Thomas Cooper ranked in Legal 500 UK 2017 Results

Legal 500 have just published the new directory and we are pleased to advise that our Shipping, Finance, both Commodities and Trade teams, Sport and Insurance groups have been ranked and accredited. Legal 500 guides are the culmination of thousands of in-depth interviews and are trusted globally to objectively rank the world’s best lawyers and law firms so we are particularly pleased that eighteen of our UK lawyers have been featured/highlighted in the results. Please see below comments surrounding the London office and our lawyers areas of expertise:

“As well as business interruption claims, Thomas Cooper LLP is well respected for war and terrorism matters, port and political risks, and onshore and offshore insurance, among other work. Celso de Azevedo handles London and Latin American matters, where he acts in cross-border disputes concerning cyber risks, property, energy losses and various other claims. Shipping specialist Ben Browne is singled out for casualty and offshore construction-related mandates. His clients include International Union of Marine Insurance and London marine property underwriters. Richard Morris is another name to note”.

“Thomas Cooper LLP has a long track record in the international trade and commodities market, and the practice sits alongside the firm’s strong shipping and trade finance practice. The team, led by Charles Williams, regularly acts for banks and commodity trading houses. Williams has notable skills in disputes in the energy sector, and Lisa Hillary is well regarded for shipping and trade disputes, with a niche in commodities and energy matters. Senior partner Tim Kelleher also handles contentious matters concerning oil, petrochemicals and soft commodities”.

“Thomas Cooper LLP has a longstanding reputation for trade and commodity finance, partly due to its strong relationships with international banks. Grant Eldred leads the firm’s finance group and has extensive experience in structured trade finance work; his clients include a number of overseas banks with branches in London. Also recommended are head of international trade and commodities Charles Williams, and Alex Monk, whose recent work includes advice to arrangers on a syndicated $210m prepayment facility to an international commodity trader’s Brazilian sugar export business secured against sugar crops and receivables”.

“Thomas Cooper LLP handles a range of wet and dry shipping-related mandates, with an emphasis on cargo claims, marine casualty, insurance, piracy, shipbuilding, and contractual disputes. Wet work specialist Darryl Kennard heads the team, which includes Tim Kelleher, who handles commercial disputes; dry shipping specialist Ceri Done; Tom Moisley, who handles casualty matters; and Richard Morris, who advises on collisions and salvage matters. Lisa Hillary, Charles Williams, John Strange, Rachel Mills and Ben Browne are also recommended. James Severn and Nick Donnelly were promoted to partner, and Mark Sachs recently relocated to the London office to lead the Japan and China team”.

“Thomas Cooper LLP has a ‘very good team’ comprising commercial lawyers, regulatory experts and ‘excellent litigators’, all of whom are ‘great to have in your corner’. Football is the group’s core focus. The ‘sensible, commercial, approachable and smartJames Severn, who made partner in May 2016, jointly heads the practice with employment expert Nick Humphreys, who acted for former assistant manager Nigel Gibbs in a wrongful dismissal case brought against Leeds United FC. Domestic and international football disputes are a key strength of the practice. Humphreys and associate Alex Brooks represented footballer Jordan McMillan and his intermediary in appealing a two-year ban handed down by the National Anti-Doping Panel; the ban was reduced”.

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About the contributors

  • Tim Kelleher Senior Partner

    Tim is the firm’s senior partner and is based in the London office. He is a member of our casualty response team and specialises in commercial shipping problems.

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  • Celso de Azevedo Partner

    Celso has extensive experience of regulatory, reinsurance and coverage litigation in Latin America and has recently acted in international reinsurance arbitrations and high value losses.

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  • Ceri Done Partner

    Advises on both ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ shipping matters and has been involved in disputes arising out of general average, collisions, ship sale and purchase, FFA contracts, COAs, and charterparties.

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  • Nick Donnelly Partner

    Nick is a Partner in the shipping group of our London office and a member of our casualty response team. He handles both ‘dry’ and ‘wet’ work with particular focus on collisions, salvage, and towage. He also advises on general yachting matters invo

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  • Grant Eldred Partner

    Grant is a partner and the head of our Finance Group. He specialises in banking law including bilateral and syndicated secured and unsecured lending, trade finance and banking regulation and compliance.

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  • Lisa Hillary Partner

    Lisa is a Partner in the London Office and a member of the Shipping and International Trade and Commodities Group and the Energy Team.

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  • Nick Humphreys Partner

    Nick has acted for numerous multi-national, publically listed corporations as well as public and third sector clients. His clients include travel sector clients, industrial conglomerates, hotels, media organisations, marine businesses and charities

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  • Darryl Kennard Partner

    Darryl is a partner in our London office and a lead member of our casualty response team. Darryl is one of the few shipping lawyers specialising in both 'wet' and 'dry' work from collisions, salvage, piracy, total losses, fires and groundings...

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  • Rachel Mills Partner

    Rachel has experience in all aspects of commercial litigation and dispute resolution involving contractual issues, insurance disputes and personal injury and fatality claims.

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  • Tom Moisley Partner

    Tom is a partner in the Shipping Group in our London office. His practice includes casualty work, contractual disputes, including those arising out of charter parties, ship management contracts and bills of lading.

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  • Alex Monk Partner

    Alex has a wide finance transaction experience with a particular focus on trade and commodity finance transactions acting for banks, financial institutions and corporates.

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  • Mark Sachs Partner

    Mark has a broad practice in shipping, commodity and commercial litigation. He has conducted (either as counsel or lead partner) arbitrations in London, Singapore, China, Hong Kong and Stockholm. He also has considerable wet shipping experience.

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  • James Severn Partner

    James is a sport and litigation solicitor and a partner in our Marine Commercial Litigation group. James has a broad commercial litigation and dispute resolution practice with a particular focus on shipping and insurance disputes...

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  • John Strange Partner

    John is a partner in our London office and a member of our casualty response team. He specialises in personal injury and shipping cases with particular emphasis on the cruise and ferry industry.

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  • Charles Williams Partner

    Charles is a senior partner in our London office. He specialises in shipping, trade and trade Finance disputes, in particular in relation to bills of lading and charterparties and sale of goods disputes.

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  • Alex Brooks Solicitor

    Alex advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious employment law and HR issues and acts for both employers and individuals on employment tribunal claims involving unfair dismissal, discrimination, breach of contract and whistleblowing

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  • Ben Browne Consultant

    Ben is a member of our Shipping group and a member of the Emergency Response team. He specialises in Insurance and Reinsurance work and has a particular emphasis on casualty work.

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  • Richard Morris Consultant

    Richard is a partner in our London office and a member of our casualty response team. He specialises in shipping with particular emphasis on admiralty law.

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