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Stephenson Harwood

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood advises on a range of agreements, from day-to-day trading arrangements to one-off complex and strategic alliances, with a particular focus on the food and drink, transportation, hospitality and life sciences sectors. Dan Holland specialises in centralised procurement structures and consignment manufacturing arrangements. He co-leads the team with Jonathan Kirsop, who has notable expertise in advising on commercial arrangements in the art and cultural property market.

Practice head(s):Dan Holland; Jonathan Kirsop

Testimonials

'The team is very strong'

'The team is very easy to work with and commercial, and work is always completed to a very high standard'

Key Clients

Astellas Pharma Europe Limited

Incyte Biosciences Technical Operations Sàrl

Aviagen Limited

UCB Biopharma Sprl

City Sightseeing

Trenitalia c2c Limited

Arriva UK Trains Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Astellas Pharma Europe Limited on a wide range of commercial contract matters, including service agreements, distribution agreements and technology contracts.
  • Advising Incyte Biosciences Technical Operations Sàrl on a number of agreements for the procurement of equipment for a new biologics facility.
  • Advising Aviagen Limited on exclusive and non-exclusive agreements for the international supply of goods and the provision of ancillary services.
  • Advising on numerous commercial contracts for UCB, acting as a quasi-extension of its in-house legal team.
  • Advising City Sightseeing on global franchising operations and ad hoc commercial queries.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's key areas of tax sector expertise are funds, transportation and asset finance. The group is often called upon to advise on M&A, financing and real estate matters and is also able to assist clients with the restructuring of complex tax planning arrangements. Department head Hugo Jenney handles corporate and personal tax; Maryanna Sharrock is a business tax expert; senior associate Kate Worthington has particular experience in real estate transactions.

Practice head(s):Hugo Jenney

Other key lawyers:Maryanna Sharrock; John Meehan; Hilary Barclay; Kate Worthington

Key Clients

Transport for London

ENGIE

HSBC/HSBC Pension Fund

Tristan Capital

LXI REIT

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted  on a number of sales and acquisitions on behalf of private equity investment firm Bowmark Capital including: the acquisition of Lawyers on Demand and the Instant Group and Ask4 and the sale of Nexus Vehicle Rental
  • Acted for Subsea7 on the acquisition of Siem Offshore Contractors and 2 ships
  • Act for LXi in respect of direct and indirect property acquisitions and other real estate matters as well as regular group restructuring work.
Leading individuals

Hugo Jenney - Stephenson Harwood

Rising stars

Kate Worthington - Stephenson Harwood

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Stephenson Harwood

The competition department at Stephenson Harwood handles a wide spectrum of competition law matters, such as merger control, behavioural investigations, state aid, commercial agreements, and licensing and other IP arrangements. The team often works in conjunction with other departments, particularly in industries of strategic importance for the firm including financial services, rail, shipping and healthcare, in which it has been expanding its presence with new mandates. Marta Isabel Garcia heads up the practice, where consultant Bryony Roy is also noted.

Practice head(s):Marta Isabel Garcia

Other key lawyers:Bryony Roy

Testimonials

'The competition team provides excellent, commercial advice - not only do they know the law, they do a terrific job of applying it to transactions in a pragmatic manner'

'The team’s expertise and knowledge are excellent and lead to the desired results'

'What makes the team unique is that all partners and associates are very quick, client-focused, and dedicated to achieving favourable results'

'Marta Garcia is a first-rate lawyer – she makes herself available at short notice to meet transactional demands'

'Marta Isabel Garcia is an absolute expert in her field due to her vast knowledge and experience. She is realistic about the evidence and the facts at hand and manages the expectations of her client very well'

Key Clients

Snap-On

MOL (Europe Africa)

T3 Micro

MGA Entertainment

Work highlights

  • Advised T3 Micro and MGA Entertainment on issues relating to potential resale-price maintenance practices.
  • Provided training and advice to MOL (Europe Africa), the European and African subsidiary of shipping company MOL, on information exchange in the specific context of joint ventures.
  • Advising Incyte Corporation on a variety of distribution and marketing issues in relation to the sale of its pharmaceutical products across Europe, aiming at ensuring that all practices are compliant with competition laws.
Next Generation Partners

Marta Isabel Garcia - Stephenson Harwood

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has experience working for nominated advisers and companies across London's AIM, Main Market and Specialist Funds Segment. Given the breadth of industry sectors and market segments it handles, the team managed to stay very active in the face of a mercurial market, having acted in nearly 70 London ECM deals in 2018. Moreover, the firm has continued to invest in the ECM group through new partner promotions in 2018 and 2019. The practice group is headed by Tom Nicholls, 'a talented and business-oriented lawyer with great knowledge of the London market; an absolute go-to'.

Practice head(s):Tom Nicholls

Other key lawyers:Tony Edwards; Anthony Clare; Tom Page; David Dowding

Testimonials

'Whatever the issue and without fail, they always provide well-considered, detailed and balanced advice.'

'Experts in small and mid-cap work, both ECM and M&A.'

'A team of talented individuals who work with commitment to achieve the client's legal goals.'

'No piece of work is too big or too small; they just cope with everything.'

Key Clients

Hotel Chocolat Group plc

Shield Therapeutics plc

VR Education Holdings plc

Manolete Partners plc

e-Therapeutics plc

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited

easyHotel plc

Patagonia Gold plc

Myanmar Investments International Limited

Next Fifteen Communications Group plc

Focusrite plc

Gore Street Capital Fund plc

Landore Resources Ltd

The Parkmead Group plc

Novacyt SA

Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc

LXI Reit plc

P2P Global Investments plc

Augmentum Fintech plc

BB Healthcare Trust plc

BTG plc

Startcrest Education The Belt & Road Ltd

Premier Veterinary Group plc

Numis Securities

Strand Hanson

Arden Partners

Liberum Capital

Macquarie

Zeus

finnCap

N+1 Singer

Shore Capital

Shard Capital

Stockdale

Canaccord Genuity

Yorkville Advisors

Work highlights

  • Advised Manolete Partners plc on its £76 million IPO and admission to AIM.
  • Advised easyHotel on fundraising to secure £50 million to fund the acceleration of the group's owned hotel roll-out strategy.
  • Advised Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited on its London IPO. It is the only Mauritian company currently listed on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Liberum Capital Limited in its role and nominated adviser to Volex plc, on Volex plc's move from the premium segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange to the AIM. Additionally, the firm advised Liberum in its role as nominated adviser and broker to Volex plc in relation to its subsequent £36m equity placing and related acquisition of a cable harnesses business.
  • Advised venture capital firm Augmentum Capital on the successful IPO of its first listed investment fund.
Leading individuals

Tom Nicholls - Stephenson Harwood

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Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has specialist regulatory enforcement expertise, combining experience in regulatory investigations and criminal investigations. The firm acts for individuals and corporates against regulators and prosecuting authorities and also advises them in the context of internal investigations. Tony Woodcock leads the practice and specialises in providing advice to individuals and institutions in the financial and professional services sector.  Also notable is the 'very knowledgeable and experienced' Sean Jeffrey, who has particular expertise in legal professional privilege in a regulatory context. The team was strengthened by the 2019 arrival from Winston & Strawn LLP of Justin McClelland, who focuses on contentious financial regulation, economic crime, and corporate investigations. In a recent highlight, the team was appointed by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission to undertake a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company Ltd and the conduct of its directors and auditors. Richard Small left in 2018 to join Addleshaw Goddard.

Practice head(s):Tony Woodcock

Other key lawyers:Sean Jeffrey

Testimonials

'Responsive and highly effective in their handling of a range of complex issues.'

'The team has a deep technical understanding of the FCA and the regulatory environment'

'Tony Woodcock is a leader in his field'

'Sean Jeffrey has a deep understanding of legal and regulatory issues balanced with a commercial and pragmatic approach. He is creative and thinks outside the box, as well as being dedicated to going the extra mile for his clients'

'Sean Jeffrey takes more trouble than any other partner I know to understand and satisfy client objectives. He is unflappable, hard-working, expert at unruffling feathers, and capable of exceptional bravery and creativity where these are warranted'

'Justin McClelland as an exceptional lawyer and a true gentleman. He is a pleasure to work with, even in particularly stressful situations'  

'Justin McClelland is the stand-out practitioner. He has considerable cross-over experience, excellent judgement and secures great results'

Key Clients

Affinion International Limited

Arif Hussein

Barclays Bank

Chris Ashton

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

HSBC

Insolvency Practitioners' Association

Joerg Vogt

KPMG

Peter Cummings

Peter Johnson

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander

Threadneedle Asset Management Limited

Tom Hayes

Towergate Underwriting Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed in relation to the very high profile Reuters FX Spot Fix manipulation investigations being conducted by the US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigations in conjunction with the UK Financial Conduct Authority and SFO.
  • Advising The Trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust and the Tchenguiz Family Trust, and related companies during an SFO investigation, dawn raid, and in connection with the ongoing resulting litigation and regulatory issues.
  • Advising an individual in relation to an FCA investigation into alleged LIBOR manipulation.
  • Advising Affinion in the context of a substantial redress exercise involving 2 million customers - one of the largest exercises of its kind to date.
Leading individuals

Justin McClelland - Stephenson Harwood

Sean Jeffrey - Stephenson Harwood

Tony Woodcock - Stephenson Harwood

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's corporate M&A team is noted for its capability to advise clients across a range of sectors. These include healthcare and life sciences, corporate real estate, in which the firm has advised US and European clients, and insurance and  financial services, in which the team has acted for continental European clients. The firm uses its network of international offices in conjunction with cross-border alliances to facilitate multi-jurisdictional work, spearheaded by lawyers' expertise in those markets. Practice head Duncan Stiles is recommended for his experience working with US clients, while Andrew Edge heads the corporate department, and is experienced across the whole range of corporate transactions, including public and private M&A and equity fundraisings. The firm re-hired former partner  Marc Hammerson from Akin Gump LLP . Hammerson primarily handles M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure sector.

Practice head(s):Duncan Stiles

Other key lawyers:Andrew Edge; Tony Edwards; Andrew McLean; Karima Hudson

Testimonials

'Stephenson Harwood provides the intimate and friendly service you would normally associate with a smaller firm. This is ideal from a client perspective as you receive a highly skilled approach complimented by a very personal and tailored style to transactions.'

'Strong firm with excellent knowledge, ability and experience'

'Professional, pragmatic , very responsive and always able to help.'

'Karima Hudson is a pleasure to deal with. Lawyers sometimes confuse their legal obligations at the expense of the deal - Karima is very deal aware and commercially savvy. '

'Jonathan Pittal offers extensive experience, well-honed commercial skills, a highly pragmatic approach covering all bases, highly creative - and a very effective deal-doer who knows how to find a solution in difficult circumstances'

PE - 'A very strong team led by Jonathan Pittal. Outstanding lawyers with strong commercial and technical skills, a deep understanding of the M&A market and key legal issues, and an ability to work under pressure to very tight deadines'

Key Clients

NMC Health PLC

Piramal Enterprises Group

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Bowmark Capital LLP

ENGIE

Inspired Education Holdings Limited

SEA Holdings

LaSalle Investment Management

GRIT Real Estate Income Group

The Ardonagh Group

ABN AMRO

Snap-On Incorporated

Covanta Holding Corporation

Blue Gem Capital Partners

Salutem Healthcare Limited

Vistra Group

3  Step IT

Anglia Maltings Group

Welsh Power Group

HSBC

Nat West

BTG plc

Meggitt plc

Acadia Healthcare

Duff & Phelps LLC

Mack-Brooks

Work highlights

  • Provided specialist advice to LaSalle Investment Management, as investment manager for the Korean National Pension Service, on its acquisition and leaseback of Goldman Sachs' new European Headquarters in London.
  • Advised real estate investment fund Tristan Capital on the sale of the Luxembourg-based company which owns Birmingham landmark building The CUBE.
  • Advised UAE-based private healthcare providers NMC Health on its acquisition of Aspen healthcare, a UK-based healthcare company, from Tenet Healthcare Corporation for ca. £10m
  • Advised Covanta Holding Corporation on the acquisition of joint control over Earls Gate Energy Centre Limited by the client, Green Investment Group Limited (a division of Macquarie Group) and Brockwell Energy Limited.
  • Acted for Piramal Enterprises Limited on the sale of Piramal Imagine to Alliance Medical Group, part of the Life Healthcare Group.
Leading individuals

Andrew Edge - Stephenson Harwood

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

Jonathan Pittal¬†heads up the eight partner strong PE department at Stephenson Harwood. Highlights included Gabriel Boghossian, Warren Allen¬†and others advising BlueGem Capital on its¬†‚ā¨106m¬†sale of 100% of its holdings across numerous portfolio companies (including Entronia Wine Group and The Private Clinic Group) to a new fund established by the client and backed by Glendower Capital.¬†Major PE secondaries transactions¬†of this kind are an area of especial expertise for highly recommended partner Boghossian. The corporate offering is strongly supported by the firm's broader banking, tax and regulatory¬†practice groups, ensuring¬†it can provide a¬†multi-disciplinary¬†service when necessary. A client of over 14 years comments that 'the consistency and quality of advice over that period has never varied and remains just excellent'.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Pittal

Other key lawyers:Gabriel Boghossian; Warren Allen; Ben Mercer

Testimonials

'Ben Mercer is an exceptional partner. His breadth of knowledge is impressive and his attention to detail equally so. This combination has proved highly successful over many deals.  He has added real value to the bottom line and thinks outside the box for innovative solutions'.

