Firm Profile > Charles Russell Speechlys LLP > London, England

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP
5 FLEET PLACE
LONDON
EC4M 7RD
England

Art and cultural property Tier 1

Rudy Capildeo and Tim Maxwell co-head the team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP and are recommended for their substantial experience in contentious and non-contentious art law and other luxury asset expertise. The group is experienced in advising on the full range of matters from the buying, selling and financing of art, to planning artists’ estates and the donation of art in lieu of inheritance/estate taxes. In addition the team is adept at advising on the day-to-day operation of museums and galleries and is well regarded for its expertise in the art finance market. It is a known name for its work with national institutions on projects of significant cultural importance. Other key members of the team include Robert Blower who frequently advises on tax and estate planning matters for individuals, families, estates and trustees where there is heritage property and high-value assets. Suzanne Marriott is another key member of the team.

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Testimonials

The art and private client teams have considerable expertise in specific areas of the market both on the litigation and client side. Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo: both have broad experience of the art market and in specific areas. Tim on the litigation side and particularly with contemporary art and Rudy on the client side with contracts and private sales‘.

Tim Maxwell and Rudy Capildeo are fine lawyers with Tim in particular being a star in art litigation‘.

Problems are resolved in a highly professional manner by sensitive advice and guidance, anticipated by a efficient, detailed and precise preparation of the case followed by a sharp and humble approach towards a solution‘.

Robert Blower and Suzanne Marriott – top notch private client/tax planning advice to do with art and cultural property. The team is very strong in both tax matters related to art and contractual issues/litigation/restitution indeed all legal and fiscal issues to do with art and cultural property‘.

‘CRS is now the London/European power house for art law Rudy Capildeo and Tim Maxwell are both exceptionally good lawyers in this area – personably and very professional‘.

The team is very approachable and efficient, and it tackles complicated matters in a very quick and responsible manner, which makes the client feel that they are in good hands‘.

Key clients

The Wallace Collection

Fica Frio

The Sir Denis Mahon Charitable Trust

Sotheby’s

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has had a busy year acting in some of the biggest domestic and offshore cases, including a heavily contested hearing in Bermuda and a privately heard matter for a very well-known individual in the English Court of Protection. It continues to attract a steady flow of high-value and complex cross-border work that spans multiple jurisdictions. Graeme Kleiner advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on a broad range of disputes and heads the firm’s private wealth disputes team. Duncan Elson is an established name in the UK contentious trusts and estates world. Tamasin Perkins advises wealthy individuals, trustees and fiduciaries on complicated international trust disputes such as claims involving protectors. Oliver Auld was promoted to the partnership and senior associate Jessica Stafford is another respected member of the team.

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One of the best

‘The team has an excellent reputation for contentious trust and probate work and is involved in many of the largest and most complex cases’

‘Graeme Kleiner is a well-respected litigator. He is a friendly but firm opponent – not to be underestimated’

‘Oliver Auld is very on top of the detail of his cases. He is efficient, responsive, approachable and an excellent communicator’

‘Graeme Kleiner is a tenacious trust litigator. He is easy to work with and delivers a great service for his clients. Graeme can be very effective in a difficult situation’

‘Graeme Kleiner is very good on technical points, especially complex points on trust law. Oliver Auld is excellent also’

Graeme Kleiner is bright, able and sees the big picture’

‘Duncan Elson is a seriously good litigator – balanced but firm’

Key clients

Alan Shearer CBE

Trustees of the Bathurst Estate: the Earl’s Fund

Trustee of the Michael Cowan Foundation

Family Tier 1

James Freeman leads the team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, which remains a 'real stalwart in the family law community', advising on the highest value and most complex cases, frequently with an international dimension. It has particular expertise in cases involving onshore and offshore trust structures, advising beneficiaries, settlors, trustees and other interested parties on complex trust matters in the context of family disputes. The team frequently works with the firm's other practices, such as its corporate department, to fully advise its clients, many of whom are successful business owners, on divorce cases. It has also carved out considerable niche expertise in areas such as the international movement of children, surrogacy and international adoption. Sarah Anticoni is a known name for her work on family mediations. Miranda Fisher deals with complex international financial disputes and the most difficult children cases. Sarah Higgins has a particular focus on complex financial applications involving family businesses and William Longrigg specialises in international divorce, financial relief and private law children cases.

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All-round strength in the family team with a number of well-known partners.  The team’s work is always of high quality and it has good clients. James Freeman is very bright, sensible and realistic. Always trying to find acceptable solutions and moving things forward in a constructive way

James Freeman is an excellent lawyer – thoughtful, measured and a superb strategist. His thoughtful, tactical and insightful approach means that he stays one step ahead of his opponents

‘The partners bring many years of experience and an unparalleled wealth of knowledge and are supported by outstanding assistants; together they create a formidable team. William Longrigg has superb judgement and always looks to find a pragmatic solution without rushing into litigation unless that is what is required. His expertise in international disputes is second to none

‘Miranda Fisher goes the extra mile and is very experienced in finance and international children work. James Freeman is authoritative and tactically superb. Josh Green is awesome – a future main player

William Longrigg is one of the most charming characters in family law. He is highly respected and hugely experienced

‘William Longrigg is a consummate family law ambassador and approaching elder statesman status. An astute mind and huge experience

The team genuinely and evidently cares about the outcome for the client and about the client’s welfare throughout the proceedings. Sarah Higgins is a natural communicator and a calm presence throughout a stressful period in the client’s life. She sees to the core of the matter

Erica Shelton is robust and firm, but does not inflame situations or draw them out unnecessarily. She is able to make a frightening and stressful time seem manageable. Her clients have complete confidence in her

Fraud: civil Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's 'devoted and experienced' team acts for a broad range of clients, including multinational companies, financial institutions and high-net-worth individuals. It is active in cross-border disputes in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and other regions. 'Excellent leader' Stewart Hey handles high-value fraud cases in various sectors, including energy and financial services. In one of his current highlights, Hey is acting for Awal Bank BSC in its pursuit of billions of dollars of assets allegedly lost as a result of fraudulent actions leading to the bank's collapse. 'Extremely committed and hard-working' partner Charlotte Pender, who is working with Hey in the aforementioned case, has over 10 years of experience of international fraud litigation.

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‘One of the top civil fraud outfits in London.’

‘Stewart Hey oozes class in his advice, judgement, and client handling skills.’

‘Stewart Hey always has his eye across all the different elements of complex cases, and has excellent strategic capabilities.’

‘Charlotte Pender has a great eye for detail but also always sees the bigger picture.’

‘This team stands out as an excellent team of hard-working, perceptive solicitors who are always willing to go the extra mile and leave no stone unturned. They will pull out all the stops to ensure that the client is delivered a top quality service. The team is also very approachable, friendly and easy to work with. ‘

Key clients

RSM

FRP Advisory

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

The Public Trustee of the Bailiwick of Guernsey

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP M&A group has seen growth in the healthcare, TMT and financial services sectors, while also handling transactions in private wealth, retail and leisure. The firm's focus on private wealth lends itself well to advising entrepreneurial management, founder teams and family businesses in particular on exit strategies where the group is experienced in wider wealth planning. Practice head David Coates specialises in corporate finance advisory and transactional work for private companies and is particularly active in the TMT and retail sectors. Other notable names include Mark Howard, who co-heads the the firm's TMT sector, and Andrew Collins, who has significant experience advising family and owner managed businesses.

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‘The team is easy to engage with yet high energy and creative with solving problems. This leads to confidence as a client and therefore goes a long way to a productive project.’

‘David Coates was very impressive in all respects, personable, extremely engaged and engaging and dynamic.’

‘Deep M&A, sector and business knowledge. As such they act as a true extension to the firm and are effectively our second leg. Excellent individuals.’

‘The CRS team were very on the ball. In a challenging negotiation where the deal had some unusual features, they were quick to spot potential pitfalls and help us avoid them.’

‘Mark Howard’s calm, authoritative approach was exactly what we needed.’

Key clients

CareTech

Stonegate

IT Lab

Bellway Homes

Crest Nicholson

IQVIA

RSBG Investment Holdings Limited

Eddie Davies Trust

Tremor International

Discover IE

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields a 'top team in the private client area with strength in depth and a strong collegial approach'. It acts for the wealthiest families globally and routinely advises them on complex cross-border and multi-disciplinary projects. Clients range from prominent UK families to internationally mobile wealthy individuals. The London practice, in conjunction with the other offices in Cheltenham and Guildford, also represents some of the UK's leading landed estates (both rural and urban) and has considerable expertise in niche areas such as art, intellectual property, property and real estate. Names to note include Bart PeerlessWilliam Begley and Robert Blower, who is skilled in advising on lifetime tax and estate planning matters, in addition to offshore assets and trusts and landed estates. Piers Master has particular expertise in advising Middle Eastern clients, acting for many ruling families and billionaires, many of whose families have US links. Sophie Dworetzsky joined the team from Withers LLP.

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Bart Peerless has an outstanding level of responsiveness and client empathy

‘A highly reputable firm with quality individuals who provide practical and considered advice, including Dominic Lawrance, Sangna Chauhan and James Bradford

All of the individuals I have worked with are technically expert and very able, but all show a focus on getting a task not merely done but absolutely right in every detail, and with acute sensitivity to the client’s needs and preferences. Conspicuous for their acumen, pragmatism and positive approach are partners Bart Peerless and Robert Blower

Dominic Lawrance is the leading technical adviser in London when it comes to non-domicile matters. Dominic is a standout expert in his field. He can comment with certainty almost straight away on any non-domicile query

Dominic Lawrance is a standout top talent with some of the best technical expertise in the market. Alice Wilne is a meticulous and methodical lawyer with a keen eye for spotting problems and solving them

The recruitment of Sophie Dworetzsky is a real coup for CRS – she is a fantastic technical lawyer

‘A quality private wealth team with real strength in depth which delivers excellent legal work. Piers Master, Robert Blower, Sangna Chauhan, Dominic Lawrance and Sophie Dworetzsky stand out

It serves complex cases, especially where there is  cross-border angle – this is important to internationally living clients and their families. Andrew Cameron has a tailored and practical approach. Elena Vasilyeva is very helpful at managing clients’ requests in relation to complex issues such as tax, probate, family relations and immigration

Sport Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's wide-ranging sports law practice works with big names such as The Premier League, the International Cricket Council and Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford. Nic Couchman, who leads the practice, built a strong reputation as name partner of sports law boutique Couchmans, which merged with CRS in 2018 - he is a key name for implementing sports rights for athletes' clubs and associations. Jason Saiban also focuses on commercial issues, most notably in marketing and promotional areas such as sponsorship, merchandising, advertising and event management. Darren Bailey runs the firm’s Integrity Services Unit, a special service offered by the firm whereby clients can receive reviews or rapid responses on issues such governance, investigations, reputation management and anti-doping.

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‘CRS leads the field with its full service capabilities and genuine depth across its teams.’

‘Their approach is always commercial and there’s clearly a deep rooted understanding of the sports sector. Jason Saiban’s support for his clients stands out in particular.’

Key clients

International Cricket Council

Premier League

Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL)

Marcus Rashford

British Horseracing Authority

Nike

Leicester City FC

Ascot Racecourse

All England Tennis Club (Wimbledon)

International Tennis Federation

Agriculture and estates Tier 2

Henry Fea leads the team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, which represents some of the UK’s most substantial landed estates through its offices in Cheltenham, London and Guildford. The multi-disciplinary group advises on the full spectrum of issues, from tax and estate planning on land sales and transfers to providing agricultural advice to land agents in relation to farms and rural businesses. In addition, the team advises families that own estates on matters such as family law and the ownership of heritage assets as well as valuable art work. Fea assists the owners of rural businesses and landed estates with diverse matters such as heritage property taxation and the administration of complex estates. Bart Peerless is known for his advice to individuals, trustees and beneficiaries based both in the UK and abroad on succession and estate planning matters. Tristram van Lawick was promoted to the partnership.

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Has the capability and expertise to handle most requirements of high or ultra-high-net-worth clients both personally and commercially and the teams ensure that deals remain on timetable and solutions to problems are created

Christian Massey is an expert in the country house, farm and estate market. He is proactive, responsive and thorough. Importantly, he is personable with clients and provides measured advice

Christian Massey is a commercial deal rainmaker

Excellent technical knowledge, personable and the ability to engage clients on their terms and not lose them in the law

Personable, extremely knowledgeable and excellent lawyers. James Bradford is extremely able

Nigel Edge is very impressive, with a big intellect and very good drafting skills, and excellent on detail’

‘Alex Caton has a methodical, cerebral approach focused on the best results for clients

London presence with a local connection. First-class client care

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

With Sarah Rowley at the helm, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP continues to represent high-profile national and international charities as well as historic educational institutions, ecclesiastical bodies and military charities. The team covers the full range of matters and through its Guildford office it advises many leading UK charities on both contentious and non-contentious probate issues. The practice also receives a steady flow of instructions from the firm’s high-net-worth, family office and corporate clients to advise on the establishment of charitable foundations for charitable donations. Lynn Povey heads the charity property practice; Mike Scott is particularly well regarded for his experience of Royal Charters; and Sally Ashford leads the charities legacy administration team.

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The CRS charities and not-for-profit team has considerable breadth and depth of expertise, and the lawyers can call upon many other areas of expertise within the firm as a whole. Sarah Rowley has been the main point of contact for nearly a decade now. We have developed a close working relationship and appreciate her sympathetic understanding at all times, her eye for detail and critical awareness of all the issues involved

The key standout feature for CRS would be the staff; the lawyers are all obviously incredibly knowledgeable and capable, but also pair this with a very approachable style and friendly manner. They also react quickly and are always on hand to give things a sense check or a no obligation quote

‘The team is proactive in finding out how it can help and support us as a charity

Penny Byatt is my go-to person when any charity governance issues come up. She immediately picks up the issues and provides alternative solutions, with the pros and cons of each, with a recommendation

‘The depth of knowledge of charity law and how it works in practice makes Charles Russell Speechlys stand out’

Key clients

Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust

Cancer Research UK

Dementia UK

City & Guilds of London Institute

The Benedetti Foundation

National Army Museum

The Grocers’ Company

Westminster Abbey

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

Royal Marines Association – The Royal Marines Charity

Merchant Taylor’s Company

Autistica

Mercy Corps

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP fields several experts in complex, cross-border and high-value corporate and commercial disputes. Working alongside the firm’s widely respected private client practice, the 'superb team of commercial litigators' is particularly well placed to act for privately-owned companies and shareholders when disputes arise. It also has strengths across numerous industry sectors, with recent cases including disputes in the technology, telecoms, sporting regulatory, financial services, mining, energy, aviation and retail sectors. Stewart Hey heads the firm's commercial dispute resolution department, which includes Edward Craig, whose litigation often has international dimensions. Other key partners are John SykesRhys Novak and Charlotte Pender. Katy Ackroyd, Lucy Wicksteed and Stephanie Bonnello provide additional support at senior associate level.

