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Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Although Mishcon de Reya LLP acts for clients across a wide variety of sectors, it has a particular focus on industries such as fashion, luxury and retail, media, real estate, technology and life sciences. The team is led by Lewis Cohen, who assisted private equity firm VIY Management and hotelier International Hospitality Services with licence arrangements for the Hard Rock Hotel in Davos. Cohen has also been advising Tesco Plc on franchise arrangements across multiple territories for its F&F clothing and accessories range. Other clients of the firm include Fiorucci, Badoo and Kerb. Another notable individual is Adam Rose, who has more than 25 years of commercial contracts experience, and specialises in commercial contracts that interface with real estate (such as property management agreements and asset management agreements). Larry Nathan is experienced in handling contracts for clients where technology underpins their business operations, such as online dating companies and fintech businesses. Martyn Hann and managing associate Simon Leaf are recommended. Associate Emily Dorotheu joined from CMS in 2017.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'pro-active' and 'very capable' tax team provides 'an excellent level of service, technical expertise' which is complemented by 'broad commercial knowledge'. The group's broad practice spans fund raising, exit planning for entrepreneurs, M&A transactions and real estate tax matters. Head of Corporate Tax, John Skoulding, advised Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance on the $952m cross-border sale of its UK insurance subsidiary, Sompo Canopius, to Centerbridge Partners. He also advised Vestra Wealth LLP on its sale to LGT, which involved complex structuring arrangements. 'Very capable real estate specialist' Jonathan Legg is also recommended.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 7

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP 's competition law team is headed by Rob Murray , who represented Gina Miller in her judicial review claim against the government in respect of the procedural steps necessary to trigger Article 50, the mechanism for UK to leave the EU. The practice has also received a number of significant instructions arising from the food retail sector, with Sarah Houghton advising one significant supermarket on a potential complaint to the CMA regarding the use of restrictive covenants over land by a competitor and Andrij Jurkiw representing a client on the CMA’s investigation into alleged anti-competitive conduct relating to the sale of single wrapped impulse ice cream.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 6

