International overview

UK legal advice for European clients and law firms

We provide our European clients with UK sector and specialist legal advice across all three UK Jurisdictions (England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). Clients understand that we provide the best mix of advice, service and value.


We also work alongside significant European law firms who benefit from our sector knowledge, areas of expertise and resources. Our independence is a key attraction because they know that we have no ambitions to compete with their domestic markets.


European legal advice for our clients

We have developed excellent working relationships with leading law firms throughout the region and regularly provide and co-ordinate pan-European advice for our international clients using a bespoke network of leading independent law firms selected for their sector and specialist expertise. Because we are not restricted to using any one firm in any European jurisdiction we can ensure we have the very best match of sector and specialist expertise to meet our clients’ needs. We meet regularly with our key European Preferred Law Firms to ensure we continue to deliver a seamless service and to share our sector knowledge. We are regularly in the region meeting our clients and attending specialist international conferences.

We have a multitude of experience co-ordinating and project managing multi-jurisdictional advice for our US clients, particularly across Europe.






International experience

Advising Victoria’s Secret in protecting one of its core brands in Europe, including multiple opposition proceedings. This was a pan-European matter.

Advising WEX Europe Services on the HR and employment issues arising following the acquisition of the fuel services credit card company across nine European jurisdictions. The team project managed the advice for the US parent and UK subsidiary.

Advising The Spear Group on its acquisition by Vienna headquartered Constantia Flexibles Group, working alongside Thompson Hine LLP in the US. We co-ordinated matters across Vienna, South Africa, the US and the UK.

Advising an international bottling and distribution organisation on its European data protection programme (incorporating preparation of procedures handbooks) and covering over 40,000 employees. This was a pan-European matter.

Advising UK dairy co-operative Milk Link on its merger with Danish dairy co-operative Arla Foods amba to create a £2 billion UK dairy business.

Co-ordinating employment advice for Thomson Reuters across 19 jurisdictions for an IT outsourcing project including obtaining advice as to whether TUPE/ARD would apply in each relevant jurisdiction and planning for potential transfers. The matter spanned Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Advising on ECI’s acquisition of Investis, the corporate communications company, from Gresham Private Equity involved co-ordinating advice in the UK, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Sweden and the US.

Advising foreign governments seeking to introduce new nuclear legal regimes and applying IAEA laws and standards. We have provided legal support to contractors in the Middle East, to an owner/engineer appointment in a western European jurisdiction and export controls advice to numerous clients with global multi-site, multi-jurisdiction operations.

Advising a global US business on a major HR/employment project relating to the implementation of a psychometric assessment for recruitment and promotion purposes and IT policies. This involved co-ordinating advice from 23 separate jurisdictions and assimilating it into one report for the client, as well as managing the legal spend and producing one invoice in US$. Jurisdictions included Europe, Asia, South America and the US.

Advising on the UK aspects of a multi-jurisdictional transaction involving the acquisition by CMST Development Co of a majority stake in Henry Bath & Son Limited from commodities trader Mercuria Energy Group Ltd. The matter involved supporting Fangda Partners alongside law firms in the US, Singapore and the Netherlands.

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