Edwin Coe LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

Edwin Coe LLP

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Edwin Coe LLP  is praised for being ‘a very discreet, Rolls-Royce practice, where the client is far more important than the solicitor, and service is everything’. It has some strong relationships with a number of the leading wealth management organisations in the UK and internationally. Alison Broadberry – who has ‘bundles of fizzing legal energy’ – and David Goepel – a ‘deep thinker and clear communicator’– co-head the department. The team is increasingly advising on high-value, complex, cross-jurisdictional estates both during a person’s lifetime and after death. Matthew Barnett is another leading member of the department who acts for high- and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on a wide range of tax, trust, estate and succession planning matters. Ben Harle left the firm in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Alison Broadberry; David Goepel

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Barnett; Anna Primrose; Eva Moynihan


‘David Goepel – hides a steely strategic brain behind masses of charm’.

‘The team has some brilliant private client lawyers. Matthew Barnett & Anna Primrose are both excellent private client lawyers. Their mastery of administration of complex estates is extremely impressive’.

‘Excellent at advising private clients and trustees on trust law, tax and insurance related products. Alison Broadberry’s sympathetic manner and in-depth knowledge of trust law, tax and insurance related products cuts through the jargon and delivers brilliant results for the client’.

‘David Goepel: deep knowledge and expertise in trust matters. Solution-oriented. Good communication skills and a very agreeable person to work with. Have worked with David for the past 15 years or so’.

‘David Goepel stands out for his intellect and ability to navigate problems, particularly on the international side. He delivers advice in a simple and clear way, and it is always comforting to have his involvement’.

‘Alison Broadberry has decades of experience in UK private client matters. She is very personable and incredibly thorough’.

‘Partner David Goepel has a brain the size of a planet, an easy manner that his clients love and an even more loveable sense of humour. Senior associate Eva Moynihan is extremely capable, able to handle the most complex files and families’.

‘Partner Mathew Barnett is another tremendous asset for the firm and a rock for his clients’.

Key clients

St. James’s Place


Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 3

Bolstered by its membership of international legal network, Ally Law, Edwin Coe LLP is noted for the depth of its cross-border capabilities, regularly acting for overseas companies investing in the UK. The practice is steered by Russel Shear, who is regularly engaged by public and private companies on complex M&A matters. Alexandre Terrasse, described by clients as ‘pragmatic’ and ‘proactive’, advises French companies, entrepreneurs and individuals on all aspects of corporate and commercial transactions. Jamal Saleh joined the team from Withers LLP in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Russel Shear

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Bellau; David Kinch; Alexandre Terrasse; Jamal Saleh; Nilufar Shahpanahi


‘High availability and responsiveness. A pragmatic view of the deals.’

‘A consistently high standard of advice across all teams and the members of each team together with a willingness to take time to understand business needs and client aspirations all combined with a speed of response we have seldom experienced from other legal advisers.’

‘Hourly rates compare very favourably with other similar practices and time spent is kept to a minimum given the expertise and experience of all individuals advising.’

‘Daniel Bellau took time to understand our business and the intricacies of the deal we had struck with the buyer, ensuring that all documentation reflected the complex detail required in our business sector. We always considered that he represented us fairly and robustly when appropriate.’

‘Nilufar Shahpanahi worked tirelessly throughout a protracted transaction to ensure we achieved completion. She was always available to discuss concerns.’

‘We regularly work with Alexandre Terrasse and his team on cross-border M&A transactions and English corporate law issues. Alexandre and his team are very responsive and their work is of high quality. Their approach to cases is pragmatic and their responses are adapted to each type of client.’

‘Alexandre is pragmatic, constructive, proactive and reactive. His responses are adapted to each of the issues dealt with and allow us to move forward with confidence in complex situations.’

