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Friday, 20 July 2018
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''Travers Smith LLP is 'very responsive', has 'great industry knowledge' is 'technically great and also very commercial'''
Chambers UK 2018

''Travers Smith is an excellent firm with a talented team of senior lawyers who provide expert, timely and commercially astute legal advice consistently across a range of complex matters.''
Chambers UK 2018

"The team is extremely responsive and thoughtful. Their work product is extremely high-quality and they are an all-round pleasure to work with"
Chambers UK 2017

"They are very responsive, have good turnaround times and are willing to help where they can. It has been a good experience with them"
Chambers UK 2017

"I find them extremely responsive – if I ask them to do something, it happens and to a very high standard. They also take time to understand the client"
Chambers UK 2017

"Travers Smith LLP is a full-service law firm that has a ‘wealth of experience and always gives the right answers’ on complicated franchising matters. The team handles franchising and distribution agreements throughout the EMEA region and ‘always gives accurate, commercial, succinct and measured guidance."
Legal 500 (2016)

"In addition to handling day-to-day commercial issues, the team deals with outsourcing arrangements, joint ventures, supply agreements and distribution, among other matters. Tom Purton’s team includes ‘creative thinker’ Ben Chivers, Dan Reavill and Richard Brown."
Legal 500 (2016)

 "Travers Smith LLP’s team ‘advises on commercial realities rather than just pure legal positions’.
Legal 500 (2016)

"Their advice was easy to understand and thorough." [Re. Retail]
Chambers (2016)

"All the people at Travers Smith are very polite and interested in understanding our concerns in order to provide the most appropriate advice.”  [Re. Information Technology]
Chambers (2016)

"An excellent and responsive team who are always looking for solutions. They have a strong and well-staffed team who are a pleasure to work with.”  [Re. Commercial Contracts]
Chambers (2016)

"Our firm of choice for the most complicated issues - they're available at short notice to provide pragmatic advice that is easily understood." [Re. Commercial Contracts]
Chambers (2016)

"Esteemed commercial team offering experienced commercial support to some of the UK's most prestigious clients. Broad sector experience with particular strength in media, retail, restaurants, travel and financial services." [Re. Commercial Contracts]
Chambers (2016)

"Travers Smith LLP is ‘consistently good across the board’, with a first-class reputation for traditional contracts work rather than an outsourcing bias … Retail is a niche strength; the firm advised McColl’s Retail Group in a strategic partnership with the Post Office, and acted for Trainline.com on its European roll-out."
Legal 500 (2015-2016)

 

"They performed extremely well and I am delighted with what they have done for us. Their forte is their ability to get things done, and to get the right deal for us."
Chambers UK 2015

"They work as a team, which is key in contracts that cover multiple areas. They have a strong presence in meetings but balance this with a practical view and good sense of humour."
Chambers UK 2015

"They are good analysts of the legal and commercial principles in major transactions."
Chambers UK 2015

"They give good partner access and have a strong and stable team underneath."
Chambers UK 2015

"They give a good service and are responsive to queries."
Chambers UK 2015

"They always have time for me, and put things in layman's terms, which is great."
Chambers UK 2015

"Experienced team known for its deft handling of a range of work, including distribution, supply and outsourcing agreements. Notable work across fields such as finance, retail and food and beverage."
Chambers UK 2015

"The team has "incisive business acumen", "gives strong and practical advice' and "invests in us to understand our business'."
Legal 500 2014

"The quality of the lawyers is excellent and the service is hands-on. A lot of activity from partners."  
Chambers UK, 2014

"They have excellent industry experience under their belt." 
Chambers UK, 2014

"We appreciate their seminars and talks as well "always worthwhile and a real value-add."  
Chambers UK, 2014

"We wanted a firm with international capacity, and are very pleased." 
Chambers UK, 2014

 

"They are very professional, very good lawyers and provide thought-out advice that is consistently well presented."
Chambers UK, 2014

"Travers Smith provided invaluable support and analysis on these deals and it was a pleasure working with them."
Channel 4

"The whole Travers Smith team provides high quality advice resulting in a no-nonsense and commercial approach to getting a deal done."
UTV Media

 

Tom Purton

''Clients say he gives ''a commercial, solutions-led approach whatever the complexity of the task.''''
Chambers (2018)

"He is rigorous in his approach and helped us set a successful strategy for negotiations"
Chambers (2017)

"Clients praise Purton as a very wise person and incredibly well rounded, with an in-depth understanding of all the corporate issues"
Chambers (2017)

"Tom Purton is talented and affable."
Legal 500 (2016)

"Head of commercial, IP and technology Tom Purton advises an enviable client roster on a range of outsourcing transactions."  [Re. Outsourcing]
Chambers (2016)

"Tom Purton always looks to reach a good commercial solution - he is legally strong and he focuses on the important issues." Interviewees also note that he is "excellent, practical and experienced - but also a fun and affable person to spend time with, which is important when dealing with protracted legal matters." [Re. Commercial Contracts]
Chambers (2016)

"Widely respected Tom Purton is an ‘excellent sounding board’ with a ‘tremendous depth of knowledge’" [Re. Commercial Contracts]
Legal 500 (2015-2016)

"Tom Purton heads the department and is described as 'very commercially astute. He quickly understands and can appreciate the nuances of transactions and contracts'."
Chambers UK 2015

"Tom Purton is held in high regard as a 'tough negotiator with excellent technical ability'."
Chambers UK 2015

 

"Tom Purton concentrates on joint commercial enterprise and commercial contract work, including outsourcing, franchising and agency agreements. Reporters say he is 'hugely experienced commercially and very timely in getting back to you'."
Chambers UK 2015

"Department head Tom Purton is "excellent and friendly'."
Legal 500 2014

"Clients say [Tom Purton] is 'tremendous. He really is top-rate'."
Chambers UK, 2014

"Tom Purton is highly regarded and widely recognised by peers in the commercial contracts space."

