Firm Profile > Bird & Bird LLP > London, England

Bird & Bird LLP
12 NEW FETTER LANE
LONDON
EC4A 1JP
England

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP’s international offering is ‘very proactive and has high expertise in technology’. Its large integrated London team handles cross-border data protection mandates in the advertising, financial services, healthcare and technology sectors, often acting for leading household names. The team is co-led by Ruth Boardman, who is well versed in dealing with data protection authorities, including the European Data Protection Board; and James Mullock, whose broad expertise includes data privacy, cyber risk and freedom of information matters. Gabriel Voisin has ‘exceptional knowledge of the industry and an understanding of what companies need’ and is recommended alongside legal director Elizabeth Upton, who handles GDPR compliance and international data transfers. Guadalupe Sampedro left for Cooley (UK) LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ruth Boardman; James Mullock

Other key lawyers:

Gabriel Voisin; Elizabeth Upton

Testimonials

‘Provide very practical and business-oriented advice.’

‘Very modern approach which is very fitting for current in-house needs’.

‘Clients benefit from their incredible network of offices’.

‘Unlike some other firms that I have worked with, they have really high quality work with little to no revision necessary’.

‘Individuals are extremely positive and nice to work with, very inclusive as if they’re part of your team’.

‘Polite, open-minded and fun to work with’.

‘Ruth Boardman leads a great team of privacy and data protection professionals’.

‘Ruth Boardman has unrivalled knowledge and experience’. 

Key clients

Vivendi Group

Cathay Pacific

Spotify

Tempur Sealy

Ocado

The British Horseracing Authority

Nando’s

Franchising Tier 1

The ‘exceptional' team at Bird & Bird LLP is adept at advising high-profile global clients on sophisticated strategies to support their international expansion. It has a strong track record advising schools on their establishment in overseas markets. In addition, it handles the set up of social franchises. Dispute resolution is another core pillar of the offering; a key name in this space is Victoria Hobbs, who acts for clients in the hotel and leisure industry, as well as those in the food and beverage sector. Mark Abell is recommended for international franchising work in sectors such as education, retail and healthcare. He co-heads the practice with Graeme Payne, who assists consumer-focused businesses with their expansion plans. Associate Nick Green is recommended for advice on franchising, distribution and agency agreements.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Payne; Mark Abell

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Hobbs; Shelley Nadler; Nick Green

Testimonials

‘Their knowledge, expertise and flexibility are second to none.’

‘We are extremely happy with the relationship we have with them, which spans many different areas of our business.’

‘They are extremely connected and are able to handle complex multidisciplinary issues across their team in a joined up and consolidated manner.’                  

‘Exceptional across the board.’

‘Bird & Bird were fantastic from start to finish and we felt very comfortable with their support throughout.’

‘Mark Abell’s experience in the space was a true value-add to our negotiations.’

‘Victoria Hobbs applies practical, commercial considerations in her advice and approach.’             

‘We are impressed by the knowledge of the franchise team which is well balanced by their experience representing both franchisees and franchisors.’

Key clients

Costa

Pret

KFC

Home Instead

IWG (formerly Regus)

Franchise Brands (ChipsAway, Ovenclean, Metro Rod, Barking Mad)

O2 franchisee network

Mothercare

Stagecoach

The Vurger Co

Gaming and betting Tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP's 'very strong' gaming and betting team is well known for its expertise in regulatory and licensing work, acting for some of the UK's largest gambling operators. The team has also been increasingly active recently assisting its gambling clients with high-profile corporate transactions, technology projects and disputes. It has drawn on the strength of the firm's market-leading data protection, IP, technology and sports practices to advise on sports data rights matters in the betting sector and sponsorship arrangements for professional football clubs. Thanks to the firm's international network of offices, the team is also able to advise on cross-border mandates involving key gambling jurisdictions in Europe and Asia. Andy Danson, who has extensive expertise in gambling regulatory and commercial matters, leads the practice. In addition, senior associate Elizabeth Dunn is particularly experienced in online gambling regulation and commercial gambling matters.

Practice head(s):

Andy Danson

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Dunn; Simon Fielder; Robert Turner

Testimonials

‘The Bird & Bird gaming team is very strong.’

‘Bird & Bird’s gaming team understands all the legal and regulatory aspects of our proposed transactions, while at the same time approaching problems with a commercial mindset. Where other lawyers see their job as identifying problems, the Bird & Bird team is invested in the success of our enterprise.’

‘Andy Danson and his team are very responsive, creative and commercial. They have been reliable partners on a highly complex and long-term project.’

‘Professional and knowledgeable. An incredibly safe pair of hands.’

‘They provide advice and guidance tailored to the needs of the client and not the boiler-plate solutions provided by some. Different individuals have different strengths and it is the team’s ability to bring the right people in at the right time that makes them stand out.’

Key clients

Bet365

Flutter (Sky Bet, Paddy Power)

William Hill

Sazka Group

BetBull

888

Better Collective

Gamesys

Hong Kong Jockey Club

Arsenal FC

Hospitality and leisure Tier 1

Karen Friebe leads the multidisciplinary hotels, hospitality and leisure team at Bird & Bird LLP, which handles hotel acquisitions, development and disposals and is well-equipped to support businesses throughout their lifecycle. The practice stands out for its expertise in sustainability and wellness as they relate to the leisure sector, and has a particularly strong offering in tech, cyber, data and digital marketing for hotels and hospitality businesses. The food and beverage sector is a key area of focus, with growth in hotel restaurant outsourcings. With a dedicated hotel financing team, the firm stands out for its capability in this area, advising domestic and international banks, debt funds, mezzanine lenders and sponsors on both domestic and cross-border hotel finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Karen Friebe

Testimonials

‘Karen Friebe is very competent and knowledgeable and knows who to go to for questions that are outside her area of expertise. She gives good commercial advice and always keeps things moving.’

‘Bird & Bird were fantastic from start to finish of this process and we felt very comfortable with their support throughout. They are very engaging and always available to discuss minute details and high-level strategy in negotiating.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable, very helpful, very flexible and very supportive.’

‘Bird & Bird are an exceptional firm and their knowledge, expertise and flexibility are second to none.’

‘Dynamic, fast turnaround’

‘The team demonstrate a real understanding of the sector and nuances associated with it.’

Key clients

Costa Coffee

Booking.com

Nando’s

Pret a Manger

Belmond

Moto Hospitality

CL Capital

Compass Group

NH Hotels

Fosun Tourism Group

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP ‘s extensive experience on the life sciences side has seen the team successfully conduct patent infringement proceedings relating to ventilation technology though the expertise of Morag Macdonald and Eleanor Root, while transactional IP experts Sally Shorthose and Tom Snaith have handled a steady stream of patent licensing and M&A due diligence work for biotechnology clients. Neil Jenkins provides expertise on supplementary protection certificates. Both innovator and generics pharmaceuticals clients appear on the client roster. With a strong engineering background, co-head Katharine Stephens is sought out for complex litigation concerning mechanical technology, whereas fellow co-head Robert Williams is currently engaged in an aerospace dispute before the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court  (IPEC). Jane Mutimear and Richard Vary are key names for Standard Essential Patent (SEP) and FRAND litigation. Partner Christopher de Mauny also impresses in the hi-tech space.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Stephens; Robert Williams

Other key lawyers:

Morag Macdonald; Eleanor Root; Sally Shorthose; Tom Snaith; Neil Jenkins; Jane Mutimear; Richard Vary; Christopher de Mauny; Jenny Jones; Jae Park

Testimonials

The team is good at learning about and understanding our industry. They give good and honest advice, taking into account practicalities (not just esoteric legalities and possibilities).

Morag Macdonald – very experienced, and gives blunt but honest (and trusted) advice. Good at strategy in positioning case before the court and thinking several steps ahead.

Practical, knowledgeable, collaborative.

Seasoned experts with good working knowledge of the technology industry.

‘Morag Macdonald knows patent law and understands patent litigation like no other. She always gave us the comfort that our case was in very capable hands.’

Key clients

Allergan

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Canon

Ericsson

Fisher & Paykel

Honeywell International Inc

Johnson Matthey

Nokia

Sisvel International

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 1

With a team of dedicated partners focused on the entire breadth of IP types, Bird & Bird LLP’s 'technically brilliant and commercially savvy' practice regularly appears in high-stakes litigation on behalf of global clients. In the copyright space, Phil Sherrell and Rebecca O’Kelly Gillard act on weighty infringement disputes in the digital and social media spheres, while also drawing in new international gaming clients. Ewan Grist ('one of the best in his field') had recent successes in disputes regarding 3D designs, whereas Peter Brownlow regularly appears before the High Court and the UKIPO in high-value trade mark infringement and opposition proceedings. Rounding off the offering is the transactional IP practice spearheaded by Sally Shorthose and Tom Snaith, whose expertise gravitates towards the hi-tech, IP-rich sectors.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Stephens; Robert Williams

Other key lawyers:

Phil Sherrell; Rebecca O’Kelly Gillard; Ewan Grist; Peter Brownlow; Sally Shorthose; Tom Snaith; Hilary Atherton; Tristan Sherliker; Tom Darvill

Testimonials

The team is technically brilliant and commercially savvy, with a strong collaborative approach.

