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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

5 FLEET PLACE, LONDON, EC4M 7RD, ENGLAND
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Cheltenham, Doha, Geneva, Guildford, London, Luxembourg and 3 more

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is particularly well known for its work in the sport, retail and TMT arenas. Practice head Jason Saiban, who is a director and the secretary of the British Association of Sport and Law, recently led the advice to Nike on a 15-year merchandising and sponsorship deal with Chelsea Football Club, and assisted the client with the global roll-out of its online store, among other matters. Further, Saiban is working with Natalie Elsborg, Jon Walters and Jaclyn Wilkins to assist wagamama with various issues, including the renegotiation of its contract with Deliveroo and the development of new payment app Qkr! Westfield and Harrods are other clients. The practice also generates mandates involving other industries; David Berry is particularly experienced in commercial contracts matters connected with the energy/natural resources, IT and financial services sectors. Mark Bailey is another highly regarded individual.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The β€˜excellent’ practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is jointly headed by Paul Henty and Paul Stone, who has β€˜excellent client skills’, β€˜deep technical knowledge’ and β€˜an astute tactical sense’). Stone acted for Consultant Eye Surgeons Partnership on a cartel investigation by the CMA into private ophthalmology, securing a settlement and a 25% fine reduction; he is also advising the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain on a variety of competition law matters. Other recent work includes advising Lloyds Pharmacy on a leniency application to the CMA arising from its care home medicines cartel investigation. The team also acts for ITV, YouView, and Celesio. Associates Rory Ashmore and Elora Mukherjee are also recommended.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP benefits from β€˜good regulatory experience and knowledge’, and is β€˜prepared to provide advice confidently to sell side firms’. William Garner has a focus on UK and EU regulations affecting the wholesale trading and markets work and is appreciated by clients, not only for his legal expertise, but also his former trading experience. Garner continues to provide regulatory support to financial blockchain specialist, SETL, including an analysis of the regulatory impact of using this novel Fintech technology in the global payments and clearing and settlement space and assistance with an application to use the FCA’s new regulatory sandbox. The β€˜responsive’ Jonathan Bayliss has a β€˜good grasp of the issues’, particularly as they pertain to the private banking and wealth management sector.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team handles the full spectrum of transactions for small-cap and mid-cap companies, as well as brokers, including AIM and Main Market IPOs, secondary issues and reverse takeovers, among other areas. The group has also recently been advising clients on the impact of the implementation of the Market Abuse Regulation. The practice draws work from a broad cross-section of industries, with particular strengths in areas such as TMT, financial services and investment trusts, and energy and natural resources. 2016 highlights included Andrew Collins and recently promoted partner Paul Arathoon acting for N+1 Singer as NOMAD and broker in the Β£80m AIM IPO of UK wealth manager Harwood Wealth Management. Collins and Arathoon also acted for Allenby Capital (as NOMAD and joint broker) and Peterhouse Corporate Finance (as joint broker) on the Β£5m AIM IPO of GoTech Group (formerly Guscio). Also recommended are practice head Clive Hopewell, Chris Putt, Mark Howard and recently promoted senior associate Jaspal Sekhon.

Next generation lawyers

Paul Arathoon - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s β€˜excellent’ department is led by Chris Putt and exhibits β€˜professionalism, clarity of purpose and a personal approach’. Commended for handling β€˜very complex situations including complicated companies and international deals’, the team is especially strong in TMT, healthcare, real estate and financial services. In the real estate space, Martin Wright advised Bellway Homes on the sale of its interest in Barking Riverside to L&Q New Homes, Michael Lingens acted for Country Court Care on its acquisition of a portfolio of seven assets, and Andrew Clarke assisted Ekistics Real Estate Partners I on its sale of the Mowbray Court Hotel to a Middle Eastern hospitality group. The β€˜exceptional’ Mark Howard acted for Michael Cooke, founder and chairman of Currency Exchange Corporation, on the company’s sale to FEXCO. Financial services and asset management M&A expert David Hicks assisted Crown Agents with its sale of Crown Agents Bank and Crown Agents Investment Management to Helios Investment Partners. The practice’s other clients include Age UK, Advanced Energy Industries, TCC Global, ITV and Everton Football Club.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

