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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Teacher Stern LLP

Teacher Stern LLP works across the full range of M&A activities, with recent highlight examples including acquisitions, sales, corporate reorganisations and corporate real estate transactions. The firm's wide sector experience means that key mandates from the past year have come from a variety of clients, with sports, retail and technology especially active. Department head David Salisbury is noted for his experience in the sports sector, and has acted for high-profile football clubs in takeovers and purchases. The arrival of David Ponsford from Gowling WLG strengthens the team's capabilities in handling joint ventures and shareholder agreements. Technology head Martine Nathan is highly regarded by clients who praise her for being 'collaborative and an excellent communicator.'

Practice head(s):David Salisbury

Other key lawyers:Martine Nathan


'No other law firm drives a deal so successfully. Always available, very commercial and a pleasure to deal with.'

'A highly professional focused team dedicated to delivering a high standard of service'

'Martine Nathan is genuinely a different class. A great adviser, with commercial judgement you can trust and constantly available'

'David Salisbury has a truly commercial outlook and is always willing to intervene''

'Kelly Whitfield is a very resolute and skilled solicitor with a broad and detailed experience/skillset'

Key Clients

Corona Corporate Solutions Limited



Genius Sports Group


Fidelity Group

El Al Airlines

AM Coffee


Work highlights

  • Advised AM Coffee Holdings on the purchase of Goldex Investments Limited, the holder of 14 Costa Coffee franchises.
  • Advised tvONE on the acquisition of Green Hippo, a developer and manufacturer of media servers and digital display products, for £7m.
  • Advised Metroline on the acquisition of a bus and transportation company in north Wales, for £7m.
  • Acted for the shareholders of the Genius Sports Group and its subsidiaries in multiple overseas jurisdictions  in its sale to funds advised by Apax Partners.
  • Acted for Corona Corporate Group on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Classic Business Equipment Limited.
Leading individuals

Martine Nathan - Teacher Stern LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 6

Teacher Stern LLP

Teacher Stern LLP has a largely conflict-free platform and 'a lot of experience in banking litigation'. Head of financial services dispute resolution, Philip Rubens, is widely respected for large-scale actions against the banks for the mis-selling of financial products, and David Bowman is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Philip Rubens

Other key lawyers:David Bowman


'Philip Rubens is very experienced in banking litigation. He is also a creative thinker and sees opportunities for arguments where others might not.'

'David Bowman is a very hands-on senior associate who is a safe pair of hands to run a case.'

Key Clients

Connexion Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Multi-party litigation on behalf of approximately 135 claimants against Barclays and the Bank of Scotland in relation to a shared appreciation mortgage product.
  • Representing Connexion Capital in its dispute with entities and individuals from the Red Kite family of investment companies in relation to fees payable following the referral of investors into Red Kite funds.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Teacher Stern LLP

Teacher Stern LLP's 'experienced, efficient team provides a complete litigation service'. The practice covers contractual and shareholder actions, fraud and asset tracing claims, mis-selling disputes, and professional negligence. The key contacts are insolvency head Navinder Grover as well as  Jack Rabinowicz, Clare Toomer, Rajesh Pabla and Philip Rubens.

Practice head(s):Navinder Grover

Other key lawyers:Rajesh Pabla; Philip Rubens; Clare Toomer; Jack Rabinowicz


'Prepared to give tough advice where needed'

'The team will do all it can to achieve the best outcome for clients'.

'Navinder Grover is a robust but fair, tactically astute litigator, who is prepared to take a view and stick to it'.

'Jack Rabinowicz has an uncanny instinct for seeing and achieving the best outcome'.

'Clare Toomer has a  great combination of legal and commercial skills, and is very diligent and client focused'.

'Rajesh Pabla is a standout individual'

Work highlights

  • Acted for the defendants in high-value claims brought in the High Court of Justice, which alleged that issued subscriber shares were unpaid.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Teacher Stern LLP

Teacher Stern LLP’s employment practice regularly advises on TUPE matters, complex outsourcing arrangements, restructuring programmes and the employment aspects of corporate deals. Recent contentious work has involved advising on breaches to restrictive covenants and non-compete clauses, Employment Tribunal discrimination claims, whistleblowing matters and unfair dismissal defence. The firm's sector expertise is broad, but the client roster has a particular emphasis on hotels and leisure, financial services, real estate, film and TV, TMT and insurance. The practice is led by James Baker - 'a superb player to have on your team'. Consultant David von Hagen is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):James Baker

Other key lawyers:David von Hagen


'Very strong and personable team - a reassuring and confident support for senior executives who always look for sensible solutions at an early stage.'