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Headed by the 'very thorough and sharp' Adam Epstein and strengthened in January 2018 by the arrival of Guy Wilkes from Mayer Brown International LLP, Mishcon de Reya LLP provides 'responsive, thorough and measured advice' and is 'one of the leading firms acting for individuals under FCA investigation'. The 'calm and considered' Epstein 'understands the pressures that the FCA is under and is therefore able to help his clients formulate the most beneficial strategy'. His broad-ranging work includes the continued representation of numerous high-profile executives in regulatory investigations in the aftermath of the credit crisis. 'Excellent at getting to the crux of the issues', the 'incredibly responsive, insightful and thoughtful' Matthew Hancock excels at representing defendants on matters at the intersection of regulation and employment law. The 'accessible and thorough' Tim Flood leads on the advisory front and is particularly accomplished at providing 'practical but conscientious advice' to funds clients on the regulatory issues impacting their business. Flood provides ongoing advice to Woodford Investment Management on UCITS regulatory issues, investment structuring and compliance with anti-money laundering requirements. 'A rising star in the firm', managing associate Charlotte Davidson is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Adam Epstein - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP made a strategically important move in January 2018 by hiring Tim Field from Addleshaw Goddard to head up its equity capital markets team. The firm's historical strengths in venture capital and private equity are a major driver of the capital markets work, with Field's team advising private equity houses on exits from investments via IPOs. It also acts for companies with dominant shareholders/promoters. In addition to undertaking AIM and Main Market listings, it is experienced in cross-border flotations, including those on Euronext, the Irish Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange. It also advises on rights issues and placings, and private placements, among other matters.  Saul Sender acts for companies from industries, such as minerals and mining, life sciences and clean tech. Ross Bryson and legal director Shantanu Sinha are other names to note in the group, which also acts for clients in the betting and gaming, real estate and natural resources sectors. Clients include Cloudtag, Woodford Investment Management LLP, finnCap, Cenkos Securities and Tiziana Life Sciences Plc.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP provides an ‘exceptional’ standard of service, and its team is noted for its ‘quality of work, commercial knowledge and experience, responsiveness and attention to detail’. Nick Davis heads the team and is singled out for his ‘first-rate knowledge’ of the recruitment and professional services industry and for his ‘pragmatic approach to getting deals done’. Andrew Rimmington is noted for his experience in fintech, software and e-commerce, among others, and recently advised Canouan Resorts on the sale of a majority stake of its holding company. Ross Bryson and senior associate Lucinda Brendon (who are ‘exceptionally knowledgeable and engaging lawyers’) acted on the share sale of Capital & Counties Properties sale of its Olympia London exhibition business for £296m. Dean Poster is a ‘highly intelligent, experienced commercial lawyer who sees the bigger picture’; he and Nadim Meer advised the management of LINPAC on the company’s €450m sale to The Klöckner Pentaplast Group.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s ‘very strong’ multi-disciplinary team stands out for its knowledge of partnership-related employment matters, particularly relating to member, minority, remuneration and regulatory disputes. On the non-contentious side, the firm handles formations, structuring, drafting of LLP agreements, tax and remuneration advice. The ‘tough and commercially savvy’ Joanna Blackburn has significant expertise in complex LLP exits concerning senior members. Jennifer Millins specialises in restrictive covenant, breach of confidence and team move disputes. Greg Campbell acted for a former partner of an international law firm in relation to a multi-jurisdictional whistleblowing and sexual discrimination case, leading on the litigation strategy and subsequent settlement discussions. In another highlight, James Libson advised an exiting partner from a global law firm on his move to a rival firm.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – mid-market deals - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Kevin McCarthy's team at Mishcon de Reya LLP has a particularly strong reputation advising management teams on mid-cap private equity transactions, where it draws upon its expertise in areas such as M&A, employment, tax and real estate to cover a wide range of issues. In 2017, Simon Sale led a multidisciplinary team, which advised the management team of Brandon Tool Hire Group Limited on the £69m sale of the company by Rutland Partners to VP Plc. In addition, Sale and others assisted the management team of Search Consultancy with the MBO by H2 Equity Partners. Elsewhere, the firm also generates work from other clients, including family offices and private funds. McCarthy's team also includes Andrew Rimmington, Nadim Meer, Michael Nouril and tax expert John Skoulding. Another name to note is legal director Allison Keyse, whose transactional experience spans sectors such as oil and gas, retail and financial services.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

‘Knowledgable and accessible’ Mishcon de Reya LLP is ‘always one step ahead of the other party’. It is adept at handling international injunctions, file freezing orders and search orders. Kasra Nouroozi heads the team, which includes Kathryn Garbett and Claire Broadbelt, who led the team acting for Walid Giahmi in a bribery and corruption case brought by the Libyan Investigation Authority (LIA). The ‘very authoritative’ Robert Wynn Jones represented FDM Group in relation to a data theft and misuse of confidential information case.  Gary Miller is ‘a great blue-sky thinker in this area’. Shaistah Akhtar, Nicola Bridge, Genevieve Quieran and David Leibowitz all joined as partners. Richard Cannon left the firm.

Leading individuals

Gary Miller  - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Kathryn Garbett - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP is ‘an excellent firm which continues to go from strength to strength’. It advises on cross-border, high-profile corruption investigations, money laundering, fraud cases, market abuse, insider dealing and is also adept at handling private prosecutions. The firm is acting for three main suspects in the SFO investigation into Unaoil, this relates to bribery, corruption and money laundering and is worth around £500m. Alison Levitt QC heads the team and is supported by managing associate Gareth Minty, who is ‘a very good lawyer genuinely interested in all aspects of this work and builds a rapport and confidence with the client’. ‘The hugely experienced and clever’ Jo Rickards joined the team as partner.

