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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood provides bespoke advice on a variety of commercial arrangements that are hugely significant to businesses' operations, including strategic alliances and large projects. Practice head Dan Holland, senior associates Naomi Leach, David Berry and others advise UCB on a wide range of matters, such as material transfer agreements (including the transfer of human samples), research and development agreements, and long-term framework agreements. Holland also serves as the lead adviser to Aviagen on standard exclusive and non-exclusive multijurisdictional agreements that are fundamental to its plans to grow its presence internationally. Another client is Malaysia-headquartered susbcription video-on-demand service iflix, for whom the firm handles promotional partnership arrangements, and dubbing and subtitling agreements, among other matters. Jonathan Kirsop acts for clients such as Barclays Bank, easyhotel and Ryanair.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood is most noted for its funds, asset and transport sector expertise, where the team stands out for having 'a deep knowledge of the subject matter'. It also has an active general corporate tax and real estate practice, alongside a growing offering of private equity tax services. Hugo Jenney heads the group and is currently advising Transport for London on tax aspects of the Crossrail development, and related structuring issues. John Meehan advised HC-One on a major acquisition of care homes from Bupa; and on Schroder UK Real Estate Fund's £44m investment in five self-storage facilities and related businesses. In another highlight, Maryanna Sharrock assisted Hong Kong-based SEA Holdings with its £258m acquisition of a corporate structure that owns 33 Old Broad Street, which included advise on tax provisions in the share sale documentation. Senior associate Kate Worthington is also recommended for her vast expertise in the real estate sector.

Leading individuals

Hugo Jenney - Stephenson Harwood

Next generation lawyers

Kate Worthington - Stephenson Harwood

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Stephenson Harwood

Marta Garcia¬† (who is ‚Äėvery thorough‚Äô and provides ‚Äėpragmatic recommendations‚Äô) heads the department at the ‚Äėincredibly responsive and commercially astute‚Äô¬†Stephenson Harwood¬†. Garcia¬†advised HC-One on the merger control aspects of its ¬£300m acquisition of a portfolio of care homes from Bupa, with assistance from associates¬†Anna Victoria Delahey¬†and¬†Rhiannon Davies¬†.¬†Garcia and Davies also advised on the merger control aspects of LaSalle Investment Management‚Äôs interests in a joint venture with intu in relation to the Chapelfield shopping centure in Norwich. The team has strengths in a number of sectors, including transport, financial services, life sciences, and energy.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 6

Stephenson Harwood

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

Led by the 'extremely knowledgeable and experienced' Tony Woodcock, Stephenson Harwood's seven-partner contentious team is 'responsive and highly effective in their handling of a range of complex issues' on behalf of individuals and institutions. 'One of the toughest and most obdurate practitioners in the field', Woodcock excels at handling regulatory investigations with a criminal complexion and has 'deep experience and the right manner and temperament to deal with senior executives in such situations'. 'A fierce fighter for her clients', who 'outwits even the wiliest of her opponents', Sara George has been involved in numerous high-profile matters including her representation of former UBS and Citigroup trader Tom Hayes accused of LIBOR manipulation. The 'commercial, pragmatic, creative and hardworking' Sean Jeffrey has a 'hugely impressive and diverse client base' that includes numerous Iranian and British-Iranian entities, which he represents in relation to financial crime matters. At associate level, David Hamilton  and Alan Ward are also recommended. On the advisory front, Richard Small specialises in market abuse, custody and regulatory issues impacting on the private wealth sector.

Leading individuals

Sara George - Stephenson Harwood

Tony Woodcock - Stephenson Harwood

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

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has a standout capability in funds-related IPOs, secondary fundraisings (by existing listed funds) and other funds-related matters; Alex Haynes acted for Strand Hanson (as NOMAD and broker) in the £55m AIM IPO of Guernsey-incorporated investment fund CIP Merchant Capital. William Saunders, who is another name to note in this area, advised LXI Reit Plc on its £138m Main Market IPO. Outside of funds-related corporate finance, the firm handles a significant number of high-profile AIM transactions for corporate issuers, NOMADs and brokers. Practice head Tom Nicholls advised Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited as NOMAD and broker on TruFin Plc's £185m AIM admission. Nicholls also acted for Arden Partners Plc as NOMAD and broker to law firm Gordon Dadds in its AIM listing, which followed a reverse takeover. Another key figure is Anthony Clare, who is advising Acacia Pharma Group Plc on its proposed Initial Global Offering and admission to trading on the regulated market of Euronext Brussels. Recently promoted partner Tom Page and senior associate David Dowding are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Tom Nicholls - Stephenson Harwood

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood

The team at¬†Stephenson Harwood¬†is praised for its ‚Äėexcellent service, rapid document turnaround and real commitment to getting the deal done‚Äô. It handles¬†public and private M&A in a wide variety of sectors; corporate head¬†Andrew Edge¬†is an expert in the healthcare and life sciences sectors and advised Acadia Healthcare on its ¬£1.3bn acquisition of Priory Group. He also acted for ENGIE on its ¬£330m acquisition of Keepmoat from TDR and Sun Capital and advised BTG on its acquisition of Galil Medical in a deal worth up to $110m.¬†Duncan Stiles¬†heads the London office's corporate finance offering and recently acted for Covanta on its strategic partnership with the Green Investment Group to develop, fund and own energy from waste projects in Ireland and the UK, with total enterprise value of ‚ā¨700m.¬†Andrew McLean's real estate highlights included assisting SEA Group with the ¬£260m acquisition of the corporate entities holding 33 Old Broad Street, London,¬†and advising real estate investment fund Tristan Capital on the ¬£245m acquisition of the company owning a portfolio of out of town shopping centres from Brockton Capital. Financial services and transport and logistics are other important sectors for the M&A practice, with key clients on these fronts including Kalibrate Technologies, Bowmark Capital and AET. The team augmented its private equity offering in 2017 with the hires of¬†Jonathan Pittal¬†,¬†Warren Allan¬†and¬†Gabriel Boghossian¬†from¬†King & Wood Mallesons.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

