Farrer & Co > London, England > Firm Profile

Farrer & Co
66 LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS
LONDON
WC2A 3LH
England

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Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 1

The ‘strong partnership practice’ at Farrer & Co regularly advises individuals and firms in professional services firms including silver circle law firms, architects, asset managers, patent agents, FCA-regulated businesses and accountants. Handling major transactions, departures, team moves and disputes, the team also represents clients in the private client field including ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family offices. Practice head Jonathan Haley is a ‘highly experienced corporate lawyer’ who frequently advises a range of partnerships and individuals, especially in the regulated sectors, on business-critical transactions. Contentious partnership law and investigations expert Anna Birtwistle is ‘a great litigator, sensible, knowledgeable and all round superb’. The ‘experienced’ Eleanor Rowswell regularly acts for senior equity partners and LLPs on exits, appointments and disputes with specialisms in team moves, whistleblowing claims, remuneration agreements and discrimination litigation. Another key lawyer is Kathleen Heycock, a specialist external investigator who often assists with senior partner moves between professional services and IT firms, international disputes and acquisitions by regulated partnerships.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Haley

Other key lawyers:

Anna Birtwistle; Eleanor Rowswell; Kathleen Heycock; David Smellie

Testimonials

‘The partnership team’s collaboration with the firm’s private client team make them uniquely well placed to assist clients with landed estates. Jonathan Haley is a standout practitioner. He knows partnerships inside out, is quick and efficient and generally a joy to work with.’

‘A strong partnership practice with some standout individuals. Anna Birtwistle is truly outstanding. She is hard as nails as a litigator, who offers strategic nous, an ability to negotiate even the most difficult of settlements and having her client’s back every step of the way.’

‘A team with a good reputation, having them in your corner makes a difference and they have a tenacious approach in negotiating.’

‘Anna Birtwistle is sympathetic. She showed real empathy towards my cause. She has the ability to understand the legal and practical issues quickly, she is able to pull out the subtle matters and make a case of it. She is a hands on partner on the case.’

‘This practice is unique. We were attracted to them for their knowledge and experience of partnership and LLP law and we have received prompt attention to our requirements for legal advice to 17 different individuals as clients.’

‘First class as always with amazing and instant responses to emails and partners that are accessible. David Smellie and Jonathan Haley know their areas well.’

‘A very good partnership team with expertise in both litigation and structuring and non-contentious issues. They are extremely well regarded.’

‘Jonathan Haley is a highly experienced corporate lawyer who is fantastic with clients and commands total respect. Anna Birtwistle is a great litigator, sensible, knowledgeable and all round superb. Eleanor Rowswell is very experienced and knows her stuff.’

Key clients

Eugene F. Collins

Somerset Capital Management LLP

85 new lateral partner hires joining Ernst & Young

Partners of a high-value landed estate

S & T Asset Management LLP

A landed estate farming partnership

Altitude Prime LP

132 Commercial Street LLP

Work highlights

  • Advised Eugene F. Collins on its merger with Addleshaw Goddard LLP.
  • Advised Somerset Capital Management LLP on both constitutional and restructuring arrangements, including a publicised potential transaction.
  • Provided independent legal advice to all new lateral partner hires on their recruitment to Ernst & Young.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

Farrer & Co's 'dispute resolution team is second to none in terms of technical quality and relationship building'. The core of the firm's corporate and commercial litigation practice involves major disputes, with a particular focus on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder conflicts, and cross-border commercial contracts. The team predominantly acts in matters comprising international components; and it is particularly expert in both coordinating proceedings in multiple jurisdictions, and handling cases encompassing jurisdictional issues. Corporate and shareholder dispute specialist Kate Allass is 'one of the best in the mid-market sector'; Ben Longworth's commercial disputes practice encompasses contractual claims, shareholder disputes, post-M&A issues, and insurance coverage matters; and Jolyon Connell is 'a class act, who speaks honestly and directly'. At associate level, seniors William Charrington, Charles Fursdon and Blue Elliott all maintain busy commercial disputes practices, while Victoria Atkins and Sally Mantell are also experienced litigators.

Practice head(s):

Kate Allass

Testimonials

‘The dispute resolution team is second to none in terms of technical quality and relationship building.’

‘They understand the benefit of building two-way relationships with barristers’ chambers and the clerks in particular. They understand the need for barristers in a way that a lot of firms don’t.’

‘Kate Allass is one of the best in the mid-market sector.’

‘Ben Longworth particularly impresses, providing robust and commercial advice, and taking great care to investigate the factual matrix underlying the claim. Unreservedly recommended.’

‘Jolyon Connell is a class act, who speaks honestly and directly, but always in a collegiate way. He is razor-sharp, and it is clear that he is a technically very gifted lawyer and would be the first port of call for a dispute.’

‘Jolyon Connell is a super partner – extremely competent, commercial, and great to work with.’

‘Good ability to work in a fluid way with clients’ own teams – good, honest advice, whether it’s saying what is wanted or not’

‘A great team, providing fantastic value for money for clients. Seamless to deal with, and technology is used to maximum efficiency.’

Key clients

ANZ Bank

University College, Oxford

Work highlights

  • Acted for Alison Cooper in her claim against dnata Catering Services, concerning a breach of contract (leading to loss of share value).
  • Acted for University College Oxford in defending a High Court claim brought by a former student, who alleges various breaches of contract/negligence against the College (arising out of the alleged failure to provide adequate disability support).
  • Defended ANZ Bank in High Court proceedings issued against it for unjust enrichment, breach of constructive trust, and knowing receipt.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 1

The employment team at Farrer & Co is noted for its expertise in the financial sector, excelling in contentious employee protection work with specialist investigations proficiency. The practice is led by founder David Smellie, who advises on crisis management and leads on employment related safe-guarding matters. Frequently dealing with high-profile and high-value matters, the firm is a popular choice for senior individuals in highly regulated sectors. Co-heads of the practice Eleanor Rowswell and Anna Birtwistle expand the team’s expertise to complex cross-border mediation and arbitration, with increasing focus on contractual High Court disputes. Also highly regarded is David Hunt, known for his expertise in partner moves and restrictive covenant cases. Kathleen Heycock advises on post-termination restriction issues, while Alice Cave works on high-value whistleblowing cases. Alice Yandle - praised for her 'great tactical sense' - routinely handles exits in the financial services, insurance, and tech sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Smellie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Kathleen Heycock a superb lawyer. She is great at understanding the nuances of a situation and guiding the client to be practical.’

‘David Smellie and David Hunt have a wealth of legal expertise and practical experience. They give great attention to detail, and are great tacticians and wonderful with clients.’

‘Alice Yandle has great tactical sense and can draw on her deep knowledge of all aspects of employment law.’

‘Farrer & Co’s breadth of technical expertise enables them to provide great advice and solutions with a personable approach.’

‘The Farrer & Co team is exceptionally responsive and practical. They go to great lengths to understand the sector in order to give thoughtfully tailored advice and service.’

‘Expert advice delivered with empathy.’

Key clients

The pilot members of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)

Lateral hire partners joining Ernst & Young

Work highlights

  • Acting for the individual members of the British Airline Pilots Association in all employment-related matters affecting them, including representing individuals in Employment Tribunal proceedings.
  • Provided independent legal advice to 85 new lateral partner hires on their recruitment to EY.
  • Advised five prominent individuals on their move as a team to a new employer.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Led by Simon Pring, the outstanding team at Farrer & Co has considerable expertise in this area and is praised for its ‘robust and clear advice‘. It is acknowledged as one of the leading firms in the market for its work with an array of land-owning institutions, large estates, rural businesses and individual wealthy landowners. Edmund Fetherston-Dilke is sought after for his advice on diverse matters such as rights of way, sporting rights and riparian issues. Paul Krafft advises private, charity and institutional clients on all aspects of agricultural and rural ownership, while James Maxwell specialises in the sale and purchase of rural estates and agricultural land; he is a leading name in the area of mineral rights. Senior associate Rose Gurney specialises in advising on the buying and selling of rural and mixed estates, dealing with sporting rights, tenancy matters, mineral leases and options.

Practice head(s):

Simon Pring

Other key lawyers:

Paul Krafft; James Maxwell; Edmund Fetherston-Dilke; Rose Gurney; Emily Zethraeus; Thomas Kirkman; Patrick Hammond

Testimonials

Farrer & Co are experts in their field and combine fantastic attention to detail with expert legal advice and we consider them to be a core part of our team. James Maxwell and Thomas Kirkman in particular will go above and beyond to be available to assist us with urgent needs and provide the best advice at all times’.

‘A highly intelligent, personable and interested set of individuals. Simon Pring – Experience and breadth as well as depth of knowledge’.

‘Emily Zethraeus is a first class solicitor, providing clear, coherent advice which is delivered in a very user-friendly manner. Emily is extremely responsive, enabling deals to be driven forwards in a timely fashion’.

‘Strength in depth. Good communication skills and very knowledgeable’.

‘Heavyweight landed estates team of the highest depth and experience. Positive attitude and ‘likeability’ which is important for a long term close working relationship’.

‘Edmund Fetherston-Dilke – one word: wow! He is simply a superlative lawyer with such a wide range of knowledge and expertise. Calm, convincing and brilliant’.

‘Great knowledge and diverse expertise across all sectors of the property legal fields’.

‘Patrick Hammond is superb, calm, helpful and thoroughly nice and professional to deal with as well as being extremely capable and knowledgeable’.

Key clients

Duchy of Lancaster

Duchy of Cornwall

Church Commissioners for England

The Crown Estate

Burghley House Preservation Trust Limited

All Souls College, Oxford

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 1

The first-class team at Farrer & Co has a stellar reputation for its art and cultural property expertise and regularly works with international super rich clients. Adrian Parkhouse is highly sought after for his work on major art cases, and senior associate William Charrington is also developing a strong art-related disputes practice. Through Bethan Waters, the department is well regarded for its work in the art lending world. Clients include leading museums and galleries in the UK, charities and top landed estates. Isabel Paintin advises clients on a wide range of issues relating to the ownership of artwork, gifts of heritage assets and heritage tax issues. Julian Smith is another stand-out member of the practice along with Peter Wienand, who advises many cultural organisations and artists on the protection and exploitation of their intellectual property.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Parkhouse; Isabel Paintin

Testimonials

‘They are experts and know inside out how to talk to artists and to clients. They are quick because this knowledge is current and up to date. The key capabilities are expert knowledge, care and human ability to communicate across legal and human concerns’.

‘The team are experts and they have built trust with me so that I can ask any question and that will be taken seriously’.

‘Adrian Parkhouse (Partner). He’s top quality and, in terms of raw brain-power, one of the finest litigation solicitors in London. Clients rightly love him, because he gives top quality service and gets superb results. He’s also utterly unflappable in the most extreme circumstances’. 

Will Charrington – He’s super clever, unbelievably hard-working, and an excellent lawyer. Top drawer for any art dispute‘.

‘Farrer’s Art and Cultural Property practice is the market leader in this sector’.

