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Olswang

London

  • 90 High Holborn
  • London
  • UK
  • WC1V 6XX

Banking & Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established niche expertise in the media, technology and telecoms sectors. Recognised as a vibrant lender-side practice, acting on behalf of banks and non-traditional lenders.   

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
 Problem solving: "Excellent organisation - they are very in control of all aspects of the project. They have experience in similar situations and therefore the ability to negotiate and spot issues which may arise."

Communication: "We have a very good open dialogue with them. You can just ask advice and don't always feel like you're on the clock."

Work highlights Acted for Sportech on its £75 million refinancing in the form of syndicated loan facilities offered by a club of banks.  

Advised Capital & Regional and Oaktree Capital Management on financing arrangements for the £130 million acquisition of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

Notable practitioners 

Moni Mannings has great depth of experience across a wide range of financing transactions. Her workload encompasses leveraged buyouts and buyins, acquisition finance and public-to-private transactions.

Charles Kerrigan spearheaded the recent refinancing of Sportech and is widely appreciated by clients for his communication skills.

Significant clients Chamonix Private Equity, Allied Irish Banks, Nationwide Building Society, Clydesdale Bank, Bank of Ireland.

Corporate/M&A - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 24 partners
- 41 other lawyers

What the team is known for Widely respected for its considerable expertise in media industry corporate transactions. The team continues to be active on high-profile technology, leisure and retail sector deals.

What's new? New clients and panel wins include Angle Energy, Merlin Entertainments, Orchard Street Investment Management and Parity.

Work highlights Represented Reed Business Information in the £110 million sale of Totaljobs to Stepstone.

Advised Martin Lewis and MoneySavingExpert.com on the sale of MoneySavingExpert.com to MoneySupermarket for up to £87 million.

Advised the shareholders of Capital & Regional on its joint venture with Oaktree Capital and its related acquisition of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch for £130 million.

Notable practitioners  

Simon Morgan advised Vodafone UK on its network-sharing joint venture with O2, which involved the transfer of £438 million of assets by Vodafone to Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure.

Stephen Hermer represented ITV in its acquisition of So Television.

Paul Blackmore's highlights include advising DV4 on the corporate sale of 40 Holborn Viaduct.

Stephen Rosen specialises in advising clients on private equity-related transactions.

Significant clients BBC Worldwide, Shine, Sony Pictures Television, Warner Bros., BDO.

Employment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Assisting employers across the full spectrum of employment law, including advisory, contentious and transactional matters. Firm-wide focus on the media and technology sectors, from which many of the team's clients are sourced.

Work highlights Acted for Yattendon on the employment law aspects of the sale of Iliffe News & Media to Local World.

Advised Moneysavingexpert founder Martin Lewis in connection with the company's £87 million sale to Moneysupermarket.

Notable practitioners  

Daniel Aherne is valued by clients on account of the pragmatic and innovative advice he dispenses.

Catherine Taylor is praised by clients for her common sense approach to matters.

Melanie Lane is noted for her commercial awareness and client service skills.

Significant clients BBC Worldwide, Bloomberg, Channel 4 Television, Eurosport, Rightmove.

Hotels & Leisure - London (Firms)

What the team is known for Well-regarded London firm with tax, finance and corporate expertise. Real estate is an area of particular activity.

What's new? Graham Lloyd-Brunt joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Work highlights Acted for Melia Hotels International as future tenant and occupier of a hotel in the new First Street quarter in Manchester. The hotel is to be built by ASK Developments.

Notable practitioners

Nick Crosbie is a key contact.

Significant clients Ennismore Capital, Guoman, D&D, Soho House, Tune.

Information Technology - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 15 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Celebrated for its strength in media law, including digital media. Noted for its strong grasp of IP, IT and technology matters. 

Work highlights Advised Nationwide Building Society on development and maintenance agreements with IBM regarding internet and mobile banking services.

Instructed in a group action by Safari browsers alleging that Google breached UK citizens' privacy by using advertising methods which sidestep inbuilt security settings on iPhones, iPads and Macs.

