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

Art and cultural property Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP has a highly respected team that is lauded for the breadth of its art-related expertise. It has a 'high profile and is a top firm in this area'. Head of department Karen Sanig has a strong reputation and represents clients from around the world, including artists and their estates, collectors, dealers, art foundations and charities. Other key clients include galleries, museums and governments. The department receives a steady flow of instructions on matters as diverse as the sale and purchase of art, issues surrounding authenticity and ownership, and the restitution of looted cultural property. Sanig is known for her work on some of the biggest art transactions and the most significant litigation in this area. Amanda Gray is also well regarded for her work on contentious and non-contentious matters. The team was further bolstered by the arrival of associate Simon Chadwick from Withers LLP in February 2020.

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Testimonials

Karen Sanig’s reputation in the market is immense

Karen came highly recommended from everybody with whom I spoke in the art world both in the UK and abroad. Her well-deserved reputation for excellence preceded her and we have been more than impressed with her skill, knowledge and experience in the area, coupled with the fact that her years of high-level art world experience inspires confidence

The lawyers know the art world inside out and always see the whole picture, never just one piece

Exceptionally high level of expertise in arts and culture, with international breadth. Amanda Gray is a highly skilled lawyer and exceptionally well connected in the arts and culture sector. She has a genuine passion for her subject. She is quick and responsive in our dealings with her, and provides practical and succinct advice

Amanda Gray is a real star- she is a very, very good communicator, has a real feel for the art market and is very practical and very thorough

The team has been extremely efficient, very quick to get to the crux of the issues, intellectually very sharp, and clearly very experienced and expert. The lawyers have been very responsive both professionally and, I would say, emotionally

Amanda Gray is superb. She has a mastery of art law like almost no one else. She can manage a dispute from beginning to end and will always get the best result for her client. She is the go-to option for anyone with a dispute on their hands. Abby Brindley and the rest of the team are exceptional as well’

Everything about the team speaks of professionalism, penetrating intellect and genuine empathy’

Key clients

Alison Jackson (Artist)

Almine Rech Gallery Limited

Anthony d’Offay (Artist)

Art Africa Ltd

Artists Pension Trust

Artwide (HK) Limited

Ben Uri Museum

Borro Limited

Camden Arts Centre

Cheffins Fine Art

Christina Chandris

Clore Wyndham Fine Art Limited

Contemporary Art Society

Damilola Oduste (Artist)

Darius & Marc Azari

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Dr Farhad Farjam

Embassy of Italy

Estate of artist Ken Kiff (RA)

Fergus Hall Limited

Forum Auctions Limited

French and Company LLC

Gagosian Gallery Limited

Generation Three Family Partners

Guy Dellal

Halcyon Art International Limited

Halcyon Gallery Limited

Hales Gallery Limited

Hales Gallery LLC

Heirs to Nina Zouboff

Hermitage Art Foundation, Israel

Isaac Julien (Artist)

Ivor Braka

Josef and Anni Albers Foundation

Lionel Smit (Artist)

Lisson Gallery

Lyndsey Ingram London Limited

Maddox Gallery Ltd

Marisa Bellani

Matthew Stephenson Limited

Morgan Art Foundation SA

Murphy Partners LLP

Museum of Everything

Offer Waterman

Oliver Sears Gallery

Ori Gersht

Other Art Fairs Limited

P&D Colnaghi and Co Ltd

Piano Nobile

Pissarro & Associates Fine Art

Reza Aramesh (Artist)

Richard Green Galleries

Roman Road Limited

Schoyen Collection

Simon C Dickinson Limited

Simon Salama-Caro

Skartstedt Gallery of London Limited

The Arab Republic of Egypt

The Klesch Collection

Vastari Group Limited

Yves Bouvier

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP fields a large and dedicated team with a wealth of experience in advising individuals, trustees, wealth advisers, fiduciaries and family offices facing conflicts. Under the direction of Mark Keenan, the team regularly acts in disputes concerning trusts, wills and international succession, as well as Inheritance Act claims, proprietary estoppel cases and estate administration disputes. The majority of the team's cases are international and cross-border. Keenan is highly recommended for his work on complex international and domestic trust and succession disputes and frequently acts for high-net-worth individuals in cases involving offshore jurisdictions. Peter Steen is another important member of the team and is well known for his work on onshore and offshore contentious trusts cases.

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Testimonials

Mark Keenan is extremely good, very thoughtful about his cases and looks at the issues from all angles

On a large case Mark Keenan both manages a large team and his client’s needs and expectations excellently, always focusing on the overall strategy and goals. It is privilege and fun to work with him

I was struck by the close attention which the team at Mishcons gave to the needs of the client and the very friendly relationship with the client that the team was able to establish. There is great strength and depth in the team’

Peter Steen is very easy to work with and very experienced

Peter is a seasoned, talented and experienced litigator who you wish to have on your side and not on the other side of the case. His case management abilities are impressive

A combination of entrepreneurial flair with technical expertise and personally providing a reassuring feeling that the advice received will be sound. Peter Steen combines a very academic skill set with a practical, pragmatic and responsive approach that sits well in the private client arena

Jessica Medus is everything you want: serious, very capable, and a master of detail, so great to have on your side in any dispute’

Emilia Piskorz combines a very warm personality with technical expertise, so that clients feel very comfortable being advised by her

Key clients

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

Nadezda Advokatova

7 of the 15 parties in the Bermudian case, In the matter of the X Trusts [2018] SC (Bda) 56 Civ (12 July 2018)

Charles Trevail and Rupert Walters, as executors of the estate of Michael Johnson

The Executors of the estate of The Right Honourable Gloria Wesley, Dowager Countess Bathurst (“DCB”).

Employers Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP fields specialist practitioners across the full gamut of employment law. The well-resourced team is particularly renowned for its litigation expertise, and has recently been involved in a number of significant team move cases in the High Court. Expert at handling work for both employers and senior executives, the department regularly advises on appointments, exits and disputes relating to CEOs, board members and senior executives of major clients. The team also has capabilities in strategic advisory work for multinational clients and in industrial relations matters. 'Hugely reliable' team head Daniel Naftalin leads the firm's highly respected litigation offering, supported by 'force of natureJoanna Blackburn, and Sharon Tan, who lends expertise in employment aspects of corporate transactions. Among junior partners to note, Susannah Kintish is a specialist in worker status and investigations, and Jennifer Millins is highly experienced in the equal pay space. Associates to note are Emily Knight (for employers) and Matthew Wood (for senior executives).

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Testimonials

Commercial advice that is delivered in a swift, considered and pro-active way. They are available, efficient, practical, enthusiastic, direct and jargon free.

At the top the market for high end employment litigation, dealing with more cases than many other firms put together involving team moves, confidential information, restrictive covenants, injunctions, together with high end high profile tribunal litigation.

Leaders in their field. They have a diverse client base and considerable strength in depth, both at partner level and below. The team is comprised of experienced and committed employment law experts, who are comfortable acting in the Employment Tribunal and the High Court on the full range of employment-related disputes

 Joanna Blackburn is simply the best in her field. She’s always available, incredibly experienced, thinks outside the box, gives it to you straight, has a great client manner and is brilliant with her colleagues – a real team worker.

Susannah Kintish – completely on it; so smart and disarmingly engaging. Jennifer Millins – clever, able, sensible – a great all rounder and up and coming partner.

Matthew Wood – brilliant, quick, spot on and fabulous to work with.

Daniel Naftalin is leading the charge of the next generation of high end employment litigation: great on strategy and commercials.

Joanna Blackburn – a real fighter with the intellect and strategic acumen to back it up. She’s a force of nature – so glad she is on our side. Puts up with no nonsense. Effective and responsive. The best.

Key clients

Kering SA (formerly known as Gucci Group)

Kirkland and Ellis LLP

Warner Music Group Inc.

Expedia Group

The Co-operative Bank PLC

Pimlico Plumbers PLC

Nissan Motor Co Ltd

Harrods Ltd

Cancer Research UK

Cath Kidston LTD

Family Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP is frequently instructed on complex high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth cases, often with an international element involving tax and trust issues, substantial assets and partnerships. It is best known for its litigation prowess in matrimonial finance cases at all levels, including the Supreme Court and the Privy Council. The 'stellar' team is led by Barbara Reeves; 'from the trainees to the senior partners, everyone excels - the whole team exudes confidence and professionalism'. Reeves has acted in a number of leading cases and receives regular instructions from UHNW clients, particularly in the Far East, as well as handling financial provision cases for the children of unmarried parents. Sandra Davis is also highly recommended and is a keen advocate of the voices of children and young people throughout the divorce and parental separation process. Other names to note include Kate Clark  and Claire Yorke.

