Firm Profile > Mishcon de Reya LLP > London, England

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

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 1

Karen Sanig and Amanda Gray lead a large team at Mishcon de Reya LLP that is praised for the breadth of its art-related expertise. The well-regarded team continues to act on some of the largest art transactions, to manage some of the most significant collections of cultural property and be involved in some of the most ground-breaking litigation. The practice routinely advises galleries on buying, selling and exhibiting art as well as the lending and movement of art. It also advises collectors on financing issues and on import/export matters. In addition, the versatile team is adept at advising on bequeathing art to the nation. Other core areas of expertise include advising auction houses on sales and due diligence. Managing associate Abby Brindley advises on a broad range of contentious and non-contentious art-related matters and Simon Chadwick has a wealth of experience in heavyweight art litigation in particular.

Practice head(s):

Karen Sanig; Amanda Gray

Other key lawyers:

Abby Brindley; Simon Chadwick

Testimonials

We chose Mishcon de Reya after careful consideration. Karen came highly recommended from everybody with whom I spoke to 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 inspire confidence. We greatly value Karen. Karen is outstanding, knowledgeable, technically proficient and phenomenal at finding commercial and creative solutions to any technical and challenging issues. She is my number one choice of art lawyer‘.

High level of expertise in the arts field and wide ranging knowledge across other areas. Amanda Gray is our key contact and is always helpful and responsive. Her personal knowledge of and enthusiasm for art and culture make her a pleasure to work with‘.

I think that the team at Mishcon is experienced, knowledgeable, hardworking and personable. Frankly, the lawyers know their business and how best to conduct it. This is a firm that plays a great game and they are always playing at the top of their game. We worked with Karen Sanig, initially with Abby Brindley and then Simon Chadwick. We feel that we have made good friends with our legal team. They have a genuine interest in art generally and what we are doing in particular. I think that Karen, Abby and Simon  should be highly commended for the patience and good temper that they managed to display throughout‘.

‘The team to beat. Longstanding feature of the London art law world. Karen Sanig has built an impressive and versatile team, with Amanda Gray a standout. There are also a number of new and junior solicitors who have joined the ranks. A growing team, but superlative in every way‘.

One of the first firms to create a dedicated art and cultural property unit. Karen Sanig has for a long time been a leader in the field of art and cultural property. She has great knowledge of the art market and acts for many collectors and dealers. She achieves great results through an engaging and pleasant manner, but when the situation requires it she can be very tough and a formidable opponent. Amanda Gray is successfully carving out a reputation as a leading art lawyer. Like Karen, she is great to work with but also has the capability to be steely when required‘.

‘Highly knowledgeable and experienced in art disputes. Friendly and collegiate approach. Karen Sanig – very well connected to the art market and has great dispute resolution skills in art disputes. Simon Chadwick – excellent client handling and ability to address client issues and find solutions. Abby Brindley – highly effective and efficient with wide experience of art disputes‘.

Key clients

Anthony d’Offay Limited

Art Africa Ltd

Camden Art Centre

Clore Wyndham Fine Art Limited

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Halcyon Gallery Limited

Hales Gallery Limited

Maranello Rosso Limited

Marisa Bellani

Martin Rowson

Museum of Everything

Oliver Sears Gallery Limited

Rothstein & Held Limited

Simon C Dickinson Limited

Skartstedt Gallery of London Limited

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Head of department is 'superstar' Mark Keenan who leads a 'well-resourced' department at Mishcon de Reya LLP. It 'has excellent experience across the board, and knows exactly how to handle both the largest-scale litigation in this field and the most sensitive'. Keenan is highly regarded for his work on complex international and domestic trust and succession disputes often acting for ultra-high-net-worth individuals in cases in offshore jurisdictions. The 'really excellent' Peter Steen is a key member of the private wealth disputes team and is well-regarded for his work on onshore and offshore contentious trusts - he has a 'keen eye for detail'. Jessica Medus has been promoted to legal director and specialises in trust and succession disputes acting for individuals, corporate trustees, charities and private and family offices. 'It has the heft of a big firm, with the personality and expertise of a boutique firm'.

Practice head(s):

Mark Keenan

Other key lawyers:

Peter Steen; Jessica Medus; Emilia Piskorz; Victoria Sara-Kennedy; Mariel Stringer-Fehlow

Testimonials

‘The team is at the forefront of client care and innovation. The lawyers act as trusted advisers to HNWIs globally, and rightfully sit in Tier 1 given the complexity and size of the cross-border disputes which it leads. The team is big and very capable compared to some of its competitors. The lawyers are well set up to resource things at the right level. They fight hard for their clients with the technical expertise to back it up. They also have a great network globally, which allows them to co-ordinate the service of all UHNWI needs out of London.’

‘Mark Keenan is a statesman at the heart of global contentious trusts and probate practice. Peter Steen is at the top of his game, and offers the full package – a robust litigator with an intricate understanding of trusts. Jessica Medus has recently been promoted to legal director, in rightful recognition of her importance in the team. You want Jessica in your corner – she is robust, and attention to detail is exceptional. Emilia Piskorz is also destined for great things, and does a great job in keeping the wheels turning in difficult situations.’

The team is one of the best in the private client world, very bespoke and knowledgeable and unbelievably committed. The lawyers are great to work with, as a client and a foreign lawyer that requires guidance in English law. Further, the lawyers master the co-ordination of difficult and complex international cases. The case management is flawless. You get more than you pay for. Simply, they are marvellous. Peter Steen very quick mind, high IQ and EQ, very committed, smart and witty. Emilia Piskorz – rising star and hard worker, lovely to deal with. Mark Keenan – trust and estates litigator, a gift for any international case you require an excellent lawyer, very impressive and responsive.’

Mishcon has, in my view, hands down the best contentious trust team in London. It has a very experienced team, well versed in all legal matters in this area. At the same time the lawyers are young, innovative and “hungry” to achieve the best possible outcome for the client. They think outside of the box and are well prepared to consider all options, not just those which present themselves at first glance. In addition, they are friendly and easy to work with. I can’t praise them enough.

‘Peter Steen is an outstanding partner. He is prompt, available, involved and a great strategist. It is very enjoyable working with him and his experience and breadth of practice is fantastic, especially considering his age. Emilia Piskorz is probably the best associate I have ever worked with. Besides the usual strengths, such as being responsive, available and a sound legal mind, she is completely on top of her game when it comes to leading a mandate, managing clients and keeping in mind all aspects of the case in order to develop the ideal strategy. Truly a great lawyer with a bright future ahead. I have also worked with Victoria Sara-Kennedy. Very bright and efficient as well. She has a quick grasp on legal matters and the arising issues, spotting immediately where the important points are and how to best take care of them. As the whole team at Mishcon, she is responsive, friendly and easy to work with.’

‘A superb team: commercially minded, prompt and offering excellent service. Work very well together as a team and are excellent problem solvers. Most importantly though they know how to handle client expectations. The lawyers are always available to discuss matters. Not afraid to seek other opinions. Our dealings were with Jessica Medus, now on maternity leave. She and her partner were terrific in obtaining the result we wanted.’

‘Emilia Piskorz is a delight to work with – she is hardworking, fiercely intelligent and knows her stuff. She is definitely a rising star and one to watch. Peter Steen is impressive. He leads the team well and is a pleasure to work with.’

The private client team has breadth and depth in its expertise in contentious trusts, both domestic and international. Mark Keenan is tenacious and tactical in fighting his clients’ corner and inspires his team as committed litigators. Jessica Medus is excellent, always completely on top of her client’s case and a star in her own right. Victoria Sara-Kennedy is efficient and committed to client care.’

 

Key clients

Rothschild Guernsey

The Executors of Lady Bathurst

Re: Z

International businessman

Ceawlin Thynn, 8th Marquess of Bath

Chasehill Investments SA

Employment > Employers Tier 1

In the employer space, Mishcon de Reya LLP focuses on business-critical issues, undertaking some of the highest-profile cases in the High Court and Employment Tribunal. Blending senior executive expertise with employer work capabilities, the overall employment practice is overseen by Daniel Naftalin, a ‘tenacious litigator’ with a long track record in restrictive covenant enforcement, team moves, discrimination and whistleblowing disputes. Meanwhile, the ‘highly experienced, knowledgeableJoanna Blackburn fuses her stellar contentious practice with non-contentious employment law know-how, Sharon Tan notably shines in the employment aspects of transactions and restructurings, while Susannah Kintish stands out as ‘one of the very few relatively junior partners who have managed to carve out a niche in this area’, acting in a variety of worker status, investigations and restrictive covenant matters. Managing associate Emily Knight also provides key support to the group.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Naftalin

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Blackburn; Sharon Tan; Sarah Keeble; Susannah Kintish

Testimonials

They really understand my business, are very approachable, listen to the issues and problems and come up with great solutions. They are very supportive.’

For Joanna Blackburn, nothing is too much trouble and she is super intelligent, razor-sharp, very strategic, and utterly responsive.’

Excellent lawyers, strong commercial approach, highly experienced, client-friendly. Particularly strong for employer work, as well as employee, in high-value employment disputes.’

A standout litigation house dong some of the highest profile and biggest cases in the High Court and Employment Tribunal with a large, experienced and highly capable team.’

Daniel Naftalin is at the top of his game and highly in demand. Fantastic at seeing the big picture and working out how to navigate around potential difficulties so that all is smooth sailing. Unflappable and brilliant on the commercials.’

Susannah Kintish is developing a real name in High Court employment litigation involving team moves, injunctions and conspiracies – and one of the very few relatively junior partners who have managed to carve out a niche in this area.’

Daniel Naftalin is a tenacious litigator; Joanna Blackburn is highly experienced, knowledgeable, and a fighter; and Susannah Kintish is an expert on restrictive covenants.’

Key clients

Kering (formerly known as Gucci Group)

Kirkland and Ellis LLP

Warner Music Group

Expedia

Ankura Consulting

Pimlico Plumbers

Robert Walters

Harrods Ltd

Cancer Research UK

Cath Kidston

Private client > Family Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP continues to successfully litigate matrimonial finance cases all the way to the Supreme Court and Privy Council and is regularly instructed in the most complex and high-value cases with significant international elements that have complicated tax and trust issues, partnerships and valuable assets. The 'client service is phenomenal- silky smooth with great end results'.  It recently launched its Anglo-French family law group and it continues to develop its surrogacy and adoption specialist practices. Barbara Reeves is 'great leader' and is an accredited Resolution specialist in the areas of financial dispute and cohabitation. Sandra Davis 'remains the grand dame of family law' and is a keen advocate for the voices of children and young people throughout the divorce and separation process. It has 'fabulous junior partners and associates' too.  Legal directors Kate Clark and Claire Yorke are well-regarded. David Lister left the team to join Rayden Solicitors. It remains a 'pre-eminent family law team that offers the best of advice from the most senior partner to the most junior solicitor. It has a strong reputation across the board from financial disputes to complex children matters'.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Reeves

Other key lawyers:

Sandra Davis; Kate Clark; Claire Yorke; Emma Willing; James Rees; Rob Hines; Antonia Felix; Dan Beattie; Rebecca Lachno; Melissa Lesson; Clare Radcliffe

Testimonials

Barbara Reeves – needs no introduction.  Doyenne of family law when it comes to UHNW individuals‘.