Chambers UK, 2014

"Sources note [Tom Purton's] good commercial sense and impressive knowledge of franchising practice."
Chambers UK, 2014

"Tom Purton is a 'very good strategic thinker' who 'focuses on the points with a calm authority'." 
Legal 500, 2013

"We have worked with Tom Purton on many projects and a range of different issues. He has a vast array of knowledge and experience and superb technical knowledge, However the real point of difference is his acute understanding of his clients needs and the perfect blend of strategic and tactical advice. He has total mastery of the detail, but never loses sight of the big picture. He knows when to give and when to dig in on a point. He will always fight your corner for a final important point, even when you as the client are impatient to close the deal. He has the personal charisma and leadership to manage a meeting with always your best interests in mind. He and his team come highly recommended."
Jonathan Neame, Chief Executive at Shepherd Neame

 

Richard Brown

''Clients state: ''Richard is personable, keeps his charm and his calm, but has an authorative way about him that makes you want to work with him.''''
Chambers (2018)

''Brown combines excellent legal and industry knowledge with the leadership skills needed to ensure that projects are completed''
Legal 500 (2017)

"I value his ability to roll his sleeves up and combine that City law firm approach with a down-to-earth manner. He is very user-friendly"
Chambers (2017)

"Richard Brown specialises in large and complex commercial contracts for a wide range of household names. He is especially noted for his work in logistics, support services, leisure and energy. He is praised particularly for his ability in complex transactions." [Re. Commercial Contracts]
Chambers (2016)

"The ‘pragmatic’ Richard Brown led the team advising Vubiquity on its acquisition of FilmFlex Movies." [Re. Media & Entertainment]
Legal 500 (2015-2016)

"Richard Brown gives ‘comfort that our corner is protected’." [Re Commercial Contracts]
Legal 500 (2015-2016)

 

"Key partner Richard Brown has extensive experience in fields such as energy and utilities. He is well versed in a wide range of work and has recently handled matters as diverse as joint ventures, outsourcing and supply arrangements".
Chambers UK 2015

"Richard Brown of Travers Smith LLP is regarded as a 'very commercially minded' practitioner, advising film and television clients such as Channel 4, Vubiquity and UTV on matters ranging from carriage agreements to contractual arrangements and joint ventures. Clients say he 'is very responsive and always seems to find the time to help us'."
Chambers UK 2015

"Richard Brown is a good team leader and "well respected among senior managers'."
Legal 500 2014

"[Richard Brown] is always easy to get hold of and has a good understanding of the challenges facing our business."
Chambers UK, 2014

 

Dan Reavill

''Dan Reavill is a ''pleasure to work with,'' and provides ''succinct, clear and pragmatic advice,'' according to clients.''
Chambers (2018)

"The technically excellent and commercially focused Dan Reavill is praised by clients for his ability to bring an international perspective to the work he is instructed in."
Chambers (2017)

"Group head Dan Reavill ‘provides excellent commercial advice’"
Legal 500 (2016)

"Practice head Dan Reavill is ‘excellent’"
Legal 500 (2016)

"Dan Reavill is an experienced practitioner in the computing space and heads the firm's intellectual property and technology group. He is especially noted for his expertise advising on software development and implementation programmes and outsourcing." [Re. Information Technology]
Chambers (2016)

 

"Department head Dan Reavill combines technology expertise with an IP background to provide sought-after advice on data protection, software development and system implementation."
Chambers UK 2015

"[Dan Reavill] works to understand the relationship with the suppliers and he is protective of us."
Chambers UK, 2014

Clients instruct Dan Reavill for "more complicated and larger contracts."
Chambers UK, 2014

 

Ben Chivers

"Ben Chivers is ‘prompt, confident and gives genuinely useful advice’"
Legal 500 (2016)

"The team includes ‘creative thinker’ Ben Chivers"
Legal 500 (2016)

"Benjamin Chivers has a strong outsourcing practice alongside his broader commercial work. His clients include TES Global, publisher of the Times Education Supplement." [Re. Outsourcing]
Chambers (2016)

 

"Recently made-up Ben Chivers ‘adds another dimension to the discussion’."
Legal 500 (2015-2016)

"The 'really fantastic' Benjamin Chivers of Travers Smith LLP continues to impress as a 'terrifically helpful' and proactive associate."
Chambers UK 2015

"Clients commend him for 'interpreting and turning things into an understandable language, asking pertinent questions to dig a little deeper, and being very efficient'."
Chambers UK 2015

 

Louisa Chambers

''Practice head Dan Reavill is recommended along with Louisa Chambers, who is ‘knowledgeable, affable and a superb asset no matter the issue’ ''.
Legal 500 2017

"Louisa Chambers is ‘responsive, hardworking and friendly’".
Legal 500 2016

   
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