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

Brand management Tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP is lauded for its 'excellent commercial and practical advice' and 'outstanding reputation in advertising and marketing', which saw the team work alongside Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO in negotiations for Elton John to appear in the John Lewis Christmas advert. Brinsley Dresden is regularly instructed by leading brands and advertising agencies to advise on all aspects of advertising law and regulation. Giles Crown has a niche specialisation in comparative advertising issues and is particularly active on the contentious side. Jo Farmer is described as 'one of the most knowledgeable lawyers in advertising' and is often the 'go-to' adviser for media agencies and tech platforms in relation to social media campaigns and media buying. Dominic Farnsworth and Geraint Lloyd-Taylor (who was promoted to partner in April 2019) are also of note.

Employment: employers Tier 1

The market-leading team at Lewis Silkin LLP has strong expertise in all aspects of employment law, advising on the spectrum of issues from the gig economy to gender pay gap reporting, while also playing prominent roles in high-profile High Court disputes. The practice is particularly well-regarded for its development of innovative services to meet client needs, including its low cost fixed-fee HR support offering, rockhopper. Recent highlights include advising Deliveroo on the categorisation of their delivery staff as non-workers. Joint managing partner Richard Miskella heads the practice, which also has a strong track record of advising senior executives, and is home to a line-up of well-regarded partners including 'all-time great' Michael Burd, James Davies, 'master tactician' Toni Lorenzo, senior executives practice head Nicholas Hadaway and Colin Leckey.

Employment: senior executives Tier 1

The market-leading team at Lewis Silkin LLP has strong expertise in all aspects of employment law, advising on the spectrum of issues from the gig economy to gender pay gap reporting, while also playing prominent roles in high-profile High Court disputes. The practice is particularly well-regarded for its development of innovative services to meet client needs, including its low cost fixed-fee HR support offering, rockhopper. Recent highlights include advising Deliveroo on the categorisation of their delivery staff as non-workers. Joint managing partner Richard Miskella heads the practice, which also has a strong track record of advising senior executives, and is home to a line-up of well-regarded partners including 'all-time great' Michael Burd, James Davies, 'master tactician' Toni Lorenzo, senior executives practice head Nicholas Hadaway and Colin Leckey.

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP works for advertising and marketing clients on corporate M&A transactions, catering for cross-border matters with dedicated international desks across the firm's UK offices, in addition to its Hong Kong office. In addition to its advertising and marketing play the firm has expanded its M&A offering in the technology sector, predominantly advising on corporate finance for founders and early-stage businesses. Practice head Paul Rajput works with these businesses, both on strategic acquisitions and venture capital fundraisings, and has notable experience in the advertising, marking and media sectors.

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP is active across a range of high-profile media and entertainment instructions and demonstrates strengths across advertising, marketing, theatre, publishing, film, TV, music, social media and digital mandates. The theatre team is regularly engaged on new productions and is instructed by producers in the sector on high-profile mandates; it is advising Nullarbor Productions on all production issues in relation to Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, the musical. Managing associate Alan Hunt specialises in IP law is instructed by clients across the theatre, fashion, media, entertainment, sport, retail, music and technology sectors. The publishing department is instructed by a range of print, digital, broadcast and social media clients, and also works closely with several trade bodies. The music group acts for record labels, digital and mobile services, brands and rights-owners. The team also handles live music mandates and is instructed by several music festivals and venues. Cliff Fluet is instructed by several music streaming platforms as well as artificial intelligence, blockchain and immersive entertainment clients. The firm is also engaged on film and TV sector work where it handles content creation, financing, exploitation, IP, content, brands and reputation management work, as well as defamation and privacy disputes. In the gaming and social media sphere, the team acts for digital producers, publishers and social talent on digital media and social media content. Jeremy Summers heads the team.

