The Hot 100 2013
Dechert partner Miriam Gonzalez talks about diversity and developing a thriving international trade practice in the latest of our profiles of Hot 100 alumni.
Lisbeth Savill made The Lawyer Hot 100 in 2012 on the back of an impressive career which had seen her rise to become head of film and television at Olswang.
Gil Strauss, equity partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.
“Do you remember super-injunction spring?” asks Charlotte Harris.
The Lawyer today names the lawyers who will shape the profession in 2013 in the eagerly anticipated Hot 100 feature.
For Shonagh MacVicar (scroll down for video), head of legal for Commonwealth Games organiser Glasgow 2014, 2012 was a watershed year.
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).
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.
With the recent enactment of the Legal Services Act, significant changes have swept the legal sector.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It was a legal first when Rupinder Bains and her firm won a landmark order against Facebook last year.
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.
In our latest Hot 100 video Freshfields’ Adam Gallagher talks about the collapse of Southern Cross and singing Islands in the Stream
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.
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”.
Charles Lindsay was the man behind Allen & Overy’s Istanbul office launch at the end of 2011.
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.
As ClientEarth takes the Government to the Supreme Court over air pollution, we talk to CEO James Thornton.
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.
In The Lawyer’s search for stars of the energy market one name came up over and over again - Gareth Price.
The Government’s decision to cut university funding has had a profound impact on the higher education sector.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eversheds partner and head of real estate investment Nicholas Bartlett’s involvement with Western Europe’s tallest building, the Shard, began in a lift.
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.
Last year (2012) marked an important milestone in Lucie Cawood’s professional and personal life.
Bruce Bell has been instrumental in Linklaters’ banking and restructuring groups.
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.
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.
Browne Jacobson’s managing partner Iain Blatherwick has had a lot to do since taking over at the Midlands-based firm in 2009.
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.
Daniel Lightman has carved out a name for himself at Serle Court for taking on legally significant but unusual cases.
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.
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).
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Inner Temple became a trailblazer on diversity issues at the bar when in March 2012 it launched the Pegasus Access Scheme.
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.
5RB barrister Victoria Jolliffe is fast gaining a reputation as a go-to counsel on expanding and critical areas of media law.
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.
In the wake of the credit crunch, corporate transactions have become a lot more complicated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In her own words, Linklaters’ Christa Band (scroll down for video interview) says 2012 has been a “slightly uncharacteristic year”.
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.
They say every journalist has a book in them; maybe that applies to lawyers as well.
“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.
Burness Paull & Williamsons chairman Philip Rodney (scroll down for video interview) had an epic 2012.
Having qualified as a lawyer in 2004, Dan Oates’ (scroll down for video interview) rise in the legal world has been meteoric.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For Wiggin’s CEO John Banister (scroll down for video interview), the recession has served up an opportunity.
Karen Morrissey was one of the unsung heroes of the legal profession in 2012.
Few firms boosted their reputation in 2012 quite like Osborne Clarke.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Tax is always, well, taxing and no more so than when you are Anthony Inglese, general counsel of HM Revenue & Customs.
Managing the legal affairs for a consultancy group that operates in more than 50 countries worldwide is a challenge in itself.
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.
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.
2012 was a seminal year for Grainne Brankin (scroll down for video interview), international legal director at CBS Outdoor (CBSO).
Google’s director of litigation (Emea) Harjinder Obhi did not spend 2012 with his feet up.
FIFA IP legal counsel and head of trademark registration Alexia Willetts packed a lot into 2012.
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.
As general counsel of Greggs, Jonathan Jowett had little choice but to wade into the pasty tax scandal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tim Ross (scroll down for video interview) had no small task when he became Kelway’s first-ever lawyer in 2010.
In our latest Hot 100 video Misys general counsel Tom Kilroy talks about becoming acting CEO of the business and the challenges that entailed
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.
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.
Say what you want about Eversheds, but it is a firm with a plan.