Keystone Law > London, England > Firm Profile

Keystone Law
48 CHANCERY LANE
LONDON
WC2A 1JF
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 1

At Keystone Law, Gareth Hughes has over 20 years’ experience in the licensing field, where he continues to demonstrate his stellar reputation securing licences for clients in complex geographical areas, such as the Shoreditch Special Policy Area, Westminster Stress areas and the Camden Special Policy Area. Andrew Wong, who high-profile clients praise for being ‘exceptionally good in tough cases’, advises on a number of large-scale redevelopments, restaurants and bars, most recently on projects in central London. ‘Truly outstanding’ Marcus Lavell represents some of the leading nightclubs and bars in the West End, while Niall McCann is highly recommended for contentious matters. Craig Baylis joined the team as a consultant solicitor in October 2022.

Testimonials

‘This is one of the best and most experienced teams in licensing.’

‘Marcus Lavell: truly outstanding. Excellent knowledge in this area, great client skills and has a good instinct for novel legal points. He really understands the cross-over between licensing and public law.’

‘First-rate group of licensing lawyers.’

‘Andrew Wong is exceptionally good in tough cases involving blue-chip clients, especially hotels, restaurants and bars in central London. Excellent commercial judgment.’

‘Marcus Lavell more junior but provides superb litigation support in difficult matters.’

‘Niall McCann – vastly experienced in licensing matters with excellent judgment.’

‘Effective, connected, good value for money.’

‘The team are knowledgeable and understand the intricacies of licensing law and have a fabulous network of professional contacts to be able to properly advise on the best strategy for the business.’

Key clients

R&f One (UK) Limited

Barworks (Soho) Limited

One Berkeley Trustee (Jersey) Limited and One Berkeley Trustee (Jersey) 2 Limited

Kindred Concepts Limited

Manex Properties Limited

Dna London Limited

The Shuffle Group Limited

Carluccio’s Limited

Immerse London Ltd

William Jeffrey Tottey and Kathleen Mary Tottey

Nightlight Leisure Ltd

Carter Dixon McGill Ltd

Night & Day Cafe Limited

Rockwater Sandbanks and Branksome Limited

Pantechnicon (London) Limited

Fulham Football club

Diageo Great Britain Ltd

The Globe Theatre, Southwark

Vinoteca Ltd

Hippodrome Casino Ltd

Maven Leisure Limited

Hope lease Project and Mint Group Limited

Maven Leisure Limited

J D Wetherspoon Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Fulham Football Club in relation to the licensing aspects of the club’s redevelopment of the Riverside Stadium and re-licensing of the entire stadium.
  • Assisted Diageo Great Britain Ltd in obtaining licenses in the heart of Westminster in the Covent Garden area for a substantial redevelopment for the Guinness brand to include restaurants, bars and a fully fitted working brewery.
  • Assisted Maven Leisure Limited with an application for new premises licence in the heart of the West End Stress Area in Piccadilly Circus/Shaftesbury Avenue.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 1

Litigating on behalf of both SMEs and global organisations, Keystone Law has a mouth-watering court success rate in the UK. Within the firm’s lawyer ranks, Alex Ferrari is ‘a top-notch litigator‘; James Healy-Pratt acts in relation to aviation accidents; Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs assists with commercial disputes, contentious insolvency-related claims, and fraud cases; Louise Abbott specialises in civil fraud, cryptocurrency and asset recovery work; and Elaine Chan is ‘a very senior, effective solicitor‘. Also key to the firm’s litigation credentials, Lara Robson represents both high-net-worth (HNW) individuals and companies in disputes; Patrick Elliott is a corporate recovery and insolvency expert; Gagan Ranu focuses on India and Middle East-related disputes; Patrick Pennal has a wide-ranging international litigation practice; and Dharmendra Nair specialises in shipping, commodities and commercial litigation. In 2022, Tracy Sell-Peters joined as partner from DWF, while former partners Matthew Reach and Robert Lawrie departed for Fox Williams LLP and Grosvenor Law, respectively.

Other key lawyers:

Alex Ferrari; James Healy-Pratt; Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs; Louise Abbott; Elaine Chan; Lara Robson; Patrick Elliott; Gagan Ranu; Patrick Pennal; Dharmendra Nair; Tracy Sell-Peters; James Lankshear; Chris Botsman: Rowan Brown; Joseph Kosky; Andrea James; Nick Scott

Testimonials

‘The key USP of this practice is that they have their clients’ interests at heart and they will not postpone the resolution of a dispute to clock up fees.’

Clever use of tactics that result in winning every litigation case.

‘Very astute litigators and they have an exceptional knowledge of the workings of the aviation industry.’

‘Alex Ferrari has a keen understanding of the tactics and psychology of litigation, and a forensic eye for detail.’

‘Alex Ferrari is a top-notch litigator of very significant capabilities.’

‘Elaine Chan is very well-organised and tenacious. She also uses technology expertly to deal with matters quickly and efficiently.’

‘Elaine Chan is a very senior, effective solicitor with deep expertise.’

‘They have tremendous access to a talent pool of industry experts.’

Key clients

Global Chartering (Mauritius)

Baffinland Iron Mines

Sablier Labs

Real estate > Residential property Tier 1

Keystone Law has a depth of like-minded quality lawyers who all work in complete harmony – the ‘team’ is very effective at delivering excellent advice and positive outcomes’. It boasts an excellent portfolio of high-net-worth clients. The group is skilled at advising on the full spectrum of residential property matters from sales and acquisitions to developments, financings, enfranchisement and disputes. Ian Cooke is vastly experienced in handling transactions relating to the prime and super-prime London residential property market. Sakhjit Randhawa frequently advises on high-value residential property acquisitions, sales and new development projects. In addition, Randhawa has a large following in the Middle East, South East Asia and America. Hugh Murphy is another key figure who acts for private clients, landed estates and institutional clients on all aspects of property law. Murphy continues to be instructed by a number of high-profile international and UK-based clients.

Other key lawyers:

Ian Cooke; Sakhjit Randhawa; Hugh Murphy; Katie Cohen; Jason Roston

Testimonials

‘Very professional and always responsive. Always there to answer a query, practical solutions and client’s best interests always put first’.

‘Hugh Murphy’s team continues to deliver an unrivalled personal and professional service in the upper end of the residential and agricultural property market’.

‘Hugh Murphy is always readily available to discuss issues and offer solutions before delivering sound professional advice to our mutual clients with a pragmatic and human touch’.

‘The team at Keystone law are exemplary in every aspect of their work. Their communication is second to none. Ian Cooke is in a class of his own’.

‘Ian Cooke and Sakhjit Randhawa are quite simply exceptional lawyers who really care about delivering excellent advice and service to all their clients. Their service and advice is nothing short of outstanding and highly professional’.

Katie Cohen is very knowledgeable in leasehold reform and very conscientious in her work’.

‘Hugh Murphy is an extremely experienced residential property lawyer, who is user-friendly and brings a can do attitude to any scenario‘.

‘Jason Roston is truly excellent; incredibly efficient and always helpful. Offers fantastic support to his clients. The best solicitor I have worked with.’

Key clients

The Old War Office Project, Whitehall, London SW1

60 Curzon Street Limited

Regent’s Crescent Property Holdings

British Land PLC and Clarges Mayfair Residential Management Company Limited

Chester Collection Limited

Buyers at Southbank Place, London

Buyers at Chelsea Barracks, London SW3

Edd China

Prue Leith

Work highlights

  • Instructed on The Old War Office Project – handling the residential apartment sales – all being built to a super-prime specification. There are 85 apartments in the building, and it is instructed to sell all of them one by one to the individual buyers of the apartments.
  • Instructed by Brockton Everlast Inc and their special purpose company, 60 Curzon Street Limited, to advise on the residential apartment sales of their prime Mayfair residential property scheme at 60 Curzon Street. There are 42 luxury apartments in this stunning location and the gross development value is expected to be around £600m.
  • Advising British Land PLC throughout this development and sales programme of their super-prime Clarges, Mayfair development opposite the Ritz since the decision was made to purchase the original office building, knock it down and create some ultra-luxury residential apartments. Ian and Sakhjit have handled with their team all apartment sales and have concluded the final sales during 2022.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 2

Keystone Law is noted for its ‘deep experience‘, with particular strengths in cross-jurisdictional exit negotiation, whistleblowing cases, unlawful dismissal claims, and settlement agreements. Helen Sherborne acts on high-value and high-profile cases spanning the breadth of discrimination litigation, including claims relating to sex, age, and disability. Angharad Harris leads on corporate investigations and negotiates business departures, while Clive Howard advises on unfair dismissals, regularly appearing before the Employment Tribunal. Other key figures are Alistair French, whose broad caseload encompasses contentious and non-contentious work, and Jane Wheeler, who is a key contact for businesses and senior executives from a broad range of industries, including fitness, advertising and charity.

Other key lawyers:

Helen Sherborne; Angharad Harris; Clive Harris; Alistair French; Jane Wheeler; Marie Van Der Zyl; Clive Howard; Emma Clark

Testimonials

‘Clive Howard is very experienced, combining great legal knowledge with litigation nous. He is well respected by opponents, and an excellent no-nonsense negotiator.’

‘Jane Wheeler is an exceptional adviser. Her advice is always considered, straightforward and sensitive to the needs of our business. She is always responsive and feels like an extension of our in-house team.’

Angharad Harris is an exceptionally talented, knowledgeable and detail-oriented professional. She was fully focused on getting the best outcome; she is outstanding.’

‘Emma Clark has been an outstanding professional. She has been patient, diligent and very human.’

‘My experience with Keystone Law was excellent. The team were very professional and I appreciated their deep experience of employment law. Of great value was the direct and straightforward approach to dealing with my matter: the advice I received was relevant, tailored to my needs and presented in a clear and concise fashion.’

‘Alistair French at Keystone Law is very approachable and responsive. He is very calm and is excellent at communicating and providing reassurance in difficult times. He is a strategic thinker who provides thoughtful advice around approaching legal difficulties.’ 

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

The ‘sophisticated and very knowledgeable operation’ at Keystone Law involves ‘top-quality technical analysis’ and a ‘seamless’ experience. ‘Private client specialist’ and ‘superlative practitioner’ Robert Knight advises entrepreneurs, farmers, professionals and families with inherited wealth on the structuring and taxation of wills and trusts, as well as probate matters. The ‘outstanding’ and ‘technically strong’ Camilla Bishop, who is an expert in will drafting and regularly acts as a professional executor, handles all estate planning matters, focusing specifically on inheritance tax work.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The ability of the individual solicitor Camilla Bishop, her technical knowledge and the way it is presented to clients makes Camilla outstanding. Additionally, Camilla has the support of a network of solicitors with Keystone and that adds a layer comfort for me.’

‘Camilla Bishop is technically strong but manages to simplify matters and convey these to clients in a friendly and helpful style and without talking down to them.’

‘Robert Knight is an excellent private client specialist.’

‘Quite simply, the experience is seamless.’

‘Robert Knight has so many qualities, from being kind to absolute professionalism. Robert is gentle and considerate in nature, he has taken the time to understand me, my family and my businesses. The advice he has provided has taken all aspects of my life into consideration and importantly made it a simple process to understand. Robert is also very patient and appreciates my busy life, the communication has been excellent. I’ve received gentle reminders from Robert, this has kept the process moving and I’m pleased to say my affairs are now in place. Lastly he always has time to listen, a rare quality these days.’

‘Top quality technical analysis and fully on top of all relevant considerations. Clearly a sophisticated and very knowledgeable operation.’

‘We worked with Robert Knight on estates and trust matters, who was outstanding. We really appreciate the time Robert took to understand our aims and objectives, but also to point out relevant pitfalls and alternative approaches. Robert was also able to assist us superbly at short notice on a new matter unrelated to the original engagement. A superlative practitioner in this area.’

‘Creative in the best sense in clients’ interests, but always take care to identify risks and discuss with counsel where appropriate. Robert Knight exemplifies these qualities.’

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Keystone Law handles the full range of professional negligence claims, drawing upon the resources of the wider national firm to provide an offering across a range of industries and professions. Jonathan Watmough brings his valuable experience and insights from his time as a defendant lawyer for a number of the leading insurers to the claims pursued by businesses and individuals. He works alongside consultant solicitor Sharon Duncan, who has experience acting in claims against solicitors, valuers, surveyors, insurance brokers, and accountants.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Watmough

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very good practice from all aspects. From engagement the whole process was handled very well. Very professional and experienced in all the services provided to me.’

‘The level of service was exceptional. All communication was received in a timely manner and the representation in my case was of the highest level. I dealt with Sharon Duncan and the level service was unquestionable.’

‘Our main contact is Jonathan Watmough, who our clients are always very happy with. He used to defend professionals for insurers, so he understands the other side of the market. He’s good on the law, but also practical and user-friendly, which is important.’

‘Jonathan Watmough has specific expertise in this area and solely practices in professional negligence and is a true specialist.’

‘The team is very professional and well organised. Most importantly, they collaborate well with colleagues to ensure that the most appropriate knowledge is applied to the matter. Some other firms appear more siloed and work is not given to the most appropriate person. This is vital to any client. It is a well managed firm.’

‘Jonathan Watmough is clearly expert in his field; he leaves you feeling confident that they have thought of everything. Jonathan is attentive and proactively seeks feedback to ensure you are receiving the service you expect.’

‘Jonathan Watmough is extremely diligent, practical and professional in his approach. He communicates well and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.’

‘The service I received was excellent from start to finish. I have nothing but praise for all the people involved with my claim.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting Tier 3

Keystone Law has longstanding experience of assisting with a broad range of issues, including land-based gambling sites, host and software licensing matters for international operators and the use of cryptocurrencies as a form of payment for gambling platforms. The team has a proven track record of acting on licensing review applications, where the client’s licence is at risk of revocation. Richard Williams is well placed to advise skill game clients on how to avoid being regulated under the Gambling Act 2005. Financial services expert Rabya Anwar is equipped to handle jurisdictional expansion matters, while Niall McCann and Stephen Rodd are further key contacts.

