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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP

The team at Edwin Coe LLP handles public and private M&A, and acts for a number of overseas companies investing in the UK, such as United Technologies, Sabre Airline Solutions, Kout Food Group and Bel Fuse. The practice is led by Russel Shear, who recently acted for Germany-based Siegwerk Druckfarben on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of ink supplier Hi-Tech Products. Other highlights included Alexandre Terrasse advising on the sale of the entire issued share capital of a wind power producing company based in Ukraine to a large Swedish energy group, and acting for a specialist steels and alloys manufacturer on the £17m purchase of metal manufacturing assets for the automotive and aviation industries. Victor Hawrych, David Kinch and John Young, who joined from Mishcon de Reya LLP in May 2017, are also noted.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP is ‘quick, efficient and versatile’ and provides ‘a stress-free and cost-effective service’. It advises on commercial, securities, insolvency and insurance fraud and conducts work in sub-Saharan Africa, advising the World Bank and donor governments. The firm continues to act for the creditors of collapsed Crown Currency Exchange which was run as a Ponzi scheme, the matter is worth £3m. It is also acting for the claimants in a trucks cartel fraud which relates to price-fixing between six truck manufacturers in Europe. It is estimated that the cartel had been running for 14 years, the matter is worth around £100m. Key practitioner David Greene is ‘highly motivated to look after clients’ needs’ and provides ‘excellent tactical and strategic advice’. Ali Zaidi is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Edwin Coe LLP

'A firm to be trusted for commercial litigation', Edwin Coe LLP 'has a hands-on litigation department that goes beyond what would normally be expected of litigators to achieve the best results for clients'. It acts in a wide range of high-profile work, including defamation, disciplinary work, fraud, contentious IP, competition, and property disputes. It represented a group of claimants in relation to the construction of a finance scheme. The 'practical and realistic' David Greene, who has a well-known class action practice, 'gives the best strategic and tactical advice and goes above and beyond the call of duty to support clients to great effect'; Nick Neocleous is 'an experienced, commercial litigator, who is always available and gives sound advice'; and Ali Zaidi is restructuring and insolvency head. Dominic de Bono and Zahira Hussain are key senior associates.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 7

Edwin Coe LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP is 'unparalleled in its ability to make the client feel valued' and handles employment disputes alongside assisting the firm's corporate team with acquisitions and disposals. The group is particularly active in the financial services and energy sectors, and recently advised Chubb on TUPE issues, disability, unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claims, and an equal pay claim. Key names in the 'talented' group include team leader Linky Trott, who is 'extremely efficient'; Rachel Harrap, who has 'first-class knowledge of the law'; the 'excellent' Alexandra Carn, and Ruth Hickling, who is 'highly practical'. Emma Sangeelee made partner in 2018.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 6

Edwin Coe LLP

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP is routinely instructed by individual and business clients on a range of immigration matters and operates closely with the firm’s employment and private client departments. Immigration head Dhruti Thakrar regularly advises on sponsor licensing work for UK employers, Tier 1 entrepreneur and investor applications and also handles complex nationality applications and immigration appeals. Consultant Christine Chiew regularly handles private and corporate immigration matters, and nationality issues, as well as related appeals and administrative reviews. Robert Sparks, who joined in 2017 from Fisher Meredith, advises high-net-worth individuals and those seeking to settle, study or visit the UK.

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 2

Edwin Coe LLP

‘The Rolls-Royce of firms acting for policyholders’, Edwin Coe LLP has built a successful track record in this field over the past 35 years, giving it almost ‘unrivaled experience’. The team regularly handles claims against the most well-known insurers, who ‘absolutely hate having them on the other side’, and offers ‘superlative value for money’. It also works closely with the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters. Practice head Roger Franklin demonstrates ‘very sound judgement and is excellent with clients’; he is also a particular expert in responding to allegations of fraud, as well as dealing with issues arising from under-insurance in the context of business interruption claims and property loss. His team includes ‘hugely experienced negotiator’ Michael Whitton, who is ‘not afraid to run matters to trial’, and the ‘incisive and tough’ Nicola Maher, who provides ‘performance and results that are nothing short of outstanding’ with ‘expertise and authority’.

