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Edwin Coe LLP

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Clients of Edwin Coe LLP remark that ‘it is rare to have such a large full service private client department that is so approachable and down to earth. They know their stuff and seem to be able to communicate complicated concepts in a way that clients can easily understand.’ The practice is thriving and has strong relationships with a number of leading wealth management organisations in the UK and internationally. The department is also experienced in probate and estate administration and often acts for business owners, entrepreneurs and senior executives on various issues relating to tax, succession planning and preserving personal and family business wealth. Alison Broadberry  heads the private client offering. David Goepel  heads the charities and philanthropy team while Sean Bannister  heads the tax group.

Practice head(s):

Alison Broadberry; David Goepel ; Sean Bannister

Other key lawyers:

Ben Harle; Matthew Barnett


‘The team undertakes difficult and sensitive work for the full range of private clients with quiet competence and dedication. They are especially good at the client-care side of the job. More than once I have seen clients with real difficulties – both technical legal difficulties and emotional/family ones – rely heavily on the firm’s compassionate approach. They couple this with a pragmatic understanding of tax risks and a good working relationship with counsel of all levels of call to whom they are not afraid to turn for complex or finely-balanced matters’.

‘David Goepel – charming, erudite trusts and tax lawyer who has been around long enough not to be phased by anything. He is a pleasure to work with and rightly adored by his clients’.

‘An excellent understanding of the business issues confronting private clients. Alison Broadberry has exceptional expertise at advising on the impact of taxation on private client affairs, particularly where insurance-based products are part of the mix, combined with a sympathetic and approachable manner’.

‘Approachable, reputable, personal & personable, professional & knowledgeable. Matthew Barnett is approachable, likeable, personable, professional & knowledgeable. I enjoy working with Matthew & trust him to take good professional care of my clients’.

‘I respect David Goepel for his calm and measured approach which he is able to maintain in hectic situations. It is also easy to communicate with him. I have also worked with Ben Harle. It is a pleasure to work with Ben. He is also easy to communicate with. He has a particular eye for detail (as a lawyer should!) and a lot of stamina and focus on getting a job done’.

‘David Goepel is one of the unsung stars in the private client firmament. The quality of his work is stratospheric, but his feet are still firmly on the ground. Ben Harle to continue with the astronomical metaphor, is a rising star’.

‘Alison Broadberry – fizzing with enthusiasm and utterly dedicated to delivering for her clients. Ben Harle – a star in the making – confidence inspiring and with gravitas well beyond his years. A very savvy head on young shoulders’.

‘I know Matthew Barnett and Alison Broadberry well. Alison is a whirl of energy and can-do approach. Matthew is an expert at the top of his game in respect to onshore and traditional estate planning law. I send my family clients to Alison and Matt and their client care skill is superb‘.

Key clients

St. James’s Place


Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP’s corporate & commercial team has particular strength in the medtech, internet retailing, real estate, hospitality and TMT sectors. The team regularly works on transactions derived from its membership of international legal network, Ally Law. Team head Russel Shear  is regularly involved in complex cross-border transactions and has particular sector expertise in natural resources and technology. David Kinch  has wide experience in acting for a range of corporate and individual clients. Alexandre Terrasse  advises French companies, entrepreneurs and individuals on all aspects of corporate and commercial transactions as well as on a wide range of investment opportunities in the UK. Daniel Bellau, who previously led the corporate team at Hamlins LLP, joined the team in January 2021.

Practice head(s):

Russel Shear

Other key lawyers:

David Kinch; Alexandre Terrasse; Daniel Bellau


‘Very attentive and practical’

‘They have the necessary breadth of skilled resources to handle almost all of our legal requirements.’

