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London: Corporate and commercial

Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 6

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's team handles the spectrum of employment taxation, which supports the firm's broader employment practice, in addition to specialisms in the tax aspects of insurance and real estate. The group assisted One Braham on the £65m acquisition of a Luxembourg SPV which owns the Aldgate Tower. A provider of 'concise and confident advice', team head Ray Smith advised Regal Real Estates in relation to development finance for WeWork's investment into Hackney. Legal director David Blumenthal advised Leon Restaurants on the tax implications of a £25m private equity investment into the company. Susan Ball is another key contact.

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M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m
M&A: lower mid-market deals, £50m-£250m - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP¬†'s¬†‚Äėpragmatic, responsive and well-regarded‚Äô department has ‚Äėgood strength in depth‚Äô and ‚Äėexpert knowledge of the insurance industry‚Äô; real estate, energy and natural resources are also sector strengths.¬†Nick Purnell¬†heads the corporate team, alongside insurance M&A specialist¬†Andrew Holderness¬†.¬†¬†Corporate real estate expert¬†Simon Vere Nicoll¬†a key figure, with recent personal highlights including advising on One Braham‚Äôs acquisition of the Luxembourg SPV which owns Aldgate Tower for ¬£65m and acting for a consortium of international investors on a joint venture arrangement to purchase Regent House from The Portman Estate for ¬£15m. Other highlights included Purnell handling Cennox‚Äôs $6.25m acquisition of Diebold International and acting for WeFlex in respect of a fundraising arrangement.¬†Richard Elks¬†was promoted to partner in May 2017 and was instructed by Leon Restaurants in respect of a ¬£25m private equity funding from Spice Private Equity.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 5

Clyde & Co LLP

In addition to the spectrum of non-contentious partnership matters, Clyde & Co LLP is noted for providing 'expert' technical and commercial advice to professional services firms on partner exits and facing professional liability claims. The team draws on a multi-disciplinary set-up; Sarah Clover leads on professional liability, Chris Holme on employment and Simon Vere Nicoll on corporate partnership issues. Holme has particular experience in advising law firms on claims arising out of partner redundancies. Gary Thorpe was instructed by Vitruvian Partners on its 40% investment in CFC Underwriting via a limited partnership structure.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: civil
Fraud: civil - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has experience in handling work in emerging markets and has handled matters in Russia, the CIS, India, China, South America and the Middle East. Chris Burdett heads the team with Conrad Walker.

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 5

Clyde & Co LLP

Frequently acting for financial institutions, corporations and individuals, Clyde & Co LLP ’s banking litigation practice covers complex multi-jurisdictional cases. The team is particularly noted for disputes involving derivatives cases and interest rate swap issues; and the key advisers are Neil Jamieson, James Cooper, Andrew Foster and Helen Rowlands.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's¬†'litigators have good commercial judgment and provide good-value service'.¬†The practice manages litigation across the full gamut of commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, defence of class actions, shareholder disputes, M&A and joint venture conflicts, fraud, jurisdictional issues, warranty disputes, and enforcement proceedings. It acted for¬†Stichting Vestia,¬†a Dutch social housing association that is pursuing a claim against Deutsche Bank in amounts up to approximately ‚ā¨800m; the matter involves allegations of bribery, lack of authority and inappropriate financial transactions.¬†Chris Burdett, who divides time between London and Guildford,¬†has particular expertise in the technology, airline and security sectors; Richard Power¬†is noted for oil and gas and energy disputes; and Neil Jamieson, who¬†is 'an extremely clever solicitor', acts in professional negligence claims. Other experienced advisers include¬†Helen Rowlands, Tom White¬†and¬†consultant Conrad Walker.¬†The legal directors to note are Anna Myrvang, who¬†'has a phenomenal memory for detail',¬†and Nicola VinovrŇ°ki.¬†Tim Crockford, who¬†has particular expertise in professional negligence liability disputes, joined from Gowling WLG.

Next generation lawyers

Anna Myrvang - Clyde & Co LLP

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's 'outstanding team' is focused on international arbitration in sectors such as insurance, infrastructure, energy and natural resources, transportation and trade and commodities. It acted as lead counsel for an energy equipment manufacturer in an ICC arbitration proceeding governed by Brazilian law in New York, which sought a declaration that an insurer was bound by a supply contract's arbitration agreement. Maurice Kenton  is 'an extremely diligent and resourceful specialist in international arbitration'; Ben Knowles and David Leckie are well known for energy matters; and Peter Hirst is an insurance and Latin America specialist. Lee Bacon, David Reynolds, Richard Power, Ricardo Lewandowski and Devika Khanna are also highly regarded. David Hesse and Alejandro Garcia joined from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP and Winston & Strawn London LLP, respectively.

