Firm Profile > Taylor Wessing LLP > London, England

Taylor Wessing LLP
5 NEW STREET SQUARE
LONDON
EC4A 3TW
England

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP is led by Emma Jordan, who is both an English barrister and a Jersey advocate. Andrew Hine is another well-respected member of the team; he has wide experience across all aspects of probate, succession and wills, and has advised on a vast array of cross-border probate matters involving complex conflict of law issues, as well as handling contentious probate and trusts cases. Kirstie McGuigan has particular experience of advising BVI and Bahamian clients. The team, which has had a 'really great year', is known for its advice to trustees, executors and beneficiaries in relation to trust and estate disputes. It has considerable firepower in multi-jurisdictional matters, especially in an offshore context.

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Testimonials

A delight to deal with – great knowledge and a sense of humour’

‘Emma Jordan is an exceptional lawyer. She is very calm even when dealing with multiple cases in multiple jurisdictions – a pleasure to deal with

Emma Jordan’s combination of qualifications as a Jersey advocate and an English law practitioner makes her hugely impressive. She is very able and easy to deal with’

‘Collaborative approach. Well-staffed and efficient. Very high-quality work product’

‘Emma Jordan has an incisive grasp on the most complex of claims. Rob Gibson is clever and efficient

‘A large and highly regarded private client team with standout individuals in an international law firm. Kirstie McGuigan is charming, efficient and hardworking – she leaves no stone unturned and no angle unconsidered. Caroline Tayler is a superb senior associate who is utterly on top of everything’

There are only outstanding lawyers here. Emma Jordan has a stellar reputation in the contentious trusts world and her experience and expertise are second to none. Rob Gibson is an outstanding associate who will no doubt go very far indeed’

‘An exceptional team dealing with broad range of complex, often international matters. Andrew Hine, Emma Jordan and Rob Gibson are standouts’

‘High-quality lawyers at all levels, with excellent sector knowledge. Emma Jordan combines first-rate trust law knowledge with a very practical and commercial approach to disputes. She is also great fun to work with’

Kate Silbermann is a senior associate who combines trusts expertise with experience in fraud and asset tracing. She is extremely forensic and a great team player

Key clients

Equity Trusts (Jersey) Limited

Dawson-Damer

The eldest son of an ultra-high-net-worth Italian family, dealing in oil and gas in Nigeria

The settlor and one of the beneficiaries of a Jersey Trust

The beneficiaries of a Bermudan Trust

The beneficiary of two Guernsey Trusts

The Trustees of the Jacobs Charitable Trust

The Trustees of two Jersey Trusts and Dataquill Limited

The mother of a high-net-worth Italian family

A Panamanian company

An Isle of Man company

Robert Campbell

Hospitality and leisure Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP's 'outstanding' hotels and leisure practice is renowned for its activity in the M&A space, handling more than £1bn of big-ticket transactions for hotel clients over a 12-month period. Headed by Richard Bursby who has expertise in hotel management and franchise agreements, the team is a 'go-to' for high-value investment sales and purchases, complex advisory work, and financing mandates. 'First-rate lawyer' Mark Rajbenbach leads corporate real estate transactions which are often cross-border. Other key strengths include the team's international offering, with offices spanning France, Germany, and Dubai facilitating cross-border mandates.  Ronald Graham is the contact for the Middle Eastern market and acts for various owners and investors.

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Testimonials

‘One of the go-to teams in hotels and hospitality. Richard Bursby and Mark Rajbenbach are true industry experts that bring excellent legal skills combined with strategic and commercial advice for their clients.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is a trusted adviser who brings great experience in the real estate and hotel industries. He is a first-rate lawyer, on top of all the details, but also able to step back and provide the commercial and strategic advice that we need as clients. Victoria Butcher is one to watch for the future. Excellent legal skills and developing into a strategic adviser as she works closely with Mark. A great team.’

‘Richard Bursby is knowledgeable, well-connected and understands the industry very well.’

Taylor Wessing provides legal expertise across multiple discplines, making the firm very suitable for our company and the business we are in. Their partners associates and support staff are experts in their field of law, always available and are of great support to our company. Their quality of work is outstanding.’

‘The team is hard-working, enthusiastic, and extremely responsive. They have a comprehensive understanding of the hospitality industry, including acting for all the different stakeholders in the value chain.’

Key clients

Vivion Investments

YOTEL

Invesco Real Estate

Secret Escapes

InterContinental Hotels Group

London & Regional

Virgin Hotels

RBH Hospitality Management

Starwood Capital

Burger King UK

Crosstree

Cedar Capital

The Clermont Club

glh hotels

Las Iguanas

Café Rouge

Bella Italia

Ruby Hotels

Park Plaza

Millennium & Copthorne

City Hub

Crimson Hotels

Knotel

FREO

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP provides a full-scope brand protection service encompassing trade mark, design and domain name disputes, global enforcement and exploitation strategy and corporate IP acquisitions. Practice heads Niri Shanmuganathan and Mark Owen have a focus on the IP-rich sectors of media and entertainment, TMT, pharmaceuticals, consumer foods and retail, while Jason Rawkins offers sector-specific expertise in fashion and luxury brands. The team handles litigation in the High Court involving infringement and passing-off claims of logo designs, product shapes and company names. Roland Mallinson (who heads the trade mark prosecution practice) is also a key name for portfolio management. Adam Rendle is a leading name for copyright matters for software, media and technology clients. The team also regularly provides strategic advice concerning neighbouring rights, licensing deals, disputes and copyright litigation.

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Testimonials

The team is highly knowledgeable and provides practical business solutions.

Taylor Wessing has an impressive group of trade mark attorneys, who each have a niche within the practice.

The intellectual property team is a pleasure to work with and is always thinking outside of the box to solve client problems.

Key clients

KMPG International

Perfumes Christian Dior

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Planet Art

Orange

Amobee

Informa

Burberry

MCPS

Cambridge University Press

The Publishers Association

Audio Network

Altibox

Dame Vera Lynn and the Dame Vera Lynn Charitable Trust

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP has a 'very experienced and established team' in the international private client arena, which provides high-quality advice on a diverse range of tax, trusts, succession and estate planning matters. It also routinely advises on the creation and maintenance of complex multi-jurisdictional asset holding structures. The practice led by the 'very competent and highly respected' Nicholas Warr acts for over 70 families and individuals with a net wealth of more than $1bn, eight royal families, and several hundred families and individuals worth over $100m. In addition, it provides trusts, tax and succession planning advice to around hedge fund principals and principals in the private equity sector. Mark Buzzoni, Andrew Hine and the 'exceptionally knowledgeable' Sanjvee Shah are also noted. Antoaneta Proctor is now at Wedlake Bell LLP.

