Mishcon de Reya LLP > Cambridge, England > Firm Profile

Mishcon de Reya LLP
Four Station Square
Cambridge
CB1 2GE
England

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Cambridge Tier 1

The corporate practice at Mishcon de Reya LLPsees the big picture and understands where the real corporate risks are’. The Cambridge team handles a range of transactional and advisory work, which includes handling sell-side and buy-side M&A and venture capital transactions, as well as advising high potential IP-rich emerging companies on the range of corporate and commercial matters. Charles Fletcher is the practice head, supported by standout partners Adam Bradley, who is regarded as ‘one of the savviest transactional lawyers’Sian Scanlon, and emerging companies specialist Tom McGuire. ‘Calm, precise and patient‘ senior counsel Nick Palmer and managing associate Sarah Ilic are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Charles Fletcher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is pragmatic, approachable and practical. It understood the dynamics of working with a small biotech company and the constraints we were under – they tailored their services and billing structure to meet those needs.’

‘Approachable, pragmatic, responsive and not pedantic or unnecessarily detailed. The team sees the big picture and understands where the real corporate risks are.’

‘Nick Palmer’s support has grown to be very valuable to us both as a legal advisor but also as a trusted sounding board for some of the more challenging situations we have faced over the years. He is calm, precise and patient, willing to explain issues and consistent. Also, he anticipates well where the key issues are going to be.’

‘The team are ultra-client-focused, having developed a solid knowledge of our business and therefore our legal needs. They take the time to ask the right questions and probe the business needs, then advise from a legal perspective with pragmatic options. They are highly experienced and therefore bring a wealth of industry knowledge and experience.’

‘Adam Bradley is one of the savviest transactional lawyers we have worked with. He is a careful draftsman, knows the transactional world well so understands market-based asks and provides clear and effective legal advise to me and our business teams.’

‘Sian Scanlon gives practical advice in range of challenging, fast-moving situations.’

‘This team understands the London start-up scene incredibly well, which helps us tremendously. I feel confident that we are negotiating funding rounds from a position of strength and knowledge; it helps me prioritise critical legal spend while avoiding things more appropriate to future stages. The team is diverse, junior people have a voice, and partners spend real time on work.’

‘Chris Keen and Rebecca Quick are the two best lawyers we have worked with in the UK.’

Key clients

Adaptate Biotherapeutics Ltd

ECI Software Solutions Limited

The Future Laboratory Limited (shareholders)

Emergence Partners Limited

Eco Ventures Holdings Limited

RE:Company Limited

Clearstone Energy Limited

lowRISC CIC

Vira Health Limited

Herbert Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Adaptate Biotherapeutics Ltd on its acquisition by an existing shareholder, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited.
  • Advised on the complex multi-party sale of the entire issued share capital of The Future Laboratory limited to the Together Group Holdings plc.
  • Acted for ECI Software Solutions Limited on its strategic acquisitions of two UK companies in connection with the wider acquisition of ES Technology Group.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Cambridge Tier 1

Recently merging with Taylor Vinters, the dispute resolution practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP is increasingly involved in high-value and complex disputes in the Cambridge region, as well as nationally and internationally. Practice head Luke Hibbert and senior associate Beth Price are ‘very supportive and give valuable advice’. Senior counsel Jessica Boxford and associate Jonathan Davies are regarded as ‘sympathetic, factual about possible outcomes and very supportive throughout‘. Boxford and associate Alexandra Thornton-Reid acted for three of a large number of defendants in the Danish tax authority multi-jurisdictional and high-value fraud litigation in the Commercial Court. ‘Commercially realistic’ partner Gareth Dickson also plays a pivotal roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Luke Hibbert

Testimonials

‘Taylor Vinters is a very strong regional firm with a good spread of expertise within its dispute resolution team. It is a good option for those who want a city service without city overheads.’

‘Luke Hibbert heads up the dispute resolution team and is a very pragmatic, unstuffy and sound litigator with a can-do approach to problems. He is ably supported by the very dedicated and meticulous Oliver Cotton who will always make sure that every angle to an issue has been covered.’

‘Taylor Vinters’ litigation team move quickly and are always up to speed.’

‘Jonathan Davies is very quick to get things moving. He and Jessica Boxford show a great standard of service. They were both very sympathetic to our case and steered us through a very tricky mitigation. We felt they were factual about the possible outcome, highlighted the worst-case scenarios and very supportive throughout.’

‘I have been impressed by the Taylor Vinters team. They worked well as a team, kept me regularly updated and advised me on what course of action to take.’

‘Luke Hibbert and Beth Price have been our main sources of contact. Both have been very supportive and gave us valuable advice on the steps forward in our case.’

‘My experience of working with them was that they were analytical, responsive, thoughtful and commercially-minded.’

‘Jessica Boxford is engaged and wants to explore all angles and arguments which may favour clients. Gareth is responsive and commercially knowledgeable and realistic.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a technology business in respect of a Freezing Order, Disclosure Order and legal proceedings that involved matters of insolvency and breach of trust, contract and fiduciary duty claims.
  • Acting for a multinational technology company on a patent infringement dispute in the High Court, the value of which is estimated to be in excess of £10m.
  • Advising a global technology company on contractual breaches and early termination rights in respect of a highly complex and valuable IT project with an approximate value of £15 m.

Employment Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP's practice in Cambridge is an important extension of the wider national employment group, and it is noted as being ‘highly responsive and highly attuned to the needs of technology businesses'. ‘Excellent employment lawyer and astute strategistKim Wedral-Rooke and Rachel Ashwood, who ‘provides an exemplary service, are the key partners in East Anglia. Wedral-Rooke and associate Jessica Pinto assisted u-Blox Cambridge Ltd with UK and global strategic hires, including overseas secondments, and complex ER matters. Senior associate Alix Beese is also recommended.

Testimonials

‘Taylor Vinters is the only firm of lawyers I would ever consider using using as the standard of service I have received has always been outstanding. I have dealt with Rachel Ashwood for several years now.’

“Rachel Ashwood provides an exemplary service, always responding quickly and with expert, sensible guidance and advice. Rachel has been our employment lawyer for several years and her advice and help have been invaluable to me – I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her.’

‘This team is highly responsive, with a strong understanding of business needs. They are highly attuned to the needs of technology businesses working on a global basis.’

‘Kim Wedral-Rooke is an excellent employment lawyer and astute strategist.’

‘I particularly work with Kim Wedral-Rooke and Jessica Pinto. They see cases from all aspects and advise accordingly. They also provide a service with a personal, friendly approach, which makes it easy to communicate with them at all levels. They have also taken the time to learn about our business and the people we employ within it.’

‘Kim Wedral-Rooke and her team are very personable and able to communicate appropriately. They understand the audience and adapt style and approach accordingly.’

‘The employment practice team provides timely and effective legal advice for all matters, proving pragmatic solutions to a myriad of problems we encounter. They take the time to understand business needs, understand the particular problems at hand and then offer up solutions that help our company move on – a trusted advisor.’

‘Kim Wedral-Rooke is an excellent solicitor who asks the tough questions when needed and provides us with exceptional advise on all labour and employment matters. She speaks from experience with a wealth of legal knowledge in the area and understands our company’s particular approach so is always on target. She is a valued member of our extended legal team.’

Key clients

Fujichem Sonneborn Limited

 EnaraBio Ltd

u-Blox Cambridge Ltd

Thorlabs Ltd

ECi Software Solutions Ltd

Envea

Fluorok Ltd

Skewb Ltd

The Infuse Group (trading as Pinpoint)

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s insolvency team in Cambridge is noted as taking a common-sense, practical approach to cases and is very responsive to clients, and pro-active in case management’. Lead partner and licensed IP Adam Bradley recently acted for accountants Leonard Curtis Ltd in the proposed administration of a communication system company. Litigator Luke Hibbert has a broad background in disputes but frequently focuses on high-value insolvency matters. Senior counsel Jessica Boxford are and associate Jamie Short are described as being ‘a real pleasure to work with’; both are recommended for contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Adam Bradley

Testimonials

‘Their efficiency, high professional standard, high-quality advising and organisation stand out.’

‘The firm takes a common-sense, practical approach to cases which initially seem complex, cutting through the detail to get to the core of a dispute. They are very responsive to clients, and proactive in case management.’

‘Jessica Boxford and Jamie Short are a real pleasure to work with. They have great attention to detail and bring a sound, practical approach to cases. They are both a safe pair of hands.’

‘Jamie Short ably handles sensitivities and vulnerabilities for clients. Jamie is very helpful.’

‘Associate Jamie Short understands what is commercially achievable for his clients and seeks to achieve the best outcome therein.’

Key clients

Leonard Curtis Ltd

Ensors Chartered Accountants

FRP Advisory LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for Leonard Curtis in relation to two separate administrations during the year, and in both cases negotiated and executed successful pre-pack sales upon their appointment.
  • Advised an IT software provider on its ability to restrict access to its IT services upon its customer entering administration and the eventual novation of the IT licence.
  • Advised a shareholder of a company in members voluntary liquidation in respect of an attempt by the liquidator to convert the liquidation in to a CVL, and a claim against the shareholder in respect of an indemnity he had given for an early distribution made to him.

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s Cambridge-based team has an noteworthy client roster which includes landed estates, private banks and landowners, both regionally and nationwide. ‘Pragmatic, professional’ head of the team Rupert Melville-Ross who specialises in farms and estates, and key partner Andrew Williamson who is noted as being ‘a true professional’, both recently acted for a US institution on the purchase of the 4,179-acre Coldham estate near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, and the 4,206-acre Goole estate in East Yorkshire. ‘Friendly, intelligent and personable’ managing associate Louise Moore deals with a diverse range of properties, including large estates, cottages and grazing land, and has extensive experience with complex land ownership including trust land. Real estate partner Helen Mutucumarana departed to HCR Hewitsons in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rupert Melville-Ross; Andrew Williamson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They are diligent and professional team. Key strengths are that there is always someone who knows or has the right experience to deal with any matter.’

‘Rupert Melville-Ross is a great communicator, pragmatic, professional and with the mindset to get jobs done through his sensible approach to instructions.’

‘Andrew Williamson is always on-hand to answer the most complex queries. He is always calm and is a true professional who provides a great service in a relaxed manner.’

‘Louise Moore is an exceptional operator. Friendly, intelligent and personable in the heat of the moment. I would 100% recommend her to clients looking for a sizeable property. She is a great asset to the firm.’

‘Rupert Melville-Ross leads a strong team of highly capable individuals with a wide-range of skills and expertise.’

‘The turnaround of work which is way ahead of other legal firms and the rural team’s knowledge of the agriculture sector is excellent.’

‘The team are keen, knowledgeable and have the necessary depth to ensure coverage. They perform efficiently and are able to readily differentiate what are the important and more urgent matters.’

‘Rupert Melville-Ross is a leader in his field of rural property transactions. He ensures he understands what is required, the timescales involved and the clients’ wishes. He is well-supported by his team.’

Key clients

Jockey Club group

AgReserves Limited / Farmland Reserve (UK) Limited –

G’s Marketing Ltd

Longrove Farms Limited

C. Hoare & Co private bank

J E Piccaver & Co

Farcet Fen Limited

The Thorpe & Asgarby Estate Limited

Blackheath Farms LLP

Tompsett Burgess Growers

Work highlights

  • Acting for C Hoare & Co to take security over a £47m rural and commercial property portfolio.
  • Acting for multiple landowners on the complex Sizewell C Nuclear Power Station project.
  • Acting on the sale of a large Hertfordshire landed estate for £5m+.

Private client > Family Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP in Cambridge has expanded the national reach of its family law practice since its recent merger with a London firm, and frequently advises high-net-worth individuals on matters involving assets in excess of £10m. The firm has ‘a very collaborative and cohesive team with extremely strong technical knowledge and client care skills'. Jackie Wells leads the entrepreneurial wealth and family teams while managing associate Rachel Bevan provides clients with a ‘faultless service'. Senior counsel Alexandra Gooden is ‘confident and knowledgeable, and has the experience to ensure clients get the best possible outcome'.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Wells

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I was so impressed with the way Jackie and her team steered me through that terrible time I was going through and I hold her in very high esteem. Nothing was too much trouble, they always kept me up-to-date with proceedings. I value and trust them on the advice I was given.’

‘The Taylor Vinters team was very responsive and dealt with my situation very sensitively throughout the two years I was dealing with my complicated divorce. I was reassured by their level of knowledge and breadth of experience in dealing with similar cases.’

‘Dr Alexandra Gooden was amazing in her handling of my case. She was confident and knowledgeable and had the experience required to ensure that I had the best possible outcome. Her sensitive approach was truly appreciated at a moment of significant pain and upheaval for my family. I have subsequently recommended her to two other friends and work colleagues who also need assistance with their divorces.’

‘Taylor Vinters were professional and responsive throughout my dealings with them. They operate with a high degree of integrity and were both commercial and empathetic in their dealings on a sensitive family matter.’

‘Rachel Bevan really got to grips with what we were trying to achieve and made the whole process as painless as possible. Whilst I’m sure she had many demands on her day we always received a faultless service and we trusted Rachel implicitly.’

‘Whilst a small team, it is very collaborative and cohesive with extremely strong technical knowledge and client care skills. The individual members of the team are extremely committed to their clients, with huge energy and great judgement. They are each sensitive to their client’s individual needs, but are determined and robust when needed to get the matters resolved.’

‘Jackie Wells is a great leader. A strong presence with good communication skills. Alexandra Gooden is steely and forthright with great judgement and client care. She has superb technical knowledge. Rachel Bevan is a standout associate and displays experience beyond her years. Very committed and again superb client care. Very much a team player.’

‘Alexandra Gooden is easy to deal with, pragmatic, and outcome focussed, and Rachel Bevan contributes a lot to the local community.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 1

Their legal knowledge is first-class and the people on the team give clients great confidence‘, note clients of the entrepreneurial wealth practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP. It is led by Jackie Wells and acts for numerous high-value estates, including those with assets in excess of £100m. James Packer focuses on multi-jurisdictional matters and is ‘clear in his advice, prompt and detailed‘. Jocelyn Fox is a specialist in trust, tax and probate law, with a niche specialism in advising on the use of trusts for vulnerable adults and children. The firm’s in-house estate planning surgery for top professional partnerships and organisations is led by ‘knowledgeable, accessible and friendly' senior counsel Fiona Lewsey. Managing associate Sabrina Sears is also recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Wells

Testimonials

‘Their legal knowledge is first-class and the people on the team give me great confidence. There was always someone to talk to and take action where needed. They dealt with the winding-up of my mother’s estate with great efficiency and compassion. They set up my will and powers of attorney and led me to think of aspects that I might not have otherwise considered. I have been treated with friendliness and helpfulness at all stages of the work involved.’

‘Fiona Lewsey is a truly exceptional associate. She is knowledgeable, accessible and friendly. A credit to her profession and to Taylor Vinters.’

‘A responsive and proactive service. Clear terms of engagement and billing without swamping us in paper and legal stuff.’

‘Jim Packer remembered some of our family details when we requested adjustment of our Wills after seven years, which is a differentiating attribute in any customer service. He was very clear in his advice and prompt and detailed in his follow-up communications. Managing associate, Sabrina Sears, similarly provided a very efficient and responsive service, including advising me on my separate dealings with my SIPP administrator. They make a very good team and I would readily recommend them to others.’

‘The people in the team are knowledgeable, available, understanding and experienced.’

‘I have met a number of the team over the years but only ever worked with Sabrina Sears. She advised the executors, and I advised one of the beneficiaries. Things were very short notice but she was very responsive.’

‘The team is well experienced and formed of experts in their field of knowledge.’

‘Fiona Lewsey is clearly an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. Fiona clearly explained matters and offered real solutions. Fiona knew when to consider potential cross-border implications and provided clear and concise guidance.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge Tier 1

Described by clients as being 'thoughtful, compassionate, considerate‘, the team at Mishcon de Reya LLP handles a broad range of issues, including strategic land and energy transactions, in addition to office leasing and management. Helen Mutucumarana departed the practice in January 2023, leaving James Slinger, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable, a very prudent negotiator and problem solver', as the sole head of the practice. Newly promoted partner Elliot Wilson is ‘hardworking', primarily advising on renewable energy projects and land promotion. 'Outstanding' managing associate Keven Fehmi is adept at handling landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):

James Slinger

Other key lawyers:

Elliot Wilson; Becky Woodcock; Keven Fehmi

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of real estate matters in energy development. Great access to partners.’

‘Elliot Wilson is always quick to respond to queries and excellent at translating complicated legal matters into layman’s terms.’

‘A small and responsive team that is easy to work with. We work closely with the same people time and again.’

‘Elliot Wilson is hardworking and will go the extra mile for his client. James Slinger is extremely knowledgeable, a very prudent negotiator and problem solver.’

‘James Slinger and Keven Fehmi in particular are outstanding. I will use them for all of my property requirements for the rest of my life. Thoughtful, compassionate, and considerate.’

‘What makes the practice unique is their advice is partner led with support from their more junior members. Clients value that approach.’

