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Clyde & Co LLP

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Clyde & Co LLP
PO Box 7001
Level 15, Rolex Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road
United Arab Emirates
+971 4 331 1102
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Toronto, Canada

390 Bay Street

Caracas, Venezuela

Av Circunvalación del Sol

London, England

The St Botolph Building

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Av. Rio Branco 257/808

Doha, Qatar

Qatar Financial Centre

Guildford, England

1, Stoke Road

Shanghai, China

Unit 1107 AZIA Center

Paris, France

134 Boulevard Haussmann

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Clyde & Co LLP - The Who's Who Legal 100 2014

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Clyde & Co merged with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert on 1 November 2011 to create a firm with 1,400 lawyers operating from offices around the world. Both firms have a long-standing experience in the insurance industry and together offer clients unrivalled expertise across the world’s markets. 

Arbitration 1 Labour & Employment 4
Aviation 26 M&A 1
Construction 7 Mediation 2
Energy 1 Real Estate 1
Franchise 1 Sports & Entertainment 1
Insurance & Reinsurance 17 Trademarks 1


Since the merger, the firm has continued to expand across the US, Canada and South America, and has a noteworthy practice in Asia. The firm’s industry focus enables lawyers to provide “value-adding” advice which is commercially oriented and its commitment to its core sectors ensures its lawyers are uniquely positioned to truly understand the context of their clients’ challenges.

Total Listings in WWL 63 Established 1933
Home jurisdiction UK Total size of firm 1,400
Number of partners 290 Number of offices 35 (including associated offices)



Clyde & Co fields more lawyers to our aviation publication than any other firm in the research. The firm’s practice comprises more than 100 lawyers who between them speak 35 languages. With expertise spanning financial, regulatory and contentious matters, Clyde & Co’s lawyers are in “high demand”. New York-based Andrew Harakas heads the US aviation law practice group. He has more than 25 years’ experience in aviation, complex tort, regulatory, insurance and product liability matters. He is “sensational” according to peers. Alongside him, Diane Westwood Wilson is noted for her experience in complex commercial litigation matters. Her notable work includes successfully arguing EL AL Israel Airlines v Tseng in the US Supreme Court. Philip Bass in London is “well known” in the area of aviation liability claims and has acted as airline representative for a major Asian carrier in the IATA discussions on the Intercarrier Agreement on Passenger Liability. Peng Lim heads the aviation team in Singapore and handles many aircraft catastrophe losses in the region. In Paris, Maylis Casati-Ollier handles disputes arising from aircraft accidents while the “esteemed” Mark Bisset in London specialises in aviation finance. Paul Jebely is global head of aviation finance and is located in the firm’s Hong Kong office. He is a “standout” practitioner in the sector. Timothy Brymer represents aviation insurers, airlines and manufacturers and was responsible for pioneering the use of the common law injunction to restrain forum shopping following aviation disasters. Ik Wei Chong is the chief representative of the Shanghai office. He focuses his practice on disputes and investments in the aviation and insurance sectors connected with China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Kevin Sutherland in San Francisco heads the office’s aviation, aerospace and transportation practice group. He has more than 20 years’ experience in defending domestic and foreign-based companies and counsels on compliance with federal and state regulations.

In the insurance and reinsurance sector, Clyde & Co is “world-class”. The firm offers clients experience in every class and a broad international coverage. Global head of corporate insurance Andrew Holderness focuses on corporate finance within the insurance sector. His experience includes the introduction and structuring of corporate capital to Lloyd’s and the formation of new Lloyd’s managing agents and syndicates. He is a “great asset” to the firm and one of its “star” lawyers. Nigel Brook is head of the firm’s reinsurance team and specialises in international disputes for companies and syndicates in London and worldwide. Michael Knoerzer in New York is “thoroughly recommended” for his litigation and arbitration experience in the insurance and reinsurance sector. Oscar Shub in Sydney enjoys a “great reputation” for his handling of disputes in the area. He has experience in professional indemnity, directors and officers’ liability, engineering, construction, plant and machinery, and product liability among others. Dean Carrigan acts for vendors and purchasers in acquisitions and mergers of insurance companies and also provides regulatory advice. In addition to this, he is a “superb” litigator. Christopher Mills is based in Dubai and is noted for his aviation and insurance expertise. Michael Payton was elected chairman of the firm in 2013 and is “well known” for his “encyclopaedic knowledge” of insurance and reinsurance law. David Abbott specialises in dispute resolution within the sector and also handles advisory and policy drafting matters.

The firm’s construction practice also has a “solid reputation” and stand outs include Paris-based David Brown and head of the Hong Kong and china construction group Ian Cocking.


The firm has a policy that up to 50 hours of pro bono activity will be credited towards fee earners’ billable targets. This applies to all fee earners globally. The firm assists legal advice clinics including the Brent Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Lambeth Law Centre, Surrey Law Centre and Royal Courts of Justice CAB. In addition, lawyers actively assist charities and community group on non-contentious; the marine international trade partners have provided pro bono advice to Fredericks Foundation, a charity that helps disadvantaged people to set up or expand their own business by offering business support of microloan funding.


