Firm Profile > Lewis Silkin LLP > London, England

Lewis Silkin LLP
5 CHANCERY LANE
CLIFFORD'S INN
LONDON
EC4A 1BL
England

Employers Tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP has a longstanding status as a premier employment firm and provides the full spectrum of market-leading advice. The practice is uniquely structured to include dedicated teams focusing on High Court litigation, trade unions, data protection and international work, respectively. 'Fantastic' team head Richard Miskella (also the firm's joint managing partner) has expertise in discrimination cases, investigations and culture change programmes. Other key names include the 'hugely experienced' chairman of the firm, Michael Burd; the 'exceptionalSean Dempsey, an expert in the tech sector; and the 'great strategistToni Lorenzo, whose practice focuses on restrictive covenants and team moves. Nicholas Hadaway heads up the senior executives practice. Among notable other partners are the 'outstandingMichael Anderson, co-head of the High Court employment litigation practice, for his expertise in the financial services sector, and the 'excellentKaren Baxter, for her investigations practice. Associate Sarah McWhinney is building a strong senior executives practice.

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Testimonials

‘Lewis Silkin operate at the highest level of employment law expertise and undertake many cutting-edge cases. There are few solicitors’ firms which attain such high analytical standards and show such in-depth legal knowledge. They are also tactically astute and enormously hardworking. Dealing with the team is always a delight – interpersonal skills are excellent.’

‘The Lewis Silkin team are unbeatable on employee competition issues. They are at the top of the market by a country mile – no other firm has the breadth of experience that Lewis Silkin does. Toni Lorenzo and Mike Anderson are at the top of their game.’

‘Toni Lorenzo and Mike Anderson are both brilliant black letter lawyers – but more than that, they have an instinctive sense for the killer point that comes of years of experience. There are no other partners to match them in the employee competition market at present.’

‘Lewis Silkin are more pragmatic than many legal practices and truly get the need to be commercial. They will always present different options and make a great assessment of risk. Their Ius Laboris network of global lawyers is fabulous.’

‘Sean Dempsey brings a welcome dose of common sense – he gets to the nub of the issue quickly and I find this is common across the firm. We have used the UK Rockhopper service for smaller cases along with the Ius Laboris network and every adviser has engaged with us very well and has been responsive and their advice has been sensible. They appreciate the fast high pressure environment of a growing international business.’

‘Mike Anderson is outstanding and a trusted adviser – always goes the extra mile.’

‘The unique factor is the real breadth of employment related expertise at Lewis Silkin. And the friendly and very responsive approach to problem solving.’

‘Michael Burd – a very good legal mind/knowledge with an extremely practical and sensible approach to problem solving. And quick to answer emails. I feel privileged to be able to work with him.’

‘Lewis Silkin’s employment law offering is excellent. As well as technical rigour, they are agile, responsive, and transparent on costs. These things are equally important. Their complementary offering is superb: as well as pure employment, it covers fields like data privacy which are supplementary but integral to workplace issues. Their offerings are practical and international, which is vital to me.’

‘I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Lewis Silkin’s employment team; they have surpassed my expectations.’

‘Colin Leckey is extremely responsive, practical and instinctively understands the key underlying commercial issues behind a question. I value his common sense and collaborative stance, as well as his expertise.’

‘Sean Dempsey is exceptional. With his counsel we have navigated our way through some rough seas! He is super responsive, open to how we may want to do things differently & is a trusted adviser not only on UK matters but also on an EMEA wide basis. He doesn’t bombard you with legal jargon & most of all he understands the way we do things. He is able to see the wood for the trees & come up with clear advice even in the most complex scenarios.’

‘Strength in depth and near unrivalled experience in high end High Court litigation and related arbitration in respect of team moves, injunctive relief, confidential information, restrictive covenants’

‘Michael Anderson – all over the detail, a real thinker, great strategist.

‘Michael Burd has been there, seen it and done it more than entire teams at other firms. Unflappable.’

‘Toni Lorenzo – huge experience, great strategist.’

‘Richard Miskella – clever, considered, measured.’

‘The sheer size of its team means that its lawyers are true specialists in their fields. They are still nimble though and can react quickly to client needs, whether that be large scale projects, providing fee earners on secondment or advising on sensitive and high value matters. Their range of complimentary services is also unrivalled e.g. its dedicated investigations team, Worksphere and its fixed price Rockhopper service.’

‘Richard Miskella is our ‘go to’ lawyer for any sensitive or high value issues. His intellect, legal knowledge and strategic advice are second to none, and yet he has a down to earth style that resonates well with our senior stakeholders. He’s a true thought leader in the City’s employment law market.’

‘Karen Baxter in particular is a standout star – very personable, sensible, will always make herself available and can take a knotty problem and find a solution with great tact and diplomacy.’

Key clients

Deliveroo

Sainsbury’s

Airbnb

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Willis Towers Watson

Citadel

ASOS

LinkedIn

Hewlett Packard Enterprises

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP has built a strong reputation for its work in the advertising & marketing sector, acting for four of the five major A&M networks. Owner-managed businesses make up a large proportion of their client base, but the team has also diversified into the technology, engineering and manufacturing sectors. Paul Rajput is head of the firm's corporate legal practice group and has 20 years' experience in corporate advisory, growth, venture capital, private equity and joint venture agreements across a a variety of sectors, but particularly in A&M. Elsewhere in the practice, David Willbe heads the technology sector group and advises on the full range of corporate finance transactions, from seed and angel investment rounds to IPOs, sales and acquisitions. Jo Evans is another name to note, and represents the owners of privately owned businesses in the creative economy on the implementation of growth plans and exit strategies.

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The team took great care with the deal to sell my company. They took the time to explain the steps in the process clearly for a first timer. From the top down they are brilliant to work with on a personal level, considerate and totally professional.

Deep expertise of my sector, advertising and marketing. Great programme of sharing insight via seminars and online content. Really personable partners.’

I have a very long relationship with Lewis Silkin and have worked with some of the partners for over 20 years, they have never let me down, are super easy to work with, don’t confound me with legalese and always know how to translate my briefs into the appropriate legal framework. I trust them implicitly.

In all my dealings with the firm I find the team are most professional, organised and unpretentious.

We work with teams across Lewis Silkin who demonstrate a detailed understanding of our business and needs. They work collaboratively across departments and to the best interest of clients.

