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Fieldfisher

RIVERBANK HOUSE, 2 SWAN LANE, LONDON, EC4R 3TT, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7861 4000
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Fax 020 7488 0084
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823 LONDON CITY EC3
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www.fieldfisher.com
Brussels, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, London, Manchester, Milan and 5 more

Top-tier Firm rankings

Firm Rankings


London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s diverse practice spans outsourcing agreements, sponsorship contracts, franchising and concession agreements, joint ventures and strategic alliances, and data and privacy contracts, among a multitude of other areas. David Bond heads the specialist brand development group, while Robert Shooter leads the technology and outsourcing side of the practice. A team including Shooter, Nick Rose and senior associate James Corlett is advising Karen Millen Group on various matters associated with its international expansion, including the establishment of franchise arrangements in several countries and the management of its global intellectual property portfolios. In another highlight, Simon Briskman and Kate Pickering recently acted for the BBC on the procurement of a new system to manage linear TV and on-demand content. Nick Holland, Sonal Patel and others have assisted Abercrombie & Fitch Company with ensuring that its digital and e-commerce strategy is data protection compliant. Director Nick Ball specialises in advising domestic and international clients on various types of technology-related contracts. Also recommended are Paul Barton, Sam Jardine and Rob Sheldon. The team demonstrates β€˜excellent industry knowledge and a pragmatic approach to concluding deals effectively and efficiently’. James Walsh joined from King & Wood Mallesons.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s tax team has β€˜exceptional capabilities in corporate tax, in particular in relation to corporate finance transactions’ and is driven by dedicated strengths in the TMT, life sciences and financial services sectors. Derek Hill heads the tax structuring group and is instructed by Alternative Resolution Consultancy, a joint venture aimed at assisting individuals facing financial hardship as a result of investments in tax-structured film finance structures. Specialising in corporate finance transactions, Andrew Prowse has a β€˜superb grasp of business taxation’ and handles M&A transactions for various TMT and financial services clients in 2016-2017. Additionally, Nick Noble has provided tax advice to financial services clients in relation to a number of lending transactions. Graeme Nuttall OBE is another contact in the practice group and has extensive experience of structuring employee ownership schemes.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

β€˜Experienced competition lawyer’ and β€˜sharp legal mind’ Charles Whiddington heads the team at Fieldfisher, which includes John Cassels and the β€˜efficient’, β€˜technically excellent’, and β€˜approachable’ Nicholas Pimlott. Cassels provided strategic competition advice to Kellogg/Pringles EMEA GC in relation to business risk issues, while Pimlott led the state aid advice to Sports England in connection with its Β£200m Parklife project. The team also acted for Starbucks on a pan-European risk and compliance audit, and advised Sazerac on EU competition, IP, and regulatory issues associated with their branded spirits. Other key clients include BBC, Digital UK, and S&P Global. Associate Lisa Hatfield is also recommended.

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

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

Fieldfisher

Praised for its β€˜superb industry knowledge’, Fieldfisher provides β€˜business-oriented and pragmatic’ advice to an impressive roster of clients, particularly those within the asset management space. Team head Kirstene Baillie has provided strategic advice to numerous alternative investment fund managers on the restructuring of their products in the aftermath of the implementation of AIFMD. Baillie advised Downing on reviewing one of its discretionary management portfolio products and restructuring it such that it can now be treated as separate portfolio arrangements rather than as an AIF and thereby avoid the extra onerous compliance issues associated with AIFMD. The β€˜experienced and knowledgeable’ John Worthy has a focus on payments work, while the arrival in February 2016 from Shearman & Sterling LLP of Azad Ali has strengthened the firm’s capability on the sell-side. Able to combine regulatory enforcement expertise with criminal capabilities, the three-partner litigation offering is well-placed to represent individuals and institutions in FCA investigations which are increasingly using criminal powers as part of their toolkit. Team head Duncan Black handles work for financial institutions and individuals; he is currently representing the CEO of a listed company on an FCA investigation into alleged market abuse and the criminal conduct of insider trading.

Next generation lawyers

Azad Ali - Fieldfisher

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

Fieldfisher

In 2016, Fieldfisher acted for 29 AIM-listed companies, as well as a significant number brokers and NOMADs. Its team is particularly noted for cross-border transactions involving the energy and natural resources sectors. Brad Isaac acted for SP Angel Corporate Finance, Whitman Howard and Brandon Hill Capital in their respective capacities as the NOMAD and joint brokers on a reverse takeover by San Leon Energy and placing of new shares, which raised Β£170.3m; This matter represented the second-largest AIM fundraising of 2016. Anthony Brockbank advised Mirabaud Securities and Panmure Gordon on their $40m secondary placing to assist Savannah Petroleum with financing the development of exploration assets in Niger. Other clients include KEFI Minerals, Atalaya Mining and Gulfsands Petroleum. Neil Matthews leads the team, which also has a strong following in the CIS region. Director Nicholas Heap and senior associate Edward Westhead are also highly regarded.