Partnership Tier 2

Lewis Silkin LLP's group, jointly led by Fergus Payne and  Clive Greenwood, advises UK- and overseas-headquartered professional services firms on a range of legal and regulatory issues. On the non-contentious side, it advises on the formation and implementation of new and updated LLP and partnership agreements, restructurings and mergers. The team also has experience in contentious issues, such as allegations of partner misconduct and claims of harassment or bullying. Drawing on specialisms in the wider firm, it has developed a niche in assisting clients with the impact of GDPR on their business structures. Karen Baxter leads the professional services sector group and specialises in the cross-over between employment and partnership law.

Sport Tier 2

Lewis Silkin LLP's sports practice acts for Premier League clubs, governing bodies such as the RFU, and private companies, providing services encompassing marketing, IP, brand protection, corporate transactions, commercial agreements, immigration, employment and litigation. Sports marketing partner Alex Kelham represents Saudi Arabia's first female racing driver and recently advised Goodwood Racecourse on their World Horseracing digital media platform. Recent hire John Shea specialises in contentious work, representing clients before FIFA or the CAS in regulatory compliance matters. Partner Andrew Osborne has an encyclopaedic knowledge of player transfers, appointments and immigration, particularly in relation to the impact that Brexit will have on the UK market. On the commercial side, Jeremy Summers provided Alex Thomson Racing with advice on the negotiation and finalisation of a sponsorship deal with Nokia, involving a complex shared intellectual property agreement.

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Clients recommend Lewis Silkin LLP for its ‘highly commercial and pragmatic’ advice, with the practice priding itself on its sector-specific knowledge, specifically in the advertising and media, technology and professional services industries. Headed by Jonathan Reuben and recommended on all commercial property fronts, the practice is adept on HQ relocations, major development works and regeneration projects. Investment-related work includes the acquisition and disposal of high-value multi-tenanted Central London properties in addition to related refinancing and portfolio management for both high-net-worth individuals and foreign investors. High-profile retailers form the client base, as do a number of hotels which instruct the team for developments, redevelopments and asset acquisition, among other matters. Legal director Julia Poulter is a recommended junior member of the team.

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Clients recommend Lewis Silkin LLP for its ‘highly commercial and pragmatic’ advice, with the practice priding itself on its sector-specific knowledge, specifically in the advertising and media, technology and professional services industries. Headed by Jonathan Reuben and recommended on all commercial property fronts, the practice is adept on HQ relocations, major development works and regeneration projects. Investment-related work includes the acquisition and disposal of high-value multi-tenanted Central London properties in addition to related refinancing and portfolio management for both high-net-worth individuals and foreign investors. High-profile retailers form the client base, as do a number of hotels which instruct the team for developments, redevelopments and asset acquisition, among other matters. Legal director Julia Poulter is a recommended junior member of the team.

Commercial property: retail Tier 3

Clients recommend Lewis Silkin LLP for its ‘highly commercial and pragmatic’ advice, with the practice priding itself on its sector-specific knowledge, specifically in the advertising and media, technology and professional services industries. Headed by Jonathan Reuben and recommended on all commercial property fronts, the practice is adept on HQ relocations, major development works and regeneration projects. Investment-related work includes the acquisition and disposal of high-value multi-tenanted Central London properties in addition to related refinancing and portfolio management for both high-net-worth individuals and foreign investors. High-profile retailers form the client base, as do a number of hotels which instruct the team for developments, redevelopments and asset acquisition, among other matters. Legal director Julia Poulter is a recommended junior member of the team.

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP’s specialist areas of expertise include the data aspects of employment law, consumer and commercial law, defamation issues and advertising regulations. The group also has particular sector focuses including advertising, technology, sports, media, professional services, retail and hospitality sectors; clients include Viacom, Lush, Fulham Football Club, Cineworld Cinemas and Omnicom Group. Practice head Ellen Temperton is also a member of the employment group; other practitioners include Nathalie Moreno, who has experience in global data protection audits and compliance implementation programmes, and employment specialist Alexander Milner-Smith. Former practice head Nick Walker departed and Simon Morrisey joined Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Intellectual property Tier 4

The practice at Lewis Silkin LLP is recognised for its expertise across contentious IP matters, trade mark and design portfolio management work, commercial and transactional mandates, and domain name management issues; and has notable sector specialism in the retail, technology, media, entertainment, manufacturing and engineering industries. The group is jointly led by Jo Farmer, who handles a range of non-contentious matters including advertising and marketing issues; trade mark practice head Dominic Farnsworth; Simon J Chapman, who heads up the dispute resolution team, and brand management expert Giles Crown. Chris Hayes departed to an in-house role at GW Pharmaceuticals.