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Mediators
Mediators - ranked: tier 1

Jane Andrewartha - Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's Jane Andrewartha is 'excellent; she is calm, steely, super-smart and utterly committed to helping both sides to find a resolution'. In addition to her extensive insurance and reinsurance practice Andrewartha allocates two days per week to mediation; and in addition to her insurance and reinsurance knowledge, she has experience of a wide range of the industries serviced by reinsurers, such as financial services, marine and energy, aviation, construction and the professions, as well as employment issues and contractual and agency matters. Andrewartha also specialises in high-value cross-border disputes and has mediated disputes in the US, the Middle East, the Far East and in Europe, most recently Norway, Greece and Paris.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP 'provides excellent response times and available partners, and clients are convinced that the quality at partner level is reflected in the team's associates'. The practice's expertise covers a number of sectors, including medical and healthcare, legal, accountancy, property, insurance and financial services.  The team defended a leading agricultural law solicitor (PW) in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), followed by a successful appeal in the Administrative Court, which overturned an SDT order striking PW off the roll. The department heads are Claire Petts, who regularly defends health professionals. including doctors, dentists and opticians, in disciplinary proceedings; and the 'extremely easy to work with and incredibly responsive' Fergal Cathie, who has a particular focus on complex disputes and regulatory investigations involving professionals, particularly in the legal and financial services sectors. Richard Harrison heads the firm’s lawyers’ liability group, Sarah Clover chairs the executive of the firm's UK professional and financial disputes team, and James Roberts heads the firm's accountants' liability and disciplinary group. Sam Holden  is a highly regarded legal director and Tim Crockford and consultant Judith Duffin  were hired from Gowling WLG and BLM, respectively.

Leading individuals

Fergal Cathie - Clyde & Co LLP

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Public international law
Public international law - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has extensive experience dealing with highly sensitive cross-border disputes for and against governments in emerging markets and challenging jurisdictions, such as Russia and CIS, CEE, Latin America and Asia. The team regularly advises on WTO, EU and other regulatory issues associated with investments; it is well known for its work on sanctions; and the firm's traditional sectors of shipping, insurance and transportation also bring in public international law-related mandates. Ben Knowles  led advice to the Republic of Yemen in ICSID proceedings against a Chinese contractor, Beijing Urban Construction Group, which concerned the construction of a new international terminal building at Yemen's Sana'a International Airport. John Whittaker acts for and against governments in relation to investment disputes, sovereign immunity and sanction issues; and Clare Hatcher is another key contact.

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London: Finance

Asset finance and leasing
Asset finance and leasing - ranked: tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP

Best known for its wide-ranging ship financing practice, Clyde & Co LLP provides a 'value-for-money, responsive and practical' service to owners, operators, lessees, lessors and lenders. Paul Turner handles financing work for borrowers and lenders within the cruise ship sector, including The Norwegian Cruise Line Group which he advised on orders for a new series of six luxury cruise ships to be built in European shipyards, and the related export credit agency backed financing arrangements. The firm's ship financing expertise is rounded out at a partner level by John Leonida, who excels at handling super-yacht financings, and Stuart McAlpine, who has a particular niche within the LNG sector. On the aviation finance front, as well as his business jet expertise, Mark Bisset also provides 'high-quality advice' to commercial operators including Turkish Airlines, which he recently advised on the sale and leaseback of four Boeing 737-800 aircraft and three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from Pembroke and BOC Aviation, respectively.

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Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP 

 Clyde & Co LLP  'delivers excellent response times with in-depth analysis and it has good industry knowledge; it shows dedication and flexibility in reaching out to satisfy clients’ needs'. The practice is led by Marko Kraljevic, who stands out for energy disputes including upstream oil and gas cases, and disputes and arbitration specialist Michael Swangard, who is 'very reliable and reactive to any query'. Swangard recently acted for Liberty Group, which is a prominent player in the steel market, on spot trading and long-term off-take agreements as part of its programme of corporate acquisitions. Hatty Sumption is a leading light for commodity trading disputes, particularly in the oil, coal and metals markets. Sumption and Clare Hatcher, who has in-house experience at a trading company and is highly regarded for her advice on trading and regulatory matters, recently advised an energy company on a bespoke contract for the supply of marine LNG. The firm's deep bench of partners includes litigators John Whittaker, who has significant expertise in international sanctions, Eurof Lloyd-Lewis, Paul Dillon and Andrew Rourke. Clients also single out for praise senior associate Tara Smith , who is a recognised expert on the steel and iron ore industry.

Leading individuals

Clare Hatcher - Clyde & Co LLP 

Hatty Sumption - Clyde & Co LLP 

Marko Kraljevic - Clyde & Co LLP 

Michael Swangard - Clyde & Co LLP 

Next generation lawyers

Tara Smith - Clyde & Co LLP 

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Trade finance
Trade finance - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has a team of trade finance specialists who work closely with the firm's broader banking and finance practice and frequently act for the world's largest banks, trading houses and logistics companies. The practice's work encompasses a wide range of commodities including crude oil, coal, metals and agricultural products, as well as a broad array of supply chain finance transactions. Practice head Robert Parson is a leading light in the market and handles complex transactions across the international trade and commodity, energy and natural resource sectors. He recently acted for a leading international bank on a high-value financing in the energy sector, which involved the purchase and repo financing of crude oil supplies. Rising star senior associate Geraldine Butac played a key role in that deal. Legal director Grace Asemota is recommended for her work in trade finance, international trade and commercial disputes. Highly respected consultant Stephen Tricks frequently advises EBRD on matters relating to trade finance such as the effect of sanctions.

