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Mishcon de Reya LLP
AFRICA HOUSE
70 KINGSWAY
LONDON
WC2B 6AH
England

Art and cultural property Tier 1

Under the leadership of Karen Sanig at Mishcon de Reya LLP the art law team handles the full array of art-related legal matters. Sanig is regularly involved in some of the biggest art transactions and in the most important litigation in this area. Newly-promoted partner Amanda Gray is also recommended for her work on contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is highly regarded for the breadth of its art-related expertise and frequently advises on the sale and purchase of art, artists’ rights, the creation and management of artists' estates and other issues surrounding authenticity and ownership as well as the restitution of looted cultural property.

Testimonials

The team is ably led by Karen Sanig who also has a wider international reputation. She is technically excellent and empathetic to both art and cultural assets and the owning families behind them‘.

Mischon De Reya’s art practice is unique in its deep knowledge of the art world, its understanding of art business practices and for its global connections’.

Karen Sanig’s understanding and knowledge of the industry is extremely comprehensive and her advice is always measured. She is backed up by a strong team‘.

Karen Sanig has been an incredible source of knowledge, fine judgment and technical experience for over 20 years working with her. No question is too small or obscure and no large problem too big‘.

Karen Sanig is incredibly approachable and pragmatic‘.

Karen Sanig is extremely able and very well-known and respected’.

Amanda Gray cuts to the chase, is concise, considered and thoughtful in her approach’.

Amanda Gray is very active, focused and immersed in the art and cultural property world‘.

Amanda Gray is a standout (now) partner. Her knowledge of the art world is extremely deep and she moves comfortably in that world and the legal world. A great asset‘.

Key clients

Anthony d’Offay (Artist)

Alexandra Moll of Fine Art

Alison Jackson (Artist)

Almine Rech Gallery

Art Africa

Artists Pension Trust

Artwide (HK)

Ben Uri Museum

Borro

Cheffins Fine Art

Christina Chandris

Clore Wyndham Fine Art

Contemporary Art Society

Damilola Oduste (Artist)

Darius & Marc Azari

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Estate of artist Ken Kiff (RA)

Forum Auctions

French and Company

Gagosian Gallery

Guy Dellal

Halcyon Gallery

Hermitage Art Foundation, Israel

Isaac Julien (Artist)

Embassy of Italy

Ivor Braka

Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

The Kings Road Gallery

Lionel Smit (Artist)

Lisson Gallery

Lyndsey Ingram London

Morgan Art Foundation SA

Maddox Gallery

Marisa Bellani

Murphy Partners LLP

Museum of Everything

Offer Waterman

Oliver Sears Gallery

Ori Gersht

Other Art Fairs

P&D Colnaghi and Co

Piano Nobile

Pissarro & Associates Fine Art

Reza Aramesh (Artist)

Richard Green Galleries

Roaring Fork Fine Art LLC

Roman Road

Schoyen Collection

Skartstedt Gallery of London

The Arab Republic of Egypt

The Fine Art Group

The Klesch Collection

Vastari Group Limited

Brand management Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP fields 'a strong team of experienced IP and brands specialists' who assist leading international clients such as Sky, eBay and Ralph Lauren with the full range of IP-related matters, from trade mark and design protection, enforcement and portfolio management to advertising clearance and commercialisation through franchising and licensing. The firm has a strong reputation for acting in high-profile trade mark protection and enforcement matters, demonstrated by its continued representation of Iceland Foods in invalidity applications filed against the client's EUTM by the Icelandic government, and of Sky plc on trade mark enforcement. The practice is led by Jeremy Hertzog, a specialist in IP protection and enforcement, with Sally Britton heading the brands team; David Rose, Ray Black and associate Cassandra Hill are also of note.

Key clients

Sky plc

eBay

Ladbrokes Coral

Iceland Foods

Ralph Lauren

Tesco

Commercial property: retail Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP's ‘excellent’ team is hailed for its ‘exceptional knowledge of the real estate industry’. The practice handles high-value portfolio acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, structuring and finance issues, as well as development funding matters. Inward investment, particularly from the Far East, is an area where the group demonstrates prowess and likewise alternative asset classes are among its core strengths. Recent highlights have included advising Delancey, APG, Qatari Diar and Oxford Properties on the development of the former Olympic Village in Stratford, East London. Led by the ‘exceptional knowledge’ of Nick Doffman, the practice is also active in the retail space and represents several household high-street names in addition to emerging and luxury brands. Another standout name is Stephen Hughes, who possesses expertise across the full array of commercial property matters including joint ventures.

Testimonials

‘Overall an excellent team’.

‘Just very high quality at all levels – a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The team has exceptional knowledge of the real estate industry. Their advice have allowed us to eliminate or mitigate different kinds of risks in transactions. In addition, they treat clients as good friends and it is always enjoyable to work with them.’

‘Nick Doffman and Kirpal Kaur, in additional to their exceptional knowledge and vast experience, always provide advice that is specific to the client’s organisation and transactions.’

‘They get under the skin of the business so their advice tends to be right first time.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

Tesco

Kering Group (including Gucci and Alexander McQueen)

Covent Garden London

Christian Louboutin

eBay

Iceland Foods

Prada and Miu Miu

Ralph Lauren

Fiorucci Holdings

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP has a wealth of experience in acting for private individuals, family businesses and trust companies, and predominantly acts in cases where there is a complex international/cross-border dimension. In recognition of the differing needs of its high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients, the team advises on both personal and business disputes. Head of team Mark Keenan is known for his work on domestic and international trust and succession disputes, and frequently acts for wealthy clients in cases involving freezing injunctions and asset recovery in offshore jurisdictions. Peter Steen is also well-regarded for his work on offshore contentious trusts. Jessica Medus is a 'stand-out associate'.

Testimonials

Mishcon’s contentious trusts and probate team is hugely experienced and fearless. This team is always looking for a reasonable, commercial deal and in general Mishcon is able to use its reputation as fearsome litigators to their clients’ advantage‘.

Mark Keenan is a fearsome opponent with fantastic tactical acumen and total dedication to the client’s interests’.

There is real expertise in the team, Mark Keenan is almost legendary in this area and runs a hardworking dedicated team. He fights tooth and nail for his clients and gets superb results for them’.

The team brings a can-do attitude to an area of law that can be overly traditional. The team’s litigation instincts are excellent and this is backed up by in-depth knowledge and exceptionally hard work‘.

It is simply one of the most experienced, and well-respected teams in the contentious trusts and probate. Its defining characteristic, however, is probably its tenacity and desire to ensure that it gets the absolute best result that it can for a client’.

Peter Steen is extremely astute, excellent with clients and colleagues, deep knowledge, great intellect‘.

Jessica Medus is clever and very client friendly. Peter Steen is clever and measured in his approach’.

Jessica Medus is a stand-out associate‘.

Emilia Piskorz is a really brilliant associate. It is always a comfort to know that she is in charge of the details of a case‘.

Suzi Sendama –  a real class act, enormously hardworking, very bright, excellent litigation instincts, a delight to work with‘.

Key clients

Beneficiary of a settlement holding substantial assets largely comprising an extensive property portfolio in London

7 of the 15 parties in a Bermudian case

The Right Honourable Gloria Wesley, Dowager Countess Bathurst (DCB)

Signia Wealth Limited Grecco Limited and Mr John Caudwell

CRS Challenge

Viscount Weymouth

Employment: employers Tier 1

The sizeable team at Mishcon de Reya LLP has a strong reputation for its work on complex, high-level 'special situations' matters, with regular appearances in the Employment Tribunal, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The practice specialises in matters at the forefront of employment law, including the gig economy and the gender pay gap, and acts for prominent senior executives, CEOs and board directors, as well as senior partners of law firms and PE houses. Recent highlights include taking a lead role on the headline-making Pimlico Plumbers Supreme Court case on the employment status of gig economy workers, while the firm has also been representing senior female BBC journalists and broadcasters in their equal pay and discrimination dispute with the broadcaster. Daniel Naftalin heads up the team, supported by 'force of nature' Joanna Blackburn, the 'exceptional' Jennifer Millins, Sharon TanGreg Campbell and Susannah Kintish.

