Firm Profile > Fieldfisher > Manchester, England

Fieldfisher
5TH FLOOR, FREE TRADE EXCHANGE
37 PETER STREET
MANCHESTER
M2 5GB
England

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Fieldfisher offers specialist expertise in technology-related work, with innovation and privacy matters forming a core part of the team's offering. The firm acts for technology companies, and businesses in the professional services, health, and retail sectors, handling software and hardware arrangements, privacy, data protection, and matters relating to AI and facial recognition. Practice heads Rob Sheldon and Sam Jardine are noted for their national and international work on outsourcing, commercial contracts, and major digital transformation projects on behalf of blue-chip clients. Senior associates Liam Corrigan and Laura Johnson specialise in procurement and operational privacy matters respectively.

Practice head(s):

Rob Sheldon; Sam Jardine

Other key lawyers:

Liam Corrigan; Laura Johnson; Phillip Lee; Claire Harris

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely experienced and very commercial and when necessary can draw on expertise from other teams such as the privacy team.’

‘Rob Sheldon is excellent. He always goes above and beyond to provide just what I am looking for. He’s very communicative and I always know where I am up to both in terms of the work and when it will be delivered and the fees. ’

‘I have had excellent experience of working with the data protection practice in the Fieldfisher TMT team. There is a strong bench of experts and a good international network that can readily support our business in meeting cross-border challenges that often arise in this area. ’

‘Phil Lee is a data protection expert who combines depth of knowledge with pragmatism. He is adept at conveying esoteric subject matters with clarity and offering practical solutions that address the complex realities of a multinational client.’

Laura Johnson is highly motivated and dedicated with great technical expertise and problem solving skills.

‘We have loved working with the team at Fieldfisher. They are extremely knowledgeable, however the advice they provide is also pragmatic and commercial.  Whilst specialist legal knowledge is very important, it’s the application of that knowledge in a collaborative way that helps to resolve practical problems which is so important. We really feel like they are an extension of our team. ’

‘Sam Jardine – Sam is a fantastic business partner and ensures that all of the work that his team support us with is carried out to the highest standard. He is thoughtful, pragmatic and supportive, and is someone I have come to regard as a friend as well as a strategic advisor.’

‘The team are really responsive and take a sensible approach to billing. They have introduced many concepts and services to assist with data protection compliance.’

‘Rob Sheldon is extremely pragmatic, takes time to understand our business and provides tailored practical, commercial advice.’

‘FieldFisher provides a very practical approach to negotiating complex commercial contracts. Counsel takes the time to explain and propose various options to help resolve difficult provisions. They communicate well and are very responsive.’

‘I have worked with Sam Jardine and Claire Harris. Both are very responsive and have a strong understanding of applicable law for the jurisdiction in which they assisted me. They quickly follow up with opposing counsel, and try and drive the negotiation to resolution. ’

 

Key clients

Altro / Autoglym

BBC Children in Need

Co-op Group

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

dunnhumby (Tesco’s data-science subsidiary)

E Fundamentals

Fresenius Kabi

GB Group plc

Iceland Foods Limited

Intercom, Inc

Liverpool Football Club

London North Eastern Railway

Olympus KeyMed

Onthebeach.com

Pets at Home / Vets4Pets

Phoenix Healthcare / Numark / Rowlands Pharmacies

Sinclair Pharma

Societe Generale Equipment Finance

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Teacherly

Trilliant

UD Software Solutions

UKBiobank

Debt recovery Tier 2

Fieldfisher represents a wide range of regional and national clients, including insurance and pension providers, estate managers, and technology suppliers in debt collection and insolvency and liquidation-related matters, acting for claimants and defendants. Cases include high-value rent claims, contractual disputes, and proceedings against publicly-known bodies. The team is led by Barry Sharples, a specialist debt recovery practitioner with a strong reputation in the market.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sharples

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Flowers

Testimonials

‘Competent staff, listens and gives recommendations with no pressure.’

‘Personally I have dealt solely with Barry Sharples and find him to be a competent personable individual.’

‘Barry Sharples, Head of Debt Recovery has provided a fantastic service during a very difficult period. His team have adapted and been able to provide an efficient and slick service.’

‘Fieldfisher are truly a team. They all have vision on our cases and are all there to provide support as and when needed. They have a very personal and professional touch that is much higher than other law firms we have worked with at the same level.’

‘The individuals stand out as they are 100% available at all times to discuss our cases. I never feel i have to chase them for any updates as they are provided constantly. We work with Rachel Flower for our cases and Rachel is always at the end of the phone for any questions we might have, support, advise and genuinely a joy to speak with.’

‘Always available to give advice and takes time to understand our business needs.’

‘The team at Fieldfisher are very efficient with a high recovery rate’

‘Barry Sharples the head of the team has a clear understanding of commercial realities to reach sensible and cost effective solutions for his clients.’

 

Key clients

Estates & Management Limited

Firstport Limited

JLA Limited

Capita

Interstate Hotels

Fleximize Limited

Lignum Recruitment

Digbeth

UD Group

Brita

Health Tier 2

Fieldfisher's team is particularly well-known for its regulatory expertise, which makes it well-placed to advise start-ups and new businesses navigating UK launches and expansions. It also generates work from clients such as device and technology companies, as well as medical practitioners. The group also works with CBD businesses and healthtech and AI developers. In addition to its regulatory work, the group provides corporate, commercial, real estate and outsourcing advice in the sector. Practice head Sarah Ellson has significant experience of health and social care issues, as well as bioscience regulation. Senior associate Joshua Marshall is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson

Other key lawyers:

Tom Ward; Rob Sheldon; Joshua Marshall

Testimonials

‘Sarah Ellson is a star individual in the public sector health area. Her knowledge and understanding of the law is superb and her strategic insight and judgment makes her stand out.’

‘The team can pitch their advice and suggestions at just the right level taking account of particular sensitivities and difficulties within the organisation – invaluable to an in-house legal team! The overall service that the team provides, everything from advice to just the basics like making sure you have bundles available is seamless and nothing is ever too much trouble.’

‘Sarah Ellson’s ability to go from zero to full-blown advice in a very short space of time and to never let on to the client that the client is just one of several who is demanding her time on any given day.’

‘The team are real experts in the healthcare sector. They understand the challenges we face, our regulatory environment and speak our language. This cannot be underestimated, having external lawyers like this really helps with our internal stakeholders and enables them to provide seamless advice to the business.

‘Sarah Ellson is our go to for any regulatory advice. Sarah is responsive, extremely knowledgeable and always provides the practical advice we need.’

Key clients

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Boston House Dental Group

Professional Standards Authority

Roche Products Limited

Human Tissue Authority

General Medical Council

TLC Care Homes

Fresenius Kabi

HFEA

NHS Resolution

Pensions Tier 2

Since Jeremy Harris joined the firm in 2019, Fieldfisher's pensions team has developed a significant practice advising trustees and sponsoring employers. In 2020, the team aided clients on matters including the merger of defined-benefit schemes, the winding-up of master trusts, and issues related to actuarial valuations. The team also provided advice on issues related to coronavirus, such as the impact of furlough on pension schemes. Harris has 30 years' experience in this space, handling pension compliance issues as well as transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Harris

Testimonials

‘Very approachable – happy to talk over queries & reach pragmatic solutions – not overly devoted to showing technical excellence (which is good) although it is clear this is a given.’

‘Jeremy Harris is excellent and very capable.’

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

Gateway Trustees Limited

Trustees of the JSB Electrical Staff Pension Scheme

Organon SIPP Services Limited

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 3

Fieldfisher's 'excellent and well-resourced' dispute resolution practice excels in corporate, civil fraud, professional negligence and contractual disputes. The 'fantastic' Ian Austin leads the team, which includes James Lappin — who counts business disputes, professional negligence claims and sports law among his specialisms — and Chris Gee, who joined the team from Knights plc and added particular expertise in professional negligence, restrictive covenants and business protection disputes. Director Daniel Sheehan is noted for commercial and corporate litigation including warranty and shareholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ian Austin

Other key lawyers:

James Lappin; Chris Gee; Emma-Kate Hargreave; Barry Sharples; Craig Arrowsmith; Mark Fairclough; Daniel Sheehan

Testimonials

‘It is an excellent and well-resourced team.’

‘Fieldfisher are quick off the mark and think creatively from the outset to achieve a timely resolution. Their billing is fair and transparent and they are quick to engage leading technical experts to obtain the evidence that tips the balance.’

‘Ian Austin is the doyen of dispute resolution law in the North West. He is fantastic.

‘James Lappin has an impressive ability to think strategically while never missing an opportunity for a tactical play to advance his client.’

Mark Fairclough is an excellent associate who works hard and delivers results.’

‘Craig Arrowsmith is our day-to-day contact who works for James Lappin – Always available to offer advice and understands our businesses needs and tailors his approach to each client accordingly.’

‘James Lappin and new recruit Chris Gee are both commercially savvy and excellent lawyers. They provide cost-effective and hard hitting DR service.’

‘Barry Sharples has a keen eye and doesn’t take any nonsense from the other side.’

Key clients

Olympus Keymed

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

Aviva Life and Pensions

Allied London

Kellogg

Walker Smith Global

JD Williams

JLA

The Solicitors Regulation Authority

Co-Op Service Group

CIS General Insurance

Flat Cap Hotels

Assetz Capital

Capify plc

Marpol Security

The Regulator of Social Housing

Brita

Interstate Hotels

UD Software

Digbeth

Quantuma

Karen Millen / Oasis / Warehouse / Coast

Qatar National Bank

Perkier Foods

ABM Technical

Restore plc

Workgroup

Venn Group

Fleximize

Fixings & Toolings Limited

Key Integrated Services

N Brown Group

Firstport Limited

Burford Capital

Inenco

Time Group

Palador Properties

Investment Property Marketing Limited

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

Fieldfisher combines strong commercial work, including outsourcing and contracts work for retail, consumer goods, and franchising clients, with regular transactional advise to AIM-listed corporates and venture capital investors, with the ‘solution oriented‘ Tom Ward specialising in early-stage private equity and growth capital investments. Practice head David Bowcock is highly experienced in transactions, advising major clients including Marlowes on a number of complex, often cross-border deals, while James Corlett heads up the commercial practice. Senior associate Adam Jones is also noted as a key member of the transactional team.

Practice head(s):

David Bowcock; James Corlett

Other key lawyers:

Adam Jones; Tom Ward

Testimonials

‘The team was very approachable, knowledgeable and practical.’

‘ Very efficient, clear advice and great ability to push along projects, deal with the obstacles and with the other side to get projects delivered.’

‘Extremely straightforward to deal with, with a wide range of expertise in nuanced deals.’

‘This team is flexible, commercial and communicates especially well. For example in 2020 the team managed a cross-border, US-style, multi-vendor and complex sale through COVID 19 resulting in a successful completion and without significant compromises on our part.’

‘Tom Ward – very responsive and solution oriented. He really values the relationship he builds with his clients, which is a crucial element to look for in a trusted advisor!’

‘We engaged Fieldfisher to assist us to set up an employee ownership trust  and transition to a 100% employee owned business. Fieldfisher are one of a small number of law firms that have experience in this work. The EOT purchased the shares in May 2020, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Working remotely was a challenge, but it was handled extremely well and we were expertly guided at all stages.’

‘Adam Jones consistently provides outstanding service. He has a can do attitude to every transaction, is extremely responsive and always finds a straightforward solution to every issue that comes up. Having worked with him now for several years I can highly recommend him.’

Key clients

Marlowe plc

Restore plc

Custom Gateway

Creative Lynx Limited T/A Havas

Allegion plc

Velocity Composites plc

Jaywing plc

Getir

Worn Again Technologies Limited

Ernst & Young

Cream Café Limited

Employment Tier 3

Fieldfisher's Manchester-based employment team works closely with the firm's practices around the country to advise clients on employment matters, including representing clients before employment tribunals. David Carmichael and director Alex Watson are the key figures in Manchester, with Watson focusing on contentious matters and Carmichael's practice spanning the full range of employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Ranjit Dhindsa; Alex Watson; Jeremy Harris; David Carmichael

Testimonials

‘Alex Watson has a real nous for creating, building and cementing client relationships. Clients trust him and value his strategic analysis of his cases. He is pragmatic and commercially minded and so clients respect his decisions, knowing that his advice leads to the most desirable outcome for them. He has a “no-nonsense” approach when dealing with Counsel which is refreshing. He is an impressive and efficient solicitor who understands the need to adapt to cases during their lifetime.

‘A young, dynamic and commercially astute team. They consistently demonstrate impressive technical knowledge and are able to distil this into decisive and reliable advice. On contentious matters, they provide a level of commitment and support, which is sometimes lacking from comparable litigation teams. ’

‘Alex Watson is sharp, pragmatic and highly attuned to his clients’ needs.’

‘The professionalism of the Fieldfisher Employment team is second to none. They use existing and emerging technology to deliver a very polished service for clients. The team is always prepared and on top of key issues. The team’s client care skills are exceptional – always acting as a bridge between Counsel or the Tribunal and clients in a way that puts clients at their ease; always understanding where they are in the process.’

‘Alex Watson is very professional and yet down to earth and personable. Alex has a strong passion for, and understanding of, employment law principle. He is exceptionally good with clients being able to explain the most complex matters in ways that clients understand.’

‘I have worked with David Carmichael on a number of employment law related situations, on behalf of my clients. He has always been very responsive, providing clear and speedy support when I have needed it. He is pragmatic and realistic and is able to balance the pure legal viewpoint with the pragmatic, commercially-focused response.’

