Taylor Wessing LLP > London, England > Firm Profile

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

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 1

Deeply embedded into the venture capital ecosystem as a result of many years’ involvement at the very pinnacle of the market, Taylor Wessing LLP is consequently able to provide real world, cost-effective and commercial advice to a technology and life sciences centred investee-focused client base throughout the funding continuum. ‘Knowledgeable and experienced’ team head Angus Miln frequently takes the lead on advice to disruptive tech companies, including a considerable amount of recent later stage work for fintech companies, including for Monzo Bank which he advised on its oversubscribed Series H funding round. As well as his knowledge of venture capital work within the cleantech space, Howard Palmer is also very adept at handling fintech-related work, including for early stage fund Dawn Capital. Based out of Cambridge, Ross McNaughton is particularly effective at handling work for life sciences/healthcare companies throughout their growth strategies, and is well-suited to advising on matters with a transatlantic angle by dint of a period of time based out of San Francisco. 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. All named practitioners are based in London unless otherwise noted.

Practice head(s):

Angus Miln

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Angus Miln is knowledgeable and experienced.’

Key clients

Cambridge Epigenetic

Beauty Pie Limited

Multiverse Group Limited

Tyk Technologies

Vinted

Dawn Capital

Heroes

Monzo

OLIO Exchange

Peak Al

Oxbotica

Envelop Risk

Apollo Therapeutics

Kuda Bank

New Science Ventures

Climate X

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP are a go-to practice for both buy-side and sell-side advice on major single asset and portfolio M&A hotel deals within the UK and in Europe. The team also has sound knowledge of hotel development matters, hotel management agreements and franchise agreements. Their wide scope of expertise and outreach enables them to advise on global matters involving jurisdictions as varied as Switzerland, China, Israel and Germany. The team is headed by Richard Bursby. He is a key contact for private companies, entrepreneurs and high-net worth individuals seeking advice on international corporate and commercial transactions. Edward Story often advises clients on  investment aspects, M&A, corporate real estate issues and other day-to-day corporate-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Bursby

Other key lawyers:

Edward Story; Mark Rajbenbach

Testimonials

‘The Taylor Wessing hotels team is fantastic. They are well respected across the industry and we have nothing but praise for them.’

‘Richard Bursby is one of the top experts in our industry and instantly commands respect from other firms we are up against in our contract negotiations. I find this adds huge value to our position from the off.’

‘Ed Story is technically strong and genuinely one of the nicest people you can meet. His ability to form connections and keep the tone of discussions calm and focused is impressive.’

‘Excellent sector knowledge from real estate, leasing, brand management and franchise agreements.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach has incredible availability and responsiveness; his true sector expertise combined with wider real estate skills suits us very well. A great client partner.’

‘Richard Bursby provides great sector knowledge.’

Key clients

Vivion

Invesco

Castleforge Partners

PPHE Hotel Group

Yotel Limited

RBH Hospitality Management

Virgin

Edyn

L&R

Burger King

Accor

UK Hospitality

Starwood Capital

Ruby Hotels

Schulte Hospitality

Fortress

Work highlights

  • Advised Clal Insurance Group, an Israel-based financial services company, on its purchase of a 49% stake in two London hotels owned by the Amsterdam based hotel owner and operator, PPHE Hotel Group.
  • Advised Castleforge on three buyside deals – the purchase of the Best Western Bruntsfield Hotel in Edinburgh, the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff and the Crowne Plaza Royal Terrace in Edinburgh.
  • Advised a Family Office on a $500m development of three islands in the Caribbean to convert to an ultra-luxury Aman Hotel and Residences, together with related joint venture and management agreements for the hotel and residences.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘the go-to firm with a pre-eminent reputation’. Head of department Emma Jordan is an ’experienced litigator with significant advocacy experience’. Jordan has a dual qualification as both an English barrister and a Jersey Advocate. Jordan advises across all aspects of contentious trusts and has a particular focus on representing trustees and high-net-worth clients. Her practice covers civil fraud, asset tracing and recovery in the context of offshore trusts and structures. Caroline Tayler also plays a pivotal role in the department and specialises in resolving trust and succession disputes both onshore and offshore. Kirstie McGuigan, whose practice spans both contentious and advisory work, has significant experience with Bahamian clients. McGuigan is described as ‘charming, thoughtful and always practical’ and has a strong reputation in the market for her involvement in large complex trusts and contested estate matters. Andrew Hine is now a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Emma Jordan

Other key lawyers:

Kirstie McGuigan; Andrew Hine; Kate Silbermann; Caroline Tayler; Rob Gibson

Testimonials

‘Specialist team in trust litigation. Very experienced in their field. Emma Jordan: clever and composed. Good at reading complex situations and adept at handling difficult clients’.

‘Taylor Wessing is a very well known player in this market, led by the excellent Emma Jordan’.

‘Emma Jordan is a leading individual in this area who combines the managerial skill and judgment of a solicitor running large scale litigation with her practice as a Jersey advocate’.

‘In litigation I have been highly impressed by TW’s teams’ ability to co-ordinate effectively lawyers and clients in multiple jurisdictions. Additionally, it is attractive that the private client team has a strong work ethic and sense of solidarity, which makes it a pleasure to work for them’.

‘Kirstie McGuigan is an outstanding team leader who is capable of efficiently managing litigation being conducted in multiple jurisdictions. She has exceptional interpersonal skills, and a superb rapport with clients and team members’.

‘Kirstie McGuigan – an iron fist in a velvet glove – a very experienced and determined litigator who does not give in. Caroline Tayler – highly intelligent, thorough, knowledgeable litigator with outstanding judgment‘.

‘It is a stellar team of litigation lawyers: conscientious, responsive and unbelievably hardworking. The lawyers have buckets of experience in English and offshore litigation and will always provide excellent, sensible advice on which clients can depend’.

‘I work with partners Kirstie McGuigan and Caroline Tayler. They are quite simply brilliant: clever, sensible, and intuitive. They work all hours and nothing escapes their notice. They manage their time efficiently and take careful note of deadlines and points of detail’.

Key clients

Matteo Volpi

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

Iryna Udovenko

Beneficiary of two Guernsey discretionary trusts

The Trustees of the Jacobs Charitable Trust

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

Acting for a co-executor of an estate in a removal application made against the other co-executor

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP  acts for many entrepreneurs as well as a number high-net-worth families and individuals. A significant proportion of its clients have interests in two or more jurisdictions. It acts for some of the wealthiest families in the Middle East through Murray North and Sanjvee Shah in particular. Simon Phelps has a strong reputation in Asia. In addition it continues to  grow its practice by advising a significant number of ex-US clients on a range of private wealth matters. Nick Warr heads the department that includes Damian Bloom who has a particular focus on long-term planning for UK and non-UK domiciled individuals. Kirstie McGuigan specialises in both contentious and non-contentious private client matters. Sanjvee Shah  has considerable experience in advising professional trustees and family offices on a wide range of trust administration and succession planning matters.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Warr

Other key lawyers:

Simon Phelps; Damian Bloom; Sanjvee Shah; Ben Lister; Murray North; Gabriela Hristova; Josh Boughton; Alexander Erskine; Kirstie McGuigan

Testimonials

‘Very highly regarded private client team at the top of the market’.

‘Nicholas Warr – very experienced partner with brilliant rapport with clients. Ben Lister – an up and coming star of the team, very hardworking and laps up the work’.

‘One of the strongest teams in London – real breadth and depth, combined with the ability to co-ordinate other areas of the firm’s skills where required’.

‘The individuals we work with are superb. At partner level: Damian Bloom – whip-smart and pragmatic. Nick Warr – incredible network and ability to get things done, Murray North – technically superb. Ditto the associates, with special mentions to: Gabriela Hristova; Josh Boughton’.

‘Sanjvee Shah is technically in a different class, proactive, and strategic. It was a pleasure to work with Sanjvee on such a complicated and long running transaction’.

‘The team offers strength in depth and has extensive knowledge and understanding on non mainstream tax & legal topics. They have attracted sophisticated clients over the years with demanding needs and so their offering is all the better for that experience’.

‘Nick Warr – his approach with clients, really caring about the client outcomes and tenacity in achieving –  that is the blueprint for all of his team’.

‘Alexander (Sasha) Erskine – rising up in profile amongst the Partners – is an excellent example of someone following in Nick Warr’s footsteps. He brings patience, deep knowledge and enthusiasm to his work with clients’.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP‘s IP practice provides ‘business-savvy and practical input’ and ‘top-level advice’ for clients. At the core of its offering, the group excels at brand protection and enforcement work, and copyright issues. Mark Owen leads the practice and is well known for his expertise in the digital and technology sectors, and is equally strong in advising clients in the food and beverage industries. Roland Mallinson advises on a range of worldwide trade mark portfolios, particularly assisting luxury beverage, perfume and fashion corporates. Adam Rendle is the go-to for international entertainment business matters, advising on complex exploitation arrangements, while TMT clients trust France Delord in a number of contentious contexts, and financial services clients can turn to Jason Rawkins for assistance with brand clearances, trade mark disputes, and domain name recoveries. At a non-partner level, Magdalena Borucka and Xuyang Zhu are also of note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Owen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing IP team have been very professional, collaborative, friendly and quick compared to the previous practice we were using. They are very proactive and offer advice to us as experts in their field. We’re very happy to have partnered up at a global level with Taylor Wessing.’

‘Each individual is very approachable, knowledgeable and amicable in their approach. They are thorough in their research and clear in their presentation.’

‘The team has strength and depth. They are all really personable and eager to understand client needs and pressures. When you instruct them, you have faith that you will get good advice.’

‘I recommend both Roland Mallinson and Magdalena Borucka. Both have excellent legal knowledge and feel like part of the team.’

‘The Taylor Wessing team offers business-savvy, practical input at the speed our clients demand. That top-shelf service is hard to come by. The TW team calibrates well to any representation, understanding whether the matter calls for legal big guns or merely a shot across the bow. Always glad to take Taylor Wessing into battle.’