‘Standout partner is James Slinger. He is incredibly commercial in his approach to transactions and advice to clients, it’s obvious there is a lot of trust and loyalty.’

Key clients

Clearstone Energy Limited

TTP Campus Limited

Elgin Energy EsCo Limited

Alphasense Limited

Babraham Research Campus Limited

Clarke & Simpson and Strutt & Parker

Garden Campus Limited

EuroEyes

Knotel UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Elgin Energy on site-scoping, leasing, and assisted with property aspects of project financing in relation to numerous utility scale solar and storage projects across England and Wales.
  • Advising Cambridge-based Nyobolt Limited on its regional real estate expansion and leasing following its series B raise in excess of £50 m in order to develop and provide end-to-end ultrafast charging battery solutions with cutting edge technology.
  • Advised EuroEyes on the property aspects of its £30 m acquisition of laser eye surgery clinic, London Vision Clinic, including advising on a new lease of its laser eye clinic in Harley Street.

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

Mishcon de Reya LLP in Cambridge advises a stellar roster of IP clients, including Fox News Network, Bridgestone Tyres and The Estate of Professor Stephen Hawking. Patrick Farrant leads the firm’s international technology group, and frequently assists clients with biotechnology and IP deals. Trade marks and brands expert Louisa Dixon, who leads the firm’s brand protection practice, and IP litigator Gareth Dickson ‘work meticulously and efficiently’. Managing associate Laura Aldridge ‘delivers wonderful service and work as a close-knit team’. Jo Eales departed for Stratagem IPM Ltd in July 2023.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Farrant

Testimonials

‘Taylor Vinters IP department is very reactive, efficient and easy working.’

‘Laura Aldridge, and Louisa Dixon, partner deliver wonderful IP services. They work as a close-knit team, the relation is very fluid. This is what distinguishes them from other firms.’

‘Louisa Dixon and Gareth Dickson and their teams work meticulously and efficiently, and at the same time are strategically focused and pragmatic.’

Key clients

The Estate of Professor Stephen Hawking

Fox News Network, LLC

Meridian Audio Limited

Go Ape!

Meaco Limited

Endomagnetics Limited

Secondmind Limited

Bridgestone Tyres

Maisons du Monde

Featurespace Limited

Paravir Limited

Sensorflow Limited

Vesynta Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Featurespace on a multi-jurisdictional patent filing program.
  • Acted for Meaco on an international design registration project.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP is ‘a market-leading firm in fraud and asset recovery, particularly in cross-border matters‘. The practice’s strengths lie in a frequent flow of instructions to do with applications for injunctions, anti-suit relief, and jurisdiction challenges across a myriad of jurisdictions, and it is ‘also particularly strong in crypto fraud disputes‘. Kasra Nouroozi is a ‘sharp tactitican’ while Hugo Plowman, who has been praised as ‘one of the most intelligent litigators in London‘, heads the litigation team. The ‘exceptional fraud and asset recovery practitionerRobert Wynn Jones serves as head of the fraud team since April 2023, and is noted for his work regarding freezing orders. The practice further includes the ‘highly experiencedGary Miller, as well as Rhymal Persad and Rebecca Belgrave, who have ‘specialist knowledge of crypto fraud disputes‘.

Practice head(s):

Kasra Nouroozi; Hugo Plowman; Robert Wynn Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mishcon is the finest English law firm I have worked with. I attribute this to consistent quality work and results over many years from the firm and this group specifically. The quality of this team starts at the top with the partners and runs to the talented associates in this group.’

‘Kasra Nouroozi is the most talented solicitor I have ever worked with. He is a sharp tactician who keeps the clients’ core goals in mind at all times. Kasra thinks multiple steps ahead of his adversaries and is adept at avoiding distractions and keeping an eye on the core objectives during the course of heated litigation. Kasra is also an excellent communicator.’

‘Rhymal Persad is a very talented solicitor who is well-prepared and wins cases by mastering the details. He has endless energy and will leave no stone unturned. Rhy’s effectiveness also stems from his familiarity with the different legal systems around the world. Rhy’s knowledge of the procedural mechanisms in foreign jurisdictions was outcome determinative in winning those cases.’

‘Rob Wynn Jones is a very aggressive solicitor who knows his way around all corners of the globe. His familiarity with the procedural and substantive laws of key jurisdictions makes him lethal in a cross-border dispute. Rob knows how to devise a strategy and then execute on it.’

‘Hugo Plowman – one of the most intelligent litigators in London.’

‘Mishcon is a market-leading firm in fraud and asset recovery, particularly in cross-border matters. Mishcon has exceptional know-how in fraud and asset recovery. They are also extremely practical, with a singular focus to recover stolen funds for their clients in the most cost-effective manner. Mishcon is also particularly strong in crypto fraud disputes. They are also a key and founding member of the International Fraud Group which brings together fraud and asset recovery specialists from different jurisdictions across the world.’

‘Partner, Gary Miller, is highly experienced and is a market leader in fraud and asset recovery. Additionally, he was also previously based in Hong Kong for a number of years and is therefore also very familiar with dispute resolution in the Asia-Pacific region.’

‘Partners, Robert Jones, Rhymal Persad and Rebecca Belgrave, are also exceptional fraud and asset recovery practitioners with specialist knowledge of crypto fraud disputes. They give practical advice, are extremely client-friendly, and are highly knowledgeable in their field.’

Key clients

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Koza Altin Işletmeleri(KA)

Raiffeisenbank International AG (RBI)

Petraco Oil Company

Evatt Tamine

Eva Green v White Lantern

Ocado Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Acted for Koza Altin, Turkey’s largest gold mining company, in relation to a £67m litigation concerning a battle for control over the English subsidiary and involving a blend of jurisdiction issues, human rights law, banking regulation, private international law and company law.
  • Acted for Raiffeisenbank International, Austria’s second largest bank, on various disputes, including a dispute concerning the recovery of over €100m from a NYSE listed company, and a second dispute involving English proceedings brought against borrowers based in BVI and Indonesia, and a prominent Indonesian businessman.
  • Acted for Evatt Tamine and Cabarita (PTC) Limited in relation to civil litigation across multiple jurisdictions.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting Tier 1

Noted for its ‘practical approach and thorough knowledge of the industry’, Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s varied offering includes regulatory projects, tax and structuring advice and private and public company M&A. The practice has seen an increase in contentious instructions from clients who wish to challenge decisions made by regulators. Nick Nocton spearheads the team’s offering; his expertise spans digital assets and jurisdictional reviews of the legal and regulatory risks in various territories. Susan Breen is praised for her ‘innovative legal advice’ on issues such as cross-border commercial arrangements. Stuart McMaster is well placed to advise on data protection and data sharing matters, while Niki Stephens specialises in assisting B2C and B2B clients with regulatory matters. Tom Whitton is singled out for his commercial contracts advice.

Practice head(s):

Nick Nocton

Testimonials

‘Practical approach and thorough knowledge of the industry.’

‘Susan Breen is very practical and provides innovative legal advice. She really goes the extra mile for us.’

Key clients

Entain plc

MGM Resorts International

Draftkings

William Hill

Aristocrat Leisure Limited

Everi Holdings Inc.

Novibet Group

Gameco LLC

Kambi plc

Betting and Gaming Council

Videoslots

Catena Media

GAN plc

Gaming Innovation Group Inc.

Angstrom Sports

Everymatrix Software Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Aristocrat on its recommended $2.1bn bid for Playtech plc, and on its acquisition of Roxor Gaming.
  • Advising Entain plc on a wide range of commercial, IP, regulatory and contentious matters.
  • Advised MGM Resorts International on regulatory approvals in the UK and Malta in connection with its $600m acquisition of LeoVega.

Employment > Employers Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP is retained by well-known companies across several sectors to assist with ongoing employment advice and provide representation in tribunal disputes, including precedent-setting cases. Recent work involves defending claims of alleged unlawful conspiracy surrounding high-level employee recruitment. The team is led by Daniel Naftalin, who has experience litigating before the EAT, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and has particular expertise on restrictive covenant enforcement. Also key to the team are Joanna Blackburn, whose experience includes advising major fashion brands and other law firms, and multi-party litigation specialist Sharon Tan. Gig economy expert Susannah Kintish, who acted for Pimlico Plumbers in their major 2018 Supreme Court employment status case, is a further name to note, as are whistleblowing and team moves litigator Jennifer Millins and experienced senior associate Matthew Wood. Managing associate Emily Knight, who frequently leads on high-profile disputes, is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Naftalin

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Tan; Joanna Blackburn; Sarah Keeble; Susannah Kintish; Emily Knight; Matthew Wood; Jennifer Millins; Anisha Vyas; David Parsons; Dominic Holmes; Katie Mahoney

Testimonials

‘Very approachable, always available for advice, really understand the business and its needs very supportive.’

‘We recommend Joanna Blackburn and Matthew Wood.’

‘Strength in depth for employment litigation.’

‘Joanna Blackburn – tough and astute. Jennifer Millins – expert knowledge and great team player.’

‘Great team of exceptional employment lawyers led by partners who are market leading.’

‘Jennifer Millins is an exceptional lawyer – very commercial and strategic but also pragmatic and empathetic. Someone who you are delighted to be able to work alongside.’

‘Sharon Tan has been a brilliant support over a number of years. She really understands what makes people tick (in terms of both us and the nature of the cases we are dealing with) and she is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Katie Mahoney gives succinct, practical and commercial advice. Very friendly to deal with too.’

Key clients

Vesuvius PLC

Pimlico Plumbers PLC

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Howden

Work highlights

  • Retained to act for organisations of many sizes, from entrepreneurs to large brands such as Expedia, Mercedes, Pimlico Plumbers, Kering Group (Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Balenciaga and Saint Laurent), Chanel and Warner Music, advising them on employment law from day to day HR advisory to Employment Tribunal litigation.
  • Acting for Canaccord Genuity Limited on a £4 million claims brought by a former employee. Successfully struck out claims in respect of bonus and the outstanding retention award claim in the High Court.
  • Acted for Howden Broking Group in its defence to a High Court claim arising out of its recruitment of 31 reinsurance executives from a competitor, involving allegations of unlawful conspiracy.

Employment > Immigration

Mishcon de Reya LLP is the ‘go to‘ firm in ‘complex, high-profile asylum work‘, and has a ‘market leading‘ offering across personal immigration for HNW individuals and business immigration for major companies. The wider firm’s capabilities across a range of practice areas provide added value for clients, with white collar crime, extradition, and cyber teams available for asylum clients just as corporate and employment assist in business immigration. Steven Bostock heads the practice, having qualified in the US and the UK to provide a specialised service in US/UK migration matters. Kamal Rahman is ‘an absolute authority‘ on private wealth, acting for major HNW families from a range of regions, Hannah Barnett advises on HNW and business immigration, and Maria Patsalos undertakes ‘first-rate‘ work across immigration matters and is particularly noted for her work in human rights, asylum, and the sports sector. Managing associate Natalie Loader is ‘a standout professional‘ with expertise in compliance, and fellow managing associate Neil Shanghavi has substantial experience in the financial services sector.

Practice head(s):

Steven Bostock

Testimonials

Very engaged individuals who go above and beyond to help their clients.

The team at Mischon is great, with good depth and breath.

Natalie Loader is a standout senior associate. Her knowledge on all immigration matters is phenomenal. Natalie offers a great service to her clients, and she has become the go-to person for all the latest changes in immigration law.

Natalie Loader is a standout professional who is always ahead of the curve in advising on developments and providing strategies which accommodate a client’s every need. She is extremely pragmatic and commercial yet also comprehensive.

‘The go-to immigration firm, in particular for complex, high-profile asylum work. First-rate legal work and client. Excellent facilities and resources. Sector-leading relations with the Home Office. Superb interdepartmental collaboration.

Kamal Rahman is the number one immigration solicitor in the UK. Steve Bostock and Maria Patsalos are also first-rate partners in the team, and Lucy Humphreys, Jess Good and David Deane are excellent associates who are rising stars.’

We work with Mishcon regularly and have found them to be well entrenched into the subject and market leaders in the space of employment, human rights and immigration space. They have an excellent infrastructure and set up to cater to the needs of customers worldwide.’

Kamal Rahman is an absolute authority on the subject, and we work closely with her on matters pertaining to immigration, asylum and employment.’

Key clients

Global Minds Ltd

Work highlights

  • Provide Global Minds Ltd with ongoing UK immigration assistance, ranging from right to work checks to sponsored immigration applications for its employees.

Employment > Senior executives Tier 1

Lauded as ‘fantastic, the team at Mishcon de Reya LLP advises on a range of high-value corporate team moves and reshuffles, as well as assisting with complex restrictive covenant issues, and a breadth of investigatory work. Team head Daniel Naftalin is noted for his regulatory expertise, while Susannah Kintish and Jennifer Millins handle remuneration agreements and unlawful termination challenges. Joanna Blackburn is ‘a one-woman powerhouse’ who represents senior executives throughout disciplinary and dismissal processes, and also handles sex discrimination claims. Other key team members are Greg Campbell, who works on reputation management cases, Sharon Tan, who handles whistleblowing claims, and managing associate Matthew Wood.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Naftalin

Testimonials

‘Joanna Blackburn is a one-woman powerhouse – intellectually robust, emotionally savvy, impeccably informed – and, in my opinion, quite simply the best.’

‘Daniel Naftalin was incredible – he balances experience and strategic thinking with real humility and humanity.’

‘Jennifer Millins is a no-nonsense professional with a deep knowledge of employment law.’

‘Exceptional communication from engagement to completion with all points of contact equally effective in delivering an efficient and highly personal response to any emails and communication.’

‘The team at Mishcon de Reya are fantastic – led brilliantly by Daniel Naftalin. The team work together seamlessly.’ 

‘Daniel Naftalin was incredible – his balance of experience and strategic thinking with real humility and humanity was astounding.’ 

‘Katie Mahoney is absolutely standout with exceptional client relationships and instils great loyalty and confidence from clients. She has cross-over expertise in statutory employment of a level few solicitors have.’ 

Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained a whistleblowing award of over £1.6m, acting for Vladislav Zabelin in his claim against SPI UK and the majority shareholder of the SPI before the Employment Tribunal.

Private client > Art and cultural property Tier 1

Under the joint leadership of Karen Sanig and Amanda Gray, the practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP continues to flourish and regularly works with world-renowned collectors and dealers; the firm also fields a thriving luxury asset practice. The skilled team routinely advises on many of the largest international art transactions, and assists with the management of significant collections of cultural property. It also remains one of the first ports of call for complex, international and high-profile art gallery and auction disputes. Abby Brindley frequently advises on disputes relating to ownership, provenance and attribution, as well as on issues relating to fraud, moral rights and the restitution of Holocaust-looted artworks. The group has also been busy advising on a myriad of other issues such as advising collectors on financing and loan arrangements, handling import/export matters, and assisting with bequeathing art to the nation. Simon Chadwick is another key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):

Karen Sanig; Amanda Gray

Other key lawyers:

Abby Brindley; Simon Chadwick; Michelle Stroube

Testimonials

‘Our experience is that there is a very high level of specialist knowledge in art and culture areas, and collaborative working to find solutions. There is a full range of legal expertise available and colleagues are quick to bring in additional specialist support when needed’.

‘Amanda Gray is highly engaged in what we do, and has a great knowledge of the art and museum worlds, which makes her easy to work with. She is able to provide examples of good practice and raise potential issues in a way which allows us to take pre-emptive action rather than waiting for problems to arise. She has a pragmatic approach’. 

‘Probably the best art law team out there. Full service from beginning to end. With the incredible experience of Karen Sanig, the impressive creativity of Amanda Gray, the amazing support of Michelle Stroube and others (Simon Chadwick, Abby Brindley), this group is hard to beat!’.

‘Karen Sanig: has been leading in the art law field for 30 years. Amanda Gray: amazing case management and thorough art law know-how. Michelle Stroube: the go-to contractual scientist’.

‘MdR was one of the first law firms to establish an art law department. Their team is fully immersed in commercial and non commercial aspects of the art world. They have the gravitas of a leader in their field combined with a young and fresh image and approach which appeals to artists, galleries and collectors’. 

‘Karen Sanig – founded the art law department at MDR and has been the key to its success. She always gets the result she wants – either through charm or, when needed, steely resolve. One of the very best in her field. Amanda Gray – has been Karen Sanig’s right hand person for many years now and has the same qualities as Karen. A real talent’.

‘Karen Sanig established art law in this country and has built up a formidable team over the decades to grow the practice keeping abreast of modern technologies. Karen Sanig and Amanda Gray – I can’t praise them highly enough; their expertise and wise counsel has never let me down’.

‘Clear leaders in the field – incomparable reputation in the sector and across all parts of the art market. They have a genuine interest in art and understand the complexities of this particular market. Karen Sanig – superstar, commercially savvy and brilliant strategist. Amanda Gray – thorough, dedicated and always on hand’.

