Firm Profile > Fieldfisher > London, England

Fieldfisher
RIVERBANK HOUSE
2 SWAN LANE
LONDON
EC4R 3TT
England

Administrative and public law Tier 1

Fieldfisher is a prominent firm for bringing public law challenges on behalf of high-profile commercial clients. Significant recent instructions involved bringing judicial review claims against the Advertising Standards Authority, the Financial Ombudsman Service, city councils, the NHS, HM Treasury and HMRC. The broad nature of the matters saw professionals including Matthew Lohn and senior associate David Northfield acting on issues concerning the provision of unlicensed medicinal treatment, the unfair banning of advertising content and numerous applications challenging the introduction of new laws and regulations by government bodies. The team also acts for a number of clients on judicial review defence mandates. Martin Smith is a leading name for inquests and public inquiries, having acted on a number of highly publicised matters such as providing advice to the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority in connection with the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. Regulatory investigations and general public law advisory work such as advising on the scope and application of a governing body’s powers is also covered by the firm; senior associate Carina May is developing a name in this field.

Testimonials

Martin Smith is encyclopaedic about all things to do with inquiry and inquest law. A first-rate lawyer and strategist

Nicola Margiotta, Oliver Carlyon, Abigail Scholefield, Alex Merity and Ashleigh Shepherd are all highly committed, very hardworking public lawyers who understand the inquiry world

Jonathan Hoffstetter is a very experienced and capable litigator who takes a careful approach to the strategic implications of cases for his clients

‘Tim Suter is immensely organised, hard-working and productive.’

Key clients

Kellogg Marketing and Sales Company (UK) Ltd

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

Sky Blue Sports

Roche Products Limited

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Construction Industry Training Board

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Sir John Saunders (Manchester Arena Inquest)

The Coroner, Mrs Justice Keegan (Ballymurphy Inquests)

The Coroner, Sir Peter Thornton QC (Birmingham Inquests)

Brand management Tier 1

Fieldfisher's integrated IP and advertising, marketing and sponsorship group provides a one-stop shop for brand owners, and is increasingly sought after by international and US-based advertisers, promotions agencies and legal counsels to advise on international advertising campaigns. David Bond leads the advertising team; his experience covers advising on media buying contracts, claims substantiation and defending against complaints with the ASA and Ofcom. Leighton Cassidy's practice spans soft IP, filing and prosecution, trade mark licensing, and IP rights exploitation. Nick Rose, Hastings Guise and Sonal Patel Oliva are the other figures to note for contentious IP and promotional activity.

Key clients

eBay/Gumtree

Hasbro

Align Technology (Invisalign)

LoveHolidays

Sport England

Guthy-Renker/Nestlé Skin Care (proactiv +)

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Led by recommended Paul McNeil, the team at Fieldfisher boasts an extensive track-record acting for those injured through medical negligence in multi-million pound claims. The practice offers broad representation to UK-based and international clients in cases related to obstetrics, fetal medicine, neurosurgery, gynaecology and cancer, among others. Samantha Critchley regularly leads on high value birth and neonatal injury claims. Delayed cancer diagnosis and cerebral palsy-related claims are all areas of expertise for Mark Bowman, while Jonathan Zimmern's experience also spans spinal and orthopaedic injury.

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher’s approach is outstanding, from the point of initial contact to claim conclusion (some ten years later) we found everybody exceptionally helpful, understanding and highly approachable.  Their professionalism shines through.’

‘They have attention to detail, great access to the best experts and excellent judgement in the management of their cases.’

‘Very hardworking team of highly competent lawyers.’

‘Mark Bowman’s commitment to our claim went over and above our expectations.  He was hugely knowledgeable, supportive and reassuring; communication was clear and no question was too small for him to answer.’

‘Jonathan Zimmern’s comprehension of complex medical issues and ability to present them simply is first rate.’

Commercial contracts Tier 1

The broad commercial practice at Fieldfisher is known for its deep bench and expertise in the technology area. Tech expert Robert Shooter specialises in large-scale procurements and commercial collaborations in both the private and public sectors. He co-leads the team with David Bond, who advises clients across a range of industry sectors, including retail, hotels and leisure, education, and food and beverages. The group is advising Premier League football club Liverpool FC on its suite of fan-facing systems.

Testimonials

‘The team is able to understand both the commercial and legal issues in a short time frame’

‘The team provides hands-on support during contract negotiations with potential suppliers’

‘Good common-sense lawyers who are easy to do business with’

‘David Bond is one of the top franchise lawyers in the UK’ 

Key clients

eBay/Gumtree

Netflix

Starbucks

Liverpool FC

Hamleys

easyHotel

H&M

Olympus

Viacom

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

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Fieldfisher's privacy, security and information law group handles the full spectrum of data issues at a national and international level, including GDPR readiness programmes, data transfers, binding corporate rules, cyber and data security breaches, incident response readiness, data subject rights requests, freedom of information matters and data disputes. Hazel Grant heads up the practice and regularly acts for health, charity and public sector clients. Other noteworthy practitioners include Phil Lee, who has substantial US experience and has considerable expertise assisting cloud, social media and online advertising clients; Antonis Patrikios, who leads the firm's cybersecurity practice; Leonie Power, who focuses on advertising technologies, cross-border matters and e-marketing; and director Nuria Pastor. Compliance specialist Judy Krieg is also a name to note.

Testimonials

The Fieldfisher team provides commercially-minded, practical advice.

‘Clients truly appreciate the depth of subject-matter expertise that each member of the Fieldfisher team brings to the discussion. But more important is its ability to apply legal interpretation and guidance to the business circumstance. It maintains current awareness of the laws and regulations that are of interest and has always served as a true subject-matter expert.

The lawyers at Fieldfisher take the time to understand the client’s business and corresponding nuances that they then apply to the legal guidance they provide. This is extremely helpful and even provides cost efficiencies.

Key clients

Pearson Plc

Just Eat

Perkins Coie

Hasbro SA

8×8

Invesco UK Limited

EY

Alibaba

Franchising Tier 1

David Bond and Gordon Drakes now jointly lead the practice at Fieldfisher following the retirement of former franchising and licensing co-head Chris Wormald. Other key practitioners include Andrew Dodd, who heads up the firm’s franchise disputes practice; litigator James Seadon and James Corlett, who is based in the firm’s Manchester office and focuses on the fashion retail sector. The group handles national and international matters including the franchising aspects of corporate transactions, commercial structures, global franchise rights, master franchise issues and litigation. Clients span the retail, food and beverage, hotels and leisure, education and estate agency sectors; noteworthy franchisor examples include Starbucks, Brighton College, Boparan Restaurants and Snap-On Tools. The team has also recently advised the Arcadia Group on several strategic international matters including its expansion into Hungary.

Key clients

Hamleys

Thomas Pink

Viacom/MTV

Arcadia

Yopa

Brighton College

Karen Millen

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Keller Williams

easyHotel

Starbucks

Snap-On Tools

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

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The practice at Fieldfisher has the capacity to handle a broad range of IT transactions and technology projects and 'offers a good combination of telecoms regulatory and privacy expertise'. The team is instructed by a range of IT service providers and corporates investing in IT. Practice head Robert Shooter has expertise in large-scale procurements and outsourcings, while Simon Briskman focuses on major IT projects and the exploitation of new technologies, with a growing specialism in the adoption of AI and robotic process automation. Other key practitioners for commercial IT matters include Paul BartonJohn Worthy and recently promoted partner John Brunning. For telecoms, technology, outsourcing and privacy partner Paul Graham, who leads the team, and the 'very commercially astute and pragmaticJames Walsh, who has 'good industry and technology knowledge', are singled out.

Testimonials

Fieldfisher’s IT and telecoms team has a well-resourced and deep practice which is very commercially aware.

The firm fields a great team for technology, whether relating to outsourcing or general technology commercial matters.

James Walsh and his team are responsive and understand what in-house lawyers need. The quality of work is excellent.

James Walsh is pragmatic and client focused, and good at working with technical colleagues.

James Walsh’s awareness of the reality of business makes his advice fit well with his clients.

Simon Briskman is a great resource of practical advice with a real understanding of in-house needs.

James Walsh and Michael Butterworth are both stand out lawyers.

Key clients

Netflix

Freeview

Nintendo

Liverpool FC

VmWare

Co-op

Mobile Broadband Network Limited (MBNL)

Philip Morris International

Starbucks

Trustpilot

8×8

Inmarsat Global

Space Norway

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

The multidisciplinary team at Fieldfisher handles a variety of contentious and non-contentious media and entertainment instructions, and by utilising its global footprint, the team is able to handle cross-border work. It fields specialists across media financing, digital media, interactive content, film and television, advertising and marketing, sponsorship, endorsement, publishing, rights licensing, corporate finance, banking, IP, content regulation and media tax. The media, technology, privacy and corporate groups are often engaged on digital media instructions such as the development and use of innovative platforms, the production, development and distribution of new and legacy content and advertising and digital commerce. The media technology practice media advised Freeview on the development of the Freeview Mobile App. The team is also involved in the development, production and distribution of film and television projects and the media asset finance practice is instructed by financiers, producers and distributors of film and television on the financing, creation and exploitation of media assets. Tim Johnson is noted for film and television financing work. The media tax practice advises investors in high profile film finance structures. Tom Guida heads the media and entertainment offering.

Testimonials

The team has in-depth experience for media and entertainment sector mandates.

The team consists of experienced partners and more junior experts.

The firm has a strong media tax offering.

Key clients

BBC/BBC Studios

Channel 4

Time Warner/Warner Bros.