'Gabriel Boghossian is very efficient and knows his topics extremely well, from primary investments to complex PE secondary transactions and PE fund formation'.

'Gabriel Boghossian is a excellent negotiator and comes up with incredibly innovative ideas on structuring'.

Key Clients

Bowmark Capital LLP

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Inspired Education Holdings Limited

Unigestion S.A.

Access Capital Partners

Aberdeen Standard

Core Capital Partners LLP

HC-One Limited

Five Arrows Secondary Investments

Northleaf Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised a buyer backed by funds from Bowmark Capital on the acquisition of Lawyers on Demand (LOD) from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.
  • Advised a buyer backed by funds from Bowmark Capital on the acquisition of The Instant Group, a global provider of independent flexible workspace.
  • Acted for shareholders of Law Business Research (LBR), on the sale of LBR, a leading provider of research, news, data and insight on international business law and legal markets, to Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm.
  • Advised shareholders on the sale of Nexus Vehicle Rental to Phoenix Equity Partners.
  • Acted for BlueGem Capital, a mid-market buyout firm, on the sale of 100% of its holdings in a number of portfolio of companies to a new fund established by BlueGem backed by Glendower Capital , a spin-out of Deutsche Bank's secondaries private equity business.
Next Generation Partners

Gabriel Boghossian - Stephenson Harwood

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

Stephenson Harwood

Hugo Jenney leads the department at Stephenson Harwood, which focuses on the funds, transportation and asset finance sectors, as well as having an active real estate practice. The group also handles more niche matters including share schemes and employee incentives. The team also includes Maryanna Sharrock, who has expertise in cross-border tax matters, and John Meehan, who has experience in VAT and stamp duties.

Practice head(s):Hugo Jenney

Other key lawyers:Maryanna Sharrock; John Meehan

Key Clients

Transport for London

Engie

HSBC/HSBC Pension Fund

Tristan Capital

LXI REIT

London Metric

Work highlights

  • Act for LXI on tax matters related to direct and indirect property acquisitions and other real estate matters as well as on equity capital markets-related work.
  • Advised on the UK tax and structuring aspects of the SMBC and Equitix joint venture arrangements for the £1.2bn lease financing of new trains for the Wales and Borders rail franchise.
  • Acted on the IPO of a UK pharmaceutical company on the Belgian Stock Exchange.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood handles high value fraud cases, disputes and international fraud litigation, with a strong track record of work relating to emerging markets such as Russia, the CIS, Africa and India. Areas of expertise include freezing orders, search orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, receivership orders, gagging orders and asset tracing. Ros Prince - 'a tenacious litigator without fear of standing up to oligarchs or governments' - co-heads the team and focuses on large scale fraud disputes. She works in tandem with the 'phenomenally experienced' Alan Bercow, who also heads the team, advises clients in large scale fraud and asset tracing litigation, while other key members of the wider team include commercial litigation head John Fordham, described as a 'been there and done it' partner, while senior associate Priya Grigoriadis is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ros Prince; Alan Bercow

Other key lawyers:Tony Woodcock; John Fordham; Kamal Shah; Priya Grigoriadis

Testimonials

‘Ros Prince is a partner with an amazing ability to be all over the detail, whilst at the same time steering the strategy decisions’. 

‘Sue Millar is a measured lawyer, who understands both the legal intricacies of a case and the commercial needs of the client’.

‘Alan Bercow is a calm and efficient lawyer who is highly respected in the market and by his team’. 

‘A heavyweight fraud team with experience of some of the most complex and high value cases’.

‘Ros Prince is a fantastic lawyer who runs an extremely efficient and effective team’.

‘Ros Prince is a tenacious litigator without fear of standing up to oligarchs or governments’.

‘Alan Bercow has compendious knowledge of the practice area and a huge amount of common sense, which clients really appreciate’.

‘Alan Bercow is a real gentleman, who is phenomenally experienced’. 

‘Ros Prince is a standout fraud litigator with superb international experience’.

Key Clients

Former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company

Ukrainian parties

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Yaroslavna Lasytsya

Shane Crooks and Malcolm Cohen of BDO LLP

SPL Guernsey ICC Ltd

KPMG LLP, Ian Corfield, Allan Graham

RFC 2012

Libyan Investment Authority

Work highlights

  • Acting for the former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company on their enforcement action in England in relation to the $54bn arbitration award against the Russian Federation.
  • Advising the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation in relation to a significant fraud in an underlying arbitration in which the award is worth over $400m.
  • Continuing to act in relation to the affairs of the Libyan Investment Authority, representing one of the persons claiming to be chairman of the LIA in various claims.
  • Acting for the Receivers of Sebastian Holdings which was the personal investment vehicle of Mr Vik, a sometime multi-billionaire locked in a high profile dispute with Deutsche Bank.
  • Acted for Ukrainian clients in successfully discharging a worldwide freezing order granted by the Commercial Court in support of an LCIA arbitration.
Leading individuals

Alan Bercow - Stephenson Harwood

John Fordham - Stephenson Harwood

Ros Prince - Stephenson Harwood

Rising stars

Priya Grigoriadis - Stephenson Harwood

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

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood advises clients including individuals and corporates on regulatory and criminal investigations. Areas of expertise include civil litigation, fraud, commercial litigation, regulatory compliance and employment litigation. It also advises clients in relation to allegations of bribery, corruption, and breaches of competition law. The firm acts in cases involving various agencies including the FCA, SFO, CMA, DOJ, SEC and CFTC. Clients include directors and senior executives. Head of team Tony Woodcock focuses on criminal and contentious financial services investigations and business regulation. Jake Pidcock joined as partner from the FCA. Sara George left the firm for Sidley Austin LLP.

Practice head(s):Tony Woodcock

Other key lawyers:Jake Pidcock; Sean Jeffrey; Alan Ward

Testimonials

‘Tony Woodcock has masses of experience of both regulatory and criminal defence work’. 

‘Tony Woodcock is one of the most experienced solicitors around’.

‘Tony Woodcock's Financial Crime and Regulation team are really first class and have a very good track record’.

‘Tony Woodcock is at the top of the game, having great technical insight and feel for how a case is going to go’.

‘Stephenson Harwood’s key strengths are their ability to traverse civil, regulatory and criminal law’. 

‘Tony Woodcock is the stand-out partner at the firm; he heads a very impressive team’.

Key Clients

Chris Ashton, former global head of voice spot trading at Barclays

Amit Soni – Tesco SFO  whistle-blower (profit-overstatement)

Joerg Vogt, Deutsche Bank Euribor submitter

Peter Johnson, former US Dollar rate LIBOR submitter at Barclays

Arif Hussein, former manager UBS

Work highlights

  • Acted for The Tchenguiz brothers, and related companies in relation to $2.2bn claims against the failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing.
  • Represented Peter Johnson in relation to his prosecution by the SFO for conspiracy to defraud. The allegations concern the setting of the US Dollar London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR) which is a benchmark interest rate used in an estimated $350 tn worth of derivative contracts.
  • Instructed by Chris Ashton in relation to the very high profile Reuters FX Spot Fix manipulation investigations being conducted by the United States Department of Justice (US DoJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations in conjunction with the United Kingdom Financial Services Authority and Serious Fraud Office.
  • Representing two receivers, partners in FTI, who – together with a US hedge fund – are being prosecuted by a private individual for the criminal offence of conspiracy to defraud and fraud under the Fraud Act 2016.
  • Advising a managing director of a global bank in relation to FX manipulation.
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

Stephenson Harwood's 'highly experienced practice' regularly advises on large, high-value and technically challenging disputes, and it has recently assisted with disputes involving alleged interest-rate benchmarking, FX-fixing and mis-selling. Sue Millar and Edward Davis co-run the banking and finance litigation subgroup, and John Fordham is commercial litigation department head. Other experienced partners are Richard Garcia, Donna Newman and Richard Gwynne, while Alina Neal is the senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):Sue Millar; Edward Davis

Other key lawyers:John Fordham; Richard Garcia; Donna Newman; Richard Gwynne; Alina Neal

Testimonials

'The team is very committed. Its main strength is its proactive approach; it anticipates problems that will arise and prepares the line to be adopted well in advance. This has the advantage of avoiding any unpleasant surprises and  preparing positions with the benefit of time.'

'Richard Garcia is an excellent co-ordinator, who is readily available to respond to clients' queries.'

'John Fordham is experienced, amenable and works well under difficult circumstances.'

Key Clients

Commerzbank

Natixis

IBRC Asset Finance

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co

The Bank of New York Mellon

Bank Sepah International

Melli Bank

ICICI UK

Link Trustees

Raiffeisen Bank International

Axis Bank

GLAS Trust Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acted in proceedings involving a complex securitisation transaction.
  • Acted in a claim against Marex Financial (Marex), an independent commodities broker and trader, and Access World Logistics (Singapore) Pte, in relation to five spot purchase contracts for the sale of nickel under which Marex delivered purported warehouse receipts to Natixis.
Leading individuals

Edward Davis - Stephenson Harwood

Sue Millar - Stephenson Harwood

Next Generation Partners

Donna Newman - Stephenson Harwood

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has particular strengths in cross-border disputes in the energy, financial services, shipping, aviation, art and real estate sectors. Recent growth included the hiring of Justin McClelland, who is focused on contentious financial regulation, economic crime, and corporate investigations, from Winston & Strawn LLP.  John Fordham heads the commercial litigation group; Richard Garcia has particular litigation expertise in relation to shareholders, partnership joint ventures, post-acquisition issues and corporate investments; meanwhile Sue Millar is particularly focused on the financial services and international trade sectors. Also highly rated are Edward Davis, Richard Gwynne, sports law group head Ben Sigler and Kate Cordery. Guy Harper was made partner in 2019, and Caroline Houghton and Alina Neal are the senior associates to note.

Practice head(s):John Fordham

Other key lawyers:Richard Garcia; Sue Millar; Edward Davis; Richard Gwynne; Ben Sigler; Kate Cordery; Caroline Houghton; Alina Neal; Guy Harper

Testimonials

'Justin McClelland is a first-class litigator, whose calmness under fire reflects his military background'.

Key Clients

Nigerian National Petroleum

Ryanair

High Commissioner for Pakistan in the UK

Blue Power Group

Libyan Investment Authority

IBRC Asset Finance

Macdonald Hotels

Edgeworth Capital (Luxembourg)

The trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust and the Tchenguiz Family Trust, and related companies.

Natixis

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Nigerian National Petroleum in a dispute involving the enforcement of a $400m arbitral award.
Leading individuals

John Fordham - Stephenson Harwood

Next Generation Partners

Guy Harper - Stephenson Harwood

Rising stars

Caroline Houghton - Stephenson Harwood

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Commodities disputes
Commodities disputes - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's commodities practice has considerable expertise in both transactional and contentious matters. Practice head Haris Zografakis and partners Peter Bennett, Paolo Ghirardani and Jonathan Spearing are among the most highly respected names in the London commodities market, and they handle the full range of advisory, transactional and contentious issues across the entire supply chain for physical commodities. This includes acting for clients in English Court proceedings from the High Court to the Supreme Court; arbitrations under all of the major international rules including International Court of Arbitration, London Maritime Arbitrators Association, London Court of International Arbitration, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, and China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission; and commodity trade tribunals before the London Metal Exchange, The Grain and Feed Trade Association and the Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations. These matters cover a vast range of underlying commodities - coal, crude oil, petrochemicals, LNG, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, ores and concentrates.

Practice head(s):Haris Zografakis

Other key lawyers:Peter Bennett; Paolo Ghirardani; Jonathan Spearing; Ingolf Kaiser; Cristan Evans

Key Clients

Mercuria

Vedanta Resources and subsidiaries/related companies

Stemcor

Macquarie Bank

Gerald Metals

E.ON and Uniper (various divisions)

Steag

PDVSA

BASF Intertrade

Galana Petroleum

Socar Trading

Oxbow Mining

Vitol

Coeclerici Group

Natixis

Work highlights

  • Acted for Petróleos de Venezuela, in a major dispute with Sovcomflot.
  • Acted for Natixis in relation to claims arising out of a major warehousing fraud.
  • Acting for a Singapore-based banking corporation in a claim for damages of approximately US$14.5m plus interest against a Dutch bank.
  • Represented a major oil trader in Commercial Court proceedings against Credit Suisse, another oil trader and its beneficial owner resulting in an US$18m judgment.
Leading individuals

Haris Zografakis - Stephenson Harwood

Peter Bennett - Stephenson Harwood

Next Generation Partners

Jonathan Spearing - Stephenson Harwood

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood is 'devoted to cases and to its relationships with clients, and the practice has the ability to identify the appropriate work team and resources to dedicate to a case'. Its distinguishing features include arbitration strengths in shipping and construction teams as well as sector strengths in energy, natural resources, aviation, infrastructure, construction, banking and telecoms; the firm also has significant Africa and India practices, and regularly acts in Russia and CIS matters. Louis Flannery QC is international arbitration group head, Kamal Shah runs the Africa and India practices, Shai Wade has particularly strong expertise in oil and gas-sector disputes, and Vivek Kapoor is an experienced senior associate. Former counsel Duncan Bagshaw left for Howard Kennedy LLP.