Other key lawyers:

Richard Williams; Rabya Anwar; Niall McCann; Lara Robson; Stephen Rodd; Nicholas Tall; Jimmy Desai

Key clients

Verdict MMA Inc

Papaya Gaming Inc

MeritUp Inc

Funfair Technologies Europe Limited

Pura Vida Sunset Services Ltd

Abdullah Qandeel

Zhong Lun Law Firm Limited

Jumbo Interactive Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised MeritUp Inc on the development of its FlipFam football engagement app.
  • Instructed by US MMA pool betting startup Verdict to advise on licensing requirements for its launch in GB.
  • Assisted Papaya Gaming with the analysis of its skill games under the Gambling Act 2005, to establish whether they are regulated gambling.

Finance > Islamic finance Tier 3

Drawing upon ‘in-depth knowledge and experience in Islamic finance across a variety of structures’, Keystone Law is a popular choice among banks, funds and corporates, particularly in the context of inward investment into the UK. Central to the firm’s success in the field is ‘very approachable’ Fara Mohammad, whose deep and broad knowledge in the space leads to a myriad instructions, both on the transactional and regulatory front. Mohammad is also a thought leader, and has been at the cutting-edge of the rapidly maturing UK  Islamic finance ecosystem, including as it relates to fintech.

Other key lawyers:

Martin Brown; Fara Mohammad

Testimonials

The team has excellent interpersonal skills, in-depth knowledge and experience in Islamic finance across a variety of structures.’

The team has in-depth experience in Islamic finance across all segments.’

‘Exceptional pro-active approach with focus on delivering on client need. Prepared do go extra distance to ensure they understand all of the issues at hand and offer alternate solutions.’

Fara Mohammad was very approachable. She was able to understand our requirement and suggest alternative solutions to meet our requirement.’

Work highlights

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 3

The insurance team at Keystone Law has particular expertise in handling product liability matters arising from international trade. The firm is also well-versed in dealing with property damage claims arising from fire and escape of water. Antony Colman focuses on acting for insurers and manufacturers. Jason Kallis specialises in issues surrounding product recalls, repair actions and property damage, while Elaine Chan is an expert in commercial litigation.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The person that I work with at Keystone is Elaine Chan who has deep and long experience in relation to product liability litigation – a notoriously complex area of law which can have a significant international dimension. Elaine deploys all the skills at her disposal – including ADR to resolve disputes quickly and at reasonable cost. Elaine brings to her practice niche understanding of the Chinese markets and challenges in dispute resolution with a Chinese ingredient.’

‘Elaine is very switched onto her clients and bottoms all problems tenaciously and quickly.’

‘Antony Colman, a highly experienced and knowledgeable product liability specialist with a long established reputation in the field. Personable and friendly.’

Key clients

Electrium Sales Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV Tier 3

A number of hugely experienced media law practitioners now ply their trade at Keystone Law; film & TV experts include litigator Lawrence Abramson, whose recent work has included copyright claims, shareholder disputes and a range of other contentious matters in the media sphere.

Testimonials

‘The relatively small media team would be a disadvantage to a client in normal circumstances, but I have found that here it is not required to have any more than a partner and associate on the case: both are extremely knowledgeable and responsive. It would be a waste of client money to include more lawyers and I think any client of Keystone gets great value for money.’

‘Although we use the service due to a lon standing relationship, other lawyers expert in their particular area are readily available.’

‘Superb breadth of knowledge and depth of resource.’

‘Keystone have lawyers with in-depth expertise in their field.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Music Tier 3

The media and entertainment team at Keystone Law is home to a number of advisors adept in the music sector. Gerard Cukier advises high-profile individuals on music recording and performance agreements, licensing deals and sponsorship agreements, together with reputation management issues. Other recommended individuals include contractual expert Nick Weaser and commercial litigator Lawrence Abramson.

Key clients

Julia Kogan

Dame Shirley Bassey DBE

Tommy Farrow

Barry Silkman

Simon Armitage

August Ramberg (Discrete)

Matthew Bishop

Hachette Book Group

Pan Macmillan

Simon and Schuster Publishing Company

Verso Books

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Lady Colin Campbell

Fresh Air Production (Neil Cowling Limited)

Oxford Media Solutions Limited (Videvo)

FIPP Limited

Russell Watson

Wienerworld

Henry Hadaway Organisation Ltd.

101 Films Limited

Six Music Group

Nelson’s Kids Ltd

Deepak Sikka

Skyrocket Entertainment Limited

Richard Walters

Vanessa Mahi

Entertain Me

Revelation Film Group

Maverick Productions

TBI

Estates of Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchel

Dylan Cartlidge

Ross Hamilton (Buzz Killer)

Liz Mitchell

Transport > Travel Tier 3

Keystone Law‘s team is adept at advising on commercial and regulatory matters, including high-value cases relating to the aviation and charter sectors of transport. In aviation, which is James Healy-Pratt‘s area of specialism, the team advises on corporate and employment-related issues, as well as consumer litigation. Its charter-related work ranges from assisting in issues with cargo vehicles, to advising on claims against charter employers. Trevor Sears - a highly experienced consultant solicitor and specialist in dispute resolution, travel, aviation and insolvency - is a further key name to note.

Other key lawyers:

Employment Tier 3

Keystone Law's team is highly regarded for its provision of ‘unique insight' into clients' businesses in relation to employment. Key names in Cambridge are Kelly Sayers, who is ‘an absolute expert in this field', and experienced employment practitioner Tim Tyndall who are both known for their ‘excellent negotiating skills and exceptional levels of client service‘. Key partner Rachel Flynn also works from East Anglia and has an industry-leading specialism in the horseracing and equine world.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has unique insight into my business, excellent negotiating skills and exceptional levels of client service.’

‘Kelly Sayers is an absolute expert in this field with a truly unique range of relevant experience.’

‘Kelly Sayers has a deep understanding of our organisation and sector. We very much appreciate her clear advice and ability to work with us and our associated organisations in a flexible, understanding and communicative way.’

‘Advice given is plain and sound – the team quickly determine my capabilities and understanding of the subject matter so that when they communicate with me they don’t make me feel belittled, or out of my depth, which makes for a great relationship.’

‘We have worked with Kelly Sayers for a number of years and find her to be down-to-earth, approachable, and realistic. She talks to us, not at us. These are only some of the many reasons we like working with Kelly. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Kelly to any HR professional, or company requiring her skills.’

Key clients

Newsells Park Stud Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

Keystone Law’s intellectual property offering includes handling both IP disputes and providing commercial IP advice, often with an international dimension. Will Sander is a UK and European chartered trade mark and design attorney with a broad practice ranging from protection and monitoring to exploitation of IP involving all IP rights from trade marks, patents, design, confidential information, copyright, to database rights.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Thane

Mockingbird Raw Press

Borough Kitchen

Immediate Media

Not on the High Street

Galgorm Hotel and Spa

Lumon Pay

Zero Carbon Farms

Kooth Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Thane on the global protection of core brands, involving the management and prosecution of scores of trademarks in the UK, EU, North America, South America and other jurisdictions, the management and prosecution of numerous registered designs.
  • Acting for Mockingbird in multiple trademark (and related IP) matters, currently involving trademark prosecution matters covering or anticipated to cover the UK, EU, and USA.
  • Acting as the global trademark counsel for Immediate Media, involving maintaining and securing trademark protection in multiple jurisdictions, and the advice on multiple associated issues, including contentious issues.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Office holders, companies, lenders and creditors put their faith in the ‘tenacious' Keystone Law to handle a broad range of contentious, advisory and transactional insolvency mandates. The ‘well-respected’ Stephen Young is the key contact in the South West, advising insolvency office holders and other stakeholders affected by insolvency forms the bedrock of his practice.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Stephen Young is well respected in the region; he has a can-do attitude and is very responsive.’

‘Hardworking, tenacious, robust in all legal matters.’

 

Key clients

Begbies Traynor (Central) LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Hazlewoods LLP

Evelyn Partners

Countrywide Group Limited

MHA Monahans

Undebt.co.uk

Resolve Group

Manolete Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting for a shareholder of a former car hire business to seek the urgent appointment of a Provisional Liquidator to successfully recover £5m of funds.
  • Acting for a UAE creditor in connection with a hostile administration order application and in an application that concerned the validity of our client’s floating charge.
  • Pursuing transaction at an undervalue proceeding in connection with the pre-liquidation transfer of an insolvent company’s business.

Real estate > Construction Tier 3

The ‘effective’ specialist construction knowledge at Keystone Law covers education, central and local government, and transport infrastructure. Martin Howe is singled out for his expertise in construction-related contracts. Louise Garcia ‘s contentious expertise extends to a niche focus on groundworks and tunnelling matters. Jon Close is well versed in renewable energy related projects. Tom Philips frequently advises on standard JCT, NEC and PPC contracts and Australia-qualified solicitor Andrew Thompson  advises across an array of commercial construction matters.

Other key lawyers:

Louise Garcia; Martin Howe; Jon Close; Tom Philips; Andrew Thompson

Testimonials

‘Keystone Law provide proactive, easy to digest advice on matters of construction law.’

‘They provide straightforward solutions that have always been effective.’

‘We have worked with Jon Close for years due to the high standard of advice that he has always given.’

‘Jon Close responsive and very practical in his advice, and always finds a solution.’

 

Key clients

UK Power Solutions Limited

Vitruvius Management Services Ltd

University of Southampton

University of the West of England

Octavius Infrastructure Limited

Vertical Future Limited

Geoffrey Osborne Limited and Group Companies

Forcia Limited

Ascent Development Limited

Innovare Limited

Keyplan Engineering Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Geoffrey Osborne Limited and Group Companies on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters.
  • Advised Vitruvius Management Services Ltd on a number of their projects including runway upgrade works for Gloucestershire Airport.
  • Providing construction-related advice to the University of the West of England on its major construction projects.

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

The technology practice at Keystone Law supports startups and national corporations on the full range of matters pertaining to IT and telecoms, including contractual arrangements, software licensing issues, and dispute resolution. Jessica Bent, an ‘excellent partner with lots of experience’, is sought after by clients from the digital, creative, and technology sectors, while Charlie White is regularly engaged for his expertise in commercial and IP arrangements.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jessica Bent is an excellent partner with lots of experience. She offers pragmatic advice to her clients and is commercially savvy.’

‘Jessica Bent is excellent. She has decades of experience in the sector and remains at the cutting edge. She is down to earth and approachable but has great heft as an adviser, instilling confidence in clients.’

Key clients

Adam Matthew Digital Limited

Anglia Home Furnishings Limited

Bath Spa University

Bitmap Books Ltd

Blubolt Limited

Carbohydrate Synthesis Limited

The Coconut Collaborative Ltd

Icon Scientific Limited

Octavius Infrastructure Limited

Exabel SA

Nevaya Limited

Nature’s Finest Food Products Ltd

SRI Consultants Limited

Stormjar Limited

SmartRecruiters Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Adam Matthew on data protection issues relating to its customer licensing agreements, and the extent to which the academic exemption as an academic publisher applies, which provides exemption from much of the data protection framework.
  • Advised the Coconut Collaborative on data protection matters.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 4

Noted for its depth of experience and commercial acumen, the corporate team at Keystone Law is regularly engaged by SMEs, entrepreneurs and larger corporates, with a notable focus on the TMT and healthcare sectors. The practice boasts an experienced bench of partners which include Nadim ZamanEdward Dawes, Andrew Stilton and Geoffrey Davies. Dee Sian continues to undertake a broad range of M&A and venture capital transactions, while Stuart Mathews joined from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP in spring 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Davis; Nadim Zaman; Edward Dawes; Dee Sian; Andrew Stilton; Geoffrey Davies; Simon Holden; JP Irvine; Stuart Mathews; Charles Frank

Testimonials

‘Edward Dawes displayed significant confidence, expertise and efficiency.’

‘Edward Dawes is clearly an expert in his field and deals courteously but firmly in negotiations which got the deal done. Drafting was concise and explanations were given willingly whenever required.’

Key clients

World Programming Limited

Tom Limb

Mustang Energy PLC

Ama Corporation PLC

Paul Swinton and Robert Anderson

food`or International GmbH

Shareholders of Jexo Tech Ltd

Goldhawk Productions Limited

Shareholders of Translatemedia Limited

Craig Wills

Cognitive Group Limited

Simon Gravatt

The partners of Okells with Francis Law LLP

Resolution Reichert Network Solutions GmbH

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated

Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited

SmartRecruiters, Inc.

Myzone Holdings Limited

Alaco

Work highlights

  • Advised Alaco, a global leader in the business intelligence industry, on its sale to Sigma7, a risk information and services company.
  • Advised Tom Limb, the founder of Videvo on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Oxford Media Solutions Limited to Freepik Company S.L.
  • Advised advised Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) on the sale of Allegheny Technologies Limited, one of its UK subsidiaries, to Mutares SE & Co. KGaA.

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 4

Keystone Law offers ‘an accessible and personal service’ to professional practices and individual members including accountants. Peter Garry specialises in resolving disputes within partnerships, LLPs and private limited companies and also advises on transactions, company governance and drafts agreements. Another lawyer to note is Emma Clark who advises on contractual documentation especially in relation to new hires, post termination restrictions and exits, and offers expertise in employment law, specifically discrimination and whistleblowing laws. Employment and partnership lawyer Clive Howard regularly assists individuals in the legal and financial services sector with contentious exits and discrimination claims.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice provides an accessible and personal service that understands and meets client needs.’

‘Peter Garry is very professional, quickly establishes the facts and provides appropriate solutions, helping and supporting in a timely manner. He is a personable individual, very knowledgeable and available when needed. He puts client at ease and builds a trusting relationship. As his client, you are pleased he is on your side as he is quick to take action and deliver results.’

‘Peter Garry dealt with my partnership issue succinctly and swiftly. He is a fountain of knowledge in the area of the law.’