Leading individuals

Jo Rickards - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team handles the full gamut of legal and regulatory matters affecting the gaming and betting area, and is notably strong in corporate and M&A transactions, IPOs and restructurings. Other areas of expertise include compliance and licensing issues, social and computer gaming, and matters under European law. Highlights included advising Catena Operations, a subsidiary of Catena Media, on its acquisition of sports affiliate site, Bettingpro.com for £13.9 million, and advising on the £200 million acquisition of Inspired Gaming Group and its affiliates. Practice head Susan Breen is praised for being ‘a pre-eminent lawyer in the sector; she has a wealth of experience servicing clients on complex, cutting-edge transactions and provides the regulatory overlay which makes her skillset so unique in this sector’. Other partners in the practice include Nick Nocton, who specialises in regulatory and commercial matters, and Stuart McMaster, who focuses on gambling-sector work. Niki Stephens, a managing associate in the corporate department, also acts for gambling clients, advising clients on corporate and commercial matters. She also provides gambling licensing, regulatory and compliance advice to regulated gambling clients.

Leading individuals

Nick Nocton - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Susan Breen - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next generation lawyers

Niki Stephens - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'well resourced and experienced team' acts in large finance disputes, particularly in the private equity and hedge funds space. The team defended Maze Sarl against a Commercial Court claim concerning enforcement action taken by VTB, Russia's second largest bank over the majority shares in Vivacom, the largest telecoms network in Bulgaria, such shares being pledged to VTB as security for a €150m loan. Masoud Zabeti heads the finance and banking disputes group; James Oldnall is 'a very able individual'; and Adam Epstein is 'very clever, thoughtful and meticulous in his preparation and running of a case'. Derval Walsh, Mohammed Khamisa QC  and Genevieve Quierin are also highly rated, along with contentious regulatory partner Guy Wilkes, who was hired from Mayer Brown International LLP. 

Leading individuals

Masoud Zabeti - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP is widely respected for its expertise in fraud-related disputes but it also has robust practices in commercial and finance-related litigation, including shareholder disputes, and insurance, IP and property disputes. The firm recently launched an eDiscovery offering. Kasra Nouroozi heads the dispute resolution department; Masoud Zabeti leads the finance and banking disputes group; and Kathryn Garbett heads the fraud defence group. Other recommended advisers include Richard Leedham, Gary Miller, Shaistah Akhtar and Sonia Campbell.

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has established 'a stellar reputation' in the competition litigation space, principally for acting in high value damages claims. The group is led by the 'creative and strategically excellent' Rob Murray, who is currently representing Microsoft in its cartel damages claim against Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Sanyo and LG Chem arising from a global battery cartel. He also represented Sainsbury's against MasterCard in its claim before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, recovering £70m in damages for the client in relation to interchange fees. In another interchange case, 'strong and effective' litigator Sarah Houghton (noted for her 'strong management skills') is instructed by John Lewis on separate High Court claims against MasterCard and Visa. Andrij Jurkiw is acting for Argos in its High Court follow-on claim against Samsung and LG Display pertaining to a global cartel affecting LCD panels. Managing associate Natasha Pearman is recommended for her expertise in complex competition issues relating to IP.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP hired Ben Giaretta, the former Asia arbitration practice head in Ashurst LLP's Singapore office. The firm acts in complex, high-value and significant arbitration cases, both in the commercial and investor-state arbitration fields; it acted for RSM Production Corporation in an international arbitration against the Government of Saint Lucia in relation to the termination of an oil concession. Karel Daele heads the firm's arbitration practice; Kasra Nouroozi  is dispute resolution head; and Zachary Segal is a notable legal director.

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Tax litigation and investigations
Tax litigation and investigations - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's 'commercially focused' tax litigation team of solicitor-advocates handles a range of complex disputes, including cases that require ADR. Department head Leslie Allen led Mercedes-Benz Financial Services UK's successful appeal against HMRC's decision to apply VAT to certain motor finance contracts. He is also representing Zipvit in a high-value case requesting the repayment of input tax incurred on supplies from Royal Mail. Managing associate Waqar Shah and consultant Dario Garcia are also recommended  for their extensive expertise in the area.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

