Harbottle & Lewis LLP > London, England > Firm Profile
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Harbottle & Lewis LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s corporate team has well-established client relationships in the technology, retail, leisure, communications, entertainment and private client sectors. Working collaboratively with other teams at the firm, the corporate team is able to cater for a wide range of client demands. Team head Charles Lévêque undertakes a broad variety of corporate work with a focus on both private and public company M&A, working with clients in the technology, media, retail, leisure and entertainment sectors.
Other key lawyers:
Colin Howes; Tim Parker; Mark Phillips; Rhys Llewellyn; Tony Littner; Tom Macleod; Ed Lane; Katerina Capras
‘The team are extremely fast and always have time to discuss. They have a strong blend of experience and energy to get the job done. They have great patience and temperaments, so when the pressure gets very intense they are able to take a view that is measured and uncluttered’
‘Incredibly knowledgable, excellent negotiators and very good communication.’
‘We have been using Harbottle for M&A matters for over 15 years and have always been delighted by the quality and breadth of advice received. Harbottle have advised us on deals in the UK and also helped coordinate advice on multijurisdictional transactions.’
‘Colin Howes is incredibly knowledgable.’
‘They work extremely hard. Their sector expertise is second to none. Ed Lane and Colin Howes have both got encyclopaedic memories and experience’
‘Mark Phillips and Ed Lane have both been a delight to work with, and always go the extra mile to get the best deal possible for us.’
‘Katerina Capras was a pleasure to work with. Being new to the role, I had a number of questions and Katerina was normally my first point of contact. I was never made to feel like any question was a stupid question and there was always a professional response.’
‘Katerina Capras – excellent communication, attention to detail. Diligent and always available.’
Take Two Interactive Software Inc.
David and Victoria Beckham (DB Ventures Limited)
TPXimpact Holdings Plc (formerly The Panoply Holdings Plc)
Shareholders of Cloud Trade Technologies Limited
Majority shareholders of Inskin Media Limited
All Things Considered (ATC) Group Plc
Driift Live Ltd
Shareholders of Discover.ai
Shareholders of Supersonic Software Limited
Iona Vrolyk (Double Dutch)
Smart Pension Limited
Primer API Limited
- Advised Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc (Take-Two), a NASDAQ listed developer, publisher and marketer of interactive entertainment, on its $378m acquisition of Nordeus.
- Advised David and Victoria Beckham in relation to the strategic partnership that they entered into with Authentic Brands Group (ABG) relating to the ownership and development of the David Beckham brand.
- Advised All3Media Limited (All3Media) on its acquisition of Nordic Entertainment Group’s distribution business, NENT Studios UK (formally known as DRG).
TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1Harbottle & Lewis LLP demonstrates deep expertise across a wide range of various media industries. For example, the firm acted for Mav Studios on financing arrangements for a feature film with Matthew Vaughn, and advised ATC on its IPO on the Aquis Stock Exchange. On advertising Sacha Wilson and Michael Lister lead the team, whereas Sarah Lazarides is responsible for the firm's film & TV group. The 'brilliant all-rounder' Kostyantyn Lobov heads up the video games division jointly with Mark Phillips . Abigail Payne takes the lead on media finance matters, Kieran Jay on music. A highly esteemed individual in publishing, Shireen Peermohamed heads the corresponding practice. And finally, Neil Adleman is the go-to contact at the firm for theatre clients.
Hall of Fame
Sacha Wilson; Michael Lister; Sarah Lazarides; Kostyantyn Lobov; Mark Phillips; Abigail Payne; Kieran Jay; Shireen Peermohamed; Neil Adleman
Other key lawyers:
Josey Bright; Zoey Forbes; Rupam Dave
‘Exceptional industry knowledge and great client base – significant value received by us through their knowledge of market standard positions and how far certain positions could be pushed with media agencies.’
‘Sacha Wilson and Josey Bright were both extremely knowledgeable in the area of media and were able to advise us on appropriate positions to take vs market standards. They were both extremely responsive and worked tirelessly to deliver within our tight deadlines.’
‘Genuine games industry knowledge, practical advice.’
‘Kostyantyn Lobov is a brilliant all-rounder, responsive, dedicated and creative thinker.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable in the industry. They’re not just legal professionals who happen to be helping with contracts or negotiations in the games or entertainment industries, but they understand it and have personal interest. So that makes them very special.’
‘I work closely with Mark Phillips. He’s the best I know in the country when it comes to video games industry. I’ve witnessed for many years now, people who worked with Mark and under his supervision, have now ended up in prestigious positions in the industry, leading the legal teams of multi-billion dollar companies; that’s not to be taken lightly.’
‘We have had exemplary advice and service from two notable individuals; Zoey Forbes and Shireen Peermohamed. They have been responsive and given us clear advice; playing out scenarios in simple steps allowing us to ascribe action (or inaction) to potential consequence.’
‘Harbottle is highly responsive with breadth and depth of expertise to provide a rounded service.’
Kids Know Best
Hunter Boot Limited
The Ozone Project
Byju’s Future School / WhiteHat Jr
Incorporate Society of British Advertisers
Box to Box Films
The Royal National Theatre
Neal Street Productions
Complete Fiction Pictures
HRH The Duke of Cambridge
DAZN Media Services Limited
The Pokémon Company International
The Tonic Games Group
Neal Street Productions
Punchdrunk Global Limited
LA Media Fund
Jamie Hendry Productions
Sky UK Ltd
Gutsy Animations UK
Chris Young Films
#Merky Books Limited
The Publishers Association
The British Journal of Anaesthesia
Dazed Group Ltd
The Association of Authors Agents
The Estate of Sir Terry Pratchett
Sonia Friedman Productions
The Old Vic
Michael Cassel Group
Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park
Elliot & Harper Productions
- Advised Havas’ creative agency Cake on its contract with JD Sports for the development, creation, and production of JD Sports’ Christmas ad campaign ‘King of the Streets’.
