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Keystone Law

48 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1JF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 3319 3700
Fax:
Fax 0845 458 9398
DX:
2307 VICTORIA
Email:
Web:
www.keystonelaw.co.uk
Belfast, Belfast BT2, Bristol, Douglas, Guernsey, London

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

The continued success of Keystone Law's practice has been reflected by the growth of its team, which was recently joined by John Haggis from Sheridans. In addition, the firm expanded its offering in Northern Ireland in 2017, following a merger with Belfast firm McMahon McKay. Illustrative of the strengths of its offering, the firm acts for clients such as BBC Worldwide, Ladbrokes Coral Group and Tesco Mobile Limited. A team led by Jimmy Desai, Nadim Zaman and Anthony Misquitta is advising Intersection on an agreement with Primesight and BT to bring Links machines to the UK (enabling customers to access super-fast WiFi by standing close to a Links machine). Meriel Pymont assisted Twig World Limited (a developer of digital education resources) with an agreement to create core curriculum science products for the State of California. Other contacts in the team include Jaan Larner, Jeremy Schrire, Suzy Schmitz, Vanessa Barnett and Lucy Blick-Jones.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Schrire - Keystone Law

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

Keystone Law

Keystone Law counts start-ups, high-growth companies and large corporates, as well as private investors, venture capitalists and angel investors, among its clients; it has a particular focus on the TMT, healthcare and real estate sectors. Nadim Zaman advised WFL Media (trading as DesignMyNight) and its shareholders on its $30m sale to private equity-owned The Access Group; Andrew Stilton and Northern Ireland-based JP Irvine, who joined the firm from an in-house position at Translink Group, acted for pre-cast concrete products manufacturer CPM Group on its £38m sale to hard landscaping specialist Marshalls; and Catherine Williams assisted beauty services provider Blow with a £3.5m follow-on equity round investment by Unilever Ventures.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

Keystone Law‚Äôs professional practices team has ‚Äėa very strong offering‚Äô that includes partnership formation, incorporation restructuring, M&A, risk regulation and litigation. The group is led by the ‚Äėsure-handed‚Äô Peter Garry, whose experience informs ‚Äėgreat insight‚Äô in relation to partnership law. The group was instructed by partners and firms in a number of high profile disputes in 2017, including sex discrimination, whistleblowing cases and partner exits. Consultant commercial litigator Stephen Ralph¬†is ‚Äėa veteran‚Äô of the partnership space.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 6

Keystone Law

Appreciated by clients for the 'excellent value for money' that its unique business model engenders, Keystone Law has numerous practitioners that are 'very knowledgeable' within the venture capital space and provides a 'personable and effective' service to clients including Hygea VCT plc, Buckland Capital and Ardent Media. 'Always willing to go the extra mile', Nadim Zaman provides 'genuine commercial insight' to investee companies throughout their funding lifecycle. He advised Decibel Insight on its recent equity investment round which included securing a cash injection from Fidelity’s venture arm Eight Roads with participation from John Simon, via his Ventureforgood investment entity. The 'calm, diligent and pragmatic' Catherine Williams is 'vastly experienced in venture capital transactions' for both investors and investees. Dee Sian is also recommended.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

Keystone Law¬†advises on cases of bribery, corruption, embezzlement, fraud, HMRC tax investigations, money laundering and SFO prosecutions. The firm continues to act for Nest Investments, a shareholder in a Lebanese bank that was shut down for laundering funds from drug smuggling and terrorism. It has launched a ¬£130m claim against Deloitte for allowing the bank to be used for money laundering. Key practitioner Robert Lawrie¬†is ‚Äėa tenacious and talented litigator‚Äô. Susan Monty¬†joined as a consultant lawyer, Emily Benson¬†and Claire Shaw¬†who has ‚Äėhuge experience in white collar crime investigations and prosecutions‚Äô, joined as consultant solicitors.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Keystone Law

Keystone Law's¬†licensing practice has developed significantly since the arrival of Andrew Wong¬† and Gareth Hughes¬† from Gordon Dadds LLP in October 2016. Wong is praised as being ‚Äėa real star‚Äô who ‚Äėlooks for solutions to achieve the apparently impossible‚Äô, while Hughes is described as ‚Äėfirst class.‚Äô Robert Sutherland¬† is the other key name to note. The team recently advised on securing the grant of a new 24 hour licence for the new Koko and Hope Project in the heart of the Camden stress area; secured the grant of a 5am licence for a new venue Bloc South against Lambeth Councils licensing policy; and assisted the Royal National Theatre with restructuring of the premises licence following addition of new land to the site and change of hours and refreshing conditions with local residential opposition. The firm also counts high-end London hotels and restaurants as clients.