The team at Bird & Bird has been consistent for many years now and as a result have got to know our business extremely well. They take a genuine interest in the business, partnering with us to achieve the best results possible whilst always having an eye on reputational risks and management.

Phil Sherrell is extremely adept at explaining even the most complex matters in a clear and digestible way and always seems to find that additional angle which might otherwise have been missed.

Hilary Atherton is solid and considered in her advice, creative of thought and always a pleasure to work with.

Ewan Grist is one of the best in his field, not only technically, but he has an outstanding level of responsiveness and client empathy. He is able to break down complex matters into simple pragmatic advice.

Tristan Sherliker is incredibly bright, tenacious and takes a forensic approach to problem solving. He is a pleasure to work with.

The Bird & Bird team has great experience in both contentious and non-contentious IP, and collaborates well with other teams to deliver the results we need. Phil Sherrell and Tom Darvill have become trusted advisors to our business. I’ve been impressed with their ability to quickly get to grips with and apply their experience to our business.

Ewan Grist’s practice is unique in focusing on successful commercial as well as legal outcomes for clients. He and his group demonstrate a knowledge of the courts and IP judges that adds tangible value to clients when planning litigation strategy.

Key clients

Epic Games International

International Copyright Enterprise Services (ICE)

Lidl

Merck KGaA

Monster Beverage Corporation

Qatar National Tourism Counsel

Rogue Fitness

Trillium Beverages

TuneIn

YouGov

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP utilises its strength in technology law, financial services regulation and telecommunications, in addition to its excellent commercial disputes practice, to provide clients with a cohesive offering. The team has advised numerous clients in relation to the roll-out of 5G, digital transformation projects and the application of emerging forms of technology, among other areas. On the contentious side, the team stands out for its leading role in major patent disputes. Ronald Hendrikx advises clients on IT and telecoms projects, with a particular focus on projects involving the use of technology on a nationwide basis to improve public services, such as the adoption of smart metering in Britain. Mark Leach specialises in outsourcing transactions, acting for both customers and suppliers. Graeme Maguire has a strong reputation in international projects and transactions in the telecoms and technology sectors, including M&A and project finance. Roger Bickerstaff is well-versed in all types of software agreements, in addition to boasting a wealth of experience in procurement processes. Ian Edwards is another key member of the firm's technology practice. Senior associate Stephanie Lopes stands out for her experience advising clients on the issues which arise in relation to the monetisation of data, particularly in the context of AI and big data initiatives.  

Practice head(s):

Ronald Hendrikx; Mark Leach

Other key lawyers:

Graeme Maguire; Roger Bickerstaff; Ian Edwards; Stephanie Lopes

Testimonials

‘Highly responsive, broad knowledge across our very unusual business area. Able to deal effectively with small ad hoc requests and provide more strategic input to commercial discussions.’

‘Mark Leach is always available with advice and guidance for the rest of the team.’

‘The team has excellent knowledge of the TMT industry and are quick to assemble teams with sector specific knowledge working across different time zones, while still appearing as one integrated team.’

‘Excellent sector knowledge and technical expertise delivered in a thoroughly pragmatic way.’

‘Ian Edwards – collaboration, flexibility, relationship building, clarity of advice, business awareness and focus.’ 

Key clients

Nokia

Nandos

TKMaxx

Microbit

Docusign

Equinix, Inc

Life sciences and healthcare Tier 1

Led by patent litigator Mark Hilton, the life sciences and healthcare group at Bird & Bird LLP  is very well regarded for high-value pharmaceutical and life sciences IP litigation. The team is well-positioned to handle multijurisdictional matters, with offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Leveraging the firm's strength in the technology sector, digital health is a major focus and growth area for the group; data issues concerning Track and Trace apps have factored in the team's workload over the last year. The team also works with  biotech clients in  relation to novel gene therapies, biosimilars and Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products. Sally Shorthose  leads the regulatory practice, which has handled several pandemic-related matters, including the marketing of diagnostic test kits and the repurposing of factories to manufacture PPE and respiratory aids.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hilton

Other key lawyers:

Sally Shorthose

Testimonials

‘Very accessible, always reachable, highly professional, enjoyable to work with.’

‘Insightful regulatory advice based on in-depth industry knowledge and the highest standard of legal expertise.’

‘Responsive, practical and commercial – the perfect business partner!’

‘This practice is unique because they have such great experience and knowledge in such a large amount of localities. They are great to work with because they have very talented attorneys in lots of countries and can really help out international companies and support their growth.’

‘Sally Shorthose – great experience and extremely helpful.’

‘The team is strong and gives practical advice. They were nearly spot on in their predictions of how things would go, and that inspired confidence in their judgement and guidance amongst executive leadership.’

Key clients

Ablynx

Allergan

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

Honeywell

Juvise Pharmaceuticals

Merck KGaA

Bicycle Therapeutics

Polpharma

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Biofourmis

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 1

The media, entertainment and sport practice at Bird & Bird LLP, which is led by Phil Sherrell, has built upon the firm's historical strengths in IP and technology to become a first port of call for a wide ambit of strategically significant and complex cross-border mandates. Richard McMorris leads the international broadcasting and OTT sub-group, which has recently advised clients on matters such as broadcast regulatory issues, B2B and B2C digital initiatives and various international commercial agreements. On the contentious side, Rebecca O’Kelly-Gillard (who made partner in 2020) has particular expertise in disputes with an online/digital component. The head of the social media sector group is Bryony Hurst, who advises on commercial and content-related disputes, with a particular focus on data privacy litigation. Corporate partner Simon Fielder handles equity financing transactions and M&A for media sector clients. Also recommended is senior associate Will Deller, who heads up the firm’s growing offering in the international games arena. The marketing team is jointly led by Craig Giles and recent hire Alex Dixie, who joined from CMS in March 2021. Howard Rubin and Felicity Reeve have retired.

Practice head(s):

Phil Sherrell

Other key lawyers:

Richard McMorris; Rebecca O’Kelly-Gillard; Bryony Hurst; Simon Fielder; Will Deller; Craig Giles; Alex Dixie

Testimonials

‘Phil Sherrell and Rebecca O’Kelly-Gillard are exceptional. They have helped us craft a holistic strategy to very complex areas of law, pulling in other equally effective members of the team as needed. They are very thorough without over-lawyering.’

‘The team is very proactive, keeping pace with changing GC needs and ensuring appropriate technological and project management support.’

Special mention of Richard McMorris. Richard has impressively positioned Bird & Bird’s TMT practice right at the heart of the changing media landscape, committing time and resources to understanding the rapidly evolving market, the technology, the workflows, audience behaviour and content market opportunities and threats.’

Thorough, cost-effective and great communication.’

Bryony Hurst and Phil Sherrill are both excellent lawyers. As a non-UK lawyer, I know that I can contact them with difficult questions and they will provide timely and practical solutions. It gives me great confidence to know that I can contact them when in need.’

Strong team in the area of sport. Good use of partners and trainees to deliver value for money.’

Key clients

TuneIn, Inc.

Guinness Six Nations Rugby

Epic Games

Rockstar Games

Activision Blizzard

ICE Services

ICM Partners

Nordic Entertainment Group

Macquarie Bank

Alight Brand Media

Sport Tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP provides a ‘unique blend of industry expertise with the depth and breadth of a full-service law firm’. The practice consists of 18 lawyers who are completely dedicated to sports law, and who ‘possess a wealth of experience across all sports-related matters’, leveraging the firm’s international footprint to provide ‘formidable multi-jurisdictional capabilities’. Department head Jonathan Taylor QC runs a broad workload which encompasses a large number of commercial disputes, regulatory decision challenges and investigations; he recently co-edited the fourth edition of Lewis & Taylor’s Sport: Law & Practice, a testament to his ‘unrivalled knowledge of sports legal and regulatory issues’. The team also includes Max Duthie and Craig Giles, a duo praised as ‘pillars of absolute strength’, owing to the former’s expertise in rules and regulation, discipline and anti-doping affairs and the latter’s status as one of the market’s go-to names for media rights and commercial deals. Andy Danson is also a standout practitioner in the field of commercial agreements, including data rights and sponsorship arrangements, while on the transactional front, Robert Turnerexhibits superb matter management’ and Joss Hargrave  provides the group with financing prowess in respect of stadium projects, player transfers and club acquisitions. The team enjoys considerable strength in depth beyond partner level and includes senior associates Will Deller who has pioneered the firm’s esports offering, regulatory specialist Lauren Pagé, as well as Emma Drake, an up-and-coming name in the data protection and privacy space.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Taylor QC

Other key lawyers:

Max Duthie; Craig Giles; Andy Danson; Robert Turner; Joss Hargrave; Will Deller; Emma Drake; Lauren Pagé; Rebecca O’Kelly-Gillard

Testimonials

‘Jonathan Taylor QC and Max Duthie provide unrivalled expertise and responsiveness across all areas of sport. Hourly rates are highly competitive. Bird & Bird also have great depth throughout their fee earning structure. The team is always available and able to address challenges from regulatory to corporate to dispute resolution to commercial to COVID planning’

‘Jonathan Taylor QC: unrivalled knowledge of sports legal and regulatory issues. Massive intellectual processing power. Max Duthie: highly responsive, excellent litigation strategist, balanced and practical.’

