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Keystone appoints ten lawyers from likes of Charles Russell Speechly, RPC, Macfarlanes and Ince & Co

Keystone Law has announced the arrival of a further 10 partner-level lawyers who will span the firm’s corporate, commercial, disputes, property and private individual offerings.

Corporate

Jennifer Donohue (former Partner Head of Transactional and Corporate Insurance and Reinsurance, Ince & Co)

Lawyer and mathematician Jennifer’s practice focuses on transactional and corporate insurance and reinsurance. She advises insurance firms, brokers, banks, hedge funds, private equity, protection and indemnity clubs, and financial institutions in, or involved with, the insurance and risk sectors. Advice includes both mergers and acquisitions, including take-over panel work, capitalisations, reorganisations, financial structuring, policy and product development and pre-insolvency strategies, schemes of arrangement and managed exits such as run-off. She also advises Her Majesty’s Government and other governments on insurance legislation and drafting, the most recent being that of insurance-linked securities.

Commercial

Rupert Casey (former Partner, Macfarlanes)

Rupert has a commercial advisory practice based broadly around commercial contracts and the management and exploitation of intangible assets. Having started out working principally in the intellectual property and advertising and marketing space, his work has developed into fields including regulated and non-regulated outsourcing, data privacy and cybersecurity. Clients for whom he has worked operate in fields as diverse as hedge funds, PE houses, and other retail and wholesale financial institutions, brewing, start-up technology, F1 motor racing, manufacturing, and advertising and media agencies.

Dispute Resolution

Matthew Hennessy Gibbs (former Partner, Devonshires)

Matthew specialises in commercial disputes and fraud, often with an international element. His client base is both domestic and international, having acted for companies and businesses across the globe. He also advises private high-net-worth individuals and family offices, foreign lawyers, and major lending institutions. An approved Privy Council Agent, several of Matthew’s cases have gone to the Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights. His experience includes claims and disputes concerning commercial contracts, breach of trust, sale of goods, professional negligence, litigation on behalf of insolvency practitioners, fraud and bribery investigations and asset tracing, debt recovery, shareholder and other corporate disputes, and money laundering issues as well as advising clients in coroners’ inquests.

Andrew Tugwell (former Partner and Head of Property Litigation, Payne Hicks Beach)

Andrew is a dual-qualified senior solicitor and chartered surveyor. He is also a qualified arbitrator and an experienced mediator. He has particular expertise dealing with property management issues and disputes. His clients include major corporate occupiers/tenants with large portfolios as well as institutional investors/landlords and private owners. Andrew acts for many well-known companies such as leading estate agents and surveyors.

Philip Tansley (Legal Director, Reynolds Porter Chamberlain)

Philip specialises in technology disputes and cybersecurity incident response. His background as an insurance lawyer means that he also has extensive experience advising on policy coverage issues. His practice is focused on tech and product liability disputes, particularly software implementation failures. He also advises on legal and practical issues arising from cyber incidents. His expertise includes providing regulatory advice encompassing data protection and representing clients in follow-on liability claims. Philip also advises insurance companies and policyholders on complex coverage issues. At a previous firm, Philip co-founded a multi-award-winning cyber incident response service. Philip is also a Solicitor Advocate.

Manan Singh (former Senior Associate, Brown Rudnick)

Manan is a barrister who handles high-value, complex commercial and financial litigation and international arbitration, as well as matters of company law, civil fraud, professional negligence, shareholder disputes and insolvency law. His experience spans a broad range of industry sectors and jurisdictions, with proceedings often being multi-jurisdictional in nature. He also advises high-net-worth individuals and companies on matters of asset structuring and trusts. Manan regularly appears in the English courts and before tribunals constituted under the rules of the ICC in Paris, London and Dubai, the LCIA, the DIFC-LCIA, and SIAC. In addition to his commercial disputes practice, Manan has a wealth of transactional experience in banking and capital markets.

Lara Robson (former Partner and Head of Litigation, BlackLion Law)

Lara has particular expertise in resolving multi-million-pound disputes for high-net-worth individuals and companies across multiple jurisdictions a range of sectors. She is experienced in managing and coordinating proceedings in other jurisdictions around the world including the US, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Switzerland, Turkey and Hong Kong. Lara works seamlessly with foreign lawyers, investigators, communications experts and forensic accountants to solve problems and deliver solutions for her clients. She also has a particular niche expertise in working with high-end luxury casinos to recover outstanding debts. These cases often involve debtors based in the Far East or Middle East.

Family & Matrimonial

Richard Collins (former Partner, Charles Russell Speechly)

Richard advises domestic and international clients on every aspect of family law including complex financial and business cases, private children issues, cohabitant disputes, and cases involving offshore trusts and tracing assets. He has particular expertise in civil partnership cases and specialises in UK and foreign child relocation cases and cross-border jurisdiction disputes. He also deals in cases which involve issues of depression and addictive behaviours such as alcoholism and substance misuse, and advises those who are not married on disputes over property, child arrangements and financial claims for the maintenance of children. Clients include a wide range of business, legal and finance professionals, individuals with private wealth, those in the arts, media and in the public eye and their spouses and partners. While experienced in complex claim litigation, he is committed to dispute resolution solutions and is a trained collaborative lawyer and mediator.

Chrissie Cuming Walters (former Consultant Solicitor, Setfords)

Dual-qualified solicitor and US attorney Chrissie spent time at both a multinational brokerage house and securities regulation think-tank prior to commencing her legal career. As a consequence she has particular expertise in the financial issues that arise from relationship breakdown. Chrissie has a growing practice of acting for cohabitees, particularly where property interests are concerned, and regularly advises on the application of the ToLATA to realise such interests where a dispute arises. Experienced in dealing with the courts at all levels, including the Court of Appeal and UK Supreme Court, Chrissie has an impressive success rate in acting for clients in relocation cases. She also deals with allegations of domestic violence and the subsequent securing of injunctions. Should litigation be unavoidable, Chrissie draws on her experience as a fierce, New York-trained litigator and advocate.

Probate and Estate Planning

Helen Calcutt (former Partner and Head of Private Client, Metcalfes)

Helen has extensive experience in advising on a wide range of Private Client work. Her practice predominantly focuses on lifetime tax planning, simple and tax planning wills, lasting powers of attorney, and probate and trusts, including personal injury, other lifetime trusts and will trusts. In addition, Helen has a sizeable Court of Protection practice acting as a professional deputy. She also advises lay clients on the deputyship process as well as statutory will applications.

James Knight, CEO and founder of Keystone Law, said of the new hires:

“We are pleased to welcome these individuals to the firm. Each brings with them a unique skillset and diverse legal profession experiences that will enhance our bench strength across some of our most key practice areas.”


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