Fieldfisher > London, England > Firm Profile

Fieldfisher
RIVERBANK HOUSE
2 SWAN LANE
LONDON
EC4R 3TT
England

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Fieldfisher‘s ‘absolutely brilliant’ clinical negligence team is noted for its ‘deep experience and fantastic resources’. The team has a client-centred approach, and offers support regarding special education needs and Court of Protection matters alongside its complex clinical negligence work. This work often includes claims involving brain injuries at birth, an area in which Samantha Critchley – noted for her ‘meticulous work and commitment to clients‘ – has particular experience. ‘Wonderful litigatorIona Meeres-Young leads the team, having taken over from previous head Paul McNeil in May 2023. McNeil remains a key member of the team and ‘a glowering presence across the field‘. Mark Bowman is an ‘intelligent and fearless litigator‘, with particular experience in claims involving Erb’s Palsy, while Jane Weakley brings her ‘huge experience’ to cases concerning the rights of birth-injured children. Kate Rohde deals predominantly with serious and fatal injury claims, while Jonathan Zimmern – who is also a qualified barrister – is another standout in the team. Arti Shah has particular interest in fertility cases. Legal director Punam Sood joined the team June 2023 from Irwin Mitchell.

Practice head(s):

Iona Meeres-Young

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Critchley; Kate Rohde; Jane Weakley; Paul McNeil; Mark Bowman; Jonathan Zimmern; Arti Shah; Caron Heyes; Will Jones; Deborah Nadel; Helen Thompson; Emma Kendall; Sevim Ahmet, Nilam Patel; Punam Sood; Christina Gardiner

Testimonials

‘Arti Shah was so compassionate and understanding of our case. She was always there to explain how legal practices worked and the complexities of the medical notes and case itself.’

‘Head and shoulders above every other team in the country. It is a superbly led team with deep experience and fantastic resources which is repeatedly successful.’

‘Paul McNeil must be the best litigator in this field: hugely intelligent, tough, efficient, a glowering presence across the field.’

‘Iona Meeres-Young is a wonderful litigator with great calm under fire and excellent judgement.’

‘Samantha Critchley: outstanding preparation, meticulous work and commitment to clients.’

‘Mark Bowman is a fast, efficient, intelligent and fearless litigator.’

‘Jane Weakley is a great lawyer with huge experience, and Jonathan Zimmern too. All of the team members handle the most difficult and heaviest cases successfully.’

‘Definitely the leading firm for clinical negligence – an absolutely brilliant team – all the partners are fantastic at dealing with a heavy caseload of difficult cases and getting amazing results in reasonable time scale which is so important for claimants.’

Work highlights

  • Settled a birth injury claim on behalf of a young twin girl left with cerebral palsy following negligent delays in delivery.
  • Represented a claimant who lost of all four limbs aged four after staff at Frimley Park Hospital failed to recognise and treat her for meningitis and sepsis, settling the claim for a capitalised sum in the region of £39m, with the majority of settlement in the form of annual payments for life for care and prosthetics.
  • Acted on a birth injury claim arising from Erb’s Palsy, and reached a £2.6m settlement.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Paul McNeil, Jill Greenfield and Peter Williams jointly head up the claimant personal injury offering at Fieldfisher. Williams oversees the industrial disease department, alongside Andrew Morgan, with particular expertise in asbestos claims, including cases of low exposure and adults who were exposed as children; in 2022, the team achieved the first decision against an insurer in a living mesothelioma claim. Jill Greenfield leads the serious injury team, which has extensive expertise regarding international matters, and redress following serious sexual assaults; the firm is experienced in the setting up of funds for victims of sexual assaults in the US. Jennifer Buchanan is described by one client as being ‘at the top of her game’; Keith Barrett has specialist knowledge regarding maritime and aviation claims; and the ‘tenacious, smart and hardworking’ Dushal Mehta is particularly experienced in cases before the Court of Appeal. Director Harvinder Kaur is also recommended for her skill in high-value serious injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Paul McNeil; Jill Greenfield; Peter Williams

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Buchanan; Shaheen Mosquera; Keith Barrett; Harvinder Kaur; Keith Cundall; Claire Glasgow; Dushal Mehta; Andrew Morgan

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced professionals able to obtain brilliant results for clients, whatever the claim and whatever their needs.’

‘Outstanding level of compassion and legal expertise. These people get the very best for their clients.’

‘Definitely should be the first choice for claimant PI work – Jill Greenfield runs the most amazing team getting fantastic results for claimants in PI catastrophic cases and in highly confidential sexual abuse cases, she is really amazing. Getting results promptly is so important to claimants and if anybody can do that, Jill Greenfield can.’

‘Dushal Mehta is tenacious, smart and hardworking and gets the best results for his clients. Shaheen Mosquera has a keen intellect and deep knowledge of personal injury litigation. Peter Williams brings huge experience, knowledge and understanding to achieve the best results for his clients.’

‘Jill Greenfield has proved able to produce excellent results for clients in tricky and unusual cases. Her determination and expertise are invaluable.’

‘Jennifer Buchanan is at the top of her game, both in terms of legal expertise but also compassion and commitment. She is the best lawyer I know and I know a lot!’

‘Fieldfisher has one of, if not the, best personal injury teams in the country. There is a mixture of talent, enthusiasm, hard work and experience which means every case is dealt with exceptionally.’

‘The team in the catastrophic injury unit have more than a simple legal solution for their clients. They go above and beyond to look after often very vulnerable and traumatised people. Compared to other firms, their holistic approach stands out; they also refuse to settle until the lifetime needs are clear and work with excellent experts who are leaders in their respective fields.’

Work highlights

  • Challenging the law regarding mesothelioma claims, including successfully pursuing a claim directly against an insurer under the third Parties (Rights Against Insurers ) Act 2010.
  • Representing all the victims of the Solent Boat Tragedy in 2020, which was the subject of recent criminal court proceedings.
  • Continuing work for adult victims of sexual assault by high-profile individuals.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 1

Fieldfisher offers a deep bench of specialists in all aspects of public law advice and litigation; the firm’s areas of expertise range from bringing and defending applications for judicial review, to acting in complex inquests, public inquiries and independent reviews. One of those spearheading the practice is Matthew Lohn, who is highly sought after by individuals and corporates for his knowledge of judicial review, information transfer and fair process. Martin Smith is another key name at leadership level, and brings experience advising private sector organisations on their interaction with public bodies, central government and regulators. Tim Suter has been involved in numerous major inquiries in recent years, including the Manchester Arena bombing and the Covid-19 inquiries, while Sarah Ellson is vastly experienced across key public sectors such as healthcare and education. Carina May is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Martin Smith; Matthew Lohn

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Ellson; Abigail Scholefield; Tim Suter; Carina May; Oliver Carlyon

Testimonials

‘Top public inquiry department in the field.’

‘Martin Smith has encyclopaedic knowledge on all matters in the public inquiry world, works on the biggest inquiries and is a great strategist.’

‘Fieldfisher are at the forefront of acting as solicitor to the inquiry for a number of the largest UK public inquiries; it is a testament to to their skill and expertise at running large-scale inquiries of huge public interest.’

‘Martin Smith is the personification of “calmness under pressure” with not only significant inquiry experience but tactical and legal nous.

‘Excellent team on the regulatory side of public law.’

‘Matthew Lohn is a first-rate practitioner. He is good with clients and very commercial.’

‘Martin Smith is very strong in work relating to inquests and inquiries.’

‘Fieldfisher are stellar. Leaders in public inquiries by a country mile. Experts who lead the way nationally, especially in running the whole affair.’

Key clients

WildFish Conservation

The Covid-19 Public Inquiry

Independent Standards Authority

The Independent Inquiry into the issues raised by the David Fuller case

Manchester Arena Inquiry

Construction Industry Training Board (‘CITB’)

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (‘IICSA’)

Council for Licensed Conveyancers (‘CLC’)

The Dawn Sturgess Inquiry

Pearson Education Limited

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (‘HFEA’)

The Public Inquiry into the Death of Jermaine Baker

Work highlights

  • Issued judicial review proceedings for the charity WildFish against the Secretary of State for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs to force the withdrawal and redrafting of the Government’s storm overflow reduction plan.
  • Advised the Covid-19 public inquiry on its set-up and establishment.
  • Providing ongoing representation to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on judicial review challenges, urgent appeals before the Licence Committee, and regular attendance at the Statutory Approvals Committee.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Fieldfisher‘s data privacy, security, and information team acts for clients across a broad range of sectors, including financial services, health and life sciences, and tech. Counting start-ups and large multinationals alike among its clients, the team handles compliance, commercial data contracts, and cyber incident responses on a multi-jurisdictional level. Hazel Grant heads the team and has particular expertise in international data transfers, global data compliance projects, and data audits, while Renzo Marchini handles data breach responses and subject access disputes. Director Nuria Pastor is dual-qualified in England and Wales and Spain, and is a key name for regulatory queries and data export strategies. 2022 saw the departures of Phil Lee, now at Digiphile, and Eleonor Duhs, now at Bates Wells.

Practice head(s):

Hazel Grant

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Well rounded capacities and knowledge of the industry.’

‘Nuria Pastor and Renzo Marchini stand out as great support with pragmatic advice and a great understanding of our industry.’

‘The practical approach, the understanding of the needs of different sectors, good understanding of technology, timely responses.’

‘Besides them being absolutely lovely people to work with, all members of the team had deep knowledge of their respective areas, they understand the client’s needs perfectly and make sure to deliver on time what was agreed on.’

Key clients

dunnhumby Limited

Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma

Free Now

Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast (WotC)

Ancestry Ireland Unlimited

Deltatre Limited

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to dunnhumby in relation to its UK and EU privacy needs.
  • Advising Hasbro Inc, the household name behind brands such as Monopoly, Wizards of the Coast (WotC) and Furby, on its ongoing GDPR compliance.
  • Supporting Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharm as a data protection officer (DPO) client.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising Tier 1

David Bond and Gordon Drakes co-chair the franchising practice at Fieldfisher, which assists major domestic and international clients with their global expansion mandates. The group's strength spans the retail, food and beverage, hotels and leisure, education, real estate, and care sectors. In addition to large franchisors, the team also supports large multi-unit, multi-brand franchisees with transactional mandates. Andrew Dodd leads the team’s franchise disputes arm, and regularly representing franchisors, large corporates, and groups of franchisees. Dual qualified in Germany and England, Vicky Reinhardt advises UK and international clients on brand management, especially in the hotel sector. Associate Rachel Bowley is another key member of the team, assisting clients with the international growth.

Practice head(s):

David Bond; Gordon Drakes

Testimonials

‘Professionalism, breadth of expertise, franchising, and IT and IP expertise, commercial dexterity.’

Key clients

Brighton College

Crème and NAC

St Paul’s Girls’ School

Hamleys

EL&N

Burger & Lobster

Chopstix

Wasabi

BrewDog

CoCo Fresh Juice & Tea

Work highlights

  • Advising Brighton College on its international franchise development.
  • Advised Sook Retail on the franchise management of its pop-up space concept whereby Sook grants management franchises to landlords for Sook’s flexible retail space which is operated by Sook on behalf of its franchisees.
  • Advised Chopstix on four area development agreements over the past year, including Yorkshire and the East Midlands, the South West of England, the South East of England and the North West and North Wales regions, setting the foundations for the growth of its UK franchise network.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV Tier 1

Tim Johnson heads up Fieldfisher's cross-departmental media practice and is renowned for his involvement in complex film & TV financing structures, rights licensing arrangements, production and distribution transactions, and international co-productions - an area in which Stephen Saltzman further excels. The team, which draws on its combination of commercial, corporate and tax expertise, also includes Carlton Durrant, who advises on M&A deals, strategic investments and fundraising activities in the media sphere.

Practice head(s):

Tim Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Steve Saltzman; Carlton Durrant

Testimonials

‘Tim Johnson is, in my view, the best deal-closer and lawyer in film sector and I have worked with him now for over 30 years.’

‘Tim Johnson is an incredibly intelligent and talented lawyer. Working with Fieldfisher has been one of the best law firm experiences over my career.’

‘A great team with exceptional knowledge of film sector which we operate in.’

‘Knowledgeable, detail-focused, impeccable advice when weighing the issues to find compromises – attentive, organized, and available.’

Key clients

Library Pictures International

Magnetar Capital

BBC Studios

Timeless Films

Legendary Pictures

Huayi Brothers International

Natixis Coficine

BBC

Getty Images

See-Saw Films

Live Tech Games

The William Reed Group

Tortoise Media

Constantin Film

Max Film

Swift Media

Tokyopop

Mubi

The Match Factory

Puig

ID Comms

LVMH Louis Vuitton

Incorporated Society of British Advertisers

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

Fieldfisher provides regular ongoing technology and data privacy support to a spread of major clients across the sports, banking and transport sectors. The practice also specialises in fast and comprehensive assistance for clients who have suffered significant data breaches. The team is jointly led by Sam Jardine, who advises clients in negotiating commercial contracts relating to technology, and IT and data transfer specialist Rob Sheldon, who has experience in overseeing cross border projects. Associates Cherelle Douglas and Phillippa Stubbs are also key. Laura Johnson left the firm to take up an in-house position at WhatsApp.

Practice head(s):

Sam Jardine; Rob Sheldon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Wide range of expertise and advisors within the business. This has been valuable.’

‘They listen to our needs and accommodate requirements within budget.’

‘Rob Sheldon leads the team that supports us with our data protection compliance, however he recognises when we need wider expertise and ensures that we get this in a timely fashion.’

‘Rob Sheldon was recommended to me by a fellow solicitor when I was looking for a second opinion and which related to a complex matter. Rob’s pragmatism and access to other areas of expertise and a willingness to deal with the difficult meant that he was able to navigate through through a complex matter.’

‘In short, the qualities that standout – pragmatism, availability, responsiveness, commitment.’

‘We’ve worked with Field Fisher as our legal partners for well over 10 years now. Our closest and most long standing relationship being with the Tech and Data Team led by partner Rob Sheldon. The team are responsive, highly client focussed and understand our circumstances and needs.’

‘Rob and his team provide an absolutely 1st class service.’

Key clients

Liverpool Football Club

National Bank of Kuwait

JD Sports

Pets at Home

London North Eastern Railway Limited

The Zoopla Group of Companies

GB Group plc

Phoenix Healthcare/Numark/Rowlands Pharmacies

dunnhumby (a Tesco group company)

UK Biobank

Altro/Autoglym

Cumberland Building Society

Work highlights

  • Advising Liverpool Football Club on several technology-related and strategic privacy matters.
  • Advising JD Sports in both the EU and UK.
  • Advising and supporting London North Eastern Railway (LNER) on technology and strategic privacy matters.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

Richard Waugh leads the widely lauded practice at Fieldfisher LLP, which frequently acts for high-profile international clients across a range of industries. The team’s expertise spans the manufacturing, engineering, IT, and energy sectors, with individuals in the practice also skilled in competition law and public procurement work. The practice is highly skilled at energy pricing disputes, with team head Waugh particularly knowledgeable in this area. Key to the team is Adam Sturt, with vast expertise across fraud and shareholder disputes. Also noted is Stephen May, a practitioner who is particularly skilled in commercial disputes with regulatory or public law issues, and Ann Benzimra, with sector expertise across IT, manufacturing, energy, and infrastructure. Zaakira Allana is key to the practice, with vast expertise in litigation with cross-jurisdictional elements.

Practice head(s):

Richard Waugh

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Praised for its ‘exceptional market knowledge’, the team at Fieldfisher is noted for its capability to handle complex, cross-border work spanning multiple jurisdictions - particularly in the energy and natural resources sectors. Practice head Brad Isaac is a key name to note for such mandates, and also has considerable experience advising on ECM transactions related to healthcare and life sciences. Edward Westhead is recommended for his tech sector acumen, while Dominic Gurney-Champion is highly regarded as ‘a superb professional’.

Practice head(s):

Brad Isaac

Testimonials

‘They did an excellent job in marshalling what needed to be done – very efficiently, with minimal fuss and being very proactive and also reactive at the same time. It was an excellent team effort, even dealing efficiently when a key junior team member moved to another firm during the process. Another junior team member took over rather seamlessly.’

‘Dominic Gurney-Champion is our main contact, a superb professional and a joy to work with – very measured, experienced and good fun too. One of the best lawyers I have worked with in some 20 years as an LSE CFO.

‘Their market knowledge is exceptional. We have built a long-term relationship with the team. We regularly find that they remember more about certain corporate matters from our history than we do! Super knowledgeable and helpful team all round.’

‘Edward Westhead is excellent. He is very responsive, knowledgable, helpful and genuinely willing to help me and the team with anything we need. Ed is an essential part of our legal team.’

‘Wide range of experience across the value range; well resourced and capable and knowledgeable team members.’

‘Confident, competent, capable and approachable.’

‘A close-knit team with an abundance of capital markets experience which is used to provide effective advice to corporates (and banks), utilising sector expertise where necessary and with good geographical coverage to support due diligence exercises and contract review.’

Key clients

Abingdon Health PLC

Access Intelligence PLC

ADVFN PLC

Amur Minerals Corporation

Ascent Resources PLC

Atalaya Mining PLC

ATOME Energy plc

Barkby Group plc

Beowulf Mining PLC

Best of the British PLC

Byotrol PLC

Central Asia Metals PLC

Checkit PLC

Cleantech Lithium

Cornish Metals Inc.

Craven House Capital PLC

CT Automotive Group plc

Devolver Digital, Inc.

Echo Energy PLC

eEnergy Group PLC

Ensilica PLC

EQTEC PLC

Gelion PLC

GlobalData PLC

Gusbourne PLC

Harland & Wolff Group Holdings plc

Haydale Graphene Industries PLC

Hurricane Energy PLC

Independent Oil and Gas PLC

InnovaDerma plc

Inspiration Healthcare Group PLC

Itaconix PLC

Jaywing PLC

KEFI Gold and Copper plc

Kodal Minerals PLC

KRM22 PLC

Live Company Group PLC

Made Tech Group plc

Marlowe PLC

Merit Group plc

Molecular Energies PLC

Nu-Oil and Gas PLC

Online Blockchain PLC

Pires Investments PLC

Property Franchise Group (The) PLC

Public Policy Holding Company Inc.

Restore PLC

Saietta Group plc

San Leon Energy PLC

Savannah Resources plc

Seeing Machines Ltd

SigmaRoc PLC

Synairgen PLC

Tristel PLC

Velocity Composites PLC

Versarien PLC

Wynnstay Properties PLC

Allenby Capital

Canaccord Genuity

Cenkos Securities

Cormak Securities Inc.

