Firm Profile > Edwin Coe LLP > London, England

Edwin Coe LLP

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

With a dedicated French language desk and a reputation for multi-jurisdictional transactional work bolstered by its membership of the international Ally Law network, Edwin Coe LLP is regularly instructed by a number of overseas companies doing deals in the UK. Led by the 'very knowledgeable and pragmatic' Russel Shear, the team has recently handled cross-border instructions and advised a number of high-net-worth individuals on foreign divestments. David Kinch covers the full gamut of corporate transactions, and is a key contact for European investment strategies. Alexandre Terrasse is highly regarded for matters with a French aspect, while Daniel Bellau, who arrived from Hamlins LLP, focuses on corporate finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Russel Shear

Other key lawyers:

David Kinch; Alexandre Terrasse; Daniel Bellau


‘Strong values like attention to detail, flexibility and value for money are what makes them stand out for me. We find Edwin Coe extremely responsive and co-operative.’

‘Very high calibre of skill delivered in a very scalable platform. Russel Shear is very knowledgeable and very pragmatic.’

‘The French Desk Team is very efficient on cross-border transactions. Alexandre Terrasse is a great professional with a business sensitive approach. He has, both from cultural and legal prospective, a deep knowledge of the execution of transactions.’

Key clients

Internet Fusion Limited

Otis Ltd

Oriole Resources plc (formerly Stratex International plc)

Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation

Pratt & Whitney

Chubb Fire & Security

Blick Rothenberg Limited

Raytheon Technologies

Tethyan Resources plc

Tailored Brands Inc

Valsoft Corporation

VitalHub Corp

Royal Road Minerals

Bleach London Holdings Limited

The Oakgroup (UK) Limited

H.C. Wainwright & Co

Bolt Asset Management Limited

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Edwin Coe LLP has a thriving private client department with three experienced partners at the helm -  Alison BroadberryDavid Goepel and Sean Bannister. It has strong relationships with a number of leading wealth management organisations in the UK and internationally and frequently advises on high-value and complex cross-jurisdictional estates. Goepel is the lead international partner who has particular experience in the Middle East, South East Asia and on  US/UK estate planning.  The group  is particularly skilled at helping business owners, entrepreneurs and senior executives and also acts on a significant number of intestate estates. It is praised for its 'platinum-standard technical knowledge and attention to detail, combined with a highly personable relationship with the clients'.

Practice head(s):

Alison Broadberry (Head of Private Client); David Goepel (Head of Charities and Philanthropy); Sean Bannister (Head of Tax)

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Barnett; Ben Harle


David Goepel is excellent technically, super with clients and a calm and effective negotiator. He is ably assisted by Ben Harle (senior associate) who is a rising star in private client work‘.

‘First class trust, probate and private client tax expertise; specialised knowledge of the complexities of mass marketed insurance based products. Alison Broadberry brings wide experience and a thorough knowledge of the personal and tax issues confronting private clients. She doesn’t just tell you what the law is, but uses this knowledge and experience to recommend a sensible and business-like course of action‘.

‘The lawyers think outside the box rather than simply reciting the law back to you. Alison Broadberry and David Goepel – they give thoughtful, insightful answers to questions rather than generic answers‘.

David Goepel – partner – I have worked with David for over 10 years on a very regular basis. He knows his subject inside out and he is able to insource excellent advisers either internally from E. Coe or externally, where necessary. He is an extremely agreeable person and communicator. Ben Harle – associate. Ben, who I have worked with regularly for the past 3 years, is an extremely able and agreeable young solicitor who is going places‘.

David Goepel is best of the best. Every client receives not just the expertise of one of the best professionals in the sector, but 100% dedication to his or her interests. Ben Harle is proving himself an excellent senior associate with stellar levels of client satisfaction‘.

‘Excellent client handling skills.  Alison Broadberry and Ben Harle. All have been accessible, caring and provide full explanations of what they are doing in a way which is easily understood by executors with no knowledge or understanding of English law‘.

‘Matthew Barnett is exceptionally knowledgeable and able to communicate complex advice in a way that is understandable and practical. Matthew is down to earth, approachable and clients and colleagues love him’.

