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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP provides national and international expertise in the media, entertainment, technology, retail, leisure and real estate sectors. Robert Lands leads the team and has substantial experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, with a particular focus on the technology and creative industries.

Practice head(s):Robert Lands

Key Clients

Unison

The Tate

Everyman Cinema

Marriott Vacation Club (MVCI Europe Limited)

Pandora Jewellery

Bissel Homecare Inc

Pizza Hut  (Yum! III (UK) Ltd trading as Pizza Hut)

Antler Limited

Luxottica Retail UK Ltd (Sunglass Hut)

Euroffice

15 Gifts

KPMG

Work highlights

  • Advised RGS on catalogue licensing agreement with Getty Images, which has an archive of over 200 million assets.
  • Advising EcoWorld/Ballymore on the appointment and management contract for the Skypool Embassy Gardens with new restaurant Darby and celebrity chef Robin Gill, including the establishment of a private club for residents at Embassy Gardens.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP has longstanding sector specific strengths in hotels, leisure, restaurants and retail, and continues to count some of its biggest clients within these spaces. Given the calibre of clients represented, large proportions of its work are cross-border, with the team coordinating activities from its sole office in London. Across its key sectors, clients include owner-managed businesses, large portfolios and established high street brands, with increasingly prevalent private equity components. Ashley Reeback heads the corporate department, while Gillian White leads the M&A team. New hire James Wilson, from HFW, leads the dedicated AIM team.

Practice head(s):Gillian White; Ashley Reeback

Other key lawyers:James Wilson

Key Clients

Pandora Jewellery UK Limited

Alan Yau (Wagamama)

Base Childrenswear Limited

Galliard Homes

Shareholders of Aston Barclay

Cain International

15Gifts

Mirada plc

Panther Securities Limited

Automated Systems Group Limited

Old Truman Brewery

PaymentSense

Capital on Tap

JudoPay

Euroffice

Work highlights

  • Advised KPMG as administrator of HMW, which culminated in the successful sale of the business to Sunrise Records & Entertainment.
  • Advised Africa Practice, a global strategy and communications consultancy, on the strategic buyout of its Nigerian subsidiary, which consolidates the client's offering in this market.
  • Provide ongoing assistance to Pandora Jewellery UK in connection with its acquisitions of stores from franchise partners to grow the number of owned and operated stores in the UK, with over 90 stores acquired over the last year.
  • Advised Portnard Limited as vendor on the sale of its shares in department store chain owner Beale Limited to the management team, and the subsequent acquisition by the client's subsidiary of Anglia Home Furnishings.
  • Acted for the shareholders of Compass Broker Holdings on the sale to Broker Network.
Leading individuals

Ashley Reeback - Howard Kennedy LLP

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP's practice spans partnerships and LLPs, with expertise in formation, employment matters, financial regulation, business recovery and reconstruction. The group also handles disputes for LLPs and partnerships, as well as their individual members and partners. The team is jointly headed by partnership formation and structure specialist Robert Craig and Jane Amphlett, whose main focuses are strategic partner appointments, departures, remuneration structures and the enforcement and defence of restrictive covenants.

Practice head(s):Robert Craig; Jane Amphlett

Key Clients

TCI Management Services LLP (The Children's Investment Fund)

TCI Advisory Services LLP

TCI Fund Services LLP

Triplepoint LLP

Work highlights

  • Advice to longstanding hedge fund client, TCI Advisory Services LLP, on a wide range of partnership matters.
  • Providing advice to a longstanding financial services LLP client on a wide range of partnership, tax, immigration and related matters.
  • Providing advice to a longstanding client in the financial services sector on a wide range of partnership matters, including disputes, partner relations issues, restructuring and exit negotiations.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP represents high-profile clients, high-net-worth individuals, media clients, and other professionals in cases of historic sexual offences, harassment, fraud and blackmail, among other areas. Ian Ryan leads the practice. Senior associate John Martyn is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:John Martyn

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Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP advises on various civil fraud matters including multi-party and multi-jurisdictional litigation. Areas of expertise include offshore trusts, business crime, regulatory issues, bribery, corruption, and freezing injunctions and search orders. The team also acts in cases of contentious insolvency, defence of directors' disqualification proceedings, and misfeasance and breach of duties claims. Client come from a range of sectors, including financial services and property. Louise Bennett heads the team and focuses on civil fraud, asset recovery and corporate litigation. Dominic Offord joined the firm from Browne Jacobson LLP.

