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

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP has Emma Jordan at the helm who holds a dual qualification as both an English barrister and a Jersey advocate. Kirstie McGuigan has significant experience with Bahamian clients and consultant Andrew Hine is another important member of the group. Caroline Tayler has recently been promoted to the partnership. It has a truly international client base. The practice acts for over 70 families/individuals with net wealth of more than $1bn, seven royal families and over several hundred families/individuals worth over $100m. Jordan has extensive litigation experience in contentious trusts for corporate trustees and beneficiaries both in England, the Channel Islands and other offshore jurisdictions including Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands. McGuigan has vast experience of advising on disputes relating to the administration of high-net-worth and multi-jurisdictional estates and advising trustees and beneficiaries of onshore and offshore trusts.

Practice head(s):

Emma Jordan

Other key lawyers:

Kirstie McGuigan; Andrew Hine; Caroline Tayler; Robert Gibson; Kate Silberman

Testimonials

Emma Jordan: very experienced. Effective in dealing with complex disputes.’

Emma Jordan is a doyenne of trust litigation worldwide. Andrew Hine had an unparalleled reputation. Rob Gibson, Caroline Tayler and Kate Silbermann are all outstanding solicitors in this field.’

‘I found TW to be extremely capable and able to deal with a high volume of complex work in a timely fashion. Its expertise in the trust industry is well-known and its ability to find practical solutions was impressive.’

The team I have worked with includes a leading Jersey lawyer, and that is unusual in this sector. Emma Jordan is an excellent solicitor and Jersey advocate, with excellent judgment and a good commercial sense. I have recommended clients to her.’

‘TW has a large and strong team covering UK and international work, with a wealth of experience and ability at all levels from junior assistance through to partner and consultant. The TW team members who do litigation work have good background knowledge in the transactional aspects of private client work, which is valuable. TW’s private client department has an attractive team ethos, and nice people with whom to work.’

In the last few years I have worked principally with Kirstie McGuigan and Caroline Tayler, formerly I worked more with Andrew Hine who is now a consultant and who I rated highly for the depth of his experience and good judgment when we used to work together . Kirstie McGuigan is a dedicated, intelligent, hardworking team leader. She has a broad range of skills, both in non-contentious and contentious work. She is excellent with people, both reading them and getting the best out of those in her team. Caroline Tayler, who has recently been made partner, now specialises in contentious work. Caroline has outstanding organisational skills in litigation, with good judgment and common sense, and she is a real pleasure to work with on long cases requiring commitment.’

‘Excellent lawyers who are practical, organised and take the initiative. They are very conscientious and sensitive to clients’ needs and expectations. They plan meticulously and think ahead, enabling them to take the upper hand in litigation.’

‘Kirstie McGuigan and Caroline Tayler both stand out for their ability (in both cases) to plan and think strategically in litigation. They are conscientious and capable and work together as a highly effective team. From a barrister’s point of view they are supportive and reassuring presence as instructing solicitors. As litigators, they are tenacious and determined but always able to make a realistic assessment of the merits of a case. They have excellent judgment and are delightful to work with.’

Key clients

Equity Trust (Jersey) Limited in its capacity as former trustee of the Z II Trust

Equity Trust (Jersey) Limited in its capacity as former trustee of the Z III Trust

Dawson-Damer v Taylor Wessing

Iryna Udovenko

The Settlor and a number of beneficiaries of a Jersey discretionary trust

The Trustees of the Jacobs Charitable Trust

Andrew Hine (as administrator of the Estate of Lord Anthony Jacobs)

Beneficiary of two Guernsey discretionary trusts

Hospitality and leisure Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP is a go-to firm for major M&A deals in the hotels space in the UK and Europe, advising on both single asset and portfolio sales. The firm also has strong links to high net worth investors based across the Middle East. The hospitality and leisure practice is additionally well-known for handling hotel development, hotel management agreements and franchise agreements, advising on hotel development and branded residence projects with a value of £2 billion in 2021. Group lead Richard Bursby has acted on a wide variety of cross-border hotel transactions in the UK, Europe and elsewhere; he is regarded as an authority on hotel management agreements and branded residential developments.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bursby

Other key lawyers:

Mark Rajbenbach; Edward Story; Ronald Graham

Testimonials

‘Ed Story and Richard Bursby are two of the most experienced and well respected partners in the hospitality industry. The knowledge they bring is second to none but it is the style and approach which they bring which I feel makes them stand out.’

‘The Taylor Wessing team are industry leaders.’

Key clients

UKHospitality

Accor

Vivion

Invesco

PPHE / Park Plaza

Yotel

RBH Hospitality Management

Virgin Hotels

Ruby Hotels

Starwood Capital

Crimson Hotels

London & Regional

edyn

Secret Escapes

The Ability Group

Crosstree Real Estate Partners

Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Marriott

Burger King

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 1

Brand protection and enforcement comprises the core of Taylor Wessing LLP’s IP practice. Co-head Niri Shanmuganathan is highly active in the media and entertainment sector and leads on complex copyright litigation. As 'a true expert in his field', Adam Rendle also provides extensive copyright and music rights knowledge applied to strategic and transactional projects, while co-head Mark Owen leads on instructions in the digital and technology sectors. Helming the transactional offering, Graham Hann advises on impressive IP partnerships, recently for market-leading technology and luxury fashion corporates. Charles Lloyd recently advised on high-profile sponsorship agreements in the sports sectors. Joining the established team is Robert Hawley, whose role as brand protection practice manager reinforces the full-service approach offered. Roland Mallinson's practice spans trade mark prosecution and general soft IP advice.

Practice head(s):

Niri Shanmuganathan; Mark Owen; Graham Hann

Other key lawyers:

Adam Rendle; Charles Lloyd; Robert Hawley; Roland Mallinson; Magdalena Borucka; Jason Rawkins

Testimonials

They have a great and profound knowledge of UK legislation and their advice is always thorough and precise.

I work mainly with Roland Mallinson, who is always keen to help me with any question that may arise and is a very competent professional.

Mark Owen and Jason Rawkins are my go-to partners for various IP matters. They’re exceptional advocates and strategic partners with a keen business sense of what really matters for clients and how to get a desired result.

Adam Rendle is a highly valued external resource. He has provided high-quality legal advice while understanding our business needs, all while being mindful of costs. He is a true expert in his field, and I place complete trust in his judgement and expertise. In addition to his professionalism, he is personable, engaging, and wonderful to work with.’

The team are responsive, knowledgeable and collaborative in their approach. They are constantly looking for ways to better understand our business and the pressures we face.

Roland Mallinson is clearly a very experienced IP litigator and that is evident in the advice given. He also ensures that he oversees all the work carried out by his team.

Magdalena Borucka is always quick to give pragmatic and considered advice. A real asset to the Taylor Wessing team.

Highly responsive, detail oriented, strategically creative team that I regularly turn to for sensitive and high-value matters. The Taylor Wessing TMT team excels both on the disputes and transactional fronts.

Key clients

Burberry

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

Laybuy

Orange Brand Services Limited

Barclays

The Athletic

Cisco Technology Inc.

Jukin Media

Engine Partners

Brentford FC

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for many entrepreneurs advising them on their personal and business interests in addition to acting for over 70 families/individuals with net wealth of more than $1bn, eight royal families and several hundred families and individuals worth over $100m. With the 'very able' Nicholas Warr at the helm, over 80% of its clients have interests in two or more jurisdictions. It has a strong offering in the Middle East and a significant client base in Asia. It continues to advise ex-US clients on a range of private wealth matters. Key members of the first-class team are also Mark Buzzoni and Andrew Hine, in addition to Sanjvee Shah.  Murray North is well-regarded for his work in the Middle East and on US-connected projects. The firm was pleased to add Simon Phelps and Damian Bloom to its ranks from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP. It garners praise for its 'excellent client care and top quality advice'.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Warr

Other key lawyers:

Mark Buzzoni; Andrew Hine; Sanjvee Shah; Kirstie McGuigan; Murray North; Simon Phelps; Damian Bloom; Kunal Vyas ; Rachel Davison; Alexander Erskine; Ben Lister

Testimonials

‘The UK team benefits from the firm having an international network which provides a sense of security for clients with international interests. In addition, the private client team often works alongside lawyers from across other practice areas (ie real estate and corporate) which enables them to have a holistic view of a HNW client’s legal needs. This is a relatively unique offering in the market, with many other private client teams in the city operating in siloes from the rest of the firm. Nick Warr – a true leader in the field whose knowledge of complicated, international tax affairs is second to none. Nick has long been respected for his work with ultra high net worth clients, in particular those from the Middle East‘.

