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Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

5 FLEET PLACE, LONDON, EC4M 7RD, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7203 5000
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Fax 020 7203 0200
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19 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com
Cheltenham, Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Guildford, Hong Kong and 5 more

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides commercial support for clients ranging from international brands and specialist public tech companies to financial institutions and tech solution providers. The firm has regional and international reach, including in Switzerland and Dubai. Jason Saiban leads the practice and focuses on the sport, retail and technology sectors. He can call on the expertise of Megan Paul, who specialises in complex outsourcing transactions in domestic and global markets. Also notable is associate Caroline Swain, who works closely with retail clients. The team advises Nike on commercial contracts, including sponsorship, sports marketing, regulatory and data protection issues.

Practice head(s):Jason Saiban

Other key lawyers:Megan Paul; Caroline Swain

Testimonials

'The team have great sector knowledge coupled with excellent and, where appropriate, challenging advice'

'They are always on hand and respond in a timely manner with a fee structure that works for everyone'

'Good attention to detail and good availability'

'They work well as a team'

'Jason Saiban has exceptional knowledge and is always focused on the client'

'Megan Paul stands out. She brings energy and dynamism alongside great competence. A good problem solver who can see things from all sides'

Key Clients

Nike

Westfield

International Tennis Federation

wagamama

Morgan Stanley

Harrods

Caffe Nero

ITV

Ascot Racecourse

Farfetch

1Spatial Plc

Swiss Post Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising wagamama's purchasing and supply chain, IT and marketing team on day-to-day projects and higher-value, strategic matters.
  • Acted for the International Tennis Federation on its 25-year, $3bn project with sports investment group Kosmos to revamp the Davis Cup.
  • Represented Premier League side Leicester City FC in a range of commercial matters, including advising on supplier contracts and construction of facilities.
  • Advised Value Retail on some key strategic commercial projects relating to Bicester Village and Europe-wide “villages”.
  • Advising SPS on commercial contracts across its business, including strategic outsourcing projects, client terms of business, government procurement contracts and data protection.
Next Generation Partners

Megan Paul - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides commercial support for clients ranging from international brands and specialist public tech companies to financial institutions and tech solution providers. The firm has regional and international reach, including in Switzerland and Dubai. Jason Saiban leads the practice and focuses on the sport, retail and technology sectors. He can call on the expertise of Megan Paul, who specialises in complex outsourcing transactions in domestic and global markets. Also notable is associate Caroline Swain, who works closely with retail clients. The team advises Nike on commercial contracts, including sponsorship, sports marketing, regulatory and data protection issues.

Practice head(s):Jason Saiban

Other key lawyers:Megan Paul; Caroline Swain

Testimonials

'The team have great sector knowledge coupled with excellent and, where appropriate, challenging advice'

'They are always on hand and respond in a timely manner with a fee structure that works for everyone'

'Good attention to detail and good availability'

'They work well as a team'

'Jason Saiban has exceptional knowledge and is always focused on the client'

'Megan Paul stands out. She brings energy and dynamism alongside great competence. A good problem solver who can see things from all sides'

Key Clients

Nike

Westfield

International Tennis Federation

wagamama

Morgan Stanley

Harrods

Caffe Nero

ITV

Ascot Racecourse

Farfetch

1Spatial Plc

Swiss Post Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising wagamama's purchasing and supply chain, IT and marketing team on day-to-day projects and higher-value, strategic matters.
  • Acted for the International Tennis Federation on its 25-year, $3bn project with sports investment group Kosmos to revamp the Davis Cup.
  • Represented Premier League side Leicester City FC in a range of commercial matters, including advising on supplier contracts and construction of facilities.
  • Advised Value Retail on some key strategic commercial projects relating to Bicester Village and Europe-wide “villages”.
  • Advising SPS on commercial contracts across its business, including strategic outsourcing projects, client terms of business, government procurement contracts and data protection.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides commercial support for clients ranging from international brands and specialist public tech companies to financial institutions and tech solution providers. The firm has regional and international reach, including in Switzerland and Dubai. Jason Saiban leads the practice and focuses on the sport, retail and technology sectors. He can call on the expertise of Megan Paul, who specialises in complex outsourcing transactions in domestic and global markets. Also notable is associate Caroline Swain, who works closely with retail clients. The team advises Nike on commercial contracts, including sponsorship, sports marketing, regulatory and data protection issues.

Practice head(s):Jason Saiban

Other key lawyers:Megan Paul; Caroline Swain

Testimonials

'The team have great sector knowledge coupled with excellent and, where appropriate, challenging advice'

'They are always on hand and respond in a timely manner with a fee structure that works for everyone'

'Good attention to detail and good availability'

'They work well as a team'

'Jason Saiban has exceptional knowledge and is always focused on the client'

'Megan Paul stands out. She brings energy and dynamism alongside great competence. A good problem solver who can see things from all sides'

Key Clients

Nike

Westfield

International Tennis Federation

wagamama

Morgan Stanley

Harrods

Caffe Nero

ITV

Ascot Racecourse

Farfetch

1Spatial Plc

Swiss Post Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising wagamama's purchasing and supply chain, IT and marketing team on day-to-day projects and higher-value, strategic matters.
  • Acted for the International Tennis Federation on its 25-year, $3bn project with sports investment group Kosmos to revamp the Davis Cup.
  • Represented Premier League side Leicester City FC in a range of commercial matters, including advising on supplier contracts and construction of facilities.
  • Advised Value Retail on some key strategic commercial projects relating to Bicester Village and Europe-wide “villages”.
  • Advising SPS on commercial contracts across its business, including strategic outsourcing projects, client terms of business, government procurement contracts and data protection.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides commercial support for clients ranging from international brands and specialist public tech companies to financial institutions and tech solution providers. The firm has regional and international reach, including in Switzerland and Dubai. Jason Saiban leads the practice and focuses on the sport, retail and technology sectors. He can call on the expertise of Megan Paul, who specialises in complex outsourcing transactions in domestic and global markets. Also notable is associate Caroline Swain, who works closely with retail clients. The team advises Nike on commercial contracts, including sponsorship, sports marketing, regulatory and data protection issues.

Practice head(s):Jason Saiban

Other key lawyers:Megan Paul; Caroline Swain

Testimonials

'The team have great sector knowledge coupled with excellent and, where appropriate, challenging advice'

'They are always on hand and respond in a timely manner with a fee structure that works for everyone'

'Good attention to detail and good availability'

'They work well as a team'

'Jason Saiban has exceptional knowledge and is always focused on the client'

'Megan Paul stands out. She brings energy and dynamism alongside great competence. A good problem solver who can see things from all sides'

Key Clients

Nike

Westfield

International Tennis Federation

wagamama

Morgan Stanley

Harrods

Caffe Nero

ITV

Ascot Racecourse

Farfetch

1Spatial Plc

Swiss Post Solutions

Work highlights

  • Advising wagamama's purchasing and supply chain, IT and marketing team on day-to-day projects and higher-value, strategic matters.
  • Acted for the International Tennis Federation on its 25-year, $3bn project with sports investment group Kosmos to revamp the Davis Cup.
  • Represented Premier League side Leicester City FC in a range of commercial matters, including advising on supplier contracts and construction of facilities.
  • Advised Value Retail on some key strategic commercial projects relating to Bicester Village and Europe-wide “villages”.
  • Advising SPS on commercial contracts across its business, including strategic outsourcing projects, client terms of business, government procurement contracts and data protection.

Megan Paul - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP assists clients with merger control issues, market investigations and inquiries, and contentious matters. The department is jointly headed by Paul Henty and Paul Stone, who are both highly praised by clients. The pair have a longstanding client base including telecoms clients, with recent work including handling instructions from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain as well as Gamma Telecom. Other sectors of focus for the team include media, e-commerce, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):Paul Henty; Paul Stone

Testimonials

'Very knowledgeable in relation to public procurement work'

'Extremely incisive and commercial legal advice'

'Approachable and always happy to help'

'The team at Charles Russell Speechlys is able to combine a real depth of experience in competition law with a real depth of experience in EU law. This is due to the double-act provided by Paul Henty, who brings personal experience of having worked in Brussels and knowing his way around the Commission, and Paul Stone, who is a very practical competition lawyer'

'Paul Stone is bright, attentive and practical'

'Paul Henty and Paul Stone are both excellent and complement each other’s sets of legal skills very well'

Key Clients

ITV

Consultant Eye Surgeons Partnership

Gamma Telecom

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

YouView

Celesio

WisdomTree Investments

WS Atkins

Work highlights

  • Provided legal advice to Thames Valley Combined Authority on state aid-related matters.
  • Advising the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain on its procurement practices and any competition-related matters arising as a result .
  • Acting for a third party in relation to its concerns regarding the £17.8bn Siemens-Alstom merger.
  • Acting for Gamma Telecom on an appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal against Ofcom’s decision in the Business Connectivity Market Review 2016.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP assists clients with merger control issues, market investigations and inquiries, and contentious matters. The department is jointly headed by Paul Henty and Paul Stone, who are both highly praised by clients. The pair have a longstanding client base including telecoms clients, with recent work including handling instructions from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain as well as Gamma Telecom. Other sectors of focus for the team include media, e-commerce, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):Paul Henty; Paul Stone

Testimonials

'Very knowledgeable in relation to public procurement work'

'Extremely incisive and commercial legal advice'

'Approachable and always happy to help'

'The team at Charles Russell Speechlys is able to combine a real depth of experience in competition law with a real depth of experience in EU law. This is due to the double-act provided by Paul Henty, who brings personal experience of having worked in Brussels and knowing his way around the Commission, and Paul Stone, who is a very practical competition lawyer'

'Paul Stone is bright, attentive and practical'

'Paul Henty and Paul Stone are both excellent and complement each other’s sets of legal skills very well'

Key Clients

ITV

Consultant Eye Surgeons Partnership

Gamma Telecom

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

YouView

Celesio

WisdomTree Investments

WS Atkins

Work highlights

  • Provided legal advice to Thames Valley Combined Authority on state aid-related matters.
  • Advising the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain on its procurement practices and any competition-related matters arising as a result .
  • Acting for a third party in relation to its concerns regarding the £17.8bn Siemens-Alstom merger.
  • Acting for Gamma Telecom on an appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal against Ofcom’s decision in the Business Connectivity Market Review 2016.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP assists clients with merger control issues, market investigations and inquiries, and contentious matters. The department is jointly headed by Paul Henty and Paul Stone, who are both highly praised by clients. The pair have a longstanding client base including telecoms clients, with recent work including handling instructions from the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain as well as Gamma Telecom. Other sectors of focus for the team include media, e-commerce, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals.

Practice head(s):Paul Henty; Paul Stone

Testimonials

'Very knowledgeable in relation to public procurement work'

'Extremely incisive and commercial legal advice'

'Approachable and always happy to help'

'The team at Charles Russell Speechlys is able to combine a real depth of experience in competition law with a real depth of experience in EU law. This is due to the double-act provided by Paul Henty, who brings personal experience of having worked in Brussels and knowing his way around the Commission, and Paul Stone, who is a very practical competition lawyer'

'Paul Stone is bright, attentive and practical'

'Paul Henty and Paul Stone are both excellent and complement each other’s sets of legal skills very well'

Key Clients

ITV

Consultant Eye Surgeons Partnership

Gamma Telecom

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

YouView

Celesio

WisdomTree Investments

WS Atkins

Work highlights

  • Provided legal advice to Thames Valley Combined Authority on state aid-related matters.
  • Advising the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain on its procurement practices and any competition-related matters arising as a result .
  • Acting for a third party in relation to its concerns regarding the £17.8bn Siemens-Alstom merger.
  • Acting for Gamma Telecom on an appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal against Ofcom’s decision in the Business Connectivity Market Review 2016.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Fueled in part by the firm-wide focus on private wealth, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has developed expertise in advising shareholders and growth companies on public company transactions. Led by Andrew Collins, the practice group has relationships with some active nomads and brokers, but its extensive experience acting for corporate issuers across a huge range of industry sectors makes it a particularly attractive choice for companies seeking to grow through the capital markets. Clients have singled out Paul Arathoon as 'an excellent partner, who is very easy to work with'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Collins

Other key lawyers:Paul Arathoon; Mark Howard

Testimonials

'Thoroughly professional and approachable firm with a sound understanding of legal and commercial issues.'

'Strong team with a number of experienced operators, who are commercially minded and easy to work with.'

Key Clients

Alpha FX Group plc

Caretech Holdings  plc

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc

India Capital Growth Fund Ltd

fastjet plc

Liberum Capital Limited

MayAir Group plc

W H Ireland Limited

N+1 Singer LLP

Taptica International

Work highlights

  • Advised Cake Box on its admission to AIM.
  • Advised MayAir Group plc, the AIM-listed manufacturer, developer and provider of air filtration equipment and clean air solutions, on the group’s recommended takeover by Poly Glorious Investment Co Ltd.
  • Advising AIM-listed Taptica International Ltd on its recommended all share offer for AIM-listed RhythmOne plc.
  • Advised fastjet plc on a $10m capital raising and $2.1m open offer and a revised associated operational structure/arrangements. The team later advised the company on its placing, subscription, open offer and balance sheet restructuring to issue equity with a total value of $40.7m.
  • Acted for Grant Thornton as nominated adviser and both Hannam & Partners and Mirabaud Securities as joint brokers on the admission of Kropz plc to trading on AIM with a placing of $35m.
Next Generation Partners

Paul Arathoon - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Fueled in part by the firm-wide focus on private wealth, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has developed expertise in advising shareholders and growth companies on public company transactions. Led by Andrew Collins, the practice group has relationships with some active nomads and brokers, but its extensive experience acting for corporate issuers across a huge range of industry sectors makes it a particularly attractive choice for companies seeking to grow through the capital markets. Clients have singled out Paul Arathoon as 'an excellent partner, who is very easy to work with'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Collins

Other key lawyers:Paul Arathoon; Mark Howard

Testimonials

'Thoroughly professional and approachable firm with a sound understanding of legal and commercial issues.'

'Strong team with a number of experienced operators, who are commercially minded and easy to work with.'

Key Clients

Alpha FX Group plc

Caretech Holdings  plc

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc

India Capital Growth Fund Ltd

fastjet plc

Liberum Capital Limited

MayAir Group plc

W H Ireland Limited

N+1 Singer LLP

Taptica International

Work highlights

  • Advised Cake Box on its admission to AIM.
  • Advised MayAir Group plc, the AIM-listed manufacturer, developer and provider of air filtration equipment and clean air solutions, on the group’s recommended takeover by Poly Glorious Investment Co Ltd.
  • Advising AIM-listed Taptica International Ltd on its recommended all share offer for AIM-listed RhythmOne plc.
  • Advised fastjet plc on a $10m capital raising and $2.1m open offer and a revised associated operational structure/arrangements. The team later advised the company on its placing, subscription, open offer and balance sheet restructuring to issue equity with a total value of $40.7m.
  • Acted for Grant Thornton as nominated adviser and both Hannam & Partners and Mirabaud Securities as joint brokers on the admission of Kropz plc to trading on AIM with a placing of $35m.

Fueled in part by the firm-wide focus on private wealth, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has developed expertise in advising shareholders and growth companies on public company transactions. Led by Andrew Collins, the practice group has relationships with some active nomads and brokers, but its extensive experience acting for corporate issuers across a huge range of industry sectors makes it a particularly attractive choice for companies seeking to grow through the capital markets. Clients have singled out Paul Arathoon as 'an excellent partner, who is very easy to work with'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Collins

Other key lawyers:Paul Arathoon; Mark Howard

Testimonials

'Thoroughly professional and approachable firm with a sound understanding of legal and commercial issues.'

'Strong team with a number of experienced operators, who are commercially minded and easy to work with.'

Key Clients

Alpha FX Group plc

Caretech Holdings  plc

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc

India Capital Growth Fund Ltd

fastjet plc

Liberum Capital Limited

MayAir Group plc

W H Ireland Limited

N+1 Singer LLP

Taptica International

Work highlights

  • Advised Cake Box on its admission to AIM.
  • Advised MayAir Group plc, the AIM-listed manufacturer, developer and provider of air filtration equipment and clean air solutions, on the group’s recommended takeover by Poly Glorious Investment Co Ltd.
  • Advising AIM-listed Taptica International Ltd on its recommended all share offer for AIM-listed RhythmOne plc.
  • Advised fastjet plc on a $10m capital raising and $2.1m open offer and a revised associated operational structure/arrangements. The team later advised the company on its placing, subscription, open offer and balance sheet restructuring to issue equity with a total value of $40.7m.
  • Acted for Grant Thornton as nominated adviser and both Hannam & Partners and Mirabaud Securities as joint brokers on the admission of Kropz plc to trading on AIM with a placing of $35m.

Paul Arathoon - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory
Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Private banking and wealth specialist Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has experience in a range of financial services work, including regulated lending, structured products and matters with a cross-border element. Jonathan Bayliss leads the practice and has a particular focus on advising institutional clients. He can call on the expertise of Kate Troup, who handles investment management and private banking issues; and William Garner, who leads the firm’s broking, trading and markets practice.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bayliss

Other key lawyers:Kate Troup; William Garner

Testimonials

'Partner led, great sector knowledge'

'William Garner has a strong financial services practice. He is very commercial in his approach, has deep market knowledge and is highly responsive'

Key Clients

St James’s Place

Julius Baer AG

Sarasin and Partners

Credit Suisse A.G.

Fidelity

Coinbase

Royal Bank of Canada

Actis

EFG Private Bank

Mariana Capital Markets

Work highlights

  • Advising a start-up peer-to-peer lending platform focused on lending to African borrowers.
  • Advising a UK branch of a foreign bank on the likely impact of Brexit on its activities in the UK.
  • Carrying out a detailed review of a UK retail bank’s consumer credit lending documents and procedures.
  • Advising a large shopping centre operator on the impact of the Second Payment Services Directive on its store-card.
  • Advising a UK private bank on the regulatory implications of setting up a branch in Jersey.

Private banking and wealth specialist Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has experience in a range of financial services work, including regulated lending, structured products and matters with a cross-border element. Jonathan Bayliss leads the practice and has a particular focus on advising institutional clients. He can call on the expertise of Kate Troup, who handles investment management and private banking issues; and William Garner, who leads the firm’s broking, trading and markets practice.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bayliss

Other key lawyers:Kate Troup; William Garner

Testimonials

'Partner led, great sector knowledge'

'William Garner has a strong financial services practice. He is very commercial in his approach, has deep market knowledge and is highly responsive'

Key Clients

St James’s Place

Julius Baer AG

Sarasin and Partners

Credit Suisse A.G.

Fidelity

Coinbase

Royal Bank of Canada

Actis

EFG Private Bank

Mariana Capital Markets

Work highlights

  • Advising a start-up peer-to-peer lending platform focused on lending to African borrowers.
  • Advising a UK branch of a foreign bank on the likely impact of Brexit on its activities in the UK.
  • Carrying out a detailed review of a UK retail bank’s consumer credit lending documents and procedures.
  • Advising a large shopping centre operator on the impact of the Second Payment Services Directive on its store-card.
  • Advising a UK private bank on the regulatory implications of setting up a branch in Jersey.

Private banking and wealth specialist Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has experience in a range of financial services work, including regulated lending, structured products and matters with a cross-border element. Jonathan Bayliss leads the practice and has a particular focus on advising institutional clients. He can call on the expertise of Kate Troup, who handles investment management and private banking issues; and William Garner, who leads the firm’s broking, trading and markets practice.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bayliss

Other key lawyers:Kate Troup; William Garner

Testimonials

'Partner led, great sector knowledge'

'William Garner has a strong financial services practice. He is very commercial in his approach, has deep market knowledge and is highly responsive'

Key Clients

St James’s Place

Julius Baer AG

Sarasin and Partners

Credit Suisse A.G.

Fidelity

Coinbase

Royal Bank of Canada

Actis

EFG Private Bank

Mariana Capital Markets

Work highlights

  • Advising a start-up peer-to-peer lending platform focused on lending to African borrowers.
  • Advising a UK branch of a foreign bank on the likely impact of Brexit on its activities in the UK.
  • Carrying out a detailed review of a UK retail bank’s consumer credit lending documents and procedures.
  • Advising a large shopping centre operator on the impact of the Second Payment Services Directive on its store-card.
  • Advising a UK private bank on the regulatory implications of setting up a branch in Jersey.

Private banking and wealth specialist Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has experience in a range of financial services work, including regulated lending, structured products and matters with a cross-border element. Jonathan Bayliss leads the practice and has a particular focus on advising institutional clients. He can call on the expertise of Kate Troup, who handles investment management and private banking issues; and William Garner, who leads the firm’s broking, trading and markets practice.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bayliss

Other key lawyers:Kate Troup; William Garner

Testimonials

'Partner led, great sector knowledge'

'William Garner has a strong financial services practice. He is very commercial in his approach, has deep market knowledge and is highly responsive'

Key Clients

St James’s Place

Julius Baer AG

Sarasin and Partners

Credit Suisse A.G.

Fidelity

Coinbase

Royal Bank of Canada

Actis

EFG Private Bank

Mariana Capital Markets

Work highlights

  • Advising a start-up peer-to-peer lending platform focused on lending to African borrowers.
  • Advising a UK branch of a foreign bank on the likely impact of Brexit on its activities in the UK.
  • Carrying out a detailed review of a UK retail bank’s consumer credit lending documents and procedures.
  • Advising a large shopping centre operator on the impact of the Second Payment Services Directive on its store-card.
  • Advising a UK private bank on the regulatory implications of setting up a branch in Jersey.

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP covers corporate M&A, private equity and equity capital markets work, primarily within the lower and mid-market space. The firm's focus on private wealth means the team is most active in advising entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses, as well as family offices and high net worth individuals, both from the UK and overseas. It has also seen notable growth in acting on inbound investment from the US to the UK, in addition to increased activity in Africa. The firm's corporate M&A team works in tandem with its private equity team, with certain individuals spanning both practices. The 'superb' Malcolm MacDougall is one such individual - he co-heads the practice alongside Chris Putt, a specialist in corporate finance.

Practice head(s):Chris Putt; Malcolm MacDougall

Other key lawyers:Andrew Collins

Testimonials

'Concise and to the point. Very well informed'

'Malcolm MacDougall is what makes the firm unique. His strengths are a big legal brain, very commercial, great customer relationship skills and being fun to work with'

'Mark Howard and Nicola Baird are both worth their weight in gold, always available, always able to keep good humour and to sort the important points from those that are emotionally charged. service. He is always very quick to respond'

'Malcolm MacDougall is a superb leader and partner at the firm. Commercially savvy, technically very competent and fun to work with'

Key Clients

CareTech

Stonegate

International Tennis Federation (ITF)

Bellway Homes

Crest Nicholson

IQVIA

IT Lab Ltd

Charterhouse Voice and Data plc

Zenium Technology Partners Limited

Duco Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised Stonegate Pub Company on its acquisition of national cocktail bar chain Be At One, which includes over 30 sites across London and the UK.
  • Advised institutional and management shareholders of Small World Financial Services Group on the sale of Small World to European private equity firm, Equistone
  • Represented MayAir Group on its recommended takeover by Poly Glorious Investment Co (“Poly Glorious”), for approximately £50m
  • Advised SharePoint consultancy firm Content and Code on the sale of the business to IT-managed services provider, IT Lab.
  • Advised Jensen Hughes on its global expansion through the acquisition of Jeremy Gardner Associates, a UK and Ireland-based fire safety consulting firm.
Leading individuals

Malcolm MacDougall - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP covers corporate M&A, private equity and equity capital markets work, primarily within the lower and mid-market space. The firm's focus on private wealth means the team is most active in advising entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses, as well as family offices and high net worth individuals, both from the UK and overseas. It has also seen notable growth in acting on inbound investment from the US to the UK, in addition to increased activity in Africa. The firm's corporate M&A team works in tandem with its private equity team, with certain individuals spanning both practices. The 'superb' Malcolm MacDougall is one such individual - he co-heads the practice alongside Chris Putt, a specialist in corporate finance.

Practice head(s):Chris Putt; Malcolm MacDougall

Other key lawyers:Andrew Collins

Testimonials

'Concise and to the point. Very well informed'

'Malcolm MacDougall is what makes the firm unique. His strengths are a big legal brain, very commercial, great customer relationship skills and being fun to work with'

'Mark Howard and Nicola Baird are both worth their weight in gold, always available, always able to keep good humour and to sort the important points from those that are emotionally charged. service. He is always very quick to respond'

'Malcolm MacDougall is a superb leader and partner at the firm. Commercially savvy, technically very competent and fun to work with'

Key Clients

CareTech

Stonegate

International Tennis Federation (ITF)

Bellway Homes

Crest Nicholson

IQVIA

IT Lab Ltd

Charterhouse Voice and Data plc

Zenium Technology Partners Limited

Duco Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised Stonegate Pub Company on its acquisition of national cocktail bar chain Be At One, which includes over 30 sites across London and the UK.
  • Advised institutional and management shareholders of Small World Financial Services Group on the sale of Small World to European private equity firm, Equistone
  • Represented MayAir Group on its recommended takeover by Poly Glorious Investment Co (“Poly Glorious”), for approximately £50m
  • Advised SharePoint consultancy firm Content and Code on the sale of the business to IT-managed services provider, IT Lab.
  • Advised Jensen Hughes on its global expansion through the acquisition of Jeremy Gardner Associates, a UK and Ireland-based fire safety consulting firm.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP covers corporate M&A, private equity and equity capital markets work, primarily within the lower and mid-market space. The firm's focus on private wealth means the team is most active in advising entrepreneurs and owner-managed businesses, as well as family offices and high net worth individuals, both from the UK and overseas. It has also seen notable growth in acting on inbound investment from the US to the UK, in addition to increased activity in Africa. The firm's corporate M&A team works in tandem with its private equity team, with certain individuals spanning both practices. The 'superb' Malcolm MacDougall is one such individual - he co-heads the practice alongside Chris Putt, a specialist in corporate finance.

Practice head(s):Chris Putt; Malcolm MacDougall

Other key lawyers:Andrew Collins

Testimonials

'Concise and to the point. Very well informed'

'Malcolm MacDougall is what makes the firm unique. His strengths are a big legal brain, very commercial, great customer relationship skills and being fun to work with'

'Mark Howard and Nicola Baird are both worth their weight in gold, always available, always able to keep good humour and to sort the important points from those that are emotionally charged. service. He is always very quick to respond'

'Malcolm MacDougall is a superb leader and partner at the firm. Commercially savvy, technically very competent and fun to work with'

Key Clients

CareTech

Stonegate

International Tennis Federation (ITF)

Bellway Homes

Crest Nicholson

IQVIA

IT Lab Ltd

Charterhouse Voice and Data plc

Zenium Technology Partners Limited

Duco Technology

Work highlights

  • Advised Stonegate Pub Company on its acquisition of national cocktail bar chain Be At One, which includes over 30 sites across London and the UK.
  • Advised institutional and management shareholders of Small World Financial Services Group on the sale of Small World to European private equity firm, Equistone
  • Represented MayAir Group on its recommended takeover by Poly Glorious Investment Co (“Poly Glorious”), for approximately £50m
  • Advised SharePoint consultancy firm Content and Code on the sale of the business to IT-managed services provider, IT Lab.
  • Advised Jensen Hughes on its global expansion through the acquisition of Jeremy Gardner Associates, a UK and Ireland-based fire safety consulting firm.

Malcolm MacDougall - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team has strength in the financial services, professional practices and property development sectors. Non-contentious work includes transactional, corporate, tax structuring matters and change management, which bring together expertise from other departments in the firm. The group is also noted for handling disputes both for partnerships and individual partners. Financial services expert David Hicks leads the team, utilising experience in complex structures, conversions to and transactions involving LLPs, governance issues and restructuring.

Practice head(s):David Hicks

Other key lawyers:James Carter; John Sykes

Testimonials

'They have strength and depth to deliver whatever complexity is needed.'

'David Hicks has very sound technical knowledge and is extremely pleasant to deal with.'

'David Hicks is incredibly responsive.'

Key Clients

Members of Turner Parkinson LLP

Civica Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the members of independent business law firm Turner Parkinson LLP on its acquisition by Knights.
  • Advised longstanding client Civica Group Limited on its acquisition of OneStep, a leading provider of cloud-based software and services which provides support to those operating in the debt recovery sector.
  • Advising a UK resident high-net-worth individual on the creation of a bespoke cross-border holding structure through a UK LLP to hold existing and future investments in European-based real estate assets and businesses and associated financing arrangements.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's team has strength in the financial services, professional practices and property development sectors. Non-contentious work includes transactional, corporate, tax structuring matters and change management, which bring together expertise from other departments in the firm. The group is also noted for handling disputes both for partnerships and individual partners. Financial services expert David Hicks leads the team, utilising experience in complex structures, conversions to and transactions involving LLPs, governance issues and restructuring.

Practice head(s):David Hicks

Other key lawyers:James Carter; John Sykes

Testimonials

'They have strength and depth to deliver whatever complexity is needed.'

'David Hicks has very sound technical knowledge and is extremely pleasant to deal with.'

'David Hicks is incredibly responsive.'

Key Clients

Members of Turner Parkinson LLP

Civica Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the members of independent business law firm Turner Parkinson LLP on its acquisition by Knights.
  • Advised longstanding client Civica Group Limited on its acquisition of OneStep, a leading provider of cloud-based software and services which provides support to those operating in the debt recovery sector.
  • Advising a UK resident high-net-worth individual on the creation of a bespoke cross-border holding structure through a UK LLP to hold existing and future investments in European-based real estate assets and businesses and associated financing arrangements.

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Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-tier ‚Äď up to ¬£250m - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP works with a roster of buyout house clients such as Elysian Capital, which Malcolm MacDougall and senior associate Chris Manning advised on its acquisition of Key Travel. In addition to investment houses, the firm also acts for management teams, investee companies and  high net-worth family offices. Venture capital and growth capital PE are some other key areas of activity. Adam Crossley, who advised the management team on the £1.2bn sale of MRH to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, is another name to note. McDougall heads up the practice together with Adrian Mayer.

Practice head(s):Malcolm MacDougall; Adrian Mayer

Other key lawyers:Chris Manning; Adam Crossley

Testimonials

'Excellent client focus with fast turnaround and twenty four hour support when needed'.

'Adam Crossley has outstanding commercial understanding and excellent client support skills. He was with us 24v hours a day when necessary'.

'Malcolm MacDougall makes CRS unique. He is an exceptional leader and an engaged partner. Besides a highly legal brain, he is very commercial and has great customer relationship skills while being fun to work with'.

Key Clients

Elysian Capital

FPE Capital

Business Growth Fund

Kreos Capital

Rockpool Investments

Apposite Capital

Civica Group (investee company of Partners Group)

Limerston Capital

Mobeus Partners

Duet Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client Elysian Capital on the acquisition of Key Travel.
  • Advised the MRH management team in relation to the sale of MRH to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice-backed Motor Fuel Group.
  • Advised new client Apposite Capital, the private equity firm with an exclusive focus on healthcare, on the acquisition of OrthoD Group from The Riverside Company.
  • Advised institutional and management shareholders (including FPE Capital and MMC Ventures) of Small World Financial Services Group Limited, a leading multi-channel cross-border payment service provider, on the sale of Small World to European private equity firm, Equistone
  • Advised longstanding clients FPE Capital and Bestport Capital on the sale of Creditcall to US trade buyer NMI, which is backed by Francisco Partners and Great Hill Partners.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP works with a roster of buyout house clients such as Elysian Capital, which Malcolm MacDougall and senior associate Chris Manning advised on its acquisition of Key Travel. In addition to investment houses, the firm also acts for management teams, investee companies and  high net-worth family offices. Venture capital and growth capital PE are some other key areas of activity. Adam Crossley, who advised the management team on the £1.2bn sale of MRH to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, is another name to note. McDougall heads up the practice together with Adrian Mayer.

Practice head(s):Malcolm MacDougall; Adrian Mayer

Other key lawyers:Chris Manning; Adam Crossley

Testimonials

'Excellent client focus with fast turnaround and twenty four hour support when needed'.

'Adam Crossley has outstanding commercial understanding and excellent client support skills. He was with us 24v hours a day when necessary'.

'Malcolm MacDougall makes CRS unique. He is an exceptional leader and an engaged partner. Besides a highly legal brain, he is very commercial and has great customer relationship skills while being fun to work with'.

