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Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP generates work in the outsourcing sphere, where it acts for customers and suppliers across a mix of matters, including those involving data centres, recruitment, telecommunications and financial services. Its global footprint makes it attractive for cross-border transactions, in particular. Graham Hann and Chris Jeffery are among the names to note in the team, which acts for clients such as Visa, China Telecom and bwin.party.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

The ‘knowledgeable and commercial’ corporate tax team at Taylor Wessing LLP is considered by some as ‘a go-to practice for real estate special purpose vehicle’ tax structuring. Indeed, Peter Jackson advised Tritax Big Box REIT on two separate placings totalling £550m, in addition to the tax structuring of a number of acquisitions of holding vehicles and subsequent property extractions and group reorganisation. Other areas of expertise include technology, private wealth and private equity. Robert Young, who replaced Jackson as practice head in 2017, acted for onefinestay in relation to its sale to AccorHotels and also coordinated the provision of French and US tax advice. Nikol Davies left the firm to return to Australia in 2017, but Graham Samuel-Gibbon joined from EY, where he had been a director in the international tax services department. Richard Carson is an active consultant in the department.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

The ‘strategically excellent’ Robert Vidal heads the team at Taylor Wessing LLP; he can ‘think outside the box’ and ‘sees things from his client’s business perspective’. The team remains particularly strong in the pharmaceuticals and technology sectors; Vidal and ‘technically excellent’ senior counsel Louisa Penny advised News Corporation and News Corp UK & Ireland on its proposed acquisition of Wireless Group for £220.3m, securing a decision from both the CMA and Ofcom not to investigate the acquisition under the Enterprise Act 2002. Together with senior associate Richard Craig, Vidal also advised Esterline Technologies Corporation on the disposal of the air countermeasures and pyrotechnics business and certain assets of Wallop Defence Systems to Chemring, which was cleared by the CMA. The team also advised Ranbaxy Laboratories and its owner Sun Pharmaceutical Industries on the European Commission’s investigation into pay for delay agreements.

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Financial services (non-contentious/regulatory) - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

Praised for its ‘excellent technical knowledge’, Taylor Wessing LLP provides ‘high-quality advice’ to a varied mix of clients including wealth management entities, Fintech companies, banks and consumer finance companies. The ‘very astute’ Jonathan Rogers provides ‘sound commercial judgement’, and as well as recently advising challenger bank, Monzo Bank, across a raft of regulatory matters (including securing PRA approvals in respect the bank's tier 1 capital instruments), he also advised high-profile digital wealth manager Nutmeg on the regulatory aspects associated with its latest fund raising. On the contentious front, Shane Gleghorn represents financial institutions in regulatory enforcement actions and private litigation, and David McCluskey is noted for his ‘dogged and incisive’ work in relation to the criminal aspects of financial investigations and litigation.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for a wide range of clients in public and private fundraisings, as well as transactional matters, with particular expertise in mandates connected with the technology, life sciences and real estate sectors. Robert Fenner and Tandeep Minhas acted for Creo Medical Group on its £1.4m pre-IPO fundraising and also advised the client on its £20m AIM IPO; the funds from the IPO will be used to develop a new range of minimally-invasive surgical devices. Another notable individual is William Belcher, who acted for Cyan Holdings on its £10m fundraise, by way of a placing and subscription for new ordinary shares. Russell Holden’s team includes Jeremy Landau, who joined from K&L Gates LLP in 2016, and senior associate Katie Bennett.

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M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m
M&A: mid-market, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP has ‘very good strength in depth’, and is active in a variety of sectors, though TMT is a particular area of expertise. Andrew Davis and corporate technology head Mike Turner acted for News Corporation on its £220m purchase of Wireless Group, and Edward Waldron advised Rutland Partners on its purchase of Let’s Print Holding. On the technology side, Adrian Rainey advised Magic Pony Technology on its acquisition by Twitter; in telecoms, Mark Barron assisted Mitel with its proposed £2bn purchase of Polycom. Cross-border highlights for Davis included advising Sky Ventures on its $45m investment in southeast Asian TV streaming service iflix. Life sciences is another strong area for the department; Davis acted for Phagenesis on its multi-stage acquisition by Nestlé Health Science. The firm’s other M&A clients include YPlan, Interactive Investor and onefinestay. The ‘practical, reliable’ David Mardle heads the practice with Dominic FitzPatrick. Robert Fenner and private equity expert James Goold are also recommended. Russell Holden heads the corporate finance practice. In 2016, corporate technology expert Angus Miln joined from Bird & Bird LLP and private equity specialist Duncan McDonald arrived from Olswang.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions – Mid-cap deal capability - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP undertakes mid-cap transactions across a multitude of sectors, with a particular focus on technology, media and communications, as well as the retail and consumer industries. James Goold leads the UK private equity team, which includes Edward Waldron and senior associate Jonny Bethell, who assisted Rutland Partners with its £122m sale of the Millbrook Group to Spectris. Waldron and Bethell advised the same client on its €175m MBO of Walstead Group and Let’s Print Holding. Emma Danks acts for Synova Capital and MML Capital, as well as advising portfolio companies and management teams. Nick Hazell and Martin Winter are other team members, as is recent hire Duncan McDonald, who joined from Olswang LLP.

