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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

ONE LONDON SQUARE, CROSS LANES, GUILDFORD, SURREY, GU1 1UN, ENGLAND
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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP impresses clients 'with the quality of the advice and the timeliness of the delivery'. It undertakes all aspects of corporate M&A and commercial work including management buyouts, joint ventures and corporate restructures in sectors such as telecoms, technology and healthcare. It acted for the shareholders of Vocality International on the sale of the company to US company Cubic Corporation. It also assisted the Disability Trust with the termination of its joint venture with North Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the sale of its business to the Trust. Geoffrey Sparks leads the team. Catherine Drew  focuses on corporate work in the care homes sector, as does Tim Jenkins,  who is 'very experienced; calm; thoughtful; intelligent; and commercial'. The 'commercial, thorough and excellent project manager'  Jonathan Steele handles a range of acquisition and investment work and senior associate Rebecca Burford stands out for 'her breadth of expertise' and willingness to 'go the extra mile to achieve a successful outcome'.

Next generation lawyers

Rebecca Burford - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team is considered 'strong at partner, senior associate and associate level'. It handles a broad range of corporate and commercial litigation including product, supply, trusts and IP disputes and serves an impressive client base including Fiat Chrysler, ITV, and  Wagamama. It is handling a range of disputes for Swiss Post and for long-standing client Walkers Chocolates. Duncan Elson, who heads the team, 'is frighteningly on top of the law and his analysis of the weak points of ADR awards is fearsome'.  Jamie Cartwright 'is very clear and precise and quickly identifies the key points and addresses them' and Stephen Burns 'provides practical, commercial advice and is very effective in mediation'.

Leading individuals

Duncan Elson - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jamie Cartwright - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's debt recovery offering is part of the firm's wider litigation group and is led by litigation partner Jamie Cartwright. It undertakes contested or complex debt matters rather than bulk work for clients in the automotive industry, as well as for financial and property organisations, often with an international dimension. It handles a variety of debt and litigation matters for British Car Auctions, and is acting for ITV on debt issues arising out of licensing transactions.

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South East: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 's 'experienced' insolvency team is 'frequently involved in high-value insolvency disputes and has strong relationships with insolvency practitioners'. Key areas from the advisory and contentious spectrum include fraud investigations, administrations, restructurings, transactions and non-formal insolvency work, with the retail, restaurant, charity and education sectors being particularly strong throughout 2017. Other specialisms include banking, sports and pharmaceuticals. Most clients come from a corporate background, but the team also engages in individual bankruptcy support. A recent highlight was the representation of RSM Restructuring Advisory as joint liquidator of LBGP during the $3bn winding-up of five collective investment schemes related to the Lehman Brothers insolvency. Prav Reddy ('a delight to work with') advised Nike European Operations Netherlands on a retention-of-title claim concerning the administration of footwear sales company Brantano Retail. Also recommended is team lead James Hyne, while Roger Elford is another main practitioner. Central Bank of Bahrain, Carter Backer Winter and Quantuma form part of the client base.

Leading individuals

James Hyne - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Moore - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Roger Elford - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's 'amazing' team is entrusted with heavy weight advisory matters and disputes from sectors such as financial services, not-for-profit, and TMT including computer games. Ericsson, Zenium Technology Partners and Photo-Me International are among its clients. Its work spans matters ranging from corporate reorganisations and TUPE to discrimination and dismissal actions. In one highlight, it is advising Amundi Asset Management on areas such as restraints of trade, disciplinary matters and employment tribunal litigation. Nick Hurley, who heads the employment, pensions and immigration teams, is 'a strategic superstar who has seen it all before and can always anticipate the other side’s next move'. Ben Smith has a broad range of expertise and 'personally commits to his client’s cause, offering constant reassurance and support'. Other key lawyers include the 'excellent' Andy Williams and associate Emily Chalkley, who is highly regarded for 'her vast legal knowledge and fluency in best practices' and is 'a true up-and-coming talent, who has a wonderful manner and intellect'.

Leading individuals

Nick Hurley - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ben Smith - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has established a strong track record representing claimants in actions against solicitors, accountants, financial advisers and construction professionals. David Savage and Stephen Burns are the key figures the firm's Guildford office; Burns focuses on the financial services sector, while Savage has a particular focus on professional negligence claims against construction professionals. Senior associate Andrew Keeley also acts in professional negligence claims against architects, surveyors and engineers, among other construction professionals. Clients include Cancer Research UK, Royal National Institute of Blind People, and Zenium Technology Partners.

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South East: Private client

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is rated for its 'excellent all-round expertise in charities work'. The practice covers the full range of charities law advice, from property, employment and commercial work to dispute management, for a variety of global and national charities and not-for-profits, including household names such as Barnardo's and Cancer Research UK. Recent work includes assisting the former client with the management of its property portfolio, which involved advising on acquisitions, disposals and licences for alterations. The practice also acts for the Save The Children Fund on property issues. Duncan Elson, who is noted for his track record acting for a schools and religious charities, and Ben Smith, who regularly acts for charities and not-for-profit organisations, head the practice, which includes non-contentious charities expert Sally Ashford and tax specialist George Duncan. Kate Parkinson joined VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards).