Sony Pictures

NBC Universal/Universal Pictures

Natixis Coficine

Lions Gate

New Regency

Netflix

Wonderhood Studios

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Fieldfisher's 'bright, personable and efficient' team is acknowledged for its quick intervention in catastrophic accidents to ensure the funding of early rehabilitation for seriously injured people. Jill Greenfield heads the serious injury department, which has significant experience in road traffic and work accident cases involving neurological damage (brain and spinal injury) as well as serious orthopaedic injuries, psychiatric and fatal claims. Recent standout work includes acting on behalf of claimants in the high-profile sexual assault cases against producer Harvey Weinstein, as well as representing the families and victims of the Westminster Bridge and Finsbury Park mosque terror attacks. Paul McNeil has recovered multimillion-pound damages in several road traffic accidents. Cycling claims and rehabilitation are a niche strength for Jennifer Buchanan. Acting for clients involved in accidents abroad is a typical instruction for the practice, which is adept at handling cases with a significant international element. The firm also fields one of the 'leading industrial disease teams in London', which has 'longstanding experience' in asbestos disease litigation. Peter Williams leads on the mesothelioma claims that have been at the forefront of the developing area of law regarding immunotherapy and ongoing medical costs after settlement. Keith Barrett - described as 'a behemoth of personal injury litigation' - is another key member of the team.

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher has the resources to back up their worldwide reputation. Client care and pursuit of the very best results is at the heart of its team ethos.’

‘Fieldfisher was head and shoulders above other firms in terms of integrity, competency and diligence in exploring every possible avenue of investigation to secure a positive outcome for claims.’

‘Disarmingly low key in style, Peter Williams is a ruthless analyst of the other side’s weaknesses and has very high client-care skills. He is pragmatic in negotiation and gets on well with his opponents in order to obtain quick results on favourable terms for clients. He is prepared to take on risky mesothelioma work in which liability is very hard fought.’

‘Absolutely outstanding PI team for serious injury or fatal claims. Small team with a lots of partner involvement and strong support from very able associates and excellent, proactive PAs and paralegals.’

‘Jill Greenfield inspires absolute confidence in her clients, meets and deals with them all personally, takes no nonsense from opponents and issues claims early or enters agreements with insurers to get vital rehabilitation early in a case.’

‘Keith Barrett is a behemoth of personal injury litigation. He is extremely well regarded by his clients and opponents alike, receiving multiple weekly referrals through word of mouth/reputation. He is a unique operator, placing every one of his clients at the heart of his service and he is never afraid to run an application or trial if in the clients best interests. This often results in him working seven days a week for his clients. An exceptional litigator.’

Professional discipline Tier 1

Fieldfisher's large, specialist professional discipline group acts for over 40 different regulators across health, sport, surveying, policing, finance and law, as well as higher education institutions that offer study courses in regulated professions. It supports the GC team at the SRA in relation to a range of issues that affect the regulation of solicitors and legal businesses. Manchester-based Sarah Ellson and John Cassels in London co-head the firm's regulatory group; senior partner Matthew Lohn - who chairs the firm’s supervisory board - and Tom Rider are also key contacts, while the notable senior associates are David Northfield and Carina May. Former director Alix Rejman left to become GC at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Testimonials

The utterly professional Sarah Ellson is a standout leader and a very clever lawyer‘.

Key clients

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Financial Reporting Council

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Taxation Disciplinary Board

United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

Northern Ireland Social Care Council

General Optical Council

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 2

The commercial property team at Fieldfisher possesses particular experience of representing occupiers in the leisure and hospitality, healthcare and industrial sectors, while the investment practice is increasingly acting for overseas entities, particularly from the US, along with clients from the real estate private equity sector. Elsewhere, the retail offering includes franchising, advertising and IP knowledge in addition to acquisitions, lettings, asset management, leasing and portfolio management expertise. Hotel and leisure clients turn to the 'hard working and commercially savvy' Paul Houston 's team for high-value transactions, financing, competition, brand protection, employment and advertising matters. The firm’s development department prides itself on its full service offering, from planning and environmental matters through to land acquisition, constructions and disposal. Ramatu Banga - 'the epitome of a professional'- works with both private and public sector clients.

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher seem to be a firm that puts client service right at the top of their agenda.’

‘They have genuine experts in all the areas required areas and absolutely offer a one-stop shop for legal services.’

‘Great technical strength and very commercial, the team really understand the hotel market, and get the deal done quickly and effectively.’

‘Client service is fantastic, the team go the extra mile including delivering bespoke training on real estate, finance and other technical matters.’

‘The Hotel and Leisure team at Fieldfisher is led by Paul Houston who is a fantastic real estate and development lawyer.’

‘In addition to Ramatu Banga’s expertise and experience, she possesses a further quality of understanding the client’s business and culture.’

‘Paul Houston is really hard working and commercially savvy. Outstanding dedication to the acquisition, with commercialism and attention to detail.’

‘Ramatu Banga is outstanding and dedicated with a strong work ethic to get the job done to the required expertise required.’

‘The practice is unique in its commercial perspective and focusing on the outcome requried by the client and not on winning legal points.

‘Ramatu Banga is the epitome of a professional. Precise, likeable, good humoured, but most importantly possessing the ability to solve complicated property issues.’

Key clients

Viacom

Dominvs Group

Interstate

We Are Bar (Jamie’s Bars, Smollenskys, We Are Bar etc)

Easy Hotel

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels

Morgans Hotel Group

Giraffe

Starbucks

Harry Ramsdens

Slim Chicken

Six Senses

Serani Hotels

Bibendum Wines Limited

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Commercial property: retail Tier 2

The commercial property team at Fieldfisher possesses particular experience of representing occupiers in the leisure and hospitality, healthcare and industrial sectors, while the investment practice is increasingly acting for overseas entities, particularly from the US, along with clients from the real estate private equity sector. Elsewhere, the retail offering includes franchising, advertising and IP knowledge in addition to acquisitions, lettings, asset management, leasing and portfolio management expertise. Hotel and leisure clients turn to the 'hard working and commercially savvy' Paul Houston 's team for high-value transactions, financing, competition, brand protection, employment and advertising matters. The firm’s development department prides itself on its full service offering, from planning and environmental matters through to land acquisition, constructions and disposal. Ramatu Banga - 'the epitome of a professional'- works with both private and public sector clients.

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher seem to be a firm that puts client service right at the top of their agenda.’

‘They have genuine experts in all the areas required areas and absolutely offer a one-stop shop for legal services.’

‘Great technical strength and very commercial, the team really understand the hotel market, and get the deal done quickly and effectively.’

‘Client service is fantastic, the team go the extra mile including delivering bespoke training on real estate, finance and other technical matters.’

‘The Hotel and Leisure team at Fieldfisher is led by Paul Houston who is a fantastic real estate and development lawyer.’

‘In addition to Ramatu Banga’s expertise and experience, she possesses a further quality of understanding the client’s business and culture.’

‘Paul Houston is really hard working and commercially savvy. Outstanding dedication to the acquisition, with commercialism and attention to detail.’

‘Ramatu Banga is outstanding and dedicated with a strong work ethic to get the job done to the required expertise required.’

‘The practice is unique in its commercial perspective and focusing on the outcome requried by the client and not on winning legal points.

‘Ramatu Banga is the epitome of a professional. Precise, likeable, good humoured, but most importantly possessing the ability to solve complicated property issues.’

Key clients

Shell Pension Funds

DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management)

Belstaff International

H & M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc

Nike

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Leathams

Blackrock Asset Management

Employee share schemes Tier 2

Fieldfisher’s team of ‘acknowledged experts’ delivers ‘experience-based assessments’ and is jointly headed by Graeme Nuttall OBE and Mark Gearing. Its core strengths include helping long-established employee-owned businesses to maintain their structure, and assisting start-ups and growing companies with employee ownership, tax-advantaged share plans, US-based inward investment into Europe and constitution creation. Clients from a wide range of sectors engage the group, such as mining, media and technology, and life sciences entities. Senior associate Tamsin Nicholds recently arrived from Hogan Lovells International LLP and is recommended for corporate governance matters.

Testimonials

‘Instant availability of seasoned practitioners fittingly introduced by a very knowledgeable relationship partner.’

‘They are experts in the field. They understand what growth companies need, the challenges they face and how plans are best structured to avoid pitfalls and provide flexibility appropriately.’

‘Flexible, personable, responsive. Fun people to work with. Return calls promptly whatever time of day they are called. Prioritise and achieve timelines.’

‘Fieldfisher are acknowledged as the experts in advising on employee ownership trusts, as one of the partners, Graeme Nuttall, authored the Nuttall Report for the government that resulted in a change in the legislation.’

‘Graeme Nuttall is a calm and thoughful adviser who appreciates the issues that founders and owners face when relinquishing control of their businesses to the staff. He is very experienced in this sector and finds ways to provide flexible solutions to suit various businesses needs. He is very well supported by Neil Palmer, who is a master at providing documentation that delivers this business model.’

‘Given that members of their senior team were closely involved in developing the legislation which has brought employee ownership trusts into existence, Fieldfisher are able to offer a unique insight into the various forms of employee ownership for those considering such a move.’

‘Graeme Nuttall wrote the Nuttall Report on behalf of the government and has since been instrumental in seeing this to fruition.’

Key clients

Morey Smith Limited

MSMR Architects Limited

Riverford Organic Foods Limited

Assael Architecture Limited

Hodge Jones & Allen

Cambridge Design Partnership Limited

Restore plc

KRM22 plc

Bidstack Limited (now Bidstack Group plc)

Texel Finance Limited

BBC Studios

Haydale Graphene plc

Cerillion plc

Smith Global Limited (Mr & Mrs Smith)

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Leveraging a roster of nearly 40 AIM-quoted clients and connections with a huge number of brokers, Fieldfisher has been involved in dozens of equity deals even at a time when the market has been especially quiet. The practice group is noted in particular for its expertise in the oil and gas and mining and minerals sectors, which means it is regularly handling transactions involving foreign issuers listing in London. To complement its expertise in the natural resources sectors, the firm has a large dedicated CIS group, which has continued to expand its work in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Russia. Key contacts include Neil MatthewsAnthony BrockbankGeorge Cotter and Brad Isaac.

Testimonials

The team is highly qualified and experienced in the mining and minerals sector.

Excellent cross support from partners and senior associates.

Highly responsive and proactive on transactions.

Very much partner-led, with a high degree of day-to-day involvement from senior lawyers.

Every firm has qualified lawyers, but Fieldfisher stands out for its responsiveness, its provision of advice that is actually usable, and its in-depth understanding of the client’s business.

