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Laurence Page, based at Hardwicke, has a broad commercial practice in domestic and international arbitration and litigation.
Laurence's work encompasses high value commercial litigation, professional liability, construction and insurance law. He is particularly sought out for professional negligence disputes arising from complex transactions and tax planning schemes. His quantitative economics background is an asset in cases requiring detailed knowledge of financial products and complex accounting issues.
Laurence is frequently retained in litigation concerning allegations of fraud, dishonesty or other impropriety and has significant experience of acting in urgent applications for freezing injunctions, search orders and orders for disclosure of information.
Matthew is a specialist in company, insolvency, financial services and commercial litigation law at Erskine Chambers.His time is split equally between a substantial advisory practice and litigation work, where he primarily appears in the High Court. He also undertakes a range of international work and has been appointed to the Attorney General's Panel of Counsel to act in government litigation.
Matthew has an in-depth knowledge of the law and a sound commercial understanding of what corporate clients need. He also undertakes litigation across the whole spectrum of company law matters. Insolvency is also a core part of Matthew's practice and he has expertise in all aspects of corporate recovery and also undertakes some personal insolvency work.
Cecilia Parker Aranha has been a project director at the Competition and Markets Authority since 2014. She leads consumer protection enforcement projects, including the CMA's recent consumer law compliance review on the cloud storage services sector. She also represents the CMA in the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network; a global network of 60 consumer protection bodies, where she has been co-leading work on terms and conditions in the digital economy.
Cecilia has been a lawyer in a range of UK and Scottish government departments for 16 years. She has advised on a diverse range of issues from public law, human rights and devolution, to social security and energy. She has been focusing on consumer protection law since 2010.
At 4 New Square, Shail has a broad commercial disputes practice with particular emphasis on financial services, insurance, professional liability work and costs. He appears regularly in the county courts and High Court - both as sole advocate and as part of a team.
Shail was named a 'leading junior' in Legal 500 2012 and 2013 (professional negligence) and 'one to watch' in Legal 500 2013 (insurance and re-insurance). He prides himself on being able to quickly identify the heart of a dispute and give practical and commercial advice that will lead to its resolution.
He is a member of Inner Temple, where he received the Peter Taylor Scholarship. And during his BVC year, Shail was a seminar leader and examiner in tort law at King's College London.
Recent case highlights include: Mathiesen v Clintons  EWHC 3056; Yeates v Aviva Insurance plc  EWCA Civ 634; and Adams & Ors v Ford & Ors  EWCA Civ 544.
A member of 11 Stone Buildings Tim specialises in the fields of commercial and chancery litigation, particularly the areas of commercial fraud, shareholders and partnership disputes, financial services, intellectual property, sport, media & entertainment and IT.
He has a particular expertise in worldwide freezing and search orders and cross-border disputes. On the IP side he deals with copyright, passing off, trademarks, design rights and breach of confidence claims. He is on the editorial board of the E-commerce Law Reports.
In 2013, he was shortlisted for 'The Chambers 100 UK Bar - The Juniors' listing.
Leslie Perrin, Chairman of Calunius Capital LLP, has more than 25 years' experience of litigation markets, having been successively head of litigation, managing partner and senior partner at international law firm Osborne Clarke. One of his cases still holds the record for a UK jury award of damages against an insured defendant. In other cases, he became recognised as one of the pioneers of group actions in the UK. He remains interested in all issues around Access to Justice.
Leslie acts part-time as Senior Independent Director of DAS, is an accredited mediator, and at Calunius is heavily involved in case origination and assessment. He also chairs the Association of Litigation Funders of England and Wales, whose members will observe the new Code of Conduct of Litigation Funders.
In March 2012, Leslie was named as one of The Times Law 100, said by The Times to be "a snapshot of those lawyers we believe to be the most influential in society right now".
Catherine Piercy is a commercial and insurance barrister based at Hardwicke, with a particular focus on construction and engineering disputes, property damage and professional liability.
Catherine has a busy court and adjudication practice, acting for insurers, contractors, employers, construction professionals and insolvency practitioners. She appears in all levels of tribunal in procedural applications, substantive hearings and trials.
David Pliener, a barrister at Hardwicke, is an expert in construction, insurance and commercial work.
He acts in complex and high-value litigation, representing clients in arbitration, adjudication and mediation, often with an international element. For example, he acted in various property damage disputes for clients in the Bahamas and Cayman Islands.
David is recommended in the latest editions of The Legal 500 and Chambers UK as a leading junior in construction, insurance and property damage. He enjoys strong working relationships with his solicitors and has a reputation for providing effective advocacy with a common sense approach.
Described in Chambers UK as "extraordinarily knowledgeable about how to apply public law processes to business", Jamie is a partner in the public law and human rights team at Bindmans. He acts on a wide range of procurement and public law cases in the commercial context.
Jamie recently acted for a large number of law firms challenging the government's competitive tender for criminal duty solicitor contracts, which led to the Lord Chancellor abandoning both the tender and the policy that underpinned it. He has also advised on the operation of the Cabinet Office's Strategic Supplier Risk Management Policy.
Kevin Poulter is a partner and head of the employment team at London law firm Child & Child. Kevin advises commercial and not for profit organisations, as well as senior employees and directors, on the full range of employment issues. He is well-known for providing practical, commercial advice to his clients, particularly on emerging social media issues.
Kevin has spoken extensively on the impact of digital and social media on the workplace and the influence of social media on the next generation of workers. As well as presenting to professional organisations including the Law Society and Solicitors Regulation Authority, he has spoken at many conferences and events. Kevin also regularly appears on television and radio news programmes and has contributed to numerous publications.
Lynsey Poulton joined Practical Law in October 2016 as a senior editor for the In-house editorial team. Lynsey qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in May 2007.
Following an 18 month post-qualification role in the London corporate team of Dundas & Wilson LLP (now CMS Scotland), she moved to an in-house role with Morgan Advanced Materials plc. There she became responsible for the creation, implementation and on-going management of the company's global compliance programme following the introduction of the UK Bribery Act 2010. Lynsey is currently a non-practicing solicitor.