Key Clients

Elysian Capital

FPE Capital

Business Growth Fund

Kreos Capital

Rockpool Investments

Apposite Capital

Civica Group (investee company of Partners Group)

Limerston Capital

Mobeus Partners

Duet Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client Elysian Capital on the acquisition of Key Travel.
  • Advised the MRH management team in relation to the sale of MRH to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice-backed Motor Fuel Group.
  • Advised new client Apposite Capital, the private equity firm with an exclusive focus on healthcare, on the acquisition of OrthoD Group from The Riverside Company.
  • Advised institutional and management shareholders (including FPE Capital and MMC Ventures) of Small World Financial Services Group Limited, a leading multi-channel cross-border payment service provider, on the sale of Small World to European private equity firm, Equistone
  • Advised longstanding clients FPE Capital and Bestport Capital on the sale of Creditcall to US trade buyer NMI, which is backed by Francisco Partners and Great Hill Partners.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP works with a roster of buyout house clients such as Elysian Capital, which Malcolm MacDougall and senior associate Chris Manning advised on its acquisition of Key Travel. In addition to investment houses, the firm also acts for management teams, investee companies and  high net-worth family offices. Venture capital and growth capital PE are some other key areas of activity. Adam Crossley, who advised the management team on the £1.2bn sale of MRH to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, is another name to note. McDougall heads up the practice together with Adrian Mayer.

Practice head(s):Malcolm MacDougall; Adrian Mayer

Other key lawyers:Chris Manning; Adam Crossley

Testimonials

'Excellent client focus with fast turnaround and twenty four hour support when needed'.

'Adam Crossley has outstanding commercial understanding and excellent client support skills. He was with us 24v hours a day when necessary'.

'Malcolm MacDougall makes CRS unique. He is an exceptional leader and an engaged partner. Besides a highly legal brain, he is very commercial and has great customer relationship skills while being fun to work with'.

Key Clients

Elysian Capital

FPE Capital

Business Growth Fund

Kreos Capital

Rockpool Investments

Apposite Capital

Civica Group (investee company of Partners Group)

Limerston Capital

Mobeus Partners

Duet Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client Elysian Capital on the acquisition of Key Travel.
  • Advised the MRH management team in relation to the sale of MRH to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice-backed Motor Fuel Group.
  • Advised new client Apposite Capital, the private equity firm with an exclusive focus on healthcare, on the acquisition of OrthoD Group from The Riverside Company.
  • Advised institutional and management shareholders (including FPE Capital and MMC Ventures) of Small World Financial Services Group Limited, a leading multi-channel cross-border payment service provider, on the sale of Small World to European private equity firm, Equistone
  • Advised longstanding clients FPE Capital and Bestport Capital on the sale of Creditcall to US trade buyer NMI, which is backed by Francisco Partners and Great Hill Partners.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP works with a roster of buyout house clients such as Elysian Capital, which Malcolm MacDougall and senior associate Chris Manning advised on its acquisition of Key Travel. In addition to investment houses, the firm also acts for management teams, investee companies and  high net-worth family offices. Venture capital and growth capital PE are some other key areas of activity. Adam Crossley, who advised the management team on the £1.2bn sale of MRH to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, is another name to note. McDougall heads up the practice together with Adrian Mayer.

Practice head(s):Malcolm MacDougall; Adrian Mayer

Other key lawyers:Chris Manning; Adam Crossley

Testimonials

'Excellent client focus with fast turnaround and twenty four hour support when needed'.

'Adam Crossley has outstanding commercial understanding and excellent client support skills. He was with us 24v hours a day when necessary'.

'Malcolm MacDougall makes CRS unique. He is an exceptional leader and an engaged partner. Besides a highly legal brain, he is very commercial and has great customer relationship skills while being fun to work with'.

Key Clients

Elysian Capital

FPE Capital

Business Growth Fund

Kreos Capital

Rockpool Investments

Apposite Capital

Civica Group (investee company of Partners Group)

Limerston Capital

Mobeus Partners

Duet Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client Elysian Capital on the acquisition of Key Travel.
  • Advised the MRH management team in relation to the sale of MRH to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice-backed Motor Fuel Group.
  • Advised new client Apposite Capital, the private equity firm with an exclusive focus on healthcare, on the acquisition of OrthoD Group from The Riverside Company.
  • Advised institutional and management shareholders (including FPE Capital and MMC Ventures) of Small World Financial Services Group Limited, a leading multi-channel cross-border payment service provider, on the sale of Small World to European private equity firm, Equistone
  • Advised longstanding clients FPE Capital and Bestport Capital on the sale of Creditcall to US trade buyer NMI, which is backed by Francisco Partners and Great Hill Partners.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP works with a roster of buyout house clients such as Elysian Capital, which Malcolm MacDougall and senior associate Chris Manning advised on its acquisition of Key Travel. In addition to investment houses, the firm also acts for management teams, investee companies and  high net-worth family offices. Venture capital and growth capital PE are some other key areas of activity. Adam Crossley, who advised the management team on the £1.2bn sale of MRH to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, is another name to note. McDougall heads up the practice together with Adrian Mayer.

Practice head(s):Malcolm MacDougall; Adrian Mayer

Other key lawyers:Chris Manning; Adam Crossley

Testimonials

'Excellent client focus with fast turnaround and twenty four hour support when needed'.

'Adam Crossley has outstanding commercial understanding and excellent client support skills. He was with us 24v hours a day when necessary'.

'Malcolm MacDougall makes CRS unique. He is an exceptional leader and an engaged partner. Besides a highly legal brain, he is very commercial and has great customer relationship skills while being fun to work with'.

Key Clients

Elysian Capital

FPE Capital

Business Growth Fund

Kreos Capital

Rockpool Investments

Apposite Capital

Civica Group (investee company of Partners Group)

Limerston Capital

Mobeus Partners

Duet Private Equity

Work highlights

  • Advised longstanding client Elysian Capital on the acquisition of Key Travel.
  • Advised the MRH management team in relation to the sale of MRH to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice-backed Motor Fuel Group.
  • Advised new client Apposite Capital, the private equity firm with an exclusive focus on healthcare, on the acquisition of OrthoD Group from The Riverside Company.
  • Advised institutional and management shareholders (including FPE Capital and MMC Ventures) of Small World Financial Services Group Limited, a leading multi-channel cross-border payment service provider, on the sale of Small World to European private equity firm, Equistone
  • Advised longstanding clients FPE Capital and Bestport Capital on the sale of Creditcall to US trade buyer NMI, which is backed by Francisco Partners and Great Hill Partners.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

As part of the firm's overarching private equity capabilities,¬†Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†handles a significant amount of work for venture and growth capital investors, as well as investees, across the spectrum of the investment lifecycle (where clients also benefit from the ability to leverage the expertise of lawyers with complementary practice area knowledge in tax, IP and finance). Tapping into the firm's private wealth prowess, the team also has strong market traction among the growing family office investor class, as well as for high-net-worth individuals on their venture capital investments.¬†Chris Putt¬†is a key member of the team whose range of expertise includes traditional venture capital work, as well as venture debt matters. Putt has recently handled numerous matters for¬†Kreos Capital, including its ‚ā¨20m investment in Dutch biopharmaceutical company Kiadis Pharma.

Practice head(s):Chris Putt; Malcolm MacDougall; Rossana Conti; Richard Coleman

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Burford; Mark Moncreiffe

Testimonials

'The firm provided invaluable assistance to us on our first go at raising seed capital funding.'

Key Clients

Kreos Capital

Bestport Ventures

Shore Capital

IDG Capital

Business Growth Fund

Mobeus Equity Partners

Ace & Co

Takumi

Zeal Networks SE

Laundrapp

Work highlights

  • Advising Kreos Capital on its €20m  investment in Dutch biopharmaceutical company Kiadis Pharma.
  • Advised Kreos Capital and Silicon Valley Bank on the £20m syndicated growth capital investment in Mereo BioPharma Group plc.
  • Advised Mobeus Equity Partners on its investment in SuperCarers, an online healthcare platform addressing the acute UK care crisis.
  • Advised Apex, an innovative airspace property developer, on an investment by BGF.
  • Advised Kreos Capital on its growth capital investment in JenaValve Technology.

As part of the firm's overarching private equity capabilities,¬†Charles Russell Speechlys LLP¬†handles a significant amount of work for venture and growth capital investors, as well as investees, across the spectrum of the investment lifecycle (where clients also benefit from the ability to leverage the expertise of lawyers with complementary practice area knowledge in tax, IP and finance). Tapping into the firm's private wealth prowess, the team also has strong market traction among the growing family office investor class, as well as for high-net-worth individuals on their venture capital investments.¬†Chris Putt¬†is a key member of the team whose range of expertise includes traditional venture capital work, as well as venture debt matters. Putt has recently handled numerous matters for¬†Kreos Capital, including its ‚ā¨20m investment in Dutch biopharmaceutical company Kiadis Pharma.

Practice head(s):Chris Putt; Malcolm MacDougall; Rossana Conti; Richard Coleman

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Burford; Mark Moncreiffe

Testimonials

'The firm provided invaluable assistance to us on our first go at raising seed capital funding.'

Key Clients

Kreos Capital

Bestport Ventures

Shore Capital

IDG Capital

Business Growth Fund

Mobeus Equity Partners

Ace & Co

Takumi

Zeal Networks SE

Laundrapp

Work highlights

  • Advising Kreos Capital on its €20m  investment in Dutch biopharmaceutical company Kiadis Pharma.
  • Advised Kreos Capital and Silicon Valley Bank on the £20m syndicated growth capital investment in Mereo BioPharma Group plc.
  • Advised Mobeus Equity Partners on its investment in SuperCarers, an online healthcare platform addressing the acute UK care crisis.
  • Advised Apex, an innovative airspace property developer, on an investment by BGF.
  • Advised Kreos Capital on its growth capital investment in JenaValve Technology.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is adept at handling a range of civil fraud matters, including asset tracing and worldwide freezing orders. The firm works with clients including multinational businesses, regulators, professional advisers and high-net-worth individuals in sectors such as financial services, government, energy and natural resources. Stewart Hey, who heads the practice was admitted to the Cayman Bar in relation to the high-profile, multibillion-dollar AHAB/SAAD Cayman trial. Charlotte Pender has a track record on high-value cross-border banking and fraud cases.

Practice head(s):Stewart Hey

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Pender; James Hyne; Caroline Greenwell; Max Davis; Jason Freedman

Testimonials

‘Stewart Hey manages a large team well and has a good eye for strategy and tactics’.

‘Charlotte Pender always has a pragmatic approach’.

Caroline Greenwell is highly intelligent, very personable, has great insight into the detail and is a real pleasure to work with’.

‘An extremely talented team with a wealth of experience’.

‘They have excellent judgement and make sensible decisions that advance their clients’ interests’.

‘They invariably punch well above their weight and deliver a focused and often brilliant work product.

‘The team is very hard working with a good eye for detail and impressive knowledge’.

‘They compare excellently to other teams: they are well-informed, ambitious and think laterally’.

Key Clients

RSM

FRP Advisory LLP

Central Bank of Bahrain

Fica Frio Limited

Gulf Air

Morris Homes Group

Grant Thornton

CVR Global

PwC

Credit Suisse

Ooredoo Q, s.c.

Aldemore Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Joint Official Liquidators of six Cayman Islands registered companies, known collectively as the AwalCos, who were among the 15 resulting defendants in the multi‑billion dollar trial.
  • A cross-office litigation team from the firm's Bahrain, London and Paris offices acted for Gulf Air in a complex $19m fraud case.
  • Acting for the trustees in relation to the bankruptcy of a former Scottish lawyer turned hedge fund manager with personal debts of around £120m.
  • Acting for the Special Administrator of a regulated investment fund based in Gibraltar in respect of a multi-million claim for dishonest assistance against the fund’s former solicitors based in the UK.
  • Acting for Credit Suisse in relation to an action brought by borrowers for deceit, breach of duty and negligence in relation to a foreign currency mortgage entered into in January 2008.  
Leading individuals

Stewart Hey - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next Generation Partners

Charlotte Pender - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is adept at handling a range of civil fraud matters, including asset tracing and worldwide freezing orders. The firm works with clients including multinational businesses, regulators, professional advisers and high-net-worth individuals in sectors such as financial services, government, energy and natural resources. Stewart Hey, who heads the practice was admitted to the Cayman Bar in relation to the high-profile, multibillion-dollar AHAB/SAAD Cayman trial. Charlotte Pender has a track record on high-value cross-border banking and fraud cases.

Practice head(s):Stewart Hey

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Pender; James Hyne; Caroline Greenwell; Max Davis; Jason Freedman

Testimonials

‘Stewart Hey manages a large team well and has a good eye for strategy and tactics’.

‘Charlotte Pender always has a pragmatic approach’.

Caroline Greenwell is highly intelligent, very personable, has great insight into the detail and is a real pleasure to work with’.

‘An extremely talented team with a wealth of experience’.

‘They have excellent judgement and make sensible decisions that advance their clients’ interests’.

‘They invariably punch well above their weight and deliver a focused and often brilliant work product.

‘The team is very hard working with a good eye for detail and impressive knowledge’.

‘They compare excellently to other teams: they are well-informed, ambitious and think laterally’.

Key Clients

RSM

FRP Advisory LLP

Central Bank of Bahrain

Fica Frio Limited

Gulf Air

Morris Homes Group

Grant Thornton

CVR Global

PwC

Credit Suisse

Ooredoo Q, s.c.

Aldemore Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Joint Official Liquidators of six Cayman Islands registered companies, known collectively as the AwalCos, who were among the 15 resulting defendants in the multi‑billion dollar trial.
  • A cross-office litigation team from the firm's Bahrain, London and Paris offices acted for Gulf Air in a complex $19m fraud case.
  • Acting for the trustees in relation to the bankruptcy of a former Scottish lawyer turned hedge fund manager with personal debts of around £120m.
  • Acting for the Special Administrator of a regulated investment fund based in Gibraltar in respect of a multi-million claim for dishonest assistance against the fund’s former solicitors based in the UK.
  • Acting for Credit Suisse in relation to an action brought by borrowers for deceit, breach of duty and negligence in relation to a foreign currency mortgage entered into in January 2008.  

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is adept at handling a range of civil fraud matters, including asset tracing and worldwide freezing orders. The firm works with clients including multinational businesses, regulators, professional advisers and high-net-worth individuals in sectors such as financial services, government, energy and natural resources. Stewart Hey, who heads the practice was admitted to the Cayman Bar in relation to the high-profile, multibillion-dollar AHAB/SAAD Cayman trial. Charlotte Pender has a track record on high-value cross-border banking and fraud cases.

Practice head(s):Stewart Hey

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Pender; James Hyne; Caroline Greenwell; Max Davis; Jason Freedman

Testimonials

‘Stewart Hey manages a large team well and has a good eye for strategy and tactics’.

‘Charlotte Pender always has a pragmatic approach’.

Caroline Greenwell is highly intelligent, very personable, has great insight into the detail and is a real pleasure to work with’.

‘An extremely talented team with a wealth of experience’.

‘They have excellent judgement and make sensible decisions that advance their clients’ interests’.

‘They invariably punch well above their weight and deliver a focused and often brilliant work product.

‘The team is very hard working with a good eye for detail and impressive knowledge’.

‘They compare excellently to other teams: they are well-informed, ambitious and think laterally’.

Key Clients

RSM

FRP Advisory LLP

Central Bank of Bahrain

Fica Frio Limited

Gulf Air

Morris Homes Group

Grant Thornton

CVR Global

PwC

Credit Suisse

Ooredoo Q, s.c.

Aldemore Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Joint Official Liquidators of six Cayman Islands registered companies, known collectively as the AwalCos, who were among the 15 resulting defendants in the multi‑billion dollar trial.
  • A cross-office litigation team from the firm's Bahrain, London and Paris offices acted for Gulf Air in a complex $19m fraud case.
  • Acting for the trustees in relation to the bankruptcy of a former Scottish lawyer turned hedge fund manager with personal debts of around £120m.
  • Acting for the Special Administrator of a regulated investment fund based in Gibraltar in respect of a multi-million claim for dishonest assistance against the fund’s former solicitors based in the UK.
  • Acting for Credit Suisse in relation to an action brought by borrowers for deceit, breach of duty and negligence in relation to a foreign currency mortgage entered into in January 2008.  

Stewart Hey - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charlotte Pender - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has an excellent understanding of its clients' objectives and their industries'. The team advises on complex, high-value corporate and commercial disputes for clients that range from multinational corporations to high-net-worth individuals. Recent cases include disputes in the technology, telecoms, financial services, mining, energy, aviation and retail sectors. Stewart Hey, Edward Craig, John Sykes and Rhys Novak are all highly rated practitioners; Charlotte Pender was made partner.

Practice head(s):Stewart Hey

Other key lawyers:Edward Craig; John Sykes; Rhys Novak; Charlotte Pender 

Testimonials

'Excellent domestic and international lawyers who are at the top of their game for complex disputes.'

'Stewart Hey is an excellent lawyer with massive experience of the biggest claims'.

'John Sykes is a great lawyer with effortless interpersonal skills'.

'Edward Craig has an excellent understanding of the issues faced by clients and is a reliable contact'.

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

National Bank of Greece

Teutonic

Norsk Titanium

Work highlights

  • Acted for Teutonic Energy Services to recover sums owed under a supply contract.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has an excellent understanding of its clients' objectives and their industries'. The team advises on complex, high-value corporate and commercial disputes for clients that range from multinational corporations to high-net-worth individuals. Recent cases include disputes in the technology, telecoms, financial services, mining, energy, aviation and retail sectors. Stewart Hey, Edward Craig, John Sykes and Rhys Novak are all highly rated practitioners; Charlotte Pender was made partner.

Practice head(s):Stewart Hey

Other key lawyers:Edward Craig; John Sykes; Rhys Novak; Charlotte Pender 

Testimonials

'Excellent domestic and international lawyers who are at the top of their game for complex disputes.'

'Stewart Hey is an excellent lawyer with massive experience of the biggest claims'.

'John Sykes is a great lawyer with effortless interpersonal skills'.

'Edward Craig has an excellent understanding of the issues faced by clients and is a reliable contact'.

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

National Bank of Greece

Teutonic

Norsk Titanium

Work highlights

  • Acted for Teutonic Energy Services to recover sums owed under a supply contract.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has an excellent understanding of its clients' objectives and their industries'. The team advises on complex, high-value corporate and commercial disputes for clients that range from multinational corporations to high-net-worth individuals. Recent cases include disputes in the technology, telecoms, financial services, mining, energy, aviation and retail sectors. Stewart Hey, Edward Craig, John Sykes and Rhys Novak are all highly rated practitioners; Charlotte Pender was made partner.

Practice head(s):Stewart Hey

Other key lawyers:Edward Craig; John Sykes; Rhys Novak; Charlotte Pender 

Testimonials

'Excellent domestic and international lawyers who are at the top of their game for complex disputes.'

'Stewart Hey is an excellent lawyer with massive experience of the biggest claims'.

'John Sykes is a great lawyer with effortless interpersonal skills'.

'Edward Craig has an excellent understanding of the issues faced by clients and is a reliable contact'.

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

National Bank of Greece

Teutonic

Norsk Titanium

Work highlights

  • Acted for Teutonic Energy Services to recover sums owed under a supply contract.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has an excellent understanding of its clients' objectives and their industries'. The team advises on complex, high-value corporate and commercial disputes for clients that range from multinational corporations to high-net-worth individuals. Recent cases include disputes in the technology, telecoms, financial services, mining, energy, aviation and retail sectors. Stewart Hey, Edward Craig, John Sykes and Rhys Novak are all highly rated practitioners; Charlotte Pender was made partner.

Practice head(s):Stewart Hey

Other key lawyers:Edward Craig; John Sykes; Rhys Novak; Charlotte Pender 

Testimonials

'Excellent domestic and international lawyers who are at the top of their game for complex disputes.'

'Stewart Hey is an excellent lawyer with massive experience of the biggest claims'.

'John Sykes is a great lawyer with effortless interpersonal skills'.

'Edward Craig has an excellent understanding of the issues faced by clients and is a reliable contact'.

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

National Bank of Greece

Teutonic

Norsk Titanium

Work highlights

  • Acted for Teutonic Energy Services to recover sums owed under a supply contract.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has an excellent understanding of its clients' objectives and their industries'. The team advises on complex, high-value corporate and commercial disputes for clients that range from multinational corporations to high-net-worth individuals. Recent cases include disputes in the technology, telecoms, financial services, mining, energy, aviation and retail sectors. Stewart Hey, Edward Craig, John Sykes and Rhys Novak are all highly rated practitioners; Charlotte Pender was made partner.

Practice head(s):Stewart Hey

Other key lawyers:Edward Craig; John Sykes; Rhys Novak; Charlotte Pender 

Testimonials

'Excellent domestic and international lawyers who are at the top of their game for complex disputes.'

'Stewart Hey is an excellent lawyer with massive experience of the biggest claims'.

'John Sykes is a great lawyer with effortless interpersonal skills'.

'Edward Craig has an excellent understanding of the issues faced by clients and is a reliable contact'.

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

National Bank of Greece

Teutonic

Norsk Titanium

Work highlights

  • Acted for Teutonic Energy Services to recover sums owed under a supply contract.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has an excellent understanding of its clients' objectives and their industries'. The team advises on complex, high-value corporate and commercial disputes for clients that range from multinational corporations to high-net-worth individuals. Recent cases include disputes in the technology, telecoms, financial services, mining, energy, aviation and retail sectors. Stewart Hey, Edward Craig, John Sykes and Rhys Novak are all highly rated practitioners; Charlotte Pender was made partner.

Practice head(s):Stewart Hey

Other key lawyers:Edward Craig; John Sykes; Rhys Novak; Charlotte Pender 

Testimonials

'Excellent domestic and international lawyers who are at the top of their game for complex disputes.'

'Stewart Hey is an excellent lawyer with massive experience of the biggest claims'.

'John Sykes is a great lawyer with effortless interpersonal skills'.

'Edward Craig has an excellent understanding of the issues faced by clients and is a reliable contact'.

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

National Bank of Greece

Teutonic

Norsk Titanium

Work highlights

  • Acted for Teutonic Energy Services to recover sums owed under a supply contract.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has years of experience in this sector, with a deep understanding of the relevant regulatory regimes'. The healthcare team is best known for its advice to pharmacists and pharmacy owners; it also assists doctors and dentists with professional discipline matters. The practice is also highly regarded for its advice to sports governing bodies on disciplinary proceedings. Noel Wardle in Guildford heads the healthcare regulatory team and London's Edward Craig has niche expertise in equine matters, including horse racing and polo, and legal director Rachel Warren has particular expertise in advising clients appearing before the Fitness to Practise panels of the GPC, GMC and NHS Performance and Fitness to Practise committees. David Reissner retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):Noel Wardle

Other key lawyers:Edward Craig; Rachel Warren

Testimonials

'The team has unparalleled experience in professional disciplinary matters; it deals with cases from cradle to grave, and always adopts the best possible strategy for clients'.

'The practice's attention to detail and its work ethic are second to none - its lawyers really know what they're doing'.

'Noel Wardle's expertise, diligence and excellent advocacy and communication skills stand out'.

'Rachel Warren always advises on the most diverse issues with tact and diplomacy'.

Key Clients

The British Horseracing Authority

Greyhound Board of Great Britain

Ascot Racecourse

Work highlights

  • Represented a pharmacist in respect of fitness to practise proceedings that were brought by the GPC.
Rising stars

Rachel Warren - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has years of experience in this sector, with a deep understanding of the relevant regulatory regimes'. The healthcare team is best known for its advice to pharmacists and pharmacy owners; it also assists doctors and dentists with professional discipline matters. The practice is also highly regarded for its advice to sports governing bodies on disciplinary proceedings. Noel Wardle in Guildford heads the healthcare regulatory team and London's Edward Craig has niche expertise in equine matters, including horse racing and polo, and legal director Rachel Warren has particular expertise in advising clients appearing before the Fitness to Practise panels of the GPC, GMC and NHS Performance and Fitness to Practise committees. David Reissner retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):Noel Wardle

Other key lawyers:Edward Craig; Rachel Warren

Testimonials

'The team has unparalleled experience in professional disciplinary matters; it deals with cases from cradle to grave, and always adopts the best possible strategy for clients'.

'The practice's attention to detail and its work ethic are second to none - its lawyers really know what they're doing'.

'Noel Wardle's expertise, diligence and excellent advocacy and communication skills stand out'.

'Rachel Warren always advises on the most diverse issues with tact and diplomacy'.

Key Clients

The British Horseracing Authority

Greyhound Board of Great Britain

Ascot Racecourse

Work highlights

  • Represented a pharmacist in respect of fitness to practise proceedings that were brought by the GPC.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has years of experience in this sector, with a deep understanding of the relevant regulatory regimes'. The healthcare team is best known for its advice to pharmacists and pharmacy owners; it also assists doctors and dentists with professional discipline matters. The practice is also highly regarded for its advice to sports governing bodies on disciplinary proceedings. Noel Wardle in Guildford heads the healthcare regulatory team and London's Edward Craig has niche expertise in equine matters, including horse racing and polo, and legal director Rachel Warren has particular expertise in advising clients appearing before the Fitness to Practise panels of the GPC, GMC and NHS Performance and Fitness to Practise committees. David Reissner retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):Noel Wardle

Other key lawyers:Edward Craig; Rachel Warren

Testimonials

'The team has unparalleled experience in professional disciplinary matters; it deals with cases from cradle to grave, and always adopts the best possible strategy for clients'.

'The practice's attention to detail and its work ethic are second to none - its lawyers really know what they're doing'.

'Noel Wardle's expertise, diligence and excellent advocacy and communication skills stand out'.

'Rachel Warren always advises on the most diverse issues with tact and diplomacy'.

Key Clients

The British Horseracing Authority

Greyhound Board of Great Britain

Ascot Racecourse

Work highlights

  • Represented a pharmacist in respect of fitness to practise proceedings that were brought by the GPC.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'has years of experience in this sector, with a deep understanding of the relevant regulatory regimes'. The healthcare team is best known for its advice to pharmacists and pharmacy owners; it also assists doctors and dentists with professional discipline matters. The practice is also highly regarded for its advice to sports governing bodies on disciplinary proceedings. Noel Wardle in Guildford heads the healthcare regulatory team and London's Edward Craig has niche expertise in equine matters, including horse racing and polo, and legal director Rachel Warren has particular expertise in advising clients appearing before the Fitness to Practise panels of the GPC, GMC and NHS Performance and Fitness to Practise committees. David Reissner retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):Noel Wardle

Other key lawyers:Edward Craig; Rachel Warren

Testimonials

'The team has unparalleled experience in professional disciplinary matters; it deals with cases from cradle to grave, and always adopts the best possible strategy for clients'.

'The practice's attention to detail and its work ethic are second to none - its lawyers really know what they're doing'.

'Noel Wardle's expertise, diligence and excellent advocacy and communication skills stand out'.

'Rachel Warren always advises on the most diverse issues with tact and diplomacy'.

Key Clients

The British Horseracing Authority

Greyhound Board of Great Britain

Ascot Racecourse

Work highlights

  • Represented a pharmacist in respect of fitness to practise proceedings that were brought by the GPC.

Rachel Warren - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Finance

Corporate restructuring & insolvency
Corporate restructuring & insolvency - ranked: tier 8

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The 'incredibly diligent, knowledgeable and approachable' five-partner team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'can deal with everything from complex, cross-border restructuring and insolvency issues to more straightforward, domestic insolvency matters'. Although the firm also handles restructuring and transactional-based matters, it has a particularly strong reputation in relation to contentious insolvency matters, including misfeasance claims brought against directors. Simon Ridpath provides 'very commercial and highly technical advice'.

Practice head(s):James Hyne

Other key lawyers:Simon Ridpath; Hanh Nguyen; Jason Freedman

Testimonials

'The team is able to combine real world practical advice with commercial application.'

'A well-balanced team of talented lawyers with strong technical skills.'

'The partners are hands on and the entire team is made up of lawyers who have the necessary skills and expertise to deal with cases at all levels.'

'Simon Ridpath has an impressive knowledge of insolvency law and displays an excellent attention to detail.'

'Hanh Nguyen is always commercial and pragmatic, balancing technical excellence with a clear understanding of the client's practical goals and limitations.'

'Hanh Nguyen is fiercely intelligent and a calm and thoughtful lawyer.'

'Jason Freedman is calm, rational and commercial, providing excellent legal advice focused on achieving the desired outcome.'

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

Octopus Property

Adrian Hyde of CVR Global LLP in his capacity as Special Administrators of Advalorem Value Asset Fund Limited and D B Holdings Limited

IN ’n’ OUT Limited

Kevin Brown (in his capacity as the liquidator of TN Recruitment Limited (in liquidation))

BBK Partnership – Joylan Sunnassee in his capacity as the liquidator of Douglas Care and Staff Limited (in liquidation) and Douglas Staff Centre Limited (in liquidation)

Allan Graham and Geoffrey Bouchier (in their capacity as the liquidators of Designer Ideas Limited (in administration))

Nick Wood and Geoffrey Bouchier as trustees in bankruptcy of the deceased estate of Peter David Benstead (deceased)

Work highlights

  • Advising Octopus Property in relation to the recovery of substantial monies (approx. £10m owed to date) lent in relation to a residential development.
  • Acting for the Special Administrators of Advalorem Value Asset Fund to  investigate and advise in respect of claims against the company’s former advisors, Linder Myers in relation to potential fraud claims.
  • Advised the purchaser on the acquisition of the business and assets of Concorde Tyre and Exhaust Centres Ltd, one of the UK’s largest independent tyre, exhaust, repair and MOT service centres, through a pre-pack administration process.
  • Advised the liquidator of Douglas Care and Staff Limited (in liquidation) and Douglas Staff Centre Limited (in liquidation)  in bringing a claim against a director of the two 'Douglas' companies for misfeasance, repayment of directors’ loan account, unauthorised salary increase, and unauthorised loans.
  • Advised the administrators in relation to the Company trading as Warren Evans Limited.

The 'incredibly diligent, knowledgeable and approachable' five-partner team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 'can deal with everything from complex, cross-border restructuring and insolvency issues to more straightforward, domestic insolvency matters'. Although the firm also handles restructuring and transactional-based matters, it has a particularly strong reputation in relation to contentious insolvency matters, including misfeasance claims brought against directors. Simon Ridpath provides 'very commercial and highly technical advice'.

Practice head(s):James Hyne

Other key lawyers:Simon Ridpath; Hanh Nguyen; Jason Freedman

Testimonials

'The team is able to combine real world practical advice with commercial application.'

'A well-balanced team of talented lawyers with strong technical skills.'

'The partners are hands on and the entire team is made up of lawyers who have the necessary skills and expertise to deal with cases at all levels.'

'Simon Ridpath has an impressive knowledge of insolvency law and displays an excellent attention to detail.'

'Hanh Nguyen is always commercial and pragmatic, balancing technical excellence with a clear understanding of the client's practical goals and limitations.'

'Hanh Nguyen is fiercely intelligent and a calm and thoughtful lawyer.'

'Jason Freedman is calm, rational and commercial, providing excellent legal advice focused on achieving the desired outcome.'

Key Clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

Octopus Property

Adrian Hyde of CVR Global LLP in his capacity as Special Administrators of Advalorem Value Asset Fund Limited and D B Holdings Limited

IN ’n’ OUT Limited

Kevin Brown (in his capacity as the liquidator of TN Recruitment Limited (in liquidation))

BBK Partnership – Joylan Sunnassee in his capacity as the liquidator of Douglas Care and Staff Limited (in liquidation) and Douglas Staff Centre Limited (in liquidation)

Allan Graham and Geoffrey Bouchier (in their capacity as the liquidators of Designer Ideas Limited (in administration))

Nick Wood and Geoffrey Bouchier as trustees in bankruptcy of the deceased estate of Peter David Benstead (deceased)

Work highlights

  • Advising Octopus Property in relation to the recovery of substantial monies (approx. £10m owed to date) lent in relation to a residential development.
  • Acting for the Special Administrators of Advalorem Value Asset Fund to  investigate and advise in respect of claims against the company’s former advisors, Linder Myers in relation to potential fraud claims.
  • Advised the purchaser on the acquisition of the business and assets of Concorde Tyre and Exhaust Centres Ltd, one of the UK’s largest independent tyre, exhaust, repair and MOT service centres, through a pre-pack administration process.
  • Advised the liquidator of Douglas Care and Staff Limited (in liquidation) and Douglas Staff Centre Limited (in liquidation)  in bringing a claim against a director of the two 'Douglas' companies for misfeasance, repayment of directors’ loan account, unauthorised salary increase, and unauthorised loans.
  • Advised the administrators in relation to the Company trading as Warren Evans Limited.