‘The best divorce department in London without a shadow of a doubt. The team has access to a full suite of resources in the firm’s other departments and the lawyers are always quick to take advantage of these resources for the client.  Sandra Davis has been and remains the very best divorce lawyer in London. She reassures clients with her charm and steely determination. Each client knows that they are in the very best hands‘.

Claire Yorke is the future. She is one of the very best partners. She is on top of her cases and her clients know it. They love her for fighting their cases hard but maintaining a good relationship with her opponents. her negotiating skills are second to none. Rob Hines is a great strategist. He is enormously intelligent and understands the human dynamic of all his cases. James Rees an upcoming star – a partner of the future. Has a brilliant mind and great with clients. He is a steady hand in all cases and a great help. Antonia Felix is an amazing lawyer with a brilliant bedside manner She handles difficult cases on her own with great skill. She is one of the very best. Her letters win cases‘.

‘First rate family law team who are committed to inclusion – big emphasis on  LGBT+ families. Claire Yorke –  She is direct but manages client expectations wonderfully. Emma Willing – Extremely knowledgeable when it comes to surrogacy law‘.

The team is strong on ultra and high net worth cases and has a huge number of heavy hitters; it is a very strong department. Sandra Davis is an exceptional practitioner within the department. She is at the top of her game. You want Sandra on your side. There is none that can match Sandra’s experience, and judgment in family law. Kate Clark is extremely personable, organised and efficient. She has fantastic judgment and is a joy to work with. Her instincts are fantastic. She is outstanding in inspiring confidence and is a real fighter‘.

Claire Yorke is one of the go to names in family law. She is calm, knowledgeable, gives great advice and is all over the detail. You want her on your side . A brilliant lawyer. Emma Willing is considered and client focused. She has a lovely manner with clients and is fantastically well organised. Emma is a really accomplished classy family lawyer who fights hard for her clients. Dan Beattie is all over the detail. Underestimate him at your peril; he is a really great lawyer who knows how to get the best results. Robert Hines gives realistic and sensible advice‘.

Rebecca Lachno has a charming manner with clients, is conscientious and works hard to get the right results . She knows her cases inside out. She impresses with her command of the facts, the organisation of the papers and her drive to get the best result possible for the client. She fights hard for her clients and I consider her one to watch. Kate Clark is brilliant. Robust and yet compassionate giving excellent advice. she is definitely a star of the future. Emma Willing is calm, with a razor sharp intelligence. James Rees is excellent with clients and has great strategic thinking. Claire Yorke is an excellent lawyer who thinks out of the box. She is who you want on your side. Claire Radcliffe – a managing associate in the ascendancy‘.

‘Top-notch law firm with a genuine breadth of talent. Modern, outward looking and commercial, it offers a first class service with charm and efficiency. The product is greatly enhanced by the firm’s company, commercial and private client teams so it is a “one stop shop” for the entrepreneur, the international businessperson and the affluent professional alike. Melissa Lesson is a wonderful solicitor: tri-lingual, sophisticated, internationally savvy with a calm manner and an eye for a great deal. Sandra Davis has a client list “to die for’, oodles of experience and person charm aplenty. A very wise head‘.

 

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s international fraud practice has broad experience in claimant and defence work, notably in obtaining and striking out freezing orders and injunctions. The firm provides a 'collaborative and diverse team with strong language skills - particularly helpful in cross border matters or cases involving foreign clients', as well as multidisciplinary services to support the civil fraud department, including digital investigations, cyber, e-discovery and forensic accountancy. The team is co-led by Kasra Nouroozi, who focuses on complex disputes, investigations and cross border injunctions; Kathryn Garbett, who handles cross-border civil fraud and commercial disputes, including asset recovery, injunctive relief, shareholder and partnership disputes; Hugo Plowman, who has experience in cases involving state actors and the interplay between criminal, civil and regulatory jurisdictions; and multijurisdictional civil fraud specialist Claire Broadbelt. Another key name in the practice is Gary Miller, who is well regarded as an international litigator in commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Kasra Nouroozi; Kathryn Garbett; Hugo Plowman; Claire Broadbelt

Other key lawyers:

Gary Miller

Testimonials

‘Very hard working and responsive team with significant experience in civil fraud matters’.

‘Partners are very good with clients and provide excellent strategic overview and input. Associates are very hard working, personable and easy to deal with’. 

‘Collaborative and diverse team with strong language skills – particularly helpful in cross border matters or cases involving foreign clients’.

‘Martin Shobbrook and Claire Broadbelt are both stand out partners.  Martin is very good with clients, responsive and good at seeing the big picture and key tactical issues.  Claire is a pleasure to work with, always calm and provides invaluable oversight’.

‘Sinead Esler Patel (Managing Associate) is one of the best solicitors I have ever worked with- the quality of her work is very high, her attention to detail is exemplary and she is a pleasure to work with- she is very personable and very hard working. Miten Vaghela (Managing Associate) is also very easy to work with, has good judgment and is hard working’.  

‘Very experienced and tenacious team, able to handle every aspect of a civil fraud dispute, whether for claimant or defendant’. 

‘Naomi Simpson – clever, excellent judgment. Gary Miller – vastly experienced, sees around corners, and through each potential course of action to the possible outcomes. Kasra Nouroozi – huge knowledge of the law and of tactics, and superb at handling cases with complex webs of parties and stakeholders’.

‘Highly strategic, talented and knowledgeable lawyers; outcome oriented advice; cutting edge use of machine learning in large disclosure projects’.

Key clients

Arcelor Mittal

Fahad Al Rajaan

Ocado Group plc

Alexander Yaroslavsky

Georgy Bedzhamov

Koza Altin Isletmelerei A.S., Turkey’s largest gold mining company

Peter Grow

Kingdom of Sweden / Swedish Pensions Agency

Evatt Tamine

Raiffeisenbank International AG (RBI)

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'really knowledgeable, industry-focused' team advises on a wide range of betting and gaming matters, with extensive expertise in licensing, regulatory and compliance issues, as well as high-value corporate acquisitions, data protection, IP and litigation. In the regulatory sphere, key areas of strength include licence applications, compliance audits and Gambling Commission enforcement proceedings. In addition, the multidisciplinary team provides its diverse client base of gambling operators and affiliated marketing, games and software platform providers with assistance in complex M&A and reorganisations, commercial contracts and data breach incidents, among other areas. 'Outstanding' practice head Nick Nocton specialises in gambling regulatory and enforcement matters. Among the other notable team members, Susan Breen focuses on corporate transactions for gaming sector clients, with particular expertise in migration planning, Stuart McMaster handles corporate matters with an emphasis on data protection, and Niki Stephens is highly experienced in regulatory, compliance and commercial issues.

Practice head(s):

Nick Nocton

Other key lawyers:

Susan Breen; Niki Stephens; Stuart McMaster; Guy Wilkes; Gemma Boore

Testimonials

‘The team possess a unique, specialist skill set that complements the eGaming industry perfectly, so we know we can call upon them to assist with core services that are relevant to global entertainment and media businesses. They are experienced in working with regulators and governments at the highest levels. Their industry knowledge is extensive, both in the UK and internationally.’

‘The individuals we have worked with in the Mishcon team really understand the industry and its mindset (both from a commercial and regulatory standpoint). Susan Breen takes a commercial approach and is completely aligned with clients’ objectives. Strong personal relationships are a feature of her client focus.’

‘The regulatory skill sets of the betting and gaming team support not only gambling operators but also affiliated businesses, which require a wider set of regulatory skills than just pure licensing regulation advice. The group also provides seamless integrated services on IP protection, brands management, data protection, tech agreements and cyber services.’

‘Susan Breen has strong insights and commercial instincts and is an incredibly knowledgeable and able corporate and regulatory lawyer in the gaming space; she has deep personal investment in our success as a business and superb relationship management. Niki Stephens is a great regulatory and corporate lawyer who works in tandem with us and is aligned to our every need.’

‘This firm offers an exceptional cocktail of people and expertise particularly well suited for clients in the gambling industry. Responsiveness, quality and insight are simply top.’

‘Nick Nocton is an outstanding regulatory and licensing lawyer. Susan Breen bring tons of corporate and deal experience to the table. Stuart McMaster is a data protection guru. Niki Stephens is sharp, tireless, and a pleasure to deal with. All the partners we’ve ever dealt with at this firm are incredibly good lawyers – they are hardworking and will fight the client’s corner, giving all they’ve got. They’re also all excellent communicators.’

‘They are a really knowledgeable, industry-focused team who can deliver fast and very user-friendly advice. I can rely on Susan Breen and other team members for to-the-point and excellent legal counsel. I see them as top of their game for regulatory and commercial advice with a strong corporate transactional practice group.’

‘We have worked with Susan Breen and her gambling team for many years and I value her commercial insights, knowledge of the gaming industry and ability to provide strategic as well as legal support. She’s an adviser who gets straight to the point.’

Key clients

DraftKings

Gamesys Group plc

Entain plc (formerly GVC Holdings plc)

GAN plc

Fansunite Entertainment Inc.

Videoslots

Kambi plc

GSN Games

Catena Media plc

Betting & Gaming Council

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP  has significantly grown its immigration offering in recent years, and now has 'deep experience across complex corporate and private client immigration matters', as well as key capabilities in the human rights and asylum arena. Kamal Rahman leads the practice; she advises wealthy individuals and families seeking to establish a base in the UK, with clients drawn from markets in Russia, China, the Middle East, Asia and west Africa. She works with Steven Bostock and the 'innovative and creative' Maria Patsalos, while below partner-level, managing associate Natalie Loader is widely praised for her 'encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law' and the 'ability to think outside the box on complicated legal points'.

Practice head(s):

Kamal Rahman

Other key lawyers:

Steven Bostock; Maria Patsalos; Hannah Barnett; Neil Shanghavi; Natalie Loader

Testimonials

‘Kamal Rahman has a fantastic grip on matters. Her understanding of the facts, challenges and circumstances in various jurisdictions is far superior than anyone else in that league.’

‘They are an incredible team and I wish I could describe 100% how incredible their work is. I’d not be here today if it weren’t for them.’

‘I like to call out Neil Shanghavi for his client service. He cares for his clients and has their best interests at heart. This is reflected by his responsiveness and time he takes to explain the process. I have learned a great deal about the UK immigration process from Neil as he has made something seemingly complicated much more clear and understandable. I also appreciate his clarity in fees/billing, and carefully managing the project to the estimates.’

‘Natalie Loader is a phenomenal lawyer who is extremely thorough in her work. She works through her applications with a fine toothcomb and can always be relied upon to find a solution for clients. I’m very impressed with her level of knowledge and how easy she is to talk to – she really can make you feel at ease and explain the most complex of circumstances in a clear and coherent manner.’

‘Natalie Loader has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law. She achieves successful outcomes in the most complex circumstances in both corporate and private client matters.  She consistently provides an exceptional level of client service in an approachable and friendly manner. She is a rising star and an asset to the firm.’

‘Maria Patsalos is is an outstanding lawyer. She is extremely knowledgeable in the field of immigration law and gives incredible client service. She is passionate and dedicated to the the valuable pro bono work she undertakes.  Maria is innovative, creative and a has a positive can-do attitude to everything she undertakes.