Dowgate Capital

finnCap

Grant Thornton

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Liberum Capital Limited

Numis Securities Limited

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

Shore Capital

Singer Capital Markets

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Strand Hanson Limited

Tamesis Partners LLP

Tennyson Securities Limited

WH Ireland

Zeus Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Actig for AIM-quoted Marlowe plc on its acquisition strategy. Marlowe is a support services group focused on acquiring and developing companies that provide critical asset maintenance services.
  • Advised CleanTech Lithium plc on its initial public offering on AIM.
  • Acted for Amur Minerals Corporation on the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, AO Kun-Manie, to a company controlled by Vladislav Sviblov for a total consideration of US$105 million.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

Fieldfisher’s team is noted for its prowess for fraud claims relating to novel asset classes, including crypto. The team, which spends a large portion of its caseload working on matter pertaining to the CIS and Ukraine, is adept in both civil and criminal proceedings and is headed by Tony Lewis; he brings to bear over 25 years of experience in acting on fraudulent conduct, asset recovery, corruption and money laundering matters, among others. The team was strengthened by the arrival of dual-qualified (England & Wales and India) Priyanka Kapoor, who joined the firm in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Tony Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lafferty; Priyanka Kapoor

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher’s fraud team is exceptional. They have a very profile in the fraud market. They successfully represented Igor Kolomoisky in the claim brought against him by PJSC Tatneft, and they are now representing him in the claim brought by Privat Bank.’

‘The team were both subject and legal experts. They understood the industry specific issues as well as relevant legal framework to assist us with the potential suit.

‘They were also extremely responsive despite there being a 7-8 hour time difference.’

‘Strengths – very responsive, knowledgeable, connected and fee-conscious.’

‘The team is superb. Led by Tony Lewis.’

‘Our case is very complex and includes a huge amount of documentation, which Fieldfisher has had electronically catalogued using the most up-to-date technology. The team’s attention to detail is outstanding.’

‘I would like to particularly mention Tony Lewis, partner, his leadership skills are excellent, and his team selection very skilful.’

‘A very professional team, who do a thorough job, seeing the bigger picture but also sweating the small stuff. Perhaps most importantly, really nice guys to deal with.’

Key clients

Mr Igor Kolomoisky (Privat Bank)

Mr Mohamad El Ghazzi

David Standish and James Bennett of Interpath as joint liquidators of Argyle UAE Limited

Colin Hardman and Finbarr O’Connell as liquidators of The Wine Enterprise Investment Scheme Limited

MBI Holdings Limited

Suzy Rowe

Leo Services Holdings

Justus von Buchwaldt as administrator of AS German Property Group GmbH and related entities

Igarreta Maquinas S.A.

Ludger Wehry GmbH

Talwinder Hayre, Kavanjit Hayre and Hayre Group of Companies

Former Director of Cayman-based Hedge Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mr Igor Kolomoisky US$2.6 billion claim and freezing order brought against him by PrivatBank. The case involves over twenty fee-earners and the 13 week trial will commence in June 2023.
  • Acting for Mohamed El Ghazzi in a claim worth approximately US$986 million brought by the Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security (“PIFSS”). The claim involves complex issues of fraud and is multi-jurisdictional.
  • Acting for Suzy Rowe and Hazel Peppercorn in a complex breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duties and negligence claim arising from the sale of two high value pieces of land involving five defendants and a range of allegations that require extensive and specialist expert evidence.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 2

The sizeable professional discipline team at Fieldfisher represents over 40 regulators from the healthcare, sports, surveying, police, finance, and legal services sectors. The team additionally acts for higher education institutions that provide study courses on the regulated professions. The 'outstanding' regulatory group co-head Sarah Ellson is particularly focused on healthcare and life sciences-related matters, while Matthew Lohn is experienced in advising regulators on their registration and discipline functions. At associate level, senior Frankie Everitt is experienced in professional regulatory cases; Olivia Rogers acts for regulatory bodies, as well as businesses that operate within regulated sectors; and regulatory solicitor Chloe Williams focuses on the healthcare, life sciences and legal services segments. In a boost to the team, barrister Martin Sleight joined the firm in December 2022 as senior associate, his career including working at the GMC as a senior lawyer on regulatory reform.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson

Testimonials

‘Sarah Ellson is outstanding – very smart, knowledgeable, and with great judgment.’

Key clients

General Medical Council

Solicitors Regulation Authority

General Dental Council

Teaching Regulation Agency

Council for Licensed Conveyancers

General Optical Council

Taxation Disciplinary Board

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland

Bar Standards Board

Creative Industries Independent Standards Authority (CIISA)

Work highlights

  • Advising the new Creative Industry Independent Standards Authority on the establishment of a new body and its investigative powers and procedures.
  • Assisting the Council for Licensed Conveyancers with its disciplinary hearings.
  • Acting for the General Medical Council on an ongoing basis.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

Fieldfisher‘s growing team of ‘excellent’ lawyers covers the full range of contentious tax, including tax disclosures, Tribunal litigation, judicial reviews, and professional negligence. The group is highly international, and contains multiple HMRC-trained practitioners. Team lead George Gillham, who is a former HMRC tax inspector, covers both tax enquiries and litigation. Derek Hill, who is head of the firm’s tax group, has a broad practice which covers both contentious and non-contentious matters. Barrister Philippe Freund has expertise in cross border matters and criminal tax. Matthew Sharp specialises in employment tax disputes. Associate and barrister Christopher Kientzler is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

George Gillham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A strong and symbiotic relationship between the members of the team who specialise in tax investigations and dealing directly with the HMRC, on the one hand, and those who are able to handle related litigation with third parties.’

‘Matthew Sharp is an up-and-coming associate who will go far.’

‘George Gillham is a stand-out tax lawyer: hugely knowledgeable, wonderful client manner, and a strong strategic sense of how to resolve disputes.’

‘It is a multijurisdictional team of excellent lawyers qualified for cross-border tax disputes from private clients to EU-law or transfer pricing.’

‘Philippe Freund and Christopher Kienzler are both excellent at analysing the situation, defining the strategy, and negotiating very skilfully. Experience and power in the interest of clients.’

‘George Gilham is excellent in tax investigations cases. He has extensive experience in both criminal and civil cases. He is very knowledgeable and good with clients.’

‘This is a team which undoubtedly has strengths in EU related work which set it above its peers, particularly in relation to indirect and direct taxation and duties.’

Key clients

Alternative Resolution Consultancy LLP and Eclipse Film Partners LLPs

L Rowland & Co (Retail) Limited (Phoenix Medical)

Exchequer Solutions Limited

Sunrise Medical Ltd, TGA Mobility Limited, Drive Devilbiss Healthcare Limited, Electric Mobility Euro Limited, Freerider Luggie Limited

Sunrise Medical B.V. & Sunrise Medical Logistics B.V.

Hoegh Capital Partners

Aramark Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Alternative Resolution Consultancy LLP and Eclipse Film Partners LLPs on obtaining a tax settlement opportunity for HMRC to settle the tax affairs of over 700 partners for around £100m, replacing a dry tax charge of £1.6bn.
  • Advised Hoegh Capital Partners on multiple disclosures to HMRC through the Worldwide Disclosure Facility and other channels and a professional negligence claim against former accountants and solicitors who acted for them, worth approximately £25m.
  • Advised Rowland & Co in relation to an appeal to the First-tier Tribunal against assessments to income tax and national insurance determinations in a dispute over the employment status of locum pharmacists worth approximately £60m.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 2

Fieldfisher's 'technically very strong' team handles share schemes advisory work, corporate support and employee ownership mandates. The team is particularly well regarded for its employee ownership expertise, and is praised for its ‘pioneering’ work relating to EOT transactions. The practice is co-led between Mark Gearing and Neil Palmer, with both praised for being ‘extremely knowledgable, accessible and pragmatic’ in their approach to EOT matters. Graeme Nuttall frequently advises the likes of HM Treasury and HM Revenue & Customs on employee ownership policy, while Jennifer Martin assists start-ups with the implementation of tax efficient share option plans for senior employees.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gearing; Neil Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very experienced team who have pioneered EOT transactions so all issues were well thought through and nothing came as a surprise.’

‘Great Team. Strong on incentives for UK quoted growth companies.’

‘Mark Gearing is first rate.’

‘Worked with the EOT team, Neil Palmer and Mark Gearing, who are both experts in their field.’

‘They have good connections with HMRC, which means that they can deliver up to date tax advice.’

‘The team is professional in its approach and technically very strong.’

‘Mark Gearing – partner. Very experienced in EOT transactions with good breadth of tax and share scheme knowledge.’

‘Jennifer Martin is proactive in addressing problems and suggesting commercial solutions.’

Key clients

Global Law Talent Limited (trades as Shilton Sharpe Quarry)

Employee Ownership Foundation

The Center on Business and Poverty

Mick George Limited

Ocorian Trustees (Jersey) Limited

FEL Trustee Ltd

EnSilica plc

Gusbourne plc

Cleantech Lithium plc

CT Automotive Group plc

BBC Studios Distribution Limited

Blue Sky Financial Planning Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Global Law Talent on the transfer of 100% of the shares to an employee ownership trust.
  • Advised Mick George Group on critical employee incentives matters relating to its sale to Hanson UK.
  • Advised Cleantech Lithium plc on a new management incentive plan, to include equity awards to UK and overseas based management.

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Fieldfisher has ‘broad experience in the derivatives space and good mixture of young talent and experience‘. The firm acts for both buy-side and sell-side clients, among them global investment banks, smaller regional banks and broker/dealers, hedge funds, and traditional asset managers. It has market-leading expertise in repo, securities lending and structured derivative transactions, a strong presence in emerging markets transactions, and has pushed innovative legal technology solutions such as its Condor alternative legal services platform. Practice head Guy Usher has ‘masses of experience developed over many financial and world crises, and an understanding of how to lead the industry‘. He recently worked with key partner Edward Miller, who ‘can lead tough negotiations on complex issues in a very efficient manner‘, to assist Bank of America Securities with documenting a structural change in its US prime brokerage platform with respect to cash and securities lending ahead of a proposed merger. Emma Spiers has extensive experience of deal-contingent derivatives transactions and finance-linked hedging arrangements. Up-and-coming partner Jenny Warren  ‘will run with a matter to completion with minimal interaction with the client, so time is never wasted‘. The firm hired Sebastian Reger from Travers Smith LLP in 2023.

Practice head(s):

Guy Usher

Testimonials

‘Partner-led; highly responsive and practical advice.’

‘Jenny Warren looks after all our derivatives work. She has a deep understanding of our business and hence can adapt advice accordingly without instructions. Technical knowledge is also excellent and, most helpfully, Jenny will run with a matter to completion with minimal interaction with us so time is never wasted.’

‘Broad experience in the derivatives space and good mixture of young talent and experience. New billing methods were adapted without any issues.’

‘Edward Miller is highly experienced and can lead tough negotiations on complex issues in a very efficient manner.’

‘The team is very practical and has supported our in-house derivatives team on a number of issues from producing an invaluable close out guide with templates to legal opinions.’

‘Guy Usher and Edward Miller, have been derivatives experts for an incredibly long time. With that length of time comes masses of experience developed over many financial and world crises. Its during these times that you want to go to industry experts who have either seen these situations before or have a deep understanding of likely outcomes. With this level of experience also comes an understanding of how to lead the industry, certainly asset managers in industry working groups and developing a better position for our clients.’

Key clients

Baillie Gifford

Bank of America

Nomura

Citigroup

Commerzbank

UniCredit

Goldman Sachs International

ICBC Standard Bank Plc

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A

Jefferies International Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a global investment bank on the entry into a deal-contingent hedging transaction in connection with certain licenses being granted in the context of the acquisition of Tom Ford by Estée Lauder.
  • Appointed to undertake a significant proportion of the Bank of America group’s ‘Phase 6’ regulatory initial margin documentation exercise.
  • Advised Citi (a major investment bank) in its capacity as hedge provider in relation to the financing aspects of a EUR 750 million acquisition.

Finance > Trade finance Tier 2

Fieldfisher‘s financial markets and products group, in which the trade finance team sits, 'combines a wide range of expertise across different disciplines, which helps clients to reach agreements that will stand the test of time'. The firm handles trade finance arrangements not only in relation to commodities, but also other sectors and asset classes, and its work spans prepayment finance, documentary and standby letters of credit, export and pre-export facilities, reserve base lending, borrowing base, inventory finance and receivables finance. Practice head Oliver Abel Smith focuses on trade and commodity finance and asset finance, particularly in the energy and natural resources sector. Structured finance partner Dougall Molson, who assisted Invesco with the update of its precious metals-backed exchange traded certificates programme. and debt finance specialist Stephen Moller are closely involved with the practice.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Abel Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very easy to deal with and have excellent standards for communication in a timely fashion. Their strengths are most definitely quick turnaround of highly complex documentation. No request is too much. They very much have an open-door approach which is very useful when you need to sound out a legal query with them.’

‘What I also have found stands out is their ability to think around an issue and come up with suitable alternatives particularly when counter legal firms are trying to overcomplicate a legal document. Collaboration within their department is well carried out and at all times you get first class communication.’

‘They are very approachable, and always respond in a timely fashion whereas some law firms you may be waiting several hours for a response. Over the years I have built strong relationships with all the partners in the team and once they know how a particular lender likes to operate, they adapt.’

‘I would always recommend their services. Cool, calm and collected and highly knowledgeable, particularly when dealing with a banking product that is not the norm. Easy to deal with, timely communication and clear and concise in their work.’

‘The Fieldfisher team combines a wide range of expertise across different disciplines. This helps give us a broad service that highlights issues to consider wider than the immediate task in hand. This has helped us reach agreements that will stand the test of time as we go, and not just solve today’s problem.’

Key clients

Banque Misr

Banco do Brasil

Europe Arab Bank plc

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Habib Bank AG

ICBC Standard Bank

Invesco

Silicon Valley Bank

Shawbrook Bank

Trafigura Pte Limited

Traxys Europe SA

Work highlights

  • Advised Invesco in relation to its Invesco Physical Markets precious metals-backed exchange traded certificates programme, one of the largest gold-backed products in Europe.
  • Advised an alternative lender focussed on trade finance on a borrowing base facility secured against Renewable Transport Fuel Certificates and UK Emissions Allowances.
  • Advised a North African commercial bank on a $130 million facility with African Development Bank for the purpose of funding SMEs, technology based businesses and agribusinesses in country, specifically targeted at businesses run by or benefitting women.

Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds Tier 2

The funds team at Fieldfisher acts for both regulated and in particular unregulated retail fund managers, creating bespoke structures and advising on the launch of new funds. The London team frequently works alongside the firm's Luxembourg office to advise on the cross-border aspects of retail fund formation and operation, while also providing regulatory support. Team head Kirstene Baillie is noted for her regulatory practice, advising both fund managers and the regulators themselves on developments in the UK's fund regulation framework.

Practice head(s):

Kirstene Baillie

Key clients

Veritas Investment Partners (UK) Limited

Baillie Gifford

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust International Limited

Guardian Media Group Plc

Guardian Media Group Plc and now The Scott Trust Endowment Limited

The Trustees of Landis Grinding Systems Pension Fund

The Group Trustees of the Schneider Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme (ESPS)

Group Trustees of the Drax Group of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme (ESPS)

Ingenious Capital Management Limited

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 2

Fieldfisher offers wide-ranging expertise in UK infrastructure disputes and African infrastructure projects. With extensive experience in major PFI projects, especially in the health and education sector, the practice also handles energy-from-waste projects and building safety matters. Head of the team, Dan Preston, specialises in both contentious and transactional work in the construction and infrastructure sectors. David Thorne is skilled in representing clients in major TCC litigation, adjudications, and mediations, primarily focusing on dispute resolution for suppliers and purchasers. Director Samantha Thompson brings her expertise in TCC litigation, while senior associate Sarah Shafiq regularly handles adjudications, with a particular interest in energy and renewable energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Dan Preston

Other key lawyers:

David Thorne; Jamie Key; Samantha Thompson; Sarah Shafiq; Christina Cheriyan

Testimonials

‘Dan Preston is the king of construction. David Thorne and Jamie Key are the princes of construction, while Samantha Thompson and Christina Cheriyan are the princesses of construction. Dan’s leadership has produced exceptional lawyers. They’re inspired and inspiring.’

‘Dan Preston and his team are the most responsive construction team on the planet. Completely engaged and engaging. Uber knowledgeable and a tight friendship group too.’

‘Dan Preston’s leadership has produced exceptional lawyers. They’re inspired and inspiring.’

‘The most responsive and practical law firm I’ve dealt with, from the most junior to the head of the team. First class.’

Key clients

Altrad Babcock

Astrazeneca

Baker Hicks

City Developments Ltd

City of London

Costain

Curo Construction

Freehold Managers

HS2 Limited

Imtech

ISG

JJ Rhatigan

Keltbray

M Group

McLaren Construction

Morgan Sindall Group

Muse Developments

Rocket Properties

Shepard Building Group

Sir Robert McAlpine

SPIE Ltd

VolkerWessels Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sir Robert McAlpine on the issues arising from the design and construction of multiple stages at Pinewood Studios.
  • Acting for Rocket Properties in the resolution of fire safety defects at the City Road Travelodge Hotel.
  • Successfully resolving the Hapimaig litigation for Tilbury Douglas.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 2

Turned to by a number of fintechs, banks and high-growth startups, Fieldfisher‘s strong fintech offering encompasses technology infrastructure, the establishment of trading and peer-to-peer platforms and the commercial and regulatory side of payment solutions. Practice head Simon Briskman‘s diverse practice extends to advising on SaaS adoption and cloud-based core banking systems. John Brunning is well placed to advise on fast-moving technologies and emerging risks. Tech-focused VC and M&A lawyer Tom Ward acts for a wide range of fast-growth VC -backed companies, while Thomas Colmer is praised for his ‘deep industry expertise on the corporate side of capital markets fintech‘. Tim Bird is well versed in cross border M&A transactions. Simon Lafferty is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Simon Briskman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent, considered advice.’

‘Deep industry knowledge of capital markets IT landscape.’

‘Thomas Colmer has deep industry expertise, having also worked on the corporate side of capital markets fintech.’

Key clients

SymphonyAI LLC

Trading Technologies International, Inc.