With β€˜strong employment and litigation’ capabilities, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜a growing force in the partnership and LLP field’. Though the partnership focus is primarily on the contentious side, the team also has experience of establishing joint venture LLPs, partnership restructuring and incorporations and transfers. William Granger is β€˜highly enthusiastic and commands client-confidence’; he has acted for a Swiss trust and beneficial owner in a long-running co-founder dispute, which resulted in an attempted buy-out and reorganisation of its UK operating LLP. Notable clients have included Apricor Investment Partners LLP, Stephenson Harwood and Countryside Properties. Corporate tax partner James Carter has experience of partnership taxation and has recently acted for a venture capital fund.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team, which is led by Malcolm MacDougall has β€˜a great work ethic, is enthusiastic and has a real solutions-based approach’. The practice secured work from a number of new clients recently (including Mobeus Equity Partners, IDG Capital and Limerston Capital), and also expanded significantly at associate level. MacDougall led the advice to Civica Group (an investee company of OMERS Private Equity) on a number of deals in 2016, which included its acquisition of IPL Group. Partners Adam Crossley and Andrew Clarke are also recommended, as are senior associate Richard Coleman and Adrian Mayer, who has particular expertise in investments made into Africa across a range of sectors, including energy and natural resources, retail and leisure, and agribusiness.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has significant market traction among both funds and investee companies, particularly across the TMT, retail and sports sectors. The team is also able to leverage the firm’s private wealth expertise and is consequently picking up mandates from family offices and high-net-worth investors increasingly active in providing funding on venture capital transactions. For example, team head Chris Putt has advised Bonsai Capital, a family office venture capital investor, on a series of early-stage life sciences investments. Putt also has experience within the venture debt space, and continues to represent Kreos Capital across a range of work including recently advising it on its growth capital investment, alongside Silicon Valley Bank, in Dutch company Pharming Group. Malcolm MacDougall often handles venture capital work as part of his broader private equity practice and recently represented IDG Capital on its $110m Series F funding round, alongside Temasek and Eurazeo, in the online luxury fashion platform, Farfetch.com.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP utilises its β€˜strong international coverage’ and has β€˜a great depth and breadth of experience in dealing with fraud work, particularly with high-value offshore fraud litigation’. Recent work included representing the joint official liquidators of Awal Bank in claims alleging fraud, unjust enrichment and dishonest assistance, a high-profile case centred in the Cayman Islands. Practice head Stewart Hey is β€˜an exemplary fraud lawyer- extremely hard working, easy to deal with and with an excellent strategic mind for any case’; James Hyne specialises in restructuring and insolvency law; and legal director Charlotte Pender is β€˜reliable, and grasps complex issues very quickly’.

Next generation lawyers

Charlotte Pender - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

With its significant private client practice, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s β€˜engaged and committed group’ is highly rated for its disputes advice to privately owned companies and their shareholders. Recent work involved disputes in the technology, telecoms, financial services, mining, aviation, and food and beverage sectors; and the firm has strong links to clients in the Middle East. Stewart Hey, John Sykes and Edward Craig are the key advisers.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP specialises in the sports and healthcare sectors, with a particular focus on pharmacies. Led by Jonathan Ellis and the β€˜extremely impressive’ Noel Wardle, the practice provides β€˜unrivalled expertise’ acting for sports governing bodies and advising healthcare professionals, sports organisations, and sportsmen. Ellis is leading the team acting for the independent review panel conducting a review of integrity in tennis following media allegations of match fixing. Senior associate Susan Hunneyball (β€˜excellent client care skills’ and β€˜comprehensive pharmaceutical knowledge’) successfully represented a pharmacy owner investigated by the General Pharmaceutical Council regarding 10 separate allegations including breaching patient confidentiality, bullying, rudeness, and inappropriate storage and supply of controlled drugs. Senior associate Rachel Warren (β€˜a star of the team’ who β€˜obtains fantastic results for her clients through her case preparation and tactical judgement’) acted for a pharmacy in relation to fitness-to-practice proceedings brought against it by NHS England following the chief pharmacist’s acquittal on seven counts of fraud at the Crown Court.

