Firm Profile > Memery Crystal LLP > London, England
Memery Crystal LLP Offices
165 Fleet Street
Memery Crystal LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
‘Great value for money. As hard hitting as the silver circle but without the terrifying hourly rates.’
‘Iain MacWhannall is excellent. He has keen eye for detail and is an excellent negotiator and litigator. Clients are in the safest of hands with Iain. Mark Whelan is also a class act.’
‘They are hands-on, practical, efficient and experienced.’
‘Harvey Rands has enormous experience and a very skilful problem-solver and litigator.’
‘Strong team – approachable, sensible and commercial. Very astute strategically.’
‘We have had to use Memery Crystal across a range of jurisdictions and forms of dispute – they have risen to the challenges on each occasion.’
‘Incredibly user friendly and very savvy litigators. Their partners give sound practical commercial advice, giving overall consideration to the commercial reality and not just the balks letter law. Tactically sound but pragmatic at the same time.’
‘Mark Whelan – one of the leading commercial litigators in the mid-size firms. Frequently boxing above his weight, he has carved out a formidable reputation for himself with banks and financial institutions.’
‘Iain MacWhannell – charming and forensically bright. He has fantastic judgment and instinctively knows the right decisions to make in complex, high value commercial litigation. As a former barrister, Iain’s tactics are at the heart of what he does and why he is so very much in demand. Revered for his knowledge and experience of FS, tax, civil fraud and injunctions work, he has a proven track record in heavy weight litigation.’
‘Carl Rohsler – somebody who goes out of his way to achieve the best results for his clients. Highly regarded in the IP and Gaming/Gambling sector, he is somebody that you want on your side. A real thinker, Carl will go over and over various different scenarios in order to arrive at the right decision. It is that diligence and pride in his work that set him apart from others.’
‘Focused with an eye on the a good outcome from a lengthy process, emphasising the cost-benefits in analysing the pursuit of a claim.’
Marex Financial Limited
Medsted Associates Limited
Petricca & Co Capital Limited
Berlin Hyp AG
Kezen Trade Israel Limited
JJ Management LLP
Ocean Partners USA Inc
Yayla Agro Gida Sanayi Ve Nakliyat A.S
Gaming and betting Tier 2
Memery Crystal LLP utilises its ‘excellent gaming expertise’ to advise media groups, sports clubs and multinational companies on both corporate transactions and regulatory compliance issues. The firm's range of advice extends to fraud, anti-money laundering, tax, restructuring and litigation. Practice head Carl Rohsler, who joined from Squire Patton Boggs in 2018, is a ‘leader in his field’ and frequently advises lottery operators on commercial disputes and partnership arrangements. Lesley Gregory uses her expertise in corporate law to advise on M&A, capital markets and financing issues as they relate to the sector, while also serving as chairman of the firm.
Other key lawyers:
‘Exceptionally commercial approach with a deep understanding of all gambling products and the workings of the industry.’
‘Carl Rohsler is very smart, quick to grasp problems and advise on sensible approaches to commercial solutions, Government consultations and conflict resolution. He is a true “one stop shop” for all gaming related matters.’
‘Carl Rohsler is a leader in his field and is very bright. He is able to give practical advice on complex issues, weighing the benefits against the risks.’
‘Carl Rohsler is a lottery and gaming specialist, working with us on the development of new gaming products; providing legal counsel on both legislative and regulatory matters and drafting and negotiating supplier agreements. As well as providing detailed and clear responses to our requests, Carl is extremely personable, engaging and accommodating.’
‘Carl Rohsler is extremely experienced and knowledgeable in his respective fields, and where needed he makes the extra effort to learn and research the necessary. He is straightforward, and focuses on what is best for the client and not just what the client thinks it needs. Available around the clock and works tirelessly.’