One of the best teams of which most people have never heard. Alison Broadberry is endeavouring to shine the deserved spotlight on this team, which has great quality, ability and charisma at all levels. Alison Broadberry – indefatigable, effervescent and delightful, Alison is utterly committed to providing an exceptional service to her clients. Ben Harle – a rising star. Thoughtful, clear and concise – exactly what you need in a private client lawyer‘.

Key clients

St. James’s Place


Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP acts solely for policyholders and is noted for its expertise in property damage and business interruption policies, particularly claims related to fires. Led by Roger Franklin, who is praised as the ‘go-to person for complex insurance litigation matters’, the team also acts for clients in indemnity and liability matters. Michael Whitton and Nicola Maher are key contacts for insurance coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Roger Franklin

Other key lawyers:

Michael Whitton; Nicola Maher; Oliver Pannell


‘The insurance litigation department at Edwin Coe LLP are a extremely professional and approachable team who grasp the key issues of a dispute very quickly. This enables a relationship to build on confidence and transparency which clients appreciate in their time of need.’

‘Roger Franklin is an extremely capable go-to person for complex insurance litigation matters and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others.’

‘This an extremely able combative team led by Roger Franklin. Combative in a sensible way, not an objectionable way. They take on difficult cases, instruct quality counsel and achieve very good results for their clients.’

‘Oliver Pannell – a real rising star, who has great technical knowledge and first-rate judgment.’

Key clients

Sartex Quilts and Textiles Limited

Niramax Group Ltd

Real estate > Residential property Tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP is prominent in acquisitions and sales of high-end residential properties in prime central London and the Home Counties, with transactions involving high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. It also advises on ultra-high-end residential developments and real estate finance transactions. Stephen Brower, who leads the team, is notably experienced in assisting clients from the Far East.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Brower

Other key lawyers:

Julian Gore; Rosie McCormick Paice; Katherine Simpson; James Davies


‘Friendly and easy to communicate with, and extremely knowledgable in their areas. They have a solution orientated approach.’

‘Rosie McCormick Paice provides an excellent service.’

‘Even though they are a multidisciplinary practice, they will always recommend another firm or another way of solving the problem if that is the best advice. This culture allows us to have confidence in the advice they give.’

Key clients

Aion Global Inc

Luxlo Property Ltd

Employment > Senior executives Tier 3

At Edwin Coe LLP, team head Linky Trott 'never misses a beat' when navigating her clients through cases. The team has a focus on race, gender and disability discrimination claims, in addition to defending clients against allegations of gross misconduct and cases of equal pay. It also negotiates severance and redundancy packages. The team's clients come from a range of sectors; Ruth Hickling has experience of the pharmaceuticals, engineering and financial services sectors. Emma Sangeelee is in demand for 'her expertise and her brilliance'; she is especially known for her disability discrimination experience. Rachel Harrap is a consultant with the team.

Practice head(s):

Linky Trott

Other key lawyers:

Emma Sangeelee; Ruth Hickling; Rachel Harrap; Elliot Francis


‘I really appreciated that my experience was not at all corporate or cold, and instead felt personal and catered to my needs.  Emma Sangeelee was my lawyer, and I cannot recommend her services enough; by working with her I landed a better outcome than I could have possibly imagined.’

‘This firm is absolutely outstanding. I was really pleased by the way they organised themselves to analyse my case and give me the best advice. I believe the level of professionalism and tools they use/have is way above any other law firm. I would recommend them in a heart beat.’ 

Emma Sangeelee can always analyse difficult matters in a very sensible and wise way to get exactly the outcome she intends to get to. Emma is the best lawyer I know and I have already recommended her to many friends. I think she is a person I will always go to for her expertise and her brilliance.’

‘They have a thorough understanding of what is going on and are able to predict the actions of the opposition. Thus your next step takes this into account which gives you major benefits. Brilliant minds, able to communicate potential problems and prepare you for what is likely to occur.’

‘I have worked with Ruth Hickling who always makes herself available and finds practical solutions to problems. She is also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Led from the top by Linky Trott, the entire team forms a cohesive unit that suits all budgets. Linky provided the perfect balance of a concise summation of the task and continual oversight. Elliot Francis deserves special mention for his depth of understanding in the detail of the case and engagement on scenario discussions. His day to day availability, throughout the lockdown was incredible.’ 

