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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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In a world of increasing regulatory scrutiny and an ever-growing importance on data, law firms play a key role advising clients on risk management matters. This section ranks around 100 law firms for their ability to advise clients on matters such as Corporate Governance; Data Protection and Cybersecurity; Regulatory Investigations and Corporate Crime and Reputation Management . Firms featuring prominantly across the section include RPC, Herbert Smith Freehills, Allen & Overy, Norton Rose Fulbright, Travers Smith and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.


Index of tables

  1. Brexit
  2. Leading individuals

Allen & Overy LLP’s cross-border and cross-departmental Brexit client advisory team advises on the development and implementation of Brexit strategies including corporate reorganisations and expansive contingency plans. The group is noted for its financial services sector expertise and regularly assists with issues arising from the impact of Brexit on operating models and licence applications. Recent highlights include advising Nomura on the Brexit contingency plan for its wholesale global markets and investment banking business, including providing regulatory advice on alternative financial centres in the European Economic Area (EEA), building out its French credit institution, and establishing and licensing a new investment firm entity in Germany. It also assisted the Commonwealth Bank of Australia with its contingency planning and post-Brexit structuring and operations in Europe. Capital markers expert Daniel Shurman leads the team, which also fields regulatory specialists Damian Carolan and Kate Sumpter, insurance partner Philip Jarvis, corporate expert Matthew Townsend and Bob Penn, who rejoined the firm from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

Practice head(s):Daniel Shurman

Other key lawyers:Damian Carolan; Kate Sumpter; Philip Jarvis; Matthew Townsend; Bob Penn

Key Clients

Nomura International plc and Nomura Asset Management

Commonwealth Bank of Australia

Lloyds Banking Group

BNP Paribas S.A.


Rio Tinto

Phillips 66


Work highlights

  • Advising Nomura (including Nomura International and Nomura Asset Management) on its Brexit contingency planning including building out an existing Nomura French credit institution and establishing and licensing a new investment firm entity in Germany.
  • Assisting Commonwealth Bank of Australia with its Brexit contingency planning project and its post-Brexit structure and European operations, including the establishment and licensing of a new Dutch bank and the transfer of business from its existing Maltese and UK entities to the new Dutch base.
  • Handling Lloyds Banking Group's Brexit contingency planning including establishing a subsidiary entity and the passporting and licensing of a branch of Lloyds Bank in Germany.
  • Advising BNP Paribas on its Brexit contingency planning and repapering project, with particular focus on no-deal Brexit planning and the role of the London branch and other UK subsidiaries post-Brexit.
  • Assisting Hiscox with the reorganisation and capitalisation of its insurance business in the EEA and consolidating its EEA insurance activity into a new entity in Luxembourg through two cross-border mergers, a Part VII transfer and a reorganisation by business sale.

Clifford Chance LLP’s practice leverages the firm’s public policy, trade and electoral law strength to handle the full breadth of Brexit-related issues. Group leader Phillip Souta also heads up the firm’s UK public policy offering, which also benefits from the expertise of Simon Gleeson and Brussels-based Thomas Vinje. Other key individuals include Christopher Bates, who leads the financial regulatory practice and regularly assists banks, securities firms and financial institutions with Brexit issues; tax partner Dan Neidle, who has a noted focus on EU law; and Owen Lysak, who handles financial market regulatory work. The practice counts corporates, industry associations, lenders, funds, investors, insurers and government bodies as clients, which it advises on a national and international basis. Leveraging the firm’s German offices, the group is assisting a German manufacturer with identifying the implications of the withdrawal agreement and a transition period in comparison to a hard Brexit; the team has also advised HM Treasury on a range of issues relating to the UK’s exit negotiations with the EU and acted for various financial services clients on the proposed EU digital services tax and the equivalent UK proposals. The practice is also noted for its aviation sector experience; Melissa Fogarty and public law partner Jessica Gladstone advised easyJet on the impact of Brexit on the regulations and restriction around airline ownership and pilot licences, while Gladstone and André Duminy assisted Airbus with its no-deal Brexit contingency planning.

Practice head(s):Phillip Souta

Other key lawyers:Simon Gleeson; Thomas Vinje; Christopher Bates; Dan Neidle; Owen Lysak; Melissa Fogarty; Jessica Gladstone; André Duminy


'The team takes the time to understand the client's request, to operate flexibly and work out together how best to use the firm's capacity. The team is very knowledgeable in the key areas of financial services law and combines this expertise with a lot of market knowledge and background. Many firms would claim this but it delivers with a very flexible and responsive attitude.'

'Chris Bates' reputation is fully justified and associate Caroline Dawson is also very impressive.'

Key Clients

UK Government

Investment Association

UK Finance



Work highlights

  • Advising a German manufacturer on the impact of Brexit and the withdrawal agreement and a transition period in comparison to a hard Brexit.
  • Assisting easyJet with business-critical Brexit matters including issues relating to the regulations and restrictions around airline ownership, licenses for pilots and other licensing matters.
  • Advising Airbus on its no-deal Brexit contingency planning.
  • Instructed by HM Treasury to advise on a range of issues relating to the UK's exit negotiations with the EU.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP handles the full breadth of Brexit issues with particular expertise in trade work, benefitting from the firm’s highly regarded EU and international trade law practice, which specialises in EU trade, WTO and Free Trade Agreement (FTA) matters. Lode Van Den Hende, who splits his time between London and Brussels, is a noteworthy name in the trade department, which also includes consultant Eric White. Other departments that contribute to the firm’s Brexit group include the public international law team, energy practice, financial services regulatory teams and TMT practice. Andrew Cannon is a key contact for public law work, consultant Dorothy Livingston combines her experience in the financial sector with EU law knowledge to handle Brexit-related work, senior partner James Palmer specialises in regulatory issues, and Silke Goldberg focuses on European energy law and advises on the impact of Brexit on the energy sector. As Brexit director for the firm, Paul Butcher leads the group and co-ordinates the firm’s cross-practice and cross-office approach. Demonstrating the firm’s traditional financial services strength, the group recently assisted Scottish Widows with the transfer of the portion of its insurance business sold in the European Economic Area (EEA) on an EEA passporting basis to a Luxembourg-based subsidiary; the group also advised several WTO members on the impact of Brexit on international trade relations and a new trade agreement between the UK and WTO members regarding the country’s independent trade policy.

Practice head(s):Paul Butcher

Other key lawyers:Lode Van Den Hende; Eric White; Andrew Cannon; Dorothy Linvingston; James Palmer; Silke Goldberg

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group (Scottish Widows)

Marsh & McLennan

Willis Towers Watson



Work highlights

  • Advising several WTO members on the impact of Brexit on international trade relations including advising on the application of agreements with the EU to the UK during a transition period where EU law still applies to the UK despite it not being a member state, and trade agreement concessions issues.
  • Assisting multiple clients with assessing the impact of Brexit on trade flows between the EU and the UK, including advising an infrastructure investor on whether the EU and/or the UK could impose customs duties or any other restrictions on trade.
  • Advising Scottish Widows on the transferal of a portion of its insurance business sold in the EEA on an EEA passporting basis to a subsidiary incorporated in Luxembourg through a Part VII FSMA transfer.

UK and Africa managing partner and competition specialist,  Susan Bright, leads the Brexit  taskforce at Hogan Lovells International LLP . The taskforce leverages the firm’s expansive international network and cross-departmental approach to assist UK and global clients with the full spectrum of Brexit-related issues. With notable strength in regulated sectors including the life sciences and financial services industries, the group also draws on the firm’s public policy, banking, data protection, trade and commercial contracts practices. Charles Brasted focuses on public law matters, Peter Watts is a key contact for corporate work, Rachel Kent leads the financial services regulation team, and Aline Doussin, who splits her time between London and Paris, handles international trade and policy issues.

Practice head(s):Susan Bright

Other key lawyers:Charles Brasted; Peter Watts; Rachel Kent; Aline Doussin

Linklaters LLP fields a global team of experts, led by global competition chair  Christopher Bellamy QC and corporate partner  Lucy Fergusson  to advise clients on the full range of Brexit-related risks and strategies. The cross-practice group is particularly active with financial services clients, handling a variety of issues including contingency planning and cross-border reorganisations .Other  key names in this group include global head of finance and projects Michael Kent, Peter Bevan, who leads the financial regulation group, and global co-head of fintech Harry Eddis. Deepak Sitlani and Mark Brown are the primary contacts for capitals markets-related issues, Nicole Kar heads up the UK competition group, and Charlotte Morgan leads the global energy and infrastructure practice.

Practice head(s):Sir Christopher Bellamy QC; Lucy Fergusson

Other key lawyers:Michael Kent; Peter Bevan; Harry Eddis; Deepak Sitlani; Mark Brown; Nicole Kar; Charlotte Morgan

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a dedicated multi-disciplinary Brexit team, which draws from the firm’s expertise acting for financial institutions, insurance companies, transport clients and energy sector companies, assisting with the full range of Brexit work including technology mandates, tax issues, employment and immigration matters and trade treaties. Structured and asset finance specialist Emma Giddings leads the firm’s approach to Brexit and also contributes to the firm’s aviation expertise. The team recently advised Delta Air Lines on the Brexit-related aspects of its joint venture with Virgin Atlantic Airways and Air France-KLM, and advised easyJet on its Brexit restructuring project. Financial services global head Jonathan Herbst and corporate partner Glenn Hall, who also leads the firm’s government relations and public policy practice, are also highly regarded. Other key practitioners include financial services regulatory partner Hannah Meakin, corporate finance experts Bob Haken and Maria Ross, and competition specialist Ian Giles. Mark Simpson also heads up the firm’s recently established WTO and international trade practice and Harry Theochari is global head of the transport group.

Practice head(s):Emma Giddings

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Herbst; Glenn Hall; Hannah Meakin; Bob Haken; Maria Ross; Ian Giles; Mark Simpson; Harry Theochari


'Professional and extremely hardworking individuals who work as a team. They work hard to understand the background of clients and the subtle nuances that have materialised over time to ensure a forward-looking approach and that clients are implementing change that is compliant but workable. This takes a lot of dedication and commitment to resolve, which it does every time.'

'NRF put together a team to provide specific advice in relation to the impact of Brexit on the aviation sector. The team provides commercial and pragmatic advice on an area which has not been easy to provide clear guidance on.. Because of its in-depth understanding of the aviation sector (having acted for many years for all types of players in the market - manufactures, airlines, lessors, financiers), the Brexit issue and how it affects the industry has not been dealt with anywhere as well as it has at NRF.'

'The experience and depth of knowledge within the team is exceptional. A completely trusted adviser that works collaboratively with the business and understands the commercial and practical challenges facing in-house lawyers.'

'Maria Ross always demonstrates a client-centric approach. Her technical knowledge and ability is outstanding.'

'Simon Baker is a rising star, his knowledge is exceptional and he has great industry experience.'

'Hannah Meakin stands out for her detailed technical knowledge, ability to cut through the noise and get to a bespoke solution that works for the client's business.'

'The personalities are great - Hannah Meakin, Rachel Smith, Georgia Karamani and Jonathan Herbst seem part of the in-house legal team as they work through the nitty gritty together; this is all credit to their professionalism and customer service.'

'The team is very big on customer service which shines through. The individuals involved also take ownership if they are on the hook to deliver -they are a credit to NRF.'

Key Clients

Delta Air Lines


Work highlights

  • Advising Delta Air Line on the impact of Brexit-related issues on the transatlantic joint venture between Virgin Atlantic Airways, Air France-KLM and Delta.
  • Assisting easyJet with its Brexit restructuring project including handling engineering contract issues and the approvals of its maintenance providers.

Under the leadership of Clare Francis, Pinsent Masons LLP's national cross-departmental Brexit advisory team leverages the firm’s government affairs and public policy strength, a key area of expertise for Andrew Henderson, to assist  corporates, governmental departments and industry bodies with Brexit-related legislative issues and the practical application of Brexit strategies. Francis is also the key contact for the firm’s Brexit contracting solution offering, which advises clients on the Brexit risk in their current contracts and the wider risk this poses to the supply chain. In the firm’s Edinburgh office, Euan Smith handles corporate immigration work, while Birmingham-based Cerys Wyn Davies leads the IP and information law Brexit work. Iain Connor is noted for his IP expertise with a particular focus on the soft IP issues faced by clients in the IT, pharmaceuticals and retail sectors, Liz Budd handles financial regulation and investment funds work, and Alan Davis leads the competition, EU and trade group. In a recent highlight, Hammad Akhtar advised Royal London on its Brexit strategy and implementation including a cross-border reorganisation. Former team head Guy Lougher retired.

Practice head(s):Clare Francis

Other key lawyers:Andrew Henderson; Euan Smith; Cerys Wyn Davies; Iain Connor; Liz Budd; Alan Davis; Hammad Akhtar

Key Clients

Royal London

Universities UK

Nottingham Trent University

University of Edinburgh

Work highlights

  • Advising Royal London on its Brexit strategy and implementation including the cross-border transfer of its Irish and German life insurance business from the UK to Ireland through a Part VII transfer and reinsurance and collateral arrangements.

Spanning multiple practice areas, Slaughter and May's Brexit taskforce draws heavily from the firm’s financial services practice and also benefits from strong corporate and dispute resolution teams, as well as experience acting for government clients and public sector bodies. On the financial services side, the group counts UK and EU-headquartered banks and insurers, asset managers and private equity firms as clients, which it advises on corporate restructurings and business transfers. It recently advised Standard Life Assurance and Prudential Assurance Company on their separate corporate restructurings including establishing EU entities and branches and transferring the EU business from the UK to the new EU bases. Jeff Twentyman and Jan Putnis jointly lead the team; Twentyman also leads the firm’s private equity group and Putnis heads up the financial regulation practice. Other noteworthy practitioners include corporate partner Richard De Carle, insurance specialist Craig Cleaver, data protection expert Rebecca Cousin, Ian Johnson, who heads up the restructuring and insurance practice, and Sara Luder, who leads the tax group.

Practice head(s):Jeff Twentyman; Jan Putnis

Other key lawyers:Richard De Carle; Craig Cleaver; Rebecca Cousin; Ian Johnson; Sara Luder


'Slaughter and May is strong in the Brexit field and has developed effective ways to leverage the firm's knowledge.'

Key Clients

Aviva plc

Euroclear SA/NV

UK Finance

Prudential Assurance Company Ltd

Standard Life Assurance Ltd

Zurich Insurance plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Standard Life Assurance and Prudential Assurance Company on their Brexit-related corporate restructurings, including establishing EU entities and EU branches and transferring business from the UK to the EU.
  • Assisting Aviva Life and Pensions and Aviva Insurance with its Brexit-related  restructuring.
  • Acting for Zurich Insurance on its corporate restructuring and the associated regulatory work.
  • Advising an EU headquartered retail bank on its Brexit-related corporate restructuring, including establishing a new UK subsidiary and obtaining regulatory authorisation from the UK regulators.
  • Providing a UK headquartered retail and investment bank with Brexit-related regulatory advice.

At Ashurst, Helen Burton, Rob Aird and James Perry jointly lead the Brexit task force and specialise in finance, corporate and financial services work respectively. The firm takes a multi-disciplinary approach to Brexit and utilises its global network to assist clients in the UK and beyond. The group has been particularly active in the asset management, energy and transport sectors and acts for corporates, governments, trade bodies and industry associations on the full spectrum of Brexit advice, including contingency planning work, reorganisations and advisory work. Recent matters include advising an international inter-dealer broker on the restructuring of its group and trading models, assisting a financial institution with its cross-border restructuring and providing a retail bank with Brexit contingency planning assistance. Jake Green is noted for his regulatory expertise, James Coiley stands out for his structured finance and derivatives knowledge, and Matthew Saunders focuses on public international law and treaty construction issues. Newly promoted partner Tim Cant is also singled out for his market structure work.

Practice head(s):Helen Burton; Rod Aird; James Perry

Other key lawyers:Jake Green; James Coiley; Matthew Saunders; Tim Cant

Key Clients



IHS Markit

Work highlights

  • Advised an international inter-dealer broker on the implications of Brexit and on the restructuring of its group and trading models to accommodate international clients following Brexit.
  • Providing a financial services client with cross-border business restructuring advice relating to the impact of Brexit on its products trading function.
  • Assisting a global asset manager with its cross-border business structuring issues.
  • Advising a UK retail bank on its Brexit contingency plan and preparedness and its pre-Brexit cross-product due diligence.
  • Assisting an asset management client with its Brexit contingency plans.

For Baker McKenzie, its Brexit expertise is particularly prevalent in the work of its international trade and WTO practice, which has extensive knowledge of export controls, sanctions, customs, WTO law, trade remedies and other EU trade law. Ross Denton leads the trade group, which also includes Jennifer Revis, who heads up the customs and excise team. The cross-departmental group also benefits from the firm’s substantial global network and the strength of the firm’s tax, regulatory, immigration, financial services, commercial contracts, IP, data protection and competition teams. Kate Alexander focuses on UK and international tax mandates, Emily Carlisle is the key contact for structuring, implementing and managing cross-border reorganisations, Graham Stuart handles product regulation issues, while senior associate Tony Haque leads the firm’s global immigration and mobility department.

Practice head(s):Ross Denton; Jennifer Revis

Other key lawyers:Kate Alexander; Emily Carlisle; Graham Stuart; Tony Haque

Work highlights

  • Advising a banking client on sanctions compliance relating to the reorganisation of its European operations following Brexit.
  • Assisting a global financial services provider with its post-Brexit restructuring including setting up an alternative structure to the EU passporting system.
  • Acting for a financial services company on the restructuring of its European business.
  • Assisting a US financial information and analytics company with the reorganisation of its European business in light of the anticipated EU passporting requirements post-Brexit.
  • Providing a luxury goods company with advice on the impact of Brexit covering tax, employment and customs issues.

Bindmans LLP is the main name in the market for Brexit-related litigation and judicial reviews, as well as assisting businesses, trade unions and NGOs with immigration issues. John Halford and Liz Barratt jointly lead the group and specialise in public law and immigration respectively. Amy Rowe is recommended for her international children work and Alison Stanley focuses on immigration matters. Halford acted for Chris Leslie MP and Tom Brake MP as intervener MPs in a challenge before the European Court of Justice relating to the circumstances in which any notice given under Article 50 can be revoked, and is advising the Fair Vote campaign group on efforts to establish a public inquiry into the EU referendum campaign. He has also worked with Tamsin Allen assisting People’s Vote with withdrawal agreement issues, and has partnered with  Barratt to advise Here for Good on EU and discrimination law issues affecting European nationals planning to live in the UK post-Brexit. Associate Ashley Fleming is also active in complex nationality issues and newly promoted partner Olivia Piercy focuses on family law mandates.

Practice head(s):John Halford; Liz Barratt

Other key lawyers:Amy Rowe; Alison Stanley; Tamsin Allen; Ashley Fleming; Olivia Piercy


'Bindmans is involved in some of the most cutting edge Brexit-related work, and will no doubt continue to be so.'

'Bindmans has a team of very talented lawyers, with in-depth sector understanding and an insightful approach to tackling complex and sensitive legal issues. Its involvement (and wins) in high-profile cases sets it apart from the crowd.'

'The team has excellent knowledge of Brexit-related immigration issues, is completely up-to-date with government thinking and sees the practical reality for individuals.'

'John Halford is a brilliant tactician and practitioner.'

'John Halford is excellent to work with. His grasp of the legal issues and approach to best presentation of the case is hugely valuable. He is very bright, approachable and accessible to clients.'

'Liz Barratt and Ashley Fleming are both very approachable, down-to-earth and practical, and able to give reassurance to clients.'

Key Clients

Tom Brake MP

Chris Leslie MP

European Banking Authority

The People’s Vote

Fair Vote UK

National Union of Journalists

Here for Good

Chris Wylie

Shahmir Sanni

Work highlights

  • Representing intervener MPs in a challenge before the European Court of Justice relating to the manner in which any notice given under Article 50 can be revoked.
  • Acting for Fair Vote in seeking a public inquiry into the EU referendum campaign.
  • Instructed by People's Vote to advise on the withdrawal agreement debate issues and the legal consequences of memoranda to the withdrawal agreement.
  • Providing strategic advice to the European Banking Authority.
  • Advising Resolution on the preservation of EU amendments to domestic family law post-Brexit.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’s Brexit taskforce is led by Chris Bryant, who is a competition and international trade expert, and leads the firm’s advice to clients on what a potential free trade agreement or reliance on WTO rules would mean for their businesses. Alongside its trade strength, the firm has been notably active providing no-deal Brexit advice and has assisted several clients with reorganisations and business transfers. It recently led advice to Reliance and QBE on a Part VII transfer of the business written through the Italian and Spanish branches of QBE. Polly James is the key contact for financial services regulatory issues including passporting rights work and contingency plans for banks, insurers and other financial services clients. Matthew Baker focuses on the investment management sector, Geraldine Quirk handles insurance work and James Marshall is the key antitrust and competition name with particular expertise in the energy, aviation, water and transports sectors.

Practice head(s):Chris Bryant

Other key lawyers:Polly James; Matthew Baker; Geraldine Quirk; James Marshall

Work highlights

  • Advising Reliance General Insurance and QBE Insurance on a Part VII transfer of their business through the Italian and Spanish branches of QBE.

DLA Piper’s Brexit committee utilises the firm’s international footprint to assist UK and global clients. It is chaired by commercial lawyer Richard Bonnar and benefits from the expertise of Brexit director Paul Hardy, who has previously worked in Westminster and Brussels. The cross-departmental group draws from the trade, financial services, insurance, data, corporate, employment and tax practices and has recently been busy in the consumer goods and retail, manufacturing, food and drink, technology, sports, media and entertainment, and public sectors, including the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. The group also recently advised Molson Coors on the impact of Brexit on customs and excise rules and assisted Wilko Retail with establishing the Brexit impact on its global supply chain and sourcing models. John Forrest leads the international trade group, Hazel Moffat is co-head of the public law team and Andrew Dyson is the key contact for data protection work.

Practice head(s):Paul Hardy; Richard Bonnar

Other key lawyers:John Forrest; Hazel Moffat; Andrew Dyson


'The team at DLA Piper is extremely helpful and ensures it takes on board recommendations from its clients. It makes an active effort to have regular meetings to discuss ongoing progress.'

'Paul Hardy is very engaging to deal with, deeply knowledgeable about both the law and international, EU and UK politics, and pragmatic.'

Key Clients

Wilko Retail Ltd

Howdens Joinery Co

Molson Coors Brewing Company

Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Oxford Policy Management

Ardagh Group

Soho House

Information Commissioner Office

Action Aid UK

European Medical Agency



GE (Capital)

Hartree Partners UK Limited

McBride Plc

HPD Software Limited

Reed Business Information Limited



Government of Wales

The CityUK

Sibelco UK Limited

ABFA (the Asset Based Finance Association, now part of UK Finance)

BASF plc


Drax Power Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Molson Coors on the impact of Brexit on the customs and excise rules and procedures applicable to the sourcing of its raw materials and product sales.
  • Assisting Wilko Retail with the Brexit impact on its global supply chain and the customs implications on its sourcing models.
  • Developed a Brexit impact assessment for Howdens Joinery Co and implemented contingency plans.
  • Advised Oxford Policy Management on the Brexit impact on its eligibility to receive EU funding.
  • Assisting Soho House with issues relating to EU and UK citizenship rights.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Brexit group is jointly led by Ros Kellaway and Annabel Borg, who are members of the firm’s competition, EU and trade group. The team has particular expertise assisting with the Brexit elements of EU law, trade mandates and environment work and also has a designated parliamentary advisory service. The firm’s European network, which includes its Brussels office, enhances its EU law expertise, which includes advising multinational and UK clients on their goods and services in EU jurisdictions and the potential regulatory fallout of Brexit. On the trade side, the group is experienced in WTO rules, customs issues, contractual agreements, tariff changes, quotas and other trade barriers. James Lindop heads the international trade practice and has assisted clients with customs and WTO issues. Other key individuals include Manchester-based Tom Bridgford, who leads the international outsourcing group; and state aid and public procurement specialist Totis Kotsonis. Andrew Henderson is a partner in the financial institutions group. He recently advised multiple asset managers on their arrangements for providing services in the EU after Brexit.

Practice head(s):Ros Kellaway; Annabel Borg

Other key lawyers:James Lindop; Tom Bridgford; Totis Kotsonis; Andrew Henderson


'The team has fantastic industry knowledge and remains approachable and easy to engage with.'

'Andrew Henderson takes great care to really understand the client's business to ensure that the advice and guidance provided is focused on its needs. The personal engagement is very much appreciated, especially when Andrew takes clients through the journey to the conclusion to ensure that everything is well understood and nothing is missed along the way.'

Key Clients


Aviva Investors

Bayerishe Landesbank


BNP Paribas

Brakes Bros Limited

Columbia Threadneedle

DZ Bank

Grosvenor Capital

Hallmark Cards plc

Helaba Bank

Landesbank Baden Wurtemburg

Legal & General Investment Managers

LHR Airports Limited (Heathrow Airport)

London City Airport



Next PLC

Nord Landesbank

Oney Bank

RCI Bank

The University of Newcastle upon Tyne


Work highlights

  • Advising various asset managers including Architas, Aviva, BCCP, Columbia Threadneedle, Grosvenor Capital, M&G and Morningstar on their arrangements for providing services and marketing funds post-Brexit, including advice on delegation arrangements.
  • Assisting Bayern LB, BNP Paribas, Carmignac, Deutsche Hypo Bank, DVB Bank, EEX, M&G Luxemborg and Nord LB with their arrangements for doing business in the UK including PRA and FCA authorisation and governance advice and the application of the temporary permission regime.
  • Advising First State, M&G and Columbia Threadneedle on the merger of fund ranges to address the loss of passporting rights.
  • Assisting Hallmark Cards with the immigration implications of Brexit in the event of a deal or no-deal Brexit scenario.
  • Assisting London City Airport with its immigration and employment issues relating to its non-UK EEA citizen employees.

RPC’s cross-departmental group has been notably active in the insurance and financial services sectors. It recently advised RSA Insurance on the Brexit-related restructuring of its European business and assisted The Equitable Life Assurance Society with the transfer of its Irish and German life insurance business  into a newly incorporated Irish subsidiary. Practices that contribute regularly to the firm’s Brexit coverage include the commercial, IP, data privacy, employment, regulatory, tax and corporate teams, and the firm also leverages its position as part of the TerraLex network to enhance its multijurisdictional offering. IP and technology partner Ciara Cullen leads the group, which also fields insurance and non-contentious regulatory expert Matthew Griffith and corporate specialist Neil Brown.

Practice head(s):Ciara Cullen

Other key lawyers:Matthew Griffith; Neil Brown


'RPC takes a very collaborative approach and has a good understanding of the issues facing in-house teams.'

'Ciara Cullen is great at bringing people together to share insights on current issues facing in-house teams - she ensures there are always tangible results.'

Key Clients

RSA Insurance Group plc

The Equitable Life Assurance Society

TerraLex Partner Firms

Work highlights

  • Advised RSA Insurance on the Brexit-related restructuring of its European business including its EU branch operations.
  • Assisting The Equitable Life Assurance Society with a Part VII transfer of its life insurance business in Ireland and Germany to a newly incorporated and authorised Irish subsidiary company.
  • Advising multiple TerraLex partner firms on the implications of Brexit, including customs issues.
  • Advising an international insurance broking group on the implications of Brexit.
  • Assisting a global technology company with the impact of a no-deal Brexit, particularly issues relating to its distribution and licensing businesses.

The Brexit taskforce at Dechert LLP focuses on fund and financial services work, leveraging the firm’s European and global network to handle issues for UK-based and international clients. Other departments which contribute to the firm’s Brexit expertise include the international trade and government regulation practice, and the corporate, tax, IP, data protection and labour and employment teams. Competition specialist Alec Burnside, who divides his time between London and Brussels, leads the group, which also fields global co-chair of the financial services department Gus Black, private equity and corporate expert Christopher Field, tax specialist Mark Stapleton and Paul Kavanagh, who focuses on the IP issues arising as a consequence of Brexit. Senior director Richard Tauwhare is also recommended. The team saw some senior exits from its trade group with  Miriam Gonzalez now at Cohen & Gresser LLP, Andrew Hood joining Fieldfisher and Roger Matthews moving to Dentons.

Practice head(s):Alec Burnside

Other key lawyers:Gus Black; Christopher Field; Mark Stapleton; Paul Kavanagh; Richard Tauwhare


'Dechert is very diligent, professional in its approach and has a good understanding of its client's requirements in terms of the business.'

'Dechert is far and away one of the best for Brexit advice - one of the only firms to have given real thought to the potential practical impacts and how to deal with them.'

'Richard Tauwhare  is supportive, helpful and provides immediate thoughtful and comprehensive responses, without exception. He  has superior industry knowledge and the ability to take apart complex concepts and explain them in simple language.'

'The group is courteous, diligent and extremely professional. '

Key Clients

PRA Health Services


Fieldfisher’s Brexit taskforce is headed up by Andrew Hood, who specialises in EU, trade, regulatory and public international work and recently joined the firm from Dechert LLP. The group acts for industry bodies, government and public organisations, and companies across a variety of sectors, with particular expertise in the financial services, life sciences and technology industries. The group has also been notably active handling full Brexit strategies and regulatory advisory work for clients. It recently advised PRA Health Services on the impact of Brexit on its operations in the UK and the EU, particularly the life sciences regulatory regimes, and also assisted Sport England with preparing for the regulatory impact Brexit will have on the programmes it supports and funds. John Cassels is a key contact for regulatory issues and competition work, Azad Ali focuses on financial services regulatory issues, and Alison Dennis handles IP, commercial and regulatory work in the pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical device industries.

Practice head(s):Andrew Hood

Other key lawyers:John Cassels; Azad Ali; Alison Dennis

Key Clients

National Savings and Investments (NS&I)

Sport England

PRA Health Services

Work highlights

  • Advising PRA Health Services on the impact of Brexit on its EU operations, including the applicable life sciences regulatory regimes.
  • Assisting Sports England with preparations for the impact of Brexit on the regulatory landscape to ensure its programmes are not disrupted and remain compliant.
  • Advised NS&I on the implications of Brexit on its outsourcing agreements with Atos.

Kingsley Napley LLP’s immigration practice is at the forefront of EU law and Brexit work, and regularly assists companies looking to help UK-based EU staff and other individuals on residency issues arising from Brexit. Nicolas Rollason heads up the immigration team, and also jointly heads the Brexit group with employment partner Richard Fox and family lawyer Jane Keir. Fox regularly acts for corporates, professional partnerships, organisations and senior individuals on a variety of employment matters, with notable expertise in the banking, financial services, media and sport sectors.  Keir is a key contact for wealth protection work and matrimonial issues. Charlotte Bradley is also singled out for her experience in European family cases. The firm’s public law group contributes to the Brexit coverage, and the team is also able to support French speaking clients.

Practice head(s):Nicolas Rollason; Richard Fox; Jane Keir

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Bradley

With substantial expertise in the financial services sector, Shearman & Sterling LLP counts UK, EU and global banks, investment banks, brokers, insurers, trading venues and fund managers as clients, which it advises on cross-border issues and transactional work, regulatory mandates and the impact of domestic and European legislative changes. The team also leverages the firm’s transatlantic strength to assist with regulatory issues, and draws on the firm’s trade, IP, data and funds practices. Brexit group head Barnabas (Barney) Reynolds also leads the global financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory group and is a high-profile name in Brexit commentary. Other key individuals include Thomas Donegan, who handles financial regulatory and compliance issues; and John Adams, who leads the UK investment funds group. Recent highlights include assisting a UK headquartered bank with its Brexit analysis and strategy, and advising several multinational insurance companies on their Brexit contingency plans.

Practice head(s):Barnabas Reynolds

Other key lawyers:Thomas Donegan; John Adams

Work highlights

  • Assisting a UK headquartered bank with its Brexit analysis and strategy, including lobbying strategies and contingency planning.
  • Advising multiple multinational insurance companies on their contingency planning for Brexit scenarios.
  • Advising an international banking and brokerage group on specific Brexit scenarios.
  • Advising a global financial group on the UK on-shoring of EU legislation.

Travers Smith LLP’s Brexit working group is led by senior partner Chris Hale and takes a cross-departmental approach to assisting clients, involving lawyers from the employment, financial products, environment, trade and commercial departments. The group has particular expertise in the financial services sector, with notable clients including Euroclear and Bain Capital; assisting the latter with its business immigration issues and the implications of Brexit for its EU national staff based in the UK. Ben Chivers focuses on commercial and trade issues and also leads the leisure and hospitality group, Mark Evans heads up the financial products and payments practice, Doug Bryden is the key contact for EU regulatory advice, and Ed Mills leads the employment group and also handles immigration mandates.

Practice head(s):Chris Hale

Other key lawyers:Ben Chivers; Mark Evans; Doug Bryden; Ed Mills


'The team provides in-depth and practical information on the full range of legal topics. It is well-prepared, on top of new developments and great to work with.'

'Ben Chivers and Spencer Summerfield are both responsive and insightful regarding any request made'.

Key Clients


Fondul Proprietara

Micro Focus plc

Bain Capital

Davidson Kempner

Hikma Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Advising Bain Capital on Brexit-related business immigration issues.
  • Assisting Davidson Kempner European Partners with the full spectrum of business immigration work.
  • Advising Hikma Pharmaceuticals on amendments to its key manufacturing agreements to take account of Brexit-related risks.
  • Acting for a multinational software provider on the impact of Brexit on its business.

Corporate governance

Index of tables

  1. Corporate governance
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

As adviser to some 26 FTSE 100 companies including Aviva, Hiscox and Associated British Foods, Allen & Overy LLP has notable expertise across compliance, regulatory and risk management mandates and regularly assists listed companies with shareholder issues, including activist investors and contentious company board disputes. The group also handles environmental, social and governance reviews, and fields a dedicated team, which specialises in annual general meetings and annual reporting issues. Recent work includes advising Electra Private Equity on several activist shareholder, strategic review and governance issues, and handling the governance elements of DWF's listing on the London Stock Exchange. Richard Browne and Richard Cranfield jointly lead the corporate group and Paul McCarthy is the key contact for corporate incentives. Other noteworthy practitioners include corporate finance partner David Broadley, Matthew Townsend, who is co-head of the international trade and regulatory law group; and senior corporate assistants Victoria Rankmore and Kate Astley. In late 2018, the firm also launched A&O Consulting, a venture which will focus on providing regulatory business advice including corporate governance work.

Practice head(s):Richard Browne; Richard Cranfield; Paul McCarthy

Other key lawyers:David Broadley; Matthew Townsend; Victoria Rankmore; Kate Astley


'Team members are experts in their field.'

'Manages to make the service feel personal at the same time as being clear and independent in its advice. Its accessibility is exceptional.'