Practice head(s):Louise Bennett

Other key lawyers:Dominic Offord; Joel Leigh; Tim Bignell; Craig Emden; Fiona Hinds; Julia Wookey; James Wingfield

Key Clients

Mulugeta Guadie Mengiste

CJ Murfitt Ltd

Richard (Ritchie) Blackmore

Opus Art Limited

David Rubin and Partners

Ed Overbeck

Work highlights

  • Acting for N Ltd in a claim for damages against its former bank arising from the summary termination of banking facilities, among other matters, in connection with alleged suspicions of facilitating money laundering on the part of the defendant bank.
  • Acting for a client pursuing a £1m claim in negligence concerning solicitor's advice supplied in and the subsequent conduct of massively complex proceedings concerning a majority shareholding in an Ethiopian pharmaceutical company.
  • Acting for the world-renowned musician Richard Blackmore (formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow and currently of Blackmore's Knight) in relation to his claims against HEC Limited and DPO Limited (both in administration).
  • Advising Opus Art Limited on its claim against both a company (which holds itself out as arranging exclusive events for ‘high-net-worth individuals’) and its director personally for events which our client sponsored but never took place.
  • Acting for Asher Miller and Henry Lan of David Rubin and Partners in their capacity as administrators of Agushia Limited, which fell into administration in November 2016.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP advises on matters including regulatory compliance, anti-money laundering, Bribery Act audits, the preparation of bribery policies and corporate governance, internal investigations, proceeds of crime, whistleblowing and self-reporting. Other areas of expertise include criminal cartel activity and market abuse. The firm represents clients caught up in investigations conducted by the SFO, FCA, CMA, HMRC, CPS, NCA, DOJ and FBI. Head of team Ian Ryan is experienced in financial crime, regulatory work and general crime. Ben Ticehurst joined as senior associate from Rahman Ravelli. Senior associate Kyle Phillips left the firm for Fieldfisher.

Practice head(s):Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:Ben Ticehurst; John Martyn; Kevin Robinson

Key Clients

Achim Kraemer

Work highlights

  • The team secured the acquittal of Achim Kraemer, a former Deutsche Bank trader who was charged by the Serious Fraud Office with conspiracy to manipulate EURIBOR between January 2005 and December 2009. Kraemer was the only individual acquitted in this case.
  • Representing an individual  charged with manipulating Euribor between 2005-2006.
  • Advising and representing a significant individual in respect of an SFO investigation.
  • Representing a director of a company in respect of an alleged fraud of over £10m, committed by individuals and business entities. This fraud is suspected to include this individual.
Leading individuals

Ian Ryan - Howard Kennedy LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP advises sovereign governments, members of royal families, corporations, owner-managed businesses and wealthy individuals on international contractual and commodities disputes, financial services matters, civil fraud, professional negligence, IP and insolvency disputes. Simon Taylor is dispute resolution head. Duncan Bagshaw, who has particular disputes experience involving the energy sector and Africa, joined from Stephenson Harwood, while Dominic Offord, who has acted in large-scale cross-border insolvency and fraud cases, was hired from Browne Jacobson LLP, taking over as commercial litigation head from Louise Bennett. Also key to the team are Fiona Hinds and legal director Ayesha Salim.