Richard Power is a partner in Clyde & Co's energy dispute resolution team. He's a specialist in resolving complex cross-border disputes through arbitration, litigation, mediation and other forms of ADR. He has particular experience in the oil & gas/energy sectors, advising on contractual disputes, gas price review arbitrations and Energy Charter Treaty claims. He also has expertise in the fields of outsourcing/IT and commercial banking disputes.
Richard has extensive international arbitration experience, and has arbitrated disputes under International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), UNCITRAL and the American Arbitration Association's International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) rules.
Having obtained Higher Rights of Audience (advocacy rights) in the English Courts, Richard often conducts his own advocacy in arbitrations.
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Sarah specialises in travel law claims, including claims under the Package Travel Regulations, the Athens, Warsaw and Montreal Conventions, and at common law. She is a regular contributor to the Travel and Tourism Lawyers' Associations Newsletter.
At 1 Chancery Lane she has considerable experience in travel claims, both in respect of advisory work and at court, and in personal injury cases generally. Sarah's recent work includes a Court of Appeal claim involving consideration of guidelines in the assessment of damages in holiday claims. She also represented the Defendant in the High Court against a paraplegia claim arising out of an excursion not booked as part of a package holiday.
Watson Pringle, based at Maitland Chambers, specialises in commercial and civil fraud litigation with an emphasis on cases involving asset tracing, jurisdiction disputes and conflicts of laws.
Watson is an experienced junior in large, multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation - having been junior counsel for the family defendants in Berezovsky v Abramovich, and for the claimants in Gudavadze v Anisimov. As sole counsel he is experienced in both trial and application advocacy in the High Court and Court of Appeal.
Watson is ranked in Chambers UK and Chambers Global, and was highly recommended in Legal Week's 'Stars of the Bar 2014'.
After a full time career giving advice on planning permissions, compulsory purchase and all related matters, Christopher Proudley continues that role part time.
Christopher works both in private practice and as a legal editor at Practical Law, looking at not only strategic issues but also day to day queries.
Charlotte practices as a barrister in human rights law, and she writes for the Independent, New Statesman and the Guardian on civil liberties and women's rights.
Nick Pryor is a Knowledge Development Lawyer in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution department at Berwin Leighton Paisner. He is responsible for developing and maintaining the department's knowledge management resources, and for client and internal training on a broad range of litigation and commercial dispute topics.
Nick has particular expertise on matters of civil procedure, most notably providing substantive input to the Civil Procedure Rules Committee's recent reforms to settlement procedure under Part 36. He also provides knowledge and training on substantive topics of relevance to commercial and contentious practitioners, including detailed analysis of private international law (including the recently Recast Brussels Regulation) and contract law.
Tim is a partner at BLP with wide experience in town and country planning; compulsory purchase; Parliamentary and environmental work; transport and works; environmental impact assessment and statutory agreements. He has particular expertise in relation to large-scale and complex mixed-use regeneration schemes and linear infrastructure projects.
Called to the bar in 1991, Russell's main areas of practice at 2 King's Bench Walk are in criminal law and court martial. He defends and prosecutes in almost equal measure, and enjoys acting as a Leading Junior - being led by Queen's Counsel or acting alone.
Russell's areas of specialty include cases involving serious sexual and physical violence, including homicide, as well as types of fraud. He has particular expertise in cases where sensitive handling of vulnerable witnesses and defendants is required, and many of his cases involve child witnesses.
Russell is an approved pupil master.
Ben Quiney QC practices from Crown Office Chambers. In the latest editions of Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 he is identified as a leading QC in all his core areas of work. These are construction, insurance, property damage, international arbitration, commercial litigation and professional negligence.
Ben regularly advises on insurance disputes and large energy and construction projects, domestically and internationally. He has extensive experience of very large fire claims and disaster litigation. He was part of the team of counsel working on the Buncefield litigation for Total, including being led by Charles Hollander QC on the disclosure dispute in that litigation.
Ben was awarded Insurance Junior of 2013 at the 2013 Chambers and Partner's Awards.
Edward Randall is general counsel at BELECTRIC UK - the solar photovoltaic developer and contractor of ground mounted and rooftop systems.
Edward works with suppliers, landowners, investors and financiers in the renewables sector. He assisted in bringing the award-winning 'Big60Million' initiative to market using mini-bonds.
Before joining BELECTRIC, Edward trained and worked at Allen & Overy in the UK, the Middle East and North Africa on a wide range of energy and infrastructure projects.
Louise is an Associate in the Shoosmiths employment team. She delivers practical solutions to complex legal problems and clients value her strategic, pragmatic and timely advice. She has represented clients in a number of successful Employment Tribunal proceedings, including Judicial Mediations.
Louise also advises on the employment aspects of outsourcing agreements and corporate transactions. As part of her training, Louise spent time on secondment to a law firm based in the Financial District, New York. Louise has specialist expertise in the financial services and regulated sectors.
Louise has a particular interest in data protection and advises on the employment law angles of the Data Protection legislation and is experienced in dealing with multi-national transfers of data and the intrinsic complexities involved. She provides training to other lawyers and HR specialists on this subject, in addition to designing and delivering bespoke training to HR managers and directors.
Gaucho Rasmussen is an Enforcement Director in the Enforcement and Markets Directorate at the Competition and Markets Authority ('the CMA'), which he joined from the OFT.
During his time at the OFT and CMA, Gaucho has worked on a range of competition law, consumer protection and markets related matters, including hotel online booking, quick house sales, furniture and carpets, sports bras and mobility scooters. Before joining the OFT in February 2013, Gaucho worked as a competition law specialist in private practice (Freshfields, SJ Berwin) and in-house (Tesco) and as a referendaire at the European Court of First Instance (as it then was) at the cabinet of the president, Mr Bo Vesterdorf.
Kelli Read is a practising solicitor. She qualified in England and Wales in 1992, having previously qualified as a solicitor in Australia. She has practised for over 25 years in a variety of environments; in legal, business and leadership roles; in private practice and in-house; and in both the public and private sectors.
