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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co has experience in dealing with high-value commercial contracts, ranging from joint ventures and supply and distribution agreements to agreements in highly regulated industries and cross-border deals. The firm has particular expertise in the media, arts and education sectors. 'Excellent' practice head Paul Jones specialises in public procurement and complex commercial contracts, including outsourcing, IT, infrastructure and technology projects.

Practice head(s):Paul Jones

Testimonials

'In-depth knowledge of their areas of particular expertise allied to a pragmatic approach'

'Farrer & Co's lawyers combine fabulous legal knowledge with real commerciality, common sense and sector-specific expertise'

'Paul Jones combines attentive drafting with an acute appreciation of client needs and expectations'

Key Clients

Bauer Media

Childs Farm

Yell

Gold Key Media

Brookfield Business Partners LP

UBM plc

UK Athletics

The National Gallery

Telegraph Media Limited

British Medical Journal (BMJ)

Work highlights

  • Advising a German manufacturer on the English law aspects of a range of high-value cross-border supply agreements.
  • Advising Bauer on commercial contracts across its brands in online publishing, radio and magazines, including IT and technology contracts, and paper supply and printing services.
  • Advising Yell on a range of significant commercial contract issues as it completes its transformation from a well-known print directory to a leading player in digital media.
  • Advising UK Athletics on the wide range of commercial contracts needed to stage the two-day blue riband Athletics World Cup at London Stadium.
  • Advising Gold Key Media on a key acquisition contract relating to the collation and distribution of a tailored content product for use with tablets and smartphones, and on its single biggest hotel distribution contract.

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 6

Farrer & Co

'Proactive, sensible' Farrer & Co provides advice ranging from the establishment of regulated businesses and financial promotion rules, to cross-border passporting and SMCR. As well as representing clients from the innovative charity sector and institutional projects, the firm has particular expertise in the asset management and private banking sectors. Practice head Grania Baird has 'a very good understanding of business and the regulatory and legal impacts on it.' She specialises in the asset management sector and acts for asset managers, wealth managers, private banks and multi-family offices on a range of regulatory issues. Notable in her team is Andy Peterkin, who led in acting for Bridgeweave Limited in relation to a financial services AI app, designed to deliver information to other financial services firms on particular stocks and investments.

Practice head(s):Grania Baird

Other key lawyers:Andy Peterkin

Testimonials

'Farrer & co understands the needs of the client and is able to come up with pragmatic solutions'

'Flexible and provide good communication when undertaking any tasks'

'Their breadth and depth of knowledge enables them to respond to all enquiries no matter how diverse'

'Grania Baird has the helicopter view of everything that is being undertaken and ensures there is no duplication'

 

Key Clients

CCLA Investment Management Limited

Arbuthnot Latham & Co., Limited

Thesis Unit Trust Management Limited and TUTMAN LLP

Aubrey Capital Management Limited

Rathbone Unit Trust Management Limited

Bridgeweave Limited

Oxford University Endowment Management Limited

C. Hoare & Co

Omnis Investments Limited

Sandaire Investment Office (trading name of Sand Aire Limited)

Work highlights

  • Acted for Bridgeweave Limited in relation to a financial services AI app designed to deliver information to other financial services firms on particular stocks and investments, including the regulatory aspects of the product launch.
  • Acting for Thesis Unit Trust Management Limited and TUTMAN LLP in relation to new fund applications, fund mergers and a number of other changes to funds.
  • Acting for Oxford University Endowment Management Limited (OUEM) on the restructuring of The Oxford Funds, which also involved the establishment of new vehicles and the introduction of a master feeder structure.
  • Acting for CCLA on its MiFID II implementation project.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co is best known for its representation of clients in the financial services and wealth management sectors, where the firm works for banks, brokers and trust companies. Although mandates are often domestic, the team has significant experience in matters involving offshore jurisdictions, invariably acting for family offices and high net worth individuals. Furthermore, the firm retains a strong standing in the publishing and not-for-profit sectors, acting for UK clients on strategic acquisitions and joint ventures. Corporate M&A work covers both the public and private markets, with mandates for publicly listed companies balanced with private equity-backed transactions. Practice head Richard Lane leads the firm's international strategy, and acts for a growing number of US and Middle Eastern clients.

Practice head(s):Richard Lane

Other key lawyers:Marie Bates; Simon Ward

Testimonials

'Bright, smart and creative. The team know their clients and start with their  needs and values, rather than starting with the problem and imposing a solution'

'Excellent market knowledge, very commercial, pragmatic and practical advice'

'Extremely friendly, unflappable, flexible and responsive.'

'Richard Lane, Marie Bates and team are  smart, hard-working and very good at the detail'

'Tom Bruce has excellent market knowledge, is very commercial, and offers excellent tactical insights'

Key Clients

Bridgeweave Limited

Brookfield Business Partners LP

PGA European Tour Limited

Ping Pong Group International Limited

Boden Limited

Serabi Gold plc

Arbuthnot Latham & Co

SAGE Publications Limited

Helperby Therapeutics Group Limited

BMJ Publishing Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised academic and professional publishing company SAGE on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Dutch company Lean Library.
  • Acted for a private investment office on a joint venture by two of its clients in a jewellery business, including the acquisition of a 50% interest in the target from an existing, exiting partner.
  • Advised publishing client BMJ Publishing Group on its acquisition of a minority interest in healthcare technology business Patchwork, which develops digital platforms for hospital use.
  • Acted for Purple Conversion Community Interest on the sale of its assets to a newly incorporated joint venture, JVCo, and the client's subsequent subscription of shares in JVCo.
  • Advised not-for-profit organisation The Royal Society of Chemistry on the sale of its multidisciplinary journal, Integrative Biology, to Oxford University Press.
Leading individuals

Richard Lane - Farrer & Co

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 2

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co's team has particular expertise in corporate and commercial partnership matters concerning property, intellectual property, family, private client, tax and employment issues. The group also has a strong partnership structuring and regulatory offering, which sits alongside its disputes practice. Clients span the professional services and other regulated businesses. Department head Jonathan Haley  specialises in partnership and LLP law and is instructed on a variety of non-contentious issues. Kathleen Heycock focuses on complex team moves, international partner disputes and acquisitions, and Andy Peterkin predominantly advises financial services firms. Litigator John Wilkinson and employment law expert Rachel Lewis are recommended for contentious matters, while Anna Birtwistle, who joined from CM Murray LLP in June 2019, has significant experience of advising on misconduct investigations, discrimination and whistleblowing claims and restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Haley

Other key lawyers:Kathleen Heycock; Andy Peterkin; John Wilkinson; Rachel Lewis

Testimonials

'The Farrer's partnership team provides a quality service to a range of professional clients.'

'Jonathan Haley is one of the leading partnership practitioners. He understands the sector and what clients want.'

'Farrer & Co is a hugely professional organisation which performs the role of top-level adviser to perfection.'

'They are polished and wise in their advice. Well versed in dealing with high-net-worth individuals and entities and capable of giving guidance to very senior individuals.'

