Stephenson Harwood > London, England > Firm Profile

Stephenson Harwood
1 FINSBURY CIRCUS
LONDON
EC2M 7SH
England

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

Focusing on mid-cap work, Stephenson Harwood is particularly active at the top end of the AIM market and its ‘excellent specialist knowledge’ includes funds and trading companies matters. Acting on the company and bank side, the firm handles a range of IPOs, secondaries and takeovers, notably the takeover of listed companies. The deep bench is led by AIM market expert Tom Nicholls and includes David Dowding, who advises corporates, investment banks and brokers on Main Market and AIM IPOs, secondary fundraisings and public takeovers.

Practice head(s):

Tom Nicholls

Other key lawyers:

Jack Digby; Tom O’Connor; David Dowding; Carolyn Hall; Tom Page

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive to client requests and excellent specialist knowledge.

‘Partner remained involved and fully engaged throughout our IPO. Tremendous dedication.’

‘Very responsive and user friendly. Efficient and effective. Good advice.’

‘Found Jack Digby and Tom O’Connor to be excellent to work with – nothing was too much trouble.’

Key clients

Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust

Acacia Pharma Group plc

Acorn Income Fund Limited

Akur Limited

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Allianz Technology Trust PLC

Alternative Asset Opportunities PCC Limited

Alternative Credit Investments plc

Alternative Liquidity Fund Limited

Alvarium RE Limited

Alvarium Securities Limited

APQ Global

Arden Partners plc

Aseana Properties Limited

Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust plc

Atlantis Japan Growth Fund Limited

Augmentum Capital LLP

Augmentum Fintech plc

AVI Japan Opportunity Trust plc

BB Healthcare Trust plc

Big Society Capital Limited

BDO LLP

Berenberg

BlackRock Income & Growth Investment Trust plc

BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust plc

BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc

Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments Limited

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

CC Japan Income & Growth Trust plc

Cenkos Securities plc

City of London Investment Trust plc

Corevestis Portfolio Management GmbH

Coupland Cardiff Asset Management

Development Partners International LLP

Dr. Peters Holding GmbH

Dragon Capital Limited

Draper Esprit VCT plc

easyHotel plc

Eighteen East Capital Limited

E-Therapeutics Plc

European Opportunities Trust plc

European Real Estate Investment Trust Limited

Fair Oaks Income Limited

finnCap Limited

Focusrite plc

GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited

Geiger Counter Limited

Gore Street Capital Limited

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc

Gravis Advisory Limited

Gravis Capital Management Limited

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited

Gulf Investment Fund plc

Henderson Global Trust plc

Henderson International Income Trust Fund

Henderson Value Trust

Hipgnosis Song Management Limited

Home REIT plc

Hotel Chocolat plc

Impax Asset Management Group plc

Invesco Fund Managers Limited

Investec Bank plc

Jefferies International Limited

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Jupiter Emerging & Frontier Trust plc

Jupiter UK Growth Investment Trust PLC

Jupiter Green Investment Trust plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Lowland Investment Company plc

LXI REIT plc

Kudu Investment Management, LLC

Landore Resources Limited

Manchester & London Investment Trust plc

Manolete Partners plc

MIGO Opportunities Trust PLC

Mobius Capital Partners LLP

Mobius Investment Trust plc

Nichols plc

Novacyt SA

Numis Securities

Oakley Capital Investments Limited

Oncimmune Ltd

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

PMM Partners

Premier Miton Global Renewables Trust plc

Premier Miton Investors

Qatar Investment Fund plc

Sancus Lending Group Limited

Scape Living plc

Scape Student Living Limited

Schroder British Opportunities Trust plc

Schroder BSC Social Impact Trust plc

Schroder Investment Management Limited

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management Limited

Schroder UK Public Private Trust plc

Secured Income Fund plc

Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc

Seraphim Space (Manager) LLP

Shield Therapeutics plc

Shore Capital and Corporate Limited

Singer Capital Markets

SP Angel

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Stockdale Securities Limited

Strand Hanson Limited

Strategic Equity Capital plc

Sturgeon Capital Limited

SuperSeed Capital Limited

SuperSeed Ventures LLP

The Bauhaus Investment Trust plc

The Bankers Investment Trust PLC

The Brunner Investment Trust PLC

The Diverse Income Trust plc

The Merchants Trust PLC

Victory Park Capital Advisors

Vietnam Enterprise Investments Limited

Vietnam Holding Limited

WH Ireland

Whiteoak Capital Group

Winterflood Securities Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Liberum, as nomad and sole broker, on the £70m initial public offering of Tortilla Mexican Grill Plc, on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM.
  • Advised on the IPO of the first London listed space fund. The deal saw the launch of Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc, with a mandate to invest in early and growth stage privately financed space tech businesses.
  • Advised British chocolatier Hotel Chocolat Group plc on its £40m fundraising by way of a secondary placing of new ordinary shares, as well as an additional retail offer made via the PrimaryBid platform.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood stands out for ‘the sheer quality of the people involved at every level of seniority‘. The group has regular exposure to significant fraud and asset recovery cases, with a particularly considerable track record in Russian/CIS disputes. Financial institutions, corporations, states and individuals instruct the members to represent them as claimants and defendants. The group is headed up by ‘great team leaderRos Prince and Alan Bercow, who ‘provides excellent strategic advice.’ Senior associate Priya Grigoriadis is a dedicated asset recovery specialist. John Fordham retired.

Practice head(s):

Ros Prince; Alan Bercow

Other key lawyers:

Priya Grigoriadis; Galina Usorova

Testimonials

‘Excellent command of litigation strategy and tactics.’

‘Ros Prince – great team leader.’

‘A very experienced team with a particular interest in Russia/CIS. The team also works well with SH’s insolvency team.’

‘Ros Prince has the rare ability to charm a client and terrorise an opponent almost simultaneously!’

‘Alan Bercow has seen it all before and provides excellent strategic advice.’

‘The thing which stands out about this team is the sheer quality of the people involved at every level of seniority. It is not just that there are no weak links. There is nobody who is anything less than exceptional.’

‘Priya Grigoriadis: Seemingly able to do a hundred things at once, all to a very high standard.’

‘Galina Usorova is a stand-out associate. She is extremely hardworking, has impressive skills of legal analysis, and is a master of managing the client. You want her on your team.’

Key clients

Former majority shareholders of Yukos Oil Company

Medlands PTC Limited (as trustee of the Trust) and an underlying company of the Trust

Cossac Holdings Limited

Aggreko International Projects Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the former majority shareholders of Yukos Oil Company on their enforcement action in England in relation to a $54bn+ arbitration awards against the Russian state.
  • Acting for a successful Russian businessman against two state-owned Russian banks, PJSC National Bank Trust and PJSC Bank Otkritie Financial Corporation, which commenced proceedings claiming $572m against him, his father and his two brothers.
  • Assisted Medlands PTC Limited with obtaining a freezing order over $16.8m, and further monies.

Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes Tier 1

Clients of Stephenson Harwood praise the firm’s ‘availability, transparency and knowhow‘, as well as its ‘professionalism in mastering the commodities issues‘. Acknowledged as a leading firm in physical commodities trading and shipping, its expertise extends to contentious matters, including matters in the High Court and before the ICC, LMAA and LCIA. Haris Zografakis leads the practice, bringing to bear his extensive experience in hard, soft and energy commodities. Peter Bennett is a standout partner for commodity, energy and trading matters. Emma Skakle is ‘clear-minded, pragmatic and a good leader‘ and has ‘ a burgeoning practice with a particular specialism in soft commodities‘. Jonathan Spearing is ‘a brilliant commodities lawyer who can think outside the box and provide practical advice on complex matters at short notice‘.

Practice head(s):

Haris Zografakis

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Spearing is a brilliant commodities lawyer who can think outside the box and provide practical advice on complex matters at short notice. I only tend to instruct three lawyers and he is one of them.’

‘Peter Bennett, partner – a very safe pair of hands, very experienced.’

‘Emma Skakle is a junior partner with a burgeoning practice with a particular specialism in soft commodities. She is clear-minded, pragmatic and a good leader.’

‘Jonathan Spearing is a brilliant commodities lawyer who can think outside the box and provide practical advice on complex matters at short notice.’

‘Allround competence.’

‘Availability, transparency and knowhow.’

‘Professionalism in mastering the commodities issues.’

‘Good knowledge of commodities.’

Key clients

Mercuria

Vedanta Resources and subsidiaries/related companies

Stemcor

Macquarie Bank

Steag

PDVSA

BASF Intertrade

Elinoil

Mabanaft

Sahara Energy Resources

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood‘s pensions litigation team brings together contentious trusts, regulatory and pensions advisory lawyers. In 2021, the firm launched its executive pensions plan practice, which is increasingly active in the disputes space. The group has a strong client base comprising employers, trustees and representative beneficiaries, with substantial experience in professional negligence claims, rectification issues and construction applications. It is also known for cross-border pensions disputes, recently handling cases involving the recovery of pensions assets from overseas jurisdictions, and investigations launched by the US regulators. ‘All-round superstar’ Helena Berman heads up the team, and is noted as an ‘industry superstar‘ alongside pensions professional negligence expert Jenny McKeown. ‘Building a great profile‘, Chris Edwards-Earl is noted for rectification and construction cases.

Practice head(s):

Helena Berman

Testimonials

‘The depth of knowledge gained in experience of a wide range of difficult cases.’

‘Helena Berman is just so experienced. It feels like she will have seen everything before and therefore is unflappable. Great practical advice in complex cases. Chris Edwards-Earl is building a great profile and has the technical knowledge to back that up.’

‘The Stephenson Harwood team are tenacious, creative, organised and totally committed to achieving the optimum outcome of any dispute. They are genuinely invested in developing long term relationships with their clients and bring a huge amount of value add beyond the specific matters on which they are instructed.’

‘Jenny McKeown and Helena Berman are industry heavyweights who are all-in for their clients and always give a clear steer on merits and tactics.’

‘The practice provides practical and sound advice that is commercially friendly with the avoidance of waffle, focusing on concise information that is clear and understandable.’

‘Jenny McKeown, heading the contentious trusts team, has been brilliantly astute: she wears her learning lightly, but her judgment calls have been faultless, knowing which strategy to pursue when and predicting accurately how the litigation will play out. She is pragmatic and solutions-oriented, delivering first-rate work cost-effectively. Helena Berman is another notable partner in that team, not afraid to back herself in picking the points to litigate. She has a strong track record in winning cases against the odds.’

‘The team at Stephenson Harwood combine the legal expertise and quality you would expect from a Magic Circle firm with a strong understanding of medium-sized entities and a much better pricing structure.’

‘Helena Berman – an all round superstar. The total package of technical excellence, commercial judgment, strategic insight and people skills. Jenny McKeown – fantastic judgment, experience and knows how to win a case.’

Key clients

J.P. McDougall & Co Limited (within the AkzoNobel group of companies) and the Trustees of the J.P. McDougall & Co Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Mercer Limited

Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Limited

JLT

Trustees of the Santander schemes

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sedgwick Noble Lowndes and Mercer Limited in defence of a negligence claim, with alleged value in excess of £100m and over 30 years of potentially invalid deeds, with a strike out/reverse summary judgment hearing.
  • Acting for the Representative Beneficiary in Court proceedings that the BBC, as principal employer of the BBC Pension Scheme, is bringing for a determination of questions arising under the Scheme’s amendment power.
  • Advising AkzoNobel group and the Trustees of the J.P. McDougall & Co Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme in the rectification of a drafting error in a pension scheme, with a view to resolving professional negligence claims arising from the drafting issues.

Investment fund formation and management > Listed funds Tier 1

Stephenson Harwood is most known for its experience in handling investment company IPOs, advising on fundraisings and secondary issuances. REITs constitute an important part of the client roster for the firm, but it has experience across the listed fund space. Regulatory advice is another important strand of work, and lawyers are increasingly instructed on ESG reporting and disclosure matters. William Saunders  is the team leader, with significant experience in fund IPOs, share transactions and placings. Alex Haynes is an expert in fund establishment, fundraisings, and restructurings and reorganisations, advising UK and offshore investment managers; and Carolyn Hall is noted for advising issuers and investment banks on closed-ended investment fund IPOs and secondary issues, as well as reconstructions. Promoted to partner in April 2022, Nick Horton is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

William Saunders

Other key lawyers:

Alex Haynes; Carolyn Hall; Nick Horton; Kate Longman

Testimonials

‘Depth and stability of team: I’ve frequently used the team for a broad range of matters over the last 15 years and never been let down. Even when the going gets tough, the team is always easy to work with. Excellent value for money’

‘William Saunders is extremely knowledgeable and has a pragmatic approach, so get’s things done efficiently but without compromising the quality of his advice. I can rely on him to give me the right advice, even when it isn’t what I want to hear! He’s always accessible and on top of what his team are doing. Kate Longman – partner quality. No-nonsense approach and very effective.’

‘Great team of experts in their field, partner access and engagement – led from the top. Commercially competitive.’

‘Accessible of the partner. Sensible, clear and pragmatic advice.’

‘Good advice, whether I want to hear it or not, by William Saunders.’

Key clients

Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust

Acorn Income Fund Limited

Akur Limited

Allianz Global Investors GmbH

Allianz Technology Trust PLC

Alternative Asset Opportunities PCC Limited

Alternative Credit Investments plc

Alternative Liquidity Fund Limited

Alvarium RE Limited

Alvarium Securities Limited

Aseana Properties Limited

Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust plc

Atlantis Japan Growth Fund Limited

Augmentum Capital LLP

Augmentum Fintech plc

AVI Japan Opportunity Trust plc

BB Healthcare Trust plc

Big Society Capital Limited

BDO LLP

BlackRock Income & Growth Investment Trust plc

BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust plc

BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc

Camper & Nicholsons Marina Investments Limited

Cantor Fitzgerald Europe

CC Japan Income & Growth Trust plc

Cenkos Securities plc

City of London Investment Trust plc

Corevestis Portfolio Management GmbH

Coupland Cardiff Asset Management

Development Partners International LLP

Dr. Peters Holding GmbH

Dragon Capital Limited

Draper Esprit VCT plc

Eighteen East Capital Limited

European Opportunities Trust plc

European Real Estate Investment Trust Limited

Fair Oaks Income Limited

finnCap Limited

GCP Infrastructure Investments Limited

Geiger Counter Limited

Gore Street Capital Limited

Gore Street Energy Storage Fund plc

Gravis Advisory Limited

Gravis Capital Management Limited

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited

Gulf Investment Fund plc

Henderson Global Trust plc

Henderson International Income Trust Fund

Henderson Value Trust

Hipgnosis Song Management Limited

Home REIT plc

Impax Asset Management Group plc

Invesco Fund Managers Limited

Investec Bank plc

Jefferies International Limited

J.P. Morgan Cazenove

Jupiter Emerging & Frontier Trust plc

Jupiter UK Growth Investment Trust PLC

Jupiter Green Investment Trust plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Lowland Investment Company plc

LXI REIT plc

Kudu Investment Management, LLC

Manchester & London Investment Trust plc

MIGO Opportunities Trust PLC

Mobius Capital Partners LLP

Mobius Investment Trust plc

Numis Securities

Oakley Capital Investments Limited

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Peel Hunt LLP

PMM Partners

Premier Miton Global Renewables Trust plc

Premier Miton Investors

Qatar Investment Fund plc

Sancus Lending Group Limited

Scape Living plc

Scape Student Living Limited

Schroder British Opportunities Trust plc

Schroder BSC Social Impact Trust plc

Schroder Investment Management Limited

Schroder Real Estate Investment Management Limited

Schroder UK Public Private Trust plc

Secured Income Fund plc

Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc

Seraphim Space (Manager) LLP

Singer Capital Markets Securities

Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited

Stockdale Securities Limited

Strand Hanson Limited

Strategic Equity Capital plc

Sturgeon Capital Limited

SuperSeed Capital Limited

SuperSeed Ventures LLP

The Bauhaus Investment Trust plc

The Bankers Investment Trust PLC

The Brunner Investment Trust PLC

The Diverse Income Trust plc

The Merchants Trust PLC

Victory Park Capital Advisors

Vietnam Enterprise Investments Limited

Vietnam Holding Limited

Whiteoak Capital Group

Winterflood Securities Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on the IPO of the first London listed space fund. The deal saw the launch of Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc (Seraphim), with a mandate to invest in early and growth stage privately financed space tech businesses. The fundraising was structured as an institutional placing, offer for subscription and intermediaries offer. In conjunction with the IPO, Seraphim acquired a seed portfolio from an existing VC fund, also managed by Seraphim’s investment manager.
  • Advised a REIT on its all-share acquisition of Drum Income Plus REIT plc, which was implemented by way of a Court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006.
  • Advised Home REIT plc, the homeless accommodation fund, in connection with its significantly oversubscribed placing, open offer, offer for subscription and intermediaries offer of new ordinary shares and the establishment of an ongoing placing programme.

