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London: Corporate and commercial

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Payne Hicks Beach

The corporate and  M&A team at Payne Hicks Beach  caters for a wide range of clients, with the owner-managed market remaining steadily active. While the retail sector has been less busy over the past year, the firm continues to handle significant transactions in the technology sector, among others. Cross-border work is facilitated through established foreign desks in the London office, including Scandinavia, Asia and the Middle East. Jonathan Gatward leads the corporate department, while Nick Sayers is head of the M&A practice; Gatward is primarily focused on the private market, with Sayers working across both public and private markets.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Gatward; Nick Sayers

Key Clients

Bonnier Publishing Limited

DNA Fit Life Sciences Limited

Pineapple Holdings Limited

Legrand Electric Limited

Legrand France SA

Charles Taylor Plc

Aukett Swanke Plc

Typhoo Tea Ltd

Fairfield Industries Inc

IIAA Limited

Elite Hotels (Rotherwick) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team of The Club Company, a country club operator, on the exercise of their share options and the sale of their resulting shares in the company to Epiris.
  • Acted for Fairfield Industries Incorporated on its $30m acquisition of the business and assets of WGP Group, and its subsidiaries.
  • Acted for Avi Lasarow on the $10m sale of his majority shareholding in DNAFit Life Sciences Limited to Prenetics, a Hong Kong-incorporated company.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 4

Payne Hicks Beach

The group at Payne Hicks Beach is comprised of lawyers from the firm's personal tax, financial services, corporate, employment and dispute resolution department and advises clients on the full life-cycle of partnerships, LLPs and LPs, including structuring, set-up, administration and dissolution. The group also draws on its expertise in private wealth to advise on the use of partnerships as investment vehicles. Jonathan Gatward leads the team and is supported by corporate lawyer Marcia Kidd.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Gatward

Other key lawyers:Marcia Kidd; Nick Sayers; Howard Taylor

Testimonials

'Well-resourced and knowledgeable corporate department providing clear, practical advice.'

'Jonathan Gatward is approachable and accessible, providing focused practical advice in a cost-effective way.'

Key Clients

Rayner Essex LLP

Griffins Insolvency Practitioners

Bury Farm Partnership (Faccenda family)

Spice Capital Partners LLP

CL Projects Limited

Upthorpe Farm Partnership

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rayner Essex LLP, a top 50 accountancy practice, on all partnership/LLP matters. The work includes preparing documentation, dealing with the appointment and retirement of new members and amending the LLP agreement when required.
  • Providing general partnership advice. Dealing with partner admissions and retirements, including in particular, the engagement of a partner through a service company.
  • Advising a German law firm, which operates through an English LLP on the possible consequences of a hard Brexit. Under German law, the limited liability status of the LLP would be lost in the event of a hard Brexit.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach's 'team is responsive, knowledgeable and really gets into the detail of a case, considering all angles from which it can be approached'. The disputes practice covers finance, professional negligence, commercial litigation in the motor industry, breach of warranty claims, marine law, property-related commercial matters, reputation management and judicial review. Dominic Crossley became head of the dispute resolution department in 2018, replacing Stephen King, who is now consultant. Richard Manyon is also highly rated, commercial litigation partner Lucas Moore was hired from Jones Day, and Ane Vernon was made partner.

Practice head(s):Dominic Crossley

Other key lawyers:Stephen King; Richard Manyon; Lucas Moore; Ane Vernon

Testimonials

'Works hard to deliver the best possible results for clients'.

'Richard Manyon is an incredibly intelligent lawyer, with a good sense of what will and won't work in litigation.  He is always willing to go the extra mile for clients and to think pragmatically about achieving the best result'.

'Lucas Moore is a first-rate litigator who is intelligent, commercial, pragmatic and also has a real eye for detail. Clients really appreciate his direct commercial approach'.

Key Clients

Whitepost Healthcare Group

Italia Conti Group

KnowledgePool Group

Ancasta International Boat Sales

Snap On (Holdings)

The Saga Group

Morshead Mansions

LSL Group

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Royal Society of Biology

Bonnier Publishing

Work highlights

  • Acted for Whitepost Health Care Group in its claim against Santander regarding mis-sold interest rate hedging products.

