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.

Professor Paul Tipton B.D.S., M.Sc., D.G.D.P., UK

Drawing on 40 years in private practice, my experience as a Specialist in Prosthodontics and as a Professor of Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry, I offer a dental expert witness service on all aspects of medico legal work.

As clinical director of my own private referral clinic -T Clinic, I lead a team of specialists – also trained to provide medico-legal reports – treating patients in Manchester, Watford, central London and South Wales. I am founder and clinical director of Tipton Training, the UK’s biggest private education provider in Dentistry, lead the City of London Dental School’s MClinDent Programme in Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry and am founder and president of the British Academy of Restorative Dentistry (BARD). I have been a Specialist in Prosthodontics since 1999.

I have provided my expert witness reporting services to the legal sector since 1986, offering expert analysis on Personal Injury, Road Traffic Accidents and Clinical Negligence cases for both plaintiffs and defendants across a range of specialist dentistry practices including: Periodontics; Implant Dentistry; Endodontics; Cosmetic Dentistry; Restorative Dentistry; Prosthodontics; and General Dentistry.

Expert reports produced include:

  • Accident Reports
  • Lability & Causation Reports
  • Condition & Prognosis Reports
  • Full Negligence Reports

Trained by Bond Solon in report writing and cross examination, my experience as a dental expert allows me to speak confidently and with gravitas if called to give evidence in court and lends weight and credibility to my reporting. I deliver comprehensive, clear and ‘court-ready’ reports.

I am an international speaker at dental conferences around the world and have authored more than 100 scientific articles for the dental press, including a number related to the field of dental expert witness work.

If your legal practice requires the services of a highly experienced and professional dental expert witness, please do get in touch.

Malcolm Bates Ph.D.

Malcolm Bates is a partner in the IP/IT group and heads the Life Sciences group in the UK. He has specialised expertise in the life sciences and technology sectors in particular on the commercialisation of intellectual property rights. Malcolm advises on transactions, including licences, collaborations, distribution, and manufacturing, outsourcing and R&D projects, as well as regulatory matters, contract and patent disputes, fundraisings, M&A transactions and IPOs.

Firm Overview:

Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries. We take a single-minded approach to advising our clients, helping them succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues. We support clients wherever they want to do business. Our 33 offices around the world blend the best of local business, industry and cultural knowledge with international experience to provide astutely commercial solutions for our clients.

Steve Cooke

Steve is the Senior Partner of the firm. He headed our Mergers and Acquisitions practice from 2001 to 2016. He has a general corporate and M&A practice, with particular experience in takeover bids and other Stock Exchange related work.

Steve acts for a number of listed companies including FTSE 100 clients Aviva, Barratt Developments, BAT, Centrica, Diageo, International Airlines Group and Rolls-Royce and FTSE 250 clients Aggreko, Big Yellow Group, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Morgan Advanced Materials and Spectris.

Firm Overview:

Our London office is based in One Bunhill Row.

Our practice areas include Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial, Financing, Dispute Resolution, Competition, Tax, Real Estate, Pensions and Employment, Financial Regulation, Sovereign Debt and Eurozone, Information Technology and Intellectual Property. We also have expertise across all industry sectors.

Our building provides us with optimum working conditions and houses all of our London employees under one roof.

Michelle Adams

Michelle Adams is a senior associate in the Real Estate Litigation team, leading the Birmingham offering. She is experienced in a broad range of property-related disputes for financial institutions, retail, media and logistics clients in the management of their English and Welsh property portfolios. She also has particular telecommunications expertise in a property context.

Michelle has several years’ experience advising on litigious commercial property matters, including landlord and tenant issues such as lease renewals, rent reviews, breaches of covenant (e.g. alienation, user), break rights and vacant possession strategy; nuisance and possession queries; debt recovery and insolvency; dilapidations during and at the end of the lease term; covenant interpretation; and service charge issues. She is responsible for organising and presenting the Development and Tenancy from Hell workshops, part of the Birmingham Real Estate Property CPD programme. She is a member of the Property Litigation Association.

Firm Overview:

We combine sound legal counsel with a deep knowledge of our clients’ businesses to resolve their legal challenges. We care about the quality of our services, the success of our clients and the relationships that are forged through those successes.