Leading individuals

Anthony Brockbank - Fieldfisher

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

Fieldfisher

Following its merger with Hill Hofstetter, Fieldfisher saw David Cranfield join its London office; a Russia expert, he has particular experience in the healthcare, automotive, real estate and financial services sectors. The group, which counts numerous publicly listed companies among its client roster, is well known for its expertise in TMT, energy and natural resources; on the media side, practice head Andrew Blankfield advised BBC Worldwide on its purchase of a 10% stake in Curtis Brown, while David Wilkinson acted in a notable tech-related mandate for Access Intelligence on its sale of Due North to Proactis Holdings. The team also advised Cognizant on the UK aspects of its $128m purchase of Frontica Business Solutions. In the mining space, Jonathan Brooks advised Fusion Capital on its partnership with Orion Mine Finance to establish Lynx Resources and acquire Macedonia’s SASA lead-zinc mine from Solway Investment Group. Life sciences and chemicals are areas of increasing activity for the practice: Brooks assisted Revolymer with its purchase of Itaconix. Real estate and hospitality highlights included Tom Ward’s advice to the management of Avenue Capital’s UK student accommodation portfolio on its Β£420m buyout by Brookfield Property Partners, while Wilkinson advised Bibendum PLB Group on its Β£60m sale to Conviviality.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Leveraging the firm’s overall sector focus in technology, financial services and energy, Fieldfisher’s corporate offering provides mid-market private equity and venture capital expertise to an investee-focused client base. Recent highlights include advising cloud-based platform, Oh Goodlord, on its Β£6m Series A funding, and representing Tyres on the Drive in a Β£11m Series C funding round. The group also continues to grow its investor-side practice; as well as acting for conventional VCT vehicles including Elderstreet VCT (which it recently advised on a Β£1.5m Series D investment in Concord Solutions), it also handles work within the burgeoning corporate venturing sector, including on behalf of BBC Worldwide and Channel 4 Investments. Tim Bird and Andrew Blankfield are recommended.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s β€˜knowledgeable and driven’ team has β€˜a strong reputation in civil fraud’ and β€˜attracts high-profile clients in multimillion-pound fraud claims’. The firm regularly handles matters involving freezing, search and passport orders, and is increasingly involved in private prosecutions, most notably across Russia and the CIS. Highlights included acting for one of four defendants in a claim for over $368m worth of oil payments, which were alleged to have been diverted as part of a major fraud, and representing PricewaterhouseCoopers as liquidators of Goldtrail in a case related to a fraud carried out by the latter’s former principal. Practice head Tony Lewis is β€˜level-headed, experienced and creative’ and is β€˜an effective organiser who always approaches cases strategically’. The β€˜commercial and bright’ Kit Jarvis is also recommended along with Alexandra Underwood, who β€˜knows freezing orders inside out’.

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 β€˜has a very strong litigation practice, with a number of top-end practitioners’. The firm has a substantial client base in the German-speaking and Nordic regions, and increasingly acts in matters that combine litigation with insolvency or contentious regulatory issues. The team acted for the liquidator of Lehman Brothers Finance in a claim against Belgian bank, KBC Bank, in relation to derivative transactions entered into under the 1992 edition of the ISDA master agreement. Andrew Lafferty recently advised several major European banks on significant structured finance products claims; Duncan Black’s practice covers litigation and contentious regulatory matters for banks, asset managers and broker dealers, and his work frequently involves jurisdictions such as Cayman and Jersey; and the β€˜engaged and committed’ Kit Jarvis is β€˜impressively tough and determined’.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is β€˜very strong in commercial litigation and has a number of top-end practitioners’. A large proportion of the firm’s litigation has a financial services aspect, including banking, fraud, tax, insolvency and professional negligence issues; and it enjoys a steady flow of work arising out of commercial, construction and trade disputes. The practice is also well known for high-value, complex CIS-related disputes. Recent highlights include advising the liquidators of a failed tour operator in a case involving a substantial fraud. Colin Gibson is dispute resolution head; Kit Jarvis is β€˜a very strong practitioner’; Alexandra Underwood is β€˜extremely smart with great judgment’; Simon Moore specialises in CIS and corporate disputes; Tony Lewis is fraud team head; and Helen Mulcahy is particularly focused on financial services and art law issues. Vivien Davies, Rhys Griffiths, Andrew Lafferty and Jonathan Ray-Smith are highly regarded.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is β€˜a strong operator that is very much liked by clients’. It specialises in the energy and natural resources, construction and commercial sectors; the practice is well-known for high-value commercial and public law disputes for ultra-HNW individuals and corporations from the CIS region. Simon Sloane is highly rated; Simon Moore is β€˜really good’; Alexandra Underwood is β€˜a very strong talent who is trusted by clients to do a good job’; Colin Gibson is β€˜incisive, has good commercial judgement and is single minded in pursuit of clients’ interests’; and Kit Jarvis β€˜has enormous energy and dedication’. Arik Aslanyan is CIS desk head.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

The β€˜creative’ team at Fieldfisher delivers a β€˜strategic approach’ and β€˜thorough’, β€˜expert’ advice to clients across the healthcare, surveying, policing, finance and law sectors; according to one client, it is β€˜the best for strategic regulatory advice’. Manchester-based practice head Sarah Ellson has a β€˜practical approach’ and provides β€˜incisive, considered advice’. Last year she acted for the Professional Standards Authority in a number of cases in the High Court and Court of Appeal and led the team advising the Nursing and Midwifery Council on changes to its legislation and rules as a result of the implementation of EU Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications. Matthew Lohn was the lead partner advising the Financial Reporting Council on the implementation of new EU requirements relating to audits, which included drafting a new disciplinary process for auditors. Other notable clients include the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the General Pharmaceutical Council, the Police and Crime Commissioners, and the UK Council for Psychotherapy, with senior associate David Northfield part of the team acting in a challenge in the Chancery Division relating to disciplinary arrangements and complaints against former members. Rachel Birks and Alice Hickey joined Ward Hadaway and the BBC’s in-house legal department, respectively.

Leading individuals

Matthew Lohn - Fieldfisher

Sarah Ellson - Fieldfisher

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

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has β€˜a strong tax disputes practice, covering both direct tax on the one hand and indirect tax on the other’. It has experience in a range of very high-value tax disputes and has particular specialism in tax cases with criminal and fraud aspects. Department head Hartley Foster is β€˜immensely experienced and can anticipate how HMRC will react in litigation’; he is acting in a multimillion-pound MTIC fraud case and is also representing Bratt Auto Contracts and Bratt Auto Services Company in an appeal concerning the recovery of overpaid VAT after the statutory time limit had been passed. George Gillham is β€˜extremely good with HMRC negotiations’ and acted in a piece of group litigation regarding the classification of mobility scooters for excise duty purposes. In addition to his civil litigation casework, he has also advised individual clients facing criminal tax issues.

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London: Finance

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

Fieldfisher

Leveraging the firm’s private wealth capabilities, Fieldfisher’s asset finance team regularly advises lenders and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on the financing requirements related to the acquisition of a range assets, including corporate jets and yachts. Andrew Evans is the main contact within the group and handles asset finance work as a part of his wider banking and finance capability.

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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 with the firm’s derivatives and structured finance offering, Fieldfisher’s banking team provides a β€˜commercial and client-oriented service’ to banks and corporates across a range of mid-market transactions, including financings relating to general corporate lending and corporate-led acquisition finance. The β€˜very commercial and well-liked’ Robin Spender is regularly involved in acquisition finance mandates in the TMT sector; he recently advised GlobalData on its Β£100m debt financing. Spender also acted for Conservatory Outlet Group on its senior, mezzanine, invoice discounting and overdraft facilities made available by AIB Group (UK) for the purpose of two staged acquisitions. Philip Abbott is also recommended.

