Paul Wordley

Leaders in Law endorses Paul Wordley as our exclusively recommended Insurance Law expert in the United Kingdom. If you wish to get in touch with Paul please use the contact information provided above.

Paul is one of the founding partners of Wordley Partnership, having been a partner in a major international law firm where he was a member of the Management and Strategy Boards respectively.

Paul’s expertise is geared towards advisory, complex claims, dispute resolution and coverage issues in the international insurance and reinsurance markets, acting for policyholders, insurers, brokers, intermediaries and reinsurers.

His particular areas of expertise are in the oil, gas, mining, marine, construction and TMT sectors.

Paul has been involved in a number of high-profile international insurance and reinsurance claims in recent years and has also advised on a number of recent major oil, gas and mining claims. He also has significant mediation experience having represented clients in several successful multi-million-dollar mediations. Paul has also conducted numerous arbitrations before LMAA, ICC, SCC and LCIA.

He is recommended by expert legal directories as ‘exceptional’ and has become a thought leader in the natural resources insurance world.

Firm Description:

Launched in early 2019, Wordley Partnership is a commercial law firm with particular expertise in all aspects of dispute resolution, commercial problem solving and insurance / reinsurance / coverage.

The Partners have many years of experience working on some of the largest and most complex disputes across the globe whilst at an international firm based in the City of London. With proven track records they have consolidated that expertise into their own firm.

They are often instructed to advise boards and directors of companies on legal liability, asset recovery and preservation as well as advising on strategies to resolve disputes and limit liability, whether that be working in the background or openly in arbitrations and litigation. Their expertise extends to prosecuting claims where required and they have a strong track record of success.

In addition to disputes, the firm has a significant non contentious capability.

 

Kim Simmonds

Leaders in Law endorses Kim Simmonds as our exclusively recommended Technology Law expert in the United Kingdom. If you wish to get in touch with Kim please use the contact information provided above.

CEO and Founder

Kim believes in making a difference. It’s a core value of hers. Whether that is helping your business succeed and grow to charitable endeavours around mentoring young adults. Kim believes in change for the good. Law 365 was built to make a difference to your business, to your way of working with lawyers in the tech space to fundamentally making the experience of working with lawyers more pleasant, easier, and integral to your success. Kim’s main goal is to have happy clients and happy staff. Change is good for everyone especially when change means success.

A Self-made Leader Transforming the Legal Arena

Kim Simmonds wanted to create a law firm that was different from all others. A place where lawyers were happy to come to work and didn’t feel they had to watch the clock and bill every six minutes. Most importantly a law firm that wasn’t stuffy or intimidating, where clients felt understood and cared for, knowing that her team of lawyers were focused on helping them with every aspect of a deal, no matter how long it took.

“In order to achieve the goals I had set for myself as an employer, I decided that I needed to focus on one area of law and do it exceptionally well,” she explains. “Law 365 is unique because it is the only law firm in the world to cater solely to the day to day needs of Microsoft Partners. This makes us appealing to our clients because we really know everything about their business. We offer our services on a subscription pricing model, which is easy for Microsoft Partners to understand because it’s modelled on the way they do business (SaaS Model).”

” For ambitious businesses that can’t (or don’t want to) hire their own legal team, we’re the perfect partner. ”

Being married to an established Microsoft Partner entrepreneur, Kim knew first-hand the problems that companies like his faced going into negotiations with clients. “Often they’d be met by a team of in-house counsel and it was almost impossible for them to argue favorable terms to protect themselves as suppliers. The other issue is that Microsoft Partners are not that big and they can’t afford big legal bills,” she explains. “I wanted to bring the dream ticket to their door; specialization, affordability, impeccable client service and ultimately to be a team with the clients. For ambitious businesses that can’t (or don’t want to) hire their own legal team, we’re the perfect partner. We understand the commercial terms that need their attention and are able to argue for those without ruffling the client’s feathers.”

“Clients always tell us that we give them the gift of time to do what they do best – run their business, bring in new deals – after they’ve handed off the legal worries to us,” says Kim. Often a business owner or CEO can spend hours pouring over contracts that they’re not confident they understand, which is a great source of anxiety. We come in and put their house in order, and they can focus on growing again. We also help strategize their business, thinking always about cash in the business, how to streamline their contractual processes and to maximize annual recurring revenue,” she adds. “We go beyond the ordinary lawyers’ role. Once your house is in order, you become more attractive to buyers, so we often find that we bring value to companies preparing for acquisition.”