- Advising #Merky Books Limited in respect of its publishing arrangements.
- Advised Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. on the acquisition of independent developer Nordeus for $378m.
TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 1Harbottle & Lewis LLP's 'top tier' practice advises clients on all aspects of reputation management including defamation, privacy, breach of confidence, data protection, and information law. The firm represents numerous UHNWIs and public figures seeking to protect their reputation and privacy on a global level. Practice co-head Gerrard Tyrrell draws on over 35 years' experience and a 'deep understanding of the media' to provide bespoke advice to senior members of the royal family, as well as foreign royalty and heads of state across multiple jurisdictions. Joint team lead John Kelly works with individuals across the entertainment and sports sectors, with a particular focus on current affairs TV programmes. Senior associates Louise Prince and Amy Bradbury are also recommended for their advisory services on privacy and data protection issues in relation to matters of reputation.
Gerrard Tyrrell; John Kelly
Other key lawyers:
‘A top tier reputation and privacy protection practice. Very sophisticated operators who add huge value in terms of strategy and practical know-how, over and above the purely legal stuff.’
‘Gerrard Tyrrell is a class act. He does not just deliver top notch legal advice, but also demonstrates a deep understanding of the media and the many and varied ways in which they seek to get away with unlawful conduct.’
‘John Kelly is one of London’s leading defamation and information litigators. And very client friendly with it.’
‘Gerrard Tyrrell is the best media lawyer in the UK. His knowledge is better than anyone else in this field. He has one other amazing quality, he always gets back to you within 40 minutes, ensuring that the client does not have to wait too long for advice.’
‘First rate. Highly regarded, go to firm.’
‘Excellent relations with in-house media lawyers and very adept at working quickly under deadline pressure. Deep experience working with VIPs and UHNWs.’
‘Excellent working relationships with the team. All a pleasure to work with, offer excellent advice and are able to see beyond purely legal perspectives. Gerrard Tyrrell also gave us some pro bono advice recently on a specific issue.’
‘Louise Prince: Superb under extremely tight deadlines.’
All of the most senior members of The Royal Family, including HM The Queen; TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall; TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Former First Lady of the United States Melania Trump
Sir Richard Branson
David and Victoria Beckham
Matthew Vaughn and Claudia Schiffer
Sir John Major
Pets at Home Limited
- Representing a number of high profile victims of phone hacking who are pursuing claims against News Group Newspapers and Mirror Group Newspapers. Clients include Shane Warne, Sean Bean, Jane Epstein and Mike Hollingsworth.
- Representing a ‘prime of prime’ brokerage business in pursuing a claim in malicious falsehood over false statements made by a competitor and its Head of Compliance.
- Working closely with the firm’s private client and family team in order to protect private family matters on a global basis for the family and children of a number of very high profile individuals.
Employment > Senior executives Tier 2Recommended for its ‘solid, very current and thorough understanding of all aspects, and nuances, of employment law’, Harbottle & Lewis LLP advises senior executives across a range of sectors, particularly the arts, entertainment and sports industries. Core work ranges from representing senior executives in relation to the negotiation of contracts and exits, to complex, high value psychiatric injury cases arising from workplace bullying and stress. Yvonne Gallagher advises individuals exiting their roles and taking up new positions, as well as providing advice on the enforceability of restrictive covenants. She co-leads the team with the ‘simply outstanding’ Howard Hymanson, whose forte is litigation combining employment and personal injury law.
Yvonne Gallagher; Howard Hymanson
Other key lawyers:
‘Solid, very current and thorough understanding of all aspects, and nuances, of employment law. Also, when needed, very knowledgeable in selecting the best Counsel and working well and seamlessly with them. Internally, quick and ready access to (non-employment) expertise within the firm.’
‘Howard Hymanson: Simply outstanding. I could not have asked for or imagined a more responsive service. In a difficult situation, was calm under fire and came up with a creative and original approach – which was successful! At all times determined to attain the best outcome.’
‘I found the solicitor I was working with really helpful and supportive throughout the whole procedure. This was very important to me in dealing with the issues I had to deal with since it is very stressful to go through any sort of legal disputes.’
‘Professional and user friendly. Nothing is too much trouble.’
‘The end to end communication and support from my lawyer was exceptional. I felt I was receiving the highest standard of sector knowledge and a plan of action was established and implemented swiftly. The process felt efficient but also held a good balance to still feel like a highly valued client with my needs and situation being handled in a compassionate way.’
‘The associate handling my case was Sarah Verrecchia. From start to end, Sarah provided me with not only a fully digestible range of options, but a genuine and sincere care for my case. Sarah led me through the process extremely professionally, communicated well and handled my case with astonishing tenacity. She gave me confidence and assurance; I was able to fully rely on her capabilities and most importantly, trusted her completely. She is an exceptional lawyer and her support, knowledge and guidance was invaluable.’
- Represented an individual in her significant High Court claim against an international law firm. The claim was occupational stress and psychiatric injury.
- Representing an individual in his High Court claim against Safestore PLC. His claims are of a very high value and are for career losses as a result of occupational stress.
- Advised the former Head Coach of Surrey Cricket club on taking up a new role in the Indian Premier League.
Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2David Scott and Colin Howes co-head an ‘excellent’ team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP that advises corporate foundations, media-related fundraising charities, subsidised arts organisations and high-net-worth individuals on their personal philanthropy. It is well-placed to advise charities on mergers, reorganisations and other corporate transactions and it has also been busy advising some new charities. The group is adept too at advising various high-profile media and performing arts institutions on their establishment and on ongoing operational issues. It is also recommended for its help to clients that face public scrutiny by working with its reputation management team.
David Scott; Colin Howes
Other key lawyers:
May Delaney; Katerina Capras
‘Colin Howes -his advice and support is consistently excellent and effective. I have always been able to rely on his input – being timely, insightful and effective. Colin’s deep expertise in the not-for-profit sector means that he has helped shape and optimise the big strategic calls that we need to make’.
‘Katerina Capras, associate – I’ve worked with Katerina on one project, that is ongoing. She is incredibly responsive – turning around queries, resolving issues and completing activities’.
‘A very experienced team (and we have had some unusual issues to sort out). So easy to deal with, in a genuinely collaborative way (and which is almost fun!). May Delaney – an up and coming star. Good to deal with; experienced operator David Scott – an experienced operator who provides sage guidance’.
‘Professional knowledge and competence allied to first-rate efficiency and open and warm client relationships. They are efficient and always willing to take time to explain often complex legal information. There is never a sense of being rushed or of not having time even though they are very busy’.
‘My experience of my contacts at H and L has always been reassuring and helpful. There is an attitude of support and empathy and the ability to take into account the lack of knowledge and expertise in myself as a client. Given that my work is predominantly philanthropy and pro-social in its nature H and L has also been helpful in explaining and limiting costs’.
‘We have always had a good service from the Harbottle & Lewis team. They are helpful, knowledgeable and able to work in a realistic timeframe. Katerina Capras and Colin Howes who are our main contacts at Harbottle & Lewis are both excellent and extremely easy to work with’.
‘The team at Harbottle and Lewis has an in-depth knowledge of all aspects of charity law. They are able to respond quickly on a number of varied issues and understand the complex structures of our individual charity and associated entities. The team also has got to know the various personalities that comprise the trustees and help frame the different legislation in ways that are meaningful to them’.
‘The lawyers are well organised, with accurate, on time monthly invoices. They also do their best to keep the costs down. Colin Howes is fantastic to work with. His responses to emails are punctual, considered and he draws on a huge amount of institutional knowledge of the charity and associated entities as well as up to date charity law’.
The Wigmore Hall
Screen Academy Foundation
The Talent Fund
Make My Money Matter
Theatr Clwyd Trust Ltd
Semble Network Limited
We Imagine If
Association of Applied Biologists
Centre for Entrepreneurs
People versus Extinction
- Advised Merky Foundation, the UK charity founded by musician Stormzy, on a donation from HSBC, and an onward grant to Cambridge University.
- Advised Semble Network, a certified B Corporation, on the incorporation of a partner charity The Semble Grassroots Trust (SGT), a charity supporting grassroots community projects.
- Advised The Association of Applied Biologists, an unincorporated charity and leading organisation promoting applied research in agricultural and food sciences on its incorporation as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).
Private client > Family Tier 2Harbottle & Lewis LLP is praised for its ‘impeccable communication’ and for ’providing attentive client care, robust and realistic advice’ and for having ‘partners and associates who are committed to fighting their client’s corner at every stage. They are particularly able to advise and support high profile clients with requirements for confidentiality and discretion’. Practice head is Catherine Bedford who has ‘rapidly become one of the biggest hitters in matrimonial finance work’. The skilled team represents HNW clients with public profiles to protect as well as UNHW individuals from the business world or with dynastic/ family wealth. It frequently advises on cases with significant cross-jurisdictional elements and continues to act in complex and unusual children matters too. Mark Irving receives many plaudits along with the ‘exceptionally clever’ Nicholas Westley .
Other key lawyers:
Mark Irving; Lidia Cantele; Nicholas Westley; Becky Storer; Eleanor Haidon; Alex Ward; ; Helena Middleton; Polly Broad; Daisy Minns Shearer; Emma Williams
‘Nicholas Westley was my main point of contact for the duration of my divorce, which went on for 3 years. Nick was personable, knowledgeable, empathetic and always there if I needed him. I had complete confidence in his advice over the years and felt completely at ease every step of the way. Becky Storer: Becky was excellent’.
‘I am enormously impressed by Harbottle’s professional devotion to its clients, going the extra mile out of office hours and over the weekend. They present commandingly in Court and are always thoroughly prepared and collaborative in their approach to reaching the best outcome for their clients and thus the subject child or children. I have worked closely with Catherine Bedford, Mark Irving and Becky Storer but from partners to legal executives Harbottles exude consummate professionalism and mastery of their cases’.
‘I had a pleasant collaboration with Harbottle & Lewis’ family practice team, Mark Irving and Eleanor Haidon, in a cross-border deal. I am impressed by the legal service provided by Mark Irving and Eleanor Haidon. They can always think through all the possibilities, as well as provided the pros & cons of each approach and their recommended advice accordingly. Whenever we had any questions for the arrangement, both Mark and Eleanor could respond very quickly’.
‘The family team is extremely prominent and has strength in depth and excellence at all levels, from partner to associate. The team acts for a diverse cross-section of clients, from well-known celebrities to those in finance or from wealthy backgrounds. They are able to tailor their approach sensitively to the needs of the specific client and give realistic advice where required’.
‘Catherine Bedford is a standout leader to the team, and a wonderful lawyer in her own right. She is able to combine many years of experience, which give her an insight and understanding into the dynamics of divorce cases, with a boundless energy, drive and determination which makes her committed to finding the right outcome for her clients. There are a number of up and coming stars in the team, including: * Mark Irving * Lidia Cantele *Eleanor Haidon * Helena Middleton * Polly Broad’.