'The team is very good technically, but also able to be pragmatic, which you don't always get with a Magic Circle firm.'

'The A&O team brings a tremendous combination of subject matter expertise and industry knowledge. Moreover, the highly pressurised transactions it handles require deft 'soft' skills that it also, thankfully, has. What ultimately makes its contributions so great is that it truly works collegiately to ensure the best advice is agreed by all advisers and then presented to the client. There are no arguments over scopes of work - just a desire to be fair and do what is best for the client. Common-sense lawyers!'

'Kate Astley is the jewel in the crown of A&O's UK corporate governance practice. She is exceptionally knowledgeable and her advice is also highly practical and pragmatic.'

'Kate Astley and Victoria Rankmore provide a seamless service. They have great passion and knowledge of their subject matter, and are always willing to speak no matter how small the query.'

'Their care and commitment are exceptional, as is their availability, making transactions feel like a team effort. Their sense of humour in darker moments is much appreciated and the whole experience is human, while at the same time paired with world-class legal advice.'

Key Clients


Direct Line

Great Portland Estates


Imperial Brands

Sage Group


Associated British Foods

Quilter (formerly Old Mutual Wealth)

Network International


Consort Medical

McCarthy & Stone


Electra Private Equity

Man Group


Work highlights

  • Advising a range of clients including Aviva, Sage, Quilter, Direct Line, Ibstock, Imperial Brands, TUI and Great Portland Estates on their annual general meetings, annual reports and governance arrangements.
  • Assisting DWF with its IPO and listing on the London Stock Exchange and its related reorganisation including an innovative group structure and governance arrangements.
  • Acting for Man Group on its corporate reorganisation; the new corporate structure will be implemented through a scheme of arrangement.
  • Advising multiple listed companies on compliance and risk management issues including environmental law, anti-bribery and corruption issues, and data protection and privacy work.
  • Assisting Electra Private Equity with an activist shareholder, strategic review and governance issues.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's dedicated corporate governance advisory team focuses on board and head office issues including regulatory, reporting and governance standards matters for both listed and private companies; it counts roughly 116 London Stock Exchange-listed companies as clients. The group also leverages the strength of other departments including the corporate and employment practices, a specialist team which focuses on company investigations and crisis management, and the financial services group, which has been handling Senior Managers and Certification Regime and Senior Insurance Managers Regime issues. Ben Ward and Paul Ellerman jointly lead the department; Ellerman is also global head of the firm's remuneration and incentives team. Corporate partners Mike Flockhart, Robert Moore, James Palmer, Caroline Rae and Stephen Wilkinson; incentives specialist Mark Ife, financial institutions transactions practice head Alex Kay and regulatory expert Karen Anderson all contribute to the practice. Of counsel Gareth Sykes is also a corporate governance specialist. Carol Shutkever retired in 2018.

Practice head(s):Ben Ward; Paul Ellerman

Other key lawyers:Mike Flockhart; Robert Moore; James Palmer; Caroline Rae; Stephen Wilkinson; Mark Ife; Alex Kay; Karen Anderson; Gareth Sykes


'An exceptional grasp of the corporate governance landscape, ensuring clients are made aware of any upcoming changes so they have the opportunity to plan ahead.'

'Herbert Smith Freehills has a depth and detailed knowledge of this area, quickly capturing developments and giving insights to clients in a clear and concise manner. It provides practical and timely advice and has knowledge on a par with other leading law firms in this area, but the speed and style of keeping clients informed makes it stand out.'

'The HSF team is one of the strongest corporate governance teams in London. Practical and accurate advice is delivered in a timely and user friendly way. This area is a vital one for listed plcs and having the HSF team on call is very reassuring.'

'HSF's offering is unique as it is genuinely a corporate governance team as opposed to a corporate team that picks up corporate governance queries.'

'The team demonstrates exceptional knowledge of all the elements that are relevant to corporate governance, both current law and regulation and future developments in the area. Further, it is able to deliver this information in an engaging manner that aids retention.'

'Gareth Sykes provides excellent service and is coming into his own following the retirement of Carol Shutkever. James Palmer continues to add value and insight.

'Gareth Sykes is incredibly supportive and provides good commercial advice and recommendations in what can be a 'dry' subject. He is definitely becoming one of the leading lawyers in the field.'

'James Palmer is highly respected as a leading authority in this area, and Alex Kay is pragmatic, user-friendly and an excellent sounding board.'

'Gareth Sykes is a star - he is knowledgeable, pragmatic and swift in response, and Paul Ellerman is very strong on remuneration matters.'

Key Clients

Associated British Foods

Berkeley Group

British American Tobacco


Johnson Matthey

Lloyds Banking Group

National Grid


Severn Trent







Man Group



Stagecoach Group

The Unite Group

The Weir Group

Travis Perkins

WH Smith

ANZ Banking Group Ltd

Canada Life International

Coats Group

Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Kin + Carta (formerly St Ives plc)

River & Mercantile




Work highlights

  • Advising British American Tobacco on various corporate governance matters including director changes, corporate governance reform issues, corporate reporting, remuneration work and business integrations.
  • Assisting BP with a range of matters encompassing annual report and accounts work, payment reporting requirements, AGM issues and compliance mandates.
  • Instructed by Ted Baker to conduct an external investigation to examine claims of inappropriate behaviour against its founder and chief executive.
  • Advising SIG on various governance issues including annual report and accounts work and listing regime matters.
  • Assisting Sky with a range of governance issues and its reporting and disclosure obligations.

Linklaters LLP's risk and resilience team provides global risk management, regulatory and governance advice to clients. The group primarily focuses on governance and compliance models, board advice, risk assessments, investigations, reporting and disclosure, and crisis management. Key practitioners  include co-head Vanessa Havard-Williams, who also leads the firm's sustainability practice and has expertise in human rights issues; co-head and corporate partner Tom Shropshire, who splits his time between London and the US; and Michael Bennett, who is global head of the dispute resolution group. Tom Cassels is also a key name for contentious work, Rachel Barrett is an expert in compliance and risk management issues, Richard Cumbley focuses on data and privacy matters, and Satindra Dogra handles fraud investigations and bribery work. Managing associate Lucy Blake is also noted for her financial crime and fraud knowledge.

Practice head(s):Vanessa Havard-Williams; Michael Bennett; Tom Shropshire

Other key lawyers:Tom Cassels; Rachel Barrett; Richard Cumbley; Satindra Dogra; Lucy Blake


'Linklaters provides pragmatic advice thanks to a team you can always trust to think about the nuance of their advice.'

'The team fields really great people who are a pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

Uber London Limited

Volvo AB

Work highlights

  • Advising multiple FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 clients on new UK corporate governance requirements including stakeholder engagement issues and remuneration work.
  • Assisting various UK private companies and subsidiaries with new Wates principles issues.
  • Handling the transition from the Senior Insurance Managers Regime to the Senior Managers Certification Regime for three leading insurers.
  • Working with UK Finance on a report on ethical values in the banking and finance sector and how governance, strategy and decision making can be informed by ethical principles.
  • Assisting with an updated version of its guide for general counsel on corporate sustainability, which includes advice on fiduciary duties, sustainability in supply chains, and the role of sustainability in crisis management.

Addleshaw Goddard's multi-disciplinary team handles the full spectrum of governance, regulatory compliance and risk management mandates, with notable expertise in statutory and regulatory obligations; board, directors and general counsel support; annual reporting issues and annual general meeting matters. Will Chalk heads up the corporate governance team, which also draws from the corporate, employment, employee incentives, corporate crime and regulatory departments;. Key individuals include global investigations practice head Nichola Peters, Ben Koehne, who leads the building societies group; financial regulation head Amanda Hulme, employee incentives expert Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers and Edinburgh-based data head Helena Brown. David Pygott joined from CMS to expand the firm's contentious regulatory expertise.

Practice head(s):Will Chalk

Other key lawyers:Nichola Peters; Ben Koehne; Amanda Hulme; Jonathan Fletcher-Rogers; Helena Brown; David Pygott; Richard Preston


'This is the only team I know that focus solely on corporate governance - they are the closest I can find to a Company Secretary advisory service. Although a small team, their response times are impressive and they cover wide range of governance issues yet have a great depth of knowledge.'

'Will Chalk's wide ranging knowledge and experience mean he is the go-to person as a first port of call.'

'Richard Preston has an impressive grasp on detail.'

Key Clients

NFU Mutual

Celtic Football Club

Edinburgh Airport


Standard Life

Mercy Corps


Argos Financial Services

City Pub Group plc


Reclaim Fund Ltd

Southern Water Services Limited

Threadneedle Investments

National Grid

Network Rail

Skanska Construction UK Limited and Morrison Utility Services Limited

National Grid Property

Work highlights

  • Advising an investment management client on its share plans including a replacement save as you earn scheme, the operation of the share incentive plan and the position of leavers under the executive plans.
  • Assisting Portakabin with its data protection compliance internationally.
  • Advising Southern Water Services Limited on a South Hampshire public inquiry relating to regulatory issues in the water industry including changes to water abstraction licences.
  • Assisting a retail client with supply chain transparency compliance issues.

Beatriz Pessoa de Araujo leads the corporate governance practice at Baker McKenzie, which also fields corporate finance practice head Helen Bradley, chair of the EMEA compliance and investigations group Joanna Ludlam, corporate finance partner Robert Adam and Jeremy Edwards, who heads up the employee benefits group. The cross-departmental group acts for a range of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 clients; examples include Barclays, BP and Unilever. The group's expertise encompasses corporate advisory work, compliance and risk governance issues, crisis management, investigations, executive remuneration matters and tax governance mandates. The firm also has a dedicated public company advisory service line, led by Bradley.

Practice head(s):Beatriz Pessoa de Araujo

Other key lawyers:Helen Bradley; Joanna Ludlam; Robert Adam; Jeremy Edwards


'The Baker McKenzie governance practice distinguishes itself as being well networked and up to date on how its clients are responding in practice to new regulatory developments.'

'Helen Bradley is a go-to lawyer on corporate governance queries due to her responsiveness and pragmatic advice. In addition, she has the rare ability to empathise with her clients, which makes taking bad news from her much more palatable.'

'Helen Bradley and her team’s governance and regulatory advice is extremely sharp, responsive and wise. In addition, liaising with Helen is easy and pleasant as she always acts in a pragmatic, resolute and user-friendly manner. She comes up with out-of-the-box solutions to achieve the client's strategic goals. All in all, she is a precious and outstanding trusted adviser.'

'Baker McKenzie is impressive on many levels: the attention to detail, the pragmatic, commercially astute advice; and the ability to see the wider picture and frame its advice accordingly. In other words, it can see both the individual trees and the wood. Also, its advice is not framed as a theoretical thesis but is to the point and incisive.'

Key Clients






Bank of Georgia Group PLC


The Body Shop

Cadogan Petroleum PLC


IP Group plc



De La Rue PLC


Georgia Capital PLC


Global Ports Holding plc

Photo-Me International plc

IP Group plc

Management Consulting Group PLC

RAK Petroleum PLC

Rio Tinto PLC

Rowan PLC


Rotork plc


Sound Energy PLC

Spirax-Sarco Engineering PLC



Weir Group PLC


Work highlights

  • Acting for BGEO Group on the governance aspects of the demerger of its investment business via a scheme of arrangement, including board composition issues, the creation of a proportional voting mechanism over listed shares, and remuneration matters.
  • Advising a manufacturer of musical instruments on a live CMA dawn raid and the resulting investigation into UK pricing practices.
  • Acting for Willis Towers Watson in the CMA's market investigation into investment consultancy and fiduciary management services.
  • Advising Olayan Group on the governance aspects of its proposed takeover bid for intu Properties including share purchase issues and disclosure work.

Hogan Lovells International LLP counts companies, directors, officers and shareholders as clients, which it advises on a broad range of governance issues including crisis counselling, special investigations, enforcement proceedings, compliance assessments and board duties and obligations. Jonathan Baird, capital markets specialist Maegen Morrison and consultant Richard Ufland jointly lead the practice, which also includes Crispin Rapinet, who leads the firm's global investigations, white collar and fraud practice, and counsel Liam Naidoo, who focuses on investigations into allegations of corrupt employee activity. The team counts FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies as clients. ITV is a noteworthy example. In a recent highlight, the department also advised Uber on its new governance model, which led to it successfully appealing TfL's decision in 2017 to revoke its private-hire operator licence and being granted a 15 month probationary licence.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Baird; Maegan Morrison; Richard Ufland

Other key lawyers:Crispin Rapinet; Liam Naidoo

Key Clients

British Paralympic Association

Caisse des Depots et Placement du Quebec (CDPQ)

Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport – Government Inclusive Economy Unit (DCMS)

International Public Partnerships

ITV plc

Mail.Ru Group Limited


Millennium & Copthorne plc

MP Evans Group PLC


Paysafe Group

Shaftesbury plc

The Crown Estate



Work highlights

  • Advising Uber on its governance model in the UK to demonstrate it is 'fit and proper' to hold a London private-hire operator licence following the decision by TfL to revoke its licence in 2017. This included reviewing its corporate governance arrangements, considering issues relating to Uber's app and implementing new policies.
  • Assisting the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport with its dormant assets project.
  • Acting for Paysafe Group on all its governance work including market abuse compliance, annual report reviews and employee share plan issues.
  • Advising Millennium & Copthorne on its corporate governance work including compliance with the Corporate Governance Code, constitutional matters and AGM issues.
  • Acting for CDPQ in several investigations into alleged bribery at a Bombardier subsidiary.

With a client base of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, Norton Rose Fulbright handles the full range of corporate governance issues leveraging standalone corporate, investigations, criminal defence and compliance practices. The group leans heavily on partners in the firm's corporate department, with significant contributors including Alan Bainbridge, Richard Crosby, Charlotte Henry and Claire O’Donnell. Jonathan Herbst and Neil O’May are also key names to note; Herbst is global head of the financial services regulatory practice and O'May leads the criminal law practice. In a recent highlight, O'May represented the former director of Tesco in a high-profile investigation and prosecution into Tesco's accounting practices.

Other key lawyers:Alan Bainbridge; Richard Crosby; Charlotte Henry; Claire O'Donnell; Jonathan Herbst; Neil O'May

Key Clients

Anglo Pacific

Barrick Gold Corporation

Coca Cola HBC

Crest Nicholson

F&C Investment Trust




Lloyds Banking Group


PPHE plc

Randgold Resources

Terra Firma



TeliaSonera AB

Victor Dahdaleh and associated companies

Civitas Social Housing

Work highlights

  • Advising Barrick Gold Corporation on its position as controlling shareholder of Acacia Mining, particularly on the negotiations with the Government of Tanzania to settle a long-running dispute.
  • Acting for Carl Rogberg, the former director of Tesco, in a prosecution arising out of Tesco's accounting practices and the overstatement of profits.
  • Advising the Takeover Panel Executive on separate competitive bids for Sky by Fox, Disney and Comcast.
  • Assisting the McLaren Group with the corporate governance elements of an investment into the group by a Canadian businessman.
  • Advising Trinity Mirror (now Reach) on its acquisition of Northern and Shell's publishing assets.

RPC's cross-firm group is jointly led by Jeremy Drew, Patrick Brodie and Matthew Griffith, who specialise in commercial, employment, and the insurance and financial services sectors respectively. The group primarily draws on corporate, advisory and regulatory practitioners to handle the full spectrum of governance issues including independent reports, remuneration policy advice, modern slavery issues, gender pay gap analysis, and conduct and culture work. Clients include listed companies, financial services, insurance and retail clients, and US-owned corporates. Sports Direct is a noteworthy example, with the team advising on its reporting of Debenhams to the FCA. Sam Tate is a key contact for white-collar crime and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Drew; Patrick Brodie; Matthew Griffith

Other key lawyers:Sam Tate


'RPC feel less like an external entity and more like a group of internal colleagues. This differentiates it from normal private practice.'

'Patrick Brodie is nothing short of a pleasure to deal with and can't be praised highly enough. He is diligent, astute, eloquent and exceedingly knowledgeable in his field and the job he performs is always a resounding success.'

Key Clients

Sports Direct

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Work highlights

  • Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in a bribery claim against JP Morgan relating to the bank's role in the alleged fraudulent and corrupt acquisition of an oil prospecting licence by Shell and Eni.
  • Advised Sports Direct on its involvement as a witness in an FRC investigation into Grant Thornton's audit of the Sports Direct Group.
  • Assisting Sports Direct with its reporting of Debenhams to the FCA relating to the accuracy of its financial reporting.

The governance group at Travers Smith LLP encompasses multiple dedicated teams including the governance and trade risk group, listed company advisory team, anti-corruption team and the firm's boardroom risk initiative. The firm's blue-chip client base benefits from the team's knowledge of the interactions between governance, risk management and compliance, as well as substantial expertise in transactional matters. Doug Bryden, who leads both the governance and trade risk group and the environment and regulatory group, handles policies, processes and procedures relating to governance risks including bribery, corporate crime and human rights, among others. Laura Summerfield heads up the listed company advisory team, which assists publicly quoted corporates with best practice and corporate culture matters. Other key individuals include employment partner Adam Wyman and senior associate Aisling Arthur, who handles shareholder activism matters, market abuse regulation advice, board policies and best practice compliance for listed companies.

Practice head(s):Doug Bryden; Laura Summerfield

Other key lawyers:Adam Wyman; Aisling Arthur


'The highly flexible and responsive team at Travers Smith assists clients with time-critical and sensitive matters on a wide variety of subjects. The firm's balanced approach greatly aids management decision making.'

'The team of Doug Bryden, Laura Smyth, Hannah Duke, Dan Reavill and Ashley Avery strike an excellent balance of handling issues in a manner you would expect of a colleague while remaining respectful of the client relationship. This approach makes them an invaluable resource.'

'The group has a willingness to listen to clients requirements and give personable but professional advice with useful insights into what other similar companies are doing.'

Key Clients


Work highlights

  • Advising various publicly quoted companies on traditional corporate governance matters including board composition and succession planning, controlling shareholders issues, remuneration policies, director changes, AGM materials and compliance work.
  • Assisting multiple shareholders and listed clients with shareholder activism matters.
  • Advising various listed clients on the implementation of market abuse regulations.

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity

Index of tables

  1. Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1

Bird & Bird LLP's dedicated data protection group takes a sector-specific approach to data with notable expertise in the advertising, financial services, pharmaceuticals and health, luxury goods, technology and communications sectors. The practice handles matters at a national and international level; it recently advised Domino's Pizza on its GDPR and European privacy work and assisted Nespresso with its compliance work in over 30 countries. The team also has substantial cybersecurity knowledge, providing advice on all issues from compliance with data security breach requirements to data protection audits. Ruth Boardman and James Mullock jointly lead the department; other key names include Guadalupe Sampedro, who has notable expertise in EU data protection law and financial services and payment matters, and Gabriel Voisin, who has experience in adtech and online advertising privacy issues and cybersecurity mandates. Legal director Elizabeth Upton advises clients in the technology and communications sector.

Practice head(s):Ruth Boardman; James Mullock

Other key lawyers:Guadalupe Sampedro; Gabriel Voisin; Elizabeth Upton


'Ruth Boardman is genuinely amazing and a standout practitioner.'

Key Clients

The Football Association

Domino's Pizza

La Prairie


Tempur Seally



Colt Telecom


Work highlights

  • Assisting Eurostar with its GDPR compliance programme and Brexit planning issues.
  • Designing and delivering an international GDPR compliance programme for Tempur Seally.
  • Assisting eBay with various data protection issues across the UK, Spain, Luxembourg, Asia Pacific and Latin America including updating, amending and restructuring the company's binding corporate rules and advising on the data aspects of the launch of its new payments business.
  • Handling the drafting, approval and implementation of controller and processor binding corporate rules for Colt Telecom.

2018 saw Bristows LLP build on its already well-established position in the data protection field with the recruitment of the 'outstanding' Marc Dautlich from Pinsent Masons LLP; Dautlich is particularly active in the technology, financial services and fintech sectors. Practice head Mark Watts has notable expertise in advising US-based clients and regularly handles global compliance projects and regulatory litigation; Christopher Millard focuses on the technology and communications sectors; and Robert Bond has experience in compliance work, data incidents, cyber attacks and issues relating to health and children's data. As a whole, the practice excels in high-profile and international work; recent examples include Google's right to be forgotten case and British Airways' data breach. Its notable areas of expertise encompass compliance projects, regulatory litigation and product launches. Clients also single out 'excellent' senior associate Hannah Crowther.

Practice head(s):Mark Watts

Other key lawyers:Marc Dautlich; Christopher Millard; Robert Bond; Hannah Crowther


'Bristows is a go-to firm for privacy and data protection matters. It provides on-time, risk-based legal advice and problem-solving.'

'Bristows fields a first-rate privacy and data protection practice, which is knowledgeable, responsive and client focused.'

'Marc Dautlich is outstanding and brings a wealth of experience to Bristows' privacy practice. He is pragmatic, insightful and time and again helps clients solve whatever privacy issue they are facing.'

'Marc Dautlich has encyclopedic knowledge, takes the time to really understand the client and delivers commercial and pragmatic advice.'

Key Clients



Amazon Web Services

NBC Universal

British Airways

McKinsey Consulting

Incorporated Society of British Advertisers




Work highlights

  • Advising Comcast NBCUniversal Group on all aspects of privacy and data protection compliance including GDPR implementation, internal governance policies, adtech compliance issues and binding corporate rules work.
  • Assisting McKinsey Consulting with its global strategy for data protection compliance, particularly decisions relating to binding corporate rules.
  • Handling Google's EU-wide strategy for GDPR complaints and regulatory enforcement.
  • Assisting Chelsea Football Club with its preparation and compliance with GDPR as well as adtech and marketing compliance.
  • Advising Costco on the implementation of an EU-wide privacy programme alongside other data protection issues including subject rights requests, consumer complaints and the handling of data relating to criminal allegations.

Fieldfisher's privacy, security and information law group handles the full spectrum of data issues at a national and international level, including GDPR readiness programmes, data transfers, binding corporate rules, cyber and data security breaches, incident response readiness, data subject rights requests, freedom of information matters and data disputes. Hazel Grant heads up the practice and regularly acts for health, charity and public sector clients. Other noteworthy practitioners include Phil Lee, who has substantial US experience and has considerable expertise assisting cloud, social media and online advertising clients; Antonis Patrikios, who leads the firm's cybersecurity practice; Leonie Power, who focuses on advertising technologies, cross-border matters and e-marketing; and director Nuria Pastor. Compliance specialist Judy Krieg is also a name to note.

Practice head(s):Hazel Grant

Other key lawyers:Phil Lee; Antonis Patrikios; Nuria Pastor; Judy Krieg


'The Fieldfisher team provides commercially-minded, practical advice.'

'Clients truly appreciate the depth of subject-matter expertise that each member of the Fieldfisher team brings to the discussion. But more important is its ability to apply legal interpretation and guidance to the business circumstance. It maintains current awareness of the laws and regulations that are of interest and has always served as a true subject-matter expert.'

'The lawyers at Fieldfisher take the time to understand the client's business and corresponding nuances that they then apply to the legal guidance they provide. This is extremely helpful and even provides cost efficiencies.'

Key Clients

Pearson Plc

Just Eat

Perkins Coie

Hasbro SA


Invesco UK Limited



Work highlights

  • Assisting Pearson with its GDPR compliance.
  • Advising Just Eat on its GDPR compliance programme and ongoing privacy issues.
  • Acting for Perkins Coie (Los Angeles) on the EU privacy implications arising from a proposal by an underlying client to engage in B2B marketing on a pan-European basis.
  • Assisting Hasbro with its GDPR compliance including advice on employee personal data, advertising to children, connected toys, websites, apps and online games.
  • Advising new client 8x8 on its GDPR readiness efforts and wider issues including cybersecurity readiness and disclosure requests.

Eduardo Ustaran heads up the practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP, which acts for a broad range of high-profile clients including technology companies and financial institutions. The team handles the full range of data protection, privacy and cybersecurity issues including compliance programmes, data transfers, data breaches and global privacy mandates; it has substantial expertise in binding corporate rules and international data transfers, and is also a key name for GDPR work. The group also benefitted from the recruitment of Nicola Fulford from Kemp Little LLP; she regularly acts for technology-rich businesses. Counsel Sian Rudgard is noted for her binding corporate rules expertise.

Practice head(s):Eduardo Ustaran

Other key lawyers:Nicola Fulford; Sian Rudgard

Key Clients





Work highlights

  • Assisted Cigna with its GDPR compliance and data transfer strategy.
  • Advised Walmart on its GDPR compliance programme.
  • Acting for Verizon on securing approval for its set of binding corporate rules.
  • Advising Salesforce on its successful controller and processor binding corporate rules applications.

Bridget Treacy and Aaron Simpson jointly lead the practice at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, which leverages its strength in the UK and US to handle a variety of privacy and data protection matters globally. The UK practice is particularly well regarded for its knowledge of compliance issues, cross-border data transfers, cyber incidents and data breaches, enforcement actions, governance issues, Brexit issues and binding corporate rules. Simpson, who splits his time between London and New York, is a key name for GDPR compliance work, large-scale cybersecurity incidents and cross-border data transfers, while Treacy focuses on global data protection compliance for multinational companies. Senior consultant Rosemary Jay is also recommended and has substantial expertise in freedom of information requests. In a recent highlight, Simpson led the advice to Yahoo! following a cybersecurity attack, while Treacy and Jay advised Google on multiple privacy issues.

Practice head(s):Aaron Simpson; Bridget Treacy

Other key lawyers:Rosemary Jay


'Bridget Treacy is absolutely amazing.'

Key Clients


Syneos Health Inc. (formerly INC Research, LLC)

Google Inc.

Silver Lake Technology Management, L.L.C.

News Corporation

Verisk Analytics, Inc.

Ralph Lauren Corporation

Carhartt, Inc.

David Yurman

TJX Companies Inc./TK Maxx

Work highlights

  • Representing Yahoo! on all aspects of a cybersecurity attack which compromised the data of 3.5 billion users.
  • Advising Google on various elements of EU and US privacy law including its cross-border data transfer strategy, right to be forgotten work and the EU-US privacy shield.
  • Assisting Syneos Health with its general privacy programme and breach readiness activities.
  • Advising a British multinational alcoholic beverages company on compliance issues including the implementation of GDPR.
  • Handling Silver Lake Technology Management's global data protection, privacy and cybersecurity issues.

Under the leadership of Richard Cumbley, Linklaters LLP excels at international work alongside its experience in complex UK-focused matters. The group is also recognised for its knowledge of the fintech, digital health and technology sectors; it counts Bupa, HSBC and Experian as clients. Areas of focus for Cumbley include data security incidents, privacy litigation, regulatory matters and subject access issues. Other key individuals include Julian Cunningham-Day, who has recently been active advising on GDPR projects for global clients; senior privacy counsel Peter Church, who is a noteworthy name for technology issues; and Georgina Kon, whose recent work includes advising on GDPR implications, international data flows and the privacy aspects of big data projects and digitalisation. Managing associate Alaister Johnson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Richard Cumbley

Other key lawyers:Julian Cunningham-Day; Peter Church; Georgina Kon; Alaister Johnson


'The depth of expertise of Linklaters' UK team and the ability to leverage seasoned experts across Europe makes it stand out. The longevity of the partners in the team means there is continuity for businesses, even when the associates leave. As a large firm it can pull on extra resources when needed, which many other firms are not able to do.'

'Richard Cumbley, Georgina Kon and Julian Cunningham-Day are experts of many years and go-to names in the field.'

Key Clients

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


Hyatt Hotels Corporation

SoftBank Investment Advisers

J Sainsbury PLC

The Walt Disney Company

Thomson Reuters / Refinitiv

Clarivate Analytics


Market Axess

Glencore International AG


Experian Limited


Pricewaterhouse Cooper



Allen & Overy LLP has made substantial investments in its data protection team over recent years and also benefits from the expertise of special adviser David Smith, the former deputy information commissioner at the UK ICO. The practice handles the full spectrum of data issues including compliance work, transactional support and contentious issues. Jane Finlayson-Brown and Nigel Parker jointly lead the team; Finlayson-Brown is experienced in compliance work and Parker focuses on cybersecurity mandates. The group also draws from the wider partner pool for cybersecurity work including litigator Lawson Caisley, employment specialist Sarah Henchoz and IP litigator Mark Ridgeway.

Practice head(s):Jane Finlayson-Brown; Nigel Parker

Other key lawyers:Lawson Caisley; Sarah Henchoz; Mark Ridgeway


'Allen & Overy has wall-to-wall competence in all areas of providing advice and practical guidance. It is responsive and practical and has the perspective of the many different multinationals that it advises, and therefore can be very strategic.'

'Nigel Parker is a technical expert while also being extremely strategic and forward thinking. The firm also offers strategic privacy update and advisory information services and can provide creative billing solutions to practical problems.'

Key Clients


Four Seasons Hotels

News UK

Ant Financial


The Clearing House Association

Raymond James Financial

The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)

Lloyds Banking Group

Exponent Private Equity

Cheval Property Holdings

GardenCare (Scotts Miracle-Gro International Consumer Business)

Photobox Limited

Virgin Money


The Cooperative

Work highlights

  • Assisting GlaxoSmithKline with all aspects of its data privacy work and GDPR compliance.
  • Handling a GDPR project for Four Seasons Hotels including its remediation programme.
  • Advising News Corp UK on the data protection aspects of its joint venture with Telegraph Media Group and Guardian News & Media to offer joint digital ad sales.
  • Assisting a US-headquartered bank with its GDPR project including investigations, analysis and risk assessments on all compliance steps.
  • Assisting GardenCare with its GDPR audit and readiness assessment projects.

Baker McKenzie's data protection team leverages the firm’s global network to provide international clients with multijurisdictional advice. Recent areas of expertise for the practice include substantial GDPR compliance projects, breaches and incident response assistance including investigations, notifications and regulated sector issues; and advising third-party providers on the practical implementation of data protection compliance programmes. IT and commercial partner Harry Small heads up the department and assists with contentious and non-contentious mandates including major data protection programmes and data security breaches; other key individuals include Julia Wilson , who leads the employment data protection group; David Halliday, who leads on data security breaches; and Ben Allgrove, who regularly acts for digital media clients. Dyann Heward-Mills left to set up her own DPO company.

Practice head(s):Harry Small

Other key lawyers:Julia Wilson; David Halliday; Ben Allgrove

Covington & Burling LLP utilises its cross-departmental expertise to handle the full spectrum of data protection issues across a wide range of sectors including the consumer products, financial services, healthcare, internet services, pharmaceuticals and telecoms industries. The group advises on technology issues, data security, financial privacy, health and employment data and data litigation as well as cybersecurity mandates. Daniel Cooper is the key contact.

Dentons’ data protection and privacy expertise encompasses GDPR implementation mandates, governance issues and global compliance projects including privacy compliance programmes and complex international data transfer projects. The dedicated team acts for a high-profile client roster, which counts John Lewis, Royal Mail, Virgin Atlantic, Aviva and First Data as key examples; it also regularly advises digital media companies on profiling, data analytics, social media, apps and location-based services as well as e-privacy regulations. The group also has experience in cyber risk management and regularly partners with cybersecurity experts to deliver both legal and forensic advice. Newly promoted partner Simon Elliott and Nick Graham jointly lead the department; Elliott has particular expertise in GDPR implementation projects and Graham is also global chair of the firm’s privacy and cybersecurity group. Martin Fanning, Scott Singer and Glasgow-based Ross Nicol are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Simon Elliott; Nick Graham

Other key lawyers:Martin Flanning; Scott Singer; Ross Nicol


'Dentons really takes its time to understand the client, its concerns and key focus and strategy.'

'The team has fast reaction times to queries and understands the time pressure in-house counsel can be under. It is very commercial and will not just give black letter law advice, but will ensure that it is practical for the circumstances.'

'Simon Elliott's work is great, he is very flexible with his time and always available, and the advice provided is incredibly commercial and operational.'

'Nick Graham is a great partner and provides exceptional advice; he is very focused and mindful of the overall operational requirements of the client.'

'Martin Fanning and Simon Elliott are always on hand to answer queries and provide practical and user-friendly advice. They also have a good handle of what is happening in the industry.'

Key Clients

John Lewis

First Data

Virgin Management

Royal Mail


Toronto Dominion Bank (TD Bank)


Worldwide Clinical Trials


Virgin Atlantic

Avis Budget Group

Work highlights

  • Advising John Lewis on its GDPR implementation project.
  • Assisting First Data with its data protection compliance following the approval of its binding corporate rules.
  • Handling all data privacy work for Virgin Management including the implementation of its GDPR programme.
  • Acting for Royal Mail on its GDPR compliance programme and cybersecurity mandates.
  • Assisting Intralinks across EMEA with its data protection issues including its applications for binding corporate rules, cybersecurity issues and EU-US privacy shield strategies.

At DLA Piper, Andrew Dyson and Ross McKean jointly lead the data protection, privacy and security group from Leeds and London respectively; Dyson has notable focus on the financial services, technology and consumer sectors, while McKean handles global data governance and compliance work, breach response issues and global sourcing projects. Alongside the firm’s national network, it also regularly handles international mandates utilising its global offices; in a recent highlight, Dyson acted for Reckitt Benckiser on the roll out of its global data protection compliance programme across Europe, the US and other overseas jurisdictions. Other high-profile clients include 21st Century Fox, Chubb Insurance, Aviva, the London Stock Exchange and Condé Nast International. Senior consultant Simon Persoff is also a key name for financial services clients.

Practice head(s):Andrew Dyson; Ross McKean

Other key lawyers:Simon Persoff


'Ross McKean is technically excellent.'

Key Clients

Reckitt Benckiser


Chubb Insurance

21st Century Fox

Anglo American

London Stock Exchange

Marriott Vacations Worldwide

Tata Steel


Condé Nast International Limited


Work highlights

  • Advising Reckitt Benckiser on the roll out of its global data protection compliance programme, initially focusing on GDPR issues and expanding to include the US and other overseas jurisdictions.
  • Assisting Tata Steel Europe with the creation and implementation of its GDPR project.
  • Acting for Anglo American on the design and implementation of a privacy compliance programme for GDPR.
  • Advising Amdocs Development on its GDPR compliance.
  • Assisting 21st Century Fox with its GDPR intiatives across the EU and acting as the contact for UK-related data protection matters.

Paula Barrett heads up the privacy and cybersecurity law team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, which sits as part of the firm’s wider international privacy and information law group. The dedicated practice assists with the full spectrum of data protection work with particularly notable expertise in freedom of information law matters and cybersecurity issues including cyber readiness work and data security breaches. Liz Fitzsimons, who is based in Cambridge, leads the firm’s freedom of information and environmental information regulation group and regularly assists with GDPR and privacy programmes including data audits, breach management issues and access requests. Birmingham-based Gayle McFarlane focuses on the retail, technology, automotive and manufacturing sectors and also handles data transactions and issues involving the interaction between data protection and technology.