In 2014 Kelli established beyondBlackletter, where she now trains and coaches in-house lawyers and teams, develops strategies and builds skills for better personal performance, team effectiveness and organisational impact.
With a particular interest in the power of emotional intelligence, Kelli is accredited as a TEIQue® assessor and Team Emotional Intelligence (TEI) survey facilitator. She has delivered training programmes for senior in-house lawyers and general counsel in cities around the world - including London, New York, Dubai and Miami.
David Reade QC, of Littleton Chambers, practices in all areas of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious (including EU Law). He has appeared in many restrictive covenant injunctions both pursuing and resisting injunctive relief.
He has advised many leading companies on issues as diverse as part time pension discrimination claims, restrictive covenants, pension issues, share option scheme and Directors service contracts.
David has additionally advised both employers and unions on collective issues including union recognition, and is a frequent lecturer on employment law.
Madeleine maintains a wide family law practice at 1 King's Bench Walk where she covers all areas of children work, both public and private, ancillary relief and Schedule 1. She has a particular interest in complex private law children cases and has recent experience of international adoption, same-sex parenting (including surrogacy), relocation and transfer of residence/intractable contact cases.
She has been a recommended junior in Chambers and Partners since 2005 and has been placed in 'Band 2' for children work for the last 3 years. She is frequently led by, and appears against, Queen's Counsel. Madeleine is a trained mediator and part of Chambers' DRS group and in October 2010 she was appointed a Deputy District Judge (Civil).
Paul Reed QC is a leading commercial practitioner specialising in construction, professional liability, property damage and insurance. He is regularly instructed in substantial, technical and complex civil, commercial, construction, insurance and professional negligence disputes. As well as being a popular and experienced advocate in court and in arbitration, he is also highly regarded for adjudication and advisory work.
Based at Hardwicke, Paul has an extensive domestic and international practice; he appears regularly in the Middle East and the Caribbean as well as other areas. He is known as an approachable and client-focused silk and a team player who gives clear and consistent advice.
Paul is also an occasional post graduate tutor and lecturer in construction law and arbitration at King's College and a highly experienced mediator, adjudicator and arbitrator.
Ron heads the regulatory team at Shoosmiths. He advises clients on compliance and non-contentious matters, as well as those facing investigation or prosecution for breaches of health & safety, environmental, food law or other regulatory legislation.
Ron regularly advises clients on product safety / product liability issues and is well practiced in crisis management. He has over 40 years' experience and has gained considerable insight into the enforcement process and the major causes of prosecution.
Ron advises national and international organisations on numerous compliance issues, with an emphasis on risk assessment and pragmatic pre-emptive advice. He also devises and delivers compliance training tailored to clients' needs on issues such as anti-bribery and corruption, transparency in supply chains and health & safety management.
Chambers & Partners legal directory has ranked Ron among the best in the UK for health & safety and product liability since 1996 - recently describing him as "very experienced, very astute and one of those people you wouldn't expect to put a foot wrong".
Rebecca is a busy personal injury practitioner at Hardwicke who undertakes work for both claimants and defendants in all fields.
Rebecca has a particular interest in clinical negligence claims arising out of beauty treatments and cosmetic surgery, and she has a growing practice in these areas.
Emma is a restructuring and insolvency partner who joined CMS Cameron McKenna LLP in 2010 and became a partner in 2013. She acts on a wide range of restructuring and insolvency transactions, with experience in advising both syndicates and individual lenders; directors; shareholders; creditors and other stakeholders; and in advising buyers of such businesses and their lenders. Emma also has experience in considering the rights of bondholders and other stakeholders in securitisation structures. Emma has particular experience on advising on transactions in the hotels, leisure and media sectors.
MacKenna is a US born English-qualified intellectual property lawyer and strategic adviser for the translation of biomedical technologies. Her legal experience spans IP disputes to privacy, data protection and breach of confidentiality matters. She specialises in the IP rights, bioethics and regulation of emerging biotechnologies, particularly related to regenerative medicine (cell therapy), genetics and assisted reproduction.
MacKenna is an associate at IP Asset Partnership in London, counsel to IP Asset Ventures and an IP adviser to the Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation - a UCL-Oxford University partnership aimed at accelerating therapies to market in Europe. MacKenna trained and practiced as a commercial litigator at a top 50 soft IP London firm with extensive experience on high-profile cases. She then trained in the life sciences at Denoon Legal, a London specialist practice.
MacKenna holds a masters in Medical Law and Ethics from King's College London, and she is a widely published thought leader on how the law should govern cutting-edge medical therapies.
Patrick Robinson joined Burges Salmon in 1990 from local government. He is a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a Higher Court Solicitor Advocate for civil law.
Patrick advises on planning and compulsory purchase, property development, transport, environment, energy and utilities, renewables, resource and waste management, and nuclear. His practice centres on energy (conventional, renewables and nuclear), waste, minerals and transport.
Patrick's recent projects have included planning and environmental assessment advice on radioactive waste management; public local inquiry advocacy for a range of onshore wind farms; CPO for land acquisition for HS2; planning adviser on a range of nationally significant projects.
Robert Robinson is the Group General Counsel of Amlin, where he has overall responsibility for all legal matters involving the Amlin group.
Amlin is a FTSE 250 company based in London that participates in the global reinsurance and specialty insurance sectors. The group has offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Bermuda, Singapore and the US.
Robert has extensive experience as an advocate, having acted as lead trial counsel in numerous insurance and reinsurance litigation and arbitration proceedings. He has also acted in a wide variety of non-contentious matters including, M&A and corporate finance transactions; corporate governance; commercial contract negotiations; insurance licensing and regulatory matters; sanctions, anti-corruption and competition law advice; and insurance product development.