Key clients

Publicis Groupe SA

Haymarket Media Group

Harbour Group Industries Inc.

Next Fifteen Communications Group Plc

Havas SA

Four Communications Group Limited

Mother London Limited

Sopra Steria Group SA

Wildstone Capital

Hyve Group Plc

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP combines a strong reputation in traditional media and entertainment industries with experts in digital media, technology and new challenges facing the sector. Jeremy Summers heads up the practice and focuses on contentious music and theatre sector work, while Simon Entwistle is a key contact for publishing sector clients. Cliff Fluet, whose practice spans the music and broadcast industries, has particular expertise in new technologies, for which counsel David Deakin, who focuses on digital media and technology transactions, is another name to note. The group also has a strong advertising and marketing offering;  Brinsley Dresden leads the advertising and marketing sector focus group, working with deputy head Geraint Lloyd-Taylor and head of brands and IP Jo Farmer. The team also leverages the firm's full-service capabilities to provide seamless advice on employment, real estate and tax issues. Managing associate Alan Hunt focuses on commercial and technology contracts and IP issues.

Senior executives Tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP has a longstanding status as a premier employment firm and provides the full spectrum of market-leading advice. The practice is uniquely structured to include dedicated teams focusing on High Court litigation, trade unions, data protection and international work, respectively. 'Fantastic' team head Richard Miskella (also the firm's joint managing partner) has expertise in discrimination cases, investigations and culture change programmes. Other key names include the 'hugely experienced' chairman of the firm, Michael Burd; the 'exceptionalSean Dempsey, an expert in the tech sector; and the 'great strategistToni Lorenzo, whose practice focuses on restrictive covenants and team moves. Nicholas Hadaway heads up the senior executives practice. Among notable junior partners are the 'outstandingMichael Anderson, co-head of the High Court employment litigation practice, for his expertise in the financial services sector, and the 'excellentKaren Baxter, for her investigations practice. Associate Sarah McWhinney is building a strong senior executives practice.

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Testimonials

‘Richard Miskella is as good as it gets.’

‘The largest and most experienced employment team in London. Toni Lorenzo is the High Court supremo.. The firm has a great reputation for promoting women to partner. The employment team is renowned for being a flexible, supportive and decent environment.’

‘They have one of the best teams in the market: for employers and senior execs; for statutory employment law and for High Court matters. I deal mostly with their High Court litigators, who I think are among the best in the market. They have an unrivalled knowledge of running High Court employment litigation, both on the employer and employee side. They combine legal skills with highly effective project management of a case.’

‘Toni Lorenzo and Michael Anderson are two of the best litigators I have worked with. Toni has unrivalled knowledge of the employee competition field, and superb tactical nous. he can pull off running a big case at great speed keeping all the plates spinning. Mike Anderson is a great lawyer and a tireless litigator. He is a delightful person to work with, and a superb collaborator.’

‘Nicholas Hadaway is a top class operator.’

‘Nicholas Hadaway is clever, determined and knows how to get a result. Richard Miskella is nuanced, sensible and gets on well with people. Toni Lorenzo is amongst the very best for High Court litigation.’

Partnership Tier 2

Lewis Silkin LLP has a full-service partnership and LLP offering, advising management committees, CEOs and managing partners on matters such as business formation, restructuring, mergers and partnership agreements. Non-contentious work is led by Fergus Payne. On the contentious side, areas of expertise include partner expulsions and compulsory retirements, fiduciary duties, investigations, team moves and restrictive covenants; this work is handled by Clive Greenwood and investigations expert Karen Baxter.

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I have always found the team responsive and pragmatic.’

The team are acutely aware of the current issues that partnerships face and are quick to highlight how they should be addressed and give practical, real-world guidance. They are on top of issues before their clients.’

Lewis Silkin’s partnership practice has a very good and well-deserved reputation.’

Both Clive and Fergus are driven by client service and look to have a broad client relationship which is not simply driven by the latest mandate. You feel you are working together.

Clive Greenwood is highly experienced and very knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

haysmacintyre

Blick Rothenberg

Gerald Eve

Hickman & Rose

Irwin Mitchell LLP

Beattie McGuinness Bungay

United Agents LLP

Headland Consultancy PR

Sport Tier 2

Representing household names such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Rugby Football Union, Lewis Silkin LLP provides a full service to sports clients, handling general corporate and commercial matters, transfers and exits, immigration issues, IP, dispute resolution and data protection. Alex Kelham jointly leads the practice and focuses on sports marketing issues such as IP and advertising. Fellow practice head Andrew Osborne specialises in immigration and has been very active in advising on the impact Brexit will have on player transfers and feeder clubs. Other key members of the team include employment expert Jonathan Carr, corporate lawyer Karish Andrews and Jeremy Summers, who focuses on commercial and IP matters.

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‘A very approachable team. We have built strong relationships over the years. They are always keen to help and we have always had a positive outcome in all matters that we have dealt with them on.’

‘Extremely professional with a wealth of knowledge and have always found solutions to problems we have presented to them. We have trust in them,  which is key to the successful relationship.’

‘The team is a market-leader in employment issues, both day to day and for larger, more complex matters.’

‘The quality of the partners in this area is excellent.’

‘Very knowledgeable in the sector. Very friendly and easy to approach; they offer great practical advice.’

‘Alex Kelham is very knowledgeable and always on hand to help out.’

‘Andrew Osborne is very knowledgeable – clearly a leader in his field, and gives you comfort that you are getting the best advice out there.’

‘Lewis Silkin has always been very strong in sport, both in lucrative professional sport and also publicly funded sport. It has a wide range of talent: contentious and non-contentious, domestic and international.’

‘Alex Kelham is particularly talented at brand protection and publicly funded sports.’

‘Karish Andrews is a leading figure in corporate deals in sport, in particular financial regulation and rights.’

‘Andrew Osborne is the leading partner domestically on immigration-related issues in sport.’

