Isle of Man • London

Recommended by Legal 500

The 2015 edition of the Legal 500 was published in September and 14 of Simcocks' lawyers were recommended.

The independent researchers reported the following:

Simcocks was recommended as a Top Tier firm in two practice areas:

Commercial property
Private client, trusts and tax

Simcocks was recommended in the following 8 practice areas. In all these areas Simcocks is ranked in Tier Two.

Banking and finance
Commercial
Dispute resolution
E-gaming
Employment
Insurance and pensions
Investment funds and capital markets
Shipping, aviation and space

4 lawyers were included in the Legal 500's elite "Leading lawyers" list.

Banking and finance - David Spencer
Commercial - Irini Newby
Commercial property - Irini Newby
Dispute resolution - Christopher Arrowsmith
Insurance and pensions - David Spencer
Private client, trusts and tax - Phil Games

14 Simcocks lawyers were recommended in The Legal 500 2015:

Banking and finance
Alex Spencer, Amy Coole, Robert Haddow

Commercial
Alex Spencer, David Spencer, Irini Newby

Commercial property
Irini Newby

Dispute resolution
Christopher Arrowsmith, Elizabeth Simpson, Jacqui Owens

E-gaming
Adam Kelly, Irini Newby

Employment
Irini Newby, Winston Taylor

Insurance and pensions
David Spencer, Elizabeth Simpson, Jacqui Owens

Investment funds and capital markets
Peter Chemaly

Private client, trusts and tax
Amy Coole, Kevin O'Loughlin, Phil Games

Shipping, aviation and space
Christopher Arrowsmith, Peter Taylor

This is what the Legal 500 said about Simcocks:

Banking and finance
Simcocks' 'reasonable and responsive' team is led by the 'commercial and easy-to-deal-with' Alex Spencer, who acted for a number of borrowers regarding multibillion-pound loan facilities. Amy Coole and associate Robert Haddow are also recommended; the latter advised on a €1bn syndicated refinancing.

Commercial
Simcocks regularly receives instructions from major US and UK law firms. One highlight was a $100m deal in which the client, a US asset company, acquired a 44per cent stake in Brazilian mining company. The practice also frequently acts on private equity transactions and real estate acquisitions. The 'fast, focused and judicious' Irini Newby leads a team in which Alex Spencer and David Spencer play key roles.

Commercial property
Simcocks is praised for 'quick response times, excellent service and clear advice', and its team is led by the 'very capable and client-focused' Irini Newby. Highlights included acting for a leading corporate service provider in the purchase of an office block, and assisting Rossborough Insurance on the lease of its headquarters.

Dispute resolution
Simcocks has a 'strong practice offering clients a high-quality service'. Christopher Arrowsmith, 'a great advocate who carries the court', worked with associate Jacqui Owens in acting for Inter-Retire on a claim against HSBC Securities Servicers. Arrowsmith also advised the owners of the Baltic Ace in admiralty proceedings. 'Proper commercial litigator' Elizabeth Simpson is highly recommended.

e-gaming
Simcocks' clients include Paddy Power and various start-ups. Irini Newby and associate Adam Kelly are the main contacts.

Employment
Lawyers at Simcocks are 'helpful, responsive, diligent and mindful of client needs'. The team assisted a number of Chinese clients in obtaining Tier 1 general, investor and entrepreneur visas, and frequently works alongside the firm's corporate lawyers to manage the employment aspects of major transactions. Irini Newby is praised for her 'forensic attention to detail and clear, succinct advice', and associate Winston Taylor is recommended for his immigration expertise

Insurance and pensions
Simcocks' work includes advice on the pensions-related aspects of M&A transactions and the restructuring of schemes, and all aspects of insurance law. Key figures in David Spencer's team include associate Jacqui Owens and consultant Elizabeth Simpson, whose practice includes insurance disputes.

Investment funds and capital markets
Lawyers at Simcocks 'provide sensible advice and turn matters around quickly'. The practice advised the underwriters in the follow-on equity offering of Eros International, and acted for Greenko Group on the offering by its subsidiary of senior notes listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange. Other clients include hedge funds, private equity funds and commercial trusts. 'Responsive' associate Peter Chemaly is recommended.

Private client, trusts and tax
Lawyers at Simcocks are 'professional, approachable and solution-oriented'. Among them are the 'expert' Kevin O'Loughlin; the highly regarded Phil Games, who leads the team; and Amy Coole, who is recommended for her work drafting and reviewing trusts and ancillary documentation. The practice acts for high-net-worth individuals and major fiduciary companies.

Shipping, aviation and space
At Simcocks, Christopher Arrowsmith and associate Peter Taylor are recommended for their work on the registration, sale and purchase of ships, and in maritime employment matters, as well as aircraft leasing and mortgages. Issues surrounding super-yachts are a particular specialism.