Leading individuals

Robert Parson - Clyde & Co LLP

Next generation lawyers

Geraldine Butac - Clyde & Co LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 5

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP is highly regarded for its experience in the insurance and financial services sectors with a client roster including Aetna, Willis Towers Watson and Arthur J Gallagher. Robert Hill leads the practice and recently defended Cenkos Securities in a discrimination, constructive unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim and advised ProSight Speciality Insurance on multiple employment issues relating to the company's decision to place the business into run off including collective and individual redundancies, data protection issues and other corporate support elements. Other mandates include Chris Holme assisting UPS with the employment aspects of several transactions and advising Rabobank on GDPR compliance, James Major handling nine Employment Tribunal claims for Estee Lauder and also helping it with the relocation of its Eurpean manufacturing headquarters, and Heidi Watson acting on the employment components of Liberty House's acquisitions of various UK steel businesses. TUPE and outsourcing expert Nick Elwell-Sutton is also a name to note. Nick Dent joined Locke Lord LLP in 2018.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's 'genuinely excellent' practice is led by 'regulatory genius' Chris Morrison in Manchester and includes Rod Hunt, who acts for clients in the energy, construction and manufacturing sectors; and legal director Mark Brookes. The department also saw substantial expansion in 2017 following the recruitment of multiple lawyers from Slater and Gordon including legal director Helen Simm, and was further bolstered by the recruitment of Jennette Newman and Jonathan Edwards from BLM in 2018. Recent highlights include representing Martin-Baker Aircraft Company in a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution relating to a fatal accident following the failure of a Red Arrows Pilots' ejection seat, acting for Realm Properties as manufacturer in an investigation relating to the death of a child after a queue barrier fell on its head, and acting for SR & RJ Brown in a corporate manslaughter prosecution regarding a fall from a work-at-height project in a working quarry. Airbus, Sports Direct, Axa and Aldi are also clients.

Leading individuals

Chris Morrison - Clyde & Co LLP

Next generation lawyers

Mark Brookes - Clyde & Co LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėlevel of service is consistently high‚Äô; the team provides ‚Äėefficient and professional‚Äô advice to multinational corporate clients, benefitting from its international network of offices. It regularly provides strategic immigration advice to clients within the oil and gas sector and acts for insurance sector clients on global corporate restructuring programs. Cardano Risk Management, Sasol, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Total Gas & Power and Halfords Media UK are clients. The ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô¬†Jonathan Chaimovic¬†leads the team, which includes¬†recently promoted legal director Tim Richards¬†and¬†senior immigration specialist Neena Samuel.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Clyde & Co LLP

Mark Howard leads the department at Clyde & Co LLP, which 'works hard to find commercial solutions to complex issues' and 'inspires confidence in clients'. The group has notable experience in PPF issues, bulk annuities, derisking mandates and trustee liability insurance work; recent highlights include advising on the pension elements of Liberty House Group's acquisition of Covpress and assisting Just with its bulk annuity policies. The British Medical Association Pension Scheme, NHBC Pension Scheme and Saudi Arabian Airlines are also clients. Other key individuals include Terry Saeedi who joined the Leeds office from Gordons LLP and senior associate Paul Hodges, who 'provides practical solutions'.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has a full-service healthcare offering that is praised for its 'thorough knowledge' and ability to achieve 'successful results'. The practice represents healthcare professionals in negligence claims, fatal accident inquiries, inquests, internal disciplinary, criminal and regulatory proceedings. The practice is 'rapidly responsive and leaves no stone unturned in protecting the client’s interest'. The arrival of Gemma Brannigan from Capsticks LLP and Judith Duffin from BLM has strengthened the team, which is headed by Claire Petts, who specialises in brain injury and obstetric claims of maximum severity or complexity. She is described as a 'titan who takes no prisoners and gets the best results for her clients'. Also recommended is Sam Holden, who is 'excellent with clients' and has 'good judgement'.