Key clients

The Arsenal Football Club

Chelsea Football Club Limited

Rugby Football Union

Ladies Professional Golf Association

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club Ltd

Fulham Football Club

Northampton Rugby Football Club (Northampton Saints)

OCP Madison Holdings/Madison Sports Group Limited (Owner of Six Day Cycling Series)

England Boxing

Base Soccer Agency Limited

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 3

Lewis Silkin LLP's  team 'is exceptionally customer focused '. The practice has significant experience in international and cross-border litigation, jurisdictional disputes, joint venture and shareholder claims, and share purchase and warranty matters. Other areas of disputes strength involve banking, trusts, partnerships, utilities, construction, competition and civil fraud. In 2019, Mark Lim, whose work frequently has an international focus, was appointed head of the dispute resolution group, which also fields highly regarded commercial litigation partners Andrew Wanambwa and Clive GreenwoodFraser McKeating is the managing associate to note.

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‘Very knowledge and hardworking team, who represent good value for money for a top London firm.’

‘Stand out performer is new Head of Dept, Mark Lim. Highly motivated and very approachable, he is excellent with clients on difficult cases.’

‘Mark Lim leads a consistently strong team. The team are in Mark’s image: clever, thoughtful and assertive. They are careful, innovative and client friendly. Lewis Silkin is a medium-sized law firm but doing top end work, with brilliance and at a reasonable cost. If one has a tricky commercial dispute that one wants fought properly and effectively to a satisfactory conclusion then this is the team.’

‘Mark Lim leads the team with unflappable brilliance. He is a very bright, knowledgeable lawyer, equally at home in insolvency, insurance, or banking litigation.’

‘Mark Lim is very good, sensible no-nonsense approach, very thoughtful and thorough, gives good clear and direct advice.’

‘Mark Lim – excellent commercial approach, careful and good with clients; Nigel Enticknap – clever, thoughtful and thorough.’

‘The team that handled my case were exceptionally customer focussed and had studied the case documents thoroughly. I was impressed with the knowledge they had on a fairly unique part of commercial law. Suggestions were made and a very clear road map was laid out at the start with what documents and information would be required. Meeting notes and any conversations that were held were accurately documented and quickly shared.’

‘Andrew Wanambwa was excellent throughout the time I was involved in the case. No question was considered foolish and Andrew had a clear ability to assess the argument and the behaviour of the legal team of the other party. This enabled us to make decisive actions as to what path we would follow. I was also impressed and how Andrew personally followed up and chased for information from our side when delays occurred. I learned a huge amount working with Andrew and would not hesitate to recommend him in any dispute case.’

Key clients

Airbnb

Ford Motor Company Ltd

Deliveroo

The Arsenal Football Club Plc

ASOS.Com Limited

Havas Media Group

Hermes International

Dyson Technology Limited

Lush

Nectar

Vue Cinemas

Fat Face

Picture House Cinemas

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Lewis Silkin LLP's ‘diverse' and 'cohesive' team works with a range of domestic developers, while also advising China-based clients on mixed-use, leisure, residential and hotel-related projects. On the corporate occupiers side, the team adopts a specialist sector-specific approach and is particularly proficient in representing clients from the luxury brand, lifestyle, advertising and marketing, professional services, retail, restaurants and technology industries. Investment work for family offices and high-net-worth individuals is also integral to the practice, which handles portfolio work in high-profile locations such as Mayfair and Hyde Park. Brian Kilcoyne heads the practice, recently succeeding Jonathan Reuben who remains an active member of the team. The 'smart and commercial' Julia Poulter was recently promoted to partner.

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Lewis Silkin’s expertise and customer service and truly second to none. The team holds a wealth of experience in all real estate related legal matters and they always make you feel as if you are their only and most important client.

‘Lewis Silkin have a very diverse team that are able to attend to a broad number of issues that arise across our business.’

‘The entire team works together in a cohesive manner. All are accessible, approachable, and professional. They are also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Julia Poulter is outstanding. She meticulously addresses every scenario and without exception resolves the situation efficiently with painstaking care. She always carries a large smile and has the ability to balance a negation with firmness to ensure to achieve the very best outcome for the client. Julia is simply a lifesaver – she is an example to all in the field.’

‘Julia Poulter is smart, commercial and available. She has taken the time to get to know our business – I highly recommend her.’

‘Anthony van Hoffen is good to work with and very responsive.’

‘Julia Poulter is very professional at all times and is extremely well versed in her subjects. Julia is also a great listener and takes time to ensure the client is given opportunity to fully express their situation. She does not force her own opinion and is a great person to discuss issues when they arise.

‘Partners such as Rachel Francis-Lang are always available and rarely push work down to less qualified juniors. They are therefore able to take responsibility and give strong and meaningful advice.’

Key clients

CIC International

Digital Unlimited Group Ltd

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

London Legacy Development Corporation

Mannheim LLC

Mercedes-Benz

Next Fifteen Communications Group plc

Skyscanner

Unispace Global Limited

Verisk Analytics Limited

Wildstone Capital Limited

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Lewis Silkin LLP's ‘diverse' and 'cohesive' team works with a range of domestic developers, while also advising China-based clients on mixed-use, leisure, residential and hotel-related projects. On the corporate occupiers side, the team adopts a specialist sector-specific approach and is particularly proficient in representing clients from the luxury brand, lifestyle, advertising and marketing, professional services, retail, restaurants and technology industries. Investment work for family offices and high-net-worth individuals is also integral to the practice, which handles portfolio work in high-profile locations such as Mayfair and Hyde Park. Brian Kilcoyne heads the practice, recently succeeding Jonathan Reuben who remains an active member of the team. The 'smart and commercial' Julia Poulter was recently promoted to partner.

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Testimonials

Lewis Silkin’s expertise and customer service and truly second to none. The team holds a wealth of experience in all real estate related legal matters and they always make you feel as if you are their only and most important client.

‘Lewis Silkin have a very diverse team that are able to attend to a broad number of issues that arise across our business.’

‘The entire team works together in a cohesive manner. All are accessible, approachable, and professional. They are also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Julia Poulter is outstanding. She meticulously addresses every scenario and without exception resolves the situation efficiently with painstaking care. She always carries a large smile and has the ability to balance a negation with firmness to ensure to achieve the very best outcome for the client. Julia is simply a lifesaver – she is an example to all in the field.’

‘Julia Poulter is smart, commercial and available. She has taken the time to get to know our business – I highly recommend her.’

‘Anthony van Hoffen is good to work with and very responsive.’

‘Julia Poulter is very professional at all times and is extremely well versed in her subjects. Julia is also a great listener and takes time to ensure the client is given opportunity to fully express their situation. She does not force her own opinion and is a great person to discuss issues when they arise.