Empowering Women 

According to Kim, women need to find their voice in any organization and once they do, they are phenomenal leaders. Women have great leadership skills, great ability to juggle various things at once and are often very innovative. The empathy that women feel can really help address old ways of working and hierarchies that don’t speak to the modern workplace.

“I think you need to be the change you want to see. When I had children, I realized that I couldn’t work the hours I’d worked in the traditional legal environment and be the mother I wanted to be,” she says. “The choices seemed polarized – either hire a team of domestic help and spend your life in the office, or compromise your career ambitions to be a parent. I hope I’m showing there’s another way. The women working for me demonstrate daily that they are 100% committed to our business and also to their families and their careers. I don’t demand compromise, and in doing so allow them to excel at home and at work.”

Learning Resilience 

Kim learned the hard way what kind of employer she didn’t want to be. In 2010 she was working for a very prestigious American Law firm who quite brutally sacked almost her entire M&A class with just 2 months notice. Her work visa was tied to that job, so she was forced to leave the country and her entire family who were based in New York.

“I returned to the UK alone, worked three jobs and slept in a friend’s living room for a few months, all the while studying to dual qualify in England (I was a New York Attorney first). It was hard work, difficult to manage on very little money, and although I had made friends and reconnected with a lot of university friends, quite lonely. It gave me the grit I have today to deal with stress and appreciate the now and the abundance I have in my life. I am truly grateful and so very proud of getting through that trying time.”

Preparing for growth

This is big year for Law 365 in terms of growing the team as they have hired several new lawyers and launched an employment practice to complement the other services they offer clients. They are also exploring the potential of AI in the business.

“I want to streamline and cut out all the negatives of working with lawyers and bundle that with the little and big changes we are making to achieve this,” states Kim. “My problem is that I want to do too much sometimes. Reigning in my ambitions can be hard, but I’ve learned it doesn’t mean they’re off the table, they just might not happen this week.”

Firm Description:

We know what Microsoft Partners want in a modern law firm

We’re different because we’ve modelled ourselves on what you want in a modern law firm. We asked 50 CEOs of Microsoft partners and leading tech firms and they told us that the traditional legal model was broken.

Just like you, they don’t want billing by the minute, tons of legalese or overly complex agreements that take weeks to finalise. And they certainly don’t want sky-high legal bills that are hard to budget for. We know there’s a better way. We’ve got what you need.

At Law 365, our technology solicitors are different. We know that you don’t want boring, stuffy lawyers. That’s why we pride ourselves on hiring the brightest and friendliest staff, who are coached in providing exceptional client services. The Law 365 team are experts in commercial contract negotiation; they are approachable, principled and have an unrivalled passion for the technology industry.

 

Bob Swayne

Leaders in Law endorses Bob Swayne as our exclusively recommended Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Expert Witness expert in the United Kingdom. If you wish to get in touch with Bob use the contact information provided above.

Building Services (M&E) Consulting Engineer & Expert Witness

The Hampden Consultancy, established in 1993, is the trading name of THC Consulting Engineers Limited and specialises in assisting clients in resolving technical and contractual problems with respect to mechanical & electrical engineering services that can (and often do!) occur on many construction projects, whether during the pre-contract or construction phases, or indeed post-contract.

Although ‘trouble-shooting’ and ‘problem-solving’ forms a core activity of The Hampden Consultancy, it is nonetheless our working knowledge of the total building design and construction process, including the contractual elements of building and engineering services contracts, that enables us to provide truly-independent technical advice and support to our clients, often working alongside both client-appointed design teams and on-site project teams.

In addition, by carrying out activities such as design audits both before and during the construction phases, we have ensured that projects are handed over in accordance with both individual client requirements and relevant design standards.

Indeed, our expertise has also enabled us to provide clients with credible and cost-effective solutions to problems such as:

– Development on restricted sites
– Phasing works whilst existing buildings and/or engineering services installations remained in use
– Complex building layouts requiring unusual or innovative technical solutions
– Listed buildings requiring ‘sympathetic’ treatment
– Difficulties caused by geographical locations

In addition, by carrying out activities such as design audits both before and during the construction phases, we have ensured that projects are handed over in accordance with both individual client requirements and relevant design standards.