Practice head(s):Paula Barrett

Other key lawyers:Liz Fitzsimons; Gayle McFarlane


'The practice is very well organised and the level of communication between the different areas is impressive. Cross departments work is very well structured and a lead is well-identified'.

'Liz Fitzsimons was able to think out of the box in a context of constant evolution, coming up with innovative solutions every time'.

Key Clients

National Grid




Santander UK

Kering Group


Building Societies Association


Capital One (Europe)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Santander on its UK GDPR compliance programme.
  • Advising a global manufacturing client on cybersecurity issues following a ransomware attack, which affected its global operations.
  • Assisting a post data breach services provider with the assessment of the data protection risks associated with the international roll out of new product ranges, which help protect against inappropriate social media content and provide identity theft protection services for families.
  • Advising ITSO, the licence holder for the development of standards for the UK transport industry, on an internet of things project to embed the use of its secure authentication ticketing technology onto mobile devices.
  • Handling a GDPR compliance project for a global retailer and retail services provider in the sporting goods sector.

With a traditional focus on non-contentious data protection work, the group at Latham & Watkins has notably expanded its contentious and regulatory investigations expertise through the experience of litigator Ian Felstead. In a notable highlight, the practice advised Facebook, a new client for the group, on its response to a late-2018 data breach including handling the regulatory investigation and defending it against related litigation. Department head Gail Crawford is also global co-chair of the firm’s technology transactions group; she recently led advice to the BT Pension Scheme, the UK’s largest corporate defined benefit pension scheme, on its GDPR compliance programme and local UK data protection law. Ernst & Young, Majestic and William Hill are also noteworthy clients. Fiona Maclean was recently promoted to the partnership; she has substantial expertise in outsourcing issues, technology transformation projects and cloud computing mandates.

Practice head(s):Gail Crawford

Other key lawyers:Ian Felsetad; Fiona Maclean


'The team is always available. It has a good understanding of its client's business and approach and accommodates that in its service. However, it does have strong conviction when providing advice. It works incredibly hard and offers a gold-plated service, and also follows up and provides a high level of documentation and response.'

'Gail Crawford has good oversight yet allows the team to develop the client relationship. Danielle van der Merwe is proactive and up to date with guidance and approach. Mihail Krepchev is always helpful and has good knowledge. The team provides a top-notch service, is almost always available on short notice and work around schedules well. It comes prepared and will provide positive challenges to ideas backed with good logic. It is involved and works in partnership on major issues that have arisen. Very reliable and dependable.'

'The group has a strong understanding of the global data protection landscape aligned with a pragmatic and reasonable position on compliance guidance.'

'Gail Crawford is outstanding in her ability to understand the problem, assess risk and provide appropriate guidance. She always makes herself available and has an unrivalled command of the data-protection landscape.'

Key Clients

Facebook, Inc.

BT Pension Scheme

The Endurance International Group, Inc.

Ernst & Young

Majestic, Plc.

Farfetch Ltd.

William Hill plc.

Work highlights

  • Acting as lead global counsel for Facebook following a data breach in September 2018. The team is handling the investigation and regulatory submissions, and the defence of litigation.
  • Advising BT Pensions Scheme on its national compliance programme encompassing GDPR and local UK data protection law.
  • Assisting The Endurance International Group with its GDPR compliance across its entire business including domain hosting and design, and email marketing products and services.
  • Assisting Majestic with multiple data protection issues including marketing, data subject access requests and intragroup documentation.
  • Advising a global entertainment company on data protection issues relating to a joint venture.

PwC LLP’s data protection strategy comprises its legal team alongside risk professionals, operational specialists, consultants, strategists and cyber security experts to provide comprehensive data protection advice including compliance issues, breaches and e-privacy work. Stewart Room heads the UK and global data protection practices; he is leading advice to Spotify on the delivery of its GDPR compliance project, and is acting for a UK regulatory authority in an investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. British American Tobacco, Capita, Met Office, Sainsbury’s Bank and Visa Europe are also clients. Other key practitioners include Keily Blair, who leads the contentious data privacy practice; James Drury-Smith, who heads up the non-contentious side, and Polly Ralph. Fedelma Good and risk professional Jane Wainwright are also noted.

Practice head(s):Stewart Room

Other key lawyers:Keily Blair; James Drury-Smith; Polly Ralph; Fedelma Good; Jane Wainwright


'The team's experience in-house enables it to understand how things work in-house, plus its reach over different industries and companies means clients get more of a rounded view.'

'The group provides expert knowledge, which is clear, concise and pragmatic, which makes it a pleasure to work with.'

'Fedelma Good's knowledge of the sector is unparalleled.'

'James Drury-Smith and Jane Foord-Kelcey are very good, very personable and provide sensible advice.'

'The team has expert knowledge, an ability to understand the client's business and make recommendations which work commercially. James Drury-Smith is a real pleasure to work with and has very impressive knowledge of GDPR.'

Key Clients

Accuro Trust (Jersey) Ltd

Advanced Personnel Management Holding

Amaris Hospitality

Designated Activ

Anglo American Plc

Ascot Racecourse Limited

Astorg Asset Management

Axon Enterprise, Inc.

Barratt Developments Plc

Blue Marble Holdings Limited

British Gas Trading Limited

British-American Tobacco (Holdings)

Bunnings Group Limited

C. & J. Clark International Limited

C. Hoare & Co.

Cambian Group Plc

Capita PLC

Centrica Plc

Channel Four Television Corporation

Ciklum SA

Citibank, N.A.

Coloplast A/S

Colour Bidco Limited

Computer Patent Annuities Limited

Crown Commercial Service

Csl Behring LLC

Dentsu Aegis Network Ltd.

Department for Digital, Culture, Me

DH Business Services LLC

Domestic & General Services Limited

Dwr Cymru Cyfyngedig (Welsh Water)

Elementis Plc

eNett International (Jersey) Ltd

Financial Ombudsman Service Limited

First Abu Dhabi Bank

Gartner Inc

General Electric Company

Go-Ahead Group Plc

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Hootsuite Inc.

Inflexion Partnership Capital Fund

Inflexion Private Equity Partners L

Ins-Sure Services Limited

John Lewis Partnership Plc

Julian Hodge Bank Limited

Klockner & Co SE

London South Bank University

Merlin Entertainments Group Limited

Met Office

Mimecast UK Limited

Mitchells & Butlers PLC Group PLC

Monmouthshire Building Society

Montagu Private Equity LLP

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Management

National Australia Bank Limited

Northeastern University


Party City Holdings Inc.

Playtech PLC

Project Dynamo

Prudential Services Limited

PwC Germany

Rackspace US, Inc.

Redstone Mortgages Limited

Ruffer LLP

Sage Group Plc

Sainsbury's Bank Plc


Six Continents Limited

Smartgames Technologies Ltd

Southern Water Services Limited

Spotify AB

Symantec Corporation

TGS NOPEC Geophysical Company ASA

The Catholic National Mutual Limited

The Foundry Topco No.2 Limited

Trend Micro (UK) Limited

Visa Europe Limited

Visa Europe Services LLC

VUE International Bidco Plc

W. R. Berkley Insurance (Europe),

Wates Construction Limited

Wessex Water Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Spotify on the development of its GDPR prgramme and data protection governance structures, including its appointment of a data protection officer and data subject rights.
  • Acting for a UK regulatory authority in an ongoing investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes.
  • Representing an online consumer business in an ICO investigation following a personal data breach, which affected up to 5% of its global customer base.
  • Assisting a global payments technology company with its GDPR programme.

Taylor Wessing LLP excels in the technology sector and has substantial regulatory and corporate expertise. The practice also leverages the firm’s global network to advise on multijurisdictional projects including international data privacy compliance programmes and enforcement actions. Department head Vinod Bange acts for clients across a range of sectors including the technology, financial services, life sciences and healthcare industries; he recently advised Callidus Software on the data privacy aspects of its $2.4bn acquisition by SAP. Litigator Paul Glass heads up the cybersecurity practice and regularly handles cyber-attacks, crisis management issues and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):Vinod Bange

Other key lawyers:Paul Glass


'The team is practical, pragmatic, responsive and commercial - it thinks outside the box and and is solutions focused. It has a good network of colleagues and friendly firms across the EU for a panoramic view, and is responsive and knows the client well, allowing for it to use the best format in which to deliver advice for each client.'

'Led by Vinod Bange, the new recruits of Jo Joyce and Sally Annerau form a leading backbone to the team, which has grown in strength (both in terms of numbers and combined experience).'

'Top quality, responsiveness, extremely knowledgeable on breach response matters for the EU.'

'Available for queries no matter how small.'

'Paul Glass is top notch. Knows how to handle time-sensitive breach response situations.'

'Jean-David Behlow has been great in making something complicated easier to understand and also being around for a quick call.'

Key Clients


Stride Gaming plc


Bank of Jordan

China Mobile

Bank of East Asia


CallidusCloud (now part of SAP)


Emirates Bank Dubai

Global Logic

Kheiron Medical Technologies

Mitel Networks Corporation



Volkswagen UK

Work highlights

  • Advising Callidus Software on the European data privacy aspects of its $2.4bn acquisition by SAP.
  • Assisting Kheiron Medical Technologies with the contractual, regulatory and data protection elements of its AI-based breast cancer screening software.
  • Conducting a full GDPR audit of Mitel Network's global business units covering customer and HR data.
  • Advising Omnicom Group on a range of data protection issues including contractual negotiations and framework agreements with its clients, and the GDPR compliance of its data processors.
  • Assisting iRythm with its GDPR compliance programme.

Clifford Chance focuses on cross-border work, acting for a substantial international client base including multiple FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 listed companies. It is noted for its expertise in data ethics and AI issues; recent work includes assisting clients with creating ethical frameworks for the use of data, AI and data science. Jonathan Kewley leads the UK team, which sits as part of the firm’s global practice and also leverages the strength of other departments including the corporate, employment, antitrust and litigation teams. Kewley’s recent mandates include advising a global bank on ethical issues regarding the use of data and technology, and assisting a global financial institution with its global cyber incident response plan. Luke Tolaini is recommended for cross-border crisis management and investigations involving financial crime.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Kewley

Other key lawyers:Luke Tolaini


'The team is proactive, energetic and works closely with the client's internal teams. It quickly integrates into the client's activities so it can effectively provide services to the business as a single-aligned legal function.'

'Mark Comber has terrific communication skills, is innovative in his advice, and can seamlessly adapt to the needs of his clients.'

Work highlights

  • Advising a global bank on ethical issues regarding the use of data and technology including financial regulatory, data protection, data privacy and antitrust enforcement risks.
  • Acting for a global financial institution on its global cyber incident response plan and cyber breach issues.
  • Assisting an international sports organising entity with its global GDPR compliance project.
  • Advising a large supplier of medical services on its GDPR implementation project.
  • Handling the global implementation of GDPR for a FTSE 100 multinational consumer goods company.

Emma Burnett heads the data protection practice at CMS following Elle Todd’s departure to Reed Smith LLP in 2019; Burnett is a partner in the technology team and regularly handles cross-border privacy projects, international binding corporate rules and cyber breaches. The practice also benefits from the firm’s areas of sector strength with a client base encompassing corporates in the financial services, technology, media, consumer products and life sciences sectors, among others; key examples include Honeywell, Unilever and B&CE. The team also works closely with other departments in the wider firm and has a group of experts across the technology and advertising practices, which focus on the adtech market. Litigator Dan Tench is a key name for privacy and data protection claims, Sam De Silva also advises on IT and telecoms projects, Ian Stevens focuses on regulated data-heavy sectors, and Loretta Pugh was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Emma Burnett

Other key lawyers:Dan Tench; Sam De Silva; Ian Stevens; Loretta Pugh


'The size and spread of the CMS team means it offers a broad commercial perspective, a real value-add to the legal advice provided. Several team members have spent time on secondment in client organisations. This gives them a real understanding of the risks and challenges faced by in-house teams which flows through into pragmatic, risk-based, commercial advice and solutions. Clients particularly value the technological innovation CMS brings to the table to help deliver solutions to often complex, large scale data-protection related requests in a cost-effective way. In particular, partnering with tech suppliers to offer one stop-shop solutions to deal with large scale data subject access requests.'

'Emma Burnett is a valued, trusted counsel. Always pragmatic, commercial and calm in her advice, Emma brings a wealth of experience and data protection knowledge to the team. Having spent significant periods of time on secondment in client organisations, Emma also brings a real understanding of in-house legal to her practice.'

'The CMS data protection team responds to instructions with commercial considerations paramount. It provides practical solutions to complex problems.'

Key Clients

Honeywell Inc.

Unilever plc

The B&CE Group

H Young Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Honeywell on its GDPR compliance programme.
  • Assisting Unilever with its GDPR compliance efforts including amending its tier one supplier agreements.
  • Advising B&CE Group on the data protection implications of its development of an occupational health platform.
  • Handling H Young Group's group-wide GDPR compliance programme.

Harbottle & Lewis LLP has notable expertise in the technology, media and entertainment sectors acting for a client roster, which includes The Pokémon Company International, Comic Relief, the Harry Potter Theatrical Production and Virgin. The team handles contentious and non-contentious mandates and takes a cross-departmental approach utilising the commercial, employment and litigation teams. Sacha Wilson also enhances the firm’s strength in the data privacy aspects of marketing, adtech and digital media. Daniel Tozer leads the technology and data practice and focuses on commercial data protection. Senior partner Gerrard Tyrrell leads the group’s contentious work and John Kelly regularly acts for private individuals.

Practice head(s):Daniel Tozer

Other key lawyers:Sacha Wilson; Gerrard Tyrrell; John Kelly


'The excellent team provides superb legal support and impresses with its professionalism, technical knowledge and can-do attitude, and works seamlessly with the in-house team. It does an exemplary job both strategically and in the depths of the detail.'

'Daniel Tozer provides targeted and robust advice on the risks, practical implications and possible solutions.'

'Alex Hardy is technically and tactically great, and handles negotiations in a skillful and targeted manner.'

Key Clients

Virgin (Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Holidays)

The Pokémon Company International

Diageo Plc

Comic Relief

O’Reilly Media

The Publisher’s Association

Hunter Boots


Flatshare Limited t/a

Harry Potter Theatrical Production


Seeburger UK

Orient Capital

Work highlights

  • Advising Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Holidays on a full GDPR readiness project.
  • Assisting Roots Corporation with its GDPR compliance programme including amending its privacy notice and advising on international personal data transfer methods.
  • Advising Comic Relief on the documentation used for filming a portfolio of appeal films for projects funded by the charity including the data protection aspects of filming crowds.
  • Advising O'Reilly Media on its GDPR implementation project.
  • Assisting Aviva with the digital marketing and adtech aspects of its GDPR compliance programme.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP fields distinct data protection and cybersecurity practices led by Miriam Everett and Andrew Moir respectively; Everett was promoted to the partnership in 2019. Nick Pantlin is general head of the TMT and data practice and has recently been active advising clients on data protection and cyber security issues related to the use of new sourcing delivery models, data analytics and the commercialisation of big data; and Christine Young heads up the employment-related data protection and data subject rights practice. The data protection group’s expertise includes GDPR compliance advice, data transfers, data subject access requests and binding corporate rules and also benefits from the firm’s global network to assist with cross-border mandates; it recently advised Hays on its data protection practices across Europe including a full review as part of its GDPR compliance project. Marcus Turle is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Miriam Everett; Andrew Moir; Christine Young; Nick Pantlin

Other key lawyers:Marcus Turle


'The firm has the ability to quickly take an holistic approach and assemble a team of true subject matter experts to deal with complex data issues.'

'It provides very pragmatic and commercial advice, and is efficient, professional and flexible in supporting matters large and small.'

'The team combines strengths across disciplines and jurisdictions, blending them seamlessly to create outstanding legal advice on cybersecurity issues.'

'HSF provides a bespoke data protection service that looks at the client's specific needs and tailors its advice accordingly.'

'The group is always prepared either to give a view or, as necessary, to take the time to reflect further or dig deeper to understand fully the parameters within which any problems should be considered. Both Marcus Turle and Duc Tran are outstanding.'

'Miriam Everett carefully listens to the client's objectives and challenges, and provides pragmatic advice in a timely manner.'

'Miriam Everett combines excellent data protection knowledge with a real pragmatism that is helpful for driving matters forward. She is willing to take a view on complex areas of emerging law, and maintains excellent oversight of work carried out by her team.'

'Andrew Moir is an exceptional partner with technical expertise that commands the respect of industry experts and a first-rate legal mind. His advice is commercial and astute. He responds rapidly to queries and is always able to make progress and offer insight even with intractable legal issues. He is absolutely the lawyer you want at your side if you suffer a cyber attack.'

'Andrew Moir is always calm and confident when advising on complex privacy issues, ensuring the strategies consider other regulatory frameworks'.

Key Clients


British American Tobacco

Asian video games developer and publisher

LINE Corporation

Global investment manager



Work highlights

  • Advising Hays on its European data practice including handling a full review of its procedures and documentation as part of its GDPR compliance project.
  • Assisting British American Tobacco with privacy compliance issues.
  • Advising an Asian video game developer and publisher on its GDPR compliance.
  • Handling Line Corporation's GDPR compliance activities.
  • Advising a global investment manager on its acquisition of a UK financial services software provider and related advice on its PaaS customer and supplier relationships and data licensing arrangements.

Marcus Evans leads the group at Norton Rose Fulbright, which regularly assists with export solutions, data audits, data product advice, regulatory issues, data breaches and data subject access requests. Evans and newly promoted partner Lara White are the key contacts for non-contentious matters, while Ffion Flockhart and Jonathan Ball are the main names for contentious data work; IP practice head Mike Knapper also contributes to the practice. The department has notable expertise in the financial services, healthcare, life sciences, telecoms and technology sectors; key clients include PayPal, Deliveroo, BMW and the Bank of Montreal. Recent highlights include Evans, Ball and Flockhart advised AIG on its global data breach response service; and Evans assisting Mitsubishi Electric with multiple global personal data export projects.

Practice head(s):Marcus Evans

Other key lawyers:Lara White; Ffion Flockhart; Jonathan Ball; Mike Knapper


'Every law firm will say they will add value and look at things from the client's perspective - very few do. With Norton Rose, clients have a partner on their side that can be trusted, and that is a rare thing in business.'

'It fields a team of true subject-matter experts, while still being able to take a pragmatic risk-based approach.'

'Marcus Evans is phenomenal; a leading expert among leading experts. He truly adds value in the tangible sense, commercially, practically and from a legal perspective; he gets the bigger picture and is great to work with.'

'Lara White is simply awesome with excellent expertise, commercial acumen and a practical approach, making her easy to work with.'

Key Clients


Bank of Montreal



Chicago Metal Exchange



Guy Carpenter


Mitsubishi Electric

New Relic




Work highlights

  • Advising AIG on its global data breach response service.
  • Assisting with a series of global projects for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation relating to the exportation of personal data internationally.
  • Establishing a standard form GDPR compliant privacy notice for Lloyds Market Association.
  • Reviewing and amending Avoka's master services agreement and also handling its GDPR compliance project.
  • Advising a technology client on the data privacy aspects of a blockchain platform.

Osborne Clarke LLP covers all aspects of contentious and non-contentious data protection work including cybersecurity issues, data breach responses, GDPR advisory work, big data matters and AI-related work. Key areas of expertise include contentious data protection work, e-privacy and cookies law, new technologies and GDPR compliance, and the group has notable knowledge of the technology, digital business, financial services, retail and energy sectors. Mark Taylor heads up the department and, alongside expertise in the financial services and digital business sectors, advises clients on fintech matters, digital payments, encryption and electronic signatures. Other key practitioners include litigators Ashley Hurst and Charlie Wedin, who lead the contentious data practice.

Practice head(s):Mark Taylor

Other key lawyers:Ashley Hurst; Charlie Wedin


'Osborne Clarke stands out for the commerciality of the advice it gives. It understands the complex nature of some of the technical aspects and data flows and is able to give easy to understand and commercial advice without too much "law" in it.'

'The team has two unique attributes. First, a constant understanding of its clients' business needs, and not to lose sight of this in responding to legal issues. Secondly, it focuses on the client regardless of size - all clients are important.'

'Ashley Hurst is amazing in his desire to service clients - he brings cyber experience with a sensitivity to modern businesses.'

Key Clients




Western Power Distribution (WPD)


OATH (previously Yahoo! EMEA)


Automattic (WordPress)

Wirecard Group

Cloud I.Q.


Beiersdorf (Nivea)

Work highlights

  • Advising the divisions of Oath (Yahoo, AOL, HuffPost, TechCrunch) on data protection and privacy issues relating to the use of information and personal data across its platforms.
  • Assisting Wirecard Group with a variety of data protection issues relating to its transaction and payment processing delivery models.
  • Handling a range of contentious and non-contentious matters for TripAdvisor including GDPR implementation matters and subject access requests.
  • Advising Vodafone on its internet of things consumer products offerings including creating and negotiating data sharing agreements with suppliers.
  • Advising an international publisher on the interplay between GDPR and ePrivacy Directive as it relates to cookies, online behavioural advertising and legitimate interests.

Paul Hastings LLP’s EMEA privacy and cybersecurity practice is led by Sarah Pearce following her recruitment from Cooley (UK) LLP in 2018; Pearce’s expertise encompasses privacy impact assessments, risk management, international data transfers and privacy notices. The practice is particularly active in the financial services sector; American Express is a key client and Pearce recently advised it on the data protection issues related to certain additional payment services it is looking to offer. The group also regularly handles international compliance issues with a notable focus on GDPR mandates, and works alongside the firm’s global litigation team to manage international investigations and disputes.

Practice head(s):Sarah Pearce


'Led by Sarah Pearce, the team is thoroughly knowledgeable, practical and easy to deal with. Clients are in the hands of experts.'

'The privacy and cybersecurity practice of Paul Hastings has proven itself to be driven and efficient. It has a genuine understanding of the client's core business along with a sense of commercial awareness.'

'Sarah Pearce is the stand-out partner - she is a true professional and excellent in all respects. Clients cannot praise her highly enough.'

'Sarah Pearce offers outstanding judgment and reasoning along with excellent project management abilities. She is not intimated by the challenges or complex tasks at hand. Her leadership is evidenced with the work product of every member of her team at Paul Hastings, who are also positive and friendly.'

Key Clients

American Express

Work highlights

  • Acting for American Express on all its data privacy matters including large-scale projects.

At Pinsent Masons LLP, Claire Edwards, David Barker and Ian Birdsey lead the practice, focusing on advisory work, litigation and cyber issues respectively. On the advisory side, the group is noted for its expertise in the financial services and technology sectors. The firm’s litigation strength also extends to the technology sector with Barker recently acting for Google in the High Court in two right to be forgotten cases and defending the same client in a landmark data protection class action relating to iPhone cookies. The cyber team regularly handles cross-border breaches and has developed separate US and EU/GDPR desks. Cerys Wyn Davies leads the information law practice in Birmingham. Former global practice head Marc Dautlich joined Bristows LLP.

Practice head(s):Claire Edwards; David Barker; Ian Birdsey

Other key lawyers:Cerys Wyn Davies


'The firm has built up a fantastic team in this new and extremely important area. It demonstrates real knowledge not only of the law but the technical side as well.'

'It is an innovative, forward-leaning team that is keenly watching the cyber security market and ensuring that its expertise keeps pace with the developments in cyber. It has a particular expertise in cyber regulation and niche technology. Compared to other firms, it is curious and prepared to take business risks to stay on top of technology. There is much to be admired about this firm - it is really going places.'

'Ian Birdsey and David Barker are extremely knowledgeable on both legal and technical matters, and very easy to work with.'

'David McIlwaine is a superb cyber security partner. He is user friendly, bright and well informed. He is genuinely committed to understanding the issue and is ferociously hardworking. He is a real pleasure to work with. He always goes out of his way to ensure the client is happy.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for Google in the first two right to be forgotten cases to be heard in the High Court.
  • Defending Google in a data protection class action relating to cookie settings on Apple's iPhone safari browser.
  • Advising Hanson on its audit, review and remediation activities to ensure its compliance with new data protection laws.
  • Assisting Petras with multiple data protection and privacy issues relating to internet of things and data observatories including the development of data trusts.
  • Advising the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on a Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act request to disclose the settlement sum and legal expenses in a settled unfair dismissal case.

Reed Smith LLP's expertise encompasses data compliance work, regulatory projects, cross-border data transfers, data disputes and issues connecting data and new technologies including social media, data analytics, cloud issues, third party work and cybersecurity matters. The group also leverages the firm's global network to handle matters at a national and international level. Cynthia O’Donoghue leads the team, which also includes Philip Thomas, who advises on global and European data law; Howard Womersley Smith, who focuses on the financial services sector; and newly promoted counsel Katalina Bateman, who has notable compliance expertise.

Practice head(s):Cynthia O'Donoghue

Other key lawyers:Philip Thomas; Howard Womersley Smith; Katalina Bateman

The practice at RPC¬†is jointly led by Jon Bartley,¬†Nicola Cain¬†and Richard Breavington¬†specialising in non-contentious issues, contentious data and enforcement matters and cyber breach responses respectively. The team handles the full spectrum of data issues for a client roster spanning the technology, media, professional services, retail and food and drink sectors; noteworthy examples include Associated Newspapers, McArthurGlen Group and Shiseido Group. In a recent non-contentious highlight, Oliver Bray¬†advised Paddy Power Betfair on its GDPR project; contentious work included defending the author of the ‚ÄėTrump dossier‚Äô in a High Court data protection claim brought by three Russian oligarchs, and acting for Refinitiv in multiple data protection claims relating to the inclusion of individuals in its ‚ÄėKnow Your Customer‚Äô database. Keith Mathieson¬†is also highly regarded in the space and is active in issues involving privacy and the misuse of personal data.

Practice head(s):Jon Bartley; Nicola Cain; Richard Breavington

Other key lawyers:Oliver Bray; Keith Mathieson


'The team has a wide range of experience, many of whom have worked in-house themselves. This means the advice is not only legally correct but the team is an excellent sounding board for offering practical solutions to the business.'

'RPC is among the strongest firms in the media space, with unrivalled experience.'

'RPC has excellent knowledge of and a top-class profile in the field of data protection and privacy. It is justifiably trusted particularly among defendant publishers facing data protection and privacy claims. Its work is efficient, speedy and high quality.'

'Richard Breavington is an excellent leader and communicator with flexibility and a strategic approach.'

'Nicola Cain is exceptional at offering clear, commercial and creative legal advice on what can be a technically demanding and 'grey' area of law.'

'Nicola Cain is a star. She knows the media/data protection area better than anyone.'

'Keith Mathieson and Nicola Cain are stand-out individuals within RPC. Keith has decades-long experience in the media field, including data and privacy claims. He exudes calm, has superb strategic judgement and is highly responsive to his clients' needs. Nicola has almost unrivalled knowledge of data protection law, and was heavily involved in recent consultations on what became the Data Protection Act 2018. Having worked for many years at the BBC, she is well attuned to media publishers' needs and objectives.'

Key Clients

Orbis Business Intelligence Limited

Refinitiv Ltd (formerly the financial and risk business of Thomson Reuters)

Associated Newspapers Ltd

Paddy Power Betfair

Shiseido Group

McArthurGlen Group

Michael Page International Recruitment Limited

Work highlights

  • Defending a director of Orbis Business Intelligence as the author of the so-called 'Trump dossier' in a High Court data protection claim brought by three Russian oligarchs relating to their inclusion in the dossier.
  • Acting for Refinitiv in multiple data protection claims relating to the inclusion of individuals in its World-Check 'Know Your Customer' database, and advising on related compliance issues.
  • Defending Associated Newspapers in data protection proceedings in the Court of Appeal and representing the client in the Court of Justice of the European Union in a case relating to the compatibility of UK data protection legislation with the EU Data Protection Directive.
  • Assisting Paddy Power Betfair with its GDPR project.
  • Advising Shiseido Group on its GDPR compliance programme including consumer marketing issues.

Simmons & Simmons’ sector-focused approach to data protection spans the financial services, TMT, healthcare and life sciences sectors with HSBC, O2 and Monzo Bank as notable example clients. The cross-departmental group is led by TMT partner Alexander Brown and includes individuals from the ICT, employment and dispute resolution practices; key names include Lawrence Brown, who focuses on data protection compliance for financial institutions; and litigator Robert Allen, who handles contentious subject access requests, right-to-be-forgotten issues, breach responses and data incident notifications. The practice also leverages the firm’s international reach to handle cross-border mandates. George Morris was also recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):Alexander Brown

Other key lawyers:Lawrence Brown; Robert Allen; George Morris


'The team supports clients throughout the GDPR process and provides a business-focused and pragmatic approach.'

'Alex Brown provides a high-quality service, is always available and able to provide pragmatic and solution-based advice. The team supporting Alex provides accurate and timely documentation.'

'Robert Allen provides practical, concise and clear advice on GDPR issues. He's also a pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

DXC Technology





University of Oxford

Monzo Bank


Work highlights

  • Advising DXC Technology on its GDPR implementation.
  • Assisting O2 with all aspects of data protection compliance including its GDPR compliance programme. The role also covered compliance advice for giffgaff and Tesco Mobile.
  • Acting for HSBC on data protection and digital matters including the data protection elements of new product roll-outs, contractual terms for data processing arrangements and data transfers.
  • Assisting Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) on its GDPR implementation and compliance projects.
  • Advising Wellington Investment Management on its implementation and ongoing compliance with data protection legislation.

Travers Smith LLP handles a range of complex data protection issues including data protection audit and policy work, data collection and consent issues, e-marketing work, security breaches and international data transfers. The group also has substantial GDPR expertise; it recently advised Caffé Nero, Muzinich & Co, Fortress Investment Group and Office Retail on their GDPR compliance programmes. Group head Dan Reavill regularly assists on data protection, information security and confidentiality issues and Louisa Chambers focuses on the retail, pensions, leisure and financial services sectors. James Longster was promoted to the partnership in 2019; he has significant expertise advising on the data protection aspects of IT and outsourcing transactions, cross-border deals and the exploitation of data obtained by consumer-facing businesses.

Practice head(s):Dan Reavill

Other key lawyers:Louisa Chambers; James Longster


'Travers Smith has in-depth knowledge of data protection law, provides practical and business-friendly advice, and is always able to respond at short notice and attend calls when asked.'

'The group is very commercial and pragmatic in its approach, and great at identifying solutions to problems. It also has outstanding GDPR and data protection knowledge.'

'The team is a tight knit, experienced, pragmatic team. It supports clients from a variety of sectors, which enables them to offer advice and solutions which have worked for different clients and which might not have been considered in other sectors. Response rate is excellent.'

'The team gives very clear, concise advice. The area of law is new and requires interpretation - the team is always able to give its view on how best to apply the law. It is able to draw on experience from other clients in similar sectors to advise on best industry practice.'

'Both James Longster and Dan Reavill are very accessible and go out of their way to make themselves available at short notice. They are very dependable and aware of commercial challenges.'

'Louisa Chambers combines her specialist expertise with excellent commercial understanding. Her advice is to the point and always adds value.'

'Louisa Chambers is a rising star. She is incisive, responsive and pragmatic as well as being a pleasure to work with - she bears all the hallmarks of an excellent and versatile Travers Smith lawyer.'

'James Longster is a young partner making his mark. Intelligent, pragmatic and responsive.'

Key Clients

Unilever Pension Scheme Trustees

Caffé Nero


Sompo International



Brewin Dolphin




Work highlights

  • Assisting Caffe Nero with its GDPR compliance and the data protection aspects of several commercial arrangements.
  • Advising Office Retail on all of its data compliance matters.
  • Assisting Micro Focus with its GDPR compliance programme and multiple data protection matters including the sale of its open-source enterprise software business.
  • Handling Prudential's GDPR compliance work and other data protection issues including the data implications of the separation of a large part of its business.
  • Advising Euroclear UK & Ireland on its project to implement a cross-border settlement system for US dollars.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s national network handles contentious and non-contentious matters for UK high-profile UK clients including Kingfisher, the Post Office, Network Rail and NHS Digital. The practice is also noted for its expertise in the retail, financial services and public sectors, and regularly handles cross-border mandates, leveraging the firm’s global network. Team head Andrew Kimble leads the data, privacy and freedom of information team and assists with outsourcing projects, data transfers and data licensing issues. Other key individuals include litigator Andrew Parsons, who focuses on disputes and investigations; Mark Gleeson, who joined from Browne Jacobson LLP in 2019 and specialises in information law; and legal director Peter Given. Jackie Gray moved in-house.

Practice head(s):Andrew Kimble

Other key lawyers:Andrew Parsons; Mark Gleeson; Peter Given


'WBD fields a team of knowledgeable solicitors who can offer specialist support to in-house teams across vast legal areas.'

'The group has a depth of knowledge borne out of cross-industry insight and experience. This enables it to apply the law in a practical way always ensuring that ranges of options are well informed by associated risks, known incidents and permissible mitigations. Other firms may have similar approaches but lack the depth of "real world" experience.'

'Peter Given is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He is very easy to approach and always willing to provide support. He is never condescending and he understands how to support an in-house team.'

'Accessibility and reliability are stand-out qualities of the practice. Clients also highlight the team's willingness to challenge the corporate status quo making sure to stop and think and think again thereby avoiding risks of anchoring or proximity bias. Peter Given is simply outstanding and Amy Ogborne is also impressive.'

Key Clients

Kingfisher Plc (including B&Q and Screwfix)

Post Office Limited

Network Rail


NHS Digital (previously known as the Health and Social Care Information Centre)

Ministry of Justice

Quilter (formerly Old Mutual Wealth)

TSB Bank

Associated British Ports

New Look

London Borough of Lewisham

Work highlights

  • Advising Quilter on various aspects of its GDPR compliance programme including its data protection clauses, intra-group data sharing and processing agreements and third-party contracts.
  • Assisting a large national retail organisation with adapting personal data agreements for GDPR compliance.
  • Advising the Post Office on the negotiation of its data sharing agreements between the UK Government, the Post Office, its primary service providers and a financial institution relating to the Post Office Card Account.
  • Assisting the Ministry of Justice with the data compliance aspects of its Criminal Justice System Common Platform project.

With substantial expertise in the life sciences sector, Arnold & Porter’s practice includes specialists from the employment, commercial, IP, technology and regulatory practices. The group also acts for clients in other highly regulated sectors, advising on the interplay between data protection and regulatory frameworks. Richard Dickinson leads the practice and focuses on transactional mandates, Rob Bratby handles regulatory and transactional work in the telecoms, media and technology sectors; and employment partner Henry Clinton-Davis assists employers with data protection issues relating to employees and HR data transfers outside the EEA.