Next generation lawyers

Rachel Warren - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Finance

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s two-partner team has a strong reputation among IPs (Deloitte, Ernst & Young) and business advisory firms (FRP Advisory, Duff & Phelps) and is consequently regularly involved in a range of significant contentious and non-contentious restructuring and insolvency matters. Simon Ridpath recently acted for the joint administrators on the sale of the business and assets of Peyton & Byrne to French company Sodexo following the loss of contracts including Kew Gardens and the British Library. A β€˜great man to have in a crisis’, Ridpath is also noted for his contentious expertise, where he β€˜combines great legal knowledge, a clear view of the parties’ positions and a pragmatic approach’. Hanh Nguyen is also recommended.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Clients of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP are β€˜very pleased with the quality of advice, responsiveness and cost’ and note that β€˜the lawyers have strong commercial acumen’. They also praise the firm’s β€˜strong experience and good connections in local markets, which allows the team to navigate local law issues with ease’. The firm acts on a mix of mid-market and big-ticket deals and is best known for advising on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, particularly in financial services, retail-sector real estate projects, infrastructure and agribusiness. Its experience covers the full range of debt, equity and property finance transactions for private equity firms, corporates and banks. Adrian Mayer is β€˜a consummate relationship partner and is very attentive and commercial in his approach’. Jon Bond is β€˜very knowledgeable on the finance side and a tough negotiator who acts in his clients’ best interests’. Corporate partners John Fletcher and Hamish Perry are also recommended. Perry advised The Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on a $65m project to select the country’s second mobile network operator. Another highlight saw the firm advise Actis LLP on the disposal of a group structure in Mauritius and Nigeria to Abraaj Group.

Leading individuals

Adrian Mayer - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

With a β€˜very strong’ practice, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’ team specialises in work for AIM-listed clients, such as Prime People, Pennant International Group and Alpha FX. β€˜Commercial and pragmatic thinker’ Martin Griffiths regularly advises clients on EMI share options and the incentives aspects of M&A transactions, including cross-border matters. James Carter heads the team, which includes Helen Coward and Nick Janmohamed.

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The β€˜excellent’ group at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜smart, up to date, pragmatic and supportive’, with expertise in a wide range of employment matters that include TUPE transfers, senior executive exits and severance negotiations. Group head Nick Hurley has been advising Sony on all employment matters, with recent highlights including grievances, TUPE issues arising from transactions and compliance with Gender Pay Gap Reporting regulations. Trevor Bettany defended Drake International and various subsidiaries against a claim alleging breach of duty under TUPE of transfer. Clients single out the β€˜astute’ and β€˜commercially minded’ Michael Powner; β€˜stateman’ David Green; legal director Susan Thomas, who is an β€˜experienced pair of hands’ that provides β€˜hands-on practical advice that works’; and β€˜upcoming talent’ associate Rachel Walsh, who β€˜is great at building strong relationships with clients’. Emma Bartlett, William Granger and consultant Alan Julyan are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Susan Thomas - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is a β€˜first-rate’ firm for business immigration and is commended for its β€˜extensive, up-to-date and relevant industry knowledge’. It regularly handles sponsorship issues, advises Tier 1 investors on complex investment structures, and works closely with the firm’s employment and corporate teams to advise on the impact of M&A transactions on sponsor licences. Team head Rose Carey β€˜exudes professionalism’, is β€˜a known expert in sponsorship matters’ and advises a range of multinational enterprises, as well as acting for Chinese and Russian high-net-worth individuals. Senior associate Paul McCarthy and associate Katherine Dennis are also recommended, alongside tax associate Elena Vasilyeva.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP β€˜provides a good service’ across a broad range of pensions matters, with particular expertise acting for clients in the charities and not-for-profit sector. Team head Michael Jones is regularly instructed in relation to scheme mergers, windings up, and the pensions aspects of M&A transactions, among other areas. Clients single out associate Lee Colgate, who is β€˜efficient and responsive, and knows his stuff’. Associates Esther White and Andy Williams are other names of note. Clients include City & Guilds, Westminster Abbey and the Smith & Williamson Trustees. Jane Wolstenholme is now with the Pensions Regulator.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles work such as rights issues and initial public offerings for various listed funds. Michael Lingens advised Impact Health Partners the IPO of Impact Healthcare REIT – a real estate fund which invests in care homes - on the specialist fund segment, and David Hicks acted for Fidelity Asian Values on a rights issue. Senior counsel Victoria Younghusband advised India Capital Growth Fund on a rights issue which raised Β£23m, while Andrew Collins advised Mithras Investment Trust on several tender offers. Other clients include Circle Properties, Eredene Capital and Mayfair International Capital Management.

Next generation lawyers

David Hicks - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Christopher Page leads on rural business and landed estates work, while Bart Peerless heads the private client side; he is β€˜very knowledgeable’ and shows β€˜great attention to detail’. The team acts for a range of landed estates and ultra-high-net-worth families on a broad array of complex matters, from tax, trusts and property issues to employment and matrimonial matters, often advising on the terms of old trusts (including Settled Land Act settlements) where the trustees own farmland and rural estates, and has a focus on succession planning both in terms of tax mitigation and in terms of ensuring that estates pass down the generations as intended. The team regularly works jointly with the firm’s trust litigation group on contentious matters involving succession to rural estates.