Whilst our expertise is in respect to healthcare engineering services working on many hospitals both in the UK and overseas, we nonetheless have a good track record of assisting clients in other industry sectors, including defence, government, commercial, retail, sheltered accommodation, private healthcare and nursing homes.

We also undertake expert witness work in respect to mechanical & electrical engineering services, being retained either directly by the instructing client or by their legal representatives.

Simon Stell

Simon Stell is the Managing Partner and responsible for leading the firm’s development, managing day to day operations and implementing the firm’s strategy

“Our aim is to deliver affordable accessible legal services focusing on the customer’s actual needs whether that customer be a large business, a professional practice, a family or an individual. We exist to make our customer’s lives easier so they can get on with what is really important to them. We make the complex simple. We cut out the jargon. We call it legal efficiency”

Simon is also responsible for operating and managing the firm’s online legal resource LEGAL365.com and the firm’s residential conveyancing law firm LCF Residential
Simon received the award of Yorkshire Lawyer of the Year at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2016

Simon Quinton Smith

Simon Quinton Smith is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and has been the leading specialist in the Garden Centre & Horticultural industry for over 30 years. He is an RICS registered valuer and business valuer. He is also a specialist panel valuer for horticulture and garden centres to the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation Plc. and to most other lending financial institutions.

He is an accredited Expert Witness in his field and is regularly instructed to provide expert advice to the courts.

Simon was the Managing Director of The Q Garden Company running four garden centres for a period time and thus, have a far deeper understanding of the trading business of garden centres than most other chartered surveyors.

In-depth knowledge of the garden centre market.

Simon Quinton Smith wrote the chapter “How to Value Garden Centres”for the Second Edition of the “Law and Valuation of Leisure Property”, published by the Estates Gazette.

Professional Memberships:

  • Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Associate Member of the Garden Centre Association
  • Associate Member of the Horticultural Trades Association
  • Member of the Institute of Horticulture
  • Associate Member of FARMA

Firm Overview:

Quinton Edwards is a leading firm of independent Chartered Surveyors who offer expert property advice to the Garden Centre & Horticultural industry throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland and into Europe.

Our areas of expertise include the sale, letting, valuation, acquisition, rent review, lease renewal (landlord & tenant) for garden centres, plant centres, retail nurseries, wholesale nurseries, salad nurseries, mushroom farms, aquatic centres, farm shops and other horticultural related businesses.

Caroline Leeds Ruby

Leaders in Law endorses Caroline Leeds Ruby as our exclusively recommended Acquisition Finance Law expert in the United Kingdom. If you wish to get in touch with Caroline, please use the contact information provided above.

Caroline Leeds Ruby, a partner of the firm, represents banking and corporate clients particularly in senior secured and subordinated leveraged and acquisition financings, financings to funds, receivables financings, debt buy-backs, multinational restructuring transactions, distressed purchases, defaulting loans and restructurings.

Caroline is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers and Partners UK. A range of impressed clients note that Caroline Leeds Ruby is “really first class,” “stays cool under pressure” and “has an excellent business acumen” (Chambers 2013). “Very diligent, extremely responsive, flexible and has deep technical knowledge” (Chambers 2015).

Finance Law Practice:

Shearman & Sterling’s Finance Group has been involved in many of the largest and most complex financing transactions worldwide and is consistently ranked at the top of syndicated lending league tables. Our group includes experienced lawyers in New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan and Abu Dhabi who execute transactions under New York, English, French, German and Italian law, often involving multiple facilities, instruments, currencies and jurisdictions. We represent a broad range of clients, including commercial banks, investment banks, private equity sponsors, hedge funds and corporate borrowers, and are particularly noted for our skill in structuring a wide variety of transactions.

Shearman & Sterling LLP:

Shearman & Sterling has been advising many of the world’s leading corporations and financial institutions, governments and governmental organizations for more than 140 years. We are committed to providing legal advice that is insightful and valuable to our clients. This has resulted in groundbreaking transactions in all major regions of the world.

We have also advised on some of the world’s most notable transactions and matters, representing: the Yukos shareholders in their $100 billion compensation claim against Russia; Cadbury in its $19.4 billion acquisition by Kraft; Panama Canal Authority in its $5.7 billion canal refinancing plan; IntercontinentalExchange in its acquisition of The Clearing Corporation and formation of a credit default swap clearinghouse; The Dow Chemical Company in its acquisition of Rohm & Haas and sale of Morton International and its calcium chloride and Styron businesses; Suncor Energy in its $15.8 billion merger with Petro-Canada; Brazilian conglomerate JBS in its acquisition of US poultry company Pilgrim’s Pride through a bankruptcy proceeding; Société Générale in combination of its asset management operations with Crédit Agricole’s; and Sterlite in its $500 Million Convertible Bond Offering in India.