Breadth and Depth

Our client base spans every type of business, both private and public, worldwide. We advise a diverse mix of clients, from Fortune 100 and FTSE 100 corporations to emerging companies, and from individuals to local and national governments. In the private sector, we provide the full range of legal advice required to implement practical strategies and resolve disputes. In the public sector, we counsel governments on privatization of whole industries and on establishment of regulatory systems under which new private businesses can compete. We also serve the regional needs of the countries and cities we call home.

Whatever is needed, we are able to deliver the seamless cross-practice, cross-border and industry-specific support that clients require for success in today’s competitive markets.

Client Focus

Clients expect knowledge of their business, as well as high-quality legal skills from their law firms. Our combination of legal and industry experience allows us to better analyze client requirements and develop the right approach for the matter at hand. Clients receive tested insight and guidance from a team that understands their needs and is able to offer tailored solutions.

We are dedicated to our clients’ success, and their satisfaction shows it. We continue to advise successor organizations of clients that we represented at our formation some 120 years ago.

Business Has No Borders

With offices in 20 countries on five continents, our global legal practice is in the markets where our clients do business. We also have strong working relationships with independent firms in Europe and Latin America.

Our extensive practice and industry knowledge is shared via one of the most robust technology platforms in the legal business, as well as ongoing rotation of lawyers to our offices around the world. In addition, we apply knowledge- and project-management tools to implement continual business process improvements and enhance the value of our legal services.

Outstanding Value

We emphasize quality, efficiency and alignment with client goals as core standards to improve continually our service delivery and the value of what we do for our clients. We encourage and manage processes and tools to improve pricing models, training and resource optimization, knowledge management and more, all centered on our core focus – delivering the services our clients want, when and where they want them and with the value they deserve.

Apostolos Gkoutzinis

Apostolos Gkoutzinis is a leading international capital markets lawyer and a partner in the firm’s Global Capital Markets Group. Ranked as a top tier leading individual by Chambers & Partners, he has an exceptionally broad practice which covers several areas of international corporate and capital markets transactions including, leveraged finance, SEC-registered offerings, restructurings, recapitalizations and privatizations. He focuses primarily on US federal securities laws, high yield debt offerings, and general debt and equity capital markets transactions and is also well known for his expertise in a broad range of liability management, restructuring and equity transactions.

He ranks as one of the leading individuals in the European corporate bond market, with particular experience and expertise in high-yield debt financings, refinancing’s and leveraged buyouts for companies, private equity sponsors and investment banks. He is also known for his expertise in a broad range of liability management, restructuring and equity transactions.

Apostolos is also one of the leading international lawyers in relation to Greece. In recent years, he has provided strategic legal advice to substantially all of the major banks and listed companies of the country, as well as private companies and foreign investors on matters relating to private and public capital, restructurings, refinancing’s, and other corporate finance transactions. Since 2005, has represented the issuers or the underwriters in most of the international and cross-border equity and debt offerings by Greek issuers.

Firm Overview:

Shaping the legal landscape

Driven to deliver exceptional results for our clients, we push boundaries and challenge assumptions. That’s been core to our ethos since our founding in 1866. It fuels how we work and define ourselves, and it informs our growth and evolution as a firm.

We keep impressive company. Our clients are market leaders, global innovators and paradigm-shifting entrepreneurs that advance emerging industries. Surrounding ourselves by the best inspires and challenges us to constantly reimagine what’s possible.

Our clients are why we strive for remarkable results.

Mariam Akanbi

Mariam Akanbi is an associate in Goodwin’s Private Investment Funds group based in the firm’s London office.

Ms. Akanbi advises managers on their fund structuring, establishment, operation and fund raising of private investment funds and advises investors on their fund investments. She also advises on co-investment and separate managed account arrangements. Ms. Akanbi has also assisted with fund-related corporate transactions. She has worked on a number of fund raisings for emerging market funds, infrastructure funds and European buyout funds.

Firm Overview:

Growth. Performance. Managing risk. However you define it, success in today’s global and digital age means addressing increasingly complex issues faster and more efficiently amid rapid change. Making the right decisions in this environment requires strategic counsel from an advisor who not only knows how laws are evolving in jurisdictions around the world, but also has a deep understanding of your particular industry. This is Goodwin.

