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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, London and 4 more

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's market-leading reputation for sports law makes the area one of the bedrocks of its commercial contracts practice. The firm's offering in this space was bolstered by the arrival of the team from commercial sports law boutique Couchmans following a high-profile merger in January 2018; Nic Couchman, Nick White Jody MacDonald and Satish Khandke moved across. A group including practice head Jason Saiban, Megan Paul (who was hired in 2017 from Mayer Brown International LLP ) and associate Richard Davies acts as Nike's primary legal advisers in the UK; recent work included assisting the client with the rollout of its cutting-edge omnichannel offering and assisting with event staging arrangements for the World Championships in Athletics 2017. Elsewhere, the firm also has an outstanding reputation in the retail and TMT sectors, as is evidenced by the fact that its client roster includes names such as Westfield, Harrods and ITV. David Berry handles commercial contracts with a nexus to the IT, financial services and energy/natural resources sectors. He also heads up the firm's cleantech and renewables group, and has also developed an interest in the role of technology across a wide range of industries. Jaclyn Wilkins and Mark Bailey are other key figures. Ian Lynam and Jon Walters departed for Northridge Law.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The 'excellent' team at¬†Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†is jointly headed by¬†Paul Henty¬†and¬†Paul Stone¬†.¬†Henty has over 15 years‚Äô experience advising on cartel law, abuse of dominance, merger control and state aid, and recently advised on the merger control and antitrust due diligence aspects of Wisdom Tree Investments‚Äô acquisition of exchange-traded securities, funds and commodities provider ETFS. The ‚Äėefficient and effective‚Äô Stone acted for Gamma Communications in relation to the appeal to the CAT against Ofcom‚Äôs decision in the Business Connectivity Market Review 2016. Other recent significant EU and competition projects were handled for ITV, Ineos and the British Orthodontic Society.

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

'In addition to providing excellent and up-to-date regulatory advice', Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'sets itself apart from others by providing a personalised and hands-on approach'. Able to draw on the expertise of the firm’s private client practice, the team has a particular focus on regulatory issues impacting the private banking and wealth management sector. Praised for her 'sound and pragmatic advice', Kate Troup is particularly accomplished at work in this area and regularly provides regulatory structuring advice to banks to ensure that lending facilities are consistent with the regulations affecting consumer credit and mortgages. Jonathan Bayliss is also well-versed at regulatory issues within the private banking and wealth management sector; he regularly assists on the structuring and establishment of  investment funds including his recent work for ShadowFall Capital & Research on the formation of a Cayman domiciled hedge fund and on all related UK regulatory aspects. William Garner has a focus on UK and EU regulations affecting the wholesale trading and markets sector; he recently assisted NFEx Markets on the establishment of the platform and on the authorisation process to become a multilateral trading venue. Other clients include London Stock Exchange, St James's Place and McInroy and Wood.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team is increasingly active in providing advice to family businesses, entrepreneurs and business owners on the use of AIM fundraising transactions as a means to finance their growth plans. On the regulatory front, it has also been assisting brokers and AIM-listed companies with managing the impact of European regulations, such as the Market Abuse Regulation and MiFID II. The firm generates work from clients across a number of industries, particularly technology, investment trusts, financial services and natural resources. In the healthcare sector, in 2017, Michael Lingens acted for Minster Care Group in the £160m IPO of Impact Healthcare REIT Plc and its admission to trading on the Specialist Fund Segment of the Main Market. Paul Arathoon and Andrew Clarke advised Alpha FX Group Plc on its £30m AIM IPO. Other clients include fastjet Plc, Taptica International, Liberum Capital and WH Ireland. Andrew Collins leads the team, which also includes Victoria Younghusband, Chris Putt, Mark Howard and senior associate Tom Smitham. Clive Hopewell and Adam Carling joined Bird & Bird LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Paul Arathoon - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is focused particularly on the TMT, healthcare, real estate, financial services, retail and leisure sectors. Highlights included Mark Howard advising IFS AB on the purchase of mpl systems; Andrew Collins acting for Coex Partners on the sale of the company to TP ICAP; and Michael Lingens advising CareTech on its £17m acquisition of Selborne Care. The team also specialises in the private wealth sphere, acting for a number of entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses; Keir Gordon recently advised the co-founders of Triple Red, a supplier of water purification systems, among other items, on the £17m sale of the company to Edstrom UK Holdings, and David Coates assisted privately owned chemicals company Ineos Holdings on its acquisition of Belstaff. Chris Putt leads the team, which also includes Martin Wright, Andrew Clarke, David Hicks and Hamish Perry. Crest Nicholson, Bellway Homes and Zenium Technology Partners are also key clients.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†has particular expertise in the use of partnerships within fund structures, but also handles partnership work for LLPs and disputes across all partnership types. The group is often call upon to advise financial services LLPs on governance and transactional matters as well as structuring. On the contentious side, it is instructed on partner expulsions, retirements, exclusions and dismissals. The team is led by William Granger¬†who is ‚Äėexcellent with clients‚Äô and has ‚Äėstrengthened his partnership and LLP expertise‚Äô in recent years. Highlights for the group included advising Crest Nicholson Operation on the establishment of a joint venture, structured as a partnership with A2 Dominion Developments in order to promote the development of the North West Bicester Eco-Town. Also recommended are David Hicks, for his expertise in partnership advisory work in the financial services sector, and James Carter, who has significant knowledge in partnership taxation.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is praised by clients for its 'high level of partner engagement, strong commercial focus and solution-driven attitude, which is married with a strong technical base'. Practice head Malcolm MacDougall is 'focused on getting the deal done'. 2017 was a strong year for the team, with it winning work from new clients such as Rockpool Investments and Apposite Capital. In addition to acting for private equity houses, the group also undertakes transactional work for management teams and investee companies. MacDougall, Richard Coleman and others acted for the shareholders and management team of Black Rock Programme Management in the £161.5m investment by Intermediate Capital Group. Another matter involved Keir Gordon, legal director Deborah Robson and associate Darren Marley advising Zenium Group (which was backed by Soros Private Equity Partners) on selling its Turkish data centres to Equinix for $97m, and then advising the client's shareholders on the sale of Zenium Group to CyrusOne Dutch Holdings. Andrew Clarke and Adam Crossley are the other key partners in MacDougall's team, which also includes senior associates Lucy Thorpe and Chris Manning.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Leveraging the firm's private wealth expertise, as well as its sector expertise across TMT, retail and sports,¬†Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†'s sweet-spot lies in advising high-net-worth investors and family offices investing in start-ups on their own or in collaboration with traditional venture capital funds.¬†¬†Malcolm MacDougall¬†recently advised¬†KERN Ventures, a syndicate of private investors, on their investment in Gojumpin, a trampoline park operator.¬†Chris Putt¬†is also recommended, and as well as his representation of Bonsai Capital on a series of early-stage life sciences investments, also continues to advise venture debt provider, Kreos Capital, on numerous transactions including on a ‚ā¨15m senior secured loan facility to Kiadis Pharma. Other clients include Bestport Ventures, Shore Capital, Takumi and Shore Capital.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