Taylor Wessing’s private client team has always had real strength in breadth and depth with the team comprising a number of very talented lawyers across all levels of seniority. The recent BCLP team hire is testament to Taylor Wessing’s reputation as a top firm in the private wealth sector‘.

‘Great technical ability and strength in depth. Well liked by clients and co-professionals alike. Nick Warr – very well regarded partner in the industry. I trust his judgement on matters and very much enjoy working with him. Benjamin Lister – up and coming star who is starting to develop his own practice. Very confident and capable’.

Real strength in depth, great team, top partners and good quality associates. Able to work with other service lines seamlessly. Sanjvee Shah is superb. Nick Warr is a leading private wealth lawyer with a fantastic client base. Excellent Middle East contacts‘.

‘I do feel that the depth and quality is extremely high and in all dealings, the quality of advice and support has been excellent. The team performs in a cohesive and collaborative manner and where necessary is very timely in preparing documents and responding to questions or tasks. The direct relationship with Kirstie McGuigan (partner) is excellent and she has the measure of complex relationships, excellent interpersonal skills and a keen understanding of approach and her firm’s capabilities‘.

‘A unique personal approach that is tailored to the specific client’s needs. The Taylor Wessing team also has the strength of deciphering complex matters and explaining them to clients in a simple but sophisticated manner. Kirstie McGuigan has a calming, but authoritative demeanour which engages individuals and clients. Kirstie always approaches matters with utmost care and attention to detail‘.

There is a team ethos and an appropriate allocation of resources to the client activity. The lawyers exhibit a good sense of empathy with clients and are conscious that the journey to solving the relevant problem is important as well as the solution. The private client team is modelled around Nick Warr and so the above qualities are demonstrated by him in abundance. He is ably supported by up and coming partners’.

Rachel Davison – a real rising star with a particular focus on US/UK tax matters. Rachel is very approachable and can always be relied upon to provide accessible and sound legal advice. Kunal Vyas – another rising star whose advice crosses both corporate and personal matters which can be really beneficial for clients with business interests‘.

Venture capital Tier 1

Benefiting from well-established institutional fund relationships, as well as being experienced in the unique challenges faced by life sciences and technology start-ups throughout their growth strategies, Taylor Wessing LLP maintains its position at the pinnacle of the domestic venture capital market. The firm's deal volume, ranging from early stage financings through to later stage investments, ensures that it has practical and real world experience in transactions throughout the investment lifecycle, including cross-border mandates. 'Outstanding' team head Angus Miln has an excellent track record advising tech-start ups throughout the funding journey; he recently advised the UK Treasury on the establishment of its recent £975m Future Fund. Howard Palmer  has developed a particularly strong reputation advising investees and investors on venture capital work within the fintech and cleantech sectors. Josef Fuss  is also recommended, particularly in relation to his work for hi tech-based investee clients in the digital health, AI and Big Data sectors.

Practice head(s):

Angus Miln

Other key lawyers:

Howard Palmer; Josef Fuss; Alexandra Richardson; Ross McNaughton; Ian Moore; Elinor Picton

Testimonials

They are responsive, attentive to detail and very supportive in deals and in billing.’

The team is at the forefront of the corporate VC scene in the UK, EU and US. Its wealth of experience and calibre of clientele (both company and investor-side) enable it to have a deep understanding of the market, which has shone through in their advice.’

They are technically excellent and extremely commercial, always responsive and full of energy.’

Angus Miln is outstanding.’

Howard Palmer is an expert in his field, always calm and a pleasure to deal with and has gone out of his way to support the company on many key transactions and all of our fundraising milestones.’

Josef Fuss has proven himself to be a valued partner of the business and a strong negotiator that you’d love to have on your side. He is always available and goes the extra mile to ensure that we get the advice we need in a timely fashion.’

Alexandra Richardson is very sharp and a delight to work with.’

Key clients

Vortexa Limited

Lovecrafts Group Limited

Oxbotica

Multiverse Group Limited

Thought Machine Group Limited

Cazoo

Gousto

Curve

Dawn Capital

Monzo

Babylon Health

Future Positive Capital

Stylescape Limited

OMERS Ventures

Verdance Capital

Albo

Flink

Beauty Pie

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Acclaimed as a ‘highly experienced team able to deal with complex issues quickly and efficiently’, the UK real estate team at international firm Taylor Wessing LLP has been especially busy in the logistics sector of late, having transacted over £1bn worth of deals in the first quarter of 2021. Matthew Swainston is reputed for his vast knowledge of prime London office space and alongside structured transaction and joint venture expert, Mark Rajbenbach, is among the key contacts on the investment front. The group focuses on acquisition, disposal and development matters in the purpose build living, hotels and hospitality sectors and is geared to provide a full lifecycle offering on all projects and transactions. Practice head Keith Barnett and Emma Oakley are the standouts for corporate occupier matters, often acting for leisure, online retail, tech, life sciences entities, in addition to prominent landlords.

Practice head(s):

Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Swainston; Mark Rajbenbach; Chris Turley

Testimonials

‘A highly experienced team able to deal with complex issues that arise very quickly and efficiently.’

‘A first class team who seamlessly work together. Whether its corporate, real estate, construction or employment, everyone is top of their game and have a handle on the salient matters.’

‘The individuals are very personable and professional and are able to deal with any queries immediately speeding up the legal process.’

‘Emma Oakley understands my business and needs and understands the market in which I operate to enable her to give practical and commercial advise to ensure deals are completed.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is always available for sage, incisive advice. While he is a specialist in real estate and corporate transactions, his pragmatic advice cuts across all disciplines.’

‘Matthew Swainston and Louise Tobbutt share our drive to get deals done rather than expend time and energy on intellectual debates on terms, all the time with good humour and common sense.’

‘The commercial real estate team are consistently commercial and sensible in finding solutions that enable transactions to be concluded at pace.’

‘Excellent industry knowledge and expertise; partners available whenever required; first rate service.’

Key clients

BentallGreenOak

Tritax Big Box REIT

InfraRed Capital Partners

McLaren

Invesco

Canada Life

EPIC

Vivion Capital Partners

W.RE

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP focuses on the technology and healthcare sectors, with notable experience in emerging technologies, including AI, blockchain, biometrics and adtech. Acting for early stage companies as well as large international businesses, the practice handles GDPR, data and cyber risk issues. Vinod Bange is head of the UK data protection practice and acts as privacy counsel to a number of companies, providing strategic boardroom support. Chris Jeffery handles international data privacy matters, including compliance and operational issues. Paul Glass left for Baker McKenzie in October 2020.

Practice head(s):

Vinod Bange

Other key lawyers:

Chris Jeffery; Graham Hann

Testimonials

‘They provide pragmatic and useful advice calibrated to your line of business and risk tolerance’. 

‘They are technically very savvy and really understand cloud computing and the needs of cloud providers’.

‘Very responsive, with a wide network of attorneys globally’.

‘Chris Jeffrey always goes above and beyond with pragmatic solutions to very difficult problems and issues’. 

‘Chris Jeffrey and his team have never failed us’. 

‘Strong data protection knowledge and healthcare sector expertise with an international perspective’.

‘Advice is always commercial and pragmatic with a deep understanding of the healthcare and life sciences implications’.   

Key clients

SEGA

Comcast

Live Nation

Mercedes

Employers Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP is recognised as one of the leading firms ‘in the London market advising foreign employers in the UK, particularly for tech companies inbound from the US and Canada’. This strand of work is a key part of the practice of department lead Paul Callaghan, who also is ‘very well known in the life sciences and medical device sectors in the US’.  Helen Farr, who arrived from Fox Williams LLP in March 2020, has extensive experience in the financial services space, where she regularly services clients on issues at the intersection of employment law and regulatory regimes. Other names to note are Sean Nesbitt, whose practice has recently centred on cross-border projects such as restructurings, and senior associate Joe Aiston, ‘a rising star in the group’ who maintains a ‘particular focus on the gig economy’.

Practice head(s):

Paul Callaghan

Other key lawyers:

Sean Nesbitt; Helen Farr; Joe Aiston

Testimonials

They are incredibly responsive, turning advice around no matter how demanding the time frame imposed, very practical, have a real understanding of risk and have a great online tool to facilitate advice across EMEA.’

Paul Callaghan will always go the extra yard for us and offers sensible pragmatic advice. Very unflappable.’

This is a great firm with great lawyers in employment law. We have worked with a number of them and they are super reactive and always give practical advice to the client. Very happy to work with them.’