Key clients

Wolseley UK

The British Cycling Federation

Brothers Drinks Co. Limited

Human Tissue Authority

Getir UK

Wilkin & Sons (t/a Tiptree Jams)

Stonegate Pub Company

Royal College of Physicians

Dods Group PLC

Workr Group

Brother International Europe Ltd

Simply Blue Energy Ltd

Zebra Projects Ltd

Banking and finance Tier 4

As a part of the firm’s financial markets and products team, Fieldfisher's Manchester-based practice works closely with its counterparts in London and Belfast. The team is active for borrowers and lenders equally, with a strength in real estate finance work. ‘Exceptional’ practitioner Charlotte Round draws on a range of experience, which includes advising on UK and offshore finance transactions as well as bilateral and syndicated loans. Associate Daniel O’Brien joined the team from Trowers & Hamlins LLP in September 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Round; Daniel O’Brien

Testimonials

‘I have been dealing with Fieldfisher for the last 18 months and they have been looking after my larger and more complex cases, several of which have been time critical. The work has been a mix of property and banking and the team in Manchester have been first rate. Cannot speak highly enough. Their banking lawyer (Charlotte Round) is exceptional and the property performed to seriously challenging deadlines to deliver a company purchase transaction on a pubs portfolio. Would not have happened without Fieldfisher.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Santander UK plc

Standard Chartered Bank

Cynergy Bank

Downing LLP

Shawbrook Bank

Restore plc

Marlowe plc

Gusbourne plc

Perch Group

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 4

The team at Fieldfisher, headed by leading development lawyer and practice veteran Liam Buckley, takes a ‘very responsive and commercially aware’ approach, assisting a range of retail, investment and development clients, as well as acting for local councils. Buckley is supported by a skilled team of practitioners; Matthew Dobson contributes expertise in development and real estate finance, acting on sizeable residential developments, whilst Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney assists corporate clients in the logistics sector.

Practice head(s):

Liam Buckley

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Dobson; Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney; Michael Dulhanty

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and commercially aware.’

‘Michael Dulhanty is a fantastic individual to work with on complex development projects. He combines a great commercial awareness with good technical knowledge and excellent communication. ’

‘The team delivered a very smooth approach to a potentially complicated purchase.’

‘Kirsty Tinsley-Fenney has great overall vision of the transaction and elements involved.’

Key clients

Allianz Real Estate

Aura Finance 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

Kingmoor Park Properties Limited

McGoff Group

Noviniti Limited

Seddon Developments

Shell Group

Simon Carves Engineering Limited

Standard Chartered Bank

Toorak Bridging clients

West One Loan Limited

Worthing Borough Council

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Fieldfisher's Manchester medical negligence team has a strong record of work on high value and complex claims, handling brain injury, spinal injury, cerebral palsy and amputation claims. Practice head Jenny Urwin has specialist expertise in maximum severity and wrongful birth claims, relating to congenital conditions such as spina bifida and chromosomal abnormalities. Julia Hamilton is noted for her experience in paediatric and adult-acquired brain injury cases. On the personal injury side, Bridget Collier heads the mesothelioma and asbestos claims team.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Urwin; Bridget Collier

Other key lawyers:

Claire Horton; Julia Hamilton; Lindsay Holt

Testimonials

‘A personal service where one feels known and treated as an individual. Very joined-up – people work as a team and it shows to clients.’

‘Jenny Urwin is determined, dogged and highly professional.’

‘The Fieldfisher team includes some of the best clinical negligence lawyers in the North West. They provide an excellent service to their clients.’

‘Bridget Collier was particularly exceptional in the way she was able to approach my dying father and liaise with members of the family with dignity and compassion.’

‘I have the highest regard for Claire Horton’s intelligence and diligence, but I think the most outstanding quality for me is her integrity. From the outset she was careful to describe and frame expectations of the process and possible outcomes. Claire is an excellent communicator and warm and easy to deal with, however I don’t doubt that there is a spine of steel should her clients’ interests or her own professional probity be challenged.’

‘Julia Hamilton is a particularly impressive solicitor. She takes a great deal of time and trouble over cases and is excellent with clients.’

‘Very experienced – a great clinical negligence team.’

‘Lindsay Holt is caring and thoughtful with clients but clear-sighted and robust in relation to the merits of a case.’

Administrative and public law Tier 1

Fieldfisher continues to take on numerous high-profile legal proceedings, inquests and public inquiries, acting for both claimants and defendants. In a standout matter, Tim Suter and Abigail Scholefield are acting in the public inquiry into the death of Jermaine Baker, who was shot by a Metropolitan Police Office in 2015. Group co-head Matthew Lohn is well known for his expertise in financial, electoral, sporting and healthcare regulation, which he utilises to assist clients with judicial reviews, information transfers and fair process issues, while fellow co-head Martin Smith specialises in inquests, public inquiries and independent panel reviews. Barrister Oliver Carlyon stands out for his comprehensive experience in major inquests and public inquiries; he is currently assisting the Coroner in the inquest into the death of four men murdered by a serial rapist and killer. Carina May advises a broad range of clients in connection with governance issues, judicial review proceedings and appeals.

Practice head(s):

Martin Smith; Matthew Lohn

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘The level of professionalism offered by the team is a huge source of comfort to decision-makers. The team is able to get grips with new issues presented to them very quickly and is then able to demonstrate their understanding of the key issues faced by the organisation and advise accordingly.’

‘The leading firm in the market to act as solicitors to a public inquiry or large-scale inquest.’

‘Strength and depth in public inquiries and inquests. The go-to team for high-profile, complex, cases.’

‘Martin Smith – senior statesman of the inquiry world. Has seen it all in his time. Able to manage the most difficult inquiries with seamless efficiency.’

‘Tim Suter – a superb lawyer, a formidable whirlwind of productivity.’

‘Sarah Ellson is a first class operator in the public sector – administrative and public law area. She has the breadth and depth of experience that clients need in difficult cases. She is responsive and practical as well as having excellent knowledge of the law.’

‘Martin Smith – the market leading expert in public inquiry law.’

‘Tim Suter is astute, sensible and very capable.’ 

‘Sarah Ellson is an outstanding lawyer. She offers a reassuring level of insight into complex sector specific matters helping in-house lawyers build trust and shepherd decision-makers in the right direction.’

Key clients

Live Nation (Music) UK Limited

Bluebird Boats Limited

Construction Industry Training Board (‘CITB’)

Manchester Arena Inquiry

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (‘IICSA’)

Jermaine Baker Inquiry

Sudesh Amman Inquest

East London Inquests

British Association of Shooting and Conservation

Boston House Dental Group

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Living up to its reputation for offering 'strength in depth at all levels', Fieldfisher has consolidated its expertise even further by welcoming widely recognised 'doyenne of this field' Kate Rohde and highly regarded 'meticulous' senior associate Deborah Nadel from Kingsley Napley LLP. They join a firm known for its 'excellent and very caring way with clients', and its commitment to high value birth injury and brain damage cases. Practice head Paul McNeil's 'leadership of the team is exceptional'. Key names to note at partner level include 'amazing' Samantha Critchley; obstetric and neonatal claims expert Jane Weakley; Mark Bowman, whose regular workload includes surgical negligence and amputation cases; and 'innovative, intelligent, highly experienced lawyer' Jonathan Zimmern.

Practice head(s):

Paul McNeil

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Critchley; Jane Weakley; Mark Bowman; Jonathan Zimmern; Kate Rohde; Deborah Nadel; Iona Meeres-Young

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher have unparalleled strength and depth in the claimant clinical negligence field. They are titans in the field. Their junior solicitors are given appropriate independence to learn their skills under excellent supervision from the more experienced members of the team. They prepare their cases thoroughly, instruct the best experts and ensure that their clients’ cases are well supported by evidence in order to achieve the best possible results.’

‘Samantha Critchley is amazing. She will consistently go that extra mile on each occasion to get the best outcome; surrounding herself with the best experts and team and genuinely caring about her client. She is fully invested in the matter and literally works round the clock. She misses nothing.’

‘Paul McNeil is in a class of his own nationally. He is simply the very best. His leadership of the team is exceptional whilst still being responsible for his own cases. He has some of the very best partners in Samantha Critchley and Mark Bowman and Iona Meeres-Young. Samantha is one of the most meticulous, well-prepared and committed litigators in the jurisdiction. Mark is an exceptionally hard-driving and highly, highly able lawyer. Iona is a fantastic litigator – the most complex cases do not seem to trouble her at all and are just dealt with calmly, efficiently and successfully. Jonathan Zimmern is another innovative, intelligent, highly experienced lawyer. They have been joined by Kate Rohde, doyenne of this field. The partners have terrific support from really excellent associates. All firms would covet this team and the sheer ability within it.’

‘Fully engaged; always available; and excellent advice.’

‘Extremely strong clinical negligence team, with an ethos of great attention to detail and very engaged client management.’

‘We could not fault the team at Fieldfisher. They were always someone we could talk to and we were completely informed at every stage of the process. They embraced new IT technologies to help with communication (especially during the pandemic).’

‘Deborah Nadel is fantastic – very meticulous and fantastic at covering every aspect of high value difficult cases.’

‘There is such strength in depth at all levels. Their case preparation is second to none – exceptionally thorough. They are aggressive but pragmatic in their approach. They use only the best experts. They have an excellent and very caring way with clients.’

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

Fieldfisher LLP's 'excellent' dispute resolution team is 'fast-developing a major reputation for working on substantial high-value cases' with particular expertise in manufacturing, engineering, IT, energy, financial services and agency disputes. The group is adept at handling cross-border litigation and frequently acts for clients based across the CIS region, Germany (recently promoted partner Ellie Pinnell, who has particular expertise in competition follow-on damages claims, is a key contact), France and the Nordic countries. 'Terrific' recently promoted director Zaakira Allana is also developing particular experience in acting for clients based in the Middle East. Ann Benzimra is popular among IT, manufacturing and energy and infrastructure clients, while Richard Waugh focuses on energy disputes. Other names to note include Adam Sturt for his experience in cases involving fraud and requiring injunctive relief, and Stephen May for commercial disputes with regulatory or public law issues, including competition, foreign law and public procurement disputes. Jonathan Hofstetter retired.

Practice head(s):

Adam Sturt

Other key lawyers:

Stephen May; Ann Benzimra; Richard Waugh; Ellie Pinnell; Zaakira Allana

Testimonials

‘Excellent magic circle quality but outside of London. Accessible, nothing is too much effort. On top of the law in their areas.’

‘Very strong litigation practice that is equal or better than London-based competitors.’

‘Fieldfisher have a first-rate commercial litigation practice, and is fast-developing a major reputation for working on substantial high-value cases. The teams they put together on large cases are excellent, and are more than capable of holding their own against the Magic Circle commercial litigation teams. They are excellent.’

‘Adam Sturt. Very good and thorough lawyer. Great strategist.’

‘Zaakira Allana is terrific: she’s one of the hardest-working solicitors I’ve worked with; her work-product is invariably excellent; and she’s destined for great things.’

‘Stephen May is genuinely excellent. He has an excellent legal brain, broad knowledge and makes sound judgment calls. He plans and resources litigation appropriately – delivering high quality work within a tight budget when required. He also has a good sense of humour under pressure of trial.’

‘Richard Waugh is a very diligent, focused and commercially savvy lawyer. He combines excellent attention to detail with an ability to understand the clients’ needs well.’

Key clients

Achilles Information Limited

Live Nation Music (UK) Limited

DS Smith Plc

Leo Services Holdings Limited

Celera Telecom Limited

Boparan Holdings Limited t/a 2 Sisters Food Group

DHL Parcel UK Limited

Pearson Plc

American Sugar Refineries Inc

Infrastrata Plc

Ishida Europe

Henderson and Jones Limited

Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH

Fives SA

FLSmidth A/S

Shield Group Engineering

Trend Micro (UK) Limited

BMT Global

Swedish Match AB

Millbrook Healthcare

MGF Groundworks

PlanET Biogastechnik GmbH

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

The privacy, security and information group at Fieldfisher is ‘extremely pragmatic, and business and solution orientated, which makes the firm a hugely valuable partner’. The team advises start-ups, growth companies and large multinationals in the financial services, retail and healthcare sectors. Hazel Grant heads up the practice and is recommended for data compliance projects, international data transfers, BCRs and data retention projects. Phil Lee advises cloud, social media and disruptive technology clients on European and international data privacy issues. Director Nuria Pastor is recommended for handling personal data security breaches and regulatory investigations. Judy Krieg left for the Serious Fraud Office at the start of 2021.

Practice head(s):

Hazel Grant

Other key lawyers:

Nuria Pastor; Rehman Noormohamed; Phil Lee; Kuan Hon

Testimonials

‘Hazel Grant leads this team brilliantly and it is clear that she instils her values across the board’.

‘The entire team is fast with responses and the work is done quickly and efficiently’.

‘The Fieldfisher team is very knowledgeable about our business which speeds up discussions and decisions’.

‘We have worked with a number of lawyers at this firm and found them all to be top-tier in their respective fields of practice’.      

‘Kuan Hon is an outstanding lawyer, with a PhD-level of technical knowledge of the products and services that our company develops and sells’.

‘Kuan Hon has provided a seasoned and subject-matter expert level of legal guidance’.

‘Hazel Grant and her associates are responsive, knowledgeable and pragmatic in their approach and advice’.

‘Hazel Grant and Nuria Pastor provide an excellent service and are overall nice people to work with’.

Key clients

dunnhumby Limited

Align Technology

Mitsubishi Pharma

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

Workday

Cepheid

Tyson Foods

Free Now

Hasbro, Inc

Franchising Tier 1

Fieldfisher's ‘highly knowledgeable’ team has considerable experience of advising domestic and international clients on the global expansion of franchise networks. The multidisciplinary team, which is jointly led by David Bond and Gordon Drakes, draws on strengths from a number of areas, including corporate and commercial, competition, dispute resolution, IP and tax and employment. Bond handles franchise and licence structures for clients in the retail, hotel and leisure, education, healthcare and food and beverage sectors. Drakes is experienced in advising foreign brands on entry into the UK and EU markets. Senior associate Vicky Reinhardt is dual-qualified in Germany and England and Wales; she is recommended for advice on commercial contracts.

Practice head(s):

David Bond; Gordon Drakes

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Dodd; James Corlett; Vicky Reinhardt

Testimonials

‘David Bond and Vicky Reinhardt provided clear, concise, and pragmatic advice.’

‘Gordon Drakes is pragmatic and commercial.’

‘David Bond is very detailed and fantastic to work with. He is highly experienced and knowledgeable.’

‘Vicky Reinhardt is a strong technical lawyer.’

‘ Excellent.’

‘They forge positive and trusting relationships, and act professionally and in the client’s best interests at all times.’               

‘A real focus on developing positive relationships and standout specialist knowledge of international markets and related legal matters.’