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Emerging markets
Emerging markets - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

'The team stands out as being really enthusiastic about the sector, interested in its clients, and motivated to make the transactions work for its clients', remarks one client of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. The firm acts for large companies, growth companies and family businesses, as well as creators and owners of private wealth, their families and advisers. In emerging markets, it is best known for advising on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, notably in the financial services, real estate, infrastructure and agribusiness sectors. The practice, led by the 'technically very knowledgeable and very solutions-oriented' Adrian Mayer, handles debt and equity transactions for borrowers and lenders, as well as advising on the debt finance elements of private equity and fund investments. Head of financial services Jon Bond and head of the firm's Caribbean group Hamish Perry are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Adrian Mayer

Other key lawyers:Jon Bond; Hamish Perry; David Berry; Keir Gordon; Yacine Diallo; Edidem Basiekanem; Katy Ackroyd; Edward Robinson; Camilla Hart

Testimonials

"The work has always been delivered to budget, on time and, most importantly, to a very high standard."

"Adrian Mayer and his team are highly professional, client-worthy and have an excellent grasp of finance in the context of emerging markets."

"Adrian Mayer is highly attuned to his clients' needs and is very detail-oriented, which makes him a great performer for his firm."

Key Clients

Actis

Amatheon Agri

MKOPA Solar

Fastjet plc

Ag DevCo Limited

Zenium Group

BNOC

ANSA McAL

Government of Trinidad and Tobago

Government of The Bahamas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Barbados National Oil Co Ltd in securing new supply lines and importation facilities for the importation of LNG and various renewable energy and other commercial relationships.
  • Acted for Grant Thornton as nominated adviser and both Hannam & Partners and Mirabaud Securities as joint brokers on the admission of South African phosphate development and mining company Kropz plc to trading on AIM with a placing of $35m.
  • Advised AIM-listed client, fastjet plc, on a US$10 million capital raising.
  • Advised AIM-listed client, fastjet plc, on its placing, subscription, open offer and balance sheet restructuring to issue equity with a total value of $40.7m.
  • Advised ANSA McAL (Trinidad) and its joint venture entity Tilawind IBC (Barbados) in the negotiation of services and knowledge transfer agreements relating to the operation of a joint venture renewable power business in Costa Rica.
Leading individuals

Adrian Mayer - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

'The team stands out as being really enthusiastic about the sector, interested in its clients, and motivated to make the transactions work for its clients', remarks one client of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. The firm acts for large companies, growth companies and family businesses, as well as creators and owners of private wealth, their families and advisers. In emerging markets, it is best known for advising on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, notably in the financial services, real estate, infrastructure and agribusiness sectors. The practice, led by the 'technically very knowledgeable and very solutions-oriented' Adrian Mayer, handles debt and equity transactions for borrowers and lenders, as well as advising on the debt finance elements of private equity and fund investments. Head of financial services Jon Bond and head of the firm's Caribbean group Hamish Perry are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Adrian Mayer

Other key lawyers:Jon Bond; Hamish Perry; David Berry; Keir Gordon; Yacine Diallo; Edidem Basiekanem; Katy Ackroyd; Edward Robinson; Camilla Hart

Testimonials

"The work has always been delivered to budget, on time and, most importantly, to a very high standard."

"Adrian Mayer and his team are highly professional, client-worthy and have an excellent grasp of finance in the context of emerging markets."

"Adrian Mayer is highly attuned to his clients' needs and is very detail-oriented, which makes him a great performer for his firm."

Key Clients

Actis

Amatheon Agri

MKOPA Solar

Fastjet plc

Ag DevCo Limited

Zenium Group

BNOC

ANSA McAL

Government of Trinidad and Tobago

Government of The Bahamas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Barbados National Oil Co Ltd in securing new supply lines and importation facilities for the importation of LNG and various renewable energy and other commercial relationships.
  • Acted for Grant Thornton as nominated adviser and both Hannam & Partners and Mirabaud Securities as joint brokers on the admission of South African phosphate development and mining company Kropz plc to trading on AIM with a placing of $35m.
  • Advised AIM-listed client, fastjet plc, on a US$10 million capital raising.
  • Advised AIM-listed client, fastjet plc, on its placing, subscription, open offer and balance sheet restructuring to issue equity with a total value of $40.7m.
  • Advised ANSA McAL (Trinidad) and its joint venture entity Tilawind IBC (Barbados) in the negotiation of services and knowledge transfer agreements relating to the operation of a joint venture renewable power business in Costa Rica.

'The team stands out as being really enthusiastic about the sector, interested in its clients, and motivated to make the transactions work for its clients', remarks one client of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. The firm acts for large companies, growth companies and family businesses, as well as creators and owners of private wealth, their families and advisers. In emerging markets, it is best known for advising on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, notably in the financial services, real estate, infrastructure and agribusiness sectors. The practice, led by the 'technically very knowledgeable and very solutions-oriented' Adrian Mayer, handles debt and equity transactions for borrowers and lenders, as well as advising on the debt finance elements of private equity and fund investments. Head of financial services Jon Bond and head of the firm's Caribbean group Hamish Perry are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Adrian Mayer

Other key lawyers:Jon Bond; Hamish Perry; David Berry; Keir Gordon; Yacine Diallo; Edidem Basiekanem; Katy Ackroyd; Edward Robinson; Camilla Hart

Testimonials

"The work has always been delivered to budget, on time and, most importantly, to a very high standard."

"Adrian Mayer and his team are highly professional, client-worthy and have an excellent grasp of finance in the context of emerging markets."

"Adrian Mayer is highly attuned to his clients' needs and is very detail-oriented, which makes him a great performer for his firm."

Key Clients

Actis

Amatheon Agri

MKOPA Solar

Fastjet plc

Ag DevCo Limited

Zenium Group

BNOC

ANSA McAL

Government of Trinidad and Tobago

Government of The Bahamas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Barbados National Oil Co Ltd in securing new supply lines and importation facilities for the importation of LNG and various renewable energy and other commercial relationships.
  • Acted for Grant Thornton as nominated adviser and both Hannam & Partners and Mirabaud Securities as joint brokers on the admission of South African phosphate development and mining company Kropz plc to trading on AIM with a placing of $35m.
  • Advised AIM-listed client, fastjet plc, on a US$10 million capital raising.
  • Advised AIM-listed client, fastjet plc, on its placing, subscription, open offer and balance sheet restructuring to issue equity with a total value of $40.7m.
  • Advised ANSA McAL (Trinidad) and its joint venture entity Tilawind IBC (Barbados) in the negotiation of services and knowledge transfer agreements relating to the operation of a joint venture renewable power business in Costa Rica.

'The team stands out as being really enthusiastic about the sector, interested in its clients, and motivated to make the transactions work for its clients', remarks one client of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. The firm acts for large companies, growth companies and family businesses, as well as creators and owners of private wealth, their families and advisers. In emerging markets, it is best known for advising on investments in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the Caribbean, notably in the financial services, real estate, infrastructure and agribusiness sectors. The practice, led by the 'technically very knowledgeable and very solutions-oriented' Adrian Mayer, handles debt and equity transactions for borrowers and lenders, as well as advising on the debt finance elements of private equity and fund investments. Head of financial services Jon Bond and head of the firm's Caribbean group Hamish Perry are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Adrian Mayer

Other key lawyers:Jon Bond; Hamish Perry; David Berry; Keir Gordon; Yacine Diallo; Edidem Basiekanem; Katy Ackroyd; Edward Robinson; Camilla Hart

Testimonials

"The work has always been delivered to budget, on time and, most importantly, to a very high standard."

"Adrian Mayer and his team are highly professional, client-worthy and have an excellent grasp of finance in the context of emerging markets."

"Adrian Mayer is highly attuned to his clients' needs and is very detail-oriented, which makes him a great performer for his firm."

Key Clients

Actis

Amatheon Agri

MKOPA Solar

Fastjet plc

Ag DevCo Limited

Zenium Group

BNOC

ANSA McAL

Government of Trinidad and Tobago

Government of The Bahamas

Work highlights

  • Acted for Barbados National Oil Co Ltd in securing new supply lines and importation facilities for the importation of LNG and various renewable energy and other commercial relationships.
  • Acted for Grant Thornton as nominated adviser and both Hannam & Partners and Mirabaud Securities as joint brokers on the admission of South African phosphate development and mining company Kropz plc to trading on AIM with a placing of $35m.
  • Advised AIM-listed client, fastjet plc, on a US$10 million capital raising.
  • Advised AIM-listed client, fastjet plc, on its placing, subscription, open offer and balance sheet restructuring to issue equity with a total value of $40.7m.
  • Advised ANSA McAL (Trinidad) and its joint venture entity Tilawind IBC (Barbados) in the negotiation of services and knowledge transfer agreements relating to the operation of a joint venture renewable power business in Costa Rica.

Adrian Mayer - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is experienced in both HMRC approved and unapproved share option plan work, including bespoke employee share plans for multinationals. The team has a specialism in advising on the introduction of UK share plans to other jurisdictions and the adjustment of overseas plans, particularly US-based plans, for UK and European operations. James Carter is the key contact. Martin Griffiths left for Addleshaw Goddard.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is experienced in both HMRC approved and unapproved share option plan work, including bespoke employee share plans for multinationals. The team has a specialism in advising on the introduction of UK share plans to other jurisdictions and the adjustment of overseas plans, particularly US-based plans, for UK and European operations. James Carter is the key contact. Martin Griffiths left for Addleshaw Goddard.

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice is spearheaded by Nick Hurley, who handles both contentious and advisory employment law issues. Also notable are project management expert Trevor Bettany, corporate employment lawyer Michael Powner, charity and not-for-profit sector specialist David Green and Emma Bartlett. In recent highlights, the group provided TUPE and related collective bargaining advice to an international retailer to avoid UK-wide industrial action, and also helped a surgeon to secure his reappointment following his dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner; David Green; Emma Bartlett

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice is spearheaded by Nick Hurley, who handles both contentious and advisory employment law issues. Also notable are project management expert Trevor Bettany, corporate employment lawyer Michael Powner, charity and not-for-profit sector specialist David Green and Emma Bartlett. In recent highlights, the group provided TUPE and related collective bargaining advice to an international retailer to avoid UK-wide industrial action, and also helped a surgeon to secure his reappointment following his dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner; David Green; Emma Bartlett

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice is spearheaded by Nick Hurley, who handles both contentious and advisory employment law issues. Also notable are project management expert Trevor Bettany, corporate employment lawyer Michael Powner, charity and not-for-profit sector specialist David Green and Emma Bartlett. In recent highlights, the group provided TUPE and related collective bargaining advice to an international retailer to avoid UK-wide industrial action, and also helped a surgeon to secure his reappointment following his dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner; David Green; Emma Bartlett

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice is spearheaded by Nick Hurley, who handles both contentious and advisory employment law issues. Also notable are project management expert Trevor Bettany, corporate employment lawyer Michael Powner, charity and not-for-profit sector specialist David Green and Emma Bartlett. In recent highlights, the group provided TUPE and related collective bargaining advice to an international retailer to avoid UK-wide industrial action, and also helped a surgeon to secure his reappointment following his dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner; David Green; Emma Bartlett

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice is spearheaded by Nick Hurley, who handles both contentious and advisory employment law issues. Also notable are project management expert Trevor Bettany, corporate employment lawyer Michael Powner, charity and not-for-profit sector specialist David Green and Emma Bartlett. In recent highlights, the group provided TUPE and related collective bargaining advice to an international retailer to avoid UK-wide industrial action, and also helped a surgeon to secure his reappointment following his dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner; David Green; Emma Bartlett

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice is spearheaded by Nick Hurley, who handles both contentious and advisory employment law issues. Also notable are project management expert Trevor Bettany, corporate employment lawyer Michael Powner, charity and not-for-profit sector specialist David Green and Emma Bartlett. In recent highlights, the group provided TUPE and related collective bargaining advice to an international retailer to avoid UK-wide industrial action, and also helped a surgeon to secure his reappointment following his dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner; David Green; Emma Bartlett

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice is spearheaded by Nick Hurley, who handles both contentious and advisory employment law issues. Also notable are project management expert Trevor Bettany, corporate employment lawyer Michael Powner, charity and not-for-profit sector specialist David Green and Emma Bartlett. In recent highlights, the group provided TUPE and related collective bargaining advice to an international retailer to avoid UK-wide industrial action, and also helped a surgeon to secure his reappointment following his dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner; David Green; Emma Bartlett

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice is spearheaded by Nick Hurley, who handles both contentious and advisory employment law issues. Also notable are project management expert Trevor Bettany, corporate employment lawyer Michael Powner, charity and not-for-profit sector specialist David Green and Emma Bartlett. In recent highlights, the group provided TUPE and related collective bargaining advice to an international retailer to avoid UK-wide industrial action, and also helped a surgeon to secure his reappointment following his dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner; David Green; Emma Bartlett

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice is spearheaded by Nick Hurley, who handles both contentious and advisory employment law issues. Also notable are project management expert Trevor Bettany, corporate employment lawyer Michael Powner, charity and not-for-profit sector specialist David Green and Emma Bartlett. In recent highlights, the group provided TUPE and related collective bargaining advice to an international retailer to avoid UK-wide industrial action, and also helped a surgeon to secure his reappointment following his dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner; David Green; Emma Bartlett

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice is spearheaded by Nick Hurley, who handles both contentious and advisory employment law issues. Also notable are project management expert Trevor Bettany, corporate employment lawyer Michael Powner, charity and not-for-profit sector specialist David Green and Emma Bartlett. In recent highlights, the group provided TUPE and related collective bargaining advice to an international retailer to avoid UK-wide industrial action, and also helped a surgeon to secure his reappointment following his dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner; David Green; Emma Bartlett

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice is spearheaded by Nick Hurley, who handles both contentious and advisory employment law issues. Also notable are project management expert Trevor Bettany, corporate employment lawyer Michael Powner, charity and not-for-profit sector specialist David Green and Emma Bartlett. In recent highlights, the group provided TUPE and related collective bargaining advice to an international retailer to avoid UK-wide industrial action, and also helped a surgeon to secure his reappointment following his dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner; David Green; Emma Bartlett

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice is spearheaded by Nick Hurley, who handles both contentious and advisory employment law issues. Also notable are project management expert Trevor Bettany, corporate employment lawyer Michael Powner, charity and not-for-profit sector specialist David Green and Emma Bartlett. In recent highlights, the group provided TUPE and related collective bargaining advice to an international retailer to avoid UK-wide industrial action, and also helped a surgeon to secure his reappointment following his dismissal from one of the UK’s largest NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Nick Hurley

Other key lawyers:Trevor Bettany; Michael Powner; David Green; Emma Bartlett

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles a spread of immigration work for both individuals and corporate clients. The team is instructed by a raft of high-profile multinational clients on PBS and non-PBS matters, and also utilises its international presence to handle complex immigration issues, often advising Chinese and Russian clients. It is also increasingly acting for US nationals and is instructed by a growing number of start-ups. Advising high-net-worth individuals on personal immigration issues is also a key focus of the department. Team head Rose Carey has a 'wealth of experience' of advising financial services sector clients and handles a raft of sponsor compliance issues. Senior associate Paul McCarthy is experienced in business and personal immigration work; he advises on various PBS visa categories and has advised clients on applications for Tier 2 sponsor licences.

Practice head(s):Rose Carey

Other key lawyers:Paul McCarthy; Katherine Dennis

Testimonials

The team is exceptional on business immigration issues.

Rose Carey is a well-known figure in the immigration field.

Key Clients

wagamama

Harrods

Mercedes

HPA

City & Guilds

Leading individuals

Rose Carey - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Rising stars

Paul McCarthy - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles a spread of immigration work for both individuals and corporate clients. The team is instructed by a raft of high-profile multinational clients on PBS and non-PBS matters, and also utilises its international presence to handle complex immigration issues, often advising Chinese and Russian clients. It is also increasingly acting for US nationals and is instructed by a growing number of start-ups. Advising high-net-worth individuals on personal immigration issues is also a key focus of the department. Team head Rose Carey has a 'wealth of experience' of advising financial services sector clients and handles a raft of sponsor compliance issues. Senior associate Paul McCarthy is experienced in business and personal immigration work; he advises on various PBS visa categories and has advised clients on applications for Tier 2 sponsor licences.

Practice head(s):Rose Carey

Other key lawyers:Paul McCarthy; Katherine Dennis

Testimonials

The team is exceptional on business immigration issues.

Rose Carey is a well-known figure in the immigration field.

Key Clients

wagamama

Harrods

Mercedes

HPA

City & Guilds

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles a spread of immigration work for both individuals and corporate clients. The team is instructed by a raft of high-profile multinational clients on PBS and non-PBS matters, and also utilises its international presence to handle complex immigration issues, often advising Chinese and Russian clients. It is also increasingly acting for US nationals and is instructed by a growing number of start-ups. Advising high-net-worth individuals on personal immigration issues is also a key focus of the department. Team head Rose Carey has a 'wealth of experience' of advising financial services sector clients and handles a raft of sponsor compliance issues. Senior associate Paul McCarthy is experienced in business and personal immigration work; he advises on various PBS visa categories and has advised clients on applications for Tier 2 sponsor licences.

Practice head(s):Rose Carey

Other key lawyers:Paul McCarthy; Katherine Dennis

Testimonials

The team is exceptional on business immigration issues.

Rose Carey is a well-known figure in the immigration field.

Key Clients

wagamama

Harrods

Mercedes

HPA

City & Guilds

Rose Carey - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Paul McCarthy - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP counts a number of high-profile charities, not-for-profits and livery companies on its client list, alongside a number of key trustees, sponsors and individual scheme members. Recent highlights for the team include assisting with scheme buy-outs, scheme rule interpretations, governance reviews, restructurings, corporate acquisitions, risk reduction and regulatory advice. Practice head Michael Jones’ private client offering focuses on issues surrounding pension transfers, fixed protection issues and overpayment issues. Jones also receives praise for his expertise in auto-enrolment matters.

Practice head(s):Michael Jones

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys has the ability to mobilise fast to bring a successful outcome to cases in a short time period'

'Provides reliable advice and an outstanding service'

'Demonstrates a client-oriented commitment'

'Michael Jones is calm and orderly in his approach to matters'

Key Clients

City & Guilds

Westminster Abbey

Smith & Williamson Trustees Ltd

DST Systems

Dalriada Trustees Limited

Ericsson

Atkin Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a major US technology company on a major governance review of its UK pensions schemes.
  • Advising the pension scheme trustees for a City of London Livery Company in respect to the potential buy-out of a well-known UK livery company.
  • Advising a major European technology company in respect to the interpretation of scheme rules.
  • Advising confidential pension scheme trustees on a range of pension issues including in relation to trustee structure and governance roles an administrator change.
  • Advised a major private equity firm on complex pension aspects of an acquisition.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP counts a number of high-profile charities, not-for-profits and livery companies on its client list, alongside a number of key trustees, sponsors and individual scheme members. Recent highlights for the team include assisting with scheme buy-outs, scheme rule interpretations, governance reviews, restructurings, corporate acquisitions, risk reduction and regulatory advice. Practice head Michael Jones’ private client offering focuses on issues surrounding pension transfers, fixed protection issues and overpayment issues. Jones also receives praise for his expertise in auto-enrolment matters.

Practice head(s):Michael Jones

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys has the ability to mobilise fast to bring a successful outcome to cases in a short time period'

'Provides reliable advice and an outstanding service'

'Demonstrates a client-oriented commitment'

'Michael Jones is calm and orderly in his approach to matters'

Key Clients

City & Guilds

Westminster Abbey

Smith & Williamson Trustees Ltd

DST Systems

Dalriada Trustees Limited

Ericsson

Atkin Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a major US technology company on a major governance review of its UK pensions schemes.
  • Advising the pension scheme trustees for a City of London Livery Company in respect to the potential buy-out of a well-known UK livery company.
  • Advising a major European technology company in respect to the interpretation of scheme rules.
  • Advising confidential pension scheme trustees on a range of pension issues including in relation to trustee structure and governance roles an administrator change.
  • Advised a major private equity firm on complex pension aspects of an acquisition.

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London: Investment fund formation and management

Listed funds
Listed funds - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

'Always available, pleasant to deal with and clear at communicating' is how one client describes Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's investment funds department, which is jointly led by Jonathan Bayliss  and Keir Gordon. The group was strengthened by the addition of real estate funds expert Melville Rodrigues, who joined from CMS in April 2018. A varied client list is a key feature of the practice, which regularly assists both major institutional fund management groups and smaller boutique managers. The firm's charity-sector group works hand-in-hand with the funds practice, attracting a number of charity fund managers. Victoria Younghusband is recommended for her 'extremely responsive manner'.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bayliss; Keir Gordon

Other key lawyers:Victoria Younghusband; Melville Rodrigues

Testimonials

'A very capable practice boasting reasonable fees and competent, helpful staff'.

'Melville Rodrigues has exceptional market knowledge and is always keen to help'.

'Victoria fully understands our expectations, provides valuable insights into the industry, and helps solves legal issues pragmatically and efficiently'.

Key Clients

Resonance Limited

Vistra (UK) Limited

PropertyMatch

Mithras Investment Trust Plc

Alecta Investment Management

The Biotech Growth Trust Plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Chelverton UK Dividend Trust plc

Fidelity Asian Values PLC, Fidelity China Special Situations PLC, Fidelity European Values PLC, Fidelity Japan Trust PLC

Ocean Dial Investment Funds plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Resonance Limited on its current and proposed social impact real estate funds: providing accommodation for the homeless and persons with disability.
  • Advised Vistra Limited in relation in several fund establishment projects for clients of Vistra.
  • Advised PropertyMatch (a joint venture between CBRE and GFI) in relation to secondary trades of closed and open-ended real estate fund units, including associated regulatory issues.
  • Conducted legal due diligence for Alecta Investment Management in relation to commitments in institutional real estate funds, as well as secondary trade in fund units.
Leading individuals

Victoria Younghusband - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

'Always available, pleasant to deal with and clear at communicating' is how one client describes Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's investment funds department, which is jointly led by Jonathan Bayliss  and Keir Gordon. The group was strengthened by the addition of real estate funds expert Melville Rodrigues, who joined from CMS in April 2018. A varied client list is a key feature of the practice, which regularly assists both major institutional fund management groups and smaller boutique managers. The firm's charity-sector group works hand-in-hand with the funds practice, attracting a number of charity fund managers. Victoria Younghusband is recommended for her 'extremely responsive manner'.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bayliss; Keir Gordon

Other key lawyers:Victoria Younghusband; Melville Rodrigues

Testimonials

'A very capable practice boasting reasonable fees and competent, helpful staff'.

'Melville Rodrigues has exceptional market knowledge and is always keen to help'.

'Victoria fully understands our expectations, provides valuable insights into the industry, and helps solves legal issues pragmatically and efficiently'.

Key Clients

Resonance Limited

Vistra (UK) Limited

PropertyMatch

Mithras Investment Trust Plc

Alecta Investment Management

The Biotech Growth Trust Plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Chelverton UK Dividend Trust plc

Fidelity Asian Values PLC, Fidelity China Special Situations PLC, Fidelity European Values PLC, Fidelity Japan Trust PLC

Ocean Dial Investment Funds plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Resonance Limited on its current and proposed social impact real estate funds: providing accommodation for the homeless and persons with disability.
  • Advised Vistra Limited in relation in several fund establishment projects for clients of Vistra.
  • Advised PropertyMatch (a joint venture between CBRE and GFI) in relation to secondary trades of closed and open-ended real estate fund units, including associated regulatory issues.
  • Conducted legal due diligence for Alecta Investment Management in relation to commitments in institutional real estate funds, as well as secondary trade in fund units.

'Always available, pleasant to deal with and clear at communicating' is how one client describes Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's investment funds department, which is jointly led by Jonathan Bayliss  and Keir Gordon. The group was strengthened by the addition of real estate funds expert Melville Rodrigues, who joined from CMS in April 2018. A varied client list is a key feature of the practice, which regularly assists both major institutional fund management groups and smaller boutique managers. The firm's charity-sector group works hand-in-hand with the funds practice, attracting a number of charity fund managers. Victoria Younghusband is recommended for her 'extremely responsive manner'.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bayliss; Keir Gordon

Other key lawyers:Victoria Younghusband; Melville Rodrigues

Testimonials

'A very capable practice boasting reasonable fees and competent, helpful staff'.

'Melville Rodrigues has exceptional market knowledge and is always keen to help'.

'Victoria fully understands our expectations, provides valuable insights into the industry, and helps solves legal issues pragmatically and efficiently'.

Key Clients

Resonance Limited

Vistra (UK) Limited

PropertyMatch

Mithras Investment Trust Plc

Alecta Investment Management

The Biotech Growth Trust Plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Chelverton UK Dividend Trust plc

Fidelity Asian Values PLC, Fidelity China Special Situations PLC, Fidelity European Values PLC, Fidelity Japan Trust PLC

Ocean Dial Investment Funds plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Resonance Limited on its current and proposed social impact real estate funds: providing accommodation for the homeless and persons with disability.
  • Advised Vistra Limited in relation in several fund establishment projects for clients of Vistra.
  • Advised PropertyMatch (a joint venture between CBRE and GFI) in relation to secondary trades of closed and open-ended real estate fund units, including associated regulatory issues.
  • Conducted legal due diligence for Alecta Investment Management in relation to commitments in institutional real estate funds, as well as secondary trade in fund units.

'Always available, pleasant to deal with and clear at communicating' is how one client describes Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's investment funds department, which is jointly led by Jonathan Bayliss  and Keir Gordon. The group was strengthened by the addition of real estate funds expert Melville Rodrigues, who joined from CMS in April 2018. A varied client list is a key feature of the practice, which regularly assists both major institutional fund management groups and smaller boutique managers. The firm's charity-sector group works hand-in-hand with the funds practice, attracting a number of charity fund managers. Victoria Younghusband is recommended for her 'extremely responsive manner'.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bayliss; Keir Gordon

Other key lawyers:Victoria Younghusband; Melville Rodrigues

Testimonials

'A very capable practice boasting reasonable fees and competent, helpful staff'.

'Melville Rodrigues has exceptional market knowledge and is always keen to help'.

'Victoria fully understands our expectations, provides valuable insights into the industry, and helps solves legal issues pragmatically and efficiently'.

Key Clients

Resonance Limited

Vistra (UK) Limited

PropertyMatch

Mithras Investment Trust Plc

Alecta Investment Management

The Biotech Growth Trust Plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Chelverton UK Dividend Trust plc

Fidelity Asian Values PLC, Fidelity China Special Situations PLC, Fidelity European Values PLC, Fidelity Japan Trust PLC

Ocean Dial Investment Funds plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Resonance Limited on its current and proposed social impact real estate funds: providing accommodation for the homeless and persons with disability.
  • Advised Vistra Limited in relation in several fund establishment projects for clients of Vistra.
  • Advised PropertyMatch (a joint venture between CBRE and GFI) in relation to secondary trades of closed and open-ended real estate fund units, including associated regulatory issues.
  • Conducted legal due diligence for Alecta Investment Management in relation to commitments in institutional real estate funds, as well as secondary trade in fund units.

'Always available, pleasant to deal with and clear at communicating' is how one client describes Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's investment funds department, which is jointly led by Jonathan Bayliss  and Keir Gordon. The group was strengthened by the addition of real estate funds expert Melville Rodrigues, who joined from CMS in April 2018. A varied client list is a key feature of the practice, which regularly assists both major institutional fund management groups and smaller boutique managers. The firm's charity-sector group works hand-in-hand with the funds practice, attracting a number of charity fund managers. Victoria Younghusband is recommended for her 'extremely responsive manner'.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bayliss; Keir Gordon

Other key lawyers:Victoria Younghusband; Melville Rodrigues

Testimonials

'A very capable practice boasting reasonable fees and competent, helpful staff'.

'Melville Rodrigues has exceptional market knowledge and is always keen to help'.

'Victoria fully understands our expectations, provides valuable insights into the industry, and helps solves legal issues pragmatically and efficiently'.

Key Clients

Resonance Limited

Vistra (UK) Limited

PropertyMatch

Mithras Investment Trust Plc

Alecta Investment Management

The Biotech Growth Trust Plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Chelverton UK Dividend Trust plc

Fidelity Asian Values PLC, Fidelity China Special Situations PLC, Fidelity European Values PLC, Fidelity Japan Trust PLC

Ocean Dial Investment Funds plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Resonance Limited on its current and proposed social impact real estate funds: providing accommodation for the homeless and persons with disability.
  • Advised Vistra Limited in relation in several fund establishment projects for clients of Vistra.
  • Advised PropertyMatch (a joint venture between CBRE and GFI) in relation to secondary trades of closed and open-ended real estate fund units, including associated regulatory issues.
  • Conducted legal due diligence for Alecta Investment Management in relation to commitments in institutional real estate funds, as well as secondary trade in fund units.

Victoria Younghusband - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Through its offices in Cheltenham, London and Guildford, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP represents some of the UK’s leading landed estates. The multi-disciplinary group advises on a myriad of issues from tax and estate planning on land sales/transfers, to providing agricultural law advice to land agents in relation to farms and rural businesses. The team also advises on family law matters as well as on all aspects of heritage assets and valuable art works. Henry Fea heads the rural businesses and landed estates team and specialises in heritage property taxation advice for the owners of landed estates and the administration of complex estates. Bart Peerless is another key member of the team who is well-regarded for his succession and estate planning advice for substantial landowners.

Practice head(s):Henry Fea

Other key lawyers:Bart Peerless

Testimonials

'Bart Peerless is very well regarded and experienced in advising on major landed estates'.

Through its offices in Cheltenham, London and Guildford, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP represents some of the UK’s leading landed estates. The multi-disciplinary group advises on a myriad of issues from tax and estate planning on land sales/transfers, to providing agricultural law advice to land agents in relation to farms and rural businesses. The team also advises on family law matters as well as on all aspects of heritage assets and valuable art works. Henry Fea heads the rural businesses and landed estates team and specialises in heritage property taxation advice for the owners of landed estates and the administration of complex estates. Bart Peerless is another key member of the team who is well-regarded for his succession and estate planning advice for substantial landowners.

Practice head(s):Henry Fea

Other key lawyers:Bart Peerless

Testimonials

'Bart Peerless is very well regarded and experienced in advising on major landed estates'.

Through its offices in Cheltenham, London and Guildford, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP represents some of the UK’s leading landed estates. The multi-disciplinary group advises on a myriad of issues from tax and estate planning on land sales/transfers, to providing agricultural law advice to land agents in relation to farms and rural businesses. The team also advises on family law matters as well as on all aspects of heritage assets and valuable art works. Henry Fea heads the rural businesses and landed estates team and specialises in heritage property taxation advice for the owners of landed estates and the administration of complex estates. Bart Peerless is another key member of the team who is well-regarded for his succession and estate planning advice for substantial landowners.

Practice head(s):Henry Fea

Other key lawyers:Bart Peerless

Testimonials

'Bart Peerless is very well regarded and experienced in advising on major landed estates'.

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Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been expanding its team with the recent additions of Tim  Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo from Boodle Hatfield LLP. Head of team Suzanne Marriott has considerable experience in advising individuals, landed estates and charitable trusts with sizeable art work as part of their assets. Art litigator Ludovic de Walden is another key member of the team that frequently handles a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious art matters. The practice is also renowned for its experience on complex cross-border issues. Robert Blower is another recommended member of the team who specialises in lifetime tax and estate planning for individuals, their trusts and companies. Blower has carried out a great deal of UK heritage tax work.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Marriott

Other key lawyers:Ludovic de Walden; Tim Maxwell; Robert Blower; Rudy Capildeo

Testimonials

'Ludovic de Walden is an outstanding litigator'.

Key Clients

The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust

The Gilbert and George Centre

Sotheby’s

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading provider of real estate solutions on  an agreement for the commission of a unique design and sculpture for installation at a well-known research campus.
  • Acting as trustees of a charitable trust that endows the Arts, organises and funds arts prizes and exhibitions and collections of leading museums and galleries across the UK.
Leading individuals

Robert Blower - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Tim Maxwell - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next Generation Partners

Rudy Capildeo - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been expanding its team with the recent additions of Tim  Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo from Boodle Hatfield LLP. Head of team Suzanne Marriott has considerable experience in advising individuals, landed estates and charitable trusts with sizeable art work as part of their assets. Art litigator Ludovic de Walden is another key member of the team that frequently handles a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious art matters. The practice is also renowned for its experience on complex cross-border issues. Robert Blower is another recommended member of the team who specialises in lifetime tax and estate planning for individuals, their trusts and companies. Blower has carried out a great deal of UK heritage tax work.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Marriott

Other key lawyers:Ludovic de Walden; Tim Maxwell; Robert Blower; Rudy Capildeo

Testimonials

'Ludovic de Walden is an outstanding litigator'.