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Testimonials

Barbara Reeves is a phenomenal strategist and litigator well ahead of her peers’

It is a phenomenal department. Barbara Reeves is clear sighted and a very tough but very polite opponent, well respected, sensible, intelligent and diligent

Barbara Reeves really is head and shoulders above her peers. A background in commercial law has given Barbara the ability to respond fast and efficiently no matter how much pressure is applied. She always sees right into the heart of a problem and has the rare capacity to understand how to manage individual needs in individual situations. Each client gets the bespoke package that they need

‘Sandra Davis is by far the best family law solicitor in London. She knows everyone and everything. She is quietly confident and a total rock for all her clients. She is an exceptional practitioner who goes above and beyond. She has endless drive and energy to get a good result, and has excellent judgment. She is extremely personable, astute and unflappable

Kate Clark is very impressive. She is very straight talking and accessible – you can pick up the phone with her and have  a sensible discussion

Kate Clark is a first-rate lawyer who does not sugarcoat her advice. Claire Yorke has developed a rich and interesting practice by dint of hard work and ability. Emma Willing impresses with her hard work and dedication to her cases. She has extraordinary tact and patience with clients. Dan Beattie is a great lawyer. He gives realistic and sensible advice. His judgement is spot on

David Lister is brilliant. He has a winning sense of humour and a real spark which clients love. Claire Yorke outperforms all her peers. She has the confidence to handle the biggest cases against all the big players – she takes the opposition head on and invariably wins. She can turn a case around with one letter

‘James Rees has a delightful manner and an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. He is always available and willing to help. Robert Hines is bright and wise beyond his years. He can really read a case. He identifies pitfalls and prevents his clients from falling into them, and has the ability to recognise strengths and weakness and play his cards just right’

Fraud: civil Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'absolutely brilliant' practice utilises its expertise in civil and criminal fraud disputes and investigations to represent clients in major mandates, often spanning multiple jurisdictions. The firm has a strong track record of pursuing civil injunctions, enabling clients to freeze assets and seize evidence. Another defining feature of the practice is its cyber fraud team, which has seen a consistent growth in disputes. Kathryn Garbett is known for providing strategic advice to high-net-worth individuals and businesses facing civil claims, investigations and prosecution. Kasra Nouroozi focuses on complex disputes, investigations and injunctions, particularly those taking place in offshore financial centres, the Middle East, Russia and CIS countries. Martin Shobbrook has 20 years of experience of civil fraud litigation and has particular expertise in asset tracing. Claire Broadbelt is a key member of the firm's fraud defence group. Gary Miller has a strong track record in commercial disputes involving allegations of fraud, corruption and dishonesty.

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‘One of the top firms for civil fraud in London. As good as it gets.’

Key clients

Arcelor Mittal

Ocado Group plc

Fahad Al Rajaan

Alexander Yaroslavsky

Georgy Bedzhamov

Koza Altin Isletmelerei A.S., Turkey’s largest gold mining company (“KA”)

CFL Finance Ltd

Alfred E Mann Living Trust

Sana Sabbagh

Gaming and betting Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s regulatory practice advises on the full range of licencing and compliance issues for gaming and betting clients, while the broader team has expertise covering M&A, intellectual property, data protection and tax. A particular focus in recent months has been investigations by the Gambling Commission; the team has frequently represented clients before the Commission's Regulatory Panel. Practice head Susan Breen - 'the leader extraordinaire' - is a specialist in corporate law and advises many of the industry's leading operators, service providers and business owners both in the UK and internationally. Nick Nocton is the leading regulatory practitioner and provides ‘clear, timely and well-considered’ advice on the regulatory aspects of cross-border M&A deals, reorganisations, business redomiciliations and joint ventures. The 'meticulousNiki Stephens acts for land-based and remote operators in connection with regulatory enforcement action by the Gambling Commission. Corporate partner Stuart McMaster is regarded as 'a data protection expert' with regards to issues concerning the gambling sector.

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Testimonials

‘Susan Breen is the leader extraordinaire. She is so good with clients and her team alike.’

‘Not many firms offer a specialisation in gambling law that the team at Mishcon do.’

‘Having worked in the industry directly, Nick Nocton offers on-point advice to us on multiple legal matters that us as operators are subject to. His advice is clear, timely and well considered.’

‘Niki Stephens is into the details of gambling law and regulation and is able to deliver advice on specific rules and regulations. We have also been assisted by Niki on contract matters. She is meticulous and her drafting leaves little to interpretation.’

‘The practice is able to combine deep knowledge and expertise of regulatory law in the gambling sector including related areas such as anti-money laundering, with an excellent traditional litigation practice that ensures a comprehensive service.’

‘Niki Stephens is highly knowledgeable and very persistent in following through on complex questions to get the best results for the client.’

‘They are just superb. They really are top-tier. What differentiates them is the respective teams really can gel well to get to the crux of the issues, which cannot be said for many other big-name firms that use various teams in multiple departments with no flow or collaboration. The gaming team can cover any issue from any department as it is managed so seamlessly. I have always liked working with Mishcon and did many, many deals with them as a lawyer in a different capacity over the years, but I have been blown away at the level of competency this year with some very tricky and complex regulatory matters.’

‘Nick Nocton has clear expertise in the gambling sector, with real insight into the Gambling Commission’s priorities and concerns.’

‘Susan Breen has both a superb understanding of all online gaming in the UK and globally. Niki Stephens is also experienced in the UK requirements. Susan also makes herself available at short notice, never misses deadlines, however tight and offers different solutions to problems. She is able to influence decision making with her wide knowledge rather than just being able to carry out specific requirements.’

Key clients

DraftKings Inc.

Gamesys Group plc

GVC Holdings plc

Bede Gaming

Videoslots

SportPesa

Kambi plc

Gaming Innovation Group

Victoria Gate Casino

Catena Media plc

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 1

With a 'top of the league' team led by Jeremy Hertzog and featuring top-tier litigator David Rose, Mishcon de Reya LLP’s intellectual property practice has a solid reputation for handling trade mark and copyright litigation before all levels of the UK and European courts. Recent engagements have involved invalidity proceedings, infringement and passing-off actions, claims of unlawful parallel imports and innovating website blocking injunctions.  Utilising its innovative MDR Brand Management product, Sally Britton and Lewis Cohen deliver full-scope strategic IP, commercialisation and licensing services to global brands in all sectors, from luxury goods and fashion to consumer electronics. The team is also highly active in the sports, media and entertainment fields. Other recommended lawyers include Cassandra Hill .

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The team I have worked with are very focused and straight into the detail. They picked up my business issues and fully understood the complexity in a very short period of time. At all times I have had total confidence in them to make the correct decisions for me and provide me with guidance over our legal proceedings’

‘ Mishcon are definitely a force to be reckoned with, I wanted to go to the best law firm for my legal case and they are without question playing at the top of the league.

They are my first choice when referring for UK litigation.

Cassandra Hill is approachable and knows her stuff.

David Rose is truly a superb lawyer. He not only knows the law and has an imaginative and analytical mind, he’s very practical and really understands the business aspects of clients’ legal problems, which enables him to craft approaches that solve problems quickly and cost effectively. He knows which fights are worth fighting and which the clients should avoid. I deal with dozens of lawyers also skilled in EU law and practice and he is by far the most knowledgeable, especially with regard to how new developments impact clients’ rights and strategies.

Jeremy Hertzog is straight talking, and this was exactly what I wanted- he adapted well to me and understood my needs. As a partner he has remained always in the legal proceedings and is always available at the end of a phone. My kind of lawyer.

Chloe Hamilton is a real future star in the legal world. The sharpest mind I have seen, dedicated, customer focused and detailed.

Key clients

Sky

Nintendo

Ladbrokes Coral Group plc

GVC

Netflix

Hewlett Packard

Iceland

bet365

Global

eBay

Alexander McQueen

Gucci

WeWork

NBC Universal

Ralph Lauren

MagicLab (Badoo)

Capco (Covent Garden)

424 on Fairfax

The Wombles

Sanofi

Third Space

Grant Thornton

Dua Lipa

Lion Capital

Foxtons

Levi Strauss

Huel

Christian Louboutin

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Andrew Goldstone heads the team at Mishcon de Reya LLP, which advises high and ultra-high-net-worth UK and international families and trustees on tax, succession planning and trusts matters, as well as family wealth governance and protection. 'The overall strength of the team is second to none, with exceptional people throughout'. Goldstone regularly advises on residence and domicile issues, including matters such as business investment relief and the taxation of offshore trusts, in addition to the establishment of new wealth planning vehicles to protect family wealth. Patrick Harney joined the team from Forsters LLP and brings with him a wealth of experience in US/UK and UK/Irish cross-border tax, trust and estate planning matters in particular. Kassim Meghjee, Filippo Noseda and Charlie Sosna are also noted members of the team.

