Fieldfisher > London, England > Firm Profile

Fieldfisher
RIVERBANK HOUSE
2 SWAN LANE
LONDON
EC4R 3TT
England

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The team at Fieldfisher is led by ‘titan in the clinical negligence field’ Paul McNeil, and is recognised for its ability to act on the most complex cases in this area, with a particular focus on those including birth complications; genetic metabolic disorders; delayed diagnoses of cancer; spinal injuries, cerebral palsy and psychiatric injury. The team acts on cases of varying financial level, though claims are often for values in the multi-millions; ‘ferociously hard-working’ partner Samantha Critchley is currently acting for a premature baby on a case with an estimated value of £30m. The team is often able to provide its clients with early rehabilitation and has international reach. Kate Rohde's presence continues to inspire praise from the market. Catastrophic injury specialist Jane Weakley is a consistent standout in the team, as is former doctor Iona Meeres-Young. Legal director Caron Heyes is known for her work with charities including Child Bereavement UK, Inquest and Mencap, while senior associate Suzanne Farg, who joined from Kingsley Napley LLP in April 2021, is also one to watch. Mark Bowman and Jonathan Zimmern complete the roster of recommended practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Paul McNeil

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Critchley, Mark Bowman, Jane Weakley, Iona Meeres-Young, Jonathan Zimmern, Kate Rohde, Arti Shah, Caron Heyes, Helen Thompson, Will Jones, Christina Gardiner, Emma Kendall, Sevim Ahmet, Nilam Patel

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher are truly the best in the business. The whole firm operates seamlessly. Paul McNeil and Nilam Patel worked together on my case, and both were reachable and knowledgeable. It was a seamless experience talking to either of them, they were always up-to-date with everything and are both phenomenal. Their administration team was top-class as well. Why go anywhere else?’

‘Paul McNeil is rightly regarded as a titan in the clinical negligence field. He acted with the utmost skill, care, and integrity to ensure that I can receive the care I need. Nilam Patel is also incredible, a first-class lawyer and no doubt a future big-hitter in the clinical negligence field. She handled my case with great adaptability, overcoming all the challenges we faced.’

‘Attention to detail is superb. The team immerse themselves in your matter and make sure all angles are covered, not just the immediate back and forth but the strategic thinking going forward – often three or four steps ahead. Combined with this, is a human desire to get to know you and the predicament your family is in and genuinely showing care and compassion – it brings an added sense that there is a drive and passion to get the best outcome.’

‘Samantha Critchley is head and shoulders above her peer group. Bright, dynamic, caring and ferociously hard working. You always want Sam in the room or at the table.’

‘Iona Meeres-Young has been a great professional support to us. She explained the process very clearly to us at each stage and would sum up and simplify medical terms and next stages of the case. Iona remained confident that our case was going in the right direction and with all evidence and the professional team of experts she instructed, she reached such a positive outcome for our son that has truly changed his life already. We cannot thank her enough and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending her to other parents in the future.’

‘This is the best team in the country. An excellent ethos driving case after case to successful conclusion, and doing so with very great care and thoroughness, but also speed. The team is exceptionally well led. It has wide and deep experience. There is utter commitment. It operates within a city firm, so has the mentality and resources in funding and personnel that few can match, and which it routinely deploys.’

‘Paul McNeil is the leading litigator in this field: highly intelligent, vastly experienced, entirely dedicated to each client, and relentlessly hard-working. He is assisted by a deep bench. Iona Meeres-Young is an absolutely excellent litigator with a calm, highly intelligent and pragmatic approach which shines through. Samantha Critchley is another excellent and vastly experienced litigator – dedication and thoroughness personified. Mark Bowman is an extremely able, intelligent, efficient and effective litigator. Jonathan Zimmern is fully prepared to take on the most ground-breaking cases. Kate Rohde is a hugely experienced lateral thinker. Jane Weakley is a really terrific lawyer, Deborah Nadel is another who has the very highest standards and Arti Shah is one to watch. The team is packed with excellent lawyers.’

‘All the London partners deserve a mention and high praise. Paul McNeil runs a totally outstanding team with Samantha Critchley, Mark Bowman, Iona Meeres-Young, Kate Rohde, Arti Shah, Jane Weakley and Jonathan Zimmern all truly excellent partners as well. They all deserve very high praise for the work they do.’

Work highlights

  • Settled a claim for a brother and sister, born in the early 1980s, who decades later were diagnosed with a rare genetic metabolic condition, which, if diagnosed promptly, can be treated with a lifetime of vitamin B12 injections but which, in this case, led to irreversible intellectual disability in the brother and a range of unexplained symptoms in the sister.
  • Acting on a £30m case on behalf of an extremely premature baby who developed neonatal sepsis at 3 weeks old, which was not treated properly, and whom was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy and autism.
  • Reached a settlement of £2.5m on behalf of a woman who suffered a severe third-degree vaginal tear during childbirth at Ipswich Hospital.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

The ‘truly excellent’ team at Fieldfisher is co-led by Paul McNeilPeter Williams and Jill Greenfield whom, having worked on international cases for victims of Harvey Weinstein, was sought out to act on behalf of UK victims of Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse in 2021, and did so successfully – she is described as being ‘at the top of her game’. The team is renowned for its international work, including acting on behalf of victims of terror attacks; it campaigned to introduce the legislation which now means that UK victims of terror attacks can fight for compensation, wherever in the world the attack occurs. Andrew Morgan and Peter Williams lead the asbestos and mesothelioma specialist sub-team; in 2021 they successfully widened the scope of dependency of those suffering mesothelioma to foster children, following a successful case at the Court of Appeal. Following a holistic approach, the team is dedicated to assisting clients with specialist care, support and rehabilitation, where needed. The team has also been at the forefront of the debate surrounding the safety of Smart Motorways, with ‘standout’ Harvinder Kaur having worked on such cases. ‘OutstandingDushal Mehta and ‘star‘ practitioner Jennifer Buchanan complete the roster of recommended practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Jill Greenfield; Paul McNeil; Peter Williams

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Buchanan; Shaheen Mosquera; Eman Hassan; Keith Barrett; Harvinder Kaur;  Lewis Ayre; Keith Cundall; Claire Glasgow; Dushal Mehta

Testimonials

‘In my opinion, definitely the best personal injury team there is, both in London and elsewhere in the UK. The team is totally outstanding and provides the best all-round service to claimants. No other team I have come across achieves results like this one; dealing with the aftermath of catastrophic injuries so as to get rapid interim payments and rehabilitation packages, and recovering outstanding settlements at the end of the case. I cannot praise them enough.’

‘Jill Greenfield is truly exceptional. They also have excellent support from associates and paralegals and all work brilliantly as a team.’

‘This is a truly excellent team which has a driven ethos, ensuring that the needs of a client and their family are met immediately and effectively. They are exceptional at ensuring that clients are moved from acute treatment placements to the best private rehabilitation units. They drive cases incredibly hard to conclusion. They have a very tough litigation and negotiation style but are pragmatic, flexible and resourceful. They are simply hugely experienced and able. In particular, unlike many others they are nimble on their feet but have huge resources at their disposal because they are part of a city firm.’

‘Jill Greenfield is an exceptional and dedicated litigator. Jennifer Buchanan is a star in the making – she’s highly intelligent, highly caring for clients, relentless in her pursuit of their interests, and so successful. Dushal Mehta is an outstanding lawyer – he’s dedicated, exceptionally hard-working and very caring. Peter Williams is one of the very best in the field of industrial disease.’

‘Absolutely standout claimant personal injury and industrial disease team. Fieldfisher have an outstandingly able team of lawyers who devote significant amounts of focused partner and senior solicitor time to their cases. They provide exemplary, compassionate and supportive client care and are unflinching in their pursuit of their cases.’

‘The genuine care that they display towards their clients is unparalleled, as is the attention to detail in claim management, optimising outcomes for their clients. They are skilled at obtaining early interim payments for their clients and addressing their needs for recovery such as rehousing and ongoing medical care.’

‘Jill Greenfield and Jennifer Buchanan are at the top of their game. Keith Barrett  is loved by clients and has bags of common sense.’

‘Shaheen Mosquera is an absolutely top-class operator in asbestos litigation; tenacious and conscientious in equal measure. She gets superb results for her clients in difficult claims on both liability and quantum. I would highly recommended her for complex and high-value mesothelioma claims.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a number of claimants affected by sexual assault carried out by high-profile individuals and lobbying for better access to compensation.
  • Challenging the law regarding mesothelioma claims, including acting on behalf of a claimant whose husband died having been exposed to asbestos at an ICI explosives factory at Ardeer, North Ayrshire.
  • Assisted with national press on safety campaigns highlighting the catastrophic impact of the Highways England policy, as well as settling two fatal cases regarding Smart motorways.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 1

Fieldfisher continues to be regarded as a firm of choice for public inquiry work, as illustrated by its instruction in December 2021 to assist the Covid-19 Inquiry in its initial set up phase, and its continued involvement with the Manchester Arena, Jermaine Baker and Grenfell Tower Inquiries; Tim Suter is the key contact for such mandates. At leadership level, Matthew Lohn and Martin Smith are the names to note - the former has extensive experience advising regulators and commercial organisations in the financial, electoral, sporting and healthcare fields, while the latter's caseload is focused on judicial review, vires issues, statutory interpretation and the fair exercise of powers and duties. Legal director Carina May is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Martin Smith; Matthew Lohn

Other key lawyers:

Abigail Scholefield; Tim Suter; Carina May; Oliver Carlyon

Key clients

Construction Industry Training Board (‘CITB’)

British Association of Shooting and Conservation

The Professional Standards Authority

Phonepaid Services Authority

Manchester Arena Inquiry

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (‘IICSA’)

Jermaine Baker Inquiry

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority

Sudesh Amman Inquest

East London Inquests – Inquests into the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor

The Inquests into the Deaths of Yves Marie Gloaguen and Pascal Lucien le Floch following the Sinking of the MFV Bugaled Breizh

Inquest touching the death of Dawn Sturgess

The Dyson Investigation

Independent Panel Review into the death of Daniel Morgan

Work highlights

  • Advising the Chair of the Manchester Arena Inquiry on issues under s.36 of the Inquiries Act 2005, in order to compel two witnesses to attend the Inquiry to give evidence.
  • Acted for the Phonepaid Services Authority in a judicial review claim issued by TCS, a premium rate services provider.
  • Instructed by the Right Honourable Lord Dyson to advise him on his independent investigation into allegations made regarding BBC Panorama’s 1995 interview with Diana, Princess of Wales.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Taking a practical approach to privacy compliance and with the ability to think outside the box’, the privacy, security and information team at Fieldfisher acts for a wide range of companies, from start-ups to large multinationals operating across several industries, mostly notably tech, financial services, healthcare and life sciences. Practice head Hazel Grant is ‘commercial and able to give practical recommendations balancing commercial challenges against regulatory risks’. ‘Top notch expert’ Phil Lee is especially sought after by social media, cloud, and disruptive technology clients to advise on international data privacy matters. Another key practitioner is director Nuria Pastor, whose expertise spans data export strategies and data subject access requests.

Practice head(s):

Hazel Grant

Other key lawyers:

Phil Lee; James Seadon; Renzo Marchini; Lorna Cropper; Nuria Pastor; Natalie Barnfield; Leonie Powers

Testimonials

‘The practice is very professional and responsive. What I like the most is their practical approach to privacy compliance and the ability to think outside the box.’ 

‘I think what makes the team stands out is its ability to fully comprehend the nature of our business (to the smallest details) and therefore provides suitable and practical advice. On top of that the team is simply very nice to work with.’ 

‘Natalie Barnfield handles complex issues quickly and provides practical operational suggestions. Hazel Grant is commercial and able to give practical recommendations balancing commercial challenges against regulatory risks.’

‘The depth of knowledge that the data and privacy team has is second to none.’ 

‘The Fieldfisher privacy lawyers provide solution driven advice that is pragmatic and clear. They are fantastic at identifying key privacy risks and making sensible suggestions on how to mitigate them.’

‘Phil Lee and Renzo Marchini are top notch experts that both know the nitty gritty and ins and outs of privacy and data protection law as well as having first class knowledge and understanding of the market. They provide genuinely pragmatic advice that is straight forward and makes sense when trying to implement it.’ 

‘Natalie Barnfield is an extremely knowledgeable and friendly lawyer and always a delight to work with. I see her as a trusted pair of hands and I always feel confident and comfortable in her advice and approach.’

‘Renzo Marchini is a great business partner and lawyer, Lorna Cropper is extremely knowledgeable and business focused, and James Seadon shows great practical insights and instincts on litigation matters.’ 

Key clients

Dunnhumby

Devolver

Digital

Quantcast

Pelo ton Interactive

Mitsubishi Pharma

Free Now

Hasbro

Zoom

Work highlights

  • Advised Dunnhumby on a range of UK and EU privacy matters, including international data transfers, product privacy impact assessment, data protection impact assessment and HR data protection issues.
  • Assisted Zoom in in responding to questions from the ICO about Zoom’s application of the Children’s Code and with international data transfers.
  • Advised Peloton on its expansion into the UK and EU markets and data protection matters.

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

The leading franchising practice at Fieldfisher provides strategic advice to major domestic and global franchise networks across the retail, leisure, education, and food and beverage sectors. The team is jointly led by David Bond and Gordon Drakes; Bond leads on numerous high-profile matters and advises governmental bodies on quasi-franchise business models, while Drakes regularly advises clients on best practices for growing their businesses through the use of third party relationships. Andrew Dodd handles franchise disputes, acting for franchisors, large corporates, and groups of franchisees. Vicky Reinhardt is dual qualified in Germany with a particular focus on the hotel and leisure sectors, and associate Rachel Bowley is also recommended for her work on various UK and international deals.

Practice head(s):

David Bond; Gordon Drakes

Testimonials

‘I have worked with this team for many years – in my view they are still the leading franchise practice in London.’

‘David Bond – senior, knowledgeable, commercial and a superb operator.’

‘Gordon Drakes is a very talented lawyer.’

‘Fieldfisher had created our entire franchise agreement and all the related documents such as the adoption agreement, nondisclosure, etc. Gordon and his team are very professional and supportive, as we are new in the field and have little experience in legal procedure and contracts, they answered our questions in-depth patiently. It is something certainly very appreciated. The team is also very responsive and organized. You can always find the key person for your questions.’

‘Gordon Drakes has not only a profound knowledge of franchise law, but he is also willing to share and teach our team. It’s not easy to work with someone who has no legal background like me. Gordon supported us through the whole contract negotiation process and provided to-the-point answers, arguments, and negotiations to the counterpart. He never hesitates to support us and give us quick feedback and suggestion.’

‘Fieldfisher LLP has shown excellent legal competence and has shown a truly innovative approach to creating bespoke legal agreements.’

‘Fieldfisher offers a highly personal service and their key lawyers are always contactable by phone or email and respond to queries promptly and with great expertise.’

‘David Bond is highly knowledgeable in the field of international education overseas franchising and offers great expertise in guiding and supporting through contractual stages.’

Key clients

Brighton College

St Paul’s Girls’ School

CoCo Fresh Juice & Tea

Hamleys

Starboard Hotels/Delivery

Burger & Lobster

Chopstix

Wasabi

BrewDog

Work highlights

  • Advised Starboard Delivery Limited on its acquisition of 27 Pizza Hut Delivery and Takeaway stores from Yum! and negotiation of Regional Development Agreement and International Franchise Agreement.
  • Advised Taiwanese company, Lumania, with the European franchise expansion of its global bubble tea brand, CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice.
  • Advising Brighton College on its continuing international expansion.