Phides Holding Limited

Genesis Global Technology Limited

Carmoola

Hammock Financial Services

Strategic Software Applications Ltd (trading as Ruleguard)

Pushpull Technology Limited

Leeds Equity Partners

Tembo Money

BondAuction Ltd

MarTrust Corporation Limited

Singletrack Systems Ltd

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 2

Routinely advising clients from technology, life sciences, media and retail sectors, Fieldfisher’s ‘comprehensive yet tailored’ practice has expertise in handling confidential information and trade secrets, copyright and database rights, alongside managing high profile trade mark portfolios and representing clients in various disputes. The practice is jointly led by Leighton Cassidy, who has particular expertise in trade marks and designs across a variety of sectors, and John Linneker, who has recently acted for clients in high profile disputes, such as the Sky plc v SkyKick Inc case. Hastings Guise often supports businesses in the launch of new brands, coordinating multi-jurisdictional clearance and trade mark protection projects, while Amy Reynolds has notable expertise in the trade mark sphere. Key contact Nick Rose is known for his considerable experience in IP litigation and routinely handles matters for clients in the media and entertainment, technology, retail, and sports sectors. James Seadon’s capabilities encompass copyright, database rights, and trade secrets, to name a few. Harriet Seymour is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Leighton Cassidy; John Linneker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are incredible to work with. They were hard-working, efficient and thorough. But more importantly they worked as a team through some very difficult times and in the face of some testing developments.’

‘James Seadon is the standout individual for me as the partner instructing me. He embodies each of the qualities of the team described above. More than anything he is incredibly pleasant to work with.’

‘Fieldfisher offers a full range of copyright and trademark protection services that is comprehensive and yet tailored to the needs of individual clients.’

‘Chris Leung is a very capable associate with real technical acumen.’

‘Harriet Seymour is an excellent partner and a pleasure to work with. Harriet’s trademark knowledge is vast, and she delivers advice that is both pragmatic and sensitive to the business needs of her clients.’

‘Team has excellent commercial and legal knowledge and service is excellent from the most junior to the most senior members of the team.’

‘Nick Rose stands out for soft IP work. Always gets to the nub of an issue, whether factual, legal or tactical.’

‘John Linneker fights hard for his clients and gets excellent results by doing so.’

Key clients

SkyKick, Inc.

Getty Images Group

Sazerac Company, Inc.

Oh Polly Limited

Google, Inc.

Peloton Interactive, Inc

Genius Sports Ltd

MGA Entertainment

Borough Market

Currys (formerly Dixons Carphone)

Smart LLC

FitBit, Inc

EYGS LLP

Dell EMC

Crocs, Inc.

Take-Two Interactive Software

Entertainment One UK Limited

Devolver Digital Ltd

TotalEnergies

Work highlights

  • Advising Getty Images Group, which has issued legal proceedings in the High Court against Stability AI claiming infringement of copyright and other rights relating to the latter’s unauthorised use of Getty Images’ content in order to train its artificially intelligent image generating product, Stability Diffusion.
  • Advising SkyKick, Inc. in its defence of trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Sky Ltd, the well-known broadcaster, in relation to use of the word ‘SKYKICK’. These proceedings have been in the High Court, the CJEU, the Court of Appeal and will be heard in the Supreme Court in June 2023.
  • Acting for Google on a trade mark infringement and passing off action brought against its use of YOUTUBE SHORTS, as well as on trade mark prosecution and enforcement matters.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Fieldfisher has demonstrable experience in the technology arena, advising on matters concerning privacy, projects and outsourcing, communications, satellite and financial services. The practice is particularly well-versed in telecoms work, in addition to advising on the regulatory aspects of AI mandates. Simon Briskman leads the team and has experience in handling matters relating to digital transformation and data centres, while IT and outsourcing specialists Paul Barton and John Worthy act for software companies in the financial services and public sectors. James Walsh handles network infrastructure issues, while Paul Graham works on data privacy and cloud implementation projects. John Brunning, who acts on both the customer and supplier side of technology transactions, is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Simon Briskman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘First-class industry knowledge and very good at helping cut through legal issues to get to the core commercial concerns.’

‘James Walsh is a stand-out partner, who is always available and has excellent general knowledge outside his specialist fields. 

‘James Walsh provides first-class advice and cuts to the chase on commercial concerns.’

‘My experience with Fieldfisher is that they provide pragmatic, commercially astute advice in a timely, cost effective manner.’

‘They really know their stuff and work to achieve the client’s ambition. Get the deals done, even with complicated commercial partners on the other side of the transaction’

‘James Walsh is great to work with.’

‘Great range of subject-matter experts.’

‘Paul Barton is hugely knowledgeable with a calm and easy manner.’

Key clients

Jurassic Fibre

VMware

Freeview

Live Tech Games

Brake Bros

Space Norway

RAJAR

eBay

euNetworks

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Digital content & social Tier 2

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Media finance Tier 2

Fieldfisher‘s media finance work includes complex film and television financing structures, where Tim Johnson – head of the firm’s broader media practice – is an essential contact, as well as international co-financing transactions and tax-structured leveraged finance transactions thanks to the respective expertise of Stephen Saltzman and corporate tax head Derek Hill. Also recommended for their capabilities in corporate finance are Carlton Durrant and Christine Phillips.

Practice head(s):

Tim Johnson; Stephen Saltzman; Carlton Durrant; Christine Phillips; Derek Hill; David Bond

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable, detailed and impeccable advice.’

‘Attentive, organised and available.’

‘Tim Johnson is an incredibly intelligent and talented individual.’

‘Working with Fieldfisher has been one of the best law firm experiences over my career.’

‘The team are technically soundat but also very accommodating and timely. They understand the industry and apply their knowledge to complex problems.’

‘David Bond is someone whom I trust completely to give the best advice and can rely upon with any issue however big or small.’

Key clients

Library Pictures International

Magnetar Capital

BBC Studios

Timeless Films

Legendary Pictures

Huayi Brothers International

Natixis Coficine

BBC

Getty Images

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp

See-Saw Films

Live Tech Games

The William Reed Group

Tortoise Media

Constantin Film

Max Film

Swift Media

Tokyopop

Mubi

The Match Factory

Nickelodeon, MTV and Paramount Pictures

Puig

ID Comms

LVMH Louis Vuitton

Incorporated Society of British Advertisers

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

The experienced team litigators at Fieldfisher have vast expertise across corporate litigation, professional negligence, insolvency litigation, contentious probate, and contractual disputes. James Lappin is the head of the team, commended for being a ‘very astute litigator’. In addition to Lappin, other key individuals in the team include ‘technically excellent’ Daniel Sheehan, and Steven Garry who joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP as a director. The size of the team has been bolstered further by the addition of associate Grace Brown from Knights plc, and counsel Verity Quaite, joining the team from 18 St John Street Chambers as a specialist in white-collar-crime.

Practice head(s):

James Lappin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent communications and a depth in resources allowing a quick turnaround of high volumes of paper and information but a good personal touch’

‘Very personal and friendly team’

‘The firm has an extremely able and well resourced team who undertake a high level owner managed litigation. The team, led by James Lappin, is driven and successful and is undoubtedly one of the best commercial dispute resolution teams in the North West.’

‘James Lappin – team leader and very astute litigator. Tactically excellent.

‘Dan Sheehan – director and technically excellent. The real workhorse of the team who makes sure things get done and get done well.’

‘Steven Garry is a first class litigator.’

Key clients

Jaywing Plc

M4nchester Holdings Limited

Swizzels Matlow Limited

3,000 Claimants who are employees or ex-employees of Morrisons supermarket

Getir UK Limited

Pearson Education Limited

MTX Contracts Limited

Financial Reporting Council

JLA

Fleximise

Neil and Mark Oliver

West One Loan Limited

3,000 Group Claimants

Former shareholders of AIM Engineering Limited

Lee Dickinson and Chris Fagan

Jack Eden

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Defendant, Jaywing plc, a multinational data science led marketing agency and analytical company with revenue for 2022 of over £23m, in a complex matter arising out of a Share Purchase Agreement and alleged failure to make Earn Out payments totalling over £1.25m. The matter was successfully defended at Trial in March 2022.
  • Acting for M4nchester Holdings Limited, in defending an unfair prejudice petition brought by Banton Investments Limited. This claim relates to the high-profile insolvency of a subsidiary in the construction industry (Artez Limited), these being the construction firm responsible for refurbishing Crusader Mill, Manchester, a large development in central Manchester for Capital & Centric and supported by Andy Burnham and the GMCA.
  • Acted for Getir (online grocery delivery company) in its claim against Enjoy Media Limited in respect of Enjoy Media’s breach of a contract in failing to comply with its obligations to provide adverts on the side of over 700 London black taxis.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

Fieldfisher's debt recovery practice assists clients through pre-action and court claims to enforcement. The team also handles insolvency related work, including disputed and defended claims. Work for insurers and pension providers is a key specialism, with practice head David Robinson having a high level of experience in financial services sector debt recovery. Associate Rachel Flower is also key.

Practice head(s):

David Robinson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Equita Limited

JLA Limited

Firstport Limited

Cloud Student Homes

Estates & Management Limited

UD Group

West One Loan Limited

Work highlights

  • Securing Summary Judgment for (a minimum) of £5.6m for West One Loans Limited in a disputed matter following default on a bringing loan facility.
  • Acting on the bulk recovery of Ground Rents for Estates & Management, resulting in circa £1m of monies recovered on behalf of landlords.
  • Acting across multiple matters for JLA recovering sums due under lease agreements, making successful return of good as applications and dealing with disputed claims relating to the applicability of force majure events during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

Working with a host of listed corporates and private companies across a number of sectors, Fieldfisher's capabilities span pensions tax regimes, benefit changes, and buy-ins and buy-outs. North West practice head Jeremy Harris is a highly experienced and active adviser with wide-ranging expertise. Other key names include Katie Whelan, who regularly works with both employers and trustees of occupational pension schemes on high-value mandates. All named lawyers are based in Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Harris; David Gallagher

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Trustees of the Sibelco UK Occupational Pension Scheme No

Trustees of the Warwick International Group PensionSchemeNo

Trustees of the Cooper Consolidated Pension Plan No

Trustees of the MTL Instruments Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the British United Turkeys Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the Blankstone Sington Staff Pension Fund

Trustees of the Danisco (UK) Limited Pension Plan

Trustees of the Coleherne Limited (1976) Retirement Fund

Trustees of the WJB Pension Fund

Trustees of the Willsher & Quick Pension Scheme

Work highlights

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Fieldfisher‘s comprehensive clinical negligence practice is led by ‘class actJenny Urwin, an experienced specialist in brain injury with particular expertise in cases involving children. Urwin is supported by Claire Horton, who works on cases involving delayed diagnosis of brain tumours, compartment syndrome and birth injuries. Also integral to the team are child cerebral palsy specialist Lindsay Holt and Julia Hamilton, who handles catastrophic injury claims, including those involving spinal and orthopaedic injuries.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Urwin

Testimonials

‘At Fieldfisher in Manchester, Jenny Urwin is the very best lawyer anyone could ever have as their solicitor. She’s very professional and knowledgeable in her field and her work quality is very different from others. She always makes sure you get the best outcome and prepares you for everything.’

 ‘I wholeheartedly endorse Fieldfisher and, most especially, Lindsay Holt, who is simply brilliant at her job and a wonderful person too. She was unbelievably compassionate, understanding and sympathetic to me right from the start and never made me feel rushed or pressured. She attentively listened to my difficult story and was very patient, providing me with the time and space to express my emotions. She also had great insight into the various options available to me and, more importantly, made sure that I was clear about the process I would be taking if I chose to go ahead.’

‘Claire Horton is an amazing practitioner. Professional and empathetic. I could always contact Claire when I needed to. Her experience and friendliness made her very approachable at a very diffficult time. Claire was my solicitor for many years prior to settling my claim, if I had to go through the process again, knowing what I do now, I would choose Claire over and over again. I have complete trust in her and she is excellent at what she does. The best – in my opinion.’

‘Lindsay Holt is the full package – she has the knowledge and good judgment. A delight to deal with.’

‘Jenny Urwin is a credit to the business. She is warm, approachable and extremely client focussed.’

‘Jenny Urwin is a class act.’

‘Fieldfisher are a great law firm with national coverage. Claire Horton is the most committed and zealous solicitor I know in this field, with huge skill and compassion for her clients.’

‘Very personal approach to the client’s rehabilitation needs. Understanding of the competing demands from the client and family to ensure that team are able to effective support the plan. Open to feedback about priorities.’

Work highlights

  • Obtained a £28m settlement for a child suffering brain injury at birth due to delay in delivery.
  • Obtained a £19.5m lump sum settlement for the wrongful birth of a child with congenital disabilities.
  • Obtained a £18.8m settlement for a child with cerebral palsy following negligent management of birth by failed attempts at forceps delivery.

Public sector > Health Tier 2

Fieldfisher’s practice provides regulatory expertise, advice and litigation services to support start-ups and new organisations seeking to launch in the UK, seeking to expand or invest. The group works with online medical service providers and those developing digital health and AI in the health sector. Headed by regulatory expert Sarah Ellson who specialises in health and social care matters and bioscience regulation, the team is increasingly receiving instructions for prescribers, cross-jurisdictional device and tech companies as well as medical and dental practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Ward; Chloe Williams

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher have a wealth of experience in the regulatory sector.’

‘Chloe Williams was responsive and approachable, dealing with a complex matter in a well thought our and sensitive manner.’

Key clients

Novartis Pharma AG

Shawbrook Bank

Cynergy Bank

Fresenius Kabi Ltd

The Covid-19 Inquiry

Marlowe plc – Optima Health Group Limited

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Rowlands Pharmacies/Phoenix Healthcare

Human Tissue Authority

General Medical Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Novartis Pharma AG on local regulations and legislation in relation to Patient Support Programmes (PSPs) in over 38 countries.
  • Advising Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority on a wide range of licensing and public law matters.
  • Assisting the UK Covid-19 Inquiry in relation to its set-up and establishment.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 3

The ‘adaptable and commercially focused’ Fieldfisher is widely recognised for its reputation and deep sector expertise in technology deals. The growing practice offers its service across multiple geographies such as Europe, the US and the CIS. Recent engagements have involved sales of businesses, divestments and joint ventures. Practice head Neil Matthews is highly experienced in public and private M&A. Manchester based David Bowcock‘s clients include AIM listed business services companies, while Thomas Colmer specialises in M&A and growth equity transactions. The ‘valued and trusted’ Nodir Sidikov advises energy and natural resources sector clients in the CIS region, while the ‘approachable, pragmatic and balanced’ Tim Bird advises technology and fintech companies on M&A transactions. Melanie Talbot – who joined from Memery Crystal LLP Dublin in September 2022 – specialises in flotations, takeovers and fundraisings.

Practice head(s):

Neil Matthews

Other key lawyers:

David Bowcock; Thomas Colmer; Janita Good; Nodir Sidikov; Keith Woodhouse; Natalia Schuster; Tim Bird; Carlton Durrant; Melanie Talbot; Kuanysh Sarsenbayev; Galina Rivkina; Anastasiya Kapustina; Irina Mikhnova; Tamara Vasiljeva

Testimonials

‘A very adaptable and commercially focused team with an eye on deal execution. Tim Bird is particularly approachable, pragmatic and balanced in his approach to deal execution on transactions. He effectively becomes a part of our team in a seamless fashion. The Fieldfisher team and particularly Tim Bird are always prepared to go the extra mile to help get the deal over the line.’

‘David Wilkinson has outstanding knowledge of financial matters impacting transactions, making him extremely valuable in negotiations.’

‘For more than a decade, Fieldfisher has been our trusted legal counsel. Nodir Sidikov has emerged as an invaluable advisor, consistently offering practical solutions and expert advice to our group on M&A deals, which often include complex, politically charged, and sensitive matters. The team he leads has consistently displayed a diverse range of exceptional skills across different team members, demonstrating a profound understanding of our legal needs and commercial realities, as well as an ability to smoothly conduct M&A transactions to closing.’

‘Tamara Vasiljeva’s remarkable commercial insight and profound comprehension of our business requirements are truly commendable. Tamara is very professional, demonstrates a strong business orientation, and fosters a pleasant working environment.’

‘Irina Mikhnova possesses extensive knowledge and sound expertise in her field. She is highly approachable and has earned our team’s trust through her reliable professionalism and advice.’

‘Anastasiya Kapustina is a true champion, consistently leaving a lasting impression on us. She exhibits a remarkable combination of composure and passion when it comes to addressing our needs and following instructions, particularly in the realm of highly political and sensitive transactions.’

‘Galina Rivkina’s reliability and extensive experience in various corporate transactions, coupled with a profound understanding of our group’s objectives, make her an invaluable and effortlessly collaborative advisor.’

‘Kuanysh Sarsenbayev is highly valued by us as he possesses a unique blend of expertise in local law and culture, along with his English law specialisation. This exceptional combination enables him to offer tailored guidance that aligns with our commercial and cultural realities, while also providing invaluable support in arbitration matters.’

Key clients

Management Team of Student Roost

Olympus Corporation (Japan)

JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas”

Iponweb Holding Limited

Glen Dimplex

JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas” and Cooperatieve KMG EP U.A.

Growth Catalyst Partners

Marlowe plc

SymphonyAI LLC

Haulfryn Group Limited

IX Wireless Limited

Restore plc

Amur Minerals Corporation

Phides Holding Limited

Adaptive Financial Consulting Ltd

MBI Group Holdings Limited

Marubeni

Bristow Helicopters

Together Group Holdings plc

Harbour Energy

William Reed Group

InnovaDerma plc

Work highlights

  • Advising the management team on Brookfield’s auction sale of its purpose built student accommodation business, which was acquired by GIC (Singapore Sovereign Wealth Fund) and Greystar.
  • Advising Olympus Corporation on its sale of its scientific solutions business, ‘Evident’, to Bain Capital.
  • Advising the sellers of Iponweb Holding Limited, a large global adtech company providing targeted adverts for customers, on the sale of all subsidiaries and assets to Nasdaq listed Criteo S.A.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

Fieldfisher’s department is ‘excellent for premium commercial litigation’, often acting on high-profile cases. The team boasts regional and international expertise, with particular strengths in corporate, shareholder, and post M&A disputes. Colin Gibson  is for one client ‘the best solicitor in the city to work with’, and leads the ‘phenomenal team of hard working, intelligent, and diligent individuals’. The team continues to grow significantly, with Priyanka Kapoor joining from PCB Byrne LLP in July 2022, Natalie Quinlivan from KWM Europe LLP in December 2022, and Ania Farren from Omnia Strategy in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Colin Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Adam Sturt; Duncan Black; Rebecca McKee; Vivien Davies; Kit Jarvis; Shiv Haria-Shah; Hanna Piper; Laura Parnell; Andrew Lafferty; Arik Aslanyan; James Lewis; Daniel Haywards; Priyanka Kapoor; Natalie Quinlivan; Ania Farren

Testimonials

‘The Fieldfisher team is excellent for premium commercial litigation. The team has a depth of expertise and is able to assemble an appropriate team in commercial litigation.’

