Hot 100 Litigators 2019

David Barker, Pinsent Masons

In a climate of fear over data privacy issues, Pinsent Masons’ David Barker is the lawyer increasingly taking the calls from big corporates. Last year, the firm’s head of TMT disputes led on some of the largest disagreements for big-name clients, including the first two UK High Court trials on ‘right to be forgotten’ cases. […]

Christine Braamskamp, Jenner & Block

Dutch-born-and-bred lawyer Christine Braamskamp, who in her words “came out of the clay in the north of Holland”, admits she still finds it hard to believe that she now plies her global investigations trade in the heart of the City of London. But 2018 was the year when any doubts she might still have about […]

Gideon Benaim, Simkins

Back in 1962, Cliff Richard was one of the first two clients of the firm that, by 2018, would be known as Simkins (the other was TV impresario Lord Lew Grade). Jump forward more than five decades and Simkins is still taking great care of the now Sir Cliff’s interests. Stepping up to do battle […]

Charles Brasted, Hogan Lovells

Last year, Charles Brasted was sorting out two of the biggest concerns for Londoners; Brexit and the potential loss of Uber. With Transport for London stripping the taxi app of its City licence in 2017, the Hogan Lovells litigator was called in to save the day in one of the most high-profile battles of the […]

Des Collins, Collins Solicitors

Des Collins makes his second appearance in the Hot 100. This year, it’s for his work on the Infected Blood Inquiry, examining why thousands of haemophiliac NHS patients were given contaminated blood and blood products throughout the 1970s and 1980s. It is the UK’s worst peacetime tragedy. The Government finally announced the opening of a […]

Liesl Fichardt, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

In her first full calendar year as a Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner, Liesl Fichardt has proven her considerable worth to the decade-old London outpost. The former Clifford Chance head of tax investigations and disputes arrived at Quinn Emanuel (QE) as the first dedicated tax partner in the London office in late 2017, handling […]

Heather Gagen, Travers Smith

Travers Smith litigator Heather Gagen wasted no time in making her mark at the firm after hopping across the Holborn viaduct in 2015 from Hogan Lovells. In less than two years, she had already been promoted to partner and was one of four Travers women to make the cut that year. This, combined with her […]

Jill Greenfield, Fieldfisher

Jill Greenfield attended a comprehensive in Stoke-on-Trent, with a father who was a joiner and a mother who worked on a fruit stall, and never expected to become a lawyer. She came into the profession wanting to fight for justice for individuals. And as the head of Fieldfisher’s personal injury department, she gets to do […]

Paul Jennings, Bates Wells Braithwaite

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s Paul Jennings is an employment lawyer working at the forefront of cases relating to the gig economy. One of his most significant instructions of last year was acting for James Farrar and Yaseen Aslam, the test claimants in the landmark employment rights case against the global transportation company Uber. Jennings won in […]

Sophie Lawrance, Bristows

As a specialist in EU law splitting her time between London and Brussels, Bristows partner Sophie Lawrance is set to have arguably the most challenging and transformative year of her career. Did Lawrance think at the start of her working life that she would be working throughout the biggest political event in a generation? Unequivocally, […]

Jamie Maples, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Jamie Maples’ dispute skills were honed during his time as a barrister at 1 Essex Court in the early 2000s. When he left the Bar, he made his way to Weil Gotshal & Manges, where he now leads the City disputes practice. Last year, Maples led on one of the most significant Islamic finance cases […]

Nick McAleenan, JMW

JMW partner Nick McAleenan’s practice has benefited from the immensely interesting work generated by the explosion of data breach cases over the last few years, with a mix of privacy cases for individuals and group cases against companies topping the agenda. McAleenan was the driving force behind action for claimants in the first-ever data-related class […]