We are a global 50 law firm with a history of working on ground-breaking matters, and an increasingly focused approach to working with clients in the financial, private equity, real estate, technology and life sciences industries. Our more than 1,000 corporate and litigation attorneys leverage their specific experience and assemble full-service teams to advise clients in these and adjacent industries.

It’s not just what we do. It’s why we do it — We strive to help you succeed, however you define success. You receive our best in every engagement – from an A-team roster focused on the matter at hand, to the collective know-how of highly collaborative attorneys in specialized practices across the firm. By helping you make the most of leveraging opportunities, protecting what’s important, and clearing obstacles in your way, Goodwin is recognized as a leader in the markets we serve.

At Goodwin, we use law to enable our clients’ success. When we partner with our clients to practice law, we do so not just with integrity, but with ingenuity, agility and ambition. And in so doing, we are able to make a powerful, positive and lasting impact. Find out more about our people, services and offices.

Dan Oates

Dan Oates is a partner in Fried Frank’s Corporate Department and Private Equity Practice, resident in the London office. He advises private equity and corporate clients on a wide range of multi-jurisdictional transactions, including acquisitions and leveraged buyouts, disposals, public-to-private transactions and initial public offerings.

Mr. Oates has completed a significant number of transactions on behalf of clients including 3i, Accel KKR, AEA Investors, Apollo Group, Apax Partners, Audax Group, Bain Capital, Barclays Capital, Blackstone, Candover, CCMP Capital, CVC Capital Partners, Dyal Capital, Francisco Partners, Golden Gate Capital, Goldman Sachs, KKR, Marathon Asset Management, Metalmark Capital, Oaktree Capital Management, Paul Capital, Silver Lake Sumeru, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe and Yellow Wood Partners.

Honors & Awards:

Mr. Oates is recognized as a leading M&A and private equity lawyer by numerous industry publications, including Legal 500 UK (noted for his “good commercial awareness”), The Lawyer (praised for his “meteoric rise in the legal world” in the publication’s “Hot 100” list) and Private Funds Management. In 2017, he was named as one of the 30 most influential lawyers in private equity under the age of 40 by Private Funds Management as well as a “Superstar Lawyer of Tomorrow” in the Private Equity Manager’s “Roll of Honour.”

Mr. Oates is also recognized by IFLR 1000 in the M&A and private equity category.

Firm Overview:

From offices strategically located in the world’s principal financial centers, Fried Frank serves as counsel to many of the world’s largest companies, financial institutions and investment firms. We are recognized for our ability to deploy well-configured, cross-border teams that provide the depth of knowledge, breadth of experience and responsive service that clients require to meet their critical business objectives.

Consistently highly ranked by legal directories including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500 and Benchmark: Litigation, the Firm is well-recognized for providing effective business solutions to sophisticated challenges, frequently creating the precedents that others follow. Fried Frank’s origins date to the turn of the 20th century, with such predecessor firms as Riegelman & Bach, Riegelman Hess & Strasser and Strasser Spiegelberg Fried and Frank. Fried Frank as we know it came into being in 1971, with name partners Walter Fried, Hans Frank, Sam Harris, Sargent Shriver and Leslie Jacobson.

The New York office, the Firm’s oldest and largest, concentrates on antitrust and competition, asset management, restructuring and insolvency, capital markets, commercial litigation, executive compensation & ERISA, finance, intellectual property and technology, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, securities and shareholder litigation, tax, trusts and estates, and white-collar criminal defense and securities enforcement.

Our Washington, DC office was opened in 1949 as one of the first, and now one of the largest law firms headquartered elsewhere. It has strong capabilities in antitrust and competition, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, asset management, commercial litigation, energy, finance, financial services, government contracts, international trade and investment, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate, securities regulation and enforcement, and tax.

Our international offices have strong expertise in private equity, asset management, finance, dispute resolution, tax and mergers and acquisitions. Our London office was established in 1970 as one of the first European offices of a US law firm. Our Frankfurt office was established in 2004.