‚ÄėHigh-powered litigation practice‚Äô Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†is ‚Äėable to compete with the big firms, particularly in international fraud cases‚Äô. Clients include multinational corporates, regulators, firms of professional advisers and high-net-worth individuals. The team successfully defended the joint official liquidators of Awal Bank against allegations of fraud, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance, and conspiracy and unjust enrichment.¬†Stewart Hey¬†heads the team and is ‚Äėclever, commercial and tough as nails‚Äô. Legal director Charlotte Pender¬†is ‚Äėsmart and easy to deal with‚Äô. James Hyne¬†is also recommended.

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP merged with sports law boutique Couchmans in 2018. Recent cases for the practice include disputes in the technology, telecoms, financial services and mining sectors, as well as energy, aviation, retail and sporting regulatory matters. It acted for Cyclone Promotions in its claim against a professional boxer for breach of a promotional contract. Stewart Hey heads the firm's commercial dispute resolution department; John Sykes  is well known for shareholder litigation; and Edward Craig heads the firm's retail and leisure sector group, but his broader commercial contentious practice includes advising sports regulatory bodies.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is 'uniquely placed to deal with the plethora of issues that arise during cases'. The healthcare team is best known for its work advising pharmacists and pharmacy owners, including fitness to practise proceedings, particularly before the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC); acting at NHS tribunal hearings, administrative law and judicial reviews, and health sector crime; and advising other healthcare professionals on professional discipline matters, including doctors and dentists. The firm also has expertise in acting for sports governing bodies in disciplinary proceedings as well as major cases where the integrity of sport is threatened by corruption, doping or betting; and in 2018, it merged with sports law boutique Couchmans. Recent work included advising a pharmacist who faces fitness to practise proceedings brought against him by the GPhC for allegedly acting dishonestly. Guildford-based healthcare regulatory head Noel Wardle  'provides clear measured advice in his cases and has fantastic knowledge of pharmacy law and practice'; and David Reissner appears regularly as a solicitor advocate at NHS hearings and in fitness to practise proceedings at the GPhC. Also in Guildford, legal director Rachel Warren is 'a fantastic solicitor who provides clear, timely legal and practical advice and is the sort of solicitor every client hopes to get'; and Susan Hunneyball is a highly regarded senior associate. Jonathan Ellis joined Northridge Law.