At Stephenson Harwood, group head Jonathan Pittal, Warren Allan and Gabriel Boghossian have continued to act for a number of their longstanding clients in midmarket transactions; Pittal and associate Pippa Byrne advised Bowmark Capital LLP and the other shareholders of Law Business Research (LBR) on the sale of LBR to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners. Another highlight saw Pittal, Boghossian and Byrne act for Inspired Education in a strategic investment by TA Associates. The three partners also have a particularly strong track record in private equity secondary transactions, which has previously involved advising clients such as SL Capital Partners and Five Arrows on the acquisition of private equity portfolios. They also assist funds-of-funds and banks with portfolio sales. Elsewhere, the team undertakes a significant amount of transactional work in regulated sectors such as insurance and healthcare. Other key members of the group include Ben Mercer, Elizabeth Field, Tony Edwards, Andrew McLean and Sam Gray.

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VAT and indirect tax
VAT and indirect tax - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's indirect tax team is integral to the firm's wider transactional practice, and predominantly handles VAT, SDLT and stamp duty matters that arise out of real estate, leasing, asset finance and transportation. The firm has also developed a niche in bespoke VAT and customs duty advice concerning shipping, aviation and fine art. Hugo Jenney leads the team and has expertise in tonnage tax and air passenger duty. In addition to transactional and advisory work, 'very good' Maryanna Sharrock is also experienced in VAT disputes. John Meehan and senior associate Kate Worthington provided sector-specific VAT advice to HC-One in relation to its £300m acquisition of care homes from Bupa.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood

‚ÄėLeading firm‚Äô Stephenson Harwood¬†provides ‚Äėstrong, thoughtful advice‚Äô in international fraud litigation, and is known for its experience in emerging markets such as Russia, the CIS, Africa and India. The firm is adept at handling injunctions such as freezing orders, search orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, receivership orders and gagging orders. Highlights include acting for a Russian businessman in relation to a $100m freezing order and fraud claims against him following the collapse of his business. Other clients include the former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Natixis and Unitech. ‚ÄėHighly respected adviser and draftsman‚Äô Alan Bercow¬†jointly heads the team with Ros Prince¬†who ‚Äėunderstands all aspects of fraud litigation like the back of her hand, is superb on interim injunction work and has the respect of her clients‚Äô. Also recommended are¬†Priya Grewal,¬†Kamal Shah, who¬†has ‚Äėsuperb strategic skills‚Äô, and John Fordham.

Ince & Co¬†specialises in fraud allegations that include forensic discovery and litigation and focuses on the shipping, trade and insurance sectors. Ben Ogden¬†heads the team. Joe O‚ÄôKeeffe¬†has left the firm to join Stephenson Harwood. The team has ‚Äėstrong dispute resolution expertise, especially with regards to insurance disputes, and also shows mastery of both case law and drafting‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Alan Bercow - Stephenson Harwood

John Fordham - Stephenson Harwood

Ros Prince - Stephenson Harwood

Next generation lawyers

Priya Grewal - Stephenson Harwood

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood¬†has ‚Äėthe distinction of being able to work across civil, criminal and regulatory cases with ease‚Äô.¬†The firm continues to advise the Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees in relation to claims against Kaupthing Bank worth $2.2bn. It also continues to represent an individual implicated in the LIBOR rigging scandal. Tony Woodcock¬†heads the team, he is ‚Äėsimply brilliant, has extraordinary judgement, a wonderful manner, and is a joy to be around‚Äô.¬†Sara George¬†is ‚Äėan impressive litigator with a very good FCA background‚Äô. Sean Jeffrey¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Tony Woodcock - Stephenson Harwood

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Finance litigation is a core practice area for Stephenson Harwood, which frequently advises on matters involving litigation in multiple jurisdictions and 'combines excellent sector knowledge with a genuine litigation focus'. The 'excellent team provides very prompt responses and is very strong at analysing cases' strengths and weaknesses'. Key work included acting for Natixis in a claim against Marex Financial (an independent commodities broker and trader) and Access World Logistics (Singapore) (a Glencore-owned provider of London Metal Exchange warehousing), which involved five spot-purchase contracts (and related repo transactions) for the sale of nickel; the case is expected to produce significant implications in the context of commodity financing, particularly the use of warehouse receipts in repo and other transactions of this nature. In other matters, the group advised Commerzbank on its claims against Liquimar Tankers Management and Pauline Shippingo, which arose out of loan and guarantee documentation that contained asymmetric jurisdiction agreements. The finance co-litigation heads are Sue Millar and Edward Davis. Other recommended names are commercial litigation department head John Fordham, 'who has excellent knowledge of cases', Richard Garcia, Donna Newman and Richard Gwynne.