Key clients

Otis Limited

Nano Dimension Limited

FRP Trading Advisory Limited

VitalHub Corporation

The owners of the New Century Care Homes chain

Swaine Group Limited / Chargeurs Group

The Winncare Group / Siparex

Xynergy Groupe SAS

The shareholders of Della AI Limited

Morris Care Limited

Shareholders of TSS (Total Security Services) Limited

Royal Road Minerals Limited

TCM Living Limited

Quantuma Advisory

Mazars LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising the administrators of Truphone Limited, on the pre-packaged sale of the business and assets of Truphone to well-known entrepreneurs Hakan Koç and Pyrros Koussios.
  • Advised Morris & Company on the £60m sale of a care home portfolio to Impact Healthcare REIT plc.
  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of a leading piece of Legal AI technology to Wolters Kluwer.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

'A medium-sized firm with a great reputation in litigation', Edwin Coe LLP regularly acts in actions against major banks, in relation to sizeable commercial losses arising from contracts, failed investments and the mis-selling of financial products. The team also acts in substantial commercial judicial reviews and breaches of confidence claims. Ali Zaidi specialises in fraud-related cases, and insolvency and reconstruction matters; David Greene is 'one of the best litigation solicitors practising in the City'; Zahira Hussain routinely assists with contract-related claims; and elevated to partner in April 2023, barrister Thomas Johnson is experienced in fraud cases, finance disputes, and company law.

Practice head(s):

David Greene; Ali Zaidi

Other key lawyers:

Zahira Hussain; Thomas Johnson; Fred Sheppard; Ian Chai


‘Lean and nimble team, which punches well above its weight in heavy-duty commercial litigation. Particular expertise in claimant-side mandates within group actions.’

‘David Greene is one of the best litigation solicitors practising in the City who commands the respect, and fear, of his peers.’

‘David Green and Fred Sheppard particularly impress with their ability to identify and address quickly the most pressing aspects of  very complex transactions involving multi-layer corporate structures. Almost instant availability for discussion of urgent matters despite their significant workload.’

‘Thomas Johnson is one to watch – really gets the issues, cuts to the chase, and has a good instinct for what will matter in court.’

‘Tightly knit, working well together so that the total is greater than the sum of the parts. No wastage and client-focused.’

‘Ian Chai – an enquiring mind, diligent, to the point, and effective.’

‘One of the firm’s most outstanding qualities is its ability to handle complex issues at the intersection of various fields of law, such as corporate and finance, and to use its vast collective experience in solving complex, multi-jurisdictional problems.’

‘Edwin Coe is a medium-sized firm with a great reputation in litigation – indeed, the number of reported cases where they are involved illustrates their position in the market.

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

Greene King Brewing and Retailing Limited

Bridgemarts Limited (T/A Gowing & Pursey)

Gap Group Limited

BM Advisory LLP

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Klarna Bank

Conran Holdings Limited

Royal Opera House

The Good Law Project

Fenix International t/a OnlyFans

Acai Berry Foods Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a group of 150 claimants, in relation to their claim for damages and interest against various truck manufacturers, following a finding by the European Commission of a price-fixing cartel.
  • Representing the laimants who invested in, and became members of the Eclipse Scheme, which was sold as an opportunity to invest in transactions with Disney involving film rights.
  • Representing consumers, in relation to the mis-selling of Spanish timeshares.

Dispute resolution > Group litigation: Claimant Tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP fields a ‘lean and nimble team which punches well above its weight in heavy duty commercial litigation', with over 30 years of experience in group claims across a wide array of sectors. Public law litigation is a key strength of the practice, which notably acted on the Post Office litigation concerning sub-postmasters. ‘Charming and totally switched-onDavid Greene, a former President of the Law Society, leads the team that consist of ‘very efficient and perceptiveZahira Hussain, both with a wealth of experience representing claimants in collective actions. Other noted practitioners within the team include the ‘very hard workingThomas Johnson, and Canadian-qualified senior associate Fred Sheppard.

Practice head(s):

David Greene


‘Lean and nimble team, which punches well above its weight in heavy duty commercial litigation. They have particular expertise on claimant side mandates in group actions.’

‘Thomas Johnson is very hard working, cuts through issues, and gets the practicalities of claimant side group litigation.’

‘One of the firm’s most outstanding qualities is their ability to handle complex issues at the intersection of various fields of law (e.g., corporate and finance) and to use their vast collective experience in solving complex multi-jurisdictional problems.’

‘I’ve had a pleasure of working with David Green and Frederick Sheppard for several years. I am particularly impressed by their ability to identify and address quickly the most pressing issues in very complex transactions involving multi-layer corporate structures. And one of the qualities that stands out most is their almost instant availability for discussion of urgent matters despite their significant workload.’

‘The firm has considerable experience of group litigation and knows how to enter into billing and funding arrangements that work for both clients and the firm itself.’