Key clients

A Oppenheimer & Co. Limited and Mitchell Orchant

Royal Road Minerals Limited

The Oakgroup (UK) Limited

Intouch with Health Ltd

VitalHub Corporation

Shareholders of Element-46 Limited

Nano Dimension Limited

TCM Living Limited

Internet Fusion Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising on a series of related acquisitions in the healthcare technology market for The Oakgroup, Intouch with Health and their parent company VitalHub Corp.
  • Advising the sellers of C. Gars Limited, the leading UK based retail and wholesale cigar and whiskey specialist on the sale of the company to Dominique London NV.
  • Advising on the disposal of the T.S.S, a company which provides manned guarding services to large retail organisations such as Tesco and Morrisons.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 3

The ‘very dynamic professional team’ at Edwin Coe LLP is particularly active for senior executives in sex discrimination and whistleblowing claims before the Employment Tribunal. The firm’s sector expertise includes the financial services, aerospace, engineering, energy, recruitment, hospitality, technology and pharmaceuticals industries. Practice head Linky Trott is ‘an exceptionally talented partner’ and handles complex senior exits in the financial services market and the arts. Another key name in the team is Emma Sangeelee, whose forte is discrimination cases, notably disability discrimination issues.

Practice head(s):

Linky Trott

Other key lawyers:

Emma Sangeelee; Ruth Hickling


‘The practice is diverse in its culture as it employs individuals from different backgrounds. The partners are very supportive and understanding.’

‘Linky Trott is an exceptionally talented partner and she has provided the best advice throughout my grievance process. Linky has been very supportive, kind and accommodating about my personal circumstances. She is truly amazing and supportive with every issue and matter relating to my case. I am very fortunate to have met her and recommend her wholeheartedly.’

‘My experience with Edwin Coe was notable for the flexibility, empathy and resourcefulness of the senior staff.’

‘I worked with Emma Sangeelee. She was particularly empathetic and patient with the amount of stress I was under. She was also innovative and resourceful with what she was given – she was very competent at constructing a meaningful and actionable narrative for my circumstances. She was also a very effective guide through our negotiation process with my company.’

‘It is really a very dynamic professional team of people extremely serious and dedicated.’

‘They have been able to deliver good advice and manage our case in a more efficient professional manner.’

‘Edwin Coe LLP is a very friendly and informative firm who have helped me during difficult periods over many years. I highly recommend them.’

‘Ruth Hickling is a wonderful resource of information and provides a great service to her customers.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for an individual in his claims against his ex-employer, P2CG. Obtained successful Judgment for direct disability discrimination in relation to the Claimant’s dismissal which was upheld on appeal.
  • Acting for an individual who was formerly Deputy Headmaster of a state school in the London Borough of Brent over his dismissal in 2010 on the grounds of gross misconduct.

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

Focused exclusively on insured-side work, Edwin Coe LLP‘s ‘well-resourced and ably and competently staffed‘ team is led by Roger Franklin, and has developed a specialism in quantum issues and business interruption losses claims. Michael Whitton is active on liability and coverage disputes arising from fires, floods and thefts, and Nicola Maher represents clients in substantial property damage.

Practice head(s):

Roger Franklin

Other key lawyers:

Michael Whitton; Nicola Maher


‘Very well-known, high profile firm acting primarily for policyholders. Probably one of the leaders in the field from that perspective.’

‘Nicola Maher – very experienced, tactically astute, highly knowledgeable in this specialist field, Nicola provides a service to her clients that is second to none.’

‘Nicola Maher is very knowledgeable, practical and hard working. We cannot imagine any lawyer handling the difficulties we have had on the case with more patience, skill and intelligence.’

‘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 that client is in dispute. The team is well-resourced and ably and competently staffed. Always courteous and respectful to their client and others, Edwin Coe is a winning team.’

‘This is a first class practice, efficient and effective for its clients needs. Edwin Coe are the leading insurance litigation firm for policy holders.’

‘Michael Whitton gets to the heart of the matter really fast and is totally respected both by his clients and opposing lawyers. Very candid in his assessment of the merits of a case and is almost always shown to have been spot on.

‘Roger Franklin – Excellent with clients and he has a way of explaining difficult and complicated matters to them so that they are properly able to take informed decisions.’

‘Roger Franklin is always happy to hold initial consultations and assist with expert upfront practical and technical advice. An extremely effective communicator at all levels.’