Testimonials

‘This is a huge team with real strength and depth. The Mishcon de Reya lawyers are involved in so many of the leading cases.’

‘Mishcon de Reya is efficient, dynamic, and has excellent communication skills.’

‘The standout partner is Joanna Blackburn, who is a force of nature. She is a brilliant lawyer but an even better strategist. She knows exactly what points to press and when.’

‘Jennifer Millins is the best and brightest of the up-and-coming new partners. Dan Naftalin also deserves mention; he is very experienced and clients love and him.’

‘Jennifer Millins is exceptional. She is talented, warm, supportive and humane but also tough as nails, exceptionally bright and incisive.’

Key clients

Kering (formerly known as Gucci Group)

Kirkland and Ellis LLP

Warner Music Group

Expedia

The Co-operative Bank PLC

Pimlico Plumbers PLC

Christian Louboutin UK Ltd

Nissan Motor Co Ltd

Harrods Ltd

Cancer Research UK

Robert Walters PLC

Cath Kidston

Employment: senior executives Tier 1

The sizeable team at Mishcon de Reya LLP has a strong reputation for its work on complex, high-level 'special situations' matters, with regular appearances in the Employment Tribunal, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. The practice specialises in matters at the forefront of employment law, including the gig economy and the gender pay gap, and acts for prominent senior executives, CEOs and board directors, as well as senior partners of law firms and PE houses. Recent highlights include taking a lead role on the headline-making Pimlico Plumbers Supreme Court case on the employment status of gig economy workers, while the firm has also been representing senior female BBC journalists and broadcasters in their equal pay and discrimination dispute with the broadcaster. Daniel Naftalin heads up the team, supported by 'force of nature' Joanna Blackburn, the 'exceptional' Jennifer Millins, Sharon TanGreg Campbell and Susannah Kintish.

Testimonials

‘This is a huge team with real strength and depth. The Mishcon de Reya lawyers are involved in so many of the leading cases.’

‘Mishcon de Reya is efficient, dynamic, and has excellent communication skills.’

‘The standout partner is Joanna Blackburn, who is a force of nature. She is a brilliant lawyer but an even better strategist. She knows exactly what points to press and when.’

‘Jennifer Millins is the best and brightest of the up-and-coming new partners. Dan Naftalin also deserves mention; he is very experienced and clients love and him.’

‘Jennifer Millins is exceptional. She is talented, warm, supportive and humane but also tough as nails, exceptionally bright and incisive.’

Key clients

Various senior broadcasters and journalists at the BBC, including Carrie Gracie, ex China Editor.

Christopher Bailey (CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Burberry)

George Truett Tate, ex-Group Executive Director of Wholesale and International Banking against Lloyds Bank

Arsene Wenger

Nawaf Hasan, former Middle East and North Africa Director, Arthur J Gallagher

Marjan Jahangiri, Cardiac Surgeon, St George’s NHS University Hospitals Foundation Trust

Family Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP is frequently involved in complex high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth cases, often with an international element, that involve complicated tax and trust issues, substantial business assets and partnerships. It is best known for its litigation prowess and has successfully litigated on matrimonial finance cases at all levels of tribunal all the way up to the Supreme Court and the Privy Council. Sandra Davis is 'one of the legends of the family world' and heads the team. Davis is also a keen advocate of the voices of children and young people throughout the divorce and parental separation process. Barbara Reeves has significant experience in cases where there are wider issues affecting the family including trust disputes, separation and property disputes. Reeves is also skilled at handling any other issues surrounding cohabitation. Kate Clark and Claire Yorke are recommended.

Testimonials

A Rolls-Royce service from start to finish. With its finger on the pulse of financial and children matters it makes a great team. It has an excellent reputation for getting results but does not compromise in terms of the advice given‘.

A stellar and deserved reputation for 5-star service and litigation. An excellent team with no weak links‘.

Sandra Davis is a giant in the family law world. So grounded and yet able to handle a myriad of different and difficult clients. Calm and unflappable and committed to the clients‘.

‘Sandra Davis as an exceptional practitioner. She has an extremely busy and successful practice. She has a very analytical mind. The advice she gives clients is always spot on; she shows the most outstanding judgement. There is nothing that fazes Sandra. You want her on your side‘.

Sandra Davis is at the top of her game and is frequently involved in the biggest and most important cases. Dan Beattie has a great sense of where to guide the case and a keen appreciation of its strengths and weaknesses. He is emotionally intelligent and really gets his clients‘.

Barbara Reeves is very intelligent. She understands the law and how to make it work for her clients. She is a tough litigator but a courteous and constructive opponent’.

‘David Lister is easy and pleasant to deal with but a very able opponent. Melissa Lesson has great commercial nous and is financially literate. She gives robust and clear advice from the outset and is transparent with her clients’.

Kate Clark is brilliant. Not just in the way she handles cases but in the way she manages to guide clients through a difficult process. Impeccable judgement and a joy to work with‘.

Kate Clark is simply amazing. She is fabulous with clients and has a head for complex issues and complicated figures. Claire Yorke is years ahead of her peers: fearless, robust, knowledgeable and pragmatic‘.

James Rees is simply wonderful. He is a great tactician and robust with it but is also able to reassure the clients and works brilliantly as a team with counsel. Antonia Felix is unflappable, measured, sympathetic but steely when required’.

Fraud: civil Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team has broad expertise, handling fraud investigations, litigation asset recovery, civil injunctions, freezing orders and cyber security. Clients include global organisations and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Kasra Nouroozi heads the team and specialises in disputes, investigations and cross-border injunctions. Kathryn Garbett is adept at handling civil fraud litigation, while Gary Miller is an international litigator and focuses on commercial disputes involving dishonesty, fraud and corruption issues. Robert Wynn-Jones is also 'extremely well regarded'. Mark Davis joined as partner from Davis & Co, while Alison Levitt QC left to join 2 Hare Court.

Testimonials

‘Excellent resources and a go-to firm for the biggest cases’.

‘Robert Wynn Jones is extremely well regarded and is an expert in the field’.

‘A team with real strength in depth and great experience in this area’.

‘They are all very committed, extremely familiar with the area, and particularly creative with investigations and interim applications’.

‘Robert Wynn Jones is very clever, absolutely tireless in his clients’ interests and always practical’.

Hugo Plowman is an excellent leader and team builder, with huge experience, and a genuine enthusiasm for the work’.

Key clients

Sana Sabbagh

Suppiqat

Dieter Neupert

Yaroslavsky

Koza

Batista

Walid Giahmi

Allseas

Mario Staggl

Gaming and betting Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP has expertise in M&A transactions, gambling licensing regulations and defending regulatory enforcement proceedings. The practice is experienced in drafting and negotiating commercial gambling and platform contracts, and in advising on anti-money laundering procedures and data protection measures. Nick Nocton advises on eSports and virtual currencies, while practice head Susan Breen assists with migration plans for the transfer of businesses across different jurisdictions. Niki Stephens, who was promoted to partner in April 2019, advises on enforcement actions by the Gambling Commission.

