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Teacher Stern LLP

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Building on its strength in corporate real estate transactions, Teacher Stern LLP is increasingly active in a broad array of sectors, acting for listed and unlisted corporates and entrepreneurial ventures. Recent highlights for the team include a number of cross-border transactions in the technology and media sectors. Practice co-head David Salisbury  is noted for his expertise in the sport sector, while Kelly Whitfield's recent highlights included sales and restructurings in the music and accountancy arenas. Claire Rollo advises SMEs and corporate real estate funds, while David Ponsford is highly regarded by clients, along with Jennifer Hawkes.

Practice head(s):

David Salisbury


‘David Ponsford and his team helped us with the A to Z of our series A fundraising. They did a fantastic job under a very tight deadline.’

‘David and his team truly cared about the success of us as a client. We have started with them when the company was just founded, and they have been instrumental to our success by believing in us as from early on.’

‘The team is very approachable and collaborative with a cool, calm and commercial approach to complex transactions. It makes this team a pleasure to work with.’

‘Claire Rollo was insightful, responsive and available when partner input was required.’

‘The team are incredibly knowledgeable and personable whilst also offering a very professional service from end to end. The team have been innovative in constructing bespoke and unique solutions to complex scenarios. Where they stand out from most other firms is their relationship with other professionals such as accountants and it is through the development of this relationship they are able to offer a more rounded and efficient service without needing the client to be a middle man between the two parties.’

‘Having worked closely with Kelly Whitfield for a number of years, it is her dedication to her clients which stands out the most. She takes a vested interest in each and every one of them and provides a seamless and professional service no matter their size.’

‘A forward-looking ethos that results in future-proof advice. David Ponsford is a consummate ‘conductor’ of the other members of his legal orchestra and gives off the feeling of being unflappable and in control.’

‘The team is very responsive and deliver quality work all the time.’

Key clients

Baudoin & Lange

Big Time Gaming


Continent 8

Corona Corporate Solutions

Crossflow Energy Company

David Rubin & Partners

Duke & Dexter

El Al Airlines

Fidelity Group

Football Writers Association


Ganfeng Lithium

Genius Sports Group

Pangea Connected Limited

PMY Group


Pozitive Energy

Replay Gaming

Sports Invest UK

Staprix NV


Wildstone Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Polymateria Ltd on complex negotiations with large number of existing shareholders and incoming investors.
  • Advised Ganfeng Lithium Co Limited in respect of a joint venture with AIM listed company in connection with the expansion of Ganfeng’s clean tech energy products.
  • Acted for the shareholders in David Rubin & Partners Limited on its sale to Begbies Traynor.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

Teacher Stern LLP‘s commercial litigation team focuses on contractual/shareholder actions, professional negligence and fraud/asset tracing claims. In addition, it has notable experience of mis-selling claims against institutional defendants. Leading the commercial litigation team is Jack Rabinowicz, who specialises in high-value, cross-border claims. Clare Toomer is noted for corporate and shareholder litigation, while Sarah Emerson acts for clients in insurance disputes. Rajesh Pabla 'goes the extra mile'. Former insolvency head Navinder Grover  joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP in June 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jack Rabinowicz


The company operates in many different sectors and has a wide breadth of experience within commercial litigation.

The approach by Teacher Stern has been bespoke and tailored to the clients’ needs.

They have always been able to identify the best time to push and the best time to pull back to ensure an efficient, effective and valuable resolution.

TS are a very good mid-sized firm, capable of giving good advice to smaller clients involved in major matters.

Clare Toomer is an impressive partner with an enormous capacity for work and excellent client-handling skills.

Clare Toomer is very engaging and gives her professional advice with clarity, which we value. She shows great empathy too.

Rajesh Pabla has always fought hard to obtain the best results for his clients, while maintaining a pragmatic and realistic approach.

Rajesh Pabla is very diligent and goes the extra mile to help obtain a positive result for his clients, and he knows the optimum time to bring on board expert witnesses such as forensic accountants so as to achieve a swifter resolution.

Work highlights

  • Acting for Tan Sri Syed Mohd Bin Tun Syed Nasir (a HNW individual) in an application to strike-out a claim against him for €36m.
  • Assisting Primekings Holding and other individuals with defending an unfair prejudice petition, brought under section 994 of the Companies Act 2006 by minority shareholders of KSSL.
  • Acting for Moises Gertner (an alleged debtor) in his appeal against a challenge by a purported creditor to a proposal for an individual voluntary arrangement.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

The real estate finance team at Teacher Stern LLP provides a 'stellar service' to clients, advising both lenders and borrowers regarding bilateral and syndicated property financings, as well as large developments and property portfolios. The team is also active in Sharia-compliant transactions. Phil Berry heads the team, with strengths in the financing side of mandates, and Claire Gibson is also noted for her 'commercialism and dedication to her clients'.

