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Wedlake Bell LLP
71 QUEEN VICTORIA STREET
LONDON
EC4V 4AY
London

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

Traditionally active in the corporate real estate and private equity markets, Wedlake Bell LLP's corporate M&A offering has been significantly strengthened through multiple hires, including Martin Thomas and Nigel Taylor  from Watson Farley & Williams LLP. The enlarged team acts for a number of companies across a broad range of sectors, with the new hires adding clients in sectors like oil and gas. Both Janice Wall and Edward Craft are highly recommended for their experience in advising small to mid-cap companies, especially in the corporate real estate sector. Adam Lynch, who joined the firm in 2017, continues to be a strong force in the corporate real estate and hospitality sectors, handling corporate M&A and private equity transactions. Practice head Paul Corren was also a new arrival in 2018.

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

Wedlake Bell LLP’s real estate team is 'well led and resourced with well qualified individuals’ who cater to a client base of investors, developers, banks, owner-occupiers, tenants, retailers and charities. In the corporate occupier space, the team represent several health and care sector clients and has recently handled several high-profile HQ relocations in addition to cross-border leasing and acquisition matters. Investment-related work has seen an uptick on the inward investment front while the development team is particularly well-regarded for residential projects. David de Maupeou recently joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish and brings with him particular expertise of central London office space and mixed use development schemes.

Commercial property: investment Tier 2

Wedlake Bell LLP’s real estate team is 'well led and resourced with well qualified individuals’ who cater to a client base of investors, developers, banks, owner-occupiers, tenants, retailers and charities. In the corporate occupier space, the team represent several health and care sector clients and has recently handled several high-profile HQ relocations in addition to cross-border leasing and acquisition matters. Investment-related work has seen an uptick on the inward investment front while the development team is particularly well-regarded for residential projects. David de Maupeou recently joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish and brings with him particular expertise of central London office space and mixed use development schemes.

Family Tier 2

Wedlake Bell LLP has particular strength in complex and high-value cases with an international dimension. Charmaine Hast heads the department and is a dual-qualified South African attorney and an English solicitor. Hast is one of the few Family Solicitor Finance Arbitrators (CIArb) which means that she can hand down binding judgments in family law money matters. The team is skilled at advising on cross-border money matters and has an interest in cases involving trusts and pension issues. It routinely advises on divorce, separation and pre-and post-nuptial agreements as well as children issues and co-habitation agreements. Trisha Siddique often acts for clients in complex TOLATA claims in a domestic context as well as where there are concurrent Schedule 1 proceedings .

Residential property Tier 2

With a range of domestic and international clients, including HNWs, blue chip companies and investors, Wedlake Bell LLP's 'strong and efficient' residential property team handles conveyancing, development and leasehold enfranchisement matters throughout London. The group also acts for developers disposing of new build apartments in block sales. Recently promoted partner Jonathan Achampong advises HNW and UHNW individuals buying and selling freehold and leasehold property within the £1m-£8m bracket in central London and the Home Counties.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Wedlake Bell LLP handles the full range of contentious matters for UK and international clients. It has particular expertise in variation of trust applications and Court of Protection matters. Ann Stanyer focuses on elder law and elder financial abuse matters. Head of team Andrew O’Keeffe is highly recommended and specialises in contentious probate matters. O’Keeffe has extensive experience in disputes involving breach of trust, the administration of estates and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. The group acts for both lower-level high-net-worth individuals to ultra-high-net-worth billionaires. The team has been expanding at a more junior level too. It is one to watch.