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Commodities: derivatives
Commodities: derivatives - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher β€˜can hold its head up with the best’, according to one client who also remarks that lead derivatives partner Guy Usher is β€˜absolutely excellent, combining unsurpassed technical knowledge with a great deal of common sense’. The firm’s six-partner derivatives team covers a broad range of on-exchange and OTC transactions that include commodities asset classes such as metals, oil, electricity, freight and weather. Luke Whitmore, who is a key structured finance adviser to financial institutions including Citigroup and UBS, acted for Deutsche Bank on a gold swap with VTB Capital. He is also advising Nystar AG on futures agreements with ICBC, Koch Trading and Toyota Tsusho Metals to enable trading on the London Metal Exchange (LME). Edward Miller and Emma Spiers also play key roles in the derivatives team. Regulatory specialist Azad Ali is advising Mitsubishi Corporation on the impact of MiFID II on its commodity derivatives business. Duncan Black is recommended for contentious matters. Usher and associate Steven Burrows, who is praised for his β€˜excellent service’, advised Triland Metals on tri-party margin funding structures with three banks that committed to provide margin and take security over the client’s LME futures accounts.

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

Fieldfisher (London, Manchester)

Benefitting from strong ties with IPs and business advisory firms including PwC, KPMG and FRP Advisory, Fieldfisher handles a regular flow of debtor side work in a contentious and non-contentious setting. β€˜Not afraid to roll her sleeves up’, Manchester-based Michelle Shean is noted for non-contentious expertise and recently advised on the restructuring of Circle Oil Group and on the subsequent administration of Circle Oil Jersey Limited and sale of its subsidiaries. The β€˜hardworking and commercial’ Kit Jarvis provides β€˜thoughtful advice’ in a contentious context. The arrival in May 2017 of the β€˜very knowledgeable and solutions oriented’ Stewart Perry from Clyde & Co LLP further bolsters the firm’s capability, particularly within the oil and gas space.

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

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is β€˜superb, the partner-led responses are Magic Circle quality without Magic Circle pricing’. The firm has a solid reputation for advising institutional asset managers and is a leading player in the UK prime brokerage market. It has also become a key adviser to long-established hedge funds. Along with its expertise in securities financing transactions and its activity in emerging markets these qualities have made it β€˜a well-kept secret in the London derivatives market’. In 2016, it took made a highly innovative move with the launch of Condor ALS, which is designed specifically for the financial services market and offers low-cost solutions for large derivatives and financial markets documentation projects, fixed-price trading documentation negotiation, and data extraction and analytics services. Group head Guy Usher and Luke Whitmore (who is β€˜a fantastic lawyer – commercial, pragmatic and responsive’) developed Condor and Chris Georgiou, formerly a partner at Ashurst, came out of retirement to become its CEO. Another key addition to the financial markets and products group was Stephen Moller from K&L Gates LLP, who specialises in structured finance, supply chain finance and securitisation. Dougall Molson, who joined from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, added further derivatives and structured finance expertise. Edward Miller, Emma Spiers and regulatory specialist Azad Ali are also key members of the team. The firm’s highlights included advising Citibank on the restructuring and novation of finance-linked swaps with a total notional value of Β£580m as part of a refinancing of London Gateway Port's debt.

Leading individuals

Guy Usher - Fieldfisher

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has one of the largest teams in London dedicated to Russia and the CIS region, and has an emphasis on transactional and regulatory matters. Its clients range from entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals to international investment banks and large, blue-chip and LSE-listed companies based in the CIS. The firm also advises on deals in Africa and the Middle East. Matt Hinxman is a project and asset finance specialist with a long track record of advising sponsors and lenders on major financings in the energy and natural resources sector across Eastern Europe and Africa. Banking and asset finance partner Andrew Evans leads the firm’s finance team and has a diverse practice that encompasses technology, asset finance, loan and equity bridge deals in emerging markets. Other key figures include Philip Abbott, who has a diverse bank lending practice; Oliver Abel Smith, who handles commodity and trade finance deals; Alex Campbell, whose experience includes hotel development and asset finance transactions; and Nodir Sidikov and head of the CIS group Arik Aslanyan, who handle cross-border corporate and finance matters. The hire of Jayne Backett from Mayer Brown International LLP added significant skills in debt finance, particularly in the real estate sector. Sidikov and Hinxman acted for state-owned oil and gas company LMG Kashagan in a $1bn crude oil prepayment deal.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

The team at Fieldfisher β€˜always makes clients feel like the lawyers are available immediately and at any time’. The firm advises issuers, trustees, originators, swap providers and investors across the whole spectrum of securitisation and structured finance transactions, with a particular focus on bespoke transactions. It has grown it position as an adviser to alternative finance providers and fintech companies. Key figures include Alex Campbell, who is β€˜excellent at relationship management and ensures that clients are always kept up-to-date on where a project stands’, and corporate trust partner Gonzalo Fernandez. They are supported by derivatives partners Guy Usher and Edward Miller, as well as Richard Todd, who joined from Mayer Brown International LLP and is a leading practitioner in ABCP conduit-financed securitisations; Dougall Molson, who came over from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and specialises in complex structured finance, commodity finance and derivatives; and Stephen Moller from K&L Gates LLP, who is active in alternative finance for fintech clients, with an emphasis on supply chain finance, marketplace lending and trade receivables transactions. Marsili Hale, who advises on peer-to-peer lending platforms and loan servicing, and regulatory specialist Azad Ali, who joined from Shearman & Sterling LLP are also recommended. The team is advising issuers of 26 RMBS deals with a total value exceeding Β£10bn on the impact of the S&P rating downgrade of Barclays as account bank, liquidity facility provider and awap provider.