Key clients

Corbin & King Ltd

CG Restaurants Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Corbin and King Ltd, the owner of the Wolseley and a string other well-known restaurants, in connection with its business interruption claim against its insurer for Covid 19 losses.
  • Advising CG Restaurants (Holdings) Ltd on the formation of a group action against QIC (Europe) Ltd and RSA in connection with claims against insurers for multiple Covid 19 losses linked to the various lockdowns.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 3

Stephen Brower leads the residential property team at Edwin Coe LLP that has extensive central London experience in all aspects of real estate ownership. It frequently advises on the acquisition and sale of property, property development and other areas such as real estate financing and the resolution of real estate and construction disputes. The group has particular expertise in advising on transactions that involve an enfranchisement claim with Rosie McCormick Paice and Katherine Simpson  having considerable strength in this area.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Brower

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Edwin Coe LLP residential property team has now acted for us following the sale of two residential properties in the last two years . The team was really efficient and timely in their actions. Their attention to detail was excellent and they were happy to answer any questions we had very quickly. Communication was extremely effective using zoom calls, mobile and email contacts’.

‘Julian Gore, Partner and James Davies, Senior Associate were both extremely efficient in all aspects of the work undertaken on our behalf, they are effective, timely communicators and made the whole process as painless as it could have been’.

‘Good service, very diligent. Rosie McCormick Paice’.

‘Edwin Coe is very professional and personable, offering good advice in a timely manner. I work with James Davies who is a very efficient, a brilliant communicator and he goes the extra mile. Even when tensions are high James imparts a sense of calmness and always provides wise, sensible advice’.

We particularly recommend Rosie McCormick Paice for residential transactions and Katherine Simpson for leasehold advice as we find that both provide a very professional yet friendly approach to our clients and always keep us updated which is very important’.

We find that Edwin Coe is a very reputable and highly regarded firm of solicitors whom we regularly use / recommend to our clients for residential conveyancing and specialist leasehold extension advice’.

Key clients

HNW individuals and families

Aion Global Inc

Luxlo Property Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for an UHNW Far Eastern investor in the purchase of two off-plan apartments in Marylebone new build development to include initial advice on financing and lettings.
  • Advising a HNW couple  on the sale of a leasehold house in Chelsea, at the same time as a claim for the freehold against the Cadogan Estate.
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern family advising on the complex acquisition of flats in a building in the Howard de Walden Estate.

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

Experienced in advising AIM companies and their advisers on a range of transactions, Edwin Coe LLP handles listings on the London Stock Exchange as well as other recognised investment exchanges, including Acquis Exchange. Key strengths for the practice include advising on compliance issues and securities legislation. Russel Shear is a go-to name in the area and is head of the firm’s corporate and commercial team.

Practice head(s):

Russel Shear

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Bellau


‘Entrepreneurial busy firm.’

‘Daniel Bellau understands everything small cap with a commercial eye.’

‘Good senior team that takes a commercial approach to small cap equity capital markets.’

‘Both Russel Shear and Daniel Bellau provide excellent legal advice but also provide commercial solutions for their clients.’

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

Beaumont Cornish

Work highlights

  • Advised HC Wainwright & Co, US dealer broker, on a private placement of ordinary shares in an AIM quoted mining company.
  • Advised Fox-Davies Capital and Beaumont Cornish Ltd as the nominated adviser and broker on the AIM admission of Cleantech Lithium, a lithium battery research and development business.
  • Advising Beaumont Cornish (the Nominated Adviser), as well as finnCap and S.P. Angel (as joint brokers) on green energy company Atome Energy PLC’s admission to AIM.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP is well positioned to act for claimants in claims of mass fraud and also has expertise is fraud matters with insolvency elements. The team, which is appreciated for its ‘efficient and client-friendly attitude‘, is led by group action specialist David Greene and Ali Zaidi, who handles fraud investigations and insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Ali Zaidi; David Greene

Other key lawyers:

Zahira Hussain


‘Efficient, approachable and responsive team, and particularly experienced in group litigation matters. A pleasure to work with.’

‘David Greene is very experienced, and especially good with strategy and identifying commercial solutions.’

‘Very high-quality team.’