Key Clients

James Hambro & Partners LLP

MJ Mapp Group

Allies & Morrison LLP

Eden Rock Capital Management LLP

Salisbury Partners LLP

Meaden & Moore LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising an architectural practice on succession planning issues amongst the partnership.
  • Acted for the successful appellant in a landmark Court of Appeal case against Paul Baxendale-Walker.
  • Advising an investment firm on its implementation of a bespoke and highly complex long-term incentive plan.
  • Advising an international accountancy practice on the enforceability of restrictive covenants and employment and partnership issues, as well as on its global structure.
Leading individuals

Jonathan Haley - Farrer & Co

Next Generation Partners

Kathleen Heycock - Farrer & Co

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co represents prestigious clients in relation to various civil fraud matters including international fraud claims, freezing injunctions, asset tracing and contentious trusts. Other areas of expertise include contract disputes, misuse of confidential information, and fraudulent breaches of duty and conspiracy by directors, trustees and co-contractors. Clients include corporates, institutions and private individuals. While operating out of just one London office, the firm undertakes work in the Caribbean, the Channel Islands, the Middle East, South East Asia andEastern Europe. Adrian Parkhouse heads the team and is experienced in civil litigation including commercial and corporate disputes with fraud elements. Ben Longworth was recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):Adrian Parkhouse

Other key lawyers:Ben Longworth; Kate Allass; John Wilkinson; Jeremy Gordon; Toby Graham; Charlotte Fraser; Hendrik Puschmann; Jolyon Connell; William Charrington

Testimonials

'Very strong in this area. They have great strength in depth from partner level down to junior associate and even paralegal.'

'High quality, creative and personal service.'

'Toby Graham, while known principally for his work in contentious trusts, is also very strong in civil fraud. He is a great choice for a large civil fraud case, particularly one with a trusts dimension. His stand out feature from a client perspective is an absolute determination to deliver for the client.'

'Tom McPhail is the best associate level solicitor I have ever worked with, in any field. He is particularly suited to civil fraud cases because of his terrific forensic abilities and attention to detail.'

'John Wilkinson is an intuitive and creative lawyer who concentrates on the commercially important issues and keeps key parties on side.'

Key Clients

Celsa Steel (UK) Limited

Sir Owen Glenn and Kea Investments Limited

RP Explorer Master Fund

Red Kite Management Limited and others

Jeffery Holland

Holy Cross Sisters Trustees Incorporated

Robert Tchenguiz and his interests

ICTS (UK) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Celsa Steel (UK) Limited, one of the largest manufacturers of steel reinforcement in Europe, on a complex multi-party fraud claim relating to the theft of steel and other materials from its principal manufacturing site.
  • Acted for Sir Owen Glenn and Kea Investments in a successful £200m fraud claim against Eric Watson, Novatrust Limited and others relating to agreements entered into and transactions pursued in connection with a joint venture.
  • Acting for RP Explorer Master Fund in the Commercial Court in its $80m claim for fraud against multiple defendants, arising out of its investments on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.
  • Acting for Red Kite Management Limited and others in proceedings against Barclays that include substantial allegations of fraud, including claims related to losses incurred as a result of Barclays' role in the Libor scandal.
  • Acted for Jeffery Holland, one of the founding partners of the Liongate Group, an investment management and research group specialising in managing portfolios of hedge funds in a substantial dispute involving fraud allegations.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co's 'lawyers are interested in clients' business and go to great lengths to understand the issues that affect them'. The practice has an emphasis on cases involving complex company structures and asset holdings, shareholder disputes and commercial contracts. The key individuals are  practice head Adrian Parkhouse, the 'outstanding' Kate Allass, Jeremy Gordon and Toby Graham, along with Ian De Freitas, John Wilkinson, Charlotte Fraser and Ben Longworth. Jolyon Connell was made partner in 2019 and William Charrington is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Adrian Parkhouse

Other key lawyers:Kate Allass; Jeremy Gordon; Toby Graham; Ian De Freitas; John Wilkinson; Charlotte Fraser; Ben Longworth; Jolyon Connell; William Charrington

Testimonials

'The practice combines the human touch of a firm with a strong private client background with  the quality and efficiency of any City firm'.

'Adrian Parkhouse is absolutely one of the top commercial litigation solicitors in London. He gives top-quality service and gets superb results. He is also utterly unflappable in the most extreme circumstances'.

'Kate Allass is very switched on and empathetic; she manages clients and their expectations superbly, and knows when to press hard and when to back off for a while'.

'Ben Longworth is knowledgable, practical and tremendously easy to work with - he is the dream instructing solicitor'.

'Kate Allass is absolutely outstanding. Very bright and understands the legal aspects of the case, but also very practical and commercial.'

Key Clients

AMT Futures

RP Explorer Master Fund

Heartwood Wealth Management

Red Kite Management

Robert Tchenguiz and his interests

British Airline Pilots Association

Celsa Steel (UK)

PGA European Tour

Work highlights

  • Acted for AMT Futures in a complex international contract claim, which included concurrent actions against multiple defendants in separate sets of Commercial Court proceedings, as well as a Supreme Court hearing.
Leading individuals

Adrian Parkhouse - Farrer & Co

Kate Allass - Farrer & Co

Next Generation Partners

Ben Longworth - Farrer & Co

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London: Finance

Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 8

Farrer & Co

Led by the 'very experienced and reliable' David Fletcher, Farrer & Co handles a 'wide-range of insolvency cases', particularly in matters which intersect with the private client and charities sectors. The team also excels at handling insolvencies involving complex trust structures and advising high-net-worth individuals during the breakdown of their marriages on insolvency issues arising out of directorships/shareholdings in companies in financial distress. Anne-Marie Piper is recognised as having a specialism in advising charities in financial difficulty, and she also acts for insolvency practitioners when they are appointed over charities.

Practice head(s):David Fletcher

Other key lawyers:Anne-Marie Piper; Nyla Yousuf

Testimonials

'The friendly and approachable team receives a wide range of interesting cases from the firm's private client base and contacts.'

'This is a very committed and dedicated team with a willingness to work with you in the trenches when it gets difficult.'

'David Fletcher has a long experience of working on corporate insolvency matters.'

'Nyla Yousuf is capable, affable, technically good, and a pleasure to deal with.'

 

Work highlights

  • Advising a client in relation to the insolvency of an airline.
  • Advising a bank in relation to defaulting loans.
  • Advising a company board on its insolvency duties.
  • Advising a bank on defaulting loan facilities.
  • Advising in connection with the insolvency of a Guernsey registered company.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 3

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co handles work for leaders of the most high-profile companies, including advising on ownership transitions, initial public offerings and both voluntary and involuntary departures. Turning to potentially contentious work, the firm advises on matters such as restrictive covenant disputes. Partnership businesses are an area of expertise - just one area in which practice head David Smellie is active. William Dawson also advises City executives under regulatory fire.