Practice head(s):Louis Flannery QC

Other key lawyers:Kamal Shah; Shai Wade; Vivek Kapoor

Testimonials

'The team is very progressive; it has a keen interest in what happens in Africa, which places it in an advantageous position for understanding the work streams originating from the continent'.

'Louis Flannery QC is a true arbitration insider, with in-depth knowledge of the subject and considerable and unique flair'.

'Kamal Shah is highly experienced in Africa and India-related arbitrations'.

'Shai Wade is a first-tier practitioner in London with an international view - a quick thinker who is solutions oriented and has fine tactical litigation skills'.

Key Clients

Nigerian National Petroleum

Emerald Energy Resources

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Lehram Capital

Petróleos de Venezuela

Shareholders of Yukos Oil Company

Symbion Power Tanzania

Vedanta

Vitol

Work highlights

  • Acted for an African conglomerate in an arbitration that arose out of a joint venture to create a $5bn real estate development.
Leading individuals

Louis Flannery QC - Stephenson Harwood

Rising stars

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 'an excellent mediator who exudes both gravitas and empathy during mediations; he facilitates discussion at an appropriate level and achieves settlements that at the outset seem impossible'. Fordham is regularly instructed in high-value, complex mediations, and he has particular strength in financial services disputes. On the international side, he has carried out mediations in France, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Jersey and the US. Fordham recently mediated a dispute that arose from the share-out of a hotel business.

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood combines 'second-to-none' expertise in international sanctions and enforcement issues with its work representing governments and state-owned companies in investment treaty and investor-state disputes. Department head Kamal Shah has strong experience in Africa and India-related arbitration. Sue Millar advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious issues arising in relation to the various Iranian, Libyan, Syrian and Russian sanctions regimes. Richard Garcia and senior associate Stephen Ashley are 'superb lawyers in the sanctions and public international law sphere'.

Practice head(s):Kamal Shah

Testimonials

'A terrific team involved in some of the most cutting-edge work in the public law arena. The level of service rivals the magic circle city firms, and expertise in this area is second-to-none.'

'Stephen Ashley is always the first choice of instructing solicitor for any complex sanctions case'.

Key Clients

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Petroleos de Venezuela

Arab Republic of Egypt

Libyan Investment Authority

Iran Aluminium Company

Bank Saderat Iran

Work highlights

  • Advised the National Nigerian Petroleum Corporation on a $400m+ arbitration enforcement action in England, which settled in early 2018.
  • Acting for the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in a challenge to the enforcement of a $700m arbitration award obtained by Gold Reserve Inc., an international mining company, following the alleged expropriation of a very large gold mining concession in Venezuela.
  • Acting for the UK High Commissioner for Pakistan, on behalf of the government of Pakistan, in connection with a dispute with India relating to the ownership of circa £35m of funds deposited in 1948. The claims to the funds raise a broad range of legal issues, including state immunity, non-justiciability/act of state, illegality, trusts and limitation.
  • Advising the Arab Republic of Egypt on the tracing and recovery of assets misappropriated by former President Hosni Mubarak, his family and his associates.
  • Successfully represented Bank Saderat Iran, Persia International Bank plc and National Iranian Tanker Company in challenges to sanctions brought against the Council of the EU before the General Court. Continue to advise the the British-Iranian banks on their reintegration into the international banking system and various significant issues remaining in light of the residual effect of current and former US sanctions.
Rising stars

Stephen Ashley - Stephenson Harwood

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London: Finance

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

Stephenson Harwood

Led by James Linforth, Stephenson Harwood's four-partner team provides a 'responsive and client-oriented service' to borrowers and lenders across a diverse array of work, ranging from public and private acquisition finance through to funds finance and corporate lending matters. The team regularly handles multi-jurisdictional matters, where it is aided by an international network that includes a particularly strong offering in Asia. The London team also has a strong reputation for emerging market financing matters, particularly in relation to deals with a nexus to Francophone African countries.

Practice head(s):James Linforth

Other key lawyers:David Lacey; Jonathan Proctor; George Vaughton; Daniel Margolis; Sean Crowley; Oliver Jefferies

Testimonials

'The team is always willing to go the extra mile and assist with finding solutions to problems.'

'The responsive and knowledgeable Jonathan Proctor has an excellent rapport with clients.'

Key Clients

Bowmark Capital

OakNorth Bank

Salutem Healthcare

Insight Investment Management

LDI Solutions Plus

TPG Speciality Lending

Royal Bank of Scotland

Capital Rise

British Arab Commercial Bank

ICICI Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising ICICI Bank, India's third largest bank, on a €5.4m loan to Avanstrate Taiwan Inc.
  • Advised ICICI Bank on a secured corporate lending facility provided to Enzen Global Limited, a consultancy and engineering company headquartered in India.
  • Advised MGG, a US-headquartered lending group, regarding the English law aspects of the $55m term and revolving facilities to enable Blue Wolf Capital Partners to acquire the TGW business.
  • Advised Salutem Healthcare on the acquisition finance of Scope care homes and facilities.
  • Advised GRIT Real Estate in relation to its property finance facility having recently advised on its listing on the London Stock Exchange Main Market.

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

Stephenson Harwood

Led by 'thoughtful and detail-oriented' Susan Moore, Stephenson Harwood's eight-partner team provides 'robust advice' to a diverse array of clients including funds, insolvency practitioners, corporates and banks, and is best-known for its 'very strong capability in relation to contentious matters'. Moore is regularly at the forefront of the highest-profile matters handled by the team and excels at handling matters with a cross-border angle, including her work for the Norwegian official receiver of the Norske Skog group (which is Norway's largest ever corporate insolvency).

Practice head(s):Susan Moore

Other key lawyers:Stuart Frith; Julian Cahn

Testimonials

'The team provides a partner-led service which is commercial, pragmatic and of high quality.'

'Susan Moore stands out for her technical expertise and ability to grasp the commerciality of the situation.'

'Susan Moore's advice is consistently concise and thoughtful, and conveys authority.'

'Stuart Frith has a wealth of experience.'

'Julian Cahn is committed to providing a high quality and responsive service.'

 

Key Clients

BDO

The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

KPMG

GLAS Trust Corporation

Norske Skog group

FRP Advisory

AlixPartners

Moorfields

FTI Consulting

Deloitte

Hadrian's Wall Capital

David Rubin and Partners

Work highlights

  • Advising the joint administrators of Toys 'R' Us on certain ongoing matters.
  • Advising the Bermudan provisional liquidator of Noble Group Limited in connection with his appointment following English and Bermudan schemes of arrangement.
  • Advising the Pension Protection Fund on the attempted restructuring and then insolvency of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited.
  • Acting for the administrators of the Bell Pottinger group on all aspects of the administration.
  • Acting for the Joint Liquidators of Peak Hotels and Resorts Limited.

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood joins the ranking this year, as its large commodities practice, led by Haris Zografakis, has a strong position in the trade finance market. The firm has extensive experience in transactional work across the whole of the commodities cycle from the extraction of raw materials through to end use, providing advisory, transactional and contentious services to clients in the physical commodities, trade finance and derivatives markets. It has notable expertise in coal, crude oil and petrochemicals, LNG, ferrous and non-ferrous  metals, and mining. Its extensive client base includes major trading houses such as Vitol and Mercuria, banks such as Macquarie and Rabobank, power companies, mining companies including Vedanta, and national oil companies. 'We really appreciate his support', says a client of Jonathan Spearing. David Lacey is well versed in structured trade and invoice discounting transactions, and Rubin Weston represents lenders and borrowers on major financings.

Practice head(s):Haris Zografakis

Other key lawyers:David Lacey, Rubin Weston; Jonathan Spearing

Key Clients

Mercuria

Vedanta Resources and subsidiaries/related companies

Stemcor

Macquarie Bank

Gerald Metals

E.ON and Uniper (various divisions)

Steag

PDVSA

BASF Intertrade

Galana Petroleum

Socar Trading

Oxbow Mining

Vitol

Coeclerici Group

Natixis

Work highlights

  • We acted for Natixis in its claim against Marex Financial (an independent commodities broker and trader) and Access World Logistics (Singapore) Pte Ltd (a Glencore-owned provider of LME warehousing) in relation to five spot purchase contracts (and related 'repo' transactions) for the sale of nickel under which Marex delivered to Natixis purported warehouse receipts.
  • We represented a major oil trader in Commercial Court proceedings against Credit Suisse, another oil trader and its beneficial owner. This resulted in an US$18m judgment in our client's favour, following an eight-day trial in October 2016. Credit Suisse subsequently obtained permission to appeal and the appeal was heard in May 2018. Judgment was handed down in July 2018, and the appeal was dismissed.

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Transport finance & leasing
Transport finance & leasing - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's 13-partner team has the strength-in-depth to provide a 'pragmatic and commercial service' to a broad range of stakeholders in the shipping and rail sectors. The 'vastly experienced' Mark Russell, 'very talented' Ian Mace and 'reliable and capable' Jonathan Ward are key practitioners in the maritime space (with Ward particularly strong on new money deals and restructurings with a Chinese nexus). Following a spate of major restructurings, new money finance deals have started to become more prominent again in the shipping market; the firm has picked up its fair share of these, including Mace's recent work for shipping company Team Tankers International on a $220m senior secured credit facility. The 'responsive' Richard Parsons leads on the aviation front and has a strong following among banks and operating lessors. As well as her general leasing expertise, the 'super experienced' Lisa Marks also assists on rail finance matters.

Practice head(s):Ian Mace; Richard Parsons; Graeme McLellan; Lisa Marks

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Ward; Mark Russell; Dean Norton; Neil Noble; Dora Mace-Kokota; Sheila Obhrai

Testimonials

'The firm has strong technical skills and market knowledge'.

'The team provides pragmatic and commercial solutions'.

'The team is very efficient in managing structured finance work in terms of time, cost and ability to manage the process commercially'.

'Jonathan Ward is astute and technically very strong'.

'Ian Mace is very talented'.

'Lisa Marks is a super experienced, highly personable, commercial and pragmatic lawyer who will seek to find practical solutions to thorny challenges'.

'Neil Noble is technically brilliant but, equally, is pragmatic and commercial and a wonderfully personable lawyer'.

Key Clients

ABN AMRO Bank

Alliance Laundry Finance

Altavair

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft

DNB Bank

Lloyds Bank

Macquarie

Rock Infrastructure

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Investec Asset Finance Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising the sponsors, SMBC/Equitix, on the financing of one of the largest operator-led rolling stock transactions in 2018, new trains on the Wales and Borders franchise.
  • Advised Gulf Air on the sale and leaseback with SMBC Aviation Capital of six new Airbus A320-251N aircraft.
  • Advised Team Tankers International Ltd (TTIL) regarding a $220m senior secured facilities agreement entered between TTIL as guarantor, TTIL's subsidiaries as borrowers and ABN AMRO Bank as bookrunner and facility agent.
  • Advised Maritime Asset Partners regarding a sale and leaseback transaction for six Aframax tankers with Teekay Tankers.
  • Advised a syndicate of lenders, including ABN Amro, in relation to the restructuring of multiple loan facilities for the Augustea group.
Leading individuals

Ian Mace - Stephenson Harwood

Mark Russell - Stephenson Harwood

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

At Stephenson Harwood, the employee share schemes and incentives department excels in advising a varied client roster ranging from larger listed corporations and AIM companies to financial institutions and start-ups. The team provides advice regarding share plans, corporate governance issues, and bespoke arrangements such as incentive arrangements. The group also regularly collaborates with the firm’s employment team on handling employees’ appointments and exits from companies; of recent note, practice head Barbara Allen led a cross-departmental team on advising Mark Read on his appointment as chief executive of media and advertising company WPP. Clients also single out senior associate Anika Chandra, who is another key figure on the team.