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Venture capital
Venture capital - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP (London, Cambridge)

Very knowledgeable within the tech space’ and benefiting from ‘great strength-in-depth’ across all complementary areas including employment, tax and IP, as well as a strong network of offices which includes practitioners based in Europe, Singapore and Palo Alto, Taylor Wessing LLP provides an ‘excellent service’ to an impressive roster of UK and international IP-rich tech companies, in addition to those funds investing in such companies. The ‘very experienced’ Mike Turner heads the firm’s corporate technology group and recently advised Farfetch on its $110m Series F financing, one of the largest technology financing rounds in the UK in 2016. Splitting his time between the firm’s London and Cambridge offices, the ‘practical and reliable’ David Mardle is well regarded in the industry and recently represented Cambridge-based pharmaceutical company Kymab on its £81m Series C financing. Adrian Rainey ‘manages investment processes with charm and grace’; he recently advised artificial intelligence company Magic Pony on its sale to Twitter. ‘Great negotiator’ Angus Miln is also recognised for his ‘good exposure to exit work’ and recently advised Onefinestay on its £117m sale to Accor Hotels. Howard Palmer is also recommended. Other clients include Index Ventures, Nutmeg, GV and Dawn Capital.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s team of ‘top-drawer litigators’ is ‘supported by an excellent team of associates’, which ‘makes it a firm of choice for serious allegations of fraud’. The group is known for its expertise in the financial services sector, and also maintains a strong track record in sanctions, anti-bribery and compliance matters along with global corruption investigations. The firm is currently representing Castle Investment Fund in a cross-border multiparty litigation regarding business deadlines between three Russian businessmen, a case involving allegations of fraud, transactions at undervalue and unlawful means conspiracy. Practice co-heads David de Ferrars and Shane Gleghorn are ‘known for their excellent experience and judgement in the civil fraud area’.

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Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s team is best known for advising on matters involving the manipulation of FX rates along with data protection and cybercrime, corruption investigations and anti-bribery cases. Key individuals include practice head Shane Gleghorn, who specialises in banking and financial sector investigations; David De Ferrars, who advises on fraud and asset tracing; and Tim Strong, who focuses on disputes in the financial and energy sectors.

