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Cooley (UK) LLP

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Product liability: defendant Tier 2

Cooley (UK) LLP's practice is led by the highly regarded Rod Freeman, who has a strong track record in product liability disputes on an international scale. The team covers a range of work in the space for clients from the life sciences, technology, cosmetics and consumer products sectors, among others. Sascha Grimm made partner in 2019 and is a key contact for civil litigation, regulatory investigations, product liability, as well as IP and brand protection matters. Associate Sarah-Jane Dobson combines experience in regulatory matters and disputes.

Public international law Tier 2

At Cooley (UK) LLPTim Daniel is noted for his work with a number of governments and parastatals, particularly in the developing world. Key mandates include representing various states before the ICJ in a number of significant land and maritime boundary disputes. Daniel's practice also covers counter‐terrorism and asset tracing for states and private companies; he continues to advise the government of Nigeria on national and international boundaries. James Maton and Laurence Harris act for corporations and governments in a wide range of complex commercial, regulatory and public international law disputes, with a focus on the recovery of proceeds of corruption and enforcing foreign confiscation orders. John Brown is an expert in maritime boundary delimitation and in the definition of maritime zones. Counsels Christophe Bondy and Joshua Brien are also of note for investment-state arbitration, Law of the Sea matters and for issues concerning the continental shelf.

Practice head(s):

James Maton

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Government of Turks & Caicos Islands

Government of Bermuda

World Bank: Singapore Office

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

West African Aquaculture Ltd.

Brand management Tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP advises a wide selection of brands, from start-ups to household names, across a broad range of sectors and is able to count LinkedIn, Nikon Europe, SpaceX and Abercrombie & Fitch among its active clients. The team is particularly strong on the trade mark side, where it assists with the registration, prosecution, protection and enforcement of trade marks and related rights in the UK and EU IPOs. The team is also able advise on licensing, sponsorship agreements and promotions. The practice expanded its capabilities with the hire of Charlie Winckworth, who advises on the strategic aspects of obtaining, protecting and commercialising intellectual property rights, from Hogan Lovells International LLP in January 2019. Nicholas Bolter chairs the practice.

Practice head(s):

Nicholas Bolter

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP is particularly experienced in advising reinsurers and insurers in the run-off market on liability insurance, reinsurance and coverage matters. Practice head Mark Everiss has a strong track record acting for insurers in the run-off market, while David Kendall - 'one of the best solicitors in the business' - covers coverage run-off and insolvency, third party liability, political risk, D&O and property insurance as well as reinsurance. Associate Sam Tacey is another key member of the practice. Former partner James Crabtree left to join Keystone Law in November 2018.

Practice head(s):

Mark Everiss

Other key lawyers:


The team provides very detailed analysis of legal arguments

David Kendall is a vastly experienced insurance and reinsurance litigator with a very calm and steady demeanour. He can grasp complex claims very quickly

The leadership of David Kendall is quite exceptional. He is one of the best tacticians and one of the best solicitors in the business

Key clients

Lloyd’s Market Association

Munich Re

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited

XL Bermuda

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company Limited



FM Global

General Re/Faraday


RiverStone Managing Agency

IT and telecoms Tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP is instructed by established and fast-growing, emerging companies on corporate and private equity transactions in the technology sector; it also has particular expertise advising on open source software matters. Chris Coulter heads up the practice and has experience in technology, data, cybersecurity, contractual and IP issues; other names to note include Ryan Naftulin, who assists companies and investors which are forming and financing disruptive high-growth companies, and litigator Mark Deem.

Practice head(s):

Chris Coulter

Other key lawyers:

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 3

Cooley (UK) LLP offers a range of specialisms to its life sciences clients, in particular on  transactional and IP matters. The highly experienced John Wilkinson assists clients in these areas and on regulatory and competition matters. Other core team members include Nicola Maguire, who advises on the IP aspects of transactions and Stephen Rosen.

Commercial litigation Tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'commercial litigation team is second to none in terms of knowing its clients' business and giving targeted advice'. The London litigation team's work is international and frequently multi-jurisdictional, and it covers asset recovery, employment, general commercial disputes, insolvency, insurance and reinsurance, life sciences, product liability, public international law, technology disputes and IP. James Maton heads the UK disputes practice, Laurence Harris  is vice chair of the global litigation department and Rod Freeman is an experienced product litigation lawyer. Also key to the group are Kevin Perry and Mark Deem. Sascha Grimm and Henry Stewart have been promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

James Maton


James Maton is a valued partner to clients. He makes it his job to understand every aspect of clients’ business, which makes his advice an invaluable tool‘.