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher fields β€˜a strong team’ that combines β€˜excellent and highly responsive service with great industry knowledge’. Trade finance is an integral part of the firm’s banking and asset finance practice, and its workload covers the full range of transactions including documentary and standby letters of credit, export and pre-export facilities, reserve-based lending, bills of exchange, bills of lading and security over goods in transit, borrowing base and receivables finance, factoring and discounting arrangements. The team , which is led by Oliver Abel Smith, was heavily involved in advising bank clients on arrangements to reduce capital requirements in relation to trade finance exposures, and also advised trading companies on commercial trading and commodity finance matters. Abel Smith’s highlights included advising Europe Arab Bank on an innovative structure for its letter of credit and demand guarantee facilities. He also worked with head of finance Andrew Evans to deliver a borrowing base facility for Shawbrook Bank Limited to support the funding of loans for UK SMEs. Project finance specialist Matt Hinxman and mining and natural resources partner Jonathan Brooks are also recommended.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has a β€˜very thorough and diligent’ share schemes and incentives team notable for its experience in international matters. β€˜Excellent’ key partner Graeme Nuttall advised US-based life sciences company Arbor Assays on a cross-border employee ownership structure. Mark Gearing assisted US-based technology company Merkle in its acquisition of UK-based marketing agency DBG. The team also includes corporate partner Neil Palmer and senior associate Jennifer Martin.

Leading individuals

Graeme Nuttall - Fieldfisher

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

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has significant experience handling the employment aspects of major corporate transactions, as well as large cross-border projects and litigation. Practice head Richard Kenyon has been acting for the Architectural Association School of Architecture on various employment matters, including employment contracts and governance arrangements. Kenyon and director Neil Johnston also assisted the Nursing & Midwifery Council with a High Court claim brought by a former employee. Clients recommend Nicholas Thorpe, who has been advising Cushman & Wakefield on two offshore outsourcing projects, as well as various TUPE and collective redundancy issues. Margaret Davis, James Warren and David Carmichael are also recommended. Other clients include Air China, SAB Miller and the Cabinet Office.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

At Fieldfisher, the β€˜exceptional’ health and safety team often goes β€˜above and beyond expectations’, and specialises in acting for clients in the travel sector. Sarah Ellson is representing Alec Sharples Farm Supplies and Transport and owner Alec Sharples in a criminal prosecution brought by the HSE arising from the death of a subcontractor at the client’s haulage yard. Rhys Griffiths heads the practice and Andrew Sanderson provides β€˜creative, tailored and common sense advice’. Other clients include Media Force and All Transport & Logistics.

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

Fieldfisher

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s β€˜excellent’ group is noted for its β€˜quick response times, wealth of industry knowledge and commercial mindset’, and regularly handles pensions matters for clients in the public sector. β€˜Very experienced’ group head David Gallagher is β€˜focused on practical solutions’, and has been advising the trustees of British Energy Generation Group Pension Scheme on matters including cross-border funding and guarantee proposals, and the restriction of future benefits. The β€˜very responsive’ Andrew Patten acted for South East Water on a number of issues regarding its two defined-benefit schemes, including the harmonisation of the terms of the two schemes and the introduction of a new corporate trustee. The β€˜excellent’ Michael Calvert acted for the representative beneficiary of the Gleeds Retirement Benefit Scheme in proceedings before the High Court and the Court of Appeal regarding a series of deed amendments. Other clients include the trustees of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme and AT Kearney Pension Scheme.

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London: Insurance

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

Fieldfisher

The β€˜excellent’ team at Fieldfisher has β€˜a strong reputation for winning challenging and high-profile cases’ and combines β€˜the strengths of a niche department with the resources and capabilities of a city firm’. The practice has notable experience in matters of maximum severity and specialises in obstetric and paediatric claims; recent work includes a Β£10m neonatal brain injury case resulting in hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Heading the department is the β€˜exceptionally talented’ Paul McNeil, who is arguably β€˜the leading lawyer in the field’ and has expertise in catastrophic injury cases, including spinal injury and obstetric negligence. The β€˜exceptional’ Samantha Critchley is β€˜a first-rate’ specialist in paediatrics, neonatology and neurology; she is praised for her β€˜incredible dedication and outstanding professionalism’. Clients also recommend the β€˜outstanding’ Mark Bowman, the β€˜extremely capable’ Iona Meeres-Young, and the β€˜passionate and courageous’ Jonathan Zimmern.

Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Paul McNeil - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Mark Bowman - Fieldfisher

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Clinical negligence: defendant
Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Paul McNeil - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Mark Bowman - Fieldfisher

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher acts for a broad range of insurance clients, and has a notable focus on providers of long-term insurance products for investment purposes, personal pensions products being among the most prevalent. The team deals with a vast array of regulatory issues and also regularly handles restructurings, Part VII transfers and reassurance arrangements. Highlights have included advising B&CE insurance on its new investment arrangements with State Street, and assising Falcon Fine Art with a review of its financing activities and regulatory practices. Financial services specialist Kirstene Baillie is a key figure, along with Nicholas Thompsell, who advises financial sector clients on transactional, commercial and compliance issues.

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

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s β€˜excellent’ practice is β€˜a leading firm in this field’ and β€˜provides an excellent, bespoke service to clients’. The β€˜solid’ team is among β€˜the best’ and has β€˜impressive industry knowledge’ and expertise in handling high-value catastrophic injury claims such as brain and spinal injury, as well as asbestos-related cases and matters involving victims of terrorist atrocities while abroad. Recent work includes a Β£2m cross-border claim involving a client suffering from spinal cord damage as a result of a road traffic accident. This case was handled by β€˜standout litigator’ Jill Greenfield, who is β€˜very smart and relentless in her pursuit of her clients’ interests’ and has expertise in cases involving neurological damage, serious orthopaedic injuries, psychiatric matters and fatality claims. Also recommended are the β€˜highly professional and knowledgeable’ Peter Williams, who is β€˜a leading industrial disease litigator’ and specialises in fatal mesothelioma claims; and Andrew Morgan, β€˜a highly skilled lawyer who puts a great deal of time and effort into cases’ and is experienced in claims involving industrial disease and workplace accidents. β€˜A first-rate performer’, Keith Barrett joined from Irwin Mitchell and is noted for his β€˜his unique, personable approach’.

