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Fieldfisher

RIVERBANK HOUSE, 2 SWAN LANE, LONDON, EC4R 3TT, ENGLAND
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Top-tier Firm rankings

Firm Rankings


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's Robert Shooter heads up a group that focuses on commercial technology, outsourcing, and data and privacy. Another arm of the practice, which is led by David Bond, specialises in commercial brand development, which includes franchising, licensing, strategic alliances and joint ventures. The work also covers associated intellectual property issues. Bond and senior associate Vicky Reinhardt are currently working with Simon Briskman, James Lewis and others to advise eBay on a number of key adtech contracts. Tom Guida and Reinhardt recently acted for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in the licensing of all media rights for the IAAF's world championship events in Europe and Africa to the European Broadcast Union and ESPN Media Distribution. Gordon Drakes, Paul Barton, Sam Jardine and James Buckingham are other notable individuals. Also recommended are recently promoted partner John Brunning and director Olivia Woolston Morgan.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's corporate tax team draws on the firm's strengths in the TMT area to handle a range of work related to that sector, in addition to handling matters emanating from the financial services, energy, life sciences and retail sectors. The group is led by Derek Hill, who has real expertise in tax-structured film finance transactions. Nick Noble is a financial sector tax expert, whose clients include major investment banks; he is also dual qualified as a solicitor and chartered tax adviser in the UK. Andrew Prowse is a recommended transactional tax lawyer and regularly supports the firm's M&A group.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

The ‚Äėmeticulous and friendly‚Äô team at Fieldfisher¬†is led by ‚Äėsharp legal mind‚Äô¬†Charles Whiddington¬†,¬†who is ‚Äėvery experienced, pragmatic and able to reduce complex legal matters into easily digestible advice for a client‚Äô. Whiddington regularly acts in the energy, transport and life science sectors and has recently counselled NYK and Tokai Rika through EC investigations. ‚ÄėPragmatic specialist‚Äô¬†John Cassels¬†co-heads the regulatory group and is assisting Sazerac with competition, IP and regulatory issues arising from the client‚Äôs expansion in the European market.¬†Nicholas Pimlott¬†has wide-ranging competition law experience, with extensive expertise in the media and communications industry, and is recommended for his ‚Äėgreat attention to detail and patient determination to help the client achieve the best outcome‚Äô.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is able to provide 'solutions-oriented advice to often highly technical problems' on behalf of an impressive roster of retail and alternative fund clients, in addition to a growing number of banking and broker-dealer entities. Kirstene Baillie has vast experience in the asset management space and recently advised the international investment management and broker arm of Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank on a major MiFID ii implementation project. Azad Ali is at the forefront of the firm's growing wholesale banking practice and recently acted for Europe's largest independent institutional equities broker, Redburn (Europe), on its revamped arrangements with BNP Paribas for the provision of clearing and settlement services, as well as advising it on the impact of MiFID ii. Praised for his 'strength in assessing highly complex issues and then distilling them into workable solutions', Nicholas Thompsell has a particular niche at handling fintech regulatory matters including on crowdfunding, e money and payment services. Able to combine regulatory enforcement expertise with criminal capabilities, the five-partner litigation offering is well-placed to represent individuals and institutions in FCA investigations. Team head Duncan Black is defending the CEO of a listed company in an FCA investigation into allegations of market abuse and the criminal conduct of insider dealing.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's strong market profile is reflected by the fact that it acts for 38 AIM-listed companies, and it also undertakes a significant amount of work for NOMADs and brokers. The firm has a particularly standout reputation in the energy and natural resources sector, where the work often has a nexus to territories such as South America, Africa and the CIS region. In 2017, Jonathan Brooks and Dominic Gurney-Champion acted for Atalaya Mining Plc in a £31m placing to finance the expansion of operations at the Rio Tinto copper mine. Brad Isaac was the lead adviser to Kodal Minerals Plc on its £4.3m fundraise. Anthony Brockbank was particularly active recently in equity finance transactions involving oil and gas companies and mining companies, where he acted for brokers such as Mirabaud Securities, Panmure Gordon and Strand Hanson. Neil Matthews heads up the team, which also handles transactions in other sectors, with healthcare and technology being notable areas of growth. George Cotter is another key figure.

Leading individuals

Anthony Brockbank - Fieldfisher

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

The 'fantastic' practice at¬†Fieldfisher¬†is ‚Äėreally responsive and sharp, with a commercial attitude‚Äô. Noted for its ‚Äėoutstanding knowledge and attention to detail, and business-minded approach‚Äô, the corporate group has particularly strengthened its focus and presence in the technology, media and telecoms and energy and natural resources industry sectors. Andrew Blankfield¬†heads the corporate department, which includes technology sector expert Tim Bird¬†¬†is ‚Äėreally commercial and diplomatic; you can rely on him to shepherd a tricky transaction through‚Äô; he acted for S&P Global on its strategic investment in Algomi and advised Sigmaroc on its acquisition of Topcrete.¬†Rhys Griffiths¬†is recommended for his ‚Äėexcellent understanding of the regulatory framework for travel issues and the specific areas for travel agents, tour operators and airlines‚Äô.¬†David Wilkinson¬†is ‚Äėan excellent and insightful lawyer‚Äô.¬†Keith Woodhouse¬†and¬†Brian Chadwick¬†joined the team from¬†Hogan Lovells International LLP¬†and¬†Cooley (UK) LLP¬†respectively.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

