Firm Profile > Stephenson Harwood > London, England

Stephenson Harwood
1 FINSBURY CIRCUS
LONDON
EC2M 7SH
England

Art and cultural property Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood has a well-established and experienced team that regularly acts on significant disputes and advises the key players in the market. Head of department Roland Foord advises clients on both contentious matters and on major transactions. In addition, Foord has niche expertise in auction law. Stephen Roberts is highly regarded for his work in dispute resolution and risk management, with particular skill in advising on issues relating to provenance, title and attribution. The team has also been active in advising its clients on all aspects of cybersecurity risk management and in relation to the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive. Clients include high-net-worth individuals, either as collectors, dealers or sellers, as well as major international auction houses, financial institutions and art associations.

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Testimonials

Roland Foord is extremely well known in the art world

Roland Foord knows all there is to know. He has a string of high-profile clients  and for good reason’

‘Roland Foord offers balanced, realistic and wise counsel. Danielle Maddox is a very good senior associate in the team

Roland Foord is excellent

Roland Foord and Danielle Maddox are both very professional and don’t take an unnecessarily aggressive stance. You can talk to them sensibly about tricky issues in a very friendly way. They represent their clients very well but are sensible about reaching an agreement

‘Roland Foord and Stephen Roberts are both outstanding, with a real interest in, and understanding of, the art market and its legal issues

Roland Foord is one of the most experienced art lawyers in London. I confidently recommend him and his team to my clients

The lawyers are very knowledgeable and up to date, particularly on the litigation/dispute resolution side. Roland Foord is a standout individual. Always available and provides good balanced advice’

Key clients

Mark Weiss

Qatar Museums Authority

The Modern Institute

Sadie Coles HQ Limited

Ms Inna Victoria Feanne Hontiveros Mauricio

Christie’s

Waddington Custot Galleries

The Society of London Art Dealers

Hazlitt Gooden & Fox Limited

The Royal College of Art

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Commodities disputes Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood is 'always resourceful and very knowledgeable in this area', note clients who remark that 'the team is well informed, very accessible and understands its clients' needs'. Supported by the firm's strong finance, shipping, corporate and regulatory teams, the litigators are experienced in matters relating to the full commodities cycle from the extraction of raw materials all the way through to end use. Focusing predominantly on petroleum products, metals and coal, the firm has been active in a growing number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) disputes. It acts for energy majors and trading companies such as Stemcor and Mercuria. Practice head Haris Zografakis, Jonathan Spearing (who is 'a hugely committed lawyer with a sharp intellect') and Peter Bennett (who 'has a wealth of experience of commodities disputes and is a highly diligent lawyer') are leading lights in a growing practice. Emerging talent Emma Skakle joined as a partner from Clyde & Co LLP. Partners Cristan Evans and Ingolf Kaiser are also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The team is always resourceful and provides fit-for-purpose advice and timely responses. Peter Bennett and Jonathan Spearing are very knowledgeable in their area of practice.’

‘The firm provides detailed attention and understanding of clients’ needs.’

‘Peter Bennett and Jonathan Spearing are hardworking and dedicated to finding solutions.’

‘The team is well informed, very accessible and understands its clients’ needs.’

‘Peter Bennett and Jonathan Spearing are very good on detail and provide early response times.’

‘The team boasts some highly experienced commodities lawyers, especially in the metals, coal and oil trading sectors.’

‘Peter Bennett has a wealth of experience of commodities disputes and is a highly diligent lawyer, and he has a very good manner with clients.’

‘Jonathan Spearing is a hugely committed lawyer with a sharp intellect and is extremely experienced in metals disputes.’

‘Quick responses, deep knowledge of the market and high legal standing. The firm is great in advising the client. They show availability even by a short notice.’

‘Peter Bennett has profound experience and skill, especially in strategy and tactics. He shows full comprehension on customer’s needs.’

Key clients

Mercuria

Vedanta Resources and subsidiaries/related companies

Stemcor

Moorgate Industries

Macquarie

E.ON and Uniper

Steag

PDVSA

BASF Intertrade

Galana Petroleum

Socar Trading

Repsol

Natixis

Chevron

ADNOC

Fraud: civil Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood's 'excellent' team has a wealth of expertise in fraud disputes involving Russian and CIS clients, in addition to high stakes commercial fraud litigation before the English courts. The team is also well-known for its ability to obtain urgent injunctions, including freezing, search and receivership orders. 'Tenacious' solicitor-advocate Ros Prince specialises in international fraud and financial services litigation, with a particular focus on emerging markets. Alan Bercow acts for large corporates and high-net-worth individuals in fraud litigation, asset tracing and recovery matters. John Fordham has a wealth of experience representing a diverse array of clients in civil fraud litigation, including sovereign bodies, companies and individuals. Senior associate Priya Grigoriadis represents clients in civil fraud proceedings in the High Court, through international arbitration and mediation.

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Testimonials

‘The team are thoughtful and careful in their approach and deliver thorough, well-considered advice.  They offer workable solutions to problems and are collaborative in their approach.’

‘Small focused team of lawyers who all understand the overall aim of the litigation.  Excellent contacts in the CIS region.’

‘Ros Prince has an amazing ability to be all over the detail, whilst at the same time steering the strategy decisions.  Excellent at dealing with clients.’

‘Ros Prince is very thorough and good at devising solutions to problems.  She is very responsive and partners with clients effectively.’

‘Alan Bercow is a calm and efficient lawyer who is highly respected in the market and by his team.  Runs a team and case with clarity and efficiency.’

Key clients

Former shareholders of Yukos Oil Company

Libyan Investment Authority

Igor Mints

SPL Guernsey ICC Ltd

Ravikant Ruia, Prashant Ruia, Sushil Baid and Uday Kumar Gujadhur

Shane Crooks and Malcolm Cohen of BDO LLP

ICICI Bank UK Plc

Listed funds Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood advises a wide array of closed-end listed funds, investment trusts and managers; alongside its longstanding fund clients, the group also recently won new instructions from major players including Investec and JP Morgan. The experienced team, led by the well-established William Saunders, has remained active, handling launches and IPOs, fund management M&A and an array of corporate governance and restructuring mandates; in a recent highlight, Alex Haynes advised on the high-profile change of management at Woodford Capital Trust, which became Schroders Capital Trust. Elizabeth Field is noted for her work on fund establishments and raisings, as well as corporate transactions and sponsor-side work. Senior associates Kate Longman and Alexa Whitehead are praised for their key roles in major matters, including high-value fund raisings and IPOs for a variety of open and closed-ended funds.

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Testimonials

‘Strength, depth, knowledge. experience and accurate drafting. The strength and depth of the listed funds team makes SH a “go to” firm.’

‘William Saunders- partner in charge of the team with no nonsense approach , cuts to the chase and great ability to eliminate the otiose and prolix drafting. Carolyn Hall – associate; Intelligent, considered and assiduous. Kate Longman – senior associate; High quality operator, This is a high calibre team.’

‘Strong closed end funds team led by experienced and commercial William Saunders.’

‘William Saunders and Kate Longman – efficient, commercial and personable. Good to work with.’

‘Cohesive, well-balanced and knowledgeable team that clearly enjoys working together, which makes it a joy to work with them.’

‘William Saunders is one of the best lawyers I’ve worked with over the last 30+ years. He is very knowledgeable, pragmatic and not afraid to give advice that he knows isn’t what the client wants to hear.’

Key clients

Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust

Acorn Income Fund

Akur

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Allianz Technology Trust PLC

Alternative Asset Opportunities PCC

Aseana Properties

Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust

Atlantis Japan Growth Fund

Augmentum Capital

Augmentum Fintech

BDO

BlackRock Income & Growth Investment Trust

BlackRock Throgmorton Trust

Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

CC Japan Income & Growth Trust

Cenkos Securities

City of London Investment Trust

Coupland Cardiff Asset Management

Dragon Capital

Draper Esprit VCT

Eighteen East Capital

European Opportunities Trust

European Real Estate Investment Trust

Fidante Capital

finnCap

GCP Infrastructure Investments

GLI Finance

Gore Street Capital

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund

Gravis Capital Management

Grit

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood's pensions disputes is proficient in navigating the expanding territory of sector legislation, expertly handling cases concerning referrals of actuaries to regulatory bodies, the handling of client money and moral hazard. Led by representative beneficiary expert Helena Berman and the 'measured and astute' Philip Goodchild, it regularly handles Pensions Regulator and Financial Conduct Authority cases. A recent highlight for the firm was advising on Arriva's challenge to the UK Government’s management of risk in rail procurement. The 'very popularMark Catchpole leads on non-contentious matters. Supported by Graham Wrightson, 'a very sound lawyer with great judgement', the team is notable for handling advisory matters for both trustees and sponsors, covering buy-ins, transfers to DC Trusts and increase exchange options. The well-regarded Stephen Richards has strengthened the team since joining as a partner from Allen & Overy LLP in mid-2018.

Testimonials

Small but very committed and hands-on; as good a service as a client would get from a larger (and more expensive) firm‘.

They have tremendous experience in the field and fight their client’s corner with great tenacity. As I have heard others say more than once, this is the team that you would want to defend you‘.

Stephenson Harwood are on an amazing run of form at present. Their reported cases over the last few years are remarkable, and their success is built on great judgement as to how a case will play out, together with being genuinely lovely to work with; organised, reasonable, pragmatic, fair … but always delivering great results for their clients‘.

The team is distinguished by a very high level of technical competence, allied with a very good understanding of litigation, particularly as it is conducted in the pensions sphere‘.

Helena Berman is very enjoyable to work with – she has vast experience and can advise off the cuff on how things are likely to work out in practice‘.

Helena Berman combines attention to detail, tactical judgement and determination to deliver a fantastic service for her clients. She is someone you want to have on your side and not be against‘.

Philip Goodchild is measured and astute, with great instincts for the achievable outcome of litigation. Of the half dozen cases I’ve worked on with Philip, he has simply never lost a case‘.

Key clients

Arriva Group

Honda Motor Europe Limited and Honda of the UK Manufacturing Limited

Michael and Alison Garlick

Mercer Limited, Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Limited and Sedgwick Financial Services Limited

Representative Beneficiary of the SPS Technologies UK Pension Plan, Salim Sidat

Trustees of the Bic UK Limited Pension Scheme

Rail Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood works primarily in three distinct areas: franchising, rolling stock, and infrastructure. The team advises financiers, manufacturers, operators, and procurers in the rolling stock market, both in the UK and internationally. The team also supports clients involved in major disputes, as well as franchise bidding, acting for Abellio on the mobilisation of its new East Midlands rail franchise for the Department of Transport. Practice leader and global head of finance Tammy Samuel has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and a track record of work on rolling stock procurement, heavy and light rail, under and overground and rail franchising. Suzanne Tarplee also offers significant experience, with client secondments including serving as HS2 general counsel, while Darren Fodey also brings specific expertise from key secondments, having advised on the establishment of regulatory regimes for Crossrail and High Speed 1. Lisa Marks and associate Kulraj Badhesha have taken the lead on the rail finance following Graeme McLellan's departure for Greenberg Traurig, LLP during 2019.

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They don’t have an A and B team – you just get the A team. Plus they work as a team – they support you, but also each other.

