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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 166
  • Number of other UK legal staff 493

THE FIRM The firm is one of a small number of law firms which provides personalised, considered advice to dynamic and entrepreneurial organisations, as well as astutely commercial advice to individuals and their families. The firm is perfectly positioned to provide comprehensive advice where these two sets of needs overlap and as a result they work with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, wealthy families and growth businesses. Their approach is to take both a long-term and broad view, helping their clients to make the right decisions now and for the future. They adapt to the needs of each of their clients and work with them in a highly responsive and personal way, sensitively guiding them to the right outcome. Many much larger commercial clients find their approach a refreshing alternative to that of larger, but less personal law firms. They are based in London with a network of international offices and other associations. Their focus is based around a number of key industry sectors and practice area specialisms and they advise clients in the UK and across the world.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK The firm has a focus on a number of industry sectors and has developed expertise in the Charities & Not-for-Profit, Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Services, Healthcare, Private Wealth, Real Estate & Construction, Retail & Leisure, Sport and Technology, Media & Telecommunications sectors. Their work within these industries includes the following:
Banking & Finance: Focusing on borrower work in all sectors, particularly real estate finance and projects, bank lender work in the Middle East and elsewhere and non-bank lender work, including mezzanine finance, corporate finance support, and structured finance.
Commercial: Focusing on complex work from corporate organisations requiring regular commercial contracting support, including compliance & corporate risk, EU, competition & trade, IP transactions & licensing and outsourcing.
Commercial Dispute Resolution: Undertaking all types of litigation, arbitration and mediation both in the UK and internationally, and has particular expertise in commercial disputes, corporate recovery & insolvency, judicial review and fraud.
Construction Engineering & Projects: Focusing on London development work, major construction contractors and suppliers, large engineering and construction consultancies, and PPP/PFI projects.
Corporate: Advising on a wide range of issues, including flotations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity and venture capital financings. Specialist teams provide advice on all types of commercial contracts and outsourcing arrangements and have particular expertise in data protection issues, competition matters and tax.
Corporate Recovery & Insolvency: Undertaking both contentious and transactional work for insolvency practitioners, often with an international component.
Employment, Pensions & Immigration: Providing corporate clients with strategic insights and practical solutions for all their EPI issues as well as advising senior individuals on a personal basis. Family: Advising individuals and intermediaries on matters concerning family breakdown, children and relationship agreements.
Financial Services & Tax: assisting clients with their everyday regulatory and legal issues, as well as focusing on advising on transactional and strategic matters.
Healthcare: Providing a comprehensive range of transactional, regulatory and advisory expertise to deliver an integrated service to clients in the social care, primary care, dental and veterinary sectors.
Intellectual Property: Advising on all types of contentious and non-contentious work, including copyright, patents, trademarks, registered designs, database rights, passing off and confidential information.
Private Property: Working with international banks, private investment companies, and private individuals from the UK and overseas, advising on UK and international investment property transactions.
Property Litigation: A dvising major institutional land and estate-owning clients, in particular in London, the South East, and the South West and for property insolvency related work.
Real Estate: Advising on every aspect of commercial property, including the structuring and financing of property transactions, planning a development, advising on landlord/tenant issues or managing a property portfolio.
Tax, Trusts & Succession: Advising individuals, trustees, beneficiaries, entrepreneurs and landowners on the establishment and management of trusts and on the tax implications associated with the establishment and running of the structure.

  • Contacts - SECTORS 
  • Charities & Not-for-Profit Mike Scott
  • Energy & Natural Resources Clive Hopewell, Chris Putt
  • Financial Services Jon Bond
  • Healthcare Tim Jenkins, William Nash
  • Private Wealth Ian Cooke
  • Real Estate & Construction Simon Ewing
  • Retail & Leisure Edward Craig
  • Sports Jon Ellis, Ian Lynam
  • TMT Mark Bailey, Mark Howard 
  • Contacts - SERVICES  
  • Banking & Finance Paul Kay
  • Commercial Jason Saiban
  • Commercial Dispute Resolution Stewart Hey
  • Construction, Engineering & Projects David Savage
  • Contentious Trusts & Estates Duncan Elson
  • Corporate Tom Shaw
  • Corporate Recovery & Insolvency James Hyne
  • Employment, Pensions & Immigration Mike Powner
  • Family Sarah Higgins
  • Financial Services & Tax James Carter
  • Healthcare Noel Wardle
  • IP Ian Wood
  • Private Property Ian Cooke 
  • Property Litigation Rob Highmore 
  • Real Estate Mark Smith
  • Tax, Trusts & Succession John Ward 
  • Contacts - OFFICES 
  • Cheltenham Richard Norton
  • Doha Simon Green
  • Geneva Michael Wells-Greco
  • Guildford Duncan Elson
  • Luxembourg David Louis
  • Manama Patrick Gearon
  • Paris Frederic Jeannin
  • 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