'The team has considerable experience - they act for both employees and employers are able to fully appreciate the strategic issues that arise. They are well organised, very efficient and professional and provide a strong, attentive service to clients.'

'David von Hagen is responsive, clever and expert.'

'James Baker stands out because he manages pressurised situations extremely well. He knows when to settle and when to fight and the commercial realities of employment law. He always understands the business of the client very well.'

'James Baker is very clever but very easy to work with and a superb player to have on your team.'

'James Baker is very impressive. He is very familiar with this area of the law and a strong tactician. He is intelligent, hard working and far sighted. He also provides a calm and reassuring presence for clients and is adept an organising his team.'

Key Clients

Euronext Technologies


Canopius Services

Gaumont Television UK

RP Com UK Ltd

Burger & Lobster


Scuderia Toro Rosso

Tom’s Kitchen Restaurant Holdings

Bistro Deluxe Baker Street Limited


El Al Airlines

Element Pictures UK

M Restaurants

Art Fund

Diagnosys Ferndown

Corona Corporate Solutions

Leasehold Property Management

Pinpoint Partners Worldwide

Maxis GBN

Leadenhall Underwriting

Josh Wood Colour


Stanford Capital Partners

TV One

Green Hippo

Mutual Finance

RS Legal Strategy

Better Properties

United for Change

Franks Family Foundation


Spence Harris Hogan

International Coffee Organisation

Sports Invest UK


Work highlights

  • Advised Champneys on the TUPE and share sale provisions of its acquisition of Mottram Hall Hotel and Spa in Cheshire, involving over 300 members of staff.
  • Represented a restaurant client in a tronc pay dispute brought by two employees.
  • Providing general employment and HR advice, as well as corporate M&A support, to Corona Corporate Solutions.
  • Assisting on the employment issues related to the acquisition of Green Hippo by TV One as well as providing ongoing employment law assistance to both businesses.
  • Represented a global investment management firm in relation to a nationwide staff reorganisation, a main board director departure and an Employment Tribunal claim.

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London: Real estate

Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Teacher Stern LLP

Teacher Stern LLP is known for its niche specialism in the short-term finance space, predominantly acting for bridging lenders; the team also acts for private banks, other non-bank lenders, funds, offshore investors and borrowers, including high-net-worth individuals. The practice handles acquisition and development finance and refinancing in relation to mixed-use, residential and hotel properties. Phil Berry leads the team, which also includes Claire Gibson.

Practice head(s):Phil Berry

Other key lawyers:Claire Gibson


'The team is highly efficient and thorough'.

'Teacher Stern's property finance team is a leader in its field, and is able to deal with complicated real estate funding for both lenders and borrowers. It excels at short-term lending'.

'Phil Berry brings decades of not only legal, but practical experience in property finance. His ability to give us clear and concise advice is the reason that we value him so highly'.

'The team is efficient and has a practical, no-nonsense approach.'

'Phil Berry is experienced and pragmatic - he is a seasoned lawyer who is also a deal maker'.

Key Clients

Brydg Capital

OakNorth Bank plc

Avamore Capital

Burger & Lobster (part of the Goodman Group of restaurants)

Limecourt Ventures

Century Capital

Property Finance Nominees

Englander Group

Kenfin Holdings

Westcity Property Group

Work highlights

  • Advising OakNorth Bank plc on a loan to refinance a mixed-use property in London.
  • Advising a UK special-purpose vehicle on a mezzanine loan note instrument provided by investors and a senior facility agreement provided by Heritable Development Finance for the acquisition of a property for development in Greater London.
  • Advising a property investment and operator company on a facility to be secured over a central London hotel.
  • Advising Brydg Capital on a facility to acquire a property in west London, refinance existing debt and finance the development of the property.
  • Advising Brydg Capital on a facility to refinance a loan secured against a property located in Scotland.

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 3

Teacher Stern LLP

Acting primarily for high-net-worth individuals and investors, Teacher Stern LLP's practice has a focus on the seller side of medium to high value prime London UK property transactions, handling aspects such as construction documents, SDLT implications, Licence to Alter agreements, financing and planning permissions. The team also represents investment companies and developers, assisting them with freehold sales, leaseback agreements, acquisitions, planning permissions and key contractual arrangements. Practice head David Phillips also sits as the Senior Responsible Officer of the Law Society's Conveyancing Quality Scheme.

Practice head(s):David Phillips

Work highlights

  • Represented clients on the acquisition of a property in Chelsea.
  • Advised on acquisition of new build apartment in Battersea.
  • Represented client in acquisition of leasehold property in Regents Park.

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