Anna joined the The Legal 500 in 2012. Approaching her fourth year as a member of the editorial team, she returns to work on the third edition of The Legal 500 Deutschland, this time as Editor, after acting as Deputy Editor for a year and spending a substantial amount of her time visiting firms and gaining extensive market knowledge across all major cities in Germany. Besides her focus on Deutschland, she has also researched various practice areas in the US, EMEA and Latin American legal markets, making use of her bilingual German and English as well as advanced Spanish language skills. Before her career at The Legal 500, she spent some years in academic research: After an initial degree in Anthropology, she continued her academic studies with an MA in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Cultural Studies and an MSc in Migration, Mobility and Development. At the same time, she completed internships at NGOs and an international think tank, and worked as a market and policy researcher for a research centre specialising in Japanese clients.
Phone: 020 7396 5602
Alexander studied law at the University of Southampton and went on to qualify as a solicitor. Since joining The Legal 500, he has researched a range of jurisdictions and practice areas: he covered investment fund formation and management for The Legal 500 US for several years, and researched the UK M&A and private equity sections. He was appointed editor of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific in 2013. More recently, he spent time in the communications department of a global law firm before returning to The Legal 500 as editor of The Legal 500 United Kingdom Solicitors.
Phone: 020 7396 5662
UK Bar and Asia Pacific
A former journalist, Hayley Eustace started as a researcher at The Legal 500 in 2010, before becoming a senior researcher in 2012. Since 2013, she has been the Bar Editor and in 2015, she also took on the role as Asia Pacific editor. She now manages the two directories. Hayley's work has allowed her to visit chambers and law firms across the globe, and her role as UK Bar and Asia Pacific Editor is to concentrate on building relationships with legal professionals in the UK and Asia Pacific, oversee The Legal 500 coverage in both directories and edit chapters. In her spare time, Hayley takes an interest in arts and crafts, and enjoys attending live music events.
Phone: 020 7396 9306
Tim joined Legalease in late 2011 tasked with the challenge of launching Legal 500 Latin America. Prior to his appointment as Editor, he had been working in Latin American legal market research for over 6 years, initially as a researcher and subsequently as a deputy editor. Since his arrival he has overseen the first two editions of the guide and has also undertaken the inaugural GC Powerlist Latin America. He has personally researched many jurisdictions across the continent, particularly in the southern cone, and also has knowledge of the US market, ‘off shore’ jurisdictions and international practices. Tim has been involved with Latin America for 25 years; he has a Masters in Latin American studies from the (then) Institute of Latin American Studies (today, Institute of the Americas) at the University of London, and undertook doctoral studies at Birkbeck College. Intermittently resident in Mexico during the 1990s, he has travelled extensively throughout the continent and regularly attends the IBAs bi-annual Latin American Regional forum. Prior to entering the legal sector he worked as a bilingual news analyst, a university lecturer and as a freelance journalist. He recently co-edited The Football Crónicas, a collection of translated pieces on Latin American football produced as a charity product and timed to coincide with the Brazil World Cup.
Phone: 0207 071 0164
Chief Editor, The Legal 500 series / Editor, EMEA
Now Chief Editor of The Legal 500 series, Mike also remains editor of The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and contributes to all of the books across the series. After a decade with the company, he has legal industry research and publishing experience across the EMEA, Asia Pacific, UK and US editions, prior to which he spent 9 years in business-to-business research and publishing in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.
Phone: 0207 071 0168
Seth Singh Jennings
Seth joined The Legal 500 as US Editor in August 2015. Previous to that he worked for another well-known legal publisher, starting as a researcher before being promoted to US deputy editor and, later, head of training. Prior to entering legal publishing, Seth freelanced as a writer and editor on a range of printed publications and websites. He is also a qualified journalist (NCTJ). Interests outside of work include food and food blogging, sports - football and tennis in particular - and travel.
Phone: 0207 031 0016
Jonathan is a former paralegal in the civil litigation department of a London law firm. His research experience at The Legal 500 includes the capital markets and the tax sections of the UK edition, construction and capital markets for the US book, and the Australian, Israeli and Russian legal markets. Since becoming deputy editor, Jonathan has increased his focus on markets in the Middle East and Africa. His hobbies include travelling, cinema and sports, in particular football and cricket.