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‘High quality associates and partners able to cover a broad range of commercial work always to an excellent standard.’

‘Ed Craig – has real commercial nous. Excellent with clients and achieves excellent results. Katy Ackroyd – excellent litigator. Always on top of the detail ‘and has excellent client management. A real pleasure to work with.’

‘Edward Craig leads a superb team of commercial litigators.’

‘Edward Craig is an old-school team leader: knows the market; knows his team; knows the law and can be trusted to exercise sound and principled judgement.’

‘The CRS Dispute Resolution team is excellent at resourcing work, both in terms of ensuring the right level of human resource is directed to the work in hand but also by regular rotation ensuring every team member is fully up to speed on the key issues in a case and how to address them.’

‘Charlotte Pender is an exceptionally dedicated litigation professional with a very strong commercial sense, an impressive understanding of the technical aspects of complex large scale litigation and, most importantly, an unerring sense for the right tactical step to take at every step of the way.’

‘Ed Craig is highly knowledgeable and understands our needs.’

‘Global reach, a team of really talented lawyers and a client-focused approach.’

‘Stewart Hey is a great lawyer – excellent eye for detail and team leader. Ed Craig and John Sykes are brilliant with clients. Some very good associates in Caroline Greenwell, Hannah Kent and Danielle Sharkey.’

‘They really know their law and can manage a case expertly across the team. These are givens at CRS, but why I really like working with them is they are so highly client focused – doing what’s best for the client; in a human way (they work hard but are fun to work with too); and transparently in terms of cost management.’

‘Stewart Hey: seemingly a workaholic; available at the most unsociable hours; a rapid responder par excellence.’

‘Charlotte Pender is a great big-picture thinker; mild and gregarious but underneath as sharp and forceful as anyone when the need arises. Caroline Greenwell works incredibly hard; a fantastic client relationship ambassador for CRS; but again has that sharp forcefulness when it’s needed.’

Key clients

Central Bank of Bahrain

Paddington & Company Limited

Norsk Titanium AS

RSM

FRP

Fica Frio

Ndiaye

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

The real estate practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is praised by its clients as a ‘thoroughly professional team which provides expertise guidance’. The team is active in terms of corporate occupier work, handling lettings, disposals, acquisitions, relocations, exit strategies and a broad range of portfolio management, both for UK assets and those abroad. The investment-related workload includes high-value investment transactions, joint ventures, financing and tax-efficient structures with the firm’s offices in Hong Kong, the Middle East and across the EU, giving it an edge in acting for international private and institutional investors. Development and regeneration work also serve as keystones of the practice with the team able to call upon both planning and construction expertise to advise all stages of projects from site acquisition and planning through to letting and disposals. Lee Medlock leads the department, which gained two new partners over the past year through the promotions of Alexander Gold and secured lending expert Eddie Richards. Sector expertise includes sports, leisure, retail, food and beverage in addition to private wealth and charities.

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‘A very strong team, down to earth, great communicators – they work as a team and are experienced. No time wasted and very efficient.’

‘Lee Medlock has great experience in real estate law but is also a pragmatic businessman. He is well liked and connected and respected. I find I get full support from Lee on all aspects – this gives us great confidence.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Berkeley Homes

BioMed Realty L.P

Caring Homes Group

Stonegate Pub Company

Crest Nicholson

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Derwent London

Eton College

Howard de Walden Estate Limited

Landsec

National Museum for the Royal Navy

City of London Corporation

The Church Commissioners

Court of protection Tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP works across a large geographical area with offices in London and Guildford. The team is uniquely placed to advise on the most serious and technical aspects of Court of Protection cases in conjunction with its strong private client, matrimonial and private wealth disputes teams. As a result, it routinely acts on multi-jurisdictional disputes and has advised on matters of fraud, complex tax planning and other issues such as the management of large estates with global asset portfolios. Suzanne Marriott is a member of Solicitors for the Elderly, as well as the STEP special interest group on mental capacity (along with Sally Ashford). She regularly acts as an independent deputy for property and affairs and health and welfare.

Testimonials

‘It is able to deal with any Court of Protection issue, regardless of the complexities, the family background, and the issues or wealth involved. The teams is massively experienced at both partner and associate level, so has a real understanding and feel for the practice area. The COP team also integrates really well with the wider private client and contentious trusts and probate teams

Court of Protection work requires a sensitivity which this team demonstrates exceptionally. The lawyers never lose sight of what they can achieve and how it ought to be approached. They have in-depth knowledge of the area which makes them an obvious choice for the big cases

‘Suzanne Marriott is simply at the absolute forefront of this practice area – she is highly sought after as a litigator, but also a go to as an independent administrator, trustee or deputy in highly contentious situations: she brings an unparalleled degree of calm and good sense

‘CRS’s private client team is clever and thoughtful. Suzanne Marriott is exceptional – clever, strategic and calm

‘Sally Ashford and her team are thorough and yet flexible in their approach and determination to secure the very best outcomes and quality of life for the clients they support. I was hugely impressed by Sally’s relentless dedication and eye for detail, always within professional yet genuinely empathic boundaries

‘Duncan Elson has a wealth of experience to bring to a difficult case – he is definitely someone you can trust, particularly as an independent deputy.  I often recommend Duncan

‘Graeme Kleiner is eminently well suited to this work – he is never aggressive while holding his ground, and he never loses sight of what the clients are trying to achieve

Oliver Auld gives the team a real strength in depth: he is highly experienced and a steady pair of hands

Family: mediation Tier 2

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, Sarah Anticoni is recognised as a 'leading' family mediator in both finance and children cases, and receives mediation referrals from many notable family practitioners. The mediation practice covers a very wide range of specialist areas in family law, including high-value divorce and finance cases and international children-related cases under the Children Act 1989 and the Hague Conventions, as well as civil partnerships. Sarah Whitten left the team and is now at Turner Nicholson.

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Sarah Anticoni has a reputation for being one of the leading mediators in London and deservedly so. She commands huge respect and her commitment to mediation and her clients is second to none’

Sarah is focused on settlement and adapts her approach to encourage this, regularly bringing in lawyers to the mediation process if she feels it would assist

All members of the team I have met are very clearly leaders in their field, and at the same time very personable. They appear to have strength and depth, from senior team members down to more junior solicitors

‘Sarah very quickly got to grip with the relevant issues and was very skilled at steering the discussion in the right way to explore the issues and maximise the prospects of agreement being reached

Sarah Anticoni is a terrific mediator who listens to clients and always has a handle on the practicalities of the situation. She is a very good  lawyer with bags of common sense and experience

Sarah Anticoni is immensely experienced and knowledgeable

Healthcare Tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises clients including retail pharmacies, healthcare charities, and healthcare corporations on complex transactions, including M&A, sales and leasebacks, debt and equity financings, and corporate reorganisations. The healthcare regulatory team is lead by Noel Wardle in Guildford. He focuses on pharmacy law, with expertise in advising pharmacists appearing before NHS England Fitness to Practice Panels and other relevant tribunals, inquests, and councils. Michael Lingens leads the healthcare practice and advises on corporate and transactional work in the healthcare sector, while Tim Jenkins leads the healthcare transactions team and focuses on deals involving pharmacy, dental, and veterinary practices.

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CareTech Holdings

Country Court Care

Juno Health

Dentex Healthcare Group

Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

The National Pharmacy Association

Minster Care Group

Kreos Capital

IT and telecoms Tier 2

The ‘highly capable and nimbleCharles Russell Speechlys LLP is ‘excellent at managing and deploying the wider resource of the firm on multi-disciplinary projects’. The practice has particular experience in data centres and infrastructure work, as well as advising telecoms operators and regulators on a range of matters. In addition to providing fintech and insurtech expertise, the firm advises on technology matters across the retail, food and beverage, and sports sectors. As a ‘true expert in the data centre sector’, Mark Bailey advises on technology, infrastructure and commercial contract matters, and co-leads the team with corporate transactional specialist Mark Howard. Other key names include Megan Paul, who leads the infrastructure and telecoms team; and senior associate Chris Ingram, who focuses on technology sector commercial contracts.

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‘The team has real bench strength and a genuine interest in supporting our goals and finding practical solutions to the complex issues we face.’

‘Mark Bailey is always available and always adds valued industry insights and perspectives.’

‘Chris Ingram has impressed us with some clear guidance on some complex issues particularly in the area of Data Protection.’

‘Mark Bailey really understands the technical and commercial drivers involved. He also delivers excellent advice and transaction management with a calm and dogged assurance at all times.’

‘The CRS team have been great to work with; they always take a co-ordinated approach to providing advice and deliver in a client friendly and timely manner. CRS also provide us with additional value.’

‘They are willing to go the extra mile for clients.’

‘Mark Bailey has extensive technology experience and always offers pragmatic advice. He adds value by thinking beyond the purely legal questions and advising on the commercial aspects of a deal and future-proofing of contracts.’

‘Chris Ingram is always on hand to offer practical advice, has excellent drafting skills and is very diligent.’

‘The business have been very impressed with the CRS team, in particular their responsiveness and pragmatic advice. Working with the same team at CRS has provided us with a strong blend of capability at a balanced cost.’

‘There is a balance of pragmatism and legal advice. Legal issues of substance will be well articulated when needed, but using commercial pragmatism to solve problems is a distinct feature.’

Key clients

Caffè Nero

HelloFresh

discoverIE Group plc

Parser Digital

IT Lab

Nike

Value Retail

Coinbase

Whitespace Software

Pure Data Centres

Zenium Technology Partners

Swiss Post Solutions

1Spatial

Global Cloud Xchange

ITV plc

Gamma Telecom

YouView

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain (TRA)

Arqiva

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

The digital services and content group at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is noted for its expertise across the advertising and marketing, gaming and social media, and film and TV sectors. Senior associate Jaclyn Wilkins (who handles commercial and intellectual property issues in the computer games and interactive media industry) leads the practice alongside technology partner Mark Bailey. For advertising and marketing matters, commercial contracts expert Jason Saiban is a key contact, particularly for sport, retail and leisure sector brands. For contentious matters, the group leverages litigators based across its Guildford and London offices including New Zealand-qualified senior associate Claire Greaney, who specialises in reputation and privacy disputes.

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Fusebox

Sunjata

Sony Entertainment

International Cricket Council

Ubisoft

Activision Blizzard

ITV

Paddington

Nike

Shareholders of the Little Tiger Group

Property litigation Tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's practice has a particular emphasis in commercial and residential property litigation. It remains a popular choice for commercial investors, portfolio companies, developer clients and high-net-worth individuals, as well as commercial, retail and leisure occupiers. Much of its work pertains to leasehold enfranchisement and landlord and tenant litigation; both of which are among Robert Highmore's key areas of expertise. Emma Humphreys has a focus on break rights, insolvency matters, arrears, forfeiture, dilapidations and business tenancy renewals. Team head David Haines is experienced in covenant and easement disputes, as well as compulsory purchase work. Also notable is that property owners assist with Electronic Communications Code matters, such as the removal of telecoms masts.

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Knowledgeable team with excellent support from the partners to ensure the best advice is provided at all times.

Robert Highmore – an excellent lawyer who communicates at the highest level and understands the client’s needs in the provision of legal advice. Really brings that human touch in this very corporate world.’

They are a team with strength in depth.

Emma Humphreys – knowledgable, good with clients and engaged in the industry. James Souter – enthusiastic and able – carving out a niche for himself in rights of light work. Lauren Fraser – very able and hard working

Some stand out partners and good quality associates. Thorough and commercial approach. Highly organised and able to mobilise a large team at short notice to jump on a new urgent series of instructions from us.

Emma Humphreys is super smart, engaging with clients, organised and highly professional. Extremely dedicated to delivering the highest standards for her clients.’

The team is very attentive and seek to find solutions within sometimes difficult circumstances

Louise Clark is very attentive and available. She is willing to take on board the clients opinions and be flexible in her approach to suit the situation

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Ballymore Group

Bellway Homes Ltd

Berkeley Group

Church Commissioners for England

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Derwent London Plc

Eton College

Greenwich Millennium Village Ltd

Hollybrook Limited

Howard de Walden Estates Limited

London & Cambridge Properties Limited

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Stonegate Pub Company

The Merchant Taylors’ Company

Workspace Group

Residential property Tier 2

The core of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s practice is high value property transactions in London and the south and west of England; from offices in London, Cheltenham and Guildford, the firm advises high net worth individuals on the sale and acquisition of prime city property, substantial country houses, large rural estates and farms. The team also advises lending banks on a range of financing issues. The 'outstandingThomas Moran leads the practice and advises on landlord and tenant matters including leasehold enfranchisement, lease extensions, mortgages and refinancing. Cheltenham-based Tristram van Lawick, made up to partner in 2019, focuses on the purchase, sale and refinance of agricultural estates.

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‘The residential property team is one of the most dynamic and professional teams in the industry. Huge experience comes with great communication and the ability to make deals happen.’

‘Thomas Moran is my most valued contact, with a track record that most solicitors would envy. He has the ability to make solid relations with a multitude of property professionals. What strikes me with Thomas is that he is prepared to look after clients with any requirement, whether it is a £2 million apartment through to a £50 million house. An expert in his field and also extremely humorous and charming to deal with.’

‘Tom Moran is a sage lawyer – never panicked and always giving excellent advice. He is brilliant with clients and you know that he has their best interests in mind at all times. He is top class.’

‘Tom Moran is an outstanding lawyer and I have no hesitation in recommending him for his hugely affable demeanour and sharp legal brain. Nothing ever seems like too much trouble for Tom and he will always try to make himself available. We have conducted many transactions together and he has been a delight to deal with on each occasion.’

‘Tom Moran is straightforward and pragmatic problem solver. He is easily contactable, and explains issues in a way that is easily understood, even when complex. He is a pleasure to work with and builds relationships with other professionals easily.’

The team at are thoroughly professional – responsive, proactive, knowledgeable and thorough. They stand out as one of the best in the business for their professionalism and approachability. Not only are they incredibly proactive but they are also the first to try and solve a problem before it needs to be highlighted.

‘The team here are calm, and have an ability to work through issues in a transaction to a successful conclusion. They have an eye on the commercial realities which ensures the best outcome for their clients. The firm has a wide range of specialisms which gives a holistic service, where required.’