‘Jason Rawkins continues to be a star on trade mark matters. For copyright matters, we consider Mark Owen a go-to partner. In both cases, their responsiveness, legal acumen, business-savvy and creativity set them apart from countless other UK lawyers.’

Key clients

The Roald Dahl Story

Gong Cha

Orange

William Grant and Sons

Dataminr

Current Health Limited

KPMG

The Topps Company

Shaneel Group

Vanity Fair

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Biotechnology Tier 1

The Cambridge office of Taylor Wessing LLP plays a key role in the firm's international biotechnology practice, which counts Cambridge Innovation Capital, Apollo Therapeutics and Illumina among its clients. Clients remarks upon 'a friendly practice with a pragmatic and solution-orientated approach, providing clear explanation of complex issues and the associated risks'. Its work spans corporate advice, litigation, venture capital funding and regulatory matters. Practice head Alison Dennis, who works in both Cambridge and London, advises international life sciences companies on EU regulations for medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Highly regarded IP lawyer Adrian Toutoungi, corporate partner Ross McNaughton and key partner Tasmina Goraya, who handles a broad range of regulatory and compliance issues relating to pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food supplements, human cells and tissue, play pivotal roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Alison Dennis

Testimonials

‘A friendly practice with a pragmatic and solution-orientated approach, providing clear explanation of complex issues and the associated risks.’

‘A strength of Taylor Wessing is the depth of knowledge and expertise across different legal areas, and we were able to access this on a particularly complex transaction under the truly excellent leadership of Ross McNaughton.’

‘Partner responsiveness, competitive costs and quality of team lead us to engage the firm regularly.’

‘Ross McNaughton and Adrian Toutoungi are our go-to partner specialists.’

‘Very strong sector expertise. Adaptive to small start-ups.’

‘The team consistently delivers work of a top quality, in a timely fashion and are very pleasant to work with.’

Key clients

Adrestia Therapeutics

Apollo Therapeutics

Apotex

Cambridge Enterprise

Cambridge Epigenetix

Cambridge Innovation Capital

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

Colorifix

Drishti Discoveries

Exvastat

F-Star

Fusion Antibodies

Illumina

ImmTune Therapeutics

Macomics

Mission Therapeutics

My Personal Therapeutics

Nuclera Nucleics

Oppilan/Zomagen

Reflection Therapeutics

Semarion

Spirea

Spliceor

Start Codon cohort companies

TranSINE Therapeutics

Zygosity

Work highlights

  • For Centessa Pharmaceuticals, the firm acted on the transformational roll-up and $250 million crossover financing for a number of cutting-edge UK and European biotech companies.
  • Advised fast-growing biotech company, Nuclera, on its acquisition of E Ink’s digital microfluidics unit.
  • Advised Cambridge Epigenetix on its $88 million Series D financing led by Temasek to advance its best-in-class DNA sequencing technology platform.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

The Cambridge office Taylor Wessing LLP is known for ‘partner responsiveness, competitive costs and the quality of the team‘. The local team acts as an integrated part of the firm’s global IP practice, and it handles all aspects of IP work for spin-outs, early-stage and multinational companies. This work includes major partnering transactions, R&D collaborations, commercial transactions and IP disputes. The firm counts Apollo Therapeutics, Fusion Antibodies and The Faraday Institution among its key clients. Practice head Adrian Toutoungi is ‘go-to partner specialist for IP‘ and frequently advises on IP strategy and transactional IP issues. He assisted Nuclear with the IP aspects of its acquisition of E Ink’s digital microfluidics unit. Tasmina Goraya is a key part of the patents team and acts for local, national and international clients in the life sciences sector, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Toutoungi

Other key lawyers:

Tasmania Goraya

Testimonials

‘Partner responsiveness, competitive costs and quality of team lead us to engage the firm regularly.’

‘Adrian Toutoungi is our go-to partner specialist for IP.’

Key clients

Adrestia Therapeutics

Apollo Therapeutics

Apotex

Cambridge Enterprise

Cambridge Epigenetix

Cambridge Innovation Capital

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

Colorifix

Drishti Discoveries

Exvastat Limited

F-Star

Fusion Antibodies

Illumina

ImmTune Therapeutics

Bitrobius Genetics

IP Group

Macomics

Mission Therapeutics

My Personal Therapeutics

Nuclera Nucleics

Oppilan/Zomagen

Reflection Therapeutics

Semarion

Spirea

Spliceor

Tagomics

Salience Labs

Start Codon cohort companies

TranSINE Therapeutics

Zygosity

The Faraday Institution

Abbott Laboratories

B-Flexion

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

Taylor Wessing LLP is consistently sought out by a multitude of blue-chip names from the worlds of tech, media, and life sciences, who turn to the team for its capabilities in regulated sector deals. The practice is co-chaired by Emma Danks, a leading private equity specialist; Russell Holden, whose diverse focus encompasses TMT, real estate, and financial services M&A; and Angus Miln, a noted VC lawyer with key expertise in the tech and life sciences sectors. As head of the firm’s inward investment practice, Mark Barron is called upon by a host of North American tech businesses seeking advice on transatlantic deals. UK life sciences head Andrew Edge frequently works with major biotech and pharmaceutical players, while Robert Fenner‘s broad M&A and equity funding focus is most keenly concentrated in APAC markets. VC investment expert Howard Palmer is recommended for his capabilities in the cleantech and fintech arenas.

Practice head(s):

Emma Danks; Russell Holden; Angus Miln

Key clients

Roald Dahl Story Company

Rezolve

Interactive Investor

Nutmeg

Verdane

Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS)

Passfort

Bottlepay

Current Health

Jagex

Dataminr

Zoopla

Shareholders of Sirenum Limited

Centessa Pharmaceuticals

Oppilan Pharma Limited and Zomagen Biosciences Limited

WuXi Apptec

Nuclera

Invesco

BentallGreenOak

Work highlights

  • Advised The Roald Dahl Story Company and its shareholders on the sale of the The Roald Dahl Story Company Limited to streaming giant Netflix, Inc.
  • Advised Rezolve on its deal to go public via a $2bn SPAC.
  • Advised the shareholders of interactive investor, the UK’s leading subscription-based direct investing platform, on its £1.5bn sale to abrdn.

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

Taylor Wessing LLP is particularly well-known for its work in the technology and life sciences sectors but also regularly advises clients from sectors including manufacturing, professional services and retail. The team’s client base includes a variety of mid-market sponsors, and it has developed a particular niche  advising on growth investments. Emma Danks leads the ‘highly collaborative’ team and is regarded as a highly experienced dealmaker in the PE space with a ‘keen eye for potential issues’. Edward Waldron and James Goold are also key partners in the practice. Suzy Davis was promoted to partner in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Emma Danks

Other key lawyers:

Edward Waldron; James Goold; Jonny Bethell; Alex Walker; Suzy Davis

Testimonials

‘Really strong team – capable partners and high quality associates. Very commercial, strong negotiation skills, but also listened to our needs. Transparent costs too’

‘The Taylor Wessing team were highly collaborative, maintained a fantastic rhythm in their communications and advice to the management team. Explained issues and potential solutions clearly and accurately and worked diligently to explore all alternatives before moving forward. At all times personable and contactable with great response times.’

‘Emma Danks was demonstrated a deep understanding and keen eye for potential issues in all of the work streams.’

‘Successfully handling very complex deal structures and directly addressing several stakeholders with a commercial approach that made all the difference for us (a PE buy-side client). TW has an edge in today’s fast pace growth equity market – as a firm and as individuals.’

‘Taylor Wessing stands out for their understanding and avoiding getting stuck in with counterparties. Always very hands-on, professional, and positive. The team seems to be having fun as well!’

Key clients

Blauvelt Capital

Rutland Partners

Baird Capital

Rockpool Investments

Inflexion

Caledonia Investments PLC

Rutland Partners

Intriva Capital

Inflexion Private Equity

Verdane

Cambridge Maintenance Services

Roadchef

Theramex

Employment > Employers Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP‘s employment practice has extensive expertise advising US based and UK household names in the technology, financial services and life sciences sectors on both corporate transactions and litigation in the tribunal and High Court. The practice also has a busy regulatory practice, and has seen an increase in instructions relating to the SMCR regime, employee data privacy issues and diversity. Paul Callaghanunderstands his US clients and markets like no other employment lawyer’ and as a New York qualified lawyer, leads on all international employment projects. Helen FarrSean Nesbitt and Anna Carey lend complementary expertise with their handling of workplace discrimination, outsourcings, team moves, boardroom disputes and employment cases involving financial services regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Paul Callaghan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing’s employment team knows the US market like no other firm in the UK.’

‘They have extensive expertise in the technology sector, placing them on the forefront of technology and people.’

‘It is their can do mentality that strikes me the most – they get the job done, and go further than any other employment law firm would, thinking in solutions and opportunities instead of only risks.’

‘The team at Taylor Wessing are extremely resourceful and are always ready to go the extra mile.’

‘We have reached out to them for their opinion on varied issues and they have always been happy to support, even when there were some last minute requests. Their bills are reasonable and detailed.’

‘Paul Callaghan understands his US clients and markets like no other employment lawyer in the UK. He is a brilliant lawyer, thought leader, and a pleasure to work with. Responsive, practical, commercial. Hands down my go to lawyer in the UK.’

‘Sean Nesbitt is a top notch adviser and a great ally. He has tackled many complex issues for us.’

‘The reason we use Helen Farr and her team is because of their excellent client focused approach. I know that we can contact them at any time and get an immediate response. We have used them for all our employment and other HR related matters and we always receive consistently excellent service and advice.’