Leading individuals

Sue Millar - Stephenson Harwood

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's 'excellent practice is genuinely focused on litigation'. It¬†has¬†particular expertise in cases involving financial services, shareholder disputes, public international law and fraud, which are frequently¬†multi- jurisdictional. The team represented¬†Blue Power in Business List proceedings against Eni, the Italian oil and gas multinational, which are valued at over ‚ā¨1 bn; the¬†matter arose out of an oil and gas field project, including¬†a claim for breach of contractual obligations of exclusivity that arose from Eni's engagement of third parties.¬†John Fordham¬†is department head;¬†Sue Millar¬†and¬†Edward Davis¬†are co-financial litigation heads; ¬†Richard Gwynne's practice covers¬†banking and finance litigation, shareholder and joint venture disputes, and complex cross-border disputes;¬†and¬†Richard Garcia¬†has¬†particular experience of shareholder, partnership, joint venture, post-acquisition and corporate investment disputes.¬†Sean Jeffrey¬†and Andrew Myers¬†are also highly rated,¬†Kate Cordery¬†was made partner, and Guy Harper¬†and Alina Neal¬†are key senior associates.

Leading individuals

John Fordham - Stephenson Harwood

Next generation lawyers

Guy Harper - Stephenson Harwood

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood 'performs excellently and its experienced practitioners are able to handle the most difficult and complex disputes efficiently'. The practice has emerging markets expertise and it is complemented by arbitration-focused specialists in the firm's marine and construction disputes teams. International arbitration group head Louis Flannery QC, who took silk in 2018, and Haris Zografakis acted for PDVSA Servicios in a commercially sensitive, high-value dispute concerning an agreement with a contractor for the drilling of oil wells. The 'highly effective' Kamal Shah, who heads the Africa and India groups, 'has become a force to reckon with in international arbitration; Shai Wade, who heads the upstream oil and gas disputes team, is 'an extraordinary lawyer with pure diligence'; counsel Duncan Bagshaw is 'very responsive and engaged throughout'; and Vivek Kapoor is a key senior associate.

Leading individuals

Louis Flannery - Stephenson Harwood

Next generation lawyers

Vivek Kapoor - Stephenson Harwood

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Mediators
Mediators - ranked: tier 3

John Fordham - Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood’s commercial litigation head John Fordham is regularly instructed in high-value and complex mediations; Fordham has particular strength in financial services and shareholder disputes and has a strong international practice. He recently mediated a high-value, unfair prejudice petition brought by a minority shareholder.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

A significant part of Stephenson Harwood's public international law (PIL) practice is focused on international sanctions and international enforcement actions; and it is best known for advising governments or state-owned corporations. The group is also noted for Africa-related matters and has a growing investment treaty and investor-state disputes practice. PIL practice leader Kamal Shah is also head of the Africa and India groups; Sue Millar is also a key contact; and Stephen Ashley, who has particular experience in EU and UK-related sanctions' matters, and Vivek Kapoor are notable senior associates.

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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

While it remains best-known for its 'strong ship finance offering', where it acts on behalf of lenders and operators, Stephenson Harwood also continues to gain traction in the rail market and is instructed by a varied array of clients including franchise owning groups (Abellio East Anglia, Arriva Trains Wales) as well as traditional and new entrant financiers (Macquarie, Rock and Infracapital). Lisa Marks recently advised Corelink Rail Infrastructure on the financing to facilitate West Midlands Trains' purchase of over 100 new trains from Bombardier Transportation and Construcciones Y Auxiliar De Ferrocarriles SA as part of the planned upgrade for the West Midlands rail franchise. On the shipping front, the 'very talented' Ian Mace is gaining a reputation as a 'rising force' in the sector and heads a team that also includes the 'astute and technically strong' Jonathan Ward and the 'very experienced and knowledgeable' Mark Russell. Senior associate Sheila Obhrai has strong ties with numerous lenders including KfW IPEX, which she recently advised on two euro term loan facilities made available to a prominent cruise company to finance the construction in Germany and Finland of two newbuild cruise ships. Richard Parsons heads up the firm's aviation finance offering and, as well as developing a strong track record for handling aircraft portfolio acquisitions and disposals, generates a significant amount of work from asset management entities that are increasingly active in the sector as well as traditional finance providers including DVB Bank and BNP Paribas. Rail finance head Graeme McLellan is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Mark Russell - Stephenson Harwood

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 6

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood¬†'s five-partner team covers a diverse array of work, ranging from public and private acquisition finance through to funds finance and corporate lending matters.¬†Jonathan Proctor¬†handles new money and restructuring mandates for borrowers and lenders; he recently represented ICICI Bank on the provision of a ¬£15m secured corporate lending facility to India-based consultancy and engineering company Enzen Global. The firm also has a significant track record for handling emerging market financing matters for banks and corporates, particularly in relation to deals with a nexus to Francophone African countries. In this regard,¬†David Lacey¬†recently acted for British Arab Commercial Bank on a¬†‚ā¨10m loan to the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority for the purposes of funding loans to SME businesses in Cote d'Ivoire. Team head¬†James Linforth¬†is also recommended.  

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Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood is 'outstanding - client-focused and with a very deep level of knowledge in this area; the advice is concise, readable and extremely useful'. Clients remark that the lawyers 'combine an understanding of the underlying commercial realities with legal inventiveness and simple hard graft, which is a perfect combination'. The firm handles the full range of commodities but has notable strength in the energy, metals and mining sectors. Among its clients are banks such as Macquarie and Rabobank, Trading houses including Mercuria and Stemcor, power companies E.ON and ENEL, and oil majors such as Repsol. 'They are among the very best and should come very highly rated' remarks one source about practice head Haris Zografakis and senior associate Mark Lakin. They advised PDVSA Services on a $129m case regarding a call for payment under a drilling contract. 'Outstanding operator and trusted adviser' Peter Bennett has more than 25 years' experience in the commodity, energy and trading markets and clients describe him as 'a senior practitioner who has a good understanding of the market and the law; he has seen it all'. Newly promoted partner Jonathan Spearing is 'very adept at advising on commodity-related contract drafting'. Paolo Ghirardani has a respected shipping and commodities disputes practice and he is the key partner for major clients Chevron and Vitol.