Leading individuals

David de Ferrars - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Gaming and betting
Gaming and betting - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for a range of major gaming and betting brands and has notable expertise in the social gaming sector, advising on licensed ‘real money’ products and financial and regulatory issues. eSports is also a key areas of focus, and the team is increasingly involved in assisting companies who have not historically fallen under the remit of UK gambling legislation. Recent work included advising end-to-end gaming company IGT on the re-launch of its ‘Lady Lucks’ branded website, and assisting Amaya with trade mark and copyright disputes regarding its PokerStars, Full Tilt and PokerStrategy.com products. Key figures in the team include practice head Graham Hann, Mark Owen and senior associate Neil Hawley.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP has worked on a number of significant instructions against investment banks, and the practice is recommended for its experience in disputes involving derivatives, CDOs, funds and structured products. It also frequently acts for retail and private banks in defending mis-selling actions; advises HNW individuals in potential mis-selling actions against banks; and advises banks on regulatory issues, arising out of potential failures of the systems and controls regarding the sale of financial products. The practice is also noted for complex, cross-border financial frauds; and it assists foreign-headquartered commercial banks, particularly in relation to India, the Middle East and Germany, with their UK disputes. Recent highlights include advising boutique investment bank Arundel Group in a case involving allegations of negligent investment advice, negligent mis-statement and breach of trust. Shane Gleghorn ‘always goes the extra mile for his clients’, and Laurence Lieberman specialises in the investigation and resolution of financial disputes and regulatory investigations. Tim Strong, Stephen Flaherty and Emma Allen are key advisers. David McCluskey joined from Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, bringing financial crime expertise.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP has a particularly strong reputation in disputes involving professional services; financial services; and fraud, corporate crime and investigations. The practice is also well known for insolvency litigation and contentious work in the hotels sector. The team acted for the joint official liquidators of Saad Investment Company (In Liquidation), regarding a dispute with JPMorgan Chase Bank and a number of other JPMorgan (and former Bear Stearns) entities; this arose out of one of the largest alleged frauds seen in the Middle East. Shane Gleghorn is team head; Andrew Howell advises on general commercial and corporate disputes, particularly in the financial services sector; and David de Ferrars acts in complex commercial litigation, predominantly international, and corporate investigations, fraud and asset tracing, corruption, and white-collar matters. Julian Randall, Tim Strong and India desk head Laurence Lieberman are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Shane Gleghorn - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Competition litigation
Competition litigation - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for defendants and claimants at various levels of court and has particular expertise in the healthcare, life sciences and tech sectors. ‘Responsive and communicative’, the team is led by Robert Vidal and is able to ‘work seamlessly across its various departments with a shared focus to achieve its client’s goals’. The practice head is acting for Ranbaxy Laboratories in relation to its appeal to the ECJ regarding the General Court’s decision to strike out its appeal of the EC’s decision regarding anti-competitive settlement practices concerning an antidepressant. The team is also involved in some of the well-known follow-on damages claims in the financial services sector. Louisa Penny, Richard Craig and Paul Glass are key contacts in the practice group.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 7

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is experienced in managing cross-border arbitration, and the practice has particular expertise in disputes involving the hotels and hospitality sector. Shane Gleghorn regularly acts in arbitrations in the finance, energy, technology and telecoms sectors, and has notable Russia and CIS region experience. Laurence Lieberman is India desk head.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

The ‘excellent’ practice at Taylor Wessing LLP is recognised for its strengths in the accountancy sector, and regarded as a ‘pre-eminent’ firm in this field. Shane Gleghorn heads the disputes and investigations practice and Andrew Howell (who is ‘superb in every respect’) leads the ‘extremely professional’ professional discipline team, which includes Julian Randall (‘fantastically experienced’, ‘can speak the language of his clients’) and Stephen Flaherty (‘huge depth of knowledge’, ‘commits to clients’). The team acts for eight of the ten largest accountancy practices, handling a range of civil claims, disciplinary processes, and regulatory inquiries. Recent highlights include acting for PricewaterhouseCoopers in relation to an investigation by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) into the events leading up to the collapse of sub-prime lender Cattles plc, and in relation to disciplinary complaints brought by the FRC following its investigation into the audit of Connaught plc.

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London: Finance

Acquisition finance
Acquisition finance - ranked: tier 6

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP acts for a varied mix of clients including senior and mezzanine lenders, private equity sponsors and corporates, predominantly on acquisition finance mandates within the mid-market. Team head Martin Yells is frequently at the forefront of the most significant matters handled by the team, including on the debt financing relating to News Corp’s acquisition of talkSPORT owner, Wireless Group. Yell also advised Arlington Capital Partners on the debt financing to facilitate its acquisition of Molecular Products. Other clients include Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Rutland Partners and Santander.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 7

Taylor Wessing LLP

Experienced operators in the corporate restructuring field’, Taylor Wessing LLP’s ten-partner team has ‘strength-in-depth’ across a wide variety of creditor and debtor side work, both on the contentious and non-contentious side. Leveraging the firm’s overarching IP strength, the team is regularly engaged in restructuring involving IP rich businesses and recently advised KPMG as administrators on the pre-packed sale of WorldStores Group to Dunelm Group. Neil Smyth led on the aforementioned matter and is also ‘very good on contentious insolvency issues and pursuing recalcitrant directors’. Team head Nick Moser is ‘particularly strong in the pensions sector’ where his experience in the area ensures that he ‘understands the different requirements for dealing with trustees who may have different agendas from the general body of creditors’.