‘Catherine Bedford is the obvious stand out partner. She has led the team from strength to strength. Her client list is remarkable. She is now involved in most of the high profile cases in London. She is a ‘tour de force’ in the family law world and her clients think very highly of her as she offers them such a good service. Mark Irving is also exceptional – clever, strategic and with great judgement’.
‘Catherine Bedford is at the absolute pinnacle of her powers. She is is tour de force. Her clients trust her implicitly and adore her. Mark Irving is the Cool Hand Luke of the team. He never puts a foot wrong. He can think through any problem and find the most elegant solution. Daisy Minns Shearer is the real deal. She is a rising star and she can step up and step in whenever she is needed and what ever she is needed for. She goes above and beyond to make it happen for the client’.
‘Mark Irving is a superb lawyer. He has excellent legal knowledge, has phenomenal attention to detail and is a calm and measured presence in the most conflicted of cases. Catherine Bedford (partner). She was quite superb in every way. She selected a necessarily very large team of the highest calibre, and led that team spectacularly. She is at all times calm, even under the most extreme pressure that I’ve seen in any litigation; she is on top of every little detail, while retaining an incredibly impressive strategic approach; she is highly intelligent, an excellent lawyer and is breathtakingly hardworking, and leads by example’.
Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 3Appreciated for its ‘commercial awareness and pragmatism’, Harbottle & Lewis LLP provides ‘high-quality work’ to an investee-focused client base, within the tech and media space, from early stage access to SEIS/EIS capital through to follow on rounds of equity finance provided by larger institutional funds. As well as its sector knowledge, which is very much in the DNA of the firm as a whole, and its pure venture capital expertise, clients also benefit from the firm’s private client credentials, as well as on IP-related issues. ‘Extremely experienced and commercially astute’ team head Tony Littner ‘knows what is and is not market’, enabling him to provide the most appropriate guidance/advice to startups/entrepreneurs, as well as a small but growing roster of fund clients. ‘Knowledgeable, reliable and committed’ senior associate Tom Macleod regularly assists Littner on many of his transactions, and is also increasingly taking the lead on his own matters, including for high growth tech companies.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team delivers high quality work and legal advice on time and budget.’
‘We particularly appreciate their commercial awareness and pragmatism.’
‘The team has very strong experience in the venture capital space and is actively involved in the industry to ensure that they have up to date commercial knowledge.’
‘They think ahead to potential outcomes and what impact legal decisions now will have in the future.’
‘The extremely experienced and commercially astute Tony Littner brings a wealth of knowledge to any start up, investor or VC discussion.’
‘Tony Littner knows what is and is not market: he’s not afraid to tell you or the other side if anyone is being unreasonable.’
‘Tom Macleod is knowledgeable, reliable and committed.’
Smart Pension Limited
Kepler Interactive Ltd
Primer API Limited
Atom Learning Ltd
Kindred Concepts Limited
Secret Group Limited
Los Angeles Media Fund
Founder & Lightning
Client Share Ltd
- Advised Smart Pension Limited, global retirement savings technology platform provider, in connection with its £165m Series D funding round led by Chrysalis Investment.
- Advised Kepler Interactive Limited, a global game developer and publisher, in connection with its $120m investment from leading Chinese PC-client and mobile game developer and operator, NetEase.
- Advised Primer API, the low code payment automation platform provider, in connection with its $50m Series B funding round led by ICONIQ alongside existing investors.
Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3Harbottle & Lewis LLP's commercial litigation group routinely acts for the firm’s well-known core media, technology and entertainment sector clients. It is also active in disputes involving the retail and financial sectors, and consistently represents HNW clients from the firm’s enviable private capital practice. Sandi Simons is commercial litigation head; Louis Castellani is 'a very astute strategist'; Matthew Leverton has significant experience in expert determination, arbitration and mediation matters; and Sofie Hoffman acts in international contentious trust and probate matters. Georgina Long and Lizzie Williams are 'both very able senior associates who should go far'.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team has sound tactical and strategic instincts, and a very sound grasp of the client’s ultimate objectives.’
‘Sandi Simons and the team as a whole have always provided the detailed knowledge, drive and enthusiasm to keep us going.’
‘Matthew Leverton is a star partner with excellent judgement and client focus.‘
‘Louis Castellani is a veteran litigator and very astute strategist.‘
‘Louis Castellani is a standout partner, with extremely astute litigation instincts.‘
‘Sofie Hoffman has been excellent at focusing on the important issues, while also navigating some very sensitive personal/relationship complexities between the various parties to the litigation.’
‘Lizzie Williams and Georgina Long – both very able senior associates who should go far.’
‘Lizzie Williams is a rising star. She is hugely hardworking, with a great eye for detail without ever losing sight of the big picture.’
Various subsidiaries of NBC Universal
LiveNation & Ticketmaster
Virgin Atlantic Airways
Oxford University Press
McCann Erickson Central
The Al-Sanea Family
- Acting for The Al-Sanea Family in various pieces of ongoing and/or potential litigation in various jurisdictions.
- Representing IS Prime and ISFE 21 in pursuing and defending Commercial Court claims, arising out of a contract for the provision of brokerage services.
Employment > Immigration Tier 3Set within the private client, tax and immigration department, the immigration team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP was established with the arrival of experienced partner Sarah Gogan from Fladgate LLP in April 2021. Gogan is well regarded for her work on complex and politically sensitive international protection cases for high-net-worth and high-profile, politically exposed individuals.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent team with great strategic vision and sensitive at all times to their clients’ needs.’