Tammy Samuel is a real ‘tour de force’ – she is a true leader – she creates an environment of trust and openness with all stakeholders. Working with Tammy you get not only great knowledge and understanding of the rail sector but also passion to move/improve the sector on, whether its promoting diversity or just driving better ways of procuring.’

The team has a broad but deep understanding of the rail market. Experience in leasing, manufacture and maintenance of rolling stock. The team members understand how our company operates. The team over the years have become more of a team member than the legal contract hire.’

Key clients

CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)

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

Arriva plc

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

Lombard North Central

Transport for London

London Underground Limited

Trenitalia UK Limited (and Trenitalia c2c)

Clemtech

Centrus / Corelink

Arriva East Midlands Limited

Aviation Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood stands out for its aviation litigation expertise, and has recently undertaken some of the UK’s most high-profile and complex aviation litigation and arbitration cases. It attracts praise for utilising its 'extensive industry knowledge' in order to 'achieve successful outcomes for its clients'. Tapping into the firm’s global network of aviation specialists, the team is regularly sought out by household international airlines, which instructed the department in large numbers in 2020 regarding leasebacks to resolve COVID-19-induced cash flow issues. The team is headed up by Paul Phillips, an 'exceptionally skilled litigator' who is acting for Ryanair in the Civil Aviation Authority’s enforcement proceedings against the airline arising out of flight cancellations in 2019 across Europe caused by striking pilots. Fellow co-head Richard Parsons is a key contact for aviation leasing and finance work. Another name to note is of counsel Chloe Challinor, who is developing her regulatory-focused practice.

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Testimonials

‘Paul Phillips runs a talented, hard working and fun team.’

‘Paul Phillips is a first class partner. He has a wealth of knowledge of the aviation sector and is great fun to work with.’

‘Paul Phillips is extremely switched on, across the legal issues and great with clients.’

‘Patrick Bettle is very competent, efficient and responsive.’

‘Paul Phillips leads a first rate team at this firm, including Johnny Champion and Patrick Bettle; they all have real expertise in aviation law as well as great commercial nous and judgement and it is a pleasure working with them.’

‘Johnny Champion – meticulous and hardworking, leaves no stone unturned.’

‘An exceptional team which combines extensive industry knowledge, with considerable intellect, an unmatched eye for detail, and an ability to achieve successful outcomes for their clients.’

‘Paul Phillips: Exceptionally skilled litigator, who combines a deep insight of the industry with, crystal clear analysis and a focused strategic awareness. Chloe Challinor: Considerable understanding of the industry and a fearless litigator. Johnny Champion: A rising star who is able to master the most complex of problems so as to allow the client to achieve its objectives. Patrick Bettle: A highly efficient litigator.’

‘Stephenson Harwood’s aviation practice is committed, knowledgeable and very pragmatic. They are our go-to lawyers for almost all our aviation law issues due to their experience and expertise in this area. Paul Philips is dedicated and always ready to offer pragmatic solutions to complex issues.’

Key clients

Ryanair DAC

Norwegian Air Shuttle

LaudaMotion GmbH

Royal Jordanian Airlines

Avation

Macquarie Aircraft Leasing

Lion Air

Vueling Airlines SA and Anisec Luftfahrt GmbH

Kuwait Airways Corporation

DO & CO

DVB Bank

Gulf Air

China Southern Airlines

Malta Air (new subsidiary of Ryanair DAC)

Ryanair UK (new subsidiary of Ryanair DAC)

Ryanair Sun (renamed Buzz) new subsidiary Polish airline set up in 2018

Jackson Square Aviation (Lessor)

Jordan Aviation PSC

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood is best known for advising on some of the most complex high-value disputes in the market, with a focus on international cross-border issues. The team is closely integrated with the firm's non-contentious private wealth offering and its expertise spans its offices in London, Hong Kong, China and Dubai. The group led by the 'excellentJenny McKeown excels at advising high-profile UK dynastic families and at acting in contested probate disputes. It also has considerable experience in advising trustees involved in high-value matrimonial disputes. Helena Berman is another a key member of the team, along with associate Peter Gillis.

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‘The team is concise and clear in its correspondence and has taken the time to explain complicated and detailed issues to someone who is not in the legal profession. The lawyers are prompt with replying to questions and are extremely accessible, often taking calls at weekends and late into the evening

Jenny McKeown and Peter Gillis have been patient and unrushed in their explanation of any questions I have had and have always taken the time to explain complicated legal text and documentation in a manner that a non-legal professional can understand. They will give an honest and concise opinion on any matter, even if that opinion may not be what you want to hear, which is refreshing

Bring big City firm and commercial fraud expertise to trusts litigation in way which makes them top drawer

This firm has an excellent and well-deserved reputation in this field. My experience with the firm is in relation to contentious trusts, where I was really impressed by its expertise. Our successful result was only possible because of the team’s knowledge and dedication

Jenny McKeown is an excellent partner, with great strategic insight. She ensures that her team remains focused on the client’s overall objective so that – no matter how complicated a case becomes – everyone is always working towards securing the best possible outcome for the client

‘This team has a huge amount of experience. The lawyers have a depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that makes it ideal for cross-border trust litigation

‘Jenny McKeown is a gem. A real darling of the trust litigation arena. She is well respected by her global peers and her opinion adds gravitas and strength to any matter. A delight to work with, she is always available, calm, savvy and deftly tactical. Great to have on your side

‘Peter Gillis has very good technical skills and sound instincts

Key clients

Michael and Alison Garlick

The administrator of the high-value BVI estate of a Hong Kong resident

Sachin Dev Duggal

The executors of a large Hong Kong estate

Executors and beneficiaries of the estate of a wealthy North London businessman

The UK and Hong Kong beneficiaries of a high-value family trust settled by their father

Equity capital markets - low-mid cap Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood's equity capital markets team, which is led by Tom Nicholls, undertakes the gamut of AIM and Main Market transactions for corporates, sponsors and nominated advisers. Its team has vast experience in headline-grabbing IPOs, secondary fundraisings and public takeovers. Another area of strength involves advising clients on the establishment of UK and offshore listed investment funds, as well as associated fundraising, fund reorganisations and fund migrations. In 2019, Alex Haynes and senior associate Nick Horton advised N+1 Singer and JP Morgan Cazenove on a £231m secondary fundraise by C Share issuance made by Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited, and also handled the company's move up from the Specialist Fund Segment to the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange. David Dowding made partner.

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Tom Nicholls and Tom Page are both very responsive, proactive and commercial.

Key clients

Numis Securities Limited

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Liberum Capital Limited

Macquarie Capital (Europe) Limited

BDO LLP and Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

Bowmark Capital

Patagonia Gold plc

Oakley Capital Investments Limited

Starcrest Education The Belt & Road Limited

Miton Group plc

Arden Partners plc

Fidante Capital

easyHotel plc

N+1 Singer

Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc (now known as Schroder UK Public Private Trust plc)

Peel Hunt LLP

Focusrite plc

Acacia Pharma plc

Financial services: contentious Tier 2

The 'absolutely top quality' Stephenson Harwood specialises in representing institutions and high profile individuals in regulatory investigations by UK and foreign authorities. In addition, the firm provides expertise in FSR criminal law and has an innovative cyber security team. Tony Woodcock leads the practice and is known for regulatory litigation, particularly in financial services and corporate crime. Also notable are ‘master-tacticianSean Jeffrey, who focuses on advising financial institutions and senior executives in complex investigations, litigation and insurance matters; and  Justin McClelland, whose experience includes the financial services, transport, construction, pharmaceuticals and energy sectors.

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‘If you’re facing an FCA investigation, you’d be mad not to have them at the top of your list’

‘One of the top contentious FS teams around’

‘Tony Woodcock is a class act. He provides excellent client service in both FCA and criminal matters. Hugely experienced, legally and strategically strong and devoted to his clients’

‘Tony Woodcock is one of the wisest and most experienced FS practitioners around. There’s nothing he doesn’t know about the FS market, and he knows FSMA and the Handbook backwards. He’s, rightly, the first port of call for many of the biggest companies, and many of the most prestigious senior managers, if and when the FCA points its guns at them. The fact that the FCA clearly has enormous respect for him is another major reason why people instruct him’

‘Sean Jeffrey is the full package. He’s extremely clever, clients love him, and he knows how to run difficult cases. He’s also outstanding when you need someone who knows the industry backwards, forwards and sideways. Deep knowledge of FCA regulatory matters – s166 & enforcement actions and ability to assist clients through challenging circumstances’

‘Sean Jeffrey has deep relevant legal expertise coupled with excellent stakeholder management’

Key clients

Affinion International Limited

Barclays Bank

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

HSBC

Insolvency Practitioners’ Association

KPMG

Royal Bank of Scotland

Santander

Threadneedle Asset Management Limited

Towergate Underwriting Group Limited

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 2

The criminal and regulatory investigations department at Stephenson Harwood acts for individuals drawn into investigations by regulatory and prosecuting authorities, and internal investigations. The team calls on strength from the firm’s wider litigation practice to provide support in significant international fraud cases. The 'calm, insightful and experiencedTony Woodcock heads the team and focuses on criminal and contentious financial services investigations and business regulation. Sean Jeffrey specialises in financial regulatory litigation and FCA investigations. Justin McClelland, who recently joined as partner from Winston & Strawn LLP, handles multi-jurisdictional investigations involving market abuse and insider dealing.

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Testimonials

‘One of the few City firms who can properly lay claim to a white-collar crime practice’.

‘Their key capability is the ability to handle all of the civil, regulatory, and criminal aspects of a case’.

‘Tony Woodcock is simply excellent; wonderful with clients, his quiet manner belies a very focused and very determined litigator’.

‘Alan ward is absolutely fantastic in providing advice, commitment to his clients, ensuring that he is always one step ahead of the process’.

‘The team has a long track record of acting for very high-profile individuals in the financial services industry’.

‘Tony Woodcock is widely regarded as a leading individual in his field and Alan Ward is fast making a name for himself’.

‘Sean Jeffrey is a stand-out partner, having acted for the Tchenguiz brothers in their long running litigation against the SFO and Grant Thornton for nearly 10 years’.

‘You get extremely high-powered partner-time from a major City firm with none of the usual filtered advice’.

Key clients

Peter Johnson, former US Dollar rate LIBOR submitter at Barclays

Joerg Vogt, Deutsche Bank Euribor submitter

Chris Ashton

Arif Hussein, former manager UBS

Amit Soni – Tesco SFO whistle-blower (profit-overstatement)

Vincent Tchenguiz, Robert Tchenguiz, the Tchenguiz Discretionary Trust, the Tchenguiz Family Trust, and related companies

M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood has considerable expertise across the healthcare, corporate real estate, technology, financial services and private equity, and oil and gas sectors. The team has expanded with the hire of three partners, Adam Crossley, Malcolm MacDougall and Richard Coleman, from Charles Russell Speechlys in November 2019. Many of the deals undertaken by the team have significant cross-border elements and the group leverages its international network of offices to advise on these. Andrew Edge is head of the corporate department, advising on public and private M&A, joint ventures and equity fundraisings. Andrew McLean is a name to note for corporate real estate, while Karima Hudson has considerable experience in the healthcare sector.