‘Bethan Waters is truly exceptional in terms of client service, technical knowledge and commercial aptitude. She’s always going to be our ‘go-to’ lawyer in this field and has been a very safe pair of hands on our art financing transactions’.

‘The team at Farrer are pre-eminent: they have an impressively broad and deep range of expertise and therefore stand out among other UK firms. William Charrington operates at a high level. His writing is admirably clear and his advice is always top-drawer. He is calm and clever’.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

The outstanding team at Farrer & Co has a ‘deep knowledge of the charity sector and fantastic expertise‘. It has an impressive client base of leading UK and international charitable organisations, and a long track record of advising on some of the most complex, ground -breaking and high-profile work in the sector. Under the joint leadership of James Maloney and Elizabeth Jones, the nimble team covers the full range of issues from charity mergers and restructuring work, to advising on corporate foundations and partnerships. Other core areas of expertise include handling disputes and managing reputational issues. In addition, it continues to be busy advising on various safeguarding issues, and innovative charity finance matters. Anne-Marie Piper is particularly known for her skilful handling of difficult regulatory cases, as well as other issues relating to mergers, reorganisations and governance. Julian Smith acts for a wide range of foundations and functional charities, and is well regarded in the charity investment sphere. Sam Macdonald has a broad practice; he advises philanthropists on their charitable giving as well as advising overseas organisations.

Practice head(s):

James Maloney; Elizabeth Jones

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Marie Piper; Sam Macdonald; Julian Smith; Sara van der Pas; Hannah Whyatt

Testimonials

‘The team is well established and highly knowledgeable with many combined years of experience in dealing with charities and not-for-profits as well as the regulators they work with. Anne-Marie Piper along with James Maloney – both provide exceptional knowledge and candid advice’.

‘The practice is strong in charity law and company law which are the two areas where we seek advice. I have found them to be very responsive and eager to find solutions. James Maloney is always available and responsive’.

‘Throughout all our dealings with Farrer & Co, they are always incredibly diligent, clear and swift in their advice. We trust their incredible expertise and technical knowledge on complex cases which is communicated to us clearly and in a manner that is easy to digest and forward on to our clients where necessary’.

‘We have worked closely with James Maloney who has gone above and beyond to get to know myself and my colleagues, but more importantly, our charitable organisation, product and client base. This is evident in his communications with us and willingness to go above and beyond so that we can respond swiftly to our clients’.

‘Farrers are the market leaders in advising Royal Charter charities. They have a strong sense of the drivers within the organisation and how that interacts with Charity law’.

‘Principally we work with Elizabeth Jones and to a lesser extent with Anne-Marie Piper and Sam Macdonald. It is a genuinely partner led service with access to the individual flair and experience each has. Sara van der Pas gives steady support’.

‘The team sits at the heart of the firm and so is able to draw on the expertise of other teams to provide a full service. Sam Macdonald is not only an expert in charity law he truly understands us and the context in which we operate, tailoring his advice accordingly, meaning it is more impactful and cost effective.’

‘Sam Macdonald and Hannah Whyatt –  Universally, I would describe the lawyers at Farrers as having a good technical knowledge but an ability to apply it in a practical way in the support they give us’.

Key clients

Age UK

Motability

The Prince’s Trust

Samaritans

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)

Home-Start UK

The Rhodes Trust

Save the Children

Care4Calais

Cycling UK

Sweaty Betty Foundation

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The ‘extremely experienced’ and ‘simply outstanding’ team at Farrer & Co is led by Toby Graham, Jeremy Gordon and Charlotte Fraser. It has many other ‘brilliant’ partners among them Joanna PooleElizabeth Sainsbury and Henrietta Mason. This first-class team, which has ‘real strength in depth’, is involved in many of the largest trust/estates disputes each year, often involving assets of several billion pounds. It regularly advises trustees and beneficiaries on the full range of onshore and offshore contentious matters. The practice continues to act in the big-ticket trust litigation, international succession disputes, and the restructuring of high-value trust structures. Increasingly, it is instructed to act as administrator of UHNW estates, which are the subject of litigation. It has also been busy acting in cases involving very high value capacity issues and court of protection work. Another highlight was Jennifer Ridgway joining the team from Michelmores LLP. Clients remark that ‘all of the associates, without exception, are excellent’. Tom McPhail and Joseph de Lacey receive particular praise for their work in this area.

Practice head(s):

Toby Graham; Jeremy Gordon; Charlotte Fraser

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Poole; Elizabeth Sainsbury; Henrietta Mason; Tom McPhail; Joseph de Lacey; Melody Munro; Isabelle Dean; Rowan Cope; Jennifer Ridgway

Testimonials

‘Farrers have a longstanding and well-deserved reputation in this field.  They have experienced partners, including Toby Graham and Jo Poole, who are not only great lawyers but great tacticians. Their assistants are very able too.’

‘Toby Graham is a very sound strategist and extremely experienced. Very nice to work with. Melody Munro, who is extremely clever, a very good lawyer, and extremely pleasant to work with. Joseph De Lacey is a very forceful and hardworking litigator.’

‘Toby Graham has a wealth of knowledge and experience and offers a highly effective client-focussed approach. Tom McPhail – simply the best solicitor below partner grade I have ever worked with. He’s an absolute star.’

‘It is one of the few contentious private client teams that feels and performs like a team.  Many of their competitors are made up of individuals, but the Farrers team works collectively, and the management really do support their juniors.’

Elizabeth Sainsbury is truly amazing for her qualification and there is no wonder they have made her up to partner, while on maternity leave.  She is serene in her style of work and leaves the client feeling that she is always on their side, even if the point raised is perhaps not relevant.’

Charlotte Fraser has a staggering grip on the law and applies it with laser like precision to the facts, so the client feels that they have the best on their side.’

‘The team has a very strong focus on client care and is considerate of the individual client’s position and alive to their sensitivities. They handle matters with a delicate force, are very clear and manage expectations exceptionally well.’

‘They are extremely personable and able to communicate and empathise with clients. Joanne Poole has been exceptional in all her work and is assisted by an extremely able team.’

Key clients

Sir Owen Glenn

The Administrators of the Estate of Vladimir Scherbakov

Trustees of family trusts of well-known English family

Executor for the Estate of the Duke of Edinburgh

Guardian of minor beneficiaries of UHNW family trusts

UHNW Middle Eastern individual

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sir Owen Glenn and Kea Investments in a highly complex and multi-jurisdictional piece of trust litigation, which has been running for a number of years and has repeatedly broken new legal ground.
  • Acting in the administration of the estate of the late Vladimir Scherbakov in the context of ongoing cross border litigation over the succession to his estate and lifetime disputes.

Private client > Family Tier 1

At Farrer & Co, William Massey heads an ‘extremely talented team and very much leads by example’. The practice receives many plaudits for its ‘almost incomparable experience’ and for its ability to ‘handle the most complex family law disputes with elegance and excellence’. The practice has a superb reputation for its high-value, complex work involving substantial assets, foreign jurisdictions, complicated asset protection structures, and trust and tax issues. Claire Gordon regularly represents entrepreneurs, professionals, individuals with private equity investments, the international elite, and those with very substantial generational wealth. Caroline Holley has a strong reputation for her international practice, while Sarah Hutchinson maintains a busy and varied caseload. Another member of the ‘Rolls Royce of family law practices’ is Edward Floyd, who specialises in international high-net-worth work, specifically financial claims involving trusts and claims on overseas divorces. Amy Radnor’s practice encompasses both finances as well as difficult and contentious children cases, especially those with an international or safeguarding element. Flora HarraginAlexander Woolley, and Frederick Tatham are also key members of the department, and John Davies was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

William Massey

Testimonials

‘Outstanding service all round, could not wish for better or more – truly exceptional. I feel in very safe hands. Sarah Hutchinson is one of the most outstanding professionals I have ever worked with in my life. Incredible technical skills and experience, great judgement and a human touch and empathy that I find unique, and I value very highly. I trust her 100%.’

‘Amy Radnor was exceptionally supportive before and throughout the case, providing sound, constructive and realistic advice, particularly when the case was getting more and more difficult and complicated. She acted with extreme empathy, compassion and integrity, supporting me throughout until reaching a sound solution.’

‘Claire Gordon and Edward Floyd are two of the finest solicitors in London. They have good judgement, dignity, analysis and gravitas.’

‘Caroline Holley is one of the greats of family law. She is an incredible solicitor totally dedicated to her work and clients. She has an enormous intellect and a wonderful client manner. She brings a light touch to her cases which clients love. All her opponents respect her for her judgement and sensibility.’

‘John Davies has recently been appointed partner. He deserves it. He is a totally dedicated lawyer. I have been involved with him on a long-running international case and he has coordinated the litigation in multiple jurisdictions. His attention to detail is quite unbelievable.’

‘William Massey is one of the best lawyers out there on the senior end. Flora Harrigan is a go-to on cross-border cases, whether with respect to money or children.’

‘Farrer’s reputation speaks for itself. Their family team represents the very best in the business. What is perhaps more uncommon is for a firm of this pedigree to have such a young partnership team.’

‘Alexander Woolley never stops thinking – he is obsessed with every aspect of the case he is working on and, seemingly, loves the law more than most academics. He has an innate sense of fairness and is not afraid to disagree with others, irrespective of their seniority. He is a star in the making.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in connection with an application made by his former wife under Part III of the Family and Matrimonial Proceedings Act 1984.
  • Acted for a client in relation to a contested divorce (including a forum conveniens dispute) and financial remedy proceedings involving multiple jurisdictions.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The Farrer & Co private client team ‘continues to deliver a personal and exceptional service. Understanding client personalities, nuances and preferences and being able to tailor their service effortlessly is what’s different about Farrers’.  Under the joint leadership of Bryony Cove and Sarah von Schmidt, it regularly advises wealthy families and individuals as well as trustee companies, banks/wealth managers and family offices. The ‘exceptionalRussell Cohen has a substantial practice advising some of the wealthiest international families in the world and also advises institutional clients. The ‘really fantastic’ Oliver Piper has particular expertise in trust law, advising trustees, settlors and beneficiaries on all matters relating to the formation, administration and restructuring of UK and offshore trusts. Alexandra Hollingshead provides complex trusts, tax and structuring advice to trustees and individuals, family businesses and family offices. Catherine McAleavey is an experienced trusts and succession planning lawyer who acts primarily for UK-based wealthy individuals and families. Jennifer Ridgway joined the team from Michelmores LLP in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Bryony Cove; Sarah von Schmidt

Other key lawyers:

Russell Cohen; Alexandra Hollingshead; Oliver Piper; Georgina James; Richard McDermott; Claire Randall; Nicola Pomfret; Jennifer Ridgway; Catherine McAleavey

Testimonials

‘The team are a harmonious bunch with exceptional technical skills and wonderful client service. Bryony Cove, Richard McDermott, Sarah von Schmidt – and others. They all have a passion for outstanding client service encompassing empathy and honesty’.