‘The most important and unique feature of this team is its ability to react quickly to sometimes unexpected needs that suddenly arise. Unlike many other firms I’ve dealt with, the lawyers here always take an extra step to ensure prompt real-time communication in order to find a prompt solution. Combined with the firm lawyers’ extensive knowledge and practical experience in many areas, such an approach allows the client to make quick decisions in complex situations.’

‘We have been really pleased with the level of service that the team have always provided to us. A stand out point is value for money.’

‘Edwin Coe are pre-eminent in Civil fraud and have a stellar reputation because of their huge knowledge and experience in the subject, as well as their efficient and client-friendly attitude. They are up-to-date with the latest developments and are innovators.’

‘Zahira Hussain is a gifted litigator with sound judgment and results focus.’

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

Conran Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a group of 130 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.
  • Representing consumers in claims arising from the mis-selling of Spanish timeshares.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP’s London commercial litigation team is 'particularly experienced in group litigation matters'. The track record of litigation and dispute resolution head, Ali Zaidi, includes bankruptcy and corporate Ponzi frauds; and senior partner and 'exceptional strategic thinker' David Greene leads the group action and finance litigation team. Also key to the practice, Zahira Hussain regularly handles contractual disputes; and at senior associate level, barrister Thomas Johnson is 'frighteningly efficient', and Fred Sheppard acts in commercial and civil litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ali Zaidi; David Greene

Other key lawyers:


‘Efficient, approachable and responsive team, and particularly experienced in group litigation matters. A pleasure to work with.’

David Greene is very experienced, and especially good with strategy and identifying commercial solutions.’

‘David Greene is exceptional and will take the time to engage fully. He is an exceptional strategic thinker.’

‘David Greene and senior associate Fred Sheppard are exemplary professionals, who are able to provide both practical and doctrinal perspective on very complex issues involving international commercial and financial litigation.

David Greene and Fred Sheppard have vast international experience that allows them to see a particular case from various angles and offer the clients unexpected and clever solutions.’

‘Zahira Hussain explained the process in a class action in a very helpful manner – very knowledgeable and helpful.’

‘Senior associate Thomas Johnson is frighteningly efficient and refreshingly direct – he is a real asset in the team for heavy-duty litigation.

‘Associate Ian Chai provided valuable assistance with a very knotty company dispute. He worked tirelessly, and his diligence was helpful in ensuring the application was successful.’

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

Greene King Brewing and Retailing


Gap Group

BM Advisory

Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sir Alex Ferguson

Klarna Bank

Conran Holdings

Royal Opera House

The Good Law Project

Fenix International t/a OnlyFans

Acai Berry Foods

Work highlights

  • Assisting a group of 130 claimants in relation to their claim for damages against various truck manufacturers, following a finding by the European Commission of a price-fixing cartel.
  • Representing claimants who invested in the Eclipse Scheme, which was sold as an opportunity to invest in transactions with Disney (in relation to film rights).
  • Representing consumers in relation to the mis-selling of Spanish timeshares.

Employment > Immigration

Edwin Coe LLP‘s immigration team is now led by senior associate Sundeep Rathod, who joined from Simons Muirhead Burton in December 2021, following former practice head Dhruti Thakrar‘s departure to Keystone Law in the November. The practice increasingly provides sponsor licence, compliance and audit support to corporates, while retaining a modest high-net-worth practice.

Practice head(s):

Sundeep Rathod


‘Very efficient service, and personal too.’

‘Sundeep Rathod is our key point of contact. He is superb. He makes the complex simple. He is super-efficient, but also understands our requirements really well. An absolute pleasure to work with, and adds so much knowledge and experience. Makes our lives so much easier.’

‘The team are responsive and keen to work efficiently and professionally to resolve issues. They have a broad range of experience in the immigration field, especially in working on complex matters.’

‘Sundeep Rathod is a standout associate with extensive experience in dealing with a broad range of clients from start-ups to large multinationals. He is practically minded and good at translating complex matters into simple steps. He has an excellent knowledge of immigration law.’

‘The team is small but able to deal with all immigration application types, making it versatile and able to provide holistic immigration advice. Led by Sundeep Rathod, the team is able to advise corporates and private clients with skill and expertise.’