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 handles a broad array of contentious and non-contentious personal and corporate insolvency work on behalf of IPs, lenders, companies, directors and stakeholders. Noted, amongst other things, for his fraud-related insolvency expertise, Simon Ridpath is acting for the Special Administrator of Gibraltar incorporated financial services company Advalorem Value Asset Fund to investigate and advise in respect of claims against the company’s former advisors. Hanh Nguyen is also recommended across a wide array of formal insolvency and corporate restructuring work, including work within the retail sector where she has handled numerous administrations.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is 'a very strong, well rounded firm with a good array of experts in this field'. Clients report 'very high quality and service of a level comparable with any top UK firm'. The practice is best-known for its advice on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, particularly in the financial services, real estate, retail, infrastructure and agricultural sectors. It handles a broad range of mid-market and big-ticket deals, which last year included advising AIM-listed fastjet plc on a $44m fundraising to expand its operations into South Africa and Mozambique, and to access three ATR 72-600 aircraft for ten years. For Barbados National Oil Company, the firm helped to negotiate terms for two joint operating agreements with BHP Billiton relating oil and gas exploration of the Carlisle Bay and Bimshire offshore blocks. Adrian Mayer is the key partner in the practice and clients describe him as 'exceptionally intelligent and very client-friendly'. The firm has many partners involved in emerging markets projects, including head of financial services Jon Bond; corporate partners Hamish Perry and David Berry, who frequently handle deals in the Caribbean; and corporate finance specialist Keir Gordon. John Fletcher retired.

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

James Carter and Martin Griffiths jointly lead the department at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, which excels in advising AIM listed clients and has notable expertise in advising on tax efficient schemes that are alternatives to EMI plans. Clients span the technology, energy, finance, retail, recruitment and finance sectors; examples include Pennant International, Prime People and Alpha FX Group. Highlights included acting for Centamin on the creation of its performance share plan, assisting Ivory Worldwide with the establishment of an EMI option scheme and handling Social Communications Group's implementation of an EMI share option scheme. Robert Birchall made partner in 2018.

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is praised for its 'outstanding technical knowledge, attention to detail and strong business sense and industry awareness' enabling it to 'really get to know its clients and ensure the right risk balance is taken'. Practice head Nick Hurley has 'a deep understanding of the issues and dynamics of the market' and 'combines practical and sensible advice with a brilliant approach'; he recently advised Amundi Asset Management on the employment elements of its acquisition of Pioneer from UniCredit and regularly handles employment litigation including discrimination claims, whistleblowing issues and TUPE-related disputes. Other key individuals include Trevor Bettany, who is recommended for project management issues; Michael Powner, charity sector specialist David Green, Emma Bartlett and 'outstanding' legal director Susan Thomas. Alan Julyan retired.

Next generation lawyers

Susan Thomas - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†regularly acts for corporate and individual clients on a range of business-related immigration issues. Its corporate client base includes names such as Wagamama, Sports Direct, Harrods, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, Mercedes, Pole Star Group and Cobb Europe are among the firm‚Äôs clients. ‚ÄėExceptional‚Äô department head Rose Carey¬†acts for a range of multinational enterprises and high-net-worth individuals on a range of PBS and non-PBS matters, and is noted for her experience in acting for Russian and Chinese high-net-worth clients with business interests in the UK. Senior associate Paul McCarthy¬†acts for a range of clients on Tier 1 (exceptional talent, investor and entrepreneur) applications as well as, Tier 2, Tier 4 and Tier 5 matters; he also acts for corporate and individual clients on right to work and right to rent legislation and handles Tier 2 sponsor licences. Associate Katherine Dennis¬†regularly advises private and corporate clients across business and personal immigration law issues covering PBS, spouse and partner applications, EEA issues, nationality and settlement; and has particular expertise in Tier 2 sponsorship, partner visa applications and Tier 1 investor applications. Tax associate Elena Vasilyeva¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Rose Carey - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

Paul McCarthy - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides 'good practical pensions advice' across funding issues, risk reduction, M&A, restructurings, regulator work, pre-pack arrangements and compliance mandates with substantial experience in the charity and not-for-profit sectors. Recent highlights include advising a client in the education sector on the pensions elements of its transfer to academy status, assisting a telecoms client with the pensions aspects of a corporate restructuring and handling the transferral of pensions liabilities for a motor trading client. Other clients include Westminster Abbey, Ericsson and PS Independent Trustee. Michael Jones leads the department, which also includes senior associates Lee Colgate and Esther White, and legal director Andy Williams.

