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Lewis Silkin LLP

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5 CHANCERY LANE, CLIFFORD'S INN, LONDON, EC4A 1BL, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7074 8000
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Fax 020 7864 1200
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182 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.lewissilkin.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP's team has 'an eye towards achieving an efficient and effective outcome' for clients in relation to concessions and franchising agreements, BPOs, supply and distribution agreements, and logistics contracts, among other matters. Jo Farmer and senior associate Alan Hunt recently assisted Admiral with negotiating a media buying contract with PHD, covering all media buying for Admiral and confused.com. Simon Entwhistle was the lead adviser to Azzurri Restaurants Limited on its commercial joint venture with Sainsbury's to operate Zizzi pizza concessions in Sainsbury's stores. James Gill heads up the team, whose other clients include Capita, Suzuki and News International. Jeremy Summers and Nathalie Moreno are recommended.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

The 'excellent'¬†Lewis Silkin LLP¬†has an ‚Äėextremely competent and commercial‚Äô corporate offering. The firm is known as a leader in the advertising and marketing sector, and includes Publicis, Havas, IP and Omnicom in its client list. ‚ÄėCalm, proactive and creative‚Äô practice head¬†Paul Rajput¬†advised digital communications group Next 15 on four significant acquisitions in 2017, including those of Circle Research and Velocity Partners.¬†.¬†Karish Andrews¬†is ‚Äėcommercial and knowledgeable in the media and marketing sectors‚Äô; Andrews is also known for his expertise in sports M&A, recently acting for new client Golazo Sports Marketing on a complex collaboration arrangement with The Great Run. Creative economy sector expert¬†Jo Evans¬†is ‚Äėcommercially very savvy and experienced, and also a lovely person to work with'.¬†David Willbe¬†and¬†Sam Pennington¬†are also noted.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 2

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP's 'excellent' team demonstrates 'in-depth knowledge and expertise' in relation to both contentious and non-contentious matters. The group often handles the drafting and implementing of new or updated LLP and partnership agreements, restructurings, mergers and the associated regulatory issues. On the contentious side, the group is at the forefront of complex partner grievance cases, representing a number of major City firms. The group is co-led by 'excellent strategist' and partnership dispute veteran Clive Greenwood and non-contentious partnership lawyer Fergus Payne, who advised Goodstuff Communications on the purchase of a 20% stake in the LLP held by Omnicom to produce a fully independent media agency. Possessing 'great experience'. Karen Baxter is recommended for her ability to 'move seamlessly from employment to partnership'. Ellen Temperton is another key practitioner and is noted for her 'superb partnership expertise'.

Leading individuals

Clive Greenwood - Lewis Silkin LLP

Fergus Payne - Lewis Silkin LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP 'represents superb value for money, communicates complex legal issues in a way that non-legal people can understand, and is prepared to offer genuine advice and not just tell clients the law'. The disputes team comprises specialists who handle IP, corporate, employment, and partnership and LLP disputes. It acted for three limited companies and three individuals in relation to allegations of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty, which arose from a management buy-out. Simon Chapman is team head; Clive Greenwood and Philip Foster are 'both superb litigators who offer forthright commercially-aware advice and are conscious of costs'; and Mark Lim is 'calm, confident and unflappable and a number of major corporate clients turn to him without hesitation when litigation is on the horizon'. Andrew Wanambwa and consultant Tom Coates are also highly rated; and senior associate Fraser McKeating  is 'one to watch'.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP

With 'unrivalled experience and knowledge', Lewis Silkin LLP's 'absolutely first-class practice' is 'top drawer' and 'has market-leading strength in the field'. The group is 'a go-to name for complex litigation' with recent work including representing Deliveroo in a worker status case, acting for AstraZeneca in a breach of contract claim against a senior executive who joined a competitor and acting for a managing director in a sex discrimination and whistleblowing claim. The department has also been active in investigations; it is advising The Old Vic on an investigation into allegations of inappropriate behaviour during Kevin Spacey's time as artistic director and assisted Rigpa with an independent investigation into allegations of sexual and physical abuse and financial impropriety made by former students against its founding guru. James Davies and Michael Burd jointly lead the firm's employer work while Nicholas Hadaway heads up the senior executive practice. Other key names include 'outstanding practitioner' and litigator Toni Lorenzo, Ellen Temperton, who has 'a superb combination of detailed knowledge and a practical mindset'; the 'highly strategic' Richard Miskella and Colin Leckey, who 'provides strong, commercially driven advice'.