‘Linky Trott: An unparalleled depth of knowledge and her capacity to surmise the outcome from the outset whether that is favourable to you or not gives you a sense of confidence to proceed with your case. She never misses a beat and has in my experience been many steps ahead of the opposition team.’

‘Edwin Coe rightly commands its position as a key firm, particularly in respect of its Employment team. The practice has excellent breadth and depth of experience and is unique in its well-balanced delivery of professional litigation work alongside a dedicated and empathetic approach to its clients.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP’s litigation and dispute resolution practice is highly focused on civil claimant work. Senior partner David Greene has a wealth of experience of claims against major banks, including those relating to financial mis-selling and commercial losses arising from contracts. He is also a go-to for competition-related disputes and claims by shareholders. Another key individual is Ali Zaidi, whose experience includes multimillion pound bankruptcy matters and cases arising from corporate Ponzi frauds. Zahira Hussain, who made partner in 2020, is noted for contractual disputes. At senior associate level, Thomas Johnson is 'a very shrewd and sophisticated litigator', and Fred Sheppard is 'clever, intuitive and tough'.

Practice head(s):

Ali Zaidi; David Greene

Other key lawyers:

Zahira Hussain; Thomas Johnson; Fred Sheppard


Experienced litigation team. They take on a wide variety of litigation in the High Court, which gives them a useful breadth of perspective that many mid-tier commercial dispute outfits lack.

Often go toe-to-toe with bigger City outfits, and they are responsive and thoughtful.

The team at Edwin Coe is extremely diverse and has a broad range of knowledge and experience. I have found it to be incredibly flexible during the Covid-19 pandemic in comparison to other firms. I cannot recommend it enough!

Excellent knowledge of the issues, with the ability to cut through with insightful advice.

David Greene is very experienced, particularly in group actions, and superb on big-picture strategy.

Zahira Hussain is very helpful, organised and efficient.

Senior associate Thomas Johnson is a very shrewd and sophisticated litigator, who gets straight to the point and is very focused on the litigation’s objectives.

Senior associate Fred Sheppard is clever, intuitive and tough; he never gives up and always puts the client first, no matter the circumstances.

Key clients

Fuller Smith & Turner


Lincolnshire Co-operative

MC Rental

Somerset County Council

The Mayor & Commonalty & Citizens of the City of London

Cemex UK Cement

BM Advisory

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Klarna Bank

Conran Holdings

Royal Opera House

The Good Law Project

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

In a major development at Edwin Coe LLP, Daniel Bellau joined from Hamlins LLP in January 2021. Bellau has vast experience undertaking the full spread of ECM transactions for funds, SMEs, entrepreneurs, NOMADS and brokers. Since joining the firm, his recent work has spanned the financial services, real estate and manufacturing sectors. Another name to note is Russel Shear, who acted for SPARK Advisory Partners Limited and Oberon Investments (the trading name of MD Barnard & Company Limited), acting as the NOMAD and broker respectively, on a conditional placing and subscription to raise £3.4m for MyHealthChecked Plc.

Practice head(s):

Russel Shear

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Bellau; David Kinch; Alexandre Terrasse


Dan Bellau is commercial, understands small caps and the world of listed SMEs.

Excellent commercial advice. Practical assistance in dealing with the UK securities regulation framework.’

Key clients

Palace Capital plc

Angelfish Investments plc

Hybridan LLP

Novum Securities Limited

Ethernity Networks Limited

HC Wainwright & Co.

Oberon Investments plc

Brandshield Systems plc

Obatan LLC.

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited

Oriole Resources Plc

Gowin New Energy Group Limited (listed on AQSE).

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Civil fraud work is one of the pillars of the Edwin Coe LLP disputes practice, along with general commercial litigation and arbitration. The firm is also active in securities and consumer fraud claim, and is praised for its ‘exceptional competency, unconventional approach to complex problems, ability to understand and adapt to clients' needs and idiosyncrasies, fast turnover and feedback'. Ali Zaidi specialises in fraud-related cases, insolvency and reconstruction. He co-leads the team with David Greene, who handles a range of commercial litigation, including competition claims and claims on behalf of shareholders.