Key clients

The Roald Dahl Story

Interactive Investor Limited

Smarter Grid Solutions Limited

Bottlepay Limited

Amobee

Dataminr UK Limited

Zoopla

British Airways Pension Services Limited and British Airways Investment Management Limited

Trigo

Curve OS

Consensys Systems UK Limited

Swiss Post Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on the employment aspects of the sale of the Roald Dahl Story Company to Netflix including in relation to the ongoing employment of several key senior individuals and compensation matters.
  • Advising Israel-based, Trigo Vision on employment of Trigo executives in UK as they roll out their product launch with Tesco plc and elsewhere in Europe with other retailers.
  • Acted for Consenys on a claim by a former HR manager that she had been discriminated against on the grounds of sex and for having made protective disclosures.

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP’s ‘combination of in-depth understanding of very complicated sciences and a way of seeing how all the moving parts of a complex agreement interweave’ makes it well placed to handle the full range of life sciences work. The practice is particularly singled out for its patent litigation expertise and also benefits from substantial experience in the firm’s Cambridge office; the team also fields specialists in regulatory issues, product liability mandates, corporate transactions and contentious matters. Regulatory expert Alison Dennis heads up the practice, which also fields IP specialists Ross McNaughton, Adrian Toutoungi and Colin McCall, and Tasmina Goraya, who handles regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Alison Dennis

Testimonials

‘A combination of in-depth understanding of very complicated science in the Life Sciences field, and a way of seeing how all the moving parts of a complex arrangement of agreements, IP, licences and potential parties interweave. Highly responsive, pragmatic and commercial, yet thorough.’

‘The TW team how done a great job at positioning themselves as a leading life science law firm in Cambridge.’

‘Stand out partner for me has been Colin McCall, who has single-handedly helped us get a hugely complex licensing deal over the line. His understanding of the detail of licence terms and the complex background to the development of the IP was instrumental to making all the parties make appropriate concessions to getting a deal over the line, and avoiding lengthy stand offs and threats of walking away.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Adrestia Therapeutics

Apollo Therapeutics

Apotex

Cambridge Enterprise

Cambridge Epigenetix

Cambridge Innovation Capital

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

Centessa Pharmaceuticals

Colorfix

Drishti Discoveries

Exvastat

Fusion Antibodies

ImmTune Therapeutics

IP Group

JT International

Lupin Pharmaceuticals

Macomics

Mission Therapeutics

Mylan

Nuclera Nucleics

Oppilan/Zomagen

Pfizer

Reflection Therapeutics

Semarion

Spirea

Spliceor

Start Codon

TranSINE Therapeutics

Viatris

Zygosity

Work highlights

  • Acting for Abbott Laboratories on co-ordinating extensive and commercially significant European patent litigation against Dexcom in respect of continuous glucose monitoring devices.
  • Advised Apollo Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company progressing transformative treatments based on breakthrough discoveries, on its $145m series A financing.
  • Advised fast-growing biotech company, Nuclera, on its strategic acquisition of E Ink’s digital microfluidics unit.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP advises clients on significant industry specific issues and also has experience in more niche areas including NFTs and asset fractionalisation issues, technology and data work, labelling issues, reputation management challenges, licensing mandates, supply chain management work and ESG matters. Edward Story acts for a variety of clients, from private companies to entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals and both UK and international businesses on corporate and commercial matters. Jason Rawkins is often sought out for his IP expertise and oversees issues pertaining to brands, designs and domain names. Story and Rawkins co-lead the department, which also fields Xuyang Zhu, who is recommended for her sound knowledge of IP rights and infringement disputes.

Practice head(s):

Edward Story; Jason Rawkins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice is very well organised. We have found that despite working across multiple countries, the team has been fantastic in making the transition across countries seem seamless.’

‘Xuyang Zhu is a fantastic lawyer, I cant recommend her highly enough. She always communicates in a very clear way, gives great direction on legal issues and is always proactive in finding solutions to potential issues.’

Key clients

Vinted

Beauty Pie

Gong Cha

Shaneel Group, Shaneel Enterprises Limited

Ruggable

The Topps Company, Inc.

Ferrero

LDH La Doria (multi brands including John West Tuna)

Work highlights

  • Advised long-standing client Vinted, Europe’s largest online C2C platform dedicated to second-hand fashion, on its Series F round financing.
  • Advised Gong cha on expanding its brand licensing across Europe.
  • Advised the first luxury beauty product buyer’s club, Beauty Pie, on a $100m Series B funding round.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 2

With its technology, media and communications offering, Taylor Wessing LLP provides full-spectrum support to technology company clients across their life cycles, from start-up issues through to IPOs and including major transactions and development work. Experienced venture capital lawyer Josef Fuss co-heads the international team, and spearheads efforts involving investment financing, with notable support on corporate M&A and transactions from Robert Fenner. UK team head Mark Owen is a specialist in intellectual property law, with particular experience in matters relating to trade marks and copyright. Adam Rendle is also a key contact in this area.

Practice head(s):

Mark Owen; Josef Fuss

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing LLP perfectly understand the complex nature of a global media conglomerate, and provide advice understanding the multiple areas that the business operates in.’

‘Adam Rendle has expertly understood our business, our needs, and how to deliver the legal advice in a coherent and practical fashion. We work across multiple departments, and being able to shift from strict legal guidance to practical guidance for non-lawyers is essential. Also, Adam has shown us amazing availability, priority and guided us through complex media situations.’

Key clients

The Roald Dahl Story Company

THNDR Games

Heycar

Monzo

Rezolve

Nutmeg Savings & Investment

Vinted

Dataminr

Zoopla

QuoVadis Online Limited (acquired by DigiCert)

Blackline Systems Inc.

Passfort

Work highlights

  • Advised The Roald Dahl Story Company and its shareholders on the sale of the business to streaming giant Netflix, Inc.
  • Advised bitcoin mobile games developer THNDR GAMES on its $2m investment led by Initial Capital.
  • Advised Monzo on its oversubscribed Series H funding round.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP has built a strong reputation for its expertise in accontancy professional negligence, with 'a depth of knowledge of the reality of auditing beyond any other London litigation team.' The firm also handles high profile claims across financial, legal and construction professional negligence. Andrew Howell, 'an intelligent, careful partner, who is sensitive to client priorities' acts on disputes involving accountants, auditors, tax advisers, valuers, architects, surveyors, solicitors and investment advisers. Howell and Julian Randall have acted on some of the most high profile audit negligence cases in recent years. Stuart Broom is a highly intelligent junior partner, while senior associate Stephanie High is a name to watch.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘They take an effective, practical approach to litigation, with excellent client communication.’

‘Andrew Howell is an intelligent, careful partner, who supports his team very effectively and is sensitive to client priorities.

‘This is a very well-regarded team within the professional negligence market, with a well-deserved reputation for excellent legal service.’

‘I have worked with Andrew Howell and Julian Randall mostly, and I would recommend them to anyone with a difficult professional negligence or audit regulatory issue.’

‘Strong at every level. Stuart Broom is a highly intelligent junior partner. Andrew Howell is one of the leading names in the sector, with a deep knowledge of professional negligence litigation.’

‘Julian Randall and Andrew Howell: decades of experience in audit defence work for the big four and other major auditors. They have a depth of knowledge of the reality of auditing beyond any other London litigation team. Stuart Broom: Upcoming, rigorous, hard-working, with a depth of understanding of the field.’

‘Some of the best individuals in this area – Andrew Howell, Julian Randall, Stuart Broom – mean the team has a real depth of expertise/experience to draw on. In this area, Taylor Wessing punches well above its weight in disputes generally.’

‘Andrew Howell and Stuart Broom are fantastic at applying common sense to strategic and tactical problems: they ask all the right questions to make sure they don’t put a foot wrong. Julian Randall has a really sharp mind and digs into the really difficult legal problems to make sure the best points for the client are being identified.’

Key clients

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for Grant Thornton in respect of proceedings by the liquidators of Patisserie Holdings Plc (in liquidation) and its group companies, arising from its role as statutory auditor.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 2

Praised for its ‘exceptional dedication to serving the client at any time, on any matter’, international firm Taylor Wessing LLP’s real estate team has demonstrable experience in big-ticket transactions, regularly involving cross-border elements, and has been particularly in advising on investments arising out of the logistics sector. Large-scale residential and mixed-use development projects take up a large proportion of the practice’s workload, as well as lease renewals and regears, and major letting matters. Paul Lawrence leads the firm’s international and UK real estate group, and Mark Rajbenbach, who is commended for his ‘uncompromising approach to detail and results’, advises on hotel portfolio sales and purchases, leasebacks and management agreements. Keith Barnett is a key contact for corporate occupier matters and Matthew Swainston handles joint ventures, in addition to landlord and tenant transactions, while Alan Evans focuses on sales and leasebacks, as well as portfolio acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Swainston; Paul Leamy

Testimonials

‘Exceptional dedication to serving their client at any time on any matter. Commercially astute and they won’t waste time debating theoretical outcomes. Can cut to the heart of any situation with relative ease.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach combines a user friendly approach with an uncompromising approach to detail and results.’

Key clients

British Land

BentalGreenOak

Tritax Big Box REIT

Invesco Real Estate

Fortress

Canada Life

LabTech Investments Limited

McLaren Property

CityPride Limited

R&F Properties

Cain International

Brockton

Work highlights

  • Acting on the development and disposal of commercial assets within the trophy building the Landmark Pinnacle, the UK’s tallest residential tower.
  • Advising on the acquisition of a long leasehold interest in Fleet House, a 1950s office building situated in Blackfriars, from the City of London Corporation.
  • Advising The Westbury Hotel Limited, owners of The Westbury, Mayfair London, a Luxury Collection Hotel, based in the heart of Mayfair, on the hotel’s redevelopment and refurbishment project.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Praised for its ‘exceptional dedication to serving the client at any time, on any matter’, international firm Taylor Wessing LLP’s real estate team has demonstrable experience in big-ticket transactions, regularly involving cross-border elements, and has been particularly in advising on investments arising out of the logistics sector. Large-scale residential and mixed-use development projects take up a large proportion of the practice’s workload, as well as lease renewals and regears, and major letting matters. Paul Lawrence leads the firm’s international and UK real estate group, and Mark Rajbenbach, who is commended for his ‘uncompromising approach to detail and results’, advises on hotel portfolio sales and purchases, leasebacks and management agreements. Keith Barnett is a key contact for corporate occupier matters and Matthew Swainston handles joint ventures, in addition to landlord and tenant transactions, while Alan Evans focuses on sales and leasebacks, as well as portfolio acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Exceptional dedication to serving their client at any time on any matter. Commercially astute and they won’t waste time debating theoretical outcomes. Can cut to the heart of any situation with relative ease.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach combines a user friendly approach with an uncompromising approach to detail and results.’

