Credentials

Department head Spencer Summerfield is 'well respected in the market,' according to sources, providing 'that element of quality as well as quantity.
Chambers UK, 2013

Clients appreciate the 'good strong team' and praise them for being 'very knowledgeable and very responsive.'
Chambers UK, 2013

Sources say the firm is 'practical, pragmatic, solutions-oriented and cost-effective.'
Chambers UK, 2013

Chris Hale has been described as a 'very hard-working' lawyer who 'steers difficult transactions seamlessly without pain or hassle'.
Chambers UK, 2013

Philip Cheveley - sources say that they are: 'hugely impressed with him. He's practical and understands the business constraints and practical considerations that affect our business.'
Chambers UK, 2013

Andrew Gillen 'has the commercial acumen as well as a detailed legal understanding.'
Chambers UK, 2013 

Richard Speddingis described as 'absolutely first-class'.
Chambers UK, 2013

Associate [(now partner)] Lucinda Bowman continues to attract praise from the market, with one interviewee describing her as 'very commercial. She understands complex situations.'
Chambers UK, 2013

‘Top-quality outfit’ Travers Smith LLP is ‘very strong’, offering ‘an ideal mix of in-depth legal knowledge and the ability to take a commercial view’.
Legal 500, 2012

Its partners – including Spencer Summerfield, Neal Watson and Andrew Gillen – are ‘as strong as any others’.
Legal 500, 2012

Excellent mid-size player’ Travers Smith LLP has long retained a strong foothold in the private equity arena, and attracts praise for how well its M&A practice ‘integrates with the rest of the firm to provide all the support and help required across the disciplines’. Legal 500, 2012

Practice head Spencer Summerfield, the ‘unflappable’. Legal 500, 2012

Philip Cheveley and Richard Speddingwho ‘does a tremendous job of distilling an issue down to its essential elements’, are all recommended. Legal 500, 2012

"...the guys at Travers are highly commercial and this is how they differ from their peers. They are able to advise on how to deal with issues, find solutions to those issues and look at risks."
Chambers UK, 2012

Spencer Summerfield is "fun to work with," "bright" and offers "a good mix of commercial and legal understanding." Other clients say "his negotiating skills are some of the best we've seen."
Chambers UK, 2012

Clients value the fact that Chris Hale helps them with "making business introductions and unlocking opportunities."
Chambers UK, 2012

Andrew Gillen is "unflappable even whilst under fire from the other side" and his advice is "sound, timely and clearly communicated."
Chambers UK, 2012

Sources say the team has the ability to "not get bogged down in the minutiae when there are commercial requirements."
Chambers UK, 2011

"They are incredibly responsive and we get a very good level of service."
Chambers UK, 2011

"When dealing with anything AIM-related, they would always be my first choice."
Chambers UK, 2011

Spencer Summerfield "sees the bigger picture" and "is capable of thinking outside the box" ... [and] is a "class act, who effortlessly straddles both the AIM and main markets, and provides a great service to his clients."
Chambers UK, 2011

Chris Hale is "an experienced and calm guy, who is good to have on your side."
Chambers UK, 2011

Andrew Gillen "is very commercial, doesn´t get tied down by legalistic jargon, and is very knowledgeable."
Chambers UK, 2011

Philip Cheveley "stands and delivers it straight, which is as you want it."
Chambers UK, 2011

"'every lawyer is first rate' ... with a 'cross-functional team that delivers a level of service and value for money that is often better than the Magic Circle'."
The Legal 500, 2010

"The firm somehow manages to provide the same legal pedigree as the bigger firms but at a much more sensible and commercial rate. Each of the lawyers is as hard-working and determined as any we have worked with."
Chambers UK, 2010

"Travers Smith LLP´s 'outstanding' team is led by Spencer Summerfield."
The Legal 500, 2009

"A popular choice with clients who have previously used larger firms, the team is regarded as both ´more insightful and better value'."
The Legal 500, 2009

The "outstanding" David Patient and William Howard; Richard Spedding, "who has a wonderful ability to communicate with US business people;" Philip Cheveley, who "never loses sight of the client´s needs;" the "talented" Andrew Gillen; "client first, fees second" Neal Watson; and Spencer Summerfield, "who maintains a blokeish charm in even the grimmest completion meetings."
The Legal 500, 2009

Travers Smith stands out for its "more personal service" delivered at "lower charge-out rates than the Magic Circle." In addition to advising sponsors in a superb pipeline of mid-market transactions, it is frequently first choice for management teams in large deals.
The Legal 500, 2009

The superb private equity team, includes the "experienced and user-friendly" Chris Hale and "impressive" new partner Helen Croke.
The Legal 500, 2009

"Clients appreciate the way that 'it fields relatively compact teams on deals, but can handle anything we throw at it. No matter how complex, this tidy group of lawyers could manage it efficiently and the service we get is truly impressive'."
Chambers UK, 2009

Clients praise Spencer Summerfield "He is pragmatic, commercial and committed to finding solutions to our problems."
Chambers UK, 2009

"A valued adviser with an excellent understanding of the capital markets and company law" Andrew Gillen frequently acts on public acquisitions and listing on the Official List and AIM.
Chambers UK, 2009

Chris Hale - "Peers agree: 'He is worthy of all the recognition he receives for his private equity-led-practice'."
Chambers UK, 2009

Richard Spedding is a client-focused lawyer who "raises the important issues and doesn´t bother you with irrelevant detail."
Chambers UK, 2009

"Clients describe the lawyers as 'proper deal doers' and say that 'you always get a really market-savvy person here, whether it be a partner or associate'."
Chambers UK, 2009

"A leading light at the firm, Chris Hale, is 'excellent in deals - capable, practical and friendly to work with.' He wins further commendation for his 'calm and sensible stance in negotiations'."
Chambers UK, 2009

"Paul Dolman impresses commentators with his growing profile in the market."
Chambers UK, 2009

"A promising younger lawyer, Edmund Reed is 'really good - he has a brilliant understanding of the industry,' peers say."
Chambers UK, 2009

Andrew Roberts is recognised for his up-to-date knowledge of all the latest market issues.
Chambers UK, 2009