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We advise clients on matters and transactions that redefine their businesses. We use our technical skills, commercial know-how and substantial resources to get them the best possible results.

Full-service offering from top-ranked teams

We have London roots that go back to the early 1800s. Today we work closely with domestic and international companies, financial institutions, regulators, and government and public-sector bodies.

Our clients have access to top-tier legal advice across the full spectrum. In 2016, the Legal 500 UK ranked us tier one in 31 categories, more than any other law firm in the UK. We are well known for our work in finance and the debt and equity capital markets, as well as corporate advisory and M&A work; litigation and dispute resolution; real estate; and tax, pensions and employment.

A capability that delivers high-profile results

We have invested in order to build a resource that meets our clients' needs. Our London team is integrated with our international network of offices– in 2016, Chambers Global awarded us more global tier one rankings than any other firm.

This gives us the ability to field multi-practice, multi-jurisdictional teams to address complex issues within tight timescales.

This capability delivers results for our clients on business critical matters. Examples from 2016 include advising the key Anheuser-Busch InBev shareholders in relation to its bid for SAB Miller plc, the biggest brewing takeover in history; Citi in relation to the bank's successful defence of Terra Firma's GBP 1.5bn law suit in the High Court; and a consortium of leading global private equity funds comprised of Cinven and CVC Capital Partners on its acquisition of leading consumer finance provider NewDay.

A focus on efficiency

Our ethos is to strive to deliver what our clients need in the most commercial, pragmatic and efficient way possible.  We regularly partner with clients to examine the complete end-to-end process of regular legal mandates so that we can identify more efficient ways of working together. For information about our award-winning Continuous Improvement team, please visit Delivering value to our clients.

Highly rated by clients and competitors

We believe in long-term client relationships and we invest time and energy to understand our clients' businesses, priorities, and their working culture. Comments in independent legal directories suggest that clients appreciate the way we work as much as the results we deliver:

  • "What stands out is that they have their finger on the pulse of market developments, not just legal issues but also market and financial developments."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "Their commerciality sets them apart: they can apply the law to business situations and are very good at understanding a company's inner workings."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "They provide a quality service. They have high-calibre partners who are prepared to invest time in getting to know us."
    Chambers UK 2017

Recent highlights

  • Advised the key Anheuser-Busch InBev shareholders in relation to financing its bid for SAB Miller plc, the biggest brewing takeover in history. The deal strengthened AB InBev’s position in key emerging regions with strong growth prospects such as Asia, Central and South America, and Africa, creating the world's first truly global brewer.
  • Represented Citi on the bank's successful defence against Terra Firma's GBP 1.5bn law suit before Mr Justice Burton in the High Court in London. During its eight year life, over 50 Clifford Chance partners advised on the case, from across every practice and from every region.
  • Advised a consortium of leading global private equity funds comprised of Cinven and CVC Capital Partners to acquire NewDay, a leading consumer finance provider specialising in the UK credit card market from Värde Partners.
  • Advised the British Business Bank and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) in connection with the establishment of the British Business Bank's innovative ENABLE Funding programme and its first transaction - a GBP 100m facility to Hitachi Capital (UK) plc.
  • Advised EDF on the development of the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset, including the recently announced GBP 6bn investment by China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) to acquire and finance 33.5% of the GBP 18bn project.
  • Advised Thomson Reuters in connection with their restructuring of their current UK properties and move to a new EMEA HQ at a landmark building in London of circa 530,000 square feet. The new HQ lease was one of the largest office leasing deals in the UK in 2016. 

Directory listings and client comments

Directory listings

Chambers UK 2017

  • Tier One in 26 categories (Chambers UK 2017)

Legal 500 UK 2016

  • Tier One in 31 categories, more than any other firm (Legal 500 UK 2016)

Client comments

  • "What stands out is that they have their finger on the pulse of market developments, not just legal issues but also market and financial developments."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "Their commerciality sets them apart: they can apply the law to business situations and are very good at understanding a company's inner workings."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "They provide a quality service. They have high-calibre partners who are prepared to invest time in getting to know us."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "They deliver an outstanding product. Clients are getting the highest-quality work because that's what they do and that's what they provide."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "The service is extremely good. They have been extremely pragmatic in their approach to very challenging situations."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "They are absolutely terrific. Very timely, very positive and creative with solutions at every level."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "Very timely and extremely responsive. They are extremely knowledgeable and are able to leverage their worldwide partner network very well."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "They have complete knowledge of the relevant law and they deliver advice that takes account of the whole situation rather than the specific issue in question."
    Chambers UK 2017
  • "A firm that is truly connected, in whatever part of the world the issue might be."
    Chambers UK 2017