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

At Fieldfisher, the highly adept technology, outsourcing and privacy group advises clients on a broad range of matters, covering digital transformations, cloud-related mandates, SaaS and software developments, outsourcings, and space and satellite issues, as well as emerging technologies such as AI, RPA and autonomous vehicles. Since May 2022, Robert Shooter has taken up the role of managing partner and is no longer practising; Simon Briskman and Hazel Grant now jointly lead the practice; recent noteworthy work includes Briskman’s support advising on a commercial drone cargo aircraft. Other notable individuals include Paul Barton, who advises clients on IT projects in the public and private sectors, satellite specialist John Worthy, and James Walsh, who has significant experience in commercial contracts and navigating digital regulatory issues. Additionally, Paul Graham leads the communications sector group, Rem Noormohamed is dual qualified as a solicitor and an engineer, and John Brunning is skilled in large-scale, transformational projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Briskman; Hazel Grant

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

Fieldfisher’s dedicated IT team of specialist technology lawyers handles matters in relation to traditional software and hardware arrangements, agile technology deployments, artificial intelligence, adtech and facial recognition. The firm also focuses on privacy and data protection issues. The practice acts for clients across the technology, professional services, sport, retail, health and rail sectors. Co-heads Rob Sheldon and Sam Jardine are recognised for their national and international work on IT, outsourcing and complex commercial contracts. Senior associate Laura Johnson is another name to note, working on significant privacy matters. Liam Corrigan  departed the practice for an in-house legal role in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rob Sheldon; Sam Jardine

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sam Jardine is incredibly knowledgeable and very understanding of our industry, he builds relationships and finds solutions.’

‘Sam Jardine is an excellent lawyer, always delivering very clear and commercial advice in a calm and professional manner, but what makes him really stand out is his attitude towards client care.’

‘Rob Sheldon provides expert pragmatic data protection advice.’

‘The team is thorough, pragmatic and listens to the client. They give practical advice, taking into account the client’s commercial considerations.’

‘The Fieldfisher team has excellent knowledge of the law and our sector and combines the two perfectly to provide commercially focuses and pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Liverpool Football Club

National Bank of Kuwait (International) plc

Pets at Home

London North Eastern Railway Limited (LNER)

The Zoopla Group of Companies

GB Group plc

Phoenix Healthcare/Numark/Rowlands Pharmacies

dunnhumby

UK Biobank

Altro/Autoglym

Co-op Group

E Fundamentals

Fresenius Kabi

Iceland Foods Limited

Intercom, Inc

Olympus KeyMed

Onthebeach.com

Sinclair Pharma

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Teacherly

Trilliant

UD Software Solutions

Work highlights

  • Engaged by Liverpool Football Club to provide critical advice and support on various technology-related matters.
  • Provided global tech & privacy advice to dunnhumby, the data-science subsidiary of Tesco providing services to supermarkets and brand-owners in over 30 countries worldwide.
  • Advised GB Group (GBG), a London-listed digital identity specialist on a range of technology agreements, on both the supplier and the customer side, as well as supporting GBG on important privacy matters.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

The litigation team at Fieldfisher LLP has sector specialisations in manufacturing, engineering, IT, energy and agency disputes. As well as this, the firm has expertise in large scale litigation, international arbitration and public procurement work. Ann Benzimra works predominantly in the IT, manufacturing, and energy and infrastructure sectors and has significant experience in mediation and cross-border matters. Richard Waugh has particular expertise in energy sector disputes and has considerable experience on insurance related disputes and commercial fraud. Ellie Pinnells has handled international litigation involving German companies and Stephen May handles litigation and arbitration that involves public law issues. Director Zaakira Allana has worked on High Court litigation and international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Richard Waugh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher has professionals working in very specific areas. This ensured that we always spoke to a true specialist of a specific area.’

‘Fieldfisher’s Birmingham practice includes that relatively rare team who can hold their own in disputes against any London-based firm.’

‘Richard Waugh is an excellent lawyer – resourceful and diligent and with a clear understanding of clients’ interests.’

‘A hard-working litigation machine.’

‘Stephen May is highly effective in developing and executing a cost-efficient and effective case strategy, including under considerable time pressure and when facing an uncooperative opponent. At all stages of the case, Stephen developed a robust and accurate view of the merits of the case which helped us make the right decision as to whether to continue to litigate. Very pragmatic and user-friendly; does not suffer fools nor over-complicate matters. Cannot recommend highly enough.’

‘Fieldfisher is punching well above its weight in com lit, and deservedly so. They have some superb quality solicitors, and provide brilliant value for first-rate work.’

‘Jim Sharkey is one of the most sophisticated commercial litigation partners around, and is a superb choice for any heavy case. He’s whip-smart, an excellent lawyer, a superb team-leader, brilliant at getting along with client and managing expectations, and is a first-rate tactician.’

‘Zaakira Allana is outstanding; a first-rate senior associate, and someone you’d be thrilled to have on any and every case. She’s an excellent lawyer.’

Key clients

Achilles Information Limited

Mr Igor Kolomoisky

DS Smith Plc

Witanhurst Construction Management Limited

Financial Models Corporation Limited – as UK representative for SS&C Technologies, Inc.

Leo Services Holdings Limited

Britannia Holdings 2006 Limited

Henderson and Jones Limited

Live Nation Music (UK) Limited

Celera Telecom Limited

Robert Bosch

Boparan Holdings Limited t/a 2 Sisters Food Group

DHL Parcel UK Limited

Pearson Plc

American Sugar Refineries Inc

Infrastrata Plc

Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH

Fives SA

FLSmidth A/S

Shield Group Engineering and Shield Group

Trend Micro (UK) Limited

BMT Global

Swedish Match AB

Millbrook Healthcare

MGF Groundworks

PlanET Biogastechnik GmbH

Advance Group

WPR Agency Limited

MGA Entertainment Inc.

Work highlights

  • Representing Achilles in respect of its claim against Network Rail for breaches of the Competition Act.
  • Advising Mr Igor Kolomoisky in respect of a US$1.9billion claim and a Worldwide Freezing Order in the sum of US$2.6 billion imposed against him by PrivatBank.
  • Pursuing a multi-million pound claim for follow on damages on behalf of our client against DAF, MAN, Daimler, Iveco and Volvo/Renault due to their participation in a long-running truck cartel.

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

Specialising in the energy, natural resources and life sciences sectors, Fieldfisher handles IPOs/listings in the UK and Europe, secondary issuances and M&A deals involving listed companies. Practice head Brad Isaac has a particular focus on energy and natural resources mandates, as well as advising on ECM matters related to technology and life sciences companies, acting for issuers and brokers. Also active in the area is Edward Westhead, whose focus is the life sciences and healthcare sector, as well as advising on energy, natural resources and technology ECM deals.

Practice head(s):

Brad Isaac

Other key lawyers:

Dominic Gurney-Champion; Edward Westhead

Testimonials

‘The corporate team is filled with excellent lawyers. Pragmatic, personable and high quality. I could not recommend them highly enough.’

‘Dominic Gurney-Champion is one of the very best I have known in 20 years in public markets. He has deep expertise in small/mid cap companies. He is a strategic thinker and is always available, and importantly, always gives ‘partner time’ on a project. He is typical of the pragmatic and commercial advice you get from this firm. He is exceptional and a credit to the industry.’

‘The team is very approachable and they have a good number of experienced partners that are easy to speak with on complex issues.’

Key clients

Abingdon Health PLC

Access Intelligence PLC

ADVFN PLC

Amur Minerals Corporation

Ascent Resources PLC

Atalaya Mining PLC

ATOME Energy plc

Beowulf Mining PLC

Best of the Best PLC

Byotrol PLC

Central Asia Metals PLC

Checkit PLC

Cornish Metals Inc.

Craven House Capital PLC

CT Automotive Group plc

Devolver Digital, Inc.

Echo Energy PLC

eEnergy Group 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

Nu-Oil and Gas PLC

Online Blockchain PLC

Pires Investments PLC

President Energy 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

Cormark Securities Inc.

Dowgate Capital

finnCap

Grant Thornton

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Liberum Capital Limited

Numis Securities Limited

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

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

  • Advising award-winning US video game publisher Devolver Digital, Inc. on its admission to trading on AIM, raising $261m and valuing the company at a $950m market cap, making it the second largest ever IPO on AIM.
  • Advising Public Policy Holding Inc., a leading bi-partisan, full service US government affairs business based in Washington DC, on its admission to AIM in December 2021, in combination with a placing raising £30.7m.
  • Advising Access Intelligence on a fundraising and re-admission to AIM, raising £50m to fund the takeover of ASX-listed Isentia Group.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

Fieldfisher traditionally has a strong track record in dealing with multi-jurisdictional civil fraud claims, often in relation to Russia, Ukraine and other CIS regions. Recently, it has seen an increase in its workload of cases with novel assets, such as cryptocurrencies, and is increasingly advising on fraud and corruption investigations within companies and organisations. Practice head Tony Lewis is an experienced specialist in matters arising from fraudulent conduct, while Andrew Lafferty and Kit Jarvis have strong international capabilities. Director Nathan Capone is ‘relentless and always completely on top of the facts.’

Practice head(s):

Tony Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lafferty; Kit Jarvis; Nathan Capone; Daniel Hayward; Alexandra Underwood; Nicola Sewell

Testimonials

‘A very highly regarded civil fraud practice that easily goes up against the biggest firms. A stand-out USP is their use of innovative tech and litigation techniques to trace and secure assets and to identify the perpetrators of the fraud.’

‘Tony Lewis – partner – highly experienced, respected by his team, flexible and innovative in his use of tech and established remedies in new ways. A very safe pair of hands.’

‘Nathan Capone – a rising star, clearly on his way to rapid partnership – relentless and always completely on top of the facts.’

‘The team is very professional with highly skilled and qualified people, with top notch sector focus. Unlike several other firms we have worked with, after assisting us with a case, Fieldfisher went beyond ordinary legal service by helping us with preventative compliance, to avoid issues arising in future.’

‘Highly skilled and qualified lawyers who are able to give concrete and strategic advice in an international setting and in a timely manner.’

‘The team puts in the hard graft when it is needed, and takes advice when required. These are under-rated qualities in litigation!’

‘Andrew Lafferty – partner- competes with the biggest players in the super-case field. Understated and unflappable.’

‘Dan Hayward is a very hands-on partner, who delegates to his senior associates without abdicating responsibility.’

Key clients

LocalBitCoin OY

PwC (as liquidators of Goldtrail Travel Limited)

Leo Services Holdings

Penrich Capital Limited (in liquidation)

German Property Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for an individual in respect of a $2.6bn claim and freezing order brought against him by PrivatBank, involving complex allegations of fraud and spans multiple jurisdictions.
  • Acting for a high-net worth individual in securing a ‘persons unknown’ freezing order in respect of €15m of stolen monies and subsequently making a successful contested summary judgment application against several defendants.
  • Acting for the Israeli court appointed trustee in bankruptcy in High Court proceedings in connection with the recovery of assets on behalf of creditors reportedly owed $420m on which judgment was successfully obtained following trial.

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 2

Comprising ‘excellent, technically strong lawyers’, Fieldfisher‘s professional discipline team acts for over 40 different regulators across a range of sectors, including health, sport, surveying, policing, finance and law. It also assists higher education institutions that offer study courses in the regulated professions. ‘A standout partner with a wealth of experience‘, Sarah Ellson‘s track record includes significant judicial reviews, appeals and Professional Standards Authority cases; and Matthew Lohn is experienced in advising on discipline issues, frequently within the healthcare or finance sectors. At director level, Carina May‘s sector experience covers healthcare, finance and law, while solicitors Olivia Rogers and Chloe Williams are also key regulatory group members.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson

Testimonials

‘The team is made up of excellent, technically strong lawyers, who undertake high-profile and complex work – clear market leaders in this field.’

‘A responsive team that is very engaged, and clearly well led by Sarah Ellson.’

‘Sarah Ellson is exceptional. Helpful and speedy answers that are decoded for the lay person. Sarah has spent the time getting to know us, and she is easy to access, communicative and pragmatic. Clear sighted and well-expressed advice.’

‘Sarah Ellson is a standout partner with a wealth of experience, calm judgement and a clarity of thought and analysis that is just fantastic.’

Key clients

General Medical Council

Professional Standard Authority

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Teaching Regulation Agency

Council for Licensed Conveyancers

General Optical Council

Taxation Disciplinary Board

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland

Bar Standards Board

Student Fitness to Practise

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Council for Licensed Conveyancers with its new proposed rules and a caseload of disciplinary hearings.
  • Acting for the Professional Standards Authority in appeals in the Administrative Court.
  • Undertook a major audit for the General Medical Council into the operation of its Fitness to Practise work.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

The contentious tax team at Fieldfisher has expertise in a variety of tax disputes topics including disclosures, resolution of HMRC enquiries, criminal enquiries and professional negligence claims. There is also a substantial international element to the work being done evidenced by frequent dealings with German tax authorities. George Gillham co-heads the practice with Derek Hill who had expertise in the media and film sectors. Barrister and partner Philippe Freund is involved in cases ranging from the Tax Tribunals to the Supreme Court. Matthew Sharp specialises in contentious tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Derek Hill; George Gillham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘George Gillham is one of the best tax litigators around, highly experienced with excellent background in tax work.’

‘Excellent technical knowledge as well as practical experience in dealing with HMRC.’

‘Matthew Sharp is both technically excellent and has strong client service skills.’

‘A team with breadth and strength in depth. Significant expertise in both high court litigation and before the tax tribunal combined with strong technical tax knowledge.’

‘Matthew Sharp is a real gem – an eye for detail without losing sight of the broader commercial strategy.’

‘Particular expertise in property taxes. Boutique.’

Key clients

Invamed Group Ltd

Sunrise Medical Ltd, Invacare Ltd

Roma Medical Ltd

Days Healthcare Lt

Drive deVilbiss Healthcare Limited

Sunrise Medical Ltd

TGA Mobility Limited

Electric Mobility Euro Limited

Aramark Limited

Sunrise Medical BV & Sunrise Medical Logistics, B.V.

Work highlights

  • Advised Sunrise Medical Ltd, Electric Mobility Euro Ltd, TGA Mobility Ltd, Drive DeVilbiss Ltd on a £6,000,000 Group Litigation before the FTT.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 2

Fieldfisher is particularly known for its expertise in employee ownership transactions, most recently acting on the £276m employee buy-out of TTP Group. The team is jointly led by Graeme Nuttall OBE, who is noted for writing the Nuttall Review which led the establishment of employee ownership trusts by the British Government, and Neil Palmer, who draws on 30 years' experience in handling employee ownership matters. Other key names include Mark Gearing, who often advises AIM listed companies with a focus on the mining, media, tech and life sciences sectors, and Tamsin Nicholds.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gearing; Neil Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Given that one of its partners wrote the Government report which led directly to the establishment of employee ownership trusts as a specific form of employee share schemes, the team’s understanding and insight are unparalleled.’

‘Graeme Nuttall inspires and supports his excellent team.’

‘Graeme Nuttall wrote the Nuttall Report that was adopted by the Government in relation to employee ownership trusts and he is one of the highest profile solicitor in this area. What is impressive about him is his modesty and being available to deal with client issues in detail.’

‘Neil Palmer and Jennifer Martine are particularly effective,’

‘All practitioners in the team are experts in employee shares schemes.’

‘Efficient and helpful.’

‘Good support from Mark Gearing and Tamsin Nicholds.’

Key clients

TTP Group

Global Law Talent

Zaha Hadid

Winch Design

Saietta Group

Faradion

Genesis Global Technology

Gelion

Access Intelligence

Cambridge Design Partnership

Heyne Tillett Steel

Milltown Partners

SigmaRoc

BBC Studios Distribution

Castlefield Partners

Devolver

Finance > Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

Clients note that Fieldfisher has ‘a hands-on, pragmatic and practical approach – no frills nor formalities – and is always ahead of the game in relation to the usage of AI and technical solutions‘. Practice head Guy Usher, who acted for Mesarete Capital LLP, on the launch of its master fund, which included trading documents for prime brokerage, future, OTC derivatives and repos. Edward Miller is ‘very knowledgeable and is capable of thinking through complex situations on an ad hoc basis‘, and he has a particular focus on netting and collateral issues in derivatives transactions. He acted for a US investment bank on the development of a new cryptocurrency derivatives product comprised of back to-back total return swaps linked to the prices of cryptocurrencies. Emma Spiers focuses on structured trades and regulatory issues relating to derivatives. She advised Goldman Sachs on numerous deal-contingent hedging transactions in the context of the IPO of a European company. Ron Feldman and his team are ‘practical and personal and guide clients through complex topics while remaining nimble and able to meet clients needs‘. Up-and-coming partner Jenny Warren acts for sell-side and buy-side clients on derivatives, securities financing transactions, and related regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Guy Usher

Testimonials

‘The practice is well established and has been helping us grow our derivatives business over the last 15 years.’