‘Good commercial thinking and proactive.’

Key clients

British Land

BentalGreenOak

Tritax Big Box REIT

Invesco Real Estate

Fortress

Canada Life

LabTech Investments Limited

McLaren Property

CityPride Limited

R&F Properties

Cain International

Brockton

British Land

BentallGreenOak

Tritax Big Box REIT

Invesco Real Estate

Fortress

Canada Life

LabTech Investments Limited

McLaren Property

HIG Capital

R&F Properties

Cain International

Brockton

Work highlights

  • Acting for Fortress Investment Group on the structured investment into Prem Group.
  • Advising Clal Insurance Group, an Israel-based Pension Fund, on its purchase of a 49% stake in two London hotels owned by the Amsterdam-based hotel owner and operator, PPHE Hotel Group.
  • Advising Cain International on their acquisition of a UK logistics portfolio from Firethorn Trust for a total of £550m.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 2

Led by Elaine Dobson the team at Taylor Wessing LLP receives a steady flow of instructions on a variety of high-value and luxury mandates. Dobson is well-known by various advisers across Asia, the Middle East and Europe. The team has considerable strength in advising on complex enfranchisement issues. Its clients include UHNW individuals and families, well-known A-list celebrities, founders of household names in the technology sector as well as high-profile sports individuals. The group also has a significant client base of traditional landowners, their heirs and trustees as well as family offices, entrepreneurs and international buyers. Lisa Bevan advises on all aspects of residential property. Luke Callaghan is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Elaine Dobson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Lisa Bevan has the ability to make a client feel they are dealing with a trusted friend. She is as warm as she is efficient. She has the ability to understand a client’s needs and, thereby, distil down any transaction to its fundamentals’.

‘Without a doubt, Elaine and her team are in my opinion the best real estate practice in London. My largest clients are put to this firm on the basis that it’s a one stop shop of excellence. Quite frankly, the clout this firm has with finding the impossible and creating the impossible, I just cannot do my job without it!’.

‘They have a very broad offering as a firm, clients who need straightforward conveyancing are superbly looked after but those with more complex needs, commercial, planning, tax, etc are equally well served. Friendly lawyers who communicate concisely and in understandable language abound’.

‘Lisa Bevan is excellent, never has she let me down and every client is more than satisfied with her. She’s friendly, efficient, even on the tightest of timescales’.

Elaine Dobson is by far the best conveyancing lawyer in London. Did you also know that Elaine used to be a surveyor so has an in-depth knowledge about real estate‘.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 2

‘Professionalism’, ‘pragmatism’, and ‘flexibility’ are all characteristics of Taylor Wessing LLP‘s patent practice, which is well known for its patent revocation expertise, particularly acting for generic pharmaceuticals companies. The team is led by Nigel Stoate, whose practice focuses on medical device, pharmaceuticals, telecoms, chemicals, and engineering industry patent litigation. James Marshall is a hi-tech expert in the team, and Simon Cohen heads up the international patents practice at the firm, which is trusted by global life sciences companies. On the transactional side, expertise spans patent and IP strategies, licensing issues, R&D collaborations and other commercial agreements; Adrian Toutongi, Colin McCall and Alison Dennis are noted in this space, while Tasmina Goraya is a go-to name for regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Stoate

Testimonials

‘We have been working with James Marshall’s team at Taylor Wessing for several years. We think their professionalism and experience makes us feel comfortable to work with them. Not only they often think like lawyers, but also they take care of client’s needs.’

‘We are working with James Marshall. He is good at patent cases, especially dealing with many typical cases in SEP field.’

‘The Partners we have worked with have a pragmatic approach to commercial transactions, with good communication skills. They ensure that clients know where to push the counterparty to make sure that there is no ambiguity in key areas, but where to give when there is something which is just nice to have. Partner is very accessible and flexible when working on transactions, especially at key times when working across multiple time zones.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Pfizer

Viatris

Ericsson

Oppo and OnePlus

Shenzhen Senior Technology Materials Ltd

Current Health Limited

Lupin Pharmaceuticals

NOCO

Colorifix

Nuclera

Start Codon

Centessa Pharmaceuticals companies, and Cambridge Enterprise

Apollo Therapeutics

IP Group

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP supports clients which have technology at the core of their businesses throughout the entire lifecycle, as well as investors. Mark Owen is head of UK technology, media and communications team, while Josef Fuss heads up the international group. Owen’s practice focuses on IP law as well as the digital media sector, while Fuss handles M&A and technology-related joint ventures, with a particular interest in digital health. Graham Hann leads the UK commercial technology team, working with clients in the fintech, payments, e-commerce and health technology sectors. Sian Skelton is also a key name, supporting large and small technology companies on contract negotiations, compliancy matters and privacy governance.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Monzo

Rezolve

Passfort

Nutmeg Savings & Investment

Curve

Vinted

Certn

Dataminr

Ericsson

Zoopla

OPPO and OnePlus

THNDR Games

Jagex

Blackline Systems Inc.

Sirenum

QuoVadis Online Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Monzo on its oversubscribed Series H funding round.
  • Advised Rezolve on its deal to go public via a merger with Armada Acquisition Corporation, a special purpose acquisition company in a $2bn deal.
  • Advised long-standing client Nutmeg Saving and Investment  on its sale to JPMorgan Chase.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP is highly active in matters relating to platforms and DSPs as well as advising video game companies and clients from various sectors on advertising regulation. Mark Owen co-heads the team together with Adam Rendle and is an expert in 'soft' IP law, focusing on IP strategy, exploitation, and protection. Rendle guides companies through the entire lifecycle of their media assets and assists clients in contentious matters pertaining thereto.  In addition to his IP expertise, clients may rely on Niri Shanmuganathan for issues surrounding data in the media & entertainment sector.

Practice head(s):

Adam Rendle; Mark Owen

Other key lawyers:

Graham Hann; Charles Lloyd; Timothy Pinto; Xuyang Zhu; Simon Jupp; Niri Shanmuganathan

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing LLP has the incredible ability, and members, to dive into the complexities of a media organization and provide specific legal advice on what is needed, but also practical guidance on how to achieve those.’

‘Adam Rendle has helped us with a variety of different departments and countries, regularly assisting with ensuring media law is understood by lawyers and non-lawyers. Adam has been available at short notice and difficult hours, regularly ensuring we have felt supported and a priority. His professionalism, practical guidance and availability have been praised across the business regularly.’

Key clients

The Roald Dahl Story Company

THNDR Games

Jukin Media

Beyond Entertainment Ltd

Jagex

1UP Ventures

heycar

HuKitchen

Work highlights

  • Advised The Roald Dahl Story Company and its shareholders on the sale of the business to streaming giant Netflix, Inc.
  • Advised bitcoin mobile games developer THNDR GAMES on its $2m investment led by Initial Capital.
  • Advised 1Up Ventures on its investment into Omeda Studios.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP's Cambridge office is a key hub for the firm's international corporate practice, which acts for spin-outs, early-stage and multinational companies in the world, including many local companies and their investors, in the life sciences and technology sectors. Its work encompasses company formation, venture capital fundraising and high-value M&A transactions. The lead partners are Ross McNaughton and IP specialist Adrian Toutoungi. Together they advised high-growth biotechnology company Nuclear on the acquisition of E Ink's digital microfluidics unit, and subsequently handled the company's $71m Series B financing.

Practice head(s):

Ross McNaughton; Adrian Toutoungi

Key clients

Nuclera

Ventyx

Centessa

Telensa

Qubit

B-Flexion (formerly Waypoint Capital)

The Faraday Institution

Nexus Underwriting

Oxbotica

Cambridge Epigenetix

Apollo Therapeutics

Adrestia Therapeutics

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult

Illumina

Work highlights

  • Acted for Centessa Pharmaceuticals in the transformational roll-up and concurrent $250 million crossover financing for a number of cutting-edge UK and European biotech companies.
  • Advised fast-growing biotech company, Nuclera, on its acquisition of E Ink’s digital microfluidics unit.
  • Advised Oppilan Pharma Limited and Zomagen Biosciences Limited, two companies operating in San Diego and registered in Cambridge, on their sale into Ventyx Biosciences Inc and concurrent $114 million crossover financing led by venBio Partners.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 3

The civil fraud practice at Taylor Wessing LLP is well positioned to take on a variety of matters such as fraud recovery, corruption, investigation and advisory work. Banks, asset-based lenders, insolvency practitioners, pensions trustees, corporates and clients in the technology, media and telecoms sectors are singling out the team for its expertise. The group is led by ‘brilliant negotiatorDavid de Ferrars and also includes Andrew Howell and Julian Randall.

Practice head(s):

David de Ferrars

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very experienced, efficient, effective litigators, who are all over the detail, whilst at the same time never losing sight of the bigger picture.’

‘David de Ferrars – hugely experienced, which means he is able to identify and implement a really wide range of ways of tackling any problem, choosing the solution which most closely fits the particular features of the case. He is a brilliant negotiator, able to engender a lack of confidence in the other side, without any appearance of doing so. Excellent at leading a team and getting the best out of people.’