Practice head(s):

Ali Zaidi; David Greene

Other key lawyers:

Fred Sheppard; Zahira Hussain; Thomas Johnson


‘The features that make Edwin Coe stand out are exceptional competency, unconventional approach to complex problems, ability to understand and adapt to clients’ needs and idiosyncrasies, fast turnover and feedback’.

‘I have had a pleasure of working with David Greene (senior partner) and Fred Sheppard (associate). I was particularly impressed by their grasp of very complex issues involving international securities and their ability to deal with multi-jurisdictional problems that involved both continental and common law issues. Especially impressive was Mr. Greene’s in-depth analysis of litigation perspectives and Mr. Sheppard’s extraordinary research into the arcane issues of complex securities and related contractual and tort claims’.

‘Edwin Coe have one of the strongest civil fraud practices in the City, and do a lot of work for Russian and Middle-Eastern clients, with the result that they are at the heart of the Civil Fraud landscape’. 

‘Never phased by the most serious allegations of fraud and corruption, the team at Edwin Coe keep a level head and adopt strategies which ensure their clients obtain the best representation possible’.

‘David Greene has decades of experience in civil fraud and has a stellar reputation which judges appreciate and opponents fear’. 

‘Fred Sheppard is diligent and intellectually very savvy, with a practical and user-friendly approach to boot’.

‘The team at Edwin coe are extremely diverse and have have a broad range of knowledge and experience. I have found them incredibly adaptive during the covid 19 pandemic in comparison to other legal 500 firms and they very quickly upgraded there technology to do virtual meetings and so there was no disruption to service etc where as other firms I have used have had issues!’

‘Zahira Hussein is an exceptional lawyer who is has provided outstanding service always going above and beyond to provide outstanding client service and is incredibly dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for her client in the best possible timeframe’.

Key clients

Fuller Smith & Turner PLC

Poundland Limited

Lincolnshire Co-operative Limited

MC Rental Limited

Somerset County Council

The Mayor & Commonalty & Citizens of the City of London

Cemex UK Cement Limited

BM Advisory LLP

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Conran Holdings Limited

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 4

The 'skilled and insightful practitioner' Roger Franklin  leads the professional negligence team at Edwin Coe LLP. The practice focuses on acting for claimants in their professional negligence claims against insurance companies and brokers' PI insurers. The team has a particular specialism in handling quantum losses and business interruption losses.  Nicola Maher has expertise in advising claimants in commercial insurance matters, with a focus on assisting policyholders as well as handling substantial property claims regarding fires and other catastrophic incidents.  Michael Whitton is adept at handling professional negligence claims against insurance brokers arising from coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Roger Franklin

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Maher; Michael Whitton


‘A first-rate team that handles a wide range of professional negligence claims, and which has standout experience in claims against insurance brokers – they have been bringing such claims for longer, and more effectively, than any other firm.’

‘An elite firm of solicitors. They have an encyclopaedia of knowledge that can deal with most things in-house.’

‘Edwin Coe has a deserved reputation acting for claimants, particularly in insurance brokers’ negligence claims. EC stand out as one of the very small number of firms showing high standards in this field.’

‘Michael Whitton  is so experienced, he just about invented claims against insurance brokers. Roger Franklin is a powerhouse with a huge caseload who gets first class results. Nicola Maher is another outstanding partner.’

‘Nicola Maher is an exceptional solicitor with a wide breadth of knowledge. You are in very safe hands when dealing with Nicola. She’s personable and highly dedicated to doing the best for you and she is always very invested in her clients success.  She delivers what she promises but never over promises. You’d be very lucky to have her as your solicitor; I couldn’t recommend her enough. A stand out solicitor that I will always remember for the right reasons.’

‘Roger Franklin stands out in this practice. He has a deserved reputation as a skilled and insightful practitioner.’