‘Edward Miller is very knowledgeable and is capable of thinking through complex situations on an ad hoc basis. Having extensive knowledge of the industry and the bespoke structure of our business has made him invaluable when it comes to implementing regulatory requirements and business solutions.’

‘Ron Feldman and his team are practical and personal and guide clients through complex topics while remaining nimble and able to meet clients needs. Clients feel it is a closer relationship than one can get elsewhere.’

‘A hands-on, pragmatic and practical approach – no frills nor formalities; always ahead of the game in relation to the usage of AI and technical solutions.’

Key clients

Baillie Gifford

Bank of America

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

Citigroup

Commerzbank

Danske Bank

Goldman Sachs International

ICBC Standard Bank Plc

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A.

Jefferies International Limited

JP Morgan

Nomura International plc

Rokos Capital Management LLP

UniCredit S.p.A.

VTB Bank

Finance > Trade finance Tier 2

Trade finance is an integral part of the work of Fieldfisher‘s financial markets and products group, which handles pre-payment finance, documentary and standby letters of credit, export and pre-export facilities, reserve-based lending, borrowing base, inventory finance and receivables finance. Practice head Oliver Abel Smith handles a range of finance transactions but has particular expertise in trade and commodity finance, and asset finance in the energy and natural resources sector. Structured finance partner Dougall Molson advised SMBC, Citi and Société Générale as joint lead managers on a new series of $300m notes of Trafigura Securitisation Finance Plc, a receivables securitisation vehicle of Trafigura Group, for which this was the sixth public ABS transaction in its programme.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Abel Smith

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Amalgamated Metal Corporation plc

Banque Misr

Banco do Brasil

Europe Arab Bank plc

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Fusion Capital AG

Hasib Bank AG

ICBC Standard Bank

Misr Bank Europe GmbH

Osisko Gold Royalties

RCB Bank Ltd

Silicon Valley Bank

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Trafigura Pte Limited

Traxys Europe SA

Work highlights

  • Advised a commodity trading company on its three-tier financing, including from a pan-African multilateral DFI, in order to allow it to finance the purchase and tolling of crude oil and the export of certain refined oil products.
  • Advised the London branch of a South American bank on the provision of an uncommitted revolving credit facility to a leading steel trading and distribution group; secured on steel, steel products and raw materials used in the production of steel.
  • Advising Trafigura on the commodities industry’s first fund dedicated to commodities prepayments.

Investment fund formation and management > Hedge funds Tier 2

Fieldfisher handles structuring, launches, fund operation and charges, with particular expertise in derivatives trading and backed up with significant regulatory expertise throughout the firm’s network across Europe. Ron Feldman is the leader of the derivatives and structured finance team, focusing on buy-side clients. Also in the derivatives team is Emma Spiers, who has a varied practice involving structured equity, credit and funding transactions. Dale Gabbert joined from Simmons & Simmons as head of funds in May 2021, bringing with him a strong track-record in hedge funds work, and experience in advising institutional investors.

Practice head(s):

Ron Feldman

Testimonials

‘I had a very good experience with Fieldfisher when it came to the launch of my hedge fund. Fieldfisher has all the necessary components to advise emerging asset managers on such complex projects as the launch of the first fund. In doing so it is not only highly professional but also stand out well in terns of value for money.’

Key clients

Ravel Associates

JCAM/S and F

Rokos Capital Management LLP

Accent Capital Management Limited, Accent Global Technology Fund and Accent Global Technology Master Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised on the launch of Accent Global Technology Fund (a Cayman fund with a master-feeder structure) for new client, Accent Capital. Responsible for the overall management of the launch of the fund and drafted or reviewed and negotiated all the requirement documents and agreements (including the fund’s prospectus and prime brokerage and trading agreements).
  • Advising a manager with assets under management of over $1 trillion in relation to a number of managed account agreements.
  • Advising a longstanding client in relation to its regulatory hosting arrangements in the UK and the arrangements with its Manco in the EU.

Investment fund formation and management > Retail funds Tier 2

Fieldfisher advises domestic and international clients on an array of matters, including governance of FCA-regulated funds, as well as a growing focus on environmental matters. The firm is also able to offer fund design and structuring services for unregulated fund products. The well-regarded Kirstene Baillie specialises in assisting regulated funds and is increasingly focused on international funds matters. Dale Gabbert advises clients on contentious governance issues. He is also active in corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Kirstene Baillie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A strong, well-led practice that provides commercial and accurate advice.’

Key clients

Fidelity Investments

GJL Management (Lux) S.A.R.L. acting on behalf of Goodman Japan Core Fund FCP-FIS

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust International Limited

The Trustees of the Power Generation Pension Scheme

Guardian Media Group Plc

Ingenious Capital Management Limited

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

Fieldfisher’s fintech offering focuses on platform regulation and risk management, receivables finance, corporate fundraising, payments services, open banking and cloud/SaaS solutions as well as financial firm digital transformations. Department lead Simon Briskman has considerable experience acting for banks and other financial institutions on technology and outsourcing issues. John Brunning advises fintechs, banks and other financial services stakeholders on technology related projects; this includes helping banking clients move into the cloud and advising on digital transformation programmes for financial institutions. The trio comprising Tom Ward, Tim Bird and James Walsh are also recommended, with the latter having expertise in cloud-based platforms, payment services and new technology platforms. Thomas Colmer has added to the team’s strength in depth, arriving in October 2021 from PwC LLP.

Practice head(s):

Simon Briskman

Other key lawyers:

Tom Ward; Tim Bird; Josh Brunning; James Walsh; Thomas Colmer; Marsili Hale

Key clients

Adaptive Financial Consulting Limited

Glory Ltd

Superfluid Finance

Fuel Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised on one of the largest UK capital markets fintech fundraisings of the year, a $200m+ C series round.
  • Advised on Glory Ltd’s sale of ViaFintech to Paysafe.
  • Advised leading UK EIS fund Fuel Ventures on four venture capital financings over 2021 of innovative UK growth companies, including its £4.5m financing of Feast It and its £3m financing of UK fintech Wollit.

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

Leighton Cassidy and John Linneker co-lead the copyright, trade mark, and designs practice at Fieldfisher. Working alongside the firm’s trade mark prosecution practice, the team advises on a large number of trade mark portfolios, handles infringement and passing off proceedings before the High Court, and assists with database rights infringement actions; the team is also continuing to act for SkyKick in a long-running trade mark infringement case against Sky. Nick Rose is a key member of the team, with notable instructions including advising Peloton in relation to proceedings against Echelon Fitness; associate Natasha Rao is also assisting with the matter. Clients also praise James Seadon, who ‘really stands out as an excellent litigation solicitor’.

Practice head(s):

Leighton Cassidy; John Linneker

Other key lawyers:

Nick Rose; Hastings Guise; James Seadon; Miryam Boston; Natasha Rao

Testimonials

‘The team is incredibly hard-working and thorough. They think of things from every angle and always go the extra mile.’

‘James Seadon really stands out as an excellent litigation solicitor. He works incredibly hard and is always thinking of the next step and what he can do to put his client in the best position. He obviously manages his team very well and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Very strong leadership skills from Nick Rose, supported by excellent associates. They have an incredible knowledge of soft IP and are experienced litigators.’

‘Nick Rose is always available and leads the whole team. He has very strong interpersonal skills and treats everyone in the team with respect.’

‘We have worked with the Fieldfisher team in trade mark matters. They are all highly knowledgeable and proactive. Each matter is efficiently handled and supervised.’

‘All members of the team, regardless of their position, show a high level of engagement and commitment. It has been a pleasure working with them, and we have recommended their services to other colleagues.’

‘John Linneker is excellent. He is responsive and helpful, and I am pleased to refer cases to him.’

‘Very interesting team, able to act as “lawyers’ lawyers” but also able to think around all sides of a problem and see the arguments which others miss.’

Key clients

SkyKick Inc.

Peloton Interactive Inc.

Sazerac

Genius Sport Ltd

Oh Polly Ltd

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Caffè Nero

Currys (formerly Dixons Carphone)

Fitbit, Inc.

Smart LLC

Dell EMC

Arkema

Ordnance Survey

Samsung

Switch Mobility

Forbes

Randox Laboratories Limited

Crocs, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Acting for SkyKick in defending trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Sky Plc, in relation to use of the word SKYKICK.
  • Acted for Sazerac against a competitor, Halewood International, in UK proceedings for trade mark infringement.
  • Acting for Peloton, in relation to proceedings against Echelon Fitness, a US based company, in a UK and EU trade mark and copyright infringement case in the UK High Court.

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

Film & TV production and advertising are the two key pillars of the practice at Fieldfisher. Co-heads Stephen Saltzman and Tim Johnson have 'second to none' expertise in acting for major production studios such as Legendary Pictures across multiple projects and jurisdictions. Fellow co-head David Bond leads the firm's offering in advertising and was a key player in drafting the industry framework for media buying in association with the ISBA. Additionally noteworthy is Derek Hill's media focused tax practice, he recently represented members of Eclipse Film in a settlement against the HMRC concerning leveraged film finance schemes.

Practice head(s):

Tim Johnson; Stephen Saltzman; David Bond

Other key lawyers:

Vicky Reinhardt; Derek Hill; Carlton Durrant; Christine Phillips

Testimonials

‘Bluechip expertise in global film and TV, with particular strength in advising clients on transactions involving major US counterparties.’

‘No practice is unique, but the team is knowledgeable, approachable and competent. One of the better practices in this field.’

‘Derek Hill combines encyclopedic knowledge of film investment structures with great insight as to how to pursue a matter and total dedication to his clients’ case. Few clients if any have ever been as well served as were we by Derek. He was by turns, illustrious, formidable, indomitable, indefatigable, implacable – and thanks to him we were victorious.’

‘Fieldfisher mobilized to fight and backed a big and contentious case. The result of the firm’s work is truly outstanding and exceptional.’

‘The background and experience of Steve Saltzman and Tim Johnson in terms of their top tier work for global producers, financiers, and talent is second to none in London.’

‘I would like to specifically call Vicky Reinhardt out as being exceptional in terms of her knowledge of the law, understanding of our sector, and understanding of our business.’

Key clients

BBC Studios

BBC

Magnetar Holdings

Legendary Pictures

SWIFT MEDIA

Library Pictures International

Timeless Films

Natixis Coficine

Live Tech Games

Lions Gate

ViacomCBS/Paramount/Channel 5/MTV/Nickelodeon/Comedy Central

Getty Images

ISBA

Eclipse Dry Tax Dispute

Netflix

Huayi Brothers International

Thomas Benski/Marisa Clifford

Swish Fibre

Puig UK Limited

Talent International (Tangde)

Work highlights

  • Advised Legendary Pictures on a variety of European television projects across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Advising Swift Media, owner of Team Solomid, a prominent esports team, on a variety of issues relating to its sponsorship arrangements.
  • Advised BBC Studios on acquisition of TV production company House Productions.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

Fieldfisher‘s ‘dynamic and energetic‘ offering delivers technical expertise across the core areas of corporate litigation, professional negligence, insolvency litigation and contractual disputes. Although ‘peerless negotiatorIan Austin stepped back as practice head in May 2021, he continues to have an active role both within the team and as managing partner of the Manchester office. The position of group lead has now been taken on by James Lappin, who is noted for both his ‘great client skills and business acumen‘. Restrictive covenants and business protection issues are a particular area of expertise for ‘nimble‘ practitioner Chris Gee, while legal director Daniel Sheehan often handles unfair prejudice petitions and derivative actions.

Practice head(s):

James Lappin

Other key lawyers:

Ian Austin; Chris Gee; Emma-Kate Hargreave; Craig Arrowsmith; Mark Fairclough; Daniel Sheehan

Testimonials

‘Excellent and commercial firm.’

‘Ian Austen is a very experienced and peerless negotiator in commercial litigation, delivering excellent results in difficult cases.’

‘Fieldfisher is a young, dynamic and energetic commercial litigation team based in Manchester. They are second to none with their client service and between them offer first rate legal analysis and advice and commercial acumen. They know when a case is worth fighting but equally when a case needs to be settled and how to go about achieving the best terms available.’

‘James Lappin and Daniel Sheehan are both excellent litigators. James has great client skills and business acumen, whilst Daniel has a fantastic eye for detail.’

‘Chris Gee is the perfect fit for our business in terms of external litigation support. He is nimble, understands our need for concise, strategic advice and is smart, efficient and very much into the detail of our matters. He goes the extra mile and I’m usually pleasantly surprised by the invoices we receive.’

‘The team is down to earth, committed and hardworking. But also it punches way above its weight – doing great work and matching City of London firms in quality, but not price.’

‘James Lappin is a top lawyer. Chris Gee is a terrific new recruit for the firm. He is always on top of the papers and has great commercial nous.’

Key clients

Getir UK Limited

Solicitors Regulation Authority

N Brown Group Plc

JLA

Co-Op Service Group

Flat Cap Hotels Limited

Financial Reporting Council

Pearson Education Limited

Knight Group Holdings Plc

MTX Contracts Limited

Regulator of Social Housing

The British Cycling Federation

UD Software Solutions Group Limited

Transaction Network Services UK Ltd

F&T Terrix Ltd

London North Eastern Railway Limited

L Rowland & Co (Retail) Limited (t/a Rowlands Pharmacy)

Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Swizzels Matlow Limited

Palador Properties

Investment Property Marketing Limited

ESL Fuels Limited

Profile Security Services Limited

Fleximize

Primis Talent

6 Group Recruitment

Work highlights

  • Acted for Businessman Neil Oliver in a professional negligence action in the UK and other related proceedings across numerous jurisdictions, in relation to the total loss of a significant investment in a Guernsey based pension scheme.
  • Acted for the claimant, ESL Fuels, in its claim against Prema Energy, Prema Trading and Stephen Fletcher in a case concerning the defendants’ breach of a Know-how and Trade Secret Licence Agreement entered into between the parties.
  • Acted for the claimant, Profile Security Services, in seeking urgent interim injunctive relief against a former employee and competitor following the discovery that the former employee was engaged in sharing the client’s confidential information with its competitor.

Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

Fieldfisher‘s debt recovery team acts for a diverse range of clients, including insurers and pension providers, digital equipment suppliers and financial services. The practice specialises in the recovery of bulk debts. David Robinson leads the team, dealing with the recovery of both disputed and undisputed debt for clients in the service sector, landlords and commercial lenders. Barry Sharples departed the firm in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

David Robinson

Work highlights

  • Acted for a supplier of medical equipment on debt recovery matters with a number of six figure settlements for this client with total recoveries in excess of £1.1 million.

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

Fieldfisher is noted for its experience in areas such as advising on the pensions tax regime, pensions de-risking, DC freedoms, trust law duties, and benefit changes. Its clients include large defined benefit occupational pension schemes acting in manufacturing, chemicals, utilities, and higher education industries. The Manchester team is led by Jeremy Harris, who covers compliance, age discrimination, and scheme benefit changes as well as pensions disputes. National pensions head David Gallagher is well regarded for his work on scheme restructurings, investment, and pensions litigation matters. They are both supported by associate Katie Whelan, a key contact regarding occupational pension schemes.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Harris; David Gallagher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher’s pensions law capability is excellent. They are responsive, practical & pragmatic, understanding their client well & anticipating issues without being overly pushy.’

‘Jeremy Harris acts as lead partner & primary adviser – very knowledgeable – nothing escapes him.’

‘Fieldfisher acted as a trusted partner. We found the advice and support provided was exceptional.’

‘Diligent service provided by knowledgeable and experienced professionals.’