Key clients

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

KMD

Deloitte

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting Tier 3

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP stands out for its track record in tech and life sciences, regularly assisting early-stage funds and VC firms with US inward investment transactions and UK share plan arrangements. Leading the group is responsive, detailed and precise’ Ann Casey, who has more than 30 years of experience advising domestic and international clients on the tax aspects of equity incentives. She is supported by  Karen Bail, whose expertise spans multi-jurisdictional schemes and executive remuneration matters, and Katie Lewis, who is highly regarded for her ‘valuable advice related to EMI options’.

Practice head(s):

Ann Casey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Ann Casey is responsive, detailed, precise and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent technical understanding allows them to provide expert guidance.’ 

‘Our key contact at Taylor Wessing has been very supportive and has almost felt like a part of our business. They are always on hand to answer any queries and help get projects off the ground super quickly. This is especially valuable as we do not have our own in-house tax team.’

‘The quality and diligence of their work is consistently high quality. Katie Lewis is recommended.’ 

‘The Taylor Wessing team is able to provide legal advice in a wide range of areas, ranging from employment law, commercial law, to option plan structuring and execution. Their advice is always on time and to the point. The team has always been available and happy to provide detailed clarifications on various topics.’ 

‘Working with Katie has been a pleasure. She has provided valuable advice related to not only EMI options but also various commercial issues that the company faced. I have never needed to contact another law firm regarding the company’s legal matters.’ 

‘Incredibly collaborative and responsive. Strategic and pragmatic legal advice. Great market insights. Excellent speed of execution and very efficient fee structures.’ 

‘The team has been great at building a relationship with our senior team by showing a genuine interest in our business and the strategy moving forward. Taylor Wessing was the only firm we have worked with so far that put real effort into explaining the billing process and making us feel comfortable with the fees.’ 

Key clients

Rezolve

interactive investor

Nutmeg

Current Health

Dataminr

Fancy Delivery

Inflexion

Trustology

Curve

Vinted

Lovecrafts Group

Onfido

Chiaro Technology

Troglo

Reverie Health

Sift Science

Motorway Online

Ankerstore

Work highlights

  • Advised Rezolve on its deal to go public via a $2bn special purpose acquisition company (SPAC).
  • Acted Trustology on its exit to Vienna-based unicorn Bitpanda.
  • Advised Cambridge Epigenetix on its $88m Series D financing.

Employment > Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP‘s team is most noted for handling pensions fraud cases, with a depth of experience in suspected pension liberation schemes. The group has a strong client list of pensions trustees, and is also adept in contentious pensions-related work flowing from company restructurings. Mark Smith is the overall head of the wider pensions team, as well as pensions litigation; he has a strong track-record in pensions fraud cases.

Practice head(s):

Mark Smith

Testimonials

‘With multiple disputes stretching back over many years, Taylor Wessing had a huge task in overseeing progress on each dispute with different aspects for each dispute. Their ability to keep on top of every detail and provide advice in a timely manner and to ultimately secure us a win was truly remarkable.’

‘Mark Smith is that rare thing – a lawyer that even a lay person can understand! Although the issues involved in our pensions dispute were very complex and stretching over many years, Mark was able to succinctly explain them to our board of trustees in a manner that was useful to the professional trustees but also accessible to non-professional trustees like me. His advice steered us successfully to a positive outcome and his patience and professionalism is much appreciated.’

‘Extremely responsive, with clear easy to follow guidance and advice.’

‘Key contact is partner, Mark Smith, who is responsive, professional and excellent at communicating advice and respected by the Trustee Board.’

‘Mark Smith has great knowledge, and gives clear explanations.’

‘A smaller team than some but makes up for that in terms of quality of service.’

‘Mark Smith is a very hands on and closely engaged partner, to the great benefit of his clients. He thinks out of the box and is a superb client man.’

‘The team has excellent non-contentious knowledge to complement its litigation and long-standing experience in pensions fraud issues.’

Key clients

Independent Trustee Services Limited

Pi Trustees

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustee of a large pension scheme in connection with a possible use of powers by The Pensions Regulator in relation to the refinancing of an employer group.
  • Advising a number of employers on engagement with The Pensions Regulator as a result of significant breaches of the auto enrolment legislation.
  • Advising the trustees of a number of pension schemes on the settlement of claims against former administrators and advisers in connection with historic benefits errors.

Insurance > Product liability: defendant Tier 3

The product liability and product safety team at Taylor Wessing LLP is known for advising global brands on a variety of issues, including liability litigation, product recalls, compliance, regulatory investigations, inquests and food safety. In particular, the team has a large international presence, with many cross-jurisdictional matters across Europe and Asia. Katie Chandler leads the team with broad experience in the technology, life sciences, automotive and food and drink sectors. She is supported by life sciences and high tech expert, associate Edward Spencer.

Practice head(s):

Katie Chandler

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing are rightly regarded in the very top handful of product liability teams, combining detailed scientific expertise with legal nous.’

‘Partner Katie Chandler is always across the detail and gives clear, commercial advice. Senior Counsel Ed Spencer is another stand-out, with judgment beyond his years.’

‘The team was able to provide excellent support on a complex issue that occurred in the field.’

‘Katie Chandler was able to get quickly up to speed in a complex situation and helped us to achieve the results we were looking for. This involved excellent coordination and communication throughout the process.’

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

Anika Therapeutics

LivaNova Deutschland GmbH

Trust.com

Whirlpool Company Polska S.p.Z.o.o.

Burger King UK

Fruit of the Loom, Inc

Zapp

Getac

Parkdean Resorts Limited

Estrella Damm

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

Praised for its ‘exceptional dedication to serving the client at any time, on any matter’, international firm Taylor Wessing LLP’s real estate team has demonstrable experience in big-ticket transactions, regularly involving cross-border elements, and has been particularly in advising on investments arising out of the logistics sector. Large-scale residential and mixed-use development projects take up a large proportion of the practice’s workload, as well as lease renewals and regears, and major letting matters. Paul Lawrence leads the firm’s international and UK real estate group, and Mark Rajbenbach, who is commended for his ‘uncompromising approach to detail and results’, advises on hotel portfolio sales and purchases, leasebacks and management agreements. Keith Barnett is a key contact for corporate occupier matters and Matthew Swainston handles joint ventures, in addition to landlord and tenant transactions, while Alan Evans focuses on sales and leasebacks, as well as portfolio acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lawrence

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Exceptional dedication to serving their client at any time on any matter. Commercially astute and they won’t waste time debating theoretical outcomes. Can cut to the heart of any situation with relative ease.’

‘Mark Rajbenbach combines a user friendly approach with an uncompromising approach to detail and results.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the sector, deep understanding of our business, availability and responsiveness of the partners.’

Key clients

British Land

BentalGreenOak

Tritax Big Box REIT

Invesco Real Estate

Fortress

Canada Life

Secure Income REIT

Boggi Milano

EQT

Cain International

Brockton

Work highlights

  • Advising Landmark Space on the lease requirements of its brand-new signature building in King’s Cross.
  • Advising Mercers’ Company in relation to the exchange of an agreement for lease relating to the letting of 50,000 square feet at locations in Mercer Walk, Langley Street, Neal Street and Shelton Street to Diageo at Mercers’ Covent Garden estate.
  • Advising on the agreement for lease to 16CS Lease Ltd (a subsidiary of LouLou group one of the leading restaurateurs in France) in connection with works to redevelop/refurbish a listed building at 16 Charles Street, London W1 for use as a restaurant.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 3

The non-contentious construction team at Taylor Wessing LLP regularly advise on complex, high-value matters for an array of clients, including contractors, lenders, and management companies. The practice is particularly active in real estate development, development finance, energy, projects and infrastructure matters, both domestically and internationally. Practice head Matthew Jones specialises in real estate matters, with experience advising on offices, retail, hotels, residential, logistics, industrial, and mixed-use schemes. Meanwhile, David Quinlan's practice focuses on advising clients on domestic and international energy and infrastructure projects, with a key focus on project finance.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent team of experienced professionals who are very thorough and commercial at same time.’

‘Stephanie O’Hare and Matthew Jones are outstanding.’

Key clients

R&F Properties

BentallGreenOak

The Westbury Hotel Limited

Wolfe Commercial Properties Southbank Ltd

Clearbell Capital

NG DevCo Limited

Blue Coast Capital

Newham Learning Partnership (Project Co) Limited

Westminster Real Estate

PGIM

Cain International

Atlantic Biogas

McLaren Property

Edyn

J&A Young (Leicester) Ltd (Jayplas)

Work highlights

  • Advise R&F in relation to procurement, construction legal matters and financing matters for R&F’s developments at One Nine Elms and Nine Elms Square.
  • Advising property investor BentallGreenOak in relation to the development of a build-to-core portfolio of eight prime logistics assets in the UK, including its new £240 million logistics loan.
  • Advising the owners of 81 Newgate Street London on a major redevelopment project with the purpose of transforming it into a mixed-use development.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP‘s planning team advises clients in the sports sector (Southampton and Brentford football clubs) and development spaces on all elements of planning and development law. Practice head Alistair Watson uses ‘thoughtful and creative insights’ to guide clients through a range of development and infrastructure schemes. Emma Tait is a ‘great planning lawyer’ and was recently promoted to partner; Tait advises on the planning and environmental aspects of corporate and financing transactions, and major real estate projects. Associate Joanna Bassett has experience in advising on mixed-use schemes and sport stadia in relation to permitted development rights, and planning objections and acquisitions.

Practice head(s):

Alistair Watson

Other key lawyers:

Emma Tait; Joanna Bassett; Holly Grundon

Testimonials

‘The team very quickly became not just very competent advisors, but integrated themselves fully into my vision of what I wanted from a challenging property situation.’

‘Alistair Watson cared about achieving a successful outcome as much as I did. He contributed thoughtful and creative insights that saw us achieve a better conclusion that I had set out to achieve’

‘Exceptional dedication to serving their client at any time on any matter. Value for money. Commercially astute. Won’t waste time debating theoretical outcomes. Can cut to the heart of any situation with relative ease. Feel like an extension of our own business with a “skin in the game” approach.’