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Testimonials

Nick Warr is commercially astute and a first-class lawyer with many years of experience. He is dedicated and leads the team by example. He has a superb client base with a particular focus on the Middle East

Nick Warr is very able – he is technically excellent, has a big and loyal client following, and is very sensible and affable as well as being pragmatic

‘A high level of technical expertise and excellent client interaction. Nick Warr is a very competent and highly respected practitioner. Clients respect him enormously and he is very capable

Andrew Hine has very nice manner and is technically very good

Great strength in depth across multiple practice areas. Able to deal with all the requirements of large international high-net-worth families. Sanjvee Shah is extremely personable, technically gifted and dedicated to achieving the very best outcomes for her clients. A pleasure to work with

A very experienced and established team with immense talent at all levels.  One of the very best private client teams in the UK. Sanjvee Shah is exceptionally knowledgeable, very approachable and utterly committed to doing her best for her clients. One of the leaders in her field. Clients love her

‘Kirstie McGuigan has provided outstanding service and support in a number of matters with varying degrees of complexity. Kirstie will either provide the specific advice herself or introduce a member of a specialist team within the firm to provide the detailed support and work as necessary. This helps manage time and cost in an efficient and professional manner

‘Alexander Erskine really knows his onions. Rachel Davison has the highly valued ability to distil the key information and advise on it clearly and concisely. Not many others manage that’

Venture capital Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP maintains a high-profile presence in the market as a result of its longstanding track record for investees and investors, as well as its ability to call upon a number of leading practitioners who display a 'wide knowledge across all areas of venture capital'. The 'strategic and well-connectedAngus Miln has a strong reputation in transactions within the technology and life sciences sectors, and leads the team out of London, which is well-versed at handling European mandates (where it is aided by lawyers in key offices including Berlin and Paris). The group is also increasingly acting on mandates with a transatlantic element by virtue of its recent strategic tie up with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & RosatiHoward Palmer  is a key member of the team and has particular experience advising investors and investees throughout the investment lifecycle, particularly as it relates to cleantech and fintech. The 'proactive and solutions-orientedJosef Fuss  is noted for his 'commercially sensitive and pragmatic advice' for hi tech-based investee clients within the digital health, AI and Big Data sectors. David Mardle and Adrian Rainey departed to Goodwin, and Mike Turner  joined Latham & Watkins.

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Testimonials

‘Hyper responsive, very commercially focused and strategic – Taylor Wessing have helped us through multiple fundraises and provided invaluable support.’

‘Angus Milne is an excellent lawyer and business partner, he is strategic and well connected and passes on the invaluable benefit of his experiences in fundraising and transactional work.’

‘Speed of service; 24 hour availability irrespective of vacations, weekends etc. Commercially sensitive and pragmatic advice with a wide knowledge of all aspects of venture capital. Their reputation as the leader in the field only enhanced our negotiating leverage.’

‘Josef Fuss – partner. Pro-active; solution driven; strong inter-personal skills which proved important given the complexity of the deal; constantly accessible.’

Key clients

Vinted

Babylon

Beauty Pie Limited

Dawn Capital

Moneyfarm

SCA Investments Limited (Gousto)

Digital Staff Solutions Limited t/a Florence

Receipt Bank

Wolt

Onfido

Curve

CMR Surgical

Plum Guide

Tide

Nutmeg

Tokamak Energy Ltd

Monzo Bank Limited

Cazoo

Index Ventures

Trouva

Rekki / Benchmark

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP’s client list spans developers, investors, funders, occupiers and owners which is advises on urban regeneration projects, investment sales and purchases, both of individual assets and portfolios, as well as asset management. A key focus is the representation of Asia, Gulf and US-based investors, with core sectors including co-living residential, logistics, stadia and student accommodation. In addition to property companies, practice head Keith Barnett has also carved out a reputation in acting for banks and financial institutions. In a notable development, Matthew Swainston, the former practice head at Forsters LLP, joined in February 2020.

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Testimonials

‘Saleem Fazal is an excellent partner, with considerable experience.’

‘Saleem Fazal is experienced, able and has a very good manner with clients.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is a trusted adviser who brings great experience in the real estate and hotel industries. He is a first-rate lawyer, on top of all the details, but is also able to step back and provide the commercial and strategic advice that we need as clients.’

Key clients

City Pride Limited

Meadow Partners

InfaRed Capital Partners

McLaren Property

Secure Income REIT

Canada Life

Investec

Tritax Big Box REIT

Vivion Capital Partners

Bretford FC

Invesco Asset Management Limited

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP fields 'experts in the field' and is active in the technology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and financial services sectors. The practice group provides advice on GDPR compliance programs, cyber breach responses and regulatory investigations. Vinod Bange co-leads the team and acts on cyber security strategies and has advised on the data protection and privacy implications of Brexit. Graham Hann also leads the group alongside Chris Jeffery, who is noted for assisting US clients with EU data obligations.

Testimonials

‘They are experts in their field and any question asked is regarded professionally. No problem is too small.’

Key clients

River Island

Babylon Healthcare Services

iRhythm Technologies Inc

Davita International limited

Emirates National Bank of Dubai

Burberry

Burger King UK Limited

Amobee

The Office Group

Omnicom

Gaming and betting Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP’s gaming practice frequently advises gambling start-ups on the obtainment of licences as well as data protection, advertising and corporate issues. Graham Hann leads the practice; he has a broad practice covering commercial, IT and data issues, with a particular focus on eGaming.

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Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP’s patent expertise cuts across the life sciences and TMT sectors. Nigel Stoate heads the practice and has a strong reputation for devising global patent litigation strategy in highly technical areas; recent instructions have involved heart valve technology, blockbuster cancer treatments and other surgical devices. Recent successes for Stoate and Simon Cohen have involved infringement and invalidity proceedings before the UK Patents Court. James Marshall is the name to note for telecoms expertise including SEP and FRAND litigation, with the team also advising on trade secrets litigation in the technology sector . The commercial IP offering at partnership level has been enhanced with the promotion of Colin McCall, with the team handling licensing, manufacturing and collaboration agreements in the medtech and life sciences sectors.

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Testimonials

The team is highly knowledgeable and provides practical business solutions.

Taylor Wessing has an impressive group of trade mark attorneys, who each have a niche within the practice.

The intellectual property team is a pleasure to work with and is always thinking outside of the box to solve client problems.

