Advisors

Liam Desmond

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Liam has 20 years’ experience as a commercial property lawyer dealing with all aspects of commercial property work including landlord & tenant, sales and acquisitions, charity property, property finance and development. Liam read Classics at Oxford University and trained originally as a barrister before cross-qualifying, beginning his career at City firm Bird & Bird. Liam then joined Linnells solicitors (now Blake Morgan) where he was appointed partner in 2010. Liam has worked as a consultant solicitor with a variety of firms. His clients are generally property owners and developers as well as tenants in the retail and hospitality sectors.

Katherine Dobson

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Katherine is a commercial property lawyer with over 12 years’ experience gained in leading City firms. Katherine advises on a wide range of non-contentious transactions including the acquisition and disposal of multi-let office, retail and industrial premises and sites for commercial and mixed-use development, landlord and tenant matters and secured lending. She is experienced in acting for investors, developers, funds, institutional and other landlords, office and retail tenants, high street lenders and private banks as well as housing associations and public sector bodies. She has also acted for HNWIs in connection with the acquisition of prime residential property.

Andrew Drewary

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A multi award winning road safety specialist, speaker at leading industry events & active committee member for various logistics industry safety forums.
Has worked directly with solicitors, insurers & fleet operators while managing the investigation process for over 40,000 road traffic collisions, over the last 20 years.
Has provided bespoke, innovative & interactive evidenced based fleet safety solutions through data analysis & collaboration. Supported management teams & employees to influence positive culture change resulting in substantial financial savings, improved driver health & wellbeing & robust policy management. 

Derek Ellery

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Derek is an experienced corporate and commercial lawyer. His work includes acquisitions, disposals, investment and financing arrangements and joint ventures,
In his previous capacity of chief Counsel, Derek worked with Andrew on the acquisition of a large number of legal services businesses in the UK, Europe and Australia. As a result, he has particular experience and expertise in the establishment, acquisition and merger of professional services businesses. Derek also advises clients on strategic, regulatory and governance issues and is the General Counsel to Arch Law Limited. 

Andrew Farrugia

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Andrew has over ten years’ experience in dispute resolution acting for clients in an array of different sectors such as property, hospitality, insurance, shipping, travel, sports and media. Andrew qualified in England and Wales and has worked at a national firm and a highly rated West End boutique firm.
He is his clients’ trusted adviser and has worked on a wide variety of property disputes, commercial disputes and complex, high value disputes that involved more than one jurisdiction.
Andrew is personable and gives commercial, pragmatic and tailored advice. He works hard to achieve the best result for his clients.

Lee Gaddes

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Lee is an experienced commercial property solicitor and has been advising landlords, tenants and developers for over 17 years. Lee particularly enjoys advising on development land purchases and the acquisition of commercial property for redevelopment, then setting up the documentation ready for plot or apartment sales. His Landlord and Tenant work involves drafting or advising on new leases for retail, manufacturing and service sectors. He is a Trustee for a local CVS, supporting over 100 local charities. He offers commercial property expertise to the board regarding the charity’s substantial property portfolio.

Susan Gordon

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Susan is an expert employment lawyer, HR practitioner, independent investigator and executive coach with almost 30 years’ experience in senior legal and HR roles across a wide range of sectors. Susan advises on all aspects of employment law including executive terminations, discrimination, whistleblowing, restrictive covenants, contracts of employment, team moves and employment disputes. She has particular experience in business restructurings and redundancies and has recently supported a number of businesses on furloughing. She also has extensive Board, governance and compliance experience.

Faye Griffiths

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Faye qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and is a specialist corporate restructuring and insolvency lawyer, with over 12 years’ experience working both in the UK and internationally. She advises on all aspects of corporate and financial restructuring and contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters. Her clients have included boards of directors, shareholders, companies in financial difficulty, banks, financial institutions, secured and unsecured creditors and insolvency practitioners. She has significant experience acting both lender side and creditor side and across a wide range of industry sectors, including retail, manufacturing, financial services, real estate, hospitality and leisure, shipping, and natural resources.

