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Dr Mark Abell
Bird & Bird

Renowned as the guru of franchising, Mark's clients value his vast knowledge and great negotiation skills. Mark is global head of the franchising, licensing and multi-channel strategies team at Bird & Bird. He is based in London.

Over the last 30 years he has constantly advised a wide range of household names, particularly in the retail, food & beverage, education and health care sectors, on the development and implementation of their international expansion strategies and the corresponding re-engineering of their businesses.

James Abrahams
8 New Square

James specialises in all aspects of intellectual property - including patents, copyright, design rights, moral rights, database and related rights, registered designs, trade marks, passing off and breach of confidence at 8 New Square.

He is particularly well-known for his work in complex high-technology patent cases, having appeared in a large majority of the key electronics, telecommunications and smartphone patent cases of the past few years. Cases of note include: Rovi v Virgin Media and TiVo (EPG and set top box functionality), Microsoft v Motorola (email protocols) and Ericsson v ZTE (mobile telecommunications).

Cyril Adjei
Old Square Chambers

Cyril Adjei joined Old Square Chambers in 2016 and previously practised at Five Paper, where he was head of their employment team. He practices exclusively in employment, health and safety, and professional regulatory and disciplinary.

Cyril is regarded as a persuasive and approachable advocate and is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public. He also speaks French and Italian.

Oliver Al-Falah
S&O Partnership

Oliver, a co-founder of the S&O Partnership, was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007. He trained and practised at the top-ranked leading London law firms Kingsley Napley LLP and BCL Burton Copeland, and cross-qualified as a solicitor.

Choosing to specialise in criminal and regulatory law, he is experienced in high-profile heavyweight criminal matters such as drug trafficking, homicide, bribery and corruption, and extradition.

Oliver regularly represents individuals and companies in relation to investigations by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, HM Revenue & Customs, the Serious Fraud Office and the police. He has also advised individuals wishing to institute private prosecutions.

Francesca Albert
Practical Law

Francesca Albert qualified as a solicitor in 2001 - training with, and later becoming Of Counsel, at Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills). She specialised in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration - working in Herbert Smith's London, Tokyo and Moscow offices. In 2013 she moved to Dechert Russia LLC as National Partner, and she joined Practical Law as an arbitration editor in 2015.

Francesca taught LLM modules on the protection of foreign direct investment at Queen Mary University of London, and lectured on investment treaty arbitration to Masters students of international law and finance at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). She co-founded the Moscow Arbitration Forum 40 (now Russian Arbitration Association 40) and sat as Co-Vice Chair of the Nominating Committee of the Russian Arbitration Association.

Myriam Alcaraz

Myriam Alcaraz qualified as a lawyer in Spain in 2001 and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2009. She is European IP counsel in the intellectual property division of Honda Motor Europe Ltd. Honda is the world's largest motorcycle and internal combustion engines manufacturer, as well as a leading manufacturer of automobiles and robotics.

Myriam handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, advising sales and R&D teams on protection and exploitation of Honda's IP rights in relation to all its products. Before joining Honda in 2010, she worked for law firms Simmons & Simmons and Latham & Watkins.

Stephen Allinson

Stephen Allinson became the youngest lawyer to obtain the Licensed Insolvency Practitioner qualification. Since then he has regularly advised on the full range of insolvency and debt recovery procedures, and for many years he's been recognised as a "leader in his field" by the legal directories.

He now combines a consultancy practice at Shoosmiths with an extensive lecturing portfolio, for which he has an excellent reputation for his practical and clear style of presenting. His client base includes all the major insolvency and recovery practices, as well as substantial corporate bodies and professional firms. He also has lots of experience of working for HM Revenue & Customs and the Insolvency Service on their recovery work. He was appointed a non-executive board member of the Insolvency Service in June 2015.

Stephen currently chairs the Joint Insolvency Examination Board, which oversees the examination and appointment of new insolvency practitioners, as well as being the Deputy Independent Examiner of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He has also been involved in a number of stakeholder meetings to reform insolvency legislation. His latest book Enforcement of a Judgment was published by Sweet & Maxwell in January 2016.

Selman Ansari

Selman Ansari is a senior consultant in the public law department at Bindmans. He advises public authorities, third sector organisations, corporations and individuals on the full range of public law and regulatory obligations.

In particular, Selman regularly advises on public law and judicial review - including vires, consultation issues, the Public Sector Equality Duty, and judicial review litigation. He also specialises in public procurement - including drafting procurement policies, advising on the structure and conduct of procurements, and procurement disputes. And another of Selman's core areas is advising third sector and not-for-profit organisations - particularly on relations with local authorities and other commissioners and grant funders, and the regulatory and contracting issues arising.

Richard Ashmead
International IP Consultant & Trade Mark Specialist

Richard Ashmead has practiced for 40 years as a patent and trade mark attorney, 35 years with Kilburn & Strode and for the last 5 years in his specialist IP consultancy practice. His background in chemistry lead to work over a wide range of IP, latterly concentrating on trade marks.

He sits on various UK and overseas professional committees, and writes and speaks often on professional issues and interests. He has been involved from the start representing CIPA in the IP TRANSLATOR case and its 'class headings' reference to the CJEU. He is a Fellow of CIPA, a Member of ITMA and sits on CIPA's Litigation and Trade Mark Committees.

Jeffrey Bacon
Littleton Chambers

Jeffrey Bacon is a barrister at Littleton Chambers. His practice covers all aspects of employment law, with an emphasis on the business and commercial aspects of disputes.

He regularly acts in injunctions and other interim remedy cases in the fields of restraint of trade and business secrets.

Jan-Jaap Baer
Travers Smith
Jan-Jaap is a partner in the Litigation department at Travers Smith where he practices across a broad range of contentious commercial matters - generally involving high value and complex claims, often with an international dimension.

Jan-Jaap has particular experience of advising on disputes in relation to banking and financial services, mergers and acquisitions, and shareholder issues. He also has experience of regulatory and other investigations. His recent experience includes acting for Sebastian Holdings Inc. in its multi-billion dollar claim in the Commercial Court against Deutsche Bank - arising from a series of exotic derivatives transactions. And acting for an investment firm in relation to its defence of High Court proceedings regarding share options.

Jan-Jaap is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the LCIA Young International Arbitration Group.
Charles Bagot

Charles is a specialist barrister in the fields of personal injury, clinical negligence and related insurance issues. He sits as a Deputy District Judge on the South Eastern Circuit and was appointed to the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal in December 2012.

At Hardwicke, Charles acts for claimants and defendants in high value insurance disputes - usually arising from catastrophic brain injuries, spinal fractures and amputations, as well as fatalities. He is sought after by insurers for cases where fraud and exaggeration are suspected. Charles frequently acts for insurers internationally, as well as for domestic insurers, in cases with cross-border issues - such as incidents abroad or claimants based abroad.

Charles is on the editorial board of Kemp & Kemp: The Quantum of Damages. He's also an accredited advocacy teacher for the Inner Temple. And he regularly delivers seminars to solicitors, insurers and at major corporations' in-house events.

Christopher Baker
Arden Chambers

Christopher Baker is head of Arden Chambers.

He has acted in many major housing cases, including the Ahmad case in the House of Lords concerning housing allocation, and has advised many local authorities on their housing policies and allocation schemes.

He is the author/editor of a number of works on housing law and local government. For many years he has been recommended as a leading barrister in Chambers' UK Guide.

Tim Baldwin
Garden Court Chambers

Tim Baldwin is highly regarded for his public and administrative law practice at Garden Court Chambers. He's ranked in Chambers UK for social housing and community care and is identified as a leading junior in the Legal 500 for social housing, civil liberties and planning.

Tim has appeared in a number of reported cases in the Court of Appeal, High Court, and Upper Tribunal, as well as significant inquests. He's registered as a pupil supervisor with the Bar Council and he has co-authored a number of articles for various publications, including the Landlord and Tenant Review.

Gregory Banner
Maitland Chambers

Gregory has a broad litigation and advisory practice at Maitland Chambers - encompassing company, insolvency, commercial Chancery and commercial work. He has appeared in a number of reported cases, covering a broad range of topics within these areas.

He has extensive trial and appellate experience, plus lots of experience of share warranty claims, s.994 petitions, insolvency office holders claims, as well as investigations and claims for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.

Gregory has also acted over a period of years for a number of government departments and bodies on contractual and regulatory contentious and non-contentious issues. And for many years he has been recommended in The Legal 500 for insolvency work and in the Chambers UK directory for company work.