Senior executives Tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has strong links with clients in the food and drink sector as well as a number of large multinationals. The professional services sector is also a key source of work for the practice. The team has recently handled matters relating to gender pay reporting and the gig economy. Team head Trevor Bettany has particular interest in collective redundancy exercises and TUPE transfers. Another key name is Michael Powner, whose recent work has included advising on a high-profile inquest in the food sector. The team is also active for senior executives, with particular sector expertise in financial services and retail and leisure. The experienced William Granger departed for Wedlake Bell LLP in September 2019.

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Commercial property: development Tier 3

The real estate practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is praised by its clients as a ‘thoroughly professional team which provides expertise guidance’. The team is active in terms of corporate occupier work, handling lettings, disposals, acquisitions, relocations, exit strategies and a broad range of portfolio management, both for UK assets and those abroad. The investment-related workload includes high-value investment transactions, joint ventures, financing and tax-efficient structures with the firm’s offices in Hong Kong, the Middle East and across the EU, giving it an edge in acting for international private and institutional investors. Development and regeneration work also serve as keystones of the practice with the team able to call upon both planning and construction expertise to advise all stages of projects from site acquisition and planning through to letting and disposals. Lee Medlock leads the department, which gained two new partners over the past year through the promotions of Alexander Gold and secured lending expert Eddie Richards. Sector expertise includes sports, leisure, retail, food and beverage in addition to private wealth and charities.

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‘A very strong team, down to earth, great communicators – they work as a team and are experienced. No time wasted and very efficient.’

‘Lee Medlock has great experience in real estate law but is also a pragmatic businessman. He is well liked and connected and respected. I find I get full support from Lee on all aspects – this gives us great confidence.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Berkeley Homes

BioMed Realty L.P

Caring Homes Group

Stonegate Pub Company

Crest Nicholson

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Derwent London

Eton College

Howard de Walden Estate Limited

Landsec

National Museum for the Royal Navy

City of London Corporation

The Church Commissioners

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

The real estate practice at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is praised by its clients as a ‘thoroughly professional team which provides expertise guidance’. The team is active in terms of corporate occupier work, handling lettings, disposals, acquisitions, relocations, exit strategies and a broad range of portfolio management, both for UK assets and those abroad. The investment-related workload includes high-value investment transactions, joint ventures, financing and tax-efficient structures with the firm’s offices in Hong Kong, the Middle East and across the EU, giving it an edge in acting for international private and institutional investors. Development and regeneration work also serve as keystones of the practice with the team able to call upon both planning and construction expertise to advise all stages of projects from site acquisition and planning through to letting and disposals. Lee Medlock leads the department, which gained two new partners over the past year through the promotions of Alexander Gold and secured lending expert Eddie Richards. Sector expertise includes sports, leisure, retail, food and beverage in addition to private wealth and charities.

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‘A very strong team, down to earth, great communicators – they work as a team and are experienced. No time wasted and very efficient.’

‘Lee Medlock has great experience in real estate law but is also a pragmatic businessman. He is well liked and connected and respected. I find I get full support from Lee on all aspects – this gives us great confidence.’

Key clients

Aberdeen Standard Investments

Berkeley Homes

BioMed Realty L.P

Caring Homes Group

Stonegate Pub Company

Crest Nicholson

David Lloyd Leisure Limited

Derwent London

Eton College

Howard de Walden Estate Limited

Landsec

National Museum for the Royal Navy

City of London Corporation

The Church Commissioners

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Steven Cary leads the team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP - with a background in civil and structural engineering, he is strongly placed to advise on technical construction matters. He is able to resolve disputes through all forms of DR including mediation, expert determination, adjudication, arbitration or litigation. Fiona Edmond handles commercial property construction projects such as hotels and mixed use developments. Kevin Forsyth is a key partner, and is noted for his knowledge of the renewable energy market, especially wind power projects. The firm's broad client base is catered to by the practice's experienced bench of practitioners including Rupa Lakha who advises developers and sub-contractors, and Michael O’Connor, who handles both domestic and international disputes.

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‘A very responsive and hardworking team who have a good knowledge of the technical aspects of construction and seek to provide pragmatic and commercial advice to their clients.’

‘The team is not too big that it becomes impersonal, but is large enough to have specialists covering all required areas. The size of the firm means that good relationships can be built up, and a collective team spirit is important when dealing with problems or complicated agreements that requires patience.’ 

‘Rupa Lakha is very approachable, hardworking and professional in her approach. Rupa is always keen to find solutions and she is very attuned to business issues. Rupa is always very responsive to requests for advice and assistance and works hard to create and develop a strong partner/client relationship.’

Key clients

Atkins

BioMed Realty LLP

Countryside Properties

Derwent London PLC

Ferrovial Aggroman

Mace

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Permasteelisa Group

Reynolds Polymer

Ridgeford

Salamanca Group

Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics Limited

Sipral

United Living Group

London Array Limited

Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides a 'holistic and joined-upservice to construction clients with a team led by Steven Carey, who advises employers, major contractors, engineers, sub-contractors and suppliers, both in the  the domestical and international markets. His background as a structural engineer provides him with a unique insight into the field of construction. Kevin Forsyth gives 'pure legal advice' in the context of the 'realities of a commercial environment.' James Worthington, who recently made partner, is active in regeneration work, representing clients including housebuilders.

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‘This firm manages to provides a coherent and joined-up service offering , despite its significant size, avoiding some some of the pitfalls of their competitors who, whilst providing good service, are unable to deliver this in a holistic and joined-up manner – an attribute of CRS. They have the ability to cover all challenges from both significant contract drafting through to advice to start-ups.’

‘Kevin Forsyth brings a breath of fresh air in his approach. Despite being a senior partner at the firm his delivery is given in a very bespoke and personal way, with competent advice and the ability to work with clients in a manner that balances pure legal advice with the realities of a commercial environment. Kevin also has the ability and drive to deliver to what are often unrealistic client timescales.’

‘James Worthington has an old head on young shoulders. James is able to draft complex contracts quickly and still maintain quality, thereby enabling complex commercial deadlines to be achieved.’

Key clients

Atkins

BioMed Realty LLP

Countryside Properties

Derwent London PLC

Ferrovial Aggroman

Mace

Manhattan Loft Corporation

Permasteelisa Group

Reynolds Polymer

Ridgeford

Salamanca Group

Siemens Postal, Parcel and Airport Logistics Limited

Sipral

United Living Group

London Array Limited

Education: schools Tier 3

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, the education team acts for independent and state school clients, and has a specialism in the charity sector. Led by Lynn Povey, the group advises on employment law, governance and data protection matters. Sarah Rowley is the corporate contact for M&A and she is also recommended for her charity law expertise.

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Emerging markets Tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is recommended for its 'knowledge about ways of working and the legal backdrop in various countries in Africa', and has been notably active in financial services, real estate, infrastructure, telecoms, retail and energy matters in the continent, handling corporate and finance transactions as well as dispute resolution. Practice head Adrian Mayer 'stands out as a solution-driven, results-oriented team head who takes time to understand his clients and their needs'. John Sykes handles international commercial litigation, arbitration and mediation, and his work covers matters in Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Corporate partners Hamish Perry and Keir Gordon also play key roles in the practice.

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‘The team, though based in the UK, has taken time to understand the peculiarities of our geography and therefore does not impose the practices of other jurisdictions but takes time to come up with innovative ways to resolve issues peculiar to our geography.’

‘Adrian Mayer stands out as a solution-driven, results-oriented team head who takes time to understand his clients and their needs.’

‘The firm is extremely responsive to queries, with in-depth, easy to understand feedback. They have great depth of resources and are very personable.’

‘Adrian Mayer understands our business and what we are trying to achieve. He provides thoughtful direct responses to matters and is extremely responsive to queries.’

‘The firm has a genuine interest in clients’ priorities, as well as knowledge about ways of working and the legal backdrop in various countries in Africa, and is cognisant of fee pressures and always transparent in billing.’

‘Adrian Mayer takes time to keep up with clients and helps look for opportunities and solutions.’

‘Adrian Mayer has rare experience in African deals with particular reference to the real estate sector.’

Key clients

Actis LLP

Growthpoint Investec Africa Properties

fastjet plc

GHL Bank plc

AgDevCo Limited

Predator Oil & Gas plc

Government of Trinidad & Tobago

Government of The Bahamas

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's strong track record in AIM and Main Market transactions has enabled it to build up a wide client portfolio, which includes early stage growth companies, listed companies, nominated advisers and brokers. The team includes Paul Arathoon, who advised TSX Venture Exchange listed mining company Hunt Mining Corp on its £17.8m offer for AIM-listed Patagonia Gold Plc by way of a court approved scheme of arrangement in 2019. In addition to mining, the team also has specialist expertise in the technology and oil and gas sectors. Andrew Collins heads up the practice, which advises companies, nominated advisers and financial advisers.

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Hunt Mining

1Spatial

fastjet

Europa Oil & Gas

Tremor International

The Biotech Growth Trust

Oracle Power

Prime People

Predator Oil & Gas

Fidelity Trusts

Canaccord Genuity

FirstEnergy Capital

Liberum Capital

Shore Capital

W H Ireland

N+1 Singer

Dowgate Capital

Fintech Tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is well-known for supporting start-ups and more established fintechs with all of the corporate, regulatory and technology aspects of their operations, with proven expertise in areas such as blockchain, payments, open banking and regtech. Mark Bailey specialises in IT contracting, cloud computing, data protection and outsourcing. William Garner advises a diverse range of clients engaged in the fintech sector on myriad financial services regulations. Kate Troup, who specialises in investment management and banking regulation, is currently advising several clients on PSD2 and its impact on their operations.

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‘Great overview of matters and willingness to offer industry wide observations and insights.’

‘Mark Bailey is always available and understands the pace at which our business needs to move. ‘I am always impressed by his ability to suggest simple, practical solutions/approaches to some of the most complex issues we face.’

‘Very obviously on top of their subject matter, they understand the needs of a growing fintech business like ours very well.’

‘The client relationship is genuinely viewed as a long-term partnership. The single point of contact approach coupled with access to specialists is a difficult balance, which CRS effectively strikes.’

Key clients

Coinbase

OneRagtime Platform Ltd

Duco Technology

Conferma

Kuende

Nxtera Ltd

Cheshire Datasystems Limited

Professional discipline Tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's healthcare practice covers fitness to practise proceedings (particularly before the General Pharmaceutical Council), NHS tribunal hearings and judicial reviews. Within sport, the practice acts for sporting governing bodies, major clubs and elite athletes, and is considered a 'world leader in horseracing and other sports regulations, with a real talent for knowing the in-house problems that a sports regulator faces'. Noel Wardle in Guildford is a pharmacy law expert. London-based practitioner Edward Craig has niche expertise in equine matters. Also recommended is legal director Rachel Warren, who frequently appears before the Fitness to Practise Panels of the GPC, GMC, and NHS Performance and Fitness to Practise Committees.

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The regulatory team has a very strong presence in pharmacy law, including NHS regulation GPhC Inquests and regulatory crime. They have an increasing presence in other areas of regulation such as the medical profession. The team is considered the premier firm for pharmacy regulation in the UK.

Rachel Warren is a very strong communicator who is very astute tactically. She is not afraid to give strong advice when necessary and clients really feel that she is on their side. She is an absolute joy to work with and has an extremely helpful and collaborative approach with counsel. Noel Wardle has an encyclopaedic knowledge of pharmacy law.’

Extensive experience and an excellent understanding of the context of professional practice of those clients they represent. From my experience, their insight into the practice of professionals is at a higher level than other firms I have had experience of. This helps with questioning, and in addition, better prepares clients for proceedings.

Calm, insightful, knowledgeable on law, procedure and professional contexts. Personal approach.’

The team are highly sympathetic to business needs while offering expert and very relevant advice. They are experts in their field and inspire confidence at every turn.

I work regularly with Rachel Warren who I value for effectively resolving problems while focussing on the end result. Her advice is pragmatic and directional while bearing in mind client needs.’

The best pharmacy lawyers around. Complete understanding of the sector to be able to provide maximum support to our members and insureds

Noel Wardle and Rachel Warren are both excellent lawyers who know pharmacy inside out in order to deliver expert advice and support to our members and insureds.’

Key clients

Greyhound Board of Great Britain

Ascot Racecourse Limited

National Pharmacy Association

Reputation management Tier 3

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP 's reputation management and privacy team handles matters on behalf of both claimants and defendants. Practitioners advise a diverse client roster, including  global corporations and high-net-worth individuals. With strong links to the commercial TV sector, the team is extremely experienced in advising TV companies, talent and executives on defamation, privacy actions, regulatory issues and pre-broadcast clearance. Duncan Lamont leads the team, which also offers reputation management advice to sports personalities. Claire Greaney is acting alongside Lamont in several ongoing phone hacking cases. Hannah Kent is proficient in misuse of private information claims and data breaches.

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‘The team is very patient and understanding, and always helps to guide you in the right direction. They give practical advice and are available at all times to answer questions and provide insight. It makes me feel very safe and secure, putting trust in CRS to handle our issues.’

‘Claire Greaney is amazing. She is very relatable, and I feel comfortable speaking freely with her. We always get understandable advice, which is easy to digest, thus making it easier to make the right choices.’ 

Key clients

Katy Ashworth

Oliver Kamm

ITV News

Channel 4 News

Martin Clunes

Antony Cotton (Dunn)

Samantha Womack (nee Janus)

Caroline Quentin

Simon Gregson

Alison King

Philip Edgar-Jones

Tina O’Brien

Ryan Thomas

Retail and consumer Tier 3

As part of the firm’s sports, retail and tech practice, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s retail expertise spans the full spectrum of issues and includes some niche aspects of the retail sector including advertising and marketing work, sponsorship matters, allergen protocols and procedures, influencer agreements and e-commerce mandates. The team includes Jason Saiban, Edward Craig and Michael Powner. Saiban leads the wider sports, retail and tech group and handles commercial contracts, Craig heads up the retail and leisure practice and regularly acts for luxury retail brands, while employment partner Powner is a go-to name for food and beverage sector clients. Mary Bagnall also contributes her IP expertise to the group, which counts high-profile retailers including Nike, Converse, Caffè Nero and Cadbury on its client roster.

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The people i have met and worked with at CRS have a genuine care and respect for your case or situation.

A real strong team and egos left at the door.

Ed Craig, a real grasp of luxury not just the legal issues but the importance of the big picture across IP and retail.

Key clients

Nike

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

Converse

Caffè Nero

Farfetch

Rapha Racing

Al Tayer Group

Itsu

Value Retail

H&M (Hennes & Mauritz)

Wahaca

Cadbury

HelloFresh

Honest Burgers

Brasserie Blanc

Australian Manuka Honey Association

Fiat Chrysler

Employers Tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has strong links with clients in the food and drink sector as well as a number of large multinationals. The professional services sector is also a key source of work for the practice. The team has recently handled matters relating to gender pay reporting and the gig economy. Team head Trevor Bettany has particular interest in collective redundancy exercises and TUPE transfers. Another key name is Michael Powner, whose recent work has included advising on a high-profile inquest in the food sector. The team is also active for senior executives, with particular sector expertise in financial services and retail and leisure. The experienced William Granger departed for Wedlake Bell LLP in September 2019.