Key clients

Ivor Braka Limited

Ivor Braka

The Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery

Institute of Contemporary Arts

David Aaron Limited

A/Political Limited

Clore Wyndham Fine Art Limited

Camden Art Centre

Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft

Morgan Art Foundation

Art Africa Limited

Rothstein & Held Limited

Halcyon Gallery Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Ivor Braka Limited and Ivor Braka in “first-of-its-kind” proceedings relating to the provision of information by art market participants to obtain payment of artist resale royalties.
  • Advised the trustees of the Tate Gallery in relation to sanctions and their potential effect on past, present and future donors to the Museum.
  • Acting as general counsel for the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP has an excellent profile in the market – ‘news that they are on the other side of a case strikes fear. They have real expertise and experience and are very hardworking and capable of handling the biggest cases’. Under the joint leadership of Mark Keenan and Peter Steen, the team is flourishing. It specialises in complex intra-family and high-value domestic and international trust and succession disputes. These cases often involve elements of asset tracing and recovery in offshore jurisdictions. Other areas of expertise include handling breach of trust and proprietary estoppel claims. Jessica Medus is another key member of the department whose work often has an international element. Victoria Sara-Kennedy is now ‘of counsel’- she has a broad range of experience in advising on contentious trusts and estates. Emilia Piskorz has particular expertise in advising corporate and individual trustees, beneficiaries and those with an interest in an estate.

Practice head(s):

Mark Keenan; Peter Steen

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Medus; Emilia Piskorz; Natasha Holme; James Smith

Testimonials

‘Mishcon have built up an impressive team in this area. Mark Keenan, Jessica Medus and Peter Steen are all stand out lawyers in this field. They command immense loyalty from their clients because of their commitment to their cause. They have a raft of talented associates and are more than capable of taking on big cases in this area.’

‘Clear brand. Mishcon will fight for their clients. Mark Keenan is clever, dogged, detail oriented and tough. Clients know he has their back. Peter Steen is polished, effective, tough but collaborative when he can be.’

‘A good strong team of experienced trust litigators. Mark Keenan and Emilia Piskorz are aware of where they fit into the litigation but are capable of acting on their own initiative. It’s a well-oiled litigation machine.’

‘Mark Keenan is very experienced. Capable of handling very difficult clients and applying strategy to a complex, multijurisdictional high value litigation. Emilia Piskorz is simply an exceptional managing associate. She is the linchpin of the litigation team deftly knitting together UK counsel, offshore counsel, UK advisors and clients.’

‘Fully committed, high energy, and multidisciplinary team that draws resources from across the MdR network, and their expansive and diverse network of industry connections to provide the exact service the client needs on the most complex of international disputes.’

‘Mark Keenan is fantastic with clients. A calm but firm presence, really gets down and dirty, manages a large international team with aplomb. Jess Medus – Terribly nice, super smart and hugely industrious. Emilia Piskorz is one of the best managing associates in London. Works around the clock. She really is one to watch.’

‘Mark Keenan is legendary. Loved by his clients, he is always honest with them. He expects much of his team and gets it. He is a huge player in this field and at the moment handling one of the biggest and most complex pieces of trust litigation. He has some formidable people in his team-the incredibly bright Emilia PisKorz, Jessica Medus who is calm and sensible but fights for her clients.’

‘Peter Steen and Mark Keenan. Peter and Mark are the main partners with whom I work on contentious trust cases. Both are fantastic, have a firm grasp on the strategy and their advice is spot on. I couldn’t recommend them any higher.’

Key clients

Executors of the estate of a HNWI

Work highlights

  • Acted for the executors of the estate of a HNWI in a long running dispute (the deceased died in 2017).

Private client > Family Tier 1

Barbara Reeves heads the ‘polished’ family law team at Mishcon de Reya LLP, which benefits from ‘having access to the full resources of the firm.’ It is routinely instructed by high-profile, high-net-worth clients and has successfully litigated matrimonial finance cases across all levels of tribunals, including precedent-setting cases in the Supreme Court and Privy Council. The ‘amazingly intelligentSandra Davis is a keen advocate for the voices of children and young people throughout the divorce and separation process. Claire Yorke and Kate Clark have both been described as ‘fast-thinking, hardworking, formidable opponents’. Clark leads the firm’s group specialising in children cases involving parental alienation, while Yorke advises international and domestic ultra-high-net-worth clients on the financial implications of relationship breakdown. The team ‘as a whole displays a fearsome level of talent and tenacity’ with other key members including Clare Radcliffe and Antonia Felix. Melissa Lesson heads up the Firm’s French Group, and newly-promoted partner James Rees has been praised as a ‘gifted new partner to be watched’.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Reeves

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Extremely well resourced, high profile and involved in some of the industry’s biggest cases. The team is the number one family law team in London. They are simply the very best. They are able to put together the very best team most suited to each individual client – it is a massive plus.’

‘Sandra Davis remains one of, if not the, best family law solicitor in London. She is intelligent and no one has a bad word to say about her. She is kind, sensitive and compassionate. You could not ask for more in a solicitor. Every word of advice is spot on and she gives her clients immediate reassurances.’

‘Barbara Reeves is brilliant. She is a fabulous lawyer. She is quick witted and destroys her opponents with charm. She gets the best possible results for her clients and knows how to fight when needed.’

‘Claire Yorke is clever and strategic in equal measure. It is a joy to work with her and it is a joy to see her engage with her clients and her opponents. She writes killer letters which often win cases before they have started. She never misses a trick and has a supreme eye for detail.’

‘Kate Clark is quite stupendous. Her clients love her reassuring manner and immense knowledge of the law. There isn’t a thing she doesn’t know about family law and running big money cases. She is brilliant at juggling the vagaries of litigation and she never drops the ball. She is a winner through and through.’

‘Antonia Felix is a brilliant lawyer and tough negotiator. You want her on your side at all times. She has a wonderfully calm manner which makes her clients love her. I have worked with her for many years, and she never fails to demonstrate her dedication to her clients and her intellect.’

‘Clare Radcliffe is a superb lawyer. She is amazingly clever and never misses an opportunity to advance her client’s case. She has a lovely easy manner which puts her clients at ease, but she can be a fearsome lawyer when needed.’

‘One of the best matrimonial firms in the country. Innovative and commercial, the team benefits from exceptionally strong private client, tax and media teams. Very strong on international cases, high-net-worth clients and those with complex corporate and trust structures.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP has a ‘strong brand in the private wealth space, with eye-catching thought leadership’. Charlie Sosna is the new head of department. The team consists of ‘very high calibre’ lawyers' and is recommended for its advice on domestic and overseas tax planning and corporate structuring work for private individuals and their families. The focus of the team is on UHNW and HNW clients, predominantly with an international element. Andrew Goldstone frequently advises on domicile and residence issues. Filippo Noseda  is well placed to advise on international tax, succession and estate planning issues. Kassim Meghjee  advises UK and international clients on all aspects of personal and business taxation. Patrick Harney receives many plaudits for his specialisms in US-UK and UK-Irish cross-border tax advice, trust and estate planning, and for his tax planning work on UK resident non-domiciled matters. Other names to note include Martin Davies , Nicola Simmons and David Whittaker. Stuart Adams ‘combines an acute intellect with a gentle yet steely manner’.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Sosna

Other key lawyers:

Filippo Noseda; Martin Davies; Patrick Harney; Kassim Meghjee; Andrew Goldstone; Nicola Simmons; Katie Doyle; David Whittaker; Stuart Adams

Testimonials

‘Patrick Harney has established himself in the market as perhaps the predominant legal specialist in the UK/US private client market. He gives carefully considered, pragmatic advice in a manner which is easy to understand. He is in a league of his own’.

‘Andrew Goldstone – thoroughly personable, supporting and technically strong. Very experienced professional, working with complex and challenging client situations. Excellent role model to those working with him. Charlie Sosna – technically ‘top of his game”.

‘Katie Doyle has vast experience advising clients on domestic and international structures, including cross-border estate planning, Family, Corporate and Private Wealth Disputes and cases arising therein. I was very impressed with the strategies she implemented and her leadership’.

‘Andrew Goldstone and Filippo Noseda are always an inspiration to work with due to their vast experience, how they share said experience and their knowledge with their team and colleagues, simplifying complex situations for their clients with long term solutions that have an impact in various generations’.

‘This is a hard-working and high-performing team. Their reputation is excellent among clients for high-end advice delivered responsively’.

‘Charlie Sosna and Nicola Simmons are excellent lawyers, very smart and proactive. They understand the client’s needs and provide comprehensive and solid advices. They are great in advising high net worth individuals in relocation processes to the UK’.

‘Stuart Adams has a cool head, and the ability to digest and explain complex issues in a readily digestible format. Martin Davies’ grasp of the intricacies of advising families from the Middle East, and with particular reference to Saudi Arabia, is unparalleled in the private client arena. Charlie Sosna has a remarkable grasp of the legislation and translates these skills to deliver clear and succinct advice’.

‘David Whittaker is very smart, very aware of the bigger picture and gives excellent commercial advice. A real one to watch. I also know Filippo Noseda well by reputation. He is extremely strong on regulatory issues‘.

Key clients

Various (advice on the multi-jurisdictional issue of the processing of financial data by governmental bodies)

Jennifer Webster (“Jenny”) (holding HMRC to account on the transfer of personal data)

Work highlights

  • Advised various individuals on the multi-jurisdictional issues of the processing of financial data by governmental bodies.
  • Advised Jennifer Webster on issues of data privacy and more specifically, the lawfulness of the processing of data between international tax collection bodies.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP regularly handles business-critical property litigation work across all levels of court, including in matters concerning injunctions, rent review and development. The 'cohesive' and 'highly commercial' team also features a strong rights of light practice, led by Chhavie Kapoor. Team leader and 'incredibly strategic' practitioner Daniel Levy is known for his experience with complex landlord and tenant matters such as dilapidation and development disputes. Joanna Lampert is experienced in complex disputes, whilst Emma Macintyre handles complex contractual and joint venture disputes concerning significant London developments. Mark Reading handles all aspects of residential and commercial property law.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Levy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Creative approach with clear and sound advice – they are easy to work with and focused on the best outcome for the client at all times.’

‘Great on property litigation – cost-effective, results-orientated and innovative but also happy to assist formally or otherwise on other disputes or to recommend lawyers in other areas. A true business partner.’

‘Daniel Levy is the best property litigator I have come across in London’

‘An incredibly able, collaborative and rapid response team, hugely strategic in their approach, they always strive to provide the best service and outcome for every client. Particularly strong in high-stakes, complex issue and high-value litigation – they have a well-deserved reputation as being robust, fierce and highly effective opponents.’

‘Dan Levy run the cohesive team, is incredibly strategic, highly commercial and will always spot and pursue the best angle to the secure the most advantageous outcome.’

‘The real estate litigation team at Mishcons is the best out there. Whenever you need them, the machine goes into action and the service is always flawless.’

‘The biggest difference between Mishcons and other firms is that they do not adopt a cookie cutter approach and understand what you want to achieve – they then put the appropriate strategy in place.’

‘Dan Levy and Emma Mcintyre are partners at the very top of their game and the profession.’

Key clients

Brookfield

Shaftesbury Capital plc

Blackstone Property Management

IWG plc

Delancey

AEW UK Core Property Fund and AEW UK Reit Plc

TKMaxx

Meadow Partners

Smiggle

Hush Brasseries Limited

Equites Property Fund

The Gilbert Estate

Work highlights

  • Advised AEW UK Core Property Fund and AEW UK Reit Plc on a variety of landlord and tenant matters, including the market-leading property litigation case of 2022 in the Court of Appeal against Cine-UK.
  • Advised Hush Restaurants in a claim against its landlords seeking relief from the forfeiture of an option for a new lease of 8 Lancashire Court, London.
  • Advised Meadow Partners on litigation matters at Tolworth Tower in Kingston, including disputes with the local council and a flagship M&S store.

Real estate > Residential property Tier 1

Mishcon de Reya LLP has extensive experience of working with UHNW individuals from across the globe. It has a diverse client base of wealthy individuals and start up developers as well as investors, banks, corporates and onshore/offshore investment funds. Practice head James Liffen is recommended for his work on a range of complicated transactions involving shared ownership, auction sales, and portfolio purchases, in addition to tenancy and planning issues. Sonal Thakrar garners praise for her advice on all aspects of UK residential property and secured lending to banks. Thakrar has a particular focus on purchasing or selling prime or super-prime residential property in central London, which often have complex offshore structures. Dee Aylward is also recommended for her work with clients when they are buying properties in prime central London. Aylward’s clients are often purchasing second homes or property for investment purposes.

Practice head(s):

James Liffen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Highly efficient, bright, dynamic, technical, friendly. Sonal Thakrar, James Liffen’.

‘The words I would use to describe them are Determined, Reliable, Efficient, Awesome, and Magnificent (or D.R.E.A.M. for short). The D.R.E.A.M.team have the Nike approach to work because they Just Do It, no ego, no pride, just great results for their clients’.

‘I know that when I have a Mischon Solicitor on a property deal the chances of that deal going through are so much higher as they are advisors to their clients and can be the difference between a deal exchanging or falling through. Cost is what you pay and value is what you get, and no property solicitors provide more value than Mishcon de Reya’.

‘James Liffen is quite simply exceptional at his job and, as head of the department, has trained up a whole group of world-class property solicitors in a sector where the only people who can really compete with Mischcon in terms of service are ex-Mischon employees, who of course were trained by James’.

‘Humble, kind and sincere, James is always the first person I refer to. He is the definition of going above and beyond’.

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

Led by David Rose, the ‘commercially minded’ team Mishcon de Reya LLP fields an IP offering that possesses breath and depth, with particular strengths in IP disputes and enforcement. The firm is notably involved in the Sky v Skykick case, among other instances of high-profile and complex litigation. Jeremy Hertzog is renowned for his work in handling contractual disputes, alongside a strong anti-counterfeiting practice. Sally Britton heads the firm’s brands group, and routinely advises clients on IP protection and enforcement, while Lewis Cohen, who leads the firm’s IP transactional team, has strengths in the full range of commercial, IP and media agreements. Louisa Dixon’s expertise lies in trade marks and brands, while Peter Nunn has significant trade secrets knowledge. Cassandra Hill and Justin Lambert are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Rose

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Hertzog; Sally Britton; Lewis Cohen; Louisa Dixon; Cassandra Hill; Peter Nunn; Justin Lambert; Eloise Harding; Dominic Walsh; Eleanor Wilson

Testimonials

‘Mishcon de Reya’s practice is unique in its deep understanding of the sector and its ability to provide clear and practical advice that takes into account both legal and business considerations. The team has extensive experience working with clients in the TMT space, and has a proven track record of delivering results.’

‘One of the key strengths of Mishcon de Reya’s TMT practice is its ability to provide commercially minded advice that is tailored to each client’s specific needs. The team takes the time to understand their clients’ business objectives and works collaboratively to find solutions that meet those objectives.’

‘They are very good at managing expectations and communicating clearly and regularly throughout the course of a project.’

‘Mishcon de Reya has also introduced a number of innovations that have helped to improve the client experience. For example, they have invested in technology to streamline processes and improve efficiency.’

‘What sets them apart from competitors is their ability to provide tailored advice that is focused on achieving their clients’ business objectives.’

‘They stand out for their strategic thinking and their ability to work collaboratively with the Bar and with clients. In my experience they are proactive, responsive, and efficient, and always go the extra mile to ensure that their clients are satisfied with the work that they do.’

Key clients

Sky

Global

Iceland Foods

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE)

Alexander McQueen

Schneider

Nuclei/IWG

Vetsure

Ladbrokes Betting & Gaming

Lidl

Bet365

Thom Browne

Nintendo

Weiss

CBS

Sony Interactive Entertainment

WeWork

Deloitte

Guinness World Records

Lion Capital

Hg Capital

Apax

Health & Happiness

Citizen Watches

Percy & Reed

Wildwood Restaurants

Everyman Cinemas

Crown Estate

One Plus

K-Swiss

David Yurman

AC Cars

Work highlights

  • Acting for Sky in ongoing trade mark infringement claim against SkyKick, including proceedings before the Supreme Court and CJEU.
  • Acting for Iceland Foods in EUIPO Grand Board of Appeal proceedings relating its trade mark for ICELAND.
  • Acting for office space brokerage company Nuclei Limited and certain members of the IWG plc group (operator of the Regus services office group), defending trade mark infringement proceedings by EasyGroup in relation to use of the sign “Easy Offices”.

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP is noteworthy for the growing strength of its charities, social ventures and philanthropy practice. Led from London by Chris Willis Pickup, but present in Cambridge through ‘exceptional‘ senior associate Emma Millar, the practice acts for major UK charities, among them Alzheimer’s Research UK, Wellcome Trust, and The East of England Agricultural Society. Millar notably assisted the Royal Entomological Society with the development of the charity’s plans for revenue diversification.

Practice head(s):

Chris Willis Pickup

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very well-versed in different business models and configurations that will greatly help anyone either already operating in, or considering entering the not-for-profit space. The practice understands innovation, progressive business models, aligning org and governance structures with strategy and designing legal frameworks that incentivise the right behaviours.

