Stephenson Harwood > London, England > Firm Profile

Stephenson Harwood
1 FINSBURY CIRCUS
LONDON
EC2M 7SH
England

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood's ‘excellent sector and market knowledge’ makes it a key port of call for equity fundraisings and stock exchange transactions, combining the expertise of the UK-based team with the firm’s presence in Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai to act on the full spectrum of cross-border work in the space. IPO expertise is another core feature of the team, while the group’s recent deal flow also includes private acquisitions of AIM-listed companies and public M&A transactions. AIM market expert Tom Nicholls leads a team which notably includes David Dowding, who is experienced at advising corporates, investment banks and brokers on main market and AIM IPOs and secondary fundraisings.

Practice head(s):

Tom Nicholls

Other key lawyers:

David Dowding; Tom Page

Testimonials

‘The team were very responsive and proactive when engaging on a proposed transaction. They demonstrated excellent sector and market knowledge and I would highly recommend them.’

‘Incredibly easy to speak to and have practical discussions on all aspects of a transaction. They are highly capable at breaking down technical legal matters into simple terms whilst taking a commercial approach when applying their knowledge.’

‘Great people, professional and fun to work with.’

 

Key clients

Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust

Acacia Pharma Group plc

Acorn Income Fund Limited

Akur Limited

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Allianz Technology Trust PLC

Alternative Asset Opportunities PCC Limited

Alternative Credit Investments plc

Alternative Liquidity Fund Limited

Alvarium RE Limited

Alvarium Securities Limited

Aptamer Group plc

APQ Global

Arden Partners plc

Aseana Properties Limited

Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust plc

Atlantis Japan Growth Fund Limited

Augmentum Capital LLP

Augmentum Fintech plc

AVI Japan Opportunity Trust plc

Base Resources Limited

BB Healthcare Trust plc

Big Society Capital Limited

BDO LLP

Berenberg

BlackRock Income & Growth Investment Trust plc

BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust plc

BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc

Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments Limited

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

CC Japan Income & Growth Trust plc

Cenkos Securities plc

City of London Investment Trust plc

Corevestis Portfolio Management GmbH

Coupland Cardiff Asset Management

Development Partners International LLP

Dr. Peters Holding GmbH

Dragon Capital Limited

Draper Esprit VCT plc

easyHotel plc

Eighteen East Capital Limited

E-Therapeutics Plc

European Opportunities Trust plc

European Real Estate Investment Trust Limited

Fair Oaks Income Limited

finnCap Limited

Focusrite plc

GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited

Geiger Counter Limited

Gore Street Capital Limited

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc

Gravis Advisory Limited

Gravis Capital Management Limited

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited

Gulf Investment Fund plc

Henderson Global Trust plc

Henderson International Income Trust Fund

Henderson Value Trust

Hipgnosis Song Management Limited

Home REIT plc

Hotel Chocolat plc

Impax Asset Management Group plc

Invesco Fund Managers Limited

Investec Bank plc

Jefferies International Limited

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Jupiter Emerging & Frontier Trust plc

Jupiter UK Growth Investment Trust PLC

Jupiter Green Investment Trust plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Lowland Investment Company plc

LXI REIT plc

Kudu Investment Management, LLC

Landore Resources Limited

Manchester & London Investment Trust plc

Manolete Partners plc

MIGO Opportunities Trust PLC

Mobius Capital Partners LLP

Mobius Investment Trust plc

Nichols plc

Novacyt SA

Numis Securities

Oakley Capital Investments Limited

Oncimmune Ltd

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

PMM Partners

Premier Miton Global Renewables Trust plc

Premier Miton Investors

Qatar Investment Fund plc

Sancus Lending Group Limited

Scape Living plc

Scape Student Living Limited

Schroder British Opportunities Trust plc

Schroder BSC Social Impact Trust plc

Schroder Investment Management Limited

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management Limited

Schroder UK Public Private Trust plc

Secured Income Fund plc

Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc

Seraphim Space (Manager) LLP

Shield Therapeutics plc

Shore Capital and Corporate Limited

Singer Capital Markets

SP Angel

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Stockdale Securities Limited

Strand Hanson Limited

Strategic Equity Capital plc

Sturgeon Capital Limited

SuperSeed Capital Limited

SuperSeed Ventures LLP

The Bauhaus Investment Trust plc

The Bankers Investment Trust PLC

The Brunner Investment Trust PLC

The Diverse Income Trust plc

The Merchants Trust PLC

Victory Park Capital Advisors

Vietnam Enterprise Investments Limited

Vietnam Holding Limited

WH Ireland

Whiteoak Capital Group

Winterflood Securities Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised WindAcre Partnership LLC on its participation in the acquisition of Nielsen Holdings plc by way of a UK-court approved scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP, sole Nomad and Broker, on the AIM IPO and £8 million fundraise of Hercules Site Services.
  • Acted for LXi REIT plc on its recommended £3.9 billion merger with Secure Income REIT plc.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood is distinctly well-versed in multinational disputes, including those pertaining to emerging market, with members of the civil fraud team being commended as 'specialists in fraud and asset tracing with a solid grounding in commercial litigation'. 'Market leader' Ros Prince co-heads the team and is acclaimed as an expert in cross-border asset recovery, meanwhile Alan Bercow, the practice’s other lead and 'a senior statesman in this area', is relied upon for all-manner of proceedings, acting for both major corporates and high-net-worth individuals; the duo are supported by 'class act' Priya Grigoriadis who made partner in May 2023 and has developed a track record in freezing, search and disclosure order matters.

Practice head(s):

Ros Prince; Alan Bercow

Other key lawyers:

Priya Grigoriadis; Galina Usorova

Testimonials

‘A very experienced team with a strong track record. Their stand out skill is coordinating large set piece disputes and long term campaigns.’

‘Ros Prince, Priya Grigoriadis and Alan Bercow are the key partners. The house style is notable for being pragmatic, realistic and capable of dealing with the most difficult claims with the minimum of drama.’

‘Stephenson Harwood are committed to achieving the goals of their clients, giving the right advice efficiently and effectively. Stephenson Harwood provide a far-reaching international service, but not compromising on the importance of local expertise and culture.’

‘Alan Bercow, Ros Prince and Priya Grigoriadis have worked hard as a great team to deliver the best for their clients. Priya is absolutely a rising star, providing excellent advice and service levels for her clients. Ros is a market leader when it comes to civil fraud; she knows the needs of her clients and is extremely hands-on.’

‘The team has unparalleled experience across the whole range of fraud litigation – and all related aspects of commercial litigation generally. They are a true Rolls-Royce outfit.’

‘Ros Prince is enormously savvy and clever. She also leads the team with boundless energy. Priya Grigoriadis has recently been promoted to Partner, and has slotted right in as one of the leading fraud litigators in London.’

‘Alan Bercow is a senior statesman in this area, and deservedly so. Calm and cunning, he makes a difficult opponent and a great leader of his teams. Priya Grigoriadis is a brand-new partner who much deserves her recent promotion: she is a class act, who works hard, has excellent tactical nous, and who manages teams, including counsel, with skill, humour and care.’

‘Ros Prince – formidable, competent, caring, commercial. Alan Bercow – highly experienced.’

Key clients

Former majority shareholders of Yukos

Igor Mints

The joint liquidators of St George’s Limited (Bermuda)

The joint liquidators of Orca Finance UK Limited and Marsh Wall 30 Limited

The joint trustees in bankruptcy of Ramesh Dusoruth

John Milsom and David Standish of Interpath Ltd as Court appointed Enforcement Receivers

Shane Crooks and Malcolm Cohen of BDO LLP

Cossac Holdings Limited

ABB (Private) Limited and the joint trustees in bankruptcy of Charlotte Sarudzai Ndenda

David Standish and David Pike of Interpath Advisory

Work highlights

  • Continued to act for the former majority shareholders of Yukos on their enforcement action in England in relation to a US$54+ billion arbitration awards against the Russian state.
  • Represented Igor Mints, a successful Russian businessman based in London, who is subject to a US$572 million alleged fraud claim, which was strenuously denied and hard fought.
  • Acted for the Enforcement Receivers of a twice-convicted fraudster, Dr Gerald Smith, in relation to one of the largest ever UK Confiscation Orders made in a case by the Serious Fraud Office.

Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood has a major presence in the energy, metals and minerals sectors, in which it advises major trading houses, oil majors and refining companies, and mining groups. More recently, the firm has become more active in soft commodities, and it counts traders, food producers and other multi-national corporates among its clients. 'Service from the firm is really outstanding: quick response, deep knowledge of the market and great authority in the legal issues involved', remark clients. Haris Zografakis, who has vast experience in hard, soft and energy commodities, leads the practice. The 'very focused and efficient' Emma Skakle has a market-leading reputation in agricultural commodities. Peter Bennett is 'always available, reliable and effective, and conducts all the trial phases with precision and appropriateness'. Jonathan Spearing, who is highly regarded for commodity financing fraud cases, 'provides concise and pragmatic legal advice'.

Practice head(s):

Haris Zografakis

Testimonials

‘The team led by Emma Skakle is very focused and efficient. They bring stability and predictability to the relationship with the clients. The replies are always timely and the quality of the advice is top level.’

‘Emma Skakle is a top partner in the field of commodities trading and arbitration.’

‘Stephenson Harwood has deep legal and industry-specific expertise in commodities and shipping.’

‘Jonathan Spearing: He provides concise and pragmatic legal advice. His turnaround time is second to none and he is very cost-effective.’

‘Service of the firm is really outstanding: quick response, deep knowledge of the market and great authority in the legal issues involved. Great in advicing the client.’

‘Peter Bennett. Really an expert in this area, particularly skilled in arbitration strategy and tactics; always available, reliable and – above all – effective, he conducts all the trial phases with precision and appropriateness.’

‘Advice that does not need to be translated for management. Quick to understand all the ins-and-outs of a case. Excellent value for money.’

‘Emma Skakle is a thoughtful, hands-on partner who is very commercial in her approach to resolving disputes. She has long-standing experience in the commodities space and related areas such as shipping.’

Key clients

Mercuria Energy Trading

Vedanta Resources and subsidiaries/related companies

Phillips 66

Macquarie Bank

Steag

Base Resources Ltd

BASF Intertrade

Elinoil

Mabanaft

Sahara Energy Resources

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood‘s team works together with the firm’s non-contentious, private wealth, contentious trusts, and regulatory teams to assist clients with the full spectrum of pensions dispute resolution. Headed by Helena Berman, the ‘all-round excellent‘ practice is experienced in construction and rectification applications, FCA investigations, and moral hazard cases. Jenny McKeown is particularly well-known for her work with insurers, whilst May 2023-promoted partner Chris Edwards-Earl, who is lauded by clients as a ‘very impressive litigation lawyer‘, is a key contact for RPI and CPI disputes. Associate Maria Chami is recommended for her work in professional negligence cases in a professional context.

Practice head(s):

Helena Berman

Testimonials

‘We get outstanding client care. As a team, they understand our business and have strong relationships with the Bar.’

‘Experienced fusion of pensions and professional negligence experience.’

‘Helena Berman and Chris Edwards-Earl have a great approach to seeking innovative solutions to resolve issues. They also have a great capacity to explain and summarise complex legal issues and thus interact effectively with trustee boards.’

‘Stephenson Harwood are the strongest commercial pensions practice in the UK. They combine a deep knowledge of law with unparalleled commercial acumen.’

‘Chris Edwards-Earl  is a rising star in the pensions litigation world being hardworking, intelligent and having good judgement.’

‘Chris Edwards-Earl is a very impressive litigation lawyer. He combines an excellent capability to determine the commercials of a case with a superb capability to determine legal tactics.’

‘An all-round excellent team which is packed full of talent. They are totally committed to their clients’ objectives and routinely deliver brilliant outcomes.’

‘Helena Berman is a brilliant lawyer who combines technical expertise, tactical nous, dedication and originality. You would not want to be against her.’

Key clients

Chris Burns

Mercer Limited and Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Chris Burns, Representative Beneficiary of the BBC Pension Scheme, in proceedings which will determine the scope of the Scheme’s amendment power and whether significant variations can be made to the Scheme going forwards.
  • Defended Mercer Limited and Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Limited in a high value negligence claim issued by the employer and trustees of the Honda pension scheme in December 2009 regarding a range of alleged defective amendments to the scheme between 1986 – 1999, which will continue to a full High Court hearing.

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood‘s ‘great knowledge of the sector’ facilitates its handling of an array of both UK and offshore-domiciled listed funds matters, advising on prospective IPOs, fund mergers and fundraisings. On the regulatory front, the firm is advising on the FCA’s new consumer duty regime in addition to assisting clients with environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) reporting requirements. Leading the team is William Saunders, whose practice encompasses IPOs, shareholder matters and fund mergers. Alex Haynes assists fund managers with the launch of new investment vehicles in addition to advising on restructuring, while Carolyn Hall advises investment banks on the IPOs of closed-ended funds in addition to supporting restructurings and secondary transactions Nick Horton acts for investment managers on the launch of funds and also provides regulatory advice. Managing associate Kate Longman is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

William Saunders

Testimonials

‘Great knowledge of the sector.’

‘Always available.’

‘The best closed-ended funds team in the London market.’

‘Alex Haynes is a trusted, long-standing adviser.’

‘Excellent team with relevant experience at all levels.’

‘Partners are responsive, and the associates are of high quality.’

‘Excellent sector knowledge combined with sensible, commercial advice.’

‘Team is diverse with low turnover.’

Key clients

Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust

Acorn Income Fund Limited

Akur Limited

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Allianz Technology Trust PLC

Alternative Asset Opportunities PCC Limited

Alternative Credit Investments plc

Alternative Liquidity Fund Limited

Alvarium RE Limited

Alvarium Securities Limited

Aseana Properties Limited

Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust plc

Atlantis Japan Growth Fund Limited

Augmentum Capital LLP

Augmentum Fintech plc

AVI Japan Opportunity Trust plc

BB Healthcare Trust plc

Big Society Capital Limited

BDO LLP

BlackRock Income & Growth Investment Trust plc

BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust plc

BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc

Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments Limited

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

CC Japan Income & Growth Trust plc

Cenkos Securities plc

City of London Investment Trust plc

Corevestis Portfolio Management GmbH

Coupland Cardiff Asset Management

Development Partners International LLP

Dr. Peters Holding GmbH

Dragon Capital Limited

Draper Esprit VCT plc

Eighteen East Capital Limited

European Opportunities Trust plc

European Real Estate Investment Trust Limited

Fair Oaks Income Limited

finnCap Limited

GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited

GCP Asset Backed Income Fund Limited

Geiger Counter Limited

Gore Street Capital Limited

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc

Gravis Advisory Limited

Gravis Capital Management Limited

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited

Gulf Investment Fund plc

Henderson Global Trust plc

Henderson International Income Trust Fund

Henderson Value Trust

Hipgnosis Song Management Limited

Home REIT plc

Impax Asset Management Group plc

Invesco Fund Managers Limited

Investec Bank plc

Jefferies International Limited

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Jupiter Emerging & Frontier Trust plc

Jupiter UK Growth Investment Trust PLC

Jupiter Green Investment Trust plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Lowland Investment Company plc

LXI REIT plc

LXi REIT Advisors Limited

Kudu Investment Management, LLC

Manchester & London Investment Trust plc

MIGO Opportunities Trust PLC

Mobius Capital Partners LLP

Mobius Investment Trust plc

Numis Securities

Oakley Capital Investments Limited

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

PMM Partners

Premier Miton Global Renewables Trust plc

Premier Miton Investors

Qatar Investment Fund plc

Sancus Lending Group Limited

Scape Living plc

Scape Student Living Limited

Schroder British Opportunities Trust plc

Schroder BSC Social Impact Trust plc

Schroder Investment Management Limited

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management Limited

Schroder UK Public Private Trust plc

Secured Income Fund plc

Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc

Seraphim Space (Manager) LLP

Shore Capital and Corporate Limited

Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited

Singer Capital Markets Securities

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Stockdale Securities Limited

Strand Hanson Limited

Strategic Equity Capital plc

Sturgeon Capital Limited

SuperSeed Capital Limited

SuperSeed Ventures LLP

The Bauhaus Investment Trust plc

The Bankers Investment Trust PLC

The Brunner Investment Trust PLC

The Diverse Income Trust plc

The Merchants Trust PLC

Victory Park Capital Advisors

Vietnam Enterprise Investments Limited

Vietnam Holding Limited

Whiteoak Capital Group

Winterflood Securities Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for LXi REIT plc on its recommended £3.9bn merger with Secure Income REIT plc.
  • Acted on an oversubscribed institutional placing and retail offer for Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc, London’s first listed energy storage fund, raising £150m.
  • Advised Jupiter Emerging & Frontier Income Trust PLC on various proposals that culminated in a members’ voluntary liquidation.

