The Hot 100 2013


Hot 100: Adam Gallagher, Freshfields video


In our latest Hot 100 video Freshfields’ Adam Gallagher talks about the collapse of Southern Cross and singing Islands in the Stream


Hot 100: Adrienne Seaman, CME Group video


Adrienne Seaman (scroll down for video interview) had a busy 2012 as Emea associate general counsel for CME Group, the global derivatives and futures exchange.


Hot 100: Alexia Willetts, FIFA


FIFA IP legal counsel and head of trademark registration Alexia Willetts packed a lot into 2012.


Hot 100: Alison Dennis, Field Fisher Waterhouse video


Alison Dennis (scroll down for video interview) has substantially grown both her own client base and the life sciences practice at Field Fisher Waterhouse since she joined the firm from Reed Smith just four years ago.


Hot 100: Alison Eddy, Irwin Mitchell video


It is not every year that you make history in your firm, but 2012 has been significant for both Alison Eddy (scroll down for video interview) and Irwin Mitchell.

Allen Hanen

Hot 100: Allen Hanen, Herbert Smith Freehills


It would be wrong to describe Herbert Smith Freehills partner Allen Hanen as a rising star in his firm, but his profile has shot up since standing unsuccessfully for senior partner at Herbert Smith in 2009/10.


Hot 100: Amy Chapman, Mace video


The construction market may have been in the doldrums, but 2012 was one of the best years for Amy Chapman (scroll down for video interview), group legal director at construction giant Mace (scroll down for video interview).

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Hot 100: Andrew McDonald, Premier Foods


Trading performance at British brands powerhouse Premier Foods was at its worst when Andrew McDonald joined as general counsel in 2011 from food manufacturer Uniq.

Antony Inglese

Hot 100: Anthony Inglese, HMRC


Tax is always, well, taxing and no more so than when you are Anthony Inglese, general counsel of HM Revenue & Customs.


Hot 100: Ashley Katz, Mayer Brown video


Mayer Brown’s London restructuring head Ashley Katz has a growing reputation for handling complex restructuring and insolvency cases, as 2012 has been a busy year for him. One client describes him as “a tenacious lawyer who is a real hustler”.


Hot 100: Askan Denstaedt, GoldenTree Asset Management


Askan Denstaedt, the London-based general counsel for Europe at New York hedge fund GoldenTree Asset Management, has one of the broadest remits in the investment management field.


Hot 100: Bruce Bell, Linklaters video


Bruce Bell has been instrumental in Linklaters’ banking and restructuring groups.


Hot 100: Bryan Hughes, Eversheds video

Online January 2013

Say what you want about Eversheds, but it is a firm with a plan.

Charles Lindsay

Hot 100: Charles Lindsay, Allen & Overy


Charles Lindsay was the man behind Allen & Overy’s Istanbul office launch at the end of 2011.


Hot 100: Charlotte Moller, Reed Smith video


Reed Smith London restructuring partner Charlotte Møller (scroll down for video interview) found herself working on one of the key cases last year when she advised KPMG on the administration of spread betting business WorldSpreads.


Hot 100: Chris Hardman, Hogan Lovells


The end of an era is in sight for Hogan Lovells litigation partner Chris Hardman. For the past three and a half years Hardman has been leading the firm’s work for Kazakhstan’s JSC BTA Bank in its efforts to recoup $6bn from former chairman Muktar Ablyazov.


Hot 100: Christa Band, Linklaters video


In her own words, Linklaters’ Christa Band (scroll down for video interview) says 2012 has been a “slightly uncharacteristic year”.


Hot 100: Christine Phillips, Field Fisher Waterhouse video


Field Fisher Waterhouse corporate finance partner Christine Phillips spent much of 2012 on one of the highest-profile deals of the year, advising Rangers FC.


Hot 100: Claire Jeffs, Slaughter and May video


The star of Slaughter and May partner Claire Jeffs, who first made an appearance in the 2005 Hot 100 as a senior associate, continues to rise in the competition arena.


Hot 100: Dan Oates, Kirkland & Ellis video


Having qualified as a lawyer in 2004, Dan Oates’ (scroll down for video interview) rise in the legal world has been meteoric.


Hot 100: Daniel Lightman, Serle Court video


Daniel Lightman has carved out a name for himself at Serle Court for taking on legally significant but unusual cases.