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

Wedlake Bell LLP makes its way into the rankings this year thanks to a successful effort to expand its capital markets team. The team is now led by Martin Thomas, who specialises in listing transactions in London, and joined the firm from Watson Farley & Williams LLP. Since joining, Thomas has handled a number of equity financing transactions in connection with high-value M&A in the oil and gas sector. Another contact in the practice group is Edward Craft, who focuses on the retail, healthcare, and tech sectors, and has client relationships with several active nomads. Other notable additions to the team include Paul Corren and Claire McConway, who joined the firm in 2018 from HCB Solicitors and Carey Olsen respectively. Back just one more year, in 2017 Adam Lynch joined the team from Maclay Murray & Spens.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Wedlake Bell LLP has a long-established team that provides advice on trusts and estates, tax planning, wills and succession planning as well as wealth preservation strategies for UK and international clients. It handles the full range of contentious and non-contentious private client and wealth management work. The group is also skilled in other areas such as mental capacity, elder law and court of protection work. In addition the team acts for both high-net-worth individuals and ultra-high-net-worth billionaires. The practice was pleased to recruit Matthew Braithwaite from BDB Pitmans.

VAT and indirect tax Tier 3

Michael Ridsdale leads the team at Wedlake Bell LLP, which advises large corporates and major UK universities on a variety of VAT issues, including those concerning real estate assets and new developments, where it draws on the firm's strong real estate capabilities. Martin Scammell is another key name; he has substantial experience in property VAT.

Brand management Tier 4

Wedlake Bell LLP's brand management practice is able to leverage the firm's expertise in contentious IP and commercial transactions, and is particularly sought after by brand owners in the retail, sport and charity sectors, where the the team counts Gant, Surrey County Cricket Club and the British Heart Foundation among its clients. Key figures include Adrian Heath-Saunders, who specialises in trade marks, sport sector issues, advertising and sponsorship; Michael Gardner, who focuses on contentious IP; Adam Edwards, who is noted for brand protection, broadcasting agreements and digital media contracts; and IP and IT specialist Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite.

Commercial property: development Tier 4

Wedlake Bell LLP’s real estate team is 'well led and resourced with well qualified individuals’ who cater to a client base of investors, developers, banks, owner-occupiers, tenants, retailers and charities. In the corporate occupier space, the team represent several health and care sector clients and has recently handled several high-profile HQ relocations in addition to cross-border leasing and acquisition matters. Investment-related work has seen an uptick on the inward investment front while the development team is particularly well-regarded for residential projects. David de Maupeou recently joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish and brings with him particular expertise of central London office space and mixed use development schemes.

Commercial property: retail Tier 4

Wedlake Bell LLP’s real estate team is 'well led and resourced with well qualified individuals’ who cater to a client base of investors, developers, banks, owner-occupiers, tenants, retailers and charities. In the corporate occupier space, the team represent several health and care sector clients and has recently handled several high-profile HQ relocations in addition to cross-border leasing and acquisition matters. Investment-related work has seen an uptick on the inward investment front while the development team is particularly well-regarded for residential projects. David de Maupeou recently joined from Cripps Pemberton Greenish and brings with him particular expertise of central London office space and mixed use development schemes.

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 4

Wedlake Bell LLP's practice covers the healthcare, care homes, infrastructure and residential development sectors, advising contractors, developers and landowners. The team is led by Suzanne Reeves who acts for project sponsors, consultants and specialists contractors, and has been advising Spire Healthcare on various new developments worth £50m. Other key names in he team include Helen Garthwaite and Sarah Elliott, who advised the Bank of Ireland on all aspects of a mixed-use scheme worth £100m.

IT and telecoms Tier 4

The 'committed and reliable' team at Wedlake Bell LLP assists clients with the development and marketing of cutting-edge technologies and products, with particular experience in blockchain issues. Adam Edwards combines corporate and commercial expertise, and counts a range of start-ups and multinationals as clients; he heads up the team with Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite, who handles large-scale projects and service agreements.

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

The trustee-focused practice at Wedlake Bell LLP provides the full range of pensions advice to clients in sectors such as foods, food and leisure, manufacturing and not-for-profit. Regular instructions see the team advising on restructuring exercises (including in respect to PPF arrangements), funding strategy, employer covenants, member security arrangements, documentation updates and flexible apportionment arrangements. The team also has expertise in advising high net-worth individuals on their offshore pension arrangements. The 'pragmatic and proactive' Justin McGilloway heads up the practice.