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

A 'market leader' for contentious trusts and probate work, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a practice that is 'very approachable, understanding and sensitive to their client’s needs;  legal knowledge and expertise is first class'. Duncan Elson heads the department and is noted for his 'huge wealth of experience and ability to achieve extraordinarily good results for his clients, both in court and in ADR'. Also recommended are Edward Birrell, who joined in February 2017 from Mourant Ozannes and is 'wise beyond his years'; Court of Protection expert Samantha Ewing, who joined in May 2017 from Irwin Mitchell and whose 'in-depth knowledge and strong negotiating skills inspires confidence'; and Rebecca Piper, who is noted for her track record acting for charities in contentious legacy work. The practice handles the full range of contentious work, with notable expertise in family business disputes and cross-border matters involving multiple foreign jurisdictions. Other key figures include Katelyn Silver, who is noted for her ability to 'explain complex legal issues clearly'.

Leading individuals

Duncan Elson - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

Samantha Ewing - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP,¬†'the overall level of service is exceptionally high and advice is strategic but is in line with common sense‚Äô. The team attracts high-net-worth and often well-known clients where substantial assets and the need for discretion are paramount. It also handles nuptial agreements and proceedings under the Children Act. Shona Alexander¬†jointly heads the team with Karen Wilsher,¬†who is singled out as ‚Äėan outstandingly good lawyer who has good client skills and is able to build rapport with even the most difficult of clients‚Äô. Senior associate William Rollin¬†is a ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô lawyer ‚Äėwho can navigate the most complex legal situations‚Äô, and fellow senior associate Felicity Chapman¬†specialises in collaborative lawyer and handles both financial and children's issues arising from relationship breakdowns. Emma Humphreys¬†is also a noteworthy individual.

Leading individuals

Karen Wilsher - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

William Rollin - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team, which is 'approachable and highly skilled', provides a full service private client offering. In addition to its expertise in contentious and non-contentious trusts, estates, tax planning and wealth preservation, it can also draw on the firm's real estate, family and corporate experts as needed. Practice head Sally Ashford is noted for her  'excellent client skills' and 'for working extremely hard to get the right results for her clients and for being a pleasure to work with'. Duncan Elson, who heads the litigation and dispute resolution team, handles a range of complex trusts and estates disputes. Richard Honey, who is noted for handling highly complex estate matters in an 'extremely effective and timely' manner, and Gareth Wallissare other key team members.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team is led by Ingrid Saffin following her arrival in July 2017 from Mundays LLP; Saffin provides 'quick, definitive advice that the client can understand, together with options for moving the matter forward'. Other key practitioners in the team include David Haines and Claire Timmings, who collectively provide 'a first-class service'. Retail and leisure, charities, healthcare and energy are key sector strengths; recent work includes acting for CareTech Holdings on the acquisition of Selborne Care and the team continues to assist Wagamama with portfolio management including disposals, leasing and subletting matters. Debra Kent retired.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's construction practice provides a service that is 'nothing short of excellent; the lawyers are entirely knowledgeable and prompt in all of their dealings, and produce work of great quality'. Its clients span a range of industry sectors, including healthcare, where it acts for clients such as Caring Homes Group; transport, where it regularly handles cross-border mandates; energy, where it acts for the Energy Technologies Institute; and education, among other areas. In an illustration of its multi-jurisdictional workload, practice head David Savage is acting for the Bahrain government's Ministry of Transport & Telecommunications on the procurement strategy for a $1bn redevelopment of Bahrain airport. Other recent highlights include advising Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre on the design and construction of a replacement slipway to mitigate the effects of the Thames Tideway Tunnel works; and assisting Caring Homes Group with ongoing advice on the client's care home portfolio, including its recent acquisition of a 60-bed care home in Surrey. Senior associate Andrew Keeley is 'superb; his breadth of knowledge, calm under pressure, ability to crystallise the nub of disputes and communication skills puts clients at ease'. Also recommended are Kate Knox, who specialises in non-contentious construction and engineering law, and Fiona Thomson, whose expertise covers retail, office, hotel and residential accommodation developments.

Leading individuals

David Savage - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

According to some, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is 'streets ahead' for property litigation; its lawyers are 'of the highest quality and also very approachable, with great knowledge and connections both internally and externally'. Peter Levaggi heads the practice and is 'an exceptional lawyer who combines amazing business acumen and knowledge with deep empathy'. In an illustration of his strength in property insolvency matters, he is acting for the liquidator of Strobe 2 in a claim against the company's former directors arising from losses suffered by the landlords of a number of commercial premises originally let to the company's subsidiaries. Levaggi's other key mandates included acting for the National Crime Agency in the repossession of property from a notorious criminal, which involved working with various statutory agencies and county enforcement to recover property pursuant to a confiscation order; and acting in the settlement of directors' liabilities following the failure of legal expenses funder and claims manager Zuko Legal. David Haines ('an analytical, practical lawyer who plays the long game in a dispute and has a great rapport with clients') is noted for his expertise in commercial landlord and tenant matters; he recently acted for M&P Enterprises in an appeal against a claim for an order terminating the tenancy of hotel premises in London. Richard Flenley has been highly active for property owners on HS2-related work.

Leading individuals

David Haines - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Peter Levaggi - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

Richard Flenley - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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