Notable practitioners  

Clive Gringras is highly regarded by clients who regularly comment on his high level of technical ability.

Iain Stansfield heads the firm's commercial group, and advises clients in a variety of sectors on how to exploit, protect and develop the intellectual property rights to their technology and business tools.

Ross McKean stands out for his experience in data protection, outsourcing and telecoms systems transactions and litigation.

Significant clients Gamesys, Marks & Spencer, Nationwide Building Society, Yahoo!, Zynga.

Intellectual Property - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A leading firm in the media and technology spaces with a raft of big-name clients. Although best known for its trade mark, copyright and database rights work, it also houses a potent patent practice.

Work highlights Represented Zynga in defending a trade mark infringement case brought by Mattel relating to the latter's Scrabble franchise.

Acted for Stan James in defence of a claim brought by the Premier League and others concerning the use of live data by betting companies.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Burdon is a highly rated patent litigator and head of the firm's IP department. He recently acted for ZTE UK in a mobile telephony patent infringement suit brought by Vringo.

Joel Barry is recommended by sources for his expertise, particularly in trade mark and copyright matters. He successfully acted for Sky in trade mark infringement and passing-off proceedings brought by Starbucks over the mark 'NOW'.

Campbell Forsyth is a patent lawyer who rated for his eye for detail. Clients also single out his commercial awareness.

Paul Stevens is quickly developing a reputation among sources for his technical proficiency. According to one commentator, he is "very aware of the client's needs and strives to give them the best service possible." He was lead partner in the Zynga Scrabble case above.

Helen Newman maintains a well-respected practice in advising luxury brand and fashion clients. 

Iain Stansfield focuses mainly on transactional and advisory IP work in areas such as brand protection.

Sarah Wright concentrates her practice on trade marks and copyright work. She is part of the team managing Vodafone's global trade mark portfolio.

Significant clients Sky, Microsoft, ITV, Yahoo!, Richemont Group.

Licensing - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers 

What the team is known for Coverage of all issues affecting gambling businesses across Europe, plus a notable specialisation in matters concerning the British horse racing industry. Wider expertise in the media and technology sectors strongly supports the team's handling of remote gaming issues.

Work highlights Acts as the principal provider of commercial and regulatory advice to Sportech.

Advised William Hill on the judicial review of a Horserace Betting Levy Board decision affecting business users of betting exchanges.

Notable practitioners  

Practice head David Zeffman receives extensively positive comment from both clients and peers. His clients include Sportech and William Hill.    

Significant clients Gamesys, Asian Logic, Sporting Index, Paddy Power, WMS.

Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department 
- 9 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Identified as a key player in technology, media and real estate disputes. Highly regarded for its large-scale litigation capacity and ability to take on challenging mandates. Stable client base includes numerous household names.  

Work highlights Represented Ildar Khazhaev in defence of proceedings brought against him by his former employer, BTA Bank, over allegedly sham loans or loan facilities.

Continued to act for ITV as a principal litigation adviser, lately handling matters relating to royalty disputes, trade mark claims and libel claims.  

Notable practitioners

Richard Bamforth was instructed by Arrow Group to defend it against breach of contract claims brought in the High Court by Gelmedic Holdings. He acts for corporates and high net worth individuals on a broad range of disputes.   

Jeremy Mash is praised for his availability and accessibility. Sources also point to his ability to deliver pragmatic advice.

Significant clients BBC, Microsoft, Watson Pharmaceuticals, Mourant, Kaupthing.

Real Estate Finance - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
-31 partners
-38 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A well-regarded practice offering advice to banks and non-bank lenders in the market. A trusted adviser to borrowers in relation to structured finance. Offers advice on tax and corporate issues in addition to real estate finance.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Clarity: "I like the way they communicate to break down legally complex matters into something less complicated."

Work highlights Advised Capital & Regional and Oaktree Capital Management on the £130 million financing for the acquisition of Kingfisher Shopping Centre.

Advised lenders Santander and Hypothekenbank on £177 million facilities issued to Legal & General UK Property Income Fund to make acquisitions, including the Fix Portfolio.

