Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner > London, England > Firm Profile

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Governor’s House
5 Laurence Pountney Hill
EC4R 0BR
England

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner delivers ‘fair pricing and excellent results’ for a diverse range of clients, spanning from nightclubs, bars, and restaurants to hotels, property developers, banks and majro retailers. The lead partner for all licensing, nuisance and enforcement issues is practice head Jeremy Bark, described by one client as 'invaluable'. Bark is also noted for his capabilities as a solicitor advocate, appearing in tribunals across England and Wales on various judicial reviews, including before the Court of Appeal.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Bark

Testimonials

‘Fair pricing, excellent results.’

‘We worked with Jeremy Bark on a nuisance issue regarding a local pub. His ability to digest the evidence, apply it to licensing regulations, and provide convincing argument before the licensing board was invaluable.’

 

Key clients

Tesco

Marriott Hotels

Avant Restaurants

Here East

Cottons

Bvlgari Hotel

Said London

Athenaeum Hotel

Inamo

Auriens Chelsea

Work highlights

  • Obtaining a new premises licence for ITV’s new head office premises at White City.
  • Obtained a premises licence for Tesco in Merton and those objecting to the grant of the licence appealed against the decision. Acted for Tesco in defending the appeal jointly with the London Borough of Merton.
  • Obtained a wedding licence for Hanbury Manor (Marriot Hotels) following changes to the licensing regime and the guidance for the whole of the grounds of the hotel.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Water Tier 1

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner boasts a broad practice encompassing asset management, in addition to high-value transactions. The practice is also able to draw upon an extensive support network of experts across the UK and enjoys a strong reputation in the build to rent, life sciences, logistics and student accommodation sectors. Robert MacGregor, Juliet Thomas, and Alan Wight are noted for their thorough expertise in pre-letting transactions, and the latter pair also cater to landlord and tenant mandates. Chris Rowe and Matthew Pomfret are proficient in development projects, while the former excels in urban regeneration schemes. Emma La Wita acts for both institutional landlords and occupational tenants, while Liana Hewson is well-versed in long term infrastructure-led large-scale projects. Ruth Miller thrives in development transactions in the residential and mixed-use sector, while global practice head Chris de Pury advises both regional and global investors in big-ticket transactions. UK practice head Samant Narula is primarily engaged in investment matters for domestic and overseas institutional investors, pension funds and private equity real estate funds. Adam Bogdanor has recently been engaged in a significant hotel transaction, while Celia Berg specialises in the retail and student accommodation sectors.  Claire Milton handles corporate support work, developments and lettings, as well as sales and purchases.

Practice head(s):

Chris de Pury; Sam Narula

Other key lawyers:

Robert MacGregor; Juliet Thomas; Alan Wight; Chris Rowe; Matthew Pomfret; Emma La Wita; Liana Hewson; Ruth Miller; Chris De Pury; Adam Bogdanor; Celia Berg; Claire Milton; Mateen Khan, Verity Waington, Claire Milton, Simon Kenley, Richard Brearley; Emma Le Wita

Testimonials

‘Everyone is friendly as well as professional and despite the large numbers BCLP manage to keep their key individuals involved in everything, so there is a real consistency of approach.’

‘Matthew Pomfret always goes above and beyond, recognising the really important issues for us and working all hours to resolve it with our best interests as the focus.’

‘Chris Rowe has excellent knowledge and experience, providing considered advice, but remains commercial.’

‘Juliet Thomas and Matthew Pomfret are very dedicated and considered in their advice and approach to transactions, balancing technical legal considerations with commercial outcomes.’

‘Matthew Pomfret has excellent knowledge across all areas of real estate, which is invaluable.’

‘Very client focused team seeking to understand client needs from the outset and deliver tailored and considered advice. Depth and breadth of teams across multiple specialisms to support various transactions and structuring work streams.’

Key clients

BDO

JP Morgan Asset Management

Argent/Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership

Delancey

Lothbury Investment Management

GHS Limited Partnership (JV between GPE and HKMA)

Canary Wharf Group Plc

Work highlights

  • Advising BDO on legal work pertaining to their main offices at 55 Baker Street.
  • Advising JP Morgan Asset Management with regard to the asset management of their Bishops Square estate.
  • Advising KCCLP in relation to the on-going regeneration of the 67 acre King’s Cross scheme.

Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner boasts a broad practice encompassing asset management, in addition to high-value transactions. The practice is also able to draw upon an extensive support network of experts across the UK and enjoys a strong reputation in the build to rent, life sciences, logistics and student accommodation sectors. Robert MacGregor, Juliet Thomas, and Alan Wight are noted for their thorough expertise in pre-letting transactions, and the latter pair also cater to landlord and tenant mandates. Chris Rowe and Matthew Pomfret are proficient in development projects, while the former excels in urban regeneration schemes. Emma La Wita acts for both institutional landlords and occupational tenants, while Liana Hewson is well-versed in long term infrastructure-led large-scale projects. Ruth Miller thrives in development transactions in the residential and mixed-use sector, while global practice head Chris de Pury advises both regional and global investors in big-ticket transactions. UK practice head Samant Narula is primarily engaged in investment matters for domestic and overseas institutional investors, pension funds and private equity real estate funds. Adam Bogdanor has recently been engaged in a significant hotel transaction, while Celia Berg specialises in the retail and student accommodation sectors.  Claire Milton handles corporate support work, developments and lettings, as well as sales and purchases.

Practice head(s):

Chris de Pury; Samant Narula

Other key lawyers:

Robert MacGregor; Juliet Thomas; Alan Wight; Chris Rowe; Matthew Pomfret; Emma La Wita; Liana Hewson; Ruth Miller; Chris De Pury; Adam Bogdanor; Celia Berg; Claire Milton; Mateen Khan, Verity Waington, Claire Milton, Simon Kenley, Richard Brearley

Testimonials

‘BCLP is a full service law firm. They have a very experienced team capable of acting on complex matters and an extensive range of specialisms in-house which is immensely useful. The service is bespoke for each client and are solution focused recognising the importance of completing deals and achieving deadlines.’

‘Calls and meetings outside of working hours are never an issue and the solution focused approach results in seeking the optimal outcome for her client rather than the easiest.’

‘The service from BCLP is very partner led which means the partners build strong relationships with clients and act as a one stop shop, pulling in expertise from other areas when required. There is always someone to help and the relationship partner is good at filling in the background to ensure efficiency.’

‘Strength in depth. The reports are presented in a user-friendly fashion.’

‘Liana Hewson is an absolutely critical member of our land disposal team. She is committed, incredibly knowledgeable and able to adapt her style and approach to the situation and the requirements of the client.’

‘Ruth Miller has a calm and measured approach and expertise in dealing with complicated commercial property issues.’

‘Liana Hewson stands out for her supberb client management: she spends time building strong, long-term relationships with clients and demonstrates a genuine interest in both the individuals and the business. Liana always finds the right person within the firm to deal with the question quickly and has always provided excellent client service.’

‘Celia Berg is pragmatic and thinks laterally.’

Key clients

Landsec

WR Berkley Insurance

Canary Wharf Group

AXA

Oxford Properties

R&F Properties

CC Land

Federated Hermes

University of Cambridge

The Crown Estate

Tesco

Transport for London

Hines

AGR Renewables

GPE

Riverstone

Unite

Work highlights

  • Advising AXA on the development of a 650,000-square-foot office space at 50 Fenchurch Street.
  • Advised HPCLP (a joint venture between BriTel, Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board and HOCWLP on the development of the Paradise scheme, a 1.74-million-square-foot development of in central Birmingham.
  • Advised Excel Winner, a joint venture between R&F and CC Land, in relation to its development at One Thames City in Nine Elms.

Real estate > Commercial property: investment Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner boasts a broad practice encompassing asset management, in addition to high-value transactions. The practice is also able to draw upon an extensive support network of experts across the UK and enjoys a strong reputation in the build to rent, life sciences, logistics and student accommodation sectors. Robert MacGregor, Juliet Thomas, and Alan Wight are noted for their thorough expertise in pre-letting transactions, and the latter pair also cater to landlord and tenant mandates. Chris Rowe and Matthew Pomfret are proficient in development projects, while the former excels in urban regeneration schemes. Emma La Wita acts for both institutional landlords and occupational tenants, while Liana Hewson is well-versed in long term infrastructure-led large-scale projects. Ruth Miller thrives in development transactions in the residential and mixed-use sector, while global practice head Chris de Pury advises both regional and global investors in big-ticket transactions. UK practice head Samant Narula is primarily engaged in investment matters for domestic and overseas institutional investors, pension funds and private equity real estate funds. Adam Bogdanor has recently been engaged in a significant hotel transaction, while Celia Berg specialises in the retail and student accommodation sectors.  Claire Milton handles corporate support work, developments and lettings, as well as sales and purchases.

Practice head(s):

Chris de Pury; Samant Narula

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The partners have knowledge of the industry and the range of issues that may arise.’

‘Great partner knowledge of industry and range of issues that may arise.’

‘Verity Waington provides clear, concise advice.’

‘Advice is well-reasoned yet pragmatic.’

Key clients

Tristan Capital Partners

Landsec

WR Berkley Insurance

Kingboard Holdings

BauMont Real Estate Capital

Oxford Properties

Unite Students

AXA

Zetland Capital

BlackRock

Ashby Capital

KKR

Northwood Investors

Ares Estates

Grosvenor

The Crown Estate

Pembroke

Tesco

Federated Hermes

Work highlights

  • Advised Tristan Capital Partners on the acquisition, joint venture and management arrangements in relation to the acquisition of the Point A hotel portfolio from Wellcome Trust and Queensway.
  • Advised Landsec on the sale of 21 Moorfields to a Sydney-listed investment vehicle managed by global real estate group Lendlease for £809 million.
  • Advised Goldman Sachs on the sale of a logistics portfolio comprising seven companies owning 10 properties in the industrial space to AXA.

Real estate > Planning Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s experienced planning team is co-led by Tim Hellier, who has over 28 years’ experience in planning, compulsory purchase matters, and environmental law. The firm handles large-scale development schemes across the UK; James Good advises a range of clients, from central government and local authorities to public and private companies, on their development projects. Tim Smith strengthens the team’s international reach, advising clients in England, Wales, and overseas on all aspects of complex regeneration schemes. The team has a ‘first-class‘ infrastructure practice and handles major projects, which is a particular area of strength for James Parker. Giles Pink boasts expertise in the promotion of large retail, residential, and mixed-use schemes, as well as on commercial development projects in Central London. The group is involved in significant energy projects; practice co-head Christian Drage ‘stands out' as a key practitioner for promoters of energy and transport infrastructure, and the team is handling DCOs for high-profile clients, such as National Grid. The practice is also at the forefront of data centre, battery storage, and small nuclear power station projects. Senior associate Emma Perring leads a significant proportion of the team’s contentious work, with particular experience in judicial reviews, environmental assessments, and CPO compensation mandates.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hellier; Christian Drage

Testimonials

‘Really lovely, professional, and approachable staff who know their stuff inside out and are willing to listen, debate, and formulate solutions for their clients, taking due consideration of all factors. The advice provided is always sensible and pragmatic.’

‘Approachable, friendly, willing to listen, and collaborative. I have always been presented with a ‘no boundaries or hierarchy’ type of approach.’

‘The BCLP planning team have a breadth of experience in their field. The advice they provide is delivered with confidence and gives you the comfort of knowing that whatever situation you are trying to resolve, they have been there before and know how to navigate their way through it.’

‘The individuals in the team are very approachable and user friendly, and they give you clear advice on what is required. They present you with considered options and a clear recommendation. In particular, Christian Drage stands out and has been a wealth of knowledge and of great support as we navigated our way through a planning process with a difficult local authority.’

‘The BCLP legal team is very well led and motivated. Exceptional quality and experience, especially from the more senior members of the legal team, with high-calibre juniors in support. The team are very easy to work with; it feels like a partnership and not at all stuffy or superior.’

‘Christian Drage is exceptional in his no frills, practical approach to problem solving and advice, using his many years of experience to the benefit of the client. He provides a high-level of confidence and clarity of advice in response to often daunting and complex situations. Christian is very likeable and a real pleasure to work with.’