Scottish TV Group
Telegraph Media Group
Gaming Realms (Slingo.com/Pocket Fruity/X Factor Games)
Arm Candy/Gear Digital
Avantage Entertainment LLC
Buzz Bingo Limited
West Bromwich Albion FC
Aston Villa FC
Breast Cancer Care
DS Virtual Gaming
Memery Crystal LLP's team advises on a wide range of M&A and private equity deals for UK and international companies, institutions, investors and entrepreneurs. The group has particular bench strength in the tech, mining, oil and gas, financial services, retail, sport, gaming and gambling sectors. Greg Scott is noted for his work in tech, manufacturing and sports. Nick Alfillé leads the corporate department, advising clients in a broad range of industries including IT, real estate, financial services, leisure and manufacturing while Andrew Titmas' broad practice encompasses work for both public and private companies.
Memery Crystal LLP has excellent credentials in cross-border equity capital markets transactions, with a particular strength in matters involving the technology and natural resources sectors; it undertakes a particularly significant amount of work for oil and gas and mining companies. In 2019, Michael Dawes advised TSX-listed oil and gas exploration company Valeura Energy Inc (which focuses on the development of its flagship Thrace Basin project in Turkey) on its admission to the Main Market. The team is jointly led by Lesley Gregory and Nick Davis.
‘The MC team took a commercial approach and was very results-oriented – we didn’t get bogged down in minutia and technical/legal issues. I would describe them as young and entrepreneurial, and not as conservative or bureaucratic as other firms we have worked with. We were happy with the results of their work.‘
Pure Gold Mining Inc
Valeura Energy Inc
Rainbow Rare Earth
Gulf Keystone Petroleum
Litigation Capital Management
‘Whichever division of practice you engage, the firm brings in all experts from all areas of law – I dealt with real estate but also had specialist advice from commercial, employment and tax. All very helpful and all very relevant.’
‘Daniel Abrahams is a hugely capable and highly approachable partner – he steps in at just the right time.’
‘Nicola Kravitz is enthusiastic, always available and if there is a rush to transact on something, she makes sure it happens. She is strong in negotiations and is prepared to provide advice rather than sit on the fence (an all-too-common attribute of many other lawyers).’
‘They were professional, reassuring, pragmatic, knowledgeable and responsive – everything we wanted and needed.’
‘Nicola Kravitz is always approachable and available and if not, I had full access to the commercial team. The work was sound and very effective.’
‘Work was very professionally and sensibly split between a paralegal, an associate and a partner – there was never any sense to me that I needed to explain something twice or waste any of my time in that way as the communication between the three individuals was excellent. I also felt in extremely safe hands with all three – there was never a sense of waiting for the partner’s input.’
Ashtrom Properties UK
David Moore & Tony Bennett
Bowling Green Asset Management
Wyevale Garden Centres
Z. C. Ronogil
Memery Crystal LLP offers a 'proactive and client-friendly' service on non contentious construction work, handling EPC procurement, design and build matters and traditional construction issues. Team head Joanne Kelly is 'professional and commercial' and has advised contractors and developers on renewable energy contracts with a focus on wind projects and procurement matters.
‘Proactive and client-friendly.’
‘Joanne Kelly is at the top of the list as our go-to construction lawyer. Her standard of work and advice is always extremely well thought-out, professional and commercial. Her understanding of the construction process and not just contracts is a terrific benefit in agreeing contracts and appointments and leads to a very good team spirit and understanding from day one of the project.’
‘The team contains people who are experienced in both contentious and non-contentious work, so they bring both astute commercial knowledge but also an understanding of what happens when things go wrong.’
‘Jo Kelly is excellent. She has a clear understanding of the issues and is very focused on commercial and practical realities.’
Global Holdings Management (UK)
Big Yellow Construction Company
Saracens Rugby Club
Mining and minerals Tier 4
Memery Crystal LLP has a strong reputation in handling mid-cap mining work and frequently advises on equity capital markets transactions for mining companies. The team regularly assists clients with assets in foreign jurisdictions, particularly projects in Africa; notable examples include Pure Gold and Tethyan Resources. Nick Davis and Michael Dawes jointly lead the practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘They have a strong brand in mining and particularly dual listings. They staff each deal well and provide excellent advice across a number of markets. You know that the client will receive great advice.’
‘Michael Dawes is excellent at client relationships and provides outstanding advice. He is focused on mining but shows a strong commercial knowledge that translates to strong advice. Amongst the handful of lawyers that can be depended on to provide good advice on both listing rules and AIM matters in the junior sector.’