Notable practitioners  

Eleni Skordaki has a remarkable reputation and is head of the property finance team at Olswang. Clients praise her as being "constructive, proactive, solution-driven and collaborative."

Neil Sargent continues to make a name for himself in this field. Clients commend his "hard work and commitment."

Significant clients Lloyds, Aareal Bank, Nationwide, Delancey, NAMA. 

Real Estate Litigation - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Sizeable property litigation specialist team that acts for major property developers and investors in large-scale disputes.

Work highlights Acted on a high-profile break options case for Intergraph UK, achieving a High Court win.

Instructed by Legal & General to obtain possession of a property which had been unlawfully let to another party.

Notable practitioners  

Marcus Barclay has particular expertise in rent reviews. His clients include Legal & General and Delancey.

Significant clients BP, Capital & Regional Group, Delancey, Legal & General Property, UBS.

Real Estate - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Focuses on investment, development and corporate occupiers. Particularly active in hotels and shopping centre work.

What's new? New clients include BP, DEVK and Melia Hotels International.

Work highlights Acted for Legal & General on the £100 million sale of St Martin's Court.

Advised Capital & Regional on its £130 million acquisition of Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch.

Notable practitioners 

Simon Kanter acts for international and domestic investors. He specialises in structured real estate, with recent work including the £70 million acquisition of Lanes Shopping Centre and other properties for a limited partnership.

Jonathan Lewis advises investors and developers on real estate matters in the industrial, office, retail and hospitality spaces.

Tim Westhead focuses on development, portfolio acquisitions, joint ventures and structuring. He is active in the student accommodation and retail sectors.

Significant clients F&C REIT, UBS, Delancey, Heron, Aberdeen Asset Management.

Restructuring/Insolvency - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department

- 7 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly commercial team with specialist expertise in real estate and technology-based restructurings and insolvencies. In-depth experience of the European market, demonstrating sophisticated understanding of cross-border transactions.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Commercial awareness: "They have proven themselves to be a commercially minded team, they understand commercial objectives and ensure that we understand the commercial risks."

Problem-solving: "They stand out for being solution-driven. They are lateral thinkers who assess the risks and think how to resolve them."

What's new? New clients include Hatfield Philips International.

Work highlights Advised the management of Town Centre Restaurants on the company's pre-pack administration sale to a vehicle owned by management and backed by Clydesdale Bank.

Advised PwC as administrators of Folksam International Insurance Company throughout the company's administration process.

Notable practitioners

Alicia Videon earns high praise from interviewees. One source comments: "She is incredibly responsive, responds quickly and always finds solutions to problems, even when the answers are not obvious." She regularly advises both domestic and European banks.

Significant clients Kaupthing, Landesbank Berlin, F&C REIT Asset Management, Deutsche Hypothekenbank, BDO.

Tax - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong focus on the media, technology and property sectors, building upon the strong foundations that the wider firm has built in these areas. Assists clients with M&A, restructurings, private equity transactions, property tax and transfer pricing.

Work highlights Assisted Vodafone UK on the corporation tax, SDLT and transfer pricing aspects of Project Beacon, its joint venture with O2. 

Advised ITV on tax aspects of its acquisition of So Television.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Mark Joscelyne has a broad practice encompassing tax planning, M&A, private equity and restructuring matters, amongst others. 

Graham Chase advises on a range of corporate tax matters, and receives particular acclaim for his capacity to assist clients with property tax matters.

Stephen Hignett's tax practice is strongly focused upon the media and technology sectors, and he also handles matters in the gambling, property and leisure industries.

Natasha Kaye's diverse corporate tax practice spans clients in the media, technology, private equity and property spheres.

Significant clients BBC Worldwide, Better Capital, Delancey Real Estate Asset, F&C Reit Asset Management, Heron/Ronson Capital Partners.

Employment - Thames Valley

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partners
- 8 other qualified practitioners 
- Office locations ranked: Reading

What the team is known for Advising household-name and international clients on the full range of employment law matters. Noted for its expertise in TUPE and other matters relating to transactional activity.