Key clients

Sartex Quilts and Textiles Limited

RR Securities Limited

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP's property litigation team works alongside the firm's property practice and other departments, translating into solid capabilities in various areas, which makes for an attractive offering for landlords, tenants, developers and private individuals. While its litigation expertise is regularly called upon in landlord and tenant disputes, dilapidations and building defect cases alongside vacant possession, restrictive covenant and easement actions, the team puts significant emphasis on settlement through mediation. Team head Joanna Osborne handles all types of property litigation.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Osborne

Other key lawyers:

Shams Rahman; Katherine Simpson


Very personable and conscientious individuals.

Extremely effective collaborative working as a team – I felt heavily engaged and involved as the client.

‘They constantly went above the call of duty and were contactable at all hours via phone or email.

Excellent attention to detail. They left me feeling like I was in a pair of safe hands, which was extremely reassuring during a difficult legal process.

Joanna Osborne has been tireless in her pursuit of the truth and ensuring that our voice is heard in this process. She has been our guardian angel throughout and protected us from trapdoors that we may have fallen into.

Industry leading experts in niche fields such as dilapidations and leasehold enfranchisement.

Shams Rahman took the lead in presenting the client’s case persuasively and he negotiated hard on their behalf to achieve a good outcome.

Key clients

Yusuf Jassat

Newrest Servair LCY UK Limited

Provincial Equity Finance Limited

Ioannis Mallas

Connie Investments Limited

Heathrow Developments Limited

Henley Homes Plc

West Heath Place Leaseholders (20 individuals)

Skyport Enterprise UK Limited

Lebronze Alloys UK Limited

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Edwin Coe LLP is increasingly working in the area of philanthropy by helping to structure and establish new charities for private individuals and families. The group works with its private client department and is adept at handling cross-border tax and trust matters in conjunction with advising on the establishment of new charitable structures – it also provides ongoing operational advice to these charities. With David Goepel at the helm clients range from international pan-continental educational initiatives and national charities through to professional governing and regulatory bodies. Alison Broadberry is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

David Goepel

Other key lawyers:

Alison Broadberry

Key clients

The Lion Youth Club

Theatre Royal Haymarket


Coram’s Fields

The Spinoza Foundation

Salvation Army International Trustee Company

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

Edwin Coe LLP handles a steady mix of contentious and commercial IP work, and is instructed by a roster of clients in the creative, retail and food and drink sectors. Practice head Simon Miles’ brands practice encompasses trade mark and copyright infringement actions, IP exploitation, portfolio acquisitions and passing-off claims. He is also instructed by easyGroup on the enforcement of the 'easy' mark. Nick Phillips is an expert in domain name disputes.

Practice head(s):

Simon Miles

Other key lawyers:

Nick Phillips


Good focus on detail; use of well-resourced team with work done by those of appropriate seniority; and interesting range of cases.

Simon Miles is focussed on detail and willing to raise difficult commercial issues with clients.

The team at Edwin Coe is in regular contact with us. They are always looking out for our best interests. They are thorough and consistent.

Simon Miles is a clear voice in a sea of noise.

Key clients

Paddington and Company Limited



GroupM including Mindshare and MediaCom

Arlo Living Limited

easyGroup Limited

Kout Food Group Limited

Maxicorp Limited

Silvergate Media Limited (Octonauts)

Hellenic Association of Milk & Dairy Products Industry (SEVGAP) – protects the GI “FETA”.

Parity Consultancy Services Limited

Physique Management

Greenwich Polo Club Limited

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Edwin Coe LLP is strong in acting for banks on commercial, investment, development and residential financing mandates. Stephen Brower leads the team, with extensive experience of acting for high-net-worth individuals as well as banking clients, and 'always looks to come up with the most practical solution'. Dual qualified in England and Wales and Scotland, Joanne McIvor acts for for both English and Scottish lenders.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Brower

Other key lawyers:

Joanne McIvor


‘They have a breadth of experience across all aspects of construction finance and are not afraid to have the hard conversations to ensure things are set up in the correct manner.’

‘Stephen Brower is never fazed and always looks to come up with the most practical solution to ensure things are done with integrity.’

Key clients

Waterman Group

Havin Bank Ltd

Maybank Berhad

Riyad Bank


Hennessy Jones

Employment > Employers Tier 7

Edwin Coe LLP excels in discrimination and High Court cases. Linky Trott, the practice head, frequently advises on the employment considerations of corporate transactions, not least in acquisitions and disposals. Another name to note is Ruth Hickling, who ‘provides exceptional legal advice’, predominantly to clients in the pharmaceutical, engineering and financial services sectors. In September 2020, Alexandra Carn departed to join Keystone Law.