Richard Barham

Richard Barham is a partner in Dentons' London corporate department. He has particular experience in mergers and acquisitions (both public and private), joint ventures and privatisations. He also advises regularly on establishing and reorganising companies and businesses (including debt-equity swaps), public and private securities issues, other commercial agreements and associated regulatory issues.

A large proportion of the transactions on which Richard has advised have been in the transportation sector (rail, road and air - including a three-year period working on the UK rail privatisation), and the financial sector (such as a bank's own M&A, including joint ventures and reorganisations; credit card schemes; and debt-equity restructurings of bank customers). He also advises on transactions in the sports sector.

Many of the transactions on which Richard has been involved have been cross-border. In particular, he regularly advises on transactions in the CIS and Africa, and has advised US and Japanese businesses on inward investment into the UK and Europe. He also advises public sector clients, including the UK government.

James Barnard
11 Stone Buildings

James Barnard practises in commercial and chancery litigation at 11 Stone Buildings where he specialises in banking litigation, fraud and related professional negligence matters. He was formerly a banker with a leading Japanese investment bank, having overall responsibility for Italy.

He has in-depth personal experience of complex financial products and how they operate and is regularly instructed on behalf of major UK clearing houses and other major financial houses throughout the world. Given his excellent linguistic skills, he has increasingly acted in European cross-border disputes. James has been recommended by Legal 500 as a leading junior for banking for a number of years, including the most recent 2012 edition. They also rank him as a leading junior in the field of professional negligence.

Jenny Barnes
Mishcon de Reya

Jenny Barnes is a managing associate in Mishcon de Reya's employment department. She acts for employers and employees on contentious and non-contentious matters and has extensive experience of work in both the Tribunal and High Court.

Jenny regularly advises on terminations, redundancies, settlement agreements, all aspects of discrimination and whistleblowing legislation, unfair and wrongful dismissal, TUPE, restrictive covenants, remuneration and other contractual issues. She also regularly advises LLPs and LLP members on partnership matters and disputes.

Joseph Barrett

At 11KBW, Joseph's main areas of practice are public law, in particular EU, public procurement and state aid, local government, education, freedom of information/data protection and employment law and commercial law. Joseph has particular expertise in the field of public procurement challenges and is frequently instructed by tenderers and contracting authorities challenging or defending procurement decisions.

Joseph graduated from the University of Glasgow with first class honours in law and won the Bennet Miller Prize for Scots Law. Joseph also holds an LLM from Harvard Law School, where he specialised in constitutional, international human rights and public international law. Prior to joining Chambers, Joseph was an Associate with Linklaters LLP in the firm's London, Hong Kong and Moscow offices. While at Linklaters, Joseph was ranked by Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession as 'up and coming' and 'a rising star'.

Richard Bass

Richard Bass is a Director in Navigant's Energy Practice in London and has provided strategic advice and transaction support to his clients in the energy industry for over twelve years.

Richard's projects have covered oil, gas and renewable resources. These assignments have included investment appraisal, strategy development, commercial advice, negotiation and litigation support for governments, national oil companies, project developers and investors. Recent projects include the implementation of an onshore 100MW wind farm project, the commercial feasibility of developing an LNG receiving terminal and negotiation support on an independent power project.

Previously Richard worked for Mobil in the United Kingdom.

Alexander Bastin

Alex Bastin, from Hardwicke, specialises solely in property-related litigation and advisory work. He is known for his client-focused, practical approach and is recommended as a leading junior for property litigation by The Legal 500 and Chambers UK.

He has experience of both sides of the legal profession, having spent a year as an employed barrister in Mayer Brown's Real Estate & Environmental Litigation department between 2001 and 2002.

Alex appears regularly in the High Court, county court, Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) and First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). He is licensed to accept public access instructions and has considerable experience of mediation.

John Bates
Old Square Chambers

John Bates, from Old Square Chambers, mainly practices in environmental law - being one of the first members of the Bar to specialise in the area. He has written extensively and had several books published on this subject.

John is experienced in civil litigation in the Technology and Construction Court as well as more generally. He does some criminal work - both prosecution and defence - and judicial review. He also advises on town and country planning matters, and is a member of the Planning and Environment Bar Association.

Justin Bates
Arden Chambers LLP

Justin Bates is a barrister at Arden Chambers.

He is the Deputy General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Housing Law and the co-author of Leasehold Disputes a guide to the LVT. He is recommended in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.

He frequently appears in the LVT and Upper Tribunal and his recent reported cases include Burr v OM Property Management Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 479; Birmingham CC v Keddie [2012] UKUT 323 (LC); [2012] 3 EGLR 53; and Gala Unity Ltd v Ariadne Road RTM Co Ltd [2011] UKUT 425 (LC); [2012] 5EG 84 (application for permission to appeal only).


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Rob Beardmore
Practical Law

Rob Beardmore joined Practical Law in August 2016 as a senior editor in the In-house and International editorial teams. He qualified in England as a solicitor in October 2006 and went on to work as an in-house lawyer for several substantial multinational corporations.

Most recently, Rob spent four years as senior legal and compliance counsel at Control Risks, a leading global risk consultancy, where he advised on a broad range of matters. This included commercial contracts, intellectual property, IT, data protection, corporate governance, risk and compliance across multiple jurisdictions. Rob is currently a non-practising solicitor.

Brian Beckham

Brian Beckham is the Head of Legal Policy at Valideus, a domain name and new gTLD consultancy.

Prior to this, he was a lawyer with the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center, and was involved in WIPO's ICANN policy work and UDRP case work.

Brian led a team that coordinated WIPO's Legal Rights Objection policies and procedures. He was also directly involved in WIPO's proposals to ICANN for trademark-based Rights Protection Mechanisms, including a domain name notice and suspension mechanism, and a post-delegation procedure for bad-actor new gTLD registries.

He also led a WIPO team that submitted a successful proposal to ICANN's Board for an "eUDRP" for paperless domain name case pleadings.

Tom Bell

Tom Bell is a barrister at Hardwicke in London. His practice focuses on professional liability, insurance and commercial dispute resolution.

Tom's professional liability practice spans a variety of professions, from solicitors to insurance brokers, accountants and surveyors. He frequently acts for leading insurers and banks.

Recent cases include:

  • Thorney Park Golf Ltd (t/a Laleham Golf Club) v Myers Catering Ltd [2015] EWCA Civ 19
  • Salt v Stratstone Specialist Ltd (t/a Stratstone Cadillac Newcastle) [2015] EWCA Civ 745
  • Skelwith (Leisure) Ltd v Armstrong [2015] EWHC 2830 (Ch)

Iona Berkeley
8 New Square

Iona's practice at 8 New Square covers all areas of intellectual property law and associated areas - such as IP-related international arbitration, contractual disputes, and media and entertainment. Iona is also co-author of Kerly’s Law of Trade Marks and Trade Names.

Iona has been recommended as a leading IP Junior in Chambers Directory for several years. She appears regularly in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, the High Court and Court of Appeal. She also appears regularly in front of the Appointed Person, and at the IPO in Trade Mark Registry and Patent Office proceedings.

In addition, Iona has appeared as counsel in several long-running international arbitrations - with hearings in London, Paris and Singapore. Her past and present clients include: Alpharma, Allergan, Diageo, Doncaster Pharmaceuticals, Filofax, Hermès, Intel, John Lewis Plc, Kenwood, L'Oreal, Nestle Purina, Panini, Roche, Russell and Bromley, Superdry (DKH Retail), Umbro, Xtratherm, University of Southampton and Waitrose Limited.

Emily Betts

Emily practices in commercial and property law. She has quickly developed a busy practice at Hardwicke following completion of her pupillage with chambers in September 2011. She regularly appears in the High Court and county court and has been instructed in substantial trials in both the Commercial Court and the Chancery Division.

Emily frequently receives positive feedback for her fast turnaround of high quality work as well as her dedicated and hard-working nature. Her personable manner means that she has a loyal following from a wide range of clients. Her recent clients have included energy companies, action groups, charities, trust companies, Pakistani politicians and an England footballer.

David Bickley
Practical Law

David Bickley trained at Landwell (now PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal), qualifying into the financial services department in 2003 before joining the financial services team at CMS Cameron McKenna in June 2004. He moved to Eversheds' financial services department in January 2007, where he advised clients on a broad range of regulatory issues including the implementation of MiFID.

David joined Practical Law Financial Services in December 2009. David is currently a non-practising solicitor.