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 1

Led by the renowned Roland Foord, the well-established team at Stephenson Harwood frequently acts in the most important transactions and disputes for the key players in the market, and the group often works on matters with a significant cross-border dimension. Growth areas for the practice have included advising on Russian sanctions, Covid-19, cryptocurrency and NFTs. Clients stem from a wide variety of countries and range from auction houses and dealers, to museums and private collectors. Foord is a known name for his work on major disputes involving title and attribution issues, as well as his work regarding the sale and purchase of fine art. In addition, the group is adept at advising on issues relating to the export of art and looted art. Guy Harper is also sought after for his experience of handling claims relating to fine art.

Practice head(s):

Roland Foord

Other key lawyers:

Guy Harper; Jo Jones; Alan Ward

Testimonials

‘A seasoned and well-appointed team, led by the great Roland Foord. A high-end commercial firm that offers art law expertise is a rare asset – and Stephenson Harwood have it in spades. Especially strong on authenticity disputes involving works of art and anything that affects the big art auction houses’.

‘Roland Foord is one of the few undeniable experts in this field, with enormous experience to draw from. Jo Jones has done fine work as a highly intelligent junior’.

‘Stephenson Harwood has for many decades now been a leader in the art law field. It provides advice to international auction houses, galleries and collectors. Its major strength is that it has extensive experience in and knowledge of the art business’.

‘Its advice is always practical, uncomplicated and relevant’.

‘Stephenson Harwood feels like an extension of my in-house team. Roland Foord is at the heart of the SH team. His knowledge is quite simply unrivalled. He has great judgment and is a strategic thinker. He is my go-to lawyer for complex issues. He also has a client friendly easy manner which makes him a pleasure to work with’.

‘They are a truly international operation with full service capabilities covering many important areas of legal advice. Guy Harper: responsive, service orientated with formidable litigation skills and knowledge of the art market’.

‘Roland Foord: deep understanding of the component sectors of the international art market and an unrivalled network of contacts. Depth of experience gives him an unrivalled knowledge and set of experiences on which to draw. Charming and extremely discrete. A true professional’.

‘As an all service law firm they have specialist teams to advise on different areas relevant to art and cultural property. Alan Ward, the partner on the regulatory side, is excellent. He is responsive and very knowledgeable as well as having in-depth knowledge of the art market.’

Key clients

Qatar Museums Authority

Christie’s

Phillips Auctioneers

The Society of London Art Dealers

The Royal College of Art

Sadie Coles HQ Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Qatar Museums on numerous matters including template agreements and proposal, commission and license agreements.
  • Advised Phillips UK on a range of ad hoc issues and more substantive issues including successfully acting in defence of proceedings in relation to a work by Damien Hirst sold through Phillips.
  • Acting for Sadie Coles HQ Limited including advice in respect of a number of commissioned art works and representing the gallery’s artists in respect of commissions for installations in France.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The ‘very strong and friendly’ team at Stephenson Harwood has ‘continued to expand, the firm is hugely respected within the industry, and the quality of the partners is excellent, as is their advice. They are multi-jurisdictional and have continued to expand their services’.  It was pleased to add Beatrice Puoti to its ranks from Burges Salmon LLP. Puoti has considerable expertise in advising UK residents and non-residents, domiciled and non-domiciled individuals, private banks, trustees and family offices on their international tax, trust and estate planning issues. James Quarmby heads the department, which advises many wealthy clients ranging from multi-millionaires to ultra-high-net-worth (often high profile) individuals and families, with billions of pounds in assets. The clients are typically entrepreneurial and international. Emily Osborne leads the team’s family office advisory service. Jonathan Conder is experienced in acting for families with an US connection and also for families from SE Asia. Michael Rutili is another key figure who has become a trusted adviser to numerous, mostly European, private clients, their families and businesses.

Practice head(s):

James Quarmby

Testimonials

‘The team give exceptional advice and I use them frequently. They give constructive, creative and innovative advice. They think outside the box. Jon Conder is an exceptionally safe pair of hands and I would recommend time and time again’.

‘The team works closely with other practices within the firm and can really offer full-service assistance. SH people are approachable and have an accurate yet practical approach to matters.’

‘Michael Rutili is pragmatic, technically knowledgeable and has great language skills. We greatly trust his ability to understand matters and foresee and prevent any complications down the line. He is our first port of call whenever matters involve tax or succession planning’.

‘Every excellent team has an excellent leader and James Quarmby’s down to earth, approachable yet highly professional style permeates through the entire team. The sheer expertise and years of experience across the team members, along with the global reach with partners worldwide, makes this firm stand out’.

‘James Quarmby is at the top of his game – his differentiator is that although he is technically brilliant, he speaks plainly and not in legal jargon. This makes him extremely approachable and means the advice he gives is always clear and easily understood’.

‘Emily Osborne’s knowledge of the law is unrivalled. She is conscientious and has great attention to detail; this coupled with her very friendly manner makes her stand out from others’.

‘Beatrice Puoti’s understanding of cross border succession laws is unique – she is the only lawyer I know who can write a Will across jurisdictions. Coupled with this expertise is a truly lovely person, who is extremely approachable and professional’.

‘Jon Conder is simply first class. Excellent lawyer across a range of PC tax issues. Beatrice Puoti is superb on cross border succession, excellent with clients and client service is second to none‘.

Transport > Rail Tier 1

The team at Stephenson Harwood is praised for its ‘excellent and thorough understanding of the rail industry’. Furthermore, the group ‘understands the commercial needs of clients’. The dynamic team, which is co-led by Tammy Samuel and Suzanne Tarplee, has substantial rolling stock expertise. The group is well-placed to advise a broad mix of operators, financiers, manufacturers and maintainers on many major UK and international transactions. It also has considerable expertise in access disputes and in arbitration. Other core areas of focus include advising on franchising and concessions, in addition to procurement and regulation. Darren Fodey is a key member of the department – he has substantial knowledge of rail regulation and regulated contracts. Managing associate, Caroline Hooton, is lauded for her advice on the procurement of station facilities management services, station improvement and upgrade projects.

Practice head(s):

Tammy Samuel; Suzanne Tarplee

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong industry leading rail practice, well supported by ancillary other practice areas with specialist rail knowledge (such as real estate, commercial litigation)’.

‘Suzanne Tarplee is always on hand to provide best-in-class advice no matter how demanding the time scales have been. By embracing the people and culture of us a client, Suzanne has been unmatched in her ability to understand and deliver tailored legal advice to our needs’.

‘Suzanne Tarplee – incredibly passionate about her work and supporting the rail sector, she is extremely commercially minded and understands the issues that are important and thinks outside of the box. A trusted pair of hands that will always deliver’.

‘The SH has many years of experience in their team. Understanding not just the legal aspects of the industry but also have a good engineering and operational understanding’.

‘The Partners and Associates that we work with are committed, hard working and understanding of the complexities of our business. The stand out individuals that work with us are Tammy Samuel, Suzanne Tarplee and Caroline Hooton’.

‘Suzanne Tarplee is very approachable and deals with everything very calmly and with a minimum of fuss’.

‘Tammy Samuel – amazing client management and business awareness. Caroline Hooton – incredible depth of technical knowledge’.

‘Encyclopaedic knowledge of the rail industry. Passionate and engaged. Always feels like they are on our team’.

Key clients

CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)

Abellio Transport Holdings (including all TOCs – Abellio Greater Anglia, Abellio East Midlands, West Midlands Trains, Merseyrail and Abellio ScotRail)

Trenitalia UK Limited

Trenitalia c2c

Arriva Plc

Arriva UK Trains Limited (including all TOCs – Arriva Rail London, CrossCountry, Chiltern, Grand Central)

Lombard North Central plc

Transport for London/London Underground Limited

Northern Trains Limited

LNER

Centrus/Corelink

Varamis Rail

Transport UK Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Transport UK Group on the management buyout of Abellio UK. This was the only rail deal in 2022 where ownership of a rail entity transferred to a UK entity rather than an overseas entity.
  • Advising Transport for London on the regulated rail aspects relating to the opening of the new Elizabeth line railway under London and the concession agreement for the operation of services.
  • Advising Varamis Rail on its proposed asset finance, leasing and regulatory arrangements for refurbishment of an existing passenger fleet to provide a new type of on-rail parcel delivery and freight services.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 2

The practitioners at Stephenson Harwoodmake an extremely effective team‘, and are able to balance acting for both corporates and individuals in the most complex and high-profile cases, whether solely domestic or international. Practice head Sean Jeffrey brings a ‘razor-sharp, insightful and trustworthy‘ approach to significant FCA enforcement matters, including those regarding client money and retail products. Justin McClelland‘s broad practice covers the spectrum of contentious work, from criminal and regulatory investigations to the civil disputes which flow from them. The team has recently expanded its partner bench through the internal promotion of Alan Ward in May 2022, and the lateral hire of David Capps from Ashurst in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sean Jeffrey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Justin McClelland is strategic, thinking several steps ahead, and also pragmatic and empathetic. Have used him for many years and wouldn’t go elsewhere.’

‘Very strong team; short turn-around time for important works; flexible invoicing. I personally work regularly with Alan Ward; very professional and he delivers prompt service at all times!’

‘Justin Mcclelland, Alan Ward and the wider team are outstanding professionals, enormously talented and show full dedication. They work tirelessly, are highly intelligent, objective and straight-talking. They are very impressive in their technical knowledge and level of detail, giving them the ability to deal appropriately with the most complex areas. ’

‘One of the best firms for regulatory disciplinary work. Has handled important and complex financial services cases for individuals and firms, including the most high profile cases in the Upper Tribunal.’

‘Sean Jeffrey is an exceptional partner and skilled at leading and managing a team, reassuring a client and making a team work together.’

‘Stephenson Harwood make an extremely effective team. The regulatory knowledge we have benefitted from is excellent.’

‘Sean Jeffrey is a razor-sharp, insightful and trustworthy lawyer who fully appreciates commercial context and uses this to deliver the right advice. He is a highly valued partner to the organisation and wise counsel. He goes above and beyond to make himself available.’

‘Justin McClelland is absolutely outstanding. Sure-footed and with a perfect grasp of the legal, regulatory and procedural issues, he gives practical advice at all stages of an investigation or regulatory procedure. He’s also highly accessible, never lets himself get ahead of his client and has complete integrity.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

The widely lauded team at Stephenson Harwood is described as ‘really experienced and technically excellent’ by one client, with the practice fielding particular strength in cross-border disputes. Large corporate, joint venture, and partnership disputes across the energy, financial services, shipping, aviation, and real estate sectors are mainstays of the practice. At leadership level, ‘knowledgeable’ head of team Richard Garcia routinely ‘seeks to go the extra miles for his clients’. ‘Force of nature’ Sue Millar is a key name to note, as are ‘absolute star’ Genevieve Quierin and ‘extremely clever and astute’ Stephen Ashley, with Millar recognised for her impressive sanctions-related expertise. The team has grown significantly with the arrival with Dan Smith from Latham & Watkins in June 2022, Michael Bywell from Hausfeld & Co LLP in January 2023, and Peter Dalton from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Richard Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are really experienced and technically excellent. They are responsive and diligent.’

‘Richard Garcia is a knowledgeable partner who is on top of the issues and will seek to go the extra miles for his clients.’

‘Sue Millar is a force of nature. The inspiring leader and brilliant litigator Stephen Ashley is an extremely clever and astute lawyer.’

‘Genevieve Quierin is an absolute star with a remarkable appetite for detail while maintaining a clear sense of overall strategy.’

‘Stephenson Harwood is a premier city firm outstanding in all departments no doubt, but I have particular experience of them in commercial litigation, sanctions and banking.’

‘Clever, thoughtful people. Very responsive and down to earth. They make you feel like you’re their most important client, even though they must have many more.’

‘Genevieve Quierin stands out as a first-rate lawyer.’

‘Sue Millar and Stephen Ashurst are stand out practitioners – responsive, strategic and technically excellent.’

Key clients

Multiple group claimants including Bet365, the Intercontinental Hotel Group, Hilton Hotels Levi Strauss

Primer Design Limited

XiO Cayman Limited

Alpha Bank Cyprus Ltd, Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited

Former majority shareholders of Yukos

Igor Mints

Anglia Maltings (Holdings) Limited

British Polythene Industries Limited

Peak Hotels and Resorts Limited (in liquidation) and its Joint Liquidators

RCI Financial Services Ltd

Civica UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Represent over 1,600 corporate claimants within the financial services, hospitality, leisure, retail, arts, ticketing, online betting, financial services and several other sectors in Europe-wide group claims brought against Mastercard and Visa.
  • Acting on behalf of Primer Design Limited and its listed French parent company, Novacyt S.A. in defending a contractual claim brought by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and pursuing our client’s counterclaim to recover sums. Both claims arise out of a +£150m commercial contract to supply Covid-19 testing kits, instruments and other services.
  • Acting for XiO Cayman Limited, an entity within the XiO Group. The XiO Group has been the subject of multiple proceedings in Hong Kong, Cayman, Nevis and London relating to corporate control and ownership of the group, the source and beneficial ownership of the assets held by the group and the contractual entitlements of the managers, employees and service providers.

Dispute resolution > Group litigation: Claimant Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood fields a ‘excellent team with a relentless focus on getting clients results', with particular strength in private enforcement and group litigation. Its client roster consists of hotel groups, leading retailers and universities, and technology companies. The practice is led by Genevieve Quierin, described as a ‘brilliant litigator, a savvy strategist and a superb communicator‘. The team continues to expand, with the arrival of Dan Smith from Latham & Watkins in June 2022, Michael Bywell from Hausfeld & Co LLP in January 2023, and Peter Dalton from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in February 2023. Ben Sigler sustains a focus on the financial and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Genevieve Quierin

Testimonials

‘Genevieve Quierin is a superstar: a brilliant litigator, savvy strategist and a superb communicator, who is also genuinely lovely person.’

‘An excellent team with a relentless focus on getting clients results. Excellent on legal strategy and maintaining a clear perspective on the key issues in litigation.’

‘Genevieve Quierin is an absolute star with a remarkable appetite for detail while maintaining a clear sense of overall strategy.’

‘Gen Quierin is extremely responsive, thoughtful, and does a great job in leading the team. She understands our industry, the complexities of the case, and is readily accessible.’

Key clients

Bet365

Intercontinental Hotel Group

Hilton Hotels

WorldRemit Limited

3 (Hutchison Telecom)

Boohoo.com

Welcome Break

Bestway

Jet2

BMW Group Financial Services

The Savoy Hotel

Superdry plc

Levi Strauss

16 leading UK universities (including King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Leeds and University of Manchester)

Lebara Mobile

Work highlights

  • Representing over 1,900 corporate claimants in group claims brought against Mastercard and Visa, totalling approximately £1.5 billion. These clients include WorldRemit, Henderson & Jones, Lebara Mobile, 3, Bet365, Hilton, IHG and numerous global hotel chains, high street and online retailers, restaurant chains, travel companies, arts and entertainment companies, airlines, ticketing companies and others.
  • Representing Hillside (Shared Services) Limited and others (whose claims were issued in 2017) in interchange reimbursement claims against Visa and MasterCard in two separate sets of proceedings.
  • Acting for Alpha Bank Cyprus Ltd, Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited and various credit acquiring companies in relation to a large number of claims based on alleged ‘mis-selling’ brought in the UK and Cyprus, in group actions involving hundreds of parties.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood‘s non-contentious pensions team is led by Philip Goodchild, who offers clients expertise on pensions issues in both the UK and the Middle East. The practice’s recent work includes providing advice to a large employers on a defined benefit scheme, as well as providing assistance to trustees on a multi-employer defined benefit scheme, and advice on the transfer of assets to a master trust. For large schemes, particularly those within the banking sector, Stephen Richards is a key contact. Mark Catchpole and Of counsel Naeem Noor are also names to note within the practice, with the latter complimented by clients for his provision of ‘excellent day-to-day support‘.

