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 smart’ James 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”.