‘An accessible, personal service that understands and meets client needs. Value for money, no time wasting and transparent with costs.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 4

Keystone Law offers a wide range of services within the fraud and financial crime industries and benefits from its strong coordination with banks and businesses. The team is well-versed in offering advice on matters across the spectrum, including corruption, SFO prosecutions, embezzlement, and disciplinary and regulatory issues. Louise Abbott delivers niche expertise in cryptocurrency fraud claims and the recovery of blockchain assets, while Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs draws from his 30 years’ experience to handle international commercial litigation and insolvency disputes. Chris Willison, a recent addition to the department, contributes to the firm’s success through his impressive track record in advising financial institutions on fraud cases.

Testimonials

‘The Keystone model works for clients. One sees very engaged partners who know the detail of the matters they are working on, and increasingly, good juniors coming through.’

‘Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs has a wealth of experience in substantial commercial fraud cases which he brings to bear in his matters.’

Key clients

Paradigm Assets Ltd

Indigo Global Partners Limited (In Liquidation)

Work highlights

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

Keystone Law‘s pensions practice - which notably features the highly experienced Monica Ma - assists both trustees and employers in all types of pensions issues, with its recent work including advising on pensions aspects of corporate transactions. The team regularly collaborates with Isle of Man-based Ben Hughes, who is particularly adept at assisting on both domestic and international pensions issues, as well as with its colleagues in other departments such as financial services, corporate, and tax. It is complimented for its provision of an ‘extremely courteous and competent service’. 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They provide extremely courteous and competent service.’

‘Monica Ma has proved to be an exceptional professional who has provided an invaluable service over the past twenty years or so. The work and response times provided by Monica are of a refreshingly high-quality. A pleasure to have her as our legal advisor.’

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

Keystone Law is well-placed to handle all manner of contentious insurance and reinsurance matters - particularly across the marine, life sciences and aviation sectors - with coverage disputes being a particular strong point. The practice continued to grow in partner-level expertise with the addition of Ruth Hite from Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance, who comes equipped with a strong UK and EU regulatory background. James Crabtree and Jason Kallis are among the key names to note, with other recommended individuals including James Healy-Pratt, Antony Colman and Elaine Chan.

Testimonials

‘James Crabtree is an outstanding reinsurance lawyer who is meticulous, savvy and creative. I could not think more highly of him.’

‘Elaine Chan is a leading expert on insurance litigation, including in relation to product liability and also including the niche area of asbestos.’

‘Elaine Chan is always available and very responsive. She is reassuring and very easy to deal with.’

‘What is striking is their deep knowledge of the industry.’

‘James Crabtree is an eminent practitioner and renowned for his expertise.’

‘They punch above their weight with excellent technical knowhow.’

‘James Crabtree has a wealth of knowledge and experience in big-ticket cases. He tends to be involved in most of the major pieces of litigation in this sector.’

Key clients

RiverStone Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the insurers of RiverStone Management Limited in the defence of a long running claim by a professional boxer for alleged failures to safeguard the boxer taking part in the bout and to transfer the injured boxer to a neurosurgical facility for surgery within the “golden hour”.

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 4

Keystone Law‘s ‘customer-centric, solutions-based’ personal injury offering notably features both Cordelia Rushby and Steven Conway. The group is experienced in acting for not only insurers but also local authorities, self-insured organisations and income protection providers.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Steven Conway is an absolute expert in his field. He has vast knowledge of the public sector claims genre and seems always to choose the right barrister if the claim proceeds to hearing. Steven is very adept at interviewing witnesses, often skillfully obtaining information that the witness didn’t realise they had within them. Lastly, Steven is very personable, and instils confidence in all those he comes into contact with.’

‘Vast experience, knowledge and expertise. Customer-centric, solutions-based approach.’

‘Cordelia Rushby has always been a pleasure to work with. Her dedication and expertise is second to none. We can always put a great deal of trust in the staff at Keystone.’

Key clients

Allianz Global

HDI Gerling SE

Chaucer Insurance Company Group PLC

Gallagher Bassett

Davies Group

Zurich Municipal

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a claim at trial by a council tenant who claimed water had leaked from a newly-installed shower room to the floor below, causing him to slip and fall.
  • Successfully defended a claim by a school cleaner who was injured when an 80kg smart screen fell off its mounting on to his foot.
  • Successfully defended a claim at trial where a claimant stepped backwards off a bus with her child in a pram and fell in to an open manhole cover, causing a chronic pain condition.

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 4

With key names to note including Lisette Aguilar and Gregor Kleinknecht, the dedicated and ‘active’ team at Keystone Law is experienced in advising ultra-high-net-worth individuals, business collectors, estates, trustees, galleries and dealers on a broad range of issues. The skilled group has wide-ranging expertise spanning advising on general transactions, digital art and NFTs, and artists’ rights, authenticity and provenance disputes. It is also sought after for its advice on the recovery of looted antiquities, cultural property claims and World War II restitution issues. Noted for his expertise in IP and technology, Anthony Misquitta - a key port of call for many of the team's most high-profile clients - is also recommended for his work in this space.

Testimonials

‘I know Lisette Aguilar best – unusual as she has in-depth art world experience from her stint at Sotheby’s, engaging and sensible’.

‘In the art law area, three key figures work together most seamlessly (Gregor Kleinknecht, Anthony Misquitta, Lisette Aguilar). They are highly recommended for more bespoke work’.

‘Gregor Kleinknecht is a careful and conscientious adviser, with a great breadth of experience working in the art law area’.

‘Anthony Misquitta works across various areas, but with a clear specialism in IP. He offers high-quality advice. Lisette Aguilar is a highly respected solicitor with great experience in the auction business’.

Key clients

Pantheon Limited

SGT Trading Limited

V&A

Work highlights

  • Advised Pantheon Limited on the contractual arrangements and intellectual property aspects for the “Never Fear Truth” NFT project.
  • Instructed by the Victoria & Albert Museum to advise on and prepare the construction contract and related documents for the second phase construction works at the new Photography Centre within the museums Grade 1-listed South Kensington home.

Private client > Family Tier 4

The family department at Keystone Law ‘is hugely experienced and it has drawn well-known practitioners from magic circle firms and built an impressive team of brilliant and expert family specialists’. Among its leading lights are Susan Apthorp, Claire O’Flinn, and Carolyn Bottomley. The group often advises high-profile and celebrity clients, and through Richard Collins, it also offers niche expertise in cases involving addiction, bipolar depression, and behavioural difficulties. Notable new arrivals include Laura Brown, who joined the practice from Ketley Miller Joels Ltd in April 2023, and Grainne Fahy - 'a superb family lawyer' - who joined the group from Clyde & Co in June 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Susan Apthorp; Richard Collins; Carolyn Bottomley; Rachel Lemon; Claire O’Flinn; Carys Mason; Isobel Mundy; Richard Abrahams; Hannah Cornish; Terrence Trainor; Laura Brown; Grainne Fahy; Yasmin Khan-Gunns

Testimonials

‘Rachel Lemon is so attentive to clients and very experienced. She goes the extra mile, has full oversight of the client file and builds very strong relationships.’

‘Richard Collins has enormous experience and expertise over money and children work having worked at a magic circle firm for many years and now working at Keystone. He is immensely popular with clients who appreciate his practice and problem solving approach and his attempts to keep the costs down.’

‘Claire O’Flinn brings a personal empathetic touch, with a steely edge, ensuring the best outcomes for her clients. She is vey approachable, thorough and provides accurate and timely instructions. She is very able.’

‘Claire O’Flinn is a standout individual. She has a wealth of experience having originated from a magic circle firm in London and continues to present in that sort of polished and meticulous manner. Claire is fabulous with clients from all sorts of backgrounds and she will not take any nonsense from her opponents.’

‘Claire O’Flinn remains one of the top family law solicitors out there. Her experience, wisdom and knowledge mean clients know from the outset that they are in the very best of the best’s capable hands. Carys Mason is up and coming and very much learning from fantastic colleagues. She is a great lawyer and diligent with great tactical skills.’

‘Great family team that is highly recommend. Rachel Lemon is a standout partner who is excellent with clients. Empathetic, thorough and always goes the extra mile for them. Always thinks out the box and is totally on top of her cases and the detail.’

‘Isobel Mundy in particular is an asset to the Keystone team. She is experienced, knowledgeable and is willing to work with other solicitors to reach a common goal rather than against them. I have no hesitation in referring work to Isobel.’

‘A great breadth of experience and knowledge within the team. Laura Brown is top class. She combines excellent technical skill with sensitive client handling and proactive advice.’

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

The team at Keystone Law is experienced in advising on all aspects of renewable and green energy projects. Richard Temple is recommended for his corporate and commercial capabilities across the renewable and conventional energy sectors, while Jon Close is another noteworthy member of the practice with experience handling construction-based renewable energy-related issues. Its work has cross-jurisdictional reach.

Other key lawyers:

Jon Close; Robert Spedding; Richard Temple

Key clients

Ecotricity Generation Limited N

Vertical Future

Mustang Energy PLC

Primorus Investments PLC

Seven Seven Capital

3ti Energy Hubs Limited

Calon Energy Limited

Wheelabrator Technologies Inc

The Sky Mining Company Ltd

Lexoo Limited

MA Energy Limited

UK Power Solutions Limited

Cotswold Energy Group Limited

A13 Engineering Limited

Design Installation Service Limited

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

With a strong reputation in the retail sector, Keystone Law advises clients in based in the UK and the Middle East on landlord and tenant matters. James Daglish is proficient in commercial property acquisitions and disposals, while Lisa Raymond’s practice encompasses mixed-use developments and subsequent lease structures. Guy Hitchin is entrusted by clients in the hospitality, leisure, and office sectors.

Other key lawyers:

Dagmara Selwyn-Kuczera; Adam Cornbloom; James Daglish; Guy Hitchin; Lisa Raymond

Testimonials

‘The team is very solution oriented.’

‘Lisa Raymond has been our dedicated solicitor for over 25 years and during all of her time at Keystone Law. What makes her stand out is her outstanding attention to detail and willingness to stand her ground and always get us the best possible terms on the smallest or largest transactions.’

‘The team has exceptional attention to details and thoroughness to always get the best for their clients. The team also works exceptionally well with other departments within their organisation if advice is needed on other subject matters during the transaction.’

Key clients

Gorillas Technologies UK Ltd

Berjaya Corporation

Wadham College, University of Oxford

Edd China

Culden Faw

Transport > Aviation Tier 4

Keystone Law acts on instructions from airlines, airports, lessors and more, advising them on UK and EU competition and state aid rules in addition to IATA regulations, M&A, joint ventures and a range of other commercial agreements and financing arrangements. The firm also advises a number of start-up clients providing goods and services to the aviation sector. Key contacts include James Healy-Pratt, an insurance and accident specialist, and Owen Hanna, who represents the victims of air accidents and their families in personal injury claims. Alex Ferrari acts for airlines and other operators in insurance disputes.

Testimonials

‘The team are very good at what they do, particularly with their in depth knowledge of Aviation.’

‘I have worked with them for almost four years, and their understanding of your personal feelings in difficult times has been excellent.’

‘I have worked with Owen Hanna, what can I say Owen’s understanding and commitment to me has been without question superb. He has helped me with my case, but more than that, he has supported me through difficult and emotional times.’

Key clients

Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited

Vitruvius Management Services Ltd

Allanson Consulting Limited

CFS Aeroproducts Limited

Elate Holdings Limited

Spairliners GmbH

Heather Ashley

Animal Aircare Company Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the board of Hybrid Air Vehicles Limited on corporate and commercial matters.
  • Advised Vitruvius Management Services Ltd on a number of their projects including runway upgrade works for Gloucestershire Airport.
  • Advising Spairliners GmbH with regard to the negotiation of a major Embraer aircraft component support agreement with its new client, SAS Link AB.

Transport > Shipping Tier 4

At Keystone Law, a deep bench of practitioners provides the firm’s clients with a number of different specialisms, with work ranging from shipbuilding disputes to superyacht issues and commercial claims. Due to its office in the Isle of Man, the practice is also able to advise on issues arising out of security registration or flagging in the jurisdiction. The team includes yacht specialist Jonathan Hadley-Piggin, shipping litigators Fei Mao and Richard Johnson-Brown, and Anastasia Papadopoulou, who focuses on the marine technology sector.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Keystone team is very proactive and innovative to provide solutions when we seek their advice.’

‘Jonathan Hadley-Piggin is always available and you always feel you have the full attention of a partner-level legal representative.’

‘Dharmendra Nair is the key counsel we deal with. He is very professional and attentive in his approach when we seek his advice.’

‘They understand the client needs and advise on the correct person to reach within the team.’

‘Chinese connections; very user-friendly.’

Key clients

Simulation Tech Inc

Arcelor Mittal Sourcing

Global Chartering Limited (Mauritius)

The Swedish Club

Jackson Russell

Baffinland Iron Mines LP

David Christopher Ross

Inspira Digital Wealth & LDX Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Global Chartering Limited (Mauritius) on a vessel which was stuck in China for 18 months as a result of the Chinese Government unofficial ban on importing Australian raw materials.
  • Advised Simulation Tech Inc on a claim for a total loss of about $15m and STI’s claim stand around $3.7m for all three vessels.
  • Advised The Swedish Club and acted for shipowners, defending against a claim in arbitration brought by charterers under the Inter-Club Agreement and winning the arbitration.

Private client > Family Tier 4

Keystone Law‘s family practice is noted for its proficiency in cross-border matrimonial finance work, working with a number of clients possessing assets totaling multi-million and multi-billion values. Sarah Thompson is the ‘stand-out practitioner’ in the team, with a broad practice that is particularly concentrated on financial remedy proceedings involving agricultural assets and complex pension structures. Beyond financial work, Thompson is also routinely involved in Schedule 1 Children Act, as well as complicated family relocation disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm were very professional, keeping me updated on all aspects of my case. The Solicitor I had been assigned was so helpful and helped me understand each process clearly and guided me on what to expect next. The whole process of sending documents, signing them and invoices was a very smooth process.’

