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Squire Patton Boggs

7 DEVONSHIRE SQUARE, LONDON, EC2M 4YH, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' team provides 'very strong support' on UK-centred commercial contracts, thanks to its strong national presence. It also has a longstanding track record handling international commercial contracts involving emerging markets, most notably in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The work spans multiple sectors, including advertising and media, healthcare, fintech, IT, telecommunications, sport and retail. Group head Andrew Wilkinson and senior associate Alastair Purssell are 'particularly responsive, not afraid to give a pragmatic view or just chat through the issues and debate them in a business-friendly manner'. In a notable mandate in 2017, Purssell worked alongside Robert Wegenek and Stephen Sampson in the advice to AIA Group on its high-profile shirt sponsorship deal with Tottenham Hotspur. Wegenek also recently assisted Telegraph Media Group with various matters, including its contract with PA News concerning the daily supply of data and images for use in their print and online publications. Carlton Daniel is another key figure in the team.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

Squire Patton Boggs

Martin Rees¬†and¬†Diarmuid Ryan¬†head the ‚Äėresponsive‚Äô and ‚Äėalways accessible‚Äô team at¬†Squire Patton Boggs¬†,¬†which provides ‚Äėpragmatic‚Äô advice and ‚Äėfirst class service‚Äô across a number of sectors including TMT and life sciences. Rees has been acting for Cathay Pacific in the EC cartel investigation in the Airfreight case, while Ryan is advising Vp on the CMA‚Äôs review of its acquisition of Brandon Hire Group. Senior associate¬†Gr√°inne Morrissey¬†joined the team from Ofcom in November 2017.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

The ‚Äėsleeves up, no nonsense, get on with lawyers‚Äô at¬†Squire Patton Boggs¬†offer ‚Äėlightning fast response times‚Äô, with ‚Äėan excellent level of service and consistent advice which is practical and useful‚Äô. The London M&A team is commended for being ‚Äėhighly commercial‚Äô and ‚Äėalways available to provide clear, pragmatic and sensible advice‚Äô. The ‚Äėhighly experienced‚Äô and ‚Äėvery user-friendly‚Äô¬†Nicholas Allen¬†heads up the firm‚Äôs media M&A practice, recently acting for the sellers of Bullitt Group and members of its management team in the sale of the share capital to Exponent private equity. Allen also worked alongside the ‚Äėtireless, admirable‚Äô¬†Mark Yeo¬†in advising the sellers of Zone in the sale of the share capital of the company to Cognizant Worlwide. Head of financial services and Fintech M&A¬†Robert Bray¬†is ‚Äėvery practical and incredibly user friendly; he‚Äôs what you want when a deal gets tricky‚Äô; Bray assisted Wonga with the sale of its German operation BillPay to Swedish payments company Klarna. On the acquisitions side, practice head¬†James McKay¬†handled Luceco‚Äôs ¬£9.8m acquisition of Kingfisher Lighting, while¬†Jane Haxby¬†advised Molson Coors on its acquisition of Aspall from the Chevallier Guild family. The firm‚Äôs Sports M&A practice is jointly led by Yeo and¬†David Hull¬†,¬†who has recently relocated to the firm‚Äôs Birmingham office, while¬†Timothy Stead¬†leads the recruitment M&A practice.¬†Henry Davey¬†joined in May 2017 from¬†Herbert Smith Freehills LLP¬†and¬†Julian Ciecierski-Burns¬†was promoted to partner level, while¬†Tim Hewens¬†departed for¬†Osborne Clarke LLP.