‘Farrers have a strong reputation as one of the best general practice private client law firms. They have a prestigious client base and are known for providing high end advice to a range of clients’.

‘The Farrer team provides excellent services. They are very personable and their advice is always of the highest quality. Russell Cohen is one of the best Private Client lawyers I have worked with. He is intelligent and knowledgeable while being at the same time very personable’.

‘Strong experts and very cohesive and interconnected teams, able to support UHNW families on all matters. Expert technical advice but also completely client minded, allowing client to properly prioritise their matters and concerns’.

‘They are responsive and knowledgeable and listen rather than giving stock responses‘.

‘Farrer & CO LLP are the Rolls-Royce of the Private Client world. Their Private Client team combine charm, excellent client handling skills and heavy duty intellectual firepower in equal measure’. 

‘Russell Cohen – Partner – Calm, reassuring and able to identify quickly, and communicate clearly, the heart of the matter. Claire Randall – Partner – a diamond edged mind capable of handling the most complex tax problems’.

‘Exceptional team willing to find solutions to complex problem. Georgina James is innovative and creative’.

Public sector > Education: schools Tier 1

As a ‘leading light in the field of education and schools‘, Farrer & Co works with a diverse client base that encompasses independent schools and associations and offers ‘pioneering guidance in areas such as safeguarding and EDI‘. In addition to its widely recognised safeguarding expertise, the team is also well-equipped to handle cross-border commercial matters, with lawyers regularly advising on partnerships and school openings, mergers, and trade marks. Increasingly, the firm also assists clients with their attempts to challenge the results of ISI and Ofsted inspections. Practice head Jonathan Eley often advises on high-profile employment matters, including strike action and crisis management, and frequently works with vastly experienced safeguarding specialist David Smellie, employment lawyer Alice Yandle, and former barrister Katie Fudakowski to handle complex safeguarding, SEN, and equality issues. Sam Macdonald continues to be a highly recommended specialist for restructuring and governance matters, and Paul Jones is a key contact for commerical contracts and partnerships. Maria Strauss is particularly noted for her expertise in safeguarding investigations.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Eley

Testimonials

‘Our counsel at Farrers understand the unique needs and culture of our school in a way that is unlike any other legal firm I have worked with. They are highly responsive and can be relied upon to give timely, thorough and helpful advice. Their knowledge of safeguarding issues in education is second to none.’

‘Katie Fudakowski is a fountain of knowledge, especially as it pertains to safeguarding issues in education. When we work with her, we feel that we are in very good hands and that we are getting top-of-the-line legal advice.’

‘Their depth of knowledge is unparalleled and the overall quality of their team is consistently impressive. Their special expertise in safeguarding matters is hugely valued.’

‘Paul Jones stands out as he has a long experience of the independent schools sector and is aware of forthcoming changes in legislation that will affect the operation of schools. An intricate and sensitive area for schools which he handles with knowledge and clear direction.’

‘Alice Yandle is an excellent lawyer and a fantastic all-round operator. Her client care skills are superb: She takes great trouble to get to know the client well, both the institution and the individuals who work there. She always goes above and beyond for her clients, fights hard for them when needed, and is always strategic in her approach. I am confident that she will continue to be a really valuable asset to the firm and the sector.’

‘A market leading team with strength in depth and partners who are sector leaders. You get a quality service from Farrer & Co, and their sector insights are valuable.’

‘Expert knowledge, particularly in safeguarding, anti-racism and equalities law. Kind, reassuring manner with gravitas and confidence.’

‘Farrer & Co is not only a leading light in the field of Education and Schools, they are frankly stellar. They know the DNA of schools inside out and play a hugely influential role in pioneering guidance in areas such as Safeguarding and EDI. Principled but pragmatic, intellectual and innovative, we feel fortunate to have them working alongside us and understanding our community as well as they do.’

Key clients

Alleyn’s School

Alpha Plus Group

Benenden School

Bryanston School

Charterhouse

Cognita

Danes Hill School

Downe House

Dulwich Prep School

Eton College

Grey Coat Hospital

Hampton School

Harrow School

Highgate School

Independent Schools’ Bursars Association

King’s College school Wimbledon

Latymer Upper School

Magdalen College School

Manchester Grammar School

Marlborough College

Methodist Independent Schools Trust

Nottingham High School

Shrewsbury School

St Catherine’s School Bramley

St George’s College Weybridge

St Mary’s School Ascot

St Paul’s Girls School

St Paul’s School

The Bury Grammar Schools

The Mill Hill School Foundation

The Perse School

Tonbridge School

Uppingham School

Wellington College

Westminster School

Winchester College

Work highlights

  • Advised Shrewsbury School on its collaboration with Tutor Impact for the opening and operation of a new, premium international boarding school in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
  • Advised City of London Freeman’s School on an agreement with international partner schools for the delivery of the School’s virtual GCSE and A-Level programme.
  • Advised the Independent Schools’ Bursars Association (ISBA) on the drafting and annual updating of the ISBA Model Parent Contract, which is used by independent schools across the UK and which is widely regarded as the model for best practice in the industry.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 1

Spearheaded by Laura Conduit and Annabel Dean, Farrer & Co has a stellar reputation for its work on many complex and high-value matters. It is skilled at advising on tax and structuring issues by way of SPV deals in prime central London. Clients appreciate that the team ‘is always on hand for a call to explain various aspects of any deal, to provide clarity and practical solutions’. In addition, it is sought after for its country house expertise. The group ‘works closely with us and their clients to ensure a smooth transaction’. Laurie Horwood is well respected for his work on a variety of key residential property deals, and also acts for some of the leading private banks. Edmund Fetherston-Dilke is another significant member of the team. Hugh Wigzell has niche expertise in high-end new build properties. The practice excels in large conveyancing matters. It also acts for both banks and borrowers in secured lending transactions.

Practice head(s):

Laura Conduit; Annabel Dean

Other key lawyers:

Laurie Horwood; Hugh Wigzell; Edmund Featherston-Dilke; Jenna Whistler; Lindsay Cunningham; Adam Fletcher

Testimonials

‘Farrer & Co work brilliant as a team, everyone I have worked with in the residential property team have a calm, organised and diligent approach’.

‘They are fantastic at what they do, and I hold them all in high regard. I have recently worked a lot with Jenna Whistler and Laurie Horwood, who I rate being at the very top of their profession’.

‘Very good team, great communication among them and broad cumulated knowledge. Very knowledgeable also has great experience and expertise’.

‘Lindsay Cunningham and Annabel Dean were both superb, communicative, decisive, clear and helpful as well as being extremely good lawyers’.

The team, directed by Laurie Horwood, are exceptionally professional. They have a great understanding of client’s needs which, tied with a very practical application of law and regulations, means that they are perfectly positioned to offer best in class legal advice to their clients’.

Particularly Annabel Dean, Lindsay Cunningham and Hugh Wigzell are excellent in their professional capacity, help drive on sales, engage with other highly regarded professionals to assist the transactions, and are excellent communicators, allowing transactions to advance expediently and smoothly‘.

‘Hugh Wigzell and Edmund Featherston-Dilke are always forthcoming and go above and beyond the role of legal advisor’.

‘Adam Fletcher fights his clients’ corner really well, but is also very good to deal with’.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Theatre, publishing and other media Tier 1

Farrer & Co demonstrates deep expertise in publishing matters and is a go-to advisor for leading news organisations such as the Telegraph Media Group, and academic publishers like SAGE publications, among other print and digital publishers. Practice head Paul Jones is the main contact for commercial matters, handling digitisation and contractual matters; the latter is an area in which IP and commercial expert David Morgan further excels, in addition to his broadcasting and advertising acumen. Also an established individual, Henry Sainty focuses on digital strategy and digital market regulation, commercial partnerships and data protection issues; he also assists clients in the sports sector with media issues.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jones

Other key lawyers:

Henry Sainty; Owen O’Rorke; David Morgan; Natalie Rimmer

Testimonials

‘The Farrers team are extremely supportive of in-house teams. For instance, their programme of live webinars and knowledge updates to assist in-house legal teams is excellent.’

‘Each of the individuals I have worked with has shown a willingness to go above and beyond in order to support me and my team. They are extremely accommodating when we are subject to tight deadlines.’

Key clients

Bauer Media

The Economist Group

Telegraph Media Group

Yell

SAGE Publications

BMJ Publishing Group

British Library

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Guardian News and Media

BAFTA

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Telegraph Media Group in a comprehensive review of business-critical commercial contracts covering the operations and infrastructure for the organisation.
  • Advising The Economist on pre-publication content issues across its print editions, as well as in connection with Economist Radio and Economist Films.
  • Advising the British Library on strategic and operational matters including the digitisation of its newspaper collections.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 2

Drawing considerable praise from clients for its ‘broad knowledge and experience’, the team at Farrer & Co is equipped to navigate a wide spectrum of high-value corporate transactions. With a strong foothold in the financial services, media and entertainment, and property sectors, the firm is well positioned to cater to the diverse needs of its clients. The team is led by the ‘knowledgable’ and ‘highly commercial’ Jonathan Haley, a specialist in private company transactions with extensive experience acting for entrepreneurial clients on the sale of regulated businesses to both trade and private equity purchasers. Richard Lane, head of the firm’s international corporate offering, continues to lead on a number of major transactions, acting for a growing number of US and Middle East-based clients. David Fletcher  is noted for his focus on founders, entrepreneurs and investors, particularly in the technology sector.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Haley

Other key lawyers:

Richard Lane; Marie Bates; Tom Bruce; David Fletcher; Anthony Turner; Simon Ward; Emily Jamieson; India Benjamin; Charlie Court; Georgina Fraser

Testimonials

‘The team were highly responsive, tailored their advice very specifically to the SME client, were cost-conscious without cutting corners and gave clear explanations underlying their thinking. They gave meaningful insight into the likely thinking of the other side and were equally capable of charm and menace as the situation required, without burning bridges.’

‘Richard Lane and India Benjamin were efficient, experienced, didn’t need things explaining twice, deeply understood and could articulate the client’s needs intimately – without any condescension. A pleasure to deal with.’

‘They brought in specialists (tax, employment, IT etc) as required and managed their input and billing well. They dealt with the corporate finance adviser very well and managed a closing and earn out payment date without stress for the client.’

In addition to their legal work, which was excellent, they were particularly good at working with the management and shareholders, most of whom had not been involved in a transaction like this before.’

‘Excellent mid-market firm with broad knowledge and experience. They embrace technology (such as Kudocs), but draw on all of the experience that their history provides.’

‘Jon Haley – Knowledgeable, intelligent, genial and highly commercial.’

‘David Copping – Impressive expert in all commercial and intellectual property matters. A go-to person.’