‘David Greene is a very well known legal figure – a charming and totally switched on solicitor who is aware of and often ahead of the trends in litigation. Other notable individuals that I have dealt with are Zahira Hussain who is quietly very efficient and perceptive; and Fred Sheppard who I found to be totally on the ball.’

Work highlights

  • Advising a group of 150 claimants in relation to their claim for damages and interest against various truck manufacturers, following a finding by the European Commission of a price-fixing cartel.
  • Representing the Claimants who invested in, and became members of the Eclipse Scheme. The Defendant developed, marketed and implemented the Eclipse Scheme which was sold to the Claimants as an opportunity to invest in transactions with Disney in relation to film rights. The transactions entered into by the Eclipse Partnerships with Disney were a fraud. The value of the claim is £1.3billion.
  • Representing consumers arising from the misspelling of Spanish timeshares. The claim is valued in excess of £8million.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP handles the full range of discrimination claims for senior executives, including those relating to sex, race and disability. Other key areas of work span whistleblowing cases, redundancy processes and severance negotiations. Linky Trott spearheads the team, and regularly deals with misconduct allegations. Another noted team member is the ‘marvellous’ Emma Sangeelee, who specialises in disability discrimination claims. Clare Gilroy-Scott handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, mainly exit and settlement negotiations.

Practice head(s):

Linky Trott

Other key lawyers:


‘Emma Sangeelee is marvellous – knowledgeable, dedicated, strategic and had her client’s back to the bitter end.’

‘Clare Gilroy-Scott is excellent. She is kind, professional and on top of the law and current practice.’

‘Linky Trott and Emma Sangeelee are highly talented, experienced and dedicated professionals and are supported by a committed and impressive team.’

‘Linky Trott is smart, hard working and dedicated in her pursuit of the best outcome for her client. She draws on her wealth of experience of employment issues and prevailing market trends and on her technical expertise to provide well considered, pragmatic and strategic advice.’ 

‘The Edwin Coe 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. It is a truly wonderful firm and group of professionals.’

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

The insurance litigation team at Edwin Coe LLP is led by the ‘absolutely first classRoger Franklin, a specialist in cases involving allegations of fraud and under-insurance in business interruption claims. The team has developed a strong expertise in Covid-19 business interruption claims, including advising policyholder groups in regards to the FCA test case, and carrying out further test cases themselves. Alongside this expertise in BI claims, the team is also has notable experience dealing with complex quantum issues. ‘Excellent strategist’ Nicola Maher is recommended for her ‘tenacious’ approach, specialising in substantial property damage and resolving disputes through mediation; Michael Whitton is ‘hugely experienced’.

Practice head(s):

Roger Franklin

Other key lawyers:

Michael Whitton; Nicola Maher; Oliver Pannell; Kate Dwyer


‘Edwin Coe is one of the few insurance litigation practices specialising in assisting policyholders. They appreciate the sensitivity of the relationship between their policyholder client and the insurer with whom the client is in dispute; conscious that the relationship may extend beyond that issue and may have to continue post settlement. Always courteous and respectful to their client and others, Edwin Coe is a winning team.’

‘Nicola Maher is an excellent strategist exercising sound judgement, and closely attentive to detail. Nicola is always calm and unflappable, but tenacious in prosecuting her clients’ cases. Always responsive and a delight to deal with, Nicola is conscious of cost-proportionality.’

‘Nicola Maher was fantastic. Professional and concise in everything she did. I would highly recommend her.’

‘Michael Whitton is clearly knowledgeable, hugely experienced, firm manner but delivered with complete courtesy.’

‘A special and rare knowledge and understanding of the standards of practice expected of companies and practitioners in the insurance world.’

‘I have worked closely with Roger Franklin for many years and I particularly value his understanding of the adversarial process and his ability to put the clients interests first when considering the matter of settlement or not. Roger and his team have developed meaningful relationships with the top insurance negligence sets.’

‘Roger Franklin is absolutely first class.’

‘Roger Franklin is very professional and always goes the extra mile to support our situation.’