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

Trustees of the Willsher & Quick Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Warwick International Group Pension Scheme

Trustees of the WJB Pension Fund

Trustees of the Blankstone Sington Staff Pension Fund

Trustees of the Coleherne Limited (1976) Retirement Fun

Trustees of the Danisco (UK) Limited Pension Plan

Gateway Trustees Limited

Trustees of the JSB Electrical Staff Pension Scheme

Organon SIPP Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a major UK manufacturing company with overseas parent company in relation to £1bn defined benefit pension scheme.
  • Advised Trustees of defined benefit pension scheme sponsored by UK subsidiaries of a multinational company in relation to the appropriate steps and decisions to be made by the trustees in relation to requests for transfer payments out of the scheme to overseas pension arrangements, including the time limits applicable and the need to guard against a pension scam.
  • Advised Trustees of three UK defined benefit pension schemes sponsored by employers controlled by a US multinational in relation to GMP equalisation.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Fieldfisher handles high-value and complex medical negligence claims. Jenny Urwin leads the practice, offering expertise in wrongful birth, brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation and loss of visions cases. Claire Horton advises on claims related to the delayed diagnosis of brain tumours, compartment syndrome and birth injuries. Lindsay Holt handles child cerebral palsy matters, while Julia Hamilton advises on paediatric and adult acquired brain injury issues. On the personal injury side, practice head Bridget Collier handles industrial disease claims, with extensive experience in asbestos and mesothelioma cases. Keith Cundall joined from Irwin Mitchell in January 2022 and leads the serious injury department.

Practice head(s):

Bridget Collier; Keith Cundall; Jenny Urwin

Testimonials

‘Jenny Urwin is one of the best solicitors anyone could ever wished for she’s very determined and passionate about her work and very caring for her clients.’

‘We have been supported by Claire Horton over a number of years. I can’t imagine having gone through the litigation process without her. She has always operated with 100% integrity, honesty, and good humour.’

‘From start to finish the service was exemplary and the expertise and guidance second to none.’

‘Bridget Collier was our contact at Fieldfisher and offered high-quality, specialist advice throughout the case. Her professionalism, and attention to detail were exceptional which put us at ease during a difficult time.’

‘Claire Horton is a fierce advocate for her clients. She will pursue every last point, has a keen understanding of the law, and an absolute commitment to her clients.’

‘Lindsay Holt has strong client care skills and empathy for their predicament. She fights hard to obtain a positive result and is conscientious and diligent.’

‘Jenny Urwin is very experienced and with peerless expertise in wrongful birth litigation. She works exceptionally hard for her clients. Someone I would completely trust with my own case.’

‘Julia Hamilton is exceptionally good at handling sensitive and difficult cases. She is excellent with clients, gains their confidence at an early stage and retains that throughout. She fights hard for her clients and is incredibly thorough.’

Key clients

Paul Higham

Work highlights

  • Settled a mesothelioma claim even after coroner declared there was no industrial disease.

Public sector > Health Tier 2

The team at Fieldfisher provides regulatory expertise, advice and litigation services, standing out with its work for start-ups as well as regulatory and professional bodies. A growing area of its practice focuses on artificial intelligence supported healthcare provision and e-health, as well as genomic mapping and reproductive technologies. Heading the team is Sarah Ellson, noted for her strength on regulatory matters. Tom Ward is a leading specialist in equity financings and management of buy-out transitions. Joshua Marshall left the practice in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Ward; Rob Sheldon

Key clients

Roche Products Limited

Human Tissue Authority

Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

Rowlands Pharmacies/Phoenix Healthcare

Marlowe plc – Optima Health Group Limited

Alliance Medical – Lloyds Pharmacy

Karmacist

General Medical Council

Fresenius Kabi

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Work highlights

  • Advising one of the UK’s fastest growing online providers of personalised skincare.
  • Advised three major pharmacy chains on the development of online retail pharmacy services.
  • Advised on Marlowe plc’s acquisition of Optima Health Group Limited.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

Fieldfisher‘s small but experienced health and safety group works across all industry sectors, with particular specialisms within the transport, defence, manufacturing and chemical sectors. The team frequently takes part in sensitive, specialist projects, with a caseload comprising a mixture of advisory, regulatory and contentious work. Andrew Sanderson leads the team, representing clients in all aspects of health and safety reviews, investigations, and defending prosecutions. He is supported by senior associate Elliott Kenton, who specialises in internal investigations, proactive issues and contentious health and safety matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Sanderson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Superb levels of professionalism at all times throughout the entire team.’

‘Confident and assured at all times.’

Key clients

National Security and Resilience Consortium

Road Skills

R outeo ne

Enzen Global Limited

Sapphire Utility Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Continues to act for the NS&RC and their members in providing strategic advice and representation in relation to advisory and contentious health and safety matters.
  • Instructed by Enzen in relation to providing a suite of health and safety services including health and safety advice, training and the implementation of health and safety incident response systems in connection with their ten year Construction Management Organisation Contract awarded by Cadent.
  • Instructed by Sapphire Utility Solutions Limited in relation to providing a full suite of health and safety services including health and safety advice, training and the implementation of health and safety incident response systems in connection with their ten year Construction Management Organisation Contract awarded by Cadent.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

Finance > Securitisation Tier 3

Fieldfisher is known for ‘first-class legal advice‘ on a broad range of structured finance transactions, including work on the restructuring of legacy public securitisations. Much of its recent work has involved assisting clients with bespoke solutions for dealing with IBOR discontinuance, and partners have frequently advised servicers on underlying regulated mortgage contract amendments. Guy Usher leads the financial markets and products group, in which Alex Campbell is the principal practitioner in securitisation. Campbell, who is joint vice chair of the Loan Capital and Capital Markets Committee, is ‘genuinely affable and instills great confidence in his own ability and that of his team to deliver what clients expect‘. He acted for Wilmington Trust (London) Limited in the  restructuring of a £250m securitisation programme of consumer insurance premium loans. Key partner Stephen Moller, senior associate Kate Maclean and associate Lauren Alexiuk advised Market Financial Solutions Limited on a £100m private securitisation of bridging loans.

Practice head(s):

Guy Usher

Testimonials

‘In addition to the first-class legal advice provided, one of Fieldfisher’s USP’s has got to be the service they are able to offer from their associated business Fieldfisher Capital. I am not aware of any other law firm involved in structured finance that has this complementary capability.’

‘Alex Campbell is genuinely affable and instills great confidence in his own ability and that of his team to deliver what clients expect. Alex has been instrumental in building a successful business at Fieldfisher and is well known within the wider industry.

‘I would have no hesitation whatsoever to engage Alex Campbell on any deal. In fact, on the back of the work Alex and his team have done on a couple of my deals, I have engaged other parts of Fieldfisher and have not been disappointed.’

‘Their approach to understanding complex structures and finding best solutions to their client, Steven Moller, Kate Maclean and Lauren Alexiuk have a zen and intelligent approach at all times since working with them over last five years and completed numerous transactions.’

Key clients

PF Capital Finance Limited

Rooftop Mortgages Limited

Link Asset Services

BCMGlobal Mortgage Services Limited

RSM Advisory LLP

Apex Group

Vistra

Intertrust Group

Law Debenture Trust Corporation

Ocorian

Propfin Limited

Market Financial Solutions Limited

Bank North Limited

Aros Kapital Limited

Industry focus > Emerging markets Tier 3

Fieldfisher 'offers a high level of services, which include cross-border arbitration and litigation matters, and the firm provides a solid and very professional team'. The firm handles transactional, regulatory and contentious work, and the emerging markets group is the largest dedicated practice in the London office. The firm also has the largest CIS group in London, with more than 50 highly experienced Russian speakers. Matt Hinxman leads on finance matters, Nodir Sidikov on energy transactions, and Cecily Davis on energy and infrastructure projects in Africa. Associate Mila Kovalenko is a key adviser on contentious matters in emerging markets. Hinxman, who 'can advise and provide solutions on complex matters, ranging from regulatory matters to issues relating to sanctions', and Sidikov acted for borrower Atyrau Refinery, the largest oil refinery in Kazakhstan, in obtaining a $450m loan from VTB Bank to refinance existing debt. Davis assisted off-grid solar developer Winch Energy with the development of 24 sites in Sierra Leone.

Practice head(s):

Matt Hinxman; Nodir Sidikov; Cecily Davis

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Underwood; Daniel Hayward; Mila Kovalenko

Testimonials

‘The team has the depth and firepower to compete with the very biggest disputes teams around the globe, handling multiple large-scale litigation and arbitration matters.’

‘Corporate partner Nodir Sidikov is our first choice when it comes to high-value, sensitive and multi-jurisdictional transactions. Nodir and his team have provided legal support to us for many years. Their ability to smoothly conduct complex legal matters in English and Russian is outstanding and provides a lot of comfort in achieving desirable results for us. Nodir is always available and approachable, he is highly experienced in all matters surrounding oil & gas corporations and national government companies, in particular in Kazakhstan.’

‘The Emerging Markets practice of the firm handles various well known clients, offering them a high level of services which, in addition to assistance on regulatory matters, includes services relating to cross-border arbitration and litigation matters. The firm provides a solid and very professional team, which includes people from various backgrounds. They are one of our go-to firms in England.’

‘Matt Hinxman is undoubtedly a top-tier lawyer in banking and finance and he can advise and provide solutions on complex matters, ranging from regulatory matters to issues relating to sanctions. He also has experience in advising high profile clients on matters relating to cross border arbitral and court proceedings.

‘We had the pleasure of working with the Mila Kovalenko and Monique Marino, both of whom  exhibit outstanding professionalism and thorough knowledge of their areas of practice.’

‘Better than a lot of other firms at taking unorthodox clients seriously. Everyone in the team shows exceptional cultural awareness and is adept at making clients feel at ease and valued in an unfamiliar court or arbitration setting.’

‘Daniel Hayward – superb partner always concentrating on the big picture. He is very good at identifying the points which matter and not wasting time on points which don’t. His ability to manage large teams is exceptional.

‘Alexandra Underwood – a real details person. Rolls up her sleeves and gets right into the nitty-gritty. Very good at controlling expert witnesses and keeping them focused on the task in hand. ‘

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation

African Lion Gold plc

AgDevCo

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Amalgamated Metal Corporation plc

Amur Minerals Corporation

Atalaya Mining plc

Beowulf Mining plc

Brick Court

Central Asia Metals plc

Cooke Young & Keidan

Cooperative KMG EP UA

Cornish Metals Inc.

CQUR Bank

Dalradian Gold Limited

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Essex Court

Everest Alliance Limited

finnCap

Fountain Court Chambers

Fusion Capital AG

GuarantCo

Golden Arrow Resources Corp.

Grant Thornton

Ibex Metals AG

Invesco

ISON Mining Pte Ltd

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.

JSC National Company “KazMunayGas”

Kalahari Metals Ltd

Kcell JSC

Kodal Minerals plc

Liberum Capital

Mirabaud Securities

Orion Minerals Ltd

Osisko Gold Royalties

Pittas Legal

Quadrant Chambers

RCB Bank Ltd

Savannah Resources plc

SigmaRoc plc

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Tamesis Partners

Tembo Capital Mining GP Limited

Terrafame

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Trafigura Pte Limited

Traxys Europe S.A.

Traxys Europe SA

Vannim Capital

Vaod Group – Garna

Vardar Minerals Limited

VTB Commodities Trading

VTB Bank PJSC

VTB Bank (Europe) Ltd

Winch Energy

Yanggu Xiangguang Copper Co. Ltd. (“XGC”)

Work highlights

  • Advised Kazakh mobile telecoms provider Kcell JSC (with market value of over US$1 billion) on the cancellation of the listing of its Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) on the London Stock Exchange and the Astana International Exchange (AIX) and the termination of the company’s GDR programme.  
  • Primary external counsel (English law) for RCB Bank Ltd,  including capital markets, banking transactional, litigation, arbitration, regulatory and employment. The majority of the bank’s work is in emerging markets jurisdictions.  
  • Representing Igor Kolomoisky 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.  

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

Fieldfisher's cross-office approach to the hotels and leisure sector enables the firmm to effectively advise a vast array of clients across Europe, the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East. Clients include hotels, serviced apartment operators, cruise lines, holiday travel companies and casinos. Real estate focused Paul Houston heads the practice. He is well regarded for his expertise in acquisitions and disposals of investment portfolios, sales and pre-lettings of development sites and real estate matters in corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Houston

Other key lawyers:

Ramatu Banga; Vicky Reinhardt; David Bond; David Wilkinson

Testimonials

‘ I have always really been impressed by the quality across the board when dealing with Fieldfisher. A really seamless one stop shop. I also like their can-do, positive attitude .’

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

‘The practice has a great understanding of hospitality and specifically hospitality M&A. The leading partners are able to coordinate extremely effectively across disciplines required, which is not always the case at competing firms.’

‘Ramatu Banga on real estate, Vicky Reinhardt and David Bond on hotel management and technical services agreements, and David Wilkinson on corporate are all excellent. A typical hotel/development deal will require all them to work in unison for closing, and they do an excellent job dovetailing to each others work.’

‘David Wilkinson is an extremely talented hardworking commercial lawyer who understands very quickly the key legal due diligence issues and addresses these carefully in any transaction. He is approachable and communicative and we continue to recommend our client base to Fieldfisher for such work.’

Key clients

Al-Seef Tourism Investment LLC

BlackRock

Capricornus

Coffee-Bike International Limited

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

Creams Café Limited

Cynergy Bank

Dominvs Group

DWS

EasyHotel

EL&N International

Expedia, Inc

FRA LAN RB 26-28 GMBH & CO. KOMMANDITGESELLSCHAFT

GHG London Holdings

Interstate Hotels & Resorts

Millenium & Copthorne Hotels

Sairam Hotels

Secret Escapes Limited

Serani Hotels

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

Ambassador Cruise Line

Work highlights

  • Advised Dominvs Group on the sale and leaseback of the Dixon Hotel in Tower Bridge to an institutional investor.
  • Advised Vastint Hospitality B.V. in relation to its £1bn UK hotel portfolio.
  • Acted for Cynergy Back in relation to numerous loans concerning the hotel and leisure sector.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Fieldfisher recently expanded on its traditional strength in corporate and financing transactions to handle a variety of regulatory mandates, acting for pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices companies; the recruitment of legal director Cliodhna McDonough-Stevens into the team also adds to the team’s regulatory expertise. On the corporate front, ECM and venture capital fundraising deals have been prominent in the team’s workload. Janita Good is co-head of the international life sciences and healthcare group and leads the UK team, and Sarah Ellson in Manchester is the key regulatory expert.

Practice head(s):

Janita Good

Testimonials

‘They must be a smart firm, because they employ excellent solicitors including my solicitor who I have worked with for nearly 20 years.’

‘I can always count on getting quality advice in very honest and direct manner, which I appreciate greatly. The partner I work with is Janita Good.’

‘Fieldfisher’s broad and deep practice areas allow teams to draw on specific expertise as and when needed, offering timely and high quality advice.’

‘Sarah Ellson acts as our relationship partner. She is a pleasure to deal with, and when advising on her own area of expertise she is quick to grasp the ask and advises both succinctly but with depth of thought.’

Key clients

Roche Products Limited

Fresenius Kabi

KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Limited

Synairgen plc

Inspiration Healthcare plc

Syneos Health UK

Sinclair Pharma

Tristel plc

Ultromics

Human Tissue Authority

NHS Resolution

Phoenix Healthcare/Numark

Boston House Dental Group

General Medical Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Roche Products Limited on its contributions of unlicensed medicines for treatment for and help with management of the Covid-19 virus.
  • Advised Ultromics, a leader in AI enabled cardiovascular imaging solutions, on its Series B funding round led by the Blue Venture Fund with participation from Optum Ventures, GV, and existing investor Oxford Sciences Innovation, to help transform cardiac disease treatment.
  • Advised Synairgen in relation to a Phase III Clinical Trial for its interferon Beta therapeutic inhaled treatment for Covid-19.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 3

Fieldfisher has ‘people who are first-class quality, very professional with vast experience’. Anna Bond leads the ‘very cohesive team’ of experienced COP lawyers with a focus on high-value, complex property and affairs deputyships for adults and children all over the country, who have sustained life-changing catastrophic injuries as a result of serious accidents and birth trauma. On a capitalised basis, it is currently managing in excess of £350m of client funds and other assets.