‚ÄėPrompt, thoughtful, knowledgeable and innovative‚Äô Fieldfisher¬†is adept at handling high-value fraud investigations, litigation and global asset tracing. The firm continues to act for Oiax in trade financing arrangements where allegations of fraud by a director led to a claim from the Dubai Islamic Bank of $150m. It also continues to act for PricewaterhouseCoopers, as liquidators of Goldtrail Travel in a matter worth ¬£7m. ‚ÄėGreat strategist‚Äô Tony Lewis¬†¬†heads the team, he is ‚Äėknowledgeable, strategic, experienced, responsive, and professional‚Äô. Alexandra Underwood¬†is ‚Äėvery calm under pressure‚Äô. Aymen Khoury, who is ‚Äėvery tenacious and imaginative‚Äô¬†was promoted to partner. Kit Jarvis¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Tony Lewis - Fieldfisher

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's 'team is very knowledgeable, responsive and commercial; it is also very client friendly and the matter partner is always readily available'. The practice specialises in high-value, complex disputes, often for international clients, and the practice is increasingly involved in matters that combine litigation with insolvency or contentious regulatory issues. In an example of a high-value complex derivatives dispute concerning interpretation of the standard form ISDA Master Agreement, the team successfully acted for the liquidator of Lehman Brothers Finance in a claim against Belgian Bank, KBC Bank. The recommended advisers are Duncan Black, who is 'always very responsive and commercial in his approach to matters and in the advice he gives'; Kit Jarvis, who is 'a very tough negotiator and excellent at building client relationships'; and Andrew Lafferty and Aymen Khoury as well as directors Tracey Wright and the 'very helpful' Julia Dodds.

Leading individuals

Andrew Lafferty - Fieldfisher

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's 'various litigation teams work particularly well together as do the different offices'. The practice is well known for high-value finance disputes; was recently active in post-M&A and corporate disputes; and has experienced continuing growth of its CIS-related work. The team acted for one of the four main defendants in relation to a claim for over $368m-worth of oil payments, brought by oil giant PJSC Tatneft. Colin Gibson is dispute resolution head; Simon Moore is a CIS and corporate dispute expert; and Tony Lewis heads the fraud team. Other key contacts include Kit Jarvis, Alexandra Underwood, Vivien Davies, Rhys Griffiths, Andrew Lafferty and Jonathan Ray-Smith; while Aymen Khoury and road transport law expert Andrew Sanderson were made partners, and Stewart Perry joined to strengthen the insolvency and restructuring team from Clyde & Co LLP.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's team is 'hardworking and diligent, with some fantastic younger rising stars'. The international arbitration team is best known for acting in high-value commercial and investor-state arbitrations for and against ultra-high-net-worth individuals and corporates from the Russia and CIS region. Simon Moore heads the international arbitration practice. Other key figures include Colin Gibson, who is dispute resolution head, recently promoted Daniel Hayward, who is 'one of the most prominent upcoming stars in this area', Simon Sloane, Alexandra Underwood and Tracey Wright.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is 'really excellent in this field; its lawyers' knowledge is outstanding and its advice is practical and delivered on time'. The practice acts for over 40 different regulators across health, sport, surveying, policing, finance and law, as well as higher education institutions that offer courses of study in regulated professions. It recently acted for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care in a range of statutory appeals it has conducted against decisions of healthcare regulators that it considers to be insufficient for the protection of the public. Manchester-based Sarah Ellson has specialised in professional discipline for over 18 years and 'has unrivalled experience and wisdom'; and London's 'proactive and pragmatic' senior partner Matthew Lohn, whose 'sector knowledge and network are outstanding and who provides real-time legal and strategic advice', chairs the firm's supervisory board'. Alix Rejman is a highly regarded director; senior associate David Northfield 'has excellent business knowledge and experience of the sector' and associate Louise Sivey is 'attentive and provides solid advice and guidance'.

Leading individuals

Matthew Lohn - Fieldfisher

Sarah Ellson - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Alix Rejman - Fieldfisher

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is 'strong' for tax litigation, disputes and investigations, acting for a variety of corporate and individual clients. Drawing on underlying expertise within the firm, areas of particular expertise include tax matters relating to the film, leisure, life sciences and healthcare sectors. Another active area for the group is situations in which allegations of fraudulent or criminal conduct in a tax context have been made by HMRC. 'Good at keeping complex matters moving forward', Hartley Foster leads the team and currently represents Root 2 Tax in relation to a swathe of legal actions connected to advice given to hundreds of their clients. He is also representing Hoseasons in judicial review proceedings against HMRC in relation to the VAT treatment of credit card surcharges. 'Pragmatic and creative-thinker' George Gillham  (possessing 'strong technical ability and excellent judgment') is representing Invamed Group in a representative action for a group of retailers against HMRC, contesting liability to customs duty on mobility scooters imported from Taiwan and China. Philippe Freund joined at partner-level from Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP, where he was an associate.

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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 7

Fieldfisher

At Fieldfisher, Andrew Evans handles a considerable amount of asset finance work (including in relation to corporate jets and super yachts) by dint of his work on behalf of the private wealth divisions of numerous international investment banks. Evans recently acted for JP Morgan on the $53.2m pre-delivery financing of a new Gulfstream G650ER Aircraft.

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Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans
Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans - ranked: tier 6

Fieldfisher

Closely integrated alongside the firm’s derivatives and structured finance practice, and also able to tap into the expertise of lawyers with technology, media and life sciences sectoral knowledge, the 'friendly and approachable' team at Fieldfisher provides 'commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions' to borrowers and lenders across a broad swathe of financing work including general corporate lending, real estate financing and acquisition finance. Team head Robin Spender is recommended. Clients include GlobalData plc, BBC Worldwide, RCB Bank and Silicon Valley Bank.

