Covington’s London practice encompasses a broad range of expertise and transactions.  The London office, established in 1988, combines deep industry knowledge with lawyers experienced in advising on a wide variety of leading-edge legal issues.  Much of our work focuses on the life sciences and technology and media sectors.  In addition, our London-based practice embraces clients from many other industries, including the branded and consumer goods, clean tech, financial services, manufacturing, and sports industries.

Our London corporate practice concentrates on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint venturesventure capital and emerging company transactions, capital markets matters, technology licensing, private equity funds, and financial services regulation.  In addition, our tax and employment specialists advise on UK and international issues.  Our clients range from start-up companies to established multinational corporations, investment funds, venture capital, corporate and strategic investors, and commercial banks and other financial institutions.

Lawyers in our London dispute resolution group represent clients on a broad range of contentious matters.  We advise clients on a range of corporate and commercial disputes before the English courts and other tribunals.  As part of the firm’s highly regarded insurance practice, we represent corporate policyholders in a variety of complex insurance coverage disputes with insurance carriers in London and throughout Europe.  We also have considerable expertise in defending against product liability claims, ranging from “one-off” cases to complex multi-party litigation and alleged mass torts.

Our London disputes team includes lawyers who have deep expertise in advising multinational clients on internal investigations and compliance matters.  Our UK and US-qualified team includes experts in the UK Bribery Act, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and similar anti-corruption laws in other major jurisdictions around the world.

The London office includes lawyers who devote substantially all of their time to the regulatory, commercial, and intellectual property issues affecting our clients in the life sciences industry.  For example, our regulatory practice covers every facet of life sciences regulatory law in the UK and Europe.  In addition to our regulatory experts, lawyers in our life sciences group specialise in advising industry clients on strategic collaborations, licensing, and other commercial and corporate transactions.

Our London technology and media group advises on international regulatory issues affecting the sector, the creation and enforcement of intellectual property rights, and a wide range of other commercial and corporate matters affecting the industry, including Internet policy, anti-piracy, and electronic commerce matters.  We also advise on data protection and privacy issues.

Our London office comprises principally UK solicitors and US-qualified lawyers.  We practice as one firm, with Covington’s other offices in Beijing, Brussels, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, and Washington.


  • Chambers UK (2016)
    • Capital Markets: AIM
    • Corporate/M&A - Mid-Market
    • Data Protection
    • Financial Crime: Corporate
    • Insurance - Mainly Policyholders
    • International Arbitration
    • Life Sciences
    • Life Sciences - Regulatory
    • Life Sciences - Transactional
    • Litigation 
    • Parliamentary & Public Affairs
    • Private Equity - Venture Capital Investment
    • Product Liability - Food
  • Chambers Europe (2015)
    • Regulatory - Argo/Food, Europe-wide
    • Regulatory - Environment, Europe-wide
    • Regulatory - Government & Public Affairs, Europe-wide
    • Regulatory - Life Sciences/Pharma, Europe-wide
    • Regulatory - TMT, Europe-wide
    • Life Sciences, Europe-wide
    • Arbitration, Europe-wide
    • Corporate Investigations, Europe-wide
    • Data Protection, Europe-wide
  • Chambers Global (2015)
    • Arbitration, Europe-wide and Global
    • Competition/European Law, Belgium
    • Data Protection, Europe-wide and Global
    • Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, United Kingdom
    • International Trade/WTO, Global
    • Insurance: Mainly Policyholders, United Kingdom
    • Life Sciences, Europe-wide and Global
    • Public International Law, Global
  • Chambers Asia (2009-2013)
    • India - Overseas Counsel - Corporate & Finance
  • Legal 500 EMEA (2015)
    • EU Regulatory - Chemicals (REACH)
    • EU Regulatory - Energy
    • EU Regulatory - Environment       
    • EU Regulatory - Information Technology
    • EU Regulatory - Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
    • EU Regulatory - Privacy and Data Protection
  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2008-2012)
    • India - Foreign Firms 
  • Legal 500 UK (2014-2015)
    • Corporate and Commercial, Commercial Contracts
    • Corporate and Commercial, EU and competition EU and competition: Trade, WTO, anti-dumping, customs
    • Corporate and Commercial, Equity Capital Markets
    • Corporate and Commercial, Financial Services
    • Corporate and Commercial, Flotations: Small & Mid-Cap
    • Corporate and Commercial, Investment Funds
    • Corporate and Commercial, M&A: Premium Deals, £250 m+
    • Corporate and Commercial, Venture Capital
    • Crime Fraud and Licensing, Fraud: Corporate Crime
    • Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation
    • Dispute Resolution, International Arbitration       
    • Human Resources, Employment
    • Insurance, Insurance Litigation For Policyholders
    • Insurance, Product Liability: Defendant
    • Public Sector, Public Affairs
    • Technology Media and Telecoms, Data Protection       
    • Technology Media and Telecoms, IT and Telecoms
    • Technology Media and Telecoms, Media and Entertainment
    • Technology Media and Telecoms, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
    • Technology Media and Telecoms, Sport
  • World ECR - ‘Highly Commended’ for Export Controls Law Firm of the Year (Europe) (2015)
  • Legal Business Awards 2015 - shortlisted in the TMT Team of the Year and Corporate Team of the Year categories
  • Legal 500 UK Awards 2015 - shortlisted in the TMT - Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology and the Insurance - Insurance Litigation for Policyholders categories
  • Legal 500 UK Awards 2014 - winner of the TMT: Data Protection category   
  • IFLR European Awards 2015 - shortlisted in Deals of the Year: Equity and Deals of the Year: M&A
  • The British Legal Awards 2014 - shortlisted in the Commercial Team of the Year category
  • Global Competition Review Awards 2015 - shortlisted in the following categories:
    • Behavioural Matter of the Year - Europe
    • Merger Control Matter of the Year - Europe
    • Matter of the Year
  • GAR 100 2014-2015: ranked among the world’s top international arbitration practices
  • Legal Business Awards 2015 - shortlisted in the TMT Team of the Year and Corporate Team of the Year categories
  • Who’s Who Legal 100 (2014)
  • The Lawyer Awards, shortlisted in the Employment Team of the Year category (2015) 
  • The Lawyer Awards, shortlisted in the International Firm of the Year category (2015)
  • The Lawyer Awards, shortlisted in the TMT Team of the Year category (2013)
  • Ranked by The Lawyer as one of the “Top 50 Litigation Firms” (2011-2014)
  • Ranked by The Lawyer as one of the "Top 30 International Firms" (2009-2015)
  • IFLR1000 (2012-2013)
    • Private Equity - Fund Formation
  • India Business Law Journal (2009-2012)
    • Top Foreign Firms for India Work
  • Sports, Media and Entertainment Team of the Year (Intellectual Property Magazine Awards, 2010)
  • Managing Intellectual Property Awards, shortlisted in the pan-European categories "New Media/Internet" (2010) and "Internet & Domain Names" (2011) 
  • Managing Intellectual Property Global Awards, "US IP Firm in Europe" for EU and regulatory work (2008)
  • WORLDLeaders IP Awards, shortlisted in the worldwide categories "Excellence in Domain Name Policy Implementation" (2008) and "Domain Name Strategy and Management" (2009)

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