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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Addleshaw Goddard’s ‘personal, friendly and pragmatic’ team delivers ‘technically strong’ advice across the real estate, private equity and financial services sectors, and is noted for its expertise in in VAT, energy sector tax issues, tax treatment of equipment leasing, tax aspects of insolvency and administration, fund structuring and governance issues. The practice acted for Phoenix Private Equity on structuring the reorganisation of Key Retirement Group and redemption of loan notes, and providing tax advice on the £200m sale and secondary buyout of Key Retirement Group to Partner Group. The team also advised Mark and Lucy Millar on the  sale of comic book company Millarworld to Netflix, which involved cross-border issues, IP taxation and personal tax planning advice. Aviva Life and Pensions, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Legal & General Pensions and Norcros are also clients. Department head Justine Delroy has ‘great technical knowledge and always seeks to suggest solutions rather than merely highlight problems’. Michael Hunter, who operates across the Manchester and Leeds offices, is experienced in energy transactions and managing associate Catherine Concannon specialises in corporate tax and employment tax matters.

DLA Piper UK LLP advises on private equity and real estate transactions and is noted for its specialist expertise in areas such as VAT for civil aircraft, outsourcing, and international commercial contracts. The team advised the management of ESG on the structure of its disposal to Socotec, advised Lloyds Development Capital on the sale of Nexinto Limited to The PlusServer Group, and acted for Puro Ventures on the acquisition by Eddie Stobart Logistics of a 50% shareholding in Speedy Freight, the trading name for Puro Ventures. SDL, Oakley Capital, Conviviality and Beech Tree Private Equity are also clients.  Team head David Thompson focuses on corporate tax, private equity tax and VAT, while legal director Stephen Jones is experienced across corporate tax, real estate tax and international tax matters.

Specialist corporate tax firm MSA Law Limited has a ‘wealth of experience’ and is commended for its ‘personal approach’. The team advises corporates and owner-managed businesses, with a particular emphasis on M&A transactions, exit planning, restructurings and reorganisations, succession planning and employee incentivisation. The firm also handles property tax matters. Morston Palatine and Affinity Trust are clients. Key figures include Bernard McIlroy, a ‘true professional’ who is ‘extremely knowledgeable’, and the 'brilliant' Fiona Sutherland.

The energy and infrastructure sectors are key areas of focus for Pinsent Masons LLP's ‘highly rated’ department, which advises on direct and indirect tax matters, in addition to handling corporate transactional and advisory work as well as contentious matters. On the transactional side, the team advised IP Group on its hostile £490m takeover of Touchstone Innovations. Department head Lynette Jacobs is experienced in share plans and incentives; she advises Imperial Brands on it share plans globally and advised Halfords on the introduction of its restricted share plan. The ‘brilliant’ Steven Porter handles contentious and non-contentious tax matters and has extensive experience in relation to litigating and resolving disputes with HMRC. Heather Self joined Blick Rothenberg in 2018.

Squire Patton Boggs handles a range of transactional mandates (often with a cross-border element) encompassing corporate finance, private equity and property transactions. The team also handles employment tax matters, and pensions-related tax work, and has expertise across the renewable energy, recruitment, technology, chemicals, real estate, sports and leisure sectors. Highlights for the team included advising Hometrack and its shareholders on the £120m sale of the property data company to Zoopla and advising LMAX and its majority shareholder on the demerger of one of LMAX’s businesses into a separate company, which involved the reorganisation of the group and the purchase of shares from a listed minority investor. It also advised 118 Group and its owners and management on the £72m sale of the data services company to a buyer funded by Pricoa Capital. ‘Exceptional’ team head Patrick Ford is recommended alongside associate and chartered tax adviser Victoria Carpenter.

Brabners LLP advises on tax matters in relation to corporate, commercial and property transactions. Recent highlights include advising Janus Cooper and the shareholders of Tetrad on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Tetrad to Bellfield Furnishings, advising Wear to Work Solutions on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Wearwell Group. Department head and chartered tax adviser Mark Whiteside operates across the firm’s Liverpool and Manchester offices and is particularly experienced in VAT and property-related tax matters.

The ‘excellent’ team at DWF is noted for its private equity expertise and regularly advises on employee equity incentives. The team advised Tatton Asset Management on the pre-reorganisation of two groups of companies, and advised on the exercise and grant of share options in advance of its IPO. It also advised Velocity Composites on the drafting of EMI share scheme documentation for the grant of EMI options prior to the float of the company on AIM, advised Mini-Cam Holdings and its shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Mini-Cam Holdings to Halma, and advised Sofology and its shareholders on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Sofology to DFS. Liverpool-based senior associate James Cashman is recommended.

Weightmans LLP regularly advises on the tax aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals, and also advises on corporate restructurings. The team also acts for developers, investors and public-sector bodies on the property tax aspects of UK real estate transactions, and advises public sector bodies on joint ventures and collaborative operations. The team advised Al-Mubarakia on the tax aspects of a proposed redevelopment of a Victorian warehouse into a mixture of residential and commercial units and advised Greif US Holdings on the UK tax aspects of a large internal group re-organisation to relocate its European hub to England from Belgium. The team also advised the shareholders of Cawood Scientific on its secondary buy-out, which involved the exercise of a number of employee share options and transfers of shares. Haydn Rogan, who is also a chartered accountant, has an ‘excellent reputation’ and is experienced in acting for owner-managed businesses and SME clients on employee incentives and corporate structuring. Rogan also advises overseas investors and international groups on restructuring matters.

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