‘The planning team at BCLP are first class and leaders in the industry, which is why they have been appointed on complex linear infrastructure projects. The strength and depth of the team’s expertise and ability to simplify complex planning issues is exceptional. They are absolute trusted advisors and a safe pair of hands.’

‘Christian Drage, James Parker, James Good, and Giles Pink all make up an exceptional team.’

Key clients

Lendlease Euston

National Grid

Landsec

URW

Precis Holdings

Tenacity

C.GEN Killingholme

Deliveroo

Crosstree

Derwent London

Work highlights

  • Advising Lendlease on a 60-acre transformation of an area that aims to reconnect neighbourhoods that have, to date, been divided by the station and its tracks.
  • Advising National Grid on various matters, including complex linear network reinforcement and connection projects such as East Anglia Green, Snowdonia VIP, and London Power Tunnels 2.

Real estate > Property finance Tier 1

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner‘s ‘well resourced team who are very knowledgeable across the whole property finance spectrum’ is led by Naveen Vijh, who alongside senior associate Benedict West, advised on Brookfield Asset Management’s first European core-plus real estate fund (BPREP-E) on financing the acquisition of eight logistics assets located in France and the Netherlands. Claire Watson‘s expertise in investment grade lending and the student accommodation sector further bolsters the practice’s offering. Debt finance expert Gordon McMillan, ‘stand-out’ Payam Yoseflavi and Taslima Salam are sought after by market-leading lenders, borrowers and sponsors.

Practice head(s):

Naveen Vijh

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Well resourced team who are very knowledgeable across the whole property finance spectrum. Able to come together easily to push deals through when needed without effort. Lots of expertise and market knowledge in the team.’

‘Payam Yoseflavi is a stand-out partner whose affable style has a way of directing transactions. Very good at seeing the whole picture to readily resolve any issues, and he’s excellent at proposing pragmatic solutions to move deals. The team clearly collaborates very well together, as every transaction is seamless.’

‘BCLP have an exceptionally talented team and approach to real estate transactions. They always make themselves available at short notice and have an extremely commercial approach to financing transactions.’

‘Gordon McMillan – provides clear and concise advice and gets quickly to the commercial points we need to focus on as a deal team. A trusted adviser who can get on with the job and who knows when to raise commercial issues.’

‘Benedict West is an exceptional lawyer. He has a unique and sound understanding of not just the finance elements of a transaction, but also of construction, planning and general real estate issues. He provides clear, concise and tailored advice making even the most complex of transactions seem painless. Would highly recommend.’

‘Taslima Salam has worked with us previously and when called on she has stepped in at critical points to deal with more involved matters / time critical matters – ensuring delivery. She has good oversight even when a senior associate is leading the day to to. This is reassuring and important.’

‘They are highly knowledgeable, practical and experienced with a collaborative approach, working closely with clients to understand their goals and challenges. I have valued their professionalism, attention to detail, and commitment to delivering results for our clients.’

‘This is a truly full service real estate firm that is first class in all of the aspects of a construction project from site acquisition through planning, delivery, construction and thereafter in to finance. They are responsive, smart and hard working throughout their teams. Some firms are centred around a few high quality individuals, whereas BCLP has strength in depth.’

Key clients

R&F One (UK)

Qatari Diar

OEE PropCo

LIM

Tristan Capital

TIPS One Alpha PV I

Kensington Row Property

Project Arrow

Hermes Real Estate Senior Debt Fund

Henderson Park Capital Partners UK

HPREF II Silverburn Investments LP

OEE Holdings European Logistics

Cheyne Capital Management

Carlyle

BREO Hundred

Brookfield Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised R&F Properties on the £772 million senior and mezzanine construction financing of its development at One Nine Elms, London consisting of the 57-storey City Tower containing 334 apartments and the 42-storey River Tower consisting of a 203-room Park Hyatt Hotel and 103 Park Hyatt branded luxury apartments.
  • Advised Cheyne on a senior facility to finance the purchase of Taxi House, a mixed-use scheme situated on the Grand Union Canal, occupying the site of the former London Taxi Drivers’ Association headquarters.
  • Advising BauMont Real Estate Capital on an £86 million green loan from Cain International for the development of 100 Fetter Lane, London, a 95,000-square-foot, highly-sustainable, best-in-class office scheme.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

The real estate disputes team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner handles complex lease disputes, restrictive covenant cases and landlord and tenant matters for a wide-range of blue-chip clients. ‘Expert in his field’ Akhil Markanday leads the team and is experienced in all aspects of contentious property work, including complex joint ventures and sale and purchase disputes. Roger Cohen advises investors, owners and occupiers on real estate disputes and transactional risks, whilst ‘top-rate lawyer’ Rebecca Campbell handles complex disputes surrounding exit strategies, dilapidation claims and insolvency claims. The ‘brilliant’ Anna Iceton is also a key team member with strong abilities acting for a range of institutional clients in both commercial and residential contexts. Michael Metliss left the team to join Fladgate LLP in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Akhil Markanday

Other key lawyers:

Roger Cohen; Victoria Blanchard; Rebecca Campbell; Anna Iceton; Edward Gardner

Testimonials

‘Victoria Blanchard is my go-to on rights of light queries for development projects. She is an astute tactician.’

‘Anna Iceton is always on point – her legal analysis is brilliant.’

‘Rebecca Campbell is a top-rate lawyer and great at client management.’

‘Akhil Markanday is my go-to man. His opinions have steered us through litigation on a number of occasions, his analysis of matters is quick and robust. I can think of no one better in the industry. His advice is commercial and excellent at that. He’s a subject matter expert and somewhere that we have always relied upon.’

‘Akhil Markanday is more than just an expert in his field. He is pragmatic, creative and commercial. Not just a black letter law practitioner – he considers the practical context which maximises the chances of an optimal outcome. He is personable, responsive and open to suggestions, which fosters a better client relationship dynamic.’

‘Roger Cohen is extremely experienced and it is very reassuring to have him in your corner when dealing with highly sensitive legal matters. He remains calm under pressure, stands his ground and responds accordingly. The quality of his legal letters is quite something; it fills you with confidence. Roger is very personable and easy to deal with which is important in a high-pressured situation.’

‘This is a team at the top of its game. Incredibly well-versed in the concerns of developer clients with fantastic, considered analysis of problems and constructive solutions.’

‘Akhil Markanday is brilliant with clients, calm and reassuring. Edward Gardner is one to watch – a star in the making.’

Key clients

Aviva

The Crown Estate

Grosvenor

Canary Wharf Group

Landsec

BlackRock

Heathrow Airport

Great Portland Estates

National Grid

Deliveroo

Tesco

Nike

Almacantar

BDO

Ballymore

Federated Hermes

Thames Water

Pembroke

Work highlights

  • Acted for the freeholders of high-end Fitzrovia development Fitzroy House, successfully defending a multi-million-pound High Court noise nuisance claim brought by a long leaseholder.
  • Advised Almacantar, owner of London’s iconic Centre Point development, in securing an injunction restraining Urban Explorers who trespass in order to scale (and sometimes even parachute off) the tallest parts of the development.
  • Acted for the landlords/site providers in a widely reported Telecoms lease renewal case of particular importance on the issue of rental valuation in new and renewed Telecoms Code agreements.

Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 2

With ever-expanding global capabilities, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner acts on a range of commercial issues, with continued excellence in the retail, tech, and fintech sphere. A key feature of the practice’s offering is helping big businesses’ strategic goal of improving customer reach, exemplified by Farfetch and Outlier Venture’s collaboration to launch a Web3 programme, and developing Estee Lauder’s loyalty programme in Israel. Richard Shaw and Marcus Pearl co-head the department, with the former primarily active on a litany of commercial agreements in the retail sector, and the latter concentrating on big-ticket telecommunications, tech and media matters, working with clients such as BT Group and Lumen. Carol Osborne‘s wide-ranging expertise has seen her advise on distribution agreements in the agricultural industry, global licence arrangements for retail giants, as well as transitional services agreements, while senior associate Kate Jeffery continues to provide valuable insight to a wide breadth of practice mandates.

Practice head(s):

Richard Shaw; Marcus Pearl

Other key lawyers:

Carol Osborne; Kate Jeffrey

Testimonials

‘They are an invaluable and trusted resource for us.’

‘Richard Shaw heads up the team we work with and is a delight to deal with. He is always super responsive, has sound advice and always delivers this in such a concise, logical and calm way.’

Key clients

Carrefour International Partnerships

Farfetch

Lumen Technology Inc.

Ocado Group

BT

Worldwide Technology Inc.

Schroders

Marketcast LLC

Hardinge Inc.

Dr. Koniver

Driscolls Inc.

Driscoll’s International Holdings BV

Estée Lauder Companies Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Carrefour International Partnerships in relation to its long-term franchise arrangement with Electra Consumer Products and its subsidiary Yenot Bitan, which currently operates over 150 supermarkets in Israel.
  • Advising Farfetch on its equity investment in Outlier Capital LLP and related co-investment/commercial arrangements.
  • Advising Lumen Technology, Inc. on the proposed divestiture of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business, to London-headquartered Colt Technology Services (Colt) for $1.8 billion.

Corporate and commercial > Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner‘s ‘responsive and solution orientated’ team is highly experienced in the entire spectrum of equity capital markets work, including IPOs, follow-on listing and public M&A – in addition to fully integrated US securities law advice. Richard Werner  and Tom Bacon jointly lead the department following the departure of former practice head Alexander Keepin to Simmons & Simmons in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Richard Werner; Tom Bacon

Other key lawyers:

Lara Rush

Testimonials

‘Responsive, solution orientated’

‘Tom Bacon is a rising and promising figure – very engaged and solution-orientated.’

‘Enjoyable to work with – partner engagement throughout transactions, able to quickly and efficiently turn around work, commercial approach and a good understanding of our business and the risks faced’

‘Richard Werner has strong technical knowledge regarding funds, he is highly responsive and provides sound advice and solutions to legal issues.’

‘BCLP are a top class corporate law firm. I have worked with them on and off for my 13 years in the City and since their BLP days, through their merger, they have maintained an excellent reputation for efficient, reliable and reasonably priced legal advice, both for corporate clients and as legal counsel to financial adviser.’

‘Lara Rush is one of the most impressive Associates I have come across. She seems a natural Partner in waiting, despite her relatively young years. A relentless work ethic, technical competence and an extremely personable nature with clients means she maintains an excellent reputation in the industry.’

‘I would have no hesitation using BCLP in all areas of equity capital markets across the Main Market and AIM (including both commercial companies and funds). Tom Bacon in particular is technical, commercial and responsive which make him a standout partner. Tom was also instrumental in developing the legal framework and documentation to support the BookBuild Platform to facilitate retail participation in capital raising transactions.’

Key clients

Liberum Capital

Pantheon Resources

Peel Hunt

Trident Royalties

Stifel Nicolaus Europe

Ncondezi Energy

FRP Advisory

Kape Technologies

Secure Income REIT

i (x) Net Zero Plc

Aferian Plc

San Leon Energy

BMO Capital Markets

H&P Advisory Limited

Greatland Gold Plc

SDX Energy Plc

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Playtech Plc

Raven Property Group

Plus 500

Redde Northgate

Industrials REIT

Axiom European Financial Debt Fund

Work highlights

  • Advised Secure Income REIT PLC on its recommended merger with LXi REIT PLC. The transaction created a REIT with a combined valuation of £3.9 billion.
  • Advised Kape Technologies plc on its US$222.5m placing and Primary Bid retail offer.
  • Advised Raven Property Group Limited on the divestment of its Russian business to Prestino Investments Ltd.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Lower Mid-Market Deals, £100m-£750m Tier 2

Highly praised by clients as a ‘strategic, practical and supportive’ team,  Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner offer ‘tailor-made’ assistance on cross-border transactions for funds, public and private companies. The team acts for clients across a range of sectors, most notably in the agriculture, retail and sports and entertainment sectors. The London practice is helmed by the highly experienced Benjamin Lee, noted for his experience in the financial services, real estate and retail industry. Regarded by some clients as ‘the best corporate lawyer,’ the ‘pragmatic, responsive and commercial’ Jinal Shah is a key port of call for cross-border transactions, especially in emerging markets. Servicing multinationals, investors, financial sponsors and entrepreneurs across an array of sectors, John Bennett  operates a broad practice, with experience in corporate finance, M&A, shareholder activism, joint ventures and private investments. Andrew Hart is an expert in the retail and financial services industries, acting on acquisitions, joint ventures, carve-outs and issues of equity. M&A and corporate finance expert Marie Johnson and Simon Beddow are further key names to note. Ian Ivory left the firm to join White & Case LLP in January 2023, while Indi Heire left to join GIC in November 2022.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Lee; Joel Lander

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team make everything easy. They are strategic, practical and supportive, put you in a position to win deals, and complete transactions on short time frames.’