Testimonials

They have the ability to work together as a true team and provide a seamless, consolidated approach

The practice is proactive, polite, knowledgeable and determined to fully understand technicalities before forming a response

‘Stuart McMaster provided pragmatic and practical advice in a manner which maintained fees and costs at an acceptable level.’

‘Susan Breen and Niki Stephens are a killer combination. They really care about their clients but are also very good and cut to the chase of the issues.’

‘Susan Breen has the secret sauce to being an outstanding lawyer, she is personable, unique and clients adore her. She pragmatic, commercially sharp, doesn’t get bogged down with problems but is solutions focused.’

Key clients

Bede Gaming

DraftKing

Jackpotjoy

GVC

Videoslots

Kwiff

Catena Media

SportPesa

Kambi

Gaming Innovation Group

Matchbook

Gaming Nation

Bet365

Football 1×2

Carousel Group

B2B Gaming

188bet.com

Bet-at-home

Camelot

iGaming.com

Inspired Entertainment

Ladbrokes

Lottomart

Optimizer Invest

Red Tiger Gaming

Summit Partners

TAG Media

Videoslots

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Clients of Mishcon de Reya LLP include a mix of ultra-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals, institutions, investors and property developers as well as entrepreneurs, trustees and charities. Its work spans both UK and cross-border transactions as well as providing succession planning advice. A growing area for the practice is advising on philanthropy by advising on tax-efficient giving and the establishment of charitable trusts and foundations. The practice has also been developing its expertise in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. In addition, its tax practice spans both personal and corporate tax. Andrew Goldstone is well-regarded, and in December the team was joined by former Forsters LLP private client head Patrick Harney.

Testimonials

The team continues to go from strength to strength. The team is recognised and admired for both its domestic expertise and its highly respected international private client practice.

The lawyers are top-notch in dealing with complex high-profile families’ structuring and reputational matters and their clients rely on their deep knowledge and technical expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters.’

‘This is a first-rate team, with significant strengths in research and a doggedness that is exceptional.

‘The team has an excellent reputation in the private client market. The team is known for providing high-quality, practical and timely advice.

‘Andrew Goldstone has deep client relationships, and his clients look to him to handle every aspect of their affairs. Andrew is also incredibly commercial in his approach, and balances his technical knowledge with the practical side.

The individual team members are very personable, which makes for a positive client experience with Andrew Goldstone, Kassim Meghjee and Charlie Sosna in particular‘.

Kassim Meghjee is a tax lawyer who advises in the corporate and private client spheres. He is highly regarded by his UHNW domestic and international client base.’

Martin Davies is peerless with regard to advising Middle Eastern Royal families and he is also the ‘go-to’ lawyer in London for the merchant trading families of Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf region. His understanding of the region’s nuances is second-to-none.

Filippo Noseda is an outstanding lawyer. He is understanding of his clients’ needs and will go to extraordinary lengths to support their case. He never takes ‘no’ for an answer and leaves no stone unturned.

Charlie Sosna is exceptionally able, and is one of a rare breed of private client partners who is equally able to deal with contentious and non-contentious matters to a very high standard. He is personally charming and engaging.

‘Patrick Harney is great on the crossover between UK and US issues.’

‘Patrick Harney is very knowledgeable across a range of subjects. He gives clear advice and recommendations and does not complicate things’.

Key clients

CRS challenge

Robert Ames

Property litigation Tier 1

'Providing excellent legal advice given in a practical commercial context and based upon deep experience', Mishcon de Reya LLP stands out for its expertise in representing high-net-worth individuals but the team also acts for blue-chip clients and PLC boards. Much of its work pertains to development disputes, rights of light issues, injunctions, rent reviews and judicial review matters. The 'accessible and very smart' Daniel Levy heads the 'determined and formidable' team, which includes the 'highly experienced and personable' Joanna Lampert, who handles high-value disputes and provides associated risk analysis and risk avoidance advice, as well as 'quick and clever' development and property portfolio expert Emma Macintyre. Recommended managing associate Sarah Heritage is experienced in commercial landlord and tenant disputes.

Testimonials

‘Daniel Levy knows what he is doing and is always willing to give an honest opinion. He gives measured, balanced, pragmatic and thoughtful advice.’

‘Joanna Lampert is not afraid of a fight.’

‘Chhavie Kapoor has excellent right of light knowledge.’

‘They are the Bonnie and Clyde of Property Litigation. Feared by many, loved by most.’

‘Thinks innovatively when dealing with issues and is proactive.’

Key clients

Capital & Counties Properties (Capco)

DV4

Blackstone Property Management

IWG

Brookfield

Bank of Singapore

TK Maxx

National Car Parks

Stellar Properties

Shoreditch Property

Residential property Tier 1

With a range of clients that includes high-net-worth individuals across the UK, Asia and the Middle East, as well as developers, investors, banks and onshore and offshore investment funds, Mishcon de Reya LLP's residential property group handles sales and acquisitions of prime central properties, units and portfolios, offering expertise across all areas including planning, construction, tax structuring, financing and tenancy agreements. Practice head Sonal Thakrar has a particular focus on transactions regarding super-prime and prime residential property in central London, often involving offshore structures and challenging lending requirements, with further expertise advising banks on secured lending. Partner Julie Bond's expertise spans enfranchisement and the acquisition, structuring and sale of developments. James Liffen, who made partner in the firm's 2019 promotions round, acts on complex deals involving aspects such as shared ownership, auction sales, portfolio purchases, tenancy and planning issues.

Testimonials

‘The firm has a very broad and extensive range of expertise and specialises in a large number of areas which differentiates it from other smaller firms that the bank may choose to deal with.’

‘The team are very knowledgeable, efficient, personable and are always available to discuss issues relating to specific transactions or general legal issues.’

‘Sonal Thakrar is the best solicitor I have ever worked with. She is very professional, hardworking, accurate, reliable and a perfect communicator.’

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP's ‘excellent’ team is hailed for its ‘exceptional knowledge of the real estate industry’. The practice handles high-value portfolio acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, structuring and finance issues, as well as development funding matters. Inward investment, particularly from the Far East, is an area where the group demonstrates prowess and likewise alternative asset classes are among its core strengths. Recent highlights have included advising Delancey, APG, Qatari Diar and Oxford Properties on the development of the former Olympic Village in Stratford, East London. Led by the ‘exceptional knowledge’ of Nick Doffman, the practice is also active in the retail space and represents several household high-street names in addition to emerging and luxury brands. Another standout name is Stephen Hughes, who possesses expertise across the full array of commercial property matters including joint ventures.

Testimonials

‘Overall an excellent team’.

‘Just very high quality at all levels – a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The team has exceptional knowledge of the real estate industry. Their advice have allowed us to eliminate or mitigate different kinds of risks in transactions. In addition, they treat clients as good friends and it is always enjoyable to work with them.’

‘Nick Doffman and Kirpal Kaur, in additional to their exceptional knowledge and vast experience, always provide advice that is specific to the client’s organisation and transactions.’

‘They get under the skin of the business so their advice tends to be right first time.’

Key clients

Brookfield

Delancey

Capital & Counties Properties plc (Capco)

Mansford LLP

Olayan Group (Knightsbridge Estate)

Berkeley Group

AEW

Minerva

Almacantar

Chelsfield

Helical plc

Fizzy Living

The Office Group

PGIM Real Estate Finance

Derwent London

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP's ‘excellent’ team is hailed for its ‘exceptional knowledge of the real estate industry’. The practice handles high-value portfolio acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, structuring and finance issues, as well as development funding matters. Inward investment, particularly from the Far East, is an area where the group demonstrates prowess and likewise alternative asset classes are among its core strengths. Recent highlights have included advising Delancey, APG, Qatari Diar and Oxford Properties on the development of the former Olympic Village in Stratford, East London. Led by the ‘exceptional knowledge’ of Nick Doffman, the practice is also active in the retail space and represents several household high-street names in addition to emerging and luxury brands. Another standout name is Stephen Hughes, who possesses expertise across the full array of commercial property matters including joint ventures.

