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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
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Web:
www.keystonelaw.co.uk

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

The unique structure of Keystone Law¬†focuses on the individual specialities of the practitioners that make up the firm. In the area of commercial contracts, some key names in the team are the ‚Äėimmensely talented, intelligent and technically brilliant‚Äô Jeremy Schrire, who specialises in commercial agreements and related competition and regulatory matters; Jimmy Desai, who has expertise in commercial contracts as well as internet and technology law, data protection and IP/IT in M&A transactions; commercial and corporate lawyer Jaan Larner, who particularly focuses on entrepreneurial activity; and the 'extremely knowledgeable' Rebecca Halford-Harrison, who is a well regarded IP,¬†technology¬†and¬†disputes lawyer, notably in relation to IP law in the chemistry-based industries. Timothy Deacon¬†joined from Burges Salmon LLP¬†in 2019.

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Schrire; Jimmy Desai; Jaan Larner; Rebecca Halford-Harrison; Timothy Deacon

Testimonials

'They understand the competitive environment in which the client operates, and gear their advice toward real-world solutions' 

'Jeremy Schrire effortlessly blends technical excellence with creative and highly commercial advice. His immense experience and pragmatism, allied with his approachability, make him a true go-to'

'Jeremy Schrire has a razor-sharp intellect and is very approachable'

'Jeremy Schrire gets to the crux of complex issues quickly and is very personable and calm to deal with. His advice is always insightful, practical and commercial'

'Rebecca Halford-Harrison and her team are extremely responsive'

'Rebecca Halford-Harrison is an exceptional legal partner'

Key Clients

Britvic PLC

Athena Cosmetics, Inc.

RB UK Commercial Limited

Associated British Foods plc/Allied Bakeries

Effective Space Solutions Limited

Louvresol Specialist Projects Limited

Velador Associates Ltd

Intersection Parent, Inc.

FFP Trading Limited

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised global firm Drum Cussac Group, which provides state-of-the-art security risk management, on the protection and repatriation of members from areas of potential hazard, whether political, economic, natural or terrorist related.
  • Advised Britvic on all matters relating to its relationship with Pepsi, including acting on the key contracts within the Pepsi stable (and joint venture partners of Pepsi) as well as the launching of new brands.
  • Acted on a significant UK joint venture between Intersection and Primesight.
  • Acted for Associated British Foods plc/Allied Bakeries in the negotiation of new contracts with a number of leading supermarket chains.
  • Advised Erda Energy on a licence agreement which will form the basis for a master template for the licensing of its technology for commercial and industrial purposes throughout the UK.
Leading individuals

Jeremy Schrire - Keystone Law

Next Generation Partners

Timothy Deacon - Keystone Law

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Leading individuals

Adrian Shedden - Keystone Law

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Keystone Law

Keystone Law is best known for advising SMEs and entrepreneurs, particularly in the TMT, healthcare and real estate sectors. The firm's sizeable group of partner-level consultants handle work for high-growth businesses, encompassing start-ups and publicly traded companies. Although there is no officially delineated practice head at the firm, Nadim Zaman and Andrew Stilton  continue to be the key names to note on corporate M&A matters. The firm continues to hire a large number of partners each year, with 2018 witnessing arrivals from Slaughter and May, Jones Day and Withers LLP.

Other key lawyers:Nadim Zaman; Andrew Stilton

Testimonials

'Capable, professional people with a strong acumen and commercial approach, all wrapped up in an efficient and value for money delivery'

Key Clients

The Armonia Group

Media 10

GRS Roadstone Group Limited

City and County Healthcare Group Limited

CPM Group Limited

Lemon Pepper Holdings Limited

The Shareholders of Crimson

Intersection Parent, Inc.

Velador Associates

The Liquidators of Blink TV

Blow Ltd

KSM Online

Work highlights

  • Advised The Armonia Group on its acquisition of the parent company of Office Concierge and Privée.
  • Acted for the shareholders of CPM Group on the sale of the business to Marshalls Plc, for £38m.
  • Advised City and County Healthcare Group, a provider of community-based social care services, on the acquisition of Ark Home Healthcare Limited, for £8m.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Crimson on the sale of the company to Harvey Nash Group.
  • Acted on corporate aspects of Hatch Brothers' acquisition of the business and assets of Genesis Crafty Bakery, a family-owned supplier of bakery products to large supermarkets.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 4

Keystone Law

Keystone Law's lawyers main area of expertise is advising clients on drafting agreements for a variety of partnership structures, including for traditional partnerships and LLPs. The group also handles alternative business structures, M&A, restructuring, employment issues, insolvency, risk management and regulatory issues, as well as partnership disputes. Experienced commercial litigator Peter Garry leads the team, which includes  Emma Clark, whose practice spans advisory and disputes work, particularly relating to discrimination and whistleblower cases.

