She is talented, warm, supportive and humane but also tough as nails, exceptionally bright and incisive.'

Key Clients

Kering (formerly known as Gucci Group)

Kirkland and Ellis LLP

Warner Music Group

Expedia

The Co-operative Bank PLC

Pimlico Plumbers PLC

Christian Louboutin UK Ltd

Nissan Motor Co Ltd

Harrods Ltd

Cancer Research UK

Robert Walters PLC

Cath Kidston

Work highlights

  • Advising Pimlico Plumbers on a complex case on the highly topical issue of worker status, spanning seven years and culminating in a two-day hearing in the Supreme Court in February 2018.
  • Advising The Co-Operative Bank on the exits of three of its most senior executives, and the new appointments to these roles.
  • Acting for Munnelly Group Plc in connection with allegations of whistleblowing and unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal, and related fraud and breach of confidence claims in the High Court.
  • Advised longstanding client Tradition in a substantial commercial litigation claim in the High Court.
Leading individuals

Daniel Naftalin - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Joanna Blackburn - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Sharon Tan - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next Generation Partners

David Cummings - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Susannah Kintish - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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

Mishcon de Reya LLP

The sizeable team at Mishcon de Reya LLP has a strong reputation for its work on complex, high-level 'special situations' matters, with regular appearances in the Employment Tribunal, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The practice specialises in matters at the forefront of employment law, including the gig economy and the gender pay gap, and acts for prominent senior executives, CEOs and board directors, as well as senior partners of law firms and PE houses. Recent highlights include taking a lead role on the headline-making Pimlico Plumbers Supreme Court case on the employment status of gig economy workers, while the firm has also been representing senior female BBC journalists and broadcasters in their equal pay and discrimination dispute with the broadcaster. Daniel Naftalin heads up the team, supported by 'force of nature' Joanna Blackburn, the 'exceptional' Jennifer Millins, Sharon Tan, Greg Campbell and Susannah Kintish.

Practice head(s):Daniel Naftalin

Other key lawyers:Joanna Blackburn; Jennifer Millins; Greg Campbell; Susannah Kintish

Testimonials

'This is a huge team with real strength and depth. The Mishcon de Reya lawyers are involved in so many of the leading cases.'

'Mishcon de Reya is efficient, dynamic, and has excellent communication skills.'

'The standout partner is Joanna Blackburn, who is a force of nature. She is a brilliant lawyer but an even better strategist. She knows exactly what points to press and when.'

'Jennifer Millins is the best and brightest of the up-and-coming new partners. Dan Naftalin also deserves mention; he is very experienced and clients love and him.'

'Jennifer Millins is exceptional. She is talented, warm, supportive and humane but also tough as nails, exceptionally bright and incisive.'

Key Clients

Various senior broadcasters and journalists at the BBC, including Carrie Gracie, ex China Editor.

Christopher Bailey (CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Burberry)

George Truett Tate, ex-Group Executive Director of Wholesale and International Banking against Lloyds Bank

Arsene Wenger

Nawaf Hasan, former Middle East and North Africa Director, Arthur J Gallagher

Marjan Jahangiri, Cardiac Surgeon, St George's NHS University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting for a number of senior female journalists and broadcasters at the BBC in their equal pay and discrimination disputes with the BBC, including former China editor Carrie Gracie.

  • Acting for the former group executive director of wholesale and international banking at Lloyds Bank in a High Court action for unpaid long term incentive awards where the bank sought, inter alia, to operate malus provisions to deny the client his entitlements.
  • Acting for Gavin Patterson, the former CEO of British Telecom, regarding his exit from the company.
  • Acted for Professor Marjan Jahangiri, a cardiac surgeon who was excluded from her role at St George's NHS University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Acting for Nawaf Hasan, former Middle East and North Africa director at Arthur J Gallagher, in a High Court dispute in which he was accused by his former employer of being part of an unlawful team move to a competitor.
Leading individuals

Daniel Naftalin - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Sharon Tan - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jennifer Millins - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Susannah Kintish - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has an 'outstanding reputation' for immigration work; it is 'very skilled at dealing with difficult immigration and nationality issues'; and the team has 'first-rate legal skills, but unrivalled client care skills'. The business immigration team acts for high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients, which are active across the financial, creative, media, technology, sports and fashion industries. The team is regularly engaged on sponsor licence applications, right to work checks, Home Office compliance, entrepreneur and innovator applications and representatives of overseas business visa applications. It is experienced in advising on exceptional applications for naturalisation and complex ILR applications. The team also offers human rights, asylum and deportation expertise; it defends clients against extradition requests and is engaged on contentious immigration issues for clients in the Middle East, Russia and China. Judicial review claims, human rights and asylum claims are a key part of the practice. Team head Kamal Rahman is the 'absolute master of client care'; she is ably supported by Steven Bostock, Maria Patsalos , managing associate Hannah Barnett and associate Matt Ingham.

Practice head(s):Kamal Rahman

Other key lawyers:Steven Bostock; Maria Patsalos; Hannah Barnett; David Deane; Jessica Good; Elnara Ismagilova; Natalie Loader; Neil Shanghavi; Madni Chaudhari; Lucy Grant; Elnara Ismagilova; Fran Rance

Testimonials

The team is very dedicated.

Kamal Rahman has a real engagement with her clients.

The team has quick, accurate and excellent lawyers.

Kamal Rahman is an outstanding expert in the field; she has a vast range of knowledge and knows exactly how to deal with government departmental issues in this difficult area of work.

Matt Ingham is a star.

Hannah Barnett is amazing; she is very talented.

Kamal Rahman, Steven Bostock, Maria Patsalos and Matt Ingham all provide first-rate legal advice, while making the client feel special; they ensure that the client's case, big or small, is their first priority.

Leading individuals

Kamal Rahman - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next Generation Partners

Maria Patsalos - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Steven Bostock - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Rising stars

Hannah Barnett  - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Matt Ingham - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

While Mishcon de Reya LLP's practice primarily advises clients on D&O and property damage claims, the team is also active in cross-border disputes involving political risk and professional indemnity policies, as well as insurance coverage claims. Richard Leedham has expertise in most lines of business, while Sonia Campbell is increasingly handling work for clients in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):Richard Leedham

Other key lawyers:Sonia Campbell

Key Clients

Saba Rock

Quest Consulting London, Lemma Insurance Europe

Cheval Roc Residential Limited and Bonne Nuit Cheval Limited

Total Site Projects

Now Casting

Work highlights

  • Acting for Quest Consulting London in the pursuit of reinsurance liabilities, primarily relating to solicitors professional indemnity policies written by a reinsurer now in run-off.
  • Advising an asset management company on an insurance claim relating to a cyber fraud.
  • Representing Cheval Roc Residential and Bonne Nuit Cheval, the owners of a residential care home in Jersey which was damaged during a storm, in a dispute with insurer Zurich.
  • Advising a company providing directorial services in a dispute regarding the alleged wrongful declinature of the client's claim under a D&O policy by Massy United Insurance.
  • Representing a global life sciences company in a claim relating to property damage and business interruption arising in consequence of interruption in the manufacturing process of one of the client's disease drugs.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's London funds team is well known for its technology-focused private equity funds niche. In addition to advising on fund formations, the practice also advises on matters such as spin outs and has in-house capabilities to advise on regulatory and tax law.  It has a particular emphasis on advising UK real estate institutions on capital raising efforts. The team is headed by Daniel Greenaway.