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‘A team with some very good individuals – a high quality mid-market offering’

Key clients

Pollen Street Secured Lending PLC

Piramal Enterprises Group

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Bowmark Capital LLP

ENGIE

LaSalle Investment Management

GRIT Real Estate Income Group

The Ardonagh Group

3 STEP IT GROUP OY

Snap-On Incorporated

Covanta Holding Corporation

Blue Gem Capital Partners

Salutem Healthcare Limited

Vistra Group

Nexus Tradeco LTD.

Duff & Phelps LLC

Brooks Events Limited

3i Infrastructure plc

Acadia Healthcare

Miton Group

Heerema Marine Contractors

Longmead Capital

Frasers Property

Peterson Group

IV Real Estate

Alvarium Investments

Trafalgar Entertainment

Schroders Real Estate

Firethorn Trust

Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood has significantly expanded its dedicated private equity presence in London with the hire of Malcolm MacDougalAdam Crossley, and Richard Coleman from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP . Each brings notable client relationships and expertise in mid-market transactions, exits, and spin-outs. The new arrivals bolster an existing team led by the highly experienced Jonathan Pittal and Gabriel Boghossian, who specialises in education-related deals. The team acts across a variety of sectors, ranging from growth capital investments in tech to mid-market transactions in financial services and healthcare, as well as providing management-side advice and working with new spin-out funds. The team is assisted by the firm's funds and secondaries practices.

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Key clients

Bowmark Capital

Elysian Capital

Mobeus

BGF

Farview Equity Partners

FPE Capital

Apposite Capital

Rockpool

BlueGem Capital Partners

Morgan Stanley

CoreCapital

Five Arrows

ESO Capital

Macquarie

Standard Life Aberdeen

Schroders

Bestport Private Equity

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood combines Crown Court expertise with the resources of an international commercial law firm. The practice often handles international cases with cross-border elements and has increasing expertise in US anti-corruption and anti-trust legislation, and sanctions. Tony Woodcock, who heads the team, is well regarded in the corporate and financial crime spheres and is also able to handle contentious cartel investigations, criminal litigation and financial services regulation issues. Justin McClelland is recommended for regulatory investigations, high-value litigation, corporate investigations and compliance programmes. Sean Jeffrey handles commercial litigation, contentious regulatory matters and acts for regulated firms in relation to FCA, PRA, Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) and SFO matters.

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Testimonials

‘Superb firm of solicitors handling the biggest of issues with know-how and producing excellent advice and outcomes for clients’.

‘Sean Jeffrey is very intelligent, hard-working and reliable’.

‘Sean Jeffrey provides targeted, practical advice to the client’.

Key clients

Vincent Tchenguiz and Robert Tchenguiz

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Royal Bank of Scotland

Bank Saderat Iran

Bank Saderat plc

Melli Bank plc

Persia International Bank plc

National Iranian Tanker Company

Bank Sepah International plc

Shipping Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood’s practice covers a broad range of complex shipping work, covering disputes involving charterparties, shipbuilding, casualties, and marine insurance. Practice head Alex Davis is known for his work in marine insurance disputes; the team also has a particular focus on floating production, storage, and offloading facilities disputes, led by Stuart Beadnall, with Max Lemanski also active in this area. Sean Gibbons is another key contact in the team, and stands out for his work in superyachts and shipbuilding; he has particularly strong links to the Korean market. Joe O’Keeffe is well-regarded for his work on marine insurance disputes, and Nick Barber is respected for his work in contractual and casualty litigation.

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Testimonials

‘The team we work with has a very strong knowledge of the shipping in the oil & gas industry. When problem arises, they offer practical solutions and pragmatic approach. They are strong negotiators who try to make whatever is reasonably possible to reach a out of the court resolution of the dispute and avoid to start proceedings unnecessarily.’

‘Stephenson Harwood has an excellent casualty response team.’

‘Nick Barber’s team is of particular note. He is always available to give immediate advice and support on difficult situations as they are unfolding. His advice always considers the practical and commercial aspects as well as the many difficult legal considerations. He is our go to lawyer for all casualty work and has considerable experience from many of the recent large casualty disasters.’

‘Very broad practice with real depth of knowledge in all the major areas. Their client base is drawn from across the sector including owners, charterers, shipyards, off-shore operators, commodities players – the whole shooting match.’

‘Sean Gibbons is collaborative, responsive and focused. He has excellent knowledge across both dry shipping and shipbuilding issues.’

Key clients

Commerzbank

Mercuria

Nordisk

PDVSA

Petrobras

RSA

The Standard Club

VITOL

Ark Shipping Company LLC

Atlantic Marine & Aviation LLP

Transport finance and leasing Tier 2

Able to call upon a huge reservoir of talent in London, as well as in key international hubs, Stephenson Harwood is well-placed to handle a significant volume of mandates across the spectrum of asset classes, for both lenders and operators. Led by Ian Mace, the jewel in the firm's crown, however, remains in relation to handling shipping finance work, where it acts for both commercial lenders, credit funds and owners across a myriad of new money deals and restructurings. Jonathan Ward is well-versed in handling cross-border matters, particularly with a nexus to Europe and the Far East and heads up the Chinese ship finance practice from London. Under the guidance of Richard Parsons, the firm has also been increasingly active on aviation matters and has effectively been able to leverage its market-leading offering from Hong Kong to establish a strong position among Chinese lessors, as well as to build up a sizeable client roster of low-cost airlines in Asia and the Middle East. Although the firm's rail finance capabilities took a significant dent following Graeme McLellan's departure to Greenberg Traurig, LLP in August 2019, Lisa Marks has been able take up the slack for some of that work as a function of her broader equipment finance and leasing practice.

Key clients

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Alliance Laundry Finance Limited

Altavair

Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft

DNB Bank ASA

DVB Bank SE

Lloyds Bank

Macquarie

Rock Infrastructure

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Investec Asset Finance Plc

Archway Aviation

Taiping Fontainburg DVB Aviation Capital

Gulfair

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Rostrum Leasing

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Avation PLC

Volotea, S.L

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood's finance litigation team excels in multijurisdictional banking disputes and counts mis-selling litigation, international regulatory investigations, bank insolvencies and professional negligence disputes among its areas of expertise. The group works closely with the firm's financial services and regulation team to provide integrated advice to its client roster of global and state banks, hedge funds, investment companies and sovereign wealth funds. Sue Millar (who specialises in financial disputes involving corporate trustees and on financial sanctions) leads the group alongside Edward Davis, who is particularly strong for banking disputes with fraud elements. John Fordham, Richard Gwynne, Richard Garcia and of counsel Donna Newman all have a breadth of experience in financial services litigation, while Justin McClelland focuses on contentious regulatory issues.

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Testimonials

‘Particularly strong in areas where other firms do not invest effort. Makes the firm applicable to smaller foreign banks in the UK.’

‘We have worked with Stephenson Harwood for over 20 years and that is not through complacency but because our relationship is never taken for granted and we are always provided with a level and quality of service and expertise that means we would not contemplate going elsewhere.’

‘In John Fordham we have a legal advisor who tells it the way it is and his advice is always, balanced and forthright. More importantly we have come to trust John’s judgement over the years and that trust is the most important factor of all. We feel privileged as a business to be working with John Fordham.’

‘Genevieve Quierin is a top performer, providing exceptional client service and dynamic, commercial advice.‘

Key clients

Commerzbank AG

Natixis S.A.

IBRC Asset Finance Limited

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Cyprus Popular Bank Public Co Limited

The Bank of New York Mellon

Bank Sepah International Plc

Melli Bank Plc

HSBC

ICICI UK PLC

Link Trustees Limited

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Ltd

Axis Bank

GLAS Trust Corporation

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood's commercial litigation team has 'great strength and depth across shipping, financial services, art and real estate'. Richard Garcia is a name to note for transatlantic matters, while Kamal Shah 'has fantastic contacts in the African and Indian markets' and Ros Prince counts Russian and CIS litigation among her areas of experience. Paul Thwaite and the 'fantastically intelligentEdward Davis now jointly lead the commercial litigation team, taking over from John Fordham who is a 'hugely experienced litigator with a wealth of experience of international financial disputes', including those with cross-border elements in Qatar, Russia and Libya. Sue Millar is strong for banking litigation and Guy Harper for oil and gas, financial services and fine art sector disputes.

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A team that achieves what few can; a balance of phenomenal legal ability, fantastic organisational skills and straightforward common sense. Great strength and depth across shipping, financial services, art and real estate with a particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional, cross-border disputes.

Very experienced and highly effective litigation team, well able to compete on the biggest commercial disputes including fraud, banking and international cases.

Richard Garcia is an exceptionally shrewd litigator who sees every dimension of the problem. Senior associate Chris Pettett is tireless in his attention to the clients’ interests.

Edward Davis is the consummate solicitor; fantastically intelligent with a measured level-headed approach that works wonders. With his huge work ethic and great organisational skills, it is unsurprising that he has just been appointed co-head of the team. Richard Gwynne is a delight to work with and can be relied upon to quietly identify the killer point faster than anyone else in the room.

John Fordham: outstanding and hugely experienced litigator with a wealth of experience of international financial disputes including very high profile fraud cases and fiercely loyal to clients.’

‘Sue Miller: Tough and dedicated to pursuing complex and difficult cases. Richard Garcia: Proactive, creative and highly experienced with a high profile in international financial claims.

Sean Jeffrey is a real specialist in the fraud and regulatory fields, having been involved in the Tchenguiz litigation saga against the SFO and Grant Thornton for almost 10 years. Kamal Shah (though heavily involved in international commercial arbitration) has fantastic contacts in the African and Indian markets and is a very smooth commercial operator.

Ros Prince: top-notch lawyer and strategist. Perfectly judges what the other side is thinking. Guy Harper is a pleasure to deal with and has excellent judgement as to the strengths and weaknesses of the case.’

Key clients

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

Blue Power

Libyan Investment Authority

Macdonald Hotels Ltd

Natixis S.A.

Mark Weiss Limited

Fox Marble Holdings Plc and Fox Marble Limited

Arriva Rail East Midlands Limited

Ryanair DAC

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Recommended for development and investment work, Stephenson Harwood supports clients on the full life cycle of projects include acquisition, site assembly, pre-lets and management through to disposal. Its key sectors of late include logistics, retail, mixed-use, regeneration, data centres, hotels and leisure. Practice head Jonathon Wilkes is extensively experienced in individual asset and portfolio transactions, sale and leasebacks, forward funding, joint venture structuring and real estate finance; his team is supported by the wider's firm's specialists in litigation, construction, tax, planning and environment.

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Schroder UK Real Estate Fund

LaSalle Investment Management

Tristan Capital Partners

The Langham Estate

Duff & Phelps

London Metric Properties

Construction: contentious Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood deals with construction and engineering disputes for clients in the oil and gas, power and energy, real estate and rail sectors, acting for both supplier and purchaser clients. Ron Nobbs co-leads the team, providing 'strong, focused advice' on mediation and adjudications. Co-head Paul Thwaite handles work such as contractor claims for delay and disruption. Charlotte Heywood was promoted to partner in 2019.

