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Charles Russell Speechlys


Charles Russell Speechlys - London
  • Compass House
  • Lypiatt Road
  • Cheltenham
  • Gloucestershire
  • UK
  • GL50 2QJ
  • Senior Partner Christopher Page
  • Managing Partner James Carter
  • Number of UK partners 165
  • Number of other UK legal staff 479

The Firm Charles Russell Speechlys was created by the merger of Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham on 1 November 2014. The firm is one of a small number of major law firms which combine a pre-eminent private wealth practice with a significant business law capacity – offering an integrated service to wealthy individuals, family offices, wealth managers and large, privately held businesses throughout the UK and across the world. The firm provides specialist transactional and advisory services to major international corporates and privately owned businesses operating in the firm’s sectors of focus. The firm has significant strengths in the real estate and construction sectors, transactional expertise across the financial services sector and specialist employment, intellectual property and commercial teams advising public companies in sectors such as retail and leisure, sport and TMT. The firm operates through integrated teams across the firm’s international and regional office network. Charles Russell Speechlys is headquartered in London with regional offices in Cheltenham and Guildford and overseas offices in the following major wealth and business centres: Bahrain, Doha, Geneva, Luxembourg, Paris and Zurich. Other geographic areas of focus include the United States of America, Africa and the Caribbean.

Principal Areas of Work
Business Disputes:
Advising businesses and their owners on contractual disputes, complex fraud litigation and shareholder disputes.
Charities & Not-for-Profit: Advising educational, religious, environmental, medical, arts and other charities, professional bodies and institutions.
Energy & Natural Resources: Advising mining companies, the oil and gas industry, clean-tech companies, and those that invest in them, in particular in emerging markets.
Family: Advising individuals, both in the UK and overseas, and intermediaries, such as IFAs, accountants, banks, doctors and counsellors.
Financial Services: Advising asset and fund managers, dealers, brokers and custodians, investment and private banks, debt funds, pension funds, family offices and senior executives in financial institutions.
Healthcare & Life Sciences: Advising pharmacy and pharmaceutical companies, pharmacists, care home providers, dentists, vets and other healthcare providers and representative bodies.
Private Wealth: Advising high net worth individuals and their businesses in the UK and internationally, entities associated with them (such as companies, funds, partnerships and trusts) and their intermediary advisers (such as family offices, private banks, accountants and asset managers).
Real Estate & Construction: Advising international private and institutional property investors, banks, social housing providers, SIPPS advisers, corporate occupiers, developers, house-builders and contractors. Retail & Leisure: Advising high street retailers, leisure suppliers, fashion houses, fashion supply chain, restaurants and leisure suppliers. Sports: Advising sports regulatory bodies, sponsors, sports clubs, individual sportsmen and women.
TMT: Advising telecoms providers, clean-tech companies, IT companies, government departments and foreign governments.

Services: Charles Russell Speechlys is structured around four Divisions: Business Services, Private Client, Real Estate & Construction, and Litigation & Dispute Resolution.
Business Services: Comprising corporate, commercial, employment, pensions and immigration, financial services, corporate tax and banking and finance. The corporate group advises on a wide range of issues, including flotations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital financings. The commercial group advises on all types of commercial contracts and outsourcing arrangements and has a particular expertise in data protection issues. The specialist groups (financial services, tax and banking and finance) undertake the full range of transactional and advisory work, including fund structuring, regulatory advice, property finance, acquisition finance and Islamic finance. The firm also has one of the largest employment and pensions groups in the UK, providing a comprehensive service to companies and organisations, as well as individuals, in this fast-changing area.
Real Estate & Construction: Including real estate, construction, engineering and projects and real estate litigation. The Division operates across all major real estate sectors including commercial, residential and industrial property; strategic land regeneration and urban estates. The construction, engineering and projects group acts for contractors, as well as investors and developers and much of its work is international in nature, There is a particular emphasis on clients in the healthcare, education, retail and leisure sectors.
Private Client: Including tax & trusts, private property and family. The Division advises families and family offices, successful entrepreneurs, private banks and wealth managers in the UK and around the world. The focus is on delivering a truly integrated approach, helping clients to preserve and enhance their wealth through working closely with the specialist from the other Divisions on corporate and personal asset structuring, regulatory matters, tax, asset protection, philanthropic ventures and managing family issues. The family group has a leading reputation for advising on complex divorce and related issues.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Including commercial dispute resolution, corporate recovery and insolvency, contentious intellectual property, contentious trusts & estates, reputation management, healthcare, and advice to foreign governments. The Division handles all types of litigation, arbitration and mediation both in the UK and internationally, and has particular expertise in commercial disputes, sports regulation, judicial review and pharmacy. The intellectual property team has particular expertise in all types of contentious and non-contentious work, including copyright, patents, trademarks, registered designs, database rights, passing off and confidential information.

  • Contacts - SECTORS 
  • Business Disputes John Sykes
  • Charities & Not-for-Profit Mike Scott
  • Energy & Natural Resources Clive Hopewell, Chris Putt Family William Longrigg
  • Financial Services Elizabeth Budd, Jon Bond
  • Healthcare William Nash
  • Private Wealth Ian Cooke
  • Real Estate & Construction Simon Ewing
  • Retail & Leisure Edward Craig
  • Sports Jon Ellis, Ian Lynam
  • TMT Mark Bailey, Vanessa Barnett
  • Contacts - SERVICES  
  • Banking & Finance Paul Kay
  • Commercial Jason Saiban
  • Construction & Engineering David Savage
  • Corporate Tom Shaw
  • Corporate Tax James Carter
  • Employment, Pensions & Immigration Mike Powner
  • Family Sarah Higgins
  • Financial Services Nick Janmohamed
  • IP Ian Wood
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution Duncan Elson
  • Private Client Bart Peerless
  • Real Estate Mark Smith
  • Contacts - OFFICES 
  • Cheltenham Richard Norton
  • Guildford Duncan Elson
  • Bahrain Patrick Gearon
  • Geneva Catriona Syed
  • Luxembourg David Louis, Francoise Pfeiffer
  • Paris Frederic Jeannin
  • Qatar Simon Green
  • Zurich Mark Summers


  • One London Square,
  • Cross Lanes,
  • Guildford,
  • Surrey
  • UK
  • GU1 1UN
  • Tel (01483) 252525
  • Fax (01483) 252550
  • DX 2436 Guildford 1
  • Compass House,
  • Lypiatt Road,
  • Cheltenham,
  • Gloucestershire
  • UK
  • GL50 2QJ
  • Tel (01242) 221122
  • Fax (01242) 584700
  • DX 7442 Cheltenham 1