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Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has a highly regarded derivatives practice that covers a wide range of asset classes, among which commodities are a major component. The practice handles futures and other on-exchange transactions as well as OTC derivatives relating to underlying assets such as metals, petroleum, electricity, freight and weather. The firm is widely recognised for its expertise in mining and metals, though it has become  increasingly active in oil, oil products, gas, LNG and power. Its client base encompasses banks and broker dealers, as well as non-financial end users, for which it handles both transactional matters such as the negotiating of trades, clearing and on-boarding documentation, advisory work on the impact of UK and European legislation on trading arrangements, and contentious matters. Guy Usher leads the derivatives and energy trading practice, in which structured finance specialist Luke Whitmore, securitisation and trade finance expert Dougall Molson, derivatives partnerEdward Miller , regulatory partner Azad Ali and litigator Duncan Black stand out. Ali recently assisted Triland Metals with the interpretation of market abuse regulations in relation to intra-group derivatives transactions on the LME.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 8

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher advises a range of stakeholders including IPs, banks, corporates and directors across the spectrum of insolvency work, ranging from advisory corporate restructuring matters, through to formal insolvencies and insolvency-related disputes. Stewart Perry was recently part of a multi-disciplinary team (including capital markets and life sciences practitioners) that acted for the administrators of Redx Pharma plc in its recent insolvency. Following the $40m sale of part of the company's assets to a US pharmaceuticals company, Redx was able to fully repay all its creditors and ultimately to exit from administration and to return the control of its directors. Kit Jarvis is noted for his contentious expertise, while Manchester-based Michelle Shean has a non-contentious corporate restructuring focus.

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Derivatives and structured products
Derivatives and structured products - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's derivatives group covers all types of underlying  assets and represents a broad spectrum of market participants in derivatives, repo, stock lending and structured products transactions. The firm is regarded as one of the leading advisers to both the institutional asset manager sector and the UK prime brokerage market. It is also highly active in emerging markets and has a busy traded products regulatory practice. In the structured products space, it focuses on bespoke transactions for originators, issuers, corporate services providers, trustees, servicers, swap providers, account banks and investors. A unique feature of the firm is Condor ALS, an alternative legal solutions platform that offers clients a range of customisable and low-cost services for large derivatives and financial markets documentation projects, fixed-price trading documentation negotiation, and data extraction and analytics services. Luke Whitmore and Chris Georgiou are the key names behind Condor. Practice head Guy Usher advised Banca IMI on an uncollateralised securities loan with a major European bank, which involved bespoke trade confirmation documentation. The practice has a deep bench of expertise that includes Edward Miller, who handles netting and collateral issues in derivatives transactions; securitisation and derivatives-based financings expert Dougall Molson; regulatory specialist Azad Ali; structured finance veteran Stephen Moller; and Emma Spiers, whose broad practice encompasses credit, equity and fund-linked transactions.

Leading individuals

Guy Usher - Fieldfisher

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher¬†has a deep bench of lawyers focused on¬†Russia and the CIS region, in which it handles¬†both transactional and regulatory matters. The practice continued to increase its flow of work involving jurisdictions in¬†Africa and the Middle East. It acts for a diverse range of clients that includes¬†high-net-worth individuals, international investment banks and blue-chip corporates. Lead partner¬†Matt Hinxman¬†handles¬†project and asset finance and his highlights from last year included working with CIS group partner¬†Nodir Sidikov¬†on the¬†upsizing of two bespoke prepayment financings for Kazakh oil and gas companies KMG Kashagan and KazMunaiGaz Finance Sub. Hinxman also acted for¬†VTB Capital in a $250m sovereign loan to the¬†Republic of Ivory Coast¬†to fund the development of school, hospital and university buildings.¬†Robin Spender¬†and associate¬†Igor Stermsek¬†advised Maltese company Negbasis Box on the acquisition of ‚ā¨35m in bonds issued by¬†Ivorian bank Banque Atlantique.¬†Arik Aslanyan¬†leads the CIS group and frequently handles¬†cross-border transactions involving Eastern Europe, particularly Ukraine.¬†Banking and finance partner¬†Oliver Abel Smith¬†advises corporates and financial institutions on¬†asset finance, bilateral and syndicated corporate lending, commodity and trade finance, and real estate finance. Also recommended are mining and metals specialist¬†Jonathan Brooks, and¬†Philip Abbott¬† who has more than 20 years' experience in lending transactions.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is known for 'excellent service from a very hands-on and knowledgeable team'. 'Flexibility and adaptability are among its key strengths compared to other firms, and the service and advice are specifically tailored to clients' requirements', remarks one client. The firm's financial markets and products group, which handles structured finance and securitisation, has succeeded in bringing on board a range of new clients, including both start-up peer-to-peer lending platforms and large financial institutions. Its broad range of work sees it act for trustees, originators, swap providers and investors in securitisation transactions. In a standout deal for 2017, the practice acted for Société Générale, MUFG Securities America and Citigroup Global Markets as joint lead managers in a $500m deal as part of the Trafigura securitisation finance programme. Dougall Molson led that deal. Alex Campbell, who specialises in UK and pan-European structured finance, including both true-sale and synthetic securitisation, is 'commercially-minded and always finds the time to make himself available to clients when assistance is required'. He acted for issuer Link Asset Services on the restructuring of 26 RMBS deals in light of the counterparty rating downgrade of the account bank, liquidity facility provider and swap provider. Also recommended are director Marsili Hale, who leads the corporate trust group; corporate trust partner Gonzalo Fernandez; Richard Todd, who assisted Link Mortgage Services with back-up servicer arrangements for the Castell 2017-1 securitisation; and Stephen Moller.