Together, our lawyers work across practices and jurisdictions to provide the highest quality legal services, bringing their collective experience to bear on the issues that clients face. For example, underpinning the quality of our work firmwide are our shared values.

We take pride in the successes of our clients and in our contributions to them.

Peter Talibart

Mr. Talibart is a partner in the International Labour & Employment practice of Seyfarth Shaw (UK) LLP and leads the firm’s London office.  He is qualified in both Canada and the UK.

Mr. Talibart is employment counsel to major multinationals and financial institutions on strategic cross-border employment issues.  His expertise is in all aspects of UK and cross-border employment law, in particular international corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance (employment), financial services compliance and ethical H.R. issues. He is an accomplished human rights advocate and has given formal evidence to the Parliaments of the UK and Canada on draft Modern slavery laws. He has led some of the largest and most complex employment law projects in the world, including the core redesign of a national labor law system and a multi-billion euro global restructure in 120 jurisdictions.

Mr. Talibart is a popular speaker and has lectured in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Australia on international employment law issues.  He has appeared on BBC Television News and has been quoted in major British, French and German newspapers including, The Times, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian and The Sunday Telegraph.  He has been published widely in various HR and employment law journals in the UK, Europe and in the U.S. His work has been recognized by several legal awards organizations.

He is co-chair of the Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee of the International Bar Association.

Education

  • LLM, King’s College London, University of London
  • LLB, University of Ottawa
  • B.A., (Hons) Trent University

Admissions

  • England and Wales, Solicitor
  • Canada, (Ontario) Solicitor

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter, “UK Employment Law 2019: What To Watch Out For,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (January 31, 2019)
  • “Global Policies and Practices – Achieving Consistency and Avoiding Legal Risk,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 13, 2017)
  • “Human Trafficking and Your Company’s Supply Chain: The Reality and Risks,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 29, 2016)
  • “International Spotlight: UK Employment Law Briefing,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (May 11, 2016)
  • “The International HR Legal Advisor – A Toolkit for Advising Globally and Locally, Session Two: Global Reduction in Force, Part 1 – The Essentials for EMEA,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (June 19, 2014)
  • “International Webinar Series: The International HR Legal Advisor – A Toolkit for Advising Globally and Locally,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (April 23, 2014)
  • “Temporary employees around the world: Is there really a difference anymore?,” Webinar, presented by Seyfarth Shaw LLP (October 20, 2011)

Publications

Graham Doughty

Graham is one of the most distinguished and experienced Expert Transport Advisors in the country, handling hundreds of successful cases in different fields of road transportation. He is the preferred advisor for many UK companies and you can rest assured that your case is in safe hands with us. He served 13 years in the Royal Engineers as a mechanic in regimental servicing including plant and trailers and has held a Class 1 HGV (Category C+E LGV) licence since 1981. After leaving the Royal Engineers he joined the Metropolitan Police Service traffic division. He has City & Guilds certificates in Advanced Vehicle Examination, Air Brake Technology and Tachograph Analysis and Calibration and the Police Accident Investigation and Reconstruction course. In 2014 re-qualified and was awarded full Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Science. His accumulated skills have been put into practice providing evidence in all types of court (Crown and Coroners Court etc.,). He has also written a consultation paper on problems with tachograph legislation for the home office, this is likely to directly change the Transport Act.

The Firm

Our Vision

Founded in 1999, our firm has been providing effective, affordable and often untraditional legal solution to our hundreds and thousands of clients over the years. Our law firm consists of remarkable team of expert trial attorneys in just about every field of law you can name and we are registered with a number of expert witness directories. Because of the comprehensive nature of the legal services we provide, our firm has been able to stay ahead of its league for decades.

Our Mission

Headed by one of the most distinguished and experienced transportation advisors in the country, Graham Doughty, our firm have a sound base in the transportation industry, and we aim to put our resources to effective use for the success of our clients. Backed by hundreds of successful cases in different fields of road transport issues, and having being the preferred advisor for many companies, you can rest assured that your case is in safe hands with TMC Assist.