Paul Callaghan and Sean Nesbitt are great partners in the firm. Very active as well in international associations such as the IBA and the ABA. Very warm people.’

Helen Farr has contributed huge value to the banking sector in respect of employment law matters, directly through her retained work and indirectly to a substantial pool of Heads of HR, Compliance and C-suite officers within regulated institutions through regular professional development events.’

They have been a leading firm in the London market for many years now in advising foreign employers in the UK, particularly for tech companies inbound from the US and Canada. They act for some of the biggest household names in the tech sector, as well as start-ups. We would consider them the go-to team for international clients looking to expand into Europe. They are also well regarded as the key UK firm for gig economy companies.’

Paul Callaghan’s knowledge and experience in advising US and Canadian employers in the UK is a stand-out feature. Clients place incredible value on his experience and insights. He’s also now very well known in the life sciences and medical device sector in the US. Joe Aiston, is a rising star in the group, with a particular focus on the gig economy.’

Key clients

WANdisco PLC

Charles River Associates

Interactive Investor limited

UK Finance

Forbo Flooring Systems

Oppo Mobile UK

Ola Cabs

Miniclip

Consensys

Piper Sandler Limited

FIS

Chapman Freeborn

Enterprise Rent-A-Car UK Limited and Enterprise Holdings Inc

Nucleus Global

Hometrack (a part of the Zoopla Group)

Prometheus Group

Blackline

Ideal Standard

British Airways Pension Services Limited

British Airways Pension Investment Management Limited

Nedbank Limited (London Branch)

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

The expansive patent litigation bench at Taylor Wessing LLP includes UK practice head Nigel Stoate, international practice head Simon Cohen and hi-tech expert James Marshall. The team has recently been involved in high-profile work relating to patent revocation actions for generic pharmaceuticals companies. In other highlights, Christopher Thornham successfully defended non-infringement declarations in the consumer electronics sector. The additions of Adrian Toutoungi from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and Alison Dennis from Fieldfisher further strengthen the non-contentious partner bench, which also includes Colin McCall and regulatory expert Tasmina Goraya. Typical work includes licensing, manufacturing and collaboration agreements in the medtech and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Stoate

Other key lawyers:

Simon Cohen; James Marshall; Christopher Thornham; Adrian Toutoungi; Alison Dennis; Colin McCall; Tasmina Goraya

Testimonials

This team combines a high level of domain expertise in biotech, along with great knowledge of current commercial norms. They also provide a high-value service at a very reasonable price for early-stage companies.

Colin McCall has been exceptionally supportive of our business. He is always responsive, even when he is away from his desk. He is very knowledgeable of biotech, the commercial landscape and the law. He offers flexibility on fees as he recognises our stage and is looking to build a long-term relationship. I enjoy working with him as well.

Key clients

Oppo

Lupin

Ericsson

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals

ASUS

Shenzhen Senior Technology Materials Ltd

Mylan

NOCO

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP is firmly embedded in the technology sector, providing life cycle advice to clients with a particular focus on investments, fundraising rounds and M&A transactions. Graham Hann, who sits as the head of the UK commercial technology team, specialises in advising fintech clients, payment services and e-commerce businesses on commercial agreements, IT and data matters. Martin Cotterill leads the outsourcing practice, acting for investors and innovative companies throughout the course of major projects. Mark Owen has particular strength in contentious and non-contentious IP law, with a particular focus on the digital media sector. Sian Skelton is recommended for her work for large and small technology companies in relation to commercial contracts and regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Graham Hann; Mark Owen; Josef Fusss

Other key lawyers:

Martin Cotterill; Siân Skelton

Testimonials

‘Martin Cotterill is like an extension of the in-house team and his knowledge of the business has helped deliver fantastic support and guidance during a number of projects. Martin was always on hand – regardless of the sometimes unsociable hours.’

Key clients

Thought Machine Group Limited

Oxbotica

Whitehat

Curve

Pusher Limited

Inflexion Private Equity

SciBite

Farfetch UK Limited

Monzo

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

Taylor Wessing LLP's corporate practice was significantly boosted in spring 2021 by the arrival of three partners from Stephenson Harwood - Andrew Edge, Karima Hudson and Andrew Mclean, with senior associate Chris Cowley  also joining as a partner. Drawing on the firm's significant international presence, the London team is well placed to advise on a broad range of corporate transactions, and is especially well regarded for its focus on the tech and life sciences sectors, with recent highlights including multi-jurisdictional acquisitions and disposals for various players in software, biotech, video gaming, AI, and pharmaceuticals. The sizeable practice is jointly led by private equity expert Emma Danks, corporate finance specialist Russell Holden, and VC-focused Angus Miln. Robert Fenner is praised by clients for his deep understanding of the small-to-mid cap tech industry, where he regularly leads on deals for cutting-edge companies.

Practice head(s):

Emma Danks; Russell Holden; Angus Miln

Other key lawyers:

Mark Barron; Robert Fenner; Andrew Edge; Karima Hudson; Andrew Mclean; Chris Cowley

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing has been excellent on our cross-border technology deals. They are my go-to firm for cross border M&A. Always reliable. Makes me feel like I am the only client, although I know they are very busy!’

‘Robert Fenner has superb business awareness and in-depth understanding of the small-mid cap tech industry.’

‘Exceptional quality advice on complex PE transactions and deal structures.’

Key clients

Triple Point Social Housing REIT

BlackLine

EPIC

The Rohatyn Group

Nucleus Global

The Citadel Group

Attraqt Group

Hometrack

Pusher Limited

Inflexion Private Equity

Bridges Fund Management

SciBite

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP's team is noted for its ‘broad knowledge of legal issues related to the media and entertainment industry’. It acts for some of the biggest names in the technology, media and communications industries, and has a notable reputation in the digital media space. Led by Mark Owen, the practice combines sector expertise and multidisciplinary specialisms to handle a wide range of matters, including M&A, IP, media regulation and advertising transactions. Copyright, media and advertising specialist Adam Rendle has particular experience of advising digital services clients on content licensing, advertising, regulatory and copyright issues. Graham Hann leads the firm’s video games and gambling practices, focusing on content-led platforms, while experienced media and IP litigator Niri Shanmuganathan handles non-contentious pre-publication matters and contentious issues. Charles Lloyd is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Owen

Other key lawyers:

Adam Rendle; Charles Lloyd; Graham Hann; Niri Shanmuganathan; Xuyang Zhu

Testimonials

‘The team is strategic and will work with you to achieve your specific goal. Each member seems to have broad knowledge of legal issues related to the media and entertainment industry, whilst also having a distinct area of particular expertise. It means they work well together.’

Key clients

Beyond Entertainment Limited

The Athletic

Cambridge University Press

Intersnack

Nkoda

Barclays

Brentford FC

Kolibri

Altibox

Audio Network

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

Well-known for its experience of transactions in the technology and life sciences space, Taylor Wessing LLP is also adept at advising on public equity matters involving real estate, financial services, and industrial companies. Practice head Emma Danks is well-regarded by peers for her work acting for PE houses and portfolio companies; elsewhere, James Goold is experienced across the full spectrum of transactions in this area. Jonny Bethell was promoted to partner in November 2020.

Practice head(s):

Emma Danks

Other key lawyers:

Edward Waldron; Jonny Bethell; Dominic FitzPatrick; James Goold; Suzy Penney; Alex Walker; Nick Karangizi

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and commercial.’

‘James Goold – good tone/manner and very commercial.’

‘We have found the TW team (Emma Danks and Alan Evans [real estate] as lead partners) to be great advisers, delivering technically astute and commercially-minded advice, successfully completing a complex deal within a tight timeframe.’

Key clients

Alcuin Capital Partners

Autofutura Group (an Inflexion portfolio company)

Baird Capital

BentallGreenOak

Bridgepoint Advisers

Bridges Fund Management

Caledonia Investments Plc

Community Fibre Limited

Hometrack (part of the Zoopla Property Group), a Silver Lake portfolio company

Inflexion Private Equity

Nucleus Global

Rutland Partners

Rockpool Investments

Shareholders of PCML

The Rohatyn Group

Wireless Logic (a Montagu portfolio company)

Professional negligence Tier 2

The 'market-leading' professional services disputes practice at Taylor Wessing LLP advises a range of clients including solicitors, barristers, architects and surveyors, but it has 'an extremely deep knowledge in particular of the accountancy market.' Andrew Howell is 'technically excellent' and leads the London team and co-leads the firm's international disputes group. Julian Randall and Laurence Lieberman focus their practice on the financial services sector; Randall has expertise in the operation of complex financial instruments, and insurance disputes, whilst Lieberman is familiar with handling cases in the Financial Ombudsman Service. Stuart Broom was promoted to partner in 2020, and has expertise in corporate and commercial disputes in addition to expertise in the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘They are one of the top teams in the market for high level professional negligence work, with an extremely deep knowledge in particular of the accountancy market. Very deep experience in this area, which means the team is familiar not only with all the obvious issues but also with less obvious ones.’