Practice head(s):

Anna Bond

Other key lawyers:

Robin Tubbs; Kirstie Chambers; Stella Young

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher has continually proven to be our best choice of deputyship for my daughter. There has not been a single moment of regret so far. The firm is well informed and truly professional and has an amazing ability to give support and valuable advice that we needed wholeheartedly in the last three years’.

‘Communication is perhaps the most important element in our interaction with Fieldfisher. Knowing that there is a team of dependable individuals that you can talk to and get things moving is what gives us peace of mind that things will get better‘.

‘A really good Court of Protection team – Anna Bond is amazing and completely reliable in every way’.

‘The stand out individuals for me are Anna Bond, Robin Tubbs and Kirstie Chambers. They all conduct themselves with great professionalism, organised with the right measure of friendliness; thus making them a great pleasure to work with’.

‘These are incredibly kind people. Supportive of clients and of the litigation team. Just brilliant to work with, particularly during the challenges of the last few years when our clients’ families, who are already vulnerable due to their child’s catastrophic injuries, have experienced undue stress and anxiety due to Covid-19′.

‘Anna Bond: Well liked and respected by clients and solicitors alike; calm, clear vision; authoritative and persuasive while always empathetic towards sometimes very challenging parents. She fosters a collaborative approach both within her team and with the clients and the legal team’.

‘Robin Tubbs. He acts with the utmost integrity and honesty. He understands individual client needs and is very attentive to their circumstances, always focusing on their best interests’.

‘Anna Bond – very good at working with families, helping them to think of the future and the implications for the client. Forward thinking helps clients/families to prepare for what might be on the horizon and guides them to understanding and supporting decision making’.

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

Fieldfisher fields a cross-departmental team which advises companies and their funders on a broad range of mining projects globally, with particular experience of the European, African and the CIS markets. Jonathan Brooks is head of the mining and metals group and is recommended for corporate and commercial matters. Quinton Newcomb joined from Fulcrum Chambers Ltd in December 2021 and brings bribery, corruption and commercial fraud expertise to the team.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Brooks

Other key lawyers:

George Cotter; Dominic Gurney-Champion; Quinto Newcomb

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation

African Lion Gold plc

Amalgamated Metal Corporation plc

Amur Minerals Corporation

Atalaya Mining plc

Beowulf Mining plc

Central Asia Metals plc

CleanTech Lithium (Jersey) Ltd

Copperzone Resources Ltd.

Cornish Metals Inc.

Cycladex Limited

Dalradian Gold Limited

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Everest Alliance Limited

finnCap

FLSmidth

Fox-Davies Capital

Fusion Capital AG

Green Glen Minerals Ltd

Invesco

Kodal Minerals plc

Liberum Capital

Minexx Ltd

Orion Minerals Ltd

Osisko Gold Royalties

Panmure Gordon

Savannah Resources plc

SigmaRoc plc

SP Angel Corporate Finance

Tamesis Partners

Tara Resources AG

Tembo Capital Mining

Tennyson Securities

Terrafame

Trafigura Pte Limited

Traxys Europe S.A.

Vardar Minerals Limited

Venus Minerals Limited

Yanggu Xiangguang Copper Co. Ltd. (“XGC”)

Work highlights

  • Advised CleanTech Lithium on its AIM IPO to raise £5.6m to progress its two lithium projects in Chile and its longer-term plans to supply the EV and energy storage batteries market.
  • Advised Cornish Metals on its £40.5m equity fundraising to progress the South Crofty tin project in Cornwall, including a £25m strategic investment by Vision Blue Resources Limited and £15.5m from a placing to UK institutional investors and subscriptions by Canadian and UK private investors.
  • Advised SigmaRoc on its £260m fundraising and readmission to AIM in connection with its €470m reverse takeover of Finnish limestone miner, Nordkalk.

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

Fieldfisher offers clients ‘in-depth oil and gas experience, particularly in the UK North Sea and in Central Asia’. It handles both transactional work and disputes, with a broad geographic focus that encompasses experience in the UK, Europe, Africa, the CIS and Latin America. The team, which is led by Dominic Gurney-Champion, Paul Stockley and Munich’s Daniel Marhewka, advises clients on M&A, equity capital markets, financing and commodity transactions, as well as litigation and arbitration. The practice saw four recent departures; Lis Blunsdon left for White & Case; Mark Nash left for Hogan Lovells; Hugo Lidbetter departed for Osborne Clarke; and Matthew Williams went to Addleshaw Goddard.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Gurney-Champion; Daniel Marhewka; Paul Stockley

Testimonials

‘The FieldFisher team respond responsively to a range of complex needs’.

‘Their deep understanding on the nature of the complex joint venture arrangements enables them to give clear and helpful advice from across practice areas’.

‘A key strength of FieledFisher is their ability to understand the client need first before assigning a speciality’.

‘Client needs are complex and rarely fit into legal boxes – well done to FieldFisher for responding to this and delivering what we need not what they want to give us’.

‘More recently FieldFisher have responded incredibly well to some short notice urgent legal issues – going the extra mile to turn complex matters around’.

‘As a client we felt excellently represented and in safe hands’.

‘In-depth oil and gas experience, particularly in the UK North Sea and in Central Asia’.

Key clients

Harbour Energy

IOG plc

Serica Energy plc

JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas”

Littop Enterprises Limited, Bridgemont Ventures Limited and Bordo Management Limited

Hartshead Resources Limited

Strand Hanson Limited, Panmure Gordon UK Limited and finnCap Ltd

Eqtec plc

Work highlights

    Public sector > Healthcare Tier 3

    Fieldfisher‘s healthcare team is known for its regulatory expertise, advice and litigation services, working with organisations of all sizes but especially start-ups and newer organisations at the boundaries of established regulatory frameworks. The regulatory team also supports corporate, commercial and banking projects which require specialist review and due diligence advice. With expertise going beyond regulation, the team also has partners experienced in the corporate, commercial, real estate and tech sectors. Sarah Ellson co-heads the regulatory team with  a particular interest in health and social care issues and bioscience regulation. Tom Ward provides advice on private equity transactions with particular experience in the technology and digital media sectors while Neil Palmer advises clients on transition projects and major change programmes.

    Practice head(s):

    Sarah Ellson

    Other key lawyers:

    Tom Ward; Neil Palmer; Olivia Woolston Morgan; Sonal Patel Oliva

    Key clients

    Roche Products Limited

    KeyMed

    Royal College of Physicians (RCP)

    Rowlands Pharmacies/Phoenix Healthcare

    Marlowe plc – Optima Health Group Limited

    Alliance Medical – Lloyds Pharmacy

    Karmacist

    City Healthcare

    Fresenius Kabi

    Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

    Work highlights

    • Advised three major pharmacy chains (Rowlands, Asda and Lloyds) on the development of online retail pharmacy services
    • Advised Marlowe plc on its acquisition of Optima Health Group Limited

    Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

    Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 3

    Fieldfisher offers expertise across a range of key infrastructure and commercial real estate matters in the UK. It also specialises in PFI projects, particularly in the health and education sectors. Additionally, it has been growing its international reach, specifically in relation to African infrastructure projects. Dan Preston leads the team with significant experience in contentious and transactional work in the construction and infrastructure sectors, acting primarily for contractor clients. Jamie Key focuses on large infrastructure and building projects, whilst Samantha Thompson has notable experience in TCC litigation.

    Practice head(s):

    Dan Preston

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Strong construction knowledge. Measured practical advice provided swiftly in urgent situations.’

    ‘Commercially minded, with a view to always getting the best outcome for their client.’

    ‘Focused partner engagement and strong assistant capability too.’

    ‘Time has been invested in getting to understand the client well and also to apply sector wide knowledge to support the client best in the circumstances.’

    Key clients

    VolkerFitzpatrick

    Shepherd Construction

    Shepherd Building

    SPIE

    Tilbury D

    VolkerStevin

    Freehold Managers

    ISG Construction

    Work highlights

    • Defended a significant and complex, multi-party case for VolkerFitzpatrick Limited, relating to a state-of-the-art, iconic building servicing Blackpool’s new fleet of super trams.
    • Acting for Shepherd in a claim by the developer relating to alleged defects in the external cladding at a new £29m, 37-storey, 559-bedroom student accommodation block named Sky Plaza in Leeds.
    • Advising VolkerStevin in relation to the settlement of contractual disputes valued at circa £25m on a live project with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation.

    Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

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

    Praised for its ‘incredible knowledge of soft IP matters’, Fieldfisher has an active contentious registry practice and is well-placed to leverage the expertise of the firm’s ‘experienced litigators’ to represent clients in high-profile disputes. The team, which has demonstrable experience in developing and managing global trade mark portfolios, is noted for its expertise in the technology, life sciences, media and retail sectors. Leighton Cassidy jointly leads the practice alongside John Linneker, and dual-qualified solicitor and trade mark attorney Hastings Guise handles multi-jurisdictional clearance and trade mark protection projects. With the firm’s international footprint, the team acts for multinational brand owners and well-known domestic companies, as well as SMEs and start-ups.

    Practice head(s):

    Leighton Cassidy; John Linneker

    Other key lawyers:

    Hastings Guise; Harriet Seymour; Amy Reynolds; Chris Benson; Claire Keepax

    Testimonials

    ‘They have an incredible knowledge of soft IP and are experienced litigators.’

    ‘The firm’s lawyers are across the board good at analysing a problem from all sides.’

    ‘Nick Rose is always available and leads the whole team. He has very strong interpersonal skills and treats everyone in the team with respect.’

    Key clients

    SkyKick Inc.

    Sazerac

    Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

    Caffè Nero

    Currys (formerly Dixons Carphone)

    Samsung

    Smart LLC

    Dell EMC

    Switch Mobility

    Boparan Private Office

    Ernst & Young LLP (EY)

    Publicis Groupe

    Arts Council England

    Forbes

    Edward Green

    Sullair LLC

    Seated Technologies, Inc.

    Randox Laboratories Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acting for SkyKick in defending trade mark infringement proceedings brought by Sky Plc in relation to use of the word SKYKICK.
    • Acted for Sazerac against a competitor, Halewood International, in UK proceedings for trade mark infringement, which went to the Court of Appeal in the summer of 2021, which upheld the High Court’s finding of trade mark infringement in favour of the client.
    • Acting for Google in a wide range of UK trade mark matters, including trade mark prosecution and enforcement.

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

    The ‘immensely efficient‘ team at Fieldfisher combines work for prolific AIM-listed companies with a thriving venture capital practice. David Bowcock heads up the group and is regularly supported on deals by recommended senior associate Adam Jones. The ‘exceptionally sharpTom Ward is another key contact; he advises companies, investors, entrepreneurs and management teams on M&A and private equity transactions, and has a strong focus on the technology, life sciences, and food and beverage sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    David Bowcock

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Uniqueness is created by the blend of rigour mixed with a highly commercial approach.’

    ‘David Bowcock is an outstanding corporate lawyer – organised and communicative.’

    ‘The corporate team is immensely efficient, driving a huge number of transactions to completion each month, whilst still putting client communication first. Their in-depth knowledge of legal documentation and ability to negotiate warranties, representations and indemnities has been proven to protect my interests against less savvy or purposefully disruptive opposing solicitors.’

    ‘From rapidly learning my negotiating style to effortlessly dealing with sellers’ demands, Tom Ward was exceptionally sharp and thorough. Tom seamlessly acted as my main point of contact across several Fieldfisher teams. A leader in communication and relationship building, Tom always delivers sound, professional and commercial solutions.

    Key clients

    Marlowe plc

    Restore plc

    Made Tech Group plc

    Gusbourne plc

    Merit Group plc

    Fuel Ventures

    Founders Factory

    Getir

    Oh Goodlord

    OnBuy.com

    Work highlights

    • Advising e-commerce platform OnBuy.com on its £35m Series A+ venture capital and venture debt financing, which was structured as mix of both equity and venture debt, involved participation from strategic retail and tech investors, Scandinavian VC firm Bring Ventures, Norway Post venture arm, and London early-stage growth specialist VC fund Fuel Ventures, among others.
    • Advising on Marlowe’s £135m acquisition of Optima Health Group and related £131m secondary fundraising through a cash box accelerated book build process.
    • Advising on Made Tech Group’s initial public offering on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

    Employment Tier 3

    Fieldfisher provides a full employment service, with specialist expertise including employee mobility issues across multiple jurisdictions. The team also acts for employers regarding outsourcing, employee privacy, and whistleblowing, and is especially strong on contentious employment issues. Alex Watson, who made partner in May 2021, leads the Manchester team and covers employment immigration and pensions, as well as litigation. David Carmichael is a key contact regarding general employment law matters, including restrictive covenant issues and whistleblowing.

    Practice head(s):

    Alex Watson

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The team always act with the client’s best interests in mind. They are very commercially-minded and do not fight cases where it makes little commercial sense to fight whilst remaining mindful of the client’s desires to avoid settling unmeritorious cases. Their knowledge of the law is impeccable and they are able to think strategically about how to progress litigation.’

    ‘Alex Watson is a master strategist with a no-nonsense approach. His knowledge of the law combined with his intricate attention to detail make for a fantastic combination in a partner. Alex ensures that his client’s overriding needs are met at all times while maintaining a conscious eye on the commercial viability of litigation. His client care is second to none evidenced by the volume of work he secures from heavyweight corporate clients. He is an engaging and very likeable individual who maintains professionalism without ever being stuffy.’

    ‘The team I deal with is pragmatic, easygoing and to the point with good or bad news and has a vast knowledge of employment law. They understand the business they work with and tailor their advice accordingly.’

    ‘The individuals I work with know when to see the risk aspect within a large company and commercial balance and when to think outside of the box on some challenging issues. Most importantly you feel part of a team with a professional approach, and sense of humour.’

    ‘The North West team is extremely hardworking, dedicated and knowledgeable. The briefs excellently prepared and the dedication to the client’s case shines through, without comparison.’

    ‘Stand-out individuals are David Carmichael and Alex Watson – they both combine tip-top performance with approachability and a down-to-earth quality that can be hard to find.’

    ‘Fieldfisher are leaders in the employment field. They work extremely collaboratively with clients and counsel alike. There has always been a strong teamwork culture created and maintained. They use technology very effectively to manage cases.’

    ‘Alex Watson is an excellent lawyer who I cannot rate highly enough. He lives and breathes employment law. He is very practical and client-friendly, but also has first rate analytic skills and understands both the law and its practical application well beyond his PQ years would suggest. He has a strong cross-over into civil employment claims.’

    Key clients

    Wolseley UK

    Bidvest Noonan

    Brothers Drinks Co. Limited

    Human Tissue Authority

    Getir UK

    Wilkin & Sons (t/a Tiptree Jams)

    Stonegate Pub Company

    Royal College of Physicians

    Taj Hotels

    SigmaRoc plc

    Cordant Security Ltd

    Dods Groups plc

    A.B Hotels

    Workr Group

    FitXR

    Brother International Europe Ltd

    Kybotech Group

    Work highlights

    • Advised on the implementation of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“Furlough”) and its application to Stonegate’s 17,000 employees in the first wave of lockdowns, integration of EI Group companies, the implementation of new contracts of employment and policies, Tribunal litigation, head office restructure and redundancies and corporate compliance projects.
    • Provided ongoing advice and support to Getir’s rapid introduction and expansion to the UK market. The team has advised on key gig economy and employment status issues in the courier market, prepared contracts for the workforce and guided the business through its second growth phase of employment in a franchising model, including TUPE and structural arrangements.
    • Advised Bidvest Noonan on contentious employment matters, strategic and advisory work, and privacy and immigration matters.

    Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

    Fieldfisher LLP regularly receives instructions from many leading names in real estate investment and development, both at a regional and national level. Practice head Sue Simpson possesses decades of experience in development and planning matters, with recent highlights including major refinancings, redevelopments, and regeneration projects for life sciences companies, residential developers, and REITs. Qualified chartered surveyor Mark Lee maintains a broad practice, working with pension funds, property companies, and corporate occupiers on portfolio transactions, and strategic land promotion and option agreements. Merle Wray works with both developers and occupiers on commercial and residential projects, as well as development finance transactions and forward funding deals.