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London: Human resources

Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 3

Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach has a strong track record on 'a wide variety of interesting and challenging cases'. The employment team acts for senior executives in the banking, insurance, media, advertising and fashion industries, and also acts for high-net-worth individuals on matters relating to discrimination, defamation, ill health and pay. The team advises on complex contractual, whistleblowing and discrimination issues that are often high-value. The employment team is headed by Peter McRoberts, who acts for a range of employers and professional bodies and charities on employment-related disputes.

Practice head(s):Peter McRoberts

Testimonials

'Payne Hicks Beach has a track record of securing a wide variety of interesting and challenging cases. They are particularly good at challenging their opponents with a view to getting the best outcome for clients. Added to that, they are inventive lawyers, coming up with analyses which challenge their opponents.'

'Peter McRoberts has a rare ability to encourage and secure clients who bring a range of high profile and challenging cases.'

Key Clients

Rohan Ramchandani

Fairfield Industries Inc.

IIAA Limited

TGS Geophysical Company (UK) Ltd

The management of the Club Company

The Institute of Biology

Ekornes Limited

Professor Stephen Hawking's family

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rohan Ramchandani, one of the three members of a cartel charged by the US DOJ with market manipulation and acquitted in October 2018.
  • Acting for the London office head of a US corporation dismissed for gross misconduct without disciplinary process.
  • Acting for a private individual in his capacity as a minority shareholder, director and employee in a dispute with his partners in a joint venture advertising agency following attempted forced acquisition of his shares at a substantial undervalue upon the client requiring surgery following long term illness and absence from work.
  • Acting for the management of the Club Company Limited on its sale to a private equity investor, specifically in relation to due diligence and disclosure, the rollover of options and equity moving forward.
  • Acting for the trustees of a manufacturing company in resisting Employment Tribunal claims for age discrimination and wrongful and unfair dismissal brought by its former managing director.

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 5

Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach's citizenship and immigration department is 'always client-focused and is commercially oriented to deliver the best possible result'. It stands out for its ability to advise ultra-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals on Tier 1 investor and entrepreneur applications. It is also adept at advising overseas companies on establishment in the UK and handles sponsor licence issues for businesses, particularly in the fashion, financial services and not-for-profit sectors. With skills in handling complex instructions, often with a human rights element, the team has recently been involved in several complex judicial review challenges. Team head Kathryn Bradbury gives 'clear and realistic advice; she is hugely organised and is never flustered'.

Practice head(s):Kathryn Bradbury

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Lane

Testimonials

Kathryn Bradbury is a truly fantastic solicitor, with 360-degree knowledge of immigration law, both substantive and procedural.

The team, especially Kathryn Bradbury, are exceptional.

Kathryn Bradbury is a 'go-to' person when HNW or UHNW individuals are concerned; her approach is very professional, she can advise on the spot very clearly, to the point and efficiently.

Leading individuals

Kathryn Bradbury - Payne Hicks Beach

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach works with the owners of over 50 landed estates ranging in size from 750 acres to over 30,000 acres. Some of these estates include houses and grounds that are open to the public. The team routinely advises on diverse issues such as the buying and selling of farmland across the country through to advising on the protection of mineral rights. Other work highlights include advising on diversification schemes and alternative energy systems as well as succession planning and the tax issues surrounding agricultural/business property relief and entrepreneurs’ relief. Simon Blackburn joined from Macfarlanes LLP. Robert Brodrick is also recommended for his work on tax and estate planning.

Practice head(s):Simon Blackburn

Other key lawyers:Robert Brodrick

Testimonials

'A first-class private client and landed estates team that specialises in trust and family constitution'.

'Robert Brodrick is very responsive, effective and empathetic to the family requirements of a landed estate. He is able to delegate work appropriately to his wider support network whilst being fully informed and available to his clients'.

'Rapid personal attention and the team is always available'.

Leading individuals

Robert Brodrick - Payne Hicks Beach

Next Generation Partners

Simon Blackburn - Payne Hicks Beach

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Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 4

Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach has particular expertise in advising on tax, title and bailment issues for private owners of art and heritage land and buildings as well as advising on the planning laws that are applicable to these heritage fixtures. Other areas of expertise lie in the administration of high-value private art collections, issues surrounding public access/conditional exemption issues in addition to the resolution of title disputes. James Bacon heads the team and is vastly experienced in heritage property taxation. Bacon has niche expertise in the use of maintenance fund settlements for land and his clients include the owners of substantial art collections and landed estates. Alastair Murdie has now retired.