Leading individuals

Michael Whitton - Edwin Coe LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 5

Edwin Coe LLP

The team at Edwin Coe LLP is an ‘impressive outfit with a good track record of appearing for claimants in professional negligence claims’, and is 'not afraid of taking on the big guns’. It is particularly recognised for its ‘strong experience in brokers' negligence cases’. It represented Sartex Quilts and Textiles in a £3m claim against its insurers regarding matters arising from a fire at its premises in May 2011. Michael Whitton is ‘hugely experienced, a very tough negotiator and is not afraid to run matters to trial’ and has ‘the ability to present a claim efficiently’; Nicola Maher is ‘hungry and determined’; and head of insurance litigation Roger Franklin has ‘very sound judgement and is excellent with clients’, has ‘wide-ranging technical insurance knowledge and is able to advise in very clear and concise way’. Senior associate Kate Dwyer is also noted.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 5

Edwin Coe LLP

The ‘technically excellent’ David Goepel  heads the team at Edwin Coe LLP . The group is increasingly advising on the structuring and on the establishment of new charities for private individuals and families. Goepel has recently advised a number of UK charities on a variety of issues and also has extensive experience of advising charitable donors often in a cross-border context on establishing and registering family charitable foundations. He also advises on how to facilitate cross-border charitable gifts in a tax efficient way. The team continues to advise Theatre Royal Haymarket’s charity on its conversion from a charitable trust to a charitable company limited by guarantee. The work has included advising on the new governing documents and on other employment, contractual and IP issues as a result of the transfer. The Lion Youth Club, Save our Sons and the Salvation Army International Trustee Company are other major clients.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP

Alison Broadberry at Edwin Coe LLP  ‘has an ‘excellent understanding of business and family issues that affect the seriously wealthy. She cuts through the rubbish to offer solutions ’. David Goepel provides ‘great client service and advice’ and is a lead international partner in the team. Goepel has particular expertise in US/UK estate planning. Nick Giles  regularly acts for family and owner-managed businesses and the people who run them as well as acting for a wide range of individuals, unincorporated businesses and charities. Active clients include St. James’ Place and Hoopers. The team advises clients based overseas as well as in the UK on a wide range of matters including inheritance tax planning, asset protection and succession planning as well as on onshore and offshore trusts and family settlements.

Leading individuals

David Goepel - Edwin Coe LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP

Specialising in the hospitality and retail sectors, Edwin Coe LLP’s real estate team is ‘responsive and commercial’ and ‘clearly outlines the risks and benefits of all the options available to a client’. The group is particularly experienced in acting for corporate occupiers in key letting agreements. In one example, Ian Andrew Gilmour advised Lush on the lease of its new London HQ in Soho. Additionally, the ‘invaluable’ William Thompson assisted a management consultant with a central London letting transaction, and Stephen Bower is a key contact in the development practice, which focuses on luxury residential developments and was strengthened by the arrival of Nik Haria from Rosenblatt. Contacts in the investment team include Philip Boursnell and Joanne McIvor, who is instructed by banks, financial institutions and other investors. Of counsel Mark Menhennet joined from Chadbourne & Parke, and Stuart Nash left for Rosenblatt.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Edwin Coe LLP

Stephen Brower heads the 'extremely knowledgeable and thorough' team at Edwin Coe LLP, which focuses on commercial, investment and development finance, as well as acting for high-net-worth individuals as borrowers - and for lenders financing HNW individuals - on the acquisition of residential real estate assets. Clients include Maybank, Riyad Bank, Waterman Group and Handelsbanken. The 'outstanding' Joanne McIvor and of counsel Mark Menhennet are also key members of the team.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP's ‘excellent’ team is ‘exemplary in all aspects’, providing a service which is ‘absolutely committed to helping and serving the client’s best interest’. Highlights included a dilapidations claim valued at £500,000 and a High Court claim for Hawksford Group where a breach of trust was claimed for sums paid out totaling $10,000,000. Practice head Joanna Osborne is ‘knowledgeable and a tenacious force to be reckoned with’ and is often instructed in relation to property portfolios. Partner Shams Rahman is an ‘excellent property litigator’ who ‘builds a good rapport with his clients’ and has a ‘good feel for tactics and strategy’ in litigation. Lucy Zaremba  left to join Forsters LLP while Nida Khan  and Tim Clarke joined from RPC and Lee Bolton Monier-Williams.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Edwin Coe LLP

Offering 'a timely, commercially astute advice at a competitive price', Edwin Coe LLP advises both SMEs and larger clients on IT agreements, strategy and disputes. Simon Miles heads up the teams which includes Nick Phillips , who is highlighted for his 'pragmatic advice on technical matters' and has particular expertise in data protection and eCommerce. The group acted for property developer Argent on licensing and acquisition of a number of IT related systems, as well as for Association of Accounting Technicians on revision of IT contracts and GDPR preparation. Other clients includes Venntro Media Group and a lead provider of search engine optimisation and search engine marketing services.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Edwin Coe LLP

The 'excellent' intellectual property group at Edwin Coe LLP handles a range of IP matters.  The practice is led by Simon Miles, who is highlighted for his 'mastery of complex subject matters in intellectual property', and handles disputes and non-contentious matters with 'knowledge, expertise, and acumen that are without a doubt more than just formidable'. Trade mark attorney Maggie Ramage is also singled out.

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