Practice head(s):

Philip Goodchild

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Stephenson Harwood have built an excellent relationship with us. The pensions team are responsive, contribute well to meetings, provide trusted advice, and bring in specialists when required from the wider team, for example on issues related to data protection.’

‘Naeem Noor, well supported by the wider team, provides excellent day-to-day support. Philip Goodchild is always available when strategic issues need to be addressed.’

‘Practical and sensible advice given, with a deep knowledge of the scheme.’

‘I have found Stephenson Harwood to be very adept at dealing with various scenarios the Sponsor has tabled. They have led us through some really complex times, and I have found that their flexibility and understanding of our position very refreshing.’

‘I have had a great deal of support from Stephen over the past year. He is always willing to explain complex matters in layman’s terms and ensures that our trustee board are aware of the pros and cons of decisions we have to take.’

‘Stephen Richards is one of the most pragmatic, commercial and thorough lawyers in the industry.’

‘There is always good experience and knowledge within the team that we deal with and they are always very good at problem solving challenges the scheme faces.’

‘I have worked with Stephen Richards and Chris Edwards Earl. Stephen is bright and thoughtful with excellent judgement and a good way with clients. Chris is hardworking and intelligent with a charming manner.’

Key clients

PHL

First UK Bus Pension Scheme

Yell Pension Plan

Paramount Pictures/Universal Pictures

Harvey Nichols

Dior

Moet

Textron

Work highlights

  • Advised PHL Integrated Care Limited during the complex transaction of a transfer of the management team of Partnering Health Limited.
  • Provided strategic legal advice for the Trustees of the First UK Bus Pension Scheme, a large UK pension scheme primarily for bus drivers working for First UK Bus.
  • Assisted the Trusteeship of the Yell Pension Plan with the full buy-out de-risking of £370m with PIC.

Finance > Trade finance Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood climbs the ranking this year having continued to build a strong practice around its practice heads Philip Prowse and Jameel Tarmohamed, who are ‘experienced commodities trade finance partners, who understand the issues faced by commodity traders and provide valued support‘. The firm counts among its clients some of the world’s leading commodity trading houses, as well as banks and large corporates. As well as handling traditional commodities trade finance practice, the team is involved in new areas such as the digitalisation of trade finance, and advises on trading platforms and blockchain systems. Associate Andrew Green plays a central role in the practice, advising banks, investors, and corporates with a focus predominantly on work for traders.

Practice head(s):

Philip Prowse; Jameel Tarmohamed

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Philip Prowse and Jameel Tarmohamed are experienced commodities trade finance partners. They understand the issues faced by commodity traders and provide valued support.’

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 2

Combining 'exceptional technical and commercial knowledge of the shipping industry', Stephenson Harwood provides 'pragmatic and solutions-oriented advice' to commercial banks, alternative finance providers and operators. Ship finance head Ian Mace has deep knowledge across varied financing structures (including export credit backed deals and commercial debt, as well as more esoteric structures like Islamic finance) and is a popular choice among creditors and debtors on new money transactions and restructurings in the core shipping and offshore markets. Able to call upon a vast reservoir of knowledge gathered over his many years' in practice, Jonathan Ward remains a strong presence in the market, and is particularly effective advising on matters with a Chinese nexus. Other recommended practitioners include Greek national Dora Mace-Kokota - who is able to 'find compromising, creative and pragmatic solutions' for both Greek and non-Greek clients - and recently promoted partner Jon Cripps, who 'has exceptional specialist knowledge on complex structures', including JOLCOs and back leverage structures. While shipping remains the bedrock of the practice, under the guidance of Richard Parsons, the aviation practice continues to thrive, including in the developing area of passenger to freight conversion projects. Rebecca Garner, who has 'quite a remarkable eye for detail!', is a popular choice for clients on aircraft acquisition and leasing. Tammy Samuel and Suzanne Tarplee co-head the rail offering, while Lisa Marks' broad equipment finance and leasing practice includes rail work, as well as an increasing amount of mandates relating to electric vehicles.

Practice head(s):

Tammy Samuel; Suzanne Tarplee; Ian Mace; Richard Parsons; Lisa Marks

 

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Ward; Dora Mace-Kokota; Rebecca Garner; James Collins; Jon Cripps; Shaun Park; Charlotte McNeilly; Roderick McGeachy; Elena Tang

Testimonials

‘They have excellent breadth and depth of knowledge in the shipping sector.’

‘Combining exceptional technical and commercial knowledge of the shipping industry, the team provides pragmatic and solutions-oriented advice.’

‘Jon Cripps is practical with a wealth of knowledge for complex back leverage financings.’

Jon Cripps is highly responsive to client requests and fully engaged throughout the projects. He has exceptional specialist knowledge on complex structures (including JOLCOs).’

‘Shaun Park always delivers a great service and is available to answer any questions.’

Dora Mace-Kokota’s  perfect knowledge of the industry is extremely valuable as she will find compromising, creative and pragmatic solutions.’

Rebecca Garner can speak French when negotiating the purchase of our aircraft in France and Rebecca is the only lawyer we know who can do the physical and practical due diligence when checking over the aeroplane herself inside and out – quite a remarkable eye for detail!’

Key clients

Abellio Transport Holdings Limited, Transport UK Group Limited and Abellio Bus

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Aircraft Leasing and Management

Altavair

Archway Aviation

Arriva UK Trains Limited (including all TOCs – Arriva Rail London, CrossCountry, Chiltern, Grand Central)

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Avation PLC

BW Offshore Limited

CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)

Centrus / Corelink

DNB Bank ASA

DSF

EnTrust

Fuyo Lease Group

Global Atlantic Financial Group

JP Morgan

Lombard North Central plc / National Westminster Bank plc

ICBCFL

IndiGo

ING

Macquarie

Macquarie AirFinance

Morgan Stanley

MPCC

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Nordea

Oaktree Capital Management / Fleetscape Capital Limited

Oceanbulk

Rostrum Leasing

Sky Leasing

Starbulk

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Taiping Fontainburg DVB Aviation Capital

Touax Rail

Trenitalia UK Limited (and Trenitalia c2c)

Varamis Rail

Zenobe

Work highlights

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood has an ‘excellent team which is fully committed to obtaining the best outcomes for their clients.’ The firm takes both claimant and defendant work and boasts a strong client roster, including KPMG, Deloitte, and BDO. Kate Cordery, ‘just the person you want to have by your side’, heads the practice alongside Roland Foord, who has deep experience in the professional services and fine art sectors. Helena Berman ‘combines technical expertise with dedication and supreme commercial judgement’ and has over twenty-five years of experience in both the claimant and defendant side of professional negligence. Adam Culy is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Kate Cordery; Roland Foord

Other key lawyers:

Helena Berman; Paul Hollands; Jenny McKeown; Adam Culy

Testimonials

‘Kate Cordery is just fantastic, insightful, pragmatic and strategic. Just the person you want to have by your side.’

‘Heavy hitting and well resourced’

‘Great team, with super strength in depth.’

‘The team really understand what is needed for an accountancy firm in terms of the various risk considerations, and they are all very proactive and helpful.’

‘Adam Culy is very easy to work with as he is personable, particularly knowledgeable in relation to in-house accountancy matters, and is a great person to lead the case.’

‘The firm puts together teams of excellent lawyers with the right mix of subject matter expertise for the particular case. Very wide experience of all kinds of commercial disputes.’

‘Outstanding client care from our two relationship partners. I feel this firm treats us as a priority.’

‘An all round excellent team which is fully committed to obtaining the best outcomes for their clients.’

Key clients

KPMG LLP

Deloitte LLP

Mercer Limited

Christie’s

Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Limited

Mark Weiss Limited

BDO LLP

Crowe LLP

Work highlights

  • Defended Deloitte in a complex and high value professional negligence claim for at least £60 million brought by Christopher Rokos in relation to tax advice given by Deloitte concerning Mr Rokos’ participation in an Enterprise Zone Investment Scheme.
  • Defending clients in a negligence claim issued by the employer and trustees of the Honda pension scheme in December 2009 regarding a range of alleged defective amendments to the scheme between 1986 – 1999.
  • Defending a client accountancy firm in multi-defendant high court proceedings against a professional negligence claim relating to inheritance tax planning of a former client’s c.£6 million estate.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

This is a supremely impressive team’ at Stephenson Harwood, comments one client. ‘They are led from the top by very strong, hands-on leaders and the strength and depth amongst the juniors is superb’. Jenny McKeownhas become the Grande Dame of the contentious private client world.' It predominantly acts for ultra-high-net-worth entrepreneurs and business owners and their families, as well as trustees from around the globe. Its focus is on the most complex and high-value trust and family disputes, and the team has continued to expand its focus into the Asian market. The group also excels in advising domestic dynastic families. Helena Berman had another strong year advising on various substantial contentious trusts disputes. Peter Gillis is also a key figure.

Practice head(s):

Jenny McKeown

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Jenny McKeown is an absolute superstar, and a really big name in the industry. She has brilliant instincts and offers a brilliant service to clients. One of those individuals who, despite their formidable reputation, is also genuinely lovely to work with. A fantastic leader.’

‘Jenny McKeown works incredibly hard and evidently inspires great loyalty from her team, who are totally devoted to their clients and live and breathe their work. They are also immense fun to work with. Peter Gillis is a star of the future. Super bright but down to earth. Maria Chami is a notable junior. A team with real flair and total handful for any opposition.’

‘Helena Berman has from the very start demonstrated a sharp mind, a keen focus on strategies, and always remained mindful of costs whilst carefully dissecting information as it was received.’

‘This is a supremely impressive team. They are lead from the top by very strong, hands-on leaders and the strength and depth amongst the juniors is superb.’

‘Peter Gillis has really stepped up to the plate in this practice. He is respected by the senior partners in the practice and gives good solid advice. He is a partner in the making.’

‘Jenny McKeown is the driving force behind this team. Intelligent and hardworking, she is good with people.’

‘Jenny McKeown is a brilliant trusts litigator who immediately grasps the central issues in a case, identifies the route forward and delivers the best outcome for her clients.’

‘Helena Berman brings great legal expertise, significant disputes experience and tactical awareness. Fights all the way to obtain the best results for her clients. Peter Gillis is a superb all-round lawyer who combines legal intellect with great dedication.’

Transport > Aviation Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood‘s ‘astute, commercial and focused’ team takes on the gamut of aviation matters, acting for airlines, lessors and banks in relation to asset financing, leases, regulatory issues and disputes. The practice is headed by Paul Phillips, an aviation litigation specialist, and Richard Parsons, who focuses on aviation finance. James Collins is noted for his aircraft and engine transactional work, including sale-and-leaseback arrangements. Of counsel Chloe Challinor, managing associate Johnny Champion and associate Patrick Bettle are aviation litigation specialists, representing clients in commercial and regulatory proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Paul Phillips; Richard Parsons

Testimonials

‘Communication by SH was very detailed and complete. Contact was very responsive.’

‘Contacts are knowledgeable and professional.’

‘The team at SH Legal is very good. They have good knowledge and experience of the subject matter.’

‘All worked very well and deserve full credit.’ 

‘Consistency of their approach is key.’

‘Excellent communicators and prompt with support.’

‘Very astute, commercial and focused. A lot of depth in the team with a wide range of complementary skills. Experts in their field, and absolutely the best litigation team in London.’

‘Paul Phillips is a luminary in his field – passionate about his cases and very commercially astute.’

Key clients

The Ryanair Group of airlines: Ryanair DAC, Ryanair UK, Buzz, Malta Air and Lauda Europe

The Lion Air Group of airlines: Lion Air, Batik Air, Wings Air, Malindo Air and Thai Lion Air

AirAsia

Air France

Avion Express

Buraq Air

China Southern Airlines

Gulf Air

IndiGo

Kuwait Airways Corporation

Norse Atlantic Airways

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Royal Jordanian Airlines

Royal Wings

Vueling

Aircraft Engine Lease Finance

Aircraft Leasing and Management

Altavair

Alterna Capital Partners

Archway Aviation

Avation| Plc Group

BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management

DAE Capital

Deucalion Aviation

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

ICBC Leasing

International Airfinance Corporation

Jackson Square Aviation

Macquarie AirFinance

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing, Services (US) Inc

Rostrum Leasing

SMBC Leasing

Sky Leasing

TFDAC

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

BNP Paribas

MUFG Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted for Transportation Partners in multi-jurisdictional proceedings relating to unpaid aircraft rent during the Covid-19 pandemic and the restructuring of the Lion Air Group.
  • Acted for Ryanair in two high-value and complex claims brought by On The Beach Limited in the English High Court.
  • Represented Alterna Aircraft V B Limited in a claim for unpaid aircraft rent against the third-largest Indian airline, SpiceJet, worth over $11m. In March 2023 successfully obtained summary judgment against SpiceJet and defeated their request for a stay of execution.

Transport > Shipping Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood is regularly involved in casualty and charterparty disputes, as well as non-contentious matters spanning transactional work and shipbuilding matters. The team, led by Alex Davis, also handles issues involving charterparties, shipbuilding work, casualty matters, and marine insurance. Particular expertise within the group also exists in relation to FPSO disputes and offshore construction work; the latter is a central component of Max Lemanski‘s practice. Shipbuilding and contentious offshore matters constitute key areas of experience for Sean Gibbons, while litigator Kirsty MacHardy is praised for her ‘strong legal advice’ and ‘keen awareness of the commercial issues.’ Managing associate Nikki Chu is experienced in shipping contracts as well as dry and LNG disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alex Davis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A large law firm, with a strong and talented shipping law team. ‘

‘The firm is definitely the first port of call for any shipowner, charterer or commodity trader who has found themselves in a legal storm.’

‘Kirsty MacHardy is a very capable and experienced shipping lawyer. Kirsty has an intimate knowledge and understanding of the commercial workings of a charterparty and the way it interacts with the law.’

‘Stephenson Harwood are one of the best law firms in the maritime sector.’

‘Nikki Chu has the capacity to delve to the bottom of the legal issues at hand. She would leave no stone unturned to research all the available authorities and academic writings, and to consider the matter from all possible angles.’

‘Very experienced team that has been crucial in urgent situations.’

‘Kirsty MacHardy – Very sharp, quick to grasp all the issues and provide strong legal advice within any required timeframe, yet tempered with a keen awareness of the commercial issues.’

‘The marine team have an excellent knowledge of the sector and the experience to help us in finding solutions to complex cases. The depth of experience exceeds that in peers.’

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 3

An already well-established presence in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sphere, Stephenson Harwood is consolidating its position through wider sector activity, including sponsorship, publishing and service agreements for Qatar Museums, luxury hotel and Michelin-star partnership agreements, and guiding City Sightseeing Limited through its franchise agreements with foreign jurisdictions. The team is under the leadership of Dan Holland, who is the key contact to pharmaceutical clients such as Oxford Biomedica – whom he advised on its new three-year Master Services & Development Agreement with AstraZeneca –  as well as energy and transport companies. Hospitality and leisure businesses seek Naomi Leach‘s assistance on distribution and supply agreements, while Katie Hewson has been in demand by multinational corporates for cross-border service arrangements. Managing associate Chloe Haywood has built up a wealth of expertise and experience supporting a broad range of the practice’s pharmaceutical matters alongside associate Bobbie Bickerton, who is also noted for her data protection proficiency.

Practice head(s):

Dan Holland

Testimonials

‘Great team. Highly collaborative and responsive to client needs.’

‘Dan Holland is great to work with, highly experienced and able to provide pragmatic commercial advice as well as sound legal advice.

‘Chloe Haywood is a very experienced lawyer, she is very responsive and collaborative.’

‘They provide a personalised service. They become very familiar with your business and know what you need. They provide a great billing arrangement whereby if the retainer hours are not used they will roll those over to the next month. They have a good mix of young associates to gain experience.’

