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

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

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.

Rem Noormohamed

Rem is a leading UK expert in the field of IP, IT, data protection and communications law. With his first-hand industry experience, he brings a unique set of skills and capabilities, combining specialist legal, professional engineering and technology consulting expertise.

Rem works with all types of businesses – multinationals, listed companies, tech/IP rich start-ups and public and third sector organisations – advising their senior management teams on strategic, business transformation and mission critical matters, and helping them to more effectively mitigate and manage their day-to-day contractual, regulatory and legal risks, within the context of their business environment and the sectors in which they operate.

His national and international experience covers numerous sectors including TMT, financial services, fintech, manufacturing, retail, pharmaceutical, MedTech, healthcare, education, central and local government.

Rem is a regular contributor, speaker and chair on numerous topics including technology, media and communications law, sourcing arrangements, change management, innovation and enterprise. He writes extensively on IP, technology, digital media and telecoms and has co-edited an international text book on communications and competition law.

He is also a member of the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management Working Group, tasked with developing a new international legal and policy framework for the use and management of geospatial information. In November 2018, Rem was appointed by the World Bank as a special adviser and expert on the application of blockchain for food supply chain traceability. He is also a Visiting Professor of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Tech & Communications

  • Complex and large-scale IT programmes (SIAM, strategic sourcing and procurement arrangements)
  • Communications network infrastructure programmes (including ultrafast ‘full-fibre’/FTTP, fixed/wireless access (including hybrid)), voice & data communications network services (WAN/LAN) and 3G/4G mobile services and 5G pilot projects
  • Liaising with Ofcom on regulatory matters
  • Business transformation and business process re-engineering projects
  • System integration, software licensing and distribution arrangements
  • Cloud computing (including SaaS, IaaS and PaaS)
  • Blockchain, digital assets and data authenticity, integrity and traceability applications
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Internet of Things / Industrie 4.0 and Smart Cities
  • Digital media and entertainment arrangements
  • EU Public Procurement Regs, State aid and Competition law

Data Privacy and Cyber security

  • GDPR – advisory, audits, compliance, due diligence, governance, subject access requests, risk analysis, data management and training
  • Data strategy, retention, mapping and operating models
  • Privacy policies, privacy notices, DP impact assessments, legitimate interest assessments and contractual drafting (such as data sharing, joint data controller and data processing arrangements)
  • Cyber security – policies, strategy, technical and legal issues, incident planning and breach management
  • Freedom of Information Act – information requests and breaches under FOIA
  • ICO liaison and complaints and breach strategy and management

Intellectual Property

  • All aspects of IP rights – copyright, patents, know-how/trade-secrets, trade marks and design rights
  • IP protection, management, tech transfer, commercialisation (including monetization) and enforcement of IP rights
  • IP strategy, and corporate structuring
  • Franchising, distribution, sponsorship and general commercial agreements
  • JVs, spin-outs, collaboration arrangements and disposals/divestitures

Tech & Communications

  • Advising a £2.7 billion International food and drink client, on a range of largescale IT projects (over £100m) to transform the client’s middle and back office operations, including selection of an ERP provider and systems integrator; supplier selection and replacement of their voice, data and network communications infrastructure for the UK and Ireland operations; and in respect of a dispute with a Tier 1 supplier arising from data centre failures and contractual non-performances
  • Advising an International IT services and solutions provider on IT / software development and managed services contracts with clients, such as, a dual listed Independent Nigerian Oil and Gas Company; and a leading North Sea Energy and Petroleum company clients
  • Advising various charities on their business-critical IT and business transformation programmes; managed services and software licensing arrangements
  • Advising an Ultrafast broadband network services provider in relation to:
    • its bid for the Scottish Government’s R100 Next Generation Access (NGA) Broadband Programme for rural Scotland and Islands (over £800m of gap funded public subsidy);
    • its contracts for the delivery of NGA programmes across Southern England (over £200m of gap funded public subsidy); and
    • on strategic and day-to-day matters

Data Privacy and Cyber security

  • Advising a listed Wholesaler business on data protection and data security matters, including GDPR readiness, data strategy and compliance – involving training the cross-office strategy team, business functions, the executive board; reviewing privacy policies, key supplier and customer contracts; personal data mapping and strategic planning
  • Advising a leading car brand group on GDPR compliance matters including subject access requests, breaches and policies

Intellectual Property
(including EU state aid/competition law)

  • Advising NHS England – on the commercialization of its Cancer care resource planning tools internationally. Initially this was modelled on hybrid revenue model over a 5-year terms (generating £70m) before being re-structured and the IP assigned to a $2.5 billion medical equipment provider. This is one of the largest IP commercialisations in the NHS
  • Advising 7 leading universities across England and Wales on:
    • Tech transfer and IP strategies and policy arrangements
    • Complex cross border IP commercialisation and revenue generation arrangements– ranging from biochemical, health, gaming; audio-visual, environmental, oceanographic (including the UAE OCEAN Centre of Excellence Project for the UAE Navy), solar energy, IT/software, education learning platforms, Smart City solutions/platforms to an International Centre of Excellence for Automotive
    • Cross border and cross industry Horizon2020 research projects.

FIRM DESCRIPTION

We’re a team of instinctively commercial lawyers, passionate about delivering the best legal service with our people and our clients at the heart of everything we do.