Phone: 0207 396 5697
Andrea de Palatis
Andrea has worked for The Legal 500 since 2007 and was appointed deputy editor of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific in April 2015. Previously she has been editor of The Legal 500 Deutschland and has also covered Hong Kong, China and several times the UK. In her capacity as The Legal 500 Deutschland editor she compiled the inaugural GC Powerlist Deutschland and with her team of German researchers in 2013 successfully introduced the expanded The Legal 500 Deutschland guide to the market. Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Political Sciences and has worked as a journalist for over 16 years. She has been contributing feature stories to a wide range of newspapers and magazines and has lived and worked in Germany, France, Hungary, the UK, Malaysia and Australia
Phone: 0207 396 9292
Following a degree in English Literature at Durham University, Ella completed the GDL at BPP Law School, obtaining a distinction, before embarking on a career with The Legal 500. As a researcher for The Legal 500 series, Ella has covered practice areas across jurisdictions including the US, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Poland, the London market and the UK regions. Since becoming deputy editor, Ella has increased her focus on markets in Iberia and CEE. As an avid sports fan, Ella enjoys playing tennis, running in the Royal Parks and watching all manner of sports.
Phone: 020 7396 5680
Daniela graduated in Cultural and Political Science and European Studies in Frankfurt and Paris and previously worked as a press officer and research assistant for a German MP for 3.5 years. After moving to London, she joined The Legal 500 and is a key figure in the Deutschland (German-language) edition research team; she has also covered El Salvador, Panama, Costa Rica, the US, Italy, Romania and Lebanon for English language editions of The Legal 500.
Phone: 0207 031 0018
Lisa graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland with a BA Hons in Journalism with Advanced Irish and Law. While at university, her work was published in various national newspapers such as the Malta Independent and The Irish Times. She also worked with the news team at a radio station in Munster, Ireland and has broadcast from several major sporting events. After moving to London, she joined The Legal 500 team where she has worked on the EMEA and US guides as well as researching solicitors and the Bar for the UK directory. She is a fluent Irish speaker or “Gaeilgeoir” as they’re known, but is yet to have to exercise her skill for research purposes. She enjoys travelling, running and yoga.
Phone: 0207 031 7710
Paul's recent work includes researching the UAE, Iran, Iraq and Kuwait for The Legal 500 EMEA; South Korea for The Legal 500 Asia Pacific; Real estate for The Legal 500 US; as well as covering Commercial property, Construction, Planning and Environment in the London region for the UK directory. After an English degree at St. Anne's College, Oxford he was called to the Bar and undertook a criminal pupillage at the Chambers of Helen Grindrod QC. He subsequently worked as part of the the Guardian's legal team on Jonathan Aitken's failed libel action before requalifying as a solicitor and working in-house for Carillion PLC. More recently Paul has worked as a professional actor and still enjoys performance and song writing.
Phone: 0207 396 5641
Since joining The Legal 500 team, William has worked on the US, the UK, Poland and Malaysia. He graduated from Trinity College, Oxford with a BA (Hons) in Classics. His studies focussed particularly on Roman history and philosophy. While studying, William took part in a consultancy project which saw him working alongside Oxford City Council to help improve their waste management service. Before university, William was employed in the manufacturing industry. Outside work, William enjoys running and reading, but not at the same time. He has travelled in North America, South Asia and North Africa.
Phone: 020 7396 5668
An English Literature graduate, Julia completed her journalism diploma in 2011 and has written for various publications, including the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s official magazine. During her time at Legal 500, she has researched the US, the UK, New Zealand and Portugal, and she is currently working on the new GC Powerlist series.
Julia also enjoys taking photos, lying on grass and listening to music, or any combination of those things.
Phone: 020 7396 5683
Ashish is a Durham University Law graduate and has also completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law, London Bloomsbury. Since completion of his studies, most of his professional work experience has involved working in law firms. He worked as a paralegal at DWF in Manchester for a year before joining The Legal 500 where he has researched the UK, the US, Belgium and Singapore, among others. He is an obsessive follower of Manchester United and is extremely fortunate to have held a season ticket for 17 years before moving to London. He also pretends to be a gourmet chef in his spare time and burnt omelettes are a particular speciality.