Leading individuals

Haris Zografakis - Stephenson Harwood

Peter Bennett - Stephenson Harwood

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan Spearing - Stephenson Harwood

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 7

Stephenson Harwood

As well as regularly handling domestic insolvency work on behalf of IPs, Stephenson Harwood continues to represent other stakeholders, including companies, lenders and funds, in cross-border restructuring matters, particularly in sector areas of focus for the firm including international trade, oil and gas, and shipping. Recent highlights include Elizabeth Elliott's work for the Board of the Pension Protection Fund as one of the principal creditor's to BHS, and Susan Moore 's representation of SHL Offshore Contractors as the main and largest stakeholder on the multimillion-pound rescue of Scottish engineering company BiFab. On the contentious insolvency front,  Stuart Frith and Julian Cahn are both noted for their 'great judgement and excellent litigation strategy'.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's 'competent and reliable' team is 'a key name in the market for AIM listed companies' with a client base including easyHotel, Patagonia Gold and Focusrite. The team also acted for Lavendon Group on the incentive aspects of its acquisition by Loxam, assisted Kalibrate Technologies with the share plan elements of its takeover by Canterbury Acquisition and handled the share components of Novacyt's AIM listing. Barbara Allen heads up the team and is 'genuinely excellent'; senior associate Anika Chandra is also a key name to note.

Leading individuals

Barbara Allen - Stephenson Harwood

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

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood excels across employment law with clients praising its 'excellent strength in High Court employment work' and its 'entrepreneurial approach to transactional work'. On the non-contentious side, the team advised Charles Stanley Group on the employment elements of the disposal of its SIPP and SSAS pension administration business to Embark Group, and assisted Trenitalia c2c with its acquisition of the city to coast UK passenger franchise from National Express including related TUPE issues. The group's recent litigation expertise includes defending an AIM listed financial services company in an unfair dismissal claim and acting for 23 claimants in proceedings against a former employer regarding failures to honour contractual obligations. Mark Catchpole leads the team, which fields 'steely adversary' Kate Brearley, the 'highly professional' Anne Pritam, Paul Reeves, who is 'one of the most experienced employment practitioners around'; and the 'unrelenting' Purvis Ghani, who is 'fierce and tireless in the pursuit of his client's interests'.

Leading individuals

Kate Brearley - Stephenson Harwood

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood 'has an excellent reputation in the pensions litigation market' with team co-head and 'tremendous litigator' Helena Berman, the 'first-rate and strategically brilliant' Jenny McKeown and the 'brilliant' co-head Philip Goodchild making the group 'a first choice for clients'. Recent mandates include representing the representative beneficiary of the BT Pension Scheme in proceedings opposing the BT's application to change the scheme's price index, acting for Honda Motor Europe and Honda of the UK Manufacturing in rectification claims, and representing the trustees of the Barnardo's Staff Pension Scheme in the Supreme Court in a claim relating to indexing issues. The non-contentious group is led by the 'knowledgeable and experienced' Mark Catchpole; he advised Bic Pension Scheme on issues relating to benefits payable to different member classes and assisted the Bank of Montreal with the introduction of new arrangements. Clients also single out senior associate Naeem Noor, who 'always delivers'.

Leading individuals

Helena Berman (dispute resolution) - Stephenson Harwood

Jenny McKeown (dispute resolution) - Stephenson Harwood

Next generation lawyers

Naeem Noor (dispute resolution) - Stephenson Harwood

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 5

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's marine insurance group is ‚Äėexcellent in terms of quality of advice‚Äô, offering clients ‚Äėlegal and offshore industry knowledge and speed of response‚Äô. Its focus on marine insurance makes it a go-to firm for London and continental insurers and reinsurers in relation to insurance coverage liability and subrogated disputes; the team also advises on policy wordings across the board in offshore disputes.¬†Simon Moore¬†acted for Navigators Insurance Company, Travelers Syndicate 5000 at Lloyd's, and others in the high-profile case of the B Atlantic, which was detained in Venezuela in 2007; the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the clients in May 2018. In other highlights,¬†team head Alex Davis¬†oversaw the firm‚Äôs appointment to the legal panels of RSA and Brit Insurance, as well as managing the firm's relationship with Talbot and Hiscox. Also noteworthy is the ‚Äėexperienced and commercially minded‚Äô Nick Barber,¬†who specialises in hull, cargo and liability insurance, ‚Äėdemonstrates a clear grasp of the legal issues and provides excellent advice‚Äô.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood‚Äôs ‚Äėexperienced team‚Äô is ‚Äėvery switched on, very able‚Äô and provides ‚Äėexcellent commercial advice‚Äô for claimants and defendants across a range of professional negligence disputes. The team is representing the National House-Building Council in a ¬£41m claim against its former auditor and tax adviser, PwC; advising Mark Weiss Limited and Mark Weiss in a $10.8m case against Sotheby's relating to the sale of a painting which is now alleged to be a forgery; and acting for Mercer, Sedgwick Noble Lowndes and Sedgwick Financial Services in a ¬£10m pensions tax negligence case arising out of the Sea Containers chapter 11 insolvency proceedings. Among the team,¬†Andrew Myers¬†is noted for property-related disputes; regulatory litigator Tony Woodcock¬†is ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô; the ‚Äėincredibly clever‚Äô Richard Garcia¬†is active in finance-related disputes; Helena Berman¬†is ‚Äėabsolutely first-rate, brings a huge amount to any case‚Äô and is active across a range of pensions, trusts, legal and tax-related cases; and recently promoted partner Kate Cordery¬†has ‚Äėplenty of energy and verve and is a clear thinker who inspires confidence‚Äô. Senior associates¬†Guy Harper¬†and Paul Hollands¬†are also recommended. Roland Foord¬†and Stephen Roberts, who is ‚Äėvery commercial, bright, is able to see the wood for the trees‚Äô and is ‚Äėnot afraid of arguing his point in the most charming of ways‚Äô, head the team.