As an international firm, diversity is a crucial aspect of the firm’s business. Clyde & Co is proud to have created a working environment where people from all backgrounds can thrive and is committed to treating all employees, prospective and existing, equally.


2013 saw Clyde & Co open offices in Madrid, Beijing and Atlanta, as well as enter into a formal association with Indonesian law firm Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo and enter into joint ventures with Singapore law firm Classis LLC and Chongqing law firm Westlink Partnership. The firm also launched an Australian projects and construction practice, strengthening its offering in the market a year after its entry. The rapid expansion looks set to continue as the firm expands and strengthens its global network of lawyers across six continents. 

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Clyde & Co LLP - Professional Notice

Clyde & Co is a global law firm with a pioneering heritage. Operating from 37 offices and associated offices across six continents, we have over 1,500 lawyers advising corporates, financial institutions, private individuals, and governments. The firm has a strong reputation for its work in emerging markets, being the largest international firm in the Middle East and with a rapidly expanding network across Asia, the Americas and Africa.

We hire the best people in our chosen core sectors – genuine specialists. This combination of sector expertise and legal excellence allows us to provide the most innovative and commercial solutions to our clients.

Sector specialists

Our long history of advising the world’s insurance markets has taken us far beyond the insurance sector and into the many facets of international trade. Today, our strategic aim is to be the best and most complete provider of legal services to businesses engaged in our core sectors – trade and commodities, energy, infrastructure, transportation and insurance. 

As patterns of global trade have shifted, we have actively invested in our international network to meet the evolving needs of our clients. We invest for the long term and have always been early movers into key hubs of international commerce – as demonstrated by our offices and associate offices in Mongolia, Libya, Indonesia and Tanzania. Mirroring our clients across the spread of their operations we view the world from their perspective, fully aware of their ambitions and mindful of the commercial realities of their markets.  

Legal expertise

Clyde & Co’s reputation in disputes, and particularly international cross-border disputes, is outstanding. We have the largest dispute resolution practice of any UK law firm and with our international spread we have become specialists in international arbitration in both developed forum and emerging market centres. We have a significant US and Canadian trial capability; a specialisation in financial institutions, shareholder and other commercial disputes; as well as deep experience of bilateral treaty disputes.

We are specialists in assisting businesses when they enter, operate and grow in emerging markets, helping them access capital and transact in the world’s capital markets. The firm has one of the largest dedicated global corporate practices based in New York, London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Our commercial team has a particular focus on IP, franchising, technology and outsourcing. We also have one of the largest employment practices of any City law firm, and have dedicated employment expertise across our entire international network.

Infrastructure: With over 20 projects and construction partners we provide a global offering. This exceptionally strong and diversified infrastructure group acts as global construction counsel across the world’s jurisdictions operating in both front and back-end matters across all infrastructure classes. 

Energy: Our clients are often working in frontier markets, dealing with complex multi-jurisdictional, cross-border transactions and disputes. Clyde & Co has one of the few legal teams with a 100 per cent focus on oil and gas; this group works across all areas including oil and gas exploration and production (E&P), upstream and downstream projects and their related infrastructure. Supported by a wider group with extensive experience in the oil and gas sector, the group operates across all legal disciplines including specialised areas such as employment, HSE, regulatory and compliance, insurance, trading and derivatives.

Trade & Commodities: Recognised as market leaders in the commodities sector, our dedicated team works across the full range of the commodity markets – hard and soft commodities, oil and energy, futures and derivatives, and the newer specialisations such as carbon trading. In addition to standard trading matters, we also advise on hedging, freight trading/freight derivatives and risk management and on sovereign immunity issues, sanctions, bilateral investment treaties and WTO regulations.

Transportation: We have substantial specialist teams focused on providing both transactional and contentious advice on all aspects of transportation logistics across land, sea and air.  We have been named Global Aviation Law Firm of the Year for the past eight years (2005 to 2013).  In marine we have the largest international shipping group of any law firm and every one of our 32 partners is recognised as an expert in their field. In disputes the group was the top listed firm for reported cases in Lloyds Law List 2013, and is recognised at one of the largest users of the LCIA by the LCIA. Our expertise is global with our Middle Eastern team recently being voted as the 2014 Maritime Firm of the Year by Trade and Export Middle East.

Insurance: Clyde & Co is recognised as the leading global insurance law firm. While many major law firms have downplayed their focus on insurance, Clyde & Co has taken the opposite path and continues to expand its global and business line coverage. We have structured our business around the needs of the industry, with specialist teams to match every line of insurance business. We are able to provide insurers with the highest-quality commercial advice from the leading practitioners in the market. Our reputation, together with the primacy we offer insurers, enables us to attract insurance lawyers of the highest quality in each jurisdiction in which we operate.

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