Phone: 020 7396 5605
Before beginning her career with The Legal 500, Amy studied Psychology at the University of York. Since joining The Legal 500, Amy's research assignments have included the UK, Japan, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Norway and Gibraltar. Whenever she has the opportunity Amy loves to travel and in her free time enjoys going to the theatre, playing tennis and photography.
Phone: 0207 396 5635
Bei is fluent in English and Mandarin. In her time with The Legal 500 team, Bei has become key contact for China and also has researched the UK, the US, as well as several markets in EMEA (including Latvia, Lithuania, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia). Bei graduated with a Masters in Radio Production from Bournemouth University and prior to that a BA in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London. She loves listening to world music and radio, photography and travelling.
Phone: 0207 396 5673
Client Intelligence Report REsearch Manager
Dominic joined The Legal 500 in 2014 to oversee the development of the inaugural Client Intelligence Report, which focuses on the business-critical issues faced by in-house lawyers across the globe. In recent years Dominic has become heavily involved in the in-house legal world, running various forums and events that bring general counsel together to share knowledge, information and stories. His previous work in the sector revolved around innovation in the provision of legal services.
When not woefully focussed on research, Dominic enjoys playing squash and cheering too loudly at rugby matches.
Phone: 0207 396 5613
Catherine is Publishing Director of The Legal 500’s and Legalease’s corporate counsel/in-house lawyer initiatives. She is passionately interested in the role of the client in determining the future of legal services and is a longtime advocate of diversity in the law.
She has many years experience in the legal publishing and rankings space having previously served as Managing Editor at Chambers and Partners. While there, she was a key member of the firm’s Executive Management Committee. Her role was to provide management and editorial oversight of all Chambers directories and publications and she was also responsible for business strategy and development.
Among her achievements while at Chambers include the bespoke feedback product for law firms: Chambers Confidential, and the corporate-counsel-driven Chambers GC Seminar series. She also created the Women in Law initiative. Catherine spearheaded Chambers’ expansion into the Asian market, developing deep relationships with Asian clients and law firms and led the opening of the firm’s first international office in Hong Kong.
She then joined US based legal media company, Lawdragon, where she was responsible for business development, including developing new products and acting as primary liaison with Lawdragon’s users from both law firms and legal departments. While there she developed a new magazine called Insights which combined a legal directory with a practice focused magazine.
Catherine was born in London and gained a bachelor’s degree and Ph.D in Literature and Drama. Prior to moving into legal publishing she was a lecturer at universities in the UK and USA, including the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston.
Catherine started her career in legal publishing in 2002 when she was hired as a researcher on the first edition of Chambers and Partners' US Guide. She spent several years researching and writing about a full-range of legal markets across the globe for Chambers, working on all of their major directories. She becoming Senior Researcher in 2006. Most recently Catherine worked with former Chambers' Managing Editor Catherine McGregor at US-based legal media company Law Dragon, writing and researching for its inaugural 'Insights' magazine. At The Legal 500 since June 2014, Catherine is part of the corporate counsel team, which concentrates on producing publications and insight for in-house counsel. Catherine has also worked as a conference producer, actor and voice-over artist. Outside of work, she can be found writing plays for production on London's fringe.
Phone: 0207 031 7702
Jim trained as a journalist in the early 1990s, and ever since he has focused largely on finance, commodities and the legal market. Having written for specialist publications in areas such as derivatives and commodities trading, he has had regular commissions from organisations including the London Metal Exchange, and has contributed many articles to the Financial Times magazine ‘The Banker’. He began working on Legalease publications in 2006. He is also an experienced photographer, who is regularly commissioned to document live performances and often exhibits in his home town of Brighton.
Mary-Carmel is a dual-qualified solicitor who has a Masters in Law. She has worked in private practice in Ireland, Jersey and Kuwait and has worked with The Legal 500 since 2007. Mary-Carmel has researched the legal markets in the UK, Germany, Singapore, Ghana and others. She recently returned to the West Midlands after a two-year stint in Qatar.