‘I would highly recommend Sarah Thompson as my solicitor. She was very good at her job, professional, caring, helpful and honest. Sarah always had my best interests at heart and helped me during a very difficult period. The outcome she got was better than I could have imagined.’

‘The family team at Keystone in my view has increased its strength over the last few years with recruits such as Hannah Cornish and Sarah Thompson; both excellent and respected individuals.’

‘Sarah Thompson is a stand out practitioner. Her knowledge of financial remedy, in particular complex pension claims, is unrivalled. Sarah is a pleasure to work with. She has a superb ability to stay calm, even in the most stressful or pressured situations.’

Work highlights

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 4

From small businesses to international corporations, Keystone Law offers assistance with dispute resolution and strategic advice on all IP rights, including trade marks, patents and designs. Jessica Bent is a go-to adviser for clients from the creative, digital, and technology sectors, while Charlie White is well versed in commercial and IP arrangements.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jessica Bent is very experienced in her field and offers a fantastic service to clients. She is pragmatic and commercial in her advice.’

‘Jessica Bent has been outstanding in all relevant and necessary areas.’

‘Jessica Bent is extremely knowledgeable, has many years of experience in the sector and is very reliable.’

‘Keystone Law has advised this specialist process analyser company on various intellectual property issues. The scope of advice has covered the subsistence of intellectual property rights in analysers and components and intellectual property escrow agreements.’

‘Jessica Bent has always provided a good service with a pragmatic and business-focused approach.’

‘Excellent, good value and commercial legal advice, which is easy to access.’

‘Jessica Bent assisted us with our contract negotiation providing clear, sensible, commercial advice on the contract wording, aims and solutions. Great outcome was achieved.’

‘Great communication. Full understanding of our needs.’

Key clients

Adam Matthew Digital Limited

Anglia Home Furnishings Limited

Bath Spa University

Bitmap Books Ltd

Blubolt Limited

Carbohydrate Synthesis Limited

Exabel SA

Icon Scientific Limited

Nature’s Finest Food Products Ltd

Nevaya Limited

Octavius Infrastructure Limited

SmartRecruiters Inc

Stormjar Limited

The Coconut Collaborative Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Adam Matthew on its licensing agreements with archival institutions, as well as advising on and assisting on negotiations with various customer facing agreements.
  • Advising Bitmap Books on a variety of matters including content licensing and publishing agreements it enters into with publishers and contributors, and specific advice on the fair dealing exception in copyright.
  • Advised Icon Scientific Limited on various intellectual property subsistence issues, licensing agreements, non-disclosure and R&D agreements.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 5

Drawing upon an innovative mindset that in many ways mirrors the entrepreneurial nature of venture capital start-ups, the alternative business model utilised by Keystone Law ensures that clients receive a ‘highly pragmatic and commercial’ service throughout the funding continuum. The ‘fabulous’ Dee Sian  is ‘incredibly diligent’ and is particularly accomplished at advising funds on EIS and VCT investments, including within the technology, leisure and retail sectors. The ‘exceptional’ Charles Frank  has an investee focus to his practice, advising companies seeking funding, as well as on M&A processes with regard to an exit strategy.

Other key lawyers:

Dee Sian; Catherine Williams; Nadim Zaman; Jeremy Davis; Winston Penhall; Simon Holden; Charles Frank

Testimonials

Great, very active and approachable team.’

Due to the way Keystone is structured it feels like each lawyer acts like an entrepreneur and has the same mindset when it comes to making sure the firm is constantly innovating.’

Dee Sian is fabulous – incredibly diligent, proactive and commercial.’

Charles Frank was quite outstanding – provided an excellent service which delivered very good value for money, purely because of the efficiency with which he dealt with all issues.’

Key clients

True Capital Limited

Datamaran Limited

Vertical Future Limited

Root Capital LLP

Invma Limited

Myzone Holdings Limited

777 Partners LLC

Kelp Industries Ltd (trading as Kelpi)

ToucanBox

Work highlights

  • Advised Datamaran on its successful $13.3m Series B funding round led by Fortive Corporation and supported by American Electric Power.
  • Advising Vertical Future Limited on its £21m Series A fundraising.
  • Advising 777 Partners in relation to its investment into United Star Group.

Employment > Employers Tier 5

Keystone Law operates under a non-traditional structure which enables its lawyers to operate more independently and flexibly, and has in recent years built up a large and growing bench of partners. The firm has key strengths in defending claims arising from collective redundancy and acting on senior level investigations. Key names within the employment team include the highly experienced Angharad Harris and Nicholas Robertson, TUPE specialist Fraser Younson, maternity law expert Emma Clark and the senior level terminations focussed Rob Eldridge.

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Robertson; Angharad Harris; Fraser Younson; Emma Clark; Rob Eldridge; Sarah Garth; Marie van der Zyl

Testimonials

‘The breadth of experience in terms of employment law allows us to make informed decisions based on practical advice.’

‘Rob Eldridge has supported us for well over 10 years. His knowledge of employment law and experience of the tribunal process provides us with an invaluable input into both our strategic decision making and individual cases.’

‘Sarah Garth is an excellent lawyer, with great client handling skills, and very good attention to detail. She has significant ability to judge a situation and deploy the best tactics in litigation. She has huge commercial and common sense. She is a great all-rounder.’

‘The team are great communicators and are always fast o respond to any query and reply in a clear and clonsise way.’

‘Angharad Harris is fantastic and we are always very happy with her work. She always responds to queries quickly and is thorough, organised and friendly. I feel like we can always rely on her to answer any questions in a clear and detailed way.’

‘A collection of some of great of UK employment law’

‘Nick Robertson the man you want on your side in an employment dispute.’

‘Plan communication of firstly the legal position, then its application to the current issue and commercial implications. Advice is given in a risk based approach manner which clearly enables a decision to be taken on the necessary next steps.’

Key clients

MSX International Ltd

IPC Information Systems

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Tradition Management Services Ltd

Phillips Auctioneers

Employment > Immigration Tier 5

Keystone Law covers the full range of business immigration work, with the firm possessing the capacity to assist in the relocation of senior staff, handling HNW individuals, and supporting other law firms that lack their own dedicated immigration offering. The firm has a large team of immigration specialists to draw upon, with key figures being Tsige Berhanu, Sharmila Mehta, Jayanti Mitra-Valdes, Nicola Richards, Christine Chiew, and Dhruti Thakrar with a range of specialisms.

Testimonials

‘Good collection of individuals with various strengths, and they always reach out to expert counsel to get the perfect legal team in place.’

‘Jayanti Mitra-Valdes has very good knowledge of sponsor licence issues.’

‘High quality of expertise and client service.’

‘Very personalised, bespoke level of service and excellent attention to detail. Quick, efficient and clear communication. It feels like the team genuinely care about their clients.’

‘I only have worked with Sharmila Mehta, who is a stand-out lawyer in the immigration field. Highly accomplished, technical but mixed with fantastic personal skills.’

Nicola Richards has been the perfect guide for a new company making its first hires, and some of those being non-UK nationals. Her detailed knowledge and friendly support made the potentially daunting task of becoming a sponsor and gaining work visas quite straightforward.’

Keystone Law has consistently offered a great service to us. At one stage we had multiple visa applications every month, and they were always handled smoothly, quickly, and we were always kept up to date with the process. In addition, we feel they are proactive about compliance.’

We’ve worked with Nicola Richards for a few years, and we feel she has always gone above and beyond for us. In particular, her efficiency, communication and knowledge is unmatched from any legal partner we’ve worked with in the past. Nicola is super responsive to any queries we have, not matter how big or small, and we feel a sense of comfort knowing that she offers sound advice.’

Key clients

Carelight Limited

CellVoyant Technologies Limited

Stuart Delivery Limited

Unitary Limited

Intership

Xin Zhou

Work highlights

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 5

The ‘unflappable and responsive’ team at Keystone Law has recently established a significant lender-side offering in the space following the arrival in May 2022 of the ‘calm and resourceful’ Isaac Felberbaum from Dentons. Recognised for his ability to 'make a deal happen even on complex financings involving difficult counterparties!’, Felberbaum has a wealth of experience advising on syndicated loans with sovereigns and financial institutions, including in Arica and Turkey. Robert Spedding, who also recently joined from  Dentons, further enhances the team’s offering in light of his experience advising on high-value syndicated loans (both secured and unsecured) in numerous jurisdictions.

Other key lawyers:

Isaac Felberbaum; Rob Spedding

Testimonials

The unflappable and responsive team provides a partner-led service.’

‘Isaac Felberbaum is calm, resourceful, with “presence” and, more importantly, will do everything to make a deal happen even on complex financings involving difficult counterparties!’

‘Isaac Felberbaum is my first port of call for English law syndicated loans.’

 

Key clients

Emirates NBD Capital

Commerzbank

Bank of America

ICBC

The Standard Bank of South Africa

Standard Chartered Bank

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

The private client team at Keystone Law covers both onshore and offshore work. Alex Boothman  is highly regarded. Barry Adamson focuses on high-net-worth individuals and their families and on how best to arrange their affairs to protect them for future generations. Luke Micallef Trigona advises on a wide range of issues from trusts, wills and lasting powers of attorney through to estate planning and trust structuring.

Practice head(s):

 

 

Other key lawyers:

Alex Boothman; Barry Adamson; Luke Micallef Trigona

Testimonials

‘Exceptional intellectual and legal skills.  The interpersonal side is excellent and appreciated by clients who use them’.

‘The team have both youth and experience and have the flexibility to engage with clients and potential clients at all levels. The strength of the team is clearly evidenced by the client profiles they are able to deal with’.

‘Luke Miccallef Trigona for me is the stand out person, engaging professional and engaged at all times. Very competent and thorough. Pleasure to deal with’.

‘Barry Adamson is a leading individual. Broad capability, good value, highly discrete’.

‘Luke Micallef Trigona  is experienced, gritty and highly international in outlook’.

‘In this team of private client lawyers a substantial number provide international private client advice and have a wealth of experience in this area, which is unusual for the majority of private client practices’.

‘Barry Adamson is extremely diligent and has professional international experience, which is deep and wide, is essential for this kind of work.’

‘ I value Barry Adamson’s experience, depth of knowledge and ability to cut through to the crucial point in his analysis. He is an excellent reader of family dynamics in potentially difficult negotiations’.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 5

Keystone Law‘s broad energy practice covers the full range of transactional oil & gas work but remains particularly strong at advising on regulatory issues. Richard Temple is notably experienced in both African and North Sea oil & gas deals. Other key figures include Fei Mao, who comes highly recommended by clients. Stuart Carter has left the firm

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We are highly appreciate Fei Mao’s special work philosophy and efficient service.’

‘We are satisfied very much with Ms. Mao’s working level and service ability; due to she always gives us a feasible solution no matter what the case takes any unforeseen changes. Also, she always has a fast, efficient reaction for us no matter where she is.’

Key clients

Genel Energy UK Services Limited

Impact Oil & Gas

Calon Energy Limited (formerly a subsidiary of RWE Generation)

North Sea Natural Resources

Schlumberger Oilfield UK PLC

Lexoo Limited

African Petroleum (now PetroNor E & P Limited)

Metron Energy Applications S.A.

Trafalgar Oil and Gas

Work highlights

  • Prepared and negotiated a storage and offtake agreement for TGL Warehouse Management Limited where the counter-party will be an entity controlled by the Ethiopian Government. The term of the Agreement will be 25 years and relates to storage capacity of 1.5 MT.
  • Advised on Genel Energy UK Services Limited’s template joint operating agreement used in their international transactions worldwide.
  • Assisted Impact Africa Limited in advising on a seismic matter.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 5

Keystone Law‘s team benefits from the firm’s network of offices and remote workers, offering clients comprehensive service.  Louise Elmes is noted for her particular expertise in construction related professional negligence matters. Recent additions to the team include Jon Olson-Welsh, who joined from Mayer Brown International LLP in May 2022, and Ed John, an April 2022 addition from Howard Kennedy LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The personal care we receive, and the industry knowledge, is what makes this company different from their competitors’

‘High quality advice, which is more important than anything else.’

Key clients

UK Power Solutions Limited

Tetra Pak Export FZE

Geoffrey Osborne Limited

Forcia Limited

Berkshire Assets Limited

Farm Renewables Limited

Paradigm Land 1 Limited

Cannon Corporate Limited

Broadley Energy Limited

Occitanne

Work highlights

  • Acted for UK Power Solutions, providing contractual advice on specific issues as well as conducting contract reviews ahead of tendering.

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Keystone Law’s planning team provides a boutique service, covering a broad range of planning matters. The firm handles large projects for corporate clients, as well as Planning Court litigation, enforcement matters, and compulsory purchases. Ben Garbett and Yohanna Weber are noted for their expertise in permitted development rights and environmental law. Anna Fouracre joined the team from Osborne Clarke LLP in July 2023.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ben Garbett is always available and is creative with his approach to planning.’

‘Ben Garbett who is a first-class lawyer.’

‘A wide variety of practice areas under one roof, which facilitates multi-disciplinary crossovers.’

‘The expert planning knowledge of the planning solicitors at Keystone is very helpful.’

‘They have a grasp of not just the relevant law and practice but also what is the most appropriate strategy to assist the client, which is so often key in planning.’

‘Ben Garbett is excellent. I work with him regularly and he is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Ben Garbett has a sharp legal mind and is always brilliant at finding the nub of a case in order to deliver for the client. I highly recommend him.’

‘Yohanna Weber is very experienced in private and public sector. Very bright. Very diligent.’