Key clients

Hamleys

Whitgift School

Viacom/MTV

Starboard Hotels/Delivery

Made.com

Brighton College

St Paul’s Girls’ School

EL&N

easyHotel

Starbucks

Snap-On Tools

Boparan Restaurants (Giraffe, Ed’s Easy Diner, Carluccio’s, Cinnamon Collection, Slim Chickens)

Dominvs Group

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Fieldfisher is best known for its depth of expertise in the technology sector, which it leverages to assist well-known companies, including major online retailers and digital media giants, with the commercial and regulatory aspects underpinning the development of new products and services.  On the telecoms side, the firm has a fairly active corporate practice. By way of example, the team recently advised Mobile Broadband Network on a series of ten-year deals to support their existing 3G, 4G and 5G requirements until 2030. Robert Shooter  advises suppliers and customers in a variety of outsourcing and procurement deals, as well as cloud and “as a service” type arrangements. Paul Barton has over two decades of experience advising clients on IT projects across the public and private sector. James Walsh has notable expertise in network infrastructure projects; Paul Graham has particular strength in major telecoms deals; and John Brunning frequently advises clients on software and licensing deals, network outsourcings and procurement. The practice was recently strengthened by the arrival of Rem Noormohamed from Acuity Law. Associate Claire Harris is also a core member of the team, best known for handling all stages of large IT outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

Robert Shooter

Other key lawyers:

Paul Barton; James Walsh; John Worthy; John Brunning; Claire Harris; Rem Noormohamed

Testimonials

‘Know their stuff. Understand their clients. Put this together very well to make it easy for me to do business.’

‘James Walsh is the person I want running the projects day-to-day. Really outstanding team and enjoy working with them.’

Key clients

Liverpool Football Club

Deca Games

Nintendo

Netflix

Freeview

eBay

Peleton Interactive Inc

MBNL

EE

VMware

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

The team at Fieldfisher 'has the resources and contacts to deal with the most complex of claims', and is able to utilise these in order to obtain 'amazing results in challenging and difficult matters'; Dushal Mehta , Peter Williams and Andrew Morgan are all singled out for their handling of 'some of the largest and best-known cases in this field'. The firm exercises 'remarkable ingenuity' to successfully resolve issues concerning UK citizens both at home and abroad, as well as regularly representing nationals from jurisdictions as varied as Japan, Australia and Hong Kong; the practice also has particular expertise in international plane crashes which occur in Thailand, Nepal, Zambia, Peru and India. Asbestos-related diseases are another core area of focus for the group. 'Simply outstanding' Jill Greenfield oversees the serious injury offering, while renowned practitioner Paul McNeil heads up the personal injury department.

Practice head(s):

Paul McNeil; Jill Greenfield; Peter Williams

Other key lawyers:

Dushal Mehta; Jennifer Buchanan; Andrew Morgan; Shaheen Mosquera; Keith Barrett

Testimonials

‘The Fieldfisher team is an exceptional one, made up of people with extensive experience, extremely well trained. This team knows how to give you the necessary confidence that everything will be ok!’

‘Absolute stars for claimant industrial disease and personal injury work.’

‘Market leaders. Experts in their area of practice and personable too.’

‘The most exceptional personal injury team, totally committed, highly efficient, remarkable ingenuity and amazing results in challenging and difficult matters. They should be everybody’s first choice.’

‘Peter Williams, Dushal Mehta, and Andrew Morgan are all exceptional. They have handled some of the largest and best-known cases in this field. They are thorough and have excellent client-handling skills. They also have the respect of their opponents, which helps them to achieve the best outcomes for their clients.’

‘Jill Greenfield is simply outstanding. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry, but also a very clear communicator. She goes above and beyond time and time again. Jenny Buchanan is also exceptional, and can be described as being “cut from the same cloth” as Jill. Her personal approach to cases is truly infectious.’

‘Fieldfisher has the resources and contacts to deal with the most complex of claims. They will not only invest and instruct some of the best experts in the industry, but crucially will listen to the advice and guidance given and consequently build very strong cases.’

‘I dealt exclusively with Shaheen Mosquera, who is absolutely phenomenal at what she does. She is an expert with well over ten years experience – and it shows. It was very easy to develop a great working relationship with Shaheen. She helps you focus on what you can control and somehow makes you feel so much better. An absolute superstar lawyer and I would rate her as certainly one of the very best lawyers that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.’

Key clients

 

 

Derivatives and structured products Tier 2

'The derivatives team is engaged and very responsive, always available to help and able to offer alternative solutions', says a client of Fieldfisher. Particularly strong in the asset management sector and the UK prime brokerage market, the firm has in-depth knowledge of repos, securities lending and structured derivatives transactions. Lead partner Guy Usher has 'extensive experience and his credibility stands out, and he is always available to client'. He leads of a team of highly specialised finance partners, among them Edward Miller, who is a key adviser on netting and collateral issues in derivatives transactions, and Emma Spiers, who assists clients in the financial services sector with trading documentation, structured trades and regulatory issues. Jenny Warren has more than ten years' experience advising both sell-side and buy-side clients on derivatives, securities financing and regulatory matters. With Usher, she recently advised Jefferies Group LLC on its requirements under EU, UK and US regulations to exchange initial margin with its derivatives counterparties.

Practice head(s):

Guy Usher

Other key lawyers:

Edward Miller; Emma Spiers; Jenny Warren

Testimonials

‘Guy Usher with extensive experience and credibility stands out, always available to client, professionally moderating complex, multilateral negotiations to successful end while quietly handling administration.’

‘The derivatives team is engaged and very responsive, always available to help and able to offer alternative solutions.’

‘Guy Usher is superb, he understands the commercial drivers.’

Key clients

Baillie Gifford

Bank of America

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

Citigroup

Commerzbank

Danske Bank

Deutsche Bank AG

ICBC Standard Bank Plc

Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A

Jefferies International Limited

JP Morgan

Landesbank Baden-Württemberg

Nomura International plc

Rokos Capital Management LLP

Société Générale

Employee share schemes Tier 2

Fieldfisher has a longstanding presence in the field of employee share schemes, with one of its practice heads, Graeme Nuttall, receiving an OBE for his report on employee share ownership and its subsequent adoption by the British government. Moreover, fellow practice head Mark Gearing is highly experienced in advising AIM listed companies as well as startups and high growth companies. Also leading the team is Neil Palmer, who adds an extra dimension to the team through his extensive experience in advising on a company's translation to employee ownership and employment trusts. The team’s recent workload has involved a number of work in the technology sector, particularly in relation to venture capital fundraising rounds.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Nuttall; Mark Gearing; Neil Palmer

Testimonials

‘One of their partners (Graeme Nutall) was author of the Nuttall Report which set out the purpose and nature of Employee Ownership Trusts as they went on to become established in law. ‘

‘The team are very thorough and knowledgeable ensuring that a complete solution is provided with no loose ends. They listen to the client to understand the end game and the key drivers for the clients and then formulate the plan of action how to get there. They meet agreed timeframes and minimise the work required by the client.’

‘Graeme Nuttall was available and responsive at all times. He is a calm and effective lawyer who understands that changing the structure of a business is a complex and sometimes fraught process. He inspired confidence in our team and personally dealt with many detailed matters to get to a very welcome result. Outstanding.’

Key clients

Marlowe plc

Beowulf Mining plc

Oh Goodlord Ltd

Access Intelligence plc

Hashicorp Inc.

Codat Limited

Vortexplore Limited

Tristel plc

FF Poplar Limited

Tapestry Compliance Limited

Baker Richards Consulting Limited

Glenhawk Financial Services Limited

Covalent Group Limited

Glory Global Solutions (International) Limited

Studio Egret Architects Limited

Jestico + Whiles + Associates Limited

Independent Oil and Gas plc

BBC Studios

Knowles Associates

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Fieldfisher's highly-respected team has a wealth of expertise in equity capital markets work and related corporate transactions spanning the energy and natural resources, life sciences and healthcare, oil and gas, mining and metals, technology and financial services sectors. In 2020, it acted for more than 40 AIM-listed companies and 20 NOMADs and brokers. Reflective of the firm's strong pipeline of work, it handled more than 75 equity capital markets transactions for clients. Highlights included Edward Westhead advising finnCap on Gemsfields Group's AIM admission, the first admission to AIM of a mining company in 2020. In addition, George Cotter acted for AIM-listed company Access Intelligence Plc on a £10m secondary fundraise. Neil Matthews leads the group, which also includes Anthony Brockbank, Jonathan Brooks, David Bowcock and Brad Isaac.

Practice head(s):

Neil Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Brockbank; Jonathan Brooks; David Bowcock; George Cotter; Dominic Gurney-Champion; Brad Isaac; Christine Phillips; Edward Westhead

Testimonials

Excellent engagement from the principal transaction partner throughout the firm.’

The FF ECM team is extremely capable and knowledgeable. They have a very good grasp of the underlying law but are able to apply that in a sensible and pragmatic manner.’

Brad Isaac, George Cotter and Dominic Gurney-Champion are extremely approachable and highly skilled lawyers.’

Key clients

Abingdon Health PLC

Access Intelligence PLC

ADVFN PLC

Amur Minerals Corporation

Ascent Resources PLC

Atalaya Mining PLC

Beowulf Mining PLC

Best of the Best PLC

Byotrol PLC

Central Asia Metals PLC

Checkit PLC

Cornish Metals Inc.

Craven House Capital PLC

Echo Energy PLC

eEnergy Group PLC

EQTEC PLC

GlobalData PLC

Great Western Mining Corporation PLC

Gusbourne PLC

Haydale Graphene Industries PLC

Hurricane Energy PLC

Independent Oil and Gas PLC

Infrastrata PLC

InnovaDerma PLC

Inspiration Healthcare Group PLC

Itaconix PLC

Jaywing PLC

Kodal Minerals PLC

KRM22 PLC

Live Company Group PLC

Marlowe PLC

Nu-Oil and Gas PLC

Online Blockchain PLC

Pires Investments PLC

President Energy PLC

Property Franchise Group (The ) PLC

Restore PLC

San Leon Energy PLC

Savannah Resources PLC

Seeing Machines Ltd

SigmaRoc PLC

Sound Energy PLC

Synairgen PLC

Tristel PLC

Velocity Composites PLC

Versarien PLC

Wynnstay Properties PLC

Allenby Capital

Canaccord Genuity

Cantor Fitzgerald

Cenkos Securities

Cormark Securities Inc.

Dowgate Capital

finnCap

Grant Thornton

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG

Liberum Capital Limited

Mirabaud Securities Limited (now Tennyson)

Nplus1 Singer

Numis Securities Limited

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Shore Capital

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Strand Hanson Limited

Tamesis Partners LLP

WH Ireland

Zeus Capital Limited

Fintech Tier 2

Fieldfisher’s cross-practice team comprises of lawyers with expertise in areas such as finance, regulatory, IT and corporate. It advises large tech companies who wish to acquire or invest in fintechs, and financial firms who are investing in fintech solutions. The practice has particular expertise in platform regulation and risk management, receivables finance, corporate fundraising, payment services and open banking. Simon Briskman, who leads the practice, is experienced in advising banks and other financial institutions on technology and outsourcing. James Walsh is recommended for commercial work and digital regulation. Stephen Moller is experienced in fintech-enabled funding platforms.

Practice head(s):

Simon Briskman

Other key lawyers:

James Walsh; Stephen Moller; Marsili Hale; John Worthy; John Brunning

Testimonials

‘John Worthy has a grasp of the subject matter which is second-to-none.’

‘John Worthy’s experience means that he is quick to get to the heart of the issue.’

‘John Worthy is diligent and provides good client service.’

‘The firm provides leading legal and regulatory expertise on all matters of commercial technology business.’

‘Solid and tested understanding of client/supplier technology-based relationships, whether on the commercial side or purely technical.’

‘Flexibility to adjust the advising contribution to the issue at stake rather than a blanket approach.’

‘John Brunning is not only an expert asset to have to advise our firm but is also a very effective manager.’

‘John Brunning’s insights into multifaceted technology provision contracts is second-to-none and gives a strong sense of all risks being covered.’

Key clients

Verifone

World-pay

Glory Global Solutions (International) Limited (GGS)

Shopify

Currencies Direct

Codat Limited

Ask Finance

Clearglass Limited

Hammock Financial Services Limited

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Combining civil and criminal expertise with investigations specialists, Fieldfisher is ‘highly experienced dealing with complex international fraud cases, and bringing to each a range of expertise and appropriate skills'. The firm is particularly active in Russia and CIS-related matters. Tony Lewis leads the practice and is ‘one of the most experienced civil fraud practitioners in the city. He knows how to handle the most difficult of clients'. A key name in his team is associate Nathan Capone, who is a ‘really dynamic, skilful litigator’.

Practice head(s):

Tony Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Capone

Testimonials

‘The team is able to apply its expert knowledge to real-life situations and offer practical solutions. It’s unique funding scheme where it effectively acts as its own third-party funder helps give clients affordable access to justice’.

‘Partner Tony Lewis has deep legal knowledge and yet is very approachable. He is able to come up with solutions for clients and see angles that other lawyers may not have even considered. He is a calm, reassuring presence who is clearly highly respected by his team’.

‘A highly flexible team of commercial, financial and fraud dispute resolution lawyers. The ability to scale up and down as needed. Strong experienced leadership’.

‘Tony Lewis – highly experienced and very good on strategy and application of resources. Respected by his team. Achieves excellent results quickly. Nathan Capone – a really dynamic, skilful litigator. Lots of energy. Lots of novel, good ideas, very well executed’.

‘The commercial and civil fraud teams at Fieldfisher have had some big litigation wins in recent times’.

‘Fieldfisher’s civil fraud practice is now one of the leading practices in the City. It is able to handle the most complex civil fraud litigation’.

‘Tony Lewis – one of the most experienced civil fraud practitioners in the City. He knows how to handle the most difficult of clients. Nathan Capone – a superstar in the making. He is able to lead effectively his team of associates’.

‘Highly experienced dealing with complex international fraud cases, and bringing to each a range of expertise and appropriate skills including an ability to transact and staff cases requiring multiple language skills’.