Phone: 0121 709 1603
Angela graduated with an LLB (Hons) in Law from The University of Liverpool and went on to obtain a PGDip in print journalism. As a researcher, Angela has six years of experience in writing across The Legal 500 EMEA, UK, US and Asia Pacific titles and has covered a variety of practice areas such as TMT, transport and capital markets, while developing a particular focus on the insurance sector. Internationally, Angela edited the India chapter for Asia Pacific for two consecutive years and has covered markets such as Switzerland, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Netherlands, Qatar and Romania. Angela has also contributed a number of news and feature articles to Legal Business and has vast experience in writing for a number of legal, lifestyle and news publications.
Jenny's recent assignments at The Legal 500 include researching the UK South East region and the London Bar, as well as Finland and Iceland for EMEA, plus venture capital and emerging technologies for the US market. She graduated from Royal Holloway with a First Class Honours degree in History and has completed research placements at The National Archives and various museums. Her interests include creative writing and reading.
Phone: 0207 396 5609
Grant, who holds an MA in Journalism and an MSc in Political Science, has worked as a reporter and editor for multiple book publishers and daily newspapers, including two organisations that focus specifically on the legal industry. His research experience includes the US, UK and a number of jurisdictions in Latin America and Europe, notably including practice areas such as international arbitration and litigation, corporate/M&A, banking & finance, real estate, and administrative and regulatory law. In 2010, Grant accepted a fellowship offer from the University of Miami (Florida) to take part in the International Relations doctoral program – he remains affiliated with UM and is now a PhD candidate in the department. Grant currently resides in New York City, where he is concentrating on legal research and completing a dissertation about the determinants of American public support regarding US-led drone strikes.
Chris is an experienced journalist who has specialised in legal market coverage since 2000. He also has an LLB law degree. Chris writes for a wide variety of publications, including The Legal 500 and Legal Business, and has a particular interest in global markets such as Asia, Africa and Latin America. He has broad practice area and industry knowledge, with an especially strong understanding of M&A, private equity, dispute resolution and competition law. In recent years, he has been a major contributor to The Legal 500 series, working on key sections for Legal 500 United States, Legal 500 Latin America, Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Legal 500 EMEA. Chris is married with three young sons and is a massive sports enthusiast. Though admittedly past his physical prime, he is a frequent runner, swimmer and wants to buy an expensive bicycle.
Ian's research topics include the Crime, Fraud and Licensing section of The Legal 500 UK's London chapter, in addition to covering Indonesia. He completed his postgraduate degree in Philosophy at King's College London, and holds bachelor's degrees in Politics and Music. Ian is a classical and jazz guitarist.
Phone: 0207 031 0014
Arne was born in Belgium but grew up in France and Switzerland. He graduated from the University of Manchester with a BA in History and from the University of Sheffield with an MA in Global Journalism. During his time as a student, Arne wrote for The Mancunion and Forge Press, reporting on cinema and sporting events ranging from ice hockey to squash. He is a fluent Flemish, French and English speaker as well as advanced in Spanish. Arne is a very keen track and cross country runner, enjoys playing guitar and will usually tag along to anything food-related. Research assignments include Malta, Georgia, several markets in Central Asia and the US edition.
Phone: 020 7396 5601
Kate is a former solicitor at a UK magic circle firm. She has contributed to the The Legal 500 series for over a decade, including EMEA, Asia Pacific and the UK series, a former co-editor of the latter. Specialist areas of knowledge include employment and incentives and international legal markets. Magazine credits include former editor of undergraduate title Lex and reporter at European Legal Business, where one of her feature articles prompted a BBC television documentary. Kate is now a freelance legal journalist and has written for the majority of UK legal trade titles including Legal Business, In-House Lawyer, the Law Society Gazette and various other B2B publications. Kate is a long-suffering Spurs fan, netball player and scuba divemaster.
Prior to joining The Legal 500, Janine was a Service Desk Analyst for a cloud software provider. She also worked as search executive for an international recruitment agency specialising in telecommunications and IT, which involved conducting interviews on a daily basis and presenting candidates to clients. With her additional background in literature and journalism, Janine has now re-entered the publishing industry (after doing an internship during her degree course) and will be working on the construction and real estate sections for The Legal 500 Deutschland. Janine graduated with a BA in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Erfurt in Germany and still enjoys reading novels in German and English. She is also a frequent visitor to London’s many theatre productions.
