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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Within Commercial contracts, tier 5

The standalone commercial team at Charles Russell LLP, led by Jason Saiban, has ‘excellent knowledge' and acts for an enviable client list of household-name companies from the retail and leisure, TMT, sport and charities sectors, among others. Key clients include Nike, which the firm advised on sponsorship contracts with the England football team, SuperGroup and ITV. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within EU and competition, tier 6

Charles Russell LLP is particularly active in the TMT space, where it counts ITV, Gamma Telecom and YouView among its clients. Paul Stone‘understands the regulatory regime but also understands how his clients think and react'. Associate Elora Mukherjee is also recommended. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Financial services, tier 4

Speechly Bircham LLP provides a ‘consistently high level of service' to clients across the bandwidth of the industry from private banking clients to market infrastructure entities. Elizabeth Budd is ‘respected as a leader in the fund management world' and is a key member of the team that also includes private banking expert Jonathan Bayliss and William Garner, who heads up the firm’s wholesale trading and markets offering. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Flotations: small and mid-cap, Charles Russell LLP is a third tier firm,

Charles Russell LLP is a ‘very commercial firm' praised in particular for its ‘good technical advice' and ‘strengths in mining as well as oil and gas'. Adam Carling advised Liberum Capital as broker to NetScientific’s £30m IPO. Mark Howard and Clive Hopewell (‘a very hands on partner'), are also recommended. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Investment funds, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,

Charles Russell LLP’s ‘service level is second-to-none'. Keir Gordon heads the practice, which has a strong reputation for its expertise in both onshore and offshore closed-end private equity funds. John Fletcher is the other key contact in a team which lost the highly regarded Eve Ellis to Mishcon de Reya in May 2014. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m, tier 5

Clients appreciate Charles Russell LLP’s ‘pragmatic' advice, which is ‘focused on achieving client objectives in a cost-effective & low-risk way'. Energy and natural resources expert Clive Hopewell took over as practice head following Simon Gilbert’s retirement from the partnership. Mark Howard is recommended. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Private equity: transactions, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,

At Speechly Bircham LLP, Malcolm MacDougall (‘knows how to get a deal done and what points to focus on') leads a ‘high-quality' team that is noted for its ‘partner-led service' and for its ‘tailored approach'. In 2013 it completed 15 private equity deals for a mixed client base of PE houses, management teams and investee companies. Highlights included advising Elysian Capital on the MBO of Wellbeing Software Group. Andrew Clarke is singled out for his ‘many years of experience, which gives clients the reassurance to know that he will get the job done with the minimum of fuss and confusion'. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Venture capital, tier 4

At Speechly Bircham LLP, Chris Putt leads the firm’s work for growth companies and is aided by Andrew Clarke, who frequently handles work as an adjunct to his private equity practice. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Within Fraud: civil, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

‘First-class trial lawyer' Stewart Hey heads up the team at Charles Russell LLP, which is notable for its role as external administrator to AWAL Bank BSC, against a backdrop of multibillion-dollar allegations of fraud. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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London: Dispute resolution

Within Commercial litigation, tier 6

Charles Russell LLP ‘ticks all the boxes for great service'. The team advised the Joint Official Liquidators of various subsidiaries of Awal Bank (Awalcos), in their defence of proceedings brought against Awalcos for fraud, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance, conspiracy, and unjust enrichment. John Sykes, Stewart Hey, Edward Craig and Jonathan Ellis are recommended. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Defamation and privacy, Charles Russell LLP is a third tier firm,

At Charles Russell LLP, the ‘exceptionally charming and clever' Nick Armstrong regularly advises the FA on preventing unwanted publicity and journalistic intrusion, and acts for BSkyB in a breach of confidence case. The ‘good tactician' Duncan Lamont is representing ITV and Channel 4 in a libel claim by a group of police officers. Clients praise the firm’s ‘well-considered, proportionate approach'. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Professional discipline, tier 4

Charles Russell LLP’s Noel Wardle has ‘an intimate knowledge of the regulations and an uncanny ability to know which legal arguments will succeed'. David Reissner leads the practice, which focuses on representing pharmacists and pharmacy owners. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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London: Finance

