Gavin has been deeply involved in our Brexit work since the EU referendum was first proposed. As well as advising clients on the implications of Brexit, he is spending considerable time participating in detailed discussions with various arms of the UK Government charged with handling Brexit.
Since the EU referendum Paul has been part of the HSF Core Brexit Team. As well as advising clients on the implications of Brexit, he is spending considerable time participating in detailed discussions with various arms of the UK Government charged with handling Brexit.
He also sits on several committees which assist the work of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Professional & Business Services Council (PBSC). He sits on the LexisPSL Energy Consulting Editorial Board.
Nihar has recently been seconded to the firm’s core Brexit team where she focuses on the impact of Brexit for clients, particularly in relation to their dispute risk.
Karen brings a rounded perspective to her advice, through an in-house secondment in a major banking group as Head of Regulatory, a secondment to the UK financial regulator and a prior role as criminal prosecutor in Australia.
Andrew previously worked as a legal adviser to the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and represented the UK at the UN in New York and the EU in Brussels, as well as in other international institutions. He has extensive experience of negotiating and advising on bilateral and multilateral treaties and other international instruments.
Sarah focuses on providing technical advice to clients on compliance with corporate law and listed company regulation, in particular new developments. Sarah also writes regularly on corporate law and delivers a wide range of legal training to colleagues and clients.
Sarah’s experience includes advising a range of listed company clients on UK corporate law issues, including company meetings, corporate reporting, articles of association, continuing obligations under the Market Abuse Regulation and Listing, Disclosure and Transparency Rules, directors’ duties and corporate governance, Companies Act 2006 issues and a variety of contract law issues, both international and ASEAN based companies seeking to invest in Southeast Asia or partner with Southeast Asian companies and governments in new and existing ventures.
Sarah also advised EDF SA on its £12 billion takeover of British Energy Group plc and associated plans for new nuclear build in the UK and Resolution plc on its proposed £8.6 billion merger with Friends Provident.
In the area of international trade he has litigated international trade cases in the EU Courts and, in 1997, was among the very first private lawyers allowed to appear in a WTO dispute settlement hearing. The case in question (EC – Bananas) was also the first case to apply the General Agreement on Trade in Services. Furthermore, Lode has extensive expertise using the GATS (and WTO law more generally) to achieve practical results outside the context of formal dispute settlement.
Eric works closely with the Herbert Smith Freehills’ global network of offices. He focuses on WTO law and the EU’s rules governing trade with non-EU countries, including the future relationship between the UK and the EU.
Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills Eric was a member of the European Commission’s Legal Service between 1985 and 2016, where he led the Trade Policy and WTO team. In that capacity, he routinely represented the European Commission in cases before the General Court and the European Court of Justice, and the European Union in WTO dispute settlement proceedings. He also participated in and advised on the negotiation of various international agreements involving the European Union.
An acknowledged expert in public takeovers and private acquisitions and disposals, Stephen has worked with clients in a range of sectors to execute their most significant transactions across the world, including many ground breaking deals.