‘Jinal Shah is the best corporate lawyer I have worked with. He is down to earth, practical, and strategic. He co-ordinates the many workstreams across practice areas and lifts the burden from in-house counsel.’

‘The service provided by the team is really tailor-made, which is highly appreciated on our end. The team has the ability to build cohesive, high-performance teams to carry out targeted, high value-added missions (projects) in a risky, complex context. The advice goes beyond the purely technical and includes tactical elements adapted to the context.’

‘The personal relationship with Jinal Shah is highly valued, and his unparalleled negotiating skills make him an indispensable asset in any deal. All associates (both mid-level and senior) are extremely talented, which means that on certain deals, where working directly with a partner is not essential, they can deliver high-quality work.’

‘Jinal Shah is very pragmatic, responsive and commercial. He is a stand out partner in the corporate team.’

Key clients

Manzanita Capital

ME+EM

McWin Food Ecosystem Fund

Ocado Group

Tristan Capital Partners

Lumen Technologies

RAW Charging Group

Secure Income REIT plc

Landsec

The Office Group

Carrefour Group

Newmark Group Inc.

Magdalen College, Oxford University

Farfetch

Playtech

Dagenham JV Limited

Moorfield Real Estate Fund IV

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > VAT and indirect tax Tier 2

‘The level of expertise is exceptional’ at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, with the team handling both contentious and non-contentious VAT and indirect tax mandates on a domestic and international basis, including SDLT matters. its client base includes investment banks, large multinationals, pension funds, real estate investment funds, property owners, and investors. Elizabeth Bradley chairs the firm’s global tax practice and is active in handling tax-related transactions. She is supported by chartered accountant Alan Sinyor who has advised on a number of VAT cases before tribunals. Andy West was promoted to the partnership in January 2023 and focuses on real estate-related tax mandates. Richard Harbot joined DLA Piper in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Alan Sinyor; Kate Ison; Andy West

Testimonials

‘BCLP provides expert advice quickly and efficiently, with clear communication throughout.’

‘The level of expertise is exceptional and it is provided quickly.’

‘It provides a very reliable service and I have been very happy working with them.’

‘Alan Sinyor has thorough understanding of the way VAT interacts with the real estate sector. His advice is very clear and he is able to communicate verbally and in writing in a way which cuts through the complexity. I would summarise his strengths as someone with deep insight into the tax legislation with an ability to cut through the complexities to find acceptable solutions.’

‘Excellent service with unparalleled VAT law knowledge.’

‘Alan Sinyor is always quick to respond. He gives excellent VAT advice and he sets out the issues and his final advice in a clear, concise, and understandable manner.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: civil Tier 2

Lawyers at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner work in close tandem with the firm’s wider regulatory, white-collar crime, investigation and tax teams to support on a wealth of complex, cross-border matters. The offering is helmed by Segun Osuntokun, a key port of call for state governments and entities, multinational conglomerates, financial services players, high-net-worth individuals, and energy and natural resources companies; he is distinctly well-versed in matters involving Africa and other developing countries, and is supported by investment fraud specialist, Andrew Tuson.

Practice head(s):

Segun Osuntokun

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Tuson; Graham Shear

Testimonials

‘The team demonstrated to me over the 18 months of work that they were completely trustworthy and only had my best interests at heart. They were constantly trying to de-escalate a dispute which had the potential to result in multi-year litigation. I benefited from their clear depth of experience of this type of work.’

‘BCLP is well known and obviously up the standard of a leading city firm of solicitors.’

‘Andrew Tuson Calm, thoughtful and incisive. Extremely committed for his clients and very sensible. A pleasure to work with him.’

‘Exceptional strength right across the board – no weaknesses as a team. They manage to combine technical excellence with superb judgement.’

‘Andrew Tuson – technically gifted lawyer with excellent judgement who is a pleasure to work with. Segun Osuntokun – a complete class act. All round brilliance.’

Key clients

Asturion Fondation

BGC Partners Inc.

Vatche Manoukian

Wallshire Limited, Rosestar Properties Limited and Kingstar Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the Asturion Fondation – a foundation established to hold assets on behalf of the Saudi royal family – in highly contested proceedings for the recovery of an ultra-high value property portfolio including property in London. This case was identified this year as one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases.
  • Successfully advised Vatche Manoukian on his battle with two Lebanese banks who have been ordered by the court to transfer Mr Manoukian’s personal funds out of Lebanon. Our firm continues to act for Vatche Manoukian in this ground-breaking case which was also one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 cases.
  • Representing BGC Partners – in respect of large-scale frauds perpetrated on BGC Partners by rogue employees.

Dispute resolution > Competition litigation Tier 2

The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner represents a diverse range of well-known clients, including BT, Tesco, and EasyJet, in standalone and follow-on damages claims in both the High Court and the CAT, in addition to collective actions. Edward Coulson heads the practice, often representing both claimants and defendants in actions concerning alleged abuse of dominance; while senior associate Andrew Leitch handles price fixing cartel disputes and abuse of dominance cases. Ben Blacklock has a great deal of expertise in commercial disputes, often appearing before the High Court, the CAT, and the Court of Appeal in matters concerning leniency applications and cartel investigations. Associate Ben Bolderson joined the group from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in October 2022, and contributes his broad knowledge of cartel damages claims.

Practice head(s):

Edward Coulson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Leitch; Ben Blacklock; Alexandra Hildyard; India Fahy; Andrew Hockley; Ben Bolderson

Testimonials

‘Edward Coulson leads the competition litigation practice; he has great judgment and is a tough litigator.’

‘The BCLP Competition Litigation team are an exceptional team of lawyers. They combine technical expertise and knowledge with an incredibly personable service.’

‘They forged a collaborative relationship with us and showed an incredibly keen interest in our business.’

‘The competition litigation team at BCLP are excellent. Their deep subject matter expertise and willingness to get involved in tackling knotty legal matters make them standout.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable on their subject area but more importantly are able to provide strategic and commercially focused legal advice in a clear and concise manner.’

Key clients

EasyJet

Royal Mail Group Ltd

Morgan Stanley

National Grid

Scottish Power

Thames Water

BT

Tesco

Heathrow Airport Limited

Dawsongroup

Work highlights

  • Represented Mail and BT in their follow-on cartel damages actions against truck manufacturer group DAF.
  • Representing Royal Mail in an abuse of dominance damages claim issued by Whistl UK Ltd in the High Court.
  • Acted Morgan Stanley in a stand-alone damages action brought in the English High Court by 175 institutional investors, led by Allianz, in relation to its alleged participation in a foreign exchange cartel.

Dispute resolution > Tax litigation and investigations Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner‘s ‘great, experienced team’ acts for an international client list on a diverse range of matters, including both criminal and civil investigations and defence work. Global tax head Elizabeth Bradley co-leads the group alongside contentious tax specialist Kate Ison, whose experience covers VAT disputes, compliance issues, and corporate internal investigations. Alan Sinyor has expertise in the VAT area and advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters. Associate Wesley Grimm joined in July 2022 from Webber Wentzel.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Bradley; Kate Ison

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great, experienced team that works very well together and always delivers well for clients.’

‘Kate Ison has a huge amount of experience in tax disputes, particularly employment tax and SDLT. Always friendly and super efficient.’

‘Very responsive, outstanding experience, great collaboration among BCLP’s team members.’

‘The BCLP team that supported us has excellent experience and expertise in the topic of export control.’

Kate Ison provided strong legal and organisational support and responded quickly to meet all required timeframes. The advice we received was constructive and helpful and always assessed the potential impact to our business.’

‘Very responsive, good stakeholder management and collaboration, good expectation management.’

Work highlights

Employment > Employers Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner handles a broad range of employment work including strategic transactional advice, outsourcing, internal disputes and tribunal litigation. The practice is headed by Adam Lambert, who acts on investigations as well as providing TUPE advice in connection with corporate transactions. Rebecca Harding-Hill is also a central part of the team, specialising in employment litigation regarding the financial services sector, with a strong record in claims regarding discrimination and whistleblowing. Further key names include gender discrimination disputes expert Lisa Mayhew and Catherine Turner, who focusses on work related to the crossover of employment law and financial services regulation. Jackie Thomas moved to Fox & Partners in September 2023.

Practice head(s):

Adam Lambert

Key clients

Lumen Technologies

Citibank

Heidrick & Struggles

MUFG Bank, Ltd

Business Talent Group

Affiliated Managers Group

David C Cook

Angel Trains

The administrators and receivers of Worcester Warriors rugby club

Stifel Financial Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advised Lumen Technologies on the employment aspects of a $1.8 billion proposed divestiture of its Europe, Middle East and Africa business including its terrestrial and subsea networks, data centres and network equipment in the region, to London-headquartered Colt Technology Services.
  • Advised Stifel Financial Corp. on the multi-jurisdictional acquisition of shares and assets of a global investment banking boutique. Advised on several employment issues including TUPE requirements.

Industry focus > Hospitality and leisure Tier 2

The hotels and hospitality team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has a strong cross-border footprint spanning the UK, US, mainland Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and is noted for its ‘excellent’ understanding of the sector, with extensive experience in high-profile matters spanning hotel management, franchise and operational agreements, branded residence work and all aspects of the lifecycle of hospitality projects. The team comprises specialists in the real estate, construction, M&A, corporate and real estate finance, employment, data privacy and tax spheres. Jointly heading the team are hotel acquisitions and disposals, leasing, development and financing expert Laura Wild and real estate specialist Chris de Pury, who is instructed by domestic and international investors to assist with structured investments, disposals, joint ventures and developments. Nazir Dewji offers expertise in non-contentious construction law and large real estate development projects.

Practice head(s):

Laura Wild; Chris de Pury

Other key lawyers:

Nazir Dewji; Kashvi Lalla

Testimonials

‘They offer a strong team with an excellent range of skills and connections. They are always quick to respond and very competent.’

‘Laura Wild in particular has immense knowledge, is calm and authoritative.’

‘As a client, you can lean on the expert lawyers within BCLP.’

‘Kashvi Lalla was diligent and commercial with patience that has to be admired.’

‘They have an excellent understanding of our sector. They have the ability to carry out every aspect of the transactions in different jurisdictions, whether this involves conveyancing, tax structuring or debt, etc. They are always available when necessary with a can-do attitude.’

‘The team are all very approachable, knowledgeable and easy to deal with, even when confronted with tricky property matters which makes facing such issues that much easier and less daunting. They provide technically sound legal advice and always bring to our attention commercial considerations. The calibre of the law firm and partners/associates stands out.’

‘Laura Wild has a passion for the hospitality industry, and this comes across.’

Key clients

22 Grosvenor Square

Blackstone

Cedar Capital

Cerberus Asset Management

Deliveroo

Fidera

Hudson Pacific Properties

The Crown Estate

BlackRock

Tristan Capital Partners

Globalgrange Hotels

UOL Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Tristan Capital Partners, a UK-based independent real estate investment manager, on the acquisition, joint venture and management arrangements for the Point A hotel portfolio from Wellcome Trust and Queensway for approximately £420m; the £240 million financing from Aareal Bank for the acquisition of the Point A hotels; and assisted the client’s debt fund, TIPS One Alpha PV I, as arranger and lender, with an £85m investment facility in respect of a recently completed build-to-rent property, among other matters.
  • Advising Blackstone and Hudson Pacific Properties on a joint venture, Sunset London Studios Propco, in connection with Sunset London Studios’ purchase from a private landowner of a development site at Theobalds Park Farm, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.
  • Assisting UOL Group, a Singapore-based property company listed on the Singapore Exchange, with the development of ONE Bishopsgate Plaza.

Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 2

Described by one client as an ‘exceptional team with unusual business acumen', Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner’s multi-disciplinary retail and consumer products group is well placed to advise on the full spectrum of retail mandates, and counts several large grocers and luxury goods retailers among its clients. Under the leadership of Carol Osborne, dual-qualified in the UK and the US, recent work for the team has included advising on complex data flows, franchise agreements, and corporate transactions for large multi-national retailers. The firm has a long track record advising private and public companies on complex corporate issues, including cross-border M&A and private equity matters; Benjamin Lee is another key name here. Commercial and outsourcing contracts are handled by Richard Shaw.

Practice head(s):

Carol Osborne

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Exceptional team with unusual business acumen.’

‘Experienced lawyers, open-minded people. Amazing knowledge.’

Key clients

Farfetch Limited

Koniver Wellness

Carrefour Partenariat International

Manzanita US Investments LLC

ME+EM Limited

The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. and subsidiaries

Ocado Group

McWin

Work highlights

  • Advised Carrefour International Partnerships on its long-term franchise arrangement with Electra Consumer Products and its subsidiary Yenot Bitan.
  • Advised the founder and other existing shareholders of ME+EM on its disposal of approximately 40.11% of the fully diluted issued share capital to Highland Europe Technology Growth IV.
  • Advised Manzanita US Investments on the sale of a majority stake in Byredo to Spanish conglomerate Puig.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: Project finance and development Tier 2

Active on mandates ranging from digital infrastructure financings to utility developments and civil engineering matters, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner continues to be a major player in the market, with a strong bench of practitioners providing counsel to a wealth of domestic and international clients. The group has an impressive track record advising on funding deals to accelerate programme rolls outs, as well as complex refinancings of PFI projects. Practice head Mark Richards shows prolific activity across the board, especially in new transport deals. Barry Gross leads data centre mandates globally, and is well-positioned to lend experienced knowledge and expertise to a number of sponsors and lenders, while Christian Drage is chiefly recognised for his work on urban regeneration projects, with significant familiarity with the regulatory and delivery piece. Further individuals to note are Alexander Hadrill, who is a go-to in the team for debt-related transactions, and Hansy Shore, who has strong cross-border experience and acts for a range of clients including governmental bodies.

Practice head(s):

Mark Richards

Key clients

National Grid

Heathrow

Macquarie

Equitix Infrastructure Investments Limited

Nord/LB

Downing LLP

Guildmore Limited

AGR Renewables

Amber Infrastructure

Octopus Energy Hydrogen Limited

RAW Charging

Work highlights

  • Advising Equitix / Strabag consortium on the bid for the United Utilities project – HARP (The Haweswater Aqueduct Resilience Programme) Project.
  • Advised RAW Charging and its current shareholders on the successful raising of further growth capital to support its electric vehicle (EV) charger installation plan.
  • Advising National Grid on various matters including long, complex linear network reinforcement and connection projects such as East Anglia Green, Snowdonia VIP and London Power Tunnels 2.

Real estate > Construction: non-contentious Tier 2

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner distinguishes itself with its proficiency in commercial construction matters, serving UK property companies and developers. Renowned for its drafting expertise in commercial construction matters, the firm provides strategic guidance to real estate developers on a plethora of projects, including build-to-rent, student accommodation, mixed-use, and retirement living projects. The practice’s expertise is increasingly sought internationally, extending its client reach across Europe and Asia. Team leader Gareth Stringer offers comprehensive advice on contract drafting and negotiation, procurement strategy, and project management, primarily for large-scale developments. The firm’s capability is further augmented by Nazir Dewji’s proficiency in procurement strategy and project management, Kimberly Roberts’s versatile expertise on major developments, and senior associate Christopher Skone James‘s specialisation in advising developers, employers and funders on retail, residential, and other projects.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Stringer

Testimonials

‘We use BCLP for all services. We’ve been impressed with the collaboration internally with the other departments.’

‘Aside from being commercially focused and sound, Kimberly Roberts is very personable and organised. She gets back to you and holds deadlines. She can make tough timeframes work and we’ve always managed to get to where we need to be. I work with multiple partners across different disciplines and in my view is arguably one of the best we have working with us.’

‘Strength in depth with good market coverage.’

‘Gareth Stringer is accessible and pragmatic with good market knowledge.’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

Great Portland Estates

Blackstone/ Hudson Pacific Properties JV (Sunset London Studios Propco Ltd)

EDF Energy

Barking Riverside Limited

Edge Technologies

Oxford Properties

Work highlights

  • Advising The Crown Estate on the construction aspects of its Central London Portfolio, a £7bn property portfolio comprising St James’ and Regent Street.
  • Advising gas and electricity giant, EDF Energy, on the civils package for the £20bn Sizewell C nuclear project in Suffolk, England.
  • Advised Blackstone and Hudson Pacific Properties joint venture vehicle (Sunset London Studios Propco Ltd) on the purchase and development of site at Theobalds Park Farm, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire into a £700m film and TV studio.

Transport > Rail Tier 2

‘The flexibility, responsiveness, collaboration and support whenever working with the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner team continues to be first class – a team that I trust implicitly’. Russell Clifford heads the department, which does a considerable amount of complex rail financing and leasing work, with a particular focus on rolling stock matters. Another strength lies in advising prominent developers and investors, as well as major infrastructure companies, on important rail-related projects. Jason Chamberlain has a wealth of experience in the rail sector. Jamie Wiseman-Clarke acts for financial institutions, lessors, lessees and manufacturers on various domestic and cross-border asset finance transactions. In particular, Wiseman-Clarke specialises in rolling stock leasing, procurement and financing work.

Practice head(s):

Russell Clifford

Other key lawyers:

Jason Chamberlain; Jamie Wiseman-Clarke

Testimonials

‘Breadth and depth of the team and knowledge. Jason Chamberlain has good infrastructure and regulatory knowledge and can be relied upon to pick up the reigns and get the deal done’.

‘The rail team at BCLP is exceptional at supporting us on our front-end commercial projects across different jurisdictions. They are the people I contact when I have an urgent question as they know our business inside out and are always available even at a very short notice’.

‘Jamie is very hands-on. He is exceptionally technically minded and always produces high quality work. He will ensure that no detail, however small, is overlooked’.

‘Jason is our go-to person when we have a complex issue to tackle because he can turn any legal issue, no matter how complicated, into a simple diagram, which anyone in the business can easily understand and follow‘.

‘Russell Clifford who leads the team is highly valued for his strategic advice. His knowledge of the UK rail market is second to none and brings value to our business’.

‘Jason Chamberlain and Jamie Wiseman-Clarke -without exception, their support, responsiveness and collaboration has been consistently reliable. Both Jason and Jamie have an ability to communicate in a manner that is supportive and guides the team’.

‘We deal mostly with Jason Chamberlain, who is patient, thorough and experienced in these areas’.

‘We have used BCLP for many years. Their understanding of the UK rail leasing business is excellent, as is their understanding of where our business sits within this landscape. Our relationship is more partnership than client-supplier’.

Key clients

Angel Trains

Beacon Rail

Heathrow Airport

Transport for London

Magway

Landsec

Alstom Transport

Work highlights

  • Advising Angel Trains in relation to the procurement of train-borne equipment and software as a service to capture video footage and data of Network Rail’s overhead line equipment.
  • Advised Angel Trains on the impact on its rolling stock leasing arrangements of passenger operators’ existing franchise agreements expiring early, including, for example, the Greater Western and East Midlands franchises, and being replaced by direct award franchise agreements in the form of national rail contracts.
  • Advised Beacon Rail on the leasing and procurement of 30 new Stadler locomotives, for operation by GB Railfreight.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner acts for high profile clients on a diverse range of advisory and transactional tax matters, spanning the entire tax life cycle. Team leader and global head of tax Elizabeth Bradley has a broad practice which includes corporate M&A, funds, financing, and real estate tax. Highly experienced partner Mark Brailsford advises on complex corporate transactions, and Alan Sinyor is head of VAT within the firm. Andy West was promoted to partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Alan Sinyor is of Hall of Fame quality, certainly one of a handful of bests in UK VAT & Indirect sector. He is insightful, consistent, concise, clear, drawing from a wealth of VAT knowledge & experience that excels in depth and breath – just the best!’

‘Strong client collaboration approach – experience and expertise in the engagement – innovation in bringing and solving issues – clear communication i.e. explain technical subjects – achieve expected outcome.’

Key clients

Oxford Properties

Logistics Capital Partners

Tristan Capital Partners

Landsec

Kingboard Holdings

Secure Income REIT

Axa

Lumen Technology, Inc

Get Living plc

Lodha Developers UK Limited

Federated Hermes

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Landsec

Lemonaid Health Limited

King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised on the legal and tax structuring of a joint venture comprising Oxford Properties and Logistics Capital Partners on its purchase of Four Ashes Limited.
  • Advised on the tax aspects of longstanding firm client Tristan Capital Partners’ acquisition, joint venture and management arrangements in relation to the acquisition of the Point A hotel portfolio from Wellcome Trust and Queensway for circa £420 million.
  • Advised on the tax implications for Landsec on the disposal of 1 New Street Square for circa £350 million.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition: trade, WTO anti-dumping and customs Tier 3

Boasting an extremely active international trade practice, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner continues to advise clients on export controls, customs and WTO rules, with a particular strength in sanctions work. Practice head Chris Bryant is regularly sought after by global financial institutions and major multinational corporations for his expertise regarding anti-dumping and anti-subsidy cases, as well as his particular expertise in EU/Russia sanctions matters. Tax specialist Kate Ison has experience advising on complex export control issues and investigations, while associate director Ursula Johnston advises clients on international trade issues arising from procurement, supply and distribution agreements and trade compliance programmes.

Practice head(s):

Chris Bryant

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very responsive and engaged, good relationship management and collaboration with other stakeholders including individual’s counsels.’

‘Comprehensive experience and understanding about processes, views of regulators and likely outcomes, and good expectation management.’

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: contentious Tier 3

The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is marked by its ‘sophisticated understanding‘ of contentious regulatory issues and cross-border investigations. Polly James, who acts as the global co-lead of the financial services disputes and investigations department, has a wealth of experience acting on substantial and complex cases for a wide range of clients, including international banks and other financial institutions, as well as individual members of their senior management. Oran Gelb, the global banking practice co-head, also provides oversight. In a key development, highly regarded expert David Rundle joined the group from WilmerHale in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Polly James

Other key lawyers:

David Rundle; Joseph Ninan; Oran Gelb

Testimonials

‘I’ve worked extensively with the BCLP team over many years and I hold them in high regard. They have a sophisticated understanding of financial services, especially complex trading cases. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Oran Gelb is terrific. He has excellent judgment and is highly experienced.’

‘Polly James is an outstanding practitioner. She is incredibly knowledgeable and has vast experience in advising FCA-regulated firms caught up in regulatory matters, including advising on connected internal investigations. She has a wonderfully calming presence and is extremely client friendly. A very safe pair of hands.’

‘A stellar financial services regulatory team.’

‘Polly James and David Rundle are both respected in the field. They are both modest, understated, extremely talented.’

‘Unique knowledge of how to navigate the complex inner workings of financial services firms, and their people. They have earned the respect of UK/EMEA financial regulatory agencies, through steady and trustworthy delivery over many matters.’

‘The attorneys are energetic, collaborative, and in the end they always find a solution when there isn’t an obvious one from the start.’

Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 3

Always willing to go the extra mile’, the team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner acts for a broad range of financial institutions in the retail and wholescale sectors, in addition to advising members of senior management and listed companies on regulatory requirements. Daniel Csefalvay acts for investment banks, broker dealers, market infrastructure providers and investment managers on domestic and cross-border regulatory risk mandates, while Matthew Baker is ‘very experienced’ in the investment management arena, acting for regulated businesses in large-scale transactions. Polly James leads the team and associate Joanna Munro, who ‘stands out in terms of the quality of work and responsiveness’, is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Polly James

Testimonials

‘The team are very client focused and reliable. I have found them always willing to go the extra mile to respond quickly and find the right advice. They are always thinking one step ahead and frequently have their eye on wider issues.’

‘International practice with a stellar reputation. They can deal with complicated requests and have a sophisticated understanding of market dynamics and nuance.’

‘Polly James is calm, knowledgeable and considered.’

‘Joanna Munro stands out in terms of the quality of work and responsiveness.’

‘The team with which we work with at BCLP go to great lengths to make sure the services they provide are consistent and timely; good listeners, they provide good communication, clear strategy and put clients front and centre, manage our expectations, in all a great client service.’