Edite Ligere

Leaders in Law endorses Edite Ligere as our exclusively recommended Banking & Finance Law expert in the United Kingdom. If you wish to get in touch with Edite please use the contact information provided above.

Appointments

– Galileo Global Group, New York, NY, U.S.A., Senior Advisor.

– Member of the Philanthropy Board of the Institute of Cancer Research.

– Chairman of the Windsor Benefit Trust (for the advancement of music and the arts.)

– Member of various international and U.K. pro bono legal initiatives.

– Rights of audience in the courts of England and Wales.

Awards

– Hubert Greenland Scholar, awarded by The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (2000)

Education

– Intern at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law focusing on EU and international law (1999 – 2002)

– Bar Vocational Course, (Outstanding in Advocacy), Inns of Court School of Law, London (2000)

– LLB (First Class Honours: 1996-1999); LLM in EU law, international law, human rights and United Nations law, University of London, (2000-2001)

Memberships

– The International Bar Association (2008 – Present)

– Insurance Institute of London (2008-Present)

– The Bar Association For Commerce, Finance and Industry (2008-Present)

– The Bar Council’s Law Reform Committee (2006-Present)

– The European Law Committee of The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn (2005-Present)

– The Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association of England and Wales (2002-Present)

– The Bar European Group (2002-Present)

Edite Ligere’s practice focuses on global financial regulation, banking, insurance, human rights, consumer protection, charity law, data protection, machine learning, artificial intelligence and cyber security.

Selected representations publicly disclosed include:

– AIG Inc. in the development of the first global insurance capital standard (“ICS”).

– MetLife Inc. in the development of the activities based approach to the identification and mitigation of systemic risk in the insurance sector and the development of the ICS.

– Abu Dhabi Investment Council in various acquisitions.

– Scotiabank in various acquisitions.

– AmTrust in its $218.7 million acquisition of ANV Holding B.V.

– AIG with the preparation of a recovery and resolution plan under section 165 of the Dodd‑Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

– Lloyd’s of London High Premium Group.

– AIG in the proposed sale of AIA Group Limited to Prudential plc for $35.5 billion.

– GreyCastle Holdings in its $570 million acquisition, backed by a consortium of investors, of the run‑off Life Reinsurance operations of XL Group.

– TIAA‑CREF in its partnership with Henderson Group PLC to create TIAA Henderson Real Estate Limited, a new global real estate investment management company, with total assets under management of over $25 billion.

– Hardy Underwriting in its response to the unsolicited takeover approach announced by Beazley plc.

– Syncora Holdings Ltd., a Bermuda‑domiciled holding company, and its wholly‑owned New York and London subsidiaries, which underwrite financial guarantee insurance, Syncora Guarantee Inc. and Syncora Guarantee UK Limited (the “Company”), in a comprehensive restructuring that relieved the Company of approximately $6 billion in losses and loss reserves.

– Catlin Group in its £200 million rights issue, underwritten by JP Morgan and UBS.

– Omega in its agreement with Canopius Group on the terms of a recommended £164 million all‑cash bid for Omega by Canopius.

– Hanover Insurance Group in its £313 million public bid for Chaucer Holdings.

– Novae Insurance Company Limited on the transfer of its insurance business and reserves to Lloyd’s Syndicate 2007 by court order under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000

Selected Publications:

– Profit in Cyberspace? The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Law; Vol. 2, No. 3, 2019 U.K. and EU chapter on insurance and reinsurance in Practical Law, August 2018

– U.K. chapter on banking law and regulation in Getting The Deal Through, 12th Edition, March 2019

– U.K. and EU chapter on insurance and reinsurance in Getting The Deal Through, 11th Edition, August 2018

– U.K. and EU chapter on insurance and reinsurance in Practical Law, September 2017

– U.K. chapter on insurance and reinsurance in Getting The Deal Through, 10th Edition, August 2017

– Global systemic risk in the insurance sector – insurers split on recovery and resolution planning: Insurance ERM Issue 21 Spring 2017

– U.K. chapter on insurance and reinsurance in Getting The Deal Through, 9th Edition, August 2016

– Brexit For Insurers One Month On; Debevoise & Plimpton update August 2016

– Insurance and Reinsurance Global Guide Q&A “Insurance And Reinsurance In The U.K. (England And Wales): Overview,” 2016/2017, Thomson Reuters Practical Law: published July 2016