Practice head(s):David Smellie

Other key lawyers:William Dawson; Rachel Lewis; David Hunt; Jonathan Eley; Eleanor Rowswell

Key Clients

Imperial College, University of London

British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)

London Business School

Natura Cosmeticos

C Hoare & Co

The Natural History Museum

Work highlights

  • Advising Imperial College on all aspects of employment law, including day-to-day HR issues and highly complex employment matters.
  • Serving as sole employment law advisers to The Natural History Museum.
  • Act for the British Airline Pilots' Association on all employment related matters, including Employment Tribunal claims, industrial action issues, group actions and High Court litigation.
  • Advising an investment bank on the employment law aspects on the suspension of employees in the context of regulatory investigations involving the Financial Conduct Authority and the Department of Justice.
  • Advised Natura Cosmeticos on the re-negotiation of senior level contracts.
Rising stars

Serena Nicholls - Farrer & Co

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co handles work for leaders of the most high-profile companies, including advising on ownership transitions, initial public offerings and both voluntary and involuntary departures. Turning to potentially contentious work, the firm advises on matters such as restrictive covenant disputes. Partnership businesses are an area of expertise - just one area in which practice head David Smellie is active. William Dawson also advises City executives under regulatory fire, while Anna Birtwistle, who joined the team from CM Murray in June 2019, has particular expertise with regards to high value negotiated exits, with a strong track record of work for clients in the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):David Smellie

Other key lawyers:William Dawson; Rachel Lewis; David Hunt; Jonathan Eley; Eleanor Rowswell; Anna Birtwistle

Leading individuals

David Smellie - Farrer & Co

William Dawson - Farrer & Co

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Retail funds
Retail funds - ranked: tier 4

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co has a strong track record advising asset managers on the establishment of authorised funds, including Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities (UCITS) and Non-UCITS Retail Schemes (NURS) funds. The firm has also established a notable profile in the area of charity funds and, in addition, has become highly reputed for its work for clients in the education sector. Senior associate Jessica Reed is part of the team which acts as a standing adviser to Rathbone Unit Trust Management on its range of funds; a past highlight involved assisting the client with its launch of the Rathbone Global Sustainability Fund, a new UCITS fund.  Another mandate saw group head Grania Baird and others act for the same client on the establishment of the Rathbone High Quality Bond Fund.

Practice head(s):Grania Baird

Other key lawyers:Jessica Reed

Key Clients

The Charities Property Fund

CCLA Investment Management Ltd / CCLA Fund Management Ltd

Omnis Investments Limited

Oxford University Endowment Management Ltd

Rathbone Unit Trust Management Limited

Thesis Unit Trust Management Ltd

Aubrey Capital Management Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acts for Thesis Unit Trust Management on a wide range of matters, including the launch of various new authorised funds.
  • Acted for a leading unit trust manager in relation to a number of matters, including a UCITS merger and advising on the impact of Brexit.

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co is well known for its advice to land-owning institutions, large estates, rural businesses and individual landowners. The large team continues to advise some of the UK’s biggest and highest-profile institutional and private clients in this area, on all issues relating to their agricultural and rural land/estates. It advises on the full spectrum of matters such as the sale and purchase of agricultural estates and substantial country houses as well as other areas such as the exploitation of sporting and mineral interests. Other specialisms include advising on rural development opportunities arising out of renewable energy schemes. Simon Pring is well regarded for his advice on all aspects of property law with particular expertise in advising on development opportunities and strategic estate planning, and is head of the team which includes: Edmund Fetherston-Dilke, the 'exceptional' Paul Krafft and the 'efficient, effective and thoughtful' James Maxwell.

Practice head(s):Simon Pring

Other key lawyers:Edmund Fetherston-Dilke; Paul Krafft; Patrick Hammond; James Maxwell

Testimonials

'The team is refreshingly different as while identifying any problems it always identifies solutions too. The team is both great fun to work with while providing the reassurance and attention to detail you expect from a top quality law firm'.

'Simon Pring has a good knowledge of mineral rights'.

'Simon Pring - plenty of cerebral horsepower and a good bedside manner. James Maxwell - efficient, effective and thoughtful'.

'Paul Krafft is exceptional'.

'Patrick Hammond is very competent'.

Key Clients

Duchy of Lancaster

Duchy of Cornwall

Church Commissioners for England

Burghley House Preservation Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustees of a private estate on the high profile sale of the 2,600 acre Langley Estate in County Durham for around £10m.
  • Advising the trustees of a private estate on an option and lease for a 35MW solar farm on a private estate in Leicestershire.
  • Acted for the Church Commissioners for England in connection with the purchase of a large block of high-quality agricultural land and associated buildings in East Anglia for £4.1m.
  • Acted for two agri-businesses on their purchase of two farms for a total of over £5m.
  • Acted for a private landowner in relation to a new lease for a currently defunct quarry in Wales.
Leading individuals

Edmund Fetherston-Dilke - Farrer & Co

James Maxwell - Farrer & Co

Paul Krafft - Farrer & Co

Simon Pring - Farrer & Co

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Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 1

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co’s excellent team acts for wealthy private individuals and family trusts both in the UK and overseas who collect or invest in art. The first-rate team advises collectors, dealers and art advisors, and has an enviable client base of leading museums and galleries. The skilled team is also adept at handling art litigation and advising on complex art lending. Julian Smith is a well-known name for his expertise on charity law issues in the arts and heritage sector. Heads of department are Adrian Parkhouse, who leads on contentious matters relating to art and cultural property, and James Carleton, who advises on a wide range of art and cultural property matters including philanthropy. Mike Chantler is known for his work on the administration and taxation of heritage property and Rhoddy Voremberg is another key figure.

Practice head(s):Adrian Parkhouse; James Carleton

Other key lawyers:Julian Smith; Mike Chantler; Rhoddy Voremberg

Testimonials

'All the team is excellent'.

'It is undoubtedly an outstanding a well-respected team in this area. Fast, responsive and very knowledgeable'.

'Adrian Parkhouse - universally recognised as a lead partner in this field. Friendly, charming and extremely knowledgeable in both the trade and the law'.

'James Carleton is very experienced on the non-contentious side'.

Key Clients

Natural History Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum

Imperial War Museum

Science Museum

Greenwich Foundation for the Old Royal Naval College

The Art Fund

Museum of London

Historic Royal Palaces

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Geffrye Museum

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to a major art gallery.
  • Advised a well-known charity on a charitable art project.
  • Advising a HNW individual on a valuable collection of chattels (furniture, antiquities and paintings) connected with the family stately home.
  • Continuing to act for a leading art dealer on legal matters in connection with the sale and purchase of various artworks.
  • Acting for a charitable trust in relation to a dispute concerning art works.
Leading individuals

Adrian Parkhouse - Farrer & Co

James Carleton - Farrer & Co

Mike Chantler - Farrer & Co

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Farrer & Co

Anne-Marie Piper leads a strong team at Farrer & Co that has a superb client list of some of the largest and best-known UK and international charitable organisations. The group advises on the full array of matters from transactional and structuring advice through to innovative charity finance matters. It has also been advising a growing number of clients facing complex and mission-critical issues including regulatory interventions, governance failures, and corporate insolvency. It has a dedicated safeguarding unit and has immense expertise in working with major cultural organisations that are charities - it has for many years acted for a significant number of the country’s national museums and galleries. It also acts for a sizeable number of educational and religious charities. The team includes: Sam Macdonald, who advises clients on all aspects of UK charity law and related tax matters; James Carleton, who routinely advises institutional charities with significant investment assets; Elizabeth Jones, who advises charities on constitutional and governance matters; and James Maloney, who was promoted to partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Anne-Marie Piper

Other key lawyers:Sam Macdonald; Julian Smith ; James Carleton; James Maloney; Elizabeth Jones

Testimonials

'It has the breadth and depth of knowledge combined with a great team of experienced practitioners'.