Leading individuals

Roland Foord - Stephenson Harwood

Next generation lawyers

Kate Cordery - Stephenson Harwood

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Hedge funds
Hedge funds - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood provides 'an overall excellent level of service'. Practice head James Tinworth  'thinks in a way that really adapts to each case, providing customised service that takes into account the broader commercial context' - he acted as European counsel on the launch of Atmosphere Capital and Atmosphere Energy Fund, including negotiating the shareholders agreement as well as handling EU regulation - he also advised Profision Shipping Capital Management on creating a Cayman-domiciled fund investing in forward freight agreements. Other highlights concern new manager spin-outs. Ravel Capital Management is another key client.

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Listed funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood acts for both investment banks and funds, covering a mixture of asset classes and types of work. William Saunders  and senior associate Kate Longman advised LXI REIT on its IPO, which raised £138m; they also advised AIM-listed APQ Global on a convertible unsecured loan stock issuance on the London Stock Exchange's International Securities Market. Alex Haynes advised GCP Infrastructure Investments on a £170m placing programme, while Elizabeth Field advised on the launch of Jupiter Emerging & Frontier Income Trust plc, the manager's first new investment trust for ten years, and advised the same sponsor on the winding up of the Jupiter Dividend & Growth Trust. Investment bank clients include Cenkos Securities, which Haynes advised as sponsor of a share placing by Civitas Social Housing, and Nplus1 Singer Advisory and Stifel Nicolaus, which Haynes jointly advised as co-placing agents (Nplus1 Singer Advisory also acting as financial adviser in addition), on  the launch of a listed REIT investing in private rented sector housing. In the CLO space, the firm advised Fair Oaks Income on a restructuring of the fund, the feeder fund in a master-feeder structure. Other clients include Strand Hanson, Winterflood Securities, Stockdale Securities and Gravis Capital Management, a new manager which Haynes advised on its debut fund.

Leading individuals

William Saunders - Stephenson Harwood

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood¬†¬†fields a ‚Äėvery well-respected and market-leading team that provides great customer service, very good representation and high levels of advice with a great ability to adapt quickly as needed‚Äô. The ‚Äėpragmatic and friendly‚Äô Roland Foord¬†garners considerable praise as someone who is ‚Äėvery experienced in the art world with an excellent grasp of fact and detail‚Äô. The group has ‚Äėgreat experience and expertise at all levels and its advice is consistently reliable, constructive and straightforward‚Äô. Stephen Roberts is known as a skilled litigator in the fine arts sector.¬† The team continues to be engaged in some of the largest and most complex disputes and has also been busy providing non-contentious advice to high profile individuals in the art market. In a significant matter that is attracting media interest the team is acting for Mark Weiss Limited and Mark Weiss (an established London old master dealer) in a dispute over a painting that was sold privately through Sotheby‚Äôs as a work by Frans Hals. There are now questions about the painting‚Äôs authenticity. Other clients include a major museum in the Middle East.

Leading individuals

Roland Foord - Stephenson Harwood

Stephen Roberts - Stephenson Harwood

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

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood¬†has ‚Äėassembled a highly talented and effective contentious trusts team‚Äô. The ‚Äėhighly experienced‚Äô Jenny McKeown¬† is ‚Äėtenacious and pragmatic; she manages her team and clients extremely well and leaves no stone unturned in the quest to get the right answer and then a win for her client‚Äô. The ‚Äėcommercial and constructive‚Äô¬†Helena Berman¬†is also recommended. At associate level Kasia Sikora-Sikorski¬†has a ‚Äėkeen eye for detail and an absolute mastery of the facts‚Äô. Alice Scott-Gatty¬†is ‚Äėreally excellent with a strategic insight of someone many years her senior‚Äô and Peter Gillis¬† is ‚Äėinsightful, commercial and pays good attention to detail‚Äô.¬† In a complex and multi-jurisdictional matter the team is acting for the Ong family who claimed that the house in which they once lived was the subject of a trust in which they are the beneficiaries. The ‚Äėslick‚Äô group routinely advises high-net-worth clients on a broad range of contentious trusts and probate matters frequently with an offshore element.