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Testimonials

Mishcon has grown and become of the leading firms in private client work. In the private client industry, having winning, charismatic and gifted lawyers is key, as it is a personal business. If you wish to have such a team, with diversity and excellence, you have made an excellent decision to engage Mishcon’

‘There is a high level of communication within the team and a wide range of skills and expertise so that the right person is available to deal with each aspect of the case. All the people I have had contact with have been knowledgeable in their field and easy to work with

The team has grown consistently with the hiring of top players. Patrick Harney is always available, extremely responsive, very strong on the tax side and very pragmatic

‘A standout firm in the private client market, known for the highest quality advice. Andrew Goldstone, Charlie Sosna and Kassim Meghjee stand out

Kassim Merghjee is clearly bright, thoughtful and much respected by his client base

Filippo Noseda is the number one lawyer for privacy matters in connection with FATCA, the common reporting standard, beneficial owner registers and the like

This is an excellent private client team’

‘Nicola Simmons is clearly bright, energetic in style and highly personable

Key clients

Jenny

Property litigation Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP is strong in development disputes, rights of light matters, rent disputes and judicial reviews, among other areas. Its diverse client base includes high-net-worth individuals, Plc boards, investment funds and blue-chip companies. Noted for his focus on commercial and high-value residential property work, team head Daniel Levy is recognised for his expertise in complex landlord and tenant matters. Joanna Lampert provides associated risk analysis and risk avoidance advice. Another key individual is Emma Macintyre, who has recently been particularly active in contractual and joint venture disputes arising from significant London developments. She also has expertise in dilapidation matters and lease renewals, and is the main contact for telecoms sector work. Managing associate Mark Reading is praised for his extensive commercial and residential property expertise.

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Our go-to firm for property litigation matters – streets ahead of other firms in terms of quality of advice and outcomes.

Chhavie Kapoor is an outstanding lawyer – technically excellent, innovative and solution-driven. Cannot be faulted.

Similarly, Joanna Lampert is another stand out partner.’

Simply the best property litigation department in London.’

Excellent all-round real estate litigation practice.

Daniel Levy – strong reassuring presence for clients. Great on tactical issues Chhavie Kapoor – excellent rights of light experience. Joanna Lampert – a great street fighter.’

MDR must be top property litigation practice now. Inspirational leadership by Daniel Levy. Aggressive growth in numbers, all quality hires, and all rushed off their feet with work despite their numbers. Quality of work they have is breathtaking, real spread of clients from blue-chip to wealthy individuals.’

Joanna Lampert and Daniel Levy are the most effective property litigation duo in town. Joanna has grit, determination and a fantastic brain. Daniel has charm, energy and shrewdness without peer. Top of the pile.’

Key clients

Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco)

DV4 Ltd (advised by Delancey Real Estate Asset Management Limited)

Blackstone Property Management

IW Group Services (UK) Limited (formerly known as Regus)

Brookfield

Bank of Singapore

Chelsfield Advisers LLP

TK Maxx

National Car Parks (NCP)

Stellar Properties

Shoreditch Property Holdings Limited

Berkeley Square Investments

Sophie Hicks

Meadow Partners

Avison Young (formerly GVA)

Residential property Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP is lauded for its ‘very high standard’ of knowledge of the London property sector. This is deployed to advise a range of clients including domestic and overseas high-net-worth individuals, as well as developers, investors, banks and onshore and offshore investment funds. Alongside extensive conveyancing work, the team offers services in refinancing, tax structuring, planning and construction. Practice head Sonal Thakrar’s specific expertise resides in purchasing or disposing of prime residential property in central London, often involving complex offshore structures and time sensitive lending requirements. James Liffen, made up to partner in 2019, advises on complex deals involving shared ownership, auction sales, portfolio purchases, tenancy and planning issues.

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Testimonials

‘A very tight unit who often seem to work in tandem so I know that nothing will get overlooked. They are all highly professional so there is no difference in quality of service when switching between team members, which occasionally happens on longer transactions.’

‘I have worked on a high number of transactions with Sonal Thakrar over the last 10 years and the ability to simply get things done and over the line in an increasingly bureaucratic market is priceless. We have never failed to get a deal that I wanted to complete to a satisfactory conclusion.’

‘They look for solutions rather than obstacles.’

‘The firm’s knowledge of the property sector in London is of a very high standard. The firm always meets all of our deadlines, offers excellent advice and assist with the structuring of transactions and the drafting of documentation if so required.’

Senior executives Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP fields specialist practitioners across the full gamut of employment law. The well-resourced team is particularly renowned for its litigation expertise, and has recently been involved in a number of significant team move cases in the High Court. Expert at handling work for both employers and senior executives, the department regularly advises on appointments, exits and disputes relating to CEOs, board members and senior executives of major clients. The team also has capabilities in strategic advisory work for multinational clients and in industrial relations matters. 'Hugely reliable' team head Daniel Naftalin leads the firm's highly respected litigation offering, supported by 'force of natureJoanna Blackburn, and Sharon Tan, who lends expertise in employment aspects of corporate transactions. Among junior partners to note, Susannah Kintish is a specialist in worker status and investigations, and Jennifer Millins is highly experienced in the equal pay space. Associates to note are Emily Knight (for employers) and Matthew Wood (for senior executives).

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Testimonials

‘The Mishcon team is one of the largest in London. The size gives immense strength in depth and a huge level of communal knowledge.’

‘Jennifer Millins is technically superb, diligent, careful and delightful.’ 

‘Daniel Naftalin is absolutely first class: very skilful and meticulous and understands the practical implications a dispute has for a client. His advice actually helped me make decisions, and I was very impressed by his commitment and dedication. I could not have been happier with the way he dealt with my case.’

‘Daniel Naftalin is exceptional. He is supported by a strong team – clients love them. They go the extra mile.’

‘Susannah Kintish is particularly strong. Extremely thorough, gets to the point of an issue quickly. Tenacious, someone you really want on your side.’

Key clients

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

Max Conze, former CEO of Dyson

Gavin Patterson, CEO of BT PLC and current Executive Chairman, Europe of Salesforce

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

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

Derek Sach, former Head of Global Restructuring at Royal Bank of Scotland

Commercial property: development Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP hosts a ‘great, practical team, which gets deals done’. Headed by acquisition and sales expert Nick Doffman, the practice serves as a one-stop-shop for development and investment work with the ability to call upon dedicated teams for planning, construction, real estate tax and finance. Stephen Hughes is a key name for portfolio transactions, joint ventures and structuring, with the team also concentrated on inward investment matters, especially those coming from the Far East. A key differentiator is the firm's dedicated asset classes group which holds expertise in respect of the build to rent, student accommodation and senior living sectors.

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Testimonials

‘The team has an entrepreneurial focus – there is absolute understanding at partner level of our business aims and what we are aiming to achieve commercially.’

‘One of the things I like most about working with this team is the consistency of who works on our deals.  We aren’t dealing with a new associate every other day, like in many large firms.’

‘Simon Hart is excellent. He is practical, responsive and knows how to move a deal toward exchange/completion. He has great deal acumen and is in tune with what is going on in the overall market.’

Key clients

Brookfield

Brookfield’s ‘Student Roost’

Delancey

Delancey, APG, Qatari Diar (QDD) and Oxford Properties joint venture

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 Plc

Fusion Students

Trophaeum Asset Management

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP hosts a ‘great, practical team, which gets deals done’. Headed by acquisition and sales expert Nick Doffman, the practice serves as a one-stop-shop for development and investment work with the ability to call upon dedicated teams for planning, construction, real estate tax and finance. Stephen Hughes is a key name for portfolio transactions, joint ventures and structuring, with the team also concentrated on inward investment matters, especially those coming from the Far East. A key differentiator is the firm's dedicated asset classes group which holds expertise in respect of the build to rent, student accommodation and senior living sectors.

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Testimonials

‘The team has an entrepreneurial focus – there is absolute understanding at partner level of our business aims and what we are aiming to achieve commercially.’

‘One of the things I like most about working with this team is the consistency of who works on our deals.  We aren’t dealing with a new associate every other day, like in many large firms.’

‘Simon Hart is excellent. He is practical, responsive and knows how to move a deal toward exchange/completion. He has great deal acumen and is in tune with what is going on in the overall market.’

Key clients

Brookfield

Brookfield’s ‘Student Roost’

Delancey

Delancey, APG, Qatari Diar (QDD) and Oxford Properties joint venture

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 Plc

Fusion Students

Trophaeum Asset Management

Competition litigation Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP is prominent acting on the claimant side of high-profile damages claims. Sarah Houghton leads the group, which includes lawyers with backgrounds in both competition law and economics. It is noted for its key role in the so-called interchange fees litigation; following its appearance in the Competition Appeal Tribunal and the Court of Appeal in 2019, a team led by Rob Murray recently successfully represented Sainsbury's Supermarkets at the Supreme Court in proceedings against MasterCard. Clients appreciate the department’s ‘proactive approach’ in the class action litigation space, as well as its close relationships with litigation funders. Associate Zachery O’Brien is also recommended.

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Testimonials

The team has a proactive approach to group and class action litigation in competition and consumer law. The team members work closely with experienced counsel and economists to ensure that the claim is realistic and focused, without bringing fanciful points that burn costs through interlocutory proceedings. They also work closely with funders to come up with innovative funding packages.

Excellent litigation and claims management. The associates are keen beans with energy and focus. The partners are experienced and not afraid to roll up their sleeves and add real value in strategic focus.