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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 various advice for brokers and funds, including ones listed on AIM as opposed to the specialist funds segment. Victoria Younghusband advised India Capital Growth Fund on its upgrade from AIM to the main market, without additional fundraising. Andrew Collins advised Chelverton Small Companies Dividend Trust on an issuance of zero-dividend preference shares. As far as advising service providers is concerned, Younghusband advised Grant Thornton as NOMAD and Cantor Fitzgerald and Mirabaud Securities as joint bookrunners and brokers of a placing of shares by Duke Royalty simultaneous to its return to AIM following the suspension of its shares. Other clients include The People's Investment Trust, which the firm advised on its proposed IPO.

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†¬†has a large team that advises clients across its three UK offices on all aspects of agricultural and rural estates matters. It often advises on the terms of old trusts (including Settled Land Act settlements) where the trustees own farmland and rural estates. The ‚Äėexceptional and reassuring‚Äô Bart Peerless¬† heads the private client division and adopts a ‚Äėpragmatic approach to solving problems‚Äô. Christopher Page¬† heads the rural business and landed estate sector. The team is recommended for its work in succession planning both in terms of tax mitigation and at ensuring that estates pass down the generations as intended. The department also works closely with the firm‚Äôs trust litigation team. Thomas Mor√§n¬†regularly acts for UK and foreign clients on the acquisition and disposal of agricultural property and James Bradford¬†is recommended for his advice on various matters such as tax and succession issues that affect rural estates. Christian Massey¬† has considerable experience of handling a wide range of issues for landed estates. He is also well regarded for his work on agricultural and country house property transactions.

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô¬†Suzanne Marriott¬†at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†heads the arts group and Edward Craig¬† heads the retail and leisure group. Marriott advises individuals, landed estates and charitable trusts where art is part of their assets on diverse issues from cross-border and UK tax planning to tax reliefs on art. Robert Blower¬† is ‚Äėsuperb on heritage matters‚Äô and the ‚Äėvery focused‚ÄôAndrew Cameron¬† is also recommended. For art-related dispute resolution Ludovic de Walden¬† is described as ‚Äėone of the best in his field about everything related to art‚Äô. The team advises a broad client base of dealers, artists, galleries and auction houses as well as wealthy individuals on a diverse range of issues from tax planning, escrow and valuation agreements to succession planning and insurance matters. The National Museum of the Royal Navy is an important client. In a key matter the team acts as a trustee of a charitable trust which endows the Arts, organises and funds art prizes and helps with exhibitions and the collections of leading museums and galleries throughout the UK. The firm is well placed to provide the full range of advisory, transactional and dispute resolution services to clients in this specialist area.

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

Lynn Povey¬†¬†heads a team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬† that ‚Äėunderstands the charity sector intuitively and is sensitive to the pressures that charities are operating under‚Äô. Povey is adept at leading multi-disciplinary teams on complex charity transactions and is experienced at advising on property and development projects for charities. Consultant Mike Scott¬† has considerable experience of dealing with all issues surrounding charitable and not-for-profit organisations. Other members of the ‚Äėfirst-class team‚Äô include senior associate¬† Sarah Rowley, who is a ‚Äėpleasure to work with, efficient and attuned to the needs of her charity clients‚Äô. The team continues to work closely with the National Museum of the Royal Navy on various projects including on the acquisition of HMS Warrior from the Warrior Preservation Trust Ltd. It also continues to advise Save the Children on all aspects of the management of its property portfolio. The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and Cancer Research UK are other important clients.

