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Charles Russell Speechlys

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Senior Partner: Christopher Page
Managing Partner: Simon Ridpath
Number of UK partners: 145
Number of other UK legal staff: 440

Sarah Rowley
Construction & Infrastructure: David Savage
Financial Services: Jon Bond
Michael Lingens, Noel Wardle
Private Wealth: Piers Master
Real Estate: Simon Ewing
Retail & Leisure:
Edward Craig
Sport: Nic Couchman, Jason Saiban
Technology, Media & Telecommunications: Mark Bailey, Mark Howard

Banking & Finance: Paul Kay
Commercial: Jason Saiban
Commercial Dispute Resolution: Stewart Hey
Construction, Engineering & Projects: Steven Carey
Corporate: Malcolm MacDougall
Corporate Recovery & Insolvency: James Hyne
Corporate Tax: James Carter
Employment, Pensions & Immigration: Nick Hurley
Family: Sarah Higgins
Financial Service Regulation & Funds: Jonathan Bayliss
Healthcare Regulation: Noel Wardle
Intellectual Property: Mary Bagnall
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: Duncan Elson
Private Client: Bart Peerless
Private Equity: Malcolm MacDougall
Private Property: Thomas Moran Private
Wealth Disputes: Graeme Kleiner
Property Litigation: David Haines

INTERNATIONAL OFFICES Manama, Bahrain; Hong Kong, China; Paris, France; Ville de Luxembourg; Doha, Qatar; Geneva and Zurich, Switzerland; Dubai, UAE

Charles Russell Speechlys provides personalised, considered advice to dynamic and entrepreneurial organisations, as well as astutely commercial advice to individuals and their families. As a result, the firm is positioned to provide comprehensive advice where these two sets of needs overlap, working with some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, wealthy families and growth businesses.

Charles Russell Speechlys takes a broad, long-term view, helping clients to make the right decisions now and for the future. The firm adapts to its clients’ needs, working with them in a responsive and personal way. Many much larger commercial clients find the firm’s approach a refreshing alternative to that of larger, but less personal law firms.

The firm is headquartered in London with a network of international offices and associations that provide the global breadth to match its clients’ needs.

Charles Russell Speechlys is known for its expertise in the private wealth, real estate and construction, retail and leisure, sport, technology, media and telecommunications, financial services, charities and not-for-profit, and healthcare sectors.

The firm’s 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 and corporate risk, EU, competition and trade, IP transactions and 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 and insolvency, judicial review and fraud.
Construction, Engineering & Projects: Focusing on commercial clients across a wide range of business sectors, but with a particular emphasis on real estate developers, property investment companies, contractors, and major engineering consultancies. The firm also advises high net worth individuals when undertaking high value residential construction 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: Advising 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.
Sport: Advising governing bodies, major clubs, elite athletes, brands and agencies across the full spectrum of sports, including football, rugby, horse racing, Formula 1, cricket, e-sports, boxing, tennis, greyhound racing, athletics, cycling and many more.
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.