Leading individuals

Richard Todd - Fieldfisher

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has grown its finance practice over the last two years, bringing in structured finance expertise that has helped to spur on its activity in trade finance. The firm handles high-profile transactions, which last year included advising banks such as Société Générale and Citi on the issuance of $500m in commodity receivables-backed notes by Trafigura Securitisation Finance plc. Securitisation specialists Dougall Molson and Richard Todd led that deal. Molson and project finance specialist Matt Hinxman, who advises on Letters of Credit, borrowing base facilities, pre-export and export finance facilities and general trade and related finance, acted for Traxys in a $120m commodity pre-payment financing used to fund the acquisition by Central Asia Metals plc of Lynx Resources. Hinxman also assisted EBRD with a $350m syndicated loan to JSX ShalkiyaZinc for the expansion of a mine in Kazakhstan. Practice head Oliver Abel Smith has particular expertise in trade, commodity and asset finance in the energy and natural resources sectors. He recently advised Banco do Brasil on several trade finance matters including the creation of template facility documents for Letter of Credit facilities. Mining and natural resources partner Jonathan Brooks and head of finance Andrew Evans, who counts Silicon Valley Bank among his clients, are also recommended.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

At Fieldfisher, Graeme Nuttall's 'focus, energy and drive on all things employee ownership is really quite remarkable' and 'places him as the go-to name in this niche space'. His recent work includes advising Allford Hall Monaghan Morris on the sale of a majority stake to its employee ownership trust and assisting Beta Valve Systems with the transfer of its entire share capital to an employee ownership trust. Mark Gearing and corporate partner Neil Palmer are also key practitioners in the department; Gearing acted for Haydale Graphene Industries on the establishment of a new management incentive plan and Palmer handled Erith Group's transition to an employee ownership trust. BBC Worldwide, Care and Share Associates and Echo Energy are also clients.

Leading individuals

Graeme Nuttall - Fieldfisher

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 6

Fieldfisher

Key areas of expertise for Fieldfisher's 'well-established' department include high-level litigation, transactional support work and issues in the technology, retail, media and regulatory sectors. In a recent highlight, Richard Kenyon handled discrimination claims for a client, Nicholas Thorpe assisted a client with an investigation, James Warren represented a client in a whistleblowing claim and Margaret Davis acted for a company in proceedings against its former directors. The group's client roster spans Air China, the Cabinet Office, Cushman & Wakefield, Greene King and the National Gallery.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher advises on the full spectrum of health and safety matters including the establishment and maintenance of health and safety systems, criminal investigations and Corporate Manslaughter Act and Health and Safety at Work Act offences. Andrew Sanderson heads up the practice and is noted for his transport and defence sector expertise; other key individuals include travel specialist Rhys Griffiths, Sarah Ellson, who focuses on the health and social care sectors; and Darren Smith, who regularly defends HSE prosecutions. The National Security and Resilience Consortium, All Transport and Logistics and Mediaforce Group are clients.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's 'effective and commercial team' is knowledgeable of pensions schemes in the utilities, transport, public and not-for-profit sectors; clients include South East Water, the Trustees of the Carillion Group of the Electiricty Supply Pension Scheme (ESPS) and the trustees of the General Medical Council Pension Scheme. The 'extremely client-focused' David Gallagher heads up the department and recently led advice to the trustees of the British Energy Generation Group of the ESPS on issues including transferring members between schemes, creating new benefit schedules, negotiating new funding arrangements and handling individual member cases. Clients also praise 'excellent technical lawyer' Michael Calvert and 'brilliant' director Andrew Patten; the pair worked with Gallagher to assist Electricity Pensions Trustee Limited with the restructuring of NWE nPower's group of the ESPS to create two new groups and acted for the trustees of multiple Arriva pension schemes on its statutory consultation procedure and GDPR compliance. Ann Benzimra and Simon Moore are key names for pensions litigation.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher 

Fieldfisher  provides 'a level of service that is 10/10 in all aspects'. The team of 'excellent litigators' handles all types of high-value claims both in the UK and abroad and combines 'a highly compassionate and client-oriented approach with the resources and the hard-driving attitude of a City firm'. It expanded its team further with the recruitment of Jane Weakley from Irwin Mitchell, Will Jones from Leigh Day and Jenny Urwin from Slater and Gordon. Paul McNeil and Nilam Patel reached favourable settlements in cases involving a catastrophic birth injury and a failure to treat eosinophilic vasculitis properly.

Leading individuals

Paul McNeil - Fieldfisher 

Samantha Critchley - Fieldfisher 

Next generation lawyers

Mark Bowman - Fieldfisher 

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is 'one of the best firms' in this area and takes on high-value and cross-border claims. The firm’s overall 'level of service is excellent' and it adopts a 'tactical approach to resolve issues very quickly'. It recently handled a number of high-profile cases, including the first English civil claim against the Weinstein Corporation and Harvey Weinstein personally on behalf of a client who alleged sexual assault. In other work, it is representing victims of the Finsbury Park terrorist attack. The team, which is 'dedicated to achieving the best results for its clients', is headed by Paul McNeil; the 'tenacious' Jill Greenfield leads the serious injury team and is 'the person to call on for any difficult case'; and the 'meticulous' Jennifer Buchanan has 'a superb eye for detail' and is an 'aggressive and effective litigator'. Other notable individuals are the 'very experienced' Peter Williams, Dushal Mehta and Andrew Morgan, who are 'exceptional lawyers' and have 'excellent client-handling skills'.