Key clients

Enfinium

Valley Ridge Holdings Ltd

The Trustees of Crossflatts Cricket Club

Blakesley Estates (Weymouth BQ) Ltd Ltd

Bembridge Harbour Trust

Macintosh Village (Management) Limited

Luxury Leisure Limited

Oyster Wharf Developments Limited

Mansion House Partnership

Organiclea CIC

Blakesley Estates (Kingsbridge) Ltd

Coventry Gliding CLub

Zero Carbon Farms Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Blakesley Estates on various contentious matters relating to the development of a housing site in Kingsbridge.
  • Advised Valley Ridge on its objection to the Viridor planning application.
  • Advised Enfinium on the application for the Wheelabrator Kemsley Generating Station and Wheelabrator Kemsley North Waste to Energy Facility.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

Keystone Law is best known for acting for major hotels dealing with acquisitions, rent reviews and construction disputes. The team also acts for corporate occupiers dealing with rent reviews, lease renewals and dilapidations. Andrew Tugwell is particularly skilled in litigation surrounding valuation and surveying issues. 'Lighthouse in the storm' Ed John is experienced in dealing with developers in matters concerning building defects in the hotel and hospitality industries.

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tugwell; Chris Hill; Greg Barnbrook; Ed John; Louise Elms

Testimonials

‘The practice provides excellent value for the service provided.’

‘A modern firm with some very good individuals who are given free reign to develop their client base without the constraints of a traditional firm.’

‘Ed John is very good property litigator who fights tirelessly for his client.’

‘An approachable and knowledgeable team.’

‘Andrew Tugwell is calm and experienced. He is able to cut through complicated issues quickly. He is dually qualified as a solicitor and chartered surveyor, which means he has excellent knowledge and a pragmatic approach.’

‘Flourishing staff along with a very professional, calm and competent atmosphere.’

‘I found Ed to be a real lighthouse in the storm, sustaining us with confidence and good humour through a truly grim trial which we were successful in.’

‘Ed keeps his eye resolutely on the horizon and our end goal while being an absolute steely-eyed killer advocate for us.’

Key clients

Berjaya Corporation

Mohamad Eljichi

Burton & Co LLP

Bankside Open Spaces Trust

Delisa Limited

Paradigm Assets Ltd

Mortimer Park

Maritim Hotelgesellschaft mbH

Sony Music Inc

Your-move

e-surv

Reeds Rains

Bloomsbury Publishing plc

St James Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised your-move.co.uk, one of the UK’s largest estate agencies, in addition to the parent company LSL Property Services Limited and others, in court proceedings regarding rent liability and lease renewals.
  • Acting for Maritim Hotels, the German owner-operator of 42 large, upper-midscale hotels across Europe, Asia and Africa.
  • Acts for e.surv, one of the UK’s largest chartered surveying businesses, carrying out surveys and valuations nationwide.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

Keystone Law handles a variety of high-end disputes, routinely involving regulatory elements and framework agreements, among others. Karen Fong is well-versed in trade mark-related matters, while other key contacts in the group include Rebecca Halford-Harrison, who has experience in chemistry-based industries, and Simon Chalkley.

Testimonials

‘Direct access to specific lawyers with accordingly clear, budgeted and attributable costs.’

‘Karen Fong is incredible.’

‘We greatly value their commercial and pragmatic approach.’

‘Karen Fong is a dream to work with – quick, practical and never phased by unusual client demands. We needed her input on a highly bespoke agreement and she was exceptional and very reasonable.’

Key clients

World Programming Limited

Datecs OOD

F W Thorpe Plc

Secret Smokehouse Ltd

Random Theory LLC (t/a Playbook Products)

Veiovia Ltd

Pembrook Products Ltd

Athena Cosmetics, Inc.

Avantra (Syslink Xandria Ltd)

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Crafter`s Companion Limited

Prinova Europe Ltd

GRID eSports GmbH

Reckitt Benckiser (ENA) B.V.

Life Health Foods Ltd

Athena Cosmetics, Inc.

Vertical Future

Julia Kogan

Victoria Miro Gallery Limited

Nicole Farhi Ltd

Time Plan Education Ltd

Cardioscan Services Pty Ltd

Erda Energy Ltd

Landfair Capital Ltd

HP1 Technologies Ltd

PreGel SpA

Raycast Technologies Ltd

Empowering Learning Ltd

Columbia Care

Good Ventures Ltd (t/a Evolve Beauty)

BVNK Service Ltd

Lario Therapeutics Ltd

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 5

Keystone Law is instructed by a sizeable and varied client base to handle a range of issues relating to defamation, privacy and reputation management. Gerard Cukier has extensive experience managing high-profile clients’ affairs, as well as acting in defamation, intellectual property and libel cases. Nicola Thatcher is noted for her expertise at the pre-publication stage .

Practice head(s):

Gerard Cukier; Nicola Thatcher

Other key lawyers:

Rose Alexander; Ian Down

Testimonials

‘Keystone’s lawyers have in-depth expertise in their field.’

‘Nicola Thatcher and Rose Alexander are great at providing pre-publication advice.’

‘Gerard Cukier is a standout. The combination of expertise, practicality and determination, plus first-rate client handling, makes him a go-to practitioner.’

‘Gerard Cukier has an excellent client list and unparallelled client-care skills.’

Key clients

Dame Shirley Bassey

Barry Silkman

Lady Colin Campbell

Hachette Book Group

Pan Macmillan

Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Peter Duffy

Work highlights

  • Represented Lady Colin Campbell in proceedings for defamation against MGN, the publishers of the Daily Mirror.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 6

Keystone Law is noted for its ability to handle complex disputes involving a full spectrum of issues. Simon Chalkley is noted for his expertise in managing transactions relating to the commercial exploitation of various IP rights. Rebecca Halford-Harrison bolsters the practice with her strengths in assisting chemistry-based industry clients. Lucy Harrold and Robert Pocknell are also recommended.

Testimonials

‘They make very stressful decisions feel like a walk in the park.’

‘For IP, I really rate and trust Rebecca Halford-Harrison. It’s a huge pleasure to work with her. She’ll give a quick steer if that’s all that’s needed, but is a go-to person when you have a serious problem that seems unsolvable.’

‘I’ve instructed a number of top tier firms and the quality of advice I get from Keystone is on a par with the best advisers, but at a much lower cost.’ 

‘Rebecca Halford-Harrison is quick-thinking and razor sharp. It really helps that she has a scientific way of thinking so gets the technology and its functionality quickly so gets to the heart of the problem and provides solutions.’

Key clients

World Programming Limited

Datecs OOD

F W Thorpe Plc

Secret Smokehouse Ltd

Random Theory LLC (t/a Playbook Products)

Veiovia Ltd

Pembrook Products Ltd

Athena Cosmetics, Inc.

Avantra (Syslink Xandria Ltd)

McDonald’s Restaurants Limited

Crafter`s Companion Limited

Prinova Europe Ltd

GRID eSports GmbH

Reckitt Benckiser (ENA) B.V.

Life Health Foods Ltd

Athena Cosmetics, Inc.

Vertical Future

Julia Kogan

Victoria Miro Gallery Limited

Nicole Farhi Ltd

Time Plan Education Ltd

Cardioscan Services Pty Ltd

Erda Energy Ltd

Landfair Capital Ltd

HP1 Technologies Ltd

PreGel SpA

Raycast Technologies Ltd

Empowering Learning Ltd

Columbia Care

Good Ventures Ltd (t/a Evolve Beauty)

BVNK Service Ltd

Lario Therapeutics Ltd

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 6

Jamie Horner, Peter Millichip and Rachel Flynn are among the key names at Keystone Law for sport. Horner advises motor racing car teams on a range of disputes, including issues with former drivers, sanctions issues and commercial deals that fall through. With the arrival of Millichip from Coleridge Law in 2022, the firm has deepened its offering to clients in the cricket space. Flynn is a go-to name in equine sports, working on contractual and employment arrangements. Gerard Cukier is a key contact for clients seeking advice on overlapping sport and media reputation management matters.

Testimonials

‘Experienced team with long-established, high-profile clients.’

‘Great client skills and enormous stock-in-trade from a long successful practice.’

‘An excellent and nimble outfit, who are very willing and able to work together at all levels to provide an excellent service to clients.’

‘Jamie Horner is outstanding in the non-contentious and contentious sports field – in particular motorsports and motor racing. Charming and extremely able, he is an excellent lawyer.’

Key clients

TF Sport Ltd

Fenda Solutions Limited

Jonathan Clarke

Flipper`s Roller Boogie Palace London Ltd

Hyderabad Motor Racing PVT Ltd

Kokoro Performance Limited

Mumbai Falcons Racing Limited

Arden Motorsport Limited

Kokoro Performance Limited

English Willow

JOTA

TBA plc

In2Racing Limited

Kofler Group

The Racing Foundation

Thoroughbred Breeders Association

Jockey Club Racecourses

European Breeders Fund

Oliver St Lawrence Bloodstock Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising TF Sport Ltd on a dispute with a professional driver retained by the team, which was successfully resolved without recourse to litigation.
  • Assisted thoroughbred Breeders’ Association on ‘first call’ advice to members and maintenance of employment documents.

Corporate and commercial > International business reorganisations

Insurance > Professional negligence

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Private client > Court of protection

Employment > Employees/unions

Finance > Transport finance and leasing

Public sector > Healthcare

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands

Employment

Private client > Agriculture and estates

Private client > Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

Employment > Health and safety

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

Specialising in the defence of healthcare professionals, Keystone Law‘s professional discipline practice is co-led by healthcare litigation specialist Tracy Sell-Peters; and fitness to practise expert Andrea James, who are recent partner hires from DWF and Brabners LLP, respectively.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant

Tracy Sell-Peters joined the Keystone Law team from DWF in July 2022, and is known for representing healthcare professionals and insurers in a range of medical negligence claims, and providing early stage medico-legal guidance.

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders

Keystone Law‘s insurance policyholder expertise is led by Marie-Claire Di Mambro, experienced in Covid-19 business interruption claims, and Jane Harte-Lovelace who acts for smaller companies and individuals in matters including quantum disputes.

Private client > Agriculture and estates

Keystone Law is praised for its ‘fast and efficient service’ - Samantha Leigh advises clients across the full spectrum of the rural industry.

East Anglia > Employment > Employment Tier 3

Keystone Law's team is highly regarded for its provision of ‘unique insight' into clients' businesses in relation to employment. Key names in Cambridge are Kelly Sayers, who is ‘an absolute expert in this field', and experienced employment practitioner Tim Tyndall who are both known for their ‘excellent negotiating skills and exceptional levels of client service‘. Key partner Rachel Flynn also works from East Anglia and has an industry-leading specialism in the horseracing and equine world.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has unique insight into my business, excellent negotiating skills and exceptional levels of client service.’

‘Kelly Sayers is an absolute expert in this field with a truly unique range of relevant experience.’

‘Kelly Sayers has a deep understanding of our organisation and sector. We very much appreciate her clear advice and ability to work with us and our associated organisations in a flexible, understanding and communicative way.’

‘Advice given is plain and sound – the team quickly determine my capabilities and understanding of the subject matter so that when they communicate with me they don’t make me feel belittled, or out of my depth, which makes for a great relationship.’

‘We have worked with Kelly Sayers for a number of years and find her to be down-to-earth, approachable, and realistic. She talks to us, not at us. These are only some of the many reasons we like working with Kelly. I’d have no hesitation in recommending Kelly to any HR professional, or company requiring her skills.’

Key clients

Newsells Park Stud Limited

East Anglia > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge

East Midlands > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in East Midlands

South East > Private client > Agriculture and estates

South East > Private client > Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx

South East > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

The ‘sophisticated and very knowledgeable operation’ at Keystone Law involves ‘top-quality technical analysis’ and a ‘seamless’ experience. ‘Private client specialist’ and ‘superlative practitioner’ Robert Knight advises entrepreneurs, farmers, professionals and families with inherited wealth on the structuring and taxation of wills and trusts, as well as probate matters. The ‘outstanding’ and ‘technically strong’ Camilla Bishop, who is an expert in will drafting and regularly acts as a professional executor, handles all estate planning matters, focusing specifically on inheritance tax work.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The ability of the individual solicitor Camilla Bishop, her technical knowledge and the way it is presented to clients makes Camilla outstanding. Additionally, Camilla has the support of a network of solicitors with Keystone and that adds a layer comfort for me.’

‘Camilla Bishop is technically strong but manages to simplify matters and convey these to clients in a friendly and helpful style and without talking down to them.’

‘Robert Knight is an excellent private client specialist.’

‘Quite simply, the experience is seamless.’

‘Robert Knight has so many qualities, from being kind to absolute professionalism. Robert is gentle and considerate in nature, he has taken the time to understand me, my family and my businesses. The advice he has provided has taken all aspects of my life into consideration and importantly made it a simple process to understand. Robert is also very patient and appreciates my busy life, the communication has been excellent. I’ve received gentle reminders from Robert, this has kept the process moving and I’m pleased to say my affairs are now in place. Lastly he always has time to listen, a rare quality these days.’

‘Top quality technical analysis and fully on top of all relevant considerations. Clearly a sophisticated and very knowledgeable operation.’

‘We worked with Robert Knight on estates and trust matters, who was outstanding. We really appreciate the time Robert took to understand our aims and objectives, but also to point out relevant pitfalls and alternative approaches. Robert was also able to assist us superbly at short notice on a new matter unrelated to the original engagement. A superlative practitioner in this area.’

‘Creative in the best sense in clients’ interests, but always take care to identify risks and discuss with counsel where appropriate. Robert Knight exemplifies these qualities.’

South West > Real estate > Construction

The ‘effective’ specialist construction knowledge at Keystone Law covers education, central and local government, and transport infrastructure. Martin Howe is singled out for his expertise in construction-related contracts. Louise Garcia ‘s contentious expertise extends to a niche focus on groundworks and tunnelling matters. Jon Close is well versed in renewable energy related projects. Tom Philips frequently advises on standard JCT, NEC and PPC contracts and Australia-qualified solicitor Andrew Thompson  advises across an array of commercial construction matters.

Other key lawyers:

Louise Garcia; Martin Howe; Jon Close; Tom Philips; Andrew Thompson

Testimonials

‘Keystone Law provide proactive, easy to digest advice on matters of construction law.’

‘They provide straightforward solutions that have always been effective.’

‘We have worked with Jon Close for years due to the high standard of advice that he has always given.’

‘Jon Close responsive and very practical in his advice, and always finds a solution.’

