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Chambers Recognizes Top WilmerHale UK Lawyers and Practices

October 29, 2010

Chambers UK: A Client’s Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2011 ranked six WilmerHale lawyers and three of the firm’s practices for outstanding work and reputation.

The following UK-based WilmerHale lawyers were recognized as leading practitioners in their respective areas of law. Each is listed by the practice area(s) and the region in which he or she is recommended:

Aviation (Regulatory) – London & UK-wide:

Michael Holter. Chambers said: He “elicits praise from clients for his thorough understanding of clients' needs.”

Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration – London:

Chambers said:

Franz Schwarz is “extremely well thought of, particularly for his work on telecoms arbitration matters. Sources say that he ‘displays extraordinary strategic sense and masterful judgement, exerting maximum pressure on the other side from the start and predicting with uncanny precision every move they will make.’”

Gary Born (Star Performer) is “supremely talented” and “is one of the most highly regarded individuals in the field. One source enthused: ‘He’s a brilliant advocate and his pleadings were very well prepared; he's very fluent, intense and resilient.’”

Steven Finizio is “extraordinarily bright” and “has wide-ranging expertise in the field, recently handling transport, electronics and finance-related matters.”

Wendy Miles “has in-depth understanding of complex energy matters. One interviewee called her ‘incredibly conscientious, bright and committed, with a great sense of humour.’”

Employee Share Schemes – London & UK-wide:

Paula Holland. Chambers said: She “undertakes work on a domestic and global basis. Her focus is on equity remuneration arrangements and the establishment of share schemes for employees and non-employees. ‘She shows great experience and maturity–when something needs to be done she recommends the best way to do it,’ say commentators.”

Chambers UK 2011 also ranked WilmerHale in three practices:

Aviation (London & UK-wide)

Chambers said: “This firm's aviation practice group spans 12 offices across Europe, the USA and Asia, and has a developed a strong reputation for regulatory work. Its expertise ranges from 'open skies' agreements and cartel investigations to issues surrounding airline privatisations and mergers.”

Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (London)

Chambers said: “This international arbitration powerhouse remains a major presence in the London market. Market commentators are full of praise for this ‘impressive team with a superb mastery of arbitration law.’ With offices in Brussels and Berlin, as well as fantastic resources in the USA, this firm offers clients excellent international reach.”

Public International Law (London)

Chambers said: “This team handles a variety of public international law matters, including investment treaty, territorial sovereignty and boundary disputes. It recently represented the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in the Abyei Arbitration, which involved boundary issues connected with the peace agreements between northern and southern Sudan.”

Chambers and Partners determine its rankings after thousands of interviews with lawyers and clients. The guide ranks solicitors and barristers in more than 60 practice areas. Since its first publication in 1990, Chambers UK has established a reputation as a respected referral guide for leading law firms and individuals in the United Kingdom. For more information on Chambers and Partners, please click here