Rainbow Rare Earths
Shanta Gold Ltd
Caledonia Mining Corporation plc
Ocean Partners USA
Oil and gas Tier 4
Memery Crystal LLP draws on its extensive cross-departmental expertise to handle corporate and equity capital markets transactions, with particular expertise in listings on AIM and the Main Market, secondary fundraisings and dual listings. Nick Davis and Michael Dawes are both highly regarded natural resources ECM lawyers with experience working in complex emerging markets.
Property litigation Tier 4
Memery Crystal LLP covers a broad spectrum of residential and commercial property disputes for property management and investment companies, retailers and landlords. Many of its clients receive regular assistance with property insolvency matters and the management of their portfolios, including issues such as dilapidation claims, commercial leases and service charges. In addition, the team also handles development-related matters and various landlord and tenant disputes. Practice head Richard Evans is knowledgeable about all the contentious aspects of the purchase, development and subsequent management of commercial real estate.
‘Approachable and highly commercial, but also on top of the law and recent developments. Understand the clients’ objectives and have the expertise to take the most cost-effective steps to achieve them.
Richard Evans – diligent, savvy and a pleasure to work with
Liam Bell – keeps on top of recent developments and detailed specialist knowledge of property litigation.’
‘I find that this firm is unique because the members of the team work together and there is always a member of the team available to help at any given time.’
‘Top-notch London property litigation firm. I always recommend them when clients approach me directly.
Richard Evans is great with clients. Adam Gross is a brilliant lawyer.’
‘Wide knowledge of all sectors of the property industry, punches well above its weight in the sector owing to high quality of lawyers throughout the team
Richard Evans – leads an excellent team. Brilliant strategist. Adam Gross – great technical lawyer, thoughtful and measured. Liam Bell – great client skills and superb understanding of the law.‘
Freshwater Group of Companies
St Modwen Properties
Wyevale Garden Centres
Travis Perkins Plc
Samba London Limited (SushiSamba)
Blue Diamond UK/British Garden Centres/The Wooldridge Partnership
ASDA Stores Limited
Employers Tier 6Memery Crystal LLP has a strong reputation advising on hires and terminations of senior board members, with capabilities in acting for both employers and senior executives. The department also has expertise serving financial services clients, especially in the context of the new regulatory environment. Employer-led mandates for natural resources companies are another source of work for the firm. Stephen Ravenscroft heads up the practice.
‘Stephen Ravenscroft is an excellent tactician and master of his craft.’
‘They provide great commercial legal advice for potentially sensitive situations.’
‘Stephen Ravenscroft is the main partner that we work with in the team. He provides excellent commercial legal advice in often very sensitive situations, and has a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience in the area.’
Sana Life Science
Eurox Limited/Integro Limited
Kore Potash PLC
Sterling (EMEA) Limited
Aramco Overseas Company
J O Hambro Capital Management
Chariot Oil & Gas
The Rethink Group
Corney & Barrow
City firm Memery Crystal LLP continues to expand its commercial, intellectual property and technology (CIPT) practice, which covers contentious and commercial IP, working with a broad client base. Niche instructions include trade mark and software licensing in the online gambling sector, media and marketing collaborations, and comparative advertising advice for FMCG clients. Recent contentious work has seen practice head Carl Rohsler handle successful trade mark oppositions against global online retail and high street corporations.