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 1

The versatile team at Stephenson Harwood acts on various significant transactions and disputes for the key players in the market. Led by the excellent Roland Foord the group acts for clients from a wide range of countries and is adept at handling complex cross-border matters. The practice has been busy advising on various Covid-19 matters, cryptocurrency and NFTs. Clients range from auction houses and dealers to museums and private collectors. It is skilled at handling major disputes relating to title and attribution as well as regularly advising on the sale and purchase of fine art, and other issues relating to exporting art and looted art. Guy Harper is recognised for his experience in contentious matters with a particular emphasis on claims arising from fine art.

Practice head(s):

Roland Foord

Other key lawyers:

Alan Ward; Guy Harper

Testimonials

‘Among the top art law and cultural property practices, this firm is one of the most experienced in the business‘.

‘The art and cultural property team is led by Roland Foord, one of the most experienced and senior litigators in the City. Roland’s understanding of the art business is second to none. He is also liked and respected in equal measure for his client friendly, calm no-nonsense approach’.

‘The Art and Cultural property team benefits from drawing from a full service law firm, so you get real specialists in the relevant areas’.

‘Smaller art and cultural property practices try to advise across the very diverse areas of law that comprise art law: copyright, litigation, commercial, anti-money laundering without actually being specialists in any field.’

‘What Stephenson Harwood offers is specialists in all of these areas, which is more cost effective as the lawyer is a proper expert in its field.’

‘They are also good on offering fixed fees for chunks of work’.

Alan Ward is incredibly knowledgeable on all things AML-related and always available for a quick call to talk through AML risk decisions‘.

Key clients

Qatar Museums Authority

Sadie Coles HQ Limited

Christie’s

Phillips Auctioneers

Mark Weiss

The Society of London Art Dealers

Hazlitt Gooden & Fox Limited

The Royal College of Art

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Qatar Museums (‘QM’) on numerous matters over the course of the last year including the Dior Exhibition – Including advising on exhibition agreements with Christian Dior Couture SA and Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
  • Acting as the go-to firm for Sadie Coles HQ Limited, the London based contemporary gallery, including advice in respect of a number of commissioned art works and representing the gallery’s artists in respect of commissions for installations in France.
  • Acting on behalf of long-term client Christie’s on a range of matters, principally disputes.

Transport > Rail Tier 1

The ‘extremely knowledgeable team’ at Stephenson Harwood is ‘always pragmatic and at the forefront of all developments in the rail sector’. It has a broad depth of rail expertise across the firm on a whole host of contentious and non-contentious matters including all issues relating to franchising and concession matters. It remains an integral player in the rolling stock market by advising a broad range of procurers, operators and manufacturers on major deals both nationally and internationally. It has particular experience too of assisting train operating companies on procurement issues as well as handling all aspects of rail regulation. Tammy Samuel and Suzanne Tarplee co-head the practice that includes Darren Fodey who has considerable experience in rail regulation and regulated contracts. Paul Thwaite deals with various commercial disputes. Ron Nobbs and Lisa Marks are both well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Tammy Samuel; Suzanne Tarplee

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent, well-skilled and experienced people who excel at collaboration and getting their clients to the best position. Very clear and fair processes and billing’.

‘Suzanne Tarplee for her in-depth knowledge of the Rail Industry, excellent contacts and her in-depth knowledge of our own business (which is often better than that of our own senior employees!)’.

‘An experienced team of partners and associates who know and understand the rail industry and apply that knowledge in a balanced, pragmatic and commercial way. They offer first class knowledge of the rolling stock area from a manufacturer’s perspective and also operators and financiers‘.

A firm that offers all the capabilities you need as a business – not just rail regulatory and commercial, but also litigation/disputes support, corporate, real estate and construction‘.

‘The practice is unique in that the team understands technical and legal issues with a strong ability to adapt to changing situations’.

I work closely with Caroline Hooton who not only has a superb legal knowledge and mind but the ability to understand challenges and work together to develop solutions that are not just fit for purpose but exceed any requirements‘.

‘An unrivalled knowledge of the mechanisms and changes within the rail industry. Act as honest brokers who are able to deliver difficult advice, rather than blindly accepting instruction’.

‘Darren Fodey is very knowledgeable and personable, but also thinks about the wider aspects in the industry and how those may impact on my firm. He also brings wider legal aspects that we wouldn’t necessarily consider into our thinking’.

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)

Trenitalia UK Limited (and Trenitalia c2c)

Arriva Plc

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

Lombard North Central

Transport for London

London Underground Limited

Centrus / Corelink

Northern Trains Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising each of Abellio East Anglia Limited, Abellio Transport Holdings Limited West Midlands Trains Limited, Trenitalia c2c Limited, Trenitalia UK Limited and Arriva UK Trains Limited on entry into the National Rail Contracts.
  • Advising key industry parties on complex arbitrations under the Access Disputes Resolution Regime; in particular related to track access disputes and franchise/concession management.
  • Advising Transport for London on the implementation of the regulatory structure for the £15bn+ Crossrail project, which is particularly exciting and important as the service is due to start in 2022.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood‘s offering is led by Sean Jeffrey who has recently been active on FCA enforcement matters concerning money and retail products, and is likewise a go-to for financial sanction and s166 investigations; his team includes Justin McClelland, a former prosecutor, whose key fields of focus include market misconduct, cartel activity and system failure allegations. Alan Ward was recently promoted to partner, having garnered exposure to a wealth of investigations in the EU, UK, US and Far East, while seasoned veteran Tony Woodcock retired from the partnership though remains active as a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Sean Jeffrey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Stephenson Harwood is hugely talented, highly professional, committed to their clients and hard working. They work very well as a team and organise any workload very efficiently, in a very timely manner. They are objective, detailed and straight-talking and are very good at a technical level. In addition to these qualities, they are highly personable and responsive.’

‘I see them as clearly different from competitors and best in class. Special mention to Justin McClelland, Alan Ward and the wider team, whose work and expertise is of the highest calibre, sets them apart. Straight-talking, highly knowledgeable and meticulous, calm, fully dedicated and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Justin McClelland has had a wonderful way with clients who, not surprisingly given his mastery of each case and engaging personality, have the utmost respect for him. His preparation of his cases is impeccably thorough: it is not just a case, as with many, of summarising, but their instructions and enclosures provide a concise and incisive analysis of the evidence and law and this position maintains at every stage of the proceedings. And difficult, complex and novel areas of law at that!’

‘Traditionally a strong firm for white collar criminal / regulatory defence work.’

Key clients

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Bank Saderat

Affinion International Limited

Insolvency Practitioners’ Association

KPMG

Threadneedle Asset Management Limited

Mercer

Work highlights

  • Undertook (on behalf of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission) a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company plc and the conduct of its directors and auditors.

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 2

The ‘exceptionally smart lawyers‘ at Stephenson Harwood represent a diverse client roster (spanning major brands, private equity funds, governments and high-net-worth-individuals) across a full range of high value litigation matters, often with parallel proceedings in several jurisdictions. Edward Davis and Paul Thwaite jointly lead the team. At partner level, ‘force of natureSue Millar, ‘razor sharpRichard Garcia, Genevieve Quierin (who specialises in competition private enforcement actions) and Guy Harper (whose focus is on the oil and gas, financial services, and fine arts sectors) are singled out. In terms of senior associates, Chris Pettett is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Edward Davis; Paul Thwaite

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Richard Garcia is a pleasure to work with, his advice is always clear, robust and reliable. Sound knowledge, an accomplished litigator.’

‘Both Richard Garcia and Chris Pettett have been committed to heading the team providing services to us, keeping a hands on approach. Their commitment and ‘growing’ with us are qualities which ensure that their services are always flexible and at the same time tailor-made to our needs as our entity goes through various changes.’

‘Stephenson Harwood has an excellent and diverse commercial litigation team. It is always a pleasure to work with them, they are professional, engaged, dynamic and effective.’

‘Sue Millar – a very experienced litigation partner, with the magical combination of being a tough litigator while also being easy and fun to work with!’

‘Stephenson Harwood has an exceptionally strong commercial litigation team whose lawyers are of the highest quality and totally dedicated to the pursuit of their clients’ interests. Extremely strong on international litigation and investment funds.’

‘Richard Garcia – a superstar. Razor sharp intellect. Extremely creative in finding solutions to the client’s problem. Donna Newman – an exceptionally tough and able litigator who instils confidence in her clients. Chris Pettett – a partner in the making and one to watch. Sees every aspect of the problem and is totally dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for the client.’

‘Sue Millar is a force of nature and a brilliant litigator. While she has excellent common sense and an instinctive grasp of the commercialities of a case, she is also a talented lawyer and team leader.’

Key clients

Medlands PTC Limited (as trustee of the Trust) and Spanish Steps Holdings Limited

Former majority shareholders of Yukos Oil Company

Alpha Bank Cyprus, Bank of Cyprus, Cyprus Popular Bank

Multiple group claimants including Bet365, the largest global online betting company, the Intercontinental Hotel Group, and Levi Strauss

XiO Cayman Limited

John Milsom (KPMG) and David Standish (Interpath Limited) as Court appointed Enforcement Receivers

Lion Air Group, Terra Aviation Networks and Ciel Voyage S.A.S

Natixis S.A.

Deloitte LLP

Aggreko International Projects Limited

Mercuria Energy Trading Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Medlands PTC, as trustee of the Trust, and Spanish Steps Holdings in proceedings to secure billions of dollars of trust assets.
  • Representing Alpha Bank Cyprus, Bank of Cyprus and Cyprus Popular Bank in group actions, brought in the UK and Cyprus, arising out of agreements to enter into loans to purchase off-plan properties.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood's 'innovative and forward thinking’ pensions law group, which includes pensions advisory and litigation lawyers, is able to handle the spectrum of pensions issues for employers, funds and trustees, with a particular specialism in banking sector pensions. It is also known for its GMP conversion work. Philip Goodchild  heads the non-contentious pensions team, and has recent experience in scheme sectionalisations, and pensions increase exchange matters. Stephen Richards  is an expert in banking sector pensions schemes, and is known for assisting with transfers to defined contribution master trusts. Graham Wrightson  ('straightforward, organised, clear and tough when he needs to be') is another lawyer with an all-round pensions practice, and is particularly experienced in buy-ins and buy-outs. Senior associate Naeem Noor  is praised by clients for offering 'sensible and practical advice’

Practice head(s):

Philip Goodchild

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Richards; Graham Wrightson; Naeem Noor

Testimonials

‘We have a longstanding relationship in a range of business environments. They know me well and know I approach my work and adjust their style accordingly. Graham Wrightson is excellent. Knowledgeable, flexible and focused on helping us achieve our objectives.’

‘Naeem Noor gives sensible and practical advice’

‘I have worked with Stephen Richards for a few years and I find him extremely patient with our lay organisation. I have had to contact Stephen on occasions outside of normal working hours and at the weekend and he has always responded to my request for advice. His team is very responsive and follow Stephens work ethic.’

‘Very cerebral, analytical, and well organised.’

‘Graham Wrightson – straightforward, organised, clear and tough when he needs to be. very calm under fire in pressure cooker situations. Steve Richards – he is a real rainmaker and has attracted a lot of big name clients.’

‘The advice provided by Stephen Richards and his team is always clear and concise and provided in an easy to follow format. You don’t have to chase the team or follow them up on any work as they turn the work around very quickly and concisely.’

‘Philip Goodchild and Dan Bowman are highly valued by the Trustees for their clear and conscientious advise They collaborated with the employers advisers and were able to obtain cut through on these complex projects’

‘The dynamics of the team work very well with our trustee board. Graham Wrightson and Daniel Bowman have made themselves available whenever requested and sometimes at very short notice. The ability to relay advice that is sometimes very complex in a way that all of our trustees understand is a skill on its own and not all of our advisors previously have managed to do this.’

Key clients

Trustee client of pension Plan sponsored by two Hollywood film studios

Trustee of an authorised Master Trust

Trustee company client

Textron Group pension funds

Wightlink Pension Scheme

Trustee client of a hybrid pension scheme

Belmond Hotels employer group

NNB Generation Company (SZC) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised trustee client of pension Plan sponsored by two Hollywood film studios on a proposed split of the plan into two separate sections.
  • Advised trustee of an authorised master trust on the proposed purchase of the master trust employer
  • Advised trustees of the Wightlink Pension Scheme on closing the plan to future benefit accrual for members.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 2

Stephenson Harwood‘s 11-partner team has the critical mass and expertise to handle a significant volume and variety of work across all transportation asset classes. Under the guidance of the ‘very pragmaticIan Mace and with a significant input of resources from key Asian and European hubs, shipping finance remains the most well resourced facet of the practice and it continues to be instructed by a varied roster of banks, operators and alternative capital providers in this space. Jonathan Ward remains pivotal to the firm’s work in the area and has a focus on big-ticket European and Asian cross-border matters, including a considerable amount of recent work at the forefront of some major restructurings in the sector. ‘Consummate trusted adviser’ Richard Parsons heads up the aviation finance sub-group and is appreciated for his ‘sensible and pragmatic’ advice to a predominantly lessor and bank-side client base. Tammy Samuel and Suzanne Tarplee co-head the rail practice and ‘offer first-class knowledge of the rolling stock area’. Senior associate Jon Crippsdevelops alternative solutions to overcome dead-end situations’, in the context of shipping finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Ward; Dora Mace-Kokota; Rebecca Garner; James Collins; Suzanne Tarplee; Charlotte McNeilly; Jon Cripps; Shaun Park

Testimonials

The Stephenson Harwood team provides incisive advice with confidence.’

‘Tammy Samuel and Suzanne Tarplee offer first-class knowledge of the rolling stock area from a manufacturer’s perspective and also operators and financiers.’

Ian Mace provides a very pragmatic approach to transactions.’

‘Richard Parsons is the consummate trusted advisor. He is always available, and provides sensible and pragmatic advice.’

‘Rebecca Garner is our “go to” aircraft purchase and leasing partner. She is brilliant and can handle all the cross border aspects. Not only is Rebecca a very commercial and practical lawyer, but she picks up points when actually inspecting aircraft, which not many lawyers do!’

‘Charlotte McNeilly is a rising star – quietly confident, she can stand toe-to-toe opposite even the most accomplished partners and hold her own. A very safe pair of hands.’

Dora Mace-Kokota listens to the client and translates its desires/ideas into an efficient service.’

Jon Cripps develops alternative solutions to overcome dead-end situations.’

Key clients

Altavair

Macquarie

Archway Aviation

Taiping Fontainburg DVB Aviation Capital

Gulf Air

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

Rostrum Leasing

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

IndiGo

Avation PLC

Altavair

Macquarie

Archway Aviation

Taiping Fontainburg DVB Aviation Capital

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

DNB Bank ASA

Oaktree Capital Management / Fleetscape Capital Limited

Macquarie

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

ING

Starbulk

Oceanbulk

MPCC

DSF

ICBCFL

Nordea

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Jenny McKeown leads the department at Stephenson Harwood which is part of a strong boutique private wealth team. It predominantly advises ultra-high-net-worth entrepreneurs and business owners as well as their families from around the globe on a variety of the most complex and high-value trust and family disputes, with a particular focus on international disputes. It also excels at advising domestic dynastic families. Helena Berman is a known name for her work on a variety of high-value contentious trusts disputes. The group is also well-regarded for its handling of disputes involving cross-border tax issues.

Practice head(s):

Jenny McKeown

Other key lawyers:

Helena Berman; Peter Gillis

Testimonials

‘They are completely committed to their work and are available at all hours. There are a series of very bright associates coming through the ranks. As a team they are totally cohesive. The leadership is strong’.

‘Jenny McKeown has enormous energy and drive and is evidently able to attract and keep the very best associates in her team’.

‘The team really understood our requirements and provided what we needed in a clear and sensible manner’.