Hot 100: Daniel Toledano QC, One Essex Court video


“The drama of the court has always attracted me,” says One Essex Court’s Daniel Toledano QC, who has made the transition from junior to silk look seamless.


Hot 100: Darryl Coulter, Celerant Consulting video


Managing the legal affairs for a consultancy group that operates in more than 50 countries worldwide is a challenge in itself.


Hot 100: David Beech, Knights video


Knights Solicitors managing partner David Beech (scroll down for video interview) is a man with a plan, and the plan is to turn the Midlands-based firm into a capital-rich business with a nimble management structure.


Hot 100: David Thompson, Moore Blatch video


Moore Blatch’s managing partner David Thompson (scroll down for video interview) has been at the helm of the firm for the past seven years, having joined the firm 30 years ago.


Hot 100: Douglas Nordlinger, Skadden video


For much of its post-colonial history, Sudan has been ravaged by war. Sadly, the hostilities didn’t end with the secession of the south on 9 July 2011.


Hot 100: Edward Smith, Telefónica UK video


Things are never dull in the fast-paced telecoms sector but 2012 was a particularly busy time for Telefónica UK as general counsel Edward Smith explains.


Hot 100: Elizabeth Robertson, K&L Gates video


At the start of 2012 US firm K&L Gates took a major step forward in UK litigation circles when it hired Addleshaw Goddard’s highly respected corporate crime chief Elizabeth Robertson as its first partner in its white collar crime and criminal defence practice.


Hot 100: Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC, One Crown Office Row


Like a handful of her peers, Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC chose the bar because a man told her it was no place for a woman.

Gareth Price

Hot 100: Gareth Price, Allen & Overy


In The Lawyer’s search for stars of the energy market one name came up over and over again - Gareth Price.


Hot 100: Gary Attle, Mills & Reeve video


The Government’s decision to cut university funding has had a profound impact on the higher education sector.

Grainne Brankin

Hot 100: Grainne Brankin, CBS Outdoor International video


2012 was a seminal year for Grainne Brankin (scroll down for video interview), international legal director at CBS Outdoor (CBSO).


Hot 100: Gregory Shields, Forster Dean video


Gregory Shields (scroll down for video interview) showed off his taste for trying out the new as far back as 2007, when he led the first pure management buyout of a law firm in the UK.

Hot 100: Harjinder Obhi, Google


Google’s director of litigation (Emea) Harjinder Obhi did not spend 2012 with his feet up.


Hot 100: Helen Ward, Stewarts Law video


The news in September 2012 that family partner Helen Ward (scroll down for video interview) was quitting Manches with a team of lawyers and staff was one of the biggest stories to hit the world of divorce law for some time.


Hot 100: Hilary Evenett, Clifford Chance video


In the wake of the credit crunch, corporate transactions have become a lot more complicated.

Iain Blatherwick

Hot 100: Iain Blatherwick, Browne Jacobson


Browne Jacobson’s managing partner Iain Blatherwick has had a lot to do since taking over at the Midlands-based firm in 2009.


Hot 100: Iain Miller, Bevan Brittan video


With the recent enactment of the Legal Services Act, significant changes have swept the legal sector.


Hot 100: Iain Wagstaff, Linklaters video


While 2012 may have been a flat year for many M&A lawyers, it kept Linklaters’ corporate partner Iain Wagstaff extremely busy working on several large scale, cross-border transactions.


Hot 100: Ingrid Simler QC, Devereux Chambers video

Online January 2013

In 2013 Devereux Chambers’ Ingrid Simler QC (scroll down for video interview) will take on HM Revenue & Customs when she examines the tax authority’s relationship with Goldman Sachs.


Hot 100: James Dingemans QC, 3 Hare Court video


Inner Temple became a trailblazer on diversity issues at the bar when in March 2012 it launched the Pegasus Access Scheme.

Hot 100: James Saunders, Saunders Law video


“It is not every job where you get the Prime Minister standing up and saying that what’s happened is an outrage,” says Saunders Law managing director James Saunders, referring to the publication of the Hillsborough report on 12 September.


Hot 100: James Thornton, ClientEarth video


As ClientEarth takes the Government to the Supreme Court over air pollution, we talk to CEO James Thornton.


