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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP boasts an enviable client list, most notably from the retail and leisure, sport, and TMT sectors, including Nike, Westfield, ITV and Arqiva. Vanessa Barnett led advice to Tesco Mobile on its Anytime Upgrade business model, including its agreement with HSBC. The well-resourced, dedicated commercial team is led by Jason Saiban.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s merger brought together the practices of Paul Henty and Paul Stone. Praised as being the ‘go-to law firm for matters relating to telecommunications regulation’, the team is particularly strong in the TMT sector, and advised ITV on changes to the merger undertakings given by its predecessor companies, Carlton and Granada.

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides ‘diligent and commercial advice’ to clients in the investment management, private and wholesale banking sectors. Elizabeth Budd and Nick Janmohamed advised four of Fidelity’s investment trusts on AIFMD implementation. William Garner spearheads the firm’s work in the wholesale trading and markets space, and represented high frequency trading firms operating in Europe as they come under increased regulatory scrutiny.

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLPprovides excellent strength in depth’ following its merger. Andrew Collins advised Israeli media-company Marimedia on its £100m float, and team head Tom Shaw represented SP Angel in its role as NOMAD and broker to Aquatic Foods Group’s IPO. Key contacts include Adam Carling, who is regularly instructed by Liberum Capital, and energy and natural resources group co-heads Clive Hopewell and Chris Putt.

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Investment funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Private funds - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Retail funds - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

With its recent merger, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP now fields a sizeable team that acts across a broad range of funds, including emerging markets, charity, listed, private equity and real estate. Nick Janmohamed, Elizabeth Budd and newly made partner David Hicks advised four of Fidelity’s investment trusts on AIFMD implementation matters, and Victoria Younghusband assisted AIM-traded India Capital Growth Fund on a £22.9m bonus issue of subscription shares. Other key contacts include John Fletcher, Keir Gordon and new arrival Jonathan Bor.

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The creation of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, as a result of the merger of Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham, ‘will help build the corporate team’s brand and position in the market’. The firm’s focus on private wealth is matched by expertise in sectors such as TMT and real estate, and the team advised Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company on its sale of the Adria Boutique Hotel in Kensington. Tom Shaw heads the 20-partner team.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions: mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Malcolm MacDougall heads the team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, which advised FF&P Private Equity on its management buyout of software company Kallidus Holdings. Management-side instructions include acting for the senior management team of TTT Moneycorp in relation to its acquisition by Bridgepoint; Mark Howard led on the matter. Other clients include Actis and Kreos Capital.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Chris Putt continued to handle a significant flow of work for Kreos Capital, including a $5.5m growth capital investment in Arkex. Other clients include Battery Ventures, Business Growth Fund and Shore Capital. Andrew Clarke is also recommended.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Led by Stewart Hey, who is ‘a real deliverer’, the ‘very effective and highly commercial’ department at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is increasingly instructed on asset recovery cases, following its ongoing work with Awal Bank BSC. The team advised Grant Thornton LLP on recovering proceeds valued at approximately £60m.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell LLP merged with Speechly Bircham LLP to become Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. The team assisted the joint official liquidators of various Awal Bank subsidiaries with defence of proceedings for fraud, knowing receipt and dishonest assistance, conspiracy and unjust enrichment. Stewart Heyputs clients first’, and John Sykes is also rated.

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Defamation and privacy
Defamation and privacy - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team is co-led by ‘good tacticianDuncan Lamont and the ‘attentiveNick Armstrong. Lamont represented a number of soap actors in voicemail interception cases, and acted for Channel 4 News in relation to libel threats by a number of prominent Chinese businesspeople. Armstrong acts for The FA, BSkyB and ITV.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Noel Wardle and David Reissner co-lead the practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, which primarily acts for pharmacists and pharmacy owners. Senior associates Susan Hunneyball and Rachel Warren are also recommended.

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London: Finance

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Simon Ridpath has ‘superb technical legal knowledge, commerciality and business acumen’, acting for IPs on domestic corporate and personal insolvencies.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Post-merger Charles Russell Speechlys LLPhas a credible offering, especially in Africa’. It now combines a prominent private wealth practice with mid-market private equity capability. Adrian Mayer acted in three shopping mall deals in Africa. Jon Bond, who represented the Government of the Bahamas, stands out for loan and debt matters. Corporate partner John Fletcher is also recommended.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP draws on the retail and sports expertise of the legacy Charles Russell LLP team to continue to act for clients including Mercedes-Benz GP, Hotel Chocolat and Sports Direct International. Practice head Michael Powner was part of a team defending SportsDirect.com in zero-hours litigation. The ‘excellent’ Susan Thomas led advice to a media entertainment group on relocating its workforce, which included handling a collective consultation process. William Granger is the key contact for senior executive matters, and Powner has a strong following in the sports sector. Emma Bartlett and Trevor Bettany are also recommended.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is experienced in handling Tier 1 (investor) visa applications, and works with the firm’s private client department to assist with investment structures. Rose Carey is ‘persistent’ and ‘conscientious’.