Practice head(s):Daniel Greenaway

Key Clients

Trispan

Frog Capital

Everbright

Crest Capital Partners

Woodford InvestmentManagement

NCL TechnologyVentures

AEW UK InvestmentManagement

Alony Hetz Properties &Investments

Work highlights

  • Advised NCL, a EuVECA manager, on the establishment of an onshore life sciences fund.
  • Advising AEW UK Investment Management on launch of €290m investment platform with Allianz.
  • Representing Frog Capital on fundraising matters.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Under the leadership of Karen Sanig at Mishcon de Reya LLP the art law team handles the full array of art-related legal matters. Sanig is regularly involved in some of the biggest art transactions and in the most important litigation in this area. Newly-promoted partner Amanda Gray is also recommended for her work on contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is highly regarded for the breadth of its art-related expertise and frequently advises on the sale and purchase of art, artists’ rights, the creation and management of artists' estates and other issues surrounding authenticity and ownership as well as the restitution of looted cultural property.

Practice head(s):Karen Sanig

Other key lawyers:Amanda Gray

Testimonials

'The team is ably led by Karen Sanig who also has a wider international reputation. She is technically excellent and empathetic to both art and cultural assets and the owning families behind them'.

'Mischon De Reya's art practice is unique in its deep knowledge of the art world, its understanding of art business practices and for its global connections'.

'Karen Sanig's understanding and knowledge of the industry is extremely comprehensive and her advice is always measured. She is backed up by a strong team'.

'Karen Sanig has been an incredible source of knowledge, fine judgment and technical experience for over 20 years working with her. No question is too small or obscure and no large problem too big'.

'Karen Sanig is incredibly approachable and pragmatic'.

'Karen Sanig is extremely able and very well-known and respected'.

'Amanda Gray cuts to the chase, is concise, considered and thoughtful in her approach'.

'Amanda Gray is very active, focused and immersed in the art and cultural property world'.

'Amanda Gray is a standout (now) partner. Her knowledge of the art world is extremely deep and she moves comfortably in that world and the legal world. A great asset'.

Key Clients

Anthony d'Offay (Artist)

Alexandra Moll of Fine Art

Alison Jackson (Artist)

Almine Rech Gallery

Art Africa

Artists Pension Trust

Artwide (HK)

Ben Uri Museum

Borro

Cheffins Fine Art

Christina Chandris

Clore Wyndham Fine Art

Contemporary Art Society

Damilola Oduste (Artist)

Darius & Marc Azari

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Estate of artist Ken Kiff (RA)

Forum Auctions

French and Company

Gagosian Gallery

Guy Dellal

Halcyon Gallery

Hermitage Art Foundation, Israel

Isaac Julien (Artist)

Embassy of Italy

Ivor Braka

Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

The Kings Road Gallery

Lionel Smit (Artist)

Lisson Gallery

Lyndsey Ingram London

Morgan Art Foundation SA

Maddox Gallery

Marisa Bellani

Murphy Partners LLP

Museum of Everything

Offer Waterman

Oliver Sears Gallery

Ori Gersht

Other Art Fairs

P&D Colnaghi and Co

Piano Nobile

Pissarro & Associates Fine Art

Reza Aramesh (Artist)

Richard Green Galleries

Roaring Fork Fine Art LLC

Roman Road

Schoyen Collection

Skartstedt Gallery of London

The Arab Republic of Egypt

The Fine Art Group

The Klesch Collection

Vastari Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dr Schøyen in the  complete vindication of a matter which involved an intra-judicial request from the Greek Government relating to allegations of misappropriation of Greek cultural heritage property which transpired to be based on erroneous facts.
  • Advising a US art foundation on the enforcement of the artist's rights and protection of his legacy.
  • Advising Morgan Art Foundation SA (which owns the intellectual property rights in many of the most iconic works by Pop Art artist, Robert Indiana, including the infamous 'LOVE' sculpture, since the 1990’s) on the worldwide strategy for the protection and exploitation of those rights.
  • Advising a leading UK art dealer on litigation between a Dutch museum and this dealer in relation to the cyber-hacking of funds payable for an important artwork.
  • Advising a Far Eastern art owning public company on a dispute relating to the demand for restitution of an important piece of impressionist art situated in the UK by heirs of a famous art dealer who was a victim of looting during the holocaust era.  
Leading individuals

Karen Sanig - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next Generation Partners

Amanda Gray - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has a wealth of experience in acting for private individuals, family businesses and trust companies, and predominantly acts in cases where there is a complex international/cross-border dimension. In recognition of the differing needs of its high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients, the team advises on both personal and business disputes. Head of team Mark Keenan is known for his work on domestic and international trust and succession disputes, and frequently acts for wealthy clients in cases involving freezing injunctions and asset recovery in offshore jurisdictions. Peter Steen is also well-regarded for his work on offshore contentious trusts. Jessica Medus is a 'stand-out associate'.

Practice head(s):Mark Keenan

Other key lawyers:Peter Steen; Jessica Medus;Emilia Piskorz

Testimonials

'Mishcon's contentious trusts and probate team is hugely experienced and fearless. This team is always looking for a reasonable, commercial deal and in general Mishcon is able to use its reputation as fearsome litigators to their clients' advantage'.

'Mark Keenan is a fearsome opponent with fantastic tactical acumen and total dedication to the client's interests'.

'There is real expertise in the team, Mark Keenan is almost legendary in this area and runs a hardworking dedicated team. He fights tooth and nail for his clients and gets superb results for them'.

'The team brings a can-do attitude to an area of law that can be overly traditional. The team's litigation instincts are excellent and this is backed up by in-depth knowledge and exceptionally hard work'.

'It is simply one of the most experienced, and well-respected teams in the contentious trusts and probate. Its defining characteristic, however, is probably its tenacity and desire to ensure that it gets the absolute best result that it can for a client'.

'Peter Steen is extremely astute, excellent with clients and colleagues, deep knowledge, great intellect'.

'Jessica Medus is clever and very client friendly. Peter Steen is clever and measured in his approach'.

'Jessica Medus is a stand-out associate'.

'Emilia Piskorz is a really brilliant associate. It is always a comfort to know that she is in charge of the details of a case'.

'Suzi Sendama -  a real class act, enormously hardworking, very bright, excellent litigation instincts, a delight to work with'.

