Firm Profile > Fieldfisher > London, England

Fieldfisher
RIVERBANK HOUSE
2 SWAN LANE
LONDON
EC4R 3TT
England

Administrative and public law Tier 1

Fieldfisher’s regulatory group sustains a strong reputation across all fields of public and administrative law under the leadership of Martin Smith and Matthew Lohn. Smith and Tim Suter are regularly engaged by QCs and coroners to assist with landmark public inquiries and inquests; the group also represents high-profile commercial clients in regulatory investigations. Public law challenges are handled for commercial claimants, defendants and interested parties. Recent highlights showed a diversity of instructions, ranging from Sarah Ellson’s representation of global pharmaceuticals companies and qualifications bodies, to senior associate David Northfield’s representation of central government bodies in statutory appeals to fines and levies. The team is also known for advising on and designing national policy and governance schemes, as well as conducting independent investigations into regulatory bodies in the healthcare sector.

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Testimonials

Contains some of the best brains in the business for public inquiries and large inquests.

Phenomenally productive. Immense experience. Shrewd judgment. The best in the business.

The firm is the major player in inquiry and inquest work.

Martin Smith is a senior statesman in the field – unrivalled knowledge of the law and practice relating to public inquiries. Tim Suter and Oliver Carlyon are similarly knowledgeable. All have the skills needed to run large-scale hearings with fairness and respect to all concerned.

Tim Suter is the best inquiry solicitor in the business. Superhuman ability to marshal huge inquiries and inquests.

Martin Smith is the senior admiral of the inquiry fleet.

Martin Smith is simply the best inquiry and inquest lawyer out there. He is highly intelligent and encyclopedic; he knows everything there is to know about the rules and procedures. But he is also tactically astute, unflappable, and has unending stamina. Oliver Carlyon (recently made partner) is in Martin’s image. Hardworking, intelligent and robust, a very good lawyer and strategist.’

Key clients

Live Nation (Music) UK Limited

Pearson Education Limited

Construction Industry Training Board

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Roche Products Limited

Manchester Arena Inquiry

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

London Fire Commissioner (Corporation Sole) – Grenfell Tower Inquiry

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The team at Fieldfisher has 'unparalleled strength and depth in the claimant clinical negligence field', acting in the highest value medical malpractice claims both in the UK and internationally. The firm's practitioners are described by one client as 'titans in the field', who operate under the 'fantastic leadership' of practice head Paul McNeilSamantha Critchley specialises in claims involving children who were brain injured at birth, which is also an area of focus for 'fantastic' Jane Weakley, along with the latter's work for children born with disabilities due to ante-natal screening errors. Also recommended are Mark Bowman and Jonathan Zimmern, both of whom handle surgical negligence and delayed diagnosis claims.

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Testimonials

‘Amazing team – experts in what they do, especially when handling international cases.’

‘Mark Bowman is nothing short of amazing.’

‘Fieldfisher have unparalleled strength and depth in the claimant clinical negligence field. They are titans in the field.’

‘Jane Weakley is a fantastic solicitor.’

‘Amazingly well run and committed under the fantastic leadership of Paul McNeil.’

‘Jonathan Zimmern is fantastic with experts and gets them to really understand the issues and get to the heart of the case.’

‘Kate Rohde is outstanding in dedication and expertise and has a fantastic reputation.’

‘Kate Rohde has a very gentle, supportive and sensitive manner which is extremely popular with clients, who trust her absolutely to fight their corner.’

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Fieldfisher's team advises multinationals, start-ups, companies and government departments on a broad array of data protection and privacy matters. Hazel Grant leads the team and advises clients in the health and charities sectors; she has also advised the UK government. Grant's practice encompasses handling data compliance work, international data transfers and data retention matters. Phil Lee focuses on data privacy issues and disruptive technologies, assisting clients with data transfer and information governance mandates. Also of note is associate Nuria Pastor, who has experience acting on data breach management issues and advising on GDPR compliance. Cyber security expert Antonis Patrikios left the firm for Dentons in mid-2019.

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‘Rem Noormohamed is a recognised industry leader, and brings his deep understand and prior experience of consultancy delivery together with legal services.’

Key clients

Cepheid

The Publishers Association

Align Technology

IAB Europe

Upfield

dunnhumby

Verifone

Trend Micro

EY

Hasbro Inc/WOTC

Franchising Tier 1

The multi-disciplinary team at Fieldfisher handles a myriad of issues in the franchising space, providing a' well-rounded and wide base of knowledge and expertise', particularly in global franchise rights, master franchise issues, franchising litigation, commercial structures and the franchising aspects of corporate transactions. Described by one client as 'extremely smart' and 'quick-witted', David Bond and Gordon Drakes jointly head the department, which assists clients in the retail, food and beverage, hotel and leisure, education, and estate agency sectors; the team also deals with competition, IP and brand protection, real estate, technology, tax and employment issues. Drawing expertise from the firm's European and global networks, the team includes disputes specialist Andrew Dodd and James Corlett, who focuses on the fashion retail sector. Another name to note is senior associate Vicky Reinhardt, who has developed a hotel sector following in this space.

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Testimonials

‘Franchising often implicates many different industries (ie not just the franchise agreement but also supply chain, GDPR and technology issues, etc). So while their experience in franchise law is very deep, they have a really well-rounded and wide base of knowledge and expertise that is very useful. They are always ready, willing and able to answer questions and offer their assistance, even when off the proverbial clock.’

‘The entire team is great, but Gordon Drakes and David Bond are particular standouts. They are both extremely smart, knowledgeable and most importantly quick-witted. It is rare to find attorneys who are just as talented as they are enjoyable to work with, and they both pass that test.’

Key clients

Hamleys

Thomas Pink

Viacom/MTV

Arcadia

Yopa

Brighton College

St Paul’s Girls’ School

Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

Keller Williams

easyHotel

Starbucks

Snap-On Tools

Boparan Restaurants (Giraffe, Ed’s Easy Diner, Harry Ramsden’s, Slim Chickens)

Dominvs Group

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 1

In a formidable trial win for Fieldfisher’s intellectual property team, co-head John Linneker represented SkyKick before the European Court of Justice in trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Sky, securing landmark judgments on ‘bad faith’ trade mark filing strategies. Nick Rose is a leading name for copyright and database infringement litigation. Co-head Leighton Cassidy ('one of the finest intellects in this area of law') has secured a raft of infringement and passing-off injunctions for household-name clients including Google. The extensive bench, which also includes Harriet Seymour, James Seadon and Hastings Guise, provides robust trade mark, copyright, database and design protection and enforcement services on a daily basis for global clients across the media, consumer goods, fashion, technology and restaurant sectors.

Testimonials

Fantastic partners and  associates. This is a firm where you can rely on the whole team to be really excellent, not just one individual.

Excellent firm with a very pragmatic and commercial approach. Partners really take time to get to know clients and their particular needs. Lawyers clearly bring a lot of thought to issues but advice is always practical. The firm’s presence across the UK can make them a very cost-effective option.

Very thorough and strategic. They are friendly and a real pleasure to work with; you really feel like you are working as a team.

Leighton Cassidy’s team covers the entire range of IP needs for international clients. Their advice is always commercial, in the sense that they understand the market and what clients are trying to obtain from their use of IP. They always seem to have experience of what a client thinks is its unique problem, which gives clients confidence that the lawyers are not learning at the expense of the client.

Miryam Boston has an eye for detail and will chase down every point. Really knows her stuff and is a great team player.

James Seadon and Joshua Marshall are both incredibly hardworking and thorough. They really go the extra mile for the client and are a huge help to counsel.

Leighton Cassidy has one of the finest intellects in this area of law and unsurpassed experience across the widest range of IP issues. He is one of Europe’s top IP lawyers and is always solution orientated. He makes the legal analysis of commercial problems seem easy and straightforward, which is a real gift.

Nick Rose has an amazing ability to spot the best point and achieve the commercial result the client needs.

Key clients

Samsung

Forbes

Lulu Guinness

Take-Two Interactive Software

Caffè Nero

Oasis

Live Nation

The Publishers Association (and its members)

Goop

Wilkin & Sons

SkyKick Ltd

Ordnance Survey

Dixons Carphone

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The 'high-quality, cost effective and flexibleFieldfisher handles a broad range of telecoms, technology and outsourcing matters. The practice is led by technology and privacy expert Robert Shooter, who is ‘top of the field'. Also recommended are James Walsh, who has particular expertise in network infrastructure projects, IT and business process outsourcings, data centre projects and online platforms; John Worthy, who is head of the firm’s satellite and space projects team; IT specialist Paul Graham; and John Brunning, whose experience includes technology hardware and infrastructure procurements, software developments and consultancy arrangements.

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‘They are well versed technically and legally, have the right mix of skills and are able to work fluidly with colleagues within and outside their own specialism.’

‘They communicate well with their clients.’

‘James Walsh is a stand out partner.  His technical and legal understanding is second to none. He also understands the different industries within which he practices and takes time to understand the nuances of the demands we make on his time. It gives us confidence that the advice we get is the right advice.’

‘Andrew Dodd and Tommy McKenna stand out for their clear and pragmatic advice with practical solutions to get over the hurdles.’

‘The team and Rob Shooter have impressed. They are attentive, commercial, pragmatic and know their stuff.’

‘Great industry knowledge and experience, very commercial and make it very easy to instruct them.’

‘James Walsh makes complicated transactions straight forward.’

Key clients

Co-operative group

Hasbro Inc.

Mobile Broadband Network Limited

Wireless Infrastructure Group

Freesat

Netflix

Nintendo

Freeview

Blue Prism

VMWare

EE

Space Norway

Smart DCC

8×8

Immarsat Global

Liverpool Football Club

Methera Global Communications

Utility Warehouse

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Fieldfisher's personal injury practice comprises both a serious injury and an industrial diseases team, and is 'extremely strong across the board'. Jill Greenfield 'runs a brilliant team' which deals with a wide range of catastrophic injury claims, from significant brain and spinal cord damage, to limb loss and sexual assault, and has a reputation for 'taking on a range of challenging and interesting cases and getting incredible results'.  In addition, Paul McNeil regularly recovers multimillion-pound damages in severe road traffic accidents. On the industrial disease side, the firm fields asbestos and mesothelioma experts who are 'at the top of their game'; Peter Williams is a key practitioner in this area. Also of note, Dushal Mehta and Jennifer Buchanan recently made partner.

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‘The top PI team in the country – Jill Greenfield is quite exceptional and runs a brilliant team taking on a range of challenging and interesting cases and getting incredible results.’

‘The asbestos team has some standout individuals who are at the top of their game.’

‘Keith Barrett and Dushal Mehta have few rivals in the industry for their sheer brilliance in conducting high value and complex litigation.’

‘The team is extremely strong across the board. Their knowledge and experience is peerless.’

‘Jill Greenfield is an excellent solicitor who is completely committed to the work and wonderful with clients.’

Professional discipline Tier 1

Fieldfisher's professional discipline team is a core part of the firm's broader regulatory practice. The large, specialist group is highly rated for high-profile and complex cases, as well as those involving the most serious risks to clients' reputations. It acts for over 40 different regulators, including those in areas such as health, sport, surveying, policing, finance and law. In addition, clients benefit from the firm's auditing of professional discipline processes. Manchester-based Sarah Ellson and John Cassels in London co-head the regulatory group. Another notable individual is senior partner Matthew Lohn, who chairs the firm’s supervisory board. Tom Rider has over 20 years of experience acting for professional regulators and other bodies, particularly in the healthcare sector. Barrister David Northfield and Carina May are experienced senior associates.

