The rapidly growing Keystone Law has followed its stock market flotation with news of six lateral hires from the likes of Clifford Chance, Sheridans, Fladgate LLP, DMH Stallard, Burges Salmon LLP and Setfords.


Banking & Finance:


Adrian Shedden (former Head of Fintech and Regulated Lending at Burges Salmon LLP)

Adrian is a leading fintech lawyer who advises on fund and asset management, retail finance and mortgage and consumer credit, payment services and electronic money, virtual and cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, and distributed ledger technology. His client base comprises financial institutions, high-net-worth individuals, start-ups, and major private and public companies in relation to regulation and compliance. He has been heavily engaged in shaping regional fintech hubs with the APPG and has assisted the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in relation to its RegTech initiatives since 2015, and more recently the FCA and Bank of England on Model Driven Machine Executable Regulation, supporting new technologies that aid the delivery of regulatory requirements.

Commercial, Media & Technology:

John Haggis (former Partner at Sheridans)

John has over ten years’ experience advising clients operating within the advertising, creative, technology and start-up industries. He advises clients on matters such as brand protection where helps to identify, protect, exploit and enforce a business’s brand and IP. He has expertise in advising business owners and companies on the start-up, growth and exit phase of their businesses, and also handles contentious matters for his clients. John’s client base ranges from independent creative and design agencies, digital, VR and film production agencies, innovation agencies, technology and systems developers, to tech start-ups and cloud platforms, and leading brands.


Mark Harden (former Partner at DMH Stallard)

Mark is a corporate and commercial transactions specialist with a practice that has a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate and project finance and all manner of commercial agreements. He has significant experience in dealing with clients across a range of industry sectors including manufacturing, railways, aerospace, defence, telecommunications, leisure and financial services.


Iain Roxborough (former Partner at Clifford Chance)

Iain has over 30 years’ experience in litigation at a magic circle firm and is qualified as both a solicitor and barrister. He handles a variety of corporate and commercial disputes, often with a focus on shareholder and director issues that occur in the course of corporate transactions and joint ventures. Working predominantly with clients across the investment, real estate and technology sectors, Iain is highly experienced in pursuing and defending parties.

Simon Conroy (former Consultant Solicitor at Setfords)

Best known for his music practice, commercial litigator Simon’s recent cases include acting for a legendary industry entrepreneur who was sued for around $40m by a former artist. In addition to his media expertise, Simon also has vast experience across a range of sectors and disciplines including intellectual property, defamation, fraud, corporate, partnership, professional negligence and high value divorce.


Nick Tsatsas (former Partner at Fladgate LLP)

Nick acts for domestic and international employers, as well as senior executives and high-net-worth individuals. Although he acts for clients across a wide range of sectors, he has particular expertise in dealing with employment related issues arising in the fashion, media, retail and sports sectors. Nick’s practice covers advisory work as well as contentious disputes.

Keystone’s CEO and founder James Knight said:

“It is an exciting time for Keystone Law as we continue with our focus on quality-centric growth. We are experiencing an ever increasing need for tailored, expert assistance for our clients across the board. These six new arrivals are each leaders in their own chosen fields and will make welcome additions, enabling us to provide an even wider range of servicer at a very high level.”