‘Duncan Black and Rebecca McKee make up a phenomenal team of hard working, intelligent and diligent individuals. They work tirelessly for the best results for their clients and provide incredible support to both clients and counsel teams alike. A joy to work with.’

‘Adam Sturt has heaps of experiences across a wide range of sectors, and has very good judgment.’

‘Vivien Davies is great at marrying middle east expectation with the UK court system which is not always easy.’

‘Kit Jarvis is a stellar litigation partner who works tirelessly for his clients and is able to pull rabbits out of hats. Shiv Haria-Shah is an excellent lawyer who is not fazed by anything, and Hannah Piper is an absolute pleasure to work with. Laura Parnell is extremely hard-working and an obvious favourite with clients.’

‘Andrew Lafferty – calm, orderly approach to case management. Arik Aslanyan – excellent client management and relationships. James Lewis – real work horse. Colin Gibson – perhaps the best solicitor in the city to work with.’

‘Dan Hayward and Rebecca McKee are both excellent. They are fun and enjoyable to work with, which is a very good way of getting the best out of the entire team.’

Key clients

Mr Igor Kolomoisky

Atalaya Mining PLC

Compound Photonics Group Limited (CPGL)

Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime Limited

India Infrastructure Finance Company (UK) Limited (IIFC)

 

Work highlights

  • Acting for Igor Kolomoisky in claims by PrivatBank, Ukraine’s biggest deposit taking bank, for $2.6 billion.
  • Acting for a Lebanese National, in a $1 billion case brought by the Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

The team at Fieldfisher is well-equipped to handle the full gamut of regulatory and contentious issues, frequently advising the National Security and Resilience Consortium on the health and safety risks of commercial organisations, major events, and national infrastructure. 'Superstar lawyer' Andrew Sanderson is particularly adept at advising on transport and defence mattersThe team notably advises Road Skills members on current regulations surrounding transport health and safety.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Sanderson

Other key lawyers:

Kirstie Imber

Testimonials

‘Consistency is one of the team’s biggest strengths. They can always be counted on to treat tasks with importance whilst prioritizing appropriately.’

‘Andrew Sanderson is an excellent point of contact for the team. He keeps everyone on the same page, explaining any complexities before moving forward with any queries and, most importantly, he strives to make everything as perfect as possible. A valuable asset not only to his team but also to our company.’

‘Seriously on their game; very experienced and genuine experts.’

‘Andrew Sanderson stands out as a superstar lawyer – he is practical, highly knowledgeable and very user-friendly.’

Key clients

National Security and Resilience Consortium

Road Skills

Routeone

Enzen Global Limited

Sapphire Utility Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the National Security and Resilience Consortium on all aspects of its operation, which includes matters related to health and safety.
  • Advised Enzen Global Limited on the implementation of health and safety incident response systems in connection with their ten year construction management organisation contract awarded by Cadent.
  • Advised a chain of nightclubs on a health and safety-related investigation, and subsequently advised on the its health and safety policies and procedures.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

Fieldfisher‘s non-contentious pensions team is complimented by clients who are regarded as being ‘extremely knowledgeable in their field, helpful, and proactive‘. The practice is headed up by David Gallagher, who was recently appointed as Chair-Elect of the Association of Pensions Lawyers and possesses particular expertise in pension matters within the electricity industry. Jeremy Harris and Michael Calvert are recommended for their work on scheme benefit changes and pensions in corporate transactions, respectively. Andrew Patten and associate Katie Whelan are also names to note within the team.

Practice head(s):

David Gallagher

Testimonials

‘The team has extensive experience in the pension industry and the ability to clearly communicate to clients.’

‘The personal service provided by Jeremy Harris is extremely valuable. He is pragmatic and able to communicate complex legal rules and regulations in terms which are easy to understand.’

‘Hands-on with a pragmatic approach. The team has strong partners.’

‘They are always available and turn things around quickly. Standout partners are David Gallagher and Jeremy Harris plus Andrew Patten.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable in their field, helpful, and proactive.’

‘Andrew and his team have been pivotal in keeping our pension scheme wind-up moving along.’

‘Their knowledge and experience have enabled us to keep pushing the project along.’

‘Andrew Patton is extremely knowledgeable and has the ability to make a complex subject understandable to non experts. Despite being very busy, Andrew is always available for a call or meeting.’

Key clients

Trustees of the Sibelco UK Occupational Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Cooper Consolidated Pension Plan

Trustees of the MTL Instruments Group Pension Scheme

EDF Energy Limited

Electricity Pensions Trustee Limited

OneFamily Friendly Society

Trustees of the Power Generation Pension Scheme

Trustees of various pension schemes sponsored by Arriva PLC

Trustees of the Beazley Furlonge Limited Pension Scheme

Work highlights

  • Advised Electricity Pensions Trustee Limited, the Scheme Trustee of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme, on several key structural projects including projects to amend the central Scheme rules.
  • Advised the Trustees of the Beazley Furlonge Limited Pension Scheme on liability management options including on their preferred choice of an insurance buy-in contract.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 3

Clients of Fieldfisher are 'very impressed with how proactive and responsive the team is'. Guy Usher is head of the financial markets and products group, which is home to the securitisation team, in which Alex Campbell is the standout practitioner. Campbell, who has ' extensive industry knowledge and is clear and concise in his advice', and Marsili Hale, who leads the loan and mortgage servicing practice, acted for Law Debenture Trust Corporation plc in the successful restructurings of the Great Hall Mortgages No. 1 plc Series 2006-1, Series 2007-1 and Series 2007-2 RMBS transactions, which together have a value of £1.27bn. Peter Knust, who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in 2023, 'provides well rounded, timely and sound advice' to corporate trust and corporate service provider clients. Key partner Stephen Moller frequently advises fintech companies and investment managers on receivables financings, while Dougall Molson  (who is 'innovative, hardworking and has a structurer's mindset') handles private, ABS, true sale and synthetic securitisations.

Practice head(s):

Guy Usher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice is strong across all seniority levels.’

‘Dougall Molson is innovative, hardworking and has a structurer’s mindset. In a world where transactions often don’t fit into neat packages, Dougall ensures that the problem / mission at the heart of the instruction is expertly and seamlessly dealt with’

‘Fieldfisher are excellent communicators, and strive to provide timely and clear advice. Their experience is overarching and they are able to draw from other teams for comprehensive advice.’

‘Alex Campbell has overarching and extensive industry knowledge and is clear and concise in his advice and recommendations. Peter Knust has a wealth of experience and has ability to provide well rounded, timely and sound advice.’

‘Good understanding of capital markets, securitisation under English Law.’

‘Responsiveness and expertise in securitisation. Peter Knust.’

‘Peter Knust is a great advisor. His owns extensive expertise in debt/securitisation and provides his clients with a clear guidance. Highly recommended.’

‘Very impressed with how proactive and responsive the team was, very knowledgeable of the subject matter, turned work around at short notice.’

Key clients

VG Fund Services Jersey

PF Capital Finance Limited

CSC Group

BCMGlobal Mortgages

RSM Advisory

Apex Group

Vistra

Intertrust Group

Law Debenture Trust Corporation

Propfin Limited

Market Financial Solutions Limited

Bank North Limited

Aros Kapital Limited

Jefferies International Limited

Société Générale

Work highlights

  • Advising multiple corporate services providers on the LIBOR restructurings of over 30 tough legacy securitisations with an aggregate total value of £15 billion.
  • Advising on two private real estate-backed securitisations with a total value of £500 million arranged by BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse.
  • Advising Trafigura on two asset-backed commercial paper securitisation conduits.

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 3

Fieldfisher has a dedicated emerging markets team in London that handles transactional, regulatory, litigation and arbitration matters in key markets, notably Africa, the CIS, and the Middle East. It is particularly adept in banking, capital markets, corporate and regulatory matters in jurisdictions such as Kazakhstan, Ukraine and South Africa. 'The firm has an impressive, very professional and balanced team', remark clients, and project and asset finance partner Matt Hinxman 'always provides sound legal and strategic advice'. Energy partner Nodir Sidikov 'never fails to deliver commercial and workable solutions'. Cecily Davis is the standout partner for matters in Africa. Sidikov and corporate partner Jonathan Brooks assisted KazMunayGas, the national oil & gas company of Kazakhstan, with its $330m IPO on the Astana International Stock Exchange. Sidikov and a team of senior associates acted for the same client in joint ventures relating to two large scale petrochemicals projects, involving to the construction and operation of the first integrated petrochemical complex in the Atyrau region.

Practice head(s):

Matt Hinxman; Nodir Sidikov; Cecily Davis

Other key lawyers:

Irina Mikhnova; Tamara Vasiljeva; Anastasiya Kapustina; Dougall Molson; Galina Rivkina; Kuanysh Sarsenbayev; Rebecca McKee

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher has been our trusted legal advisor for over a decade. Over the course of our cooperation, Nodir Sidikov has personally become a highly-valued advisor that often provides his expert advice to the top management of our group on the most complex issues, often highly political and sensitive, in his diverse areas of expertise.’

‘Nodir Sidikov s a long-term, well respected and well trusted advisor for our group. Nodir often helps us resolve the challenges which our business as a national oil and gas group, and Kazakhstan as a republic, faces. He has in-depth historic knowledge and understanding of our business and the feel for balance in highly-sensitive political and international relations. We highly praise Nodir for providing high quality advice on complex legal questions, and he has not failed to deliver commercial and workable solutions to us.’

‘Tamara Vasiljeva has an impressive commercial acumen and understanding of our historic business needs – she is always business-minded and pleasant to work with.’

‘Irina Mikhnova is a knowledgeable and sensible specialist, very approachable and well trusted by our team.’

‘Anastasiya Kapustina is a real fighter, and has impressed us by remaining calm but passionate about our needs and instructions, often on highly political and sensitive deals. She is a very hard working specialist who is involved in our matters in both corporate and regulatory spheres.’

‘Galina Rivkina has proven to be reliable, experienced in a broad range of corporate transactions and having a great understanding of our group’s goals, making her an advisor that is easy to work with. Kuanysh Sarsenbayev combines a rare knowledge of Kazakh law and culture, with his knowledge of English law. This makes him a diverse specialist who tailors advice to our commercial and cultural realities and provides arbitration assistance.’

‘Matt Hinxman is very experienced in dealing with such matters and he always provides sound legal and strategic advice.’

‘Rebecca McKee – a rising star. It surely will not be long until she makes partner. She is always on top of all of the material and all of the detail. If you ask her to handle an issue or a problem you can be certain that it will be done and sorted out without ever having to check up.’

Key clients

Amur Minerals Corporation

Atalaya Mining plc

Beowulf Mining plc

JSC National Company “KazMunayGas”

JSC “sovereign wealth fund “Samruk-Kazyna”

Cooperatieve KMG EP UA

Kcell JSC

KazAzot JSC

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

KPMG Kazakhstan

Kodal Minerals plc

Liberum Capital

RCB Bank Ltd (now Finstella Limited)

Savannah Resources plc

SigmaRoc plc

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Trafigura Pte Limited

Traxys Europe S.A.

Work highlights

  • Assisted JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas”, national oil & gas company of Kazakhstan (with market cap of circa US$10 billion), on its IPO on the Astana International Exchange (AIX) and Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE).
  • Assisted major client Igor Kolomoisky, with unique and ground-breaking work in the disputes and arbitration forum. The firm has been entrusted with representing him in JSC Commercial Bank Privatbank v Kolomoisky & Others, one of the largest disputes heard by English commercial court raising complex issues of foreign banking regulations, alleged fraud and misrepresentations.
  • Advised JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas” on joint ventures with PJSC “Sibur Holding” (one of the world expert petrochemicals’ producing and supplying corporations) relating to two large scale petrochemicals projects in the Republic of Kazakhstan, involving to the construction and operation of the first integrated petrochemical complex in the Republic of Kazakhstan (producing polypropylene) and a large scale polyethylene plant with the envisaged project value of around US$6 billion for each plant.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

With a network of offices across Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East, the ‘extremely experienced and knowledgeable’ hotels and leisure team at Fieldfisher is pre-eminent in the franchising space. Instructed by a broad client roster spanning hotels, cruise lines, services apartments, food and beverage outlets, and casinos, the team fields specialist hotel and leisure lawyers covering tax, brand protection, competition, real estate, technology, employment, e-commerce, and corporate matters. 'Fantastic' team head Paul Houston focuses on the real estate aspects of corporate transactions, offering expertise in branded leisure concepts, hotel brands and large-scale portfolio sales. Senior partner David Wilkinson specialises in M&A transactions in the sector. Heading up the firm’s franchising and licensing group, David Bond negotiates franchise and hotel management agreements, as well as handling commercial and advertising issues.

Practice head(s):

Paul Houston

Other key lawyers:

David Wilkinson; David Bond; Ramatu Banga; Owen Talfan Davies; Laura Mackenzie

Testimonials

‘We really rate the team for their commerciality and willingness to pull out all the stops to meet their client’s requirements. This is turn leads to great loyalty.’

‘Paul Houston is really bright, incredibly hard working and very commercial. He is someone you definitely want in your camp.’

‘They offer a true “one stop shop” approach and once instructed on a transaction, the team can deal with all aspects of it. Our experience of them is that they offer down to earth commercial advice and understand the importance of getting deals done as quickly as possible without getting bogged down in esoteric “lawyers’ points”. They have an inclusive culture with high levels of awareness and a diverse team.’

‘Our experience of them is that they are extremely experienced and knowledgeable about the sector. They combine this with an extremely commercial approach and understanding of the client’s needs and commercial objectives. They are really pleasant to work with and are really user-friendly.’

‘Paul Houston is outstanding and exemplifies a can-do attitude. He is a fantastic lawyer and he works incredibly hard for his clients and always ensures timing agendas are met. He is a top-class operator.’

‘David Wilkinson provides a partner-led service on our corporate matters. He is always all over the detail and he provides commercial advice which is focused on getting deals done quickly, without getting bogged down in unnecessary detail. Many of our details do not fit a particular pattern, but David is never knocked off his stride by whatever we throw at him.’

‘Laura Mackenzie is very knowledgeable and hard working. She really understands the issues that are important to clients and has a practical and commercial approach. She is great to work with and always goes the extra mile to deliver for her clients.’

Key clients

Al-Seef Tourism Investment LLC

Ambassador Cruise Line

BlackRock

Booking.com

Capricornus

Coffee-Bike International Limited

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

Creams Café Limited

Cynergy Bank

Dominus

DWS

EL&N International

Expedia, Inc

FRA LAN RB 26-28 GMBH & CO. KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT

GHG London Holdings

Haulfryn Group Limited

Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Millenium & Copthorne Hotels

Sairam Hotels

Secret Escapes Limited

Serani Hotels

Silk (Maxwell Street) Limited

Smith Global Limited (Trading as Mr and Mrs Smith)

State of Play Hospitality t/a Flight Club

The shareholders of Cruising Excursions Limited

TDA Capital

Vastint Hospitality B.V

Viacom/MTV

Work highlights

  • Advised Dominvs Group on the acquisition, restructuring and forward funding of a large hotel and PBSA development at the former Hammersmith Magistrates Court in West London.
  • Advised Vastint Hospitality on the restructuring of its European operating arrangements with Marriot in respect of its Moxy brand.
  • Advised Silk (Maxwell Street), the owner of a new hotel led mixed-use development in Glasgow, on its franchise and management agreement and development financing for the new Hilton Hotel.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

With a ‘stellar reputation‘ among clients for its regulatory capabilities, the team at Fieldfisher assists clients with a myriad of issues, including the funding and development of biotech programmes, and the commercialisation of products. The ‘exceptionally talented and knowledgeableJanita Good leads the team, handling a broad range of transactional matters, including co-operative research, structured licensing, and equity investment issues. Sarah Ellson leads the regulatory team, often advising medical manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies on patient support programmes and clinical trials. Cliodhna McDonough-Stevens has since left the team to work in-house.

Practice head(s):

Janita Good

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher have developed a stellar reputation for their regulatory practice across life sciences and healthcare.’

‘Janita Good and her team are always helpful and very switched on.’

‘Janita Good is an exceptionally talented and knowledgeable life sciences solicitor. Her advice is often very creative, but pragmatic and to the point. I value her advice highly and her people skills, especially in difficult negotiations, are very good. I am very happy to recommend Janita to colleagues and friends in the sector.’

Key clients

Roche Products Limited

Fresenius Kabi

BAGI Group Limited

EB Research Partnership EBRB

Synairgen plc

Inspiration Healthcare plc

Syneos Health UK

Ultromics

InnovaDerma

LetterOne

Human Tissue Authority

NHS Resolution

Phoenix Healthcare

General Medical Council

Sinclair Pharma

Work highlights

  • Advised BAGI Group Limited on an equity investment lead by funds managed by a leading Hong Kong group together with a patent co-ownership and development agreement with an institution in Hong Kong, which could enable a range of new products based on botanical drugs.
  • Advised Roche Products Limited on novel routes to authorisation of treatments that turned out to be effective against the Covid-19 virus, and new data-sharing agreements with the NHS.
  • Advised EB Research Partnership EBRB on equity investment into Mariposa Limited using an innovative model of funding to deploy charitable funds into rare disease research through equity investment.

Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds Tier 3

Work highlights

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

Anna Bond heads the department at Fieldfisher, which is praised for being ’accessible and knowledgeable’.  The group is ‘very capable of managing complicated legal and relational situations in high value brain injury cases’.  It is a specialist team with a focus on high-value, complex property and affairs deputyships for adults and children across the country. These clients have suffered life-changing catastrophic injuries as a result of serious accidents or birth trauma. On  a capitalised basis, it is currently managing in excess of £350m of client funds and other assets. Robin Tubbs is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Anna Bond

Other key lawyers:

Robin Tubbs; Kirstie Chambers

Testimonials

‘Great people with full knowledge about what they are doing. Robin Tubbs, truly amazing lawyer and goes out of his way to help his clients as much as possible. Anna Bond, incredibly knowledgeable and helpful in all aspects’.

‘The people are of first class quality – very professional with vast experience. Totally responsive and excellent communicators.’

‘They are professional and with the human touch. Kirstie Chambers very friendly and always engaging with us when we have a query. Giving us different options with pros and cons and explaining in a manner that we can understand clearly’.

‘Anna Bond runs a fantastic deputy department and I highly recommend her. She has a fantastic way of dealing with the problems that arise in respect of deputyship’.

‘The Deputyship Team is totally client focused. Kirstie Chambers – really cares about her clients’.

‘Anna Bond is exceptionally knowledgeable and builds excellent relationships with clients in the most challenging of circumstances. She heads an extremely capable team of fee earners ; particular stand outs being Robin Tubb and Kirstie Chambers all of whom have excellent experience, kind dispositions and efficient working styles’.

