Chambers UK: A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2014 ranked six 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:
Corporate Crime & Investigations (including Cartel Investigations) – UK-wide:
"Stephen Pollard has a reputation for being one of the go-to people in this area and is known for representing corporate clients and high-profile individuals in relation to internal investigations and cartel defence. Sources describe him as an exceptional practitioner, who provides a lot of comfort to clients."
"Elly Proudlock (named an Associate to Watch) is very good tactically with a great eye for detail and experience and grounding in internal investigations."
Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration – London:
"Gary Born (named a Star Individual) is a 'standout individual' and 'one of the top' in the realm of international arbitration.
"Steven Finizio is an admired international arbitration practitioner. He is well known for his strong advocacy skills."
"The 'very experienced' Franz Schwarz is vice chair of the practice group and is well respected by peers and clients alike. He sits as arbitrator and is also an 'extremely effective advocate.' He is qualified as an Austrian Rechtsanwalt and offers a broad spread of experience across a range of jurisdictions."
Employee Share Schemes & Incentives – UK-wide
Chambers said: "Paula Holland is commended for her efficiency and broad knowledge base. Clients value her ability to 'simplify complex processes' and her willingness to 'understand the culture of companies.'"
Financial Services: Contentious Regulatory – UK-wide:
Chambers said: "Stephen Pollard is 'very hands-on, bright, experienced, alive to the criminal angle, and yet fully understanding of the banking side too'. He has an excellent track record in acting on behalf of individuals in high-profile investigations conducted by regulators."
Fraud: Criminal – UK-wide:
Chambers said: "Stephen Pollard (named a Star Individual) is described as a 'great lawyer' and an 'excellent tactician.'"
Public International Law – London:
Chambers said: "Gary Born draws praise for his 'very effective' oral and written advocacy skills. His PIL expertise is broad: not only does he 'know his stuff on boundary disputes,' but he is also continuing to build his excellent track record in handling major investor-state arbitration matters."
Chambers UK 2014 also ranked WilmerHale in:
Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (London)
Chambers said: "WilmerHale's London arbitration practitioners are sought out for cases requiring deep expertise in the arbitration process, as well as refined advocacy skills. The team is known for being a formidable international arbitration group earning wide respect from peers and clients. 'The team is definitely really good. The proceedings are always adapted to the key points in the case.'"
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.