‘Matthew Baker is very experienced, always on hand, personable, with good evaluative skills and creative with problem-solving; he is able to distil large quantities of information into something manageable and logical.’

‘Polly James is extremely knowledgeable of the FCA and takes great care to ensure issues and briefs are understood before work commences which improves outputs.’

Key clients

Playtech

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting Tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advises on strategic acquisitions, litigation, in addition to a broad array of regulatory and commercial matters. The team is well regarded for its contentious expertise in judicial reviews. Jeremy Bark and Benjamin Lee jointly lead the team; Bark has a proven track record in handling new license applications, while Lee is a corporate finance specialist who is noted for handling ‘big-ticket work, particularly where there is a public markets element’. Marie Johnson adds to the corporate finance expertise at the firm, while Oran Gelb is a ‘go-to guy‘ for contentious work.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Bark; Benjamin Lee

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘We use Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner for big-ticket work, particularly where there is a public markets element.’

‘I rate Ben Lee at BCLP very highly. He is commercial and a great lawyer too.’

‘Oran Gelb is our go-to guy on contentious matters at BCLP.’ 

 

Key clients

New Lottery Company

Playtech

Dispute resolution > Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 3

The banking litigation practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner works closely with the financial regulatory, antitrust, and white-collar practices, advising high-profile clients on complex mandates as well as related regulatory or criminal consequences. Graham Shear and Oran Gelb lead the team, with Andrew Tuson and associate Rhys Corbett both prominent figures within the team. The team continues to grow, with the arrival of Ravi Nayer from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Graham Shear; Oran Gelb

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Morgan Stanley International Limited

Morgan Stanley & Co International plc

BNPP

BGC Partners

Playtech plc

Work highlights

  • Advising Morgan Stanley in defending a stand-alone high value damages action brought in the English High Court by 175 institutional investors.
  • Acting for BNPP in an alleged transaction whereby the claimant claims it is owed €1.4bn.
  • Successfully advised a high-net-worth individual on his battle with two Lebanese banks who have been ordered by the court to transfer the individuals personal funds out of Lebanon.

Dispute resolution > International arbitration Tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner‘s 'highly efficient team' has an enviable track record in cross-border disputes, particularly in relation to Africa, continental Europe, Russia, India, Pakistan and Israel. Global arbitration group co-head, George Burn, is a specialist in both commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration proceedings; Roman Khodykin acts in corporate, shareholder, reinsurance and energy disputes; and Claire Morel de Westgaver is experienced in claims over technology, corporate transactions, licenses, and cross-border sale agreements. At senior associate level, Nadia Hubbuck acts in international commercial arbitrations administered under the rules of major international arbitral institutions, as well as in ad hoc proceedings.

Practice head(s):

George Burn

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Claire Morel de Westgaver is eminently practical and highly knowledgeable.’

‘A highly efficient team that provides timely feedback.’

All very good lawyers who provide timely and helpful advice.

‘Roman Khodykin and Nadia Hubbuck are two standout individuals. They always come up with fantastic ideas and they are a true pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

RusHydro

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Rus Hydro in a high-profile treaty claim against the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, the dispute relating to the cancellation of a series of hydropower projects.

Finance > Transport finance and leasing Tier 3

The 'very commercial and responsive' team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is best-known for its rail-related procurement, leasing and finance work  for a lessor-focused client base that includes Angel Trains and Beacon Rail. 'Very strategic' team head Russell Clifford 'knows the rail market inside out', ensuring that he is instructed not only on high-profile domestic mandates but also an increasing volume of international work, as certain clients seek to expand into Continental Europe. The 'level-headed' Jamie Wiseman-Clarke  is 'a pro-active problem solver', acting on his own, as well as with Clifford, on core rolling stock leasing work. Drawing upon in-house expertise gained through his time at the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising and the Strategic Rail Authority, Jason Chamberlain has deep rail knowledge and 'is indispensable when dealing with highly technical matters'. Anton Chambers is the main contact for the firm's much smaller aviation finance offering and handles work for lessors, asset management firms and start-up airlines.

Practice head(s):

Russell Clifford; Anton Chambers

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Wiseman-Clarke; Jason Chamberlain; Deborah Boddy; Ricardo de Oliveira; Chris Chane; Bryony Choy

Testimonials

‘The team at BCLP is very commercial and extremely responsive.’

‘Russell Clifford’s knowledge of the sector is broad and deep, and he is a partner to our business and a valued confidante.’

Russell Clifford is strategic and knows the rail market inside out. He always provides pragmatic legal advice, which we highly appreciate.’

Jamie Wiseman-Clarke leads the majority of our leasing matters – he is level-headed and a pro-active problem solver in all discussions.’

Jason Chamberlain is indispensable when dealing with highly technical matters.’

Key clients

EY

Falko Regional Aircraft

ICBCIL Aviation Company

Milestone Aviation Group

Condor Flugdienst

Green Africa Airways

Fosun Investment Holdings

ACR Capital Research

Angel Trains

Beacon Rail

Heathrow Airport

Transport for London

National Westminster Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Angel Trains on the impact on its rolling stock leasing arrangements of passenger operators’ existing franchise agreements expiring early, including, for example, the Greater Western and East Midlands franchises, and being replaced by direct award franchise agreements in the form of national rail contracts.
  • Advised Angel Trains in relation to the procurement of train-borne equipment and software as a service to capture the LiDAR data of Network Rail’s infrastructure
  • Advised Beacon Rail on the leasing and procurement of 30 new Stadler locomotives, for operation by GB Railfreight.

Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is led by Geraldine Quirk, who is notable for her extensive experience in Part VII transfers, which is reflected in the wider firm’s particular strength in these transactions both cross-border and wholly within the UK. Quirk and the wider firm also have broader capabilities in the insurance space, with a track record in handling typical M&A, reinsurance transactions, restructures, and regulatory advice in relation to Brexit and the EU. Adam Bogdanor is noted for his work with leading insurers on a range of transactional mandates, while Andrew Hart is more focused on US clients in relation to their international transactions and EU operations.

Practice head(s):

Geraldine Quirk

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aspen

Aegon

AIG

Amlin

Liberty

Aviva

AXA Insurance (UK) plc

RiskPoint

Berkshire Hathaway

Chubb/Ace European Group

Clal Insurance

CNA Hardy

Enstar

Hampden Plc

Euler Hermes

Lancashire

Randall & Quilter

Sun Life of Canada

AmTrust

Collinson

Work highlights

  • Advised RiverStone International on loss portfolio transfer reinsurance agreements with affiliates of AXIS Capital Holding Limited covering net reserves of $400m and cover up to a limit of D$605 million.
  • Advised Stonebridge International Insurance Limited on the transfer under the UK’s transitional business transfer regime of its EU business to a Maltese protected cell company
  • Advised on the £72m Sale of Tradex, an insurer, to a fund of Pollen Street Capital and sale of Clegg Gifford, a broker, to Markerstudy.

Investment fund formation and management > Real estate funds Tier 3

Enjoying longstanding relationships with high-profile real estate investment managers and asset managers, both domestically and internationally, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is active in traditional and alternative asset classes. Kieran Saunders, who heads the practice, acts for fund managers, GPs, institutions and global investors on equity investments in funds and joint ventures. Chris Beaumont McQuillan joined from Reed Smith LLP in February 2023, while Luke Mines joined from Morrison Foerster a month later. In Summer 2022, Louisa Cobbe left for Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. In October of the same year, Kate Binedell left for DLA Piper.

Practice head(s):

Kieran Saunders

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good sector and product knowledge.’

‘Commercial and pragmatic when providing advice.’

‘Very responsive. Know how we think and work accordingly, which saves time and money for all concerned.’

‘Very responsive, especially considering the time difference (I worked with them on a cross-border matter, so they were 5-6 hours ahead of us).’

‘Kieran Saunders was great – in addition to being extremely responsive (I believe at one point he was having calls with me while on a camping vacation), Kieran was an absolute pleasure to work with.’

‘Kieran Saunders seems to never stop working but always keeps a great, upbeat attitude, and was great at moving the deal forward.’

Key clients

Goldman Sachs

LaSalle

Henderson Park

AXA

Tristan Capital Partners

BlackRock

Federated Hermes Property Unit Trust

Aviva Investors

Long Harbour

Northwood

Work highlights

  • Advised Edge Technology on the joint venture and management arrangements with Goldman Sachs in respect of a landmark London Bridge development.
  • Advised Grosvenor Properties on the joint venture and management arrangements with Mitsui Fudosan in respect of the transformation of South Molton Triangle, London.
  • Advised Tristan Capital on the acquisition, joint venture and management arrangements in relation to the Point A Hotel portfolio.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Infrastructure: M&A and acquisition financing Tier 3

A popular choice for  international banks, funds and financial institutions, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner‘s cross disciplinary team brings its experience to bear on a number of major projects and transactions, with significant experience in broadband infrastructure deals and transport infrastructure. The team has a wide exposure to a variety of renewable asset transactions. Practice head Mark Richards is widely recognised as the main driver behind the practice’s project finance offering while Jinal Shah fronts the group’s M&A and capital markets work. Shah has extensive experience pertaining to digital infrastructure and renewable energy assets, routinely working alongside Marie Johnson who finds herself acting on numerous infrastructure transactions, restructurings and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Mark Richards

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

National Grid

Heathrow

Macquarie

Equitix Infrastructure Investments Limited

Nord/LB

Downing LLP

Guildmore Limited

AGR Renewables

Amber Infrastructure

Octopus Energy Hydrogen Limited

RAW Charging

Projects, energy and natural resources > Mining and minerals Tier 3

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is known in the space for its broad expertise across M&A, equity finance and mining debt finance. The team frequently represents major public mining companies, large-scale mining funds and other major industry players on major mandates, alongside representing governments on mining agreements. Mark Richards leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Mark Richards

Other key lawyers:

Alexander Hadrill; Andrew Fay

Key clients

Peel Hunt LLP

Wheaton Precious Metals

Vision Blue Resources

Ncondezi Energy Limited

Pensana Metals Limited

Trident Royalties

Alkemy Capital Investments Plc

ING Bank N.V

Société Générale S.A

BNP Paribas S.A

Work highlights

  • Advised Stifel Nicolaus Europe Ltd, as sole bookrunner, nominated adviser and broker, and Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited, as manager and broker, for Amaroq Minerals Ltd, in relation to Amaroq’s £30 million fundraising packages comprising a UK placing, Icelandic placing and Canadian subscription.
  • Advised BMO Capital Markets Limited and Peel Hunt LLP, acting as joint bookrunners in connection with the oversubscribed institutional placing for Horizonte Minerals plc. The institutional placing formed part of an £147.2 million equity fundraise which was part of a wider funding package of US$633 million.
  • Advised Greatland Gold plc on its upsized US$35 million placing.

Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

The team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is well-equipped to advise its clients on key transactions, including those involving new technologies such as nuclear fusion, hydrogen and carbon capture. It also advises on the sale and acquisition of large-scale renewable energy projects, such as onshore wind farms and battery storage facilities predominantly in the UK and Europe. The team is co-headed by Mark Richards and ‘genuine world-class individual’ and sustainability specialist Kiran Arora. Helen Miller is an associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Mark Richards; Kiran Arora

Other key lawyers:

Adam Dann; Kenneth Addly; Helen Miller

Testimonials

‘The team, led by Kiran Arora, has an unsurpassed ability to cover a range of complexities across different technologies and commercial structures when looking at energy and infrastructure assets.’

‘Kiran Arora is a genuine world-class individual with a deep understanding of how we, as the client, operate. He consistently delivers an efficient outcome supported by considered insight and real commercial acumen around a transaction.’

Key clients

Amber Infrastructure Limited

Downing LLP

AGR Renewables

Gent Fairhead & Co

Ancala Partners

BT Group

National Grid Group

EDF Energy

Macquarie

NNB Generation Company (HPC) Limited

NNB Generation Company (SZC) Limited

Raynham Farm Company (AD) Limited

Corbiere Renewables Limited

Nithio Holdings Inc.

Schneider Electric Industries SAS

Work highlights

  • Advising Downing Sustainable Investments on the acquisition of a portfolio of 11 operational wind farms across England, Wales and Scotland.
  • Advised AGR Renewables on the development and sale of a 65MW solar PV park and 49MW battery storage facility in the UK to Octopus Renewables Infrastructure Trust (ORIT).
  • Advised Energia Group on Microsoft venture as pair announce CPPA for new renewable energy in Ireland.

