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Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP > The Legal 500 RankingsSteptoe and Johnson UK LLP covers fraud claims, contract disputes, white-collar crime, competition, and construction and property disputes. Neil Dooley assists with cross-border fraud claims; Jonathan Raynes is a complex disputes expert; Angus Rodger ‘has excellent instincts for a winning point‘; and Ivan Gordienko is a cryptocurrency expert. ‘Brilliant and hands-on‘ partner Leigh Mallon is a 2021 hire from Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; and within the firm’s associate pool, Alex Green focuses on disputes involving clients from Central and Eastern Europe, while Natalia Gofman regularly works alongside Dooley on major commercial cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at Steptoe is a pleasure to work with – super efficient and creative. The lawyers identify their clients’ strategic objectives, and then set about devising tactics to meet them, rather than litigating through the same-old worn strategies that others deploy as a reflex.’
‘Angus Rodger, in particular, is great. He has excellent instincts for a winning point, and sees what really matters in the case much more readily than most.’
‘Angus Rodger is a very capable and knowledgeable lawyer, who is able to express himself in a user-friendly way.’
‘Leigh Mallon is absolutely top tier. He is a brilliant and hands-on litigator, who combines impressive legal expertise with strategic thinking – everything a client could wish for. He certainly is one of the best litigators I have worked with.’
‘Leigh Mallon – smart and hardworking’
‘Leigh Mallon is excellent. His attention to detail is extraordinary, combined with an ability to see the larger picture.’
‘We have worked with fantastic lawyers within Steptoe & Johnson, including Ivan Gordienko, who is an exceptional lawyer and partner leading a great team.‘
‘Associate Alex Green is a rising star in the sector.’
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha
Tokai Rika Co
Cigna Insurance Services (Europe)
Thompson Crosby Co
KX Gym UK
O’Keefe Construction Greenwich
- Defending car carrier Nippon Yusen Kabaushiki Kaisha in a £115m class action, filed in the Competition Appeal Tribunal on behalf of tens of millions of purchasers of vehicles.
- Defending Cigna against a £50m High Court claim, which concerns liability for PPI insurance.
- Defending Magomed Bilalov against a Commercial Court claim that seeks damages under a purported contract, which relates to the Sochi Olympic construction.
‘Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP has a strong following in the market and benefits from great global coverage.’
‘The lawyers always do their utmost to secure a win for their clients. Overall they provide a very good service to clients, which is second to none.’
‘One of the key features of the firm is its ease and consummate ability in handling extremely difficult cases in challenging jurisdictions. You couldn’t want a better team – and I don’t hesitate to recommend them to clients when the opportunity arises.’
‘The firm’s public international practice within their arbitration practice is top-notch. They are immense experts in this areas.’
‘Thomas Innes and Mathew Coleman are top experts in this field. Their knowledge is not only theoretical, but very practical and adapted to the case and the particular client, and (very importantly) very comprehensible to the tribunals.’
‘Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP has a very strong practice in this area with the recruitment of Juliya Arbisman, who is excellent.’
‘Juliya Arbisman is a masterful lawyer with a wealth of experience in this area. She is at the top of her game – and possesses an unrivalled depth of experience, insight and skills. She provides game-changing advice on key points.’
‘Juliya Arbisman has a great command of the commercial realities and issues that arise for clients, and provides fantastic advice to them. Clients love her. She is a tireless champion of a client’s case and she gives her all for the client.’
The European Union
The Paglieri Family
The von Pezold family
Republic of Armenia
West African Aquaculture
Koch Supply & Trading
- Serving as external counsel to the European Union in the Nord Stream 2 investment treaty claim, arising out of the application of European competition rules to the ownership and operation of a large-value pipeline.
- Served as lead counsel to Sunlodges and the Paglieri Family, in relation to an investment dispute with Tanzania, arising from breaches of a bilateral investment treaty.
- Serves as lead counsel to Neustar (a US technology company) in an ICSID arbitration against Colombia, brought pursuant to the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.
Other key lawyers:
Ivan Gordienko; Natalia Gofman
‘Extremely commercial, fantastic value for money.’
‘Its reliable and solid practice is always available to assist around the clock. This exceptional group of lawyers are clearly experts in commercial litigation and our work on various multi-jurisdictional projects was fruitful and effective on both ends.’
‘Neil Dooley is a star litigator with a wealth of experience in the Commercial Court and impeccable judgment.’
‘The quality of all the individual lawyers at both partner and associate level is outstanding. They are experts at winning truly challenging cases. They also have a good number of Russian and Ukrainian speaking lawyers at all levels which makes them easily one of the leading firms for disputes relating to those and other former Soviet countries.’
‘Responsive, fast and strategic thinking. Always on top of the details and facts. Easily accessible at any time.’
‘The team has considerable experience of major fraud litigation including in particular freezing orders.’
‘Natalia Gofman is well known for her CIS work. Extremely responsive and has an impeccable work ethic. Highly recommended.’