Hot 100: Jennie Gubbins, Trowers & Hamlins video


Trowers & Hamlins senior partner elect Jennie Gubbins (scroll down for video interview) is not waiting until spring before she makes an impact as the head of her firm.


Hot 100: Jennifer Bethlehem, Freshfields video


Freshfields’ Jennifer Bethlehem is not a run-of-the-mill corporate partner. To start with, she is the relationship partner for key clients such as Goldman Sachs, Rolls-Royce and Novartis.


Hot 100: Jeremy Cross, SJ Berwin video


As head of SJ Berwin’s finance team, Jeremy Cross has spearheaded the firm’s drive to expand in the area, one of its fastest growing practice groups in revenue terms in recent years.


Hot 100: Jo Rickards, DLA Piper video


White-collar crime specialist Jo Rickards (scroll down for video interview) joined DLA Piper nearly three years ago from boutique Peters & Peters, and her reputation in the field led former News of the World editor Andy Coulson to instruct her on a number of matters relating to the phone-hacking scandal.


Hot 100: Joanna Blackburn, Mishcon video


Head of the employment department at Mishcon de Reya Joanna Blackburn runs one of the largest teams in London, with 27 fee-earners and seven partners.

Joanne Wheeler

Hot 100: Joanne Wheeler, CMS video


CMS TMT partner Joanne Wheeler (scroll down for video interview) is in a league of her own. The space and satellite specialist’s work literally bends the earth’s boundaries and needs just as flexible a brain to comprehend.


Hot 100: Jocelyn Cockburn, Hodge Jones & Allen video


If you pick out just one of our Hot 100 to watch this year, make it Hodge Jones & Allen partner Jocelyn Cockburn (scroll down for video interview).


Hot 100: John Banister, Wiggin video


For Wiggin’s CEO John Banister (scroll down for video interview), the recession has served up an opportunity.

Jonathan Jowett

Hot 100: Jonathan Jowett, Greggs


As general counsel of Greggs, Jonathan Jowett had little choice but to wade into the pasty tax scandal.


Hot 100: Jonathan King, Osborne Clarke video


Osborne Clarke equity capital markets head (ECM) and corporate finance specialist Jonathan King (scroll down for video interview) has made quite a name for himself in recent years.


Hot 100: Joss Dare, Ashurst video


Joss Dare (scroll down for video interview) has steered Ashurst’s Middle East operations since becoming regional head in 2011, and overseeing a major strategic rethink in its Abu Dhabi and Dubai offices.

Karen Morrissey

Hot 100: Karen Morrissey, formerly of Dewey & LeBoeuf


Karen Morrissey was one of the unsung heroes of the legal profession in 2012.


Hot 100: Karen Todner, Kaim Todner video


It was a year of triumph and tears for Kaim Todner managing director Karen Todner (scroll down for video interview) after she finally secured victory in Gary McKinnon’s high profile extradition case.


Hot 100: Karena Vleck, RFU video


Karena Vleck (scroll down for video interview), general counsel for the Rugby Football Union (RFU), had a stressful but successful 2012, overhauling the inner workings of the organisation.


Hot 100: Karyl Nairn, Skadden Arps


It was, without any doubt or hyperbole, one of the biggest and most dramatic cases of recent years. Roman Abramovich’s titanic $6bn (£3.8bn) battle of the oligarchs against Boris Berezovsky was always going to be a headline-generator.


Hot 100: Keith Mathieson, RPC video


RPC media litigator Keith Mathieson had a stellar 2012. Mathieson has long acted for Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers and in 2012 represented the company as the Leveson Inquiry progressed.


Hot 100: Louise Delahunty, Sullivan & Cromwell video


Louise Delahunty (scroll down for video interview) is one of a growing group of English corporate crime specialists to have joined a US firm in recent years.


Hot 100: Lucie Cawood, Travers Smith video


Last year (2012) marked an important milestone in Lucie Cawood’s professional and personal life.

Mark Thomson

Hot 100: Mark Thomson, Atkins Thomson


There were few lawyers more likely to receive celebrity endorsement in 2012 than Atkins Thomson partner Mark Thomson, who found himself at the heart of one of the biggest stories of the year - the phone hacking scandal and its legal fallout.


Hot 100: Melanie Hall QC, Monckton Chambers video


Not many barristers can claim to have saved the taxpayer £20bn in the past year, but that is exactly what Monckton Chambers’ Melanie Hall QC (scroll down for video interview) did in 2012.