‘Dan Holland- exceptional. So responsive and nothing is a problem. Bobbie Bickerton- up-and-coming associate – work is in a safe pair of hands.’

Key clients

Oxford Biomedica

Qatar Museums

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Limited

Fiorucci Holdings Limited

Inspired Finco Holdings Limited

CLS Group

Butterfly Hospitality UK Limited

Kroll Associates UK Ltd

Acacia Pharma Group

Caledonia Group Services Ltd.

City Sightseeing Limited

Bergner Europe

Acumed

Work highlights

  • Advised Oxford Biomedica on key strategic agreements including a new three year Master Services & Development Agreement with AstraZeneca for potential future manufacturing opportunities for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Advising Mandarin Oriental’s London hotel on its partnership with a two Michelin star restaurant and advising on contractual terms for their collaboration with a British fashion designer.
  • Providing legal support to the Inspired global network of schools on strategically important commercial agreements, including drafting a master services agreement for educational SaaS products.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood's corporate offering covers M&A and complex transactions on both the buy and sell-side, particularly for clients in the insurance, financial services, transportation and trade and technology industries. Led by equity capital markets and M&A practitioner Tom Nicholls, the practice’s client roster features listed and private companies and private equity firms. Sam Gray, head of the firm’s corporate finance department, is well-positioned to advise on M&A transactions in the financial services sector, particularly relating to insurance broking clients. The ‘exceptional’ Duncan Stiles assists US and European clients in the manufacturing and technology spaces, while Ben Mercer handles public and private M&A, restructurings and joint ventures across the consumer goods, transportation and energy sectors, to name a few. Other names to note include private M&A specialist Jonathan Bridcut. Kristian Shearsby, who is well-versed in corporate matters relating to the life sciences and technology sectors, joined the team in June 2022 from Mills & Reeve LLP, where he previously headed the corporate team.

Practice head(s):

Tom Nicholls

Testimonials

‘Duncan Stiles and Zoe Yuile led the deal team for Stephenson Harwood. They were exceptional in every way. They had great availability, were very smart, very experienced, and very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Windacre Partnership LLC

The Ardonagh Group Limited

LXI REIT plc

Abellio UK

Kroll LLC

Tristan Capital Partners

Bowmark

The “Sutton Group” – see matter 8

Elysian Capital

Trafalgar Entertainment Group Limited

BD Capital

Covanta Europe (Encyclis)

The Simpson Group

Lee Nash

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co

RELX Group Plc

Magnetar Capital

Longmead Capital

Shareholders of Inclusive Employers Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised WindAcre Partnership LLC on its participation in the $16 billion acquisition of Nielsen Holdings plc.
  • Advised LXi REIT plc on its merger with Secure Income REIT plc to create a combined group with assets of £3.9 billion.
  • Advised longstanding client Abellio on the management buyout of Abellio UK from the Dutch state-owned rail company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 3

Highly responsive, knowledgeable and professional‘, Stephenson Harwood‘s transactional capabilities cover multi-million-dollar buyouts and investment deals, working with a number of portfolio companies and growth-oriented sponsors. The team is headed up by Jonathan Pittal, a ‘highly valued and trusted adviser’ whose workload comprises both sponsor-side and management side work.  Drawing high praise from clients, the ‘fantastic’ Malcolm MacDougall is a key contact a range of mid-market PE houses, who turn to him for assistance with buyouts and other strategic acquisitions with cross-border dimensions. ‘Commercial, effective and responsive‘, Adam Crossley is an active partner specialising in PE and growth capital transactions, while Richard Coleman is especially noted for his tech, healthcare, and decarbonisation sector work.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Pittal

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm MacDougal; Adam Crossley; Richard Coleman; Isaac Paine; Emily Davies

Testimonials

‘Malcolm MacDougall is a fantastic partner. He is extremely active across deals and has been integral in the transformation of the firm’s PE corporate offering over the last few years into one of the go-to lawyers in the space. He’s brought together a strong team of associates and is well liked as a leader internally, as well as hugely respected as a lawyer externally – which is in line with his character and capability respectively.’

‘Isaac Paine is definitely a stand-out of the associates. Extremely knowledgeable, with an outstanding way of explaining options both internally and in negotiations.’

‘Malcolm MacDougall is exceptional in the way in which he engages with clients and with counterparties. His experience, his intellect, his energy and his positive demeanour give everyone involved in a corporate transaction process confidence in achieving good outcomes efficiently.’

‘Adam Crossley is very commercial, effective and responsive. Is able to educate in a pleasant and clear manner.’

Chris Manning has significant transaction experience and gives well informed and well judged advice, again, always with a focus on excellent service levels. He is a pleasure to work with and a very capable lawyer and we hope will stay in the UK buyout market for many more years to come.’

‘The team are highly responsive, knowledgeable and professional. They have acted for us on both buy side and sell side engagements and always provide excellent advice.’

‘Jonathan Pittal is excellent: he has a wealth of experience, he quickly gets to grips with complexity, he offers solutions, and is definitely a highly valued and trusted adviser.

‘Emily Davies is an absolute star: commercial, clear, thorough, and very pleasant to deal with.’

Key clients

Bowmark Capital

Elysian Capital

BGF

FPE Capital

Apposite Capital

Rockpool Investments

BlueGem Capital Partners

Morgan Stanley

Inspired Education Group

Five Arrows

ESO Capital

Macquarie

Standard Life Aberdeen

Schroders

Bestport Private Equity

Pelican Capital

STAR Capital

Civica Group

Agathos Management LLP

bd-capital

Coniston Capital Management

Blandford Capital

HST Marine

Protium Green Solutions

PSG Equity

TruArc Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Inspired Education Group on Stonepeak’s €1 billion investment in the company.
  • Advised Bowmark on a number of transactions, including the sale of Leaders Romans Group to Platinum Equity, LLC, and the disposal of and re-investment into Pirum Systems.
  • Advised Elysian Capital LLP on its buy-out of Fastway Couriers.

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 3

Real estate-related tax mandates remain a core part of Stephenson Harwood‘s offering, which has also been increasingly active in advising on tax structuring matters in the private equity and funds space. Contentious tax mandates are also a key area for the department, as well as providing support on VAT, stamp duty, and SDLT matters. John Meehan leads the group with a strong focus on the tax elements of listed and private funds, M&A transactions, and structuring mandates.

Practice head(s):

John Meehan

Other key lawyers:

Kate Worthington; Shofiq Miah

Testimonials

‘John Meehan is excellent; commercial, accessible, and great to work with.’

Key clients

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust

Schroders Capital UK Real

Estate Fund

Bowmark

M&G

Immobel Capital Partners

Macquarie

Kroll

Drakewood Capital Management

Covanta

AXA Investment Management

Tristan Capital

Mayfair Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised M&G Real Estate on its acquisition of nine multi-let industrial assets from Patrizia for £165m.
  • Advised Tristan and Rynda on a £100m corporate real estate acquisition, leaseback, and development comprising the acquisition and leaseback of five care homes, some of which were under development.
  • Advised WindAcre Partnership LLC on its participation in the acquisition of Nielsen Holdings plc by way of a UK-court approved scheme of arrangement.

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

The practice at Stephenson Harwood is ‘excellent in assisting with complex and contentious situations‘ for clients that include global banks, investment companies, sovereign wealth funds, and hedge funds. The team is able to draw on the knowledge of the financial services and regulation practice of the firm, providing clients with comprehensive advice. Edward Davis leads the team alongside the ‘force of nature’ Sue Millar, both acting on highly complex mandates undertaken by the team. Key to the practice is the ‘absolute star’ Genevieve Quierin and the ‘extremely clever and astute’ Stephen Ashley, along with Richard Garcia, who has a ‘tremendous grasp of complex financial arrangements’.

Practice head(s):

Sue Millar; Edward Davis

Other key lawyers:

Genevieve Quierin; Stephen Ashley; Richard Garcia; Donna Newman;  Jon Proctor; Jayesh Patel; Guy Harper; Adam Polonsky

Testimonials

‘Unparalleled experience in the team, excellent in assisting with complex and contentious situations.’

‘Jon Proctor and Jayesh Patel provide a wealth of knowledge that in my opinion is second-to-none in the market. Years of experience means that their advice is considered, sound and wholly reliable.’

‘Guy Harper: Impressive and engaged partner with a sound commercial mind. Richard Garcia has a tremendous grasp of complex financial agreements and disputes relating to them.’

‘An excellent team with a relentless focus on getting clients results. Excellent on legal strategy and maintaining a clear perspective on the key issues in litigation.’

‘Genevieve Quierin is an absolute star with a remarkable appetite for detail while maintaining a clear sense of overall strategy.’

‘Donna Newman and Adam Polonsky are excellent leaders of a litigation team and relentless hunting down results.’

‘Very talented team, diverse, forward looking with specialist expertise in areas such as sanctions with exceptional knowledge of unusual jurisdictions.’

‘Sue Millar is a force of nature: inspiring leader and brilliant litigator Stephen Ashley is an extremely clever and astute lawyer.’

Key clients

RCI Financial Services Limited

Mauritius Commercial Bank

Alpha Bank Cyprus Ltd, Bank of Cyprus Public Company Limited, Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Ltd

Natixis S.A.

Over 1600 claimants including WorldRemit, BMW Financial Services, Benaulim BV, Henderson & Jones and Bet365

Shanghai Commercial and Savings Bank Limited (Taiwan)

Gordian Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing over 1,600 corporate claimants within the financial services, hospitality, leisure, retail, arts, ticketing, online betting, financial services in Europe-wide group claims brought against Mastercard and Visa.
  • Advising a number of major Cypriot banks in relation to a large number of claims based on alleged ‘mis-selling’ brought in the UK and Cyprus, in group actions involving hundreds of parties.
  • Acting for Shanghai Commercial and Savings Bank Limited (Taiwan) in its defence of a claim brought by Vegesentials and Fibre Water Limited for vicarious liability arising out of a fraudulent misrepresentation.

Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood‘s London office routinely represents governments and state-owned companies in their most important PIL matters. The team also comprises financial sanctions expertise, and stands out for its experience in Africa-related issues. PIL leader and head of the Africa and India groups, Kamal Shah, has 'a strong skill set'; Sue Millar leads the sanctions group; Rovine Chandrasekera acts in investor-state arbitrations; Ben Sigler is ‘an excellent lawyer‘; and Richard Garcia's broad practice includes jurisdictional challenges and freezing orders. Of counsel Stephen Ashley is an expert in EU and UK sanctions.

Practice head(s):

Kamal Shah

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Richard Garcia, Sue Millar and Stephen Ashley are excellent in this field.’

‘Richard Garcia is excellent- well informed and incisive, and very good at handling different specialities within matters (for example public international law in a banking context).’

‘Sue Millar and Stephen Ashley have encyclopaedic knowledge of sanctions.’

‘The team has an outstanding reputation.’

‘Rovine Chandrasekera stands out for his excellent knowledge of international award/judgment enforcement issues, which is based on genuine practical experience of successful enforcement actions across the globe.’

‘Kamal Shah and Richard Garcia – very experienced litigators in this field with great attention to detail. Ben Sigler is also an excellent lawyer.’

‘The level of communication and attention to detail is always outstanding.’

Kamal Shah is a high-quality professional with a strong skill set, and the team is appropriately staffed and always delivers on time, despite short notice and pressing deadlines.’

Key clients

Republic of Iraq

Arab Republic of Egypt

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Petroleos de Venezuela

Libyan Investment Authority

High Commissioner for Pakistan in the United Kingdom (on behalf of the Government of Pakistan)

Work highlights

  • Representing the Republic of Iraq (as co-counsel) in an ICSID arbitration brought by Orange (formerly France Telecom) under the France-Iraq bilateral investment treaty.
  • Assisting an Asian oil and gas company with a dispute against another Asian oil and gas company (with European links), which involves cutting-edge sanctions issues.
  • Representing the Republic of Iraq (as co-counsel) in an ICSID arbitration, brought by Agility Public Warehousing Company KSCP under the Iraq-Kuwait bilateral investment treaty.

Employment > Employers Tier 3

Advising clients across a span of industries, Stephenson Harwood is recommended for both litigious work and ongoing support. Practice head Paul Reeves has a particular specialism in acting for financial services and luxury retail clients. Anne Pritam is notable for her cross-jurisdictional expertise, supporting the development of the firm’s employment practice in Dubai. TUPE transfers expert Richard Freedman is also recommended, while associate Natalie Edwards stands out for her specialist knowledge of employment issues in the rail industry.

Practice head(s):

Paul Reeves

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team of both partners and juniors were responsive and helpful with all of our enquiries. Compared to other firms, they were more thoughtful and understanding of our specific commercial needs.’

‘Richard Freedman was fantastic throughout our engagement. He has a really nuanced understanding of the unique challenges facing a truly global organisation. Richard understands complex matters quickly and is able to provide unrivalled advice immediately.’

Key clients

Elemica In

Open University

Offshore operations Ltd

Coniston Capital Management LLP

Amicorp

Hipgnosis Song Management Limited

Tila London Limited

IMCA Trading Ltd

Amazon

StubHub

LVMH

AxiomSL Ltd (now Adenza)

Fragomen LLP

Investcorp International

ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG

Therium Capital Management

Standard & Poor’s

Arriva plc

DNB Bank ASA

Bank of Montreal/BMO Financial Group

Mizuho Bank Ltd

Vueling

UIA Insurance Limited

Mizuho International plc

MicrosensDx

United Trust Bank Limited

Philex Electronic Ltd

Maersk A/S

Circa Healthcare Ltd

Extreme E Ltd

The Mines Advisory Group

LGPS Central Limited

The Council for Responsible Jewellery

LaserClinic UK

Macdonald & Muir Limited t/a The Glenmorangie Company (“Glenmorangie”)

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP (“Carpmaels”)

Work highlights

  • Advised LVMH on various claims brought by Ms Messi against them in the Employment Tribunal.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood‘s ‘exceptionally strong’ team is instructed by senior executives across a variety of sectors. Paul Reeves leads the team, and handles high-profile cases relating to post-termination restrictions and contentious exits more generally. Anne Pritam and Richard Freedman provide advice on settlement agreements, and departures and arrivals. Other key work includes whistleblowing claims relating to financial impropriety and sexual harassment.

Practice head(s):

Paul Reeves

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Stephenson Harwood team is exceptionally strong, and has consistently remained so over many years, driven by the superb leadership of Paul Reeves.’

‘Paul Reeves is without doubt one of the most talented employment lawyers in the country. He leads a brilliant team by example. He combines outstanding client engagement with close detail to the specifics of every case.’ 

‘Good knowledge of the market, and regularly deals with high-value, high-quality cases.’

‘Paul Reeves is tenacious and really brings the fight for clients whilst remaining commercially astute as to strategic calls in the litigation.’

Work highlights

  • Advised the former Vice President of Investor Relations at AstraZeneca on his move to GSK as Senior Vice President of Business Development.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood houses an ‘excellent‘ team, which handles a variety of issues for clients concerning trade marks, biologics, and data protection. ‘Excellent‘ practice head Alexandra Pygall has broad expertise in advising clients on collaboration, licensing and partnering agreements, in addition to the IP elements of M&A. Dan Holland is particularly knowledgeable when it comes to manufacturing and supply agreements for vaccines, and has ‘extensive experience‘ in international outsourcing agreements.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Pygall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team forms a good rapport immediately which allows internal and external teams to work seamlessly. SH listens, responds and challenges accordingly. Excellent support.’

‘Develops a good rapport immediately. Ability to have honest responses to challenges. Respectful and engaging.’

‘The team has particular expertise in developing and negotiating service contracts within the biologics life sciences industry.’

‘Dan Holland has extensive experience both with US and UK companies in the biologics contract manufacturing sector.’

‘The entire group is outstanding. They are always extremely quick, up to speed and ready to build a tailor-made team according to the case at hand. We appreciate their excellent understanding of the industry.’

‘Rob Jacob and Alexandra Pygall are both excellent.’

‘Alexandra Pygall is great and has a combination of litigation and contracting experience.’