Leading individuals

Jill Greenfield - Fieldfisher

Paul McNeil - Fieldfisher

Peter Williams - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Buchanan - Fieldfisher

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher¬†is active in a range of professional negligence mandates across the legal, construction, property, finance and tax sectors. Hartley Foster¬†is representing the claimant in an ¬£8m claim against McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP¬†for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty. Owen Talfan Davies‚Äô ‚Äėfactual and legal analysis is always spot on‚Äô and he is noted for his experience in real estate-related professional negligence cases; commercial dispute resolution head Colin Gibson¬†is active in cases relating to accountants and financial advisers.¬†Antony Phillips, who heads the real estate team; Jonathan Ray-Smith, who is experienced in financial sector claims; Simon Moore, who handles disputes involving high-net-worth individuals; Louise Elmes, who heads the contentious construction team; Tony Lewis, who handles fraud and finance-related cases; and George Gillham, who is active in cases involving tax advisers, are also key members of the department. Associates Vanessa Wilkinson, Hannah Piper¬†and Jamie Mangan¬†are noted, as are Manchester-based office managing partner Ian Austin, James Lappin¬†and associate Daniel Sheehan.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Retail funds
Retail funds - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher deploys 'strong knowledge and expertise' across a range of heavyweight regulatory and fund structuring matters. Kirstene Baillie  'has deep experience and expertise in this area, and understands the policy and behind-the-scenes changes that resulted in the relevant legislation'.  She acted alongside tax specialist Nick Noble for Smith & Williamson on the wind-up of a unit trust, as part of a scheme of arrangement to merge with an unregulated fund. The firm also handles management spinouts. Other clients include Goldman Sachs Asset Management, which the team advised on regulatory issues concerning super-clean share classes; and Citibank, which it assisted with a project to distribute third-party money market funds in the UK.

Leading individuals

Kirstene Baillie - Fieldfisher

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher¬†fields an ‚Äėexcellent team that provides responses in a timely manner‚Äô. The ‚Äėamiable and helpful‚Äô Graeme Nuttall¬†is ‚Äėthoughtful and proactive‚Äô. On the employment side Margaret Davis¬†and the head of private client Penny Wotton¬†are both ‚Äėfirst-class‚Äô. The group advises not-for-profit social enterprises in the health sector such as City Health Care Partnership CIC on a broad range of issues ranging from commercial contracts and real estate to mergers and acquisitions. Other key clients include Sport England, Bloodwise (Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) as well as Nursing and Midwifery Council. General Optical Council , Central Surrey Health Limited and Architectural Association are also clients.

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Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Anna Bond¬†¬†joined the team at Fieldfisher¬† from Thomson Snell & Passmore¬†. Bond has a ‚Äėgreat air of confidence which is very reassuring for clients and they always feel valued. Her approach is totally client centred‚Äô.¬† Senior associate Robin Tubbs¬† is ‚Äėforensic and dogged ‚Äď he pays great attention to detail‚Äô. It has approximately 70 ongoing deputyships and specialises in the management of deputyships for children and adults who have suffered catastrophic injuries.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

At Fieldfisher Penny Wotton  has expertise in UK and non-UK resident trusts and in international estate planning and structuring. Wotton advises clients across the world and also acts as a professional trustee in addition to advising a range of charities. Graeme Nuttall  is dual qualified as a solicitor and chartered tax adviser. He is experienced at establishing and maintaining private wealth structures such as private and commercially run trust companies and family offices. His clients include families with Australian, Indian and Middle Eastern connections and CIS based clients. The team has recently seen a significant number of new instructions from HNWIs in the Gulf region and Russia. It has also been attracting new instructions from the entertainment sector.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher recently won a number of high-profile clients such as Terrafame and Trafigura through the arrival of structured finance expert Dougall Molson from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP . The 'very good and commercially focused' mining team is spearheaded by corporate partner Jonathan Brooks who collaborated with the client-recommended Brad Isaac and Dominic Gurney-Champion and associate Naomi Nguyen to advise Atalaya on a fundraising to finance the expansion of its Rio Tinto copper project in Spain and the consolidation of its offtake arrangements with XGC. Matt Hinxman recently acted for the EBRD in a $350m syndicated loan to a Kazakh company for the expansion of the Shalkiya zinc and lead mine, and Colin Gibson is part of the team representing Atalaya in its appeal against a High Court decision relating to a claim for outstanding deferred consideration payment with regards to the Rio Tinto mine. Other key clients include Fusion Capital, Kodal Minerals and Osisko Gold.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher advises clients on oil and gas infastructure matters, regulatory issues and energy disputes. Stuart Carter and associate Naomi Nguyen were part of the team which handled Cabot Energy's acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Rockhopper Civita, and Nodir Sidikov teamed up with Jonathan Brooks to advise KazMunaiGas Exploration on its offer to buy back shares and other securities held by minority stakeholders. Other names to note include Oliver Abel Smith , Dominic Gurney-Champion and Brad Isaac who have a strong track record in the banking and finance space, and Arik Aslanyan who spearheads the firm's Russia and CIS department. The firm's enviable client roster also includes names such as Total, President Energy and Eni.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher 'is without doubt among the best UK firms for major inquiries and inquests; any major inquiry or inquest would be well advised to instruct it'. Its expertise spans legislative drafting, government relations and judicial reviews.  Sarah Ellson in Manchester co-heads the group, which includes senior partner Matthew Lohn in London and Partner Martin Smith, who is 'able to think strategically'. Tim Suter  'combines a phenomenal work ethic with outstanding organisational abilities; his judgement is superb, at both a strategic and tactical level.' Notable senior associates include 'up-and-coming-star' Oliver Carlyon , Carina May  and David Northfield . The team acted on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the inquests related to the Birmingham bombings and for the Financial Conduct Authority in defending a judicial review of the new deadline for consumers to make claims for mis-sold PPI.