Practice head(s):Peter Garry

Other key lawyers:Emma Clark

Testimonials

'They set out the options available (and associated risks) in a clear and unambiguous manner, making decision making a lot more straight forward.'

'An ability to understand what you are trying to achieve from a business perspective and the ability to tailor the advice accordingly.'

'Peter Garry is a very clear communicator and extremely responsive.'

Work highlights

  • Keystone advised a London-based LLP member on his exit from the LLP, including handling the obligations under the LLP agreement, the retirement deed and the risks associated with the impending team move. The move went smoothly and the exit was very amicable
  • Advised an individual on an exit from an LLP agreement, securing a generous settlement.
  • Advised two female partners on their rights and obligations as LLP members. One individual was the managing director and she had complex new arrangements on which she needed independent advice. The other client was a new fixed-share partner, who wanted to understand her new position.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 6

Keystone Law

Operating under a business model which utilises sophisticated technologies but which incentivises practitioners to generate a strong workflow since their salary flows directly from it, Keystone Law has a number of well regarded venture capital practitioners who had 'cut their teeth' at several established traditional law firms and thereby have strong traction in the market. Formerly a partner at Marriott Harrison LLP, Dee Sian has excellent ties with numerous institutional investor clients, including Beringea and Calculus Capital, who she regularly advises on financings throughout the investment continuum.  The 'very knowledgeable and accessible' Nadim Zaman has more of an investee focus to his practice.

Practice head(s):There are no team heads

Other key lawyers:Nadim Zaman; Dee Sian; Catherine Williams

Testimonials

The firm delivers advice in a personal and effective way.

Nadim Zaman has a unique ability to see and to vocalise my aims and objectives before I am fully aware of them.

Key Clients

Open Cosmos

Calculus Capital

Beringea

Lord Stanley Fink

WFL Media (DesignMyNight)

Shackleton Ventures

Buckland Capital

Hygea VCT Plc

Firestartr

Work highlights

  • Advised space satellite startup Open Cosmos on its $7m Series A funding.
  • Advised Calculus Capital on its £2m investment in Oxford BioTherapeutics, a clinical-stage oncology company that is developing next-generation cancer treatments.
  • Acted for venture capital house Beringea and the other shareholders of Charterhouse Leisure, which trades as ‘Coal Grill & Bar’, on the sale by them of Charterhouse Leisure to Sunshine Capital.
  • Advised Calculus Capital on its £2.5m investment in fintech company Essentia Analytics, a leading provider of behavioural data analytics and consulting for professional investors.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 4

Keystone Law

The fraud specialists at Keystone Law handle matters relating to bribery, corruption, directors’ disqualification, disciplinary and regulatory issues, embezzlement, extradition, tax investigations, money laundering and SFO prosecutions. A raft of lawyers joined the new model law firm during 2018, including Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs from Devonshires Solicitors LLP; Gagan Ranu, the former India desk head at Lewis Silkin LLP; and Iain Roxborough, who previously spent decades as a partner at Clifford Chance LLP.

Other key lawyers:Robert Lawrie; Emily Benson; Claire Shaw; Matthew Reach; Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs; Lara Robson; Elizabeth Tremayne; Gagan Ranu; Manan Singh; Iain Roxborough; Mark Sullivan; Bruno Fatier;

Testimonials

‘Robert Lawrie has almost unrivalled experience for someone of his seniority, and has been involved in numerous high-profile and ground-breaking cases’.

‘Flexible and effective; a business model that really works’.

‘Robert Lawrie is an absolutely stand-out litigator; highly able, organised, brilliant with clients - everything that you could possibly want from a lawyer’.

‘Robert Lawrie is top drawer, first class lawyer’.