Practice head(s):Richard Dickinson

Other key lawyers:Rob Bratby; Henry Clinton-Davis

Key Clients

TELUS International

Orange Business Services

Eli Lilly

The Big Give

Tesla Motors Inc

Adobe Systems

Work highlights

  • Advising Telus International on multiple elements of its GDPR compliance programme including privacy policy updates, data processing agreements and DPO registrations.
  • Assisting Orange Business Services with its GDPR compliance.
  • Advising life sciences clients and pharmaceutical industry bodies on the impact of GDPR on the life sciences sector.
  • Advising a client on the practices needed to process personal data produced by a medical device.
  • Assisting a technology client with corporate due diligence from an EU privacy perspective.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP’s recent expertise spans GDPR advice and other compliance and due diligence work, data breach issues, Brexit-related work, e-privacy mandates and international data issues; the group benefits from the firm’s recent merger and expanded US presence. The group acts for multiple Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies and also counts BlackRock, National Grid and WeBuyAnyCar as key clients. Kate Brimsted leads the practice and focuses on complex data privacy projects; key names for contentious work include Oran Gelb and senior associate Sarah McAtominey.

Practice head(s):Kate Brimsted

Other key lawyers:Oran Gelb; Sarah McAtominey


'Kate Brimsted understands the complexities that in-house lawyers face, and understands to look at the business as a whole and not confine the advice to only addressing the specific question that has been asked. Kate does not work in the narrow constrained way most private practice lawyers do and gives an holistic view and pragmatic advice, which is a breath of fresh air.'

Key Clients

Arup Group Limited


Heathrow Airport Limited


ingage IR Ltd

National Grid plc


Nucor Corporation

Phase Eight




Work highlights

  • Advising an infrastructure client on its response to a complex data subject access request relating to a planning approval process for a major development.
  • Assisting a UK retail bank with the replacement of several service providers engaged to provide processing services for ATMs.
  • Handling GDPR preparations, updating various customer-facing terms and conditions, and conducting a review of internal data flows for a global business process outsourcer.
  • Advising SintoKogio on the data elements of its acquisition of the majority of the issued shares of Omega Foundry Machinery.
  • Assisting a furniture retailer with its preparations for the implementation of GDPR and its impact on ePrivacy rules.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s sector-focused approach primarily focuses on the insurance and health sectors with additional expertise in the cyber and technology spaces. The information law group handles contentious and non-contentious mandates under the leadership of Rhiannon Webster; Webster is noted for her experience in data protection compliance work, cross-border personal data transfers and data breaches and ICO complaints. The firm’s cyber and data risk team is headed up by Hans Allnutt, who primarily acts for insurers in claims involving financial institutions, professionals and technology companies. Newly promoted partner Jade Kowalski, Anne Crofts and Alistair Robertson also contribute to the team.

Practice head(s):Rhiannon Webster; Hans Allnutt

Other key lawyers:Jade Kowalski; Anne Crofts; Alistair Robertson

Key Clients

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Lloyds Market Association


Association of British Insurers

North London Partners in Health and Care

NHS Digital


Land Securities

Insure The Box


Work highlights

  • Advising the ICO on the Google DeepMind arrangement with the Royal Free Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust relating to the launch of the Streams app, which aims to support clinicians to diagnose and support patients with acute kidney injury.
  • Assisting the ICO with its information sharing agreements with a range of regulatory and public bodies in the UK, US, Canada and New Zealand.
  • Defending Hiscox in a criminal prosecution brought by the ICO relating to an alleged breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in which Hiscox allegedly required policyholders to make a subject access request in respect of criminal convictions.
  • Acting for the Association of British Insurers and Lloyd's Market Association in discussions with the Government relating to the processing of special categories of personal data.
  • Advising North London Partners on its information sharing project including drafting the data sharing agreement and data processing agreement.

Building on the firm’s national strength, Farrer & Co’s international client base has increased thanks to Ian De Freitas’ expertise; he also has notable experience in ICO investigations and data breaches as well as GDPR compliance work. Henry Sainty leads the data protection and freedom of information department, which is active in GDPR and e-privacy matters; other areas of knowledge include information sharing issues, breach management and litigation. The group is also particularly noted for its safeguarding expertise, regularly advising schools, universities, sports governing bodies and religious organisations on information sharing and child data; and also assists public authorities with freedom of information issues, public sector information and environmental information regulations.

Practice head(s):Henry Sainty

Other key lawyers:Ian De Freitas

Key Clients

Lawn Tennis Association

esure Group plc

Lonely Planet

J.P. Boden & Co.

PGA European Tour


Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

Consilio Global

Vistra Group

Various Canadian clients (referred by Cassels Brock)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Lawn Tennis Association on an organisation-wide data protection audit for the implementation of GDPR.
  • Assisting esure Group with its GDPR preparations.
  • Acting for Lonely Planet on its data protection and privacy issues including the extention and limits of the special purposes processing exemption, the link between image rights and personal data, children's data, and the use of cookies.
  • Assisting J.P. Boden & Co with its GDPR compliance programme.
  • Advising the PGA European Tour on data protection issues relating to how personal data is processed and transferred internationally, which arose following a review of the commercial and data sections of the Members Handbook for the PGA Tour players.

Newly promoted partner Anita Bapat leads the practice at Kemp Little LLP following Nicola Fulford’s departure to Hogan Lovells International LLP; Bapat is particularly noted for her data protection compliance expertise and also handles employee and customer data issues, marketing work, data breaches and ecommerce mandates. The group’s client base encompasses clients from the advertising, financial services, fashion and property sectors; key examples include Knight Frank, Lloyd’s of London and Dentsu Aegis Network. The team also utilises other departments in the firm including commercial technology partners and the employment group.

Practice head(s):Anita Bapat


'The key difference Kemp Little brings to the table is a firmly pragmatic and solution-focused view and a young vibrant outlook. Kemp Little lawyers are typically more approachable than their contemporaries, and more engaging, which really helps when sticking them in front of key business stakeholders.'

'Anita Bapat has a very approachable and engaging manner. She has an extensive knowledge of data protection issues and is able to bring that to bear in providing thoroughly pragmatic, practical advice. Clients go to Anita when they have a problem no one else can fix. Her knowledge of wider areas of law is excellent, as is her ability to tailor her advice to the client's risk appetite.'

Key Clients

Dentsu Aegis Network

Knight Frank


Lloyd’s of London

Princess Yachts

Work highlights

  • Advising Dentsu on privacy and data-related matters including GDPR and e-privacy law compliance, data processor obligations and data-transfer strategies.
  • Assisting Knight Frank LLP with a variety of data protection matters including drafting and updating privacy notices, a GDPR project plan and readiness assessment, and data processing agreements.
  • Acting for Farfetch on its global data protection compliance.
  • Advising Lloyd's of London on multiple complex data subject access requests.
  • Assisting Princess Yachts with its GDPR compliance project.

Lewis Silkin LLP’s specialist areas of expertise include the data aspects of employment law, consumer and commercial law, defamation issues and advertising regulations. The group also has particular sector focuses including advertising, technology, sports, media, professional services, retail and hospitality sectors; clients include Viacom, Lush, Fulham Football Club, Cineworld Cinemas and Omnicom Group. Practice head Ellen Temperton is also a member of the employment group; other practitioners include Nathalie Moreno, who has experience in global data protection audits and compliance implementation programmes, and employment specialist Alexander Milner-Smith. Former practice head Nick Walker departed and Simon Morrisey joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Practice head(s):Ellen Temperton

Other key lawyers:Nathalie Moreno; Alexander Milner-Smith


'The Lewis Silkin team is brilliant in putting forward well-informed, thought-through and practical solutions to GDPR-related technical questions. Clients rate it very highly with respect to its knowledge of the law, the practicality of its advice and attention to client needs.'

'Ellen Temperton is deeply knowledgeable and a huge pleasure to work with. She brings experience and enormous aptitude to everything she does.'

'Alexander Milner-Smith is uniquely positioned to advise on the privacy compliance aspects of GDPR projects while also being aware of the employment law sensitivities such as the need to inform and consult with works councils and trade unions about the new notices. The ability to advise on GDPR compliance and employment law matters means Milner-Smith's advice is particularly commercial and practical.'

'In this niche area, the firm has significant experience and a highly capable team. One of the leading firms in data protection and its interface with partnership and professional firms.'

Key Clients

Omnicom Group



Millennium Copthorne PLC

Fulham Football Club

PPHE Hotel Group

Centaur Media Plc

Clear Channel International

Cineworld Cinemas Ltd

Arts Alliance Media Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising a multinational software company on the implementation of its GDPR compliance programme.
  • Assisting a multinational technology company with its GDPR implementation.
  • Acting for Viacom on its data protection audit across EMEA focusing on workplace data protection issues.
  • Conducting a global data protection audit for the Omnicom Group.
  • Advising a premiership football club on its GDPR compliance programme including workplace and spectator privacy notices, marketing and cookies advice and other compliance issues.

Mishcon de Reya LLP counts both private individuals and corporates as clients and regularly handles GDPR compliance work, litigation and data transfers and other transactional matters. For private clients it has noteworthy expertise in subject access requests and also regularly acts for individuals in litigation; in a recent highlight the team represented Richard Lloyd as the representative claimant in a data protection claim against Google relating to the alleged secret tracking and collation of the personal data of iPhone users. Adam Rose heads the department, which also fields non-lawyer cyber security specialists. The department was also recently bolstered by the arrival of data protection advisor Jon Baines; he was previously at National Rail and is also the chair of the National Association of Data Protection and Information Law Officers.

Practice head(s):Adam Rose

Other key lawyers:Jon Baines


'The go-to team for individuals facing difficult privacy and data protection challenges.'

'Adam Rose is a genuine expert in data protection matters, with an excellent feel for the practicalities and human aspects of cases too.'

'Jon Baines is an amazing asset, with some of the best expertise and insight in the sector.'

'Adam Rose is an excellent technical lawyer and a delight to work with.'

Key Clients

Richard Lloyd (Class Representative)

Human Rights at Sea

Siilo Holdings B.V.


Work highlights

  • Acting for Richard Lloyd as the representative claimant in a high-value claim against Google for alleged breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 relating to its secret tracking and collation of the personal data of iPhone users.
  • Advising a global recruitment company on its global data protection strategy.
  • Advising a fund manager on a substantial data project following a hostile move against certain board members of a listed company.
  • Conducting data audits for a variety of clients from a range of sectors in preparation for GDPR.
  • Assisting Human Rights at Sea with the application of data protection and privacy laws and its interaction with international maritime laws.

Kolvin Stone leads the practice at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP, which stands out for its technology sector focus and high-profile technology clients; the firm’s client roster includes Microsoft, Fujifilm and Go Pro. Stone is singled out for his cross-border expertise; he recently advised Zoosk on a range of privacy and data protection issues relating to its operations and users across the EU including its GDPR compliance. The group also has a track record in high-profile investigations including advising on privacy investigations by the ICO, the UK Federal Trade Commission and the French CNIL. Managing associate Colin Hinds also has experience in online profiling issues, cookies and marketing work, and international data transfers.

Practice head(s):Kolvin Stone

Other key lawyers:Colin Hinds


'The Orrick team has a deep knowledge, depth of experience and practical solutions to address all the intertwined factors that need to be considered in cybersecurity and privacy solutions.'

'The Orrick team not only offers top-notch legal expertise, it also brings a practical business perspective to the table. In addition, its network of third-party service providers is an invaluable asset to help navigate a variety of issues.'

'The group is very responsive, diligent and knowledgeable. It thinks outside the box and provides sound and business-friendly advice.'

'Kolvin Stone is great to work with. He makes a point of understanding the nature of the client's business before providing advice. He is highly responsive, pragmatic and cost-conscious.'

Key Clients

Microsoft Corporation

W.W. Grainger Inc.

Carnival Corporation & PLC


Zoosk, Inc.

NVIDIA Corporation

Superawesome Limited


Go Pro

Work highlights

  • Advising Zoosk on the data issues relating to its operations and users in the EU including GDPR compliance.

Ropes & Gray LLP focuses its efforts on US-related data protection mandates with expertise advising clients in the private equity, asset management, education, healthcare and life sciences sectors. The team has been particularly active in compliance and advisory work and also handles data breaches, crisis response work and regulatory investigations, regularly working with the firm’s risk, investigations and regulatory enforcement partners. The firm’s US strength also makes it well placed to advise on the California Consumer Privacy Act and international data transfers. Rohan Massey heads up the practice and advises on data protection, data security, brand protection, e-commerce and IT matters. Counsel Clare Sellars is also a key name to note.

Practice head(s):Rohan Massey

Other key lawyers:Clare Sellars

With substantial expertise in the media and entertainment sectors, Sheridans' data team regularly acts for technology-focused businesses including cybersecurity firms, digital agencies and adtech companies, and assists with issues surrounding facial recognition and biometric data, location-based services, game development, digital marketing, profiling and adtech. Philip James and Eitan Jankelewitz jointly lead the practice; James regularly handles regulatory issues and Jankelewitz focuses on the online advertising and adtech industries. Key clients include Cifas and Sport England; the group advised the latter on its GDPR transformation project including privacy impact assessments, data strategies and facial recognition issues.

Practice head(s):Philip James; Eitan Jankelewitz


'The team is approachable, articulate and has impeccable commercial awareness. For a comparatively small team, it has a diverse and extensive range of expertise.'

'Sheridans' service is exceptional. By being both incredibly knowledgeable in the legal fields that are relevant to clients and informed on the industry itself, it always manages to provide advice that is legally accurate whilst also remaining commercially relevant. It exceeds clients' expectations of receiving sound regulatory advice with elements of strategic and commercial value. What truly stands out is its experience in data privacy.'

'The individuals are willing to discuss how to prioritise and manage legal issues with a genuine intent on helping you build your business rather than helping themselves rack up fees.'

Key Clients

Sport England

Awin AG and all subsidiaries



Sumo Group Plc

Pernod Ricard


Rank Group Plc

Digital Spring

Cyance Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Sport England on its GDPR transformation project.
  • Assisting the Internet Advertising Bureau with its codes of practice.
  • Advising Awin and its subsidiaries on all elements of its privacy and digital marketing work including new product features, regulatory advice and GDPR compliance.
  • Assisting Cifas with its GDPR transformation and handling privacy impact assessments.
  • Advising Rank Group's data protection officer on the company's GDPR compliance.

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


'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


The Movember Foundation

Mizuho Bank Limited

Mercer Limited


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.

White & Case LLP’s data, privacy and cybersecurity group handles a variety of data protection advisory work, corporate and transactional support issues, and litigation. The team leverages the firm’s global network to assist with international data matters; it represents Facebook in any disputes outside the US and advised Nestlé on global compliance issues. Deutsche Bank, Boeing and Oasis Fashion Holdings are also clients. Tim Hickman heads up the London practice and advises on all aspects of UK and EU privacy and data protection law; counsel Deborah Lincoln is also recommended for data issues arising from corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Tim Hickman

Other key lawyers:Deborah Lincoln


'Tim Hickman's data protection team has excellent legal skills and knowledge. Tim is always available to assist with queries, and understands the need for a quick turnaround.'

'The data protection team is outstanding in terms of speed and expertise.'

'Tim Hickman's knowledge of data protection law is second to none. He is also personable and easy to work with.'

'Tim Hickman always provides outstanding support that is value-added and timely. Clients appreciate the examples he provides, making the advice more tangible.'

Key Clients



Deutsche Bank AG (London Branch)

Oasis Fashion Holdings



Argus Media


The Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants (the “AESC”)

Centerbridge Partners

Rain Carbon

LINE Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Facebook in any disputes outside the US relating to social network activities.
  • Advising Nestlé on its compliance with data protection legislation.
  • Assisting Deutsche Bank with its GDPR compliance, including contractual issues.
  • Advised Oasis and Warehouse on its data protection legislation compliance.
  • Handling various data compliance projects for Boeing.

Wiggin LLP acts for a high-profile client roster of media and technology clients, with notable examples including Netflix, HBO, Disney, Marvel and Virgin Media. The group has recently been active advising on personal data matters; it assisted Netflix and HBO with the processing of cast and crew data and GDPR issues. Other areas of expertise for the practice include contentious data protection work, cybersecurity breaches, regulatory investigations and cross-border projects. David Naylor and Alexander Ross jointly lead the department; Naylor focuses on transactional and advisory work and Ross has notable expertise in digital rights. Caroline Kean is the key contact for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):David Naylor; Alexander Ross

Other key lawyers:Caroline Kean


'There is strong depth and breadth of expertise in the team, and it is used efficiently and effectively. Clients appreciate that the main contacts talk to them in their own language and take the time to understand their unique business.'

'David Naylor continues to provide exceptional support. He ensures that clients have timely access to expert advice as needed. He always provides a clear and considered response to queries and provides the necessary guidance through challenging situations. David sets realistic expectations and manages the right level of communication.'

'Patrick O'Connell is thorough and his depth of knowledge is outstanding. He is really approachable and a delight to work with.'

Key Clients





Virgin Media

Racing UK

National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme / GAMSTOP

DataCore Software Corporation

Audience Trading Platform


Work highlights

  • Advising Netflix on the data protection implications of processing the personal data of cast and crew and other GDPR issues.
  • Assisting HBO with its GDPR compliance including updating its suite of production agreements and policies, and advice on the processing of cast and crew data.
  • Advising Lionsgate on its processing of personal data including drafting policies for staff on data subject rights requests and reporting data breaches.
  • Assisting the National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme with its data protection compliance.
  • Advising bet365 on data subject rights and the changes to existing rights brought in by GDPR.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime

Index of tables

  1. Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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Allen & Overy LLP 's corporate crime team is 'practical and pragmatic', and is as adept at representing large multinational companies as international financial institutions in business-critical investigations. The team advise on matters including corruption, sanctions, financial issues, regulatory investigations, anti-bribery compliance, and data and privacy issues. As befits an international firm, Allen & Overy's global network of offices means it can handle a range of multi-jurisdictional investigations by various enforcement authorities. Head of team Jonathan Hitchin is recognised for his strength advising on cross-border investigations, cartel investigations and private damages claims. Arnondo Chakrabarti handles the full gamut of corporate crime matters and counts FTSE 100 companies among his clients. The magic circle firm strengthened its hand with the addition of Eve Giles  , who advises both corporates and individuals on white collar and criminal defence matters. Lawson Caisley  is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Hitchin

Other key lawyers:Arnondo Chakrabarti; Lawson Caisley; Eve Giles


‘Practical and pragmatic with their advice’.

‘Risk-balanced, clear and easily consumed and explained advice’.

‘Arnondo Chakrabarti is particularly a stand out’.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a corporate entity and their private equity owner in connection with an internal investigation following issues raised by the company's auditors.

Baker McKenzie's tier one corporate crime practice handles a full range of matters ranging from internal and regulatory investigations through to bribery prevention, compliance and advisory work. The firm's broad geographic spread means the 'extremely knowledgeable' team has extensive experience with both UK Bribery Act and US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. The team is multi-disciplinary and includes experts in criminal and civil litigation as well as practices such as employment, IP, financial services, EU and competition. Key practitioner Charles Thomson advises corporates in relation to fraud, asset tracing, money laundering, health and safety, environmental infringements, tax violations, bribery and corruption.  The practice also benefits from the in-house experience of  disputes partner Jonathan Peddie , who joined in 2015 from Barclays , where he held roles including global head of financial crime, legal. The firm often deals with regulators including the FCA, SFO, Europol and HMRC.

Practice head(s):Charles Thomson; Jonathan Peddie; Sunny Mann; Joanna Ludlam

Other key lawyers:Henry Garfield; Yindi Gesinde


The team are very knowledgable and extremely responsive’.

‘Jonathan Peddie provides assured case management, deep expertise and strategic insight’.

‘Baker McKenzie is a very capable, international law firm with a very strong London presence’.

‘Charles Thomson displays tremendous judgement and easily balances his significant legal and commercial knowledge’.

‘Jonathan Peddie has a lifetime of experience at the top end of regulatory law’.

‘Well resourced, extremely knowledgeable, client driven and great to work with’.

‘Charles Thomson is one of the few original thought leaders in white-collar and regulatory investigations; terrific judgement and leadership’.

Key Clients


Tradition Financial Services

Work highlights

  • Representing Bidcorp, a leading listed global food services company which has been the victim of fraud and corruption by its former managing director. The firm conducted an internal investigation for Bidcorp; instituted civil proceedings for a headline claim of approximately £45m; as part of these proceedings, obtained preliminary relief, including freezing, disclosure, and passport delivery-up orders and cross-examination of the defendants and advised the client on anti-money laundering and corruption related issues, as well as criminal remedies available to them.
  • Acting for Tradition Financial Services Limited in the defence of an alleged missing trader intra-community (MTIC) fraud.

Clifford Chance LLP handles regulatory enforcement, investigations, fraud and crime matters through its leading practice in London. Its extensive global network means it has significant experience dealing with  multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency investigations. Areas of expertise include sanctions, fraud, anti-money laundering, cartels and criminal investigations. Differentiating its offering, the team is supported by an in-house team of forensic accountants enabling it to easily retrieve, manage, analyse and present financial information and issues. Head of team Luke Tolaini focuses on investigations that involve bribery, corruption and fraud, particularly in the energy and commodities sectors in developing countries. Roger Best is recommended for his experience in corruption and money laundering investigations.

Practice head(s):Luke Tolaini

Other key lawyers:Roger Best; Michael Lyons; Matthew Lee; Zoe Osborne

Key Clients

Credit Suisse


Major financial institutions

An international commodities trading company

Government authorities

An international energy company

Work highlights

  • Advising Credit Suisse on parallel criminal tax investigations by a number of government authorities including in the UK, Australia and Continental Europe.
  • Representing Serco against allegations of irregularities in billing practices.
  • Advising a major financial institution on a cross-border investigation involving the SEC, DoJ, FCA and SFO into potential money laundering and bribery offences.
  • Providing advice on US and EU sanctions and AML compliance matters for an international commodities trading company and representing them in an urgent high court application.
  • Assisting a government authority with an internal investigation in relation to allegations of anti-money laundering and sanctions breaches by third parties in the territory for which the government authority has jurisdiction.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP 's top tier London corporate crime team is 'the real deal' according to one client, advising on matters ranging from prevention, corporate defence, sanctions, compliance and regulatory investigations. It also deals with internal investigations for boards of directors, board committees and corporations. It frequently advises clients in sectors including engineering, aerospace and defence, infrastructure projects, energy and financial services. Co-head of team Lord Peter Goldsmith QC advises on white-collar, arbitration and litigation matters domestically and internationally. Karolos Seeger, who also co-heads the team, specialises in white-collar crime, internal investigations, compliance and corrupt practices legislation. Robin Lööf was promoted to international counsel. Jane Shvets focuses on white-collar defence and internal investigations Alex Parker left the firm for an in-house role at GlaxoSmithKline.

Practice head(s):Lord Peter Goldsmith QC; Karolos Seeger

Other key lawyers:Robin Lööf; Jane Shvets; Wendy Miles QC; Thomas Jenkins; Konstantin Bureiko


‘Top-tier work product combined with straightforward and responsive client service make this team the real deal’.

‘The team to go for when you need agile, forward thinking lawyers who will do things the right way’.

'Debevoise’s approach represents a perfect blend of high-level legal expertise, an understanding of how businesses operate in a fast-paced global environment, and a common sense approach to proposing solutions that can be deployed in real-life’.

‘Karolos Seeger has deep experience dealing with a multitude of agencies across the world. He is experienced, hands-on and has tremendous judgement’. 

‘Many of the team are multilingual which facilitates handling cross-border matters and they are very flexible and dedicated, working all hours to get the job done’.

‘Jane Shvets is a great resource, in particular in relation to Russia related work’.

‘Jane Shvets is approachable, available and provides first-class legal advice’.

Key Clients

Société Générale

Rolls Royce plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Rolls-Royce plc in its Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, which has been confirmed in open court by the President of the Queen’s Bench Division (Sir Brian Leveson) and published by the SFO.

Dechert LLP represents clients internationally in relation to high profile civil, criminal, investigation, compliance, defence, and enforcement matters. Its areas of advisory expertise include multi-jurisdictional investigations, fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering, export controls and sanctions. Well known partner Neil Gerrard heads the team and specialises in advising on regulatory investigations and prosecutions by the SFO, HMRC, FCA and DOJ. Matthew Cowie has broad sector experience that includes clients in the pharmaceutical, financial, defence, oil and gas, and telecoms sectors. Caroline Black focuses on cross-border regulatory and internal investigations matters. Roger Burlingame joined as partner from Kobre & Kim LLP. Miriam Gonzalez left for Cohen & Gresser LLP.

Practice head(s):Neil Gerrard

Other key lawyers:Matthew Cowie; Caroline Black; Roger Burlingame; Matthew Banham; Tim Bowden


‘Dechert provide a service that is almost unique in its strength, depth and diversity'.

‘Quite exceptional pedigree and experience, with members of the team having worked for the independent bar and for the major prosecution agencies’.

‘Neil Gerrard is a brilliant litigator and handler of the most complex and demanding of cases’.

‘Caroline Black is very pragmatic and efficient. She is very capable, engaged, hard-working and widely respected.'

‘Matthew Banham has very good legal analysis skills’.

‘Roger Burlingame is a personable, creative, expert on US law and practice’.


Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is as comfortable advising compliance and advisory matters as investigations and regulatory defence and white collar crime matters. It frequently counsels clients in sectors such as banking and financial services and mining, advising on matters including bribery, corruption, sanctions, money-laundering, fraud, modern slavery and tax evasion. Susannah Cogman heads the team and has  a broad practice spanning investigations, including those by the SFO, compliance and regulatory matters. Rod Fletcher acts for corporates and individuals in business crime matters. Daniel Hudson handles regulatory investigations by the SFO, FCA, the police and HMRC. Brian Spiro , who joined in 2017 , acts for corporates and individuals in business crime matters in the UK and throughout Europe.

Practice head(s):Susannah Cogman

Other key lawyers:Rod Fletcher; Daniel Hudson; Hywel Jenkins; Brian Spiro; Jenny Stainsby; Andrew Procter; Karen Anderson; Kate Meakin; Elizabeth Head; Ajay Malhotra; David Knott; Kathryn Boyd; Chris Ninan; Sarah Thomas; Benedicte Perowne; Jon Ford


‘Strong practice across multiple international locations, with star individuals in several’.

‘Brian Spiro is outstanding and is a terrific addition to the firm's global white-collar presence’. 

‘Dedicated, expert, experienced financial crimes team, covering all aspects of financial crime including anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption, and sanctions’. 

‘Susannah Cogman and Dan Hudson are both extremely knowledgeable and known experts in their area; excellent communicators, who see the “big picture” and oversee the provision of timely practical advice.’ 

‘Kathryn Boyd has excellent technical knowledge, and in-house experience used to provide relevant, practical advice’.

Key Clients

Watchstone Group

ICBC Standard Bank plc

The Executive Counsel to the Financial Reporting Council

Roger Jenkins

Various employees and ex-employees of Tesco plc

A senior British businessman involved in bribery allegations concerning GlaxoSmithKline's activities in China

Various individuals in respect of the SFO's investigation into Afren PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising a financial institution regarding a criminal investigation and prosecution brought against a former employee for alleged insider trading.
  • Advising a large law firm in relation to a major police investigation into and upcoming criminal trial of a former partner of the firm.
  • Conducting an internal investigation for a UK listed company following a whistle-blower report alleging potentially fraudulent conduct by senior executives relating to the company's accounts.
  • Acting for a large retail bank in relation to civil claims and a customer remediation exercise connected to historic criminal wrongdoing.
  • Advising a client in relation to potential anti-bribery and corruption issues and conducting an internal investigation in relation to the same.

‚ÄėThis is a team that understands the risks and problems working at the interface of regulatory law and corporate criminal law‚Äô, says one client of¬†¬†Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†. The practice deals with high profile, multi-jurisdictional investigations through its global network of offices and has a particular focus on Russia and the CS, and the Middle East. It has significant experience in matters such as bribery, corruption, sanctions, regulatory, compliance, tax evasion, anti-money laundering advice and risk-mitigation advice. It has a particular focus on clients in the financial services and life science sectors. Head of team Crispin Rapinet¬†is adept at dealing with UK Bribery Act matters and international acquisition-related anti-bribery risks.

Practice head(s):Crispin Rapinet

Other key lawyers:Liam Naidoo; Claire Lipworth 


‘The team is highly capable of providing sound advice in a variety of areas in a pragmatic way’.

‘Liam Naidoo and Claire Lipworth are able to translate a deep knowledge in non trivial areas such as bribery and corruption, money laundering and tax evasion into a simple easy to follow piece of advice'

‘Claire Lipworth uses her knowledge of the FCA to provide wise counsel and great strategic direction’.

‘Hogan Lovells have a strong team with deep knowledge of the relevant law and how it applies in practice’.

‘Crispin Rapinet is an experienced litigator with good tactical skills’.

‘Liam Naidoo is an up and coming lawyer with a stellar future ahead’.

Key Clients

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation


Russian Deposit Insurance Agency

Borelli Walsh

Virunga Foundation

Maersk Oil


Leading international organisations across a number of industry sectors

Work highlights

  • On behalf of ENRC, the team has secured one of the most significant and widely acclaimed Court of Appeal decisions for many years, which has re-established the importance, and applicability, of legal professional privilege.
  • Lead counsel to an overseas pension fund that is a major shareholder in a multinational transportation company, in relation to investigations into alleged bribery at a company subsidiary.
  • Advising a radiation therapy client in relation to a number of internal investigations focusing on allegations of corruption and other financial and corporate crime in the Czech Republic, Russia, Turkey, Korea, Italy, China, Sri Lanka, and Hong Kong.
  • Conducted a major investigation and asset recovery for FM Capital Partners Ltd (FMCP) and its client Libya Africa Investment Portfolio (LAP), an FCA-regulated asset management company in relation to a large-scale fraud by its former CEO, Frédéric Marino.

Kirkland & Ellis International LLP  has built a strong team in London that is adept at handling cross-border investigations and prosecutions brought by regulatory agencies including the SFO, NCA, FCA and HMRC. It also advises on internal company investigations and deals with government agencies on behalf of clients. Given the firm's strength in the private equity sector, Kirkland has a particular focus on advising large buyout houses and their portfolio companies but its client base extends far beyond this. It advises on matters such as anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, financial sanctions, data breaches, fraud, corporate crime prevention and general advisory work.  Co-head of team Satnam Tumani specialises in cases of accounting fraud, tax fraud, data protection infringements, and FCPA/UK Bribery Act matters. Marcus Thompson, who also co-heads the team, specialises in investigations that involve bribery, corruption, sanctions, data breaches and money laundering.

Practice head(s):Satnam Tumani; Marcus Thompson

Other key lawyers:Andrew Butel; Sarah Klein; Michael Casey; Patrick Navein


‘The team gets to the crux of the matter quickly and provides pragmatic and commercial guidance on potentially sensitive matters’.‘

'A sound City practice with bright, solid practitioners and good client care’.

‘Satnam Tumani has a huge wealth of experience and knowledge of serious corporate fraud and corruption in national and multi-jurisdictional cases, and an intimate knowledge of the workings of the main prosecuting and investigating authorities’.

‘The team has a wealth and breadth of experience and proven ability to provide global coverage for a global asset manager’.

‘Marcus Thompson is absolutely brilliant; straight talking, commercial and pragmatic’.

‘Mike Casey is highly responsive; he delivers commercial and clear but thorough advice’.           

‘A leader amongst others and particularly suitable for the larger, thornier cases involving the Serious Fraud Office’.

‘Satnam Tumani is exceptional; he is hugely intelligent and able to use his vast experience as a former prosecutor to excellent effect’.              


Key Clients

Innospec Limited

Work highlights

  • Representation of a global mining company in relation to allegations of payments to a consultant to secure mining rights in Africa.
  • Representation of an Asian multinational electronics company in connection with an internal investigation concerning allegations of fraud.
  • Representation of a global stationary company in an internal investigation into allegations of compliance irregularities.

Linklaters LLP has a strong corporate crime offering in London, with the firm's international network and broad practice coverage meaning it is able to handle multi-jurisdictional criminal and regulatory investigations, and advise on the employment and remuneration consequences arising from investigations. Its lawyers regularly work on cross-border cases brought by regulators including the  SFO, FCA and PRA in the UK and the DOJ and SEC in the US. Clients include financial institutions, corporates and individuals. Co-head of team and global head of disputes Michael Bennett deals with financial crime investigations and regulatory risk. His highly regarded co-head Satindar Dogra, who also heads the London disputes practice, handles fraud investigations and corporate crime, including bribery, corruption, sanctions and money-laundering cases. Martyn Hopper is also highly recommended for financial regulation matters. Adding further strength to its bench, the magic circle firm added Alison Saunders as a partner from the Crown Prosecution Service, where she was  director of public prosecutions.

Practice head(s):Michael Bennett; Satindar Dogra

Other key lawyers:Martyn Hopper; Alison Saunders; Christa Band; Ben Packer; Andrew Hughes; Elly Proudlock; Susana Cao Miranda; Tom Lidstrom

Key Clients



Lloyds Banking Group

Morgan Stanley

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group



Work highlights

  • Acted for two of the six firms originally placed under investigation following the FCA’s thematic review into the fair treatment of long-standing customers in the life insurance sector (TR 16/2), published in March 2016. The investigations focused on, among other issues, the adequacy of disclosure of exit and paid-up charges to customers from December 2008.

Norton Rose Fulbright¬†advises clients on multi-jurisdictional investigations, enforcement, criminal prosecutions and civil litigation through its global network of offices. It often advises clients facing investigations by the bodies such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCA and CPS, advising on matters in fields such as cybercrime, bribery, money laundering, compliance and export controls. Clients include corporates, financial institutions and senior individuals. Patrick Bourke¬†co‚Äďheads the team alongside Neil O‚ÄôMay¬†, who handles international fraud, market abuse and investigations. Lista Cannon¬†focuses on transnational regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. David Harris¬†is recommended for his cross-sector experience and deals with clients in the financial services, banking, energy and defence sectors. Jeffrey Cottle, who splits his time between Washington and London,¬†joined as partner from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP. Sam Eastwood¬†and Jason Hungerford¬†both left the firm for Mayer Brown International LLP.

Practice head(s):Patrick Bourke; Neil O’May

Other key lawyers:David Harris; Pamela Reddy; Ruth Cowley; Jeffrey Cottle; Andrew Reeves; Stuart Neely


‘An outstanding team of talented individuals’.

‘Neil O'May is one of the leaders in this field.’     

‘Significant practical experience in handling regulatory investigations, particularly in the area of corruption’.

‘Demonstrate a practical response to assisting companies with compliance challenges’.