Key clients

Allergy Therapeutics

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Bambino Holdings

Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands

Maritime Heritage Foundation

Tata Steel UK

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company


M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£500m Tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP is best known for its technology and life sciences sector expertise, and handles corporate M&A for clients within these areas. Much of the work is private M&A for large TMT and pharmaceuticals corporations, with the firm utilising its strong US presence in transatlantic mandates. Justin Stock is managing partner of the London office, and is most active in M&A, corporate finance and private equity matters.

Practice head(s):

Justin Stock

Media and entertainment (including media finance) Tier 4

Cooley (UK) LLP is experienced across technology, media and communications work. The team handles data privacy, competition, corporate, IP, commercial, copyright, trade marks, advertising, outsourcing, regulatory and corporate instructions, and is also noted for contentious matters.

Commercial contracts Tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP has particular expertise in technology and data-related advice, including the outsourcing and procurement of technology, licensing arrangements and the distribution of digital content. Chris Coulter leads the practice and is a member of the firm’s technology transactions group. He specialises in advising clients on a range of technology, data, cyber security, contract and intellectual property issues.

Practice head(s):

Chris Coulter

Employee share schemes Tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP specialises in the share incentive aspects of public takeovers, UK and cross-border private acquisitions, US mergers, UK and US IPOs, schemes of arrangement, demergers, venture capital investments and private equity transactions. The team regularly advises on the exporting of US and UK equity plans around the world and consults on tax, securities law and labour issues in over 60 jurisdictions. Paula Holland, who has over 25 years of experience in the area, heads the team; Nicola Squire is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Paula Holland

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Endava Plc

Autolus Therapeutics Plc


YesAcelity LP Inc

Adestra Limited

SendGrid Inc NoFuze Inc Group Inc

Rockley Photonics Limited

Fraud: civil Tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP advises clients on multi-jurisdictional fraud matters, asset recovery, arbitration, and commercial, contractual, product liability and public international law disputes. Clients include private companies, states, public sector bodies and individuals. James Maton and Laurence Harris head the team, in which Henry Stewart and Sascha Grimm were promoted to partner. Louise Delahunty left the firm for McCann FitzGerald.

Practice head(s):

James Maton; Laurence Harris

Other key lawyers:

Henry Stewart; Sascha Grimm; Tim Daniel; Rod Freeman; Tom Epps

Key clients

Allergy Therapeutics plc

Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria

Government of Trinidad

Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 5

The London team at Cooley (UK) LLP has recently been busy on transactions involving warranty and indemnity and tax indemnity insurance, as well as Brexit-related issues facing the insurance market. David Kendall and practice head Mark Everiss both handle all types of insurance and reinsurance work, with key clients including the Lloyd’s Market Association, which it advises on matters including competition law and data protection issues. The London team is also looking to leverage its connections to the wider firm's US platform and tap into the insurtech market.

Practice head(s):

Mark Everiss

Other key lawyers:

Key clients


The Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA)

National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance (NFU)

Ambridge Europe Limited

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited

Ed Broking

Intellectual property Tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP has the capacity to handle a range of contentious and non-contentious instructions, with particular expertise in trade mark matters. Practice head Nick Bolter is a key name to note for trade mark, copyright and advertising work; and Chris Coulter is highlighted for his transactional advice, particularly in the technology sector. Nicola Maguire and John Wilkinson focus on life sciences issues.

Practice head(s):

Nick Bolter

International arbitration Tier 5

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'practice group comprises individuals who work strongly together as a team to produce meaningful results'. Its key strengths are international commercial (particularly oil and gas exploration matters) and investment treaty arbitrations, as well as insurance and reinsurance-related arbitrations. James Maton heads the London litigation team, which also includes Mark EverissMark Deem and Laurence Harris, along with David KendallKevin Perry and special counsels Christophe Bondy and Joshua Brien. Henry Stewart was promoted to partner, while James Crabtree left for Keystone Law.

Practice head(s):

James Maton; Mark Everiss


The team is quite exceptional‘.

David Kendall is one of the best tacticians in the business‘.

Christophe Bondy achieves significant successes for clients‘.

Key clients



Munich Re

Odyssey Marine Exploration

Tata Steel UK

The Rock Group

West African Aquaculture

XL Insurance (Bermuda)

Venture capital Tier 5

Able to tap into the expertise of the firm's US offices (including a significant Silicon Valley offering) as well as benefitting from practitioners based in London with UK and US expertise, Cooley (UK) LLP excels in deals that involve a transatlantic component. Recent highlights include advising Accel and General Catalyst as lead investors in UK digital bank Monzo’s £85m fund raising. As well as the firm's transactional expertise, clients also benefit from the firm's impressive IP expertise.