Key clients

ASUS

Ericsson

Abbott Laboratories

Mylan

Pfizer

Mylan

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Advising customers and suppliers, Taylor Wessing LLP’s experience includes handling infrastructure projects, regulatory issues and commercial issues, as well as assisting mobile service operators and providers of new communication services with a range of matters. Key names include Graham Hann, who focuses on commercial, IT and data issues; Angus Finnegan, who specialises in fintech, future mobility, AI and cloud-based technologies; and Siân Skelton, who has expertise in technology and privacy law.

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

Taylor Wessing LLP's corporate team operates as an integrated practice across Europe, the Middle East and Asia, working for large organisations looking to diversify their assets and adapt to disruption. The firm's strong reputation in tech is evident within the M&A group, which has a dedicated corporate technology team, led by Angus Miln,  focused exclusively on M&A and equity fundraisings in the TMC sector. The wider team advises clients on the full range of M&A transactions including  public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, leveraged buyouts and public-to-private transactions. The department also has specialist expertise in fund formation, seed investment and multiple fundraises through to growth capital. Emma Danks leads the private equity team and undertakes a wide range of leveraged buyouts and other related transactions alongside James Goold.

Testimonials

Incredibly responsive

Creative and lateral thinking combined with good commercial awareness

Nice to work with

The team is refreshingly accessible and responsive. None of the corporate swagger you get with some other City corporate practices

Key clients

SEGA Europe Limited

Prestbury Investments LLP

Croud

Terra Verde, LDA

Ross Video

CalAmp UK Limited

One.com

Interactive Investor Limited

Attraqt Group plc

Tritax Symmetry Limited (“TSL”)

The shareholders of JHC Systems Ltd

DigiCert

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP combines impressive IP, technology, data privacy and media expertise to advise its clients in the media and entertainment sector. Led by IP expert Mark Owen, the team includes Niri Shanmuganathan, who is well-known for music sector litigation; Graham Hann, who has particular experience advising clients in the gaming space; and copyright, media, and advertising specialist Adam Rendle. Media and technology sector-focused corporate partner Mike Turner moved to Latham & Watkins.

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

Taylor Wessing LLP advises a number of buyout funds on mid-market domestic and international deals, as well as advising on growth capital investments and assisting management teams in acquisitions. The firm's notable focus on the tech sector has contributed to a consistent flow of deals in this sector. The team is led by Emma Danks, who oversees a range of international transactions for clients. Also recommended are James Goold, who advises on financing and transactions, and senior associate Jonny Bethell, who has taken the lead on transactions and in securing new mandates.

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Testimonials

‘Ed Waldron is commercial, calm, thoughtful and looks at the big picture.’

‘Jonny Bethell is creative and intellectual and offers attention to detail.’

Key clients

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Dutch Ophthalmic Research Center

Apotex

Acuity Knowledge Partners

Rutland Partners

Five Arrows Principal Investments

Rockpool Investments

Croud Inc

JHC Systems

Bridges Fund Management

Professional negligence Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP's principal focus is defending accountants and auditors in complex, high-profile claims and regulatory investigations. The team advises almost all of the largest UK accountancy firms and is described as ‘far and away the industry leader’ in this regard. Practice head Andrew Howell has been described as ‘the best solicitor in London for accountants defence work’ and is involved in complex professional negligence claims and regulatory investigations. Howell is currently instructed in almost half of all public Financial Reporting Council investigations. Julian Randall uses his experience of practising in foreign jurisdictions to advise on cross-border matters. Senior counsel Stuart Broom  has acted on several large-scale regulatory actions, primarily involving the FRC and the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

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Testimonials

‘Probably the best professional negligence service provider for accountants and taxation professionals, with unrivalled depth of knowledge and an incredibly effective delivery machine.’

‘Julian Randall and Andrew Howell head this team and deservedly have the reputation of being the best in the market.’

‘An unrivalled team in claims against accountants and auditors – equipped with a real understanding of the field and able to draw on massive experience.’

‘Julian Randall brings huge experience and brilliant judgement to every case.’

‘The scarily intelligent Andrew Howell is fantastic to work with.’

‘Taylor Wessing has a market-leading professional negligence practice. They are regularly instructed in the leading litigation and regulatory cases, in particular those against accountancy firms.’

‘Julian Randall and Andrew Howell are very experienced at handling disputes on behalf of accountancy firms. They are the ‘go to’ individuals in the City for professional negligence cases and know the area backwards.’

‘Andrew Howell is the best solicitor in London for accountants defence work. He has the full skill set.’

‘My experience of them is in auditors professional negligence. Taylor Wessing is far and away the industry leader in that field in my view; with a massive industry depth of understanding, despite charging rates far below the magic circle firms.’

‘Andrew Howell and Julian Randall are the first-choice auditor professional negligence defence solicitors, working with all the big firms, and with decades of experience. They are hands-on partners who do far more than manage their teams; but are also supported by senior counsel and associates with very significant experience and knowledge of the sector and the issues involved in accounting and auditing disputes.’

‘Julian Randall is a grandee of the sector.’

‘Andrew Howell is a very experienced partner who deals with many of the substantial accounting professional negligence disputes.’

‘Stuart Broom is a senior counsel who will go far.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

Mazars LLP

RSM

BDO LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Property finance Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP is a strong player in the London property finance market, as evidenced by its instruction from Deutsche Bank to advise on the first-ever SONIA-originated loan to refinance Ditton Park in West London. Practice head Jonathan Marks, who acted on that particular mandate, is highly experienced in complex pan-European financings. Heather Buttle is another key name, noted for her expertise in the student accommodation and private rental markets. Also recommended are Amar Ali, who focuses on investment and development finance, and Gareth Lawson, who has particular strength in senior and mezzanine arrangements.

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Testimonials

‘A motivated team with a strong skill set and continuity of partners and associates, enabling us to build strong long-term relationships with Taylor Wessing as a valued business partner.’

‘Depth and breadth of the team strengths is excellent.’

Key clients

Cain International

Canada Life

Credit Agricole

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Hypo

Essential Living

Helaba

Hermes Investment Management Limited

HSBC

Investec

Laxfield Capital

Lloyds Banking Group

McLaren

MetLife

PGIM

RBS

Santander

Secure Income REIT

ING

Wells Fargo

Reputation management Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP handles the entire spectrum of matters pertaining to reputation management and privacy protection, offering legal support to both claimants and defendants. In addition to advising on traditional media liability issues, the practice is also adept at assisting with data protection and cybersecurity incidents, as well as "right to be forgotten" claims and social media take-downs. Niri Shanmuganathan is noted for his extensive experience in post-publication work. Other key lawyers include Michael Yates.