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‘Experienced in complex construction related disputes, including NEC forms of contract; ability to identify the need for and to access relevant experts to develop independent opinions.’

‘Excellent client service.’

Sound, honest, commercial and practical advice.’

‘Competent, diligent, flexible, accessible, responsive. Capable individuals with a good understanding or ability to form an understanding, that are able to make themselves available as and when needed in order to progress and resolve specific issues and to respond well to changing requirements.’

‘Ron Nobbs is quick to understand the issues and provides strong, focused advice.’

‘Paul Thwaite manages very large and important procurement challenges. His clear advice on strategy is key to a successful outcome.’

Key clients

ENGIE

Veolia

Multiplex

ABB UK

Mala Engineering

The Royal College of Art

University of Greenwich

4C Hotels Group

LaSalle Investment Management

Thornsett Developments

CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)

Giffen Group

Infrastructure (PFI and PPP) Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood has an active infrastructure practice, with particular experience of accommodation, transport, and energy work. The team advises all parties from sponsors, funders and contractors through to public sector authorities. Key areas of work include PPP and PFI projects, refinancings and market acquisitions. Practice head Jonathan Cripps has a background in economic and social infrastructure projects. Rebecca Carter is also recommended and has a high level of expertise in PFI/PPP work.

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Albany SPC Services Limited

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

North London Waste Authority

InfraCo Africa Limited

Semperian PPP Investment Partners Group Limited

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood’s head of patents and 'brilliant scientific mindAlexandra Pygall has a focus on patent licensing, transactions and other commercial endeavours, typically involving high-value, multijurisdictional deals in the life sciences sector. The firm also advises on matters for clients in the consumer goods sector.  Rob Jacob leads on contentious instructions, including for big-ticket clients in the energy and oil and gas sector. Recent litigation has involved complex patent infringement defence of heavy machinery systems and infringement claims involving drilling technology.

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Highly experienced in pharmaceutical and life sciences.

Alexandra Pygall is an excellent leader.

Highest quality of work I have encountered so far in my career, with unprecedented back office support. Rob Jacob knew which strategy to adapt in any scenario and knew the approach to take in any situation.

Fantastic high-quality service and work product, with personable people, at value-for-money prices.

Knowledgeable, pragmatic, sensible and appropriate advice and stellar service.

Alexandra Pygall has deep understanding of the commercial requirements of the TMT and life sciences sector. She leads an impressive team.

Alexandra Pygall has a brilliant scientific mind.

Rob Jacob: fantastic in-house experience and a creative thinker.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline plc

BTG Plc

UCB

Cell Medica Ltd

easyGroup

Gap, Inc

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Blue Power

Shield Therapeutics Plc

Kymab Limited

Moet Hennessy

Net-a-Porter

Philex Electronic Limited

Smart Reamer Drilling Systems Limited

Oxford Biomedica plc

Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 3

Cross-border trade mark litigation is a key area of focus for Stephenson Harwood's IP team, indicated by Rob Jacob’s handling of litigation seeking validity and enforcement of 3D shape and colour marks for global names in life sciences and the travel sector. Other contentious highlights for Jacob and practice head Alexandra Pygall have included design passing-off claims, copyright and trade mark infringement disputes, trade mark oppositions before the EUIPO and multijurisdictional brand enforcement strategy for global names in retail, fashion and consumer goods. Litigation concerning residual goodwill is also a strong point for the team.

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A team with fantastic energy and a real drive to get the best results for their clients.

Stephenson Harwood is a leading firm in multijurisdictional IP litigation.

The highest quality of work I have encountered so far in my career, with unprecedented back office support. A pleasure to work with.

Eifion Morris takes time to really understand the client’s business and needs. Effectively uses litigation as a tool to get the best results for clients.

Alexandra Pygall is a real pleasure to work with; very bright with excellent knowledge of trade mark law.

Rob Jacob is a solution-seeker, an open-minded and proactive lawyer with a great sense of client need.

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline plc

BTG Plc

UCB

Cell Medica Ltd

easyGroup

Gap, Inc

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Blue Power

Shield Therapeutics Plc

Kymab Limited

Moet Hennessy

Net-a-Porter

Philex Electronic Limited

Smart Reamer Drilling Systems Limited

Oxford Biomedica plc

Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Katjes Fassin GmbH & Co.kg

Piasten GmbH

MGA Entertainment

Daewoo Shipping & Marine Engineering

IT and telecoms Tier 3

The ‘pragmaticStephenson Harwood provides ‘market-driven insights accompanied by swift turnarounds and a real partnering approach’. The practice covers the spectrum of IT advice, including issues relating to cloud computing, fintech, IT outsourcing, software licensing and data protection, as well as IT litigation and corporate transactions in the area. Practice head Dan Holland advises private and public clients on a range of large IT projects. Also notable in the team is associate David Berry, who specialises in IT and IP-related issues.

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‘They dispensed very practical advice, are really pleasant to deal with and responded to fast turnaround times.’

‘They have no ego, which was very suited to our team. A rarity amongst law firms who often use negotiations to score points and show off their legal prowess.’

‘Very impressed by their ability to understand our organisation and the risks and issues we were facing and convert that into something that translated well for us to respond to.’

‘Full confidence in their market awareness, legal insight and ability to act as a true business partner and legal advisor.’

‘Strong fintech industry knowledge and deep outsourcing experience. Top level negotiating and contracting skills.’

‘This team has an unusually strong ability to understand the business perspectives and drivers and to use this knowledge to get the best legal outcome.’

‘They are adept at giving clear legal advice whilst allowing the business to make the business decisions.’

‘They have a powerful style which protects their client whilst avoiding confrontation.’

‘Dan Holland leads the team very effectively and puts his stamp on it.’

‘David Berry genuinely stands out from his competitors. He has built a long-term, trust-based relationship with our company. He has a rare ability to get the other side to like him whilst maintaining a very firm stance on the important points.’

Key clients

Avaloq UK Limited

UCB Biopharma SRL

VIA Outlets

Deloitte LLP

Mercer Inc.

Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

Alexandra Pygall, who has a chemistry background, heads up Stephenson Harwood's team. She advises on the full range of IP issues, as well as transactional work involving R&D and licence agreements. Anthony Clare and Andrew Edge handle a wide range of corporate work, including public and private M&A, joint ventures and equity capital markets transactions. Dan Holland provides commercial advice to life sciences companies and has extensive experience of outsourcing, manufacturing and supply chain agreements. Elsewhere, the firm advises clients on data protection, competition, employment, tax and litigation. Its expanding client base includes biotech and pharmaceutical companies, general healthcare companies, start-ups and investors.

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Truly knowledgeable and capable team with strong depth and breadth of experience. Good strategic thinking and work as a strong collegiate team.  Compared to other firms the practice group is not only fiercely competitive but also very friendly if you are a client or service supplier.’

Stephenson Harwood has grown in recent years to become a huge player in IP. It has a particularly impressive client list in the trade marks/brands space, and with a special emphasis on life sciences.’

I have worked with Alexandra Pygall and Seth Crawley (associate) in relation to the management of a patent portfolio for a multinational client with global intellectual property issues.  The project required strategic thinking and understanding of the different options available in each territory, as well as a good grasp of the technology which was the subject matter of the various patents.’

‘I think that the combination of technical understanding and legal analysis is a stand-out quality for this team, in particular Alexandra and Seth.’

They are easily accessible and completely understand the nature of in house work. No issue is too small or too big for them.  If they think it falls outside their expertise they will say so.  Their speed at returning work of high quality is exceptional. In addition, they are very diligent on fees and keep you appraised so you never get a terrible surprise!’

‘Dan Holland provides excellent strategic advice as well as on the law. A real gentleman to deal with who is extremely responsive.

Key clients

GSK

BTG

Gilead Sciences Europe Limited

Shield Therapeutics Plc

Oxford Biomedica

Cell Medica Ltd

UCB

Incyte

Piramal

TyraTech Inc

Acacia Pharma

Kymab Limited

Otsuka Pharmaceuticals

Vernalis R&D Limited

Mediators Tier 3

John Fordham - Stephenson Harwood John Fordham at Stephenson Harwood is 'a terrific mediator who has gravitas and is very approachable and diligent'. Accredited as a mediator in 1995, he has conducted hundreds of mediations across the full spectrum of high-value and complex, commercial, financial and personal disputes; and has particular strength in financial services matters, including fraud and asset tracing-related disputes. As well as his mediations in the UK's key commercial centres, Fordham has acted a mediator in Hong Kong, Dubai, France, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Oil and gas Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood is praised for its strong LNG and offshore practice, advising multinational and state-owned oil companies, traders and offshore contractors on subsea pipelines and offshore infrastructure construction projects, private and public M&A, fundraising issues and ancillary matters. The team includes Rubin Weston, who has a notable background advising on financings in Russia, Eastern Europe and other emerging markets.

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‘Go getters. Available and willing to go the extra mile.’

Key clients

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Eland Oil & Gas

Green Africa Power

Heerema Marine Contractors

Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited

Petrobras International (Brazil’s state-owned oil company)

North London Waste Authority

Seaway Heavy Lifting

Valero Energy

PDVSA (Venezuela’s state-owned oil company)

Covanta Energy

Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK)

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood's pensions team is able to advise on the full range of pensions law matters, including both contentious and non-contentious work. The team is proficient in navigating the expanding territory of sector legislation, expertly handling cases concerning referrals of actuaries to regulatory bodies, the handling of client money and moral hazard. Led by representative beneficiary expert Helena Berman and the 'measured and astute' Philip Goodchild, the team regularly handles Pensions Regulator and Financial Conduct Authority cases. A recent highlight for the firm was advising on Arriva's challenge to the UK Government’s management of risk in rail procurement. The team also includes the 'very popularMark Catchpole and Graham Wrightson, 'a very sound lawyer with great judgement'. On the non-contentious side the firm regularly takes on advisory matters for both trustees and sponsors, covering buy-ins, transfers to DC Trusts and increase exchange options. The well-regarded Stephen Richards strengthened the team when he joined as a partner from Allen & Overy LLP in mid-2018.

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They are very approachable and very knowledgeable.’

Very high commitment from the team, with a can-do attitude. Great expertise evident in the complex subject matters. Proactive versus competitors‘.

Prompt service and capable team‘.

As a full service law firm, SH are able to provide support for all aspects of advice required by pensions clients. SH are highly transparent and provide very good value for money‘.

They really know the client and all the issues that may affect them‘.

Graham Wrightson is approachable with excellent all-round knowledge and expertise. He quickly appreciates the client’s issues and communicates the technical details to them comprehensively but in an easily accessible way. One of the best‘.

Graham Wrightson is a very sound lawyer with great judgement, and is able to handle challenging clients by giving realistic and pragmatic advice. Clients like him due to his approachability. He is able to handle tricky, complex situations.

Stephen Richards is a very charismatic and able lawyer. He seems to be a real rainmaker – since joining the firm they have picked up some very big clients.’

Philip Goodchild is very knowledgeable, easy to talk to, collegiate and confident. He is very accessible and provides the trustees with confidence that they are acting properly and in accordance with their duties‘.