Practice head(s):Simon Taylor; Dominic Offord

Other key lawyers:Louise Bennett; Duncan Bagshaw; Louise Bennett; Fiona Hinds; Ayesha Salim

Key Clients

HRH Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz

Shorts International

Peterhouse Corporate Finance

Opus Art

Firstwood (UK)

Jeeves Group Liechtenstein

MySale Group

Brighton Investments

CloudTag

Work highlights

  • Represented a payment services provider in a claim for damages against its former bank, which arose from the summary termination of banking facilities.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP is best known for advising solicitors and solicitor firms on SRA investigations and prosecutions, and it is a go-to firm for partners from Magic Circle firms, senior accountants and experienced barristers who are threatened with disciplinary proceedings. Ian Ryan is a business crime and regulatory specialist and Joel Leigh is particularly noted for defence work involving accountants, barristers, doctors, solicitors and surveyors; John Martyn is an experienced senior associate.

Practice head(s):Ian Ryan

Other key lawyers:Joel Leigh; John Martyn

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including director and shareholder disputes, sensitive governance issues, workforce reorganisations, collective bargaining as well as employment tribunal proceedings. The department is also adept at assisting clients with grievance and disciplinary matters, offering advice on discrimination prevention, as well as investigations into harassment and whistle-blowing allegations. Jane Amphlett heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):Jane Amphlett

Other key lawyers:Sam Murray-Hinde

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London: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP has a great reputation for advising clients in the entertainment and healthcare sectors who suffer serious injuries. Complex workplace stress cases are a key strength of the practice, which is led by Elizabeth Smith, whose expertise also covers upper limb disorder claims. Joel Leigh has a track record of assisting with a number of fatal accident cases at work, as well as sports injuries and claims arising from severe road traffic accidents and public liability issues. The team is particularly noted for its ability to handle complex quantum matters revolving around loss of earnings.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Smith

Other key lawyers:Joel Leigh

Key Clients

Royal College of Nursing

Society of Radiographers

Work highlights

  • Acting for a widow in a fatal claim against Thames Valley Police and Buckinghamshire County Council, in relation to a serious road traffic accident.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s expertise covers all aspects of the law relating to art and cultural property, from drafting and negotiating agreements, to litigation and the resolution of disputes. Clients include museums and public collections, galleries and dealers as well as public art organisations, charities/foundations and collectors. It also receives a steady flow of instructions from artists and their estates, photographers, photo libraries and ultra-net-worth individuals. In addition the skilled team is adept at advising on looted art and cultural property as well as all aspects of intellectual property rights. It frequently provides legal opinions to national entities and their trustees on matters as diverse as outraging public decency, to obscenity and indecency. Mark Stephens and Daniel McClean are the names to note.

Practice head(s):Mark Stephens; Daniel McClean

Testimonials

'There is a synergy between all members of the team. Everyone knows what is going on and that means that in the absence of the first line of contact there are others who can pick up when needed'.

Key Clients

The Tate

Design Artists Copyright Society

Contemporary Arts Society

Sir Peter Blake

Mark Wallinger

Pilar Corrias Gallery

Gavin Turk

Lisson Gallery

Sprueth Magers Gallery

Art Basel

Work highlights

  • Advising Kathleen Simonis on a high profile dispute with the Arts Council of England regarding its refusal to provide a permanent EU export licence for a painting owned by Kathleen Simonis, attributed to the Italian early Renaissance master, Giotto di Bondone.
  • Acted for Meem Gallery in a claim against Sotheby's about a misrepresentation of the provenance of a bronze statue purchased at an auction.
  • Advising a leading international art gallery in a high-value dispute over the sale of a painting.
  • Advised a gallery on an agreement to commission artwork for a well-known painter.
  • Acting for Opus Art in a breach of contract claim, in respect of a series of sponsorship and social media agreements made with an organisation that promised access to more than 50% of the UK rich list.
Leading individuals

Mark Stephens - Howard Kennedy LLP

Next Generation Partners

Daniel McClean - Howard Kennedy LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

