UK’s only specialist financial services law firm – a new service for law firms 

McDonnell Ellis is the UK’s only specialist financial services (FS) regulatory law firm. We work with other law firms without this specialist capability (or as an additional resource for firms with an FS team). Collaborating seamlessly, we enable law firms to do higher-value work with their FS clients.

We are the key that can unlock a transaction that a law firm might otherwise have to turn away. In consequence, we are changing the competitive landscape for many law firms.  

Deep and broad knowledge of the FS sector – Helping you do higher value work 

We share the depth and breadth of our decades of experience working with the full range of FS firms from the largest banks and asset managers to smaller fintechs, payments, and crypto firms. Much of our work covers cutting-edge legal developments. 

As financial services is all we do, it is important that we do it very well. We are ranked in Chambers and Partners Legal Directory. 

Work examples 

We have helped law firms with: 

  • corporate transactions involving FS firms (e.g. due diligence; FCA change in control notifications; and regulatory advice re. IPO listings on the LSE);  
  • public market and market abuse issues; 
  • fund structuring and papering; 
  • regulatory perimeter advice;  
  • crypto transactions; and 
  • FCA authorisation applications. 


Client care and professionalism 

We prize the relationship with our law firm clients and, where we support their underlying clients, we seek to foster the law firm’s relationship with their client. The loyalty of our law firm clients and the level of repeat work demonstrates our commitment to client care.  

Contact us to discuss how we can help you both win work and do higher quality work with FS clients.