Real estate > Environment Tier 3

The practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is described as having a strong ability to advise on transactional matters as well as compliance’. Its workload involves advising such well-known clients as Thames Water and the National Grid on liability and compliance matters in particular. Projects the team handles often feature the development of significant UK-based real estate projects of high-value. Environment expert Aidan Thomson is at the team’s helm alongside planning and zoning specialist Tim Hellier. Associate Sam Levy  has a particular focus on planning and public law-related work. Isabelle Laborde departed to Ashurst  in September 2022.

Practice head(s):

Aidan Thomson; Tim Hellier

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A great breadth of practice, a strong ability to advise on transactional matters as well as compliance and equality, diversity and inclusion.’

‘Aidan Thompson has ably supported us on transactional, compliance and equality, diversity and inclusion workstreams.’

Key clients

AIG

International Underwriting Association

Thames Water

National Grid

Blackrock

Angel Trains

Tesco

Oxford Properties

Chancerygate

Canary Wharf

Work highlights

  • Acting for BlackRock in respect of various real estate development projects in the UK including Voltage Park and Uplands.
  • Advising on the £4.2bn Thames Tideway Tunnel for Thames Water and Bazelgette (the ‘super sewer’), and the West Midlands Interchange Rail project.

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

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner covers a variety of workstreams in the technology and commercial arena, including sourcing, supplier arrangements, data privacy and acquisitions. The team is led by Marcus Pearl, who is noted for his expertise in handling M&A transactions arising out of the financial services, fintech and insurtech sectors. Kate Jeffery advises on commercial agreements concerning IT and outsourcing, while Ben Wheeler has experience in the financial services industry, particularly in relation to payments.

Practice head(s):

Marcus Pearl

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Experts in the sector and great industry insight. Proactive and impressive ability to think outside the box to solve problems.’

‘Marcus Pearl and Ben Wheeler. Absolute commitment to getting the deal done, always available, including in the early hours of the morning. Calm, measured, nothing was a problem and we felt really well supported. Transparent, open and pragmatic.’

‘Domain knowledge and the ability to support us in managing a number of very different relationships, small niche technology partners and large global technology businesses with the ability to bring in specialists as required.’

Key clients

BT Group PLC/Openreach (BT)

FARFETCH (NYSE: FTCH)

LVMH (Louis Vuitton, Dior, Sephora etc.)

Tesco

Estee Lauder

eBay

Playtech PLC

Schroders Investment Management

Royal Mail Group

World Wide Technology Inc.

DXC Technology Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised FARFETCH on a strategic project to become the technology leader in the fashion world by establishing a tech infrastructure platform (Farfetch Platform Solutions).
  • Advised FTSE 100 giant, British Telecommunications PLC’s on a strategic digital and IT transformation project worth £1 billion.
  • Advised on a three-year carved-out outsourcing arrangement and reciprocal multi-year master services agreements, as part of the firm’s advice to Lumen on the proposed divestiture of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business.

Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner houses a practice described as ‘engaging, approachable, fair and incredibly customer centric’. The team possesses a truly multifarious competition offering, regularly advising on merger control, investigations and state aid matters. The ‘fantastic’ practice head Andrew Hockley – who has recently been primarily based in Sydney – has extensive experience in the regulated utilities and energy sectors. Victoria NewboldChris Bryant and Paul Culliford have been praised for their ‘considered and practical advice’. The London team has been bolstered by the arrival of associate Ben Bolderson, who joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Associate director Marieke Datema also joins the team from CMS.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hockley

Testimonials

‘They’ve addressed various competition matters for us, as well as assisting with general compliance.’

‘Vic, Paul and Chris are excellent. They deliver timely, considered and practical advice. They know our business, are accessible and make complex, technical matters understandable for the whole business.’

‘The BCLP team is engaging, approachable, fair, and incredibly customer-centric.’

‘They give pragmatic and practical advice that shows that they always see you in the centre of the engagement.’

‘Andrew Hockley is fantastic. His advice helped us secure outstanding results facing one of the largest companies in the UK, who were ‘armed’ with multiple partners from a top-3 law firm. His advice allowed us to come prepared, negotiate freely, and identify – in real time – advantages we had in this case.’

Key clients

easyJet

Royal Mail Group Ltd

Morgan Stanley

National Grid

Scottish Power

Lumen Technologies

BT

Tesco

Evolution Gaming Group

Heathrow Airport Limited

Dawsongroup

BGC

Thames Water

Roadchef

Accolade Wines

London Stock Exchange Group

Enterprise

Work highlights

  • Advising Thames Water is connection with the ongoing Ofwat investigation into suspected breaches of licence conditions and/or statutory duties pertaining to the treatment of wastewater.
  • Advised Lumen Technologies, a multinational technology company, on the merger control and investment screening aspects of its exclusive arrangement for the proposed sale of Lumen’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business to Colt Technology Services for $1.8 billion.
  • Advising longstanding AIM client Kape Technologies plc on the cash offer announced by Unikmind Holdings Limited on 13 February 2023 for all the issued share capital of Kape not already owned by Unikmind.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: premium Tier 4

The 'friendly, hardworking, and experienced' team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner act on high-stakes contractual disputes, with impressive multi-jurisdictional capabilities. 'Very experienced' Graham Shear leads the litigation and investigations practice at the firm, alongside the business and commercial disputes practice. Shear is praised for 'thinking deeply and laterally... considering multiple different aspects simultaneously from several perspectives to develop powerful strategies'. 'Intelligent litigator' Oran Gelb is integral to the team, as is 'seasoned litigator' Joby Davies, and 'brilliant technical lawyer' Rachel Ziegler. The team was strengthened with the arrival of Ravi Nayer from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP in July 2022 - he handles both commercial and group litigation.

Practice head(s):

Graham Shear

Other key lawyers:

Oran Gelb; Joby Davies; Rachel Ziegler; Ravi Nayer; Andrew Street; Alexandra Kirby

Testimonials

‘A friendly, hardworking and experienced team with consistently high-quality associates’

‘Joby Davies is a seasoned litigator who fights hard for his clients and is always looking for ways to win. Rachel Ziegler is a highly intelligent and commercially astute litigator who has excellent strategic judgement’

‘Graham Shear is a very experienced partner with a strong sense of the commercial context for a dispute.’

‘Oran Gelb is an intelligent litigator who is immersed in the detail of a case.’

‘An all round superb team of lawyers who combine technical brilliance with excellent judgement and dedication to their clients’ cause.’

‘Joby Davies – no commercial disputes solicitor has better judgement that Joby. He sees things others do not see and achieves fantastic outcomes for his clients.’

‘Rachel Ziegler – a brilliant technical lawyer who is also incredibly commercially astute and wonderful with clients.’

‘Andrew Street is an extremely knowledgeable and tactically able lawyer who is a tremendous asset to any team.’

Key clients

Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC

Vatche Manoukian

Asturion Fondation

Heathrow Airport Limited

BT

easyJet

Tata Consultancy Services

Kellogg Brown & Root Limited

Northern & Shell PLC, The New Lottery Company

Sportority, plc (trading as Minute Media)

The Ackerman Group and Barry and Naomi Ackerman

Work highlights

  • Advising Vatche Manoukian on English proceedings regarding the restriction of access to his accounts by two Lebanese banks.
  • Representing the Asturion Fondation in highly contested proceedings for the recovery of an ultra-high value property portfolio including property in London.
  • Advising EE Limited (part of the BT group of companies) on a £25m claim in the TCC against Virgin Mobile relating to the supply of 4G/5G services.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 4

The practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is led by Jeremy Bark, who has strong capabilities in handling matters concerning fatal accidents, investigations and inquiries. The team maintains its regulatory focus, advising clients within the real estate, hotels and transport industries on regulations surrounding and potential breaches of health and safety compliance, particularly in relation to fire safety.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Bark

Finance > Asset based lending Tier 4

Although it has less of a core focus on ABL work than some of its higher-ranked peer firms, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is an increasingly popular choice among the firm's strong corporate and lender client roster on transactions which require flexible funding arrangements/solutions, often involving complex inter-creditor issues. Drawing upon her overarching banking expertise, as well as solid knowledge of structured and ABL-related financings, the 'exceptionally committed and attentive' Shanan Dunstan is the primary contact for work in the space, and regularly advises Wells Fargo on lending in the sector, including on inventory financing and channel financing facilities. Emma Howdle-Fuller heads up the overarching commercial lending practice.

Practice head(s):

Emma Howdle-Fuller

Other key lawyers:

Shanan Dunstan; Derek Hrydziuszko; Dominic Gregory; Daniel Finch

Testimonials

Shanan Dunstan is exceptionally committed and attentive.’

Key clients

Playtech

SIR

Wells Fargo

Norinchukin Bank

Scotiabank/Bank of Nova Scotia

Bank of China (London Branch)

Harlan Capital KME

Kape

Romulus Holdings

Work highlights

  • Advised Wells Fargo in the UK and US in relation to its US$ multi-billion global channel financing and inventory financing platforms which it provides to manufacturers and distributors globally.
  • Advised Factofrance, a leading provider of financial services headquartered in France, on various amendments and accessions under a non-recourse receivables purchase facility provided by it to the KME Group, a global copper processing business.
  • Advised a major global bank on its €88m financing of a classic car collection for a family office of an ultra-high net worth individual.

Finance > Bank lending: investment grade debt and syndicated loans Tier 4

Led by Emma Howdle-Fuller, the small but nimble four-partner commercial lending team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner provides an 'extremely professional and thorough service' to banks and corporates across a range of different debt products, from a bilateral as well as a syndicated perspective. Although the firm is typically better-known for its mid-market UK-based work, it continues to grow its reputation for international work, with the 'exceptionally committed and attentive' Shanan Dunstan central to this heightened profile - particularly in light of her advice to US lender Wells Fargo on ABL/receivables financings. Derek Hrydziuszko  is also a key member of the team and regularly handles corporate lending work for investment grade clients, as well as advice to them on the financing of corporate-led M&A transactions.

Practice head(s):

Emma Howdle-Fuller

Other key lawyers:

Derek Hrydziuszko; Dominic Gregory; Shanan Dunstan

Testimonials

An extremely professional and thorough service with no effort spared to anticipate future challenges that should be addressed.’

‘Shanan Dunstan is exceptionally committed and attentive.’

Key clients

Playtech

Secure Income REIT

Wells Fargo

Norinchukin Bank

Scotiabank/Bank of Nova Scotia

Bank of China (London Branch)

Harlan Capital

Kape

Romulus Holdings

Rabobank

Work highlights

  • Advised Romulus on its £226m sustainability-linked debt from Aviva.
  • Advised Playtech on key amendments and its refinancing of its €277m revolving credit working capital facility.
  • Advised Wells Fargo in the UK and US in relation to its multi-billion dollar global channel financing and inventory financing platforms which it provides to manufacturers and distributors globally.

Finance > Securitisation Tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner joins the ranking this year having continued to build out its UK securitisation practice. The firm now provides 'excellent partner availability and solid knowledge of the UK securitisation market', and clients remark that it is 'a top-class all-round real estate law firm that retains some excellent lawyers'. Will Trotman, who joined from Linklaters LLP in late 2022, and real estate finance specialist Eleanor Hunwicks lead the practice. Trotman has 'top-notch expertise' and is recognised as a talented structured finance and securitisation lawyer for asset-backed finance deals. He has notable experience in RMBS, CMBS, asset-backed warehouse facilities, and portfolio acquisition financings. Trotman is 'hardworking and 100% committed, and he fights for sensible points and manages to maintain a good relationship with everyone despite the fight!'.

Practice head(s):

William Trotman; Eleanor Hunwicks

Testimonials

‘BCLP has been building out their securitisation practice in the UK. with some stellar senior level recruitment. They have excellent partner availability and solid knowledge of the UK securitisation market’

‘William Trotman is an excellent partner, with top-notch expertise within the the sector.’

‘Will Trotman – a friendly and personable partner. Very commercially minded and will always give clear practical advice. Always a pleasure to work with.’

‘Will Trotman is a superb addition to the team : extremely user-friendly and approachable with considerable knowledge across an array of transactions.’