Testimonials

‘Overall an excellent team’.

‘Just very high quality at all levels – a pleasure to deal with.’

‘The team has exceptional knowledge of the real estate industry. Their advice have allowed us to eliminate or mitigate different kinds of risks in transactions. In addition, they treat clients as good friends and it is always enjoyable to work with them.’

‘Nick Doffman and Kirpal Kaur, in additional to their exceptional knowledge and vast experience, always provide advice that is specific to the client’s organisation and transactions.’

‘They get under the skin of the business so their advice tends to be right first time.’

Key clients

Brookfield

Delancey

Capital & Counties Properties plc (Capco)

Mansford LLP

Olayan Group (Knightsbridge Estate)

Berkeley Group

AEW

Minerva

Almacantar

Chelsfield

Helical plc

Fizzy Living

The Office Group

PGIM Real Estate Finance

Derwent London

Competition litigation Tier 2

Acting primarily on the claimant side, Mishcon de Reya LLP has carved out a significant reputation based on its extensive experience bringing high-profile competition damages claims. An area of recent uptick for the competition litigation department is defending clients against allegations of abuse of a dominant position. The group has a successful track record handling precedent-setting cases; for example representing Sainsbury's Supermarkets in a claim against MasterCard in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal, with a further set of proceedings scheduled for a hearing at the Supreme Court in 2020. Practice head Rob MurraySarah Houghton and managing associate Natasha Pearman are recommended. The team is growing, with March 2019 seeing Neil Baylis join from K&L Gates LLP.

Testimonials

A go-to firm for work in the claimant space

A strong competition department with an impressive array of clients and notable recent victories

An excellent approach to case management, coupled with a great strategic approach to litigation

Rob Murray has an excellent strategic vision and knowledge of the industry

Sarah Houghton has phenomenal organisational skills, which make her a great team leader in litigation matters

Key clients

Microsoft Corporation

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Harbour Litigation Funding

MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group

John Lewis & Partners

Lakeland

Ryman

Boux Avenue

Robert Dyas

Argos

Esso Petroleum Company

Ocado Retail

Financial services: contentious Tier 2

Specialising in high profile enforcement cases and with a strong cross-sector disputes practice behind it, Mishcon de Reya LLP  also has experience handling issues arising at the intersection between regulation and employment law. Adam Epstein leads the practice and focuses exclusively on contentious regulatory matters, representing those caught up in FCA and PRA investigations. His team also works closely with the firm’s white collar department in regulatory misconduct cases with a criminal element. The group is acting for the administrators of London Capital & Finance Limited in the high profile FCA and SFO investigations into London Capital & Finance Plc. Also notable in the team are the 'very knowledgeable and thorough' Guy Wilkes; and Matt Hancock, who has particular experience acting for individuals facing serious market abuse allegations. On the non-contentious side managing associate Charlotte Wilson leads the practice, following the retirement of Tim Flood in 2018, and focuses on perimeter guidance and complex restructuring advice.

Testimonials

‘Adam is very calm and collected and gives clients confidence’

‘A sensible and practical team that progresses cases well and is committed to its clients.’

‘Matt Hancock is dedicated and creative in fighting enforcement actions and a pleasure to work with’

‘Guy Wilkes is an outstanding partner with FCA and magic circle experience. He understands not only the legal and regulatory environment extremely well but given his engineering background understands the business extremely well’

Key clients

Smith and Williamson (Administrators of London Capital & Finance Plc)

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP represents clients in cross-border investigations, prosecutions, bribery, money laundering and fraud cases. It acts for clients being investigated by various agencies including the FCA, SRA, FRC, HMRC, CMA and SFO. Other areas of expertise include market abuse, insider dealing, tax and extradition cases. Highly regarded head of team, Jo Rickards , has expertise in cases involving corruption, cartels, fraud and contentious financial services. Clients include individuals, directors, boards and companies in the UK and internationally. Johanna Walsh joined as partner from Kingsley Napley LLP. Alison Levitt QC left the firm for 2 Hare Court.

Testimonials

‘Johanna Walsh is fantastic with clients and is available for them 24/7’.

‘The firm has interesting and important specialisms within the team including private prosecutions and intellectual property crime’.

‘Gareth Minty is an excellent lawyer, tactician and a very approachable good communicator’.

‘James Watson is very bright and hard working’.

‘Johanna Walsh is an excellent lawyer with great experience’.

Reputation management Tier 2

Sitting within a heavyweight disputes firm, the reputation protection team at Mishcon de Reya LLP works closely with other groups within the firm such as the in-house cyber consultancy and cyber intelligence service. It is often called in to help resolve reputation management issues and regularly represents political figures and organisations. Practice head Emma Woollcott is particularly adept at new media and internet-related issues and gives urgent pre- and post-publication advice. She defended Elaph Publishing in the libel and data protection claim brought by Prince Moulay Hicham of Morocco, for instance.

Key clients

Margaret Hodge MP

Asia Agento

Elaph Publishing

Alphaco limited

Sport Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'hard working' sports team of 'hard negotiators' has strength and depth in contentious, regulatory and disciplinary work across a range of sports, acting for clubs, athletes, rights holders and governing bodies, as well as handling commercial and corporate matters including sponsorships, player contracts, joint venture agreements and partnership agreements. In a recent highlight, Liz Ellen, acting alongside associate Stefania Genesis, successfully pursued several multi-jurisdictional claims on behalf of the Governing Bodies of Tennis against tennis players accused of match-fixing and other forms of corruption. On the commercial side, managing associate Simon Leaf, whose expertise spans media rights, sponsorship, international transfers and commercial contracts, worked with Ellen on Matchroom Boxing's $1bn joint venture deal with Perform Group to stage and air boxing events in the US.

Testimonials

“Mishcon de Reya’s sports group have a very good understanding of the sector and specifically how to balance the competing demands of legal, commercial, regulation and stakeholder requirements within the sporting environment.”

“One of the most commercially-minded teams working in this area: they really understand the industry and provide practical advice across a range of practice areas.”

“Communications are prompt, concise and with a clear structure working towards the end result.”

“The nature of our work with Mishcon is always of a highly sensitive nature. The level of compassion, sympathy and professional expertise has been of an exceptional standard.”

“Liz Ellen is probably the best sports lawyer in the country. She is assisted by Stefania Genesis who is also top class in terms of advise and tactical solutions.”

“Liz Ellen achieves fantastic results for clients as a result of her in-depth knowledge of the industry (particularly in football) and her ability to come up with creative solutions.”

“Stefania Genesis is extremely efficient, excellent with clients, operates well beyond her level of PQE and developing a strong reputation in the area.”

“Mehmet Karagoz comes from a fraud litigation background: he has excellent legal knowledge and is particularly strong in commercial and fraud cases in the sports industry.”

“Tom Murray and Max Nicolaides are strong additions to the team at the junior associate end, bringing a particular focus on e-sports.”