‘Sarah Gogan is probably the outstanding practitioner in this field. She is quite simply superb.’
‘Harbottle and Lewis is an extremely well known and justifiably respected firm in the field of human rights and immigration law.’
‘Sarah Gogan is very focused and attuned to serving her clients.’
‘They have two very impressive and well-informed solicitors in Sarah Gogan and Charlotte Boyce. Sarah Gogan showed great intelligence and excellent judgement in handling an extremely challenging and controversial extradition and asylum case. She is now ably assisted by Charlotte Boyce, who has also acquired great experience in the field of extradition and asylum, and with whom I have worked closely on the same major extradition and asylum case.’
‘Sarah Gogan works very hard and makes herself available to her clients 24/7. She delivers high quality advice and support to all her clients.’
‘Sarah Gogan’s experience and expertise spans asylum applications, business immigration, family reunion, nationality and crossover cases. She ensures that the client’s needs are understood and acted upon with close attention to detail and with utmost respect and confidentiality. Sarah provides a professional, highly competent, unruffled service to the most demanding clients in the most challenging cases. Not many law firms in the UK can make such a boast.’
‘Sarah Gogan is standout. She is one of the leading lawyers in this field and her presence at Harbottle automatically puts the firm on the map in this practice area.’
Industry focus > TMT Tier 3The TMT offering at Harbottle & Lewis LLP was strengthened with the March 2022 arrival of Emma Wright from Deloitte Legal. Under Wright, the firm has established a new technology, data and digital group, which will coordinate the firm’s efforts in areas including AI and technology regulation. The team is also especially noted for its work in media and entertainment, where Abigail Payne and Peter Armstrong are key contacts in the film and TV group, headed up by Jonathan Berger. Other areas of experience include IP, advertising, and defamation mandates.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Lister; Sacha Wilson; Sarah Lazarides; Shireen Peermohamed; Gerrard Tyrrell; John Kelly; Jonathan Berger; Abigail Payne; Peter Armstrong
‘Their subject knowledge is great, they’re always happy to help and they do so in a timely manner.’
‘They stand out for their combination of a deep reflection on my business needs and how these are changing, understanding of developments in the legal context and how this might impact my business, and creative and innovative ideas about helping our challenges. They have also shown a real willingness to collaborate outside their immediate expertise and knowledge, and a passion for exploring new areas, such as blockchain.’
‘The TMT team cover all of our ‘technology’ requirements from building out digital channels for our customers and the automation and digital transformation of our manufacturing – this also invariably extends to data protection and take down requests. The combination of the media and branding firepower that HB is known for means it is one of the most comprehensive TMT practices I have come across – particularly as we look to protecting our brand and producing content for our digital channels for customers and the digital transformation of our back office. Emma Wright’s longstanding experience in TMT means she has breadth and depth across the verticals.’
‘Very approachable, very prompt in responding, very commercial.’
‘Harbottle’s entertainment specialists are bolstered by a strong technology and data practice. This means our data privacy and technology advice was always provided in the context of our industry/commercial practice. This is a huge benefit for an in-house lawyer as it means you don’t have to spend time deciphering external advice to make it “fit” for commercial colleagues.’
‘The team has knowledge of, passion for, and experience in the industry. Very reliable and helpful.’
‘We feel genuinely blessed to have Harbottle & Lewis in our corner. We are a small company and yet we receive a service that befits a much larger company. There hasn’t been a time when members of their team haven’t been available and the advice and guidance is always incredibly clear (for us laymen!) and has helped us grow exponentially into areas we simply wouldn’t have been able to had they not been supporting us.’
‘Emma Wright doesn’t just do the law, she does the translation to business so well I cannot imagine ever going elsewhere.’
Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3Harbottle & Lewis LLP is a ‘really excellent department with superb tax expertise. It provides a highly personalised service’ under the leadership of the new practice head Jonathan Burt. It has an interesting client base of entrepreneurial, creative and tech focused clients and with Marianne Kafena (a native Arabic speaker) the team has considerable strength in the Middle East. Chris Moorcroft has an established reputation for his work with both UK resident and non-UK resident clients and some key intermediaries. Glen Atchison is no longer at the firm.
Other key lawyers:
Zoe Camp; Gary Ashford; Chris Moorcroft; Morag Ofili; Judith Robertson; Siena Gold; Marianne Kafena
‘ It is relatively young overall and aims to target new young money. It has a unified approach. Areas where the firm stands out compared to others: -US-UK work because of historic base in entertainment industry, work in creative industries and passion projects, including ESG work. -Difficult trust work in terms of dispute management and long term planning. investigations and contentious. It is a happy team which has excellent associate retention providing continuity for clients and excellent development for associates. -Middle East client base and language skills’.
‘Zoe Camp – outstanding on UK trust work. Should be top of trustees’ lists. Jonathan Burt – private client tax technical guru. Gary Ashford – very active and thriving in investigations and disputes, transfer pricing and BEPS work. Chris Moorcroft – very measured modern private client advisor’.
‘Morag Ofili – robust tax litigator with great technical skills to back her litigation up. Judith Robertson – a charming and great attention to details, understated technical person. Siena Gold – Remarkable maturity of judgement, excellent client handling skills and client service, commercially minded, sensitive to family matters, unflinching attention to detail and technical star’.
‘Harbottle & Lewis leads the way in the private wealth space in London; they have the depth and strength to provide commercially relevant and detailed advice.
‘Chris Moorcroft. Superstar. Excellent bedside manner with clients. Business orientated. He’s been my go-to UK private client lawyer (non-contentious) for a while now. A problem solver. He excels at explaining extremely difficult UK tax issues such that they are extremely digestible for client’.