Nick is a partner at Reed Smith specialising in both contentious and non-contentious UK, EU and International Environmental and Climate Change law. On the non-contentious side, he has extensive experience of handling the environmental aspects of complex commercial transactions and large projects, particularly in the energy and natural resources sector. He has, for example, acted for developers, operators, lenders, private equity investors and others in the development, disposal, acquisition, financing and/or decommissioning of power stations and related infrastructure, wind, solar, biomass, bioliquids and biofuels facilities, oil refineries, petrochemicals facilities, mines, paper mills, manufacturing facilities, landfill sites, waste transfer stations and recycling plants.
He also has extensive experience of handling soil, water, air quality and natural habitat pollution issues, permitting issues, environmental impact assessments, waste management issues and in the remediation and redevelopment of large brown-field sites, most notably representing BP since 2007 in designing and implementing unique and award winning environmental risk transfer solutions in relation to BP's extensive property portfolio.
Nick also has considerable experience in climate change law and practice. He has advised many companies on their participation in the regulated and voluntary carbon markets, including in particular the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and has represented clients participating as project developer, financier and/or off-taker in CDM and JI emissions reductions projects in China, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Israel, Bulgaria, Botswana and elsewhere. He has also negotiated numerous emissions trading and CO2 management contracts.
In addition, Nick regularly provides stand-alone advice and representation to corporate clients on all aspects of current and emerging UK, EU and International Environmental and Climate Change law, including lobbying on behalf of clients before domestic governments, the EU Commission, Parliament and Council, most recently in relation to biofuels regulation and emissions trading for international aviation and shipping, but also in relation to matters such as the REACH EU chemicals regime, WEEE and RoHS waste regime and similar issues.
Stephanie Roe, a co-founder of the S&O Partnership, was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2006. She trained at top-ranked leading London criminal firm, Hickman & Rose and Bindmans LLP, before deciding to cross-qualify to become a solicitor. She then went on to practise at ABV Solicitors and Corker Binning, undertaking a combination of business and general crime. She is both a duty solicitor and High Court advocate.
Stephanie's main background has been in general crime, where she has represented individuals from all backgrounds in relation to all types of criminal allegations. She also regularly represents individuals and companies in relation to investigations by the police, HM Revenue & Customs, the Serious Fraud Office and the Financial Conduct Authority.
Stewart has over 23 years' experience as a barrister and solicitor, focusing for the majority of this time on technology and communications. He specialises in the field of data protection and information management, including the commercial exploitation of data, the security of data, regulatory investigations and litigation arising from the misuse of data.
Stewart is a partner at PwC Legal, where he leads the cyber security and data protection practice. He is rated as a leading individual in data protection by Chambers UK, which describes him as "the kind of lawyer who inspires confidence" and "an excellent, first-rate, tactical lawyer".
Stewart has advised some of the world’s leading businesses on these matters, including: Accenture, Barclays Bank, BBC, BNP Paribas, British Gas, BskyB, Credit Suisse, Dell, EMC, HP, LinkedIn, Marks & Spencer, McAfee, NBC Universal, News UK, Orange, Oracle, Pearson, Post Office, Reckitt Benckiser, RSA, Sony, Symantec, Vodafone, Unilever.
Andrew Rose is a partner in the insurance group at Berwin Leighton Paisner. He has acted for insureds, insurers and brokers on all types of insurance-related issues.
Andrew has experience in relation to policy drafting, advice on policy coverage, claims handling, and the conduct of litigation and dispute resolution, in relation to numerous types of insurance policy.
David is a practising Solicitor-Advocate with higher rights of audience in all proceedings, regularly appearing as Advocate in the Old Bailey as well as the High Court of Justice in a wide-range of disputes including some high-profile celebrity cases. His specialisation areas are civil fraud, criminal fraud, and commercial litigation. He is also Partner and head of Litigation at Darlingtons Solicitors.
David is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Strategic Director of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners UK Chapter. Some of his other accolades include Associate Professor of Law at Brunel University Law School, regularly lecturing in civil fraud and criminal fraud, and running a pro bono surgery every week at Brunel to the general public. David was also named a Super Lawyer in the 2013 Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers list of top Lawyers in London.
Sidney Ross is a specialist in chancery drafting and advisory work at 11 Stone Buildings where he deals with trusts, wills and probate matters and administration of estates, matters concerning older clients, applications to the Court of Protection and estate planning. In particular he has extensive experience in advising on and litigations claims under the Inheritance Act, including cases which also involve claims to beneficial interests in the subject-matter of the deceased's estate or challenges to the validity of the deceased's will.
He is the author of Inheritance Act Claims: Law and Practice, the 3rd hardback edition of which was published in the Trusts, Wills and Probate Library series in November 2011.
Jane Russell, a member of Essex Court Chambers, is an experienced trial advocate. She regularly appears in the Court of Appeal, High Court and Employment Appeal Tribunal, and is often instructed alone against leading counsel. She frequently acts and advises on High Court injunctions – including applications in the Commercial Court.
Jane was appointed to the panel of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in 2010. And she is also developing significant expertise in arbitration.
Jane has a particular specialism in employment and discrimination law, acting for a wide range of clients – both claimants and respondents. She has a particular focus on appellate work, complex or high-value claims. And she has an interest in the application of this legislation to new areas.
Sian Sadler is the director of Shoosmiths' national company secretarial team.
Her team is involved in a full range of company secretarial services. These include company formations, registrations of overseas companies in the UK, acting as company secretary for a wide range of national and international clients, providing registered office services, auditing companies' statutory records and providing company secretarial advice.
Sian was previously a partner at Shoosmiths, specialising in corporate legal matters - including management buy-outs and buy-ins, as well as sales and acquisitions of companies and businesses - so she has a wide experience of company law in action.
Natalie is the European counsel for global service provider Enterprise Rent-A-Car. She is a member of the UK and European management teams and plays a strategic role in advising the business on a variety of legal matters and strategic developments within the EMEA region.
Prior to her role at Enterprise, Natalie carried out a similar role for US-listed cloud software provider NetSuite; and she was Group Head of Legal and Company Secretary of Venda - a UK-based eCommerce SaaS provider. In these roles she has been responsible for all company legal matters, including adopting an advisory role in relation to the group's shareholders, board of directors and executive management.