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Sarah Ellson – highly intelligent and personable team lead, who is wise, calm, experienced, practical and assured.’

Key clients

General Medical Council

Professional Standard Authority

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Financial Conduct Authority

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Student Fitness to Practice

General Optical Council

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Taxation Disciplinary Board

RICS

Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Fieldfisher has a deserved reputation as an innovator in the structured finance market and it brings its experience and insight to bear for both buy-side and sell-side clients. It has a prominent role in advising the institutional asset manager sector, as well as bring a key adviser to the UK prime brokerage market. Its expertise spans repo, securities lending and structured derivative transactions, both in developed and emerging markets, and it has an active traded products regulatory practice. 'The firm punches above its weight in terms of quality', remarks one market source. 'The Fieldfisher practice is unique', says a client who says of the lawyers 'they are reliable, responsible, highly qualified and excellent team players'. The practice led by Guy Usher (who 'stands out for his professionalism, availability and engagement') has continued to invest in experienced talent. In 2020, John Delamere joined from Thor Lion LLP, though prior to that he led DLA Piper’s UK OTC derivatives practice. He brings almost 20 years' structured finance experience. Rashpaul Bahia, who joined from Reed Smith LLP in 2019, acts for financial institutions, trading companies, funds and corporates in relation to commodity derivatives. Newly promoted partner Jenny Warren is also recommended. Edward Miller and Emma Spiers are among the other key partners.

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‘The firm is extremely responsive and knowledgable.’

‘Dougall Molson is an outstanding lawyer. He is very bright, quick and commercial.’

‘The firm punches above its weight in terms of quality.’

‘The Fieldfisher practice is unique; they are highly qualified and excellent team players, reliable and responsible. Each of them, starting from the partners and associates are very flexible and participate in challenging negotiations without signs of pressure. They are always helpful and dynamic.’

‘The law-firm is incredibly organised. We have taken advantage of the team’s collective energy and professionalism. This has led to maximum productivity. For instance, our important project on Implementation of Initial Margin phase 4 has been successfully implemented by the Fieldfisher legal team. We have also applied to Fieldfisher to get legal opinions on very complicated matters regarding Brexit and CCPs located in UK and relevant documentation. In the latter case, Fieldfisher was able to involve, in due time, many departments within really tight deadlines, without losing its high degree of professionalism.’

‘The partner Guy Usher really stands out for his professionalism, availability and engagement. His team, too, somehow reflects Guy’s example. Each of them has demonstrated a high level of skill and proactivity. In working together with them we have noted they have shown a high degree of empathy in obtaining results as if they were part of our bank. This was a perfect fusion which led to a great result for our bank.’

Key clients

Banca IMI s.P.a

Bank of America

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

Citigroup

Commerzbank

Danske Bank

Deutsche Bank AG

ICBC Standard Bank Plc

Intesa Sanpaolo s.P.a

Jefferies International Limited

JP Morgan

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Nomura International plc

Rokos Capital Management LLP

Société Générale

Employee share schemes Tier 2

The equity incentives and employee ownership practice at Fieldfisher is co-headed by 'leading light' Graeme Nuttall OBE, a recognised expert on employee ownership trusts, and Mark Gearing, who focuses on, amongst other things, inward investment work, advising US technology companies expanding their operations into the UK and the rest of Europe. The practice acts for companies listed on AIM, with a particular focus on the mining, media and technology and life sciences sectors, as well as for start-up businesses. Senior associate Tamsin Nicholds provides legal and tax advice to assist in implementing share plans and also handles incentives issues that arise in corporate transactions, M&A deals, IPOs and private equity buyouts. Neil Palmer is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Our relationship with Fieldfisher is specific to their expertise in employee ownership. This is an area in which they are, arguably, uniquely qualified to provide advice and professional services. They bring a detailed knowledge as well as a strategic overview which makes them ideally placed to provide this advice at all stages of a business’ potential transition to employee ownership.’

‘I have worked most closely with Graeme Nuttall, who brought employee ownership trusts into existence and so is uniquely qualified to give advice on them, along with his colleague, Neil Palmer.’

‘Fieldfisher advised the government with the Nuttall Report on policy to support employee ownership trusts. Graeme Nuttall led the team and was supported by Neil Palmer. Graeme led on strategy and was very accommodating in helping us understand the various options. The process was led by Neil Palmer who was calmness personified when dealing with a client who needed lots of advice and who constantly wanted reassurance. They were both outstanding.’

‘Employee ownership trusts experts, with a firm and practical approach to negotiating financing with banks.’

‘Graeme Nuttall has a passion and unrivalled understanding of employee ownership trusts including questioning if a particular scheme is appropriate. I believe it would be difficult to find anybody with more knowledge. Mark Gearing then built our EMI scheme very efficiently. In all our communications everybody seemed to be talking to each other and nothing was missed.’

‘The clear market leader in the creation of employee ownership trusts.’

‘The level of overall knowledge is excellent and this is borne out by the volume of employee ownership trust transactions that they have carried out for their clients to date. This was very ably led by Neil Palmer, the partner in charge.’

‘Graeme Nuttall has an established reputation as a leading light in the Employee Owned sector.’

‘Mark Gearing has a wide knowledge of the sector. He is supported by the very able associate Tamsin Nicholds. They worked hard to grapple with our particular problems and helped us navigate through a number of very complex historic issues.’

‘The team is headed by Graeme Nuttall OBE, who drafted the Finance Act 2014 section on Employee Ownership Trusts. Graeme is supported by a dedicated and skilled group of colleagues.’

Key clients

StatPro Group Plc

HireVue Inc

Elektron Technology plc

Blue Prism plc

Rutherford Health plc

Dale Nazzari & Co Limited

Paradigm Norton Financial Planning Ltd

Buckley Gray Yeoman Limited

Hopkins Architects Limited

Bestrustees Limited

Morey Smith Limited

MSMR Architects Limited

Riverford Organic Foods Limited

Assael Architecture Limited

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors Limited

Independent Oil & Gas plc

BBC Studios

Haydale Graphene plc

Cerillion plc

3BM Limited

City Health Care Partnership CIC

Atalaya Mining plc

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 2

Fieldfisher acts for a high number of AIM-listed companies and it also generates a strong flow of work from nominated advisers and brokers. Practice head Neil Matthews, who has over 20 years of equity capital markets experience, advising on AIM and Main Markets transactions, and also those involving other European stock exchanges. Anthony Brockbank is another well-known name with vast experience. In 2019, Brad Isaac was the lead adviser to Cairn Financial Advisers and Cantor Fitzgerald, as nominated adviser and broker respectively, on a £50.1m placing and open offer by AIM-listed company AB Dynamics Plc. Elsewhere, the group handled some of the largest fundraisings seen in the oil and gas sector, and was notably active in work involving the life sciences and energy and natural resources industries.

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Testimonials

The team is very knowledgeable, proactive and commercial. The FF team is one of the few dedicated to ECM and this is evident in the high quality of its work.

Dominic Gurney-Champion, Brad Isaac, George Cotter and Ed Westhead are all very approachable, knowledgeable and commercial.

Key clients

Independent Oil & Gas plc

StatPro

Cairn Financial Advisers LLP

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

KEFI Minerals plc

Mirabaud Securities Limited

Panmure Gordon

Berenberg

finnCap

Stifel Nicholaus Europe

Fintech Tier 2

Fieldfisher advises major technology companies acquiring or investing in fintechs, financial firms adopting fintech solutions, and start-ups seeking broad regulatory and commercial support. Particular areas of expertise include regulatory matters, corporate fundraising, open banking and cloud outsourcing. Simon Briskman has a wealth of experience in complex outsourcing projects, the adoption of AI, mobile apps and commercial arrangements underpinning fintech projects. James Walsh specialises in telecoms, technology, e-commerce and outsourcing projects. Stephen Moller stands out for his knowledge of fintech funding platforms. Marsili Hale is a go-to partner for companies in the alternative finance and P2P markets seeking advice on issues including finance structures and service agreements.

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Key clients

Cognizant

Atom Bank

Milvik t/a BIMA

Glory Global Solutions (International) Limited (GGS)

Silicon Valley Bank

Union Bancaire Privée

Tungsten

Greensill

Fraud: civil Tier 2

With a particular focus on Russian, Ukrainian and CIS fraud, Fieldfisher's 'smart and commercial' team handles investigations, litigation and global asset tracing. It demonstrates particular expertise securing freezing and search orders in tight time-frames. Tony Lewis has a strong track record in commercial fraud and asset tracing matters, including corruption and money laundering cases. Andrew Lafferty often handles high-profile cases involving clients in Russia and Eastern Europe. Associate Nathan Capone specialises in multijurisdictional fraud and investigations.

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‘The Fieldfisher team is unique because the financial crime team works closely with their civil fraud and regulatory departments and therefore they have a strong understanding of the interplay between concurrent criminal, civil and regulatory proceedings.’

‘The Fieldfisher team is carving out a prominent role in the civil fraud market. It is also developing a niche practice in cyber fraud matters.’

N’athan Capone is extremely intelligent and very hardworking.’

‘Tony Lewis is a seasoned litigator with excellent judgement, and an astute strategist.’

Key clients

Mr Igor Kolomoisky

Alexander Gorbachev

Equix Diamonds DMCC

Stephen Jennings and Robert Reid (Yukos Oil dispute)

PwC (as liquidators of Goldtrail Travel Limited)

Palmsprings Limited, Springfield Limited, Ekerland Services Limited, Corsham Limited (defence of claims by the Trustees in Bankruptcy of Mikhail Shlosberg)

Maria Foglia

Derek Hook

Joseph Benkel (acting as trustee in bankruptcy of Eliezer Fishman)

Hubrick Limited

Tetiana Ieremeieva

Healthcare Tier 2

Fieldfisher works with private healthcare providers, start-ups, and professional regulators on a wide range of matters, including regulatory work, data protection and privacy, reproductive technologies, eHealth services, and personal injury and medical negligence. Practice leader Sarah Ellson is particularly experienced in bioscience regulation and advising pharmacy and optical providers. Former life sciences head Alison Dennis left to join Taylor Wessing.

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Key clients

Roche Products

Professional Standards Authority

Olympus KeyMed

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Trisel plc

Nursing & Midwifery Council

PRA Health Sciences

Forward Clinical Ltd

Hedge funds Tier 2

Fieldfisher provides a focused funds service to clients ranging from start-ups and smaller managers to established institutional managers, advising on fund formations and launches, derivatives and trading documentation. The team also provides advisory and contentious regulatory assistance, and can call on the firm's wider departments for full-service advice on tax, corporate and restructuring matters. The key partners are James Tinworth, who previously led the hedge funds team at Stephenson Harwood, and Ron Feldman, a specialist in derivatives and structured finance work acting for a combination of fund and institutional investor clients.

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Key clients

Ravel Capital Management / Ravel Associates

Barker Partnership Fund / Camelot Partners

JCAM

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

Fieldfisher advises media and entertainment sector clients on corporate, finance, commercial and tax matters. Tim Johnson, who is particularly strong for structuring multi-party financings for film and television projects, leads the group following Tom Guida's departure to Clintons. The cross-practice group includes corporate tax expert Derek Hill, and corporate partners Andrew Blankfield, Carlton Durrant and Christine Philips.