Phone: 0207 071 3784
Maria Jackson has ten years’ experience in legal publishing including three years spent as a reporter for leading legal monthly, Legal Business. During her stint at the magazine, Maria interviewed, and wrote profiles on, some of the world's leading general counsels, in addition to writing features discussing the main business issues affecting global law firms. As a freelancer, Maria writes market reviews for The American Lawyer, Focus Europe, Focus Latin America and The Asian Lawyer regularly covering the most prominent legal markets across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Over the past eight years, Maria has written across various editions of The Legal 500 series, including The Legal 500 UK, The Legal 500 United States, The Legal 500 EMEA and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. Most recently, she wrote the inaugural launch edition of The Legal 500 Canada and has also written the Brazil chapter for The Legal 500 Latin America since its inception.
Julian is a freelance researcher who has written for The Legal 500 series since 2005, covering US M&A/M&A litigation and construction, Italy, Poland, India, Venezuela, Uruguay, Chile, Ghana, Libya, Nigeria, Syria, China, Offshore Caribbean/Britain, Australia, and several London chapters including financial services, construction, commercial litigation, banking litigation, international arbitration, public international law, shipping, social housing, property litigation and planning, in addition to London Bar sections. Especially interested in international legal markets, Julian has written special features on Italy, Switzerland, Russia/CIS Global Offshore, Benelux, CEE, Austria, Malta, Spain, India and Portugal for The Legal 500's sister publication, Legal Business. He has also written features for the IBA's Global Insight magazine and CDR magazine, in addition to articles on cinema, food and art for a culture magazine. Julian graduated in History from the School of Slavonic & East European Studies, University of London; gained law qualifications from London Guildhall University; and practised as a solicitor for central London law firms for ten years. Dividing his time between London and Italy, Julian is a keen traveller and has visited several countries for The Legal 500; he also loves film, books and food!
Anthony Notaras is a freelance journalist who has written about the legal market since 2002. He started his career at Legalease, where he initially worked as a researcher on The Legal 500
series, covering a range of countries and practice areas, including Australia, Russia, Japan, India, Mexico, and Turkey. During his time at Legalease he was also a senior reporter and news editor at Legal Business magazine. Since going freelance in 2008, Anthony has written for a variety of legal publications including Legal Business, American Lawyer, and the IBA’s magazine, Global Insight. For The Legal 500, he has researched the US market since the launch of The Legal 500 US, covering a range of practice areas, including dispute resolution, banking and finance, and intellectual property. For the UK edition, he has covered the Mediators category for several years, as well as some of the main London Bar sections, including commercial litigation, banking and finance, property litigation, international arbitration, and company and partnership. His surname also made him an obvious choice to cover Greece for The Legal 500 EMEA, though he continues to disappoint every Greek lawyer he meets with his complete lack of ability with the language.
Sarah joined The Legal 500 after completing an accelerated LLB at the University of Birmingham; she also has a BA in Philosophy and English Literature. With experience working in legal research for another publisher, she has a keen academic interest in the legal profession, and is presenting a paper at the 10th anniversary conference of the Judicial Appointments Committee, with Lady Justice Hale as the keynote speaker. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys attending dance classes and live music events.
Phone: 020 7071 3794
Ewan has more than a decade's experience writing across various editions of The Legal 500 and was involved at the outset of The Legal 500 US series, and has contributed to every subsequent edition. He completed the CPE and LPC at the College of Law in London and qualified as a solicitor following a training contract at Ambrose Appelbe. Now a freelance journalist, Ewan was formerly Assistant Editor across The Legal 500 series. His particular specialisms include acquisition finance, asset finance and private equity, areas he has researched and edited for the past four years for the UK guide. Internationally, Ewan has researched numerous jurisdictions in Europe (Bulgaria, Norway, Holland and Greece) and Asia Pacific (India, Japan and Australia). Now in his freelance capacity, Ewan continues to write for The Legal 500 and has written for other legal publications with international reach.