Leading individuals

Andrew Wong - Keystone Law

Gareth Hughes - Keystone Law

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Keystone Law

Keystone Law's 'first-rate team is excellent in all respects'. In a fraud and negligence claim, it acted for Nest Investments (Holding), a shareholder in a Lebanese bank that was shut down by the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, in pursuing litigation against prominent Lebanese public figures, as well as a fraud and negligence claim against auditor Deloitte & Touche. Alex Ferrari's 'style combines extensive investigation of the issues with a determined, hard approach'; and Robert Lawrie 'has good tactical awareness and efficient management of clients and cases'. Matthew Reach, Patrick Pennal and Nilam Sharma are also key names.

Leading individuals

Alex Ferrari - Keystone Law

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London: Human resources

Employment: employees/unions
Leading individuals

Paul Daniels - Keystone Law

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 7

Keystone Law

Keystone Law's 'innovative business model allows for a flawless service, first-rate advice and a pragmatic approach' across the full gamut of employment law issues. The department saw significant growth in 2017 and 2018 with 13 partner-level recruitments overall. Key additions include Paul Daniels, who joined from Slater and Gordon and is active in the sport sectors; Juliet Carp who joined from Kingsley Napley LLP and is the chair of the Employment Lawyers Association; Nick Tsatsas who moved from Fladgate LLP, Nigel Forsyth from Wallace LLP, the 'responsive' Angharad Harris from Watson Farley & Williams LLP; and Sofia Syed who joined from Mundays LLP and is 'always available with punctual and precise professional counsel'.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 6

Keystone Law

The ‚Äėprofessional and dedicated‚Äô Keystone Law¬†‚Äėfully understands the insurance market and the type of advice that is required to assist its clients‚Äô.¬†Employers‚Äô and public liability claims specialist¬†Steven Conway¬†co-heads the practice with Jason Kallis, a litigator who specialises in construction, product liability and property. In a recent highlight, Kallis, who is ‚Äėintelligent yet down to earth and gives concise and accurate advice which helps insurers get to the crux of the matter‚Äô, defended pool equipment manufacturer Certikin International and its insurers against a ¬£3.1m claim over an allegedly defective pool liner.

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Keystone Law

Keystone Law acts for insurers and local authorities including Zurich Municipal, Travelers Insurance Company Limited, and Allianz. In an illustration of the firm's local government expertise, the 'exceptional' Steven Conway acted for the London Borough of Enfield and its insurers, Travellers, in a personal injury claim involving a foster carer who was assaulted by a foster child, causing PTSD and depression; the claim was dismissed after a four-day trial. Cordelia Rushby has more than 25 years' experience handling complex claims, often involving cross-jurisdictional issues; she 'gets to the bottom of a problem suggesting a cure in a pragmatic manner'.'The methodical' Naomi Hatchard  is a 'great communicator'. Alex Penberty joined Keoghs LLP and David Beckenham joined Honda Motors Europe.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Keystone Law

Keystone Law  bolstered its team by hiring Sam  Samaratunga , a dual-qualified lawyer and medical doctor with over 15 years’ experience of handling litigation and regulatory issues affecting the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors. Also in the team are Antony Colman who acts for manufacturers and insurers in international trade disputes and health and safety expert David Beckenham who specialises in product recalls and defending against enforcement actions under food and safety laws, among other work. The practice is defending Bosch against a claim served in Germany, which relates to a fire caused by a product bearing the client’s branding. The firm also counts HDI Global, Electrium and ThyssenKrupp Elevator UK as clients.

