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Norton Rose Fulbright

Katie Stephen

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Norton Rose Fulbright

Work Department

Dispute resolution and litigation


London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services

Within: Financial services

Benefiting from 'great experience in the area', Norton Rose Fulbright provides 'excellent all-round advice' to both retail and wholesale clients, both from a purely domestic standpoint as well as internationally - where it is able to leverage its huge global footprint. Aided by the firm's government relations and public policy team across Brussels, London and Washington, DC, and also with a large team of compliance and risk professionals working alongside the regulatory lawyers, the team is able to provide a holistic service which is mindful not only of the strict legal regulatory hurdles but also how to adapt in a commercial and practical way. The 'incredible' Jonathan Herbst heads up the office's four-partner non-contentious offering and has been at the forefront of thought leadership of major change in the industry including in relation to MiFID ii and Brexit (he recently co-authored a report for the Financial Services Forum on EU equivalence). Hannah Meakin has also been at the forefront of the firm's MiFID ii work on behalf of wholesale banking clients. In addition, Meakin's practice has also seen her active on the fintech front and in this regard she recently assisted Web 3.0 Technologies Foundation on its initial coin offering to support the creation of the a scalable, heterogeneous multi-blockchain system that would allow greater connectivity and inter-operability between blockchains. Imogen Garner leads the team's work on the buy-side and is advising The Investment Association (the leading trade association for the UK's asset management industry) on changes to the model documents used by its members to take into account the changes ushered in by MiFID ii. Spearheaded by dual-US and UK qualified partner Lista Cannon on the contentious side, the firm has the 'advantage of being able to draw on experience of being involved in cases with both a UK and US dimension', a strength which was further reinforced by the firm's recent merger with Chadbourne & Parke. Praised for her 'great strategic vision', Lista excels in handling multi-jurisdictional regulatory investigations/enforcements, and following five years of investigations and regulatory proceedings in the US and Europe achieved a notable victory on behalf of a former senior executive at JP Morgan, following the US government's decision to dismiss all civil and criminal charges against him.  Katie Stephen is also recommended for her contentious expertise and in addition to defending clients before the FCA and PRA, has also handled several Skilled Persons (section 166) reviews.

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London: Human resources


Within: Pensions

Norton Rose Fulbright fields a team of 'incredibly thorough lawyers with a deep knowledge of the industry' who 'always deliver on time' led by Peter Ford. Ford's recent work includes advising the trustees of the Invensys Pension Scheme on changes to the scheme's benefit structure, compliance issues and a review of pension increase provisions. Lesley Browning is also a key name to note; she assisted Carrier Pension Trustee with the closure of the Carrier (UK) Pension Scheme to future benefit accrual, advised the trustees of the Stena Drilling Final Salary Pension Scheme on the scheme's merger into a group arrangement and handled John Menzies' closure of its DB pension scheme to future accrual. Katie Stephen is recommended for contentious mandates.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its ‘friendly and collaborative approach’ and is best known for its experience in the financial services sector, advising on a range of high-value claims involving financial institutions, asset managers, solicitors, accountants, actuaries, insolvency practitioners, stockbrokers and insurance brokers. Beazley, Brit, Hyperion, Liberty Specialty Markets and Lloyds Banking Group are clients. Ffion Flockhart is defending Keoghs LLP and its professional indemnity insurers against a £127m fraud and conspiracy claim brought against it and two other solicitors' firms by Accident Exchange, a credit hire company. Liam O’Connell has a ‘calm but authoritative style of delivery’; Kirsty Hick is ‘fantastic’; and Susan Dingwall stands out for her ‘in-depth experience’. Corporate tax specialist Angela Savin; Lesley Browning, who handles pensions-related matters; head of tax for Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Brazil Dominic Stuttaford; property litigation head David Stevens; and Paul Morris, who focuses on banking and finance-related disputes, are also recommended, as are Katie StephenMichelle George, Jonathan Ogle and Adrian Mecz, who joined the team as a result of the merger with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and senior associates Simon Radcliffe and Helen Fairhead. Deirdre Walker is now based in the firm’s Dubai office.

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