‘Emma Tait – Great planning lawyer, focused on obtaining results. Exceptionally user friendly and available.’

Key clients

Southampton Football Club

Wolfe Properties

R&F Properties

Buckminster/Grantham Designer Outlet Village

Bleeding Heart Restaurant Group

W RE (previously known as Westminster Real Estate)

Comer Homes Group

Brentford Football Club

Telford Homes

Vitcorp

Damm Breweries

Work highlights

  • Advised Southampton Football Club on planning advice across all its real estate assets, including day to day planning and strategic planning necessary for the success of the operational facilities for the club.
  • Acted for Wolfe Properties on the application for planning permission and application for building consent on the redevelopment of what is often referred to as the IBM building, the iconic grade II listed building on London Southbank.
  • Acting on a variety of planning, highways, and infrastructure matters across major logistics hubs.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 3

The real estate finance team at Taylor Wessing LLP is praised by clients as a ‘one-stop shop’. It advises a wide array of sponsors and lenders on domestic and pan-European senior, mezzanine and preferred equity lending deals. Martin Yells  sits at the helm of the practice, which is also home to Heather Buttle, who advises banks, insurance companies, mezzanine lenders, developers and property companies across various asset classes and jurisdictions, with a strong focus on the residential sector and student accommodation. Jonathan Marks adeptly handles development, acquisition and refinancing transactions, Gareth Lawson supports UK, European and US financial institutions, and Amar Ali is particularly skilled in structured real estate finance.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Excellent service and response times.’

‘A firm which provides a consistently high quality service by some highly experienced individuals and with very competitive pricing.’

‘A team which is always fully engaged, very responsive, provides clear and concise advice, including creative solutions to solve any issues along the way.’

‘A well-connected team that works well with the corporate and real estate teams for seamless delivery.’

‘Taylor Wessing are a real one-stop shop.’

‘The team provides clear, constructive advice and seeks to find solutions to issues that may arise.’

‘TW demonstrated thorough, in-depth knowledge of the loan facility agreement including all the main commercial terms that tend to be closely negotiated – through their experience, seen a variety of transactions which means advice can be provided with reference to precedent situations and general market standard.’

‘General transaction management skills throughout, with consideration to timescales, client feedback/sensitivities, other parties and wider transaction context.’

Key clients

PIMCO

Starz Real Estate

Deutsche Bank

Deka Bank

PGIM

Helaba

Federated Hermes

Wells Fargo

MetLife Insurance

Victory Group

ING Bank N.V.

Security Benefit Life Insurance Company

Cain International

DBS Bank Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acted for Apollo and PIMCO on the senior and mezzanine funding arrangements for the €270m financing to Marlet Property Group for the development of the “College Square” area in Dublin.
  • Acted for Victory Group in relation to the senior and mezzanine funding of Victory Group’s acquisition of ABN AMRO’s head office in Amsterdam.
  • Advising on the £417.6m forward funding of a portfolio of seven logistic assets with a debt facility from BREDS.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP comprises real estate specialists with expertise in a broad range of areas. The practice has particular strength in matters concerning rights of light, dilapidations, service charges and injunctions. The team is led by Saleem Fazal. He advises a broad range of clients including developers, corporate occupiers and investment landlords. His expertise includes vacant possession strategy, strategic lease renewals and service charge disputes. Another noteworthy individual includes Emma Archer due to her range of expertise in both commercial and residential property related matters.

Practice head(s):

Saleem Fazal

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Saleem Fazal has built a good team: the various personalities, with their different styles of people skills, complement each other well – yet, there is a common thread: they are all pleasant (and even fun, when appropriate) to deal with.’

‘Saleem Fazal is commercially astute, and always looking for an angle to help the client. His efficiency means that he manages to split his time between Liverpool and London without compromising his case work.’

‘Emma Archer is a fabulous people person, patient and pleasant at all times. She is also smart and savvy – just the sort of lawyer you would want on your side.’

‘Taylor Wessing are extremely quick to react to client requests and needs.’

‘There is a good spirit about the place and it is clear that the individuals enjoy being at TW which adds greatly to the ease of working with them.’

‘Ably lead by Saleem Fazal, they are highly motivated and well informed.’

‘They have a unique specialism in being able to  see round corners and anticipate issues before they arise. that in turn greatly increases the chances of success as well as problem avoidance.’

‘Saleem Fazal. Easy to deal with. Good relationships with client.’

Key clients

30 St Mary Axe / aka “The Gherkin”

Secure Income REIT

Hollister

Canada Life Limited

InfraRed Capital Partners

Kessler Group

Camden Property Holdings Limited

Pike Investment Trust

Knotel UK Ltd & Knotel Inc

County Hall Freehold Limited

Kevin Taylor

Mr John Henry Mundy

Stranton Properties

Smithfield Market Tenant’s Association

Work highlights

  • Advised the owners of the iconic “Gherkin” building on real estate management matters including the settlement of a complex dilapidations claim against the former tenant.
  • Advised the Kessler Group on two rights of light claims in respect of neighbouring properties.
  • Advised Camden Property Holdings on the strategy to obtain vacant possession of a development site in the St Pancras redevelopment zone.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Rated for its ‘excellent and sophisticated cyber and data protection expertise’, Taylor Wessing LLP is often retained by well-known names in the tech, life sciences, real estate and financial services sectors to handle GDPR matters, privacy compliance and cybersecurity work. Drawing on strength from its international network, the group is well placed to advise on multi-jurisdictional data protection projects. Key names are GDPR expert Victoria Hordern and Chris Jeffery, who is especially sought after by US-based companies looking to expand into Europe. Former practice head Vinod Bange left for Baker McKenzie in 2022.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent and sophisticated cyber and data protection expertise. My experience is the entire team is reliable, friendly, approachable and provides robust guidance with tailored depth necessary to make informed and defensible decisions.’ 

‘The practice is exceptional and a delight to work with.’ 

‘Strong reputation and solid experience in data-related matters.’ 

‘I really enjoy working with the data protection team at Taylor Wessing for its availability, capacity to understand the problem, solutions and outside of the box thinking, without stepping outside of the boundaries of the privacy laws.’ 

‘Taylor Wessing is a solid firm for privacy, bringing a well-rounded skillset, from contentious matters to strategic projects, meaning we can call on them for a variety of topics. Taylor Wessing always strives to provide options in their responses, demonstrating critical thinking, which we value as it acts as a partner rather than just external counsel. They always have their fingers on the pulse of what’s up and coming in privacy.’ 

‘Very pragmatic and proactive. People I like working with. It’s rare to find data privacy lawyers who explain things in a simple way.’ 

‘I appreciate how diligent Jo Joyce is in getting practical advice to me quickly, and Vin Bange has put together a fantastic team of individuals with good knowledge of privacy laws.’ 

Key clients

SEGA

Live Nation

Interactive Investor

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Centessa Pharmaceuticals

Burger King

SEGA

Live Nation

Interactive Investor

Cambridge University Press & Assessment

Centessa Pharmaceuticals

Burger King

Work highlights

  • Advised SEGA on the impact of the Children’s Code on its main catalogue titles and games in development and increasing awareness across its key stakeholders’ groups across its UK, European and US studios.
  • Assisted Live Nation Entertainmenton with a range of multi-jurisdictional GDPR and e-privacy matters.
  • Acted for Burger King on the audit and then management of its data transfer arrangements with US and EU members of the wider corporate group.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Fintech Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for challenger banks, established banks, market disrupters and investors. The practice handles fintech-related investments, M&A, commercial agreements, partnering and joint venture agreements, litigation, regulatory work, competition matters, data protection issues and employment projects. The team is overseen by a senior leadership trio comprising Graham Hann, Angus Miln and Charlotte Hill, with the latter focusing on fintech regulatory issues. Howard Palmer is regarded as another key individual within the team, and senior associate Clare Reynolds advises on the regulatory matters associated with outsourcing and the use of technology in financial services.

Practice head(s):

Graham Hann; Angus Miln; Charlotte Hill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great regulatory and market insights.’

Key clients

Nutmeg

Interactive Investor

Kuda

FiServ

Divido

Dawn Capital

Passfort

Trustology

Better.com

Moneybox

Trustology

Curve

Monzo

Thoughtmachine

Work highlights

  • Advised long-standing client Nutmeg Saving and Investment Limited on its sale to JPMorgan Chase, having advised them since inception in 2012 through multiple fundraisings, regulatory, IP, employment and general corporate advice.
  • Advised digital bank Monzo Bank on its latest £500m oversubscribed Series H fundraising round, having supported Monzo on every funding, crowdfunding, and associated regulatory guidance since inception.
  • Advised a leading a US e-commerce platform, on the high-profile global launch of its novel NFT programme including on the regulatory treatment of various different kinds of NFT propositions under the UK regulatory regime as it applies to cryptoassets.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP's cross-departmental practice has expertise in a range of reputation management matters including defamation, online harassment, unlawful data processing, and privacy in divorce proceedings. Highly experienced media litigator Niri Shanmuganathan leads the team, and advises clients across the publishing, sport, and film sectors. Richard Viegas provides defamation and data protection advisory services to UHNWIs and market leading corporates, while reputation management specialist and senior counsel Michael Yates handles a range of contentious information and media law issues.

Practice head(s):

Niri Shanmuganathan

Other key lawyers:

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 4

The team at Taylor Wessing LLP caters to both banks and senior executives on an array of trading, whistleblowing, benchmarking and antitrust matters, among others. Laurence Lieberman is a private banking and wealth management expert, often involved in transatlantic cases, while Charlotte Hill disperses specialist knowledge on market abuse and insider dealing affairs; the pair co-lead the department, which is particularly well-versed in cryptocurrency disputes, alongside Andrew Howell.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell; Charlotte Hill; Laurence Lieberman

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Broom; Julian Randall; Richard Viegas

Testimonials

‘The team has extensive experience and a fantastic work ethic. Their work is consistently top class and they are very easy to work with.’