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Private equity: transactions
Private equity: transactions ‚Äď mid-market deals - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is a well-known name for UK midmarket transactions, and its national team is often seen as a first port of call for private equity firms, investee companies, management teams and financial institutions. In 2017, Nicholas Allen, recently promoted partner Julian Ciecierski-Burns and others acted for the sellers of Bullitt Group Limited and certain members of the management team in the £120m sale of the company to Exponent Private Equity. In another highlight, Allen and Mark Yeo were part of a cross-practice team which advised the sellers of Zone Limited on the £65m sale of the company to Cognizant Worldwide Limited. Jonathan Jones acts for clients such as Endless, ECI and LDC. Also recommended are Giles Chesher, James McKay, Timothy Stead and recent hire James Fitzgibbon, who joined from PwC. Paul Mann leads the UK private equity team, following the departure of former head Tim Hewens to Osborne Clarke LLP. Alistair Francis also joined Hewens at the new firm.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is adept at handling international fraud claims including commercial and financial fraud cases and international asset tracing. It also deals with freezing injunctions, search and seizure orders, Bankers Trust orders and tracing claims. Clients include ABN AMRO Commercial Finance, Close Invoice Finance and Leumi ABL. Laurence Winston heads the litigation team, supported by Gareth Timms, Chris Webber and Robert Weekes. Nicola Phillips was promoted to partner.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs¬† is praised as ‚Äėexcellent, extremely professional and efficient‚Äô, advising a mix of clients in the transport, hospitality, sports and leisure and retail sectors. New clients include Dalata Hotels and The London & Regional Hotel group. The firm currently manages all aspects of Select Service Partners‚Äô licensed estate, which included several mainline station units, international airports and Center Parcs, and also acts for One Stop Stores in contested matters brought by local residents and police authorities. Practice head Stephanie Perraton¬†‚Äėis technically knowledgeable, highly competent and very approachable‚Äô and Nicola Smith¬†is ‚Äėsuperb‚Äô.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs 'possesses the necessary experience, expertise and calibre of lawyer to provide an excellent service across each stage of the litigation process'. The practice fields lawyers with expertise in international fraud and asset tracing claims and asset-based lending matters; and it regularly acts for banks, asset managers, trading platforms and other financial institutions in complex disputes, often with cross-border elements. The practice also specialises in all types of commercial and financial fraud investigations, including employee fraud. Laurence Winston heads up the firm’s CIS fraud initiative; and Gareth Timms is 'a fighting general who brings the attributes and calm judgment of someone who has seen it all before and is phased by nothing'. Other key names include Robert Weekes and Chris Webber, while the notable directors are the 'hardworking and analytical' Stephen Cole, who is 'a great lawyer to have in a client's corner and who gets on with the job with thoroughness and humour', and recently promoted Nicola Phillips.

Leading individuals

Laurence Winston  - Squire Patton Boggs

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' 'responsive and efficient practice' fields lawyers with strengths in complex, high-value litigation involving commercial, contractual and financial disputes and regulatory investigations; contentious sports and entertainment matters; shipping and construction sector disputes; and international arbitration, particularly energy disputes. Laurence Winston is UK litigation head; Gareth Timms, Robert Weekes  and Chris Webber are also highly regarded; and Nicola Phillips and Tim Lowles were made directors.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs is 'enthusiastically recommended for its outstanding service, including quick responses, deep knowledge of the market and great legal authority'. It has a significant track record for investor treaty disputes and energy arbitration, including acting for buyers in natural gas price review disputes. The practice also has experience in international commercial arbitrations involving technology, telecoms, and distribution and transportation. Global international dispute resolution head George von Mehren, who divides time between London and Cleveland, 'has profound experience and skill, especially in strategy and tactics as well as full comprehension of clients' needs'; Peter Crossley is London international dispute resolution head; James Barratt 'cannot be recommended highly enough'; Alexis Martinez is 'professional and competent'; and Ben Holland  is 'an energy arbitration specialist'.

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London: Finance

Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

'Very visible in the market', Squire Patton Boggs provides an 'excellent service' on behalf of many of the the bank-owned asset-based lenders and many independent UK market participants, as well as an increasing number of US asset-based lenders operating in Europe. Leveraging a wide-ranging international network that includes finance practitioners in the US and Europe, the team excels at handling multi-jurisdictional mandates. Paula Laird, who has a 'deep knowledge of ABL issues and an excellent understanding of the needs of borrowers and lenders', led a cross-office team on behalf of Gordon Bothers on the provision of a syndicated ABL facility to the Fabergé Group. The 'excellent' Andrew Knight also has a strong reputation in the market and recently advised PNC Business Credit on a £30m ABL facility to premium wine and spirits wholesaler Enotria & Coe. The team is rounded out by the expertise of Gareth Timms on the litigation front and Cathryn Williams for restructuring matters. Clients include ABN AMRO Commercial Finance, Bank of America, Shawbrook and JP Morgan.