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Pensions
Pensions: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Recently merged Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields two pension specialists at partner level: Michael Jones, who is ‘an excellent relationship-builder’ with ‘great knowledge’, and who is now practice head following Penny Cogher's departure to Irwin Mitchell and the experienced Jane Wolstenholme. A varied client list includes NCR, Westminster Abbey and Smith & Williamson Trustees. The bulk of the work is advisory, but transactions include acting for Coty Inc on the pension aspects of its $240m acquisition of Bourjois from Chanel SA.

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Post-merger, Charles Russell Speechlys has a significant agriculture and estates team, which includes experienced practitioners Bart Peerless, Christopher Page, Tom Moran and Charles Hutton. An impressive client list includes many notable landowners and the Church Commissioners.

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Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP now fields a substantial art and cultural property team, which includes luminaries Robert Blower, Robert Partridge, Suzanne Marriott and John Ward. A broad client base includes international auction houses, such as Sotheby’s, as well as artists, philanthropists and high-net-worth individuals. A highlight was advising the estate of Sir Denis Mahon on the creation and trusteeship of an art endowment trust, which involved exhibitions, prizes, and a high-profile legal dispute, Thwaytes v Sotheby’s, over Caravaggio’s The Cardsharps.

Leading individuals

Robert Blower - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The already-strong charity practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was enhanced by the arrival of Speechly Bircham’s team, including John Ward and Dominic Lawrance, who bring expertise in charity funds. Charity property head Lynn Povey is ‘responsive and efficient, highlighting issues and providing practical solutions in a proactive way. Clients also like the ‘resourceful and capable head of practiceMike Scott, and comment that the team ‘is a good advert for what a law firm should be’. An impressive client list includes the City and Guilds of London Institute and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Leading individuals

Mike Scott - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The newly merged Charles Russell Speechlys LLP now has one of the largest contentious practices in the market. Duncan Elson heads the team, with Graeme Kleiner taking the lead on international matters. Kleiner is ‘very clever, an outstanding strategist, a good team leader, well organised and determined, and has a keen eye for detail’. The team covers the full scope of high-value, multi-jurisdictional disputes, acting for trustees, protectors and beneficiaries. Roberta Harvey is ‘excellent’, and Suzanne Marriott is also very experienced in trusts disputes. Senior associate Tamasin Perkins is described as ‘dedicated and great with clients’; also recommended is James Lister.

Leading individuals

Graeme Kleiner - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Roberta Harvey - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has ‘the resources to handle the really big cases’. The ‘excellentSuzanne Marriott was appointed to act as a deputy in an estate worth £17m, with properties in several jurisdictions. Sally Ashford continued to act as the court-appointed financial, health and welfare deputy for a client in the aftermath of reported court proceedings.

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 is ‘a major player in the London top-end family law market, with experience across the board, and provides a first-class service to clients’. The ‘massive team’ is skilled at handling complex international matters under the leadership of the ‘ferociously intelligentSarah Higgins. The ‘brilliantWilliam Longrigg and James Freeman, along with the ‘very smart’ David Thompson, are recommended. Miranda Fisher is ‘the go-to family lawyer’, Victoria Francis is ‘very capable’, and James Ribyknows every detail of the case’.

Leading individuals

Grant Howell - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Miranda Fisher - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

William Longrigg - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Sarah Anticonihandles difficult situations in a sensitive and constructive way’. With Victoria Francis, ‘if there is agreement to be found, no matter how entrenched the situation, she will guide the clients towards finding it’.

Leading individuals

Sarah Anticoni - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Technically strong, thorough and open to new ideas’, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP now has one of the largest private client teams in London, with 17 partners. The ‘excellentBart Peerless heads the combined team, which focuses on the private wealth needs of ultra-high-net-worth individuals and institutions across the globe. Robert Blower, Catriona Syed, Andrew Cameron, Piers Master, Bart Peerless - Tom Moran and John Ward are all seasoned practitioners. The practice is ‘first class, and top of the list of go-to firms for high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals’.

Leading individuals

Bart Peerless - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

John Ward - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Robert Blower - 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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was customarily active in capital markets, and continued to cement its reputation for contentious work by acting for Heli Drilling Solutions in its dispute with Rio Tinto and Golder Associates after their declaration of contractual force majeure following the Ebola outbreak. Clive Hopewell and Chris Putt are the names to note.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Mike Scott’s team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP continued to assist an impressive list of independent schools, including Lord Wandsworth College and Charterhouse School. The firm has a growing practice acting for academies, and advised new client the Primary First Trust on two academy conversions.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team, which is ‘the go-to choice for regulated pharmacy businesses’, draws on the traditional regulatory strength of Charles Russell LLP and the transactional expertise of Speechly Bircham LLP. Matthew Newing, whose ‘advice is second to none’, acted for Arden Estate Partnerships on developing four extra-care residential facilities across Warwickshire. Tim Jenkins and William Nash co-head the team. David Reissner is an ‘extremely experienced and knowledgeable practitioner’, valued for his regulatory expertise, and Noel Wardle is ‘a highly realistic and commercial tactician’.