Key Clients

Beneficiary of a settlement holding substantial assets largely comprising an extensive property portfolio in London

7 of the 15 parties in a Bermudian case

The Right Honourable Gloria Wesley, Dowager Countess Bathurst (DCB)

Signia Wealth Limited Grecco Limited and Mr John Caudwell

CRS Challenge

Viscount Weymouth

Work highlights

  • Advising the beneficiary of a settlement holding substantial assets largely comprising an extensive property portfolio in London.
  • Represented 7 of the 15 parties in the Bermudian case, In the matter of the X Trusts [2018] SC (Bda) 56 Civ (12 July 2018)
  • The team has brought the first European challenge based on data protection against the new rules on automatic exchange of information.
Leading individuals

Mark Keenan - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next Generation Partners

Peter Steen - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Rising stars

Jessica Medus - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP is frequently involved in complex high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth cases, often with an international element, that involve complicated tax and trust issues, substantial business assets and partnerships. It is best known for its litigation prowess and has successfully litigated on matrimonial finance cases at all levels of tribunal all the way up to the Supreme Court and the Privy Council. Sandra Davis is 'one of the legends of the family world' and heads the team. Davis is also a keen advocate of the voices of children and young people throughout the divorce and parental separation process. Barbara Reeves has significant experience in cases where there are wider issues affecting the family including trust disputes, separation and property disputes. Reeves is also skilled at handling any other issues surrounding cohabitation. Kate Clark and Claire Yorke are recommended.

Practice head(s):Sandra Davis

Other key lawyers:Barbara Reeves; Claire Yorke; David Lister; Melissa Lesson; Dan Beattie; Kate Clark; James Rees

Testimonials

'A Rolls-Royce service from start to finish. With its finger on the pulse of financial and children matters it makes a great team. It has an excellent reputation for getting results but does not compromise in terms of the advice given'.

'A stellar and deserved reputation for 5-star service and litigation. An excellent team with no weak links'.

'Sandra Davis is a giant in the family law world. So grounded and yet able to handle a myriad of different and difficult clients. Calm and unflappable and committed to the clients'.

'Sandra Davis as an exceptional practitioner. She has an extremely busy and successful practice. She has a very analytical mind. The advice she gives clients is always spot on; she shows the most outstanding judgement. There is nothing that fazes Sandra. You want her on your side'.

'Sandra Davis is at the top of her game and is frequently involved in the biggest and most important cases. Dan Beattie has a great sense of where to guide the case and a keen appreciation of its strengths and weaknesses. He is emotionally intelligent and really gets his clients'.

'Barbara Reeves is very intelligent. She understands the law and how to make it work for her clients. She is a tough litigator but a courteous and constructive opponent'.

'David Lister is easy and pleasant to deal with but a very able opponent. Melissa Lesson has great commercial nous and is financially literate. She gives robust and clear advice from the outset and is transparent with her clients'.

'Kate Clark is brilliant. Not just in the way she handles cases but in the way she manages to guide clients through a difficult process. Impeccable judgement and a joy to work with'.

'Kate Clark is simply amazing. She is fabulous with clients and has a head for complex issues and complicated figures. Claire Yorke is years ahead of her peers: fearless, robust, knowledgeable and pragmatic'.

'James Rees is simply wonderful. He is a great tactician and robust with it but is also able to reassure the clients and works brilliantly as a team with counsel. Antonia Felix is unflappable, measured, sympathetic but steely when required'.

Leading individuals

Barbara Reeves - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Sandra Davis - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next Generation Partners

Claire Yorke - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Kate Clark - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Clients of Mishcon de Reya LLP include a mix of ultra-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals, institutions, investors and property developers as well as entrepreneurs, trustees and charities. Its work spans both UK and cross-border transactions as well as providing succession planning advice. A growing area for the practice is advising on philanthropy by advising on tax-efficient giving and the establishment of charitable trusts and foundations. The practice has also been developing its expertise in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. In addition, its tax practice spans both personal and corporate tax. Andrew Goldstone is well-regarded.

Practice head(s):Andrew Goldstone; James Libson

Other key lawyers:Kassim Meghjee; Filippo Noseda; Martin Davies; Charlie Sosna

Testimonials

'The team continues to go from strength to strength. The team is recognised and admired for both its domestic expertise and its highly respected international private client practice.'

'The lawyers are top-notch in dealing with complex high-profile families' structuring and reputational matters and their clients rely on their deep knowledge and technical expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters.'

'This is a first-rate team, with significant strengths in research and a doggedness that is exceptional.'

'The team has an excellent reputation in the private client market. The team is known for providing high-quality, practical and timely advice.'

'Andrew Goldstone has deep client relationships, and his clients look to him to handle every aspect of their affairs. Andrew is also incredibly commercial in his approach, and balances his technical knowledge with the practical side.'

'The individual team members are very personable, which makes for a positive client experience with Andrew Goldstone, Kassim Meghjee and Charlie Sosna in particular'.

'Kassim Meghjee is a tax lawyer who advises in the corporate and private client spheres. He is highly regarded by his UHNW domestic and international client base.'

'Martin Davies is peerless with regard to advising Middle Eastern Royal families and he is also the 'go-to' lawyer in London for the merchant trading families of Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf region. His understanding of the region's nuances is second-to-none.'

'Filippo Noseda is an outstanding lawyer. He is understanding of his clients' needs and will go to extraordinary lengths to support their case. He never takes 'no' for an answer and leaves no stone unturned.'

'Charlie Sosna is exceptionally able, and is one of a rare breed of private client partners who is equally able to deal with contentious and non-contentious matters to a very high standard. He is personally charming and engaging.'

Key Clients

CRS challenge

Robert Ames

Work highlights

  • Brought the first European challenge based on data protection against the new rules on automatic exchange of information. The challenge has been broadly reported in the press.
  • HMRC has fought two court cases and has  applied its discretion in denying Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) relief to the firm's client.
Leading individuals

Andrew Goldstone - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Filippo Noseda - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Kassim Meghjee - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next Generation Partners

Charlie Sosna - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's¬†‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team is hailed for its ‚Äėexceptional knowledge of the real estate industry‚Äô. The practice handles high-value portfolio acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, structuring and finance issues, as well as development funding matters. Inward investment, particularly from the Far East, is an area where the group demonstrates prowess and likewise alternative asset classes are among its core strengths. Recent highlights have included advising Delancey, APG, Qatari Diar and Oxford Properties on the development of the former Olympic Village in Stratford, East London. Led by the ‚Äėexceptional knowledge‚Äô of Nick Doffman, the practice is also active in the retail space and represents several household high-street names in addition to emerging and luxury brands. Another standout name is Stephen Hughes, who possesses expertise across the full array of commercial property matters including joint ventures.