Key Clients

Patrick Littaye / Access International Advisors

Nest Investment (Holdings) Limited

PPF Capital Source Ltd

Barry Carroll

Woburn Homes Ltd

Innsworth Litigation Funding

Indigo Global Partners Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a French citizen, who ran a series of companies, including Access International Advisors, which sourced funds from investors which were, ultimately, invested in companies and funds operated by Bernie Madoff.
  • Instructed by Nest, a shareholder in a Lebanese bank that was fined $102m and shut down by the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network in 2011, after the bank was used to launder funds of international drug smuggling and international terrorism.
  • Instructed by Innsworth Litigation Funding in respect of litigation to be pursued by institutional shareholder investors against Petrofac Ltd, a publicly-traded company which has been the subject of an SFO investigation in respect of its involvement in alleged bribery and corruption connected to payments made by Unaoil, a Monaco-based company, to secure oil contracts in Iraq.
  • Instructed by two defendants in relation a £17.5m fraud claim pursued by a group of claimants arising out of a series of property investments made by the claimants with the first defendant.
  • Representing one of 98 defendants, in a claim brought by the Danish Tax Authority SKAT for approximately £1.5bn.

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 3

Keystone Law

Keystone Law boosted its practice with the recruitment of consultants Richard Williams and Niall McCann from Joelson in April 2019. The team advises both land-based and online gambling clients on regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering measures and prosecutions arising from breaches of licence conditions. The practice also assists with the drafting and improving of policies and procedures, and licence review proceedings, which regularly involve the negotiation of financial settlements. Another area of expertise is the provision of advice to social media companies about the legality of proposed offerings with or without the need for licensing.

Practice head(s):Richard Williams; Niall McCann

Key Clients

Lottoland

Betconnect

Fitzdares

Wynn Resorts

Mr Green

Solomon Markets

Stakers

Trada Casino

Condor Gaming

Tabcorp

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lottoland in a judicial review challenging a ban on EuroMillions in the High Court
  • Advising Betconnect on licensing compliance, terms and conditions, advertising and marketing
  • Advised Wynn Resorts on its £100,000 joint venture agreement with sportsbook and casino operator Betbull
  • Advising Fitzdares on regulatory compliance
  • Advising Mr Green in relation to its proposed £242m takeover by William Hill

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Keystone Law

Keystone Law has a full service licensing capability advising on early morning alcohol restriction orders, enforcement issues, temporary event notices and restaurants. The firm has a mix of new and long-standing clients. Gareth Hughes is a key name for clients in the hospitality and entertainment sectors; he is advising Dragon Knight on the licensing issues concerning a large-scale development in London, which involves thousands of residential buildings and leisure premises. Andrew Wong also has strength in the leisure, entertainment and hospitality sectors. Niall McCann and Richard Williams joined from Joelson in April 2019; the pair now have a consultancy agreement in place to continue to provide services to their former firm.

Other key lawyers:Andrew Wong; Gareth Hughes; Niall McCann; Richard Williams

Key Clients

Bounce Leisure

Obar Camden

ETM Group

Royal National Theatre

Chiltern Street Hotel

Work highlights

  • Advised Obar Camden, a music and entertainment company, on licensing and applications concerning Koko in relation to Camden High Street's redevelopment.
  • Advising on obtaining several premises licences on the Greenwich Peninsular for Knight Dragon, which is engaged in building residential dwellings and introducing leisure and hospitality premises for the new residents.
  • Acting for Manhattan hotel owner, Hg Europe, on its first venture in London
  • Acting for Alula Leisure in resisting all challenges to its licence and advising the client on day-to-day licensing matters.
  • Acting for Chiltern Street Hotel, located in Marylebone, on securing the original grant of a 24-hour licence.
Leading individuals

Andrew Wong - Keystone Law

Gareth Hughes - Keystone Law

Niall McCann - Keystone Law

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

Keystone Law 'has significant expertise in the field and provides quick answers and flexibility to match clients' needs, while caring about good legal solutions'.  Alex Ferrari's practice covers various sectors and encompasses both domestic and international disputes, Matthew Reach specialises in business-related and company disputes, and Robert Lawrie acts in cases involving shareholder and general commercial disputes, as well as fraud allegations. Patrick Pennal is also an experienced adviser, and in 2018, corporate and commercial disputes specialist Iain Roxborough and Dharmendra Nair, a disputes lawyer specialising in shipping, commodities and commercial litigation, joined from Clifford Chance LLP and Squire Patton Boggs, respectively.