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¬†¬†fields a ‚Äėlarge team of extremely capable and able lawyers which has an extremely high standing in the market‚Äô. Key figures include¬†Graeme Kleiner¬†(‚Äėa¬†master strategist and established figure in the world of international trust litigation');¬†the ‚Äėcalm, collected and clear-thinking‚Äô¬†Duncan Elson¬†‚Äėmasters the detail and cuts through the complexities of the case‚Äô; Roberta Harvey,¬†who is ‚Äėtechnically strong and very pragmatic‚Äô; and the ‚Äėvery bright‚Äô Tamasin Perkins, who is ‚Äėalways on top of the detail of each case‚Äô. At senior associate level¬†Jessica Stafford¬† is 'strong on domestic and international work with a wealth of offshore experience‚Äô, and Oliver Auld¬† is a ‚Äėfuture high-flier; calm and unflappable, with an excellent manner with clients‚Äô. Highlights included acting for Alan Shearer CBE in relation to claims against his former financial adviser and former pension provider arising from investment losses valued at ¬£9m. The executors of the estate of the late Christine Collins are other major clients. The department also acts on a large number of contentious probate disputes for Cancer Research UK and for a number of other nationally renowned charities.

Leading individuals

Duncan Elson - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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's¬†Suzanne Marriott¬† has a ‚Äėlong history of acting in this area which gives her and the team an unrivalled depth of expertise‚Äô. The ‚Äėknowledgeable‚Äô Sally Ashford¬† has ‚Äėan ability to explain complex matters in a way that is straightforward and understandable‚Äô. Marriott is a member of the Solicitors for the Elderly and both Ashford and Marriott are members of the STEP special interest group on mental capacity. Duncan Elson has a ‚Äėgreat deal of gravitas‚Äô. Anita Gill¬†left the team to join Kingsley Napley LLP¬†.

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 team is headed by¬†the ‚Äėcalm and fiercely intelligent‚Äô¬†Sarah Higgins. William Longrigg¬† has a ‚Äėvery high profile in the international family law world and attracts some very large cases‚Äô. James Freeman¬† ‚Äėfights his clients‚Äô cases with skill and expertise and is totally solution-focused‚Äô.¬†Miranda Fisher¬† acts for¬†HNWIs from overseas as well as a number of Premiership footballers. The ‚Äėvery calm' James Riby¬†has a ‚Äôgood head for figures‚Äô. Sarah Anticoni¬†has a ‚Äėgreat reputation‚Äô and the ‚Äėdynamic and clever‚Äô Jamie Kennaugh¬†is a newly promoted partner. Senior associate Joshua Green¬† is ‚Äėextremely hardworking and is a rising star‚Äô. The team has particular expertise in the sports and media sectors and regularly acts for actors, musicians and other media and sports stars. Victoria Francis has left the firm.

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

William Longrigg - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

Joshua Green - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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 ‚Äėone of the most seasoned mediators in the London family law circuit. Her mediation skills are undoubted and she has handled some of the trickiest mediations with impressive outcomes. She knows how to get the best results for her clients‚Äô. Anticoni is ‚Äėvery impressive in high conflict situations. If there were more like Sarah, there would be much less need for litigation‚Äô. Sarah Whitten¬†is also ‚Äėvery experienced and sensible‚Äô.

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 an ‚Äėexcellent and responsive team that looks to work collaboratively with other professional advisers to provide a holistic service‚Äô. The large team has a number of ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô practitioners. Bart Peerless is ‚Äėexceptionally able technically and has a complete grasp of the increasingly complex tax laws that affect most trusts and estates‚Äô. Piers Master¬†has an ‚Äėexcellent technical knowledge of the tax issues that face resident non-domiciled clients. He is sensitive to cross-border tax issues and knowledgeable about international succession matters‚Äô. William Begley¬†has a ‚Äėvery relaxed manner which belies his sharp intellect‚Äô and James Trafford¬†‚Äėgets to the heart of the problem quickly‚Äô.¬†Robert Blower¬†‚Äėthinks each problem through to come up with an often ingenious solution‚Äô and Nicola Thorpe¬†is ‚Äėvery experienced in offshore trusts and tax‚Äô. Andrew Cameron¬†is ‚Äėproactive and very client orientated‚Äô and newly promoted partner¬†Sangna Chauhan¬†has ‚Äėgreat technical skills combined with a human touch‚Äô. John Ward¬† specialises in providing UK and international tax and estate planning advice to UK and international families.¬† The department advises on the full range of tax and trust matters for major landed estates and owners of heritage property in addition to advising trustees and other entities in the UK and offshore. This is ‚Äėdefinitely a firm that can handle all issues on time with due regard to the practical demands of each client‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Bart Peerless - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

John Ward - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Robert Blower - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

William Begley - 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 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The full-range mining practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP services a client roster of mining companies, banks and investors in commercial law, corporate M&A, dispute resolution and project financing issues. On the contentious front, one of the main names to note is John Sykes who specialises in international commercial disputes but also handles arbitration and mediation cases. Clients rely on Chris Putt for corporate finance and complex governance matters. Adam Carling and Clive Hopewell departed to join Bird & Bird LLP .