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Islamic finance
Islamic finance - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is well-regarded in the market as a firm capable of handling the gamut of Islamic finance work, from real estate and development financing to capital markets and derivatives. The practice acts on a stand-alone basis, but also in support roles and is well-versed in the framework of various Islamic special economic zones and regulating authorities. Led by Rodney Dukes, the Islamic finance team is instructed by lender-side and borrower-side clients and has been involved in several shari’ah-compliant corporate lending facilities in 2016-2017. Senior counsel Nada Jarnaz specialises in acting for lender clients and is working alongside the practice head to advise an investment manager on the establishment of a shari’ah-compliant investment fund. Dukes and Jamaz have also been instructed by other law firms to assist specifically with the shari’ah compliance in lending transactions. Clients of the department include Amlak Finance and Fortress Investment Group.

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP attracts praise for its ‘high level of knowledge’ in asset based lending matters. The firm has a ‘responsive and approachable’ trade finance team in London that handles the full range of transactions from receivables financing and supply chain finance to letters of credit and pre-export financings. The firm has continued to expand its client base; in 2016 it handled mandates on behalf of new clients SMBC and Anglo Pacific Group, in addition to advising longstanding clients including Deutsche Bank, Bank of America and PNC Business Credit. Elisabeth Gaunt leads the team, which includes partner Martin Yells, who is ‘technically excellent and has a common-sense approach’. In a key mandate, the team acted for Anglo Pacific on the $40m financing of its acquisition of a streaming arrangement with Denison Mines relating to a share of revenue from ore processing at the Cigar Lake uranium mine in Canada.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s ‘solid, knowledgeable and approachable team’ regularly advises on the incentives aspects of high-value transactions, including EMI plans and tax issues. ‘Excellent’ group head Ann Casey led advice to Outfit7 Investments on employee incentives matters involved in its $1bn takeover by United Luck Group Holdings; and advised onefinestay on cross-border incentives and tax issues relating to the £150m sale of its business to AccorHotels. Senior associate Anna Humphrey is also recommended.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s department often handles high-value claims and the employment aspects of major corporate transactions for domestic and foreign clients, with a strong focus on the technology sector. Department head Paul Callaghan led advice to News Corporation on the employment aspects of is acquisition of Wireless Group, including negotiating packages for senior management of the target company and potential liability under a historic TUPE transfer. Andrew Granger acted for EasyJet on a class action brought against the company by the cabin crew regarding holiday pay. Sean Nesbitt has been assisting Afren with claims brought by a number of former senior managers arising from the company’s collapse, as well as continuing to advise the client on whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claims brought by other former employees. Clients also single out senior associate Anna McCaffrey, who has experience handling employee privacy and ‘gig economy’ issues. Other clients include Fabrinet, Macmillan Publishers and LeanWorks.

Next generation lawyers

Anna McCaffrey - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s immigration team works closely with the firm’s wider private wealth, employment, corporate and tax teams. Its focus is on inbound immigration from the US and Asia, advising a range of UK and overseas clients in the technology sector. It has a growing investor practice for private wealth clients and advises on international investor visas, entrepreneur visas and other complex nationality applications. Sean Nesbitt heads the team. Also recommended are senior counsel Charlie Pring, who advises US companies with operations in the UK, particularly in the technology, digital media, financial services and energy sectors; and Vikki Wiberg, who advises large corporates and handles high-net-worth investor and entrepreneur applications, particularly from the Far East and Middle East.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘a first choice’ for pensions fraud work. The department is headed by the ‘excellent’ and ‘very professional’ Mark Smith, who has particular strength acting for professional trustees in pension disputes. The team also has experience in scheme closures. Clients include Pi Consulting (Trustee Services), EMC and Independent Trustee Services.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

Praised for its ‘sound commercial advice’, Taylor Wessing LLP is often retained in the full range of disputes. Recent mandates included claims pertaining to funds and investment management liability, operational all risks and after the event insurance policies. Direct and excess insurers, reinsurers and Lloyd’s coverholders instruct the practice. Susannah Wakefield joined Shoosmiths LLP in August 2017.