Mining and minerals Tier 2

Fieldfisher is a key player in the small-to-mid cap mining sector with particular expertise in alternative financing matters. The firm’s cross-departmental mining practice advises companies, funders and advisers on international mining projects; the practice has also been particularly active in restructurings, project financings, strategic acquisitions and equity investments. A key growth area for the firm is in Africa, where the practice has advised Amalgamated Metal Corporation, Africa Panther Resources and Gemfields Group. The group also recently advised Dalradian Resources and Strongbow Exploration on significant domestic mining projects. Jonathan Brooks heads up the practice and has significant experience in commercial and corporate mining matters.

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Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation

African Panther Resources AG

Amalgamated Metal Corporation plc

Amur Minerals Corporation

Atalaya Mining plc

Central Asia Metals plc

Dalradian Gold Limited

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

finnCap

Fusion Capital AG

ISON Mining Pte Ltd

Kalahari Metals Ltd

KEFI Minerals plc

Kodal Minerals plc

Mirabaud Securities

Orion Mine Finance

Orion Minerals Ltd

Osisko Gold Royalties

SigmaRoc plc

SP Angel Corporate Finance

Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Tembo Capital Mining GP Limited

Trafigura Pte Limited

Traxys Europe S.A.

Vardar Minerals Limited

VTB Commodities Trading

Yanggu Xiangguang Copper Co. Ltd. (XGC)

Oil and gas Tier 2

Fieldfisher has a notable reputation in handling complex large-scale oil and gas projects throughout Europe, MENA and Latin America. Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's former head of energy Paul Stockley joined in late 2019, enhancing the group's client base in the E&P sector. Stockley leads the practice; corporate finance lawyer Dominic Gurney-Champion and international arbitration advocate Simon Sloane are also highly recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher has a small group of partner level upstream oil and gas specialists backed up by a strong bench of cross industry legal professionals; some with a significant level of experience in upstream oil and gas.’

‘Our main experience is with Paul Stockley, who recently jointed Fieldfisher as partner. We have worked extensively with Paul on some very significant transactions. He has invariably demonstrated a high level of legal expertise, familiarity with upstream oil and gas issues, rigour and a practical approach to solving problems.’

Key clients

Independent Oil & Gas Plc

KazMunaiGas Exploration Production

Littop Enterprises & related companies

Mirabaud Securities Limited

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Cenkos Securities plc

Echo Energy plc

Pura Vida Energy NL (Now Ansila Energy NL)

British Pipeline Agency

National Petroleum Company

President Energy PLC

Chrysaor

Serica Energy

Cabot Energy

San Leon Energy

Retail funds Tier 2

Fieldfisher combines fund formation and restructuring advice with expertise in regulatory compliance issues and new fund initiatives and projects, working for a number of major institutional fund managers alongside new start-up funds. In addition, the team has been active in some high-profile issues relating to investor responsibilities and the suspension of trading in open-ended authorised funds, providing complex regulatory advice to depositaries. The practice is led by authorised fund specialist Kirstene Baillie, who has substantial experience acting for asset managers on a range of international regulatory issues and products, as well as advising domestic regulators on statutory and legal frameworks. Nick Noble specialises in tax advice for new fund products.

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‘Kirstene Baillie stands out as leader of the team and has a combination of skills, network and experience which few of her competitors can rival. She also works well with her tax colleagues enabling them to provide joined up advice.’

‘Kirstene Baillie provides a highly focused service which makes it both cost efficient and sensitive to our specific requirements.’

‘Good command over technical aspects.’

‘Responsive, pragmatic and precise in the approach and responses.’

Key clients

Northern Trust Global Services SE

Fidelity International

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management

NCM Fund Services Limited

Guardian Media Group

Drax Power Group of the ESPS and EA Technology Group of the ESPS

AB Consolidated Investments

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

Fieldfisher's tax disputes and investigations department is able to leverage in-house barristers, including Philippe Freund, who is qualified in Germany, France and England, and regularly acts before the courts at all levels in domestic and international tax disputes. The team is led by Hartley Foster, who is 'an exceptional lawyer', and is instructed on HMRC enquiries as well as negotiated settlements. Associate Matthew Sharp is another practitioner of note, with experience of direct and indirect tax disputes, focusing primarily on SDLT and business rates.

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Testimonials

Fieldfisher is a progressive practice with a leading tax investigation team. We have co defended with them on international cases.’

The firm combines excellent technical ability with good sense and a pragmatic approach to resolving disputes with HMRC.’

Hartley Foster is an exceptional lawyer and advises major corporates on heavy hitting tax investigations of the day. He knows the landscape well, is a extremely skilled negotiator who gets results for his clients. Definitely someone who you want on your side when faced with complex tax litigation.

Philippe Freund is an outstanding lawyer who is extremely experienced in tax disputes of all kinds. As a barrister he knows about the court procedures.’

Key clients

Desmond Higgins

Invamed Group Ltd and others (Group Litigation)

Root 2 Tax Ltd

Alternative Resolution Consultancy LLP

Trade finance Tier 2

Trade finance is an integral part of the financial markets and products group at Fieldfisher, which climbs the ranking this year. The firm has become heavily involved in advising bank clients, commodity trading houses and producers on pre-payment financings and related off-take arrangements. As well as providing transactional advice, the firm also assists with the financial regulatory and regulatory capital aspects of trade finance products, and it is involved in the development of new fintech solutions and platforms in this area. In 2019, the practice led by Oliver Abel Smith handled royalty and pre-payment facilities with a value in excess of $1bn. The firm further strengthened its capabilities in trade finance with the hire of experienced partner Rashpaul Bahia from Reed Smith LLP. He joins project finance specialist Matt Hinxman, structured finance partner Dougall Molson and securitisation and receivables financings partner Richard Todd in a practice described by one client as 'responsive and very efficient, with true professionals offering practical solutions'.

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Testimonials

‘It is very responsive and offers very practical solutions.’

‘Responsive and very efficient, with true professionals offering practical solutions.’

‘The firm provides highly professional legal services and practical solutions across a wide range of areas – partners, associates and staff are all very approachable and never fail to deliver a high-quality product on a most timely basis.’

‘Oliver Abel Smith is the partner with whom I interact mostly – he never fails to grasp our requirements immediately and never fails to deliver practical and professional solutions within what are quite often very tight deadlines.’

‘The team is excellent in this field.’

‘Oliver Abel Smith is a stand-out partner who provides an outstanding service.’

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation

Amalgamated Metal Corporation plc

Europe Arab Bank plc

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Fusion Capital AG

ICBC Standard Bank

Misr Bank Europe GmbH

Osisko Gold Royalties

RCB Bank Ltd

Silicon Valley Bank

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Trafigura Pte Limited

Traxys Europe SA

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Fieldfisher is recognised for its particular strength in advising on the recognition of overseas charities in the UK. Graeme Nuttall heads the practice. Neil Palmer, who acts for a number of social enterprises in the health sector, and Penny Wotton are also respected members of the team. Wotton continues to advise various charities on a broad range of issues and has assisted with many charitable projects for broadcasters, major corporations and other entities in the energy sector, as well as sports organisations.

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Excellent knowledge base. Caring attitude to clients as individuals. Commitment to getting the best outcome. Truly professional

The continued commitment and passion from all involved at Fieldfisher to the partnership with our charity is testament to the whole team there. The time, resources and support the lawyers give, along with the ability to evolve and innovate, makes them stand out

The lawyers have a wide range of expertise to call on so every issue was dealt with professionally

Penny Wotton has been great – hardworking, efficient, very clear communication and customer focused

Key clients

BBC Children in Need

Young Enterprise

Royal Academy of Dance

Sport England

National Deaf Children’s Society (“NDCS”)

Paradigm Norton Holdings Ltd

London Suziki Group (“LSG”)

UK Council of Psychotherapy (“UKCP”)

Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS)

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)

The Computing Technology Industry Association Inc. (CompTIA)

Blond McIndoe Research Foundation (Intellectual Property)

Linux Foundation (Intellectual Property)

Royal Mencap Society (“Mencap”)

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

At Fieldfisher, the corporate occupier practice is led by Ramatu Banga and Paul Houston and is particularly well-versed in acting for clients in the industrial, health care, leisure and hospitality sectors. Elsewhere, house builders, commercial developers and funders, among others, rely on the team for a range of development matters including planning, environmental, land acquisition, construction and disposal-related instructions. Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy heads the development practice together with Birmingham-based Susan Simpson; alongside Jayne Elkins, Pazzi-Axworthy also oversees the investment offering which represents property funds in addition to institutional and investment clients in the private equity sector.

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BOC Limited

booking.com/TravelJigsaw

BP

Consensus Group

Co-operative Group Limited

Fridge Spares Wholesale Limited

H & M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited

Hammerson plc (Purchaser)

Healthpeak (formerly HCP, Inc.)

Imperial College, London

Landprop Holding B.V. and Vastint UK B.V. (part of the inter IKEA Group of Companies)

Richer Sounds Limited

Robert Bosch

Sir Robert McAlpine (Supplier)

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Fieldfisher significantly boosted its contentious construction offering with the hire of an RPC team in early 2019. The practice is led by Dan Preston, who has experience of handling major adjudications and high-profile TCC litigation, representing clients on issues relating to infrastructure and commercial property. He works alongside David Thorne who represents suppliers in disputes regarding construction, infrastructure and PFI/outsourcing matters. New partner Jamie Key is also of note, working on defects claims on major infrastructure projects and disruption claims on energy matters.

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‘Fieldfisher have an excellent construction team.’

‘David Thorne and Dan Preston are both standout partners, taking on high profile and challenging cases. David is a consummate professional, able to manage very complex multi-party disputes, and is always focused on the commercial needs of his clients. Dan is an excellent litigator, fierce negotiator and someone you would always want on your side.’

‘They have a clear and active understanding of our business – they focus on solutions and do not over-lawyer every aspect of a problem.’

‘The team have a good all-round perspective on the construction market and the position of the various different participants in that market.’

Key clients

Morgan Sindall Group

VolkerWessels Group

Sir Robert McAlpine

Hammerson plc

DAFA Properties Group

M Group (including Morrisons Utility Services)

SPIE

ENGIE

Costco

United Living

McLaren Construction

Rocket Properties

Muse Developments Limited

City Developments Limited (including Singapura)

Royal Academy of Dance

Royal Bank of Canada

Interserve Construction

Shepherd Building Group (including Portakabin)

Court of protection Tier 3

Fieldfisher's experienced Court of Protection team primarily focuses on high-value and complex property and affairs deputyships for adults and children all over the country. It has particular expertise in managing considerable interim payments while claims are being litigated. Team head Anna Bond is regularly instructed to act as an expert witness on the lifetime costs of professional deputyships in litigation claims arising from birth trauma and catastrophic accidents. The group regularly oversees large packages on diverse matters, from multimillion-pound property purchases to dealing with long-term investment of its clients’ damages awards.