‘Peter Gillis has been particularly helpful and is very accessible. Peter stands out as someone who understands his field very well alongside clearly understanding what clients need’.

‘A fantastic all round team who is able to handle challenging and sensitive cases very well’.

‘Jenny McKeown – a leader in the field with superb judgement and the ability to navigate a client through the most difficult of situations. A great overall lawyer. Peter Gillis – a real star in the making. Great judgement and super with clients’.

‘Peter Gillis and Jenny McKeown are very responsive and creative so far as the needs of the case and the client are concerned. The work I have been involved with has been heavy trust litigation in Hong Kong and the Bahamas’.

‘Jenny McKeown is a well-known star of the private client world and gives clients great confidence that their case is being dealt with in the best possible way. Peter Gillis is an incredibly hardworking, creative and client-friendly person to have on the team’.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

‘In my experience, Stephenson Harwood fosters a culture of absolute expertise coupled with being extremely approachable’. It is led byJames Quarmby  who is  'extremely professional and provides exceptionally clear and decisive advice’. Its clients range from multi-millionaires to ultra-high net-worth (often high profile) individuals and families, with billions of pounds in assets. They are typically entrepreneurial and international. Emily Osborne  leads the team’s family office advisory service and has a focus on clients in the Middle East in particular. Michael Rutili  joined the team from Withers LLP – he specialises in advising on a wide range of UK and international matters involving tax, estate planning and succession issues. It was pleased to recently add to its ranks further as Jonathan Conder joined the team from Macfarlanes LLP.

Practice head(s):

James Quarmby

 

Other key lawyers:

Emily Osborne; Michael Rutili; Jonathan Conder

Testimonials

‘James Quarmby – excellent client handler, deep knowledge of the tax system and an inventive problem solver.’

‘I primarily deal with James Quarmby and Emily Osborne. In all the years that I have worked with them they have never faltered in their professionalism, knowledge, efficiency and collaborative way of working’.

‘Emily Osborne is pragmatic, articulates the legal position clearly, is not afraid to actually give advice (ie take a stand), is easy to deal with, knowledgeable, and as a bonus is able to advise on tax matters to the extent adjacent to her field of specialisation’.

‘Michael Rutilli is the Partner with whom I have been working together for international clients. Besides his technical knowledge, he speaks languages fluently, obviously very necessary to clarify concepts in certain meetings’.

‘Michael Rutili who recently joined (and who is my primary contact there so far) is very pragmatic and efficient on cross-border situations between the UK and continental Europe’

‘SH has been our preferred firm for private tax matters for several years. They are extremely responsive and provide clear, concise advice. They are highly effective in this area. Their support functions are also very efficient, and they bill regularly with transparent and detailed time recording’.

‘Emily Osborne is by far the most sought after, experienced counsel we have worked with in this area. She has a vast amount of experience in giving concise and highly effective advice in complex cases. She is also exceptionally accessible, often responding to our requests 24/7 in order to meet our deadlines’.

‘SH’s personal tax team is entrepreneurial, highly skilled and demonstrates a keen awareness of entrepreneurial clients’ businesses – a pre-requisite if a firm is to inspire confidence in this kind of client. I have also seen their work on more traditional private client affairs and have found them to be both sympathetic and dynamic in bring ideas to bear on complex and difficult issues’.

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

Stephenson Harwood offers deep regulatory and criminal investigations expertise, including in-house trial experience alongside integrated capabilities in commercial litigation and corporate governance. The ‘detailed and meticulous‘ team acts for a wide variety of international corporates facing UK and US regulatory enforcement actions, handling interviews and responses to enforcement actions, as well as internal investigations into culture and regulatory compliance, and has a particularly notable record in acting before The Pensions Regulator alongside the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ, among other global regulators and agencies. Practice head Sean Jeffrey has a successful record in high-stakes investigations relating to financial crime, sanctions, and has represented global corporates and financial institutions before UK and EU authorities, while Justin McClelland is highly praised for his ‘impeccably thorough‘ work across internal investigations and cross-border investigations into issues such as bribery, corruption, and market abuse. Alan Ward was promoted to partner in May 2022, and leads on regulatory investigations for a number of major clients, while senior associate Ellen Gallagher is an increasingly key member of the team, most notably playing a leading role in advising the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission on a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company. Tony Woodcock retired from partnership, and has taken on a senior consultant role.

Practice head(s):

Sean Jeffrey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Stephenson Harwood is outstanding: hugely talented, knowledgeable, professional, straight-talking and very hard working, where all individuals contribute. They are fully committed to their clients, manage the workload very efficiently and are very detailed and competent at technical level. On top of that they are very personable and responsive.’

‘Justin McClelland, excellent highly knowledgeable and strategically minded’

‘Top tier law firm with strong lawyers across the board.’

‘Sean Jeffrey, who’s a senior partner. Gives excellent legal and practical advice.’

Justin has had a wonderful way with clients who, not surprisingly given his mastery of each case and engaging personality, has the utmost respect for him. His preparation of his cases is impeccably thorough: it is not just a case, as with many, of summarising, but their instructions and enclosures provide a concise and incisive analysis of the evidence and law and this position maintains at every stage of the proceedings. And difficult, complex and novel areas of law at that!’

At ease with dealing directly with the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission in America, as well as the Serious Fraud Office and other agencies in the UK, it is plain that Justin enjoys enormous admiration. Yet, again unlikely many perhaps, he wears his success with great humility. He is a fraud solicitor out of the top drawer.

Key clients

Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

Work highlights

  • Advised the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission on a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company plc (“EIC plc”) and the conduct of its directors and auditors.

Transport > Aviation Tier 2

The aviation group at Stephenson Harwood has expertise in advising on aviation finance work, commercial transactions, arbitration proceedings and insurance-related claims. The team has an excellent client list and acts for Ryanair and China Southern on the airline side and transportation banks such as BNP Paribas and DVB. Co-head Paul Phillips is the primary contact for aircraft lessors, while other co-head Richard Parsons advises on financing and leasing transactions. Chloe Challinor is an experienced aviation litigator and regulatory lawyer, and Rebecca Garner is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paul Phillips; Richard Parsons

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Gardner; Chloe Challinor

Testimonials

‘In depth coverage of the issues combined with the ability and readiness to proactively project manage a transaction to bring all aspects of it together to support a timely closing versus merely turning key documents.’

‘Richard Parsons is always very visible as a Partner and provides active support for associates to ensure an excellent set of documents and smooth closings.’

‘Responsive, diligent current market knowledge.’

‘Detail orientated with high degree of professionalism.’

‘A small, dedicated and experienced team, who have successfully helped us navigate some very tricky disputes and difficult situations with heavyweight counterparties. Uniquely able to understand the commercial realities, and to translate the strengths and weaknesses of our legal situation into winning commercial solutions.’

‘Commercial nous and experience, pragmatism, lateral thinking, grasp of the details.’

‘Stephenson Harwood’s aviation practice won our business 10 years ago and has managed to keep it since despite strong competition in London and numerous approaches we have received from other firms over the years. We feel SH understand our business needs and culture very well, and have shown the ability to think commercially while providing sound legal advice.’

‘A deep bench, good lawyers at all levels of seniority. The work is done at the appropriate level with appropriate oversight.’

Key clients

The Ryanair Group of airlines

The Lion Air Group of airlines

AirAsia

Air France

IndiGo

Royal Jordanian Airlines

China Southern Airlines

Gulf Air

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA

Royal Wings

Kuwait Airways Corporation

Volotea

Buraq Air

Aercap

Aircastle

Aircraft Engine Lease Finance

Aircraft Leasing and Management

Altavair

Alterna Capital Partners

Archway Aviation

Avation Plc Group

BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management

Castlelake Aviation

Deucalion Aviation

Engine Lease Finance Corporation

ICBC Leasing

International Airfinance Corporation

Jackson Square Aviation

Macquarie AirFinance

Orix Group

Rostrum Leasing

SMBC Leasing

SKY Leasing

Standard Chartered

TFDAC

Transportation Partners

DVB Bank

BNP Paribas

Société Générale (SocGen)

MUFG Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ)

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Lion Air Group in defending proceedings brought in the English Commercial Court.
  • Acted for Ryanair in a judicial review brought by a group of the most significant members of the UK aviation industry against the Secretaries of State for Transport and for Health and Social Care.
  • Acted for Ryanair in the latest chapter of its ongoing battle with On The Beach Limited, one of the UK’s largest online travel agents.

Transport > Shipping Tier 2

The marine and international trade practice at Stephenson Harwood fields ‘real shipping specialists with excellent depth of knowledge across the team.’ Its contentious portfolio ranges from casualty work to charterparty and FPSO disputes, while the non-contentious side of the practice includes offshore construction and shipbuilding mandates. Practice head Alex Davis regularly handles marine insurance matters and advises clients on complex coverage issues. Shipbuilding and offshore disputes as well as contracts for shipyards and shipowners fall into the area of expertise of Sean Gibbons. Max Lemanski and Kirsty MacHardy both specialise in shipping litigation, with Lemanski also co-heading the firm’s FPSO team. Philip Prowse and Jameel Tarmohamed joined the team from HFW, while Ingolf Kaiser left the firm at the end of 2021.

Practice head(s):

Alex Davis

Other key lawyers:

Sean Gibbons; Max Lemanski; Kirsty MacHardy; Philip Prwose; Jameel Tarmohamed; Stuart Beadnall; Tom Adams; Nick Barber

Testimonials

‘The shipping, international trade and commodities team at Stephenson Harwood is made of bright lawyers possessing solid legal and commercial experience. The team stays on top of the latest issues which affect shipping and trading.’

‘Nick Barber is our go to lawyer for wet shipping, casualties, and admiralty law. He is extremely experienced, responsive and calm under pressure.’

‘Real shipping specialists with excellent depth of knowledge across the team. As a genuine mid-size full service firm, Stephenson Harwood is able to draw on a broad range of experience to assist their shipping clients.’

‘Max Lemanski is first class. Responsive, approachable and knowledgeable. Sensible, commercial advice and a genuine desire to assist his clients.’

‘They are good at conveying technical detail in a way to enable informed commercial decisions.’

‘The team has offices all over the world which is a tremendous benefit when working in an international trade such as shipping. Collaboration (both within the team and international offices) has been seamless.’

‘Market leading expertise in all areas of shipping, shipbuilding and ship finance.’

Key clients

Mercuria

Nordisk

Hoegh Autoliners

Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd

Libra Holdings Ltd

The Standard Club

RSA

Gulf Petrochem FZC

EST Maritime & Bridging Finance Inc

Axis Insurance Company

Markel Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Hoegh Autoliners on a series of zero carbon Aurora class PCTC vessels.
  • Acting for Columbia Shipmanagement Ltd in High Court proceedings in respect of a purported wrongful termination of ship management agreements.
  • Acted for Gulf Petrochem FZC in a fraudulent misrepresentation dispute arising from certain investments made by the claimants and the defendants in the container shipping market.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 3

Helmed by seasoned mid-cap advisor Tom Nicholls, Stephenson Harwood‘s ‘knowledge, responsiveness, and quality of advice‘ sees them handling a range of transactions across the private capital and funds, life sciences, transport, technology, and energy sectors. Corporate finance chief Sam Gray specialises in private M&A, joint ventures, and equity fundraisings, both within the financial services sector and increasingly in the worlds of tech and decarbonisation. Jonathan Bridcut is a prolific advisor in the real estate investment and healthcare arenas, regularly handling high-value sales and purchases for a mix of domestic and foreign clients. Anthony Clare focuses chiefly on life sciences and biotechnology, while international corporate chair Duncan Stiles is frequently sought out for assistance in transatlantic investment deals. Ben Mercer is recommended for consumer goods, energy, and offshore financial services transactions.

Practice head(s):

Tom Nicholls

Other key lawyers:

Sam Gray; Jonathan Bridcut; Anthony Clare; Duncan Stiles; Ben Mercer

Testimonials

‘The team we generally deal with are experts in lower mid-market PE deals and therefore able to add value to the deal process through their advice on all manner of things. They are also a pleasure to deal with as a group of individuals.’

‘The knowledge, responsiveness, and quality of advice is very strong across the team.’

‘Strong continuity in the core team working with us for the past several years, with additional resources always available as and when required.’

‘They always seem available to us, even though no doubt they are busy working on other clients.’

Key clients

The Ardonagh Group

Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc

Tristan Capital Partners

Grit Real Estate Income Limited

Kroll LLC

Hipgnosis Song Management Limited

Inspired Education Group

CLS

Elysian Capital

Trafalgar Entertainment Group

Elemica Inc

Anglia Maltings (Holdings) Limited

Lucida Broking Holdings Limited (formerly Right Choice Insurance Brokers Ltd)

RELX Group Plc

Finch Capital

Home REIT plc

Zedra Group

LXI REIT plc

Acacia Pharma Group plc

Schroders

Apposite Capital LLP

Bowmark Capital LLP

Firethorn Investment Trust

Work highlights

  • Advised the management team of BGC Partners’ insurance broking operations, Corant Global on its sale for headline cash consideration of $500m to The Ardonagh Group.
  • Advised on the IPO of a new investment trust with a focus on investment in early and growth stage space tech businesses and its acquisition of a seed portfolio valued in excess of £100m from Seraphim Space.
  • Advised Tristan Capital Partners on the acquisition of Stirling Square, a prime office building just off Pall Mall in London, from WELPUT.

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

Stephenson Harwood acts for PE houses, portfolio companies and management teams on mid-market transactions, including buyouts, bolt-ons, PE-backed management buyouts and disposals. The team also advises on growth investments. Jonathan Pittal leads the team, with Malcolm MacDougall, Adam Crossley and Richard Coleman also key names in the practice. Crossley is ‘commercial, diligent and personable’ while Pittal is praised for his deep experience in this area.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Pittal

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm MacDougall; Adam Crossley; Richard Coleman; Emily Davies; Lydia Zakrzewski

Testimonials

‘Well rounded team with solid experience of the mid-market. Able to take deal features from larger deals and utilise them in smaller setting and vice versa.’

‘Adam Crossley is a fantastic lawyer; commercial, diligent and personable.’

‘They have deep expertise and understanding of private equity transactions. Solutions-driven and innovative thinking.’

‘Jonathan Pittal is a partner with decades of market knowledge. He is highly commercial. Senior associate Emily Davies is an absolute star; proactive, highly capable and excellent at explaining in plain English.’

Key clients

Bowmark Capital

Elysian Capital

BGF

FPE Capital

Apposite Capital LLP

Rockpool Investments LLP

BlueGem Capital Partners LLP

Morgan Stanley

Inspired

Five Arrows

ESO Capital

Macquarie

Standard Life Aberdeen

Schroders

Bestport Private Equity

Pelican Capital

STAR Capital

All Seas Capital

Agathos Management LLP

BD Capital

Stanley Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Bowmark Capital on its buyout of Kubrick Group
  • Advised Elysian Capital on its acquisition and investment, in conjunction with management, in Eton Bridge Partners Ltd.
  • Advised Apposite Capital, the healthcare specialist private equity investor, on its acquisition of Health and Case Management Limited (HCML).  

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood represents a wide range of individual clients in business crime proceedings, with expertise ranging from all stages of regulatory investigations, from notification and interviews through to the enforcement phase, as well as representing clients in criminal prosecutions and parallel civil fraud proceedings. The team benefits from in-house commercial litigation, corporate law and regulatory expertise, and can also call upon in-house experience from regulatory agencies, as well as experience on the prosecution side. Sean Jeffrey heads up the team, and has represented senior executives and high-net-worth individuals in major SFO investigations, with particular expertise in international financial sanctions cases. The ‘incisiveJustin McClelland is a former prosecutor, and brings his varied expertise to complex cases relating to market abuse, cartel activity and bribery, able to represent clients in civil proceedings alongside criminal regulatory prosecutions, with experience in dealing with UK and international bodies. Alan Ward was promoted to partner in May 2022, and continues to be active in multijurisdictional investigations on behalf of key individual clients. Tony Woodcock has retired from the partnership and assumed a senior consultant role.

Practice head(s):

Sean Jeffrey

Other key lawyers:

Justin McLelland; Alan Ward; Tony Woodcock

Testimonials

‘I have been fortunate enough to have been working with Justin McLelland for the past 8 to 9 years. Justin has had a wonderful way with clients who, not surprisingly given his mastery of each case and engaging personality, has the utmost respect for him.’