Practice head(s):James Bacon

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach advises some of the UK’s oldest and largest estates and also has a particular focus on advising wealthy clients from Russia, Africa and the Middle East. The team’s reputation is growing in the international sphere and it has recently acted in substantial trust disputes in places as diverse as Jersey, the Bahamas, BVI, Liechtenstein and Gibraltar. Richard Manyon heads the team that is also skilled at representing wealthy beneficiaries in major litigation such as challenging the validity of wills and mental capacity issues. The 'incredibly capable' Ane Vernon is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Richard Manyon

Other key lawyers:Stephen King; Dominic Crossley; Charlotte Henshall; Ane Vernon; Emily Stoneham

Testimonials

'Where other solicitors might find themselves overcome by the tidal wave of correspondence from a litigious opponent, Richard Manyon manages the storm with aplomb and increases the pressure on the other side. A class act'.

'Richard Manyon has done an outstanding job in building up the practice and has an excellent list of clients. He has a strong tactical mind which enables him to recognise where the weaknesses and strengths in the case lie and how to proceed'.

'Richard Manyon analyses problems carefully and provides an all round service for a client'.

'Richard Manyon is very energetic, fights his clients' corner well, is extremely bright and is very well liked in the community'.

'Richard Manyon really fights his client's corner. He is excellent at helping a client to identify what they really want or need, and working out how best to go about getting it for them'.

'Stephen King is exceptional in being able to give clients an expert commercial angle in contentious trusts and probate practice. As a litigator he is extremely shrewd and never misses a point'.

'Dominic Crossley is experienced. He is an unflappable litigator with great commercial sense'.

'Ane Vernon is incredibly capable. She thinks through all aspects of any matter and is able to quickly establish a rapport with her clients'.

'Emily Stoneham is a strong associate who provides the partners with excellent support'.

'Charlotte Henshall provides great support'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Swiss trustee on a substantial breach of trust claim in respect of alleged excessive distributions by the former trustees.
  • Acting for the trustees in high value dual claims under the 1975 Act
  • Advising the trustees of eleven Jersey settlements in a substantial £90m trusts and divorce case.
Leading individuals

Richard Manyon - Payne Hicks Beach

Rising stars

Ane Vernon - Payne Hicks Beach

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Payne Hicks Beach

With effect from 1 June 2019 Philip McGuirk and Rebecca Cockcroft now head the family law team at Payne Hicks Beach. The team is well known for its ability to advise a wide range of clients whether they be wealthy individuals, ‚ÄėMagic Circle‚Äô lawyers or hedge fund managers and their spouses. It continues to act in a variety of high-profile cases and regularly appears in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. It is adept at advising on a myriad of issues from Part 111 claims, through to pre and post nuptial agreements and complex issues when children are removed from their home jurisdiction. Other names to note include Ian Airey¬†who sits as a deputy district judge in the Principal Registry of the Family Division and Baroness Fiona Shackleton who has been described as a ‚Äėlegendary figure who needs no introduction‚Äô.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Cockcroft; Philip McGuirk

Other key lawyers:Baroness Fiona Shackleton; Ian Airey; Ben Parry-Smith; Matthew Booth; Simon Beccle; Charlotte Skea Strachan; Emily Foy

Testimonials

'The best legal team money can buy. Unbelievably thorough, first-class litigators, highly respected in the field. Supremely well connected internationally and ideally placed to help in cases involving multi-jurisdictional issues'.

'I have always been very impressed with the team's personal service, care and attention to detail in all areas'.

'Baroness Shackleton is probably the most celebrated family lawyer of her generation. Clients love her. opponents pray that she won't be instructed on the other side. Has been acting for clients in the highest profile cases for more than 30 years and for good reason'.

'Ben Parry-Smith is brilliant with difficult clients who find themselves in stressful situations – a trait he shares with the other senior team members of the team'.

'Simon Beccle was exceptionally responsive and conscientious and was measured and helpful'.

'Simon Beccle is a solicitor of choice for so many top-notch clients. Ian Airey is vastly experienced and hugely respected, he is a real force in the family law market'.

'Matthew Booth provides a Rolls Royce service'.

'Philip McGuirk and Rebecca Cockcroft as heads of team will be a breath of fresh air to the practice. Both are well respected and well liked'.