Work highlights Advised Vodafone on the employment aspects of its link-up with Telefónica to create 2G and 3G mobile coverage networks.

Notable practitioners  

Gary Henderson heads the Reading employment practice. He is well rated by peers and clients alike.

Anita Wisby is highly rated by peers. Her practice has a focus on contentious issues.

Senior associate Dominic Holmes focuses on TUPE issues relating to outsourcings, business transfers and takeovers.

Rachel Lamb is noted by sources for her thorough and tenacious nature.

Significant clients Microsoft, Ernst & Young, Nationwide Building Society, BMW, Timberland.

Since publication, Dominic Holmes has joined Taylor Vinters

Administrative & Public Law - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 7 other lawyers

What the team is known for Acts for claimants and defendants in a variety of matters arising in the regulated industries sector. Noted for its expertise in cases involving media, telecoms, broadcasting and gambling.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Breadth of services: "They have really good quality work in a variety of fields. They attract big cases and they handle them very well."

Market standing: "One of the key players in this area."

Work highlights Advised ITV on an Ofcom investigation into an incident in which Philip Schofield, live on the 'This Morning' programme, handed to the Prime Minister a list of individuals putatively implicated in child sex abuse revelations.

Acted for Ingenious Media Holdings in a judicial review of HMRC's decision to disclose information about taxpayers to journalists, in supposedly off-the-record briefings.

Notable practitioners  

Dan Tench heads the firm's commercial litigation department. He specialises in defending and bringing substantial judicial review challenges, and in advising defendants and claimants in the media and sports sectors.

Significant clients William Hill, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Virgin Media, Verizon, Global Crossing.

Capital Markets - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 8 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Offers notable strength in key sectors such as real estate, technology, and media and telecommunications. Also has significant experience advising on AIM takeovers under the UK Takeover Code.

What's new? Robert Willis and Andrew Stott were both promoted to partner. Both are experienced across the full spectrum of equity capital markets transactions.  

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Maxima Holdings in relation to its acquisition by Redstone, conducted via scheme of arrangement. The transaction was valued at £9.9 million.

Advised television and film distributor Content Media in connection with its delisting from AIM. This process involved a restructuring of share capital.

Notable practitioners  

Paul Blackmore is head of the department and a key contact.

Significant clients Imagination Technologies, M&C Saatchi, RWS Holdings, Cineworld Group, Telit Communications.

Construction - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Wide expertise in construction matters, particularly on the contentious side. The team is adept at handling matters in a variety of areas, including retail, residential, sport, education and commercial. It also has international capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "They work in tandem with the client and it's almost like they're in-house and there to do the job how you want."

Client service: "They're extremely helpful; I'm delighted with the service they offer."

What's new? New clients include Benson Elliott Capital Management, Dastur Trading and Medallia. 

Work highlights Acted for Capital & Regional on construction matters related to its acquisition of the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch. 

Acted for Liberty Living on the construction aspects of its purchase of student accommodation in Newcastle.

Notable practitioners  

Francis Ho is the key contact.

Significant clients UBS Global Asset Management, Aberdeen Asset Management, Tottenham Hotspur, F&C Reit, Benson Elliott. 

Data Protection - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners
- 6 associates

What the team is known for Noted for its commercial data protection and IT work. Clients benefit from a strong litigation presence and a crisis and reputation management team.

What's new? Ross McKean joins the team from Baker & McKenzie as head of data protection, whilst Ashley Hurst has been promoted to partner.

Work highlights Assisted Visa Europe with the data protection aspects involved in the roll-out of the company's digital wallet platform across Europe.

Notable practitioners  

Ross McKean is commended for his expertise in the area. Clients point to his technical ability.

Significant clients BAE Systems, BP, JK Rowling, Microsoft, News International.

Defamation/Reputation Management - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Equally strong in representing both claimants and defendants. A burgeoning practice advising on online issues that continues to grow year on year. Clients include well-known newspaper groups, high-profile individuals, and internet and technology clients.

What's new? Ashley Hurst was promoted to partner.