Key clients

Atalaya Mining

Liberum Capital

Strand Hanson

Grant Thornton UK LLP

KEFI Minerals plc

Mirabaud Securities Limited

Panmure Gordon

Berenberg

finnCap

Stifel Nicholaus Europe

Fintech Tier 2

Fieldfisher's fintech group stands out for its commitment to advising start-ups and growth scale companies in the digital payments and banking space, on all aspects of their development, including fundraising, PSD2 compliance and implementation, cross-border regulatory issues, market access requirements, commercial contracts and cloud banking. Outside of this core area the team has further expertise in the areas of blockchain, p2p lending, M&A and data privacy. Partner Simon Briskman, whose clients include banks and financial institutions, has niche expertise in the use of AI and robotic process automation and offshoring and nearshoring projects; in a highlight instruction, he represented Atom Bank in its deal with Google to use the cloud to run its core banking platform. Recently promoted partner Marsili Hale specialises in assisting alternative finance providers and financial institutions with the creation of new finance structures.

Key clients

Atom Bank

Euronext

Wirecard

Netflix

National savings and investment

E-commerce and FinTech – Payments Advisory

HUBX

QUANTERIUM TECHNOLOGIES

Bank Leumi

Fraud: civil Tier 2

The practice at Fieldfisher - which is 'up there with the best teams in this sector' - advises on investigations, bribery, corruption, global asset tracing, freezing orders, search orders and passport orders. Clients include high-net worth individuals and companies with a particular focus on Russia, Ukraine and the CIS. The firm is adept at handling commercial fraud matters that involve parallel criminal or regulatory proceedings and increasingly, private prosecutions. Tony Lewis heads the team; he specialises in issues arising from fraudulent conduct, including investigations, recovering assets, corruption and money laundering.

Testimonials

‘Very strong team with a real breadth of experience and market presence as fraud litigators; they have very strong lawyers at all levels.They are hands on, focused, smart and commercial. They are up there with the best teams in this sector.’

‘Stuart Perry – busy, dynamic, smart and clear thinking fraud and insolvency litigator who has a real breadth of experience and understanding of this sector. Instinctively knows the pressure points and how best to exploit them.’

‘Colin Gibson – constantly working for clients. Doesn’t worry about the small points; excellent on the bigger picture.’

‘Dan Hayward is a multilingual recent partner who handles Russian and Ukrainian clients well, and works closely with counsel as part of an integrated team to achieve the result desired by the client.’

Key clients

Igor Kolomoisky

KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Limited (“KeyMed”)

Alexander Gorbachev

Jeremy Willmont and Emma Sayers (as joint trustees in bankruptcy of Mikhail Shlosberg)

Equix Diamonds

Stephen Jennings and Robert Reid (Yukos Oil dispute)

PwC (as liquidators of Goldtrail Travel Limited)

Tetiana Ieremeieva and Roman Yeremeiev

Healthcare Tier 2

With a particularly strong healthcare regulatory practice, Fieldfisher continues to be highly sought after by start-ups, private sector healthcare providers and professional regulators such as the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The firm combines multi-disciplinary expertise to assist with commercial transactions, particularly in the care home sector, as well as advising on serious incidents and inquests. Alison Dennis advises on regulatory issues arising in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries. Public and regulatory law specialist Sarah Ellson heads the practice from the Manchester office.

Key clients

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care

Roche Products Limited

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Millbrook Healthcare Limited

Mining and minerals Tier 2

The multi-disciplinary team at Fieldfisher is especially strong in the small-to-mid cap market, but advises the full spectrum of explorers, developers and producers, as well as investors, banks, metals traders, investment banks and brokers from its London and Paris offices on mining projects throughout the world. Jonathan Brooks' team recently successfully defended Atalaya in the Court of Appeal to confirm a previous High Court verdict which stated the client was not in breach of its contract with Astor Management.

Testimonials

‘This team is known for its good knowledge of the mining sector across public markets, debt market and M&A.’

‘Jonathan Brooks is extremely responsive, knowledgeable about the sector with a good range of contacts. He takes a commercial view, shows flexibility on billing and recovery of fees.’

‘Dominic Gurney-Champion gives clients good commercial advice across the piece and is able to bring in other partners on very specific advice. He is mindful of the costs and will always try to find an efficient way of reaching the desired outcome.’

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation

Amur Minerals Corporation

Atalaya Mining plc

Central Asia Metals plc

Dalradian Gold Limited

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Fusion Capital AG

KEFI Minerals plc

Kalahari Metals Limited

Kodal Minerals plc

Mirabaud Securities

Osisko Gold Royalties Ltd

Orion Minerals NL

SigmaRoc plc

SP Angel Corporate Finance

Strongbow Exploration Inc.

Tembo Capital

Terrafame Group Ltd

Traxys Europe S.A.

Vardar Minerals Limited

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 2

Fieldfisher advises clients on civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings. Areas of expertise include advising on investigations, risk assessment, bribery, corruption, fraud, tax evasion money laundering and sanctions. Co-head of team Tony Lewis is adept at handling Bribery Act compliance issues and investigations by organisations such as the SFO, FCA, HMRC and NCA. Francesca Titus, who also heads the team,  handles corporate criminal law, internal investigations, and extradition. Kyle Phillips joined as senior associate from Howard Kennedy LLP.

Retail funds Tier 2

Fieldfisher has a well-established reputation for regulated funds, but its broad funds practice encompasses a wide range of vehicles, including more bespoke and innovative structures. Beyond fund formation work, the firm provides an end-to-end service on a full spectrum of issues. Practice head Kirstene Baillie advises longstanding client Fidelity Investments on an ongoing basis on its UK authorised fund range. Another highlight involved Baillie and Nicholas Noble advising UK wealth manager Veritas on establishing its own fund range, which caters for clients who would usually fall below its typical threshold for taking on a discretionary management mandate.

Key clients

Fidelity Investment Management Limited

Veritas Investment Management LLP

Williams Family

7im and Invesco

STANLIB Fund Managers Jersey Limited

Truffle Invest Limited

Guardian Media Group Plc

Drax Power Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme

Other Groups of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme

Ingenious Capital Management Limited

Brexit Tier 3

Fieldfisher’s Brexit taskforce is headed up by Andrew Hood, who specialises in EU, trade, regulatory and public international work and recently joined the firm from Dechert LLP. The group acts for industry bodies, government and public organisations, and companies across a variety of sectors, with particular expertise in the financial services, life sciences and technology industries. The group has also been notably active handling full Brexit strategies and regulatory advisory work for clients. It recently advised PRA Health Services on the impact of Brexit on its operations in the UK and the EU, particularly the life sciences regulatory regimes, and also assisted Sport England with preparing for the regulatory impact Brexit will have on the programmes it supports and funds. John Cassels is a key contact for regulatory issues and competition work, Azad Ali focuses on financial services regulatory issues, and Alison Dennis handles IP, commercial and regulatory work in the pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical device industries.

Key clients

National Savings and Investments (NS&I)

Sport England

PRA Health Services

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Fieldfisher has particular expertise in advising on the recognition of overseas charities as UK charities. Graeme Nuttall is a dual-qualified solicitor and chartered tax adviser and heads the firm’s charities group. Penny Wotton is another key figure and heads the private client team. Wotton has acted for a wide range of charities from healthcare and investment regulatory bodies through to royal charter bodies, charitable NHS trusts and other educational and religious charities. She has also advised on charitable projects for broadcasters, major corporations and in the energy sector.

Testimonials

The team has provided excellent support to us‘.

Neil Palmer always replies promptly and dedicates the appropriate resources to complete the task or handle the specific matter‘.

Key clients

BBC Children in Need (BBC CIN)

National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS)

Royal Mencap Society (Mencap)

Young Enterprise

Prisoners’ Advice Service (PAS)

Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society (SANDS)

Debt Hacker

The Computing Technology Industry Association Inc. (CompTIA)

National Cargo Bureau Inc. (NCB)

London Suzuki Group

Blond McIndoe Research Foundation (Intellectual Property)

Linux Foundation (Intellectual Property)

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

The commercial property team at Fieldfisher possesses particular experience of representing occupiers in the leisure and hospitality, healthcare and industrial sectors, while the investment practice is increasingly acting for overseas entities, particularly from the US, along with clients from the real estate private equity sector. Elsewhere, the retail offering includes franchising, advertising and IP knowledge in addition to acquisitions, lettings, asset management, leasing and portfolio management expertise. Hotel and leisure clients turn to the 'hard working and commercially savvy' Paul Houston 's team for high-value transactions, financing, competition, brand protection, employment and advertising matters. The firm’s development department prides itself on its full service offering, from planning and environmental matters through to land acquisition, constructions and disposal. Ramatu Banga - 'the epitome of a professional'- works with both private and public sector clients.

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher seem to be a firm that puts client service right at the top of their agenda.’

‘They have genuine experts in all the areas required areas and absolutely offer a one-stop shop for legal services.’

‘Great technical strength and very commercial, the team really understand the hotel market, and get the deal done quickly and effectively.’

‘Client service is fantastic, the team go the extra mile including delivering bespoke training on real estate, finance and other technical matters.’

‘The Hotel and Leisure team at Fieldfisher is led by Paul Houston who is a fantastic real estate and development lawyer.’

‘In addition to Ramatu Banga’s expertise and experience, she possesses a further quality of understanding the client’s business and culture.’

‘Paul Houston is really hard working and commercially savvy. Outstanding dedication to the acquisition, with commercialism and attention to detail.’

‘Ramatu Banga is outstanding and dedicated with a strong work ethic to get the job done to the required expertise required.’

‘The practice is unique in its commercial perspective and focusing on the outcome requried by the client and not on winning legal points.

‘Ramatu Banga is the epitome of a professional. Precise, likeable, good humoured, but most importantly possessing the ability to solve complicated property issues.’

Key clients

BP

Avery Healthcare Group

H & M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited

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

Imperial College, London

Co-operative Group Limited

Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Robert Bosch

BGC Partners Inc / Cantor Fitzgerald

20 Essex Street Chambers

HLW International

Commercial property: development Tier 3

The commercial property team at Fieldfisher possesses particular experience of representing occupiers in the leisure and hospitality, healthcare and industrial sectors, while the investment practice is increasingly acting for overseas entities, particularly from the US, along with clients from the real estate private equity sector. Elsewhere, the retail offering includes franchising, advertising and IP knowledge in addition to acquisitions, lettings, asset management, leasing and portfolio management expertise. Hotel and leisure clients turn to the 'hard working and commercially savvy' Paul Houston 's team for high-value transactions, financing, competition, brand protection, employment and advertising matters. The firm’s development department prides itself on its full service offering, from planning and environmental matters through to land acquisition, constructions and disposal. Ramatu Banga - 'the epitome of a professional'- works with both private and public sector clients.