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Corporate restructuring and insolvency
Corporate restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 8

Squire Patton Boggs

Working closely with colleagues out of the firm's regional offices, Squire Patton Boggs ' two-partner London team provides a 'responsive and pro-active service' on behalf of lenders, funds and IPs across the full range of the restructuring and insolvency process. The 'very commercial' Cathryn Williams has recently been involved in numerous retail-related restructurings including advising the Uniserve Group on its investment into large national fashion retailer Blue Inc, work which included facilitating the approval of a CVA for Blue Inc enabling the business to continue trading. Leveraging the firm’s strong asset based lending credentials for clients including Bank Leumi and ABN AMRO Commercial Finance, the team is also regularly involved in insolvency and restructuring work for such lenders if their deals end up in a distressed situation. Paul Muscutt is also recommended and is praised for his ability to 'efficiently advance and complete matters, whilst also being mindful of the need to keep all stakeholders on side'.

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Securitisation
Securitisation - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs acts for a broad range of borrowers and issuers, note investors, funders, arrangers, trustees, facility and paying agents, and primary and special servicers, mainly in the UK and Europe. Its highlights from 2017 included acting for OneSavings Bank in numerous financings of specialist non-financial institution lenders using innovative, quasi-securitisation, risk-weighted capital efficient structures. Mark Thomas is the key partner in those transactions and he leads the securitisation practice, working closely with asset-based lending specialist and European head of financial services Paula Laird. Thomas advised Brydg Capital Limited on a quasi-securitisation facility to fund growth of a bridging and development portfolio, and for M&G Investments Limited he helped structure private placement note issuance transactions. Jeremy Ladyman plays a key role in the practice and handles derivatives, structured finance and securitisation transactions.

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London: Human resources

Employee share schemes
Employee share schemes - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs has seen substantial growth in its employee share plans work through the recruitment of Liz Pierson from Clifford Chance LLP. The practice focuses on the international aspects of incentives work, with recent mandates including establishing a global all employee share purchase plan across 25 jurisdictions for LivaNova, acting for GB Group on the expansion of its existing international savings-related employee share plan, and advising Lifebit Biotech on its new EMI option plan. Other clients include Keywords Studios, Luceco, Low & Bonar and West Corporation. Patrick Ford is also a key name to note.

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Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs stands out for its 'industry understanding, responsiveness and reliability' thanks to the 'brilliant leadership' of the 'highly knowledgeable' Caroline Noblet. Noblet's recent work includes advising on the Gender Pay Gap Reporting regulations, handling corporate support work and employment litigation. The group is also active in the media, financial services and manufacturing sectors with clients including Ashland, Essentra, WPP, Maxus and Coats. Litigator David Whincup, retail sector expert Janette Lucas, Natalie Bellwood and Miriam Lampert, who has a niche specialism advising Israeli technology clients, are all key names to note.

Leading individuals

Caroline Noblet - Squire Patton Boggs

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs 'always provides an excellent service with second-to-none guidance and outstanding experience' across HSE investigations, compliance work, regulatory issues and transactional mandates. Rob Elvin leads the team from Manchester and focuses on corporate defence work; he recently acted for Suez Recycling and Recovery Tees Valley in an HSE prosecution following an accident at an energy-from-waste facility and represented Ontime Automotive in an investigation relating to a fatal accident. Other key individuals include David Gordon, who focuses on the chemical sector; legal director Gary Lewis, senior associate Robert Biddlecombe and associate Laura Clare.

