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
Andrea de Palatis
Deputy Editor - Asia Pacific
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
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
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
Seth Singh Jennings
Canada and US
Seth joined The Legal 500 as US Editor in August 2015 and has since added the editorship of the Canada edition to his remit. Prior to joining Legalease Ltd, he worked for another well-known legal industry publisher. 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
Bio coming soon.
Phone: 020 7031 0012
Deputy Editor - Deutschland
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
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
John van der Luit-Drummond
UK Bar and Asia Pacific
John studied law at the University of Kent, completed his LPC at the College of Law, and worked in both regional and boutique law firms, before embarking on a career as a journalist at several well-known legal publications. Prior to joining Legalease, he was deputy editor of Solicitors Journal and was nominated for a legal reporting award for his coverage of legal affairs and interviews with leading lawyers, jurists and politicians. John’s role as UK Bar and Asia Pacific Editor is to build relationships with lawyers in the UK and Asia Pacific, oversee The Legal 500 coverage in both directories and edit chapters.
Phone: 0207 396 5697
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
Yvonne is qualified as a barrister (non-practising). She joined The Legal 500 in 2017 having spent many years as a deputy editor at another leading legal directory. She has covered research in most jurisdictions and practice areas, particularly in Asia Pacific. Prior to this, she specialised in trade mark and copyright protection, and worked in private practice and in-house. Her interests include serial CityLit courses, cookery and the theatre.
Phone: 0207 031 7710
After nearly three years as a researcher at The Legal 500, Ian became deputy editor of The Legal 500’s United States guide. Born and bred in the US, Ian made the transatlantic trek in 2014 to pursue a postgraduate degree in philosophy from King’s College London. After completing his programme, he joined The Legal 500 research team, where he has covered jurisdictions including the UK, Israel, China, Thailand, and of course, the United States. In his free time, Ian enjoys travelling and keeping active, but is also a performing musician and likes to tell himself that he’s a pretty decent amateur de cuisine.
Phone: 0207 031 0014
Anna studied Russian, Spanish and English Literature at Durham University and later took the GDL at the University of Birmingham. She spent three years working at Solicitors Journal, first as an editorial assistant and later as commissioning editor, before joining The Legal 500 in February 2018. Her role is to assist with the development and editing of the Latin America directory as deputy editor.
Phone: 0207 396 5611
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
UK Bar and UK Offshore
After three years as a researcher and senior researcher, Will Tolcher was appointed deputy editor of the UK Bar in March 2018. His varied research assignments have included the London criminal Bar, as well as the coverage of the Bar’s work in the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In the Offshore world, Will has covered the UK crown dependencies, as well as firms in the UK and US handling investment funds. He has also covered markets in the Middle East, South East Asia, and Caucasus and Central Asia. Prior to joining The Legal 500, Will graduated with a first class honours LLB degree from De Montfort University, and gained experience in the third sector. In his spare time he enjoys inflicting his cooking on his friends and family.
Phone: 0207 396 5606
Ben joined The Legal 500 as UK deputy editor in February 2019. He was previously at Legal Week, where he spent 13 years in various roles, including managing editor, deputy editor and bassist for in-house covers band The Scoops. Before Legal Week he worked at the Press Association and studied maths and statistics at Leeds University.
Phone: 0207 031 0018
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
Prior to joining The Legal500 in 2017 as part of the UK and Germany team, Dana worked as a part-time attorney for a Berlin law firm while writing her PhD on the subject of copyright law of photographs in Germany, the UK and the EU. She successfully completed her two State Examinations in law in Berlin and holds a Maîtrise degree in international law from the University Paris II Panthéon-Assas. Her interests include photography, painting, and literature.
Phone: 0207 396 5669
Editor-in-chief, GC Magazine
Phone: 0207 396 5656
Deputy editor, GC Magazine
Phone: 0207 396 5650
Digital media journalist, GC Magazine
Bio coming soon.
Phone: 0207 396 5615
Features writer, GC Magazine
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
Habiba holds a BA in International Relations from Goldsmiths, University of London and has completed her MA in Human Rights Law from SOAS. She has years of experience working in the legal sector and with NGO’s. Alongside her role as a researcher, Habiba also volunteers for legal non-profit The Strategic Advocacy for Human Rights (SAHR), leading its projects and outreach work in London. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, reading, and drinking overpriced coffees.
Phone: 0207 396 5613
After graduating with a BA in History and completing the GDL, Rebecca worked first a venture capital investment journalist, and then as a legal and compliance reporter for a private equity publisher. Prior to joining The Legal 500, she worked as a journalist for a national personal finance website, focusing on mortgages, tax and pensions. In her spare time she has written commentary on African politics for outlets in the UK and the US. Rebecca enjoys travelling, reading fiction, writing poetry and attending London literary festivals.