Victoria Birch
Norton Rose Fulbright

Victoria Birch is an Of Counsel in the financial institutions and technology and innovation teams at Norton Rose Fulbright, and a member of their global blockchain and distributed ledger group. She is a regular speaker on distributed ledgers, blockchain technology, smart contracts and FinTech more broadly.

Victoria advises both financial institutions and technology companies who are active in these sectors, including in relation to fundraisings, investments and acquisitions in FinTech companies and on the legal and regulatory issues relating to the deployment of these technologies.

Mr Justice Birss
Chancery Division

Sir Colin Birss was called to the Bar in 1990. He became standing counsel to the Comptroller General of Patents Trade Marks and Designs in 2003. In 2008 he was appointed QC and a Deputy Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal.

In 2010 he was appointed a specialist circuit judge sitting in the Patents County Court. He was made a Justice of the High Court (Chancery Division) in May 2013 and nominated as a judge of the Patents Court at the same time.

Ella Blakesley

Based in Ashurst's London office, Ella manages the firm's corporate responsibility (CR) programme for Europe, Middle East and the United States.

Whilst Ella's role encapsulates all aspects of the CR agenda, Ella's primary focus is community investment and the development of partnerships with community organisations and non-profit organisations. Ella has developed a number of volunteering programmes for Ashurst's people - providing them with the opportunity to share their skills to help those in need.

Michelle Blunt
Baker McKenzie

Michelle Blunt is a partner in Baker McKenzie's intellectual property practice group in London. She is also a core member of the firm's global taxation of intangibles practice group.

Michelle speaks and writes regularly on a range of commercial IP issues. She is a member of the firm's CSR board, with particular responsibility for sustainability issues. And she also works regularly for pro bono clients.


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Dan Bodle

Dan Bodle joined Dentons in 2000 as a trainee lawyer and qualified into the litigation and dispute resolution department in 2002. He has experience of a wide range of commercial disputes - including litigation proceedings (in the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court), international arbitrations, regulatory tribunals and all forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Dan works for clients in the energy and construction sectors, as well as the technology, media and telecoms sectors. He has also worked with a number of clients on major projects prior to the commencement of formal proceedings, in a strategic risk management role. Dan regularly advises in non-contentious matters on the dispute resolution and liability provisions of contracts.

Adam Bogdanor
Berwin Leighton Paisner

Adam Bogdanor is a partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner and advises UK and international companies, particularly in the insurance and wider financial services sector, on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions. He has been involved in a number of leading acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures, takeovers and equity capital markets transactions.

Adam's experience includes advising leading insurers (including seven FTSE 100 companies) on mergers and acquisitions, Part 7 business transfer schemes, reinsurance, schemes of arrangement, conduct of business, and management of with-profits funds. He features in the Legal 500, while Chambers & Partners says Adam's practice is "praised by clients for its timely and efficient management of mid-level insurance work ... advising on some prestigious transactional work".

Alain Bollack
Capgemini Consulting

Alain Bollack leads the Smart Energy Services Centre of Excellence team for Capgemini Consulting in the UK. Alain and his team are working with utilities clients to drive the success of their smart metering programmes, exploit and secure smart data and reshape their relationships with customers.

Alain previously worked at PWC and IBM before joining EY in 2006. He has over 25 years' experience of working with clients around the world on large transformations and has advised some of the largest utilities companies across the world on their smart energy programmes.

Enrico Bonadio
City University London

Lecturer in Law at The City Law School, City University London, Enrico teaches Intellectual Property Law and EU Law. He holds a PhD in International and EU law from the University of Florence. He is Associate Editor and Intellectual Property Correspondent of the European Journal of Risk Regulation. Enrico is Solicitor of England and Wales (non-practicing) and an Italian-qualified Avvocato. He practiced as Intellectual Property attorney for several years in top-tier international law firms.

He regularly publishes and lectures in the field of intellectual property law. He recently published a book on TRIPS Agreement and genetic resources and several articles in leading international peer-reviewed journals, including Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property, European Intellectual Property Review, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review and International Trade Law & Regulation.

Mieke Botes
Simmons & Simmons

Mieke is an associate in the Simmons & Simmons Insurance Group in London. Her principal areas of practice include insurance litigation, arbitration and mediation, as well as providing general advice on professional liability; coverage and insurance regulation.

Prior to joining Simmons & Simmons, Mieke completed her undergraduate degree in law at Oxford University, following which she completed the LPC and obtained an MBA in legal services.

Iain Bowler
DLA Piper

Iain Bowler is a partner at DLA Piper and has great experience in all manner of commercial contracts including outsourcings, supply distribution and manufacturing agreements and franchising, as well as joint ventures and strategic partnering arrangements.

Iain's experience covers a number industry sectors including manufacturing and distribution, chemicals, transport and sport and leisure. In addition, he advises public and private sector clients on rolling stock procurement, leasing and maintenance transactions. Between 1998 and 2001 Iain was Director of Corporate Finance at Gartland Whalley and Barker Plc where he was responsible for the financial and commercial evaluation of acquisition opportunities and for the implementation of acquisitions, flotations and realisations of investments in private and publicly quoted businesses.

Charles Brasted
Hogan Lovells

Described as a "public law guru" by Legal 500, Charles Brasted works at the intersection of business, law and policy. He helps businesses engage effectively in the making of the laws, regulations and policies that affect them. And he helps governments, regulators and other policymakers to take robust decisions.

Charles is a seasoned litigator and a solicitor advocate whose practice is underpinned by his experience of acting in commercial judicial reviews and other legal challenges before UK courts and tribunals, the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. His experience spans a wide range of industries, acting for claimants, defendants and interested parties in high-profile and complex matters in heavily regulated sectors such as energy, financial services, gambling, life sciences, and media and telecoms.

As well as being a partner at Hogan Lovells, Charles co-leads their global policy advocacy practice, which brings together legal knowledge, dispute resolution experience and public affairs skills into one team. He also plays a leading role in their constitutional change taskforce, which provides thought leadership and advice to clients on Brexit, devolution and human rights reform.

Lorna Brazell
Osborne Clarke

Lorna Brazell has more than 22 years' experience in the enforcement and defence of intellectual property rights through mediation, arbitration and litigation in the English High Court and Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, across a range of industries. She has also acted in proceedings before the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office, and has managed parallel litigation across multiple European jurisdictions and the USA.

Lorna has acted for some of the world's leading companies - including BP Chemicals, Ineos, Oxford Gene Technology, Celltrion, Microsoft, Ericsson, Intel, Reckitt-Benckiser and Oakley. Her practice also covers transactional aspects of intellectual property and the due diligence required for major investments in high technology companies.

After acquiring a BSc in geophysics from Edinburgh University, Lorna spent some time in research at the University of Cambridge before changing to a career in law. She joined Osborne Clarke in 2013 to head up the international IP group, after 12 years as a partner at Bird & Bird. She is a regular speaker at conferences, and has written and contributed to a number of books, including Electronic Signatures and Identities Law and Regulation.

Richard Breavington

Richard, a partner at RPC, has particular expertise in UK and international property claims, reinsurance and non-claims insurance litigation. He specialises in complex disputes, particularly those with a commercial edge.

Richard's work on property claims includes both coverage and subrogated recovery advice. He provides detailed reporting to senior company management about significant litigation, including its strategic consequences, and has experience advising on both facultative and treaty reinsurance - including wordings.

An area of particular interest to Richard is the reinsurance of long-tail liabilities. While on secondment he managed non-claims litigation for a major UK insurer and worked in legacy reinsurance recoveries.

John Breslin
Maples and Calder

John Breslin is a partner at Maples and Calder, based in Dublin. He specialises in banking, finance and securities law.

John has practised as a banking lawyer for many years in leading firms in London and Dublin. He is the author of the leading text on banking law in Ireland and is an acknowledged expert in financial services and regulatory law.

Stuart Brittenden
Old Square Chambers

Stuart Brittenden is an employment and regulatory law specialist based at Old Square Chambers. He has extensive experience acting for both sides in all aspects of individual and collective employment law at both first instance and appellate level.

Ranked in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, Stuart has been commended for being "bright and engaging" and impressing clients for his "responsiveness, pragmatism and thorough preparation". Generally, he is "an excellent employment law all-rounder who is a joy to work with".