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher seem to be a firm that puts client service right at the top of their agenda.’

‘They have genuine experts in all the areas required areas and absolutely offer a one-stop shop for legal services.’

‘Great technical strength and very commercial, the team really understand the hotel market, and get the deal done quickly and effectively.’

‘Client service is fantastic, the team go the extra mile including delivering bespoke training on real estate, finance and other technical matters.’

‘The Hotel and Leisure team at Fieldfisher is led by Paul Houston who is a fantastic real estate and development lawyer.’

‘In addition to Ramatu Banga’s expertise and experience, she possesses a further quality of understanding the client’s business and culture.’

‘Paul Houston is really hard working and commercially savvy. Outstanding dedication to the acquisition, with commercialism and attention to detail.’

‘Ramatu Banga is outstanding and dedicated with a strong work ethic to get the job done to the required expertise required.’

‘The practice is unique in its commercial perspective and focusing on the outcome requried by the client and not on winning legal points.

‘Ramatu Banga is the epitome of a professional. Precise, likeable, good humoured, but most importantly possessing the ability to solve complicated property issues.’

Key clients

Shell Pension Funds

DWS

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate plc

Imperial College, London

Birmingham International Airport

Countryside Properties Limited

CALA Homes Limited

Cambridge Medipark

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Royal Academy of Dance

CA Ventures

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

The commercial property team at Fieldfisher possesses particular experience of representing occupiers in the leisure and hospitality, healthcare and industrial sectors, while the investment practice is increasingly acting for overseas entities, particularly from the US, along with clients from the real estate private equity sector. Elsewhere, the retail offering includes franchising, advertising and IP knowledge in addition to acquisitions, lettings, asset management, leasing and portfolio management expertise. Hotel and leisure clients turn to the 'hard working and commercially savvy' Paul Houston 's team for high-value transactions, financing, competition, brand protection, employment and advertising matters. The firm’s development department prides itself on its full service offering, from planning and environmental matters through to land acquisition, constructions and disposal. Ramatu Banga - 'the epitome of a professional'- works with both private and public sector clients.

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher seem to be a firm that puts client service right at the top of their agenda.’

‘They have genuine experts in all the areas required areas and absolutely offer a one-stop shop for legal services.’

‘Great technical strength and very commercial, the team really understand the hotel market, and get the deal done quickly and effectively.’

‘Client service is fantastic, the team go the extra mile including delivering bespoke training on real estate, finance and other technical matters.’

‘The Hotel and Leisure team at Fieldfisher is led by Paul Houston who is a fantastic real estate and development lawyer.’

‘In addition to Ramatu Banga’s expertise and experience, she possesses a further quality of understanding the client’s business and culture.’

‘Paul Houston is really hard working and commercially savvy. Outstanding dedication to the acquisition, with commercialism and attention to detail.’

‘Ramatu Banga is outstanding and dedicated with a strong work ethic to get the job done to the required expertise required.’

‘The practice is unique in its commercial perspective and focusing on the outcome requried by the client and not on winning legal points.

‘Ramatu Banga is the epitome of a professional. Precise, likeable, good humoured, but most importantly possessing the ability to solve complicated property issues.’

Key clients

Shell Pension Funds

BP

HCP, Inc

DWS

Kennedy Wilson Europe

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

Imperial College ,London

Cambridge Medipark

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Co-operative Group Limited

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Fieldfisher's contentious construction practice recently secured a major boost with the hire of RPC  head of construction and projects Dan Preston, who brought with him a team comprising David Thorne, five associates and an executive assistant. Preston, who specialises in acting for contractors and employers on disputes, now leads the firm's practice, while Thorne, who is considered a 'brilliant litigator' focuses primarily on dispute resolution for suppliers on construction and PFI projects. Senior associate Katherine Flynn is also well regarded.

Testimonials

‘The Fieldfisher construction team is excellent.’

‘David Thorne is a brilliant litigator. He has an unusual ability to drive forward litigation whilst, at the same time, keeping his eyes fixed on trying to leverage a strong commercial deal. This is invaluable for clients and makes him a real asset. He has instilled this approach throughout the team.’

‘Very helpful organisation with the partners and associates easily contactable. All personnel I have worked with have been very knowledgeable, have provided good advice and have undertaken all work in a timely manner achieving all deadlines.’

‘There has always been a personal touch from the organisation and they have the right people skills to ensure the audience listens and respects the information and advice discussed.’

‘The team handles complex construction and adjudication cases brilliantly.’

‘The Fieldfisher construction team is organised and able to deal with difficult adjudication issues quickly and effectively.’

‘The team is particularly strong at taking technical and commercial analysis and distilling from this clear advice, which enhances communication and engagement with the client.’

‘Katherine Flynn is a capable, dedicated and pragmatic lawyer who delivers thorough legal advice that enhances the prospects for settlement.’

‘Katherine Flynn works extremely well in multi-discipline teams.’

‘Katherine Flynn is a key part of the construction team’s success at Fieldfisher and I would recommend her without hesitation.’

‘Katherine Flynn gets the job done, manages the team  and puts in the work to achieve the results the client wants.’

Key clients

Morgan Sindall Group

Sir Robert McAlpine

Hammerson

SPIE

Court of protection Tier 3

The vast majority of the work at Fieldfisher relates to complex, high-value deputyships for children and adults who have sustained catastrophic injuries at birth or as a result of serious accidents or medical negligence. The dedicated team provides specialist deputyship and trustee services to clients nationally in addition to some clients who live outside the UK and who have received significant damages awards. In addition head of team Anna Bond is regularly instructed to act as an expert witness to comment on the lifetime costs of a professional deputyship. Robin Tubbs is 'extremely responsive and efficient'.

Testimonials

Still a relatively new team, but it is increasing its profile and quality of work all the time. The team deals with some top end COP work and is very capable‘.

Clients know names and faces and find the lawyers friendly – I also find them easy to work with as they give quick decisions‘.

This team excels in internal communication. The whole team appears to have up to date information at all times‘.

A responsive team, very knowledgeable and attentive, and speaks in plain English! It has the right type of professionalism and the ability to simplify problems and then action things!’

Anna Bond and Robin Tubbs are excellent practitioners, but are very down to earth and easy to get on with‘.

Anna Bond and Robin Tubbs are excellent deputies, highly knowledgeable and professional’.

Anna Bond is exceptionally good and Robin Tubbs is excellent. They are extremely responsive, on the ball and empathetic‘.

Anna Bond has a unique ability to communicate effectively often having to say things which can be difficult for clients and families to hear without causing breakdowns in relationships. She is a very clear strategic thinker‘.

Robin Tubbs is easy to get hold of and quick to respond to queries. Keen to attend necessary meetings to address important decisions‘.

Robin Tubbs is extremely responsive and efficient. He never has to be chased, and has an eagle eye for detail‘.

Derivatives (including commodities) Tier 3

Fieldfisher handles work in all asset classes for a broad range of market participants. Its work in derivatives, repos, stock lending and structured products transactions has earned it a reputation as a leading adviser to both the institutional asset manager sector and the UK prime brokerage market. The firm's Condor ALS offering is an alternative legal solutions platform that offers clients a range of customisable and low-cost services for large derivatives and financial markets documentation projects. Guy Usher leads the finance group and has more than 25 years' experience in the derivatives market. The firm is 'growing in leaps and bounds'. It recruited partners Matthew Williams, who focuses on energy trading, and Lis Blunsdon, who handles trade and regulatory matters, from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP to boost its capability in commodity derivatives.

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Fieldfisher has expertise in the banking and broker-dealer spaces, working primarily for large investment banks, commodities houses and hedge funds. In addition, the firm has experience in the area of fintech. Leading the non-contentious practice are financial regulatory specialist Azad Ali; Nicholas Thompsell, who is known for his abilities in the application of regulation in novel or unusual contexts; asset management expert Kirstene Baillie; and Emma Spiers, who focuses on alternative asset management. On the contentious side, the practice is notable for disputes, regulatory enforcement work, disciplinary action and internal investigations, as well as advising individuals under investigation by the FCA. Duncan Black leads in this area and acts for investors, brokers, banks and individuals, with a particular focus on  money laundering and market abuse cases.

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and reliable’

‘Duncan Black has deep knowledge and does not shy away from giving clear advice’

Key clients

Triland Metals Ltd

Currencies Direct

London Metal Exchange Ring Dealer

Health and safety Tier 3

Fieldfisher advises on the full range of matters across the health and safety sector, with a particularly strong emphasis on clients in the transport and defence sectors. Andrew Sanderson leads the team and focuses on reviews, investigations and prosecutions, primarily in the aforementioned sectors. Another notable name is Manchester-based Sarah Ellson, who is particularly strong on healthcare matters.

Testimonials

National Security and Resilience Consortium

All Transport and Logistics Limited

Mediaforce Group Limited

KBC Logistics Limited

Key clients

National Security and Resilience Consortium

All Transport and Logistics Limited

Mediaforce Group Limited

KBC Logistics Limited

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 3

The corporate M&A team at Fieldfisher has been focusing more on key target industries recently, in line with the firm's wider strategy. Focus sectors now include technology, media and telecoms and energy and natural resources. In the technology space, the team has advised both UK and US clients on inbound and outbound investments, including Silicon Valley-based companies. In the energy sector, the team works predominantly with AIM-listed clients on fundraising and strategic transactions, including emerging markets clients. Andrew Blankfield heads the team in the London office, which also works with the firm's Birmingham and Manchester offices on transactions. These regional teams are led by Chris Hill and David Bowcock, a recent arrival from Brabners LLP, respectively. In addition to Bowcock in Manchester, the firm hired Brian Chadwick from Cooley (UK) LLP and Matthew Williams from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP in London. Chadwick is a dual qualified UK/US lawyer with a strong focus on the technology market, underlying the firm's drive in this sector. Williams has extensive experience advising energy and infrastructure clients on commercial transactions, with a particular focus on renewable and conventional power facilities.