    Practice head(s):

    Susan Simpson

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Bloor Homes Limited

    Alldos UK Limited

    Avery Healthcare Group Limited

    I.M. Properties Plc

    Countryside Properties Limited

    CALA Midlands Limited

    CALA Southern Home Counties Limited

    EQT Exeter Properties

    Cambridge Medipark Limited

    Prologis

    Coventry City Football Club

    Nightingale Derbyshire Limited

    Corbally Holdings

    Lloyds Bank Group

    Robert Bosch Limited

    Skanska UK Plc

    Godwin Developments Limited

    Akzo Nobel Limited

    Cantel Medical

    RCB Bank

    Work highlights

    • Advising CALA Homes on all aspects of real estate acquisitions, planning and highways matters, currently acting on various options in the Cotswolds and in Essex and a major regeneration project in Warwickshire of the former Warwickshire Police Headquarters and Training Centre.
    • Acting for Cambridge Medipark Limited on the redevelopment and expansion of Cambridge Biomedical Campus, a site worth over £100m.
    • Advising Skanska UK on the sale of a £100m mixed-use residential development scheme in Surrey.

    Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

    Fieldfisher fields a team with specialist knowledge of banking regulation, capital markets, anti-money laundering, fintech, consumer finance and retail product regulation matters. The practice is fronted by Duncan Black, a market abuse specialist, and likewise counts securities and commodities dealing, conduct of business and derivatives regulation among its core strengths.

    Practice head(s):

    Duncan Black

    Other key lawyers:

    Tony Lewis

    Testimonials

    ‘Knowledgeable and commercially minded.’

    ‘Friendly and approachable.’

    ‘The Financial services: contentious team at Fieldfisher LLP are an outstanding group of individuals and a team that makes the challenging legal process as palatable as possible. They demonstrate second to none efficiency, expertise on their subject matter, thoroughness and then explain in as simple terms required to the client what is required of them, what the possible outcomes of the process could be and what the next steps of the process will likely be.’

    ‘Their depth of knowledge is key which is outstanding. They took time in getting to know me as their client and the history of the case.’

    ‘Duncan Black as the partner I deal with has been a pleasure to work with. He is meticulous and efficient with unrivalled knowledge. He has spent a significant amount of time explaining the process (which is completely foreign to me) and the range of outcomes.’

    Key clients

    Triland Metals Ltd

    Ross Trustees

    Alliance Bernstein

    Starz Mortgage Capital Ltd

    Reassured Ltd

    Armira Capital

    Wilmington Trust

    Tyrus Capital Ltd

    Aquis Stock Exchange Ltd

    Sucden Financial Ltd

    Work highlights

    • Acting for an individuals in litigation regarding the nature of investment fund director’s duties.
    • Advised the regulation team at Aquis on various regulatory issues arising out of the business as a regulated investment exchange.
    • Assisting Tyrus Capital with its anti-money laundering due diligence on its investment projects.

    Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 4

    Steered by international corporate chair Neil Matthews , the team at Fieldfisher is regularly engaged by a litany of tech companies, blue-chip entertainment organisations, and energy providers on account of its capabilities in high-value domestic and cross-border matters. Carlton Durrant‘s media and tech credentials make him a key port of call for some of the world’s leading entertainment companies and public sector broadcasters, who turn to him for his capabilities in strategic corporate transactions. In her capacity as head of the firm’s international life sciences group, Janita Good regularly handles cross-border deals for a range of fast-growth companies and established market stalwarts. Tim Bird heads up the tech M&A desk, while senior partner David Wilkinson continues to advise on multi-jurisdictional matters in the real estate, hospitality, and transport sectors. Fintech expert Thomas Colmer joined the corporate practice from PwC in October 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Neil Matthews

    Other key lawyers:

    Carton Durrant; Janita Good; David Wilkinson; Tim Bird; Thomas Colmer; Jessica Abrahamson-Flynn

    Testimonials

    ‘This is the third deal I have used Carlton Durrant on as lead partner, which I think sums up my view. Excellent expert advice throughout the deal process and punctual delivery of high quality work. Pus, a good sense of humour – which is crucial when everyone is working silly hours.’

    ‘Jessica Abrahamson-Flynn is a very high quality senior associate.’

    ‘Carlton Durrant is incredibly responsive and provides us with knowledgeable and pragmatic advice, at all stages of the deal. He is involved and engaged throughout our deals and remains our go-to.’

    Key clients

    IPONWEB Holding Ltd

    London & Oxford Capital Markets Limited

    Marlowe plc

    Brain Labs Digital Limited

    Glory Ltd

    Restore plc

    JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas”

    BBC Studios Distribution Limited

    With Wise Limited

    Richard Hibbert and Nick Rafferty, the founders of SureCloud

    Faradion

    Macquarie

    Webrazzi

    eEnergy Group plc

    Corcel

    Eqtec plc

    Getir

    Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

    Fieldfisher’s banking litigation team ‘combines legal excellence with sound judgement and practical commercial instincts’  and specialises in multi-jurisdictional cases. It is led by Andrew Lafferty, who advises on a range of commercial disputes, and also counts on the expertise of James Lewis, who has more than 15 years' experience of banking and finance litigation across many sectors and jurisdictions. Recently, the firm has been strengthened by the arrival of Kerri Wilson, who joined from Falcon and Hume Inc in January 2021. The team has a large dedicated Ukraine/CIS practice and acts for some of the largest Ukraine/CIS banks and trading houses in contentious work relating to loans, financial instruments and investment.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Lafferty

    Other key lawyers:

    James Lewis; Aymen Khoury; Kerri WilsonDuncan Black; Kit Jarvis; Helen Mulcahy; Donna Goldsworthy

    Testimonials

    ‘Aymen Khoury is energetic and likeable. He works in a small but focused financial litigation outfit. He has a good eye for legal argument and is tenacious.’

    ‘Combines legal excellence with sound judgement and practical commercial instincts.’

    ‘Helen Mulcahy is a fierce and compelling lawyer who always finds a way to get the best result for her clients. One of the best fraud practitioners around.’

    ‘The most punctual team we have ever worked with. Always delivering on time. Focused and proactive. Great team of professionals knowing client’s industry very well.’

    ‘James Lewis is fantastic.’

    ‘When the situation needs a calm, controlled approach the team at Fieldfisher deliver. There can be a lot of noise in litigation but what one needs is sound advice, expertly delivered as there are many moving parts.’

    Key clients

    Mr Igor Kolomoisky

    Wirecard

    Mr David Standish and Mr James Bennett of KPMG as Joint Liquidators of Argyle UAE Limited

    Mansard Mortgages 2007-2 PLC

    Mr Nabil Moukarzel

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Igor Kolomoisky in the defence of a US$2.6 billion claim brought against him by PrivatBank, the largest commercial bank in Ukraine.
    • Advised and acted for Mansard following a sophisticated attack to defraud several millions using forged agreements and false companies house filings.
    • Acting for Mr Moukarzel in two sets of High Court proceedings concerning claims by two banks relating to loans and personal guarantees for funding worth over USD10 million to the Finatrade group (major retail goods business in West Africa).

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

    With over 30 London-based Russian speakers in its team, Fieldfisher continues to stand out as a pre-eminent firm for disputes involving former Soviet Union countries. The firm continues to further expand its global capabilities; in February 2022, the department welcomed Shivani Sanghi, who is dual qualified in the UK and India, from Covington & Burling LLP. ‘Extraordinarily clever litigatorColin Gibson heads up the practice, and is ‘able to provide a strong strategic direction‘ to the group.

    Practice head(s):

    Colin Gibson

    Other key lawyers:

    Daniel Hayward; Elora Mukherjee; Shivani Sanghi; Vivien Davies; Andrew Lafferty; Tracey Wright

    Testimonials

    ‘The Fieldfisher team is excellent for premium commercial litigation and arbitration. They were proactive and dedicated, and able to pick up and master a case at remarkable speed. They were also delightful to work with and always committed to the client’s interests even when having to field a large workload at speed.’

    ‘Colin Gibson is a brilliant lead partner, able to provide a strong strategic direction and manage resources in a difficult and fast moving situation. Tracey Wright is a great detail-orientated lawyer and focused on delivery. I worked closely with her on a number of urgent matters which required accuracy at speed.’

    ‘Very hardworking with fantastic partner engagement. Very friendly and an absolute pleasure to work with.’

    ‘Extremely capable team with experience in a number of industries and jurisdictions. The Fieldfisher team also are very diverse and have been involved in a number of D&I initiatives. They use a number of different technologies to assist with eDisclosure and document review.’

    ‘Elora Mukherjee is an outstanding lawyer with great attention to detail and ability to work with different teams. Great knowledge across multiple sectors and very good at providing support and options.’

    ‘Colin Gibson is an extraordinarily clever litigator who always strikes exactly the right balance between aggression and caution. He reliably achieves the best possible results no matter how complicated or challenging the case.

    Daniel Hayward is a true star among the younger generation of partners. He has a deservedly loyal client following and is a genuine expert.’

    ‘The Fieldfisher commercial litigation team are a first-class outfit. They deliver.’

    Key clients

    Igor Kolomoisky

    Mohamad El Ghazzi

    Advocate Joseph Benkel acting as trustee in bankruptcy of Mr Eliezer Fishman

    Atalaya Mining PLC

    Compound Photonics Group Limited (CPGL)

    Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime Limited

    Rune Hauge

    Work highlights

    • Successfully defended Igor Kolomoisky against claims for $300m brought by Russian oil giant PJSC Tatneft.
    • Acting for Mr El Ghazzi, a Lebanese National, in a $1bn case brought by the Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security.

    Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

    At the forefront of premium arbitration work‘, Fieldfisher distinguishes itself through high-profile arbitration references that consistently emanate from the CIS region. The arbitration practice is co-led by Simon Sloane, who has international arbitration experience across the globe; and Colin Gibson, who ‘achieves the best possible results‘. The next line of partners includes international commercial arbitration specialist Daniel Hayward; energy and banking disputes expert Tracey Wright; and Alexandra Underwood, who ‘stands out‘. Rebecca McKee and Birmingham-based Zaakira Allana are key directors.

    Practice head(s):

    Colin Gibson; Simon Sloane

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘The Fieldfisher team is at the forefront of premium arbitration work.’

    ‘Several litigators stand out, including Alexandra Underwood, Tracey Wright and Simon Sloane.’

    ‘Colin Gibson is an extraordinarily clever litigator, who always strikes exactly the right balance between aggression and caution. He reliably achieves the best possible results, no matter how complicated or challenging the case.

    ‘Simon Sloane is very experienced in international arbitration, and he is a real leader who can lead the team and control the process at every stage to make it perfect.

    ‘Tracey Wright is very attentive to detail, the importance of such an attitude becoming apparent at the final stage of arbitration.’

    ‘Alexandra Underwood stands out – alongside managing her enviable practice, she finds time to be a huge supporter of the female legal community. She is involved in several initiatives designed to create more opportunities for female lawyers.’

    Daniel Hayward is a true star among the younger generation of partners. He has a deservedly loyal client following and is a genuine expert in CIS disputes.

    Director Zaaikra Allana is a sharp lawyer with an eye for detail and a bright future – already outstripping her peers and managing complex cases with little oversight – one to watch for.

    Key clients

    Gilward Investments

    LLC Lugzor & Others

    Littop Enterprises

    Bridgemont Ventures

    Bordo Management

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Gilward Investments in an investment treaty claim under the Netherlands-Ukraine BIT (brought by the majority shareholding in AeroSvit).
    • Instructed for a respondent state in a mega-value ICC arbitration commenced by a telecoms operator and its holding company, in relation to a mobile telecoms network licence.
    • Successfully represented an operator of gas extraction and supply in a high-value dispute concerning gas pricing under a long-term production and sale agreement.

    Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 4

    Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 4

    The 'exceptionally thoughtful' team at Fieldfisher handles complex disputes in both the claimant and defendant arenas. Aymen Khoury is experienced in contractual disputes - he has a strong international practice with a focus on the Middle East, and is praised for his 'inspirational leadership'. Owen Talfan Davies specialises in professional negligence related to real estate and energy. Matthew Sharp is a name to watch for his claimant based work relating to tax.

    Practice head(s):

    Aymen Khoury

    Other key lawyers:

    Owen Talfan Davies; Antony Phillips; Jonathan Ray-Smith; Matthew Sharp

    Testimonials

    ‘Exceptionally thoughtful and thorough and totally committed to the clients’ cause.’

    ‘Good strength in depth and breadth – there is expertise across the various sectors required to bring and maintain a successful professional negligence claim in big-ticket litigation.’

    ‘Matthew Sharp – excellent attention to detail, very responsible, and always with a good idea for the broader commercial strategy.’

    ‘Clients looking for a well-resourced full-service firm for professional service need look no further. One of the key strengths of Fieldfisher is the fact that it can easily draw on its wide range of expertise in other departments for specialist ad-hoc advice on any given professional negligence action. Having real expertise on hand means the costs are controlled and delay is avoided because partners in other departments are able to provide the depth of expertise required.’

    ‘Aymen Khoury leads an exceptionally talented team of lawyers. His inspirational leadership brings out the star quality of his associates and his commercial and strategic mind puts clients at ease.’

    Key clients

    Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime Limited

    British Pipeline Agency

    Hoegh Capital Partners

    Mirza Law Limited & Ors

     

    Work highlights

    • Acting for a property development company, in relation to a professional negligence claim in the High Court against Mishcon de Reya LLP.
    • Instructed for a consortium of overseas investors in claims arising from a multi-million pound development dispute concerning a large student accommodation development in Liverpool.
    • Acting for UKOP 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. Claims in trespass and for damage to property were brought against our client resultant from the negligence of our client’s contractors, arising from oil pipelines being laid contrary to terms agreed between UKOP and a substantial landowner.

    Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 4

    Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

    Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

    Fieldfisher offers advice on high-profile construction and infrastructure matters in the UK, regularly representing international companies. It also is experienced with PFI projects in the health and education sectors, and on energy-from-waste projects. It has also recently expanded its international reach, particularly in relation to African infrastructure. Dan Preston heads the team, and has particular expertise acting for supplier clients in the UK market. Cecily Davis specialises in high-end development schemes, and transport and energy projects.

    Practice head(s):

    Dan Preston

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘A clear focus on understanding the client’s drivers and key concerns. Strong partner and assistant support on matters.’

    ‘Emphasis on understanding the client’s position and using wider knowledge and skills from industry-wide experience to support that outcome for the client.’

    Key clients

    AstraZeneca

    Cambridge MediPark

    City Developments Limited

    City Of London Corporation

    Costain

    Dominus Group

    Godwin Group

    HS2

    ISG Construction

    Jurassic Fibre

    M Group

    McLaren Construction Group

    Morgan Sindall Group

    Muse Developments

    Rocket Properties

    Royal Academy of Dance

    Sellafield PPP Partners

    Sir Robert McAlpine

    Tilbury Douglas Ltd

    VolkerWessells Group

    Work highlights

    • Advised on general commercial and construction issues on the HS2 project. The mandate covers procurement, construction advisory and disputes, and regeneration.
    • Advising AstraZeneca on the procurement, design and construction of their new £1billion Global R&D Centre and Corporate Headquarters on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus.
    • Acting for the Lot Partners on the £4.5bn PPP programme at Sellafield.

    Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

    Fieldfisher ‘s ‘extremely experienced and knowledgeable’ real estate finance group has a growing pan-European offering and handles deals involving hotels, care homes, student accommodation, ground rent portfolios and PRS assets. The team has developed expertise in predominantly acting for debt funds, as well as domestic and international banks and borrowers. Philip Abbott heads up the practice and advises lenders and borrowers on investment and development financing mandates in the UK. Christian FrancisJayne Backett and Iain Thomas are also notable team members.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    ‘Good knowledge and experience. Take a keen interest in the policies and issues which concern clients, so the focus is on the key issues.’

    ‘They are a responsive team that proactively manage transactions and regularly keep clients updated without the need to chase. They know how the client operates and how things need to be done, and provide options and recommendations to issues that arise.’

    ‘Good breadth of experience and knowledge with quality advisors from partner level down to associates.’

    ‘The team is extremely experienced and knowledgeable about the sector. They combine this with a good commercial approach and understanding of the client’s needs and commercial objectives. They are really pleasant to work with and are really user-friendly.’