Leading individuals

Claire Petts - Clyde & Co LLP

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Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

With almost 200 partners across the UK involved in insurance work, a team that continues to recruit, and a client list that includes almost every leading (re)insurer globally - the likes of AIG, Allianz, Aviva, Swiss Re and Zurich -¬†Clyde & Co LLP¬†has earned its reputation as ‚Äėa juggernaut¬†for insurance matters‚Äô. The firm specialises in all types of insurance matters, spanning a variety of sectors and classes of insurance business, meaning it has the ‚Äėability to offer insurance companies the broadest coverage of business lines, at the highest quality and on a global scale‚Äô. This strength in depth is utilised in teams dedicated to specific sectors, such as aviation and space, directors' and officers' (D&O), marine, product liability/recall and cyber insurance. With regard to the latter, in September 2017 the firm launched Clyde Code, a consultancy service advising clients on all aspects of the burgeoning new area of smart contracts, blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Nigel Brook¬†leads the global reinsurance team and¬†James Cooper¬†heads up¬†the firm‚Äôs Lloyd's and London market practice. Another notable asset is the ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô Neil Beresford, who provides ‚Äėexcellent service‚Äô, particularly for insurers and reinsurers, evidenced by instructions on some of the largest claims in the market with values in excess of $1bn.¬†Jane Andrewartha¬†and Andrew Grant, both well regarded for their ‚Äėsignificant market acumen and specialist knowledge‚Äô, are also key members of the prolific team that also includes marine and energy insurance specialist Simon Jackson.¬†David Abbott¬†joined¬†DWF¬†in 2018.

Leading individuals

Jane Andrewartha - Clyde & Co LLP

Neil Beresford - Clyde & Co LLP

Nigel Brook - Clyde & Co LLP

Next generation lawyers

Simon Jackson - Clyde & Co LLP

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

The corporate insurance team at Clyde & Co LLP¬†is ‚Äėexcellent,¬†very responsive and has deep knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance sectors‚Äô. This can be seen in a prodigious list of high-profile work, including acting as global adviser to Expedia in relation to the sale of travel insurance-related products via its global businesses around the world, and advising Madison Dearborn Partners on the completion of a multi-million-dollar investment into Sentry Holdings and TIG Topco. Specialising in large, complex M&A deals, the experienced team is particularly well known for its cross-border work, aided by its strength in depth in London as well as the global practice. The ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable and client-focused‚Äô Ivor Edwards¬†leads the team along with Andrew Holderness,¬†‚Äėthe go-to lawyer for Lloyd‚Äôs matters',¬†who ‚Äėcombines professionalism with practical advice‚Äô. In another recent highlight,¬†Stephen Browning¬†led the advice to the management team of Sompo Canopius concerning its sale to a private equity consortium, assisted by¬†William Hogarth.

Leading individuals

Ivor Edwards - Clyde & Co LLP

Stephen Browning - Clyde & Co LLP

Next generation lawyers

William Hogarth - Clyde & Co LLP

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
Insurance: insolvency and restructuring - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

‚ÄėIndustry knowledge and a full-service offering with good strength in depth‚Äô make¬†Clyde & Co LLP¬†an ‚Äėexceptional firm‚Äô. The skilled team offers ‚Äėexperience in commercial negotiations, as well as practical advice and technical excellence‚Äô. Led by Ravi Masaon, a particular expert in Part VII transfers, the team successfully completed the Part VII transfer of largely US businesses from Markel International Insurance Company to RiverStone Insurance, a significant transfer for key insurance players. It has a reputation for acting in large transfers, often with a cross-jurisdictional dimension and with a sizeable number of policyholders. In addition, the practice is increasingly busy advising clients in connection with Brexit preparations and the use of the Part VII transfer tool to assist their preparations.¬†Andrew Holderness¬†and¬†William Hogarth¬†are also noted.

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP  attracts praise for 'excellent level of service' and 'unparalleled level of expertise in motor claims'. The practice acts for insurers, syndicates, corporate and public sector organisations and is on the panel of key insurers such as AXA, Chubb and Zurich Insurance. It was joined by Jennette Newman and Jonathan Edwards from BLM in May 2018; they bring extensive expertise in catastrophic injury and employers' liability claims, respectively. Kevin Bitmead heads the casualty team in London and specialises in catastrophic injury claims, motor and employers’ and public liability cases. The 'outstanding' and 'proactive' Damian Rourke handles employers' and professional liability cases and is 'able to explain complex points of law in a straightforward manner'. Newly promoted partner Tony Cawley is 'excellent with clients' and a 'real pleasure to work with'. Charles Brown left the firm in May 2017.

Leading individuals

Jeanette Newman - Clyde & Co LLP

Kevin Bitmead - Clyde & Co LLP

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's¬† product liability and recall practice is headed by Neil Beresford¬†, who is ‚Äėa very knowledgeable and shrewd operator and runs a happy and efficient team‚Äô. The firm‚Äôs industry strengths include the automotive, pharmaceutical, healthcare, manufacturing and retail sectors. Duncan Batchelor¬† is defending Johnson & Johnson in a pelvic mesh claim. Legal director Jason McNerlin¬†focuses on product recall and contaminated products insurance.¬†Claire Petts¬† has experience in medical devices and drug trial cases. Other team members include senior associate¬†Jamie Hui, who has been involved in numerous product liability disputes concerning food, fuel, medical devices, industrial machinery and consumer goods.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