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Anna Bond has an excellent approach to parents and families in general. Clients find her warm, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. She always makes time and seems to know all her clients very well, treating them all as individuals’

‘The team has one outstanding attribute, which is the complete concern for and prioritising of the best interests of clients, who are all vulnerable brain-injured individuals. The ethos of doing what is best for the client serves them very well. This commitment, although seen in other companies, is not matched by any that I work with

Anna Bond and Robin Tubbs both stand out for their complete attention to detail, particularly the small details that matter so much to the client, and their efficiency and decisiveness in dealing with client matters in an appropriate timescale

Anna Bond is an experienced property and affairs deputy who is intelligent, practical and kind. She is empathetic and is effective at building a rapport and working with people who have experienced significant trauma. This, as well as her approachability, accessibility, fantastic organisation and excellent judgement, distinguish her from competitors in the field

An excellent Court of Protection team. Anna Bond is a particularly good deputy’

‘Very knowledgeable, responsive, approachable and easy to deal with. Incredible teamwork that is visible at every level. Robin Tubbs is excellent – extremely responsive, pragmatic and experienced. A pleasure to deal with

The team works collaboratively with case managers and with families so that plans for the future are thought out as a team. They are strategic thinkers, and are sufficiently experienced to know what may be a problem in future and help to plan for this now rather than waiting for it to arise

Robin Tubbs is very approachable and puts clients at ease with his caring approach

Emerging markets Tier 3

Fieldfisher has been active in both transactional matters and disputes in the CIS, CEE, Russia, the Middle East and Africa. The emerging markets practice is fully integrated with the firm's banking and finance, corporate and litigation groups, and it is noted for its sizeable dedicated Russia and CIS group. Matt Hinxman leads on finance matters and has notable expertise in Russia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine, as well as Ivory Coast, Senegal and other African jurisdictions. Nodir Sidikov leads on capital markets, finance and projects in the energy sector, while Arik Aslanyan heads the CIS group, which specialises in cross-border transactions involving Eastern European countries, most notably Ukraine.

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We often engage the London office of Fieldfisher to take a lead in large transactions involving several jurisdictions, because this way we are confident that the project will be completed in time and every aspect of the transaction will be taken care of.’

‘Nodir Sidikov and his team have been advising us on various projects for many years and always at a high level. When it comes to the negotiation of sensitive joint venture matters and the need to engage legal advisers arises, our first choice is always Nodir Sidikov, who combines both outstanding legal knowledge and excellent soft skills.’

‘Fieldfisher has strength at all levels of seniority and is effective and competent. It provides excellent and sound advice and an excellent value-for-money service.’

‘Matthew Hinxman is a strong and results-driven litigator, and provides sound and excellent advice. He is a practical, knowledgeable and excellent case coordinator.’

‘Fieldfisher LLP is one of the best we have worked with in the areas of banking, finance and project finance, with a particular emphasis on mining, oil and gas and renewables matters, including litigation.’

‘They possess some of the best expertise in cross-border transactions with Eastern Europe and CIS countries.’

‘Matt Hinxman brings attention to detail to every project in which we are involved. His professional, communication and people skills are excellent, and he always has some very innovative ideas.’

‘The firm is efficient in terms of the quality of work, timing and the cost. They are happy to take work outside the pre-agreed scope, co-ordinate with other counsels and ensure the best possible result in a negotiation process, whether in transactional work, litigation or regulatory issues.’

Key clients

JSC National Company “KazMunayGas”

Cooperative KMG EP UA

Pittas Legal

CQUR Bank

RCB Bank Ltd

Brick Court

Fountain Court Chambers

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

4 Pump Court

20 Essex Street

Essex Court

Cooke Young & Keidan

Quadrant Chambers

Grant Thornton

Vannim Capital

Gazprom UK Limited

Traxys Europe SA

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

The ‘extremely professional' Fieldfisher specialises in market abuse, anti-money laundering and peer-to-peer lending matters, with particular expertise in acting for London metal exchange clients. Money laundering and market abuse expert Duncan Black leads the team and focuses on disputes, regulatory enforcement, disciplinary actions and internal investigations.

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‘The team is comprised of individuals from a diverse range of backgrounds. This gives the team a unique ability to develop solutions that are pragmatic and bespoke to clients’ specific needs’

‘While the members of the team are very-detail oriented, they are able to see the bigger picture and apply common sense, which is particularly important when dealing with regulatory matters’

‘The scope of knowledge and expertise Duncan Black has in his field of practice is exceptional. But it is his ability to calmly and clearly deliver this knowledge to clients in the form of succinct and logically-structured advice that really makes him unique in the market. This ability combined with his pragmatic and down-to-earth approach makes him our first point of call whenever the need arises’

Key clients

Triland Metals Ltd

Currencies Direct

Open Access Finance Ltd

INTL FCStone Ltd

Starz Mortgage Capital Ltd

Cynergy Bank Ltd

Wilmington Trust (London) Ltd

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP as administrator of Lendy Ltd

Verifone Inc

Triland Metals Ltd

Fund finance Tier 3

Fieldfisher launched its fund finance practice in 2020, drawing on expertise from its banking team and established funds practice. The group works with funds and lender-side clients on a variety of matters, including capital call and NAV facilities, due diligence issues and structuring work. The team is particularly experienced in advising Luxembourg-domiciled funds on multi-jurisdictional financing; assisted by the firm's Luxembourg office, the team can access a wealth of experience in handling various local law issues. Practice head Philip Abbott is a dedicated fund finance lawyer with a particular strength in hedge fund financings; he is supported by James Tinworth, who advises a variety of fund structures, and associate George Murphy, who is an expert in complex fund financing matters.

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‘George Murphy is one to watch – he is a very good lawyer combining strong technical expertise with very helpful commercial acumen and is an enjoyable person to work with.’

Health and safety Tier 3

Fieldfisher provides clients with regulatory and compliance advice with the aim of reducing risk and liability resulting from accidents at work. The team defends clients in criminal investigations, including corporate manslaughter, conducts internal investigations and defends civil claims for compensation. Andrew Sanderson  focuses his practice on the transport and defence sectors. Other key industries for the team include health and social care and energy.

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‘A combination of professional expertise and a genuine concern for client welfare’

‘The team are all experts in their area with unrivalled industry knowledge. Their professionalism is second to none with no request being too big or too small’

‘Andrew Sanderson is a very calm and capable ‘fixer’in multiparty disputes requiring a firm hand and oversight- very knowledgeable about putting clients in the best position to maximise litigation advantage’

Key clients

National Security and Resilience Consortium

Road Skills

Route One

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Fieldfisher is exceptionally experienced in the management of large international trade mark portfolios, including the coordination of clients' international development through the registration of new trade marks and, where necessary, representation in the corresponding contentious proceedings. As a key part of the firm's integrated international prosecution and litigation offering, the team is particularly well suited to handling complex matters involving cross-border aspects and contentious and non-contentious elements. John Linneker and Leighton Cassidy, both solicitors, direct the practice.

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‘The team is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable, and genuinely practical. They think ahead and own the matter. I rely on them implicitly to keep me in the loop on the matters they are handling. Their advice is always detailed and proficient.’

‘Expertise, commercial and market knowledge, always responsive.’

‘Fieldfisher’s team covers the entire range of needs for international clients. Their advice is always commercial. They always seem to have experience of what a client thinks is its unique problem, which gives clients confidence that the lawyers are not learning at the expense of the client. They have an excellent international presence and network which is vital for this area of the law.’

‘Leighton Cassidy has one of the finest intellects in this area of law and unsurpassed experience across the widest range of issues. He is one of Europe’s top lawyers. He manages the team effortlessly and will always find the right expert for the job. He makes the legal analysis of commercial problems seem easy and straightforward, which is a real gift, and is therefore able to create the right team to help the client reach a solution.’

Key clients

Samsung

Lulu Guinness

Take-Two Interactive Software

Caffè Nero

Oasis

Live Nation

Dixons Carphone

Goop

Wilkin & Sons

Sazerac UK

SkyKick Ltd

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

David Gallagher leads Fieldfisher's 'top-notch' pensions practice, working alongside the 'technically very impressive' Michael Calvert. The team is particularly renowned for its work for representative beneficiaries. The firm has recently handled a wide range of cases requiring the rectification of scheme documents, clarification on settlement structures and elucidation of the duties owed by trustees to sponsoring employers. Andrew Patten, a buy-out specialist described as 'exceptional', handles non-contentious matters. The firm is known for its footprint in the electricity, rail and utility sectors, and has been advising the professional independent trustee of the Carillion Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme on the issues affecting the scheme following Carillion's high-profile insolvency.

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Fieldfisher’s pensions team is top-notch. The partners are available and flexible, and deliver concise, thoughtful, and pragmatic advice. The team addresses issues with an emphasis on meaningful results. Fieldfisher was one of several firms we worked with on a complex multinational restructuring, and we felt well advised in their hands. They are hard working and a real pleasure to work with‘.

They are excellent lawyers, providing great advice, in a speedy manner, and excellent client support. They are particularly good at working as a team in support to each other, us and our common clients – to an extent that demonstrates a clear gap when compared to their peers. They are a pleasure to work with, an excellent team, providing clear, constructive and commercially aware advice – we have no hesitation in recommending them‘.

Andrew Patten is exceptional. He has a deep knowledge of pensions policy and case law, is sensible, straightforward, and responsive‘.

Andrew Patten is excellent – commercially aware, clear and firm in his advice and provides fantastic support to his clients.’

‘Michael Calvert is technically very impressive‘.

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

David Gallagher leads Fieldfisher's 'top-notch' pensions practice, working alongside the 'technically very impressive' Michael Calvert. The team is particularly renowned for its work for representative beneficiaries. The firm has recently handled a wide range of cases requiring the rectification of scheme documents, clarification on settlement structures and elucidation of the duties owed by trustees to sponsoring employers. Andrew Patten, a buy-out specialist described as 'exceptional', handles non-contentious matters. The firm is known for its footprint in the electricity, rail and utility sectors, and has been advising the professional independent trustee of the Carillion Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme on the issues affecting the scheme following Carillion's high-profile insolvency.

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Technically very able‘.

The team has a strong level of partner engagement, bringing technical expertise to cases‘.

Mike Calvert is technically very strong and a pleasure to work with‘.

Michael Calvert has very detailed knowledge of even the most technical aspects of pensions law‘.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Fieldfisher's 'super' team acts for a number of blue-chip international clients. Peter Golden is known for his strong expertise and client base in the Middle East, while Alistair Robertson is recommended for his experience in advising clients based in the Far East. In addition to advising their international clients on all aspects of UK tax (including issues surrounding relocation to, and new investments in, the UK), Golden and Robertson have particular skill in assisting with business succession structuring and family governance matters. Penny Wotton is another key member of the team.

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Alistair Robertson and Peter Golden are a super team. They provide fantastic client service delivery underpinned by solid legal work

Peter Golden is extremely knowledgeable and helpful

The team’s strength and depth is evident from the moment it is engaged and I have the utmost confidence in it’

Peter Golden has excellent technical knowledge and is also very pragmatic and commercial when giving his advice

Peter Golden has built a strong team around him who provide all the required support

‘Peter has a strong rapport with his clients and is presentable to any client, no matter what their background’

‘It is an excellent firm. Well priced and very responsive

‘Alistair Robertson is diligent, personable and commercial’

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Fieldfisher recently invested heavily in the growth of its energy team with the recruitment of Matthew Williams (who is now co-head of the energy and natural resources group) and his experienced team, including Elisabeth Blunsdon and Mark Nash, from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLPHugo Lidbetter also joined from an in-house position at EDF Energy.  Williams' practice centres around M&A and project financing transactions, while Blundson focuses on regulatory matters, project developments and commercial contracts. Energy and infrastructure lawyers Nash and Lidbetter are highly experienced in advising investment funds on corporate M&A and construction matters in the conventional and low carbon energy sectors.

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‘The team are user friendly, they quickly understand a client’s needs and adapt accordingly. They have great energy trading experience.’

‘Industry leading experts in the electricity PPA sector.’