Leading individuals

Jenny McKeown - Stephenson Harwood

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood¬†has a ‚Äėstrong client focused team that wants to clearly understand each client‚Äôs situation so that it can identify the best solution for that client‚Äô. The ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô James Quarmby¬†has ‚Äėexcellent technical knowledge which shines through and he can dissect difficult subjects into a more comprehensible format for clients. He is a very much in your corner regardless of the risk or complexity‚Äô. Newly promoted partner Emily Osborne¬†is ‚Äėvery much in demand. She is extremely knowledgeable and provides succinct advice. She is an excellent choice for extremely complex cross-border matters‚Äô. Associate¬†Alice Vink¬† is a ‚Äėreal rising star and is partner material. She is also knowledgeable and personable. She is well able to give very practical advice even when under pressure‚Äô. The team acts for UNHWI individuals and family offices internationally. Hugo Jenney¬†is another known name and heads up the firm‚Äôs ‚Äėfamily office‚Äô team specialising in advising ultra-wealthy international families. The team is praised for ‚Äėresponding at all hours and is available at short notice which makes it an ideal team for our more entrepreneurial clients where time is of the essence‚Äô.

Leading individuals

James Quarmby - Stephenson Harwood

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Clients recommend Stephenson Harwood 's Jonathan Cripps and senior associate Phil Harris who recently advised a new client on issues arising from the insolvency of the contractor on a portfolio of five projects. In other highlights, the firm oversaw a number of significant debt portfolio restructurings and represented lenders and sponsors in financing transactions. Also notable is senior associate Ian Pumfrey who supported Carter to assist the North London Waste Authority on its energy recovery facility in Enfield. Experienced project finance partner Rubin Weston joined the practice from Baker Botts (UK) LLP to bolster its offering, specifically in Russia and Eastern Europe. Among the firm's enviable client roster feature new names such as 3i and Hitachi.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood 's Stuart Beadnall has a strong track record dealing with the maritime aspects of the oil and gas industry and recently advised an offshore contractor on its floating production, storage and offloading vessel in connection with an oil field in the North Sea. Max Lemanski is currently representing the owner of a floating production storage and offloading unit undergoing a complete refit pursuant to its redeployment from the North Sea to the coast of Brazil, and the group recently handled an increasing volume of new LNG, FSRU and FLNG-related mandates. On the contentious side, clients can rely on Haris Zografakis - who heads the commodities practice - and Sean Gibbons who most recently handled a commercial litigation case pertaining to alleged unpaid fees on behalf of a state-owned oil and gas company.

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

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood 's specialist power offering covers the development, financing, disposal and acquisition of projects. Notable clients in the solar space include Lightsource while E.ON and Drax feature among the firm's key with regards to biomass and coal to co-firing conversion schemes. Corporate partner Andrew McLean co-heads the firm's consumer and energy practices. Other notable contacts include Graeme Barton , Rebecca Carter , Jonathan Cripps and Ron Nobbs who specialises in construction and engineering issues - both advisory and contentious - with regards to the full gamut of projects.

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London: Public sector

Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

The ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô team a¬†Stephenson Harwood¬† ‚Äėhave an enviable knowledge‚Äô of the healthcare industry and advise private sector clients on M&A deals, corporate transactions, restructuring and joint ventures.¬† Karima Hudson¬† is singled out for her ‚Äėprofessional manner and wealth of experience‚Äô¬† in advising healthcare operators on M&A and corporate matters.¬† Recent instructions include acting for Salutem Healthcare on the acquisitions of Pathways Care Group, Modus Care and associated equity and debt financing arrangements. Jordan Hurwitz and Olivia Short ‚Äėprovide invaluable support‚Äô¬†are names to note. Jonathan Pittal¬† and Warren Allan¬† joined from King & Wood Mallesons.  

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has a well-known property investment practice and has been especially active in portfolio transactions in the logistics and alternatives markets. In one stand-out matter, Simon Brading assisted HC-One with its £300m acquisition of 122 care homes from Bupa. Department head Jonathon Wilkes advised Tristan Capital on the £245m sale to Brockton Capital of a portfolio of retail parks and warehouses across the UK. The team also has broad experience in the hotel and leisure sector. Indeed, Wilkes advised easyHotel UK ok the acquisition of four new properties for the future conversion or redevelopment to supplement its hotel portfolio in England and Wales. AccorInvest and Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group are additional leisure-sector clients. Stephen Laud assisted Hong Kong-based Noble Chariot on its £135m purchase of 3 St James’s Square. Laud has also advised Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust on property acquisitions, disposals and pre-letting transactions. James Trundle and Robert Newman are also recommended. Catriona Berman joined the team from Goodwin.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's disputes team is led by Ron Nobbs (who is 'a fantastic strategist with outstanding commercial acumen') and Paul Thwaite ('a very calm and determined litigator'). Recent work includes acting for ENGIE in relation to a £6.6m dispute with Lend Lease Construction (Europe) Ltd relating to alleged defects in the design and construction of the major refurbishment of the government building at 100 Parliament Street; and advising Multiplex following the high-profile insolvency of one of its subcontractors, the Dunne Group. Graeme Barton heads the transactional team, specialising in the energy, hotels and leisure and education sectors. Rebecca Carter is also recommended for her experience in infrastructure projects as well as outsourcing and strategic service delivery projects. In the past year the team have notably continued to attract a number of new rail instructions, acting for Abellio, Northern Rail, Arriva and CAF. Other highlights include advising Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group on all aspects of the £50m restoration and renovation of its flagship Knightsbridge hotel.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Ben Stansfield heads up the team at Stephenson Harwood, which provides a ‚Äėterrific service‚Äô to clients. The team primarily advises developers of energy infrastructure projects, in particular low carbon power generation; real estate clients, in particular investors and developers, on contaminated land; multinational industrial corporates on product regulation; and on criminal prosecutions for breach of environmental law. Senior associate Lorrae Hendry ‚Äėcombines excellent planning advice with environment, assisting lateral thinking in cases.‚Äô Hendry has extensive experience advising on the planning and grid aspects of solar projects and environmental liabilities in property transactions. Recent work for the team includes advising North London Waste Authority on all aspects of applying for and obtaining a DCO for a ¬£500m national infrastructure project to build an Energy Recovery Facility in north London.