Commercial contracts Tier 6

Wedlake Bell LLP’s practice covers a range of commercial contracts, from agency and consultancy arrangements to outsourcing and supply contracts. Adrian Heath-Saunders leads a team of IP, IT and commercial specialists, including Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite, who has particular expertise in large-scale projects and services agreements. The group is advising Axpo Power on contractual arrangements with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority relating to the reprocessing of nuclear waste at Sellafield.

Intellectual property Tier 6

The ‘committed and reliable’ team at Wedlake Bell LLP has experience advising on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious IP; its expertise includes trade mark prosecutions, strategic advice and opposition and infringement proceedings. Practice head Michael Gardner is a name to note for IP disputes, while Adrian Heath-Saunders focuses on commercial and transactional matters and Jonathan Paul Cornthwaite handles a range of non-contentious IP and IT advice.

Property finance Tier 6

Wedlake Bell LLP advises on acquisition, investment and development finance, debt restructuring and secondary debt trades, and is experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional transactions. The team's growing client base includes financial institutions, corporate borrowers, investment firms and debt funds. Practice head Hilary Platt specialises in acquisition finance, while Chris Vause has expertise in the structuring, funding and restructuring of real estate development transactions.

Commercial litigation Tier 7

The disputes practice at Wedlake Bell LLP, which merged with London practice Stitt & Co in 2018, covers the full spectrum of disputes work with experience in professional negligence, judicial review, company law, shareholders and partnerships matters, as well as banking and finance, fraud, debt and asset recovery, IT, professional discipline, and outsourcing and procurement  disputes. It is also well known for real estate litigation and construction disputes. David Golten  is commercial litigation head and Glenn Chidgey is disputes head.

Employment: employers Tier 7

Wedlake Bell LLP works for both multinational and domestic clients on disputes and corporate matters. Ravinder Mahal focuses on international employment work and is skilled in advising the employment aspects of cross-border M&A. Richard Isham has a similar focus on international employment with key strengths in data protection and whistleblowing issues. Adam Grant is particularly strong in the hospitality and outsourcing sectors.

 

The firm: Wedlake Bell provides clients with a full package of legal services delivering commercial and creative solutions for their business and personal interests. With a high level of technical expertise and a service capability which is second to none, the firm strives to meet or exceed client expectations by ensuring that integrity and service quality are at the heart of its approach to working. Longstanding clients of the firm include large multinationals, FTSE 100 companies, owner- managed businesses and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. The firm works on a broad range of international transactions and established the Trans European Law Firms Alliance (TELFA) to provide clients with legal expertise in all the main jurisdictions in Europe, as well as in Australia and China. The firm is also a member of USLAW NETWORK, Inc. a legal network with over 160 offices in 47 US states, and members in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and China and has a dedicated and renowned lndia Group comprising lawyers from teams across the firm.

Types of work undertaken: Banking and finance: the banking and finance team handles multi-jurisdictional transactions and acts for both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of syndicated, club and bilateral financings.

Insolvency: the team acts for lenders, insolvency practitioners, creditors, corporate entities, directors and other stakeholders in circumstances where a company or individual is insolvent or experiencing financial difficulty.

Commercial: the commercial team advises clients on a wide range of commercial agreements such as franchises, merchandising, outsourcing, and on competition law. Longstanding clients include large UK and international retailers and FTSE 100 companies.

Commercial litigation and dispute resolution: the commercial litigation team protects its client’s interests in disputes both in the UK and internationally, whether by litigation, arbitration, expert determination, negotiation, mediation or other methods of alternative dispute resolution.