‘The CoP team led by Anna Bond is one of the leading teams in this field. The service provided is excellent – the team members are responsive and pro-active. They are also patient, kind and practical’.

‘Anna Bond – so experienced, always provides sound advice and quickly if required. Also, an excellent communicator who is adept at explaining complex concepts to clients in plain English. Incredibly accessible’.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 3

Fieldfisher‘s fully integrated cross-departmental team advises mining companies in relation to global projects, particularly those in Europe, Africa and the CIS region. Alternative mining finance and energy transition matters are other core pillars of the group’s work, including work pertaining to technology metals and critical minerals used for renewables and EVs. Mining and metals group leader Jonathan Brooks advises on both corporate and commercial mining matters, from joint-ventures to IPOs and M&A. Dominic Gurney-Champion advises mining companies on debt and equity funding, asset and corporate acquisitions, as well joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Brooks

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation

African Lion Gold plc

Amalgamated Metal Corporation plc

Amur Minerals Corporation

Atalaya Mining plc

Beowulf Mining plc

Blue Gold International

Central Asia Metals plc

CleanTech Lithium plc

Copperzone Resources Ltd.

Cornish Metals Inc.

Cycladex Limited

Dalradian Gold Limited

Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

finnCap

FLSmidth

Fox-Davies Capital

Fusion Capital AG

Invesco

Kodal Minerals plc

Liberum Capital

Minexx Ltd

Nimba Development Company

Orion Minerals Ltd

Osisko Gold Royalties

Panmure Gordon

Savannah Resources plc

SigmaRoc plc

SP Angel Corporate Finance

Strand Hanson

Tamesis Partners

Tara Resources AG

Tembo Capital Mining

Tennyson Securities

Terrafame

Trafigura Pte Limited

Traxys Europe S.A.

Vardar Minerals Limited

Venus Minerals Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Amur Minerals Corporation on the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, AO Kun-Manie, to Bering Metals LLC, a Russian-incorporated company controlled by Russian entrepreneur, Vladislav Sviblov.
  • Advising Atalaya Mining plc in its long-running dispute with Astor Management concerning payment of deferred consideration for Atalaya’s acquisition of the world-renowned Rio Tinto copper mine in Andalucia, Spain.
  • Advising Beowulf Mining on a £9.1 million capital raising to fund the development of Beowulf’s Kallak North project in northern Sweden, an intended future supplier of world class, net zero CO2 emission iron concentrates.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

Praised for ‘demonstrating a profound understanding of legal needs and commercial oil & gas realities’, the team fielded by Fieldfisher is equally adept on the transactional side – including M&A, equity capital markets, financing and commodity transactions – as well as in disputes arising out of the oil and gas sectors, including in the English and international courts. Project development and regulatory matters are also core focuses of the practice which is headed up by Paul Stockley who has over 25 years experience in the space.

Practice head(s):

Paul Stockley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘For more than a decade, Fieldfisher has been our trusted legal counsel. Nodir Sidikov providing advice to us, has emerged as an invaluable advisor, consistently offering practical solutions and expert advice to our group on oil & gas deals, which often include complex, politically charged, and sensitive matters. The team he leads has consistently displayed a diverse range of exceptional skills across different team members, demonstrating a profound understanding of legal needs and commercial oil & gas realities.

‘Nodir Sidikov, corporate partner at Fieldfisher, has been a valued and trusted advisor to our company, its parent company and subsidiaries since 2010s. Nodir consistently assists us in overcoming the obstacles encountered by us. His profound historical knowledge and comprehension of our business, coupled with his astute sensitivity to the delicate political and international dynamics involved, make him an invaluable advisor. We hold Nodir in high regard for his ability to provide exceptional advice on sensitive and complex legal matters, and he consistently delivers practical and effective solutions to our commercial challenges.

‘Field Fisher provide advice on on all manner of land rights required for our pipelines, and terminal assets / interfaces (including advising on conflicts large utilities installations and infrastructure projects being carried out pursuant to compulsory powers). Along with supporting advice from other departments. The Field Fisher team consistently give advice that is energy specific as opposed to “one size fits all” and provide a tailored joined up service to our company. A highlight this year has been the opportunity to embed a field Fisher trainee in our business further enhancing the partnership between the two organisations.’

‘Team availability and knowledge.’

‘Paul Stockley has a wealth of knowledge and experience and is an obvious go-to for oil & gas and renewables. With his previous time spent in-house, he understands the needs of the client and works extremely well with all members of the in-house team (legal, commercial, technical).’

‘Paul has excellent, in-depth knowledge about the complete oil and gas picture in the UKCS – from the regulatory aspects to issues of dispute, from greenfield to decomm/recycling, and from front end to back end works. Just a great one-stop shop for any company which needs guidance in the market.’

‘Paul Stockley – He exudes this competence and confidence based on knowledge, capability and emotional / social intelligence that is just hard to describe. It is something you feel, and is very reassuring as a client.’

Key clients

INEOS Upstream Limited (and nine others)

JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas”

Harbour Energy

Strand Hanson

Allenby Capital Limited

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited and Canaccord Genuity Limited

British Pipeline Agency (a joint venture between BP Oil UK and Shell UK) as agent for United Kingdom Oil Pipelines (UKOP)

Echo Energy

IOG plc

Serica Energy plc

DeepOcean

Europa Oil & Gas

JSC “Sovereign Wealth Fund “Samruk-Kazyna”

Cooperatieve KMG EP UA

KazAzot JSC

Work highlights

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 3

The team at Fieldfisher advises a varied client base of care providers and employers on regulatory issues. A particular recent highlight involves assisting the Covid-19 inquiry with its set-up and establishment. Sarah Ellson leads the team with her vast expertise in regulatory issues surrounding cannabis and CBD, regularly advising medical manufacturers, online pharmacies, and clinicians. Known for his corporate and commercial expertise, Neil Palmer assists GPs and independent providers of NHS services with M&A deals and commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Detail-oriented and very pragmatic.’

‘Firm is supportive and pro-active.’

Key clients

Novartis Pharma AG

MBI Technology

Fresenius Kabi Ltd

City Healthcare Partnership CIC

Optima Health Group Limited

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Rowlands Pharmacies

Phoenix Healthcare

Human Tissue Authority

Roche Products

Work highlights

  • Assisting Novartis Pharma with identifying the local regulations and legislation in relation to patient support programmes in over 38 countries.
  • Defending the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in ongoing judicial review proceedings in relation to the advice the HFEA provides on add-on treatments.
  • Assisting the UK Covid-19 inquiry with its set-up and establishment.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

With ‘the breadth of skills and experience to deal with all manner of property investment transactions’, Fieldfisher excels in healthcare, hotel, industrial and student residential asset classes. Anthony Philips co-leads the team alongside Paul Houston, who is well-regarded in the hotel and leisure sectors. Ramatu Banga acts for public sector bodies on the property aspects of transfer schemes, risk management, leases, licences, acquisitions, disposals and estate management matters, and Gary Pickard has over two decades of experience in transactional real estate. Jayne Elkins thrives in significant investment sales and purchases for both single properties and portfolios. Rhodi Pazzi-Axworthy is ‘experienced in dealing with complex structures and transactions’ and caters to real estate mandates concerning nursing homes, renewable homes, and student accommodation.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Philips; Paul Houston

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We have worked very closely with Ramatu Banga and Chris Eykel and cannot give enough accolades to describe the exceptional support and skill they have provided us in very high stress, high stakes commercial property transactions. They act with calmness and professionalism.’

‘The people make this group outstanding. The entire commercial property team is professional, responsive, smart, and pleasant.’

‘We have had the pleasure to work with Gary Pickard when on several occasions he stepped in and picked up difficult matters with the same expertise, professionalism and results.’

Key clients

Crown Records Management Limited

Maybrook Developments Limited

Cambridge Medipark

Co-operative Group Limited

Countryside Properties Limited

Dominvs Group

DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management / RREEF)

Exeter Properties

H & M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited

Imperial College, London

Kennedy Wilson Europe

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

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Roche Products Limited

Sevenoaks District Council

Shell Pension Funds

The British Museum

Work highlights

  • Advising Banco do Brasil in taking a Head Office space in a newly refurbished location in London.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Fieldfisher offers expertise in large-scale UK infrastructure projects, especially within the health and education sectors through major PFI initiatives, and in energy-from-waste projects. The construction department is at the helm of Dan Preston, who specialises in dispute resolution and project management for contractors and employers. Cecily Davis hones her focus on transport and energy projects, advising diverse stakeholders both domestically and internationally. Senior associate Christina Cheriyan acts for purchaser and contractor clients across different sectors, with experience in non-contentious legal work including contract drafting, negotiation, and review.

Practice head(s):

Dan Preston

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent senior associates, and the partners let them get on with it. Lean and mean.’

Key clients

AstraZeneca plc

HS2 Limited

Imperial College

Imtech

ISG

Keltbray

Kennedy Wilson

M Group

McLaren Group

Morgan Sindall Group (including Muse Developments)

Qatari National Bank

Rocket Properties

Rocket Properties

Sir Robert McAlpine

Tilbury Douglas

VolkerWessels Group

Work highlights

  • Appointed as one of two panel firms to HS2 Limited for all aspects of the HS2 project.
  • Acting for the Lot Partners in drafting and negotiating the Key Delivery Partner contracts for the £multi-billion PPP programme at Sellafield.
  • Advising AstraZeneca on the procurement, design and construction of their new £1billion global R&D centre and corporate headquarters on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Fieldfisher‘s practice has experience working on complex and high-profile real estate disputes in London. In particular, the team is known for its strong track record in the fields of preemptive injunctive relief and professional negligence. Antony Phillips leads the team and specialises in dilapidations and secured lending recoveries. Other key figures include Lesley Webber, who has over 40 years of experience with rent reviews.

Practice head(s):

Antony Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Webber; Faye Hyland; Jamie Mangan

Testimonials

‘The Fieldfisher team are responsive, knowledgeable and fully understand our business. They are on-hand to advise and act on complex matters.’

‘Faye Hyland is an exceptional lawyer and provides clear advice and support at all times. With multiple complex issues at any one time, Faye works exceptionally hard to turn things around for us at short notice and represents us exceptionally well.’

‘Lesley Webber and Jamie Mangan have provided advice on a protracted and complicated arbitration where detailed advice was required on legal issues. Their advice was provided in a clear and concise manner, with detailed answers that were supported by the requisite case law.’

‘Fieldfisher are a very friendly and practical legal firm who offer an abundance of helpful up-to-date and practical solutions to a wide-range of lease advisory issues. They provide enormous amounts of charitable advice including to the southern area arbitration and independent experts group.’

‘The standout individuals are Lesley Webber and Jamie Mangan. Both are incredible at both building friendships and providing practical solutions to quite often complex legal issues. Their no nonsense approach instills trust and often helps to quickly end disputes. They remain completely up-to-date and knowledgeable on landlord and tenant law.’

‘Jamie Mangan sourced, briefed and instructed the appropriate expert witnesses in a highly professional manner.’

‘Antony Phillips and Faye Hyland are both very bright giving clear, concise and balanced advice.’

Key clients

Reaction Engines Limited

INEOS Upstream Limited

British Pipeline Agency

Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime Limited

The City of London Corporation

Vastint UK B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advising Reaction Engines Limited in its claim for damages in excess of £70m against trustees of a property unit trust for damages flowing from breaches of an agreement for lease.
  • Advising City of London Corporation on the project to move the wholesale markets of Smithfield and Billingsgate to the new, co-located £100m Dagenham Dock site.
  • Acting for INEOS Shale and others in connection with the continuation of the first of its kind injunction granted against fracking protestors.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Advertising & marketing Tier 3

Praised by clients as a team you can ‘rely upon with any issue’ the advertising and consumer group at Fieldfisher assists with a diverse range of issues, including Advertising Standards Authority complaints, adtech matters and regulatory compliance, with a particular focus on the social media/internet-based advertising sector. With almost three decades of experience at the firm, David Bond heads the team – he has a longstanding track record of work for the ISBA, the UK advertisers’ trade association. Sonal Patel Oliva also brings a great deal of expertise, having advised numerous brands on UK matters and coordinating European-wide advice.  

Practice head(s):

David Bond

Other key lawyers:

Sonal Patel Oliva; Kate Williams

Testimonials

‘Great team with exceptional knowledge of film sector which we operate in.’

‘Knowledgeable, detail-focused, impeccable advice when weighing the issues to find compromise, attentive, organized, available and able to keep all sides focused/directed.’

‘The team are excellent, technically good at their job but also very accommodating and timely. They understand the industry and apply their knowledge to complex problems.’

‘David Bond is someone whom I trust completely to give the best advice and can rely upon with any issue, however big or small.’

Key clients

Library Pictures International

Magnetar Capital

BBC Studios

Timeless Films

Legendary Pictures

Huayi Brothers International

Natixis Coficine

BBC

Getty Images

Lions Gate Entertainment Corp

See-Saw Films

Live Tech Games

The William Reed Group

Tortoise Media

Constantin Film

Max Film

Swift Media

Tokyopop

Mubi

The Match Factory

Nickelodeon, MTV and Paramount Pictures (ViacomCBS)

Puig (Carolina Herrera, Penhaligon’s, Jean Paul Gaultier,

Nina Ricci, Paco Rabanne, Penhaligon’s, Christian

Louboutin)

ID Comms

LVMH Louis Vuitton

Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (ISBA)

Work highlights

  • Advising Puig UK Limited (owner of brands including Carolina Herrera, Penhaligon’s, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nina Ricci, Paco Rabanne, Christian Louboutin) in relation to its advertising and marketing needs including prize promotions, marketing collaborations and digital advertising.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Fieldfisher’s trade marks team is ‘extremely skilled at managing a very large portfolio of enforcement matters’ and acts for clients across a wide range of sectors, predominantly in the technology, life sciences, media, and retail spaces, with an increasing focus on the sports sector. Multi-jurisdictional clients seeking to expand their portfolios often instruct the team. Leighton Cassidy co-heads the group alongside litigation lead John Linneker and dual-qualified solicitor and trade mark attorney Hastings Guise, who is highly adept at handling pre-launch clearance projects and disputes.

Practice head(s):

Leighton Cassidy; John Linneker; Hastings Guise

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Seymour; Amy Reynolds; Chris Benson; Claire Keepax; Chris Tang

Testimonials

‘A very professional and efficient team.’

‘The team is extremely skilled at managing a very large portfolio of enforcement matters while still providing detailed and digestible advice for individual matters.’

‘The team is extremely reliable, especially with last minute deadlines and instructions. The team also routinely takes initiative to provide complex advice about clients’ overall portfolios and enforcement strategies.’

‘Chris Tang is a highly responsive, intelligent, and personable attorney that is very knowledgeable and adept at providing in-depth enforcement advice.’

Key clients

SkyKick

Sazerac

Google

Borough Market

Currys

Smart LLC

FitBit, Inc

EYGS LLP

Dell EMC

Take-Two Interactive Software

Publicis

Caffè Nero

Forbes

Devolver Digital Ltd

TotalEnergies

Work highlights

  • Acting for SkyKick in defending trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Sky in relation to the use of the word ‘SKYKICK’.
  • Advising Sazerac on its global trade mark portfolio outside North America and brand IP enforcement following a competitive tender.
  • Advising Fitbit on UK trade mark matters, including trade mark portfolio management, prosecution, and enforcement.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Fieldfisher provides corporate and commercial services to clients in the technology sector, combining work for AIM-listed companies with a venture capital practice. Practice head David Bowcock is well-versed in private acquisition work across the technology and healthcare industries. Tom Ward advises companies, investment funds and management teams on M&A and private equity transactions. Adam Jones handles disposals and management buy-out issues.

Practice head(s):

David Bowcock

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The thing that makes this team unique is how comfortable it makes you feel. While working with them I always felt that they really know what they are doing and saying and had full confidence in their ability to deliver.’

‘They were super responsive, great communicators and did a great job. The partner I was working with was Tom Ward. He gave me the confidence and comfort that I wanted throughout the process. I would strongly recommend working with Fieldfisher and Tom Ward.’

‘Key strength is in the attention from partners and ability to deliver effective solutions in a cost-efficient manner. Access to niche specialist areas, specifically related to growing tech firms is tremendous.’

‘Tom Ward – attention to detail, ability to collaborate effectively within own firm and external business community and accessibility are all tremendous.’

‘Great leadership from Tom Ward, who is always on call to get his hands dirty. I care about them doing a good job. Which they do, at a rapid pace, and for very reasonable rates.’

‘Tom Ward is a high quality, commercially-minded and market savvy lawyer.’

‘Adam Jones is an exceptionally responsive and a calm lawyer to have on our side of M&A transactions.’

Key clients

Marlowe plc

Restore plc

Made Tech Group plc

ixWireless Limited

Gusbourne plc

Merit Group plc

Fuel Ventures

Together Group Holdings plc

Founders Factory

Getir

Oh Goodlord

OnBuy.com

Samsun Yurt Savunma

Work highlights

  • Advised ixWireless Limited, a telecommunications infrastructure provider, on its receipt of debt and equity investment from River and Mercantile.
  • Advised Emperia on its $10 million Series A venture capital funding led by US venture capital fund Base10 Partners.
  • Advised car financing fintech platform Carmoola on its £27m seed investment from investors including Jaguar Land Rover’s investment fund, InMotion Ventures, VentureFriends, BCI and California-based Clocktower Ventures.

Employment Tier 3

Boasting an impressive presence in the hospitality, retail and manufacturing sectors, Fieldfisher has an established strength in employment litigation as well as non-contentious matters such as TUPE transfers, restructurings, and in-house management training. The team is able to call upon its colleagues in the tax department to provide clients with national minimum wage and IR35 advice, as well as conduct audits. Group head Alex Watson‘s nationwide practice centres on complex senior executive disputes, including exit negotiations for founders and directors and guiding outsourcing arrangements. Jeremy Harris heads pension issues, while David Carmichael leverages his considerable commercial litigation experience to act on executive exits, restrictive covenant allegations and whistleblowing matters. Richard Branson is active on issues regarding whistleblowing, discrimination and employment law compliance across a range of sectors, while Rachel Rigg regularly supports Alex on sensitive settlement and tribunal matters.

Practice head(s):

Alex Watson; Jeremy Harris; David Carmichael; Ranjit Dhindsa

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 3

Fieldfisher is highly recommended for its expertise in industrial disease claims. Bridget Collier - an expert in asbestos, mesothelioma and employers' liability matters - and Keith Cundall - who covers other serious injury work, including road traffic and cycling accidents claims - jointly head up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Bridget Collier; Keith Cundall

Testimonials

‘Experts in the field of industrial disease claims.’