‘The senior audit negligence team carry decades of experience built up from Andrew Howell and Julian Randall’s previous positions at BLG; and have in my view in the last 10 years built up the country’s leading team for audit negligence; with superb accounting and auditing knowledge to back their legal and strategic experience’

‘Julian Randall is the “go to” individual for defending accountancy firms against negligence cases with unrivalled experience in the field.’

‘Andrew and Julian have acted in  major auditing negligence cases for the better part of two decades and have massive industry experience and knowledge of the ins and outs of professional negligence litigation.  Stuart Broom is a real asset: deploying quiet, methodical effective diligence.’

‘Andrew Howell is brimming with common sense as well as technically excellent: he never puts a foot wrong tactically. He is supported by a strong team of associates. Stuart Broom is another strong partner.’

‘Andrew Howell is one of the most knowledgeable partners in the market in accountancy work. Stuart Broom is a strong junior partner with a big future. Stephanie High is a top level senior associate.’

Key clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

Mazars LLP

RSM

BDO LLP

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Residential property Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP's team, which is led by Elaine Dobson, acts for clients on sales and acquisitions, landlord and tenant matters, refinancings and restructurings and development work. Dobson and Rachel George are noted for their enfranchisement expertise. The group's workload covers luxury residential developments, mixed-use sites, as well as landed estates and other agricultural property. Senior counsel Lisa Bevan covers a variety of mandates for clients, which includes advising developers on mixed-use and high-value residential development schemes. Senior counsel Luke Callaghan and senior associate Edward Willis are knowledgeable about issues relating to rural and agricultural property.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Dobson

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Bevan; Luke Callaghan; Rachel George; Edward Willis

Testimonials

‘I only deal with the private client property team and they are brilliant. always at the end of the phone or email. Thorough and reassuring. Elaine Dobson and Lisa Bevan. Both very good lawyers and a joy to work with even through stressful transactions. Both very calm and measured.’

‘Taylor Wessing is a very well regarded company which provides an excellent service.’

‘Lisa Bevan is one of the best solicitors I have worked with in the last ten years. She goes above and beyond to provide a great service to her clients.’

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Acclaimed as a ‘highly experienced team able to deal with complex issues quickly and efficiently’, the UK real estate team at international firm Taylor Wessing LLP has been especially busy in the logistics sector of late, having transacted over £1bn worth of deals in the first quarter of 2021. Matthew Swainston is reputed for his vast knowledge of prime London office space and alongside structured transaction and joint venture expert, Mark Rajbenbach, is among the key contacts on the investment front. The group focuses on acquisition, disposal and development matters in the purpose build living, hotels and hospitality sectors and is geared to provide a full lifecycle offering on all projects and transactions. Practice head Keith Barnett and Emma Oakley are the standouts for corporate occupier matters, often acting for leisure, online retail, tech, life sciences entities, in addition to prominent landlords.

Practice head(s):

Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Emma Oakley; Paul Lawrence; Alan Evans

Testimonials

‘A highly experienced team able to deal with complex issues that arise very quickly and efficiently.’

‘A first class team who seamlessly work together. Whether its corporate, real estate, construction or employment, everyone is top of their game and have a handle on the salient matters.’

‘The individuals are very personable and professional and are able to deal with any queries immediately speeding up the legal process.’

‘Emma Oakley understands my business and needs and understands the market in which I operate to enable her to give practical and commercial advise to ensure deals are completed.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is always available for sage, incisive advice. While he is a specialist in real estate and corporate transactions, his pragmatic advice cuts across all disciplines.’

‘Matthew Swainston and Louise Tobbutt share our drive to get deals done rather than expend time and energy on intellectual debates on terms, all the time with good humour and common sense.’

‘The commercial real estate team are consistently commercial and sensible in finding solutions that enable transactions to be concluded at pace.’

‘Excellent industry knowledge and expertise; partners available whenever required; first rate service.’

Key clients

Tritax Big Box REIT

Mimecast

EQT

Workday Inc.

Macintyre Hudson

Brentford FC

Commercial property: development Tier 3

Acclaimed as a ‘highly experienced team able to deal with complex issues quickly and efficiently’, the UK real estate team at international firm Taylor Wessing LLP has been especially busy in the logistics sector of late, having transacted over £1bn worth of deals in the first quarter of 2021. Matthew Swainston is reputed for his vast knowledge of prime London office space and alongside structured transaction and joint venture expert, Mark Rajbenbach, is among the key contacts on the investment front. The group focuses on acquisition, disposal and development matters in the purpose build living, hotels and hospitality sectors and is geared to provide a full lifecycle offering on all projects and transactions. Practice head Keith Barnett and Emma Oakley are the standouts for corporate occupier matters, often acting for leisure, online retail, tech, life sciences entities, in addition to prominent landlords.

Practice head(s):

Keith Barnett

Other key lawyers:

Chris Turley; Matthew Swainston; Alan Evans

Testimonials

‘A highly experienced team able to deal with complex issues that arise very quickly and efficiently.’

‘A first class team who seamlessly work together. Whether its corporate, real estate, construction or employment, everyone is top of their game and have a handle on the salient matters.’

‘The individuals are very personable and professional and are able to deal with any queries immediately speeding up the legal process.’

‘Emma Oakley understands my business and needs and understands the market in which I operate to enable her to give practical and commercial advise to ensure deals are completed.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach is always available for sage, incisive advice. While he is a specialist in real estate and corporate transactions, his pragmatic advice cuts across all disciplines.’

‘Matthew Swainston and Louise Tobbutt share our drive to get deals done rather than expend time and energy on intellectual debates on terms, all the time with good humour and common sense.’

‘The commercial real estate team are consistently commercial and sensible in finding solutions that enable transactions to be concluded at pace.’

‘Excellent industry knowledge and expertise; partners available whenever required; first rate service.’

Key clients

EQT

Tritax Big Box REIT

Canada Life

McLaren

Westbury Hotel

W.RE

Southampton Football Club

BentallGreenOak

Brentford Football Club

Smithfield Market Traders Association

Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP offers strong support across development and finance matters relating to construction. The team acts for a number of high-profile domestic and international clients, including employers and contractors. It also receives significant projects work from its technology and life sciences practices. Matthew Jones leads the team, offering experience acting in a number of international jurisdictions. David Quinlan also comes highly recommended, with particular expertise in international infrastructure and project financing across a number of sectors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Jones

Other key lawyers:

David Quinlan

Testimonials

‘Outstanding team that handled our work in an exceptional manner.’

‘Exceptional insights gained from this team.’

Key clients

EQT Fund Management Sarl

Lionel Road Development Limited

McLaren Property

Wolfe Commercial Properties Southbank Ltd

Clearbell Capital

Brentford FC

Newham Learning Partnership Limited

Charnwood General Trust

Bollegraaf Recycling Solutions

Employee share schemes Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP’s strength is in venture capital work, and regularly assists inbound investors from the US on their UK share plans. The team’s sector specialism is in the technology and life sciences sectors, counting Monzo and WuXi AppTec as key clients. Practice head Ann Casey has 30 years of experience within this sphere and is best known for her expertise in handling tax-favoured plans. She works alongside Anna Humphrey, who focuses on high growth companies within the technology sector, and senior associate Katie Lewis, who is skilled in tax favoured equity arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Ann Casey

Other key lawyers:

Anna Humphrey

Testimonials

‘Deep expertise and knowledge shared across the team spanning the breadth of equity compensation, employee benefits and executive compensation related matters. Very solid reputation across the industry. Excellent response time and client management.’

‘Ann Casey takes the time to understand our business, key drivers and the desired outcome sought in detail. Her advice is very precise, pragmatic, clear and concise and her response time is excellent. She is very strong in communications and has demonstrated excellent client management. She brings an incredible depth of knowledge and experience coupled with valuable insights on industry trends and relevant regulatory and market developments.’

‘The team is very knowledgeable and was able to answer complex tax questions swiftly and on the spot. Solutions were found without reinventing the structure, and documents were finalised with minimum document turns. The quality and speed were exceptional and the advice provided well structured.’

‘Anna Humphrey is calm and flexible. She communicates in a clear and structured manner. Having worked with many legal professionals, she stands out. She asks the right questions, which allow her to assess the scope quickly and provide solutions on the go.’