‘Ruth Cowley is extremely knowledgeable, professional and extremely practical’.


Key Clients

Victor Dahdaleh and associated companies

Work highlights

  • Represented Victor Dahdaleh in a criminal prosecution brought by the SFO concerning allegations of corruption following an investigation undertaken by the SFO in cooperation with the DOJ and several EU countries.
  • Advising a global financial institution in connection with potential criminal, civil and regulatory issues and liabilities arising from its involvement in certain tax based financial products.

Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP advises both businesses and individuals on corporate and white collar crime and investigations work, taking the lead on allegations of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, sanctions, mutual legal assistance and data protection matters. It also helps companies bring private prosecutions and has been seeing increasing instructions relating to financial crime compliance issues. Head of team Michael O’Kane specialises in cases of corruption, cartels, sanctions and extradition. Jasvinder Nakhwal handles investigations brought by the SFO, the police,the  Competition and Markets Authority and also foreign prosecuting authorities. Maria Cronin was promoted to partner and Peter Fitzgerald was promoted to of counsel. Leading fraud lawyer  Monty Raphael QC retired and is now a special counsel to the firm.

Practice head(s):Michael O’Kane

Other key lawyers:Jasvinder Nakhwal; Maria Cronin; Peter Fitzgerald; Anna Bradshaw; Nick Vamos; Hannah Laming 

Key Clients

MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company

Bunnvale Limited and TICOM Management LLC

Khadem Al Qubaisi and related companies

US card processing company

Scan Thors

Cunico Resources N.V.

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Hungarian national oil and gas company, which in 2009 entered into two agreements with the Republic of Croatia concerning the management of the Croatian national oil and gas company, INA. Croatia subsequently alleged that the agreements had been procured as the result of a bribe offered to its then Prime Minister.
  • Secured the release of $12m for two Russian trading firms following a ground-breaking judicial review against the City of London Police (‘COLP’).
  • Lead counsel in a global investigation concerning allegations of corruption by high-level government figures in Malaysia and Abu Dhabi.
  • Successfully acted for a US corporate, the beneficial owner of funds which are subject to what is believed to be the largest cash seizure ever to take place in the UK – in excess of $30m held as banker’s drafts.
  • Representing a UK corporate and its director in relation to allegations of terrorist financing in the UAE.

Simmons & Simmons advises clients on international investigations involving corporate crime and contentious regulatory matters in sectors including financial services, TMT, healthcare and energy. With a cross-practice team of experts from areas including litigation, competition, employment and tax, the firm has experience dealing with claims including corruption, fraud, money laundering and sanction matters. The firms handles investigations by a wide range of organisations including the  deals with investigations by the National Crime Agency, The Serious Fraud Office, the Financial Conduct Authority, the CMA and HMRC. Nick Benwell co-heads the team and advises corporates and individuals on corruption, money laundering and fraud-related matters. Stephen Gentle, who leads the team alongside Benwell, focuses on fraud, money laundering, sanctions and bribery matters, with clients describing the pair as 'an all-star combination'.  Of counsel Cherie Spinks is recommended for her criminal law expertise. Satyen Dhana joined as partner from CMS.

Practice head(s):Nick Benwell; Stephen Gentle

Other key lawyers:Cherie Spinks; Satyen Dhana; Tim Boyce; Richard Sims; Emma Sutcliffe; Charles Bankes; Heather Rowlands


Simmons & Simmons has an exceptional team who combine the highest levels of technical and tactical expertise with a practical, non-judgemental and commonsense approach’. 

'A solid and increasingly experienced team’.       

‘The all-star combination of Nick Benwell and Stephen Gentle is probably without parallel for any listed company facing a regulatory issue’.

'Stephen Gentle is clever and experienced’.

‘Nick Benwell is personable and client-friendly - a well-informed leader in this area.'

Key Clients

Petrofac Limited

Mr Sushovan Hussain, former CFO of Autonomy plc

Work highlights

  • Representing Petrofac in its response to the SFO’s ongoing investigation into alleged bribery, corruption, and money laundering by the company, its subsidiaries, agents and employees in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Acting for a leading financial institution in relation to the conduct of an internal investigation following anonymous whistle blower allegations of bribery by two of the firm’s employees.
  • Advising a major retail bank in respect of civil recovery proceedings brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
  • Advising on a high profile multi-jurisdictional SFO corruption investigation in the investment management sector.
  • Successful discontinuation of a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) insider dealing investigation in the energy sector.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP¬†represents clients in relation to multi-jurisdictional investigations, regulatory advice, white-collar crime, corporate governance and parallel civil litigation. It is particularly experienced in representing corporates and financial institutions in ‚Äėbet the company‚Äô cases. Other areas of expertise include mutual legal assistance in criminal matters, extradition and Interpol-related issues. Key jurisdictions include the UK, France, Germany, Asia and the US, where it is adept at dealing with regulators and prosecutors. Head of team Keith Krakaur¬†is described as a 'master' by one client and is experienced in global investigations that involve economic sanctions, corrupt practices, money laundering, tax and accounting fraud.

Practice head(s):Keith Krakaur

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Robertson; Ryan Junck; Vanessa McGoldrick; Bora Rawcliffe


‘Great firm across the board, with a very experienced white-collar team’.

‘Deeply insightful, well plugged in, super-responsive and proactive, always thinking ahead’.

‘Great knowledge and practical understanding about the approach regulators are likely to take in regulatory investigations’.

Key Clients

Societe Generale

Basler Kantonalbank

Credit Agricole CIB

Former Broker to Airbus

Former Director of Rolls Royce plc

Former Director of British American Tobacco

Work highlights

  • Representing Société Générale in three strands of the most high-profile economic sanctions, corruption and market-fraud resolutions ever entered into by a global financial institution.
  • Advising a leading European asset management business in connection with an internal investigation and Financial Conduct Authority scrutiny in the UK and coordinating with international regulatory counsel in multiple jurisdictions, including Switzerland.
  • Advising a multinational based in the Middle East in an internal review and potential commercial dispute relating to allegations of misconduct or corruption filed with authorities in Pakistan.
  • Represented Basler Kantonalbank (BKB) in reaching a $60.4m Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the U.S. DOJ to resolve a charge that it conspired to help U.S. taxpayer-clients evade their tax obligations, file false federal tax returns, and otherwise hide hundreds of millions of dollars in Swiss bank accounts.
  • Representing a leading multinational telecommunications, information technology, and consumer electronics company in connection with investigations into its operations in China.

Slaughter and May's 'exceptional' team advises on a broad range of multi-jurisdictional financial, regulatory, enforcement and corporate crime matters. With extensive expertise in allegations of bribery, corruption, fraud, sanctions, civil litigation and criminal proceedings, the firm is well-versed at dealing with various international regulators and enforcement agencies including the SFO and FCA in the UK and the SEC and DoJ in the US. Richard Swallow co-heads the team and is experienced in high-value disputes and criminal investigations. Jonathan Cotton, who co-heads the team alongside him, deals with investigations, criminal prosecutions and regulatory cases concerning the Bribery Act, the Proceeds of Crime Act and the Financial Services and Markets Act. David Green CB QC, the former head of the SFO, joined as a senior consultant, adding further weight to the practice. Camilla Sanger and Holly Ware were both promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Richard Swallow; Jonathan Cotton

Other key lawyers:Sir David Green CB QC; Camilla Sanger; Sarah Lee; Deborah Finkler; Jonathan Clark; Ewan Brown; James Stacey; Holly Ware; Ella Williams; Tim Blanchard


‘Truly outstanding with an immense range of exceptional talent’.

‘Richard Swallow is brilliant and has an outstanding reputation’.

‘All the lawyers at Slaughter and May are exceptional, but worthy of particular mention are Richard Swallow, Jonny Cotton and Jonathan Clark’.

‘Richard Swallow is an excellent negotiator and fantastic with clients’.

‘Jonathan Clark also is a clear thinker with excellent judgment’.

‘Jonny Cotton is the lynchpin of the team; an absolute pleasure to work with; sensible, savvy and strong on the detail’.

‘Tim Blanchard is an extremely strong senior associate, very good at managing complex investigations’.

‘James Stacey is new to the area but already making a big impact’.


Key Clients

British American Tobacco plc

John Wood Group PLC

Ultra Electronics Holdings plc

Malcolm Brinded

Carillion UK

Deutsche Bank, A.G.

Rolls-Royce plc

JPMorgan Chase Bank

Work highlights

  • Defending British American Tobacco plc in an SFO investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption.
  • Acting for John Wood Group PLC in respect of an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office into alleged bribery and corruption at Foster Wheeler companies it has acquired.
  • Represented a major listed corporate in an investigation by the FCA regarding potential breaches of the Market Abuse Regulation and other regulatory provisions.
  • Advising Deutsche Bank in LIBOR Investigations
  • Acting for Rolls-Royce plc (“RR”) in relation to ongoing cooperation obligations with the UK DPA, an ongoing Brazilian CGG investigation and ongoing issues in other jurisdictions.

Arnold & Porter 's City team handles both regulatory investigations and corporate crime. Areas of expertise include conducting multi-jurisdictional internal and external investigations, transnational negotiations with foreign regulatory and prosecuting agencies and advising on matters of compliance, anti-fraud policies, bribery, corruption and criminal defence. It often deals with investigations by organisations such as the SFO, CPS, FCA, HMRC, FRC and DoJ. Co-head of team Kathleen Harris is very experienced in corporate crime matters. Sean Curran, who also co-heads the team, advises corporates and individuals on white-collar defence matters.

Practice head(s):Kathleen Harris; Sean Curran


‘Arnold & Porter's practice is concerned with high-profile, serious crime and investigations and its success rate is superb’.

‘Partner-led service that is of the highest quality’.            

‘Sean Curran handles matters with style and confidence; he has the ability to deal with the most senior executives of the largest global corporates’.             

‘Kathleen Harris is a leader in this field; her ability to predict the direction of travel in a case, and place her clients in the best possible position, securing outstanding results, is very well established’.


Key Clients

News UK

Republic of South Africa

Tiffany & Co


Jes Staley, CEO, Barclays Bank

Work highlights

  • Providing News UK with strategic advice in relation to the civil claims arising from the former News of the World phone hacking scandal.
  • Representing the Republic of South Africa in the recovery of proceeds of crime obtained from the illegal harvesting and exporting of fish from South Africa.
  • Advising Tiffany & Co UK in relation to anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption and sanctions policies and procedures to ensure compliance with UK and EU law and regulations.
  • Advising Mergermarket in respect of various potential causes of action and defences, including consideration of legal and reputational risk.

Brown Rudnick LLP advises clients on criminal investigations, internal investigations, enforcement issues, risk management, general advisory work and contentious regulatory matters. The firm has a particular focus on financial regulation and is adept at handling cases by the FCA and SFO. Other areas of expertise include anti-bribery, money laundering, tax evasion, economic sanctions and cyber security. Head of team Mark Beardsworth is experienced in advising corporates in many sectors, including financial services, industrial manufacturing, hospitality and insurance. Jamie Symington joined as a partner from the FCA and Anupreet Amole was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Mark Beardsworth

Other key lawyers:Jamie Symington; Anupreet Amole; Peter Bibby; Marie Kavanagh

The merger between legacy UK firm Berwin Leighton Paisner and US player Bryan Cave to create Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in April 2018 has strengthened the combined firm's transatlantic corporate crime offering.  Adding further weight, the firm added the well-regarded Mukul Chawla QC as a partner from Foundry Chambers. Chawla now co-heads the team alongside Nathan Willmott, Mark Srere and Andrew Tuson. The group advise companies and individuals in relation to investigations by UK organisations including the FCA, PRA, SFO, HMRC, NCA and CMA. Areas of expertise include defending allegations of tax fraud and evasion, export control prosecutions, bribery, corruption, compliance and prevention. The firm also has its own in-house forensic services unit, differentiating its offering. Clients include major banks, financial institutions and corporates.

Practice head(s):Nathan Willmott; Mark Srere; Mukul Chawla QC; Andrew Tuson

Other key lawyers:Oran Gelb; Polly James; Clare Reeve; Naomi Miles


‘Very experienced associates and partners for risk advisory work’.      

‘The recent recruitment of Mukul Chawla QC means that a giant from the legal world of Corporate Crime is now able to bring his vast experience to advise from the very outset of an investigation’. 

‘Mukul Chawla QC is an unparalleled cross-examiner with top class-leading client skills’.

Work highlights

  • Acted for an international security services company and its majority shareholders on a dispute with an overseas minority shareholder and a UK supplier in relation to allegations of fraud and bribery.
  • Acting for a major international corporate in relation to a number of significant anti-bribery and corruption projects.
  • Advising a major international investment bank in relation to compliance with a request for information from the US Department of Justice and, separately, issues concerning the Proceeds of Crime Act.
  • Advising a global financial services firm in relation to the receipt of an information request pursuant to the new so-called “super SAR” mechanism introduced under the Criminal Finances Act 2017 and related issues concerning its reporting obligations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
  • Advising a UK bank in relation to an ongoing FCA investigation under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.

CMS advises clients on investigations and corporate crime allegations in the life sciences, financial services, energy and technology sectors. Areas of expertise include white-collar crime, financial services enforcement, market abuse allegations, competition, sanctions, life sciences regulatory, data protection and professional risk. The firm's extensive international network means it regularly handles cross-border investigations and it also has a focus on Bribery Act-related matters. Corporate crime head Omar Qureshi advises on internal and external investigations and litigation, as well as advising on compliance matters.  Elisabeth Bremner joined as a partner from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):Omar Qureshi

Other key lawyers:Elisabeth Bremner; Adam Greaves; Dan Tench; Alison McHaffie; Amy Wilkinson; Caroline Hobson; Alison McHaffie; Simon Morris; Shuna Mason; John Markham; Matthew McGoldrick


‘Omar Qureshi is a first class lawyer with an exceptional eye for detail. He's an impressive communicator and negotiator’.

‘A commercial firm that understands and is able to address corporate crime and regulatory issues, particularly bribery and corruption’.               

Key Clients

Skansen Interiors

Patisserie Holdings plc (in administration (KPMG LLP are the administrators)

Work highlights

  • Advising Patisserie Holdings plc (in administration) (parent company to the Patisserie Valerie chain) on investigations by the SFO and others regarding the company's widely publicised financial irregularities and fraud.
  • Acted for Skansen Interiors in the first ever contested prosecution for failing to prevent bribery, by one of its former directors. 
  • Acting for an AIM-listed company on various investigations relating to allegations of insider dealing and market abuse, including dealing with the FCA and AIM Regulation.
  • Advising an AIM-listed company on a FCA market abuse investigation.

Corker Binning represents individuals and corporates facing investigation by regulators and organisations including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and the CMA, with a particular focus on advising individuals. Areas of expertise include cash seizures, detentions, criminal cartel investigations, tax fraud, money laundering, insider dealing, breaches of regulatory regimes and cases with Proceeds of Crime Act-related issues. David Corker is adept at handling criminal and regulatory litigation, and cartel investigations. Claire Cross was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):David Corker

Other key lawyers:Claire Cross; Peter Binning; Andrew Smith


‘Corker Binning provides the strongest combination of tactically-astute leaders in the shape of Peter Binning and David Corker, individuals with unrivalled investigatory and corporate crime experience’.

‘Corker Binning is a group of like-minded excellent performers, who all pull in the same direction and are committed to delivering the best’.  

‘Peter Binning is a master tactician and consummate team leader, bringing the finest counsel and associates together to deliver an unrivalled work product’.

‘The team are wonderful at helping clients deal with issues before they go to court’.       

‘A fantastic team with substantial experience acting in relation to regulatory investigations, often in an international context’.             

‘Peter Binning is clever and thinks strategically about how to solve the problems his clients face’.              


Key Clients


Work highlights

  • The team is assisting GML with pre-emptively protecting its position in an ongoing challenge against the Russian Government relating to the expropriation of Yukos Oil.

DLA Piper advises clients on various corporate crime, investigatory and compliance matters, with the firm's extensive international network positioning it well for multi-jurisdictional matters. Its areas of expertise include bribery, corruption, money laundering, tax and fraud investigations, cartel cases, sanctions breaches, crisis management and financial matters. The team acts for clients from a range of sectors including financial services, retail, energy, sports and logistics. Co-head of team Tony Katz focuses on regulatory compliance, white-collar crime and global investigations. Sam Millar, who also heads the team, handles litigation and global investigations particularly in the financial sector. Patrick Rappo joined as partner from Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP.

Practice head(s):Tony Katz; Sam Millar

Other key lawyers:Patrick Rappo; Laura Ford


‘DLA is a truly global firm, which is important when dealing with cross-border cases’. 

‘They are very human, responsive and always attentive to clients’ needs.

‘Sam Millar possesses intellect, integrity and humanity - he's a first-class lawyer and individual’.

‘Patrick Rappo is very professional and knowledgeable about the SFO’s investigation process’.


Key Clients

Thomas Kalaris

Yu Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Conducting an investigation into the accounts of Yu Group PLC, working with  PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP ("PwC") and representing the  client in respect of the ongoing FCA market abuse investigation..

Fieldfisher advises clients on civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings. Areas of expertise include advising on investigations, risk assessment, bribery, corruption, fraud, tax evasion money laundering and sanctions. Co-head of team Tony Lewis is adept at handling Bribery Act compliance issues and investigations by organisations such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC and NCA. Francesca Titus, who also heads the team,  handles corporate criminal law, internal investigations, and extradition. Kyle Phillips joined as senior associate from Howard Kennedy LLP.

Practice head(s):Tony Lewis; Francesca Titus

Other key lawyers:Kyle Phillips; Alexandra Underwood; Hartley Foster; Judy Krieg

Work highlights

  • Leading an international internal investigation into Europe's leading specialist for payment processing and issuing services.  This is in relation to allegations of serious offences of forgery and/or falsification of accounts

Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s white-collar defence and special investigations team was launched in May 2018 with the arrival of Barry Vitou from Pinsent Masons LLP and gained further traction with the addition of Anne-Marie Ottaway from the same firm in October that year. Vitou, who serves as co-chair of Greenberg's global white collar criminal defense practice, as well as head of the London team, is well known for business crime defence work and investigations, as well as for advisory work around the UK Bribery Act. The team is experienced in cross-border matters, advising on investigations by various regulators including the SFO, FCA, HMRC , DoJ, SEC and CPS. Its cases include worldwide criminal money laundering investigations, fraud, enforcement and bribery cases.

Practice head(s):Barry Vitou

Other key lawyers:Anne-Marie Ottaway; Gareth Hall


‘Excellent knowledge of regulators and law-enforcement’.

‘Maintains good relationships within the law-enforcement community to ensure that lines of communication are always maintained’.      

‘An ability to find solutions quickly and focus upon the most important factors of a matter’.             

Work highlights

  • Representation of KBR's UK subsidiaries in connection with its historic dealings with Unaoil.
  • FCA enforcement investigation into printing and flying.
  • Advising a corporate client whose software was compromised by a criminal cyber hack, extortion, blackmail and a connected allegation of common assault by one of its employees.
  • Advising on potential UK criminal law risks from investing in overseas cannabis businesses.
  • Advising a London real estate developer in connection with the proposed acquisition of property in Belgravia owned by a well known Russian Oligarch under investigation for the alleged theft of several billion USD.

Kingsley Napley LLP acts for clients on internal, criminal and regulatory investigations. In addition to extensive experience advising on matters such as fraud, bribery, corruption, money laundering and financial crime, the firm also regularly counsels clients on matters of reputation and crisis management. The team, which is co-led by Louise Hodges and Caroline Day, has seen some change in the last few years at partner level.  Nicola Finnerty joined as a partner from the independent monitoring board at HMP Pentonville, while Alun Milford joined as partner from the SFO. However, Eve Giles left the firm for Allen & Overy LLP and Johanna Walsh leftfor Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Practice head(s):Louise Hodges; Caroline Day,

Other key lawyers:Nicola Finnerty; Alun Milford; Jill Lorimer; Vivien Cochrane; Edmund Smyth; Stephen Parkinson; Rebecca Niblock 

Work highlights

  • Advised Tesco PLC in relation to the SFO’s investigation into alleged accounting irregularities.
  • Instructed by a global professional services firm in relation to a private criminal prosecution against two of its staff members (and others), alleging fraud.
  • Advising a company providing withholding tax reclaim services to investment fund managers.
  • Acting for a hedge fund in a cross-border tax fraud investigation

Macfarlanes LLP has made a significant push into corporate and white collar crime with the hire of Neill Blundell , who joined as a partner from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and now heads the City firm's team. Blundell has a lot of experience acting for corporates on fraud and financial crime matters. The team, which is able to call upon lawyers in practices such as disputes, is able to advise on a host of matters from bribery, corruption and money laundering allegations, through to claims of insider dealing, market abuse, unexplained wealth orders and cartel offences. Clients include listed companies, private banks, hedge funds, private equity houses, global security and data protection companies, and industrial conglomerates. The firm also advises on investigations by overseas and domestic regulators.

Practice head(s):Neill Blundell

Other key lawyers:Barry Donnelly; James Popperwell; Lorna Emson

Reed Smith LLP is adept at handling cases involving allegations of corruption, bribery, fraud and money-laundering and internal investigations. Other areas of expertise include compliance, enforcement, anti-trust, fraud, market abuse and criminal investigations. It often deals with cases involving the SFO, the FCA as well a the DoJ and SEC in the US. The firm handles multi-jurisdictional cases and is experienced in conducting work in China, France, the US and the UK. Co-head of team Eoin O’Shea has broad sector experience, which includes energy and natural resources, defence, life sciences and financial services work.

Practice head(s):Eoin O’Shea; Charles Hewetson; Rosanne Kay

Other key lawyers:Emma Shafton


‘Excellent client management skills - an ability to cut through complex legal issues to the nub of a problem’.

‘Eoin O’Shea is fiercely passionate about the rule of law’.

Ropes & Gray LLP has a particular focus on the financial services, private equity, asset management, life sciences and energy and natural resources sectors. It advises clients within these sectors, and more, on matters including  allegations of corruption, money laundering, FCPA and UK Bribery act issues, as well as regulatory compliance and investigations, often coming up against the DoJ, SEC and FBI in the US and the SFO in the UK. Co-head of team Amanda Raad is US-qualified as well as being admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and has particular expertise handling investigations with a US element. Her highly regarded fellow co-head, Judith Seddon, joined as a partner from Clifford Chance LLP and advises clients on allegations of white-collar crime, fraud, corruption and regulatory and criminal investigations and prosecutions. The firm bolstered its ranks with the addition of  Rosemarie Paul as a partner from Akin Gump LLP.

Practice head(s):Amanda Raad; Judith Seddon

Other key lawyers:Rosemarie Paul; Sean Seelinger; Arla Kerr; Matthew Burn; Chris Stott; Sarah Lambert-Porter

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


‘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.

White & Case LLP advises corporates in cross-border and domestic investigations and frequently advises clients caught up in investigations with regulators such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC, NCA and the police. The team, which is headed by financial crime specialist Jonathan Pickworth , regularly handles allegations of bribery, corruption, fraud, money laundering, sanctions, export controls, insider dealing, compliance, and tax and accounting issues. Jonah Anderson  was promoted to partner and is recommended for his expertise with anti-money laundering systems and controls.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Pickworth

Other key lawyers:Jonah Anderson; Joanna Dimmock; Lydia Jonson; Anneka Randhawa; Rebecca Copcutt


‘A very solid array of experience and really good knowledge of regulators and law enforcement’

‘A team that doesn't always follow the well-trodden path and considers matters from original angles, which can result in great benefit to clients’. 

‘The team are a real pleasure to work and socialise with’.

Work highlights

  • Represented an AIM listed client under investigation, along with its directors, by the FCA.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP is adept at handling compliance, investigations and enforcement matters. Areas of expertise include advising clients on anti-money laundering, sanctions and fraud matters relating to the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. It is experienced in dealing with investigations by the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC in the UK and, in the US, the DoJ, SEC, and Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Head of team Peter Burrell is recommended for his experience in compliance and internal corporate investigations as well as defence work. Simon Osborn-King joined as partner from Slaughter and May.

Practice head(s):Peter Burrell

Other key lawyers:Simon Osborn-King; Rita Mitchell; Michael Thorne

Key Clients

Anthony Allen

Alstom Power Limited


Afren plc

Work highlights

  • Instructed to assist a FTSE 250 firm in respect of a complex FCA investigation relating to LIBOR related trades

WilmerHale advises corporates and individuals in relation to white-collar  and corporate crime. The firm handles matters such as export control issues, sanctions and internal investigations for FTSE 100 clients and financial institutions. The well-regarded Stephen Pollard heads the team and is very experienced in dealing with SFO and FCA investigations.

Practice head(s):Stephen Pollard

Other key lawyers:Christopher David; David Rundle; Lloyd Firth

Key Clients


Work highlights

  • Conducted a highly-sensitive and time-pressured investigation on behalf of the non-executive Board of WPP into allegations of personal misconduct and misuse of company assets by the then CEO, against a backdrop of intense media scrutiny.

Ashurst is able to offer global international advice on matters including anti-bribery, corruption, financial irregularities, fraud, money laundering, sanctions, regulatory and criminal processes. Its clients include national and international corporates from sectors such as energy, infrastructure, defence and life sciences, as well as financial institutions. The firm often acts for companies caught up in investigations by bodies such as the FCA, SFO and NCA. Key practitioner David Capps focuses on internal and regulatory investigations.

Other key lawyers:David Capps; Angela Pearson

Work highlights

  • Senior external adviser to a company in response to the SFO's investigation into its dealings with Unaoil.

BCL Solicitors LLP advises corporate and individual clients on financial crime, corporate crime and white-collar crime. The firm advises on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, compliance procedures, fraud, sanctions, cartels and corporate manslaughter. It often deals with regulators including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and overseas authorities. Head of team Ian Burton advises clients on business crime investigations and prosecutions. Richard Reichman was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Ian Burton

Other key lawyers:Richard Reichman; Richard Sallybanks; Michael Drury; John Binns; Shula de Jersey; Harry Travers; Guy Bastable; Shaul Brazil; Julian Hayes

Key Clients

Options Energy Resource LLP

Work highlights

  • Represented Options Energy Resource LLP in relation to the Health & Safety Executive investigation and prosecution arising from a workplace accident in 2016 when a contractor was fatally electrocuted following contact with overhead powerlines.

Specialist litigation boutique Bivonas Law LLP handles prosecution and defence of companies and individuals. The 'impressive' team is adept at dealing with foreign and domestic regulators. Areas of expertise include the Bribery Act, corruption, risk management and cybercrime. Clients include private banks, advertising companies, service companies within the oil and gas industry, hotel groups and financial services industry organisations. Firm-wide senior partner Antony Brown  specialises in managing large scale commercial disputes and criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Sergey Litovchenko and George Kampanella both joined as partners from Pinsent Masons LLP and EBR Attridge LLP respectively.  White collar and financial services regulatory partner Cindy Dorrington has taken up a new role as firm-wide managing partner, while Roland Ellis has been promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Antony Brown

Other key lawyers:Sergey Litovchenko; George Kampanella; Cindy Dorrington; Roland Ellis; John Bechelet; Steve Sharp; Sarah Maile


‘A very impressive team who understand the realities of litigation’.         

‘The team at Bivonas Law is exceptional in every way - in their expertise, their attention to details and their promptness’.       

'A tight knit and expert team boasting high calibre lawyers who provide timely, practical and realistic advice to their clients at a very attractive cost’. 

‘On most levels they out-smart, out-think and out-manoeuvre their opponents’

‘Antony Brown is an exceptional lawyer; fast and an real expert in this field’.

‘Roland Ellis is excellent, has superb judgement and is beautifully calm in a storm’.            

‘Antony Brown has a sophisticated understanding of the mindset and needs of a business’.              

‘George Kampanella is a highly experienced and capable lawyer’.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a multinational technology company in relation to allegations of price-fixing.
  • Defending fraud allegations (by three Swiss banks) against a Greek-based corporation.
  • Acting for a major UAE-based IT contractor in relation to allegations of corruption involving a government-awarded security contract.
  • Advising a Russian owner of a construction group in relation to an ongoing investigation by the Ministry of Internal Affairs (Russia) relating to alleged banking fraud and misappropriation of loan funds.
  • Representing a bank in relation to investigations connected to loans in Mozambique.

Clyde & Co LLP  advises international corporations, regulators and governments on various risk advisory matters. It also represents clients in multi-jurisdictional corporate crime and regulatory investigations. Areas of expertise include anti-money laundering, anti-bribery and corruption, market abuse, fraud and sanctions. The firm has a particular focus on the industrial and insurance sectors, and also advises commodities, transport and energy clients. Co-head of team Christopher Hill focuses on regulatory, compliance and dispute resolution matters. John Whittaker, who also heads the team, specialises in trading disputes, international economic sanctions matters and advisory work.

Practice head(s):Christopher Hill; John Whittaker

Other key lawyers:Charles Kuhn; Nigel Brook; Clare Hatcher; Angus Duncan; Richard Harrison; Anousheh Bromfield


‘They know how to resolve a dispute in the best interests of their client annd they work tirelessly to do so’.

‘Christopher Hill has exceptional client-care skills and overarching commercial commonsense’. 

‘Nigel Brook has great industry knowledge, is unflappable and pragmatic’.

Work highlights

  • Advising multiple insurers in connection with their insurance of loans made by two banks to an African country. The loans have been linked to alleged large-scale bribery and corruption. This is known as the multiple billion dollar "Tuna Bonds" scandal.
  • Advising an insurance broker on a series of investigations by multiple regulators worldwide in connection with the alleged sharing of commercially sensitive information in the aviation insurance broking sector.
  • Advice on financial crime issues and regulatory obligations following discovery by a client of secret payments made by an outsource provider to one of its employees who ran the tender process for the relevant contract.
  • Advising on a large scale remediation exercise arising out of pensions mis-selling.
  • Advising an insurer on bribery and corruption risks associated with numerous existing contracts with intermediaries. This instruction was prompted by the UK regulator, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), launching the Wholesale Insurance Broker Market Study.

Covington & Burling LLP advises corporate clients on investigations, allegations of bribery, corruption, money laundering, fraud, and trade control and sanctions violations. It also handles compliance and regulatory due diligence in M&A deals. The firm is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional investigations in Africa, Europe and Asia. Co-head of team David Lorello has experience on investigations relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the US, the UK Bribery Act and  European corruption laws. Ian Hargreaves, who co-heads the team alongside him, is experienced in asset tracing, recovery, corporate governance, risk management, commercial disputes and cybercrime. Mark Finucane transferred to the London office from Washington. Robert Henrici joined as a partner from Linklaters.

Practice head(s):David Lorello; Ian Hargreaves

Other key lawyers:Mark Finucane; Robert Henrici;

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is experienced in handling cross-border investigations including those brought by the SFO, CFA, HMRC and CPS. Areas of expertise include compliance, fraud, tax evasion, financial crime and prosecutions. Clients include multinationals, financial institutions and individuals. Manchester-based Zia Ullah heads the team and is adept at advising on sanctions, money laundering and bribery matters. Steve Smith joined as a partner from Nomura International plc. Former head of team Neill Blundell left the firm for Macfarlanes LLP.

Practice head(s):Zia Ullah

Other key lawyers:Steve Smith; Jake McQuitty; Emma Gordon; Laura Dunseath; Ruth Paley; Saira Choonka

Key Clients

International Financial Services Company

European-headquartered bank

A US listed technology company

An insurance processing service provider

An Irish retail bank

A money service business

Irish clinical research organisation

Work highlights

  • Reviewing financial crime and governance controls for the International Financial Institution.
  • Engaged by the UK branch of a European head-quartered bank to assist in providing formal verification to the FCA of the bank’s anti  money laundering remediation of all of its clients

Fox Williams LLP handles a broad range of white-collar and corporate crime matters including allegations of fraud, bribery, market manipulation, insider trading, money laundering and sanction breaches, as well as advising on regulatory compliance. The firm often deals with investigations by the FCA, the Serious Fraud Office and the National Crime Agency.  Co-head of team James Carlton is adept at handling financial crime matters, and regulatory and disciplinary investigations and proceedings. Peter Wright, who also co-heads the team, focuses on financial services regulatory issues. Sebastian Sayer joined as a senior associate from the FCA.

Practice head(s):James Carlton; Peter Wright

Other key lawyers:Sebastian Sayer; Sona Ganatra


‘Fox Williams has great strength in depth on investigations and corporate crime’. 

‘The firm is hugely experienced and practised in obtaining the very best results for its clients’.     

‘Great expertise in financial  services non-contentious and contentious work and related investigatory work’.  

‘Sona Ganatra, alongside James Carlton, is an exceptional combination’. 

‘Sona Ganatra is a new partner with incredible knowledge of the area, and is very client friendly’.

‘Peter Wright is a clear leader in this area’.

‘James Carlton has a very wise head; he continually demonstrates an encyclopaedic knowledge of the pitfalls of internal investigations and is incredibly astute in achieving the best possible result for his clients’.             

Jenner & Block LLP has been adding to the strength of its corporate crime and investigations team in London since its 2018 hire of Christine Braamskamp from K&L Gates LLP , who now heads the UK investigations, compliance and defence team. It has added Paul Feldberg and Rob Dalling , also from K&L Gates LLP , as a partner and special counsel respectively and is able to advise on matters such as internal investigations, compliance, enforcement, sanctions, whistleblowing, anti-money laundering and anti-bribery. The firm often advises multinational corporations caught up in investigations by the SFO, DOJ, FCA and FRC, working for clients from a range of sectors including financial services and energy as well as technology and manufacturing.

Practice head(s):Christine Braamskamp

Other key lawyers:Paul Feldberg; Rob Dalling; Kelly Hagedorn

Jones Day handles internal and regulatory investigations relating to fraud, antitrust and securities improprieties, international trade, FCPA-related issues, government contracts, healthcare and environmental crimes. Glyn Powell heads the team alongside Sion Richards who specialises in multi-jurisdictional investigations, fraud and corruption. The firm is known for securing the UK’s first ever deferred prosecution agreement and is adept at handling matters relating to the UK Bribery Act.

Practice head(s):Glyn Powell; Sion Richards

Other key lawyers:Adam Brown; James Fidler

Latham & Watkins advises on bet-the-company government investigations, multi-jurisdictional cases, and matters involving the Bribery Act in the UK and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Office of Foreign Assets Control in the US. Its global footprint means it regularly advises clients opposite UK regulators such as the Serious Fraud Office and the DoJ and SEC in the US. Clients include banks, asset managers, financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals and FTSE 250 companies. Co-head of team Stuart Alford QC is experienced in high-profile investigations and prosecutions. Nathan Seltzer, who heads the team alongside him and is vice-chair of the firm’s white collar practice group, relocated to the London office from Washington DC, and focuses on cross-border internal investigations, and civil and criminal government investigations. Jon Holland and Andrea Monks both joined as partners from Hogan Lovells International LLP , adding further bench strength to the practice.