‘Lis Blunsdon is highly knowledgeable in UK power regulation and PPAs and apt at explaining issues in plain language and dealing with clients.’

‘Matthew Williams is very good at understanding his client’s requirements and works hard to deliver solutions that meets those requirements. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Sev.en Energy

EP UK Investments

Shell Energy Europe

Calon Energy

Future Earth Energy

Yü Energy

Yorkshire Gas and Power

Property litigation Tier 3

Fieldfisher has a strong profile acting for energy sector companies in actions brought by protesters. It also generates various other types of contentious property work from clients operating in the retail, leisure, finance and public sectors. The team is sought out to handle landlord and tenant disputes, contentious property portfolio management matters (involving lease forfeitures and lease renewals) and tenancy terminations. Rent reviews are a particular area of strength for consultant Lesley Webber. Solicitor advocate Antony Phillips has notable expertise in dilapidations.

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INEOS

Southwark Council

H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc

Belstaff International Limited

Imperial College London

Shell Pension Funds

BP

BMW

BOC Limited

Vastint UK BV

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

Fieldfisher is well regarded for its multi-jurisdictional caseload, which is focused on civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings. Key areas of work include financial crime, internal investigations, corporate governance, compliance and criminal investigations. The firm is experienced in handling UK Bribery Act issues and often deals with various regulators and enforcement agencies, including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and NCA. Tony Lewis heads the team and is recommended for advice on fraud, asset recovery, corruption, money laundering and sanctions. Former co-head of team Francesca Titus left the firm for McGuireWoods London LLP.

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‘Kyle Phillips is a highly talented associate destined for great success at partner level’.

‘The Fieldfisher practice for financial crimes and investigations, is new to the firm; but the team have very quickly set themselves out as a quality shop’.

‘What stands out is their ability to work very well on Asia-Pacific matters, and work in smaller efficient teams’

Securitisation Tier 3

The securitisation practice at Fieldfisher has emerged as a presence in many different asset classes and in many different roles, advising arrangers, trustees and third-party servicers on bespoke deals in the private market. 'Their ability to get to the crux of the matter from our perspective sets them apart', remarks a client of the finance group led by Guy Usher. Richard Todd is currently active in deals securitising trade finance loans. Dougall Molson combines securitisation expertise with a knowledge of the commodities sector to handle receivables finance deals. Alex Campbell has a broad palette of work including residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, consumer leases, public house income streams and ticket sale receivables. Gonzalo Fernandez is part of a dedicated team advising corporate trustees and special purpose issuers on securitisations. Stephen Moller is also recommended.

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‘The firm has the foresight to use technology efficiently and effectively. We appreciate the flexible pricing models and structures that they have implemented for us. The work is always done to a very high standard and very efficiently.’

‘The team is responsive and helpful. Their ability to get to the crux of the matter from our perspective sets them apart.’

‘Their attention to detail and the level to which they care makes them so easy to work with.’

‘The mix of excellent client focus and deep expertise makes their offering unique. The team works hard to provide a first-rate result. All departments at Fieldfisher interact well together to give an all-round service which is at least the equal of its Magic Circle peers.’

‘Dougall Molson brings vast experience to the table and combines it with attention to detail and innovative structuring ideas. He is a pleasure to work with and always very responsive.’

‘The firm has great strength in structured finance and alternative finance. They spearhead virtual bondholder meetings using technology. They are very innovative.’

‘Alex Campbell is very knowledgeable and proactive in keeping our team up to date on new securitisation issuer and corporate servicer developments.’

‘Marsili Hale is very innovative and forward-thinking in her approach to the delivery of legal services. She understands our business very well and takes the time to get to know the key business stakeholders.’

‘Stephen Moller is highly experienced in all levels of securitisation transactions over numerous asset classes. His wealth of knowledge and experience is invaluable for the transactions on which we have engaged Fieldfisher. Stephen and his colleagues in different legal departments have been extremely supportive and helpful in relation to other engagements outside of the securitisation team.’

‘Stephen Moller and his team have excellent legal knowledge and background in all areas. They are responsive, calming and extremely helpful in working through complex structures, legal documentation, financings and refinancings. In what can be toughly negotiated transactions, the firm is always looking to find the best possible outcome for its client. The team is also very personable which I believe is important given the amount of communications on transactions which typically take up to three months to complete and require daily contact, particularly towards completion.’

‘The team is extremely personable, generous with its time and supportive of my business.’

‘Alex Campbell is a pleasure to work with, gives sound practical advice and is good value for money.’

Key clients

PF Capital Finance Limited

Rooftop Mortgages Limited

Link Asset Services Ireland

Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP

Apex Group (formerly part of Link Asset Services)

Wilmington Trust

Estates and Infrastructure Exchange

Intertrust Group

Law Debenture Trust Corporation

Ocorian

TMT Tier 3

Fieldfisher's team  includes partners with pure technology, telecoms and IP expertise alongside particular experience in innovation, IP disputes and outsourcing, advising suppliers and service providers. Notable in area are Robert Shooter, who is head of the firm's technology, outsourcing and privacy group; Leighton Cassidy, who focuses on the life sciences, sport, technology, media and telecommunications sectors; and John Linneker, who specialises in IP disputes in the fields of trademarks, copyright, patents, designs and confidential information.

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Mobile Broadband Network Limited

Wireless Infrastructure Group

Freesat

Netflix

Nintendo

Freeview

Blue Prism

VMWare

EE

Space Norway

Smart DCC

Samsung

Forbes

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

Fieldfisher's banking litigation team attracts praise for its 'agility, tenacity and flexibility of thinking'. The team has 'a great deal of regional knowledge'; it is particularly strong in bringing claims against banks in Russia and the CIS  and has a growing practice focusing on the Middle East and North Africa, which is led by Aymen Khoury and Vivien Davies. The wider is led by experienced litigator Andrew Lafferty and includes Duncan Black — who handles disputes and investigations in the sector and counts money laundering and market abuse issues among his specialisms— and Kit Jarvis, whose experience spans banking litigation, contentious insolvency, fraud and asset tracing matters. Tracey Wright and James Lewis were recently promoted to the partnership.

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The practice is very much result driven with a particular regional focus on the CIS region clients.

I worked with a team consisting of litigators and retail lending specialists on a complex piece of litigation in a novel area, facing an opponent with a track record of underhand tactics.  All involved stepped up to the challenge extremely well. It has required considerable agility, tenacity and flexibility of thinking, all of which qualities have been amply displayed by the team.  These qualities have set them apart from many other litigators in this area.

Extremely competent, both in terms of legal knowledge and strategic thinking. Very responsive and always offer the optimal solutions’

Duncan Black and Carly Schiff  are extremely thorough and add a great deal of value to all aspects of litigation’

 

Commercial property: development Tier 4

At Fieldfisher, the corporate occupier practice is led by Ramatu Banga and Paul Houston and is particularly well-versed in acting for clients in the industrial, health care, leisure and hospitality sectors. Elsewhere, house builders, commercial developers and funders, among others, rely on the team for a range of development matters including planning, environmental, land acquisition, construction and disposal-related instructions. Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy heads the development practice together with Birmingham-based Susan Simpson; alongside Jayne Elkins, Pazzi-Axworthy also oversees the investment offering which represents property funds in addition to institutional and investment clients in the private equity sector.

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Berkeley Homes Plc

Birmingham International Airport

CA Ventures

CALA Homes Limited

Cambridge Medipark

Consensus Group

Co-operative Group Limited

Countryside Properties Limited

Dominvs Group

DRC

DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management / RREEF)

Exeter Properties

Imperial College, London

Kennedy Wilson Europe

Landprop Holding B.V. and Vastint UK B.V. (part of the inter IKEA Group of Companies)

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Morgan Sindall Group

MRP Real Estate Fund

Proark Properties ApS

Shell Pension Funds

Sir Robert McAlpine (Supplier)

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

At Fieldfisher, the corporate occupier practice is led by Ramatu Banga and Paul Houston and is particularly well-versed in acting for clients in the industrial, health care, leisure and hospitality sectors. Elsewhere, house builders, commercial developers and funders, among others, rely on the team for a range of development matters including planning, environmental, land acquisition, construction and disposal-related instructions. Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy heads the development practice together with Birmingham-based Susan Simpson; alongside Jayne Elkins, Pazzi-Axworthy also oversees the investment offering which represents property funds in addition to institutional and investment clients in the private equity sector.

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Birmingham International Airport

BP

Business Lending Group

CA Ventures

Cambridge Medipark

Consensus Group

Co-operative Group Limited

Dominvs Group

DRC

DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management / RREEF)

Exeter Properties

Hammerson plc (Purchaser)

Healthpeak (formerly HCP, Inc.)

ICG-Longbow

Imperial College, London

Kennedy Wilson Europe

Landprop Holding B.V. and Vastint UK B.V. (part of the inter IKEA Group of Companies)

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

MRP Real Estate Fund

Proark Properties ApS

Santander UK Plc

Shell Pension Funds

Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

The team at Fieldfisher is regarded as 'smarter than most' and is praised for 'building strong business relationships'. Dan Preston, who leads the non-contentious offering, was part of a team the firm recruited from RPC in early 2019 - he has a strong record of work in relation to nuclear power plants and major infrastructure projects, acting for suppliers and purchases. Cecily Davis is an 'exceptional leader' who primarily acts on regeneration and development matters, with a focus on the transport and energy sectors; she also co-leads the practice's Africa group.

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‘Fieldfisher’s construction team provide a really personal service, going out of their way to understand your business and the dynamics of how it operates so as to tailor their support to the best areas. They build strong business relationships so that its like working within in-house counsel. I can trust them to understand what I need and not be afraid to challenge when they need clarity. Theirs is a more personable service than other practices which comes with great industry connections that I can benefit from.’

‘The people I deal with at Fieldfisher are smarter than most and bring a level of insight I’ve not seen elsewhere. They treat me as a friend and a client, genuinely looking out for me and what’s right for my business.’

‘Cecily Davis is an exceptional leader and goes out of her way to stay connected and make sure I’m getting the right support from her team and the wider business outside of the construction practice. Cecily brings a great sense of fun and enthusiasm to their work with us. Couldn’t ask for better support.’

‘Dan Preston has a deep knowledge of both the construction industry and the constantly evolving legislation and is able to give excellent succinct advice that allows our business to make the decisions it needs to.’

Key clients

Imperial College

DAFA Properties Group

Rocket Developments

SPIE

Interserve Construction

NMCN plc

McDermott Marine Construction Limited

Contracta (UK)

NMS Infrastructure Limited

Winch Energy

Wheelabrator

Bouygues UK

QNB

REM

Dominvs

Kennedy Wilson

McLaren Construction

Burns & McDonell

CA Ventures

FCC

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

Fieldfisher advises on financial markets and trading regulation, particularly commodities and complex financial products. The firm has experience in banking regulation, Fintech and innovative alternative finance, as well as payment services and e-money. Another area of growth for the practice is anti-money laundering strategy and due diligence. The ‘pragmatic and hands-onGuy Usher leads the team and specialises in derivatives. Also notable are Nicholas Thompsell, who combines corporate and regulatory experience; and associate Steve Burrows, who ‘always delivers his advice in a clear, succinct and comprehensive manner'.