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 's Chris Putt has a strong track record in domestic and international corporate finance transactions; he jointly heads the power outfit with David Berry who specialises in corporate and commercial mandates such as joint ventures, outsourcing and long-term commercial relationships. The Energy Technologies Institute instructed the group to oversee the funding, design, build, testing and commercialisation of a waste gasification plant in partnership with a co-funding technology provider, and Berry acted for Bellway Homes in its negotiation of an ESA with Engie to operate a district heating system for a residence connected to the biomass-fuelled combined heating and power plant. Kevin Forsyth renewed the entire operation and maintenance agreements for the next ten years on behalf of the owning consortium and operator of a major offshore wind farm. Other notable clients include Tim Ball and construction expert David Savage .

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London: Public sector

Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team is 'consistently outstanding' for comprehensive advice and senior partner engagement. Lynn Povey, who has a focus on charities and property law, heads the practice and employment specialist Ben Smith is noted for providing 'timely and effective guidance and action'. The group provides multi-disciplinary services and broad charity law expertise to clients such as Eton College, the City and Guilds of London Institute and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. In recent work, it is advising education sector clients on refinancing matters, governance and contractual issues and real estate sales.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†continues to be a dominant force in the market; the practices's particular expertise in pharmacy law has certainly helped it stand-out in the market and¬†attract key clients in the¬†pharmaceutical sector.¬†¬†Tim Jenkins¬† jointly lead the practise which includes David Reissner¬† and¬†Noel Wardle¬†both of whom¬† have ‚Äėunrivalled‚Äô expertise in pharmacy and healthcare regulatory law. Wardle is currently advising a large online pharmacy company on multiple challenges relating to its online operations in several jurisdictions. Michael Lingens¬†‚Äôs notable expertise in corporate finance and transactional work includes advising the shareholders of Minster and Croftwood Care Groups on the ¬£149m sale and leaseback of 56 elderly residential care homes to Impact Healthcare REIT plc. Jenkins assisted Juno Health Ltd purchase of the entire issued share capital of Ashchem Chemists, a group of 15 pharmacies in North-East England. Jonathan Steele continues to advise BUPA Dental Care and Dentex Healthcare Group on M&A work.

Leading individuals

David Reissner - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†has developed ‚Äėan excellent reputation‚Äô for advising overseas investors and high-net-worth individuals. Headed by Mark Smith, the team exhibits ‚Äėa unique sense of commercialism and overall cohesion‚Äô, which makes it the preferred firm of some clients for portfolio transactions, development projects and corporate occupancy requirements. Development highlights have included Lynn Povey¬†advising City of London Corporation on the land swap agreements and leasehold structures to facilitate the development of the Leadenhall Triangle, and Simon Ewing¬†assisting Salamanca with the purchase of a brownfield development site. Smith has also acted for Zenium Technology Partners in multiple data centre investment transactions, and Lee Medlock¬†handled a number of strategic portfolio deals for Stonegate Pub Company. The team has also handled HQ letting mandates for a household named sporting company and a major UK media and telecoms group. Robin Grove¬†and senior associates Ruby Dalal¬†and Eddie Richards¬†are also recommended. Melville Rodrigues, who has expertise in real estate investment funds, joined from CMS.

Next generation lawyers

Eddie Richards - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The ‚ÄėVery approachable, commercially astute, pragmatic and clear‚Äô¬†Steven Carey¬†leads the construction team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Fiona Edmond¬†advises central London commercial developers on a wide range of construction projects and property transactions, including office and mixed-use developments, for both purchaser and vendor. Edmond also brings expertise in acting for data centre providers and landlords on the development of science parks. Recent work has ranged from projects as diverse as the Wembley National Stadium, the Opus Business Bay in Dubai and a mixed-use development in Ghana. Contentious clients include Derwent London PLC, Countryside Properties, Howard de Walden Estate and Crest Nicholson in the development sector; and Bouygues Construction, Thyssenkrupp Group, Permasteelisa Group, WS Atkins Plc, Ferrovial Aggroman, Mace Group, Tata Steel in international construction. Two senior associates were recently made up to partner: Rupa Lakha¬†and Michael O‚ÄôConnor,¬†who is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable, commercial, collaborative and invests his time to get to know the business so that he can advise appropriately.‚Äô On the non-contentious side, O‚ÄôConnor has been advising the Dover Harbour Board on its ¬£250m flagship redevelopment for the Port of Dover, consisting of a new cargo terminal, and new marina pier.