‘Complete understanding of our business and our needs.‘
‘The team has a wide spread of clients and applies a personal touch, combined with rigorous legal and commercial analysis. This is often lacking in larger law firms.‘
‘A small but effective team, led by experts in their fields and advice delivered in a clear, friendly way. You can tell it is personal for them and they care about what they do.‘
‘Robin Fry has the ability to find ways to give us the answers we want. He is able to clearly explain and simplify complicated legal points. He is always available and always responds very quickly.‘
‘Carl Rohsler has always gone the extra mile, and knows when to reach out to others to complement his encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and practice. He is reliable, amenable, amicable, approachable and has a very robust but nuanced approach. My impression is that he always wants to do the best for a client and will apply a commercial gloss so that the end result is what the client wants. He is also very charming and has a good sense of humour. You can’t say that about many lawyers!‘
‘Carl Rohsler leads the group, and has been involved in a number of significant pieces of IP litigation over the years. He always has a unique viewpoint on problems and is a strong legal brain but is also tactically tough.‘
‘Jonathan Riley has helped on data protection issues, on which he is practical and pragmatic, cutting through to the key points.‘
Telegraph Media Group
Aramco Overseas Company
Gaming Realms Plc
Good Skin Days Limited
Mile High Laboratories
Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales
The Office of Qualifications and Examination Regulations
Avantage Entertainment LLC
Kite Power System
Sustainable Marine Energy
Property finance Tier 6
Acting for both international and domestic clients, Memery Crystal LLP has particular strength in handling mid-market deals for private investors, most notably in the hotel space. 'Knowledgeable and with an extensive range of expertise', the team advises on development and acquisition finance, as well as leveraged, syndicated and high-yield structurings. Matthew Lindsay leads the practice.
‘They are very knowledgeable, with an extensive range of expertise. They are able to turn around excellent work within short timeframes, which is invaluable. One can rely on their advice and, moreover, they are a pleasure to work with.’
Bowling Green Asset Management (BGAM)
Ashtrom Properties UK
CPI Property Group
Memery Crystal LLP > Firm Profile
The firm: Memery Crystal is an international law firm based in London. We are commercially aware, entrepreneurial in spirit, international in outlook, and pragmatic in approach. The firm has a strong international focus, with considerable cross-border transactional and dispute resolution experience and a strong relationship with other independent law firms around the world. The firm is a recognised leader in a number of sectors, including natural resources, real estate, commercial, IP, and technology (CIPT), banking and finance, and retail and leisure.
Types of work undertaken
Banking and finance: the banking and finance team includes leading experts from the fields of finance and real estate. It acts for some of the most active challenger banks and acquisitive investors and developers nationally and internationally. The team handles a variety of debt finance transactions for both borrowers and lenders, often involving cross-border security structures. Expertise covers acquisition finance, convertible debt, general corporate lending, retail corporate bonds, and property finance.
Corporate: the corporate team advises on all aspects of equity capital markets, M&A, and debt and private equity for UK and international companies, institutions, investors, and entrepreneurs. They carry out market-leading work advising on IPOs and secondary fundraisings, with a strong reputation for advising on AIM, Main Market, and dual listings. The team advises on all aspects of public and private mergers, acquisitions, and disposals, with expertise in handling international M&A transactions.
Commercial, IP and technology (CIPT): the CIPT team handles the full range of commercial contracts, with particular expertise in technology contracts (including outsourcing), market channel arrangements (sales, distribution, franchising), and the enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property rights. Advisory strengths include contract drafting and negotiation, IP protection and infringement, data protection and privacy, and the law relating to gambling. Sector specialisms include fin-tech, health-tech, gambling and gaming, software licensing, digital media, and industrial manufacture and energy. Clients range from entrepreneurial SMEs through to global corporates.
Dispute resolution: the team handles substantial and complex multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes. It has sector expertise in financial services, insolvency, fraud, natural resources, and international trade. With its market-leading reputation, the team has been involved in several significant disputes in recent years, achieving successful outcomes for its clients.
Employment: the team acts for a number of fully and AIM listed companies, providing for all their employment needs and facilitating advice on share incentives, pensions, and immigration. They are recognised for their excellent work for board directors and senior employees across a number of sectors including financial services and insurance, natural resources, and asset management. Expertise covers contentious and non-contentious matters, including contract and policy drafting, discrimination issues, managing discipline and performance, and redundancy and restructurings, including at a board level. The team represents clients in the high court and the employment tribunal. It offers a highly tailored service and has a successful track record.
Real estate: the firm has a full-service real estate practice which has a reputation for providing clients with clear and practical advice. The close-knit and highly efficient team is known for its expertise in handling all aspects of property investment, financing, development, landlord and tenant issues, construction, planning, and all manner of disputes in the commercial and residential space. Clients include overseas companies and investors actively involved in the UK market as well as major developers, retailers, financial institutions and property owners. The team works extensively with other specialists in the firm in related practice areas such as corporate, banking and finance, tax, and wealth structuring.
