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Travers Smith LLP

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Managing Partner: David Patient
Senior Partner: Chris Hale
Number of partners: 76
Associate solicitors: 213
Other fee-earners: 111
Number of partners:
Associate solicitors: 2

Tom Purton
Corporate: Spencer Summerfield
Corporate Finance: Neal Watson
Dispute Resolution:
Rob Fell
Employee Incentives: Mahesh Varia
Ed Mills
Environment & Operational Regulatory: Douglas Bryden
EU/Competition: Nigel Seay
Finance: Matthew Ayre
Financial Services & regulatory:
Tim Lewis
Investment Funds:
Sam Kay
M&A: Spencer Summerfield
Daniel Gerring
Private Equity:
Paul Dolman
Real Estate: Simon Rutman
Regulatory Investigations:
Rob Fell, Tim Lewis
Simon Skinner

THE FIRM Travers Smith is an international law firm, which acts for publicly-listed and private companies, financial institutions and private equity clients, as well as other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border matters and transactions.

Over the years, the firm has nurtured a confident and collaborative approach to delivering excellence in an ever-changing legal landscape. As a result, it has carved a reputation for enterprising thinking and uncompromising quality.

Technical excellence underpins everything Travers Smith does and the firm strives to provide user-friendly legal advice that is relevant to clients’ needs. The firm does not seek to provide clients with a master class in the finer points of law, but cuts through the legalese to deliver clear guidance. This approach has attracted a long list of loyal clients to the firm.

The key to the firm’s reputation is a partner-led service and uncompromising focus on quality control. Clients value the fact that teams assisting them are not in a constant state of flux, reflecting that Travers Smith has one of the lowest attrition rates in the City.

Corporate/Commercial/Financial Services: 40%
Dispute Resolution: 15%
Employment & Pensions: 10%
Finance: 15%
Real Estate: 10%
Tax: 10%

Travers Smith is a full-service law firm. The firm’s business comprises the following main practice areas: commercial, IP and technology, competition, corporate finance and M&A, dispute resolution, incentives and remuneration, employment, operational risk and environment, finance and restructuring, financial services and markets, investment funds, pensions, private equity, real estate, regulatory investigations, US securities and tax.

INTERNATIONAL For its international and cross-border work, Travers Smith has always favoured close relationships with other premium-quality independent law firms, deliberately avoiding formal networks and exclusive relationships. Instead, the firm has invested heavily in forming close ties with a number of carefully chosen preferred firms, ensuring that its clients have the very best experience and expertise at their disposal.

RECRUITMENT Travers Smith is always looking to recruit people from all backgrounds, with academic excellence and sound judgement who take their careers, but not themselves, seriously. The firm’s training philosophy is that skill and expertise are best acquired through practical experience, complemented by carefully targeted formal instruction. Great emphasis is placed on ensuring that trainees are actively involved in a broad range of work and the firm regularly wins awards for its training programmes. More information on Travers Smith’s graduate recruitment process can be found at


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