Practice head(s):Stuart Alford QC; Nathan Seltzer

Other key lawyers:Jon Holland; Andrea Monks; Charles Claypoole;

Mishcon de Reya LLP advises corporates on investigations by various regulatory authorities including the SFO, FCA, CMA and HMRC. Areas of expertise include corruption, cartels, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse, fraud and contentious financial services. Client sectors include IT, telecoms, real estate and the public sector. Highly regarded partner Jo Rickards  heads the team following the departure of Alison Levitt QC to 2 Hare Court. The firm added the 'outstanding' Johanna Walsh joined as partner from Kingsley Napley LLP and specialises in corporate crime investigations including cross-border cases.

Practice head(s):Jo Rickards

Other key lawyers:Johanna Walsh; Gareth Minty; Tim Thompson; Min Weaving


‘The recruitment of Johanna Walsh from Kingsley Napley to join Jo Rickards is a coup for the investigations unit’               

‘Johanna Walsh is an outstanding lawyer and investigator who stands in the front rank of her profession’.        

‘Top end service, with unbeatable experience of both defence, prosecution (including private prosecution) and internal investigations’.

‘Johanna Walsh has expertise in defence of the most complex commercial crime and in internal investigations’.

‘Jo Rickards is a standout partner;  she has incredible - almost unrivalled - experience in the corporate crime and regulatory arena, and particularly in cases with an international dimension’. 

‘The corporate crime team at Mishcon is an agile, young, dynamic group that is very well-respected in the industry’.

‘Gareth Minty is hugely knowledgeable, particularly around private prosecutions’.

Key Clients

Unaoil Monaco SAM


Quinn Emanuel Sullivan & Urquhart LLP



Work highlights

  • Acted for a number of the Unaoil companies in the SFO’s investigation into allegations of corruption.

  • Successfully represented Allseas S.A. in the largest private prosecution ever brought (by value), with the victim company suffering a loss of €100m as a result of team of international fraudsters who perpetrated a High Yield Investment Programme fraud.
  • Advised Quinn Emanuel Sullivan and Urquhart LLP in relation to allegations made by two employees against a partner.  Alison Levitt QC undertook an investigation into the allegations, the result of which led to the partner being expelled by the firm.
  • Assisted two associated high value companies in successfully resisting two separate but linked private criminal prosecutions brought on behalf of Apple UK/Apple Inc for alleged trademark infringements.
  • Conducted a private prosecution on behalf of Sky UK Limited against an individual who was selling devices that enabled people to access unlawfully streamed broadcast content. The individual received 16 months imprisonment.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP handles investigations, civil litigation, criminal trials, enforcement actions, regulatory inquiries, and internal investigations globally. Areas of expertise include enforcement, compliance, anti-corruption, bribery, securities fraud, market abuse and insider trading. It also deals with employment issues, data privacy and tax investigations. It often deals with  UK and US regulatory agencies including the DoJ, SFO, SEC and CFTC. Co-head of team Chris Warren-Smith focuses on financial crime and regulatory enforcement matters. Melanie Ryan specialises in securities and regulatory investigations, fraud, corruption and tax issues.

Practice head(s):Chris Warren-Smith; Melanie Ryan


‘An excellent team of dedicated and practical lawyers with all round expertise’.

‘The team have a good knowledge of their subject matter and are always open and honest’.

‘The two stand out partners are Melanie Ryan and Chris Warren-Smith; they are always there for you and willing to help’. 

Pinsent Masons LLP's team is lead by Tom Stocker, who splits his time between Edinburgh and London and has experience of large-scale investigations and also provides crisis management advice. The practice advises on a range of work from matters relating to the Bribery Act to money laundering, modern slavery and enforcement and compliance issues. It is experienced in dealing with investigations brought by the SFO and Information Commissioner's Office. The multidisciplinary team is made up of specialist criminal lawyers, investigative lawyers and forensic accountants. It includes criminal defence specialist partner Neil McInnes , who relocated back to London from Singapore, David Hamilton , who joined as senior associate from Stephenson Harwood and Alex White , who joined as an associate from the CPS. Anne-Marie Ottaway and Barry Vitou left the firm for Greenberg Traurig, LLP .

Practice head(s):Tom Stocker

Other key lawyers:Neil McInnes; David Hamilton; Alex White; Olga Tocewicz 


‘Dedicated and hard working, careful but strategic’.

‘Neil McInnes is capable of taking on the most high profile investigations. He is cool under fire and a rock in times of difficulty’.

‘Neil McInnes is incredibly hard-working with superb judgement and real dedication to his cases’.

RPC advises on multijurisdictional internal investigations involving financial crime, corruption, sanctions, bribery and money laundering issues. It often deals with regulators including the SFO, FCA and NCA. Other areas of expertise include compliance, risk mitigation plans and deferred prosecution agreements. Sam Tate joined as a partner from Exiger and now heads the team. He has experience in cross-border investigations, private prosecutions, reporting advice, compliance reviews and money laundering issues. Toby Lamarque joined as a managing consultant from Exiger. Richard Burger left the firm for DWF.

Practice head(s):Sam Tate

Other key lawyers:Toby Lamarque;


‘An excellent and dedicated team’.         

‘Great blend of experience and technical knowledge’.    

‘Sam Tate is fantastic, he has the air of a man who is unflappable having seen it all before, yet is patient in answering difficult questions and provides honest, helpful answers’.  

‘Their unquestionable experience in corruption-related investigations is well combined with an excellent understanding of the practical implications for business’.            

‘RPC has a very strong following in this field both domestically and globally, with significant cases and experience of multi-disciplinary problems’.

‘Sam Tate is an outstanding lawyer in the field: he has a unique background intellectually, professionally and personally’.


Key Clients

Federal Government of Nigeria

Work highlights

  • Representing The Federal Republic of Nigeria in its claim against JP Morgan arising from the bank's role in the allegedly fraudulent and corrupt acquisition of an oil prospecting licence by the oil majors Shell and Eni for $1.3 bn.

Stewarts Law LLP’s financial crime department is headed by the highly regarded Richard Kovalevsky QC who joined the firm from 2 Bedford Row. Areas of expertise include civil fraud, asset recovery, tax litigation, commercial litigation and reputation management. It also handles matters relating to bribery, corruption, fraud, tax evasion, money laundering and the manipulation of financial markets. David Savage joined the firm as partner from SG Kleinwort Hambros. Karen Hutchinson was promoted to legal director.

Practice head(s):Richard Kovalevsky QC

Other key lawyers:David Savage; Karen Hutchinson; Pia Mithani


'Richard Kovalevsky QC is one of the few criminal silks that really gets the increasingly US approach to white collar criminal enforcement in the UK. A go-to defence counsel for employees in trouble.'

Key Clients

KBR, Inc.

Ticket Hut

Work highlights

  • Retained by KBR, Inc. Limited in connection with the SFO enquiry into Unaoil. Providing advice and court representation to the US parent company in connection with the SFO’s demand for documentation within the global investigation. Working directly with the General Counsel of KBR, Inc. on this matter.
  • Detailed advice and submissions to the information commission on behalf of a global insurer resulting in no action being taken.
  • Representing a corporate in a corruption investigation.
  • Retained to advise Ticket Hut Ltd and represent the company in relation to a Trading Standards prosecution brought against the company.

Travers Smith LLP combines lawyers from its financial services & markets and dispute resolution teams to advise on regulatory investigations, enforcement action and disciplinary proceedings. It is experienced in dealing with investigations brought by the FCA, the SFO, the London Stock Exchange, the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and the US DoJ. Areas of expertise include bribery, money laundering and fraud. Head of team Rob Fell focuses on dispute resolution, regulatory investigations and internal investigations. Stephanie Lee was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Rob Fell

Other key lawyers:Doug Bryden; Tim Lewis; Heather Gagen; Caroline Edwards; Nigel Seay; Stephen Paget-Brown; Toby Robinson; Huw Jenkin; Stephen Whitfield; Sam Cottman; Richard Everett


‘Travers Smith have unparalleled expertise in regulatory investigations’.

‘The team has real strength in depth compared to many of its rivals, with heavyweight partners assisted by highly experienced associates’.

‘The team is particularly adept at managing potential and actual investigations of financial institutions by regulators and prosecution authorities, combining efficient disclosure management, timely advice, and immense skill in negotiation’.     

‘Rob Fell is formidable, combining a razor sharp mind with immense charm’.

‘Huw Jenkin is a class act; he became a partner at an unusually young age and since then has gone from strength to strength’.           

Work highlights

  • Representing a major logistics company on all aspects of regulatory investigation and defence in relation to a workplace fatality.

Addleshaw Goddard 's corporate crime team is led by Nichola Peters , who has experience of cross-border investigations, deferred prosecution agreements and judicial review proceedings against authorities. The team cover a wide range of corporate crime and fraud matters including allegations of bribery and corruption, money laundering, fraud, market abuse and insider trading, as well as handling matters involving economic sanctions, export controls, health and safety and regulatory matters. Michelle de Kluyver focuses on corporate investigations, money laundering  and fraud matters, as well as handling cases involving data protection breaches.  The firm has made a number of hires, with David Pygott joining as a partner from CMS, Tony McGlennan and  Janie Wong joining as legal directors, with Amy Russell joining as a managing associate.

Practice head(s):Nichola Peters

Other key lawyers:Michelle de Kluyver; David Pygott; Tony McGlennan; Amy Russell; Janie Wong; Matt Butter; Neeta Chityal; Mark Molyneux; Erin Shoesmith


‘Excellent and thoughtful, dedicated team’.         

‘Very good, able to leverage their regional network while also having a base in London’.

‘Good contacts in the industry where you need them’.

Key Clients

Güralp Systems Limited

A national energy provider



Road Haulage Association

Siemens Mobility plc

Investigations into the Collapse of Carillion

Work highlights

  • Advising Güralp Systems Limited ("GSL") regarding SFO and DOJ investigations into payments made to a South Korean public official.

Boies Schiller Flexner (UK) LLP advises on government and internal investigations, white-collar defence, anti-corruption due diligence, regulatory compliance, FCPA and Bribery Act-related matters. Key client sectors include financial services, energy and natural resources, and engineering. The firm is particularly experienced in representing companies and individuals with Russian connections. Matthew Getz heads the team and is experienced in dealing with investigations by the SFO, DoJ and FRC.

Practice head(s):Matthew Getz

Other key lawyers:Prateek Swaika


‘An extremely professional and very knowledgeable team of lawyers with a wealth of experience in high profile litigation, investigation and arbitration matters’.

‘Matthew Getz is an incredibly knowledgeable lawyer with an amazing ability to see issues from all angles’.

‘A team with a lot of experience dealing with complex, multi-national corporate investigations’.

Key Clients

Andreas Glapiak

Alireza Ittihadieh

BTA Bank

Davidson Kempner Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Representing Midtown Acquisitions in the enforcement of a $200m New York judgement against Essar, an Indian company.
  • Representing Andreas Glapiak in a dispute over the ownership of the Miami Dream corporation and the corporation’s sole asset, a US$ multi-million Miami Beach condominium.

Burges Salmon LLP advises on a broad range of corporate crime matters including bribery, corruption, employee fraud, mortgage fraud, cybercrime, money laundering, theft of industry information and private criminal prosecutions. It often deals with investigations by authorities including the police, the NCA and the SFO. Other areas of expertise include crime prevention, asset freezing and recovery. The firm is seeing an increase in instructions from financial services clients and is experienced in representing banks, insurance intermediaries, asset managers and investment funds, as well as IFAs. Bristol-based David Hall heads the team and is adept at representing international corporates and financial institutions in criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Practice head(s):David Hall

Other key lawyers:Kari McCormick; Thomas Webb; Matthew Walker; Chris Davies


‘The team brings together top level commercial and regulatory expertise’.           

‘Everyone in the team has an excellent knowledge of the law, is extremely commercial in their approach and is a pleasure to work with’.

‘Incredible attention to detail but also hands-on and user friendly.'

Key Clients

National Crime Agency

Celtic Energy

Work highlights

  • Acting for largest coal mining company in Wales in widely publicised £160m fraud case involving BVI.

Dentons handles criminal and civil proceedings and regulatory investigations, as well as dealing with internal investigations, compliance, confiscation and civil recovery matters. The firm often deals with investigations by the FCA, the SFO, local law enforcement and overseas regulators. Clients include the UK government, regulators, various compensation schemes and regulated firms. Daren Allen  heads the team and focuses on fraud, corruption, asset recovery, compliance investigations, litigation and dispute resolution. Roger Matthews joined as partner from Dechert LLP.

Practice head(s):Daren Allen

Other key lawyers:Celyn Armstrong; Craig Neilson


‘Celyn Armstrong gives strong and pragmatic advice - his experience as head of enforcement at the FCA gives considerable weight to his advice’.          

‘Daren Allen is the undoubted go-to individual in the city for contentious financial crime matters’.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a bank in a highly publicised case involving allegations of money laundering.
  • Acting for the London branch of a foreign bank undertaking an extensive audit, following an FCA visit to the branch.
  • Advising a bank on a highly sensitive matter where the bank decided to close the accounts of a well known customer because of financial crime concerns.
  • Assisting a client in the recovery of multi-million dollar sums across several jurisdictions following a cyberfraud.
  • Advising five individuals, who were formally employed by a bank, in relation to the bank's carbon emissions trading business.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher is adept at handling internal and regulatory investigations. Areas of expertise include cross-border cases, bribery, corruption, money laundering and sanctions. It also handles cartel matters, enforcement, mergers, competition and whistleblowing claims.

Practice head(s):Philip Rocher

Irwin Mitchell advises corporates and individuals in relation to criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations by organisations such as the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Other areas of expertise include preventative measures, insider dealing, internal investigations, bribery, corruption, fraud and financial crime. Key client sectors include consumer, education, financial services, manufacturing, real estate and TMT. Head of team Sarah Wallace left the firm for Constantine Law Limited.

Other key lawyers:Craig Weston; Tina Lakhani; Katie Byrne


‘An understated team that provides top notch defence’.              

‘Very good in financial services crime cases’.

K&L Gates LLP advises corporates and individuals on criminal investigations, regulatory compliance and risk. Areas of expertise include advising on internal investigations and allegations of bribery, corruption, fraud, insider trading, money laundering, cartels, health and safety violations, sanctions and enforcement. The firm regularly deals with investigations by the SFO, FRC, FCA and other overseas regulators. Clients include FTSE 100 companies and multinational corporations. Former head of team Christine Braamskamp left for Jenner & Block LLP , with two other lawyers following her to Jenner. The team is now headed by Dylan Moses and Brian Saulnier , who works from the London and Pittsburgh office.

Practice head(s):Dylan Moses; Brian Saulnier

Other key lawyers:Robert Dalling; James Millward

Key Clients




Work highlights

  • Advising Serco Group plc on a wide range of criminal and regulatory matters since July 2013.
  • Advising Laing O'Rourke (and two of its subsidiaries) on a number of criminal matters, including two separate corporate manslaughter investigations and Health and Safety Executive investigations into breaches of health and safety law.
  • Drafting anti-money laundering and counter terrorism, anti-bribery and health and safety policies for the free zone in the state of Qatar.

King & Spalding LLP's growing team is adept at handling enforcement investigations, internal investigations,  as well as advising on allegations of tax evasion, fraud, bribery, sanction breaches and compliance matters. Its lawyers often deal with regulators including the FCA, SFO, CFTC and DoJ, advising clients such as retail and investment banks, fund managers, insurers and insurance intermediaries. The firm has been expanding in London in recent times; Robert Dedman joined as a partner from Navigant and Aaron Stephens joined as a partner from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. The pair both head the team alongside Gareth Rees QC, who specialises in fraud, and Hayley Ichilcik, who joined as counsel from O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

Practice head(s):Robert Dedman; Aaron Stephens; Gareth Rees QC

Other key lawyers:Hayley Ichilcik; Joanna Harris


‘Thoughtful and proactive engagement, practical and pragmatic advice’.

‘A brilliant mix of US and UK expertise’.

'Aaron Stephens never fails to impress with his calm advice and obvious expertise. He is a big player and a major catch for the team’.

‘Gareth Rees QC is a great tactician for the big cases’.   

Key Clients

Polar Capital

Platinum Capital

NFU Mutual

Work highlights

  • Advising a large European pharmaceutical company on money laundering and sanctions compliance issues.
  • Acting for a corporate client in an internal investigation into money laundering and tax evasion allegations across a number of on-shore and off-shore jurisdictions.
  • Advising a hedge fund client on an internal investigation into trading errors by an individual in the asset management team.
  • Advised a well-known hedge fund manager on inquiries by the Financial Conduct Authority regarding the pattern of trading by individual managers in certain derivative instruments.
  • Advising a multinational software and technology company regarding UK law enforcement options for dealing with UK-based hacking/cyber crime and potential litigation.  

Morrison & Foerster LLP handles cross-border financial crime, corruption, bribery and money laundering investigations from its London office. It is experienced in dealing with investigations by organisations including the FCA and SFO. Other areas of expertise include contentious insolvency, disputes, antitrust and compliance. Clients include senior executives, financial institutions, funds, trustees, and multinational companies. Head of team Jonathan Wheeler focuses on cross-border disputes. Saqib Alam joined as of counsel from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Saqib Alam; Kevin Roberts; Paul Friedman; Shawna Pasquale

Key Clients

Grant Thornton as trustees in bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari


Work highlights

  • Advising Landsbanki in respect of a claim against former directors and officers brought by the Winding Up Board.
  • Acting for the trustees in the bankruptcy of Muhamad Al-Ansari in a large fraud/insolvency matter.

Paul Hastings LLP advises corporates and individuals on multi-jurisdictional investigations, litigation, compliance and enforcement matters. Areas of expertise include Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters, anti-corruption, global trade controls, privacy and data security issues as well as securities enforcement, and white-collar matters. The firm's client base includes companies in the gambling, transport, automotive, IT and financial services sectors. Simon Airey , who joined from DLA Piper in 2017, heads the team and has experience advising clients on regulatory, criminal and civil litigation, as well as global investigations into financial and regulatory crime.

Practice head(s):Simon Airey

Other key lawyers:Morgan Miller; Joshua Domb


‘Simon Airey is outstanding’.     

‘Simon Airey is brilliant; disarming, strategically astute and dogged in defence of his clients’.

‘Paul Hastings is one of the few firms that really do specialise in the largest corporate fraud and crime cases’.

‘They stand out in that they are able to offer seamless advice in both civil and criminal aspects of cases’.              

‘Joshua Domb has an inexhaustible supply of energy and an understanding of the case strategy far in excess of most at his level’.

PwC LLP advises on various financial crime issues including compliance, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, preventing facilitation of tax evasion, Modern Slavery Act requirements and international sanctions. The firm also deals with corporate investigations involving fraud, tax evasion, asset tracing and enforcement. It offers an integrated approach that includes forensic analysis, actuarial and accounting expertise, corporate intelligence and data management. Head of team Agnes Quashie focuses on regulatory and internal investigations and related disputes.

Practice head(s):Agnes Quashie

Other key lawyers:Nabeel Osman


‘They demonstrate excellent project management skills and keep to an agreed budget’.

‘The team is establishing a good practice in this highly competitive field’. 

‘They are attracting a good range of corporate clients and are showing a high level of competence’. 

Work highlights

  • Internal investigation for a UK Plc relating to customs duty underpayments in South East Asia.
  • Establishing reasonable prevention procedures in response to the newly enacted Failure to Prevent Facilitation of Tax Evasion Offences under the Criminal Finances Act 2017.
  • Provided an English premiership football club with legal and practical advice regarding their responsibilities under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
  • Provided a major global energy provider with legal opinion on the potential recovery and repatriation of pre-existing debt from a jurisdiction affected by international sanctions.
  • Corporate investigation for a UK Plc into possible international tax evasion relating to operations in the Middle East.

Taylor Wessing LLP handles a host of corporate and financial crime matters , advising clients on compliance and investigations, as well as matters such as whistleblowing, data protection, cybercrime and corruption. The firm regularly deals with regulators and organisations including the FCA, FRC, SFO and SEC. Co-head of team David De Ferrars focuses on commercial litigation, corporate investigations, fraud, asset tracing, corruption and white-collar matters. Tim Strong, who co-heads the team alongside De Ferrars, handles investigations, dealings with regulators and related disputes.

Practice head(s):David De Ferrars; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:David McCluskey; Laurence Lieberman; Paul Glass; Shane Gleghorn; Andrew Howell

Weightmans LLP  advises corporates and individuals on compliance, fraud bribery, corruption, cybercrime, data breach investigations and regulatory investigations. It represents foreign and domestic clients in external investigations and prosecutions relating to regulatory and business crime issues. Key client sectors include construction, defence, energy, insurance, legal, public and retail. The firm also conducts private prosecutions. Head of team Euros Jones is experienced in dealing with investigations by the SFO, FCA, CPA, HMRC and ICO.

Practice head(s):Euros Jones

Other key lawyers:Marcus Harewood

Work highlights

  • Successful defence of a company in an investigation into a £50m fraud.
  • Representing a construction group in a multi-million pound bribery investigation.
  • Represented insurers in overseeing the defence of a company officer in a large-scale VAT fraud.
  • Representing a construction group in an internal investigation into large-scale fraud.
  • Representing an energy supply company in an HMRC investigation into large scale fraudulent evasion of duty.

Reputation management

Index of tables

  1. Reputation management
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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Top-ranked media, litigation and reputation management law firm Atkins Thomson is especially well-known for its libel and privacy practice and its involvement in hundreds of phone hacking and voicemail interception claims. Founding partners Graham Atkins and Mark Thomson lead the 'small, agile team with a great depth of experience across all areas of media law'. Thomson, who is praised for being 'very-hands-on', acted as lead solicitor in the mobile telephone voicemail interception litigation against News Group Newspapers; the 'bright and perceptive' James Heath took on the same role in the Mirror Group Newspaper's hacking litigation. Associates Emily Jenkins and Yinka McKay Wood both provide key support in the phone hacking cases, acting for a large number of litigants. The team specialises in advising individual and corporate clients as well as political organisations in crisis and reputation management matters, and demonstrates considerable expertise in commercial litigation, arbitration and breach of contract claims. Dealing with complex political situations is a particular strength of Atkins, who helped former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko secure a high-profile libel victory against the BBC over false allegations that money was paid to Donald Trump’s lawyer in return for access to the US President.

Practice head(s):Graham Atkins; Mark Thomson

Other key lawyers:James Heath; Emily Jenkins; Yinka McKay Wood


'Atkins Thomson's team is professional , flexible, quick and efficient.'

'Mark Thomson is very bright'.

'Extremely focused and knowledgeable team.'

Key Clients

Former President of the Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko

Sir Lynton Crosby

CT Group / CTF Partners

Javad Marandi

Javanshir Feyziyev

Groupe L’ Express

Sir Michael Hintze

Nicholas Johnston

Tony and Cherie Blair and Family

Nigella Lawson

Ian Hurst

Dental Centre Turkey

Work highlights

  • Represented Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine at the time, in a claim against the BBC over allegations related to a six-figure payment to Donald Trump’s lawyer in return for access to the US president.
  • Represented Rollo Gabb in a complaint against articles published in the Times and the Daily Mail accusing the client of being a founder of Cambridge Analytica.
  • Acted for Groupe L’Express, a high profile political French news magazine headquartered in Paris facing libel proceedings brought by Syrian-Saudi businessman Wafic Saïd.
  • Represented the children of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky in a claim against Associated Newspapers relating to the repeated publication of photographs of the children on the MailOnline website.

The defamation & reputation management practice at Carter-Ruck is a safe port of call for blue chip companies and handles an increasing number of clients from the Middle East.  The 'hugely experienced, likeable and savvy' Nigel Tait and the 'calm and measured' Adam Tudor lead a team that acts in an extensive number of libel and privacy complaints. The firm 'remains at the very top of the tree' and fields a strong team that also includes pre-publication expert Alasdair Pepper and Rebecca Toman, who acts for ultra high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs and celebrities. Claire Gill stands out for her role as lead partner in the landmark "right to be forgotten" case NT1/NT2 v Google where she successfully obtained an order to remove the claimants' private information from the search engine in a novel High Court ruling. Associate Helena Shipman continues to have significant impact on the practice and demonstrates 'excellent client care' in her area of expertise; misuse of private information and breach of the data protection act.

Practice head(s):Nigel Tait; Adam Tudor

Other key lawyers:Claire Gill; Alasdair Pepper, Rebecca Toman; Helena Shipman


'Very much the market leaders in reputation management.'

'Carter-Ruck remains at the very top of the tree for media and communications/ reputation management work. They have huge amounts of experience together with the resources to do a thorough job on every case.'

'There is no better claimant law firm, although they also do media cases for defendants.'

'Nigel Tait is hugely experienced, able, likeable and savvy. '

'An unrivalled range of truly exceptional practitioners steeped in all aspects of this work. They are able to put together teams at partner/associate level tailored to the particular needs of any client/case at the shortest notice.'

'Whilst some firms can match them in individual cases, none have the capacity to handle as many high-profile matters simultaneously.'

'Nigel Tait has extensive legal knowledge coupled with astute tactical sense.'

'Adam Tudor is calm and measured, even under pressure. He is always focused on the end product rather than short-term gains.'

'Helena Shipman demonstrates excellent client care and the ability to drag a better offer out of the other side than anybody else thought possible.'

Key Clients

Simon Cowell

SyCo Entertainment


The Labour Party

BT Plc

Sasha Wass QC

Baronness Sayeeda Warsi

Richard Burgon MP

James Blunt

Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens)

Kate & Gerry McCann

Nick Brown

Sports Direct

Richard Caring

Work highlights

  • Acted for 'NT1' and 'NT2' in their ground-breaking claims against Google LLC.
  • Secured full Court apology and £110,000 in libel damages from The Mail on Sunday for top criminal QC Sasha Wass.
  • Represented Richard Burgon MP in his libel claim against the Sun's "Nazi symbols" claim.
  • Secured a front-page apology, substantial libel damages and legal costs from Jewish News after publishing false allegations about Baroness Warsi.
  • Represented Nick Brown MP in his claim against Faber & Faber publishing house and bestselling political author Tom Bower in relation to his book "Broken Vows – Tony Blair, The Tragedy of Power".

Harbottle & Lewis LLP's media and information group is headed by 'grandee of the industry' Gerrard Tyrrell , and is best known for its representation of all senior members of the Royal Family including HM The Queen. The firm lays its focus on claimant work and advises a spectacular client list on preventing publication of private information such as allegations concerning family life, medical history and business interests. On top of that, the 'proactive and innovative' team acts for high-profile business individuals in relation to the processing and publication of inaccurate personal data in relation to a number of prominent risk databases. The 'very quick' John Kelly is an expert in working with FTSE 100 companies, investment funds and charities. The team is also praised for its 'exceptional' associates: 'Strategic' associate Natasha Hibbert is building her practice in information and reputation protection; another name to note is senior associate Louise Prince, who advises corporate clients as well as a large number of phone hacking victims. Jo Sanders  left the team to become the UK head of reputation management at Withers LLP.

Practice head(s):Gerrard Tyrrell

Other key lawyers:John Kelly; Louise Prince; Natasha Hibbert


'The combination of John Kelly and Gerrard Tyrrell is exceptional - in intellectual reach, sophistication of view, wisdom and experience.'

'Harbottle have a fantastic reputation across the private client world due to the in-house talent and experience the firm possesses - making them a market leader in London and a subject matter expert globally.'

'With a proactive and innovative approach to the most complex problems, Harbottle is able to quickly identify effective short term solutions whilst keeping an awareness of the bigger picture.'

'The team under Gerrard Tyrrell has such a depth of experience dealing with high profile and sensitive matters. They are equipped with all the legal know-how and tools that can be deployed in a specialist area of the law which is constantly changing.'

' Gerrard Tyrell is the best lawyer in the UK in private client and privacy areas.'

'John Kelly is one of the leading UK lawyers in the area of reputation management. He is a very hands on adviser, who has an excellent reputation due to his ability to very quickly identify key issues in complex cases.'

'Unlike many lawyers who give advice in their own bubble, John and Gerrard individually and in combination are formidable, quick-witted, well informed and work in complete harmony with other outside advisers.'

'The best associates I've encountered in this space in any firm in Natasha Hibbert and Louise Prince.'

'Natasha Hibbert is wise beyond her years, with a maturity that allows her to manage very high powered and difficult clients. She is strategic, and one to watch for the future. I predict she will be a top tier reputation management lawyer within the next decade.'

Key Clients

All of the most senior members of the Royal Family, including HM The Queen; TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall; TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and HRH The Duke of York

Melania Trump

Sir Richard Branson

David and Victoria Beckham

Kate Moss

Sir Alex Ferguson


David Ross

Colin and Livia Firth

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Anne Hathaway

Pets at Home Limited

Russell Brand

Sacha Baron Cohen

Lisa McPartlin

Work highlights

  • Advises HRH The Duchess of Sussex in relation to reputational issues such as harassment arising from media interest in her private relationships.
  • Advised TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex and HRH Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on both Royal Weddings of 2018 including protection of information, broadcast and reputational issues.
  • Successful complaint to The Daily Telegraph over false claims about Melania Trump's past.
  • Successful complaint to the Sun on Sunday over an article published in breach of Kate Moss’ privacy.
  • Successful complaints to Independent Press Standards Organisation over inaccurate and misleading articles about the reasons why Sally Osman (Director of Royal Communications) and Steve Kingstone (HM The Queen's Media Secretary) were leaving their respective roles.

'Go-to firm' RPC stands out for its defendant-focused reputation management practice representing some of the most important national and local newspapers as well as book publishers, broadcasters and online media outlets. In this capacity, the team also offers a round-the-clock pre-publication clearance service to its clients. The team regularly takes on highly sensitive instructions such as representing Christopher Steele in several lawsuits brought against him in relation to authoring and publishing the infamous Trump-Russia dossier. Department head and 'doyen of the media defendant world' Keith Mathieson acts for social media intermediaries, broadcasters, magazines and book publishers. 'Phenomenal talent' Nicola Cain draws on her in-house experience at the BBC to advise household names on contentious and non-contentious defamation, misuse of private information and data protection issues. In addition, senior associate Rupert Cowper-Coles does 'an amazing job' at handling high-profile defamation cases including privacy and misuse of private information claims.

Practice head(s):Keith Mathieson

Other key lawyers:Nicola Cain; Rupert Cowper-Coles


'The go-to firm for quick, practical media law advice - particularly in data protection.'

'The team has an excellent understanding of media law and a great client manner.'

'RPC attracts all the top media clients and affords them a unique, and unparalleled, breadth and depth of work.'

'One of the best media law teams in London. Its members are very knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of media law.'

'RPC are the leading reputation management firm specialising in defendant work. Their experience in this sector is unrivalled, in particular when it comes to acting for newspapers and publishers.'

'Unquestionably the pre-eminent defendant media firm.'

'Keith Mathieson's knowledge of media law is second to none. Great understanding of clients needs.'

'Nicola Cain has a brilliant understanding of the complexities of data protection and how it effects free speech.  She is a top lawyer.'

'Keith Mathieson is the doyen of the defendant media law world.  He is a hugely respected partner with unparalleled experience of defendant-based litigation in the area.  He has a complete command of the legal issues and tactical considerations which confront defendants facing claims in the reputation management sector and provides exceptionally well-judged and commercially-sensitive advice to his clients.'

'Rupert Cowper-Coles is a hugely impressive senior associate with notable litigation experience and impeccable judgement.  He has a fantastic eye for the sort of detail which wins or loses cases and will surely be a top-flight partner in years to come.'


Key Clients

Trinity Mirror/ MGN Limited

Associated Newspapers

Times Newspapers

News Group Newspapers



News Media Association


Work highlights

  • Acted for News Group Newspapers in defending a conspiracy claim brought by the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, for £40m.
  • Acting for Christopher Steele, the British author of the infamous intelligence dossier, on links between Russia and Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
  • Acted for the publisher of the Mail Online website in a privacy claim brought by Chelsea Clinton and her husband over unpixelated photographs of their children.
  • Acting for the National trust for Scotland in a claim brought by a photographer over a press statement related to a photoshoot conducted in the grounds of a Scottish Castle.
  • Defending the publisher of The Sun in a defamation claim brought by a senior Labour MP over an article alleging he associated himself with Nazi symbols.

Reputation, privacy and security specialist Schillings takes pride in its multi-disciplinary approach to reputation management issues. The team draws on in-house cyber and intelligence experts to address the increasing number of cases related to social media and the internet in general. Furthermore, the firm has launched a critical risk offering to respond to threats such as blackmail and cyber attacks that can impact their clients' reputation and privacy. The firm is acting for Arcadia Group and Sir Philip Green in their claim against the Telegraph. Chairman Keith Schilling heads the team along with Rod Christie-Miller, Rachel Atkins , Jenny Afia and Magnus Boyd; Allan Dunlavy leads the firm's US practice. Key individual Atkins has built her practice advising family businesses or self-made entrepreneurs whereas the well-renowned Afia represents individuals from the entertainment, technology and finance sectors. Boyd is handling 'excellent work' and is especially adept at cases related to information security and reputation threats in the event of data loss.

Practice head(s):Keith Schilling; Rod Christie-Miller; Rachel Atkins; Jenny Afia; Magnus Boyd


'Magnus Boyd is doing some excellent work.'

Key Clients

Sir Elton John and David Furnish

Sir Philip Green/ Arcadia

Louis Moore Bacon / Moore Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Issued a claim on behalf of Sir Elton John and David Furnish against the Sun on Sunday for a defamatory article alleging the couple's dog had attacked a young girl.
  • Coordinating numerous defamation and discovery actions against various individuals and media organisations throughout the world for Louis Bacon / Moore Capital Management.
  • Acting for Arcadia and Sir Philip Green on a claim brought against the Telegraph for inducing breach of contract and breach of confidence in relation to settlement agreements reached with a number of former employees.

Simkins LLP's reputation department 'has strength in depth and real experience in this field' and successfully undertakes highly sensitive cases and deals with reputational threats linked to privacy, confidence, anti-harassment, data protection and copyright issues emanating from different channels. The team, headed by the 'outstanding' Gideon Benaim , has earned particular praise for its representation of Sir Cliff Richard in the 2018 landmark case against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police, establishing a precedent in privacy and data protection rights of individuals accused of criminal offences. Tom Iverson advises both claimants and defendants in proceedings in High Court, frequently obtaining injunctions for his corporate clients. The 'great and enormously supportive' Jon Oakley is an additional key figure of the exceptionally strong team as is 'effective litigator' Jessica Welch.