    ‘Iain Thomas is fantastic and a great guy to work with. He really understands the issues that are important to clients and delivers tailored, commercial advice.’

    ‘Phil Abbott is very knowledgeable.’

    ‘James Stripe is very reliable and easy to work with.’

    Key clients

    Elevation Advisors LLP

    Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

    Dominvs Group Limited

    Paragon Bank Plc

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Elevation Advisors LLP on a significant credit facility.

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

    Fieldfisher has developed its corporate crime offering with the arrival of practice head Quinton Newcomb and Shiv Haria-Shah from Fulcrum Chambers Ltd in December 2021 and January 2022 respectively, both qualified barristers with extensive corporate crime expertise, both in co-ordinating responses to regulatory investigations and representing clients throughout criminal prosecutions and enforcement proceedings. The team handles investigations by the likes of the SFO and FCA, as well as cross-border proceedings, with a strong focus on regulator-led financial crime proceedings. Clients include international businesses, public sector organisations, and governments. Other key team members include Tony Lewis, a specialist in Bribery Act and multijurisdictional corruption proceedings, and senior associate Elliott Kenton, whose focuses include internal investigations and representing corporate victims of economic crime. ‘Outstanding‘ senior associate William Glover joined in January 2022 from 3TG, bringing experience from the Bar in fraud prosecutions, as well as supporting the team in corporate investigations.

    Practice head(s):

    Quinton Newcomb

    Other key lawyers:

    Shiv Haria-Shah; Tony Lewis; Elliot Kenton; Will Glover

    Testimonials

    The firm has an impressive track record for conducting challenging regulatory investigations under extensive time pressure. I am aware that they assist corporates in this regard internationally and have a dedicated team of lawyers who travel extensively to ensure they are there to provide an optimum service for their clients.’

    ‘Will Glover is an outstanding lawyer with noteworthy analytical skills. He is able to rapidly assimilate voluminous material and has a talent for quickly identifying the critical issues. Will’s experience at the criminal Bar has put him in an ideal position to weigh up evidence in regulatory investigations and give crucial and timely advice to his clients. He is a well respected lawyer with a very bright future ahead of him.’

    ‘The arrival of the Fulcrum team at Fieldfisher is a strong development. They are extremely experienced in complex white collar matters and have been involved in some the most significant SFO matters of the last 10 years.’

    ‘Quinton Newcomb is the key individual. Quinton has an excellent grasp of the detail whilst also providing clear and pragmatic advice to clients. He is also a genuinely nice person. Shiv Haria-Shah also provides high quality advice and has a strong advocacy background.’

    ‘Quinton and Shiv have extensive experience of representing corporates who cross the line and find themselves the subjects of criminal investigations, or worse.’

    ‘Working with Shiv Haria-Shah is a total pleasure – he listens, processes and advises in a very clear and precise manner. Challenges are made much easier by his flexibility and focus on a successful objective: he stays calm and relies on his expert knowledge of the law to ensure projects are completed successfully. He is a delight to have on your team. I also found Quinton Newcomb to be an excellent client manager – always available and always committed to putting the client first and resolving their issues.’

    ‘The team combines specialist knowledge, and both courtroom and investigation experience meaning they can provide expert advice from all ends of the spectrum. Their real experienced grounded in practice at the Bar, involvement in one of the largest corporate prosecutions in recent times and experience in multi-jurisdictional investigations informs their nuanced, practical and tactical advice.’

    ‘Although the team is new at Fieldfisher, they have a broad depth of criminal law expertise. They operate at a very high level.’

    Key clients

    Wirecard

    ENRC

    Alstom

    Technip Energies

    Work highlights

    • Acting for ENRC in one of the highest profile and longest running corporate corruption investigations by the SFO in UK legal history.
    • Representing Wirecard in one of the most high-profile and complex financial crime investigations in recent history.
    • Acted as litigators and as trial counsel to Alstom in the largest contested corporate corruption prosecution in UK legal history and potentially one of the last following the introduction of DPAs.

    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 4

    Fieldfisher‘s UK patent practice’s core team includes litigation expert and practice head David Knight, director Tommy McKenna and senior associate Christopher Leung. The group has a strong technical background in electronic engineering, chemistry and patent litigation, and is able to support clients across a broad spectrum of technologies and industries. Recent highlights include acting for Peloton in a patent infringement claim commenced by a competitor company.

    Practice head(s):

    David Knight

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Peloton Interactive Inc

    MGA Entertainment

    Master Data Center Inc

    Work highlights

    • Acting for Peloton Interactive Inc in a patent infringement claim commenced by Icon Fitness.
    • Acting for international toy company MGA Entertainment in defence of a claim of unjustified threats of patent infringement and anti-competitive conduct in relation to one of MGA’s hit toy products.
    • Advised James Park Associates on a multi-million pound claim regarding its uniquely designed business class airline seats and layout.

    Finance > Banking and finance Tier 4

    Fieldfisher‘s banking and finance team offers an excellent blend of corporate and real estate financing services to its clients on both the borrower and lender side. Philip Abbott leads the team from London, while Charlotte Round is a key name in Manchester.

    Practice head(s):

    Philip Abbott

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘They know exactly what we need and where there are issues provide a suitable suite of solutions with recommendations on the most appropriate one. They also proactively chase the deal.’

    ‘The team in Manchester are approachable and with every problem they provide a solution. They are always available and have hit all deadlines we have set. They are truly a firm that goes above and beyond assisting us make our clients experience as smooth as possible.’

    ‘They are always available and provide strong support. I have had many issues that could have killed deals if it were not for Fieldfisher who provided the solution.’

    ‘Fieldfisher are currently my go to legal firm across our panel of firms. First class service in every regard. Can’t speak highly enough of them.’

    ‘Quality of work is A1 and always timely. I have absolute confidence in their delivery. Charlotte Round is our key contact.’

    Key clients

    Lloyds Bank

    Santander UK plc

    Standard Chartered Bank

    Cynergy Bank

    Downing LLP

    Shawbrook Bank

    Restore plc

    Marlowe plc

    Gusbourne plc

    Perch Group Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Restore plc on £250m of revolving and uncommitted credit facilities from a syndicate of 6 lenders.
    • Advised Cynergy Bank on its largest commercial loan facility to date, of £25m, to Fennies Day Nurseries Limited.
    • Advised Marlowe plc on the increase of its syndicated term and revolving credit facilities to £110m.

    Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

    Fieldfisher's 'highly professional commercial real estate team' is led by development expert Liam Buckley who regularly advises national retailers, local government bodies, and industrial clients. Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney handles matters in the financial services sector, and leads on numerous complex regeneration schemes alongside Matthew Dobson - a development lawyer who specialises in real estate finance.

    Practice head(s):

    Liam Buckley

    Other key lawyers:

    Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney; Matthew Dobson; Martin Bloor

    Testimonials

    ‘Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney – excellence, and always swift.’

    ‘A highly professional commercial real estate team offering extensive knowledge within the sector.’

    ‘A very approachable team who react with commercially driven advice.’

    ‘A very client focused property team that deliver consistently good service and sound commercial advice to achieve our business objectives.’

    ‘Martin Bloor is a solid property lawyer with practical solutions and a commercial approach to move transactions forward in a positive way; always dependable and helpful.’

    Key clients

    Allianz Real Estate

    Aspen Bridging Limited

    Aura Finance Limited

    Avamore Capital Limited

    Booking.com

    Charles Topham Properties (CTP) Limited

    Colliers International Limited

    Co-operative Group Limited

    Cynergy Bank

    Deutsche Asset Management – DWS Alternatives GMbH

    Dominvs Group

    Getir UK Limited

    Hagan Land Limited/Urban Waterside Limited

    Industrials UK Property Unit Trust

    Kennedy Wilson

    Kimberly-Clark

    Kingmoor Park Properties Limited

    McGoff Group

    Noviniti Limited/Noviniti group of companies

    Pitalia Real Estate Limited

    Richer Sounds Limited

    Seddon Developments

    Shell Group

    Simon Carves Engineering Limited

    Standard Chartered Bank

    The Royal College of Physicians

    Toorak Bridging clients

    West One Loan Limited

    Worthing Borough Council

    Work highlights

    • Advised Booking.com in securing new 230,000 sq. ft headquarters at Manchester Goods Yard at the notable Enterprise City.
    • Advising on a lease acquisition for Royal College of Physicians’ impressive 70,000 sq. ft £1 billion flagship expansion site at The Spine, Paddington Village, Liverpool, bringing The Royal College of Physicians in as anchor tenant.
    • Advising Pitalia Real Estate Limited on the acquisition of 3 industrial warehouse units spanning over 250,000 sq. ft of space at 380-acre Cheshire site, Winsford Industrial Estate, for a purchase price in excess of £8m.

    Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 5

    Supporting both regulators and regulated businesses, Fieldfisher advises on a range of competition issues including mergers, investigations, litigation, advisory and compliance work. The team is led by John Cassels, who has a strong record in investigations cases. He is supported by Nicholas Pimlott, who is known for his work in the media sector, and Stephen May, who specialises in competition dispute resolution.

    Practice head(s):

    John Cassels

    Other key lawyers:

    Nick Pimlott; Stepehen May; Ellie Pinnells; Miguel Vaz; Jessica Gardner

    Key clients

    Achilles Information Limited

    DS Smith Plc

    Karen Millen, Oasis, Warehouse, Coast, Jigsaw, Luxottica

    Pubs Code Adjudicator and Groceries Code Adjudicator

    Peloton Interactive Inc

    Sazerac Company Inc

    Ishida Europe Limited

    Iponweb

    Work highlights

    • Advised on whether Achilles might have a potential competition claim against Network Rail. Brought a complex standalone claim in the CAT and won on liability; fought Network Rail’s appeal in the Court of Appeal and won; and in February 2022 secured an award of substantial damages and costs in the client’s favour following a trial of the quantum claim.
    • Instructed by FTSE-100 listed company DS Smith plc to bring a claim for follow on-damages against European truck manufacturers MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF.
    • Guided the Pubs Code Adjudicator on its investigation into Heineken and its tied estate.

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

    Adept in banking, trading, capital markets, fintech and retail product regulation, Fieldfisher ‘punches above its weight’ when delivering its ‘uniquely client-friendly service’. Duncan Black leads the practice and demonstrates particular prowess in respect of money laundering and market abuse matters.

    Practice head(s):

    Duncan Black

    Other key lawyers:

    Nicholas Thompsell

    Testimonials

    ‘They punch above their weight in derivatives, which is generally an area dominated by very large firms. A very strong financial services regulatory practice.’

    ‘Great mix of people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Uniquely client-friendly and down-to-earth, which are qualities consistent among their staff. They really treat the issue that you are dealing with as if it was their own.’

    Key clients

    Triland Metals Limited

    Sumitomo Mitsui Trust International Limited

    Currencies Direct Financial Markets Limited / Currencies Direct Ltd

    Morgan Stanley & Co (International) plc

    StoneX Financial Limited

    Aros Kapital Ltd

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

    Fieldfisher expanded its individual fraud and white-collar defence capabilities with the December 2021 arrival of new practice head Quinton Newcomb from Fulcrum Chambers Ltd, who brings significant expertise in representing senior executives in criminal and regulatory prosecutions, as well as interviews under caution and compulsion under PACE and Section 2. The team was further bolstered in January 2022 by two additions from the Bar, with senior associate William Glover joining from 3 Temple Gardens and contributing experience in criminal fraud trials on behalf of high-net-worth individuals, while Manchester-based associate Verity Quaite arrived from 18SJS, having previously defended and prosecuted in Bribery Act and POCA cases. Senior Elliott Kenton has played a key role in cross-border HMRC tax evasion cases on behalf of business directors.

    Practice head(s):

    Quinton Newcomb

    Testimonials

    ‘Elliott Kenton has great analytical skills, and can find a great focus to breakthrough.’

    ‘The firm is well respected in this practice area. They have considerable experience dealing with complex cases and advising clients and corporates under investigation for financial malfeasance.’

    ‘Fieldfisher offer clear and pragmatic advice on an array of business crime matters and regulatory investigations. They have an excellent team of very astute and experienced litigators, who are well equipped to deal with heavy weight criminal litigation with a financial element.’

    ‘William Glover, barrister, is the stand out individual I have worked with. His forensic analysis of large volumes of financial documents is second to none. His use of technology and working documents are exceptional and makes case preparation straight forward.’

    ‘Well organised team, well prepared, knowledgeable, detail oriented.’

    ‘Quinton Newcomb, partner and Elliott Kenton, senior Associate Knowledgeable, detailed, prepared, thorough, good listeners, pragmatic.’

    ‘This practice has a huge amount of experience in so called white collar crime/accusations. That wealth of experience was the reason I approached them and specifically because of the experience of the partners and associates.’

    ‘The team knew how to address my matter in a way that kept me calm. I was advised from the first moment that it was a process, likely a long one but that they will be by my side every step of the way.’

    Work highlights

    • Advised a former company director charged with tax evasion along with five others in a multi-million pound HMRC tax fraud investigation.
    • Advised a company director purportedly involved in the selling of investments in a pay-day loan company said to have been registered in the US, and also in coloured diamonds said to have been of investment quality.
    • Advised on a case concerning a number of companies said to have been involved in the fraudulent miss-selling of diamonds and carbon credits by targeting high-net-worth individuals.

    Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 5

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

    Real estate > Planning Tier 5

    Working in collaboration with its London office, Fieldfisher LLP is instructed by a diverse roster of renowned clients on the full scope of planning and infrastructure matters. Practice chair Susan Simpson heads up the development and regeneration team, advising various entities on mixed-use projects and logistics ventures. Dinah Patel is noted for her wide-ranging expertise in planning, highways, and compulsory purchase matters. Michael Norris is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Susan Simpson

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Nike

    Dominus

    Avery Healthcare Group Limited

    I.M. Properties Plc

    Countryside Properties Limited

    CALA Homes Limited

    Exeter Properties

    Cambridge Medipark Limited

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

    Fridge Spares Wholesale Limited

    Lloyds Bank Group

    Robert Bosch Limited

    Skanska UK Plc

    The Clemence Group

    Godwin Developments Limited

    Bloor Homes Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Kennedy Wilson on the acquisition of development land to the west of Brighton.
    • Continuing to advise Cambridge Medipark on the impact of TWAs on the biomedical park.
    • Represented Nightingale Derbyshire on the redevelopment of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

    Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 6

    Strengthened from London by the arrival of Thomas Colmer from PwC Legal in September 2021 and also benefitting from a strong regional offering, Fieldfisher provides ‘calm and measured support’ to innovative growth companies and investors in heavily regulated sectors, including tech, media and life sciences. The ‘exceptional’ Tom Ward heads up the team from the firm’s Manchester office and is particularly adept at advising on early stage financings within the tech space, although he has also been active of late acting on several Series C+ mandates as companies scale up.

    Practice head(s):

    Tom Ward

    Other key lawyers:

    Thomas Colmer; Janita Good; David Wilkinson; Tim Bird; Christine Phillips; Andrew Oliver

    Testimonials

    They understand the needs of venture backed startups like no one else, have got our best interest as a company and as founders at heart.’

    The team has been an excellent business partner for us.’

    ‘They lift the jargon and translate into plain english complex problems with clear practical solutions.’

    Commercial, practical, friendly, founder-centric advice.’

    ‘Calm and measured support.’

    In pressurised situations they have been a calming and practical influence and helped resolve very tricky matters in the least stressful way.’

    Tom Ward is a great guy, gets stuff done. We trust him implicitly.’

    The exceptional Tom Ward is extremely diligent, always prompt, especially with tight deadlines and always ready to clarify any matter and ensure we get the best terms and deals in the transactions we undertake.’

