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Keystone Law

48 CHANCERY LANE, LONDON, WC2A 1JF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 3319 3700
Fax:
Fax 0845 458 9398
DX:
2307 VICTORIA
Email:
Web:
www.keystonelaw.co.uk
Belfast, Belfast BT2, Bristol, Douglas, Guernsey, London

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Keystone Law

Keystone Law’s team has undergone significant expansion; notable recent arrivals included Sarah Needham, who joined from DC Thomson Limited, and Jeremy Bennett, an addition from MTR Corporation. In 2016, Jimmy Desai, who was hired from DAC Beachcroft LLP, worked with Anthony Misquitta and Nadim Zaman to advise New York based company Intersection Parent on a joint venture with Primseight and partnership with BT for the launch of a new communications service, bringing high-speed WiFi and other digital services to London and other UK cities. Suzy Schmitz, Stephen Rodd and Ian Down are other contacts. Jeremy Schrire recently joined from King & Wood Mallesons.

Leading individuals

Jeremy Schrire - Keystone Law

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

Keystone Law

Keystone Law’s ‘personable, effective and widely, deeply knowledgeable’ department comprises a revolving roster of highly experienced partners. It is best known for acting for SMEs and entrepreneurs, and is active in a range of sectors, including TMT, healthcare and real estate. ‘Exceptional negotiatorNadim Zaman advised Network Locum on its purchase of rLocums, Jaan Larner assisted Priory Solutions with its $8m sale to Roberts Group, and Andrew Stilton acted for GRS (Bagging) on its acquisition of various businesses. Other clients in 2016 included FW Thorpe, Peter Savage, HealthHarmonie and Muller Holdings.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

Keystone Law is ‘building up a strong reputation in this practice area’ and ‘is particularly well placed to handle complex commercial fraud disputes’. The team works with a range of banks, businesses and individuals on fraud prevention and resolution, and has recently advised Nest Investments in a claim against a Lebanese bank which was shut down by the United States Financial Crimes Enforcement Network. Key figure Robert Lawrie is ‘a very experienced individual’ who ‘has razor-sharp legal skills and is extremely user friendly’.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 4

Keystone Law

Keystone Law saw the arrival of Gareth Hughes and Andrew Wong from Gordon Dadds LLP, which has significantly bolstered the firm’s licensing practice. Wong is praised as being ‘an exceptionally commercially minded lawyer who approaches cases like an entrepreneur’ and ‘combines a realistic approach with a can-do attitude’, and Hughes is described as ‘an experienced and determined licensing practitioner who is known and respected by all sides of the industry’. Robert Sutherland is the other key name to note, and ‘has a great instinct for legal points to fight coupled with an encyclopaedic knowledge of licensing law’. The team recently advised on the licensing aspects of the Deptford Project Regeneration Scheme, a £47m public private partnership with the London Borough of Lewisham, and assisted the board of trustees for the Tate Gallery with a new premises license for the Tate Modern following the completion of a £260m extension. Devonshire Club and Lescargot are also key clients.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Keystone Law

Keystone Law’s is highly rated for its representation in high-value commercial disputes. The firm’s key litigators include Alex Ferrari, Patrick Pennal and Nilam Sharma. Ferrari recently acted in a claim regarding the calculation of royalties and breach of contract issues.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 6

Keystone Law

HDI Global, MS Amlin plc and Zurich feature on Keystone Law’s extensive client list. Marine specialist Jonathan Hadley-Piggin joined from Keates Ferris and acted for CGI Finance in proceedings against AXA regarding the total loss of a superyacht. Other key contacts include dual-qualified US and UK solicitor Nilam Sharma, who handles D&O claims and professional negligence actions against professionals that advise on financial transactions. Steven Conway arrived from Browne Jacobson LLP and product liability expert Antony Colman was hired from Thomas Eggar LLP. Daniel Crockford and Alex Penberthy joined Keoghs LLP.