Stuart has experience of internal and professional disciplinary proceedings, particularly involving matters of clinical law and practice (under Maintaining High Professional Standards in the Modern NHS), and compliance with research protocols and associated regulatory requirements. He frequently provides advice and representation within the health sector and is instructed by the leading firms of solicitors operating in this field.

Stuart also sits as a panel member on the International Paralympic Committee Anti-Doping Committee, adjudicating upon anti-doping rule violations and consequential sanctions.

Paul Brooks
Practical Law

Paul Brooks was called to the Bar in 1989, before training as a solicitor at Simons Muirhead and Burton in London - qualifying in 1992. In 1993 Paul returned to the Bar where he specialised in criminal law - first from Doughty Street Chambers and then from Thomas More Chambers, London.

Paul also holds a diploma in oil and gas law from the University of Dundee. Paul joined Practical Law as a senior editor on the business crime and investigations team in 2016.

Robert Brown
Arden Chambers
Robert became a tenant in 2010 after successfully completing his pupillage in Arden Chambers where he practises in all areas of Chambers' work and has particular experience in the areas of housing, landlord and tenant, property and public law. He has undertaken Multi-track and Fast Track trials, appeared in the LVT and the High Court, and advised on a wide range of issues. Robert is keen to continue developing a practice covering all areas of Chambers' expertise and accepts work from tenants, local authorities, housing associations and private landlords.
Peter Brownlow
Bird & Bird

Peter is a partner in Bird & Bird's intellectual property practice and is based in the London office. With over 20 years of expertise, Peter has built a market-leading practice in trade mark, copyright and designs. He has worked on some of the highest profile disputes in this field as well as on non-contentious work, including global rebranding and worldwide IP protection strategies.

Peter's litigation work has included representing Sany Heavy Industry Co. in its defence to a High Court trade mark infringement action brought by Daimler AG in respect of its famous three-pointed star mark. He also defended data company Sportradar from copyright and database right infringement claims brought by the English and Scottish Football Leagues, which involved questions of jurisdiction and a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union. In 2015, he represented Assos of Switzerland before the Court of Appeal, and acted for Merck KGaA in its trade mark and breach of contract claim against Merck, Sharp & Dohme.

Peter's recent non-contentious work includes managing Monster Energy's trade mark work across Europe and Asia, and the re-branding of Everything Everywhere to EE. He also advises Associated Newspapers on their trade mark strategy relating to the well-known METRO trade mark.

James Bruce
Gowling WLG

James Bruce is an associate with Gowling WLG within their Commercial and Projects Team and works within the energy and natural resources sector of the business, helping clients reach commercial agreement and bring projects to contract signature and successful financial close quickly and efficiently.

James has worked on projects across the UK, Middle East and Africa. He applies his knowledge and experience of the energy and infrastructure sectors from major projects in the UK and internationally to reach the best solution for his clients.

His experience includes:

  • advising a global development institution on private sector participation in the electricity transmission and distribution network in Afghanistan;
  • advising a project sponsor on EPC matters for a gas-fired power station in Turkey;
  • assisting a UK recycling and resource management company on energy from waste plants in the UK;
  • responsible for legal matters for a multi-national engineering conglomerate on all aspects of the construction, supply, installation and operation of onshore and offshore wind farms;
  • advising a UK project sponsor on several projects under the UK's Building Schools for the Future programme;
  • part of a team providing a workshop on Public Private Partnerships in Rwanda.

James' experience as in house legal counsel at a multi-national engineering conglomerate, prior to joining the firm, means he understands the client's perspective, and provides advice tailored to their requirements and focussed on achieving their objectives.

Advising the business on offshore and major onshore wind projects was often legally and commercially challenging, but also very rewarding to see how the right legal advice can make a real difference for the business to achieve its goals and to be part of that success in the renewable industry.

John Bruce
Xylem Consulting Group

John Bruce was chairman, from 1999 until 2011, of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust - having been a non-executive director there from 1994. He remains very interested in how the FT model can be made to work, particularly its governance arrangements.

John has spoken on governance at conferences in both the UK and abroad. He is also working with the Good Governance Institute, in conjunction with NHS England, which is leading on the development of tools for clinical commissioning group (CCG) governance.

As well as being principal of his own consultancy, John is a global partner of Xylem Consulting Group - which is a UK and North American consultancy and think tank focused on making accountability work in organisations and how they can make a difference in the world.


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Rosie Burbidge
Rouse Legal

Rosie Burbidge is an intellectual property lawyer at Rouse, a specialist IP firm. Rosie's practice is primarily focused on dispute resolution in the United Kingdom, particularly patent and trademark litigation.

In addition, she has extensive experience of brand protection and enforcement across multiple jurisdictions and online. She has a longstanding interest in the legal issues surrounding digital media which she pursues both in practice and by writing regular articles for various IP publications.

She is also a regular blogger on Art and Artifice, the IPKat affiliated art law blog where she has considered the impact of the PCC on artists, particularly photographers.

Cressida Burnet
Cressida Burnet Mediation

Cressida Burnet is a mediator and experienced Family Law barrister who practised at the Bar from 1989 to 1997. Specialising in family work, her expertise lies in high cost, complex financial cases involving companies, trusts and pensions.

She now practises exclusively as a specialist family mediator working with couples undergoing separation or divorce. Her work focuses on financial arrangements and arrangements for children, including matters involving one parent wishing to live in a different country. Cressida is trained to work to see children directly within the mediation process (child inclusive mediation) and in MIAMS.

Website: Cressida Burnet Mediation

Peter Burrell
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Peter is a partner and head of the Compliance and Enforcement and White Collar Defense Practices at Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP. He is recognised as one of the UK's leading specialists in corporate crime and compliance matters.

His practice includes advising on compliance issues relating to money laundering, bribery and corruption, sanctions and fraud; conducting complex internal corporate investigations; and defending companies and individuals in investigations and enforcement actions by the UK's Serious Fraud Office, Financial Services Authority, Office of Fair Trading, HM Revenue & Customs, and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

Ruth Burstall
Baker & McKenzie

Ruth is a senior associate in Baker & McKenzie London's intellectual property team. She advises on a range of IP matters relating to trade marks, copyright, design rights, passing off and domain names, and her practice covers both contentious and non-contentious aspects of IP law. She coordinates European and global enforcement and customs programmes on behalf of a number of clients.

Ruth has been involved in trade mark infringement litigation in the High Court and Court of Appeal, has advised clients in relation to High Court blocking injunctions and frequently files UDRP, URS and Nominet domain name complaints on behalf of clients. Ruth has a particular interest in design right, online enforcement and intermediary liability.

Paul Bury
Keating Chambers

Paul Bury is a junior barrister practising from Keating Chambers. Called in 2008, Paul takes instructions in a broad range of domestic and international commercial construction, professional negligence, infrastructure projects, energy and regulatory law - including public procurement.

Paul has acted and advised in cases ranging from highly complex and high-value international arbitrations to commercial claims in the county courts. Paul also regularly acts in adjudications.

Having previously worked for a leading international law firm in Brussels on complex regulatory issues involving blue chip international companies, Paul is adept at taking a commercial approach to legal issues and dispute resolution.

Daniel Bushner

Daniel Bushner has practiced US corporate and securities law in London for nearly 30 years, advising companies, investment banks and foreign regulators.

He is a frequent author and speaker on US corporate and securities law cross border issues. He has served as Chair of the American Bar Association's International Securities Matters Subcommittee of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee, and earlier served as Vice Chair, and then Co-Chair of the American Bar Association's International Section's International Securities and Capital Markets Committee.

Daniel also has been Secretary to the Board of the Equities Capital Markets Division of the Association of Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) since it was established in 2008. At the request of European regulators, Daniel has served as judge in tribunals for enforcement proceedings, and has been consulted by regulators in the UK, Europe and the Middle East on the development of rulemaking.

Daniel is the US contributor to the 5th edition of A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance published by Sweet & Maxwell.

Andy Butcher

Andy Butcher trained with Bristows and qualified into the Brands group within the IP Litigation department in 2012. He advises across the full range of 'soft' IP rights, with advertising and trade mark law being his principal practice areas.

Andy deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters. He assists clients with domain name disputes and IP litigation in the High Court and below. On the non-contentious side, he advises on trade mark filing strategy and compliance of advertising copy with UK advertising regulations.

In addition to his experience in private practice, Andy has completed secondments with several international clients where he advised on online brand protection, and filed and defended UK Advertising Standards Authority complaints.