Real estate private client (REPC): the team specialises in acting for private property companies as well as high net worth individuals on the acquisition, letting, and disposal of high-end developments.
Tax: the tax department advises on a wide range of real estate and corporate matters in both domestic and cross border transactions. It has significant expertise in advising occupiers, investors and developers on a variety of taxes, and regularly provides advice to corporate clients and entrepreneurs on restructuring, demergers, joint ventures and tax efficient investments and exits. The team also regularly advises on the design and implementation of share options and incentives.
Wealth structuring: the team acts for high net worth individuals, their families, businesses and trustees in the structuring of personal and business interests held both in and outside of the UK. It handles a range of both tax and succession planning-focused instructions in what are increasingly transaction-driven circumstances. Expertise includes acquisition, structuring, and investment into UK real estate, both residential and commercial.
Other offices: Belfast, Dublin
|Chief Executive, Natural Resources||Nick Davis||Nick.Davis@memerycrystal.com||+44 (0) 207 400 3215|
|Corporate||Nick Alfille||Nick.Alfille@memerycrystal.com||+44 (0) 207 400 3223|
|Dispute Resolution||Mark Whelan||Mark.Whelan@memerycrystal.com||+44 (0) 207 400 3265|
|Employment||Stephen Ravenscroft||Stephen.Ravenscroft@memerycrystal.com||+44 (0) 207 400 5796|
|Commercial, IP & Technology||Carl Rohsler||Carl.Rohsler@memerycrystal.com||+44 (0) 207 400 5823|
|Co-Head of Real Estate||Alastair Moss||Alastair.Moss@memerycrystal.com||+44 (0) 207 400 3222|
|Co-Head of Real Estate||Daniel Abrahams||Daniel.Abrahams@memerycrystal.com||+44 (0) 207 400 3266|
|Tax||Alex Barnes||Alex.Barnes@memerycrystal.com||+44 (0) 207 400 5794|
|Real Estate Private Client||Nicola Kravitz||Nicola.Kravitz@memerycrystal.com||+44 (0) 207 400 5832|
|Wealth Structuring||Hed Amitai||Hed.Amitai@memerycrystal.com||+44 (0) 207 400 5816|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 32 Number of other UK fee-earners : 46
Student (The Lex 100 )
The Lex 100 VerdictMemery Crystal offers 'high-quality work, especially in corporate and disputes; lean teams; a supportive environment and a non-hierarchical structure'. To top it all off, the London firm 'encourages all staff to exercise their individuality'. A 'close-knit group', Memery Crystal trainees 'get along and support each other' and, thanks in part to a 'clear and straightforward qualification process', feel that there is little competition between them. The small intake also means that there are 'good opportunities to get stuck into more advanced legal work as opposed to just admin tasks'. These include 'working with a partner on a redundancy exercise that was a national news story' and 'preparing advice for clients and seeing it sent off with very few amendments'. Formal training is 'not as frequent' and 'the onus is on the trainee to lobby the firm to provide some', however, because the 'exposure to work and clients is higher than at larger firms', this is less of an issue. The social life has 'greatly improved since we moved to our current offices' on Fleet Street, thanks in part to 'Stella's (the canteen area with a beer tap)'. Indeed MC is a Lex 100 Winner award for job satisfaction and social life. Several trainees thought that the 'support infrastructure (print room, secretaries etc) could be bolstered'. Worst moments included 'document review – which is often very interesting – but usually is very time-consuming' and a few instances of long hours, such as 'working late for several weeks on a deal that collapsed' and 'leaving the office around 9.30pm on a Friday night', but nothing too bad. For a firm with interesting clients where all 'senior employees are approachable and discuss every element of the transaction with you', research Memery Crystal.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Commercial litigation: mid-market
- Gaming and betting
- M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
- Equity capital markets - low-mid cap
- Commercial property: investment
- Construction: non-contentious
- Mining and minerals
- Oil and gas
- Property litigation
- Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design
- Property finance