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Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has β€˜a very good reputation’, with the β€˜very sensible’ Suzanne Marriott β€˜highly regarded’; she is β€˜very clear-sighted about her clients’ aims and objectives’ and is noted for β€˜her ability to then use imaginative ideas to come up with solutions’. The β€˜very user-friendly team’ team was pleased to add β€˜outstanding litigator’ Ludovic de Walden to its ranks from Bird & Bird LLP; he is a well-known name in the field of art-related dispute resolution, acting for museums, collectors, dealers, sovereign states, artists’ estates and other industry bodies, and β€˜always tries to get the best for his clients’. Bart Peerless is β€˜very experienced’, and Robert Blower is β€˜fantastic’ at advising art collectors. The team advises a broad client base of dealers, artists, galleries and auction houses in addition to wealthy individuals, on issues ranging from tax planning and escrow and valuation agreements to succession planning and insurance matters. Sotheby’s and The Design Museum are key clients. Highlights included advising the trusteeship of a charitable trust which endows the arts by organising and funding art prizes, exhibitions and collections, on matters including export licences and loan agreements.

Leading individuals

Robert Blower - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a large multi-disciplinary team including the highly regarded Mike Scott and head of the property charity team Lynn Povey. The philanthropy group acts predominantly for founders and funders of charitable and philanthropic ventures, and is headed by John Ward and Andrew Cameron. β€˜Commercially astute and a good tactician’, Roberta Harvey has considerable experience in trust disputes and β€˜really knows her stuff’. The team has been busy advising Eton College on governance issues, real estate matters relating to the college’s property portfolio, and tax structuring and trading company matters; and it continues to act for the Merchant Taylors’ Company and related charities and subsidiary companies on a vast array of real estate, tax and governance matters. Other major clients are Cancer Research, Save the Children and Lord Wandsworth College.

Leading individuals

Mike Scott - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜absolutely top of the tree in terms of its depth of expertise – it can handle everything. The combination of the Guildford and London offices gives it good options in terms of fee structures – this is not necessarily open to other firms with just a London office’. Head of department Graeme Kleiner β€˜really knows his stuff and is fantastically good at soothing troubled waters’. β€˜Excellent tactician’ Roberta Harvey β€˜handles complex matters with great skill’, and Tamasin Perkins is β€˜just excellent with clients. Her determination, good sense and diligence all prove to be a case winner’. The β€˜very knowledgeable and capable’ Duncan Elson has β€˜apparently more than 24 hours in his day, as he manages to be personally involved in all his cases’; and Suzanne Marriott is β€˜outstanding’. The team also has some β€˜superb younger lawyers coming up the ranks’: among the senior associates are the β€˜very calm’ Oliver Auld and Aimee West, who has β€˜a lovely manner with clients’, and associate Jessica Stafford is β€˜very hardworking and has an excellent grasp of the detail’. The team had a busy year working on some of the largest and highest-profile cases both domestically and internationally. In a very large ongoing fraud trial with claims in the Cayman Islands and the US, the team is representing AWAL’s subsidiaries in both jurisdictions. It also successfully represented the respondent to a freezing and asset preservation order obtained by his wife in England during the course of divorce proceedings in Israel - the order was granted ex parte and effectively prevented the client from operating his UK-based business, and the team ultimately had the orders discharged as well as obtaining an order for costs against his wife.

Leading individuals

Graeme Kleiner - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Roberta Harvey - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

Aimee West - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Oliver Auld - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Tamasin Perkins - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a team of β€˜very respected practitioners and is recognised for its particular expertise in international matters and acting for high-net-worth individuals with complicated tax and family arrangements’. The β€˜technically excellent, kind and compassionate’ Suzanne Marriott is β€˜one of the biggest names in the world of Court of Protection and is usually the first choice of professional deputy for disputes concerning wealthy individuals’; she is β€˜really a star in this area’, specialising in cross-border and UK mental capacity matters and regularly acting as an independent deputy for finances, health and welfare where the family is in dispute about residency and the tax implications of losing non-UK residency and domicile. The β€˜calm and enormously experienced’ Duncan Elson has β€˜a good eye for his clients’ priorities and how to achieve these quickly and cleanly’. Senior probate and trust manager Grainne Feeney β€˜is becoming well known for her work in this area. Again, she is technically competent and timely in her responses to any questions raised’.