Leading individuals

Martin Smith - Fieldfisher

Matthew Lohn - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Carina May - Fieldfisher

David Northfield - Fieldfisher

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

The ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô and ‚Äėhighly experienced‚Äô team at Fieldfisher¬† ‚Äėprovides a level of service that represents excellent value‚Äô. The practice specializes in private healthcare including advice on regulatory, procurement, eHealth issues and contentious cases involving NICE challenges. Department head Sarah Ellson¬† is ‚Äėa well-known name in professional regulation‚Äô and is ‚Äėable to spot potential issues in the mass of detail‚Äô; her¬†recent highlights include representing Roche Products on appeal proceedings against a NICE appraisal that refused to extend the use of Esbriet on the NHS. The team is known for advising regulators such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority on matters such as gene editing and mitochondrial donation. Debbie Nicholson¬†regularly advises commercial clients such as the Online Clinic UK in relation to contentious and non-contentious Care Quality Commission matters. Alison Dennis¬†is highly recommended for life sciences work, and Holly Bontoft¬†is singled out for regulatory matters.

Leading individuals

Sarah Ellson - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Debbie Nicholson - Fieldfisher

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

‚ÄėA friendly and approachable firm‚Äô, Fieldfisher provides ‚Äėcommercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions‚Äô coupled with ‚Äėgreat client service, which is an integral part of the firm‚Äôs ethos‚Äô. Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy¬†advised Kennedy Wilson on the surrender and variation of part of BT‚Äôs premises in Watford and the subsequent grant of a new lease to ASOS.com; this involved a considerable redevelopment and was among the largest letting deals outside of Central London in 2017. Similarly, Sue Simpson¬†advised Cambridge Medipark on a letting transaction with Abcam and also assisted the client with the forward funding of a development project with Tesco Pension Fund. Jonathan Wright¬†is rated for his ‚Äėcalm and persistence in the face of challenging transactions‚Äô; he recently assisted an international software industry client with the acquisition of its new HQ premises in Birmingham. Jayne Elkins¬†acts for Shell Pension Funds in relation to its day-to-day property management work, and assisted the client with multiple retail warehouse acquisitions outside of London. The team also advised London Borough of Southwark on its acquisition of a portfolio of investment properties in the London Bridge area. Further, Paul Houston¬†handles retail property management work for clients including BlackRock and Deutsche Asset Management. Houston is also instructed by Dominvs Group, which is among the team‚Äôs major hotel-sector clients. Additional contacts include Ramatu Banga¬†and Liam Buckley.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Louise Elmes heads the contentious team at Fieldfisher, bringing expertise in the energy, hotels and maritime sectors. On the disputes side, the team is advising developer Cannon Corporate Limited in a £30m dispute regarding a new-build marquee London hotel. Elmes also has a significant practice in very high-end domestic residential property, particularly for CIS clients. Transactional lead James Flynn’s practice focuses on the student accommodation, as well as the residential, hotel and energy sectors.  Recent work includes advising on the £25m acquisition and construction of a new research centre of excellence for Caudwell Children.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's 'in-depth industry knowledge and down-to-earth delivery makes it stand out from other firms'; the team is noted for its 'exceptional legal expertise and experience' and ability to provide 'commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions'. In addition to structured work, it specialises in real estate asset class finance, particularly ground rent hotels, care homes and senior living facilities, and student accommodation financings, and handled a series of long-term financings secured over ground rent portfolios for borrower client Euro Investments. Other highlights included team heads Philip Abbott and John Nelmes acting for an international lender on a £40m debt facility to Target Healthcare REIT secured over a portfolio of care home properties. Jayne Backett and Oliver Abel Smith are also noted members of the team.

Leading individuals

John Nelmes - Fieldfisher

Philip Abbott - Fieldfisher

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher¬†is ‚Äėexcellent in the field of property litigation‚Äô with clients including Nike, Imperial College London and H&M. Partner Owen Talfan Davies¬†is a ‚Äėstar in this field‚Äô and recently acted for INEOS Shale to obtain interim injunctions for protests targeting the client's hydraulic fracturing process. Another injunction related case saw the team representing Vastint UK in preventing the ‚Äėworld at large‚Äô from entering or remaining at Strand East, a 26 acre development site in Stratford. Antony Phillips¬†heads the group and he and Lesley Webber¬†are praised for possessing ‚Äėleading property litigation capability‚Äô. Phillips specialises in dilapidations while Webber was recently instructed by the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy for her expertise in rent reviews. Lucie-Anne Rhodes¬†joined the team from Hamlins LLP.

Leading individuals

Antony Phillips - Fieldfisher

Lesley Webber - Fieldfisher

Owen Talfan Davies - Fieldfisher

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Highlighted as 'strong leaders' for data protection advice, the 'stellar' privacy, security and information law group at Fieldfisher¬†boasts 'deep bench strength' and the capabilities to advise on a full-range of issues. It handles complex compliance programs, where it is praised for 'finding practical solutions out of the most obscure data privacy requirements'. The practice has additionally been instructed to handle international data transfers, binding corporate rule applications, disputes and breaches. Clients include Pearson plc,¬†Just Eat, Adidas and the AA are all clients.¬†Hazel Grant¬†heads the team which includes¬†Phil Lee¬†‚ÄĒwho has been described by one client as 'one of Europe‚Äôs best privacy lawyers'. Other key names to note include Antonis Patrikios¬†and director Nuria Pastor.¬†The department has also benefited from the addition of Judy Krieg¬† from¬†Shepherd and Wedderburn¬†who has particular expertise in the financial services sector. Other changes to the team include Leonie Power's promotion to the partnership.

Leading individuals

Hazel Grant - Fieldfisher

Phil Lee - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Nuria Pastor - Fieldfisher

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher¬†handles civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings in multiple jurisdictions worldwide. Recent highlights include advising on an internal investigation into high-value bribery and corruption, and FCA and SFO investigations. Clients include Currencies Direct and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which it is acting for in relation to a high-profile investigation. The ‚Äėknowledgeable, strategic, experienced, responsive, and professional‚Äô Tony Lewis¬†Heads the team. Francesca Titus¬†is‚Äôvery experienced, bright and gets the job done‚Äô. Alexandra Underwood¬†is recommended alongside Hartley Foster¬†, who ‚Äėsees the landscape from the moment of instruction and is fantastic at avoiding minefields‚Äô. Judy Krieg¬†joined as partner.