At Mishcon de Reya LLP, Stephen Diosi 'has built up a successful standalone practice' that is 'extremely professional in everything it does'. Diosi attracts praise as a 'bright, practical and commercial lawyer with very sound subject knowledge and a calm approach'; he regularly handles the design and implementation of national and international employee incentive arrangements, corporate governance issues and disclosure matters. Clients also praise associate Caroline Nye-Wilkins as 'highly knowledgeable and impressive'. In a recent highlight, Diosi acted for Merlin Entertainments on the global compliance issues surrounding its share plans; he also assisted Akce Holdings with the implementation of new executive and employee incentive arrangements and advised Alony Hetz Properties and Investments on the incentive components of its acquisition of Brockton Capital. Other clients include Bank of New York Mellon, City Financial Investment Company and Jackpotjoy.

Next generation lawyers

Stephen Diosi - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP fields 'one of the strongest teams in the market' that is 'now well established at the highest level for both employer and senior executive work'. Key names include team head Daniel Naftalin, who 'achieves spectacular results'; Joanna Blackburn, who is 'incredibly talented and extremely clever'; Sharon Tan, who is 'technically brilliant and has an incredible work ethic'; the 'highly commercial' Greg Campbell, the 'excellent' Sarah Keeble, and Jennifer Millins and newly promoted partner Susannah Kintish, who are 'undeniably stars of the future'. The firm is considered to have 'the standout group for employment litigation'; recent highlights include defending Pimlico Plumbers in a gig economy case, acting for various senior broadcast journalists at the BBC including China Editor Carrie Gracie in equal pay and discrimination claims and representing Tradition in a High Court claim involving allegations of breach of contract, breaches of the equitable duty of confidence and conspiracy to cause unlawful damage. Kering, Warner Music Group, Expedia, Christian Louboutin UK and Harrods are also clients.

Leading individuals

Daniel Naftalin - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Joanna Blackburn - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Millins - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Susannah Kintish - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Immigration: human rights, appeals and overstay - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's immigration practice is ‘outstanding’, ‘exhibits excellence in all it does’ and ‘shows a keen interest in customer satisfaction’. The business immigration team advises corporate, investor and high-net-worth clients across the financial, creative, media, technology, sports and fashion sectors and its human rights, appeals and overstay group is adept at acting for high-net-worth individuals, handling a raft of complex immigration cases. Applications for naturalisation and complex Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) cases are a key area of expertise for the team. Maria Patsalos is ‘exceptional’ and regularly acts for sports-sector clients and specialises in all Points Based applications, sole representative visas; fiancée, spouse, civil partnership and unmarried partner applications; rights under European law and claims for political asylum. Steven Bostock regularly handles a range of complex asylum applications in the UK, detention issues, appeals, judicial reviews, and human rights-based applications, regularly advises high-profile individuals seeking political asylum in the UK, and also heads the firm’s Tier 2 business immigration group. Key associates include Natalie Loader, who specialises in business immigration cases, Fran Rance, Jessica Good, Elnara Ismagilova, and Neil Shanghavi, who joined the team in 2018 from Fragomen LLP. Also recommended are Lucy Grant, who recently joined the team from Gherson; Hannah Barnett, who ‘makes the complex web of legislation appear comprehensible’; David Deane, who is ‘professional, responsive, knowledgeable and keen on proposing practical solutions to customer challenges’; and Matt Ingham, who is ‘extremely motivated, hardworking, committed, determined and completely reliable’ and focuses on complex asylum claims involving political persecution and corporate raiding, as well as Tier 1 visa and discretionary British citizenship and naturalisation applications. ‘Outstanding’ department head Kamal Rahman is instructed by a range of high-net-worth individuals and families seeking to establish in the UK.

