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London : Corporate and commercial
Within Commercial contracts, tier 5
The team at Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘practical, responsive’, ‘commercial as well as legal’, and ‘a pleasure to work with’. It has particular expertise in data centre, financial services and recruitment sector outsourcings, and draws on the wider firm’s strength in IT and real estate. Graham Hann’s team advised recruitment services provider Robert Walters in respect of projects with major banks, and acted for CMC Markets, the spreadbetting provider, on a major pan-European outsourcing project. Glyn Morgan is also recommended, along with telecoms specialist Tracey Sheehan, who joined from Squire Sanders LLP in April 2011.
Within Corporate tax, tier 4
Taylor Wessing LLP offers ‘excellent and understanding advice’. It has notable niches in Islamic finance and transactional matters, and recently acted on the debt restructure and refinancing of KCA Deutag Group (assisting Ropes & Gray LLP). Peter Jackson ‘explains the salient points to the layman in a logical and cogent manner’, and Nikol Davies is also recommended. Richard Carson, formerly of Slaughter and May, has joined.
Within EU and competition, tier 6
Taylor Wessing LLP’s ‘very effective’ team has a good name in the technology, telecoms, life sciences, and energy sectors, and in behavioural work. It recently defended Ricoh against a £49m claim in the High Court. ‘Outstanding professional’ Robert Vidal - is ‘not afraid to take a risk and will challenge perceived wisdom’.
Within Financial services, tier 5
Taylor Wessing LLP focuses on technology-rich financial services businesses operating primarily online; wealth management outside the investment banks; and overseas banks. The practice expanded its regulatory role with Lloyd’s brokers and risk carriers. Jonathan Rogers leads the non-contentious side, while Shane Gleghorn is noted for contentious matters. Julian Randall, Andrew Howell and Tim Strong joined from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP, bolstering the contentious offering. Clive Cunningham joined Herbert Smith LLP.
Within Flotations: small and mid-cap, tier 4
Taylor Wessing LLP’s ‘legal and commercial knowledge is first rate’. Tim Stocks is ‘extremely commercially minded and always available, and cuts to the core of any issue’. He advised Sphere Medical Holdings on its £14m AIM listing.
Within M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m, Taylor Wessing LLP is a second tier firm,
Taylor Wessing LLP’s client list encompasses start-ups, fully listed companies and large-scale investment funds. 2011 highlights included advising A&NN Group on its £53m acquisition of Waterstone’s from HMV Group plc. The team is noted for the quality of its ‘post-completion care’, and was joined in 2011 by Ronald Graham, who brings hotels and hospitality experience from Edwin Coe LLP
Within Private equity: transactions, tier 6
Taylor Wessing LLP provides ‘commercially realistic advice’, and draws on the resources of a ‘good and improving European network’. Core clients include Rutland Partners, Electra Partners and GCP Capital Partners. The ‘very sharp and commercial’ Emma Danks advised Bridgepoint Portfolio Services on the disposal of Protocol Education. Nicholas Hazell is ‘measured, as well as being combative when needed’.
Within Venture capital, Taylor Wessing LLP is a first tier firm,
Led out of London by the ‘very pragmatic and accessible’ Simon Walker and drawing on resources in Cambridge and further afield, in the firm’s pan-European network, Taylor Wessing LLP’s team is well positioned to handle significant mandates. It has expertise across sectors including technology, life sciences and cleantech, and recently advised Enecsys, a leader in long-life solar micro inverter systems, on securing a £25m investment to fund global growth. Howard Palmer and Cambridge-based David Mardle are recommended.
London : Crime, fraud and licensing
Within Fraud: civil, Taylor Wessing LLP is a second tier firm,
Highlights for Taylor Wessing LLP included acting for the trustee and the joint liquidators of Bernard Madoff’s former companies in multi-jurisdictional litigation to recover billions of pounds lost under the Ponzi scheme. David de Ferrars leads the fraud team. Andrew Howell is ‘very responsive’, and Julian Randall is ‘very clever’.