As a member of The Legal 500 reseach team, Christopher has become the regular researcher of a number of chapters of the Deutschland edition and researcher of Switzerland, along with the sections on copyright and trademark litigation for the United States. He has many years of experience in research and writing, with a track record in journalism, academia, and politics. He started his career as editor for a German start-up online magazine specializing in the telecommunications market. After his promotion to editor in chief, his team was able to double the usage of the publication to more than 4.5 million page impressions per month. Christopher then went on to study political science in Berlin and Washington DC and completed his studies with a PhD from the University of Bremen. His doctoral thesis about global public-private partnerships against intellectual property crimes received academic honours and was recommended by practitioners in the field, for example from the International Criminal Police Organization Interpol. Before joining The Legal 500, Christopher worked in the German parliament, where he provided research and advice for a Member of Parliament. His policy advice contributed to a decision to improve the German arms exports reporting practice and to change the fight against piracy at the coast of Somalia towards catching pirate leaders, rather than only the foot soldiers of the piracy networks.
Phone: +49 30 5163 5080
Alexandra earned a degree in English language and literature from The University of Brighton and subsequently completed an NCTJ qualification in magazine journalism. Recent research at The Legal 500 includes the Wales chapter of the UK edition, as well as Latvia and Lithuania for EMEA. Prior experience includes working for magazines and newspapers.
Phone: 0207 396 5654
Laura obtained a first-class degree in law from the University of Kent and is a qualified advisor with the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), a charity which provides free legal advice. Since joining The Legal 500, she has researched the Netherlands, Singapore and Pakistan, as well as M&A in London for the UK edition and white-collar criminal defence for the US guide. Laura has a passion for travelling and has spent several months in North and South America, as well as a recent tour of Europe.
Miguel is a qualified Peruvian lawyer and has completed the GDL/CPE and LPC at Exeter University. He has experience working in the public and private legal sectors in Perú and England, with particular experience in cross-border dealings. His work for The Legal 500 includes researching the Colombia chapter of The Legal 500 Latin America, as well as Spain, the US and the UK.
Phone: 0207 396 5611
Arjun graduated from Downing College, Cambridge with a BA in History, having edited several sections of the weekly university newspaper. Research assignments at The Legal 500 include the corporate, competition and real estate sections for the London chapter of the UK edition; energy law sections for the US edition; the Philippines legal market; and coverage of the Netherlands. Obsessions include Woody Allen’s prose; the films of Kubrick and Altman; Katharine Hepburn; and the music of Nilsson, Grateful Dead, and electric-era Miles Davis.
Phone: 020 7396 5695
Since joining The Legal 500, Lara has researched several jurisdictions, including Germany, Portugal, Romania, the US, Angola and Mozambique. Before joining Legalease she gained research and writing experience in the German Parliament, the German Council on Foreign Relations and the Federation of German Industry. Lara holds an MA in Conflict, Development and Security from the University of Leeds and a BA in Political Sciences and in Latin American studies from Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany. She is passionate about environmental and sustainability issues, and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, next to her native German.
Phone: 020 7396 5672
Jan Schwab has researched the US, German, Belgian and Albanian legal markets. He holds a university degree in English Linguistics and Geography from the University of Freiburg, Southwest Germany. After graduating in 2005, Jan worked as a public relations officer and journalist in an anti-racism NGO in Berlin for a couple of years. He suddenly became infected with a serious travel bug, and his doctor advised him to travel across Australia and New Zealand, which he did. Jan then tried to settle down in Freiburg, where he worked as a freelance journalist for the local daily newspaper and a translator at Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. Apart from travelling, Jan enjoys playing the piano and watching British comedy (especially Fawlty Towers).
Phone: 0207 071 0163
Ksenia joined The Legal 500 after completing a degree in BSc Psychology at the University of Exeter, and has researched markets including Sweden, Russia, the UK and Indonesia. Her journalistic experience includes writing for the university newspaper on a variety of social and political subjects, as well as co-writing an online literary and media analysis journal. Ksenia is an avid reader of both classic and modern literature, and she enjoys live music. Ksenia speaks fluent English and Russian.