Leading individuals

Kamal Rahman - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next generation lawyers

Steven Bostock - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Insurance

Insurance litigation: for policyholders
Insurance litigation: for policyholders - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

The ‘very professional’ team at Mishcon de Reya LLP offers 'top-drawer guidance’ in policyholder coverage disputes, Bermuda Form matters, and non-contentious advice. Richard Leedham, who heads the insurance litigation practice in the dispute resolution department, ‘is very experienced and seems to know what buttons to push when dealing with the insurers’. Specialising in insurance disputes, he acts predominantly for corporate policyholders on coverage issues across a wide range of industries; in a recent example, he acted for Saba Rock, which owned a hotel destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Sonia Campbell, who also specialises in acting for corporates and FTSE companies in relation to insurance coverage, is another key member of the team. Clients note that the team ‘has really strengthened its offering, and now has a particularly strong pharma insurance practice’.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Private funds
Private funds - ranked: tier 6

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has 'brilliant knowledge - it responds quickly and gets the job done well'. Daniel Greenaway is 'honest, reliable and knowledgable' - he advised NCL Technology Ventures on forming an onshore life sciences fund with a novel carried interest structure. In a separate deal, he also advised Crest Partners on its spin-out from another manager, which necessitated the creation of Portuguese law-compatible fund documents. In addition to further work concerning venture funds, investor-side mandates in 2017 include advice to Woodford Investment Management on a £150m investment into the Accelerated Digital Ventures Fund and a £15m investment in the Dementia Discovery Fund.

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP   has a ‘strong name and is a major presence in the art world’. The ‘brilliant’ team is headed by the ‘extremely well-known’ Karen Sanig and is frequently involved in the biggest art transactions in the world and the most significant litigation in this area. Managing associate Amanda Gray is also recommended for her work on contentious and non-contentious matters. It recently advised a client who was acting as agent for the seller in a cross-jurisdictional sale and purchase of an extremely high-value Impressionist masterpiece. The team advised on the consignment agreement with the seller, the duties as agent, the terms of sale and the commission that was to be received out of the sale. In a matter that showcases the team’s knowledge of art loan agreements, art trust structures and the value of reputations in the art world, the team is representing the art dealer Anthony D’Offay in connection with his substantial gift to the nation of contemporary art that was valued at £126m which has come under pressure as a result of the Tate’s public response to various press allegations. Other clients include Halcyon Gallery, Museum of Everything, Contemporary Art Society and Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel as well as the Arab Republic of Egypt.

Leading individuals

Karen Sanig - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

The ‘highly rated’ Mark Keenan  leads the team at Mishcon de Reya LLP, which is ‘undoubtedly first-class and is remarkable for its tenacity and attention to detail’. Other members of the excellent team include Peter Steen, managing associate Jessica Medus  who is ‘very able’ and legal director Janet Tobin who is a ‘very good operator’. James Smith  is described as an ‘up-and-coming associate who is meticulous in his attention to detail’. Keenan is adept at handling complex domestic and international trust and succession disputes often acting for ultra-high-net-worth individuals in cases frequently involving freezing injunctions and asset recovery in offshore jurisdictions. Active clients include Lord Weymouth, The Dowager Countess of Bathurst, Signia Wealth Limited and Lo Kai Shui.

Leading individuals

Mark Keenan - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP  is one of the ‘most effective firms for high-profile financial remedy litigation and in all areas of private family work’. The ‘exceptional’ Sandra Davis is ‘extremely personable, astute and unflappable. She is determined and brings a great deal of experience and skill to her cases’. Barbara Reeves and legal director Miles Geffin  are ‘hugely experienced solicitors with highly tuned client-care skills’. Melissa Lesson  is ‘wonderfully calm and urbane, with an efficient and unflappable manner’. Legal director Claire Yorke  is ‘resilient, exceptionally diligent and solution-driven’. Managing associate Emma Willing has the ‘case facts at her fingers and can immediately see the right solution’. The practice frequently acts in ultra-high-net-worth cases with an international element involving complex tax and trust issues as well as substantial business assets and partnerships.

