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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

Although Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s expertise spans a wide range of sectors, the firm has a particularly strong reputation in sport, retail and TMT. Practice head Jason Saiban was lead adviser to Nike on the expiry of its sponsorship deal with Manchester United. Other clients include Westfield, which the team assists with strategic matters and day-to-day issues. David Berry, Natalie Elsborg and Jaclyn Wilkins are also recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s β€˜very effective’ department is led by Paul Henty and the β€˜incisive, thorough’ Paul Stone, who shows β€˜excellent technical knowledge and strategic thinking’; he acted for Celesio to obtain immunity from fines following a CMA investigation into an alleged care home medicines cartel. The team also advised YouView TV on the competition issues surrounding the launch and roll-out of its YouView platform. Other clients include WS Atkins and ITV.

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, team head Jonathan Bayliss handles regulatory work for institutional clients in the private wealth sector. William Garner excels at wholesale trading and markets work, and is advising Morgan Stanley on the regulatory issues associated with access to new trading venues, new products and MiFID II. Former team head Elizabeth Budd joined Pinsent Masons LLP in September 2015.

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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 handled a number of cross-border deals in 2015; Andrew Collins (who is an expert in the financial services and property sectors and regularly advises family offices and owner-managed businesses) acted for MayAir on its admission to AIM, while Mark Howard assisted longstanding client W H Ireland as joint bookrunner on a Β£50m accelerated bookbuild by African low-cost airline FastJet. Practice head Clive Hopewell has the β€˜rare quality of finding commercial solutions whilst remaining firmly within the ambit of sound legal advice’.

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Investment funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Private funds - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Retail funds - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Jointly led by Victoria Younghusband and Keir Gordon, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team handles a variety of investment funds. David Hicks is particularly knowledgeable about closed-ended investment trusts. The firm also has strengths in funds focused on the charities and not-for-profit sector, as well as emerging markets funds. Younghusband assisted VinaCapital with launching Forum One VCG Partners Vietnam Fund, a Luxembourg-authorised UCITS fund investing in Vietnam. Jonathan Bayliss and Kate Troup are also recommended. Elizabeth Budd joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

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M&A: mid-market, Β£50m-Β£250m
M&A: mid-market, Β£50m-Β£250m - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP counts Arqiva, TTT Moneycorp and the Bahamian government among its clients. Tom Shaw heads the team, which includes recommended media expert Martin Wright and Andrew Collins, who acted for The Halsall Family on its Β£56m sale of Silver Cross Nurseries to Fosun International.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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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’ practice head Malcolm MacDougall advised the management team of Blackrock Programme Management on an investment made into the business by Dunedin LLP. MacDougall also acted for the management team of Excellence Logging (led by Bruno Burban and Benoit Debray) on its investment into the company, alongside Blue Water Energy. Adrian Mayer is experienced in private equity investments in emerging markets, particularly sub-Saharan Africa.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP attracts praise for its β€˜commercial and practical’ service, and is able to leverage its strong private wealth credentials to provide assistance to high-net-worth individuals as investors in the venture capital space. Malcolm MacDougall advised Laundrapp on its Β£5m fundraising round. Chris Putt regularly handles work for Kreos Capital in the venture debt space.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The β€˜client-focused’ practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is headed by β€˜extremely dedicated’ litigator Stewart Hey. The firm’s work in this area is becoming increasingly international after various successes acting for the Central Bank of Bahrain.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP defended the joint official liquidators of Awal Bank’s subsidiaries in proceedings concerning fraud, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance, conspiracy and unjust enrichment. Stewart Hey and John Sykes are key contacts.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s practice focuses on the healthcare sector, and is representing pharmacists against the General Pharmacy Council. The practice, which is headed by Noel Wardle and Jonathan Ellis, also handles sports regulatory work. Other key figures include Rachel Warren, who is noted for her β€˜sound analytical advice’, and Susan Hunneyball.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a strong track record advising broadcasting clients. Nick Armstrong, who is the firm’s relationship partner for ITV and BskyB, is defending the latter in a breach of confidence claim. Duncan Lamont is representing several TV actors in voicemail interception litigation.

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London: Finance

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Simon Ridpath β€˜combines great legal knowledge and a pragmatic approach on insolvency litigation’.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜a cost-competitive choice for mid-market transactions’, and is best known for investment deals in sub-Saharan Africa. Adrian Mayer β€˜has a wealth of emerging markets experience and combines that with excellent business sense’. He advised private equity fund Actis on its exit from a Nigerian asset. John Fletcher is also recommended.