‘Justin McLelland’s preparation of his cases is impeccably thorough: it is not just a case, as with many, of summarising, but their instructions and enclosures provide a concise and incisive analysis of the evidence and law and this position maintains at every stage of the proceedings.’

‘Excellent team. Highly regarded.’

‘Alan Ward – new partner, astute, thoughtful and strategic.’

‘Justin McClelland is adept at handling enquiries from multiple supervisory and enforcement bodies on a consistent basis, but tailored to the different nuances required in each case. Calm, measured, thoughtful, listens well and challenges clients and regulators alike in an astute and diplomatic manner.’

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood‘s banking disputes practice spans the full spectrum of matters in this space, with experience handling complex litigation involving group claims as well as disputes involving allegations of fraud, bribery and misselling. The group further stands out for the geographic breadth of its workload in this area, which includes representing clients in cross-border disputes relating to East Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the US. Sue Millar and Edward Davis jointly lead the practice; Davis is regularly called in to work on litigation stemming from loan facilities and securitised debt, while Millar is a ‘dynamic and creative lawyer’ who is widely recognised for her expertise in sanctions. Genevieve Quierin focuses on group actions. Richard Garcia counts a number of international banks among his clients and is ‘commercially-minded and modern in his approach’, while Donna Newman ‘manages litigation with great skill and effectiveness’. John Fordham has deep experience in this sector and continues to represent clients before the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Sue Millar; Edward Davis

Other key lawyers:

Genevieve Quierin; Richard Garcia; Donna Newman; Ben Sigler; Stephen Ashley; Chris Pettett

Testimonials

‘Ben Sigler, Christ Pettett and Richard Garcia  are all highly professional, experienced, keen to be of assistance, and give efficient and prompt solutions to problems. Their work reflects their in-depth expert knowledge and experience and is highly appreciated.’

‘I have worked with Stephenson Harwood on a wide variety of commercial litigation over 15 plus years. They have a first class team of dedicated and highly able lawyers who are a match for any litigation team.’

‘Edward Davis has an outstanding reputation. Richard Garcia – an outstanding lawyer and partner who leads the team adroitly. Totally focused on achieving the best outcome for the client. Donna Newman – very popular with clients, she manages litigation with great skill and effectiveness – she inspires confidence in the whole team. Chris Pettett – partnership surely beckons for this outstanding senior associate.’

‘This team is exceptionally strong when it comes to sanctions, export controls and corporate transactions. It also provides very practical, actionable advice and has great presence in the Middle Eastern Market.’

‘Exceptionally smart lawyers who grasp the detail much quicker than anyone else. Additionally the SH team are just generally ‘nice’ people to work with, which always makes things easier!’

‘Richard Garcia – intelligent, focused, commercially-minded and modern in his approach. He is an exceptional talent and ambassador for Stephenson Harwood. Richard’s qualities really stood out for me when I (like everyone else) was dealing with a number of urgent Russia/Ukraine related issues. Richard was always available / responsive, got to grips with the questions quickly and was either  able to answer directly or advised me of what types of things to look out for as the situation unfolded. His guidance and advice in this period has been absolutely instrumental in helping us navigate the unfamiliar territory.’

‘An exceptional practice with strength in depth and the ability to bring to any case an inter-disciplinary approach. The global outlook of the firm is truly impressive.’

‘Sue Millar – dynamic and creative lawyer, who is an inspiring team leader and who is utterly committed to her client’s cause. Particularly expert in the sanctions field. Top class. Stephen Ashley- brings to bear the perfect blend of the cerebral and the commercial.’

Key clients

RCI Financial Services Limited

Mauritius Commercial Bank

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

Natixis S.A

Shanghai Commercial and Savings Bank Limited (Taiwan)

Lazuli Properties Limited, Lex Investments Limited, Elm Investments Limited, Avoncroft Holdings Limited, Snowden Investments Limited, Hassaan Joosub – Claim No: BL-2018-002422

Medlands PTC Limited (as trustee of the Trust) and Spanish Steps Holdings Limited

HSBC

Work highlights

  • Representing over 1,000 claimants within the hospitality, leisure, retail, arts, ticketing, online betting, financial services and several other sectors in group claims brought against Mastercard and Visa seeking to recover losses incurred as a result of unlawful Multilateral Interchange Fees set by the card schemes.
  • Acted for Natixis in respect of a claim brought against it in the English Commercial Court by TOTSA Total Oil Trading SA, now named TOTSA TOTAL ENERGIES TRADING SA, (“TOTSA”) (a Swiss company involved in the business of trading oil and oil-related products and which is part of the Total group). TOTSA’s claim related to sale and repurchase agreements between TOTSA and Zenrock Commodities Trading Pte Limited in relation to a cargo of crude oil worth approx. US$ 55 million.

Employment > Employers Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood provides ‘top quality legal advice from a practical perspective‘ across the full spectrum of contentious, transactional and advisory employment work. Advising on restrictive covenants, and pursuing and defending team and individual moves in the High Court, is one of the firms’ distinguishing areas. Paul Reevesis exactly the lawyer you want in your corner‘ and is often instructed by financial, hospitality and retail sector clients. Anne Pritam has a well-deserved reputation as a seasoned litigator, whilst also being experienced in expulsion, de-equitisation, discrimination, remuneration and business restrictions. Richard Freedman made partner in May 2022 and is recommended for global projects and TUPE transfers.

Practice head(s):

Paul Reeves

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Stephenson Harwood team is excellent at providing top quality legal advice from a practical perspective.’

‘Their knowledge of the law and the latest nuances of the courts, together with their understanding of our business, make them invaluable partners.’

‘Paul Reeves is exactly the lawyer you want in your corner when handling a complicated employment matter. Paul parses the issues and provides excellent guidance to navigate tricky and often sensitive matters.’

‘The team collectively has diversified experience and is able to provide advice on matters that require more than one area of expertise.’

‘They work as a team and coordinate their work well so the client does not have to deal with more than one lawyer/firm.’

Key clients

Amazon

StubHub

LVMH

AxiomSL Ltd (now Adenza)

Fragomen LLP

Investcorp International

ThyssenKrupp Elevator AG

Therium Capital Management

Standard & Poor’s

Arriva plc

DNB Bank ASA

Bank of Montreal/BMO Financial Group

Mizuho Bank Ltd

Vueling

UIA Insurance Limited

Civica

Mizuho International plc

MicrosensDx

Yes To Inc

United Trust Bank Limited

Philex Electronic Ltd

Maersk A/S

Circa Healthcare Ltd

The Council for Responsible Jewellery

LaserClinic UK

Work highlights

  • Successfully advised Louis Vuitton on an Employment Tribunal claim which alleged discrimination and harassment.
  • Advising Trenitalia C2C on HR issues and act on the defence of Employment Tribunal claims.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 3

Paul Reeves advises on litigation and terms of employment and spearheads the Stephenson Harwood senior executives team. The practice combines strength in investigations and regulatory law with experience in the financial services, professional services, life sciences and rail sectors. An area of particular activity is advising senior executives on exits and moves, including settlements and post-termination restrictions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Reeves

Testimonials

‘Paul Reeves provided pragmatic, cost effective advice to deliver a good outcome in a contentious situation.’

‘Paul Reeves responded very promptly and dealt with my enquiry very quickly.’

‘Team is productive, quick turnaround, efficient and charges are very reasonable.’

‘Paul Reeves can be got hold of most of the time and if not within couple of hours he calls back or one of his team gets in touch. He finds solutions and is cost effective with great advice.’

‘Very engaged team, streamlined process and clear advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advising the management team of RiverStone Europe on the employment aspects of its acquisition by funds managed by CVC Capital Partners.

Finance > Trade finance Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood joins the ranking having hired key lawyers from HFW. Practice heads Philip Prowse and Jameel Tarmohamed, along with associate Andrew Green, are the key practitioners who moved to the firm. Prowse is ‘always aware of the commercial aspects and of the need to break new legal ground where this is required for the project to stand out‘. He is a specialists in commodities trade finance and frequently acts for traders, banks, other financial institutions and lenders, investors, and other global supply chain participants in relation to their trade finance businesses, covering all types of finance, security and trade structures. Tarmohamed acts for banks, investors, corporates and traders up and down the global commodities supply chain in many emerging jurisdictions. ‘Their knowledge and awareness of new technologies such as blockchain systems, and the legal issues pertaining to them, were very evident and I believe market-leading‘, remarks one client.

Practice head(s):

Philip Prowse

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has consisted of Philip Prowse as the lead partner, Jameel Tarmohamed and Andrew Green, as a mid-associate. The team was able to organise support across many legal disciplines including trade, corporate, finance, commodities and regulatory advice.’

‘Their knowledge and awareness of new technologies such as blockchain systems, and the legal issues pertaining to them, were very evident and I believe market-leading.’

‘Philip Prowse was the lead partner and he was very commercial, bringing all of my legal asks together as a composite offering. He was always aware of the commercial aspects and of the need to break new legal ground where this was required for the project to operate/stand out.’

‘Andrew Green covered the regulatory aspects of the matter, showing a very deep and wide regulatory knowledge even for one who is relatively junior. His advice was consistent and well presented.

‘Philip Prowse is an excellent trade finance lawyer. He is a real name in the sector and technically excellent. Philips brings energy to any deal he is working on. A lawyer you want by your side.’

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 3

With ‘superb knowledge of the sector’ and ‘a willingness to adapt to fit the client’s needs’, Stephenson Harwood’s practice is led by ‘absolutely brilliant solicitorAlexandra Pygall, who is an IP specialist and focuses on licensing, partnership and other commercial agreements. The practice is well regarded for its contractual commercial work and is also active in IP litigation; it recently represented GlaxoSmithKline in its trade mark and unfair competition litigation relating to the colour and shape of inhalers. Dan Holland also contributes to the group manufacturing and supply agreement expertise.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Pygall

Other key lawyers:

Dan Holland; Jodie Lilir

Testimonials

‘Every single person is excellent. Superb knowledge of the sector and relevant people. Always produce a great job.’

‘Alexandra Pygall – delivers a great work product and inspires huge confidence in her team and in her clients. An absolutely brilliant solicitor. Jodie Lilir adds strength and depth to the team. A fantastic addition.’

‘The team has a strong presence in the Life Sciences sector and really understand the business of bringing new treatments successfully to the market.’

‘Alexandra Pygall has a great practice and provides strategic counsel to clients in achieving strong commercial outcomes for new therapeutic products and therapies’

‘Highly knowledgeable in relation to both law and the sector generally. Delightful to work with – efficient, reasonable, careful. Willing to adapt strategy to fit client’s needs and savvy about whether litigation is the best solution.’

‘Alexandra Pygall – there is nothing she doesn’t know about the life sciences sector and her legal skills are first rate. Jodie Lilir – fantastic attention to detail and ability to focus on the points which matter.’

Key clients

Acacia Pharma Group plc

AM-Pharma

Biomer

bluebird bio

BioNTech SE

BXT Accelyon

Capiton AG

Eisai Europe Ltd

e-therapeutics plc

Exscientia

GSK

Incyte Corporation

Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Novacyt

Optum Venture Global Partners, LP

Otsuka Pharmaceuticals

Oxford Biomedica plc

Schroder UK Public Private Trust plc

Shield Therapeutics Plc

UCB

Vernalis R&D

Work highlights

  • Acted for GSK in the cross-border trade mark and unfair competition litigation against Sandoz in relation to the widely reported ‘purple’ litigation and ‘shape’ litigation relating to inhalers.
  • Advised AM-Pharma on its exclusive licence agreement with Kyowa Kirin for commercialisation of ilofotase alfa in Japan with an overall deal value of €245m.
  • Advised Oxford Biomedica on critical clinical and commercial supply agreements relating to the manufacture by Oxford Biomedica of third party’s products using Oxford Biomedica’s proprietary technology.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood handles both claimant and defendant based work and is known for its 'unrivalled expertise and experience in defending professional negligence claims in the context of pension schemes and private trusts'. The firm regularly sees itself in cases involving the 'Big Four' accountancy firms and other global financial institutions. Roland Foord is the firm's senior partner; he has extensive experience acting for and against professional services firms. Helena Berman has over twenty-five years experience in cases involving financial institutions, professional service consultancies, lawyers and regulatory bodies. Of counsel Paul Hollands is a name to watch.

Practice head(s):

Kate Cordery; Roland Foord

Other key lawyers:

Helena Berman; Paul Hollands; Jenny McKeown; Adam Culy; Danielle Maddox

Testimonials

‘What has stood out to me about this team is the way in which they support you at every stage of the case by anticipating potential issues before they have arisen, by explaining clearly the various options involved and also by the collaborative nature of the team (they obtain the client’s views and find a solution with you rather than for you).’

‘What makes Adam Culy different from other lawyers/competitors is firstly his personable nature and being someone that always offers insight, suggestions and ideas when there are perceived road blocks or tricky situations. I have found that he is really good at looking at the bigger picture and having a holistic view of the issues, but also offering specific and practical suggestions.’

‘I really enjoyed talking about the case with Paul Holland, and listening to his analysis which was always very thorough and well considered.’

‘I have worked with Adam Culy largely, although my employer has wider relationships with this team. Adam is very knowledgeable and experienced in the accountancy and professional negligence areas. He makes himself available at short notice to assist on matters, and I recommend him to others in my industry.’

‘The Stephenson Harwood professional negligence team has unrivalled expertise and experience in defending professional negligence claims in the context of pension schemes and private trusts. Their strategic vision at how to extricate a client from a claim with the minimum of cost is exceptional.’

‘Jenny McKeown has been brilliantly astute: she wears her learning lightly, but her judgement calls have been faultless, knowing which strategy to pursue when and predicting accurately how the litigation will play out.’

‘The team at Stephenson Harwood brings in-depth knowledge of the subject matter, coupled with excellent attention to detail. They are excellent at anticipating a client’s needs and their work product is invariably top notch. I would not hesitate to recommend them to others.’

Key clients

KPMG LLP

Deloitte LLP

Mercer Limited

Christie’s

Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Limited

Mark Weiss Limited

HSBC UK Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Instructed to defend a claim for circa £54 million (plus interest) against Deloitte by Christopher Rokos, a high-profile hedge fund founder, in relation to his participation in an Enterprise Zone Investment Scheme which is currently under challenge by HMRC.
  • Acted for Mark Weiss Limited, an established London Old Master dealer, in a dispute over a painting sold privately through Sotheby’s in 2011 as a work by Frans Hals which has been questioned as to its authenticity, with Sotheby’s purporting to unwind the sale. The work was sold through Sotheby’s to a major USA collector for around US$11.2 million.
  • Defending Mercer Limited and Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Limited in a negligence claim issued by the employer and trustees of the Honda pension scheme in December 2009 regarding a range of alleged defective amendments to the scheme between 1984-2000.

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 3

The investment funds team at Stephenson Harwood is led by the ‘very bright and solutions-focused’ William Saunders , and is predominantly focused on advisory work regarding the formation, establishment, negotiation, tax and regulatory aspects of funds. It is very much at the fore on invoking the increasingly significant sustainability principles, having, notably, recently supported Immobel Capital Partners on the launch of its new Green Office Impact Fund, focused on investing in and creating a new generation of green offices in leading European cities; significantly, it is expected to reach the highest ESG level. The team specialises in REITs, with a clear focus on social accommodation funds, namely Home REIT, which aims to tackle UK homelessness with accommodation assets. Alex Haynes has a strong reputation in raising, reconstructing and reorganising listed investment funds in the UK and offshore.

Practice head(s):

William Saunders

Other key lawyers:

Alex Haynes; Carolyn Hall

Testimonials

‘Strength-in-depth. Genuine funds-focused practice. Good client base.’

‘William Saunders – very bright, solution-focused and keeps things simple.’