‘Ann Casey is pragmatic, straightforward to deal with has always managed to get to the crux of any issues quickly.’

‘Ann Casey is brilliant. Wonderfully approachable and friendly, an expert in her field, and able to work through complex problems.’

‘Ann Casey has been outstanding throughout her time advising us. She is technically excellent and has a deep knowledge of what is market. She thinks critically and creatively and provides her advice is a clear and coherent manner, which is important given that the advice often needs to be communicated to non-lawyers. She always has a smile on her face, which belies her tenacity in negotiations, and it has been a pleasure working with her.’

‘Anna Humphrey is fantastic – always available to help and thinks laterally to solve real business issues (rather than focusing purely on the legal technicalities).’

Key clients

WuXi AppTec

Digital Surgery

Nucleus Global

SciBite

BlackLine, Inc.

Curve

Laybuy

Monzo

Vinted Limited

Pusher Ltd.

Lovecrafts Group Limited

Godija Ltd

Caffyns PLC

Onfido Ltd

Kuda Technologies Limited

Fraud: civil Tier 3

The Taylor Wessing LLP civil fraud and asset tracing practice is combined with general investigatory and multijurisdictional business crime expertise within the firm. Key specialisms include financial services and FX investigations, sanctions and anti-bribery compliance, and global corruption investigations (particularly those related to Russia and central Asian states). The team also runs corporate crime and fraud training sessions aimed at in-house counsel, compliance officers and senior executives. David De Ferrars leads the team and advises on commercial litigation, corporate investigations, fraud, asset tracing, corruption and white-collar matters.

Practice head(s):

David de Ferrars

Testimonials

‘David de Ferrars is hugely experienced in civil fraud matters and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Pi Consulting

Rusnano Group

Brambles Holdings (UK) Limited

Derev, Khadzhi-Murat

Deloitte

Joint Official Liquidators (“JOLs”) of Saad Investment Company Limited (In Liquidation)

Gaming and betting Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's gambling practice advises on regulatory issues, as well as a range of corporate, commercial, data protection and technology matters in the sector. The firm draws upon its extensive international network to assist major brands in Europe and the US. Graham Hann leads the UK games and e-gaming group.

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP‘s London pensions practice is headed by Mark Smith‘Deeply knowledgeable and approachable’, Smith is well-regarded for his professional trustee practice, advising on scheme funding, restructuring, and security arrangements. The team is considered to have one of the leading practices for pensions fraud work, particularly in scheme liberation matters. Hadassah Shulman is a key pensions associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Smith

Testimonials

‘The team is very capable. It is well led by Mark Smith who ensures the team produces high quality legal advice. They are approachable, collaborative and very responsive.’

‘ Extremely professional and responsive firm with a clear strength in depth in dealing with complex pensions issues and disputes.’

‘Taylor Wessing are agile and responded swiftly to the multiple queries we put to them in our highly complex dispute that involved many parties. They have been a vital part of the team and their work ensured a positive outcome in a dispute where it could so easily have gone against us.’

Key clients

Independent Trustee Services Limited

Pi Trustees

Lady Cristina Green

Planning Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's expertise in planning, infrastructure, policy and guidance attracts work from major clients in the developer space and sports sector. Practice head Alistair Watson has extensive experience in all aspects of planning, with particular strengths in development. Under his leadership, the team handles major urban regeneration projects such as the high profile Tulip project, London's first tourist attraction to be proposed in over 20 years. Senior counsel Emma Tait leads on a number of the firm's high-profile matters and has strong expertise in the development of land and buildings.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Watson

Other key lawyers:

Emma Tait; Holly Grundon; Joanna Bassett

Testimonials

‘The team responds with speed, accuracy and diligence to any query.’

‘Alistair Watson leads from the front in an admirably professional manner.’

‘Real understanding of the unique make up of the individual client. Unique for a large firm to operate on such a local/ intimate level.’

‘Alistair Watson exudes relaxed professionalism. He talks to you at your level and listens and knows how to communicate the advice in an appropriate way.’

Key clients

Bury Street Properties

Southampton Football Club

Wolfe Properties

R&F Properties

Buckminster/Grantham Designer Outlet Village

Bleeding Heart Restaurant Group

W RE

Comer Homes Group

Essential Living

Telford Homes

Product liability: defendant Tier 3

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP covers a range of product liability matters, including litigation, compliance, investigations, recalls and collective actions. Showcasing 'considerable scientific and legal expertise', it has know-how in the automotive and autonomous driving; food and drink; and consumer goods sectors. Its life sciences offering was bolstered by the arrival of Alison Dennis in May 2020 from Fieldfisher. The group is led by Katie Chandler, who is well versed in regulatory issues. David De Ferrars has cross-border experience.

Practice head(s):

Katie Chandler

Other key lawyers:

Tasmina Goraya; David Clarke; Alison Dennis; Edward Spencer; David De Ferrars

Testimonials

‘The Taylor Wessing team brings to bear considerable scientific and legal expertise.’

‘Katie Chandler is across all the detail and handles client expectations brilliantly.’

‘Tasmina Goraya combines impressive scientific know-how with the ability to communicate the detail to non-experts in a compelling way.’

‘The team has proven to be pragmatic, efficient and very responsive while maintaining overall quality.’

‘Really good engagement from really able people.’

‘The London Taylor Wessing product liability team has been excellent in helping us manage a large number of complex medical device claims over the past years. They have worked to evaluate a logical approach to a large number of matters, how best to deal with claimants’ counsel, and exploring ways to resolve the claims or prevail at trial if necessary.’

‘An experienced team who work collaboratively with the in-house legal team.’

‘Ed Spencer is on top of everything: the science, the law and strategy.’

Key clients

Parkdean Resorts Limited

LivaNova plc

Burger King

Estrella Damm

Property finance Tier 3

With 'excellent real estate and related finance knowledge', the team at Taylor Wessing LLP acts for a wide range of domestic and international clients, including senior and mezzanine lenders, traditional banks, insurance companies, real estate funds and borrowers. Martin Yells leads the team and acts for a growing number of large corporate clients. Jonathan Marks has substantial experience in advising borrowers and lenders on debt financing, and his work can often involve cross-border elements. Heather Buttle has strengths in acting for alternative lenders, as well as handling mandates involving student accommodation. Amar Ali is adept at structured real estate finance, and Gareth Lawson is strong in senior, mezzanine and preferred equity arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Martin Yells

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Marks; Heather Buttle; Amar Ali; Gareth Lawson

Testimonials

‘Excellent real estate and related finance knowledge. Excellent deal management.’

Key clients

PIMCO

Sofina Foods

Starz Real Estate

Deutsche Bank

Deka Bank

PGIM

Helaba

Federated Hermes

Wells Fargo

MetLife Insurance

Property litigation Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP has recently been particularly active in assisting landlords and institutional clients with various Covid 19-related matters such as lease renewals and terminations, alongside dilapidations. It is also experienced in advising landlords on tenant CVAs, as well as in development-related disputes, most notably rights to light and vacant possession matters. While most of its work concerns commercial properties, it also handles residential leasehold instructions. Team head Saleem Fazal divides his time between London and Liverpool and handles the full range of commercial real estate disputes. He is also the founder and co-chair of Freehold, a networking forum for LGBT real estate professionals.

Practice head(s):

Saleem Fazal

Other key lawyers:

Edward Cooper

Testimonials

They are very well established and led by the excellent Saleem Fazal.

I would mention Saleem Fazal, who has led this team for a number of years now. He is extremely experienced as a property litigator and very highly regarded.

TW are a very good mix of responsive and well informed. Speed of replies to enquires are key to building up confidence, and this has been even more impressive during Covid-influenced times. IT access to storage of files is highly efficient, and I have personally benefitted from help being given to guide me through the process.

Saleem Fazal demonstrates excellent response times and deep speciality knowledge.

Taylor Wessing have become a real heavyweight in the property litigation field, thanks to the deft touch of Saleem Fazal.’

Saleem Fazal is totally engaged, Saleem is a lovely person to deal with and a great leader of his team.

A strong, able team.

Key clients

The Tulip

Secure Income REIT

Hermes Real Estate Investment Management Limited

Hollister

Knotel UK / Knotel Inc

Canada Life Limited

InfraRed Capital Partners

Pike Investment

Kessler Group

Camden Property Holdings Limited

Stranton Properties

The Westbury Hotel Limited

John Mundy

Trustees of the JMPH Evelyn 1997 Settlement

Kevin Taylor

Henry & Angela Broughton

Reputation management Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for both claimants and defendants, with a focus on media companies and high net-worth individuals. The practice handles the full range of reputation management and privacy protection matters; Niri Shanmuganathan  is noted for his expertise in post-broadcast and post-publication issues, whilst Michael Yates  advises on blackmail, data protection and right to be forgotten claims.