The private wealth disputes practice at Howard Kennedy LLP focuses primarily on trust and estate disputes such as breach of trust claims and trustee/beneficiary disputes. The team works extensively with high-net-worth, entrepreneurial and creative sector clients. A growing proportion of the team’s work relates to cross-border disputes. Head of team Emily Mailer regularly handles claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, Public Trustee v Cooper applications as well as bringing and defending will validity actions and claims by or against beneficiaries, executors and trustees. Naomi O’Higgins also has significant experience of acting in disputes relating to the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and high value Court of Protection matters.

Practice head(s):Emily Mailer

Other key lawyers:Naomi O'Higgins

Testimonials

'Emily Mailer is excellent'.

'Naomi O’Higgins is a very safe pair of hands'.

Work highlights

  • Acting as independent trustees solving complex issues of corporate and trust governance and directorial responsibility to implement a court approved sanction for a longstanding contentious trust dispute.
  • Acting for the trustee of a significant family trust.
  • Advising on a claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975.
  • Advised UHNW clients on a claim brought against them for the recovery of a significant debt allegedly owed by them as the defendants.
  • Providing strategic advice to the joint administrators of the estate of a deceased  following what appeared to have been the creation of complex sham trust arrangements.
Leading individuals

Emily Mailer - Howard Kennedy LLP

Naomi O'Higgins - Howard Kennedy LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP works with a variety of high-net-worth clients including entrepreneurs, City workers and sports and media personalities. Under the leadership of Lois Langton the team is adept at providing the full range of family services with particular strength in nuptial agreements. The team has advised on a number of high-level pre- and post-nuptial agreements where there have been assets of up to £100m and complex multi-jurisdictional issues. In addition Langton has considerable expertise in surrogacy matters and alternative family structures. Alan Kaufman is a collaborative lawyer and mediator who specialises in heavyweight family law disputes.

Practice head(s):Lois Langton

Other key lawyers:Alan Kaufman

Work highlights

  • Advising a high-profile sports personality on his divorce including how to handle the husband's future income earnings which will continue to be significant.
  • Advising a Premier-League and international footballer on his post-nuptial agreement following a pre-nuptial agreement the firm drafted before the marriage.
  • Advising a wife on her divorce from a high-profile musician. The case includes complex financial issues including the value of the husband's music royalties and tour income.
  • Advising a wife in her divorce and financial remedy proceedings in complex international proceedings where the assets potentially are very substantial.
  • Prepared a pre-nuptial agreement for the founder of a well-known brand that took into account significant assets.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP advises wealthy clients, their families and advisers on their tax and estate planning matters. Clients include entrepreneurs, business owners, artists, authors as well as musicians and members of foreign royalty. Other clients include charities and sport professionals in the UK and overseas. The team also benefits from its wider private wealth offering, as it is well-placed to advise its clients on other matters such as family, immigration and issues affecting cultural property, in addition to reputational management issues. Head of team Liz Palmer, John Annetts and Simon Malkiel are all dual-qualified solicitors and chartered tax advisers.

Practice head(s):Liz Palmer

Other key lawyers:John Annetts; Simon Malkiel

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing UK trust, tax, legal and succession advice to members of an UHNW family and their offshore structures.
  • Providing ongoing UK tax, structuring and succession advice concerning high-value UK residential properties held by senior members of an overseas royal family.
  • Advising the executive management team of a large UK company that owns shares of significant value.
  • Providing ongoing trust, tax/estate planning and succession advice to a prominent UHNW family.
  • Dealing with the administration of a multimillion-pound estate which contains assets in the UK, Jersey, BVI and Belgium.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP's energy team regularly represents clients including utilities, project developers, large industrial consumers, property developers, funders, venture capital trusts, sponsors and energy services companies on transactions both within the UK and internationally. The group has a special focus on distributed energy transactions and property and energy projects. Anita Kasseean recently joined the firm as head of planning and environment from Heathrow Airport, while international arbitration and litigation expert Duncan Bagshaw joined from Stephenson Harwood .