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London: Real estate

Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law 

Keystone Law¬†¬†handles¬†rural planning issues, where it has particular expertise with regards to niche GPDO issues. Recent work includes advising a client challenging a decision by Fylde Borough Council granting planning permission for the construction of dog kennels in the countryside on the grounds of odour and noise; and advising on the redevelopment of Milton Pipes' former concrete pipe manufacturing facility in Kent. Ben Garbett¬†is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and passionate about planning law‚Äô. Other clients include Greenham Properties and Atlas Partners.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

The team at Keystone Law handles proceedings on behalf of claimants and defendants on a range of matters including intellectual property, risk management and litigation. Team head Jonathan Coad joined the team from Lewis Silkin LLP and acts for television personality Noel Edmonds in relation to his claim against Lloyds Banking Group. He also successfully acted for Mohammad Kozbar in his defamation hearing against The Daily Telegraph. Ian Down has acted for several well-known global brands.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Coad - Keystone Law

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

Keystone Law has significantly expanded its brand management offering with recruitment of Will Sander from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, Rebecca Halford-Harrison from Kemp Little LLP, John Haggis from Sheridans and Jonathan Coad from Lewis Silkin LLP . The multi-disciplinary team specializes in brand management and advertising and marketing work. Work highlights include Ian Down advising on the launch of the Louise Parker Method in a leading high-end retailer, and assisting Life Health Foods with health and nutritional claims on branded products. Vanessa Barnett continues to advise Tesco Mobile on general marketing matters and Lucy Blick-Jones assisted BBC studios with an increasing range of digital marketing work.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

The ‚Äėresponsive and diligent‚Äô team at Keystone Law¬†is experienced across advertising, marketing, publishing and photography sectors and handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters such as commercial, licensing, IP, regulatory and reputation management matters. Jonathan Coad¬†is representing Noel Edmonds on a claim against Lloyds Banking Group; and is representing Jack Dunn on a copyright case against bestselling novelist Dan Brown. BBC Worldwide and Watkins Media are also clients. Vanessa Barnett, John Haggis, who joined in 2017 from Sheridans¬†and acts for a range of media agencies and publications, and Lucy Blick-Jones, who has a ‚Äėcommercial approach‚Äô, are also key figures in the team.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Keystone Law

Keystone Law's 'excellent' team has 'a range of specialist expertise', and is praised for its 'speedy response times'. 'Quick, practical, clear communicator' Rachel Flynn is an 'extremely helpful' equestrian expert, 'really understands the industry, and cuts through to the key issues'; she 'makes complex, difficult situations a lot easier to handle'. Flynn assisted Jockey Club Racecources with various constitutional and sponsorship matters, and advised the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association on the employment, debt recovery, insurance and horse-sale aspects of its members scheme. Other clients include World Wrestling Entertainment, Pitch International and golfer Paul McGinley. Employment expert Nick Tsatsas is often active in the sports sector; he arrived from Fladgate LLP in December 2017. Lucy Blick-Jones is an 'extremely thorough, efficient and very likeable' IT and GDPR expert with 'excellent knowledge'. Morris Bentata left to join Level Law in October 2017.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Keystone Law

Keystone Law¬†is active across a range of aviation sector matters, such as liabilities, claims and contentious work, as well as commercial and regulatory matters. Surf Air Europe, Genesis Aerotech, Flybe, Virgin Atlantic, Nimbus Aviation and Transatlantic Aviation are clients for the team where recommended individuals include Trevor Sears, who is experienced in insolvency and dispute resolution; barrister Hugh O‚ÄôDonovan, who has ‚Äėin-depth experience‚Äô; Simon Murfitt¬†and litigator Alex Ferrari.

Leading individuals

Hugh O'Donovan - Keystone Law

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 4

Keystone Law

The marine and shipping team at Keystone Law is active across contentious and non-contentious work and is noted for its yacht experience, as well as its expertise across insurance disputes, collisions, salvage claims, cargo and freight disputes, regulatory matters, breaches. Marine specialist Jonathan Hadley-Piggin; Anastasia Papadopoulou, who handles commercial shipping matters and recently joined from TLT; Benjamin Maltby, who joined from Ince & Co ; and Dharmendra Nair, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs, are the key contacts.

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