Leading individuals

Jill Greenfield - Fieldfisher

Paul McNeil - Fieldfisher

Peter Williams - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Buchanan - Fieldfisher

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Personal injury: defendant
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

The team at Fieldfisher has β€˜wide experience’ and handles a range of cases involving solicitors, and construction, property, accountancy and financial services professionals. The team is representing a client in a claim against its former solicitors arising out of a Β£750m property transaction, and is also acting in a professional negligence dispute against a firm of solicitors arising from the terms of a lease of substantial central London offices. Owen Talfan-Davies has β€˜in-depth expertise in property-related negligence work’ and β€˜is a man you want on your side’; Colin Gibson is β€˜incisive, has good commercial judgement’ and is β€˜personally charming, but also tough and single-minded in pursuit of his clients’ interests’; Jonathan Ray-Smith regularly acts for claimant banks, particularly in cases against surveyors and also acts for corporate and individual clients in cases against lawyers and accountants; Simon Moore specialises in disputes for and against high-net-worth individuals and has β€˜great judgement, great vision’ and is β€˜a delight to work with’; Louise Elmes leads the engineering, projects and construction disputes team; and Tony Lewis is β€˜level-headed, an experienced operator’ and is β€˜intelligent and creative, and thinks strategically about cases’.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Retail funds
Retail funds - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s Kirstene Baillie advised MAN Fund Management UK on changes required for UCITS V compliance, as well as a change of investment objectives for the American Growth Fund. She also acted for Fidelity Worldwide Investments on UCITS fund distribution, plus regulatory matters concerning feeder funds. Edward Miller from the firm’s derivatives team, represented Baillie Gifford on derivatives matters concerning its OEIC range. Other clients include Talomon Value.

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

The β€˜excellent’ Graeme Nuttall heads Fieldfisher’s charity team, which is β€˜first class in every way’. Nuttall is a dual-qualified solicitor and chartered tax adviser, and is praised for his β€˜quick understanding of complex constitutional matters’. Also recommended are the β€˜very responsive and incredibly helpful’ Penny Wotton, who heads the private client offering; Neil Palmer, who is β€˜excellent at advising on complicated issues’, on the corporate side; and the β€˜superb’ Jayne Elkins, who recently led advice to the Royal Academy of Dance in relation to a development of new bespoke premises on the ground floor of a large residential development in Battersea, involving complex legal, tax and commercial considerations as well as planning issues. Director of CSR Shireen Irani is also recommended. The team is β€˜very good at promoting and protecting its clients’ interests’.

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

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has β€˜an excellent private client group that is very knowledgeable and friendly. It can take on matters and deal with them with superb expertise, and responds in a timely manner’. Head of private client Penny Wotton is β€˜hugely helpful and knowledgeable, and shows great attention to detail. She consistently provides clients with a first-class service. Her responses tend to have the right amount of detail for what the client requires’. Graeme Nuttall is another key member of the team and is recommended for his work on establishing and maintaining private wealth structures through private and commercially run trust companies and family offices in particular. The practice covers domestic and international estate planning and structuring as well as UK and offshore trust formation and administration, and other areas of expertise include charitable giving, probate and Court of Protection work. The team has recently seen a very significant number of new instructions from high-net-worth individuals from the Gulf region.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s β€˜highly professional team has a wealth of experience in the mining sector’ and attracts praise from clients for its β€˜proactive, practical as well as innovative approach to complex transactions’. Practice head Jonathan Brooks β€˜is a real gentleman’ and β€˜his long experience in the sector commands respect’; he recently worked alongside Dominic Gurney-Champion to advise Atalaya on the expansion of its Rio Tinto copper mine in Spain. On the transactional side, Brad Isaac acted for Kodal on its purchase of International Goldfields’ issued share capital, also handling an AIM placing to raise capital to launch an exploration initiative at the client’s Bougouni lithium project in Mali. Colin Gibson jointly defended with Gurney-Champion a client in the commercial court against a failure to pay deferred consideration claim. Other notable individuals include banking and finance partners Oliver Abel Smith and Matt Hinxman, and corporate specialist George Cotter.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s β€˜lawyers are invariably conscious of all the legal and commercial issues and balance the two extremely well; they have a strength in depth that others simply cannot boast’. Brad Isaac β€˜is a strong technical lawyer’ and recently led a team with Stuart Carter advising Northern Petroleum on its sale of interests to a buyer who simultaneously acquired a 29% stake in the client’s company. Nodir Sidikov acted alongside Dominic Gurney-Champion – who β€˜has excellent commercial nous’ –for KazMunaiGas in connection with an offer by state-owned majority shareholder KazMunayGas to purchase shares held by minority shareholders. The real estate and infrastructure team is headed by Roger Sargologo and supported on the financial side by Oliver Abel Smith, who β€˜has a good grasp on the details’. Corporate associate Naomi Nguyen is also recommended, as is Shane de Beer, who specialises in corporate energy and projects work in emerging markets and recently joined the team from Dechert LLP.

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London: Public sector

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

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s β€˜experience and competence is unrivalled’ across the full range of litigation and advisory work, including high-profile inquests, inquiries and judicial reviews. The β€˜exceptionally well organised and hard-working’ Tim Suter leads the inquests and inquiries team with Martin Smith, who β€˜has a wealth of experience’; together, they are advising the chair, panel, and secretariat of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) on conducting the inquiry and lawfully exercising their powers. Senior partner Matthew Lohn is well regarded for healthcare, financial, sport and education sector work, and recently advised the Financial Reporting Council on implementing new EU directives for structuring audit supervision into domestic legislation, which saw the firm handle governance changes, outsourcing and disciplinary changes, among other work. Manchester-based department head Sarah Ellson has an β€˜encyclopaedic knowledge’ of health and social care matters, and is defending the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in a judicial review brought by a clinic, which is opposing its decision to change how information to users of "Choose a Fertility Clinic" web pages is displayed. Other clients include The Electoral Commission, Immediate Media and Sport England. At senior associate level, Carina May (nΓ©e Dalton) is recommended with qualified barristers David Northfield and Oliver Carlyon, who has β€˜very good legal instincts and attention to detail’.

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 2

Fieldfisher

The β€˜expert’ team at Fieldfisher β€˜handles the work promptly and to a high standard’, specialising in private sector healthcare, particularly regulation and procurement. The team counts several specialised regulators among its clients, including the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority. Practice head Sarah Ellson, who stands out for her β€˜outstanding knowledge of the law, practical approach and incisive advice that addresses clients’ needs’, recently handled appeals challenging the leniency of sanctions imposed by the Professional Standards Authority against health professionals. Ellson frequently acts for healthcare professional regulators and is advising regulators, including the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority, on developing new guidance and decision tools to enable the client to licence and authorise the first establishment to use mitochondrial donation. Paul Barton advised Healthways on its participation in an eHealth initiative as part of the National Diabetes Prevention Programme and assisted NHS Improvement with the contractual and procurement aspects of several information and communication technology projects. The group also handles various work for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, including appeals and work pertaining to formal procedures to decide which drugs can be used by the NHS.