‘The Taylor Vinters team and firm is the first (of many) we have worked with that felt aligned with our values in this way, that felt human first ahead of anything else, and that felt energetic and even fun to work with.’

‘Taylor Vinters have been able to provide a comprehensive range of expertise and advice on a range of diverse topics to support our organisation in a complex transaction involving the sale of a commercial events business and a multi-million-pound land sale. A key feature which influenced the selection and appointment was their knowledge of charity law.’

‘The team at Taylor Vinters have given our organisation significant support over the last two years and hopefully will continue to do so. Proposals are clear for different/new areas that we work in and are explained in plain English. The team also focuses on delivering value for money, passing work to junior colleagues where feasible or advising on alternatives where the charity may be able to save money.’

‘Individuals go above and beyond to fully understand what we are doing and what we are trying to achieve. Their knowledge and how to apply this to a charitable organisation is excellent. Their advice is always clear and estimates are given before doing any work. All those we work with are superb and we highly value the whole team. All partners and associates are exceptional, including Emma Millar.’

‘Excellent team led by the superb Chris Willis Pickup who brings a deep understanding of charity law coupled with an unparalleled knowledge of the workings of, and how to work with, the Charity Commission.’

‘Really comprehensive service, proactive engagement and thorough follow up – I felt like I was in good hands.’

‘I think that the uniqueness is based on something simple but rare. The team’s knowledge and experience is just exceptional – you feel in the absolute safest of hands with them. And this is combined with a deep commitment to working sensitively with the people involved – they understand that being right is not enough: you also have to help people get to a position where the answer is palatable. So for me, it’s a combination of technical skill and people skill. It’s very special.’

Key clients

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Wellcome Trust

Founders Pledge

Opora

Royal Entomological Society

Parenting for Lifelong Health

GSR Foundation

Play Included CIC

The East of England Agricultural Society

Work highlights

  • Advising the Royal Entomological Society in diversifying its revenue streams and supporting commercial and governance policies.
  • Advising on the registration of Opora, a charity working with Ukrainian refugees settling in the UK .
  • Advised Play Included CIC on the international expansion of its innovative Brick-by-Brick programme for neurodivergent children.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP in Cambridge handles property-related matters as part of a broader portfolio of work. Rated by clients as being ‘very knowledgeable, pragmatic and impressive‘, practice head Luke Hibbert and senior associate Beth Price have deep expertise in disputes concerning the property development aspects of trusts, and contentious sub-lettings. Associate Alexandra Thornton-Reid has ‘an excellent grip on the law', regularly acting in restrictive covenant disputes. The firm recently advised a racecourse owner on complex landlord and tenant issues.

Practice head(s):

Luke Hibbert

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I worked with Beth Price and Luke Hibbert who I found to be very knowledgable, pragmatic and impressive.’

‘Both Beth Price and Luke Hibbert were very knowledgable, pragmatic and impressive in their dealings in what was a complex high value trust and property matter.’

‘Alexandra Thornton-Reid is an impressive associate with an excellent grip on the law and all the details of complex casework. One to watch!’

‘I find the team very capable , efficient and organised in how they progress their cases from junior to partner level. The quality of service they provide to clients is high. They have particular expertise in advising landowners, or potential landowners, on the various disputes which can arise in respect of development restrictions, easements and other rights.’

‘Alexandra Thornton-Reid stands out as being very switched on. They are a pleasure to work with and I have only heard positive feedback from lay clients.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a trust in a complex dispute with other individuals and trusts regarding the disposal of land for development for circa £20 million.
  • Advising a high-net-worth entrepreneur in respect of extensive development works to a property (costing in the region of £4m) including advising in detail on the enforceability of complex restrictive covenants.
  • Advising client as a trustee of a charity in complex possession proceedings involving a £1.3 million property owned by the charity.

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 2

Clients describe Mishcon de Reya LLP as being ‘in the Premier League for representing individuals under FCA disciplinary investigation‘, with a considerable breadth of expertise which includes market misconduct, and alleged failures of governance and oversight. Practice head Adam Epstein is regarded as ‘a leader in his field‘. Guy Wilkes stands out as ‘a charismatic and effective presence in every case‘, and has particular experience in financial crime and anti-money laundering investigations. Managing associate Elizabeth Hope is another key member of the group.

Practice head(s):

Adam Epstein

Other key lawyers:

Guy Wilkes; Elizabeth Hope; Jonathan Barnett

Testimonials

‘I feel as if the team was exceptionally experienced. They had clearly worked on many similar cases, and this knowledge was evident during my interactions. The team was also willing to get advice and expertise from others within their organisation when required. I found this collaboration within the teams to be beneficial in coming to a potential resolution.’

‘Adam Epstein – vastly experienced partner; details man but also sees the big picture. Top of the tree.’

‘Mishcon are routinely involved in the biggest cases in the sector, and are feared by all their opponents.’

‘Guy Wilkes is a charismatic and effective presence in every case, bringing his vast experience from both sides of the regulatory fence to bear.’

‘Adam Epstein is a legend of the law and a go-to name for every type of client.’

‘Adam Epstein is a leader in his field.’

‘Guy Wilkes is a go-to person for individual representations. Hugely knowledgeable and experienced. He’s tough where needed, but also constructive and pragmatic.’

‘In the Premier League for representing individuals under FCA disciplinary investigation. Mishcon has a true specialist team with enormous experience and knowledge.’

Corporate and commercial > Partnership Tier 2

The cross-departmental team of specialists at Mishcon de Reya LLP offers ‘exceptional experience’ in partnership and LLP disputes and matters concerning the rights and obligations between the LLP and its members. Operating across a broad range of sectors including accountancy, financial and professional services, the ‘experienced, sensible and service-minded’ lawyers have handled unlawful competition, and remuneration disputes in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. The team also advises on the structuring, set up and management of LLPs, incentive structures and exit strategies. Practice head Daniel Naftalin has extensive experience in acting for LLPs, corporates and senior executives and offers expertise in team moves, discrimination, LLP disputes and restrictive covenant enforcement. Joanna Blackburn has a broad practice, covering both contentious and non-contentious matters in the employment space and advising LLPs on matters affecting their members. The ‘exceptional’ Jennifer Millins specialises in team moves advisory work, discrimination and whistleblowing claims, restrictive covenant and equal pay disputes. Operating at the intersection of employment law and regulation is Greg Campbell. He is skilled at handling major disciplinary investigations involving senior executives and allegations of misconduct by employers and regulators.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Naftalin

Other key lawyers:

Joanna Blackburn; Jennifer Millins; Greg Campbell; Naaman Butt; Laura Penny

Testimonials

‘Best in class understanding of how the partnership model works in financial services. They have deep knowledge of the pitfalls within those documents and offer clever drafting of IMA to best protect the individual from catch all clauses in the partnership agreement.’

‘Laura Penny displayed clever and practical drafting around the individual members agreement to best protect my interests but in a way that was acceptable to the partnership.’

‘Already the leading employment practice in the country, Mishcon continues to expand and impress with the range of its partnership work and expertise.’

‘The team has exceptional experience in advising partnerships and LLPs on all aspects of governance and the intricacies and fast-moving dynamics of modern partnerships. Jennifer Millins is an exceptional lawyer.’

‘A very experienced, sensible and service minded team. Laura Penny is smart, dedicated and very easy to work with.’

‘Good international network and connections to relevant counsel to consult with on my case. My experience has involved friendly, approachable and enjoyable interactions.’

‘Jennifer Millins and Jamie Barton were both incredibly helpful, proactive and insightful. They brought the right people together globally to consult on my case.’

Key clients

Ondra LLP

OTC LLP

Millennium Capital Partners LLP

Vista Equity Partners LLP

Apax Partners LLP

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Dave White and Clark Coffee, Partners at Tyndaris LLP

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital Tier 2

Drawing upon a deep pool of talent across London, Cambridge and Oxford, following the recent merger with Taylor Vinters, Mishcon de Reya LLP  provides a ‘practical, commercial and very cost-effective’ service to clients attracting and deploying capital in the innovation economy. Although the firm handles work through the funding cycle, it is best-known for its early stage prowess, where it has ‘the flexibility to understand the idiocyncracies of earlier-stage businesses’. Appreciated for his ‘conscientious and hands-on approach’, Cambridge-based Chris Keen remains pivotal to the firm’s success in the space and has built up a strong reputation in the field, including as it relates to university spin-outs, an area that, according to one client, he ‘has a better knowledge than anyone else’. Erika McIntyre is also very adept at handling early stage work for both investees and investors, with a level of ‘strategic thinking allowing her to align legal strategies with clients’ business objectives’. London-based Hayley Cross, who combines ‘practical, commercial advice with excellent legal knowledge’, is also a key member of the team and has been pivotal to growing the firm’s offering beyond its Cambridge roots. Charles Fletcher co-heads the team alongside Keen and has ‘a fantastic knowledge of EIS funds’.  

Practice head(s):

Chris Keen; Charles Fletcher

Other key lawyers:

Nicola McConville; Erika McIntyre; Hayley Cross; Attilio Leccisotti; Geoff Dragon; James Court; Scott Parmenter

Testimonials

The cost-effective team has very strong knowledge of the early stage UK tech and venture scene.’

The team is the go-to practice for technology spin-outs, especially from Cambridge University.’

They are practical, commercial and very cost-effective in the advice they give to spin-out companies.’

There are few teams in the market with such experience and quantity of venture-backed deals.’

On the later stage companies, they provide commercial and balanced advice in a digestible and effective way.’

Chris Keen – the best of the best in spin-out VC investments. He has a better knowledge of the sector than anyone else.’

Charles Fletcher – a fantastic knowledge of EIS funds and the way in which exits need to be dealt with for us.’

Hayley Cross – a pleasure to deal with. Combines practical, commercial advice with excellent legal knowledge.’

Key clients

Wayve Technologies Ltd

Microbiotica Limited

Focal Point Position Ltd

Featurespace Ltd

Doctify Ltd

Acting for an Investor Syndicate on investment into Bibliu

Nucleome Therapeutics Ltd.

Oxford Ionics Ltd.

Ufonia Ltd.

The Run Buddy Limited

MyMynd

Get a Drip Ltd

V7 Ltd

Yu Life Holdings Ltd

Molten Ventures PLC

Orri Ltd

Cranfield Aerospace Solutions Limited

Work highlights

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 2

A ’fantastic team across the board’, Mishcon de Reya LLP’s white-collar crime practice is routinely involved in high-profile SFO and INTERPOL cases, demonstrating significant strength in cross-border cases. Within the team’s core advisory areas of fraud, bribery, and money laundering, there is in-depth experience representing individuals subjected to investigations brought by the NCA, HMRC, and FCA. Johanna Walsh is a ‘first rate team leader’, offering vast expertise in domestic and international serious fraud and corruption proceedings, while Ben Brandon regularly advises HNW individuals in complex extradition matters and sanctions claims. Matthew Ewens specialises in handling multi-jurisdictional bribery investigations and tax fraud litigation, and Alison Geary focuses on corporate crime elements spanning market abuse to cartels. Managing associates Celia Marr and Christopher Gribbin are both noted for their criminal and regulatory work.

Practice head(s):

Johanna Walsh

Testimonials

‘Fantastic team across the board. No stone left unturned. Experience in dealing with high net worth individuals and business crime cases. They give a personal service and provide tenacious legal representation.’

‘ Jo Walsh is an absolute star. She is a strategic thinker and a fantastic ally for clients and foreign counsel – a very talented and effective lawyer.’

‘Matthew Ewens – tremendous tactician, eye for detail and errors, personable and trusted by clients.’

‘Jo Walsh has achieved an outstanding result in a recent Serious Fraud Office cases securing an acquittal after a long running investigation. She is a first rate team leader- wonderfully insightful.’

‘Matthew Ewens:  I have not met many solicitors who involve themselves as deeply in their cases. He cares deeply and  is intent on doing the best, time after time.  He has judgement and courage – and will take risks if carefully measured. A really good tactician. Subtle and thoughtful.’

‘The team is very ably led by Jo Walsh – a fantastic lawyer with great judgement and experience. Matthew Ewens is a great person to work with, with really deep knowledge and instincts. At the associate level, Jessica Dunk, Celia Marr and Chris Gribbin all stand out.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Robb Simms-Davies, a former executive of a design and build fit out company, in a Serious Fraud Office investigation and prosecution that concluded in January 2023 with the client’s acquittal.
  • Advised Peter Hebblethwaite, the Chief Executive of P&O Ferries, in relation to criminal liability under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.
  • Advised a highly successful professional gambler and high net worth individual in respect of a complex and high value money laundering investigation and highly contentious account freezing order proceedings. Both were successfully concluded.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Private prosecutions Tier 2

Sitting as part of the firm’s wider white-collar crime and investigations and civil fraud offerings, the private prosecutions practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP is led by Gareth Minty and includes cyber, asset recovery and insolvency practitioners. It is well known in the market for advising both corporates and individuals on multi-jurisdictional frauds, investigations and criminal litigation. Minty is a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) alumnus with considerable experience of representing the victims of economic crimes in private prosecutions and wider criminal enforcement issues; he often works alongside the police and state prosecution agencies in relation to investigations. Associate Owen Griffiths is also active in the team and is well versed in complex fraud and financial crime matters, as well as asset recovery.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Minty

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I value Gareth Minty’s ability to manage private criminal prosecution cases which involve complex technical matters; I do not have much criminal law experience and trust in Gareth to take care of procedural and other matters, which he does excellently.’   

‘Gareth Minty is a market leader in private prosecutions and across the interesting area between criminal and civil work.’

‘Gareth Minty has a great depth of knowledge in the area and understands all the issues and pitfalls.’

Key clients

Trust Company

Allseas S.A.

Work highlights

  • Advising a corporate trustee in connection with serious allegations arising from a trustee’s alleged abuse of his position to defraud the trust of a substantial sum of money.
  • Advising a corporate client in connection with a complex, cross-border investment fraud resulting in the misappropriation of €100m.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

With demonstrable strength in contentious work, Mishcon de Reya LLP’s retail team is instructed by large retail and luxury brands, both established companies and start-ups, to handle trade mark disputes, and advise on brand management issues, franchise developments, and commercial and strategic partnerships. The team is jointly led by Sally Britton and Lewis Cohen; the former’s expertise spans brand protection strategies, including enforcement, monitoring, and design filing, while the latter specialises in the full range of retail sector-related commercial arrangements. Following its January 2023 merger with Mishcon de Reya LLP, the team strengthened its capabilities with the arrivals of employment expert Dominic Holmes, data privacy specialist James Boyle, and Louisa Dixon, who handles international brand protection and enforcement matters.

Practice head(s):

Sally Britton; Lewis Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We do a lot of work with Mishcon de Reya. They are excellent. They know how to manage complex disputes to a successful outcome. And they are approachable and a pleasure to work with as well.’

‘Richard Leedham – a very safe pair of hands and a brilliant, commercial operator who knows how to manage and settle the most complex of disputes. This includes large, group consumer claims.’

‘Solid team where each level achieves excellence. Their advice has proven timely and solid. We rely on them extensively.’

‘The most distinguishing characteristic of the group is the level of turnaround coupled with handling the details and nuances of our industry really well. One develops a serious level of trust with the excellent service that the firm renders.’

Key clients

Sainsbury’s

Ocado

Capital & Counties (Covent Garden London)

Christian Louboutin

Fendi

Alexander McQueen

British Fashion Council

Iceland Foods

Lidl

John Lewis

Thom Browne

TKMaxx

Bluebella

Lakeland

Ryman

Work highlights

  • Representing Iceland Foods in trade mark proceedings before the EUIPO Grand Board of Appeal.
  • Advising The Olayan Group on issues relating to The Knightsbridge Estate.

Industry focus > TMT Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP has a strong TMT offering and works on a range of complex matters such as advising blockchain platforms on both transactional and contentious issues. The practice is headed by Jeremy Hertzog , who specialises in protecting and enforcing IP rights in addition to being involved in numerous ad hoc arbitrations. Adam Rose acts for both suppliers and licensees of IT systems while Sally Britton focuses on strategic portfolio management. Ashley Winton advises extensively on digital transformation and use of cloud services.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Hertzog

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Always very knowledgable, flexible, and able to bring in different members with specific knowledge to fill any info gaps.’

‘Simon Leaf is incredibly responsive, hands on and willing to put in the time to meet our demands.’

‘Simon Leaf and Tom Murray were are main points of contact, ably assisted by Reema Sharma. Individually and as a team they all showed a great passion for our work, were very amiable and professional and to a person, were incredibly hard working and diligent. They were prepared to listen very carefully to our instructions yet added value throughout with their knowledge and experience on the subject matter. When they went into bat for us in the negotiation phases it was a sight to behold as time and time again they represented our interests and delivered what we wanted.’

Key clients

Sky

Nintendo

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Comcast

Global

Schneider Electric

Splash Technology

Better Cloud

HC Entertainment t/a Socios

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sky on its wide-ranging trade mark dispute with SkyKick, including proceedings before the Supreme Court and CJEU.
  • Acted for Global Media & Entertainment on a broad range of IP, advertising, commercial and data issues.
  • Acted for a number of luxury brands in relation to metaverse and web3.0 strategies, including commercial, regulatory and IP advice.