‘Partners such as Rachel Francis-Lang are always available and rarely push work down to less qualified juniors. They are therefore able to take responsibility and give strong and meaningful advice.’

Key clients

Cain International

Hyperion Investments

Jellyfish Pictures

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

London Legacy Development Corporation

Lunar Automotive

Sager Management

Staywell Hospitality

Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

At Lewis Silkin LLP, the hotels practice is known for its work with luxury brands and global hotel chains, with its The Collective initiative bringing together clients in the sector.  Led by real estate partner Julia Poulter  in London, the team handles transactional work in the commercial real estate space and advises on development projects and financing matters. Clare Reddy  , who leads the construction group, is noted for her advisory work to developers, contractors, and occupiers in the corporate property sector, as is Rachel Francis-Lang  who acts for corporate occupiers. Managing associate James Walters advises clients in the sector on employment matters.

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Lewis Silkin LLP's mixed solicitor and trade mark attorney practice has particular experience in advising marketing and creative sector clients on trade mark matters. The management of international brand disputes and international trade mark clearance searches are areas of particular strength.  The group provides a strapline and slogan protection business and a domain name management offering. Through the acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing in summer 2019, the firm integrated senior trade mark attorney Helene Whelbourn into the team. In addition to its London office, the firm also has an office in Dublin. Dual-qualified solicitor and chartered trade mark attorney Dominic Farnsworth heads the practice.

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Sainsburys, Argos, Nectar

Habitat

Arsenal Football Club

Saga

The Vivienne Foundation

Britvic

Monsoon

Omnicom International

Lush

Walker Books

Publicis

Harvey Nichols

Retail and consumer Tier 3

As a core sector focus for the firm, Lewis Silkin LLP’s retail, hospitality and leisure group acts for a mix of luxury brands, high street retailers and independent retailers. It offers substantial experience across IP and brand management mandates, employment and immigration work, commercial and technology contracts, franchising issues and real estate transactions. The practice is particularly singled out for its presence in the luxury and lifestyle space and launched The Collective in early 2019, an initiative aimed at luxury retail clients which encourages collaboration and networking between companies in the luxury and lifestyle sectors. Newly promoted partner Julia Poulter and Oxford-based managing associate James Walters jointly head up the practice; Poulter handles real estate issues and Walters focuses on employment work.

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Testimonials

Lewis Silkin have been incredibly helpful and have supported us through a number of challenges. Lewis Silkin have been instrumental in supporting all of our different stakeholders including brand partners and designers to ensure that we are set up for success. Lewis Silkin manage our IP and advise us on what does and doesn’t need to be followed up on – we find them fair and that they don’t make work where it is not necessary.’

In-depth knowledge of industry practice from the angle of a range of practice focus areas.

The team are extremely professional, approachable, knowledgeable and fully understand what we would like to achieve and how best to approach it. They have their finger on the pulse, industry aware and have become a leading voice across many sectors, sharing valuable insight with clients and beyond. They have a clear passion for what they do and this comes through their work and conversations you have with the team.

The team provides very pragmatic and commercial advice. They are always responsive and address exactly the legal question/concern that is being raised.

Despite being a relatively small team, they have great experience and competence on all matters we need on both a “day to day” basis and for those “one off” projects. We have worked with LS for a number of years and we are confident that all our legal commercial property requirements can be and are met. The people we deal with are all extremely personable and capable. The service provided by the legal team generally is nothing less than, if not more, than you would expect from a large London firm.

The team is thoughtful, have taken the time to fully understand and know our business, they are people and relationship centric and always give advice that takes into consideration our business context.

Key clients

ASOS

Chanel

Lush

Sainsbury’s

Marks & Spencer

PizzaExpress

Selfridges

Vue Cinemas

Harvey Nichols

Canada Goose

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP acts across the UK and internationally, advising clients across the advertising and marketing, technology and retail sectors on a wide variety of data protection issues, including data breaches, regulatory investigations and the adoption of global privacy strategies. The team is co-led by Alexander Milner-Smith - who has particular experience of data regulatory issues in the EU and UK, data breaches and the management of data subject requests - and Bryony Long, who focuses on work in the marketing and advertising sectors, including the collection and commercial exploitation of user data.

Key clients

Omnicom Group

Viacom

Waterstones

Deliveroo

Britvic

Harvey Nichols

Cineworld

Verizon

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP has a 'down-to-earth team who roll their sleeves up and get stuck in', providing a full-service IP offering to a range of global brands across retail, technology, sports, media and luxury goods. Practice head Dominic Farnsworth handles the licensing, commercialisation, exploitation and enforcement of trade mark, copyright and design portfolios, while also offering prosecution services as a registered trade mark attorney. Joint managing partner Giles Crown, who leads the firm's ‘creators, makers and innovators’ division, regularly handles IP disputes for household name brands. Domain name disputes, breach-of-confidence litigation, anti-counterfeiting, trade mark litigation, design infringement claims and other contentious applications emphasising global brand protection are routinely handled by Simon Chapman and Adam Glass.

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Testimonials

Excellent commercial focus and very strategic thinkers.

Adam Glass is brilliant with clients. An extremely commercial and impressive lawyer.

Oliver Fairhurst has excellent knowledge of IP issues and great commercial focus.

Great knowledge of IP litigation, but at the same time they are a down-to-earth team who roll their sleeves up and get stuck in. They fight their client’s corner really hard.

Adam Glass is a tireless fighter with good tactical nous. Clients always know he is in their corner. He is a great collaborator.

Adam Glass and Dominic Farnsworth are both knowledgeable, commercially minded and hugely experienced in litigation and registry matters.

Key clients

Enterprise Holdings Inc

The Arsenal Football Club Plc

Dyson

Sainsbury’s

Chess Limited

Ecotricity Group Limited

Three

Trailfinders Limited

Ascot Racecourse Limited

The Arsenal Football Club Plc

IT and telecoms Tier 4

The ‘professional and personable’ group at Lewis Silkin LLP focuses on advising platform economy companies, fintechs, large techology companies and creative technology industry clients. The firm has expertise in adtech, gaming, AI and blockchain matters, as well as acting for fashion, retail and sport technology providers and buyers. Sean Dempsey and David Willbe are co-heads of the firm’s technology and communications sector group. They lead the wider team with James Gill, who specialises in commercial contracts, technology issues, outsourcings, e-commerce work, consumer law and data protection mandates.