‘Naomi Leach – it’s helpful to have her tech and data privacy experience.’

Key clients

Acacia Pharma Group plc

AM-Pharma

Apposite Capital

Bicycle Therapeutics

Biomer

BXT Accelyon

Eisai Europe Ltd

e-therapeutics plc

Futura Medical Plc

GSK

Incyte Corporation

Johnson & Johnson Innovation

LifeArc

Oxford Biomedica plc

Shield Therapeutics Plc

BioNTech

GE HealthCare

Work highlights

  • Advising Oxford Biomedica on its new three year Master Services & Development Agreement with AstraZeneca UK Ltd which would facilitate potential future manufacturing opportunities for the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.
  • Acting for Primer Design Limited and its French parent company, Novacyt S.A. in a £134m claim brought by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and PD’s £81m counterclaim to recover sums due from DHSC under unpaid invoices.
  • Advised Bicycle Therapeutics on its recent strategic collaboration agreement with Novartis.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood offers a ‘committed, efficient service’ for clients involved in any aspect of property litigation. The team is led by Andrew Myers, who is regarded as 'one of the best in the business' and has decades of experience supporting clients with dilapidation claims, tenant insolvency, restrictive covenants and vacant possession strategies. Sophie Schultz acts on some of the largest professional negligence claims in the market, while also specialising in rights of light and development matters. Andrew Bambury is another key name, regularly advising on lease renewals, dilapidations and enfranchisement matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Myers

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sophie Schultz has been able to give clear and pragmatic advice on all aspects of our dispute so that they can easily be understood by individuals not accustomed to dealing with lawyers in a protracted dispute.’

‘The team are experts in their field with readily available knowledge. Sophie Schultz and Andrew Bambury were excellent in their approach to a sensitive subject and provided calm and reasoned reassurance throughout the workstream to a good conclusion.’

‘Sophie Schultz and Andrew Bambury are a great team and provided clear effective advice on a complex legal matter for us.’

‘Andrew Bambury is an absolute pleasure to deal with. Not unnecessarily combative but assertive when necessary. Clear, pragmatic and sensible advice is provided in a timely manner and on budget.’

‘Andrew Myers is one of the best in the business: super bright, resourceful and experienced.’

‘This team packs a punch. They only have quality lawyers; each and every one of them has star quality. I know for a fact that the reputation of Andrew Myers precedes him and a receipt of a letter with his name on it leaves the other side with a sense of foreboding.’

‘Stephenson Harwood are strong players in this field, offering clients a committed, efficient service with all-round legal expertise.’

‘Andrew Myers leads the property litigation team. He brings years of experience and an ability to approach cases from every angle.’

Key clients

Schroders Capital UK Real Estate Fund and Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust

HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Limited

Langham Estate

Mercia Real Estate

Natwest Pension Trustee Limited

Lothbury Property Trust Company Limited

c2c

Capital Industrial LLP

Westbrook Partners

Longmead Capital

London Metric plc

Firethorn Trust

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 3

With a considerable ‘spread of corporate crime experience’, Stephenson Harwood’s practice has specialists in civil fraud and corporate law, as well as expertise representing corporates facing multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations. The team has extensive knowledge of dealing with complex financial disputes, ranging from market manipulation to anti-money laundering matters. Practice head Sean Jeffrey routinely acts on behalf of corporates in white-collar crime proceedings and sanctions issues, Justin McClelland is an expert on civil disputes and cartel activity, while Philip Clarke handles actions brought by the FCA against banks and insurers. The ‘intelligent, strategic’ Alan Ward regularly advises corporates on regulatory and criminal-law compliance.   Ellen Gallagher is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Sean Jeffrey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team led by Justin McClelland has an extraordinary combination of detailed knowledge and the ability to bring a fresh and questioning perspective to every topic. Quite often very experienced lawyers can be a bit casual, or at least appear to be, in their analysis of new situations, having seen so much. Justin  thinks through everything de novo.’

‘Alan Ward – intelligent, strategic, hardworking with a great knowledge of the investigatory landscape.’

‘Excellent spread of corporate crime advice and experience.’

‘Justin McClelland is an outstanding investigations defence lawyer, with true international legal experience and expertise. Ellen Gallagher is exceptionally well prepared in front of regulators and tribunals.’

Work highlights

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 3

Counting big pharma and biotech clients in its roster, ‘excellent’ Stephenson Harwood fields a strong practice in the life sciences arena, alongside notable expertise in handling cross-border litigation. Its key areas of work include advising clients on complex licensing arrangements and other transactions, as well as any disputes that arise from these. Practice head Alexandra Pygall is praised by clients for her ability to provide ‘commercial advice’ as well as her ‘great knowledge of the law’. Naomi Leach is well-versed in complex IP licensing and collaboration agreements, and Rob Jacob’s extensive litigation experience is recommended, notably on a global scale and routinely involving cutting-edge issues. Peter Dalton joined the team in February 2023 from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Pygall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An excellent team for transactional IP. They have expertise in all aspects of IP law, with an unusual expertise in plant variety law.’

‘Alexandra Pygall is client focused, with commercial advice. She has a great knowledge of the law and uses that in a way that is extremely helpful to her clients.’

‘Pure excellence. I am always very pleased with the collaboration with the team of SH, either as the instructed party or the instructing party.’

‘Always available and always with clear advices based on thorough understanding of the legal and commercial context of the relevant matter.’

‘Really strong commercially focused advice delivered efficiently and at good value. Good knowledge of complex areas of law.’

‘Alexandra Pygall is a highly experienced IP specialist, with a scientific background – she understands the issues we face. Her advice is clear. She has a pragmatic, commercial approach to contracting.’

‘Rob Jacob is one of the best in London.’

‘Naomi Leach has a good mix of commercial, data privacy and tech experience. Laura Elliott is a dependable and unflappable associate.’

Key clients

Haleon plc

GlaxoSmithKline plc

M&S

Katjes

The Dr Wolff Group

easyGroup Limited

Gap, Inc

Oxford Biomedica

Shield Therapeutics Plc

Acacia Pharma

Novacyt A.S.

The Duracell Company

Highview Power

Privatstiftung Lauda

Perfetti van Melle

CLS Group

Biomer

AM-Pharma B.V.

GroundTruth Global Ltd

Stochastico Limited

BXT Accelyon

Ahoy Club

B&CE Holdings Limited

BicycleTx Limited

GE HealthCare

BioNTech

Work highlights

  • Advised Bicycle Therapeutics on its recent strategic collaboration agreement with Novartis to discover and develop multiple targeted radioligand therapies in oncology. Bicycle will receive a US$50 million upfront payment. It is also eligible to receive development and commercial-based milestone payments totalling up to US$1.7 billion, as well as tiered royalties on Bicycle-based medicines commercialised by Novartis.
  • Advised Oxford Biomedica plc in relation to critical and time sensitive arrangements for the manufacture of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University coronavirus vaccine.
  • Advised energy services group Altera in relation to the negotiation of the IP aspects of an Engineering, Procurement and Installation agreement and bareboat charter contract for the electrification (i.e. decarbonisation) and life extension of a large floating, production, storage and offloading vessel (‘FPSO’) called the Petrojarl Knarr.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

With demonstrable experience in cross-border litigation, Stephenson Harwood possesses a strong presence in the life sciences, retail and offshore sectors, advising on licensing arrangements and a variety of disputes. Practice head Alexandra Pygall oversees a growing life sciences practice, handling both contentious and transactional IP matters. Rob Jacob is vastly experienced in global trade mark litigation, while Naomi Leach assists clients when issues involving licensing and collaboration agreements are at stake. Peter Dalton joined the team in February 2023 from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, bolstering the practice with a focus on technology disputes. Managing associate Joshua Cunnington and associate Laura Elliott are also key contacts in the group.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Pygall

Testimonials

‘Stephenson Harwood offer a friendly, tight-knit team who are a pleasure to work with. They attract and keep hold of their high profile clients for a reason.’

‘Rob Jacob has extensive experience of trade mark litigation and consistently offers valuable contributions to litigation strategy, keeping an eye on the bigger picture.’

‘Laura Elliott is very responsive and efficient and has good judgment.’

‘The whole team is very responsive. They have good lawyers following each file closely.’

‘Rob Jacob is a very experienced lawyer on IP issues, especially the non-traditional trade marks. Always responsive.’

‘The Stephenson Harwood team is our go-to partner for IP litigation, and they are someone we always want on our side. From a practical perspective, Stephenson Harwood’s ability to distil complex contentious proceedings into manageable and client-friendly advice allows us to give our clients a real edge in litigation.’

‘The whole team is reliable and responsive. Rob Jacob’s litigation strategy and coordination is highly recommended, and puts clients at ease. There are no surprises with Rob, and clients always welcome his straight talking and pragmatic approaches to cases.’

‘Managing associate Joshua Cunnington and associate Laura Elliott are always on hand to offer timely and pragmatic advice, and a seamless service across the team. You are in safe hands with partners or associates.’

Key clients

Haleon plc

GlaxoSmithKline plc

M&S

Katjes

The Dr Wolff Group

easyGroup Limited

Gap, Inc

Oxford Biomedica

Shield Therapeutics Plc

Acacia Pharma

Novacyt A.S.

The Duracell Company

Highview Power

Privatstiftung Lauda

Perfetti van Melle

CLS Group

Biomer

AM-Pharma B.V.

GroundTruth Global Ltd

Stochastico Limited

Ancestry.com

BXT Accelyon

Ahoy Club

B&CE Holdings Limited

MFS Africa Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing both Marks & Spencer plc and Katjes Fassin in a 3D shape trade mark claim (protecting the appearance of the famous Percy Pig product) in the UK High Court against Swizzels Matlow Limited.
  • Representing Athleta (Gap’s premium fitness and lifestyle brand) in UK High Court proceedings issued by Athleta in July 2022 against Sport’s Group Denmark, a Denmark headquartered company offering sportswear under the ATHLECIA brand, and one of its UK based distributors, Jarrold & Sons (IL-2022-00060 Athleta (ITM) Inc. -v- (1) Sports Group Denmark A/S (2) Jarrold & Sons Limited).
  • Acting for Haleon in UK High Court trade mark infringement proceedings issued by Haleon against Teva UK Limited, in relation to its Motusol product which is a lookalike product of Voltarol.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood's full service tax practice covers a broad range of both contentious and non-contentious matters. Team lead John Meehan specialises in funds, M&A, and structuring mandates. Kate Worthington, who made partner in May 2022, has particular experience in real estate transactions. Shofiq Miah joined from tax litigation boutique Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP in November 2022, and brings broad disputes expertise.

Practice head(s):

John Meehan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘John Meehan really knows his stuff – commercial, accessible and great to work with.’

Key clients

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust/Schroders Capital UK Real Estate Fund

Bowmark

M&G

Immobel Capital Partners

Macquarie

Kroll

Drakewood Capital Management

Covanta

AXA Investment Management

Tristan Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised WindAcre Partnership LLC on its participation in the acquisition of Nielsen Holdings plc by way of a UK-court approved scheme of arrangement.
  • Advised M&G Real Estate on its acquisition of nine multi-let industrial assets from Patrizia for £165 million.
  • Advised Tristan and Rynda on a £100m + corporate real estate acquisition, leaseback and development comprising the acquisition and leaseback of 5 care homes some of which were under development.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 4

With a ‘supremely talented team’, Stephenson Harwood specialises in the whole spectrum of financial crime activity, routinely handling money laundering, corruption, and fraud cases across many jurisdictions. The practice has expertise in dealing with a range of issues emerging from a criminal investigation, particularly managing the confiscation of assets, maintaining relationships with domestic and international regulators, and advising on civil and regulatory processes. Practice head Sean Jeffrey specialises in financial sanction matters and criminal litigation, while the ‘excellent’ Justin McClelland covers all aspects of criminal and regulatory investigations. David Capps focuses on finance-related disputes. Since being promoted to partner in May 2022, the ‘truly exceptional’ Alan Ward has continued to concentrate on corporate and financial crime issues.

Practice head(s):

Sean Jeffrey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Justin McClelland is an excellent solicitor with very good judgment and extremely measured. He has a good manner with clients and is very committed.’

‘This is a very strong and prestigious team, it has excellent individuals who can draw on the vast knowledge of the wider firm.’

‘Alan Ward is a standout performer who has an exceptional grasp of the law and approaches each case with tenacity.’

‘Strong department with a number of excellent partners.’

‘Alan Ward is a wonderful new partner at this firm. He has an easy touch with clients and is well-liked by all those he represents. He is remarkably hard working and understands the nuances of all the cases he is instructed in.’

‘Supremely talented team of individuals who work tirelessly to achieve the very best outcome tor the client.’

‘Alan Ward, a truly exceptional individual who goes the extra mile for his clients. Forward looking and thoroughly prepared, Alan ensures he is ahead of the game in every respect.’

‘Alan Ward is an excellent, hardworking, smart lawyer.’

Work highlights

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

Well versed in international arbitration‘, Stephenson Harwood has a strong market reputation for its disputes expertise concerning Africa, the Middle East and India. The team is also increasingly active in Southeast and North Asia-related mandates. Global international arbitration head Rovine Chandrasekera works across the firm's London and Dubai offices; Kamal Shah 'deservedly has a strong reputation'; and recently-promoted partner Jide Adesokan has significant experience in Africa-related claims. At managing associate level, Charlotte Welsh and Charlotte Murphy are active team members.

Practice head(s):

Rovine Chandrasekera; Kamal Shah

Other key lawyers:

Jide Adesokan; Charlotte Welsh; Charlotte Murphy; Afolarin Awosika; Henry Simpson

Testimonials

‘The team is very professional and well versed in international arbitration.’

Excellent teams with the right level of seniority allocated to the work in hand.

‘Rovine Chandrasekera stands out for his excellent knowledge of international award/judgment enforcement, which is based on genuine practical experience in successful enforcement actions across the globe.’

‘Rovine Chandrasekera is a pragmatic and smart thinker.’

‘Kamal Shah is well connected and a seasoned figure on the arbitration market.’

‘Kamal Shah deservedly has a strong reputation. He is commercially astute and understands the importance of local context.’

‘Jide Adesokan is a new and energetic partner with excellent strategic sense.’

‘Afolarin Awosika deserves praise for his standout dedication and judgement – he goes above and beyond for clients consistently.’

Key clients

IBL Group

NNPC

Republic of Iraq

Ministry of Electricity, Iraq

Petronas

Sapura Energy

Guaranty Trust Bank

Work highlights

  • Assisting an Asian oil and gas company with a dispute against another Asian oil and gas company (with European links), as a result of sanctions imposed by Russia following its invasion of Ukraine.
  • Acting for a major Asian joint venture in a construction dispute concerning a project in East Africa, with the arbitration seated in Paris under ICC rules.
  • Representing the Republic of Iraq, as co-counsel, in an ICSID arbitration that was brought by Orange under the France-Iraq bilateral investment treaty.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood‘s employee share scheme and incentives team advises on numerous employments terminations and hires, cash incentive arrangements and regulatory remuneration issues. The group regularly assists an array of AIM traded clients, private equity portfolio companies and other private companies. Team head Nicholas Stretch is praised for his ability to simplify 'the complex area of share incentives'.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Stretch

Testimonials

‘Excellent understanding of share plans and how companies can get the most out of their use.’

‘Nicholas Stretch is very likable and his experience is exceptional. He is a joy to work with.’

‘The team at Stephenson Harwood is knowledgeable, practical and very responsive. Extremely easy to work with and proactive in getting in touch about potential changes.’

‘Nicholas Stretch is extremely approachable, a pleasure to work with – he simplifies the complex area of share incentives.’

Key clients

Steer Davies Gleave

Liberum

Abellio

Bowmark Capital

Hotel Chocolat

Futura Medical

FPE

Work highlights

  • Acted for Steer Davies & Gleave Limited on an internal reorganisation which had a number of complicated employee share plan and trust aspects.
  • Acted for Abellio and a company which has been set up as a buy-out vehicle to acquire the operator of a number of train and bus routes to establish a new share incentive arrangement.
  • Advised Hotel Chocolat on number of incentives-related matters this year.