Key clients

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Limited

Arbuthnot Latham & Co

Brookfield Business Partners LP

London Business School

PGA European Tour

Rathbone Brothers plc

J P Boden (Holdings) Limited

BMJ Publishing Group Limited

SAGE Publications Limited

FG Curtis plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, through its wealth management business in the UK and Crown Dependencies (CGWM UK), on its acquisition of Punter Southall Wealth Limited (PSW), acquired from Psigma Wealth Limited (Psigma) which is part of the Punter Southall group.
  • Advised the shareholders of F.G. Curtis plc (FGC) on the disposal of FGC to the Harwood private equity group for approximately £28m including earn-out consideration.
  • Advised PGA European Tour on its entry into a 13-year operational joint venture partnership with PGA TOUR, as part of an extension of the existing strategic alliance between the two Tours.

Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds Tier 2

Farrer & Co has carved out a strong niche in the property and charity funds market, advising these alongside traditional retail fund managers on matters ranging from fund formation to a range of regulatory issues, including the new consumer duty, governance and guidelines around high risk investments. Leading the team is Grania Baird, who specialises in the establishment of authorised funds such as UCITS and NURS among others. Jessica Reed‘s practice centres on the establishment of open-ended investment structures, with a further focus on ESG investing, while Andy Peterkin focuses on alternative capital raising structures and the marketing of private funds and pooled investment vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Grania Baird

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Reed; Andy Peterkin

Key clients

Thesis Unit Trust Management Ltd/Tutman LLP

Omnis Investments Limited

The Charities Property Fund/Savills Investment Management (UK) Ltd

Aubrey Capital Management Ltd

The Charities Property Fund/Savills Investment Management (UK) Ltd

Handelsbanken ACD

Evelyn Partners Fund Solutions Limited

CCLA Investment Management Limited

Acer Tree Investment Management LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for Thesis Unit Trust Management Limited on a significant number of projects this year, including numerous FCA applications for new authorised funds and other changes to its fund ranges.

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 2

Farrer & Co acts for a client roster that encompasses some of the UK’s largest universities, as well as sector associations such as the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The team is respected for its ability to handle crisis management work of a reputationally sensitive nature and is regularly instructed to handle employment matters, commercial issues, and research/IP disputes, with a record of acting in contentious mandates spanning from discrimination and unfair dismissal claims to research misconduct allegations. Under the leadership of IP and commercial specialist David Copping, the London-based team also regularly assists with high-profile projects and partnerships, including campus openings, research collaboration agreements, and acquisitions. The team benefits from the expertise of Kathleen Heycock, whose expertise in employment and safeguarding issues make her a key contact for student complaints, industrial relations, and misconduct allegations. Sam Macdonald, an experienced charity and tax lawyer who is regarded as a key contact for matters related to governance and fundraising, Jeremy Isaacson, who advises on high-profile research and IP issues, and safeguarding specialist David Smellie are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Copping

Key clients

Association of Commonwealth Universities

Imperial College London

Institute of Cancer Research

King’s College London

London Business School

The Open University

The Rhodes Trust

Universities UK

University for the Creative Arts

University of Cambridge

University of Oxford

University of Warwick

Work highlights

  • Advised Imperial College on all aspects of employment law, from day-to-day HR issues and Tribunal claims to highly complex employment matters.
  • Assisted the University of West London with an agreement with a third-party course provider (GCA Education Ltd) for the design and delivery of new and online Ofqual-regulated qualifications, from media to music and business.
  • Advised Imperial College London on the formation of a new medical school in Carlisle, in partnership with the University of Cumbria.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 2

Farrer & Co is experienced in advising HNWIs on a range of complex reputation issues, particularly those in the fields of charity, arts and heritage, and education. The team also includes a strong defendant practice for publishers. Julian Pike leads the team, with over 30 years of experience advising individuals, corporations and institutions on crises and pre-publication issues. Tom Rudkin advises on all aspects of reputation and risk management, as well as handling media disputes, including information theft, defamation and harassment claims.

Practice head(s):

Julian Pike; Tom Rudkin

Other key lawyers:

Athalie Matthews

Testimonials

‘Julian Pike has done exceptionally well to build the media department into what it is today – I have observed him in conversation with clients and seen how trusted he is by them. He gives very sensible but positive advice.’

‘Their knowledge, network, and creativity of solutions.’

‘Julian Pike and Tom Rudkin are my go-to people.’

‘Discreet in their approach, honest and direct with their advice and very open to collaboration with other experts across the reputation management value chain. There are only a handful of other firms that come close to meeting their capabilities.’

‘Julian Pike is a highly respected, trusted and experienced adviser with a long and distinguished record of reputation management. He is calm, fair, but also direct in his assessments of clients’ challenges.’

‘Tom Rudkin has a keen intellect and a very personable disposition which allows him to quickly forge a relationship with clients and find the best course of action for them.’

Key clients

The Executor of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s Estate

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

Led by John Wilkinson, Farrer & Co deals with fraud and asset recovery on an international and domestic basis, attracting high-net-worth individuals across the board. The practice is further enhanced by Adrian Parkhouse , with 30 years’ experience of civil litigation; he is especially well versed in settling disputes within the finance world, as well as the art and heritage sector.

Practice head(s):

John Wilkinson

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Parkhouse; Jolyon Connell; Gerard Heyes; William Charrington

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with the right balance of seniority tailored to the matter in hand.’

‘John Wilkinson – very experienced commercial litigator, rising above other lawyers in this area. He is extremely creative, swift and it is also very pleasant to work with him.’

‘Top team and excellent commentators – pleasure to work with – wide capabilities which has been very helpful and adds to the efficiency of matters.’

‘Excellent at long term strategic planning for disputes, with a keen eye on reputation management. Plus Farrers have a huge stock of good credit with the judiciary and courts for how they conduct themselves i.e. properly.’

‘Jolyon Connell – I have worked with Joe for 15 years on commercial disputes and civil fraud matters. Really bright, hugely likeable but tough and a very capable negotiator.’

Key clients

Dr Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty and his son Binay Shetty

Ian Pellow

RP Explorer Limited

ANZ Bank

Energy Plus Limited

Moorhead Holdings Limited

Kenya Power & Lighting Company PLC

Messrs Breytenbach & Moabelo as liquidators of Internet Currency Exchanged Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Ian Pellow in commercial court proceedings in which the Ukrainian state claimed that Mr Pellow and his co-defendants had been involved in a number of schemes to defraud Finance and Credit Bank by channeling US$280 million into companies owned by the First Defendant.
  • Advising B R Shetty, the founder of the London Stock Exchange-listed NMC healthcare group family on his defence of multiple sets of high value proceedings brought in the wake of the collapse of the NMC group.
  • Advised the Kenya Power & Lighting Company in its review of multiple Power Purchase Agreements following suspected fraud across the energy sector in Kenya.

Employment > Employers Tier 3

Farrer & Co acts for a wide range of clients in sectors including banking, insurance and sport. The firm also has a notable specialism in employment work in the academic and educational fields, representing Imperial College, the Natural History Museum and the Independent Schools Council, among others. The practice is led by David Smellie, a specialist in safeguarding work. He is supported by Rachel Lewis, who is recommended for advice on senior-level dismissals and employment reorganisations. Further key names in an extensive team include Anna Birtwistle, Alice Yandle, David Hunt and Kathleen Heycock.

Practice head(s):

David Smellie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great teamwork to ensure issues can be addressed timely and professionally at the relevant level, providing high-quality legal knowledge and expertise which is translated to practical solutions and management of risk.’

‘Approachability and timely, accurate advice.’

‘David Hunt – very approachable and easy to talk with. Often provides excellent advice in a simple, digestible manner.’

‘I have worked closely with Farrer & Co since 2017 and have found all those that I have worked with to be exceptionally supportive; providing immediate and highly contextual legal advice.’

‘Here I have to single out Alice Yandle; she has been quite exceptional; providing superb, highly responsive advice whatever the nature of my query. I think every Director of HR needs an Alice in their toolkit.’

‘Anna Birtwistle and her team are extremely strategic, skilled and precise negotiators.’

‘Anna Birtwistle – unflappable, clear vision and strategy on how we should approach the case. Never wavered and her preciseness steered us efficiently through the process.’

‘The employment team is excellent, very knowledgeable and practical in their advice. They have understood our organisation and therefore are able to add value.’

Key clients

British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA)

Imperial College

C Hoare & Co

The Natural History Museum

London Business School

The Independent Schools Council

The Independent Bursars’ Association (ISBA)

Work highlights

  • Acts for the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) on a range of employment related matters, including in relation to individual members’ claims (whether in the Employment Tribunal or County and High Courts) and industrial relations matters (including wider class action claims).
  • Advises Imperial College on an ongoing basis, from day-to-day HR issues and Tribunal claims to highly complex employment matters.
  • Advised a leading insurance intermediary firm in relation to an attempted team move/employee poaching matter.

Employment > Immigration

Farrer & Cois very highly regarded in acting for HMW individuals in complex matters’, bringing the full-service offering of the wider firm to its immigration mandates for both domestic and international clients. The firm’s wider litigation capabilities make it well-placed to assist in contentious matters, and the firm is noted for its track record in relation to politically sensitive matters. The team continues to grow with the hire of senior counsel Adam Hoefel from Gherson LLP, who is experienced in handling complex applications for HNW individuals. Practice head Elena Hinchinhas unparalleled experience, strategic judgment, and is excellent with clients’, and similarly focusses primarily on handling mandates for HNW and UHNW individuals, senior executives, and family-based applications. Counsel Lee Jackson is also a key contact for this work.

Practice head(s):

Elena Hinchin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A great team that does the job. Very responsible, caring and efficient at both partner and associate level.’

Ease of communication, descriptive responses, scenarios explained and a warm attitude.’

The immigration team is very highly regarded in acting for HMW individuals in complex matters.’

Elena Hinchin leads the team and is a leading practitioner. She has unparalleled experience, strategic judgment and is excellent with clients.’

Elena Hinchin is just a great partner and leader of this collection of legal practitioners. It is very easy to recommend her in the UNHW individual space.

Very knowledgeable team that always have experts on hand across multiple specialisms to ensure that advice considers all aspects of an issue.’

The team was very transparent about the actions, documents and process overall. They were helpful and very punctual in delivering the results.’

Always available to deal with immediate issues and work through an issue from beginning to end.

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 3

The ‘incredibly attentive’ mid-market practice at Farrer & Co advises institutional clients on construction and master planning mandates, as well as private energy and estate management structures. Head of the department Kate Corke acts for borrowers, investors and private banks, while Mark Gauguier is proficient in urban developments. Henry Stevens is often engaged in portfolio management and Fred Lee caters to real estate disposals. Other key contacts in the group include Hayley Wilson, who ‘has a joie de vivre approach blended with commitment and focus, and Barbara Beasley.

Practice head(s):

Kate Corke

Other key lawyers:

Mark Gauguier; Henry Stevens; Hayley Wilson; Barbara Beasley; Sarah Aggarwal; Meghan Hatfield; Fred Lee

Testimonials

‘One of the most widely respected commercial property teams in the UK. An attentive and highly professional service with original and innovative solutions to problems that are tailored to clients’ needs.’

‘They are my go-to practice for all legal property matters.’

‘A highly professional, innovative and bespoke service that is perfectly tailored to clients’ needs.’