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‘Charles Russell Speechlys has a team of very bright, commercially astute lawyers but without the posturing and other baggage of the magic and silver circle firms.’

‘Nick Hurley is the toughest negotiator I know; nerves of steel and a determination to get a great result for his clients.’

 

Key clients

Leon

Ivy Collection

Brasserie Blanc

Nike

Pearson

Wagamama

Hotel Chocolat

Leicester City

Parkson Mobile

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's IP focus cuts across the sports, retail and technology sectors, offering advice on brand protection and exploitation strategy to start-ups and established clients under the guidance of practice head Mary Bagnall and Nick White. Recent stand-out engagements include global branding work for sporting tournaments, the protection and enforcement of clothing designs and the protection of distinct colours as trade marks. Recent disputes for the team have concerned trade mark and copyright infringements in the IPEC for software clients. Charlotte Duly joined the firm in November 2019 from Boult Wade Tennant LLP as head of brand protection. 

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Each team member is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and confident with his/her advice. We are located in the United States and no matter what time of day it was, a team member was always available and responsive to our inquires.

Mary Bagnall is wonderful.

Key clients

Actis

Essity Hygiene and Health (formerly SCA)

Cadbury

Sandvik

Moore Global (network of accountants) – Formerly Moore Stephens

Hachette

Wahaca

Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprungli AG

ITV

Rapha Racing

Gulf Air

wagamama

Formica

Childrensalon Group

Vindavinci Beverage Company

Australian Manuka Honey Association

World Rowing

Honest Burgers

itsu [grocery]

Howard de Walden Estates

Spotlight Sports Group Limited (publishers of the Racing

Post)

Fitbit International Limited

Partnership Tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a cross-departmental partnership group, which comprises of tax, employment, corporate, funds and litigation specialists. The team, which is led by David Hicks, has expertise in the financial services industry, and regularly advises on structuring partnership capital and regulatory issues. Other important areas of expertise are partnership structures for property development and issues relating to the operation of professional practices. Trevor Bettany is the go-to name for contentious partnership issues, including expulsions, investigations, whistleblowing and discrimination claims.

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Extremely impressed with this team. They have technical know-how whilst maintaining whilst being pragmatic.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Moore Global

Enbarr Investments LP

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

The pensions team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, led by the 'exceptional' Michael M. Jones, acts for household name clients such as Caffè Nero and Ericsson, as well as substantive number of charity/not-for-profit interests. The team has a strong track record of work for third sector operations on the pensions implications of restructuring, and also advises on funding matters, risk reduction, the pensions aspects of M&A, regulatory clearance and the complexities of PPF 'pre-pack' arrangements. Legal director Esther White specialises in instructions arising from corporate restructuring and auto-enrolment.

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I would recommend their depth of knowledge, response times as well as the proactive nature of the advice‘.

Michael Jones is an exceptional lawyer. He is extremely knowledgeable and his advice is always practical‘.

Key clients

City & Guilds

Westminster Abbey

Smith & Williamson Trustees Ltd

DST Systems

Dalriada Trustees Limited

Ericsson

Atkin Trustees Limited

Caffé Nero

Planning Tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's planning practice advises on big-ticket developments and complex regeneration projects and takes instructions from a mix of corporate clients and HNWIs. Recently the team has taken on a number of projects involving retirement living properties and also has a particular foothold in the hydrocarbons sector. Claire Fallows heads the practice, advising developers on matters including environmental impact assessment, section 106 agreements, CPOs and court challenges.

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‘Very approachable and accessible, down to earth and very responsive and efficient.’

‘Extremely practical, commercial advice. Unfazed and unflappable, and very careful on the law. Claire Fallows is the absolute epitome of these things.’

‘Knowledgeable, available at all times to the client and very client oriented.’

Key clients

The Church Commissioners for England

Derwent London

ITV

Bellway Homes Limited

Crest

Countryside Properties

Europa Oil and Gas

Eton College

Alperton Limited

Greenwich Millennium Village Limited

Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 4

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises funds, management teams, and family offices on buyouts, exits, and minority investments, combining this service with a notable capability advising private clients on a full spectrum of work. The practice is headed by Andrew ClarkeDavid Coates, and Adrian Mayer ,following the departure of a team including Malcom McDougall to Stephenson Harwood. Clarke advises on mid-market private transactions, while Coates specialises in finance and growth capital work, particularly in the retail and TMT sectors.

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High standard of service and readiness of reactions, together with kindness and a touch of personal sensitivity.

We received complete and very professional assistance during a demanding negotiation.

Key clients

Battery Ventures

Shareholders of Morgan Motor Car Company

Kreos Capital

Rockpool Investments

Duet Private Equity

Limerston Capital

Puma Private Equity

BGF

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

The 'proactive, responsive and commercialCharles Russell Speechlys LLP has a particular focus on domestic and overseas regulated businesses in relation to the UK financial service sector. Covering domestic and EU regulatory requirements as well as corporate transactions, the team is led by Jonathan Bayliss , who focuses on the regulation of  private banking and wealth management institutions and services. Also notable are Kate Troup, who is known for advising on the investment management and private banking sectors; and William Garner, who leads the broking, trading and markets practice.

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‘The team has the ability to make the complicated, uncomplicated’

‘The level of experience and knowledge is exceptional’

‘Went above and beyond to ensure documents were ready in time for board meetings, turning around last minute changes efficiently and with good humour’

‘Kate Troup is extremely helpful and knowledgeable on her subject – she explains details clearly rather than using jargon’

‘Ashwin Pillay worked diligently and pragmatically to ensure our transaction was able to complete on time, despite last minute changes’

‘William Garner is both technically capable and highly responsive. He is also adept at navigating emerging areas of regulation in a commercial and pragmatic way’

‘I have worked with the team at CRSB for a number of years and find their knowledge of derivatives legislation and market practice second to none and much more in-depth in comparison with other firms I have worked with’

Key clients

EFG Private Bank

Royal Bank of Canada

Credit Suisse

St. James Place

Walker Crips Group

Conferma

Julius Baer

Coinbase

LiquidNet Holdings

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles patent disputes across the TMT, life sciences and engineering sectors, with go-to names including associate David Fyfield, practice head Mary Bagnall and consultant Ian Wood.  The team regularly handles licensing disputes, patent revocation actions and patent infringement claims. Senior associate Caroline Young leads on commercial IP matters. Recent highlights in this space have included R&D and clinical agreements for vaccinations, licensing negotiations for pharmaceuticals companies and patent acquisitions in the field of epilepsy treatments.

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Good ability to deal with complex patent disputes, especially in chemical and medical device sectors. An experienced team who are a delight to work with.

Ian Wood draws on a wealth of experience to obtain great results for his clients.

David Fyfield is an enthusiastic associate and valuable member of the litigation team.

Key clients

Sandvik Group

Deepak Nitrite

National Pharmacy Association Limited

DriWay Technologies

Energy Technologies Institute

Atkins

YouView

Norsk Titanium

Falmouth University

Next Control Systems

buildingSMART

Mining and minerals Tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has an international presence in the mining sector with a particular focus on the emerging markets. The practice handles IPOs, mine financings, M&A and dispute resolution. Practice head Andrew Collins specialises in corporate advice and transactional work for public and private companies.

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Property finance Tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has been highly active in advising alternative lenders, mainly on acquisition and development financing, as well as refinancing. Paul Kay leads the practice and is particularly skilled in cross-border mandates, more specifically acting for Asian investors. Jon Bond is another key name and has been advising on asset classes such as student accommodation, residential and office properties.

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‘The team are very coordinated in their approach and seek the best solution for the client. Their capacity to listen to and address client concerns is impeccable.’

‘Jon Bond is a very logical and methodical lawyer. His ability to problem-solve is excellent. His willingness to go to extra lengths to find a solution which is advantageous for the client is why we do not look elsewhere. They are quick to respond and diligent in highlighting points that need to be addressed.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Octopus Property

Topland Jupiter Limited

Puma Investments

Metro Bank

Lombard North Central

The Rumi Foundation

Northridge Capital

Aeriance Investments SA

Henley Investments Limited

Country Court Care Homes Limited

Ekistics Property Advisors

OakNorth Bank

Salamanca Group

Downing

Caring Homes Group

London & Oxford Capital Markets

Opera

Venture capital Tier 5

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP takes a multi-disciplinary approach to work in the sector, and draws on the expertise of lawyers from the corporate, capital markets and tax teams to advise funds, private investors, founders and investee companies across the entire lifecycle of investment. Leveraging the firm's market-leading private wealth practice, the team also regularly advises family offices and high-net-worth individuals as investors in the space. Chris Putt is the primary contact at the firm; alongside his traditional venture capital work, he also has venture debt expertise.

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‘Commercially oriented, experienced, committed, loyal, diligent, rigorous, ethical, fast, excellent quality/price balance, kind.’

Key clients

Kreos Capital

Bestport Ventures

Shore Capital/ Puma VCT

IDG Capital

Business Growth Fund

Ace & Co

Takumi

Zeal Networks SE

Battery Ventures

Fika

Duco Technologies

Silicon Valley Bank

Franline

Flashpoint Capital

EU and competition Tier 6

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s recent workload highlights the firm's strength in competition law enforcement, merger control, and market investigations and inquiries. Praised for its ‘unique insights’ across multiple industries, the team places a particular emphasis on sectors such as telecoms, technology, financial services and manufacturing, among others. The department is led by Paul Henty and Paul Stone.

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‘I have been privileged to build a working relationship with the team for many years. This relationship has been made easy by their ability to understand your business and thought processes, which made advice and litigation easier to obtain and execute successfully. The breadth of knowledge across various industries provides the team with unique insights.’

‘Paul Stone’s effort in understanding his client’s business pays dividends because he looks and feels like part of the in-house team and his advice reflects the nuances of the experience gained there too. His experience in the broadcast arena also provides interesting insights into tech and telecoms.’

 

Key clients

ITV

Consultant Eye Surgeons Partnership

Gamma Telecom

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Bahrain

YouView

Celesio

Wisdom Tree Investments

WS Atkins

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 8

Operating from London and Guildford, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's 'exceptional' five-partner team handles the full spectrum of formal insolvency and restructuring work, both in a corporate setting as well as in relation to personal insolvencies. Benefiting from a high degree of flexibility on fees, which includes acting on a contingency basis as well as through third-party funding, the firm is perhaps best-known for its contentious insolvency expertise, including as it relates to cross-border fraud and asset tracing. Sector strengths include sports, private wealth and real estate. James Hyne heads the team.

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The team is exceptional, both in terms of their technical knowledge and client interaction. The lawyers offer sound, practical advice and are willing go the extra mile to maximise their clients’ chances of success.

The exceptional Jason Freedman provides measured, commercial advice, that is technically sound but also practical. He is always willing to go the extra mile for his clients and is able to simplify complex issues.

Hanh Nguyen is very thorough and has excellent judgement.

 

Key clients

CVR Global LLP

Adrian Hyde and Edgar Lavarello (trustees in bankruptcy of Gregory King)

POD Food Limited (in administration)

Immigration

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP offers strategic advice on Brexit and immigration compliance for both corporate and individual clients. The firm is experienced in engaging with the Home Office in relation to particularly complex applications. The practice is also increasing the work it does with Chinese and Hong Kong clients; team lead Rose Carey has a strong client base of high-net-worth individuals from China and Russia. Kelvin Tanner, who has a specialism advising on inward investment matters, joined from Fragomen in September 2019. Senior associate Paul McCarthy is recommended, as is Katherine Dennis, who works closely with the firm's tax, trusts and succession team.

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‘The team is extremely well led by Rose Carey. She has built an effective group of practitioners with varied and complementary strengths around her and they have the significant advantage of being able to call on colleagues in other areas of specialisation including commercial and family law when addressing often complex issues in family and business migration contexts.’

‘Charles Russell Speechlys provides a very good service with extensive up-to-date and relevant industry knowledge and advice. Their overall level of service is excellent.’

‘Kelvin Tanner is a professional with high end skills and knowledge in the field.’

‘Rose Carey provides an excellent service and always responds quickly. She has extensive legal knowledge and provides very good advice and helps my clients tremendously.  My clients always comment most favourably on the service she provides and on her professionalism. As a result, I usually deal with Rose for immigration service as she is very helpful and familiar with my clients’ requirements. She is one of the most professional solicitors that I engage with.’

‘Kelvin Tanner is always supportive and responsive and supports his clients with prompt and effective solutions – he is very professional and knowledgeable on immigration matters and I’ve recommended him to other clients.’

Key clients

wagamama

Harrods

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Ltd

Parkson mobile

City & Guilds

GVC

Ladbrokes Coral

Hotel Chocolat

Brasserie Blanc

University of London

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has an excellent reputation for advising landed estates. In this space, it provides multiple generations of families with specialist advice in areas including tax and estate planning, land sales and transfers, and agricultural law. Jointly leading the team are highly experienced senior partner Christopher Page and Christian Massey, who specialises in rural property and landed estates transactions. Tristram van Lawick, who was promoted to partner in May 2019, has expertise in estate management issues, including farming tenancies and partnerships.

Commercial litigation: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 1

For contentious insurance matters and product liability and recall issues, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP is the group to note. The team also receives litigation referrals from its strong corporate and private equity teams and has particular experience in shareholder and director, financial services, contractual and professional negligence disputes. Insurance sector expert Manoj Vaghela leads the practice and benefits from a breadth of experience in multi-party and multi-jurisdictional disputes. Legal director Claudine Morgan's commercial litigation expertise ranges from contractual and shareholder litigation to civil fraud disputes.

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National Bank of Kuwait (International) Plc

Tsokkos Hotels Public Limited

Argo Real Estate Opportunities Fund Limited

Sports Supplements Ltd t/a Bulk Powders

Oxford Plastic Systems Ltd

Trustees of the Harrowby’s Discretionary Will Trust

The Trustees of the Earl Bathurst 1963 Settlement

Cynergy Bank Limited (formerly Bank of Cyprus UK Ltd)

Zenium Technology Partners

Argo Insurance

QBE

Williams Grand Prix Engineering Limited

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 1

Led by Jamie Cartwright and Stephen Burns, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles complex commercial litigation - increasingly in the area of product liability, with a specialism in advising food and drink clients on disputes around allergens and food labeling. It also acts for healthcare clients in warranty and indemnity claims, in addition to sale and purchase agreements. Burns focuses on Companies Act litigation and shareholder disputes while Cartwright is noted for his focus on product and supply related disputes, particularly in the TMT sector. The team is praised by clients for its 'clear eye for strategy'. Associate Katie Bewick is also recommended.