Practice head(s):Robert Lawrie; Alex Ferrari; Matthew Reach

Other key lawyers:Patrick Pennal; Iain Roxborough; Dharmendra Nair

Testimonials

'Matthew Reach is always willing to assist clients, providing a professional and efficient legal service'.

Key Clients

Tereza Burki

John Onderwater

Athena Brands

Noel Edmonds

Abdullah Abdul-Jabbar Alanizi

Nest Investments (Holdings)

Rakesh Malhotra

Paul Bell

24-7 Midwives

Work highlights

  • Defended complex, committal proceedings that arose from a UK judgment as well as a further claim for damages.
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
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Keystone Law

On the employer front, Keystone Law provides advisory, transactional and contentious support for a range of domestic and international clients. The employment team has been significantly boosted in recent months by a raft of new arrivals, including Nick Tsatsas and Angharad Harris, who joined from Fladgate LLP and Watson Farley & Williams LLP respectively, as well as other new additions from firms including Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Baker McKenzie. The individuals who make up the team are drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds, providing a broad experience base, with sectors covered including financial services, retail, hospitality, marketing, sport, education, charity and transport.

Practice head(s):Nick Tsatsas; Angharad Harris

Testimonials

'Nick Tsatsas has provided excellent support - his advice is always pragmatic, efficient and timely.'

'Very knowledgeable, always available and delivers advice in a clear and direct manner.'

'Rachel Tozer is empathetic, knowledgeable and helpful.'

'Sofia Syed is astute, calm and works very well with counsel in preparing cases.'

'Michelle Last is a highly knowledgeable legal expert who provides clear advice and helps to make critical decisions in stressful times.'

Key Clients

M3 (EU) Limited

International Real Estate Partners DMCC

Stint Ltd

Hamilton-Brown Business Graphics Limited

The Charles Kalms, Henry Ronson Immanuel College

Lexmark

Pilot Pens

Work highlights

  • Acted for M3 on key employment law issues including regulatory concerns regarding onboarding of medical professionals and background vetting checks.
  • Providing ongoing legal support to International Real Estate Partners, including advice on the employment law aspects of a substantial facility management services agreement with Nokia across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Acted for global student recruiter Stint on employment law issues relating to its app-based business and designed a model to enable it to operate more effectively.
  • Providing employment law advice to Hamilton-Brown Business Graphics on outsourcing/TUPE allegations.
  • Provided confidential advice regarding a potential restructuring and whistleblowing matters for a private school.

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 3

Keystone Law

The lawyers who make up Keystone Law's employment team have a strong track record of advising high-net-worth individuals and senior executives on high-profile employment issues, such as discrimination, whistleblowing and sexual harassment. Key clients include senior executives at major brands across a range of sectors including media and entertainment, financial services, sport, property and leisure. Paul Daniels now leads the team after joining from Slater and Gordon in early 2018; he is one of a raft of new recruits to have come on board in recent months, including Nick Tsatsas and Angharad Harris from Fladgate LLP and Watson Farley & Williams LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):Paul Daniels

Testimonials

'Nick Tsatsas has provided excellent support - his advice is always pragmatic, efficient and timely.'

'Very knowledgeable, always available and delivers advice in a clear and direct manner.'

'Rachel Tozer is empathetic, knowledgeable and helpful.'

'Sofia Syed is astute, calm and works very well with counsel in preparing cases.'

'Michelle Last is a highly knowledgeable legal expert who provides clear advice and helps to make critical decisions in stressful times.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a broker in High Court proceedings brought by Martins Brokers and BGC against him and Tradition UK.
  • Acted for a client in bringing proceedings for breach of contract in the High Court for compensation of £6m, for unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal and defending counterclaims for over £7m based on alleged breach of fiduciary duty and misconduct.
  • Brought employment tribunal proceedings for sexual harassment and sexual discrimination for a senior female hedge fund executive against the hedge fund.
  • Advised a senior manager of a Premier League football club on High Court proceedings, which were resolved amicably.
  • Advised a senior whistleblower in a high-profile matter involving one of the largest UK financial institutions.