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s ‘market-leading’ insurance disputes team ‘combines broad commercial awareness with targeted knowledge’, from expertise in Bermuda Form disputes to recent experience participating in the FCA Business Interruption test case and involvement in one of three ongoing test cases regarding Covid-19 aggregation issues. The growing team is led by ‘stand out partnerSonia Campbell, a specialist in life science work with and high-profile directors and officers coverage issues, and Richard Leedham – ‘one of the very best around’ – who has extensive experience acting for corporate policyholders across a range of industries. Ralph Fearnhead and senior associate Sophie Fairclough are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Leedham; Sonia Campbell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Unrivalled expertise acting for insureds against insurers and brokers in high-value, complex disputes provides the team with a unique and compelling offering to clients. Beyond this, there is real strength in depth and outstanding partner engagement.’

‘Sonia Campbell is a stand-out partner who leads from the front. She is amazingly dedicated to her clients and goes the extra mile in pushing their cases forward. She has detailed knowledge of the market and relevant law combined with a sure strategic touch.’

‘Sonia Campbell puts all her efforts in providing the best services for the client, choosing the right legal team including barristers. She gets involved in all aspects: the merits, evidence, the entire process.’

‘Sophie Fairclough is an excellent lawyer, very efficient, very good to work with.’

‘Mishcon de Reya’s policyholder insurance offering is market-leading and combines broad commercial awareness with targeted knowledge and access to some of the best barristers at the drop of a hat.’

‘One of the very best claimant insurance law firms in the world.’

‘Richard Leedham continues to be one of the very best around. Tough, clever, insightful and highly experienced and determined.’

‘Richard Leedham is a very safe pair of hands and a brilliant, commercial operator who knows how to manage and settle the most complex of disputes.’

Key clients

Various Eateries Trading Limited

Prosus Limited

Apache Capital Partners Limited

Al Mana Group

Covid-19 Business Interruption – Allianz Group Action Claim

Work highlights

  • Advised Various Eateries Trading Limited on COVID-19 aggregation issues in proceedings that were heard in July 2022.
  • Advised Prosus on a review of their global D&O insurance cover programme and on their parent company Cyber insurance cover.
  • Acted for 21 companies within the Al Mana Group (“AMG”) in relation to insurance coverage issues concerning multiple multi-jurisdictional operations across a variety of sectors in a number of GCC countries and Ireland.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s strength lies in the diversity of its work; the firm is well versed in complex judicial reviews, and handles mandates ranging from environmental law to gambling regulation, immigration, data protection and discrimination issues. Katy Colton was promoted to partner in April 2023 and leads the offering, with a proven track record advising politicians, activists, NGOs and charities in relation to complex and contentious issues of equality, administrative law, and human rights. Emily Nicholson and James Libson are also noted.

Practice head(s):

Katy Colton

Other key lawyers:

Emily Nicholson; James Libson; Maria Patsalos; Alexandra Agnew

Testimonials

‘The team at Mishcons is really growing in this practice area. The are collaborative, pleasant to deal with and run cases with care and precision. They go the extra mile to fight for their clients.’

‘Alexandra Agnew is brilliant. She is very hardworking, charming and smart. An all-round great person to work with.’

‘Excellent knowledge of, and contacts in, the political world. A real instinct for litigating in the political sphere.’

‘An excellent mix of creative and expert lawyers at differing levels of seniority, able to take on and deal effectively with any administrative, public law or human rights matter.’

‘Katy Colton is a fizzingly bright and politically and commercially savvy operator.’

‘Alexandra Agnew is a hugely valuable team member, able to turn her hand to anything.’

‘A really impressive public law team, involved in some of the most significant public law challenges of the day.’

‘Katy Colton is an outstanding lawyer, with great strategic plans, amazing writing skills, and thorough understanding of public and political laws. Her work is like the late symphonies of the best of composers.’

Key clients

Public Law Project

Community Windpower

Radiocentre

Criminal Bar Association

Jennifer Webster

Members of the Afghan judicial system

The Lifescape Project

Rohingya victims of violence in Myanmar

Azeem Rafiq

Samir Jassal

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Public Law Project in an appeal concerning potential discrimination arising from the use of algorithms in the Home Office’s decision making.
  • Acted for Community Windpower in a successful public law challenge to the implementation of a cap on revenue for renewable energy generators.
  • Advising The Lifescape Project on an OECD green-washing complaint against Drax Group.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s commercial real estate team often works in conjunction with the firm’s construction, planning, property litigation, tax and finance practices, and has been particularly active in the alternative residential market. Praised for its ‘depth of expertise’, the team also excels in the build to rent, senior living and student accommodation sectors. Head of the department Stephen Hughes thrives in acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, and structuring. Nick Minkoff has considerable experience in development projects and the purchase of investment properties, while Anju Suneja is knowledgeable of the logistics sector. Simon Hart is experienced in development funding work and Ian Paul provides the team with expertise concerning the letting and leasehold of commercial and mixed-use property. Other key contacts in the group include ‘exceptional’ Lee Foxcroft and Nick Doffman.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent partner led practice.’

‘They provided us with very tailored advice and they have an incredibly strong understanding of issues that may genuinely impact on business.’

‘They have all the skills a listed REIT would need to protect its interests including subject matter expertise, strong teams, excellent availability and very good negotiating skills.’

‘The team is very commercial and take great efforts to understand our business / markets and needs. They will do what it takes to get transaction closed.’

‘Anju Suneja is an exceptional lawyer who goes the extra mile for their clients, in every transaction she has shown high levels of professionalism, constant availability and great all-round skills in delivering a superior product efficiently and cost effectively.’

Key clients

Brookfield

Brookfield’s ‘Student Roost’

PGIM Real Estate

Fusion Students

Watkin Jones

Capital & Counties Properties plc (Capco)

Delancey

Get Living

Berkeley Homes

Derwent London

Dominvs Group

AEW

Helical plc

Fizzy Living

Work highlights

  • Acted for Brookfield on the real estate and finance aspects of its sale of the Student Roost business to GIC/Greystar.
  • Acted for Watkin Jones on the sale of a portfolio of five purpose-built student accommodation schemes.
  • Advised Topland on the pre-let of 150 Aldersgate Street, London to TikTok.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP takes on complex construction and engineering projects in the UK, spanning various asset classes including major offices, large-scale residential projects and alternative asset classes. The practice is co-led by Simon Hunter, a specialist in the hotel, student accommodation, and distribution sectors, and Marc Hanson. Hanson and Adriano Amorese, both of whom joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in 2022, jointly bring expertise in procurement routes for complex construction projects and the drafting and negotiation of construction documentation. Managing associate Charlotte Braine adds her vast experience in representing developers, funders, purchasers, tenants, and investors across a wide array of construction documentation.

Practice head(s):

Marc Hanson; Simon Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Adriano Amorese; Justine Ayto; Phoebe McLarty, Charlotte Braine

Testimonials

‘The team is very commercial and understood the brief well. Their response time was excellent and they resolved issues quickly and creatively.’

‘Adriano Amorese is very bright and experienced; gives total reassurance that matters in hand have been considered and addressed.’

‘Charlotte Braine is an excellent technical lawyer and has quick response times. Gets the right balance between resolving issues with the other party on their own initiative and returning to the client for instructions.’

‘The team is notable for its speed of responses and ability to think quickly and advise on courses of action prior to then getting the full, written justification for what has been discussed.’

‘Willing to discuss matters rather than dictate, and ready to explain the nuances between certain aspects.’

‘A real understanding of their client and what’s important to them, resulting in pragmatic and commercial advice.’

Key clients

Brookfield Properties

Juramia Limited

Lodha

Colt Data Centre Services

Crosstree Real Estate Partners LLP

Bloomberg

Get Living

Dominus

UBS

Starwood Capital Group

Watkin Jones

Sky Studios Limited and Comcast Corporation

Delancey

Greystar

Student Roost

AEW

The Church Commissioners for England

PGIM

Schroders

Work highlights

  • Advising Brookfield Properties on all construction aspects of its development of 1 Leadenhall.
  • Acting for Juramia Limited in connection with their £500m redevelopment of Lansdowne House in Berkeley Square, London.
  • Advising Colt Data Centre Services on procurement strategy and construction documentation in connection with its London 4 campus (a 50MW data centre campus in Hayes, West London).

Risk advisory > Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 2

Boasting ‘great people from top to bottom’, the corporate crime practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP offers comprehensive advice on all aspects of criminal investigations, frequently drawing on the insolvency, employment, data, and reputation management departments within the firm. The team covers a considerable breadth of work, handling everything from day-to-day internal investigations to high-stakes law enforcement raids, as well as demonstrating expertise dealing with the SFO, FCA, and US DOJ. Johanna Walsh is a ‘first-rate team leader’, specialising in serious fraud and money laundering cases, while Matthew Ewens has experience assisting clients with HMRC tax fraud proceedings and SFO prosecutions. Alison Geary focuses on market abuse and cartel matters, and solicitor-advocate Kizzy Augustin provides strategic support during criminal investigations and inquests.

Practice head(s):

Johanna Walsh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great people from top to bottom. Where every case matters.’

‘Johanna Walsh- first rate team leader- wonderfully insightful.’

‘Matthew Ewens – tremendous tactician, eye for detail and errors, personable and trusted by clients.’

‘Jo is an extraordinarily talented lawyer and has been for many years. She has an unbelievable capacity to soak up work and pressure and wears it all so lightly. A wonderful human touch with clients and colleagues, belies a sharp whip smart brain. Fantastic lawyer.’

‘A great team with very strong commercial support.’

‘Joanne Walsh is a very talented and effective leader of the team.’

 

Key clients

London Capital & Finance PLC

London Investment Manager

Barote Construction Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the administrators of London Capital & Finance PLC following the collapse of the listed company in January 2019 and the subsequent SFO investigation.
  • Advising a substantial and well-known family-owned business on highly sensitive allegations of criminal wrongdoing made by an employee against the CEO.
  • Advising a well-known and significant British media company in connection with a criminal investigation.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 2

Mishcon de Reya LLP handles all aspects of reputation management for a high-profile client base of HNWIs and businesses. Working closely with the firm’s white-collar crime, financial services and employment departments, the practice is equipped to deal with extremely sensitive matters, including crisis management and litigation both domestically and internationally. The team is led by Emma Woollcott, who is an expert in defamation, breach of confidence, invasion of privacy and harassment matters. Managing partner James Libson acts for a number of high-profile individuals and charities. Managing associate Harry Eccles-Williams has particular experience in politically-driven disputes.

Practice head(s):

Emma Woollcott

Other key lawyers:

James Libson; Michael Frost; Harry Eccles-Williams; Alexandra Whiston-Dew

Testimonials

‘Mishcon de Reya is an exceptional legal firm that stands out in the industry. The firm has a team of highly talented and professional lawyers who provide excellent advice and support to their clients. The firm’s approach is unique, which is to deliver their legal services with compassion and understanding for their clients.’

‘Harry Eccles-Williams is an exceptional lawyer who is known for his ability to work collaboratively with clients to provide them with sound and clear advice. He has a wealth of experience in dealing with a range of legal issues and is highly regarded for his expertise in this area.’

‘Michael Frost – an outstanding young partner who is a pleasure to work with. Deals with complex reputational management cases with real strategic nous. Clients love him because he is so personal in his approach, but he is also highly strategic and focused on thinking through problems 360 degrees and relentlessly delivering results for the client.’

‘Michael Frost is superb. He has a great way with clients, sees the whole picture, and gets right to the heart of an issue. A very impressive lawyer. Emma Woollcott is excellent. Very thoughtful, very clever, very easy to deal with.’

‘Mishcon de Reya is a phenomenal law firm. They are extremely professional, highly effective, charming and always calm and fun to work with and for. I cannot rate them more highly.’

‘Emma Woollcott provides no-nonsense advice, grounded in practical realities, ensuring that clients appreciate the true reality of their position.’

‘The Mishcon team is one of the most progressive in the market. Strong believers in diversity, the team is highly collaborative and understands the importance in getting a wide range of advice to help solve their clients’ challenges.’

‘Emma Woollcott is a seasoned expert and leads one of the strongest teams in the market. She is very progressive in her thinking and is willing to use every tool at her disposal to solve a problem.’

Key clients

Azeem Rafiq

Rohingya victims of violence in Myanmar

OneTaste Incorporated, Institute of OM LLC, OM IP Co, Nicole Daedone, Rachel Cherwitz

Luke Turner

Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC and Euromoney Trading Limited

Paula Vennells

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 3

Predominantly acting on the claimant side, the ‘smart, agile, and user friendly’ team at Mishcon de Reya LLP acts in a variety of claims before the Competition Appeal Tribunal, including collective opt-out claims, and also represents a number of notable companies, including Creditfix Limited, Asda, and Ocado. Practice head Sarah Houghton is ‘extremely hardworking’, and handles a wide-range of collective and follow-on claims; and Ben Lasserson regularly appears before the High Court, among others, in abuse of dominance disputes concerning big tech companies. ‘Excellent‘ and ‘knowledgeable‘ managing associate Zachery O’Brien has a great deal of expertise in public procurement, often advising online and high street retailers; whilst managing associate Gwen Ballin-Reeler frequently represents class representatives and property development companies.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Houghton

Testimonials

‘Mishcon know how to manage complex disputes to a successful outcome. And they are approachable and a pleasure to work with as well.’

‘Sarah Houghton has an excellent pedigree and, again, is not phased at all by the complexity of the cases she is running.’

‘Zachery O’Brien is an excellent senior associate, knowledgeable, calm under pressure, and approachable.’

‘Ben Lasserson is a very able collective actions lawyer and a pleasure to work with. He is supported by an excellent team.’

‘Commercially astute, with excellent attention-to-detail and great sector expertise. Ben is a standout partner.’

‘The competition team is smart, agile, and user friendly. It offers a bespoke service to individual clients and is diligent and well-led.’

‘Sarah is very able, extremely hardworking, thoughtful, and brimming with ideas. She leads a team of solicitors with a steady hand and with emotional intelligence. She delivers an excellent service to individual clients and in collective proceedings. She has helped establish the competition team as a very highly regarded participant in the largest and most cutting-edge competition cases.’

‘Zachery contributes very helpful ideas and offers diligent work. He is on top of the detail and is a very effective resource.’

Key clients

Creditfix Limited

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd

Asda

Wilko

Curry’s

Iceland

John Lewis

Foxglove Legal Interest Community Company

IWG Plc & Regus Group Services Ltd

Camelot

Lakeland

Ocado

Ryman

Tombola

Whitbread

McMullen

Work highlights

  • Advising the class representative, Justin Le Patourel, in certified collective proceedings in the UK against BT for abuse of its dominant position in the market for landline services, which has trial listed for January 2024.
  • Acting for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, Iceland Foods Ltd, Wilko, Curry’s, Asda, and The John Lewis Partnership (including Waitrose Limited) in private damage claims against the Trucks cartelists before the CAT.
  • Advising the class representative on behalf of a class of 1.6m individuals in an opt-out representative action against Google UK and DeepMind Technologies Ltd.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s ‘international arbitration team is going from strength to strength‘. The practice invested heavily in its partner-level offering during 2022, with energy disputes specialist Alexander Slade and ‘superstarGreg Falkof recruited from Vinson & Elkins RLLP and Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, respectively. ‘Brilliant‘ practice head Louis Flannery KC has extensive international commercial arbitration experience; Zachary Segal‘s track record includes numerous ad hoc and institutional arbitrations; and managing associate Heidi Walsh is ‘detail oriented and very reactive‘. Within the firm’s associate pool, Paul Stokes is a recent hire from Enyo Law LLP, while Jack Burstyn is ‘very committed‘.

Practice head(s):

Louis Flannery KC

Testimonials

‘The Mishcon international arbitration team is going from strength to strength. They have some first-rate talent in their team and are developing real depth to the group.’

‘Clinical in the running of cases, and clients have full confidence that the firm is on top of every detail of the case.’

‘Very strong team with the brilliant Louis Flannery KC heading it.’

‘Greg Falkof is a superstar. He is an intellectual powerhouse and master strategist, and has the complete respect of his clients, opponents and tribunals.’

‘Greg Falkof is completely committed to his clients and achieving the best outcome. His clients trust him blindly. There is no one who is more on top of the detail of a case than Greg – a go-to person for any international arbitration.’

‘Alexander Slade is a great lawyer – always available to support clients, and he has strategic vision, deep knowledge of construction disputes, and an easygoing manner.’

‘Alexander Slade is an outstanding lawyer with a firm grasp of oil and gas exploration and production sharing contracts. His style of argument is unique and very convincing.’

‘Jack Burstyn is a great worker who is very committed, and Heidi Walsh is detail oriented and very reactive.’