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s client base includes risk carriers, underwriters, brokers and run-off agents, and the team is also involved in various insurance-related matters for clients across other sectors and areas of practice. The firm covers a broad industry spectrum, advising on insurer and reinsurer setup, raising of capital and M&A activity, as well as Lloyd’s regulatory issues. Clients include Heritage Insurance Managers, AXA Liabilities Managers and HSB Engineering Insurance. The firm recently advised Ariel Re on the role of certain Lloyd’s participants in providing capacity to one of its syndicates, a matter valued at £50m. Jonathan Rogers heads the practice, Peter Kempe specialises in corporate finance, private equity and venture capital, and Dion Williams has substantial experience in the setting up of alternative capital structures for the insurance and reinsurance market. Susannah Wakefield joined Shoosmiths LLP in August 2017.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘a pre-eminent firm for claims against auditors and accountants with unrivalled expertise and experience in this field’. The group focuses on complex and high-profile claims and regulatory investigations, and it ‘gets on with the job in a thoroughly professional, determined and "unflashy" manner’. The team defended PwC against a £1.6bn claim arising out of the collapse of the sub-prime lender, Cattles and its trading subsidiary, Welcome Financial Services. It is also advising PwC and one of its retired partners in relation to disciplinary complaints brought by the Financial Reporting Council following its investigation into the audit of Connaught, and represented White Tower 2006-3 in a professional negligence claim against Colliers International (in liquidation) arising out of the valuation of a London property portfolio. Shane Gleghorn heads the disputes and investigations practice, and Andrew Howell, who is ‘vastly experienced, a superb team leader and is completely unflappable’ leads the professional services group and has ‘vast experience’ in claims and regulatory investigations involving the accountancy profession. Julian Randall is also ‘fantastic for accountancy disputes’ and is ‘extremely clever, a deep strategic thinker, utterly reliable and has excellent judgement’. Stephen Flaherty is ‘outstanding’, Laurence Lieberman is noted for his financial disputes experience, and senior associates Stuart Broom and James Bryden are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Andrew Howell - Taylor Wessing LLP

Julian Randall - Taylor Wessing LLP

Next generation lawyers:

James Bryden - Taylor Wessing LLP

Stuart Broom - Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

At Taylor Wessing LLP, the ‘excellent’ Luke Callaghan (senior counsel) provides specialist advice on property issues affecting the firm’s landed estate clients. He is experienced in residential and agricultural property matters for both UK and non-UK clients, covering freehold/leasehold property, landed estates, mineral rights, and agricultural and residential tenancies. Also recommended is Andrew Hine, for trusts work. Clients include traditional landowners and their heirs and trustees, as well as entrepreneurs and overseas and non-domiciled buyers. The group has been advising on myriad high-value and complex matters, notably acting for an ultra-high-net-worth individual on the acquisition of a traditional sporting estate which surrounds their property and includes a Grade II listed country house, numerous farm cottages which are let, and 600 acres of farm and woodland (which also includes a commercial shoot). In another highlight, the team acted for an ultra-high-net-worth Swedish family on its first acquisition of UK property; the property included a substantial country house in Gloucestershire together with gardens, lakes, farmland and common land.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Emma Jordan heads the department at Taylor Wessing LLP; a Jersey advocate and ‘a brilliant litigator’, she is ‘at the cutting edge of "Z Trust" litigation in Jersey about insolvent trusts’. Jordan and senior associate Kate Silbermann make ‘an incredibly impressive team’. Silbermann has extensive litigation experience acting for trustees and beneficiaries in England, Jersey and other offshore jurisdictions such as Bermuda and the Bahamas, covering civil fraud, asset tracing and recovery. Andrew Hine is experienced in matters of probate, succession and wills, and has acted in various substantial multi-jurisdictional cases involving conflict of law issues. The team acted for the trustees of the Longleat Estate in hostile proceedings brought by Viscount Weymouth (the remainderman beneficiary) to remove an outgoing co-trustee; the matter went before the High Court in May 2016 but the parties reached a settlement part way through the hearing. The firm continues to advise the trustee board on various estate matters. It is also acting for the trustee of a Bahamian law trust in respect of breach of trust claims brought by a beneficiary. Other clients include Equity Trusts (Jersey) Limited.

Leading individuals

Andrew Hine - Taylor Wessing LLP

Emma Jordan - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Andrew Hine heads the team at Taylor Wessing LLP, which provides ‘an excellent service to its clients. It is able to offer a full service to its wealthy clients who have complex and large financial issues that need to be resolved’. Other members of the ‘outstanding’ team include Mark Buzzoni, who has ‘superb cross-border capabilities’; the ‘well-connected’ Nick Warr; Sanjvee Shah, who is ‘very responsive and shows great attention to detail’; and senior associate Kyra Motley, who is ‘one to watch’. The group provides a full service to high-net-worth families and family offices who require multi-jurisdictional advice on their personal wealth structures, international tax planning, and commercial and real estate investments, and also handles reputation management and immigration matters. The London team works closely with counterparts in continental Europe, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. In a significant multi-jurisdictional matter, it is advising the trustees of a historic large landed estate with a number of diversified businesses.