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‘Charles Russell Speechlys have a full service commercial litigation team, capable of handling all sorts of disputes. They have a clear eye for strategy. Their creative approach to litigation delivers significant upside gains for their clients.’

‘The London office of CRS referred us to their team in Guildford to handle a tricky mediation with regards to the provision of management consultancy services. I have been involved in many legal disputes but this was our first mediation. CRS Guildford took us through the entire process in a very professional way from the appointment of a mediator to final settlement. Highly recommend their team in this regard.’

‘The team of Stephen Burns and Charlotte Healy provided quiet reassurance throughout.’

‘I have worked with Jamie Cartwright and Katie Bewick at CRS on two matters over the past 12 months. They provided commercial, practical advice to our joint client on both occasions. They displayed an excellent knowledge of the claims/court process and helped to reassure the client with clear advice and communication.’

‘Stephen Burns is bright and engaging. Katie Bewick knows her stuff and is very client focused.’

‘The team are great at looking after people. Partners that take the ‘lead’ in the relationship are particularly good. What makes it unique? Offering a wide range of services while still being fairly local.’

‘Stephen Burns is an absolute legend and has always got our interests at heart. I hugely value his advice and completely trust him. He has a strong and loyal team.’

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Fiat

Chrysler

Jeep

Alfa Romeo

Infor

Teletrac Navman

Swiss Post

Air Products

Reynolds Catering

Lab Lateral

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

eToro

BCA/ We Buy Any Car

Commercial property: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 1

The 'very user-friendly' Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has particular expertise in strategic land, supported living and high-net-worth property investment matters, as well as residential investment and development. Ian Brothwood leads the team and specialises in residential schemes, acting for landowners. Also notable are Nigel Morton, who focuses on mixed-use developments; Naomi Nettleton, who is known for real estate investment with an emphasis on specialist supported living work; and senior associate Julie Sharpe, who advises landowners and developers on all aspects of commercial and residential strategic land development.

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‘This practice has amazing depth of experience and can access specialist knowledge at any time’

‘They take great care to understand your business and to add a very positive input into its daily running and any long-term goals’

‘They keep you up to date with new legislation and have many discussion groups geared to your interests’

‘Compared to other practices we have come across they are so much less aggressive, and instead are calm and considered’

‘They are interested in and understand what we are trying to do and achieve’

‘Nigel Morton has always given considered and excellent advice’

‘Nigel Morton and Jonathan Morley were instrumental’

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Crab Hill Developments Limited

Topland Henley Healthcare Investments Limited

Aspirations Care Limited/New Start Supported Housing

Hearthstone Residential Fund 1 LP

Eversleigh Investment and Property Company

Metro Bank Plc

The British Computer Society

Manhattan Loft Gardens Limited

Construction Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's construction client base covers a wide range of industry sectors including healthcare, contracting, facilities management, transport and telecoms. Practice head David Savage is the firm's construction and infrastructure sector lead, and has more than 25 years' experience. Recently promoted Andrew Keeley advises clients in relation to construction and engineering contracts for commercial and prime residential projects, and has significant experience of adjudications and professional negligence claims.

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Charles Russell Speechlys, in particular, its construction practice, was selected to advise on a quite complicated construction project in the CIS. They brought their outstanding experience and deep knowledge in such kinds of contracts.

We were impressed by David Savage, Megan Paul and Fiona Thompson’s comprehensive, thoroughly grounded, understanding of the construction business in general and their ability to understand our needs and challenges in a very specific project and to bring about the best possible result for our specific circumstances. They have a personalised approach to our case  and provide legal solutions that are well-judged and timely; they help us to adapt the best practice in the field for our jurisdictions with strong collaborative teamwork and an approachable, creative style.  David is positioning himself as a thought leader in his field by sharing blogs about construction law and technology issues using social media.

Key clients

Ministry of Transport & Telecommunications, Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain

Church Commissioners for England

Caring Homes Group

Eton College

Westminster Abbey

The Pirbright Institute

The Energy Technologies Institute

Northvale Construction

Aspire Luxury Properties

Bewley Homes

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises a broad swathe of clients on contentious issues relating to landed estates, farming family disputes, family businesses, pension trusts, and charity legacies. In recent years the practice has seen a marked increase in litigation involving high-value trusts. Practice head Duncan Elson, who 'fights really hard for his clients', concentrates on large and complex UK trusts and estates, both in the UK and internationally. He has a track record of expertise in pensions litigation, family businesses, and landed estates. Senior associate Samantha Ewing specialises in probate matters, as well as will and trust disputes.

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The members of the team are extremely knowledgeable and efficient while also being friendly and approachable. They are happy to help with the small queries just as well as advising on the larger matters.’

The team has a very strong collection of experts and they are all very pragmatic.’

A top London law firm but with an out of London base operating at the same level as the main team-indeed part of that team. Superb.

Duncan Elson has so much experience as a litigator, fights really hard for his clients, and is a delight to deal with. He is backed up with some excellent associates, like Samantha Ewing.’

Charles Russell Speechlys is a leading light in the contentious trust and probate market. They have a global reach and are able to provide a cost-efficient service, where appropriate, from their base in Guildford. I would certainly recommend this firm to colleagues, friends, and family!

I find the lawyers at Charles Russell Speechlys to be much more approachable and user-friendly than some of their competitors. Duncan Elson brings a wealth of experience to all matters. I also have also had very positive experiences working with Samantha Ewing on common intention constructive trust and proprietary estoppel matters.’

Key clients

The Public Trustee of the Bailiwick of Guernsey

Hannah Anglin Jaffe, Kathryn Wood and Christopher Smith

Corporate and commercial: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's Cheltenham office advises clients on a regional, national and international basis, handling high-value M&A, restructurings and refinancings. The team, which is led by Richard Norton, has particular specialisms in the aviation and renewable energy sectors, notably handling the administration of Fly BMI. The office is also regularly instructed on M&A and investment into the Middle East and Africa, drawing on the significant experience of Adrian Mayer in overseas deals. Another strand of the practice is US venture capital and private equity investments into the region's IT industry, which is an area of focus for Jonathan Morley.

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Trifast plc

Dunkerton Family Office (founder of Superdry plc)

Gulf Air

Actis LLP

Argo Group

Bank of Cyprus

Battery Ventures

Robert Hitchins Group

Datatec (Listed on Johannesburg)

Employment: Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises clients ranging from SMEs to multinational companies, and its practice benefits from the firm's international network of offices and high-profile client base. The employment team, which is based in Cheltenham, is noted for its strengths in the retail, leisure, charity and rural business/landed estate sectors. In addition to providing HR and corporate restructuring advice, the team frequently undertakes TUPE and business transfer work. It also leverages its litigation experience at employment tribunal and High Court level. Legal director and practice head Sara Wilson is known for her healthcare sector experience, while associate Syma Spanjers maintains an active practice.

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The team is always helpful without prejudging the client’s actions that may have happened before contact. Advice is given with understanding and in a way that is fully understandable to the layman. Give confidence to us to deal with the situation and put the correct processes in place.

Incredibly knowledgeable in the area of expertise I required (employment law). Fresh, active attitude to the problem. Did not have a standard policy, dealt with the situation itself. Very accurate in estimation of services and billing.

Syma Spanjers was very supportive during an extremely stressful time, always available to give advice. She gave me confidence in our approach to the problem and consulted with her colleagues to make sure no aspects were missed. She went above and beyond when the situation started to move very quickly including contacting me on a Sunday and working late into the night as replies to the “other side” were required. Sara Wilson handled the case while Syma was away. Again she was excellent, calm, with a personal, knowledgeable approach. Having spoken to numerous other people since this incident occurred these solicitors seem to stand out a mile above the service others have received and I feel incredibly lucky they were recommended to me. I had fantastic service at a very difficult time for me.

Each individual is always highly responsive and understanding. I feel that, considering they already have a caseload and work assigned, the quickness in which they respond to me is highly appreciated and always have felt they have been an extension of my team in some ways, working with us rather than 3rd party with no feeling of value in the working relationship, there is definitely a personal touch in how they interact and assist us.

Clear concise knowledge that matches the law with the challenges and complexities of dealing with people.

Sara Wilson is straight to the point, unlike so many lawyers. She is able to articulate clearly and interpret the law and yet talk in plain English. She is commercial and knows when to get a deal done without drawing it out and driving up legal costs. It is so refreshing to find a lawyer who is client driven rather than driven by just client billing maximisation.

We value the expert pragmatic employment law advice combined with the understanding the team have of our business and the way we work. Their team feels like an extension of ours and they are without fail timely in their responses and available when we need support.

Sara Wilson is our main point of contact and we thoroughly enjoy working with her and the rest of the team. They listen fully and give practical, considered responses and we have a real rapport which makes it a pleasure to deal with Sara and the team.

Key clients

Sotheby’s

Neal’s Yard Remedies

Cats Protection

Pennant International Plc

Trifast Plc

1E Limited

Ambrell Corporation

Reynolds Catering Supplies

The Garland Company

Executive Jet Charter

B&M Babbage & Co

SourceBreaker

Dunkerton Properties LLP

The Lucky Onion LLP

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's employment team advises a broad client base of multinationals on employment matters, and is also adept at handling matters for non-profits and financial institutions. Additionally, the firm advises the US firm Goodwin Procter on UK aspects of transactions handled by Goodwin. Practice head Nick Hurley is noted for his experience in contentious matters, as well as his work with clients in the financial services and TMT sectors. Ben Smith and legal director Andy Williams are also recommended; Smith advises clients in the charities and not-for-profit sector, while Williams is experienced in advising on large-scale workforce issues such as TUPE and reorganisations.

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It is always great to see that every lawyer in the team is highly qualified. Everyone is vey keen to answer as soon as possible and in a way that the client understands the legal advice. It is a pleasure to work with them!

‘Ben Smith is an outstanding lawyer. He speaks German fluently and is therefore able to give his advice in German. Every client working with him was impressed by his deep knowledge of law and the econonmic background. That makes the difference.’

‘Charles Russell Speechlys has been assisting me with an employment law matter over the past several months – since September 2019. I’ve been very pleased with the service provided by CRS. CRS has provided highly targeted advice – supplying an injection of relevant expertise at critical junctures during the discussions I have been having with my employer.’

‘The legal advice has been provided by Andy Williams. Andy has been providing highly targeted employment law advice and guidance, as well as advising me on various matters relating to my pension rights. I have particularly valued the pragmatic and practical nature of Andy’s advice – he has given me really useful guidance on how to communicate with my employer, what positions to take at various points in the discussion, and which case law to deploy and when. This has been invaluable in allowing me to negotiate with my employer in a constructive and effective manner.’

‘I was impressed by the fast mobilisation of the team, and analysis of my situation and what the path through it was going to be. I felt reassured and confident I was going to be well looked after.’

‘I worked with Nick Hurley and Becky Lawton on my case. They were extremely reassuring, calm but highly focussed on getting me the outcome I needed and were confident about the likelihood of success which made me feel confident. They gave me great advice.’

‘Ben Smith is a rare solicitor. He goes to every length to protect his clients’ interests. He is also objective and pragmatic, with incredible people skills. A pleasure to work with and alongside. Nick Hurley is a tough negotiator. Emily Chalkley is a star in the making.’

‘Andy Williams is by far the best employment solicitor I have ever instructed. He is pragmatic, precise and totally understands our business and the outcomes we have achieved have proved over many years of instructing his firm to have always been correct. I would not hesitate to recommend him and his team. 10/10 in all areas. A pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Ericsson

Nike

HelloFresh (Grocery Delivery E-Services Limited)

Breitling UK

Samaritans

Amundi Asset Management

National Museum of the Royal Navy

Pearson

Randstad NV

Goodwin Procter

Family: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

The highly skilled team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP offers clients expertise in complex proceedings involving disputes over both children and finances. The firm's work includes advising HNW individuals on matters with international complications. Karen Wilsher and Shona Alexander lead the team. Wilsher is experienced in handling both matrimonial finance and children cases with international aspects, while Alexander focuses on financial cases such as pre- and post-nuptial agreements.  William Rollin, who specialises in financial work, is also recommended. Associates Felicity Chapman and Claire Devine are further key contacts.

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‘CRS stands out as being a very efficient firm. Their strength is the quality of the personnel who work for them, who always give clear and accurate advice.’

‘The practice is extremely well run, and efficient. The team work well together.’

‘I give particular credit to William Rollin, partner in the family practice of the Guildford office of Charles Russell Speechlys. William is an exceptional technical and analytical lawyer, but what makes him stand out is his instinctive nature, drawn from years of experience, which makes him a brilliant strategist. Over the years he has acted for me on 4 pieces of litigation – all of which have been successful. This has been partly down to his impressive application of the, sometimes very complex, law – but also in the way he has made tactical decisions in the case. He fights hard for his clients while also understanding the human side to family law, and his advice is sensible and practical, but always with his client’s best interests firmly in mind. Essentially, you want him on your side.’

‘The Guildford team is very strong. They are knowledgeable about the law and work cohesively together to provide a very high quality service to their clients.’

‘Karen Wilsher is a lawyer who stands out for her excellent strategic skills and ability to distill the issues. She is confident enough to give her clients robust advice whilst also being willing to fight their corner. Claire Devine stands out for her excellent client care – she is able to promote the clients interests whilst not losing sight of the need to give realistic advice.’

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

The Guildford team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP - which 'easily rivals many London firms' - advises insolvency practitioners, banks, troubled companies, and individuals on a wide range of matters. In 2019, the team's work included advising on cross-border administrations, acting for banks in the recovery of secured debts from insolvent borrowers, and aiding an FCA-regulated company out of administration through the recapitalisation of the business. Practice head James Hyne specialises in contentious work, particularly fraud-related matters.

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‘Knowledgeable, pragmatic, work with you to provide the solution. Capable and straightforward to deal with. Will always give the best advice.’

‘Most of my work is with the team in Guildford and they easily rival many London firms.’

‘I have worked with numerous individuals in the insolvency teams at CRS in the last year. Dan Moore is an up-and-coming senior associate with good quality work. I would particularly note his good judgement and case management skills.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse (UK)

Alix Partners Services UK

Turpin Barker Armstrong

Grant Thornton UK

Alvarez & Marsal

Leonard Curtis Business Recovery

James Cowper Kreston

MBI Coakley Restructuring and Insolvency

RSM Restructuring Advisory

Central Bank of Bahrain

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has a deep and highly experienced bench of lawyers who advise on the full range of tax, trust and probate matters. Practice head Christopher Page's broad expertise includes strategy, succession planning and ownership structures. Julia Cox primarily acts for UK entrepreneurs, business owners, and high-net-worth individuals and their families, while Henry Fea's client base includes trustees, foundations, banks and trust companies. Legal director Alexander Caton advises a number of landed estates. The private client team benefits from the expertise of the firm's other departments, in particular the charities and landed estates practices.

