- London: Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- London: Corporate and commercial > Financial services
- London: Corporate and commercial > Flotations: small and mid-cap
- London: Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions
- London: Corporate and commercial > Venture capital
- London: Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation
- London: Finance > Corporate restructuring and insolvency
- London: Finance > Investment funds
- London: Finance > Securitisation
- 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: Projects, energy and natural resources > PFI and PPP
- 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
At Speechly Bircham LLP, team head Elizabeth Budd advises on the structuring of authorised and unauthorised funds both onshore and offshore, and acts for clients including fund managers, trustees and depositaries. Jonathan Bayliss is recommended for his work in the wealth management and private banking sectors.
Within Flotations: small and mid-cap, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
At Speechly Bircham LLP, Chris Putt is ‘thorough and insightful’. He acted for Stratmin Global Resources plc on its acquisition of the Graphmada group and the re-listing of the enlarged group on AIM. Tom Shaw advised longstanding client Aviation plc on a share placing.
Within M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m, Speechly Bircham LLP is a first tier firm,
Speechly Bircham LLP continues to attract deals beyond its traditional sub-£50m market, with 2012 seeing it act for longstanding client Countryside Property Group on its acquisition by Oaktree Capital Management. Tom Shaw leads a 12-partner group.
Within Private equity: transactions, tier 7
In 2012, Malcolm MacDougall’s team at Speechly Bircham LLP acted for FF&P Private Equity on the MBO of furniture supplier David Phillips. It also advises management on disposals to private equity firms.
London: Dispute resolution
Within Commercial litigation, tier 6
Speechly Bircham LLP ‘keeps clients well informed’. The practice acted in appeals against notices of decision concerning the income tax and national insurance contributions treatment of payments made to employees. Alexander Carter-Silk is ‘a leading litigator’.
Within Corporate restructuring and insolvency, tier 5
Speechly Bircham LLP’s four-partner team provides ‘commercial and technical’ advice to a range of stakeholders in the SME market. Rupert Connell is ‘innovative, client friendly and commercial’.
Within Investment funds, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
Speechly Bircham LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable’ group is highly experienced in retail, listed and mid-market private equity funds. Clients include Fidelity, CBRE and Cazenove Capital, and the firm has acted on authorised funds for BNY Mellon. Elizabeth Budd is ‘very helpful, and excellent’, and practice head Nick Janmohamed and Vincent Mercer are also recommended.
London: Human resources
Within Employment: employers and senior executives, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
Trevor Bettany leads the team at Speechly Bircham LLP and has expertise in post-termination restraint of trade, discrimination and termination issues. Clients include banks, investment management businesses and hedge funds, employment agencies, and senior executives. Richard Linskell left the firm in April 2013.
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Within Pensions, tier 4
The small but ‘excellent’ team at Speechly Bircham LLP advises trophy client ThyssenKrupp on a variety of matters, and acted opposite Slaughter and May and Travers Smith LLP in a recent transaction on behalf of PA Consulting. Other clients include the Trustees of the Olympic SA Pension & Life Assurance Scheme and Heron. Practice head Penny Cogher and Jane Wolstenholme provide practical advice ‘based on solid knowledge of the client’s industry and the relevant areas of law, while taking into account business needs’.
Within Insurance: corporate and regulatory, tier 4
Nick Janmohamed heads the insurance and financial institutions team at Speechly Bircham LLP, and spent much of 2012 dealing with a novel contingent scheme of arrangement in New Zealand. Alexander Carter-Silk advised on policy wording for a number of major insurers. Clients include the Ecclesiastical and Scottish Life.
London: Private client
Within Agriculture and estates, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
Within Art and cultural property, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
John Ward and William Hancock are the names to note at Speechly Bircham LLP. The firm is notable for its diverse mix of clients; it represents, among others, a major French collector of pre-Columbian antiquities, the trustees of large UK families, and a range of philanthropists and donors.
Within Charities and not-for-profit, tier 4
John Ward’s team at Speechly Bircham LLP delivers ‘consistently appropriate advice’. The firm is active in the establishment of grants and in US/UK charitable structures, as well as handling charities mergers. Employment guru Trevor Bettany ‘understands difficult employee relations matters’. Clients include the RSPCA and Barnardo’s.
Within Contentious trusts and probate, Speechly Bircham LLP is a second tier firm,
Speechly Bircham LLP’s practice head Graeme Kleiner is ‘sensible, with good offshore knowledge’, and acts for trustees, executors and beneficiaries in disputes. He recently advised in relation to a multi-jurisdictional takeover of assets in a large trust. Litigator Andrea Zavos is ‘straightforward and sensible’, and has been active in relation to a significant disputed loan agreement. The firm ‘approaches difficulty in an objective way’.