Key clients

Corbin & King Ltd

DC Bars Ltd

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC

Gatwick Investment Ltd T/A Crowne Plaza London Gatwick Airport

Thornton Manor Estate Ltd

Oaxaca Ltd. T/A Wahaca

Starboard Hotels Ltd

Real estate > Residential property Tier 3

The ‘very professional and highly regarded’ team at Edwin Coe LLP is led by Rosie McCormick Paice. It advises wealthy individuals on all aspects of residential and rural real estate ownership. The practice frequently provides transactional and financing advice, as well as advising on landlord and tenant matters. The group is also skilled at handling complex leasehold enfranchisement issues. In addition, the department acts both for borrowers and for the lenders (private client banks) on various residential property matters. The group has significant expertise, too, in dealing with the financing of residential property portfolios, landed estates, agricultural land and acquisitions under leasehold reform legislation. Katherine Simpson is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rosie McCormick Paice

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Simpson; Alastair Hutchinson; James Davies


‘Highest level of professionalism. Incredible attitude and support. Strongly recommend working with Edwin Coe LLP to any potential client’.

‘Rosie McCormick Paice did everything accurately and professionally. She solved all problems with great patience and supported me every moment. Great memories and many thanks for her work’.

‘Highly professional team. Rosie McCormick Paice was outstanding. Very competent and experienced. A complete delight to work with’.

‘They have breadth of expertise, and I find them very capable in all areas’.

‘Katherine Simpson is an experienced, cerebral and capable solicitor in a wide range of residential property issues. Alastair Hutchinson is a practical and effective conveyancer with depth of experience’. 

‘For me James Davies is extremely professional, brilliant at communicating, friendly and personable. His advice and quality of work is second to none.’

‘Katherine Simpson is an absolute star in the Leasehold Reform field. Combines great charm and humour with a practical and pragmatic approach and with great intellect, fearlessness and professionalism. The perfect person to have on your side’.

Key clients


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

Praised for its 'very commercial corporate practice', Edwin Coe LLP is highly experienced representing AIM companies and their advisers, including on secondary issuances and corporate governance issues. Head of corporate Russel Shear leads the team and handles all aspects of equity transactions. Daniel Bellau is praised for his extensive knowledge of listed companies, notably SMEs.

Practice head(s):

Russel Shear

Other key lawyers:


Commercial and know SMEs.

Edwin Coe have a very commercial corporate practice who are always on hand to provide advice when required.

Russel Shear is available at short notice to provide advice.’

Dan Bellau knows the listed world and SMEs.’

Key clients

Palace Capital plc

Novum Securities Ltd

Ethernity Networks Ltd

HC Wainwright & Co.

Brandshield Systems Plc

SPARK Advisory Partners Ltd

Beaumont Cornish Ltd

Nano Dimension Limited

Fox-Davies Capital Ltd

Kendrick Resources plc

Work highlights

  • Advising the Broker and Nominated Adviser, in the admission of CleanTech Lithium PLC to AIM, giving it a market capitalisation at admission, of £23.7m.
  • Advising a London-based mineral exploration and development company on its admission to the main market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advising a UK and Israeli based provider of cybersecurity solutions on two AIM fundraisings to fund growth.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP is well-equipped to act for claimants in cases of mass fraud and has ‘outstanding’ know-how in claims relating to timeshare fraud and high-profile insolvency matters. The team, spearheaded by David Greene and Ali Zaidi who are specialists in the commercial litigation and insolvency fields respectively, is recognised for its involvement in fraudulent misconduct claims and advising on asset avoidance schemes.

Practice head(s):

David Greene; Ali Zaidi

Other key lawyers:

Zahira Hussain; Thomas Johnson; Ian Chai; Fred Sheppard


‘Right on the spot with a clear strategy to achieve the final goal.’

‘Ian Chai. Exceptional knowledge well beyond his PQE. David Greene (partner) is a delight to deal with.’

‘One of the firm’s most outstanding qualities is its ability to handle complex issues at the intersection of various fields of law (e.g., corporate and finance) and to use its vast collective experience in solving complex multi-jurisdictional problems.’

‘I’ve had the pleasure of working with David Greene and Fred Sheppard for several years. I was – and still am – particularly impressed by their ability to identify and address quickly the most pressing issues in very complex transactions involving multi-layer corporate structures. And one of the qualities that stands out most is their almost instant availability for discussion of urgent matters despite their significant workload.’

‘Excellent service and results.’

‘Caring, professional, and creative.’