Key clients

Federal Republic of Nigeria

Petraco Oil Company

Diag Human

The Union of India

Work highlights

  • Representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in seeking to set aside an arbitration award worth $11bn, on the basis that the arbitration award was procured by fraud.
  • Representing Diag Human and Josef Stava in defending the setting aside of an arbitration award worth approximately $600m.
  • Representing the Union of India in challenging a partial arbitral award, which related to a dispute over an offshore oilfield concession.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP offers a comprehensive tax disputes service for corporate and private clients, with experience in both mediation and litigation. Team lead Robert Hartley covers direct and indirect taxes and handles both personal taxation matters as well as major transfer pricing enquiries. Leslie Allen, who was formerly department head, has over 35 years’ experience in the practice area and is a leading name in indirect tax litigation. Chartered tax adviser Paul Noble advises on cases relating to tax fraud, tax avoidance, and the disclosure of irregularities.

Practice head(s):

Robert Hartley

Other key lawyers:

Leslie Allen; Paul Noble; Tabassum Khan; Julius Berling; Cathal McLoughlin

Testimonials

‘Mishcon are one of the leading tax teams in the UK. They have a thorough knowledge of all tax issues and have excellent strength in depth.’

‘Leslie Allen is fantastic. He is extremely easy to work with, has excellent judgment and achieves brilliant results.

‘Very responsive and hands-on. Realistic and well-measured advice. Highly experienced in all manner of litigation. A pleasure to work with. Serve their clients extremely well.’

‘This team demonstrates sound judgment and an excellent rapport with clients and counsel. They are very skilled lawyers who provide very well-balanced and grounded advice.

Key clients

Royal Mail Group Litigation

Zipvit Ltd

GE Aircraft Engine Services Limited

The Towards Zero Foundation

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Claimants in the Royal Mail Group Litigation, the largest in the history of tax litigation, representing over 300 corporate entities and local authorities against Royal Mail (“RM”) with the overarching goal of holding RM accountable for its failure to meet its duty to issue valid VAT invoices to its customers.
  • Acted for GE Aircraft Engine Services Limited on the last successful VAT referral from the UK courts to the CJEU, concerning the VAT treatment of vouchers supplied to employees.
  • Acted for the Towards Zero Foundation in a dispute around what qualified as “business activities” for VAT purposes, which has potentially wide implications for charities.

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 3

The ‘great team of expert share plan lawyers’ at Mishcon de Reya LLP  is well placed to advise listed companies, financial services organisations and private companies on bespoke incentive structures, personal compensation packages for senior executives and contentious incentive issues. The group regularly handles take-private transactions for private equity firms. ‘Stand out advisor’ Stephen Diosi frequently advises entrepreneurs on bespoke incentive structuring for high value and growing enterprises. Geoff Dragon, who joined the team in January 2023, is frequently sought out by start-up and scaling technology companies. Non-lawyer partner Liz Hunter joined the team in August 2023 from KPMG, she is  well-regarded for her knowledge of equity reward planning. The practice also benefits from the expertise of Sakhee Ganatra who has a ‘rich background of experience working with multiple private equity houses’. Neil Sharpe departed in January 2023.  

Practice head(s):

Stephen Diosi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good team work and commercial approach – don’t get stuck in the details’

‘Stephen Diosi is particularly strong – leads from the front and very commercial.’

‘Stephen Diosi and Sakhee Ganatra are both a pleasure to deal with. They are really pleasant and truly know their stuff.’

‘Stephen Diosi and Sakhee Ganatra are both great employment benefits practitioners.’

‘They have assembled a great team of expert share plan lawyers with a track record of working with a variety of both public and listed clients.’

‘Stephen Diosi has a wealth of experience and knowledge and is a stand out advisor in the share plans field.’

‘Sakhee Ganatra has a rich background of experience working with multiple private equity houses.’

Key clients

Robert Walters plc

Freetrade Limited

Keyword Studios plc

OpenPayd Holdings Limited

GAN Limited

Kindred Group plc

ADC Therapeutics SA

IXM SA

Axomic Ltd

Leonardo DRS Inc

Work highlights

  • Advised Robert Walters on the operation of their employee share plans and the design and implementation of a new long term incentive plan.
  • Advised Kindred on the design, implementation and launch of a new Global Option Plan for its executive management in the UK and Sweden.
  • Advised GAN Limited on the design and implementation of a new global share purchase plan.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 3

The practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP comprises specialists from multiple practice areas, who are well placed to advise developers, operators, landlords, investors and owners on a range of issues. Leading the commercial, technology, data and sports division is Lewis Cohen, who offers extensive experience in franchising issues, and operating and management agreements. Corporate transactional lawyers, Laura Chandler and Larry Nathan, have a diverse client base spanning major players from the retail, breweries, and new technology fields.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Larry Nathan; Laura Chandler; Olivia Fulton

Testimonials

‘A commercial and client-focused team.’

‘The team is focused on building a relationship and understanding their client’s business.’

Key clients

Brookfield’s Experimental Group

Minor International PCL

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookfield’s Experimental Group on the acquisition of Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds, the group’s first UK property outside of London.
  • Represented Minor International in its unfair prejudice proceedings with the minority shareholders of Corbin & King, and advised on the subsequent administration, including the applications by the minority shareholders to prevent the administration.

Public sector > Education: individuals Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s education team offers ‘strong, knowledgeable, prompt and professional‘ advice on issues such as religious discrimination, grading and qualification standards, and sexual and academic misconduct in educational settings. The team frequently acts for individuals in appeals against school and university exclusions and disciplinary procedures, with a track record of handling cases involving young people with special educational needs. The practice is headed by discrimination and equality expert Robert Lewis, who frequently advises on exclusions and complaints in educational institutions, and is bolstered by the expertise of James Murray, a key contact for freedom of speech issues, and Victoria Pigott, who regularly advises clients facing disciplinary hearings.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mishcon have a superbly professional operation in education – a really first class service.’

‘Robert Lewis is really excellent. Very perceptive, intelligent, easy to deal with and flexible.’

‘The Mischon de Reya education law team are consummate professionals. Experts in their subject knowledge, top-notch with their strategic thinking, very clever with their tactical ideas, and totally devoted to their clients. They are a real pleasure for the counsel team to work with.’

‘Mishcon are becoming a real force to be reckoned with in education. They bring tactical acumen and a strategic focus to a sector where that was and is very much needed, and are great at developing trusting relationships with their clients.’

‘Robert Lewis has in-depth, first-hand, knowledge of the education sector. Great judgment and very good with clients.’

‘Robert Lewis. He is one of the best solicitors I’ve retained. Not only is he knowledgeable in his field, he truly cares about his client’s best wishes. He is very easy to speak to. I cannot thank him and his team enough.’

‘The team has impressive expertise in the whole field of law relating to higher education. They have also led the way in providing a reliable and detailed commentary on the implications of the new statutes affecting universities – particularly in the area of academic freedom – that have come into force this year. I have been particularly struck by the intellectual strength of the group. Their collective cleverness quotient is exceptionally high.’

‘James Murray is a master of the field of education law and one of the smartest lawyers with whom I have worked. His advice is characterised not only by a deep knowledge of the law, but also by a tactical deftness and shrewdness of judgment that make his advice doubly valuable. His counsel is regularly a model of clear exposition, impressive argument, and succinctness. Not a word, nor a moment of time, is wasted.’

Key clients

The Social Mobility Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised The Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) in relation to public exams and engaging with Ofqual, the exam “watchdog” which regulates qualifications, exams and tests in England.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 3

Mishcon de Reya LLP’s commercial real estate team often works in conjunction with the firm’s construction, planning, property litigation, tax and finance practices, and has been particularly active in the alternative residential market. Praised for its ‘depth of expertise’, the team also excels in the build to rent, senior living and student accommodation sectors. Head of the department Stephen Hughes thrives in acquisitions and disposals, joint ventures, and structuring. Nick Minkoff has considerable experience in development projects and the purchase of investment properties, while Anju Suneja is knowledgeable of the logistics sector. Simon Hart is experienced in development funding work and Ian Paul provides the team with expertise concerning the letting and leasehold of commercial and mixed-use property. Other key contacts in the group include ‘exceptional’ Lee Foxcroft and Nick Doffman.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘This is a high-quality team who resource deals appropriately.’

‘Strong leadership with hands-on partners. The team is sufficient in terms of size and has the depth of expertise to ensure you get the right person for the job.’

‘Lee Foxcroft an exceptional lawyer. He is the first person I pick up the phone to if there is a legal issue big or small that crops up.’

‘Their deep subject matter expertise, pragmatic and client focused approach make them an ideal legal adviser.’

‘The team is very commercial and take great efforts to understand our business needs. They will do what it takes to get transaction closed.’

‘Lee Foxcroft is exceptional, he is a skilled negotiator and really cares about getting the best position for his clients. He led a complex transaction for us and the client service we received throughout was excellent.’

‘Anju Suneja is an exceptional lawyer who fully understands what we are trying to achieve. She is always available around the clock and delivers an exceptional product.’

Key clients

Watkin Jones

Derwent London

The Olayan Group

Fusion Students

Dominus

Taurus Investment Holdings

Equites Property Fund

Bridge Industrial

Higgins Partnerships

Elysian Residences

Metropolitan District Securities

Seaforth Land/Quadreal

Jesta Properties

Studious

Harwell Campus

PGIM

Work highlights

  • Advising Derwent London Plc on the redevelopment of the Network Building on Tottenham Court Road.
  • Advising on the The Knightsbridge Estate.
  • Advised Taurus Investment Holdings on the joint venture arrangements with Cole Waterhouse to deliver a mixed-use scheme in Digbeth, Birmingham.

Real estate > Planning Tier 3

Brilliant planning partner’ Anita Rivera heads the planning practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP, advising commercial and residential property developers, property companies, investment funds, and high-net-worth individuals. The team has a wealth of experience across the build-to-rent, co-living, and elderly care sectors, and Daniel Farrand has extensive knowledge of the private rented sector and student housing. The firm noted an increase in activity in the life sciences and the energy sector, handling projects related to onshore and offshore wind, green energy, and solar farms. The team manages a range of contentious matters; Tom Barton leads matters concerning public inquiries, such as planning enforcement and compulsory purchase matters.

Practice head(s):

Anita Rivera

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Farrand; Tom Barton; Roisin Hogan; Martyn Hanmore

Testimonials

‘The service is Rolls Royce from start to finish. The team fight passionately for their clients and obtains incredible results. I have never worked with a firm who have so demonstrably placed their clients’ interests at the forefront of their minds. The quality of legal drafting, analysis and representation is exceptional.’

‘Tom Barton, a managing associate, is one of the finest planning solicitors in the UK. He invests everything in his cases and is well-liked by both his clients and counsel he instructs. He’s hugely thoughtful and has very good judgment, and the quality of his written work is always high.’

‘Anita Rivera and Daniel Farrand are two brilliant planning partners who bring a huge wealth of experience and knowledge to the support of their clients. They are a complete pleasure to work with.’

‘Unlike some of the big city firms, Mischons have strength across the whole of planning law, including areas such as enforcement and planning prosecutions.’

‘Daniel Farrand is tenacious, with an excellent understanding of the intricacies of enforcement law, and always has an eye on the bigger picture.’

‘Anita Rivera has a good oversight of projects.’

‘Martyn Hanmore has a real eye for detail and is prepared to get into the nitty gritty of the legislation and case-law.’

‘Good negotiating skills.’

Key clients

Stratford Village Property Holdings 1 Limited and Stratford Village Property Holdings 2 Limited

Nammos Restaurant London Limited

Ealing Studios Operations Limited

74 Long Lane

Leslie Jones

Notting Hill Genesis

Forge Life Sciences

Bridge UK Properties

London Residential Houses Limited

Higgins Homes PLC

Brookfield Properties

334 Ramsbury Oxford Limited

The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ocado Retail Limited

Pisach WII Limited

Healey Development Solutions (Dulwich) Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on the redevelopment of Ealing Studios, the oldest continuously working studio facility for film production in the world.
  • Advised Forge Life Sciences on all real estate and planning matters relating to a joint venture for a major life science campus in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
  • Acting for Brookfield in a full range of planning matters in relation to a number of UK deals.

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

The ‘tactically astute‘ team at Mishcon de Reya LLP handles the full spectrum of personal and non-personal data issues with an emphasis on regulatory investigations and high-stakes litigation. ‘Master tacticianAdam Rose  heads the team and has extensive experience acting in high-profile data protection and freedom of information litigation, representing both corporates and individuals from the technology, gaming, real estate, and financial services sectors. Working alongside him is Ashley Winton, recommended for his expertise in international data transfers and binding corporate rules. The ‘commercially sensibleJon Baines supports the team on contentious and non-contentious GDPR compliance matters, while  Stuart McMaster takes point on compliance and regulatory mandates for clients in the betting and gaming sector.

Practice head(s):

Adam Rose

Testimonials

‘In-depth knowledge of the area of law (data protection), their experience and their strategic advice. Brilliant to work with – communication fantastic.’

‘Their expertise in the field, and their communication, is great. I always had the feeling that they were fighting very hard for me and that they were much better at what they do than the government department we were dealing with. I would pay particular tribute to Jon Baines.’

‘Good practical advice based on excellent understanding of the law and commercial requirements.

‘Practical advice and good understanding of legal concepts; Stuart McMaster stands out.’

‘Friendly people to work with. Fast turn around on everything. Tactically astute. Will take every point to advance the client’s case.’

‘Adam Rose – Brilliant. Friendly. Really clever. Master tactician. Encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. Jon Baines – Very clever. User friendly. Homes on the the commercially sensible next steps.’

Key clients

Criminal Bar Association

Campus Crusade for Christ (“CRU”)

Public Law Project

BetterCloud

Saudi Data & AI Authority

Work highlights

  • Acting for a claimant in a representative claim under CPR 19.6 against Google and DeepMind, on behalf of a class of approximately 1.6m people, in a case relating to defendants’ receipt of medical records.
  • Acting for claimaint in a high-profile claim against HMRC in relation to HMRC’s onward transmission to the US internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) of her data, pursuant to the UK FATCA regime.
  • Acting for the Criminal Bar Association in relation to concerns regarding the collection and dissemination of the names of barristers taking part in “Days of Action”.

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

Lewis Cohen leads the franchising group at Mishcon de Reya LLP, which assists franchisors and significant international multi-brand franchisees with international transactions. The team assists a varied client base of hotel owners, retailers, and restaurant owners. In January 2023, the firm merged with Mishcon de Reya LLP, bolstering the team’s franchising expertise with the addition of Hugh Tebay. Commercial partner Adam Rose advises clients on licensing and franchising agreements, and associate Olivia Bowden supports clients in the leisure and hospitality sectors on the termination and re-negotiation of franchise agreements.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

ELM 101 Ltd Partnership

HotPod Yoga

Work highlights

  • Advised HotPod Yoga on all aspects of its extensive franchised business.
  • Advised PGIM on the franchise and operating arrangements regarding a hotel in Brighton.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 3

An ‘excellent team with huge experience’, Mishcon de Reya LLP’s capabilities include the full gamut of contentious and non-contentious issues, assisting clients from technology-rich sectors such as pharma, telecoms and engineering. Steering the team is David Rose, who specialises in rights protection and enforcement programmes across a variety of IP, alongside possessing vast experience in litigation. Key contact Campbell Forsyth, regarded as a ‘force to be reckoned with’, is well-versed in issues such as cross-border strategy and exploitation, among others. Jeremy Hertzog routinely represents clients in the fields of pharma, technology, software, fashion and luxury goods, whilst Gareth Dickson is noted for his expertise in handling the resolution of disputes for innovators and entrepreneurs, as well as his work in the technology sector. Patrick Farrant is particularly active in the life sciences space. Counsel Justin Lambert is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

David Rose

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Campbell Forsyth is a force to be reckoned with. In complex patent litigation, he has a unique ability to keep all the interrelated points in his head to ensure his advice is robustly stress-tested.’

‘I would recommend Justin Lambert to others and I consider him to be an excellent litigator.’

‘An excellent team with huge experience.’

‘Justin Lambert is able to assimilate different areas of technology without apparent difficulty. I would highly recommend him to clients.’

‘David Rose is at the top of his game – a statesman of the IP profession.’

‘Justin Lambert is a skilled litigator. He comes up with arguments and approaches to issues that others do not consider.’

Key clients

Dr Reddy’s Laboratories

Zentiva

Positec

Work highlights

  • Acting for Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Limited in a significant follow-on cross-undertaking damages claim against Warner-Lambert in relation to its invalid pregabalin second medical use patent.
  • Acting separately for Zentiva Pharma UK Limited and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Limited in a multi-party pharmaceutical dispute regarding a patent for a dosage regimen relating to fingolimod.
  • Acting for a multinational technology company on a significant patent infringement dispute in the Patents Court.

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

The technology group at Mishcon de Reya LLP houses specialists in key areas such as data protection, cyber security and data science. The firm’s client roster ranges from Fortune 500 multinationals to owner-managed businesses, handling commercial and compliance matters. Experienced litigator Jeremy Hertzog, who focuses on trade secrets, as well as IP and contract disputes, jointly leads the team alongside Adam Rose, who advises on IT and commercial contracts. Simon Leaf acts for both customers and suppliers, while Ashley Winton advises on digital transformation mandates.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Hertzog; Adam Rose

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very capable team who I have full confidence will think beyond the original scope to help ensure that all areas and risks are covered off. Very good market knowledge and willing to give time.’