‘The team has a wealth of experience across all sports-related matters and with multi-jurisdictional capabilities, which has been very useful when advising on agreements governed by the laws of non-UK jurisdictions.  The team has a good sense of knowing when to involve others with different areas of expertise and an excellent sense of collaboration.’

‘Robert Turner and Will Deller are both extremely responsive, pragmatic and personable individuals, who always exhibit excellent client care and superb matter management.’

‘The team provides a unique blend of industry expertise with depth and breadth of a full service law firm. They are well led by an extremely strong partner group and a wealth of talent at mid and junior level.  They are best in class when it comes to sports work.’

‘Max Duthie and Craig Giles have been absolute pillars of strength for me this past year.  In the most challenging of times, they have provide me with comprehensive, practical, and timely legal advice and are highly dependable.  Will Deller and Lauren Pagé all merit praise.’

‘Sports finance experts. High level of knowledge and experience, especially Joss Hargrave.’

Key clients

The British & Irish Lions

Six Nations Rugby

The Football Association (FA)

World Athletics

International Tennis Federation (ITF)

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD)

ATP Media/TDI

International Cricket Council (ICC)

The Football League

Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)

TMT Tier 1

Bird & Bird LLP's 'genuinely exceptional' team is highly active across the TMT sector, handling both contentious and non-contentious work. On the contentious side, the team is well-known for its expertise in IP litigation, encompassing copyright, patent and FRAND disputes. The group's non-contentious work spans regulatory, commercial and corporate matters, acting on behalf of various market participants, including clients involved in the roll-out of 5G and digital transformation projects. The 'knowledgeable and reliable' Ronald Hendrikx specialises in large-scale IT and communications projects; he previously assisted clients with national programmes relating to the implementation of IT in the NHS and the adoption of smart metering across the UK. Phil Sherrell  stands out for his role in numerous media and entertainment disputes, including the high-profile copyright case of Warner Music & Sony Music v TuneIn, in which he is representing the defendant. Mark Leach advises customers and suppliers in relation to outsourcing and technology projects, and Alex Dixie joined the firm from CMS in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Ronald Hendrikx; Mark Leach; Phil Sherell

Other key lawyers:

Alex Dixie

Testimonials

‘Ronald Hendrikx – knowledgeable and reliable.’

‘Excellent industry knowledge – genuinely exceptional – very pragmatic – not scared to get off the fence and give opinions on the tough elements – very good negotiators.’

‘Very personable. Their expertise gives a high level of comfort and confidence.’

‘Bird & Bird is excellent at drawing on sector expertise across regions while working as an integrated team.’

‘They have an excellent knowledge and expertise within the telecoms and IT area. Further they are very friendly and easy to work with.’ 

Key clients

Nokia

Microbit

Docusign

Equinix, Inc

TuneIn, Inc.

ICM Partners

Epic Games

ICE Services

Macquarie Bank

Rockstar Games

Guinness Six Nations Rugby

Activision Blizzard

Alight Brand Media

Venture capital Tier 1

Equally adept at advising investors and investees and also able to draw upon strong ancillary IP and IT expertise, Bird & Bird LLP provides ‘sound commercial advice‘ throughout the investment lifecycle. In addition to core expertise in equity investments and exit strategies (through IPOs or an M&A process), the firm has a fairly unique proposition on the debt venture side, an area that ‘excellent‘ team head Struan Penwarden has a market leading reputation, acting for core funders including Kreos Capital. Geraint Lloyd  is also one of the more experienced members of the team and brings significant commerciality and know-how of funds and investees engaged in healthtech and fintech, in particular. Of the more junior partners, the ‘phenomenal‘ Mark Rundall continues to impress as a result of his ‘commercially astute advice‘ to conventional investor clients (and investees), as well as corporate venturers. Associate Joseph Stolerman is also recommended, particularly for early stage work, including in relation to investments in the burgeoning cannabis market.

Practice head(s):

Struan Penwarden

Other key lawyers:

Geraint Lloyd; James Baillieu; Mark Rundall; Joseph Stolerman; Richard Bloomfield; Arif Saleem; Charlotte Pitt; Dhruv Chhatralia

Testimonials

The team is perfectly set up to help high-growth start-ups like us. This is down to a real emphasis on support and guidance that stretches just beyond legal advice. They will often give an impartial view on the commercial points at play, as well as be sensitive to our cost-constraints.’

They are thorough in their approach and we have always found them to be experts in the fields where we need advice. Specifically, I have found them to be extremely capable in the negotiation phase, managing the different stakeholders with firm but fair precision.’

The team provides sound commercial advice that is clear and succinct.’

Mark Rundall is a phenomenal lawyer. He’s so methodical, knowledgeable and responsive. He is also commercially incredibly astute and acts as a trusted adviser to our firm, as well as our lawyer.’

Struan Penwarden and Richard Bloomfield have provided excellent commercial advice with great communication on a number of venture capital and M&A matters.’

James Baillieu is diligent, quick and extremely easy to work with.’

Key clients

JobandTalent

Kreos Capital

Albion Capital

Orbit Capital

Urban – Air Port

OTO International

Plant Meat (t/a THIS)

Ingenious Capital Management

Adlib Digital

Macquarie Bank

i6 Group

Dementia Discovery Fund

Magmatic Gaming (Bravo)

Queens Limited

Perfect Ward Limited

Chiltern Capital

Commercial contracts Tier 2

Leveraging the firm's wider expertise in the technology and digital space, Bird & Bird LLP is a go-to name for technology transformation projects. It recently advised Nando's on a critical technology transformation project relating to its digital business offering and assisted TK Maxx with contracting technology to support its store openings and associate welfare. Simon Shooter and Ronald Hendrikx jointly lead the practice, which also includes Christian Bartsch, who also leads the firm's financial services sector group; Mark Leach, who heads up the technology transactions and international outsourcing teams; and franchising, distribution and supply chain expert Graeme Payne.

Practice head(s):

Simon Shooter; Ronald Hendrikx

Other key lawyers:

Christian Bartsch; Mark Leach; Graeme Payne; Richard McMorris; Ian Edwards

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird offer us a virtual secondment arrangement, at low fixed rates, which compares favourably to other City firms. It’s a quick and convenient way to outsource business-as-usual commercial work without having to worry about fee estimates and escalating fees.’

‘They have been a great partner to us, showing an investment in our longer term relationship.’

‘Industry experience and expertise. Commercial attitude.’

‘Christian Bartsch is pragmatic, responsive and commercial.’

Key clients

Chick-fil-A

Clean Beauty Co

Costa Limited

DocuSign

Emirates

Epic Games

Everton FC

Gordonstoun

IWG plc

LKAB Minerals

Micro:bit

Monica Vinader

Nando’s

Northair

Ocado

Sportstribal

Sukari Gold Mines

TK MAxx

Tomorrow London

Vestcom International and Integrated Retail Limited

Yes To

Customs and excise Tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP's VAT practice advises clients through the entire lifecycle of tax disputes and displays 'great knowledge' of the taxation of alcohol, tobacco and gambling duties. Practice head Andy Brown is 'exceptional' and has a 'wealth of knowledge' when it comes to VAT fraud (including missing trader intra-community fraud), excise duty fraud investigations and litigation. Senior associate Jack Prytherch is 'extremely bright' and has a broad contentious VAT practice.

Practice head(s):

Andy Brown

Other key lawyers:

Jack Prytherch; Chris Young

Testimonials

Andy Brown is exceptional. He has a wealth of knowledge and is highly adept at approaching complex issues in a direct and focussed manner. He has experience of HMRC matters including civil and criminal investigations and proceedings. Jack Prytherch is extremely bright and approaches the legal issues in an ordered and efficient manner. Chris Young provides excellent organisational skills.’