'Philip McGuirk is a giant of London family law, he is so very clever and authoritative and inspires huge confidence in all his clients'.

'Charlotte Skea-Strachan has been enormously helpful'.

Leading individuals

Baroness Fiona Shackleton - Payne Hicks Beach

Ian Airey - Payne Hicks Beach

Philip McGuirk - Payne Hicks Beach

Simon Beccle - Payne Hicks Beach

Next Generation Partners

Ben Parry-Smith - Payne Hicks Beach

Rising stars

Charlotte Skea-Strachan - Payne Hicks Beach

Emily Foy - Payne Hicks Beach

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

Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach advises wealthy clients from the UK and overseas and many of its clients feature in the Sunday Times Rich List, Forbes 400 and the Arabian Business Rich List. It does a mix of international and domestic work with continued instructions from Scandinavia and the Middle East. It routinely advises non-domiciled families on tax changes and is experienced in advising some of the UK’s oldest and largest estates. Other areas of strength lie in advising on the tax aspects of pre-and post-nuptial agreements and the structuring of divorce settlements. Alastair Murdie has now retired and Rosamond McDowell is the new head of department.

Practice head(s):Rosamond McDowell

Other key lawyers:Frederick Bjorn; Robert Brodrick; Basil Dixon; James Bacon

Testimonials

'The firm has an "old fashioned" approach but this is meant in a positive way. The emphasis is on legal advice rather than gimmicks. The quality of advice is high.'

'Incredibly strong technical knowledge coupled with the ability to explain complex points in layman's terms.'

'Basil Dixon is particularly cogent in his analysis of problems and consequent distillation of advice.'

'Basil Dixon is a stand-out partner who provides high-quality legal advice but with a commercial hat on. His response times are good and he is very professional.'

'James Bacon has carved out a niche practice for himself in dealing with complex trust matters and variation of trust applications on the back of his extensive trust law knowledge and experience. He has a knack of coming up with innovative solutions and drafting to cater for even the most restrictive trust deeds.'

'Basil Dixon remained impressively clear headed in a difficult situation.'

Leading individuals

Frederick Bj√łrn - Payne Hicks Beach

Rosamond McDowell - Payne Hicks Beach

Next Generation Partners

Basil Dixon - Payne Hicks Beach

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals
Education: individuals - ranked: tier 2

Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious education matters, led by newly promoted partner and 'standout player in this field' Ane Vernon, who is noted for her litigation experience. Vernon and Dominic Crossley are skilled in handling time-critical and sensitive matters such as admissions and exclusions for a range of private individual clients.

Practice head(s):Ane Vernon; Dominic Crossley

Testimonials

'Ane Vernon is driven, tenacious and has a keen eye for detail; she is excellent in a crisis situation. Clients are reassured by her empathetic and reasoned approach to problems.'

'Payne Hicks Beach have carved out a niche for this work, and have unparalleled expertise in the field. They are able to work effectively and strategically and demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach.'

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 4

Payne Hicks Beach

In the development space, Payne Hicks Beach is particularly recommended for large-scale residential and commercial projects including promotion and forward funding agreements, land sales and funding arrangements. It represents a number of international clients, primarily from the Middle and Far East, France and Scandinavia, on the acquisition of development sites and investments including high-value residential properties. The firm also specialises in acting for bluechip occupiers with large portfolios on the management of hotel, retail, restaurant, warehousing and office premises. Andrew Berry heads the team which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Simon Blackburn from Macfarlanes LLP, an expert in the landed estates team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Berry

Other key lawyers:Richard Stapylton-Smith

Work highlights

  • Advised on substantial lease renewal for a corporate occupier along the M4 corridor.
  • Advised on pre-let of an office floor in a new substantial office building along the M3 corridor.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Payne Hicks Beach

In the development space, Payne Hicks Beach is particularly recommended for large-scale residential and commercial projects including promotion and forward funding agreements, land sales and funding arrangements. It represents a number of international clients, primarily from the Middle and Far East, France and Scandinavia, on the acquisition of development sites and investments including high-value residential properties. The firm also specialises in acting for bluechip occupiers with large portfolios on the management of hotel, retail, restaurant, warehousing and office premises. Andrew Berry heads the team which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Simon Blackburn from Macfarlanes LLP, an expert in the landed estates team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Berry