– Identifying Systemic Risk – A Risky Business?; Banking Law Journal July/August 2016 p. 364

– IAIS Introduces New Assessment Methodology for GSIIs and Discontinues NTNI Label; Debevoise & Plimpton update June 2016

– S. Federal Reserve Provides Guidance on Supervisory Approach to Insurance; Debevoise & Plimpton update May 2016

– The Importance of Being a Global Systemically Important Financial Institution; Insurance Day 28 April 2016, Law & Order section p.7

– Brexit – Regulatory Implications for Banks, Insurers and other Financial Services Firms; Debevoise & Plimpton update April 2016

– Prudential Regulation Authority Consults on Remuneration Rules; Debevoise & Plimpton update April 2016

– Insurers remain unconvinced by attempts to identity systemic risk; Global Risk Regulator – A Publication from The Banker, Financial Times, March 2016/Volume 14, Issue 3

– Age of Aquarius for Individual Accountability in Financial Services?; Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation 2016, 31(3), p. 174

– U.K. chapter on insurance and reinsurance in Getting The Deal Through, 8th Edition, June 2015

– Industry Prepares for Senior Managers Regime; Insurance Day 19 November 2015, Law & Order section p. 6

– Development of International Regulatory Capital Standards Continues, Insurance Day, 2 September 2015, Law & Order section p. 6

– New Global Insurer Capital Requirements Could Increase M&A, Law360, 27 October 2015

– The EU Solvency II Regime for Insurers: An Update on Implementation FC&S, 1 May 2015

– Quo Vadis, Europe?; Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation 2015, 30 (2), p. 121

– Co‑author of the Debevoise & Plimpton Insurance and Investment Management M&A Deskbook published by the Practising Law Institute, Corporate and Securities Law Library, 27th April 2015, particularly:

– Chapter 2 – Private Acquisitions of an Insurance Business

– Chapter 3 – Acquiring a Block of Insurance Business

– Chapter 5 – Insurance Regulatory Approval Requirements for a Stock Purchase Deal

– Chapter 10 – Investing in Lloyd’s

– IAIS Consults on G‑SIIs and NTNI: Are G‑SIIs sellers of non‑core and NTNI business units?; Debevoise & Plimpton update December 2015

– Solvency II – What you need to know as effectiveness nears; Debevoise & Plimpton update December 2015

– Solvency II equivalence decisions and U.S. – EU Covered Agreement; Debevoise & Plimpton update December 2015

– IAIS begins public consultation on HLA for G‑SIIs; Debevoise & Plimpton update July 2015

– Financial Stability Board publishes updated list of global systemically important insurers and global systemically important banks; Debevoise & Plimpton update November 2015

– Bank of England and Financial Services Bill extends senior managers and certification regime to all U.K. regulated financial services firms; Debevoise & Plimpton update October 2015

– NAIC begins to develop a group capital measure for U.S. insurance enterprises; Debevoise & Plimpton update August 2015

– The Insurance Act 2015 – Key Considerations; Debevoise & Plimpton update March 2015

– Solvency II – The Way Forward; Debevoise & Plimpton update October 2014

– The Future of Banking in the EU ?; Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation 2014, 29 (5), p. 308

– Enhanced Prudential Standards for Foreign Banking Organisations – A Guide for Each FBO Type; Debevoise & Plimpton update February 2014

– Bonus Caps – A Step to Ever Closer Union or Fragmentation in the EU?; Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation 2013, 28 (7), p. 293

– The United Kingdom’s New Financial Services Regulatory Structure – The Shape of Things To Come?; Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation 2013, 28 (4), p. 156

– Cross‑Border Resolution of Banking Groups – International Initiatives and U.S. Perspectives; Pratt’s Journal of Bankruptcy Law, Volume 9, Number 7, p.583, October 2013

– The U.K.’s Financial Services (Banking Reform) Bill : Expect the Unexpected; Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation 2013, 28 (4), N47

– Equivalence Under the EUs Solvency II Directive; Law360, January 2012

– Hot CoCos from Basel III – The Next Bank Hybrid?; Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation 2011, 26 (8), p. 412

– EU Regulation 3642/09 on Credit Rating Agencies; Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation 2010, 25 (1), p. 1

– Editor of Lincoln’s Inn lectures on European Law and Human Rights, 2010 Sweet & Maxwell