Jeremy Callman
Ten Old Square

Jeremy Callman from Ten Old Square has a chancery commercial practice, focusing on litigation. He has a strong reputation in partnership and LLP litigation. He regularly advises managing partners on internal issues within partnerships and LLPs.

Jeremy represents both firms and individual partners, from solicitors, private equity, accountants, doctors and dentists, to hedge funds, recruitment consultants, architects, theatrical agents and farmers. He also acts on all manner of business related disputes, company disputes, professional negligence, insolvency and commercial matters.

Jeremy is described as "universally acknowledged for his unsurpassed combination of exhaustive technical knowledge, thoroughness of approach, formidable courtroom presence and excellence of client rapport" in Chambers UK.

Harriet Campbell

Harriet is a senior associate in the dispute resolution and compliance team at Shoosmiths. She advises on a broad range of commercial disputes, including defamation and reputation protection work.

Harriet is experienced in using a variety of alternative dispute resolution techniques and regularly handles high value claims for domestic and overseas clients. She also has a specific focus on multi-jurisdictional work.

Mark Cardale

Mark Cardale has had a varied career, having worked as a tax accountant with Thomson McLintock (now part of KPMG) before qualifying as a barrister, and then becoming a solicitor. He trained at Slaughter and May, specialising in corporate finance and acting for banks and financial institutions and other companies (large and small) for over 22 years, in the domestic and international spheres.

He was the Senior Resident Lawyer in Slaughter and May's then New York office for over six years, during a period which coincided with the collapse of Enron and the other corporate scandals which led to the passing of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002. He later became a partner in the firm of Kerman & Co LLP and Co-head of their AIM group specialising in securities transactions by companies quoted on AIM. He qualified as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators in 2011.

Mark is the editor of the 5th edition of A Practical Guide to Corporate Governance published by Sweet & Maxwell. The book contains a full account of corporate governance in the UK, mostly based on the UK Corporate Governance Code but examining a range of legal and other aspects as well.

Sri Carmichael

Sri Carmichael specialises in all aspects of commercial litigation and insolvency law - including contractual disputes, commercial fraud and asset recovery, shareholder and director disputes, and professional negligence work.

Based at Hardwicke, Sri is an experienced advocate. She appears regularly in the High Court (led and unled), including on urgent applications for injunctive relief.

Before training as a barrister, Sri was a business journalist at the London Evening Standard. As a result, she is comfortable with cases of a complex financial nature and has a keen awareness of the wider commercial issues in legal disputes.

Alexandria Carr
Mayer Brown

Alexandria Carr is a qualified barrister practising in London as part of Mayer Brown's financial services, regulatory and enforcement group. She has worked for the UK Government for 13 years, the last five of which she spent at HM Treasury - working closely with people across Government, the then FSA, the Bank of England, ministries of finance across Europe and the institutions of the EU.

Alexandria was the lawyer on the UK team who negotiated the European System of Financial Supervision (ESFS) (which established the new European Supervisory Authorities) and implemented the ESFS in the UK. Following the establishment of the ESFS in January 2011, she advised HM Treasury on the changes it made to the regulation and supervision of financial services. On joining Mayer Brown, she was seconded to HM Treasury to serve as a legal adviser.

Legal 500 2013 praises her for giving the group particular expertise on EU financial services regulation. She is exceptionally well-placed to advise financial institutions on critical issues concerning the new regulatory and market developments and the challenges and opportunities they create.

Sara Catley
Thomson Reuters

Sara Catley is Director of In-house Editorial for Thomson Reuters Legal UK&I. Sara trained at Slaughter and May and qualified into the tax group in 2001. She joined Practical Law in 2005 as an analyst writing on key market trends, noteworthy transactions and market practice developments across all practice areas.

In 2008, Sara helped launch Practical Law's US web services and then became head of Practical Law's cross-border service and standalone financed content and directories businesses. Following the acquisition of Practical Law by Thomson Reuters, she became responsible for developing international content across the business and the launch of Practical Law China.

Sara became Director of In-house Editorial in 2015, and is now responsible for developing content for Thomson Reuters' in-house legal audience. Sara is a non-practising solicitor.

Rebecca Catterson
Practical Law

Rebecca Catterson joined Practical Law in April 2010. She was previously a senior associate at Allen & Overy, where she worked in the fields of restructuring and insolvency, and securitisation. She has significant experience advising institutional lenders and insolvency practitioners on domestic and international financings and workouts.

Rebecca trained and qualified at Theodore Goddard (now Addleshaw Goddard) in 2002 and was also admitted to the Bar in the US (Illinois) in 2008. Rebecca is currently a non-practising solicitor and is Head of Practical Law's restructuring and insolvency team.

Jonathan Chamberlain
Gowling WLG

Jonathan leads the international and business protection practices in the employment team at Gowling WLG and advises on all aspects of employment law.

He is highly skilled at guiding employers through pan-European employee projects such as restructurings - implementing common policies and employment conditions in a real, human context; whether it's the boardroom, the office or the shop floor.

Jonathan believes that understanding emotional intelligence is key for employers to succeed, and he has a unique ability to bring that emotional intelligence to bear on legal and practical problems.

Peter Chapman
Clifford Chance

Peter Chapman is a senior associate in the financial regulatory group at Clifford Chance. He regularly advises banks and financial institutions on payments and transaction services matters including on regulatory developments such as PSD2, open access and the Funds Transfer Regulation, on business transformations such as group reorganisations, Brexit and M&A activity, as well as on new business propositions.

As co-lead of the firm's work on FinTech, Peter has been involved in a wide range of banking, payments and other projects involving the application of new technologies such as AI, blockchain, cloud computing and on the deployment of new distribution structures such as app stores and platforms.

Ian Chapman-Curry
Gowling WLG

Ian Chapman-Curry is a London-based principal associate and professional support lawyer at Gowling WLG. Ian is a member of their pensions and combined human resource solutions teams. He works with clients to solve their employment and pensions law issues, with a particular focus on 'crossover' issues that benefit from his understanding of both areas of law.

Ian has also been at the forefront of legal developments surrounding workplace pension reform. He has worked for both the Department of Work and Pensions and the National Employment Savings Trust to develop solutions for complex automatic enrolment problems. He is now using this expertise to help a range of public and private sector clients implement their new employer duties cost effectively.

Martin Chitty
Gowling WLG

Martin is a partner at Gowling WLG whose employment law practice focuses on reorganisations, redundancies, executive severance and business protection. He is particularly skilled at taking the legal framework and providing a pragmatic course that balances the desire to get to where you want to be with the need to manage any risks you can't exclude.

Charles Christian
Legal IT Insider
Charles Christian is the founder, publisher and editor-in-chief of the Legal IT Insider newsletter and website. Since its launch in 1995, Legal IT Insider has become a leading media, information and communications channel in legal technology.

Charles covers and interprets global legal IT news in his free monthly digital newsletter, on his website and through events and information services. The website has been described by The Times newspaper as 'the UK's definitive online resource for legal technology information'.

Charles is a former practising barrister and Reuters correspondent turned independent commentator and journalist. He has been writing, reporting and advising on developments in law office technology and online legal services for over 30 years.
Andrew Clarke QC
Littleton Chambers

Andrew Clarke at Littleton Chambers is one of the foremost employment lawyers at the Bar. He has a reputation for giving clear and practical advice, and as a formidable advocate and a highly skilled cross-examiner. Called to the Bar in 1980, he has appeared in many landmark employment cases - especially in the fields of restrictive covenants, garden leave, discrimination, equal pay, industrial action and wrongful dismissal. He is well known for dealing with complex commercial cases which have an employment flavour.

Andrew has developed an unrivalled understanding of the workings of many businesses - from investment banks and broking houses, airlines and train operators to the Royal Mail, NHS Trusts, local authorities and football clubs. He cares about his clients and has a deserved reputation for guiding them to develop a clear and workable strategy, and for fighting tenaciously to carry it through to a successful conclusion.

Jamie Clarke
Crown Office Chambers

Jamie has extensive experience of trials and alternative methods of dispute resolution. He is regularly instructed to deal with more complex, higher value claims (particularly to draft Schedules and work with forensic actuarial /accountancy experts), knotty areas of practice (e.g. dissolved Defendants, the impact of compulsory insurance, coverage, substitution of experts/advice on expert evidence) and tactical issues.

Clients value Jamie's technical and tactical insight, balanced with his accessible and determined approach.

He supports clients at all steps up to the resolution of a claim, and welcomes the opportunity to be involved and provide strategic advice from the outset of clients' instruction.