Testimonials

Fast, responsive and very knowledgeable

Fieldfisher work as a cohesive team, seamlessly going through the problems on a deal and presenting a single, unified solution.

‘David Wilkinson is unparalleled in the market’

Key clients

BBC Worldwide / BBC Studios / BBC

Dominvs Group

Getty Images

KazMunaiGas

Coöperatieve KMG EP U.A

Viacom, Inc.

Restore plc

Marlowe plc

PA Consulting

Oil and gas Tier 3

The main pillar of Fieldfisher's oil and gas practice is private M&A and field development, but the team also advises its diverse client base on matters pertaining to capital markets and commodity transportation and sales. Practice co-head Matthew Williams and regulatory expert Elisabeth Blundson recently joined from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP. Currently the group is advising President Energy on the development of fields in Argentina and Paraguay, and Echo Energy on the development of its oil and gas concessions in Argentina. On the contentious front, the firm covers a broad range of disputes relating to contractual issues, projects, technical and construction matters, corporate and shareholder issues, and trade and distribution.

Key clients

BP

Total S.A

CGG

National Petroleum Company South Abu Zeneima Ltd

Gulfsands Petroleum

Hansa LAPS Ltd

JSC KazMunaiGas Exploration Productions

Independent Oil and Gas plc

Echo Energy plc

Karoo Energy plc

North Sea Natural Resources Limited

Cabot Energy plc

Pipeline System (CLH-PS) Ltd

CLH S.A

President Energy plc

LLP PSA (operating on behalf of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan)

ElecLink Ltd

Interconnector (UK) Limited

KMG Kashagan BV

JSC KazTransGas

Nemo Link Limited

INEOS Upstream Limited

Eni

World Fuel Services Corp

JSC National CompanyKazMunai Gas

San Leon Energy

Discover Exploration Limited

Justin Crusteam Ltd

Lateral Resources Ltd

Texas LNG

Trafalgar Oil & Gas LLC

North Sea Natural Resources

Corallian Energy Ltd

Infrastrata

Peninsula Petroleum

Svenska Petroleum Exploration

British Pipeline Agency

Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Angus Energy Plc

T.D. Williamson, Inc.

Dart Energy (East England) Limited

Libya Oil Holding Ltd

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Fieldfisher's trade mark prosecution practice is part of the firm's wide-ranging IP offering and specialises in worldwide trade mark and design clearance work, the drafting and filing of the corresponding trade mark applications in the UK and abroad, and assistance in contentious trade mark matters, including opposition proceedings, invalidity and revocation actions. Leighton Cassidy directs the practice. Solicitor Bill Lister joined Appleyard Lees.

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

With an emphasis on advising trustees in the utilities, transport, public and not-for-profit sectors (which have their own unique pensions regulations), the team at Fieldfisher receives regular instructions involving scheme streamlining and redesign exercises, buy-ins, GDPR compliance, scheme closures and pension liabilities issues. The contentious offering is particularly tailored to representative beneficiaries, with recent instructions involving breach of director duties, historic drafting errors and other rectification actions. The 'highly respected' David Gallagher leads the team, working with the 'extremely cerebral' Michael Calvert.

Testimonials

The team provides clear and pragmatic support

David Gallagher is highly respected, with an established reputation built on providing excellent advice

A great all-round team

Mike Calvert is extremely cerebral and a joy to work with

The respect David Gallagher has from clients and other advisers has been built up through the excellent advice he has provided over the years

Key clients

Trustees of the British Energy Generation Group

Electricity Pension Trustee Limited

Trustees of the various Arriva plc pension schemes

Meredith Corporation

Trustees of the Carillion Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme

Trustees of the General Medical Council Pension Scheme

Trustees of the DZ Bank AG London Branch Pension Plan

BNY Mellon

KeyMed Limited

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

With an emphasis on advising trustees in the utilities, transport, public and not-for-profit sectors (which have their own unique pensions regulations), the team at Fieldfisher receives regular instructions involving scheme streamlining and redesign exercises, buy-ins, GDPR compliance, scheme closures and pension liabilities issues. The contentious offering is particularly tailored to representative beneficiaries, with recent instructions involving breach of director duties, historic drafting errors and other rectification actions. The 'highly respected' David Gallagher leads the team, working with the 'extremely cerebral' Michael Calvert.

Testimonials

The team provides clear and pragmatic support

David Gallagher is highly respected, with an established reputation built on providing excellent advice

A great all-round team

Mike Calvert is extremely cerebral and a joy to work with

The respect David Gallagher has from clients and other advisers has been built up through the excellent advice he has provided over the years

Key clients

KeyMed (a subsidiary of Olympus Corporation)

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Fieldfisher's practice secured a major boost in autumn 2019 with the hire of Linklaters LLP head of trusts Peter Golden, who joined as head of private client, succeeding Penny Wotton, who will now increase her focus on the firm's charity client base. Golden came on board alongside former Linklaters LLP managing associate Alistair Robertson, who joined as a partner. The practice acts for numerous non-domiciled clients and continues to receive a steady flow of new instructions from wealthy non-domiciled clients, particularly from the CIS and Gulf regions. It has been advising clients on regularising their UK tax status and on restructuring their UK property portfolios. The team advises on a broad range of matters including domestic and international estate planning and structuring, UK and offshore trust formations as well as charitable giving, trust and estate administration.

Testimonials

A no-nonsense approach combined with efficient handling of the task in hand. Penny Wotton is sympathetic but straightforward and efficient; she delegated sensibly but kept on top of what was happening.

‘Penny Wotton is wonderful to work with. She is responsive and always provides a thorough and thoughtful response to myself and/or the client.

‘Penny Wotton is the fount of all knowledge.

Penny Wotton is very professional.

‘Amanda Gordon-Napier-Tompkinson dealt with matters quickly and efficiently.

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 3

Fieldfisher is home to an impressive range of expertise in the IP litigation and transactional fields together with regulatory regimes, competition, data privacy and related tax law. Team head Nicole Jadeja has expertise in commercial and regulatory matters together with a focus on IP and has represented clients in UK and ECJ courts as well as the EPO. Nicola Bex has considerable expertise in the medical device field in addition to drafting supply and licensing agreements, including those relating to clinical trials. Beatriz San Martin specialises in IP disputes in the sector and Sarah Ellson spearheads the regulatory team and advises on biosciences regulations.  Former co-head of the team Alison Dennis is joining Taylor Wessing LLP in early 2020.

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Sandoz

Align Technology Inc

GlaxoSmithKline

PerkinElmer Inc

Insulet

Roche Products Ltd (pharmaceuticals) and Roche Diagnostics Limited (medical devices)

Genomics England Limited

Stifel Nicolaus Europe (formerly Oriel Securities)

Smiths Medical

Property litigation Tier 3

Dilapidations specialist Antony Phillips heads up the 'incredibly hard-working, extremely knowledgeable and user-friendly' team at Fieldfisher, which has a strong profile for injunctive relief proceedings pertaining to energy, infrastructure and development projects but the team is also well versed in handling rent reviews, contentious matters arising from property portfolios and landlord and tenant disputes. Clients also highlight the team's 'good specialism in representing corporate occupiers on commercial real estate matters'. 'Supremely knowledgeable' consultant Lesley Webber is best known for her expertise in commercial rent reviews and contentious planning and development work.

Testimonials

There are no weak links in this team.

Fieldfisher is a great firm to work with, bringing real insight into the legal aspects of landlord and tenant disputes and helping its clients to achieve the best results.

They are original thinkers and willing to go that extra mile to achieve success.

Lesley Webber’s shrewd analysis of each case is impressive, as is her determination to achieve exceptional results for clients.

‘Owen Talfan Davies is forward thinking and client focused.’

‘Owen Talfan Davies has a creative legal mind underpinned by an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. Owen is a dynamic litigator who is the person you need when it looks like there is no way out.’

Antony Phillips has great insight into landlord and tenant law and the ability to deliver on client requirements. Litigation is seldom anyone’s desired course but Antony has the ability to make the process bearable and win through.

Key clients

INEOS

H&M Hennes & Mauritz UK

Southwark Council

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate

Angus Energy

Imperial College London

Shell Pension Funds

BP

BMW

Rail Tier 3

Fieldfisher's multidisciplinary team has 'quantified knowledge and sector experience'. It handles franchising, rolling stock procurement and leasing work; and the team also offers expertise across outsourcing, technology, telecoms, regulatory, competition, state aid, employment, pensions, construction and commercial work in the sector. The team is advising the DfT on the Greater Western Change Project, the biggest in franchise change programme across the Greater Western network, to focus on the interventions required to mitigate the impact of the electrification programme delays highlighted in the Hendy Review.

Testimonials

The firm has a very dedicated team, which works really hard and has a keen interest the client’s business.

Sam Jardine is a great ambassador for the firm.

Sarah Kier has some great sector knowledge and always goes beyond what is required to help.

 

Key clients

Department for Transport

Go Ahead/Southern Rail/Thameslink

Global Travel Ventures

Trainline

Abellio Group (Greater Anglia, Scotrail)

London North East Railway

ITSO Limited

Systra (SNCF/RATP)

Structured products and securitisation Tier 3

Fieldfisher has a financial markets and products group that acts for a diverse array of clients, including US and European banks, trustees and hedge funds. The practice is led by Guy Usher, who focuses on derivatives and repos in securitisations, CDOs, leveraged loan structures, and project financings and has been growing at junior and mid-level in recent years. Stephen Moller advises fintech companies and investment managers on receivables financings; Dougall Molson  advises on securitisations, receivables and inventory financings with a particular focus on commodities; and securitisation specialist Richard Todd has almost 20 years' experience in representing arrangers, lenders, sponsors, issuers and originators. The practice continues to attract new clients, including start-up peer to peer lending platforms and established financial institutions. It focuses on bespoke transactions, notably for issuers, corporate services providers, trustees, and servicers. Gonzalo Fernandez leads on trustee matters.