Retail and consumer Tier 3

Placing an emphasis on online retailers and brands with high-tech needs, Taylor Wessing LLP frequently assists consumer product, fashion and luxury, retailer, and food and beverage clients. Practice co-head Edward Story routinely advises restaurants and other food and beverage retail businesses on logistics and supply chain issues, while fellow co-head Jason Rawkins spearheads the fashion and luxury team, where he has a particular focus on IP. Experienced commercial disputes lawyer Katie Chandler and consumer and e-commerce law expert Siân Skelton are other key names.

Practice head(s):

Edward Story; Jason Rawkins

Other key lawyers:

Katie Chandler; Graham Hann; Siân Skelton

Key clients

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

Selfridges

Vinted

Burger King

River Island

Intu Properties Plc

Casual Dining Group

Godiva

Farfetch

Just Eat

Rutland Partners LLP

LDH (La Doria) (multi brands including John West Tuna)

Coty

Hilton Food Group Plc

Ferrero

Thorntons

Gaucho

Ritual Technologies Inc.

PlanetArt LLP

TMT Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP advises clients on a wide range of matters, including M&A, advertising issues and employment law. In addition, the firm has notable strength in technology law, assisting clients with fintech, IoT and blockchain projects. Josef Fuss  specialises in venture capital deals, M&A and joint ventures, particularly in the digital health space. Mark Owen has expertise in IP law, helping media, entertainment and technology companies with IP strategy, exploitation, use and protection.

Practice head(s):

Josef Fuss; Mark Owen

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP's disputes and investigations team has 'extensive experience' of acting for life sciences, technology, professional services and private wealth clients in commercial litigation. The group frequently handles multijurisdictional disputes, including those involving fraud and cross-border asset tracing. Practice head Andrew Howell focuses on financial services and professional services sector disputes, while the 'tactically astute' Katie Chandler is noted for corporate, contractual and technology projects litigation. For fraud and disputes involving regulatory investigations, UK managing partner Shane Gleghorn is noted. Civil fraud and asset tracing specialist Boris Telyatnikov moved to Enyo Law LLP .

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell

Other key lawyers:

Katie Chandler; Shane Gleghorn; David de Ferrars; Nick Storrs

Testimonials

The dispute team was very committed, available and rendered a top performance.

A large team with extensive experience.’

Nick Storrs has a ferocious work ethic and deep commitment to his clients’ cause, he is very popular and wins great work. His work is consistently high-value and high-stakes.

Katie Chandler is on top of things, very skilled and experienced in High Court litigation. Her case approach was as efficient as tactically astute.’

Key clients

UK Hospitality Industries

Rusnano Group

Professor Russel Griggs OBE

Konkola Copper Mines Plc

DigiCert Inc.

Siegfried Evionnaz SA

Joint Official Liquidators (“JOLs”) of Saad Investment Company Limited (In Liquidation)

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Financial services: contentious Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP's practitioners are most known for their expertise in the cross-over between equity capital markets, financial and data protection regulations, regularly representing financial services companies before the ICO and FCA. Key figures in the practice group are head of the disputes and investigations practice Andrew Howell, who has a niche in litigation and regulatory investigations involving accountancy firms; and Laurence Lieberman, whose focus is contentious matters involving the private banking and wealth management space. Leading the financial services and  competition team, Charlotte Hill is often brought in on contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell; Charlotte Hill; Laurence Lieberman

Other key lawyers:

Julian Randall; David McCluskey; Stuart Broom

Key clients

Deloitte

Fintech Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP, which has a well-established reputation in the technology industry, excels in handling corporate and investment matters for fintech companies and investors. It advises on a range of issues associated with new and emerging technologies, such as mobile payments, cloud computing, AI blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Graham Hann assists clients with commercial, IT and data-related issues. He co-heads the team with Angus Miln, who is recommended for venture capital and private equity transactions, and Charlotte Hill, who has expertise in financial services regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Graham Hann; Charlotte Hill; Angus Miln

Key clients

Laybuy

Interactive investor (ii)

OMERS Ventures

Curve

Monzo

Digital Moneybox

Kuda

Dawn Capital

Tide

Digicert

MarketFinance

Immigration Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP's employment, pensions and mobility practice, which is led by Sean Nesbitt, includes senior counsels Charlie Pring and Vikki Wiberg. Pring leads on US and North American inbound and technology work, while Wiberg leads on Asia inbound and high-net-worth and business crossover immigration work. The firm has a strong focus on work for tech companies; recent work has covered sponsor licences, work visa applications, EEA settled status applications, indefinite leave to remain and other issues which showcase the team's combined employment/immigration expertise.

Practice head(s):

Sean Nesbitt

Other key lawyers:

Charlie Pring; Vikki Wiberg

Testimonials

‘The responsiveness of the team is unique, which helped us in difficult situations.’

‘Immense knowledge of UK policies and procedures.’

Key clients

QuEST Global Engineering

Charles River Associates (CRA)

Sonangol Offshore Services

Lifescience Dynamics

Tavant Technologies

PetroChina International (London) Limited

BKUK Group Limited

Cemex UK Materials Limited

Oxford Metrics PLC

LayBuy Holdings (UK) Limited

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP's London pensions practice is headed by Mark Smith. 'Deeply knowledgeable and approachable', Smith is well-regarded for his professional trustee practice, advising on scheme funding, restructuring, and security arrangements. The team is considered to have one of the leading practices for pensions fraud work, particularly in scheme liberation matters. Hadassah Shulman is a key pensions associate in the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:

Hadassah Shulman

Testimonials

‘Nothing is too much trouble for them, advice is delivered on time and most importantly, in a way that is understood by the trustees.’

‘The team has in depth knowledge of the pensions industry and is always prompt and responsive when dealing with legal questions.’

‘Taylor Wessing provide very thorough, detailed legal advice and take a forensic approach to their work – piecing together what can sometimes be a long and complicated scheme history. They will put in the hours required to meet challenging client deadlines and take the time to ensure that lay trustees fully understand the legal analysis, options and implications of the decisions they are making.’

‘Mark Taylor is outstanding in his clarity of thought and ability to deliver clear and comprehensive advice and guidance.’

‘Hadassah Shulman – an excellent performancer’

 

Key clients

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees Limited

Lady Cristina Green

Independent Trustee Services Limited

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

FIS

Pi Trustees

Trustees of the Royal British Legion Staff Pension Fund

Trustees of the Visa UK Pension Plan

Press Association

Armitage Pet Care Limited

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP's disputes and investigations team has a breadth of experience in financial services and banking litigation with particular expertise in those arising from an insolvency context. Leveraging the firm's strong technology focus, it also has a growing cryptocurrency disputes practice. Laurence Lieberman acts for retail, investment and private banks, funds and other financial institutions in a full range of disputes and regulatory investigations. Tim Strong, Andrew Howell and recently promoted partner Stuart Broom (who has particular experience in professional negligence disputes) are other key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell; Laurence Lieberman

Other key lawyers:

Tim Strong; Andrew Howell; Stuart Broom; David de Ferrars

Testimonials

Laurence Lieberman – clients have called him ‘Mr Cool’ – calm under fire, charming and clear-sighted in achieving client aims.

The customer-centricity was outstanding.

The personalised service and availability of the partner stood out.

Key clients

Professor Russell Griggs OBE

Joint Official Liquidators (“JOLs”) of Saad Investment Company Limited (In Liquidation)

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP‘s contentious construction team offers support to a mix of contractors and employers, often acting for international clients with operations in the UK. Matthew Jones leads the team and has significant domestic and global construction experience. Jonathan Hutt leads on contentious matters, with experience in the TCC, as well as in arbitrations and adjudications.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Jones

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Hutt

Testimonials

‘A good team who have worked together for a long time. They have also been able to adapt well to our altering resource demands.’

‘The team offers broad knowledge and experience and has an ability to give correct and professional advice.’

‘They have an eagerness to find solutions and to come up with different scenarios, showing a high level of competence in giving advice on all the different aspects related to our contract and bringing a lot of clarity.’

‘The team are flexible and able to get familiar with the case and the company in very little time. They stand out for their openness and willingness to share all possible information, as well as their out-of-the-box thinking.’