‘Great team – partner access and engagement, team led from the top. Market leader in their practice area. Commercial and pragmatic advice – find solutions to problems quickly’

 

Key clients

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Singer Capital Markets Securities Limited

Home REIT plc

Alvarium RE Limited

Alvarium Securities Limited

Liberum Capital Limited

Nexus Group

Grit Real Estate Income Group Limited

Aseana Properties Limited

LXi REIT plc

Immobel Capital Partners

Schroder UK Real Estate Fund

Custodian REIT plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Singer Capital Markets, Panmure Gordon and Alvarium Securities in connection with the migration of Urban Logistics REIT plc from AIM to the Premium Listing Segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Custodian REIT plc on its all-share acquisition of Drum Income Plus REIT plc, which was implemented by way of a court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act 2006.
  • Advised Home REIT plc, the homeless accommodation fund, in connection with its significantly oversubscribed placing, open offer, offer for subscription and intermediaries offer of new ordinary shares and the establishment of an ongoing placing programme.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood is well known in the market for its strength in contentious matters, such as disputes, litigation and arbitration, but the practice also handles transactional work, including large financing work for large multinational clients. The practice is jointly led by Rubin Weston, Simon Moore, Tony Concagh, Stuart Beadnall, Max Lemanski and Ian Mace and was recently strengthened by the arrival of Jameel Tarmohamed and Philip Prowse from HFW in November 2021.

Practice head(s):

Rubin Weston; Simon Moore; Tony Concagh; Stuart Beadnall; Max Lemanski; Ian Mace

Other key lawyers:

Peter Bennett; Kamal Shah; Jameel Tarmohamed; Philip Prowse

Testimonials

‘The team has an in-depth knowledge of floating production units and the contractual and other issues arising in relation to them and in particular relating to disputes’.

‘Max Lemanski is pragmatic and quick to focus on the important points and pleasant to deal with’.

‘The team showed remarkable flexibility in working within the constraints of time and information and came up with a workable structure for providing support’.

‘The partner Kamal Shah was very attentive and available’.

‘Kamal Shah showed a great degree of flexibility with the pricing and engagement process to accommodate the circumstances’.

‘Simon Moore has an innate sense of what the clients want’.

‘Barrels of experience acting for offshore oil and gas contractors’.

 ‘Stuart Beadnall’s experience goes back to the beginning of the industry’.

Key clients

Shell

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)

Petrobras International

Heerema Marine Contractors

PDVSA

Valero Energy

Covanta Energy

Africa Finance Corporation

European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Work highlights

  • Acted for the lenders on the provision of a junior secured facility to Prime Oil & Gas Cooperatief UA. Prime holds stakes in producing oil fields in the Nigerian Delta.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

Stephenson Harwood offers an 'exceptional combination of legal and practical advice', enabling clients to treat the practice as a one-stop-shop. The practice is led by Andrew Myers  who has almost 30 years' of property litigation experience. Sophie Schultz  is noted for her wide client base which includes developers, lenders, corporate occupiers and investors. Andrew Bambury is well versed before the courts, representing clients in both the Court of Appeal and High Court cases.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Myers

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Schultz; Andrew Bambury

Testimonials

‘SH have a no-nonsense approach to servicing their clients and provide solid, sound advice.’

‘What I love about SH is the tenacity, skill and sense of commercial reality possessed by Andrew Myers.’

‘The team is small but with a condensed brilliance which leaves no stone unturned.’

‘Andrew Myers – the most clever interrogator in the business.’

‘Exceptional combination of legal and practical advice, which seems very often to lead to the best achievable outcome.’

‘Andrew Myers combines an exceptional legal mind with very practical advice, often resulting in an excellent outcome.’

‘Sophie Schultz is a mega brain. She is brilliant on technical points but remains very practical and gives clear advice.’

‘Andrew Bambury is a star in the making.’

Key clients

Schroders

HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Limited

Langham Estate

Mercia Real Estate

Centrica Combined Common Investment Fund

Natwest Pension Trustee Limited

Lothbury Property Trust Company Limited

‘c2c

Capital Industrial LLP

Batchworth Golf Club

Westbrook Partners

Longmead Capital

London Metric plc

Work highlights

  • Acted for property developer, Firethorn Trust, which plans to redevelop a site in Canary Wharf into a 35 storey tower for use as a hotel and apart-hotel.
  • Acted for HSBC UK Bank plc on a valuers’ negligence claim against Savills.
  • Acted for two Mercia Real Estate companies in relation to a substantial nuisance claim regarding an industrial site in the West Midlands that has caused them very substantial losses over many years due to dust pollution.

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

Particularly impressive in non-contentious patent matters across the life sciences, consumer, retail and energy sectors, Stephenson Harwood is trusted by multinational companies to handle complex and high-value commercial licensing agreements and transactions.  The ‘outstanding and always committed’ team is led by Alexandra Pygall, who is highly praised by clients for her strategic and in-depth approach. Naomi Leach is also a name of note, particularly for IP licensing issues, collaboration agreements, and patent portfolio management work. The team also has a contentious practice, of which Rob Jacob is a key name to highlight.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Pygall

Other key lawyers:

Naomi Leach; Rob Jacob; Dan Holland; Eifion Morris; Jodie Lilir; Josh Cunnington; Seth Crawley

Testimonials

‘The team at SH really stands out. Names to be mentioned are Rob Jacob, Alexandra Pygall and Eifion Morris. The team is highly responsive, knowledgable and have the ability to see all aspects of the case. In short, a team that we may rely on.’

‘The team is broad and consists of experts that are throughout outstanding and always committed to go the extra mile. They form tailor-made groups for every client and are able to provide high-level advice or detailed preparation of an extensive litigation. Thus they are clearly our go-to firm in UK.’

‘Rob Jacob, Alexandra Pygall as partners are excellent. Their experience and in-depth knowledge of the law, the right strategy and the industries are unrivalled. But also the second generation, Jodie Lilir and Josh Cunnington are absolutely remarkable.’

‘Seth Crawley has provided great assistance in advising clients on complex issues with a close eye for detail.’

‘Each person is absolutely excellent. Great client service. Realistic and innovative in their thinking. Diverse team brings many angles, in a good way.’

‘Alexandra Pygall is a pleasure to work with. There are many experienced attorneys in the Life Sciences field, but very few of those that I have met and worked with are on par with her.’

‘The team is used to working across a wide range of technical disciplines in cases with cross-border implications. The expertise on hand make them a go-to firm for me. They are also the kind of people where you can pick up the phone and have conversations on strategy and they work hard to understand the client’s business.’

‘Rob Jacob is exceptionally bright and a strong tactician. He is knowledgeable, sensible and commercial.’

Key clients

Oxford Biomedica

Shield Therapeutics Plc

Acacia Pharma

Novacyt A.S.

Turbo-K

Perfetti van Melle

Biomer Technology

AM-Pharma B.V.

GroundTruth Global Ltd

Stochastico Limited

BXT Accelyon

C4X Discovery plc

Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Incyte

Work highlights

  • Advised Oxford Biomedica on critical clinical and commercial supply agreements relating to the manufacture by Oxford Biomedica of third party products using Oxford Biomedica’s proprietary technology.
  • Represented Vexo International, a company specialising in the design, manufacture, and sale of filtration apparatus for use in commercial heating and cooling systems, in the High Court (Patents Court) in patent infringement proceedings against Building Services Products Limited.
  • Advising Monobase Wind NV on its system for the generation of power from wind, which is suitable for installation in ultra deep waters offshore, on the terms under which it will cooperate with Daewoo, an investor while in the testing phase of the project.

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

Particularly strong in contentious IP matters, Stephenson Harwood is trusted by multi-nationals in the life sciences, consumer, retail, and commodities sectors. Cross-border trade mark negotiations and litigation, complex licensing agreements, and potential disputes are handled by ‘high-calibre practitioners with supreme expertise’. Alexandra Pygall leads the team and has a broad contentious and transactional practice, while Rob Jacob is praised by clients as an ‘excellent trade mark litigator’ with experience in both traditional and non-traditional trade marks. Senior associate Jodie Lilir and associate Joshua Cunnington are also of note.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra Pygall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I have worked with Rob Jacob and Joshua Cunnington. I think Rob is a very good leader. He leads his team and also leads the other corresponding law firms about the court actions that they coordinate. Both Rob and Joshua were always responsive, and they provided comments and information about other jurisdictions, improving the quality of our work.’

‘The IP Team of Stephenson Harwood stands out from the market. They are brilliant trade mark litigators, service-orientated and very responsive, and at the same time down to earth and easy to work with.’

‘Rob Jacob is an excellent trade mark litigator. He knows how to think outside the box and always finds creative solutions for the most difficult cases.’

‘Jodie Lilir is a rising star to watch.’

‘The IP team has probably an unrivalled ability to create a strong network of excellent and reliable IP friends across Europe.’

‘Rob Jacob is outstanding, smart and understand difficulties in foreign jurisdictions. Alexandra Pygall makes an excellent duo with Rob.’

‘They are very creative and have in depth knowledge (in particular relating to non-traditional trade marks). Their submissions are superb. They are also very good at handling complex multi jurisdictional cross-boarder IP-cases.’

‘The team has several high-calibre practitioners with supreme expertise in contentious IP matters. Particularly, they are very strong in cross-border disputes. Additionally, its expertise and experience in trade mark strategy and prosecution services makes up for a very strong combination.’

Key clients

GlaxoSmithKline plc

Haleon

easyGroup Limited

Gap, Inc

Shield Therapeutics Plc

The Duracell Company

Turbo-K

Highview Power

Perfetti van Melle

CLS Group

AM-Pharma B.V.

Ancestry.com

BXT Accelyon

White Cube Gallery

Work highlights

  • Advised easyGroup in relation to multi-jurisdictional proceedings including (i) a successful outcome in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court against Easyway SBH, SARL and (ii) an important decision in relation to the UK courts’ jurisdiction to hear EUTM claims, in its litigation in the High Court against Beauty Perfectionists.
  • Acting as UK IP Group counsel to Gap (including its Gap, Athleta, Old Navy and Banana Republic brands), advising on brand strategy, trade mark clearances, trade mark litigation, potential oppositions of trade mark applications by third parties, oppositions in the UKIPO and EUIPO, advice on design rights and negotiating settlement agreements.
  • Acted for Duracell in relation to trade mark infringement proceedings before the High Court relating to parallel imports and repackaged products.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 4

At Stephenson Harwood, Dan Holland heads up the practice, which assists with the full range of issues from bespoke agreements to day-to-day trading issues. The group is particularly noted for its life sciences, transport, financial services and leisure sector expertise and is highly active in providing advice on strategic alliances and handling transactional support work. Holland focuses on procurement and manufacturing agreements, and Naomi Leach excels in the life sciences, leisure and technology sectors.

Practice head(s):

Dan Holland

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We value the sector knowledge and experience the SH team bring to commercial contract negotiations in the CDMO space.’

‘The team do not overcomplicate contracts and will recommend pragmatic approaches to resolving issues. They are very responsive, and will expedite review when necessary.’

Key clients

Oxford Biomedica

Schroders Capital Real Estate Debt GP S.à r.l.

Mercer Limited

Qatar Museums

Shield Therapeutics PLC

Interpath Ltd

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Limited

Fiorucci Holdings Limited

Inspired Finco Holdings Limited

CLS Group

Butterfly Hospitality UK Limited

Kroll Associates UK Ltd

Acacia Pharma Group

Caledonia Group Services Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Continued to support Oxford Biomedica on a number of high-profile and important matters including advising on ongoing arrangements with AstraZeneca to maintain the manufacturing support of Covid-19 vaccine, AZD1222.
  • Advised Shield Therapeutics PLC in relation to an exclusive agreement for the manufacture and supply of its iron deficiency treatment to market in Canada.
  • Advised CLS Group in relation to a number of complex commercial arrangements as well as on the commercial aspects of its sale of Future Climate Info.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 4

Stephenson Harwood has a team with expertise in domestic and cross-border M&A. John Meehan and Kate Worthington share a focus on real estate matters.

Other key lawyers:

John Meehan; Hilary Barclay; Kate Worthington

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 4

    A major player in the international arbitration space‘, Stephenson Harwood offers substantial geographic coverage in Europe, Africa, India, Greater China, Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea, along with the US, CIS and Middle East. London and Dubai-based Rovine Chandrasekera is global international arbitration head; and head of the firm’s Africa and India groups Kamal Shah is ‘the doyenne of African and South Asian disputes‘. In May 2022, ‘up-and-comingJide Adesokan was made partner, while former partner Shai Wade departed for RPC.

    Practice head(s):

    Rovine Chandrasekera; Kamal Shah

    Other key lawyers:

    Jide Adesokan; Charlotte Welsh; Afolarin Awosika

    Testimonials

    ‘Stephenson Harwood is a major player in the international arbitration space, particularly in relation to arbitrations in the EMEA region.’

    ‘A very experienced, dedicated and creative arbitration team.’

    ‘Kamal Shah – hugely experienced, particularly in the African legal market. A reliable manager for all large-scale commercial arbitrations.’

    ‘Kamal Shah is the doyenne of African and South Asian disputes.

    ‘Kamal Shah is a real star, with in-depth knowledge of commercial disputes involving Africa and elsewhere.’

    ‘Kamal Shah – excellent commercial nous and judgement in handling cases – a master tactician, with superb client-handling skills and a real focus on giving practical, results-focused advice.

    ‘Kamal Shah and Jide Adesokan are part of a group with excellent international experience, particularly in African disputes.’

    ‘Jide Adesokan is an up-and-coming new partner with great energy.

    Key clients

    IBL Group

    Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

    Republic of Iraq

    Work highlights

    • Acted for three respondents (based in Asia and Africa) in a London-seated ICC arbitration against a major North American bank, in relation to a shareholder agreement.
    • Successfully represented the Republic of Iraq in a $652m ICSID claim, brought by Kuwaiti investor Agility under the Kuwait-Iraq bilateral investment treaty.
    • Advising on a potential, large-value dispute arising out of an oil asset in West Africa.

    Dispute resolution > Public international law Tier 4

    Stephenson Harwood‘s practice acts for state entities and state-owned companies, and houses experts in financial sanctions. Practice head Kamal Shah also leads the Africa and India groups; Ben Sigler is ‘an insightful lawyer‘; and Sue Millar, Richard Garcia and of counsel Stephen Ashley have ‘great knowledge of PIL issues‘.

    Practice head(s):

    Kamal Shah

    Testimonials

    ‘Exceptional experience in sanctions and tenacious support of clients.’

    ‘Exceptional resources and very thorough consideration of all implications in complex situations.’

    ‘Sue Millar, Richard Garcia and of counsel Stephen Ashley – a highly experienced team with great knowledge of PIL issues.’

    ‘Kamal Shah and Richard Garcia are both great solicitors who any client would want to represent them.’

    ‘Tough and resilient lawyers who are able to effectively represent states interests’

    ‘Ben Sigler is an insightful lawyer.’

    Key clients

    Republic of Iraq

    Arab Republic of Egypt

    Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

    Petroleos de Venezuela

    Libyan Investment Authority

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

    Work highlights

    • Successfully represented the Republic of Iraq in a $652m ICSID claim brought by Agility (a Kuwaiti investor) under the Kuwait-Iraq Bilateral Investment Treaty.
    • Acting for the Arab Republic of Egypt in a large fraud and asset tracing mandate, which arose out of the Egyptian revolution of 2011.
    • Advising international finance institutions, property management and insurance companies, maritime service providers and shipowners (among others) on the impact of UK and EU financial and trade sanctions to their businesses.

    Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 4

    Stephenson Harwood's 'highly dedicated team' collaborates with the firm's tax, corporate and private equity departments to assist listed companies, employee trusts, private equity portfolio clients, financial institutions, and start-ups with a wide range of incentive arrangements. Working alongside the employment practice, the group is often retained to handle severance packages and remuneration policies. Leading the team is Nicholas Stretch, the former head of incentives at Ashurst, who joined the firm in June 2022 to take over the practice from Barbara Allen, who has recently retired.

    Practice head(s):

    Nicholas Stretch

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is very approachable and knowledgeable. They turn requirements around in good time and where issues arise, they are always quick to suggest sensible solutions.’

    ‘A highly dedicated team, providing timely and expert advice, and adaptable to change. Takes significant time to understand the client’s needs and requirements to come up with the best solutions. Always friendly in their approach.’

    ‘Very approachable and willing to engage at short notice.’

    ‘Stephenson Harwood partners and associates are a pleasure to work with. They are personable and provide sound legal advice in a very clear manner. They also work extremely well with colleagues outside of the legal team.’

    ‘Stephenson Harwood has a great employee share plans team. They’re always responsive, approachable, proactive and up to date with all the latest trends in this fast moving area of law. Their practical approach to employee share incentives means they always deliver a good solution to support business objectives.’