Leading individuals

Barbara Reeves - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Sandra Davis - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next generation lawyers

Claire Yorke - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP  ‘combines professional and up-to-date legal advice with common sense and commercial nous’. Team head Andrew Goldstone is ‘friendly, approachable and knowledgeable’; he is ‘very attuned to his clients’ needs and distils complex legislation to ensure that clients understand where they stand and what they must do’. Kassim Meghjee  ‘always stays focused on the most critical issues and provides a sure and steady guiding hand’. Newly promoted partner Charlie Sosna  ‘provides advice of the highest quality’. Other members of this ‘excellent’ team include James Libson, who acts for high-profile individuals, corporations, families, family offices and charities, and Filippo Noseda, who is a dual qualified English solicitor and Swiss lawyer. Noseda advises clients on international tax and estate planning matters. Clients include a mix of ultra-high and high-net-worth individuals, institutions, investors, property developers, entrepreneurs, trustees and charities.

Leading individuals

Andrew Goldstone - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Filippo Noseda - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Kassim Meghjee - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next generation lawyers

Charlie Sosna - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP is ‘well-known and widely respected in the real estate market by clients and peers alike’. The group has become a major player in the residential development space and also has experience in the student accommodation and PRS sectors. Indeed, the ‘immensely impressive’ Stephen Hughes is advising Delancey, APG and Qatari Diar on multiple PRS-led development projects, including a high-value development at the Olympic Village in Stratford. Department head Nick Doffman is acting for Berkeley Group in relation to a major housing-led development at Royal Arsenal, and is also advising the client in a £1bn regeneration project at Kidbrooke Village. In the investment space, Simon Hart assisted Brookfield with multiple transactions, which included the £295m acquisition of a portfolio of branded student accommodations from Unite Students. Further, Ian Paul has handled a litany of high-value portfolio and single-asset investment transaction in London and the UK regions. Nick Minkoff, who is ‘a great team leader and a great communicator’, assisted The Knightsbridge Estate on a significant pre-let of 1 Sloan Street to Burberry. The team including legal director Claire Manches also handles property issues for major retailers including Victoria’s Secret and TK Maxx. Other key contacts include Kirpal Kaur and Daniel Lipman. In 2018, Nick Harris left for Reed Smith LLP, but Anju Suneja joined the team from Dentons.

Leading individuals

Nick Doffman - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Stephen Hughes - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Offering ‘a streamlined and effective service to clients’, Mishcon de Reya LLP ‘provides robust advice to clients and are particularly good at advising in relation to specialist disputes.’ On the contentious side, Richard Gerstein leads: ‘a very robust lawyer with a good nose for the merits and likely outcome of a dispute’. Justine Ayto is a ‘practical lawyer, who deals with matters swiftly’; she is leading advice for Capco Covent Garden retail developments, valued at £2.1bn, and is acting for The Office Group in relation to the construction aspects of its 20-year lease of the office space to be constructed at Meyer Bergman’s £300m development of the Vinopolis site next to Borough Market. Simon Hunter heads the non-contentious team. Phoebe Roberts  joined in May 2017 from Australian firm Minter Ellison.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP's team is headed by Anita Rivera, who is ‘very experienced and excellent with clients’; she recently acted in a Court of Appeal challenge on the interpretation of planning conditions, and advised on the redevelopment of St Giles Circus, a substantial mixed-use development above the new Crossrail station at Tottenham Court Road, London. Legal director Daniel Farrand is ‘good on gritty planning detail’, and associate Lucy Langley is a ‘rising star.’

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Farrand - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

The 'responsive, commercial and solution-minded' team at Mishcon de Reya LLP acts for a variety of borrower and lender clients, including Brookfield, Delancey, Europa Capital, UBS Debt Fund and OakNorth Bank, handling development and investment financing, among other matters. Highlights included practice head Nick Strutt and managing associate Louisa Cockburn - both 'approachable, creative and focused on delivery' - advising Hermes on the refinancing of a loan to Compagnie Du Parc to expand its portfolio of light industrial properties in Greater London; Strutt, Cockburn and legal director Sarah Spurling acting for PGIM as lender on a series of matters relating to the acquisition of warehouse properties by a consortium of South Korean investors; and Raji Bartlett assisting Brookfield as borrower with the £200m financing for the acquisition and development of a number of student accommodation properties across the UK.