‘They were always available, very organised and had an incredibly commercial approach to solving problems.’

Key clients

Deloitte

Employment > Immigration Tier 4

The immigration practice at Taylor Wessing LLP is led by employment, pensions, and mobility co-head Sean Nesbitt, an immigration practitioner with experience advising on immigration issues relating to executive employment, business transfers, and corporate transactions, as well as overlapping employment issues such as disputes with international and mobility elements. Beyond Nesbitt, the practice is anchored by senior counsels Charlie Pring and Vikki Wiberg, who handle US and North American inbound and technology work, and Asian inbound and high-net-worth/business crossover work, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Sean Nesbitt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Taylor Wessing provides professional advice. They followed up cases with accurate information and good time management.’

‘Great working relationships and support. No question is a silly question and support is always provided. If calls are needed to discuss cases or queries they are always available to arrange these. Makes the work much easier when you know the individuals you are working with.’

‘The team provides exceptionally high quality work product, direct and straightforward answers to questions, and is incredibly prompt and responsive.’

‘High-touch customer service, very active correspondence on navigating the nuances of each individual immigration case.’

‘A competent, confident, knowledgeable, proactive team who we have had the good fortune to work with for 10 years plus now. There is also comfort around the stability of the team and the fact that we have dealt with the same senior counsel for the entire duration of our interactions with Taylor Wessing.’

‘Vikki Wiberg is a senior counsel of Taylor Wessing, she has rich experience on immigration law and understands our business model well. She always helps us to solve our problem without delay.’

‘We have worked closely with Charlie Pring, who is very gifted, helpful, and supportive. He knows his business very well, and is a lovely person to boot.’

‘Vikki Wiberg, senior counsel. One of the loveliest people I have ever worked with at Taylor Wessing. Her invaluable expertise in corporate visa applications and employment matters is crucial for us. We have learnt so much from her and no question has ever been too big or too small to answer.’

Key clients

II-VI Compound Semiconductors Limited

Sofina Foods

China Mobile International UK Limited

Citrix Systems Limited

COMPASS Pathways

Development Partners International

NEC Telecom Europe

Niantic Incorporated

PetroChina International Company Limited

Smarsh

Sonangol Offshore Services

Tavant Technologies

VavaCars

Yotta

Work highlights

  • Advised Sofina Foods on the acquisition of Eight Fifty Food Group and the subsequent post-transaction integration of the target business into the wider group.
  • Advising II-VI Compound Semiconductors Limited in relation to its substantial manufacturing site expansion in the levelling up targeted area of Northeast England.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP has a strong offering that caters to professional trustees, as well as advising on the pensions aspects of company restructurings, bringing together pensions experts with specialists in fraud matters and restructuring issues. The group was bolstered by the arrival of Anna Taylor from Linklaters in January 2022, adding an expert in trustee advisory and projects work, including buy-ins and GMP conversion mandates. Taking the lead is Mark Smith, who has vast experience in restructurings, asset transfers, buy-ins and buy-outs. Also recommended is Angela Sharma, a senior professional support lawyer attached to the pensions group.

Practice head(s):

Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:

Anna Taylor; Angela Sharma; Georgie Wardrop; Afshan Mallik

Testimonials

‘I work directly with Mark Smith and he is excellent in terms of his advice, guidance and communications. He keeps us updated at all times and explains the various options and implications of each proposal before making recommendations as to the best way forward.’

‘Mark Smith is technically very strong; a deep understanding of the issues and how to resolve them.’

Mark Smith is excellent at communication and always focuses on the key issues’

‘Mark Smith handles our pension matters and is clearly expert in his field. On a personal level we have built a strong relationship which is something I value highly.’

‘They are consummate experts in the field of pensions.’

‘My experience of the Taylor Wessing team is that they deliver extremely thorough, meticulous advice which considers the issue in hand from all angles. Timescales are adhered to and budgets prepared and monitored.’

‘Mark Smith is always available to provide advice – sometimes to very challenging deadlines. He works collaboratively with all stakeholders and co-ordinates advice across different specialties and jurisdictions.’

‘The stand out partner for me at Taylor Wessing is Mark Smith. He always pulls out all the stops to deliver the highest level of legal advice to Trustees to ensure they can in turn make informed decisions on a full range of issues. Needless to say Mark and his team are a delight to work with and I value their support and friendship greatly.’

Key clients

Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund Trustees Limited

JC Flowers

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

Sofina Foods

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustee of the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund on various important matters in relation to the scheme, working closely with the trustee board and other advisers to deliver joined-up and effective advice.
  • Advised Press Association on issues arising in connection with converting its policy into a buy-out of members’ benefits and winding up the scheme.
  • Advised JC Flowers on pensions issues in connection with the sale of Interactive Investor, the UK’s leading subscription-based direct investing platform, to abrdn plc, the global investment company and asset manager.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP has an advisory and transactional practice which covers M&A, real estate and IPOs, with a notably strong private wealth offering. Team leader Graham Samuel-Gibbon has niche expertise in tax issues related to IP rights. Peter Jackson, who formerly led the department until May 2021, is experienced advising on cross border structures and transactions, while Liz Wilson covers private equity. James Ross joined the department in July 2022 from McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, where he was practice head.

Practice head(s):

Graham Samuel-Gibbon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The quick turnaround time and value added advice the practice gave on our matter was very good.’

‘We worked with the partner, Liz Wilson. She went out of her way to make herself available as the matter was urgent. Her advice was practical and value adding.’

‘Peter Jackson; technical excellence and client committment.’

‘Good hands on advice – very practical.’

‘Liz Wilson – Sleeves rolled up approach, very commercial but thoughtful.’

‘Considerable experience and expertise in the international and UK tax elements of complex IP structuring Ability to distil complicated tax rules in a user-friendly manner Responsiveness and availability.’

‘Graham Samuel-Gibbon: Considerable experience and expertise in the international and UK tax elements of complex IP structuring. Ability to distil complicated tax rules in a user-friendly manner. Responsiveness and availability.’

Key clients

The Roald Dahl Story Company and its shareholders

Rezolve

interactive investor

Nutmeg

Current Health

Wuxi AppTec

Digital 9 Infrastructure plc

Dataminr

Fancy Delivery, Inc

Medallia, Inc

Intriva Capital European Principal Investment

Rutland Partners LLP

Inflexion

BentallGreenOak Advisors (UK) LLP

Work highlights

  • Advising The Roald Dahl Story Company and its shareholders on its sale to Netflix, Inc
  • Advising Rezolve Limited on its $2 bn SPAC deal to go public.
  • Advising WuXi AppTec on its acquisition of OXYGENE to strengthen cell and gene therapy service.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 5

At Taylor Wessing LLP, the team is especially well-regarded for its fintech expertise, a forte which sees it advise on an array of payment services, consumer lending, banking and wealth management affairs. The practice, which is headed up by Charlotte Hill, is also reputed for its cryptoasset, technology outsourcing and operational resilience know-how.

Practice head(s):

Charlotte Hill

Other key lawyers:

Laurence Lieberman; Katie Fry-Paul

Testimonials

‘The team has extensive knowledge within financial law.’

‘Katie Fry-Paul has an extensive knowledge within financial law. She delivers excellent advice within agreed time frames.’

‘Taylor Wessing, led by Charlotte Hill, has vast experience in the UK financial services sector, providing high quality work in various areas. The team is very knowledgeable in their specialised subject and very approachable in daily communications.’

‘We have been working closely with partner Charlotte Hill and associate Katie Fry-Paul in recent years to improve the Bank’s internal policies & procedures and relevant customer legal documentation in order to meet fast-changing regulatory requirements. They have provided valuable specific/tailored advice to suit our situation and produced high quality documentation in association with the requirement within schedule.’

‘Incredibly collaborative and responsive – Strategic and pragmatic legal advice – Great regulatory and market insights – Excellent speed of execution.’

Key clients

Interactive Investor

Nutmeg Saving and Investment Limited

Wealth Simple

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP represents a diverse range of clients, including executives at domestic and international businesses from the financial services, pharma, and e-commerce sector, in regulatory and criminal proceedings relating to money laundering, bribery, tax fraud, and complex criminal fraud proceedings more generally, with a strong focus on cross-border investigations. Led by David De Ferrars, who has broad expertise across international fraud proceedings, with notable capabilities in the technology and cryptocurrency space, the team was further strengthened by the arrival of international disputes specialist Richard Viegas from Collyer Bristow LLP in January 2022, and also includes consulting partner David McCluskey, a vastly experienced advisor on AML and compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

David de Ferrars

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘David McCluskey is a seasoned professional who has represented senior individuals for 25 plus years. He has strategic nous and a tactical prowess that makes him a popular choice of adviser for those facing personal issues with the authorities.’

‘Taylor Wessing is a highly regarded name among commercial firms.’

‘In my view, it stands and delivers in the white-collar crime space to the same very impressive standards.’

‘Their capacity to pick up and despatch the criminal problems of their blue-chip-related and other high-profile clients is not something they can or would think it appropriate to broadcast. But I know from my work with them that they are incredibly effective at putting to bed big problems for big name individuals.’

‘The lawyer with whom I work most frequently is Michelle George. She is cerebral and yet a devastatingly effective strategist. Whether in the boardroom or the conference room, she holds her own among big names, and securers great results.’

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP‘s ‘incredibly efficient and professional’ contentious banking group has a wide-ranging practice in this space. The department is noted for its work on insolvency-related financial disputes as well as on claims involving alleged frauds. The team is also regularly engaged on breach of contract claims involving financial institutions, particularly hedge funds, and has a growing presence in the cryptocurrency sector. The group is co-headed by Laurence Lieberman, who serves as head of contentious financial services, and Andrew Howell, who leads the overall disputes and investigations practice. Stuart Broom and Tim Strong are also active in this space.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell; Laurence Lieberman

Testimonials

‘The team is incredibly efficient and professional with a strong focus on clients’ needs. They consistently produce excellent work and are very reliable.’