‘David Greene is not just a very fast thinker. A perfect choice if you need to recommend a litigator with the needed sense for economics.’

‘Edwin Coe’s litigation team is both practical and creative, well-versed in the techniques necessary to win cases, they are a brilliant group of highly skilled lawyers. Especially talented in collective, group, mass and class actions, and with a thorough understanding of litigation finance, Edwin Coe is a leading voice in investor disputes, shareholder actions, competition matters, and consumer rights cases. They are deeply committed to their clients’ causes and to their clients’ best interests.’

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

Greene King Brewing and Retailing Limited

Bridgemarts Limited (T/A Gowing & Pursey)

Gap Group Limited

BM Advisory LLP

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Conran Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a group of 150 Claimants in relation to their claim for damages and interest against various truck manufacturers, following a finding by the European Commission of a price-fixing cartel. The Claimants comprise those who bought, leased or subcontracted trucks weighing six tonnes or more between 1997 and 2015. The claim is worth £150m+.
  • Representing the Claimants who invested in, and became members of the Eclipse Scheme. The Defendant developed, marketed and implemented the Eclipse Scheme which was sold to the Claimants as an opportunity to invest in transactions with Disney in relation to film rights. The transactions entered into by the Eclipse Partnerships with Disney were a fraud. The value of the claim is £1.3billion. |
  • Representing consumers arising from the misspelling of Spanish timeshares. The claim is valued in excess of £8million.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP is a claimant focused London firm which specialises in acting against insurance companies, including brokers’ professional indemnity insurers. Team lead Roger Franklin has acted in a variety of commercial insurance matters in the UK, Europe, and the USA, and is an advisor to the Insurance Brokers’ Standards Council. Nicola Maher, who is described as ‘excellent, charming, a pleasure to work with’, often represents corporate, SME, and high net worth clients in complex insurance coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):

Roger Franklin

Other key lawyers:

Michael Whitton; Nicola Maher; Oliver Pannell; Kate Dwyer; Simeon Gilchrist


‘Michael Whitton, Kate Dwyer, and Oliver Pannell are the stand out individuals.’

‘Switched on, good to deal with, client friendly.’

‘They really know their stuff, have a very focused expertise.’

‘Michael Whitton and Nicola Maher are good.’

‘Excellent breadth of knowledge within the team.’

‘Nicola Maher is excellent, charming, and a pleasure to work with. Michael Whitton has excellent depth of knowledge in the sector. Calm but firm manner.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP regularly handles cases in the High Court and the Court of Appeal while also offering advice to a wide-range of landlords, tenants and developers. The team works across the full spectrum of property litigation, with particular experience in joint venture disputes, professional negligence and issues stemming from the Building Safety Act. Practice head Joanna Osborne ‘leads the team brilliantly’ and has particular experience in joint venture and conveyancing issues.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Osborne

Other key lawyers:

Shams Rahman; Katherine Simpson; Eleanor Stark; Nida Khan; Emma Gregory; John Quinlan


‘The Edwin Coe team is well-equipped to deal with a wide-range of issues, with an in-depth knowledge of complex real estate. They are forward-thinking but also remain very personable, with client care paramount.’

‘Joanna Osborne leads the team brilliantly. She is highly experienced and is always looking for innovative solutions to complex issues that would stump mere mortals. Shams Rahman, Eleanor Stark, Nida Khan and Emma Gregory are a pleasure to deal with, very responsive and very client-focused.’

‘In the service we received, everything was spot-on – more a 7-star than a 5-star service from the property litigation team.’

‘Joanna Osborne is very experienced, client-friendly.’

‘Joanna Osborne is passionate, persuasive and 110% committed to her clients.’

‘Edwin Coe have a number of very intelligent lawyers who are given the time to concentrate fully on a particular client’s matter. They get good results.’

‘Nida Khan deals well with clients.’

‘Eleanor Stark is a powerhouse. She is incredibly efficient and manages the stress of litigation with a smile. John Quinlan is a very talented associate with a eye for detail.’

Key clients

Duchess of Bedford RTM Company Limited

Lush Retail Limited

Connie Investments Ltd

Earlyglobal Limited trading as the 151 Club

Work highlights

  • Advised Lush Retail Limited, Lush Limited and Lush Manufacturing Limited over the years on all property litigation matters
  • Act for 4 members of a family and their family companies, who have owned and developed property in the Kent area since the 1980s.
  • Advised and conducted litigation on behalf of Earlyglobal Limited, the corporate entity which is the proprietor of the legendary 151 Club on the Kings Road in Chelsea, London.