'The Farrer & Co team as a whole is responsive and turns round requests for advice speedily and with great clarity'.

'Julian Smith has an exceptional grasp of all areas of charity law and his advice is always solution-led'.

'Julian Smith brings a huge breadth of knowledge both of charity law and of our organisation and is a pleasure to work with providing excellent advice'.

'Excellent client care is always to the fore with sound advice. Particular mention for Anne-Marie Piper and James Maloney for their exceptional support and clarity of their advice'.

'James Maloney is both thoughtful and pragmatic'.

'James Maloney stands out as a leading expert in providing philanthropy advice to families and private clients, both in structuring philanthropic entities and providing more nuanced thinking of philanthropic strategies'.

Key Clients

Motability and the Motability Tenth Anniversary TrustTurn2Us

Leonard Cheshire Disability

Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege

The Prince’s Trust

Japan House

Freelands Foundation

Bookmark Reading

Institute of Economic Affairs

Trust for London

Work highlights

  • Supporting Motability, a world-leading disability mobility charity, with a range of matters against a background of intense scrutiny from the media, a Parliamentary select committee, the National Audit Office and the Charity Commission.
  • Represented the sole corporate trustee of The Colehaven Trust (and its linked charity The Ellen Stanley Coleman Colehaven Trust) in a transfer of its long-held trusteeship to four individual trustees who represent another charity with similar objects.
  • Advising Leonard Cheshire Disability, on a wide range of issues, including strategic matters and governance issues.
  • Advising the Congregation of the Daughters of the Cross of Liege on the separation of St Elizabeth’s Centre from the Congregation and its establishment as an independent charity.
  • Advising the Prince’s Trust (a charity founded by Charles, Prince of Wales to help vulnerable young people) on a number of issues in connection with the report into Child Migration Programmes by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
Leading individuals

Anne-Marie Piper - Farrer & Co

James Carleton - Farrer & Co

Julian Smith - Farrer & Co

Sam Macdonald - Farrer & Co

Next Generation Partners

Elizabeth Jones - Farrer & Co

James Maloney - Farrer & Co

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co is regularly involved in many of the largest trust and estates disputes often involving one or more offshore jurisdictions. Recently it has been involved in proceedings taking place in The Bahamas, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Jersey, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The team benefits from the firm’s stable of high-net-worth clients, trust companies and fiduciaries from England and Wales and overseas, which provides a steady flow of high-value and complex instructions in this area. It is also increasingly advising on legacy disputes. Toby Graham and Jeremy Gordon are highly recommended. Gordon also has extensive experience of resolving claims at mediation as well as in court. The team also includes Charlotte Fraser, Joanna Poole and Adam Carvalho.

Practice head(s):Toby Graham; Jeremy Gordon

Other key lawyers:Joanna Poole; Charlotte Fraser; Adam Carvalho

Testimonials

'The whole team is excellent'.

'Top of the tree - the team has immense experience and offers a very dedicated service to clients'.

'Farrer & Co is perhaps the most prestigious firm of solicitors in the private client and trust world. The partners and associates have lengthy and extensive experience in all such matters'.

'Toby Graham is a tenacious fighter with an encyclopaedic knowledge of trust law in various jurisdictions'.

'Toby Graham is knowledgeable, hardworking, practical, and completely focused on delivering for his clients'.

'Joanna Poole always tries to resolve matters, is forward thinking, very commercial and very analytical'.

'Joanna Poole - wonderful to work with and very good with even the most difficult client. Jeremy Gordon - very capable, always with an eye to the bigger picture'.

'It is very well known in the market, with some very high quality work'.

'Adam Carvalho is very, very hardworking, very diligent, very committed and very good with stressed clients'.

Key Clients

Sir Owen Glenn KNZM ONZM

Summit Trust Company

Hon. Simon Jacobs

The trustees of the AM Sheffield settlement 1968

The Executors of Mrs Staveley

RBC (CI)

Coutts & Co

The Trustees of the Hampden Settlement

Age UK

Edward Magan

Kea Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sir Owen and Kea in a hard-fought and successful £200m claim against Eric Watson, Novatrust Limited and others relating to agreements entered into and transactions pursued in connection with a joint venture known as Project Spartan.
  • Acting for Hon. Simon Jacobs, son of Lord and Lady Jacobs, the first defendant in an inheritance case.
  • Acting for Julian Sheffield and the Sheffield family defendants, as executors of the estate of the late John Vincent Sheffield and the trustees of the family estate.
  • Acting for Edward Magan, son of Lord Magan, who, together, are in a dispute with the trustees of the Magan family trusts, which collectively hold assets worth in the region of  £100m.
  • Advising the executors of Mrs Staveley in a complex tax related Supreme Court case.
Leading individuals

Jeremy Gordon - Farrer & Co

Toby Graham - Farrer & Co

Next Generation Partners

Charlotte Fraser - Farrer & Co

Joanna Poole - Farrer & Co

Rising stars

Adam Carvalho - Farrer & Co

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co is best known for its work in high-value and complex international matrimonial cases involving substantial assets often where there are sophisticated asset protection structures in place and substantive tax and trust issues to be considered. The team under the leadership of William Massey is adept at handling large matrimonial cases with multi-jurisdictional trust aspects as is evidenced by its recent advice to the trustees of the F Trust which holds £1bn in assets and who were joined to divorce proceedings. It is also skilled at handling heavyweight children matters and routinely advises clients on abduction, relocation and on obtaining safeguards on temporary leave to remove cases. Mark Fenton is no longer at the firm.

Practice head(s):William Massey

Other key lawyers:Simon Bruce; Eliza Hebditch; Richard Parry; Jeremy Posnansky; Sarah Hutchinson; Claire Gordon

Testimonials

'There are a lot of stars in this team'.

'Claire Gordon is very numerate, intellectually really strong and instils confidence and calmness in her clients'.