‘Sundeep Rathod takes a practical and commercial approach in dealing with matters. He has a “can do” attitude and looks to explore all avenues in the best interest of his client.’

‘First time I have used Edwin Coe LLP and was provided a very high quality service. All my needs were met and the process for completely seamless. End to end support and always available to answer queries as needed.’

‘Sundeep Rathod heads the immigration practice and is second to none in relation to expertise across all immigration routes and client service. He thinks strategically for best overall long-term results, rather than focusing on only short-term gains for clients.’

Key clients

Sky Betting and Gaming

Parkson Mobile Limited

Berkeley Research Group (UK) Limited

Inside Out Architecture

K2 Consultancy Limited

EDM London Limited

WJR Developments UK Limited

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 4

London firm Edwin Coe LLP is known for dealing with claims against insurance brokers - the team's experience is described as 'unrivalled in the industry'. The team focuses on acting for claimants against insurance companies and brokers’ PI insurers. Roger Franklin is the head of insurance litigation - he is a 'hugely experienced partner with a busy and impressive caseload. Nicola Maher  also pursues claims against insurance brokers, but also has an interest in relation to cyber insurance cover. Oliver Pannell is a name to watch for his interest in issues related to cladding.

Practice head(s):

Roger Franklin

Other key lawyers:

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


‘Very experienced at handling claims against professionals. Their experience of dealing with claims against insurance brokers is unrivalled in the industry – they handle more such claims than any other claimant firm, and they prosecute such claims much better than anyone else.’

‘Michael Whitton has done claims against brokers for longer than anyone else. Very tough negotiator.’

‘Roger Franklin – another hugely experienced partner with a busy and impressive caseload. Conducts a wide range of claims against professionals.’

Nicola Maher – partner with great attention to detail. Oli Pannell – a new partner who is technically excellent and is a joy to work with – a real rising star.’

‘The team is very careful and diligent while pursuing difficult cases with great skill and intelligence’

‘Simeon Gilchrist is hard working, intelligent and very knowledgeable. Also practical in advising effective ways of managing the case. Highly recommended.’

‘Very focused, and really know their stuff. Always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Nicola Maher and Michael Whitton are both hugely able lawyers.’

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP advises clients across the full spectrum of contentious property matters; its expertise includes joint venture disputes, nuisance claims, building defect claims, planning appeals, easement disputes and residential possession. The team is led by Joanna Osborne. Her expertise is vast and includes professional negligence, misrepresentation and rectification claims. Shams Rahman  is noted for his leadership throughout cases, guiding clients through mediations, trials and appeals.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Osborne

Other key lawyers:

Shams Rahman; Emma Gregory


‘The practice as a team is one that seems to positively engage in best practice, and work collaboratively and responsibly to provide a best service to its clients and those it engages with.’

‘Joanna Osborne stands out legally and professionally and is always willing to listen and discuss, a good negotiator, helpful and thorough.’

‘Shams Rahman is highly experienced with very sharp legal mind.’

‘Joanna Osborne is an exceptional property litigator and role model for aspiring female solicitors in real estate. She is great to work with as her extensive experience means she is able to drill into the issues from both the legal and the client’s perspective to find workable solutions.’

‘Emma Gregory is very good associate. She is focused, efficient and dependable. Excellent client management skills.’

‘Edwin Coe offers full service but with the personal touch and specialisms of a boutique firm. The property litigation team is expertly led by Joanna Osborne and with strength in depth including partner Shams Raman.’

‘Joanna Osborne is an exceptional lawyer, astute tenacious and commercial. She always stands up for her clients and is totally committed.’

‘Shams Rahman is excellent at dealing with clients who face difficult situations. Strategizes and manages cases deftly and has good judgement.’

Key clients

Smiths Pension Trustees Limited

Adair Limited

Janus Et Cie (UK) Limited

Ioannis Mallas

Connie Investments Limited

Heathrow Developments Limited

Abbey Sands Leaseholders

West Heath Place Leaseholders

Corporate One Limited

Lebronze Alloys UK Limited

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

Edwin Coe LLP advises on a broad array of issues and has increasingly been working in the area of philanthropy by structuring and establishing new charities for private individuals and families. With its private client department it is skilled at assisting on cross-border tax and trust matters. Practice head David Goepel advises on issues such as the powers and duties of charity trustees and other areas including advising overseas charities seeking to establish a UK base. Alison Broadberry also plays a pivotal role in the department.