Rob Murray makes the competition litigation team unique. He has in-depth knowledge of how to successfully claim damages for breaches of competition law. There are a lot of people trying to be claimant lawyers – Rob has done so with success. He is supported by a very good team of associates, including Zachery O’Brien, whose encyclopaedia knowledge of competition law makes him definitely one to watch and a leader of his generation.

Rob Murray is inspirational and thinks outside the box.

Sarah Houghton operates a steady ship – she knows her stuff and provides good risk assessment.

Key clients

Gina Miller

Microsoft Corporation

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Dixons Carphone / Marks & Spencer

Media-Saturn

Meeta Patel

Camelot, Esso Petroleum / John Lewis, Lakeland / Ocado / Ryman / Saint-Gobain / Tombola / Whitbread / Bet 365 / Kew Green / Welcome Break / World Remit / EIPC

Robb Simms-Davies

European Commission Legal Service

Financial services: contentious Tier 2

The contentious regulatory team at Mishcon de Reya LLP is 'committed to achieving the best outcome for its clients'. The firm has experience in FCA and PRA related cases, acting for corporates and individuals. Financial services specialist Adam Epstein leads a practice that includes Guy Wilkes, who is known for expertise in financial crime and AML investigations. Also notable is legal director Matt Hancock, who also has experience advising clients with issues where employment and regulatory law intersect.

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‘Very dynamic and professional team, who have a great practice in the representation of individuals for contentious regulatory matters’

‘They work very well as a team and are all very personable’

‘Adam Epstein is a fantastic lawyer, who asks the right questions and has a great sense of the industry. He really knows his stuff’

‘Matt Hancock is very proactive and client friendly. He is a creative lawyer who goes the extra mile for his clients. I have been very impressed with how he has handled a very complex market abuse case and the tactical acumen he has shown’

‘Strong expertise in the fin reg disciplinary area which is based on real experience of dealing with disputes against the regulator’

‘Adam Epstein leads the practice and is an excellent communicator with strong technical skills’

Key clients

Smith and Williamson as administrators of London Capital & Finance Plc

Smith and Williamson as administrators of various Park First Companies

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 2

The 'excellent and expert team of criminal lawyers' at Mishcon de Reya LLP  is known for its experience defending suspects in prominent SFO cases and is currently involved in several such investigations and prosecutions. The firm continues to see an uptick in instructions involving NCA investigations, acting for individuals who are the subject of Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs) and account freezing orders. It is often instructed in cross-border cases and has dealt with the DoJ, IRS and various European enforcement agencies. Jo Rickards heads the white-collar crime and investigations group, and advises on corruption, cartels, fraud and contentious financial services issues. Ben Brandon joined as partner from 3 Raymond Buildings.

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‘The team from top to bottom, work tirelessly to make sure every I is dotted and every T is crossed’.

‘There is a feeling that there is always someone who is able to help you and you are never left in a position where you can’t get hold of someone’.

‘Matthew Ewens is the standout Senior Associate; his dedication, tactical awareness and pre-emptive preparation is an invaluable addition to any team’.

‘Ben Brandon is a recent hire with masses of experience both as a solicitor and at the bar’.

‘Jo Rickards constantly challenges herself and her team around her to achieve excellence’.

‘Jo Walsh has a fantastic legal mind and is a great strategist’.

‘Jo Rickards has proven astute in the overall strategy ensuring that all eventualities are covered’.

‘Gareth Minty heads up their private prosecutions team and is knowledgeable about the particular issues and difficulties in bringing such cases’.

Key clients

Dr Cansun Guralp

Lambros Mylonas

Wagner Ona-Larco

Virkiran and Ritika Awasty

Partnership Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP is well-placed to handle a wide range of high-profile litigation, including partnership and LLP disputes. The team is led by Joanna Blackburn, who has an impressive track record acting for LLPs, partnerships and their members in disputes. Jennifer Millins has a strong reputation for discrimination and whistleblowing claims. Non-contentious work is also a cornerstone of the practice, with the group advising on structuring, management issues, incentive structures and exit strategies.

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The firm in general has a very commercial approach and anchors logic and prudence in their approach, particularly in high stress and challenging situations.’

The firm as a whole is exceptional in dealing with complex cross-departmental work. A part of this stems from the unusual willingness of the teams within the to cross-refer cases and collaborate.’

Individuals have been exceptional at delving into the details of specific and personal circumstances and often offering counsel or strategic advice that goes well beyond the routine role of the solicitor.

Joanna Blackburn and Janet Tobin make a strong team.’

Key clients

Ondra LLP

OTC LLP

Millennium Capital Partners LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Apax Partners LLP

Finnegan Europe LLP

Capeview Capital LLP

Fried Frank LLP

Montague Evans LLP

Reputation management Tier 2

The reputation protection team at Mishcon de Reya LLP covers the entire array of media and information law issues from long-term consultancy work, crisis management to litigation. The group receives instructions from a predominantly claimant client base, composed of high-net-worth individuals (HNWI) and corporations, but is also adept at assisting publishers, editors and journalists. Drawing on the firm's full-service capability, the practice routinely works alongside other teams, such as employment, white-collar crime, investigations and cyber intelligence, to address clients' most pressing and highly sensitive reputational issues. Media litigator Emma Woollcott spearheads the department; she demonstrates a wealth of experience in defamation, privacy, harassment, breach of confidence and injunctions. James Libson is often engaged by HNWI and politicians.

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Alphaco and EuroEco Fuels (Poland) Limited

Euromoney Plc

Retail and consumer Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s cross-departmental group provides retail clients with a cradle-to-grave service, acting for a roster of FTSE 100 and 250 companies, luxury and fashion retailers, high-profile brands and high street clients. While the group handles the full breadth of retail-related mandates, the team notably stands out for its IP and real estate work, as well as leveraging the firm’s wider dispute resolution expertise. In a recent highlight, the team represented Sainsbury’s in the Supreme Court against Mastercard in proceedings relating to the recovery of interchange fees. The practice also draws on the firm’s brand management business, MDR Brand Management, which was launched in 2018 and offers brand, IP, franchising and licensing support. IP specialists Sally Britton and Lewis Cohen jointly lead the group, which also includes litigator and competition expert Sarah Houghton.

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Sainsbury’s

Tesco

Kering (including Gucci and Alexander McQueen)

Capco (Covent Garden)

Christian Louboutin

eBay

Iceland Foods

Prada and Miu Miu

John Lewis

LK Bennett

Morphe

Ralph Lauren

Ocado Group Plc

Castore / J Sporting Club Ltd

AnnCo

Employee share schemes Tier 3

The employee share schemes and incentives team at Mishcon de Reya LLP is led by the 'excellentStephen Diosi; he head up a cross-departmental team of lawyers who work closely with their counterparts in corporate, tax, employment, real estate, litigation, private client, technology and financial services and fraud to service a client base spanning more than 50 jurisdictions. Clients include businesses of all sizes, from large FTSE listed global companies to fast growing entrepreneurial businesses and private equity-backed companies. Caroline Nye-Wilkins is recommended.

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‘The team has a first-rate balance of the different skills and experience required. Few other firms can boast the same assured, coherent, accurate, practical and action-oriented approach.’

‘Stephen Diosi has exceptional knowledge of his subject matter, how it relates to the real world of business and, to a rare degree, the ability to communicate this at the absolutely spot-on appropriate technical level.’

‘Mishcon is a very professional firm with great knowledge of employee share schemes, thus enabling businesses to make the most of these employee incentives.’

‘Stephen Diosi is extremely professional, responsive, patient, informative and helpful. He has been a great support particularly over the last 12 months as we’ve gone through a lot of changes to our share option schemes. He always makes himself available when needed and never seems to tire of the endless questions we seem to have! He is able to answer queries clearly in business language. Stephen is also very personable and has been quick to form good relationships with all contacts within our company.’

‘Stephen Diosi is one of the top five in the UK for advising on equity incentives. Enthusiastic, positive, clear communication, very responsive, practical, highly knowledgeable, checks for understanding, never assumes clients know more than they do.’

‘Exceptionally high quality at both partner and associate level. A joy to work with, taking the time to understand their clients business and designing a solution that will drive the right outcomes.’

‘Stephen Diosi and Caroline Nye-Wilkins are both incredibly bright, commercially astute and provide outstanding customer service.’

‘Personal, yet professional attitude and behaviour.’

‘Stephen Diosi is always at the end of a phone. Doesn’t talk legal jargon but explains in simple terms so decisions can be made effectively and efficiently. Always personable and professional with an excellent knowledge base.’

‘The team are always a pleasure to work with. Timely responses, totally professional attitudes and technical expertise are hallmarks of their service. We have worked with the team for many years, and never experienced anything other than excellent responses from them.’

‘Stephen Diosi and Caroline Nye-Wilkins have always been excellent and efficient working partners in any projects we have undertaken with them.’