Key Clients

The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust

The Gilbert and George Centre

Sotheby’s

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading provider of real estate solutions on  an agreement for the commission of a unique design and sculpture for installation at a well-known research campus.
  • Acting as trustees of a charitable trust that endows the Arts, organises and funds arts prizes and exhibitions and collections of leading museums and galleries across the UK.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been expanding its team with the recent additions of Tim  Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo from Boodle Hatfield LLP. Head of team Suzanne Marriott has considerable experience in advising individuals, landed estates and charitable trusts with sizeable art work as part of their assets. Art litigator Ludovic de Walden is another key member of the team that frequently handles a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious art matters. The practice is also renowned for its experience on complex cross-border issues. Robert Blower is another recommended member of the team who specialises in lifetime tax and estate planning for individuals, their trusts and companies. Blower has carried out a great deal of UK heritage tax work.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Marriott

Other key lawyers:Ludovic de Walden; Tim Maxwell; Robert Blower; Rudy Capildeo

Testimonials

'Ludovic de Walden is an outstanding litigator'.

Key Clients

The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust

The Gilbert and George Centre

Sotheby’s

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading provider of real estate solutions on  an agreement for the commission of a unique design and sculpture for installation at a well-known research campus.
  • Acting as trustees of a charitable trust that endows the Arts, organises and funds arts prizes and exhibitions and collections of leading museums and galleries across the UK.

Under the leadership of Simon Fitzpatrick at Boodle Hatfield LLP the team regularly advises on high-profile art litigation as well as on private art sales disputes. It is a full service offering that acts for a broad range of artists from well-known and high-net-worth artists, through to up-and-coming street artists. The skilled group is also increasingly acting for galleries, auction houses and museums. The department has particular skill in advising on significant art and luxury asset financing in the UK. Natasha Hassall is another known name for her work on long-term estate and tax planning. Hassall acts for various large landed estates where there is heritage property and substantial art collections. Becky Shaw is also recommended. However, it remains to be seen what impact the recent departures of Tim  Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo to Charles Russell Speechlys LLP will have on the practice.

Practice head(s):Simon Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:Natasha Hassall; Becky Shaw; Fred Clark

Testimonials

'Simon Fitzpatrick is a smooth, clever and determined head of department. He is a pleasure to work with and is astute in achieving the client's goals'.

'Simon Fitzpatrick always has a sense of calmness and has a way thinking outside of the box which has been extremely helpful in tricky situations'.

'Boodle Hatfield has a specialist art team and that team is extremely knowledgeable about the nuances and dynamics of the visual art world, and in particular the needs of the artist'.

'Boodle Hatfield has a well-established and successful art practice. The firm has developed this practice gradually and systematically over many years such that the recent loss of the highly-regarded Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo has been absorbed as a minor bump in the road'.

'Boodle Hatfield's team has a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting arts organisations, which has made them a natural first choice for us'.

'Simon Fitzpatrick and Becky Shaw are both very good, hardworking and responsive to clients'.

'Becky Shaw  is a talented lawyer who works hard for her clients'.

'Becky Shaw was incredibly patient and demonstrated enormous empathy with my situation and legal needs'.

'Fred Clark also stands out'.

 

Key Clients

Stik

Keith Hopewell (Sp Zero 76)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been expanding its team with the recent additions of Tim  Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo from Boodle Hatfield LLP. Head of team Suzanne Marriott has considerable experience in advising individuals, landed estates and charitable trusts with sizeable art work as part of their assets. Art litigator Ludovic de Walden is another key member of the team that frequently handles a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious art matters. The practice is also renowned for its experience on complex cross-border issues. Robert Blower is another recommended member of the team who specialises in lifetime tax and estate planning for individuals, their trusts and companies. Blower has carried out a great deal of UK heritage tax work.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Marriott

Other key lawyers:Ludovic de Walden; Tim Maxwell; Robert Blower; Rudy Capildeo

Testimonials

'Ludovic de Walden is an outstanding litigator'.

Key Clients

The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust

The Gilbert and George Centre

Sotheby’s

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading provider of real estate solutions on  an agreement for the commission of a unique design and sculpture for installation at a well-known research campus.
  • Acting as trustees of a charitable trust that endows the Arts, organises and funds arts prizes and exhibitions and collections of leading museums and galleries across the UK.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been expanding its team with the recent additions of Tim  Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo from Boodle Hatfield LLP. Head of team Suzanne Marriott has considerable experience in advising individuals, landed estates and charitable trusts with sizeable art work as part of their assets. Art litigator Ludovic de Walden is another key member of the team that frequently handles a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious art matters. The practice is also renowned for its experience on complex cross-border issues. Robert Blower is another recommended member of the team who specialises in lifetime tax and estate planning for individuals, their trusts and companies. Blower has carried out a great deal of UK heritage tax work.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Marriott

Other key lawyers:Ludovic de Walden; Tim Maxwell; Robert Blower; Rudy Capildeo

Testimonials

'Ludovic de Walden is an outstanding litigator'.

Key Clients

The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust

The Gilbert and George Centre

Sotheby’s

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading provider of real estate solutions on  an agreement for the commission of a unique design and sculpture for installation at a well-known research campus.
  • Acting as trustees of a charitable trust that endows the Arts, organises and funds arts prizes and exhibitions and collections of leading museums and galleries across the UK.

Under the leadership of Simon Fitzpatrick at Boodle Hatfield LLP the team regularly advises on high-profile art litigation as well as on private art sales disputes. It is a full service offering that acts for a broad range of artists from well-known and high-net-worth artists, through to up-and-coming street artists. The skilled group is also increasingly acting for galleries, auction houses and museums. The department has particular skill in advising on significant art and luxury asset financing in the UK. Natasha Hassall is another known name for her work on long-term estate and tax planning. Hassall acts for various large landed estates where there is heritage property and substantial art collections. Becky Shaw is also recommended. However, it remains to be seen what impact the recent departures of Tim  Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo to Charles Russell Speechlys LLP will have on the practice.

Practice head(s):Simon Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:Natasha Hassall; Becky Shaw; Fred Clark

Testimonials

'Simon Fitzpatrick is a smooth, clever and determined head of department. He is a pleasure to work with and is astute in achieving the client's goals'.

'Simon Fitzpatrick always has a sense of calmness and has a way thinking outside of the box which has been extremely helpful in tricky situations'.

'Boodle Hatfield has a specialist art team and that team is extremely knowledgeable about the nuances and dynamics of the visual art world, and in particular the needs of the artist'.

'Boodle Hatfield has a well-established and successful art practice. The firm has developed this practice gradually and systematically over many years such that the recent loss of the highly-regarded Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo has been absorbed as a minor bump in the road'.

'Boodle Hatfield's team has a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting arts organisations, which has made them a natural first choice for us'.

'Simon Fitzpatrick and Becky Shaw are both very good, hardworking and responsive to clients'.

'Becky Shaw  is a talented lawyer who works hard for her clients'.

'Becky Shaw was incredibly patient and demonstrated enormous empathy with my situation and legal needs'.

'Fred Clark also stands out'.

 

Key Clients

Stik

Keith Hopewell (Sp Zero 76)

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been expanding its team with the recent additions of Tim  Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo from Boodle Hatfield LLP. Head of team Suzanne Marriott has considerable experience in advising individuals, landed estates and charitable trusts with sizeable art work as part of their assets. Art litigator Ludovic de Walden is another key member of the team that frequently handles a wide range of both contentious and non-contentious art matters. The practice is also renowned for its experience on complex cross-border issues. Robert Blower is another recommended member of the team who specialises in lifetime tax and estate planning for individuals, their trusts and companies. Blower has carried out a great deal of UK heritage tax work.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Marriott

Other key lawyers:Ludovic de Walden; Tim Maxwell; Robert Blower; Rudy Capildeo

Testimonials

'Ludovic de Walden is an outstanding litigator'.

Key Clients

The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust

The Gilbert and George Centre

Sotheby’s

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading provider of real estate solutions on  an agreement for the commission of a unique design and sculpture for installation at a well-known research campus.
  • Acting as trustees of a charitable trust that endows the Arts, organises and funds arts prizes and exhibitions and collections of leading museums and galleries across the UK.

Robert Blower - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Tim Maxwell - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Rudy Capildeo - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Under the leadership of Lynn Povey at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP the team continues to represent high-profile national and international charities on the full range of legal issues including fundraising, data protection and employment matters. The team’s private wealth team also assists with various issues such as the establishment of charitable trusts and other philanthropic ventures. The group routinely advises private clients on making large charitable donations and on the establishment of charitable foundations. Mike Scott acts for a large number of charities that are governed by Royal Charter. Newly promoted partner Sarah Rowley advises on governance structures and on other matters such as the relationship between charities and commercial partners.

Practice head(s):Lynn Povey

Other key lawyers:Mike Scott; Sarah Rowley

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Save the Children

Samaritans

The National Museum of the Royal Navy

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

The Royal Marines Charity

Centrepoint Soho

City & Guilds

LHR Airport Communities Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the National Museum of the Royal Navy on its acquisition of Action Stations, a popular visitor attraction in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
  • Advised Centrepoint Soho, the UK charity for homeless young people, on its ‘Big Broth’ fundraising campaign in collaboration with the Yorkshire Provender and Waitrose.
  • Acting for Barnardo's in assisting with investment work and the ongoing management of their property portfolio of over 500 retail shops and other properties including offices and schools.
  • Acted for the Royal Marines Charity on its announced decision to merge with The Royal Marines Association.
  • Providing ongoing advice to City & Guilds on a variety of matters.
Leading individuals

Mike Scott - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Under the leadership of Lynn Povey at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP the team continues to represent high-profile national and international charities on the full range of legal issues including fundraising, data protection and employment matters. The team’s private wealth team also assists with various issues such as the establishment of charitable trusts and other philanthropic ventures. The group routinely advises private clients on making large charitable donations and on the establishment of charitable foundations. Mike Scott acts for a large number of charities that are governed by Royal Charter. Newly promoted partner Sarah Rowley advises on governance structures and on other matters such as the relationship between charities and commercial partners.

Practice head(s):Lynn Povey

Other key lawyers:Mike Scott; Sarah Rowley

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Save the Children

Samaritans

The National Museum of the Royal Navy

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

The Royal Marines Charity

Centrepoint Soho

City & Guilds

LHR Airport Communities Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the National Museum of the Royal Navy on its acquisition of Action Stations, a popular visitor attraction in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
  • Advised Centrepoint Soho, the UK charity for homeless young people, on its ‘Big Broth’ fundraising campaign in collaboration with the Yorkshire Provender and Waitrose.
  • Acting for Barnardo's in assisting with investment work and the ongoing management of their property portfolio of over 500 retail shops and other properties including offices and schools.
  • Acted for the Royal Marines Charity on its announced decision to merge with The Royal Marines Association.
  • Providing ongoing advice to City & Guilds on a variety of matters.

Under the leadership of Lynn Povey at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP the team continues to represent high-profile national and international charities on the full range of legal issues including fundraising, data protection and employment matters. The team’s private wealth team also assists with various issues such as the establishment of charitable trusts and other philanthropic ventures. The group routinely advises private clients on making large charitable donations and on the establishment of charitable foundations. Mike Scott acts for a large number of charities that are governed by Royal Charter. Newly promoted partner Sarah Rowley advises on governance structures and on other matters such as the relationship between charities and commercial partners.

Practice head(s):Lynn Povey

Other key lawyers:Mike Scott; Sarah Rowley

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Save the Children

Samaritans

The National Museum of the Royal Navy

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

The Royal Marines Charity

Centrepoint Soho

City & Guilds

LHR Airport Communities Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the National Museum of the Royal Navy on its acquisition of Action Stations, a popular visitor attraction in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
  • Advised Centrepoint Soho, the UK charity for homeless young people, on its ‘Big Broth’ fundraising campaign in collaboration with the Yorkshire Provender and Waitrose.
  • Acting for Barnardo's in assisting with investment work and the ongoing management of their property portfolio of over 500 retail shops and other properties including offices and schools.
  • Acted for the Royal Marines Charity on its announced decision to merge with The Royal Marines Association.
  • Providing ongoing advice to City & Guilds on a variety of matters.

Under the leadership of Lynn Povey at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP the team continues to represent high-profile national and international charities on the full range of legal issues including fundraising, data protection and employment matters. The team’s private wealth team also assists with various issues such as the establishment of charitable trusts and other philanthropic ventures. The group routinely advises private clients on making large charitable donations and on the establishment of charitable foundations. Mike Scott acts for a large number of charities that are governed by Royal Charter. Newly promoted partner Sarah Rowley advises on governance structures and on other matters such as the relationship between charities and commercial partners.

Practice head(s):Lynn Povey

Other key lawyers:Mike Scott; Sarah Rowley

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Save the Children

Samaritans

The National Museum of the Royal Navy

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

The Royal Marines Charity

Centrepoint Soho

City & Guilds

LHR Airport Communities Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the National Museum of the Royal Navy on its acquisition of Action Stations, a popular visitor attraction in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
  • Advised Centrepoint Soho, the UK charity for homeless young people, on its ‘Big Broth’ fundraising campaign in collaboration with the Yorkshire Provender and Waitrose.
  • Acting for Barnardo's in assisting with investment work and the ongoing management of their property portfolio of over 500 retail shops and other properties including offices and schools.
  • Acted for the Royal Marines Charity on its announced decision to merge with The Royal Marines Association.
  • Providing ongoing advice to City & Guilds on a variety of matters.

Mike Scott - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile cases domestically and offshore including a heavily contested hearing overseas and a privately heard matter for a very well-known person in the English Court of Protection. It has also been involved in the recently published decision of Cowan v Foreman. There is a particular focus on attracting complex high-value cross-border disputes work often involving multiple jurisdictions. Graeme Kleiner heads the team and advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on a broad range of disputes. In addition Kleiner has a growing practice in IFA disputes and also handles fraud and professional negligence cases relating to trust, tax and succession matters. Other key team members include Duncan Elson, Tamasin Perkins, Aimee West, Oliver Auld and Jessica Stafford.

Practice head(s):Graeme Kleiner

Other key lawyers:Duncan Elson; Tamasin Perkins; Oliver Auld; Jessica Stafford

Testimonials

'The team at CRS has all the skills and experience you could ask for but combines this with a no-nonsense approach that makes it a pleasure to work with and explains why it gets so much referral work from its peers'.

'The team has an impressive head in Graeme Kleiner. He is a great tactician and whilst always being ready to fight when required he always keeps his eye on the best commercial outcome for the client'.

'The team has a creative attitude to solving litigation problems, and a good grasp of the different requirements of offshore legal regimes'.

'Graeme Kleiner has an excellent knack of pouring oil on troubled waters. He fights hard when he needs to but is always out to get the best for his client. His judgment is excellent'.

'The team is known for the quality of partners and associates and is always a pleasure to work with. Graeme Kleiner has a huge and well deserved reputation'.

'Graeme Kleiner has great technical knowledge'.

'Tamasin Perkins does not raise the temperature during discussions, she remains calm'.

'Oliver Auld is clever and calm in a crisis. Duncan Elson has years of experience and fights his clients' corner hard'.

'Oliver Auld is a stand out associate and a rising star'.

'Jessica Stafford -  a clever and assertive rising star, who is certainly going places'.

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Alan Shearer CBE

Trustees of the Bathurst Estate: the Earl’s Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for Alan Shearer CBE in relation to claims against his former financial adviser, Kevin Neal, and former pension provider, Suffolk Life, arising from  lage investment losses.
  • Acting for the Trustees of an Earl’s Fund, established by a statutory codicil to the will of the late 8th Earl Bathurst.
  • Acting for the trustees of the Michael Cowan Foundation, a registered charity which is the ultimate beneficiary of the late Michael Cowan’s estate and principal beneficiary, after Michael’s wife, Mary.
Leading individuals

Duncan Elson - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Graeme Kleiner - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next Generation Partners

Aimee West - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Tamasin Perkins - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Rising stars

Jessica Stafford - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Oliver Auld - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile cases domestically and offshore including a heavily contested hearing overseas and a privately heard matter for a very well-known person in the English Court of Protection. It has also been involved in the recently published decision of Cowan v Foreman. There is a particular focus on attracting complex high-value cross-border disputes work often involving multiple jurisdictions. Graeme Kleiner heads the team and advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on a broad range of disputes. In addition Kleiner has a growing practice in IFA disputes and also handles fraud and professional negligence cases relating to trust, tax and succession matters. Other key team members include Duncan Elson, Tamasin Perkins, Aimee West, Oliver Auld and Jessica Stafford.

Practice head(s):Graeme Kleiner

Other key lawyers:Duncan Elson; Tamasin Perkins; Oliver Auld; Jessica Stafford

Testimonials

'The team at CRS has all the skills and experience you could ask for but combines this with a no-nonsense approach that makes it a pleasure to work with and explains why it gets so much referral work from its peers'.

'The team has an impressive head in Graeme Kleiner. He is a great tactician and whilst always being ready to fight when required he always keeps his eye on the best commercial outcome for the client'.

'The team has a creative attitude to solving litigation problems, and a good grasp of the different requirements of offshore legal regimes'.

'Graeme Kleiner has an excellent knack of pouring oil on troubled waters. He fights hard when he needs to but is always out to get the best for his client. His judgment is excellent'.

'The team is known for the quality of partners and associates and is always a pleasure to work with. Graeme Kleiner has a huge and well deserved reputation'.

'Graeme Kleiner has great technical knowledge'.

'Tamasin Perkins does not raise the temperature during discussions, she remains calm'.

'Oliver Auld is clever and calm in a crisis. Duncan Elson has years of experience and fights his clients' corner hard'.

'Oliver Auld is a stand out associate and a rising star'.

'Jessica Stafford -  a clever and assertive rising star, who is certainly going places'.

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Alan Shearer CBE

Trustees of the Bathurst Estate: the Earl’s Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for Alan Shearer CBE in relation to claims against his former financial adviser, Kevin Neal, and former pension provider, Suffolk Life, arising from  lage investment losses.
  • Acting for the Trustees of an Earl’s Fund, established by a statutory codicil to the will of the late 8th Earl Bathurst.
  • Acting for the trustees of the Michael Cowan Foundation, a registered charity which is the ultimate beneficiary of the late Michael Cowan’s estate and principal beneficiary, after Michael’s wife, Mary.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile cases domestically and offshore including a heavily contested hearing overseas and a privately heard matter for a very well-known person in the English Court of Protection. It has also been involved in the recently published decision of Cowan v Foreman. There is a particular focus on attracting complex high-value cross-border disputes work often involving multiple jurisdictions. Graeme Kleiner heads the team and advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on a broad range of disputes. In addition Kleiner has a growing practice in IFA disputes and also handles fraud and professional negligence cases relating to trust, tax and succession matters. Other key team members include Duncan Elson, Tamasin Perkins, Aimee West, Oliver Auld and Jessica Stafford.

Practice head(s):Graeme Kleiner

Other key lawyers:Duncan Elson; Tamasin Perkins; Oliver Auld; Jessica Stafford

Testimonials

'The team at CRS has all the skills and experience you could ask for but combines this with a no-nonsense approach that makes it a pleasure to work with and explains why it gets so much referral work from its peers'.

'The team has an impressive head in Graeme Kleiner. He is a great tactician and whilst always being ready to fight when required he always keeps his eye on the best commercial outcome for the client'.

'The team has a creative attitude to solving litigation problems, and a good grasp of the different requirements of offshore legal regimes'.

'Graeme Kleiner has an excellent knack of pouring oil on troubled waters. He fights hard when he needs to but is always out to get the best for his client. His judgment is excellent'.

'The team is known for the quality of partners and associates and is always a pleasure to work with. Graeme Kleiner has a huge and well deserved reputation'.

'Graeme Kleiner has great technical knowledge'.

'Tamasin Perkins does not raise the temperature during discussions, she remains calm'.

'Oliver Auld is clever and calm in a crisis. Duncan Elson has years of experience and fights his clients' corner hard'.

'Oliver Auld is a stand out associate and a rising star'.

'Jessica Stafford -  a clever and assertive rising star, who is certainly going places'.

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Alan Shearer CBE

Trustees of the Bathurst Estate: the Earl’s Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for Alan Shearer CBE in relation to claims against his former financial adviser, Kevin Neal, and former pension provider, Suffolk Life, arising from  lage investment losses.
  • Acting for the Trustees of an Earl’s Fund, established by a statutory codicil to the will of the late 8th Earl Bathurst.
  • Acting for the trustees of the Michael Cowan Foundation, a registered charity which is the ultimate beneficiary of the late Michael Cowan’s estate and principal beneficiary, after Michael’s wife, Mary.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile cases domestically and offshore including a heavily contested hearing overseas and a privately heard matter for a very well-known person in the English Court of Protection. It has also been involved in the recently published decision of Cowan v Foreman. There is a particular focus on attracting complex high-value cross-border disputes work often involving multiple jurisdictions. Graeme Kleiner heads the team and advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on a broad range of disputes. In addition Kleiner has a growing practice in IFA disputes and also handles fraud and professional negligence cases relating to trust, tax and succession matters. Other key team members include Duncan Elson, Tamasin Perkins, Aimee West, Oliver Auld and Jessica Stafford.

Practice head(s):Graeme Kleiner

Other key lawyers:Duncan Elson; Tamasin Perkins; Oliver Auld; Jessica Stafford

Testimonials

'The team at CRS has all the skills and experience you could ask for but combines this with a no-nonsense approach that makes it a pleasure to work with and explains why it gets so much referral work from its peers'.

'The team has an impressive head in Graeme Kleiner. He is a great tactician and whilst always being ready to fight when required he always keeps his eye on the best commercial outcome for the client'.

'The team has a creative attitude to solving litigation problems, and a good grasp of the different requirements of offshore legal regimes'.

'Graeme Kleiner has an excellent knack of pouring oil on troubled waters. He fights hard when he needs to but is always out to get the best for his client. His judgment is excellent'.

'The team is known for the quality of partners and associates and is always a pleasure to work with. Graeme Kleiner has a huge and well deserved reputation'.

'Graeme Kleiner has great technical knowledge'.

'Tamasin Perkins does not raise the temperature during discussions, she remains calm'.

'Oliver Auld is clever and calm in a crisis. Duncan Elson has years of experience and fights his clients' corner hard'.

'Oliver Auld is a stand out associate and a rising star'.

'Jessica Stafford -  a clever and assertive rising star, who is certainly going places'.

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Alan Shearer CBE

Trustees of the Bathurst Estate: the Earl’s Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for Alan Shearer CBE in relation to claims against his former financial adviser, Kevin Neal, and former pension provider, Suffolk Life, arising from  lage investment losses.
  • Acting for the Trustees of an Earl’s Fund, established by a statutory codicil to the will of the late 8th Earl Bathurst.
  • Acting for the trustees of the Michael Cowan Foundation, a registered charity which is the ultimate beneficiary of the late Michael Cowan’s estate and principal beneficiary, after Michael’s wife, Mary.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile cases domestically and offshore including a heavily contested hearing overseas and a privately heard matter for a very well-known person in the English Court of Protection. It has also been involved in the recently published decision of Cowan v Foreman. There is a particular focus on attracting complex high-value cross-border disputes work often involving multiple jurisdictions. Graeme Kleiner heads the team and advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on a broad range of disputes. In addition Kleiner has a growing practice in IFA disputes and also handles fraud and professional negligence cases relating to trust, tax and succession matters. Other key team members include Duncan Elson, Tamasin Perkins, Aimee West, Oliver Auld and Jessica Stafford.

Practice head(s):Graeme Kleiner

Other key lawyers:Duncan Elson; Tamasin Perkins; Oliver Auld; Jessica Stafford

Testimonials

'The team at CRS has all the skills and experience you could ask for but combines this with a no-nonsense approach that makes it a pleasure to work with and explains why it gets so much referral work from its peers'.

'The team has an impressive head in Graeme Kleiner. He is a great tactician and whilst always being ready to fight when required he always keeps his eye on the best commercial outcome for the client'.

'The team has a creative attitude to solving litigation problems, and a good grasp of the different requirements of offshore legal regimes'.

'Graeme Kleiner has an excellent knack of pouring oil on troubled waters. He fights hard when he needs to but is always out to get the best for his client. His judgment is excellent'.

'The team is known for the quality of partners and associates and is always a pleasure to work with. Graeme Kleiner has a huge and well deserved reputation'.

'Graeme Kleiner has great technical knowledge'.

'Tamasin Perkins does not raise the temperature during discussions, she remains calm'.

'Oliver Auld is clever and calm in a crisis. Duncan Elson has years of experience and fights his clients' corner hard'.

'Oliver Auld is a stand out associate and a rising star'.

'Jessica Stafford -  a clever and assertive rising star, who is certainly going places'.

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Alan Shearer CBE

Trustees of the Bathurst Estate: the Earl’s Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for Alan Shearer CBE in relation to claims against his former financial adviser, Kevin Neal, and former pension provider, Suffolk Life, arising from  lage investment losses.
  • Acting for the Trustees of an Earl’s Fund, established by a statutory codicil to the will of the late 8th Earl Bathurst.
  • Acting for the trustees of the Michael Cowan Foundation, a registered charity which is the ultimate beneficiary of the late Michael Cowan’s estate and principal beneficiary, after Michael’s wife, Mary.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile cases domestically and offshore including a heavily contested hearing overseas and a privately heard matter for a very well-known person in the English Court of Protection. It has also been involved in the recently published decision of Cowan v Foreman. There is a particular focus on attracting complex high-value cross-border disputes work often involving multiple jurisdictions. Graeme Kleiner heads the team and advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on a broad range of disputes. In addition Kleiner has a growing practice in IFA disputes and also handles fraud and professional negligence cases relating to trust, tax and succession matters. Other key team members include Duncan Elson, Tamasin Perkins, Aimee West, Oliver Auld and Jessica Stafford.

Practice head(s):Graeme Kleiner

Other key lawyers:Duncan Elson; Tamasin Perkins; Oliver Auld; Jessica Stafford

Testimonials

'The team at CRS has all the skills and experience you could ask for but combines this with a no-nonsense approach that makes it a pleasure to work with and explains why it gets so much referral work from its peers'.

'The team has an impressive head in Graeme Kleiner. He is a great tactician and whilst always being ready to fight when required he always keeps his eye on the best commercial outcome for the client'.

'The team has a creative attitude to solving litigation problems, and a good grasp of the different requirements of offshore legal regimes'.

'Graeme Kleiner has an excellent knack of pouring oil on troubled waters. He fights hard when he needs to but is always out to get the best for his client. His judgment is excellent'.

'The team is known for the quality of partners and associates and is always a pleasure to work with. Graeme Kleiner has a huge and well deserved reputation'.

'Graeme Kleiner has great technical knowledge'.

'Tamasin Perkins does not raise the temperature during discussions, she remains calm'.

'Oliver Auld is clever and calm in a crisis. Duncan Elson has years of experience and fights his clients' corner hard'.

'Oliver Auld is a stand out associate and a rising star'.

'Jessica Stafford -  a clever and assertive rising star, who is certainly going places'.

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Alan Shearer CBE

Trustees of the Bathurst Estate: the Earl’s Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for Alan Shearer CBE in relation to claims against his former financial adviser, Kevin Neal, and former pension provider, Suffolk Life, arising from  lage investment losses.
  • Acting for the Trustees of an Earl’s Fund, established by a statutory codicil to the will of the late 8th Earl Bathurst.
  • Acting for the trustees of the Michael Cowan Foundation, a registered charity which is the ultimate beneficiary of the late Michael Cowan’s estate and principal beneficiary, after Michael’s wife, Mary.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been involved in some of the largest and most high-profile cases domestically and offshore including a heavily contested hearing overseas and a privately heard matter for a very well-known person in the English Court of Protection. It has also been involved in the recently published decision of Cowan v Foreman. There is a particular focus on attracting complex high-value cross-border disputes work often involving multiple jurisdictions. Graeme Kleiner heads the team and advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on a broad range of disputes. In addition Kleiner has a growing practice in IFA disputes and also handles fraud and professional negligence cases relating to trust, tax and succession matters. Other key team members include Duncan Elson, Tamasin Perkins, Aimee West, Oliver Auld and Jessica Stafford.

Practice head(s):Graeme Kleiner

Other key lawyers:Duncan Elson; Tamasin Perkins; Oliver Auld; Jessica Stafford

Testimonials

'The team at CRS has all the skills and experience you could ask for but combines this with a no-nonsense approach that makes it a pleasure to work with and explains why it gets so much referral work from its peers'.

'The team has an impressive head in Graeme Kleiner. He is a great tactician and whilst always being ready to fight when required he always keeps his eye on the best commercial outcome for the client'.

'The team has a creative attitude to solving litigation problems, and a good grasp of the different requirements of offshore legal regimes'.

'Graeme Kleiner has an excellent knack of pouring oil on troubled waters. He fights hard when he needs to but is always out to get the best for his client. His judgment is excellent'.

'The team is known for the quality of partners and associates and is always a pleasure to work with. Graeme Kleiner has a huge and well deserved reputation'.

'Graeme Kleiner has great technical knowledge'.

'Tamasin Perkins does not raise the temperature during discussions, she remains calm'.

'Oliver Auld is clever and calm in a crisis. Duncan Elson has years of experience and fights his clients' corner hard'.

'Oliver Auld is a stand out associate and a rising star'.

'Jessica Stafford -  a clever and assertive rising star, who is certainly going places'.

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Alan Shearer CBE

Trustees of the Bathurst Estate: the Earl’s Fund

Work highlights

  • Acting for Alan Shearer CBE in relation to claims against his former financial adviser, Kevin Neal, and former pension provider, Suffolk Life, arising from  lage investment losses.
  • Acting for the Trustees of an Earl’s Fund, established by a statutory codicil to the will of the late 8th Earl Bathurst.
  • Acting for the trustees of the Michael Cowan Foundation, a registered charity which is the ultimate beneficiary of the late Michael Cowan’s estate and principal beneficiary, after Michael’s wife, Mary.

Graeme Kleiner - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Duncan Elson - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Tamasin Perkins - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Aimee West - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Jessica Stafford - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Oliver Auld - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP works across a large geographical area through its offices in London and Guildford. Suzanne Marriott is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and the STEP special interest group on mental capacity. Sally Ashford is also a member of the STEP special interest group on mental capacity. Marriott specialises in cross-border and UK mental capacity and Court of Protection work as well as tax planning, wills, trusts and other contentious trusts and probate matters. She regularly acts as the independent deputy for property and affairs and health and welfare cases in situations where the family is in dispute about residency and the tax implications of losing non-UK residency and domicile.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Marriott; Sally Ashford

Testimonials

'The firm is highly respected for the work that it does with vulnerable clients – it is particularly recognised for the high-net-worth vulnerable clients that it represents and also for the breadth of knowledge that it has in the international field of Court of Protection work.'

'Suzanne Marriott is very well-known and really excellent. Very popular as an interim deputy.'

'Suzanne Marriott is a superb practitioner and the person to handle difficult deputyships. She is the stand-out star and well supported by junior members'.

'Suzanne Marriott is highly respected by her peer group for her knowledge and expertise. I know that her clients put great faith in her and that she is very much a trusted adviser to them'.

Work highlights

  • Suzanne Marriott was approached to act for P following proceedings in 2012 when P’s sister applied to be discharged as deputy and replaced by P’s daughter.
  • Suzanne Marriott was appointed by the Court of Protection as deputy following an investigation by the OPG into the handling of P’s affairs by an attorney (her gardener) under a registered LPA.
Leading individuals

Suzanne Marriott - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP works across a large geographical area through its offices in London and Guildford. Suzanne Marriott is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and the STEP special interest group on mental capacity. Sally Ashford is also a member of the STEP special interest group on mental capacity. Marriott specialises in cross-border and UK mental capacity and Court of Protection work as well as tax planning, wills, trusts and other contentious trusts and probate matters. She regularly acts as the independent deputy for property and affairs and health and welfare cases in situations where the family is in dispute about residency and the tax implications of losing non-UK residency and domicile.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Marriott; Sally Ashford

Testimonials

'The firm is highly respected for the work that it does with vulnerable clients – it is particularly recognised for the high-net-worth vulnerable clients that it represents and also for the breadth of knowledge that it has in the international field of Court of Protection work.'

'Suzanne Marriott is very well-known and really excellent. Very popular as an interim deputy.'