Key clients

Lionel Road Development Limited (Brentford Football Club)

Charnwood General Trust

Carillion Construction Limited (in liquidation)

Morgen Sindall Property Services

McLaren Construction

Burtisland Fabrication Limited (in administration)

Bonatti S.p.A

Corporate tax Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP has a broad client offering in the tax space and advises on corporate and financial markets transactions, reorganisations and equity and debt listings. Key sectors of strength include the technology and media, private wealth and real estate industries. The team was previously led by Peter Jackson and is now led by Graham Samuel-Gibbon who took over in May 2021. Liz Wilson is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Graham Samuel-Gibbon

Other key lawyers:

Peter Jackson; Liz Wilson; James Stewart

Testimonials

‘Technically excellent; also were very committed to the work.’

‘Peter Jackson; technically very strong and he works with enthusiasm.’

Key clients

Goodman UK

Long Tall Sally

Canada Life

Deluxe Entertainment Services

BlackLine Inc.

EQT Real Estate

Medicxi portfolio companies

Zoopla/Hometrack

Nucleus Global

Laybuy

Godrej plc

Tritax Big Box REIT

EPIC

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP has carved out a focus on fintech and consumer lending, as well as regulatory issues relating to wealth management, funds and private banking. The fintech regulatory practice is particularly well-developed, and lawyers are often instructed to advise on projects related to bank capital structuring, securitisation, consumer authorisation issues and the impacts of Brexit. Charlotte Hill leads the department and is an expert in English and EU financial regulatory law. Associate Katie Fry-Paul is increasingly known for advising private banking clients.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Hill

Other key lawyers:

Laurence Leiberman; Katie Fry-Paul; Julia Steinhardt

Testimonials

Deep financial services/regulatory expertise and knowledge. Great client service. Response is extremely clear and timely. They provide very thoughtful advice and invaluable guidance and insights on regulatory developments.’

Dependable, expert support from a team who understands how our technology works.’

The team’s knowledge has proved to be excellent, whilst discussing the issues on various calls they instinctively know the answers to problems. They then prompt provide opinions which have been used to support key business decisions.’

Katie Fry-Paul is one to watch. She has huge experience of financial regulatory matters and can bring incredible valuable insights on new regulatory developments and industry best practices and emerging trends. Her advice is always extremely clear, concise and to the point. She is very proactive and efficient at client management. She takes the time to learn about our business and strategy and fully understand our key drivers and goals. We have worked with her for almost 2 years and have been always impressed by her high quality service and work.’

Key clients

Epic

Laybuy

Interactive investor (ii)

Triple Point Social Housing REIT plc

OMERS Ventures

Curve

Monzo

Digital Moneybox

Direct Link Technologies

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP’s ‘solid and reliable team’ is known for its work on money laundering, bribery and corruption investigations, often of a multi-jurisdictional nature. The group brings together specialists in both civil and criminal fraud. David De Ferrars and Tim Strong jointly lead the department, where consulting partner David McCluskey and senior associate Michelle George are also singled out by clients.

Practice head(s):

David De Ferrars; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:

David McCluskey; Laurence Lieberman; Michelle George

Testimonials

‘The team at Taylor Wessing is efficient and client-focused. They have a practical, no-nonsense approach and react very well in a crisis. A solid and reliable team that impress with their calm and measured approach.’

‘David McCluskey is straightforward, clever, pragmatic, efficient – an all-round excellent lawyer with enormous experience in this field. A very steady and safe pair of hands.’

‘Michelle George is very bright – robust, unflappable and great in a crisis.’

‘David McCluskey is a class act. He is one of the cleverest lawyers on the scene. Whether corporate or individual, he has the best instincts for where the mischief is in a case and goes straight to it, good or bad, to manage it. He is warm, interesting and interested. Not someone to blow his own trumpet but he could legitimately do so. He attracts interesting clients with weird problems that need a number of disciplines to solve.’

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP is best known for its advice to individuals facing potential criminal offences, but the team is also instructed by a number of accountancy practices and professional services companies in relation to fraud, tax violations and other regulatory complaints. Standout figures in the team include practice co-heads Tim Strong and David de Ferrars, and David McCluskey (a ‘clever, pragmatic’ adviser).

Practice head(s):

David de Ferrars; Tim Strong

Other key lawyers:

David McClusky; Laurence Lieberman; Andrew Howell

Testimonials

Led by the very experienced and engaging David McCluskey, the team at Taylor Wessing is efficient and client-focused. They have a practical, no-nonsense approach and react very well in a crisis. A solid and reliable team that impress with their calm and measured approach.

David McCluskey: straight-forward, clever, pragmatic, efficient – an all-round excellent lawyer with enormous experience in this field. A very steady and safe pair of hands.

Key clients

Professor Russell Griggs OBE

Deloitte

Asher Miller

Acquisition finance Tier 6

Led by Martin YellsTaylor Wessing LLP's borrower focused practice has a particularly strong reputation among private equity sponsors engaged in mid-market leveraged finance mandates. The team also regularly provides debt financing advice (including in an acquisition finance context) to the firm's  sizeable roster of technology-based corporates.

Practice head(s):

Martin Yells

Other key lawyers:

Lerika Joubert; Fiona Coady

Key clients

Rutland Partners

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Anglo Pacific Group Plc

NoteMachine

Bridgepoint

Terra Firma

LayBuy

Alcuin Capital

Baird

Caledonia

CentralNIC Group Plc

Secret Escapes

Hilton Food Group Plc

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

Taylor Wessing LLP's versatile restructuring and insolvency offering, led by Nick Moser , provides 'technically accurate' and 'strategically astute' advice to a broad range of stakeholders, including funds/alternative lenders, IPs and corporates. Given the firm's intellectual property and venture capital credentials, it is perhaps unsurprising that a considerable amount of work handled by the team relates to distressed technology-related entities.

Practice head(s):

Nick Moser

Other key lawyers:

Amy Patterson; Stephen O’Grady; Luke Viner

Testimonials

The team provides technically accurate advice and considers the commercial considerations surrounding the legal issues’

Intellectually strong, strategically astute, will really fight their client’s corner.’

Amy Patterson is a top-notch insolvency lawyer who was quickly able to grasp difficult cross-border insolvency issues.’

Amy Patterson is the complete package, a tenacious litigator with brilliant client skills.’

Stephen O’Grady is a restructuring lawyer who not only has the insolvency expertise one would expect from any lawyer but is able to convey it either in written form or in meeting in a clear way. In situations of debate/conflict he can hold his own but in a manner which is seldomly confrontational.’

Luke Viner is responsive and very helpful’.

Key clients

ReSolve Partners

Deluxe Media

BDO LLP

Smith & Williamson LLP

KPMG LLP

FRP Advisory

Duff & Phelps

Rutland

White Oak

PwC

EU and competition Tier 7

Taylor Wessing LLP provides competition support across large, international corporate transactions, primarily though advising on merger filing procedures in numerous jurisdictions. Paolo Palmigiano, who previously had roles as head of competition at Lloyds Banking Group and BT, leads the team, ably supported by senior counsel Louisa Penny.

Practice head(s):

Paolo Palmigiano

Other key lawyers:

Louisa Penny

Testimonials

The team are excellent at putting themselves in the shoes of clients to provide them with the most on-point, client friendly advice.

Paolo Palmigiano is excellent at looking ahead, horizon scanning to spot the next issues likely to impact his clients’ business

Key clients

Just Eat

Mobility Trader UK Limited

The Press Association

Jiangsu Ysphotech Integrated Circuit Equ

Mylan

Accord Healthcare

Soldo

Zoopla

Biotechnology Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP has one of the largest specialist biotechnology teams in Europe, including a strong team in Cambridge, which supports global biotech companies at all stages of their lifecycle. As well as acting as counsel to both established pharmaceutical companies, among them Pfizer, the firm also assists early-stage companies such as Orexia and UltraHuman with their development. Tasmina Goraya is the lead partner in Cambridge and a core member of the firmwide life sciences group. Life sciences growth and commercialisation partner Colin McCall, who is 'an excellent communicator, very personable', specialises in advising life sciences and medtech clients. Partners Adrian Toutoungi, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2020, and Ross McNaughton, who joined from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, are key additions to the practice, bringing vast experience in IP and corporate life sciences transactions.

Other key lawyers:

Tasmina Goraya; Colin McCall; Adrian Toutoungi; Ross McNaughton

Testimonials

‘What I look for in a legal adviser is deep domain expertise, in this case the law, and the specific sector focus: biotech. The Taylor Wessing team has shown that it clearly possesses all of this and what is more they layer it with strategic thinking and nous, which is also hugely important especially in order to structure the best contracts and agreements.’