Practice head(s):Nick Doffman

Other key lawyers:Stephen Hughes; Nick Minkoff; Simon Hart

Testimonials

'Overall an excellent team'.

'Just very high quality at all levels - a pleasure to deal with.'

'The team has exceptional knowledge of the real estate industry. Their advice have allowed us to eliminate or mitigate different kinds of risks in transactions. In addition, they treat clients as good friends and it is always enjoyable to work with them.'

'Nick Doffman and Kirpal Kaur, in additional to their exceptional knowledge and vast experience, always provide advice that is specific to the client's organisation and transactions.'

'They get under the skin of the business so their advice tends to be right first time.'

Key Clients

Brookfield

Delancey

Capital & Counties Properties plc (Capco)

Mansford LLP

Olayan Group (Knightsbridge Estate)

Berkeley Group

AEW

Minerva

Almacantar

Chelsfield

Helical plc

Fizzy Living

The Office Group

PGIM Real Estate Finance

Derwent London

Work highlights

  • Advised Student Roost (a business owned by Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners II fund) on the purchase of the Enigma Portfolio from Curlew Student Trust (a fund backed by clients of CBRE Global Investors).
  • Acted for Derwent London on the development and letting of the Brunel Building in Paddington, a 243,000 sq ft office scheme.
  • Acting for Delancey, APG, Qatari Diar and Oxford Properties on their ongoing programme of development for East Village, the former Olympic Village in Stratford, East London
Leading individuals

Stephen Hughes - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's¬†‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team is hailed for its ‚Äėexceptional knowledge of the real estate industry‚Äô. The practice handles high-value portfolio acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, structuring and finance issues, as well as development funding matters. Inward investment, particularly from the Far East, is an area where the group demonstrates prowess and likewise alternative asset classes are among its core strengths. Recent highlights have included advising Delancey, APG, Qatari Diar and Oxford Properties on the development of the former Olympic Village in Stratford, East London. Led by the ‚Äėexceptional knowledge‚Äô of Nick Doffman, the practice is also active in the retail space and represents several household high-street names in addition to emerging and luxury brands. Another standout name is Stephen Hughes, who possesses expertise across the full array of commercial property matters including joint ventures.

Practice head(s):Nick Doffman

Other key lawyers:Stephen Hughes; Nick Minkoff; Edward Hughes-Power

Testimonials

'Overall an excellent team'.

'Just very high quality at all levels - a pleasure to deal with.'

'The team has exceptional knowledge of the real estate industry. Their advice have allowed us to eliminate or mitigate different kinds of risks in transactions. In addition, they treat clients as good friends and it is always enjoyable to work with them.'

'Nick Doffman and Kirpal Kaur, in additional to their exceptional knowledge and vast experience, always provide advice that is specific to the client's organisation and transactions.'

'They get under the skin of the business so their advice tends to be right first time.'

Key Clients

Brookfield

Delancey

Capital & Counties Properties plc (Capco)

Mansford LLP

Olayan Group (Knightsbridge Estate)

Berkeley Group

AEW

Minerva

Almacantar

Chelsfield

Helical plc

Fizzy Living

The Office Group

PGIM Real Estate Finance

Derwent London

Work highlights

  • Advised Student Roost (a business owned by Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners II fund) on the purchase of the Enigma Portfolio from Curlew Student Trust (a fund backed by clients of CBRE Global Investors).
  • Acted for Mansford LLP on the disposal of The Manchester Arena, The Chiswell Street Brewery and a portfolio of Travelodge hotels, as well as on the disposal of a portfolio of public houses.
  • Advised longstanding client Capital & Counties Properties PLC on the sale of the Empress State Building for £250m.
  • Acted for Delancey on the sale of 185 Park Street and 94-116 Southwark Park Road for £100m, to J&T Real Estate, Slovenia.
Leading individuals

Nick Doffman - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Stephen Hughes - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's¬†‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team is hailed for its ‚Äėexceptional knowledge of the real estate industry‚Äô. The practice handles high-value portfolio acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, structuring and finance issues, as well as development funding matters. Inward investment, particularly from the Far East, is an area where the group demonstrates prowess and likewise alternative asset classes are among its core strengths. Recent highlights have included advising Delancey, APG, Qatari Diar and Oxford Properties on the development of the former Olympic Village in Stratford, East London. Led by the ‚Äėexceptional knowledge‚Äô of Nick Doffman, the practice is also active in the retail space and represents several household high-street names in addition to emerging and luxury brands. Another standout name is Stephen Hughes, who possesses expertise across the full array of commercial property matters including joint ventures.

Practice head(s):Sally Britton; Lewis Cohen

Testimonials

'Overall an excellent team'.

'Just very high quality at all levels - a pleasure to deal with.'

'The team has exceptional knowledge of the real estate industry. Their advice have allowed us to eliminate or mitigate different kinds of risks in transactions. In addition, they treat clients as good friends and it is always enjoyable to work with them.'

'Nick Doffman and Kirpal Kaur, in additional to their exceptional knowledge and vast experience, always provide advice that is specific to the client's organisation and transactions.'

'They get under the skin of the business so their advice tends to be right first time.'

Key Clients

Sainsbury's

Tesco

Kering Group (including Gucci and Alexander McQueen)

Covent Garden London

Christian Louboutin

eBay

Iceland Foods

Prada and Miu Miu

Ralph Lauren

Fiorucci Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Al Mana Group, a new client for the firm, on its purchase of the HMV brand and domain names for Qatar and Oman.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team works on range of contentious matters relating to commercial developments, hotels and residential properties. The firm also advises on fire safety and cladding matters in regards to student accommodation and hotels. The practice is led by the 'highly intelligent' and 'first rate' Richard Gerstein who acts for specialists subcontractors, consultants, developers and owners, and was the lead partner acting for housing and social care provider Mears Group in a £35m dispute regarding the construction of two high rise buildings in a student housing scheme.

Practice head(s):Richard Gerstein

Testimonials

'The team is very proactive and hard working. They really care about getting the outcome their clients want from litigation.'

'Richard Gerstein is a first rate lawyer. He is very good running a team, appropriately delegating tasks, keeping morale up and stepping in where necessary.'

'Richard Gerstein has a good eye for strategy.'

'Megan Ludwig is very conscientious and hands on and has a good grasp on the detail.'

'Alex Barker is very astute.'

'Alex Pattihis is one to watch for the future.'

'Richard Gerstein is an effective construction law partner. Highly intelligent with an unerring grasp of the real issues in any case coupled with a pragmatic instinct. Much loved by clients and counsel alike for his clear and strategically sound approach.'