Key clients

Mr Igor Kolomoisky (Privat Bank)

Mr Igor Kolomoisky (Tatneft)

Mrs Maria Foglia

Equix Diamonds DMCC

PwC (as liquidators of Goldtrail Travel Limited)

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

Wirecard AG

Penrich Capital Limited (in liquidation)

Mr Mohamad El Ghazzi

Healthcare Tier 2

Fieldfisher specialises in advising clients on a wide range of healthcare matters, including a strong regulatory practice for medical providers and practitioners, as well as public affairs and administrative law  advice for care home providers. Its expertise extends to related areas such as data protection and data privacy. Practice leader Sarah Ellson focuses on bioscience regulation and health and social care matters. In March 2020 legal director Cliodhna McDonough-Stevens joined the team from DWF. She has expertise in healthcare and life science regulation.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson

Other key lawyers:

Cliodhna McDonough-Stevens

Key clients

Phoenix Healthcare/Numark

Boston House Dental Group

Roche Products Limited

Professional Standards Authority

KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Ltd

Inspiration

Fresenius Kabi

HFEA

NHS Resolution

Human Tissue Authority

Hedge funds Tier 2

Fieldfisher advises fund managers across the full range of matters, including fund launches, operations, regulatory issues and derivatives trading. The firm’s regulatory expertise encompasses key jurisdictions such as the US, Ireland and Luxembourg. James Tinworth focuses on handling fund placements and regulatory matters on behalf of start-up and established asset managers. He co-heads the practice with Ron Feldman, who specialises in derivatives and structured finance. Other key team members include Emma Spiers, who advises on structured trades and regulatory issues across a variety of asset types, and Jenny Warren, who has notable expertise in prime brokerage.

Practice head(s):

James Tinworth; Ron Feldman

Other key lawyers:

Emma Spiers; Jenny Warren

Testimonials

The service feels personalised and consistent – I am not pushed from one person to the next. Yet there is a breadth of knowledge in key areas of investment management, funds, tax and employment to draw on.

James Tinworth provides a consistent, practical and knowledgeable resource, despite having some fairly niche issues and requests over the past 12 months. His advice has always been reliable and exemplary.

Ron Feldman is very engaging and great at giving market intel and steer on regulatory and legal trends. Jenny Warren is very knowledgeable.

James Tinworth – always responsive with a strong understanding of the commercial drivers within a client’s business an ability to explain clearly the legal principles which apply to these.

Key clients

Ravel Associates

Barker Partnership Fund / Camelot Partners

JCAM

Rokos Capital Management LLP

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 2

Jointly led by the 'tremendous' Leighton Cassidy and the 'very impressive' John Linneker, Fieldfisher’s IP practice handles trade mark and copyright enforcement proceedings in tandem with its prosecution practice. Innovate recent instructions pertained to database rights and infringement of geographical user interfaces proceedings before the High Court. The group recently picked up a notable mandate from Peloton concerning copyright infringement by a competing brand, with Nick Rose working alongside associate Natasha Rao. Hastings Guise is 'an excellent technical specialist, combined with super commercial awareness' while James Seadon acts for fashion brands in the defence of design rights passing-off claims. The team also assists with the protection and enforcement of sports data.

Practice head(s):

Leighton Cassidy; John Linneker

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

They have a real team ethic: the right hand always knows what the left hand is doing and everyone is motivated to do their best for the client and their other team members. They work incredibly hard and have excellent attention to detail.

James Seadon is fantastic to work with, he is always useful to bounce ideas off and always works through every conceivable scenario and how the case might play out. He works incredibly hard.

A team that really gets to grips with the legal and commercial problem in front of it and tackles it with enthusiasm.

Nick Rose – an excellent team leader and really strives to meet the client’s objectives.

Miryam Boston – a superb associate, with a fantastic eye for detail.

Natasha Rao is brainy, unflappable, solves every problem thrown at her, one of the strongest IP litigation associates out there, with the energy levels of a small army.

Leighton Cassidy is tremendous. Knowledgeable yet approachable.

John Linneker is an excellent litigation/contentious lawyer. Very clear advice, highly knowledgeable on the law. Stand-out qualities are commercial astuteness combined with excellent manner with clients and communication skills. Very impressive advisor overall.

Key clients

SkyKick Inc.

Peloton Interactive Inc

Sazerac

Genius Sports Ltd

Arkema

Ordnance Survey

Oh Polly Ltd

Samsung

Take-Two Interactive Software

Kabushiki Kaisha Square Enix (also trading as Square Enix Co., Ltd.)

Caffè Nero

Dixons Carphone

Altana Wealth Ltd

Switch Mobility

Forbes

Live Nation

Oil and gas Tier 2

Fieldfisher’s oil and gas practice is led by Paul Stockley , who is singled out by clients for his expertise in the sector, and advises on large projects across Europe, Africa and CIS. The team handles capital markets transactions, disputes, and project development work. Dominic Gurney-Champion is the name to note for corporate finance matters including equity funding and M&A, whilst Simon Sloane is recommended for international energy disputes. Construction-related projects work is led by Cecily Davis , who also heads the firm's Africa group.

Practice head(s):

Paul Stockley

Other key lawyers:

Simon Sloane; Cecily Davis; Dominic Gurney-Champion

Testimonials

‘Paul Stockley has many years’ experience advising in this sector, bringing former in-house counsel experience to bear, resulting in a good level of understanding of client’s needs.’

‘Paul Stockley is responsive, considered and technically good.’

Key clients

JSC “National Company “KazMunayGas”

Chrysaor E&P Services Limited

Mirabaud Securities Limited

WH Ireland Limited

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Hartshead Resources Limited

British Pipeline Agency (BPA)

President Energy

Sound Energy PLC

Independent Oil and Gas PLC (IOG)

Chariot Oil and Gas PLC

Serica Energy PLC

Igor Kolomoisky

Echo Energy

Total

SundaGas Pte. Ltd

Ineos

Professional discipline Tier 2

Fielding one of the largest specialist professional discipline groups for over 25 years, Fieldfisher is best known for acting for over 40 different regulators across health, sport, surveying, policing, finance and law, as well as higher education institutions offering study courses in regulated professions. 'Standout lawyer' Sarah Ellson, who divides her time between the Manchester and London offices, co-heads the regulatory group alongside John Cassels in London, where former regulatory head Matthew Lohn specialises in advising both regulators and regulated entities. At non-partner level, the London office showcases director Carina May, who acts for a range of clients in regulatory and professional discipline matters, and has experience in the healthcare, finance and legal sectors; and senior associate Tom Crawford, who has broad experience in professional disciplinary matters. In Manchester, associate Jonathon Bell's practice includes defending transport managers before the Office of the Traffic Commissioner.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Ellson; John Cassels

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Lohn; Carina May; Tom Crawford; Jonathon Bell; Michael McCag

Testimonials

Very collaborative, responsive, easy to access and solution focused.

Fieldfisher has a wealth of experience in the professional regulatory and disciplinary field.

They act for a range of different regulators, and it is precisely this cross- fertilisation of current legal developments and good practice that is so beneficial to smaller regulators.

Able to advise quickly and efficiently.

Sarah Ellson is a standout lawyer with phenomenal knowledge of case law – encyclopaedic! She is also wise and calm, and thinks outside the box with the ability to simplify difficult facts and problems.

Sarah Ellson seeks to build long-term relationships with her clients, and to understand clients’ needs and pressures.

Excellent work, particularly from Sarah Ellson and associate Jonathon Bell.

Key clients

General Medical Council

Professional Standard Authority

Solicitors Regulation Authority

Teaching Regulation Agency

Nursing & Midwifery Council

Council for Licensed Conveyancers

General Optical Council

Taxation Disciplinary Board

RICS

Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland

Retail funds Tier 2

Fieldfisher advises a broad range of asset managers on their regulated funds products, Brexit-related funds regimes, insurance and pensions schemes, and regulatory issues. Practice head Kirstene Baillie is particularly well-known as a regulated funds specialist, but her work increasingly encompasses a wide range of investment funds and products, and has a cross-border dimension. Nick Noble focuses on advising financial services clients on the tax aspects of new fund projects.

Practice head(s):

Kirstene Baillie

Other key lawyers:

Nick Noble

Testimonials

I have known and worked with Kirstene Baillie for many years and value her expertise, common sense, network of contacts and diligence. She also has a good sense of humour and is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Fidelity Investment Services Limited

Baillie Gifford

Downing LLP

Veritas Investment Management LLP

Northern Trust Global Services SE

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust International Limited

Guardian Media Group Plc (regarding private fund investments)

Guardian Media Group Plc (regarding advisers’ contracts)

Arriva Passenger Services Pension Trustees Limited

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

Fieldfisher handles a wide range of tax issues, covering civil and criminal investigations, tax litigation and tax-related professional negligence claims. Practice head Derek Hill has a well-established presence in the media and film space and advises on all tax-related issues. He co-heads the practice with George Gillham, who is highlighted for his 'sensible' advice. In-house barrister Philippe Freund specialises in contentious tax and has a strong UK and international tax practice. Matthew Sharp is 'impressive' and 'a pleasure to work with'.

Practice head(s):

Derek Hill; George Gillham

Other key lawyers:

Philippe Freund; Matthew Sharp

Testimonials

Fieldfisher are a superb firm specialising in dispute resolution and tax litigation.’

Derek Hill is a partner with a background steeped in tax matters who is able to grapple with hugely complex documentation and produce lucid, compelling arguments which HMRC find challenging to meet. Definitely someone to have on your side rather than against it. George Gillham is a very experienced litigation partner, definitely a safe pair of hands, providing realistic and sensible advice to his clients.’

George Gilham, has good experience in both criminal and civil cases which makes him an excellent choice in a tax investigation case, hard working, good with clients, knowledgeable.’

Philippe Freund is an outstanding tax lawyer who renders extremely practical advice to solve issues. This advice is based on the knowledge and experience of a Barrister who knows what the outcome of litigation might be. Fluent in English, French and German -even with a German legal education- he is the lawyer of choice for cross-border or international tax matters.’

Matthew Sharp – he is impressive on the technical and factual detail and very responsive. A pleasure to work with, as he combines technical ability with common sense and good judgment. Straightforward about what he needs from his team (including counsel).’

Trade finance Tier 2

Fieldfisher advises on a broad spectrum of trade finance arrangements, largely in relation to commodities, and is frequently involved in pre-payment finance, documentary and standby letters of credit, export and pre-export facilities, reserve and borrowing base lending, and inventory and receivables finance on behalf of banks and trading houses. The expertise of practice head Oliver Abel Smith lies predominantly in trade, commodity finance and asset finance in the energy and natural resources sector. Energy and commodities partner Rashpaul Bahia has a long track record in physically and financially settled commodities trading matters, structured energy trading arrangements, asset optimisation structures and cross-border trading services transactions, while project finance specialist Matt Hinxman is involved in energy and natural resources-related finance deals in Eastern Europe and Africa. Structured finance partner Dougall Molson is also involved in major structured commodity financings.

Practice head(s):

Oliver Abel Smith

Other key lawyers:

Rashpaul Bahia; Matt Hinxman; Dougall Molson

Key clients

Amalgamated Metal Corporation plc

Banque Misr

Europe Arab Bank plc

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Fusion Capital AG

ICBC Standard Bank

Misr Bank Europe GmbH

Osisko Gold Royalties

RCB Bank Ltd

Silicon Valley Bank

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Trafigura Pte Limited

Traxys Europe SA

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Fieldfisher has been busy recently acting for a number of prestigious clients on some high profile charity matters and projects. Graeme Nuttall OBE is known for his expertise in the promotion of the use of mutual and social enterprises to transform public services. Neil Palmer advises a wide range of public and regulatory bodies, central government departments, not-for-profit bodies and agencies in the UK and the US. In particular, Palmer acts for a number of social enterprises in the health sector. Penelope Wotton is now at Birketts LLP.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Nuttall; Neil Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Ellson

Testimonials

The lawyers are very professional but also extremely friendly and easy to work with. They have all worked extremely hard to communicate effectively with our deaf clients and represent them to the highest standard. We are always working together to improve our partnership‘.

‘Unique combination of skills/expertise across professional regulation, public sector restructuring, tax and charity law. Neil Palmer – very calm and can do, and responsive to fast-paced change in our project; Sarah Ellson – hugely knowledgeable about our business and governance requirements so able to translate advice so it fits our needs exactly‘.

Everyone we have dealt with has been responsive, knowledgeable and superlative in their support‘.

Key clients

Royal College of Physicians

BBC Children in Need

FareShare

Access Social Care (Mencap)

National Deaf Children’s Society

Just for Kids Law

Young Enterprise

UK Biobank

3D Crowd

Altro

Body and Soul

University of Manchester

British Museum

Royal Academy of Dance

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 3

Fieldfisher LLP has recently attracted a number of new clients in the regeneration and development field, and has also enjoyed a particularly busy year in the real estate finance and homebuilder markets. The practice is also geared to handle high-value property investment and dispute matters and is headed by Sue Simpson, a lawyer with a track record in numerous local regeneration and redevelopment schemes of significance, including those in the logistics sector. Elsewhere, Mark Lee handles has a history of handling retail park, shopping centre, distribution and warehousing portfolio transactions while Merle Wray provides the team with expertise in healthcare facilities and forward funding deals.

Practice head(s):

Sue Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lee; Merle Wray

Testimonials

‘The team provides thoroughly reliable legal advice and services in relation to the development of land for residential and business purposes. But above all, the focus is always on practical and innovative advice and solutions to ensure that the law is the client’s friend rather than an obstacle to be overcome.’

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

Exeter Properties

Cambridge Medipark Limited

Prologis

Castle Marinas Limited

Nightinghale Derbyshire Limited

Corbally Holdings

Lloyds Bank Group

Robert Bosch Limited

Skanska UK Plc

Godwin Developments Limited

Akzo Nobel Limited

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Hailed as ‘experts in the field', the lawyers in Fieldfisher’s London office operate as part of the firm’s national team, frequently collaborating on major instructions with colleagues in Birmingham and Manchester. The practice is best known for its development, finance and investment work, directing particular emphasis to alternative assets such as hotel, healthcare, industrial and student residential properties. Paul Houston, a specialist in the hospitality sector, is a ‘standout’ name for mixed-use developments and pre-lets while Jayne Elkins is a reputed ‘expert’ in significant investment transactions and non-contentious landlord and tenant affairs. Ramatu Banga is also a prominent name within the team owing to her notable proficiency in high-value office lettings, sale and leaseback and portfolio transactions.

Practice head(s):

Antony Philips; Paul Houston

Other key lawyers:

Jayne Elkins; Ramatu Banga; Gary Pickard

Testimonials

‘Each and every person at Fieldfisher that I have come into contact with has impressed me with their efforts to fully understand our situation and become part of the team by solving issues and take responsibility. Communication is excellent and working across departments is seamless.’

‘Gary Pickard is an extremely diligent, hard-working and focused lawyer. He is equally happy to take the lead or be guided by our own commercial needs.’

‘The team are very friendly, we enjoy doing business with them, but they combine this with high quality advice that is commercial and focused on getting deals done rather than creating issues.’