Leading individuals

James Davies - Lewis Silkin LLP

Michael Burd - Lewis Silkin LLP

Toni Lorenzo - Lewis Silkin LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 2

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP¬†is noted for its sports-sector advice, in addition to advising clients across the professional services, fashion, media, entertainment, technology, retail, leisure and hospitality sectors. It is particularly noted for its expertise in advising on Tier 5 visas, working closely with the firm‚Äôs employment department. ¬†Deliveroo, Benevolent AI, Marks & Spencer, Ford, Fulham Football Club and ASOS are clients. Team head Andrew Osborne¬†acts for a range of large multinationals, small companies and individuals on PBS applications, intra-company transfers and new hires. Senior associate Ben Maitland¬†‚Äėexudes a calming reassurance‚Äô and ‚Äėexplains complex immigration rules in layman‚Äôs terms‚Äô; he specialises in advising employers and employees on the PBS. Senior associate Naomi Hanrahan-Soar¬†is noted for her¬†‚Äėextremely detailed knowledge and ability to synthesise and package this into client friendly solutions‚Äô; she is experienced in advising high-net-worth individuals, as well as corporate clients, particularly in the science, technology and engineering sectors. Senior associate Stephen O‚ÄôFlaherty¬†¬†is regularly instructed by clients in the sports and fashion sectors. Managing associate Joanna Hunt¬†is also recommended. Diana Okoeva¬†joined¬†Clintons.

Leading individuals

Andrew Osborne - Lewis Silkin LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP‚Äôs real estate team has experience in the retail and leisure sectors, and provides clients ‚Äėadvice they can really rely on‚Äô. Headed by Jonathan Reuben, the team specialises in property management and leasing work, and expanded its development practice with the lateral hire of Anthony Van Hoffen¬†from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Leonard Goodrich¬†is advising Sager Group, as joint venture partner, on a 500,000ft mixed-use development in Islington. In the hospitality space, Simon Entwistle¬†has handled concession agreements for various retail and hospitality spaces, an example of which included acting for Azzurri Restaurants in relation to agreements to operate Zizzi pizza counters in Sainsbury‚Äôs stores. Emily Meredith-Hardy¬†assisted Walnut, which owns a potential development site in West Sussex, with a promotion agreement with Hallum Land Management. Rachel Francis-Lang¬†is also recommended.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Lewis Silkin LLP

The ‚Äėefficient and effective¬†litigators' at Lewis Silkin LLP have experience in dilapidations, break clauses, property insolvency and lease renewals. Dilapidations are a particular specialism for practice head Brian Kilcoyne¬†and Mario Betts¬†who both provide ‚Äėable and safe litigation hands‚Äô. The pair recently deployed their expertise for client MullenLowe on a dilapidations claim amounting to 1.5m. Other highlights include acting for Pizza Express on a contentious renewal and obtaining an injunction for Canada Goose against protesters who oppose the sale of fur at the client‚Äôs store in Regent Street. Other clients include Harrods, Network Homes Limited and Notting Hill Housing Group. Paul Hayes¬†is head of the housing litigation team and assists clients with housing management issues.

Leading individuals

Brian Kilcoyne - Lewis Silkin LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 3

Lewis Silkin LLP

Ellen Temperton and Nick Walker jointly head Lewis Silkin LLP's data and privacy practice and focus on employment-related matters and disputes, respectively. A team led by Simon Morrissey is acting for Omnicom Group on a significant GDPR compliance programme, including auditing and implementation of solutions. In another work highlight, the department has assisting several PR agencies with data subject access requests from high profile individuals. The group is also instructed by the UK police force to provide ongoing advice on data issues. The Economist, Lush and IG Index are all clients.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

The team at Lewis Silkin LLP¬†includes¬†Adam Glass, who¬†has ‚Äėa wealth of experience‚Äô and acted Cherish Premier Wealth Limited in relation to an undercover investigation into alleged pension scams broadcast on prime-time television. He also represented the Public Relations & Communications Association in a hearing against PR agency Bell Pottinger. Giles Crown¬†represented Oath (formerly AOL) in defamation proceedings. Other names to note are Oliver Fairhurst¬†and Ali Vaziri¬†.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP¬† is ‚Äėa market-leading law firm for the advertising and creative industries‚Äô. Brinsley Dresden¬†, Dominic Farnsworth¬† and Jo Farmer¬† jointly head the multi-disciplinary practice which spans global portfolio management, commercial contracts, non-contentious and contentious IP and commercial exploitation through advertising. Giles Crown¬† is an ‚Äėoutstanding litigator‚Äô specialising in IP and advertising ‚Äď ‚Äėhis leadership is what instills the pragmatic, commercial approach in the team‚Äô, according to a former client. Dresden and Crown have successfully defended Oak Furniture Land against a highly publicized misleading advertising claim brought by the ASA. On the non-contentious side Farmer has a ‚Äėwealth of experience‚Äô advising brand-owners and media agencies on advertising matters, product placement in social media platforms and sponsorship, and has recently assisted Suzuki GB on their re-negotiation of a talent and endorsement deal with ITV. Farnsworth leads in trademarks and along with Crown is assisting Sainsbury‚Äôs / Argos / Habitat and Britvic on their global portfolio management. Geraint Lloyd-Taylor¬† is highly recommended for advertising and marketing matters and understands ‚Äėthe business behind a request and adjust his draft accordingly‚Äô. Georgy Evans¬† joined in January 2018 from Harbottle & Lewis LLP¬†.