Residential property Tier 2

Led by 'highly skilled and knowledgeable' enfranchisement specialist Elaine Dobson, Taylor Wessing LLP acts for a variety of domestic and international clients on all aspects of residential, agricultural, landed estates and mixed-use property. In addition, the group works in close collaboration with the wider firm's real estate development and investment team, advising investors on residential landlord and tenant property matters within mixed use sites which are either being acquired or are under construction. Recent years have seen the firm increase its focus on overseas clients from the Far East and Middle East, while the build to rent and private rented sectors are also areas of specialism.

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Testimonials

‘A great commercial sense for dealing with issues as they arise. Unusual in the world of property lawyers.’

‘Elaine Dobson is a highly skilled and knowledgeable property and private client lawyer.’

‘Excellent communication and attention to detail.’

‘Very thorough, approachable, patient, great communication and always available to speak.’

TMT Tier 2

Acting for clients ranging from startups to global technology and media companies, Taylor Wessing LLP advises across the full lifecycle of work. The practice provides broad TMT sector expertise in M&A, advertising, employment and data protection matters, as well as tech specific advice, including Fintech, IoT and blockchain issues. Josef Fuss advises investors, companies, entrepreneurs and management teams on venture capital, M&A and joint ventures in the TMT area, with particular strength in digital health. He co-leads the international technology, media and communications sector group with IP specialist Mark Owen, who advises media, entertainment and technology clients on IP strategy, exploitation, use and protection matters.

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Testimonials

‘Josef Fuss is proactive and solution-driven. His strong inter-personal skills proved important given the complexity of the deal; and he was constantly accessible.’

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP’s client list spans developers, investors, funders, occupiers and owners which is advises on urban regeneration projects, investment sales and purchases, both of individual assets and portfolios, as well as asset management. A key focus is the representation of Asia, Gulf and US-based investors, with core sectors including co-living residential, logistics, stadia and student accommodation. In addition to property companies, practice head Keith Barnett has also carved out a reputation in acting for banks and financial institutions. In a notable development, Matthew Swainston, the former practice head at Forsters LLP, joined in February 2020.

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Testimonials

‘Saleem Fazal is an excellent partner, with considerable experience.’

‘Saleem Fazal is experienced, able and has a very good manner with clients.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is a trusted adviser who brings great experience in the real estate and hotel industries. He is a first-rate lawyer, on top of all the details, but is also able to step back and provide the commercial and strategic advice that we need as clients.’

Key clients

City Pride Limited

Meadow Partners

InfaRed Capital Partners

McLaren Property

Secure Income REIT

Canada Life

Investec

Tritax Big Box REIT

Vivion Capital Partners

Bretford FC

Invesco Asset Management Limited

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP’s client list spans developers, investors, funders, occupiers and owners which is advises on urban regeneration projects, investment sales and purchases, both of individual assets and portfolios, as well as asset management. A key focus is the representation of Asia, Gulf and US-based investors, with core sectors including co-living residential, logistics, stadia and student accommodation. In addition to property companies, practice head Keith Barnett has also carved out a reputation in acting for banks and financial institutions. In a notable development, Matthew Swainston, the former practice head at Forsters LLP, joined in February 2020.

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Testimonials

‘Saleem Fazal is an excellent partner, with considerable experience.’

‘Saleem Fazal is experienced, able and has a very good manner with clients.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is a trusted adviser who brings great experience in the real estate and hotel industries. He is a first-rate lawyer, on top of all the details, but is also able to step back and provide the commercial and strategic advice that we need as clients.’

Key clients

City Pride Limited

Meadow Partners

InfaRed Capital Partners

McLaren Property

Secure Income REIT

Canada Life

Investec

Tritax Big Box REIT

Vivion Capital Partners

Bretford FC

Invesco Asset Management Limited

Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's non-contentious construction practice covers both domestic and international matters, including work on real estate development and development finance. Matthew Jones heads up the team and has strong experience of working on projects across the world including in Germany, Australia, Egypt and Spain. David Quinlan acts on infrastructure projects across a range of sectors.

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Testimonials

‘I like Taylor Wessing’s helpful, proactive and commercial approach to matters.’

‘The team shows high competence, a great attitude to clients and professionalism.’

Key clients

Tritax Big Box REIT

Natwest

Barclays Bank

Burntisland Fabrications

Imagile Group

J&A Young (Leicester) Ltd (Jayplas)

InfraRed Capital Partners

Buxton Building Contractors

R&F Properties

Chesington Investments

Employee share schemes Tier 3

The incentives team at Taylor Wessing LLP advises on the full range of employee incentive arrangements and their implications for high-value, complex transactions. These include EMI plans and HMRC tax-favoured schemes and more bespoke arrangements such as hurdle shares and joint share ownership arrangements. The team has a particular focus in US inward investment where it helps US companies set up share schemes for their UK employees. Ann Casey heads the team, working with the ‘fantasticAnna Humphrey, who has a particular focus on high-growth technology companies. The team was boosted by the arrival of senior associate Katie Lewis from Slaughter and May in late 2019.

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Testimonials

‘Practical and commercially driven advice, based on razor sharp technical skill-sets.’

‘Anna Humphrey is fantastic – always thinking of practical solutions and approaches to new and technically challenging situations.’

Key clients

Tritax Big Box REIT

Babylon Health

Croud

CalAmp UK Limited

Vinted

Zynstra

JHC Systems Ltd

AppScatter Group plc

Habito

Nutmeg Savings and Investments

Farmdrop

Thought Machine

Snyk

Employers Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP has an excellent capability handling European employment law work for US and Canada-headquartered tech and life sciences companies. It has developed strong relationships with a number of BigTech companies, while also carving out a niche acting for 'gig-economy' companies. Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation is also a source of work. Paul Callaghan is co-head of the department, and Sean Nesbitt has recently advised on multiple whistleblowing and discrimination cases. Senior counsel Anna McCaffrey's practice includes whistleblowing and post-termination disputes. In a important hire, Helen Farr joined from Fox Williams LLP in March 2020, bringing a strong client base in financial services.

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Testimonials

Taylor Wessing’s Employment practice stands out from the crowd for having strong judgement and good instincts across all its team members. This is a reflection on the close supervision and training associates receive from partners to ensure that we receive a consistently high quality service.

An incredible ability to deep dive into complex matters to really understand our business and provide us with clear advice which delivers results. Put simply, the team get the job done effectively and efficiently so we can get on with our business!