Key clients

Matchroom Sport Limited & Matchroom Boxing Limited

World Snooker Limited

Professional Darts Corporation

Estars

England Boxing

International Tennis Federation

Southampton Football Club

Birmingham City Football Club

Rugby Football Union

Rogon

Employee share schemes Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team has a strong track record of advising high-value entrepreneurial and private equity-backed organisations, particularly in the TMT sector, on novel incentive arrangements. The group also has experience designing incentive structures for real estate-sector businesses structured through a mixture of partnership and corporate entities. Other areas of expertise include corporate transactions and regulatory advice. Department head Stephen Diosi has expertise in all aspects of the strategy, design, implementation and compliance of UK and global employee incentive arrangements. Associate Caroline Nye-Wilkins acts for businesses in the financial services, entertainment, social media and transport sectors.

Testimonials

Their personable nature and their ability to really understand your business and help you to come up with practical solutions

They are creative problem solvers

Stephen Diosi is highly experienced, practical, creative, customer-centric, great at relationships and very responsive

What makes the practice unique is the combination of its wide-ranging legal experience and unparalleled commercial acumen which allows the team to deliver best in class, top quality advice to its clients

Key clients

Merlin Entertainments plc

Bank of New York Mellon

Advanz Pharma Corp

Stella McCartney

Insight Learning and Development

Raspberry Pi

Franchising Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP has substantial expertise in the retail and fashion sectors with a growing practice acting for hotel owners and developers; it also stands out for its global franchise expertise, franchise expansion work and brand clearance advice. Notable clients include Oliver Sweeney, Hawes & Curtis and Al Mana Lifestyle Trading. Lewis Cohen heads up the international franchising and brand extension group, and recently advised Tesco on its international franchise arrangements for its F&F clothing and accessories brand. The team also handles contentious work and competition issues.

Testimonials

The team is very personable and takes the time to understand the client’s business and build meaningful relationships.

Lewis Cohen runs a very good team.

Key clients

Tesco Stores Limited

Oliver Sweeney

Hawes & Curtis

Antognola

Caramel Limited (Caramel baby & child)

Al Mana Lifestyle Trading

Marie Chantal Limited

Kerb Food Limited

Fiorucci

Toy Room Brands Limited

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

While Mishcon de Reya LLP's practice primarily advises clients on D&O and property damage claims, the team is also active in cross-border disputes involving political risk and professional indemnity policies, as well as insurance coverage claims. Richard Leedham has expertise in most lines of business, while Sonia Campbell is increasingly handling work for clients in the life sciences sector.

Key clients

Saba Rock

Quest Consulting London, Lemma Insurance Europe

Cheval Roc Residential Limited and Bonne Nuit Cheval Limited

Total Site Projects

Now Casting

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP acts for both public and private companies, as well as institutional investors and family offices - a product of the firm's well-regarded private client practice. The team has been taking on more international mandates, particularly in the technology sector, which has been a strong area of growth over the past year. A decrease in client confidence and inbound investment into the UK has signalled some slowdown in real estate M&A work, although this area continues to be strong. Hospitality has been largely unaffected, and continues to provide work and new clients, including Minor International. Practice head Nick Davis has a broad client base but is best known for his work in the  recruitment services sector.

Testimonials

The Mishcon de Reya team works very hard, stays calm under pressure and delivers the goods with exceptional knowledge and skill

Nick Davis understands the recruitment industry better than any other lawyer I have ever met in the UK and beyond. He also surrounds himself with talent willing to learn and to grow

Nick understands that clients wants a strong deal that won’t come back to bite at any stage

Ross Bryson is a strong operator who is great with numbers, he is an excellent lawyer

Jonathan Berman is passionate about looking after his clients.’

Key clients

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.

Brookfield Strategic Real Estate Partners (StudentRoost)

Capital & Counties Properties

Stonehill Holdings UK

Fusion Global Investments

UK Power Reserve

Alony Hetz Properties & Investments

Founders of Allen Lane

Owners of Soho Gyms Group

Minor International

Partnership Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP fields a cross-departmental team dealing with the life cycle of partnerships and LLPs. It is most noted for its work handling partnership disputes, and is often instructed in cases involving discrimination and whistleblowing claims, worker status issues and exit terms. The group is led by Joanna Blackburn, who focuses on the intersection between employment law and partnerships. Blackburn is supported by Daniel Naftalin, who has experience in the range of contentious partnership matters.

Testimonials

Jennifer Millins provides a very professional level of service. She is exceptionally knowledgeable about the partnership area and provided very sage advice.

The team always picks up the phone and is able to provide advice with very short delay.

Joanna Blackburn: very honest and professional and would always act in her client’s best interest.

Key clients

HgCapital

Sovereign Capital Partners LLP

Accel Partners LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Finnegan Europe LLP

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP demonstrates strength in strategic portfolio development and trade mark disputes alike, with the management of large-scale international trade mark portfolios at the heart of the practice. The group shoulders a significant volume of contentious EU trade mark prosecution cases, regularly involving General Court proceedings. Sally Britton is the practice head.

Key clients

Badoo

eBay

Fiorucci

Foxtons

Grant Thornton

Iceland Foods

Ladbrokes Coral

Ralph Lauren

Sanofi

Sky plc

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'standard approach to executing legal due diligence and M&A transactions is affordable but still high-quality and incredibly professional', in the words of one client. Highlights include Andrew Rimmington and managing associate Lucinda Brendon advising the management team of automotive company Autovista Group on a €325m secondary buyout. The client provides pricing and specification intelligence for Europe’s automotive decision-makers. Management representation of this kind forms a large portion of the firm's PE practice, which is strongly supported by broader employment and tax teams. Kevin McCarthy, who leads the team, is a key contact.

Testimonials

The team is committed, capable and gets to the heart of the matter expeditiously‘.

Very pragmatic and commercial approach, no grandstanding. They focus on getting the job done while making sure important points are covered. Their deep experience means they know what the market norms are and can explain why‘.

Andrew Rimmington is very experienced, exceptionally client-focused and really on your side. Associate Lucinda Brendon is extremely responsive, cool and unflappable; she is the perfect combination‘.

Key clients

Parking Eye Limited

UK Power Reserve

AutoVista Group

Ink Global

Chess Technologies Limited

Plurimi Wealth LLP

Martland

Stork Self Storage Limited

Sunshine Capital Limited

Management of On the Go Tours

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP advises corporates on investigations by various regulatory authorities including the SFO, FCA, CMA and HMRC. Areas of expertise include corruption, cartels, money laundering, insider dealing, market abuse, fraud and contentious financial services. Client sectors include IT, telecoms, real estate and the public sector. Highly regarded partner Jo Rickards  heads the team following the departure of Alison Levitt QC to 2 Hare Court. The firm added the 'outstandingJohanna Walsh joined as partner from Kingsley Napley LLP and specialises in corporate crime investigations including cross-border cases.

Testimonials

‘The recruitment of Johanna Walsh from Kingsley Napley to join Jo Rickards is a coup for the investigations unit’               

‘Johanna Walsh is an outstanding lawyer and investigator who stands in the front rank of her profession’.        

‘Top end service, with unbeatable experience of both defence, prosecution (including private prosecution) and internal investigations’.

‘Johanna Walsh has expertise in defence of the most complex commercial crime and in internal investigations’.

‘Jo Rickards is a standout partner;  she has incredible – almost unrivalled – experience in the corporate crime and regulatory arena, and particularly in cases with an international dimension’. 

‘The corporate crime team at Mishcon is an agile, young, dynamic group that is very well-respected in the industry’.

‘Gareth Minty is hugely knowledgeable, particularly around private prosecutions’.

Key clients

Unaoil Monaco SAM

Allseas

Quinn Emanuel Sullivan & Urquhart LLP

A&B

Sky

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team has a particularly strong track record in VAT disputes with HMRC. Leslie Allen leads the department, drawing on vast experience in direct and indirect tax disputes, including those relating  to tax avoidance and evasion claims. In September 2018, the group benefited from the arrival of Paul Noble from Pinsent Masons LLP, who has expertise in mitigating tax risk where HMRC has  already commenced an investigation, or where clients are at risk of challenge.