Phone: 020 7031 0012
Will graduated with a first class law degree from De Montfort University. He gained experience in the third sector, including creating a resource on international criminal law for International Debate Education Association (going around material from one of Kenya’s most popular ten thousand websites, he later found out). Will's research assignments at The Legal 500 have included UK, UK law barristers in Asia, Myanmar and Romania. In his spare time he enjoys inflicting his cooking on his friends and family and learning German.
Phone: 0207 396 5606
Lucie has a Master's Degree in Law and Human Rights from France. She has been covering the French market for The Legal 500 for almost a decade, acting as researcher for the France chapter of The Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and serving as editor of the French language publication, The Legal 500 Paris.
Phone: +1 212 535 0431
Aleksandra obtained an LL.B. degree from Newcastle University, where she is continuing her research on a postgraduate level. Prior to moving to the UK, she gained experience as a columnist for a local newspaper and a paralegal and research assistant for the Polish law firm Sobczynscy Adwokaci sp p. While studying, Aleksandra became part of the editorial team of the North East Law Review and served as a law intern for the Inspirational Women of the Law project. In her spare time, she enjoys hunting for vintage Dior dresses and going to obscure music gigs.
Phone: 020 7396 5681
Following a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, Annabelle graduated with a MA in Cultural and Creative Industries from King's College London. Her recent research experience includes covering Crime, Fraud, and Licensing in London for the UK edition, as well as researching the US, China and Denmark. In addition to being fluent in English and Cantonese, she has also studied Mandarin, French and German. In her spare time, Annabelle enjoys running, photography and creative writing.
Phone: 0207 031 7705
After studying International Relations and Politics BA (hons) at the University of Sheffield, Adela went on to complete an MA and NCTJ diploma in Print Journalism. Adela has experience writing for newspapers and magazines, including the award winning student publication Forge Press. She enjoys travelling, reading and photography.
Phone: 020 7396 5670
Kathrin is a member of The Legal 500 Deutschland team and holds three Master degrees in African Studies, Political Science and International Studies and Diplomacy from the University of Vienna and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. In her free time, she enjoys improving her Swedish language skills and swing dancing.
After graduating from the University of Zurich with a BA in Islamic Sciences, Feyza moved to London and joined The Legal 500. Prior to her employment with Legalease, she worked freelance as a translator, proofreader and copywriter for 7 years, covering all pairings of the languages English, French, German and Turkish. During her time at the University of Zurich she studied the languages Arabic, Farsi, Hindi and Turkish and worked as a tutor for Turkish conversation for 2 years. In addition to her passion for languages, Feyza enjoys singing, songwriting, art and video games, but unfortunately spends most of her free time on the last-mentioned. She has travelled in Europe, USA, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. She is a core member of the Deutschland research team; other work includes the Latin America guide.
Phone: 020 7031 0015
Prior to joining The Legal 500 team, Jessica earned an MA in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London. She also holds a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Regensburg, Germany. Jessica has gained working experience at an international recruitment agency with a focus on IT and telecommunications, where she conducted interviews and presented candidates to clients on a daily basis. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travelling and improving her Spanish language skills. She is a core member of the Deutschland research team; other work includes the Latin America guide.
Phone: 020 7071 0167
Senior research analysts
Mudasser graduated in 2010 from Queen Mary University with a BA (Hons) degree in Law and Politics. After his studies he joined the Royal Bank of Scotland where he became a Business Analyst working on complex technological change projects. Mudasser has obtained work experience at a number of law firms and chambers as he hopes to qualify as a solicitor in the near future. In his spare time, Mudasser helps run a youth organisation which undertakes various activities including fundraising for local charities. A keen and competitive sportsman, Mudasser enjoys jogging, football and outdoor activities. He even spent a year with the territorial army to satiate his thirst for the great outdoors.
Phone: 0207 071 3787
Prior to joining The Legal 500, Boris studied Economics and Finance at York University. During his time at university, Boris did an internship at a financial research company, where he provided business and financial news, data and analytics on the Renewable Energy Sector. Before his studies, Boris lived in Bulgaria, and therefore speaks Bulgarian fluently, along with Russian, English and German. In his free time, Boris enjoys volunteering, reading and playing football.