'Suzanne Marriott is a superb practitioner and the person to handle difficult deputyships. She is the stand-out star and well supported by junior members'.

'Suzanne Marriott is highly respected by her peer group for her knowledge and expertise. I know that her clients put great faith in her and that she is very much a trusted adviser to them'.

Work highlights

  • Suzanne Marriott was approached to act for P following proceedings in 2012 when P’s sister applied to be discharged as deputy and replaced by P’s daughter.
  • Suzanne Marriott was appointed by the Court of Protection as deputy following an investigation by the OPG into the handling of P’s affairs by an attorney (her gardener) under a registered LPA.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP works across a large geographical area through its offices in London and Guildford. Suzanne Marriott is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and the STEP special interest group on mental capacity. Sally Ashford is also a member of the STEP special interest group on mental capacity. Marriott specialises in cross-border and UK mental capacity and Court of Protection work as well as tax planning, wills, trusts and other contentious trusts and probate matters. She regularly acts as the independent deputy for property and affairs and health and welfare cases in situations where the family is in dispute about residency and the tax implications of losing non-UK residency and domicile.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Marriott; Sally Ashford

Testimonials

'The firm is highly respected for the work that it does with vulnerable clients – it is particularly recognised for the high-net-worth vulnerable clients that it represents and also for the breadth of knowledge that it has in the international field of Court of Protection work.'

'Suzanne Marriott is very well-known and really excellent. Very popular as an interim deputy.'

'Suzanne Marriott is a superb practitioner and the person to handle difficult deputyships. She is the stand-out star and well supported by junior members'.

'Suzanne Marriott is highly respected by her peer group for her knowledge and expertise. I know that her clients put great faith in her and that she is very much a trusted adviser to them'.

Work highlights

  • Suzanne Marriott was approached to act for P following proceedings in 2012 when P’s sister applied to be discharged as deputy and replaced by P’s daughter.
  • Suzanne Marriott was appointed by the Court of Protection as deputy following an investigation by the OPG into the handling of P’s affairs by an attorney (her gardener) under a registered LPA.

Suzanne Marriott - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Under the leadership of Sarah Higgins,¬†Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a focus on high-value and multi-jurisdictional cases. The excellent team covers a wide range of specialist areas in family law from complex divorce and finance cases through to international children related cases under the Children Act and the Hague Convention. Other areas of expertise lie in advising on adoption, surrogacy, civil partnerships and drafting marital agreements. In addition the team has a detailed knowledge of onshore and offshore trust structures and complex family business structures. Another focus of the practice is advising people in the sports and media sectors ‚Äď it acts for premier league footballers as well as other sports and media professionals. Sarah Anticoni¬†has a particular focus on mediating complex financial claims and children related matters. It remains a solid team despite a number of departures.

Practice head(s):Sarah Higgins

Other key lawyers:Miranda Fisher; Sarah Anticoni; James Freeman; William Longrigg; Sarah Jane Boon; Joshua Green

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys has a large outstanding team which allows them to provide a first-rate service in the biggest cases'.

'Sarah Whitten is one of the stars of her generation for her top drawer expertise in both financial and children cases'.

'William Longrigg is an extremely well-respected senior lawyer'.

'Sarah Higgins is exceptionally bright. Miranda Fisher is a tough negotiator who is very tactically astute'.

'Jamie Kennaugh is really sharp and a delight to work with'.

'It has lost five partners over the past 12 months. Despite this it remains one of the largest family teams in London and its biggest hitters remain – certainly it still has the capabilities to work on the biggest and most complex cases'.

Work highlights

  • Advising a wealthy international client on Part III proceedings involving the Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for an intermediary in a family law case involving fraud allegations.
  • Advising in an international children case involving high-profile individuals and Court of Appeal rulings.
Leading individuals

James Freeman - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Miranda Fisher - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Sarah Higgins - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

William Longrigg - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Jane Boon - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Rising stars

Joshua Green - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Under the leadership of Sarah Higgins,¬†Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a focus on high-value and multi-jurisdictional cases. The excellent team covers a wide range of specialist areas in family law from complex divorce and finance cases through to international children related cases under the Children Act and the Hague Convention. Other areas of expertise lie in advising on adoption, surrogacy, civil partnerships and drafting marital agreements. In addition the team has a detailed knowledge of onshore and offshore trust structures and complex family business structures. Another focus of the practice is advising people in the sports and media sectors ‚Äď it acts for premier league footballers as well as other sports and media professionals. Sarah Anticoni¬†has a particular focus on mediating complex financial claims and children related matters. It remains a solid team despite a number of departures.

Practice head(s):Sarah Higgins

Other key lawyers:Miranda Fisher; Sarah Anticoni; James Freeman; William Longrigg; Sarah Jane Boon; Joshua Green

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys has a large outstanding team which allows them to provide a first-rate service in the biggest cases'.

'Sarah Whitten is one of the stars of her generation for her top drawer expertise in both financial and children cases'.

'William Longrigg is an extremely well-respected senior lawyer'.

'Sarah Higgins is exceptionally bright. Miranda Fisher is a tough negotiator who is very tactically astute'.

'Jamie Kennaugh is really sharp and a delight to work with'.

'It has lost five partners over the past 12 months. Despite this it remains one of the largest family teams in London and its biggest hitters remain – certainly it still has the capabilities to work on the biggest and most complex cases'.

Work highlights

  • Advising a wealthy international client on Part III proceedings involving the Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for an intermediary in a family law case involving fraud allegations.
  • Advising in an international children case involving high-profile individuals and Court of Appeal rulings.

Under the leadership of Sarah Higgins,¬†Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a focus on high-value and multi-jurisdictional cases. The excellent team covers a wide range of specialist areas in family law from complex divorce and finance cases through to international children related cases under the Children Act and the Hague Convention. Other areas of expertise lie in advising on adoption, surrogacy, civil partnerships and drafting marital agreements. In addition the team has a detailed knowledge of onshore and offshore trust structures and complex family business structures. Another focus of the practice is advising people in the sports and media sectors ‚Äď it acts for premier league footballers as well as other sports and media professionals. Sarah Anticoni¬†has a particular focus on mediating complex financial claims and children related matters. It remains a solid team despite a number of departures.

Practice head(s):Sarah Higgins

Other key lawyers:Miranda Fisher; Sarah Anticoni; James Freeman; William Longrigg; Sarah Jane Boon; Joshua Green

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys has a large outstanding team which allows them to provide a first-rate service in the biggest cases'.

'Sarah Whitten is one of the stars of her generation for her top drawer expertise in both financial and children cases'.

'William Longrigg is an extremely well-respected senior lawyer'.

'Sarah Higgins is exceptionally bright. Miranda Fisher is a tough negotiator who is very tactically astute'.

'Jamie Kennaugh is really sharp and a delight to work with'.

'It has lost five partners over the past 12 months. Despite this it remains one of the largest family teams in London and its biggest hitters remain – certainly it still has the capabilities to work on the biggest and most complex cases'.

Work highlights

  • Advising a wealthy international client on Part III proceedings involving the Court of Appeal.
  • Acting for an intermediary in a family law case involving fraud allegations.
  • Advising in an international children case involving high-profile individuals and Court of Appeal rulings.

Miranda Fisher - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

William Longrigg - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

James Freeman - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Sarah Higgins - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Sarah Jane Boon - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Joshua Green - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has nine partners who are trained mediators and many of the team are collaboratively trained. Sarah Anticoni is a skilled family mediator in both finance and children. Sarah Whitten is also well-regarded for her work as a successful mediator. Its mediation practice covers a wide range of specialist areas in family law including high-value divorce and finance cases through to international children related cases and civil partnerships.

Practice head(s):Sarah Higgins

Other key lawyers:Sarah Anticoni; Sarah Whitten

Leading individuals

Sarah Anticoni - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has nine partners who are trained mediators and many of the team are collaboratively trained. Sarah Anticoni is a skilled family mediator in both finance and children. Sarah Whitten is also well-regarded for her work as a successful mediator. Its mediation practice covers a wide range of specialist areas in family law including high-value divorce and finance cases through to international children related cases and civil partnerships.

Practice head(s):Sarah Higgins

Other key lawyers:Sarah Anticoni; Sarah Whitten

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has nine partners who are trained mediators and many of the team are collaboratively trained. Sarah Anticoni is a skilled family mediator in both finance and children. Sarah Whitten is also well-regarded for her work as a successful mediator. Its mediation practice covers a wide range of specialist areas in family law including high-value divorce and finance cases through to international children related cases and civil partnerships.

Practice head(s):Sarah Higgins

Other key lawyers:Sarah Anticoni; Sarah Whitten

Sarah Anticoni - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a large team that advises the wealthiest families globally and routinely advises them on complex cross-border and multidisciplinary projects. Clients range from prominent UK families to internationally mobile wealthy individuals. The London offering in conjunction with its other offices in Cheltenham and Guildford also represents some of the UK's leading landed estates (both rural and urban). Bart Peerless and William Begley head the team. Robert Blower has particular expertise in lifetime tax and estate planning, and issues relating to offshore assets/trusts as well as UK landed estates. Piers Master has a particular focus on Middle Eastern clients, and acts for many ruling family members and billionaires often with US links.

Practice head(s):Bart Peerless; William Begley

Other key lawyers:Robert Blower; Piers Master; John Ward; Andrew Cameron; Nicola Thorpe; Alice Wilne

Testimonials

'The team is an extraordinary collection of lawyers who have real depth of expertise in this area'.

'Cross-disciplinary team work, superb technical knowledge and sound advice by experienced partners whose experience and network spans most jurisdictions'.

'Andrew Cameron is the consummate private client lawyer, very client focused and great on detail'.

 

Leading individuals

Bart Peerless - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

John Ward - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Robert Blower - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

William Begley - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alice Wilne - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Nicola Thorpe - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a large team that advises the wealthiest families globally and routinely advises them on complex cross-border and multidisciplinary projects. Clients range from prominent UK families to internationally mobile wealthy individuals. The London offering in conjunction with its other offices in Cheltenham and Guildford also represents some of the UK's leading landed estates (both rural and urban). Bart Peerless and William Begley head the team. Robert Blower has particular expertise in lifetime tax and estate planning, and issues relating to offshore assets/trusts as well as UK landed estates. Piers Master has a particular focus on Middle Eastern clients, and acts for many ruling family members and billionaires often with US links.

Practice head(s):Bart Peerless; William Begley

Other key lawyers:Robert Blower; Piers Master; John Ward; Andrew Cameron; Nicola Thorpe; Alice Wilne

Testimonials

'The team is an extraordinary collection of lawyers who have real depth of expertise in this area'.

'Cross-disciplinary team work, superb technical knowledge and sound advice by experienced partners whose experience and network spans most jurisdictions'.

'Andrew Cameron is the consummate private client lawyer, very client focused and great on detail'.

 

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a large team that advises the wealthiest families globally and routinely advises them on complex cross-border and multidisciplinary projects. Clients range from prominent UK families to internationally mobile wealthy individuals. The London offering in conjunction with its other offices in Cheltenham and Guildford also represents some of the UK's leading landed estates (both rural and urban). Bart Peerless and William Begley head the team. Robert Blower has particular expertise in lifetime tax and estate planning, and issues relating to offshore assets/trusts as well as UK landed estates. Piers Master has a particular focus on Middle Eastern clients, and acts for many ruling family members and billionaires often with US links.

Practice head(s):Bart Peerless; William Begley

Other key lawyers:Robert Blower; Piers Master; John Ward; Andrew Cameron; Nicola Thorpe; Alice Wilne

Testimonials

'The team is an extraordinary collection of lawyers who have real depth of expertise in this area'.

'Cross-disciplinary team work, superb technical knowledge and sound advice by experienced partners whose experience and network spans most jurisdictions'.

'Andrew Cameron is the consummate private client lawyer, very client focused and great on detail'.

 

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a large team that advises the wealthiest families globally and routinely advises them on complex cross-border and multidisciplinary projects. Clients range from prominent UK families to internationally mobile wealthy individuals. The London offering in conjunction with its other offices in Cheltenham and Guildford also represents some of the UK's leading landed estates (both rural and urban). Bart Peerless and William Begley head the team. Robert Blower has particular expertise in lifetime tax and estate planning, and issues relating to offshore assets/trusts as well as UK landed estates. Piers Master has a particular focus on Middle Eastern clients, and acts for many ruling family members and billionaires often with US links.

Practice head(s):Bart Peerless; William Begley

Other key lawyers:Robert Blower; Piers Master; John Ward; Andrew Cameron; Nicola Thorpe; Alice Wilne

Testimonials

'The team is an extraordinary collection of lawyers who have real depth of expertise in this area'.

'Cross-disciplinary team work, superb technical knowledge and sound advice by experienced partners whose experience and network spans most jurisdictions'.

'Andrew Cameron is the consummate private client lawyer, very client focused and great on detail'.

 

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a large team that advises the wealthiest families globally and routinely advises them on complex cross-border and multidisciplinary projects. Clients range from prominent UK families to internationally mobile wealthy individuals. The London offering in conjunction with its other offices in Cheltenham and Guildford also represents some of the UK's leading landed estates (both rural and urban). Bart Peerless and William Begley head the team. Robert Blower has particular expertise in lifetime tax and estate planning, and issues relating to offshore assets/trusts as well as UK landed estates. Piers Master has a particular focus on Middle Eastern clients, and acts for many ruling family members and billionaires often with US links.

Practice head(s):Bart Peerless; William Begley

Other key lawyers:Robert Blower; Piers Master; John Ward; Andrew Cameron; Nicola Thorpe; Alice Wilne

Testimonials

'The team is an extraordinary collection of lawyers who have real depth of expertise in this area'.

'Cross-disciplinary team work, superb technical knowledge and sound advice by experienced partners whose experience and network spans most jurisdictions'.

'Andrew Cameron is the consummate private client lawyer, very client focused and great on detail'.

 

John Ward - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

William Begley - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Robert Blower - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Bart Peerless - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Nicola Thorpe - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Alice Wilne - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a multidisciplinary mining team, comprising capabilities in corporate, commercial, banking, litigation and real estate. Corporate partner Andrew Collins sits at the head of the sector group which covers a wide range of issues including farm-in and farm-out agreements, financing transactions, private placings and IPOs, as well as competition and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):Andrew Collins

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a multidisciplinary mining team, comprising capabilities in corporate, commercial, banking, litigation and real estate. Corporate partner Andrew Collins sits at the head of the sector group which covers a wide range of issues including farm-in and farm-out agreements, financing transactions, private placings and IPOs, as well as competition and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):Andrew Collins

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Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is best known for its corporate, commercial and project advisory skills, particularly in the waste energy and offshore wind sectors. Key partners in the team are construction specialist Kevin Forsyth, the corporate finance-focused Chris Putt and commercial lawyer David Berry. The practice was bolstered in 2018 by the arrival of associate Edidem Basiekanem, who has brought experience of private M&A and private equity transactions in Africa.

Practice head(s):Kevin Forsyth; Chris Putt

Other key lawyers:David Berry

Key Clients

Aegis

Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre Ltd

Encor Power plc

Petrofac

Bellway Homes

Guernsey Electricity Ltd

ANSA McAL

Work highlights

  • Advised Daystar Power Group and its founder, Sunray Ventures, on a $10m equity stake in Daystar by Verod Capital Management and Persistent Energy.
  • Advised ANSA McAL (Trinidad) and its joint venture entity Tilawind IBC  (Barbados) in the negotiation of services and knowledge transfer agreements relating to the operation of a joint venture renewable power business in Costa Rica.
  • Advising on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset on behalf of Salamanca Group, now called This is Gravity Limited.
  • Advised Guernsey Electricity on the development and implementation of a strategy for the rollout of a completely new Power Purchase Agreement contract structure for its commercial customer base.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is best known for its corporate, commercial and project advisory skills, particularly in the waste energy and offshore wind sectors. Key partners in the team are construction specialist Kevin Forsyth, the corporate finance-focused Chris Putt and commercial lawyer David Berry. The practice was bolstered in 2018 by the arrival of associate Edidem Basiekanem, who has brought experience of private M&A and private equity transactions in Africa.

Practice head(s):Kevin Forsyth; Chris Putt

Other key lawyers:David Berry

Key Clients

Aegis

Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre Ltd

Encor Power plc

Petrofac

Bellway Homes

Guernsey Electricity Ltd

ANSA McAL

Work highlights

  • Advised Daystar Power Group and its founder, Sunray Ventures, on a $10m equity stake in Daystar by Verod Capital Management and Persistent Energy.
  • Advised ANSA McAL (Trinidad) and its joint venture entity Tilawind IBC  (Barbados) in the negotiation of services and knowledge transfer agreements relating to the operation of a joint venture renewable power business in Costa Rica.
  • Advising on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset on behalf of Salamanca Group, now called This is Gravity Limited.
  • Advised Guernsey Electricity on the development and implementation of a strategy for the rollout of a completely new Power Purchase Agreement contract structure for its commercial customer base.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is best known for its corporate, commercial and project advisory skills, particularly in the waste energy and offshore wind sectors. Key partners in the team are construction specialist Kevin Forsyth, the corporate finance-focused Chris Putt and commercial lawyer David Berry. The practice was bolstered in 2018 by the arrival of associate Edidem Basiekanem, who has brought experience of private M&A and private equity transactions in Africa.

Practice head(s):Kevin Forsyth; Chris Putt

Other key lawyers:David Berry

Key Clients

Aegis

Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre Ltd

Encor Power plc

Petrofac

Bellway Homes

Guernsey Electricity Ltd

ANSA McAL

Work highlights

  • Advised Daystar Power Group and its founder, Sunray Ventures, on a $10m equity stake in Daystar by Verod Capital Management and Persistent Energy.
  • Advised ANSA McAL (Trinidad) and its joint venture entity Tilawind IBC  (Barbados) in the negotiation of services and knowledge transfer agreements relating to the operation of a joint venture renewable power business in Costa Rica.
  • Advising on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset on behalf of Salamanca Group, now called This is Gravity Limited.
  • Advised Guernsey Electricity on the development and implementation of a strategy for the rollout of a completely new Power Purchase Agreement contract structure for its commercial customer base.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is best known for its corporate, commercial and project advisory skills, particularly in the waste energy and offshore wind sectors. Key partners in the team are construction specialist Kevin Forsyth, the corporate finance-focused Chris Putt and commercial lawyer David Berry. The practice was bolstered in 2018 by the arrival of associate Edidem Basiekanem, who has brought experience of private M&A and private equity transactions in Africa.

Practice head(s):Kevin Forsyth; Chris Putt

Other key lawyers:David Berry

Key Clients

Aegis

Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre Ltd

Encor Power plc

Petrofac

Bellway Homes

Guernsey Electricity Ltd

ANSA McAL

Work highlights

  • Advised Daystar Power Group and its founder, Sunray Ventures, on a $10m equity stake in Daystar by Verod Capital Management and Persistent Energy.
  • Advised ANSA McAL (Trinidad) and its joint venture entity Tilawind IBC  (Barbados) in the negotiation of services and knowledge transfer agreements relating to the operation of a joint venture renewable power business in Costa Rica.
  • Advising on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset on behalf of Salamanca Group, now called This is Gravity Limited.
  • Advised Guernsey Electricity on the development and implementation of a strategy for the rollout of a completely new Power Purchase Agreement contract structure for its commercial customer base.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is best known for its corporate, commercial and project advisory skills, particularly in the waste energy and offshore wind sectors. Key partners in the team are construction specialist Kevin Forsyth, the corporate finance-focused Chris Putt and commercial lawyer David Berry. The practice was bolstered in 2018 by the arrival of associate Edidem Basiekanem, who has brought experience of private M&A and private equity transactions in Africa.

Practice head(s):Kevin Forsyth; Chris Putt

Other key lawyers:David Berry

Key Clients

Aegis

Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre Ltd

Encor Power plc

Petrofac

Bellway Homes

Guernsey Electricity Ltd

ANSA McAL

Work highlights

  • Advised Daystar Power Group and its founder, Sunray Ventures, on a $10m equity stake in Daystar by Verod Capital Management and Persistent Energy.
  • Advised ANSA McAL (Trinidad) and its joint venture entity Tilawind IBC  (Barbados) in the negotiation of services and knowledge transfer agreements relating to the operation of a joint venture renewable power business in Costa Rica.
  • Advising on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset on behalf of Salamanca Group, now called This is Gravity Limited.
  • Advised Guernsey Electricity on the development and implementation of a strategy for the rollout of a completely new Power Purchase Agreement contract structure for its commercial customer base.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's education team is led by Lynn Povey and is known for its advice to private schools on matters such as mergers, restructurings, data protection and sensitive staff issues. The practice also draws on the expertise of the firm's private wealth team to advise education clients on establishing charitable trusts. Mike Scott has specialist expertise in the area of educational institutions and charities, while newly made-up partner and deputy head of charities Sarah Rowley has advised on a variety of projects for educational institutions.

Practice head(s):Lynn Povey

Other key lawyers:Mike Scott; Sarah Rowley; Penelope Byatt

Key Clients

Westonbirt Schools

City & Guilds

Eton College

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's education team is led by Lynn Povey and is known for its advice to private schools on matters such as mergers, restructurings, data protection and sensitive staff issues. The practice also draws on the expertise of the firm's private wealth team to advise education clients on establishing charitable trusts. Mike Scott has specialist expertise in the area of educational institutions and charities, while newly made-up partner and deputy head of charities Sarah Rowley has advised on a variety of projects for educational institutions.

Practice head(s):Lynn Povey

Other key lawyers:Mike Scott; Sarah Rowley; Penelope Byatt

Key Clients

Westonbirt Schools

City & Guilds

Eton College

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's education team is led by Lynn Povey and is known for its advice to private schools on matters such as mergers, restructurings, data protection and sensitive staff issues. The practice also draws on the expertise of the firm's private wealth team to advise education clients on establishing charitable trusts. Mike Scott has specialist expertise in the area of educational institutions and charities, while newly made-up partner and deputy head of charities Sarah Rowley has advised on a variety of projects for educational institutions.

Practice head(s):Lynn Povey

Other key lawyers:Mike Scott; Sarah Rowley; Penelope Byatt

Key Clients

Westonbirt Schools

City & Guilds

Eton College

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's education team is led by Lynn Povey and is known for its advice to private schools on matters such as mergers, restructurings, data protection and sensitive staff issues. The practice also draws on the expertise of the firm's private wealth team to advise education clients on establishing charitable trusts. Mike Scott has specialist expertise in the area of educational institutions and charities, while newly made-up partner and deputy head of charities Sarah Rowley has advised on a variety of projects for educational institutions.

Practice head(s):Lynn Povey

Other key lawyers:Mike Scott; Sarah Rowley; Penelope Byatt

Key Clients

Westonbirt Schools

City & Guilds

Eton College

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's healthcare team is made up of 'highly accomplished lawyers with strong expertise' across a broad range of healthcare-related matters, notably in corporate and real estate transactional and financing work, and private equity investments in and buyouts of healthcare service providers, with key expertise in care homes, primary care and pharmacy law. Noel Wardle is the key figure for healthcare and pharmacy regulatory advice, while Tim Jenkins supports public sector and family-owned dental, veterinary and pharmacy businesses in corporate and commercial transactions. Michael Lingens is likewise recommended for financial transactions in the healthcare and care home space. David Reissner retired in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Noel Wardle

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys provides a comprehensive service within the pharmacy sector, supported by regulatory, employment and property teams, offering a one-stop shop for legal advice.'

'The team has a unique position as the specialist regulatory firm advising pharmacists. This gives it an insight into policy issues and developments that allows it to stay ahead of the game.'

'Tim Jenkins has a through understanding of the pharmacy sector, advising a wide range of clients from independent contractors to large multiple operators.'

'Noel Wardle is one of the leading advisers in relation to pharmacy regulation'.

Key Clients

CareTech Holdings plc

Country Court Care

Juno Health Ltd

Dentex Healthcare Group Ltd

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Goddard Veterinary Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of TLC Care Homes Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of TLC to Civitas SPV131 Limited, a subsidiary of Civitas Social Housing PLC.
  • Advised AOAM Pharma Limited on its acquisition of Prince Pharmacy Limited, which operates four pharmacy branches within the Knightsbridge and Kensington area.
  • Acted on behalf of the National Pharmacy Association in its intervention in the Supreme Court hearing in patent proceedings between Warner Lambert (Pfizer) and Generics (UK) and Actavis Group concerning Pfizer’s patent rights in relation to its drug Lyrica.
  • Advised Country Court Care, a nursing care home operator, on a re-financing with alternative investment manager Cheyne Capital, including an additional £51m development facility to fund seven new-build assets nationwide.
Leading individuals

Tim Jenkins - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's healthcare team is made up of 'highly accomplished lawyers with strong expertise' across a broad range of healthcare-related matters, notably in corporate and real estate transactional and financing work, and private equity investments in and buyouts of healthcare service providers, with key expertise in care homes, primary care and pharmacy law. Noel Wardle is the key figure for healthcare and pharmacy regulatory advice, while Tim Jenkins supports public sector and family-owned dental, veterinary and pharmacy businesses in corporate and commercial transactions. Michael Lingens is likewise recommended for financial transactions in the healthcare and care home space. David Reissner retired in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Noel Wardle

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys provides a comprehensive service within the pharmacy sector, supported by regulatory, employment and property teams, offering a one-stop shop for legal advice.'

'The team has a unique position as the specialist regulatory firm advising pharmacists. This gives it an insight into policy issues and developments that allows it to stay ahead of the game.'

'Tim Jenkins has a through understanding of the pharmacy sector, advising a wide range of clients from independent contractors to large multiple operators.'

'Noel Wardle is one of the leading advisers in relation to pharmacy regulation'.

Key Clients

CareTech Holdings plc

Country Court Care

Juno Health Ltd

Dentex Healthcare Group Ltd

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Goddard Veterinary Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of TLC Care Homes Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of TLC to Civitas SPV131 Limited, a subsidiary of Civitas Social Housing PLC.
  • Advised AOAM Pharma Limited on its acquisition of Prince Pharmacy Limited, which operates four pharmacy branches within the Knightsbridge and Kensington area.
  • Acted on behalf of the National Pharmacy Association in its intervention in the Supreme Court hearing in patent proceedings between Warner Lambert (Pfizer) and Generics (UK) and Actavis Group concerning Pfizer’s patent rights in relation to its drug Lyrica.
  • Advised Country Court Care, a nursing care home operator, on a re-financing with alternative investment manager Cheyne Capital, including an additional £51m development facility to fund seven new-build assets nationwide.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's healthcare team is made up of 'highly accomplished lawyers with strong expertise' across a broad range of healthcare-related matters, notably in corporate and real estate transactional and financing work, and private equity investments in and buyouts of healthcare service providers, with key expertise in care homes, primary care and pharmacy law. Noel Wardle is the key figure for healthcare and pharmacy regulatory advice, while Tim Jenkins supports public sector and family-owned dental, veterinary and pharmacy businesses in corporate and commercial transactions. Michael Lingens is likewise recommended for financial transactions in the healthcare and care home space. David Reissner retired in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Noel Wardle

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys provides a comprehensive service within the pharmacy sector, supported by regulatory, employment and property teams, offering a one-stop shop for legal advice.'

'The team has a unique position as the specialist regulatory firm advising pharmacists. This gives it an insight into policy issues and developments that allows it to stay ahead of the game.'

'Tim Jenkins has a through understanding of the pharmacy sector, advising a wide range of clients from independent contractors to large multiple operators.'

'Noel Wardle is one of the leading advisers in relation to pharmacy regulation'.

Key Clients

CareTech Holdings plc

Country Court Care

Juno Health Ltd

Dentex Healthcare Group Ltd

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Goddard Veterinary Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of TLC Care Homes Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of TLC to Civitas SPV131 Limited, a subsidiary of Civitas Social Housing PLC.
  • Advised AOAM Pharma Limited on its acquisition of Prince Pharmacy Limited, which operates four pharmacy branches within the Knightsbridge and Kensington area.
  • Acted on behalf of the National Pharmacy Association in its intervention in the Supreme Court hearing in patent proceedings between Warner Lambert (Pfizer) and Generics (UK) and Actavis Group concerning Pfizer’s patent rights in relation to its drug Lyrica.
  • Advised Country Court Care, a nursing care home operator, on a re-financing with alternative investment manager Cheyne Capital, including an additional £51m development facility to fund seven new-build assets nationwide.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's healthcare team is made up of 'highly accomplished lawyers with strong expertise' across a broad range of healthcare-related matters, notably in corporate and real estate transactional and financing work, and private equity investments in and buyouts of healthcare service providers, with key expertise in care homes, primary care and pharmacy law. Noel Wardle is the key figure for healthcare and pharmacy regulatory advice, while Tim Jenkins supports public sector and family-owned dental, veterinary and pharmacy businesses in corporate and commercial transactions. Michael Lingens is likewise recommended for financial transactions in the healthcare and care home space. David Reissner retired in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Noel Wardle

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys provides a comprehensive service within the pharmacy sector, supported by regulatory, employment and property teams, offering a one-stop shop for legal advice.'

'The team has a unique position as the specialist regulatory firm advising pharmacists. This gives it an insight into policy issues and developments that allows it to stay ahead of the game.'

'Tim Jenkins has a through understanding of the pharmacy sector, advising a wide range of clients from independent contractors to large multiple operators.'

'Noel Wardle is one of the leading advisers in relation to pharmacy regulation'.

Key Clients

CareTech Holdings plc

Country Court Care

Juno Health Ltd

Dentex Healthcare Group Ltd

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Goddard Veterinary Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of TLC Care Homes Limited on the sale of the entire issued share capital of TLC to Civitas SPV131 Limited, a subsidiary of Civitas Social Housing PLC.
  • Advised AOAM Pharma Limited on its acquisition of Prince Pharmacy Limited, which operates four pharmacy branches within the Knightsbridge and Kensington area.
  • Acted on behalf of the National Pharmacy Association in its intervention in the Supreme Court hearing in patent proceedings between Warner Lambert (Pfizer) and Generics (UK) and Actavis Group concerning Pfizer’s patent rights in relation to its drug Lyrica.
  • Advised Country Court Care, a nursing care home operator, on a re-financing with alternative investment manager Cheyne Capital, including an additional £51m development facility to fund seven new-build assets nationwide.

Tim Jenkins - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Sarah Morley

Other key lawyers:Sarah Morley; Ingrid Saffin

Testimonials

'Professionalism, diligence and integrity'.

'Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented'.

Key Clients

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Janus Henderson Investors

Lowell Group

Silver Lake Europe LLP

Ferroglobe PLC

HKS Architects

Samena Capital Management LLP

Stonegate Pub Company

GVA

P&O Estates

Converse

Rathbone Brothers PLC

Link Theory

Dean & DeLuca

INEOS Industries

Shaw Industries

ZS Associates Inc.

Direct Line Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for FTSE 250 investment and wealth management services provider Rathbone Brothers on its move to Stanhope Mitsubishi’s new 160,000 sq ft City development at 8 Finsbury Circus in London EC2.
  • Acted for IQVIA Limited on its disposal of leasehold premises at Green Park, Reading, with a rent roll of £3.3m per annum to Virgin Media Limited and simultaneous acquisition of leasehold premises at M&G’s development at Forbury Place, Reading with a rent roll of £1.65m per annum.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Sarah Morley

Other key lawyers:Sarah Morley; Ingrid Saffin

Testimonials

'Professionalism, diligence and integrity'.

'Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented'.

Key Clients

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Janus Henderson Investors

Lowell Group

Silver Lake Europe LLP

Ferroglobe PLC

HKS Architects

Samena Capital Management LLP

Stonegate Pub Company

GVA

P&O Estates

Converse

Rathbone Brothers PLC

Link Theory

Dean & DeLuca

INEOS Industries

Shaw Industries

ZS Associates Inc.

Direct Line Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for FTSE 250 investment and wealth management services provider Rathbone Brothers on its move to Stanhope Mitsubishi’s new 160,000 sq ft City development at 8 Finsbury Circus in London EC2.
  • Acted for IQVIA Limited on its disposal of leasehold premises at Green Park, Reading, with a rent roll of £3.3m per annum to Virgin Media Limited and simultaneous acquisition of leasehold premises at M&G’s development at Forbury Place, Reading with a rent roll of £1.65m per annum.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Sarah Morley

Other key lawyers:Sarah Morley; Ingrid Saffin

Testimonials

'Professionalism, diligence and integrity'.

'Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented'.

Key Clients

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Janus Henderson Investors

Lowell Group

Silver Lake Europe LLP

Ferroglobe PLC

HKS Architects

Samena Capital Management LLP

Stonegate Pub Company

GVA

P&O Estates

Converse

Rathbone Brothers PLC

Link Theory

Dean & DeLuca

INEOS Industries

Shaw Industries

ZS Associates Inc.