Testimonials

‘Waqar Shah knows his stuff and is impressive’

‘Leslie Allen’s knowledge of VAT is second to none’

‘The team is responsive and always make the client feel like their number one priority’

‘They know the tax subject inside out and have the depth of knowledge, expertise and ability to deliver’

Key clients

Paul Lewis, on behalf of the BBC Presenters Group

Iceland Foods Ltd

Mercedes-Benz Financial Services

National Car Parks Limited

Royal Mail Group Litigation

IG Index

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP 'has extraordinary depth and experience in UK High Court litigation'. The firm's finance and banking litigation lawyers are best known for their advice on disputes involving corporate finance and private equity. Masoud Zabeti leads the finance and banking disputes group, James Oldnall is 'an excellent litigation professional with a very good track record' and Genevieve Quierin is 'a star within the disputes team'. Also key to the practice are Derval Walsh and Mohammed Khamisa QC, along with managing associates Samantha KakatiHenry FarrisEdwin Chik, Ian Bean and Polly Blenkin.

Testimonials

Acting in numerous high-profile matters, and the firm has particularly strong junior partners.

Its reputation has been gained from past results in major cases.

James Oldnall genuinely cares about cases and their outcome.

Genevieve Quierin is a calm, surgically-precise, savvy operator with exceptional client-management skills and an impressive strategic approach. She is responsive, thorough and always has her eye on the jugular.

Key clients

Maze

The ECU Group

Duet Group Limited

Tradition (UK)

Arle Capital Partners

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP counts both private individuals and corporates as clients and regularly handles GDPR compliance work, litigation and data transfers and other transactional matters. For private clients it has noteworthy expertise in subject access requests and also regularly acts for individuals in litigation; in a recent highlight the team represented Richard Lloyd as the representative claimant in a data protection claim against Google relating to the alleged secret tracking and collation of the personal data of iPhone users. Adam Rose heads the department, which also fields non-lawyer cyber security specialists. The department was also recently bolstered by the arrival of data protection advisor Jon Baines; he was previously at National Rail and is also the chair of the National Association of Data Protection and Information Law Officers.

Testimonials

The go-to team for individuals facing difficult privacy and data protection challenges.

Adam Rose is a genuine expert in data protection matters, with an excellent feel for the practicalities and human aspects of cases too.

Jon Baines is an amazing asset, with some of the best expertise and insight in the sector.

Adam Rose is an excellent technical lawyer and a delight to work with.

Key clients

Richard Lloyd (Class Representative)

Human Rights at Sea

Siilo Holdings B.V.

Sohonet

Intellectual property Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team has experience across patent, trade mark, design and copyright disputes, and also advises on non-contentious matters. The group has particular expertise in the technology, automotive, pharmaceuticals, betting and gaming, sport, retail, fashion, media, and food and beverage industries. Practice head Jeremy Hertzog handles a range of IP protection and enforcement matters and counts anti-counterfeiting issues among his specialisms. 'Robust and experienced litigatorDavid Rose is recommended for trade mark litigation, while Sally Britton heads up the brands team.

Testimonials

Jeremy Hertzog and Cassandra Hill are very knowledgeable.

Jeremy Hertzog is very client-focused.

Associate Jonathan Sharples is very smart and proactive and is very helpful when dealing with challenging IP disputes.

Key clients

Sky plc

Tesco

Ladbrokes Coral Group plc

WeWork

Pfizer

Iceland Foods

bet365

Ralph Lauren

Gucci

Sanofi

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 4

The Mishcon de Reya LLP team helps a broad range of life sciences clients on both contentious and non-contentious cases in the IP and regulatory spheres, in addition to areas including contractual and competition law disputes.  It also has a noteworthy track record in obtaining search and seizure orders against counterfeiters in the pharmaceutical sector. Martyn Hann leads this work and David Rose has expertise in all areas of IP protection including data base rights. Managing associate Stefania Littleboy specialises in non-contentious matters including joint ventures, licensing and co-existence agreements.

Key clients

Sanofi

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Shire plc

Shionogi Limited

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Limited

Perrigo Group (including Rafton Laboratories, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Rosemont Pharmaceuticals and Omega Pharma)

OBG Pharmaceuticals (including Pharmaserve Northwest Limited)

Lupin Limited and Lupin (Europe) Limited

Hempire Limited

Planning Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP has a number of residential-led urban extensions and mixed-use developments on its current work portfolio, to which the team lends expertise in CIL matters, section 106 negotiations, highways agreements, environmental statements, and all other planning matters. The team also advises on hotel developments, estate restoration projects, retirement home developments, and planning matters for high-net-worth individuals. Contentious issues include challenges to CPO applications, local authority code of conduct matters, and property amalgamation cases (including a successful recent appeal in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea). Practice head, Anita Rivera, and Daniel Farrand also advise on build-to-rent schemes, affordable housing viability, and student housing schemes.

Testimonials

A really friendly team with excellent people at all levels.

An excellent firm, offering an outstanding combination of legal excellence and client focus.

A very strong team.

Approachable, flexible, persistent, determined, thorough, highly experienced, and calm.

Anita Rivera is excellent in every way.

Daniel Farrand is super motivated and very good on detail.

Anita Rivera is extremely focused and engaged.

Anita Rivera is a joy to work with.

Key clients

QDD Athletes Village UK

Delancey

Capital & Counties Properties

Canary Wharf Group

Brookfield

Berkeley Homes

The Office Group

OakNorth Bank

Meadow Partners

Chelsea Green Hotels Limited

Canopy Property Management Limited

Seaforth Land

Valtech Limited

Prudential Insurance Company of America

Bourne Capital Limited

Midcity Investments Limited

Limos Private Family Office

Pandora Limited

Affinity Global Real Estate

Hargreaves Management

Mansford LLP

O&H Properties

Fizzy Living

CSQ Limited

Amazon Property

Dukelease Property

Blackstone

AEW

Matterhorn Capital Limited

Frogmore

Purplexed LLP – (U+I’s subsidiary for the Old Vinyl Factory development)

Property finance Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP is noted for its diverse borrower and lender client base, including banks, funds, investors and real estate developers. The team handles acquisition, investment and development finance, and structured finance, and has been particularly active in transactions involving student accommodation and co-living and co-working assets. The practice is led by Nick Strutt, whose expertise covers restructuring and enforcements.

Testimonials

Mishcon de Reya is a first-class firm, providing high levels of specialist knowledge and strong customer service. The team are excellent communicators, technically brilliant and commercially savvy.

Nick Strutt’s key quality is his willingness to be responsive and progressive.

The team has expertise across the spectrum of potential financing structures and various sectors; always goes above and beyond to ensure good service and speed of execution; and has a firm understanding of what is required from the client to ensure their position is protected.

The team stands out for the level of knowledge and competence at all levels of the business, from paralegals to partners. If I have a query, I will always get a quick, clear and definitive response. The team is very good at controlling the transactions and ensuring each party is fully aware of what needs to be done.

Raji Bartlett is without doubt one of the best real estate finance lawyers in the City.  He has amazing attention to detail and is the best draftsman I have come across.