Leading individuals

Sarah Ellson - Fieldfisher

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Commercial property: general - 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

Fieldfisher’s β€˜rigorous and technically able team gives real, hard-edged commercial advice to help deliver a stronger outcome’. The practice has particular strength on the investment side, where it acts for a range of institutional and investment fund clients such as Shell Pension Funds, and Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management. Recent investment work mandates saw the β€˜excellent’ Paul Houston (who β€˜valuably demonstrates the balance of commercial/business acumen and legal knowledge’), act for Ladbrokes Coral Group on the Β£175m disposal of 50 bingo clubs; and Jonathan Wright assist Liberty Property Trust with the sale of One Didsbury Point. Other key players include the β€˜very impressive’ Rhodri Pazzi-Axworthy (who is β€˜always able to think around problems’), and the β€˜efficient and astute’ Jayne Elkins. The firm’s merger with Solihull-based Hill Hofstetter enhanced the practice’s development capability, particularly with the addition of Sue Simpson, who is acting for Cambridge Biomedical on the development of its campus. In another development highlight, the team is acting for Imperial College, London, in relation to the development of its site at White City. In the hotel and leisure sub-sector, Houston was active on behalf of Dominvs Group; and Ramatu Banga, who is β€˜professional, commercial, and a good frontwoman’, continued to assist We Are Bar with property acquisitions and lease renewals. The practice further illustrates its breadth by acting for a number of retailers including Nike and BMW.

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s practice underwent some senior-level reorganization, with Manchester-based James Flynn replacing Cecily Davis as head of practice. Davis, who specialises in non-contentious work, remains a key figure, and is acting for Stoke-on-Trent City Council on the UKs first ever large scale low-carbon heat network system; she is also advising Reaction Engines on the construction aspects of a space missile testing facility. As a result of the firm’s recent merger with Hill Hofstetter, the practice’s contentious offering was boosted with a number of new arrivals, including Birmingham-based international arbitration specialist Richard Waugh, who is β€˜confident and reassuring’. Louise Elmes leads on contentious work in London and focuses on the energy and natural resources (particularly power, renewables and mining), and maritime sectors; her caseload also takes in development work and she advised employers on a number of disputes arising from hotel developments during 2016.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s β€˜extremely user-friendly and pragmatic’ practice provides β€˜Magic Circle-level knowledge’, and β€˜decodes complex legal concepts into easily understandable language’. The partners are backed by β€˜a team that always exceeds expectations, providing invaluable support in meeting extremely challenging deadlines’. Structured finance expert Alex Campbell advised Dominvs Group on a Β£43m loan from Clydesdale Bank for the redevelopment of the Tower Bridge Magistrates’ Court into a Marriott Hotel. Group head Philip Abbott acted for Corner House Investments on a Β£4m loan from the National Bank of Kuwait for the acquisition of a student accommodation block in Cardiff. Lender-side mandates make up the majority of the practice’s workload; Abbott assisted Lloyds Bank on the Β£3m refinancing of an existing portfolio for an existing customer. Other clients include Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, Bank of Ireland, Europe Arab Bank, ICG Longbow and new client DRC Capital. Oliver Abel Smith and John Nelmes are β€˜commercial’ and β€˜trustworthy’ and have β€˜in-depth knowledge’. Jayne Backett arrived from Mayer Brown International LLP in September 2016; she is noted for her experience in complex development financing, especially for UK- and Africa-based projects.

Leading individuals

John Nelmes - Fieldfisher

Philip Abbott - Fieldfisher

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher β€˜provides a top-notch service’ and has β€˜a growing presence in the area’ under the leadership of Antony Phillips, who β€˜is a highly experienced litigator who instils confidence with every encounter’. Phillips specialises in dilapidation claims and β€˜gives high quality advice right from the outset of a case’; his recent work includes defending Perenco UK and Southern Gas Networks against a landowner’s claim for compensation for sterilised minerals in land, and acting for Melbury Road Properties 1995 in an ownership dispute surrounding a high-value London property. Lesley Webber, who is β€˜a key name in the market for rent review cases’ and is also highly regarded for her planning expertise, is acting for Nike and BMW in separate rent review disputes pertaining to the clients’ flagship stores. The β€˜incredibly bright, extremely likeable and result-oriented’ Owen Talfan Davies β€˜takes complex matters in his stride’ and is recommended for injunction work, and senior associate Hannah Ingham is β€˜exceptionally practical’.

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

Delivering β€˜excellent service from the entire team’, Fieldfisher is β€˜hands down one of the leaders in the field’ and is β€˜unbeatable in terms of client care and industry knowledge’. Hazel Grant attracts praise for her β€˜strong technical prowess’ and leads the group; Phil Lee has β€˜a deep understanding of the law, the industry’s issues and his clients’ needs’; Antonis Patrikios is β€˜one of the best lawyers on the scene. His extremely courteous approach makes him a one-of-a-kind leader’; and senior associate Nuria Pastor β€˜has a great grasp of the market’s nuances’. Renzo Marchini recently joined the firm from Dechert LLP. The group advises on regulatory compliance, data security breaches, data disputes, freedom of information requests and international data projects for a high-profile client list including LinkedIn, Expedia and Nintendo. Recent work includes advising Whole Foods Market Services on the implementation of a compliant EU data protection strategy, and advising on European and Asian privacy policies for Abercrombie & Fitch.

Leading individuals

Hazel Grant - 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

The β€˜experienced and professional’ team at Fieldfisher provides β€˜a high calibre of advice to both individuals and corporates, and is particularly adept at seeing off criminal proceedings’. Tony Lewis is β€˜an expert in the area who always comes up with admirable solutions and delivers solid results’; Francesca Titus is β€˜able to set case tactics and preparation to avoid common pitfalls’; and Alexandra Underwood advises on criminal restraint orders, sanctions, money laundering and bribery issues. The group is currently acting for Currencies Direct in its application to the court for directions for dealing with client funds, some of which may represent the proceeds of crime.