Phone: 0207 396 9306
Before joining The Legal 500, Svetlana completed her postgraduate degree in Corporate and Commercial Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In addition, she also holds an LLB degree in International and European Law, with specialisation in Public International Law and Human Rights. Besides her most recent experience as an Articles Editor at the LSE Law Review, Svetlana has worked in the Netherlands, holding positions at the United Nations’ International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). In her free time, Svetlana enjoys the simple pleasures in life – spending time with friends, travelling or reading a good book.
Phone: 0207 071 3795
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.
Prior to joining The Legal 500 Christopher gained a BA (hons) in International Studies from the Open University which he completed in his spare time. He has eight years of experience working for a market research agency in Glasgow and has worked on a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative research projects across many sectors. In his spare time Christopher enjoys making music, cooking, eating, and writing.
Phone: 0207 396 5641
Prior to joining The Legal 500, William Obtained a BA in history from The University Of Warwick. While studying, he was part of the executive committee for RAW, Warwick's award-winning student radio station, and wrote for the university’s student publications. William’s hobbies include reading, creative writing and listening to music.
Phone: 0207 031 0020
Daniela joined The Legal 500 research team after obtaining a first-class BA Journalism degree from City, University of London. While studying she wrote for a cross-campus student publication, and gained reporting experience at regional and national newspapers, including The Times and The Guardian. Originally from Portugal, she is fluent in English and Portuguese, and is currently improving her German language skills. In her spare time, she enjoys swimming, reading, and travelling.
Phone: 0207 070 0390
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, Legal Business and The In-House Lawyer, 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 sons, and lives and works in southern Hampshire. Chris is also a keen runner, cyclist and amateur triathlete.
Before joining the Legal 500 research team, Costanza received a PhD in social anthropology and an MA in Politics from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. She published her research in a number of academic journals and edited volumes, and she worked as a coordinator for various publication projects. Costanza has a keen interest in language, history, culture and politics of the former Soviet countries and Central and Eastern Europe. Beside her native Italian and English, she speaks Russian and Georgian and she is currently studying Czech
Phone: 0207 396 5654
After Christina graduated from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich with a degree in English studies and law, she joined the Legal 500 team as a researcher. During her university years she already gained some editorial experience through various internships in publishing and is now able to apply her language skills which cover besides English and German also some French and Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys the leisure opportunities London has to offer as well as long walks with her Beagle.
Phone: 0207 396 5681
Anna holds an LLB from University of Surrey, where she gained experience working in the research department at the Surrey International Law Centre, before obtaining an LLM in International Law from the University of Westminster. Before joining the Legal 500, Anna worked in international law research in the UK and at Dentons (International) LLP in Russia. She is a fluent Russian speaker and in her spare time volunteers for the Tanzania Development Trust. Anna enjoys cooking, rock climbing, and taking long walks with her dog.
Phone: 0207 396 5654
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
In addition to being a researcher for The Legal 500, William is completing a BA in Journalism & Media at Birkbeck University. He has built a portfolio as a freelance copywriter and contributor for various media, entertainment and events companies, and worked with Sky to help cover the 2016 election. William has also worked as a music studio assistant and hospitality manager, and in the past has enjoyed playing bass guitar for various bands and artists. William also loves cooking, hiking and coffee, and is rarely seen without a good (more often than not sci-fi) book in his hands.
Phone: 0207 396 5638
James graduated with a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Sussex, before spending six years writing and teaching in Mexico and Spain, after which he moved to the Netherlands where he gained his Journalism MA from the University of Groningen. Before joining The Legal 500, James worked as a freelance writer with a particular interest in film and popular culture, as well as wildlife, exploration, politics and satire. When not pursuing his love of travelling, James occupies his free time as a keen cyclist, theatre frequenter, insatiable film fanatic, and passionate creative writer.
Phone: 0207 071 3748
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.
Arthur joined The Legal 500 after achieving a master’s degree in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Kent. Prior to his postgraduate studies, Arthur obtained a degree in Film Studies (Hons) from the University of Kent and gained freelance writing experience in the subject areas of film criticism and travel journalism. He also worked as a private English tutor in Paris and, before that, as a PA for Rattling Stick Productions in London. In his spare time Arthur enjoys reading classic 20th century literature, hitchhiking, running, and cooking traditional Mexican food.
Phone: 0207 070 0394
Prior to his career at The Legal 500, David spent two years working for the financial publishing AI Global Media as both a copywriter and researcher for their various publications. Originally from Ireland, he studied English and Philosophy at Maynooth University, and went on to do a postgraduate degree in International Journalism at the Dublin Institute of Technology. His hobbies include music, comedy and reading.
Phone: 020 7396 5668
Nadine holds a BA in English Literature and Linguistics, General Linguistics and Classical Archaeology from the University of Zurich, and obtained an MA in Applied Linguistics with a focus on Professional Translation from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences. Prior to joining The Legal 500, Nadine gained work experience as a freelance translator, proofreader, and language tutor. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, travelling, and cycling. Nadine is also a keen musician: she plays the ukulele as well as the clarinet and sings in a musical choir.