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood is renowned for its marine insurance expertise, having received notable instructions in relation to mortgagee interest policies, constructive total losses, notices of abandonment and increased value policies, war risk, in addition to complex cargo and commodity fraud and multiple shipment losses. Practice co-head Alex Davis is a go-to for international insurance markets handling casualties, collisions, salvage, and wreck removals. Seasoned litigator Richard Hugg focuses on yacht insurance disputes, advising on coverage issues that include design issues, paint damage, engine damage and total losses.

Practice head(s):

Alex Davis; Joe O’Keeffe

Other key lawyers:

Richard Hugg; Ivan Valkov; Mateusz Bek

Testimonials

‘The team’s high level of collaboration provides flexibility to their clients.’

‘Alex Davis’ approach is always commercial and imaginative.’

‘Ivan Valkov’s dedication to a case is excellent. He is incredibly knowledgeable and a trusted contact.’

‘Joe O’Keeffe has been involved in the marine insurance market for a long time has a great reputation here.’

I was very impressed with the thoughtfulness, responsiveness and practical understanding of Mateusz Bek.’

Key clients

Royal & Sun Alliance plc

Brit Insurance

Talbot Underwriting

Hiscox Insurance

QBE

Liberty Mutual Insurance

AXA Corporate Solutions Assurance

Torus

The Hartford

India International Insurance

Canopius

Lancashire Insurance Group (UK) Ltd

Antares Managing Agency Limited

The Channel Syndicate

North of England

Sunderland Marine

British Marine

GAREX

AXA XL

Allianz Global Corporate Solution

Generali

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood’s practice is led by veteran practitioner William Saunders, who acts for investment trusts, offshore funds and investment managers on investments into real estate assets and on the structuring and launch of investment vehicles. The team also advises on the acquisition and disposal of assets for investment vehicles. Alex Haynes is recommended for the formation and reorganisation of funds, as well as fundraising. Nick Horton was promoted to partner in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

William Saunders

Other key lawyers:

Alex Haynes; Carolyn Hall; Nick Horton

Testimonials

‘Good experience and strength in-depth.’

‘William Saunders is exceptionally bright and a commercial.’

Key clients

LXi REIT

Panmure Gordon

Jefferies International

Immobel Capital Partners

Schroders Capital UK Real Estate Fund

M&G Real Estate

Rynda Healthcare

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust

BentallGreenOak/Mission Street

Magnetar Capital

Gravis Capital Management

Longmead Capital

Scape UK Management

Firethorn Trust

Tristan Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Immobel Capital Partners on the establishment of its first Green Office Impact Fund and on the acquisition of the Fund’s first UK ‘office park’ real estate asset, valued at £110m.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: Project finance and development Tier 4

A 'strong, partner led team' possessing an 'excellent understanding of the key legal and commercial issues across all of the major infrastructure sectors', Stephenson Harwood handles a considerable number of PFI and PPP projects, working closely with contractors, lenders and public sector bodies on  financing arrangements and the development of new, critical projects. Team head Jonathan Cripps has expertise in energy, transport and accommodation-related mandates, and is a go-to for asset-management issues. Rebecca Carter  works on a portfolio of mandates including both private and public sector work.  Phil Harris is a very active member of the team, providing counsel on many of the firm's key development mandates.  Navpreet Atwal's arrival from Boodle Hatfield LLP has further strengthened the group's capabilities and bench.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Cripps

Testimonials

‘The team has an excellent understanding of the key legal and commerical issues across all of the major infrastructure sectors. A strong partner led team is supported by excellent associates. Extremely approachable and easy to work with.’

‘Jonathan Cripps has an encyclopedic knowledge of infrastructure and is highly respected in the market. He is extremely commercial and easy to deal with. Phil Harris has excellent technical knowledge.’

‘For me, the thing that distinguishes the team is the active listening. There are lots of firms with comparable PFI experience. However, this team is the one that listens best to what I need as a client. Knowledge of PFI, commercial projects etc is no good if it is not tailored to meet the needs of the client/ the particular situation.’

‘Rebecca Carter provides excellent customer care. As well as having a wealth of knowledge and experience she is also very personable and caring. Phil Harris also knows his stuff. He is pragmatic and gets the job done.’

‘The team blends specialism with general business acumen when dealing clients. They deal with specific challenges and problems yet bring solutions that contribute to the success of an objective rather than it becoming a distraction.’

‘Jonathan Cripps, Rebecca Carter and Phil Harris all go above and beyond the call of duty. They have a deep understanding of specific requirements as well as ensuring that the wider impact of projects is taken into consideration without losing sight of the objective.’

‘There is close and detailed attention to the issue we face and a willingness to come up with solutions.’

‘Stephenson Harwood has provided a first-class service. The team has been exemplary in their dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism.’

Key clients

North London Waste Authority

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

Connect CNDR Limited

Connect Roads South Tyneside Limited

Balfour Beatty Living Places Limited

Connect Roads Sunderland Limited

Sunderland Streetlighting Limited

Albany SPC Services Limited

Semperian Asset Management Limited

Roehampton Hospital Limited

Connect M1-A1 Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on all aspects of the acquisition of Amey plc’s management services business. This included advice on the acquisition as well as carrying out due diligence on underlying operational PFI/PPP projects.
  • Advising NLWA on all legal aspects of its £1.2 billion North London Heat and Power Project since its inception – a multi-year programme to build a new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at the Edmonton EcoPark in Enfield. Also advising on the client’s carbon capture and storage project.
  • Advising Connect M1-A1 Limited. This is a PFI road project involving counselling  the project company on the replacement of the existing central reserve steel vehicle restraint system with a rigid concrete step barrier, along with associated works.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 4

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

Head of real estate and projects at Stephenson Harwood, Rebecca Carter, co-heads the London power team alongside decarbonisation specialist, national head and ‘highly dependable advisor’ Jonathan Cripps, and offshore energy expert and national head Max Lemanski. The practice is noted as being exemplary in their dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism’. Cathal Leigh-Doyle, noted as a ‘strong negotiator’, was promoted to partnership in May 2023 and has impressive experience in offshore energy disputes.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Carter; Jonathan Cripps; Max Lemanski

Other key lawyers:

Cathal Leigh-Doyle; Richard Pike, Phil Harris; Jenna Plush

Testimonials

‘Stephenson Harwood has provided a first-class service in our complex project. The team has been exemplary in their dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism.’

Rebecca Carter and associates Richard Pike, Phil Harris and Jenna Plush have provided an outstanding all-round service. Their knowledge, commitment and responsiveness has made them stand out from other firms in this sector.’

‘Stephenson Harwood are unique in the green hydrogen space. They are well-positioned to do first-of-a-kind hydrogen contract, backed by a strong projects and energy practice. They have a strong understanding of the commercial challenges facing the UK hydrogen market and are proactive at addressing them.’

‘The team offers added value through their UK hydrogen market quarterly updates and publications on government initiatives.’

‘Cathal Leigh-Doyle has a comprehensive understanding of the commercial challenges and opportunities facing the UK hydrogen market.’

‘Jonathan Cripps is an experienced, knowledgeable, and highly dependable advisor with the ability to solve complicated issues in the hydrogen sector.’

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 4

With demonstrable experience across the hospitality, industrial and office sectors, the team at Stephenson Harwood advises developers, private equity funds and REITS on development projects. In the investment arena, the practice handles debt and equity-led investment projects, holding structures and strategic land management issues. Head of the department Simon Brading is knowledgeable of the data centre sector, and has overseen industrial, office and shopping centre transactions. Catriona Berman advises clients on regeneration projects, while Stephen Laud is knowledgeable of the hotel and leisure sectors and Archie Campbell is adept in green loan documents, as well as term sheet amendments. Alexander Chadwick has been engaged in acquisitions and disposals for institutional and private investors, and David Sinclair, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in January 2023, is knowledgeable of building and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Brading

Testimonials

‘David Sinclair is an excellent commercial property lawyer. He has a wealth of experience and his reputation as a top lawyer is fully justified.’

‘Stephenson Harwood is a respected firm within the commercial property sector.’

‘Our main exposure is to David Sinclair. He cares about what we want to do, and we always feel he has our needs at heart.’

‘A nice team to deal with.’

‘Bringing in David Sinclair has further improved the strength and depth within the team’

‘Simon Brading gets things done without any fuss and is super-responsive.

Key clients

Schroder Real Estate

LXi REIT

AXA REIM

Mayfair Capital

The Langham Estate

Immobel

Rynda Healthcare

Reef Estates Limited

Tristan Capital

Magnetar Capital

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Macquarie Asset Management

Beaumont Hotel

Aver Property

BentallGreenOak

WELPUT

Peterson Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Schroder UK Real Estate Fund on its joint venture with Immobilien Europa Direkt to acquire The Brewery retail warehouse and leisure scheme in Romford, London.
  • Advised Schroders Capital UK Real Estate Fund on the forward funding and investment disposal to Pension Insurance Corporation of Two Ruskin Square.  
  • Acted for LXi on all aspects of a merger.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood offers expertise in alternative dispute resolution techniques such as adjudication, dispute boards, and mediation, alongside arbitration and litigation, catering to a diverse client base including both public and private sector stakeholders. Ron Nobbs acts for purchasers and suppliers across a diverse range of UK and international projects and co-heads the team with Paul Thwaite, who specialises in contractor claims for delay and disruption, major building defects, and PFI project disputes. Charlotte Heywood’s experience extends to adjudication, arbitration, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Ron Nobbs; Paul Thwaite

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Heywood; Charlotte Thomas; Amy Steenson

Testimonials

‘SHL has a diverse team that specialises in many areas such as key real estate acquisitions. On construction matters. SHL has a vast range of experts who they are able to draw upon internally and are able to offer advice and guidance in some of the most complex matters.’

‘SHL are consistent in its approach. SHL are very open, honest and will share its thoughts on the “pros and cons” of any matter. We have worked with them on a number of large and small complex matters, with positive success on every occasion.’

‘Charlotte Thomas is committed to delivering to timescales every time.’

‘Very knowledgeable and personable team who often make time to deal with last minute or urgent matters and provide very clear legal advice whilst also considering business requirements.’

‘Both Ron Nobbs and Amy Steenson have been a pleasure to work with on a number of contentious matters. Amy is always available to talk through any advice/queries where needed and provides clear and pragmatic advice to suit our business needs.’

They have a high degree of knowledge and skill.’

‘The individuals have a very high level of knowledge and experience. At the same time, they understand the need for commercial decision-making. The individuals are easy to work with.’

‘Ron Nobbs is my favourite lawyer! He understands our complex issues and provides clear advice in a prompt manner.’

Key clients

Equipe Regeneration

ENGIE/EQUANS

Veolia

Multiplex

ABB UK

Mala Engineering

The Royal College of Art

University of Greenwich

4C Hotels Group

LaSalle Investment Management

Thornsett Developments

One Hyde Park

Tecnicas Reunidas

Trenitalia UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising the freeholders of the luxury residential development One Hyde Park in their long running TCC dispute with Laing O’Rourke regarding latent defects in the building.
  • Advising Equipe Regeneration in relation to various claims and TCC action arising out of the Brockley PFI project.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

The ‘well-organised and client-oriented’ group at Stephenson Harwood have been increasingly involved in pan-European deals, and has been increasingly active advising borrowers at a strategic level on many recapitalisations and refinancings. Practice head James Linforth and Paul Hayward-Surry, recommended for his expertise working with lenders in the commercial real estate, housing and leisure sectors, are its top partners.  

Practice head(s):

James Linforth

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Well organized and client-oriented.’

‘The team was responsive and provided commercially sound advice.’

‘Stephenson Harwood go above and beyond in their service. The firm and their employees are proactive, and work to meet their clients needs in any transaction they are involved with. The knowledge the combined team has is a particular strength, and the ability to offer guidance and insight at an efficient pace. I’ve worked with a number of different of individuals and can say their abilities to consistently build relationships is impressive and goes beyond other firms.’

‘Proactivity and strong relationship management are what makes them different. Additionally, being able to provide speedy but easily comprehensible advice and guidance.’

‘Very responsive and they provide excellent value for money. They have expertise in all the essential areas that are required for real estate financing. They ensure that transactions are resourced properly.’

‘Deep understanding of the industry with a commercial approach to bridge the gap.’

Key clients

Barings Real Estate

The Hill Group

Immobel Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised Hill Group on their £220m RCF, the first ever Sustainability-Linked Loan to a UK housebuilder.
  • Advised Barings on a sustainability-linked development facility to Round Hill Capital to refurbish the Rembrandt Park One building in Amsterdam (to improve its ESG performance)
  • Advised Immobel Capital Partners (a new client) on a financing provided by Lloyds Bank in connection with the first asset for Immobel’s Green Office Strategy located at White Rose (a green office campus situated just outside Leeds City).

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Under the leadership of the ‘standoutKatie Hewson, the data protection team at Stephenson Harwood advises tech sector clients on emerging data protection legislation and also handles international data transfers, breach work, and investigations. Simon Bollans advises on cybersecurity as well as the data privacy and regulatory aspects of emerging technologies. Michael Bywell and Peter Dalton joined in early 2023 from Hausfeld & Co LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, respectively, strengthening the team’s technology disputes and cyber capabilities. ‘Vastly talented‘ associate Olivia Fraser is recommended for her experience advising on the data aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Katie Hewson

Testimonials

‘Katie Hewson. She is a very knowledgeable, pragmatic lawyer. In terms of the limited instructions given to her so far I have found her work very business orientated and solution focused.’

‘Stephenson Harwood is our go-to law firm for data protection matters. They set themselves apart from the competition through deep technical knowledge combined with a strategic approach which empowers the business.’

‘Katie Hewson is a force! She is a strategic legal advisor with deep knowledge of data protection law, and consistently provides practical, actionable advice for her clients.’

‘Olivia Fraser is a vastly talented associate from the data protection team — smart, efficient, strategic, and such a pleasure to work with. Olivia seamlessly ties her deep technical knowledge with business savvy, making her an indispensable advisor to the business.’

‘The team has been incredibly helpful and practical in managing bespoke privacy issues, including related to DSARs, complaints, incidents, and interpretations of regulations. They never simply restate the law, but always provide context and thoughtful approaches on a way forward.’

‘Katie Hewson has been wonderful to work with. She gives very specific and practical guidance to help manage our privacy program and always considers the nuances specific to our firm.’

‘Katie Hewson is standout – excellent technical expertise and commercial mindset.’

‘Katie Hewson and Olivia Fraser have particularly stood out for their technical expertise, understanding of business and market and delivery of pragmatic advice on novel issues.’

Key clients

Kroll

Exscientia

Bvlgari

S&P Global

Neuberger Berman Europe Limited

Association of British Investigators

Work highlights

  • Advised an industry body on the development of a UK GDPR code of conduct.
  • Advised on an industry-wide digital transformation project in the benefits sector, involving complex data sharing arrangements.
  • Advised a global insurance, risk and consulting business on the high-risk data protection aspects of a £7.0 million acquisition.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood’s technology team handles a broad range of IT and telecoms matters, from product licensing and development of AI solutions to M&A transactions and investments. Practice head Simon Bollans advises established technology clients and start-ups on outsourcing mandates, while Michael Bywell leads on data breach class actions.

Practice head(s):

Simon Bollans

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Michael Bywell is a shrewd and effective litigator, who relates to his clients and understands their needs. He is extremely engaging and responsive to work with.’

Key clients

Coller Capital (Mercatus)

DeepL

Marqeta

B2Q Technologies

Mercer

Coller Capital (Various)

Intercontinental Exchange, Inc

Civica

Bowmark Capital

BGF Investment Management

Ryanair DAC

Samknows

Work highlights

  • Advised pre-eminent investment management firm Coller Capital Limited on a range of IT acquisition and outsourcing contracts.
  • Advised Bowmark Capital and its portfolio companies on strategic technology acquisitions and IT service agreements.
  • Advised DeepL, the German AI unicorn, on a number of strategic technology procurements for its expanding international footprint and product roadmap.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

Combining ‘deep technical expertise’ with a ‘pragmatic and commercial approach and client-focused availability’, Stephenson Harwood is popular among IPs, investors, corporates and creditors across a range of domestic and cross-border insolvency/restructuring matters, particularly in core areas of firmwide sector strength including shipping and energy. The team is, however, best-known for its contentious insolvency expertise, with ‘commercial and insightful’ team head Julian Cahn  and ‘extremely talented litigation’ partner Tal Goldsmith key resources in this regard. Ian Benjamin  is also recommended and provides ‘highly commercial and flexible advice’ on business turnarounds and both creditor and debtor-led restructurings.