Direct Line Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for FTSE 250 investment and wealth management services provider Rathbone Brothers on its move to Stanhope Mitsubishi’s new 160,000 sq ft City development at 8 Finsbury Circus in London EC2.
  • Acted for IQVIA Limited on its disposal of leasehold premises at Green Park, Reading, with a rent roll of £3.3m per annum to Virgin Media Limited and simultaneous acquisition of leasehold premises at M&G’s development at Forbury Place, Reading with a rent roll of £1.65m per annum.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Sarah Morley

Other key lawyers:Sarah Morley; Ingrid Saffin

Testimonials

'Professionalism, diligence and integrity'.

'Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented'.

Key Clients

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Janus Henderson Investors

Lowell Group

Silver Lake Europe LLP

Ferroglobe PLC

HKS Architects

Samena Capital Management LLP

Stonegate Pub Company

GVA

P&O Estates

Converse

Rathbone Brothers PLC

Link Theory

Dean & DeLuca

INEOS Industries

Shaw Industries

ZS Associates Inc.

Direct Line Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for FTSE 250 investment and wealth management services provider Rathbone Brothers on its move to Stanhope Mitsubishi’s new 160,000 sq ft City development at 8 Finsbury Circus in London EC2.
  • Acted for IQVIA Limited on its disposal of leasehold premises at Green Park, Reading, with a rent roll of £3.3m per annum to Virgin Media Limited and simultaneous acquisition of leasehold premises at M&G’s development at Forbury Place, Reading with a rent roll of £1.65m per annum.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Sarah Morley

Other key lawyers:Sarah Morley; Ingrid Saffin

Testimonials

'Professionalism, diligence and integrity'.

'Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented'.

Key Clients

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Janus Henderson Investors

Lowell Group

Silver Lake Europe LLP

Ferroglobe PLC

HKS Architects

Samena Capital Management LLP

Stonegate Pub Company

GVA

P&O Estates

Converse

Rathbone Brothers PLC

Link Theory

Dean & DeLuca

INEOS Industries

Shaw Industries

ZS Associates Inc.

Direct Line Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for FTSE 250 investment and wealth management services provider Rathbone Brothers on its move to Stanhope Mitsubishi’s new 160,000 sq ft City development at 8 Finsbury Circus in London EC2.
  • Acted for IQVIA Limited on its disposal of leasehold premises at Green Park, Reading, with a rent roll of £3.3m per annum to Virgin Media Limited and simultaneous acquisition of leasehold premises at M&G’s development at Forbury Place, Reading with a rent roll of £1.65m per annum.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Suzi Gatward; Robin Grove; Lynn Povey; Eddie Richards

Testimonials

'Professionalism, diligence and integrity'.

'Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented'.

Key Clients

Berkeley Homes

Derwent London

BioMed Realty L.P

Caring Homes Group

City of London Corporation

Crest Nicholson

Eton College

Leicester City FC

National Museum for the Royal Navy

Bellway Homes Limited

Persimmon

Royal Marines Charity

Taylor Wimpey

The Church Commissioners

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

The Merchant Taylors’ Company

Greenwich Millennium Villages Limited

Countryside Properties

Work highlights

  • Acting for This is Gravity on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset.
  • Advising Lum Chang Holdings on the purchase and redevelopment of a major site in Wembley, London.
  • Advised Leicester City Football Club on the acquisition of land for development as a new training facility.
  • Advising Countryside Properties in relation to a joint venture with Clarion Housing Group in order to deliver 2,600 new homes in Ebbsfleet Garden City, a part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City programme which will provide 6,000 new homes in the area, including Build to Rent accommodation.
  • Advising Higgins Homes in its acquisition of Zone 3 at Chobham Farm, Leyton Road, Stratford, London for the development of 149 residential units including commercial floor space, public open space and up to 49 parking spaces.
Rising stars

Eddie Richards - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Suzi Gatward; Robin Grove; Lynn Povey; Eddie Richards

Testimonials

'Professionalism, diligence and integrity'.

'Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented'.

Key Clients

Berkeley Homes

Derwent London

BioMed Realty L.P

Caring Homes Group

City of London Corporation

Crest Nicholson

Eton College

Leicester City FC

National Museum for the Royal Navy

Bellway Homes Limited

Persimmon

Royal Marines Charity

Taylor Wimpey

The Church Commissioners

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

The Merchant Taylors’ Company

Greenwich Millennium Villages Limited

Countryside Properties

Work highlights

  • Acting for This is Gravity on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset.
  • Advising Lum Chang Holdings on the purchase and redevelopment of a major site in Wembley, London.
  • Advised Leicester City Football Club on the acquisition of land for development as a new training facility.
  • Advising Countryside Properties in relation to a joint venture with Clarion Housing Group in order to deliver 2,600 new homes in Ebbsfleet Garden City, a part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City programme which will provide 6,000 new homes in the area, including Build to Rent accommodation.
  • Advising Higgins Homes in its acquisition of Zone 3 at Chobham Farm, Leyton Road, Stratford, London for the development of 149 residential units including commercial floor space, public open space and up to 49 parking spaces.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Suzi Gatward; Robin Grove; Lynn Povey; Eddie Richards

Testimonials

'Professionalism, diligence and integrity'.

'Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented'.

Key Clients

Berkeley Homes

Derwent London

BioMed Realty L.P

Caring Homes Group

City of London Corporation

Crest Nicholson

Eton College

Leicester City FC

National Museum for the Royal Navy

Bellway Homes Limited

Persimmon

Royal Marines Charity

Taylor Wimpey

The Church Commissioners

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

The Merchant Taylors’ Company

Greenwich Millennium Villages Limited

Countryside Properties

Work highlights

  • Acting for This is Gravity on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset.
  • Advising Lum Chang Holdings on the purchase and redevelopment of a major site in Wembley, London.
  • Advised Leicester City Football Club on the acquisition of land for development as a new training facility.
  • Advising Countryside Properties in relation to a joint venture with Clarion Housing Group in order to deliver 2,600 new homes in Ebbsfleet Garden City, a part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City programme which will provide 6,000 new homes in the area, including Build to Rent accommodation.
  • Advising Higgins Homes in its acquisition of Zone 3 at Chobham Farm, Leyton Road, Stratford, London for the development of 149 residential units including commercial floor space, public open space and up to 49 parking spaces.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Suzi Gatward; Robin Grove; Lynn Povey; Eddie Richards

Testimonials

'Professionalism, diligence and integrity'.

'Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented'.

Key Clients

Berkeley Homes

Derwent London

BioMed Realty L.P

Caring Homes Group

City of London Corporation

Crest Nicholson

Eton College

Leicester City FC

National Museum for the Royal Navy

Bellway Homes Limited

Persimmon

Royal Marines Charity

Taylor Wimpey

The Church Commissioners

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

The Merchant Taylors’ Company

Greenwich Millennium Villages Limited

Countryside Properties

Work highlights

  • Acting for This is Gravity on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset.
  • Advising Lum Chang Holdings on the purchase and redevelopment of a major site in Wembley, London.
  • Advised Leicester City Football Club on the acquisition of land for development as a new training facility.
  • Advising Countryside Properties in relation to a joint venture with Clarion Housing Group in order to deliver 2,600 new homes in Ebbsfleet Garden City, a part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City programme which will provide 6,000 new homes in the area, including Build to Rent accommodation.
  • Advising Higgins Homes in its acquisition of Zone 3 at Chobham Farm, Leyton Road, Stratford, London for the development of 149 residential units including commercial floor space, public open space and up to 49 parking spaces.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Suzi Gatward; Robin Grove; Lynn Povey; Eddie Richards

Testimonials

'Professionalism, diligence and integrity'.

'Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented'.

Key Clients

Berkeley Homes

Derwent London

BioMed Realty L.P

Caring Homes Group

City of London Corporation

Crest Nicholson

Eton College

Leicester City FC

National Museum for the Royal Navy

Bellway Homes Limited

Persimmon

Royal Marines Charity

Taylor Wimpey

The Church Commissioners

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

The Merchant Taylors’ Company

Greenwich Millennium Villages Limited

Countryside Properties

Work highlights

  • Acting for This is Gravity on the purchase of a brownfield site comprising a 635-acre site currently known as Huntspill Energy Park in Somerset.
  • Advising Lum Chang Holdings on the purchase and redevelopment of a major site in Wembley, London.
  • Advised Leicester City Football Club on the acquisition of land for development as a new training facility.
  • Advising Countryside Properties in relation to a joint venture with Clarion Housing Group in order to deliver 2,600 new homes in Ebbsfleet Garden City, a part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City programme which will provide 6,000 new homes in the area, including Build to Rent accommodation.
  • Advising Higgins Homes in its acquisition of Zone 3 at Chobham Farm, Leyton Road, Stratford, London for the development of 149 residential units including commercial floor space, public open space and up to 49 parking spaces.

Eddie Richards - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Lee Medlock; Louise Ward; Simon Ewing; Melville Rodrigues

Testimonials

Professionalism, diligence and integrity‘.

Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented‘.

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BioMed Realty L.P

Berkeley Group

Caring Homes Group

City of London Corporation

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Octopus Property

Derwent London

Elan Capital Management LLP

Eton College

Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson Investors)

Howard de Walden Estate Limited

National Museum for the Royal Navy

Stonegate Pub Company

The Church Commissioners

Leicester City FC

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Derwent London on the negotiations for the new Soho Place development above the Crossrail station at Tottenham Court, which will include a new West End theatre.
  • Acted for Stonegate Pub Company Limited on the acquisition of national cocktail chain Be at One Limited.
  • Acted for the Corporation of the City of London on the purchase of 68-71 Fleet Street, EC4 from Royal London Group.
  • Advised a private investor on its disposal of 5/7 Chancery Lane, London.
  • Advised nursing care home operator Country Court Care Homes on a restructuring refinance of its entire care home portfolio, consisting of roughly 30 homes across England.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Lee Medlock; Louise Ward; Simon Ewing; Melville Rodrigues

Testimonials

Professionalism, diligence and integrity‘.

Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented‘.

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BioMed Realty L.P

Berkeley Group

Caring Homes Group

City of London Corporation

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Octopus Property

Derwent London

Elan Capital Management LLP

Eton College

Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson Investors)

Howard de Walden Estate Limited

National Museum for the Royal Navy

Stonegate Pub Company

The Church Commissioners

Leicester City FC

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Derwent London on the negotiations for the new Soho Place development above the Crossrail station at Tottenham Court, which will include a new West End theatre.
  • Acted for Stonegate Pub Company Limited on the acquisition of national cocktail chain Be at One Limited.
  • Acted for the Corporation of the City of London on the purchase of 68-71 Fleet Street, EC4 from Royal London Group.
  • Advised a private investor on its disposal of 5/7 Chancery Lane, London.
  • Advised nursing care home operator Country Court Care Homes on a restructuring refinance of its entire care home portfolio, consisting of roughly 30 homes across England.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Lee Medlock; Louise Ward; Simon Ewing; Melville Rodrigues

Testimonials

Professionalism, diligence and integrity‘.

Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented‘.

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BioMed Realty L.P

Berkeley Group

Caring Homes Group

City of London Corporation

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Octopus Property

Derwent London

Elan Capital Management LLP

Eton College

Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson Investors)

Howard de Walden Estate Limited

National Museum for the Royal Navy

Stonegate Pub Company

The Church Commissioners

Leicester City FC

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Derwent London on the negotiations for the new Soho Place development above the Crossrail station at Tottenham Court, which will include a new West End theatre.
  • Acted for Stonegate Pub Company Limited on the acquisition of national cocktail chain Be at One Limited.
  • Acted for the Corporation of the City of London on the purchase of 68-71 Fleet Street, EC4 from Royal London Group.
  • Advised a private investor on its disposal of 5/7 Chancery Lane, London.
  • Advised nursing care home operator Country Court Care Homes on a restructuring refinance of its entire care home portfolio, consisting of roughly 30 homes across England.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Lee Medlock; Louise Ward; Simon Ewing; Melville Rodrigues

Testimonials

Professionalism, diligence and integrity‘.

Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented‘.

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BioMed Realty L.P

Berkeley Group

Caring Homes Group

City of London Corporation

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Octopus Property

Derwent London

Elan Capital Management LLP

Eton College

Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson Investors)

Howard de Walden Estate Limited

National Museum for the Royal Navy

Stonegate Pub Company

The Church Commissioners

Leicester City FC

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Derwent London on the negotiations for the new Soho Place development above the Crossrail station at Tottenham Court, which will include a new West End theatre.
  • Acted for Stonegate Pub Company Limited on the acquisition of national cocktail chain Be at One Limited.
  • Acted for the Corporation of the City of London on the purchase of 68-71 Fleet Street, EC4 from Royal London Group.
  • Advised a private investor on its disposal of 5/7 Chancery Lane, London.
  • Advised nursing care home operator Country Court Care Homes on a restructuring refinance of its entire care home portfolio, consisting of roughly 30 homes across England.

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP was recently bolstered by the arrivals of Melville Rodrigues and David Paxton from CMS and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP respectively. Rodrigues joined as head of the real estate funds team, while Paxton has bolstered the team’s development transaction offering. International and domestic institutional private investors, HNWs, asset managers and property funds routinely instruct the team for matters including urban renewal and mixed-use developments, PRS schemes and modular housing. The corporate occupier workload includes disposals, acquisitions, HQ relocations, exit strategies, restructuring, sales and leasebacks as well as portfolio management. Mark Smith heads the practice which includes recommended senior associate Eddie Richards, a specialist in secure lending and development projects. The group, which is highly regarded for its sector expertise, provides expert understanding of the charities, education, retail and leisure, healthcare and residential markets.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Lee Medlock; Louise Ward; Simon Ewing; Melville Rodrigues

Testimonials

Professionalism, diligence and integrity‘.

Very professional, very rigorous, smart, ethical and results-oriented‘.

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

BioMed Realty L.P

Berkeley Group

Caring Homes Group

City of London Corporation

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Octopus Property

Derwent London

Elan Capital Management LLP

Eton College

Henderson Global Investors (now Janus Henderson Investors)

Howard de Walden Estate Limited

National Museum for the Royal Navy

Stonegate Pub Company

The Church Commissioners

Leicester City FC

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Derwent London on the negotiations for the new Soho Place development above the Crossrail station at Tottenham Court, which will include a new West End theatre.
  • Acted for Stonegate Pub Company Limited on the acquisition of national cocktail chain Be at One Limited.
  • Acted for the Corporation of the City of London on the purchase of 68-71 Fleet Street, EC4 from Royal London Group.
  • Advised a private investor on its disposal of 5/7 Chancery Lane, London.
  • Advised nursing care home operator Country Court Care Homes on a restructuring refinance of its entire care home portfolio, consisting of roughly 30 homes across England.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's contentious team advises contractors, subcontractors and employers on both domestical and international matters. Steven Carey heads up the team, working alongside the 'unflappable' Kevin Forsyth, who recently advised a cladding contractor on defect-related disputes arising from the construction of tower blocks in Manchester. Rupa Lakha, a specialist in dispute avoidance, acts for developers and subcontractors, while Michael O’Connor, who acts across the spectrum of construction issues domestically and internationally, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:Kevin Forsyth; Rupa Lakha; Michael O'Connor

Testimonials

'The team demonstrates a practical understanding of the challenges associated with complex construction contracts.'

'The practice has a unique ability to share information among key team members and provide coherent and joined up advice regardless of who one was discussing the matter with.'

'Kevin Forsyth has the ability to provide clarity to complex decision making processes where it is challenging to see the wood from the trees. He is also unflappable and able to work under extreme pressure and short timescales.'

Key Clients

Atkins

Bouygues Construction

Mace

Ferrovial Aggroman

Dover Harbour Board

Sipral

Next Generation Partners

Michael O'Connor - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Rupa Lakha - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's contentious team advises contractors, subcontractors and employers on both domestical and international matters. Steven Carey heads up the team, working alongside the 'unflappable' Kevin Forsyth, who recently advised a cladding contractor on defect-related disputes arising from the construction of tower blocks in Manchester. Rupa Lakha, a specialist in dispute avoidance, acts for developers and subcontractors, while Michael O’Connor, who acts across the spectrum of construction issues domestically and internationally, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:Kevin Forsyth; Rupa Lakha; Michael O'Connor

Testimonials

'The team demonstrates a practical understanding of the challenges associated with complex construction contracts.'

'The practice has a unique ability to share information among key team members and provide coherent and joined up advice regardless of who one was discussing the matter with.'

'Kevin Forsyth has the ability to provide clarity to complex decision making processes where it is challenging to see the wood from the trees. He is also unflappable and able to work under extreme pressure and short timescales.'

Key Clients

Atkins

Bouygues Construction

Mace

Ferrovial Aggroman

Dover Harbour Board

Sipral

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's contentious team advises contractors, subcontractors and employers on both domestical and international matters. Steven Carey heads up the team, working alongside the 'unflappable' Kevin Forsyth, who recently advised a cladding contractor on defect-related disputes arising from the construction of tower blocks in Manchester. Rupa Lakha, a specialist in dispute avoidance, acts for developers and subcontractors, while Michael O’Connor, who acts across the spectrum of construction issues domestically and internationally, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:Kevin Forsyth; Rupa Lakha; Michael O'Connor

Testimonials

'The team demonstrates a practical understanding of the challenges associated with complex construction contracts.'

'The practice has a unique ability to share information among key team members and provide coherent and joined up advice regardless of who one was discussing the matter with.'

'Kevin Forsyth has the ability to provide clarity to complex decision making processes where it is challenging to see the wood from the trees. He is also unflappable and able to work under extreme pressure and short timescales.'

Key Clients

Atkins

Bouygues Construction

Mace

Ferrovial Aggroman

Dover Harbour Board

Sipral

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's contentious team advises contractors, subcontractors and employers on both domestical and international matters. Steven Carey heads up the team, working alongside the 'unflappable' Kevin Forsyth, who recently advised a cladding contractor on defect-related disputes arising from the construction of tower blocks in Manchester. Rupa Lakha, a specialist in dispute avoidance, acts for developers and subcontractors, while Michael O’Connor, who acts across the spectrum of construction issues domestically and internationally, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:Kevin Forsyth; Rupa Lakha; Michael O'Connor

Testimonials

'The team demonstrates a practical understanding of the challenges associated with complex construction contracts.'

'The practice has a unique ability to share information among key team members and provide coherent and joined up advice regardless of who one was discussing the matter with.'

'Kevin Forsyth has the ability to provide clarity to complex decision making processes where it is challenging to see the wood from the trees. He is also unflappable and able to work under extreme pressure and short timescales.'

Key Clients

Atkins

Bouygues Construction

Mace

Ferrovial Aggroman

Dover Harbour Board

Sipral

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's contentious team advises contractors, subcontractors and employers on both domestical and international matters. Steven Carey heads up the team, working alongside the 'unflappable' Kevin Forsyth, who recently advised a cladding contractor on defect-related disputes arising from the construction of tower blocks in Manchester. Rupa Lakha, a specialist in dispute avoidance, acts for developers and subcontractors, while Michael O’Connor, who acts across the spectrum of construction issues domestically and internationally, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:Kevin Forsyth; Rupa Lakha; Michael O'Connor

Testimonials

'The team demonstrates a practical understanding of the challenges associated with complex construction contracts.'

'The practice has a unique ability to share information among key team members and provide coherent and joined up advice regardless of who one was discussing the matter with.'

'Kevin Forsyth has the ability to provide clarity to complex decision making processes where it is challenging to see the wood from the trees. He is also unflappable and able to work under extreme pressure and short timescales.'

Key Clients

Atkins

Bouygues Construction

Mace

Ferrovial Aggroman

Dover Harbour Board

Sipral

Michael O'Connor - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Rupa Lakha - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's non-contentious team acts for contractors, developers and user occupiers on residential developments and mixed use developments and energy work. The team is led by Steven Carey who recently advised Permasteelisa on several developments such as Shard Place and Bankside Yards. Fiona Edmond is also a notable name within the team, and has been advising Derwent London on recent developments including Soho Place and the Brunel Building. Edmond has advised commercial developers on office and mixed use developments, hotels and data centres. Duncan Salmon is noted for his work in the regeneration and development sectors, while newly promoted partner James Worthington is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:Fiona Edmond; Duncan Salmon

Testimonials

'James Worthington's elevation to partner is well deserved.'

Key Clients

Permasteelisa UK Limited

Derwent London

Countryside Properties

London and Regional Properties

BioMed Realty

Reynolds Polymer technology

Salamanca Group

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Ridgeford

Work highlights

  • Served as Derwent London's sole legal advisers on the procurement and construction aspects of all of its projects including the construction contract between Derwent London and Laing O’Rourke for the procurement of its 285,000 sq ft mixed-use project at Soho Place.
  • Advising Countryside and Clarion Housing Group on their joint venture and acquisition via a conditional sale and purchase agreement for 2,600 dwellings forming part of Ebbsfleet Garden City, with funding from Homes England with a gross development value of £1bn.
  • Advising London and Regional Properties in relation to its extensive hotel portfolio on procurement and negotiation of all relevant contracts.
  • Advising Crest Nicholson on their bid in competitive dialogue to be the development partner for a new scheme to develop more than 2,000 homes, a new primary and secondary school, public open space, a community hub and supporting infrastructure at Maidenhead Golf Club worth £1bn in total.
  • Acting for Permasteelisa (UK) Limited on matters such as Shard Place and Bankside Yards.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's non-contentious team acts for contractors, developers and user occupiers on residential developments and mixed use developments and energy work. The team is led by Steven Carey who recently advised Permasteelisa on several developments such as Shard Place and Bankside Yards. Fiona Edmond is also a notable name within the team, and has been advising Derwent London on recent developments including Soho Place and the Brunel Building. Edmond has advised commercial developers on office and mixed use developments, hotels and data centres. Duncan Salmon is noted for his work in the regeneration and development sectors, while newly promoted partner James Worthington is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:Fiona Edmond; Duncan Salmon

Testimonials

'James Worthington's elevation to partner is well deserved.'

Key Clients

Permasteelisa UK Limited

Derwent London

Countryside Properties

London and Regional Properties

BioMed Realty

Reynolds Polymer technology

Salamanca Group

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Ridgeford

Work highlights

  • Served as Derwent London's sole legal advisers on the procurement and construction aspects of all of its projects including the construction contract between Derwent London and Laing O’Rourke for the procurement of its 285,000 sq ft mixed-use project at Soho Place.
  • Advising Countryside and Clarion Housing Group on their joint venture and acquisition via a conditional sale and purchase agreement for 2,600 dwellings forming part of Ebbsfleet Garden City, with funding from Homes England with a gross development value of £1bn.
  • Advising London and Regional Properties in relation to its extensive hotel portfolio on procurement and negotiation of all relevant contracts.
  • Advising Crest Nicholson on their bid in competitive dialogue to be the development partner for a new scheme to develop more than 2,000 homes, a new primary and secondary school, public open space, a community hub and supporting infrastructure at Maidenhead Golf Club worth £1bn in total.
  • Acting for Permasteelisa (UK) Limited on matters such as Shard Place and Bankside Yards.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's non-contentious team acts for contractors, developers and user occupiers on residential developments and mixed use developments and energy work. The team is led by Steven Carey who recently advised Permasteelisa on several developments such as Shard Place and Bankside Yards. Fiona Edmond is also a notable name within the team, and has been advising Derwent London on recent developments including Soho Place and the Brunel Building. Edmond has advised commercial developers on office and mixed use developments, hotels and data centres. Duncan Salmon is noted for his work in the regeneration and development sectors, while newly promoted partner James Worthington is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:Fiona Edmond; Duncan Salmon

Testimonials

'James Worthington's elevation to partner is well deserved.'

Key Clients

Permasteelisa UK Limited

Derwent London

Countryside Properties

London and Regional Properties

BioMed Realty

Reynolds Polymer technology

Salamanca Group

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Ridgeford

Work highlights

  • Served as Derwent London's sole legal advisers on the procurement and construction aspects of all of its projects including the construction contract between Derwent London and Laing O’Rourke for the procurement of its 285,000 sq ft mixed-use project at Soho Place.
  • Advising Countryside and Clarion Housing Group on their joint venture and acquisition via a conditional sale and purchase agreement for 2,600 dwellings forming part of Ebbsfleet Garden City, with funding from Homes England with a gross development value of £1bn.
  • Advising London and Regional Properties in relation to its extensive hotel portfolio on procurement and negotiation of all relevant contracts.
  • Advising Crest Nicholson on their bid in competitive dialogue to be the development partner for a new scheme to develop more than 2,000 homes, a new primary and secondary school, public open space, a community hub and supporting infrastructure at Maidenhead Golf Club worth £1bn in total.
  • Acting for Permasteelisa (UK) Limited on matters such as Shard Place and Bankside Yards.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's non-contentious team acts for contractors, developers and user occupiers on residential developments and mixed use developments and energy work. The team is led by Steven Carey who recently advised Permasteelisa on several developments such as Shard Place and Bankside Yards. Fiona Edmond is also a notable name within the team, and has been advising Derwent London on recent developments including Soho Place and the Brunel Building. Edmond has advised commercial developers on office and mixed use developments, hotels and data centres. Duncan Salmon is noted for his work in the regeneration and development sectors, while newly promoted partner James Worthington is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:Fiona Edmond; Duncan Salmon

Testimonials

'James Worthington's elevation to partner is well deserved.'

Key Clients

Permasteelisa UK Limited

Derwent London

Countryside Properties

London and Regional Properties

BioMed Realty

Reynolds Polymer technology

Salamanca Group

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Ridgeford

Work highlights

  • Served as Derwent London's sole legal advisers on the procurement and construction aspects of all of its projects including the construction contract between Derwent London and Laing O’Rourke for the procurement of its 285,000 sq ft mixed-use project at Soho Place.
  • Advising Countryside and Clarion Housing Group on their joint venture and acquisition via a conditional sale and purchase agreement for 2,600 dwellings forming part of Ebbsfleet Garden City, with funding from Homes England with a gross development value of £1bn.
  • Advising London and Regional Properties in relation to its extensive hotel portfolio on procurement and negotiation of all relevant contracts.
  • Advising Crest Nicholson on their bid in competitive dialogue to be the development partner for a new scheme to develop more than 2,000 homes, a new primary and secondary school, public open space, a community hub and supporting infrastructure at Maidenhead Golf Club worth £1bn in total.
  • Acting for Permasteelisa (UK) Limited on matters such as Shard Place and Bankside Yards.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's non-contentious team acts for contractors, developers and user occupiers on residential developments and mixed use developments and energy work. The team is led by Steven Carey who recently advised Permasteelisa on several developments such as Shard Place and Bankside Yards. Fiona Edmond is also a notable name within the team, and has been advising Derwent London on recent developments including Soho Place and the Brunel Building. Edmond has advised commercial developers on office and mixed use developments, hotels and data centres. Duncan Salmon is noted for his work in the regeneration and development sectors, while newly promoted partner James Worthington is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Steven Carey

Other key lawyers:Fiona Edmond; Duncan Salmon

Testimonials

'James Worthington's elevation to partner is well deserved.'

Key Clients

Permasteelisa UK Limited

Derwent London

Countryside Properties

London and Regional Properties

BioMed Realty

Reynolds Polymer technology

Salamanca Group

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Ridgeford

Work highlights

  • Served as Derwent London's sole legal advisers on the procurement and construction aspects of all of its projects including the construction contract between Derwent London and Laing O’Rourke for the procurement of its 285,000 sq ft mixed-use project at Soho Place.
  • Advising Countryside and Clarion Housing Group on their joint venture and acquisition via a conditional sale and purchase agreement for 2,600 dwellings forming part of Ebbsfleet Garden City, with funding from Homes England with a gross development value of £1bn.
  • Advising London and Regional Properties in relation to its extensive hotel portfolio on procurement and negotiation of all relevant contracts.
  • Advising Crest Nicholson on their bid in competitive dialogue to be the development partner for a new scheme to develop more than 2,000 homes, a new primary and secondary school, public open space, a community hub and supporting infrastructure at Maidenhead Golf Club worth £1bn in total.
  • Acting for Permasteelisa (UK) Limited on matters such as Shard Place and Bankside Yards.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

The planning team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has recently enjoyed a solid flow of London-based mixed-use development and regeneration projects for an expanding client base of commercial clients, developers, property managers, and housebuilders. Claire Fallows has niche expertise with handling the challenges facing the retirement living space with a number of major new projects included on the mandate portfolio. Helen Hutton has significant experience in the field of hydrocarbon planning. A significant client, the Church Commissioners for England, has instructed the team on a wide suite of matters that have encompassed urban extensions and garden village projects.

Practice head(s):Claire Fallows

Other key lawyers:Helen Hutton

Testimonials

'The team's advice is consistent and clear.'

'The team provides an interesting approach to difficult situations and is very responsive to client's problems.'

'Claire Fallows is extremely responsive to the challenges of the planning market.'

Key Clients

The Church Commissioners for England

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

Derwent London

ITV

All England Lawn Tennis Club

Bellway Homes Limited

Crest Nicholson

Countryside Properties

Big Yellow

Europa Oil and Gas

Greenwich Millennium Villages Limited

Barratt Homes

Linkcity

David Lloyd

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Ashford Great Park Partnership (owned by the Church Commissioners) on the residential and commercial development of its landholdings in Ashford.
  • Assisted ITV with obtaining planning permission for the mixed-use redevelopment of its headquarters on London’s South Bank.
  • Advising on numerous strategic sites across the Church Commissioners’ portfolio including substantial urban extensions in Hereford, Ely and Arun.
  • Advising Greenwich Millennium Village Limited on the development of a new 1,750 home community development on the Greenwich peninsula.
  • Advising This is Gravity Limited on complex planning, CPO and environmental issues in relation to a large-scale development site.

The planning team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has recently enjoyed a solid flow of London-based mixed-use development and regeneration projects for an expanding client base of commercial clients, developers, property managers, and housebuilders. Claire Fallows has niche expertise with handling the challenges facing the retirement living space with a number of major new projects included on the mandate portfolio. Helen Hutton has significant experience in the field of hydrocarbon planning. A significant client, the Church Commissioners for England, has instructed the team on a wide suite of matters that have encompassed urban extensions and garden village projects.

Practice head(s):Claire Fallows

Other key lawyers:Helen Hutton

Testimonials

'The team's advice is consistent and clear.'

'The team provides an interesting approach to difficult situations and is very responsive to client's problems.'

'Claire Fallows is extremely responsive to the challenges of the planning market.'

Key Clients

The Church Commissioners for England

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

Derwent London

ITV

All England Lawn Tennis Club

Bellway Homes Limited

Crest Nicholson

Countryside Properties

Big Yellow

Europa Oil and Gas

Greenwich Millennium Villages Limited

Barratt Homes

Linkcity

David Lloyd

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Ashford Great Park Partnership (owned by the Church Commissioners) on the residential and commercial development of its landholdings in Ashford.
  • Assisted ITV with obtaining planning permission for the mixed-use redevelopment of its headquarters on London’s South Bank.
  • Advising on numerous strategic sites across the Church Commissioners’ portfolio including substantial urban extensions in Hereford, Ely and Arun.
  • Advising Greenwich Millennium Village Limited on the development of a new 1,750 home community development on the Greenwich peninsula.
  • Advising This is Gravity Limited on complex planning, CPO and environmental issues in relation to a large-scale development site.

The planning team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has recently enjoyed a solid flow of London-based mixed-use development and regeneration projects for an expanding client base of commercial clients, developers, property managers, and housebuilders. Claire Fallows has niche expertise with handling the challenges facing the retirement living space with a number of major new projects included on the mandate portfolio. Helen Hutton has significant experience in the field of hydrocarbon planning. A significant client, the Church Commissioners for England, has instructed the team on a wide suite of matters that have encompassed urban extensions and garden village projects.

Practice head(s):Claire Fallows

Other key lawyers:Helen Hutton

Testimonials

'The team's advice is consistent and clear.'

'The team provides an interesting approach to difficult situations and is very responsive to client's problems.'

'Claire Fallows is extremely responsive to the challenges of the planning market.'