Practice head(s):

Linky Trott

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Hickling; Rachel Harrap; Emma Sangeelee


Edwin Coe is a very impressive firm. All my dealings with them, at whatever level, are professional and smooth running.’

Linky Trott is fantastic to work with. She is incredibly professional, gives clear, pragmatic and cogent advice, and responds quickly when urgent issues arise. ‘

This is a good practice that punches well above its weight. A tight team that offers good value for money compared to many of its competitors.’

Rachel Harrap is an outstanding operator. She is very experienced, very commercial, and technically accomplished. She knows the law and she knows how to apply it in a practical manner.’

Friendly, readily available, excellent customer service and exceptional, pragmatic legal advice.’

Ruth Hickling provides exceptional legal advice, she listens and fully understands the situation we find ourselves in and what we want to achieve.’

Key clients

Chubb Fire & Security Ltd and Chubb (NI) Ltd

Otis Ltd

Guinness World Records Ltd

Kout Food Group (owners of Costa Coffee, Burger King & Little Chef franchises)

Choice International Limited and Choice Forex Limited

Employment > Immigration

Edwin Coe LLP's immigration offering is led by Dhruti Thakrar; she works with high-net-worth individuals, families, entrepreneurs and business owners moving to or investing in the UK, set up businesses in the UK or who might want to make investments in the UK. She also handles complex UK nationality applications and appeals. Christine Chiew left the firm to work for Keystone Law in autumn 2020.

Practice head(s):

Dhruti Thakrar

Edwin Coe LLP is a full service law firm based in the heart of London’s historic legal district in Lincoln’s Inn. Founded in 1913, we have grown from our litigation origins to become a thriving and dynamic practice, providing a comprehensive range of legal services to meet the needs of a wide variety of businesses, individuals and organisations based throughout the UK and overseas.

Our collegiate approach provides clients with efficiency and cross-disciplinary support where necessary to ensure that their needs and objectives are fully supported and met in a cost-effective manner. Legal advice is led by partners whose experience and expertise means that they are able to get to the heart of matters quickly and to come up with insightful, practical and commercial solutions in the shortest possible time frame. For most clients this is preferable and more cost-effective than if work is carried out by junior lawyers, however, we discuss this on an individual basis with clients to ensure the most suitable arrangements for them. Clients regularly rate us as “excellent” in terms of efficiency, understanding their business needs, and keeping them informed of progress and developments.

Many of our partners are involved at a high level in professional bodies and associations, or are contributors and authors of established legal texts. This gives us an invaluable practitioner’s standpoint and means that we are well placed to assist clients with forward-planning, helping them to avoid many legal problems altogether.

Edwin Coe LLP is a member of Ally Law, a group of 70+ independent law firms and 2800+ professionals in 40+ countries who provide comprehensive legal services to companies worldwide.

Types of work undertaken
Construction: The team offers a full range of construction legal services to both domestic and international construction projects and works closely with the property and litigation departments to provide a full service to clients. The team also has a wealth of experience in acting for clients involved in construction disputes and regularly provides strategic and proactive advice.

Corporate and commercial: The firm’s  team acts on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investments, group reorganisations, cross-border and international transactions, public offerings/flotations, banking and new business start-ups. Commercial work includes intellectual property, commercial contracts and agreements.

Employment: The team advises businesses and individuals on all contentious and non-contentious matters, including collective redundancy, implementation of business restructures and protection of business interests, due diligence, business transfers and commercial transactions. The team provides a full service regarding preparation for representation at employment tribunals and in the High Court.

Immigration: The team provides services to both individuals and businesses. It helps those who want to come and live in the UK, set up businesses in the UK or who might want to make investments in the UK. The team also advises and assists in all areas of immigration and nationality law.

Information technology: The team advises household names in IT as well as a wide range of media clients who are involved in areas such as film, TV, entertainment, new media, advertising, publishing, communications and PR. The team has particular expertise in dealing with regulatory and commercial issues faced by new and innovative technologies in the IT space and also advise on legal aspects of social media and user-generated content on websites and on new media aspects of defamation.