Extremely experienced in cases involving tax investigations and defending revenue prosecutions. Very knowledgeable, good judgment and tactician, a calming influence with clients.’

Very easy to work with, great knowledge of the law, provide an excellent service.’

Andy Brown- exceptionally personable and pragmatic partner. Jack Prythetch- brilliant up and coming associate, very diligent and knowledgeable. Chris Young- another very good, hard-working associate to keep an eye on.’

A strong team with good strategic leadership and very hard working, bright associates focused on delivering practical, cost effective outcomes for clients.’

Key clients

B&M Retail

Plutus (UK) Bulk Store

Kammac plc

Fintech Tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP has notable expertise in payments, crowdfunding, open banking and blockchain. The practice is often seen in international mandates and it is noted for its strengths in handling corporate, commercial and regulatory matters for fintech clients. Other areas of focus include advice on Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD2) and Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) matters. Christian Bartsch is recommended for his expertise in emerging and disruptive technologies. He co-heads the practice with Trystan Tether, who is particularly active in the electronic banking and financial services, electronic cash, cryptocurrency and payment mechanisms sectors.

Practice head(s):

Trystan Tether; Christian Bartsch

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Emmanuel

Testimonials

Very attentive team that has a good understanding of issues facing fintech firms.’

Key clients

Stripe

Booking.com

Various Mastercard group entities

easyJet

Western Union

EMPCorp

Moneynet

bunq

VOLT Technologies Ltd.

Fraud: civil Tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP acts across the spectrum of civil fraud related matters, with particular strengths including international risk management and compliance advice, HMRC investigations and fraud, pension fraud, corporate fraud, asset tracing and market abuse. The firm is also active in complex civil fraud related regulatory investigations, and provides expertise in retrieving hidden assets. Sophie Eyre leads the team and advises on international and domestic commercial fraud cases in litigation and arbitration, as well as specialising in ancillary relief applications to preserve documents and assets. Another key name in the area is associate Simona Peter, who advises on fraud allegations for both claimants and defendants.

Practice head(s):

Sophie Eyre

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Speed; Simona Peter

Key clients

Konstantin Grigoryevich Kagalovsky

Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation

Bart de Laender

OMBZ Limited and the Directors of Basis Technologies Holdings Limited

Allianz

Consulum

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

Bird & Bird LLP's stellar reputation in the tech sector makes the firm a regular choice for some of the largest companies in the world on various M&A and strategic transactions. Drawing on the firm's significant international network, Matt Bonass' team handles cross-border deals for clients in a broadening range of industries, including financial services, energy and utilities, sports, media, and retail. Neil Blundell is a key contact for the firm's tech client base, while Simon Allport combines transactional experience with capital markets expertise. Simon Fielder and senior associate Richard Bloomfield are also key members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Matt Bonass

Other key lawyers:

Neil Blundell; Simon Allport; Simon Fielder; Richard Bloomfield

Testimonials

‘Very capable at all levels from junior associates up to partners and across a wealth of different specialisms. The team listens to the client’s requirements and adapts accordingly, and generally takes a pragmatic rather than dogmatic approach to tricky issues. Very good level of co-operation between their different international offices when working on cross-border transactions.’

‘Neil Blundell is very responsive throughout the engagement. Happy to roll his sleeves up and get involved in the detail when necessary.’

‘Richard Bloomfield takes everything in his stride, acting with a maturity which belies his years. Very easy to work with.’

Key clients

Six Nations

Marks & Spencer

Crowdcube Limited

Beekman Associates

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler Co. KG.

Better Collective A/S

Mavens Limited

DP Poland Plc (Domino’s Pizza)

Padero Solar

Island Green Power

Gamma Communications Plc

DXC Technology Services, LLC

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 2

Bird & Bird LLP's trade mark attorney team is well integrated into the international firm's wider soft IP offering, making it one of the best choices for pan-European issues and matters involving Asia Pacific and Middle Eastern jurisdictions. Since its inception in 2012, the practice had risen to the ranks of the UK's most active trade mark filing representatives for UK and EU trade marks as well as for representatives in UKIPO contentious proceedings, and can rely on its European office network for EU trade mark applications since January 2021. The practice has seen particular growth in the retail and consumer goods, tourism, travel and wellness sectors, and continues to handle a substantial caseload from the media, entertainment and sports sectors. Clients increasingly instruct the practice to advise on the protection of digital assets. The firm's trade mark litigation practice and design practice complement the prosecution practice well. Mark Holah, dual-qualified as a solicitor and trade mark attorney, and Allan Poulter direct the practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Holah; Allan Poulter

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Collis

Testimonials

Very thorough, very thoughtful, very practical.  A real ability to keep the business needs in mind instead of rotely prosecuting trade marks. Not a treadmill.

Ready availability. Clarity of replies – in plain English that I as a layperson can understand. Proactive in planning for future renewals well ahead of time. Diligent and cost-effective.

They provide useful, direct and practical advice.

Mark Holah is exceptional. Highly responsive with creative solutions to complicated problems.

Key clients

Fosun Holdings

Epic Games

Kraft Heinz

Claire’s Stores

Monica Vinader

Simba Sleep

SC Johnson

Daily Mail Group

7-Eleven

General Mills

Belmond Hotels

Allianz (Pet Plan)

Philip Morris

Retail and consumer Tier 2

Working across three distinct sub-groups: food and beverages; luxury, fashion and retail, hotels, hospitality and leisure; Bird & Bird LLP’s retail and consumer group is able to leverage firm-wide capabilities in technology, data and IP in its work for clients in the sector. Led by franchising, distribution and supply chain arrangement expert Graeme Payne, the group also shines in wellness-related matters, consumer law issues and corporate transactions. Other names to note within Payne’s group are Victoria Hobbs, whose retail practice includes franchise, licence, distribution and agency agreement disputes; Ian Edwards, who attracts plaudits for his know-how of digital transformation projects; and Robert Turner, who regularly handles cross-border commercial transactions and is an expert in regulatory compliance issues.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Payne

Other key lawyers:

Robert Turner; Ian Edwards; Victoria Hobbs

Testimonials

This practice is excellent at speed of response and professionalism of treatment.’

Victoria Hobbs and Ariane Le Strat (competition) gave excellent retail-specific advice. They were quick to adapt to new problems, and ready to research on these issues to give the most accurate advice possible.’

The team is very knowledgeable in all areas of IP and therefore a “one stop shop”. They are very responsive and like to ensure that they work with us in the way we like to work.’

B&B’s breadth of service sets it apart. I am able to get access to a range of specialties beyond my core team, making agreements that span several disciplines much easier to construct.’

Key clients

Depop

TK Maxx

Ocado

Made.com

Monica Vinader

Marks & Spencer

Tempur Sealy

Lidl

Mothercare

B&M Retail

Senior executives Tier 2

The 'confidence inspiring' team at Bird & Bird LLP, headed up by Ian Hunter, is home to two highly rated partners; the 'unflappable' Tim Spillane and the 'pragmatic and determined' Elizabeth Lang. Other well-rated practitioners include director Penny Hunt whose work includes senior executive terminations and disputes, large-scale redundancies and disciplinary and grievance matters. Lang's expertise lies in advising on discrimination, whistleblowing and breach of contract cases, while Spillane specialises in assisting executives and partners in the financial and professional services industries on appointments and departures. The team is also adept in dealing with international complications for clients who are facing relocations.

Practice head(s):

Ian Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Tim Spillane; Penny Hunt; Elizabeth Lang; Emily Clark

Testimonials

‘What I found particularly attractive is a very practical, matter-of-fact approach combined with care and attention to the client. The team worked seamlessly, with zero gaps or inconsistency regardless of who was handling the situation on the day. The individual strikes just the right balance between efficiency, competence, diligence and consideration for emotional and human elements of each situation. Advice was given clearly without a push but well-augmented and firm, which made it easy to decide on the cause of action.’

B&B have a very solid employment team and good lawyers from top to bottom: Tim Spillane is the stand out lawyer in the team, very clever and equally sensible and good to deal with. He is unflappable and results driven.

‘Elizabeth Lang is supported with a team which is dedicated and committed to high service standards. If at any point Ms Lang was unavailable members of her team where always on hand attentive and responsive to any queries in a timely manner. Elizabeth’s strengths are best summarised as: Pragmatic, no-nonsense and determined.’

‘The team at Bird and Bird were balanced, thorough, confidence inspiring and efficient. They were knowledgeable, experienced and quick and were always available to me. I worked with Tim Spillane and Emily Clark. Both were excellent – calm, methodical, confidence inspiring and I felt completely confident in their advice and support. I would recommend them both without hesitation.’

‘I received outstanding advice from Penny Hunt – and in fact from right through her team. Trust is the most important requirement in any relationship like this – especially when there are jobs and relatively large sums of money at stake. I trusted in this team from the first meeting.’

