FIRM OF THE YEAR – INSURANCE & REINSURANCE, AVIATION
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.
|CLYDE & CO|
|Arbitration||1||Labour & Employment||4|
|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)|
PEOPLE AND PRACTICES
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 Limheads 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 Brookis 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.