Key clients

Merlin Entertainments

Advanz Pharma Corp

Insight Learning and Development

JackpotJoy plc

Spectris plc

OpenPayd Holdings

GAN plc

Numis plc

Raspberry Pi

Calastone Limited

Franchising Tier 3

The international franchising and brand extension team at Mishcon de Reya LLP is regularly instructed by international multi-brand franchisees on international transactions, with notable strength in international expansions, national franchise agreements and brand clearance issues. Lewis Cohen leads the department, which is active in the retail, fashion, restaurant, and hotel sectors; it has also recently seen a notable volume of franchise-related instructions from developers.

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VIYM/Antognolla SpA

HotPod Yoga Limited

Oliver Sweeney (MCFL Holdings Limited)

Caramel Limited

JKC Retail Ltd t/a Linda Farrow

Ormonde Jayne Limited

Al Mana Lifestyle Trading LLC

Al Mana Fashion Group

Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 3

Led by Sonia Campbell and Richard Leedham, Mishcon de Reya LLP acts for policyholders in insurance disputes involving property damage, broker negligence, business interruption and directors and offices insurance. The team acts exclusively for policyholders in insurance disputes; Leedham has broad experience in insurance litigation, while Campbell is singled out for her work in the life sciences sector.

Key clients

Cheval Roc Limited and Bonne Nuit Cheval Limited

Norman Hay Plc

Patisserie Holdings plc (in liquidation)

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Ag

Chelsfield Partners

Institute of Contemporary Arts

Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 3

The patent litigation experts at Mishcon de Reya LLP advise on multijurisdictional enforcement and litigation proceedings across a range of IP-rich sectors. Practice leader David Rose – assisted by associates Victoria Wilson and Anaar Patel – is representing numerous generic pharmaceutical companies in high-impact invalidation proceedings against Gilead’s SPC for HIV treatment Truvada. Martyn Hann tackles commercial IP issues ­ranging from licensing agreements to funding applications; predominantly for life sciences clients, with additional work coming from the energy and burgeoning medicinal cannabis sector. Jeremy Hertzog has experience advising international telecoms companies on breach of confidentiality and patent infringement proceedings against Vodafone, with legal director Peter Nunn assisting.

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Mishcon de Reya brings a wealth of experience from a broad spectrum of IP litigation to enable it to successfully tackle any type of intellectual property issue, especially for large clients who want an individual approach to their case and their business.

Although Mishcon de Reya are primarily known for their soft IP and media work, they now also have a very good hard IP/patent practice. David Rose has brought considerable experience in this field to them, including telecoms litigation (which is a sub-speciality in itself!)The team is well set up for high-value patent cases and understands well the strategic role this type of litigation can play.

Key clients

Lupin Limited and Lupin (Europe) Limited

Gedeon Richter

Top Optimized Technologies S.L

TOT Power Control S.L.

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories Limited

Wolf Formulations Limited

Tpi Enterprises

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

While Mishcon de Reya LLP acts for both public and private companies, as well as institutional investors, it has particular strength acting for entrepreneurial/business owners, high net worth and ultra high net worth individuals and family offices.  Richard Tyler is especially active for these clients. Kevin McCarthy has taken over from recruitment sector specialist Nick Davis as practice head, and his practice spans a wide range of sectors including technology/software, hospitality & retail, sport & leisure, media & entertainment and financial services. Ross Bryson  is a name to note for flotations, takeovers and placings, as well as shareholder matters.

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Great responsiveness, holistic thinking and a collaborative approach

Key clients

JPJ Group

World First UK

Advanced Computer Software Group

CH&CO

Fox International

Impellam Group

Golfbreaks

CBRE

Workshare

Creative Car Park Holdings

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP is known for its strong comprehensive brand protection and development practice. The group is primarily active in cross-border matters, including for US firms seeking counsel for their clients in the UK and Europe, but also fields a busy domestic practice. With its wide sector coverage and especially created brand management business, MDR Brand Management, the team remains a preferred choice for an impressive string of high-profile clients. Sally Britton is the head of the practice. Ray Black retired in 2019.

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Sky

Iceland

WeWork

Global

NBC Universal

Ralph Lauren

Bet365

MagicLab t/a Badoo, Bumble

Annco t/a Ann Taylor

Capital & Counties (CapCo) – Covent Garden

Alexander McQueen

The Wombles

eBay

Lion Capital

Eve Sleep

Sanofi

Third Space

Grant Thornton

Dua Lipa

Foxtons

Huel

Levi Strauss

Planning Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP offers an 'inventive approach to planning policy' and is building a reputation for its advice on complex sites across the country. Under the leadership of Anita Rivera, the team advises leading commercial and residential property developers, investment funds and high net-worth individuals on a broad range of planning matters. The practice has recently grown its list of local government clients as well as being instructed on an increasing number of matters with complex environmental elements. Another area of strength is in contentious matters; Daniel Farrand is noted for his expertise in judicial reviews and challenges as well as PRS schemes and student housing.

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‘They are dedicated, thorough and take your case personally.’

‘The team is thorough and has detailed knowledge of the relevant law.’

‘The team includes several very experienced lawyers competent in the field of compulsory purchase who adopt a hands-on, practical and commercial approach. They are approachable and personable, unlike any other firm.’

‘Working with Anita Rivera, the team has a formidable partnership who I expect to see becoming more prominent in years to come.’

‘Tom Barton has vast experience in hostel planning which allows him to find workable, winnable strategies for most cases.’

‘Tom Barton is extremely knowledgeable for a person of his level and has the confidence to run technical projects himself. He has incredible commercial acumen for a planning lawyer and advice is given with commercial factors borne in mind which sets him apart from his peers. Great value for money. He is also very approachable and accessible which makes it very easy to build a strong working relationship.’

Key clients

Watkin Jones

Bestplace Ltd

Slough Borough Council

QDD Athletes Village UK

The Office Group (TOG)

Brookfield

Delancey

Berkeley Homes

Mansford / Student Cribs

Capital & Counties Properties PLC (CAPCO)

Sahaviriya Steel Industries Public Company Limited

Jon Lam

London Business School

Ilford (Jersey) Limited

Purplexed LLP

Meadow Partners

Jon Hunt

Seaforth Land

Acai (7-11 Cavendish)

UBS Asset Management (UK)

OakNorth Bank

Chelsea Green Hotels

Canopy Property Management

Valtech

Prudential Insurance Company of America

Bourne Capital / Happybadge

Midcity Investments

Lemos Private Family Office

Pandora

Affinity Global Real Estate

CSQ

Amazon Property

Dukelease Property

Blackstone

Fizzy Living

Hargreaves Management

AEW

Matterhorn Capital

Frogmore

Purplexed LLP

Southern Grove Property

Lopo Champalimaud

Habitat First Group

Auriens

More Homes

Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP focuses on management team advisory work and advice to family offices and high-net-worth private investors, as well as working with private equity houses. Matters include buyouts, exits, and investments. Practice head Nadim Meer is active in the retail, consumer and leisure industries, advising investors, listed companies, and funds, while Andrew Rimmington focuses on cross-border mid-market transactions in financial services, fintech, and communications. Lucinda Brendon is noted for her transactional and advisory work in a number of industries.

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Remote DBA Experts

Trimountain Partners

Alpha Investments

Scottish Equity Partners and BGF

Autovista Group

Evolution Funding

Creative Car Park Holdings

Management team of CH&Co

SMP Group

Management of Fox International

Golfbreaks

Founder and management team of Let Alliance

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP handles high-profile investigations and prosecutions, including the defence of SFO and NCA cases. It also handles internal investigations involving employee dishonesty and bribery. The firm is seeing an uptick in instructions relating to unexplained wealth orders and account freezing orders, and also private prosecutions. Head of practice Jo Rickards is adept at handling cases involving corruption, cartels, fraud and contentious financial services. Johanna Walsh is recommended for domestic and international serious fraud. Managing associate Min Weaving is experienced in criminal defence proceedings. Ben Brandon joined as partner from Three Raymond Buildings.

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‘A uniquely well-resourced and sophisticated practice in my field of media and communications law’.

‘Well able to react quickly to fast moving events if necessary’.

‘The right mixture of lawyers work seamlessly across complex matters’.

Key clients

EF Ltd and GH Ltd

LCF

Investment Fund Manager

National TV Broadcaster

Sport Tier 3

The team at Mishcon de Reya LLP is well-known for its work on transactions and commercial agreements. Managing associate Simon Leaf now leads the team following the departures of former practice head Liz Ellen and associate Stefania Genesis, who left in early 2020 to found their own sports advisory boutique. Leaf has been building a strong reputation through his work with Barry and Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. Lewis Cohen advises on commercial matters for clients including football clubs, governing bodies, sponsors, promoters and rights owners.

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‘Mishcon de Reya are by and large one of the best law firms I have had the pleasure to work with. Top-notch professionals with deep knowledge and expertise in their respective areas.’

‘Mishcon de Reya are always there when you need them, but what sets them apart is that they are also always there when you don’t. This is exactly how a client relationship should be and I can only wish that other professional service providers would have the same approach vs. being there mainly when “chargeable hours” are on the table.’

‘Simon Leaf is outstanding; his work is impeccable, to the point and with clear advice on what can and cannot be done.’