Jamie regularly writes articles and delivers seminars on topics of particular interest to his clients.

A member of Crown Office Chambers, Jamie is instructed on behalf of both Claimants, Defendants and insurers direct. He also welcomes instructions on a conditional fee basis (subject to approval).

Joanne Clement

Joanne's areas of practice are public law and human rights law, local government law, education law and information law at 11KBW. She is ranked by the directories as a leading junior in Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Local Government and Education Law. Joanne was identified by The Times as one of ten 'Future Stars of the Bar', being described as 'at the head of the pack of up-and-coming public and employment law specialists'. She has appeared in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and before the House of Lords and Supreme Court. Joanne undertakes a wide variety of education work in the Upper Tribunal and in the Administrative Court.

Joanne has developed an extensive practice in data protection and freedom of information cases. She is a member of the Information Commissioner's Panel of Counsel, and acts regularly for public authorities and applicants before the First-tier Tribunal (Information Rights) and the Upper Tribunal.

Becky Clissmann
Practical Law

Becky Clissmann is a senior editor in the environment team at Practical Law. She trained at Denton Wilde Sapte (now Dentons), during which time she was seconded to ABN Amro and Goldman Sachs to work on their energy and emissions trading documentation.

On qualification, Becky moved to Eversheds to help set up their environment practice in London. Prior to qualifying, Becky obtained extensive experience in climate change policy measures while working for the Carbon Trust.

Sara Cockerill QC
Essex Court Chambers

Based at Essex Court Chambers, Sara Cockerill QC has wide experience as an advocate and adviser in international commercial law in a variety of proceedings and tribunals. She acts in disputes which involve all areas of commercial law, with particular experience in the range of disputes arising from international trading transactions.

Sara is the editor of the Commercial Court and Arbitration sections of the White Book. She served on the Chartered Insurance Institute's Disciplinary Panel 2009-2013 and as Deputy Chair of the Appeal Panel 2013-2016. In 2016 Sara was appointed to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge.

Niall Coghlan
Cabinet Office

Niall Coghlan is a lawyer in Cabinet Office Legal Advisers, part of the Government Legal Department. He primarily works on freedom of information; Cabinet Office being the owners of and Centre of Excellence for the Freedom of Information Act.

Niall joined GLD from the Bar in January 2017, having previously been a stagiaire at the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Tom Coghlin

Tom Coghlin, based at Cloisters, is a barrister specialising in employment and discrimination law. He has appeared in a large number of disability discrimination cases in both employment and non-employment cases - at first instance and on appeal.

Tom acts for a range of clients including individuals, companies, public bodies, charities and trade unions. He also sits as a fee-paid employment judge in the Birmingham region.

Paul Cohen
Perkins Coie

A prominent presence in international arbitration forums, Paul Cohen represents global clients in arbitrations under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, ICSID and other arbitral institutions, as well as in ad hoc proceedings. His clients have included sovereign governments, international manufacturers, major pharmaceutical makers, financial institutions, airlines, international insurance companies and professional services firms located in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Paul is a partner in the Commercial Litigation practice at Perkins Coie and admitted to the bar in New York, England and Wales (Middle Temple).

He guides clients through the resolution of a range of disputes, including contract breaches, failed mergers and investment disputes. Paul co-founded, along with Arthur Marriott QC, 12 Gray's Inn Square Chambers in London, which is devoted to international arbitration and global dispute resolution. In addition, Paul is the author of International Energy Arbitration, a book covering the world of international energy arbitrations.

Highlights of Paul's commercial and criminal litigation achievements include his defence of major financial institutions in securities litigation related to the collapse of WorldCom; representing a California regulatory agency in landmark bankruptcy litigation involving Pacific Gas and Electric; and advising a major tobacco company in a historic multistate settlement agreement.

Paul is a director of the New York International Arbitration Center and the author of International Corruption, a book presenting a multijurisdictional look at bribery and antibribery compliance. In addition to earning his J.D. from Columbia Law School, Paul received a Ph.D. from Oxford University and was a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University in the area of political science. His previous employment experience includes working in The Hague in the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Ian Coleman
Elite Insurance

Ian is a senior technical underwriter in the after the event department at Elite Insurance whose focus is on insuring high value commercial litigation and group actions.

Before joining Elite, Ian worked for an ATE underwriting agency where his responsibilities included underwriting significant commercial litigation and group actions. He also utilised external lawyers to manage high value claims which had become contentious and/or progressed to litigation.

Ian has also worked for a number of other underwriting agencies and start-up insurance brokers, and he's been involved in setting up companies for legal expenses underwriting and claims handling.

Ben Collins QC
Old Square Chambers

Ben Collins QC, based at Old Square Chambers, has directory recognition as a leading junior in four fields of practice: employment, professional discipline, clinical negligence and personal injury.

Chambers & Partners says that Ben "impresses clients with his steely approach" and is "superbly efficient, thorough and practical".

Ben's other primary areas of practice are public law, human rights, medical law, inquests, sports disputes and professional negligence.

Mark Compton
Mayer Brown

Mark Compton is a partner in the financial services, regulatory and enforcement practice of Mayer Brown's London office.

Mark advises a wide range of clients, including investment banks, insurers, commodity traders, brokers, pension funds and hedge funds on all aspects of UK and EU financial services legislation and enforcement. He also counsels clients in the financial services industry and multi-national companies on anti-bribery legislation and systems and controls, anti-money laundering legislation and economic sanctions.

Prior to joining Mayer Brown in 2011, Mark gained extensive in-house experience having worked for BP Plc for over six years as the senior financial services and regulatory lawyer to their global financial services and commodity trading division. Before that, he spent over five years at the FSA.

Adam Constable QC
Keating Chambers

Adam Constable QC has been described as "the leading construction lawyer of his generation". He specialises in construction, engineering, energy, shipbuilding and technology disputes, along with professional negligence and insurance claims related to these sectors.

Adam's client base is both domestic and international. He has extensive experience of appearing in both the Commercial Court and the Technology and Construction Court in the UK. And he has represented multi-national clients in front of tribunals constituted under numerous international arbitral rules - including ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL, SCC and LMAA.

Adam's practice at Keating Chambers has evolved to include significant shipbuilding and offshore construction - with vessels ranging from tankers to FPSOs, as well as luxury super yachts. And, as a result of his significant offshore construction and marine engineering practice, he was chosen to edit Keating on Offshore Construction and Marine Engineering Contracts.

John Cooper QC
Crown Office Chambers

John Cooper QC practices from Crown Office Chambers. He has advised and represented companies and directors in all aspects of health and safety litigation for over 18 years, and has been involved in most of the leading Court of Appeal cases in this field.

In the oil, gas and environmental field John was deposed as an expert witness in relation to safety management at the former ICI chemical works in Wilton for DuPont. He also represented Doosan in the Lindsey Oil Refinery inquest and defended Shell International Limited under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order in relation to their main UK premises.

Kate Corby
Baker & McKenzie

Kate is a senior associate in the dispute resolution department of Baker & McKenzie's London office and a senior member of its product and operational risk practice group.

She has over 10 years' experience of providing legal and strategic advice to a variety of manufacturing clients in different industry sectors on product liability, safety and regulatory matters.  Her practice assists clients with product recalls and acts for them in product liability related litigation, as well as for general commercial disputes and arbitrations.

Kate was ranked as an associate to watch in the 2015 edition of Chambers & Partners, where she was described as having "impressed both clients and peers" with "great business acumen in addition to great legal knowledge".

Madeleine Cordes

Madeleine has been a company secretary for over 25 years, in both industry and professional practice, including three years working offshore. She is also co-editor of Shackleton on the Law and Practice of Meetings.

Madeleine leads company secretarial training courses and recently launched CCS - a company secretarial and governance training and mentoring service. Previously, she was company secretary of a FTSE 250 retailer for nine years, and for two years she worked as the interim secretary for a London-based FTSE 100 mining company during a takeover.

Madeleine has a law degree, as well as being a fellow of the ICSA, and she is a regular speaker at conferences.

Stuart Corrigall

Stuart Corrigall is a director and Head of Product Structuring in EMEA for BlackRock. Product Structuring is responsible for providing regulatory and strategic advice in relation to the structuring and range management of all BlackRock and iShares funds across the UK, Ireland, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Stuart qualified as a solicitor in 2003. He spent a decade in private practice before joining BlackRock from international law firm Eversheds. Stuart has also worked at KPMG and spent secondments with M&G Investments and offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes.