Work highlights Worked with News Group Newspapers on the first tranche of civil claims relating to voice mail interception and the establishment of a compensation scheme.

Advised ITV on a claim by Lord McAlpine relating to 'This Morning' presenter Phillip Schofield handing Prime Minister David Cameron a list of suspected paedophiles during a live interview.

Notable practitioners  

Dan Tench is noted for his effectiveness n handling matters. He played a lead role in the firm's various work for News Group Newspapers, including defending The Sun against a claim brought by Hina Parekh.

Geraldine Proudler is highly sought after for her media litigation expertise. Clients point to her high level of commercial awareness.

Ashley Hurst is noted for his internet-based defamation expertise. He is praised for his client service skills.

Significant clients ITV, Microsoft, BP, Nationwide Building Society, The Guardian.  

Life Sciences - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 14 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Developing a cross-disciplinary life sciences practice that draws on the firm's strengths in patent and trade mark concerns. Capable in dealing with a wide range of issues, from advisory work to litigation.

Work highlights Represented Resolution Chemicals in a High Court patent validity claim against Lundbeck.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Burdon undertakes a range of work, including patent litigation. He is well regarded by sources for his expertise and experience.

Stephen Reese is singled out for his knowledge and attention to detail, as well as his ability to provide pragmatic advice.

Stephen Rosen is noted for his expertise in transactional life sciences concerns, particularly joint ventures and private equity deals.

Significant clients Vectura Group, Kinetic Concepts, Kymab, GlaxoSmithKline, Wellcome Trust.

Media & Entertainment - UK-wide

What the team is known for Well known for the quality and extent of its media and entertainment practice, which is in part underpinned by a historic concentration on intellectual and technology law. Areas of expertise include film and TV, publishing, music and digital media.

Work highlights Advised ITV on its handling of a libel claim brought by former Conservative Party treasurer Lord McAlpine of West Green and its response to the related Ofcom investigation.

Advised Columbia Pictures Industries on the structuring of the films 'Total Recall' and 'Captain Phillips' with regard to the UK film tax credit regime.  

Notable practitioners

Jacqueline Hurt engages in the content creation, financing and distribution aspects of film production.

Selina Potter advises broadcasters and audio-visual distributors on commercial contracts for the production and delivery of content.

John Enser is head of the firm's music practice, and is a noted expert on data and digital technology law.

Victoria Gaskell advises on commercial and regulatory matters affecting broadcasters and digital platform providers.  

Mark Devereux is a much-admired figure across the spectrum of media and entertainment, coming in for particular praise for his film and television work.

Steven Corney has led the team's litigation efforts on behalf of a number of top organisations.

Clive Gringras heads the firm's technology practice and takes a strong interest in new media and e-commerce.

David Zeffman is one of the UK's leading advisers to clients operating in sports, gambling and online television. He is lauded for his leadership qualities and knowledge of the law concerning broadcast rights. 

Significant clients Aegis, BBC Worldwide, Guardian Media Group, MGM, Warner Music Group.

Outsourcing - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department

- 10 partners
- 20 associates
- Office locations ranked: London 

What the team is known for A strong emphasis on the media and digital sectors, attracting high-profile technology work including cloud solutions and IT infrastructure. Retains an impressive spread of expertise in advising private sector suppliers and customers.  

What's new? The firm has made a number of notable lateral hires from leading City practices, namely Ian Ferguson, Ross McKean and Craig Rattray.

Work highlights Advised BP on a next-generation global messaging service with T-Systems and migration of the operation to a centralised cloud service.

Assisted Legal & General with the outsourcing of its property funds portfolio management to various agents.

Notable practitioners  

Dominic Dryden has an excellent reputation for complex IT, business process and enterprise procurement transactions. 

Recent recruit Ross McKean receives much praise for technology outsourcings. 

Matthew Bennett is commended for his expertise in technology outsourcings and for his strong links to supplier clients. 

Significant clients BP, BAE Systems, Deutsche Post-DHL, T-Systems, Unilever.  

Private Equity - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents an impressive roster of mid-market private equity houses, management teams and companies on a variety of transactions. Continues to advise clients in the venture capital arena.