Key clients

Investec Bank PLC

Delancey

Brookfield

Europa Capital Mezzanine

OakNorth

Cerberus Debt Fund

PGIM

Chelsfield Partners LLP

Catalina Insurance

Equitis Property Fund

BLME

Commercial contracts Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s practice has broad sector expertise, particularly in retail, hotels and sport. The firm is also known for its experience in matters relating to blockchain, technology and issues with an international element. Adam Rose specialises in the area of overlap between commercial contracts and real estate. He leads the practice with Lewis Cohen, whose experience covers sport, retail, media and hospitality, as well as specialist agreements in these sectors. Also notable is associate Anne Rose, who joined in 2018 from Simons Muirhead & Burton and co-leads the blockchain group.

Key clients

Tesco Stores Limited

Harrods

Matchroom Limited: Boxing, World Snooker & Professional Darts

SportPesa

Quinyx

Morphe

Castore

Rwanda Development Board

Antognolla

Al Mana

Commercial litigation Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP's litigators are 'very tough but imaginative' in devising the appropriate strategy for clients. The team is also hardworking, with 'impressive litigation experience at both senior and junior levels'. It acts for businesses that range from owner-manager operations to multinational entities, with disputes crossing several jurisdictions.The practice is largely conflict free and able to act on large commercial disputes and group actions. Kasra Nouroozi heads the dispute resolution department, which includes fraud defence group leader Kathryn Garbett as well as James Libson and Richard Leedham.  The team makes use of technology and eDiscovery to reduce the cost of large-scale litigation and also has experience with litigation funders, group litigation claims and shareholder actions.

Testimonials

This team goes to court a lot and knows how to share know-how and experience efficiently and effectively’

‘A go-to team for urgent applications – particularly freezing injunctions, with a genuine track record of success‘.

Richard Leedham is superb – a great project manager and finisher. Clients enjoy considerable success by strategically partnering with him. He knows how to achieve results‘.

Key clients

Ingenious Media

AssetCo

Kiwix

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team works on range of contentious matters relating to commercial developments, hotels and residential properties. The firm also advises on fire safety and cladding matters in regards to student accommodation and hotels. The practice is led by the 'highly intelligent' and 'first rate' Richard Gerstein who acts for specialists subcontractors, consultants, developers and owners, and was the lead partner acting for housing and social care provider Mears Group in a £35m dispute regarding the construction of two high rise buildings in a student housing scheme.

Testimonials

‘The team is very proactive and hard working. They really care about getting the outcome their clients want from litigation.’

‘Richard Gerstein is a first rate lawyer. He is very good running a team, appropriately delegating tasks, keeping morale up and stepping in where necessary.’

‘Richard Gerstein has a good eye for strategy.’

‘Megan Ludwig is very conscientious and hands on and has a good grasp on the detail.’

‘Alex Barker is very astute.’

‘Alex Pattihis is one to watch for the future.’

‘Richard Gerstein is an effective construction law partner. Highly intelligent with an unerring grasp of the real issues in any case coupled with a pragmatic instinct. Much loved by clients and counsel alike for his clear and strategically sound approach.’

Key clients

Delancey, Qatari Diar, APG and Oxford Properties

Capital & Counties Properties

Accor (Accor Hotels)

The Office Group

Fizzy Living

Brookfield

Mears Group

AEW

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP's non-contentious practice is led by Simon Hunter who covers a range of areas, with a particular expertise in the hotel, student accommodation and residential sectors. Partner Justine Ayto is another key member of the team, and acted for Almacantar on the construction aspects of its £290m sale of 125 Shaftesbury Avenue. Managing associate Marie Mulligan, who represents building owners, purchasers and landlords, is also recommended. The practice's client base also includes developers, property investors, contractors and consultants.

Testimonials

‘The team provide very clear, practical, commercial advice in a friendly and approachable manner.’

‘Justine Ayto understands commercial practicalities and gives very clear advice.’

Key clients

Echo Global Feeder Fund

Sky

Allianz

The Office Group

Napier

Fizzy Living

Brookfield

Corporate tax Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP's advisory- and transaction-focused team has deep expertise in property tax, advising on all aspects of real estate investment, including student accommodation. Many of  these matters are led by department co-head Jonathan Legg. In addition, the team has experience in insurance-sector deals and fund formation taxation. John Skoulding, who is the other co-head, focuses on transactional advice around domestic and international M&A, fund formations and corporate restructurings and reorganisations. Gary Richards is noted for tax planning and transaction structuring.

Testimonials

Excellent communication skills and first class knowledge

Jonathan Legg is a leading expert for real estate tax work

The team has exceptional knowledge of the key developments in the tax environment

Key clients

Brookfield (Student Roost)

Capital & Counties Properties plc

Helical plc

Derwent

Fusion Global Investments LLP

Alony Hetz Properties and Investments

Private funds Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP's London funds team is well known for its technology-focused private equity funds niche. In addition to advising on fund formations, the practice also advises on matters such as spin outs and has in-house capabilities to advise on regulatory and tax law.  It has a particular emphasis on advising UK real estate institutions on capital raising efforts. The team is headed by Daniel Greenaway.

Key clients

Trispan

Frog Capital

Everbright

Crest Capital Partners

Woodford InvestmentManagement

NCL TechnologyVentures

AEW UK InvestmentManagement

Alony Hetz Properties &Investments

EU and competition Tier 6

Mishcon de Reya LLP handles areas of competition law compliance including merger control, competition and regulatory investigations. The team is active in sectors such as retail, media, technology, sports and, increasingly, the financial services sector. Traditionally standing out for its strength in competition-related dispute resolution matters (a space in which practice head Rob Murray and Sarah Houghton are key figures), the firm has extended its non-contentious offering through the appointment of Neil Baylis, former competition practice head at K&L Gates LLP, who joined in March 2019. Andrij Jurkiw departed to join Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in April 2018.

Testimonials

The team is helpful and provides comprehensive legal advice

The group’s strengths lie in its competition law expertise and its high-quality service

Key clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Rugby Football Union

World Snooker

Iceland Foods

River Island

Euro Car Parts

Mister Men

Euromoney

Formula 1

Zircon Industry Association

International arbitration Tier 6

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'very responsive, strategic and proactive team' has considerable experience in Africa and Asia-related disputes. Karel Daele heads the firm’s international arbitration practice and Kasra Nouroozi is dispute resolution head; Ben Giaretta, legal director Zachary Segal and managing associate Elizabeth Montpetit are the other names to note.

Testimonials

Karel Daele is highly effective‘.

Key clients

Kingdom of Belgium

BSG Resources

Range Developments

Starenergie 2073

Microsoft

Samsung C&T

Meinl Bank

Immigration

Mishcon de Reya LLP has an 'outstanding reputation' for immigration work; it is 'very skilled at dealing with difficult immigration and nationality issues'; and the team has 'first-rate legal skills, but unrivalled client care skills'. The business immigration team acts for high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients, which are active across the financial, creative, media, technology, sports and fashion industries. The team is regularly engaged on sponsor licence applications, right to work checks, Home Office compliance, entrepreneur and innovator applications and representatives of overseas business visa applications. It is experienced in advising on exceptional applications for naturalisation and complex ILR applications. The team also offers human rights, asylum and deportation expertise; it defends clients against extradition requests and is engaged on contentious immigration issues for clients in the Middle East, Russia and China. Judicial review claims, human rights and asylum claims are a key part of the practice. Team head Kamal Rahman is the 'absolute master of client care'; she is ably supported by Steven BostockMaria Patsalos , managing associate Hannah Barnett and associate Matt Ingham.

Testimonials

The team is very dedicated.

Kamal Rahman has a real engagement with her clients.

The team has quick, accurate and excellent lawyers.

Kamal Rahman is an outstanding expert in the field; she has a vast range of knowledge and knows exactly how to deal with government departmental issues in this difficult area of work.

Matt Ingham is a star.