    Key clients

    Gyroscope Therapeutics Holdings

    Management of BGC Partners

    Elemica

    Inspired Education Holdings

    Elysian Capital

    RELX Group

    Bowmark Capital

    Aptamer Group plc

    Work highlights

    • Advised Gyroscope Therapeutics Holdings on the share plan aspects of its aborted IPO and its acquisition by Novartis Pharma AG.
    • Acted for a Fortune 500 company on the operation of its share plans in the UK and on the winding up and release of assets from a legacy employee trust.
    • Assisted Bowmark Capital with the share plan aspects in relation to its acquisition of Kubrick Group.

    Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

    Recognised for its specialist knowledge in coverage and marine insurance, Stephenson Harwood advises on cases concerning constructive total losses, notices of abandonment and increased value policies, war risk, as well as complex cargo and commodity fraud and multiple shipment losses. Shipping partner Alex Davis has significant experience of acting primarily for international insurance markets handling casualties, collisions, salvage, and wreck removals.

    Practice head(s):

    Alex Davis

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Hugg

    Testimonials

    ‘Alex Davis has been around long enough to not only have got the t-shirt but the sweatshirt and hoodie as well. This means he has the contacts and is not afraid to use them to open a channel of communication, rather than what we often see where the lawyer simply fires off antagonistic letters. He is refreshingly commercial and tells it like it is.’

    ‘Richard Hugg is a non-typical lawyer who knows the market and is able to give pragmatic advice. Richard is at home across the various niche areas in the marine market and this generalist knowledge gives him a broader view of the issues.’

    Key clients

    Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Limited

    Brit Insurance

    Talbot Underwriting

    QBE

    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

    North of England

    Sunderland Marine

    British Marine

    GAREX

    AXA XL

    Allianz Global Corporate Solution

    Generali

    Work highlights

    • Representing a consortium of War Risks insurers in respect of a claim brought by claimant under a policy of marine insurance for an alleged constructive total loss of the vessel ‘WIN WIN’.
    • Advised war risks insurers in respect of US$20m+ claim arising following the detention of fully laden bulk carrier in Indonesia following a major casualty involving damage to subsea pipeline, subsequent major pollution and resultant explosion killing five local fishermen.
    • Instructed to advise and assist war risk underwriters in respect of a potential constructive loss claim arising out of the detainment of a vessel in Nigeria. The vessel was detained following the discovery of drugs on board during discharge operations.

    Investment fund formation and management > Private funds Tier 4

    Stephenson Harwood is well-regarded for its expertise in secondaries transactions, where practice head Gabriel Boghossian advises on GP-led restructurings and the establishment of continuation funds. Boghossian is also active on transactions involving limited partnership interests. Alongside its work in secondaries, the team has an active fund formation practice, with Sarah de Ste Croix taking the lead on this work.

    Practice head(s):

    Gabriel Boghossian

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Market-leading GP advisory practice bringing together M&A execution alongside private funds knowledge following a decade of experience across a range of strategic capital transactions including complex GP-led secondaries and GP stake sales.’

    ‘Senior partners are heavily involved in every step of the process.’

    ‘They are extremely quick to make commercial decisions and understand the right balance between being commercial whilst extracting the best possible result for their client.’

    ‘Our Stephenson Harwood team, led by Gabriel Boghossian and Sarah de Ste Croix, is extremely effective.’

    ‘They are highly respected in the market and our go-to firm for complex GP-led secondaries transactions.’

    ‘Gabriel Boghossian is the pre-eminent secondaries lawyer in Europe having advised GPs and investors on the most complex GP-led transactions in the last decade.’

    ‘Sarah de Ste Croix is a standout partner bringing to the table deep knowledge in private funds.’

    Key clients

    Horizon Capital

    Capvis

    Ufenau Capital Partners

    ICG plc

    Deutsche Private Equity

    Northleaf Capital

    Pelican Capital

    Soho Square Capital

    500Startups

    Unigestion SA

    Schroders Capital

    Shard Capital Partners

    Coniston Capital

    GMG

    Immobel Capital Partners

    EMERAM

    Bowmark

    LifeArc

    Verium AG

    Balder Capital

    Five Arrows (Rothschild)

    Trafigura

    Cossie

    Amber infrastructure

    Corre Energy

    Oman Investment Authority

    Work highlights

    • Advised Ufenau, a leading asset manager in the DACH region, in their GP-led secondary transaction selling two high performing portfolio companies, Altano and Corius, from Ufenau’s fifth fund to a newly established continuation vehicle.
    • Acting as platform funds counsel to Horizon Capital, including advising them on the first GP-led secondary transaction in Ukraine.  
    • Advised Soho Square Capital LLP on the restructuring and roll-on closing of its Luxembourg based fund with a master-feeder structure.

    Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure Tier 4

    Stephenson Harwood covers a range of infrastructure work and is known for its strength in PPPs and PFIs. Jonathan Cripps heads the team and has more than 30 years’ experience on projects ranging from transport and energy to social infrastructure and accommodation.  Of counsel Chris White joined the firm from an in-house role at U-Battery and brings expertise in the nuclear sector to the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Jonathan Cripps

    Other key lawyers:

    Rebecca Carter; Chris White

    Testimonials

    ‘The team is agile and responsive, with a comprehensive understanding of both the PFI industry and our requirements as clients’.

    ‘Jonathan Cripps is stand out excellent in all areas’.

    ‘An exceptional team that brings balance and a commercial viewpoint to deals’.

    ‘Jonathan Cripps is an exceptional leader of the Stephenson Harwood team’.

    ‘This firm pays close attention to client needs and is able to anticipate many of the issues that affect projects’.

    ‘The firm brings a wealth of experience to deal with issues and is easy to work with.’

    Key clients

    North London Waste Authority

    London Borough of Barking and Dagenham

    Connect CNDR Limited

    Connect Roads South Tyneside Limited

    Balfour Beatty Living Places Limited

    Connect Roads Sunderland Limited

    Sunderland Streetlighting Limited

    Albany SPC Services Limited

    Semperian Asset Management Limited

    Equitix

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

    Stephenson Harwood has expertise across a range of conventional and non-conventional energy sources including offshore wind, hydrogen and combustion of residual waste. Tony Concagh specialises in offshore energy and co-heads the practice with Rebecca Carter who advises both public and private sector clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Rebecca Carter; Tony Concagh

    Testimonials

    ‘Tom Adams is very good.’

    ‘Hardwork, innovation, responsiveness to client needs and being available whenever needed.’

    Key clients

    Green Africa Power

    Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited

    North London Waste Authority

    Valero Energy

    Covanta Energy

    Highview Power Limited

    Corre Energy

    European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

    Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

    Monobase Wind BV

    Fabricom S.A./N.V.

    Protium Green Solutions

    Blackwood Biofuels

    Work highlights

    • Advised NLWA on all legal aspects of its North London Heat and Power Project (NLHPP).
    • Advised European Bank of Reconstruction and Development on a EUR24.5 million project financing for the construction and operation of a 30MW photovoltaic plant in the Kamianka region, Ukraine.

    Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

    Stephenson Harwood acts for public bodies, developers, occupiers, and contractors, both in the UK and internationally. It offers advise across a range of sectors, including engineering, public procurement, infrastructure, real estate and energy. The practice is co-lead by Ron Nobbs, who primarily focuses on acting for supplier and purchaser clients, and Paul Thwaite, who specialises in delay and disruption cases for contractors. Charlotte Heywood is notable for her specialism in rail disputes.

    Practice head(s):

    Ron Nobbs; Paul Thwaite

    Other key lawyers:

    Charlotte Heywood; Charlotte Thomas

    Testimonials

    ‘An experienced team of partners and associates who know and understand the industry and apply that knowledge in a balanced, pragmatic and commercial way.’

    ‘A firm that offers all the capabilities you need as a business – including rail regulatory and commercial, but also litigation/disputes support, corporate, real estate and construction.’

    ‘This firm is incredibly knowledgeable, reliable and professional and they are often the first choice.’

    ‘Paul Thwaite understands the client’s business well and is therefore excellent at giving tailored technical and strategic advice. He has gravitas and really commands respect when liaising with other parties.’

    ‘Charlotte Heywood is very knowledgeable and personable, and always delivers on her promises. She is also a champion of female empowerment within the legal profession.’

    ‘Within Stephenson Harwood, whomever we engage with are always professional, supportive, and provide advice on such difficult matters whilst always acting in the best interests of the client.’

    ‘Charlotte Haywood and Charlotte Thomas always focuses on the customers and its tasks, providing excellent service. They are highly respected and professional at all times even in difficult circumstances.’

    ‘They are all approachable and manage expectations very well. They are not dismissive of input from the client team and work well with inhouse lawyers, as well as technical and managerial client colleagues.’

    Key clients

    ENGIE/EQUANS

    Veolia

    Multiplex

    ABB UK

    Equipe Regeneration

    Mala Engineering

    The Royal College of Art

    University of Greenwich

    4C Hotels Group

    LaSalle Investment Management

    Thornsett Developments

    One Hyde Park

    Tecnicas Reunidas

    Work highlights

    • Acting for One Hyde Park in respect of its High Court proceedings against main contractor Laing O’Rourke Construction South Limited. The claim’s estimated value is in excess of GBP 30,000,000.
    • Advised Equipe Regeneration Limited in relation to its multi-party High Court litigation arising from the Brockley social housing PFI project.
    • Advised Engie Services Limited (EQUANS) in relation to ongoing high court litigation brought by the PFI project company arising out of defects across nine learning centres built and maintained under the Knowsley Schools PFI project.

    Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

    Stephenson Harwood‘s property finance team acts on a range of investment and development financing mandates for lenders, borrowers, and other related stakeholders across the full range of asset classes. The practice is also strong in supporting overseas investors on their in-bound acquisition and development of UK property. James Linforth heads up the group and acts for lenders and borrowers on development and acquisition financings. Paul Hayward-Surry has strong relationship with lenders in the commercial real estate and hotel and leisure sectors, Jonathan Proctor handles mandates with a cross-border element, and George Vaughton advises banks and non-bank lenders on syndicated finance matters.

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    Testimonials

    ‘The comfort of strong partner input and an excellent team of seniors and associates, provides client confidence.’ 

    Good collaboration between SH teams to address issues and provide solutions to close transactions.’

    ‘Pragmatic in their approach and keen to simplify matters wherever possible.’

    ‘James Linforth is very client focused and will ensure his attendance and collaborative skills are available at all stages of the closing process.’

    Key clients

    Wells Fargo

    ING

    Canada Life

    Barings Real Estate

    Schroders plc

    Bank Leumi plc

    Aver Property L.P.

    The Royal Bank of Scotland

    NatWest

    Coutts

    RBSI

    Firethorn Trust

    BACB plc

    OCBC

    Work highlights

    • Advised Barings Real Estate on the £87.8m refinancing of Wellington Place, 5 asset multi-let office complex in Leeds, for the international business of Federated Hermes and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.
    • Acted for Bayern LB in connection with a £66.5m term loan facility made available by Bayerische Landesbank to fund the acquisition of the property known as 14 Ryder Street, London.
    • Advising ING as mandated lead arranger, senior lender and agent on a £177m whole-loan and related intercreditor arrangements with a junior lender advised by Global Holdings.

    Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

    The 'engaged, pro-active and practical' team at Stephenson Harwood collaborates with the firm's offices in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai to offer 'excellent practical advice' on international data transfers, data subject access requests, data breaches and investigations. Katie Hewson leads the practice and is well regarded by clients as a 'valued advisor in relation to EU and UK GDPR matters'. The group welcomed in February 2022 former Osborne Clarke LLP practitioner Simon Bollans, who has extensive experience in advising on IT transactions, compliance matters and cybersecurity issues.  

    Practice head(s):

    Katie Hewson

    Other key lawyers:

    Simon Bollans; Bobbie Bickerton (Associate)

    Testimonials

    ‘Katie Hewson is friendly and efficient and great at distilling the law down to its practical application. In a live and developing cyber security situation, we found Ben Sigler to be calm, considered and practical as well as available and engaged.’

    ‘Katie Hewson has has excellent technical knowledge and gives practical, commercial advice that is relevant to our company. She is a delight to work with and is my go-to lawyer for data protection advice.’

    ‘Katie Hewson has a genuine passion for data privacy and brings huge enthusiasm, energy and determination to any problem. She is practical, hands on and a delight to work with.’

    ‘It is very rare to find an external legal team that not only provides excellent legal advice, but provides excellent practical legal advice. Too often, external firms simply recite the law, and do not apply it to the situation at hand.’

    ‘Katie Hewson acts as an extended member of our in-house legal team. I know the advice I receive from Katie will take into account the risks and concerns of our particular business. Katie knows there is no one size fits all, and she takes time to understand the business and our risk appetite. She is an invaluable resource.’

    ‘We work regularly with Katie Hewson who is a valued advisor in relation to EU and UK GDPR matters, and has also helped us fill resourcing gaps where needed for other privacy-related work such as policies and procedures. Katie is very practical and has good industry knowledge. Her turnaround times are fantastic and she is always available to jump on a call.’

    ‘The Stephenson Harwood’s data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice provides excellent practical advice, with deep knowledge of both the law and current practices in the industry. The team is keen to get to know our business which means the advice is very relevant and can be implemented which is key in this area.’

    ‘Katie Hewson and Bobbie Bickerton can advise on any topic with speed and at a reasonable fee. The advice is pragmatic and can be implemented. Katie and Bobbie also make sure we are aware of new legislation that is coming down the line so we can keep one step ahead.’

    Key clients

    Bvlgari UK

    S&P Global

    Exscientia

    Mizuho Bank

    Trident Trust

    Neuberger Berman Europe

    Trenitalia c2c

    Civica Group

    Fine Art Group

    Abellio Transport Holdings

    Work highlights

    • Advised S&P Global on a wide variety of data protection issues, notably the significant data protection impacts of its $44bn merger with another financial information services provider, IHS Markit.
    • Assited Exscientia, a cutting-edge AI drug discovery company, with a data protection review in the run up to its $2.9bn listing.
    • Advised a global advisory company working on behalf of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office,  on the Data Protection Bill of a significant South Asian jurisdiction to facilitate international data sharing in the public interest.

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

    Dan Holland leads the commercial, outsourcing and technology team at Stephenson Harwood, advising both public and private companies on large IT projects. The wider group supports start-ups and established companies on their technology transactions and procurements, as well as the development and implementation of cutting-edge technology. In particular, the financial services sector is a key area of focus for the practice. Simon Bollans joined the team from Osborne Clarke LLP in early 2022, specialising in IT transactions and emerging technologies.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Mercer

    Wilhelmsen Ships Service

    Elemica

    Civica

    Northern Rail

    Nium

    Kroll

    Seraphim Space Investment Trust plc

    Aura Futures Group Limited

    Caledonia

    Gexcon UK Ltd

    Arriva Rail

    Work highlights

    • Advising Mercer in relation to its pensions and finance portal known as Mercer Money, advising on the technical contractual structure and ensuring that a complex map of contractual arrangements interface with each other effectively.
    • Advised Elemica on its acquisition of OmPrompt, including advice on the ownership of the underlying technology, critical infrastructure arrangements and material software licences.
    • Advised Caledonia Investments in relation to the contractual framework for a SaaS platform related to its equity order management system, including trade settlement interfaces with its custodian banks and an investment accounting platform.

    Dispute resolution > Mediators Tier 5

    John Fordham – Stephenson Harwood  An accredited mediator since 1995, Stephenson Harwood's consultant and former commercial litigation head, John Fordham, has conducted hundreds of mediations across the full range of commercial, financial and personal disputes.

    Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

    Led by the 'very technically able' Julian Cahn  and complemented by a strong civil fraud group, Stephenson Harwood is best-known for its advice to IPs on contentious insolvency matters, involving inter alia, aspects of asset tracing and recognition of foreign judgments. This part of the practice was further strengthened in November 2021 with the arrival of the 'incredibly smart and knowledgeable' Tal Goldsmith  from Wedlake Bell LLP. Tim Crocker 's arrival  in September 2021 from Allen & Overy LLP is also a statement of intent on the non-contentious restructuring front and he enhances a growing offering in the space that also includes Ian Benjamin , who has significant experience advising on business turnarounds and both creditor and debtor-led restructurings.    

    Practice head(s):

    Julian Cahn

    Other key lawyers:

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

    Testimonials

    The team is top quality. Partners with differing sector specialisms and skillsets to compliment each other and junior solicitors who are comfortable managing matters.’