IT and telecoms Tier 4

The 'responsive' technology and communications practice at Lewis Silkin LLP leverages a cross-departmental team to advise its impressive roster of technology and telecoms sector clients. The team, which 'always offers a high standard of work', is jointly led by Sean Dempsey, David Willbe and James Gill who focus on employment, corporate finance transactions and commercial IT advice respectively. Nathalie Moreno, who advises on the commercial and regulatory aspects of a range of IT transactions including IT procurements and cloud outsourcing projects, is another name to note.

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP is especially experienced in the management of worldwide trade mark portfolios for major corporations, but also fields a substantial litigation offering to complement its non-contentious practice. Clients predominantly come from the advertising, marketing and creative sectors, though the caseload also contains a significant number of instructions from the retail, automotive, entertainment and technology sectors. In April 2018, the firm opened an Irish office and acquired a specialist search service to better assist clients seeking to protect streamlines and slogans used in advertising. Dominic Farnsworth is the practice head. Aaron Newell joined J A Kemp.

Commercial contracts Tier 5

Lewis Silkin LLP’s primary industry sectors are advertising and marketing, retail, and technology, but the firm also advises clients in the professional services, media, automotive and manufacturing fields. James Gill specialises in complex, high-value commercial contracts, ranging from agency, distribution and franchising to domestic and international outsourcing projects. He co-leads the team with Jo Farmer, who has particular expertise in the advertising and marketing sector, with a focus on intellectual property. She advises clients on exploiting and protecting their intellectual property rights in commercial contracts.

Commercial litigation Tier 5

Lewis Silkin LLP's 'team is very down to earth but with great client-handling skills and experience'. It has significant disputes experience involving international and cross-border litigation, jurisdictional issues, joint venture and shareholder issues, share purchases and warranty claims, as well as disputes in the trusts, partnerships, utilities, construction, competition and civil fraud areas. Simon Chapman leads the dispute resolution group; Mark Lim specialises in high-value and complex international disputes, and Clive Greenwood  has over 30 years’ experience  of litigation, arbitration and mediation cases. Other names to note are Andrew Wanambwa and managing associates Nigel Enticknap and Fraser McKeating, the latter recently promoted.

Reputation management Tier 5

Lewis Silkin LLP's 'down-to-earth and relatable' reputation management team works closely with the firm's employment practice, assisting high-profile clients with sensitive reputational issues. 'Calm and competent' department leader Adam Glass specialises in pre-publication clearance work; in particular advising trade publisher Haymarket media on all of its titles such as "Campaign", "Third Sector" and its automotive press publications. Giles Crown acts for high-profile and high-net-worth clients and the 'technically good' key figure Karen Baxter handles cases entailing an overlap with employment and partnership law.

Immigration

The 'first-rate' team at Lewis Silkin LLP handles both personal and business immigration mandates, advising clients including multinational corporates, start-ups and high-net-worth individuals across sectors including financial services, fashion, media, entertainment, retail and sports. The team is increasingly advising clients with an established or growing presence in the Asia Pacific region, working with its Hong Kong office to provide an integrated service. Its China desk advises clients doing business in the UK and advised a multinational business group which links Chinese companies with UK businesses on a successful appeal against the Home Office's decision to revoke its sponsor licence. The firm's Japanese desk is able to support its client base of several Japanese multinational companies. The team also operates closely with the firm's employment team to provide a full service to its clients. Andrew Osborne handles personal and business immigration work and is noted for his sports sector expertise.

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
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Number of partners : 60