‘Paul Houston is the standout individual. He leads our client relationship and has been responsible for successfully concluding a number of important transactions for us during the past year. We like dealing with him a lot.’

‘Their depth of knowledge is a huge asset. Billing is transparent. All staff that join the team are well briefed and hit the ground running.’

‘Jayne Elkins is an expert, always contactable and able to explain in a manner I understand. I would not go to another firm – Fieldfisher are my go-to experts.’

‘For me it is simple – they are experts in their field. They cover a vast range of services with all staff from juniors to partners that are a pleasure to work with.  Sound advice and excellent communication.’

Key clients

Ark Data Centres Limited

BOC Limited

booking.com/TravelJigsaw

CA Ventures

Co-operative Group Limited

Dominvs Group

Fridge Spares Wholesale Limited

H & M Hennes & Mauritz UK Limited

Hammerson plc (Purchaser)

Healthpeak (formerly HCP, Inc.)

Infrastrata plc / Harland & Wolff

Imperial College, London

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

Richer Sounds Limited

Robert Bosch

William Hill Organisation

Construction Tier 3

Fieldfisher LLP is active on a range of litigation and adjudications, placing particular emphasis on methods of settlement, and is also active on a range of PFI, infrastructure and energy from waste projects. The practice, which is led from London by Dan Preston, recently advised Morgan Sindall on its successful tender for the University of Birmingham's £1bn, 10-year capital estates framework. Lead Birmingham partner Helen Andrews recently left to join Bevan Brittan LLP.

Practice head(s):

Dan Preston

Key clients

Avery Healthcare Group Limited

CALA Homes Limited

Cambridge Medipark Limited

Prologis (formerly Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited)

Robert Bosch Limited

Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure and Morgan Sindall plc

British Museum

The Royal College of Physicians

System Logistics SPA

Dominvs Group

Kennedy Wilson

West One Development Loans

VolkerWessels Group

Sir Robert McAlpine

AstraZeneca plc

Hammerson plc

Imperial College

Rocket Properties

M Group (including Morrisons)

SPIE

ENGIE

Interserve Construction

McDermott Marine Construction Limited

Contracta (UK)

Winch Energy

Bouygues UK

Costco

United Living

McLaren Construction

Stoke City Council

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Fieldfisher is highly experienced in adjudications, arbitration, litigation and dispute resolution methods across a number of key infrastructure and commercial real estate matters. It offers particular expertise in the health and education sectors, acting in major PFI disputes. Dan Preston leads the team and is known for acting on behalf of major suppliers. David Thorne, meanwhile, is known for his work in the TCC, with additional adjudication and ADR experience. Jamie Key is also noteworthy for his work with engineering firms. Samantha Thompson was promoted to director.

Practice head(s):

Dan Preston

Other key lawyers:

David Thorne; Jamie Key; Samantha Thompson

Testimonials

‘They are young, dynamic and utterly brilliant lawyers. I am almost nervous to say how good they are for fear of the rest of the market discovering them and making them so busy they won’t have time for me.’

‘Dan Preston has a level of industry knowledge which is unparalleled and an eye for a commercial deal which is rare in private practice lawyers. He knows the law, but he also knows the industry and our business.’

‘I believe most of the team have worked together for some time which is a strength.’

‘I particularly like their accessibility and down-to-earth style. Dan Preston is a natural when it comes to providing expert legal advice in a way which is readily understandable to non legal practitioners.’

‘The team offers excellent claim management and strategy solutions and their senior team members are always available and visible. The knowledge and experience of the team is second to none. They have offered innovative billing based around the successful defence or prosecution of claims which helps make decisions within our business.’

‘Dan Preston is highly rated by our team and offers pragmatic and considered advice on all matters due to his knowledge and experience. Jamie Key is another standout member of the team who offers calm and considered advice on all matters.’

‘Dan Preston is a creative problem solver, and someone you want in your corner.’

‘They have good sector knowledge and are very personable. David Thorne is knowledgeable and deep thinker. Jamie Key has a great attitude, and is flexible, great with clients and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Morgan Sindall Group

VolkerWessels Group

Sir Robert McAlpine

AstraZeneca plc

ISG plc

Imperial College

DAFA Properties Group

Rocket Properties

M Group

SPIE

ENGIE

Tilbury Douglas

NMCN plc

McDermott Marine Construction Limited

Contracta

NMS Infrastructure Limited

Winch Energy

Wheelabrator

Bouygues UK

QNB

Costco

Kennedy Wilson

United Living

McLaren Construction

Stoke City Council

Court of protection Tier 3

Fieldfisher has a specialist team of experienced practitioners 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. Under the leadership of Anna Bond it currently manages in excess of £325m of client funds and other assets. It has particular expertise at managing considerable interim payments while claims are being litigated. Bond is regularly instructed to act as an expert witness on the lifetime costs of professional deputyships in litigation claims relating to birth trauma and catastrophic accidents.

Practice head(s):

Anna Bond

Other key lawyers:

Robin Tubbs; Stella Young

Testimonials

‘Anna Bond: is fantastic. Intelligent, very good attention to detail, reasonable, amiable and grasps complicated matters quickly‘.

‘Robin Tubbs has been a huge support to us over the years‘.

‘Very much on top of the law and practice; practical and solutions orientated (which is particularly important for court of protection work). Extremely responsive. Robin Tubbs – very pragmatic, understands the client needs and family dynamic, responsive and supportive‘.

‘An excellent Court of Protection team. Anna Bond is a fantastic deputy – sensible, practical and delightful‘.

I cannot praise this team enough. I work with lots of COP depts in different firms and FF is the best by far. The lawyers are a pleasure to work with and all my clients are always very happy with the services the COP team deliver. They are responsive and client focused. I would highly praise Anna Bond,  Robin Tubbs. They are the most approachable and client centred group of solicitors I work with. They really focus on the clients‘.

The team at Field Fisher is close knit and works collaboratively. The lawyers adapt well to the varying needs of clients and are consistently responsive, engaging and proactive. They are a pleasure to work with. Anna Bond is excellent; her client care is outstanding and her knowledge exceptional. She puts families at ease and is very accessible. Robin Tubbs’ pragmatism and clarity is evident from the outset. His ability to communicate, in a clear and direct manner, the most complex of issues is refreshing. Stella Young has excellent client care skills and is extremely efficient. She is calm and measured in her approach‘.

‘This is a great cohesive team of lovely knowledgeable and dedicated people. Always someone to contact, highly responsive and approachable, excellent people skills and clear focus on putting the client at the heart of the process, while remaining empathetic and compassionate towards the parents and families. Efficient internal processes and clear understanding of communication issues relevant to the litigation. Anna Bond – reassuring, authoritative and compassionate, first class communicator Robin Tubbs – approachable and very flexible‘.

‘Super helpful and extremely good leadership under Anna Bond. Very sensible, approachable and has a great approach with clients. Anna Bond is excellent! A great help in really tricky cases and very knowledgeable‘.

 

Emerging markets Tier 3

The dispute resolution practice at Fieldfisher is a key part of the firm's emerging markets offering and litigator Daniel Hayward provides 'robust, commercially-focused and tactically astute advice'. Key partner Matt Hinxman is a project finance and asset finance specialist, representing lenders and sponsors on major financings in developing and emerging markets. Nodir Sidikov frequently advises CIS-based clients on corporate deals in the energy sector, and Cecily Davis focuses on energy and infrastructure projects in Africa. Davis recently acted for Winch Energy on off-grid solar developments in Sierra Leone.

Practice head(s):

Matt Hinxman; Nodir Sidikov; Cecily Davis

Other key lawyers:

Natalia Schuster; Daniel Hayward

Testimonials

‘The team is very knowledgeable and efficient. It is aware of key recent cases to our specific deals and able to choose appropriate solutions. Its team is frequently involved in deals with Russian nexus, hence it is able to adjust legal analysis to the applicable market pattern.’

‘Natalia Schuster is standout for Russia-related deals. Her perfect English law academic background and bilingual capabilities are extremely helpful. Natalia is wise and constructive in advising and reviewing quite complex matters. Daniel Hayward is remarkable for his dispute resolution capabilities. He is also well-aware of Russia-specific cases and is always on the same path without a need to spend much time on explanations.’

‘They have tremendous strength in depth and can easily marshal the resources to cope with the largest and most complex cases. There is a particularly heavy concentration of Russian and Ukrainian speaking lawyers, hence their prominent position in Russia/CIS-related disputes. Within the team there are some especially impressive individuals with a rare ability to devise winning strategies throughout the life of a case.’

‘Dan Hayward is an impressive Russian-speaking partner who knows exactly how to navigate fraud cases from start to finish.’

‘Matt Hinxman has been very supportive, very creative, and very experienced in handling such multi-jurisdictional disputes.’

‘Their reputation for Russia and CIS-related work is second to none.’

‘Dan Hayward is a stand-out performer, who delivers robust, commercially-focused and tactically astute advice in a client-friendly format.’

Key clients

Africa Finance Corporation

African Lion Gold plc

AgDevCo

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

Gazprom UK Limited

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

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

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

The contentious financial services team at Fieldfisher represents service providers, asset managers, brokers and dealers in contentious issues arising from financial products. The group is also able to call on significant expertise in white-collar criminal matters, including pertaining to anti-money laundering. Able to 'address matters in a matter-of-fact, plain-speaking manner', Duncan Black leads the practice, with knowledge in business conduct and market abuse cases, as well as judicial reviews of disciplinary matters. Tony Lewis is another key name and is recommended for investigations and financial criminal claims.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Black

Other key lawyers:

Tony Lewis

Testimonials

The technical abilities within this team are very strong indeed. There is real engagement from beginning to end and the process of advice and problem-solving has always felt truly collaborative and streamlined.’

Duncan Black is incredibly experienced and instils great confidence.’

Fieldfisher has been excellent at establishing our needs very quickly in very urgent circumstances, giving us rapid initial guidance and then putting the most appropriate team together to assist us, for an issue that spanned several areas of expertise.’

Duncan Black’s advice has been invaluable, guiding us as Directors and legal laypeople through an extremely taxing period with hands-on, practical steps. He asked probing questions and grasped the complex situation we were facing very quickly and helped us address matters in a matter-of-fact, plain-speaking manner. Duncan’s particular strength has been to spend his, and focus our, time on the things that matter. His communications with us have always been to the point, and his turnaround time for questions as they arose impressively fast.’

Duncan Black was clear and calm through out the process and the attention to detail was good.’

Bright, practical and reassuring.’

Genuinely interested in our business and getting us the best result possible. I felt like we were their only client – the focus was exceptional.’

Key clients

Triland Metals Ltd

Currencies Direct

Open Access Finance Ltd

StoneX Ltd

Starz Mortgage Capital Ltd

RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP as administrator of Lendy Ltd

Verifone Inc

Health and safety Tier 3

The health and safety group at Fieldfisher is well-known for its work in the defence, manufacturing, chemical, and transport sectors. Led by Andrew Sanderson , the team has been a 'go-to' for clients during the pandemic for tailored advice on their obligations and requirements in relation to the COVID-19 risk. Elliott Kenton has beem a key figure in this initiative, offering practical support for clients. Sanderson is a specialist in the transport and defence sectors. The team also has significant expertise with internal investigations, incident response and advice, and representation in HSE investigations and prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Sanderson

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Ellson; Elliott Kenton

Testimonials

‘Extremely approachable, engaging and professional. Very knowledgeable and quick to respond on queries. A reassuring service.’

‘They are professional, highly knowledgeable and approachable. The technical knowledge of the team is very evident and most importantly they work with people rather than trying to push opinions etc.’

‘Andrew Sanderson has a wealth of experience operating in the health and safety criminal sector. His advice is assured and pragmatic and extends to supporting clients with proportionate risk prevention measures’

 

Key clients

National Security and Resilience Consortium

Road Skills

Routeone

Enzen Global Limited

Sapphire Utility Solutions Limited

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 3

Fieldfisher acts for clients in the media and entertainment sector on corporate, finance, commercial and tax matters. Practice head Tim Johnson has considerable expertise in structuring multi-party financings for film and TV projects. The cross-practice team includes corporate partners Andrew Blankfield, Carlton Durrant and Christine Philips, as well as corporate tax expert Derek Hill.

Testimonials

Practical, clear and helpful advice. Good industry knowledge and know-how with ready solutions to recurring problems.’

We worked with Tim Johnson who is calm, highly knowledgeable, very clear and always considerate of our business needs.’

Mining and minerals Tier 3

Fieldfisher's practice advises on mining and infrastructure projects over a large domestic and international footprint, which includes Africa, Europe and the CIS region. Overseen by Jonathan Brooks, the team handles an assortment of financing matters, particularly alternative mining finance, debt finance and project finance deals on critical metals used in renewable energy assets. The core group include corporate contact George Cotter, who advises on equity capital markets transactions and has two decades of experience assisting with flotations, fundraisings and AIM listings, and Dominic Gurney-Champion, who advises small and mid-cap mining companies.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Brooks

Other key lawyers:

George Cotter; Dominic Gurney-Champion

Testimonials

’George Cotter has been involved with our company and grown into our lead contact, providing full and knowledgeable support. Rapid responses and quick access to support from any Fieldfisher office is provided. During the pandemic, there has been no drop-off of support.’

‘The firm provided first-class support, with pragmatic and excellent commercial advice which benefitted all parties. The teams were well briefed such that the company did not have to repeat conversations with different individuals. The work requested of the firm was also turned around efficiently.’

‘Jonathan Brooks is very responsive and provides solid, pragmatic and commercial advice. An excellent all-round senior team.’

‘The international distribution of offices and affiliated organisations is invaluable to our company.’

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

Cornish Metals Inc.

Dalradian Gold Limited

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Everest Alliance Limited

finnCap

Fusion Capital AG

Golden Arrow Resources Corp.

Ibex Metals AG

Invesco

ISON Mining Pte Ltd

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co.

Kalahari Metals Ltd

Kodal Minerals plc

Liberum Capital

Orion Minerals Ltd

Osisko Gold Royalties

Savannah Resources plc

SigmaRoc plc

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Tamesis Partners

Tembo Capital Mining GP Limited

Tennyson Securities (formerly Mirabaud Securities)

Terrafame

Trafigura Pte Limited

Traxys Europe S.A.