‘Great service from a fantastic team.’

‘There is no one in the industry who understands legacy developments and the legal requirements and specifics to make these schemes work as well as Farrer & Co.’

‘Exceptional depth.’

Key clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Shinfield Studios Limited

UKVB LuxCo 1 S.à r.l

London Bioscience Innovation Centre

Burghley Estate

The British Library

Property Trust Group

Englefield Estate

Gascoyne Cecil Estates

Graven Hill Purchaser Ltd

Welbeck Estates

Commonwealth Real Estate LP

Shadowbox Studios

Work highlights

  • Acted as the legal advisers to the Duchy of Cornwall on their Poundbury and Nansledan development.
  • Advising on the British Library’s St Pancras development.
  • Advised a client on a transaction with The University of Reading for the construction of a major film studios complex in Shinfield, Berkshire.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Farrer & Co regularly handles high-profile, complex real estate disputes across a range of specialisms, particularly for charities, schools and other not-for-profit organisations. 'Top-notch lawyer' Siobhan Jones has over twenty years' experience acting for commercial and residential property owners and managers in landlord and tenant, insolvency and neighbourly disputes. Jo Ord has significant experience in dealing with real property issues like rights of way and the enforceability of covenants.

Practice head(s):

Siobhan Jones

Other key lawyers:

Jo Ord; Tom Dobson

Testimonials

‘The people combine a traditional focus on serving the client with sound commercial instincts.’

‘Siobhan Jones is approachable and has sound judgment; Jo Ord is a very able and efficient solicitor.’

‘The team bats above its weight in all real estate litigation. They are routinely involved in high-value, heavyweight cases with thorny legal and practical issues. They work collaboratively across all levels to achieve excellent, commercially-focused client outcomes.’

‘Tom Dobson has brilliant global vision of his cases, is clear and decisive in his advice and is a shrewd tactician.’

‘Siobhan Jones is excellent – patient, calm, and inspiring. She has very good client-handling skills as well as being a top-notch lawyer.’

‘Proactive, robust and most of all sensible and pragmatic giving great advice.’

‘Siobhan Jones is a haven of sensible and robust, pragmatic advice in the sea of chaos which always seem to be the case with property litigation’

‘Jo Ord is wonderful and has a real can-do attitude’

Key clients

Charities Property Fund

University of Oxford

Duchy of Lancaster

Duchy of Cornwall

Royal College of Surgeons

Artesian Property Partnership

BNP Paribas

Citibank

Victoria & Albert Museum

Diageo Pension Trust Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the Victoria & Albert Museum in relation to one of the world’s most significant new museum projects; V&A East will comprise two sister sites currently under construction in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.
  • Acting for Artesian Property Partnership, a major London property developer, in this ongoing dispute in the Technology and Construction Court.
  • Representing 8 Artillery Row Residents Association, which was formed in response to concerns of owners of individual flats the in this building on Artillery Row following a finding that the building’s cladding was defective.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3

Steered by Tom Bruce, Farrer & Co‘s sports team regularly advises a diverse mix of high-profile sports clients on a range of corporate, commercial and governance matters, such as regulatory instructions, joint ventures and structuring international sporting events. Bruce regularly handles this workload with the support of India Benjamin. Katie Fudakowski is the key contact for several governing bodies seeking assistance with investigations and reviews into safeguarding and employment matters, as well as compliance mandates. Owen O’Rorke focuses on overlapping commercial, IP and data matters for such clients, while Julian Pike is a go-to contentious media and sports practitioner, advising sports teams, governing bodies and individuals on all manner of disputes. Henry Sainty, David Hunt and Paul Jones are further key names to note. Kate Allass is particularly recommended for her capabilities in high-profile disputes.

Practice head(s):

Tom Bruce

Testimonials

‘We mainly instruct Julian Pike who is the best in the field – in my view – for reputational management, crisis management, defamation etc.’

‘Julian Pike is always available and gives spot-on pragmatic, comprehensive and business oriented advice. He has huge respect in the media.’

Key clients

PGA European Tour

The Football Association

Cube Limited

Lawn Tennis Association

England and Wales Cricket Board

World Netball

The London Marathon Charitable Trust

British Swimming

UK Athletics

Henley Royal Regatta

Work highlights

  • Advising PGA European Tour on its entry into a 13-year operational joint venture partnership with PGA TOUR.
  • Advising the LTA on all aspects of an ambitious project to refurbish around 4,500 public tennis courts throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Advising BOXT Limited on all aspects of the negotiation and signing of its sponsorship agreement with Everton Football Club.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 4

Farrer & Co is an established advisor to high-profile UK bodies and businesses, with notable matters such as constructing the sustainability partnership agreements between National Parks Partnership and BMW, with the aim of developing electric charging infrastructure. Beyond its reputable sport related work, the firm also acts on a number of mandates relating to art and culture, media and publishing, education and technology, with team head Paul Jones overseeing joint ventures, supply and distribution arrangements in all these areas. Whilst possessing broad expertise, David Copping has primarily been active in pharmaceutical, care and hospitality matters. Associates Antonia Lyne and David Morgan also come recommended, supporting a range of practice mandates.

Practice head(s):

Paul Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent commitment to pull all the necessary resources together to work and produce the required results on a complex project against a challenging timetable. Also, a delight to work with.’

‘The practice strengths are their breadth of knowledge and response times. For our project, we required a variety of legal support to deliver our projects. This included advising on government contracts, setting up public frameworks and also building contract advice.’

‘The teams’ knowledge for each unique project was fantastic, and also they were able to respond at very short notice. The advice that they provided was also delivered efficiently and accurately so that it could be actioned very quickly.’

The company have been a joy to work with and were a valuable member of our team to enable the delivery of projects.’

‘They are lawyers of the highest calibre in terms of both their technical expertise but also their ability to see the bigger picture and really get under the skin of their clients. It feels like a genuine collaboration between law firm and client.’

‘Paul Jones is an excellent technician, especially regarding procurement contracts. No level of detail is too much for him. David Copping is very strong on both contracts and IP advice.’

‘Dealing with the commercial team at Farrer & Co feels like you have your own niche legal team that understands you and is exclusively available to you, while having the broad knowledge and resources of a larger firm.’

‘Antonia Lyne is a real star of the team. A pleasure to deal with, she is reassuring that whatever legal issue we are faced with is perfectly manageable, while making her support feel effortless, although the work and the result demonstrated otherwise.’

Key clients

PGA European Tour

Stablepharma

Kenya Power and Lighting Company

BOXT

National Gallery

British Library

Lawn Tennis Association

NFL

National Parks Partnership

Japan House

Work highlights

  • Advised PGA European Tour on its entry into a 13-year operational joint venture agreement with PGA TOUR, as part of an extension of the existing strategic alliance between the two Tours.
  • Advised Stablepharma, the “fridge-free vaccine company” on a business-critical contract with European vaccine manufacturer BB-NCIPD (Bul Bio) for the exclusive bulk supply and commercialisation of the Tetanus diphtheria vaccine.
  • Advised BOXT Limited on all aspects of the negotiation and signing of its sponsorship agreement with Everton Football Club.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

The ‘incredibly attentive’ mid-market practice at Farrer & Co advises institutional clients on construction and master planning mandates, as well as private energy and estate management structures. Head of the department Kate Corke acts for borrowers, investors and private banks, while Mark Gauguier is proficient in urban developments. Henry Stevens is often engaged in portfolio management and Fred Lee caters to real estate disposals. Other key contacts in the group include Hayley Wilson, who ‘has a joie de vivre approach blended with commitment and focus, and Barbara Beasley.

Practice head(s):

Kate Corke

Other key lawyers:

Mark Gauguier; Henry Stevens; Hayley Wilson; Barbara Beasley; Sarah Aggarwal; Meghan Hatfield; Fred Lee

Testimonials

‘They provide reliable and solid advice, with impressive attention to detail. They always go the extra mile in terms of commitment to get the work completed.’

‘Hayley Wilson has a joie de vivre approach blended with commitment and focus.’

‘Not only are all the individuals capable, but incredibly attentive.’

‘Meghan Hatfield is a breath of fresh air with her can-do calm and detailed advice. A very talented solicitor who deserves to excel.’

Key clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Shinfield Studios Limited

UKVB LuxCo 1 S.à r.l

The Ironmongers Company

Burghley Estate

The British Library

Property Trust Group

Englefield Estate

Gascoyne Cecil Estates

Graven Hill Purchaser Ltd

Welbeck Estates

Commonwealth Real Estate LP

Shadowbox Studios

Victoria and Albert Museum

Work highlights

  • Advised Shinfield Studios Limited on a transaction with The University of Reading for the construction of a major film studios complex in Shinfield, Berkshire.
  • Advised Charities Property Fund on numerous investment transactions.
  • Advised a newly-formed Luxembourg real estate investment fund on various acquisitions focusing on the retail park sector.

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Farrer & Co’s planning team has an ‘excellent commercial understanding of the market’ and a strong background in urban development and community projects. The team is led by Karen Phull, who is praised by clients for her ‘clear, pragmatic and helpful advice’. The firm has also been building on its environmental expertise, with Claire Sheppard taking a leading role in this area.

Practice head(s):

Karen Phull

Other key lawyers:

Claire Sheppard; Anthony McNamee; James Davies

Testimonials

‘The Farrer & Co Planning team, led by Karen Phull, is quick on its feet and provides timely, practical advice. Farrer & Co is outstanding in dealing with property issues and that has been my family’s experience over many years.’

‘The ability to understand what is important in a given set of circumstances is critical. Having the knowledge and experience of the day-to-day operations of local authorities in planning matters is key. Having these attributes, Karen Phull continues to be enormously helpful.’

‘Farrers’ long-established history and reputation in the planning property and landed estate management industry is wholly well deserved and unique.’

‘The breadth of experience, quality of legal advice and client care is exemplary. Karen Phull is a go-to for planning and property advice, including the financial implications of improving land value through planning.’

‘I was impressed by the quality and detail of Karen Phull’s instructions in a specialist area and her responsiveness to requests for further information; her ability to locate and access historic documents within a short period of time was a testament to her investigatory abilities.’

‘Overall, I have had an excellent experience of dealing with the real estate team at Farrer & Co. The team work well together across a number of disciplines and have an excellent commercial understanding of the market.’

‘Karen Phull provides excellent advice on town planning legal matters and is my go-to expert in this field.’

‘Karen Phull provides clear, pragmatic and helpful advice.’