Leading individuals

Suzanne Marriott - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Sarah Higgins heads a large group of β€˜very talented practitioners’ at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, which is β€˜a top London City family firm. It has a very strong team with real strength and depth across the board’. William Longrigg is β€˜brilliant with clients and has great judgement’. Sarah Anticoni is β€˜loved by clients’ and β€˜adept at guiding them through the tricky waters of litigation, as well as (with her mediation hat on) helping them come to a resolution that works for all parties’. β€˜Good tactician’ Miranda Fisher β€˜works very well for her international clients’, and James Freeman has β€˜a relaxed style which belies his strength and determination on behalf of his clients, who all regard him extremely highly’. The β€˜more or less unflappable’ Sarah Whitten is β€˜superb with clients’, and Richard Collins β€˜fights hard for his clients, 24 hours a day’. Victoria Francis is experienced in complex cases involving offshore assets and trusts, and β€˜combines excellent judgement with superb client care skills’. Tanya Roberts’s β€˜advice is robust, firm but fair’. Erica Shelton is β€˜very effective and efficient’. Also recommended are Grant Howell; and, at senior associate level, Charlotte Posnansky, who has β€˜a very bright future ahead of her: she is hardworking and clients like her very much’, and Sarah Jane Boon, who is β€˜excellent’. β€˜This is a great team that covers all aspects of family law. They work in a collaborative way and can also litigate well on their clients’ behalf.’

Leading individuals

Grant Howell - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

James Freeman - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Miranda Fisher - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Sarah Higgins - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Victoria Francis - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

William Longrigg - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Jane Boon - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Sarah Anticoni at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜one of the leading lights in the London family mediation world. She has a stellar skill set in this area and is able to turn her attentions to all sorts of tricky family situations which result in a positive outcome for all involved. Her family mediation practice has been established for a long time and she has seen almost every sort of scenario going’. Sarah Whitten is also β€˜excellent on mediation’.

Leading individuals

Sarah Anticoni - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has β€˜strong market coverage from old money to entrepreneurs’, and is β€˜a highly respected outfit with a number of outstanding individuals’. Bart Peerless and the β€˜very able’ Piers Master are both β€˜superb and at the top of their game’. William Begley is β€˜measured, confident and pragmatic’, and Andrew Cameron is β€˜excellent at finding practical solutions’. Robert Blower shows β€˜great attention to detail’. Suzanne Marriott is β€˜well known for the big-ticket deputyship work. As well as being technically competent, she is also kind and compassionate, which is a huge advantage when dealing with very vulnerable clients who are under the protection of court’. Nicola Thorpe is β€˜fast becoming another top private client lawyer in the UK’. The β€˜very technical and thorough’ Alice Wilne β€˜is able to articulate issues and potential solutions very clearly so that non-tax colleagues can understand. She has a very good grasp of the key issues and the commercial aspects of each matter. Additionally she is highly responsive and provides an excellent client service’. The large team routinely handles complex cross-disciplinary and cross-border matters, and is adept at handling the full range of matters from tax and trust work for major landed estates and owners of heritage property to advising trustees and other institutions in the UK and offshore. The department β€˜works well across private and corporate clients to provide a holistic service. It combines technical excellence with a very commercial approach, and is a pleasure to work with’. Alison Broadberry is now at Edwin Coe LLP.

Leading individuals

Bart Peerless - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

John Ward - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Robert Blower - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

Alice Wilne - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Nicola Thorpe - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP maintains a broad practice by acting for both mining companies and banks in a vast range of areas including corporate and commercial law, finance and dispute resolution. Capital markets practice head Clive Hopewell and Chris Putt jointly lead the group with the support of Adam Carling, who recently advised Yamana Gold on its offer of purchase rights in Brio Gold, one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, to shareholders in the UK as part of the wider spinning out of Brio from the Yamana group. John Sykes handles commercial and corporate litigation work and represented Oxus Gold in the enforcement of its arbitral award made against the Uzbek government regarding profits made further to the license to mine gold granted by the defendant. The team also acts for Centamin, Randgold, and new clients ECR Minerals and Redstone.