Her three-year tenure at Venda culminated in her leading the successful sale of the business to NetSuite and had her preparing the business for an IPO, advising on various fundraising rounds and debt restructurings, and working on key commercial projects for the business. Before Venda, Natalie worked in Travelex's legal team, having trained at Taylor Wessing.
Martin Sandler is a London-based financial services regulatory partner at Bird & Bird, acting for a broad range of clients across the financial sector.
As former head of the sales and trading legal group at a major investment bank, and former head of legal at a major exchange, Martin has extensive front line experience advising on trading and markets, market structure and regulatory issues in a live trading environment. He has advised extensively on use of dealing commission rules, their impact on buy side and sell side businesses, as well as their international context and implications.
Dipesh is a corporate partner at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, where he advises private equity sponsors, investors, international businesses and management teams on domestic and cross-border acquisitions, disposals, strategic joint ventures and group reorganisations.
He has extensive experience in the private equity sector having acted for a number of UK and international sponsors, management teams and lenders, in particular in the financial services and TMT sectors.
Dipesh has also acted for UK and European banks on a number of restructurings of their businesses and balance sheets, as well as acting for banks and companies on debt and capital reorganisations. He also regularly advises investors and operators in the real estate sector.
Dan's practice at 4 New Square is focused on cross-border commercial dispute resolution, including court litigation in England and offshore and international arbitration under various institutional and ad hoc procedures.
He is ranked as a leading barrister in these fields by the legal directories, who describe him as "incredibly talented", "worth his weight in gold" and "very commercial, very thorough and also very creative". Having worked for two investment banks at the start of his career, Dan is also comfortable dealing with sophisticated financial instruments and complex corporate or investment structures.
Dan joined 4 New Square in 2008 after training and practising as a solicitor-advocate at City firm Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills). He has also worked as a litigator in the British Virgin Islands for leading offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman and has been called to the BVI Bar.
Theo specialises in intellectual property at Bristows with a particular focus on IP disputes. He has over 20 years' experience advising clients on a broad range of IP matters in the media, technology, retail, consumer products, automotive and life sciences sectors.
In recent years, the focus of Theo's practice has been on advising technology businesses, as well as traditional businesses transitioning into the digital world, on the copyright, database rights, digital media and brand issues arising out of doing business digitally.
Katrin Schallenberg's practice at Clifford Chance focuses on European and French competition law. She is regularly assisting clients in large antitrust investigations by the EU Commission and French competition authority, both for abuse of dominance and cartel infringements.
Katrin has been involved in high-profile investigations in the banking, industrial, energy and IT sectors. She also has extensive experience in handling complex merger control cases.
Jonathan Schwarz is an English barrister at Temple Tax Chambers in London, as well as a South African advocate and a Canadian barrister. His practice focuses on international tax disputes as counsel and as an expert, and he advises on solving cross-border tax problems.
Jonathan has authored and contributed to several publications on the subject of taxation, and he's a visiting professor at King's College London's Faculty of Law. He's also former First Vice President of the International Fiscal Association and a former vice chairman of the International Bar Association's taxes committee.The Legal 500 describes Jonathan as a "client favourite, particularly for international transactions", while in Chambers 2011 he was commended for his "encyclopaedic knowledge of double tax treaties".
Judith Seddon, from Clifford Chance, specialises in all issues of national and international white-collar crime, fraud, corruption and regulatory enforcement investigations.
She has considerable experience and expertise in advising corporates and individuals facing criminal investigations and prosecutions, and has a depth and range of experience unusual in a magic circle firm. Judith is currently working on some of the Serious Fraud Office's largest and most high-profile investigations.
Based at Littleton Chambers, Mohinderpal Sethi is consistently recognised by legal commentators for his expertise in the full range of employment and related commercial law disputes. He specialises in High Court litigation (particularly restrictive covenant injunctions and bonus claims), complex employment tribunal claims (especially discrimination, whistleblowing and TUPE), and appellate advocacy, as well as arbitration and mediation.
Mohinderpal is ranked as a leading barrister by Chambers UK. He has extensive experience of acting for a wide spectrum of clients - from multinational corporations, international banks and other City institutions, to high profile individuals, senior executives and equity partners in high value and commercially or politically sensitive cases.
Rachel Sexton is a partner with the fraud investigations and dispute services practice at EY in London. She has over 20 years' experience specialising in working with clients in the financial services sector.
Rachel has successfully led multi-disciplinary teams working on some of the largest financial services regulatory investigations conducted in the UK, US, Germany and Switzerland in recent years. These teams were comprised of forensic accounting, former law enforcement, data analytics and e-discovery professionals. The subjects of these investigations included fraud, money laundering, economic sanctions breaches, bribery and corruption, tax evasion and misconduct.
Farhana Shahzady specialises in family law at Bindmans, where she is a partner and joint head of department. As well as dealing with the full range of matrimonial, co-habitation and separation issues, Farhana's expertise is in contested financial disputes at court. She is accustomed to dealing with the full spectrum of court applications in relation to matrimonial finance - including freezing injunctions, maintenance pending suit, setting aside and variation applications.
Farhana also has considerable expertise in the full spectrum of children disputes - representing both mothers and fathers in issues over child arrangements. This includes disputes over where the child should live and how much contact the child should have with the non-resident parent.
Farhana's clients value her strategic and results driven approach, which often leads to early settlement. As well as being an expert litigator, Farhana is committed to negotiating financial settlements without recourse to court proceedings whenever possible. She is also a trained collaborative lawyer who recognises the importance of problem solving rather than point scoring in sensitive family matters.
Tom is a barrister at 11 Stone Buildings. His busy practice in chancery and commercial litigation sees him regularly instructed in high-value disputes, often involving elements of insolvency and/or fraud - both as sole advocate and led by senior counsel. He has extensive experience of trial advocacy, including the cross-examination of a variety of witnesses (experts, vulnerable witnesses and witnesses giving evidence through an interpreter). And as a sole advocate his opponents frequently include more senior practitioners.