Practice head(s):

Phil Berry

Other key lawyers:

Claire Gibson; Lorna Clarke; Heledd Jones


‘Very experienced and competent team. Always available and reactive. Knowledgeable and easy to work with.’

‘The real estate finance team offer a stellar service to their clients. The team are professional, personable, pragmatic and always a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Great team. Proactive and very knowledgeable.’

‘The Teacher Stern team is very approachable and collaborative with a cool, calm and commercial approach to complex transactions. It makes this team a pleasure to work with on either side of the transaction.’

‘Phil Berry, Lorna Clarke and Heledd Jones were all a pleasure to deal with. They were responsive and pragmatic and helped deal with complex issues in a measured way.’

‘I found Heledd Jones to be particularly helpful, and always willing to go the extra mile to get the deal done.’

‘Phil Berry brings his unparalleled experience to any transaction and understands what his clients need. Claire Gibson has a wealth of knowledge in her field; her commercialism and dedication to her clients sets her apart from others. Lorna Clarke and Heledd Jones are both great assets to the team and display the same great qualities as the partners heading the group.’

Key clients

Brydg Capital Limited

Emirates NBD Bank

Avamore Capital Limited

Burger & Lobster

Limecourt Finance & Investments

Century Capital

Property Finance Nominees

Englander Group

Kenfin Holdings Limited

Westcity Property Group

Elyseum Finance S.C.A.

BM Samuels

Vindex Property Limited

Park Lane Group Management Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised the lender, Brydg Capital Ltd, on an £18m facility agreement which included security over a property forming part of the Grosvenor Estate.
  • Acted for the borrower, Silverstone Capital Management S.À.R.L., in connection with a $33.5m facility for the purpose of refinancing existing debt relating to the purchase of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Jerusalem.
  • Advised the lender, Emirates NBD Bank, on lending to a company for the purposes of a refinance with security to be provided over a large portfolio of residential properties in Central London.

Teacher Stern LLP is a full-service commercial law firm with an offering that includes all aspects of real estate work, corporate/commercial transaction, dispute resolution, employment and immigration, private client and tax.

The firm: Teacher Stern was founded in 1967 in London and was created as, and now grows and thrives as, a full-service commercial law firm. Currently with over 90 fee-earners, the firm is enjoying organic growth and is confident that this will continue.

Teacher Stern is a firm that punches significantly above its weight. It is fiercely independent and collegiate, and rates and values its hugely talented and business-minded pool of lawyers with proven business acumen and staff. Its client base includes UK and international corporates, entrepreneurial companies of all sizes and high-net-worth individuals both resident and non-resident in the UK.

It is a top-class entrepreneurial firm with a multi-disciplined approach, approaching ideas from a new perspective. Clients value its business acumen and plain-speaking advice. Its vision is to be the pre-eminent legal advisers to entrepreneurial businesses such as corporates, decision-makers and their funders. In the next few years, it will continue to grow steadily and organically. In 2013, the firm merged with Butcher Burns, and in future envisions more possible mergers, as well as lateral hires.

Types of work undertaken
Commercial: whether clients are looking for guidance on a major strategic issue or simply a quick answer to a day-to-day matter, Teacher Stern’s commercial team will act speedily to provide advice that’s based on insight, knowledge and understanding. The commercial deals it puts together are highly innovative in their approach, and specifically designed to help capture the next opportunity. Areas covered include contracts, employment, intellectual property and media.

Corporate: whatever the corporate transaction, the team at Teacher Stern can be relied upon to resolve issues with its proactive approach, its commitment to deliver, and its swiftness to respond that ensure it completes deals on time. Areas covered include AIM, banking, corporate restructuring, joint ventures/shareholder agreements, MBOs/MBIs/earn outs, partnerships and LLPs, real estate, sales/purchases/M&A, and venture capital/private equity.

Corporate tax: Teacher Stern applies technical expertise and innovative thinking together with a meticulous understanding of client’s business to provide a practical and bespoke solution in every case that has a real monetary value, whether by reducing risk or by enhancing returns. It advises on all aspects of UK business taxation, with particular strengths in tax planning of corporate and real estate transactions. Its tax advice is always succinct, pragmatic and robust. Its corporate tax experience covers all areas of business activity , mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, joint ventures, private equity/venture capital structures and work outs.