London : Dispute resolution
Within Banking litigation: investment and retail, tier 4
At Taylor Wessing LLP, Tim Strong is ‘good at analysing information’, and Shane Gleghorn is considered ‘very sensible’. Laurence Lieberman and David de Ferrars are also recommended. The firm is acting for PwC on the claims against it in relation to the collapse of Cattles; and has recently been instructed on its first Greek bond default dispute.
Within Commercial litigation, tier 4
Taylor Wessing LLP’s team grew with the hire of Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP’s former commercial disputes head Julian Randall, its financial services head Tim Strong, and Andrew Howell. The team acted for the trustee in bankruptcy and joint liquidators of Bernard Madoff’s former companies, in relation to litigation to recover the billions of pounds lost under Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. Group head Richard Marsh ‘sees the big picture’.
Within Defamation and privacy, Taylor Wessing LLP is a second tier firm,
Taylor Wessing LLP is an ‘excellent firm to rely on for advice on libel and privacy issues’; it ‘turns things around quickly and efficiently, has a great understanding of the needs of newspapers, and represents good value for money’. Highlights included acting for Macmillan Publishers in defending a libel claim brought against scientific journal Nature, by the former editor-in-chief of another scientific journal. It is also representing the Evening Standard in a libel action brought by Jacqui Lait, the former Conservative Party MP for Beckenham. Niri Shan is ‘extremely knowledgeable about libel and privacy issues, particularly as they apply to new media platforms’. Neil White and special counsel Timothy Pinto are also recommended.
Within International arbitration International arbitration
Within Professional discipline, tier 4
Taylor Wessing LLP’s Julian Randall has a solid reputation for representing financial institutions and accountancy firms, with a focus on large and complex cases.
London : Finance
Within Acquisition finance, tier 6
Taylor Wessing LLP operates in the mid-market, and is particularly accomplished on the lender side. Ross Caldwell is recommended.
Within Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans, tier 5
Taylor Wessing LLP’s group acts for banks, other financial institutions and corporates on complex cross-border arrangements including in Europe and the Middle East. Elisabeth Gaunt recently joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP.
Within Corporate restructuring and insolvency, tier 4
Taylor Wessing LLP’s three-partner team provides ‘commercially aware, responsive and pragmatic advice’. Building on its recent involvement for Portsmouth FC and Plymouth FC, the team has been appointed by the administrators to assist on the non-Scottish elements of Rangers FC’s high-profile administration. Nick Moser is ‘one of the top UK lawyers for complex insolvency-related litigation’; Neil Smyth provides ‘sound advice in a calm and unflustered manner’; and Claire Martin Royle is a ‘bright lawyer with excellent technical ability’.
Within Islamic finance, Taylor Wessing LLP is a third tier firm,
Taylor Wessing LLP’s practice straddles Islamic and conventional finance. Clients have included Helaba and the government of Dubai. Practice head Hamid Yunis has ‘a good-quality practice’, and Rodney Dukes is also recommended.
London : Human resources
Within Employee share schemes, tier 5
Ann Casey is recommended at Taylor Wessing LLP.
Within Employment: employers and senior executives, tier 4
Taylor Wessing LLP’s four-partner team is ‘commercial and pragmatic’. Led by the widely respected Sean Nesbitt, it advises a broad array of international and domestic clients, among them RBC Dexia UK, Macmillan Publishing and Asprey. Notable recent work includes acting for easyJet in industrial relation issues, including multimillion-pound litigation led by Andrew Granger. Nesbitt and Granger are ‘both stars’.
Within Immigration, Taylor Wessing LLP is a third tier firm,
Taylor Wessing LLP focuses on immigration and employment law issues surrounding inward investment. It advises foreign businesses on operating in the UK, and assists high-net-worth individuals with entrepreneur visas. Vikki Wiberg oversees the China team, and senior associate Charlie Pring is the key contact for US matters. LinkedIn and Air China are clients.
