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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 provides ‘very practical, business-focused advice, which is drawn from market experience’ to directors, general counsel and company secretaries. Will Chalk heads up the governance and compliance practice, which advises on issues connected with directors’ duties, annual reports and other regulatory reporting requirements, AGMs (conduct and procedure), and reviews of company constitutions, among other matters. The multidisciplinary team also handles areas ancillary to corporate governance; Chris Brennan is ‘one of the key, go-to people’ for regulatory investigations and enforcement, particularly in the context of FCA enforcement and criminal prosecutions. Jonathan Fletcher Rogers and Nicky Griffin have expertise in employee incentive schemes and associated corporate governance issues. Adam Bennett and Ben Koehne, who specialise in acting for building societies and other mutual organisations, have been advising financial services clients on the implementation of the Senior Managers Regime. Associate Richard Preston ‘thinks past legislation to provide holistic advice’.

Allen & Overy LLP has a strong track record assisting publicly listed companies across a broad cross-section of operational matters and regulatory risks; corporate partner David Broadley, senior corporate assistants Kate Astley, Victoria Rankmore and others advise Direct Insurance Group (among many other clients) on annual reporting, AGM preparation and other corporate governance matters on an ongoing basis. The firm also advises clients in relation to executive remuneration, anti-money laundering/anti-fraud and reviews of corporate policies. In a novel highlight, Simon Toms was the lead adviser to DeepMind Technologies on establishing an independent panel to scrutinise its use of artificial intelligence. Richard Cranfield and Richard Browne advise Electra on activist shareholder matters.

Baker McKenzie’s clients ‘have nothing but positive things to say about the firm’. Its cross-practice team excels in assisting international clients with various aspects of their UK operations, including establishing and implementing corporate governance policies and procedures for their UK entities, and providing board-level advice on issues associated with cross-border redomestications. In other areas, the firm provides compliance advice on best practice guidelines, as well as rules and regulations, such as the Market Abuse Regulation, the UK Takeover Code and the Financial Services Act. Regulatory and internal investigations are other areas of strength. The firm also demonstrates notable capabilities in a wide range of crisis situations (including instances where corporates are in financial distress or where there are hostile bidders). The ‘very attentiveHelen Bradley is recommended along with other highly regarded individuals such as Dyann Heward-Mills, Roy Pearce, Sunny Mann, and practice head Beatriz Pessôa de Araújo.

At Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, where ‘there is no sitting on the fence’, a dedicated corporate governance advisory team works with practitioners active in areas such as employment and dispute resolution to cover a full range of governance issues. The firm has a strong client following of private companies and listed companies (it acts for 37 FTSE 100 companies alone), and advises on matters such as executive remuneration, directors’ duties, company constitutions, corporate reporting and AGMs. Clients include Associated British Foods, G4S and BP. The firm also undertakes a significant amount of contentious and non-contentious work for financial institutions, with recent work including advice to banking and insurance sector clients on the implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime, as well as the Senior Insurance Managers Regime. Karen Anderson, Hywel Jenkins, Alex Kay and Andrew Procter are recommended for their financial services expertise, and Carol Shutkever and Paul Ellerman jointly lead the corporate governance advisory team. Senior partner James Palmer ‘tells the story as it is and is not afraid to confront difficult issues’. Senior associate Gareth Sykes is also highly regarded.

Hogan Lovells International LLP’s breadth and depth of expertise enable it to provide a comprehensive service to UK and international listed and unlisted companies, as well as directors, officers and shareholders. Head of the corporate governance unit Andrew Pearson and Maegen Morrison have previously advised longstanding client SABMiller on issues such as its policies on whistleblowing and document retention, reviews of annual reports and accounts, and the establishment of governance arrangements in relation to international joint ventures. Another key client is MP Evans Group, with Richard Ufland and counsel Philip Corser recently advising on constitutional matters, its compliance with the Corporate Governance Code (prior to its AIM admission) and AGM-related issues. Mars, Paysafe Group and Acal also instruct the firm. Paul Randall leads a team focused on employee share incentives. In the area of white-collar crime and fraud, Crispin Rapinet provides management boards with multi-jurisdictional preventative and compliance advice, and also assists in relation to investigations brought by national agencies, as well as follow-up enforcement action.

Linklaters LLP established a specialist operational intelligence group in 2014 to provide business-critical advice on risk management, governance and regulatory compliance, as well as corporate sustainability. Tom Shropshire, Vanessa Havard-Williams and Satindar Dogra co-head the team, which assists clients in formulating and monitoring governance and compliance models, risk assessments, reporting and disclosure requirements, and crisis management. It also deals with a wide variety of ancillary issues, such as anti-bribery/money laundering, data protection and human rights. Shropshire acts for corporate clients located worldwide, and was the lead adviser to the United Nations Global Compact and principal draftsperson of the Guide for General Counsel on Corporate Sustainability. Dogra and others have been advising News Corporation’s independent Management and Standards Committee on investigations into phone hacking and various other matters at News UK. Richard Cumbley has extensive expertise in the privacy implications of new technology, data security incidents and privacy litigation. Elsewhere, the firm acts for a broad cross-section of clients in the financial services industry, including banks, asset managers and wealth management firms. Managing associates Rachel Barrett, Lucy Blake and John Stone are other active members of the team.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s global platform enables it to cater to the needs of financial institutions, individual directors and FTSE 100/FTSE 250 companies in a variety of domestic and cross-border matters. Under the leadership of Chris Pearson, the team advises on a wide range of non-contentious issues, including AGMs and annual reporting obligations, board composition, conflicts policies, and regulatory compliance. The firm also handles internal investigations, and is well versed in domestic and multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations and enforcement action. Neil O’May specialises in defending global organisations and individuals against criminal prosecutions connected with corporate and white-collar offences. Another key contact is Sam Eastwood, who assists clients in designing, monitoring and testing compliance policies and procedures in relation to issues such as anti-corruption and financial crime. Jonathan Herbst, Peter Snowdon and senior associate Charlotte Henry all have UK and EU financial services regulatory expertise. Anglo Pacific, HSBC and Trinity Mirror are among the firm’s clients in this space.

Travers Smith LLPmarries deep knowledge with practical advice’ on governance, risk management and regulatory compliance. Highly regarded senior counsel Laura Summerfield leads a team of corporate lawyers advising Main Market and AIM-listed companies – the firm acts for more than 60 – on governance regulation and best practice management, in particular issues such as board composition and succession planning, remuneration policies, the management of hostile shareholders, and directors’ duties. On the anti-bribery and anti-corruption front, Richard Brown handles contentious and non-contentious matters for global businesses across multiple sectors, including ensuring their policies, procedures and structures are compliant with the UK Bribery Act, and also advises on internal investigations and regulatory defence. Doug Bryden heads up a separate area of the firm’s corporate governance offering, which focuses on wider operational, social and environmental risks; this involves developing and reviewing clients’ governance procedures, and ensuring that they meet certain standards on issues such as human rights, modern slavery and corporate regulatory compliance (including export control and sanctions).

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