Thomas Cooper ranked in Legal 500 UK 2018 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:
“Thomas Cooper LLP is a key player in commodities and trade finance, with a strong flow of work in sugar, grain and vegetable oil cases under GAFTA and FOSFA arbitral rules. The commodities practice is closely entwined with the firm’s shipping practice and has a strong track record in international trade disputes. Practice head Charles Williams frequently represents banks and commodity trading houses, and he is a legal adviser to the industry bodies in sectors such as sugar and metals. The arrival of Mark Sachs, who recently returned from the firm’s Singapore office, adds significant experience in wet and dry shipping and commodity disputes. Lisa Hillary is well regarded for shipping and trade disputes and senior partner Tim Kelleher frequently handles international trade disputes involving oil and petrochemicals. The firm counts Banco Santander, ED&F Man Sugar and Bank of China among its clients”.
“The trade finance practice at Thomas Cooper LLP is known for its role in deals involving Africa, Russia and South America, particularly Brazil. Head of finance Grant Eldred and head of trade Charles Williams, who is particularly adept in trade finance disputes, are ‘specialists in the field, easy to do business with and extremely helpful’. Alex Monk, whose recent highlights include structured commodity finance facilities for soft commodities traders in the CIS region, has a broad finance practice that sees him act for banks, financial institutions and corporates in European and emerging markets deals”.
“Instructed in a range of matters, Thomas Cooper LLP is particularly active in cross-border and marine work. Celso de Azevedo’s practice focuses on international insurance and litigation, particularly complex, cross-border Latin American and European disputes; he is also a founding committee member of the Cyber Insurance Association. An example of de Azevedo’s work in these fields is his advice to London reinsurers in a Chilean reinsurance claim arising from the placement of a cyber risks policy programme in Chile and Peru. A welcome new addition to the London team is Mark Sachs, who relocated in May 2017 to take up a position in the shipping and international trade group, heading the China/Japan team”.
“The ‘very streetwise’ team at Thomas Cooper LLP ‘really knows its stuff’, and ‘services a coterie of very significant sports clients, particularly agents’; it is noted for its ‘first-rate, cost-effective service’ and for ‘achieving results with a minimum of fuss’. Football is the practice’s key strength: the ‘smart, enthusiastic’ James Severn, who heads the group jointly with ‘hugely experienced’ employment expert Nick Humphreys, advised Morgan Schederlein on his transfer from Manchester United FC to Everton FC. Severn also regularly advises football agents on the FA’s regulatory requirements, and represents players in contract disputes with their agents. Outside of football, Humphreys, who ‘goes the extra mile’, assisted rugby union player Joseph Stokes in successful proceedings against the Rugby Football Union to get his four-year playing ban reduced by 50%”.
“Thomas Cooper LLP is commended for its ‘personable approach’ and it is regularly instructed on casualties, major losses and to high-profile commercial disputes arising under shipping contracts. Among the team; Tim Kelleher specialises in disputes; Nick Donnelly advises on collisions, salvage, and towage; Lisa Hillary is active on trade and shipping disputes; Tom Moisley has a ‘has a good analytical mind which enables him to get to the heart of the matter’; Mark Sachs heads the China and Japan team; and John Strange heads the marine and commercial litigation team. James Severn are also recommended, while Alex McIntosh joined as partner from Clyde & Co and Rhys Clift recently joined from Hill Dickinson LLP. Darryl Kennard and Charles Williams head the shipping team”.