With a ‚Äėrichly deserved reputation‚Äô,¬†Clyde & Co LLP¬†is a ‚Äėleader in the field of professional negligence‚Äô and defends claims against all classes of professionals in the UK and worldwide. Its advice is ‚Äėexcellent and pragmatic‚Äô and it ‚Äėdeals with the other side courteously, firmly and clearly‚Äô. The London team, which works closely with the firm's Manchester, Oxford, Leeds and recently opened Bristol offices, is led by Andrew Blair, who is ‚Äėcompletely unflappable, highly respected and has a flair for imaginative thinking in terms of resolving complex claims‚Äô. Tom White¬†defends claims against professionals in the property, construction and IT sectors and successfully defended CBRE in relation to a claim by Dunfermline Building Society arising out of a 2007 valuation of a residential development site in Reading. Sarah Clover, who is ‚Äėtechnically excellent, responsive and gets to grips with the detail of a case‚Äô, specialises in lawyers' professional liability, and Richard Harrison, who heads the lawyers‚Äô liability group, specialises in all areas of claims against English solicitors and barristers. Neil Jamieson, who¬†is ‚Äėdiligent, meticulous and known for his mastery of case detail‚Äô, defends solicitors, accountants, actuaries and surveyors against claims; construction liability group head Richard Moody¬†has a ‚Äėproven commercial and technical track record‚Äô; Simon Konsta¬†defends claims against property, accounting and technology professionals; Stuart Hall¬†represents accountants, financial institutions and D&O insurers; James Roberts¬†heads the accountants' liability group; and Fergal Cathie, who¬†is ‚Äėrobust, resolute and good in a fight‚Äô, handles complex disputes and regulatory investigations involving professionals in the legal and financial services sectors. Mark Sutton, who is ‚Äėexcellent at the technical detail‚Äô, Bryn Hodges, Helen Rowlands, Jonathan Brown¬†and of counsel Andrew Forsyth¬†are also recommended, as are senior associates May Ahmed¬†and William Glynn, and legal directors Chris Dunlop, Karen Boto¬†and Nicole McKinnon. Notable hires include Tim Crockford¬†from Gowling WLG,¬†and¬†Mandip Sagoo¬†and Angus Duncan¬†from Mayer Brown International LLP.¬†Ian Peacock, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, and John Eastlake, who joined from Kennedys, are based in Bristol.

Leading individuals

Andrew Blair - Clyde & Co LLP

Neil Jamieson - Clyde & Co LLP

Richard Harrison - Clyde & Co LLP

Sarah Clover - Clyde & Co LLP

Simon Konsta - Clyde & Co LLP

Next generation lawyers

Karen Boto - Clyde & Co LLP

May Ahmed - Clyde & Co LLP

Nicole McKinnon - Clyde & Co LLP

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London: Private client

Art and cultural property
Art and cultural property - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP¬†¬†is praised for its ‚Äėstrong international network. As an international firm, it has very good links to the New York, London and Asian art markets‚Äô. Tony Baumgartner¬†heads the fine art group and is someone who ‚Äėreally sees the bigger picture of each case and is very good tactically. He has an intimate understanding of the art world. He is an intelligent and down-to-earth solicitor who has a knack of explaining difficult concepts clearly‚Äô. Baumgartner is also someone who ‚Äėstays calm under pressure and remains reasonable and open to sensible compromise with counterparties while also being able to co-ordinate multi-jurisdictional issues well‚Äô. Some say that he is ‚Äėbest in the business ‚Äď the ‚Äėgo to‚Äô doyen‚Äô. The firm is a ‚Äėtop level insurance firm that does interesting work in the art world (art insurance, stolen art, title issues etc.)‚Äô. The specialist fine art and specie team handles a full range of fine art, antiquities, jewellery and specie matters for leading international insurers and reinsurers around the world together with major auction houses, galleries, museums and private clients. Clients appreciate that there is ‚Äėgood oversight by the partners who ensure high levels of service‚Äô. The ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô Tim Crockford¬† joined the team from Gowling WLG¬†and is regularly retained by some of the world‚Äôs foremost auction houses, art dealers and museums to advise on a range of issues from title queries to large and complex professional liability disputes.

Leading individuals

Tony Baumgartner - Clyde & Co LLP

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

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

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP recently expanded its senior line-up through the hire of David Hansom - who holds procurement expertise and a significant public sector client roster - from VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) . The group's particular strength lies in front-end projects mandates and guides clients through ongoing PPP projects and challenging international jurisdictions. In recent highlights, Liz Jenkins led the advice to ISS Mediclean as facility manager on the extension of its services contract with the Princess Royal University Hospital, and a group of lenders appointed the team to assist with the financing of a hospital project in Africa which included an Islamic financing tranche. Robert Meakin acted for an international construction company in its appointment to design and build a series of buildings in the new administrative capital of a Northern African country. Other key names include director Robert Franklin and Clare Hatcher .

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Mining and minerals
Mining and minerals - ranked: tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP

With particular experience in emerging markets, Clyde & Co LLP acts for clients such as Anglo-American Minerals and Glencore across the full life cycle of mining projects. Maurice Kenton sits in the firm's international arbitration team and previously represented insurance clients in property damage and business interruption claims; he jointly leads the practice with corporate expert Chris Duffy who assists quoted and non-quoted companies with a wide array of issues. Also notable on the corporate side is Philip Mace who previously handled the $200m sale of Brazilian Iron Ore to a major international trading company by a leading Brazilian mining company.