‘Jonathan Burt. An absolute brain. And an extremely safe pair of hands. I am working with Jonathan on a multi-jurisdictional global client and have found him to be extremely collaborative. He is a creative thinker‘.
Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3The property team at Harbottle & Lewis LLP has notable experience in acting for corporate occupiers in the office, retail, and hospitality sectors; The team is led by Melanie Benson, who has ‘excellent eye for detail' and specialises in landlord and tenant matters. Benson’s main client base consists of occupiers in the cinema and theatre, retail and luxury brands, restaurant, and media sectors in addition to family offices.
Other key lawyers:
‘The practice has a clear and transparent way of conducting themselves which allows for complete trust and confidence in their guidance.’
‘Melanie Benson provided exceptional support and guidance as we moved offices. She provided a pragmatic and commercial outlook to the project, it was a particularly complex assignment but we always felt she project managed both us and the other organisation to a successful conclusion.’
‘We have used Harbottle for commercial property matters for over 10 years and have always been delighted with the quality of advice received.’
‘Melanie Benson provides pragmatic and sensible advice and has an excellent eye for detail. She is very pleasant to work with and goes the extra mile for her clients.’
Gordon Ramsay Restaurants
IMO Car Wash Group
Rockstar Games UK Limited / Take-Two Interactive
Kobalt Music Group
- Acting on the acquisition of a large number of premises for Gordon Ramsay Restaurants.
- Acting for IMO Car Wash Group – the world’s largest car wash group in connection with the management of its extensive portfolio of operating sites across England and Wales, acting on the renewal of a number of leases of operating sites for the client.
- Acting for Rockstar Games UK Limited / Take-Two Interactive – the UK subsidiary of major software developer and video game publisher, Rockstar Games / Take-Two Interactive, in relation to its property matters. The firm recently acted on the acquisition and lease renewal of various premises for the clients.
Real estate > Residential property Tier 3With Melanie Benson at the helm at Harbottle & Lewis LLP it had another busy year acting for various wealthy clients on a range of sales, purchases, leasehold management and enfranchisement matters. The group predominantly concentrates on the London prime and ultra-prime markets but also handles matters involving country estates and rural properties. There have been some changes to the team at a senior level as Lee Greaves is now at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP and Caroline Roberjot joined the department from Adams & Remers.
Other key lawyers:
‘Partner led, always available. Excellent client service. 24/7‘.
‘The team has a real entrepreneurial feel to it – exceptional clients, quality partners and associates and a respected position in the market’.
‘Melanie Benson is stand out in residential’.
An investment SPV
- Acted for an investment SPV in connection with the purchase of 32 apartments within a premium residential tower in a new development in central London.
TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3‘Very approachable, very prompt in responding and very commercial’ is how clients describe the practice at Harbottle & Lewis LLP, which is proactive in its approach to copyright and trade mark infringements, with key sectors of expertise including the film and TV, theatre, publishing and advertising, music, video games and esports, sport, software, and technology industries. Shireen Peermohamed spearheads the practice and is praised for her litigation expertise; she also advises on global brand strategy, protection, and exploitation work. Andrew Terry is a key contact for advertising and brand dispute issues, while Kostyantyn Lobov is trusted by a number of video game companies, particularly for visual asset copyright protection matters.
Other key lawyers:
Kostyantyn Lobov; Andrew Terry; Neil Adleman
‘The team is wide-ranging and able to deal very effectively with whatever is put across their desk.’
‘The H&L team led by Shireen Peermohamed are keen and understanding. They understand my requirements and are able to readily adapt to differing situations. This is due to the leadership of Shireen Peermohamed. Shireen is exceptional and offers her knowledge and expertise to all matters large or small. She has the ability to listen and understand the complexity of the automotive parts industry and then apply that to her work for us. Importantly, she is then able to transfer that to others.’
‘We have used Shireen Peermohamed’s team for more than 10 years now. They really understand our business and our sector. They get us the right advice and are a pleasure to spend time with.’
‘Shireen Peermohamed is really well known in our industry (publishing/entertainment) which makes it easy to instruct her and get her on board projects. She’s a steady hand and a tactical adviser. She really understands the creative drivers of our industry, which makes her advice sensitive and practical.’
‘Harbottles provide clear, pragmatic advice.’
‘Shireen Peermohamed is excellent. Takes time to listen to and work within our business objectives.’
‘Very approachable, very prompt in responding, very commercial.’
‘I have worked with Shireen Peermohamed for a very long time. She is an exceptional lawyer with great knowledge and an ability to communicate difficult concepts in simple, easy to understand, terms.’
Queen Productions Limited
The Tonic Group
Quantastic / Quantum Tech HD
The Pokémon Company International
- Acting as the global IP managers for Queen, managing the bands worldwide trade mark portfolio, assisting in matters of brand protection, enforcement and IP disputes.
- Acting for Nothing Technology, managing the client’s global IP portfolio and assisting with a variety of other IP-related needs.
- Acting for Electronic Arts, managing the company’s EU and UK trade mark portfolio.
TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3Harbottle & Lewis LLP‘s technology team, which is strong in the media and entertainment space, has been bolstered with the addition of new head Emma Wright from Deloitte LLP in March 2022, alongside Rupam Dave, Anita Bapat and two associates. Wright acts for technology and telecoms clients on contractual arrangements involving infrastructure and cybersecurity considerations, and Dave handles projects in sectors being transformed by technology, in particular regarding outsourcing, cloud, systems integration and technology procurement matters. The team is now well placed to handle a wide variety of matters, from IT, outsourcing and commercial contracts, to data protection and cybersecurity matters.