Chambers UK 2014 recommended Tom as a leading junior for restructuring/insolvency: "Tom Shepherd is noted for his increased presence in the market in recent times. He demonstrates solid experience in representing liquidators in the High Court and is praised for his ability to work well with the instructing solicitor's team." ... "A very good junior, seen a lot in the market, who is not afraid to stand up to judges." ... "He's very personable and always willing to make time for clients."
Andrew Shrimpton joined Kinetic Partners as a partner in the risk and regulatory practice. He was previously responsible for putting in place the FSA risk-based regime for supervising hedge fund managers, as well as day-to-day supervision of the largest alternative asset managers - including private equity firms.
Andrew has more than 20 years' experience in the investment management sector. He was an executive director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management before joining the FSA in 1999 to supervise asset managers (including unit trust and private client investment managers) and was appointed the FSA's first Asset Management Sector Manager in April 2004.
Nicolas Shulman, a solicitor, is the publisher of News on the Block, and author of Being a Leaseholder - The Essential Guide to Owning a Flat.
News on the Block is the UK's only independent publisher exclusively covering issues concerning residential building management and other leasehold issues such as enfranchisement, lease extensions and right to manage.
Nicolas also created the annual Enfranchisement & Right to Manage Awards and the Property Management Awards, which recognise and reward professional excellence in this specialist area of professional practice.
Richard is a partner in Simmons & Simmons financial markets litigation department. Richard specialises in contentious financial services work (both domestic and international) and has extensive experience of regulatory investigations, enforcement and disputes - particularly those involving the FCA.
He has acted for clients in connection with a number of high profile investigations, including in relation to market conduct and systems and controls issues. Richard previously worked in the enforcement division of the FSA.
￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼Based at Hardwicke, Henry is a specialist practitioner in the fields of personal injury, health and safety law, and related insurance issues.
Henry has a strong practice which encompasses employer, public liability, motor claims and occupiers' liability, and he has a particular interest in environmental and health and safety law. He has experience of acting for both defendants and claimants.
Mick qualified as a solicitor at Freshfields in 1996, practising in London and Madrid. Subsequently he worked in finance in a variety of investment banking roles at Chase Manhattan, Credit Agricole Lazard Financial Products Bank and Dresdner Kleinwort.
Mick is responsible for origination and transaction execution at Calunius, sourcing and analysing investments in litigation and arbitration claims. These claims are frequently cross-border involving both common and civil law. He has authored a number of publications across third-party funding and is a frequent speaker and contributor internationally on the subject of TPF, and more general financial issues in litigation.
Shireen is an entrepreneur and Solicitor who set up Azrights Solicitors, a brand centric intellectual property law firm that puts the spotlight on intangibles, with a particular specialism in online business and social networking.
Azrights protects brands internationally helping businesses to identify and build intellectual property assets through their choice of brand elements such as names, and designs, as well as advising on their innovations, contractual relationships etc.
Before setting up Azrights, Shireen worked at Coopers & Lybrand, Eversheds, and Reuters working on high level IT and media contracts, liaising with lawyers worldwide on the adaptation of contracts to specific localities, and local brand matters. She brings a commercial, practical approach to intellectual property, avoiding theoretical advice that sits on the fence.
Shireen is also a best selling author in the IP industry.
Roz Snocken joined Old Square Chambers upon successful completion of her pupillage in 2012. She specialises in employment, discrimination, personal injury, clinical negligence and professional discipline.
Roz regularly undertakes a wide variety of employment tribunal hearings, ranging from preliminary hearings to multi-day final hearings. She has experience of dealing with many different cases including those concerning discrimination, unfair and wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, unlawful deductions, equal pay, Working Time Regulations, TUPE, whistleblowing, industrial action, health and safety, and maternity and paternity rights.
Roz has represented both claimants and defendants in a range of County Court hearings. And she has also appeared in the EAT, undertaken various High Court matters including judicial review, been involved in injunction application hearings and assisted in a case before the Supreme Court.
Peter Snowdon is a partner in the financial services group at Norton Rose Fulbright, specialising in financial service regulatory law. Prior to this, Peter worked in the general counsel's division of the Financial Services Authority, advising on EU regulatory law, cross-border issues and money laundering.
Peter's areas of practice include financial services regulatory law, passporting and cross-border issues, anti-money laundering, financial promotion, retail banking and consumer credit. He advises a broad range of clients from both the retail and wholesale sectors.
Peter is a regular speaker and writer on financial service regulatory issues. And he sits on the Futures and Options Association's Anti-Money Laundering Committee.
Polly Sprenger is a specialist in complex corporate crime. Her investigative and litigation experience spans both prosecution and defence, as well as aspects of civil, criminal and regulatory work. Polly has regularly been instructed on high-profile corporate investigations, including recent instructions on internal investigations linked to US deferred prosecution agreements.
She is instructed both domestically in the UK and on behalf of international corporations and regulators. The majority of her work involves cross-border investigations.
As the former head of strategic intelligence at the UK Serious Fraud Office, Polly has extensive experience of civil and criminal investigations related to investment and advance fee frauds, corporate offending by financial institutions, corruption and bribery, asset recovery and money laundering.
Arun Srivastava is a partner at Baker & McKenzie's London office who specialises in advising clients on regulatory and other enforcement matters, as well as banking and financial services disputes.
He has recently been involved in representing clients in relation to the FCA, Department of Justice and Commodity Futures Trading Commission's investigations into Libor setting. Arun has also acted for a range of clients in bribery and corruption matters.
Alasdair is a partner in the Corporate team at Nabarro. He has more than 20 years' experience in UK and cross-border corporate finance, including public and private M&A; strategic investments; primary and secondary equity issues; and he advises on consortia and corporate joint venture arrangements. He has a particularly focus on the infrastructure and technology sectors.
Alasdair regularly advises quoted companies and financial intermediaries on the UKLA Listing Rules and Disclosure Rules, the Prospectus Rules, the AIM Rules, the Takeover Code and general company law.
Much of his work involves an international or multi-jurisdictional angle. Alasdair is head of Nabarro's India group and an active member of the firm's China group, and he regularly visits a range of investors, businesses and advisers in both countries.