‘Natalie Loader has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the business immigration area. She is very pleasant to work with and is willing to help where needed.’

‘Maria Patsalos has really stood out as someone who leads from the front and drives forward the innovative, bold approach of the immigration team. She is demonstrably extremely passionate about all areas of immigration, particularly human rights and forced displacement. That is evident from her pro bono work in the space, as well as support in recruiting refugees into the firm and her involvement in events we organise. She is also incredibly accessible and communicative.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s IP group excels in conducting preemptive enforcement procedures, acting for a range of impressive global clients. The 'extremely knowledgeable, practical, responsive' David Rose and practice head Jeremy Hertzog are renowned litigators for IPEC and High Court proceedings, while legal director Cassandra Hill regularly assists with blocking injunctions. New team additions Mark Deem from Cooley (UK) LLP and Ashley Winton from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP bring weighty knowledge of data law and IP litigation in the TMT sector. Criminal IP is also an area of expertise through the firm’s white-collar crime practice, as indicated by the regular private prosecutions handled for major client Sky. Helming the transactional IP element is Lewis Cohen, whose expertise encompasses licensing, franchising, image exploitation and sponsorship agreements, predominantly in the creative and luxury sectors. Sally Britton is another key partner for brand protection and expansion mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Hertzog

Other key lawyers:

David Rose; Cassandra Hill; Mark Deem; Ashley Winton; Lewis Cohen; Sally Britton

Testimonials

Mishcon de Reya has an extremely strong team anchored by their lead partner David Rose who is extremely knowledgeable, practical, responsive and cost effective on all aspects of trademark practice. He has extensive expertise and a great track record in clearance and prosecution of trade marks and provides exceptional advice and guidance in trademark litigation matters both within the EU and the UK. Even post Brexit, I still rely upon him extensively for advice on EU prosecution and litigation matters.

David Rose has deep expertise in the case law and procedure in both the UK and the EU.

Key clients

Sky

Global

Sanofi

Nintendo

Entain (Ladbrokes etc)

Nuclei

Gucci

Alexander McQueen

Baruch Enterprises

Iceland Foods

HP (Hewlett Packard)

Weiss

Morphe

Pimlico Plumbers

Health & Happiness

WeWork

eBay

Bet365

Christian Louboutin

PVH Corp

Levi Strauss

Schneider

C.T. Dent

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP has a sophisticated client base of wealthy UK and international individuals, families, trustees and corporates. 'The firm as a whole engenders confidence and trust in high ranking clients and intermediaries alike.' Head of department Andrew Goldstone frequently advises on residence and domicile issues in addition to philanthropy and the establishment of charitable trusts. Goldstone is also adept at advising on issues such as business investment relief and the taxation of offshore trusts. Patrick Harney is also highly recommended and has a particular specialism in US-UK and UK-Irish cross-border tax advice. Filippo Noseda is a dual-qualified English solicitor and Swiss lawyer. Kassim Meghjee is another key figure, along with Charlie Sosna who has a particular focus on China and the Far East. 'The partners are entrepreneurial in their approach, they are free-thinking and have a depth of experience that is unmatched in the market.'

Practice head(s):

Andrew Goldstone

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Harney; Filippo Noseda; Kassim Meghjee; Charlie Sosna; Martin Davies; Nicola Simmons

Testimonials

‘A stand out private client team that is highly respected for delivering the best results for its clients. I have worked with Andrew Goldstone and Charlie Sosna – both technically excellent and practical with their advice.  Andrew and Charlie are seen as true trusted advisors for their clients‘.

‘The team is unique in its unrivalled ability to advise on both personal and corporate tax issues, and manage multiple issues contemporaneously. Its understanding in both areas, as well as its experience with international matters, have been incredibly helpful in spotting issues, and (importantly) resolving them pragmatically and effectively. I predominantly work with Kassim Meghee and Nicola Simmons who are both excellent lawyers. Kassim provides straightforward and considered advice, clearly understanding the client’s needs and concerns. Nicola is highly approachable, knowledgeable and keenly interested in her areas of tax expertise’.

Mishcon has a fierce relationship within the private client sector, which is well deserved. The quality of its client base is fantastic and its entrepreneurial approach is fascinating to observe. Patrick Harney is one of the leading UK practitioners with a US focus.  He will, I’m sure, develop a very strong practice and team in this area. Mischcon will be a fantastic environment for him to continue to flourish‘.

‘Excellent team, with a real campaigning approach to key issues, especially on cross-border information exchange‘.

‘A “one stop shop” in the real sense. The different teams of specialists work cohesively to ensure that the client obtains the best advice and support. The accessibility to the engagement partner, Kassim Meghhjee, is of importance. This was a great feature. We dealt with Nicola Simmons. A great individual who is a strategist and with a great logical mind. She is able to assimilate the intricacies of what is required and create a coherent structured plan for implementation. The ability to take charge and direct from the top is a great asset‘.

Martin Davies heads a dynamic Middle East group of top-notch private client advisors at the firm, providing structuring and taxation advice to the different generations of UHNW international families across the spectrum of their affairs and investments. He is a consummate all round trusted adviser who covers all bases in strategic wealth planning, private capital and clients’ global affairs. A true lateral thinker and problem solver possessed of great interpersonal and “soft” skills. He is peerless in his field with regard to advising Middle Eastern Royal families and he is also the go-to lawyer in London for the merchant trading families of Saudi Arabia and the wider Gulf region. His understanding of the region’s nuances are second-to-none. His experience and expertise in offshore structuring for his clients is highly respected by not only the leading families from the Gulf but also from an ever expanding list of global UHNW individuals‘.

Mishcon de Reya continues to go from strength to strength. The team is recognised and admired for both its domestic expertise and its highly respected international private client practice – 75% of the firm’s clients have an international flavour with a large number of global families in the Mishcon stable. They are leaders in high profile litigation, structuring and reputational matters and their clients rely on their deep knowledge and technical expertise in multi-jurisdictional matters. Innovative and impressive at all levels, the service is top-notch and it continues to be a rewarding experience to work with them in all private client matters‘.

‘The individuals who work in this area do so in a highly collegiate manner with other colleagues to ensure that clients’ needs are met and interests protected. They are accessible, responsive and commercially very astute.  They are focused and offer perceptive strategic and tactical advice. Combining finely tuned diplomatic skills, strategic vision and a keen attention to detail across the full spectrum of technical disciplines enables Martin Davies to advise leading families on complex and sensitive issues. His personal charm and modesty doubled with a steely determination to achieve the best outcome for clients make him a highly effective adviser even in the most challenging of situations‘.

Key clients

Jenny, The Accidental American

Lady Gloria, late Dowager Countess Bathurst (1927-2018)

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'extremely collaborative' team handles a wide range of commercial and residential property disputes for PLCs, blue chips, investment funds and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. Much of its work arises from the management of property assets and real estate portfolios, including service charge disputes, dilapidation claims, rent reviews and insolvency-related matters. In addition to its litigation capabilities, the team - and Joanna Lampert, who was appointed by the Lord Chancellor as a deputy master of the High Court assigned to the Chancery Division in November 2020, in particular - is also well placed to provide risk analysis and risk avoidance advice. Chhavie Kapoor is another key contact for dispute avoidance, but also has significant expertise in development-related litigation, which is another key strength of the practice, most notably in rights to light. 'Brilliant litigator and negotiatorDaniel Levy heads the practice and frequently handles landlord and tenant matters; he is supported by Emma Macintyre and legal director Mark Reading, who both cover a wide spectrum of commercial and residential property disputes.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Levy

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Lampert; Emma Macintyre; Chhavie Kapoor; Mark Reading

Testimonials

‘A very solid team led by an extremely capable partner who understands our business very well and time after time delivers excellent service.

Daniel Levy is a standout performer. He is very results focused and extremely responsive.

Mishcon is a top team with some very talented individuals.’

Mark Reading is very good.

‘An extremely collaborative team, brilliantly led by Daniel Levy. Strategic, commercial and always go the extra mile for the clients.

Dan Levy is a strategic thinker, goal-orientated, and incredibly incisive and commercial. He is a brilliant litigator and negotiator.

Emma Macintyre is detail-orientated, clever and an excellent lawyer, who is extremely good with clients.

Mark Reading is very bright and collaborative, with good attention to detail. He is a very good property lawyer.

Key clients

Neasden Studios

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

Intu Properties

Chelsfield Advisers LLP

Bank of Singapore

TK Maxx

National Car Parks (NCP)

Stellar Properties

Shoreditch Property Holdings Limited

Berkeley Square Investments

Sophie Hicks

Meadow Partners

Avison Young (formerly GVA)

Residential Land Management Limited

The Office Group

AEW

London and Hertfordshire Limited

Real estate > Residential property Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP's standing in the market is reflected by its work for clients such as high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, developers, banks, corporates and investment funds. The practice is led by James Liffen, who excels in transactions involving super-prime residential properties in UK, as well as super-prime country estates, among other matters. Sonal Thakrar has expertise in purchases and sales of prime and super-prime residential properties in central London, as well as secured lending transactions. Notably active in matters with a cross-border dimension, she has strong connections in the Middle East and Asia, in addition to the UK.

Practice head(s):

James Liffen

Other key lawyers:

Sonal Thakrar; Simon Chadowitz; Sarah Conibeere

Testimonials

‘Mishcon’s are recognised as one of the top firms in London in my practice.’

‘Sarah Conibeere is superb! One of the best I have worked with in London and we conducted possibly one of the hardest sales of my career last year which would have not happened without her!’

‘Sonal Thakrar and James Liffen are also excellent and class lawyers at the firm.’

Employment > Senior executives Tier 1

As 'one of the best in the country' and home to 'talented litigators', Mishcon de Reya LLP assists CEOs, directors and other senior figures including partners at law firms with the negotiation of settlements and high-profile, litigation. Its work ranges from negotiating exits and reputation preservation to all forms of discrimination, whistleblowing and equal pay cases. The firm has a number of inclusion and diversity programmes including its black justice project in partnership with Queen Mary University, whereby it provides access to justice on a pro bono basis, including in respect of Windrush cases. Daniel Naftalin ('who knows how to run a battle') leads a substantial team that includes the hugely experienced Joanna Blackburn and Jennifer Millins, who is in demand for her handling of complex discrimination, gender pay and whistleblowing claims in the Employment Tribunal through to High Court injunctions and appeals. The 'exceptional' Sharon Tan is known for providing 'strategic nous' when assisting clients with high stakes cases, and Susannah Kintish and Greg Campbell are also skilled partners. Campbell has a specialism in advising on major disciplinary investigations involving allegations of  misconduct by employers. The 'fantastic'  junior members of the team are also well rated by clients; key names include Matthew Wood and Emma Sydenham.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Naftalin

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Millins; Joanna Blackburn; Sharon Tan; Susannah Kintish; Greg Campbell; Rhiannon Bail; Matthew Wood; Emma Sydenham

Testimonials

I have worked closely with Daniel Naftalin and Emma Sydenham over the past year. I feel that I have a best-in-class legal team assembled. Mishcon have a phenomenal reputation in the industry, which is so important to have when you are an individual squaring up to a large corporate opponent.’