Key clients

Baker Tilly Creditor Services LLP

Credit Suisse Asset Management

Citigroup Global Markets Limited (outsourcing team)

Credit Suisse Asset Management

CSC Global

Estates and Infrastructure Exchange

Intertrust Group

Law Debenture Trust Corporation

Link Asset Services and Link Mortgage Services

Lucid Trustee Services Limited

Ocorian

Open Access Finance Limited

RM Capital Markets Limited

Société Générale

Wells Fargo

Wilmington Trust

U.S. Bank Trustees Limited

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Fieldfisher's team has experience handling tax disputes for clients in the film, leisure, life sciences and healthcare sectors, carrying out both tax litigation and criminal defence work. The group is led by Hartley Foster, who has extensive experience in cases before the courts, and includes former tax inspector and policy adviser George Gillham and European tax law expert Philippe Freund.

Trade finance Tier 3

Trade finance is an integral part of the lending group's practice at Fieldfisher, which advises on a range of transactions in relation to commodities as well as other sectors and asset classes. Features of its work include prepayment finance, documentary and standby Letters of Credit, export and pre-export facilities, reserve-based lending, borrowing base structures, inventory finance and receivables finance. In 2018, the firm became more involved in assisting banks, commodity trading houses and producers on prepayment financings and related off-take arrangements. It also advised on alternative financing techniques such as metals streaming arrangements and inventory management facilities. Practice head Oliver Abel Smith has particular expertise in trade and commodity finance and asset finance in the energy and natural resources sector.

Key clients

Banco do Brasil S.A.

Citibank, N.A.

Deutsche Bank

Europe Arab Bank plc

ICBC Standard Bank

Privredna Banka Zagreb d.d.

RCB Bank Ltd

Silicon Valley Bank

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Traxys

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

Fieldfisher's lawyers have disputes expertise in derivatives and other structured finance transactions, lending, receivables financing, and investment products. The team also assists with disputes involving peer-to-peer lending and cryptocurrencies, and has increasingly worked on contentious insolvency and regulatory-related litigation. Key names to note are Andrew Lafferty, Duncan Black, Kit Jarvis and Aymen Khoury, along with directors Julia Dodds, James Lewis, and senior associate Abdul Sattar.

Testimonials

It is evident from the cost-budgeting process that the lawyers at this firm take great care to structure the legal team (both solicitors and counsel) in a way that operates efficiently and delivers the greatest value to the lay client without compromising on the quality of the advice and service provided.

The team exercises very good judgement about what is acceptable to the Court, resulting in excellent outcomes for client.’

Director James Lewis has an excellent command of detail and understanding of the substantive issues in proceedings.

Kit Jarvis makes valuable contributions in respect of strategy.

Key clients

Dana Gas Sukuk

Greif International Holding

Oiax

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 4

Fieldfisher's non-contentious practice recently secured a major boost with the hire of former RPC construction and projects head Dan Preston, who joined as practice head with fellow partner David Thorne and team of associates. The team acts for developers, contractors private clients and funders, providing procurement, contract negotiation and risk allocation advice. Key clients are drawn from a variety of sectors including energy, real estate, mining and hospitality and leisure.

Emerging markets Tier 4

Fieldfisher has a strong team focused on Russia and the CIS region, where it handles both transactional and regulatory matters, though it has steadily grown the stream of work involving jurisdictions in Africa and the Middle East. It predominantly acts for high-net-worth individuals, investment banks and blue-chip corporates. Lead partner Matt Hinxman in the banking and asset finance group is a specialist in project finance in the oil and gas, mining and renewables sectors. Also recommended are CIS group partner Nodir Sidikov, banking and finance partner Oliver Abel Smith and mining and metals specialist Jonathan Brooks.

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 4

Fieldfisher has expertise in the banking and broker-dealer spaces, working primarily for large investment banks, commodities houses and hedge funds. In addition, the firm has experience in the area of fintech. Leading the non-contentious practice are financial regulatory specialist Azad Ali; Nicholas Thompsell, who is known for his abilities in the application of regulation in novel or unusual contexts; asset management expert Kirstene Baillie; and Emma Spiers, who focuses on alternative asset management. The team advised Danske Bank Group in relation to hard Brexit contingency planning across all its European business units . On the contentious side, the practice is advises on disputes, regulatory enforcement work, disciplinary action and internal investigations, as well as representing individuals under investigation by the FCA. Duncan Black leads in this area and acts for investors, brokers, banks and individuals, with a particular focus on  money laundering and market abuse cases.

Testimonials

‘Extensive knowledge and experience of complex legal issues relating to derivatives and regulatory matters but,  nevertheless, able to provide pragmatic advice in a down-to-earth manner’

‘All the team are easily approachable and down-to-earth’

Key clients

Danske Bank Group

Citco Financial Products (London) Limited

Citigroup Global Markets Limited

World Fuel Capital Ltd

Zürcher Kantonalbank

Standard Chartered

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 4

Fieldfisher's white-collar practice includes dedicated criminal law experts - both solicitors and barristers - who are able to advise a client from the beginning of an investigation through to trial and, where necessary, appeal. The team regularly acts for individuals caught up in high profile criminal cases, advising in relation to allegations such as fraud, corruption, money laundering and sanction breaches. It handles matters involving various regulatory/investigatory authorities including the SFO, the FCA, HMRC and the National Crime Agency in the UK and the US DoJ.  It also provides advice around Bribery Act compliance and issue management. The team is headed by Tony Lewis   and Francesca Titus, with the firm adding Kyle Phillips as a senior associate from Howard Kennedy.

Testimonials

‘The firm provides a Rolls Royce Service – nothing is impossible’.

‘Fieldfisher have an excellent reputation within the industry for representing and advising private clients in large scale white-collar crime cases and internal fraud investigations within companies’.

‘Tony Lewis has expertise, knowledge and passion for his area of work that is unquestionable’.

‘Francesca Titus brings years of independent practice as a barrister to offer a unique advantage for those wishing to avoid litigation. She is brilliantly clever and a delight to work with’.

‘Francesca Titus leads a team that provides really excellent legal advice and representation in the area of crime, particularly white-collar’.

‘Kyle Phillips has developed an impressive reputation as a highly efficient lawyer with excellent judgement and an impressive work ethic’.

Intellectual property Tier 4

The team at Fieldfisher is noted for its soft IP experience, and is jointly led by trade mark and brand protection expert Leighton Cassidy and Nick Rose, who handles enforcement of rights including copyright, trade mark, passing off and trade secret litigation. Other name to note include John Linneker, who handles a range of trade mark, copyright, patent, design and confidential information disputes; while 'super focused IP litigator' Beatriz San Martín has particular expertise in the life sciences and disruptive technologies industries.

Professional negligence Tier 4

Fieldfisher is engaged on negligence disputes involving professionals across the legal, construction, property, finance and tax sectors. Louise Elmes has joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

Property finance Tier 4

Fieldfisher has specialist expertise in real estate finance matters involving operating assets, such as hotels, care homes and senior living facilities, and student accommodation. The team is also highly active in handling loan-on-loan deals, and has a strong debt fund client base. Other clients include clearing banks, specialist real estate banks and real estate asset managers. Philip Abbott and John Nelmes lead the team, which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Christian Francis and Iain Thomas from DWF. Jayne Backett has expertise in complex development finance projects.

Testimonials

The team is extremely personable, easy to communicate with, and responsive. The firm is able to pull together a cohesive team across multiple service areas to work effectively and efficiently together. The analysis we receive is always thoughtful and considered from a legal perspective and well balanced against commercial requirements.

There is depth in the team so we always have access to a highly qualified contact. We receive an excellent quality of service.

The breath of the team really helps, together with the knowledge that if we really need the senior partner’s time he is normally available immediately.

Key clients

PBB Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Lloyds Banking Group

Bank of Ireland

Business Lending Group

Europe Arab Bank plc

ICG Longbow

Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander Limited (in administration)

Santander UK plc

Standard Chartered Bank

Dominvs Group

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Tyndaris LLP

RM Capital

Tunstall Real Estate Asset Management

Reputation management Tier 4

One of Fieldfisher's areas of expertise in terms of its reputation management practice is defending claims against defamatory user-generated content on client websites. Furthermore, the practice assists high-net-worth individuals with reputation management issues, both in isolation as well as within the context of related litigation. The team around department head Colin Gibson also acts for public bodies and regulators in relation to allegations of defamation. Senior associate Nathan Capone is a key figure. He takes on a number of cases independently and also runs the firm's defamation and privacy law blog.

Key clients

ADVFN plc

Sport Tier 4

Fieldfisher's sports group represent private companies invested in the sector,  including a number of tech-focused companies, clubs and governing bodies across a wide range of sports. The team is particularly adept advising on funding solutions, including private equity investment, venture capital rounds and corporate joint ventures. Further expertise lies in advising innovative companies with a sports and entertainment focus on all aspects of their operations, including regulatory compliance and fundraising strategies, as well as handling high profile disputes. Patrick Cannon frequently introduces equity funding to clubs and governing bodies through his corporate contacts, whereas partner Jonathan Ray-Smith stands out for his extensive commercial dispute resolution work.

Testimonials

“In terms of a depth of expertise, experience and knowledge Fieldfisher’s sports group has plenty of it.”

“Patrick Cannon and David Bond have a broad depth of understanding about and work well together.”

Key clients

Brabham

The British Cycling Federation

Liverpool FC

Reactoo

Bidstack Group PLC

LiveStyled

Fit XR

Norton Motorcycles

NUCA MMA

Hunton Yachts

London Sport

Rise

The Actives

British Taekwondo

Commercial litigation Tier 5

Fieldfisher's 'team is very professional and highly technical. It has the ability to get to the root of complex and challenging cases'. The practice covers high-value finance disputes, post-M&A litigation   and  has a significant civil fraud and financial crime team. The team has been carrying out increasing work in the CIS.  Colin Gibson heads up the team, which comprises Kit Jarvis, Vivien DaviesAndrew LaffertyJonathan Ray-SmithAymen Khoury and Daniel Hayward, along with legal director Nicola Sewell and senior associates Abdul Sattar, Nathan Capone and Hannah Piper. Simon Moore retired from the firm and Rhys Griffiths departed for Fox Williams LLP.

Testimonials

Don’t back down.’