Other key lawyers:
‘Emma Wright’s background means she understands digital infrastructure and cyber well, partnered with Anita Bapat on privacy when looking at the security of digital infrastructure both on strategic matters such as the procurement of new cyber solutions or responding to cyber attacks.’
‘Anita Bapat is straight-forward in her approach, sophisticated in her knowledge of the law and very practical in the application. It is a perfect blend of skills that lands very well. When combined with the considered and well-informed, business-focused strategising from Emma Wright, it provides a double hit of excellence, with a decent amount of fun thrown in.’
Artefact Marketing Engineers UK Limited
Equal Experts (UK) Limited
Princess Yachts Limited
Smart Pension Ltd
TPXimpact Holdings Plc
Havas Media Group
Colgate-Palmolive (U.K.) Limited
- Advised TheFork on its multi-year global strategic partnership deal with SevenRooms to integrate TheFork’s consumer-facing platform with SevenRooms’ restaurant management technology and market it as a joint offering.
- Advised Equal Experts Ltd on multiple aspects of its relationship with HMRC, including development of various tools and functionality to deal with IR35 and the furlough payment scheme as well as streamlining the various integration platforms.
- Acted for an internet media and entertainment company supporting all aspects of its worldwide business, including working on high-profile matters relating to outsourcing, IT contracting, data monetisation and adtech.
TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3Harbottle & Lewis LLP’s sports practice centres on sports marketing and technology, regulatory work, reputation management and player representation. Practice head Bob Mitchell has significant experience advising sports-based clients on both commercial and regulatory issues. Michael Lister has a particular focus on athlete contracts, sponsorship and endorsement agreements, and event staging arrangements. Dalton Odendaal supports clients in relation to hosting and staging sports events. Beyond partnership level, senior associates Sam Purkiss and Mike Jones bolster the sport department’s offering.
Other key lawyers:
Michael Lister; Dalton Odendaal; Sam Purkiss; Mike Jones
‘A strong team led by the excellent Bob Mitchell. .’
‘Bob Mitchell is exceptionally knowledgeable, particularly in cricket.’
‘Sam Purkiss is always reliable and a safe pair of hands.’
‘A very strong team with a diverse nature led by a superb leader in Bob Mitchell who has a history of developing good lawyers who go on to senior roles across the sports industry.’
Team England Player Partnership (England Cricketers)
Mongraal (Kyle Jackson)
Cricket West Indies
MatchFit Sports PR Ltd
Electronic Arts Inc
- Advised on the £97.5m transfer of Romelu Lukaku from Inter Milan to Chelsea FC.
- Advised Kindred Concepts on its launch of a new immersive social entertainment venue concept incorporating Formula 1 racing simulators.
- Advised Cricket West Indies on multiple sponsorship deals and commercial rights agreements.
Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 4Harbottle & Lewis LLP has a full-service practice and its team has industry knowledge within an array of areas including brand management work, commercial contracts, technology mandates, reputation management issues and employment matters. Sandi Simons and Melanie Benson co-lead the team, which also fields Emma Wright and Rupam Dave, who joined the practice from Deloitte LLP in March 2022.
Sandi Simons; Melanie Benson
Other key lawyers:
Victoria Beckham Limited
Beauty Outlet Limited
Astrid & Miyu
Wolford London Limited
De Beers UK Limited
Robinson Webster (Holdings) Limited (t/a Jigsaw)
- Advised venture capital business Antler on its lead investment into luxury mystery box platform Heat.
- Advised Kyra on its commercial partnerships with major fashion and lifestyle retailers, branded content deals and arrangements with high-profile influencer talent and partnerships and brand deals.
- Advised Mob Kitchen on its commercial partnerships and branded content deals with various high-profile retail brands.
Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 5With extensive expertise in marketing AdTech and digital media, Harbottle & Lewis LLP frequently advises on the data aspects of high-profile marketing campaigns, data breaches, reputation management, large scale data subject access requests and compliance matters. The team is jointly led by Anita Bapat, who excels in international data transfers and investigations, and cybersecurity expert Emma Wright.
Anita Bapat; Emma Wright
Take Two Interactive
De Beers Group
Havas Media Group
The Ozone Project
Citywire Financial Publishers
- Advised Havas Media Group on complex data privacy issues in relation to its agencies’ digital advertising activities.
- Acted for a Chinese online retail platform on various data privacy issues associated with its expansion into the UK and Europe.
- Advised the real estate consultancy Knight Frank on all aspects of its privacy compliance programme.
Employment > Employers Tier 6At Harbottle & Lewis LLP, Marian Derham is well known for advising clients in the entertainment, theatre, music, fashion and the creative arts. Howard Hymanson leads the contentious side of the practice, often acting in novel claims at the crossroads of employment and personal injury law. He also has experience in defending claims of workplace bullying and stress, often in the professional services sector. Yvonne Gallagher is the key figure for board disputes and corporate transactions.
Yvonne Gallagher; Howard Hymanson
Other key lawyers:
‘Very responsive; very good understanding of industry and commercial factors; clear practical advice.’
‘Marian Derham provides clear, commercial and very good advice across a range of employment issues and I have been able to rely on her to guide us through a number of complex and time sensitive matters. She is also very responsive and a pleasure to work with.’
‘What makes Harbottles so right for us as a company is their human focus and pragmatism.’
‘The legal advice is always there and exactly what we need, with pragmatism and logic.’
‘Yvonne Gallagher is fantastic. Warm, approachable and a hugely knowledgeable advisor.’
‘Marian Derham is a very pleasant colleague to work with; she is responsive, quick to deal with complex matters and highly proficient.’