‘Simon Leaf is an excellent partner and is knowledgable about his work.’

‘Mishcon’s strength is their talented teams across multiple disciplines. Their people are always of a high calibre in terms of professionalism and sector knowledge.’

Key clients

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

TikTok

Capital and Counties PLC

Quinyx AB

Splash Technology

Kultralab

Chums

Xiatech

Valantic Transaction Solutions GmbH

8by8 Video

Coin Market Manager

Octopus Hydrogen

Victory Park VC Limited

John White Pm Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Hewlett Packard Enterprise on multiple cross-border technology agreements.
  • Advised Octopus Hydrogen on the launch of its new B2B technology business
  • Advised Victory Park VC on agreements to sell “The David Bailey Collection” NFTs

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media: Film & TV Tier 3

Steered by media practice head Lewis Cohen, Mishcon de Reya LLP works with a number of leading broadcasters, production companies, and other film and television industry players on a range of corporate, commercial, and IP-intensive matters. Other key names include Adam Rose, a highly experienced commercial partner, and David Rose, who regularly works with clients on the protection and enforement of IP rights.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Sky Limited

CBS

NBC Universal

Global Media Entertainment Ltd

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

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s sports group head Simon Leaf leverages his ‘expert grasp not only of sports law but also technology matters’ to advise clients that operate at the intersection of tech, media and sport, including NFTs and crypto-centric ventures. Leaf also works with various sports investors and agencies as well as a number of football clubs, working with the latter on with financial regulation compliance. Tom Murray regularly works alongside Leaf as he assists motorsport clients with drivers’ contracts and endorsement deals; his broad client roster spans world champion boxers, F1 drivers and football clubs, governing bodies, players and agents, as well as sports tech businesses. Immigration specialist Maria Patsalos is a go-to adviser for women's football matters, while ‘fantastic litigator’ Peter Nunn is called upon by motorsport clients for advice on on crypto-related disputes. Reema Sharma - a recent arrival from Freeths LLP - works on high-value matters related to the hosting and broadcasting of boxing matches in the Middle East. Oliver Millichap is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Simon Leaf

Testimonials

‘Simon Leaf is a consummate professional with an expert grasp not only of sports law but also technology matters, making him particularly well placed to advise on the increasing number is issues that straddle the two.’

‘A really outstanding media team, with sports, tech and media at its focus. One of my favourite firms to work with.’

‘Peter Nunn is a fantastic litigator, who has recently worked on a diamond trading case where he excelled – and won!’

Simon Leaf is the head of sports law, very well-connected and a man who knows his sport. From the regulatory side to litigation, he should be on every sportsperson’s list.’

‘What makes the practice unique is the ability of their team to quickly understand the issues at hand and promptly come back to clients with proposed alternatives explained in a plain business language, which is what counts the most. Even complicated issues are made simple to understand and digest.’

‘The strategic guidance MdR provides to clients is outstanding – they seem to know very well what needs to be done, and when to be aggressive or hold still and wait, which I believe comes from the vast experience across the entire team.’

Key clients

Azeem Rafiq

Socios

TikTok

Splash Tech

Fewco Management Ltd

Multiple Motorsport Drivers

8by8 Video Limited

Women in Football

Veloce

The Tote

Work highlights

  • Advised Socios on advertising, corporate and employment related matters.
  • Represented Azeem Rafiq in disciplinary hearings and other related matters to mitigate the damage caused by the hundreds of defamatory articles published about him.
  • Advised Neil Fewings and his management business on contractual arrangements for numerous high-profile professional footballers, as well as Neil’s own transfer.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 4

Beyond the department’s strength in the manufacturing sector, Mishcon de Reya LLP have been under instruction from a wide range of large sector players regarding contractual work, with big-ticket mandates including PR services, influencer, and supply chain arrangements, as well as large scale commercialisation agreements pertaining to the use of retail park space. Group head Lewis Cohen has a wide-reaching practice, with particular acumen in manufacturing, supply and distribution agreements, whereas Adam Rose is noted for his ability to cover a range of real estate contractual issues. Simon Leaf is also recommended for his experience working with asset managers and investment funds, while the merger at the start of the year with Taylor Vinters has seen the arrival of a number of associates which have bolstered the team’s bench.

Practice head(s):

Lewis Cohen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mishcon can be relied on to always deliver precise and high-quality advice, even on very aggressive timelines.’

‘Simon Leaf is by far the best lawyer I have worked with to date. He is highly knowledgable in our sector (tech), and knows our business model and risk appetite as well as anyone else in our executive team. He is very effective and is a skilled negotiator.

‘The high calibre of advice that we receive from this team is coupled with a deep understanding of the commercial drivers, nuances and uniqueness of each situation. Compared to other firms, MdR commercial team aim to build a long term relationship with their clients built on trust, understanding and high expectations of success for their clients.’

‘Having worked with MdR and other legal firms for over 25 years, we know the importance of aligning with the correct individuals in an organisation to get the best output. The current teams we work with are all deeply respectful of our business and our values and provide us with brilliantly pragmatic advice as well as fiercely defend our position where required.’

Key clients

Shaftesbury Capital PLC

Quinyx AB

Simon Kucher & Partners (SKP)

Brookfield Asset Management

Global Radio Services Limited

Global Media and Entertainment Limited

LWPO Limited

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Shaftesbury Capital PLC on a range of complex commercial agreements, including relating to the provision of Wi-Fi across the Covent Garden estate.
  • Advised Simon Kucher & Partners on some of their most important commercial and procurement-related contracts – including its engagement documents for their new private equity consultancy service.
  • Advising a well-known haircare and salon brand on their supply agreements with key suppliers and drafting template agreements.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP has particular strength in the real estate sector, and provide tax guidance on the full range of M&A, development and finance work. The group is also noted for its expertise in the betting and gaming, and recruitment sectors. Corporate tax specialist John Skoulding co-leads the department alongside real estate partner Jonathan Legg. Skoulding’s practice covers corporate, private equity and individual tax, while Legg’s tax focus is property investment, development, financing and funds work. Recent additions to the team include real estate tax specialist Ceinwen Hayes, who joined from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

John Skoulding; Johnathan Legg

Other key lawyers:

Gary Richards; Ceinwen Hayes; Stephen Elhabbal

Testimonials

‘Clear and effective legal advice from a team of solicitors who know and understand our business and our M&A strategy. Keen sense of market terms in negotiating deals.’

‘Handles good real estate work.’

‘Jonathan Legg is a recognised expert on real estate tax with a wealth of experience.’

Key clients

Daniel Emmerson and Peter Walsham

ECi Software Solutions, Inc

Elixir Distillers

Harvey Jones Holdings Limited

Derwent London Plc

Watkin Jones Plc

Fusion Students

Bridge Industrial

Brookfield

Topland Group

AEW

Brookfield’s ‘Student Roost’

Work highlights

  • Advised Derwent London on the tax aspects of its £260 million redevelopment of the Network Building on Tottenham Court Road, central London.
  • Acted for Watkin Jones on the tax aspects with regards to the forward funding of a £200m BTR scheme in Cardiff with Legal and General to deliver 715 apartments, which is one of the largest BTR deals in 2022.
  • Acted for Brookfield (including advising on tax) in relation to the £180 million acquisition of a 1.5 million sq ft UK logistics portfolio in a joint venture with Copley Point Capital.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 4

Praised for its ‘commercial, practical and results oriented’ offering, the corporate practice at Mishcon de Reya LLP focuses chiefly on private company M&A, particularly acting for entrepreneurs, business owners, family offices, private equity firms and high-net-worth individuals. Led by M&A and private equity lawyer Kevin McCarthy, the team advises on the full range of mid-market transactions in the betting and gaming, technology, real estate, hotel and recruitment services space. Experienced in both public and private company work, Ross Bryson is particularly well-versed in matters relating to fintech and the hotel sector. Nick Davis - variously lauded as 'creative' and a 'great leader' - is reputed in the recruitment services sector. New arrival, Nigel Stacey, who joined from Baker Botts (UK) LLP in January 2023, brings public takeover, stock exchange work and equity capital market transaction experience to bear.

Practice head(s):

Kevin McCarthy

Other key lawyers:

Ross Bryson; Nick Davis; Nigel Stacey; James Paterson; Lydia Kellett

Testimonials

‘The team is commercial, practical and results oriented.’

‘Nick Davis is a great leader, always accessible and creative in his thinking.’

‘They are knowledgeable, experienced and forthright with both client and the other side. They really care about getting an optimal outcome for their client and their level of customer care and diligence is exceptional. I would not go into another M&A process without them in my corner.’

‘Nick Davis gave us exceptional customer care. He fought so hard to get the best outcome for us balancing a robust approach with a more conciliatory style where appropriate. His knowledge, experience, expertise and work ethic is second to none. Lydia Kellett, an associate, also took the time to fully understand what a good outcome would look like for us and her diligence and attention to detail was exceptional. I could not speak highly enough about each of them, and we would not have achieved our successful outcome without them.’

Key clients

Minor Hotel Group

Brookfield

Charles Cridland & others

Fusion Students

Primus Investment Management General Par

Elixir Distillers Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Fusion Students on a £1.5 billion joint venture with US investor Cain International.
  • Advised QSSA Bidco UK Logistics Limited, an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management Inc, on its acquisition of a UK logistics portfolio comprising of 10 industrial properties.
  • Advised Charles Cridland & others on the sale of Yourparkingspace Limited to a subsidiary of Flowbird.

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP is particularly well-versed in management-side work, handling a range of transactions for clients operating in a diverse range of sectors, from technology to construction. PE head Nadim Meer regularly advises across the hospitality, leisure, consumer, and retail industries, working with founders and management teams on all manner of deals. Andrew Rimmington specialises in tech-focused mandates, while recent engagements for corporate department chair Kevin McCarthy include portfolio company deals in the insurance sector. Allison Keyse and James Paterson are both recommended for their expertise in owner and management-oriented work.

Practice head(s):

Nadim Meer

Testimonials

They demonstrated really strong intellect on complex matters – quiet determination, no grandstanding; they play a good long game to get a 10/10 result for the customer.’

Kevin McCarthy provides quick and accurate turnaround on documentation. He gets a quick grip of the overall commercial big picture.’

Mishcon de Reya are very much a premium firm. Given the risks and opportunity-costs involved in executing the transaction, they were exceptional in their diligence, reliability and quality of deliverables.’

Key clients

Dream International Cooperatief U.A.

Management team and Shareholders of OpenAsset Enterprises Group

Management team of Digital Barriers

Management and Shareholders of MailManager Limited

Shareholders of Spektrix Limited

Management and Shareholders of Xalient Limited

Founders and Management of FutureDeluxe

Management and Shareholders of Harvey Jones Holdings Limited

Management team of Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Dream International Coöperatief U.A. (a portfolio company of Doğuş Holding A.Ş. (Doğuş Group) in connection with its sale of a strategic stake in Dream International B.V. to Qatar Investment Authority.
  • Advised the management team of Fidelis Insurance Holdings Limited in connection with the launch of a new Managing General Underwriter and the separation of its business.
  • Acted for the founders and management of OpenAsset Group in connection with Marlin Equity Partners’ growth investment in OpenAsset Enterprises.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

The ‘diverse and experienced team’ at Mishcon de Reya LLP have experience in areas such as group litigation, director and shareholder disputes, advising high-net-worth individuals, and acting on high-value proceedings. The firm’s merger with Taylor Vinters in January 2023 added to the bench strength of the team and expands the offering provided to clients. Kasra Nouroozi leads the team, alongside Richard Leedham, Janet Tobin, and ‘hard-working and extremely focusedNicola Bridge. ‘Tactically very astuteMark Davis is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kasra Nouroozi; Richard Leedham; Nicola Bridge; Janet Tobin

Other key lawyers:

Mark Davis; Lydia Allaby; Holly Edmond; Sophia Louw; Tom Roberts; Shona Coffer; Greg Campbell; Victoria Pigott; Jessie Bridgett; Shaistah Akhtar; Mark Whelan

Testimonials

‘They have a diverse and experienced team in all areas of expertise to advise the clients.’

‘Mark Davis – tactically very astute, very good negotiator and manager of major litigation.’

‘Nicola Bridge and Tom Roberts are both great lawyers. Nicola is hard-working and extremely focused on the case at hand. She provided the best client service I have ever seen from a solicitor. Tom is totally calm and unflappable in all circumstances, no matter how stressful.’

‘Shona Coffer is an excellent young partner. Her communication skills are first-rate, and she manages litigation beautifully. I would also highlight Richard Leedham and Greg Campbell.’

‘Victoria Pigott is a smooth operator who outperforms. She is a partner who has great client skills and doesn’t flannel. She combines strategic vision with a versatile approach. At the same time she runs cases with great efficiency and to great effect.’

‘Jessie Bridgett is a partner in the making. She is clever, direct and hardworking.’

‘Richard Leedham – a very safe pair of hands and a brilliant, commercial operator who knows how to manage and settle the most complex of disputes.’

 

Key clients

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Telefonica UK Limited

Stuart Knight and others

Bonnier Books UK Group Holdings Limited and Others

Evatt Tamine and Cabarita (PTC) Limited

Watchstone Group PLC

Minor International PCL

Advanced Computer Software Group Limited

Weiss Technik UK Limited, Weiss Technik GmbH and Weiss Technik France SAS

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Federal Republic of Nigeria in applications which have been brought in the English Commercial Court under ss 67 and 68 of the English Arbitration Act 1996 seeking to set aside an arbitral award, worth $11 billion, obtained in 2017 by a BVI company, P&ID, arising from a failed gas deal.
  • Acting for Telefonica in relation to proceedings brought by Phones 4U Limited (in administration) alleging conspiracy between EE, Vodafone, Telefonica and their parent companies.
  • Acting for Bonnier Books UK Group Holdings in respect of negligence claims brought against their former auditors, Haysmacintyre (‘HM’).

Employment > Health and safety Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s health and safety offering, which sits within the firm’s white collar crime and investigations practice, is headed by ‘leader in the field’ Kizzy Augustin, who joined from Russell-Cooke LLP in February 2022. The team’s workload includes providing regulation and compliance related advice, as well as representing its growing list of clients in prosecutions following incidents which have led to serious injuries and fatalities.

Practice head(s):

Kizzy Augustin

Testimonials

‘The firm’s health and safety department has been strengthened by the arrival of Kizzy Augustin. The team has fantastic resources and a wide and experienced talent pool; it can be very quick and adept in responding to workplace accidents and investigations. It has substantial credibility within the market place.’

‘Kizzy Augustin is a leader in this field and her knowledge of the industry is very impressive. Her knowledge is up-to-date and relevant. She is a brilliant lawyer with excellent case management skills.’

‘The team has a great knowledge and a good attitude.’

‘Their knowledge, approachability and ability to offer advice in simple terms are all brilliant.’

‘Kizzy Augustin’s counsel, support and guidance are most helpful. With her, you always have a positive interaction.’

‘Kizzy Augustin is a standout individual.’

Key clients

Assurity Consulting

WHTL

Barote Construction Limited

MV Kelly Limited

Industry focus > Life sciences and healthcare Tier 4

Noted by clients for its ‘great pedigree‘, the team at Mishcon de Reya LLP has broad knowledge spanning digital health, crop science, and veterinary medicine. Joining the practice with his team through the firm’s merger with Taylor Vinters, Patrick Farrant co-heads the practice alongside Campbell Forsyth. Farrant has deep expertise in the negotiation of biotech IP deals and licences, while Forsyth handles a broad range of patent disputes before the High Court. Hailed by clients as a ‘statesman at the top of his game‘, David Rose is particularly apt at advising on the protection and enforcement of IP rights, FRAND terms, and the protection of SPCs. Praised for his ‘blue sky thinking‘, counsel Justin Lambert has vast expertise in matters concerning the freedom to operate, and often acts in infringement disputes.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Farrant; Campbell Forsyth

Other key lawyers:

David Rose; Justin Lambert; James Holland

Testimonials

‘Depth and breadth of thought is key to the Mishcon de Reya team. They make use of knowledge and experience at all levels, and their advice and work is much richer and more robust as a result. They know their cases inside out.’

‘Justin Lambert is an experienced litigator. He is easy to work with and is excellent at blue sky thinking. He will come up with ideas that no-one else has considered. He has a good science background.’

‘A solid team with a great pedigree!’

‘David Rose continues to impress, he is a statesman at the top of his game.’

‘James Holland is an increasingly confident and competent senior associate. He takes on the management of larger litigation teams, with excellent results as his knowledge develops in sync and his advice becomes sharper.’