‘Historically a top class all-round real estate law firm. It has hired some good people and still retains some excellent lawyers.’

‘Will Trotman is excellent. He manages both the legal team and the client very well on transactions. Hardworking and 100% committed, he is excellent to have working for you and a delight to work with. Clients like his style. He isn’t aggressive but fights for sensible points and manages to maintain a good relationship with everyone.’

‘William Trotman – always a pleasure to work with. Will always brings a positive attitude to a deal. He is meticulous with his organisation, and manages processes with ease. His knowledge of transactions is invaluable, and means he is able solve problems quickly and effectively. He manages junior resources well, but ensures he always on top of what is going on.’

William Trotman is very pragmatic and commercial. He deals with points of contention with ease and is always a pleasure to deal with. He is always ready to discuss points which are contentious and find a way through for all parties, which is extremely important for a transactional lawyer.’

Key clients

CBRE Loan Services

Situs International

Trimont Real Estate Advisors

Apex (formerly Sanne)

Mount Street

Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is a go-to in cross-border reinsurance and coverage disputes. Drawing on their extensive experience covering all aspects in the insurance sector, Jonathan Sacher and Anthony Lennox co-head the practice, which is a regular fixture on non-standard and complex matters, such as COVID-19 claims on a broad portfolio of risks for major UK and international insurers and reinsurers. Senior associate Kelly Jones is noted for her expertise in coverage issues, reinsurance claims and complex debt recovery cases.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Sacher; Anthony Lennox

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Jones; James Fairburn; Richard Jennings

Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner has deep sector expertise and is home to a team of specialists in oil & gas M&A – including asset deals, farm ins/outs and corporate deals – and in joint venture matters, whilst also remaining strong in dispute resolution in the space. Experienced practitioners Adam Dann and George Burn jointly lead the team. Alexander Keepin departed in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Adam Dann; George Burn

Other key lawyers:

Helen Miller

Testimonials

‘Diligent, responsive, client friendly approach.’

‘Business oriented, understand clients’ needs.’

 

Key clients

Pantheon Resources Inc.

Eni S.P.A.

HELLENiQ ENERGY Holdings S.A.

Ancala Partners

Odfjell Drilling

Odfjell Technology

EDF Energy

Jadestone Energy

SDX Energy Inc.

TOTAL SE

Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Eni SPA, on their disposition of 4 subsidiaries undertaking operations in Pakistan, in a management buy out.
  • Advised San Leon Energy PLC on its proposed reorganisation to consolidate Midwestern Oil and Gas Company Limited’s shareholdings in San Leon Energy and Midwestern Leon Petroleum Limited into a single shareholding in the Company.
  • Advised on SDX Energy PLC’s recommended all-share with a cash alternative combination with Tenaz Energy Corp.

Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner offers comprehensive expertise in construction disputes, providing guidance on litigation, arbitration, adjudication, and various alternative dispute resolution methods. The leader of the team, Shy Jackson, has a strong international practice in major engineering projects and also advises on high-value London developments. James Clarke specialises in representing clients in formal and alternative dispute resolution procedures, with a focus on adjudication and international arbitration. Senior associate Jennifer Varley has developed a niche in building safety matters, and consultant Marcus Birch specialises in arbitration, litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.

Practice head(s):

Shy Jackson

Testimonials

‘They naturally solve issues across department lines without having to intervene.’

‘They provide timely and strategic advice.’

‘Proactive with good market coverage.’

‘Timely and strategic advice. I anticipate a good experience from the team.’

‘Firm has some really good people, who operate very efficiently, and it has excellent reach outside the country if that’s important to you.’

‘James Clarke understands our business and our particular demands and is extremely responsive to them and us.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Social housing: finance Tier 4

Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

Clients in the financial sector regularly instruct Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner on data subject access requests, cross-border compliance projects, and the data privacy aspects of divestments and acquisitions. The ‘efficient and exceptionalKate Brimsted leads the team and has a broad practice with an emphasis on UK and EU GDPR matters, while Geraldine Scali is recommended for her ‘masterful’ knowledge of regulatory matters and authorities.

Practice head(s):

Kate Brimsted

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team provides a pragmatic approach to dealing with Data Privacy and Cyber security matters and collaborates effectively with industry experts to deliver an effective service to their customers. Key strengths relate to Data Privacy GDPR consulting and advisory services and interpretation of the regulation and best to navigate it both within the UK and abroad.’

‘Kate Brimsted is knowledgeable about her subject matter expertise and approachable when consulting with clients. She provides a fair, prompt and measured response to client requests and brings in appropriate external partners when appropriate to address broader client needs in the intersection of data privacy and cybersecurity.’

‘Excellent team that is particularly dialed in on regulators’ mindset, which is so key in this field. Overall, a fantastic team that provides top-notch service and advice.’

‘Geraldine Scali is a great partner. She is enthusiastic, very adept at finding creative paths forward, is not shy about giving a strong opinion, even if it is not the opinion we were hoping for, and is masterful at synching her advice with the mindset our regulators are coming from. We love Geraldine and are so glad she’s in our corner.’

‘Kate Brimsted is efficient and exceptional when it comes to communicating status of projects.’

Key clients

eToro

Heathrow Airport

London Stock Exchange Group

MarketCast

Tesco

URW (owners of Westfield)

Royal College of Midwives

Estee Lauder

Worcester Warriors Rugby Club administrators (Begbies Traynor)

Lumen Technologies

Dragonfly Eye Limited

AI Software LLC (Capacity)

Ness USA Inc

The Foschini Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised AI Software, LLC (recently renamed Capacity), in connection with the acquisition by Capacity of Textel CX Inc. (Textel), a technology company that enables businesses to provide automated customer service support via text message.
  • Advised Dragonfly Eye Ltd (Dragonfly), a leading geopolitical and security intelligence provider, on its sale to FiscalNote Holdings, Inc., a major AI-driven enterprise SaaS technology provider of global policy and market intelligence.
  • Advising Lumen Technologies on the $1.8 billion proposed divestiture of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business including its terrestrial and subsea networks, data centres and network equipment in the region, to London-headquartered Colt Technology Services (Colt).

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner acts for both individuals and corporates across a variety of sectors in issues relating to crisis management and reputational risk, taking advantage of the firm’s dispute resolution capabilities. Graham Shear leads the team and acts as co-head of the firm’s global business and commercial disputes practice, representing a range of corporates and individuals in the sport and entertainment industries. Joby Davies handles all aspects of media and sports litigation, as well as defamation and privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Graham Shear

Other key lawyers:

Joby Davies; Andrew Street

Testimonials

‘Graham Shear and Andrew Street – always on top of the matter, always available and extremely professional.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 4

'An excellent team of very committed professionals', Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner‘s sports offering spans corporate restructuring, insolvency and dispute resolution. The experienced Graham Shear focuses on a range of arbitration matters concerning FA rule K issues, the appointment of presidents of governing bodies, media-related issues, and corporate as well as financial issues. Marc Trottier is the key contact for financial transactions and insolvency support across a range of sports. Sports technology and data specialist Marcus Pearl and Andrew Street are further key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Graham Shear

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Experts in complex football/commercial disputes in particular.’

‘Graham Shear is one of the most experienced and knowledgable lawyers in the sector.’

‘An excellent team of very committed professionals that absolutely gave me wonderful input and confidence.’

‘Andrew Street totally and one hundred percent professional and full of enthusiasm with confidence in his approach. I cannot praise enough to bring my points across. Excellent.’

‘BCLP really know their stuff and can call on knowledge from all sports to add value to their advice. I have worked closely with them on international football arbitrations. Have been super impressed by their service.’

‘Graham Shear is one of the most connected partners in the sports law world. Constantly in demand and on the go. Andy Street is a smooth operator who understands sport integrally.’

‘The firm is a top leader firm in this sector. They provide multiple assistance and work referral on this matter, and their strong capabilities and contacts make them absolutely reliable. Flexibility, reasonable ratio service/billing and agility makes them one of the best law firm in UK for sport practice.’

‘Marc Trottier and Graham Shear are the BCLP colleagues working with us in several matters. They assess great experience on this sector, and they provide full legal service on any sport matter that may arise. They are very well-positioned and recognized in the market sector.’

Key clients

Rights & Media Funding Limited

Ingesport UK Ltd

The FA

Julie Palmer, Andrew Hook and Julian Pitts of Begbies Traynor (administrators of WRFC Trading Limited)

Fédération Internationale de Ski

Kia Joorabchian / Sports Invest UK Limited

ICM Stellar Sports

Work highlights

  • Advised the administrators of Worcester Warriors through a formal insolvency process.
  • Advised Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) in the appeal brought against it in CAS by four national ski associations.
  • Advising Ingesport UK Ltd in relation to its expansion into the UK.

Transport > Aviation Tier 4

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner advises both lessors and, increasingly, airlines on aircraft and engine financing and leasing arrangements, including sale-and-leaseback transactions, while also acting for a number of banks and other lenders. Leading the team are Anton Chambers, an asset finance specialist who also assists with restructuring measures, and Russell Clifford, a structured asset finance expert. Associate Ricardo de Oliveira handles both financing and leasing transactions, in addition to advising on regulatory matters and representing clients in aviation and insurance disputes. Former practice co-head Rebecca Quayle moved to HFW in September 2022, with Alana Checksfield following in October.

Practice head(s):

Russell Clifford; Anton Chambers

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘BCLP’s global reach and cross-functional practices have ensured that we could close multiple aviation deals with ease and confidence.’

‘BCLP has been exceptional at finding creative solutions for us.’

‘Access and knowledge exceeds most firms we work with.’

‘The team at BCLP consistently delivers on our complex investments and always provides creative, competent solutions.’

‘Especially good when working across jurisdictions.’

Key clients

EY

Falko Regional Aircraft

ICBCIL Aviation Company

Milestone Aviation Group

Condor Flugdienst

Green Africa Airways

Fosun Investment Holdings

ACR Capital Research

Corporate and commercial > Private equity: transactions - mid-market deals (up to £250m) Tier 5

Work highlights

Employment > Employee share schemes Tier 5

Regularly instructed by overseas companies to handle Enterprise Management Incentive plan matters, the team at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is also well versed in mandates that concern hiring and termination of senior executives. The ‘whip smart’ David Dennison heads up the department; performance share plans and employee benefit trust work stand out as recent areas of activity for the ‘experienced practitioner’.

Practice head(s):

David Dennison

Testimonials

‘David is a very experienced practitioner, whip smart and very user friendly. No particular innovations, but the cost of the project was very competitive.’

‘David Dennison – hugely experienced. Very user friendly. Extremely clever.’

Key clients

SDX Energy PLC

Jadestone Energy PLC

Kape Technologies PLC

Raven Property Group Limited

Greatland Gold PLC

Playtech PLC

Pensana PLC

Industrials REIT Limited.

Trident Royalties PLC

FRP Advisory Group PLC

Work highlights

  • Represented SDX Energy PLC, an AIM traded company, in connection with its recommended share for share combination with Tenaz Energy Corp with a cash alternative.
  • Retained by Greatland Gold PLC to prepare one off option agreements for non-executive directors.
  • Advised Pensana PLC on updating its employee incentive plan to take account of its delisting from the Australian Stock Exchange.

Finance > Acquisition finance Tier 5

Less siloed than some of its peers, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner‘s generalist finance offering has an excellent overarching perspective of market trends and debt products, ensuring that it has the flexibility to effectively advise both creditor and debtor clients across a range of leveraged and event-driven financings. Team head Emma Howdle-Fuller regularly advises banking clients on M&A-related financings, while Derek Hrydziuszko  is more skewed towards corporate borrower mandates, including for large investment grade entities. Shanan Dunstan‘s versatile offering includes a strong and growing presence in the ABL space and she regularly acts on hybrid deals where ABL products sit alongside other debt including term loans.

Practice head(s):

Emma Howdle-Fuller

Other key lawyers:

Derek Hrydziuszko; Shanan Dunstan

Key clients

Playtech

Secure Income REIT

Wells Fargo

Norinchukin Bank

Scotiabank/Bank of Nova Scotia

Bank of China (London Branch)

Harlan Capital

Kape

Romulus Holdings

Rabobank

Work highlights

  • Advised Secure Income REIT on key financing aspects of its £3.9bn recommended merger with LXi REIT.
  • Advised Kape Technologies on a $500m financing, including in connection with the $1bn acquisition of ExpressVPN, the premium industry-leading virtual private network.
  • Advised Harlan Capital on an investment in Immersive Gamebox.

Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency Tier 5

Strengthened on the contentious and corporate restructuring sides, respectively, by the arrival in July 2022 of both Colin Ashford and Richard Obank from Brown Rudnick LLP, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner provides an increasingly comprehensive offering for a varied mix of corporates, IPs and funds on mid-market mandates. Obank now heads the practice that includes long-established team member Marc Trottier , whose eclectic mix of work includes formal insolvency mandates and transactions for funds investing in distressed situations, impaired credits and complex loan-to-own transactions. Leveraging the firm’s real estate credentials, the team also has niche expertise advising stakeholders in nearly every major landlord CVA in the market.

Practice head(s):

Richard Obank

Other key lawyers:

Colin Ashford; Marc Trottier

Testimonials

‘The team is very aligned and joined up. Always fully briefed and willing and able to participate in discussion. Extremely pragmatic and always keen to find proportionate solutions to issues.’

‘Marc Trottier is a superb first point of contact and exceedingly able corporate finance lawyer. Marc has an excellent manner which is both approachable, for those smaller queries, and utmost professional in situations that require a more formal approach. Marc’s technical ability is outstanding, making him a safe pair of hands for any matter that requires legal attention. In all, Marc is a tremendously nice person, excellent insolvency lawyer and someone in whom an entire audience immediately has confidence in.’

Key clients

C.& J. Clark International Limited

The Equiom group of companies

Begbies Traynor Group

FRP Advisory

Work highlights

  • Advising Clarks, the iconic British-based shoe retailer, throughout 2022 in relation to the implementation of its high-profile company voluntary arrangement (CVA) involving c.350 stores and on negotiations regarding various High Court challenges to the CVA.
  • Advised the Equiom group of companies on the multi-jurisdictional restructuring of its equity and approximately £190m of debt owed to a consortium of commercial banks and private equity funds.
  • Advised Begbies Traynor Group in their capacity as joint administrators and joint receivers on the sale of Worcester Warriors rugby club to Atlas Worcester Warriors Rugby Club Limited.

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

Work highlights

Finance > Banking and finance

BCLP is an international, fully integrated, 1,275-lawyer AmLaw100 law firm with offices in 31 locations across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Built from the start to be ‘one firm’ with high connectivity and client facing culture, the new firm is known for its relationship-driven and collaborative spirit. It also capitalises on the heritage of both legacy firms’ reputation for industry-shaping innovation. Now structured around a series of enhanced and global capabilities, the firm offers clients one of the most active M&A, real estate, financial services, litigation and corporate risk practices in the world.

BCLP’s expertise covers all aspects of commercial law; antitrust and competition; construction, engineering and procurement; corporate finance; dispute resolution; employment; pensions and incentives; finance; intellectual property; private client; real estate and infrastructure; regulatory and compliance; restructuring and insolvency; and tax.

BCLP’s client base includes publicly held multinational corporations, large and mid-sized privately held companies, emerging companies, not-for-profit organisations, government entities and individuals. 35% of Fortune 500 companies rely on the firm to protect their interests and support their critical business needs and 30 of the world’s top 50 banks have relied on BCLP. The cumulative deal value of real estate projects the firm has advised on in the last two years exceeds $75bn.

BCLP was named a winner in Law.com’s 2023 International Legal Innovation Awards in the category of Knowledge Management Innovation. The firm was recognized for BCLP Discover, a smart search” platform which provides lawyers with access to all matter documents and data over the last 10 years, tagged knowledge documents, closing binders, U.S. court filings. Discover brings together a number of core systems in one place, making it easier to find and share legal resources, precedent material and expertise across BCLP, and connects document and matter information in new ways.

As the legal market continues to evolve, and client needs change with it, BCLP continues to invest in equipping our lawyers the innovation skills and behaviours needed to provide peerless client service.  This includes dedicated trainee and associate secondment programmes; training in innovation skills including service design, process improvement, change management, and innovation strategy; and more.  Additionally, BCLP invests significantly in trialling and adopting innovative new commercial LegalTech that materially improves the quality and cost effectiveness of our legal service delivery, including (in 2022 alone) Orbital Witness, StructureFlow, LitiGate, and Legatics, along with a pipeline of several others under evaluation.

Diversity & Inclusivity: BCLP brings diversity and inclusivity into every aspect of its work and culture, fostering an environment where everybody feels valued, motivated and able to be themselves. In 2021 the firm appointed Daisy Reeves as its inaugural Global I&D Client Relationship Partner across its 30 international offices. This role is a first-of-its-kind in the legal industry – BCLP is the only firm that has a dedicated partner working pro-bono with clients to develop and collaborate around diversity efforts.

For the 15th consecutive year, BCLP earned a score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate reflecting their best practice approach to diversity and policies for LGBT lawyers. This year, BCLP was recognised with the McDonald’s EMPOWER award for the firm’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Principal Areas of Work:

CORPORATE

  • Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation
  • Funds and Investment Management
  • International Trade
  • M&A and Corporate Finance
  • Finance
  • Outsourcing and Business Services
  • Private Equity
  • Public Policy and Government Affairs
  • Securities and Corporate Governance
  • Tax Advice and Controversy
  • Technology and Commercial

FINANCE

  • Banking
  • Financial Regulation
  • Fintech
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Structured Finance
  • Transport and Asset Finance

LITIGATION AND CORPORATE RISK

  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Construction Disputes
  • Cyber Security and Data Protection
  • Employment and Labour
  • Financial Regulation
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • Investigations and White Collar
  • Product Liability

REAL ESTATE

  • Commercial Construction & Engineering
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Leasing and Corporate Services
  • Planning and Environment
  • Real Estate Private Equity and Investments
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Real Estate Tax
  • Real Estate Development
  • Real Estate and Construction Disputes
  • Real Estate Structuring & Insolvency
  • Real Estate Funds

UK OFFICES: London, Manchester, Southampton

US OFFICES: Atlanta, Boulder, Charlotte, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Denver, Irvine, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, St. Louis, Seattle, and Washington.

EUROPE OFFICES: Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Paris

ASIA OFFICES: Hong Kong, Singapore

MIDDLE EAST OFFICES: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Tel Aviv

Department Name Email Telephone
Chair Steve Baumer
Managing Partner, London Jinal Shah
Antitrust and Competition Andrew Hockley
Asset Finance Russell Clifford
Aviation Jamie Wiseman-Clarke
Banking and Capital Markets Emma Howdle-Fuller
Banking Litigation Oran Gelb
Betting and Gaming Jeremy Bark
Commercial Construction Gareth Stringer
Commercial Contracts Richard Shaw
Contentious Construction Shy Jackson
Data Privacy and Security Kate Brimsted, Geraldine Scali
Defamation/Reputation Management Graham Shear
Employee Benefits David Dennison
Employment & Labour Adam Lambert
Energy & Infrastructure Adam Dann, James Clarke, Mark Richards
Financial services Polly James
Financial Crime Andrew Tuson
Food, Health & Safety Jeremy Bark
Fraud Segun Osuntokun
Hotels, Hospitality and Leisure Laura Wild
Insurance/Reinsurance Jonathan Sacher, Anthony Lennox
Insurance Corporate Regulatory Adam Bogdanor, Geraldine Quirk
Intellectual Property Marcus Pearl
International Arbitration George Burn
Investment Managment Kieran Saunders
Licensing Jeremy Bark
M&A and Corporate Finance Benjamin Lee
Outsourcing Marcus Pearl
Projects - PFI/PPP Mark Richards
Planning Tim Hellier
Private Equity Simon Beddow
Pro Bono Alison Klarfeld
Real Estate Samant Narula
Real Estate Disputes Akhil Markanday
Real Estate Finance Naveen Vijh
Retail and Consumer Products Carol Osborne
Restructuring and Insolvency Colin Ashford, Richard Obank, Mark Trottier
IT and Telecoms Marcus Pearl
Sport Graham Shear, Marcus Pearl
Tax – Corporate Elizabeth Bradley
Tax - Contentious Kate Ison
Technology and Commercial Transactions Carol Osborne, Marcus Pearl, Richard Shaw
Transport Russell Clifford
VAT Alan Sinyor
Water Andrew Hockley
Photo Name Position Profile
Jeremy  Bark  photo Jeremy Bark Associate Director
Simon  Beddow photo Simon Beddow Partner
Celia  Berg photo Celia Berg Partner
Adam  Bogdanor  photo Adam Bogdanor Partner
Elizabeth Bradley photo Elizabeth Bradley Partner and Global Practice Group Leader – Tax, Employee Benefits and Private…
George  Burn photo George Burn Partner
Rebecca  Campbell photo Rebecca Campbell Partner
Jason Chamberlain photo Jason Chamberlain Partner
Russell Clifford photo Russell Clifford Partner
Roger Cohen  photo Roger Cohen Partner
Edward  Coulson  photo Edward Coulson Partner
Chris  De Pury photo Chris De Pury Partner
Claire Morel De Westgaver photo Claire Morel De Westgaver Partner
Nazir Dewji photo Nazir Dewji Partner & Real Estate Department Leader
Christian  Drage photo Christian Drage Partner
Oran Gelb photo Oran Gelb Partner
James  Good  photo James Good Partner  
Alexander Hadrill photo Alexander Hadrill Senior Associate
Rebecca Harding-Hill photo Miss Rebecca Harding-Hill Partner
Tim Hellier photo Tim Hellier Partner
Liana  Hewson  photo Liana Hewson Partner
Derek Hrydziuszko photo Derek Hrydziuszko Partner
Nadia Hubbuck photo Nadia Hubbuck Senior Associate
Kate Ison photo Kate Ison Partner
Polly James photo Polly James Partner and Global Practice Co-Leader – Financial Services Disputes and Investigations
Kate Jeffery  photo Kate Jeffery Senior Associate
Kelly Jones photo Ms Kelly Jones Senior Associate
Roman Khodykin photo Roman Khodykin Partner
Emma La Wita photo Emma La Wita Partner
Andrew  Leitch  photo Andrew Leitch Partner
Anthony Lennox photo Anthony Lennox Partner
Akhil Markanday photo Akhil Markanday Partner and Global Practice Group Leader – Arbitration, Real Estate and Construction…
Gordon McMillan photo Gordon McMillan Partner
Ruth Miller photo Ruth Miller Partner
Helen Miller photo Helen Miller Senior Associate
Claire Milton photo Claire Milton Partner
Samant  Narula  photo Samant Narula Partner and Practice Group Leader – Real Estate UK
Victoria Newbold photo Victoria Newbold Partner
Carol Osborne photo Carol Osborne Partner and Global Department Leader – Corporate and Finance Transactions
Segun Osuntokun photo Segun Osuntokun Global Senior Partner
Marcus Pearl photo Marcus Pearl Partner and Global Practice Group Leader – Technology, Commercial and Government Affairs
Emma  Perring  photo Emma Perring Senior Associate
Geraldine Quirk photo Geraldine Quirk Partner
Mark Richards  photo Mark Richards Partner
Chris  Rowe photo Chris Rowe Partner
David Rundle photo David Rundle Partner
Kieran Saunders photo Kieran Saunders Partner and Co-Leader Corporate Real Estate & Funds
Jinal  Shah photo Jinal Shah UK Office Managing Partner
Richard  Shaw photo Richard Shaw Partner
Graham Shear photo Graham Shear EMEA Regional Leader – Litigations & Investigations and Co-Global Practice Group Leader…
Alan  Sinyor  photo Alan Sinyor Consultant
Tim  Smith  photo Tim Smith Partner
Gareth Stringer photo Gareth Stringer Partner and Practice Group Leader
Juliet Thomas photo Juliet Thomas Partner
Will Trotman photo Will Trotman Partner
Catherine Turner photo Catherine Turner Partner
Andrew Tuson photo Andrew Tuson Partner
Naveen  Vijh photo Naveen Vijh Partner
Claire  Watson photo Claire Watson Partner
Benedict  West photo Benedict West Partner
Laura Wild photo Laura Wild Partner
Jamie Wiseman-Clarke photo Jamie Wiseman-Clarke Partner
Payam Yoseflavi photo Payam Yoseflavi Partner
Number of UK partners : 114
Number of other UK fee-earners : 464