Vardar Minerals Limited

VTB Commodities Trading

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

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Fieldfisher combines a very active contentious registry practice with the ability to manage and develop often extensive international trade mark portfolios. As part of the firm's wider IP offering, which also includes a successful litigation practice, the group possesses the depth to handle complex high-stakes matters. The London team is a key pillar of the firm's international IP practitioner network which includes the growing Dublin office that was opened in spring 2019. The growth of the practice in 2020 included a number of clients that chose the firm for the management of its successor trade mark rights post-Brexit. Leighton Cassidy and John Linneker are the heads of the practice. With the arrival of director Chris Benson, who joined from Taylor Wessing LLP in April 2021, the team gained a very well-known brand, trade mark and copyright expert.

Practice head(s):

Leighton Cassidy; John Linneker

Other key lawyers:

Harriet Seymour; Amy Reynolds; Hastings Guise; Nick Rose; Jude Antony; Kishen Karia; Chris Benson

Key clients

SkyKick Ltd

Sazerac UK

Arkema

Samsung

Take-Two Interactive Software

Kabushiki Kaisha Square Enix (also trading as Square Enix Co., Ltd.)

Caffè Nero

Dixons Carphone

Forbes

Boparan Private Office

Wilkin & Sons

Khadi & Village Industries Commission

EY

GoFundMe

Edward Green

Dell EMC

Switch Mobility

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

The pensions offering at Fieldfisher is led by David Gallagher, who has particular expertise in energy and natural resources sector pension schemes. The team has long established experience in the electricity, transport, and utility sectors and is renowned for its work for representative beneficiaries. Jeremy Harris advises trustees and sponsoring employers for DB schemes, small self administered schemes (SSASs) and SIPPs. Recent highlights include advising the trustees of the ESPS on a major restructuring of its £46bn occupational  scheme to facilitate future bulk transfer and insurance contracts. Buy-out specialist Andrew Patten, and corporate transactions and restructurings expert Michael Calvert are also of note.

Practice head(s):

David Gallagher

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Harris; Michael Calvert; Andrew Patten

Testimonials

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

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

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

Key clients

Trustees of the Sibelco UK Occupational Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Cooper Consolidated Pension Plan

Trustees of the MTL Instruments Group Pension Scheme

EDF Energy Limited

Trustee of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme (ESPS)

Trustees of various pension schemes sponsored by Arriva PLC

AT Kearney Limited

OneFamily Friendly Society

Trustees of Eggborough Power Group of the ESPS

Trustees of Power Generation Pension Scheme

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Fieldfisher has a particular niche in the low carbon energy transition space, and is active across project development and corporate power purchase agreements. The power group sits within the firm's wider energy and natural resources practice and is jointly led by Matthew Williams and Dominic Gurney-Champion in London, and is made up of key partners Elisabeth Blunsdon and energy and infrastructure lawyer Mark Nash. In Birmingham, construction lawyer Hugo Lidbetter focuses on power supply and power generation matters. At the associate level, Alice Taylor is recommended. The team is able to handle large pan-European work by working in tandem with lawyers in its Madrid and Munich offices.

Practice head(s):

Dominic Gurney-Champion; Matthew Williams

Other key lawyers:

Elisabeth Blunsdon; Hugo Lidbetter; Mark Nash

Testimonials

Fieldfisher have been our trusted advisors for around the last 10 years. They understand our commercial needs and internal procedures through their in-depth and longstanding knowledge of our group of companies. Thus they are able to provide truly commercial, cost-effective and pragmatic solutions to furnish our specific enquiries and needs. Fieldfisher’s breadth of European and international offices is very helpful with the large number of international projects and jurisdictions we are involved in, and is a practice with high number of experts specialising in very specific areas of law, which adds value to their expertise. At the same time, the firm is always approachable.’

‘We have worked with Fieldfisher’s team on a large variety of corporate and financing matters. The whole team, from most senior to most junior members is highly professional, is always approachable and able to provide simple and pragmatic solutions for our needs. The fact that a large number of team members we deal with have international expertise and language and cultural knowledge makes working with Fieldfisher’s team a seamless and streamlined experience.’

Key clients

Sev.en Energy AG

Lightsource BP

Calon Energy

EP UK Investments

Shell Energy Europe

Yü Energy

Yorkshire Gas and Power

Future Earth Energy

Winch Energy

Bulb Energy

Eqtec

Energiekontor UK

Solar 21

Property litigation Tier 3

Embedded in Fieldfisher's wider real estate practice, the property litigation group is regularly called upon in disputes arising from real estate finance transactions, but also stands out for its expertise in assisting energy sector companies with injunctions against protestors and pipeline-related disputes. This is complemented by experience in commercial landlord and tenant litigation, including lease disputes, CVAs and rent reviews; consultant Lesley Webber is the key contact for the last-mentioned segment. She is a member of the team led by solicitor advocate Antony Phillips, who specialises in dilapidations and professional negligence cases. Owen Talfan Davies stands out for his expertise in obtaining pre-emptive injunctions protecting private land. The team's large blue-chip client base includes retailers, property investment companies, sports clubs and pension funds.

Practice head(s):

Antony Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Lesley Webber; Owen Talfan Davies

Testimonials

I regard Antony Philips, Lesley Webber and Owen Talfan Davies as excellent in all aspects of property litigation work.

Owen Talfan Davies has an incredibly analytical mind and makes sure that he has considered every last angle of his case before pleading and presenting it. He shows extraordinary strategic awareness in sensing the moment to extract the best settlement for his client.

The team is exceptionally strong across the board.

Owen Talfan Davies is exceptional and has an amazing client list.

Key clients

INEOS Upstream Limited

West One Loan Limited / Aura Finance Limited (Enra Group Limited)

Fraser Hart Limited

British Pipeline Agency

Reaction Engines Limited

The Warwickshire County Cricket Club Limited

IWG Group Plc (operating as Regus)

Securitisation Tier 3

Fieldfisher frequently advises arrangers, originators, third-party servicers, swap providers, account banks, agents, trustees and corporate service providers on both public and private securitisations. Guy Usher leads the derivatives and structured finance group, in which Alex Campbell specialises in UK and pan-European structured finance and is 'outstanding, extremely responsive and always willing to go the extra mile'. Along with Marsili Hale, he is heavily involved in advising on LIBOR transition in securitisations for originators and mortgage servicers. Securitisation specialist Richard Todd has almost 20 years' experience in assisting arrangers, lenders, sponsors, issuers and originators with securitisation and asset warehousing facilities. Corporate trust partner Gonzalo Fernandez, Stephen Moller, who frequently advises fintech companies and investment managers on receivables financings, and experienced receivables financing and securitisation partner Dougall Molson are also pivotal to the practice.

Practice head(s):

Guy Usher

Other key lawyers:

Alex Campbell; Gonzalo Fernandez; Marsili Hale; Stephen Moller; Dougall Molson; Richard Todd

Testimonials

‘The team has developed extensive networks with professionals in other related disciplines making them a unique one-stop shop for our specific commercial objectives.’

‘Alex Campbell is outstanding – extremely responsive and always willing to go the extra mile’

‘The team has the ideal combination of experience, expertise and great client focus. They are always constructive, rolling up their sleeves to help structure solutions.’

‘Dougall Molson is everything that you want in a securitisation partner: hugely experienced and very knowledgeable with fantastic client skills, hardworking, innovative and engaging.’

‘Very personable and good value for money, and they are always responsive and time lines are met.’

‘It has depth and breadth of legal knowledge, and an ability to grasp and fully understand the commercial issues, not just the legal issues. A technical understanding of how structured finance deals work in the wider context. A down to earth and approachable team with full access at partner level when required. A confidence from a client perspective of being in safe and capable hands and that the advice given results in commercial solutions which work.’

‘Alex Campbell is simply wonderful and one of the nicest people I’ve worked with over the years. Very approachable, knowledgeable and very responsive where no question or issue is too small. He has a way of reassuring clients where they feel at ease very quickly.’

‘Seamless service and oversight over large portion of certain sectors for issuers, servicers in particular.’

Key clients

PF Capital Finance Limited

Rooftop Mortgages Limited

Link Asset Services Ireland

Link Asset Services Limited

RSM Advisory LLP

Apex Group

Vistra

Intertrust Group

Law Debenture Trust Corporation

Ocorian

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

Fieldfisher's 'outstanding' banking litigation team has particular experience in disputes arising from multiparty structured finance transactions. It has a strong reputation for Russia and CIS region-related litigation, while Aymen Khoury is a key contact for banking litigation relating to the Middle East. Practice head Andrew Lafferty, financial regulations expert Duncan Black, Kit Jarvis and James Lewis are among the other names to note. Donna Goldsworthy, who has banking litigation and asset tracing experience, joined from BDB Pitmans.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Lafferty

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Black; Kit Jarvis; Helen Mulcahy; James Lewis; Aymen Khoury; Vanessa Wilkinson; Donna Goldsworthy

Testimonials

Polished and effective team.

Aymen Khoury is a clever and sensible litigator. He is creative and looks for all angles on his client’s behalf. Vanessa Wilkinson is efficient and thorough.’

This firm has a very strong litigation department for dealing with CIS disputes.

Andrew Lafferty is a thick-skinned seasoned operator who rides the waves created by heavyweight litigation with stoic resolve.’

Fieldfisher have an outstanding banking litigation practice.

Helen Mulcahy is a uniquely talented and experienced partner. Helen is not only an outstanding lawyer but also a shrewd judge of litigation strategy.

Fieldfisher is a European law firm with practices in many sectors. Wide net of associates helps to advise clients in different states and fields as technologies, financial services and others.’

Tracey Wright – very knowledgeable with a lot of practical knowledge that ensures that the right tactical decisions are made at the right time.

Key clients

Open Access Finance Ltd

Wirecard

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

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

Fieldfisher's 'well-oiled litigation machine' attracts praise for its 'tremendous strength in depth'. With a large number of Russian speakers, it  has expertise in disputes involving Russia and the CIS region, for which practice head Colin Gibson and Andrew Lafferty are key names to note. The group also has a growing Middle East and North African practice group led by Vivien Davies. Jonathan Hofstetter left the practice.

Practice head(s):

Colin Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Tony Lewis; Kit Jarvis; Helen Mulcahy; Aymen Khoury; Daniel Hayward; Vanessa Wilkinson; Elora Mukherjee; Laura Parnell

Testimonials

A great team in this space, with real strength in depth.’

Fieldfisher are a well-oiled litigation machine.’

They have tremendous strength in depth and can easily marshal the resources to cope with the largest and most complex cases. There is a particularly heavy concentration of Russian and Ukrainian speaking lawyers, hence their prominent position in Russia/CIS-related disputes. Within the team there are some especially impressive individuals with a rare ability to devise winning strategies throughout the life of a case.

Tony Lewis is very impressive and a joy to work with.’

Colin Gibson is probably the best solicitor I have worked with. He works hard, and knows his stuff.  He is also amazing with clients, and brilliant at simplifying complex issues. And he is a joy to work with. Laura Parnell is wonderful  – she is destined for greatness.

I have worked with Kit Jarvis and Elora Mukherjee who have impressed me greatly. They both have strong, but not overbearing, personalities and inspire a great deal of confidence in clients, colleagues and suppliers. They seem to be able to soak limitless amounts of pressure applied by opponents without appearing in the slightest bit phased. This is very reassuring and allows them to maintain their objectivity so that they do not lose sight of the goal.’

Helen Mulcahy is a uniquely talented and experienced partner. Helen is not only an outstanding lawyer but also a shrewd judge of litigation strategy.’

Aymen Khoury is a punchy commercial litigator who has a strong understanding of the main drivers in any piece of complex litigation. Great strategic awareness. Has the energy to keep any dispute moving in the right direction. Aymen is ably assisted in most of his work by Vanessa Wilkinson, who is phenomenally hard-working and careful in stress-testing every element of the case she is building.’

Key clients

Robert Reid and Stephen Jennings

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

Igor Kolomoisky (Tatneft dispute)

Mr Igor Kolomoisky (Privat Bank dispute)

Compound Photonics Group Limited (CPGL)

Mohamad El Ghazzi

Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime Limited

Bernardo Hartogs

Versilia Group Holdings Limited

Wirecard

Atalaya Mining PLC

Rune Hauge

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

Hailed as ‘experts in the field', the lawyers in Fieldfisher’s London office operate as part of the firm’s national team, frequently collaborating on major instructions with colleagues in Birmingham and Manchester. The practice is best known for its development, finance and investment work, directing particular emphasis to alternative assets such as hotel, healthcare, industrial and student residential properties. Paul Houston, a specialist in the hospitality sector, is a ‘standout’ name for mixed-use developments and pre-lets while Jayne Elkins is a reputed ‘expert’ in significant investment transactions and non-contentious landlord and tenant affairs. Ramatu Banga is also a prominent name within the team owing to her notable proficiency in high-value office lettings, sale and leaseback and portfolio transactions.

Practice head(s):

Antony Philips; Paul Houston

Other key lawyers:

Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy; Jayne Elkins; Iain Thomas; Mark Lee

Testimonials

‘Each and every person at Fieldfisher that I have come into contact with has impressed me with their efforts to fully understand our situation and become part of the team by solving issues and take responsibility. Communication is excellent and working across departments is seamless.’

‘Gary Pickard is an extremely diligent, hard-working and focused lawyer. He is equally happy to take the lead or be guided by our own commercial needs.’

‘The team are very friendly, we enjoy doing business with them, but they combine this with high quality advice that is commercial and focused on getting deals done rather than creating issues.’

‘Paul Houston is the standout individual. He leads our client relationship and has been responsible for successfully concluding a number of important transactions for us during the past year. We like dealing with him a lot.’

‘Their depth of knowledge is a huge asset. Billing is transparent. All staff that join the team are well briefed and hit the ground running.’

‘Jayne Elkins is an expert, always contactable and able to explain in a manner I understand. I would not go to another firm – Fieldfisher are my go-to experts.’

‘For me it is simple – they are experts in their field. They cover a vast range of services with all staff from juniors to partners that are a pleasure to work with.  Sound advice and excellent communication.’

Key clients

Birmingham International Airport

Cambridge Medipark

CA Ventures

Dominvs Group

DWS

Exeter Properties

Co-operative Group Limited

Imperial College London

Infrastrata plc / Harland & Wolff

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate – Industrials UK Property Unit Trust

Kennedy Wilson Europe Real Estate

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Shell Pension Funds

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 4

At Fieldfisher, the team is especially well-regarded among professional services businesses, such as surveyors, architects, lawyers and accountants, for its input on M&A and internal structuring affairs. The practice is fronted by Andrew Lawton Smith, a recent arrival from Gowling WLG who joins with a prominent reputation in supporting entrepreneurs within the manufacturing, business services and technology fields. Also found among the workload are venture capital capital and private equity transactions, often handled by Graham Muth, as well as energy-related corporate matters, for which Matthew Williams is the main point of contact.