Other key lawyers:Richard Stapylton-Smith

Work highlights

  • Advised a landed estate in connection with the prospective development of 90 acres of its agricultural holdings for several thousand units of mixed commercial, residential development, community-use and care homes.
  • Advising major land owners on the heads of terms for an option agreement in relation to 38 acres of land to be granted to the promoter of Rail Central in Northamptonshire.
  • Advising a hotel investor on the restructuring of an adjoining underperforming mixed use asset to create a new private members club in Mayfair.
  • Acting on a complex development scheme valued at around £100m which required the cooperation of multiple landowners.    
  • Led on negotiation of heads of terms for a mixed use housing development in Yorkshire, the settling of a contract for sale conditional on obtaining planning permission and preparation of funding documentation.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

Payne Hicks Beach

In the development space, Payne Hicks Beach is particularly recommended for large-scale residential and commercial projects including promotion and forward funding agreements, land sales and funding arrangements. It represents a number of international clients, primarily from the Middle and Far East, France and Scandinavia, on the acquisition of development sites and investments including high-value residential properties. The firm also specialises in acting for bluechip occupiers with large portfolios on the management of hotel, retail, restaurant, warehousing and office premises. Andrew Berry heads the team which was recently bolstered by the arrival of Simon Blackburn from Macfarlanes LLP, an expert in the landed estates team.

Practice head(s):Andrew Berry

Other key lawyers:Justin Dunlop

Work highlights

  • Advising a hotel investor on the restructuring of an adjoining underperforming mixed use asset to create a new private members club in Mayfair.
  • Advising a a Danish property investor/developer on 18th century Manor House and land off-market.  

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

Payne Hicks Beach

With a focus on Prime Central London residential property work, the team at Payne Hicks Beach, which is now led by Matthew Spring following former practice head Andrew Tugwell's move to Keystone Law in October 2018, receives regular instructions from high-net-worth individuals, including family offices, and investors. Much of its work pertains to leasehold enfranchisement, property developments and landlord and tenant relationships but the practice is also adept at handling commercial property instructions.

Practice head(s):Matthew Spring

Key Clients

Morshead Mansions

Saga Group

Fiat

your-move.co.uk

Snap-on Tools

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Albion Land

Work highlights

  • Defending the seller as well as the buyer of leasehold interest of a flat in a large block in Highgate against the allegation to have breached the leasehold covenant; the claim was brought by the landlord.
  • Representing a group of leaseholders in a 1930s block in proceedings pertaining to the defective implementation of a multi-million pound new heating and hot water system which is in breach of lease provisions and has led to substantial cost overruns that are being claimed by way of service charge.
  • Assisted Morshead Mansions with its claim for shareholder levies to fund works to an apartment block in Maida Vale.

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 2

Payne Hicks Beach

With a roster of clients including ultra high-net-worth individuals, landowners, estates, trusts and private companies, Payne Hicks Beach 's 'knowledgeable and practical' team handle high volumes work, including funding, disposals, and buyback agreements, in addition to sales and acquisitions which require advice on tax structuring. Practice head Andrew Berry acts for investors, landowners and developers across the UK, Middle East and Scandinavia, and recently advised a Danish developer on the acquisition of an 18th century manor house in an off-market transaction which was complicated by the need to manage the demands of third parties claiming an interest in the land.

Practice head(s):Andrew Berry

Testimonials

"Andrew Berry stands out because he always gets to grips with the practical context of knotty legal issues."

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead solicitor to 18 landowners on the disposal to a consortium of three leading house builders (Miller Homes, Barratts and Taylor Wimpey) and funding of a major development of 1,000 residential units, schools, commercial areas and urban park in Derby.
  • Advised on promotion agreement with overage, buy back and joint venture of numerous sites totalling 100 acres of potential development land in Buckinghamshire for mixed use of housing, commercial and retirement care homes.
  • Advising a Jersey Trust Corporate on heads of terms for a residential development in Yorkshire and settling the contract for sale conditional on planning and funding documentation.
  • On behalf of an heiress, identified an apartment in prime Central London, and negotiated the terms of acquisition and referred tax issues to our tax department for resolution.
  • Advising on the acquisition of an 18th century manor house and land, off-market.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Payne Hicks Beach

The 'terrific litigators and good tactitians' at Payne Hicks Beach take pride in handling sensitive reputation issues in an extraordinarily discrete way. The team is led by the 'incredibly knowledgeable' Hanna Basha, Lucas Moore and 'pin-sharp' Dominic Crossley and is well-known for advising on reputational attacks, commercial claims of confidence, as well as pre-publication issues and pursuing urgent interim injunctions. Apart from high-net-worth individuals, politicians and sportspeople, the firm's client list also includes private equity firms and executives. The 'diligent and creative' associate Andrew Willan is a name to note for libel, privacy and harassment claims.