Practice head(s):Barbara Allen

Other key lawyers:Anika Chandra

Testimonials

'Expert knowledge and practical advice on directors’ remuneration and governance'

'A deep understanding not only of various types of share schemes, but also of wider regulatory issues, such as MAR'

'The team is very pragmatic, experienced and friendly'

'Stephenson Harwood’s team provides pragmatic and honest advice on employee share schemes'

'All team members are extremely professional and always willing to assist the clients with finding a solution'

'Barbara Allen and Anika Chandra work well together and adopt a joined-up approach to client service; this allows for the transaction to flow seamlessly, which is invaluable in periods which are stressful for the client'

'With depth and breadth of experience which give clients great confidence, Barbara Allen is also very approachable and highly responsive'

'Barbara Allen is simply impressive'

'Anika Chandra and Barbara Allen both have a good eye for detail and are great at spotting potential legal issues early on'

Key Clients

Miton Group

Robert Walters

Bank of Montreal

Hotel Chocolat Group

easyHotel

Diploma

Shield Therapeutics

Augmentum Fintech

e-Therapeutics

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Broker Network Partners Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Acacia Pharma Group on its initial global offering and admission to trading on the regulated market of Euronext Brussels.
  • Acting alongside the firm's employment team, advised Mark Read on his appointment as chief executive of WPP.
  • Advised a buyer group on the acquisition of The Instant Group, a global provider of independent flexible workspace.
  • Advising a professional corporate trustee on the application of surplus funds in employee trusts.
  • Advised Brooks Macdonald Group on the introduction of a new long-term incentive plan.
Leading individuals

Barbara Allen - Stephenson Harwood

Rising stars

Anika Chandra - Stephenson Harwood

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

With notable expertise across the full spectrum of employment matters, Stephenson Harwood stands out for its sector strength in the financial services, regulatory, rail, leisure, luxury goods and life sciences industries; key clients include Arriva, Mercer and Mizuho Bank. The group is also handling an increased volume of cross-border mandates and works closely with its Asia and Middle Eastern offices, while also collaborating with US law firms without UK law capability. The team is also singled out for its knowledge of restrictive covenants and gender pay gap reporting issues. Mark Catchpole leads the practice, which also fields restrictive covenant expert Kate Brearley, litigators Anne Pritam and Purvis Ghani and financial services specialist Paul Reeves.

Practice head(s):Mark Catchpole

Other key lawyers:Kate Brearley; Anne Pritam; Purvis Ghani; Paul Reeves

Testimonials

'The team provides practical advice that is particularly useful to companies headquartered outside the UK, and is very responsive and excellent at navigating complex processes.'

'The group is very client focused and takes time to understand the needs and approach of the client as well as the client's risk appetite. As a result it is able to provide advice that is not only technically excellent but also closely aligned with the client's requirements. It is also extremely friendly and approachable.'

'The team's professional advice is both commercial and practical.'

'Paul Reeves is a standout partner. He is always available, very knowledgeable and on top of the latest considerations in a fast-moving area that blends law and public relations.'

'Kate Brearley is not only technically second to none but also makes the client feel truly supported and understood; she feels like a friend as well as a trusted adviser. Serena Foulkes is an excellent associate who will always fight your corner to the best of her (considerable) abilities.'

'Paul Reeves and Richard Freedman provide practical and sound advice. They are very thorough and the legal letters which they draft are of exceptional quality and are very clearly thought out.'

Key Clients

Arriva

Ed Broking

Bank of Montreal/BMO Financial Group

HSB Engineering Insurance (part of Munich Re)

Mercer

Ballet Rambert

Mandarin Oriental Hotels

Mizuho Bank

Robert Walters Plc

Thomson Reuters

Work highlights

  • Acting for a pharmaceuticals company on the criminal and data protection issues related to proceedings brought against the company's former human resources director following the removal of confidential information, in breach of their employment contract.
  • Defending Thomson Reuters against a disability discrimination claim.
  • Advising United Trust Bank on the movement of a senior employee from a rival finance company including restrictive covenant issues.
  • Advising Hunton Andrews Kurth on the employment aspects of its merger with Hunton & Williams including TUPE transfer elements, role allocations and pensions issues.
  • Representing 23 former senior employees of AIG in the High Court in a dispute relating to deferred discretionary bonus payments owed to bankers during and after the financial crisis.
Leading individuals

Kate Brearley - Stephenson Harwood

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

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has an exceptionally strong litigation offering with leading names including the 'first-rate' Helena Berman, 'fantastic pensions litigator' Jenny McKeown and the 'fiercely intelligent' Naeem Noor receiving high-profile instructions from a broad client list of representative beneficiaries, trustees and scheme sponsors. Recent matters handled by the team have involved complex regulatory issues, indexing disputes, rectification disputes and professional negligence claims. Berman also leverages her private client expertise on issues in the offshore market. The 'outstanding' Mark Catchpole, who heads the non-contentious practice, covers scheme mergers and consolidations, corporate transactions, master trust implementation and risk reduction exercises.

Practice head(s):Mark Catchpole; Helena Berman; Philip Goodchild

Other key lawyers:Naeem Noor; Jenny McKeown

Testimonials

'Stephenson Harwood has a very pragmatic approach to understanding client's needs and translating them into effective strategy'

'The firm brings an enviable mix of experience and capability to both advisory and litigation work'

'Mark Catchpole is a seasoned practitioner who commands respect'

'Graham Wrightson has a keen commercial instinct'

'The team at Stephenson Harwood is willing to fight harder for a client than any other firm'

'Jenny McKeown is a fantastic pensions litigator who combines exceptional knowledge, experience and strategic nous'

'Helena Berman is a first-rate litigator who any client would want to have on their side'

'Mark Catchpole is outstanding'

'Philip Goodchild is incredibly hardworking, has a very pleasant and friendly manner, is completely on top of his subject and provides unstinting support'

'Jenny McKeown is a fantastic pensions litigator. She combines exceptional knowledge, experience and strategic nous'

'Naeem Noor is a true rising star. Fiercely intelligent and great to work with'

Key Clients

Trustees of the Victrex Excepted Group Life Assurance Schemes 2, 4 and 8

Trustees of the Bic UK Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Holmesdale Building Society

The Trustees of the Barnardo Staff Pension Scheme

JLT

Mizuho Capital Markets

Standard and Poors

Harvey Nichols Pension Scheme

First UK Bus Pension Scheme Trustee Limited

Representative Beneficiary  of the BT Pension Scheme

Honda Motor Europe Limited and Honda of the UK Manufacturing Limited

Representative Beneficiary of the Wandel and Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the Barnardo's Staff Pension Scheme

Mercer Limited, Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Limited and Sedgwick Financial Services Limited

Representative Beneficiary of the SPS Technologies UK Pension Plan

Trustees of the Bic UK Limited Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustees of the Victrex Excepted Group Life Assurance Schemes 2, 4 and 8 on the amalgamation of three existing excepted group life assurance trusts into one trust.
  • Acted for the trustees of the Bic UK Pension Scheme on a number of matters concerning the benefit structure of the pension scheme.
Leading individuals

Mark Catchpole - Stephenson Harwood

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has an exceptionally strong litigation offering with leading names including the 'first-rate' Helena Berman, 'fantastic pensions litigator' Jenny McKeown and the 'fiercely intelligent' Naeem Noor receiving high-profile instructions from a broad client list of representative beneficiaries, trustees and scheme sponsors. Recent matters handled by the team have involved complex regulatory issues, indexing disputes, rectification disputes and professional negligence claims. Berman also leverages her private client expertise on issues in the offshore market. The 'outstanding' Mark Catchpole, who heads the non-contentious practice, covers scheme mergers and consolidations, corporate transactions, master trust implementation and risk reduction exercises.

Practice head(s):Mark Catchpole; Helena Berman; Philip Goodchild

Other key lawyers:Naeem Noor; Jenny McKeown

Testimonials

'Stephenson Harwood has a very pragmatic approach to understanding client's needs and translating them into effective strategy'

'The firm brings an enviable mix of experience and capability to both advisory and litigation work'

'Mark Catchpole is a seasoned practitioner who commands respect'

'Graham Wrightson has a keen commercial instinct'

'The team at Stephenson Harwood is willing to fight harder for a client than any other firm'

'Jenny McKeown is a fantastic pensions litigator who combines exceptional knowledge, experience and strategic nous'

'Helena Berman is a first-rate litigator who any client would want to have on their side'

'Mark Catchpole is outstanding'

'Philip Goodchild is incredibly hardworking, has a very pleasant and friendly manner, is completely on top of his subject and provides unstinting support'

'Jenny McKeown is a fantastic pensions litigator. She combines exceptional knowledge, experience and strategic nous'

'Naeem Noor is a true rising star. Fiercely intelligent and great to work with'

Key Clients

Representative Beneficiary  of the BT Pension Scheme, Linda Bruce-Watt

Honda Motor Europe Limited and Honda of the UK Manufacturing Limited

Representative Beneficiary of the Wandel and Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the Barnardo's Staff Pension Scheme

Mercer Limited, Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Limited and Sedgwick Financial Services Limited

Representative Beneficiary of the SPS Technologies UK Pension Plan, Salim Sidat

Trustees of the Bic UK Limited Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Ongoing representation in a high-value indexing dispute for the Trustees of the Barnardo Staff Pension Scheme.
  • Instructed on a £130m rectification claim by Honda Motor Europe Limited and Honda of the UK Manufacturing Limited
  • Instructed by a representative beneficiary of the BT Pension Scheme to oppose, at both first instance and on appeal, an application brought by BT to determine whether BT could change the price index used to calculate pension increases.
Leading individuals

Helena Berman - Stephenson Harwood

Jenny McKeown - Stephenson Harwood

Next Generation Partners

Naeem Noor - Stephenson Harwood

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood boasts a highly specialised and 'vastly' experienced marine insurance team, which was further strengthened in October 2018 by the arrival of the highly regarded Joe O’Keeffe from Ince. 'Great commercial tactician' Alex Davis advises on cross-border hull, cargo, war risks, port risk, shipyard liability, general liability and mortgagee interest disputes. Simon Moore, who focuses on marine and energy matters, recently successfully argued in front of the Supreme Court in the B Atlantic case relating to war risks insurance.

Practice head(s):Alex Davis

Other key lawyers:Joe O’Keeffe; Simon Moore

Testimonials

'The team is made up of people who complement each other in their skills, expertise and knowledge and who are as comfortable in combat as they are working collaboratively alongside others'

'Stephenson Harwood is the market leader for marine insurance litigation and coverage advice in the City. The firm have vast experience and is the go-to firm for the London marine market'

'Team of good communicators who have approachable user-friendly expertise and are sensitive to the commercial relationship'

'Joe O'Keeffe and senior associate Richard Hugg demonstrate a high level ability, combined with a common sense approach'

'Alex Davis and Joe O'Keeffe provide honest legal advice and a practical approach to addressing problems in a cost effective manner'

'Joe O'Keeffe probably knows more about the law of marine insurance than any other partner in the City'

'Alex Davis and Nick Barber are impressive'

'Alex Davis is a great commercial tactician'

'Senior associate Richard Hugg has it all and is really going places'

'Associates Edward Cole and Richard Hugg provide excellent support and are prepared to think outside the box when addressing an issue'

Key Clients

Royal & Sun Alliance plc

Brit Insurance

Talbot Underwriting

Hiscox Insurance

Beazley Group

Liberty Mutual Insurance

AXA Corporate Solutions Assurance

Torus

Navigators Insurance Company Limited

India International Insurance

Canopius

Lancashire Insurance Group (UK) Ltd

Antares Managing Agency Limited

The Channel Syndicate

Atrium Underwriters Limited

Markel

Amlin

Axis Capital

Work highlights

  • Defending war risks insurers Navigators Insurance Company and others in proceedings relating to the constructive total loss of the vessel B Atlantic, which was detained in Venezuela in 2007 as a result of the discovery of cocaine strapped to its hull
  • Acted for H&M underwriters The Channel Syndicate in a dispute with the assured regarding whether the storm-damaged vessel qualified as a constructive total loss.
  • Acting for hull insurers Royal & Sun Alliance in respect of the total loss of a vessel following impact in the Red Sea with coral reef and subsequent sinking in deep waters.
Leading individuals

Alex Davis - Stephenson Harwood

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has a strong track record of work on insurance acquisitions, with Sam Gray recently handling a string of deals for clients such as The Ardonagh Group and Arthur J Gallagher & Co, including Ardonagh's acquisition of Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Limited. The team, which regularly handles transactions with a cross-border element, works in tandem with the wider firm's tax, commercial litigation, incentives and private equity teams.

Practice head(s):Andrew Edge

Other key lawyers:Sam Gray

Key Clients

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co

The Ardonagh Group Limited

Ed Broking Group Limited

Broker Network Partners Holdings Limited

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has an 'extremely able team that is well-capable of managing the most complex litigation'; its expertise is 'strong and deep'. The team handles complex claimant and defendant work and is instructed by individuals, as well as leading accountancy firms, auction houses, pension consultants and actuaries, leading law firms and global professional services insurers, as well as global financial institutions and senior management. The team regularly handles negligence cases relating to regulatory and criminal investigations. Roland Foord, who heads the team with Stephen Roberts, led advice for National House-Building Council (NHBC) on a £41m claim against its former auditor and tax adviser, PwC. Kate Cordery is engaged on claims involving solicitors, tax advisors, accountants, auditors and professional services firms.

Practice head(s):Stephen Roberts; Roland Foord

Other key lawyers:Andrew Myers; Helena Berman; Richard Garcia; Tony Woodcock; Kate Cordery; Guy Harper; Paul Hollands; Danielle Maddox

Testimonials

Roland Foord is outstanding; as well as having the sound legal expertise you would expect from a professional indemnity partner, he is commercial in approach and adept at managing and reassuring client stakeholders.

Jenny McKeown and Helena Berman have unrivalled experience of pensions professional negligence cases; they are the best in the business, combining great legal understanding with strategic awareness and sound judgement.

Stephen Roberts is a pleasure to deal with; he is very knowledgeable, thoughtful and measured, whilst also seeing the practical issues and considerations.

Roland Foord is a very savvy litigator; he is tough and prepared to play the long game and he understands litigation better than a lot of solicitors. The assistants are of notably high quality.

Richard Garcia is highly intelligent and hardworking, with an excellent grasp of the detail of even the most complex financial transactions.

Richard Garcia is one of those rare partners who has both an incredible brain, great tactical sense and a smooth manner with clients.

Guy Harper stands out for his thorough and skilful handling of complex litigation.

Louis Flannery QC is committed, driven, a highly analytical thinker and has a passion for getting to the truth.

Key Clients

KPMG

National House-Building Council

FTI Consulting

Christie's

Mercer

Sedgwick Noble Lowndes

Mark Weiss

Deloitte

Insolvency practitioners from BDO

Insolvency practitioners from KPMG and associated firms

Work highlights

  • The team is defending KPMG in relation to a £10m professional negligence claim against it and Barclays Bank
  • The team is acting for Mark Weiss Ltd (MWL) on a high-profile claim by Sotheby’s in relation to the sale of a painting attributed to Frans Hals which is now alleged to be a forgery.
  • The team sucessfully defended an individual in a professional negligence claim brought against her by two high-net-worth individuals
  • The team continues to advise Mercer, Sedgwick Noble Lowndes and Sedgwick Financial Services on a long-running and complex pensions professional negligence dispute arising out of the Sea Containers Chapter 11 insolvency proceedings.
Leading individuals

Roland Foord - Stephenson Harwood

Stephen Roberts - Stephenson Harwood

Next Generation Partners

Kate Cordery - Stephenson Harwood

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood

William Saunders heads up the investment funds practice at Stephenson Harwood, which is acclaimed for its 'depth of experience across the team and first-class client accessibility'. The firm boasts a constantly growing client roster of both listed funds and brokers, with instructions from a total of eleven new clients in the past year. Regulatory assistance is an area of regular workflow, with the firm supporting clients through the implementation of Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Products (PRIIPs) Regulation and MiFID II. On the IPO side, Alex Haynes and others acted for N+1 Singer in their role as financial adviser and placing agent on the IPO of Hipgnosis Songs Fund. This is the first listed investment company to deliver returns to investors through investment in songs and associated musical intellectual property rights. Senior associate Kate Longman and Alexa Whitehead both garner praise from the firm's competitors.

Practice head(s):William Saunders

Other key lawyers:Alex Haynes; Alexa Whitehead; Kate Longman

Testimonials

'Excellent team culture: no prima donnas, the partners don't distance themselves from more junior colleagues and there is a clear collaborative approach within the team'.

'What makes this firm unique is the expertise of Alex Haynes and the partner-led approach to transactions.

'Very knowledgeable regarding all aspects of listed funds and listed fund transactions'.

'Partners are accessible and delegate effectively but remain up to speed on the status of delegated matters. You can be confident that Stephenson Harwood has the resources to meet your requirements and will provide a high quality service'.

'An exceedingly well balanced team with partners who range from specialising in the detailed technical nuances to being commercial street fighters'.

'A highly professional and skilled team who are able to act on a variety of asset classes and listing markets'.

Key Clients

Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust

Acorn Income Fund Limited

Akur Limited

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Allianz Technology Trust PLC

Alternative Asset Opportunities PCC Limited

Aseana Properties Limited

Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust plc

Atlantis Japan Growth Fund Limited

Augmentum Capital LLP

Augmentum Fintech plc

BlackRock Income & Growth Investment Trust plc

BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc

Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments Limited

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

CC Japan Income & Growth Trust plc

Cenkos Securities plc

City of London Investment Trust plc

Coupland Cardiff Asset Management

Dragon Capital Limited

Draper Esprit VCT plc

Eighteen East Capital Limited

European Real Estate Investment Trust Limited

Fidante Capital

finnCap Limited

GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited

GLI Finance Limited

Gore Street Capital Limited

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc

Gravis Capital Management Limited

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited

Henderson Global Trust plc

Henderson International Income Trust Fund

Henderson Value Trust

Impax Asset Management Group plc

Invesco Fund Managers Limited

Jupiter Emerging & Frontier Trust plc

Jupiter European Opportunities Trust plc

Jupiter UK Growth Investment Trust PLC

Jupiter Green Investment Trust plc

Lazard World Trust Fund

Lowland Investment Company plc

LXI REIT plc

Manchester & London Investment Trust plc

Miton Group plc

Mobius Capital Partners LLP

Mobius Investment Trust plc

Nplus1 Singer

Numis Securities

Peel Hunt

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

PMM Partners

Premier Global Infrastructure Trust plc

Qatar Investment Fund plc

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management Limited

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Stockdale Securities Limited

Strand Hanson Limited

Strategic Equity Capital plc

Sturgeon Capital Limited

The Bauhaus Investment Trust plc

The Bankers Trust

The Brunner Investment Trust PLC

The Diverse Income Trust plc

The Establishment Trust plc

The Merchants Trust PLC

Victory Park Capital Advisors

Vietnam Enterprise Investments Limited

Whiteoak Capital Group

Winterflood Securities Limited

Woodford Investment Management LLP

Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mobius Capital Partners LLP (a newly formed investment management business launched by Mark Mobius, Carlos Hardenberg and Greg Konieczny) on the IPO of their first investment trust, Mobius Investment Trust plc.
  • Advised venture capital firm Augmentum Capital on the successful IPO of its first listed investment fund.
  • Acted on the IPO of Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust plc, a new investment trust established to invest primarily in listed Indian securities.
  • Acted for N+1 Singer in their role as financial adviser and placing agent to the IPO of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited.
Leading individuals

William Saunders - Stephenson Harwood

Rising stars

Alexa Whitehead - Stephenson Harwood

Kate Longman - Stephenson Harwood

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Real estate funds
Real estate funds - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

With a core strength in listed real estate vehicles, Stephenson Harwood handles the structuring and launch of a range of fund types including REITs, offshore funds, authorised and unauthorised unit trusts and open-ended investment companies and limited partnerships. The investment funds group also regularly advises clients on joint venture arrangements aimed at real estate investment, as well as divestment transactions. William Saunders, who leads the practice, is name to note. Also recommended is Warren Allan who focuses on private funds, including private real estate funds.

Practice head(s):William Saunders

Other key lawyers:Warren Allan

Key Clients

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited

Schroder European Real Estate Investment Trust plc

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust plc

Schroder Real Estate Fund

LXi REIT plc

Phoenix Spree Deutschland Limited

Schroder Real Estate Management Ltd

Nexus Tradeco Ltd

Tristan Capital

Custodian REIT plc

Firethorn Real Estate Management LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted on the London IPO of Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited.
  • Acted on a secondary fundraising for LXi REIT plc.
  • Advised LXI REIT plc on its acquisition of five hotels in Aberdeen, Brighton, Liverpool, Llanelli and Nuneaton.
  • Acted for the property manager of Primary Health Properties plc on its merger with Medicx fund.
  • Advised Phoenix Spree Deutschland on its entry into a new property advisory and investor relations agreement.

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London: Private client

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

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood acts for the major players in the art world on some of the most high profile transactions and disputes. It acts for leading international auction houses and also advises financial institutions and art associations. It has seen an increase in instructions on all aspects of cybersecurity risk management and has been advising high-net-worth individuals either as collectors, dealers or sellers on this issue. Roland Foord leads the firm’s art and cultural property group and advises clients on both contentious and transactional matters. Foord also has extensive experience in auction law. Stephen Roberts specialises in dispute resolution and risk management and is skilled at advising on issues involving title, provenance and attribution in particular.

Practice head(s):Roland Foord

Other key lawyers:Stephen Roberts; Guy Harper; Caleb Bompas

Testimonials

'SH is very unique due to its extensive legal knowledge of the art world. The diversity of its expertise is helpful when needing strategic thinking on how to approach new projects, issues or challenges'.

'I believe that Stephenson Harwood offers an unparalleled service to clients given its level of expertise and market experience in the fine art world'.

'Roland Foord heads a team of lawyers with an unrivalled depth of knowledge of the art market'.

'Roland Foord and Caleb Bompas were magnificent, as I especially valued their empathy and understanding and their dogged resilience in defending my interests'.

'Roland Foord's long experience as a litigation expert makes him an expert tactician when it comes to disputes. His understanding of art and the art business makes him the first choice for advice in this field and he is widely known and respected in the art world as a result'.

'Roland Foord is really well-known, well-regarded and liked'.

'Roland Foord has years of experience in the field and has to be one of the first names to consider for representation in any art and cultural property dispute. He has incredible pull across the field'.

'Roland Foord is a 'go-to' for heavy hitting work. Excellent'.

'Stephen Roberts has a strong and well-established reputation in the art law field'.

'Up and coming associates Caleb Bompass and Guy Harper have exceptional legal and client handling skills as well as hands-on experience in the art business'.

Key Clients

Qatar Museums Authority

Christie's

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Mark Weiss

Waddington Custot Galleries

The Society of London Art Dealers

Hazlitt Gooden & Fox

The Royal College of Art

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mark Weiss on a high profile claim by Sotheby’s in relation to the sale of a painting attributed to Frans Hals which is now alleged to be a forgery.
  • Acting for the Qatar Museums Authority on all aspects of its business including art commissions, acquisitions, exhibitions, loans and export licensing issues.
  • Advising the Qatar Museums Authority on its annual, international cultural exchange programs, including negotiating exhibition and loan agreements with world-leading museums and cultural institutions.
  • Advised a high-end London art gallery in relation to cyber fraud.
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 advises on some of the most high-value and sensitive national and multi-jurisdictional disputes. The excellent team is able to draw on the wider department’s expertise in diverse areas such as insolvency, regulatory and taxation, and a significant proportion of its work relates to fraud and asset tracing. It also has considerable experience of complex onshore trust disputes and at advising trustees when involved in matrimonial disputes where large sums of money are at stake. Jenny McKeown and Helena Berman are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Jenny McKeown

Other key lawyers:Helena Berman

Key Clients

Zorin Sachak Khan, Afaque Ahmed Khan and Sasheen Anwar (clients since 2011)

Michael and Alison Garlick

The Ong family

Cypcoserve Limited (client since 2015)

Government of Pakistan (client since 2013)

Sachin Dev Duggal

Work highlights

  • Advised Zorin Sachak Khan, Afaque Ahmed Khan and Sasheen Anwar on successfully defending an appeal to the Privy Council seeking an account of trust assets and the removal of the trustee.
  • Acting for Michael and Alison Garlick seeking to recover funds that have been misappropriated by highly sophisticated fraudsters as part of an extremely complex scheme to move funds offshore to facilitate the misuse of the assets.
  • Representing the Ong family in The Ong Family - Ong & Ors v Ping [2017] EWCA Civ 2069 - the team and has succeeded in having a number of judgments of the High Court dating back to 1995 set aside on the grounds that they were obtained by fraud.
  • Acting for the trustee of discretionary trusts that were established by the Kazakh businessman Mr Zhunus and his wife.
  • Advising The Islamic Republic of Pakistan in the Chancery Division of the English High Court on a matter relating to monies that were transferred to London in 1948 .
Leading individuals

Jenny McKeown - Stephenson Harwood

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood acts for ultra-high-net-worth individuals as well as family offices internationally and predominantly acts  for entrepreneurial wealth generators. It has a particular focus on complex structuring with an international angle where a business or corporate structure is involved. It has niche expertise in advising on the UK tax treatment of international pensions. As well as the traditional private client services, it also advises its clients on a myriad of other issues such as private jets, super-yachts, art and white-collar crime. James Quarmby and Hugo Jenney  are key contacts.

Practice head(s):James Quarmby; Hugo Jenney

Other key lawyers:Emily Osborne

Testimonials

'I always get the feeling that the firm has a very good culture at all levels. This makes everyone easy to talk to and in turn, they speak in a language which is easy to understand, even when discussing very complex tax planning issues.'

'The team is very strong in international private client.'

'James Quarmby is excellent on tax and has a very good panoptic view of the global marketplace for private client services. He is very approachable and has mastery of his fields of expertise.'

'James Quarmby and Emily Osborne both have extensive technical knowledge, complete professionalism and explain things in a succinct, clear manner.'

'Emily Osborne worked on this particular deal across multiple time zones and didn't seem to sleep for days on end! However, the work product was well drafted, delivered on time and the transaction managed really efficiently and always in a positive way.'

'Friendly and commercial but also exceedingly bright and technically proficient. The team is a major player in the area, for good reason. Its established partners are intelligent and, crucially, available. The next tier of senior associates and junior partners is very promising.'

'Emily Osborne - I have nothing but praise for her. She is exceedingly smart but never condescending. She has a wonderful manner and is a joy to work with. I have complete confidence in her.'

Leading individuals

James Quarmby - Stephenson Harwood

Next Generation Partners

Emily Osborne - 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

Stephenson Harwood has traditionally had a strong practice in PFI/ PPP projects work but, increasingly, the team has also been focusing on asset management matters such as secondary market acquisitions and refinancings. It is also involved in various energy from waste and biomass projects. The group is headed by Jonathan Cripps, who has longstanding experience advising public and private clients particularly from the transport, energy and accommodation sectors. Rubin Weston is a key contact in financing matters and is well versed in developing markets. Rebecca Carter's expertise in PPP/ PFI related matters is also notable.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Cripps

Other key lawyers:Rubin Weston; Rebecca Carter; Will Lewis; Phil Harris; Richard Pike

Testimonials

'The team has an in-depth understanding of the client's position and delivers prompt and willing service. It also reacts well to feedback.'

Key Clients

North London Waste Authority

Hitachi Europe Limited

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Albany SPC Services Limited

Covanta Energy Limited

Semperian PPP Investment Partners Group Limited

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

Interpipe

NIBC Bank N.V.

Equitix Limited

3i Group plc

Dalmore Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising North London Waste Authority on its North London Heat and Power Project, an energy recovery facility to recover energy from waste.
  • Assisting the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham with the procurement of five school building projects within its boroughs via a Strategic Partnership Agreement.
  • Advised Covanta Energy as a shareholder in, and O&M Contractor to, the Rookery South EfW project.
  • Advised Semperian on its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Fife Hospital private finance initiative .
  • Assisting Interpipe with the restructuring of its entire debt portfolio of over $1bn.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

The transactional and disputes lawyers at Stephenson Harwood have a strong focus on sub-Saharan African oil and gas mandates, ranging from advising on investments, sales, storage, delivery and long-term contracts to litigation. On the transactional side, the team is particularly active in private and public M&A and fundraising. The client roster consists mainly of independent E&P companies. Marc Hammerson recently re-joined the firm from Akin Gump LLP .

Practice head(s):Marc Hammerson; Tony Concagh; Stuart Beadnall; Andrew McLean

Other key lawyers:Rubin Weston

Testimonials

'The Stephenson Harwood team differentiates itself from its competitors because it is focused on finding effective legal solutions, not selling legal services.'

'The firm has excellence in all capabilities, and takes the time necessary to understand the legal and associated needs of its clients.'

'Max Lemanski is an eminent lawyer: technically excellent, pragmatic, shrewd and resolute. He brings a breadth of experience to provide valuable insight, and never loses focus on what he and his clients need to achieve.'

'Stuart Beadnall remains a doyen in shipping, offshore construction and energy.'

'Alex McCue is noteworthy, bright and very capable.'

Key Clients

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

Eland Oil & Gas

Fugro

Green Africa Power

Heerema Marine Contractors

Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited

Petrobras International

Seaway Heavy Lifting

Valero Energy

PDVSA

Covanta Energy

Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK)

European Bank for Reconstruction & Development

Work highlights

  • Represented PDVSA in series of disputes concerning a drilling contract between PDVSA, a subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, the Venezuelan state-owned oil company, and an offshore services contractor in Venezuela.
  • Defended NNPC against numerous attempts by IPCO (Nigeria) Limited to enforce a Nigerian arbitration award in England.
  • Acted for SUEK on a $1bn pre-export financing from a lending syndicate.

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London: Public sector

Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has a strong offering in healthcare M&A. Led by corporate partner Karima Hudson and supported by corporate finance specialist Andrew Edge, the team has seen a steady increase in healthcare acquisitions and instructions acting for funds and private equity investors.

Practice head(s):Karima Hudson

Testimonials

Formation Capital LLC

HC-One Limited

Salutem Healthcare Limited

Glenside Care Group

Circle Health Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Nexus Tradeco Limited, in its role as property manager of Primary Health Properties, on the merger of PHP and Medicx – creating Britain’s largest healthcare real estate investment trust.
  • Advised UAE-based private healthcare provider NMC Health Plc on its acquisition of Aspen Healthcare, a UK-based healthcare company.
  • Advised Salutem on its acquisition of care home and specialist school business and assets from SCOPE, to three education facilities, 38 care homes and ten day services located across England and Wales.
  • Advised Piramal Enterprises Limited on the sale of Piramal Imaging SA to UK-based medical imaging services provider Alliance Medical Group, part of the Life Healthcare Group
  • Advised Semperian PPP Investment Partners Group Limited (Semperian) on its acquisition of a 50% stake in the Fife Hospital private finance initiative project.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Active on a range of development and investment work, Stephenson Harwood provides clients with full lifecycle support from acquisition to disposal. Sectors of particular activity include warehouse and logistics, retail, data centres and mixed-use with an increasing number of instructions pertaining to regeneration and alternative assets. Jonathon Wilkes heads the department, which gears its inward investment practice towards France, Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore, among other jurisdictions. The hotels and leisure sector is a further area where the practice excels, representing a roster of hotel managers, nightclubs, restaurants and casinos on real estate, tax, corporate, employment and health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):Jonathon Wilkes

Other key lawyers:James Trundle

Key Clients

LondonMetric

Tristan Capital

Schroders

Avanton

Mount Eden Land

Reef Estates

LaSalle Investment Management

Longmead

Trinova

O&H Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised easyHotel on the acquisition of three sites for the purpose of redevelopment as hotels.
  • Advised Firethorn Trust on the purchase of a serviced office building in Canary Wharf.
  • Advised Conegate on a restructuring of its business.
  • Advised O&H Properties on the redevelopment of 7-11 Cavendish Place.

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

Active on a range of development and investment work, Stephenson Harwood provides clients with full lifecycle support from acquisition to disposal. Sectors of particular activity include warehouse and logistics, retail, data centres and mixed-use with an increasing number of instructions pertaining to regeneration and alternative assets. Jonathon Wilkes heads the department, which gears its inward investment practice towards France, Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore, among other jurisdictions. The hotels and leisure sector is a further area where the practice excels, representing a roster of hotel managers, nightclubs, restaurants and casinos on real estate, tax, corporate, employment and health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):Robert Newman

Other key lawyers:Stephen Laud; Graeme Barton; Paul Hayward-Surry; Catriona Berman

Key Clients

AccorHotels Group

AccorInvest

InterContinental Hotels Group

easyHotel

Ambassador Theatre Group

Macdonald Hotels and Resorts

De Vere Hotels

Pho Restaurants

Vinoteca

4C Hotels

Work highlights

  • Advising Macdonald Hotels on claims against Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group.
  • Advising LXI REIT plc on the acquisition of a portfolio of hotels.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Active on a range of development and investment work, Stephenson Harwood provides clients with full lifecycle support from acquisition to disposal. Sectors of particular activity include warehouse and logistics, retail, data centres and mixed-use with an increasing number of instructions pertaining to regeneration and alternative assets. Jonathon Wilkes heads the department, which gears its inward investment practice towards France, Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore, among other jurisdictions. The hotels and leisure sector is a further area where the practice excels, representing a roster of hotel managers, nightclubs, restaurants and casinos on real estate, tax, corporate, employment and health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):Jonathon Wilkes

Other key lawyers:Stephen Laud; Simon Brading

Key Clients

LondonMetric

Tristan Capital

Schroders

Avanton

Mount Eden Land

Reef Estates

LaSalle Investment Management

Longmead

Trinova

O&H Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised SEA Group on the purchase of 33 Old Broad Street.
  • Advised Tristan Capital Partners on the sale of the Cube.
  • Advised Schroder regarding the lease of One Lyric Square to The Office Group.
  • Advised GRIT Real Estate on the listing on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Schroder on the lease of the 3rd to 7th floors of Victory House Brighton to BUPA.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's contentious team handles disputes across range of sectors, including oil and gas, power and energy, rail and real estate. On the  international front, the team is building a reputation for its work in the Middle East, particularly in the energy and power sectors. Ron Nobbs and Paul Thwaite lead the practice. Nobbs, who provides 'strong, focused advice', recently led for for subcontractor Giffen in a dispute with Hochtief over the new station entrance for Bloomberg at Bank station in London. The 'impressive' Thwaite specialises in contractor claims for delay and disruption, and was lead partner acting for ENGIE on a dispute with Lend Lease over the the refurbishment of the government buildings housing the Treasury and HMRC. 'Clever and superb' Charlotte Heywood, who specialises in rail disputes and advises on defect claims, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ron Nobbs; Paul Thwaite

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Heywood

Testimonials

'Paul Thwaite and Charlotte Heywood's expertise is impressive; this, combined with their ability to clearly communicate the facts and options with a dose of humility and humour, sets them aside from others I've worked with.'

'Paul Thwaite and Charlotte Heywood have provided astute advice and identified nuanced arguments that others might have missed.'

'I have been consistently impressed with their focus on delivering advice which considers ADR.'

'The team have often had to work in imperfect situations and have simply pressed ahead and delivered consistent quality on each occasion.'

'Sound, honest, commercial and practical advice. Comparable to the best lawyers recently engaged with in this market.'

'An outstanding construction team covering a broad area of work with some exceptional lawyers who enjoy a extremely high reputation in the market.'

'Very personable and knowledgeable team led by the excellent Paul Thwaite.'

'Excellent knowledge of construction related claims and litigation, including access to expert witnesses and extensive network of broader in-house specialist knowledge.'

'The team is very reliable and have expert know how in construction litigation.'

'Charlotte Heywood and Paul Thwaite have both provided excellent counsel on two key matters.'

'Charlotte Heywood has deservedly been made a partner.'

'Charlotte Heywood has consistently worked on a challenging matter with us and without her involvement and skill we would not have made the progress that has been made.'

'Tammy Samuel has key strengths in providing commercially astute advice and in finding solutions to reach agreement with other parties and always fights our corner.'

'Ron Nobbs handles our engineering and commercial disputes and is quick to understand the issues and provides strong, focused advice.'

'Paul Thwaite managed a very large and important procurement challenge, his clear advice on the strategy for the case was key to a successful outcome for us.'

'Paul Thwaite has become a valued partner to our business. He is on top of his material, thorough, efficient and a lateral thinker.'

'Paul Thwaite is a trusted adviser on all construction issues.'

'Ron Nobbs is outstanding: one of the best solicitors in London; extremely bright, immensely hard-working, very commercial, a brilliant strategist and fantastic with clients.'

'Charlotte Heywood is extremely hard working, very clever, practical and superb with clients.'

'Paul Thwaite is excellent. He understand the commercial needs of clients and does not sit on the fence, giving strong clear views.'

'Ron Nobbs provides effective leadership and oversight of complex long-term claims; hands-on when required, excellent inter-personal skills enabling shared understanding of challenging situations.'

'Charlotte Heywood is excellent at the day-to-day handling of complex claims, maintaining good availability and providing clear understanding of progress.'

Key Clients

ENGIE

Veolia

Multiplex

ABB UK

The Royal College of Art

Giffen Group

4C Hotels Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for ENGIE in relation to a dispute with Lend Lease  relating to alleged defects in the design and construction of the refurbishment of the government building at 100 Parliament Street.
  • Acted for Giffen in a dispute with Hochtief over its sub-contract works to procure and install the mechanical, electrical, fire and communication elements of fit out works at a new station entrance for Bloomberg at Bank station in London.
Rising stars

Charlotte Heywood - Stephenson Harwood

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's team works across a range of sectors, such as rail infrastructure, education, hotels and real estate. Graeme Barton leads the team is known for his work in the energy, hotels and leisure and education sectors, advising purchasers, suppliers and funders. He recently took the lead for 103 Colmore Row Unit Trust on the construction of a new 26-storey building in Birmingham. Rebecca Carter is another name to note, with experience of economic and social infrastructure projects and acting as lead partner advising the North London Waste Authority on a programme of construction works in connection with the North London Heat and Power Project.

Practice head(s):Graeme Barton

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Carter

Testimonials

'Excellent client service.'

'What is distinctive about Stephenson Harwood is the breadth and quality of the work being undertaken.'

Key Clients

North London Waste Authority

Mala Engineering

University of Greenwich

Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group

Amaris Hospitality

Work highlights

  • Advice on the £80m renovation of the Mandarin Oriental Hotels Group’s flagship London hotel.

  • Advising 103 Colmore Row Unit Trust on the construction of a new 26-storey building in Birmingham worth £80m.
  • Advising North London Waste Authority on a £550m programme of construction works in connection with the North London Heat and Power Project.
  • Advising the Royal College of Art on the £56m construction of its new Battersea South Campus buildings.
  • Advising 4C Hotels Group on the £100m re-development of Queensbridge House.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

Real estate practice head, Jonathon Wilkes, now handles Stephenson Harwood’s planning mandates following the departure of Ben Stansfield to Gowling WLG. Cited expertise includes DCO applications for energy projects, CPO applications for redevelopment projects, and a number of urban regeneration schemes. Contentious mandates include handling an HS2 planning objection on behalf of a hospitality group.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has a wide-ranging client base of borrowers and lenders, including overseas and clearing banks, insurers, funds and corporate borrowers, as well as a growing number of Asian investors. Investment and development finance are areas of strength for the team, which advises on transactions involving hotels, care homes and retail properties. The team is led by James Linforth, and also includes Jayesh Patel, Paul Hayward-Surry (who specialises in the commercial real estate, residential housing and hotel sectors) and Jonathan Proctor.

Practice head(s):James Linforth

Other key lawyers:Jayesh Patel; Paul Hayward-Surry; Jonathan Proctor; George Vaughton

Testimonials

'Jon Proctor is very engaging, listens well to clients' concerns, and takes a sensible approach in a collaborative manner.'

'The team is very hands on and willing to take the time to talk you through points.'

'The team are always willing to take the time to discuss matters. They are not afraid to give their views and opinions on points and also are good at keeping you updated on where they are with a deal.'

'Stephenson Harwood has a longstanding team who have worked closely with each other for a number of years, and know how to work to their strengths. They have excellent knowledge of the market, and adopt a commercial approach to ensure deals get done to the satisfaction of lender and borrower alike.'

'The individuals in the team are very friendly and easy going, which makes dealing with them on a daily basis a pleasure rather than a chore. They have a depth of skills and are very commercial, being cognisant to the clients' needs and what is required to drive the transaction on to completion.'

'James Linforth is very proactive and goes above and beyond expectations when called upon.'

'Stephenson Harwood understands the client's business and provides high-quality advice. The team takes a pragmatic approach to issues and finds the right balance between the legal advice and the practical and commercial implications.'

'Stephenson Harwood has a good and strong team. I would particularly flag James Linforth and Jon Proctor as being strong performers.'

'The team offers strong associate support with excellent partner involvement, and takes a calm and reasoned approach to matters.'

'James Linforth is always available for discussion with a friendly, calm and reasoned approach, and avoids overcomplicating matters.'

Key Clients

Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

ING Bank N.V.

Native Land

DBS

Barings Real Estate/Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

Schroders plc

Bank Leumi (UK) plc

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

HSBC UK Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

NatWest

Coutts

RBSI

Work highlights

  • Advising a bank syndicate led by HSBC as agent on facility made available to Mount Eden Land, secured on a large portfolio of commercial property located in London.
  • Advising GRIT Real Estate on the financing of its acquisition of commercial real estate in Accra, Ghana.
  • Advising Tristan Capital Partners on the refinancing of office space Imagination House and Innovation Centre in Hertfordshire.
  • Advising Barings Real Estate Advisers as arranger, agent and lender in connection with a loan to the Hao Tian Investment Company Limited to finance the purchase of an office and retail building in the City of London.
  • Advising HSBC Bank on financing the acquisition by the Falcon Group of Falcon House in London.
Leading individuals

James Linforth - Stephenson Harwood

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's 'thorough, knowledgeable and efficient' team sits within the firm's commercial litigation practice and has particular expertise in rights of light and other development-related disputes as well as a wide range of contentious tenancy matters and issues at the intersection with professional negligence. 'Formidable litigator' Andrew Myers 'knows when to turn on the pressure and when not to in the dispute process'; he heads the team, which includes 'professional' rights of light expert Sophie Schultz; 'her work ethic and tenacity whilst retaining a human touch in order to maintain relationships is an absolute strength'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Myers

Other key lawyers:Sophie Schultz

Testimonials

'Andrew Myers is a superb property litigator, who offers practical, commercially astute advice. He ensures that his style is replicated by those in his team.'

'Andrew Myers can be supremely aggressive when required and will not hesitate to take a hard line when it is justified while maintaining an appropriate tone with the other side.'

'Sophie Schultz is the go-to lawyer for large complicated disputes requiring a meticulous grasp of fact and relevant law.'

Key Clients

London Borough of Hackney

LaSalle Investment Management

Schroders Real Estate Investment Trust

Mount Eden Land

Sovereign Property Holdings

Royal College of Art

Kingsbridge Estates

HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK)

Generator Developments

The Clarendon Shopping Centre

Westbrook Capital Partners

Capital Industrial

St Martins Property

London Metric

Work highlights

  • Defended the developer, Thornsett Residential and URC Thames North Trust, against an interim injunction claim for trespass brought by its neighbour, Apexmaster, to interfere with works on the Upper Place residential development in East London.
  • Defended K Group Holdings, which holds the head-lease interest of a mansion block in central Mayfair, against a collective enfranchisement claim brought by the tenants to buy the freehold of the property.
  • Acting for Mount Eden Land in a rent arrears claim against the Democratic Republic of Congo concerning the DRC's UK embassy.
  • Representing Harley Street dentist Mehran Hassan Sanei in contested lease renewal proceedings with his landlord.
Leading individuals

Andrew Myers - Stephenson Harwood

Next Generation Partners

Sophie Schultz - Stephenson Harwood

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London: Risk advisory

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

Stephenson Harwood

Jonathan Kirsop leads the data protection and information team at Stephenson Harwood, which handles the full spectrum of data protection issues including GDPR compliance, data breaches, subject access requests and international data transfers. The team advises a client roster spanning the financial services, retail, life sciences, shipping, charity, aviation, rail and professional services sectors; notable examples include BTG, The Movember Foundation and Deloitte. Barclays Bank is also a key client, which Kirsop recently advised on its GDPR compliance. Litigator Ben Sigler is the main contact for contentious data protection issues, particularly subject access requests.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Kirsop

Other key lawyers:Ben Sigler

Testimonials

'Stephenson Harwood is very professional, practical, commercial and willing to assist (with a sense of humour).'

'The team's advice is very commercially pragmatic and it genuinely tries to understand the client's risk appetite so the advice is fit for purpose and practical.'

'Jonathan Kirsop is an understatedly solid expert in the area of data protection law - consistently delivering practical and commercial advice, at pace.'

'Jonathan Kirsop has a vast wealth of knowledge and experience. He is professional and really willing to get to know the client's business in great detail in order to provide thoughtful and practical advice.'

'Jonathan Kirsop and Katie Hewson are extremely amenable, professional, expert in their subject and a great aid in meeting deadlines.'

Key Clients

Barclays Bank PLC

Smith & Williamson

BTG PLC

The Movember Foundation

Mizuho Bank Limited

Mercer Limited

Feelunique

Deloitte LLP

Thomas Pink

Secret Escapes

Work highlights

  • Advising Barclays Bank on its GDPR project including advice on privacy notices.
  • Assisting Smith & Williamson with its GDPR compliance.
  • Acting for BTG on its GDPR compliance programme including updating its website privacy policy.
  • Assisting the Movember Foundation with its GDPR compliance project and other data issues including direct marketing practices and third-party contracts.
  • Advising Mizuho Bank on its GDPR compliance project and advising on other international data protection issues.

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

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood handles corporate crime, investigations and prosecutions. Areas of expertise include anti-corruption, anti-trust legislation, cartels, sanctions and cross-jurisdictional cases. It often deals with regulatory investigations by the FCA, SFO, CMA, DoJ, SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Tony Woodcock heads the team and focuses on criminal and contentious financial services investigations and business regulation. The team has been expanding, with the addition of the 'superb' Justin McClelland as a partner from Winston & Strawn LLP and Jake Pidcock , who joined as a partner from the FCA. Sara George left for Sidley Austin LLP.

Practice head(s):Tony Woodcock

Other key lawyers:Jake Pidcock; Justin McClelland; Sean Jeffrey; Alan Ward

Testimonials

‘Justin McClelland is the main selling point as he brings considerable experience, expertise and judgement in the field’.

‘Justin McClelland can be a game-changer; he knows the case backwards and has superb instincts’.

Key Clients

The Trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust and the Tchenguiz Family Trust, and related companies.

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Royal Bank of Scotland

Bank Saderat Iran

Bank Saderat plc

Melli Bank plc

Persia International Bank plc

National Iranian Tanker Company

Bank Sepah International plc

Work highlights

  • Advised in one of the most significant pieces of ongoing public law related litigation for the last ten years, advising The Trustees of the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust and the Tchenguiz Family Trust, and related companies during an SFO investigation, dawn raid, and in connection with the ongoing resulting litigation and regulatory issues.
  • Appointed by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission to undertake a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company Ltd and the conduct of its directors and auditors.
  • Act for one of the largest tanker companies in the world, which was originally subjected to EU sanctions (asset freezing measures) in 2012.
  • Act for Bank Saderat plc, the UK subsidiary of one of Iran's largest commercial banks, Bank Saderat Iran. The Banks were subjected to EU sanctions in relation to Iran (asset freezing measures) in 2010.
Leading individuals

Justin McClelland - Stephenson Harwood

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 'genuinely hardworking' commercial, outsourcing and technology team at Stephenson Harwood combines 'strong legal experience with commercial sector knowledge' and assist clients with the full range of IT advice with particular expertise in cloud computing, fintech, IT outsourcing, software licensing and data protection issues, IT litigation and corporate transactions. The group is led by Jonathan Kirsop, who has particular expertise in data-focused IT initiatives, and Dan Holland, who handles large IT projects. The group benefits from the addition of 'star senior associate' David Berry from Addleshaw Goddard; Berry 'consistently provides considered, thoughtful and timely advice' and is 'technically strong with an ability to easily connect the dots of a matter'.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Kirsop; Dan Holland;

Other key lawyers:David Berry

Testimonials

'Stephenson Harwood offers a perfect blend of legal and commercial savvy.'

'The interpersonal skills of the team are exceptional, they provide interpretations that are both useful and practical.'

'Dan Holland is a very smart and analytical individual with an air of confidence that is re-assuring to clients.'

'David Berry suggests commercial options and contractual structures which border on the seriously clever.'

'David Berry is highly experienced with in-depth sector experience upon whom we rely exclusively for all of our IT-related agreements, he is able to simplify complex concepts and issues both in terms of his approach to drafting and in terms of his approach to negotiations with third parties.'

Key Clients

Avaloq UK Limited

Trenitalia c2c Limited

Thomas Pink

UCB Biopharma SPRL

Hivedome Limited

Astellas Pharma Europe Limited

Arriva UK Trains Limited

Augmentum Fintech plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Avaloq UK on an IT platform agreement with Smith & Williamson, which will use Avaloq's core banking software to support its banking services.
  • Assisted Trenitalia c2c with its multi-vendor procurement of IT services, software and hardware for the roll-out of a new electronic smart ticketing system across its c2c train line between London and Essex.
  • Advised Thomas Pink on the implementation of a customer relationship management platform.
  • Instructed by Astellas its IT team on the management of its technology contracts.

  • Assisted Hivedome with an overhaul of its IT contracts with its customers including updating its business to business contracts, privacy policy and third-party consultant agreements.
Rising stars

David Berry - Stephenson Harwood

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Stephenson Harwood

The 'very reliable' practice at Stephenson Harwood has 'excellent legal skills and sharp commercial awareness' and 'excels at coordinating multi-jurisdictional litigation'. With 'excellent strength and depth in life sciences and pharmaceuticals work', the team attracts praise for being 'unique in its ability to switch its approach from big pharma to small biotech'; other strong sectors for the group include the retail, luxury brands, oil, gas and shipping industries. 'Stand-out litigator' and 'formidable negotiator' Eifion Morris is 'absolutely brilliant strategically' and leads the practice alongside the 'technically and legally superb' Alexandra Pygall. Rob Jacob has 'exceptional practical experience coupled with a commercial approach' and handles a combination of contentious and non-contentious matters for life science and energy sector clients, while recently promoted partner Naomi Leach focuses on transactional matters in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):Eifion Morris; Alexandra Pygall

Other key lawyers:Rob Jacob; Naomi Leach

Testimonials

'A group of top-quality solicitors providing commercial advice and a personable and timely service for value for money.'

'Alexandra Pygall exudes excellence and instills confidence in her clients, even in difficult situations.'

'Alexandra Pygall is an excellent lawyer. She is technically gifted with significant expertise in relation to complex licensing matters in the life sciences sector.'

'Rob Jacob boasts very detailed knowledge, and is able to plan effective strategies in the most complex of cases.'

'Associates Beth Williams and Anne Stoffels have great attention to detail, which can be very critical in an IP case, and both take a very thorough and detailed approach to their cases.'

'Rob Jacob is an eminent expert of the product market and in implications of multi-jurisdictional proceedings; he has impressive ideas and finds excellent solutions.'

'Eifion Morris and Rob Jacob are eminent analysts and strategists in litigation that often turns in unpredictable directions.'

Key Clients

GlaxoSmithKline plc

BTG Plc

UCB

Cell Medica Ltd

Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd

easyGroup

Gap, Inc

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

LEGO

Blue Power

Jack Wills Limited

Shield Therapeutics Plc

Kymab Limited

Moet Hennessy

Net-a-Porter

Philex Electronic Limited/Philex Hong Kong Limited

Smart Reamer Drilling Systems Limited

Servier (Biofarma)

Duracell

Daewoo Shipping & Marine Engineering

Eureka Shipping Limited

Jezaya Limited

MGA Entertainment Inc.

Celltrion Healthcare Limited

Petrobras

Ladybird Books

Beam Suntory Inc

My Taxi

Distribrands Cosmetics BV

Hotel Chocolat

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Blue Power group of companies in a breach of confidence claim against  Eni and two of its subsidiaries.
  • Instructed by GlaxoSmithKline as lead counsel in a multijurisdictional trade mark and passing off action against Sandoz and its licensor Vectura regarding the use of the colour purple for asthma inhalers.
  • Advised Shield Therapeutics on an exclusive out-licensing arrangement negotiated with Norgine for the right to commercialise Feraccru, a product for the treatment of iron deficiency,  in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Advised easyGroup on consolidated applications for the revocation of the UK registrations for the mark easyOffice.
  • Acted for Lucozade Ribena Suntory in its defense of a compulsory licence application by Pixley Berries.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood serves a range of pharma, biotech and healthcare clients, including startups, with a comprehensive range of expertise. This includes corporate and commercial; Andrew Edge has advised a number of major players in the sector on mergers, acquisitions and IPOs and Anthony Clare also advises on commercial and funding mandates.  Alexandra Pygall 'provides the highest quality advice' to her clients on all aspects of IP commercialisation including licensing and collaboration deals and routinely assists on the IP aspects of M&A. 'Excellent advisor' Rob Jacob also specialises in all aspects of IP advisory and contentious cases.

Practice head(s):Andrew Edge; Alexandra Pygall 

Other key lawyers:Anthony Clare; Rob Jacob

Testimonials

'High-quality advice, personable solicitors, great individual care and attention. A team who genuinely care and want to make a different to their clients whether to win, negotiate or settle.'

'Alexandra Pygall has an excellent technical background and provides the highest-quality advice.'

Key Clients

GSK

BTG plc

Shield Therapeutics Plc

Cell Medica Ltd

UCB

Astellas

Incyte

Piramal

TyraTech Inc

Acacia Pharma

Vernalis

Novacyt

Work highlights

  • Advised Shield Therapeutics in relation to the exclusive out-licensing arrangement negotiated with Norgine BV for the right to commercialise Feraccru (a treatment for iron deficiency)  in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
  • Advised Piramal Enterprises Limited on the sale of Piramal Imaging SA to UK-based medical imaging services provider Alliance Medical Group, part of the Life Healthcare Group.
  • Advises Astellas Pharma Europe Limited on a wide range of commercial contracts including service agreements and distribution agreements across multiple jurisdictions, in relation to Astellas' marketed products, and logistics services agreements for delivery of products to pharmacies. Also advises on master agreements for the provision of marketing and regulatory affairs services and data protection.
  • Advising GlaxoSmithKline Plc on multi-jurisdictional trade mark, copyright, comparative advertising and unfair competition claims brought by GSK in relation to various duplications of the shape of an inhaler designed, manufactured and licensed by Celon Pharma SA,  a Polish pharmaceutical company.

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  • Advised AIM-listed life sciences company TyraTech in relation to the UK aspects of the merger with American Vanguard Corporation and the cancellation of admission of TyraTech's common stock to trading on AIM.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 6

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood's sports practice stands out for its work handling insolvencies for football and motor sports clubs that often involve contentious elements, such as acting for the liquidators of RPC PLC (formerly Rangers FC) in their defence of an £18m ongoing secured claim by former owner of the club, Craig Whyte. The group's broader practice covers disputes and litigation spanning sponsorship, alleged impropriety, IP infringement, misuse of funds, unjust enrichment and fraud. Practice head Ben Sigler recently advised a sovereign wealth fund in relation to bribery allegations concerning the hosting of a major sporting event.

Practice head(s):Ben Sigler

Other key lawyers:Ben Sigler

Testimonials

"Stephenson Harwood are a superb private client firm who we have used for many years for a variety of instructions. We think their real qualities lie in their partners and the engagement of their partners with day to day matters."

"Ben Sigler is a first rate solicitor. Diligent and friendly."

"Stephenson Harwood's sports group have great attention to detail and provide an excellent service." 

Key Clients

RFC 2012 PLC 9 (formerly Rangers FC)

Mark Ford, Finbarr O'Connell and Gilbert Lemon of Smith & Williamson

Paul Cooper and David Rubin

Legacy Community Foundation

Paul Appleton and Paul Cooper of David Rubin and Partners Ltd

United States of America

Stella International Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending the liquidators of RFC 2012 (formerly Rangers FC) against a £20m claim brought by Ticketus regarding its ticket purchase agreement.
  • Acting for Boris Becker's Trustees in Bankruptcy in identifying, collecting in and realising Boris Becker's assets for the benefit of his creditors.
  • Advising the joint receivers on the shares and assets of Blackpool Football Club (Properties) Limited.
  • Assisting the trustees of the Legacy Sports and Education Foundation on its compliance with charity law obligations.
  • Advising sports apparel designer and manufacturer Stella International Holdings on commercial arrangements regarding its operations in the Philippines, Myanmar and Indonesia.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

The aviation practice at¬†Stephenson Harwood¬†is 'knowledgeable, practical and dynamic' ; it has¬†'exceptional knowledge and understanding of the aviation sector and this, combined with great strategic thinking, makes for a ruthlessly effective and efficient service'. The team regularly works¬†in conjunction with other aviation practitioners from across the firm's network of offices to provide a comprehensive service. The specialist team is particularly adept at complex disputes in the sector, where it is regularly instructed by leading airlines. The firm also offers expertise across regulatory, competition, commercial, tax, planning, real estate, projects, corporate and pensions issues. Paul Phillips¬†is an 'exceptional litigator'; he¬†is 'razor-sharp, very hardworking and he has the ability to grasp the essence of case very quickly to develop a considered and appropriate strategy'. Phillips led advice for¬†Ryanair in a ‚ā¨70m dispute brought against the car hire company, Hertz Europe, for breach of contract. ¬†Senior associate Chloe Challinor¬†has a 'profound understanding of the regulatory landscape and is an amazing problem solver'.

Practice head(s):Paul Phillips; Richard Parsons

Other key lawyers:Chloe Challinor; Johnny Champion

Testimonials

The aviation team is a joy to work with; it is very professional and reliable.

Paul Phillips, Chloe Challinor and Johnny Champion are an incredible asset to the firm.

Paul Phillips' extensive and in-depth knowledge of aviation as an industry, and the challenges faced by his clients, really comes through when working with him.

Paul Phillips' open, honest and approachable personality is a much-valued benefit.

Chloe Challinor and Johnny Champion are meticulous; their attention-to-detail is second-to-none and they leave no stone unturned.

Paul Phillips takes the time to understand the client and advises accordingly.

Paul Phillips has a razor-sharp intellect and a bullish determination to get the best result for his client.

Chloe Challinor is a brilliant lawyer and has a hands-on approach.

Paul Phillips and Johnny Champion not only have an in-depth knowledge on aviation law and can apply that knowledge to how it impacts aviation and airline operators.

Paul Phillips and Johnny Champion use their peripheral vision to not only put forward reasoned arguments, but to educate all parties involved.

Paul Phillips is a brilliant tactician and strategist who sees solutions to intractable problems.

Johnny Champion is a superb lawyer and a rising star; he is a master of all technical issues, who assimilates and deploys effectively complex material to his client's advantage.

Paul Phillips is a hugely experienced litigator in the aviation sector.

Chloe Challinor has encyclopaedic knowledge of the sector.

Key Clients

Ryanair DAC

LaudaMotion

Norwegian Air Shuttle

China Southern Airlines

Lion Air / Transportation Partners

Royal Jordanian Airlines

DVB Bank SE

Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company

Jordan Aviation PSC

CMA CGM

Vitol SA

AirAsia

BCI Leasing

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing

Gulf Air

Vueling Airlines, S.A.

DVB Aviation Capital

Work highlights

  • Acted for LaudaMotion in a highly-publicised aircraft leasing dispute with Lufthansa in the Commercial Court.
  • The team is representing Ryanair in relation to enforcement proceedings brought by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) concerning industrial strikes.
  • Represented new client, Norwegian Air Shuttle in appealing a substantial financial sanction issued by Airport Coordination Limited (ACL), the independent coordinator of airport slots.
  • The team is advising Ryanair on various contingency plans for Brexit, including the establishment of a new UK airline, Ryanair UK.
  • Defended Jordanian airline, Jordan Aviation, on a claim concerning rental arrears and the re-delivery of an Airbus A330 that it had leased from AWAS (now part of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise).
Leading individuals

Paul Phillips - Stephenson Harwood

Rising stars

Chloe Challinor - Stephenson Harwood

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Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 1

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has 'strong and in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the rail industry'; the team 'understands key issues quickly and delivers in a user-friendly fashion'. It is engaged on prominent rail projects and it has extensive experience across franchising, rolling stock and infrastructure work. Clients include major franchise owners, operators, rolling stock manufacturers, financiers and government entities. It is also able to utilise the firm's experience across competition, employment, infrastructure, real estate, corporate, tax and dispute resolution to provide a full service to rail clients. Leading practitioner Tammy Samuel is well-versed in rolling stock mandates and led advice for Spanish rolling stock manufacturer, CAF, on numerous bids across the UK. Suzanne Tarplee, who 'understands issues from a commercial point of view and comes up with workable solutions', plays a pivotal role in franchising, rolling stock and rail regulation instructions. Recently promoted partner Darren Fodey is 'excellent on the detail' and associate Richard Hughes is engaged on a number of high-profile transactions in the sector.

Practice head(s):Graeme McLellan; Tammy Samuel

Other key lawyers:Suzanne Tarplee; Lisa Marks; Ron Nobbs; Paul Thwaite; Graeme Barton; Darren Fodey; Richard Hughes

Testimonials

'Insightful and reliable advice is always presented'.

'Suzanne Tarplee and Darren Fodey are professional and knowledgeable individuals who are good fun to work with'.

'The team has excellent specialist knowledge in rail'.

'The team provides excellent client service and focused advise'.

'Tammy Samuel has key strengths in providing commercially astute advice and in finding solutions to reach agreement with other parties; she always fights the client's corner'.

'Ron Nobbs is quick to understand the issues and provides strong, focused, advice'.

'Paul Thwaite provides clear advice on the strategy of cases'.

'It is an excellent commercial team with fantastic knowledge of the sector'.

'The team brings a common-sense approach; it is always enthusiastic and knowledgeable, with the ability to bring different sector thinking to the table'.

'Tammy Samuel brings an unbelievable amount of energy, as well as a wealth of knowledge and understanding; she is always positive in her approach to any challenge'.

'Suzanne Tarplee has great knowledge and an easy approach with clients'.

Key Clients

Abellio East Anglia

Rock Infrastructure

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles

Grand Central

Macquarie

Arriva Rail North

Transport for London/Rail for London

London Underground

Arriva

Arriva UK Trains

The Chiltern Railway Company

Arriva Trains Wales

DB Regio Tyne and Wear

Trenitalia c2c

Kiepe Electric UK

Department for Transport

CAF Rail UK

CAF UK Rolling Stock

Trenitalia UK

Corelink Rail Infrastructure

East West Rail

Eversholt Rail

Work highlights

  • It is advising spanish rolling stock manufacturer, CAF, on the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Newport, Wales.
  • It is advising leading franchise operator and bidder, Arriva, on its bid to operate the East Midlands Rail franchise.
  • It is advising Transport for London on a new regulatory regime for Crossrail and the Crossrail concession arrangements.
  • It is advising Transport for London on securing access to Heathrow Airport for the new Crossrail service.
  • The team is advising Transport for London and London Underground on the upgrading of rail infrastructure and facilities management on the Underground and across TfL.
Leading individuals

Suzanne Tarplee - Stephenson Harwood

Tammy Samuel - Stephenson Harwood

Next Generation Partners

Darren Fodey - Stephenson Harwood

Rising stars

Richard Hughes - Stephenson Harwood

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood handles a range of shipping work and is particularly known for its expertise in complex shipping disputes. The team, which is aided by its international network, handles charterparty disputes, shipbuilding work, FPSO disputes, offshore construction matters, marine insurance and casualty matters. The wider team also advises on IP and competition work in the sector, and ship finance enforcement work is also a key strength. The team represented Navigators Insurance Company and others in a Supreme Court case. Mike Phillips heads the team and marine insurance specialist Alex Davis is noted for his experience in coverage issues and complex losses. Paolo Ghirardani handles complex disputes, often with a cross-border element, and Sean Gibbons has a strong Korea practice and is experienced in the superyacht sector. Joe O’Keeffe joined from Ince in October 2018.

Practice head(s):Mike Phillips

Other key lawyers:Stuart Beadnall; Paolo Ghirardani; Alex Davis; Tony Concagh; Nick Barber; Sean Gibbons; Ingolf Kasier; Duncan McDonald; Max Lemanski; Simon Moore; Cristan Evans; Menelaus Kouzoupis; Joe O'Keeffe; Haris Zografakis; Tom Adams; Emma Nowell; Anthony Pitt

Testimonials

Cristan Evans is always available, responsive and willing to provide legal assistance of a high quality.

Key Clients

Commerzbank

Mercuria

Nordisk

PDVSA

Petrobras

RSA

The Standard Club

VITOL

Work highlights

  • Advised Ahoy.Club on the commercial and legal structures required for a new yacht brokerage for Ahoy Club.
  • Represented Eureka Shipping Limited, Parainen Pearl Shipping Limited and SMT Shipping (Cyprus) on a patent dispute with Kristian Gerhard Jebsen Skipsrederi (KGJS).
  • The team is acting for the owners of the MT Tecoil Polaris, Tecoil Shipping, which suffered a collision with the MV Poseidon in July 2018 at port.
  • The team is advising Mr Nikolay Viktorovich Sochin on a claim brought by Manchester Shipping Company.
  • Successful represented Navigators Insurance Company Limited in Supreme Court win.
Leading individuals

Alex Davis - Stephenson Harwood

Mike Phillips - Stephenson Harwood

Paolo Ghirardani - Stephenson Harwood

Sean Gibbons  - Stephenson Harwood

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