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

David Goepel leads the department at Edwin Coe LLP, which draws on the strength of the firm's private client offering to increasingly work in the area of philanthropy. The group is adept at helping private individuals and families to structure and establish new charities, and Goepel advises many UK local and national charities on issues such as the powers and duties of charity trustees, and tax issues affecting charities. Alison Broadberry has a keen focus on assisting clients with their charitable and philanthropic planning.

Practice head(s):

David Goepel

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Salvation Army International Trustee Company

Theatre Royal Haymarket

African Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Coram’s Fields

The Spinoza Foundation

Catholic Order

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

With notable expertise in brands work, Edwin Coe LLP handles a broad range of matters, from the acquisition, exploitation and protection of IP, to commercial issues, infringement and contentious cases. The practice is spearheaded by Simon Miles, who has experience across a range of sectors, from media and entertainment to the cosmetics. Nick Phillips’s client roster includes retailers, manufacturers, and re-sellers, while Claire Lehr is active in the automobile, genetics, leisure and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Simon Miles

Other key lawyers:

Nick Philips; Claire Lehr

Key clients





Paddington and Company Limited

Rivian IP Holdings Limited

The Elf on the Shelf (the Lumistella Company)

BodyBio Limited

Silvergate Media Limited / Sony Pictures Television (Kids) (Octonauts)

Creature Cases

Herb UK Limited

Hydronix Limited

Helix OpCo LLC

Physique Management Company Limited

Vesper Marine Limited

David Pawson Education Trust

Work highlights

  • Successful High Court action ([2022] EWHC 3327 (Ch)) against EASY LIVE (SERVICES) LIMITED and others in a trade mark infringement action.
  • Advising on IP protection for Paddington Bear, Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, Fungus the Bogeyman and Greenwich Polo Club.
  • Acting for Garmin on ongoing trade mark/brand protection matters, overseeing its EU trade mark portfolio.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Edwin Coe LLP has secured instructions from lenders such as growing bank OakNorth, and development funders such as Atelier Capital Partners. The group is also active in restructuring, loan workout and non-performing loan related mandates. Stephen Brower and Rosie McCormick Paice co-head the practice. With over 22 years’ experience in real estate finance, James Walton has great practical knowledge and is excellent at providing guidance as to how a difficult situation might play out.’ 

Practice head(s):

Stephen Brower; Rosie McCormick Paice

Other key lawyers:

James Walton


‘They deal with complicated issues without fuss – reassuring to have them acting for you.’

‘We deal with a good team at Edwin & Coe that are always responsive, reliable and prompt to deal with enquiries and transactions. Friendly and commercial, they strive to understand our business requirements and deal with matters in the appropriate way.’

‘James Walton is the partner that we deal with. He is a very knowledgeable, approachable individual. He clearly engages the rest of his team on our transactions whilst taking the lead. He is pragmatic and commercial and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Great team.’

‘James Walton has great practical knowledge and is excellent at providing guidance as to how a difficult situation might play out. He is our first port of call in a contentious situation.’

‘Great team with a good commercial understanding and easy to speak to. Always cut to the chase on calls and know what the issues are.’

‘James Walton particularly stands out – he has structured complex deals for us in the past and is always professional even during testing times! He has excellent commercial awareness and is a trusted advisor to our business.’

Key clients

Ingenious Real Estate

Atelier Capital Partners

Deploy Capital

Coutts & Co

Clearwell Capital

Mount Street Mortgage Servicing

Eastmount Capital

Salix Finance

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

Tyburn Lane Private Equity

Altum Group

Gulf International Bank

Palace Capital PLC

Employment > Employers Tier 7

Linky Trott leads the team at Edwin Coe LLP, which acts for clients in sectors ranging from hospitality to construction and tech to investment management. In addition to handling the employment aspects of large transactions, as well as sanctions related matters, the team also covers work for clients the charity sector, an area in which Ruth Hickling is a specialist. Claire Gilroy-Scott and Alexandra Bonner are also key, as is disability discrimination matters expert Emma Sangeelee.