Paul Callaghan and Senior Counsels Anna McCaffrey and Colin Godfrey stand out for being able to very quickly grasp complex matters, provide high judgement advice and deliver results.

Taylor Wessing are true partners for our business. They offer creative, specialised services and innovative approaches that work well. They take an interest in our industry and provide excellent insight and guidance. Taylor Wessing are committed to diversity, as are we, and this an important aspect of our relationship.

Sean Nesbitt is a creative partner that takes a real customer service approach. He understands and continues to learn about our industry. He is reliable, open-minded and provides great counsel for our senior leaders and for me personally. Sean is available when we need him; a real business partnership.

Personal service. Good knowledge of client organisation. Excellent customer relationships

NO other practice in London has the same consistently solid reputation amongst tech and life science clients or the same level of market profile in the US tech and inhouse community. This was built over many years of on the ground relationship building but as a result they are the only practice that US employers regard as actually understanding their world and the issues that keep tech GCs awake at night!

Paul is a highly trusted adviser to many in-house legal and HR teams and is the go to employment lawyer for a wide range of international companies. His approach to client relationship management sets the standard for how his group operates and you can see his mark and training in the calibre of senior associates coming up in the group.

Key clients

Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

Prometheus Group

Interactive Investor Limited

Enterprise Rent-a-car UK Limited

Ideal Standard International N V

Charles River Associates

WANdisco plc

Ola UK Private Ltd

Trussle Lab Limited

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's practice specialises in cross-border corruption investigations, bribery investigations and investigations in the financial services and FX industries. In addition, the team has notable strength in fraud disputes involving the big four and mid-tier accountancy firms. David De Ferrars' caseload includes fraud, asset tracing, corruption and white-collar crime disputes. Tim Strong focuses predominantly on fraud in the financial services and energy sectors. Associate Emma Allen is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The partners are very knowledgeable, approachable and demonstrate great collaboration across different disciplines of the law that enables them to provide a coordinated service. Advice is well-considered, structured and practical.’

‘David De Ferrars is an excellent communicator, with vast experience and knowledge on what can be achieved to recover assets and in matters of litigation. Advice is well thought out, structured and focused on how to achieve the outcome.’

Key clients

Liquidators of Saad Investment Company

BVI fund

Rusnano Group

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 3

The international corporate crime and fraud team at Taylor Wessing LLP handles financial crime matters, compliance advice and internal and external investigations. It has recently acted for a number of senior bank executives in relation to anti-trust and whistleblowing investigations. The firm is noted for its experience handling investigations by regulatory enforcement agencies, as well as cybercrime, data protection, corruption and general criminal matters. David De Ferrars and Tim Strong head the team. Nick Storrs joined as a partner from Signature Litigation LLP and Amy Patterson was promoted to partner.

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‘David de Ferrars: very approachable with excellent judgement.’

‘Nick Storrs is a rising star. He is hungry, ambitious, and highly talented. Knows how to run a strategy that achieves the best outcome.’

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

With 'excellent' knowledge of the sector, Mark Smith leads the pensions offering in Taylor Wessing LLP's London office. Recent complex work has including advising on the pensions aspects of company restructurings, as well as rectification matters, PPF compensation and the assessment of risky investments. In particular, the firm is known for its competence in fraud cases (with a special emphasis on charges relating to pensions liberation schemes). Non-contentious matters have been pursued for major clients such as billionaire businesswoman Lady Cristina Green, who the firm advised on pensions issues relating to the restructuring of Arcadia.

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The team display excellent skills and knowledge. The advice, care, and attention we received was outstanding‘.

An excellent mix of contentious and non-contentious, with a particular speciality acting for scheme members in pensions litigation‘.

Mark Smith was instructed to advise in connection with a difficult and complex issue concerning a defined benefits scheme of which I am a trustee. His advice was always clear and precise and his knowledge of the subject matter excellent. I could not have asked for more‘.

Key clients

Independent Trustee Services Limited

Pi Trustees

Lady Cristina Green

Three companies in the Lehman Brothers group

EMC

Planning Tier 3

With expertise in planning and development as well as infrastructure, Alistair Watson leads on significant mixed-use developments for Taylor Wessing LLP's clients in the sports sector and residential developments across the UK. Working closely with the wider firm's real estate group, the planning team's recent highlights include the highly publicised mixed-use redevelopment for Brentford FC and Lionel Road Developments, converting the former stadium site to housing as well as advising on the new stadium build. The group features a strong crop of senior associates; Emma Tait stands out, with particularly strong expertise in the development of land and buildings.

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Brentford Football Club / Lionel Road Developments

R&F Properties

Comer Group

Essential Living

Southend United Football Club

Buckminster

Saracens Rugby Club

Try Market Halls

89 Holland Park Management

Avanton

Property litigation Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP has a strong reputation for enfranchisement and landlord and tenant work. It also assists with major development schemes and portfolio management issues. The firm's roster of clients includes site and property owners, landlords, investors and commercial tenants. Team head Saleem Fazal, who divides his time between the firm's London and Liverpool offices, handles the full range of commercial real estate litigation and also acts as co-chair of Freehold (a networking forum for LGBT real estate professionals). Edward Cooper, who is experienced in rights of light, contentious lease renewals, dilapidations and easements, was promoted to senior counsel in November 2019.

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They are an able team who can hold their own against the best.

Saleem Fazal – experienced, able and has a very good manner with clients.’

Saleem Fazal is an excellent partner, with considerable experience in this sector.’

Extremely careful and professional regarding the details of my case

Extremely attentive and very particular knowledge regarding my concerns and case with excellent results.’

Key clients

The Tulip

Great Portland Estate

Societe Generale

Hermes Investment Management

AIK

Secure Income REIT (Prestbury Investments)

Trustees of the JMPH Evelyn 1997 Settlement

InfraRed Capital Partners

PGIM

Cadogan Square Project Limtied

Canada Life

Vivion Investment

Maureen Paley Limited

Retail and consumer Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP counts a variety of high-profile brands on its client roster including consumer products, fashion and luxury brands, retailers and food and beverage companies. The group leverages the firm’s wider areas of expertise to handle technology and data mandates, IP and labelling issues, reputation management work, supply chain management mandates and sustainability matters. Group co-head Edward Story is a key contact for clients in the food and beverage sector, including Burger King and the Casual Dining Group, while fellow co-head Jason Rawkins also leads the firm’s fashion and luxury team. Litigator Katie Chandler and Graham Hann and Siân Skelton, who both focus on commercial and technology issues, also contribute to the practice.

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‘Katie Chandler is a real star.’

Key clients

William Grant & Sons (Glenfiddich, Drambuie, Hendrick’s)

Selfridges

Vinted

Burger King

River Island

Intu Properties Plc

Westfield Group

Casual Dining Group

Godiva

Farfetch

Just Eat

Rutland Partners LLP

LDH (La Doria)

Harry’s of London

Coty

Hilton Food Group Plc

Ferrero

Thorntons

Gaucho

Ritual Technologies Inc.

PlanetArt LLP

Trade finance Tier 3

In recent years, Taylor Wessing LLP has built up a trade finance team in the UK, which now advises on a broad range of products. As part of its banking group, the practice handles receivables financing, supply chain financing, commodity-related guarantees and discounting structures, pre-export financing, private placements, letters of credit and asset-based lending. Its work for banks, corporates and export credit agencies covers a diverse range of industries but has a particular focus on the oil and gas, telecoms and automobile sectors. Martin Yells leads the wider banking and finance group in which partner Lerika Joubert and associate Katie Horbury are the key contacts for trade finance.

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‘Martin Yells takes a balanced approach, which means he is perfect for new business with prospective clients – he has attention to detail, common sense and a practical approach.’

‘Strength in depth; led by Martin Yells; who is excellent.’

Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP has particular experience advising where data protection and London Stock Exchange and FCA regulation meet. The firm acts for financial services companies in relation to data security, ICO and FCA regulatory matters. The practice has particular expertise advising the private banking and wealth management sectors on regulatory reporting requirements. Andrew Howell advises on commercial and corporate disputes, notably in the financial services and professional services sectors. He co-leads the team with Charlotte Hill, who specialises in the PRA and FCA, as well as advising on EU directives and regulations; and Laurence Lieberman, who acts for banks, asset managers, wealth managers and senior executives in the financial services industry.

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‘Julian Randall has unrivalled experience of dealing with the Financial Reporting Council, and also has real gravitas and objectivity – a great person to have in your corner in a hard fight.’

‘Stuart Broom has a mastery of the detail and extreme dedication and commitment.’

‘The team delivers a truly outstanding service.’

Stuart Broom is an up-and-coming of counsel who will go very far. Never afraid of addressing the details of any case.’

Key clients

Deloitte

Professor Russel Griggs

Fintech Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP has particular strength in advising fintech companies on corporate transactions, including fundraising rounds. Charlotte Hill focuses on advising clients on the EU directives and regulations affecting their operations, including the PSD2, e-money legislation and the FCA Handbook. Angus Miln specialises in corporate transactions in the technology sector, and Graham Hann is known for advising clients on the drafting and negotiation of contracts facilitating blockchain projects and outsourcing arrangements, leveraging his expertise in technology law. Jonathan Rogers and Adrian Rainey left the firm in 2019 to join Jones Day and Goodwin, respectively.

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‘Angus Miln is an excellent lawyer and business partner – he is strategic and well connected and passes on the invaluable benefit of his experiences in fundraising and transactional work.’

Key clients

Monzo

Nutmeg

MoneyFarm

Receipt Bank

Curve

Tide

Call Sign Limited

Thought Machine Group Limited

Trussle

MarketInvoice

Mobility Trader

MoneyFarm

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP's group is led by Michael Stein and Allison Dennis; they are the international co-heads of teams that serve clients ranging from leading pharmaceutical companies and healthcare providers to start-ups and investors. The firm's range of expertise spans areas including emerging technologies, advanced therapies, digital health and the use of AI. Simon Cohen is a notable patent litigator in respect of pharma and biotech cases. Tech and life sciences specialists Malcolm Bates , Tim Worden  and David Mardle  left for Goodwin in Cambridge.

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Product liability: defendant Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP's practice covers a wide range of mandates, from litigation, recalls and corrective actions to regulatory matters and issues relating to the risk management of products. The team works closely with its international offices, with particular close links to its German practice, and is instructed by companies from the technology, automotive and autonomous vehicles sectors as well as the life sciences and consumer goods industries. Practice head Katie Chandler is well versed in labelling and safety matters, and supply chain disputes, while David De Ferrars specialises in investigations and compliance policies.

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‘Excellent team, which brings real value to the case. Very well resourced and knowledgeable.’

‘David de Ferrars: very approachable with excellent judgement.’

‘Edward Spencer: a great tactician and the individual to turn to on e-disclosure.’

‘Katie Chandler: a real star.’

‘Katie Chandler is a very capable, experienced, reliable and patient partner – an expert in product liability. Tasmina Goraya is a highly knowledgeable expert, especially in the more scientific and regulatory questions. Edward Spencer brings with him engagement, patience and expertise as well. Perfect fit for a legal team!’

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP handles UK and global financial crime matters. It has noted experience in internal investigations, corporate wrong-doing, and defence against actions brought by regulators and enforcement authorities. David De Ferrars and Tim Strong head the team. Nick Storrs joined as partner from Signature Litigation LLP and Amy Patterson was promoted to partner.

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‘Andrew Howell – exceptionally experienced and a cool head for any case.’

‘Andrew Howell is one of the best litigators I know.  He never puts a foot wrong.’

Key clients

Professor Russel Griggs

Deloitte LLP

Asher Miller (David Rubin & Partners) as liquidator of Colarb Capital plc

RSM

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP's disputes and investigations team counts financial disputes arising from insolvency and financial fraud litigation among its areas of specialism. It also handles disputes relating to derivative, funds and structured products and mis-selling claims. Laurence Lieberman — who has particular expertise in private banking and wealth management, structured products and derivatives and financial frauds — leads the team alongside Andrew Howell (who specialises in claims and regulatory investigations involving the accountancy profession). Other names to note include managing partner Shane Gleghorn, corporate crime and fraud specialist Tim Strong and David De Ferrars, who also focuses on international fraud and asset tracing issues.

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‘Andrew Howell is highly intelligent, very hard working, and with brilliant client skills he makes a great ally and a formidable foe.’

‘Fantastic strength in depth, the team is endowed with massive experience.’

Key clients

Saad

AGL

Professor Russel Griggs

Maschio Holdings SpA

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP's disputes team handles a range of corporate and commercial litigation and counts professional services, financial services, technology and life sciences among its sector specialisms. Practice head Andrew Howell advises on commercial and corporate litigation in the financial and professional services sectors. Other names to note include UK managing partner Shane Gleghorn, Laurence LiebermanKatie Chandler and David De Ferrars.

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‘Andrew Howell is one of the best litigators I know. He never puts a foot wrong.’

‘The scarily intelligent Andrew Howell is fantastic to work with.’

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP's practice has a record of work on multi-party TCC claims, arbitration proceedings and adjudications. Matthew Jones leads the team and has over two decades of experienced in the field. Jonathan Hutt is notable in the infrastructure and energy sectors on a range of construction and engineering disputes. Senior counsel Natalie Pilagos works with energy, retail and infrastructure clients on disputes including defects claims.

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‘I like Taylor Wessing’s helpful, proactive and commercial approach to matters.’

‘The team shows high competence, a great attitude to clients and professionalism.’

‘Jonathan Hutt is always a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

Tritax Big Box REIT

Natwest

Barclays Bank

Burntisland Fabrications

Imagile Group

J&A Young (Leicester) Ltd (Jayplas)

InfraRed Capital Partners

Buxton Building Contractors

R&F Properties

Chesington Investments

Corporate tax Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP advises private wealth clients on their UK and international investments. In addition, it is highly active in the real estate funds space, where it handles the structuring and listing of real estate investment trusts. The team notably excels in assisting international clients with the structuring and financing of investments into the UK and Europe. Peter Jackson is the head of the international tax group, which includes Graham Samuel-GibbonLiz Wilson joined from Squire Patton Boggs in November 2019.

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‘Peter Jackson is not only an excellent tax lawyer, but he is also able to work well with lawyers in other jurisdictions in order to ensure that the client obtains the best possible advice. He is also a very amiable person who fully respects colleagues and whose knowledge enables him to put across the appropriate questions.’

Key clients

Tritax Big Box REIT

Secure Income REIT plc

CalAmp UK Limited

Interactive Investor Limited

Management team of Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services

Digital Staff Solutions Limited t/a Florence

Canada Life – NHS Student and Key Worker Accommodation

SEGA Europe Limited

Babylon Health

Croud

Medallia Inc

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP specialises in Fintech, consumer lending, wealth management, funds and private banking. The firm has particular expertise advising on the implementation of regulatory change and projects driven by technology. The practice also has experience in consumer lending, wealth and investment management and funds regulatory work. Charlotte Hill leads the team and advises on the EU directives and regulations affecting financial services institutions, as well as FCA and PRA matters.

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‘Always very professional and highly knowledgeable.’

‘Their standard of work is very good.’

‘Hard work and quick responses to questions.’

Key clients

Monzo

Interactive Investor

Nutmeg

Mobility Trader

Monese

Moneyfarm

Notemachine

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

With 'excellent' knowledge of the sector, Mark Smith leads the pensions offering in Taylor Wessing LLP's London office. Recent complex work has including advising on the pensions aspects of company restructurings, as well as rectification matters, PPF compensation and the assessment of risky investments. In particular, the firm is known for its competence in fraud cases (with a special emphasis on charges relating to pensions liberation schemes). Non-contentious matters have been pursued for major clients such as billionaire businesswoman Lady Cristina Green, who the firm advised on pensions issues relating to the restructuring of Arcadia. 'Exceptional' senior associate Hadassah Shulman is also recommended.

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A great law firm that treats us like we are their number one client – always available and quick turnaround time when providing advice‘.

The team are reliable and provide very detailed advice on highly complex issues. They are approachable and always available‘.

Small team of expert pension lawyers. Quick, fast, comprehensive advice. Brilliant team approach working together with other advisers‘.

Very collaborative. The right specialist breath of lawyers are available to support. They understand the aims of the desired outcome of my company and understand the advice/guidance being sought, even if not always understood by us the client.’

Mark Smith is very responsive and provides timely accurate advice. He is excellent at managing expectations when it is a very complex matter‘.

Hadassah Shulman is exceptional in her support, advice, recommendations and overall approach to the complex project we are working on. Her professionalism is outstanding and is a valued member of my companies extended family‘.

Key clients

Lady Cristina Green

Independent Trustee Services Limited

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

FIS

PAN Trustees

Trustees of the Royal British Legion Staff Pension Fund

Trustee of the Visa UK Pension Plan

Pi Trustees

Afton Chemical

Press Association

Acquisition finance Tier 6

Led by the 'excellentMartin YellsTaylor Wessing LLP advises banks and private equity sponsors on new money leveraged financings, as well as on refinancings of acquisition facilities. Praised for its 'outstanding work product', the team is also appreciated for its ability to leverage a strong European network on cross-border financings, as well as its ability to tap into the broader competencies within the firm.

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The team is knowledgeable, responsive and has an excellent knowledge of current trends in the financial markets.

The firm provides sensible and commercial advice regarding new and current asset based lending deals.

Martin Yells provides a balanced approach, which means he is perfect for new business with prospective clients.

Fiona Coady is superb, able and very approachable.

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

Led by Nick Moser , Taylor Wessing LLP's restructuring and insolvency team  advises funds, IPs and corporates across a broad range of creditor and debtor-side mandates, from both a formal insolvency perspective, as well as on more transactional distressed investment related mandates. Given the firm's  intellectual property and venture capital credentials, it is perhaps unsurprising that a fairly sizeable amount of work handled by the team relates to distressed technology-related entities. Another area of strength for the team lies in its ability to handle pensions-related restructurings.

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‘Nick Moser is an insolvency expect with strong industry track record, in-depth knowledge and accessibility.’

Key clients

White Oak

BDO LLP

Smith & Williamson LLP

KPMG LLP

LK Bennett management team

Grant Thornton

Duff & Phelps

Rutland

PwC

Alix Partners

Baker Tilly BVI

EU and competition Tier 7

Core areas of focus for Taylor Wessing LLP's competition team include merger filings, investigations, state aid and compliance. Senior counsel Louisa Penny is the key contact.

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Biotechnology Tier 2

Life sciences and technology firm Taylor Wessing LLP saw key partners moved to Goodwin in 2019, but it retains significant expertise in its Cambridge office. Its team includes lawyers with experience gained with AstraZeneca, Mylan, Gilead, Roche and the Alan Turing Institute. In the biotechnology sector, they handle commercial arrangements, global licensing, complex collaboration deals, and contract disputes. Newly promoted partners Tasmina Goraya and Colin McCall, who splits his time between London and Cambridge, now lead the life sciences practice.

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Apotex

Ellipses Pharma

Freeline Therapeutics

F-star Biotechnology

Oxford BioMedica

UltraHuman

Apcintex

Colorifix

Morphogen-IX

Rosa Biotech

Intellectual property Tier 2

The practice at Taylor Wessing LLP underwent many changes in late 2019 and early 2020, with key partners moving to Goodwin, but promotions and recruitment have helped it to maintain a strong position in the Cambridge market. The firm's life sciences and technology focus gives it a deep understanding of complex global licensing, collaboration deals and IP disputes. Newly promoted partner Tasmina Goraya leads the practice, which hired key partner Adrian Toutoungi from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Cambridge Innovation Capital and Oxford BioMedica are among their key clients.

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Apotex

Cambridge Innovation Capital

CMR Surgical

Ellipses Pharma

Freeline Therapeutics

F-star Biotechnology

IRhythm Technologies

Oxford BioMedica

UltraHuman

Apcintex

Colorifix

Morphogen-IX

Start Codon

Taylor Wessing LLP is a leading international law firm, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries and helping them succeed by advising on their business throughout their life cycle. Specialising in technology, media and communications, life sciences and private wealth, the firm acts for 32 of the world’s top 50 brands; some the world’s most exciting start-ups; and some of the world’s wealthiest families. A diverse client base allows the firm to advise on more than just the law. Experts play an essential role in advising clients on business growth and protection, while introducing them to new people, new markets and fresh perspectives that will help their business flourish. Collaboration is key to Taylor Wessing’s success. It has over 400 partners and 1,100 lawyers, spanning 32 offices in 19 jurisdictions around the world.

Types of work undertaken: Technology, media and communications: Taylor Wessing’s technology, media and communications group is a leader in its field. The firm acts for clients throughout the eco-system, from start-ups through to global giants, often acting internationally. The firm’s full-service intellectual property offering provides clients with deep sector knowledge and experience, while its reputation management offering is recognised as being market leading. The firm is well positioned to advise on media and technology convergence issues due to the strengths of its technology and IT practices and its well-regarded corporate expertise in this sector. The firm also has a dedicated Tech City office at Second Home, London’s most high-profile community of entrepreneurs and creative businesses, focusing on UK and international tech start-ups and more established tech companies.

Life sciences: The firm’s life sciences group is renowned for patent litigation, licensing work, corporate, venture capital, research and development and regulatory. Taylor Wessing acts for clients across the entire industry, from technology to medical device companies, and is able to spot emerging trends and see the bigger picture. The group consists of one of the strongest and best-known patent litigation teams in Europe as well as experts in regulatory, EU law, competition and corporate, all working hand-in-hand to provide tailor-made solutions for complex tasks and problems. The firm’s extensive experience of coordinating highly technical parallel actions in multiple jurisdictions enables it to develop innovative strategies, to manage not only complex litigation but to help clients in other complex business transactions.

Private wealth: The cross-departmental private wealth group has been recognised as a market leader for many years. Taylor Wessing is exceptional for a large international law firm in having a substantial private wealth capability, serving a large number of major families and their offices. The firm offers a fully integrated service for the ultra-wealthy who need expert and joined-up advice on personal wealth structures, international tax planning, commercial and real estate investments, reputation management and immigration issues. It acts for many of the world’s wealthiest families, providing independent and sound advice based on insight, knowledge and technical expertise. It is one of few international firms providing an integrated service covering both private client and corporate needs.

Energy: Taylor Wessing has a strong track record of advising companies, investors and developers in both the traditional and renewable energy sectors. Taylor Wessing is clear on the issues and opportunities throughout the value chain and advises a full range of industry participants, from the early-stage cleantech investor to full commercialisation of technologies, to the development and financing of renewable energy projects. The firm has deep experience of advising on cleantech, renewable energy, water, waste, utilities, and developers and investors in the traditional energy sector. The firm’s renewable energy practice was involved in some of Europe’s earliest windfarms and continues to play an active role in the renewables field, while the firm’s internationally recognised capability in venture capital and IP provides for unrivalled experience in cleantech. The firm is also experienced in water privatisation and acting for clients directly involved with waste management, disposal and treatment, as well as waste-to-energy. The firm advises utilities, developers and investors in the traditional energy sector, appreciating the issues they face as energy demand continues to rise and environmental issues come to the fore.

International: the firm has offices in Amsterdam, Beijing, Berlin, Bratislava, Brno, Brussels, Budapest, Cambridge, Dubai,Düsseldorf, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kiev, Klagenfurt, London, London Tech City, Liverpool, Menlo Park/Silicon Valley, Munich, New York City, Paris, Prague, Riyadh, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Vienna and Warsaw.

Department Name Email Telephone
UK managing partner Shane Gleghorn
UK senior partner Dominic FitzPatrick
Real estate, planning and environment Keith Barnett
Construction and engineering Matthew Jones
Restructuring and corporate recovery Nick Moser
Banking and finance Martin Yells
Employment and pensions Paul Callaghan
Financial services regulatory Jonathan Rogers
Tax and incentives Rob Young
Private client Andrew Hine
Private capital and corporate finance Russell Holden
Corporate technology Mike Turner
Private equity Emma Danks
Disputes and investigations Andrew Howell
Commercial technology and data Graham Hann
IP and media Mark Owen
Patents Nigel Stoate
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Number of lawyers firm-wide : 1,100
Number of UK partners : 98
Number of other UK fee-earners : 350

The Lex 100 Verdict

Taylor Wessing's 'focus on the technology and life sciences sectors' and 'strength in IP' stood out to trainees. The firm's medium size, as well as the 'welcoming and collaborative culture' sampled on the vacation scheme, made recruits feel 'right at home'. Taylor Wessing works with a 'variety of clients – from small tech start-ups to large corporations as well as high-net-worth individuals'. In terms of training, the 'amount of time invested in our learning and development' does not go unnoticed and trainees feel that they benefit from 'more responsibility and exposure to work and clients but without the savagery of the facetime culture' at some larger firms. In fact, there is a 'good work/life balance' and new recruits are 'valued both as people and as junior lawyers'. The ninth floor terrace with views over London deserves a mention too! All things considered, it makes sense that Taylor Wessing has earned Lex 100 Winner awards for quality of work, social life and vacation scheme. Encouragingly, the firm is 'wholeheartedly committed to mental and physical wellbeing and contributes towards yoga sessions, healthy subsidised food options and inclusivity initiatives'. But trainees were put out that 'despite the firm's international network, the overseas secondment programme is only really getting started now'. The 'lack of transparency over seat moves' was also criticised. Worst moments included 'the occasional long evening', especially when 'the work could have been started sooner'. Thankfully, client secondments to Amazon and Spotify, and 'writing an academic paper for an international conference' left trainees feeling elated. To train at a firm which is 'forward thinking and modern – in its culture, clients and types of work', research Taylor Wessing.