Firm Profile > Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP > London, England

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP
5 ALDERMANBURY SQUARE
LONDON
EC2V 7HR
England

Public international law Tier 3

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP is frequently instructed by states and investors in PIL-governed arbitrations, while the firm's international trade team is experienced in representing governments in cases before the WTO Appellate Body. Other key areas are sovereign immunity and enforcement, and anti-corruption and sanctions. The group has sector strengths in agriculture, energy and natural resources. As a go-to counsel for claims against African states, Matthew Coleman chairs the investment treaty arbitration practice. Christophe Bondy, who joined in 2020 from Cooley (UK) LLP, is another active practitioner, as is experienced associate Thomas Innes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Coleman

Other key lawyers:

Christophe Bondy; Thomas Innes

Testimonials

They showed great knowledge and expertise in public international law.

Matthew Coleman stands out for his deep knowledge of public international law, and his ability to apply this to complex cases.

The individual who particularly stands out for his knowledge, commitment and expertise in international public law is associate Thomas Innes.

Matthew Coleman and Thomas Innes are both excellent.

Key clients

European Commission Legal Services on behalf of the European Union

Sunlodges

The Paglieri Family

The von Pezold family & Border Timbers

The Republic of Armenia

Koch Supply and Trading

Koch Industries

Saint Patrick Properties Corporation

Neustar

The UK government

Government of Canada

Exxon Mobil Corporation

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP's London office handles competition disputes, fraud and white-collar crime cases, and construction and property claims. Other key features of the practice are its Russian language capabilities and experience of cryptocurrency disputes. Much of Jonathan Raynes' work is for clients in the construction and energy industries. He works with Ivan Gordienko, who has particular expertise in litigation arising from Russia and CIS-related corporate transactions. In June 2021, commercial litigation expert  Leigh Mallon joined from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Raynes; Ivan Gordienko; Leigh Mallon; Neil Dooley; Angus Rodger

Testimonials

A first-rate commercial dispute resolution practice that is mid-sized in terms of the London practice, and has the advantage of being attractive to foreign lawyers not wanting to lose their clients to another firm.

This practice truly understands the merit of offering the expertise of their solicitors who have specific project knowledge and experience, so as to supplement exemplary legal knowledge of the highest quality.

Charges sensible fee levels, and is great for referrals from the Bar to assist with foreign instructions for Commercial Court proceedings.

Jonathan Raynes is hugely experienced in foreign-related work – very capable, conscientious and a pleasure to work with.

Jonathan Raynes is a reliable member of an international team for commercial court litigation or arbitration.

Jonathan Raynes’ dedication, expertise and effectiveness have consistently contributed highly to the success of each assignment we have involved him with.

Ivan Gordienko was excellent and careful in the work I carried out with him in the Commercial Court – very nice to work with.

Ivan Gordienko is an excellent partner, who is very hard-working, careful, and has good judgement.

Key clients

Digital Realty

Oliver Connell & Son

Vergnet

O’Keefe Construction Group

Do-Fluoride Chemicals

Joseph Homes

Ballast Nedam International Projects

Refrion

Cigna

Commercial property: development Tier 4

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP 's team is experienced in development projects associated with data centres and retirement village schemes, as well as mixed-use, hotel, leisure, residential, industrial and logistics projects. The practice is led by Matthew Farmer, who is particularly noted for his expertise in structuring joint ventures. Under his leadership, the team is also instructed in investment transactions (principally in respect of office and technology assets) and it also provides a wealth of property management services.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Farmer

Other key lawyers:

Simon Collis; Sam Kelly

Testimonials

Steptoe have been incisively commercial and pragmatic in their approach, helping our growing business make good decisions.’

Simon Collis is focused, attentive and feels like part of our team. He is a real asset.’

Personal service & partner led.’

Key clients

Faccenda Investments Limited

Equinix, Inc.

Raven Russia plc

Audley Group Limited

Ampersand Group Holdings Limited

Yoo Capital Limited

Royalton Group Holdings Limited

Lifestory Group Limited

Digital Realty Trust, L.P.

Santon Group

Fraud: civil Tier 5

The small but experienced team of Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP focuses on international clients and has particular expertise in cases with a Russian and CIS element. The UK civil fraud and asset tracing practice also works closely with colleagues in the US in particular, on cases which require court resolution in the UK and US. Neil Dooley leads the team and represents clients on complex cross-border fraud claims, most notably with a Russian element.

Practice head(s):

Neil Dooley

Other key lawyers:

Ivan Gordienko; Alex Green

Testimonials

‘Unlike many firms, they work in small, efficient teams who are totally committed to the case’.