 

Key clients

UK Power Solutions Limited

Vitruvius Management Services Ltd

University of Southampton

University of the West of England

Octavius Infrastructure Limited

Vertical Future Limited

Geoffrey Osborne Limited and Group Companies

Forcia Limited

Ascent Development Limited

Innovare Limited

Keyplan Engineering Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Geoffrey Osborne Limited and Group Companies on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters.
  • Advised Vitruvius Management Services Ltd on a number of their projects including runway upgrade works for Gloucestershire Airport.
  • Providing construction-related advice to the University of the West of England on its major construction projects.

South West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

The technology practice at Keystone Law supports startups and national corporations on the full range of matters pertaining to IT and telecoms, including contractual arrangements, software licensing issues, and dispute resolution. Jessica Bent, an ‘excellent partner with lots of experience’, is sought after by clients from the digital, creative, and technology sectors, while Charlie White is regularly engaged for his expertise in commercial and IP arrangements.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jessica Bent is an excellent partner with lots of experience. She offers pragmatic advice to her clients and is commercially savvy.’

‘Jessica Bent is excellent. She has decades of experience in the sector and remains at the cutting edge. She is down to earth and approachable but has great heft as an adviser, instilling confidence in clients.’

Key clients

Adam Matthew Digital Limited

Anglia Home Furnishings Limited

Bath Spa University

Bitmap Books Ltd

Blubolt Limited

Carbohydrate Synthesis Limited

The Coconut Collaborative Ltd

Icon Scientific Limited

Octavius Infrastructure Limited

Exabel SA

Nevaya Limited

Nature’s Finest Food Products Ltd

SRI Consultants Limited

Stormjar Limited

SmartRecruiters Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Adam Matthew on data protection issues relating to its customer licensing agreements, and the extent to which the academic exemption as an academic publisher applies, which provides exemption from much of the data protection framework.
  • Advised the Coconut Collaborative on data protection matters.

South West > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

From small businesses to international corporations, Keystone Law offers assistance with dispute resolution and strategic advice on all IP rights, including trade marks, patents and designs. Jessica Bent is a go-to adviser for clients from the creative, digital, and technology sectors, while Charlie White is well versed in commercial and IP arrangements.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jessica Bent is very experienced in her field and offers a fantastic service to clients. She is pragmatic and commercial in her advice.’

‘Jessica Bent has been outstanding in all relevant and necessary areas.’

‘Jessica Bent is extremely knowledgeable, has many years of experience in the sector and is very reliable.’

‘Keystone Law has advised this specialist process analyser company on various intellectual property issues. The scope of advice has covered the subsistence of intellectual property rights in analysers and components and intellectual property escrow agreements.’

‘Jessica Bent has always provided a good service with a pragmatic and business-focused approach.’

‘Excellent, good value and commercial legal advice, which is easy to access.’

‘Jessica Bent assisted us with our contract negotiation providing clear, sensible, commercial advice on the contract wording, aims and solutions. Great outcome was achieved.’

‘Great communication. Full understanding of our needs.’

Key clients

Adam Matthew Digital Limited

Anglia Home Furnishings Limited

Bath Spa University

Bitmap Books Ltd

Blubolt Limited

Carbohydrate Synthesis Limited

Exabel SA

Icon Scientific Limited

Nature’s Finest Food Products Ltd

Nevaya Limited

Octavius Infrastructure Limited

SmartRecruiters Inc

Stormjar Limited

The Coconut Collaborative Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Adam Matthew on its licensing agreements with archival institutions, as well as advising on and assisting on negotiations with various customer facing agreements.
  • Advising Bitmap Books on a variety of matters including content licensing and publishing agreements it enters into with publishers and contributors, and specific advice on the fair dealing exception in copyright.
  • Advised Icon Scientific Limited on various intellectual property subsistence issues, licensing agreements, non-disclosure and R&D agreements.

North West > Private client > Family

Keystone Law‘s family practice is noted for its proficiency in cross-border matrimonial finance work, working with a number of clients possessing assets totaling multi-million and multi-billion values. Sarah Thompson is the ‘stand-out practitioner’ in the team, with a broad practice that is particularly concentrated on financial remedy proceedings involving agricultural assets and complex pension structures. Beyond financial work, Thompson is also routinely involved in Schedule 1 Children Act, as well as complicated family relocation disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm were very professional, keeping me updated on all aspects of my case. The Solicitor I had been assigned was so helpful and helped me understand each process clearly and guided me on what to expect next. The whole process of sending documents, signing them and invoices was a very smooth process.’

‘I would highly recommend Sarah Thompson as my solicitor. She was very good at her job, professional, caring, helpful and honest. Sarah always had my best interests at heart and helped me during a very difficult period. The outcome she got was better than I could have imagined.’

‘The family team at Keystone in my view has increased its strength over the last few years with recruits such as Hannah Cornish and Sarah Thompson; both excellent and respected individuals.’

‘Sarah Thompson is a stand out practitioner. Her knowledge of financial remedy, in particular complex pension claims, is unrivalled. Sarah is a pleasure to work with. She has a superb ability to stay calm, even in the most stressful or pressured situations.’

Work highlights

Keystone Law was established in 2002 by a group of forward-thinking lawyers who were determined to build a law firm that would serve the needs of its clients more effectively than the conventional alternatives. Now a full-service AIM listed firm with over 400 lawyers, Keystone is widely recognised as an award-winning legal pioneer, notably being crowned Law Firm of the Year at The Lawyer Awards 2020.

By investing heavily in technology and embracing modern working practices from the start, the firm has significantly changed the way highly experienced lawyers provide dedicated legal services to clients. Keystone’s innovative structure enhances relationships between lawyers and clients by increasing interaction whilst also improving many legal processes. The firm only recruits senior partner-level lawyers from the UK’s best law firms which ensures clients benefit from direct access to lawyers of the highest calibre. With most Keystone lawyers having more than 20+ years’ experience, matters can be resolved quickly and efficiently, considerably increasing the value to clients.

Types of work undertaken: Keystone Law is a full-service corporate law firm offering a complete range of business legal services and additionally providing private client advice to senior executives. The firm operates across a range of industry sectors and boasts a number of former in-house counsel from leading companies who work closely with the rest of the team to ensure they are fully aware of industry insight and issues. The firm also has a range of expert lawyers who specialise and work full time in niche legal areas and are routinely instructed by other law firms to plug any gaps in expertise or capacity and thus to offer a fuller service to their own clients. These niche areas include tax, construction, share schemes, regulatory and pensions in addition to the wider services offered by the firm.

Other offices: Bristol, Douglas (Isle of Man), London,  St Peter Port (Guernsey), Melbourne and Sydney.