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's planning team is led by the ‚Äėextremely practical and wholly unflappable‚Äô Claire Fallows¬†and has a particular focus on major London regeneration schemes and strategic land projects for developers and landowners. Recent highlights include working on the planning application for the redevelopment of the ITV headquarters on the South Bank, and handling a number of major projects and urban extensions for the Church Commissioners for England, such as negotiating the s106 agreement for the planning and listed building applications of a new library in the grounds of the Grade 1 listed Lambeth Palace. Newly promoted partner¬†Helen Hutton¬†has ‚Äėan excellent grasp of detail, working tirelessly to deliver on client¬†expectations‚Äô; she specialises in hydrocarbon projects, urban extensions, large-scale development projects and investment schemes. Hutton's recent work includes acting for Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) on various planning consents over the past six years. Other clients include Howard de Walden Estates Limited, Apache Capital Partners and Big Yellow.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†handles a mixture of borrower and lender-side work, and has bolstered its client base with the addition of Metro Bank, OakNorth Bank, Octopus Property, Downing and Man Group. The team, which is led jointly by¬†Paul Kay¬†and¬†Daniel Sullivan, advises clients on a range of real estate asset classes; Sullivan acted for Downing as lender on a ¬£22m syndicated facility for the development of a data centre campus, and¬†Jon Bond¬†acted for Octopus Property on a ¬£25.5m loan to an SPV to fund the acquisition and development of the Brighton Astoria Cinema into a building comprised of residential and commercial units. In other highlights, the team acted for Aerium in relation to the ‚ā¨103m refinancing of its H2O headquarters in Luxembourg with an investment facility from Nomura. Key clients include Lloyds Bank and¬†Aeriance Investments.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team of 'talented people' can 'hold their own against other heavyweight firms' and 'has both strength and depth in the area of property litigation'. The department excels at leasehold enfranchisement, the telecommunications sector and acting for commercial investor and develop clients. Robert Highmore leads a team that includes the 'outstanding' and 'extremely practical' Emma Humphreys who 'understands not only legal complexities but also the commercial drivers of her clients'. In a recent highlight, the team acted for Howard de Walden Estates Limited in a collective enfranchisement claim valued at 20m. Other notable clients include Aberdeen Standard Investments, London & Cambridge Properties Limited and Church Commissioners for England. James Souter is 'experienced and enthusiastic', particularly in relation to enfranchisement.

Leading individuals

Emma Humphreys - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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¬†provides ‚Äėa very safe pair of hands‚Äô and places core focus on high-value transactions for international clients from Russia and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. Partner Sakhjit Randhawa¬†recently handled 32 purchases of luxury apartments at a Westminister by Ronson Capital Partners totaling ¬£168,000,000. Ian Cooke¬†heads the team and a further highlight saw him act for a Turkish billionaire in purchasing a pied-√†-terre luxury apartment for ¬£10,900,000. Cooke predominantly acts international private clients and also advises Central London residential property development companies including British Land Plc. Thomas Moran¬†is ‚Äėfiendishly bright‚Äô and ‚Äėknows his subject back to front‚Äô. He acts for UK and foreign clients on the acquisition and disposal of residential and agricultural property and specialises on high-value, complex transactions with cross-border elements.

Leading individuals

Ian Cooke - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Thomas Moran - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for ITV and ITN’ on  compliance advice and litigation, and is acting for several soap actors, celebrity agents and PRs in phone hacking matters. Department head Duncan Lamont  acted for numerous claimants in the group voicemail interception litigation against News Group Newspapers Limited. Nick White and Stephanie Bonnello  joined the team from Couchmans LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†¬†significantly expand its brand management capabilities with the acquisition of boutique media, tech, sports and lifestyle firm Couchmans LLP, bringing¬†Nick White¬† and associate Razzak Mirjan¬†to the ‚Äėefficient and experienced‚Äô team. The ‚Äėhighly knowledgeable‚Äô¬† Mary Bagnall¬†specialises¬†in protection and enforcement of soft IP including in non-traditional trade marks; she continues to represent Cadburys in its longstanding quest to protect its iconic purple packaging.¬†'Very experienced'¬†Kate O‚ÄôRourke¬† heads the trademark portfolio strategy practice; she currently handles several cross-border trademark infringements, filings and oppositions for Wagamama.¬† White has experience in the digital, e-commerce, sports and lifestyle sectors. Associate Olivia Gray¬†is singled out as ‚Äėexceptionally gifted‚Äô and ‚Äėlays out an argument both verbally and in written form in a most compelling way‚Äô; she is a name to note in soft IP and trade mark matters.