Leading individuals

Brinsley Dresden - Lewis Silkin LLP

Giles Crown - Lewis Silkin LLP

Next generation lawyers

Geraint Lloyd-Taylor - Lewis Silkin LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

The 'excellent' technology practice at Lewis Silkin LLP acts for clients such as Hutchison 3G, Electronic Arts and new clients Elitech and VE Global, on a range of commercial and transactional matters. James Gill  heads the technology group alongside Sean Dempsey and focuses on advising buyers and providers of tech-related solutions.  Nathalie Moreno is a key name to note for multi-jurisdictional projects. David Willbe frequently handles corporate finance transactions for tech clients and led a team assisting XR Games on its investment from a foreign investment institution.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP is 'excellent for soft IP advice and disputes' and attracts praise for 'exceptional speed of service and rounded advice'. 'Experienced and thorough' divisional managing partner Giles Crown heads up the creators, makers and innovators department which includes 'first rate partners, and brainy and hard-working associates'. The team has strong retail sector experience and has been instructed in trade mark disputes by fashion retailers SuperDry and Giordano. The group is also appointed to the legal panels of Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat, managing both contentious and non-contentious aspects of the companies' worldwide trade mark portfolios. A key name to note is head of the dispute resolution practice, Simon J Chapman, who is described as having 'a great sixth sense in litigation'. The team benefits from the addition of Georgy Evans who joined from Harbottle & Lewis LLP and is particularly strong in trade mark matters. The group has also strengthened their patent capabilities with the addition of Chris Hayes from IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett). David Deakin and Phil Rymer are now consultants are the firm.

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

Lewis Silkin LLP

The ‚Äėhighly recommended‚Äô department at Lewis Silkin LLP¬† is active across the media and entertainment sector, with expertise covering theatre, publishing, film and TV, music, social and digital media. Jeremy Summers¬†heads the media and entertainment team and advised the Association of Independent Festivals in relation to PRS‚Äôs consultation regarding amendments to the tariff it charges for live music events. Richard Miskella¬†advised The Old Vic theatre in relation to an investigation regarding allegations of inappropriate behaviour during actor Kevin Spacey‚Äôs tenure as Artistic Director. Consultant Phil Rymer¬†acts advises clients in film and television production, finance and distribution and also acts for talent agencies, technical servicing and PR agencies. Simon Entwistle¬†heads the publishing team and advised Think Publishing on its acquisition of a majority stake in Wanderlust and Nick Walker¬†is defending Domino Recording Company in a copyright infringement claim brought by Celtic Music. Cliff Fluet¬†is active across digital and broadcasting instructions; while consultant Nigel Dewar Gibb; Simon Morrissey; and senior associates Alan Hunt¬†and Iain McDonald, who is noted for his IP and sports-sector expertise, are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Alan Hunt (Theatre) - Lewis Silkin LLP

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 4

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP is 'very responsive', 'delivers quality work' and has a team with 'a wide variety of experience and specialties'. The 'very commercial'  Dominic Farnsworth leads the team and manages the global trade mark portfolio for brands such as Sainsburys, Argos and Habitat. Another key figure is the 'masterful' Steven Jennings, who has extensive experience in searching, selection and filing work. Also recommended is Aaron Newell, who is 'a truly outstanding specialist in domain name management, strategy, registration and recovery'.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Lewis Silkin LLP

Lewis Silkin LLP's 'very responsive', 'deservedly well-regarded' practice has 'good knowledge in sports contexts', especially when it comes to employment and immigration. Commercial and IP work are also key strengths: the widely recommended Alex Kelham assisted the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) with drafting its brand protection guidelines for the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London, and, along with Jeremy Summers, advised Ascot Racecourse on security agreements, ticketing issues and sponsorship deals. She also acted for the Northampton Saints on employment, sponsorship and player image rights matters, supported by Alexander Milner-Smith, who provides 'sound commercial advice' and 'doesn't mess around'. The team was instructed by Madison Sports Group on negotiating a broadcast agreement with Eurosport for all six-day cycling events in 2017-'18 and 2018-'19. Other clients include Golazo Sports Marketing and Fulham FC.

Next generation lawyers

Alex Kelham - Lewis Silkin LLP

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Legal Developments by:
Lewis Silkin LLP

  • Negotiating the minefield of administrative decisions

    There are many situations where decisions are made by organisations such as local authorities (during the tendering process, the grant of contracts or planning decisions, for example) or professional or disciplinary bodies where a party may wish to challenge the outcome. A party with an interest in a decision may feel aggrieved by the outcome due to what appears to be a conflict of interest by those making the decision, or the appearance of bias. This may have serious consequences for in-house lawyers acting for organisations subject to such decisions, and therefore this briefing is intended to provide a general overview of the areas to consider. Challenging judicial or quasi-judicial decisions where there is a conflict of interest was considered by James Levy in a previous briefing (IHL146, p37-40).
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