Leading individuals

Nick Strutt - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP is reputed for its significant trial experience. The team is praised for its ‘commercial awareness as well as technical excellence’ across commercial and residential disputes, with Daniel Levy and the Joanna Lampert forming a ‘dynamic and ruthless’ duo.  Levy heads the team, which serves as sole property litigation counsel for TK Maxx across its 280 UK stores. Levy and the ‘unrivaled’ Emma MacIntyre are acting for Capital & Counties Properties on a number of opposed lease renewals at the client’s Covent Garden property portfolio. Sarah Heritage is recommended for her work on commercial landlord and tenant disputes and Chhavie Kapoor has ‘great rights of light experience’. Mark Reading is cited as ‘a superstar in the making’.  Sabrina Furneaux-Gotch is 'an outstanding solicitor with excellent communication skills and an absolute commitment to providing the best service to the client, tailoring her advice and experience to achieving the best outcome'.

Leading individuals

Daniel Levy - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Emma Macintyre - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Joanna Lampert - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Heritage - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP operates with a ‘delightful level of professionalism and reliability’. The ‘very strong team’ boasts a diverse client base which includes high-net-worth individuals, developers, investors, banks, corporates and on and offshore investment funds. Notable names include Capital and Countries, the Bank of Singapore and Gama Estates. Sonal Thakrar heads the practice and is a ‘top performer and expert in her field’. She acts for a number of overseas clients and has particularly strong connections in the Middle East. Legal director Julie Bond regularly handles complicated transactions, enfranchisement and structuring and is a ‘rising star who has exceptional technical knowledge’. Helen Curtis-Goulding is recommended as is James Liffen who has expertise in shared ownership, auction sales and portfolio purchases. Zoe Patel joined the firm from Jury O’Shea LLP.

Leading individuals

Sonal Thakrar - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next generation lawyers

James Liffen - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Julie Bond - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP advises on corruption investigations, money laundering, fraud, market abuse and insider dealing. It also handles private prosecution work and is currently conducting proceedings arising from an internal accounting fraud and is acting for a national broadcaster to bring proceedings relating to unlawfully streamed content. The firm is also acting for UnaEnergy in relation to a multi-jurisdictional SFO investigation into alleged corruption in a matter worth millions of dollars. Alison Levitt QC heads the team, supported by legal director Gareth Minty. Jo Rickards joined as partner from Kingsley Napley LLP.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP is a 'well-established firm with an excellent reputation for high quality work’. The practice has handled a range of highly-publicised cases and acts on behalf of clients over multiple jurisdictions including Saudi Arabia, the United States of America and Greece. The ‘tech-savvy team’ regularly deals with issues relating to new technologies and social media. Head of department Emma Woollcott  is ‘a hugely impressive and strategically astute litigator’ who specialises in defamation, breach of confidence, invasion of privacy, harassment and injunctions. Head of Mishcon Private James Libson  is ‘a skilled litigator and arbitrator’. Harry Eccles-Williams and Alexandra Whiston-Dew  are ones to watch. The ‘excellent’ Ramona Mehta is now a consultant.