Key Clients

Delancey, Qatari Diar, APG and Oxford Properties

Capital & Counties Properties

Accor (Accor Hotels)

The Office Group

Fizzy Living

Brookfield

Mears Group

AEW

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mears Group in a £35m dispute regarding the construction of two high rise buildings in a student housing scheme.
  • Advising Mears Group PLC on a £5m claim against Metropolitan Housing Trust.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's non-contentious practice is led by Simon Hunter who covers a range of areas, with a particular expertise in the hotel, student accommodation and residential sectors. Partner Justine Ayto is another key member of the team, and acted for Almacantar on the construction aspects of its £290m sale of 125 Shaftesbury Avenue. Managing associate Marie Mulligan, who represents building owners, purchasers and landlords, is also recommended. The practice's client base also includes developers, property investors, contractors and consultants.

Practice head(s):Simon Hunter

Other key lawyers:Justine Ayto; Marie Mulligan

Testimonials

'The team provide very clear, practical, commercial advice in a friendly and approachable manner.'

'Justine Ayto understands commercial practicalities and gives very clear advice.'

Key Clients

Echo Global Feeder Fund

Sky

Allianz

The Office Group

Napier

Fizzy Living

Brookfield

Work highlights

  • Advising a joint venture fund on the construction of a series of large distribution centres throughout the UK.
  • Advising Sky on a number of matters.
  • Advising Almacantar on the construction aspects of its £290m sale of 125 Shaftesbury Avenue.
  • Advising Brookfield's 'Student Roost' on a number of matters.
  • Acting as sole legal adviser on Capco's Covent Garden portfolio, including for all construction matters.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has a number of residential-led urban extensions and mixed-use developments on its current work portfolio, to which the team lends expertise in CIL matters, section 106 negotiations, highways agreements, environmental statements, and all other planning matters. The team also advises on hotel developments, estate restoration projects, retirement home developments, and planning matters for high-net-worth individuals. Contentious issues include challenges to CPO applications, local authority code of conduct matters, and property amalgamation cases (including a successful recent appeal in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea). Practice head, Anita Rivera, and Daniel Farrand also advise on build-to-rent schemes, affordable housing viability, and student housing schemes.

Practice head(s):Anita Rivera

Other key lawyers:Daniel Farrand

Testimonials

'A really friendly team with excellent people at all levels.'

'An excellent firm, offering an outstanding combination of legal excellence and client focus.'

'A very strong team.'

'Approachable, flexible, persistent, determined, thorough, highly experienced, and calm.'

'Anita Rivera is excellent in every way.'

'Daniel Farrand is super motivated and very good on detail.'

'Anita Rivera is extremely focused and engaged.'

'Anita Rivera is a joy to work with.'

Key Clients

QDD Athletes Village UK

Delancey

Capital & Counties Properties

Canary Wharf Group

Brookfield

Berkeley Homes

The Office Group

OakNorth Bank

Meadow Partners

Chelsea Green Hotels Limited

Canopy Property Management Limited

Seaforth Land

Valtech Limited

Prudential Insurance Company of America

Bourne Capital Limited

Midcity Investments Limited

Limos Private Family Office

Pandora Limited

Affinity Global Real Estate

Hargreaves Management

Mansford LLP

O&H Properties

Fizzy Living

CSQ Limited

Amazon Property

Dukelease Property

Blackstone

AEW

Matterhorn Capital Limited

Frogmore

Purplexed LLP – (U+I's subsidiary for the Old Vinyl Factory development)

Work highlights

  • Advising Gaterule Limited on the planning aspects of a mixed-use development in Southwark consisting of 200 residential units.
  • Advising on planning matters across O&H Properties' development portfolio.
  • Advised Auriens on a development comprising 55 luxury retirement living apartments.
  • Advising Seaforth Land on planning strategy and the negotiation of a section 106 agreement to secure a mixed-use development scheme at Bleeding Heart Yard.
  • Advising the joint venture vehicle QDD on the planning aspects of the acquisition and forward funding of the Lewisham Gateway development.
Next Generation Partners

Daniel Farrand - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP is noted for its diverse borrower and lender client base, including banks, funds, investors and real estate developers. The team handles acquisition, investment and development finance, and structured finance, and has been particularly active in transactions involving student accommodation and co-living and co-working assets. The practice is led by Nick Strutt, whose expertise covers restructuring and enforcements.

Practice head(s):Nick Strutt

Testimonials

'Mishcon de Reya is a first-class firm, providing high levels of specialist knowledge and strong customer service. The team are excellent communicators, technically brilliant and commercially savvy.'

'Nick Strutt's key quality is his willingness to be responsive and progressive.'

'The team has expertise across the spectrum of potential financing structures and various sectors; always goes above and beyond to ensure good service and speed of execution; and has a firm understanding of what is required from the client to ensure their position is protected.'

'The team stands out for the level of knowledge and competence at all levels of the business, from paralegals to partners. If I have a query, I will always get a quick, clear and definitive response. The team is very good at controlling the transactions and ensuring each party is fully aware of what needs to be done.'

'Raji Bartlett is without doubt one of the best real estate finance lawyers in the City.  He has amazing attention to detail and is the best draftsman I have come across.'

Key Clients

Investec Bank PLC

Delancey

Brookfield

Europa Capital Mezzanine

OakNorth

Cerberus Debt Fund

PGIM

Chelsfield Partners LLP

Catalina Insurance

Equitis Property Fund

BLME

Work highlights

  • Advising Equites Property Fund Limited on the refinancing of three completed development properties by subsidiaries of the client.
  • Advising Brookfield (Student Roost) on financing the acquisition and development (by way of a forward funding arrangement) of a managed student accommodation building in Sheffield.
  • Advising Brookfield on the financing of the acquisition of 16 student accommodation properties by a specialist student accommodation fund managed by the client.
  • Advising Prudential Insurance Company of America on the refinancing of five properties owned by Vistra Trust Corporation (UK) Limited as trustee of the Property Income Trust for Charities.
  • Advising Delancey Estates on the financing of the development of a logistics centre for a joint venture company owned together with db Symmetry.
Leading individuals

Nick Strutt - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

'Providing excellent legal advice given in a practical commercial context and based upon deep experience', Mishcon de Reya LLP stands out for its expertise in representing high-net-worth individuals but the team also acts for blue-chip clients and PLC boards. Much of its work pertains to development disputes, rights of light issues, injunctions, rent reviews and judicial review matters. The 'accessible and very smart' Daniel Levy heads the 'determined and formidable' team, which includes the 'highly experienced and personable' Joanna Lampert, who handles high-value disputes and provides associated risk analysis and risk avoidance advice, as well as 'quick and clever' development and property portfolio expert Emma Macintyre. Recommended managing associate Sarah Heritage is experienced in commercial landlord and tenant disputes.

Practice head(s):Daniel Levy

Other key lawyers:Joanna Lampert; Emma Macintyre; Sarah Heritage; Chhavie Kapoor

Testimonials

'Daniel Levy knows what he is doing and is always willing to give an honest opinion. He gives measured, balanced, pragmatic and thoughtful advice.'

'Joanna Lampert is not afraid of a fight.'

'Chhavie Kapoor has excellent right of light knowledge.'