What's new? Appointed to the panel of venture capital investor Octopus Investments.

Work highlights Represented the management of Pizza Hut (UK) in the £20 million sale of its dine-in restaurant business to Rutland.

Advised the shareholders of NES Global Talent on the £234 million sale of the company to funds advised by AEA Investors.

Notable practitioners  

Stephen Rosen's highlights include advising ISIS Equity on its £5.2 million investment into restaurant group Pho 2012.

Fabrizio Carpanini advised the shareholders of NES on its sale for £234 million. He heads the corporate group.

Chris Mackie advised Hailo on its funding round led by Accel.

Duncan McDonald advised Chamonix Private Equity on the acquisition of Peverel Retirement Homes for up to £62 million. He is well regarded for his advice on a range of private equity transactions.

Significant clients ISIS Equity, Chamonix Private Equity, NBGI PE, Primary Capital, Graphite Capital Management.

Retail - UK-wide

What the team is known for Represents an impressive client base which includes top luxury brands, leading online luxury fashion companies and high-street retailers. Particularly well regarded for its IP and brand protection expertise, in addition to an active corporate practice. 

Work highlights Advises River Island on all its IP matters, including 16 design rights infringement claims in the last year.

Provides IP and commercial advice to Stella McCartney, including on infringement cases and the expansion of the business in emerging markets.

Notable practitioners  

David Roberts leads the retail department and is the main contact.

Significant clients NET-A-PORTER, Richemont, Stella McCartney, H&M, Hugo Boss.

Sports Law - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents media companies in broadcasting and other media rights matters. Also has a significant litigation practice and a strong betting, gaming and gambling practice, allied to strong corporate transactional capabilities. 

Work highlights Advised global sports, fashion and media company IMG Media on the acquisition of a majority share in Danish company Enetpulse, a global provider of live sports data.

Represents Lionel Messi and Sport Consultants in an action against Sport Enterprises, relating to the exploitation of image rights. 

Notable practitioners  

David Zeffman has tremendous experience, particularly in matters relating to broadcasting and gambling. He has been advising the British Horseracing Authority and then William Hill on the amount of horserace betting levy paid by betting exchanges. 

Significant clients Tottenham Hotspur FC, The British Horseracing Authority, FIFA, Sports New Media, Arena Racing Company.

Tax - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London

What the team is known for Assists clients with tax investigations and litigation at all court levels, including disputes concerning SDLT, VAT and transfer pricing. Noted specialisms in representing clients in the property, gambling and film sectors.

What's new? New client wins include William Hill and Ingenious Media Holdings.

Work highlights Acted for Ingenious Media Holdings and its Chief Executive, Patrick McKenna, on an application for a judicial review of an HMRC decision to disclose information about taxpayers to journalists 'off the record'. 

Acted for William Hill in a judicial review of a Horseracing Betting Levy Board decision concerning gambling tax.

Notable practitioners Stephen Hignett is a key contact at the firm.

Significant clients Warner Music Group, British Horseracing Authority, Creston, Delancey Real Estate Asset Management, MGt plc.

Telecommunications - UK-wide

What the team is known for Highly capable practice noted for advising clients on the launch of new platforms and services as well as providing regulatory and commercial support. Often involved in pioneering projects within the industry. 

What's new? Partner Ross McKean joined the practice from Baker & McKenzie.

Rob Bratby has moved from London to become managing partner of the firm's Singapore office. 

Work highlights Advised Vodafone on a network sharing arrangement with Telefónica (Project Beacon) that seeks to provide 2G and 3G access to the majority of households in 2015.

Represented various network operators as interveners in an appeal brought by BT against Ofcom, successfully securing the cost awards totalling £41.7 million as a result of BT's overcharging on its wholesale leased lines. 

Notable practitioners

Head of department Purvi Parekh provides regulatory, strategic and commercial support to clients. Parekh was the key adviser to Vodafone on Project Beacon.

Significant clients Belgacom, Cable & Wireless, Telefónica, Vodafone.