Key clients

Dr Reddy Laboratories

Zentiva

United Bioscience Corp

Lupin

Nucleome Therapeutics

RQ Bio

DIOSynVax

RxCelerate

Endomag

RSC

Quell Therapeutics

Purespring

Mestag Therapeutics

Microbiotica

Centauri Therapeutics

Sanofi

Work highlights

  • Acting for Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Limited in a follow-on cross-undertaking damages claim against Warner-Lambert in relation to its invalid pregabalin second medical use patent.
  • Acting separately for Zentiva Pharma UK Limited and Dr Reddy’s Laboratories (UK) Limited in a multi-party pharmaceutical dispute regarding a patent for a dosage regimen relating to fingolimod.
  • Advising RQ Bio on its $157m licence with AstraZeneca to help progress the treatment and prevention of viruses through antibody technologies.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP has extensive expertise in high-profile human rights cases with an international angle, as well as related areas of judicial review, employment, data protection and environmental law. Having been promoted to partner in April 2023, practice head Katy Colton leads a team with increasing strength in the immigration field, which is gaining notice for defending politically motivated prosecutions and bringing asylum claims engaging ECHR rights.

Practice head(s):

Katy Colton

Other key lawyers:

James Libson; Maria Patsalos; Harry Eccles-Williams; Kamal Rahman; Shulamit Aberbach

Testimonials

‘The team are gaining real momentum in building a profile in the civil liberties and human rights field. They are lovely, smart people who it is a joy to work with.’

‘First-rate human rights practice, in particular in the immigration and asylum sphere.’

‘Kamal Rahman is a leading human rights practitioner.’

‘A first rate civil liberties and human rights team. They have been involved in some of the most significant cases in the public law field in the last decade.’

‘Katy Colton is a true star and someone who has achieved partnership at an astonishingly young age.’

‘Katy Colton is a consummate professional who can be relied on to get the job done.’

‘They bring a commercial approach to human rights cases. They are fun to work while being focussed and serious about what they do.’

Key clients

Rohingya victims of violence in Myanmar

Public Law Project

Jennifer Webster

Community Windpower

Janus Friis

Azeem Rafiq

Board of Deputies of British Jews

Ukraine Justice Alliance

Greener Litigation

Work highlights

  • Representing members of the Rohingya community in an action to hold Facebook to account for its role in facilitating human rights abuses in Myanmar.
  • Acting for the Public Law Project in an appeal concerning potential discrimination arising from the use of algorithms in the Home Office’s decision making.
  • Acted for Community Windpower in a successful challenge to the implementation of a cap on revenue for renewable energy generators, on grounds including a breach of Article 1, Protocol 1 ECHR.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 4

Nick Strutt is the lead partner at Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s debt finance group, where he continues to be the counsel of choice for banks, funds, developers and investors on all aspects of investment, development and structured financings. The firm is also noted for its expertise in the student accommodation and housebuilding sectors. Raji Bartlett and Sarah Spurling are trusted counsel to borrowers and lenders in relation to syndicated and development finance.

Practice head(s):

Nick Strutt

Other key lawyers:

Raji Bartlett; Sarah Spurling

Testimonials

‘Sarah is very good at understanding the delicate nuances of her client’s and their partner’s needs, and is able to balance her role as an advisor and a facilitator, accordingly. She possesses a very strong and deep knowledge of her field of practice (as expected of course) but she complements this very well with her comprehensive understanding of her client’s business practice and commercial interests.’

‘Excellent from top to bottom.’

Key clients

Brookfield Asset Management

A.S.K. Partners Agent Limited

Helical

PGIM Real Estate

Taurus Investment Holdings

Ali Ansari

Multipoint Holdings Limited

Coronado Funding Limited

Agf Insurance Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Brookfield Asset Management on financing for the acquisition of a £180m UK logistics portfolio in a joint venture with Copley Point Capital.
  • Acting for ASK and OakNorth Bank plc on a £44.5m development and acquisition loan to privately owned property development company Sheen Lane Developments, to fund the acquisition and refurbishment of a former department store.
  • Advising on financing aspects of a £17,950,000 loan from Ingenious secured on land at Upper Trinity Street, Digbeth in a joint venture between Taurus Investment Holdings and Cole Waterhouse.  Upper Trinity Street (UTS) at Digbeth is a £260 million mixed-use scheme which will deliver 943 new homes and a new public park for Birmingham.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP boasts ‘highly-skilled and professional legal experts’, and following its merger with Taylor Vinters in January 2023, it continues to expand its offering in the technology, media, and life science industries. The practice has expertise in handling searching, filing, prosecution, maintenance, and enforcement mandates for global portfolios, and it is well-positioned to utilise the firm’s worldwide footprint and frequently provides trade mark-related advice to Australian, US, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, and EU-based firms. Sally Britton spearheads the team and is also co-head of the firm’s retail group. Sarah Brooks moved to D Young & Co in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sally Britton

Other key lawyers:

Felicia Oduntan; David Rose; Jeremy Hertzog; Peter Nunn; Eloise Harding; Dominic Walsh; Eleanor Wilson

Testimonials

‘The team is constituted by highly-skilled and professional legal experts who are easy to communicate with and dare to take on the challenging tasks. They co-operate very well with the client and achieve the best outcome for the client.’

‘David Rose and his team members are very professional and have very strong communication skills; they are able to communicate effectively with the client, the agencies, and the other external counsels etc.’

‘Mishcon de Reya’s practice is unique in its deep understanding of the sector and its ability to provide clear and practical advice that takes into account both legal and business considerations. The team has extensive experience working with clients in the TMT space, and has a proven track record of delivering results.’

‘One of the key strengths of Mishcon de Reya’s practice is its ability to provide commercially-minded advice that is tailored to each client’s specific needs. The team takes the time to understand their clients’ business objectives and works collaboratively to find solutions that meet those objectives.’

‘Mishcon de Reya has introduced a number of innovations that have helped to improve the client experience. For example, they have invested in technology to streamline processes and improve efficiency.’

‘David Rose, Jeremy Hertzog, Sally Britton, Dominic Walsh, and Eleanor Wilson are truly exceptional. What sets them apart from competitors is their ability to provide tailored advice that is focused on achieving their clients’ business objectives.’

‘They stand out for their strategic thinking and their ability to work collaboratively with the Bar and with clients. They are proactive, responsive, and efficient, and always go the extra mile to ensure that their clients are satisfied with the work that they do.’

Key clients

Global

Sky

Iceland Foods

Nintendo

Dua Lipa

Wombles

Health & Happiness

MGA Entertainment

WeWork

VetSure

Fendi

Modicare

Pure Milk Vodka

Apollo Automobile

Hg Capital

Lion Capital

Sanofi

Bet365

Alexander McQueen

Apax

Graphite Capital

Percy & Reed

CBS Corporation

SPP Pumps

The Estate of Professor Stephen Hawking

WeWork

Work highlights

  • Acting for Iceland Foods in the first oral Hearing before the EUIPO Grand Board of Appeal.
  • Advising Global on a range of brand protection and enforcement matters in several jurisdictions.
  • Acting for Sky in its trade mark dispute with SkyKick, including proceedings before the Supreme Court and CJEU.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

Mishcon de Reya LLP places strong emphasis on advisory work regarding funding rounds in the life sciences, tech and innovation economy. Nicola McConville heads the team and is an expert at advising Oxford university spin-outs, leading on some of the largest funding rounds in the region. Attilio Leccisotti specialises in capital fundraisings with a focus on university spin-out companies, primarily in the technology and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):

Nicola McConville

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent and holistic combination of skills brought to every need of the business. From insights into complexity of data management in genomics, diverse incentive schemes for the team, to negotiations of Series A investment documents.’

‘Nicola McConville is excellent and cares for the client at all levels. We have changed firms to follow her over the years as we were unable to find someone to match her unique mix of expertise and personal traits.’

Key clients

Nucleome Therapeutics Ltd.

Oxford Ionics Ltd.

Brill Power Limited

Zyzzle Ltd

Opsydia Ltd.

Ufonia Ltd.

Fluorok Limited

By Rotation Ltd

The Run Buddy Limited

MyMynd

Get A Drip Limited

Work highlights

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s crime practice is heavily involved in extradition cases, pre-charge advice, and criminal work related to corporate and commercial matters. Ben Brandon leads the team and is described as ‘knowledgeable and utterly competent‘ by clients, while Johanna Walsh is defined as an 'excellent lawyer'. Associate Nick Dent joined the team in May 2022 from Kingsley Napley LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ben Brandon

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Nick Dent is one of the finest criminal solicitors in practice. His eye for detail is frightening. As a result of that, his commitment to his clients and his knowledge of the law, he is rightly regarded as one of the very best.’

‘Ben Brandon is a barrister and solicitor at the top of his game. Knowledgeable and utterly competent; good on paper and clear in his correspondence and oral advice.’

‘Johanna Walsh is an excellent lawyer and Nick Dent is a stand-out at pre-partner level.’

‘The private client criminal team is world-class.’

‘Mishcon de Reya’s crime team is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with. They are formidable in representing their clients right from the start of an investigation through to trial, combining an excellent knowledge of the law with astute tactical advice.’

‘Ben Brandon is particularly impressive. He brings with him his extensive experience at the Bar, such that his clients are effectively getting access to silk-level advice from the outset.’

‘Nick Dent is a fantastic lawyer who inspires confidence with his excellent manner with the prosecution team and with clients, and who has long experience and deep legal knowledge and skills. I would recommend him without reservation.’

‘Mishcon de Reya is one of the few firms which can cover the full range of criminal, civil, and international work. It has real depth of talent and is a fantastically resourced firm.’

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP‘s banking litigation practice ‘fights hard for its clients, and is commercially savvy’, with longstanding experience of representing clients in banking, corporate finance, and private equity-related disputes. Derval Walsh acts as head of the team. He sports expertise in complex finance and investment disputes. The ‘standout’ Samantha Kakati is integral to the team, acting for multi-billion-dollar financial services clients alongside Edwin Chik and managing associate Jonathan Barnett.

Practice head(s):

Derval Walsh

Testimonials

‘Excellent profile in this area.’

‘Samantha Kakati is standout: she will go far.’

‘Fight hard for clients, and are commercially savvy.’

‘Very good at what they do. Good communicators. Great advisors and strategists.’

 

Key clients

Crane Bank

Borro Group and Victory Park Management LLC

Maze SARL

Trustees of Abbey Mills Mosque

Blue Lily Apartments Limited (part of the Tulip Real Estate Group)

RiverRock European Capital Partners LLP

Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 5

The team at Mishcon de Reya LLP is praised for its ‘deep knowledge and expertise coupled with its passion and energy for the work’. Under the leadership of Chris Willis Pickup, the team excels in a broad array of matters from charity regulation and governance issues, to advising research charities and social ventures. Other core areas of expertise include philanthropy, charity tax and advising purpose-driven businesses. Andrew Goldstone is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Chris Willis Pickup

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Morriss; Emma Millar; Andrew Goldstone

Testimonials

‘Chris Willis Pickup (Partner) – outstanding lawyer with excellent understanding of client business requirements’.

‘Very personable and they always come across as normal people. They have expertise in a number of areas that is so valuable and are able to translate this into understandable non-legal language. They always want to help and have the best interests for the charity’.

‘Chris Willis Pickup has an incredible depth of knowledge both of charity law, and the ever-evolving environment in which charities operate. He is a fantastic leader and always calm and reassuring’.

‘Emma Millar – I am always deeply appreciative of her methodical review, clear advice and accurate feedback. She makes the time to really understand what I’m asking and I always feel I have her full attention, despite a busy workload. She is an excellent lawyer’.

‘Chris Willis Pickup has an exceptional knowledge of charity law as you would expect – what makes him stand out is that he has considerable, direct experience of the workings of the Charity Commission – he knows how to navigate it and to get results. He’s also an exceptionally nice person!’

‘Nicola Morris – exceptional drafting abilities, deep knowledge of charity law, ability to explain clearly to non-lawyers, excellent persuasive writing (eg Board papers), really cares about the client’.

‘Emma Millar – great ability to apply charity and company law at the same time, excellent clarity of thought, great commitment to helping the client through difficult situations, understanding of stakeholder issues – delivering difficult messages very tactfully‘.

‘Chris Wills Pickup – exceptional knowledge of charity law, able to untangle extremely difficult situations, very calm, willing to do whatever it takes to support the client’.

Key clients

Opora

Royal Entomological Society

Parenting for Lifelong Health

The GSR Foundation

Play Included C.I.C.

The East of England Agricultural Society

Work highlights

  • Advising a charitable University on the UK’s largest repatriation of Benin bronzes.
  • Advising a well-known charity on its exclusivity agreement for spinout climate and technology investments.
  • Advising the non-profit lowRISC C.I.C. on expanding its open source mission to North America through the acquisition of a tech company in Canada and the set-up of its US base.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 5

Mishcon de Reya LLP handles complex UK projects and disputes, ranging from towering office developments to residential projects and data centres. The firm’s contentious construction practice, led by Richard Gerstein, handles claims and disputes in the TCC, arbitration, and adjudication. In mid 2023, the firm hired Alexandra Clough from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, who brings experience in mixed-use schemes, student accommodation, and high-end residential properties.

Practice head(s):

Richard Gerstein

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Clough; Alex Barker

Testimonials

‘Advice is always risk-based and commercial, which is not always a given in our experience with litigation advisors, with a good appreciation of all the considerations for the business at stake, not solely the legal arguments.’

‘The team has great agility in managing multi-faceted litigation, made particularly difficult with new laws and multiple stakeholder perspectives to protect.’

‘Richard Gerstein’s calm demeanour in particular is invaluable in a fast-paced claim with an adversary with ever-changing tactics.’

‘Richard Gerstein has gravitas and, together with an uncanny ability to distil issues to the critical factors, is able to devise an all-encompassing strategy to deal with the whole of the matters in dispute in the most expeditious way. He brings a laser-like focus to getting results.’

Key clients

The Owners of Morea Mews

Alternative Income Limited

Stratford Village Development Partnership and Get Living PLC

The Hope Lease Limited and Piano Factory Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the freeholders and leaseholders of the Morea Mews development in London in claims for breach of contract, breach of the Defective Premises Act and negligence against Taylor Wimpey, Ardmore Construction, NHBC and Peabody Estates.
  • Acting for Stratford Village Development Partnership and Get Living PLC as respondents in a claim to the First Tier Tribunal for a Remediation Contribution Order under the Building Safety Act in respect of the residential blocks at the Olympic Village.
  • Acting for Alternative Income Limited (an LSE-traded real estate investment trust) in high court litigation against two defendants.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 7

The competition group at Mishcon de Reya LLP handles cross-jurisdictional merger control filings and investigations, with a specific focus on the online markets and emerging technologies sectors. Recently, the team has been advising a number of companies in the Electric Vehicles market including providing competition law advice to the International Lithium Association. Practice head Sarah Houghton  is recommended for her experience in contentious and transactional competition matters. Neil Baylis left the firm to join CMS in August 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Houghton

Other key lawyers:

Gwen Ballin-Reeler; Zachery O’Brien

Key clients

Euromoney Institutional Investor

Ladbrokes Limited/Entain

International Lithium Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Euromoney in relation to responding to complaints from Metsa – defending Euromoney from allegations of anti-competitive behaviour.
  • Advised EuroChem Group AG in relation to the proposed acquisition of the Borealis Nitrogen business.
  • Assisting International Flavors & Fragrances in relation to a dawn raid of their premises in Roehampton by the CMA, as part of a co-ordinated approach by the US, Swiss, UK and EU authorities.

Private client > Court of protection

Mark Keenan heads a multi-disciplinary offering at Mishcon de Reya LLP. It is praised for ‘looking after its clients’ interests with absolute diligence, and pursuing contested litigation with verve and without leaving a stone unturned’.

South East > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 4

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The Legal 500 Future Lawyers Verdict

‘It’s rare to see a firm with such strength in both private client and corporate offerings’, and this is what makes Mishcon de Reya so popular. Trainees at the London firm have the benefit of experiencing a ‘more diverse set of tasks and deals’, spanning specialist areas such as ‘family, art, immigration and private law matters’. Mishcon 'encourages you to be who you are’, rather than ‘creating cookie-cutter lawyers’ and ‘appreciates that your value comes from what makes you an individual’. Training is ‘really top class’ and ‘quite deliberate, with courses akin to university courses or even in some cases to Oxbridge tutorials’. There is also an emphasis on work/life balance at Mishcon: ‘supervisors have always encouraged mental health and wellbeing’. Complaints included ‘the IT systems, which have had a lot of investment recently, but the technical support is still sometimes lacking’. Some respondents also feel that the ‘pay (in particular at associate and managing associate level) is la bit low’, especially when ‘the hours can sometimes be exactly the same as other firms which pay more’. Trainees had their fair share of worst moments, such as ‘the one all-nighter I've had to pull on a deal’, ‘trying to find the answer to a really difficult technical tax law question’, and ‘working on an imaging and search order for a fraud matter (there was a 5am finish in there)’. More pride-inducing moments were ‘meeting all the celebrities that came into the office to speak as part of the Academy programme’ and ‘working on an employment tribunal case which ended in a positive result for the client. It was the second highest whistleblowing award ever given by the tribunal’! To be part of an ‘exciting workplace with friendly colleagues, approachable seniors and a great work/life balance’, consider Mishcon de Reya.