Leading individuals

Tony Lewis - Fieldfisher

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher¬†¬†is noted for its specialist expertise in¬†online defamation issues. Key figures include¬†Colin Gibson¬†and¬†Rhys Griffiths, who¬† is ‚Äėa safe pair of hands for complex matters'. Clients include politicians, high-net worth individuals and publishers.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher¬†'s¬†brand management practice continues to perform strongly, particularly in¬†advertising, sponsorship and portfolio management; it is praised for its¬†‚Äėtop-notch, effective and client-friendly‚Äô advice to brand owners and advertising agencies. As head of advertising¬†David Bond¬† is regularly called on by clients such as eBay and the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers to advise and prepare media buying agency agreements. Leighton Cassidy¬† is currently assisting Dixons Carphone, Take-Two Interactive Software and Astellas with portfolio management issues including filings and oppositions across multiple jurisdictions. IP litigator Nick Rose¬† and Hastings Guise¬† ‚Äėboth possess an ability to get to the crux of the issue effectively and efficiently‚Äô; Rose and Cassidy are handling Google‚Äôs UK non-contentious and contentious work including in an invalidation case at the UKIPO. Guise is conducting the advocacy on behalf of Crocs in hearings before the General Court of the EU in relation to complex Registered Community Design cases. John Linneker¬† joined in January 2018 from Dentons¬†. Vicky Reinhardt¬†and Sonal Patel Oliva¬†are recommended for advertising and sponsorship work, as are Amy Reynolds¬†and Richard Hing¬† for portfolio management.

Next generation lawyers

Sonal Patel Oliva - Fieldfisher

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Building on the firm's strengths in technology and financial services, the fintech practice at Fieldfisher counts blockchain, crowdfunding, payments and peer-to-peer lending as areas of particular expertise. IT, outsourcing and data privacy expert James Walsh and director Marsili Hale, who specialises in structured finance and securitisation, advised Link Mortgage Services on the technological, regulatory and outsourcing elements of servicing loans made on the Landbay peer-to-peer lending platform. Walsh also advised Centtrip on the regulatory aspects of its e-money issuances. Structured finance specialist Stephen Moller advised Propfin on establishing its fully automated loan-origination business, and financial services regulatory expert Azad Ali acted for Euronext on its joint venture with Algomi to improve the visibility of corporate bond liquidity for investors. Hannah Rowbotham acted for Silicon Valley Bank on $20m-worth of loans to WorldRemit Group, and Tim Bird advised Wirex on a $3m investment by SBI Holdings. Deutsche Bank and Paysafe Group are additional clients. Simon Briskman heads the group; financial services regulatory expert Nicholas Thompsell and payments specialist John Worthy are also recommended.

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

For some, Fieldfisher  is 'the top franchise law practice in the country' and works for clients such as Hamleys, Thomas Pink and Arcadia. David Bond co-heads the practice and provides 'pragmatic' and 'commercial' advice. He advised easyHotel on two master development deals involving large hotels in Iran and Sri Lanka. Fellow practice head Chris Wormald  is notably strong in the food and beverage sector. The franchising disputes team consists of Andrew Dodd  and James Seadon: the former focuses on litigation while the latter has a strong emphasis on mediation. Also recommended is senior associate Gordon Drakes , who was made partner in 2017 and is 'a rising star'.

Leading individuals

Chris Wormald - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Gordon Drakes - Fieldfisher

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's technology, outsourcing and privacy group 'marries legal expertise and market awareness' along with 'strength in depth and value for money' to provide clients with¬†' an¬†outstanding¬†level of service'. The department is acting for Vodafone on a policy for implementation of cloud-based IT infrastructure, including compliance advice. The team has been advising clients such as Nintendo and Netflix on using financial services technology.¬†The team is also instructed by several governmental bodies including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, HM Land Registry and the Home Office. Robert Shooter¬†heads up the practice which includes John Worthy¬†‚ÄĒ who is ' very quick to get a grip on complex technical and contractual issues'‚ÄĒ ,¬†Andrew Dodd, who is recommended for IT and telecoms disputes, and director John Brunning.¬†James Walsh¬†(who has ' excellent market experience and industry knowledge' in the telecoms¬†sector)¬†recently joined the team from¬†KWM Europe LLP and attracts praise for his 'pragmatic and client-focused advice'. Other changes to the team include the additions of¬†Simon Rendell¬†and¬† Brian Chadwick¬†(who has particular digital gaming sector knowledge) from Osborne Clarke LLP¬†andCooley (UK) LLP¬†respectively.