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London: Insurance

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

Keystone Law

Keystone Law's insurance disputes lawyers handle coverage disputes and claims in the aviation, construction, property, personal injury, cyber insurance and professional indemnity sectors. Jane Harte-Lovelace focuses on workplace safety and property damage disputes, while Jason Kallis covers product liability and personal injury claims. James Crabtree, who joined from Cooley (UK) LLP in November 2018, advises on a wide range of issues in the insurance and reinsurance space.

Practice head(s):Jane Harte-Lovelace; Jason Kallis

Other key lawyers:James Crabtree

Testimonials

'Jane Harte-Lovelace is a fantastic lawyer and people person. She knows how to get the best for clients and she delivers time after time'

'Jason Kallis is attentive to the real life mechanics of the case and handles things in a dynamic fashion. Communication with the client is always at the right balance. Strategy and application of the law cannot be faulted'

Key Clients

Zurich/Navigators & General

Acasta European Insurance Company Limited

Agneet Sky Limited

HTTC Limited

National Insurance Corporation of Eritrea Share Co.

Argo Managing Agency Limited

Berkley Offshore Underwriting Managers UK Limited

HDI Global - SE

Allianz Global CS - UK

Bosch (aka BSH Home Appliances Ltd)

Work highlights

  • Acting as retained counsel for Acasta European Insurance Company in respect of bespoke drafting issues for performance bonds in the construction industry and advising and acting in respect of claims arising under the bonds.
  • Acting for the insurer and insured following an explosion on a pleasure vessel on the River Thames.
  • Acting for National Insurance Corporation of Eritrea in relation to an aviation reinsurance coverage dispute.
  • Acting for Allianz Global and Bosch in the defence of claims relating to alleged defects in its products.

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

Keystone Law

Keystone Law handles the full range of defendant personal injury matters arising from accidents at work, public liability issues, industrial disease and abuse. The team receives instructions from insurers, local authorities, self-insured organisations as well as income protection providers. Steven Conway is the go-to lawyer for local authority litigation and Cordelia Rushby stands out for representing defendants in substantial claims for psychiatric loss. The department also includes Naomi Hatchard, who has experience in claims involving foreign and multi-jurisdictional issues.

Other key lawyers:Cordelia Rushby; Steven Conway; Naomi Hatchard;

Testimonials

'Keystone Law has a high level of expertise, a willingness to engage and creativity.'

'Cordelia Rushby is always quick to respond, technically very competent and outstanding in face-to-face mediation.'

Key Clients

Allianz

Ipswich Borough Council

Travelers Insurance

Zurich Municipal

Top Mark Claims Management Limited

HDI Gerling SE

Work highlights

  • Represented London Borough of Enfield/ Travellers Insurance in the successful defence at trial of a suspected fraudulent employer liability claim valued at £40k.
  • Acted for London Borough of Harrow/Zurich Municipal in the successful defence of a high-value highway tripping case where the claimant sustained a serious fracture to the knee, requiring repeated surgery.

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

Keystone Law

Keystone Law's team is regularly instructed by insurance companies to handle a variety of product liability matters; it is experienced in handling disputes that arise from international trade and has a specialised marine practice. Key contacts at the firm are Antony Colman, who has strength in multiple sectors, including technology, food and medical devices, and Jason Kallis, who is a key contact for product recalls and resulting claims.

Other key lawyers:Antony Colman; Jason Kallis

Testimonials

'Keystone Law stands out for its unique set up, quick processes with less bureaucracy and very client-focused practitioners.'

'Antony Colman is a very experienced product liability lawyer, who is reliable and always available when needed.'

Key Clients

HDI Global SE (London)

HDI Gerling Industrial Insurance Co Ltd

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company Limited

Royal & Sun Alliance

Allianz Global CS - UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for HDI Global in defending a claim for an allegedly defective pool liner manufactured by the client.

  • Acted for HDI Gerling in defending the insured client, a manufacturer of pumps and pump systems, against a claim that a flood was allegedly caused by the failure of a pump.
  • Acted for Royal & Sun Alliance in a recovery matter for Electrium against electricians who failed to act on a recall after its miniature circuit breakers caused a series of fires.

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London: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 6

Keystone Law

Zo√ę Bloom is a key member of the team at Keystone Law. The group was pleased to add Richard Collins¬† from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and Caroline Kelly¬† from Mishcon de Reya LLP to its ranks. It has dedicated children law specialists in addition to financial, property and more general separation lawyers. The team predominantly advises weatlhy individuals often with complex situations both domestically and international.