‘Methodically and patiently present cases that demolish the ability of the opposition to present any coherent defence that does not represent the truth‘.

‘Tremendous strength in depth, with very capable lawyers at all levels.’

Colin Gibson is a dynamic, excellent head of department, who is very good on the detail, but glosses over irrelevancies to concentrate on the big picture‘.

Kit Jarvis is into  the detail and works with clients to drive cases forward‘.

Daniel Hayward is a fighter and particularly good with Russian and Ukrainian clients’.

Legal director Nicola Sewell has the ability to cut to the heart of the matter, rather than scoring points around the edges‘.

 

Key clients

Igor Kolomoisky

Alexander Gorbachev

Atalaya Mining

Robert Reid and Stephen Jennings

Russell Rosenblum

Mavuli Caboose Establishment

Rosalina UK

Getty Images

Oiax

Compound Photonics Group

Hubrick

EU and competition Tier 5

Fieldfisher’s competition, regulatory and trade group acts on the full spectrum of competition law issues including merger control, litigation, market investigations, state aid, and public procurement. Team members have wide-ranging experience across industries such as energy, regulated sectors, transport, life sciences, and financial services. Practice head Charles Whiddington splits his time between London and Brussels. John Cassels heads the firm’s regulatory group and specialises in competition law. Nicholas Pimlott is a key contact for telecoms clients.

International arbitration Tier 5

Fieldfisher 'has a strong team of subject matter experts', and it is best known for acting in high-value commercial and investor-state arbitrations for and against ultra-high-net-worth individuals and corporations from the former CIS region. Simon Sloane has over 20 years' international arbitration experience across Europe, the US, the Middle East, Africa, Australasia and Asia, and Colin Gibson is dispute resolution head. Other experienced practitioners are Alexandra UnderwoodDaniel Hayward and recently promoted Tracey Wright, while Jonathan Hofstetter and Richard Waugh are key advisers in Birmingham. Former international arbitration practice head Simon Moore retired from the firm.

Testimonials

The team is extremely professional and delivers high-quality work‘.

Simon Sloane is exceptional, has a commanding presence and provides inspiring leadership to his team‘.

Colin Gibson is an outstanding practitioner with infallible tactical instincts‘.

Daniel Hayward has really good knowledge of practice and procedure‘.

Key clients

Littop Enterprises

Gilward Investments

Planning Tier 5

Fieldfisher has expanded its planning capabilities and now enjoys a diverse range of mandates from commercial clients and housebuilders. Mid-scale regeneration and mixed-use schemes are regular instructions, however the team is also experiencing growth in the infrastructure side of the practice, with Yohanna Weber advising on a number of DCOs for mid-scale energy projects throughout the UK. John Bowman leads the practice, with further instructions involving section 106 applications for redevelopment projects, highways agreements, and planning advice pertaining to acquisitions and other transactions.

Testimonials

A responsive, capable and very personable team with a mixture of young and experienced professionals.

The team goes beyond what’s expected to ensure it delivers.

Key clients

Cambridge Medipark Limited

Cambridge University

Akzo Nobel UK Limited

Cala Homes

Ramboll UK

Estates and Infrastructure Exchange

Wheelabrator Technologies

ESB Solar

S&J Padfield & Partners

euNetworks

Liberty Property Trust

Perenco

Corporate tax Tier 6

Derek Hill leads the team at Fieldfisher, and specialises in tax-structured finance transactions. The group has a variety of experience, but is most noted for advising clients in the TMT, life sciences and financial services sectors.

Employment: employers Tier 6

Fieldfisher’s employment practice has enjoyed a recent uptick in contentious instructions across an array of matters such as gig economy disputes, workplace misconduct allegations and unfair dismissal allegations; practice head Nicholas Thorpe recently successfully defended British Cycling against a high-profile discrimination claim brought by former Team GB Olympian Jess Varnish. The team is also regularly instructed on a range of advisory and transactional issues such as managerial restructurings, TUPE arrangements, international expansion exercises and redundancies. Key sectors of focus are tech, energy, finance, life sciences, media and retail.

Key clients

All Nippon Airways

Architectural Association

British Cycling

Big Lottery

Charlotte Tilbury

Church of England

Control Risks

Cushman & Wakefield

Jigsaw

King

National Gallery

NCS Trust

PA Consulting

Royal Academy of Dance

Royal College of Physicians

Sport England

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

Led from London by Stewart Perry  and from Manchester by Michelle SheanFieldfisher has a strong national practice in the mid-market on behalf of insolvency practitioners, banks, corporates and directors across the spectrum of insolvency work, ranging from advisory corporate restructuring matters, through to formal insolvencies and insolvency-related disputes. 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.

Testimonials

‘The team are proactive and can never be accused of being vanilla.’

‘Michelle Shean is a great listener and responds to requests and beyond. She has a tremendous attention to detail.’

‘I have worked with Kit Jarvis over about nine years and always found him to be always on the case, thoughtful, assertive when necessary, a really good listener and highly committed and energetic. On a long-running, complex piece of litigation, these are very valuable qualities.’

Key clients

PwC

KPMG

Ernst & Young

Grant Thornton

FRP Advisory

RSM

Duff & Phelps

Begbies Traynor

BDO

Wilkins Kennedy

Cannon Corporate

Hubrick Limited

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

Fieldfisher LLP's Birmingham practice, which it secured via its 2016 merger with Hill Hofstetter, leverages the wider firm's growing international offering to secure roles on a number of high-value international mandates. Jonathan Hofstetter, who leads the practice and is particularly known for his work in competition claims, but also has expertise in technical and engineering disputes. Other key members of the team include Ann Benzimra, who focuses on the IT and manufacturing sectors, Jim Sharkey, who works on banking and offshore related cases; and credit insurance specialist Larry Coltman. Also recommended is director Stephen May, who is an expert in contractual and construction disputes.

Testimonials

The team is extremely strong, and in particular, the partners are very sensible and have excellent judgement. They are easy to deal with, and very charming.’

Jonathan Hofstetter is very experienced and has a calm, insightful approach to client problems.’

Jim Sharkey’s no-nonsense approach serves clients well.

‘Richard Waugh is extremely detail-oriented, and thinks carefully about issues for clients, but also fights their corner strongly.’

‘Adam Sturt is thorough, sensible and charming.’

Key clients

Pearson PLC

2 Sisters Food Group

DS Smith PLC

Bosch

Holland & Barrett

Trend Micro

Health Tier 2

Fieldfisher is best known for its regulatory practice; the team advises a range of clients including online providers, prescribers, device and technology companies and medical and dental practitioners. It is also noted for its ability to provide corporate, commercial, real estate, tech, outsourcing and privacy advice for health sector clients. Sarah Ellson, who co-heads the regulatory team, senior associate Debbie Nicholson and associate Holly Bontoft are key figures.

Key clients

Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (PSA)

National Health Service Commissioning Board (commonly known as NHS England)

Roche Products

Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

General Optical Council

British Cycling Federation

Association of Clinical Psychologists

Babylon Healthcare Services and Babylon Partners

General Pharmaceutical Council

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Fieldfisher's Manchester team advises a range of regional, national and international clients across sectors including retail, financial services, energy and sports. London-based Robert Shooter heads the team alongside Manchester-based Rob Sheldon, who focuses on outsourcing, privacy and commercial contracts and 'understands the pressures in-house solicitors face'. Manchester-based Sam Jardine also heads the team and deals with software agreements and outsourcing, providing a 'formidable team' alongside associate Liam Corrigan.

Testimonials

‘Rob Sheldon is a great technical lawyer, but equally importantly, is highly engaged with his clients, responsive, well organized, easy going and inspires both internal stakeholders and his own team to deliver great results’.

‘Liam Corrigan and Sam Jardine create a formidable team and have extensive knowledge in the areas of IT contract management’.

‘The team are highly responsive and really understand our business needs – they are dedicated to customer service and they getting the right outcome for the client.’

‘Fieldfisher are undoubtedly experts in their chosen fields, are approachable and are open and generous in respect of sharing knowledge and know how and are happy to demonstrate their knowledge. This gives you absolute confidence in them.’

‘Very commercial legal advice, completely understanding of the realities of business and able to adapt advice to appropriate audiences.’

‘Rob Sheldon support has been invaluable. He understands the pressures an in-house solicitor faces and is always able to provide pragmatic, timely legal support and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Working with Annabelle Gold-Caution is efficient and easy, with work delivered on time and to the high standards we would expect.’

‘Rob Sheldon is very approachable, realistic and able to deliver concise and targeted advice on all areas of privacy law.’

Key clients

Altro Group plc

Autoglym

Babylon Healthcare

BBC Children in Need

British Cycling

CIS General Insurance

Co-op

DB Cargo and DB Systel (part of Deutsche Bahn)

Department for Transport

Dunnhumby (Tesco’s data-science subsidiary)

Engage Solutions

Florette

Fortnum & Mason plc

Frog Education Limited

FutureLearn

GCI

Gentrack

Godiva Chocolatier

Havas

Iceland Foods Limited

In Touch Networks

Keolis Amey Docklands (DLR)

Liverpool Football Club

London North Eastern Railway

Martin Dawes Systems

Microchip

Motorola Solutions

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Olympus KeyMed

Onthebeach.com

Pets at Home / Vets4Pets

Shaping Cloud

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Trilliant

UD Software Solutions

UK Council of Psychotherapists

Vector Informatik GmbH

Well Pharmacies (Bestway Panacea)

Young Enterprise

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 3

The 'extremely clever and knowledgeable' Jenny Urwin and the 'warm, empathetic' Lindsay Holt both joined the fast-growing team at Fieldfisher from Slater and Gordon during 2018, and have since been joined by their former colleagues Claire Horton and Julia Hamilton. The team primarily handles complex, high-value claims, regularly securing multimillion-pound settlements.

Testimonials

‘The Manchester office of Fieldfisher has some excellent lawyers who provide a thoroughly professional service to their clients, work hard for them, and achieve excellent results. I would rank them as probably the best clinical negligence claimant firm in the north west.’

‘Jenny Urwin, who is tactically astute, tough, efficient and highly professional. Her clients are immensely loyal to her.’