‘Bridget Collier is a very caring, patient and understanding professional person willing to listen in supporting every concern. She is conscientious to ensure that the legal statements are accurate and is dedicated to getting the best outcome for a claim. She kindly helps with reassuring confidence-boosting chats when I’m feeling low and makes me feel she is a true friend.’

‘Acted with kindness, professionalism and courtesy. All emails/phone calls/communications were dealt with swiftly and in full. Any questions/concerns/worries I may have had during this process were dealt with with total understanding and compassion.’

‘Bridget Collier was superb and so knowledgeable. It was always a great pleasure to talk to her.’

‘Niche asbestos litigation team.’

‘Bridget Collier – vastly experienced in the asbestos field. Excellent lawyer with great people skills. Highly recommended in the North West.’

Work highlights

  • Acted in the lung cancer-related case of Alan England v G Dew & Co Limited to obtain a settlement.
  • Obtained a settlement in the asbestos claim Kenneth Jonas v F A Griggs & Sons.
  • Acted in the mesothelioma case of Vera Walmsley, exec of estate of Ralph Walmsley dec’d v Stotherts & A G Barr & Co Ltd.

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

Regarded as having an ‘extremely proactive client-facing team’, Fieldfisher LLP‘s real estate practice is able to act for a range of clients, particularly in relation to commercial and residential developments and insolvency disposals. The team is also noted for its work for corporate occupiers and its housebuilding expertise. Sue Simpson heads the practice with her ‘exceptional legal knowledge’, and handles development and planning issues. Merle Wray is sought out by local authorities and government agencies for her expertise in multi-phased development schemes, whilst qualified chartered surveyor Mark Lee has a wealth of experience in handling residential and commercial land acquisitions for a wide array of clients, including pension funds and private developers.

Practice head(s):

Sue Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Merle Wray; Mark Lee; Michael Norris

Testimonials

‘An extremely proactive client facing team who communicate very effectively with all parties and go beyond the level of service associated with most legal practices.’

‘Provide excellent guidance on complex legal issues and understand the importance of the role their client wishes them to provide.’

‘Merle Wray and Michael Norris provide exceptional service and commitment to achieving the outcomes their client seeks.’

‘They have a high level of expertise and work extremely well with all members of the development team.’

‘The Fieldfisher team at Birmingham are very friendly and approachable.’

‘While they are all excellent lawyers, they also are very easy to work with. Importantly, they are not arrogant, sadly a failing with many solicitors.’

‘Sue Simpson combines exceptional legal knowledge with an ability to put people at ease and get a deal done. She is able to negotiate and create ‘win-win’ scenarios which always protect her clients’ interests.’

‘Like the rest of her team, Sue Simpson is a joy to work with.’

Key clients

Atlas Hive Silverthorne Limited

Avery Healthcare Group Limited

Bloor Homes Limited

Boparan Holdings Limited (various companies)

CALA Homes (Cotswolds) Limited

CALA Homes (North Home Counties) Limited

Cambridge Medipark Limited

Cantel (UK) Limited

Corbally Group (Edgbaston) Limited

Countryside Properties Limited

Coventry City Football Club

EQT Exeter Property Group

IM Properties Plc

Lloyds Banking

Nightingale Derbyshire Limited

Parques Reunidos

Prologis Inc

Robert Bosch UK Holdings Limited

SKANSKA UK PLC

St Francis Group

Workerbee Developments Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted on the acquisition of Cambridge Medipark Limited by Prologis relating to the future development of 1m sq ft of space on the expanding science park.
  • Acting on a £50m development for Atlas Hive Silverthorne Limited in Bristol which will include 371 new homes, a 1,600 student learning campus, offices, student accommodation and public open space.
  • Advised DJS Antibodies Limited on their acquisition of office and laboratory space and the $225m sale to AbbVie Limited in October 2022.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Under the guidance of  the ‘highly motivated, energetic and intelligentDuncan Black, the team at Fieldfisher expertly deals with the gamut of contentious regulatory issues faced by service providers, asset managers, brokers and dealers. The firm is particularly noted for its niche specialism in market abuse, anti-money laundering, structured finance, London Metal Exchange businesses, and systems and controls breaches. In January 2023, the practice was strengthened by the arrival of senior associate Sam Clyndes from the FCA.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Black

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Forensic attention to detail, meticulous work and a uniquely human dynamic make the team a joy to work with.’

‘Each of the team are highly intelligent, work extremely hard and tirelessly strive for the best results for clients. Their client skills are incomparable, and they are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Well organised, cost-effective, highly knowledgeable and very easy to deal with.’

‘Duncan Black: highly motivated, energetic and intelligent – and always on the lookout for an innovative solution through a difficult legal thicket.’

‘Duncan Black is highly engaged and very knowledgeable.’

‘Duncan Black very quickly ascertains the situation and where the parties stand, who are the appropriate parties and provides advice that is easy to comprehend. He also reaches out to other teams to provide comprehensive advice when needed.’

‘Collaboration and capability to guide us, as a foreign client, through the UK law and regulation was crucial. Also, the help in interacting and negotiating with the other parties involved in the matter was very important. A specific plus was that the firm always involved the relevant specialist, either internal or external, in a very transparent and professional manner.’

‘Fairness, openness, transparency and frank communications really helped. The practitioners are able to put themselves in the client’s shoes.’

Key clients

Triland Metals Ltd

Hugo Van Kuffeler

Assure Hedge Ltd

Alliance Bernstein

Starz Mortgage Capital Ltd

VMMEA Sukuk

Armira Capital

Wilmington Trust

Aquis Stock Exchange Ltd

Sucden Financial Ltd

VG Fund Services

Intertrust

Law Debenture Corporate Services Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing Hugo Van Kuffeler in litigation regarding the nature of investment fund directors’ duties.
  • Representing Law Debenture Corp in litigation defending attacks on corporate service providers to securitisation structures brought by Rizwan Hussein and his aliases.
  • Representing a major UK IFA which has been accused of numerous SYSC breaches by the FCA.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

Fieldfisher has a ‘very knowledgeable and dedicated team‘ specialising in banking litigation, acting on complex insolvency and contentious regulatory issues. Structured finance transactions are a key strength of the team. Andrew Lafferty is the head of the team, notably acting in the high-profile PrivatBank case. Noted practitioners in the team include Duncan Black, Kit Jarvis, and the ‘knowledgeable but pragmaticDonna Goldsworthy. Priyanka Kapoor - a dual qualified (England & Wales; India) commercial litigator who acts for a number of major banks - joined the team in July 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lafferty

Testimonials

‘Donna Goldsworthy provides a first class, client-focused approach. Knowledgeable and pragmatic.’

‘Very knowledgeable and dedicated team always aiming at bringing the best result to their client. Extremely responsive and punctual, always looking to find the most effective yet cost efficient strategy. Very diverse team having an experience of suing debtors from a wide range of jurisdictions.’

‘I would mention Tracey Wright and Mila Kovalenko, both equally pleasant to work with, both extremely hard-working and committed.’

Key clients

The Joint Liquidators of Argyle UAE Limited

Mansard Mortgages 2007-2 PLC

Punjab National Bank (International) Limited (PNBIL)

India Infrastructure Finance Company (UK) Limited (IIFC)

Work highlights

  • Acting for a UHNWI and prominent political and business figure in Ukraine, on the defence of a $2.6bn claim brought by PrivatBank.
  • Acting for India Infrastructure Finance Company (UK) Limited (IIFC) in a breach of contract claim against infrastructure companies and guarantor individuals to recover debts totaling more than £52m.
  • Acting for a director appointed by the minority shareholder of a JV company in a dispute concerning the development of an iconic London landmark into a hotel and private club.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Fieldfisher is particularly experienced in handling matters involving Russia and Eurasian jurisdictions, as well as Africa and South America-related disputes. Simon Sloane is 'a key player in the market'; Colin Gibson is global dispute resolution head; Daniel Hayward is experienced in disputes emanating from Europe, the former Soviet Union, sub-Saharan Africa, and South East Asia; Tracey Wright is 'seriously impressive'; and Alexandra Underwood specialises in cases for (and against) states. In January 2023, Ania Farren joined as partner from Omnia Strategy.

Practice head(s):

Colin Gibson; Simon Sloane; Daniel Hayward

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Underwood; Ania Farren; Rebecca McKee; Emily Wyse-Jackson; Zaakira Allana; Sonia Morton

Testimonials

‘Hands-on and very approachable partners – excellent team that is very responsive and knowledgable.’

‘Fieldfisher is one of the best in terms of quality of work. They have huge strength and depth, and have a lot of work from a variety of regions, notably Africa and the CIS, and cases involving claims of billions.’

Fieldfisher is inventive on strategy and thinks outside of the box. They understand clients’ objectives, and are extremely sophisticated in terms of how it pursues them to achieve the best possible outcome.

‘Simon Sloane is a key player in the market and very tenacious; and Daniel Hayward is very pragmatic and highly effective.’

‘Alexandra Underwood is an excellent partner – definitely someone clients want on their side, and who leaves no stone unturned.’

‘Tracey Wright is seriously impressive and someone clients really want to be working with.’

‘Emily Wyse-Jackson, Rebecca McKee and Sonia Morton are ones to watch. They going places and are complete stars.’

‘Yuliya Kupchenko is extremely diligent and integral to achieving good results.’

Key clients

Gilward Investments

Littop Enterprises

Bridgemont Ventures

Bordo Management

The Republic of South Sudan

Work highlights

  • Acting for a Dutch claimant investor in a bilateral investment treaty claim against the state of Ukraine, which relates to an investment made in a Ukrainian Airline.
  • Acting for the claimants in four bilateral investment treaty disputes, which claim the expropriation of real estate investments made in Crimea.

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 4

Fieldfisher‘s pensions practice is part of its broader employment, compliance, and immigration practice, and is particularly experienced at assisting representative beneficiaries. The team is led by David Gallagher, who is regarded by clients as being ‘very good technically'. Other work the practice undertakes includes equalisation, and negligence cases.

Practice head(s):

David Gallagher

Testimonials

‘Very calm team with detailed technical knowledge of tax and corporate points.’

‘David Gallagher is very good technically which is useful when dealings involve complicated litigation.’

Key clients

Trustees of the Sibelco UK Occupational Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Cooper Consolidated Pension Plan

Trustees of the MTL Instruments Group Pension Scheme

EDF Energy Limited

Electricity Pensions Trustee Scheme

OneFamily Friendly Society

Trustees of the Power Generation Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Beazley Furlonge Limited Pension Scheme

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 4

Fieldfisher‘s multidisciplinary retail and consumer practice draws on the firm’s international network and its cross-departmental capabilities to provide an offering which runs the gamut of relevant matters. David Bond and Gordon Drakes jointly lead the practice; the former takes point on commercial, franchising, and advertising issues, while the latter is they key name for IP instructions and joint ventures. Carly Schiff is recommended for the full range of insolvency work.

Practice head(s):

David Bond; Gordon Drakes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Carly Schiff has a good understanding of our business and provides timely responses to any queries.’

‘Technically sound, responsive and commercially minded.’

 

Key clients

LVMH Louis Vuitton

Hamleys

Dune

Levi Strauss & Co

Dominvs Group

Currys

Charlotte Tilbury

Co-op

JD Sports (including Blacks, Go Outdoors, Millets & Size)

eBay

Getir

Work highlights

  • Advising the Greenwich Shopping Park Unit Trust (a consortium of banks including BNP Paribas) on all legal aspects of the management of Greenwich Shopping Park, based in London.
  • Advising Currys on all its intellectual property matters and assisting with management of its global IP portfolio.
  • Advising Charlotte Tilbury on its various HR requirements.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 4

Fieldfisher has an ‘impressive multidisciplinary approach’ and handles both claimant and defendant cases, including complex cross-jurisdictional and high value matters. ‘Highly intelligent’ practice head Jonathan Ray-Smith has thirty years of experience in resolving corporate and commercial disputes. Matthew Sharp, described as ‘determined, confident, and articulate’, specialises in acting for claimants against solicitors, accountants, and tax advisers.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Ray-Smith

Other key lawyers:

Antony Phillips; Matthew Sharp

Testimonials

‘Impressive multidisciplinary approach to very complex tax-related professional negligence litigation.’

‘Matt Sharp is highly intelligent, impressive grasp of detail, determined, confident, and articulate. Jonathan Ray-Smith is also highly intelligent, fluent, and thoughtful. Jonathan has good organisational ability and impressive client-handling skills.’

‘The individuals in the professional negligence sphere with whose work I am familiar with, and who have impressed me, are Jonathan Ray-Smith and Matt Sharp.’

‘The team at Fieldfisher are commercial and detail driven, using the specific factual matrix to their clients’ advantage.’

‘Commercial judgment, easy to work with, and always looking for commercial solutions rather than difficulties.’

Key clients

Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime Limited

British Pipeline Agency

Hoegh Capital Partners

A group of day nurseries

Mirza Law Limited & Ors

Reaction Engines Limited

Colin Hardman and Finbarr O’Connell as liquidators of The Wine Enterprise Investment Scheme Limited

 

Work highlights

  • Advised Hoegh Capital Partners on a professional negligence claim against a firm of accountants and a firm of solicitors in relation to their respective failures to provide adequate tax advice to ultra-high net worth Scandinavian clients.
  • Advised British Pipeline Agency as agent for United Kingdom Oil Pipelines on a quadripartite property dispute, giving rise to claims in trespass on private land, negligence and breach of contract, in relation to pipelines installed in the wrong location.
  • Advised Reaction Engines Limited in its multi-million pound claim for damages against trustees of a property unit trust for damages flowing from breaches of an agreement for lease, and its contractor’s negligence relating to the client’s new testing facility for its breakthrough space rocket engine technology.

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 4

Fieldfisher has an international and cross-departmental team of art lawyers, which advises on disputes, commercial matters and non-contentious issues. Areas of expertise span finance, tax planning, intellectual property, technology law and real estate matters. Names to note include Helen Mulcahy and Alice Vink. The group also has a growing presence in issues regarding the evolving regulations on anti-money laundering and combatting the financing of terrorism in the art market.

Practice head(s):

Helen Mulcahy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is friendly, collaborative and client focused. They are very commercial and strive to achieve the best outcomes possible for their clients’.

‘They are very commercial. They listen to their clients’.

‘The team is growing and becoming a centre of excellence’.

‘Helen Mulcahy is tireless in fighting on her client’s behalf. She’s also great to work with and instils great confidence’.

Alice Vink is really smart and brings significant category expertise to the team, putting it on a par with all the other leading sector experts. She’s also delightful to work with‘.

‘Ability to focus in on key issues and ask essential questions needed to get to the right answer for our clients. Very approachable and a delight to work with’.

Key clients

Getty Images

Work highlights

  • Advising a major US bank as lead counsel on all of its new and existing facilities secured by artwork, advising on the structure of and putting in place new revolving credit facilities secured by portfolios of artwork.
  • Advising Getty Images Group, claiming infringement of copyright and other rights relating to the unauthorised use of content to train an artificially intelligent image-generating product.
  • Advising a country in connection with proceedings arising out of the disputed title to a significant artwork from that country, which had been stolen previously and transported to different jurisdictions.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

The highly regarded team at Fieldfisher advises international and domestic clients on personal tax, asset protection and wealth management matters. This includes the core work of wills, succession planning, trusts, estates, tax advice and mental capacity. Alongside this, the department advises on the specialised areas of private trust companies, offshore structures and other cross-border issues. Peter Golden is the practice head. Elena Tzialli and Alistair Robertson are among the other names to note.

Practice head(s):

Peter Golden

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent response time, good personal communication. In-depth expertise across the firm. Elena Tzialli: stand-out in terms of communications, expertise, and ability to network/call on others for areas outside her field’.

‘Very good at complicated international private client work, including but not limited to trust and estate planning business, cross border issues, complicated family succession planning and will writing’.

‘Alistair Robertson provides quick thoughtful responses that are well researched and quickly delivered’.

‘Elena is an absolute superstar and her knowledge, expertise and client care skills rival those who have been in her sector for decades longer than she has. My clients always rave about her’.

‘They’re a well diversified team with deep expertise in private client work and corporate clients. Their international network of offices and local capabilities are a strong differentiator’.

‘The level of professionalism and expertise of Alistair Robertson is outstanding in his field’.

‘The team at Field Fisher covers the length and breadth of private client work, but is particularly well known for its capabilities in trust and tax work, covering both domestic and international tax’.

‘Elena Tzialli is extremely personable, incredibly diligent and a delight to know, both personally and professionally.  Elena is well connected, and she is always happy to introduce her contacts to each other’.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

Philip Abbott and Iain Thomas lead the team at Fieldfisher, which ‘provides a high level of legal advice combined with a flexible and commercially oriented approach’. It remains known for its strong property finance capabilities across Europe. Jayne Backett is often involved in complex intercreditor arrangements and restructuring work, while Christian Francis is known for working with senior lenders, life insurers and debt funds. Oliver Abel Smith is a specialist in ground rents as an asset class and is experienced in advising alternative lenders on their funding arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Philip Abbott; Iain Thomas

Testimonials

‘There is a real sense of team between us (the client) and Fieldfisher. There is a thorough understanding of our business, and advice provided is relevant and cognisant of our risk profile.’

‘Transactions are complex, and the Fieldfisher team is highly competent in helping us navigate our way through these complexities. While counterparts are represented by Magic Circle firms, we never feel underpowered with the support provided by the Fieldfisher legal team.’

‘Oliver Abel Smith is able to pick up complex issues quickly and understand their relevance to our business and strategic objectives. He takes great care to understand the practicalities of our business and how the requirements of the financing documents can impact upon these.’

‘Great mix of property and finance expertise.’

‘Focussed on getting the transaction done and leading the process on our behalf.’

‘The team at Fieldfisher provides a high level of legal advice combined with a flexible and commercially oriented approach. They have the ability to provide legal support with complex multi-jurisdictional transactions, due to their network of offices in various key jurisdictions, with the London team seamlessly coordinating and managing the work of local counsel.’

‘Philip Abbot is an excellent partner, who combines an extremely broad know-how with a hands-on and practical approach to the negotiations.’

Key clients

Puma Property Finance Limited

Invesco

Work highlights

  • Acted as English advisors to Invesco UK Limited, on a £30m loan to Karma Kitchen, a business that transforms industrial spaces into so-called “dark kitchens”.
  • English advisors to Puma Property Finance on a £33m facility to redevelop the six-storey Mountbatten House in Basingstoke, Hampshire.
  • Counsel to Puma Secured Finance DAC (as lender) on a circa £30.7 million financing to Taurus (Parsons Green) Limited (as borrower) in connection with the acquisition of Alexander House to develop the property into a sustainable office space based in Parsons Greens, London.

