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WINNER: Jane Mutimear, Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is Nokia’s go-to firm for litigation in the key markets of the UK, Germany and China, and Jane Mutimear is the lawyer to which the Finnish telecommunications giant turns to first. The scale of cases she has handled for the company is huge; since 2006 she has defended Nokia against the claims relating to the Robert Bosch patent portfolio and has also acted for the company on an arbitration brought by RIM in Sweden. Mutimear ran the Bird & Bird UK team that acted for Nokia in bringing a price-fixing claim against participants in the LCD screens cartel.

Executive vice president and chief legal officer Louise Pentland lauds Mutimear’s absolute commitment to the client and commerciality in delivering a top-notch service through an innovative charging model that allows the company to predict the costs of litigation up to 12 months in advance.

About Saunderson House

As advisers to the UK’s top legal professionals, we’d like to offer our warmest congratulations to the Lawyer Awards 2013 nominees and winners.

Saunderson House are an award-winning, chartered firm of Financial Planners and Investment Advisers. Our single focus is on protecting our clients’ capital and on growing it to the extent that it enables them to achieve their desired objectives.

Our expertise centres on:

  • Pension planning;
  • Investment management;
  • Inheritance tax and estate planning;
  • Strategic planning including cash flow planning.

In 2012, Saunderson House were named “Best Advisory Firm” at the Investment Week Fund Manager of the Year Awards, we were ranked in the top four at the Chartered Financial Planners of the Year Awards and were recognised as one of the UK’s Top 25 IFA Companies by Private Client Practitioner.

To find out more, please contact Tony Overy, Managing Director, on 0207 315 6645 or tony.overy@saunderson-house.co.uk.

Saunderson House Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

2ND: Philip Smith, Tuckers Solicitors

In criminal, fraud and disciplinary work you need tenacity and a cool head. Criminal law specialist Philip Smith wins plaudits from a number of clients for his dedication. Chief among them is Neil Wallis, former executive editor of the News of the World who was arrested in July 2011 by the Metropolitan Police as part of Operation Weeting. In February this year the CPS announced it would not be pressing any charges against Wallis, but in the 20 months between ,Smith consistently gave outstanding legal and pastoral care to his client, including guiding him through two appearances at the Leveson inquiry. “I can’t stress enough how Phil’s guidance assisted me as I restarted my professional career in exceptionally testing circumstances, and has continued to do so ever since,” says Wallis.

3RD: Alex Latner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

BLP took gaming software company Playtech through its initial AIM listing in 2006. Since then partner Alex Latner has become embedded in the client relationship. He has acted on all of its key transactions, from the acquisitions of PT Turnkey Services, Ash Gaming and Geneity among others, to the company’s promotion to the FTSE 250. This year Latner advised Playtech on the sale of its £424m stake in William Hill's online business. Playtech company secretary and legal counsel Paul Wright singles out Latner’s enthusiasm and commitment, noting that his advice is invariably sound both legally and commercially.

Finalists

  • Ian Felstead, Olswang
  • Jason Harding, CMS
  • Ben Rose, Hickman and Rose
  • Neil Upton, SJ Berwin