Corporate and financial services: the corporate and financial services team provides corporate, corporate tax and financial services advice to clients including FTSE 100 companies, banks and financial institutions, owner-managed private companies, family offices and high-net-worth individuals.

Data protection: the data protection team advises on all aspects of data protection law, whether pre-emptive compliance advice, or response to data breaches and cyber-attacks.

Employment: the employment team advises employers and senior executives on re-organisations, mergers, share and business acquisitions and disposals, the protection of businesses assets, employee rewards and equity arrangements, exit strategies and discrimination issues through to day-to-day disciplinary and grievance matters, as well as employment contracts and policies.

Family: the family team provides first class advice in respect of all matrimonial matters. The team advises clients on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, divorce and separation, civil partnerships and dissolution and Sharia and international law.

Intellectual property: the intellectual property team advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property issues, including registration of trade marks, licensing, distribution and franchising to help clients create, protect, exploit and enforce their intellectual property rights.

Pensions and employee benefits: the pensions team acts for trustees, employers and members of a wide range of pensions issues around affordability, business survival, HR policy and retirement savings options schemes.

Private client and tax: the private client team advises entrepreneurs, business managers and new enterprise investors, as well as long-established family wealth and high-net-worth individuals.

Real estate: the real estate team provides clients with a range of contentious and non contentious services spanning property investment and development, construction, acquisitions and disposals, strategic land use issues and planning and environmental issues.

Technology: the information technology team advises software suppliers, systems integrators, outsourcing service providers and customers on technology projects and the issues arising out of the use, exploitation, protection and management of information.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Martin Arnold
Senior partner Kim Lalli
Banking and finance Hilary Platt
Commercial Adrian Heath-Saunders
Commercial litigation David Golten
Construction Suzanne Reeves
Corporate and financial services Paul Corren
Data protection James Castro-Edwards
Employment Richard Isham
Family Charmaine Hast
Insolvency, restructuring and recoveries Glenn Chidgey
Intellectual property Michael Gardner
Pensions and employee benefits Justin McGilloway
Private client Andrew O'Keeffe
Projects and infrastructure Christopher Tite
Property litigation John Muncey
Residential property Tom Allfree
Real estate Justin Lewis Vivas
Technology Adam Edwards
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 Chris Vause  photo Chris Vause
 Janice Wall  photo Janice Wall
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 Clive Weber  photo Clive Weber
Number of UK partners : 67
Number of other UK fee-earners : 93
Total staff : 32
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Wedlake Bell LLP
Wedlake Bell has 'a reputation for high-quality clients' and offers recruits 'genuinely interesting and challenging work'. Chosen by trainees in part for hiring a small cohort, Wedlake Bell's size affords newbies 'high levels of client exposure and greater responsibility'. Recruits report that 'the firm encourages us to move matters forward ourselves' and offers 'great training'. As for the working environment, all respondents were appreciative of the 'friendliness of the firm' which inspires 'good collaboration on work matters, even with people from different departments'. 'The social side of the firm is definitely the best thing', with regular team events such as 'ski trips, annual summer excursions and firm lunches'. No surprise then that, Wedlake Bell is a Lex 100 Winner for its social life. Recruits are delighted that they 'get rewarded for hard work', although the NQ salary is considered 'not in line with firms of a similar standing'. This is, however, offset by a 'great work/life balance', at least in certain departments. 'Receiving recognition from senior partners' and 'attending a roundtable meeting and being involved in discussions and negotiations' has allowed trainees to 'really feel like part of the team'. Recruits are confident in their roles as they have 'a strong sense of ongoing development', especially since 'there is no hierarchy'. Performing 'high-profile tasks' has sometimes led to 'almost missing deadlines due to high-volume workloads' and occasionally recruits have had to 'go through evidence and historic correspondence to check duplication of documents' which was a 'tedious, slow task'. If you want to reap the benefits of a small trainee intake which provides 'a ready-made support and social group' take a closer look at Wedlake Bell.