Key Clients

The Church Commissioners for England

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

Derwent London

ITV

All England Lawn Tennis Club

Bellway Homes Limited

Crest Nicholson

Countryside Properties

Big Yellow

Europa Oil and Gas

Greenwich Millennium Villages Limited

Barratt Homes

Linkcity

David Lloyd

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Ashford Great Park Partnership (owned by the Church Commissioners) on the residential and commercial development of its landholdings in Ashford.
  • Assisted ITV with obtaining planning permission for the mixed-use redevelopment of its headquarters on London’s South Bank.
  • Advising on numerous strategic sites across the Church Commissioners’ portfolio including substantial urban extensions in Hereford, Ely and Arun.
  • Advising Greenwich Millennium Village Limited on the development of a new 1,750 home community development on the Greenwich peninsula.
  • Advising This is Gravity Limited on complex planning, CPO and environmental issues in relation to a large-scale development site.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for a mix of lenders and borrowers; the firm’s client base includes major banks and private banks, property developers and high-net-worth individuals, and new market entrants such as debt funds and challenger banks. Areas of strength include healthcare, student accommodation, industrial and residential property, and data centre financing. The team also has experience in sharia-compliant transactions. Paul Kay, who counts an increasing number of Asian investors among his clients, leads the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Kay

Other key lawyers:Jon Bond

Testimonials

'Paul Kay is highly rated: he provides a hands-on service, explaining the complexities of the transactions and providing pragmatic advice.'

'The team is pragmatic with quick turnaround times.'

'We receive prompt and helpful advice from the team.'

'Charles Russell Speechlys provides exactly what we need to conclude transactions as quickly as circumstances permit.'

'It is a very user-friendly team - its proactive, commercial and generally sensible approach helps to cut through issues quickly and with minimal fuss.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank

Octopus Property

Topland Jupiter Limited

Metro Bank

Lombard North Central

Royal Bank of Canada

Northridge Capital

Aeriance Investments SA

Henley Investments Limited

Puma Investments

Country Court Care Homes Limited

Ekistics Property Advisors

OakNorth Bank

Salamanca Group

Downing

Caring Homes Group

Work highlights

  • Advising nursing care home operator Country Court Care on a refinancing with alternative investment manager Cheyne Capital, including an additional development facility to fund a pipeline of seven new-build assets nationwide.
  • Advising Octopus Property in relation to a loan sale arrangement with deferred consideration whereby the existing lender is novating its loan and assigning its security package to Octopus Property relating to a property development in Clapham, London.
  • Advising Metro Bank plc in respect of a bilateral facility agreement to finance the acquisition (by way of share purchase) by a care home group of two companies operating care homes in the south of England.
  • Advising Salamanca Group on the financing of a large-scale brownfield site in Somerset known as Huntspill Energy Park to be developed over the next few years.
  • Advising Octopus Property on a senior secured loan to refinance the costs of the acquisition of a site in Coventry and to fund its subsequent development into a student accommodation block.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for a mix of lenders and borrowers; the firm’s client base includes major banks and private banks, property developers and high-net-worth individuals, and new market entrants such as debt funds and challenger banks. Areas of strength include healthcare, student accommodation, industrial and residential property, and data centre financing. The team also has experience in sharia-compliant transactions. Paul Kay, who counts an increasing number of Asian investors among his clients, leads the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Kay

Other key lawyers:Jon Bond

Testimonials

'Paul Kay is highly rated: he provides a hands-on service, explaining the complexities of the transactions and providing pragmatic advice.'

'The team is pragmatic with quick turnaround times.'

'We receive prompt and helpful advice from the team.'

'Charles Russell Speechlys provides exactly what we need to conclude transactions as quickly as circumstances permit.'

'It is a very user-friendly team - its proactive, commercial and generally sensible approach helps to cut through issues quickly and with minimal fuss.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Bank

Octopus Property

Topland Jupiter Limited

Metro Bank

Lombard North Central

Royal Bank of Canada

Northridge Capital

Aeriance Investments SA

Henley Investments Limited

Puma Investments

Country Court Care Homes Limited

Ekistics Property Advisors

OakNorth Bank

Salamanca Group

Downing

Caring Homes Group

Work highlights

  • Advising nursing care home operator Country Court Care on a refinancing with alternative investment manager Cheyne Capital, including an additional development facility to fund a pipeline of seven new-build assets nationwide.
  • Advising Octopus Property in relation to a loan sale arrangement with deferred consideration whereby the existing lender is novating its loan and assigning its security package to Octopus Property relating to a property development in Clapham, London.
  • Advising Metro Bank plc in respect of a bilateral facility agreement to finance the acquisition (by way of share purchase) by a care home group of two companies operating care homes in the south of England.
  • Advising Salamanca Group on the financing of a large-scale brownfield site in Somerset known as Huntspill Energy Park to be developed over the next few years.
  • Advising Octopus Property on a senior secured loan to refinance the costs of the acquisition of a site in Coventry and to fund its subsequent development into a student accommodation block.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Handling commercial and residential property litigation, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for an extensive client roster, including commercial investors, developers and high-net-worth individuals as well as commercial, retail and leisure occupiers. The 'proactive and commercially aware' team led by Robert Highmore has a specialism in leasehold enfranchisement and, based on its expertise in the Electronic Communications Code, telecommunications sector work. Handling regeneration projects and rights to light matters are other key areas of expertise as are dilapidation claims, rent reviews and service charge disputes. The recommended Emma Humphreys handles the full range of commercial and residential property matters including contractual and development disputes involving the removal of telecoms masts and communications cables.

Practice head(s):Robert Highmore

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Hudson; Louise Clark; Emma Humphreys; James Souter

Testimonials

'Real experts in the property litigation field.'

'Emma Humphreys' no-nonsense style helps to get results.'

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Ballymore Group

Berkeley Group

Church Commissioners for England

Derwent London

Eton College

Hollybrook

Howard de Walden Estates

London & Cambridge Properties

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Stonegate Pub Company

The Merchant Taylors’ Company

Workspace Group

Westfield Europe

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented L.C.P. Estates in proceedings with its tenant Santander, opposing the renewal of the tenancy on the basis of a proposed redevelopment.
  • Acted for the landlord, L & C Investments, in pursuing a claim in the High Court to recover arrears and pursue dilapidations in respect of three large industrial units in Berkshire.
Leading individuals

Emma Humphreys - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Robert Highmore - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Handling commercial and residential property litigation, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for an extensive client roster, including commercial investors, developers and high-net-worth individuals as well as commercial, retail and leisure occupiers. The 'proactive and commercially aware' team led by Robert Highmore has a specialism in leasehold enfranchisement and, based on its expertise in the Electronic Communications Code, telecommunications sector work. Handling regeneration projects and rights to light matters are other key areas of expertise as are dilapidation claims, rent reviews and service charge disputes. The recommended Emma Humphreys handles the full range of commercial and residential property matters including contractual and development disputes involving the removal of telecoms masts and communications cables.

Practice head(s):Robert Highmore

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Hudson; Louise Clark; Emma Humphreys; James Souter

Testimonials

'Real experts in the property litigation field.'

'Emma Humphreys' no-nonsense style helps to get results.'

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Ballymore Group

Berkeley Group

Church Commissioners for England

Derwent London

Eton College

Hollybrook

Howard de Walden Estates

London & Cambridge Properties

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Stonegate Pub Company

The Merchant Taylors’ Company

Workspace Group

Westfield Europe

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented L.C.P. Estates in proceedings with its tenant Santander, opposing the renewal of the tenancy on the basis of a proposed redevelopment.
  • Acted for the landlord, L & C Investments, in pursuing a claim in the High Court to recover arrears and pursue dilapidations in respect of three large industrial units in Berkshire.

Handling commercial and residential property litigation, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for an extensive client roster, including commercial investors, developers and high-net-worth individuals as well as commercial, retail and leisure occupiers. The 'proactive and commercially aware' team led by Robert Highmore has a specialism in leasehold enfranchisement and, based on its expertise in the Electronic Communications Code, telecommunications sector work. Handling regeneration projects and rights to light matters are other key areas of expertise as are dilapidation claims, rent reviews and service charge disputes. The recommended Emma Humphreys handles the full range of commercial and residential property matters including contractual and development disputes involving the removal of telecoms masts and communications cables.

Practice head(s):Robert Highmore

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Hudson; Louise Clark; Emma Humphreys; James Souter

Testimonials

'Real experts in the property litigation field.'

'Emma Humphreys' no-nonsense style helps to get results.'

Key Clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Ballymore Group

Berkeley Group

Church Commissioners for England

Derwent London

Eton College

Hollybrook

Howard de Walden Estates

London & Cambridge Properties

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Stonegate Pub Company

The Merchant Taylors’ Company

Workspace Group

Westfield Europe

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented L.C.P. Estates in proceedings with its tenant Santander, opposing the renewal of the tenancy on the basis of a proposed redevelopment.
  • Acted for the landlord, L & C Investments, in pursuing a claim in the High Court to recover arrears and pursue dilapidations in respect of three large industrial units in Berkshire.

Robert Highmore - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Emma Humphreys - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's international team of residential property lawyers stands out for its work on time pressured, high value transactions, covering elements such as construction, planning, Shariah financing and secured borrowing and lending. Sakhjit Randhawa provides a 'top-level service', distinguishing herself through her strong network of clients in Asia who turn to her for advice on their investments in UK property, and her expertise advising luxury property developers on the central London sales. Practice head Thomas Moran - 'undoubtedly one of the finest lawyers in the business' - is noted for his problem-solving abilities on on high value property deals, while senior associate Tristram van Lawick is particularly active on estate and farm sales, as well as acquisitions and refinancing deals across the country.

Practice head(s):Thomas Moran

Other key lawyers:Sakhjit Randhawa

Testimonials

'The team is very thorough and responsive. They are very professional yet with a human touch.'

'A great team that work extremely well together and that communicate with clients in a very efficient and useful manner.'

'Consistently good service and advice - whether its conveyancing work or planning advice. The property team are first rate and have done nothing but impress me. I value working with the firm enormously.'

'Thomas Moran is undoubtedly one of the finest lawyers in the business. His relaxed approach belies an ability to problem solve like few of his peers - a true pragmatist and wonderfully easy to deal with because his communication is so good.'

'Sakhjit Randhawa delivers excellent advice - there is a strength to her ability to 'read' the deal or piece of work - and in handling the client. She gets it. Top end clients require top end service from their advisers - and Sakhjit delivers on that count. It is  always an absolute pleasure to work with her.'

Key Clients

British Land Plc

Regent’s Crescent Property Holding

Work highlights

  • Advising on a bulk sale of apartments in a super-prime central London development.
  • Sale of a super-prime central London apartment completed in a tight timescale.
  • Acquisition, redevelopment and onward sale of central London townhouse.
Leading individuals

Sakhjit Randhawa - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Thomas Moran - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Rising stars

Tristram van Lawick - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's international team of residential property lawyers stands out for its work on time pressured, high value transactions, covering elements such as construction, planning, Shariah financing and secured borrowing and lending. Sakhjit Randhawa provides a 'top-level service', distinguishing herself through her strong network of clients in Asia who turn to her for advice on their investments in UK property, and her expertise advising luxury property developers on the central London sales. Practice head Thomas Moran - 'undoubtedly one of the finest lawyers in the business' - is noted for his problem-solving abilities on on high value property deals, while senior associate Tristram van Lawick is particularly active on estate and farm sales, as well as acquisitions and refinancing deals across the country.

Practice head(s):Thomas Moran

Other key lawyers:Sakhjit Randhawa

Testimonials

'The team is very thorough and responsive. They are very professional yet with a human touch.'

'A great team that work extremely well together and that communicate with clients in a very efficient and useful manner.'

'Consistently good service and advice - whether its conveyancing work or planning advice. The property team are first rate and have done nothing but impress me. I value working with the firm enormously.'

'Thomas Moran is undoubtedly one of the finest lawyers in the business. His relaxed approach belies an ability to problem solve like few of his peers - a true pragmatist and wonderfully easy to deal with because his communication is so good.'

'Sakhjit Randhawa delivers excellent advice - there is a strength to her ability to 'read' the deal or piece of work - and in handling the client. She gets it. Top end clients require top end service from their advisers - and Sakhjit delivers on that count. It is  always an absolute pleasure to work with her.'

Key Clients

British Land Plc

Regent’s Crescent Property Holding

Work highlights

  • Advising on a bulk sale of apartments in a super-prime central London development.
  • Sale of a super-prime central London apartment completed in a tight timescale.
  • Acquisition, redevelopment and onward sale of central London townhouse.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's international team of residential property lawyers stands out for its work on time pressured, high value transactions, covering elements such as construction, planning, Shariah financing and secured borrowing and lending. Sakhjit Randhawa provides a 'top-level service', distinguishing herself through her strong network of clients in Asia who turn to her for advice on their investments in UK property, and her expertise advising luxury property developers on the central London sales. Practice head Thomas Moran - 'undoubtedly one of the finest lawyers in the business' - is noted for his problem-solving abilities on on high value property deals, while senior associate Tristram van Lawick is particularly active on estate and farm sales, as well as acquisitions and refinancing deals across the country.

Practice head(s):Thomas Moran

Other key lawyers:Sakhjit Randhawa

Testimonials

'The team is very thorough and responsive. They are very professional yet with a human touch.'

'A great team that work extremely well together and that communicate with clients in a very efficient and useful manner.'

'Consistently good service and advice - whether its conveyancing work or planning advice. The property team are first rate and have done nothing but impress me. I value working with the firm enormously.'

'Thomas Moran is undoubtedly one of the finest lawyers in the business. His relaxed approach belies an ability to problem solve like few of his peers - a true pragmatist and wonderfully easy to deal with because his communication is so good.'

'Sakhjit Randhawa delivers excellent advice - there is a strength to her ability to 'read' the deal or piece of work - and in handling the client. She gets it. Top end clients require top end service from their advisers - and Sakhjit delivers on that count. It is  always an absolute pleasure to work with her.'

Key Clients

British Land Plc

Regent’s Crescent Property Holding

Work highlights

  • Advising on a bulk sale of apartments in a super-prime central London development.
  • Sale of a super-prime central London apartment completed in a tight timescale.
  • Acquisition, redevelopment and onward sale of central London townhouse.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's international team of residential property lawyers stands out for its work on time pressured, high value transactions, covering elements such as construction, planning, Shariah financing and secured borrowing and lending. Sakhjit Randhawa provides a 'top-level service', distinguishing herself through her strong network of clients in Asia who turn to her for advice on their investments in UK property, and her expertise advising luxury property developers on the central London sales. Practice head Thomas Moran - 'undoubtedly one of the finest lawyers in the business' - is noted for his problem-solving abilities on on high value property deals, while senior associate Tristram van Lawick is particularly active on estate and farm sales, as well as acquisitions and refinancing deals across the country.

Practice head(s):Thomas Moran

Other key lawyers:Sakhjit Randhawa

Testimonials

'The team is very thorough and responsive. They are very professional yet with a human touch.'

'A great team that work extremely well together and that communicate with clients in a very efficient and useful manner.'

'Consistently good service and advice - whether its conveyancing work or planning advice. The property team are first rate and have done nothing but impress me. I value working with the firm enormously.'

'Thomas Moran is undoubtedly one of the finest lawyers in the business. His relaxed approach belies an ability to problem solve like few of his peers - a true pragmatist and wonderfully easy to deal with because his communication is so good.'

'Sakhjit Randhawa delivers excellent advice - there is a strength to her ability to 'read' the deal or piece of work - and in handling the client. She gets it. Top end clients require top end service from their advisers - and Sakhjit delivers on that count. It is  always an absolute pleasure to work with her.'

Key Clients

British Land Plc

Regent’s Crescent Property Holding

Work highlights

  • Advising on a bulk sale of apartments in a super-prime central London development.
  • Sale of a super-prime central London apartment completed in a tight timescale.
  • Acquisition, redevelopment and onward sale of central London townhouse.

Sakhjit Randhawa - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Thomas Moran - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Tristram van Lawick - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a team with unique knowledge of the commercial television sector led by the 'incredibly helpful' Duncan Lamont. The 'absolutely brilliant' firm acts for claimants and defendants alike and therefore boasts a genuine understanding of both sides of the table. Senior associate Claire Greaney, who is also admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand, provides key support in on-going phone hacking litigation and regularly assists businesses in GDPR-compliant reactions to data breaches. Matters or clients with a sports aspect are often covered by associate Hannah Kent.

Practice head(s):Duncan Lamont

Other key lawyers:Claire Greaney; Hannah Kent

Testimonials

'Duncan Lamont has been incredibly helpful, providing pragmatic and accessible advice at short notice.'

'The team we deal with at Charles Russell Speechlys handle our work absolutely brilliantly. They are unfailingly helpful and quick to sort things.'

'Duncan Lamont has been an absolute rock for us. His understanding of the law, combined with his flawless understanding, means that he is able to tailor his advice perfectly. You couldn't ask for someone more in tune with your thinking. A delight to work with.'

Key Clients

Tina O’Brien

Ryan Thomas

Jimmi Harkishin

Chris Herbert

Samantha Janus

Mark Womack

Les Dennis

Kym Marsh

Kate Ford

Samia Ghadie

Alan Halsall

Lucy-Jo Hudson

Ben Freeman

Oliver Kamm

ITV plc

Channel 4 News

ITV News

Russia TV Today Limited

Work highlights

  • Privacy litigation against News Group Newspapers in relation for various celebrity claimants: Tina O’Brien, Ryan Thomas, Jimmi Harkishin, Les Dennis, Kym Marsh, among others  
  • Privacy litigation against News Group Newspapers for various high-profile claimants: Samantha Janus, Mark Womack, among others
  • Providing pre-publication advice concerning compliance, libel, privacy and general commercial litigation to Channel 4 News.
  • Libel, harassment and data protection litigation for The Times leader writer and columnist Oliver Kamm.
  • Representing ITV in defamation and privacy litigation against Michael McGrane.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a team with unique knowledge of the commercial television sector led by the 'incredibly helpful' Duncan Lamont. The 'absolutely brilliant' firm acts for claimants and defendants alike and therefore boasts a genuine understanding of both sides of the table. Senior associate Claire Greaney, who is also admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand, provides key support in on-going phone hacking litigation and regularly assists businesses in GDPR-compliant reactions to data breaches. Matters or clients with a sports aspect are often covered by associate Hannah Kent.

Practice head(s):Duncan Lamont

Other key lawyers:Claire Greaney; Hannah Kent

Testimonials

'Duncan Lamont has been incredibly helpful, providing pragmatic and accessible advice at short notice.'

'The team we deal with at Charles Russell Speechlys handle our work absolutely brilliantly. They are unfailingly helpful and quick to sort things.'

'Duncan Lamont has been an absolute rock for us. His understanding of the law, combined with his flawless understanding, means that he is able to tailor his advice perfectly. You couldn't ask for someone more in tune with your thinking. A delight to work with.'

Key Clients

Tina O’Brien

Ryan Thomas

Jimmi Harkishin

Chris Herbert

Samantha Janus

Mark Womack

Les Dennis

Kym Marsh

Kate Ford

Samia Ghadie

Alan Halsall

Lucy-Jo Hudson

Ben Freeman

Oliver Kamm

ITV plc

Channel 4 News

ITV News

Russia TV Today Limited

Work highlights

  • Privacy litigation against News Group Newspapers in relation for various celebrity claimants: Tina O’Brien, Ryan Thomas, Jimmi Harkishin, Les Dennis, Kym Marsh, among others  
  • Privacy litigation against News Group Newspapers for various high-profile claimants: Samantha Janus, Mark Womack, among others
  • Providing pre-publication advice concerning compliance, libel, privacy and general commercial litigation to Channel 4 News.
  • Libel, harassment and data protection litigation for The Times leader writer and columnist Oliver Kamm.
  • Representing ITV in defamation and privacy litigation against Michael McGrane.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a team with unique knowledge of the commercial television sector led by the 'incredibly helpful' Duncan Lamont. The 'absolutely brilliant' firm acts for claimants and defendants alike and therefore boasts a genuine understanding of both sides of the table. Senior associate Claire Greaney, who is also admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand, provides key support in on-going phone hacking litigation and regularly assists businesses in GDPR-compliant reactions to data breaches. Matters or clients with a sports aspect are often covered by associate Hannah Kent.

Practice head(s):Duncan Lamont

Other key lawyers:Claire Greaney; Hannah Kent

Testimonials

'Duncan Lamont has been incredibly helpful, providing pragmatic and accessible advice at short notice.'

'The team we deal with at Charles Russell Speechlys handle our work absolutely brilliantly. They are unfailingly helpful and quick to sort things.'

'Duncan Lamont has been an absolute rock for us. His understanding of the law, combined with his flawless understanding, means that he is able to tailor his advice perfectly. You couldn't ask for someone more in tune with your thinking. A delight to work with.'

Key Clients

Tina O’Brien

Ryan Thomas

Jimmi Harkishin

Chris Herbert

Samantha Janus

Mark Womack

Les Dennis

Kym Marsh

Kate Ford

Samia Ghadie

Alan Halsall

Lucy-Jo Hudson

Ben Freeman

Oliver Kamm

ITV plc

Channel 4 News

ITV News

Russia TV Today Limited

Work highlights

  • Privacy litigation against News Group Newspapers in relation for various celebrity claimants: Tina O’Brien, Ryan Thomas, Jimmi Harkishin, Les Dennis, Kym Marsh, among others  
  • Privacy litigation against News Group Newspapers for various high-profile claimants: Samantha Janus, Mark Womack, among others
  • Providing pre-publication advice concerning compliance, libel, privacy and general commercial litigation to Channel 4 News.
  • Libel, harassment and data protection litigation for The Times leader writer and columnist Oliver Kamm.
  • Representing ITV in defamation and privacy litigation against Michael McGrane.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a team with unique knowledge of the commercial television sector led by the 'incredibly helpful' Duncan Lamont. The 'absolutely brilliant' firm acts for claimants and defendants alike and therefore boasts a genuine understanding of both sides of the table. Senior associate Claire Greaney, who is also admitted to practise as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand, provides key support in on-going phone hacking litigation and regularly assists businesses in GDPR-compliant reactions to data breaches. Matters or clients with a sports aspect are often covered by associate Hannah Kent.

Practice head(s):Duncan Lamont

Other key lawyers:Claire Greaney; Hannah Kent

Testimonials

'Duncan Lamont has been incredibly helpful, providing pragmatic and accessible advice at short notice.'

'The team we deal with at Charles Russell Speechlys handle our work absolutely brilliantly. They are unfailingly helpful and quick to sort things.'

'Duncan Lamont has been an absolute rock for us. His understanding of the law, combined with his flawless understanding, means that he is able to tailor his advice perfectly. You couldn't ask for someone more in tune with your thinking. A delight to work with.'

Key Clients

Tina O’Brien

Ryan Thomas

Jimmi Harkishin

Chris Herbert

Samantha Janus

Mark Womack

Les Dennis

Kym Marsh

Kate Ford

Samia Ghadie

Alan Halsall

Lucy-Jo Hudson

Ben Freeman

Oliver Kamm

ITV plc

Channel 4 News

ITV News

Russia TV Today Limited

Work highlights

  • Privacy litigation against News Group Newspapers in relation for various celebrity claimants: Tina O’Brien, Ryan Thomas, Jimmi Harkishin, Les Dennis, Kym Marsh, among others  
  • Privacy litigation against News Group Newspapers for various high-profile claimants: Samantha Janus, Mark Womack, among others
  • Providing pre-publication advice concerning compliance, libel, privacy and general commercial litigation to Channel 4 News.
  • Libel, harassment and data protection litigation for The Times leader writer and columnist Oliver Kamm.
  • Representing ITV in defamation and privacy litigation against Michael McGrane.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for a diverse range of brand owners in the  media, sports, retail, and food and drink industries; Nike, wagamama and World Rowing are among its active clients. The arrival of Nick White and his team from Couchmans LLP has significantly bolstered the brand management practice, particularly in the sports and leisure arena, with further expertise in licensing and franchising, e-commerce, broadcasting and marketing. Mary Bagnall leads on the soft IP side and is particularly noted for her extensive experience in the protection and enforcement of trade marks and design rights; she is continuing to act for Cadbury in attempting to trade mark its iconic purple packaging against opposition from Nestle. Kate O'Rouke moved to Mewburn Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):Mary Bagnall

Key Clients

wagamama

Formica

Hachette

Cadbury

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Moore Stephens in respect of its global trade mark portfolio, as well as a global rebrand and restructuring of the entire network.
  • Continuing to advise Fitbit on various IP issues, including advertising clearance and compliance matters, dealings with the ASA and prize competitions.
  • Advised the International Tennis Federation on its high-profile project with sports investment group Kosmos to revamp the Davis Cup.
Leading individuals

Mary Bagnall - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for a diverse range of brand owners in the  media, sports, retail, and food and drink industries; Nike, wagamama and World Rowing are among its active clients. The arrival of Nick White and his team from Couchmans LLP has significantly bolstered the brand management practice, particularly in the sports and leisure arena, with further expertise in licensing and franchising, e-commerce, broadcasting and marketing. Mary Bagnall leads on the soft IP side and is particularly noted for her extensive experience in the protection and enforcement of trade marks and design rights; she is continuing to act for Cadbury in attempting to trade mark its iconic purple packaging against opposition from Nestle. Kate O'Rouke moved to Mewburn Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):Mary Bagnall

Key Clients

wagamama

Formica

Hachette

Cadbury

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Moore Stephens in respect of its global trade mark portfolio, as well as a global rebrand and restructuring of the entire network.
  • Continuing to advise Fitbit on various IP issues, including advertising clearance and compliance matters, dealings with the ASA and prize competitions.
  • Advised the International Tennis Federation on its high-profile project with sports investment group Kosmos to revamp the Davis Cup.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP acts for a diverse range of brand owners in the  media, sports, retail, and food and drink industries; Nike, wagamama and World Rowing are among its active clients. The arrival of Nick White and his team from Couchmans LLP has significantly bolstered the brand management practice, particularly in the sports and leisure arena, with further expertise in licensing and franchising, e-commerce, broadcasting and marketing. Mary Bagnall leads on the soft IP side and is particularly noted for her extensive experience in the protection and enforcement of trade marks and design rights; she is continuing to act for Cadbury in attempting to trade mark its iconic purple packaging against opposition from Nestle. Kate O'Rouke moved to Mewburn Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):Mary Bagnall

Key Clients

wagamama

Formica

Hachette

Cadbury

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

Work highlights

  • Advised Moore Stephens in respect of its global trade mark portfolio, as well as a global rebrand and restructuring of the entire network.
  • Continuing to advise Fitbit on various IP issues, including advertising clearance and compliance matters, dealings with the ASA and prize competitions.
  • Advised the International Tennis Federation on its high-profile project with sports investment group Kosmos to revamp the Davis Cup.

Mary Bagnall - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's fintech team is particularly invested in the areas of blockchain, regtech and payments technology, where it acts for a wide range of start-ups, software companies, and p2p lending platforms. On the corporate side the group handles sales, management buyouts and private equity fundraising, while on the commercial end it manages contractual arrangements including partnership agreements and software licensing agreements. The team has further expertise acting for cryptocurrency and blockchain developers in the launch of new platforms in the UK and the EU. In a recent matter, financial services regulatory partner William Garner advised Coinbase on various elements of setting up its operations in Europe, including contract negotiations with third party service providers. Mark Bailey, the group's resident technology expert, specialises in IT-sector contracting, cloud computing, outsourcing and data centre operation, and has additional expertise in the area of blockchain technology. Bailey is working with Konsentus to produce a white paper on the impact of PSD2 on the banking sector.

Practice head(s):Mark Bailey; William Garner

Key Clients

Coinbase

OneRagtime Platform Ltd

Duco Technology

Conferma

Kuende

Nxtera Ltd

Cheshire Datasystems Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising new client Coinbase on a range of matters in relation to their starting up of European operations, including perimeter guidance issues regarding crypto assets and contract negotiations with third party service providers.
  • Advised the founder shareholders of Taxfiler, the cloud tax and accounts provider for small accountancy practices, on the sale of Taxfiler to the UK’s leading business-critical software provider, IRIS Software Group.
  • Advised long-standing clients FPE Capital and Bestport Ventures on the sale of Creditcall to US trade buyer NMI, which is backed by Francisco Partners and Great Hill Partners.
  • Advised the institutional and management shareholders (including FPE Capital and MMC Ventures) of Small World Financial Services Group Limited, a leading multi-channel cross-border payment service provider, on the sale of Small World to European private equity firm, Equistone.
  • Advised existing client Duco Technology Limited on its $28m equity fundraising with Insight Venture Partners, NEX Opportunities and Eight Roads Ventures.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's fintech team is particularly invested in the areas of blockchain, regtech and payments technology, where it acts for a wide range of start-ups, software companies, and p2p lending platforms. On the corporate side the group handles sales, management buyouts and private equity fundraising, while on the commercial end it manages contractual arrangements including partnership agreements and software licensing agreements. The team has further expertise acting for cryptocurrency and blockchain developers in the launch of new platforms in the UK and the EU. In a recent matter, financial services regulatory partner William Garner advised Coinbase on various elements of setting up its operations in Europe, including contract negotiations with third party service providers. Mark Bailey, the group's resident technology expert, specialises in IT-sector contracting, cloud computing, outsourcing and data centre operation, and has additional expertise in the area of blockchain technology. Bailey is working with Konsentus to produce a white paper on the impact of PSD2 on the banking sector.

Practice head(s):Mark Bailey; William Garner

Key Clients

Coinbase

OneRagtime Platform Ltd

Duco Technology

Conferma

Kuende

Nxtera Ltd

Cheshire Datasystems Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising new client Coinbase on a range of matters in relation to their starting up of European operations, including perimeter guidance issues regarding crypto assets and contract negotiations with third party service providers.
  • Advised the founder shareholders of Taxfiler, the cloud tax and accounts provider for small accountancy practices, on the sale of Taxfiler to the UK’s leading business-critical software provider, IRIS Software Group.
  • Advised long-standing clients FPE Capital and Bestport Ventures on the sale of Creditcall to US trade buyer NMI, which is backed by Francisco Partners and Great Hill Partners.
  • Advised the institutional and management shareholders (including FPE Capital and MMC Ventures) of Small World Financial Services Group Limited, a leading multi-channel cross-border payment service provider, on the sale of Small World to European private equity firm, Equistone.
  • Advised existing client Duco Technology Limited on its $28m equity fundraising with Insight Venture Partners, NEX Opportunities and Eight Roads Ventures.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's fintech team is particularly invested in the areas of blockchain, regtech and payments technology, where it acts for a wide range of start-ups, software companies, and p2p lending platforms. On the corporate side the group handles sales, management buyouts and private equity fundraising, while on the commercial end it manages contractual arrangements including partnership agreements and software licensing agreements. The team has further expertise acting for cryptocurrency and blockchain developers in the launch of new platforms in the UK and the EU. In a recent matter, financial services regulatory partner William Garner advised Coinbase on various elements of setting up its operations in Europe, including contract negotiations with third party service providers. Mark Bailey, the group's resident technology expert, specialises in IT-sector contracting, cloud computing, outsourcing and data centre operation, and has additional expertise in the area of blockchain technology. Bailey is working with Konsentus to produce a white paper on the impact of PSD2 on the banking sector.

Practice head(s):Mark Bailey; William Garner

Key Clients

Coinbase

OneRagtime Platform Ltd

Duco Technology

Conferma

Kuende

Nxtera Ltd

Cheshire Datasystems Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising new client Coinbase on a range of matters in relation to their starting up of European operations, including perimeter guidance issues regarding crypto assets and contract negotiations with third party service providers.
  • Advised the founder shareholders of Taxfiler, the cloud tax and accounts provider for small accountancy practices, on the sale of Taxfiler to the UK’s leading business-critical software provider, IRIS Software Group.
  • Advised long-standing clients FPE Capital and Bestport Ventures on the sale of Creditcall to US trade buyer NMI, which is backed by Francisco Partners and Great Hill Partners.
  • Advised the institutional and management shareholders (including FPE Capital and MMC Ventures) of Small World Financial Services Group Limited, a leading multi-channel cross-border payment service provider, on the sale of Small World to European private equity firm, Equistone.
  • Advised existing client Duco Technology Limited on its $28m equity fundraising with Insight Venture Partners, NEX Opportunities and Eight Roads Ventures.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP counts customers and suppliers of IT services, and leading telecoms operators among its client roster. It handles a range of corporate, commercial and contentious matters with particular experience in the retail and financial services sectors, and the computer games industry. Mark Bailey, who focuses on technology and infrastructure matters and has particular expertise in IT sector contracts and data centre projects, jointly leads the team with corporate transactions partner Mark Howard. Megan Paul also handles a range of outsourcing agreements, and Paul Stone is a specialist in EU and competition issues.

Practice head(s):Mark Bailey; Mark Howard

Other key lawyers:Megan Paul; Paul Stone

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys is super responsive and acts as an extension of the client's in-house team.'