'Sarah Hutchinson is excellent'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for the husband in Thum v Thum [2018] EWCA Civ 624.
  • Acting for the trustees of the F Trust (they are the trustees of a £1bn trust) in relation to the divorce of one of the beneficiaries in the trust.
  • In IX v IY [2018] EWHC 3053 it acted for the wife in connection with her divorce and consequent financial remedies application in a high-value reported case.
  • Advised an extremely wealthy European individual in relation to a pre-nuptial agreement worth around US$6bn.
  • Acted for Mr B, the son of an immensely wealthy Swiss family, on his pre-nuptial agreement.
Leading individuals

Eliza Hebditch - Farrer & Co

Jeremy Posnansky - Farrer & Co

Richard Parry - Farrer & Co

Simon Bruce - Farrer & Co

William Massey - Farrer & Co

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Hutchinson - Farrer & Co

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co has a committed team that advises very wealthy individuals and families nationally and internationally. It covers the full gamut of matters from onshore and offshore trusts and tax, to international wealth and succession planning, investment strategies and philanthropy. A high proportion of its work is international as it has particular expertise in Switzerland, the Channel Islands, the US, the Far East and the Middle East. Other areas of expertise lie in landed estates as the firm acts for over 50 substantial estates and historic houses. As well as having considerable skill in complex tax structuring it also advises on trust law for business families, landed estates, wealth creators, international wealth and private investors. Sarah von Schmidt heads the department.

Practice head(s):Sarah von Schmidt

Other key lawyers:Mark Bridges; Mike Chantler; Russell Cohen; Roddy Voremberg; Debbie Pennington

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustees of a £1.4bn landed estate on complex matters of trust law deriving from the unusual nature of the trusts.
  • Acting for a high-profile international businessman philanthropist and his spouse whose affairs are increasingly connected to the UK on a range of private wealth matters.
  • Acting for an Irish family in a number of areas, including assisting with their wills and cross-border succession planning.
  • Acting for an ultra-high-net-worth international entrepreneur worth over £800m on a range of private wealth matters.
  • Advising the trustees of family trusts for an international family with significant business interests, including general governance advice and assistance with specific projects.
Leading individuals

Mark Bridges - Farrer & Co

Mike Chantler - Farrer & Co

Rhoddy Voremberg - Farrer & Co

Russell Cohen - Farrer & Co

Next Generation Partners

Debbie Pennington - Farrer & Co

Oliver Piper - Farrer & Co

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals
Leading individuals

David Smellie - Farrer & Co

Sam Macdonald - Farrer & Co

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 1

Farrer & Co

The 'totally focused' multi-disciplinary team at Farrer & Co acts for a broad roster of high-profile and market-leading clients. Practice head David Copping is handling big-ticket cross-border matters pertaining to data protection and transfers, and advising higher education bodies on establishing international campuses. The 'exceedingly effective' Sam Macdonald is the key name for charity law, advising schools and universities on this area.

Practice head(s):Sam Macdonald; David Copping

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Isaacson; Elizabeth Jones; Peter Wienand

Testimonials

'David Copping is extremely patient and able to make legal matters very clear to non-legal colleagues. No question is too much and he has the ability to assimilate with project teams very well.'

'Peter Wienand, David Copping and Elizabeth Jones are all outstanding partners.'

'The Farrer & Co team are very knowledgeable about issues facing the higher education sector. They also endeavour to take a balanced and practical approach when advising clients.'

'The team are attentive to detail and ask key questions to understand thoroughly the nature of the work at hand. They also have great safeguarding expertise.'

Key Clients

Imperial College London

The University of Cambridge

The University of Oxford

King’s College London

Universities UK

London Business School

London South Bank University

The Rhodes Trust

The University of Westminster

Institute of Cancer Research

Work highlights

  • Advised two leading universities on the interplay between data protection and student mobility following the introduction of GDPR.
  • Advising the University of Cambridge on a range of legal issues, including constitutional and governance advice for the university’s council and senior administrators, advice on the donation and trust terms for major philanthropic gifts, and advice relating to a number of the university’s associated entities
  • Advising London Business School on a range of intellectual property and brand protection matters.
  • Advised Imperial College in relation to its agreements with Insendi, a spin-out from Imperial’s educational technology laboratory, which is focused on online learning platforms.
  • Advised King’s College London on a number of major international collaborations.
Leading individuals

David Smellie - Farrer & Co

Sam Macdonald - Farrer & Co

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 1

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co's 'high-quality and fully engaged' education team continues to be at the forefront of acting for national schools on issues such as safeguarding, child protection, data protection and immigration. The team is led by Jonathan Eley and Sam Macdonald, and has a strong reputation for handling high-value, complex and sensitive work for clients. Recent highlights include several cross-border matters led by David Copping and David Smellie relating to the establishment of overseas institutions. Other core members of the group include contracts lawyer Paul Jones; newly made-up partner Maria Strauss, who has experience advising faith-based schools; and Ben Longworth.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Eley; Sam Macdonald

Other key lawyers:David Smellie; David Copping; Paul Jones; Maria Strauss; Ben Longworth;

Testimonials

'The team has a real in-depth experience of all the issues faced by schools with a particularly strong focus on safeguarding. They have a great understanding of independent schools and charity governance.'

'Farrers provide an exceptional level of responsiveness with advice that is second to none. They have strength and depth across the team, with a clear sense of a sophisticated, nuanced house style.'

'David Smellie is a very good tactical thinker, has oodles of experience and is very pragmatic, which is very reassuring.'

'Jonathan Eley is excellent - he's not afraid to challenge the client.'

Key Clients

Winchester College

Eton College

Harrow School

Cognita

Charterhouse

Downe House

Alpha Plus Group

Grey Coat Hospital

Westminster School

Independent Schools' Bursars Association

Work highlights

  • Working closely with the Council of International Schools' International Taskforce on Child Protection to devise an international protocol for managing allegations of child abuse by educators and other adults.
  • Assisting the Department for Education with the drafting of new guidance relating to sexual violence and harassment between children in schools and colleges.
  • Advising St Paul’s Girls School on its handling of multiple allegations of historic abuse by former pupils.
  • Advised Winchester College on an incident involving a pupil convicted of a petrol bombing on the M3 motorway.
  • Continued to advise a number of leading independent schools on overseas collaborations for the launch of new schools with international partners.
Leading individuals

David Smellie - Farrer & Co

Sam Macdonald - Farrer & Co

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co is particularly well-regarded for high-end residential and private office investments, urban extension projects and mid-market transaction, particularly those in London. Clients include a number of overseas ultra-high-net-worth individuals from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Russia as well as educational bodies, charities and landed estates. Practice head Andrew Bailey also represents major banks on the funding of development and investment transactions and is experienced on the development of business parks and mixed-use schemes.

Practice head(s):Andrew Bailey

Other key lawyers:Charles Anderson; Mark Gauguier

Testimonials

'Established and capable team in all aspects of property law.'

'Knowledgeable, experienced, friendly, approachable.'

'Great empathetic and responsive team'.

'Charles Anderson has an excellent mix of experience and talent in his team to deal with any issue at the right level'

'There is a seamless handling of clients which have structures requiring work in both property and private client areas. The team at Farrers are always fully engaged and work well as as team'.

'Great and personable with good technical knowledge but also the ability to take a step back and think commercially.'