Key clients

Barnardo’s Staff Pension Scheme

Royal Society Pension Plan

Victrex Plc

Chartered Insurance Institute

Paramount/Universal Pictures Pension Fund

The Royal College of Physicians

Institute of Physics Pensions Scheme

Artemis Pension Scheme

Trustees of Textron Limited Pension Fund

Roadchef Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the First UK Bus Pension Scheme

The Trustees of the Bic UK Pension Scheme

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

The private client team at Stephenson Harwood 'has an uncanny ability of getting straight to the issue and providing its advice in a way that is easy to put into practice'. It advises ultra-high-net-worth individuals and family offices internationally and acts predominantly for entrepreneurial wealth generators. Under the leadership of James Quarmby and Hugo Jenney, the department has a particular focus on complex structuring with an international angle, particularly where a business or corporate structure is involved. In addition, it is well placed to advise on a broad range of other issues, particularly the UK tax treatment of international pensions.

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The team provides a first-class service, mixing commercial nous with vast knowledge. We also like the people at Stephenson Harwood – although they are always incredibly busy (the sign of a good firm), they are easily approached and are very generous with their time

James Quarmby is first class – he provides clear and practical advice which condenses very complicated subjects into language which is easily understood by the client. He is highly recommended

Jamey Quarmby is highly professional and knowledgeable in all aspects of UK tax law. He is not processing clients but interested in their personal circumstances and issues. He is seeking to provide tailored solutions that are suited for the clients and yet can be understood by the client

Emily Osborne has an encyclopaedic knowledge of tax codes and a particular specialism in pensions legislation. I have never once asked her a question that she did not know the answer to’

‘James Quarmby is a broadly skilled adviser in the tax and private client area, with an astute understanding of the policy context for his cross-border tax practice’

‘James Quarmby and Emily Osborne are consistently professional and personable, have extensive technical ability and speak in a language that is clear and concise. James is the finest private client lawyer operating in London today. He is sharp, savvy and oh so practical. A dream for trustees to work with

‘Emily Osborne is a good international tax adviser and a specialist in international pension schemes. This team continues to make a splash in the market

Alice Vink has advised several of my clients before and I have always found the quality of her reports to be first rate

Professional negligence Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood’s ‘excellent litigators’ are particularly active in complex claimant work for art dealers, accountancy firms and trust management companies. On the defendant side, the group frequently handles claims for Big Four accountancy firms. Stephen Roberts and Roland Foord lead the practice; the former has an ‘unrivalled market reputation’ in advising on issues relating to art and cultural property, while the latter is the firm’s senior partner and specialises in multi-jurisdictional disputes. Kate Cordery is ‘unflappable’ in advising on disputes involving accountants, auditors and tax advisers.

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‘Stephen Roberts and Kate Cordery are excellent lawyers – personable and intelligent.’

‘Standout quality and unrivalled experience of the accountancy market.’

‘Kate Cordery is unflappable, charming and intelligent.’

‘Stephen Roberts has an unrivalled market reputation.’

‘Stephenson Harwood are excellent litigators. They bring their broad experience to bear on professional negligence claims.’

‘Roland Foord is hugely experienced and brings authority to bear on any case he handles.’

‘Extremely high-powered partner time from a major City firm with none of the usual filtered advice.’

‘An all-round extremely effective team that approaches all cases with maximum commitment and great consideration about how best to serve their client’s interests.’

‘Helena Berman is an extremely effective litigator. She thinks very carefully about the issues and then puts together a winning strategy. She is also completely committed to her client’s cause.’

‘Jenny McKeown provides standout leadership to any team, and great strategic and commercial awareness.’

Key clients

KPMG LLP

National House Building Council

FTI Consulting LLP

Christie’s

Mercer Limited

Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Limited

Mark Weiss Limited

Deloitte LLP

Insolvency practitioners from BDO LLP

Insolvency practitioners from KPMG LLP

Raiffeisen Bank International AG

Multiplex

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Property finance Tier 3

James Linforth leads the practice at Stephenson Harwood and has advised on a number of high-profile developments in the London market, most recently assisting an international consortium led by HSBC on the financing of the Langham Estate in Fitzrovia. He has also advised investors on property further afield, in both Europe and Africa. Other key members of the team include Jayesh Patel, who is the team's relationship partner for Wells Fargo; Paul Hayward-Surry, who advises on residential and hotel developments; and investment and development financing specialist Jonathan Proctor.

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‘Excellent team who provide sensible advice on transactions. They have a very can-do attitude and understand their clients’ needs and requirements. They are also very sensible around fees.’

‘James Linforth is very good. Very easy to work with and always on top of the transactions. There is an excellent liaison between associates and partners and also between the finance and property teams.’

‘James Linforth is a joy to work with, always providing a friendly approach, appreciative of issues that may face both borrower and lender, and with practical solutions.’

‘The team always work well with the other side, and are always willing to make themselves available for us. Fees are sensible. ‘

‘Good value for money. Very approachable and understand how we work, including how particular individuals work. Jon Proctor does a good job for us.’

Key clients

Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

ING Bank N.V., London Branch

Native Land

Canada Life

Barings Real Estate Advisers LLP

Schroders plc

Bank Leumi (UK) plc

Hill Group

HSBC UK Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc/NatWest/Coutts/RBSI

Property litigation Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood's property litigation team, which is a part of the firm's wider commercial litigation department, has recently been particularly active in disputes over leases, service charges and rent arrears. In addition, the practice is also noted for its capabilities in development-related disputes, including rights of light matters, which are regularly handled by Sophie Schultz. Team head Andrew Myers covers the full spectrum of property litigation for several leaseholders, landlords, asset management companies and developers.

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The instructions I get from Stephenson Harwood are among the very best. They are well-prepared, and it is evident that a huge amount of work and high-level thinking is going on before anything comes over to counsel. Everyone is absolutely on point in understanding what they are doing and thinking right through the legal and costs consequences before putting pen to paper, which really pays off when you get further down the line. They are seriously impressive.

Sophie Schultz is one of the most hard-working partners I have come across. Her depth of knowledge of the area is second-to-none and she is always on top of new developments. She is charmingly unassuming but a force to be reckoned with intellectually and tactically. She is also absolutely unflappable and prepared for every eventuality. Working with her is a real pleasure.’

A very effective team

Key clients

First Tower Trustees Limited and Intertrust Trustees Limited (part of the Intertrust Group).

K Group Holdings Inc.

Lothbury Property Trust

Westbrook Partners

Mercia Real Estate

Mount Eden Land Limited

LaSalle Property Management

Schroder UK Property Fund

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust

Royal College of Art

Real estate funds Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood is a key name for clients seeking advice on a wide range of vehicles investing in real estate, including REITs, authorised and unauthorised unit trusts, limited partnerships and open-ended investment companies. In addition to handling fund launches, fund restructurings and transactional work are among other mainstays of the practice. Led by William Saunders, the team acts for a mix of clients, including investment trusts, offshore funds and investment managers. Simon Brading and Stephen Laud are also recommended.

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The level of engagement and insight into both our sector but also our geographic location is excellent! Kate Longman and William Saunders are highly trusted advisers and have the ability to distil some complex situations into simple, easy to follow advice that incorporates the best elements of a large best-in-class practice with the ease of relationships from a smaller firm.’

‘William Saunders and Kate Longman are both consummate professionals! We’ve found their level headed approach, their “can-do” attitudes and the comprehensive professional knowledge to be a very compelling package.’

Key clients

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited

Schroder European Real Estate Investment Trust plc

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust plc

Schroder Real Estate Fund

LXI REIT plc

Phoenix Spree Deutschland Limited

Schroder Real Estate Management Ltd

Nexus Tradeco Ltd

Tristan Capital

Custodian REIT plc

Firethorn Real Estate Management LLP

Senior executives Tier 3

The employment department at Stephenson Harwood is distinguished by its expertise in restrictive covenants, with Kate Brearley a particularly well-respected name in this area. The team is increasingly involved in cross-border employment law work, and is known for expertise in sectors such as financial services, the rail industry, luxury goods, hospitality and professional services. The practice has also seen a significant increase in instructions relating to the appointments and exits of high-profile senior executives. Mark Catchpole heads up the practice.

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Tobias Gruber and 22 other claimants against AIG

Jill Easterbrook, former CEO of Boden

Amerigo Perasso, former CEO of Abercrombie & Kent

Directors & Leadership Team of BTG including the CEO,Dame Louise Makin

Ian Peters MBE, CEO of Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors

Trade finance Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood has a highly regarded commodities practice, which leads the firm into the commodity and trade finance market on behalf of a wide variety of clients, including mineral extraction companies, end users and banks such as Macquarie. The practice led by Haris Zografakis handles advisory, transactional and contentious matters for clients in the physical commodities, trade finance and derivatives markets, with particular expertise in coal, crude oil and petrochemicals, LNG, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and mining. Consultant David Lacey and key partners Rubin WestonJonathan Spearing and Neil Noble are highly experienced in trade and commodity finance matters.

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SUEK

Macquarie

Mercuria

Natixis

VAT and indirect tax Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood's group handles transactional, structuring and advisory work in relation to indirect tax, with a focus on the real estate and investment funds sectors. Head of tax Hugo Jenney has significant expertise in transportation, real estate and asset finance. Business tax specialist Maryanna Sharrock is well-versed in tax issues with a cross-border dimension.

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Transport for London

ENGIE

HSBC/HSBC Pension Fund

Inmarsat

LXI REIT

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust/Schroder Real Estate Fund

London Metric

Macquarie

Bowmark Capital

Covanta Holdings Limited

Arthur J Gallagher

Tristan Capital

Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood undertakes a range of work on infrastructure development and real estate development, with sector expertise in the rail infrastructure, hotels and leisure sectors. Graeme Barton leads the practice; his client base is made up of purchasers, suppliers and funders, which he advises on a range of issues including construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. The team also has sector specialisms in energy, hotels & leisure and education.

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ENGIE

Veolia

Mala Engineering

The Royal College of Art

4C Hotels Group

LaSalle Investment Management

Fabricom S.A

Amaris Hospitality

Schroders Real Estate

Investment Management

Corporate tax Tier 4

The tax group at Stephenson Harwood is able to handle transactional, structuring and advisory work. It has niche expertise in share schemes, employee incentives and real estate tax, and also regularly handles tax-related M&A and finance work, as well as investment funds issues. Practice head Hugo Jenney is an expert in corporate and personal tax, and has a specialism in matters connected with transportation, real estate and asset finance. Maryanna Sharrock is noted for corporate transactions, reconstructions and structuring, and she also has significant contentious tax experience. Senior associate Kate Worthington is a name to note in the real estate tax space.

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The team that I work with is cohesive, inclusive, attentive, professional and highly responsive. There appears to be good communication between members of the team with no pretensions of hierarchy. If needed the partners get their hands dirty if support or associates or solicitors have been taken to deal with other matters. All members know their stuff.

Maryanna Sharrock is an excellent team leader, understanding, empathetic and sympathetic and intelligent. Leads from the top as evidenced by her main two supporters that I have worked with.

