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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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Addleshaw Goddard's 'first-class team' is praised for its 'good balance of technical and practical guidance' on a wide variety of governance and regulatory compliance matters, where it acts for directors, general counsel and company secretaries. It has a wealth of expertise in many areas, including directors' duties, company constitutions, annual reporting requirements and AGMs (conduct, procedure and practice). Group head Will Chalk is 'strongly connected within the governance community, which enables him to advise on the purely substantive issues, where he demonstrates impeccable judgment'. Adam Bennett and Ben Koehne are singled-out for their particular experience of advising building societies and mutuals. Recently promoted partners Erin Shoesmith  and Michelle Headridge work closely to advise clients on their compliance with environment, health and safety (EHS) law. Also recommended are Amanda Hulme and compliance director Sarah Herbert, who are knowledgeable about the interplay between corporate governance and financial regulation. Jonathan Fletcher Rogers and Nicky Griffin advise Main Market and AIM-listed companies on the governance aspects of executive remuneration. Chris Brennan  joined White & Case LLP.

Allen & Overy LLP covers the full spectrum of advice on governance, regulatory compliance and risk management issues. The practice, which is led by Richard Cranfield and Richard Browne, has a particularly strong specialism in assisting clients with AGMs, annual reports and other governance arrangements. Cranfield is part of a group, which includes David Broadley and Dominic Morris, that provides support to between 25 and 30 listed companies per year; clients such as Aviva Virgin Money and Imperial Brands turn to the firm for support in this area. Another notable client is Electra Private Equity, for whom the firm advises on activist shareholder issues, strategic reviews and various other matters. Matthew Townsend's recent work included advising Rotork on the standards of its whistleblowing and 'ethics and values' policies, as well as acting for England Athletics in an internal governance review. Sarah Henchoz and Karen Seward have been advising clients on the recent introduction of Gender Pay Gap reporting. Senior corporate assistants Victoria Rankmore and Kate Astley are also recommended.

Baker McKenzie¬†'effectively delivers global insights across industries and various corporate governance themes'.¬†Beatriz Pess√īa de Ara√ļjo, in particular, is 'an intellectual leader', whose 'analyses are clear and understandable'. The multidisciplinary corporate governance team consists of practitioners from a wide variety of areas, including corporate, compliance, financial services, disputes and employment/employee benefits. Many individuals have previous experience of being seconded to regulators, have advised regulators as part of their practice or have served on industry working party groups. The team particularly stands out for its expertise in assisting international clients with reconciling the UK corporate governance regime with the US regime (or equivalent regimes in other countries). Its work in this space includes (among other matters) cross-border redomestications and advice to boards of emerging market companies seeking a London listing on creating a corporate governance framework. On the regulatory front, members of the team advise clients on compliance (and other issues) related to the Market Abuse Regulation, the Companies Act, the Financial Services and Markets Act and UK Corporate Governance Code, among others. Other pillars of the practice include crisis management, data protection, executive remuneration and tax governance.¬† Araujo recently provided support to the World Economic Forum on the corporate governance aspects of its Compact for Resposive and Responsible Leadership.¬†Joanna Ludlam¬†co-leads the compliance and investigations team with¬†Sunny Mann. Other key figures include¬†Helen Bradley,¬†Robert Adam,¬†Nadia Banno¬†and¬†Jeremy Edwards.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's dedicated team acts for 110 companies listed on the London Stock Exchange and it also undertakes a significant amount of work for private companies, with a focus on the listing, reporting and governance standards that are applicable to them. Carol Shutkever and Paul Ellerman jointly head up the group, which is supported by practitioners in ancillary areas, such as corporate, employment and financial services. It provides 'excellent updates on topical matters' and 'delivers advice without setting on the fence'. In the financial services sector, the team has been particularly active in the advice to banks and insurance institutions on the implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime and the Senior Insurance Managers Regime. Karen Anderson is knowledgeable about market abuse, conflicts of interest and systems and controls issues, among other areas. Outside of financial services, Shutkever, Ellerman, Greg Mulley, senior associate Bradley Richardson and others have recently advised BHP on a wide range of matters, such as AGM preparations, annual reporting and reporting requirements under the Modern Slavery Act. Other key clients include BP, Sky, Pearson and Page Group. On the contentious side, internal investigations and regulatory investigations are other drivers of work for the team; Mark Bardell, Hywel Jenkins, James Palmer, Andrew Procter and Jenny Stainsby are all recommended in this space. Susannah Cogman is a name to note for corporate crime compliance and investigations.

Hogan Lovells International LLP's team garners praise from clients for its 'excellent industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice and response times'. The group assists private and publicly listed companies with a wide range of matters, such as the design and operation of corporate governance policies and procedures, executive remuneration, AGM issues, reviews of annual reports and directors' duties.¬†Consultant Richard Ufland, Paul Randall, counsel¬†Tamsin Nicholds¬†and counsel Philip Corserhave¬†advised longstanding client MP Evans Plc on matters such as compliance with the Disclosure of Transparency Rules, market abuse, constitutional matters (including reviews of constitutional documents) and share option scheme arrangements. On the contentious side,¬†Crispin Rapinet¬†is acting as the lead adviser to Caisse de d√©p√īt et placement du Qu√©bec (as a major shareholder of Bombardier Transportation) on investigations into alleged bribery at a Bombardier subsidiary. Other clients include ITV, Mars and NATS. Andrew Pearson, who has retired from private practice, was succeeded by Jonathan Baird¬†as the head of the practice.