Leading individuals

Kate O'Rouke - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

With blockchain and payments having been its core pillars for some time, the team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is also highly active in regtech and ICOs. Financial services regulatory expert William Garner, who is strong in blockchain, ICOs, payments and broker-related work, heads the department jointly with technology infrastructure and outsourcing expert Mark Bailey. Garner continued to assist SETL Development with regulatory matters, and Bailey advised insurance platform Cheshire Datasystems on various GDPR issues and on its move to cloud-based solutions. On the corporate side, Duco Technology instructed William Nash on an $28m investment by Insight Venture Partners, NEX Opportunities and Eight Roads Ventures, and Tim Ball advised Nxtera on its £13m sale to an undisclosed buyer. One Ragtime Platform, Conferma, R5FX and, more recently, Kuende are all clients of the practice. Senior associate Richard Ellis joined in September 2017 from Gowling WLG; he is a financial services regulatory specialist with particular knowledge of crowdfunding.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The 'excellent' IT and telecoms team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP sits within the firms wider TMT practice headed up by Mark Bailey and Mark Howard. The practice is frequently instructed in transactional and M&A matters in the technology sector. It advised IFS on its purchase of mplsystems, which provides contact centre and customer engagement software. The group also acts for  NCSOFT on day to day issues and commercially strategic matters, including negotiation of digital content agreements with industry leading distributors throughout Europe. Mark Moncreiffe is another key name to note, particularly for cross-border transactions. Megan Paul joined from Mayer Brown International LLP and is experienced handling commercial and outsourcing matters in the technology sector. 

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles both contentious and transactional matters across the full-range of rights. The 'highly knowledgeable' Mary Bagnall solely heads up the practice following Ian Wood stepping down from a management role, and attracts praise for 'delivering clear, concise advice in a pragmatic, commercial way'. Bagnall continues to lead representation of Cadbury in attempts to register its iconic colour purple as a trade mark. Key names to note include Jennifer Pierce who is 'willing to go that extra mile' and heads the commercialisation and transactional IP practice; the 'strong' head of trademark portfolio strategy and prosecution practice Kate O’Rourke . The 'exceptionally gifted' associate Olivia Gray is also highlighted. Nick White joined the team from  Couchmans LLP.

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The ‚Äėtop-quality‚Äô team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†has a wide range of expertise spanning¬†advertising and marketing, gaming, social media, interactive content, and film and TV. Commercial department head Jason Saiban¬†leads on marketing and advertising work and handles contentious and non-contentious instructions for media, retail and sports clients; and highlights include advising Wagamama on its media activities; and advising social and interactive media experts MBM on digital media agreements. Paul Stone¬†advises media sector clients on competition and regulatory issues and advises ITV, with senior counsel Mark Moncreiffe, on a range of corporate, commercial, dispute resolution and competition matters. Consultant media litigator Duncan Lamont¬†acted for various celebrity claimants in the group voicemail interception litigation against News Group Newspapers regarding the unlawful gathering of private and confidential information through voicemail interception. NCSOFT, Nike, Westfield, Paddy Power and YouView are also clients. Mark Howard¬†and Mark Bailey¬†head the TMT sector group, which includes senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins, who handles commercial and IP instructions and is particularly active in the computer games and interactive media sectors. Jon Walters¬†has joined Northridge Law.

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

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's 'extremely strong' department underwent significant transformation in 2017-'18: although it lost Jonathan Ellis, Ian Lynam, Jon Walters and James Eighteen to Northridge Law, it absorbed the team at Couchmans LLP, including well-regarded sports veteran Nic Couchman, digital, data and IP expert Jody MacDonald and corporate and commercial partner Satish Khandke. Couchman heads the group jointly with the 'extremely accomplished' Jason Saiban, who advised Nike European Operations Netherlands on marketing contracts as well as on event-staging arrangements relating to the World Championships in Athletics in London. Litigator Edward Craig, who is a regulatory equestrian specialist, assisted the British Horseracing Authority with rewriting its rulebook. MacDonald advised the ITF on broadcasting, data and sponsorship issues, and acted for the European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) on agreements involving the collecting and commercialising of live match data. Other clients include Ascot Racecourse, Football DataCo and CSM Sport & Entertainment. Senior associate Stephanie Bonnello is 'an excellent sports litigator'; Nick White is an IP and digital expert who has advised numerous high-profile sportspeople.

Leading individuals

Nic Couchman - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jody MacDonald - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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