13 Jan 2014 (HOT 100 issue)

Marie Scott

The Hot 100: Real estate

Louise Cartwright  Irwin Mitchell Irwin Mitchell associate Louise Cartwright worked on several massive real estate deals last year. Perhaps most significantly, she acted on Wells Fargo’s acquisition of a £4bn commercial real estate loan book from Hypothekenbank Frankfurt – one of the largest European commercial real estate debt transactions ever. Cartwright was lead associate on […]


The Hot 100: Management

Alison Bond  Pinsent Masons Alison Bond has been a partner at Pinsent Masons since 1994 and moved into a client relationship management role in 1996. Since 2012 Bond has been leading the team behind Pinsent Masons’ freelance network Vario, which launched in February 2013. Bond runs Vario with a team of three dedicated staff and […]

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The Hot 100: Litigation/regulation

Neal Gibson  Nabarro Dual-qualified Nabarro litigation partner Neal Gibson has represented a variety of high-profile pensions and financial services clients in cases spanning the IBM litigation to the restructuring of UK Coal.  He led a team to win a case for trustees of IBM over documents going back to 1983. He also represented the trustees […]


The Hot 100: IP/commercial

Reno Antoniades  Lee & Thompson 2013 was an exceptional year for Reno Antoniades, both managing partner of media boutique Lee & Thompson and head of its film group. The firm’s overall turnover soared by 35 per cent, while revenue in the film and TV group shot up by 45 per cent in the first six […]


The Hot 100: In-house

Justine Campbell  British Gas Justine Campbell is used to change. She has worked at some of the top telecommunications businesses in Europe on restructuring their legal teams, but has now changed direction to take up the top role at British Gas – an enormously high-profile job. Campbell joined Vodafone in 2009 after 10 years at […]

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The Hot 100: Finance

Tamara Box Reed Smith Tamara Box joined Reed Smith as structured finance head from Berwin Leighton Paisner in February 2012 and has been instrumental to the growth of the firm’s finance practice.  Since her arrival, the team has more than doubled in size from two partners and seven associates to four partners and 16 associates. […]


The Hot 100: Family

Rebecca Carlyon  Penningtons Manches Penningtons Manches family partner Rebecca Carlyon had a fantastic 2013. The legacy Manches lawyer was promoted to partner in January 2013, one of only two promotions at the firm last year, and shortly afterwards was part of a Manches team which successfully argued before the High Court that a family case […]

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The Hot 100: Corporate

Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand Olswang Spearheading Olswang’s push into Malaysia is all in a day’s work for Azlinda Ariffin-Boromand. Not only has she carved out a role for herself advising Malaysian companies across South-East Asia, but she plays a key role in joining the dots between the firm’s London headquarters and its Singapore office, which opened in 2012. […]

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The Hot 100: Campaigners

Raju Bhatt  Bhatt Murphy Solicitors With a long career centred heavily on police racism and brutality issues, Bhatt Murphy founding partner Raju Bhatt specialises in helping members of the public seeking state accountability.  Bhatt is one of the founding members of the Police Action Lawyers Group and the Inquest Lawyers Group. His recent and current cases […]


The Hot 100: The Bar

Helen Davies QC  Brick Court Chambers In October last year Brick Court Chambers elected Helen Davies QC as its first-ever female head of chambers. Davies took up the joint role with incumbent Jonathan Hirst QC. Her appointment followed years of service at the set, with roles including head of pupillage, sitting on the executive committee […]

Cat Griffiths index

Brightest and best face up to change

On the first day of the Hot 100 photo shoot I hosted a roundtable discussion with Thomson Reuters at Blackstone Chambers. The theme was transformation and the participants were a stellar set of lawyers in management, fresh from their close-ups in the morning.  Given the calibre of those present the discussion was – not surprisingly – […]

Inns of Court

Inns, outs and firm offers

An increasing number of barristers are jumping ship to private practice A decade ago it would have been almost unthinkable for an established silk to leave his beloved chambers for the corporate reality of private practice. How times have changed.  Last week, Herbert Smith Freehills marked a new era of growth for its advocacy unit […]

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