Practice head(s):Jonathan Cohen

Key Clients

Eggborough PowerLimited

National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited

Galliard Homes

Gresham House New Energy (previously Hazel Capital)

Ballymore

Triple Point Investment Management LLP

Berkeley Homes

City & Docklands

Octopus

Swan Housing Association

F3 Group

Coronation Power Ltd

Battersea Power Station Development Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Eggborough Power Limited on its electricity supply and connection agreements and the decommissioning of its large site, including the wider site property reconfiguration and its future plans for the site.
  • Advising Swan Housing Association on its procurement and development of a district energy scheme to serve residential and commercial customers on a large urban regeneration scheme in Blackwall.
  • Acting for an energy storage and gas peaking plant developer on its development of a large portfolio of energy storage sites consisting of 216MW of development energy storage assets.

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London: Public sector

Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP undertakes a wide scope of precedent-setting international human rights work, concentrating on large and often high-profile matters pertaining to women's rights and sexual misconduct, and freedom of expression and privacy, and on representing victims of torture. Mark Stephens CBE specialises in complex litigation and has experience in media law. Elizabeth Morley is recommended for her blend of expertise in media and human rights matters.

Practice head(s):Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Morley; Antonia Torr; John Martyn; Julia Wookey; David Hooper

Key Clients

Human Rights Watch

Global Witness

Index on Censorship

Media Legal Defence Initiative

Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation

Human Dignity Trust

Leading individuals

Mark Stephens CBE - Howard Kennedy LLP

Rising stars

Elizabeth Morley - Howard Kennedy LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Excelling in the retail, hotels and leisure sectors, Howard Kennedy LLP handles M&A, tax and finance, employment, immigration, litigation and IP matters alongside property and construction instructions for an international client base. Hotels, including luxury brands, boutique operators, mid-sized chains and international operators, frequently engage the practice, as do restaurants, golf groups, luxury gym brands and casino operators. Leasehold negotiations are an area of specific expertise while entry into the UK market is a specialism for recommended legal director Vanessa Laundon. The luxury goods market is a sector of particular knowledge while team also represents investors, developers, house builders, funders, banks and asset managers in relation to site acquisition, planning, sales and acquisitions, commercial letting, sales and developments. Ed John is a new partner-level arrival from Shoosmiths LLP and brings experience of development disputes and property-related insolvency.

Practice head(s):Julian Hindmarsh; Kate Woodgate; Mark Johnstone

Other key lawyers:Charles Maxwell; Graham Kaye; Jenny Farrington

Key Clients

Aldermore Bank plc

Ballymore

CJ O'Shea and Company

Galliard Homes

Hermes Alternative Investments

Heronslea

London Green

LRC Group

Metro Bank plc

Octopus Property

Redington Capital

The Club Company

Work highlights

  • Advising Galliard on the sale of Ailsa Wharf, a £68m scheme in Tower Hamlets to Country Garden for development into 786 homes.
  • Advising Heronslea on the purchase of a substantial development site in Bushey from a charitable trust and the site is about to be granted planning consent for 52 houses.
  • Represented a client on its £45m acquisition for redevelopment of the 40,000 sq ft former R&D HQ of television and broadband internet services provider.
  • Provided development and forward funding advice on a £150m+ docklands development for 3,000 new homes.
  • Acting on £46.5m sale of brownfield plant in London for redevelopment to residential use and extensive regeneration.