‘The firm has partners and associates across different departments, which ensures the firm can provide specialist knowledge (for example in commercial, dispute resolution, employment, immigration and corporate).’

Key clients

SportPesa

England Boxing

Castore / J Sporting Club Ltd

Birmingham City Football Club Plc

Rugby Football Union

Matchroom Sport Limited & Matchroom Boxing Limited

Professional Darts Corporation

Golf Breaks

Tennis Integrity Unit

World Snooker Limited

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

The tax disputes and investigations team at Mishcon de Reya LLP handles contentious indirect and direct tax issues for corporate and private clients. The group has developed a niche in employment tax and disputes connected with the national minimum wage. Under the leadership of Leslie Allen, its lawyers have appeared before UK courts at all levels, as well as appeals at the European Court of Justice. Robert Hartley is noted for his expertise in contentious transfer pricing, while Paul Noble specialises in mitigating tax risk where HMRC challenges are likely. Managing associate Waqar Shah is developing a strong reputation for judicial review and group litigation orders.

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The experience of the senior members of the team is apparent with any case that is referred to them and although work may be delegated to younger members of the team you can be confident that an ever watchful eye is being maintained.’

Excellent at VAT litigation and investigations – VAT consulting and investigations are my areas of professional competence.’

Communication was always clear and in language that non-experts could easily grasp.’

Waqar Shah is skilled in his perception of situations and delivers on the team’s behalf a first class service.

Key clients

Iceland Foods Ltd

Dixons Carphone Plc

40 claimants in a negligence class action

Royal Mail Group Litigation

Gray and Farrar International LLP

Anna Cook

TMT Tier 3

The Mishcon de Reya LLP TMT team combines corporate, IP, finance, tax, employment and regulatory expertise, as well as specialists in data protection, cyber security and data science. Innovation and technology are key areas for the firm, with particular strength in AI and cybersecurity matters. Adam Rose focuses on IT and commercial contracts. He co-leads the team with Jeremy Hertzog, who is known for IP protection and enforcement matters.

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‘Good understanding of the needs for a software company during acquisitions – team has specific capabilities around IP and employment matters’

‘Kevin McCarthy is a standout partner who has built a very good working relationship with our team and is always on hand to help answer simple questions or get involved in detailed negotiations where appropriate’

Key clients

Sky Limited

Nintendo

Magic Lab

Global

Comcast

Abu Dhabi Digital Authority

NBC Universal

eBay

J Castore

Impellam Group

Advanced Computer Software Group Limited

Top Optimized Technologies S.L. and TOT Power Control S.L.

Gamesys Group plc (formerly JPJ Group plc)

Project Provenance Limited

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Quinyx

Rwanda Development Board

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP's commercial litigation team benefits from 'an exceptional pool of talent at partner and associate level and is able to resource teams for the biggest and highest pressure commercial cases'. The 'hugely experienced' insurance sector specialist Richard Leedham leads the corporate and commercial litigation group,  which sits within the wider dispute resolution team  headed  by Kasra Nouroozi (who handles international litigation, including in the Middle East, USA, Russia and the CIS .) 'Tough litigator' Shaistah Akhtar 'is simply first-class' for commercial litigation and fraud matters; Mark Davis counts shipping, shipbuilding, aviation, banking & finance and professional services among his sector specialisms, while Nicola Bridge has particular telecoms and gaming sector expertise. The team also attracts praise for its 'innovative, can-do attitude' and offers alternative litigation funding advice.  

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Mishcons is differentiated in this sector by its innovative, can-do attitude to commercial litigation. It has an exceptional pool of talent at partner and associate level and is able to resource teams for the biggest and highest pressure commercial cases.

A firm marked by inventive, committed litigators, willing to think outside the box.

Mishcons have an enviable broad-based commercial litigation practice. They have the experience to handle a range of matters from civil fraud/injunctions to large scale cartel damages matters. A key difference between Mishcons and other litigation departments of City firms is that high-value commercial litigation work is Mishcons’ bread and butter, as opposed to regulatory investigations/arbitration work.

Many top quality partners with excellent associate support. Kas Nouroozi is still at the top of his game. Hugo Plowman, goes from strength to strength every year. Richard Leedham is incredibly creative, hugely experienced and very knowledgeable and calm. Rib Wynn Jones is a force of nature; particularly on fraud cases.

Shaistah Akhtar is simply first-class. A very tough litigator but measured and sensible, at the same time. She is very bright, very quick; you need only say something once. Clare Freshwater is astonishingly efficient, remembers everything and always knows where everything is. A crucial link in any case.

I have worked a lot with Nicola Bridge, who has an unparalleled attention to detail. She always thinks through the issues in the case thoroughly and always reacts in a way that is considered rather than kneejerk.

Rebecca Morse is a standout associate. A very impressive work ethic reflected in her excellent knowledge of large scale litigation, and accessibility.

Sonia Campbell is very pleasant, tough, tactically astute.’

‘Mark Deem is great to deal with. Highly personable and always available.’

Key clients

Telefonica (O2)

Ocado Group PLC

Richard Lloyd (representative action against Google)

AssetCo plc

113 individuals in claims against Ingenious

Lloyds Banking Group plc, BAE Systems plc, Investec Bank plc, Kuwait Investment Authority

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Corporate tax Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP has 'a very good specialist real estate tax offering', and is widely recognised by clients for its expertise in the sector. In addition, it has developed a strong capability handling the tax aspects of private equity transactions. The practice is jointly led by real estate head Jonathan Legg and corporate tax lead John Skoulding, with the latter having expertise in UK and international M&A, fund formation, management buyouts, corporate restructurings and reorganisations. Another seasoned tax lawyer is Gary Richards, who specialises in corporate finance, real estate and financial services taxation.

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Has a very good specialist real estate tax offering.’

Responsive and commercial. there is strength in depth in the Mishcon team.’

Practical. Pragmatic. Jargon free. Interactive. Available. Approachable. Enthusiastic. Inventive effective and rapid.’

Jonathan Legg has specialised in real estate tax for a long time now. Very capable and experienced and knows how to manage the tax aspects of a deal.

Key clients

JPJ Group plc, now Gamesys Group plc

Capital & Counties Properties plc (Capco)

AEW/Allianz

IWG plc, formerly Regus PLC

Brookfield’s ‘Student Roost’

Advanced Computer Software Group Limited

Fox International

World First UK

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP fields an 'extremely strong' practice with a 'deep talent pool in the area.' Adam Rose heads up the data protection team and acts in the gaming, technology and publishing sectors in contentious data protection matters. He is aided by 'excellent' associate Jon Baines, who specialises in data protection and FOI mandates, including making and responding to freedom of information requests. Joe Hancock is also recognised for his cybersecurity expertise, handling cyber breaches and data losses.

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‘Extremely strong, one of the teams with the deepest talent pool in the area, with expert non-legal assistance.’

‘Jon Baines has an unparalleled level of knowledge.’

‘Adam Rose is a sector leading partner. Jon Baines is a nationally recognised expert adviser, and was an excellent hire.’

Key clients

Jenny, The Accidental American

Project Provenance Limited

Abu Dhabi Digital Authority (ADDA)

Golfbreaks Limited

Videoslots

Shionogi

Morphe

Gamesys Group plc

International arbitration Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP recruited heavyweight international commercial arbitration specialist Louis Flannery QC in 2020 as partner from Stephenson Harwood. The practice, which is headed up by Karel Daele, works across the banking and finance, telecoms, power, commodities, real estate and natural resources sectors, among others. Also highly regarded are dispute resolution head Kasra Nouroozi and commercial disputes head Richard Leedham. At non-partner level, legal director Zachary Segal focuses on CIS and CEE-related disputes; and managing associate Elizabeth Montpetit specialises in investor-state arbitrations.

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‘Karel Daele stands out as a very responsive lawyer.’

‘The team is very experienced with international arbitration practice in a large scale with both private and governmental entities. They are highly efficient and provide excellent deliverables within short time lines thus saving on costs. They are very much down to the smallest of details and at all times show great knowledge in the many facts of the case.’

‘Karel Daele has the ability to take complex matters and to present them in a simple and direct way. Great understanding for the business. Ability to lead case-strategy and case-management. Very efficient in the deliverables thus reducing on costs. Highly experienced in International Arbitration with both private and government entities.’

‘Elizabeth Montpetit is very efficient in the deliverables thus reducing on costs. Very much down to the details.’

Key clients

BSGR Resources Limited

RSM Production Corporation

BSGR Resources Limited

Katanga Border Post SARL

Kingdom of Belgium; Port of Antwerp

Francesco Becchetti

Starenergie 2073 SA

Microsoft Corporation

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP's offering is headed by Martyn Hann, who is highly rated for combining 'commercial acumen with an eye for graded risk'. His expertise is in both contentious and non-contentious IP, together with commercial and regulatory matters. The group acts for a range of pharma, biosciences, agrochemical, crop sciences and veterinary medicine clients. Its expertise includes advising on large-scale clinical trials and drug development  programmes. David Rose handles IP litigation and managing associate Stefania Littleboy specialises in IP, regulatory and data protection matters.