‘They all have great experience in both prosecuting and defending fraud claims, especially in the often murky context of Russian business dealings’.  

‘Ivan Gordienko is a very assured and sophisticated litigator, who really commands the confidence of clients unfamiliar with English litigation’.

‘Alex Green is an outstandingly capable associate. He speaks fluent Russian and is brilliant at detective work, chasing down the critical factual details that make all the difference in court’.

Key clients

National Trust Bank

AOS Holding AG

PJSC VTB Bank

Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals) Tier 5

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP ‘packs a punch far above its weight’, especially in the areas of money laundering and bribery, often in investigations conducted by the SFO and authorities overseas. Clients benefit from the firm’s wider geographical presence, which allows a closer collaboration between the white-collar defence teams in the UK and the US. In particular, Zoe Osborne is noted for her leadership on complex multi-jurisdictional mandates, with clients appreciating this cross-border teamwork for ‘unpicking the most challenging knots’. Department head John Rupp is noted for his recent work involving Interpol.

Practice head(s):

John Rupp

Other key lawyers:

Zoe Osborne

Testimonials

‘In our experience, Zoe Osborne’s leadership of the practice in the UK is defined by her collaborative efforts with partners globally. This collaborative effort makes resolution of cross-border questions and challenges far more effective and efficient than working at other firms with less global reach or less collaborative partnerships. They are the go-to team for us when we need help unpicking the most challenging knots!  Whilst the practice remains small by comparison to other UK-centric firms, it packs a punch far above its weight through Zoe’s mastery of her network internally coupled with deep sector expertise.’

‘Zoe Osborne brings with her excellent UK experience and has plugged that into a US law firm.’

‘In our experience, Zoe Osborne’s focus on the individuals involved in a case and what is holistically important to them, whilst delivering pin-point accuracy and wise judgement on matters of law, is unique. The sector is full of practitioners unwilling to take the time to empathise with the wider issues – Zoe does just that. She also has a disarming charm about her which explains why she is so respected by her peers and counterparts.’ 

‘Worked with Zoe Osborne for many years on large-scale investigations and prosecutions. Very hardworking and committed to her client.’

International arbitration Tier 5

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP's London team has notable sector expertise in the construction, energy, telecoms and high-tech industries. Chairing the investment treaty arbitration practice, Matthew Coleman is highly rated for claims against African States, Christophe Bondy has over 20 years' experience in investment treaty arbitrations, and Neil Dooley provides further partner-level support for commercial arbitration. Leigh Mallon, who also has international arbitration experience, joined as partner from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP in June 2021.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Coleman; Neil Dooley

Other key lawyers:

Christophe Bondy; Leigh Mallon; Thomas Innes

Testimonials

A great team that is client focused and detail driven, yet never losing sight of the bigger picture.

The team is exceptional, the client was very satisfied, and had full confidence and trust in them.

I very much enjoyed their cross-examination technique, which was masterful.

A very well-prepared and competent team.

I was impressed with all the lawyers here!

Matthew’s knowledge of the applicable law, his deep experience, and his commitment to cases stand out.

Great for the deep relationship of trust with lead partner Matthew Coleman, supported by associate Thomas Innes.

Thomas Innes impressed me with his preparation for the hearing, as well as his performance at the hearing.

Key clients

European Commission Legal Services (on behalf of the European Union)

Sunlodges

Paglieri Family

The von Pezold family

Border Timbers

The Republic of Armenia

Koch Supply and Trading

Koch Industries

Saint Patrick Properties Corporation

Neustar

Otkritie Bank

PJSC National Bank Trust

International Bank of St Petersburg (Joint Stock Company)

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime (advice to corporates) Tier 5

The London-based corporate investigations team at Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP was significantly strengthened toward the end of 2019 by the arrival of Zoe Osborne from Clifford Chance LLP. ‘An extremely talented and very sensible lawyer’, Osborne has experience acting for multinational corporates in relation to allegations of fraud, bribery and FCPA violations. The firm is noted for its strong transatlantic capabilities, with practice head John Rupp also having expertise in FCPA matters, in addition to bribery, money laundering and other regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

John Rupp

Other key lawyers:

Zoe Osborne; Alexandra Melia

Testimonials

In our experience, Zoe Osborne’s leadership of the practice in the UK is defined by her collaborative efforts with partners globally.  This collaborative effort makes resolution of cross-border questions and challenges far more effective and efficient than working with other firms with less global reach or less collaborative partnerships.

They are the go-to team for us when we need help unpicking the most challenging knots! Whilst the practice remains small by comparison to more bloated UK-centric firms, it packs a punch far above its weight through Zoe’s mastery of her network internally coupled with deep sector expertise.