'The technology practice at Charles Russell Speechlys has genuine experience and expertise in the industry sector, such that the advice is not just technically accurate but invaluably informed by sector trends and latest developments.'

'Mark Bailey is first rate, a true leader in his field and very good at producing complex work to tight deadlines with a sure hand.'

'David Coates on the corporate side is excellent and extremely responsive and well informed.'

'Caroline Young is dependable and very capable.'

Key Clients

Pure Data Centres

Global Cloud Exchange

IT Lab

1Spatial

wagamama

IFS

Zenium Data Centres

Civica

ITV

Westfield

Arqiva

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

Arkadin

Gamma Telecom

Emirates Telecommunications Company (“Etisalat”)

Global Cloud Exchange (“Reliance”)

The Government of The Bahamas

Ericsson

ECTA

Novus Communications Limited

Nike

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team and shareholders of Zenium Topco on the sale of the company and its subsidiaries to CyrusOne.
  • Acting for the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the planned legal and functional separation of the former incumbent telecommunications operator, Batelco.
  • Assisted the founders of Charterhouse Voice & Data with a strategic investment by August Equity to accelerate its growth and secure funding to embark on a buy and build strategy.
  • Advised 1Spatial on its recent disposal of 80.1% of Enables IT Group to Champall Consultancy.
  • Instructed to advise Pure Data Centres on its data centre operations including fundraising, branding, construction, property and tenant agreement issues in a number of jurisdictions.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP counts customers and suppliers of IT services, and leading telecoms operators among its client roster. It handles a range of corporate, commercial and contentious matters with particular experience in the retail and financial services sectors, and the computer games industry. Mark Bailey, who focuses on technology and infrastructure matters and has particular expertise in IT sector contracts and data centre projects, jointly leads the team with corporate transactions partner Mark Howard. Megan Paul also handles a range of outsourcing agreements, and Paul Stone is a specialist in EU and competition issues.

Practice head(s):Mark Bailey; Mark Howard

Other key lawyers:Megan Paul; Paul Stone

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys is super responsive and acts as an extension of the client's in-house team.'

'The technology practice at Charles Russell Speechlys has genuine experience and expertise in the industry sector, such that the advice is not just technically accurate but invaluably informed by sector trends and latest developments.'

'Mark Bailey is first rate, a true leader in his field and very good at producing complex work to tight deadlines with a sure hand.'

'David Coates on the corporate side is excellent and extremely responsive and well informed.'

'Caroline Young is dependable and very capable.'

Key Clients

Pure Data Centres

Global Cloud Exchange

IT Lab

1Spatial

wagamama

IFS

Zenium Data Centres

Civica

ITV

Westfield

Arqiva

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

Arkadin

Gamma Telecom

Emirates Telecommunications Company (“Etisalat”)

Global Cloud Exchange (“Reliance”)

The Government of The Bahamas

Ericsson

ECTA

Novus Communications Limited

Nike

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team and shareholders of Zenium Topco on the sale of the company and its subsidiaries to CyrusOne.
  • Acting for the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the planned legal and functional separation of the former incumbent telecommunications operator, Batelco.
  • Assisted the founders of Charterhouse Voice & Data with a strategic investment by August Equity to accelerate its growth and secure funding to embark on a buy and build strategy.
  • Advised 1Spatial on its recent disposal of 80.1% of Enables IT Group to Champall Consultancy.
  • Instructed to advise Pure Data Centres on its data centre operations including fundraising, branding, construction, property and tenant agreement issues in a number of jurisdictions.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP counts customers and suppliers of IT services, and leading telecoms operators among its client roster. It handles a range of corporate, commercial and contentious matters with particular experience in the retail and financial services sectors, and the computer games industry. Mark Bailey, who focuses on technology and infrastructure matters and has particular expertise in IT sector contracts and data centre projects, jointly leads the team with corporate transactions partner Mark Howard. Megan Paul also handles a range of outsourcing agreements, and Paul Stone is a specialist in EU and competition issues.

Practice head(s):Mark Bailey; Mark Howard

Other key lawyers:Megan Paul; Paul Stone

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys is super responsive and acts as an extension of the client's in-house team.'

'The technology practice at Charles Russell Speechlys has genuine experience and expertise in the industry sector, such that the advice is not just technically accurate but invaluably informed by sector trends and latest developments.'

'Mark Bailey is first rate, a true leader in his field and very good at producing complex work to tight deadlines with a sure hand.'

'David Coates on the corporate side is excellent and extremely responsive and well informed.'

'Caroline Young is dependable and very capable.'

Key Clients

Pure Data Centres

Global Cloud Exchange

IT Lab

1Spatial

wagamama

IFS

Zenium Data Centres

Civica

ITV

Westfield

Arqiva

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

Arkadin

Gamma Telecom

Emirates Telecommunications Company (“Etisalat”)

Global Cloud Exchange (“Reliance”)

The Government of The Bahamas

Ericsson

ECTA

Novus Communications Limited

Nike

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team and shareholders of Zenium Topco on the sale of the company and its subsidiaries to CyrusOne.
  • Acting for the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the planned legal and functional separation of the former incumbent telecommunications operator, Batelco.
  • Assisted the founders of Charterhouse Voice & Data with a strategic investment by August Equity to accelerate its growth and secure funding to embark on a buy and build strategy.
  • Advised 1Spatial on its recent disposal of 80.1% of Enables IT Group to Champall Consultancy.
  • Instructed to advise Pure Data Centres on its data centre operations including fundraising, branding, construction, property and tenant agreement issues in a number of jurisdictions.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP counts customers and suppliers of IT services, and leading telecoms operators among its client roster. It handles a range of corporate, commercial and contentious matters with particular experience in the retail and financial services sectors, and the computer games industry. Mark Bailey, who focuses on technology and infrastructure matters and has particular expertise in IT sector contracts and data centre projects, jointly leads the team with corporate transactions partner Mark Howard. Megan Paul also handles a range of outsourcing agreements, and Paul Stone is a specialist in EU and competition issues.

Practice head(s):Mark Bailey; Mark Howard

Other key lawyers:Megan Paul; Paul Stone

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys is super responsive and acts as an extension of the client's in-house team.'

'The technology practice at Charles Russell Speechlys has genuine experience and expertise in the industry sector, such that the advice is not just technically accurate but invaluably informed by sector trends and latest developments.'

'Mark Bailey is first rate, a true leader in his field and very good at producing complex work to tight deadlines with a sure hand.'

'David Coates on the corporate side is excellent and extremely responsive and well informed.'

'Caroline Young is dependable and very capable.'

Key Clients

Pure Data Centres

Global Cloud Exchange

IT Lab

1Spatial

wagamama

IFS

Zenium Data Centres

Civica

ITV

Westfield

Arqiva

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

Arkadin

Gamma Telecom

Emirates Telecommunications Company (“Etisalat”)

Global Cloud Exchange (“Reliance”)

The Government of The Bahamas

Ericsson

ECTA

Novus Communications Limited

Nike

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team and shareholders of Zenium Topco on the sale of the company and its subsidiaries to CyrusOne.
  • Acting for the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the planned legal and functional separation of the former incumbent telecommunications operator, Batelco.
  • Assisted the founders of Charterhouse Voice & Data with a strategic investment by August Equity to accelerate its growth and secure funding to embark on a buy and build strategy.
  • Advised 1Spatial on its recent disposal of 80.1% of Enables IT Group to Champall Consultancy.
  • Instructed to advise Pure Data Centres on its data centre operations including fundraising, branding, construction, property and tenant agreement issues in a number of jurisdictions.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP counts customers and suppliers of IT services, and leading telecoms operators among its client roster. It handles a range of corporate, commercial and contentious matters with particular experience in the retail and financial services sectors, and the computer games industry. Mark Bailey, who focuses on technology and infrastructure matters and has particular expertise in IT sector contracts and data centre projects, jointly leads the team with corporate transactions partner Mark Howard. Megan Paul also handles a range of outsourcing agreements, and Paul Stone is a specialist in EU and competition issues.

Practice head(s):Mark Bailey; Mark Howard

Other key lawyers:Megan Paul; Paul Stone

Testimonials

'Charles Russell Speechlys is super responsive and acts as an extension of the client's in-house team.'

'The technology practice at Charles Russell Speechlys has genuine experience and expertise in the industry sector, such that the advice is not just technically accurate but invaluably informed by sector trends and latest developments.'

'Mark Bailey is first rate, a true leader in his field and very good at producing complex work to tight deadlines with a sure hand.'

'David Coates on the corporate side is excellent and extremely responsive and well informed.'

'Caroline Young is dependable and very capable.'

Key Clients

Pure Data Centres

Global Cloud Exchange

IT Lab

1Spatial

wagamama

IFS

Zenium Data Centres

Civica

ITV

Westfield

Arqiva

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

Arkadin

Gamma Telecom

Emirates Telecommunications Company (“Etisalat”)

Global Cloud Exchange (“Reliance”)

The Government of The Bahamas

Ericsson

ECTA

Novus Communications Limited

Nike

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team and shareholders of Zenium Topco on the sale of the company and its subsidiaries to CyrusOne.
  • Acting for the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the planned legal and functional separation of the former incumbent telecommunications operator, Batelco.
  • Assisted the founders of Charterhouse Voice & Data with a strategic investment by August Equity to accelerate its growth and secure funding to embark on a buy and build strategy.
  • Advised 1Spatial on its recent disposal of 80.1% of Enables IT Group to Champall Consultancy.
  • Instructed to advise Pure Data Centres on its data centre operations including fundraising, branding, construction, property and tenant agreement issues in a number of jurisdictions.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's department is singled out for its brand management and disputes expertise, which spans soft IP matters including trade marks, copyrights, designs and internet and advertising issues. Practice head Mary Bagnall has developed notable expertise in the protection and enforcement of non-traditional trade marks including colour or shape marks; she is advising Cadbury on its efforts to protect 'Cadbury purple' as a registered trade mark. Other names to note include Nick White, who excels in the sports, food and beverage, and retail sectors, and Jennifer Pierce, who focuses on technology and brand issues. Trade mark expert Kate O’Rourke left to Mewburn Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):Mary Bagnall

Other key lawyers:Ian Wood; Nick White; Jennifer Pierce

Key Clients

Essity Hygiene and Health (formerly SCA)

Cadbury

Sandvik

Moore Stephens

Hachette

Wahaca

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

ITV

Rapha Racing

Actis

wagamama

Formica

Childrensalon Group

Vindavinci Beverage Company

Australian Manuka Honey Association

World Rowing

Honest Burgers

Itsu grocery

Howard de Walden Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising Cadbury on obtaining protection for 'Cadbury Purple' as a registered trade mark.
  • Advised The National Pharmacy Association on a written intervention to the Supreme Court in Warner-Lambert v Mylan and Actavis.
  • Assisting Essex Bio-Technology with a global co-development agreement and a licence agreement for Greater China and Singapore.
  • Advising Moore Stephens on its trade mark programme and global brand licensing matters.
  • Defending Formica in cancellation proceedings relating to its VirrVarr EU trade mark, brought by the creator’s estate on the grounds of bad faith.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's department is singled out for its brand management and disputes expertise, which spans soft IP matters including trade marks, copyrights, designs and internet and advertising issues. Practice head Mary Bagnall has developed notable expertise in the protection and enforcement of non-traditional trade marks including colour or shape marks; she is advising Cadbury on its efforts to protect 'Cadbury purple' as a registered trade mark. Other names to note include Nick White, who excels in the sports, food and beverage, and retail sectors, and Jennifer Pierce, who focuses on technology and brand issues. Trade mark expert Kate O’Rourke left to Mewburn Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):Mary Bagnall

Other key lawyers:Ian Wood; Nick White; Jennifer Pierce

Key Clients

Essity Hygiene and Health (formerly SCA)

Cadbury

Sandvik

Moore Stephens

Hachette

Wahaca

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

ITV

Rapha Racing

Actis

wagamama

Formica

Childrensalon Group

Vindavinci Beverage Company

Australian Manuka Honey Association

World Rowing

Honest Burgers

Itsu grocery

Howard de Walden Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising Cadbury on obtaining protection for 'Cadbury Purple' as a registered trade mark.
  • Advised The National Pharmacy Association on a written intervention to the Supreme Court in Warner-Lambert v Mylan and Actavis.
  • Assisting Essex Bio-Technology with a global co-development agreement and a licence agreement for Greater China and Singapore.
  • Advising Moore Stephens on its trade mark programme and global brand licensing matters.
  • Defending Formica in cancellation proceedings relating to its VirrVarr EU trade mark, brought by the creator’s estate on the grounds of bad faith.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's department is singled out for its brand management and disputes expertise, which spans soft IP matters including trade marks, copyrights, designs and internet and advertising issues. Practice head Mary Bagnall has developed notable expertise in the protection and enforcement of non-traditional trade marks including colour or shape marks; she is advising Cadbury on its efforts to protect 'Cadbury purple' as a registered trade mark. Other names to note include Nick White, who excels in the sports, food and beverage, and retail sectors, and Jennifer Pierce, who focuses on technology and brand issues. Trade mark expert Kate O’Rourke left to Mewburn Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):Mary Bagnall

Other key lawyers:Ian Wood; Nick White; Jennifer Pierce

Key Clients

Essity Hygiene and Health (formerly SCA)

Cadbury

Sandvik

Moore Stephens

Hachette

Wahaca

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

ITV

Rapha Racing

Actis

wagamama

Formica

Childrensalon Group

Vindavinci Beverage Company

Australian Manuka Honey Association

World Rowing

Honest Burgers

Itsu grocery

Howard de Walden Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising Cadbury on obtaining protection for 'Cadbury Purple' as a registered trade mark.
  • Advised The National Pharmacy Association on a written intervention to the Supreme Court in Warner-Lambert v Mylan and Actavis.
  • Assisting Essex Bio-Technology with a global co-development agreement and a licence agreement for Greater China and Singapore.
  • Advising Moore Stephens on its trade mark programme and global brand licensing matters.
  • Defending Formica in cancellation proceedings relating to its VirrVarr EU trade mark, brought by the creator’s estate on the grounds of bad faith.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's department is singled out for its brand management and disputes expertise, which spans soft IP matters including trade marks, copyrights, designs and internet and advertising issues. Practice head Mary Bagnall has developed notable expertise in the protection and enforcement of non-traditional trade marks including colour or shape marks; she is advising Cadbury on its efforts to protect 'Cadbury purple' as a registered trade mark. Other names to note include Nick White, who excels in the sports, food and beverage, and retail sectors, and Jennifer Pierce, who focuses on technology and brand issues. Trade mark expert Kate O’Rourke left to Mewburn Ellis LLP.

Practice head(s):Mary Bagnall

Other key lawyers:Ian Wood; Nick White; Jennifer Pierce

Key Clients

Essity Hygiene and Health (formerly SCA)

Cadbury

Sandvik

Moore Stephens

Hachette

Wahaca

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG

ITV

Rapha Racing

Actis

wagamama

Formica

Childrensalon Group

Vindavinci Beverage Company

Australian Manuka Honey Association

World Rowing

Honest Burgers

Itsu grocery

Howard de Walden Estates

Work highlights

  • Advising Cadbury on obtaining protection for 'Cadbury Purple' as a registered trade mark.
  • Advised The National Pharmacy Association on a written intervention to the Supreme Court in Warner-Lambert v Mylan and Actavis.
  • Assisting Essex Bio-Technology with a global co-development agreement and a licence agreement for Greater China and Singapore.
  • Advising Moore Stephens on its trade mark programme and global brand licensing matters.
  • Defending Formica in cancellation proceedings relating to its VirrVarr EU trade mark, brought by the creator’s estate on the grounds of bad faith.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP offers expertise across advertising, marketing, film, TV, gaming, social media, interactive content, music, sports, publishing and theatre work. The team's advertising and marketing department is a core focus, where it is instructed by a number of household-name brands, media agencies and celebrities on sponsorship, influencer engagement, copy clearance, ASA compliance, disputes, brand partnerships and media buying agreements, as well as digital, social media and consumer matters. For gaming, social media and interactive content, the team is engaged by global publishers and games studios, and it is increasingly active in the esports arena. Senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins specialises in digital media and gaming matters. The film and TV practice is engaged by independent UK broadcasters and it is experienced in sports rights and media rights matters.

Practice head(s):Mark Howard; Mark Bailey

Other key lawyers:Jason Saiban; Paul Stone; Jody MacDonald; Duncan Lamont; Jon Higton; Natalie Elsborg; Caroline Swain

Testimonials

The team is very commercially aware, and it provides excellent, timely advice.

Key Clients

Nike

Westfield

NCSOFT

Made By Many

wagamama

Fitbit

ITV

YouView

Falmouth University

Bagboard

Work highlights

  • The team advises Nike and its subsidiaries, including Converse, on various legal matters ranging from sports-related contracts to real estate, litigation and employment.  The team has recently handled work for Nike’s digital and brands team where we it has advised on a full range of advertising and marketing work including; activations, promotions, influencer campaigns, brand ambassador arrangements, events and competitions and ASA complaints handling.
  • The team advises Wagamama on a range of issues such as brand partnership and media buying agreements.
  • Advised Made By Many on a range of digital media agreements, which included advising on negotiating agreements with household brand names.
  • The team advises FitBit International on marketing campaigns involving prize competitions and prize draws,  advertising clearance and compliance matters, which includes charity law and dealings with the Advertising Standards Authority.
  • Advises NCSOFT on its strategic commercial relationships and work relating to the European roll out of its MMORPG games.
Rising stars

Jaclyn Wilkins (Computer games; digital media) - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP offers expertise across advertising, marketing, film, TV, gaming, social media, interactive content, music, sports, publishing and theatre work. The team's advertising and marketing department is a core focus, where it is instructed by a number of household-name brands, media agencies and celebrities on sponsorship, influencer engagement, copy clearance, ASA compliance, disputes, brand partnerships and media buying agreements, as well as digital, social media and consumer matters. For gaming, social media and interactive content, the team is engaged by global publishers and games studios, and it is increasingly active in the esports arena. Senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins specialises in digital media and gaming matters. The film and TV practice is engaged by independent UK broadcasters and it is experienced in sports rights and media rights matters.

Practice head(s):Mark Howard; Mark Bailey

Other key lawyers:Jason Saiban; Paul Stone; Jody MacDonald; Duncan Lamont; Jon Higton; Natalie Elsborg; Caroline Swain

Testimonials

The team is very commercially aware, and it provides excellent, timely advice.

Key Clients

Nike

Westfield

NCSOFT

Made By Many

wagamama

Fitbit

ITV

YouView

Falmouth University

Bagboard

Work highlights

  • The team advises Nike and its subsidiaries, including Converse, on various legal matters ranging from sports-related contracts to real estate, litigation and employment.  The team has recently handled work for Nike’s digital and brands team where we it has advised on a full range of advertising and marketing work including; activations, promotions, influencer campaigns, brand ambassador arrangements, events and competitions and ASA complaints handling.
  • The team advises Wagamama on a range of issues such as brand partnership and media buying agreements.
  • Advised Made By Many on a range of digital media agreements, which included advising on negotiating agreements with household brand names.
  • The team advises FitBit International on marketing campaigns involving prize competitions and prize draws,  advertising clearance and compliance matters, which includes charity law and dealings with the Advertising Standards Authority.
  • Advises NCSOFT on its strategic commercial relationships and work relating to the European roll out of its MMORPG games.

Jaclyn Wilkins (Computer games; digital media) - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s large sports practice, which gained a significant boost through its merger with leading sports boutique Couchmans in 2018, acts for international governing bodies, Premier League football clubs, sportspeople, e-sports companies, broadcasters, media and betting companies. The team’s wide-ranging expertise spans regulatory matters, governance, data and IP, media rights, commercial agreements, private investment and contentious matters such as anti-doping investigations and employment disputes. Sports marketing partner Jason Saiban is retained by Nike to manage all of the brand’s legal needs in relation to sports law; work this year has included advising Nike on sponsorship and commercial agreements with the FA and Chelsea FC and handling numerous promotions for Nike’s Brand and Digital teams, including influencer deals. Partner Darren Bailey, a specialist in governance and commercial sports law, advised the International Tennis Federation on its contract with Kosmos Investments to restructure the Davis Cup, assisting with every stage of this groundbreaking multi-billion investment deal. Mark Hill, who specialises in commercial branding and structuring, joined the firm’s Dubai office in 2018. Couchmans founder Nic Couchman is also highly regarded for sports business and rights law.

Practice head(s):Jason Saiban; Nic Couchman

Other key lawyers:Darren Bailey; Mark Hill

Testimonials

"The team at Charles Russell Speechlys have an extremely long history of working in sports law with a huge internal knowledge of how it works."

'The group can call on the expertise of a number of consultants with specific knowledge in sports disputes and are prepared to work across the world for their clients.'

'Great team players who are excellent with clients.'

'Jason Saiban's judgement and case preparation is very good and he manages risk very well.'

'The team is always on the ball. They are sharp lawyers, looking for solutions and quick turnarounds.'

Key Clients

The International Tennis Federation

Nike

Ascot Racecourse Limited

CSM Sport and Entertainment Limited

Leicester City FC

Cyclone Promotions

Rapha Racing

City Racing

World Rowing

The British Horseracing Authority

World Pro Surfers

Fitbit

Work highlights

  • Prime UK lawyers for Nike (and its subsidiary Converse), advising on everything from sponsorship, sports marketing, advertising, regulatory, privacy and data protection, to litigation, employment and real estate.
  • Advised Ascot on innovative media and data rights arrangement plus the creation by Ascot, Totepool and the Hong Kong Jockey Club of a new ‘Ascot World Pool’ betting pool.
  • Providing procurement and contract advice for all projects undertaken by the All England Lawn and Tennis Association in relation to its plan for redeveloping and expanding the venue.
  • Advised Brunswick on the sale to Formula One Management of the biggest archive of historic F1 footage.
  • Advised Rapha, a sportswear and lifestyle brand focused on road bicycle racing, clothing and accessories, in relation to sponsorship of Education First – a World Tour cycling team, and related commercial and IP matters.
Leading individuals

Jason Saiban - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Nic Couchman - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s large sports practice, which gained a significant boost through its merger with leading sports boutique Couchmans in 2018, acts for international governing bodies, Premier League football clubs, sportspeople, e-sports companies, broadcasters, media and betting companies. The team’s wide-ranging expertise spans regulatory matters, governance, data and IP, media rights, commercial agreements, private investment and contentious matters such as anti-doping investigations and employment disputes. Sports marketing partner Jason Saiban is retained by Nike to manage all of the brand’s legal needs in relation to sports law; work this year has included advising Nike on sponsorship and commercial agreements with the FA and Chelsea FC and handling numerous promotions for Nike’s Brand and Digital teams, including influencer deals. Partner Darren Bailey, a specialist in governance and commercial sports law, advised the International Tennis Federation on its contract with Kosmos Investments to restructure the Davis Cup, assisting with every stage of this groundbreaking multi-billion investment deal. Mark Hill, who specialises in commercial branding and structuring, joined the firm’s Dubai office in 2018. Couchmans founder Nic Couchman is also highly regarded for sports business and rights law.

Practice head(s):Jason Saiban; Nic Couchman

Other key lawyers:Darren Bailey; Mark Hill

Testimonials

"The team at Charles Russell Speechlys have an extremely long history of working in sports law with a huge internal knowledge of how it works."

'The group can call on the expertise of a number of consultants with specific knowledge in sports disputes and are prepared to work across the world for their clients.'

'Great team players who are excellent with clients.'

'Jason Saiban's judgement and case preparation is very good and he manages risk very well.'

'The team is always on the ball. They are sharp lawyers, looking for solutions and quick turnarounds.'

Key Clients

The International Tennis Federation

Nike

Ascot Racecourse Limited

CSM Sport and Entertainment Limited

Leicester City FC

Cyclone Promotions

Rapha Racing

City Racing

World Rowing

The British Horseracing Authority

World Pro Surfers

Fitbit

Work highlights

  • Prime UK lawyers for Nike (and its subsidiary Converse), advising on everything from sponsorship, sports marketing, advertising, regulatory, privacy and data protection, to litigation, employment and real estate.
  • Advised Ascot on innovative media and data rights arrangement plus the creation by Ascot, Totepool and the Hong Kong Jockey Club of a new ‘Ascot World Pool’ betting pool.
  • Providing procurement and contract advice for all projects undertaken by the All England Lawn and Tennis Association in relation to its plan for redeveloping and expanding the venue.
  • Advised Brunswick on the sale to Formula One Management of the biggest archive of historic F1 footage.
  • Advised Rapha, a sportswear and lifestyle brand focused on road bicycle racing, clothing and accessories, in relation to sponsorship of Education First – a World Tour cycling team, and related commercial and IP matters.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s large sports practice, which gained a significant boost through its merger with leading sports boutique Couchmans in 2018, acts for international governing bodies, Premier League football clubs, sportspeople, e-sports companies, broadcasters, media and betting companies. The team’s wide-ranging expertise spans regulatory matters, governance, data and IP, media rights, commercial agreements, private investment and contentious matters such as anti-doping investigations and employment disputes. Sports marketing partner Jason Saiban is retained by Nike to manage all of the brand’s legal needs in relation to sports law; work this year has included advising Nike on sponsorship and commercial agreements with the FA and Chelsea FC and handling numerous promotions for Nike’s Brand and Digital teams, including influencer deals. Partner Darren Bailey, a specialist in governance and commercial sports law, advised the International Tennis Federation on its contract with Kosmos Investments to restructure the Davis Cup, assisting with every stage of this groundbreaking multi-billion investment deal. Mark Hill, who specialises in commercial branding and structuring, joined the firm’s Dubai office in 2018. Couchmans founder Nic Couchman is also highly regarded for sports business and rights law.

Practice head(s):Jason Saiban; Nic Couchman

Other key lawyers:Darren Bailey; Mark Hill

Testimonials

"The team at Charles Russell Speechlys have an extremely long history of working in sports law with a huge internal knowledge of how it works."

'The group can call on the expertise of a number of consultants with specific knowledge in sports disputes and are prepared to work across the world for their clients.'

'Great team players who are excellent with clients.'

'Jason Saiban's judgement and case preparation is very good and he manages risk very well.'

'The team is always on the ball. They are sharp lawyers, looking for solutions and quick turnarounds.'

Key Clients

The International Tennis Federation

Nike

Ascot Racecourse Limited

CSM Sport and Entertainment Limited

Leicester City FC

Cyclone Promotions

Rapha Racing

City Racing

World Rowing

The British Horseracing Authority

World Pro Surfers

Fitbit

Work highlights

  • Prime UK lawyers for Nike (and its subsidiary Converse), advising on everything from sponsorship, sports marketing, advertising, regulatory, privacy and data protection, to litigation, employment and real estate.
  • Advised Ascot on innovative media and data rights arrangement plus the creation by Ascot, Totepool and the Hong Kong Jockey Club of a new ‘Ascot World Pool’ betting pool.
  • Providing procurement and contract advice for all projects undertaken by the All England Lawn and Tennis Association in relation to its plan for redeveloping and expanding the venue.
  • Advised Brunswick on the sale to Formula One Management of the biggest archive of historic F1 footage.
  • Advised Rapha, a sportswear and lifestyle brand focused on road bicycle racing, clothing and accessories, in relation to sponsorship of Education First – a World Tour cycling team, and related commercial and IP matters.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s large sports practice, which gained a significant boost through its merger with leading sports boutique Couchmans in 2018, acts for international governing bodies, Premier League football clubs, sportspeople, e-sports companies, broadcasters, media and betting companies. The team’s wide-ranging expertise spans regulatory matters, governance, data and IP, media rights, commercial agreements, private investment and contentious matters such as anti-doping investigations and employment disputes. Sports marketing partner Jason Saiban is retained by Nike to manage all of the brand’s legal needs in relation to sports law; work this year has included advising Nike on sponsorship and commercial agreements with the FA and Chelsea FC and handling numerous promotions for Nike’s Brand and Digital teams, including influencer deals. Partner Darren Bailey, a specialist in governance and commercial sports law, advised the International Tennis Federation on its contract with Kosmos Investments to restructure the Davis Cup, assisting with every stage of this groundbreaking multi-billion investment deal. Mark Hill, who specialises in commercial branding and structuring, joined the firm’s Dubai office in 2018. Couchmans founder Nic Couchman is also highly regarded for sports business and rights law.

Practice head(s):Jason Saiban; Nic Couchman

Other key lawyers:Darren Bailey; Mark Hill

Testimonials

"The team at Charles Russell Speechlys have an extremely long history of working in sports law with a huge internal knowledge of how it works."

'The group can call on the expertise of a number of consultants with specific knowledge in sports disputes and are prepared to work across the world for their clients.'

'Great team players who are excellent with clients.'

'Jason Saiban's judgement and case preparation is very good and he manages risk very well.'

'The team is always on the ball. They are sharp lawyers, looking for solutions and quick turnarounds.'

Key Clients

The International Tennis Federation

Nike

Ascot Racecourse Limited

CSM Sport and Entertainment Limited

Leicester City FC

Cyclone Promotions

Rapha Racing

City Racing

World Rowing

The British Horseracing Authority

World Pro Surfers

Fitbit

Work highlights

  • Prime UK lawyers for Nike (and its subsidiary Converse), advising on everything from sponsorship, sports marketing, advertising, regulatory, privacy and data protection, to litigation, employment and real estate.
  • Advised Ascot on innovative media and data rights arrangement plus the creation by Ascot, Totepool and the Hong Kong Jockey Club of a new ‘Ascot World Pool’ betting pool.
  • Providing procurement and contract advice for all projects undertaken by the All England Lawn and Tennis Association in relation to its plan for redeveloping and expanding the venue.
  • Advised Brunswick on the sale to Formula One Management of the biggest archive of historic F1 footage.
  • Advised Rapha, a sportswear and lifestyle brand focused on road bicycle racing, clothing and accessories, in relation to sponsorship of Education First – a World Tour cycling team, and related commercial and IP matters.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s large sports practice, which gained a significant boost through its merger with leading sports boutique Couchmans in 2018, acts for international governing bodies, Premier League football clubs, sportspeople, e-sports companies, broadcasters, media and betting companies. The team’s wide-ranging expertise spans regulatory matters, governance, data and IP, media rights, commercial agreements, private investment and contentious matters such as anti-doping investigations and employment disputes. Sports marketing partner Jason Saiban is retained by Nike to manage all of the brand’s legal needs in relation to sports law; work this year has included advising Nike on sponsorship and commercial agreements with the FA and Chelsea FC and handling numerous promotions for Nike’s Brand and Digital teams, including influencer deals. Partner Darren Bailey, a specialist in governance and commercial sports law, advised the International Tennis Federation on its contract with Kosmos Investments to restructure the Davis Cup, assisting with every stage of this groundbreaking multi-billion investment deal. Mark Hill, who specialises in commercial branding and structuring, joined the firm’s Dubai office in 2018. Couchmans founder Nic Couchman is also highly regarded for sports business and rights law.

Practice head(s):Jason Saiban; Nic Couchman

Other key lawyers:Darren Bailey; Mark Hill

Testimonials

"The team at Charles Russell Speechlys have an extremely long history of working in sports law with a huge internal knowledge of how it works."

'The group can call on the expertise of a number of consultants with specific knowledge in sports disputes and are prepared to work across the world for their clients.'

'Great team players who are excellent with clients.'

'Jason Saiban's judgement and case preparation is very good and he manages risk very well.'

'The team is always on the ball. They are sharp lawyers, looking for solutions and quick turnarounds.'

Key Clients

The International Tennis Federation

Nike

Ascot Racecourse Limited

CSM Sport and Entertainment Limited

Leicester City FC

Cyclone Promotions

Rapha Racing

City Racing

World Rowing

The British Horseracing Authority

World Pro Surfers

Fitbit

Work highlights

  • Prime UK lawyers for Nike (and its subsidiary Converse), advising on everything from sponsorship, sports marketing, advertising, regulatory, privacy and data protection, to litigation, employment and real estate.
  • Advised Ascot on innovative media and data rights arrangement plus the creation by Ascot, Totepool and the Hong Kong Jockey Club of a new ‘Ascot World Pool’ betting pool.
  • Providing procurement and contract advice for all projects undertaken by the All England Lawn and Tennis Association in relation to its plan for redeveloping and expanding the venue.
  • Advised Brunswick on the sale to Formula One Management of the biggest archive of historic F1 footage.
  • Advised Rapha, a sportswear and lifestyle brand focused on road bicycle racing, clothing and accessories, in relation to sponsorship of Education First – a World Tour cycling team, and related commercial and IP matters.

Nic Couchman - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

Jason Saiban - Charles Russell Speechlys LLP

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