Leading individuals

Robert Shooter - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

John Brunning - Fieldfisher

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher's 'competent, professional and knowledgeable' intellectual property department has attracted praise for being extremely responsive' and 'cognizant of cost pressures'. Highlighted as 'one of the best firms for soft IP work', the team has expertise across a range of rights, particularly design rights, copyright and trade mark, in addition to experience handling complex patent litigation. Illistrative of the groups patent litigation capabilities, the team were instructed by GlaxoSmithKlin to coordinate the multi-jurisdictional dispute with Pfizer relating to Meningitis B vaccines. Additionally, it acted for Sandoz Limited and Hexal AG in a claim for the revocation of G.D. Searle's Supplementary Protection Certificate for HIV treatment darunavir. The practice is also instructed by Google in all UK trade mark work and successfully advised on the invalidation of Nuanti's trade mark BLINK at the UKIPO. The 'commercially astute' Nick Rose heads up the practice alongside Leighton Cassidy, and recently acted for Zockoll Group in a claim for infringement of its community registered design. There have been some changes the team including the promotion of the 'absolutely outstanding' James Seadon to partner and arrival of John Linneker from Dentons.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s cross-disciplinary practice has broad expertise spanning financing, digital media, gaming, interactive content, social media, film, television, advertising, marketing, sponsorship, publishing, licensing, IP, tax, employment and regulatory mandates. Media and entertainment head Tom Guida is advising the International Association of Athletics Federations on the licensing of all media rights for the its world championship-level events in Europe and Africa to the European Broadcast Union and ESPN Media Distribution. Tim Johnson advised BBC Worldwide on several matters including a co-financing arrangement with Anton for a slate of high-end television drama, The Drama Investment Partnership. He also advised Natixis Coficine on the financing and security arrangements for a number of film and television projects. Advertising, marketing and sponsorship group head David Bond advised the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers (ISBA) on a media buying agreement template and corporate head Andrew Blankfield advised the BBC on the transfer of its in-house production operations from BBC public service into a new commercial subsidiary, BBC Studios Ltd. Leighton Cassidy is head of trade marks and brand protection and advises Take-Two Interactive Software on a range of IP enforcement and protection matters, while Paul Barton advises a number of publishers and acts for McGraw Hill Education. Other key individuals include tax head Derek Hill; Carlton Durrant, who acts for film, TV and media clients on M&A and joint venture transactions; Phil Lee, who specialises in advising digital media, interactive entertainment and technology businesses on data protection issues; corporate partner Jonathan Brooks ; Simon Briskman, who is active across outsourcing, technology and telecoms matters; Nick Rose, who heads the IP and technology dispute resolution group; banking and finance partner Robin Spender; and corporate finance expert Christine Phillips. Senior associates Chris Eastham , Melissa Fish and director Sonal Patel Oliva are also recommended, as is Brian Chadwick, who recently joined the firm from Cooley (UK) LLP .

Leading individuals

Tim Johnson (Film and TV; digital media) - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Chris Eastham (Digital media) - Fieldfisher

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is renowned for its work on international matters with a client roster that includes Caffè Nero, Crocs and The AA. Leighton Cassidy leads the practice and alongside Nick Rose advised Google on enforcing its 'Android' trade mark. Cassidy also managed Astellas' trade mark portfolio for the EMEA and CIS regions. Hastings Guise defended the British Educational Suppliers Association on the use of the phrase 'early years resources', which had been registered as a trade mark by another party. Also recommended is Harriet Seymour, who advised EY on its global trade mark strategy, and senior associates Richard Hing and Amy Reynolds, who are both experts in trade mark portfolio management.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Life sciences regulations, patent litigation and corporate advice are the standout specialties of Fieldfisher in this sphere. The regulatory team is led by Alison Dennis, who is supported by John Cassels and associate Nicola Bex. Dennis worked with the administrators behind Redx Pharma and Redx Oncology on the disposal of its Redx BTK programme. Sarah Ellson jointly heads the healthcare regulatory team and acted for Roche in its appeal against a NICE appraisal that refused to extend the use of its Esbriet drug by the NHS. For patent litigation, Beatriz San Martin, Diana Sternfield, Nicole Jadeja, Rebecca Baines and David Knight are all key names. The team acted for GSK in a  patent dispute against Pfizer regarding Meningitis B vaccines. San Martin represented Sandoz, which sought a revocation of GD Searle's patent for darunavir, which is an antiretroviral used to treat HIV. Knight defended Lenstec against alleged patent infringement from its intraocular lenses. Corporate partners Neil Matthews and Dominic Gurney-Champion are also recommended.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Media and entertainment expert Tom Guida, who is New York- and UK-qualified, is the key contact at Fieldfisher; he has acted for sports governing bodies and broadcasters, and is experienced in joint ventures and commercial transactions. Advertising and sponsorship are the department's core strengths; it also handles sports finance and has experience in regulatory investigations. Manchester-based senior associate Debbie Nicholson  is a regulatory expert; director Marsili Hale is recommended for sports finance. Corporate finance and property finance consultant Patrick Cannon is also active in the space. Clients include Adidas, London Sport, Sport England and the IAAF.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s expertise spans franchising, rolling stock procurement and leasing, smart ticketing, technology, data protection, employment and pensions mandates. It is advising the DfT on the Greater Western Change Project which examines the impact of electrification programme delays and advised Go Ahead on the extension of its smart ticketing product. Technology and outsourcing partner John Worthy; John Cassels, who handles procurement regulatory, state aid and competition matters; corporate and commercial partner Nicholas Thompsell; IT expert Sam Jardine; construction partner Cecily Davis; Ranjit Dhindsa, who handles employment matters; consultant Sarah Keir; and pensions head David Gallagher; are key contacts in the cross-practice team.

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Travel
Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher¬†is a ‚Äėbrilliant firm‚Äô for travel disputes and regulatory matters, and regularly handles technology-related matters in the sector. Clients include Priceline Group, Thomas Cook, Airbnb, Expedia, Secret Escapes, loveholidays, Rentalcars and Saudi Arabian Airlines. Travel group head Rhys Griffiths¬†gives ‚Äėvery practical advice and knows his stuff‚Äô and has ‚Äėexcellent understanding of the regulatory framework and the specific areas for travel agents, tour operators and airlines‚Äô. David Wilkinson, who specialises in corporate matters, is an ‚Äėexcellent and insightful lawyer‚Äô. Senior associate Sonal Patel, who handles commercial matters, and associate Phyllis Acheampong, who is active on regulatory and contentious matters, are also key figures. Mark Smith has left to establish his own firm.

Leading individuals

Rhys Griffiths - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Sonal Patel - Fieldfisher

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