Hannah Barnett is amazing; she is very talented.

Kamal Rahman, Steven Bostock, Maria Patsalos and Matt Ingham all provide first-rate legal advice, while making the client feel special; they ensure that the client’s case, big or small, is their first priority.

Travel

Mishcon de Reya LLP established its presence in the travel sector with the hire of Neil Baylis from K&L Gates LLP. Baylis is a UK and EU competition specialist and handles a range of commercial, regulatory and procurement mandates for travel sector clients. The team is also able to utilise the firm's wider commercial team to advise on agreements and terms and conditions with suppliers and consumers; including complex hotel franchising and management agreements. In a recent highlight, Baylis led advice for International Cruise and Excursions on implementing pan-European terms and conditions for distance selling.

Key clients

International Cruise & Excursions Inc

Nordic Tourism Collective

European Tour Operators Association (“ETOA”)

ABTA

Affinion International

Africa Exclusive

Australia Pacific Touring

CruiseCo

EnterAir

GTA Travel

Inspiring Vacations

JTB/Tumlare  Corporation

Red Savannah

Secret Escapes

Ski Club

Trafalgar

Mishcon de Reya LLP is a law firm with offices in London and New York. Founded by Victor Mishcon in a one-room office in Brixton in 1937, it now employs more than 900 people, with over 500 lawyers offering a wide range of legal services to companies and individuals. Mishcon de Reya services an international community of clients and provides advice in situations where the constraints of geography often do not apply. The work the firm undertakes is cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex.

We appreciate the privilege of sitting alongside our clients as a trusted advisor. Building strong personal connections to our clients and their businesses is important to us. It is for these reasons we say ‘It’s business. But it’s personal’.

The firm: Mishcon de Reya LLP is one the UK’s fastest growing law firms, having doubled its turnover in the last five years.

Mishcon de Reya prides itself not only on the diverse range of legal services that it offers as a practice, but also on the diverse range of people who provide those services. The central role played by the Academy, the firm’s in-house place of learning, development and new thinking, and the active and innovative social impact strategy are reflected in its place in The Sunday Times ‘ 100 Best Companies to Work For list of 2019, the twelfth consecutive year that Mishcon de Reya have featured.

Types of work undertaken: Mishcon de Reya has acted in some of the most high-profile and ground-breaking cases in the industry. Some of our recent experience includes:

The corporate department advised Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc on the sale of UK insurance subsidiary Canopius for $952 million and Capco on the sale of the Empress State Building for total cash consideration of £250 million to The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime. They also advised the management team of UK Power Reserve on the £216 million sale alongside Inflexion Private Equity and Equistone Partners to Sembcorp Industries, the Singaporean-based energy group.

The competition group represented Sainsbury’s supermarkets in relation to its damages claim against MasterCard in the UK high court in relation to the overpayment of multilateral interchange fees.

The litigation department acted in a multi-billion dollar securities fraud against one of Forbes’ top 10 richest individuals. This was the first instance of an English Freezing Injunction being imported into the state of Florida and resulted in the first example of a treble measure of damages being claimed under a US racketeering statute.

The private department acted for Signia Wealth and philanthropist John Caudwell who recently succeeded in their shareholder dispute against former Chief Executive Nathalie Dauriac.

The employment department represented Pimlico Plumbers at the Supreme Court in a case that is currently the highest authority on worker status. The department also advised Carrie Gracie and is advising a number of other journalists at the BBC in high-profile allegations of equal pay and sex discrimination against the Corporation.

The family department continues to act on Thakkar v Thakkar on behalf of the wife of Africa’s so-called ‘youngest billionaire’, who originally disclosed assets worth less than £500,000.

The real estate department continues to act for Delancey, APG, Qatari Diar and Oxford Properties on their ongoing programme of development for East Village, the former Olympic Village in Stratford, East London, on all property and asset management, the construction and financing of new development plots, retail lettings and planning matters. East Village is a multi-million pound development and is the first major commitment of scale to the private rented sector since this investment opportunity opened up.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate. Managing partner Kevin Gold
Real Estate. Chairman Philip Freedman CBE, QC (Hon)
Private. Deputy chairman Anthony Julius
Real Estate Finance Raji Bartlett
Art Karen Sanig
Betting and gaming Susan Breen
Business crime Alison Levitt QC
BVI services Anthony O'Loughlin
Charities, not for profit and philanthropy Andrew Goldstone
Commercial contracts Lewis Cohen
Commercial litigation Kas Nouroozi
Competition Andrij Jurkiw
Construction Simon Hunter
Contentious regulatory and enforcement Adam Epstein
Real Estate Nick Doffman
Corporate Nick Davis
Corporate finance and M&A taxation John Skoulding
Data theft Robert Wynn Jones
Real Estate Development Nick Minkoff
Digital security Gary Miller
Director and shareholder disputes Rowena Herdman-Smith
Dispute resolution Kasra Nouroozi
Employment Daniel Naftalin
Employment tax, remuneration and incentives Stephen Diosi
Families in business Susan Breen
Family Sandra Davis
Finance and banking disputes Masoud Zabeti
Financial defence Michael Armstrong
Flotations and corporate finance Ross Bryson
Fraud Kasra Nouroozi
Fraud defence Kathryn Garbett
Funds and financial services Tim Flood
Immigration Kamal Rahman
Information technology Adam Rose
Insolvency and recoveries Danny Davis
Intellectual property Jeremy Hertzog
International arbitration Karel Daele
International franchising and brand extension Lewis Cohen
LLPs and partnerships Nick Davis
Mediation Rowena Herdman-Smith
Mergers and acquisitions Nick Davis
Planning and environment Anita Rivera
Private equity Kevin McCarthy
Professional negligence Richard Gerstein
Property Litigation Daniel Levy
Reputation management Ramona Mehta
Real Estate Development Simon Hart
Debt Advisory Omega Poole
Real Estate Taxation Jonathan Legg
PropTech Nicholas Kirby
Construction Justine Ayto
Real Estate Stephen Hughes
Property Litigation Joanna Lampert
Rights of Light Chhavie Kapoor
Real Estate Ian Paul
Real Estate Daniel Lipman
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Number of other UK fee-earners : 400+

The Lex 100 Verdict

Mischon de Reya is praised for being 'a prestigious firm' with 'distinctive character'. Applicants were attracted to the firm for its 'strength in litigation, interesting client base, and progressive attitude'. Many complimented Mischon's 'attitude towards its employees' and appreciated that the firm's 'core values are at the centre of everything they do'. Recruits also cited how approachable and supportive senior team members were, and were pleased that the firm 'really invested in trainees'. Additionally, respondents felt that they worked better hours than trainees at some other firms, and have a consistently good work/life balance. 'The vibrancy of seats' lured new recruits, but some found 'the uncertainty and lack of transparency' around their allocation worrying. Some respondents also felt that 'a few colleagues had archaic attitudes' and the firm 'needed to improve on its diversity'. However, new recruits relished the opportunity 'to take on responsibility to drive cases forward and manage clients', and enjoyed 'running matters', 'winning in court' and 'having fun with the team on a daily basis'. The firm's legal tech hub and 'The Academy', a learning platform, impressed many applicants who were excited by the firm's intention to 'break tradition'. Understandably, trainees did not enjoy 'bundling into the early hours', 'admin deed tasks', and 'having to work the occasional weekend'. As for pro bono work, recruits were 'encouraged to engage right from the start' which individuals felt 'offered them interesting work and exposure to clients whilst not being so demanding time-wise'. If a firm which is getting 'bigger and better with room to expand' sounds like the fit for you, apply to Mischon de Reya.