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP recently added Encor Power to its already enviable client roster; it recently advised the new client on its acquisition of Demand Power by a share swap. Construction partner Kevin Forsyth and corporate expert Tim Ball are acting for the operator and owners of a major offshore wind farm in contractual and other legal issues pertaining to the long-term operation and maintenance of the facility, while Chris Putt acted for a Swiss pension fund on the acquisition of a number of solar farms from a global green energy products and services provider. Bouygues also instructed the group, jointly led by Putt and Clive Hopewell, on several deals, including the refinancing of a number of solar energy projects in the UK. Other clients include Aegis, Petrofac and Perpetuus Tidal Energy.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team β€˜provides a gold standard of service’ and has core strengths in property transactions, land obligations under charity law and pensions liabilities, and is also noted for its expertise in commercial transactions and mergers. Lynn Povey is advising Eton College on the management of its property portfolio and is assisting the Merchant Taylors’ School following its merger with Northwood Preparatory School. The group advised the Primary First Trust with the transfer of the Wayfield Primary School into the multi-academy trust following the latter’s Ofsted inspection. Other clients include Charterhouse School and Allied Schools Agency. Mike Scott heads the practice. Senior associate Claire Timmings has β€˜a very clear understanding of the property issues in the academy conversion process’ and provides β€˜clear, practical and solution-oriented advice’.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team is β€˜unrivalled’ in the pharmaceutical sphere, advising pharmacies on regulatory aspects of their relationships with the NHS, as well as providing β€˜second-to-none’ representation in contentious matters including fitness to practise proceedings, tribunal hearings, judicial reviews and prosecutions by the regulator. Michael Lingens advised the Minster Care Group on its Β£153m sale to Impact Healthcare REIT and handled a ground rent sale and leaseback arrangement for CareTech. David Reissner, acting for a group of pharmacy chains, challenged the government’s decision to cut the remuneration of NHS pharmacies. Senior associate Jenin Khanam, who provides β€˜sound legal advice and a customer-focused approach’, has core strengths in the dental sector; she is assisting Oasis Dental Care with several practice acquisitions, which includes advising on TUPE, compliance and property-related matters. National Pharmacy Association, Goddard Veterinary Group and Celesio are also clients. William Nash and the β€˜excellent’ Tim Jenkins jointly head the practice. Senior associate Rachel Warren is β€˜highly sought-after by pharmacy companies due to her excellent technical abilities, hard work and fantastic knowledge of the law and regulation’. Noel Wardle is also recommended. Matthew Newing joined Addleshaw Goddard.

Leading individuals

David Reissner - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

According to one client, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜much more user friendly than other London-based practices and offers a value comparable to smaller provincial practices’. The team has a strong residential-developer client base that includes Bellway and Crest Nicholson Operations, and in one recent mandate Robin Grove acted for Countryside Properties on the acquisition of land for around 800 homes in Ebbsfleet Garden City. The hotel-and-leisure sub-sector is another strength, with the β€˜super experienced, pragmatic and speedy’ Lee Medlock, assisted by β€˜thorough and tenacious’ senior associate Eddie Richards, regularly acting for both Stonegate Pub Company and P&O. In other highlights, practice head Mark Smith handled a major corporate relocation mandate, and investment specialist Simon Ewing advised a high-net-worth individual on various significant acquisitions and divestments.

Next generation lawyers

Eddie Richards - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s β€˜highly responsive service represents good value for money’, and the team continues to enjoy a range of mandates for both contractors and employers. Recent non-contentious highlights include head of practice Steven Carey (who is a β€˜great resource for sound, supportive commercial advice’), acting for Bauer Technologies in relation to the piling and groundworks sub-contract at Battersea Power Station; and development specialist Fiona Edmond advising Derwent London on the redevelopment of the current London headquarters of Publicis Groupe. In other development work, Duncan Salmon is advising Pocket Living on the construction of 89 residential units in Mapleton Crescent, Wandsworth. Tim Raper, who has β€˜very good all round knowledge’, was particularly active on the contentious side, both in relation to domestic and international mandates. Raper’s work took in disputes relating to process engineering projects and nuclear reactor refurbishment. The practice signalled its contentious intent with the promotion of two litigators to the partnership: Michael O’Connor, who is β€˜knowledgeable, commercially minded and very approachable’; and Rupa Lakha, who has β€˜very sound construction understanding’. Clients include Bouygues Construction and Permasteelisa Group.