Practice head(s):Gideon Benaim

Other key lawyers:Jon Oakley; Tom Iverson; Jessica Welch


'Simkins has excellent knowledge and experience of the relevant practice area and is also very approachable and easy to get on with. Strength in depth, not just at partner level.'

'Exceptional experience of high-profile media cases, which they are able to bring to their ongoing practice.'

'Gideon Benaim is the stand-out partner who managed their exceptional prosecution of Cliff Richard's privacy claim. A historic victory.'

'Jon Oakley is great and enormously supportive.'

'Simkins have an enviable combination of experience, dynamism and patience - all of which are essential when representing high-profile clients.'

'Gideon Benaim is the guy I want on my client's side when things go awry. He is calming presence and tactically very astute. I know that if I ever need him he will always be there at any time of day and night.'

'Gideon Benaim is robust without being aggressive, astute without being snide and caring without being weak.'

'Gideon Benaim is outstanding. He gives sound counsel and is not afraid to say what he thinks is the best advice, regardless of whether this is what the client thinks they want to hear.'

'A high-quality defamation and privacy practice with strength in depth and real experience in this field - as evidenced by their role in acting for Sir Cliff Richard in his successful claim for invasion of privacy against the BBC.'

'Jon Oakley is hugely experienced and a superb lawyer with good strategic insight. His calm approach inspires confidence in particular with corporate clients.'

'Jessica Welch is definitely a name to watch. A very effective litigator whose quality of work product and judgement belie her relative lack of seniority.'

Key Clients

Sir Cliff Richard

JK Rowling

Evangelos Marinakis

Work highlights

  • Represented Sir Cliff Richard in his groundbreaking privacy and data protection case against the BBC and South Yorkshire Police.
  • Issued proceedings against the Daily Mail on behalf of Greek shipowner Evangelos Marinakis in relation to an article falsely stating the client had abused a UEFA referee during a football match.

Simons Muirhead & Burton's 'wonderful and very approachable' media content and disputes team is led by the 'immensely experienced' Louis Charalambous . It takes on the whole range of media defendant claims for most major newspapers and broadcasters in the UK as well as book publication clearances, defence of kiss-and-tell stories and matters with a criminal aspect, which is one of Charalambous' strong suits. The team regularly assists News Group Newspapers as publishers of a variety of media. Managing partner and disputes head Razi Mireskandari has outstanding experience representing both print and online media in high-value libel claims, bringing 'his inner litigator to his media work'. 'Star in the making' Jeffrey Smele also acts for claimants and provides specialist criminal law advice to media clients. Senior associate Erica Henshilwood, who is a 'particular asset to the firm', frequently defends pre-publication injunctions for journalists and publishers. Furthermore, senior associate Gordon Clough is praised for his 'quick and minimum fuss' pre-publication advice.

Practice head(s):Louis Charalambous

Other key lawyers:Razi Mireskandari; Jeffrey Smele; Erica Henshilwood; Gordon Clough


'A wonderful media team.'

'Very approachable and have total understanding of clients' needs, often 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Great associates too.'

'This has been the best external legal team I have dealt with in 20 years, provides both pre-publication advice and advice in responding to legal issues arising from published articles.'

'A very strong firm with a team specialising in all aspects of media law. Great experience and knowledge of their specialisms.'

'Louis Charalambous is brilliant, superb at anything with a criminal element to it. He's client friendly and gets what newspapers need.'

'Jeffrey Smele is a real star in the making.'

'Gordon Clough is very responsive, exceptionally helpful in getting stories into publishable form quickly and with minimum fuss, and - importantly - his advice is always delivered with admirable clarity.'

'The firm has an excellent team - with a profile that is un-stuffy and forward-looking. They offer a broad choice of partners - supported by good quality associates.'

'Jeffrey Smele combines being one of the nicest men in the world with being a highly effective litigator. Trained by leaders in the field, and having worked as a highly-effective team member, expect him to rise as a future star.'

'Razi Mireskandari  is as cool as cool can be - he can litigate, mediate and makes a deal where no deal is possible.  He's smoother than a top silk - charming, with a fatal sting (if you are an opponent).'

'SMAB manages the trick of combining claimant and defendant work which allows its lawyers to see a case from the other's point of view.'  

'The firm is equally at home defending national newspapers and suing on behalf of individuals or small businesses.'

Key Clients

News Group Newspapers Limited (‘NGN’), as publisher of The Sun

Penguin Random House

Channel 4

Reach Plc, formerly MGN Limited (Trading as Mirror Group) – publisher of The Mirror

Times Newspapers Limited

Travel Weekly Group Limited

Simon & Schuster


The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Tes Global Ltd as the publisher of Times Education Supplement and Times Higher Education

Work highlights

  • Defending the publisher of The Sun in a high-profile action brought by Hollywood actor Johnny Depp.
  • Defending the world’s largest trade publisher, The Random House Group, against claims arising from a book on the Libor scandal.
  • Defending the publisher of The Sun against a libel action brought by Elton John and his husband David Furnish.
  • Defending British-Bangladeshi businessman Matab Chowdury against action relating to five publications.

The defamation and reputation management department at¬†Wiggin LLP¬†acts exclusively on the defendant side and is praised by some for being 'the best defendant team by some distance'. A high proportion of the firm's work consists of advising clients on sensitive and controversial content prior to publication or broadcast. The firm has also added specialist media clearance brand Reviewed & Cleared to its service portfolio, providing low-cost clearance advice by experienced solicitors. Team head and 'formidable opponent'¬†Caroline Kean¬†acts for publishers, broadcasters and film companies alike and many of her clients are based in other jurisdictions such as the US. The 'brilliant'¬†Matthew Dando¬†is particularly adept at defending libel and privacy claims for clients across the media, tech and sports industries. Consultant¬†Anna Doble¬†is another name to note: she advises well-known brands, publications and productions with her added expertise in copyright clearance. One of the firm's recent stand-out matters is acting for publishing house Faber & Faber and author Tom Bower in the lawsuit brought by Nick Brown MP over a statement made in¬†‚ÄúBroken Vows ‚Äď Tony Blair, the Tragedy of Power‚ÄĚ.

Practice head(s):Caroline Kean

Other key lawyers:Matthew Dando; Anna Doble


'Caroline Kean is a formidable opponent.'

'Wiggin is the best defendant team by some distance.'

'Caroline Kean is smart and a good lawyer.'

'Matthew Dando is brilliant.'

Key Clients

Associated Newspapers Limited

News UK (including The Sun and Dow Jones)

Ocean Media

Penguin Random House

Conde Nast

Centaur Media

MBC Group



Audible (an Amazon company)

Perform/DAZN group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Faber & Faber and author Tom Bower, who were sued over a comment about Nick Brown MP in Bower's book.
  • Acting for Associated Newspapers in a claim arising from publications in the Daily Mail and MailOnline brought by the chairman of Redrow plc.
  • Advising Twentieth Century Fox on the depiction of living people in Bohemian Rhapsody.
  • Acting for Legal Cheek in a claim over their reporting of allegations about a former Magic Circle solicitor.
  • Advising MEN/MBC regarding a claim from Qatar Airways about their broadcasting.

Addleshaw Goddard's reputation & information protection team 'is right at the top of claimant work'  according to clients and focuses on defamation matters related to online media and social media platforms. Thanks to its ability to draw on support from the full-service firm and its international network, clients include both blue chip companies and high-net-worth individuals from a wide range of sectors such as retail & consumer and financial services. In particular, the firm's client base in the Gulf regions and Hong Kong is growing. The team is headed by the 'tremendously effective' David Engel who specialises in crisis management, advisory, investigations and litigation; whereas the 'consistent' consultant Abigail Healey has built her practice in the growing area of information protection and excels at handling data breaches. Associate Samantha Haigh is the practice's rising star, in particular with regards to data privacy cases.

Practice head(s):David Engel

Other key lawyers:Abigail Healey; Samantha Haigh


'Right at the top in terms of claimant-focused reputation management.  They have the specialist expertise to provide high quality and comprehensive personal advice to individual clients and also the wider resources and capacity to run and manage very large-scale litigation if required.'

'David Engel is tremendously effective and gives very well-informed advice.'

'David Engel rightly holds a superb reputation. He is a highly intelligent and personable lawyer with impeccable judgement and the ability to handle matters of any size or gravity.'

'Abigail Healey has consistently demonstrated her ability and stamina to run large-scale pieces of litigation and to get across the detail of even the most complex cases.'

Key Clients

British Airways

DNAFit Life Sciences

Lloyds Pharmacy

Moneysupermarket Group


Ted Baker

William Hill Organization Limited

The 'extremely knowledgeable' CMS advises corporate clients including leading media companies, as well as high-profile individuals, on the full range of issues concerning media and information law generally. 'Brilliant strategic thinker' Geraldine Proudler is head of the reputation management team that acts for both claimants and defendants in highly sensitive reputation cases often related to privacy, data protection and breach of confidence. The 'very tenacious' Dan Tench is praised for his judicial review and sports work and likewise recognised for being at the forefront of data protection developments. This is exemplified by a recent work highlight, where he initially advised offshore firm Appleby in relation to the cyber attack that led to the publication of the infamous Paradise Papers. Tamsin Blow, who regularly advises on complex contentious issues related to publication, data and information management, was promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Geraldine Proudler

Other key lawyers:Dan Tench; Tamsin Blow


'One of few very large firms to have a credible offering in media litigation, the CMS team is extremely knowledgeable.'

'Collaborative, attentive, helpful, responsive, knowledge and brave team players.'

' Geraldine Proudler is a brilliant strategic thinker.'

Key Clients

Appleby Global LLP

Bloomberg L.P.



Liberty Global

Lloyds Banking Group


Mikhail Fridman

News UK

Telit plc


Wellcome Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bloomberg defending a claim, based on privacy, data protection and breach of confidence, brought by an individual related to reporting of a criminal investigation.
  • Acting for Liberty Global in relation to breach of confidence / breach of non-disclosure agreement proceedings threatened by The Miles Consultancy (“TMC”) as a result of Liberty Global declining to procure TMC’s services.
  • Acted for Appleby, the offshore firm at the centre of the cyber-attack which led to the worldwide  “Paradise Papers” reporting.
  • Providing ongoing reputation management advice to leading Russian businessman Mikhail Fridman in relation to the "Trump Dossier".

The reputation management team at Farrer & Co specialises in acting for high profile and wealthy individuals. An increasing share of the team's stellar client roster consists of major charities and sports governing bodies. The firm also represents a number of household name publications on the defendant side. Department head Julian Pike has been involved in several high-profile matters and also advises his clients on planning and preventing crises. As such, he handled reputation management issues for the Football Association and the England Football team throughout the 2018 World Cup, which included protecting the privacy of all individual players and their families. Key associates Tom Rudkin  and Alicia Mendonça-Richards , who advises a large number of international clients thanks to her foreign language skills, are on the forefront of many cases.

Practice head(s):Julian Pike

Other key lawyers:Alicia Mendonça-Richards, Tom Rudkin

Key Clients

James and Pippa Matthews (née Middleton)

Football Association

The Economist Newspaper Limited

British Athletics

David Matthews

Lawn Tennis Association

Bauer Consumer Media Ltd

BMJ Publishing Group Limited

British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)

Work highlights

  • Providing crisis and reputation management advice to David Matthews, the father-in-law of Pippa Middleton, who was accused of committing sexual offences.
  • Advising the FA and the England Football Team throughout the 2018 World Cup, providing reputation management advice to the FA, the team and individual players in order to manage media interest, press intrusion and to safeguard the privacy of players.
  • Advising Lady Barbara Judge, former Chair of the Institute of Directors, in relation to a high-profile scandal that ultimately led to her resignation.
  • Representing The BMJ Publishing Group in ongoing libel litigation brought by a doctor, in respect of its reporting of a decision by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
  • Acting for Julie Meyer, an American businesswoman, former Dragon’s Den judge, entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital Partners, in relation to an aggressive campaign of online harassment being conducted against her by a number of unknown individuals.

Lee & Thompson LLP  has a 'superb depth of industry knowledge' and acts for both defendants and claimants with a focus on representing celebrity clients against the media. The department led by Mike Brookes works closely with the firm's other departments to provide the entire creative industry with tailored legal advice. Brookes, who 'remains at the top of his game', played a key role in extensive phone hacking litigation against Newsgroup and the Mirror and receives regular instructions from high-profile individuals across a range of sectors. 'Star associate' Leo Dawkins has considerable experience across all areas of reputation management cases including defamation, privacy, harassment and data protection issues. Mark Stafford increasingly provides support to the reputation practice, representing clients from the music industry in disputes as well as giving pre-broadcast copyright clearance advice.

Practice head(s):Mike Brookes

Other key lawyers:Mark Stafford; Leo Dawkins


'A superb depth of industry knowledge in addition to great legal skills.'

'The team bring a wealth of experience and no issue we have brought to them to advise on has been beyond their capability.'

'Experienced in acting for both claimants, for instance in phone-hacking litigation, and media defendants. A superb and well experienced team.'

'Leo Dawkins is hard-working and tenacious, knowledgeable and articulate. He is a star associate.'

Key Clients

Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco

Channel 5

Jude Law

Paul Hollywood

Liam Payne

Louis Tomlinson

AC Grayling CBE

James Stunt

Anna Friel

Work highlights

  • Acting for Prince Moulay Hicham (third in line to the Moroccan throne) in his libel and data protection claim against Elaph Publishing Limited.
  • Defending Channel 5 in a privacy claim brought by Mr Ali and his wife Mrs Aslam. The Claimants sued on the broadcast of an episode of "Can't Pay? We'll Take it Away".
  • Advised actor Jude Law in relation to various reputation protection matters against the tabloid press.
  • Acting for the British philosopher, author, and prominent anti-Brexit campaigner AC Grayling CBE in a libel claim relating to false and defamatory allegations made against him on Twitter.
  • Acted for businessman James Stunt in a claim against Associated Newspapers Limited for harassment, breach of privacy, and breach of the Data Protection Act.

Sitting within a heavyweight disputes firm, the reputation protection team at Mishcon de Reya LLP works closely with other groups within the firm such as the in-house cyber consultancy and cyber intelligence service. It is often called in to help resolve reputation management issues and regularly represents political figures and organisations. Practice head Emma Woollcott is particularly adept at new media and internet-related issues and gives urgent pre- and post-publication advice. She defended Elaph Publishing in the libel and data protection claim brought by Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco, for instance.

Practice head(s):Emma Woollcott

Other key lawyers:James Libson; Ramona Mehta

Key Clients

Margaret Hodge MP

Asia Agento

Elaph Publishing

Alphaco limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Margaret Hodge MP on a matter of high political importance, raising issues of the Labour Party's action on anti-Semitism.
  • Secured a full apology over a defamatory tweet for the Italian actress and #MeToo campaigner Asia Argento.
  • Defended Elaph Publishing in a claim brought by Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco.
  • Acting on behalf of clean energy processing plant Alphaco in Eastern Europe on a pioneering case on jurisdiction in defamation claims and the "mosaic principle".

The 'terrific litigators and good tactitians' at Payne Hicks Beach take pride in handling sensitive reputation issues in an extraordinarily discrete way. The team is led by the 'incredibly knowledgeable' Hanna Basha, Lucas Moore and 'pin-sharp' Dominic Crossley and is well-known for advising on reputational attacks, commercial claims of confidence, as well as pre-publication issues and pursuing urgent interim injunctions. Apart from high-net-worth individuals, politicians and sportspeople, the firm's client list also includes private equity firms and executives. The 'diligent and creative' associate Andrew Willan is a name to note for libel, privacy and harassment claims.

Practice head(s):Hanna Basha; Dominic Crossley; Lucas Moore

Other key lawyers:Andrew Willan


'PHB's reputation management team has an exceptional understanding of litigation strategy and meeting client needs.'

'Faultless partner-led client service that feels very bespoke and personal.'


'Dominic Crossley possesses a unique combination of pin-sharpness and generous charm, making him a true pleasure to work with.'

'Andrew Willan is both diligent and creative in equal (very large) measure.'

'Dominic Crossley is a wonderfully safe pair of hands who gets results, the person you want fighting for you when you are in the trenches.'

'Hanna Basha is a fantastic addition to the team'

'Andrew Willan is a rising star associate, very bright and hardworking.'

'The team offer a complete package to clients: they understand the needs of their clients, they get the commercial and/or personal objectives (as the case may be), they are focused and clear, they work together well as a team, they manage expectations well, and they are tenacious in advancing (or defending) their clients' interests.'

'They are terrific litigators and delightful people - rare to get that combination at all, let alone as a combo running through the team.'

'Dominic Crossley goes from strength to strength. He is a good 'front-man' with clients and opposing lawyers; he is brave (not reckless); he has excellent judgement; is cool-headed in a crisis (always solutions-focused) and he never loses sight of the clients' objectives and gets them where they want (or need) to go.'


Key Clients

Daniel Poulter MP

Frank Bruno

Issam Hourani

Christopher Jefferies, Gerry McCann, Kate McCann, Jacqui Hames

Everton FC

Don King

The Dowler Family

Ryan Thomas

Work highlights

  • Represented Dr Daniel Poulter MP in his claim against Times Newspapers Limited in relation to allegations published in the Sunday Times.
  • Acting for Ryan Thomas in relation to false allegations.
  • Advising the Dowler family in relation to media issues and assist in handling interaction with the press and the police, particularly in relation to their privacy and protection from harassment.
  • Acting for Don King pre-publication in relation to a highly defamatory allegations that were threatened to be published about him.
  • Advised Christopher Jefferies, Gerry McCann, Kate McCann and Jacqui Hames in relation to the Judicial Review of the Government’s decision to terminate the Leveson Inquiry.

Pinsent Masons LLP's media defendant practice combines advising on libel claims with its 'unrivalled in-depth knowledge' of data privacy. It also demonstrates crucial understanding of technology , with 'strategically aware' practice head David Barker counting Google as one of the firm's core clients., representing the tech giant in the first UK "right to be forgotten" cases. Thanks to this high-profile client, the firm was also active for the defendants in Richard Lloyd v Google, a landmark case in the emerging field of data protection class actions. 'Formidable' senior associate Alex Keenlyside and associate Imogen Allen-Back are key pillars of the media and privacy disputes practice, acting for technology companies as well as more traditional media clients.

Practice head(s):David Barker

Other key lawyers:Alex Keenlyside; Imogen Allen-Back


'Pinsent Masons have carefully built one of the very top practices in this area, quietly getting more and more exposure to demonstrate their brilliance. They are now right at the apex of the top firms in this area in terms of quality.'

'When the case really matters to the client, these are the people I have no hesitation in telling my clients to turn to. I know they will deliver and I know the case is safe in their hands.'

'Pinsent Masons are supremely competent and also have strength right across the board.'

'Some of their trainees are terrifyingly brilliant. Most importantly of all, they are all just absolutely lovely people. You want to work with them. You want to have them on your side.'

'Pinsent Mason have unique insight into cases from both sides of claimant and defendant work, something increasingly unique in this area.'

'Pinsent Mason really are at the very top of this area and deserve recognition. They are not afraid to tackle head on new and challenging cases which push the boundaries of the law.'

'Pinsent Masons offers both unrivalled in-depth specialist knowledge and experience of data law and related technology law as well as experience of more traditional media/reputation work.'

'This practice is committed to clients, conscientious, knowledgeable in the law, efficient, easy to deal with, reliable and entirely worthy of being ranked as at the top of their field.'

'David Barker and Alex Keenlyside make an extremely hard working, strategically aware, very tech savvy team.'

'Alex Keenlyside's advice is always clear, timely, professional and comprehensive.  He takes a very careful and measured approach when delivering advice.'

'Alex Keenlyside is a superb senior associate who is a future star in the field and has already established himself a leading media defendant lawyer.'

'Imogen Allen-Back has a stellar reputation as an associate who can be trusted with even the most complex or difficult litigation. She has already amassed experience which far surpasses her years' qualified and she is noted for her calm intelligence and impressive tactical awareness.'

Key Clients

Google LLC

Google UK Limited

British Broadcasting Corporation

University of Durham


Media Lawyers Association (pro bono)

Work highlights

  • Represented Google LLC on the two first "right to be forgotten" claims to be tried in the High Court in this jurisdiction.
  • Represented the BBC in relation to the high-profile claim for breach of confidence brought by Appleby, the offshore law firm at the centre of the "Paradise Papers" mass data leak.
  • Represented Google in a landmark case in the emerging field of data protection class actions, achieving a successful outcome for Google in its contested jurisdiction application.
  • Representing the University of Durham and a senior employee in relation to a defamation claim brought by an alumnus.
  • Representing Google in relation to a claim brought by an anonymous individual in relation to a blog entry which he objects to on the basis that it refers to his spent conviction.

Taylor Wessing LLP is active in both claimant and media defence cases, often advising on non-traditional challenges such as digital and non-media related threats to high-net-worth clients' reputation and privacy. Among the firms' areas of expertise are social media liability issues, cyber security and data breaches, "right to be forgotten" cases and GDPR removal requests. Leading media litigator and 'true master' Niri Shanmuganathan heads the 'adaptable' department, which also consists of key individuals Paul Glass and 'hugely knowledgeable' senior associate Michael Yates, who specialises in photo leaks, revenge porn and social media work. In addition to assisting claimant individuals and companies, as well as media defendants in the UK and US, team leader Shanmuganathan also covers a number of other areas. These include IPSO complaints, reporting restrictions in the Family Division and reputation issues arising from Coroners Court proceedings.

Practice head(s):Niri Shanmuganathan

Other key lawyers:Paul Glass; Michael Yates


'Taylor Wessing's strength is that they have people who understand how the media works and are adaptable. They do not panic and always give good advice.'

'Niri Shan is great to deal with when there is a crisis. The most pragmatic dispute solvers in the sector. If you want a negotiated solution, this is your firm.'

'Niri Shan is the best lawyer in the country for engaging with publications in a non-aggressive way to arrive at quiet conclusions to challenging matters. He gets results that no other lawyer seems able to do. And he does this time and time again. A master of quiet negotiation.'

'Michael Yates is hugely knowledgeable in his field, very efficient and gets results.'

'Amazing clients, incredible knowledge, exceptional service.'

'Very transparent, astute and active.'

'They are quick and efficient and get results.'

'A highly organised and efficient media team led by Niri Shan. They service their high end and HNW claimant clients extremely well; particularly as they have good relationships with defendant media organisations so issues can be resolved quickly.'

'Both Niri Shan and Michael Yates are exceptional. Very innovative, knowledgable and client oriented.'

'Niri Shan has been at the top of his game in this media area for a number of years. When I need to recommend a HNW individual or company with media legal issues, he is my first recommendation.'

'The team has a high level of emotional intelligence.'

'Michael Yates - brilliant, brilliant, brilliant - incredibly able, misses nothing, charming to deal with, super efficient. No need to look anywhere else.'

Key Clients

Springer Nature

Buzz Feed

Work highlights

  • Acted for an individual in the entertainment business who received a blackmail letter threatening to disclose false allegations of serious criminal conduct
  • Advised a private individual on successfully obtaining reporting restrictions in order to protect her and her families' identity.
  • Advising a company following a major cyber attack during a fundraising exercise.

ACK Media Law LLP acts predominantly on the defendant side and excels at general advisory work to publishers, film, and TV broadcasters. The firm receives instructions from a wide spectrum of clients ranging from Associated Newspapers to E. L. James, author of the Fifty Shades trilogy. Team heads Sue Charles and 'pragmatic, efficient strategist' Susan Aslan provide pre-publication advice, assist with legal clearance issues and handle post-publication complaints ranging from libel and privacy to data protection issues, contempt of court matters and complaints to the Independent Press Standards Organisation. Vicky Edwards provides key support on a wide array of highlight cases.

Practice head(s):Sue Charles; Susan Aslan

Other key lawyers:Vicky Edwards


'Susan Aslan is fine-tuned to the pressures and priorities of her clients and their in-house lawyers. She is pragmatic, efficient, responsive, a good strategist and a safe pair of hands.'

Key Clients

E.L. James/ Fifty Shades Limited

See Saw Films Limited

Reed Business Information Ltd

DVV Media Group

New Scientist

Casarotto Ramsey Associates

Channel Four Television Corporation

Associated Newspapers Ltd

Work highlights

  • Provides ongoing advice on brand and reputation management and GDPR matters to E. L. James/Fifty Shade Limited, especially in relation to the new book The Mister.
  • Advising on clearance, libel, and privacy issues on numerous projects that See Saw Films and See Saw Television are working on.
  • Giving advice to Reed Business Information Limited on all pre-publication queries, post– publication complaints and legal clearance issues on their magazines.
  • Advising DVV Media Group on brand and reputation management as well as privacy matters.
  • Defending Channel Four Television Corporation against a breach of privacy claim regarding a television programme called 24 Hours in Police Custody.

Boutique law firm Archerfield Partners LLP is valued for pre-publication and crisis management advice on all media-related matters including malicious falsehood, confidentiality, trade secrets and GDPR/data protection issues. The team's client list consists of celebrities, ultra-high-net-worth individuals and publishing houses alike. In close collaboration with Macmillan Publishers, the firm not only gives pre-publication advice but also trains editors and other staff on relevant legal updates.  Mark Bateman leads a team that also includes senior associate Charlotte Ward, who regularly acts for companies and entrepreneurs in relation to her commercial disputes practice.

Practice head(s):Mark Bateman

Other key lawyers:Kevin Bays, Matthew Dowd; Charlotte Ward

Key Clients

Sam Allardyce

Katie Price

Tracy Dixon & family

Macmillan Publishers

Ganapati Plc

Henry Cavill

Stringfellow Restaurants Ltd

Ferne McCann

Christine Lampard

Caroline Flack

Work highlights

  • Complaint to Independent Press Standards Organisation on behalf of former England football team manager, Sam Allardyce, in relation to a series of Daily Telegraph articles.

  • Representing Katie Price in a High Court misuse of private information claim.
  • Acting for former model, Tracy Dixon, and her daughters in a substantial High Court privacy claim against South Yorkshire Police.
  • Representing Ganapati Plc in relation to a potential claim for defamation and harassment.
  • Retained to provide general advice in relation to reputation management for Hollywood actor Henry Cavill.

Bates Wells' defamation practice represents clients on both sides of reputation disputes. Campaigning groups and student unions are on the firm's client roster as are national politicians and foreign royalty. Department head Rupert Earle has worked on a number of ground-breaking cases throughout his career and senior associate Alex de Jongh focuses his practice on advising campaigning groups on the defamatory risks in their material. The firm also boasts social media expertise and regularly undertakes defamation cases involving online harassment, data protection and freedom of information.

Practice head(s):Rupert Earle

Other key lawyers:Alex de Jongh; Jessica Collings

Key Clients

Times Newspapers Limited

National Union of Students

Muslim Charities Forum

Church Times


38 Degrees


Faber & Faber

Canongate Books Limited

Royal Albert Hall

Work highlights

  • Acted for Times Media in a ground-breaking case on whether success fees should be claimable from publishers in defamation and privacy cases.

Human rights firm Bindmans LLP's 'cutting-edge' reputation management team attracts attention for its expertise representing vulnerable individuals such as whistleblowers, among them Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie. 'Stand-out individual' and department head Tamsin Allen takes on a wide array of matters including "right to be forgotten" issues and misuse of private information claims emanating from Worldcheck databases as well as traditional libel and defamation cases. She is also involved in matters relating to how libel law is being used to silence women making statements about abuse.

Practice head(s):Tamsin Allen

Other key lawyers:Kate Goold


'The team works in the cutting edge of reputation management issues; choosing the appropriate avenue to assist clients' concerns, such as high court proceedings; out of court negotiations ; and complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office.

'Bindmans are always willing to take on deserving cases, such as women being sued as a result of "#metoo" posts, as well as working pro bono and on CFAs.  The quality of advice and client care is exceptional.'

'Tamsin Allen is a stand-out individual in the area of reputation management - stellar quality.'

Key Clients

Christopher Wylie (Cambridge Analytica whistleblower)

Shahmir Sanni (Vote Leave whistleblower)

Alaedeen Sicri

Peter Jukes & Byline Media


Mirror Group Newspapers

Work highlights

  • Giving pre-publication and strategic advice to Christopher Wylie in relation to the risk of publishing confidential and defamatory information about Cambridge Analytica, SCL Elections and Facebook.
  • Acting for Shahmir Sanni in relation to the risk of publishing confidential information about his experience working with Vote Leave.
  • Acting for Alaedeen Sicri in a number of claims including libel, data protection and privacy against numerous publishers arising from false allegations made in reports following his arrest in the wake of the Manchester bombings. He had nothing to do with the attack, was released without charge and the press allegations were false.
  • Acted for the Peter Jukes & Byline Media in defence of a prospective defamation claim brought by Mr Conrad Brown regarding a statement recorded and published in Mr Juke's podcast.
  • Acted for a professor at a London University regarding a dispute arising from a series of tweets.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is very involved in reputation matters for its corporate clients and also fields a cutting-edge practice in confidential information and privacy matters. The firm's broad client base ranges from celebrity clients including footballers and pop stars to politicians and high-level executives. Following the merger of Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave in April 2018, Graham Shear and Joby Davies  are joint department heads of the defamation, media & privacy team. Kate Brimsted skilfully handles cases with a data aspect and senior associate Sarah McAtominey focuses her practice on reputational issues arising out of data breaches as well as sexual harassment allegations.

Practice head(s):Graham Shear, Joby Davies

Other key lawyers:Kate Brimsted; Sarah McAtominey

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a team with unique knowledge of the commercial television sector led by the 'incredibly helpful' Duncan Lamont. The 'absolutely brilliant' firm acts for claimants and defendants alike and therefore boasts a genuine understanding of both sides of the table. Senior associate Claire Greaney, who is also admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand, provides key support in on-going phone hacking litigation and regularly assists businesses in GDPR-compliant reactions to data breaches. Matters or clients with a sports aspect are often covered by associate Hannah Kent.

Practice head(s):Duncan Lamont

Other key lawyers:Claire Greaney; Hannah Kent


'Duncan Lamont has been incredibly helpful, providing pragmatic and accessible advice at short notice.'

'The team we deal with at Charles Russell Speechlys handle our work absolutely brilliantly. They are unfailingly helpful and quick to sort things.'

'Duncan Lamont has been an absolute rock for us. His understanding of the law, combined with his flawless understanding, means that he is able to tailor his advice perfectly. You couldn't ask for someone more in tune with your thinking. A delight to work with.'

Key Clients

Tina O’Brien

Ryan Thomas

Jimmi Harkishin

Chris Herbert

Samantha Janus

Mark Womack

Les Dennis

Kym Marsh

Kate Ford

Samia Ghadie

Alan Halsall

Lucy-Jo Hudson

Ben Freeman

Oliver Kamm

ITV plc

Channel 4 News

ITV News

Russia TV Today Limited

Work highlights

  • Privacy litigation against News Group Newspapers in relation for various celebrity claimants: Tina O’Brien, Ryan Thomas, Jimmi Harkishin, Les Dennis, Kym Marsh, among others  
  • Privacy litigation against News Group Newspapers for various high-profile claimants: Samantha Janus, Mark Womack, among others
  • Providing pre-publication advice concerning compliance, libel, privacy and general commercial litigation to Channel 4 News.
  • Libel, harassment and data protection litigation for The Times leader writer and columnist Oliver Kamm.
  • Representing ITV in defamation and privacy litigation against Michael McGrane.

Clintons provides pragmatic advice across the full range of reputation management and privacy issues. The firm mainly acts for well-known musicians, actors and sportsmen and continues to be heavily involved in mobile voicemail interception litigation against various defendants. The 'helpful and supportive' team, which is headed by the 'very accessible and friendly' Roddy Chisholm Batten also has strong ties to the firm's offices in Los Angeles, offering its celebrity clients a gateway for claims in the United States and especially against social media platforms based in this jurisdiction. Legal executive Caroline Hrabi provides key support to the reputation practice, with particular expertise in phone hacking claims.

Practice head(s):Roddy Chisholm Batten

Other key lawyers:Caroline Hrabi


'The team were helpful and supportive  in all of their communications throughout the process. I would have no hesitation in using them again or recommending them to others.'

'Roddy Chisholm Batten was very accessible and friendly at all times and explained legal jargon and the process clearly and precisely.'

'Caroline Hrabi constantly updated me on how the the case was proceeding and nothing was too much trouble.'

'Roddy Chisholm Batten and Caroline Hrabi are very easy to talk with and both were empathetic to my case, which was a great comfort.'

Key Clients

Danny Dyer

David Walliams

Denise Van Outen

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Paul Weller

Sheryl Gascoigne

Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen (TV presenter & interior designed)

Des Walker (former England footballer)

Joey Barton (former Newcastle & England footballer)

Jack Ryder (former EastEnders and Holby City actor)

Kacey Ainsworth (former EastEnders and Grantchester actress)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Denise Van Outen (TV presenter), Kara Tointon, Gillian Taylforth, Natalie Cassidy, Joe Swash, James Alexandrou, Ray Panthaki (all current or former EastEnders actors), Colin Salmon (actor) and Sophie Ellis-Bextor (singer and song writer) in respect of their individual phone hacking claims against NGN Limited.
  • Acting for David Walliams, Danny Dyer, Lily Allen, Tony Hadley, Daisy Lowe, Cristian Solimeno (former Footballer’s Wives actor), Tracy Ann Oberman (former EastEnders actress), Rob Kazinsky (former EastEnders actor), Kacey Ainsworth and Darren Hales (former EastEnders and current Grantchester actress and her husband), Lindsey Coulson (former EastEnders actress), Jack and Avis Ryder (former EastEnders actor and his mother) and Joey Barton (ex-Newcastle United footballer) in respect of their individual phone hacking claims against MGN Limited
  • Acting for Danny Dyer in defamation/misuse of private information claim against The Mirror.
  • Acting for Aurelie Eboue in a defamation claim against the Sunday Mirror.
  • Acting for rapper Jonny ‘Itch’ Fox in defamation claim against six individual defendants.

Foot Anstey's reputation management team shines with its deep understanding of how the media and newspapers operate. Department head Tony Jaffa focuses his practice on all aspects of publishing law and advises on a variety of related matters such as reputation management and data protection. Managing associate Jennifer Agate, who leads the firm's reputation management expert team, provides advice to individual, corporate and charity clients with particular expertise in civil and criminal aspects of social media and cyber crime. Commercial litigator Peter Singfield is also often involved in the firm's reputation work.

Practice head(s):Tony Jaffa

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Agate

Key Clients

The Independent & Evening Standard

Reach Plc (Formerly Trinity Mirror Plc)

Mirror online pre-publication advice

JPI Media (formerly Johnston Press)

Newsquest Media Group


Midland News Association

Archant Community Media

British Forces Broadcasting Service


Work highlights

  • Providing editorial and litigation legal support to the Independent and Evening Standard.
  • Successfully defended Reach Plc against two defamation claims brought in the High Court by Tariq Alsaifi.
  • Acting on behalf of Trinity Mirror in a claim brought by Michael McGrane over an article reporting the claimant's conviction in Australia.
  • Providing online pre-publication advice to Mirror Online.