'They are the Bonnie and Clyde of Property Litigation. Feared by many, loved by most.'

'Thinks innovatively when dealing with issues and is proactive.'

Key Clients

Capital & Counties Properties (Capco)

DV4

Blackstone Property Management

IWG

Brookfield

Bank of Singapore

TK Maxx

National Car Parks

Stellar Properties

Shoreditch Property

Work highlights

  • Acted for the architect Sophie Hicks in a number of court cases pertaining to the client's request for consent to a development in Holland Park, which had previously been refused.
  • The team continues to act as Capital & Counties Properties (Capco)'s sole property litigation adviser in various matters relating to the continuing transformation of its portfolio in London's shopping district Covent Garden. Recently, this included assistance with opposing Roadhouse's lease renewal application.
  • Lead advisers to IWG, formerly Regus, on all high-value property litigation matters in the UK.
  • The team continues to act as sole property litigation counsel to international clothing retailer TK Maxx across its UK stores, which includes lease renewals and dilapidations claims.
  • Advising real estate fund manager Brookfield on all rights of light matters pertaining to the redevelopment of 1 Leadenhall Street in London.
Leading individuals

Daniel Levy - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Emma Macintyre - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Joanna Lampert - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Rising stars

Sarah Heritage - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

With a range of clients that includes high-net-worth individuals across the UK, Asia and the Middle East, as well as developers, investors, banks and onshore and offshore investment funds, Mishcon de Reya LLP's residential property group handles sales and acquisitions of prime central properties, units and portfolios, offering expertise across all areas including planning, construction, tax structuring, financing and tenancy agreements. Practice head Sonal Thakrar has a particular focus on transactions regarding super-prime and prime residential property in central London, often involving offshore structures and challenging lending requirements, with further expertise advising banks on secured lending. Partner Julie Bond's expertise spans enfranchisement and the acquisition, structuring and sale of developments. James Liffen, who made partner in the firm's 2019 promotions round, acts on complex deals involving aspects such as shared ownership, auction sales, portfolio purchases, tenancy and planning issues.

Practice head(s):Sonal Thakrar

Other key lawyers:Julie Bond; James Liffen

Testimonials

'The firm has a very broad and extensive range of expertise and specialises in a large number of areas which differentiates it from other smaller firms that the bank may choose to deal with.'

'The team are very knowledgeable, efficient, personable and are always available to discuss issues relating to specific transactions or general legal issues.'

'Sonal Thakrar is the best solicitor I have ever worked with. She is very professional, hardworking, accurate, reliable and a perfect communicator.'

Work highlights

  • Acted for a UHNW British property developer on the sale of 3 Carlton Gardens and the company owning it.
  • Advised on the structuring of the sale of 11 high-value Georgian-style mansions forming Hamilton Drive in St John's Wood, a deal which was complicated due to the shared underground garage.
  • Acting on the sale of a substantial renovation of a 11,500 sq ft former Anglican church located behind Harrods.
  • Acted for Student Cribs on their purchase of a £50m property portfolio, which comprised more than 150 tenanted student HMO properties in several locations nationwide.
  • Acting for the seller of multiple units at Floral Court in Covent Garden.
Leading individuals

Sonal Thakrar - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next Generation Partners

James Liffen - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Risk advisory

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

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP counts both private individuals and corporates as clients and regularly handles GDPR compliance work, litigation and data transfers and other transactional matters. For private clients it has noteworthy expertise in subject access requests and also regularly acts for individuals in litigation; in a recent highlight the team represented Richard Lloyd as the representative claimant in a data protection claim against Google relating to the alleged secret tracking and collation of the personal data of iPhone users. Adam Rose heads the department, which also fields non-lawyer cyber security specialists. The department was also recently bolstered by the arrival of data protection advisor Jon Baines; he was previously at National Rail and is also the chair of the National Association of Data Protection and Information Law Officers.

Practice head(s):Adam Rose

Other key lawyers:Jon Baines

Testimonials

'The go-to team for individuals facing difficult privacy and data protection challenges.'

'Adam Rose is a genuine expert in data protection matters, with an excellent feel for the practicalities and human aspects of cases too.'

'Jon Baines is an amazing asset, with some of the best expertise and insight in the sector.'

'Adam Rose is an excellent technical lawyer and a delight to work with.'

Key Clients

Richard Lloyd (Class Representative)

Human Rights at Sea

Siilo Holdings B.V.

Sohonet

Work highlights

  • Acting for Richard Lloyd as the representative claimant in a high-value claim against Google for alleged breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 relating to its secret tracking and collation of the personal data of iPhone users.
  • Advising a global recruitment company on its global data protection strategy.
  • Advising a fund manager on a substantial data project following a hostile move against certain board members of a listed company.
  • Conducting data audits for a variety of clients from a range of sectors in preparation for GDPR.
  • Assisting Human Rights at Sea with the application of data protection and privacy laws and its interaction with international maritime laws.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP advises corporates on investigations by various regulatory authorities including the SFO, FCA, CMA and HMRC. Areas of expertise include corruption, cartels, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse, fraud and contentious financial services. Client sectors include IT, telecoms, real estate and the public sector. Highly regarded partner Jo Rickards  heads the team following the departure of Alison Levitt QC to 2 Hare Court. The firm added the 'outstanding' Johanna Walsh joined as partner from Kingsley Napley LLP and specialises in corporate crime investigations including cross-border cases.

Practice head(s):Jo Rickards

Other key lawyers:Johanna Walsh; Gareth Minty; Tim Thompson; Min Weaving

Testimonials

‘The recruitment of Johanna Walsh from Kingsley Napley to join Jo Rickards is a coup for the investigations unit’               

‘Johanna Walsh is an outstanding lawyer and investigator who stands in the front rank of her profession’.        

‘Top end service, with unbeatable experience of both defence, prosecution (including private prosecution) and internal investigations’.

‘Johanna Walsh has expertise in defence of the most complex commercial crime and in internal investigations’.

‘Jo Rickards is a standout partner;  she has incredible - almost unrivalled - experience in the corporate crime and regulatory arena, and particularly in cases with an international dimension’. 

‘The corporate crime team at Mishcon is an agile, young, dynamic group that is very well-respected in the industry’.

‘Gareth Minty is hugely knowledgeable, particularly around private prosecutions’.

Key Clients

Unaoil Monaco SAM

Allseas

Quinn Emanuel Sullivan & Urquhart LLP

A&B

Sky

Work highlights

  • Acted for a number of the Unaoil companies in the SFO’s investigation into allegations of corruption.