‘Huge experience, talented litigators.’

‘Jennifer Millins is creative, intelligent, charismatic, loved by clients.’

‘The Mishcons employment team is one of the best in the country. I can give no higher recommendation than this: if I had an employment issue I would go to them. I have recommended countless friends who are senior executives to them, and they had all been delighted with the professional service received.’

‘Daniel Naftalin is not only an impressive legal expert but also knows how to run a battle if necessary. He also tried to understand what the other side is trying to achieve in order to fight better. I do not trust any employment lawyer more than him.’

Daniel Naftalin: seen it all, buckets of experience, clever, realistic.’

‘Sharon Tan is exceptional. One of the brightest lawyers I have ever had the pleasure of working with, she has technical excellence, strategic nous, and all the other skills needed for a top litigator in spades. She is also brilliant at supporting her clients and has built an impressive profile in the marketplace. Jennifer Millins maintains an impressive practice and continues to be involved in cutting edge cases. Daniel Naftalin leads the department with aplomb. Rhiannon Bail is definitely an associate to watch, showing dedication and ability in equal measure.’

‘Mishcon de Reya are rightly market leaders. I have worked closely with Matthew Wood in a complex matter with simultaneous proceedings in both the employment and civil courts and was extremely impressed by his tactical acumen.’

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP regularly advises on big ticket, multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects, working closely with the firm’s property disputes, planning, construction, tax and finance teams to serve as a one-stop shop destination. Key distinguishers for the practice include its dedicated alternative residential group which renders it an ideal option for build to rent, student accommodation and senior living assets, as well as Nick Doffman’s proficiency in inwards investments, principally those made from Hong Kong and also Singapore where the firm opened its second office in May 2020. Nick Minkoff is among the key contacts for major development projects; so too is Stephen Hughes who steers the overall real estate department, calling upon over 20 years’ of experience in portfolio deals, joint ventures and transaction structuring.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Nick Minkoff; Ian Paul; Daniel Lipman; Simon Hart; Nick Doffman; Anju Suneja

Testimonials

‘Very strong problem solvers, good balanced advice. Very experienced in our key real estate sectors. Advice is commercially led.’

‘Anju Suneja creates a very constructive relationship with clients – she goes far beyond the call of duty to ensure all client needs are attended to. A great negotiator.’

‘We consider themselves key partners in our business. They want to understand our wider drivers for our business and are eager to help our business grow.’

‘Very responsive, commercial and user friendly. They have a quick grasp on the main issues and are innovative in finding solutions.’

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

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLPMishcon de Reya LLP regularly advises on big ticket, multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects, working closely with the firm’s property disputes, planning, construction, tax and finance teams to serve as a one-stop shop destination. Key distinguishers for the practice include its dedicated alternative residential group which renders it an ideal option for build to rent, student accommodation and senior living assets, as well as Nick Doffman’s proficiency in inwards investments, principally those made from Hong Kong and also Singapore where the firm opened its second office in May 2020. Nick Minkoff is among the key contacts for major development projects; so too is Stephen Hughes who steers the overall real estate department, calling upon over 20 years’ of experience in portfolio deals, joint ventures and transaction structuring.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Nick Minkoff; Ian Paul; Daniel Lipman; Simon Hart; Nick Doffman

Testimonials

‘Very strong problem solvers, good balanced advice. Very experienced in our key real estate sectors. Advice is commercially led.’

‘Anju Suneja creates a very constructive relationship with clients – she goes far beyond the call of duty to ensure all client needs are attended to. A great negotiator.’

‘We consider themselves key partners in our business. They want to understand our wider drivers for our business and are eager to help our business grow.’

‘Very responsive, commercial and user friendly. They have a quick grasp on the main issues and are innovative in finding solutions.’

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

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 2

Contentious work is the primary focus of Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s competition practice. The department demonstrates a ‘detailed and practical knowledge of the competition litigation process’, with it representing claimants in some of the market’s largest and most high-profile cases. In a recent highlight, Rob Murray led a team which represented Sainsbury’s in the Supreme Court in its case against Mastercard regarding the recovery of interchange fees, which set important precedents in relation to the pass-on defence. Practice head Sarah Houghton handles abuse of dominance claims, and is also managing follow-on claims relating to the Trucks cartel.  Zachery O’Brien is another key individual. Partner Ben Lasserson joined the team in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Houghton

Other key lawyers:

Rob Murray; Audrey Dwyer; Zachery O’Brien; Ben Lasserson

Testimonials

Detailed and practical knowledge of the competition litigation process, and the interplay between competition law and the ex ante regulatory regime. Leaves no stone unturned. Completely result-focused.’

Rob Murray (Partner) – brings a vast wealth of experience from multiple sectors and jurisdictions, is constantly two steps ahead of the other side, and brings this together to provide excellent strategic advice.’

Mishcon antitrust litigation team are well resourced and experienced. Good complementary skills of main partners. Have very good associates.’

Top-tier on the claimant side. More than a match for most defendant teams.’

Rob Murray, Sarah Houghton and Zac O’Brien are knowledgeable, strategic and commercial.’

Creative approach to new litigation opportunities.’

Fantastic team that are fun to work with as well as deliver high quality service. They are a leading firm on claimant side, but have partners with experience on defendant side so can anticipate counter arguments.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Asda Stores Ltd

Iceland Foods Ltd

Wilkinson Retail Limited

Dixons Carphone

John Lewis/Waitrose

Meeta Patel

Camelot

Esso Petroleum

John Lewis

Lakeland

Ocado

Ryman

Saint-Gobain

Tombola

Whitbread

Justin Le Patourel

Microsoft Corporation

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 2

At Mishcon de Reya LLP, the ‘all-star’ team led by practice head Jo Rickards (who is ‘a real heavyweight in white-collar crime’) has truly varied expertise, including past experience at the UK Bar and the Crown Prosecution Service. The group has significant firepower when it comes to representing key defendants and suspects in SFO investigations and prosecutions. Despite the wider market downturn in SFO mandates, the department has gained additional ground in matters involving the NCA and the HMRC; this often involves handling unexplained wealth orders (UWOs) and account freezing orders. Of recent note, the team scored a success at the High Court, where it represented the respondents in the first successful challenge to UWOs since their introduction to the UK in 2018 by the Criminal Finances Act 2017; Johanna Walsh led a multi-disciplinary team consisting of white-collar crime and private client specialists. Former barrister Ben Brandon is a key contact for multi-jurisdictional commercial fraud work as well as mutual legal assistance and extradition matters. Managing associate Min Weaving is ‘a future star’.

Practice head(s):

Jo Rickards

Other key lawyers:

Johanna Walsh; Ben Brandon; Min Weaving; James Watson; Celia Marr; Christopher Gribbin; Tim Thompson; Mellissa Curzon-Berners

Testimonials

‘The team is an all-star line-up in terms of depth, talent and professionalism.’

‘Jo Rickards is a real heavyweight in white-collar crime, you cannot go wrong by turning to her.’

‘Mishcon de Reya has been strengthened over the last few years with the hire of Ben Brandon. He is an ex-barrister with a formidable reputation in extradition and international work. Ben has been renowned at the Bar for several decades. His approach and commitment to clients’ causes will result in him rising quickly through the ranks. Christopher Gribbin also has good judgement in terms of case preparation.’

‘An incredibly slick and efficient outfit – innovative, modern and forward-thinking. Formidable opponents, who somehow manage, despite their impressive reputation, to remain approachable and personable for their clients.’ 

‘Jo Rickards has a wonderful feel for the art of the possible and gives well-considered, insightful and strategic advice. Johanna Walsh is superb on money laundering issues. Tim Thompson was formerly with the CPS and has vast experience in white-collar crime.’

‘Jo Rickards is excellent in this area of law. She has a great ability to pick up on nuances to help guide clients to a correct resolution. She also stands firm when she believes that other lawyers are wrong in their position. She is a great choice if someone needs an attorney in the UK.’

‘Joanna Walsh is not only on top of things, but also a genuinely nice and intelligent person. I was also impressed with a number of associates, including Min Weaving, James Watson (in particular in extradition matters), and Mellissa Curzon-Berners.’

‘I have worked with three individuals: Jo Rickards, Ben Brandon and Min Weaving. Each of them is different in their skill and experience. Jo is a wonderful strategist and is excellent at case tactics. Ben Brandon has experience form the Bar and as a solicitor; this is a very valuable combination which results in him applying his considerable intellect to identify what will actually work in practice. And as for Min Weaving – she is a very good lawyer and a future star.’

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP is praised for its ‘strength in managing claims by policyholders’ and fighting ‘their client’s corner passionately and to the hilt’ in insurance disputes. In addition to their involvement in the FCA Business Interruption Test Case, the team has expertise in property damage, broker negligence and D&O claims, as well as acting for clients in arbitration proceedings. ‘Tenacious litigatorRichard Leedham, who has broad experience in insurance litigation, leads the practice alongside ‘standout’ partner Sonia Campbell, who is noted for her work in the life sciences sector. Recently promoted legal director Ralph Fearnhead and associate Sophie Fairclough  are key members in the team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Leedham; Sonia Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Ralph Fearnhead; Sophie Fairclough

Testimonials

‘An approachable and likeable team, led by Sonia Campbell, which has real strength in depth and unrivalled experience in this market. Client-focused, pragmatic and commercial, the team is dedicated to securing efficient and effective outcomes for its clients.’

‘Sonia Campbell is a standout lawyer. She has fantastic experience which she brings and uses to great effect on current matters. A keen legal mind with an eye for detail, she has the right package of skills to achieve positive outcomes for her clients. Sonia is ably supported by a range of associates, including the talented Sophie Fairclough who is a name to watch.’

‘The team specialise in only policyholder disputes and fight their clients’ corner passionately and to the hilt.’

‘Richard Leedham is a great strategic thinker and a tenacious litigator. Ralph Fearnhead is highly experienced and pragmatic.’

‘I worked with them on the landmark FCA proceedings and associated disputes in relation to business interruption insurance. They are top-tier/top-class. Did an absolutely brilliant job.’

‘Great strength in managing claims by policyholders, including group litigation and test cases. Sonia Campbell’s team is, deservedly, incredibly busy.’

‘Sonia Campbell is unbelievably hard working and intelligent, a very wise litigator, upbeat, thinks very carefully about all aspects of a problem and is great with clients. Sophie Fairclough is very hard working, very efficient and excellent with clients.’

Key clients

HAG

Hospitality Industry Group Action

K7 Holdings Limited

Cheval Roc Limited and Bonne Nuit Cheval Limited

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 2

With a client roster equally comprising individual members and LLPs, Mishcon de Reya LLP maintains a busy contentious partnerships practice in the financial services and legal sectors. The 'hugely experienced and hugely brightJoanna Blackburn, Jennifer Millins, who is described as a 'great combination of forensic and commercial', and Greg Campbell lead on litigation and arbitration proceedings concerning contested restrictive covenants and termination provisions. Of note is the team’s involvement in high-profile, precedent-setting whistleblowing claims, as well as complex partnership disputes concerning carried interest entitlement. On the advisory side, the team assists with senior partner hires, constitutional drafting and incentive structuring.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Naftalin

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Blackburn; Jennifer Millins; Greg Campbell

Testimonials

Mishcon de Reya have a really experienced team who give excellent advice in this growing area.