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Duccio Faraoni photo Duccio Faraoni Duccio represents a wide number of high-net worth individuals and families, as…
Mamuna Farooq photo Ms Mamuna Farooq Mamuna is a London-based international private wealth and tax lawyer, representing high-net-worth and ultra-high-net worth families in the…
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Michael Fluss photo Michael Fluss Michael is a corporate tax specialist who advises major financial institutions, real estate and…
Rachel Flynn photo Rachel Flynn Rachel has two distinct areas of experience and expertise. As an employment lawyer, she…
Shayne Foley photo Shayne Foley Shayne is an experienced property lawyer and undertakes a wide range of commercial property…
Karen Fong photo Karen Fong Karen is a specialist intellectual property (IP) and commercial lawyer with an abundance of international experience.…
Nigel Forsyth photo Nigel Forsyth Nigel advises both employers and employees on all areas of employment law including contract…
Adam Fortune photo Adam Fortune Adam is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer who advises on a wide range of…
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Charles Frank photo Charles Frank Charles is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer who advises businesses, shareholders,…
Alistair French photo Alistair French Alistair is a seasoned adviser to individuals and businesses on the full…
Stephen Fuller photo Stephen Fuller Stephen is an experienced corporate lawyer who has been representing businesses and their owners…
Christopher Gabbitas photo Christopher Gabbitas Christopher is a commercial lawyer specialising in the media and music sectors,…
Alan Gar photo Alan Gar Alan is a highly experienced restructuring and insolvency lawyer whose practice is…
Ben Garbett photo Ben Garbett Ben is an experienced planning law specialist who deals with a broad range of…
Louise Garcia photo Louise Garcia Louise is a consultant in the property and construction team. She is a knowledgeable and respected…
Andrew Gardiner photo Andrew Gardiner Andrew is a corporate lawyer who specialises in corporate finance and private…
Trevor Garrood photo Trevor Garrood Trevor is an expert in all areas of real estate law, and he acts…
Peter Garry photo Peter Garry Peter has over 35 years of experience helping clients pursue complex commercial disputes.…
Sarah Garth photo Sarah Garth Sarah is a senior employment law expert who assists businesses and senior executives on…
Rima Gasperas photo Rima Gasperas Rima is a consultant in the commercial property team with a keen focus on…
Helen Gavin-Brown photo Helen Gavin-Brown Helen is a corporate solicitor, and expert in international mergers and acquisitions, specifically within…
Mary Geraghty photo Mary Geraghty Mary is an experienced General Counsel who has held in-house roles with Starbucks Coffee…
Keith Gilbert photo Keith Gilbert Keith is a corporate lawyer who advises on acquisitions, disposals and other corporate transactions…
James Goff photo James Goff City-trained James is a senior solicitor specialising in bridging finance, short-term property finance…
Graham Goldspink photo Graham Goldspink Graham is a property lawyer who delivers commercial advice to businesses and high-net-worth individuals/entrepreneurs.…
Chris Goodwill photo Chris Goodwill With over 30 years’ experience as an employment lawyer, Chris acts for…
Caroline Graham photo Caroline Graham Caroline is a corporate lawyer with highly-regarded expertise in mergers and acquisitions, private equity…
Laurence Gray photo Laurence Gray Laurence is a skilled property litigator. He has expertise in all areas of property…
Louise Grendon photo Louise Grendon Louise is an experienced employment lawyer with expertise in both contentious and non-contentious employment…
Ana Gresa Pico photo Ana Gresa Pico Ana is a corporate and commercial solicitor with experience advising alongside tax advisors and accountants. She…
Tom Guida photo Tom Guida Tom is a dual-qualified (UK and New York) media and entertainment lawyer and producer…
Jonathan Hadley-Piggin photo Jonathan Hadley-Piggin Jonathan is a highly experienced marine specialist, with a broad legal practice that focuses…
Susan Haggard photo Ms Susan Haggard Susan is an experienced commercial property law specialist with a diverse client portfolio. She…
Joe Haigh photo Joe Haigh Joe is a property lawyer specialising in commercial and mixed-use freeholds and leaseholds. His expertise centres…
Rebecca Halford-Harrison photo Rebecca Halford-Harrison Rebecca is a well-established IP, technology and disputes lawyer. She is recognised as a leader in her…
Leigh Hall photo Leigh Hall Leigh is an experienced international lawyer. Having spent many years as a…
Robin Hampton photo Robin Hampton Robin has more than 15 years’ experience in relation to corporate finance,…
Owen Hanna photo Owen Hanna Owen is a dispute resolution lawyer who specialises in advising on high-value and complex…
Mark Harden photo Mark Harden Mark is a corporate and commercial transactions specialist with a practice that has a particular focus…
Angharad Harris photo Angharad Harris Angharad has over 25 years of experience working in a City law…
Lucy Harrold photo Lucy Harrold Lucy is a specialist intellectual property (IP) lawyer and has extensive experience in advising…
Emma  Harte photo Emma Harte Emma is a specialist family and matrimonial lawyer with over 30 years’ experience advising…
Jane Harte-Lovelace photo Jane Harte-Lovelace Jane is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer who advises companies, board members and high-net-worth individuals…
Robert Harvey photo Robert Harvey Robert is a consultant in the Dispute Resolution team with over 15 years’ experience…
Naomi Hatchard photo Naomi Hatchard Naomi is a skilled personal injury and dispute resolution lawyer who has…
Kate Hathaway photo Kate Hathaway Kate is a residential property solicitor experienced in advising on the purchase and sale…
James Healy-Pratt photo James Healy-Pratt James is an international aviation lawyer, with 30 years’ experience of resolving…
David Heard photo David Heard David is a corporate lawyer of 35 years’ standing who specialises in…
Alex Heaton photo Alex Heaton Alex is a commercial property lawyer of over 20 years’ experience. He advises on…
Joanna  Henley photo Joanna Henley Jo is a solicitor in the family team supporting clients through changes to their…
Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs photo Matthew Hennessy-Gibbs Matthew is a commercial litigation lawyer with over 20 years’ experience and with specific…
Chris Hill photo Chris Hill Chris is a property litigation specialist who works primarily on commercial property disputes. He advises on…
Guy Hitchin photo Guy Hitchin Guy acts for and is a trusted commercial property law adviser to national and…
Ruth Hite photo Ruth Hite Ruth is a corporate, commercial and regulatory lawyer who specialises in the insurance sector. She acts for…
Simon Holden photo Simon Holden Simon is an experienced corporate transactional lawyer specialising in equity capital markets.…
Sarah Holmes photo Sarah Holmes Sarah is a specialist in international corporate reorganisations, solvent corporate restructuring and governance, advising…
Michael Holter photo Michael Holter Michael specialises in international transactions, in particular cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint…
Jamie Horner photo Jamie Horner Jamie provides specialist legal advice to the sports, events and entertainment industries.…
Clive Howard photo Mr Clive Howard Clive is an expert in employment and partnership law, with particular expertise advising individuals…
Jane Howard photo Jane Howard Jane has more than 25 years’ experience as a commercial litigator, with a…
Martin Howe photo Martin Howe Martin is a consultant in the Construction team with particular expertise in the interpretation…
Douglas Howie photo Douglas Howie Douglas is a corporate lawyer who specialises in providing both transactional and regulatory advice…
Gareth Hughes photo Gareth Hughes Gareth is a skilled barrister who acts for an impressive portfolio of…
Leon Hurd photo Leon Hurd Leon specialises in digital assets, blockchain, financial regulation, financial crime and related regulation. His practice covers…
Dan Hyde photo Prof Dan Hyde Professor Dan Hyde is recognised as a leading lawyer and business coach…
Lawson Iley photo Lawson Iley Lawson is an experienced corporate lawyer advising on a range of corporate matters including…
Andrew Irvine photo Andrew Irvine Andrew is a commercial litigator with a wealth of experience in several areas of contentious…
JP Irvine photo JP Irvine JP is a corporate and commercial lawyer with a wealth of experience…
Simon Jackson photo Simon Jackson Simon is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer who advises clients across a wide range…
Andrea  James photo Andrea James Andrea is a noted expert in professional discipline and healthcare regulatory law. The main…
David Jepps photo David Jepps David is a very experienced employment lawyer advising employers and employees in relation to…
Nick Jew photo Nick Jew Nick is an employment law specialist who regularly represents clients in both the Employment…
Ed John photo Ed John Ed is an experienced real estate disputes lawyer with particular expertise dealing with developers…
Philip Jones photo Philip Jones Philip is a finance lawyer with significant experience. Philip acts for receivables financiers, banks,…
Nia Jones photo Nia Jones Nia advises private individuals, personal representatives and trustees. She specializes in helping individuals…
Alison Jones photo Alison Jones Alison is an aviation solicitor with both private practice and in-house experience, having worked…
Katy Jones photo Katy Jones Katy is a company/commercial solicitor who also specialises in employment matters. This unique blend enables…
Jason Kallis photo Jason Kallis Jason is a disputes lawyer specialising in insurance, construction, product liability, and property litigation.…
Maureen Kelly photo Maureen Kelly An experienced intellectual property and information technologysolicitor, Maureen works across a wide variety of sectors…
Robert Kenyon photo Robert Kenyon Robert is a disputes lawyer with extensive experience advising businesses and individuals on disputes…
Yasmin Khan-Gunns  photo Yasmin Khan-Gunns Yasmin is an award-winning family lawyer who advises on all aspects of private family…
Matthew Kichenside photo Matthew Kichenside Matthew is an experienced private equity lawyer who specialises in advising management…
Henry Kikoyo photo Henry Kikoyo Henry is a solicitor whose areas of expertise include debt and corporate…
Robert Kilgour photo Robert Kilgour Robert specialises in real estate investment, advising on acquisitions and disposals as well as…
Stephen Kingsley photo Stephen Kingsley Stephen is a commercial property solicitor with a particular interestin Town & Country Planning…
Louise Knight photo Louise Knight Louise primarily acts for executors or administrators in the administration of estates…
Robert Knight photo Robert Knight Robert is an experienced lawyer who provides advice to individuals, families, trustees,…
Asha Kumar photo Asha Kumar Asha is an employment lawyer providing day-to-day employment law advice to corporates and senior…
Susana Lajusticia photo Susana Lajusticia Susana Lajusticia is a dual-qualified and bilingual solicitor and Spanish lawyer who…
George Lambrou photo George Lambrou George is an international dispute resolution specialist who resolves high-value and complex multijurisdictional disputes.…
James Lankshear photo James Lankshear James is a specialist commercial litigator with 25 years of experience of…
Jaan Larner photo Jaan Larner A business minded lawyer with an MBA from Oxford University, Jaan is…
Michelle Last photo Michelle Last Michelle is a skilled employment lawyer, with over twelve years’ experience in…
Marcus Lavell photo Marcus Lavell Marcus is a specialist licensing and regulation barrister of over ten years’ call. He…
Samantha Leigh photo Ms Samantha Leigh Samantha specialises in real estate law, particularly within the rural sector. She…
Rachel Lemon photo Rachel Lemon Rachel is an experienced solicitor and accredited mediator specialising in family law.…
Arwel Lewis photo Arwel Lewis Arwel is a property and estates lawyer with expertise in advising individuals,…
Ceinwen Lloyd photo Ceinwen Lloyd Ceinwen is a specialist family lawyer who advises clients on the wide…
Amanda Lloyd photo Amanda Lloyd Amanda is a residential property law expert. She has a particular interest in the…
Clare Lucas photo Clare Lucas Clare is an experienced commercial lawyer with particular expertise in telecoms and…
Peter Lumley-Savile photo Peter Lumley-Savile Peter is a commercial lawyer with experience drafting and negotiating commercial contracts…
Monica Ma photo Monica Ma Monica has advised on employee benefits for over 20 years, specialising particularly…
Fiona Macdonald photo Fiona Macdonald Fiona is an employment lawyer who specialises in representing individuals, predominantly senior executives, in…
Mark Machray photo Mark Machray Mark advises clients in the SME sector on a range of corporate…
Simon Mackie photo Simon Mackie Simon is a private client lawyer with more than 17 years’ experience…
Louise Madiment photo Louise Madiment City-trained Louise joined Keystone’s Dispute Resolution team in October 2015 and advises…
Benjamin Maltby photo Benjamin Maltby Benjamin has over 15 years’ experience in yachting and luxury asset law, specialising in finance,…
Sal Mamujee photo Sal Mamujee Sal is a property lawyer with a broad range of expertise in…
Fei Mao photo Fei Mao Fei is a disputes lawyer specialising in shipping, commodities, aviation, and cross-border…
William Margot photo William Margot William is both a Manx Advocate and qualified Solicitor in England and…
Andrew Marshall photo Andrew Marshall Andrew advises and acts on a broad range of commercial and civil…
Malcolm Mason photo Malcolm Mason Malcolm joined Keystone in July 2015 and is an experienced all-round contentious…
Simon Massey photo Simon Massey Simon has over 20 years’ experience specialising in real estate investment and…
Stuart Mathews photo Mr Stuart Mathews Stuart advises on cross-border acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, corporate finance, commercial contracts and commercial dispute resolution in…
Robert Matthews photo Robert Matthews Robert is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer specialising in mergers…
Niall McCann photo Niall McCann Niall is a licensing, gambling and regulatory specialist who advises on applications…
Paul McCourt photo Paul McCourt Paul is a solicitor and Chartered Tax Adviser specialising in corporate transactions,…
Anna McGill photo Anna McGill Anna is a corporate solicitor with a wide range of experience in corporate transactional…
Stephen McGlennan photo Stephen McGlennan Steve is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with in-depth understanding of business issues, having…
Robert McLellan photo Robert McLellan Robert is a property litigation specialist and acts for both commercial and private clients in relation to…
Jacqueline Mcdermott photo Jacqueline Mcdermott Consultant solicitor Jacqueline has extensive experience in all aspects of contentions and…
Joanna Mckenzie photo Joanna Mckenzie Joanna is a general commercial and civil litigator who deals with a…
Robert Meakin photo Robert Meakin Robert is a charity lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience advising…
Sharmila Mehta photo Sharmila Mehta Sharmila is a specialist UK immigration and nationality lawyer with more than 25 years’…
Angela Message photo Angela Message Angela is a Licensing Coordinator and manages applications for a range of…
Alexandra Miller photo Alexandra Miller Alex advises on a wide range of property transactions with a particular…
Ros Miller photo Ros Miller A corporate lawyer with significant high level experience in the full range…
Peter  Millichip photo Mr Peter Millichip Peter is widely renowned as a pioneer of sports law in the UK, and…
Anthony Misquitta photo Anthony Misquitta Anthony is an established commercial, intellectual property and technology lawyer, specialising in…
Valerie Mitchell photo Valerie Mitchell Valerie is a commercial property lawyer with many years experience of advising…
Jayanti Mitra-Valdes photo Jayanti Mitra-Valdes Jayanti is an expert in UK immigration and nationality law. Having advised…
Fara Mohammad photo Fara Mohammad Fara is a specialist adviser to international companies and individuals on their…
Susan Monty photo Susan Monty Susan is a commercial litigator who specialises in the resolution of complex financial and regulatory…
Alison Moore photo Alison Moore Property litigator Alison is an expert in landlord and tenant law and…
Siobhan Moore photo Siobhan Moore Siobhan is a commercial lawyer specialising in working with businesses that provide, receive or…
Jon Moorhouse photo Jon Moorhouse Intellectual property and commercial lawyer Jon has over 20 years’ international experience,…
Julia Moreno photo Julia Moreno Julia is a highly experienced family lawyer and divorce coach who advises individuals and…
Wyn Morgan photo Wyn Morgan Wyn is an experienced family lawyer with specific expertise in advising clients…
Julie Morris photo Julie Morris Julie is recognised in particular for her work advising clients with whistleblowing…
Alex Mosson photo Alex Mosson Alex is a construction and engineering law specialist. He has been involved…
Kamal Mukhi photo Kamal Mukhi Kamal’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration, shipping, energy and international…
Hugh Murphy photo Hugh Murphy Hugh specialises in acting for clients on a wide range of private-client-related property matters. He…
Dharmendra Nair photo Dharmendra Nair Dharmendra is a disputes lawyer specialising in shipping, commodities and commercial litigation. He primarily represents companies and…
Will Nash photo Will Nash Will is a corporate lawyer with expertise in M&A acquisitions and disposals, venture capital…
Sarah Needham photo Sarah Needham Sarah is a commercial contracts and IP lawyer with a particular specialism in the Technology, Media, Retail and Data Protection sector. With…
Andrew Niblock photo Andrew Niblock An experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, Andrew advises a wide range of…
James O James O"Flinn Specialising in all aspects of commercial litigation and arbitration, with particular interest…
Claire O Claire O"Flinn Claire joined Keystone Law in 2013. A family law specialist, she is…
Hilary O'Connor photo Hilary O'Connor Hilary advises on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law and…
Martin O'Neill photo Martin O'Neill Martin is a specialist tax litigation and disputes practitioner who represents corporate…
Jon Olson-Welsh photo Mr Jon Olson-Welsh Jon specialises in construction and engineering law, with a specific focus on procurement and…
Gabi Olson-Welsh photo Gabi Olson-Welsh Gabi advises private companies and entrepreneurs on a broad range of corporate law issues,…
Claudia Otto photo Claudia Otto Claudia advises on construction and property development projects, particularly in the student accommodation and hotel sectors.…