Key clients

The British Library

Shinfield Studios Limited

Graven Hill Purchaser Ltd

Porcelanosa UK Limited

Duchy of Cornwall

Agenda S1 Limited

Burghley House Preservation Trust

Paul Saggers Associates Limited

Welbeck Estates

Pelham Street Residents Association

Pelham Residents Association

Onslow Neighbourhood Association

Work highlights

  • Advising the British Library on the St Pancras development, which involves the disposal of the 2.8 acre St Pancras development site for commercial investment and the construction of gallery facilities and a public realm for The British Library.
  • Advising Shinfield Studios Limited on a transaction with The University of Reading for the construction of a major film studios complex in Shinfield, Berkshire.
  • Acted for a US-based investor on entry into a conditional agreement for the acquisition of a former MOD site in Bicester.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Farrer & Co is noted for its ability to handle IP licensing, trade mark portfolio management and copyright pre-publication advice, among others. On the litigation side, the department is particularly active in the technology, betting, sports, art and retail sectors. Co-lead Peter Wienand maintains a strong non-contentious practice, routinely operating strategic or organisational change projects for IP-centred businesses, while Ian De Freitas heads the IP disputes team, with notable experience in branding and copyright cases. Owen O’Rorke assists clients with IP work and brand issues, and David Copping focuses has experience in the media, technology, culture and higher education arenas.

Practice head(s):

Peter Wienand; Ian De Freitas

Other key lawyers:

Owen O’Rorke; David Copping

Key clients

The Economist

Carbon Disclosure Project Worldwide

Boden

The Art Fund

Stablepharma

Institute of Cancer Research

Samuel Allsopp & Sons

Cycling UK

Eden Renewables

The Paul Mellon Centre

Work highlights

  • Advising a Russell Group University on managing its compliance with the ‘open access’ mandate now imposed by most government and charity funders of research on its grantees.
  • Advising the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art on rights and releases for a film about a Tate art installation in 2022, in addition to providing advice on copyright, licensing and moral rights implications of an ESG-led project.
  • Advising Samuel Allsopp & Sons, a family beer business, in reviving its heritage brand by acquiring and protecting a portfolio of existing, historic and new trade marks.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Farrer & Co serves private clients, private banks, overseas investors, and sectors such as charity, culture, and education. Led by Edward Banyard Smith, who particularly concentrates on the charity, cultural and wealth sectors, the department includes senior associate Marie-Thérèse Groarke, who principally assists property developers and banks. The team was recently boosted by the arrival of Clare Reddy from Lewis Silkin.

Practice head(s):

Edward Banyard Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Edward Banyard Smith takes a complex file and clarifies it in a no-nonsense style. He is reachable, keeps his deadlines and solves the case. He knows the construction market very well, which helps in contract negotiations.’

‘Edward Banyard Smith has an in-depth knowledge of construction.’

‘The Farrer & Co team are an exceptionally competent firm that provides a friendly, no-nonsense, client service-based approach to law.’

‘The Farrers team are always quick to respond and the quality of their work is always of a high standard.’

‘Clare Reddy is excellent. Clare works tirelessly to achieve the best results, successfully negotiating difficult and tricky contract points.’

Key clients

Duchy of Cornwall

Charities Property Fund

Artesian Property Partnership

Coutts & Co

Shinfield Studios Limited

Triodos Bank NV

Highgate Cemetery

Gascoyne Cecil Estates

Welbeck Estates

Burghley Estate

Work highlights

  • Acting as the legal advisers to the Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury and Nansledan Developments. Poundbury is the urban community at Dorchester, based on the latest principles of successful placemaking and urbanism.
  • Advising Shinfield Studios Limited on a landmark transaction with The University of Reading for the construction of a major film studios complex in Shinfield, Berkshire.
  • Acting for the CPF, an open-ended common investment fund which exists to enable over 2,000 charities to invest in commercial property, with over 100 properties and £1.3 billion in assets across the retail, offices, industrial and alternatives sectors.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 5

With a strong borrower-side practice, Farrer & Co is also sought out for its expertise advising major institutional investors, including royal charter bodies, charitable trusts and unincorporated associations. Team lead Martin Blake‘s practice focuses on acquisition financings and general lending transactions. Simon Graham‘s specialisms include art finance, acquisition finance and private placements.

Practice head(s):

Martin Blake

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and able to work through challenges to ensure the best outcome.’

‘Very commercial in advising what has become market standard, what is acceptable and what points are worth fighting.’

Great people to work with.’

Broad understanding of the issues in the business.’

What is important is finding a firm with good lawyers who engage with you, and Farrer & Co is that.’

Farrer & Co have good people at all levels.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank (UK)

Deutsche Bank (Luxembourg)

Deutsche Bank (Suisse)

Bank Julius Baer & Co Ltd

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Ltd

Coutts & Co

WayPark Commercial Mortgages Limited

Rothschild & Co Wealth Management UK Limited

Royal Bank of Canada

Triodos Bank NV

Work highlights

  • Acted for DB Bank UK Limited in relation to the amendment and restatement of a bespoke £150 million credit facility comprised of a £10 million revolving credit facility and £140 million available for property acquisitions, subsequent equity releases and development tranches.
  • Acted for our longstanding client Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A. in relation to the amendment and restatement of a £135 million credit facility that was previously made available to a Gibraltar company that is secured on a portfolio of Japanese artwork and also on a large commercial property.
  • Advised Deutsche Bank UK on an approx. £84 million investment portfolio financing to an English borrower group consisting of companies, trusts and limited liability partnerships owning six aparthotel properties across London, Brighton and Manchester.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 5

Acting for clients in the education, sport, and media sectors, Farrer & Co handles compliance, data retention queries, and data transfers. Henry Sainty leads the team, which also includes Ian De Freitas, head of data disputes, and Owen O’Rorke, whose practice spans both contentious and non-contentious matters. Associate David Morgan is recommended for marketing and adtech compliance advice. Jeremy Isaacson, a freedom of information specialist, and data litigator Tom Rudkin were promoted to partner in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Henry Sainty

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly knowledgeable, skilled, collaborative, hard-working and pragmatic approach to advice and legal services. Particularly impressed with the dedicated forums and webinar series to support in-house lawyers which, in my experience is unique and offers great support for myself and my team.’

‘A brilliant team of lawyers who take the time to give specific, commercially oriented advice. Owen O’Rorke stands out in particular for his responsiveness, exceptional knowledge, and real-world application of the law.’

‘Effective, experienced, personable, diverse team, especially the inspirational Ian De Freitas.’

‘Ian De Freitas – a very experienced skillful lawyer and safe pair of hands.’

‘Great team, providing clear, tailored advice.’

‘Owen O’Rorke gives clear advice, tailored to our needs.’

‘David Morgan is extremely responsive and provides sensible advice.’

‘The team has an excellent knowledge of our business and can therefore provide properly considered and tailored advice. They consider both the legal and commercial issues in all scenarios providing practical advice that can be implemented by the business.’

Key clients

London Business School (LBS)

English Federation of Disability Sport (Activity Alliance)

British Swimming

Logicalis Group

Eton College

Vistra Group

The Economist

Lawn Tennis Association (LTA)

MCC Marylebone Cricket Club

ISBA

Department for Education

Church of England

Work highlights

  • Acting for Eton College advising on data protection compliance issues including data retention, complaints and queries from parents and pupils involving personal data, and requests from individuals to exercise their privacy rights, erasure and subject access requests.
  • Advising the Economist on its direct marketing and newsletter advertising and its compliance with the UK GDPR and PEC Regulations.
  • Representing Logicalis Group International, a global IT solutions provider, overseeing a comprehensive redraft of the agreement covering its complex international data transfer arrangements, including dealing with differences between ex-UK and ex-EEA transfers, new confidentiality provisions and questions of group liability and regulation.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

The financial services team at Farrer & Co handles a range of matters concerning mortgage conduct of business rules, wealth management and private banking, asset management, financial promotion and governance. Grania Baird leads the practice and has been kept busy with projects relating to Consumer Duty, while Andy Peterkin is ‘knowledgeable and commercial in his advice’ on the regulatory aspects of corporate transactions, fintech and crypto assets regulation.

Practice head(s):

Grania Baird

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very good regulatory knowledge and a helpful approach to problem-solving.’

‘Andy Peterkin has been knowledgeable and commercial in his advice.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Canada

Nedbank Private Wealth

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Limited

SG Kleinwort Hambros

Handelsbanken Wealth Management and Handelsbanken plc

James Hambro & Partners LLP

Royal Bank of Canada

Nedbank Private Wealth

Work highlights

  • Acting for a wealth manager in relation to their Consumer Duty project, including advice on the topic, implementation plan and particular work on redrafting their Terms of Business and other client facing documentation to ensure compliance with the consumer understanding outcome of the Consumer Duty.
  • Advised Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management (CGWM) on its £54m acquisition of the private client investment management business of Edinburgh based Adam & Co, acquired from Royal Bank of Scotland PLC (RBS).
  • Advised Canaccord Genuity Wealth Group Holdings (Jersey) Limited (CGWGHJL) on its £164m acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Punter Southall Wealth Limited, acquired from Psigma Wealth Limited (Psigma).

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 6

Farrer & Co acts in significant disputes involving parties from across Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, the Far East, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean. Its core focus is commercial arbitration, but it also houses experts in investor-state arbitration, art-related matters, and sports disputes. The practice is also increasingly active in marine construction and shipping matters. Hendrik Puschmann leads the group, which comprises sports disputes specialist Kate Allass, construction expert Edward Banyard Smith, and commercial disputes partner Ian De Freitas.

Practice head(s):

Hendrik Puschmann

Other key lawyers:

Kate Allass; Edward Banyard Smith; Ian De Freitas; Adrian Parkhouse; John Wilkinson; Oliver Blundell; Thomas Rudkin

Testimonials

‘Hendrik Puschmann is highly skilled and has great humour.’

Key clients

Hitzinger (in administration)

HTI High Tech Industries (in administration)

International Canoe Federation

Vattenfall Vindkraft

Farrer & Co is synonymous with the highest quality legal advice and service.

The firm: The firm advises individuals, families, businesses, financial services, educational and not-for-profit organisations on every aspect of the law, wherever the need arises. From its offices in London the firm works with trusted professionals around the world to deliver a seamless international service.

The firm’s clients present it with complex and varied challenges. Whether that’s a complicated family trust issue, a multinational corporate transaction, or an emerging threat to their reputation, they need clear thinkers who can advise on the best solutions, fast thinkers when speed is of the essence and agile thinkers who can produce a fresh approach to get the job done. That’s why they choose Farrer & Co.

Clients value the firm’s in-depth knowledge, technical excellence and diversity of disciplines. But what really binds the firm’s long-standing relationships with them is its approach: personable, pragmatic, plain speaking and always steadfast in its values, which it holds dear. Values which mean the firm gains its clients’ trust, always striving to do the right thing, and aims for the best results for them.