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Commercial property: hotels and leisure
Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

Excelling in the retail, hotels and leisure sectors, Howard Kennedy LLP handles M&A, tax and finance, employment, immigration, litigation and IP matters alongside property and construction instructions for an international client base. Hotels, including luxury brands, boutique operators, mid-sized chains and international operators, frequently engage the practice, as do restaurants, golf groups, luxury gym brands and casino operators. Leasehold negotiations are an area of specific expertise while entry into the UK market is a specialism for recommended legal director Vanessa Laundon. The luxury goods market is a sector of particular knowledge while team also represents investors, developers, house builders, funders, banks and asset managers in relation to site acquisition, planning, sales and acquisitions, commercial letting, sales and developments. Ed John is a new partner-level arrival from Shoosmiths LLP and brings experience of development disputes and property-related insolvency.

Practice head(s):Adam Walford; Eric Gummers; Julian Hindmarsh; Ed John

Key Clients

Action Stadium UK

BAO

Lyle's

JKS Restaurants

The Institute of Competitive Socialising

Patty&Bun

Kricket

Vapiano

Granger & Co

Tortilla

Liberty Cheesesteak Company Limited (trading as Passyunk Avenue)

Corazon

Work highlights

  • Advising Metro Bank on its £18m loan to Z Hotels for a new site in Trafalgar Square.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Howard Kennedy LLP

Excelling in the retail, hotels and leisure sectors, Howard Kennedy LLP handles M&A, tax and finance, employment, immigration, litigation and IP matters alongside property and construction instructions for an international client base. Hotels, including luxury brands, boutique operators, mid-sized chains and international operators, frequently engage the practice, as do restaurants, golf groups, luxury gym brands and casino operators. Leasehold negotiations are an area of specific expertise while entry into the UK market is a specialism for recommended legal director Vanessa Laundon. The luxury goods market is a sector of particular knowledge while team also represents investors, developers, house builders, funders, banks and asset managers in relation to site acquisition, planning, sales and acquisitions, commercial letting, sales and developments. Ed John is a new partner-level arrival from Shoosmiths LLP and brings experience of development disputes and property-related insolvency.

Practice head(s):Adam Walford; Eric Gummers; Julian Hindmarsh; Nicky Stewart

Other key lawyers:Vanessa Laundon

Key Clients

Antler

Aspinal of London

bareMinerals

Blue Inc

Cartier

Cifonelli

David Clulow‎

Donoratico

GUESS UK

HMV

Honey Birdette

La Perla

Lovisa

Morphe Cosmetics

Mothercare

NARS Cosmetics

Oliver Peoples

Orla Kiely

Pandora

Rapha

Reiss

Ryman

Sunglass Hut

Sushi Shop

The Kooples

The Row

Vacheron Constantin

WE Fashion

Work highlights

  • Advising Pure on its real estate and commercial needs for their growth strategy in London.
  • Providing full service UK real estate-led advice for the Netherlands headquartered fashion retailer Scotch & Soda.
Rising stars

Vanessa Laundon - Howard Kennedy LLP

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP’s planning and environment team advises a modest roster of private sector clients on complex redevelopment projects, handling all relevant issues including CPO applications, highway orders, section 106 agreements, affordable housing considerations, and environmental planning compliance. Assisting with the planning considerations of commercial real estate is another field of expertise, which includes complex due diligence instructions and strategic risk mitigation advice. Recent contentious work involved planning permission refusal objections and handling breach of planning enforcement actions.

Practice head(s):Anita Kasseean

Key Clients

Kobox

Galliard Homes Limited

O'Shea

McGrath Bros Waste Control (Hackney) Limited

Dar Plus

City and Docklands Property Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a joint venture between Galliard and O'Shea on all aspects of a planning application for the redevelopment of 3-13 Hepscott Road, London.
  • Provided strategic planning advice on all aspects of Dar Plus' planning application for the redevelopment of 150 Holborn into the modern key commercial offices that will be its HQ in London.
  • Providing strategic and highways advice to the City and Docklands Property Group on one of their development sites in North Acton.
  • Provided gym brand Kobox with strategic planning legal advice to protect against a planning enforcement action.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP is known for the strength of its lender-side practice, although the team also acts for major developers and real estate investors on the borrower side. It is particularly strong in development finance, across both the residential and commercial sectors, but also handles senior and mezzanine lending and bridge finance. Practice head Daniel Fireman regularly advises new entrants to the secured lending market, while the 'brilliant' Steve Clinning is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):Daniel Fireman