Practice head(s):Hanna Basha; Dominic Crossley; Lucas Moore

Other key lawyers:Andrew Willan

Testimonials

'PHB's reputation management team has an exceptional understanding of litigation strategy and meeting client needs.'

'Faultless partner-led client service that feels very bespoke and personal.'

 

'Dominic Crossley possesses a unique combination of pin-sharpness and generous charm, making him a true pleasure to work with.'

'Andrew Willan is both diligent and creative in equal (very large) measure.'

'Dominic Crossley is a wonderfully safe pair of hands who gets results, the person you want fighting for you when you are in the trenches.'

'Hanna Basha is a fantastic addition to the team'

'Andrew Willan is a rising star associate, very bright and hardworking.'

'The team offer a complete package to clients: they understand the needs of their clients, they get the commercial and/or personal objectives (as the case may be), they are focused and clear, they work together well as a team, they manage expectations well, and they are tenacious in advancing (or defending) their clients' interests.'

'They are terrific litigators and delightful people - rare to get that combination at all, let alone as a combo running through the team.'

'Dominic Crossley goes from strength to strength. He is a good 'front-man' with clients and opposing lawyers; he is brave (not reckless); he has excellent judgement; is cool-headed in a crisis (always solutions-focused) and he never loses sight of the clients' objectives and gets them where they want (or need) to go.'

 

Key Clients

Daniel Poulter MP

Frank Bruno

Issam Hourani

Christopher Jefferies, Gerry McCann, Kate McCann, Jacqui Hames

Everton FC

Don King

The Dowler Family

Ryan Thomas

Work highlights

  • Represented Dr Daniel Poulter MP in his claim against Times Newspapers Limited in relation to allegations published in the Sunday Times.
  • Acting for Ryan Thomas in relation to false allegations.
  • Advising the Dowler family in relation to media issues and assist in handling interaction with the press and the police, particularly in relation to their privacy and protection from harassment.
  • Acting for Don King pre-publication in relation to a highly defamatory allegations that were threatened to be published about him.
  • Advised Christopher Jefferies, Gerry McCann, Kate McCann and Jacqui Hames in relation to the Judicial Review of the Government’s decision to terminate the Leveson Inquiry.
Leading individuals

Dominic Crossley - Payne Hicks Beach

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Payne Hicks Beach

Payne Hicks Beach's clients are primarily drawn from the areas of sailing, equine, football, boxing and health,with practice head Jonathan Gatward's expertise covering a broad range of areas, including copyright, distribution, product promotion and general corporate work. Partner Hanna Basha and associate Nick Grant both specialise in sensitive disputes, usually concerning privacy, data protection, breach of confidence, defamation or harassment. In a recent highlight they represented boxing promoter Frank Warren in his successful claim against boxer Ricky Burns and his manager Alex Morrison.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Gatward

Other key lawyers:Hanna Basha; Nick Grant

Testimonials

'We have always received excellent service from Payne Hicks Beach.'

'All of the partners are fantastic.'

Key Clients

Everton FC

Frank Bruno

Don King

SPAG Sauerland Promotions AG

Hayemaker Boxing Promotions Ltd

Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation

DNAFit Limited

IIAA Limited

Dean Leeds

Revolution Marketing

Pineapple Dance Studios

OC Sport Limited

Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust

SSM Worldwide Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Frank Bruno in relation to his phone hacking claim against News Group Newspapers Limited for information published in both The Sun and The News of the World.
  • Acted for Avi Lasarow, a long-standing client, on the sale of his majority shareholding in DNAFit Life Sciences Limited to Prenetics Limited.
  • Acting for the EMCT in respect of a range of matters, including sponsorship agreements with well known sailing related brands.
Rising stars

Nick Grant - Payne Hicks Beach

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    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
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