Within Family, tier 4
Speechly Bircham LLP’s James Freeman is ‘one of the best family lawyers to work with’, and handles major work for ultra-high-net-worth individuals in property and sport. Victoria Francis ‘gets to the heart of the issue’, and was promoted to the partnership in November 2012.
Within Personal tax, trusts and probate, Speechly Bircham LLP is a second tier firm,
Speechly Bircham LLP has ‘technical expertise across a wide range of complex issues, both onshore and offshore’, advising on matters ranging from the mitigation of IHT on arts and heritage to the restructuring of high-end property and protection of trust assets from dissolute beneficiaries. Graeme Kleiner, Mark Summers, Dominic Lawrance, Alison Broadberry and John Ward ‘all have excellent reputations, superb knowledge and a friendly, doctor-like approach’. Charles Gothard joined Macfarlanes LLP in 2012.
London: Projects, energy and natural resources
London: Public sector
London: Real estate
Within Commercial property, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
Speechly Bircham LLP has a strong practice across regeneration, urban estates (where clients include Howard de Walden Estates), and private clients and funds divisions, and is well placed to assist on inward investment deals. The team recently acted for Henderson and P&O on the 82,500sq ft pre-let agreements for Regent Quarter, King’s Cross. Mark Smith, Lee Medlock, Robin Grove and Ashley Kopitko have ‘excellent sector knowledge’.
Within Construction, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
Speechly Bircham LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice focuses on UK property and contracting, and international engineering. Supplier clients include Atkins, Bouyges and United House, while purchaser clients include Derwent London and Harrods. Steven Carey and Tim Raper lead the eight-partner team on construction and real estate, respectively. Kevin Forsyth ‘considers every angle’.
Within Planning, tier 5
Speechly Bircham LLP recently provided strategic planning advice to Bouygues Developments regarding the mixed-use planning application for a development in Canning Town. Recent recruit Claire Fallows, whose clients include the Church Commissioners for England, has a ‘no-nonsense approach’.
Within Property finance, tier 4
Speechly Bircham LLP advised Lloyds TSB Bank on a £57m term loan to refinance a shopping centre acquisition, and acted for Bank of Scotland on the amendment and restatement of property investment and general corporate facilities totalling £95m. Brendan Slack is ‘technically strong, and goes the extra mile for clients, with a reliable team behind him’.
Within Property litigation, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
Speechly Bircham LLP is a trusted adviser to large developers and landowners. In 2012, Jeremy Hudson won a landmark enfranchisement case before the Supreme Court on behalf of Howard de Walden Estates. Group head Graham Ling is ‘tremendous with clients’, and land use specialist James Souter is ‘a real go-getter’.
London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
Within Data protection, Speechly Bircham LLP is a third tier firm,
Speechly Bircham LLP’s Robert Bond has ‘a strong grasp of the pragmatism needed to apply the law, and a good understanding of the changing nature of the technology landscape’. He has been leading on standalone compliance and advisory matters as well as corporate support work. Highlights included advising Daimler on implementing a Europe-wide whistleblower service, and advising both Pentair and Watson Pharmaceuticals on cross-border compliance issues. Vinod Bange joined Taylor Wessing LLP in 2012.
Within Intellectual property, tier 5
Speechly Bircham LLP’s strengths lie in soft IP protection and enforcement matters as well as technology sector litigation. Alexander Carter-Silk continued to represent the defendant in the SAS v WPL copyright case. Robin Lightner Maisashvili, who joined from Rouse Legal, and trade mark attorney Paul Nicholson are also recommended.
Within IT and telecoms, tier 5
Speechly Bircham LLP handles transactional, regulatory and disputes work for clients such as NTT Europe, Chartis/Global Switch and Savvis Communications Corporation. Alexander Carter-Silk heads the department, which includes technology lawyer Mark Bailey and telecoms expert Nathalie Moreno.
Within Media and entertainment, tier 4
Speechly Bircham LLP’s practice head Alexander Carter-Silk handles high-profile copyright litigation, and acts for clients including Elle Macpherson. Michelle Lewiston advises broadcasters and publishers on production and content agreements. Robert Bond advises digital media and computer game companies. Nicholas Tall joined f.
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Offices in London
- Corporate and commercial : Financial services
- Corporate and commercial : Flotations: small and mid-cap
- Corporate and commercial : M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- Corporate and commercial : Private equity: transactions
- Corporate and commercial : Venture capital
- Dispute resolution : Commercial litigation
- Finance : Corporate restructuring and insolvency
- Finance : Investment funds
- Finance : Securitisation
- Human resources : Employment: employers and senior executives
- 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
- Projects, energy and natural resources : PFI and PPP
- 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