‘The main individual really was Penny Hunt. The team were great, but from the outset, Penny set out my case told it like it is. She detailed the limitations of what we could expect, the strengths and weaknesses of my case, the consequences of various courses of action – and above all, made sure she understood what I wanted to get out of it. In very stressful circumstances for me, Penny created calm, gave advice which reflected my overall objectives.’

Aviation Tier 3

With a strong record of work on commercial and regulatory matters, Bird & Bird LLP also advises airlines, financiers and lessors on cybersecurity, data, sustainability and AI technology relating to aviation. Joint team leader Paul Briggs is based in London; he has recently been busy advising airlines on the fallout from the coronavirus crisis. Aviation disputes team leader Sophie Eyre has varied experience of complex cases concerning repossessions and claims against lessors and lessees, amongst others, while Stuart Cairns is a key contact regarding competitive procurements. Lucy England departed for Fox Williams LLP in March 2021.

Practice head(s):

Paul Briggs

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Eyre; Stuart Cairns; Simon Phippard

Testimonials

‘The team is very accessible and the communication is friendly and quick.’

‘Paul Briggs is a very unique lawyer, a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Air Arabia

Airbus Group

Aquila Air Traffic Management

Kuwait Airways

Bristow Helicopters

Cathay Pacific

Centralny Port Komunikacyjny

dnata

easyJet

Emirates

Fiji Airways

Flynas

Goshawk

Irish Aviation Authority

Isavia

John Menzies Group

North Air

Qatar Airways

Seraph

Travelport

Vistajet

Emerging markets Tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP frequently advises conventional commercial banks, alternative lenders, special opportunity lenders and development banks on a wide variety of financings in emerging markets. The firm draws on its expertise in aviation and asset finance issues, energy work and Islamic financings to act for lenders and, increasingly, borrowers across the CEE, CIS, Southeast Europe, North Africa and Asia. Group head Andrew Hallgarth is 'very responsive and knowledgeable, and finds creative solutions'; Samrad Nazer, who frequently acts for major development banks, and senior associate Jennifer Bird work closely with Hallgarth on major transactions in a range of countries including Belarus, Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine. Though cross-border finance is still the firm's main focus, it increasingly handles corporate transactions in Africa and India, notably in the mining and natural resources sector.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hallgarth

Other key lawyers:

Samrad Nazer; Jennifer Bird

Testimonials

‘Great value for money, and they really know what they are doing and can handle complicated transactions/issues.’

‘Andrew Hallgarth is great. He is very responsive and knowledgeable, and finds creative solutions to issues that arise.’

Employers Tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP’s employment team operates ‘at the cutting edge of the law’, according to one client. Ian Hunter ‘leads an effective team’, which advises large corporations in the technology, life sciences, aviation and retail sectors on a range of matters, from non-contentious advisory matters to sophisticated litigation. Elizabeth Lang largely deals with boardroom issues and sensitive grievances and investigations, while Tim Spillane’s practice marries senior executive know-how with employer capabilities, including whistleblowing and discrimination disputes. Alison Dixon, another 'standout partner', regularly advises on the employment aspects of commercial and corporate mandates.

Practice head(s):

Ian Hunter

Other key lawyers:

Tim Spillane; Elizabeth Lang; Alison Dixon

Testimonials

Strong support, quick turnaround, and good industry/sector knowledge.’

Elizabeth Lang really knows her stuff and has a great reputation.’

Alison Dixon is the standout partner for me. Always provides commercial advice which is to the point and can be immediately implemented. She is also always very responsive and genuinely a really nice person to work with.’

Unlike many other international practices, the Bird & Bird team have established a well-integrated service provision across their offices with a consistently practical approach to solving the challenges presented to them, operating often at the cutting edge of the law.’

Ian Hunter leads an effective team, ensuring that they appreciate our industry and commercial objectives well and that the advice provided is appropriately tailored and practical to implement.’

Key clients

SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK

Mothercare

Inmarsat

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP covers the entire ambit of AIM and Main Market equity capital markets transactions for corporate issuers, financial advisers and investment banks. Led by Clive Hopewell, the team works with practitioners from across the firm's international network to handle cross-border mandates, and is also highly active in domestic matters. Its sector expertise spans the energy and utilities, technology, financial services, life sciences and healthcare industries. Hopewell led the advice to Alpha FX Group Plc on a £20m fundraise by way of an accelerated bookbuild in 2020. Other notable individuals include Adam Carling, Simon Allport and Simon Fielder.

Practice head(s):

Clive Hopewell

Other key lawyers:

Simon Allport; Adam Carling; Simon Fielder; Geraint Lloyd; Nicholas Heap

Testimonials

Commercial and results focused with good partner involvement and a lot of experience.’

Clive Hopewell and Adam Carling. Both provide really good commercial and technical legal advice and understand the specific risks on ECM transactions and those relating to natural resources companies.’

Highly professional team, always available, very well-qualified team, hard working associates and smart partners. Also nice people to boot.

Good, clear advice, always helpful, always in control of the process.’

Dedicated, extremely hard working and knowledgeable team.’

Key clients

Albion Development VCT PLC

Alpha FX Group plc

Asiamet Resources Limited

Canaccord Genuity Limited

Dignity

DP Poland Plc

Gamma Communication

Hannam & Partners

Joh Berenberg Gossler & Co KG

Jangada Mines plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Mothercare

Panmure Gordon

S P Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Tekcapital plc

Tirupati

TMI Associates

Westminster Group PLC

WH Ireland Limited

Healthcare Tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP is a key resource for international clients operating in the healthcare sector, including those seeking advice on matters related to e-health, IP, IT, and data protection. The team also has expertise in international M&A in the healthcare sector. Practice leader Simon Shooter and David Ayers both advise NHS Trusts and healthcare suppliers on international transactions. Stuart Cairns focuses on NHS Trust-related PPPs, while associate Ben Woodfield advises on healthcare projects and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Simon Shooter

Other key lawyers:

David Ayers; Stuart Cairns; Ben Woodfield

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP’s international energy and utilities group is jointly overseen by a number of key partners, including clean energy expert Matt Bonass, projects and regulatory partner Michael Rudd and the ‘outstandingElizabeth Reid. The team is instructed on a range of corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) across renewable energy and handles cross-border transactions for international clients. Legal director Geraldine Laing, a construction and projects contracts specialist, joined the team from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in April 2020.

Practice head(s):

Matt Bonass; Michael Rudd; Elizabeth Reid

Other key lawyers:

Geraldine Laing

Testimonials

‘Excellent attention to detail, project management and relationship management, in addition to great depth of experience and expertise.’

‘Elizabeth Reid is an outstanding adviser.’

‘Expert guidance with strong industry experience.’

Key clients

Canadian Solar

CNIC/Huaneng

Sukari Gold Mines (a company registered in the Arab Republic of Egypt)/Centamin plc

Padero Solar

Still Waters

Nippon Energy

Island Green Power

Macquarie

Risk Point

Amp Solar Inc

Product liability: defendant Tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP offers support in the full range of product liability matters, and regularly acts for manufacturer, designer, distributor and supplier clients. The team has notable know-how in the technology, IT and automotive industries. The product liability specialists in the London office are Jonathan Speed and senior associate Russell Williamson, who are both part of the wider dispute resolution group.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Speed; Russell Williamson

Testimonials

‘The team at Bird & Bird were very approachable, professional and considerate, and above all, they were simply cool, down-to-earth people. They put me at ease immediately during one of the most worrying and challenging situations of my career to date.’

‘What I appreciated most about Russell Williamson was that he just got it right from the start. I only needed to explain the complex detail once and he seemed to immediately understand it. I cannot begin to explain how much of a relief this was to me!’

Key clients

Kautex Unipart

Tax litigation and investigations Tier 3

Bird & Bird LLP's tax team is 'extremely experienced' in handling criminal defence, tax litigation and investigations work. Practice head Andy Brown specialises in alternative dispute resolution and cross-border tax disputes. Brown is praised by clients as 'exceptionally personable and pragmatic'. Legal director Nicola O’Connor focuses on tax investigations, particularly white-collar criminal defence work. 'Very diligent and knowledgable' senior associate Jack Prytherch is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Andy Brown

Other key lawyers:

Nicola O’Connor; Jack Prytherch

Testimonials

Exceptionally capable and versatile team, that will fight the corner of their clients and stand their ground against HMRC.’

A strong team with good strategic leadership and very hard working, bright associates focussed on delivering practical, cost effective outcomes for clients.’

Extremely experienced in cases involving tax investigations and defending revenue prosecutions. Very knowledgeable, good judgment and tactician, a calming influence with clients.’

Andy Brown- exceptionally personable and pragmatic partner.’