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Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

The 'professional, responsive and first-class' oil and gas at Clyde & Co LLP provides 'flexibility to assist on anything from larger transactions to smaller more discrete mandates' and has a particular strength in dispute resolution. Philip Mace 'has first-hand knowledge of the industry and addresses matters promptly' and the 'very astute, determined and experienced commercial litigator' Richard Power 'fights his clients' corner very effectively'. Petrosaudi recently appointed a team led by David Bennett - who co-leads the practice with Michael Wachtel - to resolve its dispute with Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA who hired the client's drilling rig and alleged ceased to pay fees and avoided delivering invoices. On the advisory side, Mark Walsh advised the subsidiary of an oil exploration company in the hive down of its interest in a major North Sea infrastructure asset which it held under a joint venture. Peter Stewart and David Hesse joined the firm's international arbitration offering from Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP .

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Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP 's power team is jointly headed by Clare Hatcher and Mark Walsh who sits in Guildford and was recently bolstered by the arrival of legal director Richard Eglington from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and dispute resolution and international arbitration expert Alejandro Garcia from Winston & Strawn London LLP . On the corporate front, the group recently advised the SIMEC group on its acquisition of Rio Tinto subsidiary Alcan Aluminium which owns two hydroelectric plants in Scotland, and Simon Vere Nicoll teamed up with Hatcher to handle the purchase of Green Highland Renewables from Ancala on behalf of GFG Alliance. Recent project development includes negotiating the development agreement and grid connection for a new wind farm to be developed by SIMEC at Glenshero. Senior associate Mark de la Haye supported Walsh to represent a developer as claimant in a contractual variation dispute against a contractor engaged to procure components of an offshore wind farm.

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London: Public sector

Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP¬† significantly strengthened their healthcare practice with the recruitment of Gemma Brannigan¬† from¬†Capsticks LLP¬†, David Hansom¬† from VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)¬†¬† and Judith Duffin from BLM¬†¬†. The ‚Äėvery responsive, knowledgeable and thorough‚Äô team is headed by the‚Äėpowerhouse' Claire Petts¬†who ‚Äėhas a wealth of experience‚Äô¬†and has represented a number of NHS Trusts on high profile inquests. Brannigan is a ‚Äėvery strong advocate‚Äô and is also recommended for healthcare inquiries; she has¬† recently acted for Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Trust on a clinical negligence case. Duffin advises a medical defence organisation in the highly complex ‚ÄėDeepcut barracks‚Äô inquest. The team also acts for life sciences clients. Jacques Howell¬†and Elizabeth Bradley¬†are also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Claire Petts - Clyde & Co LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP‚Äôs real estate team ‚Äėcompares very favourably to many of its City-based competitors‚Äô. The team is ‚Äėextremely competitive‚Äô across a range of property services and has particular expertise in the retail sector. David Wyatt¬†heads the firm‚Äôs global retail group, which serves as panel-appointed property advisers to major retailers including B&Q and Dixons Carphone Warehouse. In addition to large asset management mandates, Graeme Taylor¬†has handled HQ relocations for clients such as Sasol UK and TT Electronics. Taylor is also acting for development joint venture Howard Osborne in relation to a large student accommodation development in Cambridge, which has included a pre-let of the whole site and a forward funding of the development. Similarly, Martin Quicke¬†advised IRE-UK Resi Salford on the acquisition and forward funding of a PRS development in Salford. Annabelle Redman¬†is assisting Regal Real Estates with the property, planning and financing of a development at Shoreditch Exchange, which involved a pre-let to WeWork. The department, which includes Adam Taylor-Smith¬†and Will Deeprose, has also handled public sector instructions, which included advising Spelthorne Borough Council on the ¬£47m acquisition of the first stand-alone office building at Heathrow Airport.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

John Morris heads the construction team at Clyde & Co LLP. On the contentious side, Anthony Albertini is recommended for construction and engineering cases, with particular experience in the resolution of national and international construction disputes. On the transactional side Morris and associate VanWyck Johnson advised on the design and construction of an £80m multi-storey development in a city centre site in Manchester; and on the demolition of an existing structure and the design and construction of a £26m eight-storey, 395 bedroom Travelodge hotel in central London for The Cromlech Property Company Limited. Morris also provides ongoing assistance for Nicolas James Group in connection with a development project in Southampton involving the construction of a luxury hotel and residential developments worth £40m. Other clients include Urban & Civic; Imperial Chemical Industries Limited/AkzoNobel; Associated British Ports; Wates Group; and Daejan (Brighton) Limited.