Linklaters LLP, which is deservedly recognised as a 'a leader in the field', has been providing an integrated, global risk management, governance and regulatory practice since its dedicated operational intelligence group was established in 2014. The firm provides the full spectrum of advice on governance and compliance models, risk assessments, reporting, disclosure, investigations and crisis management. Tom Shropshire is advising the board and executive management of a financial institution with operations in Europe and the US on its approach to corporate governance, compliance policies and procedures and reporting frameworks. In another matter, which concerns a client's worldwide operations, Shropshire is acting for a global corporate in an assessment of its corporate governance structure and practices, and the effectiveness of its compliance procedures. Shropshire is also assisting another global company with an internal investigation into its operations in Latin America. Vanessa Havard-Williams, who demonstrates 'first-class judgment', has expertise in human rights and sustainability issues, environmental and product safety, and crisis management, among other areas. Shropshire and Havard-Williams co-lead the practice with Satindar Dogra, who has more than 20 years of experience of fraud investigations and corporate crime. Richard Cumbley has expertise in global projects involving data security incidents, regulatory investigations and large-scale privacy-related litigation. Alexandra Beidas, who leads the incentives team, acts for 40 of the companies listed on the FTSE 100, and also advises a number of FTSE 250 companies. Other notable individuals include Tom Cassels, Harry Eddis and Michael Kent. Recently promoted partner Rachel Barrett and managing associate Lucy Blake are also highly recommended.

Norton Rose Fulbright combines local expertise with the resources of a wider global network to cover the full range of contentious and non-contentious issues across the corporate governance sphere. Its depth and breadth of expertise has enabled it to develop strong relationships with a number of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies, financial institutions and investors, among others. Led by Christopher Pearson, the team advises clients on a wide range of matters, including preparing for AGMs, annual reporting obligations, shareholder activism, board composition and conflicts policies. Corporate partner Claire O’Donnell, who has more than 15 years of M&A experience, advises boards on the ethical aspects of transactions, directors' duties and other governance issues. Jonathan Herbst, who is the global head of the financial services regulatory practice, has specialist expertise in banking and brokerage regulation. The firm's strong non-contentious offering is complemented by its excellent record in contentious matters, including domestic and cross-border regulatory investigations and enforcement action. It has a particularly stand out reputation in investigations into financial crimes and related prosecutions; Sam Eastwood, (now at Mayer Brown International LLP) who led the business ethics and anti-corruption practice, is a name to note in this space. On a related note, Neil O’May, Ruth Cowley, Jason Moss and Paul Griffin are representing Carl Rogberg, the former financial director of Tesco, in a Serious Fraud Office prosecution connected with accounting practices at the retailer.

Reflective of RPC's credentials in the corporate governance sphere, its multidisciplinary team includes partners and associates with experience of serving as general counsels, financial regulators and independent non-executive directors. It has expertise in a broad scope of contentious and non-contentious issues, including gender pay gap analysis, board effectiveness reviews, remuneration policies, company culture and internal investigations. It also provides support on the preparation of Modern Slavery statements. Clients include retailers, financial services and insurance sector firms, and multinational corporates. The firm was appointed to the FCA's Skilled Persons Panel in 2017, and has been approached to provide skilled persons reports on the governance and culture of asset managers and banks. Complementing its core legal advice, the firm is also actively engaged with industry players and influencers, such as Business in the Community and Tomorrow's Company. Jeremy Drew, Patrick Brodie and Matthew Griffith head up the team.

Travers Smith LLP has adopted a multifaceted approach to delivering governance and risk advisory services to its clients. A specialist group led by Doug Bryden advises clients on developing and implementing structures, policies and procedures that address traditional governance risks, as well as wider environmental and social risks involving issues such as human rights, sustainability and ethical investment. Laura Summerfield heads up a group that focuses on governance regulation and best practice guidance for listed companies; the scope of the advice includes corporate culture, directors' duties, management of board-level responsibilities and activist shareholders. Senior associate Aisling Arthur is another key figure in the listed company advisory team. Another area of strength for the firm is in advising clients on contentious and non-contentious corruption and bribery matters. On the contentious side, in particular, it has an outstanding track record in high-profile litigation involving allegations of financial crimes. Richard Brown, who established the specialist anti-corruption and anti-bribery practice, is the name to note. In a mandate which had a significant cross-border element, in 2017, Bryden, Brown and others advised a listed company on a comprehensive review of its policies and procedures in relation to corporate governance, anti-bribery and anti-corruption, conflicts of interests, human rights and various other issues. Bryden and Summerfield are the overall co-heads of the corporate governance practice.

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