‘Every single person I work with from Harbottles is hugely helpful, quickly available and pragmatic.’
‘The advice is always incredibly valuable.’
YKK Fastening Products Group
Taj International Hotels
NFU Mutual Insurance Society
Society of London Theatre
GP & J Baker
- Advised Team England Players partnership on various employment matters relating to COVID-19.
- Continue to advise Crossroads Live Limited (world leading producer of large scale theatre productions) on their employment, HR and immigration related needs.
- Advised a large and well-known brand in the hospitality sector on its contractual arrangements and policies with employees.
Private client > Contentious trusts and probate
Harbottle & Lewis LLP > Firm Profile
Harbottle & Lewis is a leading UK-based law firm focused on the technology, media and entertainment (TME) and private client sectors. Clients range from start-ups to multinational companies, from household names to private individuals and their family offices.
Whilst known for our stand-out expertise in the technology, media and entertainment sectors, our capabilities spread far wider than this advising for some of the most creative, talented and successful people, businesses and corporates, across all of their legal needs. Whether we are talking about wealth, relationships or information, the firm’s private capital expertise enables its lawyers to support clients, as well as to help them successfully develop, grow and protect their assets.
Harbottle & Lewis’ clients benefit from strong legal expertise delivered with industry insight and a commercial approach. Their deep client relationships are built on mutual trust and understanding.
Principal areas of work: Harbottle & Lewis provides a full service across corporate, commercial, employment, family, finance, intellectual property, litigation, private wealth, immigration, property and tax law.
The firm also advises on regulatory matters and the legal issues faced by organisations and individuals in the media spotlight, such as defamation, information protection, privacy and image rights.
Recent work highlights include:
- Advising Universal Pictures on Jurassic World, the first UK production to restart after Covid pandemic restrictions.
- Advising Stormzy on his recent exclusive recording agreement, via his #Merky imprint, with Universal Music – one of the most lucrative artist deals signed in the music industry in 2020.
- Advised the Ozone Project, which is a cutting edge digital advertising platform owned by the major news publishers, including the Guardian, News UK and the Telegraph.
- Advising members of the Royal Household in relation to reputational and privacy issues.
Other recent highlights include:
- Advising Diageo on its new global agency media buying services agreement with the Omnicom Group.
- Advising leading games publisher Take-Two Interactive on its US$1bn bid for Codemasters.
- Acting as trusted advisors to Amazon Studios across its scripted and unscripted slate of projects.
- Advising several sporting organisations including Team England Player Partnership (England Cricketers), Queens Club a number of top footballers and major sponsors on a range of matters.
The firm continues to act for high-net-worth individuals and public figures on all aspects of their personal and financial affairs. The firm has advised a number of clients on sensitive employment matters; on the sale and purchase of multi-million pound residential properties; on effective tax structuring of new and existing businesses for entrepreneurs; and on the administration of significant UK trusts and estates.
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 42 Number of UK associates : 34 Number of UK senior associates : 23 Other Lawyers : 6
We believe a diverse firm is a stronger firm. Diversity allows us to better understand our clients’ needs, provide innovative solutions and conceive alternative approaches to issues. We are committed to ensuring that our workforce is as diverse as our client base, and that our staff feel included and respected.
Grass Roots Impact
During the year, the firm has continued to focus on diversity and inclusivity at graduate level. As well as providing better financial assistance to prospective trainees, we partner with Aspiring Solicitors (AS), an organisation that champions graduates from underrepresented groups (e.g. low income families, first generation undergraduates, BAME, LGBTQ+ and those with special needs and disabilities). Through mentoring, employability assistance and involvement in AS events we are proud to say that this year we have offered more training contracts to AS members than to non-AS members.
We partner with Prime, an organisation committed to improving access to the legal profession through work experience.
Last year we also signed up to The Brokerage’s Generation 2020 Academy, a digital programme that allows us to support disadvantaged students (aged 17 or 18) through mentoring and masterclasses. Ten individuals from across the firm took part and partners Marianne Kafena and Sacha Wilson gave sessions about their careers and how to become a lawyer.
A supportive and inclusive environment
We have a dedicated Diversity and Inclusivity events program, including fundraising activities, circulars and sessions with key speakers. This programme of events complements our skills-based diversity, unconscious bias and interview skills training for those taking part in the recruitment process.
Following a review of the firm’s parental policies, these were recently enhanced. Maternity leave increased from 16 weeks to 22 weeks of full pay; shared parental leave increased from statutory pay to 22 full weeks of full pay; the length of service requirement for paternity pay was removed; and further time could be taken as single days following return to work to adjust to the pressures of parenthood. In addition, the firm introduced a parental mentoring programme for new parents.
We support those who wish to return to work on a part-time basis following maternity leave. A 100% of those requests have been granted to date. The firm also accommodated childcare-related flexible working requests from those who have not recently returned from maternity or paternity leave and requests unrelated to childcare.
Our gender balance at the senior level has improved year on year and this year we increased the number of female partners from 22% to 28% and increased the number of female partners on the Management Executive Committee from just over a third to over a half.
Supporting the Change Makers
We work to use our expertise to support those within our industries who are working to effect change.
Pro Bono Work and Initiatives
In the past year our lawyers have undertaken a number of pro bono initiatives including providing advice on furlough to social care organisations in North Central London during the COVID-19 pandemic and advising the organisation Equal Representation for Actresses 50:50.
- Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Employment > Senior executives
- Private client > Charities and not-for-profit
- Private client > Family
- Corporate and commercial > Venture capital
- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Employment > Immigration
- Industry focus > TMT
- Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate
- Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers
- Real estate > Residential property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport