Firm Profile > Taylor Wessing LLP > London, England

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

Brand management Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP's team continues to be at the forefront of the brand management sector, with 'top-tier expertise' in trade marks, advertising, designs, technology and the commercialisation of IP rights. The 'outstanding' team includes France Delord, who focuses on th management of large international trade mark portfolios; 'all-round IP specialist' Charles Lloyd; and head of brands Roland Mallinson, who handles contentious and transactional IP matters. Adam Rendle, who made partner in May 2019, specialises in parallel trade mark litigation and in commercialisation through advertising, sponsorship and endorsements. Others to note are practice co-head Mark Owen, Jason Rawkins and 'talented associate' Simon Jupp.

Practice head(s):

Roland Mallinson; Mark Owen

Testimonials

‘Mark Owen is pragmatic, to the point and insightful. He’s also consistently very responsive. Really strong on solving legal problems for technology businesses.’

Key clients

American Airlines

Europcar

Ferrero

Godiva

Hard Rock International

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP’s commercial property practice has ‘consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years’, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of £1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bursby

Other key lawyers:

Mark Rajbenbach; Edward Story

Testimonials

‘First class offer, good value for money in comparison to other similar sized firms. Prepared to stand by their advice and work in a dedicated manner to a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Integrated corporate and property advice with one point of contact.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is astute, commercial and able to assist with transactions as if he is genuinely part of the client team. Keith Barnett has excellent technical and pragmatic lawyer with strong and wide ranging contacts.’

‘Georgina Watts and Adam Marks are can do individuals who respond quickly and give great advice even if it’s not always the client wants to hear.’

‘The firm’s commitment is with out question and they really care about the success of the project.’

‘Adam Marks is a brilliant adviser who provides excellent advice throughout our time working with him. His colleague Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and is an invaluable support’.

‘Their breadth and depth of experience comes through when providing advice in complex and unusual circumstances,’

‘The continuity of the team is their strongest attribute, making for a strong working relationship.’

‘The Taylor Wessing team have consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years. They have a wide ranging team covering all aspects of real estate but also have access to in house specialists in their wider team for specific area such as employment matters or capital project management.’

Key clients

Yotel

Thomas Cook

RBH Hospitality Management

Invesco Real Estate

London & Regional

Starwood Capital

Burger King

Virgin Hotels

Vivion Capital

Crosstree

Casual Dining Group

Millennium & Copthorne

glh hotels

Park Plaza

Ruby Hotels

City Hub

Resolution Property

Crimson Hotels

Canada Life

FREO

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP advises trustees, executors and beneficiaries on resolving trust and estate disputes with a focus on multi-jurisdictional matters, particularly in an offshore context. Emma Jordan is an English barrister and Jersey advocate and also has extensive experience in other offshore locations including Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands. Jordan has been appointed to a legislative working committee in Jersey to consider the first ever statute for insolvent trusts. Kirstie McGuigan specialises in the resolution of disputes relating to the formation and administration of trusts and estates. Andrew Hine is another key figure. Hine is hugely experienced in probate, succession and wills and has advised on many substantial multi-jurisdictional matters involving complex conflict of law issues.

Practice head(s):

Emma Jordan

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hine; Kirstie McGuigan; Caroline Tayler

Testimonials

The team is highly organised, conscientious, thorough and professional. It is brilliant at project-managing difficult multi-jurisdictional litigation and at keeping the pressure on its opponents’.

‘In my experience TW’s contentious trust department is characterised by good teamwork. My impression is that this comes from the top. There is a strong collegiate atmosphere. The lawyers are friendly, approachable and good to work with‘.

Emma Jordan is one of the superstars of contentious trusts litigation. She is helped by a team of extremely able associates in particular Rob Gibson‘.

‘Andrew Hine knows just how far he should go in advancing the interests of the individual without wrecking a trust arrangement in the interests of the wider family. He is someone who will approach any difficult situation creatively and in the spirit of reasonableness seek a solution‘.

‘Kirstie McGuigan  combines “soft” and “hard” skills in a way which, I think, sets her apart from her competition. She is sympathetic and reassuring with clients but a firm negotiator and fierce litigator on their behalf‘.

Caroline Tayler is an exemplary senior associate who is often entrusted with difficult data analysis tasks which she executes brilliantly and flawlessly. She has natural good judgement, is incredibly diligent and never misses anything’.

Key clients

Equity Trusts (Jersey) Limited

The Trustees of the Jacobs Charitable Trust

The heirs of Sheikh Abdullah Ali Alhamrani

The Trustees of two Jersey Trusts and Dataquill Limited

Robert Campbell

Biema Holdings Limited, Evolution Partners Limited , Pearl Investments Limited and First Trust Management AG

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP 'stands out for its industry expertise' and for its 'international reach'. The media and entertainment team is able to advise on a range of matters across publishing, advertising, marketing, gaming, social media, interactive content, TV, broadcasting and music mandates. The cross-practice team offers expertise across M&A, corporate venturing, copyright, trade marks, content licensing, tech transactions, defamation, litigation, media regulation, advertising regulation and transactions, data and employment matters. Corporate partner Mike Turner is experienced in corporate deals in the gaming sector; Turner led advice for Wooga, a Berlin-based casual games developer, on its sale to Israeli mobile games company, Playtika. Media litigator Niri Shanmuganathan advises publishing, advertising, sport, film and TV clients on defamation, contempt, obscenity and privacy issues. Adam Rendle, who was recently promoted to partner, advises on projects, licensing, disputes and corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Mark Owen

Other key lawyers:

Niri Shanmuganathan; Charles Lloyd; Mike Turner; Graham Hann; Adam Rendle

Testimonials

The lawyers are readily available and are able to offer pragmatic advice and assistance.

You want Niri Shanmuganathan on your team.

The team has a thorough understanding of the specificities and intricacies of music industry practice, including collective management of rights, which is not always the case with firms of this size.

Adam Rendle is able to quickly analyse and understand complicated issues and provide high-quality drafting and legal advice; his understanding of the music industry has enabled him to advise effectively.

Key clients

MCPS

Wooga

Pearl Abyss

Global Media & Entertainment

Omnicom

Cambridge University Press

DC Thomson

Amaya (owner of the world leading online gambling brands: PokerStars, Full Tilt, BetStars and StarsDraft)

GVC (owner of bwin, PartyPoker and PartyCasino brands)

Activision (and its eSports subsidiary, Major League Gaming)

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Andrew Hine heads the heavyweight international practice at Taylor Wessing LLP. It advises on the full range of complex tax, trusts, succession and estate planning matters as well as on the creation and maintenance of multi-jurisdictional asset holding structures. It has a strong international client base with a mix of 'old' and new money. Clients range from ‘Middle England’ families with an asset value running into £5-10m all the way to international billionaires and the team acts for eight Royal Families. In addition the department provides trust, tax and succession planning advice to around 40 hedge fund principals and around 40 principals in the private equity sector. Ryan Myint is now at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hine

Other key lawyers:

Mark Buzzoni; Sanjvee Shah; Nick Warr; Antoaneta Proctor; Ben Lister

Testimonials

The team has a global coverage. Mark Buzzoni produces work of the highest quality and Nick Warr is great. He is well respected and well liked‘.

‘Nick Warr is a standout private client lawyer. He has superb technical skills and a drive and energy unlike anyone else in the market. He is a real star’.

Andrew Hine is a hugely impressive private client lawyer with exceptional technical and client handling skills‘.

Technically it is in the top echelon of lawyers to work with. Widely regarded as the best lawyers in the industry. Nick Warr – very competent and professional adviser. Clients respect him immensely. Ben Lister is a real star of the future‘.

It has very able practitioners throughout the team. Nick Warr has an amazing work ethic and determination to deliver high quality to service to all his clients. He thinks laterally and is unceasing in his drive to find the best solution for clients‘.

The team operates as a unit very well with work delivered in a timely fashion and with a strong sense of client care‘.

‘The team is a very knowledgeable and dynamic team that is able to grasp the big picture without losing sight of the finer details. Mark Buzzoni – excellent rapport with clients; extremely knowledgeable and efficient‘.

‘Antoaneta Proctor is a very responsive and conscientious lawyer. An effective communicator with excellent interpersonal skills; clients appreciate her attention to detail and ability to explain complex concepts in a clear and easy to understand manner‘.

‘Taylor Wessing can boast an exceptionally strong private client team – the lawyers are all approachable, smart and easy to work with‘.

Mark Buzzoni – wise, strategic and with excellent nuanced judgement. Kirstie MacGuigan – capable  and personable‘.

Venture capital Tier 1

With ten partners focused on corporate technology matters out of London and Cambridge, as well as its ability to tap into the expertise of the firm's notable IP offering, Taylor Wessing LLP maintains its position as 'one of the pre-eminent venture capital firms'. Strong on both investee and investor-side mandates (from early-stage financing rounds through to later stage fundings) and also able to handle exits (either through IPOs or trade sales), the firm has an 'excellent perspective' on trends in the market. It has been particularly active of late in relation to artificial intelligence (AI), fintech and gaming matters and continues to act for high-profile challenger bank Monzo on all of its fundraisings to date, including its recent Series E financing round. Team head Adrian Rainey  led on the aforementioned matter and is a key member of the team that also includes several other high-profile practitioners, including Angus MilnJosef Fuss  is gaining a strong reputation in the market, in particular for digital health and AI matters with an international dimension, while at associate level, Cambridge-based Adam Thatcher is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Rainey

Other key lawyers:

Angus Miln; Howard Palmer; Mike Turner; Josef Fuss; Alexandra Richardson; Adam Thatcher

Key clients

Farfetch

Monzo

Temasek

Monese

Cambridge Innovation Capital

Index Ventures

Farmdrop

Kinosis Limited (t/a Touch Surgery)

Sequoia Capital

Backed VC

Babylon Health

Hi Bob

CityMapper

Depop

Index Ventures

ROLI

Thought Machine

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP’s commercial property practice has ‘consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years’, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of £1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Mark Rajbenbach; Paul Lawrence; Chris Turley

Testimonials

‘First class offer, good value for money in comparison to other similar sized firms. Prepared to stand by their advice and work in a dedicated manner to a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Integrated corporate and property advice with one point of contact.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is astute, commercial and able to assist with transactions as if he is genuinely part of the client team. Keith Barnett has excellent technical and pragmatic lawyer with strong and wide ranging contacts.’

‘Georgina Watts and Adam Marks are can do individuals who respond quickly and give great advice even if it’s not always the client wants to hear.’

‘The firm’s commitment is with out question and they really care about the success of the project.’

‘Adam Marks is a brilliant adviser who provides excellent advice throughout our time working with him. His colleague Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and is an invaluable support’.

‘Their breadth and depth of experience comes through when providing advice in complex and unusual circumstances,’

‘The continuity of the team is their strongest attribute, making for a strong working relationship.’

‘The Taylor Wessing team have consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years. They have a wide ranging team covering all aspects of real estate but also have access to in house specialists in their wider team for specific area such as employment matters or capital project management.’

Key clients

Vivion Capital/ Intown Group

CrossTree

Invesco

Meadow Partners

InfraRed Capital Partners

Canada Life

McLaren Property

Brentford Football Club

Try Market Hall Limited

Secure Income REIT

Resolution Property

St George

RBS

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP excels in the technology sector and has substantial regulatory and corporate expertise. The practice also leverages the firm’s global network to advise on multijurisdictional projects including international data privacy compliance programmes and enforcement actions. Department head Vinod Bange acts for clients across a range of sectors including the technology, financial services, life sciences and healthcare industries; he recently advised Callidus Software on the data privacy aspects of its $2.4bn acquisition by SAP. Litigator Paul Glass heads up the cybersecurity practice and regularly handles cyber-attacks, crisis management issues and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Vinod Bange

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is practical, pragmatic, responsive and commercial – it thinks outside the box and and is solutions focused. It has a good network of colleagues and friendly firms across the EU for a panoramic view, and is responsive and knows the client well, allowing for it to use the best format in which to deliver advice for each client.’

‘Led by Vinod Bange, the new recruits of Jo Joyce and Sally Annerau form a leading backbone to the team, which has grown in strength (both in terms of numbers and combined experience).’

‘Top quality, responsiveness, extremely knowledgeable on breach response matters for the EU.’

‘Available for queries no matter how small.’

‘Paul Glass is top notch. Knows how to handle time-sensitive breach response situations.’

‘Jean-David Behlow has been great in making something complicated easier to understand and also being around for a quick call.’

Key clients

Farfetch

Stride Gaming plc

iRhythm

Bank of Jordan

China Mobile

Bank of East Asia

Ritual

CallidusCloud (now part of SAP)

Casper

Emirates Bank Dubai

Global Logic

Kheiron Medical Technologies

Mitel Networks Corporation

Omnicom

Sega

Volkswagen UK

Gaming and betting Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP is experienced in advising domestic and cross-border clients in the spread betting industry and has expertise in binary bets, as well as in their interface with financial services regulatory issues. The practice also advises gambling start-ups on the obtainment of licences and provides regulatory advice on their business models, and advises unregulated clients in the gambling industry on regulatory issues, digital media, promotional activities and licensing projects. Other aspects of the team’s work include contractual advice and assistance with data privacy and intellectual property. Practice head Graham Hann has extensive experience in eGaming.

Practice head(s):

Graham Hann

Key clients

Amaya

NetEnt

bwin.party digital entertainment

Activision

Cashcade

Blizzard

Intellectual property Tier 2

The 'highly knowledgeable' practice at Taylor Wessing LLP 'provides practical business solutions and advice' across trade mark and design, patent and copyright matters, with particular experience in the consumer goods, fashion and luxury brands, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, technology and media sectors. Niri Shanmuganathan heads up the group and has particular experience assisting media and entertainment sector clients, while Nigel Stoate leads the patents practice, Mark Owen heads up the trade mark, copyright and designs team and Graham Hann leads the transactional IP team. Other names to note include Simon Cohen and Matthew Royle for life sciences sector patents disputes, 'formidable strategist' Charles Lloyd and Roland Mallinson, who specialises in soft IP.

Practice head(s):

Niri Shanmuganathan; Nigel Stoate; Mark Owen; Graham Hann

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.

Senior associate Adam Rendle attracts praise for his exceptional work ethic and knowledge.

Jason Rawkins and associate Jocelyn Clarke both provide outstanding service.

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

Key clients

Mylan

Cisco

Ericsson

American Airlines

Burberry

Orange

ASUS

Pfizer

Apotex

Dior

Accord Healthcare Limited

Oxford BioMedica plc

Europcar Mobility Group

MCPS

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP is instructed by a range of customers and suppliers of IT including financial services clients, telecoms companies and start-ups on commercial, regulatory and contentious matters. The team has expertise in handling infrastructure projects and assisting manufacturers and communications providers with the regulatory issues and commercial arrangements associated with internet of things applications, and also advises mobile service operators and providers of new communication services. Graham Hann and Angus Finnegan head up the commercial technology and telecoms teams respectively. Other key contacts include Sian Skelton, who has a particular focus on advising US businesses setting up in Europe and UK-based technology clients; outsourcing specialist Martin Cotterill; Glyn Morgan, who assists with regulatory and digital transactions; and Chris Jeffery, who advises on enterprise software, adtech and e-commerce issues, as well as the EU privacy aspects of online and SaaS models.

Practice head(s):

Graham Hann; Angus Finnegan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Thought Machine Group Limited

Farfetch UK Limited

Ola

Chargebacks911

Helios Towers Africa

Orange

Vonage

Mitel

Sky

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

Taylor Wessing LLP's corporate M&A team combines the firm's private equity, corporate finance and corporate technology practice, working with large international clients on the full range of corporate work. Over the past twelve months, this has included public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals, leveraged buyouts and public-to-private transactions. The corporate technology practice focuses exclusively on transactions within the TMT sector, and the London office works closely with international offices in tech hubs on these cross-border matters, including Silicon Valley, Paris and Singapore. Also of note is the firm's activity in the hotels and leisure sector, which has seen significant year-on-year growth. David Mardle co-heads the international corporate group, as well as leading the UK corporate practice from the Cambridge office, and predominantly focuses on M&A transactions in the technology and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):

David Mardle

Other key lawyers:

Mike Turner; Emma Danks

Testimonials

‘Standout firm for tech-related transactions.’

Key clients

News Corporation

Supercell Oy

Mitel

Farfetch

Tritax Big Box REIT plc

Mina (Holdings) Limited

Sky

Rutland Partners

Yotel

Interactive Investor

Private equity: transactions – mid-tier – up to £250m Tier 2

Private equity work makes up a significant part of Taylor Wessing LLP's corporate practice. Leveraged-buyouts across a range of different sectors are handled by the team, which, given the firm's sector focus, has significant experience of technology sector-related transactions. Venture capital is another key area of activity. In a widely-reported recent highlight, Emma Danks led in advising investor Rutland Partners on its sale of Pizza Hut restaurants to the company's existing management team; the deal was made complex by the involvement of multiple key stakeholders, all of whom had to be negotiated with. Danks regularly represents both PE firms and management teams and comes highly recommended by her peers and competitors. Also of note is James Goold, who acts as relationship partner to many of the firm's long-standing PE clients.

Practice head(s):

Emma Danks

Other key lawyers:

James Goold; Edward Waldron

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

Caledonia Investments plc

Rutland Partners LLP

Accel KKR and one.com

Management team of Access Group

Bridgepoint Growth Fund

Five Arrows Principal Investments (the private equity division of NM Rothschild)

Management team of Cadogan Tate

Alcuin Capital Partners

MML

Totally Money

Management team of Allocate Software

Apotex International Inc

Professional negligence Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP focuses on complex, high-profile claims and regulatory investigations, and the professional services disputes team is 'outstanding' on claims involving auditors and accountants. The team is experienced at managing the interaction between large and complex civil claims, disciplinary processes and regulatory enquiries. It also handles claims involving valuers, architects, surveyors, solicitors and other professionals, and it is instructed by claimants and defendants. Team head Andrew Howell is involved in complex professional negligence claims and regulatory investigations, and has been involved in cases against eight of the ten largest accounting firms in the UK. Julian Randall is 'exceptionally talented' and is experienced in cross-border disputes. Senior associates James Bryden and Stuart Broom are noted for accountancy claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell

Other key lawyers:

Julian Randall; Laurence Lieberman; Stuart Broom; James Bryden; Stephanie High

Testimonials

‘The team is right at the top of the tree for auditors’ defence work.’

‘Andrew Howell is the complete package for professional negligence defence litigation; he is super-bright yet has bags of common sense and is always in control.’

‘Andrew Howell is the person you would want on your side if subject to a professional disciplinary issue.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

RSM

BDO LLP

Mazars LLP

Property finance Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP‘s ‘solid‘ team is noted for its sector expertise in hotels (including handling several high-profile portfolio acquisitions), student accommodation, PRS and logistics. Other areas of strength include acquisition and development finance, loan sales and acquisitions, and restructuring. The team’s client base covers lenders and borrowers, including banks, insurance companies, REITs and real estate investors. Jonathan Marks specialises in debt finance; Heather Buttle, who ‘is really good at what she does‘, counts alternative and established lenders among her clients; and Gareth Lawson has experience in senior, mezzanine and preferred equity structures.

Practice head(s):

Martin Yells

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

All of the individuals are very down to earth and level headed. They explain everything very clearly and in a straightforward manner.

Gareth Lawson’s calm and proactive approach to work is very beneficial. He is very good at relaying the client’s position to the other side without making the point unnecessarily contentious.

The team is very responsive and commercial.

Heather Buttle provides a seamless extension of our internal team.

Amar Ali is very dedicated and has good team backing at senior associate and associate level to get deals done efficiently.

Heather Buttle delivers a great product.

Taylor Wessing remains the standout firm for us.

Key clients

Cain International

Canada Life

Credit Agricole

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Hypo

Essential Living

Helaba

Hermes Investment Manager 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 is active in both claimant and media defence cases, often advising on non-traditional challenges such as digital and non-media related threats to high-net-worth clients' reputation and privacy. Among the firms' areas of expertise are social media liability issues, cyber security and data breaches, "right to be forgotten" cases and GDPR removal requests. Leading media litigator and 'true master' Niri Shanmuganathan heads the 'adaptable' department, which also consists of key individuals Paul Glass and 'hugely knowledgeable' senior associate Michael Yates, who specialises in photo leaks, revenge porn and social media work. In addition to assisting claimant individuals and companies, as well as media defendants in the UK and US, team leader Shanmuganathan also covers a number of other areas. These include IPSO complaints, reporting restrictions in the Family Division and reputation issues arising from Coroners Court proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Niri Shanmuganathan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing’s strength is that they have people who understand how the media works and are adaptable. They do not panic and always give good advice.’

‘Niri Shan is great to deal with when there is a crisis. The most pragmatic dispute solvers in the sector. If you want a negotiated solution, this is your firm.’

‘Niri Shan is the best lawyer in the country for engaging with publications in a non-aggressive way to arrive at quiet conclusions to challenging matters. He gets results that no other lawyer seems able to do. And he does this time and time again. A master of quiet negotiation.’

‘Michael Yates is hugely knowledgeable in his field, very efficient and gets results.’

‘Amazing clients, incredible knowledge, exceptional service.’

‘Very transparent, astute and active.’

‘They are quick and efficient and get results.’

‘A highly organised and efficient media team led by Niri Shan. They service their high end and HNW claimant clients extremely well; particularly as they have good relationships with defendant media organisations so issues can be resolved quickly.’

‘Both Niri Shan and Michael Yates are exceptional. Very innovative, knowledgable and client oriented.’

‘Niri Shan has been at the top of his game in this media area for a number of years. When I need to recommend a HNW individual or company with media legal issues, he is my first recommendation.’

‘The team has a high level of emotional intelligence.’

‘Michael Yates – brilliant, brilliant, brilliant – incredibly able, misses nothing, charming to deal with, super efficient. No need to look anywhere else.’

Key clients

Springer Nature

Buzz Feed

Trade finance Tier 2

In the last five years, Taylor Wessing LLP has established and grown a dedicated trade finance team in the UK, which now advises on a broad range of trade finance products. Its work encompasses receivables financing, supply chain financing, commodity-related guarantees and discounting structures, pre-export financing, private placements, Letter of Credit facilities, and asset-based lending. Its practice covers a diverse range of industries but has particular experience in the oil and gas, telecoms and automobile sectors. Among its clients are banks including Santander and Deutsche Bank, funds, corporates and export credit agencies, who call on both the trade finance hub in London and the firm's network of offices in 20 countries. The practice, which is led by banking and finance partner Elizabeth Gaunt, frequently applies its expertise in areas such as structured finance and private equity to create bespoke trade finance transactions. Lerika Joubert uses her wide knowledge of corporate finance, trade and receivables finance, leveraged and acquisition finance, derivatives, asset-based lending and litigation funding to advise clients on trade finance structures.

Practice head(s):

Elisabeth Gaunt

Other key lawyers:

Lerika Joubert; Fiona Coady; Katie Horbury

Key clients

Santander

Lloyds Banking Group

Deutsche Bank

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP’s commercial property practice has ‘consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years’, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of £1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Alan Evans

Testimonials

‘First class offer, good value for money in comparison to other similar sized firms. Prepared to stand by their advice and work in a dedicated manner to a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Integrated corporate and property advice with one point of contact.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is astute, commercial and able to assist with transactions as if he is genuinely part of the client team. Keith Barnett has excellent technical and pragmatic lawyer with strong and wide ranging contacts.’

‘Georgina Watts and Adam Marks are can do individuals who respond quickly and give great advice even if it’s not always the client wants to hear.’

‘The firm’s commitment is with out question and they really care about the success of the project.’

‘Adam Marks is a brilliant adviser who provides excellent advice throughout our time working with him. His colleague Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and is an invaluable support’.

‘Their breadth and depth of experience comes through when providing advice in complex and unusual circumstances,’

‘The continuity of the team is their strongest attribute, making for a strong working relationship.’

‘The Taylor Wessing team have consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years. They have a wide ranging team covering all aspects of real estate but also have access to in-house specialists in their wider team for specific area such as employment matters or capital project management.’

Key clients

Mimecast

Derwent London

InfraRed Capital Partners

Charnwood

Try Market Halls Limited

Tritax Big Box REIT

Blackstone

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP’s commercial property practice has ‘consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years’, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of £1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Paul Lawrence; Paul Leamy

Testimonials

‘First class offer, good value for money in comparison to other similar sized firms. Prepared to stand by their advice and work in a dedicated manner to a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Integrated corporate and property advice with one point of contact.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is astute, commercial and able to assist with transactions as if he is genuinely part of the client team. Keith Barnett has excellent technical and pragmatic lawyer with strong and wide ranging contacts.’

‘Georgina Watts and Adam Marks are can do individuals who respond quickly and give great advice even if it’s not always the client wants to hear.’

‘The firm’s commitment is with out question and they really care about the success of the project.’

‘Adam Marks is a brilliant adviser who provides excellent advice throughout our time working with him. His colleague Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and is an invaluable support’.

‘Their breadth and depth of experience comes through when providing advice in complex and unusual circumstances,’

‘The continuity of the team is their strongest attribute, making for a strong working relationship.’

‘The Taylor Wessing team have consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years. They have a wide ranging team covering all aspects of real estate but also have access to in house specialists in their wider team for specific area such as employment matters or capital project management.’

Key clients

Meadow Partners

InfraRed Capital Partners

Canada Life

McLaren Property

Brentford Football Club

Try Market Hall Limited

Secure Income REIT

Marsh & Baxter

Resolution Property

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's non-contentious practice is led by Matthew Jones, who advises on all aspects of construction legal matters, particularly procurement and the drafting and negotiation of building and engineering contracts. Jones was the lead partner advising R&F on the construction documentation and procurement structure for its £1bn developments at Nine Elms Square and Queen's Square. The practice's client roster includes funders, investors, agents and contractors. The 'impressive' David Quinlan specialises in domestic and international infrastructure projects and project finance.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘David Quinlan and Andrew Wood impress.’

Key clients

Essential Living

Brentford Football Club

Chesington Investments

Tritax

Employment: employers Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's employment practice has a particular focus on the tech and life sciences sectors, and generates much work as a result of its efforts to build connections with US and Canadian-headquartered clients of the companies the firm advises across Europe. Other areas of specialism include providing tech-focused solutions for clients looking to address issues relating to governance, compliance and data protection. The team is led by Paul Callaghan, whose practice focuses on US and Canadian companies in the tech, life sciences and retail sectors. Fellow partner Sean Nesbitt has an increasing focus on governance and risk management work, while senior counsel Anna McCaffrey is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Paul Callaghan

Key clients

Afren plc/Alix Partners

Blue Vision Labs UK Limited

WANdisco plc

PluralSight Europe Limited

Away Travel Limited

Onfido Limited

Professional Datasolutions, Inc. (PDI)

Access Industries, Inc (Access Entertainment)

Charles River Associates

MacMillan Publishers International Limited

Gulf Keystone Petroleum

Cray, Inc

Decision Resources International, Inc

Fujifilm Sonosite

Independent Clinical Services

Move Guides Ltd

Agenus Inc

Callidus Software Inc

News Corporation UK & Ireland Limited

Casual Dining Group

EasyJet Airline Company Limited

Medidata, Inc

Enterprise Rent-a-car UK Limited

LimeBike

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP has experience advising REITs and trading companies on domestic equity markets spanning AIM and the Main Market, including the Specialist Funds Segment. The team has experience in the technology, life sciences and real estate sectors. Russell Holden is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Russell Holden

Other key lawyers:

William Belcher; Jeremy Landau; Tandeep Minhas

Fintech Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for financial institutions, software companies, investors, and e-commerce companies, as well as a number of clients in the payments space, ranging from well-known challenger banks to thriving start-ups. The group's strong corporate offering sees it advising clients on early and late stage funding rounds, private equity investments, shareholding sales and dispositions. On the regulatory side the team has strengths in advising payments service companies on PSD2 compliance and a range of other regulatory matters. Corporate partner Adrian Rainey handles M&A and venture capital work for clients ranging from institutional investors to start-ups, whereas associate Chris Ratcliffe assists payment providers, cryptocurrency platforms and challenger banks with regulatory applications, product terms and outsourcing arrangements. In 2019, Charlotte Hill joined the firm from Covington & Burling LLP, and now serves as head of the financial services and competition group.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Rainey; Graham Hann

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Monzo

Nutmeg

MoneyFarm

TotallyMoney

Index Ventures

Credit Benchmark

Aire Labs

Trustology

Trussle

MarketInvoice

ThoughtMachine

Bitstamp

Onfido

Monese

Capitalise

Fraud: civil Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP is adept at handling asset tracing, multijurisdictional corruption investigations, sanctions, anti-bribery compliance, fraud disputes and corporate crime. It has a particular focus on the financial services sector and advises on FX investigations, fraud disputes involving accountancy firms, allegations of fraudulent mismarking in hedge fund valuation disputes and disputes over alleged fraudulent misappropriation of assets provided as security for large-scale lending. The firm is particularly experienced in handling such financial matters in Russia and the CIS. Team co-head David De Ferrars focuses on commercial litigation and commercial disputes for global companies, banks, individuals and family estates. Corporate crime and fraud co-head Tim Strong focuses on corporate wrongdoing in the financial and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

David De Ferrars; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Howell; Shane Gleghorn; Boris Telyatnikov; Nick Moser

Testimonials

‘The partners are very knowledgeable, approachable and demonstrate great teamworking across difference disciplines of the law that enables them to provide a coordinated service’.

‘Advice is well considered, structured and practical’.

‘They have extensive experience and are able to communicate the issues in a logic well thought out manner that gives confidence to their clients’.

‘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’.

Key clients

C&F Green Energy Limited

Saad Investment Company Limited

Rusnano Group

CVR Global LLP

Independent Trustee Services Limited

Castle Investment Fund Limited in liquidation – liquidators are from Baker Tilly in BVI

Fraud: white-collar crime Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP is adept at defending individuals and representing them at interviews conducted by various regulators including the FCA, FRC, SFO and SEC. Financial regulatory investigations are a particular area of focus and the firm also advises on data protection, cybercrime, corruption, asset tracing and parallel criminal, civil and regulatory proceedings. The team is headed by corporate investigation and commercial litigation specialist David De Ferrars and corporate wrongdoing and regulatory investigation specialist Tim Strong.

Practice head(s):

David De Ferrars; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:

Laurence Lieberman; Paul Glass; Shane Gleghorn; Andrew Howell

Islamic finance Tier 3

The banking group at Taylor Wessing LLP has experience of handling shari'ah-compliant components of larger real estate finance and commercial lending deals. The firm also has lawyers based in the Middle East with expertise across a range of Islamic products including Islamic bonds. Jonathan Marks is a key figure in the debt finance group.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Marks

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Alongside a regular flow of work relating to scheme restructurings, master trust strategy and funding and investment, Taylor Wessing LLP’s pensions team also has significant expertise in the field of pensions liberation fraud; work in this area involves the recovery of assets, data protection and tax issues. 'Extremely diligent' practice head Mark Smith covers all other areas of general advisory support to a client list comprising a healthy roster of scheme sponsors and trustees.

Practice head(s):

Mark Smith

Testimonials

‘The Taylor Wessing pensions team is small but this gives it a real focus on clients.’

‘Mark Smith is extremely diligent in delivering advice in an easy to understand way and is excellent at tackling historic pensions issues’

‘The thoroughness of the advice provided is outstanding’

‘The team is very flexible and always accessible when things are needed urgently’

‘Mark Smith and his team provides an excellent service’

‘Mark Smith is an excellent pensions lawyer and partner. Has a phenomenal eye for detail and vast knowledge on pensions; he must be one of the top pension lawyers in the country. His advice is solid and he fosters great trust with his clients. I know that the advice I receive is well considered, thought through, and practical, and is advice I can trust.’

‘A very well established practice covering numerous disciplines. It is a leader in many fields and that is why I chose to consult them on issues which require specialist advice.’

‘Mark Smith has a very helpful attitude and deals well with clients in meeting situations. His attention to detail is evident in all advice.’

‘I would describe Mark Smith as being genuinely unique, in that he is not only hugely committed to his cases but always totally involved himself. The fact that he immerses himself so deeply results in the client receiving an excellent service.’

‘Excellent support from Georgina Wardrop who is surely destined for partnership soon.’

‘As a trustee of a defined benefits pension scheme I sought advice on a complicated legal matter by Mark Smith. His ability to explain matters to me made it much easier for me to grasp relevant points. His drafting of documents for approval and his explanations were always clear. Mark and his team provided an excellent service and I would have no hesitation to seek further advice from Mark should that ever become necessary.’

Mark Smith is ery strong technically and analytically; fantastic service (turnaround times, willingness to talk around issues rather than move straight to a view but also very clear in conclusions).

‘Mark Smith is extremely diligent in delivering his advice but also takes time to ensure his advice is fully understood by lay trustees. He is excellent at tackling historic issues where the challenge is to identify the discussions and documentation which may go back many decades – prior to the involvement of the current advisers and trustees.’

‘Mark Smith is outstanding. He brings practical wisdom to a deep understanding of all aspects of pensions law. He is my ‘go to’ person on all legal matters, from dealing with member complaints to complex contingent asset arrangements. Brilliant.’

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's life sciences team includes Nigel Stoate, who heads up the patents practice and specialises in contentious work in a variety of industries in addition to life sciences. Simon Cohen also handles patent litigation together with pharma regulatory work and James Marshall is a patent litigator with a focus on the pharmaceuticals and telecommunications sectors. The firm can offer its life sciences clients an impressive range of expertise in areas including competition and capital markets. Malcolm Bates, David Mardle, Tim Worden and David Rainey have left the practice to join Goodwin. Alison Dennis has joined the team from Fieldfisher.

Planning Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP’s planning team advises on all aspects of planning and environmental law to a client base of developers, investors, local authorities and landowners. Practice head Alistair Watson has expertise in CPO applications, environmental impact assessments, highways agreements, urban extensions and redevelopments within conservation areas. The team, which also comprises three associates including senior associate Emma Tait, has a strong track record of advising on the redevelopment of major sporting stadiums.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Watson

Other key lawyers:

Emma Tait; Holly Grundon; Joanna Bassett

Testimonials

‘Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and provides invaluable support.’

Key clients

Brentford Football Club

Bristol Rovers Football Club

Buckminster

Cain International

Essential Living

Empiric Student Property

McLaren Property

Saracens Rugby Club

Town End Farm Development LLP

Comer Homes

Secure Income REIT

Southampton Football Club

Property litigation Tier 3

At Taylor Wessing LLP, the 'charming and commercially savvySaleem Fazal, who divides his time between Liverpool and London, leads a 'very good team of property litigators, who can turn their hands to any property dispute'. Its wide-ranging expertise includes vacant possession strategies, rights of light matters, dilapidation claims, service charge disputes and injunctions and leads to a steady flow of instructions from institutional, residential and private clients.

Practice head(s):

Saleem Fazal

Testimonials

‘Excellent property litigation team with heavyweight clients.’

‘The real estate litigation team at Taylor Wessing are highly experienced and knowledgeable, brought about both by the fact that the range and quality of the firm’s client base as a whole means that they have acted in very high level disputes, and also by the calibre of the lawyers in the team.’

‘Saleem Fazal – What can I say? Top of the tree in property litigation – an excellent technical lawyer with great people skills. What more could any client want?’

‘Saleem Fazal, the lead partner, is tremendously experienced and this manifests itself in the fact that he leads a strong team with great professional acumen, combining immense knowledge of the law with a very commercial, prioritised and practical approach to high quality cases.

‘Senior associate Ed Cooper is also a strong member of the team and always a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Canada Life

McLaren

InfraRed Capital Partners

Owners of the St John’s Wood Square Barracks Development

PGIM

Meadow Partners

Unite Students

Societe Generale

Great Portland Estates

89 Holland Park Management

Secure Income REIT

Residential property Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's 'personal and dedicated' residential property group acts for high-net-worth individuals, including foreign nationals, as well as investors, trustees and estates. The team, which predominantly advises buyers and owners has expertise in transactional matters spanning refinancing, SDLT and corporate tax structuring, lease agreements and planning applications. 'Leading lightElaine Dobson has niche enfranchisement expertise and advises investors on residential landlord and tenant matters within mixed used sites, with many of her clients based in the Middle East, the Far East, Africa and Europe.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Dobson

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing shows commitment and tenacity when up against challenging situations, not to mention excellent attention to detail.’

‘Elaine Dobson is a leading light in residential property. She is very knowledgeable and has a calm unflappable manner.’

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP is experienced in disputes involving derivatives, mis-selling, CDOs, funds and fraud, and the team frequently assists with cross-border matters. Andrew Howell is head of disputes and investigations, and Laurence Lieberman is contentious financial services head. Tim Strong co-heads the corporate crime and fraud unit, and former co-head of the international disputes and investigations group Shane Gleghorn is managing partner in the UK. The senior associate to note is Emma Allen. Stephen Flaherty left for Nautilus Indemnity Holdings.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell; Laurence Lieberman; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Joint Official Liquidators of Saad Investment Company Limited

Hanjin Shipping Corporation (In Liquidation)

Pramerica Real Estate Capital IV

Deutsche Bank

Helaba Bank

Commercial litigation Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP manages a broad range of commercial and corporate disputes, primarily in the professional services, financial services, technology and life sciences sectors. It is also well known for its experience in disputes involving  corporate crime, fraud and investigations, product liability, restructuring and corporate recovery, Cybersecurity, technology, finance and professional negligence. Andrew Howell is disputes and investigations head and Shane Gleghorn is UK managing partner. David De Ferrars, Tim Strong and Laurence Lieberman are also highly regarded, while Katie Chandler was made partner in 2018 and senior counsel Boris Telyatnikov is the contentious lead for the Russia and CIS desk.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell

Testimonials

‘David De Ferrars is an excellent partner who is very commercially savvy.’

‘Senior associate Edward Spencer is a real star who has a very good eye for detail and is the font of all knowledge when it comes to disclosure issues.’

‘Max Kempe is an up and coming associate who is very reliable.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers

Deloitte KPMG

Shell Technology Ventures Fund 1

Rusnano Group

C&F Green Energy

Thought Machine Group

LivaNova Deutschland

Commercial property: retail Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP’s commercial property practice has ‘consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years’, and excels in the hotels and leisure space, particularly on the M&A front, recently advising Vivion Capital on the acquisition of almost 60 UK hotels via three separate portfolio deals totalling in excess of £1.25bn. Additional core strengths include investment sales and purchases, major portfolio sales, urban regeneration projects and property portfolio management. International and institutional investors, funds and REITs are among the key investment clients while corporate occupiers regularly engage the department for acquisitions and leasehold negotiations. In addition, the practice demonstrates experience in advising owners, developers and occupiers in the retail space on the full range of related real estate issues and is also well-regarded within the student accommodation, co-living, residential and logistics sectors.

Practice head(s):

Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Alistair Watson; Alan Evans

Testimonials

‘First class offer, good value for money in comparison to other similar sized firms. Prepared to stand by their advice and work in a dedicated manner to a successful outcome. Available and accessible at all times. Integrated corporate and property advice with one point of contact.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is astute, commercial and able to assist with transactions as if he is genuinely part of the client team. Keith Barnett has excellent technical and pragmatic lawyer with strong and wide ranging contacts.’

‘Georgina Watts and Adam Marks are can do individuals who respond quickly and give great advice even if it’s not always the client wants to hear.’

‘The firm’s commitment is with out question and they really care about the success of the project.’

‘Adam Marks is a brilliant adviser who provides excellent advice throughout our time working with him. His colleague Al Watson really knows his stuff on planning and is an invaluable support’.

‘Their breadth and depth of experience comes through when providing advice in complex and unusual circumstances,’

‘The continuity of the team is their strongest attribute, making for a strong working relationship.’

‘The Taylor Wessing team have consistently demonstrated exceptional service over a number of years. They have a wide ranging team covering all aspects of real estate but also have access to in house specialists in their wider team for specific area such as employment matters or capital project management.’

Key clients

Try Market Hall Limited

Derwent London

Westminster Group

Mango

Southend United Football Club

Tritax Big Box REIT

Investec

Employee share schemes Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP’s tax and incentives department handles matters regarding the share scheme aspects of complex transactions; of recent note, the team is advising the shareholders of materials information technology company Granta Design on the sale of its share capital to ANSYS. The group is very active internationally, particularly in relation to foreign investment, and stands out for its work for a number of US-based clients. Another area of focus for the team is employment tax. Practice head Ann Casey is adept at handling all aspects of share schemes and incentive matters, and has specialist experience in advising technology start-ups. Also noted is Anna Humphrey.

Practice head(s):

Ann Casey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Taylor Wessing’s team is highly knowledgeable and responsive, and has up-to-date knowledge of recent developments in the area

The team is good at transaction support and can scale its resources extremely effectively

Ann Casey is highly articulate, clear and thorough, and has an excellent working knowledge of current trends

Key clients

Farfetch

Grapeshot

Bridgepoint

LifeWorks

Rutland Partners

Bloom & Wild

Financial services: contentious Tier 4

With a focus on technology Taylor Wessing LLP is best known in the wealth management, funds, private banking, fintech and consumer lending sectors. Senior counsel Christopher Ratcliffe is notable in this area. On the contentious side the firm has experience in high profile regulatory investigations and is called on by major banks to represent senior executives in relation to LIBOR/FX and other market and product investigations. The team also works closely with the firm’s corporate crime and fraud unit in a financial services context. Andrew Howell advises on commercial and corporate disputes in the financial services and professional services sectors, specialising in claims and regulatory investigations involving the financial services and accountancy professions. He co-leads the practice with Laurence Lieberman, who has particular expertise in the resolution of financial disputes and regulatory investigations. The department is acting for professor Russel Griggs, an independent reviewer appointed by Lloyds Banking Group, in consultation with the FCA, in the review and redress programme for SME customers impacted by the multimillion pound fraud that took place at the bank. Former non-contentious head Jonathan Rogers left the firm in 2019 for White & Case LLP.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell; Laurence Lieberman

Testimonials

‘Always very professional and highly knowledgeable.’

‘Their standard of work is very good.’

‘Hard work and quick responses to questions.’

Key clients

PwC

Deloitte

Acting for Senior Executives of a number of significant banks

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP's energy, infrastructure and projects team is spearheaded by Dominic FitzPatrick, who also leads the corporate group. The firm also has substantial capabilities in the construction and engineering space, as well as in private equity, where James Goold is renowned for his expertise. On the contentious front, Paul Glass is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Dominic FitzPatrick

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP handles a host of corporate and financial crime matters , advising clients on compliance and investigations, as well as matters such as whistleblowing, data protection, cybercrime and corruption. The firm regularly deals with regulators and organisations including the FCA, FRC, SFO and SEC. Co-head of team David De Ferrars focuses on commercial litigation, corporate investigations, fraud, asset tracing, corruption and white-collar matters. Tim Strong, who co-heads the team alongside De Ferrars, handles investigations, dealings with regulators and related disputes.

Practice head(s):

David De Ferrars; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:

David McCluskey; Laurence Lieberman; Paul Glass; Shane Gleghorn; Andrew Howell

Commercial contracts Tier 5

Technology specialist Taylor Wessing LLP combines commercial contracts experience with expertise in areas including data protection and competition law. A key name for the firm is Christopher Jeffery, who focuses on advising technology companies on complex contractual negotiations, data protection governance and compliance.

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP applies a 'commercial approach' to contentious construction matters and has experience of a range of disputes across the real estate development, energy and infrastructure sectors. Matthew Jones leads the construction and engineering group, which was strengthened by Jonathan Hutt's arrival from RPC in October 2018. Senior counsel Natalie Pilagos covers matters in the hotels, student accommodation, infrastructure and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

‘Flexible on service delivery and how to work with clients.’

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

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

‘Rebecca May is a hard working associate; diligent, observant and proactive in carrying out her tasks.’

‘Rebecca May is an invaluable asset to Taylor Wessing and destined for partnership.’

‘Laurence Cobb and Natalie Pilagos are both very professional.’

Corporate tax Tier 5

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP has a strong transactional and advisory offering, with experience in the private wealth sector, real estate funds and inward investment structuring and financing. The tax group also works closely with the firm's corporate technology team, advising both start-ups and venture capital investors. The department is jointly-led by international tax expert Peter Jackson and Robert Young, who focuses on incentives.

Practice head(s):

Robert Young; Peter Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Graham Samuel-Gibbon; James Stewart

Testimonials

‘Clear concise advice which is not coloured by the circumstances of client needs’

‘Fully trustworthy’

‘Individual attention to complex cases by a partner . No delegation to less experienced lawyers.’

‘Rob Young is very bright and catches all the details, big and small.’

‘Excellent teamwork and leadership in cross-border transactions involving various jurisdictions.’

‘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

Caledonia Investments plc

Canada Life

Casual Dining Group plc

Grapeshot

Inflexion

Interactive Investor plc

Rutland PartnersSky

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

Alongside a regular flow of work relating to scheme restructurings, master trust strategy and funding and investment, Taylor Wessing LLP’s pensions team also has significant expertise in the field of pensions liberation fraud; work in this area involves the recovery of assets, data protection and tax issues. 'Extremely diligent' practice head Mark Smith covers all other areas of general advisory support to a client list comprising a healthy roster of scheme sponsors and trustees.

Practice head(s):

Mark Smith

Testimonials

‘The Taylor Wessing pensions team is small but this gives it a real focus on clients.’

‘Mark Smith is extremely diligent in delivering advice in an easy to understand way and is excellent at tackling historic pensions issues’

‘The thoroughness of the advice provided is outstanding’

‘The team is very flexible and always accessible when things are needed urgently’

‘Mark Smith and his team provides an excellent service’

‘Mark Smith is an excellent pensions lawyer and partner. Has a phenomenal eye for detail and vast knowledge on pensions; he must be one of the top pension lawyers in the country. His advice is solid and he fosters great trust with his clients. I know that the advice I receive is well considered, thought through, and practical, and is advice I can trust.’

‘A very well established practice covering numerous disciplines. It is a leader in many fields and that is why I chose to consult them on issues which require specialist advice.’

‘Mark Smith has a very helpful attitude and deals well with clients in meeting situations. His attention to detail is evident in all advice.’

‘I would describe Mark Smith as being genuinely unique, in that he is not only hugely committed to his cases but always totally involved himself. The fact that he immerses himself so deeply results in the client receiving an excellent service.’

‘Excellent support from Georgina Wardrop who is surely destined for partnership soon.’

‘As a trustee of a defined benefits pension scheme I sought advice on a complicated legal matter by Mark Smith. His ability to explain matters to me made it much easier for me to grasp relevant points. His drafting of documents for approval and his explanations were always clear. Mark and his team provided an excellent service and I would have no hesitation to seek further advice from Mark should that ever become necessary.’

Mark Smith is ery strong technically and analytically; fantastic service (turnaround times, willingness to talk around issues rather than move straight to a view but also very clear in conclusions).

‘Mark Smith is extremely diligent in delivering his advice but also takes time to ensure his advice is fully understood by lay trustees. He is excellent at tackling historic issues where the challenge is to identify the discussions and documentation which may go back many decades – prior to the involvement of the current advisers and trustees.’

‘Mark Smith is outstanding. He brings practical wisdom to a deep understanding of all aspects of pensions law. He is my ‘go to’ person on all legal matters, from dealing with member complaints to complex contingent asset arrangements. Brilliant.’

Key clients

Independent Trustee Services

Pi trustees

Royal British Legion Staff Pension Fund trustees

Trustees of the Lynx Technology Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

Visa UK Pension Plan trustees

HR Trustees Limited

Rutland

Press Association

Whirlpool

YWCA

Acquisition finance Tier 6

Headed by the 'excellentMartin YellsTaylor Wessing LLP provides a 'high-quality service' to a core roster of banks, as well as an increasing number of private equity sponsors, which it has advised on new money leveraged financings as well as on refinancings of acquisition facilities. The team also regularly works alongside its European network of offices on cross-border deals and often handles work within the TMT sector, where it is able to tap into significant deal flow from the firm's market-leading venture capital team.

Practice head(s):

Martin Yells

Other key lawyers:

Lerika Joubert; Fiona Coady; Gabriel Estevez

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing provide us with a high quality service which goes beyond just being accurate draftsmen with a commercial approach. Their pragmatic approach to how we receive and review their advice is appreciated and makes it a pleasure to work with them.’

‘The team supporting us at Taylor Wessing is exceptional. Great speed, ability to negotiate and knowledge of our contracts.’

‘The team provides a very commercial and pragmatic approach.’

‘Martin Yells is excellent.’

‘Martin Yells is one of the best lawyers I have worked with.’

Key clients

Rutland Partners

Phoenix UK Fund

Baird Capital

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Caledonia Investments plc

CentralNic Group plc

Alcuin Capital

Anglo Pacific Group plc

Deutsche Bank

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

With a focus on technology Taylor Wessing LLP is best known in the wealth management, funds, private banking, fintech and consumer lending sectors. Senior counsel Christopher Ratcliffe is notable in this area. On the contentious side the firm has experience in high profile regulatory investigations and is called on by major banks to represent senior executives in relation to LIBOR/FX and other market and product investigations. The team also works closely with the firm’s corporate crime and fraud unit in a financial services context. Andrew Howell advises on commercial and corporate disputes in the financial services and professional services sectors, specialising in claims and regulatory investigations involving the financial services and accountancy professions. He co-leads the practice with Laurence Lieberman, who has particular expertise in the resolution of financial disputes and regulatory investigations. The department is acting for professor Russel Griggs, an independent reviewer appointed by Lloyds Banking Group, in consultation with the FCA, in the review and redress programme for SME customers impacted by the multimillion pound fraud that took place at the bank. Former non-contentious head Jonathan Rogers left the firm in 2019 for White & Case LLP.

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

Led by Nick MoserTaylor Wessing LLP's restructuring team receives a significant flow of domestic and cross-border work from insolvency practitioners on formal insolvency procedures, as well as from a growing roster of funds clients seeking to realise value in the distressed debt market. As well as recently securing significant roles in some high-profile retail collapses (including work for the management team on insolvency and restructuring matters prior to LK Bennett going into administration), the firm also picks up a sizeable flow of work relating to IP-rich entities from the firm's market-leading venture capital practice. Other niches include pensions restructurings, and fraud and complex real estate restructuring and recovery.

Practice head(s):

Nick Moser

Other key lawyers:

Amy Patterson; Stephen O’Grady

Testimonials

‘Nick Moser has excellent knowledge and experience in asset recovery and corporate matters. Great eye for detail and vast knowledge and experience in his area. Excellent communicator and his advice is well considered, and you feel you can trust the advice given.’

‘Nick Moser is a very able partner.’

‘Nick Moser is nice to work with.’

Key clients

Alix Partners

LK Bennett Limited

Deloitte

Grant Thornton

Crore Capital

PwC

RSM

Air Berlin

Bankruptcy trustee of Hanjin Shipping Co. Limited

Duff & Phelps

Rutland

EU and competition Tier 7

Taylor Wessing LLP’s financial services and competition department advises on a broad range of issues including investigations and sector inquires, merger control, public procurement, as well as state aid. Senior counsel Louisa Penny has experience across a number of sectors such as pharmaceuticals, media and entertainment, sport, telecoms, real estate, and life sciences. May 2019 saw the departure of department head Robert Vidal, who joined Pinsent Masons LLP.

Immigration

The immigration team at Taylor Wessing LLP operates closely with the firm's employment, private wealth and tax experts to advise corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals on a range of immigration issues. The team is also well-placed to advise on the immigration aspects of corporate transactions and restructuring mandates; it is able to utilise the firm's international presence to advise on complex immigration instructions for multinational clients.

Biotechnology Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP has a deep bench of life sciences and technology specialists with extensive experience in advising some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. It provides market-leading advice on complex global licensing and collaboration deals, contract disputes and venture capital financing. Through co-head of international life sciences and healthcare Tim Worden, who works closely with UK head of life sciences Malcolm Bates, the firm also provides regulatory advice to the leading names in the sector. Senior associates Tasmina Goraya and Talitha Shkopiak are recommended as rising stars in the sector.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Bates; Tim Worden

Other key lawyers:

David Mardle; Adrian Rainey; Talitha Shkopiak; Tasmina Goraya; Georgia Powell; Colin McCall; Samantha Deacon

Testimonials

“Malcolm Bates and his team consistently demonstrate their expertise and experience in the biotechnology sector.”

“Both Talitha Shkopiak and Malcolm Bates are very responsive and show great commercial understanding of the pharmaceutical industry.”

Key clients

TxCell S.A. / Sangamo Therapeutics

Oxford BioMedica plc

Artios Pharma Ltd.

Apotex

MiNA Therapeutics

Avacta plc

iRhythm

Forbion Capital Partners

Aimmune

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 1

The corporate technology practice at Taylor Wessing LLP works between the firm's London and Cambridge offices, as well as drawing on expertise in the firm's international network, to advise UK and international IP-rich technology and life sciences companies, and their investors. The firm frequently acts for US investors and acquirers in transactions involving Cambridge technology and life sciences start-ups, including representing Grapeshot in its acquisition by Oracle Corporation. Key partner Adrian Rainey and head of UK corporate and co-head of the international corporate Group David Mardle are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Rainey

Other key lawyers:

David Mardle; Malcolm Bates; Adam Thatcher; Elizabeth Rhodes

Testimonials

“The firm has great strengths in hi-tech ventures and we get excellent advice from Adrian Rainey.”

“Malcolm Bates thinks and explains very clearly and has great experience. He manages a great team focusing on all areas of commercial and IP contracts.”

“Malcolm Bates is technically very strong on licence and commercial agreements.”

Key clients

Grapeshot

Cambridge Innovation Capital

MiNa Holdings Ltd

Partech Ventures

Synthace Limited

Apotex

MMC Ventures

Monzo

Bloom & Wild

Intellectual property Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Taylor Wessing LLP houses specialists in technology and life sciences, many of whom have in-house experience at leading pharmaceuticals companies. The transactional team led by Malcolm Bates and Tim Worden frequently handles complex global licensing and collaboration deals, as well as disputes. Its strong venture capital practice often advises on the IP aspects of venture capital financings, joint ventures, M&A deals and IPOs.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Bates; Tim Worden

Other key lawyers:

Tasmina Goraya; Georgia Powell; Samantha Deacon;

Testimonials

“The team was always up-to-date on every aspect of our needs and never lost sight of unique details. As a result, their ability to take on new developments in any particular issue was remarkable.”

“Malcolm Bates is not only possessed extensive knowledge of various IP intricacies inherent in our industry and unique to our company, he also possessed a creativity that enabled us to navigate nearly any situation we faced. This is not always a common trait with attorneys and highly valuable to any client.”

Key clients

TxCell S.A. / Sangamo Therapeutics

Oxford BioMedica plc

Ceres Power plc

Artios Pharma Ltd.

Apotex

MiNA Therapeutics

Avacta plc

iRhythm

Forbion Capital Partners

Aimmune

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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Niri Shan  photo Niri Shan Partner, Reputation ManagmentMedia & Entertainment
 Nick Storrs  photo Nick Storrs Nick is a partner specialising in international arbitration and commercial litigation. He…
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.