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‘Jeremy Summers is diligent and insightful, particularly when navigating the intricacies of providing Services and warranties to an international government.’

‘Oliver Watson is skilled at clear drafting and concise.’

‘Partner led service. Very strong attention to detail.’

‘James Gill is excellent in front of senior management.’

Key clients

ASOS

Deliveroo

Babylon Health

Facebook

Zappistore

Selfridges

Leigh Day

Snap

Three

Smartr365

PATMA: Patent attorneys Tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP significantly bolstered its patent prosecution offering with the acquisition of Ablett & Stebbing, which also expanded its client base to include a number of academic institutions, SMEs and multinationals. The practice assists with the full range of patent prosecution services, from drafting to portfolio management, enforcement and commercialisation. Key sectors include technology, engineering, life sciences and chemistry. Dominic Farnsworth and Thomas Gaunt, who joined from Ablett & Stebbing alongside Graham Ablett and chemicals and chemical manufacturing expert Paul Williams, head the practice.

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Testimonials

‘Tom Gaunt is a great communicator and very well connected.’

‘Tom Gaunt is a calm, level-headed and smart IP lawyer who can also think outside of the box.’

Key clients

Sainsburys, Argos, Habitat, Nectar

Britvic

Aptiv

TDK Handles

Intellectual Ventures

Robot Macdonald

Orsted

Property litigation Tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP's property litigation practice is led by Brian Kilcoyne, whose specialisms include dilapidations, development disputes, valuation and contract litigation. He is also experienced in protester actions and commercial portfolio management. Clients include retail and leisure sector entities, property developers, management and investment companies, and high-net-worth individuals.

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Key clients

African National Congress

Canada Goose

Christie’s (Auction House)

Habinteg Housing

Havas Media Group

Howdens Joinery Group Plc

HYELM

Interpublic Group

Ladbrokes Coral

London Legacy Development Corporation (Olympic Park)

Mercedes-Benz

Notting Hill Genesis Group

Octavia Housing

Pizza Express Group

Rio Tinto plc (and group companies)

Sackville Property Developments Ltd

Sager Group

Thrive Homes

Walker Books Limited

Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Lewis Silkin LLP has broad sector expertise, advising clients across advertising, marketing, hotels and professional services. Real estate is a key area for the firm, with assistance given to clients on mixed use and residential development. Brian Kilcoyne leads the real estate group, while the 'fantastic' Clare Reddy heads up the construction group. She has acted for London boroughs, housing associations and notable developers, handling work covering hotel projects and residential projects.

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Testimonials

‘Strong advice and great problem-solving capabilities, great negotiation skills along with great communication skills. Much better involvement, responses and quality of advice than I have received from other law firms.’

‘Great negotiation and reasoning skills, great risk awareness and mitigation as standard and very good people in general to deal with.’

‘Clare Reddy is a particular standout – she is fantastic to work with and to have on our team.’

Key clients

CZWG Architects

Electronic Arts

Interpublic Group of Companies

Jackson Coles LLP

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

London Borough of Ealing

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

McCann-Erickson

Osborne Property Services Limited

Verisk Analytics

Planning Tier 5

Lewis Silkin LLP's planning team is now led by Sara Hanrahan following her arrival from Blake Morgan LLP in January 2020. In conjunction with the firm's wider real estate department, the team handles the full range of planning matters, working with corporate occupiers, luxury retail and leisure clients, investors, high net-worth individuals and developers; Chinese developers being a key source of clients for the firm.

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Testimonials

‘Listening is key to the uniqueness of this practice. Being prepared to talk and to understand and then put into layman’s terms the intricacies of an area of science.’

‘Sara Hanrahan has a good commercial and legal understanding of cases and client needs.’

‘The practice is small enough to care but big enough to attract the right team. They have been working on my real estate project for over a decade and have maintained a continuity where possible within their team; this has been vital in dealing with the intricacies of the many legal agreements we have in place on the project. The leadership is always informed, and the support lawyers exemplary.’

‘Always proactive and ‘can do’. Intelligent and thoughtful, with relevant feedback.’

‘Sara Hanrahan is knowledgeable and approachable.’

Key clients

A6 Management Ltd

Bathurst Partners

Cain International

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

London Legacy Development Corporation

London Luton Airport Operations Ltd

Mercedes-Benz

Notting Hill Home Ownership Limited

Poly Group

Sager Group

Walker Books

Withers LLP

Reputation management Tier 5

Working closely with the employment investigations department, Lewis Silkin LLP's media and entertainment team advises on reputational issues arising from sensitive matters.  Adam Glass heads up the defamation practice, and leads advice to a diverse client base comprising high-net-worth individuals, celebrities and other public figures.  Giles Crown  mainly assists corporate clients with defamation, privacy and data protection issues.

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Dr Carpos-Young

Haymarket Media

Walker Books

The Old Vic

Deciem UK Ltd and Deciem Beauty Group Inc

News UK

Suzuki

RIGPA

Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Tortoise Media

Immigration

Lewis Silkin LLP advises across the full spectrum of business immigration; a key area of work is in obtaining sponsor licences and overturning licence revocations and civil penalties, where practice head Andrew Osborne is particularly active. He also provides strategic advice and Brexit support. The team is particularly known for its immigration advice to law firms and professional services firms, and also supports clients in sectors including retail, fashion, hospitality, technology, sports, advertising and media and entertainment.

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Testimonials

‘The most significant strength of this firm is the approachable nature of the team combined with expert knowledge. They are all very responsive and provide very helpful information in a manner that is easy to understand.’

‘Great experience with everyone at Lewis Silkin: always very responsive, informative and feel a real sense of confidence in the advice that they provide. A true partnership – especially during tricky times for immigration.’

‘I am particularly impressed by the team’s commitment to knowhow in a sector that is notoriously updated on an almost daily basis and even more so since Brexit and now COVID-19.’

‘Lewis Silkin has been steadily increasing its capacity in immigration work for some time, and is now a major player in the sector. It has excellent lawyers, and a forward-thinking commercial approach, including in its significant use of client education and seminars.’

‘The team has a strong commercial slant, making it particularly suited to dealing with contentious corporate immigration matters.’

‘Naomi Hanrahan-Soar is knowledgeable and well positioned to deal with matters which engage both employment and immigration issues. Her commercial slant makes her particularly suited to focusing on how litigation fits in with the client’s overall aims.’