  • Successfully represented Allseas S.A. in the largest private prosecution ever brought (by value), with the victim company suffering a loss of €100m as a result of team of international fraudsters who perpetrated a High Yield Investment Programme fraud.
  • Advised Quinn Emanuel Sullivan and Urquhart LLP in relation to allegations made by two employees against a partner.  Alison Levitt QC undertook an investigation into the allegations, the result of which led to the partner being expelled by the firm.
  • Assisted two associated high value companies in successfully resisting two separate but linked private criminal prosecutions brought on behalf of Apple UK/Apple Inc for alleged trademark infringements.
  • Conducted a private prosecution on behalf of Sky UK Limited against an individual who was selling devices that enabled people to access unlawfully streamed broadcast content. The individual received 16 months imprisonment.
Leading individuals

Jo Rickards - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next Generation Partners

Johanna Walsh - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Rising stars

Min Weaving - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Sitting within a heavyweight disputes firm, the reputation protection team at Mishcon de Reya LLP works closely with other groups within the firm such as the in-house cyber consultancy and cyber intelligence service. It is often called in to help resolve reputation management issues and regularly represents political figures and organisations. Practice head Emma Woollcott is particularly adept at new media and internet-related issues and gives urgent pre- and post-publication advice. She defended Elaph Publishing in the libel and data protection claim brought by Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco, for instance.

Practice head(s):Emma Woollcott

Other key lawyers:James Libson; Ramona Mehta

Key Clients

Margaret Hodge MP

Asia Agento

Elaph Publishing

Alphaco limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Margaret Hodge MP on a matter of high political importance, raising issues of the Labour Party's action on anti-Semitism.
  • Secured a full apology over a defamatory tweet for the Italian actress and #MeToo campaigner Asia Argento.
  • Defended Elaph Publishing in a claim brought by Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco.
  • Acting on behalf of clean energy processing plant Alphaco in Eastern Europe on a pioneering case on jurisdiction in defamation claims and the "mosaic principle".
Leading individuals

Emma Woollcott - Mishcon de Reya LLP

James Libson - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP fields 'a strong team of experienced IP and brands specialists' who assist leading international clients such as Sky, eBay and Ralph Lauren with the full range of IP-related matters, from trade mark and design protection, enforcement and portfolio management to advertising clearance and commercialisation through franchising and licensing. The firm has a strong reputation for acting in high-profile trade mark protection and enforcement matters, demonstrated by its continued representation of Iceland Foods in invalidity applications filed against the client's EUTM by the Icelandic government, and of Sky plc on trade mark enforcement. The practice is led by Jeremy Hertzog, a specialist in IP protection and enforcement, with Sally Britton heading the brands team; David Rose, Ray Black and associate Cassandra Hill are also of note.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Hertzog

Other key lawyers:Cassandra Hill

Key Clients

Sky plc

eBay

Ladbrokes Coral

Iceland Foods

Ralph Lauren

Tesco

Work highlights

  • Advising international dating-focused social networking sites Badoo, Bumble, Chappy and Lumen on their worldwide trade mark portfolios.
  • Advising Tesco on its international franchise arrangements for its F&F clothing and accessories range.
  • Advising Ralph Lauren on its UK and EU trade mark portfolio.
  • Advising Castore Sportswear on its major endorsement and partnership agreements with Andy Murray and his brand management company, 77 Management.
Leading individuals

Jeremy Hertzog - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Rising stars

Cassandra Hill - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has substantial expertise in the retail and fashion sectors with a growing practice acting for hotel owners and developers; it also stands out for its global franchise expertise, franchise expansion work and brand clearance advice. Notable clients include Oliver Sweeney, Hawes & Curtis and Al Mana Lifestyle Trading. Lewis Cohen heads up the international franchising and brand extension group, and recently advised Tesco on its international franchise arrangements for its F&F clothing and accessories brand. The team also handles contentious work and competition issues.

Practice head(s):Lewis Cohen

Testimonials

'The team is very personable and takes the time to understand the client's business and build meaningful relationships.'

'Lewis Cohen runs a very good team.'

Key Clients

Tesco Stores Limited

Oliver Sweeney

Hawes & Curtis

Antognola

Caramel Limited (Caramel baby & child)

Al Mana Lifestyle Trading

Marie Chantal Limited

Kerb Food Limited

Fiorucci

Toy Room Brands Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Tesco on its international franchise arrangements for its F&F clothing and accessories concept.
  • Assisting Antognolla Spa with its franchise, hotel management, services, residences licence and marketing agreements with a well-known luxury hotel brand.
  • Advising Busaba Eathai on its franchise partnerships in the Middle East.
  • Assisting Linda Farrow with its franchise relationship with a key consumer mall operator in Uruguay.
  • Handling franchise arrangements for Al Mana Lifestyle Trading with a large retailer.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team has experience across patent, trade mark, design and copyright disputes, and also advises on non-contentious matters. The group has particular expertise in the technology, automotive, pharmaceuticals, betting and gaming, sport, retail, fashion, media, and food and beverage industries. Practice head Jeremy Hertzog handles a range of IP protection and enforcement matters and counts anti-counterfeiting issues among his specialisms. 'Robust and experienced litigator' David Rose is recommended for trade mark litigation, while Sally Britton heads up the brands team.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Hertzog

Other key lawyers:David Rose; Sally Britton

Testimonials

'Jeremy Hertzog and Cassandra Hill are very knowledgeable.'

'Jeremy Hertzog is very client-focused.'

'Associate Jonathan Sharples is very smart and proactive and is very helpful when dealing with challenging IP disputes.'

Key Clients

Sky plc

Tesco

Ladbrokes Coral Group plc

WeWork

Pfizer

Iceland Foods

bet365

Ralph Lauren

Gucci

Sanofi

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Sky to act in allegations of trade mark infringement and passing off brought against SkyKick.
  • Acting for Iceland Foods in a high-profile trade mark dispute with the Icelandic government.
  • Assisting Matchroom Boxing with boxing's first ever $1bn commercial arrangement.
  • Representing Top Optimized Technologies and Tot Power Control in claims against Vodafone and Huawei concerning patent infringement issues and the misuse of confidential information.
  • Advising the rights holder of an iconic children's TV series on brand protection and commercial matters.
Leading individuals

David Rose - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP demonstrates strength in strategic portfolio development and trade mark disputes alike, with the management of large-scale international trade mark portfolios at the heart of the practice. The group shoulders a significant volume of contentious EU trade mark prosecution cases, regularly involving General Court proceedings. Sally Britton is the practice head.