Other key lawyers:Steve Clinning

Key Clients

NatWest

Octopus Property

Aldermore Bank

Rothschild & Co

United Trust Bank

Ballymore Group

Octane Capital

Metro Bank

Iron Bridge Finance

Santander

Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Metro Bank on a loan to Z Hotels to finance the acquisition of a blue-ribbon site in Trafalgar Square for the development of a new hotel.
  • Advising Secure Trust Bank on the financing of a residential investment facility, secured against a block of prime central London apartments.
  • Advising Octopus Property on the financing for the acquisition of a site in Hammersmith to be converted into a commercial building.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Working in close co-operation with the firm's real estate practice, Howard Kennedy LLP's 'very good' property litigation team is well equipped to guide clients through various contentious commercial and residential property matters, including insolvency and development-related issues, leasehold enfranchisement, disputes over service charges and vacant possession actions. Clients include landlords, tenants, developers and investors. The team is led by Amanda McNeil and includes 'highly experienced' consultant and leasehold dispute expert Michele Freyne as well as hotel and leisure sector specialist Ed John, who joined the firm from Shoosmiths LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Amanda McNeil

Other key lawyers:Michele Freyne; Ed John; Simon Taylor

Key Clients

Ballymore Properties

Smith & Williamson

Richemont

Carluccio's

Pandora

Scotch & Soda

Prime Estate Investments

Pitney Bowes

Aldermore

Battersea Power Station Development Company

Work highlights

  • Advised the landlord and claimant, Cowley Property Investment, on a dispute with the tenant Oxford Karting over an expired lease.
Leading individuals

Michele Freyne - Howard Kennedy LLP

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP's residential property team has particular strength advising high-profile high-net-worth clients on property transactions in and around central London, covering their full range of legal needs. Outside of this core area the group also advises developers on extremely high value matters, specifically in relation to facility arrangements and joint ventures. Practice head Pervaze Ahmed is notable for his relationships with investors in the Middle East and South East Asia and his wealth of expertise acting for buyers or sellers of prime and super-prime properties in London, work which often necessitates working with offshore lending structures.

Practice head(s):Pervaze Ahmed

Work highlights

  • Acting for a well-known TV celebrity on the sale of their London home.
  • Acting for an expat businessman on the purchase of a high-end London property, adding to his significant property portfolio.
  • Acting for a HNW Russian on the sale of a house in Kensington.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Howard Kennedy LLP

Defamation and privacy issues are central to the internationally-focused media reputation management team at Howard Kennedy LLP. The firm has a particular strength in new media, advising on matters related to imposter accounts, defamatory content and publication of confidential information on social media. Practice head Mark Stephens CBE regularly handles cases for corporations and consults over libel reform both by policy makers and media companies. Associate to watch Elizabeth Morley predominantly acts for defendants and also provides media and publishing agents with pre-publication advice.

Practice head(s):Mark Stephens CBE

Other key lawyers:Elizabeth Morley

Testimonials

'Elizabeth Morley provides incredible client service.'

Key Clients

Democratic Press S.A.

Vernon Unsworth

Jasvinder Sanghera

Work highlights

  • Representing Vernon Unsworth in relation to his claims against Elon Musk both here and in America, following defamatory comments made by Mr Musk about him on Twitter and via email to a media organisation following the Thai cave rescue, which Unsworth was involved in.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP's department, which is recognised for its representation of clients in the media and entertainment and creative arts industries, handles a range of trade mark and copyright matters including brand management work, disputes and licensing issues. Robert Lands heads up the practice and assists clients in the technology and creative industries. Other names to note include Mark Stephens for media and regulatory work, defamation, privacy and data protection advice; Jonathan Sellors for IT, software and media regulatory work, and Daniel McClean, who frequently assists artists and photographers with IP agreements and disputes.