Phone: 0207 070 0397
Prior to joining The Legal 500, David completed a BA in History and Politics at the University of Liverpool and gained an MSc in Psychology from the University of Essex. With a strong interest in current affairs, he has written articles that have been published in a national newspaper. He has also worked on numerous freelance writing projects. In his spare time he enjoys listening to music, reading Virginia Woolf, but most importantly to him, cooking.
Phone: 020 7396 5609
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!
Megan joined The Legal 500 team after graduating with an LLB (Hons) degree from Bournemouth University. While studying she co-created the University’s first Law Review and worked alongside an editorial board of academics and students in bringing the first edition to publication. Megan also has previous experience working within real estate law at Lester Aldridge Solicitors in Bournemouth, where she completed a year placement as part of her degree. During her placement year she gained experience of a range of property transactions, with a focus on commercial matters and telecommunication leases. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, attending music events and horse riding.
Phone: 0207 071 0168
Charlotte graduated with a first class English Literature degree from Newcastle University before obtaining a Masters from Durham University. While at Durham, Charlotte wrote articles and reviews for Palatinate, the student newspaper, and has experience writing for a regional newspaper, the Mid-Devon Advertiser, in the South West. Prior to joining The Legal 500, she worked for an academic publishing company. Her hobbies include reading, creative writing and films.
Phone: 0207 071 3781
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.
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.
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.
Shamail Shahid Qureshi
After growing up in Germany, Shamail Shahid Qureshi graduated with a BA Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE) at Durham University before obtaining an MA in South Asia & Global Security at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He is fluent in German, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi. Additionally, he has advanced languages skills in Persian, French and Spanish, and learned Arabic at university. Shamail is a keen Volleyball player, and enjoys reading on topics related to the geopolitics and history of the Middle East and South Asia.
Phone: 020 7031 7714
Ayisha graduated with a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Nottingham, where she wrote a series of film reviews for the university magazine and blogged for a cross-campus publication. She also interned at a lifestyle magazine in Nepal, publishing several articles on topics ranging from travel to mental health. In her spare time, Ayisha enjoys learning Korean and watching movies that significantly confuse her.
Phone: 0207 031 0169
Originally from France and German-speaking Switzerland, Milena obtained an MA in Specialised Translation from the University of Geneva, focusing on German, English and French. Prior to joining the Legal 500 Deutschland team, she gained research and writing experience as a translator for the Swiss Federal Office of Justice. In her spare time she enjoys climbing, travelling and singing.
Phone: 020 7396 5666
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
Yana joined The Legal 500 after graduating with an LLB (Hons) International Law degree from Lancaster University and an MA in International Journalism from City, University of London. During her master’s, Yana wrote features and news articles on various topics and also participated in the creation of a new London magazine focusing on stories that went unreported in the Capital. Born in Bulgaria and having studied in both the UK and Austria, Yana has developed an interest in travelling, culture and languages. In her spare time she enjoys photography, reading and sports.
Phone: 020 7031 7708
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
Before joining The Legal 500, Oliver gained experience in the legal sector via an internship at LendLease, where he worked in the commercial team on a major London construction project. Oliver graduated from Durham with a BA in Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations, and completed two archaeological excavations, both at home and abroad. He is also a keen sportsman, particularly hockey and football.
Phone: 0207 031 0019
Nicholas obtained a BA in History from King’s College London where he particularly enjoyed studying the Crusades, Tudor England and Alexander the Great. Nicholas developed an interest in the legal sector while working as a paralegal at a West London law firm. Prior to joining The Legal 500, he obtained a Graduate Diploma in Law from The University of Law. His interests include travelling, history, gym, animals, football and cooking.
Phone: 020 7031 0166
After growing up in Germany Sebastian moved to the UK to study International Relations and Law, followed by an LLM in International Law and the GDL at Oxford Brookes University, before then completing the BPTC at City Law School in London. He was called to the Bar In November 2017 and has undertaken pro bono employment law work with a London-based charity, as well as worked as an usher at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Sebastian is fluent in German and English, and in his spare time he enjoys playing table tennis as well as exploring London.
Phone: 0207 031 0017
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
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.
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
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
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Phone: 0207 396 5695
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
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Phone: 0207 396 5659
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Phone: 0207 396 5657
Before joining the Legal 500, Peter Tweedley graduated from the University of St Andrews with a joint honours masters in international relations and modern history before going on to do the GDL and LLM in Public International Law at City University of London. On the LLM Peter specialised in the land rights of indigenous peoples, comparative constitutional law and international economic law. He has previously worked as a Russian political analyst, journalist, and writer. Currently outside of the Legal 500 he is a private tutor in political and legal subjects. Peter is from the US and has been living in the UK for seven years. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, playing guitars and performing musical theatre.
Phone: 0207 396 5657
Assistant Research Editor
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Phone: 0207 396 5663
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
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Phone: 0207 031 7713
Phone: 0207 071 3780