They are excellent lawyers and also very commercially astute and provide an outstanding service to their clients.

Really excellent at the intersection between partnership and employment litigation.

Joanna Blackburn is hugely experienced and hugely bright. Great on the tactics, all over the detail and great with clients.

Jennifer Millins is a great combination of forensic and commercial.

Jennifer Millins, Joanna Blackburn and Daniel Naftalin are all standout partners who show huge commitment to their clients and are a joy to work with.

Key clients

Ondra LLP

OTC LLP

Millennium Capital Partners LLP

Vista Equity Partners LLP

Apax Partners LLP

Finnegan Europe LLP

Capeview Capital LLP

Fried Frank LLP

Dave White and Clark Coffee, Partners at Tyndaris LLP

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP's reputation protection and crisis management team works alongside other departments within the firm to provide a full-service offering for clients facing reputational challenges. This firm advises both claimants and defendants on the full spectrum of issues, from crisis management to litigation, and strategic planning to longer-term consultancy work. Practice head Emma Woollcott is an expert in defamation and is particularly adept at dealing with crisis situations and hostile campaigns. Woollcott is supported by a wider team that includes the 'simply outstanding' Alexandra Whiston-Dew who handles sensitive, high-stakes situations for international and UK-based individuals as well as pro bono work, and James Libson, who has a substantial litigation and advisory practice and is a 'force to be reckoned with' according to clients.

Practice head(s):

Emma Woollcott

Other key lawyers:

James Libson; Alexandra Whiston-Dew

Testimonials

‘The team is highly experienced in the defamation/privacy field, and has been for decades. They have a mixed claimant and defendant practice, with the emphasis on claimants.’

‘They ensure diversity in terms of gender, skin and geographic origin. London is a melting pot. So is Mishcon de Reya. They take gender representation to some new levels. I have worked with 5 Mishcon partners in the past years and 3 of them are female. Moreover, out of 16 professionals with whom I have worked only 4 were male.’

‘The team I am working with is very complete regarding the client’s needs. The role of each individual in the team is clear and well determined. They are focused on the client’s best interest. On strategic analysis, they listen to each law firm involved in a complex international fight and deliver substantive and final solutions.’

‘Emma Woolcott is a mover and shaker in the media law field, is very experienced in reputation management, and has good connections within the industry. Michael Frost is a pleasure to work with. They are all very efficient and have great client handling skills.’

‘They go above and beyond to help the client. Alexandra Whiston-Dew is simply outstanding.’

‘They are perfectly fitted in terms of technology and manpower to work on complex contentious matters where huge amounts are at stake.’

‘James Libson is a force to be reckoned with. Handles big ticket cases with panache.’

‘The reputation management team works well together at all levels from partner to associate. The team has a wide range of experience in relation to subject-matter and a tough (though not excessively tough) approach to correspondence and litigation. In a nutshell they are well worth the money.’

Key clients

Artist and writer Luke Turner,

S&P Global Inc

Alphaco and EuroEco Fuels (Poland) Limited

SPITE

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s proposition in the retail and consumer sector is underpinned by the firm's real estate coverage. It routinely represents household retailers, high-end luxury brands and high street clients, including FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies. In addition, the group - which is co-headed by brand management expert Sally Britton and commercial contracts specialist Lewis Cohen - also shines in IP work, for which it leverages MDR Brand Management, the firm’s brand management business, which offers brand, IP, franchising and licensing support to clients. Sarah Houghton, who sits in the firm's dispute resolution department, is adept acting for claimants and defendants in complex cases concerning competition law.

Practice head(s):

Sally Britton; Lewis Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Houghton

Testimonials

‘Having worked with Mishcon for a number of years, our experience has always been one of extreme professionalism coupled with their drive to go the extra mile in terms of service, engagement and delivery.’

‘Sally Britton has given incredible support both pre and post Brexit. Her exceptional knowledge has been integral in helping our organisation and the designer community navigate the many challenges our sector has experienced during these unprecedented times.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

Kering (including Gucci and Alexander McQueen)

Capital & Counties (Covent Garden London)

Christian Louboutin

eBay

Iceland Foods

Levi Strauss

John Lewis

TK Maxx

Ryman

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP has a well-regarded public law practice, known for pursuing high-profile cases against the government, including immigration and constitutional law matters. Emily Nicholson stands out for her work on behalf of author Gina Miller in both successful landmark challenges against the government related to Brexit: in the first case, she challenged the government's decision to trigger Article 50 without consulting parliament, and in the second case, she challenged the legality of the Prime Minister's prorogation of parliament. James Libson is a formidable litigator, known for handling highly sensitive legal challenges against the government. Associate Katy Colton leads the politics and law group, focusing on public affairs, commercial issues and media litigation.

Practice head(s):

James Libson; Katy Colton

Other key lawyers:

Emily Nicholson

Testimonials

‘Katy Colton is a fantastic associate. I worked with her on an employment matter. Dedicated, creative, and fiercely advocating for her client in what was a difficult, complex and multi-forum dispute involving civil proceedings, the GMC and Coroners Inquiries.’

‘Mishcon are known for their dogged and robust approach to litigation and excellent client care. They have an excellent specialist understanding of political party conduct matters.’

‘Really excellent profile and prepared to take on the most interesting cases even if financial rewards are meagre.’

‘They are very thorough, realistic, excellent teamworking, timely and precise communications with the client.’

‘They provide a personalised legal service; caring, very accurate and thorough, and realistic.’ 

‘This team is well known for its reputation both in the sector and the Home Office for getting bespoke solutions for high net worth clients with complex immigration and citizenship problems such as same sex trans-national adoption, celebrity work permits and high profile asylum claims. They are a serious team with serious clout who are taken seriously by the Home Office.’

Key clients

The Jewish Labour Movement

Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens

UsForThem

Triton Jersey

Ocado Retail Limited

The Criminal Bar Association

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP has recently bolstered its team with the arrival of Mark Deem from Cooley (UK) LLP in late 2020, and Ben Lasserson and Ashley Winton in early 2021 from FisherBroyles and McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, respectively. Praised as ‘charming and knowledgeable in equal measuresAdam Rose heads up the team with over 25 years of experience in data protection and freedom of information law. Senior data protection specialist Jon Baines is recommended for both contentious and non-contentious GDPR matters. The team acts for a range of high-profile multinationals and public sector clients on compliance matters and data protection litigation.

Practice head(s):

Adam Rose

Other key lawyers:

Jon Baines; Mark Deem; Ben Lasserson; Ashley Winton; Joe Hancock; Stuart McMaster

Testimonials

‘The Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity team with Mishcon provides a very practical and client oriented approach. It’s especially valuable when you have a threatened litigation as the team understands the need to engage a barrister at very early stages.’

‘An expert team able to dial in experience from across the firm quickly whatever the sector overlaps. Often to be found in the most innovative work but active for both claimants and defendants which gives them a strong base of experience.’

‘Adam Rose is an excellent leader of the team. Knows the area inside out. Works very hard and has good instincts. Hiring Jon Baines was an excellent move, creating a team really able to add value and service clients at all levels.’

Key clients

Jenny, The Accidental American

DraftKings

Entain (formerly GVC)

Reed

Betting & Gaming Council

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s team has recently been strengthened through the arrival of Neil Sharpe from Linklaters LLP, who focuses on executive remuneration, incentives and corporate governance. He is also pretty strong in advising in relation to the financial services sector.  Stephen Diosi continues the lead the team and is known for his expertise in long term incentives all-employee share plans, as well as tax advantaged plans. The team has acted for both public and private companies, as well as private-equity back entities. Associate Caroline Caroline Nye-Wilkins is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Diosi

Other key lawyers:

Neil Sharpe; Caroline Nye-Wilkins

Testimonials

‘The team’s grasp of real-world business issues and getting them across to a lay audience is unparalleled. Prompt, helpful and courteous in response, often proactive on new developments.’

‘All firms have good people, experienced people, but the empathetic approach MDR has, is of enormous value for those that know nothing about equity incentives.’

‘Stephen Diosi – in terms of equity incentives, one of the very best – globally.’

‘Very approachable and knowledgeable in this area, members of the team all bring their unique skills together to ensure the client is catered for in every way.’

‘Stephen Diosi is a very well respected person in the industry and is someone you can trust to ensure documents are prepared to a high standard, to ensure all is thought of for a transaction. ‘

‘Personable, adaptable, reactive, very professional.’

‘Stephen Diosi is a delight to deal with. Thoughtful, knowledgeable and vailable.’

‘Mishcon are very strong with private, international clients. In addition to being highly responsive and excellent professionals, they build credibility with clients in our area of specialisation: incentive compensation.’

Key clients

Ninety One plc

Quilter plc

Kindred plc

Keyword Solutions plc

Recipharm AB

Spectris plc

Advanz Pharma Corporation

Merlin Entertainments

Toluna Limited

GAN Limited

Brookfield

Cobalt Consulting Limited

Raspberry Pi Limited

Insight Learning and Development

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team is most known for representing senior individuals in high-profile regulatory cases initiated by the FCA and PRA; while the group also has an increasing amount of instructions from corporates and financial institutions. The practice runs the gamut of contentious financial services issues, and areas of particular focus include market abuse cases and issues relating to anti-money laundering and cybersecurity. At the helm is Adam Epstein, who 'allies long experience with great insight'. Guy Wilkes brings to bear his experience in-house at the FCA in financial criminal and anti-money laundering cases. Matthew Hancock has experience in cases involving market abuse and senior management misconduct. Managing associate Elizabeth Hope is another name to note, building a solid contentious regulatory and enforcement practice.

Practice head(s):

Adam Epstein

Other key lawyers:

Guy Wilkes; Matthew Hancock; Elizabeth Hope

Testimonials

Superb team for defence FS work, especially representing individuals (but also corporates) in long term FS investigations.’

Adam Epstein, stand out individual, allies long experience with great insight. Really worries about his cases, in a good way! Matt Hancock, great assistant, goes the extra mile.’

I was impressed by how quickly they got an overview of the case. They explained to me in a very structured and transparent way how to proceed. The team left me with a very competent impression. The team was very well coordinated and adhered to all important deadlines. They always took me seriously and every objection or suggestion I made was taken up and answered professionally. I always had the impression of being part of the team. In every delicate situation they remained calm and gave me the impression that they had everything under control.’

The team had a very professional appearance. You could tell very quickly that this is not the first time they have had such cases. They had a clear structure of how they wanted to proceed. Clear distribution of tasks. The team was able to guide me calmly and precisely through the process. They always had an overview and gave me a very good feeling of being properly represented.’

The ability to understand the legal and regulatory side together with the business side.’

They are the “go-to” firm for many companies and, in particular, individuals across the financial services spectrum. They regularly appear against regulators and in financial services linked civil litigation.’

Adam Epstein is one of the most highly-respected players in the market and Matt Hancock is a charismatic and ebullient presence who provides superb client service and regularly wrong-foots regulators and opponents with his imaginative tactics and keen grasp of detail. Elizabeth Hope is the stand-out Associate.’