Practice head(s):

David Goepel

Other key lawyers:


‘They have excellent interpersonal relationships, maintaining good connections and rapport even years after our work with them’.

‘Edwin Coe is a very professional, progressive and yet friendly practice which has always provided me with a positive and effective service’.

‘The individuals are high quality, knowledgeable and accessible to clients’.

Key clients

Salvation Army International Trustee Company

Theatre Royal Haymarket


Coram’s Fields

Work highlights

  • Providing cross-practice advice relating to the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s in-house education charity on the conversion from a charitable trust to a charitable company limited by guarantee.
  • Advising  Coram’s Fields (a leading children’s charity) on governance and restructuring matters which will include the formation of a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation as part of the restructuring.
  • Having a co-ordinating role for African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative which is a pan-African educational charity, including advice on the international governance structure.

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

Noted for its strength in advising brands, Edwin Coe LLP‘s IP practice advises its clients on the full range of issues from acquisitions to the exploitation and protection of its IP, handling a mix of contentious and commercial IP mandates. Areas of sector expertise for the firm span the creative, retail, and food and drink industries, where the team manages IP portfolios for clients nationally, across Europe, and internationally. The practice is led by Simon Miles, who has extensive expertise in advising clients from the media and entertainment, advertising and sport, fashion, and consumer industries.

Practice head(s):

Simon Miles

Other key lawyers:

Nick Philips


‘We appreciate the quick response time and the excellent legal work. The reporting is excellent and we always feel transparently informed about the costs. In addition, the firm’s pragmatic approach to conflict resolution sets it apart.’

‘Nick Philips has very good cooperation, interpersonal and professional skills. He is excellent, especially in trade mark and design law.’

‘It’s a relatively small team, but they work well together and are all knowledgable. They are able to litigate large multi-national disputes well.’

‘They know their client well and work hard to achieve their client’s goals. They are able to manage the different parts of the team well.’

‘The unique thing about this practice is their personal attention to their clients.’

‘I value their commitment to understanding my business. They are aware of changes in our organisation as soon as information hits.’

Key clients





Greenwich Polo Club

Paddington and Company Limited


Maxicorp Limited

Silvergate Media Limited (Octonauts)

Simply Owners Limited

Herb UK Limited

Hydronix Limited

Parity Consultancy Services Limited

Physique Management Company Limited

Westbrook International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the Copyrights Group / Paddington and Company Limited on intellectual property protection issues relating to a number of properties including Paddington Bear, Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady, Fungus the Bogeyman and Greenwich Polo Club.
  • Advising easyGroup Limited and EasyJet on numerous ongoing brand protection matters including a number of High Court infringement actions.
  • Advising on Hydronix’s worldwide portfolio of trade marks including prosecuting several new marks.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

Commercial, investment, development and residential finance are core areas of focus for the real estate finance team at Edwin Coe LLP. The group acts for private banks, specialist lenders, and European banks, as well as high-net-worth individuals, private equity funds and family offices on the borrower side. Practice head Stephen Brower supports banks on development finance mandates and advises on loans to high-net-worth individuals. Dual qualified in England and Wales and Scotland, Joanne McIvor has expertise in acting for a wide range of lenders. James Walton and senior associate Neil Flynn joined the team from Rosling King in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:


‘A team of extremely experienced real estate finance lawyers providing practical and commercial advice to clients, breaking down complicated legal jargon into bitesize and digestible nuggets, and a nice bunch of people too.’

‘A can do attitude with direct access to Partners making transactions easy to proceed with.’

‘Edwin Coe is a very pro-active firm, providing professional advice and guidance to lenders. While they point out the risks, the team also give “in practice” guidance.’

‘James Walton is a very personable and knowledgeable person to deal with. He is always accessible, happy to answer the phone, and eases transactions through to completion, ensuring the process is as smooth as possible, irrelevant of any issues thrown up.’