Practice head(s):

Andy Lawton Smith

Other key lawyers:

Graham Muth; Matthew Williams; Hugo Lidbetter

Testimonials

‘A highly focused and dynamic firm who provide legal advice with full conviction, which allows clients to make sound commercial decisions with confidence. I particularly like the attitude of key partners who take a long-term view relative to client retention, knowing that ultimately they will be most likely to receive instructions relative to M&A activity. The strength and length of the relationship we have established means we view Fieldfisher as key stakeholders within our overall exit strategy and this has helped to steer some of the more run of the mill commercial activities they undertake for us.’

It is essential to have a law firm such as this that is capable of providing concise advice that we have total faith in.’

Historically we have used a number of specialist firms both in Birmingham, London and Manchester but in recent years have reached the conclusion that Fieldfisher’s breadth of service allows us to treat them as a sole supplier for all of our commercial requirements.’

‘Andrew Lawton-Smith has been a trusted advisor for many years after initially steering us through a complicated MBO. My fellow board members have come to view him more as a non-executive director than just a legal adviser as he is not afraid to tell us when we are wrong and steer down a more considered path.’

Key clients

Metamorph Group Limited

Greater Pacific Capital Partners LP

Yü Energy

Shell Energy Europe Limited

Fund finance Tier 4

Fieldfisher has continued to develop its fund finance practice, advising fund managers on capital call and NAV facilities, as well as handling complex multijurisdictional regulatory issues. Names to note in the team are practice head Philip Abbott and George Murphy. The group works closely with fund formation partner James Tinworth.

Practice head(s):

Philip Abbott

Other key lawyers:

James Tinworth; George Murphy

Hospitality and leisure Tier 4

Fieldfisher's group of specialist hotel and leisure lawyers advise clients including hotels, serviced apartments, casinos, restaurants and holiday travel companies. Practice head and real estate partner Paul Houston is particularly well-known for managing the roll-out of branded leisure concepts and for large-scale portfolio sales and purchases. The team is highly recommended for international franchising work, as well as for sector-specific commercial advice.

Practice head(s):

Paul Houston

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher have a wide range of expertise across many facets of our industry which we have found very useful in supporting us in our business whether from Hotel Management Agreements to GDPR and HR. Always very knowledgeable, responsive and supportive.’

‘Paul Houston always impresses . He is a quick study of the key commercial points – and knows what really matters to his clients . His ability to turn around large projects within challenging timescales never ceases to impress.’

‘We are absolutely delighted with the work that the team at Fieldfisher does with us. They are unique in their ability to understand the commercials of deals, and bring the relevant resource in from wider teams to achieve these.’

Key clients

Al-Seef Tourism Investment LLC

BlackRock

Capricornus

Coffee-Bike International Limited

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice

Creams Café Limited

Dominvs Group

DWS

EasyHotel

EL&N International

Expedia, Inc

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)

The shareholders of Cruising Excursions Limited

TDA Capital

Vastint Hospitality B.V

Viacom/MTV

William Hill Organisation

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

The patent litigators at Fieldfisher picked up a number of new mandates in niche areas, including children’s toys and fitness equipment. Practice head David Knight, senior associate Tommy McKenna and associate Christopher Leung are currently defending Peloton against patent infringement claims commenced by a competitor. Life sciences is another key area of activity, particularly in relation to SPC litigation. The team was one of the first to successfully apply for expedited remote appeal hearings in the early stages of Covid-19.

Practice head(s):

David Knight

Other key lawyers:

Tommy McKenna; Christopher Leung

Key clients

Peloton Interactive, Inc

Master Data Centre Inc (a CPA Global company)

MGA Entertainment

International arbitration Tier 4

Well known for its CIS desk, Fieldfisher fields lawyers who are collectively qualified to practice in over 10 jurisdictions. Simon Sloane heads up the international arbitration group 'superbly', while Colin Gibson is dispute resolution leader. The team further includes commercial arbitration expert Daniel Hayward; litigation and arbitration specialist Tracey Wright; and Alexandra Underwood, whose experience includes investment treaty claims. At director level, Joshua Fellenbaum is 'very strong', and Zaakira Allana is 'outstanding'. Arbitration partner Donna Goldsworthy joined in June 2020 from BDB Pitmans.

Practice head(s):

Colin Gibson; Simon Sloane

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Hayward; Tracey Wright; Alexandra Underwood; Donna Goldsworthy; Joshua Fellenbaum; Zaakira Allana; Adam Sturt; Richard Waugh

Testimonials

The team is exceptionally well resourced, with great capability from top to bottom and a first-rate product and eye for quality – a brilliant team of professionals who really care for their clients’ needs and interests.

The team is particularly skilled at dealing with high-value, complex cases, and has an array of foreign-qualified lawyers who are able to bring their expertise to relevant international disputes.

Simon Sloane leads his team superbly and is first class.

Daniel Hayward continues to impress with his easy charm, robust litigation style, and strategic and commercial nous.

Tracey Wright is an outstanding professional, who knows her subject really well.

Alexandra Underwood is a superstar partner – one of the few that I would trust with any matter.

Director Zaakira Allana is outstanding. She’s extremely clever, enormously hardworking, produces first-rate documents, and a joy to work with.

Director Joshua Fellenbaum is very strong.

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

Fieldfisher's life sciences group stands out on the corporate and commercial side, with a particularly strong record of equity capital markets and venture capital transactions in the sector. The department acts across all areas in the industry, including IP, privacy and dispute resolution work. UK team lead Janita Good has extensive experience providing transactional advice on corporate and IP deals. Sarah Ellson is highly recommended for regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Janita Good; Olivier Lantres

Key clients

Roche Products Limited

Fresenius Kabi

KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Limited

Synairgen plc

Inspiration Healthcare plc

Syneos Health UK

Tristel plc

Ultromics

Human Tissue Authority

NHS Resolution

Phoenix Healthcare/Numark

Boston House Dental Group

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

Fieldfisher's corporate and M&A practice focuses chiefly on clients operating in the fields of TMT, energy, life sciences, and financial services; the team also handles transactions in the leisure sector. Utilising the firm's network of international offices, the team is frequently engaged on cross-border mandates, with a keen specialism in Russian and CIS-related transactions. The practice is jointly led by the London-based Neil Matthews, MIdlands corporate head Andy Lawton Smith, and David Bowcock, who splits his time between London and Manchester. Tim Bird is noted for his broad international tech focus – particularly for US and Japanese-listed clients. Both Nordir Sidikov and Christine Phillips are key figures for CIS and CEE transactions, while Carlton Durrant concentrates on media sector deals for well-known studios.

Practice head(s):

Neil Matthews; Andy Lawton Smith; David Bowcock 

Other key lawyers:

Tim Bird; David Wilkinson; Christine Phillips; Nordir Sidikov; Carlton Durrant; Keith Woodhouse

Testimonials

‘The team is sharp, commercial and pragmatic. They’re also extremely personable – it’s a pleasure working with them. And they’re able to use that genuine charm to push through deals with the other side.’

‘Supremely approachable and pleasant to deal with. You know they’re fully engaged in your deal and fully on your side. No effort is too much for them.’

‘Carlton Durrant knows the TV industry, understands the client’s priorities, and generally makes deals run more smoothly. You always feel as if you are his most important client.’

‘A solid team, who are good to work with and generally pleasant people.’

Key clients

Glory Global Solutions (International) Limited

Marlowe plc

Dominvs Group

London & Oxford Capital Markets Limited

CA Ventures LLC

Infrastrata plc

Trading Apps Limited

Wayside Technology Group, Inc.

Cumming Corporation

The Descartes Systems Group Inc.

Tristel plc

KeyMed (Medical & Industrial Equipment) Limited (a member of the Olympus Corporation group of companies)

British Broadcasting Corporation

BBC Studios

Veristat, Inc.

Blue Prism Group plc

Lionsgate

PA Consulting

Workr Group

Access Intelligence plc

Singapore Exchange Limited

Dominvs Group Limited

Marubeni Corporation

MF Brands Group (owner of the Lacoste Sportif brand)

Truly Travel Limited

Swarco AG

Yumpingo Limited

MIRB Holdings

ViacomCBS Inc

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Versarien plc

Independent Oil and Gas plc

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 4

The overall pensions offering at Fieldfisher is led by David Gallagher, who has particular expertise in energy and natural resources sector pension schemes. The team has long-established experience in the electricity, transport, and utility sectors and is renowned for its work for representative beneficiaries. Jeremy Harris advises trustees and sponsoring employers on DB schemes, small self administered schemes (SSASs) and SIPPs. Recent highlights include advising the trustees of the ESPS on a major restructuring of its £46bn occupational  scheme to facilitate future bulk transfer and insurance contracts. Buy-out specialist Andrew Patten, and corporate transactions and restructurings expert Michael Calvert are also of note.

Practice head(s):

David Gallagher

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Harris; Michael Calvert; Andrew Patten

Testimonials

Technically very able‘.

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

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

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

Professional negligence Tier 4

Fieldfisher's professional negligence team is'the right firm for high-value professional negligence claims' according to clients. The cross-practice team comprises lawyers from the firm's dispute resolution, tax disputes and investigations and real estate litigation teams.  It has a particular focus on bringing claims against professional advisers such as law firms, accountants and IFAs and has been involved in some very high profile matters. Disputes partner  Colin Gibson  heads the practice, and has brought claims against a host of professions. He also regularly works on behalf of professional regulators.  Aymen Khoury is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Colin Gibson

Other key lawyers:

Aymen Khoury; Anthony Phillips; Owen Talfan Davies

Testimonials

‘An team that puts excellence at the heart of its operation. My experience of working with Fieldfisher is that the partners and associates work as an integrated unit to deliver first class service and advice to its clients. They have a deep expertise in professional negligence disputes and offer clients in very high value disputes an exceptional level of service.’

‘I know them through their work in representing clients at mediation. Very good teamwork with all members encouraged to contribute. Not dominated by the partners. They understand that representing clients at mediation is different from representing them at court.’

‘Very on top of the detail in a complex case. They have ability to do the hard work: to go through mountains of information and emails and find what is necessary. Online document management system has been very helpful in interactions with counsel. The right firm for high-value professional negligence claims: they can see the big picture and combine it with the ability to do the hard graft and be on top of all the technical detail.’

‘The team at Fieldfisher provides an excellent service and competes with the best litigators in London.’

‘Antony Phillips has become one of the go-to people for any property or prof neg case in my view. Excellent “feel” for the case, good with the law, excellent manager as well.’

‘Aymen Khoury leads from the front but allows his team the latitude and autonomy to complete work quickly, efficiently and to a high standard. He is extremely thorough whilst pulling no punches when the opportunity arises.’

Key clients

Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime Limited

Bernardo Hartogs

Consortium of private individuals

Hoegh Capital Partners

Property finance Tier 4

Fieldfisher has rapidly expanded its real estate finance team over the past four years, as well as opening more than ten new offices across Europe, significantly growing its reach and client base. The 'innovative and proactive' team has a strong focus on the financing of hotels, care homes and student accommodation, and has developed expertise in acting for debt fund clients and investment banks. Philip Abbott leads the team as well as co-heading the firm’s financial markets and products group. John Nelmes is also a key member of the practice, alongside Jayne Backett, Iain Thomas and Christian Francis.

Practice head(s):

Philip Abbott

Other key lawyers:

Jayne Backett; Iain Thomas; Christian Francis

Testimonials

‘Really felt that we were valued as a client. The partner-level engagement was amazing. The team took incredible time and care to get to know and understand our team. Quite an incredible experience, especially during the Covid crisis.’

‘Great team to work with. Always innovative and proactive.’

‘Extremely accessible and approachable.’

‘We have worked very closely with the Fieldfisher team for several years now and the standout feature of their service is the way we collaborate. There is no “them and us” distinction. Rather, we operate as one team across the project, with Fieldfisher seamlessly integrating with our team and vice versa. It is an extremely efficient way of working and ensures clear lines of communication. I think of the Fieldfisher people as trusted members of our team, rather than external advisers.’

‘Jayne Backett took real care to build the relationship with the team and always made herself available when needed. She also had a great rapport with the borrower’s legal counsel. It was a really positive working relationship.’

‘Iain Thomas’ expertise in real estate came through very strongly and gave us a great deal of confidence in making decisions.’

Key clients

Allianz Debt Fund SCSp SICAV-SIF

Starz Real Estate

Hippodrome Casino Limited

PBB Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

CA Ventures

Metlife

London & Oxford Capital Markets Limited

M7 Real Estate Limited

Downing Development Lending Limited

Consensus Group

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

Fieldfisher is praised by clients for its ‘seamless and quick’ cross-border offering; notably, the team has expertise in fraud matters arising in emerging markets across the CIS and Asia. The practice prides itself on its ability to handle parallel civil, criminal and regulatory issues relating to bribery, corruption and money laundering. Tony Lewis sits at the helm of the practice and is recommended for being ‘responsive, knowledgeable and accommodating’. Director Kyle Phillips departed to Howard Kennedy LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tony Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Sewell; Elliott Kenton

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher has excellent people who are knowledgeable experts in their fields of practice and always accommodating.’

‘Fieldfisher is a “the client comes first” kind of firm. They lucked out with a very talented bunch of associates – who have managed to provide world class advocacy.’

‘Fieldfisher has a strong and close network of offices across Europe. Obtaining cross-jurisdictional advice is seamless and quick. The lawyers are very competent and offer prompt and reliable advice.’

‘Tony Lewis has never let me down on delivering the work on time and communicating on regular progress. His knowledge and expertise are tremendous and he always thinks outside of the box. I have recommended him to others who have fed back to me glowing reviews on how responsive, knowledgeable and accommodating Tony is.’

Commercial property: development Tier 5

Hailed as ‘experts in the field', the lawyers in Fieldfisher’s London office operate as part of the firm’s national team, frequently collaborating on major instructions with colleagues in Birmingham and Manchester. The practice is best known for its development, finance and investment work, directing particular emphasis to alternative assets such as hotel, healthcare, industrial and student residential properties. Paul Houston, a specialist in the hospitality sector, is a ‘standout’ name for mixed-use developments and pre-lets while Jayne Elkins is a reputed ‘expert’ in significant investment transactions and non-contentious landlord and tenant affairs. Ramatu Banga is also a prominent name within the team owing to her notable proficiency in high-value office lettings, sale and leaseback and portfolio transactions.