Leading individuals

Tim Raper - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

Michael O’Connor - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Rupa Lakha - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, β€˜very impressive’ practice head Claire Fallows is β€˜proactive and firm in her recommendations; she doesn’t sit on the fence’. Fallows focuses on large, mixed-use projects in London and major strategic land developments outside the capital; recent highlights include advising The Church Commissioners for England on planning for various sites in Bognor Regis, and assisting Bellway Homes with a section 106 agreement relating to the redevelopment of a site at Cooks Road, Pudding Mill Lane totalling 200 new flats and commercial floor space. Fallows also handled a number of matters in the affordable housing sector, including acting for Pocket Living on the redevelopment of a site in Waltham Forest. Newly promoted partner Helen Hutton, who has significant experience in hydrocarbon planning, continued to advise Europa Oil and Gas (Holdings) on planning issues arising from its hydrocarbon projects in the UK.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP assists lenders and borrowers with financings across a wide range of asset classes, with an emphasis on financing involving private wealth and business owners. The β€˜dogged, no-nonsense’ Daniel Sullivan is β€˜exceptionally good at getting deals done’; he advised Downing as lender on a Β£22m loan for the development of the Β£200m KAO Data Campus. In another data centre highlight, group head Paul Kay assisted Lloyds Bank with its Β£24m financing of the London data centre that is the principal asset of MFC Industrial REIT, the first global REIT to be listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Jon Bond advised Henley Property Finance 404 on a Β£19m loan to finance its redevelopment of a Croydon office block. Other clients include OakNorth Bank, CareTech and Regal Homes.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s β€˜enviable team of excellent individuals’ is led by the β€˜genuinely brilliant’ Robert Highmore and counts the β€˜thoroughly commercial’ Louise Clark, β€˜outstanding lawyer’ Emma Humphreys (who is β€˜extremely down to earth and approachable’) and the β€˜highly practical’ Jeremy Hudson as key practitioners. The group has substantial expertise in leasehold enfranchisement matters, which is a key area of strength for Hudson and the β€˜highly skilled’ James Souter; Hudson recently acted for Howard de Walden Estate, as the freeholder, in a leasehold enfranchisement claim for a lease extension. The team has notable expertise in residential property issues and regeneration project disputes, and is also highly regarded for its urban regeneration, rights of light and telecoms work. The department regularly acts for retail and leisure occupiers, commercial investors, developers and high-net-worth individuals. Aberdeen Asset Management, the Church Commissioners for England, Ballymore Group, Berkeley Group and Dulwich Estate are among its clients.

Leading individuals

Robert Highmore - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜an excellent firm with an exceptional reputation in the market, respected by vendors and purchasers alike’ and its team, led by Ian Cooke, has β€˜an incredible depth of knowledge combined with a practical and no nonsense approach which is reassuring to clients’. Thomas Moran is β€˜a key partner’, who is β€˜calm and knowledgeable and understands the importance of being thorough, while acting quickly, with the end objective always in mind’, and Christian Massey is β€˜technically amazing’. The group has core strengths in advising international clients on high-value purchases, with the majority of clients hailing from the Middle East, Russia and Eastern Europe, and South East Asia. Anita Gill, William Marriott, who is a key name for acting for UK-based clients on country house purchases and estates, and recently promoted partner Sakhjit Randhawa are also noted.