Leading individuals

Tony Lewis - Fieldfisher

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s team is best known for its expertise in matters pertaining to online defamation, and its extensive client list includes international corporations, government organisations, high-net-worth individuals, public bodies and regulators. Department head Rhys Griffiths recently acted for ADVFN in claims made against it regarding defamatory user-generated content posted on its bulletin boards, and Colin Gibson is acting for Alexander Economou in a libel action. Associate Nathan Capone, who is β€˜a noteworthy up-and-comer’, specialises in breach of confidence actions.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher’s β€˜top-notch’ 13-partner team regularly advises on advertising and marketing, as well as sponsorship mandates and IP portfolio management matters. David Bond leads on sponsorship matters and highly regarded trade mark specialist Leighton Cassidy leads the IP protection group. It acts for an impressive array of clients, from start-ups to high-profile international household names. A cross-departmental team is assisting Dixons Carphone with its trade mark portfolio, including advising on trade mark and patent protection and enforcement. Cassidy and Richard Hing regularly act for Take Two Interactive Software, and are advising on 30 pending trade mark oppositions and related appeals, non-use revocation actions and customs seizures across the European Union. Paul Barton advised Ensighten on international data protection and privacy matters as well as on a series of transactions relating to the supply of its enterprise tag management system and related digital marketing products. Litigator Nick Rose acted for Karen Millen Fashions and Mosaic Fashions US in a high-profile dispute in the High Court against the individual Karen Millen regarding the rights in Karen Millen’s trade mark outside Europe with a focus on China and the US. Senior associate Mark Smith has notable knowledge in the ad-tech space, as well as considerable experience in managing international compliance projects and advising on Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) investigations. Hastings Guise is praised for his β€˜ability to get to the crux of the issue effectively and efficiently, and provide practical, client-friendly advice’. Sonal Patel is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Sonal Patel - Fieldfisher

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

The team at Fieldfisher, which benefits from the firm’s technology sector focus, has experience in a range of fintech areas; peer-to-peer platforms, crowdfunding, blockchain and payments have been areas of particular activity in the last several years. The team, which is praised by clients for its β€˜innovative solutions, very fast response times, personable service’ and bench strength, has expanded significantly in the last couple of years: recent hires include director Marsili Hale, a specialist in loan origination, securitisation and alternative finance, who joined from LCN Legal in October 2016; technology and outsourcing expert James Walsh, who arrived from King & Wood Mallesons in January 2017; and financial services specialist Stephen Moller, who joined in June 2017 from K&L Gates LLP. Hale and structured finance expert Alex Campbell acted for UK Bond Network on corporate bond issuances executed through its online auction process. Simon Briskman advised Deutsche Bank on its use of a software platform to calculate bankers’ bonuses across the bank’s retail network, and on its in-house implementation of SmartStream’s fintech solutions. On the corporate side, David Wilkinson and Tim Bird acted for Currencies Direct on the corporate and regulatory aspects of the Β£200m sale of its foreign exchange payments business to Palamon Capital Partners and Corsair Capital. The practice also handles contentious work: litigator Tony Lewis defended Paysafe Group against claims brought by an affiliate regarding unpaid commissions due on digital wallet payments.

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is β€˜a top franchising law firm’ with a solid track record in domestic and international franchising mandates; according to one client, it is β€˜one of the few firms that is able to go past delivering just legal input and guidance’ to β€˜give advice with a very commercial perspective’. Its expertise covers a wide spectrum of industry sectors, including retail, food and beverage, hospitality, education and healthcare. Highlights included advising longstanding client Arcadia Group on a number of matters including the renewal and registration of its franchised brands in Vietnam and Philippines; the grant of franchise rights in Romania and China; the launch of corporately-owned stores in Germany; and wholesale supply agreements to e-tailers in Europe and China. The team also advised easyHotel on its domestic and international expansion and successfully represented the same client in a franchise dispute with a former franchisee in South Africa and a dispute with a current franchisee in the Czech Republic. It also assisted Burger & Lobster with its international franchise roll-outs, and advised Harvey Nichols on franchising arrangements in India, USA and Qatar. David Bond and Chris Wormald jointly lead the team; the β€˜dependable’ Bond attracts praise for his β€˜extensive’ franchising knowledge and β€˜down-to earth-style, which goes down well with clients’, and Wormald is β€˜highly experienced and highly regarded’. Andrew Dodd and James Seadon focus on disputes arising from the franchising agreements. Senior associate Gordon Drakes is β€˜a rising star’ who is β€˜extremely smart and sharp’.

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 has a highly regarded practice. Robert Shooter heads the technology, outsourcing and privacy group, and is highly regarded for his work on large-scale procurements and outsourcings; he recently advised Vodafone on the launch of its Cloudstore product. Simon Briskman, who specialises in outsourcing, technology and telecoms matters, advised Philip Morris International on network outsourcing in Indonesia. James Buckingham is a key name for technology and communications matters, and has advised various government departments. Paul Graham, who is a specialist in commercial and regulatory issues, advised Three on several deals with mobile virtual network operators and various bulk messaging operators. John Worthy has core strengths in outsourcing and international projects, and also heads the firm’s satellite and space projects team. Phil Lee has particular experience advising on European data protection laws, and international data governance and Antonis Patrikios heads the firm’s cyber security law practice. Director John Brunning has experience in outsourcing, procurement and acquisitions. Deutsche Bank, the BBC and Samsung are also clients.

Leading individuals: Information technology

Robert Shooter - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

John Brunning - Fieldfisher

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher has traditionally been best known for its soft IP expertise, but has recently strengthened its patent litigation practice with the additions of Diana Sternfeld, Nicole Jadeja and Rebecca Baines from Rouse IP Limited's patent litigation group. Sternfield brings β€˜huge energy and commitment to every project’ and stands out for her β€˜confidence’ and β€˜prowess’ in the space. Nicole Jadeja is β€˜astute’, β€˜very good technically’, and β€˜hardworking, responsive and extremely personable’. Recent highlights include representing GlaxoSmithKline in a patent litigation dispute with Pfizer regarding Meningitis B vaccines. Nick Rose leads the IP and technology litigation group; his recent work includes acting for the Karen Millen clothing retailer in a trade mark dispute with its founder and eponym Karen Millen. Leighton Cassidy, who heads the IP protection team, recently advised Dixons Carphone on its trade mark portfolio.