Leading individuals

Andrew Hine - Taylor Wessing LLP

Mark Buzzoni - Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables)
Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

The multi-disciplinary team at Taylor Wessing LLP is noted for its work in the renewables sector and recently gained German-American energy storage company Younicos as a client. Dominic FitzPatrick, who acts as head of the energy, infrastructure and projects team as well as head of the corporate department, continues to lead a team advising Conergy on the development and sale of several solar power assets across the UK. On the construction side, David Quinlan handles procurement and project finance issues for government agencies, EPC contractors and financial institutions; he recently acted for Canada Life on the installation of a rooftop solar facility in Kent. On the international front, construction partner Matthew Jones is acting for a British and Ghanaian consortium and its subsidiary on the proposed installation of a dual fuel power station in Ghana. Contentious work includes a multi-million pound defects claim brought by a wind farm owner, and Tim Strong’s work for a contractor in ICC arbitration proceedings arising from contractual disputes surrounding a delay in works and payment issues.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s ‘engaging, knowledgeable and personable’ practice provides a ‘very cohesive and complete solution’ to real estate issues. The team has notable expertise in the student accommodation and logistics sectors, where Paul Leamy acted for McLaren Property on the £150m sale of a portfolio of six student housing developments to a new investment vehicle owned by a group of German pension funds, and Alan Evans advised a REIT on the acquisition of distribution warehouses. Another area of strength is the hotel-and-leisure sector, with the highly recommended Richard Bursby a specialist in hotel management agreements; he is currently advising Redefine BDL on eight separate hotel management agreements involving 29 hotels in the UK. In other highlights the ‘patient, brilliant and practicable’ Paul Lawrence is advising City Pride and Chalegrove Properties on their plans to build a 75-storey residential tower in the Isle of Dogs, and Adam Marks continued to act for Brentford Football Club on the development of its new stadium and related facilities. Practice head Christopher Turley and John Whitfield ‘both provide unrivalled market experience and technical knowledge of real estate law’.

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Taylor Wessing LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

Taylor Wessing LLP

Providing ‘quick and well thought through responses, and detailed and fair advice’, the team at Taylor Wessing LLP was active on a range of major residential development projects during 2016; David Quinlan is currently advising St. John’s Wood Square on the construction aspects of an eponymous residential development scheme, and he also continues to assist Essential Living on all construction matters relating to the development of a portfolio of projects in the private rental sector. The team’s expertise extends to sectors such as student accommodation and energy, with ‘very knowledgeable and thorough’ practice head Matthew Jones, and consultant Laurence Cobb, acting for McLaren Property on a number of student accommodation projects. On the contentious side, Cobb and Quinlan were active on behalf of both employers and EPC contractors in the renewable energy sector.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP handles a wide range of planning matters, including large-scale development and compulsory purchase matters, with clients highlighting the team for ‘ensuring they feel prioritised’. Practice head Alistair Watson, who is ‘very determined and has excellent experience’, continued to be busy in the sports arena space; he acted for Brentford Football Club on the CPO process and Inquiry for the club’s new stadium, and also assisted Saracens Rugby Club with the section 106 agreement arising from its relocation. Another fruitful sector was student accommodation, where clients include McLaren Property and Empiric Student Property; Watson acted for the former in relation to its successful appeal against refusal of planning permission for a 270-bed student accommodation scheme in Cambridge. In other highlights the team is advising Buckminster on the planning application for the proposed Grantham Designer Outlet Village at Grantham. Senior associate Emma Tait is ‘highly intelligent and resourceful’.

Next generation lawyers

Emma Tait - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

The ‘responsive’ team at Taylor Wessing LLP provides ‘well-thought-through advice’, and ‘really adds value’; clients say it is ‘one of the most engaging, knowledgeable and personable practices around’, and commend it for its ‘highly competent senior associates’. Finance partner Gareth Lawson ‘analyses complex transactions and concisely communicates potential resolutions in plain English’; he advised Helaba on the £191m financing of the King’s Cross Central development, and acted for MetLife on its £274m co-financing of the purchase of 123 and 151 Buckingham Palace Road by a Gaw Capital-arranged consortium. Jonathan Marks advised Cain Hoy on its £78m loan to Lodha Developers 48CS for the refinancing of 48 Carey Street. On the borrower side, Martin Yells assisted City Pride with obtaining a £320m facility to finance the development of the Landmark Pinnacle on the Isle of Dogs. Ross Caldwell acted for Secure Income REIT on a £60m senior loan from M&G Investments to finance the former’s £196m acquisition of a portfolio of 55 Travelodge hotels. The ‘very experienced’ Raman Sharma ‘delivers results seamlessly’. Paul Harrison, Amar Ali, Mark Bennett, Heather Buttle, Emma Oakley and group head Rodney Dukes are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Rodney Dukes - Taylor Wessing LLP