Nick Owens photo Nick Owens Nick is a property lawyer and provides a full-service offering in relation…
Alan Owens photo Alan Owens Alan has over 25 years’ experience as a litigation and regulatory investigations lawyer, latterly…
Marc Palley photo Marc Palley Marc is a very experienced lawyer with over 40 years’ experience in…
Brian Palmer photo Brian Palmer Brian is a hugely experienced employment lawyer who regularly acts for firms…
Anastasia Papadopoulou photo Anastasia Papadopoulou Ship finance lawyer Anastasia advises shipowners and financial institutions on term loan…
Ntiana (Anna Papadopoulou photo Ntiana (Anna Papadopoulou Ntiana (also known as Anna) advises on a wide range of finance…
Sungjin Park photo Sungjin Park Sungjin is one of the leading employment lawyers for multinational Korean companies in the…
Corinne Parke photo Corinne Parke Corinne has been advising clients on family law matters for over 20 years and…
Minesh Patel photo Minesh Patel Minesh has over 30 years’ experience dealing with lettings, acquisitions, disposals, investment,…
John Pears photo John Pears John is an experienced tax and estate planning specialist, with particular expertise…
Martin Pearse photo Martin Pearse Martin is Consultant Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team and has a wide-ranging practice…
Winston Penhall photo Winston Penhall Winston is an experienced funds lawyer who advises clients on investment management…
Patrick Pennal photo Patrick Pennal Patrick is a highly experienced civil dispute resolution solicitor with a wide-ranging…
Adam Perry photo Adam Perry Adam is a property law specialist with many years’ experience advising on…
Rose Phelps photo Rose Phelps As a senior private client solicitor, Rose advises individuals, personal representatives and…
Tom Phillips photo Tom Phillips Tom is an experienced lawyer who specialises in the non-contentious aspects of construction,…
Sally Pilott photo Sally Pilott Sally is an experienced commercial property solicitor who acts for retail, leisure and institutional clients with large…
Robert Pocknell photo Robert Pocknell Robert is a commercially focused solicitor specialising in intellectual property law. He…
David Poddington photo David Poddington David has specialised in employment law for nearly twenty years and has…
Tracey Poole photo Tracey Poole Tracey is a solicitor with considerable expertise in estate and succession planning…
Lucy Pringle  photo Lucy Pringle Lucy is a commercial lawyer who advises businesses of all sizes on domestic and…
Meriel Pymont photo Meriel Pymont Meriel is an experienced commercial and intellectual property solicitor. She trained with…
Milena Radoycheva photo Milena Radoycheva Milena is a commercial and corporate lawyer with 15 years’ experience representing businesses of all sizes…
Sakhjit Randhawa photo Sakhjit Randhawa Sakhjit is a Private Property solicitor with over 17 years’ experience dealing…
Paul Ranson photo Paul Ranson An accomplished regulatory life sciences expert, Paul has 30 years’ experience and…
Gagan Ranu photo Gagan Ranu Gagan is a commercial disputes lawyer with experience in all aspects of dispute resolution including…
Sheena Ray photo Sheena Ray Sheena is a commercial property specialist who advises a variety of high-profile…
Lisa Raymond photo Lisa Raymond Lisa is a senior commercial property specialist with particular expertise in retail…
Laurence Relton photo Laurence Relton Laurence has broad national and international experience handling commercial support, company sales…
Paul Renney photo Paul Renney Paul is a commercial lawyer who advises on the acquisition, protection and…
Nicola Richards photo Nicola Richards Immigration lawyer Nicola specialises in assisting businesses within the technology and inward…
Eleanor Richardson photo Eleanor Richardson Eleanor is an experienced property lawyer and is able to advise on…
Bryan Rickman photo Bryan Rickman Bryan is a highly experienced corporate and commercial lawyer, handling the full…
Nicholas Robertson photo Mr Nicholas Robertson Nick is a very experienced employment solicitor who advises on the full range of…
Stuart Robertson photo Stuart Robertson Stuart is an experienced corporate lawyer who advises entrepreneurs, owner-managed businesses, private and quoted…
Nick Robertson photo Nick Robertson Nick is a very experienced employment solicitor who advises on the full range of…
Max Robinson photo Max Robinson Max is an expert commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer with substantial experience in a diverse…
Will Robinson photo Will Robinson Will is a commercial lawyer with over 20 years’ experience advising on technology, procurement and outsourcing…
Lara Robson photo Lara Robson Lara is an experienced litigator with particular expertise in resolving multi-million-pound disputes for high-net-worth…
Doug Rofe photo Doug Rofe Doug’s practice covers both corporate and banking work. He advises public and private companies and financial…
Laura Rogers photo Laura Rogers Laura is a family lawyer who advises on the various aspects of relationship…
Jonathan Ross photo Jonathan Ross Jonathan deals with all aspects of commercial and residential property litigation (except enfranchisement). He also frequently…
Iain Roxborough photo Iain Roxborough Iain is a highly experienced litigator with over 30 years’ experience at…
Cordelia Rushby photo Cordelia Rushby As a specialist in personal injury litigation with over 20 years’ experience,…
Keely Rushmore photo Keely Rushmore Keely is an employment lawyer with over 20 years’ experience, advising both employers and…
Tony Sampson photo Tony Sampson Tony is an insolvency and corporate recovery specialist. In addition to being a solicitor, he is…
Will Sander photo Mr Will Sander Will is both a solicitor and UK & European chartered trade mark…
Prashanth Satyadeva photo Mr Prashanth Satyadeva Prashanth advises on asset-backed finance techniques in the private or alternative credit, public bond,…
Kelly Sayers photo Kelly Sayers Kelly helps employers to manage difficult employees, defend complex Employment Tribunal claims,…
Suzy Schmitz photo Suzy Schmitz Suzy is a technology lawyer specialising in intellectual property, commercial contracts, and…
Jeremy Schrire photo Jeremy Schrire Jeremy is a highly experienced commercial lawyer recognised by the legal directories…
Nick Scott photo Mr Nick Scott Nick specialises in the resolution of complex commercial disputes often with a significant international element,…
Greg Scott photo Mr Greg Scott Greg is a corporate lawyer with over 25 years’ experience of M&A and equity…
Sheila Searle photo Sheila Searle Sheila is a family solicitor and advises on divorce, children, matrimonial, finance, relocation, TOLATA…
Trevor Sears photo Trevor Sears Trevor has over 40 years’ experience in the fields of dispute resolution,…
Aman Sehgal photo Aman Sehgal Aman is a restructuring and insolvency lawyer with more than ten years’ experience working…
Tracy Sell-Peters photo Ms Tracy Sell-Peters Tracy is an expert in healthcare litigation which comprises claims, regulatory, advisory, criminal, inquest…
Patrick Selley photo Patrick Selley As a litigator, mediator, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators,…
Dagmara Selwyn-Kuczera photo Dagmara Selwyn-Kuczera Dagmara specialises in both commercial and residential property law and is highly experienced in investment transactions…
Muzaffar Shah photo Muzaffar Shah Muzaffar is a leading advisor on data privacy and information governance, as…
Nilam Sharma photo Nilam Sharma Nilam is a dual US- and UK-qualified insurance and reinsurance expert. Specialising…
Claire Shaw photo Claire Shaw Claire is a highly experienced business crime specialist with over 25 years’…
Susannah Sheppard photo Susannah Sheppard Susannah advises on all aspects of EU and UK competition law and…
Helen Sherborne photo Helen Sherborne Helen’s is a highly skilled and experienced employment lawyer with over 30…
Dee Sian-Bieleman photo Dee Sian-Bieleman Dee is a corporate lawyer with over 20 years’ experience, specialising in venture capital,…
Manan Singh photo Manan Singh Manan is a barrister with 12 years’ experience of working with a…
Hannah Sisk photo Ms Hannah Sisk Hannah is an expert in family law and has experience working with a range…
Alina Smidre photo Alina Smidre Corporate lawyer Alina advises clients on company transactions, including sales, acquisitions and…
Matheu Smith photo Matheu Smith Matheu’s tax litigation practice covers direct and indirect taxes and also customs…
Oliver Smith photo Oliver Smith Oliver has over 20 years’ experience settling disputes involving a wide range…
Nicole Smith photo Nicole Smith Nicole is an experienced practitioner in the field of international arbitration and…
Belinda Solomon photo Belinda Solomon Belinda has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of commercial real estate and…
Ronan Speers photo Ronan Speers Ronan specialises in construction law and has impressive international experience in both…
Alan Spiers photo Alan Spiers Alan has more than 33 years’ experience as a commercial property lawyer,…
Mark Spragg photo Mark Spragg Mark is both a civil and criminal litigation specialist who conducts the…
Joanne Staphnill photo Ms Joanne Staphnill Joanne is an expert in insurance law, who regularly defends professionals against negligence…
John Stephens photo John Stephens John joined Keystone in 2013 as a consultant in the firm’s commercial…
Andrew Stilton photo Andrew Stilton Andrew joined Keystone as a consultant in May 2014 as part of…
Simon Sutcliffe photo Simon Sutcliffe Simon is a financial services lawyer specialising in asset management. He advises…
Robert Sutherland photo Robert Sutherland Robert is a highly experienced solicitor specialising in all forms of licensing…
Ilana Swimer photo Ilana Swimer Ilana advises both companies and employees on all aspects of both non-contentious…
Nicholas Tall photo Nicholas Tall Nicholas is a highly experienced commercial lawyer with particular expertise in rights…
Sarah Taylor photo Ms Sarah Taylor Sarah is a specialist regulatory lawyer with extensive experience of supporting clients…
Alasdair Taylor  photo Alasdair Taylor Alasdair is a technology lawyer who has spent over 20 years working at the…
Ian Taylorson photo Ian Taylorson As a corporate and commercial lawyer, Ian advises small to medium-sized organisations…
Andrew Terry photo Andrew Terry Andrew is a tax solicitor who specialises in advising clients in Russian/CIS markets. He…
Dhruti  Thakrar photo Dhruti Thakrar Dhruti has over 28 years of experience as an immigration solicitor/advisor and…
Nicola Thatcher photo Nicola Thatcher Nicola is an experienced media and intellectual property lawyer, who specialises in…
Stephanie Thomas photo Stephanie Thomas Stephanie is an expert in complex civil and commercial litigation. She has many…
Sarah Thompson photo Sarah Thompson Sarah is an experienced family solicitor who specialises in settling financial disputes between divorcing…
Andrew Thompson  photo Mr Andrew Thompson Andrew is an experienced Australia-qualified solicitor specialising in all aspects of commercial construction law.…
David Thomson photo David Thomson David is a Scottish-qualified property/corporate lawyer with a distinct specialism in structuring…
Rebecca Tinham photo Rebecca Tinham With almost 15 years’ experience, Rebecca joined Keystone’s litigation team in 2015.…
Kelly Tinkler photo Kelly Tinkler Kelly is a dual-qualified barrister and solicitor with more than 20 years’…
Matthew Tom photo Matthew Tom Matthew is an experienced employment lawyer specialising in strategic advice on senior-level…
Paul Toolan photo Paul Toolan Corporate law expert Paul advises on mergers and acquisitions, corporate and partnership investment…
Rachel Tozer photo Rachel Tozer Consultant solicitor in the employment team. Employment litigation, especially discrimination claims; practical…
Dan Tozer photo Dan Tozer Dan is a technology and data law expert who advises a range…
Terrence Trainor photo Terrence Trainor Terrence advises on international and domestic family law, with a particular focus…
Luke Trigona photo Luke Trigona Luke is a solicitor who assists the Private Individual team on a…
Matthew  Trinder  photo Matthew Trinder Matthew is a highly experienced medical malpractice specialist and healthcare lawyer, with a particular…
Claire Trotel photo Claire Trotel Claire is an experienced Private Client solicitor who specialises in inheritance tax…
Nick Tsatsas photo Nick Tsatsas Nick is an experienced employment lawyer and acts for domestic and international employers, as…
Andrew Tugwell photo Andrew Tugwell Andrew is a dual-qualified senior solicitor and chartered surveyor. He is also…
Garry Turkie photo Garry Turkie Garry is a Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team. He has a…
Tim Tyndall photo Tim Tyndall Tim is an employment lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience and provides expert…
Alicia Videon photo Alicia Videon Alicia is a corporate finance lawyer with particular experience in real estate,…
Alexandra Von Westernhagen photo Dr Alexandra Von Westernhagen Alexandra is an internationally recognised EU & Competition legal expert with more than 20…
Toby Ward photo Toby Ward Toby is a commercial lawyer who works with businesses in high tech and regulated…
Howard Waterman photo Howard Waterman Howard is an experienced finance lawyer with a diversified practice that includes banks and financial…
Jonathan Watmough photo Jonathan Watmough Jonathan specialises in resolving professional negligence claims and has done so for…
Andrew Watson photo Andrew Watson Andrew is a corporate finance and project development lawyer with a specialisation…
Nick Watson photo Nick Watson Nick is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer who acts as in-house…
Sarah-Jane Watson photo Sarah-Jane Watson Sarah-Jane specialises in employment law and advises corporate, institutional, and individual clients…
Tony Watts photo Tony Watts Tony is a true financial services and banking specialist. He has held…
Emma Wayland photo Emma Wayland Emma has 20 years’ experience advising a broad range of employers from…
Nick Weaser photo Nick Weaser Nick is an expert adviser to the music and wider entertainment industry…
Yohanna Weber photo Yohanna Weber Yohanna is a planning and environmental law expert with a focus on infrastructure, conventional…
Rupert Weber photo Rupert Weber Rupert advises on corporate and commercial law and is an expert in transactions involving mergers and…
Jane Wheeler photo Jane Wheeler As an expert in employment law, Jane advises both businesses and senior executives from…
Stewart White photo Stewart White Stewart is a regulatory and commercial lawyer with a Master’s degree in International Law.…
Marc Wilkinson photo Marc Wilkinson Marc is a senior banking, capital markets, structured finance, regulatory and derivatives lawyer whose…
James Wilkson photo Mr James Wilkson James is a highly skilled corporate and commercial lawyer, who routinely advises clients on M&A transactions,…
Richard Williams photo Richard Williams Richard is a specialist gambling, licensing and regulatory lawyer with key expertise…
Audrey Williams photo Audrey Williams Employment law expert Audrey advises on sensitive HR and recruitment issues, senior executive…
Catherine Williams photo Catherine Williams Catherine is an experienced corporate lawyer who has a particular focus on…
Chris Willison photo Mr Chris Willison Chris works with both lenders and borrowers, advising on all aspects of…
Andrew Wong photo Andrew Wong Andrew is an established top tier rated licensing lawyer and has developed a following…
Jeremy Woodcraft photo Jeremy Woodcraft Jeremy is a solicitor advocate with 20 years’ experience in advising on…
Stephen Woolf photo Stephen Woolf Stephen is a proactive commercial property solicitor who specialises in office, retail,…
Chris Worthington photo Mr Chris Worthington Chris advises property investors, housebuilders, strategic land professionals, property traders and property…
Helen Wyatt photo Helen Wyatt Helen is an experienced employment lawyer with a comprehensive practice that spans all areas…
Deborah Yam photo Deborah Yam Deborah acts for banks, accountancy firms and corporates in relation to all…
Stephen Young photo Stephen Young Stephen is a highly experienced insolvency and restructuring specialist who deals with…
Fraser Younson photo Fraser Younson Fraser is a skilled employment lawyer, with over 35 years’ experience in…
Nadim Zaman photo Nadim Zaman Nadim is an experienced corporate lawyer specialising in equity investments, disposals, and…
Diederik van Lede photo Diederik van Lede Diederik is a corporate and commercial lawyer with vast transactional experience and…
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Joe Bellhouse photo Mr Joe Bellhouse Joe is a Partner in the Construction team specialising in procurement and development of…
Stephen Browning photo Mr Stephen Browning Stephen has more than 35 years’ experience of corporate, finance and regulatory work in the…
Jonathan Chibafa photo Jonathan Chibafa Jonathan specialises in internal investigations, financial crime, ESG compliance and supply chain risk…
Linos Choo photo Linos Choo Linos is a lawyer specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration with particular emphasis on shipping, commodities,…
Jonathan Day photo Jonathan Day Jonathan is a well-known family law specialist who represents a wide range of clients…
Cassandra Dighton photo Cassandra Dighton Cassandra is an experienced healthcare and criminal defence lawyer. She has advised on many…
Grainne  Fahy photo Grainne Fahy Grainne is a highly experienced divorce and family lawyer who represents married and unmarried medium-to-high-net-worth individuals…
Olive  Gathoni photo Olive Gathoni Olive is an experienced lawyer who advises on all aspects of family law and…
Patrick Graves photo Patrick Graves Patrick is a corporate lawyer with over 25 years’ experience, with a practice covering…
Spencer Grimshaw photo Spencer Grimshaw Spencer has specialised in commercial property for over 35 years and has a broad…
Mario  Jacovides photo Mario Jacovides Mario has specialised in asset finance and leasing transactions for over 30 years with…
Stephen Matthews photo Stephen Matthews Stephen is a finance lawyer focussing on frontier and developing markets. He has expertise…
Robert  Peake  photo Robert Peake Robert is an intellectual property lawyer with extensive experience in contentious and non-contentious matters…
Charles Rix photo Charles Rix Charles is an experienced corporate and regulatory adviser with over 28 years’ experience in…
Trisha Siddique photo Trisha Siddique Trisha is a family solicitor with over 15 years’ experience of advising on all…
David Sutherland photo David Sutherland David is a residential property lawyer with over 20 years of experience in buying…
Tim Tim Addinell photo Tim Tim Addinell Tim is a highly experienced solicitor with approaching 40 years’ expertise in…
Jsmes  Tumbridge photo Jsmes Tumbridge James is an intellectual property litigation lawyer with a specialism in data protection, and has litigated…
Number of UK partners : 350