'The team have the ability to think outside the box, to understand their clients' needs and aspirations, and then to help them to achieve their ambition in an innovative and highly effective way. '

Key Clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Diageo GB

The Ironmongers Company

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

The British Library

Altitude Real Estate

Victoria and Albert Museum

Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Duchy of Cornwall on the Poundbury Development.
  • Acting for The Royal College of Surgeons of England on the redevelopment of the client’s prime central London site.
  • Advising in relation to the British Library's flagship St Pancras development.
  • Acted for a livery company in connection with the strategy and structure for the redevelopment of their Livery Hall and offices.
  • Advised the Charities Property Fund on all aspects of the client's prestigious Smithson building.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co is particularly well-regarded for high-end residential and private office investments, urban extension projects and mid-market transaction, particularly those in London. Clients include a number of overseas ultra-high-net-worth individuals from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Russia as well as educational bodies, charities and landed estates. Practice head Andrew Bailey also represents major banks on the funding of development and investment transactions and is experienced on the development of business parks and mixed-use schemes.

Practice head(s):Andrew Bailey

Other key lawyers:Charles Anderson; Mark Gauguier

Testimonials

'Established and capable team in all aspects of property law.'

'Knowledgeable, experienced, friendly, approachable.'

'Great empathetic and responsive team'.

'Charles Anderson has an excellent mix of experience and talent in his team to deal with any issue at the right level'

'There is a seamless handling of clients which have structures requiring work in both property and private client areas. The team at Farrers are always fully engaged and work well as as team'.

'Great and personable with good technical knowledge but also the ability to take a step back and think commercially.'

'The team have the ability to think outside the box, to understand their clients' needs and aspirations, and then to help them to achieve their ambition in an innovative and highly effective way. '

Key Clients

Charities Property Fund

Duchy of Cornwall

Highbridge Properties plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Diageo GB

The Ironmongers Company

The Royal College of Surgeons of England

The British Library

Altitude Real Estate

Victoria and Albert Museum

Arbuthnot Latham & Co Ltd

Work highlights

  • Ongoing work for an open-ended common investment fund which exists to enable charities to invest in commercial property and is a substantial and important investor in the UK property market.
  • Acted on behalf of a University of Oxford college on the acquisition of a multi-let distribution estate near Reading for £10m.
  • Acted for a livery company in connection with the strategy and structure for the redevelopment of their Livery Hall and offices.
  • Ongoing work on the Duchy of Cornwall’s investment portfolio.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co, which advises a high-end client base of investors, funders and banks, handles work across the health, education, real estate and charities sectors. The team is led by the 'thoughtful' and 'impressive' Clive Lovatt  who primarily acts for property developers, banks and cultural institutions. He was the lead partner advising the British Library on its development of the land adjacent to the library where the Alan Turing Institute will be located. The 'calm and reassuring' Edward Banyard Smith works with charities and schools, and advised the Duchy of Cornwall on the long-running development at Poundbury.

Practice head(s):Clive Lovatt

Other key lawyers:Edward Banyard Smith

Testimonials

'The Farrers team's in-depth experience and understanding has enabled us to deal with complex structures and overcome difficult issues.'

'The service provided by the team at Farrer & Co is excellent; they are approachable, reliable, diligent and highly professional.'

'They have superb background knowledge and a flexible approach which ensures their solutions and approaches are correct.'

'Clive Lovatt is an impressive individual, thoughtful, calm, competent and extremely knowledgeable.'

'Edward Banyard-Smith has a calm, confident, reassuring manner which is reflected in his working practice.'

'Edward's detailed legal knowledge, coupled with an excellent understanding of the construction industry allows for considered and flexible solutions to most effectively meet a clients requirements.'

'Edward Banyard Smith and Jonathan Came are very knowledgeable and always helpful.'

'Edward Banyard-Smith is consistently prompt and helpful in his advice.'

Key Clients

Highbridge Properties plc

Royal College of Surgeons

Deutsche Bank

Artesian Property Partnership

Charities Property Fund

Coutts & Co

British Library

Lloyds Banking Group

Duchy of Cornwall

Price & Myers LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising the Royal College of Surgeons of England on all construction aspects of a £100m development in Lincoln's Inn Fields.
  • Advising the British Library on the development of the land adjacent to the library where the Alan Turing Institute will be located.
  • Advised the Charities Property Fund in connection with the redevelopment of 'The Smithson' building.
  • Providing the Duchy of Cornwall with advice on property and construction law, including the development at Poundbury.
  • Advising on all construction aspects of the new activity centre at St George’s Weybridge.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co has enjoyed robust growth to its client roster, with commercial entities, charities and professional bodies instructing the planning team on redevelopment proposal applications, relocation exercises, CPO applications advice, and mixed-use development projects. Contentious work encompasses judicial review claims on behalf of landowners and a recent objection to a development affecting an Area of Outstanding Beauty. Practice head Karen Phull offers planning advice on commercial transactions for the firm’s corporate clients. The team also acts for high-net-worth individuals on mandates including property acquisitions and development proposals in conservation areas.

Practice head(s):Karen Phull

Testimonials

'The team has the ability to understand the particular needs of its clients and provides practical advice when needed.'

'An established and capable team in all aspects of property law.'

'Knowledgeable, experienced, approachable, and friendly.'

'Provides top-class advice.'

'Karen Phull is always a pleasure to deal with.'

Key Clients

Porcelanosa

The Royal College of Surgeons

British Library

The Burghley Estate

Work highlights

  • Advising the British Library on the planning aspects of its highly publicised St Pancras development, including planning policies, the development agreement and the impact of Crossrail 2.
  • Representing the Burghley Estate on a range of planning issues connected with the development of several strategic sites near Peterborough.
  • Advising the Royal College of Surgeons of England on planning issues connected with Project 2020, the high-profile redevelopment of its central London site.
  • Advising Porcelanosa, a Spanish manufacturer of ceramic tiles, in connection with the compulsory purchase of its Croydon store for planned highway improvements, including planning consultation responses to Transport for London.
  • Ongoing advice to the Duchy of Cornwall on all planning issues connected with the ongoing development of the Poundbury urban community at Dorchester.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co has a strong reputation for advising major commercial lenders, international banks and UK private banks, while on the borrower side the firm's clients include ultra-high-net-worth individuals and private companies, charities and educational institutions. The team handles investment and development finance, particularly involving high-value residential properties. Martin Blake leads the practice; Marc Glancy, who specialises in secured lending transactions for investment and development properties, and Bethan Waters, whose clients include a number of major banks, are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):Martin Blake

Other key lawyers:Marc Glancy; Bethan Waters

Testimonials

'Farrer & Co. provides a partner-led service, which ensures that matters are dealt with by experienced individuals and are prioritised.'

'Bethan Waters brings together a wealth of experience and a sound understanding of our business - she is a pleasure to deal with.'

'Marc Glancy provides sound commercial advice and is always mindful of timing, working hard to ensure that transactions are completed in line with expectations and on schedule.'