Leading individuals

John Morris - Clyde & Co LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 5

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP¬† fields ‚Äėoutstanding lawyers who are both knowledgeable and hungry.‚Äô David Leckie¬†and Victor Rae-Reeves head up the London team, which regularly represents multinational corporates in Environment Agency investigations.¬†Anna Willets¬†is ‚Äėan enormous asset with a top scientific background in the area, and an understanding of technical issues well exceeding that of many solicitors in the field‚Äô. Environment litigation specialist Chris Morrison is ‚Äėa heavyweight, well-known in the profession for his ability to get excellent results for his clients.‚Äô Roger Cartwright and Mark Brooks¬†are also recommended for their ‚Äėtenacity and focus on their cases.‚Äô Other clients include Aviva, AXA, and NFU Mutual Assurance.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP¬†is praised for providing ‚Äėoutstanding‚Äô service.¬†Ian Ginbey¬†heads the team and provides ‚Äėa great breadth of knowledge‚Äô and ‚Äėcommercial awareness in negotiations‚Äô. Recent work includes advising Corinthian Land Limited on its planning application for a ¬£400m mixed-use urban extension comprising 4,000 dwellings, two primary schools and a new A2 junction south of Canterbury, involving a highly complex s106 agreement. ‚ÄėA guru of the ports world‚Äô,¬†Brian Greenwood¬†is a ‚Äėtough and doughty fighter for his clients‚Äô; he is co-ordinating ABP‚Äôs opposition to the Welsh government‚Äôs proposals to construct a ¬£1.7bn motorway relief road for the M4 in South Wales; if consent is granted, the proposal will result in the construction of a low six-lane motorway bridge through the middle of the Port of Newport. Stephen Webb¬†is ‚Äėknowledgeable, responsive, and a pleasure to work with‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Ian Ginbey - Clyde & Co LLP

Stephen Webb - Clyde & Co LLP

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP

The 'commercial, customer-friendly' Chris Lenton heads the team at Clyde & Co LLP, which 'offers a tailored service that is timely, effective and relative value for money'. Recent highlights on the borrower side include advising Regal London on the £136m financing provided by Cheyne Capital for the development of Shoreditch Exchange in London, and assisting Urban & Civic with the £75m financing provided by Manchester City Council and Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council for the acquisition and development of a mixed-use three-tower development. On the lender side, the team advised Secure Trust Bank and new client Arbuthnot Latham on the financing of a student accommodation building in Portsmouth, and acted for Credit Suisse on a variety of matters including refinancing the acquisition of commercial and residential property in central London. Annabelle Redman, newly promoted legal director Sam Clarke and senior associate Andy King are also noted.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

The team at Clyde & Co LLP¬†offers ‚Äėuser-friendly, efficient and practical‚Äô advice across a full range of landlord and tenant work. Practice head Keith Conway¬†will ‚Äėalways go the extra mile‚Äô and provides¬†‚Äėvast experience and measured advice‚Äô. Conway is acting on a multi-jurisdictional dispute where an individual shareholder attempted to sell a valuable property without the consent of Conway's clients who have a 50% share of the¬†owning corporation. In another highlight, the team is acting for¬†Pembury Hotels in a case where a family dispute has led to competing claims for high-value leasehold interests. The firm have added Arriva Rail, C & J Clark International and Metropolitan Properties to a list of clients which includes Molyneux Investments and Native Land. Tim Foley¬†joined¬†Fladgate LLP.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP advises corporates and individuals on internal investigations, disclosures to regulators, regulatory investigations and regulatory enforcement action. Areas of expertise include anti-money laundering, counter-terrorist financing, anti-bribery, corruption, market abuse, fraud and sanctions. Recent cases have included investigations by the SFO, FCA, City of London Police, NCA and FCA. The firm also has an internal forensics investigations unit. Joint head of team Chris Hill has a particular focus on the insurance and international risk markets. John Whittaker who also heads the team focuses on commodity and natural resource companies. Charles Kuhn joined the firm from Hickman & Rose, he focuses on providing regulatory advice on financial market cases.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Clyde & Co LLP

The intellectual property practice at Clyde & Co LLP attracts praise as being 'sound, reliable and responsive'. Ralph Cox is a key name to note for both contentious and non-contentious matters, and 'understands the commercial and transactional context'. Other key names include litigator Chris Burdett and Alejandro Garcia who specialises in international commercial arbitration. Former practice head David Wilkinson left the team to join Ashurst.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has expertise in the fields of corporate, commercial, IP and product liability. Corporate and commercial specialist Simon Gamblin leads the team alongside Ralph Cox, who is an expert in patent litigation. Product liability specialist Claire Petts is also a key figure and advised CNA Hardy and ITH Pharma on a product liability claim relating to contaminated baby feed. Other notable names include Simon Vere Nicoll, who advises on corporate transactions; legal director Erika Rainger, who is an expert in product liability; and legal director Don McCombie, who specialises in transactional and regulatory issues.