    The partners are engaged, impressive technically, but also commercially. They have a global presence and are connected and collaborative in their approach to working with their clients. They are approachable and reliable, providing great quality service time and time again.’

    Julian Cahn is very technically able. He has great technical knowledge of personal insolvency and works well with his clients to provide solutions to difficult issues. He is personable and great to work with.’

    Nick Axup is an extremely energetic and dynamic lawyer.’

    Tal Goldsmith has a talent for being able to co-operate where necessary and to pursue her client’s aims forcefully where appropriate.’

    ‘Tal Goldsmith – Incredibly smart and knowledgeable, yet commercial, with a passion to get the best possible outcome for her clients and a great presence within the legal market.’

    Key clients

    KPMG LLP / Teneo BVI

    Begbies Traynor LLP

    Interpath Advisory

    Borrelli Walsh (now rebranded as Kroll)

    BDO LLP

    FTI Consulting LLP

    Wells Fargo Bank

    FRP Advisory Ltd

    Ernst & Young UK LLP

    Bayerische Landesbank

    Work highlights

    • The German court-appointed insolvency administrator of Greensill Bank AG (in insolvency).
    • Acting for Court appointed Receivers of SHI, which was the personal investment vehicle of the Norwegian billionaire Alexander Vik, in assisting to enforce an English Court judgment of c$350m obtained against SHI by Deutsche Bank.
    • Acting for the administrators of NQM, a mining company listed on the Aquis exchange in the London.

    Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 5

    Stephenson Harwood acts for regulated businesses in the insurance sector, particularly for insurance brokers. The firm supports clients on corporate M&A, regulatory and governance matters. Sam Gray heads the practice, handling a wide-range of non-contentious transactional insurance work, including domestic and cross-border transactions.

    Practice head(s):

    Sam Gray

    Key clients

    CLS

    Lucida Broking Holdings Limited (formerly Right Choice Insurance Brokers Ltd)

    The Ardonagh Group Limited

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co

    Jencap Group LLC

    Work highlights

    • Advised the management team of BGC Partners’ insurance broking operations, Corant Global (which includes both the Ed Broking and Besso businesses), on its sale for headline cash consideration of US$500 million to The Ardonagh Group.
    • Advised Lucida Broking Holdings Limited (formerly Right Choice Holdings Limited) on the acquisition of Caerphilly-based broking house Moorhouse Group Holdings Ltd.
    • Advised CLS on the sale of CLS Risk Solutions to insurance intermediary Specialist Risk Group.

    Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 5

    Stephenson Harwood regularly advises on the important administrative and public law issues of the day, especially in relation to financial services regulatory matters. The team is also regularly involved in advising clients in relation to EU and UK financial sanctions, acting for public bodies as well as against them; Stephen Ashley is a name to watch for this kind of work. Sean Jeffrey is an expert in the area of financial sanctions, acting on behalf of foreign financial institutions and their senior executives.

    Practice head(s):

    Sean Jeffrey

    Other key lawyers:

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

    Testimonials

    ‘Stephenson Harwood’s team is exceptionally dedicated and has fantastic depth. Their client-service is first rate.’

    ‘Paul Phillips is outstanding. He is a delight to work with and provides clients with an exceptional service.’

    ‘Chloe Challinor has a brilliant mind and impressive sectoral expertise. She is a delight to work with.’

    Key clients

    Gibraltar Financial Services Commission

    Ryanair DAC

    Arriva Rail East Midlands Limited

    Bank Saderat Plc

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

    North London Waste Authority

    Bank Sepah International Plc

    CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles)

    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

    Work highlights

    • Conducted a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company and the conduct of its directors and auditors on behalf of Gibraltar Financial Services Commission.
    • Successfully represented Ryanair in a judicial review brought against the Civil Aviation Authority regarding the lawfulness of certain of its actions.
    • Acted for Ryanair in a judicial review of the UK Government’s “traffic light” travel restrictions.

    Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 5

    Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 6

    Stephenson Harwood‘s ‘quick and pragmatic’ team is well-versed in the full scope of transactional, behavioural, and advisory competition matters. The team is particularly noted for its capabilities in cartel investigations, advising on multi-jurisdictional inquiries in the financial services and transport sectors. The highly active practice chair Marta Isabel Garcia is praised by clients for the breadth of her EU and UK competition expertise, ranging from merger control to UK NSI regime compliance. Senior associate Bryony Roy’s experience is concentrated in financial services, life sciences, technology and industrial gases.

    Practice head(s):

    Marta Isabel Garcia

    Other key lawyers:

    Bryony Roy

    Testimonials

    ‘Quick, pragmatic, competent advisers with great attention to detail.’

    ‘Very client-focused. Highly committed to getting the best service for the clients.’

    ‘Marta Garcia will go the extra mile for the client and  dig into every point.’

    Key clients

    Alaris

    Covanta

    Work highlights

    • Advised Alaris Holding on all merger control and foreign direct investment aspects of its acquisition of Linwave.
    • Assisted EQT Infrastructure in the merger control and foreign direct investment analysis of EQT Infrastructure’s acquisition of Green Investment Group’s ownership stake in entities which held stakes across four waste-to-energy facilities in the UK.

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

    Headed by James Linforth, Stephenson Harwood continues to gain momentum for lenders, financial sponsors and corporates across a range of financing mandates. The arrival in February 2021 of the ‘very knowledgeable and technical’ Julie Romer from DLA Piper bolsters the team, not only by virtue of her mid-market leveraged finance capabilities, but also with regard to general corporate lending matters. George Vaughton is also a key member of the team; he recently advised the Hotel Chocolat Group on its £30m revolving credit facilities provided by Lloyds Bank.

    Practice head(s):

    James Linforth

    Other key lawyers:

    Daniel Margolis; Julie Romer; George Vaughton; Don Brown; Rubin Weston; Bertie Chilton; Chrissy Vassiliou; David Harris

    Testimonials

    Julie Romer is very knowledgeable and technical, highly efficient, commercial and pragmatic.’

    Key clients

    AVI Japan Opportunity Trust Plc

    Hotel Chocolat Group Plc

    Bowmark Capital

    Elysian Capital LLP

    FPE

    Agathos Management LLP

    Bestport Private Equity

    Apposite Capital LLP

    Pelican Capital

    Substantial Bidco Limited

    Aurelius Finance Company

    SUEK Limited

    Hill Holdings Limited

    Lowland Investment Company plc

    Netromnia Group

    Investec Bank PLC

    Gordon Brothers

    European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

    Black Sea Trade and Development Bank

    Africa Finance Corporation

    Shell Western Supply and Trading

    Work highlights

    • Advised the Hotel Chocolat Group on its £30m revolving credit facilities provided by Lloyds Bank plc, replacing the £25m CLBILs revolving credit facility they agreed with Lloyds the previous year.
    • Advised Lowland Investment Company plc on its £40m (+£20 accordion) unsecured revolving credit facility provided by Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.
    • Advised the Hill Group in connection with its £220m sustainability-linked RCF provided by a club of  four banks (NatWest, Lloyds, HSBC and Santander).

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

    Stephenson Harwood is recommended for its work on matters relating to insolvency, particularly involving football clubs, and motorsport. Ben Sigler fronts the practice. Julian Cahn and newly promoted partner Nick Axup are further names to note.

    Practice head(s):

    Ben Sigler

    Other key lawyers:

    Julian Cahn; Nick Axup

    Testimonials

    ‘Excellent understanding of the sports industry combined with excellent legal skills’

    ‘Ben Sigler is a good communicator, creative, with strong business acumen’

    ‘Ben Sigler had excellent knowledge and experience’

    ‘They have a great deal of experience in dealing with financial related sports club issues’

    ‘Nick Axup is a very good new partner.’

    Key clients

    Trustees in Bankruptcy of Boris Becker

    Blackpool Football Club

    Bolton Wanderers Football Club

    IQNOIQ Group S.A.R.L

    European Football Club

    Elite Sports Group

    Grab+Pull Fightwear Limited

    Revolve Performance Limited

    Stella International Holdings

    Work highlights

    • Acted for Boris Becker’s Trustees in bankruptcy.
    • Advised  IQONIQ Group S.A.R.L in relation to a dispute with CPFC Limited, the corporate vehicle which owns Crystal Palace Football Club. The claim related to IQONIQ’s alleged breaches of a sponsorship agreement with CPFC and, in particular, the failure to pay certain sponsorship and other fees that CPFC Limited say are due.
    • Advised a Champions League football club on the financing of high-profile transfers of well-known footballers to clubs in Europe’s top leagues.

    Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

    James Quarmby and Emily Osborne co-head the cross-departmental practice at Stephenson Harwood that acts for numerous high-profile clients, not-for-profit organisations and trusts as well as galleries, museums and private donors.

    Iran > Foreign law firms Tier 1

    Stephenson Harwood has been providing legal advice to Iranian institutions for more than four decades. It advises local and international clients in all areas of business in Iran, notably the banking sector. It also covers other areas such as sanctions, litigation, shipping, fraud and asset tracing, banking and financial institutions and energy. London-based litigator Sue Millar, who also heads the firm's sanctions practice, is the key contact, although the firm's Dubai office also has a track record of cross-Gulf work.

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    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Good breadth of banking legal knowledge combined with understanding of regulatory and political focus which affects the banking business’.

    ‘Sue Millar has proved time and again to understand the issues for foreign banks working in the UK. She provides reasoned and sound advice on a wide range of legal issues for us.’

    Key clients

    Melli Bank plc

    Bank Saderat plc

    Bank Saderat Iran

    Persia International Bank Plc

    National Iranian Tanker Company

    Iran Aluminium Company (IRALCO)

    Bank Sepah International plc

    Iranian Ministry of Defence

    India > Foreign firms Tier 3

    In addition to acting for international and Indian banks and other financial institutions, Stephenson Harwood also has a dedicated private wealth practice to assist ultra-high-net-worth families in India, the Middle East and elsewhere on their wealth management and investments. The firm combines its global/Asia capabilities with a close connection to the India market providing financing, corporate and disputes expertise in the mid-market range in sectors including resources, healthcare and technology. It also advises, on a pro bono basis, the British Asian Trust. Kamal Shah, who heads the group (and the Africa group), primarily advises on complex disputes in India, often with cross-border elements and spearheads a respected arbitration practice. Meanwhile George Cyriac (dual qualified in New York and India) has some decades of experience on cross-border corporate, private equity and restructuring transactions in Asia. Nijoe Joseph is reported to be ‘one of the most respected banking and finance lawyers in the UAE’; he has noteworthy experience of shipping, aviation and financing (including Islamic finance) expertise while Gregory Xu in Singapore, leads the general banking and project finance offering for Southeast Asia.

    Practice head(s):

    Testimonials

    Stephenson Harwood has a strong team of partners covering India across different jurisdictions – UK, Middle-East, Singapore. In India the team has been advising on merger & acquisitions, litigation and arbitration, finance matters, IPOs and covers various sectors including technology and outsourcing work. They are a reliable option for many mid-market transactions for both inbound and outbound work. Attention to customer service is exceptional. Professionalism and integrity in every regard. Always apply the right level of expertise and partner supervision of senior and junior staff is very good.

    ‘I would highly recommend the services of the banking and finance team of Stephenson Harwood, Dubai office. The team is well organised, provides effective advice and makes the relationship both effortless and pleasant. One of the significant quality of the team to be highlighted is their ability to turn around within the committed timelines and which helps us in closing matters with our clients. They are also cost effective.’

    ‘Nijoe Joseph is one of the most respected banking and finance lawyers in UAE. He tries to understand the needs of the clients and provides effective advice based on the requirements. If a matter is entrusted to Joseph, he would be available throughout whenever required. As a partner, his availability and engagement in a matter is to be specifically mentioned. Joseph is also easy to work with and always willing to take the time to discuss our concerns and respond to questions. Even during the pandemic as well, Joseph has been in constant touch and provided the necessary support at all times.’

    ‘The firm punches above its weight. Top quality but at more reasonable price points than the magic circle firms. Also, they are quite commercial and pragmatic.’

    ‘George Cyriac leads their Indian M&A efforts and stands out. He is hands-on, commercial and pleasant to work with. He is able to build a rapport quickly with Indian clients.’

    ‘Kamal Shah heads their India group and is a great litigator.’

    Key clients

    ICICI Bank

    Axis Bank

    Yes Bank

    HDFC Bank Limited

    State Bank of India, Hong Kong branch

    Mr Ravi Ruia and Mr Prashant Ruia

    Mizuho Bank

    Aditya Birla Finance Limited

    Power Finance Corporation Limited

    REC Limited

    Work highlights

    • Acted on a limited basis as local counsel to State Bank of India, Hong Kong Branch on its US$1 billion loan financing from Japan Bank for International Cooperation, a policy-based financial institution, wholly owned by the Japanese government.
    • Acting on a transaction involving Brookfield group acquisition of certain projects of the RMZ Group by acquiring shares of identified RMZ Group entities including that of RMZ Infotech Private Limited.
    • Acted for Power Finance Corporation Limited, REC Limited, and Yes Bank Limited on a transaction involved financing of a 326.70 MW(ac) wind power project, in the State of Madhya Pradesh at an estimated project cost of INR 220,721,00,000 to be developed by SBESS Services Projectco Two Private Limited, an indirect subsidiary of Softbank.

    South Korea > Shipping: foreign firms

    Noted for its ‘vast experience and expertise’ in the shipping industry, Stephenson Harwood has a preeminent marine and international trade practice. The team has a large geographical footprint and is comprised of lawyers across Asia, the Middle East and the UK. In Seoul, managing partner Michael Kim has a diverse practice, handling both contentious and non-contentious issues. Kim is supported by associate Hannah Lee and Stuart Burrell, whose clients include major shipowners, shipbuilders, construction and EPC contractors, oil companies and insurers. Alex Davis takes the lead in London, working with Stuart Beadnall, who has extensive experience in advising on shipping contracts. Andrew Rigden Green is Hong Kong’s practice head and is a specialist in the installation and operation of offshore structures. Based in the Singapore office, Virtus Law LLP – Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance partner Daryll Ng is supported by head of shipping and offshore finance, Gregg Johnston.

    Testimonials

    ‘Expertise and professionalism. No other law firm in Korea is more experienced than SH in the shipping sector.’

    ‘Michael Kim. An excellent lawyer and a reliable partner who has extensive knowledge, provides timely and precise advice, and is tailored to the need of the clients.’

    ‘Stephenson Harwood LLP Foreign Legal Consultant Office has vast experiences and expertise in the shipping market. They are very committed to their clients, Korean as well as international.’

    ‘I believe among the foreign international law firms who have offices in Korea, Stephenson Harwood LLP Foreign Legal Consultant Office has the best reputation in the shipping industry, by far.’

    Key clients

    Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd

    Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

    Korea Line Corporation

    Hanwha General Insurance Co Ltd

    The Import-Export Bank of Korea

    KB Insurance Co., Ltd

    Chevron International Pte Ltd

    The Standard Club

    Hanjin Heavy Industries

    Hyundai Merchant Marine

    Pan Ocean Co., Ltd

    Sungdong Shipbuilding

    Daehan Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

    Sinokor Merchant Marine Co.,Ltd

    Japan P&I Club

    SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd

    Eukor Car Carriers. Inc

    Macon Charter B.V.

    SK Shipping Co., Ltd.

    H-Line Shipping Co.,Ltd.

    DB Insurance Co., Ltd

    Feen Marine Scrubbers Inc.

    HHIC-PHIL KOREA

    Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd

    KfW IPEX-Bank GmbH

    Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

    SC Engineering Co., Ltd.

    Seil Textile Co., Ltd.

    You Chang Trading Corp

    MULTI ASSET GLOBAL INVESTMENTS CO.,LTD.

    LATTICE TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.

    WILLIAM FRY

    NOVEL GROUP OÜ

    BHI CO., LTD

    LG Chem Ltd.

    Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 1,100 people worldwide, including more than 190 partners. The firm’s people are committed to achieving the goals of clients – listed and private companies, institutions and individuals.