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London: Human resources

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s β€˜effective, professional and balanced’ team β€˜gets results which exceed expectations’. The practice is strong in the retail and sport sectors, where it acts for clients including Sports Direct International, Mercedes-Benz GP and Harrods. In an illustration of its growing financial services practice, the firm recently advised Chantry Vellacott on its merger with Moore Stephens. Michael Powner leads the department, which includes William Granger, who leads on senior executive mandates. Clients also single out the β€˜grounded’ Trevor Bettany, the β€˜invaluable’ Nick Hurley, Emma Bartlett, and β€˜superb and tenacious consultant’ Alan Julyan.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s β€˜highly knowledgeable’ group regularly handles Tier 1 (investor) visa applications and has seen a significant increase in instructions from its Russian client base. The team is headed by Rose Carey, who β€˜gets great results’ for clients. Senior associate Tilly Oyetti joined from Magrath LLP in 2016.

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s β€˜considerate and flexible’ team continues to handle advisory work as well as some transactional matters, and β€˜always provides timely and comprehensive advice, even at short notice’. The β€˜extremely professional and pleasantly unstuffy’ Michael Jones leads the practice, which includes the β€˜technically excellent and commercial’ Jane Wolstenholme, who is β€˜the kind of pensions lawyer you want on your side’. Clients include Westminster Abbey, City & Guilds and Civica Group. Penny Cogher joined Irwin Mitchell in mid-2015.

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s multidisciplinary team acts for a range of landed estates and UHNW families; β€˜few firms have the breadth of experience necessary to deal with all the related specialist areas’. Head of private client Bart Peerless leads β€˜a very strong team in this area’. Senior partner Christopher Page heads the rural business and landed estates practice.

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises a broad client base that includes dealers, artists, galleries and auction houses, as well as wealthy individuals. Practice head Suzanne Marriott is highlighted for her tax planning expertise, and is recommended alongside Robert Blower and Bart Peerless, who are β€˜outstandingly good’. Sotheby’s is a key client.

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

The large, multidisciplinary team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP continues to expand with the hire of consultant Mark Harvey, former head of legal at Age UK, and associate Kate Parkinson from the Dogs Trust. They join Mike Scott and Lynn Povey, who co-head the practice and together, are leading advice to the National Museum of the Royal Navy on various projects, including the acquisition and exhibition of historic ships.

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 has β€˜a leading practice, particularly following its merger; it has excellent national links and an extensive international reach’. The sizeable team includes Graeme Kleiner, who is β€˜very capable of dealing with complex and high-end litigation with ease’; the β€˜unflappable’ Duncan Elson; Roberta Harvey, who is β€˜a superb litigator’ on offshore trusts; and the β€˜hardworking’ Tamasin Perkins, who is now a partner. The β€˜immaculate’ Suzanne Marriott and β€˜tenacious and knowledgeable’ senior associate James Lister are also singled out for praise.

Leading individuals

Graeme Kleiner - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Roberta Harvey - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Suzanne Marriott at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is β€˜a real star; she deals with situations that are often emotionally charged calmly, competently and with great authority’. The β€˜specialist team’ advises on the full spectrum of issues and is well known for its work on large estates. Key figures on the contentious side include Tamasin Perkins, who β€˜understands when to be conciliatory and when to fight her clients’ corner’; and Roberta Harvey, who regularly advises trustees, protectors and beneficiaries.

Leading individuals

Suzanne Marriott - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s β€˜immensely experienced team’ is noted for its β€˜very broad range of skills and particular expertise in children and money matters’. Recommended individuals include Victoria Francis, who is β€˜simply superb’ at handling complex cases with offshore assets and trusts; the β€˜phenomenally bright’ James Freeman, who has niche expertise in Anglo-French cases; Richard Collins, who is β€˜a tough litigator with an excellent bedside manner’; the β€˜thorough’ Sarah Higgins, who is particularly strong on financial applications and civil partnership cases; and Sarah Whitten, who has a β€˜first-class brain’.

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

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s Sarah Anticoni is β€˜one of the most experienced mediators around and is able to meet with children and couples and make them all feel at ease’. Sarah Whitten is also singled out for praise; she β€˜manages to engage both parties and is adept at gaining their confidence from the outset’, and is particularly recommended for complex financial matters.

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 is β€˜extremely strong for cross-border private client work’. The β€˜responsive and strategic’ Bart Peerless heads the team, which is also noted for its β€˜sensitive, risk-aware and client-focused approach’. Robert Blower is β€˜very experienced on matters relating to the Middle East’ and Dominic Lawrance is β€˜an excellent adviser to high-net-worth individuals and families, and is particularly adept at US/UK engagements’. The β€˜very able’ Piers Master and Suzanne Marriott are β€˜vastly experienced’ and Andrew Cameron is β€˜readily able to come up with pragmatic solutions to problems as they arise’.