Jack Prythetch- brilliant up and coming associate, very diligent and knowledgable.’

Key clients

B&M Retail

Zarathustra Jal Amrolia and Isidora Ranjit-Singh

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

At Bird & Bird LLPJonathan Baker leads the real estate department, which is home to a thriving corporate occupier practice. It is regularly engaged in lease negotiations, surrenders, licenses and disputes, among other operational management matters. A key point of differentiation for the group is its sector-specific approach, which is predominantly centred around the financial services, retail and consumer, hospitality and leisure, technology, communications, energy and utilities industries.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Baker

Other key lawyers:

Karen Friebe; James Salford; Peter Nicholson

Testimonials

Tenacity is a quality one needs in the property world – and particularly from your legal team. B&B have shown this in spades on small and larger issues.’

Peter Nicholson – thinks through issues and offers strategic advice.’

‘The strengths I encountered was their ability to work in different countries in Europe. That flexibility benefited my company (based in the USA) to navigate through the various countries we were moving into.’

‘The individuals I worked with were very adept in their fields and provided prompt advice when needed. To this end, everyone I worked with at Bird & Bird was very responsive. That helped to timely complete my projects. ‘

‘Karen Freibe is excellent. Her approach to problem solving is extremely commercial and effective. She does not just go through the hoops.’

Key clients

Still Waters Green Technology

Philips Electronics UK Limited

Vindex

MSA Safety

Allies & Morrison

Capital Loman

Peacocks Stores

Kaz Investments

Langland Estates

Education: schools Tier 4

Led by Mark Abell, Bird & Bird LLP's education and schools team specialises in the expansion of British schools into overseas markets, with a particularly strong record in the Far East and Middle East. The practice also advises a number of Chinese companies on acquiring UK schools.

Practice head(s):

Mark Abell

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and well informed subject matter experts.’

‘The team, led by Mark Abell, are the pre-eminent leaders in the development of international school partnerships. The assistance they have provided our organisation has been invaluable.’

‘Complete professionalism throughout the team at all times. Extensive experience and knowledge on all sides of the project spectrum. Very efficient and a good commercial outlook.’

‘Mark Abell has been excellent in our dealings with him. He is efficient, empathetic and helpful. He has answered our questions patiently and very clearly. We have been impressed with his reassuring and pragmatic approach.’

Key clients

Benenden School

Duke’s Education

Gordonstoun School

Yehudi Menuhin School

Kindred Education

Immigration Tier 4

Led by Yuichi SekineBird & Bird LLP's business immigration team stands out for advising companies that provide cutting-edge tech solutions in their respective industries, including fintech, video games, medicine, AI and telecoms. The group's varied work portfolio includes sponsor licences, work visa applications and immigration compliance, as well as applications for permission outside of the Immigration Rules. In addition, the group assists clients with issues associated with HR data protection, such as data subject access requests and criminal record requests. Senior associate Jonathan Goldsworthy acts for clients across a wide range of industries, with particular expertise in sports-related immigration.

Practice head(s):

Yuichi Sekine

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Goldsworthy; Tom Mintern

Testimonials

Yuichi Sekine was great, super knowledgeable from start to finish.’

Bird & Bird provided the timely and precise advice that helped to resolve the situation. Their professional knowledge and practical advice was very helpful.

Yuichi Sekine’s expertise in the Japanese language and culture helped us to conduct the proper actions.’

The team has a global mobility practice and can therefore assist companies that require assistance with immigration for key global jurisdictions. The immigration team also works closely with employment teams and so can advise on all elements of global mobility from immigration to contracts, incentives and benefits.’

Yuichi Sekine is business-minded and solution-focused. He thinks outside of the box to provide the best possible strategies and commercial outcomes for his clients.’

Bird & Bird’s partnership has been crucial in helping us hire sponsored employees more quickly and has meant a better experience for the candidate going through the sponsorship process in the UK. For the company, it has meant being able to hire more sponsored employees simultaneously, whilst ensuring the processes are being handled by experts.’

Yuichi Sekine is our main partner and he’s very responsive to both the company and our candidates, extremely knowledgeable, personable and focuses on making sure the candidates feel confident in the process, while also protecting our company’s interests.’

Infrastructure Tier 4

The procurement experts of Bird & Bird LLP provide international experience and industry strength in the key areas of aviation, defence and technology. The firm advises on major projects, PPPs and procurement litigation, as well as providing ad-hoc support to UK clients in procurement regulation. Stuart Cairns leads the team and focuses on procurement, projects and infrastructure, advising all forms of government and regulated bodies on a range of complex matters.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Cairns

Other key lawyers:

Claire Gamage

Testimonials

‘In-depth understanding of the bidding process and law applicable to the NHS’.

‘Stuart Carins and Claire Gamage both provided timely, expert, helpful advice’.

‘This Practice is unique in terms of its ability to combine knowledge and experience with the core skill of practical advice giving’.

‘It’s impossible with Bird & Bird to fail to bring a sound idea to success’.

‘Stuart Cairns is the most connected and applied lawyer we have ever worked with. His clients’ record of achievement is attributable to his learned knowledge, his skill in fitting it to the task and his ability to blend advice into the practical in all things. He is extremely busy but somehow always manages to address issues great and small and bring opportunities to enhance the project. You will never leave a meeting with Stuart without gaining substantially’.

‘Extremely competent experts with great people skills. They are very service minded, good at explaining complicated things in simple terms to lay persons’.

‘They are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to procurement rules and regulations. Further they have much experience in the field, are solution minded and know how things work in practice as well as in theory’.

‘Their people skills are excellent which makes people comfortable to ask questions and seek their help for the best out come for all’.

Key clients

Kadeco

Centralny Port Komunikacyjny on the Solidarity Transport Hub, Poland

Isavia (Keflavik Airport, Reykjavik), Iceland

Icelandic Roads and Coastal Administration

Government of Sri Lanka

Surrey County Council

University of Limerick Strategic Development Zone

Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia (MoMRA)

Roquette (UK) Limited

London Luton Airport

Mining and minerals Tier 4

Bird & Bird LLP leverages its firm-wide strength in IP to provide brand protection to an assortment of mining clients. The team has a wide international spread, covering Africa, the Middle East and Latin America; jointly led by Clive Hopewell (who also heads the firm's capital markets group) and Adam Carling, it is regularly instructed by leading investment banks on corporate finance deals, and advises large mining companies on transactions. Elizabeth Reid is the co-head of the renewables practice and is a core part of the team.

Practice head(s):

Clive Hopewell; Adam Carling

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Reid

Key clients

Liberum Capital Limited and Peel Hunt LLP

Asiamet Resources Limited

LKAB Minerals

Canaccord Genuity Limited and Shore Capital Partners

Imperial X PLC

WH Ireland Limited

SP Angel Corporate Finance LLP

Beowulf Mining plc

Tirupati Graphite plc

Harvest Minerals Limited

Jangada Mines plc

Oil and gas Tier 4

Bird & Bird LLP’s oil and gas practice in London is jointly led by Clive Hopewell and Nicholas Heap, with Matt Bonass serving as chair of the international energy and utilities sector group. Reflective of its footprint in the industry, the team advises national and international energy companies, small to mid-cap E&P companies and oil contractors, among other clients. The wide-ranging workload covers matters such as M&A, equity capital markets transactions, banking and finance and commercial contracts. In addition, the firm has a notable strength in oil and gas intellectual property disputes and insurance claims, among other contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Matt Bonass; Clive Hopewell; Nicholas Heap

Key clients

Risk Point

Vega Petroleum Limited and Dover Investment Limited

Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation

WH Ireland

Transglobe Energy Corp.

Global Energy Megatrend

Guvnor Group

Transport finance and leasing Tier 4

Bird & Bird LLP's 'highly knowledgeable' two-partner team provides 'commercially-minded and solutions-driven' advice to financial institutions, equity investors, lessors and airlines. Drawing upon his broader capital markets expertise, team head Richard Sharman is particularly well-placed to advise on complex and often highly bespoke structured financing mandates in the sector. Paul Briggs also remains a pivotal member of the team by virtue of his extensive aviation industry knowledge, which encompasses finance, as well as broader operational and commercial work for airlines - including a considerable volume of key strategic advice as it pertains to the seismic impact of the pandemic on many key airline clients' businesses.

Practice head(s):

Richard Sharman

Other key lawyers:

Paul Briggs; Marcus Pyke; Michael Holt; Rachel Welch-Phillips

Testimonials

The team is highly knowledgeable, commercially-minded and solutions driven.’

Key clients

Air Arabia

Airborne Capital Limited

Airbus Bank

Banco Santander

Bristow Group

Emirates

EMP Structured Assets GmbH

Goshawk

ICBC Leasing

Investec Bank plc

JA Mitsui Leasing, Ltd.