Within Pensions, Taylor Wessing LLP is a second tier firm,
Taylor Wessing LLP rises a tier this year in the non-contentious ranking. Mark Smith is ‘a treat to work with: on the law he is technically first rate, he never misses a possible angle to a case, and he is thorough but pragmatic and commercial’. The firm welcomed litigators Tim Strong, Julian Randall and Andrew Howell from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP, who all have experience in pensions matters. Rosalind Connor also joined the firm, from Jones Day, and counsel Louise Howard joined from Nabarro LLP. The firm’s clients include Hanson; Capital Cranfield Pension Trustees; Independent Trustee Services; and three companies in the Lehman Brothers group.
London : Insurance
Within Insurance and reinsurance litigation, tier 6
Taylor Wessing LLP’s areas of focus are marine, offshore property insurance, D&O and Bermuda Form policies, and it has been active in international reinsurance disputes. Team head James Crabtree, Susannah Wakefield and Anthony Menzies are recommended. Clients include Beazley Group plc, Swiss Re and BaoMinh Insurance Corporation.
Within Insurance: corporate and regulatory, tier 4
Peter Kempe and Jonathan Rogers are recommended at Taylor Wessing LLP, which is strong in the broker market and regularly advises on investments in brokers. Kempe recently advised Brian Marsh Enterprises and others in the acquisition of shares held by Wachovia Group in the broker Besso Holdings. In line with the firm’s IP expertise, the team also has a number of IP-rich insurance clients, such as GoCompare and esure.
Within Professional negligence, tier 4
Julian Randall heads the four-partner team at Taylor Wessing LLP, having followed Tim Strong and Andrew Howell from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP. Clients include PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and Grant Thornton UK.
London : Private client
Within Agriculture and estates, Taylor Wessing LLP is a third tier firm,
The team at Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘extremely competent’. In 2011 it advised on the acquisition of a diversified landed estate, involving sporting rights, rights of way, and mineral rights. Practice head Joanna Ward ‘fully understands agricultural and estate issues’; and Andrew Hine exhibits ‘sound attention to detail’.
Within Contentious trusts and probate, Taylor Wessing LLP is a first tier firm,
Andrew Hine and Mark Buzzoni at Taylor Wessing LLP are ‘experienced practitioners’. In 2011, the firm advised the heir to a global construction business in respect of litigation relating to £4bn of assets. In another highlight, Hine was appointed by a Bermuda court to represent minor and unborn beneficiaries in respect of a dispute over Bermudan trusts. Team head Steven Kempster is ‘hardworking and level headed’.
Within Personal tax, trusts and probate, Taylor Wessing LLP is a first tier firm,
Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘well placed to deal with complex cross-border situations’. The firm has a superb range of clients, and acts for over 20 families with net wealth exceeding $1bn. In one recent highlight, department head Mark Buzzoni represented a major Middle Eastern business family following the death of the patriarch, a matter which involved the creation of a private trustee company in Singapore. Buzzoni is ‘creative, practical and energetic’; and Nick Warr is ‘good at explaining complex matters’.
London : Projects, energy and natural resources
Within Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables), tier 5
Dominic Fitzpatrick’s team at Taylor Wessing LLP continues to act on the decommissioning of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant in Lithuania, alongside renewables mandates in solar, biomass and wind.
London : Public sector
Within Administrative and public law, tier 5
Taylor Wessing LLP regularly advises public bodies and has ‘great strength in depth, coupled with excellent relationships at the top’. The firm provides ‘value for money’, and is ‘good on complex and demanding transactions’. Recent mandates include advising Digital Birmingham on an application for state aid. Tracey Sheehan is recommended.
Within Healthcare, tier 5
Taylor Wessing LLP provides ‘excellent service’, particularly on PFI and investment matters. Practice head Hamid Yunis and ‘pragmatic’ and ‘knowledgeable’ associate Stephen Tainsh are recommended.