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The Cheltenham office are very user friendly. They understand the needs of ultra-high-net-worth clients. Importantly, they know how to respond quickly when undertaking a quick transaction and have the expertise to service almost all clients’ property, family, commercial and private client needs.’

The attraction of the team is their local knowledge and expertise, especially around landed estates, with the back up of a full-service multi-disciplinary team.

I work closely with Katie Talbot, a shining star. Erudite advice and very approachable.

Excellent client service and high-quality understandable advice to clients. A top-quality firm with excellent people.

I have worked with Charles Russell Speechlys for many years and the current team are really very good. They are responsive and provide good and prompt service. The team work well and distribute work to the right person for the right job. Most recently I have had very good technical advice from Alex Caton and good, efficient service on a time-pressured situation with Nigel Edge. They all seem to communicate between themselves to provide a cohesive, client-friendly offering.

Practical and commercial approach to clients. Well known in the region for excellent private client services with a broad private client and trust team able to draw on fantastic technical expertise.

Julia Cox in particular is an outstanding private client lawyer able to work sensitively with clients whilst also demonstrating a deep technical knowledge of private client and trust law. Personable and approachable, she is quick to build long-lasting client relationships. Robert Blower is also an exceptional partner. Rachel Morris is liked by clients for her approachability and focus.

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Under the leadership of Sally Ashford, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP handles complex matters including the management of estates, succession planning, and court of protection work. One specialism of the team is its work for charities, as well as advising individuals on establishing charitable vehicles. Ashford is highly praised by clients as a 'trusted advisor'; the practice also has a very capable team of associates, with Gareth Walliss described as 'approachable, diligent and extremely understanding', and Natalie Butler is recommended for her efficiency. Ashford and Walliss handle all aspects of this practice area, while Butler is particularly experienced in the administration of estates.

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‘Charles Russell Speechlys have dealt with an incredibly complex probate on my behalf as executor since November 2014. Their clear strength in cases such as this is the breadth and depth of experience they can draw on across the office, which I feel is unrivaled within the region – including (in my case) the involvement of their Tax Trusts & Succession, Private Wealth Disputes, Private Property, Employment and Real Estate Disputes teams. A colleague in my firm also instructs Charles Russell Speechlys for trust administration work because of the depth of their experience in corporate and commercial matters. The expertise within the Tax Trusts & Succession team is excellent, dealing with all elements of the estate administration from stamp collections to unpublished novels, and always consider the ‘bigger picture’ before advising (such as in saving tax for beneficiaries). They have a large team who deal with all elements of private client work at varying levels of seniority.’

‘I don’t have much to compare the team to, given that this is my first experience using a service of this nature. With that said, I have been extremely impressed with the knowledge that the team have brought to the situation. I believe my particular probate case has been more complicated and involved that a typical case and as such I have required individuals that are more experienced/knowledgeable to help guide the process. Whilst this case has been tricky, I have always felt answers to questions were only an email or phone call to the team away. This knowledge and experience has made for a more comfortable process – something that is highly desired given the unpleasant nature of probate. Additionally, being able to dictate how much or how little I wish to personally contribute to the process has enabled me to balance bills vs. personal stress to a level I feel comfortable with.’

‘What makes the team different is the balance of professionalism, warmth and reliability, which seems to be pitched at just the right level. Consequently, it is clear that the team really do care about their clients, and are able to deliver appropriate solutions. Notably, there is a clear ability to be “conductor of the orchestra” in complex situations involving multiple moving parts, whilst providing clients with confident reassurance and avoiding the alienation that so often arises between client and adviser when dealing with technically and emotionally difficult situations. They are great people to deal with and they get the job done without unnecessary fuss or drama.’

‘Richard Honey is an Associate in the team and has been my main point of contact within the firm since 2015. He has coordinated the approach across all teams, providing a seamless service, and is very responsive to all correspondence. His experience in dealing with complex estate administration matters with complex angles has been invaluable in this matter and he has always sought to protect my liability as a professional executor, especially in the face of stiff opposition from beneficiaries and their legal representatives. Although technically capable, he always remains pragmatic with his advice – this ‘commercial’ aspect is one which some solicitors often miss. This is exemplified by recently being approved to become a full member (TEP) of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, demonstrating his experience of complex estates at a senior level.’

‘Rebecca Piper is exceptional. She is extremely knowledgeable and her advice is always well thought out. She is very nice to deal with.’

‘Gareth Wallis has been our main point of contact with CRS and is always approachable, diligent and extremely understanding. He has taken pains to make us fully aware of the cost implications of our involvement. Duncan Elson has been a steady and authoritative advisor. Tom Denham-Smith was outstanding as a facilitator.’

‘It is clear to me that Sally Ashford has carefully put together her private client team, and that she is an excellent leader who is respected and liked by them. It is also clear that she is a trusted adviser to her clients and genuinely cares about them. I have witnessed her skillfully overseeing complex situations with multiple stakeholders with varying degrees of financial experience and acumen and can see that she makes her clients feel confident with her ability and at ease with her warm manner. Lauren Clark is equally delightful to work with. Complex situations with nervous clients who find themselves in uncharted territory are addressed with warmth and confidence, making her a trusted adviser. Her reassuring and competent style, which one would normally associate with those of more advanced years, is highly effective at putting clients at ease whilst inspiring confidence.’

‘Natalie Butler has been efficient, explains situations effectively, and communicates in a timely fashion.’

Property litigation Tier 1

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's contentious property finance group has the capability to act in the full spectrum of disputes including the specialist niche areas of property insolvency litigation, leasehold enfranchisements, compulsory purchase order claims and HS2-related matters. The team also has particular expertise in the retail and leisure sector, acting for numerous well-known restaurant chains, charities and investors in the leisure-based commercial property market. Peter Levaggi has a strong reputation handling mortgage-based compensation claims against banks arising from interest rate hedging products swaps, and David Haines is head of the firm's real estates disputes group. Senior associate Richard Flenley is also a key name to note.

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David Haines is unusual in that he started life as a surveyor. This gives him an appreciation and understanding of properties which is not normally the case with solicitors. He is dynamic, extremely helpful and has a very sharp intellect.’

Key clients

Wagamama

National Crime Agency

Prince Abbas Hilmi/Mohamed Ali Foundation

Warrant Investments

Citysprint

Ramac Group

Air Products

PQW Brenley Corner

Prospect Medical

Nellsar

Banking and finance Tier 2

The broad practice of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides multi-jurisdictional experience and a 'great balance between technical legal expertise and commercial practicality'. The firm specialises in aircraft security and renewables financing, with a particular borrower focus. Richard Norton is a ‘pleasure to work with', with notable strength in advising on facilities and security for listed companies and hedge funds.

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‘They show attention to detail and focus on providing excellent client support’

‘The team stands out for its breadth of services and national footprint, whilst retaining a commitment to supporting local communities’

‘Richard Norton always takes time to really understand the background to any given situation and makes himself available, notwithstanding a busy work schedule’

‘Richard Norton offers practical, value-for-money support and is able to focus on the key matters, which ensures efficient use of time’

‘Richard Norton focuses on what is really important’

‘Excellent risk management and negotiation skills’

‘Superior team work and internal referral system’

Key clients

Awal Bank B.S.C.

Trifast plc

Bank of Cyprus

Argo Group

A Tsokkos Public Limited

EFG Private Bank Limited

National Bank of Kuwait

Ahli United Bank

Cynergy Bank

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Charity clients of Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, including a number of notable religious and educational organisations, benefit from the team's experience across the full spectrum of private client work. Its services range from advice on legacy disputes, property and construction to employment and commercial matters. Senior partner Christopher Page and Julia Cox, both of whom have broad charity law experience, head up the team alongside commercial law specialist Mike Scott and head of the strategic land team Ian Brothwood. Associate Penelope Byatt specialises in constitutional and governance issues.

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Penny Byatt is very knowledgeable, very approachable and can explain complex matters with clarity, thinking about all the implications of alternative solutions, and helping the charity to reach a well-thought-out conclusion as to the action to be taken.

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP advises on a wide range of real estate matters, including investments, secured lending, portfolio management, transactions, and business acquisitions and disposals. In 2019, the firm took on new clients in the leisure, retail and sports sectors. The practice is led by Ingrid Saffin, who is praised by a client as 'approachable, accessible, diligent and technically excellent', while Legal Director Claire Timmings is currently working in the novel area of advising restaurant chains on the impact of takeaway apps and 'dark kitchens'. Senior associate Gavin Partridge is another key contact.

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‘As a Director in a Chartered Surveying firm, I liaise with numerous legal practices on an almost daily basis. CRS stand out for the following reasons: firstly, their team approach: CRS allocate the right individual(s) to a particular job, both in terms of skill set and level of seniority. The real estate issues we contend with on a national basis are diverse and so such an approach is key to effective service delivery. They are also adept at working as part of a wider team of professionals, whether it be boundary surveyors, accountants or counsel. Secondly, their client care: CRS know their clients and tailor their approach accordingly. They regularly run client specific CPD events, whether it be on pipeline easements or serviced offices and associated leasing issues. Last week they circulated a document entitled “Planning for and coping with coronavirus – Tips for Employers”, a very helpful document given the number of client sites that operate in the UK. Thirdly, accessibility: in contrast to many practices, lawyers at CRS are responsive and accessible, a key attribute. Lastly, capabilities: CRS act on a national basis across about as diverse a property portfolio as one could conceive (offices, industrial units, pipelines, land, gasses plants etc). CRS continually demonstrate an ability to effectively advise on and tackle an extensive range of legal issues.’

‘Ingrid Saffin is the key client contact and the individual who leads and oversees the team. Her technical ability is matched by her unflinching dedication to the client, often responding to emails late into the night. Ingrid is adept at managing a team and fielding jobs to the appropriate individual, both in terms of skill set and level of seniority. Ingrid is approachable, accessible, diligent and technically excellent.

Other members of the team warranting specific mention include Charlotte Major, an associate, who provides nothing less than an excellent service. As does Claire Timmings, Legal Director, and David Haines, litigation partner.’

Key clients

Acushnet Europe (Titleist)

Nike Retail BV/Nike (UK)/Converse Retail (UK)

Limited and Converse Netherlands

Octopus Property

Ramac Holdings (Trading)

Dentex Healthcare Group

Juno Health UK Limited and Bregal Freshstream

Gas Centre Holdings Limited and Bathroom Centre

Golden Sands Holiday Camp (Rhyl)

Pivotal Housing Group

CareTech Holdings

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Led by Geoffrey Sparks, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP has an impressive client base, particularly in the technology and healthcare sectors. The firm's work focuses on transactions, and the Guildford team frequently acts alongside the London office to advise clients. In addition to handling mergers and acquisitions, Sparks also handles commercial matters, particularly in IT and outsourcing. Tim Jenkins leads the healthcare team, advising pharmacies and dental practices. Catherine Drew departed the firm in April 2019, while Rebecca Burford was promoted to partner.

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Testimonials

‘They have a very strong capability for regulatory work.’

‘Tim Jenkins is pragmatic and knowledgeable and gets deals done.’

 

Key clients

discoverIE Group  (formerly Acal)

London Irish Holdings

Juno Health

Trusted Housesitters

SAS Verlingue

Datapharm

Sellers of The Gas Centre L

Dentex Healthcare Group

BusinessOptix

Next Control Systems

Debt recovery Tier 2

The team at Charles Russell Speechlys LLP avoids the pursuit of bulk claims and instead offers a bespoke service, concentrating on a substantive amount of international work across the Middle East, Asia and Europe. In particular, it handles contested and/or complex cases for commercial parties, financial institutions (default) and property (including rental and service charge arrears). Team head Jamie Cartwright specialises in video games and software licence disputes. Tom Plowman is also recommended.

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Key clients

Fiat, Chrysler and Jeep

ACAL

ITV

Infor

Walkers Chocolates

Gilbarco Veeder Root

Health and safety Tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP uses it's 'good team ethos' and 'excellent communication skills' to handle work ranging from representing clients under investigation or that have been prosecuted for health and safety offences, to advisory work and support on corporate transactions. The team is particularly active in the construction and manufacturing sectors. Noel Wardle and director Rachel Warren lead the practice; both have broad experience across various regulatory crime matters and advise on complex, long-running multi-party prosecutions and inquests. .

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Rachel Warren is just about the nicest person you could wish to meet. An absolute gem of a solicitor.’

Rachel Warren has oodles of quality in how she deals with clients. She is very cerebral in her approach and is at the top of her game.’

Pensions Tier 2

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP provides transactional support to major global and UK based corporates, privately owned companies, not for profit businesses and their pension scheme trustees. Esther White is the key practitioner in the South East; she is a specialist in advising on pension issues arising from corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions and auto-enrolment. Nick Hurley leads the employment, pensions and immigration group across the firm, and practices in contentious and non-contentious matters.

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Key clients

Ericsson

Smith & Williamson Trustees Ltd

Sotheby’s

DST UK Ltd

Civica Group

City & Guilds

Goodwin Procter

NCR

Westminster Abbey

Professional negligence Tier 3

At Charles Russell Speechlys LLP, the largely claimant practice focuses on financial sector disputes pertaining to tax, trusts and pensions matters. The Guildford based team is overseen by Stephen Burns and Duncan Elson who handle financial disputes and contentious trust work respectively. David Savage is a key name for construction-related matters, as is newly promoted partner Andrew Keeley, who also holds engineering law expertise.

Key clients

Cancer Research UK

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Lab Lateral Limited

Icon 1992 Limited

PQW Brenley Corner Limited

Property litigation Tier 4

The ‘friendly, approachable and professionalCharles Russell Speechlys LLP has particular expertise in residential and agricultural property issues, notably acting for estate clients. The firm also acts on lease renewals under the LTA 1954, dilapidations and break notices. David Haines is an ‘expert litigator with finesse’ and co-leads the practice with the ‘first-rateEmma Humphreys.

