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Brand Development Team news – new offices in Spain and latest law firm rankings

19/11/2018
On 26th September, Fieldfisher formally merged with Spanish law firm JAUSAS. JAUSAS is a top 30 firm in Spain with over 90 employees including 14 partners and 60 lawyers. In the last month or so the major independent legal directories published their new rankings for 2018/2019 and it has been another great year for Fieldfisher's Brand Development Team.

Expansion into Spain

On 26th September, Fieldfisher formally merged with Spanish law firm JAUSAS.

JAUSAS is a top 30 firm in Spain with over 90 employees including 14 partners and 60 lawyers.

As well as covering key practices such as corporate, competition, life sciences, litigation, tax and employment, JAUSAS also has a highly rated franchise and distribution practice, headed by Jordi Ruiz de Villa and supported by Cristina Ruiz de Alda and Miguel Mejías.

Jordi Ruiz de Villa commented that: "Having recently celebrated our 50th birthday, we are delighted to have merged with Fieldfisher, a top law firm that is spread all over the world.  We are very proud of being part of it and I am sure that the merger will revert in an even better service for our current clients and of course the new ones to come".

Gordon Drakes, partner in the Brand Development team said: "Whilst we have been working with JAUSAS for some time now,  we are delighted to combine forces with JAUSAS' franchise and distribution team. The merger is great news for our clients, as it further strengthens our pan-European offering in areas such as franchising, distribution, agency and advertising. We look forward to advising clients on their inbound and outbound expansion to and from one of the fastest growing economies in Europe".

Latest law firm rankings - Brand Development Team again recognised as a market leader in franchising, advertising and commercial contracts– with thanks to our clients and friends

In the last month or so the major independent legal directories published their new rankings for 2018/2019 and it has been another great year for Fieldfisher's Brand Development Team.  Commenting on our rankings David Bond said: "We are absolutely delighted that the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners regard our Franchise, Advertising & Marking and Commercial Contracts groups as leading practices in the UK – it's quite an honour – and unique amongst our competitors."

Who's Who Legal 2018

Since 1996, Who's Who Legal has identified the foremost legal practitioners in franchise law, based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Who's Who: Franchise 2018 has listed 4 of our team in London, and 2 of our team in Spain as leading practitioners in franchising law. This combined ranking puts Fieldfisher in the top ten franchise law firms in the world. The ranked individuals are:

  • David Bond;
  • Gordon Drakes;
  • Andrew Dodd;
  • Vicky Reinhardt;
  • Miguel Mejías; and
  • Jordi Ruiz de Villa.

The Legal 500 (2019)

For 28 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. The research is based on feedback from 250,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

We are once again proud to be ranked in Tier 1 for Franchising in the UK 2019 edition of The Legal 500, where we are referred to as "the top franchise law practice in the country".

This ranking sits alongside our Tier 1 rankings for Commercial Contracts and Advertising & Marketing (Brand Management), with individual mentions for David Bond, Gordon Drakes, Sonal Patel Oliva and Vicky Reinhardt.

Chambers and Partners 2019

Chambers & Partners is an independent organisation that has been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990, and now covers 185 jurisdictions throughout the world.

We are again ranked in Band 1 for Franchising in the 2019 edition of the Chambers UK directory. Amongst our franchising practitioners, David Bond is listed in Band 2 and Gordon Drakes is listed as "Up and Coming."

Sources state our franchise team provide "exceptionally good service and advice" and "their level of knowledge and attention to detail is second to none."

Reflecting on this year's brilliant set of endorsements, Gordon Drakes said: "this is great news for our practice, and demonstrates our pedigree not just in franchising, but also in commercial contracts and advertising. I am particularly pleased to see individual recognition for so many of the team. We are acutely aware that this recognition is only possible because of the support we receive from both our clients and fellow professionals and we continue to be very grateful for that."

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