Practice head(s):Sally Britton

Other key lawyers:David Rose, Jeremy Hertzog

Key Clients

Badoo

eBay

Fiorucci

Foxtons

Grant Thornton

Iceland Foods

Ladbrokes Coral

Ralph Lauren

Sanofi

Sky plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sky plc, Sky International AG and Sky UK Limited (Sky) in multiple enforcement proceedings to protect its key trade mark 'Sky'.
  • Acted for Iceland Foods Limited in high-stakes trade mark invalidity proceedings brought by several Icelandic opponents, including an Icelandic government agency and the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
  • Handling the management of Badoo, Bumble, Chappy and Lumen's worldwide trade mark portfolios, including the filing of new applications, opposition proceedings against third parties and brand clearance prior to product launches.
  • Acted for the rights holder of an iconic children's TV series in relation to brand protection and commercial matters.
  • Represented bet365 in cancellation proceedings brought against one of its EU trade marks, involving an appeal to the General Court and a judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

The Mishcon de Reya LLP team helps a broad range of life sciences clients on both contentious and non-contentious cases in the IP and regulatory spheres, in addition to areas including contractual and competition law disputes.  It also has a noteworthy track record in obtaining search and seizure orders against counterfeiters in the pharmaceutical sector. Martyn Hann leads this work and David Rose has expertise in all areas of IP protection including data base rights. Managing associate Stefania Littleboy specialises in non-contentious matters including joint ventures, licensing and co-existence agreements.

Practice head(s):Martyn Hann

Other key lawyers:David Rose; Stefania Littleboy

Key Clients

Sanofi

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Shire plc

Shionogi Limited

Dr Reddy's Laboratories (UK) Limited

Perrigo Group (including Rafton Laboratories, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Rosemont Pharmaceuticals and Omega Pharma)

OBG Pharmaceuticals (including Pharmaserve Northwest Limited)

Lupin Limited and Lupin (Europe) Limited

Hempire Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimant, Lupin, in successful proceedings invalidating Gilead's SPC relating to Gilead's Truvada product.
  • Representing Dr Reddy’s Laboratories in defending a claim for patent  infringement brought by Warner-Lambert/Pfizer in relation to pregabalin and Dr Reddy’s counterclaim for revocation.
  • Advised a leading pharmaceutical company on an extremely serious data theft issue.
  • Acted for a number of companies with regard to the law and regulation relating to the cultivation of cannabis and the subsequent use of extracts for the use in healthcare products.
  • Advising a number of global and UK life sciences companies on GDPR and data protection matters, including in respect of particularly in respect of clinical data sharing and clinical data automisation  

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'hard working' sports team of 'hard negotiators' has strength and depth in contentious, regulatory and disciplinary work across a range of sports, acting for clubs, athletes, rights holders and governing bodies, as well as handling commercial and corporate matters including sponsorships, player contracts, joint venture agreements and partnership agreements. In a recent highlight, Liz Ellen, acting alongside associate Stefania Genesis, successfully pursued several multi-jurisdictional claims on behalf of the Governing Bodies of Tennis against tennis players accused of match-fixing and other forms of corruption. On the commercial side, managing associate Simon Leaf, whose expertise spans media rights, sponsorship, international transfers and commercial contracts, worked with Ellen on Matchroom Boxing's $1bn joint venture deal with Perform Group to stage and air boxing events in the US.

Practice head(s):Liz Ellen

Other key lawyers:Stefania Genesis; Simon Leaf

Testimonials

"Mishcon de Reya's sports group have a very good understanding of the sector and specifically how to balance the competing demands of legal, commercial, regulation and stakeholder requirements within the sporting environment."

"One of the most commercially-minded teams working in this area: they really understand the industry and provide practical advice across a range of practice areas."

"Communications are prompt, concise and with a clear structure working towards the end result."

"The nature of our work with Mishcon is always of a highly sensitive nature. The level of compassion, sympathy and professional expertise has been of an exceptional standard."

"Liz Ellen is probably the best sports lawyer in the country. She is assisted by Stefania Genesis who is also top class in terms of advise and tactical solutions."

"Liz Ellen achieves fantastic results for clients as a result of her in-depth knowledge of the industry (particularly in football) and her ability to come up with creative solutions."

"Stefania Genesis is extremely efficient, excellent with clients, operates well beyond her level of PQE and developing a strong reputation in the area."

"Mehmet Karagoz comes from a fraud litigation background: he has excellent legal knowledge and is particularly strong in commercial and fraud cases in the sports industry."

"Tom Murray and Max Nicolaides are strong additions to the team at the junior associate end, bringing a particular focus on e-sports."

Key Clients

Matchroom Sport Limited & Matchroom Boxing Limited

World Snooker Limited

Professional Darts Corporation

Estars

England Boxing

International Tennis Federation

Southampton Football Club

Birmingham City Football Club

Rugby Football Union

Rogon

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to World Snooker Limited including drafting the latest version of the player's contract and assisting with disputes arising between the WSL and players/third parties.
  • Advised the Rwanda Development Board on its high-profile sleeve partnership agreement with Arsenal FC.
  • Advised First For E Players Limited in setting up the UK and Ireland's first live Fortnite competition.
  • Advising England Boxing, the UK governing body of amateur and Olympic-style boxing, on its policies and procedures.
  • Advising Castore Sportswear on its major endorsement/partnership agreements with Andy Murray and his brand management company 77 Management.
Leading individuals

Liz Ellen - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Rising stars

Stefania Genesis - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP established its presence in the travel sector with the hire of Neil Baylis from K&L Gates LLP. Baylis is a UK and EU competition specialist and handles a range of commercial, regulatory and procurement mandates for travel sector clients. The team is also able to utilise the firm's wider commercial team to advise on agreements and terms and conditions with suppliers and consumers; including complex hotel franchising and management agreements. In a recent highlight, Baylis led advice for International Cruise and Excursions on implementing pan-European terms and conditions for distance selling.

Practice head(s):Neil Baylis

Other key lawyers:Elena Barklem

Key Clients

International Cruise & Excursions Inc

Nordic Tourism Collective

European Tour Operators Association ("ETOA")

ABTA

Affinion International

Africa Exclusive

Australia Pacific Touring

CruiseCo

EnterAir

GTA Travel

Inspiring Vacations

JTB/Tumlare  Corporation

Red Savannah

Secret Escapes

Ski Club

Trafalgar

Work highlights

  • Advising International Cruise and Excursions on terms and conditions for 12 different European States and on regulatory issues surrounding the sale of package holidays in each of those countries.
  • Advising The Travel Corporation on agency terms of business.  
  • Advising Southall Travel on issues surrounding insolvency of Jet Airways.
  • Advised Affinion International on ATOL regulations.
  • The team is advising Antognolla Spa, the owners of the Antognolla Resort, Residences and Golf Course on its franchise, hotel management, services, marketing, residences licence and marketing and related agreements with a well-known luxury hotel brand.
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  • 400,000,000 Facebook fans can‚Äôt be wrong

    The way we use the internet haschanged. It is no longer merely a digital reference library. As the internet has grown and the amount of information available has expanded, people have developed a new way of accessing this information in a way that is relevant to them. The ‘new’ internet, or ‘Web 2.0’, is a network of relationships where users interact and share knowledge with each other. Virtual friends become the custodians of knowledge, recommending products and services through their blogs and on other social media sites. By seeing what your like-minded friends find interesting, you are better able to decide what information you wish to ‘consume’.
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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.