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Testimonials

‘The real estate team demonstrate strength and depth in all property-related matters’

‘They are the go-to team for CPO work, as well as having huge experience in dealing with contentious work related to farms and private estates’

‘Standout individuals must be David Haines at partner level and senior associate Richard Flenley’

‘Charles Russell Speechlys have a unique presence as an office of an international firm  in Cheltenham. Their location means that they are able to give local expertise with access to international experience’

‘Emma Preece is diligent, thoughtful and mindful of her client’s needs’

‘The service is always of a very high standard. The property team’s knowledge base is wide and deep, and it has the resources to deal with heavy litigation’

‘David Haines is very well regarded, extremely capable and has experience in almost all areas of property litigation, and knows how to get the best out of his team whilst maintaining a calm and friendly atmosphere’

Key clients

Woodchester Valley Freehold Limited

Hackney Joint Estate Charity

The firm: Charles Russell Speechlys provides clients with personalised and considered advice across the full spectrum of business and personal needs. This wider perspective, clear insight and a strongly commercial long-term view helps us to secure the growth of our clients as they move confidently into the future.

We are a leader in the world of dynamic growth and family businesses, and among the world’s leading creators and owners of private wealth and their families. Major corporates and institutions find our more considered and personal approach a refreshing alternative to conventional business law firms.

The firm is built on trusted, personal relationships with clients, guiding them through their most pressing challenges and rewarding opportunities. We do this by getting to the heart of a clients’ needs to bring them best-fit solutions – based on years of experience, collective legal expertise and global reach.

We are a law firm headquartered in London with a network of UK and international offices and associations that provide the global breadth to match our clients’ needs.

Types of work undertaken
Banking and finance: focusing on borrower work in all sectors, particularly real estate finance and projects, bank lender work in the Middle East and elsewhere, and non-bank lender work, including mezzanine finance, corporate finance support, and structured finance.

Commercial: focusing on complex work from corporate organisations requiring regular commercial contracting support, including compliance and corporate risk, EU, competition and trade, IP transactions, and licensing and outsourcing.

Commercial dispute resolution: undertaking all types of litigation, arbitration and mediation both in the UK and internationally, and has particular expertise in commercial disputes, corporate recovery and insolvency, judicial review and fraud.

Construction, engineering and projects: focusing on commercial clients across a wide range of business sectors, but with a particular emphasis on real estate developers, property investment companies, contractors, and major engineering consultancies. The firm also advises high-net-worth individuals when undertaking high-value residential construction projects.

Corporate: advising on a wide range of issues, including flotations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital financings. Specialist teams provide advice on all types of commercial contracts and outsourcing arrangements and have particular expertise in data protection issues, competition matters and tax.

Corporate recovery and insolvency: undertaking both contentious and transactional work for insolvency practitioners, often with an international component.

Employment, pensions and immigration: providing corporate clients with strategic insights and practical solutions for all their employment, pensions and immigration issues as well as advising senior individuals on a personal basis.

Family: advising individuals and intermediaries on matters concerning family breakdown, children and relationship agreements.

Financial services and tax: assisting clients with their everyday regulatory and legal issues, as well as focusing on advising on transactional and strategic matters.

Healthcare: providing a comprehensive range of transactional, regulatory and advisory expertise to deliver an integrated service to clients in the social care, primary care, dental and veterinary sectors.

Intellectual property: advising on all types of contentious and non-contentious work, including copyright, patents, trade marks, registered designs, database rights, passing off and confidential information.

Private property: working with international banks, private investment companies, and private individuals from the UK and overseas, advising on UK and international investment property transactions.

Property litigation: advising major institutional land and estate-owning clients, in particular in London, the South East, and the South West and for property insolvency-related work.

Real estate: advising on every aspect of commercial property, including the structuring and financing of property transactions, planning a development, advising on landlord/tenant issues or managing a property portfolio.

Tax, trusts and succession: advising individuals, trustees, beneficiaries, entrepreneurs and landowners on the establishment and management of trusts and on the tax implications associated with the establishment and running of the structure.

Other offices: Doha, Dubai, Geneva, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Manama, Paris, Zurich.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Christopher Page
Managing Partner Simon Ridpath
Charities and not-for-profit Sarah Rowley
Construction and infrastructure David Savage
Financial services Jon Bond
Healthcare Michael Lingens
Healthcare Noel Wardle
Private wealth Piers Master
Real Estate Fiona Edmond
Retail and leisure Edward Craig
Sport Jason Saiban
TMT Mark Bailey
TMT Mark Howard
Banking & Finance Paul Kay
Commercial Mark Bailey
Commercial dispute resolution Charlotte Pender
Construction, Engineering & Projects Steven Carey
Corporate David Coates
Corporate restructuring and insolvency James Hyne
Corporate Tax James Carter
Employment, pensions and immigration Trevor Bettany
Family James Freeman
Financial Service Regulation & Funds William Garner
Immigration Rose Carey
Intellectual property Mary Bagnall
Private Client Bart Peerless
Private Property Thomas Moran
Private Wealth Disputes Graeme Kleiner
Real Estate Lee Medlock
Real Estate Disputes David Haines
Cheltenham Ian Brothwood
Doha Simon Green
Dubai Simon Green
Geneva Michael Wells-Greco
Guildford Duncan Elson
Hong Kong Tom Shaw
Luxembourg Jean-Baptiste Beauvoir-Planson
Manama Patrick Gearon
Paris Frederic Jeannin
Zurich Mark Summers
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 David Berry  photo David Berry David advises on non-contentious corporate and commercial matters, including: project and procurement…
 Trevor Bettany  photo Trevor Bettany Trevor deals with all aspects of employment law, from contract drafting to…
 Robert Birchall  photo Robert Birchall Robert advises on a wide range of taxation issues for clients ranging…
 Robert Blower  photo Robert Blower Robert specialises in all aspects of private client work, in particular lifetime…
 Jon Bond  photo Jon Bond Jon specialises in advising both lenders and borrowers in connection with a…
 Stephanie Bonnello  photo Stephanie Bonnello Senior Associate
 Sarah Jane Boon  photo Sarah Jane Boon Sarah Jane advises on all areas of family law, with a particular…
 James Bradford  photo James Bradford James provides advice to UK domiciled and non-UK domiciled individuals on UK…
 Andrew Cameron  photo Andrew Cameron Andrew specialises in estate planning and wealth structuring for individuals and families,…
 Rudy Capildeo  photo Rudy Capildeo Partner
 Rose Carey  photo Rose Carey Rose Carey is a partner and head of the firm’s Immigration group,…
 Steven Carey  photo Steven Carey Steven is the global Head of the Construction, Engineering and Projects Group,…
 James Carter  photo James Carter James specialises in a wide range of taxation matters. His principal emphasis…
 Sangna Chauhan  photo Sangna Chauhan Sangna specialises in tax and estate planning for UK and international clients.…
 Louise Clark  photo Louise Clark Louise advises on all aspects of residential and commercial property disputes including…
 Andrew Clarke  photo Andrew Clarke Andrew specialises in private equity and venture capital transactions, M&A and corporate…
 David Coates  photo David Coates David specialises in corporate finance advisory and transactional work for both public…
 Richard Coleman  photo Richard Coleman Richard advises companies, individuals, management teams and institutional investors on all aspects…
 Andrew Collins  photo Andrew Collins Andrew specialises in corporate advice and transactional work for a wide variety…
 Nic Couchman  photo Nic Couchman Partner
 Edward Craig  photo Edward Craig Edward has 20 years’ experience in advising a broad range of clients…
 Adam Crossley  photo Adam Crossley Adam is a corporate lawyer specialising in private equity. He has significant…
 Ruby Dalal  photo Ruby Dalal Ruby specialises in commercial property work with a particular emphasis on investment…
 Richard Davies  photo Richard Davies Richard specialises in commercial contracts, with a particular focus on the sports…
 Katherine Dennis  photo Katherine Dennis Katherine advises on all aspects of business immigration. She has extensive experience…
 Claire Devine  photo Claire Devine Associate
 George Duncan  photo George Duncan George has more than 30 years’ experience of private client work and…
 Fiona Edmond  photo Fiona Edmond Fiona is a Partner in the Construction and Engineering Group. Fiona advises…
 Richard Ellis  photo Richard Ellis Senior Associate
 Simon Ewing  photo Simon Ewing Simon joined the firm in 2000 and is a partner in the…
 Claire Fallows  photo Claire Fallows Claire specialises in planning, highways and compulsory purchase law. She acts for…
 Henry Fea  photo Henry Fea Henry is a private client lawyer with a broad range of experience,…
 Miranda Fisher  photo Miranda Fisher Miranda specialises in family law, particularly prenuptial agreements, financial settlement on divorce…
 Kevin Forsyth  photo Kevin Forsyth Kevin is a specialist construction lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience…
 James Freeman  photo James Freeman James advises on all issues arising from relationship breakdown, specialising in difficult…
 William Garner  photo William Garner William specialises in advising clients in the wholesale, trading and markets segment…
 Suzi Gatward  photo Suzi Gatward Suzi specialises in advising clients on all aspects of mixed-use development schemes.…
 Keir Gordon  photo Keir Gordon Keir advises clients on a wide variety of corporate finance issues, such…
 William Granger  photo William Granger William advises on all aspects of employment, executive and LLP law, including…
 Olivia Gray  photo Olivia Gray Olivia specialises in the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including…
 Claire Greaney  photo Claire Greaney Claire is a commercial litigator with specialist expertise in media, privacy, reputation…
 Joshua Green  photo Joshua Green Joshua specialises in family law including pre and post nuptial agreements, divorce,…
 David Green  photo David Green David is an employment law specialist. He advises both large and small…
 Robin Grove  photo Robin Grove Robin is a commercial property partner specialising in development work. He has…
 Charlotte Healy  photo Charlotte Healy Associate
 Paul Henty  photo Paul Henty Paul provides the full range of competition, state aid and public and…
 Stewart Hey  photo Stewart Hey Stewart (who heads the Charles Russell Speechlys Fraud and Investigations Group) specialises…
 David Hicks  photo David Hicks David advises both institutional and independent clients on constitutional and governance arrangements,…
 Sarah Higgins  photo Sarah Higgins Sarah is head of the family group at Charles Russell Speechlys. She…
 Robert Highmore  photo Robert Highmore Robert specialises in commercial and residential property and landlord and tenant litigation…
 Mark Howard  photo Mark Howard Mark is the joint head of our Technology, Media and Telecommunications sector.…
 Grant Howell  photo Grant Howell Grant is a specialist family lawyer and is recognised as a leading…
 Jeremy Hudson  photo Jeremy Hudson Jeremy specialises in all aspects of landlord and tenant litigation, including opposed…
 Emma Humphreys  photo Emma Humphreys Emma advises on the full range of contentious property issues, including insolvency…
 Susan Hunneyball  photo Susan Hunneyball Susan has considerable experience in advising healthcare clients on professional discipline matters.…
 Nick Hurley  photo Nick Hurley Nick’s practice is in respect of both contentious and non-contentious employment law…
 Charles Hutton  photo Charles Hutton Charles advises on wills, trusts, tax and estate planning, in particular inheritance…
 Helen Hutton  photo Helen Hutton Helen deals with all aspects of planning and environmental law. She acts…
 Nick Janmohamed  photo Nick Janmohamed Nick specialises in corporate work, particularly in the financial services, insurance and…
 Michael Jones  photo Michael Jones Michael is a pensions specialist with over 15 years expertise in advising…
 Paul Kay  photo Paul Kay Paul specialises in banking and finance, including all forms of debt and…
 Jamie Kennaugh  photo Jamie Kennaugh Jamie advises on all areas of family law, including divorce/dissolution, finances and…
 Hannah Kent  photo Hannah Kent Hannah is a commercial litigator who works on a range of commercial…
 Satish Khandke  photo Satish Khandke Partner
 Ashley King-Christopher  photo Ashley King-Christopher Ashley’s practice mainly covers the structuring of international private wealth holding, protection…
 Graeme Kleiner  photo Graeme Kleiner Graeme heads the firm’s Contentious Trusts & Estates team. He advises trustees,…
 Ashley Kopitko  photo Ashley Kopitko Ashley specialises in property investment, landlord and tenant, and real estate finance.…
 Rupa Lakha  photo Rupa Lakha Rupa has extensive experience of both contentious and non-contentious areas of construction…
 Duncan Lamont  photo Duncan Lamont Duncan has for well over two decades worked in the media industry,…
 Dominic Lawrance  photo Dominic Lawrance Dominic’s specialisms are offshore tax planning, succession structures, tax regularisation (including the…
 Michael Lingens  photo Michael Lingens Michael advises on corporate finance and transactional work for public and private…
 William Longrigg  photo William Longrigg William is head of the family sector group and specialises in divorce,…
 Jody MacDonald  photo Jody MacDonald
 Malcolm Macdougall  photo Malcolm Macdougall Malcolm is a corporate lawyer specialising in private equity and mergers and…
 Chris Manning  photo Chris Manning Chris advises companies, individuals, management teams and institutional investors on all aspects…
 Darren Marley  photo Darren Marley Darren has a growing experience in a broad range of commercial and…
 Suzanne Marriott  photo Suzanne Marriott Suzanne specialises in cross-border and UK tax planning, wills, trusts, contentious trusts…
 Piers Master  photo Piers Master Piers advises on a full range of international and domestic personal tax,…
 Tim Maxwell  photo Tim Maxwell Partner
 Paul McCarthy  photo Paul McCarthy Paul has over 7 years of experience working in both personal and…
 Lee Medlock  photo Lee Medlock Lee is Head of the Real Estate Group at Charles Russell Speechlys.…
 Karen Mitchell  photo Karen Mitchell Karen is responsible for the day-to-day operation of Charles Russell Speechly’s compliance…
 Mark Moncreiffe  photo Mark Moncreiffe Mark leads the Geneva-based corporate and commercial teams and is an English-qualified…
 Thomas Moran  photo Thomas Moran Tom is part of the private property group in the firm. The…
 Claudine Morgan  photo Claudine Morgan Legal Director
 Sarah Morley  photo Sarah Morley Sarah handles general commercial property work, specialising in property investment, acquisitions, disposals,…
 William Nash  photo William Nash William has a broad range of corporate finance, advisory and transactional expertise,…
 Hanh Nguyen  photo Hanh Nguyen Hanh is a dual-qualified lawyer (Australia/England & Wales) and advises on both…
 Rhys Novak  photo Rhys Novak Rhys is a dispute resolution specialist with considerable experience across a broad…
 Michael O’Connor  photo Michael O’Connor Michael is an experienced construction and engineering lawyer, providing advice across the…
 Christopher Page  photo Christopher Page Christopher is a private client lawyer who specialises in tax and estate…
 Megan Paul  photo Megan Paul Megan is a partner in the Commercial team and has in-depth experience…
 David Paxton  photo David Paxton Partner
 Bart Peerless  photo Bart Peerless Bart’s practice is diverse. He advises individuals, trustees and beneficiaries, based in…
 Charlotte Pender  photo Charlotte Pender Partner
 Tamasin Perkins  photo Tamasin Perkins Tamasin advises high-net worth individuals, trustees and fiduciaries on complex international trust…
 Hamish Perry  photo Hamish Perry Hamish advises on general company and commercial matters, with a particular emphasis…
 Lynn Povey  photo Lynn Povey Lynn specialises in institutional investment and charity property (including development work). She…
 Michael Powner  photo Michael Powner Michael was head of the Employment, Pensions and Immigration group but is…
 Chris Putt  photo Chris Putt Chris is an experienced corporate finance lawyer working on domestic and international…
 James Riby  photo James Riby James advises on all areas of family law, including separation agreements, divorce,…
 Eddie Richards  photo Eddie Richards Eddie advises on a range of landlord and tenant issues including new…
 Simon Ridpath  photo Simon Ridpath Simon advises on corporate and personal insolvency law providing advisory, transactional and…
 Deborah Robson  photo Deborah Robson Deborah is a Legal Director in the Corporate team and specialises in…
 Melville Rodrigues  photo Melville Rodrigues Melville services clients in formalising UK real estate transactions and also in…
 Daniel Rosenberg  photo Daniel Rosenberg Daniel represents a broad spectrum of UK and international companies and is…
 Sarah Rowley  photo Sarah Rowley Sarah advises a wide range of charities and not for profit clients…
 Jason Saiban  photo Jason Saiban Jason is a commercial contracts specialist, with a focus on TMT, sport,…
 Duncan Salmon  photo Duncan Salmon Duncan is a construction specialist who acts across a range of contentious…
 Mike Scott  photo Mike Scott Mike is the head of Charles Russell Speechlys’ charity and not-for-profit team.…
 Tom Shaw  photo Tom Shaw Tom specialises in corporate and commercial law and has over 25 years’…
 Erica Shelton  photo Erica Shelton Erica deals with all areas of family law, particularly with complex ancillary…
 Ben Smith  photo Ben Smith Ben advises on a wide range of employment matters, both contentious and…
 Mark Smith  photo Mark Smith Mark is head of real estate at Charles Russell Speechlys. He has…
 Tom Smitham  photo Tom Smitham Tom’s experience covers general corporate work for a mixture of private and…
 James Souter  photo James Souter James specialises in all disputes relating to the use and occupation of…
 Jessica Stafford  photo Jessica Stafford Jessica specialises in trust, probate and succession disputes, both domestic and those…
 Paul Stone  photo Paul Stone Paul advises on all aspects of EU and UK competition law. He…
 Daniel Sullivan  photo Daniel Sullivan Danny’s practice focuses on banking and finance transactions, with a particular emphasis…
 Caroline Swain  photo Caroline Swain
 Catriona Syed  photo Catriona Syed Catriona advises individuals, banks and other organisations on the issues which can…
 John Sykes  photo John Sykes John is a recognised as a leading litigator for UK and international…
 Robert Thomas  photo Robert Thomas Robert specialises in all areas of employment law and has a particular…
 Nicola Thorpe  photo Nicola Thorpe Nicola advises on a wide range of private wealth matters, including international…
 Lucy Thorpe  photo Lucy Thorpe Lucy specialises in PE and M&A advisory and transactional work for private…
 James Trafford  photo James Trafford James is a trusted adviser to individuals, families and organisations with complex…
 Kate Troup  photo Kate Troup Kate advises clients in the financial services industry on a wide range…
 Elena Vasilyeva  photo Elena Vasilyeva Elena specialises in private client matters and wealth structuring with an international…
 John Ward  photo John Ward John specialises in international and UK tax and estate planning, and advice…
 Louise Ward  photo Louise Ward Louise handles general commercial property work, acting for a mix of investors,…
 Noel Wardle  photo Noel Wardle Noel advises a wide range of healthcare clients, in particular pharmacists and…
 Rachel Warren  photo Rachel Warren Rachel specialises in healthcare and regulatory law. Her expertise in this area…
 Esther White  photo Esther White Esther has over 10 years pensions experience advising companies and trustees on…
 Nick White  photo Nick White Partner
 Jonathan Whitehead  photo Jonathan Whitehead Jonathan has wide-ranging experience of all forms of commercial dispute resolution, including…
 Sarah Whitten  photo Sarah Whitten Sarah specialises in family law, advising clients how to resolve arrangements for…
 Lucy Wicksteed photo Lucy Wicksteed Senior Associate
 Jaclyn Wilkins  photo Jaclyn Wilkins Jaclyn is a commercial lawyer who advises on a broad range of…
 Andy Williams  photo Andy Williams Andy advises on all aspects of employment law, with particular expertise in…
 Alice Wilne  photo Alice Wilne Alice advises a wide range of UK-domiciled and foreign-domiciled individuals, both UK-resident…
 Ian Wood  photo Ian Wood Ian is an intellectual property specialist with over 30 years experience in…
 James Worthington  photo James Worthington Partner
 Martin Wright  photo Martin Wright Martin is a corporate lawyer and advises public and privately owned companies…
 Victoria Younghusband  photo Victoria Younghusband Victoria is a corporate lawyer who has specialised in advising investment funds…
Number of UK partners : 145
Total UK fee earners : 445