‘James Walton provides clear, concise and commercial advice. He is extremely experienced and doesn’t engage in point winning during commercial negotiations, which means transactions progress quickly.’

‘James Walton is very helpful across a broad range of legal issues. If he doesn’t have the expertise himself, he will find it in-house.’

‘James Walton is opinion is always valued and his work is always of a very high standard. His blogs are also full of good advice.’

‘Joanne McIvor is always at the end of the phone and she gives really honest, helpful and clear advice. She chaired some extremely interesting webinars during lockdown which were very interesting and fun.’

Key clients

Clearwell Capital Group

Mount Street Mortgage Servicing Limited


Havin Bank Ltd

Hennessy Jones

Maybank Berhad

Riyad Bank

Waterman Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Mount Street Mortgage Servicing Limited in connection with a high profile £300m acquisition of a non-performing loan portfolio from Natwest, secured on UK shopping centres.
  • Advised an overseas build to rent developer in connection with the £16m financing of a 127 unit BTR scheme in Manchester.
  • Advising NatWest Bank on the £10m finance of residential portfolio in south east England.

Employment > Employers Tier 7

Edwin Coe LLP has a longstanding track record working with clients in financial services, engineering, charities and TMT sectors. Extending its contentious and non-contentious offering the group added Clare Gilroy-Scott and Alexandra Bonner from David Bigmore & Co in Association with Goodman Derrick LLP, both with experience acting across the whole employment law spectrum. Practice head Linky Trott 'combines excellent professional skills with a client service approach’. Ruth Hickling and Emma Sangeelee are the other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Linky Trott


‘Head of employment, Linky Trott is fantastic to work with. She has a vast knowledge of employment law, is highly intelligent and I have never found her flummoxed by anything.’

‘Linky Trott is a clear communicator who shows commercial flexibility with an understanding of detail.’

‘Very experienced battle hardened practitioners who deliver provide good pragmatic advice.’

‘Compared to others they are good value for others.’

‘Ruth Hickling provides pragmatic advice. She quickly grasps the situation and provides options whilst explaining the level of risk with each option. A pleasure to work with and always delivers even when the timeline is short.’

‘The Edwin Coe team, led by Linky Trott, provided us with first class advice on both points of law and on the best approach to take, adroitly using KC skills on specialist points of law.’

‘Linky Trott is a delight to work with, she combines excellent professional skills with a client service approach which sets clear expectations and also makes her client feel that she has complete focus on their needs.’

‘Linky Trott absolutely treats you as if you were her most important client, treats you with compassion and explains everything perfectly.’

Key clients

Chubb Fire & Security Ltd and Chubb (NI) Ltd

Otis Ltd

Choice International Limited and Choice Forex Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Choice International and Choice Forex in dispute with former employee terminated summarily for alleged mismanagement of accounting records and theft.

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.