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Keystone Law

Keystone Law handles the full range of defendant personal injury cases involving public liability, local authorities, marine injury and health and safety. The firm recently acted in a case involving a passenger vessel collision. Also recommended are the ‘highly professionalCordelia Rushby, who specialises in identifying medical and financial fraud, and Steven Conway, who joined from Browne Jacobson LLP and has expertise in handling cases involving local authorities. Alex Penberthy joined Keoghs LLP.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

Keystone Law bolstered its team by hiring ‘strong negotiator’ and ‘real specialistAntony Colman from Thomas Eggar LLP, who acts for manufacturers and insurers in international trade disputes. Health and safety expert David Beckenham arrived from an in-house position at Harsco Corporation and is adept in product recalls and defending against enforcement actions under food and safety laws, among other work. Jason Kallis is defending Bosch against a claim served in Germany, which relates to a fire caused by a product bearing the client’s branding. The ‘dynamic and up-and-coming firm’ also counts HDI Global, Electrium and ThyssenKrupp Elevator UK as clients.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 7

Keystone Law

Keystone Law enjoyed considerable expansion in 2016, with a number of hires including Susan Anand, who joined from Russell-Cooke LLP and Stuart Darlington, who joined from Simkins LLP. The team remained active across a range of sectors including residential, hotel and leisure and healthcare, and in one standout mandate Shayne Foley acted for Nilerace on the £50m sale of 36 care homes. Another name to note is Lisa Raymond, who specialises in acting for retailers such as Models Own; she advised said client on various matters including the granting of a new lease at Trinity Leeds Centre.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

Keystone Law is lauded as a ‘market leader in the virtual law firm niche’, and the five-strong team of consultants remained highly active both in the promotion of, as well as the objection to, planning schemes. Ben Garbett, who has ‘good technical knowhow and commercial savvy’, advised Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Trust on a series of planning applications for Phase II of the re-establishment of the Lynton to Barnstaple heritage railway which runs through Exmoor National Park. The team was particularly busy in the contentious space; Garbett acted for joint claimants in a judicial review challenge seeking to quash South Gloucestershire Council’s grant of planning that allowed the use of fields and woodland as a shooting school. Other names to note are David Evans, Oliver Goodwin and Andrew Hignett; Hignett has been handling a number of significant marine sector projects, including the promotion of new statutory powers for the Isle of Wight Council, in its capacity as harbour authority for Newport, in order to regenerate a central part of the town. Barrister Gareth Hughes joined from Gordon Dadds LLP.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Leading individuals

Jonathan Coad - Keystone Law

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

Keystone Law further strengthened its brand management offering with the hire of Lucy Blick-Jones from BBC Worldwide, Sarah Needham from DC Thomson, Suzy Schmitz from Kemp Little LLP, and Vanessa Barnett from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Recent highlights saw Anthony Misquitta advising Guthy-Renker UK on IP and advertising law issues; Ian Down advising a fast food chain on a broad range of advertising, promotions and campaigns; and Schmitz assisting a consumer goods company with comparative advertising and third party trade mark issues.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

Keystone Law’s sports work is ‘very diverse and constantly expanding’. Highlights included acting for Perform Group on its provision of sports data to the media and betting markets, and on its acquisition of international media and marketing rights to global sports events. He also advised World Wrestling Entertainment on regulatory and commercial matters concerning its network and brand in the UK. Former jockey Rachel Flynn is recommended for equestrian sports, and commercial litigator Jacqueline Brown is experienced in football as well as equestrian sports. Morris Bentata left to establish sports media boutique Level Law.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Keystone Law

Regulatory, commercial, and contentious mandates are a mainstay of the practice at Keystone Law. Highlights included advising Blue Island on its airline franchise agreement with Flybe. Virgin Atlantic, Wizzair, Bermuda Civil Aviation Authority and Privatair are also clients. Key individuals include Trevor Sears, who is ‘very experienced’, Jeremy Bennett, Alex Ferrari, who handles domestic and international disputes in the aviation sector, and Susannah Sheppard, who advises on EU and UK competition matters. Barrister Hugh O’Donovan, who specialises in commercial and competition aviation, has a ‘fantastic reputation’. Tamsin Hayward joined easyJet in 2016.

Leading individuals

Hugh O’Donovan - Keystone Law

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 5

Keystone Law

Keystone Law’s ‘reactive, efficient and knowledgeable’ team handles a range of contentious and non-contentious shipping mandates including insurance disputes, collisions, salvage claims and charterparty disputes. It is particularly noted for its yachting and superyacht sector expertise. Key figures include Jonathan Hadley-Piggin, who focuses on the yachting sector. Andrew Hignett and Ian Sellars are also recommended. Daniel Crockford and Alex Penberthy joined Keoghs LLP.

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