‘Jenny Urwin is building an impressive team of experienced clinical negligence litigators including Julia Hamilton and Claire Horton. The team promises to make Fieldfisher one of the leading clinical negligence firms in the North of England.’

‘Fieldfisher are a high quality firm who prepare clinical negligence claims exceptionally well. The Manchester team has grown recently by recruiting excellent talent from rival firms.’

‘Jenny Urwin is extremely knowledgeable about the law and practice of clinical negligence. She knows which experts to use, and how to run a case.’

‘Julia Hamilton has considerable experience for her age and is first rate with clients, particularly in complex cases.’

‘Lindsay Holt is very experienced, gets on with clients well and is realistic in managing their expectations. She is utterly professional and secures very good outcomes as a result.’

‘Lindsay Holt is a warm, empathetic lawyer who is highly efficient and competent and an absolute joy to work with.’

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

Litigation is one of the key practices in Fieldfisher's fast-growing Manchester office, which is led by experienced commercial disputes lawyer Ian Austin. Clients are offered a range of funding and insurance options to help them control costs, including conditional fees, damage-based agreements, third-party funding and after-the-event insurance, while in-house costs recovery and debt recovery teams also form part of the firm's offering. The team, which has expertise in corporate litigation, civil fraud, professional negligence and contractual disputes, acts for an impressive and growing roster of clients.

Testimonials

The team are very approachable and a pleasure to deal with’.

James Lappin combines approachability with commercial acumen; he will always go the extra mile for a client’.

Daniel Sheehan has a formidable style and fights his clients’ corner with a ferocity that can bring the other side quickly to the table’.

The team work well together, by using each member’s key strengths and areas of expertise’.

The members of this department display a vivacious and focused appetite for achieving the best results possible’.

Key clients

Allied London

Kellogg

Co-Operative Group

Perkier Foods Limited

British Cycling

Walker Smith Global

Karen Millen / Oasis / Warehouse / Coast

JLA Limited

Venn Group

GCI

JD Williams

Fleximise

Creative Capital

N Brown Group

Firstport Limited

Burford Capital

Inenco

Time Group

Stewart Davies

Estates & Management Limited

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

Naeem and Anne Maniar

Group Litigation (318 clients)

Access Install Limited

Paul Stewart

ABM Technical Solutions Limited

Lynsey and Katie Coombes

Creative Trade Finance Limited

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

Fieldfisher LLP handles transactions including land purchase and site sales in relation to residential development, and is also frequently involved in leasing matters and investment work in the logistics sector. Sue Simpson leads the development and regeneration team, and Mark Lee focuses on commercial property investment and occupier work. Former partner Jonathan Wright left to join to Emms Gilmore Liberson in January 2019.

Key clients

Alldos (UK) Limited

Avery Healthcare Group Limited

Atlas Land Limited

I.M. Properties Plc

Countryside Properties Limited

CALA Homes Limited

Santander UK Plc

Exeter Properties

Cambridge Medipark

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Fridge Spares Wholesale Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Robert Bosch Limited

Skanska UK Plc

Bloor Homes Limited

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 3

Fieldfisher LLP  launched in Birmingham in late 2016  when it merged with specialist business law firm Hill Hofstetter. Now, the firm's corporate and commercial team, which is headed by partner Chris Hill, focuses on advising the professional services sector on acquisitions, disposals and restructurings. It also  advises tech and other companies on software and hardware transactions, with a high proportion of its matters involving some international element. Matthew Williams  joined from Orrick  to help strengthen the firm's corporate presence in the  energy, commodities and infrastructure sectors, with Hugo Lidbetter  joining as a partner from EDF as part of the same push.

Testimonials

‘Graham Muth is very commercial in his way, which often is not the case with corporate lawyers. His right-hand man Iain Wilton is also very good, organised and commercial too.’

Key clients

Solihull Moors Football Club

Enzen Global

Enzen Limited

Metamorph Group

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Fieldfisher is adept at handling cross-border M&A, private equity, venture capital transactions, and Series A and growth capital fundraisings. Other areas of focus include franchising, e-commerce, licensing, concessions, agency, distribution and strategic alliances. The firm has strengthened its practice with a number of hires including corporate head David Bowcock , who joined the firm from Brabners LLP in May 2018 to launch the practice in its current form.  Adam Jones joined from Brabners LLP as an associate and Charlotte Round joined from Brabners LLP as partner. Tom Ward was promoted to partner and relocated to Manchester from Fieldfisher's London office as part of the firm's push to grow the base and integrate its national and international corporate team.

Testimonials

Tom Ward is a super lawyer. Very knowledgeable and very can do.

Key clients

Restore plc

Marlowe plc

Jaywing plc

Gusbourne plc

Custom Gateway Limited

GHG London Holdings Limited

Allegion plc

Typhon Treatment Systems Limited

Deacon Street Partners Limited

Oasis Fashions Group

Warehouse Fashions Group

YorkTest Laboratories

Employment Tier 3

Fieldfisher LLP's team has particular experience of acting in significant multi-jurisdictional work, and it is also sought out to advise on all aspects of employment disputes. In addition, it routinely helps employers deal with a myriad of complex issues such as equal pay, discrimination, TUPE and collective redundancies. Team head Ranjit Dhindsa is skilled at advising employers on resolving disputes at mediation.

Testimonials

The firm has a strong employment practice with experienced lawyers who take a commercial approach in the advice they provide‘.

It is friendly, knowledgeable and business savvy‘.

Ranjit Dhindsa is very proficient and is well-liked by clients‘.

Ranjit Dhindsa works hard to get good results for her clients in a commercial and pragmatic way‘.

Ranjit Dhindsa is very accessible and solution focused‘.

‘Ranjit Dhindsa is a top class lawyer. A rare individual who approaches corporate problems with a holistic approach – seeing all the facets not just the legal issues‘.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Fieldfisher was recently bolstered by the arrival of Charlotte Round from Brabners LLP. The team acts for borrower clients, such as plcs and SMEs, and lenders, including a number of clearing banks, private banks and bridging funders. The Manchester-based team also handles real estate finance mandates.

Testimonials

Charlotte Round is a talented individual and her arrival has enhanced the firm’s banking and finance offering in Manchester

 

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Marlowe plc

Restore plc

Standard Chartered Bank

OakNorth Bank plc

Amicus Finance

Gusbourne plc

Jaywing plc

Santander UK plc

Bridgeco Limited (trading as Octopus Property)

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

Fieldfisher is regularly engaged on real estate transactions in the industrial, logistics, retail, hotel and leisure sectors, and the team handles a raft of commercial property work and residential development mandates. The firm also handles energy sector projects and offers property finance advice. Team head Liam Buckley has a 'fantastic reputation in the market' and handles high-profile real estate transactions.

Testimonials

‘Rapid, reliable and knowledgeable team; it makes the complex simple.’

Key clients

Aura Finance

booking.com/TravelJigsaw

Co-operative Group

Deutsche Asset Management

Dominvs

McGoff Group

Seddon Developments

Standard Chartered Bank

Stobart Group/London Southend Airport Company

West One Loan

Employment Tier 4

The Fieldfisher employment department, which is led by David Carmichael and senior associate Alex Watson, has enjoyed a period of recent growth, with client wins in the technology and life science sectors. Carmichael has particular expertise in advising on executive exits, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing claims and reputational matters. Watson, who joined in June 2018 from Brabners LLP, mainly focuses on contentious employment law issues with a particular emphasis in the manufacturing and hospitality sectors. Associate Richard Branson joined from Addleshaw Goddard in December 2018.

Key clients

British Cycling Federation

Royal College of physicians

Stonegate Pub Company

Iceland Foods

Dods Group PLC

Cedar Group (Broomco (3602) Limited)

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, finance & financial services, energy & natural resources, life sciences and media.

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our Silicon Valley and China colleagues. We also work in a number of other jurisdictions through dedicated country teams.

Among our clients we count social media sites and high street coffee chains as well as pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, banks and technology leaders.

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.

Our network has more than 1,450 people working across 24 offices providing highly commercial advice based on an in-depth understanding of our clients’ needs.

We operate across our offices in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beijing, Belfast, Birmingham, Bologna, Brussels, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Guangzhou, Hamburg, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Manchester, Munich, Milan, Paris, Rome, Shanghai, Turin, Venice and Silicon Valley.

In 2017, Fieldfisher was named Law Firm of the Year in Western Germany at the Juve Awards, and Law firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards. 2018 saw Fieldfisher named Law Firm of the year at the Legal Business Awards 2018.

Fieldfisher’s Condor Alternative Legal Solutions won the award for ‘New Business and Service Delivery Models’ at the FT Innovative Lawyers Europe Awards 2017.  Fieldfisher also won Personal Injury Team of the Year at the Solicitors Journal Awards 2017.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Michael Chissick
Senior partner Matthew Lohn
Banking and finance Phil Abbott
Capital markets Guy Usher
Competition John Cassels
Construction James Flynn
Corporate finance Andrew Blankfield
Derivatives Guy Usher
E-commerce Robert Shooter
Employee benefits Graeme Nuttall
Employment Ranjit Dhindsa
Energy and pipelines Roger Sargologo
Financial services and funds Kirstene Baillie
Franchising and licensing David Bond
Franchising and licensing Chris Wormald
Hotels and leisure Paul Houston
Insolvency Michelle Shean
Intellectual property Leighton Cassidy
Intellectual property Nick Rose
IT Robert Shooter
Litigation (commercial) Colin Gibson
Litigation (IP/IT) Leighton Cassidy
Litigation (IP/IT) Nick Rose
Litigation (medical) Paul McNeil
Media Tom Guida
Partnership Nicholas Thompsell
Patents David Knight
Pensions David Gallagher
Personal injury Paul McNeil
Planning and environmental John Bowman
Private client Penny Wotton
Private equity and venture capital Andrew Blankfield
Public law and regulatory Sarah Ellson
Public sector commerce Neil Palmer
Rail John Warthy
Real estate Antony Phillips
Sports business Patrick Cannon
Tax Derek Hill
Telecommunications Paul Graham
Trade marks Leighton Cassidy
Trade marks Nick Rose
Travel and tourism Rhys Griffiths
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Number of UK partners : 168
Number of other UK fee-earners : 349