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‘Martyn Hann engages as if he were part of the executive team, thinking broadly about the risks and commercial benefits of what we are trying to achieve and advising accordingly. His commercial acumen coupled with an eye for graded risk is what sets him apart.’

‘Martyn has become a pillar in our business and a key decision maker for go/no go decisions on important matters. It really feels like he lives the business with us. His counsel is held in the highest regard.’

‘Although Mishcons are primarily known for their soft IP and media work, they now also have a very good hard IP/patent practice.’

‘David Rose has brought considerable experience in this field to the team. He is a highly experienced IP litigator and a good lawyer with an eye for detail, but mostly he’s a really nice, genuine guy who is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Anna Ward is a very talented associate.’

Key clients

Lupin Limited and Lupin (Europe) Limited

Gedeon Richter

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Limited

Perrigo Group (Perrigo Co, Omega Pharma Limited, Galpharm International Limited, Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Limited, Wrafton Laboratories Limited)

O’Brien Group (including OBG Pharmaceuticals Limited, Pharmaserve Northwest Limited, Ayrton Saunders, Ransoms Naturals, JM Loveridge and Hubron)

Shionogi

Meeta Patel

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG

Jennewein Biotechnologie GmbH

Soterios

Sanofi

Hempire Limited

Property finance Tier 4

With both lenders and borrowers among its clients, Mishcon de Reya LLP’s core areas of focus include acquisition, development and investment finance. Leading the team is Nick Strutt, who specialises in the aforementioned areas as well as in restructuring and enforcements. Raji Bartlett, who is particularly strong in advising on student accommodation developments, is also recommended.

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‘The firm offers a multi-disciplinary but integrated team. The team are very professional and experienced, and this comes across in their efficiency and confidence to deal pragmatically with the challenges faced in transactions.’

Key clients

Uninn Investment Fund

Catalina Reinsurance

Spear Street Capital

Bank of London and the Middle East Plc

Structadene (LBG) Properties Limited

PGIM

Helical Bar PLC

The Collective

Delancey Estates

Equites Property Fund

SLQR Trust No. 1 (Seaforth/Quadreal Property LLP)

Unnin Investment Fund

Brookfield (Student Roost)

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP has 'good depth and wide-ranging experience in all aspects of financial litigation'. The group counts corporate finance disputes, private equity sector issues and retail banking claims among its areas of specialism. The practice is led by Derval Walsh, who has broad expertise spanning finance and investment and retail banking disputes. Samantha Kakati and Henry Farris, who focus on banking and private equity litigation respectively, were recently promoted to legal director. James Oldnall left to set up class action firm Milberg Phillips Grossman LLP's London practice and Genevieve Quierin joined Stephenson Harwood.

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Quickly sort the wheat from the chaff to acquire a fast understanding of the issues in each case. This demonstrates a high competence but also gives prospective clients confidence that the team is technically capable and understands their problems at an early stage

Good depth and wide-ranging experience in all aspects of financial litigation.

Key clients

Maze Sàrl

The ECU Group plc

Tradition Financial Services Limited

Tradition (UK) Limited

Bet365;

European Independent Purchasing Company;

Kew Green Hotels;

World Remit;

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De Vere 2 Limited

Duet Group Limited

Core Communication Investments Ltd

L.K. Bennett Limited and Cavendish Holdco

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team deftly handles 'complex and difficult cases', for a client base of developers, property investors and funders. The highly regarded Richard Gerstein leads the team, and is noted for being one of the 'big-hitting partners in the real estate and construction space.' He has many years of experience handling cases in the TCC, as well as arbitration and adjudication proceedings.

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‘This team handles a large number of complex and difficult cases, many of them multi-party, and has good relationships with many in-house heads of legal. The team brings a very high level of legal knowledge and has good people at all levels, so they have the right people doing the right job. The success of the team is very much linked with the skills of Richard Gerstein, who heads the team.’

‘Richard Gerstein is a real industry leader and very much one of the big-hitting partners in the real estate and construction space. He has a very good legal mind and does not shy away from expressing his views. That said, he takes advice and makes astute tactical decisions. He has a good relationship with clients built on trust and years of good service.’

‘Richard Gerstein is seamless in approach, and always has an eye for the commercial outcome.’

Key clients

Delancey, Qatari Diar, APG and Oxford Properties

Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco)

Ocubis

The Office Group

Fizzy Living

Mears Group PLC

Brookfield

AEW

Almacantar

City Grove

Accor (Accor Hotels)

Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP 's non-contentious construction offering is led by Simon Hunter, and advises a range of clients including developers, property owners and contractors in sectors including student accommodation and hotels. Hunter has a background as a quantity surveyor, providing him with greater insight into the field. Justine Ayto is 'technically very competent' and acts on developments and commercial real estate matters.

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‘Very client focused, with a pragmatic approach to close out issues. Very proactive, approachable and team focused, with a commercial approach.’

‘Justine Ayto is technically very competent and extremely responsive.’

‘Simon Hunter is an excellent representative of the practice. Very pragmatic and commercial advice and support.’

Key clients

Sky

Delancey, Qatari Diar, APG and Oxford Properties

Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco)

Accor (Accor Hotels)

The Office Group

Fizzy Living

Napier

Brookfield

AEW

Almacantar

City Grove

Echo Global Feeder Fund

Allianz

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP has experience advising leading media and entertainment sector companies and counts Nintendo, NBC Universal and Comcast among its clients. Practice head Lewis Cohen is a name to note for commercial matters and has particular experience advising on sponsorship and endorsement agreements. IP litigator David Rose and Sally Britton, who advises on brand protection matters, are other contacts to note.

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Sky plc

Nintendo Co., Ltd

Global

Comcast

NBC Universal

Morphe Cosmetics Limited

J Carter Sporting Club Limited (t/a Castore)

SportPesa

Phenomen Films

424 on Fairfax

Perrigo

Films Without Borders

Wombles Operations Limited

Rwanda Development Board

Private funds (including infrastructure funds) Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP's strong regulatory and tax capabilities make it well-placed to advise GPs on all the complexities associated with different fund structures and terms. The practice is led by Daniel Greenaway, who is well-known for his strengths advising on technology-focused private equity funds, spin-out funds and co-investment funds. Greenaway is leading the advice to new London-based special situations manager Inspirit Capital on launching its first fund.

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Highly effective at delivering collaborative solutions for clients, in particular for first-time fund managers.’

Mishcon go the extra mile and provide an intimate service that provides flexibility, particularly to debut fund managers who need the most support at a vulnerable time in the fund’s life.

Daniel Greenaway is incredibly dedicated to his clients and nurtures them through the process – not providing big blustery advice, but tailored and practical.’

Daniel Greenaway is knowledgeable in his field, but also has the broader needs of his clients in mind. In particular, he is familiar with the difficulties faced by new GPs raising their first funds, bringing his experience to guide them in this process.’

They are consummate professionals – through and through.’

Daniel Greenaway is very much a trusted adviser who can always be relied upon for both creative and pragmatic solutions.’

Key clients

TriSpan

Skylake Capital

Frog Capital

Inspirit Capital

Seek Ventures

AEW UK Investment Management

NCL Technology Ventures

Flywheel Partners

Crest Capital Partners

EU and competition Tier 6

Alongside Mishcon de Reya LLP’s focus on competition litigation, the group is also adept at handling regulatory investigations, merger clearance procedures, and competition issues arising out of agreements. Sarah Houghton leads the practice. Neil Baylis is a key contact for travel, automotive, sports and manufacturing sector mandates.

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Mister Men

Iceland

NCP

SSP

Eurochem

Formula 1

Morphe

European Subsea Cables Association

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Immigration

The immigration practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP handles work for a range of premium corporate clients and also has a strong private client offering. Practice head Kamal Rahman provides advice for high-net-worth individuals across the full spectrum of issues, working with clients based in Russia, China, the Middle East, Asia and West Africa. Steven Bostock and Maria Patsalos deal with both corporate immigration and asylum claims, with Bostock working closely with the firm's in-house extradition group.Managing  associate Hannah Barnett provides long-term strategic advice for corporate clients and assists individuals with complex matters requiring the exercise of discretion by the Home Office. Associate Neil Shanghavi has a growing practice handling Tier 1 Exceptional Talent applications in the tech space.

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‘Steven Bostock is the stand-out partner here in this field. He will carefully assemble and supervise a team for each case he does and pursue it with vigour. Very easy to work with and excellent client handling.’

‘The team at Mishcon, specifically Neil Shanghavi and Steven Bostock, are extremely personable and are adaptive to the needs of the client at all times. They are extremely knowledgeable whilst also providing solutions and advice that is always tailored for the client and easy to understand. The most valued quality with the team is that they take the time to build a relationship with you as a client making it a pleasure to work with them.’

‘Maria Patsalos is definitely a breath of fresh air, always positive, with a realistic attitude to problem solving. I have huge admiration for her energy and joie de vivre.’