Simon was formerly an associate in the Employment Team at Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, where he advised on all aspects of employment law.
This included complex tribunal litigation involving issues like discrimination, whistleblowing and business protection. Simon also advised on trade union matters, such as strikes, and provided day-to-day advice on issues ranging from disciplinary processes to TUPE.
He left Wragge & Co to join Deutsche Bank as their Vice President of Employee Relations.
Aaron Stephens is head of the corporate crime and investigations practice at Berwin Leighton Paisner. He's an English and US (California) qualified lawyer with multi-jurisdictional experience who acts for financial institutions and corporate clients in the context of sensitive litigation and investigations. He advises a diverse range of clients, including those in banking/financial services, funds, oil and gas, defence, construction and engineering, and retail.
Aaron has particular expertise in the area of bribery and corruption – advising on both US (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and English anti-corruption law (The Bribery Act 2010). He conducts internal investigations and represents individuals and firms under investigation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and/or Serious Fraud Office (SFO). He has also acted in matters involving the Takeover Panel and US authorities such as the Department of Justice (DOJ), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
The majority of Aaron's work is international and he has acted in investigations/matters spanning North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Jonathan Stevens is the Head of Global Litigation for Atos. He is responsible for the management and supervision of the group's claims, disputes and litigations in over 55 countries where Atos operates. He has been with Atos for over 12 years and prior to that worked for KPMG. Before that he spent 18 years in private practice where he was managing partner of a provincial law firm, working always in litigation. He is a solicitor and also a New York attorney.
Atos is an international information technology services company with annual revenues of over €8 billion and over 80,000 employees. Serving a global client base, it delivers hi-tech transactional services, consulting and technology services, systems integration and managed services within the following sectors: manufacturing, retail, public sector, health, transport, financial services, telecoms, media & technology, and energy & utilities.
Brie, a QC at Hardwicke, is recommended in the latest editions of The Legal 500 and Chambers UK. She is a client-focused property barrister experienced at dealing with property litigation, property transactions, probate, professional negligence and franchising.
Brie's successful property practice - which focuses in particular on real property, the more commercial aspects of property work (including disputes around property developments) and commercial property - continues to flourish. In addition her contentious probate work, which generally involves property, has grown significantly in the last few years.She was appointed as a deputy adjudicator to HM Land Registry in 2005 and continues now as a judge of the 1st Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) (Land Registration Division). Mediation is another string to Brie's bow. She has lots of experience of representing clients in mediations and of acting as a mediator herself.
James writes extensively on international family law issues and has particular interest in the development of family law in the Russian Federation and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). His articles on Anglo-Russian divorce have appeared in The Times and The Russian Investment Review.
James is the General Editor of Family Law Jurisdictional Comparisons (second edition, 2013) and has co-authored the Russian and Ukrainian chapters of International Pre-nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements (Family Law 2011).
Christopher Stiles is a director at Gowling WLG, where he helps clients deal with contentious or non-contentious legal issues with their pension plans. He takes a particular interest in innovative and complex projects including asset-backed funding arrangements, liability management exercises and buy-outs.
Jennifer Storey is a senior associate at Clifford Chance, specialising in European and UK competition law and regulatory advice. She works with clients across a number of sectors including natural resources, technology, consumer goods and retail, and financial services.
Nicky is a consultant in the regulatory team, and is highly regarded for her expertise in non-contentious regulatory and strategic issues - such as product safety, compliance, labelling and packaging issues, as well as brand advertising and marketing issues.
Nicky has particular experience in the following areas: food & drink law, consumer law, international trade requirements and non-food product compliance regulation. She is also identified in the Chambers Guide to the UK legal Profession 2015 as a notable practitioner for food/product liability law.
Krysia specialises in cyber security, data protection, privacy law and related legal areas, including information technology and intellectual property.
Before training to be a solicitor at PwC Legal, she worked in-house for three years in PwC's compliance department. She also has experience of liaising with regulators, gained by working with PwC's corporate finance department on the listing of funds on the London Stock Exchange.
Krysia joined PwC Legal in March 2012 and qualified as a solicitor in September 2013.
Mark Tarran joined Practical Law Employment from employment publishers IDS, where he was a senior researcher. He qualified as a solicitor in 2000 with Stone King and advised both employers (mainly SMEs) and employees.
Mark is an active member of PEN (the PSL Employment Network) and the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA), and is often involved in ELA working parties responding to government consultations.
David Tayar is a partner at Clifford Chance with extensive experience in handling first and second stage complex merger control investigations before both European and French anti-trust agencies, and in coordinating multijurisdictional filings.
David regularly advises clients in restrictive arrangements and monopolisation cases before European and French competition authorities and courts. He is a member of the board of the Association des Avocats Pratiquant le Droit de la Concurrence.
Anka Taylor qualified as a solicitor before joining Hiscox Syndicates in Lloyds' as an underwriter where she underwrote a wide range of risks for Syndicate 33 - including professional indemnity, film and TV production risks and major sporting events such as the Olympic Games and Rugby World Cup.
Anka then started the Hiscox Enterprise Risk account and was at the forefront of early developments in the underwriting of both W&I and tax insurance, before joining Aon as a broker specialising in the same class of business. She has led the placements of many of the largest W&I and tax risks placed by the Aon UK team and continues her interest in the further innovation and development of these products.
Damian Taylor is a partner at Slaughter and May where he advises on a range of litigation, international arbitration and investigations for a diverse range of clients. These include sovereign governments and agencies, banks, investment managers and other financial services institutions.
Damian has a particular interest in energy, insurance and fraud disputes as part of his very wide ranging practice. He also sits on the firm's Africa practice group and helps develop the firm's practice in Africa, as well as acting for African clients and clients investing in Africa.
Dan is a litigator based at Olswang with particular specialisms in media law (including defamation, contempt, copyright and data protection), administrative law (including judicial review), human rights law and commercial litigation.
He has very substantial experience in advising claimants and defendants in defamation, privacy and other media litigation matters, securing injunctions and judgments in leading-edge internet cases, plus extensive experience of bringing and defending claims for and against all types of traditional media. He also has substantial experience in responding to data security breaches.