Stuart is a UCITS and AIF product structuring and regulatory expert and has advised industry groups, regulators, ESMA and the European Commission on various asset management matters. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences.

Jeremy Cousins QC
11 Stone Buildings

Jeremy practices in commercial, commercial chancery, professional negligence and property litigation at 11 Stone Buildings. He is continuously instructed in high-profile and/or high-value cases in these areas.

He is well known for his expertise in banking and banking-related disputes. His practice in these areas frequently involves him in Channel Islands work. His ability to deal with complex cases in a calm and measured way makes him a firm favourite among his clients. In 2007 he was appointed to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Chancery and Queen's Bench Division.

Jeremy is recommended by the major legal directories as a leading silk for banking & finance, commercial chancery, commercial litigation, professional negligence, property and property litigation. They describe him as 'intuitive and has a touch of genius about him' and possessed of 'an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law'.

Betsan Criddle
Old Square Chambers

Based at Old Square Chambers, Betsan Criddle is an established and highly regarded practitioner in the employment and professional disciplinary fields. She is specifically noted for her healthcare sector experience by Chambers & Partners, which also describes her as "amazing on her feet; she manages to pluck out difficult legal arguments and present them in an easy and coherent way".

Betsan is a noted expert in doctors' disciplinary cases and has appeared in many of the key cases in this area - including Chhabra v West London Mental Health NHS Trust, Kerslake v North West London Hospitals NHS Trust and Lim v Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust.

Betsan is regularly called upon to advise and appear in High Court injunctive proceedings and in complex internal disciplinary proceedings, as well as in judicial review challenges in the medical field. She also acts for registrants in regulatory proceedings before the MPTS, the GDC and the HCPC, and in performers' list cases.

Tom Cross

Tom Cross is a barrister at 11KBW chambers. He practises in public and human rights law in its broadest sense, in the law on professional discipline and regulation, and in all aspects of employment and business law. Local government work is a major aspect of his practice, including work on councillor standards.

Tom frequently appears in courts and tribunals at all levels up to the Supreme Court. His private and public sector clients range from private individuals, to major companies, governments and regulatory bodies.

Tom has written for a wide range of publications, including the European Advocate, the Education Law Journal and The Times. During 2008-9 he was a part-time visiting lecturer at the City University, where he taught the law of torts. And from 2009-2010 he served as one of the first Judicial Assistants at the UK Supreme Court, where he worked for Lord Collins of Mapesbury.

Ed Crosse
Simmons & Simmons

Ed Crosse is a partner at Simmons & Simmons. He specialises in handling complex financial and regulatory disputes for financial institutions and has over 20 years' experience of advising clients in this area.

Ed also represents clients on corruption and civil fraud related matters, notably in the area of suspected corrupt payments. And he is a member of the firm's Brexit team.

Romilly Cummerson

Romilly is an established insurance practitioner, specialising in clinical negligence, personal injury, and related insurance issues practicing at Hardwicke Chambers.

She has developed an extensive practice acting for both claimants and defendants in all types of injury-related litigation, including professional indemnity claims arising out of the negligent handling of injury litigation.

Samantha Dames
CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
Sam is a partner in the tax department and has worked at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP since 1996. She is primarily involved in the tax aspects of UK and cross-border structured finance, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate tax including stamp taxes and VAT. Sam has advised on a wide range of tax issues across a variety of industry sectors, in particular advising clients in the Financial Services, Hotels & Leisure, Infrastructure & Project Finance, Life Sciences and Technology, Media & Telecommunications sectors.
Paul Darling QC
Keating Chambers

Paul Darling QC, from Keating Chambers, has established a formidable reputation as an advocate in all types and levels of tribunals all over the world. He specialises in complex cases which feature multiple parties, large teams and high volumes of material. And he's often brought in by clients at short notice, late in proceedings.

An ability to work with colleagues from any jurisdiction and to grasp detail, strategy and tactics quickly has allowed Paul to develop a practice which has taken him to every major jurisdiction, appearing in a wide variety of construction, energy and commercial matters. Adaptability and focus have contributed to Paul's reputation as a gamechanger, brought in to direct some of the construction and commercial world's most difficult cases.

Paul also sits as an arbitrator, adjudicator and mediator. He has acted in ICC, LCIA HKIAC, SIAC and DIAC arbitrations.

Claire Darwin
Matrix Chambers

Claire Darwin acts for a wide range of clients in all areas of employment and discrimination law, including TUPE, equal pay, bonus entitlements, restrictive covenants, high-value contract claims, discrimination in the provision of goods and services and collective employment matters.

She is a member of Matrix Chambers.

Charlotte Davies
Littleton Chambers
Charlotte specialises in commercial litigation and employment law at Littleton Chambers, and has built up significant experience in these areas of practice. Her skills have been recognised by Chambers & Partners, which identifies her as a leading junior. She has appeared in the Court of Appeal and Privy Council, and has also recently been involved in a multi-million pound SIAC arbitration.

Charlotte is known for being approachable and easy to work with. She focuses on giving clear and practical advice to clients, and is a confident, persuasive and effective advocate.
Jane Davies Evans
Crown Office Chambers

Jane is a barrister at Crown Office Chambers and acts as counsel and co-counsel in international arbitrations, dispute board and adjudication proceedings, and related settlement discussions. These are disputes arising on international EPC projects - focusing on oil and gas, power generation (nuclear and conventional), mining and major infrastructure projects.

She also advises clients on contracting strategy for major projects, assisting with contract drafting and negotiations, and has advised extensively in relation to the impact of international sanctions on EPC projects. Jane is recognised in Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 for construction (purchaser and supplier) and for construction arbitration.

Kevin de Haan QC
Francis Taylor Building

Kevin de Haan QC is a regulatory specialist in the fields of Consumer, Environmental, Health and Safety and Licensing Law particularly where an element of European Law is involved. Kevin is recommended as a leading Silk in four practice areas by The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners who have cited his "persuasive and agreeable" approach and "top drawer presentation skills"

"...combines an excellent brain, very good knowledge of case law with an aptitude for complicated issues."

"...a lateral thinker able to come up with innovative solutions to clients' problems."

"...Perhaps one of the best in the World for online gambling matters".

He is highly experienced in all types of proceedings in his areas of expertise including judicial review, civil and criminal enforcement and proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Communities.

Bi-lingual in German, he acts for a number of German and Austrian clients.

Robert Deacon
11 Stone Buildings

Robert Deacon is a commercial chancery litigator at 11 Stone Buildings with specialist knowledge in IT, fraud, IP media and entertainment. He has undertaken many heavily contested often high profile trials and devoted a substantial part of his practice to specialist advice work.

He is lead author of 'Privacy and Personality Rights 2010', which includes a foreword by Max Clifford and has received glowing reviews. The major legal directories recommend him as a leading junior in the areas of Defamation and Privacy, Information Technology, Intellectual Property and Media, Entertainment & Sport. They describe him as 'very thorough, hard-working and a man who fights his client's corner' and 'a bright star of exceptional quality'.

Pollyanna Deane
Simmons & Simmons

Pollyanna is a partner in the international insurance group at Simmons & Simmons in London. She leads the team which won the Legal Business Awards 'Insurance Team of the Year 2014'.

Pollyanna specialises in advising insurance companies and - unusually - advises both life and general insurers on the many aspects of their business. These include business transfers, attributions of inherited estates, mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations, demutualisations and joint ventures.

A particular interest is the development of new products (including health trusts and financial reinsurance) for insurers, reinsurers and other financial institutions.

Alison Deighton

Alison is a partner at TLT and head of their Data Protection & Privacy team. She works within the Commercial Services group, advising a wide range of private and public sector clients on all aspects of information law.

Alison has extensive experience of advising clients on data protection compliance issues - including drafting privacy notices and policies, delivering training, advising on international data transfers, advising on marketing compliance issues, dealing with ICO investigations, conducting audits, managing data breach incidents and advising on data sharing arrangements. She also advises on freedom of information issues - including protecting information provided to public authorities, making freedom of information requests and the application of exemptions.

Prior to joining TLT, Alison was an associate in the TMT team at Linklaters. She is a member of the National Association of Data Protection Officers and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

Laith Dilaimi
Old Square Chambers

Laith Dilaimi's practice covers all areas of work undertaken at Old Square Chambers - with a particular focus on employment and discrimination, personal injury, education, professional discipline and regulatory law. He also has an interest in judicial review, clinical negligence, professional negligence, health, safety and environmental law, and general civil litigation.