Ferzana Ahmed

Ferzana Ahmed is an Associate and solicitor based in Fragomen’s London office, where she works with the firm’s UK-inbound practice. In this role, Ferzana assists corporate clients and individuals with a broad spectrum of immigration matters, including Tiers 1, 2, and 5 of the Points Based System (PBS).

Prior to joining Fragomen, Ferzana worked in a niche immigration firm, where she advised clients in relation to business and private client immigration matters under the Points Based System and in regards to nationality law, EU free movement law and human rights law. Ferzana has also represented clients at both the First-Tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal, and has extensive litigation experience.

Ferzana speaks English, Punjabi and Urdu.

Firm Overview:

Established in 1951, Fragomen has grown from a respected domestic U.S. immigration law practice to a truly global organization.

Our expansion has been a direct result of our strategic decision to establish offices in the markets where our clients would benefit from our on-the-ground presence.

We intend to maintain our status as the largest and leading immigration services provider by extending our service capabilities and our global presence to meet our clients’ needs and market demands.

Constantin Klein

Constantin Klein is an associate in the firm’s International Dispute Resolution Group, based in the London office. His practice focuses on international arbitration, multi-jurisdictional litigation and white collar investigations.

Mr. Klein joined Debevoise in 2013 as a trainee solicitor and completed his training in the London office, which included a six-month secondment to the Hong Kong office. Mr. Klein received his LL.B. (upper second class) from Kings College, London in 2010. In his final year Mr. Klein was the recipient of the Kings College Law School Prize in Jurisprudence. Mr. Klein holds an LL.M. in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution (distinction) from Queen Mary University, London, and completed his L.P.C. (distinction) at BPP Law School, London. Mr. Klein is fluent in English, German and is conversational in Spanish.

From 2010 to 2011, Mr. Klein spent six months representing a pacific island state as a delegate at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, while also working with an NGO seeking to address global climate change issues. He competed in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, receiving an honourable mention for his advocacy in 2012. Mr. Klein was enrolled in the Young International Council for Commercial Arbitration’s (YICCA) Mentoring Programme from 2013 to 2014 as a mentee of the Honourable Marc Lalonde PC OC QC.

Mr. Klein’s recent publications include “Singapore Court of Appeal Clarifies Right to Challenge Tribunal’s Decision on Jurisdiction at the Enforcement Stage,” Arbitration Quarterly, Issue No.4 (December, 2013).

Mr. Klein was admitted as a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England & Wales in 2015.

Firm Overview:

Since opening in 1989, the London office – the firm’s second-largest – has developed remarkable talent and experience in Debevoise’s core practice areas, including private equity, insurance, international disputes and investigations, financial institutions, M&A, finance, capital markets and tax. Market wise and expert in English and European law, the London office is an integral part of a closely coordinated global practice that includes colleagues in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.

In the corporate and transactional arena, where English and New York law have come to occupy leading positions in much of the world, the London office boasts deep experience in both. Some 30% of Debevoise’s London lawyers hold U.S. qualifications, and more than 75% are English law-qualified. Further, 10% of the firm’s London lawyers are dual-qualified in both England and the U.S.

The office’s leading Disputes Resolution practice similarly spans legal regimes, as well as international borders, languages, industries and court systems. Led by a team of seven partners, the practice’s advocacy-led approach makes it distinct in the market, with capabilities ranging from international commercial arbitration, domestic and international commercial litigation and public international law, to white collar crime and investigations. Debevoise’s London talent and resources in these areas are described by Chambers UK as “stellar” and “distinguished.” The practice is chaired by former UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith QC, who has been described by the major legal directories as “one of the great doyens of the English bar.”

Debevoise’s London transactional group has advised on some of the largest public listings, globally significant M&A transactions, and innovative acquisition financings and strategies for corporate clients, and has a market-leading fund formation practice supporting its expanding fund sponsor client base. According to Legal 500 UK, “the transactional team at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP are ‘responsive, thorough and precise.’”

In close collaboration with the firm’s other offices, London office lawyers build and coordinate specialized teams to advise on local and international matters in the UK and throughout Europe, as well as across emerging market territories, including India, the Middle East, Africa, Russia/CIS and Latin America.