Practice head(s):

Antony Philips; Paul Houston

Other key lawyers:

Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy; Jayne Elkins

Testimonials

‘Each and every person at Fieldfisher that I have come into contact with has impressed me with their efforts to fully understand our situation and become part of the team by solving issues and take responsibility. Communication is excellent and working across departments is seamless.’

‘Gary Pickard is an extremely diligent, hard-working and focused lawyer. He is equally happy to take the lead or be guided by our own commercial needs.’

‘The team are very friendly, we enjoy doing business with them, but they combine this with high quality advice that is commercial and focused on getting deals done rather than creating issues.’

‘Paul Houston is the standout individual. He leads our client relationship and has been responsible for successfully concluding a number of important transactions for us during the past year. We like dealing with him a lot.’

‘Their depth of knowledge is a huge asset. Billing is transparent. All staff that join the team are well briefed and hit the ground running.’

‘Jayne Elkins is an expert, always contactable and able to explain in a manner I understand. I would not go to another firm – Fieldfisher are my go-to experts.’

‘For me it is simple – they are experts in their field. They cover a vast range of services with all staff from juniors to partners that are a pleasure to work with.  Sound advice and excellent communication.’

Key clients

Ark Data Centres Limited

Berkeley Homes Plc

Birmingham International Airport

CA Ventures

CALA Homes Limited

Cambridge Medipark

Co-operative Group Limited

Countryside Properties Limited

Dominvs Group

DWS (formerly Deutsche Asset Management / RREEF)

Exeter Properties

Imperial College, London

Kennedy Wilson Europe

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

Liberty Property Trust (UK) Limited

Morgan Sindall Group

Proark Properties ApS

Sir Robert McAlpine

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

At Fieldfisher, the broad practice includes market and trading regulation, banking and capital markets issues, fintech and retail product regulation, as well as anti-money laundering issues. Duncan Black leads the group and draws on his contentious background to advise on money laundering and market abuse compliance. Nicholas Thompsell is an expert in the use of partnerships in the financial services context. Senior associate Steven Burrows is developing a specialism in derivatives regulation.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Black

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Thompsell; Steven Burrows; Simon Lafferty

Testimonials

Great team of professionals with outstanding knowledge and experience in the area. Very good understanding of the industry and client needs. Very diverse team. Each lawyer we had to work with was very easy going and approachable, all very motivated and responsive.’

We worked with Simon Lafferty and Steven Burrows on regulatory matters and we were entirely happy with their advice and support. All issues have been sorted to our full satisfaction. Both easy going and generally very pleasant to deal with.’

We met with Fieldfisher upon establishing our credit business in the UK. Upon arrival had an introductory meeting with relevant expertise, compliance, regulatory, business etc. They were all well prepared and had read through our material and provided useful feedback. In the end this was key in choosing Fieldfisher as a partner.’

Upon benchmarking with other actors we met it was clear to us that Fieldfisher was (by far) the most value for the money. Their price was significantly lower and their dedication higher. Also, they treated us a a big client even though we (at the beginning) were not. Further down the line into our cooperation they provided us with contact details to other legal professionals in Europe, thus saving us time in doing due diligence on new partners etc. Fieldfisher is basically a respectful legal partner that provides value and dedication. This is not as easy to find as you might think.’

Key clients

Triland Metals Limited

Lee Bushell / Bushell Investment Group / Birmingham Bank

RCB Bank Ltd

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust International Limited

Currencies Direct Financial Markets Limited / Currencies Direct Ltd

Morgan Stanley & Co (International) plc

StoneX Financial Limited

Planning Tier 5

Fieldfisher LLP’s planning and infrastructure team is closely integrated with the firm’s Manchester and London offices and is led locally by real estate development specialist, Sue Simpson; her team handles the planning aspects of strategic development, regeneration, energy, charity and educational projects and includes Dinah Patel, a highways, judicial review, due diligence and compulsory purchase specialist.

Practice head(s):

Sue Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Dinah Patel

Testimonials

‘Dinah Patel remains a leader in planning law and continues to work on high profile planning matters. She is well known in the midlands planning market and has carved an enviable practice at Fieldfisher. The team is diverse and regularly collaborates with leaders in the planning industry including barristers and property developers.’

‘Dinah Patel has a strong work ethic and passion for planning law. Dinah has spent the last 12 months advising on all aspects of planning and her practice has an enviable client list. Dinah works hard to encourage her team to develop their skills and knowledge in planning investing her time in her team.’

They are a great team not just in the West Midlands but nationally too. I know a number of their partners. I would simple out Dinah Patel as very practical, creative and a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Alldos (UK) Limited

Avery Healthcare Group Limited

I.M. Properties Plc

Countryside Properties Limited

CALA Homes Limited

Exeter Properties

Cambridge Medipark Limited

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

Fridge Spares Wholesale Limited

Lloyds Bank Group

Robert Bosch Limited

Skanska UK Plc

The Clemence Group

Godwin Developments Limited

Bloor Homes Limited

Reputation management Tier 5

Specialists in online defamation work, Fieldfisher is particularly strong in litigation relating to defamatory statements in user-generated content. It regularly acts for high net-worth individuals on the claimant side whilst acting for public bodies and regulators on the defendant side. Co-practice heads Colin Gibson and John Linneker are experienced defamation litigators.

Practice head(s):

Colin Gibson; John Linneker

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Capone

Testimonials

‘Nathan Capone is very focused and dedicated to providing an excellent client service, obtaining great results against the odds’

Key clients

ADVFN plc

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Neil Bellis, Juliet Bellis, Lucy Cummings

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

Led from London but with a strong presence in Manchester,  Fieldfisher's'very approachable and well-established team can provide clear and timely advice on all aspects of restructuring/insolvency, in both a contentious and non-contentious setting'. The firm is well-connected among office holders, including Big Four accountancy firms and niche IPs, with clients praising the team's 'responsive and technically sharp advice', as well as its sector focus on areas such as  life sciences and energy. 'One of the most knowledgeable and technical insolvency lawyers in the UK', Stewart Perry  is, according to one client, 'a go-to for anything gnarly!'. 

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

This insolvency practice is well-connected and will get you an audience with administrators/liquidators who might otherwise put you at the back of the queue.’

The team is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of insolvency and restructuring and take a very commercial approach to their dealings.’

The team provides responsive and technically sharp advice.’

The very approachable and well established team can provide clear and timely advice on all aspects of restructuring/insolvency, in both a contentious and non-contentious setting.’

Stewart Perry has become something of a legend in the London insolvency market. He is a completely unique, natural talent. He has the best technical insolvency skills of any solicitor I know and can see around corners.’

Stewart Perry is easily one of the most knowledgeable and technical insolvency lawyers in the UK, but he still manages to combine this with excellent client care, humour, efficiency and an extremely commercial approach.’

Stewart Perry possesses a strategic and tactical mind. He adopts a commercial approach to insolvency matters of which he is well versed and highly experienced. This is balanced with a great deal of tenacity when required. Stewart appears to enjoy working on the cases where the fee absolutely has to be earned and is a go-to for anything gnarly!’

Kit Jarvis is a class act; urbane, knowledgeable and down-to-earth.

‘Carly Schiff has a wealth of experience and invariably provides a safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Infrastrata Plc

KPMG

PwC

Smith & Williamson LLP

FRP Advisory LLP

Begbies Traynor

EU and competition Tier 6

In recent years, Fieldfisher's competition team has developed from a corporate support group to a more full service practice, with a strong client base, especially in the tech space. The group, which also handles litigation, is led by John Cassels, who has been sought out by US-based clients to assist with various issues. Director Jessica Gardner 'delivers consistently great work' to a number of the firm's key clients, particularly with regards to CMA investigations.

Practice head(s):

John Cassels

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Pimlott; Jessica Gardner

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable, easy to deal with and responsive

Extremely knowledgeable, personable and great competition law specialists who take a rounded and practical approach to their clients’ problems. Excellent value for money.

Jessica Gardner – smart, pleasure to deal with and always provides commercial, practical advice

Excellent knowledge and experience of all sectors. Fast response times and fair fees.’

Jessica Gardner is an exceptional lawyer and partner to our in-house team. She provides fast feedback and applies the law and technicalities to our specific situation, meaning that the advice she gives is practical and commercial – exactly what I need from an external lawyer. I have worked with Jessica for a number of years now and cannot fault the guidance and support she provides. During the pandemic, she remained hands on and made sure she checked in with me to continue that support. She is a rising star and delivers consistently great work.

Pragmatic, practical advice. Good cost estimates which allow sound budgeting. No issue too small.’

John Cassels and Jessica Gardner are not just experts when it comes to Competition Law and the regulators that deal with it, they also understand their corporate client’s objectives intrinsically and pursue them in a relentless yet practical fashion.’

Key clients

Achilles Information Limited

DS Smith plc

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

Pubs Code Adjudicator

Groceries Code Adjudicator

Peloton Interactive Inc

Sazerac Company Inc

Chiesi Ltd

Ishida Europe Limited

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 6

Fieldfisher is well versed in SFO and HMRC investigations into bribery and corruption, fraud and tax evasion. Tony Lewis heads up the practice, where senior associate Elliott Kenton remains a key contact in this space. Kyle Phillips departed to Howard Kennedy LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Tony Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Elliott Kenton

Sport Tier 6

At Fieldfisher, the cross-disciplinary sports practice is fronted by consultant Patrick Cannon, a funding and commercial specialist with expertise in motor racing, golf, rugby and football, among other sports.

West Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 4

At Fieldfisher, the team is especially well-regarded among professional services businesses, such as surveyors, architects, lawyers and accountants, for its input on M&A and internal structuring affairs. The practice is fronted by Andrew Lawton Smith, a recent arrival from Gowling WLG who joins with a prominent reputation in supporting entrepreneurs within the manufacturing, business services and technology fields. Also found among the workload are venture capital capital and private equity transactions, often handled by Graham Muth, as well as energy-related corporate matters, for which Matthew Williams is the main point of contact.

Practice head(s):

Andy Lawton Smith

Other key lawyers:

Graham Muth; Matthew Williams; Hugo Lidbetter

Testimonials

‘A highly focused and dynamic firm who provide legal advice with full conviction, which allows clients to make sound commercial decisions with confidence. I particularly like the attitude of key partners who take a long-term view relative to client retention, knowing that ultimately they will be most likely to receive instructions relative to M&A activity. The strength and length of the relationship we have established means we view Fieldfisher as key stakeholders within our overall exit strategy and this has helped to steer some of the more run of the mill commercial activities they undertake for us.’

It is essential to have a law firm such as this that is capable of providing concise advice that we have total faith in.’

Historically we have used a number of specialist firms both in Birmingham, London and Manchester but in recent years have reached the conclusion that Fieldfisher’s breadth of service allows us to treat them as a sole supplier for all of our commercial requirements.’

‘Andrew Lawton-Smith has been a trusted advisor for many years after initially steering us through a complicated MBO. My fellow board members have come to view him more as a non-executive director than just a legal adviser as he is not afraid to tell us when we are wrong and steer down a more considered path.’

Key clients

Metamorph Group Limited

Greater Pacific Capital Partners LP

Yü Energy

Shell Energy Europe Limited

France > Intellectual property: Trade marks and designs Tier 4

Key clients

KNT

Hager

Champagne Billecart Salmon

Château Talbot

Giordano Enterprises

Hema France

Orange

Petits Frères des Pauvres –  (Pro Bono)

SeLoger

Tricotage des Vosges

Wolf Lingerie

Yacco

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Michael Chissick
Senior partner David Wilkinson
Financial Markets & Products Phil Abbott
Financial Markets & Products Guy Usher
Competition and Regulatory John Cassels
Corporate Andrew Blankfield
Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy Robert Shooter
Tax and Structuring Graeme Nuttall
Employment Ranjit Dhindsa
Financial Markets & Products Kirstene Baillie
Franchising and Licensing David Bond
Hotels and leisure Paul Houston
Insolvency and Restructuring Michelle Shean
Intellectual Property Leighton Cassidy
Intellectual Property Nick Rose
Dispute Resolution Colin Gibson
Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Paul McNeil
Financial Markets & Products Nicholas Thompsell
Pensions David Gallagher
Tax and Restructuring Penny Wotton
Competition and Regulatory Sarah Ellson
Corporate Neil Palmer
Technology, Outsourcing and Privacy Law John Worthy
Real estate Antony Phillips
Technology, Media and Telecommunications Paul Graham
IP and Technology Nick Rose
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Ms Bridget Collier photo Ms Bridget Collier
Mr Liam Corrigan  photo Mr Liam Corrigan I am a Senior Associate specialising in drafting and negotiating IT and…
Ms Lindsay Holt photo Ms Lindsay Holt
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Number of UK partners : 168
Number of other UK fee-earners : 349

The Lex 100 Verdict

There is a ‘sense of belonging to an overall team’ at Fieldfisher. A ‘great financial performance and rapid expansion of practice areas’ over recent years, as well as the ‘strength of the IP department’ attracted many trainees to the international firm. In terms of colleagues, ‘the majority of people are approachable on both a professional and personal level’, which leads to trainees ‘feeling like you can be yourself all the time’. That the firm ‘really cares about pro bono work and diversity and inclusion initiatives’ is also encouraging. There is generally a good work/life balance at Fieldfisher, with ‘no expectation to work over the weekend (unless there’s a court hearing or equally urgent matter)’. Complaints about the firm included the ‘very regimented seat allocations’, and what is considered to be a ‘disappointing pay scale for junior lawyers, even though the firm often sits across the table to top-tier law firms’. The uncertainty caused by the pandemic and ‘limited communication from above when the lockdown started’ also caused recruits some worry. Highlights for trainees were ‘drafting witness statements and working on them from the beginning up to exchange’, ‘getting the final seat I really wanted (IP) in the Manchester office’ and ‘receiving exemplary feedback during my second seat appraisal from a team I would like to work with’. The ‘bar on the ground floor and the rooftop terrace in the London office (pre-lockdown that is)’ are deserving of applause too. For a firm with a ‘great culture’, which ‘prioritises work/life balance’ and ‘looks after its staff’, take a closer look at Fieldfisher.