Corporate tax Tier 6

Cooley (UK) LLP's team has a transactional focus, supporting the firm's private equity and capital markets teams on taxation matters relating to firm-wide  key sector specialisms  in life sciences and technology. Natasha Kaye leads the practice, with expertise in private equity transactions; acting for both institutions and management teams. David Wilson, who joined the firm from Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in May 2018,  has extensive experience in finance transactions, often with cross-border aspects.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Kaye

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Pizza Hut Restaurants UK

Clearlake Capital

Primary Capital

Orchard Therapeutics

RockRose Energy plc


Cooley is one of the leading law firms in the world for technology and life sciences. It leads in tech, life sciences and venture-backed IPOs. Since 2010 the firm has handled more than 1,000 M&A transactions, with an aggregate value of over $395+ billion, making its practice one of the most active in the world. The firm is a leader in complex litigation, including in high-stakes IP, white-collar and insurance work.

The firm: Cooley’s lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established ts partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high stakes litigation, often where innovation meets the law.

Cooley’s UK practice has strengths across many of its core practice areas, among them corporate/M&A, tax, complex high-stakes litigation, private equity & venture capital, technology transactions, IP, insurance and reinsurance, product compliance, competition, employment, privacy and data protection.

Cooley has over 1,000 lawyers across 15 offices in the United States, China and Europe, ensuring an international reach for international clients such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Apollo Global Management, Government of the Turks & Caicos Islands, Guardian Media Group plc, iGas Energy, Lloyd’s Market Association, Primary Capital Partners, Tata Steel, Twitter Inc and many others.

Principal areas of work : Antitrust/EU Competition: The firm advises clients on the full range of EU and UK competition law issues, including competition litigation, merger control, agency investigations, licensing and distribution issues, pricing, abuse of dominance, joint ventures and strategic alliances, market and sector investigations and compliance.

Asset Recovery (Fraud): The firm acts for Governments seeking to trace, freeze and recover misappropriated public funds and bribes from dishonest public officials, their companies, trusts and associates, and advise on the complex political, practical and legal issues that arise.

Banking & Finance: The firm represents lenders, borrowers, trustees, and distressed debt investors in connection with cross-border and domestic financing transactions, acquisitions and restructurings.

Commercial Litigation & Arbitration: Cooley has a leading general commercial litigation and international arbitration practice. The firm advises companies, governments, state entities and foreign lawyers on the full range of commercial disputes, many of which have a cross-border element. Its lawyers are expert in all forms of dispute resolution and the team includes a specialist white collar crime partner.

Compensation & Benefits: The firm advises clients on the operation of UK, US and international incentive arrangements and remuneration strategies for their employees, directors and consultants and structure and establish a wide variety of equity and cash plans.

Corporate: Cooley acts on a range of transactions including M&A, corporate finance and private equity and venture growth capital transactions. The team advises trade buyers and multinational corporations on acquisitions and disposals (primarily cross border) of both controlling and non-controlling interests. Our lawyers advise leading issuers, investment banks and investors in equity and debt transactions that raise capital through the global public and private capital markets. We are the most active law firm for technology and life sciences IPOs.

Employment: The firm advise clients on a range of employment issues such as employee contracts and benefits, service agreements, discrimination, employee intellectual property considerations, and confidentiality and noncompete agreements. It offers capabilities in contentious employment matters, advising on High Court restrictive covenant and trade secret litigation, as well as statutory and contractual claims before employment tribunals.

Insurance & Reinsurance: The team represents policyholders, brokers, insurers, reinsurers and investors. It has significant experience in insurance and reinsurance litigation, regulation and transactions, as well as in-depth experience in insurtech issues, both regulatory and corporate. We provide advice on product development, the negotiation and placement of policies; assist with claim presentation, negotiation and settlement; and litigate coverage claims for policyholders, insurers and reinsurers.

Intellectual Property: The firm’s trade mark team advises individuals through to multi-national companies, on selection, acquisition, exploitation and enforcement of trade marks, brands and designs throughout the EU and worldwide. Its patent practice offers clients the full range of patent drafting and prosecution services in Europe, EPO opposition work and general patent-related advice including freedom to operate analyses, infringement and validity opinions, due diligence and management of global technology.

Life Sciences: The London team works with pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology companies on collaborations, M&A, equity fundings, public offerings and other negotiated transactions, as well as on a wide range of transactional, IP, licensing, regulatory and competition matters within the sector. The firm advises on highly complex alliances and joint ventures, co-promotional and co-marketing and distribution and supply agreements.

Privacy & Data Protection: The firm provides multi-disciplinary depth and breadth of experience across a variety of sectors in data protection, privacy and data security compliance, privacy by design, cyber security, data breach management, incident response, breach preparedness, and related litigation, especially in large breaches and those with multi-national issues.