‘Colin McCall has been exceptionally responsive to our needs, even responding at times when he is supposed to be on a break. The rest of his team have always been very helpful and attentive as well.’

‘We worked with several teams at Taylor Wessing. As a start-up company, it was important for us to have access to an expert team of lawyers but with the constraint of limited funding. The partners at Taylor Wessing were able to offer a highly start-up friendly arrangement to overcome this challenge.’

‘We worked with Colin McCall for a lengthy in-licensing negotiation which was crucial for the company. Due to his deep subject-level expertise in life sciences, Colin was able to offer very helpful solutions during the negotiation process.’

‘The team has provided cost-effective legal support on several licensing transactions. They have been prepared to work within an agreed budget, which is particularly useful for early stage companies with limited cash.’

‘Colin McCall has provided excellent service – he makes sure to understand the client’s needs and reliably delivers high-quality work within the agreed timelines and budgets. He is an excellent communicator, very personable and a pleasure to deal with. ’

‘A strong team supporting contentious IP matters and supply relationships. Team members actively follow the company’s published activities which means they understand what is important for us and can provide a tailored approach. The team is highly engaged, responsive and communicative.’

‘One of the strengths of Taylor Wessing is their strong brand recognition and reputation in the life sciences sector. Having Taylor Wessing represent us immediately provided a certain level of credibility for our new spinout venture.’

‘The two excellent partners we worked with are Colin McCall and Ross McNaughton. In addition to providing exceptional legal advice, this team made themselves available to us around the clock and on weekends. Being a new startup, and having negotiated a capped fee due to our stage and funding, we did not anticipate anything close to this level of commitment, especially knowing the size and level of other deals they had on their plate. We are very excited they will be along for the ride as part of the family as we grow and scale our company.’

Key clients

Pfizer

Start Codon cohort companies

Mylan

Apotex

Oxford Biomedica

TranSINE Therapeutics

Exvastat

Nuclera Nucleics

F-Star

Macomics

My Personal Therapeutics

SciBite

Ultrahuman

Apcintex

Morphogen-IX

Colorifix

Oppilan / Zomagen

Semarion

Drishti Discoveries

Spirea

Zygosity

Mu Genomics

Tagomics

Spliceor

Intellectual property Tier 1

Advice on IP strategy, acquisition, enforcement and commercialisation is a core part of Taylor Wessing LLP's global practice, in which the Cambridge office plays a pivotal role. The group - which is led by Adrian Toutoungi, 'a strategic visionary with unrivalled intellect, knowledge and expertise' - acts for spin-outs, early-stage and multinational companies in the life sciences and technology sectors, as well as their investors. Tasmina Goraya, who specialises in compliance and regulatory matters, and Colin McCall, who handles transactional IP matters for life sciences and medtech clients, are key partners. Associate Charlie Adams, who joined from Mills & Reeve LLP, specialises in patents law in the life sciences and technology sectors, while senior associate Nabil Assad, a hire from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, provides IP and regulatory advice.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Toutoungi

Other key lawyers:

Tasmina Goraya; Colin McCall; Charlie Adams; Nabil Assad

Testimonials

‘Very strategic. They take the time to truly understand a client.’

‘Adrian Toutoungi is a strategic visionary. He has unrivalled intellect, knowledge and expertise, but is very approachable and easy to talk to.’

‘One of the strengths of Taylor Wessing is their strong brand recognition and reputation in the life sciences sector. Having Taylor Wessing represent us immediately provided a certain level of credibility for our new spinout venture. We have been very delighted with our team’s expertise and patience guiding us through the company formation process. Taylor Wessing’s track record, industry knowledge and BD/VC connections were and continue to be motivating factors in our engagement with them.’

‘Being a new startup, and having negotiated a capped fee due to our stage and funding, we did not anticipate anything close to this level of commitment, especially knowing the size and level of other deals they had on their plate. g. We are very excited they will be along for the ride as part of the family as we grow and scale our company.’

Key clients

SciBite Limited (shareholders of)

Exvastat Limited

TranSINE Therapeutics Limited

Cycle Pharmaceuticals

Start Codon cohort companies

Nuclera

Cambridge Innovation Capital

The Faraday Institution

Abbott Laboratories

Sigilon Therapeutics

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP's Cambridge office is an integrated part of practice with more than 80 partners across Europe, the US and Asia. Its corporate practice, led by Ross McNaughton, who joined from Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, acts for UK-based and international IP-rich companies and their investors. Its work encompasses high-value M&A deals, fund formation, seed investments and fundraising. Adrian Toutoungi is an experienced partner in licensing and commercial agreements. The firm acts for venture capital firm Cambridge Innovation Capital (CIC), which backs world-leading life sciences and technology companies with an affiliation to Cambridge.

Practice head(s):

Ross McNaughton

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Toutoungi; Charlie Adams

Testimonials

‘The practice has deep domain expertise in the biotechnology and drug discovery sectors due in large part to their longstanding connections within the Cambridge UK life science scene. We have used a variety of firms over the years and have found the TW Cambridge group to be particularly capable in dealing with investment, acquisition and IP strategy.’

‘Ross McNaughton was a key negotiating ally in our dealings with both investors and potential acquirers. He was able to lead complex and difficult interactions with third parties in a pragmatic and ultimately successful manner.’

‘Ross McNaughton performed superbly during deal negotiations. His tenacity and ability to direct a legal team is commendable.’

‘Adrian Toutoungi and Charlie Adams were critical on our US expansion deal because of how central IP was to the deal. IP matters were certainly very complicated in this deal. They were able to navigate IP matters exceptionally well.’

‘One of the strengths of TW is their strong brand recognition and reputation in the life sciences sector. Having TW represent us immediately provided a certain level of credibility. We have been very delighted with our team’s expertise and patience guiding us through the company formation process.’

‘The excellent corporate partner we worked very closely with was Ross McNaughton. We are also extremely grateful for the standout work performed by associate Charlie Adams.’

‘They have great people, they are very responsive and can offer broad advice.’

‘Ross McNaughton stands out on his responsiveness and diligence. They also inspire confidence because of their depth of knowledge across topics. They are also able to translate complex legal topics into a language that is easy to understand for non-lawyers.’

Key clients

SciBite

Cambridge Innovation Capital

Nuclera

Morphogen-IX

Z-Factor

Lockbody

Capella

Orexia

Oppilan / Zomagen

Zygosity

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 300 partners and 1,100 lawyers, spanning 29 offices in 17 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, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Kiev, Klagenfurt, London, London TechFocus, Liverpool, Menlo Park/Silicon Valley, Munich, New York, Paris, Prague, Seoul, Shanghai, Vienna and Warsaw.

Department Name Email Telephone
UK managing partner Shane Gleghorn
UK senior partner Dominic FitzPatrick
Real estate, planning and environment Paul Lawrence
Construction and engineering Matthew Jones
Restructuring and corporate recovery Nick Moser
Banking and finance Martin Yells
Employment and pensions Paul Callaghan
Financial services regulatory Charlotte Hill
Tax and incentives Graham Samuel-Gibbon
Private client Nick Warr
Private capital and corporate finance Russell Holden
Corporate technology Josef Fuss
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 : 100+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 350+

The Lex 100 Verdict

Known for its tech focus and impressive client list, Taylor Wessing offers top-level work with the benefit of working in small teams. Praised for its ‘quality of work, reputation for work/life balance, good clients’, trainees also commend the ‘friendly and approachable staff’, ‘fresh perspective’  and ‘relaxed atmosphere’. Expertise goes beyond the tech sector: ‘it truly is a full-service firm, meaning that the experience you get throughout your training contract is vast and I thought that this would enable me to find an area of law that suited me’. The training at Taylor Wessing  provides exposure to many different sectors, all the while being focused on trainee welfare and development. As one trainee adds, ‘the firm genuinely cares about trainee welfare. There is very open dialogue about how the firm can improve life for trainees, especially during the pandemic’. That’s not to say the training contract is without hard work or long hours, both features of life at any major firm. Trainees find that 'it can differ greatly from seat to seat'. Highlights of training include ‘working on matters that make the news', ‘drafting a client's full complaint to the legal ombudsman, as well as the counter claim, and seeing it pay off with a win’ and ‘working on pro bono matters at an external legal clinic’. Overall trainees praise Taylor Wessing for its ‘engaging, intelligent and enthusiastic colleagues', plus the 'exceptionally interesting clients’. A current trainee sums up: ‘it really is trying to be at the forefront of progression in terms of diversity, inclusion, gender equality and mental health support. It gives me hope for the future of the legal sector’.