    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 eight 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Associated offices: Athens, Bucharest, Guangzhou, Jakarta.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    Senior Partner Roland Foordroland.foord@shelgal.com
    Chief executive officer Eifion Morriseifion.morris@shelgal.com
    Arbitration Rovine Chandrasekera, Kamal Shahrovine.chandrasekera@shelgal.com
    Art & cultural property Roland Foordroland.foord@shlegal.com
    Aviation finance Richard Parsonsrichard.parsons@shlegal.com
    Aviation litigation Paul Phillipspaul.phillips@shlegal.com
    Banking James Linforthjames.linforth@shlegal.com
    Commercial Dan Hollanddan.holland@shlegal.com
    Commercial litigation Ed Davis and Paul Thwaiteedward.davis@shlegal.com
    Commodities Haris Zografakisharis.zografakis@shlegal.com
    Competition Marta Garciamarta.garcia@shlegal.com
    Construction Ron Nobbs, Graeme Bartonron.nobbs@shlegal.com
    Contentious trusts & probate Jenny McKeown, Helena Bermanjenny.mckeown@shlegal.com
    Corporate Tom Nichollstom.nicholls@shlegal.com
    Corporate finance Sam Graysam.gray@shlegal.com
    Employee incentives Nicholas Stretchnicholas.stretch@shlegal.com
    Employment Paul Reevespaul.reeves@shlegal.com
    Finance Tammy Samuelstammy.samuels@shlegal.com
    Fraud and asset recovery Ros Princeros.prince@shlegal.com
    Funds and ECM William Saunderswilliam.saunders@shlegal.com
    Hotels and leisure Catriona Bermancatriona.berman@shlegal.com
    Insurance Alex Davis, Joe O'Keefealex.davis@shlegal.com
    IP Alexandra Pygallalexandra.pygall@shlegal.com
    Leasing Lisa Markslisa.marks@shlegal.com
    Life sciences Alexandra Pygallalexandra.pygall@shlegal.com
    Marine and international trade Alex Davisalex.davis@shlegal.com
    Offshore construction Stuart Beadnall, Max Lemanskistuart.beadnall@shlegal.com
    Pensions Philip Goodchildphilip.goodchild@shlegal.com
    Private equity Jonathan Pittaljonathan.pittal@shlegal.com
    Private wealth James Quarmby, Jonathan Conderjames.quarmby@shlegal.com
    Professional practices Roland Foordroland.foord@shlegal.com
    Projects & infrastructure Jonathan Crippsjonathan.cripps@shlegal.com
    Rail Tammy Samuel, Suzanne Tarpleetammy.samuel@shlegal.com
    Real estate Simon Bradingsimon.brading@shlegal.com
    Real estate finance James Linforth, Paul Hayward-Surrypaul.haywardsurry@shlegal.com
    Real estate litigation Andrew Myersandrew.myers@shlegal.com
    Regulation Sean Jeffreysean.jeffrey@shlegal.com
    Restructuring & insolvency Julian Cahnjulian.cahn@shlegal.com
    Sanctions Sue Millarsue.millar@shlegal.com
    Ship finance Ian Maceian.mace@shlegal.com
    Tax John Meehanjohn.meehan@shlegal.com
    PhotoNamePositionProfile
    Tom Adams photo Tom AdamsTom is a shipping and energy specialist with particular expertise in dispute…
    Jide Adesokan photo Jide AdesokanJide’s practice is focussed on dispute resolution, including arbitration and litigation, across…
    Nick Axup  photo Nick Axup Nick is a commercial litigation partner specialising in restructuring and insolvency; fraud…
    Nick Barber photo Nick BarberAn experienced lawyer with a marine background, Nick heads the casualty response…
    Graeme Barton photo Graeme BartonGraeme uses his experience across a wide range of sectors within the…
    Stuart Beadnall photo Stuart BeadnallStuart is a leading specialist in shipping and energy, with particular expertise…
    Ian Benjamin photo Ian BenjaminIan advises domestic and international clients on all aspects of restructuring and…
    Peter Bennett photo Peter BennettPeter specialises in international litigation and arbitration as well as commercial contracts…
    Alan Bercow photo Alan BercowCo-head of our market-leading fraud and asset recovery team, Alan Bercow  advises…
    Catriona Berman photo Catriona BermanA real estate lawyer with interests in investment, development and asset management,…
    Helena Berman photo Helena BermanHelena is the head of our pensions dispute resolution team. With over 20…
    Gabriel Boghossian photo Gabriel BoghossianGabriel advises on a wide range of private equity transactions, including fundraising,…
    Simon Bollans photo Simon BollansSimon is a commercial lawyer with a focus on IT transactions and…
    Simon Brading photo Simon BradingAs a real estate lawyer with a focus on large development, investment…
    Jonathan Bridcut photo Jonathan BridcutJonathan is a corporate partner who specialises in private M&A, joint ventures…
    Don Brown photo Don BrownDon has broad experience of secured lending, including asset-based lending, receivables finance,…
    Julian Cahn photo Julian CahnJulian is an insolvency and dispute resolution specialist, with extensive experience of…
    Archie Campbell photo Archie CampbellA property lawyer with particular specialism in real estate finance.  He has…
    Rebecca Carter photo Rebecca CarterRebecca leads teams of talented projects lawyers with an absolute focus on…
    Anthony Clare photo Anthony ClareAnthony is a corporate partner specialising in M&A and corporate finance. He…
    Julie Clegg photo Julie CleggJulie specialises in ship financing. She has extensive experience of advising lenders…
    Richard Coleman photo Richard ColemanRichard is active across a range of private equity, growth capital and…
    James Collins photo James CollinsRecognised as a rising star in the aviation finance industry, James delivers…
    Tony Concagh photo Tony ConcaghA recognised expert in offshore oil and gas and maritime law. He…
    Jonathan Conder photo Jonathan ConderJonathan is a partner in Stephenson Harwood’s private wealth group and advises…
    Kate Cordery photo Kate CorderyKate is a partner in the firm’s corporate and commercial disputes team…
    Jon Cripps photo Jon CrippsJon is a partner in the finance group, specialising in ship and…
    Jonathan Cripps photo Jonathan CrippsJonathan’s focus is always on helping projects clients reach their objectives. Whether…
    Tim Crocker photo Tim CrockerTim acts for creditors, debtors, insolvency officeholders and trustees on all (non-litigious)…
    Adam Crossley photo Adam CrossleyAdam is a corporate lawyer specialising in private equity and growth capital.…
    Sean Crowley photo Sean CrowleySean is a partner in the firm’s banking team, acting for both…
    Adam Culy photo Adam CulyAdam is an accountancy professional liability and regulatory specialist (in particular defending…
    Alex Davis photo Alex DavisAlex is the marine and international trade practice group leader and also…
    Edward Davis photo Edward DavisEd is a commercial litigator, helping to resolve a wide range of…
    David Dowding photo David DowdingSpecialising in corporate acquisitions and disposals and corporate finance, David has broad…
    Cristan Evans photo Cristan EvansCristan specialises in the resolution of shipping and trade disputes. He provides…
    Darren Fodey photo Darren FodeyDarren is an expert in rail regulation, regulated contracts and railway operations,…
    Roland Foord photo Roland FoordRoland is the firm’s senior partner and a full time commercial disputes…
    Richard Freedman photo Richard FreedmanRichard is a partner in our employment team who has acted for…
    Richard Garcia photo Richard GarciaRichard is an experienced commercial litigator and a senior partner focussing on…
    Marta Isabel Garcia photo Marta Isabel GarciaMarta advises on multi-jurisdictional merger control, cartel and behavioural investigations. Clients highly…
    Marta Isabel Garcia photo Marta Isabel GarciaMarta advises on multi-jurisdictional merger control, cartel and behavioural investigations. Clients highly…
    Rebecca Garner photo Rebecca GarnerRebecca is an aviation and structured finance specialist with extensive experience acting…
    Sean Gibbons photo Sean GibbonsSean specialises in shipping, shipbuilding and offshore disputes and also advises shipyards…
    Tal Goldsmith photo Tal GoldsmithTal is an insolvency and litigation lawyer with an emphasis on matters…
    Philip Goodchild photo Philip GoodchildA pension law expert, Philip is well known for his work in…
    Sam Gray photo Sam GraySam is head of corporate finance in London. He specialises in M&A…
    Priya Grigoriadis photo Priya GrigoriadisPriya is a managing associate specialising in large scale complex litigation, arbitration…
    Carolyn Hall photo Carolyn HallCarolyn is a corporate partner specialising in investment funds. She also has…
    Guy Harper photo Guy HarperGuy is a litigator specialising in corporate and finance disputes. He is…
    Alex Haynes photo Alex HaynesAs a partner within the firm’s highly regarded investment funds team, Alex…
    Paul Hayward-Surry photo Paul Hayward-SurryPaul is a real estate partner specialising in real estate finance, acquisitions,…
    Katie Hewson photo Katie HewsonKatie leads the firm’s data protection practice. She has significant experience advising…
    Charlotte Heywood photo Charlotte HeywoodCharlotte is a partner within the commercial litigation team specialising in construction,…
    Dan Holland photo Dan HollandA commercial lawyer with a focus on outsourcing, manufacturing and supply chain…
    Nick Horton photo Nick HortonAn investment funds specialist providing launch and on-going advice to funds and…
    Richard Hugg photo Richard HuggRichard is a marine insurance specialist, regularly acting for London market insurance…
    Rob Jacob photo Rob JacobRob is a partner specialising in both contentious and non-contentious IP issues…
    Sean Jeffrey photo Sean JeffreySean heads the firm’s regulatory litigation practice. Sean is a commercial litigation…
    Menelaus Kouzoupis photo Menelaus KouzoupisMenelaus’ practice covers a wide range of international commercial law, with a…
    Stephen Laud photo Stephen LaudStephen specialises in commercial real estate, principally advising on investment acquisitions and…
    Naomi Leach photo Naomi LeachNaomi has a strong commercial practice, with particular expertise in relation to…
    Max Lemanski photo Max LemanskiMax is a well-known energy and shipping litigator, with clients based in…
    James Linforth photo James LinforthJames heads up the firm’s banking team. His expertise lies in debt…
    Kate Longman photo Kate LongmanA funds and financial services specialist with a particular focus on listed…
    Malcolm MacDougall photo Malcolm MacDougallMalcolm is a corporate lawyer specialising in private equity transactions ranging from…
    Kirsty MacHardy photo Kirsty MacHardyKirsty is an experienced litigator specialising in a wide range of shipping…
    Ian Mace photo Ian MaceIan is a partner and head of our ship finance group. He…
    Dora Mace-Kokota photo Dora Mace-KokotaDora is a finance partner specialising in advising major international financial institutions,…
    Daniel Margolis photo Daniel MargolisDaniel is a partner in the banking team, based in the firm’s…
    Lisa Marks photo Lisa MarksLisa specialises in asset finance with a particular focus on general leasing…
    Justin McClelland photo Justin McClellandJustin is a partner in the firm’s regulatory litigation team. In the…
    Jenny McKeown photo Jenny McKeownHead of the employment, pensions and private wealth practice group, Jenny is…
    John Meehan photo John MeehanJohn advises on a broad range of UK tax matters, including corporate…
    Ben Mercer photo Ben MercerBen is a corporate partner focusing on public and private M&A, joint…
    Sue Millar photo Sue MillarSue is an experienced and well-respected litigator whose expertise in commercial and…
    Simon Moore photo Simon MooreSimon specialises in insurance and offshore energy. He has received personal recognition…
    Eifion Morris photo Eifion MorrisEifion is the chief executive of Stephenson Harwood LLP. He is responsible…
    Andrew Myers photo Andrew MyersAndrew is well known as a tenacious litigator who gets results. His…
    Donna Newman photo Donna NewmanDonna advises on a broad spectrum of commercial and financial disputes. She…
    Tom Nicholls photo Tom NichollsTom is head of the firm’s corporate department. With a particular expertise…
    Ron Nobbs photo Ron NobbsA construction and engineering law expert, Ron is highly rated by his…
    Neil Noble photo Neil NobleAn asset finance and commercial specialist with a focus on the marine…
    Naeem Noor photo Naeem NoorNaeem is a pensions specialist with significant experience in advising employers and…
    Joe O'Keeffe photo Joe O'KeeffeJoe is a leading lawyer specialising in marine and energy insurance and…
    Joe O'Keeffe photo Joe O'KeeffeJoe is a leading lawyer specialising in marine and energy insurance and…
    Emily Osborne photo Emily OsborneAn experienced private wealth advisor, Emily provides international tax and private wealth…
    Tom Page photo Tom PageTom has extensive experience advising on all aspects of corporate finance including…
    Shaun Park photo Shaun ParkShaun is a partner in the finance group and an asset finance…
    Richard Parsons photo Richard ParsonsRichard is an aviation finance and leasing expert and particularly well known…
    Jayesh Patel photo Jayesh PatelAn experienced banking and restructuring lawyer specialising in real estate finance, corporate…
    Paul Phillips photo Paul PhillipsPaul is a very experienced commercial litigation partner, who has represented clients…
    Jonathan Pittal photo Jonathan PittalJonathan is a corporate partner specialising in private equity. He advises private…
    Ros Prince photo Ros PrinceRos specialises in high value fraud and asset recovery litigation and is…
    Anne Pritam photo Anne PritamAnne helps clients with the practical implications of employment, immigration and partnership…
    Jonathan Proctor photo Jonathan ProctorJonathan is a partner in the firm’s finance team. He has a…
    Philip Prowse photo Philip ProwsePhilip is an experienced commodities trade finance partner whose work covers the…
    Alexandra Pygall photo Alexandra PygallAlexandra is an intellectual property expert with significant experience of advising on…
    James Quarmby photo James QuarmbyJames is the head of our private wealth team and is widely…
    Genevieve Quierin photo Genevieve QuierinGenevieve acts for corporate and individual clients in a broad range of…
    Paul Reeves photo Paul ReevesPaul’s experience in our employment team is pivotal in its recognition as…
    Stephen Richards photo Stephen RichardsA big scheme specialist, Stephen advises employers, trustees, and master trusts on…
    William Robertson photo William RobertsonWilliam specialises in UK and European financial services regulation, supporting financial institutions…
    Julie Romer photo Julie RomerJulie is a partner in the banking team. Julie advises lenders, private…
    Michael Rutili photo Michael RutiliMichael is a trusted adviser to numerous, mostly European, private clients, their…
    Tammy Samuel photo Tammy SamuelHead of the finance practice and a leading commercial and regulatory rail…
    William Saunders photo William SaundersWilliam is a partner and head of the funds and financial services…
    Sophie Schultz photo Sophie SchultzA specialist property litigator with over 15 years’ experience, Sophie helps clients…
    Kamal Shah photo Kamal ShahKamal is the head of Stephenson Harwood’s Africa and India groups. He…
    Kristian Shearsby photo Kristian ShearsbyKristian is a corporate lawyer specialising in the life sciences and technology…
    Ben Sigler photo Ben SiglerBen is a partner in our commercial litigation team and heads the…
    Emma Skakle photo Emma SkakleEmma is an experienced litigator and specialises in resolving complex disputes for…
    Dan Smith photo Dan SmithDan advises on high-stakes commercial disputes and investigations, particularly in the areas…
    Jonathan Spearing photo Jonathan SpearingJonathan is an energy and natural resources lawyer, specialising in all aspects…
    Duncan Stiles photo Duncan StilesDuncan is a corporate partner and advises a sophisticated, internationally diverse client…
    Nicholas Stretch photo Nicholas StretchNicholas has over 25 years’ experience of advising companies on all aspects…
    Jameel Tarmohamed photo Jameel TarmohamedJameel specialises in structured commodities trade finance. He has experience acting for…
    Suzanne Tarplee photo Suzanne TarpleeSuzanne is a commercial and regulatory rail expert and advises on all…
    Paul Thwaite photo Paul ThwaitePaul is a specialist in construction and engineering disputes and procurement claims.…
    George Vaughton photo George VaughtonGeorge has a wealth of experience advising lenders and borrowers across a…
    Jonathan Ward photo Jonathan WardJonathan is a ship finance expert with a focus on complex, cross-border…
    Rubin Weston photo Rubin WestonRubin represents lenders and borrowers on major financings. His practice has tended…
    Alexa Whitehead photo Alexa WhiteheadAssociate
    Kate Worthington photo Kate WorthingtonA partner in the firm’s tax group who advises on a broad…
    Haris Zografakis photo Haris ZografakisHaris heads the firm’s commodities practice and for over 25 years has…
    Sarah de Ste Croix photo Sarah de Ste CroixSarah is a partner in the private equity team specialising in the…
    Number of UK partners : 190
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 1100

    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.