Next generation lawyers

Laura Clare - Squire Patton Boggs

Robert Biddlecombe - Squire Patton Boggs

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs¬†delivers ‚Äėprompt replies‚Äô and has a ‚Äėprofessional approach‚Äô. It acts for a number of leading global businesses, across the sports, media, food, beverages, automotive, aviation, construction, manufacturing, engineering and financial services sectors, on high-end and complex immigration law issues. The team benefits from the firm‚Äôs extensive international network of offices, advising on complex, cross-border issues. Practice head Annabel Mace¬†has extensive experience in all aspects of business immigration and the PBS, particularly in relation to applying for Tier Two sponsor licences and related complex compliance issues, and is also experienced in defending Home Office fines for alleged illegal working in addition to advising on the transfer of staff to countries outside the UK. Supinder Sian¬†is ‚Äėknowledgeable, pro-active, and gives clear and practical advice‚Äô; he is noted for his sports sector expertise; and is regularly instructed by Premiership and Championship league football clubs on applications for players and their family members, and also advises clubs on sales and acquisitions and related sponsor licence issues.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' 'knowledgeable and approachable group' is recognised for its expertise in the public, not-for-profit, investment and utilities sectors and counts Hertfordshire County Council, Merseyside Pension Fund and Action for Children Pension Fund Trustee as clients. London practice head Wendy Hunter has 'a keen eye for detail' and recently advised the trustees of the Combined Nuclear Pension Plan on issues surrounding a Chapter 11 process and assisted the trustees of the Anglian Water Group Pension Scheme with the division of the scheme. Clifford Sims leads the national practice and Victoria Leigh heads up the pensions disputes group; Leigh recently acted for a representative beneficiary in an application for rectification.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs  is recommended for giving 'prompt, clear advice, and the telephone advice on recall topics is always very helpful.' The firm's clients include household names such as Mamas and Papas, which it continues to advise on a global product recall and reputation matter. The client roster also features manufacturing clients across the furniture, food and drink and automotive industries. The firm work on product recall matters, regulatory advice and enforcement matters in the main, with a lesser focus on civil litigation. Notable lawyers in the team are Manchester-based managing partner Rob Elvin  and Birmingham-based director Nicola Smith.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP)
Infrastructure (including PFI and PPP) - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs significantly enhanced its offering with the hire of the 'realistic, commercial and trustworthy' Nick Helm in Manchester from DLA Piper UK LLP and Ian Wood , Rinku Bhadoria and real estate specialist John Danahy in London from King & Wood Mallesons. The team 'is more than willing to go out of its way to get things done' and is one client's 'first port of call for energy and accommodation projects'. The 'very approachable and extremely well-connected' Robin Baillie  teamed up with Philippa Chadwick to lead the advice to Nu-Energy on the delivery of twelve 10MW waste-to-energy plants. In other highlights, the department handled the disposal of an interest in a school building programme, and the Leeds-based James Duckworth is currently assisting a Middle Eastern government with the development of a PPP model for the implementation of a social infrastructure project. Neil Upton , Andrew Herring and Rachel Orton are also recommended by clients. Henry Davey joined the practice as a consultant from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs continued to expand upon its energy and natural resources offering in London with the hire of Ian Wood and Rinku Bhadoria from King & Wood Mallesons, Henry Davey from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Peter Wright from Simmons & Simmons . Currently spearheaded by Neil Upton , the team continues to advise the government of Fiji on the establishment of a legal and regulatory framework to enable the corporatisation of the Fiji Electricity Authority, and Calon Energy instructed the group to oversee the development of the Willington green field combined cycle and gas turbine project. In further highlights, Robin Baillie , Trevor Ingle and Leeds-based Matthew Mulqueen are currently assisting Equitix with the equity financing of a new UK energy recovery facility in Warwickshire, and John Danahy is part of the team intervening in the establishment of a portfolio of utility-scale battery storage facilities on behalf of the Volta Energy group. Legal director Sushma Maharaj is also a key name to note.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs specialises in property investment work and is instructed by a variety of private and institutional investors. Patrick Ryan, who has experience in investment and development work, advised Evans Randall on the purchase of a pre-let office block in London, and also assisted LaSalle with the purchase of a multi-let retail and residential property. Ryan also acts for AXA in relation to the funding and development aspects of various office, retail and mixed-use projects. Gary Paddison is regularly instructed in investment mandates including strategic portfolio sales and acquisitions, and Rachel Orton has a wide-ranging corporate real estate and property finance practice. Also recommended are John Danahy, who handles strategic portfolio management transactions, and Michael Shaw, who heads the practice group and has particular expertise in inbound investment mandates from China and East Asia.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

The¬†‚Äėexcellent‚Äô team at Squire Patton Boggs¬†is led by Rob Elvin, who brings expertise in the nuclear, electricity and wind farm industries, with strong experience of handing civil toxic tort, nuisance, noise abatement, air, water and ground pollution and permit appeal cases. Birmingham-based David Gordon¬†is ‚Äėan excellent all-rounder‚Äô.¬†

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs¬†has been involved in a number of high-profile cases and provides pre-publication and post-publication advice to other firms and high-net-worth individuals. It also provides reputation management advice to politicians, sportspeople and musicians. The ‚Äėhugely impressive‚Äô Tim Lowles¬†has been promoted to Director.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs¬†‚Äô brand management practice is well-regarded for its expertise in the media buying area; regularly advising leading agencies and brand-owners on advertising and commercial matters.¬†Kerry Lee joined the team from an in-house position and his experience spans¬†global brand protection, filing and enforcement as well as commercial matters. Robert Wegenek¬†¬†is singled out for his ‚Äėoutstanding commercial expertise within the advertising sector'; he advises global media agencies on programmatic advertising and also has a focus on sponsorship deals in the sports industry. Carlton Daniel¬† is experienced in the technology, media and advertising sectors and has recently advised Hobbs and Johnson & Johnson.