Phone: 0207 031 7722
Sara graduated in 2014 with a BJTC accredited degree in Journalism and Media from Coventry University. During her studies she completed her work placement at Trinity Mirror and Coventry TV where she experienced a combination of print and broadcast journalism. She was the Fashion editor of her university paper and editor of a cultural organisation where she coordinated a group of student media producers and journalists to cover various cultural events. She was also lucky enough to have shadowed a BBC editor for a few days which was a very inspirational experience. Sara enjoys watching psychological thrillers, reading and editing video packages for her YouTube channel.
Phone: 0207 396 5629
Jamie Rayat is a recently graduated Politics student from the University of Warwick who is joining The Legal 500 team to work on the Client Intelligence Report. After spending a year living and studying in Barcelona he feels lucky to have an intimate knowledge of the Catalan countryside and its people, although he was never quite as good with the language. He is a club level dodgeball player (yes, just like the film) having won medals and been the ‘last man standing’ at tournaments, loves gangster films and occasionally finds the time to write journalistic articles about social issues in Britain.
Phone: 0207 031 7723
Junior research analysts
After completing his politics degree with the University of Sussex, Joe decided to add a further string to his bow by relocating to the Netherlands, where he spent a year achieving an MA in International Security at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. With that completed, he returned to home shores and a rewarding career in recruitment in Brighton before starting his current position as part of the Client Intelligence Report team. Outside of work, he enjoys following football, boxing and cricket as well as going to music gigs, and knows his way around a fretboard.
Phone: 0207 031 7063
Ahmed is an eager learner with a passion for investigative journalism. He joined the Client Intelligence team as a research analyst in 2016, having gained a law degree from the University of East London, and a NCTJ Diploma from Lambeth College. Before joining The Legal 500, he worked for MPs, researched for magazines and reported for local newspapers. His specialist areas are Africa and constitutional law. On his days off he enjoys submitting freedom of information requests and acquiring practical knowledge of different languages. Beyond, he plans to go to Nigeria to work as an investigative journalist.
Phone: 0207 396 9304
Daniel joined The Legal 500 in 2016 as a Junior Research Analyst for the Client Intelligence Report. Prior to joining Daniel earned an MSc in Criminology from the University of Leicester in 2016; this was preceded by a BA (Hons) in Sociology from De Montfort University. Daniel’s has previously volunteered for the labour government where he worked closely with his local MP as a campaign assistant. In his spare time Daniel enjoys travelling to White Hart Lane to watch his beloved Tottenham Hotspur.
Phone: 0207 396 5651
Stephanie’s role as a Referee Manager is to provide comprehensive administrative support to law firms in relation to The Legal 500 series as a whole by managing the referee system. Her day-to-day tasks involves extracting highly confidential referee information provided by law firms globally (which are received in their tens of thousands), assisting firms on how to submit their referees, sending reminder emails about deadlines and submission guidelines, as well as dealing with email queries. Stephanie has an advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office i.e. Excel, Word and Access, and is impeccable in manually extracting data in just a short period of time. In her spare time, she volunteers to help her local youth group and loves to sing.
Phone: 0207 396 5682
Kelly is the first point of contact for all law firms, sets and the public with regard to The Legal 500's global research process and supports our editors and researchers by managing the day-to-day administrative tasks involved in our busy research and published schedule. The Legal 500 receives many tens of submissions and queries each year, which are answered and processed. Before coming to work for The Legal 500, Kelly was previously working as a facilities manager for a local education authority in London. Kelly is currently doing an Open University degree in Psychology. Outside the office, Kelly enjoys going to the gym, socialising and travelling.
Phone: 0207 396 5640
Kyron works as a Referee Data Assistant, handling the data-intensive work involved in detailed year-round research involving law firms and their clients globally. Kyron also liaises with law firms, providing guidance on how to submit information and works closely with the editorial and research team. Prior to working for The Legal 500, Kyron worked as a PMO Analyst in the investment banking sector. Kyron believes that everyday is showtime so its a must he brings his A-game everywhere he goes! Outside work, Kyron enjoys songwriting and music production as well as sports, the gym, travelling and new challenging adventures like a true adrenaline junkie!
Phone: 0207 396 5613