Kevin Hanson

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Kevin is a dual qualified UK Solicitor Advocate and California Attorney as well as a Chartered UK and European patent attorney. With direct practice rights spanning the UK, Europe and United States, Kevin provides a joined up approach to international intellectual property protection, enforcement and monetisation. He also has substantial experience of drafting and negotiating commercial contracts across both public and private sectors. Kevin’s recent highlights include managing a European patent portfolio for a NASDAQ listed corporation and securing a six-figure settlement in favour of a client accused of trade mark infringement and passing off.

Nancy Lamb

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Construction solicitor specialising in the data centre sector, with both private practice and in-house experience. I have undertaken joint legal/commercial roles within global organisations and owner managed businesses which have included board advisory positions. Recently I have worked with a Client’s project team on the construction of the largest data centre in Europe, dealing with the legal and commercial aspects of the project. My strength is the ability to cut straight to the core of an issue and find a resolution. My passion is good contract management, dispute avoidance and mediation.

Andrew Leaitherland

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Although Andrew is an employment lawyer by training, over the last fifteen years he has built up extensive experience in leading M&A activity with professional services firms including leading the listing of DWF Group plc on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Andrew uses these skills to advise strategically on inorganic growth opportunities for all types of professional services businesses, in conjunction with other members of arch who support on the necessary legal work. Andrew is also the Chair of The Legal Director and a NED of Summize which gives him great insight into how the respective businesses can collaborate to further the interests of our clients. 

Charlotte Le Maire

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Charlotte is a specialist Criminal & Regulatory Lawyer. She is frequently instructed to provide specialist advice in the immediate aftermath of a serious or fatal incident. She is recognised for her commercial approach, providing advice that takes into consideration the significant impact of the incident and investigation, as well as the wider reputational risks. Charlotte has extensive experience in representation at PACE and other interviews, and frequently appears in all criminal courts to represent corporate bodies or individuals. She is recognised nationally as a leader in the field of Fleet Risk and is regularly invited by corporates, insurers, brokers & fleet risk charities to provide training in relation to road safety matters, as well as providing practical solutions to criminal & regulatory challenges. Charlotte has a formidable reputation for standing up to prosecuting authorities.

James Lynas

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James has over 25 years’ experience as an employment lawyer and non-executive director, advising and training a diverse range of national and regional employers (across sectors such as construction, IT, media, financial services, family offices, education and the wider public sector). James is particularly known for his work on TUPE, organisational change, governance, regulatory investigations and crisis management. He has a developing interest in data protection governance particularly around A.I.

John Mackenzie

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John qualified in 2003. John works for Defendants defending claims for disease alleged to be caused by occupational exposure.
These claims include ‘long tail’ and ‘short tail’ disease. Long tail disease is caused by exposure to a noxious substance or harmful agent over many years. This includes asbestos, work related stress, vibration and noise. Short tail diseases such as asthma, RSI, Dermatitis are typically caused by shorter and more recent exposure.
John has defended many complex claims of this nature and has won all of his cases which went to trial.
John has a young family.

Atiyah Malik

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Atiyah has over 15 years’ experience as a regulatory and criminal defence solicitor. Her areas of specialism are health and safety, environmental, Inquests, motor/transport and all other associated regulatory defence work. Atiyah has significant experience in a number of sectors including Construction, Manufacturing, Retail and the Public Sector. She has also been a regular commentator on regulatory issues writing in legal journals and speaking at national conferences. She has been involved in a number of high profile cases and is well versed in handling complex and sensitive matters.

Paul Marsh

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Paul advises secured and unsecured creditors in all aspects of insolvency law, protecting their interests when confronted with customer insolvencies. This includes robust recovery strategies to recover monies before the onset of formal insolvency. Paul also advises on improved credit control procedures to improve working capital for clients. Paul’s clients are insolvency practitioners, multinationals and boutique clients, acting for them in matters including liquidations, bankruptcies and voluntary arrangements. Paul also specialises in high value fraud cases, often cross jurisdictional, as well as advising company directors on their own personal positions when dealing with a company facing insolvency.

Tristan Meears-White

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Tristan is a specialist commercial regulatory, risk management, compliance, and governance lawyer; cited as a Key individual in both Legal 500 and Chambers over many years, commended for his “all-round ability in regulation” and “excelling in regulatory compliance”. He was described in Legal 500 as “[being] a great tactical thinker” with “formidable judgement and fantastic client skills”. His expertise covers three principal areas: Anti-trust/Competition – investigations and enforcement, follow on claims, commercial agreements, compliance, and training. Health, Safety and Environmental – enforcement and investigations; compliance and training, transactional support. General Regulation – complex fraud/bribery, product safety, food safety, healthcare, transport, trading law and advertising standards.

