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Edwin Coe LLP

Employment: senior executives Tier 2

Under the leadership of the 'outstanding' Linky TrottEdwin Coe LLP acts for UK and international corporates and a growing number of high-net-worth senior executives, particularly from the financial services and energy sectors. The team advises on the employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions and disposals, and is also active on contentious mandates, including race and sex discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing claims. Alexandra Carn specialises in employment matters in the financial services sector; Ruth Hickling‘s expertise includes advising senior employees on grievances, disciplinary issues, dismissals and exit strategies; and consultant Rachel Harrap has particular experience in advising insolvent companies.

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP is particularly strong in covering property damage and business interruption matters arising from catastrophes such as fires. Other mainstays of the practice include public liability, product liability and broker's professional negligence disputes. 'Tough negotiator' Roger Franklin leads on business interruption and property loss claims, while Michael Whitton focuses on liability and coverage disputes arising from fires, floods, thefts and other perils. Nicola Maher is regularly involved in professional negligence and D&O work.

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP handles public and private M&A across numerous sectors and jurisdictions. The four-partner team has also acted for clients on shareholder agreements, joint ventures and management buyouts, and has acted for a number of overseas investors into the UK over the past year. Corporate and commercial head Russel Shear has a wide-ranging practice encompassing M&A, corporate finance, joint ventures and private equity investments.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Alison Broadberry heads the team at Edwin Coe LLP that handles a very significant volume of intestate estates that would otherwise have been dealt with by the Treasury Solicitor under the bona vacantia rules. It acts for private individuals and families, some of whom are based overseas, on a wide range of issues, from asset protection and succession through to onshore and offshore trusts and family settlements. Other areas of expertise lie in advising on tax investigations and inheritance tax planning. Nick Giles is also recommended.

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP’s specialist areas include corporate occupiers, the hospitality sector, developments and property investments for overseas clients. Practice head Stephen Brower is an expert in property finance, specifically high-end residential development funding, while the wider team holds experience in relation to mixed use projects, the disposal of investment and letting. The practice also handles sales and leasebacks, headquarter developments and joint venture planning.

Fraud: civil Tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP focuses on claimant work and is adept at handling securities and consumer fraud claims, cartel frauds, bankruptcy and corporate Ponzi frauds. Other areas of expertise include asset tracing, pursuing and defending claims of misfeasance by directors and insolvency. The firm is particularly experienced in in work in sub-Saharan Africa, advising the World Bank and donor governments, among others. Clients include large groups of consumers and shareholders. Head of team David Greene is described as 'the embodiment of the Edwin Coe business model - draped in experience, calm in any storm and highly effective'.

Property litigation Tier 4

Working closely with its construction team, particularly on adjudications and matters concerning build issues and professional negligence, as well as other departments, Edwin Coe LLP's property litigation team led by Joanna Osborne is well placed to assist a wide range of clients, including landlords and tenants, developers, local authorities, individual investors and private clients, with various commercial property disputes. Recently, the team has been particularly active handling property portfolio-related matters and landlord and tenant disputes. Leasehold enfranchisement specialist Katherine Simpson joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish in September 2018.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Edwin Coe LLP is increasingly working on philanthropy matters by helping to structure and establish new charities for private individuals and families. The firm is adept at providing cross-border trust and tax advice on the establishment of new charitable structures and in providing ongoing operational advice to charities. With David Goepel at the helm the practice advises international pan-continental educational initiatives, national charities, and professional governing and regulatory bodies, in addition to helping philanthropic organisations that are set up by private clients. Alison Broadberry is also recommended.

Commercial litigation Tier 5

Edwin Coe LLP has a strong bias towards claimant work and fraud matters, and undertakes a wide range of high-profile work, from defamations, to disciplinary work, to contentious IP, competition and property disputes. Litigation and dispute resolution team head David Greene has a niche class action practice and Ali Zaidi is restructuring and insolvency head. Nick Neocleous is also highly regarded, and Zahira Hussain, Fred Sheppard and  Thomas Johnson are the key senior associates.