'The team has strong banking and finance knowledge; the ability to respond in a timely manner; and is not afraid to take decisions and to provide advice we can rely on.'

'Farrer & Co's main strength resides in its ability to hire people of the same quality and professional skills so that whoever you deal with, you get the same level of professional response and quality.'

'The real estate team within Farrer & Co is of exceptional quality - it is my "go-to" firm for real estate work. The team's key strengths are the tenacity to get the job done within the agreed timescales and the ability to be commercially minded on each transaction.'

'Whilst I get a good service from other firms it does not compare to that of Farrer & Co.'

'The individuals in the team are always available to discuss points and are happy to provide a measured argument, allowing us to make an informed decision on what course of action to take.'

'It is a highly knowledgeable practice specialising in real estate finance. Farrer & Co is a well-resourced firm with high-calibre lawyers.'

'Martin Blake manages the transaction from start to finish, acting as the first point of contact and taking ownership from day one. He takes the time to explain all risks and their associated mitigants and nothing is too much trouble.'

'Farrer & Co has specialist knowledge of private businesses, particularly those with complex trust structures.'

'Bethan Waters is visible and influential in transactions, and has a good understanding of what clients require.'

'Marc Glancy is extremely knowledgeable, commercial, and has a deep understanding of our business. He is responsive even when out of the office and I value his advice greatly.'

'The team's friendly and sincere approach is its number one quality. It makes liaising with them extremely easy whilst maintaining a professional approach at all times. Their quality of work is also first class, so with the technical ability and favourable working culture, this team is certainly considered top of the list when we require legal counsel assistance.'

'The culture of Farrer & Co is clear to witness through every individual I've come across: friendly, diligent, hardworking and, above all else, a genuine desire to help wherever possible. It is rare to find all these qualities together.'

Key Clients

Deutsche Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Coutts & Co

Credit Suisse

Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Arbuthnot Latham & Co. Ltd

Lloyds Bank plc

Emirates NBD Bank (P.J.S.C), London Branch

Triodos Bank NV

Rothschild Wealth Management (UK) Limited

Secure Trust Bank

Work highlights

  • Advising Deutsche Bank Luxembourg on a refinancing secured against a number of commercial properties in the UK.
  • Advising Coutts & Co on a term and revolving credit facility to a large London estate, together with the amendment and restatement of a term and revolving credit facility to a related group company. Each facility was secured against substantial portions of prime commercial and residential property in Chelsea and Kensington.
  • Advising DB UK Bank Limited on a term loan facility to a UK borrower to refinance its existing debt secured against a high-value property in London.
  • Advising Credit Suisse (UK) Limited on two separate property finance transactions for the same client group: a loan to a UK borrower secured against two commercial office properties in London, and a loan to a Luxembourg SPV secured against a portfolio of commercial, mixed-use and residential properties.
  • Advised Coutts & Co on two term loan facilities to a Luxembourg group to finance the acquisition of ten care homes and healthcare facilities across England and Scotland.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Farrer & Co

'Providing a good service', Farrer & Co receives regular instructions from institutional clients, including the Duchy of Cornwall, the Duchy of Lancaster, Church Commissioners, other landed estates, national museums and charities, alongside high-net-worth individuals but the practice led by the 'practical, pragmatic and highly regarded' Siobhan Jones is also well versed in assisting corporate and commercial clients. Typical work includes development-related matters, disputes over land use, contract interpretation and high-value dilapidation claims.

Practice head(s):Siobhan Jones

Other key lawyers:Adrian Parkhouse

Testimonials

'They stand out as available, practical and robust in their approach.'

'Siobhan Jones keeps a close eye on value for money and looks at the overall picture, leading to carefully considered and incredibly helpful advice.'

'Any fool can get you into litigation - a talented lawyer such as Siobhan Jones gets you out of it smoothly.'

'The team is great to work with: they are hard working, dedicated and really do go the extra mile.'

Key Clients

Age UK

Ballymore Investments

Artslans Urban

Citibank Europe

Duchy of Lancaster Church Commissioners for England

Duchy of Cornwall

Charities Property Fund

BNP Paribas

Holy Cross Sisters Trustees

Work highlights

  • Defending the Holy Cross Sisters Trustees in Court of Appeal litigation proceedings against the allegation of defrauding a parish council by making fraudulent statements in a planning application for permission to build a residential development on land owned by the Order.
  • Assisting the Duchy of Lancaster with obtaining vacant possession of the Norman House on the Strand from a number of commercial tenants prior to its refurbishment.
  • Advising the Church Commissioners on a range of contentious property matters, including an arbitration over notices to quit as well as lease renewals, dilapidations and possession actions.
  • Advising a foreign high-net-worth individual on a proprietary estoppel claim by his daughter-in-law concerning a valuable central London property which she had occupied for fifteen years.
  • Acting for an individual in High Court proceedings for injunctive and declaratory relief against an electricity distributer concerning an electricity cable partly situated on the client’s land, which the client argues amounts to an act of trespass.
Leading individuals

Siobhan Jones - Farrer & Co

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 1

Farrer & Co

The highly regarded practice at Farrer & Co stands out for its expertise advising a prestigious client list on the purchase and sale of prime central London properties, as well as financing transactions and deals involving special purpose vehicles. Practice head Laurie Horwood advises on deals which often involve complex financing arrangements for high net worth individuals, leveraging his commercial property background to navigate the challenges of particularly difficult transactions. Annabel Dean acts for private banks and high-net-worth clients, many of whom are based in the Middle East, in a range of areas, including in relation to rural property transactions. Associate Hugh Wigzell has experience advising on new build developments in the UK and Asia, where his extensive knowledge covers areas such as acquisitions and tax structuring.

Practice head(s):Simon Pring; Laurie Horwood

Other key lawyers:Laura Conduit; Edmund Fetherston-Dilke; Annabel Dean; Hugh Wigzell

Testimonials

'Farrer & Co are an outstanding law firm in the field of residential property - their attention to detail and diligent approach to property transactions is their key strength.'

'Laurie Horwood, Annabel Dean, Laura Conduit and Edmund Fetherston-Dilke are all very personable and pleasant individuals who I enjoy working with.'

'The residential property team at Farrer & Co are always a pleasure to work with - everyone on the team is very pleasant, approachable and extremely knowledgeable.'

'Laurie Horwood is easy to talk to, very experienced and always listens to the situation or the problem before offering his opinion or advice.'

'The team's standards of client care are excellent and everything is done with grace and charm.'