The team has strength across individuals and corporates and have great insight across all aspects of the financial services sector, particularly asset management. They are very collaborative and committed to advancing the interests of their clients.’

Matt Hancock is an exceptional lawyer and is incredibly diligent. He has a keen strategic awareness along with sound case management. More than most, he is very collaborative and does not lose sight of what is ultimately important in a case.’

Adam Epstein is a leading practitioner in relation to advice to individuals under investigation.’

The team was faced with a complex set of issues and a significant amount of data to review. This they did efficiently and gained a good understanding of the risks and issues. They advised me how to conduct myself in an interview process and enhanced my confidence. They adapted well to the restrictions of COVID 19.’

Key clients

Smith and Williamson as administrators of London Capital & Finance Plc

Smith & Williamson as administrators of various Park First Companies

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Franchising Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP is known in the market for its work in the retail, restaurant and hotel sectors. The practice advises UK and international clients on franchise-related M&A, brand clearance and trade mark protection. It has recently seen an uptick in instructions relating to hotel franchising and management agreements. Lewis Cohen, who heads up the international franchising and brand extension group, is recommended for international franchising programmes.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Anne Rose

Testimonials

‘The Mishcon team is business-oriented, with a good sense of client needs.’

‘Mishcon are the perfect firm if you have a complex matter which needs a solution.’

‘We worked with Lewis Cohen and he was down to earth and also had a good business mindset.’

Key clients

Topland

HotPod Yoga Limited

Al Mana Lifestyle Trading LLC

Al Mana Fashion Group

SCT5 Holdings/Sidra Capital

Rockline Athletics Limited

Ben’s Bus Limited

Oliver Sweeney

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s 'very dynamic and experienced' patents group attracts clients in the generic pharmaceutical industry, with practice head David Rose and Martyn Hann working on patent revocation actions and invalidity proceedings of SPCs. Hann also leads on commercial IP and patent licensing mandates. In a boost to the team’s capabilities in the technology sector, Helen Conlan joined from Bird & Bird LLP, bringing a wealth of litigation expertise in the field of standard essential patents. Jeremy Hertzog  and legal director Peter Nunn assist with patent infringement and entitlement cases in the telecoms sector.

Practice head(s):

David Rose

Other key lawyers:

Martyn Hann; Helen Conlan; Jeremy Hertzog; Peter Nunn

Testimonials

Mishcon de Reya continues to provide excellent patent services alongside the full spectrum of intellectual property rights in the context of a full-service firm.

David Rose is an extremely experienced practitioner who, unusually, operates across the full spectrum of intellectual property, enabling him to be the first port of call for all of a client’s intellectual property needs, and handle complex multi-faceted litigation involving multiple different rights.

Great speed and quality – the best combination they can provide. Real experts, which are ready to react promptly and professionally.

Very dynamic and experienced team. It provides practical solutions with an outstanding quality.

Key clients

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Limited

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

Lupin Limited

Sky

Alternative Foods

Hotpod Yoga

Soterios

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP's trade mark and design prosecution practice is built around the protection of major brands. The majority of matters involve a cross-border component as the practice counts well-known multinationals and a number of US firms and, increasingly, Chinese, Indian, Japanese and EU firms as clients. The firm has opened a Dutch-based practice in preparation for Brexit. Adept at the full range of prosecution work, including searches, filing programmes and registry proceedings, the group also excels in enforcement matters as illustrated by its impressive list of High Court and CJEU disputes. The firm also has a dedicated brand advisory business called MDR Brand Management, and has launched an innovation department aimed at clients from disruptive sectors. Solicitor Sally Britton directs the practice, which includes Cassandra Hill who made legal director in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Sally Britton

Other key lawyers:

David Rose; Jeremy Hertzog; Peter Nunn; Cassandra Hill; Jaimee Spencer-Bickle; Eloise Preston; Sarah Brooks; Sophie Soeting; Stuart Lester

Testimonials

‘The team is very assertive, but practical.  I feel like the advice I receive takes into account value and risk in addition to the merits.’

‘Friendly, frequent and efficient communication of deadlines, areas of concern. Always kept in the loop with billing and fees are explained upfront and estimates are usually vey accurate.’

‘David Rose provides prompt follow-up and manages our trade mark portfolio expertly.’

‘Sally Britton and her team provide an extremely efficient and knowledgeable trade mark service. They quickly navigate any areas of concern and offer sound advice. In all my time using external counsel they are the only team I have never had to follow up with – they are thorough, consistent and reliable. They are hugely cooperative and reliable and once they have instructions will get on with the work smoothly. Sally has a deep understanding of our business and is always readily available for advice. Her team’s communication is succinct and clear, and we’re given accurate cost estimates prior to each matter. I would have no hesitation in recommending Sally to anyone seeking trade mark advice or protection.’

Key clients

Sky

Iceland

Global

Sanofi

Alexander McQueen

Health & Happiness

inMusic Brands

WeWork

eBay

bet365

Pragmatic Play

Dua Lipa

Foxtons

Gamesys

Fendi

Christian Louboutin

PVH Corp

Deloitte

Huel

Temperley

Black Cow

Levi Strauss

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'small but mighty' planning team has a growing reputation in matters concerning complex developments and strategic land, which is coupled with knowledge of specialist residential asset classes, such as student accommodation and build to rent. Practice head Anita Rivera advises a broad range of clients, including leading commercial and residential property developers, investment funds and UHNWI. Daniel Farrand is the 'go-to' lawyer for enforcement work and he is also noted for his expertise in listed buildings and contentious judicial reviews and challenges. Associate Tom Barton is strong in compulsory purchase law matters.

Practice head(s):

Anita Rivera

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Farrand; Tom Barton

Testimonials

‘A small but mighty firm: it matches the big London firms with its legal expertise and outstrips them with its client care.’

‘Well equipped to deal with both inquiry and high court work, with specialists across the board.’

‘Anita Rivera is tenacious, creative and committed. She is someone you definitely want on your side rather than as your opponent.’

‘Daniel Farrand is one of the “go-to” solicitors for high-end enforcement work. Extremely well versed in the “coal face” of inquiry work, great at marshalling expert witnesses and pulling together a case.’

‘The planning team gives measured, balanced and pragmatic advice. In my experience, the team has always been well joined up with their colleagues in the wider real estate team and get the commercial realities of a deal – something that not all planning lawyers have mastered!’

‘The sheer amount of hard work, determination, imagination that Anita Rivera and Tom Barton dedicated to achieving the best result for our clients was phenomenal. That it was all deployed in difficult circumstances made it even more impressive.’

‘Tom Barton is a commercial operator that sets him apart from his peers. He is extremely practical and pragmatic and always finds the most effective solution.’

‘They are up-to-date with planning cases and case law and easily accessible. I can rely on them when I need them the most on complex planning issues.’

Key clients

Student Cribs

Meadow Partners (Dulwich/Tolworth/Willesden/Hayes/Long Lane)

Slough Borough Council

UBS Asset Management (UK) Ltd

Brookfield

Notting Hill Genesis

Get Living Group (Leeds) Co Ltd

Pan Albion LLP

Jockey Club Racecourses Ltd

Redcar Bulk Terminal Ltd

Ocado Retail Ltd

Hillgrove Investments Ltd

QHA Limited

Michael Kingsley

PGIM

Malino Developments Ltd

Nathaniel Clark

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

Mishcon de Reya LLP is noted for its work acting for management teams involved in private equity transactions, including investments and buyouts. The team is active in sectors including retail, technology, and financial services. Nadim Meer leads the team, and Andrew Rimmington is active in cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nadim Meer

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Rimmington; Lucinda Brendon; Kevin McCarthy; Allison Keyse; Sam Perkins; James Paterson;

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of current market management positions and trends and ability to compare what is being offered to what is generally available in the market.’

Key clients

Arcus Global

Cognito iQ

Corndel

Xiatech Consulting Limited

Seraphine

Xceptor

Spy Alarms

Your Parking Space

Sohonet

Calastone Limited

Autovista Group

Charles Taylor

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

Mishcon de Reya LLP houses ‘an incredibly slick and efficient outfit’, which is regularly instructed in cross-border internal bribery, corruption, fraud and money laundering investigations by companies active in the telecoms, IT and engineering sectors, among others. The department has additional experience dealing with authorities such as the SFO, the FCA and the DOJ. Practice lead Jo Rickards is ‘intelligent, articulate and knows how to work pragmatically with clients’. ‘Great tacticianJohanna Walsh and managing associate Min Weaving are also key figures in the team. Mohammed Khamisa QC departed to Greenberg Traurig, LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jo Rickards

Other key lawyers:

Johanna Walsh; Min Weaving; Christopher Gribbin; Mellissa Curzon-Berners

Testimonials

‘A stellar team with a stellar reputation.’

‘An incredibly slick and efficient outfit – innovative, modern and forward-thinking. Formidable opponents, who somehow manage, despite their impressive reputation, to remain approachable and personable for their clients.’ 

‘Mishcon de Reya is going from strength to strength, with some notable wins under their belt. The firm is highly innovative in the legal tech space and the financial crime team is leveraging that to great effect. Jo Rickards is a stellar leader who knows her stuff.’

‘Jo Rickards rightly enjoys a reputation as a leading solicitor in this field – and has done so for many years.’

‘Jo Rickards is intelligent, articulate and knows how to work pragmatically with clients.’

‘Johanna Walsh is an outstanding practitioner who brings drive and good judgement to her work.’

‘I would very highly recommend Johanna Walsh – she has a firm, robust, no-nonsense attitude and her attention to detail is phenomenal. She is bright, savvy and a great tactician – always thinking several steps ahead and running rings around her opponents! A force to be reckoned with!’

Key clients

Villa Magna Foundation / Tropicana Assets Foundation / Manrick Private Foundation / Alderton Investments Limited

LCF

London Investment Management Firm

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP is praised for its ‘second-to-none knowledge and understanding of sports sector developments’. The team supports a broad array of industry participants, including athletes, agents, owners, clubs, investors, sponsors and governing bodies, and is particularly established in the regulatory, IP and corporate fields, having also witnessed notable grown in its data/technology work of late. Legal director Simon Leaf is a specialist in respect of transfers, commercial contracts and image/digital rights agreements; his team includes Tom Murray, an associate with financial fair play and third party expertise, as well as partner Lewis Cohen who possesses a noteworthy track record in big-ticket sponsorship deals, including those pertaining to the World Cup, European Championship and team kits.

Practice head(s):

Simon Leaf

Other key lawyers:

Lewis Cohen; Tom Murray

Testimonials

‘Simon Leaf is doing a very good job of leading a bright, hardworking and enthusiastic team.’

‘I’m always very impressed by Mishcon de Reya’s sport practice. Their knowledge and understanding of the most recent developments in the sector is second to none, while their expertise is as broad as it is deep. In particular, they have been most helpful in advising on post-Brexit implications for sports teams and players, as well as complex disputes between teams and leagues.’

‘I would like to give particular praise to Simon Leaf, who manages to be expert across intellectual property, commercial rights, contract issues and disputes, all while remaining the consummate professional.’

‘Very strong at sports regulatory work, esports, formula one, and also – uniquely, the team has a sports law academy to bring on and develop future lawyers.’