Professional negligence Tier 5

Edwin Coe LLP is instructed by claimants in disputes against insurance companies and brokers' professional indemnity insurers; it is a 'leading expert at bringing claims against insurance brokers'. The team, which is 'tenacious in fighting for its client but is also pragmatic', is instructed by Sartex Quilts & Textiles on a £3m dispute against insurers and a broker claim for negligence, relating to a fire at its premises in 2011. Head of insurance litigation Roger Franklin acts on domestic and international disputes and is noted for his experience in claims against insurance brokers. Franklin has 'very sound judgement and excellent attention to detail'.

Intellectual property Tier 6

The 'practical, realistic, efficient and trustworthy' practice at Edwin Coe LLP has experience in a range of transactions and disputes. Simon Miles, who has particular experience handling trade mark disputes, leads the team, which also includes the 'extremely responsive and knowledgeable' Nick Phillips, who focuses on the IT sector, and trade mark attorney Maggie Ramage.

Property finance Tier 6

Edwin Coe LLP has a strong lender-side client base, acting for numerous banks (including several overseas institutions). The team regularly advises on investment and development finance, particularly in relation to commercial property assets, including hotels, serviced apartments, offices, retail and healthcare facilities. On the borrower side, the firm has extensive experience advising high-net-worth individuals on the financing of high-end residential developments, landed estates and agricultural land. Stephen Brower leads the practice.

Employment: employers Tier 7

Under the leadership of the 'outstanding' Linky TrottEdwin Coe LLP acts for UK and international corporates and a growing number of high-net-worth senior executives, particularly from the financial services and energy sectors. The team advises on the employment aspects of mergers, acquisitions and disposals, and is also active on contentious mandates, including race and sex discrimination, unfair dismissal and whistle-blowing claims. Alexandra Carn specialises in employment matters in the financial services sector; Ruth Hickling‘s expertise includes advising senior employees on grievances, disciplinary issues, dismissals and exit strategies; and consultant Rachel Harrap has particular experience in advising insolvent companies.


Edwin Coe LLP is instructed by a range of high-net-worth individuals, investors, entrepreneurs, employees and businesses on immigration issues. It is experienced in handling sponsor licence work, Tier 1 entrepreneur and investor applications. The team, which is led by Dhruti Thakrar, also handles nationality applications and immigration appeals. The team operates closely with the firm's corporate, private client and employment departments to provide a full service to clients.

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:

The construction 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.

The firm’s corporate and commercial 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.

The employment 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.

The immigration 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.

The information technology 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.

The intellectual property 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.

The litigation 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.

The private client 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.

The property 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.

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

The tax 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
 Philip Boursnell  photo Philip Boursnell
 Alison Broadberry  photo Alison Broadberry
 Stephen Brower  photo Stephen Brower
 Alexandra Carn  photo Alexandra Carn
 Roger Franklin  photo Roger Franklin
 Simeon Gilchrist  photo Simeon Gilchrist
 Nick Giles  photo Nick Giles
 Ian Gilmour  photo Ian Gilmour
 David Goepel  photo David Goepel
 Julian Gore  photo Julian Gore
 David Greene  photo David Greene
 Nik Haria  photo Nik Haria
 Rachel Harrap  photo Rachel Harrap
 Ruth Hickling  photo Ruth Hickling
 David Kinch  photo David Kinch
 Nicola Maher  photo Nicola Maher
 Rosie McCormick Paice  photo Rosie McCormick Paice
 Joanne McIvor  photo Joanne McIvor
 Simon Miles  photo Simon Miles
 Joanna Osborne  photo Joanna Osborne
 Nick Phillips  photo Nick Phillips
 Shams Rahman  photo Shams Rahman
 Maggie Ramage  photo Maggie Ramage
 Emma Sangeelee  photo Emma Sangeelee
 Hetal Sanghvi  photo Hetal Sanghvi
 Russel Shear  photo Russel Shear
 Katherine Simpson  photo Katherine Simpson
 Frank Strachan  photo Frank Strachan
 Alexandre Terrasse  photo Alexandre Terrasse
 Andrew Terry  photo Andrew Terry
 Dhruti Thakrar  photo Dhruti Thakrar
 Linky Trott  photo Linky Trott
 Michael Whitton  photo Michael Whitton
 Ali Zaidi  photo Ali Zaidi
Number of UK partners : 34
Number of other UK fee-earners : 70
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)