Other key lawyers:Zoe Bloom; Richard Collins; Caroline Kelly

Testimonials

'Zoë Bloom is a bright, feisty solicitor who always makes herself available and fights hard for her clients'.

'Zoe Bloom has been truly outstanding. From day 1 she has been empathetic, realistic, supremely accurate in her projections and demonstrates immense intelligence in every step she takes'.

'The team works tirelessly, shows tremendous attention to detail and manages to focus on the wider picture and end objectives at the same time'.

'It is doing great work'.

Work highlights

  • Successfully challenged a prenuptial agreement providing a wife with £10m.
  • Acted in complex schedule 1 proceedings involving trust and corporate structures across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Successfully resisted Schedule 1 proceedings bought by a mother with significant assets and income in her own right.

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London: Real estate

Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

The client list for Keystone Law’s planning practice comprises developers, local authorities and high-net-worth individuals, who instruct the team on a range of planning mandates. The team is particularly active in planning disputes, with expertise in promoting planning refusal appeals as well as promoting planning permission appeals in defence of client's interests by way of judicial review. Mixed-use redevelopment schemes and site acquisitions (including green belt property) are strong points for the non-contentious side of the practice, with Ben Garbett offering expertise on all stages of the planning and transactional processes.

Practice head(s):Ben Garbett; Oliver Goodwin

Testimonials

'Provides a prompt and efficient service.'

'Ben Garbett is excellent at communicating complex legal concepts to clients.'

'Ben Garbett works indefatigably and relentlessly to achieve results for his clients.'

'Ben Garbett is a very knowledgeable planning lawyer and gives very timely and clear advice.'

'Keystone Law handles cases with professional skill and determination of the highest order.'

Key Clients

Alpha House Developments Limited

Prime City Developments Limited

Callaly Leisure Limited

Greenham Properties Limited

Milton Pipes Limited

Atlas Partners Ltd

Cornwall Council

Solo Retail Limited

Work highlights

  • Providing planning advice to Atlas Partners to secure planning permission for a previously approved residential scheme at St Leonards.
  • Acted for Bembridge Harbour Trust in the planning objection filed against the client's residential development plans.
  • Advised Compass Children's Home on C2 planning use-class classification issues, and its redevelopment plans for a portfolio property.
  • Assisted a confidential client on a planning appeal for housing proposals for a development of three separate nurseries in Birdham Parish.
  • Advised a confidential client on their appeal against the refusal of a lawful development certificate regarding the development of an office building for flats.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

Keystone Law helps a range of clients from celebrities to large corporates protect their reputation. The firm acts for claimants and defendants alike and has special expertise in matters related to intellectual property violations, as well as brand exploitation and protection. The 'extremely accomplished' department head Jonathan Coad takes on the majority of the workload in this practice area. He receives key support from Sofia Syed, who provides advice to ultra-high-net-worth individuals and handles matters with an employment aspect, such as contentious terminations.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Coad

Other key lawyers:Sofia Syed

Testimonials

'Jonathan is committed to the fight and cause, is commercially minded and stands up for the truth in all his does.'

'Jonathan is a leader in his field and pursues his clients' interests passionately, while at the same time providing thoughtful and practical commercial advice.  He is very accessible, with an ability to explain complex legal issues in an easy to understand manner.'

'A highly effective and respected litigator, Jonathan Coad always goes the extra mile in his efforts to safeguard his clients' well earned reputations.'

Key Clients

Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Andrew Lansley

James Grant Group Ltd

Legatum Institute LLP

Massoud Shadjereh

Noel Edmonds

Mohammad Kozbar

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited (McDonald’s UK)

Amir Khan

Koo Stark

Procter and Gamble

Jasmine Lennard

Westbrook Partners/Dolphin Square

Work highlights

  • Representing television presenter and reality star Jasmine Lennard in a claim brought against Cristiano Ronaldo for defamatory statements and social media harassment.
  • Acting for the chairman of the IHRC (Islamic Human Rights Commission), Massoud Shadjerehm, in a libel claim against LBC radio.
  • Acting for Koo Stark, an ex-girlfriend of HRH Prince Andrew, in a claim against MTV over a defamatory allegation on its website.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Coad - Keystone Law