Key clients

Transport for London

ENGIE

HSBC/HSBC Pension Fund

Inmarsat

LXI REIT

Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust/Schroder Real Estate Fund

London Metric

Macquarie

Bowmark Capital

Covanta Holdings Limited

Arthur J Gallagher

Tristan Capital

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood's data protection and privacy practice fields 'real market experts' and advises on subject access requests, GDPR compliance issues and data breaches. Team head Naomi Leach assists clients in the life sciences sector with the interaction between GDPR and compliance with the Clinical Trials Regulations. Ben Sigler is recognised for his data protection litigation experience, and associate Katie Hewson is noted for her 'practical, commercial and tailored legal advice' to a client roster spanning retailers and life sciences companies.

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‘The SH team is very commercially pragmatic in their approach and advice. Their focus on the real/practical risks in a matter makes their advice particularly useful for in-house counsel.’

‘Stephenson Harwood’s data protection team are real market experts – always offering shrewd and practical advice for those operating in the financial services sector. The responsiveness of the team is unparalleled and most importantly, they are a friendly bunch who have an excellent ability to translate the unglamorous world of data protection into something enjoyable.’

‘We have found SH’s privacy advice to be prompt, practical, clear and commercial. Cannot ask for more.’

‘Katie Hewson is a stand-out senior associate. Katie offers practical, commercial and tailored legal advice each and every time I reach out to her. It feels like she has really tuned into the nature of my business and it’s risk appetite. Katie demonstrates all the qualities of an excellent gifted lawyer and is a real star within the SH team.’

‘The assistant standard is very high, Katie Hewson takes pains to build a great working relationship, is always available to help and gives great commercial and legal advice.’

‘We have worked most closely with senior associate Katie Hewson, who is most amenable and both direct and clear in her thinking and explanations of a fluid subject.’

Key clients

Barclays Bank PLC

Mizuho Bank Limited

Deloitte LLP

The Movember Foundation

S&P Global Inc.

Neuberger Berman Europe Limited

Moet Hennessy Europe

DNB Bank

Trenitalia c2c

Secret Escapes

Employee share schemes Tier 4

Barbara Allen  - described as 'a true leader in the field' - heads the employee share schemes and incentives department at Stephenson Harwood. The team acts for a broad range of clients from start-ups to premium listed companies. Particular areas of focus include advising AIM companies and financial institutions and drafting bespoke arrangements for businesses. Of counsel David Baxter recently joined the team from KPMG to work on broader reward design and corporate governance issues.

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‘The team clearly has an excellent rapport and work really well together. They are a joy to work with, knowledgeable and proactive.’

‘Barbara Allen is a true leader in the field. I have know Barbara for a number of years and her enthusiasm for incentive arrangements does not wain. She is also an absolute pleasure to work with. Her understanding of requirements and ability to find solutions is not matched.’

‘Stephenson Harwood’s employee share schemes practice is excellent in helping the remuneration committee and management navigate through the multitude of factors which influence decisions in this complex area and are a huge help in terms of practical and effective implementation.’

‘Barbara Allen is highly approachable, she is always on hand when needed and her depth and breadth of knowledge is second to none. I greatly value her pragmatic support.’

‘Barbara Allen is extremely knowledgeable and provides significant reassurance when guiding businesses through employee share schemes and the potential pitfalls.’

Key clients

Premier Miton Group Plc (formerly Miton Group Plc)

easyHotel Plc

Diploma Plc

Bowmark Capital

Snap-on Incorporated

Clive Bannister (CEO Phoenix Group)

SEETEC Employee Ownership Trustee Limited

Tim White (Tesco Personal Finance plc / Tesco Bank)

Employers Tier 4

The employment department at Stephenson Harwood is distinguished by its expertise in restrictive covenants, with Kate Brearley a particularly well-respected name in this area. The team is increasingly involved in cross-border employment law work, and is known for expertise in sectors such as financial services, the rail industry, luxury goods, hospitality and professional services. The practice has also seen a significant increase in instructions relating to the appointments and exits of high-profile senior executives. Mark Catchpole heads up the practice.

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‘Very knowledgeable team. Smart and responsive.’

‘Paul Reeves is a fantastic resource. He is widely versed on a range of employment law issues and is a trusted partner in navigating tricky and often highly sensitive issues.’

 

Key clients

Fragomen LLP

Host Europe Group Limited

Therium Capital Management

Standard & Poor’s

Arriva plc

DNB Bank ASA

Louis Vuitton

HSB Engineering Insurance (part of Munich Re)

Mizuho Bank Ltd

Eisai Europe Ltd

Healthcare Tier 4

The London team at Stephenson Harwood works with the wider firm's lawyers across Europe, Asia and the Middle East to advise international banks, private equity investors and private hospitals on all aspects of healthcare transactions, including M&A, capital markets, commercial contracts, IP, regulatory, pensions, and employment. Karima Hudson leads the practice, while Andrew Edge leads the corporate team. Malcom MacDougall, Richard Coleman and Adam Crossley joined as partners from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in November 2019, while Warren Allan departed for Proskauer Rose LLP in 2019.

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The team we worked with were very hands-on and easy to work with. They aspects of the transaction easy for our client to understand.’

Karima Hudson is extremely personable and commercial. I always recommend her to clients who are going through their first M&A transaction due to the way she breaks down complex legal points into a more simple and easy to understand issues.

Key clients

Formation Capital LLC

HC-One

Salutem Healthcare

Glenside Care Group

NHP Holdco 1 Ltd

Circle Health

Bowmark Capital LLC

NMC Healthcare

Acadia Healthcare

Health iQ

Nexus Tradeco Limited

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

Praised as 'utterly committed to the cause in heavyweight commercial litigation', Stephenson Harwood’s insurance practice specialises in marine insurance claim. Led by Alex Davis, the firm acts for all major insurers in the marine insurance space in matters involving total losses, cargo losses and fraud. Joe O’Keeffe recently handled a number of complex matters involving war risks and detaiments, while Simon Moore is singled out for his work on energy matters. Senior associate Richard Hugg is also recommended.

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‘A very strong professional group who know their subject matter and the applicable law. They tell you how it is , in clear direct terms.’

‘Always approachable , never afraid to tell you the truth, they will not try and make a case out of something if they don’t believe in it.’

‘Great attention to detail, personal contact & commercial overview.’

‘They really go the extra mile for their clients. Utterly committed to the cause in heavyweight commercial litigation.’

‘Joe O’Keeffe – undoubtedly the most knowledgeable lawyer operating in the marine insurance market in London. At the very height of his powers.’

‘Alex Davis – a real street fighter you would not want to cross in litigation.’

‘Richard Hugg – a guaranteed star of the future. He has worked on all the big marine insurance cases, knows the law and has a great manner with the clients.’

Key clients

Royal & Sun Alliance plc

Brit Insurance

Talbot Underwriting

Hiscox Insurance

Beazley Group

Liberty Mutual Insurance

AXA Corporate Solutions Assurance

Torus

Navigators Insurance Company Limited

India International Insurance

Canopius

Lancashire Insurance Group (UK) Ltd

Antares Managing Agency Limited

The Channel Syndicate

Atrium Underwriters Limited

Markel

Amlin

Axis Capital

AEGIS

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood has a strong track record in advising on acquisitions in the insurance space. The team is led by Andrew Edge, with corporate partner Sam Gray also highly active in the practice; Gray handles insurance-related transactions, joint ventures and equity fundraisings.

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co

The Ardonagh Group Limited

Ed Broking Group Limited

Broker Network Partners Holdings Limited

Bowmark Capital LLP

International arbitration Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood fields 'serious arbitration professionals with long-running experience' and handles disputes in the energy, oil and gas and maritime sectors; its geographical specialisms cover Africa, Israel, India and Russia and the CIS region. Named president of the LCIA African Users' Council in 2019, Kamal Shah heads up the Africa and India groups, while Shai Wade serves as counsel and arbitrator in large-scale complex disputes. Former international arbitration head Louis Flannery left for Mishcon de Reya LLP.

Testimonials

‘What makes this practice of Stephenson Harwood LLP unique is their focus on Customer/Client Needs.’

‘Kamal Shah stands out as the most outstanding personality at SH Legal. His demeanour and responses are always insightful and full of solution thinking and that makes him a leader.’

‘The team is extremely responsive and delivers top quality advice. Their diverse backgrounds give them a unique insight into international arbitration and cross-border disputes and position them to produce the exceptional quality of output they deliver.’

‘Shai Wade is an exceptionally dedicated and knowledgeable lawyer, who delivers top quality work to meet the clients’ need. He is extremely responsive and very pleasant to work with.’

‘Shai Wade is the dependable star of the practice, keeping everything on an even keel. Excellent in energy disputes in particular he has made a real name for himself in the Israeli arbitration market.’

‘The Arbitration Team at SH is unique. They not only combine great talent, but are also dedicated professionals, diligent and very smart. We also like their extremely forthcoming and friendly attitude which makes it so much easier for everybody involved.’

Key clients

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Lehram Capital

Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A.

Symbion Power Tanzania

Ryanair

The Bolivian Republic of Venezuela

Public international law Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood's group acts for governments and state-owned companies in high-stakes matters, and it is particularly experienced in financial sanctions work; it also has expanding investment treaty and investor-state disputes practices. Practice head Kamal Shah also leads the Africa and India groups. Other experienced practitioners are Sue Millar, Richard Garcia and of counsel Stephen Ashley.

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‘Kamal Shah is the lead partner in international arbitration. Excellent contacts and very good judgement in conducting matters. Always goes the extra mile.’

‘Highly experienced litigators who go the extra mile for the client and will take utmost client care.’

Key clients

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A

Arab Republic of Egypt

Libyan Investment Authority

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

Former majority shareholders of Yukos

National Iranian Tanker Company

Iran Aluminium Company

Bank Saderat Plc

Persia International Bank Plc

Bank Sepah International Plc

Melli Bank Plc

Administrative and public law Tier 5

Stephenson Harwood handles public law litigation against UK and international regulators for global financial services corporates. Commercial litigators Tony Woodcock and Sean Jeffrey ­– who jointly lead the practice – have a strong international focus involving sanctions challenges throughout Africa and the Middle East. The firm is also handling judicial review litigation against the Civil Aviation Authority concerning enforcement actions against an airline client, and the Department for Transport concerning procurement awards.

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An excellent public law team, specialising in complex financial services and regulatory issues.

Tony Woodcock is an excellent lawyer, combining a deep knowledge of regulation with practical insight into how regulators and judges think.

Sean Jeffrey is the full package. He’s extremely clever, he’s a master tactician, clients love him, and he knows how to run difficult cases. He’s that rare solicitor whose practice covers commercial, financial services and public law- which means he’s often able to provide a perspective which few other lawyers can provide. Outstanding.

Key clients

Arriva Rail East Midlands Limited

Bank Saderat Plc

Bank Sepah International Plc

CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Ministry of Defence and Support for the Armed Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran

North London Waste Authority

Ryanair DAC

United Kingdom Accreditation Service

Various international entities and banks, Russian-owned banks and Iranian and Iranian-owned banks as well as individuals, such as Iranian and Syrian businessmen.

