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Marriott Harrison LLP
11 STAPLE INN
LONDON
WC1V 7QH
London

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Marriott Harrison LLP focuses on transactions across a broad spectrum of industry sectors, including media and technology, leisure and retail, education and healthcare. Clients include entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses, for whom the firm acts on investments and cross-border acquisitions. Outside the UK, the firm's international capabilities are facilitated through an international network of referralfirms. Practice head Simon Charles is experienced in corporate financing, and has a strong track record in advising clients on acquisition financing activities. The firm promoted David Strong to the partnership this year, while at the other end of the spectrum, Jonathan Pearce and Andrew Wigfall retired.

Venture capital Tier 2

Benefiting from 'strong venture capital market and transaction experience', Marriott Harrison LLP provides 'pragmatic and commercial' advice to a primarily investor-focused client base engaged in seed and Series A financings. Now headed by the 'trustworthy and personableDavid Strong following Andrew Wigfall's departure in the middle of 2018 to Balderton Capital, the team has been particularly active of late handling work in the fintech space, including its recent work for Thrive Capital on its investment into Monzo as part of its recent £85m Series E fundraising (a deal which is also emblematic of the team's growing presence in later stage mandates). Although the team is better known for its investor practice, Daniel Jacob provides 'very clear advice' to to many early-stage companies.

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Marriott Harrison LLP is hailed for its ‘positive, can-do attitude, backed up by robust and intelligent advice’. Though it handles the full spectrum of commercial property matters, it is particularly active in the corporate occupier area, representing both landlords and tenants on HQ relocations, office moves and leasing issues. The ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘thorough and diligent’ Mark Lavers serves as practice head. His team also frequently undertakes site acquisitions and subsequent developments, investment-related disposals and asset management work as well as a range of property matters in the retail sector.

Commercial property: retail Tier 4

Marriott Harrison LLP is hailed for its ‘positive, can-do attitude, backed up by robust and intelligent advice’. Though it handles the full spectrum of commercial property matters, it is particularly active in the corporate occupier area, representing both landlords and tenants on HQ relocations, office moves and leasing issues. The ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘thorough and diligent’ Mark Lavers serves as practice head. His team also frequently undertakes site acquisitions and subsequent developments, investment-related disposals and asset management work as well as a range of property matters in the retail sector.

Commercial litigation Tier 8

Marriott Harrison LLP's 'commercial litigation team is solutions focused and provides well-targeted, savvy advice'. Tamar Halevy advises on director and shareholder disputes, breaches of contracts and trusts, fraud, and professional negligence. Jim Mackie is the other partner to note.

Marriott Harrison is a leading specialist business law firm. It provides a high-quality partner-led service for business clients across a wide range of sectors. It is particularly known for its mid-market transactional practice.

The firm: Marriott Harrison consistently operates at a high level in its core practice areas by concentrating on excellence. The firm advises clients on a wide range of deals: not only does it have experience domestically and internationally in major complex transactions for institutions and corporate clients, but it is also very experienced in representing owner-mangers and growing businesses.

What particularly distinguishes the firm is its very personal approach both internally and with clients and its commercial, common-sense attitude. There is an expanding and loyal client base, which is a measure of the continuing success that these attributes bring. The firm has grown by attracting senior personnel from larger firms while at the same time its graduate training programme has been successful in enabling the firm to grow organically.

Types of work undertaken: Corporate: the corporate team provides expertise in all corporate finance and M&A areas, including corporate acquisitions and disposals, management buyouts and venture capital, flotations, restructuring, banking, financial services and funds. The firm has a particularly strong presence in the venture capital market and represents a number of private equity and venture capital institutions as well as advising management teams. It also has a significant practice in equity and debt capital markets, acting regularly for issuers and for sponsors, nominated advisers and brokers.

Intellectual property: the intellectual property team advises across a broad range of issues including online and digital media, patents, know-how, branding, advertising and reputation management. The team is also experienced in the technology sector, advising on software creation, development and exploitation, e-distribution (including to the consumer market), intellectual property rights in software and data, as well as privacy and data protection.

Life sciences: the life sciences team, which recently joined from Denoon Legal, has an excellent reputation advising a substantial portfolio of life sciences clients from conventional pharmaceutical and medical technology companies to clients developing and selling regenerative medicine, genomics and borderline products. The team focuses on advising its clients regarding IP, regulatory (including contentious matters such as judicial reviews) and associated commercial contracts.

Real estate: the real estate team looks after existing and new clients’ property needs, taking and granting leases, buying and selling – whether it be for owner-occupiers, investment or development – providing strategic advice and helping them when disputes arise. Recent highlights have included hotel acquisitions, the refinancing of a retail park and the sale of a business park.

Litigation: the litigation team is widely experienced in commercial litigation and arbitration with particular expertise in company and shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, breach of trust and fraud. The team’s expertise covers interim remedies, including freezing injunctions. The work is often complex and high value and involves a high proportion of international work.

Employment: the employment team deals with the full range of non-contentious employment matters including employee documentation, employee incentives, TUPE issues, redundancies and reorganisations. It also deals with contentious matters including complex employee tribunal and High Court claims, team moves and enforcing restrictive covenants.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Brett Israel
Banking Hugh Gardner
Commercial Bruce Jones
Corporate Jon Sweet
Corporate finance Simon Charles
Employment Bob Mecrate-Butcher
Employment Katherine de Souza
Intellectual property Julian Hitchcock
Life sciences Alex Denoon
Litigation Tamar Halevy
Private equity David Strong
Private equity Jonathan Leigh-Hunt
Real estate Mark Lavers
Photo Name Position Profile
 Simon Charles  photo Simon Charles
 Katherine De Souza  photo Katherine De Souza
 Alex Denoon  photo Alex Denoon
 Ben Devons  photo Ben Devons
 Hugh Gardner  photo Hugh Gardner
 Tamar Halevy  photo Tamar Halevy
 Julian Hitchcock  photo Julian Hitchcock
 Guy Hitchin  photo Guy Hitchin
 Brett Israel  photo Brett Israel
 Daniel Jacob  photo Daniel Jacob
 Bruce Jones  photo Bruce Jones
 Mark Lavers  photo Mark Lavers
 Jonathan Leigh-Hunt  photo Jonathan Leigh-Hunt
 Jim Mackie  photo Jim Mackie
 Bob Mecrate-Butcher  photo Bob Mecrate-Butcher
 Nick Smith  photo Nick Smith
 David Strong  photo David Strong
Mr Jon Sweet photo Mr Jon Sweet
Number of UK partners : 19
Number of other UK fee-earners : 23