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Keystone Law

Keystone Law‚Äės team benefits from ‚Äėa great roster of talent‚Äô and provides ‚Äėresponsive, cost-effective advice and robust litigation support and execution‚Äė; the group's expertise spans a range of disputes, non-contentious matters and transactions. Anthony Misquitta¬†is a name to note for SME companies and software, technology, fashion, media and entertainment sector clients, while Jeremy Schrire¬†is highlighted for his commercial IP expertise. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of the ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô Rebecca Halford-Harrison, who focuses on patent litigation for chemical industry clients, and ‚Äėabsolutely excellent‚Äė trade mark specialist Karen Fong; they joined from¬†Kemp Little LLP¬†and Collyer Bristow LLP¬†respectively.

Other key lawyers:Anthony Misquitta; Jeremy Schrire; Rebecca Halford–Harrison; Karen Fong

Testimonials

'Rebecca Halford-Harrison is a strategically balanced but aggressive litigator.'

'Consultant solicitor Alex Carter-Silk is an aggressive and very effective litigator with a broad experience of IP and technology cases.'

'Karen Fong is extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful and commercially astute, and is also a pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

HP1 Technologies Limited

Quest Software (UK) Limited

Secret Smokehouse Limited

Athena Cosmetics, Inc.

Erda Energy

Datecs Ltd (Bulgaria)

Grid eSports GmbH

iBoss, Inc.

FFP Trading Limited

RB UK Commercial Limited

McDonalds

Intersections Parent Inc.

Nature Delivered Limited (Graze)

DC Bars Ltd (Dirty Martini Bars)

Work highlights

  • Jeremy Schrire advised Britvic on a number of new contracts with global brands Pepsi and Eddie Stobart.
  • Rebecca Halford-Harrison is advising HP1 Technologies on IP strategy issues relating to patents, designs and how to maximise the value of its IP.
  • Anthony Misquitta is instructed to advise FFP Trading, the trading subsidiary of the charity Fight for Peace, on IP and commercial issues including its sponsorship arrangements with Reebok.
  • Jeremy Schrire is advising Associated British Foods and Allied Bakeries on the negotiation of new contracts with a number of leading supermarket chains.
  • Karen Fong is representing an established trading company in a threatened trade mark infringement and passing off claim by Crocs relating to its the sale of beach clogs.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 4

Keystone Law

Keystone Law handles contentious and non-contentious instructions across the advertising, marketing, publishing and photography industries. The team acts for corporations and individuals on a range of reputation management and privacy matters, and acts for broadcasters and publishers on defamation and privacy disputes. High-profile work includes representing TV personality Noel Edmonds on a £65m claim against HBOS. The team is also active in the marketing and advertising space where it advises on sales promotions, consumer rewards-schemes, sponsorship and endorsement agreements, lotteries, games, merchandising and regulatory matters.

Other key lawyers:John Haggis; Jonathan Coad; Ian Down

Key Clients

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

McDonald's Restaurants

Noel Edmonds

Life Health Foods UK

Money Talent Management

Jack Fincham

Media 10

Susan Flood

Oatly AB

Drivetribe

Koo Stark

Work highlights

  • Advised Shakespeare Birthplace Trust on a project to recreate Shakespeare’s family homes in Sanweng Town, China.
  • The team is advising well-known TV personality, Noel Edmonds, on a high-value, high-profile claim against HBOS.
  • Advises Carnyx Group on a range of IP matters, which has involved advising on its global trade mark portfolio, a consideration of the filing of new trade mark protection in the UK, Europe and globally, and dealing with contentious matters.
  • Advises DriveTribe on IP matters including; IP protection strategy advice, the filing of trade mark protection in the EU and Australia, and dealing with a variety of oppositions.
  • Advises world renowned wildlife photographer Susan Flood,  on issues relating to copyright infringement and subsistence of copyright in her photos.  

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Keystone Law

At Keystone Law, equine expert Rachel Flynn has a niche in advising horseracing clients on the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including employment issues and acquisitions. Paul Daniels and Nick Tsatsas, who joined the firm in 2018, also have employment expertise, advising clubs and sportspeople on dismissals, discrimination, whistleblowing and contract disputes. In the commercial space the team also advises individuals and private companies on IP, copyright and sponsorship matters.