Superb client service sits at the heart of everything Farrer & Co does – modern lawyers with timeless values.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Jeremy Gordon jeremy.gordon@farrer.co.uk
Agriculture and estates Simon Pring simon.pring@farrer.co.uk
Art and cultural property Adrian Parkhouse adrian.parkhouse@farrer.co.uk
Banking and Finance Grania Baird grania.baird@farrer.co.uk
Charities Elizabeth Jones elizabeth.jones@farrer.co.uk
Civil fraud John Wilkinson/Adrian Parkhouse adrian.parkhouse@farrer.co.uk
Construction Edward Banyard Smith edward.banyardsmith@farrer.co.uk
Contentious trusts Toby Graham/Henrietta Mason toby.graham@farrer.co.uk
Corporate/M&A Richard Lane/Jonathan Haley jonathan.haley@farrer.co.uk
Data protection Henry Sainty henry.sainty@farrer.co.uk
Defamation/reputation management Julian Pike/Tom Rudkin julian.pike@farrer.co.uk
Dispute resolution Siobhan Jones siobhan.jones@farrer.co.uk
Education: higher and further education David Copping david.copping@farrer.co.uk
Education: schools Jonathan Eley jonathan.eley@farrer.co.uk
Employment David Hunt david.hunt@farrer.co.uk
Family/matrimonial William Massey william.massey@farrer.co.uk
Financial services Grania Baird grania.baird@farrer.co.uk
Immigration Elena Hinchin elena.hinchin@farrer.co.uk
Insolvency and restructuring David Fletcher david.fletcher@farrer.co.uk
Intellectual property Peter Wienand peter.wienand@farrer.co.uk
Investment funds Grania Baird grania.baird@farrer.co.uk
Media and entertainment Henry Sainty henry.sainty@farrer.co.uk
Partnership Jonathan Haley jonathan.haley@farrer.co.uk
Planning Karen Phull karen.phull@farrer.co.uk
Private client Sarah von Schmidt sarah.vonschmidt@farrer.co.uk
Private equity Richard Lane richard.lane@farrer.co.uk
Private wealth disputes Toby Graham/Henrietta Mason toby.graham@farrer.co.uk
Real estate Mark Gauguier mark.gauguier@farrer.co.uk
Real estate finance Martin Blake martin.blake@farrer.co.uk
Residential property Laura Conduit laura.conduit@farrer.co.uk
Sport Tom Bruce tom.bruce@farrer.co.uk
Tax David Gubbay david.gubbay@farrer.co.uk
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Sarah Aggarwal photo Sarah Aggarwal Sarah has experience of a variety of commercial property matters including acquisitions,…
Kate Allass photo Kate Allass Kate has a varied litigation and arbitration practice, acting for corporations, institutions…
Annabelle Allen photo Annabelle Allen Annabelle advises clients on a broad range of property transactions, including sales…
Ben Amoah photo Ben Amoah Ben advises both claimants and defendants on all aspects of commercial litigation…
Charles Anderson photo Charles Anderson Charlie has over 30 years’ experience of advising on commercial property investment…
Graham Anderson photo Graham Anderson Graham advises a broad range of clients including national and international businesses,…
Victoria Atkins photo Victoria Atkins Associate
Grania Baird photo Grania Baird Grania advises asset managers, private banks and other financial services firms on…
Alan Baker photo Alan Baker Alan assists with a wide range of IP and commercial matters, primarily…
Edward Banyard Smith photo Edward Banyard Smith Edward has significant experience of advising on all aspects of construction and…
Marie Bates photo Marie Bates Marie advises on a broad range of corporate matters and commercial transactions…
Barbara Beasley photo Barbara Beasley Barbara advises a broad range of corporate, institutional and private clients on…
Tasneem Bhindarwala photo Tasneem Bhindarwala Tasneem advises employers and employees on both contentious and non-contentious employment law…
Anisha Birk photo Anisha Birk Anisha is an Associate in the Intellectual Property & Commercial team. She…
Anna Birtwistle photo Anna Birtwistle Partner at Farrer & Co since June 2019.
Charlotte Black photo Charlotte Black Charlotte is Counsel in the Tax team. Charlotte advises on all direct…
Martin Blake photo Martin Blake Martin has broad experience in a range of domestic and international banking…
Oliver Blundell photo Oliver Blundell Oliver is an Associate in the Dispute Resolution team. Oliver advises corporate…
Mark Bridges photo Mark Bridges Mark is the chair of private client at Farrer & Co and…
James Bromley photo James Bromley James is a Senior Associate in the Tax Team. He has experience providing tax advice…
Tom Bruce photo Tom Bruce Tom advises corporate and commercial clients on a broad range of corporate…
Mark Burgess-Smith photo Mark Burgess-Smith Mark Burgess-Smith joined Farrer & Co in 2020 as Senior Counsel in…
Nina Caplin photo Nina Caplin Nina is a knowledge lawyer in the Banking and Financial Services team.…
Alice Cave photo Alice Cave Alice advises clients on a wide range of employment matters, both contentious…
William Charrington photo William Charrington William advises corporate clients, institutions and individuals on a wide range of…
Kate Chatters photo Kate Chatters Kate advises individuals and estates in relation to a wide range of…
Russell Cohen photo Russell Cohen Russell advises on all aspects of tax planning, estate planning and trust…
Laura Conduit photo Laura Conduit   Laura is an expert transactional lawyer working on some of the…
Jolyon Connell photo Jolyon Connell Jolyon advises individuals, companies and institutions on a wide range of contentious…
David Copping photo David Copping David is the Head of the Higher Education Group. He specialises in non-contentious…
Kate Corke photo Kate Corke Kate deals with a wide range of property matters including the sale…
Emily Costello photo Emily Costello Emily specialises in reputation management and dispute resolution across a broad spectrum…
Bryony Cove photo Bryony Cove Bryony specialises in mainly onshore work including complex inheritance tax and capital…
Lindsay Cunningham photo Lindsay Cunningham Lindsay deals with a wide range of residential property matters, in particular…
Diana Davidson photo Diana Davidson Diana advises on all aspects of trust law, including onshore and offshore…
John Davies photo John Davies John qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and works on a broad…
Ian De Freitas photo Ian De Freitas Partner
Annabel Dean photo Annabel Dean Annabel advises individuals, families and institutions on all aspects of property law…
Nick Dunnell photo Nick Dunnell Nick’s main areas of expertise are tax and trusts, particularly the taxation…
Suzanna Eames photo Suzanna Eames Associate
Adele Eastman photo Adele Eastman Adele originally qualified at Farrer & Co, specialising in employment and education…
Jonathan Eley photo Jonathan Eley Jonathan advises employers and senior executives on the full range of legal…
Blue Elliott photo Blue Elliott Blue is a Senior Associate in the Disputes team. Blue assists on…
Veryan Excelby photo Veryan Excelby Veryan has a diverse range of clients and advises on all areas…
Edmund Fetherston-Dilke photo Edmund Fetherston-Dilke Edmund advises several major estates on the full variety of legal issues…
Sophie Fewson photo Sophie Fewson Sophie predominately advises UK-domiciled private clients on wills and estate planning. She…
David Fletcher photo David Fletcher David is a corporate partner and advises on a broad range of…
Charlotte Fraser photo Charlotte Fraser Charlotte has broad experience acting for both private and corporate clients on…
Charlotte Freeman photo Charlotte Freeman Charlotte advises on a variety of banking and financial transactions acting for…
Katie Fudakowski photo Katie Fudakowski Partner
Charles Fursdon photo Charles Fursdon Charles advises private, commercial and institutional clients on a wide range of…
Mark Gauguier photo Mark Gauguier Mark has a wide range of commercial property experience and he has…
Jessica Gibson photo Jessica Gibson Associate
Marc Glancy photo Marc Glancy Marc has a broad banking and financing practice advising individuals, corporates and…
Jeremy Gordon photo Jeremy Gordon Jeremy advises clients both private and corporate on a wide range of…
Claire Gordon photo Claire Gordon Claire enjoys a diverse client base and an extensive caseload involving all…
Simon Graham photo Simon Graham Simon is head of the Banking practice. He advises lenders and borrowers…
Toby Graham photo Toby Graham Toby is head of Farrer & Co’s Contentious Trusts and Estates group. He…
David Gubbay photo Mr David Gubbay Corporate tax expert David Gubbay works across the firm’s sectors to help…
Rose Gurney photo Rose Gurney Rose is a Senior Associate in the Rural Property team. Rose’s experience…
Jonathan Haley photo Jonathan Haley Jonathan is head of the professional practices group at Farrer & Co.…
Patrick Hammond photo Patrick Hammond Patrick advises a range of individual and institutional landowners on matters relating…
Flora Harragin photo Flora Harragin Flora works on a broad range of family matters, both contentious and…
Kathleen Heycock photo Kathleen Heycock Kathleen is a Partner in the Employment Team who is recognised for…
Gerard Heyes photo Gerard Heyes Gerard specialises in managing and resolving disputes and contentious regulatory issues in…
Rebecca Heyworth photo Rebecca Heyworth Rebecca is a Senior Associate in the Family team. Rebecca deals with…
Alexis Hille photo Alexis Hille Alexis specialises in providing advice to UK and international individuals, family offices…
Elena Hinchin photo Elena Hinchin Elena has nearly 10 years’ experience in Immigration Law. She built up…
Caroline Holley photo Caroline Holley Caroline advises a diverse client base on both contentious and non-contentious matters,…
Alexandra Hollingshead photo Alexandra Hollingshead Alexandra specialises in providing advice to trustees and UK and international individuals…
Rachel Holmes photo Rachel Holmes Rachel provides technical legal support and lectures (both internally and externally) on…
Laurie Horwood photo Laurie Horwood Laurie’s practice covers a wide range of matters relating to residential and…
David Hunt photo David Hunt David advises a broad spectrum of clients from the education, sports, banking,…
Sara Hunt photo Sara Hunt As the Knowledge Lawyer for the family team at Farrer & Co,…
Sarah Hutchinson photo Sarah Hutchinson Sarah is a partner and family mediator. She works on a broad range of…
Jeremy Isaacson photo Jeremy Isaacson Jeremy qualified as a solicitor into the Intellectual Property & Commercial team…
Georgina James photo Georgina James Georgina James joined Farrer & Co as a Partner in Private Wealth…
Emily Jamieson photo Emily Jamieson Emily is Counsel in the Corporate team. Emily advises corporate and commercial…
Paul Jones photo Paul Jones Paul Jones is a commercial contracts expert with an exceptional track record…
Elizabeth Jones photo Elizabeth Jones Elizabeth is the practice head for Charities at Farrer & Co. Elizabeth…
Siobhan Jones photo Siobhan Jones Siobhan specialises in all aspects of property related litigation and dispute resolution.…
Alice Kendle photo Alice Kendle Alice advises individuals, institutions and corporate clients on a wide range of…
Caroline Kirby photo Caroline Kirby Caroline specialises in planning, drafting, establishing, troubleshooting and restructuring UK and international…
Thomas Kirkman photo Thomas Kirkman Tom advises landowners on a wide range of rural matters, with a…
Paul Krafft photo Paul Krafft Paul’s main area of practice is in advising private and institutional clients…
Richard Lane photo Richard Lane Richard advises on a broad range of corporate transactions including acquisitions, disposals…
Sally Lane photo Sally Lane Sally is familiar with all legal aspects of a sale and purchase…
Fred Lee photo Fred Lee Fred is in the Commercial Property team and advises on a wide…
Rachel Lewis photo Rachel Lewis Rachel provides advice across a full spectrum of employment issues to a…
Ben Longworth photo Ben Longworth Ben advises corporate clients, high net worth individuals and not-for-profit organisations on…
Antonia Lyne photo Antonia Lyne Antonia specialises in intellectual property, commercial and data protection law. She has…
Sam Macdonald photo Sam Macdonald Sam is the Head of the Schools Group. He advises charities and…
James Maloney photo James Maloney James advises a broad range of charities and other organisations, including grant-making…
Henrietta Mason photo Henrietta Mason Henrietta specialises in disputes about trusts and wills and has been consistently…
William Massey photo William Massey William Massey is a partner at Farrer & Co and head of…
Athalie Matthews photo Athalie Matthews Athalie is highly experienced in all aspects of the law surrounding reputation…
James Maxwell photo James Maxwell James acts for private and institutional landowners in relation to the management…
Catherine McAleavey photo Catherine McAleavey Catherine advises individuals, families and trustees on UK capital tax and succession…
Richard McDermott photo Richard McDermott Richard advises on all aspects of trust law, wills, tax and estate…
Tom McPhail photo Tom McPhail Tom is a Senior Associate in the Contentious Trusts & Estates team.…
Alyson Morrell photo Alyson Morrell
Serena Nicholls photo Serena Nicholls Serena provides advice to corporate, institutional and senior executive clients on a…
Matthew North photo Matthew North Matthew advises lenders and borrowers on a wide range of international and…
Susanna O'Leary photo Susanna O'Leary Susanna specialises in the sale and purchase of residential premises and the…
Owen O'Rorke photo Owen O'Rorke Owen joined Farrer & Co in 2014 having spent five years at…
Jo Ord photo Jo Ord Jo assists on a wide variety of contentious matters for individual, institutional…
Isabel Paintin photo Isabel Paintin Isabel advises predominantly UK-domiciled Private Clients and Charitable Organisations on a wide…
Adrian Parkhouse photo Adrian Parkhouse Adrian is head of the art and heritage group. He has broad…
Lucy Penn photo Lucy Penn Lucy is an Associate in the Disputes team. She acts for both…
Andy Peterkin photo Andy Peterkin Andy advises a wide range of financial institutions, including asset managers, private…
Karen Phull photo Karen Phull Karen has extensive experience in a wide range of planning matters including…
Julian Pike photo Julian Pike Julian heads Farrer & Co’s reputation management practice. He has more than…
Oliver Piper photo Oliver Piper Oliver advises individuals and institutions on all matters relating to the formation,…
Charmaine Pollock photo Charmaine Pollock Counsel
Nicola Pomfret photo Nicola Pomfret Nicola advises trustees, banks and high net worth individuals on tax and…
Joanna Poole photo Joanna Poole Joanna is a member of Farrer & Co’s specialist Contentious trusts and…
Simon Pring photo Simon Pring Simon is head of the estates and private property team. He advises…
Hendrik Puschmann photo Hendrik Puschmann Hendrik is co-head of Farrer & Co’s Arbitration group. Sources praise his…
Alice Quirk photo Alice Quirk Alice joined the Family Department as an associate in November 2017 after…
Amy Radnor photo Amy Radnor Amy joined Farrer & Co in 2018 from a Tier 1 central…
Claire Randall photo Claire Randall Claire advises UK and international clients on their estate and tax planning…
Jane Randell photo Jane Randell Jane assists in a variety of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and…
Laetitia Ransley photo Laetitia Ransley Laetitia is a Senior Associate in the Charity and Community team. Laetitia…
Clare Reddy photo Clare Reddy Clare is a specialist construction lawyer advising on matters such as regeneration,…
Jessica Reed photo Jessica Reed Jessica advises a wide range of financial services firms, including asset managers,…
Simon Rees photo Simon Rees Simon has looked after high net worth individuals and families for more…
Alicia Rice photo Alicia Rice Alicia advises on all aspects of high-value residential property, for both domestic…
Jennifer Ridgway photo Jennifer Ridgway Jennifer acts for a wide range of international and UK-based families, individuals…
Natalie Rimmer photo Natalie Rimmer Natalie is an Associate in the Intellectual Property team.
Eleanor Rowswell photo Eleanor Rowswell Eleanor is an experienced employment lawyer who advises both senior executives and…
Katy Ruddell photo Katy Ruddell Katy has extensive experience in financial services law, both in-house and in…
Tom Rudkin photo Tom Rudkin Tom is an Partner in Farrer & Co’s Reputation Management practice, and…
Elizabeth Sainsbury photo Elizabeth Sainsbury Elizabeth advises on a wide range of commercial, trust and private wealth…
Henry Sainty photo Henry Sainty Henry is head of the media, entertainment and technology group. He specialises…
Clare Serenyi photo Clare Serenyi Clare works for a wide variety of clients on private family law…
Sonal Shah photo Sonal Shah Sonal’s work focuses on landed estates, high value probate matters with cross-border…
Claire Sheppard photo Claire Sheppard Claire has over 25 years’ experience in environmental law. She advises clients…
Richard Shillito photo Richard Shillito Richard advises print and online publishers on libel, privacy, contempt and related…
David Smellie photo David Smellie David is head of the Employment team. He has wide experience of…
Julian Smith photo Julian Smith Julian has specialised in advising charities since 1994, and acts for a wide…
Annabel Spearman photo Annabel Spearman Annabel is a Senior Associate in the Private Client Services team. Annabel…
Rose Spencer-Longhurst photo Rose Spencer-Longhurst Rose works on a wide range of family matters, contentious and non-contentious…
Francesca Steel photo Francesca Steel Francesca is a residential property specialist experienced in working on high-value residential…
Francesca Steel photo Francesca Steel Francesca is a residential property specialist experienced in working on high-value residential…
Henry Stevens photo Henry Stevens Henry is experienced in acting in a wide variety of commercial real…
Maria Strauss photo Maria Strauss Maria advises clients including not-for-profit organisations, independent schools, sports clubs and faith-based…
Nandini Sur photo Nandini Sur Nandini Sur is an Associate in our Banking and Financial Services team.…
Daisy Tarnowska photo Daisy Tarnowska Daisy works on a broad range of family law matters, both contentious…
Frederick Tatham photo Frederick Tatham Freddie works on a broad range of family law matters, both contentious…
Caroline Tatham photo Caroline Tatham Caroline is a Senior Associate in the Banking and Finance team.
Georgia Tetlow photo Georgia Tetlow Georgia specialises in commercial dispute resolution, regularly advising corporate clients on a…
Anthony Turner photo Anthony Turner Anthony is a partner in the corporate team. He advises both corporate…
Katy Tydeman photo Katy Tydeman Katy advises a range of institutional and private landowners on agricultural and…
Caroline Vollers (née Pearce) photo Caroline Vollers (née Pearce) Caroline has experience working with both international and UK-domiciled clients needing advice…
Sian Walker photo Sian Walker Sian’s practice covers the full range of property disputes across both residential…
Simon Ward photo Simon Ward Simon advises on private company acquisitions, disposals and fundraisings. Simon specialises in…
Bethan Waters photo Bethan Waters Bethan assists on a wide variety of banking matters. She works with…
Sarah-Jane Watson photo Sarah-Jane Watson Sarah-Jane specialises in employment law. She advises employers and employees on a…
Michael Welsh photo Michael Welsh Michael specialises in private wealth disputes and litigation, both onshore and offshore.…
Jenna Whistler photo Jenna Whistler Jenna focuses on acting for both purchasers and sellers of high value…
Hannah Whyatt photo Hannah Whyatt Hannah deals with a range of clients including charitable trusts and companies,…
Peter Wienand photo Peter Wienand Peter is head of the IP and commercial team. His practice areas…
Hugh Wigzell photo Hugh Wigzell Partner
John Wilkinson photo John Wilkinson John is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team. John is highly…
Hayley Wilson photo Hayley Wilson Hayley advises clients on all aspects of commercial property, ranging from high…
Amy Wren photo Amy Wren Amy is a Senior Counsel and Knowledge Lawyer in the employment team,…
Alice Yandle photo Alice Yandle Alice is a Partner in the Employment and Safeguarding teams. Alice advises…
Nyla Yousuf photo Nyla Yousuf Nyla specialises in corporate insolvency with detailed knowledge of the various formal…
Emily Zethraeus photo Emily Zethraeus Emily is familiar with the issues which can arise in relation to…
Sarah von Schmidt photo Sarah von Schmidt Sarah specialises in advising wealthy individuals and their families, entrepreneurs and landowning…
Number of UK partners : 74
Number of other UK fee-earners : 186