Hot 100: Michael Lazarus, 3 Verulam Buildings video


Commercially astute and exceptionally bright, 3 Verulam Buildings’ Michael Lazarus appeared in the groundbreaking case being pursued by Russian bank VTB Capital against Nutritek International.

Michael Silverleaf

Hot 100: Michael Silverleaf QC, 11 South Square


11 South Square’s Michael Silverleaf QC has become one of the go-to IP silks of his generation, and 2013 will see him continue to work on industry-defining cases.


Hot 100: Monica Kurnatowska, Baker & McKenzie video


Baker & McKenzie employment partner Monica Kurnatowska (scroll down for video interview) would be the first to admit that as a lawyer acting predominantly for employers it’s not always the case that the employees on the other side of the table reach the end of a deal feeling upbeat.

Nadia Bann

Hot 100: Nadia Banno, BBC


Working in the 24/7 media industry can be tough at the best of times, not least when you are the head of litigation at one of the world’s leading international broadcasters.


Hot 100: Nichola Higgins, Doughty Street Chambers video


Since her call in 2005 Nichola Higgins (scroll down for video interview) has gained a reputation as a rising star both in terms of her work at the criminal bar in high profile and complex matters, and also representing the profession as a member of the Bar Council.

Nicholas Bartlett

Hot 100: Nicholas Bartlett, Eversheds


Eversheds partner and head of real estate investment Nicholas Bartlett’s involvement with Western Europe’s tallest building, the Shard, began in a lift.


Hot 100: Nick Moser, Taylor Wessing video


They say every journalist has a book in them; maybe that applies to lawyers as well.


Hot 100: Nilema Bhakta-Jones, Top Right Group video


The first major challenge Nilema Bhakta-Jones (scroll down for video interview) took on following her promotion to group legal director at Emap in 2008 was to advise on one of Europe’s largest transactions in the media sector at the time.


Hot 100: Nusrat Zar, Herbert Smith Freehills video


Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partner Nusrat Zar (scroll down for video interview) was behind the scenes of not one but two of the UK’s biggest stories of 2012.

Paul McGrath QC

Hot 100: Paul McGrath QC, Essex Court Chambers


You have to hand it to the man. Last year, Paul McGrath QC tried to reverse a whole body of law in the groundbreaking Supreme Court dispute, VTB v Nutritek.

Penelope Warne

Hot 100: Penelope Warne, CMS


Penelope Warne, the practice group manager for the energy, projects and construction group at CMS and a member of the firm’s board, is also one of the unsung heroes behind the international growth of the firm’s European network.


Hot 100: Peter Roberts, Ashurst video


Energy partner Roberts has acted on two big projects for Ashurst this year: selling out the interests of Rockhopper Exploration in the Falklands and working for Angola LNG on selling their LNG (liquified natural gas).


Hot 100: Philip Rodney, Burness Paull & Williamsons video


Burness Paull & Williamsons chairman Philip Rodney (scroll down for video interview) had an epic 2012.

Hot 100: Philip Young, Cooke Young & Keidan


Philip Young’s diverse practice has gone from representing Asia’s richest woman, the late property tycoon Nina Wang, to taking on one of the world’s richest banks, Barclays.

Pushpinder Saini

Hot 100: Pushpinder Saini QC, Blackstone Chambers


Like many at Blackstone Chambers, the very versatile Pushpinder Saini QC’s public law practice bridges both the public and commercial spheres, but it is for his commercial work in the ongoing Madoff litigation that this year he is part of the Hot 100.


Hot 100: Raj Karia, Norton Rose video


Norton Rose corporate partner Raj Karia (scroll down for video interview) had a stellar 2012, thanks in part to his firm’s multiple mergers in the preceding few years.


Hot 100: Rebecca Bell, Slater & Gordon video


If ABS was the story of 2012, Russell Jones & Walker was one of the main protagonists, having announced its acquisition by listed Australian firm Slater & Gordon right at the start of the year.


Hot 100: Rhian Deakin, Foster & Partners video


From a chance secondment on loan from Travers Smith in March 2010, Rhian Deakin (scroll down for video interview) never would have thought that she would become Foster & Partners’ first ever general counsel less than six months later.