Practice head(s):Rachel Flynn; Paul Daniels; Nick Tsatsas

Key Clients

FFP Trading Limited

McDonald's Restaurants Limited

British Gliding Association

Sam Rush

Peter Davies

Thoroughbred Breeders' Association

British European Breeders’ Federation

Hascombe Stud

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sam Rush, the former chief executive of Derby County FC, in bringing proceedings for breach of contract in the High Court for compensation of £6m, for unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal and defending counterclaims for over £7m based on alleged breach of fiduciary duty and misconduct.
  • Advised McDonald's on the drafting and settling of sponsorship agreements for the four Home Nations football associations.
  • Acted for Peter Davies, who claimed to be the copyright owner of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club's distinctive angular wolf’s head logo.
  • Advising the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association on a wide variety of legal enquiries on behalf of its 3,000 members.
  • Acted for a high profile major Newmarket based stud owner in relation to employment law advice.

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Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Keystone Law

Keystone Law has 'excellent knowledge and experience of the industry'. It is instructed on contentious and non-contentious aviation mandates where it acts for major airlines, airports, government departments, regulators, manufacturers, insurers, trade associations and ground handlers. UK and EU competition law and state aid issues are a key focus; here the team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Philippe Ruttley from Ince. The team also offers in-depth experience in regulatory work where barrister Hugh O’Donovan is particularly active; O'Donovan led advice for Blue Islands on a formal investigation by Channel Islands competition authorities (CICRA) into franchise arrangements between it and Flybe.

Practice head(s):Hugh O’Donovan; Alex Ferrari

Other key lawyers:Trevor Sears; Philippe Ruttley

Testimonials

Alex Ferrari is quickly able to understand the issue at hand and gives sound advice.

Alex Ferrari's knowledge of the insurance industry is key as he understands the tactics involved.

Trevor Sears' knowledge of IATA and airline contracts is excellent.

Susannah Sheppard is very sharp and highly focussed; she cuts right down to the issues in a friendly but clear manner.

Key Clients

Virgin Atlantic

Wizz Air

Delta Air Lines

Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority

Jazeera Airways

Blue Islands

Cornwall Newquay Airport

PA Consulting /Nyras

Altafinch UK Plc

Lasham Gliding Society

CFS Aeroproducts

Agneet Sky

Shetland Space Centre

Surf Air Europe

Causeway Aero Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Lasham Gliding Society (LGS) on judicial review proceedings against the CAA in relation to its TAG Farnborough Airspace Change Proposal 'ACP' decision.
  • Advised Agneet Sky on an insurance coverage dispute and professional negligence claims against various brokers.
  • Advised National Insurance Corporation of Eritrea (NICE) in relation to an aviation reinsurance coverage dispute.
Leading individuals

Hugh O’Donovan - Keystone Law

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 4

Keystone Law

Keystone Law's 'fast acting' marine and shipping offering 'delivers a personalised service'. It handles an array of contentious and non-contentious shipping work. On the contentious side, insurance disputes, collisions, regulatory breaches, charterparty disputes, crew claims, personal injury claims, yacht arrests, cargo disputes and salvage claims are key focuses. Non-contentious work includes yacht construction contracts, refit and management contracts, crew agreements and sale and purchase work. The team advises major yacht distributor Sunseeker London Group on marine matters.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Hadley-Piggin; Anastasia Papadopoulou

Other key lawyers:Philippe Ruttley; Benjamin Maltby; George Lambrou; Dharmendra Nair; Stella Petritsi

Testimonials

Dharmendra Nair is exceptional in that he recognises the strengths and weaknesses of the case very quickly and is able to provide a strategy early on that will help achieve the best possible result.'

Anastasia Papadopoulou is professional and knowledgeable.'

Key Clients

Global Chartering Limited

GRS Roadstone Group Limited

Vivek Puri

Sunseeker London Group

CGL France, part of Societe Generale banking group

Superyacht Tenders & Toys Ltd

BlueFin Insurance

Work highlights

  • The team advises CGL France on the repossessions of superyachts in Turkey and Ireland.
  • The team advises Superyacht Tenders & Toys on a number of contractual matters and disputes.
  • Advised BlueFin Insurance on an insurance claim relating to the damage of a yacht.

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