Within Corporate restructuring and insolvency, tier 5

Speechly Bircham LLP handles a significant flow of instructions from IPs including KPMG and Ernst & Young, particularly in relation to retail insolvencies. Simon Ridpath gives ‘sensible advice', and handles both personal and corporate insolvency work. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Emerging markets, tier 4

Charles Russell LLP’s Adrian Mayer, who is ‘very good on private equity structures', advised Ghana Home Loans on a share exchange deal. John Fletcher, ‘is like an in-house lawyer for clients and takes their problems on his shoulders'. Jon Bond is also recommended. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Securitisation, tier 4

Paul Kay, Daniel Sullivan and Brendan Slack at Speechly Bircham LLP are notable for advising investment managers and corporate finance boutiques on their participation in securitisations; recent examples include a £450m deal in the geothermal energy sector. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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London: Human resources

Within Employment: employers and senior executives, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

The ‘proactive' team at Charles Russell LLP provides ‘focused advice in tight timescales'. The firm continues to represent Sports Direct International, and undertook a six-month review of the client’s European operations as it continues with plans for expansion. On the senior executive side, the firm advised on setting aside a compromise agreement, and pursuing claims for constructive dismissal and sex discrimination. Department head Michael Powner is ‘extremely commercial'; Bob Mecrate-Butcher is ‘highly responsive'; Nick Hurley is an ‘excellent adviser'; and David Green is recommended. Helen Brooks departed the firm in 2013 for Goodman Derrick LLP. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Immigration, tier 5

The ‘excellent' Rose Carey leads the team at Speechly Bircham LLP, which is ‘extremely professional' and represents Cobb Europe, Quayle Munroe and Regenersis. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Pensions, tier 4

Clients at Speechly Bircham LLP appreciate the firm’s speedy response and sensitivity to costs, while advice is ‘very sound, and always given with our business needs in mind'. Clients include Heron Corporation, Lorne Stewart plc and PA Consulting. Head of department Penny Cogher leads on both contentious and non-contentious matters, while Jane Wolstenholme‘is able to explain complicated pensions issues to directors in a fairly simple way, cutting through the pension jargon'. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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London: Insurance

Within Insurance: corporate and regulatory, tier 4

Speechly Bircham LLP’s corporate and regulatory insurance practice is led by Nick Janmohamed. In 2013, the team handled transactions including Belmont International’s sale to Arthur J Gallagher and Ecclesiastical Insurance’s acquisition of a smaller broker. David Hicks was promoted to partner. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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London: Private client

Within Agriculture and estates, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

Charles Russell LLP’s ‘specialist team brings real knowledge to this area of work'. Bart Peerless recently assisted in a large-scale inheritance tax and trust review for an estate, including the review of a trust entity owning chattels worth £40m. Christopher Page is now based mainly in London, and is ‘highly regarded in the field'. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Art and cultural property, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

Charles Russell LLP has a ‘strong' practice which ‘compares well with the very best'. It is advising the Estate of Sir Denis Mahon on the creation of a charitable trust, and also assists Sotheby’s across a range of transactional, commercial, IP, corporate and employment issues. Robert Blower, Robert Partridge and Suzanne Marriott are all highly recommended. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Charities and not-for-profit, Charles Russell LLP is a third tier firm,

At Charles Russell LLP, the ‘overall service level is impressive for a busy team', and the firm ‘constantly looks to deliver the best possible business/charitable solution while also delivering the best value'. Its diverse client base includes the National Museum of the Royal Navy; City and Guilds; and Eton College. In an ‘outstanding' team, Lynn Povey has ‘a wide understanding of issues affecting charity trustees including governance, Charities Commission and HCA matters', and Mike Scott and associate Donald Taylor are ‘reliable advisers'. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Contentious trusts and probate, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

Charles Russell LLP covers ‘smaller contentious probate cases as well as some of the largest litigation in the UK', and is ‘very well regarded'. Suzanne Marriott is ‘highly experienced, and very good at dispute resolution'; Tamasin Perkins, who recently joined from Mishcon de Reya, is ‘an excellent addition to the team'; Roberta Harvey‘combines strong intellect with real drive'; Duncan Elson‘has a thorough grasp of his cases and runs an excellent team'; and associate James Lister is ‘a rising star'. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Court of Protection, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