Next generation lawyers

Gareth Lawson - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s team is a key name in this space thanks, in part, to the ‘excellent leadership’ of Saleem Fazal, who is ‘an able lawyer with exceptionally sound tactical judgement’ and is ‘always a delight to work with’. Fazal primarily acts for developers, corporate occupiers and investment landlords with noteworthy examples including Canada Life, Hermes Investment Management and Royal Hospital Chelsea. The group regularly acts in dilapidation claims, service charge disputes, injunctions and development litigation. In a recent highlight, Fazal assisted Derwent London with rights of light issues surrounding a major redevelopment project in South London; he also acted for McLaren Group in a potential claim for interference with rights of access across a development site, and handled various rights of light issues for St John’s Wood Square Project and also advised on a vacant possession strategy.

Leading individuals

Saleem Fazal - Taylor Wessing LLP

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Residential property
Residential property - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s team advises domestic and international clients on residential properties, agricultural matters and landed estates, and regularly acts for wealthy individuals and high-net-worth families. Practice head Elaine Dobson specialises in enfranchisement matters. Andrew Hine, who heads the firm’s private client department, is also active in the space, as are senior counsel Lisa Bevan, who has a substantial international client base, and senior associate Luke Callaghan, who is a key name for landed estate matters.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP gives ‘outstanding specialist advice’; it is ‘presented in a digestible format which is refreshingly pragmatic and solution-focused’, and ‘cuts to the material point, stripped of unnecessary prose’. The practice is led by Vinod Bange, whose ‘extensive, specialist knowledge shines through his pragmatic, commercial and client-oriented advice’ – he ‘avoids unnecessary legalese: a rare trait for data protection lawyers’. Other key individuals are technology sector specialist Christopher Jeffrey and litigator Paul Glass, who acts on data security breaches and contractual disputes. The team is highly regarded for its expertise in global compliance projects and data export matters; recent examples include advising KPMG on international GDPR compliance issues, handling the data elements of Sky UK’s investment into iflix (a Southeast Asian streaming TV service), and assisting Just Eat in relation to its global data protection compliance programme. The department also advised News Corporation on the data protection elements of its £220m public takeover of Wireless Group.

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Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP regularly advises on investigations into the manipulation of FX rates, and also has substantial experience in data protection and cybercrime, corruption and anti-bribery advisory matters. In a recent highlight, the team advised Pi Consulting (Trustee Services) in a matter concerning a substantial pension fraud, assisting with ongoing insolvency, litigation and asset tracing proceedings across various jurisdictions. Key individuals include Shane Gleghorn, who specialises in disputes and investigations in the banking and finance sector, and David de Ferrars, who heads the corporate crime and fraud unit. Tim Strong is also a name to note, and focuses on disputes in the financial and energy industries.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s ‘team of strategic thinkers’ is ‘truly on top of its game’. The group includes ‘premier-league practitioner’ Niri Shanmuganathan and ‘highly experienced’ senior counsel Timothy Pinto, who heads the firm’s publishing group and is recognised for his experience advising corporate clients. Shanmuganathan regularly acts for individuals; his recent work includes advising a former City banker in two libel claims against ex-colleagues pertaining to alleged defamatory comments. The practice is also noted for its knowledge of digital content delivery, social media and user-generated content-related matters, and has a focus on the publishing, advertising, media, sport, private equity and property sectors.