‘Joanna Hunt is impressive and really knows her stuff, which she combines this with a real practical understanding of dealing with the Home Office. Her advice and training sessions on immigration topics were well received by everyone in the business she came into contact with.’

Joanna Hunt is definitely one to watch, with excellent business immigration knowledge and super communication skills. Kathryn Denyer is also great, with a real depth of knowledge that complements the team.’

‘Kathryn Denyer’s knowledge and awareness is superb, as is her ability to convey the manifold changes in law and practice and indication of the wider impact in an intelligent and accessible way.’

‘Stephen O’Flaherty is the best immigration lawyer I have worked with in my years dealing with global mobility. He goes above and beyond to help with quirky or difficult situations, is very responsive and incredibly personable. He is highly is trusted by my company – even those who don’t work directly with him are aware of both the good working relationship we have and also his expert knowledge.’

Key clients

Deliveroo

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Benevolent AI

Havas Media

Marks & Spencer

Ford Motors

ASOS

Chelsea F.C.

Employment Tier 1

Under the expert guidance of the 'outstandingLucy Lewis, boutique employment firm Lewis Silkin LLP's Cardiff office continues its upward growth trajectory in the local market. Able to call upon the resources of 20 fee-earners, as well as the ability to leverage the know-how and expertise of specialists across the UK, the team has the critical mass and diversity of knowledge to effectively  provide an 'excellent customer service with a strong drive to offer the very best support'. Although it is growing its local client base, the firm's sweet-spot lies in its ability to provide a cost-effective service to national and international corporates, where it 'feels like an extension of the in house team - rather than an external firm'. Richard Moore excels at providing advice on the employment issues arising from corporate transactions, including on M&A and outsourcing matters. At an associate level, Charlotte Morgan has been particularly busy on the contentious front and Tom Ford 'has a fantastic balance of employment and data privacy knowledge'.

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‘The team demonstrate excellent customer service with a strong drive to offer the very best support.’

‘Extremely current, practical and up-to-date team. No advising on the law in isolation. Great for ad-hoc issues, litigation, TUPE and international projects.’

‘The team is exceptionally efficient, always keen to meet deadlines and really tailors the advice they offer to the individual needs of the client.’

‘Depending on the issue they often feel like an extension of the in house team- rather than an external firm.’

‘Lucy Lewis is outstanding and provides clear and concise advice that fully considers the specific scenario.’

‘Lucy Lewis is the most intuitive, pragmatic and commercially astute lawyer we work with.’

‘Lucy Lewis is very proactive and commercial.’

‘Tom Ford has a fantastic balance of employment and data privacy knowledge.’

‘Charlotte Morgan has made herself readily available to support and explained legal terminology in easy to comprehend terms seeking to understand the client’s requirements.’

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Dyfed Powys Police

Rockwool

Simon & Schuster

Havas

Ortho Clinical Diagnostics

Marks & Spencer

Omnicom Group (inc adamandeveDDB, Abbott Mead Vickers, DAS and TBWA)

Interpublic Group

Zara

Publicis Groupe

Employment: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 1

Focusing on the technology, pharmaceutical and media sectors, Lewis Silkin LLP advises well-known commercial clients on all contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Practice head Jonathan Carr handles the employment aspects of M&A deals and is also developing a reputation in the sports sector, having acted for a number of leading sports clubs and teams. Russell Brimelow, who led the practice until 2019, 'has a great commercial mind' and advises on sensitive issues, including terminations of employment, mergers, downsizing and TUPE transfers. James Storke is also recommended.

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Great commercial advice in employment matters. Very customer focused and delivery orientated.’

Carolyn Soakell is the best external lawyer I have; I’ve worked with her for over ten years and she is faultless.

‘Jonathan Carr gives really good advice – I rate him .’

The mix of the team plays well to my company’s needs – from general to more specialist advice, always delivered in a practical, commercial way.

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Oxford University Press

Eli Lily

Invesco

Otsuka

Duco

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Paybyphone

Coveris

Comcast

Adobe

Lewis Silkin is a UK top-100 commercial law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin and Hong Kong. The firm is recognised by clients and industry alike as being distinct: for its deep understanding, insight and advice to creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses; for its market-leading international practice in employment, immigration and reward; and for delivering pragmatic, commercial advice in a refreshingly human way.

The firm: With 60 partners and more than 400 staff, the firm is structured around two key divisions.  In employment, immigration and reward it is consistently top-ranked. With over 100 lawyers, Lewis Silkin’s employment and immigration team offers an unrivalled service supporting clients, including many of the world’s leading businesses, on their HR, employment and immigration law needs domestically and internationally. The creators, makers and innovators team is made up of leading advisers for creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses, offering deep understanding of the industry sectors in which clients operate combined with real expertise across a wide range of legal services. From start-ups to multinationals, the firm’s comprehensive and commercially focused advice helps clients succeed in an increasingly complex and converged international marketplace, whether they receive advice from both, or just one division.

Lewis Silkin is renowned for offering high-quality legal advice paired with a personal touch and individual flair, and for being the ‘lawyers’ lawyers’. Boasting top-notch credentials in a number of areas, the firm is ranked number one in both employment law and IP, brands and trade marks in the UK. It also has a leading reputation in areas such as advertising, marketing, media and entertainment, among many others.

Feedback consistently shows that clients particularly value the firm’s cost-effectiveness, its personalised approach to the needs of their businesses, and distinctive approach to sharing legal updates, know-how and training (details on www.lewissilkin.com).

The firm is also regarded as an employer of choice, having been consistently ranked in The Sunday Times’ ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ for nine years running and maintaining an ‘outstanding’ two-star accreditation from ‘Best Companies’. It is also an accredited living wage employer, and has previously won an award for ‘Best Social Mobility Programme’ at the Awards for Management Excellence by the Managing Partners’ Forum.

The firm’s reach also extends worldwide through its Hong Kong office and membership of two leading global legal networks: Ius Laboris, which focuses on employment law; and the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA) which deals with advertising and marketing law.

