Chambers UK: A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession 2010 ranked seven WilmerHale lawyers and eight of the firm's practices for outstanding work and reputation.
Among the exceptional WilmerHale lawyers recognized, Gary Born was once again singled-out as the “Star Performer” for Dispute Resolution (International Arbitration). Chambers UK highlighted Born's involvement in one of the most "highly publicized arbitrations of recent times, acting for the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement in a major dispute concerning the delimitation of the Abyei area.”
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 s/he is recommended:
Aviation (Commercial) – London & UK-wide:
Michael Holter (Band 2). Chambers said: “He is especially well versed in international, multi-jurisdictional regulatory and M&A matters.”
Competition/European Law (Contentious) and (Non-Contentious) – London:
Suyong Kim (Band 2). Chambers said: She “works across the full range of competition law, including litigation.” She is “determined and fights for her clients until the end.”
Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration – London:
Gary Born (Star Performer) is a "superb practitioner who has developed the practice almost single-handedly." His powerful advocacy is a natural selling point: "The manner in which he dismantles opposing counsel's arguments is fearsome."
Steven Finizio (Band 3) “enjoys an eclectic practice that has seen him handle disputes across the transport, electronics and finance.”
Franz Schwarz (Band 3) is a "convincing and dynamic individual, with a remarkably sharp mind."
Chambers UK 2010 also ranked WilmerHale in five practices:
Aviation: Regulatory & Commercial (London & UK-wide) – Band 3
Chambers said: “This group maintains excellent links with the firm's international offices and the international markets, especially those in Europe... It has excellent capabilities in M&A and joint venture deals, and in further compliance and licensing issues.”
Competition/European Law (London) – Band 5
Chambers said: “This firm wins client praise for its clear advice and useful insights into the workings of the OFT. Although the London team is reasonably small, it is supported by the firm's Brussels, Berlin and US offices.”
Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (London) – Band 1
Chambers said: “Clients commend the scope of work demonstrated by the team and note that, in addition to its outstanding strategic decision making, the group is also proactive in bringing onboard the appropriate junior lawyers.”
Employment: International (London and & UK-wide) – Band 3 and Mainly Respondent (London & UK-wide) – Band 6
Chambers said: “This team has been attracting attention with its accomplished work on unfair dismissal claims, restrictive covenants and a ground-breaking discrimination claim involving gender recognition. The team is also valued for its understanding of the key HR issues facing US corporations operating in the UK.”
Chambers and Partners determine its rankings after thousands of interviews with lawyers and clients. The guide ranks solicitors and barristers in over 60 practice areas. Since its first publication in 1990, Chambers UK has established a reputation as one of the most respected referral guides for leading law firms and individuals in the United Kingdom. For more information on Chambers and Partners please click here.