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London: Transport

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

The ‚Äôexceptional‚Äô team at Clyde & Co LLP¬†is commended for its ability to ‚Äėunderstand the client‚Äôs perspective.‚Äô It stands out for its expertise in insured liability claims for airlines, and also handles a range of regulatory, corporate and commercial work in the sector. AIG, Allianz, Chubb, XL Catlin, Global Aerospace and Emirates Airlines are clients. Alex Stovold¬†is advising Tokio Marine Kiln on the loss of an aircraft, which crashed before landing in Medell√≠n, Colombia and was carrying the Brazilian Chapecoense football team, and resulted in the deaths of 64 passengers. Robert Lawson QC¬†and legal director Thomas van de Wijngaart¬†are acting for British Airways on its acquisition of the entire portfolio of landing and take-off slots at London Gatwick Airport held by Monarch Airlines. Mark Bisset¬†provided regulatory advice in relation to the investment in VistaJet by Rh√īne Capital. Key figures in the ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô team include¬†Philip Bass, who¬†has a ‚Äėwealth of knowledge‚Äô; the¬†‚Äėfantastic‚Äô¬†Maria Cetta; the highly regarded¬†Catherine West; consultant¬†David Willcox, who¬†has the ‚Äėmost incredible memory and always digs very deep before offering an opinion or solution‚Äô; the¬†‚Äėvery approachable and tactical‚Äô¬†Craig Rooney;¬†Robert Ireland; the 'very able'¬†John Samiotis; and the¬†‚Äėextremely knowledgeable‚Äô Gareth Lewis.¬†Austin Barham¬†specialises in aviation personal injury, and¬†Simon Potter¬†is experienced in major catastrophe work.¬†Patrick Slomski¬†is regularly instructed by airlines. Legal director Adam Baker¬†handles a range of aviation-related claims and consultant Joseph Goodridge¬†is ‚Äėvery user-friendly‚Äô. Senior legal manager Louise High¬†is also noted, as are senior associates Andrew Krausz¬†and Elizabeth Lambert-James.

Leading individuals

David Willcox - Clyde & Co LLP

Maria Cetta - Clyde & Co LLP

Philip Bass - Clyde & Co LLP

Next generation lawyers

Adam Baker - Clyde & Co LLP

Tom van de Wijngaart - Clyde & Co LLP

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP¬†stands out for its ‚Äėstrength-in-depth‚Äô , its ‚Äėmarket muscle‚Äô and for its ‚Äėup to date, agile, commercially focused and committed service‚Äô.¬†The firm's expertise spans wet and dry work, and contentious and non-contentious mandates; and it is particularly known for its experience in charterparty disputes, cross-border disputes, marine insurance claims and coverage, collision and salvage, cargo claims, transactional matters, shipbuilding, maritime personal injury, offshore, sanctions and superyachts. It is acting for Alpine Eternity and Britannia P&I Club on the claims management process after the vessel collided with Iranian-owned oil rig in 2015; is acting for Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company as insurers of the cargo carried on the Maersk Tangier which examines the limitation of liability for claims for loss or damage to cargo carried in containers on board a vessel; and it represented Nautical Challenge on the collision between the oil tanker Alexandra 1 and container vessel, Ever Smart. Among the team; Andrew Preston¬†is ‚Äėgood at identifying the tactical angles‚Äô; David Bennet¬†specialises in dispute resolution and international arbitration; Edward Mills-Webb¬†is active on commodity, charterparty and bill of lading disputes; Martin Hall¬†specialises in maritime law and arbitration; Nick Austin¬†is ‚Äėapproachable‚Äô; Simon Culhane¬†is ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô; Irvine Marr¬†is active on wet and dry matters; cargo casualty head Jai Sharma¬†is ‚Äėvery experienced and approachable‚Äô; Elizabeth Turnbull¬†is ‚Äėalways on top of the key issues‚Äô; and Hatty Sumption¬†is ‚Äėvery clever and nothing slips under her radar‚Äô. Simon Jackson; Andrew Nicholas; Rob Collins¬†and Fanos Theophani¬†are also key members of the team, as are legal director Bethan Bradley¬†, who is ‚Äėgood on the interplay between shipping and insolvency‚Äô, and senior associates James Kennedy¬†and Thomas Kelly. Stephen Mackin¬†and Jessica Maitra¬†recently joined the team from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Leading individuals

Andrew Preston - Clyde & Co LLP

David Bennet - Clyde & Co LLP

Martin Hall - Clyde & Co LLP

Next generation lawyers

Bethan Bradley - Clyde & Co LLP

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Latin America: International firms

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP’s recent caseload features a number of commercial arbitrations, particularly in the insurance sector. London-based practice head Peter Hirst acted for a contractor in ICC arbitration related to the construction of floating production storage and offloading vessels and represented a Brazilian steelmaker in a breach of contract claim. The team counts Alstom as a key client and has also been handling a series of ICC arbitrations for the company, including its ongoing dispute with Mitsui. Neil Beresford and Maurice Kenton are noted for their experience in the insurance and energy sectors respectively; and the team also has a notable presence in Brazil, where Stirling Leech is a key practitioner. The hire of Alejandro Garcia, who joined from Winston & Strawn London LLP, has added significant experience in general commercial and investment treaty arbitrations.

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