- London: Corporate and commercial > Financial services
- London: Corporate and commercial > Flotations: small and mid-cap
- London: Corporate and commercial > Investment funds
- London: Corporate and commercial > M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
- London: Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions
- London: Corporate and commercial > Venture capital
- London: Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation
- London: Human resources > Employment: employers and senior executives
- London: Human resources > Immigration
- London: Human resources > Pensions
- London: Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- London: Private client > Agriculture and estates
- London: Private client > Art and cultural property
- London: Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- London: Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
- London: Private client > Family
- London: Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- London: Public sector > Healthcare
- London: Real estate > Commercial property
- London: Real estate > Construction
- London: Real estate > Planning
- London: Real estate > Property finance
- London: Real estate > Property litigation
London: Corporate and commercial
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.
Within Flotations: small and mid-cap, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
At Speechly Bircham LLP team head Tom Shaw ‘provides speedy, clear and appropriate advice', Chris Putt is praised for his ‘ability to get to the commercial aspect of a matter', and Andrew Collins is ‘valued as a very careful and wise counsellor'. Victoria Younghusband joined from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin.
Within Investment funds, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
Speechly Bircham LLP’s clients include Fidelity, CBRE and Cazenove Capital. Elizabeth Budd and practice head Nick Janmohamed advised various Fidelity investment trusts on the impact of AIFMD. The hire of Victoria Younghusband from King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin bolsters the team’s hedge funds offering. Other key contacts include Jonathan Bayliss and Luxembourg-based David Louis.
Within M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m, tier 5
Speechly Bircham LLP serves a broad client base of corporates in various sectors including real estate and natural resources, and has a strong private wealth offering. Providing an ‘excellent level of service utilising more junior members of staff where appropriate', praise is levelled at both partners and associates, including senior associates David Hicks and David Coates. Practice head Tom Shaw ‘comes into his own when managing complex projects'.
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'.
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.
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.
London: Human resources
Within Employment: employers and senior executives, Speechly Bircham LLP is a second tier firm,
Trevor Bettany leads the six-partner team at Speechly Bircham LLP, which represents employers and senior executives. Bettany advised Gain Capital on the employment aspects of its acquisition of GFT Global Markets UK, including TUPE and a combined collective redundancy and harmonisation exercise.
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.
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'.
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.
London: Private client
Within Agriculture and estates, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
Speechly Bircham LLP is ‘a preferred firm' noted for its ‘rounded practice and technical expertise in all areas'. In 2013 it advised on a range of complex issues arising from the Finance Act 2013, as well as acting on major restructurings and transactions. Tom Moran ‘has the ability to apply his technical knowledge both practically and commercially', and Charles Hutton is praised for ‘attention to detail'.
Within Art and cultural property, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
John Ward is the name to note at Speechly Bircham LLP, which has a track record acting for collectors and philanthropists.
Within Charities and not-for-profit, tier 4
Speechly Bircham LLP’s Graeme Kleiner has advised the trustees of the Christopher Dawes Charitable Trust on a range of issues including the making of £5.5m in grants over the last three years. The ‘extremely knowledgeable' John Ward heads the team, in which Dominic Lawrance is also a significant figure.
Within Contentious trusts and probate, Speechly Bircham LLP is a second tier firm,
Speechly Bircham LLP has ‘a well-deserved reputation' in the area, and Graeme Kleiner is ‘generally excellent'. Recent work includes successfully defending the trustee of an offshore trust against an application in the English courts for charging orders, and defending a £10m claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
Within Family, tier 4
Speechly Bircham LLP is ‘a practice on the rise' under the leadership of James Freeman, who ‘wears his learning lightly but is one of the cleverest lawyers about'. The firm regularly handles high-value work, often with intricate trust elements. Victoria Francis is ‘scarily bright'.
Within Personal tax, trusts and probate, Speechly Bircham LLP is a second tier firm,
Speechly Bircham LLP is ‘a leading provider of private client services and advice', and has ‘a particularly good view of what is going on in Europe'. Team head Tom Moran ‘has the ability to apply his technical knowledge both practically and commercially'; James Trafford is ‘a pleasure to work with'; and William Begley has ‘a reassuring manner and the ability to bring proceedings back on track'. Solicitor Sangna Chauhan ‘has particular strength in the field of advising non-doms and in offshore tax planning, and is very impressive in front of clients'.
London: Public sector
Within Healthcare, tier 5
Matthew Newing, who has a 'can-do attitude', and Michael Lingens, who is 'sharp, very commercial and well-connected', co-head the team at Speechly Bircham LLP. The firm represented Elysian Capital on its separate acquisitions of Wellbeing Software Group and Accelyon.
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'.
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.
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'.
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.
Within Property litigation, Speechly Bircham LLP is a second tier firm,
The ‘calm and able' Graham Ling heads the team at Speechly Bircham LLP. Also recommended are the ‘very able' James Souter, who is notable for his rights of light expertise; and Jeremy Hudson, who has ‘thoroughly commercial judgement'.
London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
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.
Within Intellectual property, tier 5
At Speechly Bircham LLP, Mark Bailey leads the IP, technology and data practice.
Within IT and telecoms, tier 5
Speechly Bircham LLP’s Mark Bailey has ‘sound knowledge of legal issues and excellent business acumen', and is recommended for technology licensing and contractual matters.
Within Media and entertainment, tier 4
Speechly Bircham LLP’s media work includes advising on publishing, merchandising and broadcasting rights for a children’s TV series, and handling high-profile copyright litigation for celebrities. Alexander Carter-Silk and Robert Bond are recommended. Michelle Lewiston has moved to an in-house position, and Nicholas Tall is now with Keystone Law.
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Offices in London
- Corporate and commercial : Financial services
- Corporate and commercial : Flotations: small and mid-cap
- Corporate and commercial : Investment funds
- Corporate and commercial : M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
- Corporate and commercial : Private equity: transactions
- Corporate and commercial : Venture capital
- Dispute resolution : Commercial litigation
- Finance : Corporate restructuring and insolvency
- Finance : Securitisation
- Human resources : Employment: employers and senior executives
- Human resources : Immigration
- Human resources : Pensions
- Insurance : Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- Private client : Agriculture and estates
- Private client : Art and cultural property
- Private client : Charities and not-for-profit
- Private client : Contentious trusts and probate
- Private client : Family
- Private client : Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Public sector : Healthcare
- Real estate : Commercial property
- Real estate : Construction
- Real estate : Planning
- Real estate : Property finance
- Real estate : Property litigation
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Data protection
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : IT and telecoms
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Media and entertainment
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