Commercial property: development Tier 5

Recommended for development and investment work, Stephenson Harwood supports clients on the full life cycle of projects include acquisition, site assembly, pre-lets and management through to disposal. Its key sectors of late include logistics, retail, mixed-use, regeneration, data centres, hotels and leisure. Practice head Jonathon Wilkes is extensively experienced in individual asset and portfolio transactions, sale and leasebacks, forward funding, joint venture structuring and real estate finance; his team is supported by the wider's firm's specialists in litigation, construction, tax, planning and environment.

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Schroder UK Real Estate Fund

LaSalle Investment Management

Tristan Capital Partners

The Langham Estate

Duff & Phelps

London Metric Properties

Planning Tier 5

Stephenson Harwood's planning group is headed by senior associate Sarah Wooton and provides support on a range of instructions, including an increasing number of complex regeneration schemes across the UK. The firm acts for developers, public authorities, investors and occupiers across all planning disciplines.

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‘The team are very approachable and practical but also with a good technical background.’

‘The individuals are committed and offer alternative solutions to problems as apposed to just ‘taking instructions’.’

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Great Lakes UK Limited

North London Waste Authority (NLWA)

O&H Properties Mayfair London (O&H)

Sterling Property Ventures Limited

SREIT (Bedford) Limited

LaSalle Investment Management

Private funds (including infrastructure funds) Tier 5

At Stephenson HarwoodGabriel Boghossian advises European, North American and Asian sponsors and financial institutions on a wide range of issues, including fundraisings, recapitalisations and reorganisations. Boghossian is also  instructed to advise on GP-led liquidity offerings and secondary transactions. Investor-side work is also a mainstay of the practice, which includes advice on direct investments into funds and co-investments. William Saunders is the head of funds and financial services.

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I have dealt with Gabriel Boghossian for close to 15 years at SH and at his prior firms and rate his command of GP-led secondary transactions, creativity, commercial approach and “user-friendliness“‘

Very thorough and commercial with good knowledge of the market.’

Professionalism, innovative thinking, critical spirit, supporting clients in a broad range of activities.’

Key clients

MDP Capital

Capiton AG

EMERAM

Five Arrows Managers SAS

Unigestion SA

Arcano Partners

LGT Vestra LLP

Lombard Odier

Schroder Adveq

Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partnership

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 6

Led by James LinforthStephenson Harwood's five-partner team advises borrowers and lenders across a wide spectrum of work, ranging from public and private acquisition finance, through to funds finance and corporate lending matters. The firm's shipping and international trade/commodities expertise also leads to a significant amount of financing work, from both a new money and refinancing perspective.

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‘Transparency in work performed and billable hours. Great customer relationship with the appropriate legal support in every project so far, whatever the size of the project.’

‘Easy to work with and skilled resources. Appreciate in particular the pedagogy of partner/associates I worked with: James Linforth / Bertie Chilton.’

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Bowmark Capital

Insight Investments

ICICI Bank

OakNorth Bank

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

The 'solid and experienced' three-partner team at Stephenson Harwood provides 'practical, commercial and technically astute advice' to IPs, funds and corporates, across a range of formal insolvency and corporate restructuring mandates. Able to draw from the firm's strong overarching commercial litigation credentials, the team is particularly accomplished at handling contentious insolvency matters, often with an international aspect (where it acts on its own as well as in collaboration with the firm's growing Hong Kong and Singapore teams). Praised for her 'calm and measured approach', team head Susan Moore has an 'excellent understanding of her clients' needs', and has developed a particularly strong reputation in relation to cross-border matters.

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A solid and experienced restructuring and insolvency practice that is supported by a market-leading litigation offering for contentious insolvency matters.

The team has a very client-friendly approach, combined with good technical know how.

Susan Moore has an excellent understanding of her clients’ needs and is commercial and practical in her advice and support.

Susan Moore is one of the leading practitioners in the area, with great experience and a calm, and measured approach, whilst always looking for the best solution for the client.

Julian Cahn is bright, hard working and tenacious.

Paul Hollands gets down into the weeds with the client. Never forgets a relevant fact!

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Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP and KPMG BVI

BDO LLP

AlixPartners

Interpipe Limited

FTI Consulting

Moore Kingston Smith

Moorfields

David Rubin & Partners

RSM

EU and competition Tier 6

At Stephenson Harwood, the ‘exceptional’ team’s experience encompasses behavioural investigations, merger control, contentious issues, state aid and general strategic advice. Practice head Marta Isabel Garcia has expertise in the financial services, rail and healthcare sectors - she is praised for her ability to 'put clients' minds at ease about risks and processes'.

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‘Stephenson Harwood does not just provide sound legal advice; they also understand the industry and premises that the company/individual they are providing services to and ensure that the advice is catered to them specifically. What makes the firm quite exceptional in my opinion is the fact that they provide valuable commercial and business insight/advice and solutions.’

‘Marta Isabel Garcia is exceptionally amazing in communicating all legal matters related to the competition issues we have been facing – she has played a key role in advancing and changing the company’s business model and helping us ensure that we act within the law and combat the anti-competitive behaviours that we have faced in the industry we are in.’

‘It has been an absolute joy to work with the firm and due to the positive results we have had in working with them over the years, they have proven to be highly qualified and valuable to our success.’

‘Responsive, pragmatic and commercial.’

‘Marta Isabel Garcia is exceptionally good – responsive, commercial and intelligent. She understands that competition matters are often not the driver for the transaction and is able to put clients’ minds at ease about the risks and processes.’

Key clients

Leaders Romans Group

Covanta Holding Corporation

3 Step IT

KIMS Hospital

Mitsui & Co. Europe / Mitsui & Co.

Sport Tier 6

Stephenson Harwood’s key strength in sport is major insolvencies; the team recently advised on the high-profile collapse of Bolton Wanderers and the sale out of receivership of Blackpool FC. Disputes partner Ben Sigler, who leads the practice. is also skilled in handling fraud claims. Julian Cahn is another key name for insolvency. Other areas of expertise include commercial contracts, sponsorship agreements, media licenses and intellectual property.

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‘Julian Cahn is very strong, particularly in sport insolvencies.’ 

Key clients

Administrators of Bolton Wanderers Football Club

Receivers of Blackpool Football Club

Trustees in Bankruptcy of Boris Becker

India > Foreign firms Tier 4

The India group at Stephenson Harwood predominantly focuses on dispute resolution, financing matters and corporate transactions. The practice, which tends to undertake outbound work, receives instructions from a diverse client base, composed of players from the financial services, energy, technology and healthcare sectors, among other highly-regulated industries. Its  international arbitration capability is also noted as a key strength. London-based group head Kamal Shah focuses on dispute resolution, advising on the entire range of cross-border commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings. Recently promoted Gregory Xu leads on banking and finance matters from Singapore.

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‘Stephenson Harwood understands the Indian market. They have particular strength in dispute resolution, corporate transactions, financings and private wealth across a diverse range of sectors. The firm is highly responsive; their partners, counsel and associates are readily available and provide commercial, tailored and clear advice. They are a serious operator in India.’

‘They are a standout, knowledgeable team that is well versed in India-related matters. They provide sophisticated, creative advice and are knowledgeable both in their individual specialisms but also the India market as a whole. Partners are personally involved at all stages and are on hand for queries of all sizes.’

‘Our primary engagement is with Kamal Shah, who heads their India group and is a fantastic litigator. Kamal Shah also offers a high level of personal engagement and builds long-term and meaningful relationships. He is adept at navigating unplanned twists and turns as a dispute evolves and has an entrepreneurial and practical approach. He is particularly gifted at India-related arbitrations.’

 

Key clients

ICICI Bank

Axis Bank

Tech Mahindra

Yes Bank

KIMS Healthcare

Jindal Steel and Power

Reliance Industries

HDFC Bank Limited

State Bank of India, Antwerp Branch

Ravikant Ruia, Prashant Ruia, Sushil Baid and Uday Kumar Gujadhur

Mizuho Bank

Aditya Birla Finance Limited

Khaitan & Co

Juris Corp

Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 1,100 people worldwide, including more than 180 partners. Its people are committed to achieving the goals of its clients – listed and private companies, institutions and individuals.

The firm: Stephenson Harwood assembles teams of bright thinkers to match its 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, the firm delivers pragmatic, expert advice that is set squarely in the real world.

The firm is headquartered in London, with nine offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In addition, the firm has forged close ties with other high-quality law firms. This diverse mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight, and the capability to provide a seamless international service.

Types of work undertaken: Stephenson Harwood has recognised market-leading strengths in five key areas: asset finance, commercial litigation and arbitration, corporate finance, marine and international trade, and real estate. Its offering is underpinned by in-depth market knowledge related to all of these areas, backed by a full range of ancillary legal services attuned to the needs of clients within each area.

Asset finance: the team’s expertise covers a very broad range of assets that includes aviation, heavy equipment, rail, oil and gas, ports and airports, real estate, renewables and shipping. Clients include global and domestic lenders, arrangers, sponsors and borrowers.

Commercial litigation, arbitration and regulation: the team has a track record for advising clients on their most challenging disputes and has, over the years, acted on many of the largest cases in the commercial courts. The team is highly respected among its peers. In addition to the firm’s own clients, Stephenson Harwood is frequently referred work by many of the largest international law firms when they are faced with conflict situations.

Corporate finance: the team’s core services include M&A, takeovers, joint ventures, IPOs, private equity and venture capital. The client base is international and includes listed and privately-owned companies, management teams, banks and private equity houses. The team operates across a broad range of industries, but has a particularly strong track record in the consumer, energy and resources, financial services, pharmaceuticals and transportation sectors.

Marine and international trade: the size of the team and depth of its experience mean that Stephenson Harwood is well placed 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. Clients include many of the world’s largest ship owners, ship yards, banks, insurers, P&I clubs, offshore services companies and commodity traders.

Real estate: the team advises on investment acquisitions and disposals, financings, development projects, sale and leasebacks and other structures, as well as ongoing property management matters. It has extensive experience of real estate development and regeneration, securing planning permissions and advising on environmental issues. Clients include property companies, institutional investors and financiers, fund managers, high-net-worth individuals, hotel groups and corporate occupiers.

Other practice areas: banking, commercial, contentious trusts, employment, environment, funds, intellectual property, pensions, projects, restructuring and insolvency, tax and private wealth.

Other offices: Dubai, Hong Kong, Paris, Piraeus, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Yangon.

Associated offices: Athens, Bucharest, Guangzhou, Jakarta.