Charles Russell LLP is ‘very experienced and well thought of in this area'. Suzanne Marriott is ‘frequently recommended to act as a deputy. She has the perfect blend of empathy and firmness as well as legal expertise'. Recent significant matters include a deputyship in respect of a complex £130m estate, and a number of intricate LPA disputes. Grainne Feeney and Sally Ashford‘always put the best interests of their clients first'. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Family, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

Charles Russell LLP has ‘a number of star players as well as numerous well-respected practitioners'. William Longrigg is ‘one of the best financial lawyers in the country'; Sarah Higgins is ‘equally good for children and money cases'; Sarah Whitten is ‘a tough negotiator who specialises in relocation cases'; Miranda Fisher has ‘an excellent practice'; Tanya Roberts is ‘an outstanding children lawyer who specialises in complex international cases'; Grant Howell‘combines extensive legal knowledge with charm'; and David Thompson is ‘straight to the point and thick-skinned'. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Family: mediation, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

Charles Russell LLP’s Sarah Anticoni is ‘near the top of most people’s lists for mediation'; she has been mediating for 25 years and is regularly instructed by leading firms. Also recommended are Guildford-based Margaret Tyson, and Sarah Whitten and Sarah Higgins in London. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Personal tax, trusts and probate, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

Charles Russell LLP is ‘a first-class law firm' and ‘fully understands the client’s needs'. Robert Blower‘applies a level of practicality and common sense to his advice when many of his peers seek to overcomplicate - a truly trusted adviser'. Catriona Syed is ‘an exceptional practitioner in this field with the innate ability to identify the key issues at stake quickly and with clarity'. Andrew Cameron is ‘a pleasure to work with'; Piers Master‘exudes competence'; Bart Peerless‘instincts are spot on'; and Terence Bennett is ‘outstanding'. The firm is currently active in introducing special powers in relation to exceptionally high-value trust assets held for a Russian family, a matter worth in the region of £10bn. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Within Mining and minerals, tier 4

Charles Russell LLP’s team, led by Clive Hopewell, has been augmenting its longstanding corporate practice with some notable mining-related disputes, such as defending Oxus Gold against an attempt by the Republic of Uzbekistan to enforce a $10m Uzbekistani judgment at the High Court. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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London: Public sector

Within Education: schools, Charles Russell LLP is a third tier firm,

The ‘very professional'Charles Russell LLP, led by Mike Scott, has ‘strength in depth'. The firm is defending Tavistock and Summerhill Prep School against a collective tribunal claim concerning dismissal. Duncan Elson, who has particular expertise in contentious matters, is also recommended. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Healthcare, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

Charles Russell LLP advises on regulatory and commercial work for end-buyers, wholesalers, importers and manufacturers. It is a ‘stand-out' firm in representing pharmacists, and recently acted for Britannia Pharmacy Group on the acquisition of two pharmacy businesses from the administrators of Southcross and Ranver, which required expedited due diligence and was conditional on regulatory approval and agreement. David Reissner stepped down from his position as department head in May 2014 but remains a partner; Noel Wardle and Tim Jenkins are now co-heading the team. Wardle is ‘energetic and commercial' and, along with Rachel Warren, is ‘meticulous' in preparing cases. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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London: Real estate

Within Commercial property, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,

‘Very knowledgeable and commercial', Speechly Bircham LLP continues to act for P&O Estates and Aberdeen Asset Management, and has a good reputation for regeneration and urban renewal development work. It recently acted on the £300m structured sale and leaseback of 44 care homes. Mark Smith, Robin Grove, Ashley Kopitko and Lee Medlock are ‘unflappable, and quick to respond'. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Construction, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,

Led by Steven Carey, Speechly Bircham LLP’s ‘very professional' department covers UK real estate and international engineering matters. It is advising Derwent London on the redevelopment of a corner site at Old Street in London, and is also acting for Pocket Living LLP on its low-cost housing scheme. Tim Raper is ‘first class', and Kevin Forsyth takes a ‘thorough' approach. Paul Henty was promoted to partner, while Jonathan Rosshandler has retired and David Gwillim has joined Pitmans LLP. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Planning, tier 5