‘Simon Leaf is very strong at sports regulatory work. Tom Murray is at the forefront of associate level solicitors specialised in sports law.’

‘Mishcon have a strong tax and esports offering, and understand the sector. Their Masterclass webinar series has been excellent during the pandemic.’

‘Mishcon de Reya is by far the legal firm at the very top of my list of law practice firms I have worked with in the UK. The main strength in my view is the calibre of people, who are simply superb. They are not just experts in their respective areas, but also win the client’s trust from the first interaction to the very end of the engagement.

‘Tom Murray is very attentive and always available and checking in. Even though he has only had a short career in the sports space, his knowledge and his passion for the industry makes up for it. Simon Leaf has always provided a high level of support.’

Key clients

Castore / J.Carter Sporting Club Ltd

The Italian Rugby Federation

Alex ‘ALEX’ McMeekin (professional esports player)

Rugby Football Union

Geoff Rowley and Jason Baker (as Former Joint Administrators of the Force India Formula One Team (in liquidation)

Walton Heath Golf Club (Women’s Open)

WR Digital

Hiscox Action Group

8 by 8

Women in Football

SportPesa

Rogon Sport Management

SBE Management AG

SIS (Sports Information Services)

England Boxing

Golf Breaks

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP has 'excellent strength in depth', with a team of 'impressive practitioners' that advises on indirect and direct tax, civil and criminal investigations for corporates and private clients. Leslie Allen, who heads up the tax disputes and investigations practice, has extensive experience of representing clients before the Tax Tribunal and Supreme Court. Robert Hartley, who is 'very knowledgeable' and 'pragmatic', advises on both direct and indirect tax. Paul Noble and recently promoted legal director Waqar Shah are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Leslie Allen

Other key lawyers:

Robert Hartley; Paul Noble; Dario Garcia; Waqar Shah

Testimonials

Mishcon are right at the top of the tree in the tax world. The team has excellent strength in depth, with an array of impressive practitioners. They are capable of (and do) run the most complex cases. They combine fantastic client service with a comprehensive legal approach.’

Les Allen is one of the stand out practitioners in this area. He is very easy to work with, and combines good judgment with pragmatic advice. He is supported by two fantastic associates, Waqar Shah and Richard Harvey. They are stars of the future in this practice area and are already showing their impressive legal and client skills.’

Robert Hartley presented as very knowledgeable but delivered pragmatic advice which was appropriately tailored for internal client stakeholders, including directors.’

Key clients

Royal Mail Group Litigation

Zipvit

Iceland Foods Limited

Europcar Group UK Limited

Anna Cook

Industry focus > TMT Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP is particularly strong in the media and technology sectors, where it handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious mandates. On the contentious side, the team recently represented Sky before the CJEU in a major trade mark case relating to computer software, culminating in a ruling in favour of Sky, granting the client an EU-wide injunction protecting its IP. Adam Rose advises clients on IT and commercial contracts, including licensing, franchising and distribution agreements. Jeremy Hertzog has significant experience in IP protection and enforcement mandates, with a strong focus on the technology sector. Sally Britton regularly assists clients with brand protection strategies.

Practice head(s):

Adam Rose; Jeremy Hertzog

Other key lawyers:

Sally Britton

Testimonials

‘Great working relationship with the team who understand our requirements as a buyer.’

Key clients

Berkeley Research Group LLC

Advanced Computer Software and Solutions Limited

Calastone

Quinyx AB

J Sporting Club Ltd t/a Castore

Global

Nintendo Co., Ltd

Sky Limited

HP Inc

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Iceland Foods Limited

Weiss Technik UK Limited, Weiss Umwelttechnik GmbH and Weiss Technik France SAS

Sanrio Global Limited

AlphaSharp Limited

M:Tech Businesses

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

Various media and entertainment clients including Dua Lipa, Lana del Ray, Coldplay, Estate of Amy Winehouse, and others

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s politics and law group focuses on political disputes, regulation and consultancy, bringing its broad expertise to bear on a range of human rights cases, particularly those involving corporate and ethical issues. The firm has experience in defending politically motivated persecutions, including defending extradition claims made by countries that fall under the European Arrest Warrant and Category 2 states that have extradition treaties in place with the UK; a notable strength is utilising human rights law to block attempts to extradite clients. James Libson acts for an array of clients, including high-profile individuals, corporations, families, family offices and charities. He co-leads the team with managing associate Katy Colton, who specialises in political, commercial and media litigation.

Practice head(s):

James Libson; Katy Colton

Other key lawyers:

Harry Eccles; Ben Brandon

Testimonials

‘Top quality people’.

‘Katy Colton is a rising star’.

‘The firm is a world-class firm and I have heard only wonderful things about the professionalism and the exceptional abilities the firm has demonstrated over the years, amidst a highly competitive market’.

‘James Libson, Harry Eccles, Ben Brandon and Katy Colton – are all exceptional in human rights cases which mix corporate and ethical issues’.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

The ‘superb‘ commercial litigation team at Mishcon de Reya LLP benefits from ‘an excellent pool of talent at all levels of seniority‘. Kasra Nouroozi (who is adept at handling multijurisdictional disputes and investigations and cross-border injunctions) jointly leads the team alongside insurance sector expert Richard Leedham. Mark Davis counts shipping, aviation and professional services among his sector specialisms; Nicola Bridge has particular experience in the telecoms and gaming sectors, ‘tenaciousShaistah Akhtar is an expert in sanctions law and handles a range of commercial, fraud and regulatory disputes. Ben Lasserson‘s arrival from Pinsent Masons LLP adds competition and group litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

Kasra Nouroozi; Richard Leedham

Other key lawyers:

Mark Davis; Nicola Bridge; Shaistah Akhtar; Ben Lasserson; Suzi Sendama; Andrew Short; Sarah Houghton; Tom Roberts; Lizzie Mude

Testimonials

Incredibly well-resourced. A deep pool of very talented individuals. Some of the brightest minds to work with. Every i is dotted and every t crossed. Nothing is left to chance.

Shaistah Akhtar is one of the most tenacious litigators I have worked with and she achieves results for the client time after time. She never gives up!  Andrew Short is extremely clever and sensible. Definitely one to watch for the future.’

They retain a lot of the dynamism of a smaller firm, but with the scale and experience to handle intense and large-scale litigation. The breadth of work they handle means they can deal confidently with a wide range of commercial litigation cases’

Suzi Sendama – a stalwart in heavy litigation. She has a sharp mind and is able to corral a team to meet tight deadlines and heavy workloads. The one you want on complex cases. Andrew Short – a bright mind and straightforward.

This is a superb commercial litigation team. They have a wide range of highly able commercial litigators, with the ability to master and address the most wide-ranging and complex commercial disputes.’

Richard Leedham is the standout. He knows how to manage the largest and most complex of disputes to a successful conclusion.

This is a heavyweight commercial litigation team with a wealth of experience, particularly in arbitration and fraud matters. The team has an excellent pool of talent at all levels of seniority. They are also a genuinely friendly bunch!

‘Tom Roberts is very clever and has an excellent eye for detail. He is also completely unflappable – no matter what happens in the case he remains calm and always has constructive suggestions for the way forward.

Key clients

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Ocado Group PLC

Geoff Rowley and Paul Allen in their capacities as Joint Liquidators for Patisserie Holdings Plc and others

AssetCo plc

Telefonica

Force India

Bonnier

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP is 'very strong on real estate tax' and advises major funds and businesses investing in the UK property sector. The real estate tax offering is led by Jonathan Legg, who is praised as an 'excellent technical lawyer'. A key focus for the practice is advising fast growing, start-up companies as well as assisting clients with fundraisings and exits, and handling investment planning issues for entrepreneurs. Other areas of expertise include mandates in the betting and gaming sector and the recruitment space. John Skoulding leads the corporate tax team, which includes Gary Richards.

Practice head(s):

John Skoulding; Jonathan Legg

Other key lawyers:

Gary Richards; Isabella Adams; Sarah Hein

Testimonials

Very strong on real estate tax.’

Jonathan Legg – excellent technical lawyer.’

Speed of response and an ability to make common sense of tricky and ever changing tax rules.’

Jonathan Legg is reliably good and nice to work with and has a good and growing team.’

Key clients

Calastone Limited

Advanced Business Software and Solutions Limited

Seraphine

LaunchPad

Synechron

Arcus Global

Corndel

Sohonet

Boats Group

Capital & Counties CG Limited

Derwent London Plc

Brookfield

Equites Property Fund/Hermes Hoyland

Watkin Jones Group Plc

Endurance Land/Nan Fung (referred to as Capital Treasure)

PGIM

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Representing both entrepreneurs and governments in high-stakes arbitrations, the majority of Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s work involves Africa. The group is led by international commercial arbitration specialist Louis Flannery QC, who joined in 2020 from Stephenson Harwood. Legal director Zachary Segalstands out‘, and at managing associate level, Elizabeth Montpetit focuses on commercial and investment arbitration, and Heidi Walsh is ‘an experienced arbitration lawyer‘.

Practice head(s):

Louis Flannery QC

Other key lawyers:

Zachary Segal; Elizabeth Montpetit; Sophia Louw; Heidi Walsh

Testimonials

Mishcon de Reya is a results-oriented, innovative and hard-hitting litigation firm with a very impressive set of lawyers, who are experienced in both litigation and arbitration matters.

Their experience in international arbitration work is among the very best available – superb responsiveness too.

The team works very diligently, and they promptly respond to any requests we have.

I am very happy working with Louis Flannery QC, whose arbitration experience and deep understanding of dispute resolution elevate him to guru standard.’

Louis Flannery QC – charm itself, with clients and tribunals. A bright mind under a very persuasive exterior.

Louis Flannery QC is a smart and deeply knowledgeable dispute resolver who achieves fantastic results. A top strategist as well!

Legal director Zachary Segal stands out by providing unambiguous guidance; and Heidi Walsh is an experienced arbitration lawyer, whose skills in German are very helpful. She is a bright managing associate who is always on hand, amazing with clients, and able to smooth even the most ruffled of feathers.

Key clients

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Kingdom of Belgium

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Hiscox Action Group

RSM Petroleum Corporation

Petraco Oil Company

Katanga Border Post

Diag Human

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP's life sciences group provides both contentious and non-contentious advice across regulatory, contract, M&A and competition law across the sector. The department assists clients across the pharmaceutical, medical devices, biotechnology, agrochemical and veterinary medicine fields. The team is recommended for insurance-related work connected to coverage issues and commercial litigation disputes.  Practice head Martyn Hann is recommended for product development agreements and for licensing, collaboration and supply agreements.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Hann

Testimonials

‘Mishcon de Reya provides an excellent full-range IP service, including life sciences and healthcare within the support framework of a full-service firm.’

‘They are highly competent and take a pragmatic approach. They are present when needed and supporting the business needs in the best possible way. They are knowledgeable beyond the borders of their specialty and can also reach a large pool of experts to further leverage knowledge.’

‘Martyn Hann has shown me in the years we have collaborated together that he truly puts the client first and goes the extra mile to deliver to clients.’