Leading individuals

Emma Woollcott - Mishcon de Reya LLP

James Libson - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP ’s wide-ranging expertise in brand management spans brand protection, enforcement and commercialisation through sponsorship, trademark filing and global portfolio management, as well as all contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Practice head Jeremy Hertzog is representing Iceland Foods in relation to an invalidity application filed against its EUTM registration by several Icelandic governmental bodies. ‘Collaborative and commercial’ trademark specialist and IP litigator David Rose  continues to act for Sky Plc in several trade mark enforcement proceedings against SkyKick. Ray Black  specialises in IP protection, enforcement and exploitation; recent work highlights include advising Ralph Lauren on its UK and EU trade mark portfolio and oppositions. Head of brands Sally Britton  assists Badoo, Bumble and Chappy in relation to portfolio management and the launch of new products. Lewis Cohen  advises Tottenham Hotspur and Tesco on commercial and sponsorship arrangements.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Hertzog - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Franchising
Franchising - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP 's core focus is on international expansion agreements, with additional expertise in disputes and competition issues. Lewis Cohen  leads the team and recently advised JKC Retail on its global expansion agreements and assisted City Hotels on its arrangements with Black and White Hospitality regarding the operation of a Marco Pierre White restaurant in the former's hotel. Tesco Stores, River Island and Pure Waffle are also key clients. The team has also benefited from the hire of associate Anne Rose  who focuses on technology, sport, media and retail work.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Highlighted particularly for its brand management expertise, the intellectual property team at Mishcon de Reya LLP attracts praise for its 'strategic thinking and advise based on solid knowledge and sector expertise'. Jeremy Hertzog heads the department which is currently acting for Iceland Foods in an application made by several Icelandic organisations for the invalidity of its EU trade mark, which prevents companies in Iceland using the term 'Iceland'. A team led by David Rose is instructed by Sky on trade mark enforcement matter against Skykick for the use of the word 'Sky'. In another work highlight, the group is defending Dr Reddy's Laboratories in a patent infringement action brought by Warner-Lambert, and in the client's counterclaim for revocation, both in relation to the medication pregabalin. The team also advises Hewlett Packard, Daimler-Mercedes and Pfizer, as well as new clients eBay and the Ladbrokes Coral Group. Key names to note within the department include head of brands Sally Britton, Ray Black, who regularly advises high profile clients on their intellectual property portfolios, and Peter Nunn who is known particularly for his advice relating to online infringement.

Leading individuals

David Rose - Mishcon de Reya LLP

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP handles trade mark portfolios for leading brands and regularly acts on high-profile disputes. Jeremy Hertzog leads the IP team and recently defended Iceland Foods against the Icelandic government, which wished to cancel the client's 'Iceland' trade mark. Sally Britton is head of brands and advised Grant Thornton on the management of its international trade mark portfolio. David Rose is an expert in rights protection and enforcement; recent mandates include representing Sky in its trade mark infringement claim against SkyKick and advising Ladbrokes Coral on its global trade mark portfolio. Also recommended is Ray Black, who has a strong focus on portfolio management and assisted Ralph Lauren with the management of its UK and EU trade mark portfolios.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP

IP disputes and regulatory issues are the key areas of focus for Mishcon de Reya LLP, with clients that include Pfizer, Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline. Martyn Hann heads the practice and advised Hempshire on the regulatory aspects of its growth of cannabis; the client uses extracts from the plant for healthcare products. David Rose is an expert in intellectual property disputes and recently represented Lupin, which sought a revocation against Gilead's SPC for its HIV treatment product, Truvada. He also defended Dr Reddy’s Laboratories against Pfizer, which alleged that the client infringed upon its Lyrica drug.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP

Mishcon de Reya LLP has made 'a significant splash in the sports market in recent years' and 'attracts high-quality work, particularly but not exclusively in football'; it 'provides exceptional service in all areas', and 'makes clients feel at ease'. 'Outstanding', 'astute' group head Liz Ellen has 'a great reputation'; 'steely and determined', she is 'one of the toughest negotiators one will ever meet', and 'grasps complex matters very quickly'.  She acted for Matchroom Sport on various promotions, including the heavyweight bout between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. The team often handles cutting-edge matters: Ellen assisted with setting up an e-sports league in Ireland, and advised Player Lens on various aspects of its cloud-based software. Other clients of the team include World Snooker and the ITF. On the contentious side, 'extremely knowledgeable, very personable' managing associate Mehmet Karagoz 'understands cases immediately'; 'outstanding', 'extremely conscientious' managing associate Edward Carder 'adds significant depth to the team', 'goes the extra mile' and has 'a scientific background that means he is brilliant in anti-doping cases'. Legal director Peter Nunn is recommended for motorsports work; Lewis Cohen is another name to note, as is associate Anne Rose. Arbitration expert Kendrah Potts left to join the Bar in October 2017.

Leading individuals

Liz Ellen - Mishcon de Reya LLP

Next generation lawyers

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