Leading individuals

David Reissner - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team is led by Mark Smith. The firm acted for China Life Insurance Company on the £795m acquisition of 10 Upper Bank Street in Canary Wharf. Combining the real estate clients of Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham, the firm now counts Eton College, Derwent London and Land Securities among its clients. The team’s ‘fast, accurate service’ and ‘value for money’ are praised and Simon Ewing is recommended.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s practice is led by David Savage and includes the highly rated Tim Raper and newly promoted partner Fiona Edmond. The team’s varied client base spans contractors, employers and consultants, while highlight work included advising Countryside Properties on all construction aspects of its joint venture for the regeneration of the South Acton Estate. Meriel Bennett has left the firm to work in-house.

Leading individuals

Tim Raper - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The 2014 merger between Charles Russell LLP and Speechly Bircham LLP to become Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and the hiring of Tim Johnson from DAC Beachcroft LLP resulted in a planning team that can provide the entire spectrum of planning, infrastructure and compulsory purchase advice. The team assisted the Church Commissioners for England with securing a resolution to grant planning permission for a first phase of 800 homes. Claire Fallows is recommended.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acted for Canford Healthcare on the sale and leaseback of its elderly care portfolio to a large REIT for £57m, overseeing the clearing of existing bank debt. The firm also assisted Lombard North Central with providing £45m worth of loan facilities to Infinity Group, to fund a data centre in Slough. Jon Bond, Daniel Sullivan and Paul Kay jointly head the practice.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has ‘real depth’ and provides a ‘very good service’, ‘putting in the time to get to know their clients’. Robert Highmore and Louise Clark are ‘very commercial and give clear advice’. Emma Humphreys is ‘tenacious and hardworking’, with ‘excellent commercial awareness’. Jeremy Hudson has a ‘thoroughly practical approach’. James Souter, Graham Ling, Georgina Redsell, Chloe Benson and Lauren Fraser are also recommended. Clients include the Church Commissioners for England.

Leading individuals

Graham Ling - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Robert Highmore - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

At the ‘first-rateCharles Russell Speechlys LLP, Ian Wood, the head of IP, and Kate O’Rourke, the head of trade mark filing and prosecution, are ‘commercial, proactive and client-oriented’ and Mary Bagnall is ‘an exceptional trade mark lawyer who always goes the extra mile’. Bagnall defended Paddy Power in a trade mark infringement and passing-off claim by the football player Pélé, and advises Nike on various UK and EU trade mark matters.

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been advising Actavis on the integration of its recent acquisitions. Other clients include Toro Corporation and Nike. The ‘astoundingRobert Bond, who leads the team, and ‘very knowledgeable and commercial’ associate Janine Regan are recommended.

Leading individuals

Robert Bond - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Lawyers at the ‘excellentCharles Russell Speechlys LLPhave an ability to get results’ for clients such as the Government of The Bahamas, which it is helping to source a second mobile network operator for the jurisdiction. Another client is intelligent Processing Solutions Limited (iPSL), a joint venture between Unisys, Barclays, HSBC and Lloyds Bank. Mark Bailey and Vincenzo Lanni lead the TMT and telecoms teams respectively, and ‘excellent strategic thinkerPaul Stone is a competition lawyer with expertise in this sector.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, department head Ian Wood represented Sandvik subsidiary Pramet Tools in pan-European patent litigation and defended Tech21 against infringement allegations. Nick Armstrong successfully defended Sky in a format infringement claim relating to the show Must Be the Music, Jonathan Radcliffe handled distribution disputes for Canal+, and Mary Bagnall advised Nike on trade mark issues.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s team is ‘knowledgeable and very customer friendly’. Nick Armstrongtakes a fairly light touch but knows when to intervene’. Vanessa Barnett led the team assisting Westfield on advertising, marketing and events matters and Jason Saiban advised Nike on a variety of matters including merchandising, marketing and advertising. Duncan Lamont is also noteworthy.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, the ‘absolutely superb, industry-leading team provides practical and commercial advice’, and is ‘strong and well resourced’. The 13-partner practice, which has particular prevalence in football matters, is co-led by the ‘superbJonathan Ellis, who ‘has excellent acumen and knows the law very well’; he led representation of the FA at the Hillsborough Inquests. Ian Lynam, fellow practice co-head, specialises in representing individuals, with highlights including assisting with the high-profile football transfers of Cesc Fabregas, Samuel Eto’o and other Premier League players. Newly promoted partner Jon Waltersprovides good, solid advice’, and is recommended alongside ‘truly excellent senior associate’ Christopher Evans, and associate Paul Shapiro.

Leading individuals

Ian Lynam - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Jonathan Ellis - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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