'Laurie Horwood, Laura Conduit and Annabel Dean all go well above and beyond and are clearly a very tight team who all support each other closely. It is an absolute pleasure to work with them.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for an UHNW individual on a property acquisition and associated multimillion-pound financing.
  • Acted for a bank on the financing of a property in a prime area of London.
  • Acted for our wealthy client on the purchase of a listed building in one of the most desirable areas of London.
Leading individuals

Laurie Horwood - Farrer & Co

Rising stars

Hugh Wigzell - Farrer & Co

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Farrer & Co

Building on the firm’s national strength, Farrer & Co’s international client base has increased thanks to Ian De Freitas’ expertise; he also has notable experience in ICO investigations and data breaches as well as GDPR compliance work. Henry Sainty leads the data protection and freedom of information department, which is active in GDPR and e-privacy matters; other areas of knowledge include information sharing issues, breach management and litigation. The group is also particularly noted for its safeguarding expertise, regularly advising schools, universities, sports governing bodies and religious organisations on information sharing and child data; and also assists public authorities with freedom of information issues, public sector information and environmental information regulations.

Practice head(s):Henry Sainty

Other key lawyers:Ian De Freitas

Key Clients

Lawn Tennis Association

esure Group plc

Lonely Planet

J.P. Boden & Co.

PGA European Tour

Tate

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

Consilio Global

Vistra Group

Various Canadian clients (referred by Cassels Brock)

Work highlights

  • Advising the Lawn Tennis Association on an organisation-wide data protection audit for the implementation of GDPR.
  • Assisting esure Group with its GDPR preparations.
  • Acting for Lonely Planet on its data protection and privacy issues including the extention and limits of the special purposes processing exemption, the link between image rights and personal data, children's data, and the use of cookies.
  • Assisting J.P. Boden & Co with its GDPR compliance programme.
  • Advising the PGA European Tour on data protection issues relating to how personal data is processed and transferred internationally, which arose following a review of the commercial and data sections of the Members Handbook for the PGA Tour players.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Farrer & Co

The reputation management team at Farrer & Co specialises in acting for high profile and wealthy individuals. An increasing share of the team's stellar client roster consists of major charities and sports governing bodies. The firm also represents a number of household name publications on the defendant side. Department head Julian Pike has been involved in several high-profile matters and also advises his clients on planning and preventing crises. As such, he handled reputation management issues for the Football Association and the England Football team throughout the 2018 World Cup, which included protecting the privacy of all individual players and their families. Key associates Tom Rudkin  and Alicia Mendonça-Richards , who advises a large number of international clients thanks to her foreign language skills, are on the forefront of many cases.

Practice head(s):Julian Pike

Other key lawyers:Alicia Mendonça-Richards, Tom Rudkin

Key Clients

James and Pippa Matthews (née Middleton)

Football Association

The Economist Newspaper Limited

British Athletics

David Matthews

Lawn Tennis Association

Bauer Consumer Media Ltd

BMJ Publishing Group Limited

British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA)

Work highlights

  • Providing crisis and reputation management advice to David Matthews, the father-in-law of Pippa Middleton, who was accused of committing sexual offences.
  • Advising the FA and the England Football Team throughout the 2018 World Cup, providing reputation management advice to the FA, the team and individual players in order to manage media interest, press intrusion and to safeguard the privacy of players.
  • Advising Lady Barbara Judge, former Chair of the Institute of Directors, in relation to a high-profile scandal that ultimately led to her resignation.
  • Representing The BMJ Publishing Group in ongoing libel litigation brought by a doctor, in respect of its reporting of a decision by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
  • Acting for Julie Meyer, an American businesswoman, former Dragon’s Den judge, entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital Partners, in relation to an aggressive campaign of online harassment being conducted against her by a number of unknown individuals.
Leading individuals

Julian Pike - Farrer & Co

Rising stars

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co 's media and entertainment team handles non-contentious and contentious matters and it is active across corporate, employment, IP, commercial and reputation management mandates. The team receives plaudits for its 'exceptional' publishing sector expertise where it is instructed by leading print and digital publishers. The team has particular expertise in music and academic publishing mandates, and is also instructed by authors and literary estates . GDPR instructions have been prevalent for the team and it has provided advice on the impending ePrivacy Regulation for its publishing clients. The wider media and entertainment team acts for international broadcast production and rights companies, music estates, leading news generators and syndication houses, as well as radio, culture and film clients. In the sports sector, the team acts for leading events rights holders on production and broadcast agreements. Henry Sainty is 'very talented' and is noted for his publishing sector expertise, as well as his work in the sports and culture sectors. Paul Jones heads the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Jones

Other key lawyers:Henry Sainty; Peter Wienand; Richard Lane; Jonathan Eley; Ian De Freitas; Owen O'Rorke; Alan Baker; David Morgan

Testimonials

The team has a wealth of experience.

The team is highly regarded for its strong publishing practice.

 

Key Clients

Bauer Media

The Economist Group

Telegraph Media Group

Yell

Sage Publications (leading international STM/academic publisher)

The Press Association/PA Media

BMJ Publishing Group (the publishing and digital arm of the British Medical Association, and publishers of The British Medical Journal)

British Library

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (the exam body for graded music exams and also a leading music publisher)

Lonely Planet Publications

Work highlights

  • Continued to advise Lonely Planet on the use of personal data in its publications, including those aimed at children, as well as on broader GDPR compliance issues.
  • Continued to advise Bauer on a wide range of commercial contracts, as well as pre and post publication advice.
  • Continued to advise the Economist Group on a range of IP, commercial and reputation management matters.
  • Advised SAGE Publishing Group on data protection issues and digital product development.
  • Worked with Dutch counsel to advise SAGE Publications Limited on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Lean Library.
Leading individuals

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co’s sports team has a strong track record of advising national governing bodies on event planning, safeguarding, disciplinary matters, reputation management and disputes, in addition to a wealth of expertise providing bespoke advice to athletes and footballers on their private affairs and handling complex safeguarding investigations for major football clubs. Partner Henry Sainty, who specialises in commercial contracts for sports rights holders, advised UK Athletics on the staging of the 2018 Athletics World Cup, which included corporate structuring issues and sponsorship and broadcast agreements. Associate Tom Rudkin specialises in disputes, arbitration and reputation management and brings considerable litigation experience to the group, having previously represented clients in the High Court and the CAS.

Practice head(s):Julian Pike

Other key lawyers:Henry Sainty; Tom Rudkin

Testimonials

'Led by Julian Pike, the Farrers team has an excellent understanding of the unique pressures facing this business area whilst also providing top flight legal services.'

'Julian Pike is excellent and down to earth, offers practical advice.'

'Tom Rudkin is a pleasure to work with and very bright.'

Key Clients

The Football Association

British Olympic Association

British Gymnastics

UK Athletics

Lawn Tennis Association

PGA European Tour

British Rowing

International Canoe Federation

Marylebone Cricket Club

Henley Royal Regatta

Work highlights

  • Acted for the PGA European Tour on a range of issues including a complete overall of its governance structures and reviewing and updating its member handbooks across three tours.
  • Advising a number of governing bodies and sports clubs on safeguarding and welfare issues, in particular historical allegations of abuse.
  • Continuing to provide a range of advice to Henley Royal Regatta.
  • Continuing to advise British Gymnastics on a range of corporate governance, reputation management and disciplinary matters.
  • Acted for longstanding client British Rowing on a number of matters including the acquisition and deployment of a new CRM system.

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