CLIENT: Geoff Carton-Kelly, Partner
COMPANY/FIRM: FRP Advisory
TESTIMONIAL: “A brilliant legal team with an unshakeable focus and total command of the complex subject matter. They are willing to make personal sacrifices and remain good-humoured, even under huge pressure during the trial, where their clear strategy, adaptability and impressive co-ordination delivered a masterclass.”


CLIENT: Alan Shearer CBE
TESTIMONIAL: “The team at Charles Russell Speechlys provided me with outstanding legal advice and have shown real professionalism and integrity throughout the dealings I have had with them.”


CLIENT: Richard Cherry, Group Deputy Chairman
COMPANY/FIRM: Countryside Properties
TESTIMONIAL: “Our relationship with Charles Russell Speechlys goes back many years, spanning each of the defining steps in our corporate history. The team is able to deploy experts across the full range of disciplines required for the deal. Their commercially based advice, strong sense of commitment to us and to the achievement of the transaction made them once again much valued members of our team.”


CLIENT: Mahesh Patel, CEO
COMPANY/FIRM: Minster Care Group
TESTIMONIAL: “Having advised the family for nearly 30 years on business and personal matters, the team at Charles Russell Speechlys was perfectly placed to support us in this innovative transaction which allowed some family members to exit, and others to remain involved, in the business which will now be backed by a publicly-traded real estate investor”.


CLIENT: Kelly Fairweather, Chief Operating Officer
COMPANY/FIRM: International Tennis Federation
TESTIMONIAL: “We were delighted to have the Charles Russell Speechlys team on side, whose sport sector expertise, multi-disciplinary service, global footprint and combined unique regulatory and commercial insight were vital to completing the deal.”



Our Social Impact

Overview

We believe that, to be successful, our business must have a positive social impact. We are an integral part of the communities – global and local – in which we operate and believe that supporting these communities is part of our responsibility as a business. In particular, we believe that it is our duty – as leading international law firm – to help level the playing field by improving access to justice, access to education and access to professional opportunities for disadvantaged groups. We also believe that a strong community programme reflects our values: a commitment to valuing difference, to building human connections, to treating others as we would wish to be treated and to developing long-term partnerships.

We do this through our Social Impact Programme. Led by our Senior Partner, Christopher Page and our dedicated Social Impact Team, it comprises a strong Pro Bono practice and a high impact Community Investment programme of fundraising and volunteering activities.

Our connection with our community is all the more important in times of crisis and we are proud to have strengthened our Social Impact Programme in response to COVID-19 by:

  • Increasing our volunteering allowance from 14 to 21 hours for staff to lend their time and skills to support the NHS or COVID-19 related causes. · Launching Project Companion – an emergency package of fundraising and pro bono support to assist Emmaus, a national charity providing homes and livelihoods for the homeless.
  • Converting all our pro bono community legal advice clinics to webcam format so that people unable to afford a lawyer can get access to legal support during the lockdown period and sharing best practice with other commercial firms to help them do them same. · Providing full-service pro bono legal support to Food4Heroes, a new non-profit organisation that is mobilising chefs and catering businesses nationwide to feed NHS workers on the frontline of the crisis.

Pro Bono

Pro Bono is part of our core practice as a firm. We treat our pro bono clients as we do our paying clients and support all our lawyers to get involved – at all levels of seniority and whatever their area of expertise. We provide free legal advice to help disadvantaged groups get access to justice and to support charities and social enterprises providing vital services.

Impact highlights

  • We train and deploy our lawyers for 2-week secondments to the Greek islands of Lesvos and Samos to help asylum-seekers navigate the asylum process.
  • We were the first commercial law firm in the UK to launch a pro bono legal clinic by webcam to reach people outside London where pro bono help is scarce. The webcam project – Highly Commended at the LawWorks Awards 2019 – has provided the basis for us and other firms to run pro bono advice clinics during the COVID-19 shutdown.
  • A partner-led team from across our UK offices represents disabled people at the First-Tier Tribunal to appeal the withdrawal of disability benefits.
  • We are proud partners of Social Business Trust, providing pro bono legal support to help its small charity investees increase their reach and social impact.
  • We provide free commercial legal advice on an ongoing basis to a wide range of charities and innovative social enterprises.

Community Investment

We have a long history of involvement with the communities in which we live and work. Our focus is on social mobility and supporting the most isolated and vulnerable in society through our charity partners and other local initiatives.

Impact highlights

  • Our staff support children in local primary schools through our In-school Reading Scheme and Work Week Programme designed to develop awareness of the world of work and challenge misconceptions about career prospects linked to gender and/or ethnicity.
  • Through our 5-year Talent Pipeline Programme (CareerStart) and our partnership with Social Mobility Business Partnership (SMBP), we open up careers in law for state school students from under represented backgrounds by providing high quality work experience and mentoring programmes. Through our collaboration with SMBP we work with client partners enabling our students to gain further exposure to the legal world through a further week of work experience and skills based activities. As a founding member of SMBP we also head up one of the London SMBP teams
  • We value the longstanding relationships we have with our local charitable organisations. Our staff volunteers support:

o The Positive Ageing Group and The Crusoe Club, a club for the blind and visually impaired, at The Blackfriars Settlement with initiatives including an annual Halloween quiz night, a “Crusoe” Christmas lunch at our London office, supporting the Crusoe members on day trips out and staff volunteering to cook and prepare Christmas lunches at the Settlement. Staff also volunteer via the charity’s telephone befriending service.

o The Churn – The Good Neighbour Project is a community-based project seeking to combat social isolation and improve wellbeing in Cirencester and neighbouring villages. Volunteers from our Cheltenham office provide support via a telephone befriending service and host an annual Afternoon Tea for elderly members in the community.

DIVERSITY

We believe in creating equal opportunities for everyone. Not only do we want to attract, and retain, the best talent, we are committed to providing a work environment and culture supports individuals to thrive irrespective of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, age, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy, maternity status, disability or socio-economic background.

By working with people from different backgrounds or with different experiences, we get a different perspective and that helps us to think more broadly, question more and share our skills, knowledge, and experience as part of a collective intelligence.

We believe that creating a diverse and inclusive workplace allows our people to be the best they can be, and do the best for our clients, who can expect a firm that understands their objectives and delivers advice that considers their commercial and personal needs.

Firm networks

Our Diversity Partner Emma Bartlett is supported by a full time Diversity & Inclusion Manager and four core active employee networks. The networks focus on events and initiatives to promote and raise awareness relating to their specific area, and also in collaboration with each other to focus on different areas of intersectionality. The networks play a valuable role in firm projects and assisting with policy review to ensure they are inclusive.

Our four core networks include:

  • CAPability (Collaborating And Promoting ability)
  • Gender
  • LGBTQ+
  • Religion, Belief and Ethnicity

Age-related initiatives fall within the remit of all networks.

In addition, we also have a Family Friendly and a Carers Network that meet to share experiences, provide support to each other and host topical speakers.

Our network initiatives vary from year to year, but some of our recent achievements and events include ranking in the Top 25 of the Legal Sector in the Stonewall Equality Index, training our front of house and recruitment team on how to be Trans and Non binary inclusive, running a second “This is Me” campaign, with posters sharing personal experience of mental ill health by Partners and Staff, launch of our “How to have a conversation” guide to help managers and colleagues approach conversations on mental health, recorded our Pride podcast series, signed up to Valuable 500 and committing to actions to improve the experience of colleagues and clients living with a disability, hosting Diwali events across our UK offices, carried out a review of our family friendly policies to ensure they are inclusive of same sex couples and gender neutral, hosted training for our HR team on neurodiversity and the skills that neurodiverse colleagues can bring to the workplace.

Diversity & Inclusion programmes

We are committed to further developing our Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and identify key, longer term, programmes to help us achieve that. These include:

Ø Achieving Balance, this programme aims to improve the gender balance at Partnership level and in leadership roles across the firm.

Ø Our Career Start talent pipeline programme, is a social mobility initiative which extends and develops our engagement with individuals from low socio economic backgrounds. It is a five year commitment to increase their employability and to further improve the diversity of our employees.

Ø We are in the early stages of establishing a Race Equality Action Group which has been tasked to deliver actions, and commitments, to promote diversity and which support the fight against racism and discrimination. Our commitment and determination for change will be wide reaching, looking closely at

ourselves, the profession and at ways in which we can collaborate with others in business communities and education to drive greater impact and change.

For more information regarding our initiatives, or vacancies, please check our website, www.charlesrussellspeechlys.com

The Lex 100 Verdict

Charles Russell Speechlys is highly regarded for its 'very strong private client offering, strengthened by a corporate tax element', and the firm also boasts a market-leading sports law practice. As trainees highlight, this work, 'particularly in the sports regulatory field – stood out to me, along with the firm's the intellectual property work'. The firm also stands out for its popularity with current trainees: 'CRS provided the best overall experience from quality of work, quality of clients, learning environment to work/life balance. It's an incredibly unique place to work due to the scope of work on offer'. With City and regional offices in Cheltenham and Guildford, as well as international offices in Europe, the Middle East and Asia, the firm may be mid-sized in terms of headcount, but certainly not in its scope and the diversity of client base. In terms of training, respondents comment that in comparison to other firms, 'the workload here seems to be much more manageable for most, and client contact is quite strong in many seats'. Trainees also commented that the firm's 'atmosphere also seems to be friendlier, with supervisors typically very approachable and understanding'. Trainees applaud the level of 'responsibility from early on' and say that the 'clients across all departments are second to none'. In addition, being given 'vast responsibility early on with such interesting work and clients ensures motivation and job satisfaction'. Negatives identified are the 'conservative' characteristics of certain departments, 'transparency' over seat allocation and the rarity of international secondments. But if you are interested in international private client work and sports law plus a personalised training contract, Charles Russell Speechlys is a strong contender.