Laith acts for both claimants and respondents across almost every type of employment case - including unfair and wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, redundancy, discrimination, TUPE and whistleblowing. He acts in and advises on all aspects of litigation too - including interlocutory hearings, multi-day full merits hearings and settlement negotiations.

He is often instructed in multi-day discrimination cases, and is frequently instructed in cases in the Employment Appeal Tribunal, High Court and County Court.

Aline Doussin
Squire Patton Boggs

Aline Doussin is a partner in Squire Patton Boggs' international trade practice, specialising in international trade (including export control and sanctions), EU regulatory and public policy.

Aline acts for a wide range of businesses, governments and trade associations. Her experience is derived from her similar previous position in a major international law firm, and from her former roles at the World Trade Organization and as an in-house lawyer in Japan Tobacco International.

Suzanne Dray
Practical Law

Suzanne Dray trained at Burges Salmon and on qualification joined the commercial property department, specialising in property insolvency transactions. In 1994 she moved to Herbert Smith, where she acted for development clients and provided corporate support. In 2001 Suzanne became the real estate PSL at Mayer Brown.

Suzanne joined Practical Law in September 2011.

Professor James Driscoll

Professor James Driscoll is a solicitor, an author and a lawyer chair of the Residential Property Tribunal. For 20 years he was a consultant solicitor with Trowers & Hamlins specialising in housing law. He has practised law since 1975 and is an ADR accredited mediator.

James is a consultant editor to the Landlord and Tenant Reports and contributes articles to many other professional and academic publications. He has also held several academic positions in England and the USA. James is currently a visiting professor at the University of Essex and he is Emeritus Professor of Property Law at London South Bank University.

Elizabeth Dunn
Burges Salmon

Liz Dunn joined Burges Salmon in 2002. She is a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and a member of the Law Society's Specialist Planning Panel. Liz also appears as an inquiry advocate.

Liz advises on planning and compulsory purchase, property development, transport, environment, energy and utilities, renewables, resource and waste management, and nuclear. Liz's practice focuses on infrastructure, and in particular the consenting of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs).

Liz's projects have included securing the first consent for an offshore wind farm under the NSIP regime; advising on the 110km Triton Knoll offshore wind farm grid connection; and advising on the development of the Filton Airfield site in South Gloucestershire.

Michael Edenborough QC
Serle Court

Michael Edenborough's practice at Serle Court covers all aspects of IP law and practice, in particular trade marks, patents, copyright and designs.

He has appeared often before the General Court and Court of Justice (Luxembourg) in appeals from OHIM and Article 267 references, and in the European Patent Office (Legal and Technical Boards of Appeal).

Michael has also acted for the Comptroller-General of Patents, the Registrar of Trade Marks, the UK government, ITMA, CIPA and AIPPI UK Group.

Tamlyn Edmonds
Edmonds, Marshall, McMahon

Tamlyn Edmonds is a barrister and Director of Edmonds, Marshall, McMahon.

Prior to founding Edmonds Marshall McMahon, Tamlyn spent eight and a half years specialising in the most complex and high-value prosecutions on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions/Department of Health. She led the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) team of specialist lawyers where she had conduct of the largest ever counterfeit medicines case prosecuted on behalf of the Department of Health (R v Gillespie and others).

Tamlyn specialises in serious fraud and counterfeit medicines and has significant experience in confiscation and restraint.

Teresa Edmund

Teresa Edmund is a partner at Bristows with over 25 years' experience in all areas of commercial real estate. She advises extensively on matters arising from the landlord and tenant relationship, real estate investment and development, and all aspects of property management.

Teresa is a member and on the committee of the Commercial Real Estate Legal Association, the Federation of Corporate Real Estate Advisers and the Charity Law Association. She is also a contributor to Estates Gazette.

Christopher Edwards
Old Square Chambers

Christopher Edwards from Old Square Chambers specialises in employment, personal injury, clinical negligence, product liability, costs law, inquests and public inquiries.

In personal injury cases he acts for both claimants and defendants, with a particular focus on high-value workplace and road traffic accidents, industrial disease, and multi-party litigation. He also has extensive experience in product liability claims under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and travel / package holiday claims.

Christopher acts for patients, doctors and other medical professionals in clinical negligence cases. His experience includes acting in traditional claims against the NHS and private medical practitioners and dentists, as well as similar types of professional negligence claim against beauticians, hairdressers, tattooists and such individuals. He has a particular specialism in cases involving cosmetic surgery.

Verity Egerton-Doyle

Verity Egerton-Doyle is a Managing Associate in the Competition & Antitrust Team at Linklaters in London. She advises corporates and financial sponsors on all aspects of competition law with experience across merger control, cartel and dominance investigations under English and European law.

Verity is qualified in England & Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Queensland (Australia). She holds an LLB and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland (Australia), and a Masters in European Competition Law from Kings College London.

Sarah Ellson

Sarah heads the public and regulatory law group at Fieldfisher. As a partner, she has experience of most aspects of its work - in particular the prosecution of cases before the fitness to practise committees of a range of health and social care regulators. Sarah has been highly regarded by the legal directories for a number of years and is described by Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2014 as someone who "instils confidence and makes sure she gets things done well".

Sarah has also been involved in the drafting and interpretation of regulations. She has conducted review projects on complaints handling and licensing procedures for public bodies. And she has worked on judicial reviews, appeals and Professional Standards Authority cases.

Sarah regularly provides bespoke training for panellists and those who act as adjudicators, as well as for investigative and disciplinary staff at a range of regulators. She is also a committee member of the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL). And she speaks at national and international conferences on regulatory issues.

John Endacott
Francis Clark

John is a Tax Partner at Francis Clark, where he provides high level tax advice in relation to personal and business transactions. His main area of expertise is in business structuring and capital taxes, especially capital gains tax.

He is experienced in both UK and international transactions and has been advising on cross border arrangements for over 20 years, including property and business ownership by private clients and entrepreneurs.

John is a graduate of Cardiff University Business School. He is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. He is also chairman of Francis Clark Financial Planning Limited.

Simon Enoch

Simon Enoch is a solicitor and company secretary with over 25 years' experience of corporate issues in many European jurisdictions, the US, Japan and Australia for a number of international companies. These include joint ventures, M&A and high profile corporate public relations.

Simon qualified as a solicitor in 1988. He has been the company secretary and general legal counsel at Darty since its demerger from Kingfisher in 2003.

Paul Epstein QC

Paul Epstein is a leading employment and discrimination law specialist at Cloisters who has appeared in a wide variety of reported and high profile cases.

He regularly advises on, and acts in, high-value cases for employers and employees in the City – concerning bonus and remuneration negotiations, disputes, whistleblowing, discrimination and dismissals.

David Evans
Collas Crill IP
A law graduate of Westminster University, David has spent the past 14 years actively involved in the intellectual property business. The first 6 years were spent as head of IP for a multinational company, during which time the company's IP portfolio grew massively following international expansion.

For the past 9 years, David has been an independent IP consultant - advising businesses small and large on their IP strategies and portfolio management at Collas Crill.
Georgy Evans
Fir Hill Consulting

Georgy has specialised in intellectual property for 20 years. She runs legal services consultancy business Fir Hill Consulting which provides trade mark services to corporates and business development support to law firms.

Georgy qualified at Linklaters and worked in its IP department for five years before joining GlaxoSmithKline (then SmithKline Beecham) where she became vice president of its trade marks group, as well as interim head of trade marks. She joined Shell as head of trade marks in 2006 and Fir Hill Consulting as CEO in January 2014.

Georgy's expertise is in managing international trade mark portfolios using teams of lawyers, paralegals and administrators, while working with and managing international networks of external lawyers and attorneys. She has considerable experience in reviewing working practices and change management, together with brand enforcement and securing IP rights, strategy setting and budget management.

Robert Evans
Keating Chambers

Robert Evans began his career as a civil engineer, working for international consultants and contractors in the UK and in Hong Kong, specialising in marine works and dredging. He was admitted as a corporate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1985 and was made a Fellow in 2008.

Robert was called to the Bar in 1989 and - as a member of Keating Chambers - he specialises in construction, professional negligence work, engineering and energy disputes in the UK and abroad. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

His practice covers a wide variety of advisory work, drafting and advocacy - both in the High Court and in arbitration (domestic and international). He has acted for national and local governments, public authorities, private sector employers, contractors, sub-contractors, consultants, architects and engineers.


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