JP Morgan

Lease Corporation International

LOT Polish Airlines

Luxaviation

Seraph

Smartwings / Czech Airlines

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe Limited

Commercial litigation: premium Tier 5

With a 'powerful team of quality litigators', Bird & Bird LLP's commercial litigation team stands out for its sector specialisms. The 'incredibly astute' Sophie Eyre is popular among aviation and life sciences sector clients and jointly leads the team alongside Jeremy Sharman , who focuses on the financial services, technology and communications sectors. For the latter areas, Jonathan Speed is another name to note, while Victoria Hobbs is a key contact for the group's growing retail sector client base.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Sharman; Sophie Eyre

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Speed; Matthew Pack; Victoria Hobbs; Simona Peter; Jessica Quinlan;

Testimonials

Bird & Bird are an excellent legal firm, they go above and beyond. They are always available to provide excellent advice in a professional and timely manner.

Able to draw on expertise from the firm’s offices in multiple jurisdictions, this is a powerful team of quality litigators.

Incredibly strong well-knit team across litigation and cross department, especially commercial and M&A. Contact with any individual in the team is equally effective. Hand on partner-led approach.

Sophie Eyre – this is who you need on your team. Incredibly astute, pragmatic and totally dedicated to addressing her clients’ needs’

Jeremy Sharman – a calm and reassuring presence with a fine sense of the client’s commercial needs and, while trusting his team to handle day-to-day matters, contributed useful legal and tactical points. Matthew Pack – diligent, conscientious and unflappable; very good on procedure and ensuring that the team was coordinated. Jessica Quinlan – highly efficient and an important member of the team.

Jonathan Speed is a class act, who listens and delegates well, at the same time as taking responsibility and leading his team.

Key clients

SPX Corporation

Arcelik/Beko Group

Vega Petroleum Group

Cathay Pacific Airways

BNP Paribas

Kautex Group

British Telecommunications plc

EMPCorp

flynas

Corporate tax Tier 5

Bird & Bird LLP has expertise in handling tax issues for clients in the technology and digital services space. Cross-border work and IP-related tax issues are another key area of focus for the practice. Zoe Feller heads up the practice and has expertise in handling tax issues that involve cross-border elements.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Feller

Key clients

Six Nations Rugby Club Limited

DP Poland Plc (Domino’s Pizza)

ICM Partners

Crowdcube Limited

Better Collective A/S

Padero Solar

Island Green Power

Riskpoint A/S

Gamma Communication

International arbitration Tier 5

Bird & Bird LLP attracts high-value arbitrations in the technology, telecoms and life sciences sectors, and leverages the firm's strong IP reputation for proceedings involving IP disputes. With particular sector expertise in the aviation, defence and commercial life sciences industries, as well as fraud matters, Sophie Eyre , who co-heads the international dispute resolution group, plays a leading role in arbitration matters originating from the London office. Jonathan Speed acts in arbitrations in the IT, telecoms and financial services sector; and senior associate Tom Darvill is a contentious IP expert. In April 2021, the firm recruited Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's former India disputes head Nicholas Peacock as head of its London international arbitration team.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Peacock

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Eyre; Jonathan Speed; Tom Darvill

Testimonials

B&B is very good at using arbitration for IP disputes, and has lots of experience of the process.

They are very easy to work with, efficient, and on top of their brief.

Senior associate Tom Darvill combines strong legal and strategic abilities with a relaxed working style that makes the process easier.

Key clients

Carpatsky Petroleum Corporation

International Copyright Enterprise Services

Property finance Tier 5

The 'very knowledgeable and commercial' real estate finance team at Bird & Bird LLP has a strong international presence with offices across Europe and Asia, and increasingly advises on inbound real estate investment. Financing date centres and handling work in the logistics sector are also strengths of the practice. The team was significantly bolstered by the arrival of new practice head James Salford, who joined the firm in February 2020 from Addleshaw Goddard and has extensive expertise in the hotel finance sector. Jonathan Baker is also a notable member of the team.

Practice head(s):

James Salford

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Baker

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and commercial. Particular expertise in the hotel sector.’

‘James Salford is very good at breaking issues down and resolving them. Incredible breadth and depth of knowledge with real insight into the hotel sector.’

Key clients

Aareal Bank

Ahli United Bank (UK) PLC

Bank Leumi

Bank of Ireland

Bank of London and The Middle East plc

Ingenious Real Estate Finance

Gulf Islamic Investments LLC

National Bank of Kuwait (International) PLC

Precis Group

RO Group

Santander

Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 6

Although Bird & Bird LLP is less visible in either the core UK-based syndicated loans or the global loans space, it is a leading player in some specific niches for a lender-focused client base. One such specialism is within the emerging markets space, an area in which the 'truly exceptional' Andrew Hallgarth has particular expertise, primarily as a result of his regular work for numerous development banks/multilaterals. Joss Hargrave co-heads the overarching finance and finance regulation team alongside Trystan Tether and is noted for his 'very personable, responsive and knowledgeable approach to work within the sports finance sector.'

Practice head(s):

Trystan Tether; Joss Hargrave

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hallgarth; Gavin Punia; Claire Barker

Testimonials

The quality of advice and services is to a very high standard and reasonably priced.’

Amazing service, top quality of legal advice together with excellent commercial understanding while working within legal budget constraints.’

Andrew Hallgarth is a truly exceptional lawyer with utter dedication to his clients and their interests/needs.’

Andrew Hallgarth is really an incredible lawyer, always available, business oriented and always able to find pragmatic and innovative solutions to difficult situations.’

Joss Hargrave has a very personable, responsive and knowledgeable approach to work within the sports finance sector.’

Key clients

Santander

Bank of Montreal

Macquarie Bank

Arbuthnot Latham

EU and competition Tier 6

Bird & Bird LLP's practice spans merger clearances, cartel investigations and complex compliance advice, and the group works with high profile clients from a number of sectors including heavily regulated industries such as telecoms. Peter Willis  is the sole partner in London but forms part of a cross-office team that includes over 60 lawyers internationally. Richard Eccles retired from the partnership in August 2020, continuing to advise clients in his capacity as a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Peter Willis

Other key lawyers:

Richard Eccles; Ariane Le Strat

Testimonials

I think this practice is very good at deploying the correct person for an issue in a timely manner. Equally if the interlocutor was not the correct person, they would openly admit that and refer us to their colleague with the right expertise. They handled a diverse range of queries efficiently and professionally.

Ariane Le Strat has been exceptional to deal with. I value the rapidity of her replies and the thoroughness of her work, as well as her clarity and honesty. She was incredibly informative in her advice and made us feel reassured throughout.’

Key clients

easyJet

Nokia

Six Nations Rugby Limited

Celtic Rugby

Tempur Sealy

Costa Coffee

Arçelik/Beko

Crowdcube

Chilly’s Bottles

Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 7

Led by the 'stellar' Joss Hargrave , Bird & Bird LLP's 'small but focused team' provides 'commercially-focused' advice to IPs, investors and debtors across a range of restructuring and formal insolvency procedures. The team is particularly adept at handling matters within heavily regulated sectors, including aviation and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Joss Hargrave

Testimonials

Very strong practice areas and sector focus.’

Small but focused team. Flexible on billing which is appropriate to client needs’.

The team is pragmatic and realistic in helping deliver solutions and not just identify problems.’

The team provides excellent commercially focused advice.’

The team manages to strike the right balance of technical knowledge, balanced with a great commercial understanding of complex financial situations.’

Joss Hargrave – strong organisational skills, knows how to present a case effectively and can anticipate how things will play out. He is a stellar individual.’

Finland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

The commercial, corporate and M&A practice at Bird & Bird LLP focuses on private and cross-border transactions, with experience in joint ventures and private equity matters. Key sector strengths lie in the technology, communications and transport industries. Team head Maria Carlsson has extensive expertise in strategic contracting issues and acts for clients in the automotive and infrastructure industries.

Practice head(s):

Maria Carlsson

Testimonials

‘Very good attention to our case and internal coordination to perform the tasks.’

‘The individuals work with great attention and motivation to deliver excellent quality to customers.’

Key clients

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Prime Minister’s Office

National Instruments Corporation

ANS Finland Oy

Seafarer’s Pension Fund

Ministry of Transport and Communications

Basware

Lantmännen

SPX Corporation

Eezy Oyj (previously VMP Group)

Exitteams Oy

F-Secure

Fortum

India > Foreign firms Tier 5

Bird & Bird LLP demonstrates unparalleled expertise in the life sciences sector, acting as counsel of choice for several of India's pharmaceutical companies both on advisory work as well as patent litigation. Other fields of particular activity for the team include technology (with special emphasis on M&A and data protection issues), media and sports. The group is led by Nipun Gupta, whose areas of expertise include M&A, corporate finance and dispute resolution, and information law specialist James Mullock. Both are based in London.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Bird & Bird have a genuine industry focus. Whilst many international law firms and Indian law firms have “core-sector” focus initiatives, Bird & Bird takes it to another level. For each area that falls within a core sector they seem to have dedicated, specialist lawyers, often having spent time in-house in the relevant sector in numerous B & B offices. This translates into unique sector experience and knowledge which is invaluable when advising clients.’