Dispute resolution: Teacher Stern has an excellent track record of success in dispute resolution. The members of its dispute resolution team are tough and commercially sensitive litigators who all have one thing in common: their determination to win. The specialist team is expert in the following areas: commercial disputes, commodities, insolvency, intellectual property, landlord and tenant, secured lending, and technology and communications.

Employment/employee benefits: employment legislation changes all the time. Teacher Stern guides clients through the legislative maze, giving instant answers to questions and solving any problems relating to employment and employee benefits.

Immigration: the firm provides specialist advice to a wide range of high-net-worth individuals, private clients and corporate clients on personal and business immigration. It advises on all aspects of UK immigration, naturalisation and European rights of free movement, providing clear and practical guidance. It manages the process from start to finish, providing a thorough and reliable service designed to achieve a successful outcome in a timetable that suits its clients.

Private client: although Teacher Stern is primarily a corporate law firm, it also has a strong private client base comprising high-net-worth individuals. Specialist teams throughout the firm provide legal expertise to private clients in the following areas: employment advice, residential, sport, and wills and inheritance tax.

Property: Teacher Stern boasts a well respected and experienced team of over 35 lawyers, with expertise in acquisition/disposal; asset management; development and construction; finance; and residential.

Other expert groups include education, intellectual property, media, sport, and technology and communications.

Head of Corporate/Commercial and Joint Managing Partners David Salisburyd.salisbury@teacherstern.com
Head of Property and Joint Managing Partners David Irwind.irwin@teacherstern.com
Litigation Colin Richmanc.richman@teacherstern.com
Employment Sarah Glockers.glocker@teacherstern.com
Private client Emma Myerse.myers@teacherstern.com
Banking & Finance Claire Gibsonc.gibson@teacherstern.com
Banking Litigation Jack Rabinowiczj.rabinowicz@teacherstern.com
Immigration Danielle Ramdeld.ramdel@teacherstern.com
Corporate Tax Samuel Rippons.rippon@teacherstern.com
Phil Berry photo Phil BerryPhil is head of the Legal 500 ranked Real Estate Finance team. He…
Jonathan Cantor photo Jonathan CantorPartner in litigation department dealing with all aspects of real property and…
Vanessa Cassidy photo Vanessa CassidyVanessa is a partner in the property department at Teacher Stem LLP…
Claire Gibson photo Claire GibsonClaire has a wealth of experience in general lending and security matters…
Suzanne Hamer photo Suzanne HamerSuzanne is the assistant Head of the Residential Real Estate Department. Suzanne…
Victoria Hodges photo Victoria HodgesVictoria is a commercial property lawyer with property finance expertise who specialises…
David Irwin photo David IrwinJoint managing partner and head of real estate department. Dealing with all…
Jim McKeever photo Jim McKeeverJim joined Teacher Stern as a partner in May 2013 as part of…
Emma Myers photo Emma MyersEmma is a partner and heads the Private Client department at Teacher…
Siobhan Parish photo Siobhan ParishSiobhan is a commercial property solicitor with experience in advising both individuals…
David Ponsford photo David PonsfordDavid is a corporate partner with has extensive experience advising companies, entrepreneurs…
Jack Rabinowicz photo Jack RabinowiczJack is head of the commercial litigation team. He specialises in high-value…
Danielle Ramdel photo Danielle RamdelDanielle is a Partner in the Teacher Stern employment department having been…
Russell Raphael photo Russell RaphaelPartner in real estate; over 20 years of acting for landlord/developers and occupiers.…
Colin Richman photo Colin RichmanHead of Property Litigation. Acting for commercial investors and asset managers on…
Samuel Rippon photo Samuel RipponSam has a broad practice advising on all areas of tax, with…
Claire Rollo photo Claire RolloPartner in corporate/commercial department. Claire advises mainly family/owner/manager businesses on a wide…
David Salisbury photo David SalisburyJoint managing partner and head of the corporate/commercial department. David’s broad transactional experience includes…
Clare Toomer photo Clare ToomerClare’s expertise spans a broad range of commercial litigation with a focus…
Jonathan Warren photo Jonathan WarrenJonathan is an experienced property litigation specialist whose practice encompasses all aspects…
Eytan Weisz photo Eytan WeiszEytan is a partner in the real estate team and his practice…
Kelly Whitfield photo Kelly WhitfieldKelly is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer with broad transactional expertise…
Number of UK partners : 30
Number of other UK fee-earners : 63
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