– K. Financial Services Authority adopts enhanced liquidity standards – the first test of global financial regulatory coordination? Debevoise & Plimpton Financial Institutions Report 13 October 2009

– Locus Standi and the Public Interest: A Hotchpoch of Legal Principles; Journal of Planning Law, 2005 Sweet & Maxwell

– Providing the Court with Legislation; Judicial Review 2004, 9 (2), p.157

– The law of confidentiality, the emerging law of privacy and the operation of the European Convention on Human Rights in domestic Courts; Lawtel Human Rights Bulletin, 4 September 2003

Selected speaking engagements:

– United nations in a divided world: geopolitical turbulence and global financial stability: Columbia Law School, New York, NY, U.S.A. March 2019

– The Activities Based Approach to Systematic Risk: The Way Forward, Eurofi Financial Forum, Vienna, September 2018

– Participated in the New Approaches to Economic Challenges: “10 years after the crisis; what have we learned?” Forum at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris, September 2018

– Participated in the IAIS Global Seminar in Moscow, July 2018

– Global Financial Stability and Systemic Risk: Columbia Law School, New York, NY, U.S.A. February 2018

– Systemic Risk, Recovery and Resolution in the Insurance Sector: Institute of International Finance/PricewaterhouseCoopers, London, U.K. October 2017

– Identifying and addressing global systemic risk in the insurance sector: the way forward: Eurofi Financial Forum 2017, Tallinn, Estonia, September 2017

– Various meetings at the Bank for International Settlements, Basel, Switzerland in 2016 and 2017

– Brexit: Issues for Financial Institutions: Debevoise & Plimpton, London, U.K., May 2017

– Global recovery and resolution standards: Institute of International Finance/PricewaterhouseCoopers, London, U.K. October 2016

– Brexit – Issues for Insurers: Debevoise & Plimpton, London, U.K., July 2016

– Regulation of financial services in the U.K. and M & A considerations: Debevoise & Plimpton, London, U.K., April 2016.

– Lloyd’s of London and Managing General Agents/Underwriters – the way forward – Debevoise & Plimpton, London, U.K., September 2015

– Human Rights Update – The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London, U.K., June 2015

– Basel III and CRD IV – Risk Management Association’s European Conference at Nomura, London, U.K., May 2015

– Raising the Bar: Insurers Worldwide Likely to Face More Burdensome Capital and Resolution Planning Requirements Arising from the International Association of Insurance Supervisors Amsterdam Conference – Debevoise & Plimpton New York & London, U.K., 31 October 2014

– Market Risk and Counterparty Risk – Risk Management Association’s European Conference at Citibank, London, U.K., May 2013

 

Warren Baker

Warren joined Wilson Wright in June 2001. After qualifying in 1988 he had 3 years commercial experience and then went back into practice.

Warren has a wide variety of clients in many industries with particular experience in the areas of media, property and offshore structuring.

Warren undertakes business development work and specialises in planning exit routes and growth strategies for clients. He also helps clients to develop their business plans, identifying clear route maps and milestones for them.

As an extension to this area of work Warren is the firm’s Corporate Finance Partner and he is able to undertake corporate advisory work including due diligence, whitewash reports and forensic work. Over the period he has been with the firm he has been involved in advising on many acquisitions for clients, ensuring the acquisition process runs smoothly. A number of these assignments have been for quoted companies. Warren also works with clients to help raise finance for their businesses.
Warren is a keen golfer and bridge player.

Firm description

We understand the pressures of running a business, setting up a new venture or attending to tax compliance and are here to help. In a world where there is increasing levels of legislation and bureaucracy it can be difficult to find the time to concentrate on growing your business or developing your career. One of our aims is to ease the compliance burden by being proactive and forward thinking so that your time can be focused on what is most important to you.

Historically, individuals and businesses have viewed their accountant’s role as being limited to providing assistance with discharging compliance responsibilities such as preparing end of year financial statements or tax computations and returns. In a world of rapid technological development and intense competition it is more important than ever to be innovative.

Whilst never losing sight of the traditional services that we offer, we believe that it is important to provide a wider service and to give more commercially focused advice to our clients.

We will work closely with you, guiding you as necessary and challenging your plans and thoughts. It is our close relationship and our interest and involvement in your business or career, combined with our broad professional and commercial experience that we believe will add value to your proposition and enhance your prospects.

Our approach to service delivery means that you will always have a partner as your central point of contact that manages and coordinates your global affairs.