‘Nipun Gupta is also a standout lawyer who assists to differentiate Bird & Bird from the competitors. Nipun is someone who has advised Indian and international clients on many matters over the years in multiple jurisdictions, so can assist the client to get to the point they need to, with the right team and all very promptly. Nipun demonstrates substantive skill at understanding what the client needs in multiple jurisdictions on a very timely and honest basis.’

Key clients

Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.

Invenire Energy

Materia

Comviva Technologies Limited

EY

National Petroleum Construction Company

Merck

Rebel Foods

AirAsia (India) Limited

For the past decade, Bird & Bird has been the go-to international legal firm for companies being changed by technology and the digital world. Whether traditional businesses leveraging cutting-edge technology or start-ups changing the status quo, it guides clients through all the regulatory, legal and commercial aspects of this fast-moving environment. The firm combines exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their goals.

The firm: Bird & Bird currently works with over 50 of the Fortune Top 100 companies and nearly two-thirds of the world’s 100 Most Innovative Companies as named by Forbes. 75% of its top 100 clients have been with it for over five years, testament to the high level of service and legal expertise it delivers.

Types of work undertaken: Bird & Bird organises itself around its clients, with its lawyers typically arranged in groups which focus on key industries and sectors. This structure drives the firm to develop and maintain high-level expertise in practice areas and geographic regions which serve the needs of its client base. The firm provides a broad advisory, transactional and contentious capability, with the sector and practice groups interacting to provide the best possible service to its clients.

Key industry sectors: automotive, aviation and defence, energy and utilities, financial services, life sciences and healthcare, media, entertainment and sport, retail and consumer, and tech and comms.

Main areas of practice: banking and finance, commercial, competition and EU, corporate, dispute resolution, franchising, HR services, intellectual property, outsourcing, privacy and data protection, public projects and procurement, real estate, regulatory and administrative, restructuring and insolvency, tax, trade and customs.

International: with over 1,200 legal practitioners in 28 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and close ties with firms in Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey, Bird & Bird is perfectly placed to offer local expertise, globally delivered. Helping clients to realise their business goals, Bird & Bird applies a one-firm approach, offering a highly integrated service. Clients benefit from its truly international approach with around 90% of its major clients working with multiple offices seamlessly across jurisdictions.

Other offices: Aarhus, Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Bratislava, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Dubai, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, The Hague, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney and Warsaw.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive officer David Kerr
Chairman Massimiliano Mostardini
Automotive Simon Shooter
Aviation and defence Paul Briggs
Banking and finance Trystan Tether
Commercial Ronald Hendrikx
Commercial Simon Shooter
Competition and EU Richard Eccles
Competition and EU Peter Willis
Corporate Neil Blundell
Dispute resolution Sophie Eyre
Dispute resolution Jeremy Sharman
Employment, employee benefits and business immigration Ian Hunter
Energy and utilities Matt Bonass
Energy and utilities Michael Rudd
Financial services Christian Bartsch
Franchising Graeme Payne
Intellectual property Katharine Stephens
Intellectual property Robert Williams
Life sciences and healthcare Mark Hilton
Life sciences and healthcare Sally Shorthose
Media, entertainment and sport Phil Sherrell
Media, entertainment and sport Jonathan Taylor
Outsourcing Mark Leach
Privacy and data protection Ruth Boardman
Public projects and procurement Jeremy Sharman
Public projects and procurement Roger Bickerstaff
Real estate Jonathan Baker
Restructuring and insolvency Joss Hargrave
Retail and consumer Graeme Payne
Tax Mathew Oliver
Tech and comms Roger Bickerstaff
Tech and comms Graeme Maguire
Number of partners : 291
Number of other fee-earners : 977

Bird & Bird is an international law firm with a focus on helping organisations being changed by technology and the digital world. With over 1300 lawyers in 28 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, the firm is ready to help clients wherever they are in the world. Bird & Bird’s history stretches back to the 1830s, with the firm formally established in 1846. Even back then, the firm’s excellence in client service and passion for key industries attracted leading innovators.

As technology allowed innovations and ideas to travel more quickly, the need to protect the ideas and innovations of its clients encouraged the firm to expand its international capabilities. In 1998, Bird & Bird became one of the first law firms to organise around key sectors, enabling it to share its deep industry knowledge more effectively across the firm.

Bird & Bird combines this commercial understanding of its clients’ businesses with its leading legal expertise and the international reach its clients need to achieve their goals.

Main areas of practice

For the past decade, Bird & Bird has been the go-to international legal firm for companies working with disruptive technology. Whether traditional businesses leveraging cutting-edge technology or start-ups changing the status quo, the firm guides its clients through all the regulatory, legal and commercial aspects of this fast-moving environment. Bird & Bird’s lawyers combine exceptional legal expertise with deep industry knowledge and refreshingly creative thinking, to help clients operating at the forefront of their industries to achieve their goals.

The firm currently works with over half of the first 100 companies in the Fortune 500 and nearly two-thirds of the world’s 100 most innovative companies, as named by Forbes. Over a third of Bird & Bird’s clients have been with the firm for more than a decade; testament to the high-level of service and legal expertise it delivers.

Bird & Bird’s wide-ranging practice in Latin America has been going from strength-to-strength since its inception ten years ago, working on projects across Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. These projects have involved transactional work, dispute resolution and regulatory matters across multiple sectors including energy and projects, transport and aviation, food and beverage, TMT, life sciences and healthcare, employment, and financial services.

The firm’s offices in Madrid and London have spearheaded Bird & Bird’s activity in the region, making the most of Madrid’s connection in culture and language, as well as the extensive experience and expertise in the region of its individual lawyers. As a result, the firm has developed a very strong network of relationships with some of the most renowned and prestigious local firms in Latin American Countries.

Department Name Email Telephone
Sectors
Automotive Christian Kessell
Aviation and defence Paul Briggs
Aviation and defence Leo Fattorini
Energy and utilities Matt Bonass
Energy and utilities Hermenegildo Altozano
Financial services Christian Bartsch
Financial services Stefano Febbi
Retail and consumer Mark Abell
Tech and comms Graeme Maguire
Practice areas
Commercial Simon Shooter
Commercial Fabian Niemann
Competition and EU law Pauline Kuipers
Competition and EU law Morten Nissen
Corporate Stefan Silvestri
Corporate Peter Veranneman
Dispute resolution Peter Knight
Finance Trystan Tether
Finance Raimondo Maggiore
Franchising Mark Abell
Intellectual property Morag Macdonald
Intellectual property Christian Harmsen
Outsourcing Mark Leach
Privacy and data protection Arian Mole
Privacy and data protection Ruth Boardman
Real estate Jonathan Baker
Regulatory and administrative Jan Byok
Tax Andrew Brown
Trade and Customs Richard Eccles
Trade and customs Brian Mulier
Partners : 310
Other fee-earners : 1,300
Total staff : 2,225

The Lex 100 Verdict

Bird & Bird has a reputation for ‘large-scale newsworthy cases’. The firm’s work with ‘high-profile clients’ in progressive sectors such as sports, media and technology makes for an interesting training experience. There is an ‘incredible culture’ at Bird & Bird, which allows trainees to ‘learn in a productive environment whilst not having to be fearful of making mistakes’. Training is second to none; not only are ‘partners very approachable and willing to talk things through’ but recruits ‘never feel as though we’re an inconvenience to anyone’. Internal training sessions are also held regularly and are ‘delivered by people who make it evident that they care about their practice area’. Bird & Bird has ‘made a real effort to integrate its trainees into the firm’ and ‘it feels like they actually care about us as people’. On the flip side, recruits feel that the remuneration ‘could be higher’, especially when taking into consideration the number of hours worked. New recruits have also found lockdown challenging: ‘it’s been difficult to form social bonds, even with other trainees’ because of remote working, although it was acknowledged that this is ‘sadly just a consequence of the current situation’. ‘Drafting a piece of advice for a client from scratch and having the partner say “Wow! I really didn’t expect this level of work. This is outstanding!”’ was a real training contract highlight, as was ‘handling the closing of a financing deal as the main point of contact’. Worst moments included ‘being parachuted into a matter solely to assist with trial bundle preparations’ and ‘a client telling me off for being too informal in an email to them’. For high-quality engaging work at a firm with a ‘relaxed culture’, consider Bird & Bird.