Acuity Law is a dynamic law company, with a modern organisational structure and an agile, fluid team-centric model. Not held back by tradition, we’re always looking to improve our client service and grow our community of lawyers and other professionals.

In today’s global business environment, we’re a high-performing organisation operating as empowered networks and ecosystems with shared values and a shared ambition for disruptive innovation. Not weighed down by legacy practices, systems and behaviours, we can move faster, adapt quickly, respond rapidly and embrace the changing legal services marketplace.

For us, this means collaboration, communication, accountability and a leadership mindset that rewards client-centric design thinking. For you, it means easy access, more transparency and choice, faster delivery, better value and connectivity with your business.

As experts in our fields, total quality at all levels of our business is our hallmark. This is our measure of success: long-standing client relationships, helping you to achieve your business objectives as an extension of your commercial and legal teams.

Naturally inquisitive and entrepreneurial, our teams of exceptional people detect legal problems early and solve complex business challenges quickly and efficiently. From outsourced legal support to digital platforms for data privacy compliance, we can help you realise opportunities, manage risk and achieve your best results.

Jerry Whitmarsh

Eurofins Forensic Services laboratories are amongst the most advanced analytical facilities in Europe, enabling the company to offer a complete and comprehensive range of independent and innovative DNA and toxicological testing solutions to police forces, legal and criminal justice organisations throughout Europe.

On 12th October 2017, Eurofins announced the acquisition of the Forensics and Security Division of LGC Ltd., a world leader in forensic science and the UK’s leading full service forensics provider.

With this acquisition, Eurofins Forensic Services now provides the most comprehensive range of forensic science services in Europe, including casework, DNA testing, digital forensics, drugs, toxicology and firearms. The company has over 120 accredited methods and completes over 34,000 casework investigations per annum. It is one of the most trusted forensic services providers in the world, benefiting from strong customer relationships with major police forces in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. The company employs over 650 staff in eight locations, seven in the UK and one in Germany.

Lorna Dawson

Professor Lorna Dawson CBE is Head of Forensic Soil Science at the James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK, and has 30 years’ experience as a soil scientist, delivering impact in areas of agriculture, forensic science and the environment.

A global pioneer of the forensic soil science discipline, Lorna is a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Institute of British Soil Scientists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Professor of Forensic Science at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, and is an Advisor to the Scottish Government SEFARI Strategic Research Programme.  She is the Chair of the Forensic Geology Group of the British Geological Society and Treasurer of the International Union of Geological Sciences Initiative of Forensic Geology.

Lorna was awarded the Pride of Britain Special Recognition award in September 2017 for her contribution to the development of evidence and communication within the Criminal Justice System and was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to soil and forensic science in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2018.

Lorna has been engaged as an expert witness in soil science for over 15 years, regularly working with police, agencies, lawyers, defence and prosecuting courts, tribunals and official enquiries. She holds diplomas in both civil and criminal law.

Lorna regularly advises the UK’s National Crime Agency on soil trace evidence provision and has assisted in several high-profile, international cases including cases of murder, rape, contaminated land, food adulteration, food authenticity and food provenance.  Her expertise has also lent itself to the literary world and Lorna regularly consults for crime authors, including Ann Cleeves, author of the Vera and Shetland crime novel series.

The James Hutton Institute is a respected, globally recognised, research organisation encompassing several disciplines that focus on the earth’s natural resources. The Institute combines strengths in crops, soils, land use and environmental research, and makes a major contribution to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security, developing and promoting effective technological and management solutions to these major issues. It is a leading centre of forensic research, analysis and delivery, with unparalleled experience and expertise in the analysis of soils, land, waters, foods and other ecological/environmental materials.

A world-leading scientific team delivers a range of complementary characterisations in forensic case work.  Specialisms include soil DNA, plant DNA, palynology, volatile organic compounds, mineralogy, foodstuffs and mycology.

The team participates in outdoor crime scene sampling and advice.  Using analytical techniques and a strategy combining organic and inorganic characterisation, the team examines trace evidence, compare samples, provide discrimination of sample characteristics and provides expert opinion evidence.  Environments can also be characterised for interpretation and evaluation.  Geographical Information Systems and Virtual Reality skills are also available in mapping areas for search and sampling, using the wide-ranging databases available at the Institute.

James Hutton Limited is the commercial subsidiary company which uses the science, facilities and intellectual resources of the James Hutton Institute to provide scientific services and solutions to a diverse range of industries and sectors. For example, the business plays a major role in international plant breeding, particularly for potatoes and soft fruits, which is underpinned by scientific research in partnership with government and industry.  It also supports the oil and gas industry through analytical services which are predominantly used by geoscientists and chemists to identify, characterise and quantify components in a variety of mixtures. The business is also home to a dedicated lipid analysis laboratory, Mylnefield Lipid Analysis, which is also internationally recognised for its excellence.

James Hutton Limited is set apart from other analytical service laboratories by the quality of the people and the breadth and depth of the science delivered. Lorna is testament to this.  Scientists at the James Hutton Institute have a wealth of research on hand that can be applied to real world situations and problems and their knowledge and skill sets are specialist, and extremely varied. Expertise, specialisms and techniques are combined to deliver the most accurate interpretation of results and offer the most powerful solutions to clients the world over.

Lorna is one of the world leading scientists from the James Hutton Institute making a global impact through science.