Number of partners: 9
Number of counsel: 14
Number of associates: 23
Other fee-earners: 25
Other Offices: Beijing, Berlin, Boston, Brussels, Denver, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
Cartel Defence: Stephen Pollard
Financial Services Enforcement: Stephen Pollard
Intellectual Property Litigation: Justin Watts
International Arbitration & Litigation: Gary Born, Franz Schwarz
Investigations & Criminal Litigation: Stephen Pollard
THE FIRM WilmerHale is a leading, full-service international law firm with 1,000 lawyers located throughout 13 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm’s lawyers work at the intersection of government, technology and business, and remain committed to our guiding principles of:
■ Providing quality, world-class legal and client services
■ Developing diversity among lawyers and staff
■ Fostering an environment that promotes an entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration and collegiality by drawing on the exceptional talents and varied experience of the firm’s lawyers
■ Encouraging lawyers and staff to perform public service and give back to the community through pro bono work, government service, service to the bar, teaching, and supporting public institutions and charitable organisations
■ Hiring and retaining exceptionally talented lawyers who possess the common trait of outstanding academic and personal achievements.
WilmerHale’s London team is more than 70 strong and focuses specifically on international arbitration, investigations and criminal litigation, financial services enforcement and intellectual property litigation matters. With lawyers qualified in the UK, US and many of the major European, Latin American and Asian jurisdictions, the office has a pronounced global orientation that is reflected both in its work and its culture.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE
International Arbitration & Litigation: 77%
Investigations, Criminal Litigation & Financial Services Enforcement: 16%
Intellectual Property Litigation: 7%
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK
London is home to WilmerHale’s preeminent international arbitration practice, which is instructed by companies, States and individuals. The team is involved in disputes in all parts of the world, under all leading institutional rules. The practice is devoted exclusively to international arbitration and handles all its own advocacy. WilmerHale lawyers also serve as arbitrators, mediators and expert witnesses on issues of international dispute resolution. The team has particular experience in disputes involving energy and oil and gas, joint ventures and M&A, financial services, states or state-entities, intellectual property, construction and engineering, international trade, securities and competition law, insurance and reinsurance, and telecommunications.
Investigations & Criminal Litigation:
The firm’s investigations and criminal litigation lawyers advise on all aspects of criminal and regulatory investigations, working across jurisdictions on matters such as fraud, insider dealing, market abuse, bribery and corruption, money laundering and cartel defence. The team acts in corporate investigations for some of the largest companies in the world, as well as for senior individuals who are the subject of investigations by the Serious Fraud Office or Financial Conduct Authority. The team also provides UK advice in matters emanating from the US and other jurisdictions in which WilmerHale has a strong presence.
Financial Services Enforcement:
The firm’s UK financial services lawyers are experienced in all aspects of FCA-related enforcement action, with particular experience in representing senior executives facing regulatory exposure.
Intellectual Property Litigation:
WilmerHale has one of the leading IP litigation practices in the world. The firm’s highly regarded UK practitioners have tried some of Europe’s most high-profile cases, including cases in the House of Lords, the UK Supreme Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union. The practice advises clients across the full range of intellectual property disputes, including those relating to patents, breach of confidence and trade secrets, trademarks, passing off, domain names, copyright, registered designs and design right.
Public Service & Pro Bono
The firm’s commitment to providing a voice for all is demonstrated through the pro bono contributions of our London team, which range from working on freedom of expression cases in Europe and Africa to supporting criminal justice reform in the UK. Through these efforts, the firm works to enhance the quality of life for many in our local neighbourhoods and around the globe.
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity is a guiding principle of WilmerHale and a key driver of the value the firm provides to clients. The range of perspectives, backgrounds and talents of the firm’s lawyers helps develop creative and effective solutions for clients’ most complex and challenging legal issues. Collaboration and collegiality are additional guiding principles that reflect the firm’s commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace.
Legal excellence. Dedication to clients. Commitment to public service.