Intellectual property: The team has an impressive mix of IP contentious and non-contentious solicitors and trade mark attorneys. It provides a full service to clients from the acquisition, exploitation and protection of intellectual property, through to its commercial use and the handling of infringement and other contentious issues.

Litigation: The team offers a complete dispute resolution service, including arbitration and mediation, asset protection and recovery, banking, commercial litigation, factoring, fraud, insurance claims, landlord and tenant protection, professional and disciplinary tribunals, and professional negligence claims. The team has considerable expertise in handling class actions and securities fraud.

Private client: The team specialises in preserving the wealth of individuals and families. It advises on and creates estate planning arrangements, including sophisticated wills, trusts and charities. It also administers UK estates and trusts.

Property: The team advises on all aspects of property acquisition and disposal, banking security work, property development, planning, landlord and tenant, licensing, mortgages and debentures, investment acquisitions, property portfolios, and rent and lease reviews. The team also has significant expertise in property litigation and property insolvency matters.

Restructuring and insolvency: The team advises on all aspects of personal insolvency, corporate restructuring and recovery, company disqualification, professional licensing and disciplinary questions, and debt recovery.

Tax:The team provides a number of tax-related services to its wide and diverse client base. The team has a market-leading understanding of onshore and offshore markets and utilises its prior experience, gained both while working for HMRC and in the private sector, to provide bespoke solutions to both individual and corporate clients based in the UK and overseas.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner David Greene
Managing Partner David Kinch
Chief Executive Tim Nash
Banking & Finance Stephen Brower
Charities & Philanthropy David Goepel
Construction Nik Haria
Corporate & Commercial Russel Shear
Employment Linky Trott
Group Action Litigation David Greene
Immigration Dhruti Thakrar
Insurance Litigation Roger Franklin
Information Technology Nick Phillips
Intellectual Property Simon Miles
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Ali Zaidi
Private Client Alison Broadberry
Property Stephen Brower
Property Litigation Joanna Osborne
Restructuring & Insolvency Ali Zaidi
Tax Sean Bannister
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sean Bannister  photo Sean Bannister Sean is a partner within the Tax team. He has acted for…
 Matthew Barnett photo Matthew Barnett Matthew joined the Private Client team as a Partner in 2019 from…
 Brenna Baye  photo Brenna Baye Specialising in construction law, Brenna advises individuals and companies from a wide…
 Daniel Bellau photo Daniel Bellau Daniel is a Corporate finance partner and joined Edwin Coe in January…
 Philip Boursnell  photo Philip Boursnell Philip joined Edwin Coe as a partner in the property team in…
 Alison Broadberry  photo Alison Broadberry Alison joined Edwin Coe in 2016 as Head of Private Client. Alison…
 Stephen Brower  photo Stephen Brower Stephen is head of the Property Group and also Heads up the…
 Christina Fitzgerald  photo Christina Fitzgerald Christina joined Edwin Coe’s top ranked Restructuring & Insolvency team in February…
 Roger Franklin  photo Roger Franklin Roger practises in Commercial Litigation, specialising in Insurance law and heads up…
 Simeon Gilchrist  photo Simeon Gilchrist With both contentious and transactional insolvency expertise, Simeon advises insolvency practitioners, banks,…
 Nick Giles  photo Nick Giles Nick is a consultant in the Private Client team and was Managing…
 Ian Gilmour  photo Ian Gilmour Ian qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Edwin Coe’s Property…
 David Goepel  photo David Goepel David joined the Private Client department of Edwin Coe as a partner…
 Julian Gore  photo Julian Gore Julian joined Edwin Coe’s Property Team as a partner in 1986. He…
 David Greene  photo David Greene David was articled with Edwin Coe and qualified in 1980, becoming a…
 Nik Haria  photo Nik Haria Nik specialises in construction law and dispute resolution and handles both contentious…
 Rachel Harrap  photo Rachel Harrap Rachel a consultant in the Employment Team. She qualified as a Solicitor…
