Chambers UK: A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2017 ranked five WilmerHale lawyers and one practice for outstanding work and reputation. The following UK-based lawyers were recognized as leading practitioners in their respective areas of law. Each is listed by the practice area(s) and region in which they are recommended:
Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration – UK-wide:
Chambers said: “Gary Born is universally considered as a star of the UK international arbitration market, with commentators naming him as 'a leading light in the field' and a 'very intelligent and impressive man.' Market sources consider him an 'excellent' choice for arbitrator roles.”
“Steven Finizio is praised by clients as 'exceptionally knowledgeable and caring.' Market sources say he is 'very thorough, clever and focused.'”
“Sources say Franz Schwarz is 'very versatile,' with a 'great understanding of the relevant common and civil law.'”
Financial Crime: Corporates – UK-wide:
Chambers said: Stephen Pollard is described as 'a phenomenal tactician' by market sources, who add: 'He always thinks through where something is going to end up, handles the opposition extremely well and almost always gets what he wants.'”
Financial Crime: Individuals – UK-wide:
Chambers said: “Stephen Pollard is a renowned litigator at WilmerHale, with extensive experience advising on regulatory investigations and fraud cases. One client reports: 'He's a highly intelligent, very calm man who was able to assess all evidential developments quickly and rationally, and explain them to me, along with any implications, in a way that was clear and precise.'”
Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory – UK-wide:
Chambers said: “Stephen Pollard is especially well recognized for his work with individuals in the financial services industry who are undergoing litigation with the regulatory authorities. He is praised as 'a skilled operator' with a 'very shrewd, very good understanding of how to deal with cases.'”
Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation – UK-wide:
Chambers said: “Anthony Trenton of WilmerHale is an experienced solicitor-advocate known for complex patent litigation and FRAND matters. Sources say: 'He can be relied upon to persuade the opposing side to make more compromises.'”
Public International Law – London:
Chambers said: “Gary Born is a 'superstar' arbitration practitioner, with a strong practice in PIL-specific matters. He is active in investor-state disputes and commercial disputes involving parastatal entities. He also has experience advising on state-to-state issues, including boundary disputes.”
Chambers UK 2017 also ranked WilmerHale in:
Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (London):
Chambers said: "Outstanding international arbitration practice with an enviable track record handling complex institutional and ad hoc arbitrations. Significant experience in joint venture disputes and in the oil and gas sector. Team members appeared before tribunals seated across a number of arbitration hubs, including London, Zürich, Vienna, Geneva and Stockholm, often in connection with multimillion and multibillion-dollar disputes.”
"The firm is thorough, extremely knowledgeable in arbitration and very pleasant to work with—we consider them to be at the forefront of international arbitration issues."
"They are definitely one of the most impressive firms in the market, with the greatest strength being their excellence in advocacy."
Chambers and Partners determines its rankings after thousands of interviews with lawyers and clients. The Chambers United Kingdom guide ranks solicitors in more than 70 specialty areas of law. 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 UK.