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

A ‘truly client-focused firm’, the Fieldfisher commercial crime practice is highly regarded for its work on behalf of companies in the extractives, energy, and infrastructure industries, handling major corporate criminal investigations and prosecutions. The team regularly assists corporations in high-profile cross-border investigations brought by the SFO and FCA, deploying both barristers and solicitors in their team to act both as litigators and as trial counsel. Practice head Quinton Newcomb possesses almost two decades of experience prosecuting and defending in financial crime proceedings, while Shiv Haria-Shah - praised for their 'exceptional quality, time and time again' - is an expert on compliance measures. William Glover works on corporate investigations. Noteworth new arrivals include Priyanka Kapoor, who joined from PCB Byrne in July 2022, and Natalie Quinlivan, who joined from King & Wood Mallesons in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Quinton Newcomb

Other key lawyers:

Shiv Haria-Shah; William Glover; Verity Quaite; Farheen Ishtiaq-Stansfeld

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher are highly regarded in corporate crime. They have considerable experience in conducting regulatory investigations both domestically and intentionally. They have a dedicated team of experienced professionals who have been consistent in providing clients with a first-rate service.’

‘Will Glover is an exceptional lawyer with an impressive ability to quickly identify issues and find solutions for corporate clients.’

‘Quinton Newcomb is a very safe pair of hands with significant experience from his time at the Bar and at Fulcrum Chambers.’

‘Fieldfisher are a truly client-focused firm. They bring the client on-board and tailor the services to their needs. They have a wealth of expertise across a number of practice areas and I truly feel they’re leaders in Risk, Governance and all things ESG.’

‘Shiv Haria-Shah managed to deliver with exceptional quality, time and time again on extremely tight deadlines.’

‘Quinton Newcomb brings so much experience to bear on his cases. He is very personable, easy to get on with, extremely thoughtful and a great tactician. He always takes the long view.’

‘Shiv Haria-Shah – He’s a super smooth, reassuring lawyer with a brilliant legal mind. He’s creative and dynamic and will fight every case as if it’s his last.’

‘Quinton Newcombe – An amazing lawyer. So talented and hard-working. Destined for the top.’

Key clients

Eurasian Natural Resources Company

Work highlights

  • Represented ENRC since the end of 2021 for the purposes of defending in the SFO’s high profile investigation into the company, and Quinton continues to lead the team.
  • Acting for a multinational pharmaceutical company that has been the victim of a fraud by false invoicing.
  • Advising a FTSE100 oil & gas company in relation to financial crime compliance.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

The Manchester practice at Fieldfisher, which is described as providing a ‘spot-on service’, is headed up by Charlotte Round, who has significant experience advising lenders and borrowers on the full spectrum of matters at a domestic and global level. The team’s workload involved advising its clients, including well-known UK banks, on financings and acquisitions and the management of loan portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Round

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Cull

Testimonials

‘They always deliver on time and know how to prepare documents in a way which aligns well with our operations and minimises queries. They present solutions, not problems.’

‘We receive personal service and timely responses alongside quality and assured advice.’

‘They know how their clients operate, understanding and anticipating needs. They provide a clear range of solutions to issues with recommendations. They respond quickly as a whole team and we get on with them on a personal level.’

‘Spot-on service.’

Key clients

Santander UK plc

Standard Chartered Bank

Cynergy Bank

Downing LLP

Shawbrook Bank

Restore plc

Marlowe plc

Gusbourne plc

Perch Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Marlowe plc on facilities of up to £240m from a syndicate of six banks.
  • Advised Perch Capital Limited on funding from Quilam to fund an MBO, refinance and the acquisition of future loan portfolios.
  • Acted for Cynergy Bank Limited on its £27.4m financing of Supreme Hotels LLP.

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

Fieldfisher’s ‘highly professional’ practice, led by experienced development specialist Liam Buckley, is well-equipped to handle complex finance matters in particular; the ‘exceptionally helpful’ Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney and Matthew Dobson both have expertise in real estate finance. Additionally, the team handles regeneration projects and developments for a range of well-known clients.

Practice head(s):

Liam Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Tinsley-Finney; Matthew Dobson; Martin Bloor

Testimonials

‘The team work together collaboratively and are problem solvers for complex transactions.’

‘Kirsty Tinsley-Finney and Martin Bloor in particular have stood out as being exceptionally helpful and commercially-driven.’

‘The team always delivers on time and knows how to prepare documents in a way which knits well with our operations and minimises queries. They present solutions, not problems.’

‘We receive personal service and timely responses. The team is always available to offer quality and assured advice.’

‘A personal service is provided.’

‘The team is highly professional.’

Key clients

Aspen Bridging Limited

Booking.com

Catalyst Property Finance

Colliers International Property Consultants

Co-operative Group

Cynergy Bank

Deutsche Asset Management – DWS Alternatives GMbH

Dominvs Group

Funding 365

Green Switch Capital

Hagan Land Limited/Urban Waterside Limited

Hope Capital

Kennedy Wilson

Kingmoor Park Properties Limited

Market Financial Solutions

Marlowe Plc

NHG Group

Noviniti Limited/Noviniti group of companies

Octane, Octopus Property

Pitalia Real Estate Limited

Restore Plc

Richer Sounds Limited

Shell Group Pension Fund

Simon Carves Engineering Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Toorak Capital

TABHQ

Worthing Borough Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Kingmoor Park Properties Limited on the first phase of the expanded Kingmoor Park business park in Carlisle, which involved the development of a bespoke parcels delivery facility for DPD.
  • Acting on a retained continuing basis for Green Switch Capital in relation to the negotiation and entering into options agreements over numerous sites across the UK.
  • Acting for booking.com on the continuing work relating to the company’s new Manchester headquarters offices at Manchester Goods Yard, Enterprise City, Manchester.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 5

The ‘commercially astute’ team at Fieldfisher is routinely instructed by a strong roster of clients from a range of sectors on the full scope of competition law matters. The practice is reputed for its experience in handling complex cross-border deals involving multiple merger and FDI filings, as well as numerous cartel investigations. Praised for his ‘in depth knowledge', John Cassels heads the practice and co-heads the broader regulatory team at the firm. Cassels is noted for his expertise across the full gamut of competition UK and EU competition matters, with a strong record in investigation cases. Jessica Gardner, who is lauded by clients for going ‘above and beyond to deliver commercial and pragmatic advice on time’, was promoted to partner in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

John Cassels

Other key lawyers:

Nick Pimlott; Stephen May; Miguel Vaz; Jessica Gardner; Aonghus Heatley

Testimonials

‘Very detail orientated – clearly subject matter experts.’

‘My experience with Fieldfisher is that they provide pragmatic, commercially astute advice in a timely, cost effective manner. John Cassels’ expertise and guidance is invaluable.’

‘John Cassels is extremely responsive and helpful. Whether it’s advice coming directly from John, or a colleague with the relevant expertise, I know I will be well supported when I request assistance.’

‘Very good regulatory insight into technical areas relevant to our business. Their technical regulatory focus – particularly in ESG – has been invaluable.’

‘Jessica Gardner goes above and beyond to deliver commercial and pragmatic advice on time. She is great at keeping us updated on costs, more than any other firm I’ve worked with, making it much more easy to manage our budget.

‘Aonghus Heatley has great regulatory knowledge and has been an invaluable support for our deposit return scheme project.’

‘Partners give excellent attention to the matters I have seen. Pragmatic and excellent lawyers.’

‘Stephen May – a very practical lawyer. Knows his stuff and is focused on what clients really need. John Cassels – has a really in-depth knowledge of competition law. Massively experienced and has good judgement.’

Key clients

Pubs Code Adjudicator

Peloton Interactive, Inc

Sazerac Company, Inc

Bristow Group, Inc.

SymphonyAI

Work highlights

  • Advised Bristow Helicopters Limited on its acquisition of British International Helicopter Services Limited– the UK’s largest domestically owned helicopter operator.
  • Acted for Peloton Interactive Inc to support the launch and roll out of its exercise bike and associated services in the UK and Europe, including on several significant competition compliance advisory matters, which are all a critical part of Peloton’s growth strategy.
  • Advised US private equity fund SymphonyAI on acquisition of the NetReveal financial crime and AML platform from BAE Systems plc.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

Led by Duncan Black, the team at Fieldfisher has demonstrable experience in banking regulation, fintech, anti-money laundering, retail product regulation and consumer finance, in addition to the regulation of derivatives and financial markets infrastructure. Other key contacts in the group include directors Simon Lafferty, who advises on prudential regulation, and Steven Burrows, who focuses on securities and derivatives trading and financial markets infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Black

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has broad and in-depth knowledge of all areas of financial regulation.’

‘Simon Lafferty and Steven Burrows have excellent knowledge of financial products and structures, enabling them to apply complex areas of financial regulatory law to the specific transaction in question.’

Key clients

Triland Metals Limited

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust International Limited

Currencies Direct Financial Markets Limited / Currencies Direct Ltd

Aros Kapital Ltd

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

The ‘heavy hitters’ at Fieldfisher frequently act as both litigators and trial counsel, representing C-Suite Executives and company directors in multi-jurisdictional SFO investigations. The team demonstrates significant strength in advising clients on financial crime compliance and civil fraud proceedings, with particular expertise in the mining, finance, and oil sectors. The ‘first rate’ practice head Quinton Newcomb has over 16 years’ experience prosecuting and defending individuals in financial crime proceedings, while Shiv Haria-Shah focuses on civil, regulatory, and criminal matters. William Glover regularly acts on behalf of high-net-worth individuals. Verity Quaite is also recommended. Noteworthy new arrivals include Priyanka Kapoor, who joined as partner from PCB Byrne in July 2022, and Natalie Quinlivan, who joined as director in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Quinton Newcomb

Testimonials

‘They have a strong white-collar crime team filled with experienced and innovative thinking lawyers.’

‘Will Glover is a standout performer in the area of fraud. His experience at the Bar has equipped him to offer clients invaluable insight into litigation strategy. He is meticulous in his case preparation and a real asset to any team.’

‘A team of heavy hitters from a diverse range of backgrounds.’

‘Quinton Newcomb is first rate. Technically brilliant and strategic in approach.’

‘Quinton Newcomb is bright, imaginative, thinks outside the box, loved by clients, and incredibly hard-working and focused.’

Work highlights

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 5

With ‘the breadth of skills and experience to deal with all manner of property investment transactions’, Fieldfisher excels in healthcare, hotel, industrial and student residential asset classes. Anthony Philips co-leads the team alongside Paul Houston, who is well-regarded in the hotel and leisure sectors. Ramatu Banga acts for public sector bodies on the property aspects of transfer schemes, risk management, leases, licences, acquisitions, disposals and estate management matters, and Gary Pickard has over two decades of experience in transactional real estate. Jayne Elkins thrives in significant investment sales and purchases for both single properties and portfolios. Rhodi Pazzi-Axworthy is ‘experienced in dealing with complex structures and transactions’ and caters to real estate mandates concerning nursing homes, renewable homes, and student accommodation.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Philips; Paul Houston

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team’s attention to detail and the people make Fieldfisher what it is today. For me, they are my go-to experts.’

‘They are very commercial and always find a way to get the deal done.’

‘A nice team with the breadth of skills and experience to deal with all manner of property investment transactions and management.’

‘Jayne Elkins is a standout partner. All are experts and work tirelessly for their clients. I cannot speak highly enough of their professionalism and knowledge in their areas of expertise.’

‘Jayne Elkins is incredibly experienced in the sector. She combines commercial sense and academic attention to detail well.’

‘Paul Houston is a long standing and trusted contact. I value the honesty of his advice.’

‘Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy is an excellent lawyer to have on your team. I cannot think of many property lawyers better versed in all the detailed nuances of property law, but he applies his knowledge with a commercial lens. Rhodri is also experienced in dealing with complex structures.’

Key clients

CA Ventures

Cambridge Medipark

Co-operative Group Limited

Countryside Properties Limited

Dominvs Group

DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management / RREEF)

Exeter Properties

Kennedy Wilson Europe

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

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Roche Products Limited

Rocket Properties

Sevenoaks District Council

Shell Pension Funds

City of London Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised a CA Ventures entity on the sale of a portfolio of 3 PBSA developments in Sheffield, Glasgow and Edinburgh to vehicles managed by Apollo Global Management.
  • Acted on behalf of Kennedy Wilson in connection with the acquisition and financing of a c.950,000 sqft estate in West Horndon from Federated Hermes.
  • Acted for DWS on the purchase of 12 Wells Mews, a multi-occupied office investment in central London from AG Berners Street BV.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 5

Recent highlights of Fieldfisher’s practice is capable of advising clients on numerous patent infringement disputes. Tommy McKenna leads the practice, with experience acting for high profile clients in a variety of disputes. Senior associate Christopher Leung’s strengths lie in the life sciences field, and he is well-versed in handling patent proceedings. Former practice head David Knight departed the team to join Brown Rudnick LLP in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Tommy McKenna

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

MGA Entertainment

Randox

Ocean Harvest Technology Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Advising MGA Entertainment, a global designer and distributor of children’s toys, on a claim against it for unjustified threats of patent infringement, alongside parallel competition law claims. The trial is set down for October 2024.
  • Advising Deltatre, a world leading sports and entertainment technology provider, on the patent infringement assertions made against a customer.
  • Acting for Randox, defending a complex US patent infringement claim brought in Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division. The claim has been brought by two Plaintiffs against five Defendants.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 5

Fieldfisher provides expert advice concerning online defamation issues for its established clients and HNWIs. With extensive experience pursuing and defending defamation claims, Colin Gibson and John Linneker jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Colin Gibson; John Linneker

Key clients

Gabriele Galimberti

ADVFN PLC

British Association for Shooting and Conservation

Forbes

Trust Pilot

Work highlights

  • Acting for photographer Gabriele Galimberti in connection with false allegations printed in multiple publications, most notably the MailOnline and The Daily Telegraph, regarding a photography campaign by Balenciaga.    
  • Advising online financial newswire ADVFN on various claims and applications made against it in relation to defamatory user-generated content posted on its bulletin boards.
  • Advised British Association for Shooting and Conservation in relation to defamatory articles published on Twitter and elsewhere online.

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Leveraging its network of national offices, Fieldfisher LLP is sought after for its energy and infrastructure sector expertise, covering matters involving oil and gas, renewables and battery storage. Sue Simpson heads the team in Birmingham and the firm recently gained Christopher Stanwell from DAC Beachcroft LLP to lead the cross-office department from London. Dinah Patel is a key name in Birmingham for her expertise in planning, highways and compulsory purchase matters. Michael Norris is another notable member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Sue Simpson; Christopher Stanwell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Teamwork across the various different skillsets, enabling advice to be more rounded.’

‘Dinah Patel has brought a wide experience to both our planning challenges and the practical problems some legal drafting can bring.’

Key clients

Wain Home (Midlands) Limited

Avery Healthcare Group Limited

Countryside Properties Limited (shortly to be Vistry)

I.M. Properties Plc

Prologis

CALA Homes Limited

Cambridge Medipark

EQT Exeter Property

Robert Bosch Limited

Skanska UK Plc

Angel Care Plc

Toorak Capital Funding

Kennedy Wilson

Cynergy Bank Limited

Workerbee Developments Limited

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 6

Combining ‘efficiency, creativity, and strategic acumen’, Fieldfisher provides      ‘solutions-driven’ advice to investors and venture-backed businesses, seeking or providing funding throughout the investment life cycle. Leveraging the firm’s broader regulatory expertise, the team is particularly effective at advising on transactions within the fintech and healthtech sectors, where Thomas Colmer provides ‘highly actionable’ advice. Manchester-based Tom Ward co-heads the team alongside Colmer and has a strong track record advising on early stage mandates, including through EIS funds.  

Practice head(s):

Tom Ward; Thomas Colmer

Other key lawyers:

Mark Walker; Keith Woodhouse; Andrew Oliver

Testimonials

‘The team is highly experienced in VC-backed investments.’

They are solutions-driven, always finding innovative ways to address complex issues.’

‘Their uniqueness lies not just in their knowledge and professionalism, but in their approach to service, which seamlessly combines efficiency, creativity, and strategic acumen.’

‘Tom Ward’s blend of deep legal knowledge, market insight, and outstanding communication skills sets him apart from competitors. We have particularly valued his proactive approach and commercial acumen.’

‘Thomas Colmer is excellent. His hand-holding approach and leadership are extremely valuable for all stakeholders and his communication is clear and concise, and his advice highly actionable.’

Key clients

Acet Circular Solutions (t/a Again)

Aggero Ltd

Basinghall Tech Fund

Board Intelligence Ltd

Better Half (t/a Paired)

Bower Collective Ltd

Carmoola Group Ltd

Circle Up Growth Partners

CG Hero

Clinithink Ltd

Complement Therapeutics Ltd

Creator Fund

Digital Insight Technologies Ltd (t/a Xapien)

Diode

Dronamics Global Ltd

EB Research Partnership

E Fundamentals Group Ltd

Emperia Ltd

FF Meander Ltd (t/a Byway Travel)

FF Poplar Ltd (t/a Poplar Studios)

FF Indie Ltd

Field Doctor Ltd

FitXR

Founders Factory

Fuel Ventures

Fuse Universal Ltd

Genesis Global Technology Ltd

Glory Global

Glimpse Protocol Ltd

Growth Catalyst Partners LLC

Guardian Angel Network Ltd

Guider Global Ltd

Guinness Asset Management (EIS funds)

Hammock Financial Services Ltd

Hived

Howard Holdings (trading as Landways)

Improveasy Ltd

Karmacist Ltd

Kidadl Ltd

Messier Holdings Ltd (t/a Pinwheel)

MNAI Data Solutions Ltd

Nanomox Ltd

Oh Goodlord Ltd

Osprey Flight Solutions

Oya Space Ltd

Perkier Foods Ltd

Phides Holding Limited

QStory Ltd

Quanterium Technologies Ltd (t/a Compose)

Quiqup Ltd

Risk Ledger Ltd

Saas Hospitality Ltd (t/a HotelRunner)

SideQuest Meta Ltd (formerly Wanyoo)

Singletrack Systems Ltd

Spryt Ltd

Superfluid Finance Ltd

SWEN Capital Partners

SymphonyAI LLC

Tembo Money Ltd

The Know Media Group Ltd

Tortoise Media Ltd

Truffle Invest Ltd

Tyme Food Ltd

Ultromics

Visor Commerce (t/a OnBuy.com)

Worldr Technologies

5Y Technology Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising new US private equity fund client Growth Catalyst Partners (GCP) on 5 acquisitions in 2022 including its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Alaco Limited from various sellers, to create a new global risk consultancy Sigma7.
  • Advising new US private equity fund client SymphonyAI LLC on its acquisition of the NetReveal financial crime platform from BAe Systems plc.
  • Acting as lead M&A legal and tax advisers on the sale of Singletrack, an engagement, research management and analytics platform purpose-built by industry professionals for capital markets, to Accel-KKR, a leading technology-focused private equity firm.