Leading individuals

Robert Wegenek - Squire Patton Boggs

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 5

Squire Patton Boggs

Corporate partner Robert Bray¬†leads the team at¬†Squire Patton Boggs¬†; he and a multi-departmental team advised Wonga Group on the ‚ā¨61m sale of its German business, BillPay, to Swedish payments company Klarna. Bray also advised Neptune Networks on an investment by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and assisted Citigroup Financial Products with its investment in post-trade blockchain platform SETL.¬†Additionally on the corporate side,¬†James McKay¬†acted for LMAX Exchange on its ¬£22m buy-out of Paddy Power Betfair.¬†Francesco Liberatore¬†advised open banking fintech company TrueLayer on data protection issues, drafting customer contracts and raising $3m in funds. Centtrip is an additional client of the team. Corporate partners¬†Nicholas Allen¬†and¬†Julian Ciecierski-Burns¬†are also active in the space.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs' practice is particularly known for its regulatory knowledge and attracts praise for its 'responsiveness and the quality of advice'. Head of communications law Francesco Liberatore is 'a true master of telecoms law' and 'a delight to work with'. In the telecoms sector the group is instructed by Vodafone, Cable Europe as well as the the regulatory authories of Qatar, Bahrain and Bermuda. Andrew Wilkinson heads up the commercial, IP and IT group and acts for both suppliers and users on acquisitions of hardware and software licences.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Squire Patton Boggs

The intellectual property and technology practice at Squire Patton Boggs handles both non-contentious intellectual property matters and disputes. Key names to note include Andrew Wilkinson, Carlton Daniel (who has particular expertise advising clients in the advertising, marketing and media sectors) and Robert Wegenek for IP licensing. Kerry Lee joined the team from Walgreens Boots Alliance. Former practice head Carl Rohsler and Florian Traub left the team to join Memery Crystal LLP and Pinsent Masons LLP respectively.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

Squire Patton Boggs

Squire Patton Boggs 'delivers a high-quality, consistent, professional service' and has expertise in advising on commercial, regulatory and intellectual property issues. Andrew Wilkinson heads the team and is an expert in commercial matters. Consultant Adrian Spooner is also a key figure and has 'a well-rounded understanding of the life sciences sector' and 'strong insight into critical change scenarios, such as Brexit impacts'. Senior associate Paul Jinks and associate James Pearson are also names of note.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

Squire Patton Boggs

Noted for its 'prompt response times and excellent service', the multi-departmental team at Squire Patton Boggs is 'well versed in sports work'. Group head Stephen Sampson is primarily a litigator, but often handles non-contentious corporate and commercial work: he and Stuart McInnes advised new client Parkour Earth, the new global governing body for parkour, on its incorporation and establishment. McInnes and senior associate Lloyd Thomas acted for the Saudia Arabian Football Federation in a player transfer dispute, heading a Commission of Inquiry into the transfer of a star player between two Saudia Arabian clubs. Sampson and Thomas assisted Chelsea FC with over £100m-worth of player transfers; Sampson and media expert Robert Wegenek acted for the ITF on the combining of the Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals, also providing advice on the bidding process for the new event. In the employment space, Matthew Giles continues to advise the trustees of the Professional Footballers' Pension Scheme on governance issues. Nottingham Forest FC is an additional client. Director Tim Lowles is a litigator with particular experience in motorsports.

Leading individuals

Stephen Sampson - Squire Patton Boggs

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London: Transport

Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 6

Squire Patton Boggs

At Squire Patton Boggs  Graham Harris handles disputes relating to charterparties and bills of lading, and also handles cases involving groundings and fires, as well as cargo claims. Insurance disputes are a key area of focus, as are shipbuilding disputes. Dharmendra Nair has joined Keystone Law.

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