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

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher provides β€˜pragmatic and pro-active advice’ and has β€˜good strength-in-depth’. It has an β€˜outstanding media finance practice’ and is also noted for its β€˜broad experience on matters across the media sector’. It advised Tre VΓ€nner Produktion on life story rights issues in relation to new film Borg v McEnroe, continues to advise Digital UK and Freeview on the Β£100m Freeview Play project, and advised McGraw-Hill Education on an edTech deal with VitalSource for the distribution of MHE's eTextbooks and educational content using the VitalSource digital learning platform. It also acted for Channel 4 on the latest financing round for The RightsXChange. Of counsel Tom Guida, who joined from Levine Plotkin & Menin LLP in 2016, heads the media and entertainment practice and Tim Johnson heads the TMT group. Corporate head Andrew Blankfield; tax head Derek Hill; Carlton Durrant who is active on JVs, M&A and fundraising matters; corporate finance specialist Christine Phillips; and Paul Barton who advises a range of publishers, are also recommended. Senior associates Emily MacKintosh, Chris Eastham, and associate Melissa Fish are other key figures in the practice.

Leading individuals: Media and entertainment

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

Next generation lawyers

Chris Eastham - Fieldfisher (Digital media)

Emily MacKintosh - Fieldfisher (Film and TV)

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher (London)

Fieldfisher’s clients include Dixon Carphone, for which it advises on trade mark protection and enforcement, and for which it has successfully represented the client in a domain name complaint and trade mark disputes involving key brands such as Advent and Honeybee. It is also assisting Take Two Interactive Software on 30 pending trade mark oppositions and related appeals, non-use revocation actions and customs seizures. Google, EY, CaffΓ© Nero Group and TES Global are also key clients. Leighton Cassidy heads the IP portfolio management team, and has a wealth of experience advising clients on clearance, filing and prosecution and contentious registry proceedings. He is assisted by Harriet Seymour, Hastings Guise and senior associate Richard Hing.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is singled out for its β€˜strong market knowledge’ and its ability to β€˜always be one step ahead in horizon-scanning and flagging up future developments that are likely to have on impact on clients’ business’. It is also praised for β€˜providing clear strategic advice’ and β€˜executing plans with excellence and ensuring excellent communication with the clients, barristers and lawyers in other jurisdictions’. The patent litigation practice was further strengthened when it hired three patent litigators from Rouse IP Limited in May 2016: the β€˜very experienced’ Diana Sternfeld is singled out for her β€˜exceptional client care’, Nicole Jadeja is praised for her β€˜exceptional technical abilities’, and Rebecca Baines is β€˜thorough and unflappable’. The practice is acting for GlaxoSmithKline in a multi-jurisdictional patent dispute with Pfizer relating to vaccines against Meningitis B, and is representing Sandoz and Hexal in a dispute with G.D. Searle and Janssen Sciences Ireland UC concerning the interpretation of SPC regulation. Alison Dennis has particular expertise in medical devices, advising a number of global companies on regulatory issues including pricing and promotions matters. Other key clients include Align Technology, which it advised on compliance and regulatory matters, as well as on its patent and trade mark enforcement strategy in the UK and Europe. Regulatory and public law partner Sarah Ellson is β€˜exceptional in her approach’. Neil Matthews and Dominic Gurney-Champion are the key names to note in the corporate space. Data privacy expert Hazel Grant is also recommended.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher welcomed media and entertainment expert Tom Guida from Loeb & Loeb LLP’s New York office; he brought various US contacts with him, strengthening the department’s cross-border capabilities. Advertising, sponsorship and endorsement are key pillars of the practice, which also has experience in sports finance and high-profile regulatory investigations, including the Hillsborough Inquests. Associate Debbie Nicholson was appointed by the RFU as a safeguarding specialist on its disciplinary panel. Other clients include the IAAF, Sport England, Adidas and London Sport. Director Marsili Hale, who has experience in refinancing sports teams, joined from LCN Legal in October 2016. Property finance and corporate finance expert Patrick Cannon heads the group.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 4

Fieldfisher

Fieldfisher is active across the rail sector and handles a range of franchising, rolling stock manufacturing, leasing, ticketing, procurement, state aid and technology infrastructure mandates. It alsao advised the DfT on Wi-Fi roll-out deals for Chiltern Railways and Arriva Trains Wales, and continues to work on deals for the South Eastern and Thameslink franchises. It also advised the DfT on the negotiation of a new Direct Award Franchise agreement between the DfT and XC Trains, and acted for Engage Solutions Group on its SaaS subscription agreement with London and South Eastern Railway for an employee engagement and communication mobile app. Trainline, Global Travel Ventures and GoAhead Group are also clients. John Worthy and John Cassels are key figures in the team.

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Travel
Travel: regulatory and commercial - ranked: tier 1

Fieldfisher

β€˜A leading travel law firm’, Fieldfisher has a β€˜proactive approach and extensive grasp of the regulatory framework’ and is β€˜excellent for large sale and purchase transactions’. The practice handles regulatory, corporate, commercial and disputes work for a raft of blue-chip clients including Thomas Cook, Airbnb, Expedia, Secret Escapes, loveholidays.com, Saudi Arabian Airlines, American Express Travel, On The Beach, Ebookers and Late Rooms. Department head Rhys Griffiths is noted for disputes, and clients single out corporate specialist David Wilkinson, who provides β€˜excellent advice and a top-level service’. Othr key figures include Phil Lee, who handles data privacy mandates for travel sector clients; senior associate Mark Smith, who specialises in commercial contracts and advises on customer facing contracts, as well as advertising and marketing matters; and Sonal Patel (also a senior associate), who advises on commercial contracts and is experienced in handling agreements between online travel agents, hotels and other suppliers.

Leading individuals

Rhys Griffiths - Fieldfisher

Next generation lawyers

Mark Smith - Fieldfisher

Sonal Patel - Fieldfisher

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  • Is comparative advertising unfair?

    THE EUROPEAN COURT OF JUSTICE (ECJ) IS IN THE midst of considering questions referred to it by the UK courts in three separate cases that should clarify the law regarding comparative advertising. This type of advertising, particularly when it identifies a competitor or a competitor’s goods or services by referring to a registered trade mark, is of particular concern to trade mark owners as their competitors normally seek to make unfavourable comparisons with their own goods or services, or to take advantage of being associated with the market leader’s brand.
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