Hot 100: Richard Clark, Slaughter and May video


Richard Clark (scroll down for video interview) has been at Slaughter and May for 30 years, but his role in the firm will change significantly when he takes on the role of executive partner early next year.

Rita Lowe

Hot 100: Rita Lowe, CMS


As US-based Dewey & LeBoeuf went the way of the dodo in the biggest law firm collapse of recent years, its UK LLP, covering the London and Paris offices, turned to CMS Cameron McKenna to advise the partners on liquidation matters.


Hot 100: Rupinder Bains, Pinder Reaux & Associates video


It was a legal first when Rupinder Bains and her firm won a landmark order against Facebook last year.


Hot 100: Sandeep Katwala, Linklaters video


Sandeep Katwala, managed to fit in a three-month sabbatical into a year in which he oversaw the firm’s alliance with SA’s Webber Wentzel and the historic BP Reliance Industries deal in India.


Hot 100: Sara Luder, Slaughter and May video


Sara Luder (scroll down for video interview) is one of three female practice chiefs at Slaughter and May - four when Deborah Finkler becomes head of disputes next year after Richard Clark steps up to executive partner - and one of the City’s top tax lawyers.


Hot 100: Sara Mansoori, Matrix Chambers video


On the first day Sara Mansoori (scroll down for video interview) joined Matrix Chambers in April 2011, she had a conference with Mark Thomson of Atkins Thomson, who was about to file the first civil phone-hacking claim for Sienna Miller against the News of the World (NoW).


Hot 100: Sarah Clover, Clyde & Co video


Sarah Clover (scroll down for video interview), joint head of Clyde & Co’s professional and financial disputes team, has become virtually a household name in legal circles for defending law firms and barristers in professional liability claims.

Sarah Jones

Hot 100: Sarah Jones, BBC


Last year proved one to remember for the BBC’s Sarah Jones, who was promoted to group general counsel in January and has since dealt with a number of high-profile issues.


Hot 100: Sarah Sivyour, Ashurst video


Ashurst property lawyer Sarah Sivyour (scroll down for video interview) was an associate in the team advising Sellar Property as developer of the Shard on real estate and planning, when the partner in charge of the project, Gary Watson, left the firm for Mayer Brown.


Hot 100: Shonagh MacVicar, Glasgow 2014 video


For Shonagh MacVicar (scroll down for video), head of legal for Commonwealth Games organiser Glasgow 2014, 2012 was a watershed year.

Simon Beswick

Hot 100: Simon Beswick, Osborne Clarke


Few firms boosted their reputation in 2012 quite like Osborne Clarke.

Solomon Wifa

Hot 100: Solomon Wifa, O'Melveny & Myers


Almost three years ago Solomon Wifa made his mark in the legal community as he became the youngest-ever managing partner of O’Melveny & Myers in London at the age of 37.


Hot 100: Stephen Parkinson, Kingsley Napley video


As head of criminal litigation at Kingsley Napley, Stephen Parkinson’s (scroll down for video interview) prior case list reads like a who’s who of modern UK political affairs.


Hot 100: Tim Lord QC, Brick Court Chambers video

Online January 2013

The delightful Tim Lord QC of Brick Court Chambers (scroll down for video interview) is a winner with clients for his affable and charming personality.


Hot 100: Tim Ross, Kelway video


Tim Ross (scroll down for video interview) had no small task when he became Kelway’s first-ever lawyer in 2010.


Hot 100: Tinu Adeshile, Islam Channel video


Tinu Adeshile (scroll down for video interview) is an inspiration to prospective young lawyers who want to enter the profession but do not have access to the usual gilded pathways.


Hot 100: Tom Cassels, Baker & McKenzie video


After a year chock-full of judicial review proceedings, what stood out most for Baker & McKenzie partner Tom Cassels (scroll down for video interview) was his ongoing role as adviser to the BBC Trust.


Hot 100: Tom Kilroy, Misys video


In our latest Hot 100 video Misys general counsel Tom Kilroy talks about becoming acting CEO of the business and the challenges that entailed

Victoria Jolliffe

Hot 100: Victoria Jolliffe, 5RB


5RB barrister Victoria Jolliffe is fast gaining a reputation as a go-to counsel on expanding and critical areas of media law.


The Lawyer Hot 100 2013 unveiled


The Lawyer today names the lawyers who will shape the profession in 2013 in the eagerly anticipated Hot 100 feature.