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‘The members of the team come from a diverse range of backgrounds and each lawyer I have dealt with has an excellent ability to take a holistic, business-oriented approach to legal and regulatory questions’

‘The efficiency in the provision of services is evidence of the fact that the team works very well together’

‘The team members are always courteous, professional and approachable’

‘Guy Usher is fiercely intelligent and has an exceptional ability to solve some of the most complex legal problems. These attributes, combined with his down-to-earth manner, make him positively unique in the market. I would always recommend him’

‘Steve Burrows is a rising star in the financial services and regulatory space. He is extremely perceptive and intelligent and has a unique ability to look at issues from different points of view. He leaves no stone unturned when providing advice.’

Key clients

Nomura International plc

Peloton Interactive UK Limited

National Savings & Investments

INTL FCStone Ltd

Colu Technologies Ltd

RCB Bank Ltd

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust International Limited

Triland Metals Limited

ICBC Standard Bank PLC

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 4

Fieldfisher advises on civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings in the UK and internationally. Under the leadership of Tony Lewis, the team handles issues around allegations of fraudulent conduct, investigations, recovering assets, corruption, money laundering and sanctions. Cases often involve regulators including the SFO, FCA, HMRC and NCA. Francesca Titus left the firm for McGuireWoods London LLP.

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‘Kyle Phillips is a highly motivated and talented individual who is destined for great success at partner level’.

‘Fieldfisher LLP are an amazing group of individuals right from the receptionist through to their directors’.

‘Kyle Phillips is a very enthusiastic solicitor, very keen to get ahead and will work tirelessly for clients’.

‘The financial crime team works closely with their civil fraud and regulatory departments and therefore they have experience of the interplay between concurrent criminal, civil and regulatory proceedings’.

‘They stand out because of their combination of experts from a range of backgrounds, from criminal to regulatory, which puts them amongst the very best law firms that I have had the joy of dealing with’.

‘Kyle Phillips is a very experienced criminal lawyer who has worked on some of the SFO’s largest investigations’.

‘Kyle Phillips is a hands-on lawyer with excellent client skills’.

‘Tony Lewis is always calm and measured, and is particularly good at running large-scale multijurisdictional investigations’.

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 4

Fieldfisher’s patent litigation practice has a focus on the life sciences sector under practice head David Knight, who has a strong industry reputation in the field of SPC litigation. Recent successes for Knight, senior associate Tommy McKenna and associate Christopher Leung  have involved proceedings before the  Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) for generics companies. The team has also taken on patent litigation instructions from clients in the aviation and medical supplies sectors.

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Small, focused, hands on, efficient, gets right to the heart of the matter.

Chris Leung is outstanding; a star of the future. Fantastic grasp of issues, good attention to detail, really thinks about the case and understands the interplay between argument and strategy.

No fluff, able to read a room and react appropriately and sensitively to internal stakeholders.

David Knight and Christopher Leung are a great pairing and work seamlessly with counsel. David is an unflinchingly practical and realistic lawyer.

Key clients

Hexal AG and Sandoz Ltd

Master Data Center Inc (a CPA Global

company)

MGA Entertainment

International arbitration Tier 4

Fieldfisher's 'dynamic international arbitration team dedicates itself relentlessly to achieving its clients’ goals' and is particularly well known for its Russian and CIS expertise, including disputes originating from Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The firm also has a growing MENA group, and acts in matters involving Gulf-based clients. Simon Sloane leads the international arbitration group in the firm's dispute resolution practice, which is headed up by Colin GibsonArik Aslanyan leads the Russia and CIS group. Daniel Hayward, Alexandra Underwood and recently promoted Tracey Wright are also noted.

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‘Colin Gibson is a brilliant strategist and combines considerable legal acumen with strong commercial nous.’

‘Tracey Wright is extremely diligent, able to master detail and manage large-scale litigation with aplomb.’

‘The team’s ability to handle many very large, multi-jurisdictional commercial and investment arbitrations at the same time rivals that of the very biggest magic circle and US firms, making them a major player in the arbitration space.’

‘Head of disputes Colin Gibson is very well regarded in the market, as is rising star (and fluent Russian speaker) Daniel Hayward, who has a great deal of experience of disputes emanating from Russia and the CIS and brings formidable strategic and tactical clout to his cases.’

‘An affable and dynamic team that dedicates itself relentlessly to achieving its clients’ goals. Combines large firm commitment and capability with a relaxed team-oriented approach. Particularly active in Russian and Ukrainian language cases.’

‘Simon Sloane is a senior partner with an easy-going yet thorough and professional approach. A consummate team leader, incredibly easy to work with and always open to new ideas.’

‘Dan Haywood and Alexandra Underwood are very organised and very approachable. They are pragmatic in their approach whilst making sure that they protect and advance their clients’ interests.’

Key clients

Littop Enterprises & related companies

Gilward Investments BV

LLC Lugzor & Others

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

The 'commercial and solution-driven' team at Fieldfisher has sector-focused expertise in corporate, commercial, IP, dispute resolution and fund raising mandates. It is notably strong on the corporate and finance side, where it acts on capital markets and venture capital transactions. A number of lawyers also provide sector-specific technology and data privacy expertise. Sarah Ellson, who co-heads the regulatory team, is 'superbly impressive - highly commercial and switched on'. Janita Good joined as co-head of the group in December 2019 following Nicole Jadeja's departure to Pinsent Masons LLP. Neil Matthews is noted for his capital markets expertise.

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‘The team at Fieldfisher brings a broad range of experience to bear in any matter and offers clients the ability to compare what they are doing with how other regulators might be approaching similar issues, something that is reassuringly useful. The team also has a great ability to find pragmatic ways of working through issues, which, for senior people in an organisation, is a welcome approach.’

‘Sarah Ellson stands out for her ability to remain calm no matter how pressurised a situation is.  She also has a fantastic ability to understand the client and deliver legal solutions which work in practice. Sarah can cut through the noise and nonsense with her calm, well-judged advice and get her clients to a better place.’

‘Sarah Ellson is an absolute star. She is highly commercial and switched on to the needs of the clients. Whatever approach the client wants to take, she will make it happen. She is superbly impressive.’

‘I know the capital markets advisory team that assists in healthcare-related fundraisings. I’d describe them as no-nonsense, unflappable and good value for the work that we require. They are commercial and solution-driven.’

‘Neil Matthews – old hand who has seen it all, very good with leading clients through the process and not looking to point score. Focused on getting the job done.’

Key clients

Tristel plc

Roche Products Ltd

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Cenkos Securities

Rutherford Health plc (previously Proton Partners)

Forward Clinical Limited

Property finance Tier 4

Fieldfisher has been highly active in advising on the financing and refinancing of hotels, care homes and student accommodation, especially for European and US investors. The team predominantly acts for banks and debt funds on development, acquisition and debt financing instructions. The 'highly competent and experiencedPhilip Abbott leads the team alongside John Nelmes; other key contacts include Christian Francis and Iain Thomas.

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‘The team show enthusiasm and demonstrate the ability to handle a range of real estate finance matters in a timely and efficient manner.’

‘Phil Abbott is an experienced real estate finance partner with good technical and commercial knowledge, who is approachable and pleasant to work with.’

‘Excellent teamwork between the banking and real estate teams. Committed to getting the deals done.’

‘Market-leading turnaround and speed of response. Phil Abbot is highly competent and experienced with strong technical knowledge, especially on complex issues.’

‘We work with Phil Abbott, who is one of the big names in the real estate finance market and knows all the players.’

‘Client service is brilliant and they always perform to our tight deadlines. They are an extremely friendly team who are willing to work collaboratively and support us in finding unique resolutions to issues we experience. They are always at the end of a phone and willing to help. ‘

‘Phil Abbott takes an extremely tailored and personal approach to matters.’

Key clients

PBB Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Lloyds Banking Group

Europe Arab Bank plc

ICG Longbow

Dominvs Group

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

GAM

Avery Care Homes

Proark Properties Aps

CA Ventures

Rail Tier 4

Fieldfisher advises rail operators and regulatory bodies on matters such as franchising, rolling stock procurement, and leasing. The team also is experienced in trade union and industrial relations, rail disputes, public procurement, outsourcing, state aid, employment and pensions.

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Commercial litigation: premium Tier 5

Fieldfisher's dispute resolution team is well-regarded for finance litigation, post-M&A litigation and civil fraud disputes. The group has particular experience in litigation relating the CIS region and the Middle East, for which Daniel Hayward and Vivien Davies are the respective names to note. Colin Gibson leads a team which includes Alexandra Underwood,,who handles public procurement and civil fraud disputes, financial services litigator Kit Jarvis and Donna Goldsworthy , who recently joined from BDB Pitmans and counts banking and finance, real estate finance and investment, energy and sport among her sector specialisms.

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Fantastic international work. A huge cross-section of clients with a diverse range of needs. They are particularly good at dealing with different clients’ varying expectations.

Unbelievably high calibre litigation team, second to none.’

A dynamic and highly focused litigation team determined to get the best possible result for their clients. Very bright and skilful with a particular focus on CIS work.

Colin Gibson: always calm under fire. Never one to make a mountain out of a molehill. Fiercely protective of his clients’ interest.

Daniel Hayward: a fighter through and through. Excellent tactician and knows when to leave irrelevant points.

Alexandra Underwood: exceptional attention to detail and willing to work all hours to get the job done.

Associate Rebecca McKee is a self-starter who doesn’t have to be spoon-fed everything to get the job done.

Kit Jarvis is a stand-out performer. Over the decade or so we have worked with Kit we have seen him represent us in complex, and sometimes hostile, situations with an ease and comfort that was most reassuring. Kit’s knack at dissecting counter-arguments on the hoof is most impressive. In all, Kit is a solid, clever, eloquent operator .

Key clients

Oiax Limited

Compound Photonics Group Limited (CPGL)

Hubrick Limited

Oro Agri International Ltd

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 5

Fieldfisher's M&A team is led in London by Neil Matthews, who works as part of a group that focuses on sectors including tech; media production; telecoms; energy; financial services; life sciences and hotels & leisure. The practice has added lateral partners in areas such as energy in recent years and has also grown its deal volume, with many of its deals also now having a cross-border element.  Andrew Blankfield is another key part of the London offering.

Planning Tier 5

Fieldfisher's planning team in London take instructions on mixed-use development, regeneration, infrastructure, and land assembly. Practice head John Bowman has over 20 years of experience advising on national and international projects including transport networks, mineral extraction, brownfield regeneration and corporate acquisitions and disposals.

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Reputation management Tier 5

Online defamation is at the forefront of the practice at Fieldfisher, which has notable strength in litigation pertaining to defamatory statements in user-generated content. High-net-worth individuals engage the team to assist with reputation management issues, while public and regulatory bodies tend to request advice on defendant matters. Dispute resolution head Colin Gibson has a background in high-profile contentious matters; IP leader John Linneker often acts for broadcasters and retail companies.

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ADVFN plc

Sport Tier 5

Fieldfisher's cross-disciplinary sports practice is particularly strong in sports technology and fundraising matters. For technology, the team has worked on digital platforms involved in streaming services, virtual reality and fitness technology. The team's fundraising work has involved venture capital raising, reverse takeovers and private equity investment. Corporate finance specialist Patrick Cannon is the key name of note.

EU and competition Tier 6

The backbone of Fieldfisher’s practice is advice relating to the UK and EU competition aspects of M&A transactions, investigations, and antitrust contentious work. Risk management specialist John Cassels now leads the practice; former postholder Charles Whiddington left to join Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Brussels. Nicholas Pimlott has a track record of work handling regulatory issues in the telecoms sector.