Leading individuals

Thomas Moran - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is a β€˜go-to’ practice for commercial TV broadcasters, with a client list including ITN, ITV, Channel 4 News and Russia Today TV. In a recent highlight, the team successfully acted for the respondent Sky in an appeal pertaining to a breach of confidence claim relating to a music elimination show broadcast on Sky 1. The team is also representing several high-profile claimants in separate phone-hacking claims against News Group Newspapers and Mirror Group Newspapers; and advises Russia Today TV on pre-publication matters, including libel, privacy and compliance issues. Consultant Duncan Lamont leads the department, which includes associate Claire Greaney, who has expertise in telephone interception cases. Nick Armstrong retired in 2016.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a β€˜well-oiled, highly professional legal team’ led by Mary Bagnall, who impresses with her β€˜unfailing efficiency, professional knowledge, sensible advice, and calm and courteous attitude’, and Ian Wood. Trade mark attorney Kate O’Rourke is also recommended. Bagnall’s recent instructions include representing Cadbury in validity proceedings on appeal from the UKIPO relating to its trade mark of the colour purple, and assisting Drake Star Partners with brand clearance searching and trade mark protection. O’Rouke represented Actis in an ongoing dispute with the owner of a Chinese character mark involving cancellation and invalidation proceedings to enable Actis to secure trade mark registration and its ability to use the mark in China. Dogs Trust, Wagamama, Gulf Air and Paddy Power are also key clients.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is involved in a wide range of fintech areas, including but not limited to blockchain, crowdfunding, robo-investment, peer-to-peer lending and financial data control. Though it is particularly active on the regulatory side, the practice often assists fintech start-ups with commercial and fundraising matters. The β€˜thoughtful, personable and holistic’ William Garner, who heads the department jointly with technology expert Mark Bailey, has β€˜deep commercial experience’; his longstanding expertise in broking and trading makes him a reliable adviser to technology companies active in these areas. SETL Development, which uses blockchain for payments and for clearing and settling financial transactions, instructed Garner on all its legal matters, including regulatory advice and its application to use the FCA’s regulatory sandbox. Garner is also increasingly active in advising clients on Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), a form of private fundraising by entities using token issuances. Financial services regulatory expert Kate Troup, who is noted for her experience in banking and investment management, acted for OneRagtime Platform on establishing a crowdfunding investment platform that would allow angel investors to invest in technology start-ups. Troup also advised a high-profile European bank on its robo-investment advice platform for UK clients. Bailey assisted SourceCards, a payments system for the socially disadvantaged, with assorted regulatory advice. Duco and Conferma are additional clients on the regulatory and commercial side.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s β€˜excellent’ group provides a service that β€˜feels like an extension of an in-house’ team. TMT co-head Mark Bailey has notable expertise in IT-related contracts and a particular focus on the financial services sector. Fellow TMT co-head Mark Howard focuses on corporate transactions, cloud computing and managed services. Mark Moncreiffe, who is head of communications, has considerable expertise handling cross-border transactions. Paul Stone, who is a specialist in EU and UK competition law, acted for Gamma Telecom in a dispute with BT over ported calls. Litigator John Sykes focuses on the technology sector, and senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins handles commercial IT matters. Other clients include Carrenza, Lombard Group and Westfield.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP covers all aspects of IP law, acting for clients including Cadbury, Debenhams and Harcourt Developments. The IP practice is jointly headed by Mary Bagnall, who specialises in soft IP and has expertise in brand protection strategies for start-ups and acquisitions, and Ian Wood, who has significant experience in contentious IP and IP strategy implementation. He recently represented Deepak Nitrite in a patent revocation case relating to complex chemicals used for brightening/lightening paper, and acted for The Big Bus Company in a dispute with Ticketogo pertaining to an alleged patent infringement relating to β€˜print at home’ ticket technology. Other recent highlights include acting for Stanley Dock Hotel and Titanic Trademark in a dispute over the name β€˜Titanic’. Jennifer Pierce, who leads the commercialisation and transactional IP practice, recently advised on the sale of Inventive Medical, a wholly owned trading subsidiary of Uclh Charity. Kate O’Rourke, who heads the trade mark portfolio strategy and prosecution practice, is also noted.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises clients within the advertising, marketing, gaming, film and TV sectors on a range of commercial, competition and dispute matters. The team advises Nike European Operations Netherlands on a range of matters and successfully defended Nike on complaints to the Advertising Standards Agency regarding an advertising campaign. Westfield Europe, NCSOFT, YouView, ITV and wagamama are also clients. Mark Howard and Mark Bailey head the TMT practice. Jon Walters handles commercial and regulatory work, with particular expertise in advertising and marketing matters. Paul Stone handles EU and UK competition work. Commercial team head Jason Saiban has expertise spanning the sports, retail and leisure sectors. Senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Jaclyn Wilkins - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP (Computer games; digital media)

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team has excellent strength in depth and β€˜significant market presence’. It has core strengths acting for governing bodies and handling corporate and commercial mandates, but also assists with private client and family work for high-profile athletes. Jonathan Ellis, who jointly heads the practice with Ian Lynam, advised the Independent Review Panel – a commission set up by various global tennis governing bodies, including the ATP, Tennis Australia and the French Tennis Federation – on its review of integrity in tennis, following high-profile media allegations of match-fixing. Indeed, Ellis has a strong line in investigations: he acted for the FA throughout the Hillsborough Inquests. The practice also has strong contentious capabilities: James Eighteen, who made partner in May 2016, defended the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) against the appeals brought against it by three individuals who were handed lifetime bans from athletics for having allegedly extorted money from Lilya Shobukhova for covering up her failed doping tests. Following a successful tender, Eighteen is advising the BHA on redrafting its Rules of Racing manual, and he and Jason Saiban are acting for the Greyhound Board of Great Britain on all its contentious, regulatory and disciplinary matters. On the corporate and commercial side, Lynam and Saiban are handling various sports-related contracts for Nike, including its 15-year kit deal with Chelsea FC, and Lynam acted for Farhad Moshiri on his acquisition of a 49.9% stake in Everton FC. Other clients include Paddy Power Betfair, Premiership Rugby and Cesc Fabregas. Litigator and regulatory equestrian specialist Edward Craig, commercial and regulatory expert Jon Walters, corporate partner Keir Gordon and employment expert Michael Powner are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Ian Lynam - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Jonathan Ellis - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Eighteen - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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