At Farrer & Co, we are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive workplace where everyone is able to thrive and bring their whole self to work.

We work hard to ensure we are creating an inclusive environment in which people can progress and fulfil their potential based on merit and regardless of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation. Or socio-economic background.

We place a strong emphasis on the wellbeing of our people and pride ourselves on being a supportive employer; our firm’s Wellbeing Charter recognises the importance of balancing a thriving career with a happy and fulfilled personal life. We think this is reflected in the fact that we have an exceptionally low staff turnover.

At Farrer & Co we value diversity of thought and background, and we celebrate the different contributions everyone can make to the firm. We believe that creating an inclusive workplace is everyone’s responsibility.

Diversity and inclusion enriches the culture of the firm and also means that we are better positioned to continue to provide a first-class service to our clients.

The Legal 500 Future Lawyers Verdict

Farrer pairs an ‘eclectic mix of work and practice areas’ with ‘a fascinating client base of well-known and interesting individuals, charities, universities, schools, companies, cultural institutions and families’. Located in London’s picturesque Lincoln’s Inn, the firm ‘welcomes career changers and applicants with life experience outside of the legal industry’ and trainees feel that they are ‘treated with so much respect here’. The atmosphere is ‘incredibly supportive’ and ‘everyone at the firm is genuinely friendly’. Recruits appreciate the opportunity to ‘do six seats instead of the usual four’ which gives them ‘a real insight into the breadth of practice areas'. ‘From the beginning, I have been trusted with meaningful work, producing advice for and contacting clients directly where appropriate, with my opinions and judgements valued by even the most senior partners in the firm’, said one trainee. What's more, there is a good work/life balance, where ‘people constantly check in to make sure you aren’t overworked and are concerned if you are seen to be in the office too late’. Farrer has won eight Future Lawyers Winner trophies this year, with job satisfaction and quality of work among the haul. As in previous years, there were very few complaints about the firm, but grumbles included the pay, which is considered ‘lower than competitors’, and the limited shower facilities, although work is underway to improve these. ‘Staying until 8pm on a Friday night waiting to finalise a bundle.... get out the tiny violin!’ was a worst moment. Highlights far outweigh the low points though: ‘reviewing my day recently and realising that in one day I had worked for: [X] Library (world-renowned UK cultural institution), the royal family, a well-known website, the ruling family of a Middle Eastern country and famous university’ stands out in particular! For the opportunity to ‘feel properly recognised’ and ‘work for really interesting clients with lovely colleagues’, research Farrer & Co.