Practice head(s):Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:Mark Stephens; Jonathan Sellors; Daniel McClean

Key Clients

Pandora Jewellery

Strada Italian Restaurants

Condé Nast International Limited

Yolana and AYU London Limited

Association of Illustrators

Calzedonia

The Tate

ePlus Technology Inc. (Nasdaq listed IT company)

Micad Systems (UK) Limited

Royal Geographical Society

Work highlights

  • Advised Sirva on the IP aspects of the multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Team Relocations and the simultaneous acquisition of Sirva by Madison Dearborn Partners.
  • Assisted Royal Geographical Society with a catalogue licensing agreement with Getty images.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Howard Kennedy LLP

The media and entertainment practice at Howard Kennedy LLP is instructed by individuals and corporate clients on publishing, theatre, film, TV, music, advertising, PR, marketing, gaming and social media instructions. It offers contentious and non-contentious expertise in these areas and is adept at providing advice across corporate, financing, IP, regulatory compliance, employment, international broadcasting, online content and global rights protection matters. The team's core strength is in publishing work, where it handles a range of issues such as negotiating and preparing contracts, freedom of information, copyright and dispute resolution matters for magazines, newspapers, book publishers and literary agents. Theatre instructions are also a key focus, where it handles corporate, commercial, employment, real estate and charity issues for theatre clients. Elsewhere, major broadcasters instruct the team on regulatory and licensing issues. Mark Stephens CBE is an expert in international comparative media law and regulation, and he acts for corporates and individuals in high-profile domestic and international disputes. Senior associate Elizabeth Morley handles disputes involving defamation, reputation management, privacy, data protection and freedom of speech.

Practice head(s):Mark Stephens CBE; Robert Lands

Other key lawyers:David Hooper

Testimonials

The team has in-depth knowledge of the sector.

Key Clients

Media outlets in the North America including: Washington Post, CNN, Thomson Reuters, New York Times, Associated Press, BuzzFeed, Condé Nast, CBS, Simon & Schuster, Christian Science, New Yorker and HBO Daily Beast

Media outlets in the UK including Express Newspapers

Publishers including: Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber and Biteback Publishing

The Old Vic & Young Vic

Ingenious (the largest independent investor in the UK creative economy)

Greene Light Stage

Gate Ventures

TradeWinds

Oneworld Publications

UnHerd

Work highlights

  • Acting for the world renowned guitarist, Richard Blackmore, (formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow and currently of Blackmore's Knight) on his claims against HEC Limited and DPO Limited (both in administration).
  • The team is instructed, on an ongoing retainer-basis, by a well-known media group to provide urgent advice in relation to various pre-publication matters, as well as acting in relation to threatened publishing claims whenever needed.
Leading individuals
Rising stars

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Howard Kennedy LLP

Howard Kennedy LLP's sports team specialises in representing HNW clients in the sector in complex disputes, spanning employment, fraud, divorce proceedings, contractual law and licensing. The team also advises clients on their commercial and financial endeavours, ranging from image rights contracts to personal business matters such as property investments. Lois Langton handles relationship management and financial remedy work. Litigation partner Fiona Hinds represents athletes and sports businesses in disputes of a regulatory or commercial nature.

Practice head(s):Lois Langton; Fiona Hinds

Work highlights

  • Representing two-time WBO world boxing champion Scott Harrison in his appeal to the Board of Boxing Control after it refused to return his boxing licence.
  • Advising a leading professional tennis player in a dispute with his agent/manager.
  • Advising the sub-agent of a Premier League footballer concerning a contractual dispute.
  • Acting for an investment firm on image rights contracts with high profile international footballers.
  • Advised a former Premier League and international footballer and his wife on personal and business matters.

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