London : Real estate
Within Commercial property, Taylor Wessing LLP is a first tier firm,
Taylor Wessing LLP demonstrates ‘good commercial understanding and appreciation of market trends’. Key matters included advising Heron International on the £500m Heron Plaza development, while the hotels team advised Hesperia Hotels on the sale of London Victoria Hotel. Practice head Keith Barnett ‘clearly places high value on client relationships’, and Richard Grosse, Adam Marks and Michael Helfgott are also recommended.
Within Construction, Taylor Wessing LLP is a third tier firm,
The ‘extremely successful’ team at Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘great to have on your side in difficult negotiations’. Practice head Helen Garthwaite is ‘an amazingly gifted, technical lawyer’, and manages a team of ‘well-trained’ and ‘loyal’ solicitors. Laurence Cobb advised a foreign state entity regarding disputes arising from a nuclear decommissioning project in Eastern Europe, and David Quinlan advised Kier Regional Limited on the design and construction of three schools and four fire stations in the UK.
Within Planning, tier 5
Taylor Wessing LLP recently advised Brewsters Waste Management on a £12m CPO claim against the London Development Agency. Other clients include Amazon, Lloyds Banking Group, Stansted Airport Limited and Canada Life. Alistair Watson specialises in infrastructure and EIA matters.
Within Property finance, Taylor Wessing LLP is a second tier firm,
Taylor Wessing LLP provides ‘a high level of service and excellent market understanding’, and has ‘excellent coverage among lenders’. The team secured a number of new client wins, including acting for DekaBank on various new-money transactions. Rodney Dukes’ team includes Paul Harrison, Richard Williamson, Gareth Lawson and Jonathan Marks, who is ‘thorough and well respected in the lending market’.
Within Property litigation, tier 4
Saleem Fazal heads Taylor Wessing LLP’s practice, which is noted for its ‘commercial approach’, and provides ‘succinct advice’ to landlords, purchasers and insolvency practitioners. Jill Carey is ‘very on the ball’, and Joe Copping is also recommended.
London : TMT (technology, media and telecoms)
Within Brand management, Taylor Wessing LLP is a first tier firm,
Taylor Wessing LLP handles trade mark filing and portfolio management, advertising and brand protection matters for advertisers, agencies and broadcasters such as Omnicom, Saatchi and Saatchi, Henkel, Visa and QVC. Trade mark clients include Hewlett-Packard, Ferrero and Heineken UK. Charles Lloyd advises a range of clients on IP rights and advertising matters. Trade mark partner France Delord joined from Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP.
Within Data protection,
Herbert Smith LLP’s information governance team is led by of counsel Kate Brimsted, following Christopher Rees’ departure to Taylor Wessing LLP. Brimsted supports transactional matters and litigation, while standalone work includes advising on data sharing and breaches. Clients include Atmel Corporation, Moneysupermarket.com, British American Tobacco, and ElectraLink.
Within Intellectual property, Taylor Wessing LLP is a second tier firm,
Noted for its ‘great out-of-the-box thinking’ on IP matters, the team at Taylor Wessing LLP gives ‘advice that combines legal theory with a sound business commercial focus’. Simon Cohen leads the patents group, which acted for Ericsson in litigation against ZTE, and defended Teva in a dispute brought by Warner-Lambert. It also advised Agilent Technologies and F-star on commercial matters. Roland Mallinson has ‘outstanding IP knowledge, especially on trade mark law’, and recently advised a household name client in a colour trade mark dispute. Patent litigator Chris Thornham is ‘an incredibly thorough and thoughtful lawyer’, and senior counsel Timothy Pinto is ‘an excellent strategic thinker who ensures that issues are considered from every angle’.
Within IT and telecoms, Taylor Wessing LLP is a second tier firm,
The team at Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘particularly proactive in creating innovative ideas to meet legal requirements’, and demonstrates ‘a thorough understanding of risks and contingencies’. It has recently advised in relation to e-commerce product launches, mobile applications development, and cross-border commercial contracts. Glyn Morgan heads the practice, and stands out for his experience in commercial IT matters and his ‘attention to the subject matter; he really gets under the skin of a deal’. In telecoms, Patrick Clark is ‘very experienced and dedicated, and has intimate knowledge of vendor issues’. Tracy Sheehan has expertise advising the public sector.