Employment > Immigration Tier 6

Fieldfisher is led in its immigration work by director Joanna Hunt who brings her ‘world-class expertise‘ to the firm, advising businesses and HNW individuals in respect of global mobility, sponsor licences, and prevention of illegal working. The wider firm’s full-service offering and global reach are boons to the immigration offering, as is senior associate Gillian McKearney who works across tech, hospitality, retail, and life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Joanna Hunt has built a very strong, internationally recognised and well respected practice.

Joanna Hunt combines world-class expertise with practical insights.’

The team at Fieldfisher are natural problems solvers who balance legal advice with the commerciality that businesses required. They have a depth of skill and experience that I’ve not seen before.’

Joanna Hunt is a natural collaborator, and detailed and passionate about what she does. She manages to balance the commerciality of our business alongside the advice she is giving. She and her team are hard-working, and deliver an incredible experience for our team members.

Key clients

Charlotte Tilbury

Lawcadia

St Mary’s Place, Andover

Wunderkind

Work highlights

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

The ‘commercial and solutions-oriented’ team at Fieldfisher has a particularly strong reputation among officeholders, which are appreciative of its ability to ‘come up with solutions to complex issues quickly and without fuss’. This solutions-oriented approach is rooted in high levels of technical competence and the firm has gained an excellent reputation over the years for its thought leadership and involvement at the vanguard of developments in the UK market. Stewart Perry, who remains chair of the R3 General Technical Committee (a trade association for UK insolvency and restructuring professionals), exemplifies this high level technical excellence, enabling him to provide ‘clear advice and practical solutions’, on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Contentious expert Kit Jarvis is appreciated for his ‘no nonsense approach’ and ability to provide ‘highly creative solutions to problems’.  

Practice head(s):

Stewart Perry; Michelle Shean; Kit Jarvis; Robin Spender

Other key lawyers:

Carly Schiff; Asa Buchanan

Testimonials

They are commercial and solutions oriented.’

‘The team is approachable, personable and very forward thinking, able to come up with solutions to complex issues quickly and without fuss.’

The Fieldfisher restructuring team is strong in contentious matters and has a strong UK regional practice and is increasingly strong across Europe.’

‘Stewart Perry is technically and commercially excellent; he is able to deliver clear advice and practical solutions.’

Kit Jarvis is a litigation winner who takes no nonsense approach and provides highly creative solutions to problems.’ 

‘Robin Spender is commercial and hardworking.’

‘Carly Schiff is a great new restructuring partner. Clearly knows her stuff. She also thinks about the wider aspects of litigation to help ensure the best result.’

Key clients

Justus von Buchwaldt as administrator of AS German Property Group GmbH

Compound Photonics Group Limited (CPGL)

Colin Hardman and Finbarr O’Connell of Evelyn Partners as liquidators of The Wine Enterprise Investment Scheme Limited

Various partners in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as Administrators and Liquidators of different entities

David Standish and James Bennett of Interpath as joint liquidators of Argyle UAE Limited

Various partners in Teneo as advisors to boards, Administrators and Liquidators of different entities

Various Partners in FRP Advisory LLP as Trustees in Bankruptcy, Administrators and Liquidators of different entities

Various Partners in Quantuma Advisory Limited as Trustees in Bankruptcy, Administrators and Liquidators of different entities

Various partners in Kroll as Trustees in Bankruptcy, Administrators and Liquidators of different entities

Rob Horton of R2 Advisory LLP as Administrators and Liquidators of different entities

Work highlights

  • Advised Justus von Buchwaldt as administrator of AS German Property Group GmbH and related entities on a large international fraud selling ‘investments’ in German real estate.
  • Advised Compound Photonics Group Limited in a claim for unfair prejudice resulting in a successful seminal judgment on the effect of good faith clauses in shareholder agreements, and subsequently in the appointment of administrators in order to resolve sanctions issues.
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern and European chemical manufacturer currently going through a court-based insolvent liquidation process for the restructuring of a multi-jurisdictional $1bn debt.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 6

Bolstered by the addition of dispute resolution specialist Shiv Haria-Shah at the start of 2022, Fieldfisher notably advises a number of national governing bodies on governance investigations and framework implementations. Andrew Sanderson and Patrick Cannon co-head the sport team; Sanderson is a key contact for the FA’s disciplinary team, while the Cannon advises clients in rugby, golf, motor racing, tennis and cricket on commercial strategies. IP protection and enforcement expert Nick Rose is a further key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Sanderson; Patrick Cannon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher have developed a solid understanding of the data protection requirements of our business and can provide big picture and bespoke, discrete advice with equal measure.’

‘Shiv Haria-Shah is truly exceptional.’

‘Not only is Shiv a market leader in terms of expertise but his ability to tap in to your businesses needs, understanding nuances of the sport and regulation is second to none.’

‘Shiv has the ability to understand the landscape and provide advice that considers all commercial aspects. When providing the advice or guidance, Shiv would do so in a succinct / digestible manner, summarising difficult and complex issues in a way that was easy to understand and relay to the rest of the business.’

‘Beyond the exceptional legal work, Shiv is a truly wonderful person who operates with the utmost integrity and respect at all times. I cannot recommend Shiv highly enough.’

‘The Fieldfisher team really invest in getting to know your business, and that is very important to us. It also means that it creates efficiencies further down the line in both fees and time it takes to do work.’

‘Shiv is a great partner who invests time in relationships.’

Key clients

England Boxing

Genius Sport Ltd

The Football Association

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Liverpool Football Club

Work highlights

  • Supporting the FA Disciplinary team over the last two seasons with multiple disciplinary hearings.
  • Advising Liverpool Football Club on various technology-related matters, as well as acting for them in a wider capacity on privacy matters including terms and conditions for LFC’s mobile app.
  • Conducted an investigation for England Boxing in relation to the incorporation and operation of a regional boxing association following numerous complaints, threats of litigation and dysfunction.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Fieldfisher has expanded its private client capabilities with the arrival of Chris Gee from Knights plc in 2021. Since then, and with the support of associates Grace Brown and Rebecca Smith, Gee has led the new contentious trusts and probate offering, advising on the full range of will and estate disputes. The firm already wields an impressive list of UK and non-domicile clients and a growing number of mandates.

North West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Fieldfisher provides regular ongoing technology and data privacy support to a spread of major clients across the sports, banking and transport sectors. The practice also specialises in fast and comprehensive assistance for clients who have suffered significant data breaches. The team is jointly led by Sam Jardine, who advises clients in negotiating commercial contracts relating to technology, and IT and data transfer specialist Rob Sheldon, who has experience in overseeing cross border projects. Associates Cherelle Douglas and Phillippa Stubbs are also key. Laura Johnson left the firm to take up an in-house position at WhatsApp.

Practice head(s):

Sam Jardine; Rob Sheldon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Wide range of expertise and advisors within the business. This has been valuable.’

‘They listen to our needs and accommodate requirements within budget.’

‘Rob Sheldon leads the team that supports us with our data protection compliance, however he recognises when we need wider expertise and ensures that we get this in a timely fashion.’

‘Rob Sheldon was recommended to me by a fellow solicitor when I was looking for a second opinion and which related to a complex matter. Rob’s pragmatism and access to other areas of expertise and a willingness to deal with the difficult meant that he was able to navigate through through a complex matter.’

‘In short, the qualities that standout – pragmatism, availability, responsiveness, commitment.’

‘We’ve worked with Field Fisher as our legal partners for well over 10 years now. Our closest and most long standing relationship being with the Tech and Data Team led by partner Rob Sheldon. The team are responsive, highly client focussed and understand our circumstances and needs.’

‘Rob and his team provide an absolutely 1st class service.’

Key clients

Liverpool Football Club

National Bank of Kuwait

JD Sports

Pets at Home

London North Eastern Railway Limited

The Zoopla Group of Companies

GB Group plc

Phoenix Healthcare/Numark/Rowlands Pharmacies

dunnhumby (a Tesco group company)

UK Biobank

Altro/Autoglym

Cumberland Building Society

Work highlights

  • Advising Liverpool Football Club on several technology-related and strategic privacy matters.
  • Advising JD Sports in both the EU and UK.
  • Advising and supporting London North Eastern Railway (LNER) on technology and strategic privacy matters.

North West > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester

The experienced team litigators at Fieldfisher have vast expertise across corporate litigation, professional negligence, insolvency litigation, contentious probate, and contractual disputes. James Lappin is the head of the team, commended for being a ‘very astute litigator’. In addition to Lappin, other key individuals in the team include ‘technically excellent’ Daniel Sheehan, and Steven Garry who joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP as a director. The size of the team has been bolstered further by the addition of associate Grace Brown from Knights plc, and counsel Verity Quaite, joining the team from 18 St John Street Chambers as a specialist in white-collar-crime.

Practice head(s):

James Lappin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent communications and a depth in resources allowing a quick turnaround of high volumes of paper and information but a good personal touch’

‘Very personal and friendly team’

‘The firm has an extremely able and well resourced team who undertake a high level owner managed litigation. The team, led by James Lappin, is driven and successful and is undoubtedly one of the best commercial dispute resolution teams in the North West.’

‘James Lappin – team leader and very astute litigator. Tactically excellent.

‘Dan Sheehan – director and technically excellent. The real workhorse of the team who makes sure things get done and get done well.’

‘Steven Garry is a first class litigator.’

Key clients

Jaywing Plc

M4nchester Holdings Limited

Swizzels Matlow Limited

3,000 Claimants who are employees or ex-employees of Morrisons supermarket

Getir UK Limited

Pearson Education Limited

MTX Contracts Limited

Financial Reporting Council

JLA

Fleximise

Neil and Mark Oliver

West One Loan Limited

3,000 Group Claimants

Former shareholders of AIM Engineering Limited

Lee Dickinson and Chris Fagan

Jack Eden

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Defendant, Jaywing plc, a multinational data science led marketing agency and analytical company with revenue for 2022 of over £23m, in a complex matter arising out of a Share Purchase Agreement and alleged failure to make Earn Out payments totalling over £1.25m. The matter was successfully defended at Trial in March 2022.
  • Acting for M4nchester Holdings Limited, in defending an unfair prejudice petition brought by Banton Investments Limited. This claim relates to the high-profile insolvency of a subsidiary in the construction industry (Artez Limited), these being the construction firm responsible for refurbishing Crusader Mill, Manchester, a large development in central Manchester for Capital & Centric and supported by Andy Burnham and the GMCA.
  • Acted for Getir (online grocery delivery company) in its claim against Enjoy Media Limited in respect of Enjoy Media’s breach of a contract in failing to comply with its obligations to provide adverts on the side of over 700 London black taxis.

North West > Employment > Pensions

Working with a host of listed corporates and private companies across a number of sectors, Fieldfisher's capabilities span pensions tax regimes, benefit changes, and buy-ins and buy-outs. North West practice head Jeremy Harris is a highly experienced and active adviser with wide-ranging expertise. Other key names include Katie Whelan, who regularly works with both employers and trustees of occupational pension schemes on high-value mandates. All named lawyers are based in Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Harris; David Gallagher

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Trustees of the Sibelco UK Occupational Pension Scheme No

Trustees of the Warwick International Group PensionSchemeNo

Trustees of the Cooper Consolidated Pension Plan No

Trustees of the MTL Instruments Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the British United Turkeys Retirement Benefits Scheme

Trustees of the Blankstone Sington Staff Pension Fund

Trustees of the Danisco (UK) Limited Pension Plan

Trustees of the Coleherne Limited (1976) Retirement Fund

Trustees of the WJB Pension Fund

Trustees of the Willsher & Quick Pension Scheme

Work highlights

North West > Employment > Employment

Boasting an impressive presence in the hospitality, retail and manufacturing sectors, Fieldfisher has an established strength in employment litigation as well as non-contentious matters such as TUPE transfers, restructurings, and in-house management training. The team is able to call upon its colleagues in the tax department to provide clients with national minimum wage and IR35 advice, as well as conduct audits. Group head Alex Watson‘s nationwide practice centres on complex senior executive disputes, including exit negotiations for founders and directors and guiding outsourcing arrangements. Jeremy Harris heads pension issues, while David Carmichael leverages his considerable commercial litigation experience to act on executive exits, restrictive covenant allegations and whistleblowing matters. Richard Branson is active on issues regarding whistleblowing, discrimination and employment law compliance across a range of sectors, while Rachel Rigg regularly supports Alex on sensitive settlement and tribunal matters.

Practice head(s):

Alex Watson; Jeremy Harris; David Carmichael; Ranjit Dhindsa

Other key lawyers:

Work highlights

West Midlands > Real estate > Planning

Leveraging its network of national offices, Fieldfisher LLP is sought after for its energy and infrastructure sector expertise, covering matters involving oil and gas, renewables and battery storage. Sue Simpson heads the team in Birmingham and the firm recently gained Christopher Stanwell from DAC Beachcroft LLP to lead the cross-office department from London. Dinah Patel is a key name in Birmingham for her expertise in planning, highways and compulsory purchase matters. Michael Norris is another notable member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Sue Simpson; Christopher Stanwell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Teamwork across the various different skillsets, enabling advice to be more rounded.’

‘Dinah Patel has brought a wide experience to both our planning challenges and the practical problems some legal drafting can bring.’

Key clients

Wain Home (Midlands) Limited

Avery Healthcare Group Limited

Countryside Properties Limited (shortly to be Vistry)

I.M. Properties Plc

Prologis

CALA Homes Limited

Cambridge Medipark

EQT Exeter Property

Robert Bosch Limited

Skanska UK Plc

Angel Care Plc

Toorak Capital Funding

Kennedy Wilson

Cynergy Bank Limited

Workerbee Developments Limited

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with market-leading practices in many of the world’s most dynamic sectors. It is an exciting, forward-thinking organisation, with established sector expertise in technology, financial services, energy and natural resources and life sciences.

Fieldfisher’s corporate, regulatory, employment and pensions, financial markets and products, real estate and technology and data practices regularly attract complex and high-profile mandates from UK and international clients. Its highly-acclaimed dispute resolution practice is well-versed in resolving challenging contentious issues and high-value disputes for clients crossing sectors and geographical regions.

A distinct part of the Fieldfisher brand is also its award-winning personal injury and medical negligence team, renowned for its sensitive approach to handling difficult claims and achieving the best possible outcomes for its clients.

A consistent investment in developing innovative client solutions has resulted in the establishment of Condor, Fieldfisher Capital, DLC and Roscoe Reid, Fieldfisher’s highly successful and sought-after alternative legal services brands. The most recent addition is Fieldfisher X, a Berlin-based operation focusing on Germany’s mass litigation market.

Fieldfisher is a law firm built around people, with down-to-earth lawyers who strike a healthy balance between legal excellence and a practical approach to clients’ needs. The firm’s legal specialists service a truly international client base, comprising some of the biggest global corporations. They include major technology firms, consulting and digital services, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, infrastructure and chemicals companies, as well as global banks and financial institutions.

Clients choose to work with Fieldfisher because it delivers commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through its exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and to budget.

Fieldfisher’s growing international network stretches across 25 locations in 11 countries: Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, the UK and the US. Its UK offices include London, Manchester, Birmingham and Belfast.

Fieldfisher is an inclusive employer. Over the past three years, 46% of newly promoted partners were women, with the figure rising to 60% in 2022.

Broadening access to the legal profession is a priority for Fieldfisher, in which the firm has always shown leadership. The firm has developed and implemented several innovative social mobility programmes in partnership with its key clients Peloton, Gensler and ViacomCBS.

To support people during challenging times in their lives, Fieldfisher has developed a range of policies including pregnancy loss and parental bereavement services, domestic abuse support and carers’ and dependants’ leave policies. It was one of the first law firms to offer menopause support and neurodiversity policies.

Fieldfisher is proud of its progressive and growing ESG agenda. It has continued to work with Planet Mark, an internationally recognised sustainability certification provider, to bring down its carbon emissions year-on-year. The firm also provides pro bono support to several environmental and conservation charities

Recruitment: Fieldfisher seeks to recruit high-calibre individuals to support its continuing growth. The firm’s retention rates are excellent and many of the firm’s partners trained with the firm. All current vacancies are listed on www.fieldfisher.com and online applications are welcomed.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Robert Shooter
Senior partner David Wilkinson
Financial Markets & Products Phil Abbott
Financial Markets & Products Guy Usher
Competition and Regulatory John Cassels
Corporate Neil Matthews
Technology and Data Simon Briskman
Tax and Structuring Derek Hill
Employment Ranjit Dhindsa
Funds Dale Gabbert
Franchising and Licensing David Bond
Hotels and leisure Paul Houston
Insolvency and Restructuring Michelle Shean
Intellectual Property Leighton Cassidy
Intellectual Property (IP/IT) John Linneker
Dispute Resolution Colin Gibson
Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Iona Meeres-Young
Pensions David Gallagher
Competition and Regulatory Sarah Ellson
Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy Law John Worthy
Real estate Antony Phillips
Technology, Media and Telecommunications Paul Graham
Technology and Data Hazel Grant
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Nick Godwin photo Nick Godwin Partner
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Jill Greenfield photo Jill Greenfield Partner, Head of Serious Injury Sector
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Daniel Hayward photo Mr Daniel Hayward Partner
Caron Heyes photo Caron Heyes
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Kit Jarvis photo Mr Kit Jarvis Partner
Harvinder Kaur photo Harvinder Kaur
Aymen Khoury photo Mr Aymen Khoury Partner
Andrew Lafferty photo Mr Andrew Lafferty Partner
Tony Lewis photo Mr Tony Lewis Partner
Paul McNeil photo Mr Paul McNeil Partner
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Andrew Morgan photo Mr Andrew Morgan Partner
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Punam Sood photo Punam Sood Director
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Peter Williams photo Mr Peter Williams Partner, Head of Asbestos Claims
Keith Woodhouse photo Mr Keith Woodhouse Partner
Tracey Wright photo Ms Tracey Wright Partner
Jonathan Zimmern photo Mr Jonathan Zimmern Partner
Number of UK partners : 183
Number of other UK fee-earners : 359
Paralegals : 105
Trainees : 57
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London switchboard : 0330 460 7000
London facsimile : 020 7488 0084
Manchester switchboard : 03304607100
Manchester facsimile : 0161 835 8015
Birmingham switchboard : 0330 460 7200
Birmingham facsimile : 0121 210 6499
Fieldfisher website : www.fieldfisher.com