Zoe Osborne is an extremely talented and very sensible lawyer. A client is lucky to have Zoe on their team. She deserves a higher profile and is extremely capable. A client would be in good, clever, and sensible hands.

Outstanding US law firm with significant London presence.

The sector is full of practitioners unwilling to take the time to empathise with the wider issues – Zoe does just that. She also has a disarming charm about her which explains why she is so respected by her peers and counterparts more generally in finance and media, not just the law – again helping provide her clients with unrivalled access to other professional minds when needed.

The firm: Steptoe’s lawyers in the London office provide clients around the world with a range of legal services to achieve their most important business objectives in an increasingly complex and challenging world. We have  built a strong reputation for providing top-quality regulatory, contentious, and transactional advice.

Areas of practice: Lawyers in Steptoe’s London office provide advice in several practice areas, including:

  • Anti-corruption
  • Construction
  • Commercial real estate
  • Corporate/M&A/private equity
  • Export control
  • Insurance and reinsurance
  • Litigation
  • International arbitration
  • Sanctions
  • Trade
  • White-collar crime

Firm offices
USA: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC
Europe: Brussels, London
Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Matthew Farmer mfarmer@steptoe.com
Commercial property Matthew Farmer mfarmer@steptoe.com
Construction/International dispute resolution Jonathan Raynes jraynes@steptoe.com
Corporate/commercial Michael Thompson mthompson@steptoe.com
International regulation and compliance John Rupp jrupp@steptoe.com
Insurance and reinsurance/International dispute resolution Angus Rodger arodger@steptoe.com
International Arbitration Matthew Coleman mcoleman@steptoe.com
White Collar Crime Zoe Osobrne zosborne@steptoe.com
Internationa Arbitration/International Trade Christophe Bondy cbondy@steptoe.com
International dispute resolution Leigh Mallon lmallon@steptoe.com
International dispute resolution Ivan Gordienko igordienko@steptoe.com
International dispute resolution Neil Dooley ndooley@steptoe.com
Commercial property Sam Kelly skelly@steptoe.com
International regulation and compliance Alexandra Melia amelia@steptoe.com
International Arbitration Juliya Arbisman jarbisman@steptoe.com
Commercial property Simon Collis scollis@steptoe.com
Photo Name Position Profile
 Juliya Arbisman  photo Juliya Arbisman Partner Juliya Arbisman has a broad international law practice with a focus…
 Christophe Bondy photo Christophe Bondy Partner Christophe Bondy has more than 20 years of experience as an…
Mr Matthew Coleman  photo Mr Matthew Coleman Partner, Chair of Steptoe’s Investment Treaty Arbitration Practice. Matthew Coleman specializes in international…
Mr Simon Collis  photo Mr Simon Collis Partner Simon Collis advises on all aspects of commercial real estate for…
Mr Neil Dooley  photo Mr Neil Dooley Partner Neil Dooley represents clients on complex cross-border fraud claims, most notably…
Mr Matthew Farmer  photo Mr Matthew Farmer Partner, London Office Managing PartnerMatthew has extensive experience in a broad range…
Mr Ivan Gordienko  photo Mr Ivan Gordienko Partner Ivan Gordienko has particular knowledge of commercial litigation and arbitration, specifically…
Mr Sam Kelly  photo Mr Sam Kelly Partner Sam Kelly advises on all aspects of commercial property with particular…
Mr Leigh Mallon photo Mr Leigh Mallon Partner Leigh Mallon represents leading corporate clients and institutions in high-value, complex…
 Alexandra Melia  photo Alexandra Melia Partner Alex Melia’s practice focuses on international financial crime compliance, investigations and…
 Zoe Osborne photo Zoe Osborne Partner Zoe Osborne’s practice focuses on cross-border financial crime and contentious regulatory…
Mrs Farzana Rao  photo Mrs Farzana Rao Partner Rao focuses her practice on all aspects of cross border and…
Mr Jonathan Raynes  photo Mr Jonathan Raynes Partner Jonathan Raynes has practiced for more than 20 years in resolving…
Mr Angus Rodger  photo Mr Angus Rodger Partner International Commercial Dispute Resolution A solicitor advocate, Angus exercises advocacy rights…
Mr John Rupp  photo Mr John Rupp JPartner ohn Rupp’s practice focuses on providing FCPA & UK Bribery Act…
Mr Michael Thompson  photo Mr Michael Thompson Partner Michael Thompson focuses on transactions involving M&A, joint ventures, private equity,…
Number of UK partners : 15
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