Within Media and entertainment, Taylor Wessing LLP is a first tier firm,
Taylor Wessing LLP’s practice, led by Niri Shanmuganathan, provides ‘high-quality, practical advice on marketing and defamation’, and was substantially strengthened by the hire of George Jeffrey from National Geographic, Vinod Bange from Speechly Bircham LLP, Sarah Needham from Macfarlanes LLP, and Natasha Mason from Paramount Pictures. Shanmuganathan successfully defended Nature (an imprint of Macmillan) in a libel claim brought by the former editor-in-chief of another scientific journal. The corporate team advised A&NN Group on its £53m acquisition of Waterstone’s from HMV. Other clients include Associated Newspapers, Spotify, BWIN Party, ProSiebenSat, Telegraph Media, and Omnicom. The group’s recent work includes advising on the Leveson Inquiry, phone hacking, social media, and content aggregation. The team heads are Tony Ghee (broadcasting); Charles Lloyd (advertising); Graham Hann (gaming and gambling); and ‘intellectual powerhouse’ Timothy Pinto (publishing).
Within Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, Taylor Wessing LLP is a first tier firm,
Taylor Wessing LLP has ‘a very strong pharmaceuticals and biotechnology patent practice’, and is ‘one of the few leading firms prepared to act for generics as well as innovators’. Cambridge-based practice head Dr Malcolm Bates focuses on transactional matters, and recently advised antibody company F-star on a multimillion-pound commercial agreement with Merck Serono. The firm is noted for its patent litigation expertise, with James Marshall recently representing the defendant in Omnipharm Limited v Merial, which considered declarations of non-infringement for patents relating to veterinary product Fipronil. Chris Thornham is ‘hardworking, and a good all-round litigator with a sound grasp of technical content’.
Within Sport, tier 4
Taylor Wessing LLP is expert in distressed financial situations and solutions; it is representing the administrators of Rangers FC, and has also been acting on the administrations of Portsmouth FC and Plymouth Argyle FC. It is familiar with salary cap systems, and advises Premiership Rugby in this capacity, and also has expertise in broadcast and IP rights. Charles Lloyd heads the sports law and IP practices. Associate Richard Craig joined from Brabners Chaffe Street LLP.
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- Corporate and commercial : Corporate and commercial: Cambridge
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Biotechnology
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : IT and telecoms
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Intellectual property
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- Corporate and commercial : Commercial contracts
- Corporate and commercial : Corporate tax
- Corporate and commercial : EU and competition
- Corporate and commercial : Financial services
- Corporate and commercial : Flotations: small and mid-cap
- Corporate and commercial : M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
- Corporate and commercial : Private equity: transactions
- Corporate and commercial : Venture capital
- Crime, fraud and licensing : Fraud: civil
- Dispute resolution : Banking litigation: investment and retail
- Dispute resolution : Commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution : Defamation and privacy
- Dispute resolution : International arbitration
- Dispute resolution : Professional discipline
- Finance : Acquisition finance
- Finance : Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
- Finance : Corporate restructuring and insolvency
- Finance : Islamic finance
- Human resources : Employee share schemes
- Human resources : Employment: employers and senior executives
- Human resources : Immigration
- Human resources : Pensions
- Insurance : Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- Insurance : Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- Insurance : Professional negligence
- Private client : Agriculture and estates
- Private client : Contentious trusts and probate
- Private client : Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Projects, energy and natural resources : Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
- Public sector : Administrative and public law
- Public sector : Healthcare
- Real estate : Commercial property
- Real estate : Construction
- Real estate : Planning
- Real estate : Property finance
- Real estate : Property litigation
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Brand management
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : IT and telecoms
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Media and entertainment
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Sport