Practice head(s):

Julian Cahn

Other key lawyers:

Ian Benjamin; Tal Goldsmith; Tim Crocker; Nick Axup; Paul Hollands

Testimonials

Deep technical expertise combined with a pragmatic and commercial approach and client-focused availability.’

‘Julian Cahn is commercial but also insightful on more contentious insolvency matters, both mid-market and more complex.’ 

Ian Benjamin provides highly commercial and flexible advice.’

Tal Goldsmith quickly understands the key commercial ramifications of any issue.’

Tal Goldsmith is an extremely talented litigation partner whose knowledge of the law is up there with her ability to adapt on an ever moving litigation assignment.’

Key clients

BDO

Interpath

Begbies Traynor

Evelyn Partners

FTI Consulting

Teneo

RSM

FRP Advisory

Wells Fargo

Grant Thornton

Work highlights

  • Continue to act for the Receivers of Sebastian Holdings Inc (the personal investment vehicle of the Norwegian billionaire Alexander Vik), work which involved a complex dispute centred around  Mr Vik’s dissipation of $1bn assets to avoid liabilities owed to creditor, Deutsche Bank.
  • Acting for Court Appointed Enforcement Receivers attempting to trace and confiscate the proceeds of crime of twice convicted fraudster Dr Gerald Smith to compensate his victims.  
  • Advising the joint liquidators in relation to the liquidation of NQ minerals which was successfully sold in 2022. Investigations into other asset recoveries continue including the resolution of complex and international negotiations regarding the intercompany debt position.

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 5

Stephenson Harwood has a particular focus on advice to insurance brokers, offering comprehensive M&A and regulatory advice for this client base with capabilities that extend to cross-border matters. Sam Gray heads up this work as the head of the corporate finance practice, employing his broad M&A experience to these brokerage matters.

Practice head(s):

Sam Gray

Key clients

CLS Risk Solutions

Lucida Broking Holdings Limited

The Ardonagh Group Limited

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co

Jencap Group LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised The Ardonagh Group on the acquisition of US$250m-GWP broking business Oxford Insurance Group from USI Insurance Services.
  • Advised longstanding client on the acquisition of Another Day Limited.
  • Advised the founder on the sale of CRK Commercial Insurance Services Limited to Acrisure.

Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 5

Stephenson Harwood's practice which assists a number of clients in secondaries sector across a variety of European jurisdictions. Practice head Gabriel Boghossian is known for his vast experience in advising on secondary transactions, having handled the structuring and negotiation of a high volume of GP-led deals. Sarah de Ste Croix has broad knowledge of fundraisings.

Practice head(s):

Gabriel Boghossian

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ufenau Capital Partners

Deutsche Private Equity

Tesco Pension Trustees Limited

Five Arrows (Rothschild)

Horizon Capital

Capiton AG

Verium AG

Schroders Capital

EMERAM Capital Partners

Northleaf Capital

Kline Hill Partners

BVK Personalvorsorge des Kantons Zürich

Shard Credit Partners Limited

Unigestion SA

Railpen Pension Trustee Company Limited

LifeArc

Work highlights

  • Advised Ufenau, a Swiss private equity fund, in their GP-led secondaries transaction selling Altano and Corius from Ufenau’s fifth fund to a newly established continuation vehicle.
  • Advised Deutsche Private Equity, in their inaugurate GP-led secondary transaction, selling two leading European technology and digital transformation consultancies acquired by DPE’s third fund to a newly established continuation vehicle.
  • Acted for TPTL in connection with its sale of a portfolio of 47 limited partnership interests.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 5

Utilising an extensive international presence to handle administrative and public law matters, often with a cross-border element, Stephenson Harwood regularly acts for and against public bodies and has a notable strength regarding financial services regulatory issues. Practice head Sean Jeffrey has substantial expertise representing clients against in relation to UK Government-imposed sanctions, while of counsel Stephen Ashley is a specialist in sanctions related to Iran.

Practice head(s):

Sean Jeffrey

Other key lawyers:

Sue Millar; Paul Thwaite; Stephen Ashley; Paul Phillips; Chloe Challinor

Testimonials

‘The company has a great team, from the associates to the partners; all are very professional.’

‘Stephenson Harwood has a dedicated team with particular strength in public law and regulatory issues relating to aviation.’

‘I can say that the team has pretty unparalleled experience in aviation regulation and is able to bring real strength in this area to public law cases.’

‘Paul Phillips is outstanding; he is a real fighter who is highly attuned to his clients’ needs and provides a high level of service.’

Key clients

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Ryanair DAC

Arriva Rail East Midlands Limited

North London Waste Authority

CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)

United Kingdom Accreditation Service

Various international entities and banks

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Ryanair in a judicial review brought against the Civil Aviation Authority.
  • Advised Ryanair on thousands of credit card chargeback requests made under the Visa, Mastercard, and American Express scheme rules by a large number of online travel agents.
  • Successfully represented Ryanair in a Competition and Markets Authority investigation into Ryanair and British Airways.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 5

With demonstrable experience across the hospitality, industrial and office sectors, the team at Stephenson Harwood advises developers, private equity funds and REITS on development projects. In the investment arena, the practice handles debt and equity-led investment projects, holding structures and strategic land management issues. Head of the department Simon Brading is knowledgeable of the data centre sector, and has overseen industrial, office and shopping centre transactions. Catriona Berman advises clients on regeneration projects, while Stephen Laud is knowledgeable of the hotel and leisure sectors and Archie Campbell is adept in green loan documents, as well as term sheet amendments. Alexander Chadwick has been engaged in acquisitions and disposals for institutional and private investors, and David Sinclair, who joined from Norton Rose Fulbright in January 2023, is knowledgeable of building and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Brading

Key clients

Schroder Real Estate

AXA REIM

The Langham Estate

Rynda Healthcare

Reef Estates Limited

Tristan Capital

Magnetar Capital

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Macquarie Asset Management

Thornsett Group plc

Beaumont Hotel

Aver Property

BentallGreenOak

WELPUT

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Stephenson Harwood advises clients on large-scale engineering, infrastructure, and development projects. The practice is headed by Graeme Barton, who offers guidance on domestic and international projects across sectors such as energy and transport, and Navpreet Atwal, who provides counsel on procurement issues and project support.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Barton; Navpreet Atwal

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Carter; Richard Pike; Jenna Plush

Testimonials

‘The quality of service is comparable to other Magic or Silver Circle firms in terms of clarity of advice, user-friendliness and professionalism.’

‘Navpreet Atwal is a very experienced and impressive lawyer. She delivers advice that is clear and solutions-driven, and she is very hard-working. She is a trustworthy adviser and I would recommend her to anyone.’

‘Stephenson Harwood has provided a first-class service. The team has been exemplary in their dedication, enthusiasm, and professionalism.’

‘From the very beginning of our complex project, we have received consistently high and responsive service to make the project a success. From the partner, Rebecca Carter, to the associates (Richard Pike and Jenna Plush), it has been an outstanding all-round service. Their knowledge, commitment and responsiveness have stood them out from other firms in this sector.’

Key clients

JB Structures Limited

ENGIE/EQUANS

Veolia

Mala Engineering

The Royal College of Art

University of Greenwich

4C Hotels Group

LaSalle Investment Management

Fabricom S.A

Thornsett Developments

103 Colmore Row Unit Trust

North London Waste Authority

Trenitalia UK Limited

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles

Work highlights

  • Advised NLWA on all legal aspects of its North London Heat and Power Project – a programme to build a new Energy Recovery Facility (ERF) at the Edmonton EcoPark in Enfield.
  • Advising Fabricom as the EPC contractor on a number of pipelines for solar farm construction across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, as well as advising on projects which are in the process of construction.
  • Acting for a Jersey based unit trust on the demolition of the former NatWest tower on Colmore Row in Birmingham and on the construction of a new landmark 26 storey building comprising 206,000 square feet of Grade A offices and 15,000 square feet of leisure space.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

Offering a competition service that is well-versed to assist on the full scope of transactional, transactional, behavioural and advisory matters, Stephenson Harwood regularly handles work concerning the financial services and transport sectors. Notably, the practice is highly regarded for its expertise in cartel investigations, providing guidance to clients involved in complex multi-jurisdictional inquiries. The ‘brilliant’ Marta Isabel Garcia leads the team and is highly regarded for her specialised knowledge across the financial services, transport, insurance, retail and healthcare sectors. Managing associate Bryony Roy has particular expertise in cartel investigations, merger control and vertical agreements.

Practice head(s):

Marta Isabel Garcia

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Marta Isabel Garcia is brilliant – commercial, accessible and great to work with.’

 

Key clients

WindAcre Partnership LLC

bd-capital

Abellio UK

Bicycletx

Work highlights

  • Advising Windacre Partners LLP on all antitrust, merger control and foreign direct investment aspects in connection with its proposed $16bn takeover of Nielsen Holdings, the US information, data and market measurement firm.
  • Advising Abellio UK on all merger control and National Security and Investment Act aspects pertaining to the management buyout of Abellio from the Dutch state-owned rail company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen.
  • Advising Bicycletx, a bicycle precision therapeutics company on all antitrust, merger control and FDI aspects of its radiopharmaceuticals deal with Novartis, a global pharmaceutical company worth up to $1.7bn.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 6

As part of its wide-ranging banking and finance practice, Stephenson Harwood regularly advises lenders and borrowers in relation to corporate lending and acquisition finance mandates frequently involving listed companies. Led by James Linforth the team also includes Julie Romer who handles some corporate lending work alongside her more pronounced mid-market leveraged finance offering.

Practice head(s):

James Linforth

Other key lawyers:

Julie Romer; Daniel Margolis; George Vaughton; Don Brown; David Harris; Bertie Chilton

Key clients

AVI Japan Opportunity Trust Plc

Africa Finance Corporation

Aurelius Finance Company

Bathroom Brands

BlackRock Income & Growth Investment Trust Plc

Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Gordon Brothers

Hill Holdings Limited

Hotel Chocolat Group Plc

Investec Bank plc

Lowland Investment Company plc

LXi REIT plc

Netromnia Group

Sancus Lending Group

Shell Western Supply and Trading

SUEK Limited

Work highlights

  • The team advised LXi REIT Plc in respect of the finance aspects of their merger with Secure Income REIT Plc.
  • The team advised Investec Bank in its capacity as lender on the £15m term loan refinancing of the Mount Street group.
  • The team advised Aurelius Finance Company in connection with a long-term revolving credit facility for Safestyle UK Plc, an AIM-listed PVC doors and windows retailer.

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

Insolvencies in the worlds of football and motorsports are key focus areas Stephenson Harwood‘s cross-disciplinary sports law offering. Team head Ben Sigler - a commercial litigation specialist - advises clients on alleged breaches of sponsorship agreements, copyright infringement issues and impropriety claims in relation to event bids. Insolvency and dispute resolution expert Julian Cahn is a key contact for trustees of athletes, while Don Brown and Nick Axup are noted for their respective focus on finance and restructuring matters, especially in football and cricket.

Practice head(s):

Ben Sigler

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Excellent client management, very commercial, and understands client’s needs and position. First-class knowledge and experience. Total availability in a crisis. Cannot be faulted.’

 

Key clients

Trustees in Bankruptcy of Boris Becker

IQNOIQ Group S.A.R.L

European Football Club

A Spanish Sports Company

Otium Entertainment Group Limited

Coventry City Football Club

Privatstiftung Lauda

bd-c Chase Bidco Limited

Grab+Pull Fightwear Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Mr Becker’s Trustees in Bankruptcy.
  • Advising IQONIQ Group S.A.R.L in relation to a sponsorship agreement dispute with CPFC Limited.
  • Advising a European football club on an loan from a global investment bank.

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations

Stephenson Harwood‘s tax disputes team, which has core strength in the private equity and funds sector, recruited Shofiq Miah from Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP in November 2022.

India > Foreign firms Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood routinely advises India-based corporations, banks, high-net-worth individuals, and families on the full range of matters. The team, based primarily in London and Dubai, particularly stands out for its significant experience advising clients in India-related disputes, handling both international arbitrations and general commercial litigation. Kamal Shah, based in London, heads the practice and is a key name for contentious mandates. Diwakar Agarwal, in Dubai, takes point on complex M&A, private equity, and general corporate matters for clients in India.

Practice head(s):

Kamal Shah

Other key lawyers:

Diwakar Agarwal; Gregory Xu

Key clients

ICICI Bank

Axis Bank

Yes Bank

HDFC Bank Limited

State Bank of India, Hong Kong branch

Adani Group

Cleartrip

Acron Hotel Group, South India

Aditya Birla Finance Limited

Power Finance Corporation Limited

Knowcross Limited

REC Limited

KIMS Healthcare

Eastern Condiments Limited

India Oil and Gas Company

Piramal Capital and Housing Finance Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisting an Asian oil & gas company in relation to a dispute against another Asian oil & gas company with European links as a result of the sanctions imposed by Russia following the Ukraine war.
  • Currently advising Cotecna Inspection in relation to its multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Geo Chem Middle East Group.
  • Acted for Golden Equator Capital Pte. Ltd. and other investors in connection with documenting its US$60,000,000 facility agreement made between, amongst others, the lenders stipulated therein as lenders, Golden Equator Capital Pte. Ltd. as agent and as security agent and Agritrade Resources Limited as borrower.

South Korea > Shipping: foreign firms

Stephenson Harwood  is sought after for its special expertise in shipbuilding, and the team frequently advises clients such as Korean global corporates, international banks, and shipping and shipbuilding trading companies in this sphere. Practice head Michael Kim has extensive experience in ship finance and offshore mandates, as well as in general commercial litigation with a nexus to the industry. The group also includes Stuart Burrell, who acts for clients such as shipowners and shipbuilders in multi-jurisdictional litigation and international arbitration, and Stuart Beadnall, who is a shipping and energy specialist with particular expertise in contract negotiation. Sean Gibbons, who is regularly instructed to defend fraudulent cargo claims made against shipowners, and shipping and offshore financing specialist Gregg Johnston are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Michael Kim

Testimonials

‘Stephenson Harwood are well known to Korean clients for their shipping and shipbuilding practice. They have extensive experience and expertise in the industry, and they also know the Korean market well. Among the foreign law firms that have opened their offices in Korea, Stephenson Harwood are known to be one of the most successful offices.’

‘They have good knowledge of the industry, market, and law. They are well-armed with legal principles, but they always provide practical and prompt solutions.’

‘Their connection with local offices is very concrete and cooperation between the lawyers is well performed without delay. Their speedy replies to answers and good understanding of local culture and good cooperation with local lawyers reassure a client.’

‘Michael Kim deals with any dispute with the client’s best interest at heart.’

‘The key partner we have been working with is Michael Kim – he thoroughly knows the shipping industry as well as the Korean market, and based on his experience and expertise, he understands the clients’ needs well and provides effective and practical solutions. He is always ready and willing to assist and satisfy clients’ needs, which can be urgent at times.’

‘Michael Kim is a very trustworthy lawyer who has sufficient experience for various matters. He knows practices very well and is a creative lawyer who can present a reasonable solution.’

Key clients

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

Korea Line Corporation

Hanwha General Insurance Co Ltd

The Import-Export Bank of Korea

KB Insurance Co., Ltd

Chevron International Pte Ltd

The Standard Club

HJ Shipbuilding & Construction Co., Ltd

Hyundai Merchant Marine

Pan Ocean Co., Ltd

Sungdong Shipbuilding

Daehan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

Sinokor Merchant Marine Co.,Ltd

Japan P&I Club

SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

Eukor Car Carriers. Inc

Macon Charter B.V.

SK Shipping Co., Ltd.

H-Line Shipping Co.,Ltd.

DB Insurance Co., Ltd

Feen Marine Scrubbers Inc.