Product Compliance and Product Liability: Working within the most complex and highly regulated industries, including technology, life sciences, cosmetics and consumer products with market-leading experience in managing regulatory investigations, litigation, product recalls, risk assessments and international compliance and liability needs.

Public International Law: The firm provides governments and other clients with advice, assistance and research on a range of subjects that includes sovereign immunity, international boundaries, anti-corruption issues and state asset recovery.

Tax: The firm has a broad corporate advisory and transactional tax practice, advising on UK and international direct and indirect tax issues in relation to corporate, financing, outsourcing and IP transactions and planning.

Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT): The firm helps clients put together commercial transactions, especially involving technology, digital content and IP. It advises on a wide variety of commercial matters such as: outsourcing projects, technology licensing, distribution, mobile and online commerce, technology JVs, IP asset exploitation, social media and complex services agreements.


Department Name Email Telephone
CEO (firmwide) Joe Conroy
Managing partner (London) Justin Stock
Business/corporate Justin Stock
Commercial litigation & arbitration James Maton
Employment, privacy & data protection Ann Bevitt
IP and trademarks Nick Bolter
Banking & finance John Clark
Commercial contracts, technology transactions and outsourcing Chris Coulter
Insurance & reinsurance Mark Everiss
Product compliance and product liability Rod Freeman
Compensation & benefits Paula Holland
Tax Natasha Kaye
Dispute resolution James Maton
EU and competition Becket McGrath
Life Sciences John Wilkinson
Photo Name Position Profile
 Aaron Archer  photo Aaron Archer
 Michal Berkner  photo Michal Berkner
 Ann Bevitt  photo Ann Bevitt
 Nicholas Bolter  photo Nicholas Bolter
 Christophe Bondy  photo Christophe Bondy
 David Bresnick  photo David Bresnick
 John Clark  photo John Clark
 Chris Coulter  photo Chris Coulter
 Tim Daniel  photo Tim Daniel
 Mark Deem  photo Mark Deem
 Louise Delahunty  photo Louise Delahunty
 Tom Epps  photo Tom Epps
 Mark Everiss  photo Mark Everiss
 Rod Freeman  photo Rod Freeman
 Sascha Grimm  photo Sascha Grimm
 Laurence Harris  photo Laurence Harris
 Tanya Heare-Rowlands  photo Tanya Heare-Rowlands
 Paula Holland  photo Paula Holland
 Richard Hopley  photo Richard Hopley
 Natasha Kaye  photo Natasha Kaye
 Claire Keast-Butler  photo Claire Keast-Butler
 David Kendall  photo David Kendall
 Nicola Maguire  photo Nicola Maguire
 James Maton  photo James Maton
 Becket McGrath  photo Becket McGrath
 Colm Murphy  photo Colm Murphy
 Ryan Naftulin  photo Ryan Naftulin
 Kevin Perry  photo Kevin Perry
 Stephen Rosen  photo Stephen Rosen
 Henry Stewart  photo Henry Stewart
 Justin Stock  photo Justin Stock
 John Wilkinson  photo John Wilkinson
 David Wilson  photo David Wilson
 Charlie Winckworth  photo Charlie Winckworth
 David Wraige  photo David Wraige
Number of UK partners : 30
Number of other UK fee-earners : 70
Total staff figures in London : 199
Mandarin Chinese

The Lex 100 Verdict

A firm on an 'upward trajectory', Cooley is 'going from strength to strength', and this pleased trainees no end. The US firm's 'focus on technology sectors' translates to 'super-interesting work' for great clients. A 'small trainee intake' brings with it 'the associated benefits of greater responsibility and exposure to high-quality work', although it can also 'result in very high-intensity periods'. It's a good job that the work environment is 'welcoming and unpretentious'. Supervisors are 'approachable and willing to answer questions', as well as 'listen to your input on strategy'. Although 'actual training can sometimes feel like an afterthought', on the up side there is a 'more flexible approach to seats, meaning you can end up working for several departments at the same time'. This translates to 'opportunities to challenge ourselves regularly by performing roles more similar to those of a junior associate'. The firm is a Lex 100 Winner for its impressive salary, and respondents were pleased that that there is a 'great benefits package' on offer too. Among the work highlights were 'seeing a matter I had worked on appear on the BBC news', 'attending a hearing I had worked very closely on' and 'seeing my suggestions incorporated into the final work product'. Less enjoyable moments were 'bundling after midnight' and 'a month of eating dinner in the office'. On the 'excellent and very fulfilling' pro bono side, 'there is something for everyone' and all such hours are billable. To be 'part of the expansion of a well-known US firm which prides itself on diversity and innovation', consider Cooley.