    Key clients

    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

    Coda Platform Ltd

    Clinithink Ltd

    Complement Therapeutics Ltd

    Creator Fund

    Digital Insight Technologies Ltd (t/a Xapien)

    Dronamics Global Ltd

    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

    Guardian Angel Network Ltd

    Guider Global Ltd

    Guinness Asset Management

    Hammock Financial Services Ltd

    Karmacist Ltd

    Kidadl Ltd

    Messier Holdings Ltd (t/a Pinwheel)

    MNAI Data Solutions Ltd

    Oh Goodlord Ltd

    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

    Tembo Money Ltd

    The Know Media Group Ltd

    Tortoise Media Ltd

    Truffle Invest Ltd

    Tyme Food Ltd

    Ultromics

    Visor Commerce (t/a OnBuy.com)

    5Y Technology

    Work highlights

    • Advised no “code, low code” FinTech business Genesis Global on its $200m+ Series C equity fundraising.
    • Advised fast-growing e-commerce platform OnBuy.com on its £35m Series A+ equity financing round involving investors from Klarna, Play.com and Terra Firma as well as Bring Ventures and Fuel Ventures.
    • Advised UK headquartered MedTech company Ultromics on its $33m Series B funding round led by the Blue Venture Fund with participation from Optum Ventures, GV, and existing investor Oxford Sciences Innovation.

    Employment > Immigration Tier 6

    Bolstered by the addition of new practice head, director Joanna Hunt from Lewis Silkin in September 2021, Fieldfisher‘s immigration team provides strategic support to clients in a range of sectors, including assistance with large-scale projects and transactions. Senior associate Gillian McKearney is another key contact.

    Practice head(s):

    Joanna Hunt

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Fieldfisher LLP has been an excellent partner to work with. They’re speedy, clear and collaborative. The depth of knowledge that the team hold when it comes to immigration and visa issues has proved invaluable. They have also worked very collaboratively to ensure any relationship is commercial for both parties.’

    ‘They’re responsive, experienced and knowledgeable, particularly Joanna Hunt.’

    ‘The service we received was impeccable. Their understanding of our needs and timelines, as well as our business was something we really appreciated and could not find elsewhere. Their team was well rounded, highly informed and extremely capable. The team was fantastic at taking into account our company’s small size and need for quick iteration.’

    ‘Joanna Hunt never failed to clarify key concepts for us and guide our project to success. Her team were responsive at all times and diligent in their work. They took our case to heart and really aligned with our tight timelines – they felt like they were part of our own team and had the same objectives and priorities in mind.’

    ‘Extremely good technical knowledge and useful practical solutions to business and personal immigration problems.’

    ‘Joanna Hunt is great at cutting to the chase and addressing the issue at hand, which is exactly what I want.’

    ‘Aside from being very friendly and accommodating they have expertise in all areas and locations.’

    ‘Gillian McKearney is sharp. She delivers extensive expertise with commerciality, reassurance and smooth client service. She clearly cares for her clients and consistently works to ensure they receive their desired outcomes. She is thorough and meticulous in her application of the law, whilst balancing this perfectly with practical considerations.’

    Key clients

    Wunderkind, Inc.

    JLA Limited

    FitXR

    Nate Tech, Inc

    Charlotte Tilbury

    Work highlights

    • Provided advice and support on all immigration issues to a growing corporate client, including issues relating to Covid-19 lockdowns and Brexit.
    • Provided ongoing advice and support to a venture-backed start-up, including compliance, tax, and growth advice following the Covid-19 pandemic.
    • Supported an innovative cosmetic brand with its growth into the tech space by assisting with onboarding key tech talent.

    Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

    With lawyers working across its London and Manchester offices, the 'innovative and tenacious' team at Fieldfisher is very well regarded by IPs, in particular, as a result of its 'technically brilliant and commercial' advice on insolvency matters across a range of sectors, including real estate, life sciences and energy. As well as his ability to provide 'sound practical advice' on fee-earning matters, including on often arcane areas of insolvency law, Stewart Perry is also a recognised thought leader in the space and continues to hold the chair position for R3 - a trade association for UK insolvency and restructuring professionals. Other key practitioners include Kit Jarvis, who provides 'strong leadership and great technical knowledge' on contentious insolvency matters and Carly Schiff, who 'has an excellent legal mind'. 

    Other key lawyers:

    Stewart Perry; Michelle Shean; Kit Jarvis; Robin Spender; Carly Schiff

    Testimonials

    The team is innovative and tenacious.’

    Technically brilliant and commercial.’

    ‘Kit Jarvis – Strong leadership and great technical knowledge.’

    Stewart Perry provides exceptional, straight forward advice and is calm under pressure.’

    My main contact is Stewart Perry. His outstanding attribute is common sense and he offers sound practical advice.’

    Carly Schiff has an excellent legal mind.’

    Key clients

    Infrastrata Plc

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

    Colin Hardman and Finbar O’Connor of Smith & Williamson LLP as joint liquidators of The Wine Enterprise Investment Scheme Limited

    Partners from FRP Advisory LLP on numerous matters

    David Kelly and others of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the special managers of various Carillion entities

    Partners from Begbies Traynor on numerous matters

    Partners from Kroll on numerous matters

    Justus von Buchwaldt as administrator of AS German Property Group GmbH

    Partners in Mazars as administrators of SpectrumX Holdings Limited

    Partners in BDO as administrators of North River Resources Plc

    Partners in Grant Thornton as administrators of Sundial Group Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising the liquidators of Argyle UAE, a UAE-based real estate investment group, after the English Court made a winding up order against the company following the detection of a major fraud covering an $18m financing for a hotel in Bermuda.
    • Advised  administrators of Sundial on the creative rescue of the company and return to its directors/shareholders through a property play.
    • Advising the administrators of life sciences company, SpectrumX, on its sale strategy and options regarding potential Covid-19 treatments (and other remedies).

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

    Fieldfisher’s cross-disciplinary sports practice operates closely with lawyers from the firm’s commercial, corporate, media, IP, dispute resolution, technology, finance and employment teams. Clients includes governing bodies, clubs, brands, public and private companies across sports such as football, rugby union and cricket. Andrew Sanderson and Patrick Cannon co-lead the department.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Sanderson; Patrick Cannon

    Other key lawyers:

    David Knight

    Testimonials

    ‘The team that I worked with demonstrated constant professionalism and a very high level of organisational skills. They are very knowledgeable about how to conduct an independent inquiry, about the regulation and public law issues around sport and about data management and protection. They have excellent data sharing platforms and document management systems.’

    ‘As a team they are well co-ordinated and client focused. Their legal and administrative support is second to none and their ability to communicate clear and fair. They have each demonstrated incredibly good judgement and exceptional commitment.’

    Key clients

    Anne Whyte QC

    Creator Fund

    FitXR

    Genius Sport Ltd

    Max Noble/Certified Sports

    Peloton Interactive, Inc.

    Profile Partners Group

    Six to Start

    Solihull Moors Football Club CIC

    Work highlights

    • Advised  the Profile Partners Group, a key player in the marketing and distribution of sports media rights across Europe, in an unfair prejudice claim brought by minority shareholder, Michael Gott.
    • Advised ex-Fulham footballer, Max Noble, and his company Certified Sports, on his approach to clubs and governing bodies to suggest how to improve after-care for academy pupils and young professionals.
    • Ran an independent investigation into allegations of abuse in the sport of gymnastics, which is being overseen by Anne Whyte KC.

    Employment Tier 6

    Real estate > Planning

    Fieldfisher recruited a new head of planning in September 2022 with the hire of DAC Beachcroft LLP practice leader Christopher Stanwell.

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

    Fieldfisher’s dedicated IT team of specialist technology lawyers handles matters in relation to traditional software and hardware arrangements, agile technology deployments, artificial intelligence, adtech and facial recognition. The firm also focuses on privacy and data protection issues. The practice acts for clients across the technology, professional services, sport, retail, health and rail sectors. Co-heads Rob Sheldon and Sam Jardine are recognised for their national and international work on IT, outsourcing and complex commercial contracts. Senior associate Laura Johnson is another name to note, working on significant privacy matters. Liam Corrigan  departed the practice for an in-house legal role in 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Rob Sheldon; Sam Jardine

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Sam Jardine is incredibly knowledgeable and very understanding of our industry, he builds relationships and finds solutions.’

    ‘Sam Jardine is an excellent lawyer, always delivering very clear and commercial advice in a calm and professional manner, but what makes him really stand out is his attitude towards client care.’

    ‘Rob Sheldon provides expert pragmatic data protection advice.’

    ‘The team is thorough, pragmatic and listens to the client. They give practical advice, taking into account the client’s commercial considerations.’

    ‘The Fieldfisher team has excellent knowledge of the law and our sector and combines the two perfectly to provide commercially focuses and pragmatic advice.’

    Key clients

    Liverpool Football Club

    National Bank of Kuwait (International) plc

    Pets at Home

    London North Eastern Railway Limited (LNER)

    The Zoopla Group of Companies

    GB Group plc

    Phoenix Healthcare/Numark/Rowlands Pharmacies

    dunnhumby

    UK Biobank

    Altro/Autoglym

    Co-op Group

    E Fundamentals

    Fresenius Kabi

    Iceland Foods Limited

    Intercom, Inc

    Olympus KeyMed

    Onthebeach.com

    Sinclair Pharma

    Societe Generale Equipment Finance

    Teacherly

    Trilliant

    UD Software Solutions

    Work highlights

    • Engaged by Liverpool Football Club to provide critical advice and support on various technology-related matters.
    • Provided global tech & privacy advice to dunnhumby, the data-science subsidiary of Tesco providing services to supermarkets and brand-owners in over 30 countries worldwide.
    • Advised GB Group (GBG), a London-listed digital identity specialist on a range of technology agreements, on both the supplier and the customer side, as well as supporting GBG on important privacy matters.

    North West > Employment > Pensions

    Fieldfisher is noted for its experience in areas such as advising on the pensions tax regime, pensions de-risking, DC freedoms, trust law duties, and benefit changes. Its clients include large defined benefit occupational pension schemes acting in manufacturing, chemicals, utilities, and higher education industries. The Manchester team is led by Jeremy Harris, who covers compliance, age discrimination, and scheme benefit changes as well as pensions disputes. National pensions head David Gallagher is well regarded for his work on scheme restructurings, investment, and pensions litigation matters. They are both supported by associate Katie Whelan, a key contact regarding occupational pension schemes.

    Practice head(s):

    Jeremy Harris; David Gallagher

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Fieldfisher’s pensions law capability is excellent. They are responsive, practical & pragmatic, understanding their client well & anticipating issues without being overly pushy.’

    ‘Jeremy Harris acts as lead partner & primary adviser – very knowledgeable – nothing escapes him.’

    ‘Fieldfisher acted as a trusted partner. We found the advice and support provided was exceptional.’

    ‘Diligent service provided by knowledgeable and experienced professionals.’

    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

    Trustees of the Willsher & Quick Pension Scheme

    Trustees of the Warwick International Group Pension Scheme

    Trustees of the WJB Pension Fund

    Trustees of the Blankstone Sington Staff Pension Fund

    Trustees of the Coleherne Limited (1976) Retirement Fun

    Trustees of the Danisco (UK) Limited Pension Plan

    Gateway Trustees Limited

    Trustees of the JSB Electrical Staff Pension Scheme

    Organon SIPP Services Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised a major UK manufacturing company with overseas parent company in relation to £1bn defined benefit pension scheme.
    • Advised Trustees of defined benefit pension scheme sponsored by UK subsidiaries of a multinational company in relation to the appropriate steps and decisions to be made by the trustees in relation to requests for transfer payments out of the scheme to overseas pension arrangements, including the time limits applicable and the need to guard against a pension scam.
    • Advised Trustees of three UK defined benefit pension schemes sponsored by employers controlled by a US multinational in relation to GMP equalisation.

    North West > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester

    The ‘immensely efficient‘ team at Fieldfisher combines work for prolific AIM-listed companies with a thriving venture capital practice. David Bowcock heads up the group and is regularly supported on deals by recommended senior associate Adam Jones. The ‘exceptionally sharpTom Ward is another key contact; he advises companies, investors, entrepreneurs and management teams on M&A and private equity transactions, and has a strong focus on the technology, life sciences, and food and beverage sectors.

    Practice head(s):

    David Bowcock

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Uniqueness is created by the blend of rigour mixed with a highly commercial approach.’

    ‘David Bowcock is an outstanding corporate lawyer – organised and communicative.’

    ‘The corporate team is immensely efficient, driving a huge number of transactions to completion each month, whilst still putting client communication first. Their in-depth knowledge of legal documentation and ability to negotiate warranties, representations and indemnities has been proven to protect my interests against less savvy or purposefully disruptive opposing solicitors.’

    ‘From rapidly learning my negotiating style to effortlessly dealing with sellers’ demands, Tom Ward was exceptionally sharp and thorough. Tom seamlessly acted as my main point of contact across several Fieldfisher teams. A leader in communication and relationship building, Tom always delivers sound, professional and commercial solutions.

    Key clients

    Marlowe plc

    Restore plc

    Made Tech Group plc

    Gusbourne plc

    Merit Group plc

    Fuel Ventures

    Founders Factory

    Getir

    Oh Goodlord

    OnBuy.com

    Work highlights

    • Advising e-commerce platform OnBuy.com on its £35m Series A+ venture capital and venture debt financing, which was structured as mix of both equity and venture debt, involved participation from strategic retail and tech investors, Scandinavian VC firm Bring Ventures, Norway Post venture arm, and London early-stage growth specialist VC fund Fuel Ventures, among others.
    • Advising on Marlowe’s £135m acquisition of Optima Health Group and related £131m secondary fundraising through a cash box accelerated book build process.
    • Advising on Made Tech Group’s initial public offering on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

    North West > Finance > Banking and finance

    Fieldfisher‘s banking and finance team offers an excellent blend of corporate and real estate financing services to its clients on both the borrower and lender side. Philip Abbott leads the team from London, while Charlotte Round is a key name in Manchester.

    Practice head(s):

    Philip Abbott

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘They know exactly what we need and where there are issues provide a suitable suite of solutions with recommendations on the most appropriate one. They also proactively chase the deal.’

    ‘The team in Manchester are approachable and with every problem they provide a solution. They are always available and have hit all deadlines we have set. They are truly a firm that goes above and beyond assisting us make our clients experience as smooth as possible.’

    ‘They are always available and provide strong support. I have had many issues that could have killed deals if it were not for Fieldfisher who provided the solution.’

    ‘Fieldfisher are currently my go to legal firm across our panel of firms. First class service in every regard. Can’t speak highly enough of them.’

    ‘Quality of work is A1 and always timely. I have absolute confidence in their delivery. Charlotte Round is our key contact.’

    Key clients

    Lloyds Bank

    Santander UK plc

    Standard Chartered Bank

    Cynergy Bank

    Downing LLP

    Shawbrook Bank

    Restore plc

    Marlowe plc

    Gusbourne plc

    Perch Group Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Restore plc on £250m of revolving and uncommitted credit facilities from a syndicate of 6 lenders.
    • Advised Cynergy Bank on its largest commercial loan facility to date, of £25m, to Fennies Day Nurseries Limited.
    • Advised Marlowe plc on the increase of its syndicated term and revolving credit facilities to £110m.

    West Midlands > Real estate > Planning

    Working in collaboration with its London office, Fieldfisher LLP is instructed by a diverse roster of renowned clients on the full scope of planning and infrastructure matters. Practice chair Susan Simpson heads up the development and regeneration team, advising various entities on mixed-use projects and logistics ventures. Dinah Patel is noted for her wide-ranging expertise in planning, highways, and compulsory purchase matters. Michael Norris is also recommended. All named lawyers are based in Birmingham.

    Practice head(s):

    Susan Simpson

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Nike

    Dominus

    Avery Healthcare Group Limited

    I.M. Properties Plc

    Countryside Properties Limited

    CALA Homes Limited

    Exeter Properties

    Cambridge Medipark Limited

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

    Fridge Spares Wholesale Limited

    Lloyds Bank Group

    Robert Bosch Limited

    Skanska UK Plc

    The Clemence Group

    Godwin Developments Limited

    Bloor Homes Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Kennedy Wilson on the acquisition of development land to the west of Brighton.
    • Continuing to advise Cambridge Medipark on the impact of TWAs on the biomedical park.
    • Represented Nightingale Derbyshire on the redevelopment of the former Derbyshire Royal Infirmary.

    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 & natural resources and life sciences.

    Fieldfisher’s Corporate, Regulatory, Employment & Pensions, Financial Markets & Products, Real Estate and Technology & 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.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    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 Paul McNeil
    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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