HHIC-PHIL KOREA

Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd

KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

SC Engineering Co., Ltd.

Seil Textile Co., Ltd.

You Chang Trading Corp

MULTI ASSET GLOBAL INVESTMENTS CO.,LTD.

LATTICE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.

WILLIAM FRY

NOVEL GROUP OÜ

BHI CO., LTD

Work highlights

  • Assisted Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank with the senior secured financing of five very large ore carriers for Polaris Shipping.
  • Advising Société Générale on the financing of an LNG Bunkering Vessel.

The Firm:

Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 1300 people worldwide, including more than 190 partners. Our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients – listed and private companies, institutions and individuals.

We assemble teams of bright thinkers to match our clients’ needs and give the right advice from the right person at the right time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talent to overcome the most complex issues, we deliver pragmatic, expert advice that is set squarely in the real world.

Our headquarters are in London, with eight offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In addition we have forged close ties with other high quality law firms and an integrated local law capability in Singapore and the PRC. This diverse mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service.

Principal Areas of Work:

Commercial Litigation: The team has a long track record of advising clients on their most challenging disputes and has acted on many of the largest, bet-the-company cases. Clients span every major industry and sector, ranging from multinational corporations, financial institutions, large and medium sized companies, professionals and trustees, to governments, charities, and high net worth individuals and their corporate interests. The team represent clients in High Court litigation, international and domestic arbitration, manage proceedings in other jurisdictions, and coordinate proceedings across multiple jurisdictions. The firm also advises and assists clients on ADR, including mediation.

Corporate: The award-winning corporate team provides a range of expertise that includes public and private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, investment funds, equity capital markets, corporate governance, private equity and venture capital. Comprising of dedicated and pragmatic individuals, the corporate team services an international client base across a variety of sectors, with a particular focus on transportation, healthcare, life sciences, corporate real estate, financial services, decarbonisation and technology.

Employment, Pensions, Immigration & Private Wealth: The employment practice handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious, transactional and advisory employment work, and is a market leader in restrictive covenants and employee competition. The pensions practice advise on a variety of matters ranging from advice on day-to-day legal issues to advice on documentation, corporate transactions, investment, member disputes and litigation. The team also advise in relation to incentives, immigration and partnerships. Both teams work across a broad range of industries including financial services, leisure, life sciences, transportation and luxury goods. The private wealth team is renowned for giving no-nonsense practical advice on complex tax, contentious and non-contentious private wealth issues in an agile and responsive way. It acts for UHNW individuals and family offices internationally, predominantly for entrepreneurial wealth generators.

Finance: The award winning international finance team is highly regarded by clients for its excellence, broad experience and versatility. The team works on demanding and innovative deals globally acting for many leading UK and international banks and financiers, investment companies, corporates, lessors, funds and other stakeholders. The team’s expertise covers a broad range of assets including ship and offshore assets, aviation, rail and bus, machinery and equipment, infrastructure projects, real estate and renewables including EfW and solar. The firm also advises on leveraged and acquisition finance trade finance Islamic finance leasing and restructuring.

Marine & International Trade: The international practice is serviced by specialist lawyers based in key shipping and trade hubs worldwide. The firm is well positioned to advise on any shipping or trade-related concern, from the most complex marine incident or financing structure to the more straightforward sale and purchase dispute or cargo claim. The team has acted on some of the most high-profile and important cases in the maritime industry for some of the world’s largest ship owners, ship yards, banks, insurers, P&I clubs, offshore services companies and commodity traders.

Real Estate & Projects: This combined team advise across the spectrum of infrastructure and real estate project development and financing, providing full lifecycle support. This includes investment acquisitions and disposals, financings development projects, sale and leasebacks as well as ongoing property and asset management matters. This group is also experienced in securing planning permissions, advising on environmental issues and on construction projects. Clients include the spectrum of public and private sector participants, including major institutional investors and financiers, developers, fund managers, hotel groups, public sector bodies and corporates operating in the space.

Other Offices: Dubai, Hong Kong, Paris, Piraeus, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore.
Associated Offices: Athens, Bucharest, Guangzhou, Jakarta.

 

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Roland Foord roland.foord@shlegal.com
Chief executive officer Eifion Morris eifion.morris@shlegal.com
Arbitration Rovine Chandrasekera, Kamal Shah rovine.chandrasekera@shlegal.com
Art & cultural property Roland Foord roland.foord@shlegal.com
Aviation finance Richard Parsons richard.parsons@shlegal.com
Aviation litigation Paul Phillips paul.phillips@shlegal.com
Banking James Linforth james.linforth@shlegal.com
Banking litigation Ed Davis, Sue Millar edward.davis@shlegal.com
Commercial Dan Holland dan.holland@shlegal.com
Commercial litigation Ed Davis, Paul Thwaite edward.davis@shlegal.com
Commodities Haris Zografakis haris.zografakis@shlegal.com
Competition Marta Garcia marta.garcia@shlegal.com
Construction Ron Nobbs, Graeme Barton ron.nobbs@shlegal.com
Contentious trusts & probate Jenny McKeown, Helena Berman jenny.mckeown@shlegal.com
Corporate Tom Nicholls tom.nicholls@shlegal.com
Corporate finance Sam Gray sam.gray@shlegal.com
Data protection Katie Hewson, Jenna Franklin katie.hewson@shlegal.com
Employee incentives Nicholas Stretch nicholas.stretch@shlegal.com
Employment Paul Reeves paul.reeves@shlegal.com
Finance Tammy Samuel tammy.samuel@shlegal.com
Fraud and asset recovery Ros Prince ros.prince@shlegal.com
Funds and ECM William Saunders william.saunders@shlegal.com
Hotels and leisure Catriona Berman catriona.berman@shlegal.com
Insurance Alex Davis, Joe O'Keefe alex.davis@shlegal.com
Intellectual property Alexandra Pygall alexandra.pygall@shlegal.com
Leasing Don Brown don.brown@shlegal.com
Life sciences Alexandra Pygall alexandra.pygall@shlegal.com
Marine and international trade Alex Davis alex.davis@shlegal.com
Offshore construction Stuart Beadnall, Max Lemanski stuart.beadnall@shlegal.com
Pensions Philip Goodchild philip.goodchild@shlegal.com
Private equity Jonathan Pittal jonathan.pittal@shlegal.com
Private wealth James Quarmby, Jonathan Conder james.quarmby@shlegal.com
Professional practices Roland Foord roland.foord@shlegal.com
Projects & infrastructure Jonathan Cripps jonathan.cripps@shlegal.com
Rail Tammy Samuel, Suzanne Tarplee tammy.samuel@shlegal.com
Real estate Simon Brading simon.brading@shlegal.com
Real estate finance James Linforth, Paul Hayward-Surry paul.haywardsurry@shlegal.com
Real estate litigation Andrew Myers andrew.myers@shlegal.com
Regulation Sean Jeffrey sean.jeffrey@shlegal.com
Restructuring & insolvency Julian Cahn julian.cahn@shlegal.com
Sanctions Sue Millar sue.millar@shlegal.com
Ship finance Ian Mace ian.mace@shlegal.com
Tax John Meehan john.meehan@shlegal.com
Trade finance Jameel Tarmohamed, Philip Prowse Jameel.Tarmohamed@shlegal.com
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Jonathan Bridcut photo Jonathan Bridcut Jonathan is a corporate partner who specialises in private M&A, joint ventures…
Don Brown photo Don Brown Don has broad experience of secured lending, including asset-based lending, receivables finance,…
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Alexander Chadwick photo Mr Alexander Chadwick Alexander has experience in all areas of commercial real estate, advising clients…
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Anthony Clare photo Anthony Clare Anthony is a corporate partner specialising in M&A and corporate finance. He…
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Kate Cordery photo Kate Cordery Kate is a partner in the firm’s corporate and commercial disputes team…
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Marta Isabel Garcia photo Marta Isabel Garcia An EU and UK competition law expert, Marta is well-known for advising…
Marta Isabel Garcia photo Marta Isabel Garcia An EU and UK competition law expert, Marta is well-known for advising…
Rebecca Garner photo Rebecca Garner Rebecca is an aviation and structured finance specialist with extensive experience acting…
Sean Gibbons photo Sean Gibbons Sean specialises in shipping, shipbuilding and offshore disputes and also advises shipyards…
Tal Goldsmith photo Tal Goldsmith Tal is an insolvency and litigation lawyer with an emphasis on matters…
Philip Goodchild photo Philip Goodchild A pension law expert, Philip is well known for his work in…
Sam Gray photo Sam Gray Sam is head of corporate finance in London. He specialises in M&A…
Priya Grigoriadis photo Priya Grigoriadis Priya is a partner in Stephenson Harwood’s market leading fraud and asset…
Carolyn Hall photo Carolyn Hall Carolyn is a corporate partner specialising in investment funds. She also has…
Guy Harper photo Guy Harper Guy is a litigator specialising in corporate and finance disputes. He is…
Alex Haynes photo Alex Haynes As a partner within the firm’s highly regarded investment funds team, Alex…
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Charlotte Heywood photo Charlotte Heywood Charlotte is a partner within the commercial litigation team specialising in construction,…
Dan Holland photo Dan Holland A commercial lawyer with a focus on outsourcing, manufacturing and supply chain…
Nick Horton photo Nick Horton An investment funds specialist providing launch and on-going advice to funds and…
Richard Hugg photo Richard Hugg Richard is a marine insurance specialist, regularly acting for London market insurance…
Rob Jacob photo Rob Jacob Rob is a partner specialising in both contentious and non-contentious IP issues…
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Menelaus Kouzoupis photo Menelaus Kouzoupis Menelaus is a highly regarded lawyer with a broad practice encompassing all…
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Naomi Leach photo Naomi Leach Naomi has a strong commercial practice, with particular expertise in relation to…
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Kate Longman photo Kate Longman A funds and financial services specialist with a particular focus on listed…
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Kirsty MacHardy photo Kirsty MacHardy Kirsty is an experienced litigator specialising in a wide range of shipping…
Ian Mace photo Ian Mace Ian is a partner and head of our ship finance group. He…
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Lisa Marks photo Lisa Marks Lisa specialises in asset finance with a particular focus on general leasing…
Justin McClelland photo Justin McClelland Acknowledged as a leading individual in the areas of both regulatory investigations…
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Naeem Noor photo Naeem Noor Naeem is a pensions specialist with significant experience in advising employers and…
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Shaun Park photo Shaun Park Shaun is a partner in the finance group and an asset finance…
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Jayesh Patel photo Jayesh Patel An experienced banking and restructuring lawyer specialising in real estate finance, corporate…
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Philip Prowse photo Philip Prowse Philip is an experienced commodities trade finance partner whose work covers the…
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Paul Reeves photo Paul Reeves Paul’s experience in our employment team is pivotal in its recognition as…
Stephen Richards photo Stephen Richards A big scheme specialist, Stephen advises employers, trustees, and master trusts on…
William Robertson photo William Robertson William specialises in UK and European financial services regulation, supporting financial institutions…
Julie Romer photo Julie Romer Julie is a partner in the banking team. Julie advises lenders, private…
Michael Rutili photo Michael Rutili Michael is a trusted adviser to numerous, mostly European, private clients, their…
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William Saunders photo William Saunders William is a partner and head of the funds and financial services…
Sophie Schultz photo Sophie Schultz A specialist property litigator with over 15 years’ experience, Sophie helps clients…
Kamal Shah photo Kamal Shah Kamal is the head of Stephenson Harwood’s Africa and India groups. He…
Kristian Shearsby photo Kristian Shearsby Kristian is a corporate lawyer specialising in the life sciences and technology…
Ben Sigler photo Ben Sigler Ben is a partner in our commercial litigation team and heads the…
John Simpson photo John Simpson John is a Director of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration and…
David Sinclair  photo Mr David Sinclair Experienced real estate investment and development lawyer based in London specialising in…
Emma Skakle photo Emma Skakle Emma is an experienced litigator and specialises in resolving complex disputes for…
Dan Smith photo Dan Smith Dan advises on high-stakes commercial disputes and investigations, particularly in the areas…
Jonathan Spearing photo Jonathan Spearing Jonathan is an energy and natural resources lawyer, specialising in all aspects…
Duncan Stiles photo Duncan Stiles Duncan is a senior corporate partner at Stephenson Harwood LLP. He advises…
Nicholas Stretch photo Nicholas Stretch Nicholas has over 25 years’ experience of advising companies on all aspects…
Jameel Tarmohamed photo Jameel Tarmohamed Jameel specialises in structured commodities trade finance. He has experience acting for…
Suzanne Tarplee photo Suzanne Tarplee Suzanne is a commercial and regulatory rail expert and advises on all…
Paul Thwaite photo Paul Thwaite Paul is a specialist in construction and engineering disputes and procurement claims.…
George Vaughton photo George Vaughton George has a wealth of experience advising lenders and borrowers across a…
Jonathan Ward photo Jonathan Ward Jonathan is a ship finance expert with a focus on complex, cross-border…
Alan Ward photo Mr Alan Ward Alan has acted in relation to some of the most high-profile and…
Alexa Whitehead photo Alexa Whitehead A corporate finance expert specialising in investment funds. Alexa is a corporate…
Kate Worthington photo Kate Worthington A partner in the firm’s tax group who advises on a broad…
Jessica  Yu photo Ms Jessica Yu Jessica provides specialist UK immigration and nationality advice to a range of…
Haris Zografakis photo Haris Zografakis Haris heads the firm’s commodities practice and over a period of 30…
Sarah de Ste Croix photo Sarah de Ste Croix Sarah is a partner in the private equity team specialising in the…
Number of UK partners : 190
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1300

Our vision is to be known as an inclusive and diverse firm, where all our people feel they can be themselves and thrive at work. Our people are our biggest asset. We want Stephenson Harwood to be a place where colleagues can do their best work in a team that values the unique contributions that they bring.

Our Belonging, Inclusion and Diversity strategy focuses on culture, leadership, talent management and recruitment. We partner with a range of organisations to help us to create the diverse and inclusive workplace that we strive to be. Partners include Stonewall, The Business Disability Forum, The Valuable 500, Aspiring Solicitors and Rare Recruitment.

Access to the profession

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion starts with young people, often long before they would come to work for us.

We have a longstanding partnership with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust to provide access to opportunity for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. We are founding members of Aspiring Solicitors Foundation, an organisation focused on removing financial hardship for students to support them in pursuing a career in law.

Our new scholarship programme, open to disadvantaged students, offers £15,000 to cover the costs of university fees and contribute to living expenses. Recipients will receive a range of support, including a mentor from the firm, invitations to insight days and work experience, and they’ll be guaranteed a place at an assessment centre for a training contract.

We work hard to reach diverse candidates, providing the support they need to apply for roles at the firm. We partner with a number of organisations to attract diverse candidates. We use the Rare contextual recruitment system as part of our graduate selection process. The tool contextualises the academic performance of applicants, helping us to identify ‘stand-out’ candidates, regardless of background.

Fostering inclusion

We know we need to foster an inclusive culture, where all our people can be themselves and thrive at work. It’s about equality and opportunity, making sure that talented people can thrive and progress at Stephenson Harwood. All of our associates have a dedicated development partner, who has responsibility for supporting their development and career progression. We are focused on fair work allocation for all – we currently have structured work allocation pilots in two practice groups, with a view to extending this programme across our business.

Our six D&I networks create a sense of belonging by celebrating diversity and connecting people across the business and working with the wider community.

Our Female Career Progression Programme (FCPP) supports associates to navigate their career and strengthen their networks in the firm and with our clients. We already know that our women are talented; the FCPP focuses on giving them the tools, resources and networks to progress their career.

We know that developing inclusive leaders, who build meaningful relationships with their teams, brings a real competitive advantage. We have run inclusive leadership training for our partners globally. The value that we place on inclusion extends to how we reward our partners, as we now include accountability for living our values in partner performance reviews.

Stephenson Harwood’s Singapore alliance firm, Virtus Law, promotes two to partnership

Stephenson Harwood's Singapore Alliance firm, Virtus Law[1], has promoted two lawyers in its latest round of internal partner promotions. Kaili Ang and Christine Ong join the partnership, effective today.