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Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

With experts spread across the firm's London, Manchester and Birmingham offices, the 'engaging, responsive and proactive' team at Fieldfisher provides a 'high level of technical expertise' to a broad array of stakeholders, engaged in both formal insolvency matters, as well as restructuring and distressed transactions. Although it is active across a range of industry sectors, the team is able to add particular value to matters within the retail, life sciences, and energy spaces.  'As technically excellent as a savant but as commercial and personable as a barrow boy', Stewart Perry  'brings a common sense practical view to delivering solutions that reflect the law but which are dominated by common sense rather than legal technicalities'

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The team provides a high level of technical excellence. They have fantastic lawyers, who are knowledgeable in their field, give good honest advice and understand what the client is looking for.

The team at Fieldfisher are exceptional at client service. It appears to be a key part of their model that clients become familiar with not just one partner but a range of partners.

They are engaging, responsive and proactive.

Stewart Perry: As technically excellent as a savant but as commercial and personable as a barrow boy: a rare combination.

Stewart Perry brings a common sense practical view to delivering solutions that reflect the law but which are dominated by common sense rather than legal technicalities.

Carly Schiff: a brilliant, down-to-earth but hard-as-nails expert lawyer.

Carly Schiff is exceptionally responsive, practical and incredibly effective. Her technical skills are impressive and her ability to understand the commercial implications and find efficient resolutions that work with the companies strategy.

 

 

 

Key clients

SPS Technology Holdings Limited

Infrastrata Plc

KPMG

Grant Thornton

Duff and Phelps

RSM

Mazars

PWC

FRP Advisory

Kreston Reeves

Employers Tier 7

The national employment, pensions, immigration and compliance team at Fieldfisher, headed up by Ranjit Dhindsa, handles matters including litigation, outsourcing, transactional support and workforce restructurings. The team's client base is primarily drawn from the tech, energy, finance, life sciences, media and retail sectors.

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Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

Fieldfisher LLP has a strong reputation across a breadth of contentious domestic and cross-border matters and counts manufacturing, engineering and IT disputes, procurement disputes, agency claims, international arbitration and competition litigation among its specialisms. For the latter, practice head Jonathan Hofstetter is the key contact, while Ann Benzimra is highlighted for her IT and manufacturing sector expertise. Other names of note include Jim Sharkey, Adam Sturt and Larry Coltman for multi-jurisdictional fraud disputes, injunctive relief and contentious credit insurance matters respectively; recently promoted partner Stephen May is a name to note for regulatory and public law issues.

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Fieldfisher’s Birmingham office handles top-tier commercial litigation and I have found them to be particularly strong in commercial fraud cases.

The commercial litigation team are London city solicitor quality- with some individuals certainly magic circle quality. They handle massive international litigation, for clients who care nothing about the geographic location of the legal team, but only about the quality, and Fieldfisher have it in buckets.

Extremely capable team, able to adapt flexibly to meet the demands of large-scale, multi-jurisdictional litigation. Particularly noteworthy has been the pace at which the team has worked, to accommodate some extremely short deadlines imposed by Tribunals in seeking to deal with very high value litigation. There is an impressive depth of knowledge across multiple fields, including broad commercial practice, shipping, commodities, energy, and international law.

A key strength of Fieldfisher’s litigation practice in Birmingham is that it can leverage the resources of the broader Fieldfisher network but with a service more tailored and personalised to the client. I found that the different functions and partners engaged worked seamlessly together without any ‘London bias’ that is sometimes prevalent in other firms. Absolutely Tier 1 advice on a very complicated piece of competition law litigation.

Adam Sturt is pragmatic, bright, dedicated, and a pleasure to work with.

Adam Sturt is very capable and client focused. Quick thinking and intellectually impressive.

‘Stephen May provides practical, down to earth advice with a good sense of humour. Able to distil complicated legal concepts into easily digestible parts appropriate for individuals operating at all levels of a client’s business. My biggest compliment is that Stephen “thinks like a client”, understands the big picture and does not waste time (or client’s money) on unnecessary or immaterial matters.

Ann Benzimra is very approachable, and always helpful. She has a good grasp of who are the best barristers for particular matters. She does her best to seek the best outcome for the client.

Key clients

Achilles Information Limited

Live Nation Music (UK) Limited

DS Smith Plc

DS Smith Packaging Limited and Total Marketing Support Limited

Sky Blue Sports & Leisure Ltd

AXL Media Limited

PlanET Biogastechnik GmbH

Debt recovery Tier 2

Clients praise the debt recovery team at Fieldfisher as ‘excellent at what they do, with an enviable depth of experience and expertise’. Of particular note is Barry Sharples who ‘fights hard for his clients’, heading the practice alongside Ian Austin. Their team handles end-to-end debt recovery, including everything from pre-action letters through to enforcement, insolvency and acting on defended claims. Clients include insurers and pension providers, electronics and digital equipment suppliers, landowners and major lenders, among others.

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‘A very strong team with a clear understanding of the business needs in relation to ensuring timely collection of business debts and speedy cost effective resolution of disputes.’

‘Very business friendly and alive the needs of their clients.’

‘The debt recovery team at Fieldfisher are excellent at what they do, and have an enviable depth of experience and expertise in this practice area.’

‘Barry Sharples fights hard for his clients, and is not afraid to do so in even the most challenging cases. He is a lawyer you would prefer to have on your side.’

‘Easy to approach, great communication skill and understanding of customer needs and finally great results.’

‘Easy to approach, great communication skill and understanding of customer needs and finally great results.’

‘Good team, robust litigation style.’

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Estates & Management Limited

Firstport Limited

JLA Limited

Fleximize Limited

Oval/Digbeth

Interstate Hotels

Olympus/Keymed

Capita

Health Tier 2

The healthcare team at Fieldfisher has extensive regulatory experience, which it combines with expertise in corporate, commercial, real estate, tech, outsourcing and privacy matters. Developing areas for the practice include CBD and cannabis-related businesses, online medical services and healthtech and AI. The team’s key client base include healthcare providers who turn to the firm for privacy and technology expertise. Sarah Ellson heads the team and has significant regulatory and public law experience challenging and defending public body decisions.  'Stand-out associate' Joshua Marshall is also noted.

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‘An efficient and responsive service with a pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Roche Products

Human Tissue Authority

Sharp Therapeutics

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Nursing & Midwifery Council

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

Professional Standards Authority

TLC Care Homes

NHS England

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Fieldfisher's team is known for its ‘strength in depth in the tech and data protection area’; the practice's core strengths cover software and hardware arrangements, outsourcing contracts, agile technology deployments, privacy projects and cybersecurity. Developing technologies such as artificial intelligence and facial recognition are also a focus for the group ,which is headed by the ‘excellentRob Sheldon and Sam Jardine. Senior associate Liam Corrigan is developing a strong reputation for his handling of IT procurements and implementation projects. Sports, health, professional services and data technology fall within the group’s specialist sectors.

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‘Quick to respond and pragmatic’.

‘Rob Sheldon is very pragmatic in the advice he gives. He understands the client and our appetite to risk and advises appropriately.’

‘The Fieldfisher TMT team provides pragmatic, commercial, risk-focused advice. They are very responsive, and proactive in relation to the identification of risks and issues. They have broad experience across a wide range of TMT contracts, and in-depth knowledge of the rail sector, in relation to TMT and more generally.’

‘Sam Jardine is technically very competent, firm but calm in negotiations, and always very approachable and good-natured. He is very thorough, delivers what and when he says he will, and always presents advice in a way that is easy to understand and can be shared directly with non-lawyer colleagues.’

‘Liam Corrigan is very commercial and pragmatic.’

‘A desire to really understand our business. They effectively operate as an extension to our team. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Rob Sheldon always makes time, delivers pragmatic, commercial advice. Understands the pressures of in house lawyers and does what he can to make our life easier.

‘Sound legal advice combined with a real understanding of the real life commercial pressures.’

Key clients

Altro

Autoglym

Babylon Healthcare

BBC Children in Need

British Cycling

Colour-Fit (a member of the ‘Hero’ fitness & wellbeing group)

Co-op

DB Cargo and DB Systel (part of the Deutsche Bahn Group)

dunnhumby (Tesco’s data-science subsidiary)

Engage Solutions

Fortnum & Mason plc

Godiva Chocolatier

Iceland Foods Limited

Intercom Inc.

Liverpool Football Club

London North Eastern Railway

MDS Global Limited

Olympus KeyMed

Onthebeach.com

Pets at Home / Vets4Pets

Shaping Cloud

Smart DCC

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Trilliant

UD Software Solutions

Well Pharmacies (Bestway Panacea)

Young Enterprise

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

The 'fantastic' dispute resolution team at Fieldfisher is a popular choice for corporate litigation, civil fraud issues, professional negligence claims and contractual disputes. 'Endlessly reassuring' practice head Ian Austin acts for construction and property development companies, insurers and funders in disputes and attracts praise for his 'strategic cost-oriented view'. James Lappin specialises in business disputes, professional negligence claims and sports law matters, while Donall Caherty handles a range of contractual disputes. Corporate litigator and senior associate Daniel Sheehan is 'excellent in his knowledge of all legal aspects'.

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The dispute resolution team is a fantastic team that leads on inventive claims for companies and individuals and defending individual claims.

Great team of litigators, really get behind their client’s cases and work with the counsel teams instructed as one.

First-class customer service.

Ian Austin is a partner who has done it all and seen it all. He is calm, authoritative and inventive. Endlessly reassuring to clients he takes a strategic cost-oriented view of that which the clients want and ensures that it is delivered.

Daniel Sheehan was excellent in his knowledge of all legal aspects of this case and methodical in his work. What really stood out the most for us is that he has a commercially sound head on his shoulders and could advise from a ‘standing in our shoes’ perspective. He did not simply lay out all options and let us decide for ourselves, he was able to listen to our needs from this case, understand all personalities involved, gauge the risk factors, then plan and execute on a legal strategy over a 6 month period.

James Lappin and Dan Sheehan are a great double act, who compliment each other very well.

Mark Fairclough is superb. Goes the extra mile for every client.  Really user friendly and switched on.

Key clients

Allied London

Olympus Keymed

Kellogg

Co-Operative Group

Perkier Foods Limited

Karen Millen / Oasis / Warehouse / Coast

Jaywing plc

Restore plc

Quantuma

Marpol Security

Done Brothers (Cash Betting) Limited (‘Betfred’)

Creative Trade Finance Limited

Walker Smith Global

JLA Limited

Venn Group

GCI

JD Williams

Fleximise

Creative Capital

N Brown Group

Firstport Limited

Burford Capital

Inenco

Time Group

Estates & Management Limited

Group Litigation (318 clients)

Access Install Limited

ABM Technical Solutions Limited

Work Group

Venn Group

Key Integrated Services

Time Group

MTX Contracts

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

Fieldfisher LLP's team, which is headed up by development and regeneration specialist Sue Simpson, 'performs at the very top level of planning, property and construction' matters. The team is also well versed in investment issues, real estate finance mandates, dispute resolution and energy matters. On the transactional side, Mark Lee and Merle Wray act for developers and occupiers on new build projects and residential and commercial schemes. Director Dinah Patel is 'one of the leading planning solicitors in the West Midlands'.

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‘The team is well known in the Midlands market and has some key players in the market including Dinah Patel, Merle Wray, Susan Simpson and Helen Andrews. The team comprises a great gender balance and performs at the very top level of planning, property and construction.’

‘A very collaborative practice who have a defined structure and who work well as a team and provide good, simple advice on any issues. Fieldfisher are able to provide a full range of services across all the legal disciplines necessary to fulfil all transactions.’

