Chris Gawn, CityFibre Infrastucture Holdings

Gawn, Chris – CityFibre Infrastructure

UK telecoms infrastructure company CityFibre’s CEO Greg Mesch describes his company’s mission as “building Gigabit Britain”. At the core of that build-out is company secretary and head of legal Chris Gawn, a lawyer who certainly has his hands full. Top telecoms deals CityFibre had a stellar 2017, with what looked like being its deal of […]

Amie Norris, Pinsent Masons

Norris, Amie – Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons corporate senior associate Amie Norris’s 2017 began with a four-month secondment to the firm’s London office. Norris’s work on Lyceum Capital Partners takeover of Timico Technology took up the vast majority of those four months before she headed home to the North West. However, while in the capital Norris developed a range of […]

Toby Landau QC, Essex Court Chambers

Landau QC, Toby – Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers’ Toby Landau QC is an exemplar of the world-class lawyers the UK exports to the global market. He not only appears for multinational corporations before the UK courts in landmark litigation cases, but also runs an internationally renowned arbitration practice. In 2017 he secured an important arbitration-related decision in the Supreme Court […]

Ece Gürsoy, Global Ports Holdings

Gürsoy, Ece – Global Ports Holdings

  Until the end of 2017 Ece Gürsoy was chief legal officer and company secretary of renewables company Lightsource. For six years, she helped the company become the leading utility scale solar power generator in the UK. Gürsoy joined the company in 2011. Having started her life in law practising in Turkey, she requalifyed as […]

Adrian Shedden, Burges Salmon/Keystone Law

Shedden, Adrian – Burges Salmon/Keystone Law

Burges Salmon has unexpectedly become a major player in the legal fintech space, on a par with international firms and the magic circle. This is in part thanks to head of fintech Adrian Shedden. Shedden rose through the associate ranks to create a platform for the firm to advise institutions such as the Financial Conduct […]

Amy Jacks, DLA Piper

Jacks, Amy – DLA Piper

Making partner six years ago, Amy Jacks has risen through the ranks to play a pivotal role in the development of DLA Piper’s core financial sector team, arguably one of the most strategically important areas to the firm. Key clients As head of DLA Piper’s City restructuring practice, Jacks was particularly busy during 2017 on […]

Kirsten Massey, Herbert Smith Freehills

Massey, Kirsten – Herbert Smith Freehills

Litigator Kirsten Massey’s hunger for big-ticket, international work took her all the way from New Zealand to London. She took a risk leaving local firm Russell McVeagh for Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and was told to expect a dial-down in work. That didn’t happen – instead, she landed herself the most senior role on the […]

Sonia Tolaney QC, One Essex Court

Tolaney QC, Sonia – One Essex Court

Sonia Tolaney QC is one of the Bar’s most celebrated silks. She was previously recognised in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 for appearing on the winning side in two of the most significant cases of 2009. She represented Centrica in its £182m claim against consultancy Accenture and Nationwide Building Society in its bank charges case against […]

Victoria Wakefield, Brick Court Chambers

Wakefield, Victoria – Brick Court Chambers

Newly returned from maternity leave in 2017, Victoria Wakefield was one of the most active barristers in court in the second half of the year. The highlights were certainly the two Supreme Court cases where she was making submissions in her own right despite being led as a junior. The first was R (on the […]

Picture of Charles Hayes, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to illustrate The Lawyer Hot 100 Career Quiz with Charlie Hayes, Freshfields career

Hayes, Charles – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Promoted to partner in 2016, Charles Hayes is a rising star in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s corporate department. CVC Hayes has developed a particularly strong relationship with CVC Capital Partners. He acted on a multitude of deals for the private equity giant in 2017, including closing CVC’s £3.6bn sale of Formula One in January 2017. Since […]

Judith Ayling 39 Essex Court

Ayling, Judith – 39 Essex Chambers

Judith Ayling came to the law late after a successful career in publishing. She has since made a name for herself in the world of personal injury and clinical negligence. A full schedule in 2017 saw her as the junior representing Ian Paterson, a breast cancer surgeon sued over claims of botched mastectomies. This was […]

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