Hamlins LLP focuses its 'very high-standard' media team almost entirely on  the claimant side, for example acting for Labour MPs, corporate individuals and sportspeople. The firm also acted as lead solicitor in phone hacking litigation against News Group Newspapers including preparation for a handful of trials. The team has been growing steadily under the leadership of the 'urbane and diplomatic' Christopher Hutchings: Callum Galbraith, who joined the firm from Russells Solicitors in 2018, brings particular expertise in resolving pre-publication disputes to the table. In April 2019, the team also welcomed senior associate Alex Cochrane 'with a wealth of knowledge' from Brett Wilson LLP.

Practice head(s):Christopher Hutchings

Other key lawyers:Callum Galbraith; Alex Cochrane; Ellen Gallagher


'Hamlins have done some brilliant work over the last few years and seem to be getting stronger.'

'They are of a very high standard in terms of their commitment to their clients, their understanding of this area of the law and their efficiency in conducting litigation.'

'Christopher Hutchings and Callum Galbraith are the stand-out individuals.'

'Their strength is in their ability to give factual, sound advice without making it over complicated. They are clearly incredibly professional but they are always incredibly personable as well, which is key to building trust and lasting relationships between client and lawyer.'

'Callum Galbraith is excellent at communicating position, time frames and choices in a concise manner and is very friendly and approachable at all times.'

'Alex Cochrane brings with him a wealth of knowledge from previous firms. Very strategic approach'

'Top notch defamation and privacy specialists, smoothly managed by the urbane and diplomatic Chris Hutchings.'

'Hamlins lawyers were the best law firm I have dealt with in any way shape or form.'

'Everything Hamlins have done has been exceptional.'

Key Clients

Lord Sheikh

Shakir Ali and Shahida Aslam

Tim Buckland

Anna Turley MP

Lead Solicitor for all News Group claims

Gavin Shuker MP

Ian Austin MP

Individual Phonehacking Claimants – NGN

Individual Phonehacking Claims – MGN

Hope Not Hate

Can’t Pay We’ll Take it Away


Jewish Chronicle

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lord Sheikh in a major libel case, launched December 2018, arising from an article published in August 2018 by Mail Online (Associated Newspapers).
  • Acting for Shakir and Shahida Ali, filmed as part of “Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away!”, in their privacy claim against Channel 5.
  • Acting for Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley MP, in her claim for libel, privacy and data protection against Unite the Union and Steve Walker.
  • Acting for the Labour MP for Luton South, Gavin Shuker MP, in his defamation claim against Associated Newspapers Limited, which settled on terms including the publication of an agreed apology and payment of substantial damages.

Reputation, privacy and sports specialist practice Himsworth Scott was founded in September 2018 by former Schillings lawyers Matt Himsworth, Chris Scott and Jessica Lovell. The firm helps clients through the complete life-cycle of serious issues and makes the best possible use of legal tools and methods to protect a reputation without entering into litigation. Himsworth works with sports clients, whereas Scott's particular strength is acting for ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Associate Steven Hudson, who joined from Harbottle & Lewis LLP, advises clients on proactive measures and also undertakes more traditional pre- and post-publication advice.

Practice head(s):Matt Himsworth; Chris Scott

Other key lawyers:Jessica Lovell; Steven Hudson; Lorna Caddy

Key Clients

Liverpool FC

Aston Villa FC

Watford FC

Rugby Players Association

Professional Cricketers Association

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Aston Villa FC player, Jake Doyle-Hayes in relation to a data breach on the RTE Ireland website, which resulted in false and offensive statements being made on the broadcaster’s website about Jake.

Defamation and privacy issues are central to the internationally-focused media reputation management team at Howard Kennedy LLP. The firm has a particular strength in new media, advising on matters related to imposter accounts, defamatory content and publication of confidential information on social media. Practice head Mark Stephens CBE regularly handles cases for corporations and consults over libel reform both by policy makers and media companies. Associate to watch Elizabeth Morley predominantly acts for defendants and also provides media and publishing agents with pre-publication advice.

Practice head(s):Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Morley


'Elizabeth Morley provides incredible client service.'

Key Clients

Democratic Press S.A.

Vernon Unsworth

Jasvinder Sanghera

Work highlights

  • Representing Vernon Unsworth in relation to his claims against Elon Musk both here and in America, following defamatory comments made by Mr Musk about him on Twitter and via email to a media organisation following the Thai cave rescue, which Unsworth was involved in.

The 'small but highly effective' reputation management and privacy department at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP demonstrates particular strength in matters related to the firm's expertise in family, private client and employment law. Team head Jeremy Clarke-Williams, who is regarded a 'leading light', has ample experience in all aspects of libel, reputation management and privacy law and acts for members of parliament, celebrities and private individuals like. In addition to her expertise in litigation, 'hard-working' associate director Adele Ashton also offers pre-publication advice.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Clarke-Williams

Other key lawyers:Adele Ashton


'The team is a highly specialised unit with exceptional experience and skills in this area.'

'Aside from the high quality of legal advice, the personal interest and commitment demonstrated by Jeremy Clarke-Williams and his colleagues are especially noteworthy.'

'Jeremy Clarke-Williams' advice from start to finish was inch perfect.'

'Adele Ashton combines fighting her clients' corner with a good dose of pragmatism.'

'Jeremy Clarke-Williams is a true expert in the field and an expert case manager, showing perfect judgement and client-handling skills. He has unrivalled experience in the field. He remains calm in high pressure situations and can always be trusted to make the right call when difficult decisions are required.'

Key Clients

Zahir Monir

Howard Kennedy (photographer)

Triaster Limited

Two police officers

Christ Church  college, Oxford

Two police constables

Work highlights

  • Represented Zahir Monir in his successful libel claim against Steve Wood, Chairman of Bristol UKIP and UKIP Parliamentary candidate for Bristol South.
  • Acting for photographer Howard Kennedy in proceedings of defamation, negligence and breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 against the National Trust for Scotland in relation to a photoshoot on their property.
  • Acting for Triaster Ltd, a software company, in a libel action against Dun & Bradstreet.
  • Advising the Governing Body of Christ Church college, Oxford  in relation to complaints which have been made against the Dean of Christ Church.
  • Acted for two police constables whose images were broadcast without their consent by Channel 5.

The 'very good and professional' Withers LLP has a long-established practice providing a variety of clients with pragmatic and holistic advice on communication, information and reputation management issues. The team almost exclusively represents claimants in their cases against the media. The 'clever and thoughtful' Jo Sanders joined from Harbottle & Lewis LLP to head the UK department while Amber Melville-Brown has taken the lead of the firm's global media and reputation team based in the US, effectively offering clients a round-the-clock service. Another name to note is associate Andrew Fremlin-Key, who is building a specialist focus in the sports sector.

Practice head(s):Jo Sanders; Amber Melville-Brown

Other key lawyers:Andrew Fremlin-Key


'The team's stellar reputation is definitely enhanced by the arrival of the very talented Jo Sanders.'

'Jo Sanders is a clever, thoughtful and creative lawyer.'

'Andrew Fremlin-Key is great.'

'The quality of their work is first class.'

'Highly responsive - they gave sensible measured advice and ensured that I got the best possible result in the circumstances.'

'Withers provides excellent levels of service and compares very favourably with its competitors'

Key Clients

Racing Point Limited and Racing Point UK Limited

Tatiana Akhmedova

Professor Christina Slade

Work highlights

  • Advising Racing Point Limited and Racing Point UK Limited on media and communication aspects of one of the largest corporate sporting deals of 2018.
  • Providing Tatiana Akhmedova with media and reputation advice surrounding her high-profile divorce enforcement proceedings.
  • Advising high-profile academic Professor Christina Slade on a variety of reputational issues associated with the end of her tenure as Vice Chancellor of Bath Spa University.
  • Advice to a member of the English aristocracy in relation to a breach of contract and subsequent privacy invasion by an employee.
  • Acted for a professional services client and its partners in a successful complaint to the ICO against Google to secure removal of derogatory material posted as part of a harassment campaign.

BLM focuses its reputation management practice on defending claims brought against a wide range of clients, in particular insurers, reinsurers, government bodies and police forces, alongside more traditional media such as magazines, newspapers and marketing companies. The team that advises on both contentious and non-contentious issues is led by Tim Smith, who is an expert on defamation and malicious falsehood. Steve Kuncewicz acts mainly for corporates and Julia Varley regularly assists local authorities. Furthermore, the department has been actively involved in government consultations on defamation reform, costs in defamation proceedings and internet defamation.

Practice head(s):Tim Smith

Other key lawyers:Steve Kuncewicz; Julia Varley

Key Clients





Zurich Insurance


Ecclesiastical Insurance

Medical Protection Society

Manchester Underwriting

Work highlights

  • Instructed by City of London Police in relation to a warning notice published by the Financial Conduct Authority and statements made in the course of their duties in connection with a company and its chairman, which market a cryptocurrency product.
  • Acted for the City of London Police and its insurer QBE in relation to a defamation claim concerning a statement published on their website.
  • Acting for London Quadrant Housing Trust defending a claim brought against it and its directors for breach of confidence, conspiracy by use of unlawful means and defamation.
  • Acted for the English Bridge Union and its reinsurer RSA in successfully applying to strike out a claim brought against it by a member in relation to the transfer of “master points”.
  • Acting for the Anglo-Portuguese Society and its insurer RSA in the defence of a claim  for defamation against it and a number of its members brought by its former chairman and members of his family.

Collyer Bristow LLP handles reputational issues for individuals, including clients seeking compensation for breach of privacy claims arising out of the misuse of private information. The team headed by Steven Heffer is also heavily involved in phone hacking litigation and acts for 9 claimants in High Court claims against News Group Newspapers. In addition, Heffer has acted in sexual harassment cases involving senior executives and assists charities with reputational threats. Associate Nichola Leach brings expertise in matters related to social media and the GDPR to the table.

Practice head(s):Steven Heffer

Other key lawyers:Nichola Leach

Key Clients

David Tennant

Colin Jackson

Eddie Irvine

Jess Morris

Sophia Myles

Fran Cutler

Caroline Nokes MP

Meg Mathews

Joanne Lees

Nancy Dell’Olio

Paladin – National Stalking Advocacy Service

Phone hacking victims (200+)

Work highlights

  • Acting for actor David Tennant in his claim against News Group Newspapers for misuse of private information.
  • Acting for Colin Jackson in his claim against News Group Newspapers for misuse of private information.
  • Acting for Sophia Myles in claim against News Group Newspapers for misuse of private information.  Phone hacking claim.
  • Acting for Eddie Irvine in claim against News Group Newspapers for misuse of private information.
  • Representing a leading financial technology firm and its founder in a dispute with the London Evening Standard concerning the publication of defamatory allegations and details of spent criminal convictions.

DLA Piper's defamation and reputation management team acts on a national as well as a global level and is able to rely on an expanded legal toolbox due to its position as an international full-service law firm, including a data protection unit. The London team is headed by Ruth Hoy and Duncan Calow with regional support from Richard Taylor in Birmingham, Andrew Smith in Manchester and Paul Stone in Leeds. Legal director Claire Sng assists clients with securing remedies at a pre-action stage via "right to be forgotten" and platform take-down procedures.

Practice head(s):Ruth Hoy; Duncan Calow; Richard Taylor; Andrew Smith; Paul Stone

Other key lawyers:Claire Sng

Key Clients

American Chemistry Society

Informa UK

Laurence King

Pan Macmillan


Taylor & Francis

Springer Nature

Work highlights

  • Advising Pan Macmillan, Informa UK and Springer Nature on book and journal titles on a range of subjects.

One of Fieldfisher's areas of expertise in terms of its reputation management practice is defending claims against defamatory user-generated content on client websites. Furthermore, the practice assists high-net-worth individuals with reputation management issues, both in isolation as well as within the context of related litigation. The team around department head Colin Gibson also acts for public bodies and regulators in relation to allegations of defamation. Senior associate Nathan Capone is a key figure. He takes on a number of cases independently and also runs the firm's defamation and privacy law blog.

Practice head(s):Colin Gibson

Other key lawyers:Adam Sturt; Nathan Capone

Key Clients


Work highlights

  • Advising online financial newswire ADVFN plc in relation to various claims and applications made against it in relation to defamatory user-generated content posted on its bulletin boards.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's defamation and reputation practice headed by the 'exceptional' Alan Watts applies a multi-jurisdictional approach, drawing on the firm's resources around the world. It is therefore a go-to practice for major multinational corporations. In this litigation-focused area of law, the practice promotes alternative dispute resolution. The team is also actively involved in handling cases surrounding the #metoo movement, advising companies on how to address allegations. Neil Blake's wide-ranging practice includes assisting FTSE 250 mining companies with their reputation management.

Practice head(s):Alan Watts

Other key lawyers:Neil Blake; Angela Liu


'HSF have a very strong litigation practice but know how to manage matters outside court, which is vital in reputation management.'

'Alan Watts is an exceptional lawyer. Very good at client management and the tactical elements of managing reputation issues.'

Key Clients

Ted Baker

Lord Sugar

EasyJet plc

Vodafone plc


Work highlights

  • Acting for a number of directors of the Stobart Group Limited in relation to a defamation claim brought by another director in relation to an  RNS announcement.
  • Advising Lord Sugar in connection with false and misleading online native advertising that uses his name and image to promote services without authorisation.
  • Conducting an independent review into allegations made against Ted Baker plc's CEO.
  • Advising EasyJet plc in respect of the airing of a TV documentary relating to the training of new pilots and certain amendments that were required to an episode of the documentary
  • Advised Vodafone plc regarding allegations made in relation to its international tax affairs and the ultimate beneficial ownership of minority shareholdings in a number of its African businesses.

The skilled practitioners at Ince  have insight on both sides of the table, as they act for claimants and defendants alike. Nick Goldstone and the 'tactically brilliant' Robin Shaw head the reputation practice that emerged from the fusion of Ince & Co and Gordon Dadds in December 2018. Shaw has been acting for Private Eye for more than 20 years, giving pre-publication advice on each edition of the magazine and dealing with any libel claims that may arise.

Practice head(s):Nick Goldstone; Robin Shaw


'Robin Shaw is an exceptional individual:  he has extensive knowledge and experience - and phenomenally good judgement.'

'Robin Shaw has unparalleled experience in media-related litigation.'

'Robin's legal knowledge and tactical brilliance, are key. Underestimate him at your own peril.'

Key Clients

Pressdram Limited (publisher of Private Eye)

Telegraph Media Group (publisher of Daily and Sunday Telegraph) Telegraph

Mr John Lydon

Marc John, a film producer

Firstfind Limited (owners of China White trademark)

Remka, Inc. (the 8 year old YouTube star)

Mr Victor Chandler

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Daily Telegraph in litigation brought by Sir Philip Green to prevent publication of allegations of sexual and racial discrimination.
  • Legalling all issues in advance of publication for Private Eye.
  • Advising Private Eye Magazine on a large range of legal services ranging from litigation, defamation, libel, privacy, intellectual property and contractual disputes.

The reputation and media team at Kingsley Napley LLP specialises in acting for high-net-worth individuals from sports, entertainment and politics in matters of public interest. Thanks to the firm's top-notch criminal department, the team, led by Charlotte Harris , also handles a number of cases with a criminal element to them. Additionally, Harris regularly assists in matter with a politicial, religious or family law component. Associate Helen Morris is recommended for her strength in data protection law and pre-publication advice.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Harris

Other key lawyers:Helen Morris


'Awesome team led by Charlotte Harris - they are clever and creative, tenacious, and always go the extra mile.'

'Charlotte Harris is extremely experienced and very well regarded. She makes herself available to clients 24/7, and is intelligent, pragmatic, and creative.'

'Helen Morris is strong in all areas. Very intelligent and has great people skills. She can master a large amount of material quickly and apply the relevant law, but she is also great with clients and witnesses, and is a strong negotiator.'

Key Clients

Rebekah Vardy

Dame Shirley Bassey

Bhanu Choudhrie

Roofoods Ltd t/a Deliveroo

Lady Colin Campbell

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rebekah Vardy, the wife of Premier League footballer Jamie Vardy, and star of “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2018”.
  • Taking responsibility for all of Dame Shirley Bassey's commercial and personal affairs, ranging from contractual matters to protection of her privacy and reputation.
  • Instructed by Damian Green MP in relation to public allegations made by journalist Kate Maltby and Bob Quick, a former senior police officer, in part of what has become known as the Westminster sex scandal.
  • Acting for billionaire businessman and owner of C&C Alpha Group, Bhanu Choudhrie, as well as family members, in a number of areas.
  • Advising the global online food delivery business Deliveroo in relation to reputation matters.

Manleys Solicitors delivers a 'very good quality of work' and acts on both sides of reputation management. The firms engages both with national media outlets to defend matters as well as with public figures and private individuals in pursuit of their defamation claims. The practice is led by Mark Manley and Leanne Wheeler, who both draw on an excellent network in the North-West. Senior associate Katie Mickleburgh is 'very easy to deal with' and has ample experience in removing damaging online content for her clients.

Practice head(s):Mark Manley; Leanne Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Katie Mickleburgh


'Mark Manley has excellent contacts in the North-West and the team, though small, is very able and friendly. The quality of work is also very good.'

'Mark Manley has very good people skills.'

'Katie Micklenburgh is approachable and very easy to deal with, as is Leanne Wheeler.'

Key Clients

Raps Management

Samantha Faiers

Billie Faiers

Conservative and Unionist Party


Benjamin Mendy

Yan Valery

ASOS Limited

20th Century Fox

Playworks Limited

Trent Alexander Arnold

Jacqui Beswick

Work highlights

  • Instructed in a matter concerning highly defamatory material which was posted on social media regarding Playworks Limited (Panacea Nightclub), Manchester City Football Club and International French football player Benjamin Mendy.

Acting for both claimants and defendants, Osborne Clarke LLP's media and information law team is made up of 'uniformly excellent lawyers'  and takes on complex reputational matters with an international element. Thanks to the 'energetic and very client-focused' department head Ashley Hurst's expertise in data privacy, the team also regularly assists internet platforms with information law and provides 'excellent' data breach advice. The 'indefatigable' Charlie Wedin and 'thoughtful' senior associate Alexander Vakil provide key support, especially in relation to data and cyber security crises.

Practice head(s):Ashley Hurst

Other key lawyers:Charlie Wedin; Alexander Vakil


'Ashley Hurst is a stand-out lawyer in the UK for the emerging area of digital reputation management.  He has been at the forefront of this area and led many interesting cases.'

'Osborne Clarke is a dynamic and expanding practice with an impressive range of national and international clients. The service is excellent and client relationships are carefully tended. The quality of the lawyers is uniformly excellent.'

'Ashley Hurst is energetic and very client-focused ,he  gives practical advice that clients like.'

Key Clients

Qatar Airways

Ascential Group

Automattic (owners of WordPress)




GAMA Healthcare Limited


Work highlights

  • Acting for Qatar Airways in malicious falsehood proceedings arising from an online video published by Al Arabiya Group.
  • Representing Appleby in relation to a dispute with the BBC and The Guardian concerning the “Paradise Papers”.
  • Pre-publication and post-publication libel and other content related matters for the Health Service Journal (HSJ).
  • Acting for a former senior banker at a Russian bank, David Longmuir, in a long-running libel claim brought by Svetlana Lokhova.
  • Representing GAMA Healthcare in two matters in which competitors sought to disparage the company and its products to its customers through the use of false and misleading sales emails.

The 'efficient and prompt' media and celebrity specialist Russells Solicitors acts predominantly for claimants, particularly for clients from the music and entertainment sectors. In this capacity, the practice headed by Steven Tregear often negotiates with in-house lawyers  at major media outlets to achieve the best possible outcome for their client list. Apart from handling the usual range of reputation and privacy issues, John Reid, who 'provides superb client care', has also been involved in a number of voicemail tapping cases.

Practice head(s):Steven Tregear

Other key lawyers:John Reid


'Russells have some very high profile clients and provide efficient and prompt advice. Able to deal with urgent issues at short notice.'

'John Reid is very good and provides superb client care.'

'The team is hugely knowledgeable, strategic and most important extremely good with clients.'

Key Clients

Jeremy Kyle

Cheryl Tweedy

Modest! Management (managers of One Direction, Little Mix etc)

Curve Media

Patsy Kensit

Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan

Kilimanjaro Live Limited

Kirsty Gallacher

The Estate of George Michael

Bobby Gillespie (frontman of Primal Scream)

Work highlights

  • Handling a wide range of reputation management issues for the singer and former X-factor presenter Cheryl Tweedy, including ongoing privacy and harassment issues following the birth of her son.
  • Ongoing reputation management work for the estate of George Michael, including ground-breaking work related to the right to privacy of a deceased person and their family.
  • Acting for Kilimanjaro Live in a libel dispute with representatives of online ticket reselling marketplace, Viagogo.

Squire Patton Boggs offers the traditional range of reputation management services and regularly applies a cross-practice, cross-border approach to its cases. The firm's client roster includes corporations from a wide variety of industry sectors such as sport, telecom, media and energy. Stephen Sampson and Carlton Daniel head the team. Associate Peter Lees is a name to note, especially when it comes to assisting suppliers with defamation disputes. In addition, the practice benefits from international affairs adviser Matthew Kirk's expertise in risk strategy, cyber security and political risk.

Practice head(s):Stephen Sampson; Carlton Daniel

Other key lawyers:Peter Lees

Swan Turton LLP's main area of expertise consists of dealing with high-profile corporate clients and individuals.  The team around department head Catherine Fehler also takes on defendant work, especially in form of pre- and post-publication work, with a discreet and effective approach to complex and sensitive matters. Consultant Rupert Grey and senior associate Anne Mannion  assist with a significant amount of work in reputation management. Partners from other related practice areas such as film and TV or advertising and photography provide additional support tailored to each client's needs.

Practice head(s):Catherine Fehler

Other key lawyers:Anne Mannion; Rupert Grey

Key Clients

Ennio Morricone – Oscar winning composer and conductor

Angela Flowers Gallery Ltd – contemporary art galleries

Peter Green – legendary guitarist and songwriter

Peter James – famous crime author

Jerry Dammers – legendary musician and songwriter

PEI Media – online financial sector publications

Don Broco – well known band

Raw Power Management - Artist management company

Work highlights

  • Advising Angela Flowers Gallery in various matters.
  • Retained to provide general advice in relation to reputation management for Ennio Morricone, a legend of the music and film worlds and multiple award winning composer and conductor.
  • Instructed by international best selling author of crime fiction Peter James on reputation management and defamation matters.
  • Acting for PEI Media on both pre-and post-publication in areas of defamation and privacy.
  • Dealing with defamation, privacy and reputation management issues for well-known band Don Broco.

With special expertise in sports, media and entertainment, Brabners LLP provides high levels of preventative advice and urgent crisis management. Additionally, the 'very responsive hands-on' team led by Paul Lunt and Philip Steele assists clients with internet take-downs as well as with a wide array of proceedings including libel, slander, privacy and harassment claims. Steele is best know for 24/7 crisis management and dealing with threatened publications or broadcasts; Lunt combines reputation management issues with his commercial litigation practice. Head of employment and sport Lydia Edgar is often involved in the firm's reputation matters.

Practice head(s):Paul Lunt; Philip Steele

Other key lawyers:Lydia Edgar


'Very responsive and excellent on providing/suggesting detail, more hands on than other teams.'

'I have worked with Philip Steele and Paul Lunt and found both to be excellent.'

'Great at giving feedback and suggestions promptly and keeping us in the loop on developments in the case.'

Key Clients

Ben Stokes

Work highlights

  • Defended England Cricket Vice Captain, Ben Stokes, against charges of affray arising from a fight in Bristol in September 2017.

Acting for both claimants and defendants, the 'progressive' Brett Wilson LLP conducts libel, privacy, data protection and harassment cases with a particular focus on online publication matters. The firm's defamation and privacy team headed by 'innovator' Iain Wilson also undertakes "right to be forgotten" and other internet-related claims. 'Thoughtful high-quality lawyer' Max Campbell regularly advises on harassment, stalking and revenge porn cases; the 'friendly and approachable' solicitor Tom Double also provides key support, especially in matters with a litigious aspect.

Practice head(s):Iain Wilson

Other key lawyers:Max Campbell, Tom Double; Elisabeth Mason


'An excellent niche firm specialising in media and communications law, providing sound advice at a reasonable cost.'

'Iain Wilson has done extremely well to build up a successful small firm in this area.'

'Max Campbell is impressive in his attention to detail and the care he takes with cases.'

'Tom Double is very bright and on-the-ball.'

'There is a core team working at Brett Wilson and each of them is a specialist in the area of reputation management. They apply a very innovative approach and use the legal remedies available in novel ways to achieve the client's aims.'

'Iain Wilson is superb. Extremely knowledgeable and very clever.'

'Iain Wilson is an innovator in this field. He is constantly looking for new ways to deal with the problems which his clients face.'

'The firm's main strengths are its long experience in the media field, especially in dealing with harassment injunctions and online publication cases, and depth of legal knowledge.'

'Brett Wilson are a go-to firm for reputation management issues. They have a team of dedicated and knowledgeable information law and reputation management specialists, using the law in novel and innovative ways to achieve the best results for clients. Their client care is excellent. '

'Highly recommend this law firm as their service is second to none.'

'Elisabeth Mason is a stand-out associate in this area, and is widely respected for her exceptional industry, judgement, knowledge and client-management. She is not afraid to roll up her sleeves when required and delivers excellent results. I cannot recommend her highly enough and she would be my first-choice associate in this area.'

Key Clients

Alison Morgan, QC

Kim Suttle

George Galloway

Association of British Bookmakers Ltd

Suhad Sadik

Life 2009 Ltd

Work highlights

  • Bringing defamation claims against the Daily Mail and The Times on behalf of Alison Morgan QC.
  • Brought a defamation/harassment claim for Kim Suttle against an individual who ran a vigilante Facebook group anonymously.
  • Acting for George Galloway in relation to committal proceedings arising from breach of a settlement agreement.
  • Defending ABBL (Association of British Bookmakers) and its spokesperson in defamation proceedings brought by Matt Zarb-Cousin, a spokesperson for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling.
  • Defending Suhad Sadik in a defamation claim brought by her brother-in-law.

Burges Salmon LLP's defamation and reputation management team acts for a broad client base with a focus on corporate and public sector claimants. The firm has 'good all-round knowledge' and advises on threats published by a wide array of media outlets including more radio broadcasts and newspaper articles as well as tweets and other user-generated content. IP expert Jeremy Dickerson leads the practice; the 'efficient and user-friendly' senior associate Richard Binns advises on online issues and social media.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Dickerson

Other key lawyers:Richard Binns


'Good all-round knowledge of reputation management law; efficient and alive to clients' key concerns.'

'Richard Binns is efficient and user-friendly.  Good eye for detail and adopts a sensible, client-focused approach to litigation where reputational concerns are at stake.  Responsive, a great communicator and a pleasure to work with.'

Key Clients

The Met Office

Work highlights

  • Representing the Met Office on reputation management and press relations.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP offers reputation management services from five key offices across the UK. Privacy work for senior individuals at board level is one of the firm's areas of expertise. Furthermore, the practice specialises in claimant work and provides defamation advice to many existing clients of the global law firm. Reputation and corporate brand management expert Andrew Terry heads the team, together with Michael Clavell-Bate, who is based in Manchester. Associate Eileen Weinert brings expertise in working on technical disputes to the table.

Practice head(s):Andrew Terry; Michael Clavell-Bate

Other key lawyers:Eileen Weinert

Key Clients


John Berylson

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mr John Berylson, Chairman of Millwall FC, against Mr Stephen Norris in relation to a defamatory tweet.
  • Representing BUQ in obtaining privacy injunctions to prevent the publication of highly personal information relating to a CEO of a FTSE 100 Company.

Keystone Law helps a range of clients from celebrities to large corporates protect their reputation. The firm acts for claimants and defendants alike and has special expertise in matters related to intellectual property violations, as well as brand exploitation and protection. The 'extremely accomplished' department head Jonathan Coad takes on the majority of the workload in this practice area. He receives key support from Sofia Syed, who provides advice to ultra-high-net-worth individuals and handles matters with an employment aspect, such as contentious terminations.

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Coad; Sofia Syed


'Jonathan is committed to the fight and cause, is commercially minded and stands up for the truth in all his does.'

'Jonathan is a leader in his field and pursues his clients' interests passionately, while at the same time providing thoughtful and practical commercial advice.  He is very accessible, with an ability to explain complex legal issues in an easy to understand manner.'

'A highly effective and respected litigator, Jonathan Coad always goes the extra mile in his efforts to safeguard his clients' well earned reputations.'

Key Clients

Jaguar Land Rover Limited

Andrew Lansley

James Grant Group Ltd

Legatum Institute LLP

Massoud Shadjereh

Noel Edmonds

Mohammad Kozbar

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited (McDonald’s UK)

Amir Khan

Koo Stark

Procter and Gamble

Jasmine Lennard

Westbrook Partners/Dolphin Square

Work highlights

  • Representing television presenter and reality star Jasmine Lennard in a claim brought against Cristiano Ronaldo for defamatory statements and social media harassment.
  • Acting for the chairman of the IHRC (Islamic Human Rights Commission), Massoud Shadjerehm, in a libel claim against LBC radio.
  • Acting for Koo Stark, an ex-girlfriend of HRH Prince Andrew, in a claim against MTV over a defamatory allegation on its website.

Lewis Silkin LLP's 'down-to-earth and relatable' reputation management team works closely with the firm's employment practice, assisting high-profile clients with sensitive reputational issues. 'Calm and competent' department leader Adam Glass specialises in pre-publication clearance work; in particular advising trade publisher Haymarket media on all of its titles such as "Campaign", "Third Sector" and its automotive press publications. Giles Crown acts for high-profile and high-net-worth clients and the 'technically good' key figure Karen Baxter handles cases entailing an overlap with employment and partnership law.

Practice head(s):Adam Glass

Other key lawyers:Karen Baxter; Giles Crown


'Real quality in the team (both breadth and depth), as good as (if not better) than the large international city firms.'

'Adam Glass is an exceptional litigator.  He is extremely tenacious and will fight the client's corner to the end.  He has excellent judgement, always gives sound, fair and practical advice and always gets results. He is definitely someone you want on your side.'

'Lewis Silkin's lawyers are really down to earth .  They have great technically knowledge and provide practical, commercial advice.'

'Karen Baxter is great. She is technically very good, gives practical advice, can be contacted easily and is very responsive.'

'Adam Glass gave clear, incisive advice. He was calm, competent and accommodating throughout, which was hugely helpful.'

Key Clients

Dr Carpos-Young

Haymarket Media

Walker Books

The Old Vic

Deciem UK Ltd and Deciem Beauty Group Inc

News UK



Tortoise Media

Splash News and Picture Agency

Sir Martin Sorrell

Work highlights

  • Represented Dr Carpos-Young in a defamation claim following wrongful dismissal and victimisation from the Royal Academy of Music.
  • Following investigation into claims of sexual harassment by Kevin Spacey during his tenure at The Old Vic, the firm has been advising the theatre on its  development of a pioneering workplace scheme called ‘The Guardians Programme’.
  • Continuing advice to Suzuki in relation to its sponsorship and celebrity endorsement agreements,
  • Appointed by the global Buddhist organisation, RIGPA to conduct a global investigation concerning allegations of abuse by the retired Tibetan Buddhist lama Sogyal Rinpoche.

Michelmores LLP's reputation management practice stands out for its expertise advising charities. The firm is involved in a lot of contentious work as one of its major clients, PETA Foundation UK Ltd., often stand their ground and take legal proceedings all the way. Senior associate Jayne Clemens heads the team, which receives an increasing number of instructions related to social media, fake news and user-generated content. Peter Sigler covers all matters related to litigation, while associate Charlotte Bolton advises on issues with an IP aspect.

Practice head(s):Jayne Clemens

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Bolton; Peter Sigler


'The media team is small but very responsive to urgent problems for their clients.'

'Jayne Clemens is very good in the media field, as is international head Peter Sigler.'

Key Clients

PETA Foundation UK Ltd.

Gemalto UK Limited

Fintellect Publishing Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented the UK arm of PETA in relation to claims made by Loro Parque, one of Spain's largest tourist attractions.
  • Advising the successful bidder, Gemalto, in relation to a high profile procurement dispute between Her Majesty’s Passport Office and De La Rue, over the contract to manufacture the new "blue passports".
  • Providing pre-publication advice on a range of matters to Fintellect Publishing Limited.

Shoosmiths LLP acts in reputation and crisis management matters for its corporate client base and advises on online publication and social media strategies. The firm, especially co-department head Mark Elder, is also involved in a large number of telephone voicemail interception and phone hacking claims on behalf of a variety of high-profile individuals. Team co-head Kath Livingston focuses her practice on the commercial side of reputation management, advising on cases involving issues such as trade libel, internet defamation and campaign activity.

Practice head(s):Kath Livingston; Mark Elder

Key Clients

Jennifer Ellison

Andrew Cole

University of Bolton

Dwight York

Danielle Lloyd

Work highlights

  • Represented Andrew Cole in a mobile telephone voicemail interception (phone hacking) complaint against MGN Limited, securing a confidential settlement.
  • Represented Jennifer Ellison in a mobile telephone voicemail interception (phone hacking) complaint against MGN Limited, securing a confidential settlement.
  • Represented Dwight Yorke in a mobile telephone voicemail interception (phone hacking) complaint against MGN Limited, securing a confidential settlement.
  • Represented Danielle Lloyd in a mobile telephone voicemail interception (phone hacking) complaint against MGN Limited, securing a confidential settlement.

Simmons & Simmons advise high-profile corporate clients, providing them with pre-publication and social media advice. When assisting large institutions or their senior individuals, the firm often handles reputation issues across multiple jurisdictions. In addition to its banking clientele, the 'intelligent' team headed by Robert Allen and the 'sensible and commercially minded' Paul Baker receives instructions from hedge funds, asset managers, FinTech companies and challenger banks. Allen's practice is focused on remedial steps required following a data breach; Baker is experienced at leading and managing High Court defamation proceedings.

Practice head(s):Robert Allen; Paul Baker


'Simmons & Simmons is familiar with the relevant concepts and comprises an intelligent group of individuals. They're able to deal with evidence concisely and turn documents quickly.'

'I had a good experience working with Simmons & Simmons and would recommend them to others.'

'Paul Baker was very good and easy to deal with. He was always available to contact when necessary and a pleasure to deal with. He was also sensible, commercially minded, and able to progress claims efficiently.'

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