Key clients

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Limited

Lupin Limited

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

Sanofi

Hempire Limited

Alternative Foods Limited

Soterios

Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP is routinely instructed by a diverse roster of high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, and family offices, who turn to the firm for assistance on mid-market private M&A deals. Practice head Kevin McCarthy is equally fluent in M&A and private equity-backed matters, with notable recent highlights including advising on acquisitions for clients in tech and leisure. Andrew Rimmington is a driving force behind the team’s cross-border offering, acting for clients in a myriad of sectors on both sales and purchases. Allison Keyse concentrates on financial services, technology, and retail - she is 'commercial, balanced and can see traps a mile off'.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Rimmington; Allison Keyse; Ross Bryson; Nick Davis; Saul Sender

Testimonials

‘Mishcon de Reya offers a great service to us. We have a close relationship with senior partners, who are always available for an initial conversation and advice.’

‘An incredible team, responsive, commercial and always available. Mishcon’s team were quite excellent and compared very favourably to the magic circle firm on the other side – chalk and cheese.’

‘High profile practice fully deserving its excellent reputation. Clearly very experienced and extremely professional throughout. The team led the whole process from start to finish, providing at all time excellent advice and recommendations. We always felt that we were in a safe pair of hands. Post-deal, the other (buying) party commented on how good and professional our advisers had been.’

‘Allison Keyse is the main partner I work with – she is great, commercial, balanced and can see traps a mile off.’

‘Very good commercial M&A team with good knowledge of our sector/buyer requirements.’

‘Saul Sender has a very relaxed approach with clients, but is also very sharp.’

We were particularly impressed by the extremely high calibre of of all the people we interacted with, and their total commitment to our project. They were, without a fault, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, available and with a prodigious work rate. I cannot commend them enough.’

‘Andrew Rimmington was exceptional. He was deeply involved and in command of the whole process throughout, certainly more so than many partners from other firms that I have interacted with in the past.’

Key clients

Calastone Limited

Advanced Business Software and Solutions Limited

Autovista Group

Smart Global Limited

Synechron Holdings Inc.

Insendi

LaunchPad Recruits

Arcus Global

Boats Group

Stephen Cork and Neil Smail

Seraphine

Xiatech Consulting Limited

DraftKings Inc.

Cognito IQ

Corndel

Canouan Resorts Development Limited

JAR Capital

Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

Nick Strutt leads the real estate finance practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP, which provides ‘sound commercial advice‘ to both lenders and borrowers. Strutt has substantial experience in advising banks, funds and investors on investment, development and structured financings. Raji Bartlett has expertise in advising on syndicated real estate investment and development finance transactions, as well as handling mandates involving student accommodation. The ‘technically very able‘ Sarah Spurling, who was promoted to partner in April 2021, is adept at domestic and international transactions. Former Reed Smith LLP practice head Francisca Sepúlveda joined in September 2021.

Practice head(s):

Nick Strutt

Other key lawyers:

Raji Bartlett; Sarah Spurling; Francisca Sepúlveda

Testimonials

‘I really rate the property finance team and think they provide sound commercial advice and a one-stop shop for our work, with good support from the planning, real estate and construction teams. Mishcon are notable for being ahead of the curve on the IT and AI products available to their clients, which increases efficiency and reduces costs.’

‘A comprehensive and broad set of knowledge and contacts.’

‘We have found MDR to be extremely responsive and able to hit very tight deadlines.’

‘Nick Strutt is a good relationship partner and is well assisted by Sarah Spurling, who was also made up from a legal director to a partner this year and is technically very able and one of our preferred lawyers. Sarah also helps us with other more general topics such as ESG and LIBOR transition.’

‘Nick Strutt understands all there is to know about real estate finance but more importantly he understands all there is to know about our business too. Nick’s ability to make the most complicated matters simple and provide commercial, sensible advice has proven invaluable over a long period of time.’

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

Unnin Investment Fund

Brookfield (Student Roost)

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP's finance and banking disputes practice regularly acts against banks in litigation and counts corporate finance and private equity disputes among its other areas of expertise. Practice head Derval Walsh (who attracts praise for his 'deep technical knowledge') handles a range of complex finance, investment and retail banking disputes. The 'superb' recently promoted legal director Samantha Kakati is another name to note. Genevieve Quierin joined Stephenson Harwood in November 2020

Practice head(s):

Derval Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Kakati

Testimonials

Derval Walsh leads from the front with his deep technical knowledge, gravitas and commercial touch. Demonstrable experience in all features of contentious financial services matters.’

Legal director Samantha Kakati is superb.’

 

Key clients

The ECU Group plc

Crane Bank Limited and Dr Sudhir Ruparelia & other shareholders of Crane Bank Limited

Maze Sàrl

Borro Group and Victory Park Management LLC

Ms Meng Wanzhou (CFO of Huawei)

Quantum Power International Holdings Limited

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP's contentious construction team offers advice to a mix of developers, investors, funders and private clients. Its particular strength lies in adjudications, with a growing focus on defect claims relating to cladding issues and build-to-rent schemes. Richard Gerstein leads the team, offering additional expertise in professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gerstein

Other key lawyers:

Alex Barker; Alex Pattihis

Testimonials

‘The blend between Richard Gerstein’s excellent commercial legal ability and the calm and talented support provided by Alex Barker and Alex Pattihis makes Mishcon a really good firm to work with, particularly when faced with a matter requiring a bit more of an experienced approach.’

‘Richard Gerstein is supremely knowledgable and sensible, pragmatic and commercial in his approach – a really good guy to have on your side. Alex Barker is a careful and skilful drafter.’

Key clients

The Residents of Morea Mews development

Sky

Delancey, Qatari Diar, APG and Oxford Properties

Capital & Counties Properties PLC

Student Cribs

The Office Group

Fizzy Living

Mears Group PLC

Brookfield

AEW

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP's non-contentious construction team offers services across a broad range of sectors, including commercial, mixed-use and private client developments. It also advises on a number of growing asset classes, particularly logistics and build to rent, and has a solid international client base. Simon Hunter leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hunter

Testimonials

‘They are client focused and respond to queries in a timely manner and without preamble or the need to seek further assistance. All members of the team are capable but all ensure that any responses are considered before replying.’

‘There is a high level of contact time with the partners and good resourcing throughout.’

Key clients

The Residents of Morea Mews development

Sky

Delancey, Qatari Diar, APG and Oxford Properties

Capital & Counties Properties PLC

Student Cribs

Fizzy Living

Mears Group PLC

Brookfield

AEW

SLQR

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP has a well-established reputation in the media industry, as is reflected by its representation of well-known clients in IP and contractual litigation. On the non-contentious side, the team advises on advertising clearance, sponsorships, endorsements and influencer arrangements. Its work in the gaming space is on the increase. Jeremy Hertzog’s work includes advice to media and entertainment companies on IP issues. Sally Britton handles brand protection matters. IP litigator David Rose is another key contact, as are recently promoted managing associates Anne Rose and Stuart Lester. Lewis Cohen heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Hertzog; Sally Britton; David Rose; Simon Leaf; Anne Rose; Stuart Lester

Testimonials

First class attitude with immense knowledge of how to treat clients.’

The team we have worked with at Mishcon are incredibly professional and knowledgeable. Whilst we tend to have one or two key contacts, we have met many different experts across the company, and this gives us full trust that we have the best legal advice from different aspects and specialties.’

Key clients

Sky Limited, Sky UK Limited and Sky International AG

Morphe Cosmetics Limited

J Sporting Club Ltd (t/a Castore)

Digital Sports Agency Limited

The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR)

Prager Metis (Amy Winehouse Foundation)

WR digital GmbH (Footstock)

CBS Broadcasting Inc & CBS Studios Inc

Sanrio Global Limited

Global Radio Services Limited and Global Media and Entertainment Limited (Global)

Nintendo Co., Ltd

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

Best known for its work in competition litigation, Mishcon de Reya LLP  is also proficient in advising on various non-contentious issues. In 2021, the group has been particularly active assisting clients with navigating Brexit, the new foreign direct investment rules, and issues related to the increase regulatory scrutiny on digital markets. Sarah Houghton leads the team, which also includes Neil Baylis  and Rob Murray . Competition litigator Ben Lasserson joined the team in early 2021.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Houghton

Other key lawyers:

Neil Baylis; Rob Murray; Gwen Ballin-Reeler; Ben Lasserson

Key clients

Corsearch, Inc

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC

Microsoft Corporation

Iceland Foods Limited

Transport > Travel

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s team operates under the leadership of ‘standout partner‘ Neil Baylis, a renowned practitioner with expertise in EU and competition law who advises major hospitality touring companies in the UK and Europe. His recent workload has involved matters relating to the impact of Brexit and Covid-19 on live events and flight and accommodation bookings, as well as insolvencies. The team is also skilled in advising on commercial and franchising agreements for hotels.

Practice head(s):

Neil Baylis

Testimonials

‘We believe this team has an unbeatable knowledge of the travel industry and all the changes which are happening in a post-Brexit world. Always efficient, pleasant and good listeners, making them an ideal legal organisation to work with.’

‘Our dealings in Mishcon de Reya are predominantly with Neil Bayliss. He is one of the most engaging people I have worked with, really cares about our organisation and business path, and always replies punctually and with clear detail. We are simply delighted and fortunate to work with this standout partner.’

Key clients

European Tour Operators Association

Nordic Tourism Collective

International Cruise and Excursions (now known as Arrivia)

Affinion International (now known as cxLoyalty)

Island of Mustique

Africa Exclusive

Australian Pacific Touring

The Travel Corporation

Air Transat

Meetings Industry Association

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, in which Mishcon featured consecutively for thirteen years.

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 the principal sellers of Calastone, the world’s largest funds network, on the sale of a majority stake to The Carlyle Group.

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.

Mishcon Private acted for Jenny, The Accidental American (Mandatory Disclosure Regime case). Claims and complaints have been filed in several countries (UK, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg), as well as against financial institutions in connection with systems of automatic exchange of information from the EU to the US (‘FATCA’) and between non-US countries amongst themselves (‘CRS’) as well as in connection with new public registers of beneficial ownership which are in the process of being introduced throughout the EU (the UK also has its own public register).

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
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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Number of UK partners and Legal Directors : 183
Number of other UK fee-earners : 400+
English
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At Mishcon de Reya, we believe that to give the best advice to clients, we need to not only 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.

That said it is not enough to lean on past successes. We need to ensure that these values also drive our business internally. We have long been focussed on achieving greater equality at every level in our business, but there is more for us to do. By critically assessing the initiatives we have in place, never being satisfied when the pace of change is too slow and holding ourselves accountable every day we can and will make change happen.

Our ambitious three-year strategy for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion requires a collective effort, led by our colleagues that form the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and driven by all of our people.

The purpose of our EDI Committee is to assess what Mishcon de Reya needs to do to provide equity for all. This will include identifying different methods of recruiting, developing, promoting and recognising our people to provide everyone with equal opportunities.

Our EDI Committee is co-chaired by Employment Partner Joanna Blackburn, and Partner and Chief People Officer Vanessa Dewhurst, and brings together people from across the firm, including diversity, wellbeing and communications experts. The committee is supported by steering committees and interest groups focussed on Race, LBGTQI+, Gender, Social Mobility and Disability issues.

Visit our website for more information on our stance on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and our thought leadership pieces.