Dan has regularly written for and appeared on the national media - including The Guardian, The Times, Radio 4 and Channel 4 News. He's recognised as a leading practitioner in his field by Chambers & Partners, he was listed in The Lawyer's Hot 100 in 2012 and he was The Times newspaper's Lawyer of the Week in April 2015.
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He has gained experience in a range of commercial and property matters, including breach of contract claims, partnership disputes, landlord and tenant matters, and right of way cases. In addition, he has worked on a number of residential and commercial construction disputes.
Michael also worked as a researcher to Paul Reed QC for the book Construction All Risks Insurance.
David is a solicitor in the dispute resolution department at Travers Smith. He works with clients from a broad range of sectors, many of whom are high-profile, in relation to a variety of contentious matters. David has particular experience of banking and financial services disputes, where his current and active instructions include cases arising from complex derivative contracts and structured products.
David is a qualified solicitor-advocate and has appeared before the High Court and various County Courts.
Rob Thomas is co-founder of Serengeti Law and currently serves as Vice President, Strategic Development, for Thomson Reuters.
He was an architect of Serengeti's internet-based e-billing/matter management system, which is the most widely used and highest-rated system for managing legal work in the world, with thousands of users in 189 countries.
Rob created the ACC/Serengeti Managing Outside Counsel Survey, and is a widely published author and frequent speaker on the use of technology by in-house counsel to efficiently manage their work with outside counsel.
His articles have appeared in the ABA's Law Practice Management, ACC's Docket, LawNet's Peer-to-Peer and Risk Management.
Prior to joining Serengeti, Rob had more than 20 years of diverse experiences as a practising attorney.
Simon Tilling is a partner at Burges Salmon and recognised as a leading environmental lawyer. He advises on all aspects of UK and EU environmental law and regulation.
Simon advises on operational compliance, regulatory investigations, enforcement and criminal defence, regulatory appeals, tribunal hearings, judicial review and environmental civil claims. He also advises on product stewardship and international supply chain compliance for European regimes including the REACH Regulation, the Biocidal Products Regulation and the WEEE and RoHS regimes.
Simon is an elected council member and Vice-Chair of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association.
At Hardwicke, Jonathan is a member of both the commercial, and property and private client divisions. He undertakes many areas of work within those fields, building on the specialist and established practice brought with him to Hardwicke.
Jonathan specialises in insolvency (both individual and corporate - including restructuring and recovery), licensed property work and residential landlord and tenant. He has developed a strong practice both as adviser and advocate and has experience of appearing in all forums relating to his areas of expertise, including the Court of Appeal. He also represents parties in alternative dispute resolutions, particularly mediations.
Jonathan accepts instructions from professionals, including surveyors under the Bar Council's licensed access scheme, and will also consider working under conditional fee agreements, particularly in his area of expertise - insolvency.
Peter joined RSA as legal counsel in February 2012 and works in RSA Group's corporate centre in London. Peter trained as a solicitor at Clifford Chance in London and Paris, and he joined RSA from Berwin Leighton Paisner where he practised as a corporate lawyer.
At RSA, Peter's role focuses on mitigation of legal risks - including financial sanctions, money laundering, bribery and corruption, conflicts of interest, data protection and competition issues. His role involves close cooperation with international businesses across the RSA Group, as well as the central risk and compliance teams.
Stephanie Tozer is a barrister at Falcon Chambers of 15 years call, specialising in all types of property-related litigation. She has particular expertise in matters relating to mortgages / charges and land registration, and enjoys cases which throw up questions of construction / rectification of agreements relating to land.
She is also a Deputy Adjudicator to Land Registry, and an accredited mediator.
Anna Triponel is a business and human rights adviser and principal consultant at Triponel Consulting. She works with companies from a range of sectors to strengthen their management systems to identify and address their human rights risks - both in their operations and in their extended supply chains.
Anna advises on embedding relevant policies, designing human rights due diligence processes, managing supply chain risks and structuring remedy. She provides guidance on implementing the UK Modern Slavery Act, recommends actions to take to tackle systemic human rights issues, and conducts human rights impact assessments in higher-risk environments.
Based at 4 New Square, Carl Troman is a commercial litigator with particular expertise and experience in disputes involving insurance, professional liability, classic and super cars (including motorsports), property damage and costs. He is also a formally accredited mediator and acts as an arbitrator.
Carl is recommended as a leading junior in the fields of both insurance and professional negligence by Chambers & Partners 2016 - being described as "super-intelligent with great interpersonal skills", and "very user-friendly and good on tactics". Carl is also ranked in the 2016 Legal 500 and has been described as "outstanding" and "an accomplished advocate".
Before joining chambers in 2003, Carl taught law to undergraduates at the University of Reading.
Nick Trompeter's practice at Selborne Chambers encompasses all areas of Commercial Chancery litigation, including commercial and residential landlord and tenant matters, corporate and personal insolvency, real property, civil fraud and asset recovery, trusts, contract and restitution.
He regularly appears in the High Court and the County Courts (in trials and on applications, including applications for injunctions), and has been involved in a number of multi-party mediations and arbitrations.
Nick regularly acts on behalf of banks and institutional lenders in professional negligence claims against both solicitors and valuers. He is a recipient of the Wilfred Watson Award from Gray's Inn and is a representative for the Free Representation Unit.
Fleur is a senior associate in Shoosmiths' Thames Valley office and co-leads their dispute resolution and compliance team. The majority of her clients are in the automotive, retail, leisure and consumer sectors. And she advises on all contractual commercial disputes, including breach of contract and supplier disputes.
Fleur specialises in advising clients on the law surrounding the sale of goods and supply of services, and she frequently gives training on consumer legislation issues. She has also written articles about changes to consumer legislation for a range of legal publications.
Fleur is involved with disputes at all stages of the supply chain, from advising on disputes with consumers to disputes with suppliers and competitors. She also manages advice hotlines for her retail clients with the aim of monitoring trends and reducing litigation.