‘Ivan Gordienko is a truly sophisticated litigator. He really understands the psychology of litigants and has the right tactical moves even in the tightest situations.’
National Bank Trust
Valla PTC Limited (acting as Trustee of the Westline Trust)
- Advising National Bank Trust on English procedural law issues in relation to the Mints Family, Russian oligarchs who moved to England after the collapse of their O1 Group.
- Represented an individual in the post-judgment phase of proceedings brought against him by his mother arising out of his parents’ divorce.
- Representing ALINA R MOISE, UMUT UTKAN AND THOMPSON CROSBY & CO. LIMITED in proceedings brought against clients by London Partners Capital Management LLP.
Matthew Coleman; Neil Dooley
Other key lawyers:
‘For international and cross-border arbitration, Steptoe is world-class – a stellar and leading practice in this area, with an exceptionally strong team of very experienced individuals who provide advice that is always incisive and exactly on point.’
‘Neil Dooley is the star of the team. Highly recommended – has an unerring instinct for good and bad points, runs a tight but effective team, and is super-efficient in all he does.’
‘Matthew Coleman is an experienced and wise arbitration expert, who has a strategic approach – leads the team with ease and precision.’
‘Christophe Bondy – logical mind, tenacious, thorough, total dedication, good communication, and keeps clients well informed.’
‘Leigh Mallon is exceptional. His attention to detail while still thinking strategically for the client is impressive.’
‘Juliya Arbisman is a world-class player in the field of international law and international arbitration. She strives to understand the client and the client’s needs, and has an exceptional commercial understanding and appreciation of the bigger picture.’
‘Thomas Innes is a young arbitration star – excellent oral and writing skills, impeccable approach to examining witnesses and experts, and an incredible legal brain.‘
‘Natalia Gofman is a hardworking associate, with exceptional attention to detail. Although not partner yet, she has a partner-level approach to solving issues.’
The European Union
The Paglieri Family
The von Pezold family
Republic of Armenia
West African Aquaculture
Koch Supply & Trading
- Serving as external counsel to the European Union in a Nord Stream 2 investment treaty claim under the Energy Charter Treaty, arising out of the application of European competition rules to the ownership and operation of a mega-value pipeline.
- Acted as lead counsel to Sunlodges and the Paglieri Family, in respect of an investment dispute with Tanzania, which arose from alleged breaches of a bilateral investment treaty.
- Serving as lead counsel to Neustar (a US technology company) in an ICSID arbitration against Colombia, brought pursuant to the US-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.
‘Client focused. Provide commercial and detailed legal advice’
‘Simon Collis’ approach is invaluable to us as a growing business.’
‘The property team at Steptoes is very partner-focused and as a result, provides clients with a service that we have found to be second to none.’
‘Sam Kelly offers commercial and legal advice.’
‘Simon Collis is great at articulating important issues with clarity and efficiency. He has been extremely helpful in identifying and explaining critical issues.’
‘Our lead partner, Sam Kelly, is very commercial, provides solid legal advice and is exceptional at closing transactions.’
Yoo Capital Limited
Avara Foods Limited
Faccenda Investments Limited
Digital Realty Trust, L.P.
Howes Lane Projects LLP and Albion Land Limited
Lifestory Group Limited
Banbury Road Projects LLP and Albion Land Limited
Lancelot Developments Limited
Royalton Group Holdings Limited
- Acting for Equinix on the renewal of further leases at their Slough Trading Estate, Matrix Park, and Manchester Science Park mature data centre sites.
- Acting for Yoo Capital’s SPV, Coln Park LLP, in relation to the residential development and sale of luxury houses at a scheme called ‘Lakes by Yoo’ in the Cotswolds.
- Acting for Faccenda Foods since its merger with Cargill subsidiary, and the subsequent joint venture of Avara Foods.
Other key lawyers:
‘Zoe Osborne is hugely committed to her cases and her clients. She is also very pleasant to work with.’
‘Phenomenal depth and experience in the US which informs increasingly complex and international UK cases.’
- Advising a wide range of individuals on Serious Fraud Office investigations, including in High Court trials.
- Representing high-profile individuals in complex international criminal investigations of allegations of bribery and corruption.
Other key lawyers:
‘Steptoe’s trade practice is the best, or one of two best, in the key parts of international trade law. It has been involved in deeply practical ways in international dispute settlement and litigation in key areas of challenges to domestic regulation, trade remedies, export controls, financial sanctions, and trade agreement negotiations.’
‘They have one of the most resourceful teams of trade experts among all the law firms that I’ve worked with. It means that you can expect to have quality work within reasonably tight schedule. They have elite lawyers and experts as well. I think they also have good work ethic.’
‘There is deep expertise across the team on key international trade subjects – e.g., expert controls, sanctions, investigations, etc. There also is a deep bench. They are very responsive and friendly.’
‘Steptoe more than any other trade practice has represented clients from both domestic producers and foreign exporters, and companies that do both. That is a major advantage, being being able to see both perspectives objectively.’