Ursula Mulvaney

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Regulatory & Commercial Solicitor qualified in England & Wales, Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland with experience of working in private practice and in – house. Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E) and member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)  After over seven years within the commercial team of a global law firm, Ursula moved into an in-house role with Coca – Cola Hellenic Bottling Company as a Solicitor within the Legal function supporting the business across the island of Ireland providing a range of commercial legal advice and services.

Thomas Nevin

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Tom has 14 years’ experience in litigation and dispute resolution. Tom commenced work in private practice in a leading Australian national practice in 2007, and qualified in Australia (Queensland) in 2008. Tom moved to the UK in 2011 and worked in private practice at several UK and international firms. Tom has also undertaken in-house roles for the UK Home Office, and a leading international renewable energy company. Tom qualified in England & Wales in 2019. Tom advises a range of clients from small tech start-ups to international funds and corporates on all things contentious and dispute-related.

Matt Peacock

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Matt is a commercial litigator with a broad spectrum of experience in domestic and international disputes. Colleagues have cited him as having a “brain for big litigation” and he has acted on some of the highest-profile and most complex recent claims in England, including cases featured in The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases of the Year for four consecutive years. Matt has in 2018, 2019 and 2020 co-authored the England & Wales chapter of Lexology’s Getting The Deal Through: Complex Commercial Litigation. He has a particular aptitude for uncovering fabricated evidence or false narratives, and locating elusive defendants along with their assets.

Adam Powell

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Adam has over 20 years’ experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer. He has significant domestic, international, and cross-border experience, advising a broad range of clients from start-up ventures, SMEs, and multinationals, along with government bodies. Adam’s corporate practice includes advising on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, debt and equity arrangements, turnaround and corporate recovery, corporate governance and structuring, and shareholder matters. His commercial practice includes advising on agency and distribution agreements, EPC and supply contracts, sponsorship and management arrangements, concessions, franchising, and licensing.

Zamaris Saxon

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Zamaris is an Australian qualified lawyer. She was admitted to practice law in 2016 and worked at a leading litigation law firm in Western Australia before moving to London in 2018. Her work focuses on litigious disputes, with extensive experience in fraud and insolvency matters. She has advised receivers, fraud examiners, liquidators and company directors in the context of corporate insolvency and director duties. Additionally, she has also worked with banks on financial services investigations and debt recovery. She has excellent communication skills and focuses on providing advice that considers the clients’ full business interests.

Giovanni Visintini

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Giovanni is a dual qualified England & Wales and Italian IP Solicitor and Trade Mark Attorney with 20 years PQE gained across Private Practice and In House. Giovanni has a wealth of experience covering a full range of IP matters to include trademarks, copyright and design. He helps clients plan, manage, protect and enforce their domestic and global brands and wider IP rights. He has been involved in drafting and setting IP precedents and policies as well as the IP aspects of mergers & acquisitions and joint ventures.

David Webster

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Insurance and Reinsurance Coverage Specialist with over thirty five years experience advising on large complex London Market and International insurance disputes. I led insurance teams at Waltons & Morse, Eversheds and RPC and was recognised by the directories as a leading individual for insurance and reinsurance disputes. I advise on D&O, Financial Lines, Professional Indemnity, Property, EL and PL policies and all classes of reinsurance treaties and facultative contracts. I am very  experienced in helping clients resolve insurance and reinsurance disputes quickly and cost effectively. Details of cases and experience can be found on my website

Andrew West

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Andrew is an experienced commercial, privacy, IP and IT solicitor. He was an IP and IT partner at international law firm, DWF (where he worked alongside arch founder, Andrew, for 5 years) and Squire Patton Boggs (where he was a partner for 10 years, leading the technology outsourcing team). He is also the founder of technology and privacy niche law firm, Rushmoor Law, established in 2012.  Andrew works for clients of all sizes from SMEs to large listed PLCs and across multiple sectors, including technology, fintech, biotech and  healthcare, engineering, food and retail.