‘Dinah Patel is a Director in the team specialising in planning. She has a strong and credible background having worked for the top house builders.’

‘Dinah Patel is certainly one of the leading planning solicitors in the West Midlands. She always has a practical approach to legal issues / problems and wants solutions / advice that is going to advance her clients’ best interests so as to achieve the optimum outcome. As well as having an eye for detail she thinks strategically and often outside the box.’

Key clients

Alldos (UK) Limited

Avery Healthcare Group Limited

I.M. Properties Plc

Countryside Properties Limited

CALA Homes Limited

Exeter Properties

Cambridge Medipark Limited

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited (now Prologis Real Estate Investment Trust)

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 3

Fieldfisher LLP has a well-established reputation in the energy, commodities and infrastructure sectors. It also advises professional services businesses, such as surveyors, architects and solicitors. Graham Muth leads the team, which advises on M&A, private equity and venture capital transactions, restructurings and offshore investments. Chris Hill retired from private practice. Hugo Lidbetter joined from EDF Energy in 2019.

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Metamorph Group Limited

Incap Oyj

Enzen Global Limited

Glancy Nicholls Architects Limited

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

The team at Fieldfisher is praised for 'adding significant value to Manchester and the region', handling a range of work relating to brand development, e-commerce, franchising, merchandising and sponsorship. James Corlett serves as team head together with David Bowcock, who has particular strength in the technology and healthcare sectors. The practice also handles M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions. Retail is an addition sector strength, as are the life sciences and food and beverages industries. Associate Adam Jones is 'unflappable, with a mature approach beyond his years'.

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‘The team has significant experience in corporate law, around corporate finance, particularly for a listed business on the LSE, and in M&A. They also have a wider level of service for corporates and owner management around employment and property law. The team work well together and are well joined-up. This team is adding significant value to Manchester and the region.’

‘David Bowcock has very significant corporate law experience across a broad range of areas. He is a partner who is very hands-on – he acts as a business partner and not just a consultant and is a key asset to the firm.’

‘The team is always available and accessible. The advice is pragmatic and the fees are very fair.’

‘We work with David Bowcock who is knowledgeable and straightforward.’

‘Adam Jones is superb. Unflappable, with a mature approach beyond his years.’

‘We work with the team on a secondment basis with members of the team integrated into our business. This works especially well for our business as the team develop a deep knowledge of our activities, we are also able to tap into their wider network very quickly for specialist advice where necessary.’

‘James Corlett and Michelle Sheen have been fantastic over the last twelve months in all dealings with them. Their attention to detail, commercial support and ability to breakdown complex matters into layman’s terms is second to none.’

Key clients

Restore plc

Marlowe plc

Allegion plc

Velocity Composites plc

Jaywing plc

Aurora Fashions

Lacoste UK Ltd

Accenture

Intertrust

Ernst & Young

Employment Tier 3

Fieldfisher’s employment team continues to grow and secure new clients, particularly in the food and drink and hospitality sectors. In 2019, the department, jointly led by David Carmichael and director Alex Watson, saw an increase in instructions in which it assisted clients on National Minimum Wage compliance. Carmichael advises on executive exits, restrictive covenants, and whistleblowing claims, while Watson focuses on contentious employment issues. Jeremy Harris joined the firm from DLA Piper to become head of pensions.

Key clients

British Cycling Federation

Wilkin & Sons (t/a Tiptree Jams)

Stonegate Pub Company

Liverpool Football Club

NHS England

Royal College of Physicians

Oasis & Warehouse

Infrastrata PLC

Edenhouse Solutions

Dods Group PLC

Pensions Tier 3

Jeremy Harris was recruited by Fieldfisher from DLA Piper in late 2019 to head the firm's expanding pensions team, which advises a growing client roster on benefit changes, flexible options, enhanced transfers and buy-ins and buy-outs. The practice has experience assisting with schemes in the manufacturing, chemicals, energy, utilities and higher education sectors.

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Trustees of the Sibelco UK Occupational Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Cooper Consolidated Pension Plan

Trustees of the MTL Instruments Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Willsher & Quick Pension Scheme

Trustees of the JSB Electrical Staff Pension Scheme

Trustees of the WJB Pension Fund

Trustees of the Warwick International Group Pension Scheme

Corporate & Professional Pensions Limited

Banking and finance Tier 4

Fieldfisher's banking and finance team advises banks, funds and start-ups on a range of transactions. Charlotte Round is a key lawyer in the practice, acting for both lenders and borrowers.

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Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

Fieldfisher's practice is praised for its 'strong focus on providing excellent commercial advice across a full range of property areas.' Liam Buckley, who heads up the team, has a depth of experience and is known for his work on major development projects in Mancheste . He is supported by legal director Michael Dulhanty, known as a 'thoughtful and intellectually strong lawyer.' Alongside Buckley he manages and develops the firm's panel relationship with the Co-operative Group.

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‘The practice has a strong focus on providing excellent commercial advice across a full range of property areas.’

‘Michael Dulhanty is a lawyer with a very strong commitment to providing exceptional personal service. He is a thoughtful and intellectually strong lawyer able to think through the issues, but always available to his clients. He also has good commercial awareness.’

Key clients

Aura Finance Limited

booking.com/TravelJigsaw

Co-operative Group Limited

Deutsche Asset Management

Dominvs Group

McGoff Group

Seddon Developments

Standard Chartered Bank Limited

West One Loan Limited

Vision Investments One Limited

Richer Sounds Limited

Employment Tier 4

Fieldfisher LLP has considerable strength in major multi-jurisdictional work and is also sought after for its advice on collective redundancies. Other areas of expertise include advising on equal pay, discrimination and TUPE. Ranjit Dhindsa is a well-known name for her work in helping employers resolve disputes through mediation.

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Ranjit Dhindsa is visible and active in the market‘.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

The Manchester-based medical negligence team at Fieldfisher is known for its handling of high value and complex medical negligence cases, including birth injury, cerebral palsy, spinal injuries and amputation claims. Other areas of expertise include delayed cancer diagnosis cases, paediatric surgery and acre and sepsis cases. Jenny Urwin, who has specialist experience in wrongful birth claims relating to severe congenital conditions, heads the team. Bridget Collier heads up the mesothelioma and asbestos claims practice. Claire Horton is praised for her 'empathy' and 'dedication to her clients'.

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Testimonials

‘Claire Horton is brilliant and has been with us from the start – we didn’t want anyone else to take over my son’s case. She is very understanding, caring and very patient.’

‘A small team in Manchester of excellent clinical negligence solicitors, supported by a well-established London base. The Manchester partners have long careers dedicated to excellent claimant clinical negligence work.’

‘A small but strong team with many years of experience in asbestos disease litigation.’

‘The team includes some of the most impressive clin neg practitioners in the North West. They work very hard for their clients and achieve impressive results.’

‘Claire Horton’s dedication to her clients is immense, as is her capacity for hard work. Her empathy is tempered by sound legal understanding to enable her to give excellent advice.’

‘Bridget Collier – friendly and approachable, sensible and pragmatic, highly skilled.’

‘Jenny Urwin is always thoroughly on top of the case and determined to get the best possible result for her client.’

‘Claire Horton is a dedicated and effective solicitor who works well with difficult cases and overcomes challenging issues.’       

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market-leading practices in many of the world’s most dynamic sectors. We are an exciting, forward-thinking organisation with a particular focus on technology, financial services, energy & natural resources and life sciences.

We are a law firm built around people with all their diversity and we strike a healthy balance between legal excellence and a down-to-earth practical approach to our clients’ needs. We believe The Future is Human*, so we choose a collaborative approach with an intense focus on the end-user and consider carefully how to shape our services to add the most value to our clients.

We use new models of working and staff teams appropriately, integrating legal technology and new skill sets needed for today’s modern legal adviser.

Many of our lawyers are top-ranked in various legal directories and we are widely respected thought leaders, digging deep into the issues that matter most to our clients. We provide answers and opinions not just legalese.

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our strategic bases in Silicon Valley and China. Among our clients, we count technology companies providing internet-related services and products, consulting and digital services, pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, infrastructure and chemicals companies, as well as banks and financial institutions.

We also have one of the UK’s leading personal injury, medical negligence and asbestos compensation claims solicitors.

Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget. When asked, clients say we are friendly and down to earth.

*THE FUTURE IS HUMAN™ is a trade mark of Fieldfisher LLP

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Managing partner Michael Chissick
Senior partner David Wilkinson
Financial Markets & Products Phil Abbott
Financial Markets & Products Guy Usher
Competition and Regulatory John Cassels
Corporate Andrew Blankfield
Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy Robert Shooter
Tax and Structuring Graeme Nuttall
Employment Ranjit Dhindsa
Financial Markets & Products Kirstene Baillie
Franchising and Licensing David Bond
Hotels and leisure Paul Houston
Insolvency and Restructuring Michelle Shean
Intellectual Property Leighton Cassidy
Intellectual Property Nick Rose
Dispute Resolution Colin Gibson
Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Paul McNeil
Financial Markets & Products Nicholas Thompsell
Pensions David Gallagher
Tax and Restructuring Penny Wotton
Competition and Regulatory Sarah Ellson
Corporate Neil Palmer
Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy Law John Worthy
Real estate Antony Phillips
Technology, Media and Telecommunications Paul Graham
IP and Technology Nick Rose
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Miss Anna Bond  photo Miss Anna Bond Partner
Mr Mark Bowman  photo Mr Mark Bowman Partner
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Ms Samantha Critchley  photo Ms Samantha Critchley Partner
Ms Jill Greenfield  photo Ms Jill Greenfield Partner
Mr Paul McNeil  photo Mr Paul McNeil Partner, Head of Medical Negligence and Personal Injury
Ms Iona Meeres-Young  photo Ms Iona Meeres-Young Partner
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Mr Andrew Morgan  photo Mr Andrew Morgan Partner
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Ms Caroline Pinfold  photo Ms Caroline Pinfold Partner Caroline Pinfold has over 25 years’ experience in asbestos disease claims,…
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Mr Peter Williams  photo Mr Peter Williams Partner
Mr Jonathan Zimmern  photo Mr Jonathan Zimmern Partner
Number of UK partners : 168
Number of other UK fee-earners : 349

The Lex 100 Verdict

An 'ambitious' and 'friendly firm,' Fieldfisher is a popular choice for training, offering top-quality work with the lifestyle of a growing mid-sized firm. Trainees are impressed with the firm's 'working environment and the general approachability of fee earners'. This is reflected in the survey results which brought Fieldfisher Lex 100 Winner awards for approachability of partners and supervisors, inclusivity, and trainee confidence that they will be retained after the training contract. The firm is described as having a 'friendly and approachable vibe', being 'very sociable' and 'slightly less hierarchical than other law firms'. It is a growing international firm and makes the most of its global reach, particularly its connection to Silicon Valley, and is highly ranked in the financial and technology sectors. 'Seat rotations', 'remuneration' and 'late nights' are mentioned as negatives, but the feedback is largely positive. Trainees commend the 'very hands-on training experience; if you are able to prove yourself, they will reward you with responsibility'. Training highlights included 'getting the go ahead to set up my own pro bono project with the International Paralympic Committee to assist their Classification Appeal panel' and 'working on a widely-reported trial in which we sought to establish a new duty of care'. If you are looking for global work from Manchester, Birmingham and London, with a friendly attitude but serious expertise and training, Fieldfisher is a strong choice.