Types of work undertaken: The creators, makers and innovaters division of Lewis Silkin offers the full spectrum of legal services to support creative clients in a complex and converging international marketplace. Its 11 different legal practice groups and array of non-legal business service offerings deliver practical advice and real commercial insight in a refreshing and straight-forward manner. From incorporating a new business, renewing a lease, registering a design, and protecting data or intellectual property, to expanding a business internationally, hiring new teams or handling major commercial disputes, Lewis Silkin can provide the focus and commercial expertise needed.

The employment, immigration and reward division of the firm focuses on employment, reward and immigration issues, supporting many of the world’s leading businesses with their HR and employment law needs in the UK and around the world.

Across these two areas the firm has unmatched expertise and capability within eight key industry sectors: advertising and marketing; manufacturing and engineering; media and entertainment; retail, fashion and hospitality; sports business; technology; financial services; and professional services.

Department Name Email Telephone
Joint managing partner Giles Crown (creators, makers and innovators)
Joint managing partner Richard Miskella (employment, immigration and reward)
Advertising and marketing services Brinsley Dresden
Advertising and marketing services Jo Farmer
Commercial James Gill
Construction Clare Reddy
Corporate Paul Rajput
Employee reward Sara Cohen
Employee reward Victoria Goode
Employment James Davies
Employment Michael Burd
Employment Russell Brimelow
IT James Gill
Immigration Andrew Osborne
Immigration Antonia Grant
Insolvency Mark Lim
Intellectual property Ian Jeffery
Intellectual property Giles Crown
Intellectual property Jo Farmer
Intellectual property Simon Chapman
Litigation and dispute resolution Mark Lim
Media and entertainment Jeremy Summers
Media and entertainment Cliff Fluet
Outsourcing James Gill
Partnership Clive Greenwood
Partnership Fergus Payne
Planning Leonard Goodrich
Property litigation Brian Kilcoyne
Publishing Simon Entwistle
Real estate Jonathan Reuben
Real estate Rachel Francis-Lang
Reputation management Adam Glass
Sports Alex Kelham
Tax Matthew Rowbotham
Technology Sean Dempsey
Technology James Gill
Trade marks Dominic Farnsworth
Trade marks Steven Jennings
Data protection Ellen Temperton
Data protection Alexander Milner-Smith
Retail James Walters
Retail Julia Poulter
Technology David Willbe
Photo Name Position Profile
 Graham Ablett  photo Graham Ablett Partner
 Michael Anderson  photo Michael Anderson Partner specialising in High Court litigation, team moves, restrictive covenants and high-value…
 Karish Andrews  photo Karish Andrews Partner specialising in mergers and acquisitions, investments and general corporate work. Acts…
 Karen Baxter  photo Karen Baxter Partner specialising in employment and partnership issues, including complex grievances and disciplinary…
 Mario Betts  photo Mario Betts Managing Associate
 Michael Burd  photo Michael Burd Chair of the Partnership and Partner. Advises on all aspects of employment…
 Simon J Chapman  photo Simon J Chapman Partner. Specialises in contentious and non-contentious IP and IT disputes encompassing patents,…
 Sara Cohen  photo Sara Cohen Partner specialising in incentives and tax. Advises on a wide range of…
 Shalina Crossley  photo Shalina Crossley Advises many areas of employment and partnership law. Has a particular focus on…
 Giles Crown  photo Giles Crown Joint Managing Partner, heading up the part of the firm focussed on…
 James Davies  photo James Davies Partner  specialising in all aspects of employment law with a special interest…
 David Deakin  photo David Deakin Partner. David is a commercial digital media and technology lawyer. He specialises…
 Sean Dempsey  photo Sean Dempsey Sean is an Employment Partner at Lewis Silkin and Head of the…
 Nigel Dewar Gibb  photo Nigel Dewar Gibb Consultant
 Brinsley Dresden  photo Brinsley Dresden Partner, specialising in advertising law. Regulatory advice: Defending complex Advertising Standards Authority…
 Nigel Enticknap photo Nigel Enticknap Managing Associate
 Simon Entwistle  photo Simon Entwistle Partner specialising in M&A, joint ventures and complex commercial contracts, including outsourcing,…
 Jo Evans  photo Jo Evans Partner, Corporate. Work includes mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance with a…
 Jo Farmer  photo Jo Farmer Partner, media, brands and technology department. Specialises in non-contentious marketing services law,…
 Laura Farnsworth  photo Laura Farnsworth Partner dealing with all aspects of employment law with a special interest…
 Dominic Farnsworth  photo Dominic Farnsworth Partner specialising in intellectual property law; particular focus on advertising; trade mark…
 Cliff Fluet  photo Cliff Fluet Partner. Specialises in digital media, branded entertainment, audio and audio/visual content exploitation…
 Rachel Francis-Lang  photo Rachel Francis-Lang Rachel advises on all areas of commercial property, acting predominantly for occupiers…
 Tom Gaunt  photo Tom Gaunt Partner
 James Gill  photo James Gill Partner. James provides specialist advice on commercial contracts, technology projects, outsourcing, e-commerce,…
 Adam Glass  photo Adam Glass Dispute Resolution Partner spanning both civil and criminal law including Intellectual Property,…
 Virginia Goode  photo Virginia Goode Practice Development Lawyer in commercial property. Ginny has extensive experience handling a broad range…
 Leonard Goodrich  photo Leonard Goodrich Consultant Partner. Mixed use development with experience in commercial acquisitions and disposals,…
 Clive Greenwood  photo Clive Greenwood Partner in the Professional Services and Dispute Resolution Groups. Specialises in commercial…
 Nicholas Hadaway  photo Nicholas Hadaway Partner, Employment. Advises on all areas of employment law with particular focus…
 Naomi Hanrahan-Soar  photo Naomi Hanrahan-Soar Managing Associate
 Paul Hayes  photo Paul Hayes Head of Housing and Residential Litigation, specialising in residential property litigation, including…
 Alan Hunt photo Alan Hunt Managing Associate
 Joanna Hunt  photo Joanna Hunt Managing Associate
 Ian Jeffery  photo Ian Jeffery Partner specialising in intellectual property and information technology, with particular emphasis on…
 Alex Kelham  photo Alex Kelham Alex is a Partner, and the Head of Lewis Silkin’s Sports Business…
 Brian Kilcoyne  photo Brian Kilcoyne Partner specialising in all areas of real estate litigation: landlord and tenant…
 Colin Leckey  photo Colin Leckey Partner in employment. Particular focus on the technology, financial services and professional…
 Timothy Leeson  photo Timothy Leeson
 Mark Lim  photo Mark Lim Mark is a partner specialising in the resolution of complex commercial disputes,…
 Geraint Lloyd-Taylor  photo Geraint Lloyd-Taylor Partner. Deputy head of Lewis Silkin’s advertising & marketing team.
 Steven Lorber  photo Steven Lorber Consultant partner specialising in employment and data privacy.
 Toni Lorenzo  photo Toni Lorenzo Partner, Employment, Immigration and Reward and Head of the Employment Litigation Team.…
 Fraser McKeating photo Fraser McKeating Managing Associate
 Sarah McWhinney photo Sarah McWhinney Advises Senior Executives on full range of employment law issues including disputes…
 Alexander Milner-Smith photo Alexander Milner-Smith Partner
 Richard Miskella  photo Richard Miskella Joint managing partner in employment, reward and immigration department. Particular focus on…
 Stephen O'Flaherty photo Stephen O'Flaherty Managing Associate
 Andrew Osborne  photo Andrew Osborne Partner, Employment, Immigration and Reward. A key member of the Sports Group…
 Fergus Payne  photo Fergus Payne Partner, Corporate. Specialises in advising on limited liability partnership and partnership matters,…
 Sam Pennington  photo Sam Pennington Corporate lawyer specialising in a full range of corporate law advice from…
 Julia Poulter photo Julia Poulter Partner (Real Estate)
 Hannah Price  photo Hannah Price Legal Director advising on all aspects of employment law. Has particular expertise in…
 Paul Rajput  photo Paul Rajput Partner specialising in wide range of corporate and commercial issues, principally in…
 Clare Reddy  photo Clare Reddy Partner specialising in non-contentious construction, engineering, and procurement work. Clare advises on…
 Jonathan Reuben  photo Jonathan Reuben Partner specialising in all areas of commercial property law, particularly property investment…
 Matthew Rowbotham  photo Matthew Rowbotham Partner specialising in corporate and business taxes, with an emphasis on M&A…
 Phil Rymer  photo Phil Rymer All forms of audio visual finance, production and distribution for conventional media…
 John Shea photo John Shea Senior Associate
 Jeremy Summers  photo Jeremy Summers Jeremy is a partner within Lewis Silkin’s Media & Entertainment team. He…
 Nick Walker  photo Nick Walker Partner. Specialising in intellectual property infringement (copyright, trade marks and passing off,…
 Andrew Wanambwa  photo Andrew Wanambwa Andrew is a partner in the Dispute Resolution team. His practice focuses…
 David Willbe  photo David Willbe
 Paul Williams  photo Paul Williams Partner
 Anthony van Hoffen  photo Anthony van Hoffen Partner (Real Estate)
Number of partners : 60