Leading individuals

Ben Stansfield - Stephenson Harwood

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Ben Stansfield heads the practice at Stephenson Harwood, which is particularly strong in the infrastructure space as well as the energy and renewables sectors. Senior associate Lorrae Hendry  specialises in complex statutory agreements, planning law risks and environmental liabilities; recent work includes applying for a development consent order for an energy-from-waste project in North London. Hendry also has extensive experience advising on the planning and grid aspects of solar projects.

Leading individuals

Ben Stansfield - Stephenson Harwood

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

The team at Stephenson Harwood handled an increasing amount of high-value cross-border transactions, particularly involving Asian investment; recent highlights include practice head James Linforth acting for Hong Kong-based SEA Holdings on the £169m financing by HSBC of its acquisition of 33 Old Broad Street, and Jonathan Proctor advising DBS Bank in relation to the acquisition and development of a property in Basingstoke by a joint venture SPV subsidiary of two large Singaporean holding companies. The team counts a number of banks among its clients, including RBS, HSBC and ING, and has extended its client base to include alternative lenders such as funds and insurers; Paul Hayward-Surry and George Vaughton, who was promoted to partner in May 2017, recently advised Barings Real Estate Advisers on an £81m investment loan to a vehicle managed by Schroders for the purchase of  1 Spinningfields, Manchester. Jayesh Patel and Andrew Hill are also key figures.

Leading individuals

Jayesh Patel - Stephenson Harwood

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

The team at Stephenson Harwood is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and its relationship with clients is excellent‚Äô. The ‚Äėshrewd and determined‚Äô Andrew Myers leads a group that delivers ‚Äėa proactive approach and fine eye for detail‚Äô. Myers is dual-qualified as a barrister and is advocating for client Sovereign Property Holdings in a high value overage claim in the Court of Appeal. A separate Court of Appeal matter saw the team acting for Generator Developments in a claim against Lidl for failing to honour a joint venture agreement. Partner Sophie Schultz is ‚Äėfiercely intelligent, hugely knowledgeable and has great instincts in litigation‚Äô. Together with Myers she is advising the Royal College of Art on obtaining vacant possession of a site recently purchased for the development of a ¬£108m campus. Associate William Payne 'is quick to get to grips with even very difficult and complex issues'. Rights of light and development and construction nuisance are core strengths for the firm.

Leading individuals

Andrew Myers - Stephenson Harwood

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's data protection and information law team is recommended for 'pragmatic advice and competitive fees'. The group has experience advising on GDPR compliance issues and data transfer agreements and registrations. Clients include those in the financial services, pharma and life sciences sectors. The 'pragmatic and experienced' practice head Jonathan Kirsop  attracts praise for his ability to 'work effectively with both lawyers and colleagues in the business' on a range of matters.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

‚ÄėWell-established and well-regarded‚Äô Stephenson Harwood¬†is ‚Äėvery good, both in terms of knowledge, depth of team and response times‚Äô. It is adept at handling investigations by the FCA, SFO, the¬†Competition and Markets Authority¬†(CMA), DOJ, SEC and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The firm continues to act for Rawlinson & Hunter Trustees in relation to claims against the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing, this case is worth over ¬£1.5b. Another highlight includes acting for the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission in an investigation in to the collapse of Enterprise Insurance. Key practitioner Tony Woodcock¬†is ‚Äėa star lawyer, wonderful to deal with and has a wealth of experience and great judgement‚Äô. Sara George¬†is ‚Äėan impressive litigator with a very good FCA background‚Äô. Sean Jeffrey¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Tony Woodcock - Stephenson Harwood

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

The 'helpful' technology team at Stephenson Harwood is singled out for its 'excellent response times and industry knowledge'. A team led by Dan Holland acted for Trenitalia c2c and Arriva UK Trains on the procurement of software and hardware for the implementation of electronic smart ticketing systems. In another highlight the department acts for Belleway Limited on its $42m project to construct a Bitcoin mining data centre in Azerbaijan. Holland jointly heads the practice with Jonathan Kirsop; other key figures include senior associate David Berry, who recently joined from Addleshaw Goddard. Infinite Intelligence Technologies, Avaloq and UCB Biopharma are clients.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

The 'bright, commercially-minded, and creative' intellectual property practice at Stephenson Harwood¬†'combines practice and experience from different jurisdictions', and is considered 'a leading firm in multi-jurisdictional IP litigation'. The team acted for GlaxoSmithKline in a trade mark dispute¬†against Sandoz, in relation to the use of colour purple on asthma inhalers. The 'formidable litigator'¬†and 'experienced negotiator and strategist'¬†Eifion Morris¬†lalongside the 'calm and imperturbable solution-seeker'Rob Jacob, which includes proceedings across several jurisdictions.¬†Morris and Jacob¬†jointly head the practice alongside the 'highly knowledgeable'¬†Alexandra Pygall, who is singled out for her¬†'excellent¬†litigation strategy'. In another highlight, the team is representing Blue Power in a¬†‚ā¨1bn damages claim for breach of contract and breach of confidence including a misuse of trade secrets against¬†Eni. It is also¬†acting for¬†Eureka Shipping in a patent infringement dispute relating to technology for the loading, transport and unloading of cement products.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