Leading individuals

Niri Shanmuganathan - Taylor Wessing LLP

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP is singled out for its ‘excellent level of service’ and its ‘rounded, commercial and creative approach to brand portfolio and management’, which enables the team to provide ‘practical suggestions to enhance brand portfolios’. The group acts for a broad range of clients including Inditex, Cisco, Hard Rock Holdings and GEMS, and handles a steady flow of advertising pre-clearance and disputes work, as well as sponsorship and endorsement deals. Recent work includes assisting Orange with its global trade mark portfolio, which amounts to more than 4500 marks in over 190 jurisdictions; defending the developer of a dating app in High Court proceedings concerning allegations of trade mark infringement and passing off; advising Godiva Chocolatier on its brand protection strategy relating to new brands and products; representing Property Renaissance in successful High Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) proceedings against Titanic Spa regarding the use of the name Titanic; and successfully acting for a leading media and entertainment provider in defending and settling trade mark opposition proceedings and threatened High Court litigation against one of its flagship brands. Within the team, practice head Roland Mallinson and Timothy Pinto are singled out for their ‘legal knowledge, and pragmatic and timely approach’. IP and media group head Mark Owen specialises in copyright, trade mark and design law. France Delord’s approach is ‘always practical and pragmatic’ and is ‘a pleasure to work with; she takes great pride in her work and in building relationships with clients’. Also recommended are Charles Lloyd and Jason Rawkins, who are praised for their ‘commercial awareness and technical ability’, and senior associate Adam Rendle, who specialises in trade marks, copyright and media-related issues.

Next generation lawyers

Adam Rendle - Taylor Wessing LLP

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s ‘excellent’ team provides ‘frequent contact at partner level’. Chris Jeffery heads the IT, telecoms and competition group, and has particular expertise working with US firms looking to expand into Europe. Head of the communications practice, Angus Finnegan, has significant experience in transactions and regulatory issues; he advised Globetouch on its international expansion. Graham Hann has a key focus on online business models and emerging technologies; he acted for Magic Pony Technology prior to the client’s acquisition by Twitter. Siân Skelton handles commercial contracts and data protection. Other key figures include Glyn Morgan who is an expert on commercial and regulatory matters, and outsourcing expert Martin Cotterill.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s expertise in this space spans a number of sectors, but it is particularly strong in technology, media, pharmaceutical and consumer goods. The practice is led by Niri Shanmuganathan, who specialises in soft IP and has strong expertise in the media and publishing sector. Nigel Stoate heads up the patent litigation team, and focuses heavily on the life sciences and technology sectors. He represented Hospira / Pfizer in litigation pertaining to the launch of biosimilar drug Trastuzumab. Mark Owen is an expert in copyright, trade mark and design law, particularly in the media sector; he recently advised Casual Dining Group on the protection of its brand portfolio, which includes Bella Italia, Belgo and Café Rouge.

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Media and entertainment (including media finance)
Media and entertainment (including media finance) - ranked: tier 1

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP’s team has ‘first-rate’ expertise spanning publishing, broadcasting, advertising, music, interactive entertainment, games and gambling. It is noted for its expertise in music and publishing rights, and is focused on the tech sector and digital economy. Highlights included advising News Corporation and News Corp UK & Ireland on a £220m recommended cash offer for Wireless Group; advising Sky on its $45m investment into iflix, a South East Asian streaming TV service; and acting for Magic Pony on its acquisition by Twitter. It also advised Activision Blizzard on the international launch of various games and products. Key figures include Mark Owen, who heads the UK technology, media and communications group, as well as the IP and media practice; Mike Turner, who heads the UK corporate technology team and is international head of the technology, media and communications group; and Graham Hann, who heads the technology industry team and leads the games and e-gaming practice alongside senior associate Neil Hawley. Publishing head Timothy Pinto is also recommended, as are Niri Shanmuganathan (an ‘exceptional litigator’), Charles Lloyd and Andrew Davis.

Leading individuals: Media and entertainment

Niri Shanmuganathan - Taylor Wessing LLP (Publishing; litigation)

Next generation lawyers

Neil Hawley - Taylor Wessing LLP (Computer games)

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 2

Taylor Wessing LLP

Taylor Wessing LLP advises a broad range of clients including pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, diagnostics and research tool companies, as well as service providers. Cambridge-based Malcolm Bates heads the 19-partner life sciences group, and Tim Worden leads the regulatory group. Charles Lloyd advises on filing and prosecution strategy and IP licensing transactions. Patent litigators Simon Cohen and Nigel Stoate are also highly recommended; Cohen handles patent infringement and validity and regularly co-operates with lawyers conducting parallel litigation in the US and other European jurisdictions. Corporate lawyers David Mardle and Mark Barron (who splits his time between Silicon Valley and London) are other key names to note. Recent highlights include handling a multibillion-pound acquisition, advising Kymab on its $100m Series C financing and assisting the same client with a collaboration and cross-licence agreement with EpimAb Biotherapeutics.

Leading individuals

Malcolm Bates - Taylor Wessing LLP

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