Senior Partner: CEO: Sharon White
Number of partners: 170
Number of other lawyers: 500
Arbitration: Louis Flannery
Aviation Finance: Richard Parsons
Aviation Litigation: Paul Phillips
Banking: James Linforth
Commercial: Dan Holland
Commercial Litigation: John Fordham
Commodities: Haris Zografakis
Competition: Marta Garcia
Construction: Paul Thwaite
Consumer: Andrew McLean
Corporate Finance: Duncan Stiles
Employee Incentives: Barbara Allen
Employment & Pensions: Mark Catchpole
Energy: Andrew McLean
Fine Art: Stephen Roberts
Fraud & Asset Tracing: Alan Bercow
Funds: William Saunders
Hotels & Leisure: Robert Newman
Insurance: Alex Davis
Intellectual Property: Eifion Morris
Life Sciences: Andrew Edge
Marine & International Trade: Mike Phillips
Offshore Construction: Stuart Beadnall
Private Equity: Jonathan Pittal
Private Wealth: James Quarmby
Projects: Jonathan Cripps
Rail: Graeme McLellan
Real Estate: Jonathon Wilkes
Real Estate Finance: Paul Hayward-Surry
Real Estate Litigation: Andrew Myers
Regulatory Litigation: Tony Woodcock
Restructuring & Insolvency: Stuart Frith, Susan Moore
Sanctions: Sue Millar Ship
Finance: Ian Mace
Tax: Hugo Jenney
THE FIRM Stephenson Harwood is a law firm with over 1,000 people worldwide, including more than 170 partners. The firm’s people are committed to achieving the goals of clients – listed and private companies, institutions and individuals. Stephenson Harwood assembles teams of bright thinkers to match its clients’ needs and give the right advice from the right person at the right time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talent to overcome the most complex issues, the firm delivers pragmatic, expert advice that is set squarely in the real world. The firm is headquartered in London, with ten offices across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In addition, the firm has forged close ties with other high quality law firms. This diverse mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Stephenson Harwood has recognised market-leading strengths in five key areas: finance; commercial litigation, arbitration and regulation; corporate finance; marine and international trade; and real estate. Its offering is underpinned by in-depth market knowledge related to all of these areas, backed by a full range of ancillary legal services attuned to the needs of clients within each area.
The team’s expertise covers a very broad range of assets that includes shipping, aviation, rail, heavy equipment, oil and gas, ports and airports, real estate and renewables. Clients include global and domestic lenders, arrangers, sponsors and borrowers.
Commercial Litigation, Arbitration & Regulation:
The team has a track record for advising clients on their most challenging disputes – and have over the years acted on many of the largest cases in the commercial courts. The team is highly respected among its peers. In addition to the firm’s own clients, Stephenson Harwood is frequently referred work by many of the top international law firms when they are faced with conflict situations.
The team’s core services include M&A, takeovers, joint ventures, IPOs, private equity and venture capital. The client base is international and includes listed and privately-owned companies, management teams, banks and private equity houses. The team operates across a broad range of industries, but has a particularly strong track record in the consumer, energy and resources, financial services, pharmaceuticals and transportation sectors.
Marine & International Trade:
The size of the team and depth of its experience mean that Stephenson Harwood is well placed to advise on any shipping or trade-related concern – from the most complex marine incident or financing structure to the more straightforward sale and purchase dispute or cargo claim. Clients include many of the world’s largest ship owners, ship yards, banks, insurers, P&I clubs, offshore services companies and commodity traders.
The team advises on investment acquisitions and disposals, financings, development projects, sale and leasebacks and other structures, as well as ongoing property management matters. It has extensive experience of real estate development and regeneration, securing planning permissions and advising on environmental issues. Clients include property companies, institutional investors and financiers, fund managers, high net worth individuals, hotel groups, public sector bodies and corporate occupiers.
OTHER PRACTICE AREAS Banking; commercial; contentious trusts; employment; environment; funds; intellectual property; pensions; projects; restructuring and insolvency; tax and private wealth.
OTHER OFFICES Beijing, Dubai, Hong Kong, Paris, Piraeus, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Yangon.
ASSOCIATED OFFICES Athens, Bucharest, Guangzhou, Jakarta.