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25 Apr 2024

Stephenson Harwood promotes eight to partnership


Law firm Stephenson Harwood LLP has promoted eight lawyers to its partnership, effective from 1 May 2024.

"I am thrilled to welcome these eight exceptional lawyers to the partnership," said Eifion Morris, chief executive, Stephenson Harwood. "They represent the next generation of leadership for our firm, and the commitment and dedication they have already demonstrated – to our clients and to our business – gives an exciting insight into the firm's future.

"When we set our five-year strategy in 2021, we were clear that we wanted to strengthen and grow our teams globally, aligned to our sector approach, to ensure we continue to meet the needs of our clients and deliver the exceptional support they expect. These promotions demonstrate our focus on the decarbonisation, life sciences, private capital and funds, technology, and transportation and trade sectors.

"It's particularly heartening to see that our efforts to increase the diversity of our partnership are coming to fruition. Not only is this cohort predominantly female, but on the date these promotions take effect – 1 May – our partnership will comprise more than 30% women. We're by no means complacent, but this is a really positive milestone."

The firm's new partners:

Estella Bogira has been named a partner in the employment, pensions, immigration, and private wealth group. Based in London, Estella specialises in pensions and private wealth, including all aspects of UK pensions and complex private wealth pension matters. She advises employers and trustees on work-related pension provision, working with smaller employers and not-for-profits as well as large corporates. She also advises individuals on all pension-related matters, and in particular pensions tax in connection with international retirement and succession planning.

Johnny Champion has been named a partner in the commercial litigation group. Based in London, he is part of the aviation litigation and regulation team, and has particular expertise representing airlines, lessors and financiers on disputes in the English courts and international arbitration relating to financing, leasing, redelivery and repossession of aircraft and engines. Johnny also advises airlines on regulatory issues at an international, EU and UK domestic level, including airport slots, airworthiness requirements, and consumer protection legislation.

Charlotte Drake has been named a partner in the finance group. Based in London, Charlotte focuses on corporate trusts and bond restructuring. As well as advising trustees on new transactions, Charlotte has worked on several high-profile bond restructurings and has co-authored “Corporate Trusts and Bond Restructuring – A Practical Guide”. Alongside her client work, Charlotte also works on strategic knowledge-based projects for Stephenson Harwood's finance group.

Michelle Gomes has been named a partner in the corporate group. Based in London, Michelle specialises in private M&A, joint ventures and equity fundraising within a broad range of sectors, with a specific focus on the life sciences, technology and green tech industries.

Oliver Sangster has been named a partner in the commercial litigation group. Based in London, Oliver advises commercial clients across the energy, transport, and infrastructure sectors. He has wide-ranging experience in complex, high-profile disputes covering high court litigation and public procurement challenges, international arbitration, judicial review proceedings, and appeals before the Competition and Markets Authority.

Matthew Seah has been named a partner in the maritime, trade and offshore group. Based in Singapore, Matthew's focus extends to advising clients on finance and restructuring transactions related to a variety of asset classes within the maritime sector. Matthew is frequently instructed on complex cross-border matters and has experience dealing with key stakeholders including financial institutions, shipowners, lawyers from key jurisdictions and relevant shipping registries. Matthew is also recognised for his experience with transactions in the Korean ship finance market.

Lucy Thorpe has been named a partner in the Stephenson Harwood private equity team. Based in London, Lucy acts for a range of institutional investors, management teams and portfolio companies throughout the lifecycle of a company, including growth capital investment, MBOs, MBIs, bolt-on acquisitions and exits. She has a broad experience advising on all aspects of mid-market private equity across several industry sectors, with particular experience in technology and business services.

Teresa Tsoi has been named a partner in the finance group. Based in Hong Kong, Teresa is a banking and finance lawyer who has extensive experience in general structured finance, restructuring and insolvency, and financial technology. Teresa has acted for both lenders and borrowers on a wide range of financing transactions, including syndicated and bilateral loans, real estate financing, margin financing, acquisition finance and ship finance.