Practice head(s):

Linky Trott

Other key lawyers:

Clare Gilroy-Scott; Alexandra Bonner; Ruth Hickling; Emma Sangeelee


‘A consistently high standard of advice and fast turn around second to none we have experienced from other legal advisers.’

‘Linky Trott is always available to give immediate and comprehensive advice in the context of our business values . She has taken the time to understand our business sectors and the need for pragmatic solutions.’

‘Good at understanding the nuances of the case. Meet deadlines. Good communicators.’

‘Linky Trott is the most trustworthy and reasonable person I could ever pick up the phone to. She listens to you – really listens and understands – then comes up with the most reasonable, realistic options.’

‘The firm provides a great client-focused service for both contentious and non-contentious work, combining technical excellence with a friendly and pragmatic approach.’

‘Alex Bonner and Clare Gilroy-Scott are both outstanding lawyers in their field: very pleasant to work with, technically excellent and pragmatic. It is easy to form a collaborative and productive working relationship.’

Key clients

Chubb Fire & Security Ltd and Chubb (NI) Ltd

Swaine Group Limited

Choice International Limited and Choice Forex Limited

Truphone Limited

Morris & Company (Shrewsbury) Limited

Otis Ltd

Work highlights

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

At Edwin Coe LLP, Joanna Osborne spearheads a ‘flexible and focused team which is committed to the client and determined to succeed’. It is an agile group, which frequently handles high-value contentious trusts and probate litigation.

Edwin Coe LLP is a commercial firm based in the heart of London’s historic legal district in Lincoln’s Inn. We provide a comprehensive range of legal services to meet the needs of a wide variety of businesses, individuals and organisations based throughout the UK and internationally.

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

Banking & Finance: The team focuses on funding and investment for specific projects and the acquisition of assets and general corporate purposes.

Charities & Philanthropy: Our team offers a full-service approach to charities’ legal needs with particular specialisms in cross-border issues and philanthropy

Class Action Litigation: Our team specialises in bringing cases against entities whose actions have caused damage to small or large groups of people. Our experience in this field has included acting for groups of shareholders, private individuals and those belonging to professional bodies and trade associations.

Construction & Engineering: 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: 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.

Insurance Litigation: The team assists and advises clients on a wide range of disputed insurance claims arising from denial of liability and policy avoidance by insurers. We act exclusively for policyholders and have no ties to particular insurers, underwriting syndicates, or insurance intermediaries. This means that we can provide the highest quality advice on all aspects of policy coverage, including related claims in professional negligence against insurance brokers and third party advisors.

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 & Dispute Resolution: 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 & 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 david.greene@edwincoe.com
Managing Partner Alison Broadberry alison.broadberry@edwincoe.com
Chief Executive Tim Nash tim.nash@edwincoe.com
Banking & Finance Stephen Brower stephen.brower@edwincoe.com
Commercial Disputes & Class Actions David Greene david.greene@edwincoe.com
Charities & Philanthropy David Goepel david.goepel@edwincoe.com
Construction Brenna Baye brenna.baye@edwincoe.com
Corporate Russel Shear russel.shear@edwincoe.com
Employment Linky Trott linky.trott@edwincoe.com
Immigration Sundeep Rathod sundeep.rathod@edwincoe.com
Information Technology Nick Phillips nick.phillips@edwincoe.com
Insurance Litigation Roger Franklin roger.franklin@edwincoe.com
Intellectual Property Simon Miles simon.miles@edwincoe.com
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Ali Zaidi ali.zaidi@edwincoe.com
Residential Property Rosie McCormick-Paice rosie.mccormickpaice@edwincoe.com
Private Client Matthew Barnett matthew.barnett@edwincoe.com
Property Stephen Brower stephen.brower@edwincoe.com
Property & Trusts Litigation Joanna Osborne joanna.osborne@edwincoe.com
Restructuring & Insolvency Ali Zaidi ali.zaidi@edwincoe.com
Tax Sean Bannister sean.bannister@edwincoe.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Sean Bannister photo Sean Bannister Partner
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 became the Managing Partner of Edwin Coe in April 2023, having…
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  qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Edwin Coe’s Corporate…
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…
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 &…
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Matthew Barnett photo Matthew Barnett Matthew joined the Private Client team as a Partner in 2019 from…
Alexandra Bonner photo Alexandra Bonner Partner
Claire Gilroy-Scott photo Claire Gilroy-Scott Partner
Brendan O'Shea photo Brendan O'Shea Brendan has extensive experience of dealing with a high volume of Intestacy…
Brendan O'Shea photo Brendan O'Shea Brendan has extensive experience of dealing with a high volume of Intestacy…
Oliver Pannell photo Oliver Pannell Partner
Sundeep Rathod photo Sundeep Rathod Partner
Number of UK partners : 39
Number of other UK fee-earners : 90
Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin)
Ally Law
Association of Leasehold Enfranchisement Practitioners (ALEP)
Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters (CILA)
Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
Collective Redress Lawyers Association (CORLA)
European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)
International Trade Mark Association (INTA)
International Association of Restructuring (INSOL)
London Chamber of Commerce (LCCI)
Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP)
R3 Association of Business Recovery Professionals
Women in Property (WiP)