Speechly Bircham LLP ‘understands commercial drivers, which is essential'. The practice remained active in planning matters for sites owned by the Church Commissioners for England. Claire Fallows is ‘approachable, easy to get on with, and gives clear advice'. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Property finance, tier 4

‘Very knowledgeable, responsive and commercial', Speechly Bircham LLP acts for borrowers, lenders and funds, including RBS, Lloyds Banking Group and Derwent London. The firm advised Caring Homes Group on a £300m restructuring and sale and leaseback financing. Brendan Slack is recommended. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Property litigation, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

The ‘excellent' Robert Highmore leads the team at Charles Russell LLP, which includes Emma Humphreys, who is ‘commercial and sensible' and ‘responsive'; the ‘professional and technically brilliant' Louise Clark; and ‘confident and excellent' associate Jessica McGoldrick. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Within Brand management, tier 4

Charles Russell LLP draws on its IP capabilities to advise clients such as SuperGroup, Cadbury and wagamama. It advised Nike on enforcement matters and manages Gulf Air’s global design and trade mark portfolios. Kate O’Rourke is recommended for her expertise in cross-border trade mark issues. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Data protection, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,

At Speechly Bircham LLP, the highly respected Robert Bond leads a team which is ‘committed to providing timely and practical insight' on data protection and information security issues. It recently advised both Actavis and Pentair on cross-border data compliance matters. Other key clients include Holland America Line, Diageo and Cray. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Intellectual property, tier 4

Charles Russell LLP is ‘very strong in technical patent work and trade marks'. Mary Bagnall attracted attention for her work representing Cadbury in the colour purple trade mark litigation, which was appealed to the Supreme Court. Ian Wood, ‘a safe pair of hands in patent cases', acted for Mölnlycke in a case against BSN Medical regarding silicon wound care products. The practice also handles commercial IP matters. Life sciences patent litigator Jonathan Radcliffe joined from Mayer Brown International LLP. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within IT and telecoms, Charles Russell LLP is a third tier firm,

Charles Russell LLP is particularly recommended for telecoms corporate and regulatory work. It recently advised Comux on procuring its local TV digital transmission network project, and acted for Amadeus on IT contract arrangements. The practice also handled work for Tesco Mobile, Westfield Shoppingtowns and Arqiva. Vincenzo Lanni and Mark Moncreiffe are both recommended. Technology lawyer David Skinner joined from Radiant Law, and telecoms specialist Dhana Doobay joined as senior counsel from Ashurst. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Media and entertainment, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

Charles Russell LLP’s lawyers are ‘fast, responsive and pleasant to work with'. Nick Armstrong, who acted for BSkyB in defending allegations of format infringement, ‘places trust in his lieutenants and brings a cool and experienced head to knotty issues'. The firm also advises Nike on digital media and advertising matters, under ‘very sensible and practical' commercial lawyer Jason Saiban. ITN, ITV and Five are also clients. Vanessa Barnett leads the firm’s media team, which includes Duncan Lamont and competition and regulatory expert Paul Stone. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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Within Sport, Charles Russell LLP is a second tier firm,

Deeply entrenched in the sector, Charles Russell LLP covers the gamut of commercial, regulatory and contentious work across a wide range of sports. Headed by the ‘extremely resourceful and driven' Jonathan Ellis, the firm is ‘at the very top of the tree for regulatory matters'. Ellis continues to handle a raft of work for the FA, including advising it as an interested party in relation to the fresh Hillsborough inquests requested by the Attorney General. Ian Lynam is ‘extremely efficient and personable', and is ‘excellent for commercial mandates'; as well as providing sponsorship advice to footballers including Robin van Persie, he has advised Nike on some of its highest-profile sponsorship deals, including its partnership with the FA. The ‘very thorough' Edward Craig has an excellent reputation for regulatory work, particularly horseracing matters. Since publication, Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP have merged to form Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

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