 Ruth Hickling  photo Ruth Hickling Ruth joined Edwin Coe as a partner in December 2008. She was…
 Zahira Hussain photo Zahira Hussain Zahira has experience of advising Claimants as well as Defendants. She primarily…
 David Kinch  photo David Kinch David has been Managing Partner of the firm since 2019. He qualified…
 Claire Lehr  photo Claire Lehr Claire is a solicitor and has over 20 years’ experience in the…
 Nicola Maher  photo Nicola Maher Nicola joined Edwin Coe in 2010 and became a partner in April…
 Rosie McCormick Paice  photo Rosie McCormick Paice Rosie joined Edwin Coe in 2018 from Pemberton Greenish where she had…
 Joanne McIvor  photo Joanne McIvor Joanne specialises in all aspects of real estate but with particular focus…
 Simon Miles  photo Simon Miles Simon joined Edwin Coe in February 2009 and heads up the Intellectual…
 Matthew Needham-Laing  photo Matthew Needham-Laing Matthew qualified and practiced as an architect before qualifying as a solicitor…
 Brendan O’Shea  photo Brendan O’Shea Brendan has extensive experience of dealing with a high volume of Intestacy…
 Joanna Osborne  photo Joanna Osborne Joanna qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and joined Edwin Coe’s Commercial…
 Nick Phillips  photo Nick Phillips Nick specialises in Intellectual Property and IT. Nick qualified as a solicitor…
 Shams Rahman  photo Shams Rahman Shams joined Edwin Coe as a partner in the Litigation & Dispute…
 Maggie Ramage  photo Maggie Ramage Maggie is a Trade Mark Attorney on the UK register of Trade…
 Emma Sangeelee  photo Emma Sangeelee Emma is a Partner in the Employment Department with significant experience providing…
 Hetal Sanghvi  photo Hetal Sanghvi Hetal is a Partner within the Tax team. She is a qualified…
 Russel Shear  photo Russel Shear Russel is Head of the Corporate & Commercial team. His expertise encompasses…
 Katherine Simpson  photo Katherine Simpson Katherine joined Edwin Coe as a partner in 2018. She is a…
 Alexandre Terrasse  photo Alexandre Terrasse Alexandre provides legal and strategic advice to French companies of all sizes,…
 Dhruti Thakrar  photo Dhruti Thakrar Dhruti Thakrar joined Edwin Coe in November 2013 and has been a…
 Linky Trott  photo Linky Trott Linky has a wealth of experience and advises on a full range…
 James Walton  photo James Walton James is a finance partner with over 20 years of post-qualification experience,…
 Michael Whitton  photo Michael Whitton Michael is an Insurance Litigation Partner.  He read law at Cambridge University,…
 Ali Zaidi  photo Ali Zaidi Ali Zaidi is the Head of Litigation and of the Restructuring &…
Number of UK partners : 37
Number of other UK fee-earners : 75
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
Ally Law
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
ECTA (European Communities Trade Mark Association)
INSOL - International Association of Restructuring
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)

The Lex 100 Verdict

A training contract at London’s Edwin Coe is packed with responsibility from the get-go. The firm’s reputation and ‘rave reviews from other employees’ drew in recruits. At least one trainee had worked at the firm previously and was ‘familiar with the people and practices’. Edwin Coe’s modest size equates to ‘high-quality work but with the added bonus that the hours are more forgiving’ than at some larger firms. ‘The responsibility given to trainees, as well as the feedback and value of the work you do’ is also a big plus point, especially as junior lawyers are very much ‘included within team discussions’. That the firm can seem 'quite old fashioned’ is a bugbear, as are the salary and the ‘lack of secondments’. ‘Undertaking a research project, the result of which was warmly received by my colleagues, including a senior partner of the firm’ was a highlight, especially as this led to ‘being trusted with additional responsibilities as a result’. ‘Closing my first deal’ and ‘attending multiple trials’ were also mentioned as best moments, whilst ‘bundling until late at night ahead of a disclosure task’ was memorable for the wrong reasons. Because of the pandemic, some training contracts were delayed by six months and the ‘vast majority of our work is done remotely’ which is frustrating as trainees would like to spend more time with colleagues. Nevertheless, for excellent work and high levels of responsibility, research Edwin Coe.