David Greene, Partner

1) 2024 will be your 40th anniversary as a partner – apart from obvious developments such as technology, what are the biggest changes you’ve seen in the practice of law during that time?

In my time practice in litigation has changed enormously. In 1984 solicitors were reactive to clients’ needs and litigation was often an add on service for the mainstream transactional work.  Advertising was highly restricted for solicitors and non-existent for the Bar.  Now, all lawyers are both reactive and proactive in establishing clients’ needs and servicing them.  This has lead to a highly competitive environment in litigation legal services and the prominence of litigation as a growth area and a financial centre for legal services.


2) What makes a great litigator – and is that different now to when you started out?

In litigation our clients come to us with problems. As litigators we are problem solvers and we have a rich armoury to address problems from hard fought litigation to mediation and conciliation. In the past the best litigators were regarded as the most aggressive and some firms were well known for that stance. When I started the emphasis was very much on the court room as the forum for resolution. Now we have all sorts of mechanisms to achieve a resolution and the good ‘litigators’ are those that can achieve the best resolution for the client.


3) You head up the class action and finance litigation practice at Edwin Coe – what’s your view on the rising prominence of group litigation in the UK market?

We have been practising group litigation for over 30 years starting in the mass tort arena. This developed over the years into shareholder litigation and broader finance litigation, particularly after the World Financial Crisis in 2008/09. The courts have developed various mechanisms to allow cost efficient process for mass claims including the opt out process under the Consumer Rights Act but this is an area of work in development and I can only see it growing over the coming years assisted by the growth of third party funding.


4) Recent years have seen a marked rise in prominence of litigation-only, conflict-free boutiques – what impact has that had on the market, and do you see scope for more to emerge?

New so called, non-conflict firms started to appear some 15 years ago. We have always been generally a non-conflict firm.  The new coterie were often the result of major firm growth and mergers that created wide ranging conflicts often frustrating litigators building and maintaining their practices. The US firms, in particular, have a much stricter conflict policies making life difficult for many litigators who saw starting up a boutique as an alternative.


5) How has your practice developed in recent years – has the type of case you take on changed as you’ve become more and more experienced?

Group litigation has been the dominant growth area over the past few years as it has come into the mainstream.


6) What is the most memorable case of your career and why?

Difficult to choose. We have always done major public litigation but perhaps four that stand out are:

  • The work at the Fatal Accident Inquiry and subsequent US claims for British victims of the Lockerbie bomb.
  • Representing retail shareholders in Railtrack nationalisation which lead to the resignation of the Secretary of State.
  • The air cargo cartel litigation just for the fun of watching the now retired Peter Smith J at work.
  • The Article 50 challenge in the Brexit debates

Each was a challenge not only in law but in a human way, from those who had suffered the most awful immeasurable loss at Lockerbie to those in the Brexit debate that felt almost violent passion on the issue. The human side of our work has always been to the forefront of practice, as we seek to ensure our clients  have a say in a system that is often constructed against them, and dealing with it is a much greater challenge than the law side.


7) Who have been some of the biggest influences on your career?

I’ve worked in many different jurisdictions over the years and some of the biggest influences is to see other systems working and learn from it.


8) Do you have a favourite Legal 500 testimonial that you’ve received over the years?

Someone once said I was the conductor in an orchestra because running large multi-party is bringing a variety of players together and making them a combined whole. That’s about right.