‘They are calm under pressure, provide a personalised service and have a great depth of knowledge.’

Key clients

Professor Russell Griggs OBE

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

Grant Thornton

MUSST Holdings v Astra Asset management

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 5

With Andrew Howell at its helm, the team at Taylor Wessing LLP remains committed to acting in the most cutting-edge cases; environmental, pandemic and cryptocurrency-related claims are just some recent examples of this focus. In January 2022, the firm welcomed ‘top-class lawyerRichard Viegas from Collyer Bristow LLP, where he headed up the commercial litigation department. Viegas joins a large roster of highly regarded practitioners, including ‘quick-witted, analytical and astuteKatie Chandler and fraud expert Shane Gleghorn.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Howell

Other key lawyers:

Katie Chandler; Shane Gleghorn; David de Ferrars; Nick Storrs; Stuart Broom; Richard Viegas

Testimonials

‘The team has been outstanding in the support it has provided and always acts professionally and quickly without a compromise on quality.’

‘Richard Viegas is a top-class lawyer whose in-depth experience and knowledge consistently produces excellent results – a real pleasure to work with.’

‘TW has stocked its practice with fundamentally bright and decent people. There isn’t a B team, they are all impressive but not in a magic circle cookie-cutter kind of way.’

‘Stuart Broom came to my case when it was at a relatively advanced stage, but his ability to absorb information and very quickly start shaping strategy was impressive. His client focus is very sharp and he doesn’t hesitate to roll up his sleeves when that is necessary.’

‘The team around Katie Chandler is superb. They have masterfully guided our client through the vagaries of High Court litigation and were always a step ahead of the opposing side.’

‘Katie Chandler is a stellar litigator: quick-witted, analytical and astute.’

Key clients

MUSST Holdings

UK Hospitality Industries

Grant Thornton UK LLP

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

Emerson Process Management Limited

Derev, Khadzhi-Murat

Konkola Copper Mines Plc

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 5

The contentious construction practice at Taylor Wessing LLP offers advice on real estate development, finance, energy, and infrastructure matters. It is also active on international arbitrations. The team is co-headed by Matthew Jones, David Quinlan, and Jonathan Hutt, with Hutt leading on contentious matters due to his specialism in dispute avoidance and formal dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Jones; Jonathan Hutt; David Quinlan

Other key lawyers:

David Franklin; Rebecca May

Testimonials

‘They are stand out, strategically on point, no nonsense, and say it as it is.’

‘Jonathan Hutt is brilliant.’

‘David Franklin is extremely skilled, reliable and adaptable.’

‘The Taylor Wessing team are adept and willing to change their approach to suit each situation. They are able to use their extensive experience of construction disputes to quickly assess the situation, understand a range of options and clearly communicate their strategy to the client.’

‘Both Jonathan Hutt and Rebecca May are diligent in their approach to the matter at hand. They are open to challenge and willing to discuss another perspective on an issue.’

Key clients

Essential Living (Greenwich) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a leading international luxury property developer originating in China, in relation to procurement, construction legal matters and financing matters for its development at One Nine Elms in Vauxhall, London.
  • Advising on an ICC arbitration arising out of a USD $550 million road project to improve and extend a highway in the Republic of Colombia.
  • Provided FM Services to prisons in the south of England and Wales, as well as the procurement of funding and advising on the merits of the heads of claim.

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

Taylor Wessing LLP advises clients in fields including financial services, accounting, life sciences, and technology, leveraging combined criminal defence, reputation management, and investigations expertise in its work on compliance issues, cross-border regulatory proceedings, and internal investigations. The firm has notable expertise in emerging cryptocurrency investigations relating to theft and hacking, and has strengthened its contentious capabilities with the arrival of Richard Viegas from Collyer Bristow LLP in January 2022. David De Ferrars leads the team, working with family businesses through to multinational corporations on corporate malfeasance and corruption investigations. Laurence Lieberman is a standout name for life sciences and financial services work, as well as regularly advising Indian businesses, with key areas of expertise including compliance investigations and breaches.

Practice head(s):

David de Ferrars

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

David McCluskey provides wise counsel of a range of issues, in particular with regard to financial regulators and the cross over between corporate crime and fraud. He is a good strategist to have at your side.

Taylor Wessing is a highly regarded name among commercial firms. They are incredibly effective at putting to bed big problems for big name individuals and corporates alike, from bribery and corruption to macro-economic market manipulation to high-net-worth tax evasion.

The lawyer with whom I work most frequently is Michelle George. She is cerebral and yet a devastatingly effective strategist.

Key clients

Deloitte

Asher Miller

Work highlights

    Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 6

    Led by Martin Yells, Taylor Wessing LLP's 'highly efficient' banking and finance team regularly advises private equity sponsors engaged in mid-market leveraged finance mandates. A significant amount of the work is centred around the tech sector, including the provision of debt financing to later stage venture-backed clients of the firm. The 'smart and very user-friendly' Lerika Le Grange is a key member of the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Martin Yells

    Other key lawyers:

    Lerika Le Grange; Fiona Coady; Kate Bowden; Katie Horbury

    Testimonials

    Nice boutique finance team who do a lot of tech and VC-backed stuff.’

    ‘Lerika Le Grange is smart and very user friendly, with a lot of experience dealing with VC-backed companies.’

    ‘Katie Horbury is very strong and often performs the heavy lifting on deals.’

    Key clients

    Sofina Foods Inc.

    Heroes Technology Limited and its subsidiaries

    Anglo Pacific Group plc

    K2 Partnering Solutions

    Hilton Food Group plc

    Rutland Partners

    Autofutura (ATG group)

    Optimapharm

    Inflexion Private Equity Partners

    JSM

    Rockpool Investments

    Phoenix Asset Management

    Digital 9 Infrastructure

    Work highlights

    • Advised tech-focused client the Heroes group on a $200m term loan facility agreement with Crayhill as lender.
    • Advised on the $140m refinancing of the K2 Partnering Solutions group (backed by Inflexion), via secured loan facilities provided by Pemberton Capital Advisors and NatWest.
    • Advised Sofina Foods Inc., a leading manufacturer of protein products for retain and foodservice customers, on the English law aspects of its $290m debt financing to fund the acquisition of the Eight Fifty Food Group, a leading supplier of seafood and pork.

    Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 6

    'As comfortable on technical points as they are on fiercely fought litigation', Taylor Wessing LLP provides 'highly competent and thorough' advice to funds, alternative lenders, corporates and IPs across a range of contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. Team head Nick Moser has strong creditor and debtor restructuring credentials and is appreciated for his ability to ensure 'that the resources within the larger firm are best utilised for the client and are co-ordinated with one another'. The team is also well regarded for its insolvency-related work for tech and IP rich businesses, an area in which 'calm and astute' senior counsel Stephen O’Grady has a particular strength, including for crypto market participants on risk management to ensure client assets are protected in the event of an insolvent event.

    Practice head(s):

    Nick Moser

    Other key lawyers:

    Amy Patterson; Stephen O’Grady; Luke Viner; Emilie Delacave

    Testimonials

    Hghly competent and thorough and, importantly for us, very understanding and sympathetic.’

    The team is extremely responsive which is a real asset in fast-paced and demanding matters.’

    The team is small, but at the top of its game. As comfortable on technical points as they are on fiercely fought litigation.’

    The team acts as real partners and go above and beyond the call of duty. Impressive expertise and partnership make this team a “must have” for any UK restructuring and insolvency needs.’

    Nick Moser has been invaluable across both distressed situations and in post-restructuring M&A and strategic transactions. He is also excellent at ensuring that the resources within the larger firm are best utilised for the client and are co-ordinated with one another.’

    The outstanding Amy Patterson is a star in every respect.’

    Amy Patterson is a go-to lawyer in the insolvency and restructuring space and genuinely a delight to work with. She is quick witted, formidable, hard working and personable.’

    Stephen O’Grady is one to watch – he is calm and astute.’

    Key clients

    Trinity Investments DAC

    Deluxe Media

    BDO LLP

    Smith & Williamson LLP

    Interpath

    FRP Advisory

    Kroll

    Rutland

    White Oak

    PwC

    Grant Thornton

    Work highlights

    • Advising Trinity Investments DAC (a consortium comprising Attestor, Ellandi and Octane Capital) on its loan management and workout strategy following its acquisition of a £400m distressed loan portfolio from NatWest secured against shopping centres across the UK.
    • Advising White Oak as a major funder into Greensill Capital UK Limited, which went into administration in March 2021.
    • Advised the administrators (Smith & Williamson LLP) of certain companies within the Four Seasons Healthcare Group, on all aspects of the administration, operation, and disposal of a portfolio of care homes in England and Northern Ireland.

    Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 7

    An array of blue-chip corporate clients turn to Taylor Wessing LLP for its capabilities in multi-jurisdictional merger control matters. Dual-qualified (English and Italian) Paolo Palmigiano’s deep expertise in regulated sectors ensures that he is consistently sought out by both public and private sector entities. Senior counsel Louisa Penny’s broad focus encompasses TMT, consumer goods, retail, and life sciences.

    Practice head(s):

    Paolo Palmigiano

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘In-house expertise with a pragmatic approach.’

    Dispute resolution > International arbitration

    Taylor Wessing LLP's international arbitration group features both Nick Storrs, who routinely acts in heavyweight and multi-jurisdictional disputes; and December 2021 recruit, Karel Daele, the former arbitration head at Mishcon de Reya LLP.

    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.

    DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
    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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    Niri Shan photo Niri ShanPartner, Reputation ManagmentMedia & Entertainment
    Nick Storrs photo Nick StorrsNick is a partner specialising in international arbitration and commercial litigation. He…
    Number of lawyers firm-wide : 1,100+
    Number of UK partners : 100+
    Number of other UK fee-earners : 350+

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