The 'excellent', 'very pragmatic' and 'professional' Stephenson Harwood focuses on intellectual property and corporate matters in this space. Corporate partner Andrew Edge jointly heads heads the team and recently advised Novacyt on its dual listing on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris. Another key name on the corporate side is Anthony Clare, who assisted Acacia Pharma with its listing on Euronext Brussels. Team co-head Alexandra Pygall specialises in IP and is 'highly knowledgeable in this field'. For contentious matters, her litigation strategy is 'excellent' and she is also 'highly effective' in mediation. Rob Jacob is another key member of the IP team, with notable strengths in trade mark work. Also recommended is senior associate Eibhlin Vardy, who is experienced in patent litigation.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Stephenson Harwood

Football and motorsports are the linchpins of Stephenson Harwood's practice, which is led by Louis Flannery QC. Within football, insolvency-related work is a particular strength: the 'superb' Julian Cahn, who is especially active in the sports sector, continued to defend the liquidators of RFC 2012 (formerly Rangers FC) against a £27m claim brought by Ticketus regarding its ticket purchase agreement. He also acted for the trustees in Boris Becker's bankruptcy proceedings, and advised the joint receivers of the shares in Global Gaming Ventures (Developments). Construction is another area of activity for the department: Jonathan Cripps continued to act for Heads of the Valley Development on the £425m construction of a motorsports complex in South Wales. Elsewhere, James Quarmby advised Legacy Community Foundation, set up to provide sports training and facilities in disadvantages areas, on its creation and registration with the Charity Commission.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood¬†has an ‚Äėimpressive team‚Äô which is praised for the ‚Äėdepth of its knowledge and the speed with which it is imparted‚Äô; it is a ‚Äėstand-out firm for commercial aviation disputes and regulatory problems.‚Äô The team represented Ryanair on a ‚ā¨70m contractual dispute with Hertz Europe and also acted for Ryanair in a regulatory dispute with the UK's air traffic services provider, NATS. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company, Jordan Aviation, AirAsia and American Airlines are also clients. Aviation litigator Paul Phillips¬†heads the team and is ‚Äėmeticulous in his preparation and leaves no stone unturned‚Äô.Senior associate Chloe Challinor¬†is praised for her ‚Äėin-depth knowledge‚Äô and her ‚Äėno-nonsense attitude‚Äô; and is noted for aviation disputes. Associate Johnny Champion¬†¬†has an¬†'exceptional ability to understand and marshal complex technical detail.‚Äô¬†Richard Parsons¬†is global head of aviation.

Leading individuals

Paul Phillips - Stephenson Harwood

Next generation lawyers

Chloe Challinor - Stephenson Harwood

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood‚Äôs ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô department is active across franchising, rolling stock and infrastructure mandates and is noted for its experience in high-profile rail projects. The team continues to advise Abellio East Anglia Franchise on the implementation of its franchise agreement commitments and related strategic issues; is advising CAF on the manufacture and supply of rolling stock to the Caledonian Sleeper Franchise, the Northern Rail franchise, the TransPennine Express franchise and the West Midlands franchise; and advises TfL and Rail for London (Infrastructure) on a range of matters relating to Crossrail. The team also advised Lloyds Bank and RBS on the sale of a fleet of passenger train rolling stock to Beacon Rail Leasing. Trenitalia c2c, Corelink Rail Infrastructure and Arriva UK Trains are also clients. Global head of rail Graeme McLellan¬†is noted for his asset finance expertise, and the ‚Äėexceptional‚Äô Tammy Samuel¬†is experienced in franchising and concessions work. Other key figures include¬†Suzanne Tarplee, who is active across franchising, rolling stock and rail regulation; asset finance specialist Lisa Marks; projects partner Graeme Barton; senior associate Darren Fodey; and disputes partners Paul Thwaite¬†and Ron Nobbs.

Leading individuals

Graeme McLellan - Stephenson Harwood

Tammy Samuel - Stephenson Harwood

Next generation lawyers

Darren Fodey - Stephenson Harwood

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood¬†is a ‚Äėfriendly and approachable firm‚Äô which has ‚Äėexcellent attention to detail and logistical acumen‚Äô and is noted for its experience in high-value and complex shipping disputes. The team acted for the successful shipowners in a Supreme Court decision arising out of the seizure of the vessel MV Longchamp by Somali pirates and represented Commerzbank in a case which examined shipping loan agreements. It is also acting for PDVSA group companies in a number of shipping disputes. Head of marine and international trade Mike Phillips¬†is ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô; Nick Barber¬†is noted for his ‚Äėadmiralty expertise, his¬†brilliant investigative knowledge and experience‚Äô; Stuart Beadnall¬†regularly advises on the maritime aspects of the oil and gas industry; Paolo Ghirardani¬†is ‚Äėsimply brilliant‚Äô; Cristan Evans¬†is ‚Äėvery professional, responsive and delivers a high-quality service‚Äô; Alex Davis¬†leads the marine insurance and marine and casualty response groups; Tony Concagh¬†is ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable‚Äô; Sean Gibbons¬†is noted for his experience in acting for Korean shipowners and shipyards in disputes; and Ingolf Kaiser is ‚Äėvery experienced. Simon Moore, Max Lemanski, Duncan McDonald, Haris Zografakis¬†and senior associate Tom Adams¬†are also key members of the team. Menelaus Kouzoupis¬†recently joined from HFW.

Leading individuals

Alex Davis - Stephenson Harwood

Mike Phillips - Stephenson Harwood

Paolo Ghirardani - Stephenson Harwood

Sean Gibbons - Stephenson Harwood

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