‘Meredith Rathbone is very user friendly and always ready to pick up the phone to walk through complex or sensitive issues.’
‘I work primarily with Mr Matthew Yeo, who is highly experienced trade lawyer. He is also very client-oriented. Great strategist as well.’
‘Thomas Trendl won two of the most ‘against the odds’ victories at the US International Trade Commission in the last four years, while building cases for appeals if they were needed, and has more than 30 years case experience. Amy Lentz has built a similar deep experience in planning and executing successful plans with clients.’
‘Dave Stetson’s background at the US Treasury Department and within the financial sector makes him very well placed to provide advice in his area. There are few lawyers practicing who can offer his combination of exceptional understanding of the relevant regulatory framework with practical experience and knowledge of the workings international finance.’
Braspine, Braslumber, and ABIMCI
British Columbia Lumber Trade Council
Subsecretaria de Relaciones Economicas Internacionales
Otani Thailand, Federal Tires of Taiwan, Kenda Taiwan, Kenda Vietnam, American Kenda Rubber Industrial Co, and various US Importers
American Beverage Association
Coalition of Companies (Zulily; Wish; XB Fulfillment)
Centrus Energy Corporation
- Represented Brazilian lumber processing and manufacturing companies Braspine and Braslumber, as well as lumber industry association ABIMCI, in the antidumping investigation of wood mouldings and millwork products from Brazil.
- Represented the British Columbia Lumber Trade Council in a long-running dispute concerning imports of lumber from Canada, constituting one of the largest countervailing duty cases ever litigated.
- Advised Centrus Energy Corp on antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings before the US Department of Commerce and the US International Trade Commission, in matters involving imports of uranium products from the Russian Federation and Western Europe.
Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP > Firm Profile
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:
- Commercial real estate
- Corporate/M&A/private equity
- Export control
- Insurance and reinsurance
- International arbitration
- White-collar crime
USA: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC
Europe: Brussels, London
Asia: Beijing, Hong Kong
|Managing Partner||Matthew Farmerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Commercial property||Matthew Farmeremail@example.com|
|Construction/International dispute resolution||Jonathan Raynesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|International regulation and compliance||John Ruppemail@example.com|
|Insurance and reinsurance/International dispute resolution||Angus Rodgerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|International Arbitration||Matthew Colemanemail@example.com|
|White Collar Crime||Zoe Osobrnefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Internationa Arbitration/International Trade||Christophe Bondyemail@example.com|
|International dispute resolution||Leigh Mallonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|International dispute resolution||Ivan Gordienkoemail@example.com|
|International dispute resolution||Neil Dooleyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Commercial property||Sam Kellyemail@example.com|
|International regulation and compliance||Alexandra Meliafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|International Arbitration||Juliya Arbismanemail@example.com|
|Commercial property||Simon Collisfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Juliya Arbisman||Partner Juliya Arbisman has a broad international law practice with a focus…||View Profile|
|Christophe Bondy||Partner Christophe Bondy has more than 20 years of experience as an…||View Profile|
|Matthew Coleman||Partner, Chair of Steptoe’s Investment Treaty Arbitration Practice. Matthew Coleman specializes in international…||View Profile|
|Simon Collis||Partner Simon Collis advises on all aspects of commercial real estate for…||View Profile|
|Neil Dooley||Partner Neil Dooley represents clients on complex cross-border fraud claims, most notably…||View Profile|
|Matthew Farmer||Partner, London Office Managing PartnerMatthew has extensive experience in a broad range…||View Profile|
|Ivan Gordienko||Partner Ivan Gordienko has particular knowledge of commercial litigation and arbitration, specifically…||View Profile|
|Thomas Innes||Partner Thomas advises and conducts advocacy on a wide range of international…||View Profile|
|Sam Kelly||Partner Sam Kelly advises on all aspects of commercial property with particular…||View Profile|
|Leigh Mallon||Partner Leigh Mallon represents leading corporate clients and institutions in high-value, complex…||View Profile|
|Alexandra Melia||Partner Alex Melia’s practice focuses on international financial crime compliance, investigations and…||View Profile|
|Zoe Osborne||Partner Zoe Osborne’s practice focuses on cross-border financial crime and contentious regulatory…||View Profile|
|Farzana Rao||Partner Rao focuses her practice on all aspects of cross border and…||View Profile|
|Jonathan Raynes||Partner Jonathan Raynes has practiced for more than 20 years in resolving…||View Profile|
|Angus Rodger||Partner International Commercial Dispute Resolution A solicitor advocate, Angus exercises advocacy rights…||View Profile|
|John Rupp||Partner John Rupp’s practice focuses on providing FCPA & UK Bribery Act…||View Profile|
|Michael Thompson||Partner Michael Thompson focuses on transactions involving M&A, joint ventures, private equity,…||View Profile|
|Simon Tilling||Partner Simon Tilling advises clients on UK and EU environmental law, chemicals…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 18
LanguagesRusssian German French Italian Spanish Romanian Ukrainian Urdu Swedish
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