Senior Partner David Greene
Managing Partner David Kinch
Chief Executive Tim Nash
Banking & Finance Stephen Brower
Class Action Litigation David Greene
Charities & Philanthropy David Goepel
Construction Brenna Baye
Corporate Russel Shear
Employment Linky Trott
Immigration Sundeep Rathod
Information Technology Nick Phillips
Insurance Litigation Roger Franklin
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
Sean Bannister photo Sean BannisterPartner
Matthew Barnett photo Matthew BarnettMatthew joined the Private Client team as a Partner in 2019 from…
Brenna Baye photo Brenna BayeSpecialising in construction law, Brenna advises individuals and companies from a wide…
Daniel Bellau photo Daniel BellauDaniel is a Corporate finance partner and joined Edwin Coe in January…
Alexandra Bonner photo Alexandra BonnerPartner
Philip Boursnell photo Philip BoursnellPhilip joined Edwin Coe as a partner in the property team in…
Alison Broadberry photo Alison BroadberryAlison joined Edwin Coe in 2016 as Head of Private Client. Alison…
Stephen Brower photo Stephen BrowerStephen is head of the Property Group and also Heads up the…
Christina Fitzgerald photo Christina FitzgeraldChristina joined Edwin Coe’s top ranked Restructuring & Insolvency team in February…
Roger Franklin photo Roger FranklinRoger practises in Commercial Litigation, specialising in Insurance law and heads up…
Simeon Gilchrist photo Simeon GilchristWith both contentious and transactional insolvency expertise, Simeon advises insolvency practitioners, banks,…
Nick Giles photo Nick GilesNick is a consultant in the Private Client team and was Managing…
Ian Gilmour photo Ian GilmourIan qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and joined Edwin Coe’s Property…
Claire Gilroy-Scott photo Claire Gilroy-ScottPartner
David Goepel photo David GoepelDavid joined the Private Client department of Edwin Coe as a partner…
Julian Gore photo Julian GoreJulian joined Edwin Coe’s Property Team as a partner in 1986. He…
David Greene photo David GreeneDavid was articled with Edwin Coe and qualified in 1980, becoming a…
Nik Haria photo Nik HariaNik specialises in construction law and dispute resolution and handles both contentious…
Rachel Harrap photo Rachel HarrapRachel a consultant in the Employment Team. She qualified as a Solicitor…
Ruth Hickling photo Ruth HicklingRuth joined Edwin Coe as a partner in December 2008. She was…
Zahira Hussain photo Zahira HussainZahira has experience of advising Claimants as well as Defendants. She primarily…
David Kinch photo David KinchDavid has been Managing Partner of the firm since 2019. He qualified…
Claire Lehr photo Claire LehrClaire is a solicitor and has over 20 years’ experience in the…
Nicola Maher photo Nicola MaherNicola joined Edwin Coe in 2010 and became a partner in April…
Rosie McCormick Paice photo Rosie McCormick PaiceRosie joined Edwin Coe in 2018 from Pemberton Greenish where she had…
Joanne McIvor photo Joanne McIvorJoanne specialises in all aspects of real estate but with particular focus…
Simon Miles photo Simon MilesSimon joined Edwin Coe in February 2009 and heads up the Intellectual…
Matthew Needham-Laing photo Matthew Needham-LaingMatthew qualified and practiced as an architect before qualifying as a solicitor…
Brendan O'Shea photo Brendan O'SheaBrendan has extensive experience of dealing with a high volume of Intestacy…
Brendan O'Shea photo Brendan O'SheaBrendan has extensive experience of dealing with a high volume of Intestacy…
Joanna Osborne photo Joanna OsborneJoanna qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and joined Edwin Coe’s Commercial…
Oliver Pannell photo Oliver PannellPartner
Nick Phillips photo Nick PhillipsNick specialises in Intellectual Property and IT. Nick qualified as a solicitor…
Shams Rahman photo Shams RahmanShams joined Edwin Coe as a partner in the Litigation & Dispute…
Maggie Ramage photo Maggie RamageMaggie is a Trade Mark Attorney on the UK register of Trade…
Sundeep Rathod photo Sundeep RathodPartner
Emma Sangeelee photo Emma SangeeleeEmma is a Partner in the Employment Department with significant experience providing…
Hetal Sanghvi photo Hetal SanghviHetal is a Partner within the Tax team. She is a qualified…
Russel Shear photo Russel ShearRussel is Head of the Corporate & Commercial team. His expertise encompasses…
Katherine Simpson photo Katherine SimpsonKatherine joined Edwin Coe as a partner in 2018. She is a…
Alexandre Terrasse photo Alexandre TerrasseAlexandre provides legal and strategic advice to French companies of all sizes,…
Dhruti Thakrar photo Dhruti ThakrarDhruti Thakrar joined Edwin Coe in November 2013 and has been a…
Linky Trott photo Linky TrottLinky has a wealth of experience and advises on a full range…
James Walton photo James WaltonJames is a finance partner with over 20 years of post-qualification experience,…
Michael Whitton photo Michael WhittonMichael is an Insurance Litigation Partner.  He read law at Cambridge University,…
Ali Zaidi photo Ali ZaidiAli Zaidi is the Head of Litigation and of the Restructuring &…
Number of UK partners : 45
Number of other UK fee-earners : 80
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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)