Department Name Email Telephone
Senior Partner Roland Foord
Chief executive Eifion Morris
Chief operating officer Clive Ruse
Arbitration Kamal Shah & Shai Wade
Aviation finance Richard Parsons
Aviation litigation Paul Phillips
Banking James Linforth
Commercial Dan Holland
Commodities Haris Zografakis
Competition Marta Garcia
Construction Ron Nobbs
Corporate Tom Nicholls
Corporate finance Sam Gray
Employee incentives Barbara Allen
Environment Jonathon Wilkes
Finance Tammy Samuels
Fraud and asset tracing Ros Prince
Funds and ECM William Saunders
Hotels and leisure Catriona Berman
IP Alexandra Pygall
Life sciences Alexandra Pygall
Litigation Ed Davis & Paul Thwaite
Marine and international trade Alex Davis
Employment Paul Reeves
Pensions Philip Goodchild
Private wealth James Quarmby
Private equity Jonathan Pittal
Professional practices Roland Foord
Projects & infrastructure Jonathan Cripps
Rail Tammy Samuel & Suzanne Tarplee
Real estate Jonathon Wilkes
Real estate finance Paul Hayward-Surry
Real estate litigation Andrew Myers
Restructuring and insolvency Susan Moore
Regulation Tony Woodcock
Shipping finance Ian Mace
Sanctions Sue Millar
Tax Maryanna Sharrock
Oil and gas Marc Hammerson
Leasing Lisa Marks
Healthcare Karima Hudson
Insurance Alex Davis
Contentious trusts & probate Jenny McKeown & Helena Berman
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 Helena Berman  photo Helena Berman Helena is the head of our pensions dispute resolution team. With over…
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 Kate Brearley  photo Kate Brearley An expert in all areas of employment law, Kate’s clear and commercial…
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 Julian Cahn  photo Julian Cahn Julian is an insolvency and dispute resolution specialist, with extensive experience of…
 Archie Campbell  photo Archie Campbell A property law real estate finance specialist with extensive experience acting for…
 Rebecca Carter  photo Rebecca Carter Rebecca leads teams of talented projects lawyers with an absolute focus on…
 Mark Catchpole  photo Mark Catchpole Mark has specialised in pensions law for over 25 years. This experience…
 Anthony Clare  photo Anthony Clare Anthony is a corporate partner specialising in M&A and corporate finance. He…
 Julie Clegg  photo Julie Clegg Julie specialises in ship financing. She has extensive experience of advising lenders…
 Richard Coleman  photo Richard Coleman Richard is active across a range of private equity, growth capital and…
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 Tony Concagh  photo Tony Concagh A recognised expert in offshore oil and gas and maritime law, Tony…
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 Adam Culy  photo Adam Culy Adam is an accountancy professional liability / regulatory specialist (in particular defending…
 Ashley Davidson  photo Ashley Davidson Ashley is a partner in our real estate team and has extensive…
 Alex Davis  photo Alex Davis Alex is the marine and international trade practice group leader and also…
 Edward Davis  photo Edward Davis Ed is a commercial litigator, helping to resolve a wide range of…
 David Dowding  photo David Dowding Specialising in corporate acquisitions and disposals and corporate finance, David has broad…
 Andrew Edge  photo Andrew Edge Andrew is a corporate partner specialising in public and private M&A, joint…
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 Cristan Evans  photo Cristan Evans Cristan specialises in the resolution of shipping and trade disputes. He provides…
 Elizabeth Field  photo Elizabeth Field Liz is a corporate partner who advises public and private companies on…
 Darren Fodey  photo Darren Fodey Darren is an expert in rail regulation, regulated contracts and railway operations,…
 Roland Foord  photo Roland Foord Roland is the firm’s senior partner and a full time commercial disputes…
 John Fordham  photo John Fordham A very experienced litigator, John has represented clients in a full range…
 Stuart Frith  photo Stuart Frith Stuart is an insolvency and restructuring specialist who has been operating in…
 Richard Garcia  photo Richard Garcia Richard is an experienced commercial litigator who has worked on some of…
 Marta Garcia  photo Marta Garcia An EU and UK competition law expert, Marta is well-known for advising…
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 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 public…
 Priya Grigoriadis  photo Priya Grigoriadis Senior associate
 Richard Gwynne  photo Richard Gwynne Richard has long experience in resolving a very wide range of complex…
 Marc Hammerson  photo Marc Hammerson Marc brings more than 24 years’ experience advising clients in the energy…
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 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,…
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 Karima Hudson  photo Karima Hudson Karima specialises in mergers and acquisitions and provides general corporate advice. Her…
 Rob Jacob  photo Rob Jacob Rob contentious and non-contentious IP issues with a particular focus on trade…
 Sean Jeffrey  photo Sean Jeffrey Sean is a commercial litigation partner specialising in contentious regulatory matters, advising…
 Ingolf Kaiser  photo Ingolf Kaiser Ingolf has been a partner since 2000 and specialises in shipping, commodities…
 Menelaus Kouzoupis  photo Menelaus Kouzoupis Menelaus’ practice covers a wide range of international commercial law, with a…
 Stephen Laud  photo Stephen Laud Stephen specialises in commercial real estate, principally advising on investment acquisitions and…
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 Kate Longman  photo Kate Longman Senior associate
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 Ian Mace  photo Ian Mace Ian is a partner and head of our ship finance group. He…
 Dora Mace-Kokota  photo Dora Mace-Kokota An asset finance specialist with a particular focus on the shipping sector,…
 Daniel Margolis  photo Daniel Margolis Daniel is a partner in the banking team, based in the firm’s…
 Lisa Marks  photo Lisa Marks Lisa specialises in asset finance with a particular focus on general leasing…
 Justin McClelland  photo Justin McClelland Leading legal directories recommend the “engaging and incisive” Justin McClelland in the…
 Jenny McKeown  photo Jenny McKeown Jenny is an established name in the contentious trusts arena, widely recognised…
 Andrew McLean  photo Andrew McLean A corporate partner with extensive international experience, Andrew is brought in by…
 John Meehan  photo John Meehan John advises on a broad range of UK tax matters, including corporate…
 Ben Mercer  photo Ben Mercer Ben is a corporate partner focusing on public and private M&A, joint…
 Sue Millar  photo Sue Millar Sue is an experienced and well-respected litigator whose expertise in commercial and…
 Susan Moore  photo Susan Moore Sue leads the restructuring and insolvency practice, and is known for her…
 Simon Moore  photo Simon Moore Simon is a partner in the marine and international trade department in…
 Eifion Morris  photo Eifion Morris Eifion is the chief executive of Stephenson Harwood LLP. He is responsible…
 Andrew Myers  photo Andrew Myers Andrew is well known as a tenacious litigator who gets results. His…
 Donna Newman  photo Donna Newman Donna advises on a broad spectrum of commercial and financial disputes. She…
 Tom Nicholls  photo Tom Nicholls Tom is head of the firm’s corporate department. With a particular expertise…
 Ron Nobbs  photo Ron Nobbs A construction and engineering law expert, Ron is highly rated by his…
 Neil Noble  photo Neil Noble An asset finance and commercial specialist with a focus on the marine…
 Naeem Noor  photo Naeem Noor Senior associate
 Emily Osborne  photo Emily Osborne An experienced private wealth advisor, Emily provides international tax and private wealth…
 Joe O’Keefe  photo Joe O’Keefe Joe is a recognised leading lawyer operating at the legal interface between…
 Tom Page  photo Tom Page Tom has extensive experience advising on all aspects of corporate finance including…
 Richard Parsons  photo Richard Parsons Richard is an aviation finance and leasing expert and particularly well known…
 Jayesh Patel  photo Jayesh Patel An experienced banking and restructuring lawyer specialising in real estate finance, corporate…
 Paul Phillips  photo Paul Phillips Paul is a very experienced commercial litigation partner, who has represented clients…
 Jake Pidcock  photo Jake Pidcock Jake is a partner in our regulatory team in London. He joined…
 Jonathan Pittal  photo Jonathan Pittal Jonathan is a corporate partner specialising in private equity. He advises private…
 Ros Prince  photo Ros Prince Ros specialises in high value fraud and financial services litigation, and is…
 Anne Pritam  photo Anne Pritam Anne helps clients with the practical implications of employment, immigration and partnership…
 Jonathan Proctor  photo Jonathan Proctor Jonathan is a partner in the firm’s finance team. He has a…
 Alexandra Pygall  photo Alexandra Pygall An intellectual property expert with significant experience of advising on both transactions…
 James Quarmby  photo James Quarmby James is the head of our private wealth team and was recognised…
 Genevieve Quierin photo Genevieve Quierin Genevieve acts for corporate and individual clients in a broad range of…
 Paul Reeves  photo Paul Reeves Paul’s experience in our employment team is pivotal in its recognition as…
 Stephen Richards  photo Stephen Richards Stephen advises trustees and employers on all types of pensions issues. He…
 Stephen Roberts  photo Stephen Roberts Stephen is a litigator and problem solver in the professional services, insurance…
 Tammy Samuel  photo Tammy Samuel Head of the finance practice and a leading commercial and regulatory rail…
 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…
 Maryanna Sharrock  photo Maryanna Sharrock Maryanna is a tax partner advising on corporation tax, international tax, VAT,…
 Ben Sigler  photo Ben Sigler A partner with extensive experience in all aspects of dispute resolution including…
 Emma Skakle  photo Emma Skakle Emma is an experienced litigator and specialises in resolving complex disputes for…
 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 corporate partner and advises a sophisticated, internationally diverse client…
 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.…
 James Trundle  photo James Trundle A real estate lawyer with a particular focus on investment, disposal, development…
 George Vaughton  photo George Vaughton George has a wealth of experience advising lenders and borrowers across a…
 Shai Wade  photo Shai Wade Shai specialises in international arbitration, serving both as counsel and arbitrator in…
 Jonathan Ward  photo Jonathan Ward Jonathan is a ship finance expert with a focus on complex, cross-border…
 Rubin Weston  photo Rubin Weston Finance
 Alexa Whitehead  photo Alexa Whitehead Associate
 Jonathon Wilkes  photo Jonathon Wilkes Jonathon is a real estate partner. He advises on all aspects of…
 Tony Woodcock  photo Tony Woodcock Tony is acknowledged as a leading individual in regulatory litigation, specialising in…
 Kate Worthington  photo Kate Worthington Senior associate
 Graham Wrightson  photo Graham Wrightson A pensions expert advising trustees and employers on all aspects of pension…
 Haris Zografakis  photo Haris Zografakis Haris heads the firm’s commodities practice and for over 25 years has…
Number of UK partners : 170
Number of other UK fee-earners : 675

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.

The Lex 100 Verdict

Stephenson Harwood offers a combination of 'great international work and a friendly culture'. The firm's medium size and modest trainee intake – 'not too large, not too small' – ensures that recruits 'know everyone really well' and can 'build genuine friendships'. What's more, new joiners receive 'significantly more client exposure' and will 'typically be the only trainee on a piece of work'. An 'attractive office building', complete with 'glass lifts which make you feel like Superman when you're going up multiple floors!' is a definite sweetener. Nevertheless, the firm was criticised for a 'reluctance to adopt new technology' and for an opaque seat change process whereby 'quite a few trainees do not get their top seat preferences'. Stephenson Harwood has gained a Lex 100 Winner award for quality of work and international secondments. Elaborating on the latter, the firm's 'big presence in Asia, particularly when it comes to secondment opportunities' was lauded. But the work/life balance got mixed reviews; whilst it is 'good compared with the Magic Circle and American firms', the hours are 'longer than those of some comparable London mid-sizers'. Some of the best things about Stephenson Harwood are its 'fantastic culture', its 'intelligent, passionate people' and the 'Royal Albert Hall tickets'. 'Working on a large superyacht financing' and 'winning a major arbitration when the odds were stacked against our client' were just some of many impressive best moments. On the flipside, 'bundling tasks – always stressful and last minute' and 'spending a whole day on a research task with no substantial result' were not as gratifying. For a firm with a 'culture of ambition and quality within a supportive and friendly environment', consider Stephenson Harwood.