‘Kamal Rahman has managed to mould a team of leaders trained to defend their clients’ interests and to seek creative solutions to the challenges that inevitably may arise. Every member of the team is extremely technically competent, but I think the combination of their can-do attitude taken together with the almost personal nature of many of their client relationships is really what sets them apart from the rest.’

‘Mishcon embrace challenges in order to shape the future of law with the cases they represent which makes them stand out against their competitors. They have a wealth of experience in many sectors and internationally, which is invaluable for multinational clients.’

Key clients

Qubit Digital Ltd

Beit Halochem UK

Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens

Travel

Hired in 2019 to strengthen Mishcon de Reya LLP’s travel sector expertise, Neil Baylis is instructed on a range of commercial and regulatory mandates for travel sector clients. Baylis, who is a UK and EU competition specialist, is frequently instructed to advise clients on package travel regulations, EU-wide regulatory issues and data protection laws. He also reviews commercial agreements including complex hotel franchising and management agreements. Clients include domestic corporations and foreign corporations with a UK commercial presence.

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European Tour Operators Association

ABTA

Island of Mustique

International Cruise and Excursions

Trafalgar

Affinion International

Nordic Tourism Collective

Ski Club International

Transat

Mishcon de Reya LLP is a law firm with offices in London and Singapore. 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 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 in its active and innovative social impact strategy are reflected in The Sunday Times ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ list of 2020 – the thirteenth consecutive year Mishcon has 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 online gambling operator and existing client JPJ Group plc on the completion of its c. £490m acquisition of Reunited Target Newco Limited, the holding company of the Gamesys group.

Gamesys is a developer of platform software and bingo games for, and operator of, real money online gambling websites and apps. The target business includes a portfolio of well-known brand licences, including: Virgin Games, Virgin Casino, Monopoly Casino, and Heart Bingo.

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

The litigation department acts in an all-female team for the first and main defendant in one of The Lawyer’s top 20 cases for 2020 and one of the largest disputes ever before the Commercial Court. The Public Institution for Social Security in Kuwait is pursuing 38 Defendants (including its former Director General, Mishcon client Fahad Al Rajaan) for $836m for alleged secret commissions spanning several decades. The case raises important issues of jurisdiction and Swiss banking secrecy law.

The private department acted for for Gina Miller in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and R (Miller) v The Prime Minister, which are widely considered to be the most important constitutional law cases in over 300 years.

The employment department continues to represent Pimlico Plumbers at the Employment Appeal Tribunal, following the Supreme Court’s decision on the issue of worker status and remains one of the highest authorities on this issue. The department also advised Hyperion Insurance Group on one of the most significant team move claims of the year and the Jewish Labour Movement in relation to the referral of the Labour Party to the Equality and Human Rights Commission on issues of antisemitism. On the Senior Executives side, the department acted for a number of business founders, CEOs and Board Directors on market sensitive appointments, exits, high profile litigation and negotiating contracts and severance, including advising Nawaf Hasan, the former Middle East and North Africa Director at Arthur J Gallagher on a high profile team move dispute and Professor Marjan Jahangiri on a successful application for injunctive relief in the High Court.

The family department acted for a Kuwaiti business woman and a member of a wealthy Middle Eastern family in relation to a complex divorce, financial remedy and Children Act proceedings. The fundamental dispute was regarding the inherited nature of our clients’ wealth and her assets primarily held in the Middle East and offshore.

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.

The intellectual property department acted for Sky in a dispute that has been described by many as the most important case since the inception of the EU trade mark regime, Sky v SkyKick, including proceedings before the CJEU.

Department Name Email Telephone
Private. Managing Partner James Libson
Corporate. Executive Chairperson Kevin Gold
Private. Deputy Chairperson Anthony Julius
Alternative Residential Daniel Lipman
Art Karen Sanig
Betting and Gaming Susan Breen
Business Crime Jo Rickards
Charities, not for profit and philanthropy Andrew Goldstone
Commercial contracts, International franchising and brand extension Lewis Cohen
Commercial Litigation Richard Leedham
Competition Sarah Houghton
Construction, Non Contentious Simon Hunter
Contentious regulatory and enforcement Adam Epstein
Corporate. Chair of Corporate Kevin McCarthy
Corporate finance and M&A taxation John Skoulding
Corporate Real Estate Dean Poster
Data theft Robert Wynn Jones
Debt Advisory Omega Poole
Digital Security Joe Hancock
Dispute Resolution. Chair of Dispute Resolution Kasra Nouroozi
Employment. Chair of Employment Daniel Naftalin
Employment tax, remuneration and incentives Stephen Diosi
Family. Head of Family Barbara Reeves
Fashion & Retail Sally Britton
Finance & Banking Disputes Derval Walsh
Financial defence Michael Armstrong
Firm's General Counsel (Operations) Rowena Herdman-Smith
Flotations and corporate finance Ross Bryson
Fraud defence Kathryn Garbett
Funds Daniel Greenaway
Immigration Kamal Rahman
Information technology Adam Rose
Insolvency and recoveries Danny Davis
Intellectual Property. Chair of Intellectual Property Jeremy Hertzog
International arbitration Karel Daele
Planning and environment Anita Rivera
Private Equity Nadim Meer
Private. Chair of Mishcon Private Nick Davis
Professional negligence, Contentious Construction Richard Gerstein
Property Litigation Daniel Levy
PropTech Nicholas Kirby
Real Estate. Chair of Real Estate Stephen Hughes
Real Estate Development Nick Minkoff
Real Estate Finance Nick Strutt
Real Estate Taxation Jonathan Legg
Reputation management Emma Woollcott
Residential Property James Liffen
Rights of Light Chhavie Kapoor
Russia Hugo Plowman
Singapore Managing Partner and Head of Asia Tahirah Ara
Sports Simon Leaf
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 Robert Wynn-Jones  photo Robert Wynn-Jones Robert is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department and specialises in…
 Claire Yorke  photo Claire Yorke Claire is a Partner in the Family department, practicing exclusively in the…
Number of UK partners and Legal Directors : 169
Number of other UK fee-earners : 500+

At Mishcon de Reya, we believe that to give the best advice to clients, we need to not only to employ and work with the best lawyers and business professionals, but we must also actively seek out as diverse a pool of individuals as possible. This is because to enable our clients to shape the world’s possibilities requires a broad spectrum of people, each of whom bring their unique perspectives and experience to any advice, transaction or dispute.

Many lawyers came into the profession originally because of their sharp sense of justice, keen to play a role in public life. At Mishcon de Reya we have always embraced our role in public life and supported causes and campaigns driven by our people. From Lord Mishcon’s role on the Wolfenden Committee in the 1950s which led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, to our pro bono work fighting equal pay claims for women in broadcasting since 2018, championing diversity and inclusion is part of the firm’s essence. And both are true to our core values.

To find out more about our views on equality, diversity and inclusion, please watch this film. Shot in our office, it captures the essence of our beliefs.

Our ambitious vision for diversity will require a huge collective effort which will be led by our colleagues that form the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, but driven by every employee in our dealings at work.

The purpose of the EDI Committee is to assess what Mishcon de Reya needs to do to move towards providing equality of opportunity to all. This will include developing different methods of recruiting, developing, promoting and recognising our people that levels up opportunity so that we can ultimately achieve equality.

The EDI Committee is co-chaired by Employment Partner Joanna Blackburn and Director of Human Resources Vanessa Dewhurst. It consists of a diverse mixture of individuals from across the firm, including diversity, wellbeing and communications experts. The committee has assigned representatives leading the charge on Race, LBGTQ+, Gender, Social Mobility and Disability.

More information on our stance for equality, diversity and inclusion can be found here and our thought leadership pieces can be read here.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Mishcon de Reya 'markets itself differently to other law firms' and is 'not afraid to upset convention'. Recruits were drawn in by the strong branding and the 'modern, forward-thinking approach'. Mishcon 'takes on interesting and controversial cases' and has a 'huge range of departments' covering a 'breadth of sectors', which makes it an ideal choice for those unsure as to where they want to qualify. An 'amazing client base' and a 'progressive and welcoming culture, including an open-door policy in most departments' complete the package. We heard over and over that the 'people here are kind' and that the firm's core values 'ensure that everyone treats each other with respect and frankness'. Training is 'very structured and front-loaded' and trainees feel that they 'receive a huge amount of support from the early careers team, engaging supervisors and partner mentors across the two years'. A lack of transparency with regard to seat rotations and qualification/promotion processes were the main complaints trainees had about the firm. What's more, 'working on a complex refinancing and feeling very out of my depth', 'working until 3am to produce bundles for a hearing the next day' and 'cancelling plans and having to let down friends and family' were moments recruits would rather forget. In contrast, 'attending the Gina Miller case at the Supreme Court', 'meeting celebrities in amazing family law cases' and 'winning a two-week trial in my first seat' are moments which are hard to beat, in any context! To train at a firm which isn't too formal or corporate in nature' where they 'celebrate going slightly against the grain', consider Mishcon de Reya.