At Lewis Silkin we recognise that a more inclusive workplace allows for a plethora of ideas and thoughts, a variety of points of view that can trigger discussions or deliver innovative results, as well as a wide scope of versatile skills and expertise. We are proud of the diverse range of people within Lewis Silkin and culture of bravery and kindness that allows individuals to be themselves at work, ensuring we provide the best possible service to our clients.

We are inspired by our own history – a story of social mobility of Lewis Silkin (the man) who was born to a poor family of refugees, but whose determination and hard work won him a scholarship to Oxford University. The opportunity was subsequently lost when, due to his social status, his headmaster reputedly advised the University ‘this boy will not benefit from a university education’. Undeterred, Lewis Silkin worked in the London Docks until he spotted a notice in the window of a firm of solicitors seeking a ‘bright lad’. He was appointed as a clerk, eventually becoming an articled clerk and qualifying as a solicitor (going on to represent Deptford in the House of Commons and sit in the House of Lords).

This history is at the core of our culture and our values and it drives our commitment to ensure that access to the legal profession is open and fair and that the profession itself is diverse and socially inclusive. We are a proud signatory to The Law Society’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter, the leading diversity initiative of the legal profession, and Gold Standard award recipient. We are also members of The Black Solicitors Network and a legal partner to The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion. We have been accredited as a Living Wage Employer since 2012 and we extend this to our outsourced services, ensuring that our cleaners, security and maintenance colleagues are paid the real living wage in our contracts with providers.

Our Diversity and Inclusion board champions the firm’s culture and is responsible for development and execution of the firm’s overall diversity strategy. The key strategic aims of the Diversity and Inclusion Board are:

  • To create and maintain a workplace where employees can thrive regardless of their personal characteristics;
  • To promote visibility and representation across the diversity strands (Gender, BAME, Social Mobility, LGBT+, Disability and Wellbeing, and Interfaith);
  • To act as an advisory body for the firm on diversity issues, including drafting guidance and making recommendations to the Operations Board and the Strategy Board of the firm and
  • To develop and maintain recruitment processes that encourage and maintain a diverse workforce.

Find out more about the steps we’re taking to advance diversity and inclusion within the firm and the wider legal sector on our website, along with our full SRA 2019 Diversity report.

The Lex 100 Verdict

'Leader in employment law', Lewis Silkin has an 'open and friendly atmosphere' and offers training contracts in London and Cardiff. 'I was working here as a paralegal and I knew that I wanted to stay for as long as they would have me!', said one trainee. The 'mid-sized firm' offers a range of work and the small intake means that 'there are usually only one or two trainees in each department'. This means not only that 'you work closely with your supervisor and get hands-on experience, including drafting documents', but also that trainees are 'widely-known within the firm and are much closer to each other'. The people at Lewis Silkin are the jewel in the crown, with recruits enthusing that 'everyone looks out for you and makes sure you get the best training possible'. 'I don't understand it when people say they hate their jobs', said one trainee, 'I can't imagine working somewhere where I didn't enjoy every single day'. Gripes included a perceived 'disorganisation regarding seat allocation' and an 'apparently ad-hoc approach to secondments'. 'Missing a deadline due to unrealistic expectations' and 'my computer not working when I was trying to serve and file lots of documents before a deadline and having to run to the Rolls Building with minutes to spare' were stressful moments. But there were plenty of highlights too. These included 'attending several trials' and 'assisting a well-known fashion photographer with her visa application to have her approved as a 'Global Talent' and reviewing various fashion magazines, articles and lookbooks to collate evidence for the application'. For plenty of responsibility in a firm which has an enviable culture and work/life balance, consider Lewis Silkin.