Leading individuals

Bart Peerless - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

John Ward - 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’s team is jointly led by Chris Putt and the β€˜very experienced’ Clive Hopewell (who also heads the firm’s capital markets group), and is noted for its β€˜excellent service and very good knowledge’. Clients include banks and financial advisers, as well as FTSE 100 gold miners such as Randgold Resources.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Lynn Povey at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advised Merchant Taylor’s School on its merger with Northwood Preparatory School. The team is regularly instructed to handle the real estate aspects of academy transfers. Practice head Mike Scott is another name to note.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is best known for its expertise in the pharmacy space; the β€˜talented’ David Reissner assisted Sainsbury’s Supermarkets with the sale of its pharmacy chain to Lloyds Pharmacy. Matthew Newing is advising Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnerships on a new mental health in-patient hospital facility for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. Tim Jenkins and William Nash jointly head the team.

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 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is perhaps best known for its expertise in the housebuilding sector and the team was once again active in this regard on behalf of Pocket Living. On the investment side, Lee Medlock and Louise Ward acted for Stonegate Pub Company on its acquisition of 53 pubs from Tattershall Castle Group. Mark Smith heads the team, in which Simon Ewing leads on transactional work.

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The β€˜exceptionally tenacious’ Steven Carey heads the practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, which attracts β€˜quality work and does a quality job’. Key figures include Tim Raper, who has β€˜bags of experience’, and non-contentious specialist Duncan Salmon, who is advising Greenwich Millennium Village on the latest phase of its regeneration scheme. Derwent London and Mace are also active clients.

Leading individuals

Tim Raper - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides β€˜a good level of service and regular reporting’ under the leadership of Claire Fallows. On behalf of key client The Church Commissioners for England, the team advised on the promotion of a major urban extension in Hereford. Senior associate Helen Hutton has significant experience in hydrocarbon planning.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s practice is jointly led by Jon Bond, Daniel Sullivan and Paul Kay. Bond advised Lloyds TSB Bank on a facility to finance Coulby Newham’s purchase of a shopping centre, and assisted Ahli Bank with Β£25m-worth of loans to investors in London property.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a β€˜very strong’ practice; it is β€˜more approachable, responsive and willing to understand us’, according to one client. Dulwich Estate, Berkeley Group and Derwent London plc are clients. Practice head Robert Highmore gives β€˜exceptional legal advice’ and the five specialist partners β€˜function as a true team’; these include β€˜pragmatic’ Louise Clark and Emma Humphreys, who has a β€˜very commercial and no-nonsense approach’. Graham Ling retired.

Leading individuals

Robert Highmore - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, trade mark and design filing and prosecution head Kate O’Rourke acts for clients including leather goods manufacturer Tanner Krolle and sparkling wine producer Nyetimber. On the contentious front, Mary Bagnall advised Cadbury on the protection of β€œCadbury Purple” and represented Nike in several trade mark disputes.

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The β€˜fantastic’ team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is noted for its β€˜combination of data privacy expertise with a practical sensibility’. Practice head Robert Bond is advising Actavis (now Allergan) on data protection issues arising from its acquisitions. Other clients include Cray Super Computers, Canopius and Nike.

Leading individuals

Robert Bond - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s TMT department is headed by Mark Bailey and Mark Howard and is β€˜a pleasure to work with’. Howard advised IT Lab on the acquisition of IT provider JMC, and Bailey acted for Lombard and Harrods. Other highlights included advising the government of The Bahamas on its search for a second mobile cellular operator.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a tremendous record in trade mark litigation; Mary Bagnall has β€˜an up-to-date knowledge of the intricacies of trade mark law’ and β€˜a fantastic eye for detail’. Bagnall continues to represent Cadbury in the protection of β€œCadbury Purple”. Practice head Ian Wood advised Sandvik on potential claims for patent infringement against Crusher Manganese Steels. Jonathan Radcliffe joined Reed Smith LLP in May 2016.

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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’s practice is β€˜very commercial and has in-depth industry experience’. Key names include Jason Saiban, who advises Nike on advertising, promotions and sponsorship, and is acting for MMORPG developer NCSOFT on a broad range of matters related to the European roll out of its games; the β€˜very knowledgeable and responsive’ Mark Moncreiffe, who counts ITV among his clients; Keir Gordon, who is acting for Falmouth University on its video games and media incubation programme Alacrity; and senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s β€˜fantastic’ 13-partner team is supported by a strong associate group, and is duly considered β€˜one of the top sports groups in the UK’. β€˜Commercial dealmaker’ Ian Lynam’s β€˜knowledge of football contracts is huge’; he handled Raheem Sterling’s transfer to Manchester City FC in 2015. Jonathan Ellis, who is β€˜technically excellent and extremely responsive’, heads the team with Lynam; the duo handle regulatory and disciplinary matters for Premiership Rugby. Jon Walters leads the firm’s commercial advice to the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), which included assisting with the introduction of central contracts. James Eighteen provides β€˜quick, reasoned and sensible advice’.

Leading individuals

Ian Lynam - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Jonathan Ellis - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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