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Stone King LLP’s Bath-based education specialists form an integral part of the firm’s ‘first class’ education practice. John Clarke leads the independent schools team, which handles a broad range issues, including safeguarding and related reputational damages. On the transactional front, it continues to be involved in several school mergers and acquisitions, also assisting UK schools with their overseas expansions to places such as China, the Middle East and Europe. Highlights included advising a number of independent schools on reviewing their corporate structures, representing a preparatory school in historical abuse matters, and acting for another preparatory school in an employment tribunal claim brought by a former employee for unfair dismissal and discrimination on the grounds of disability. Specialist Helen Tucker joined from Ashfords LLP in 2016. The ‘approachableMichael Brotherton focuses on state funded matters and he recently acted for the Dean Trust, a multi-academy trust, in negotiating additional funding from the local authority. Senior associate Ciara Campfield assisted with the merger of Richard Taunton Six Form College and St Vincent College into a multi-academy trust. Recently promoted partner Jean Boyle is praised for her ‘responsiveness and clear in-depth knowledge of employment and pension law’.

An established name in the education sector, VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) is singled out for its ‘good response times’, ‘extremely good level of business acumen and knowledge’, and ‘pragmatic, commercial as well as targeted advice’. As part of its very broad portfolio of clients, it has ‘a huge and very well respected higher and further education practice’ while its niche specialisms include procurement and state aid, charity law and governance, safeguarding and immigration. Barney Northover heads the independent schools group, Yvonne Spencer acts for academies and maintained schools while Bettina Rigg is the key contact for higher education institutions. Education employment specialist Simon Bevan is ‘a relaxed and very commercial presence’ who is particularly well respected for his safeguarding work. Tabitha Cave handles risk and incident management issues, disputes and regulatory matters, with notable experience in advising independent schools on historical abuse issues. Michelle Bendall, Naseem Nabi, Ben Holt and Alice Reeve are all ‘well respected practitioners’. A cross-disciplinary team, led by Emma-Jane Dalley and Con Alexander, assisted St Christopher’s School in selling its business and property assets to commercial operator The Aurora Group; this included assisting with the application to the Charity Commission for the disposal of the property. Other highlights included advising the Cathedral Schools Trust on the constitutional and governance aspects of its conversion to a multi academy trust and acting for Bath Spa University on its acquisition of a multimillion-pound student accommodation project.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s team is led by Exeter-based Julia Green who has ‘clear understanding of the education sector and a passion to deliver an outstanding service’. Her expertise in the academy conversion field spans standalone conversions and conversions using the creation of new academy groups through multi-academy trust or alternative structures. In one of many multi-academy trust conversion mandates, the practice successfully assisted Wessex learning Trust with the conversion from single academy to a multi-academy trust. It also acts for a variety of schools in governance and health and safety-related issues. Other names to note include Victoria Hatton, who advises on academy and trust school conversions and also handles issues linked to admissions, pupil discipline, parent complaints and discrimination claims; Daniella Glynn, who advises schools and academies on HR management issues; and employment law specialist Rachel Billen. Clients include Southerly Point Co-operative Trust, Plymouth CAST, Ambitions Academies Trust and Lighthouse Schools Partnership.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has ‘extensive knowledge of the education sector’, including expertise in property-related matters, academy conversions, safeguarding issues and employment work. Kristine Scott and recently promoted partner Emilie Darwin have ‘significant personal knowledge of the sector, both in terms of sector wide issues and also role specific issues’. In 2016, the group advised an educational association on the termination of a senior employer and represented a school in a parental complaint relating to peer-on-peer abuse. It is also representing a school in a mediation between it, a local authority and parents related to a pupil’s education, health and care (EHC) plan and is assisting a college on the sizeable purchase of listed buildings. Commercial practitioner Philip Heath and construction specialist Lucinda Baker advised University of Gloucestershire on a £35m multi-phase redevelopment project. Senior associate Esther Maxwell has particular experience in advising on academy conversions and employment matters. Associate Kate Hickey joined from Willans LLP in September 2016.

Irwin Mitchell advises pupils, parents, schools and colleges on a range of education law issues including special educational needs, disability discrimination, governance, funding and judicial reviews. Recently promoted partner Polly Sweeney heads the national education team, and has ‘huge experience in cases involving the rights of children and young people with disabilities’; she successfully represented an independent school in a disability discrimination claim brought by the parent of a disabled child following his exclusion, and acted on behalf of a maintained school in a successful appeal to Ofsted against a local authority’s decision to issue a warning notice in relation to use of capital surplus. Other recent highlights include acting for a young person in a proposed judicial review against the local authority and the Department of Education in relation to the lawfulness of the school transport policy and associated statutory guidance.

Michelmores LLP combines a level of service that is ‘never less than excellent’ with ‘superb’ knowledge, giving it the capacity to ‘meet education sector client’s legal needs across the range of work’. Within the team, which includes ‘specialists in human resources and property matters’, practice head Antony Power and Laura Partridge are ‘willing to listen to clients’ needs and ensure that they have get good value for money as well as the best advice possible’; barrister Russell Holland provides ‘excellent advice, swiftly and succinctly enabling some tricky situations to be handled well’; and Charlotte Antoniou is singled out for her ‘outstanding client service, work ethic and commitment to the sector and its needs’. It advises a large number of multi-academy trusts and schools on establishing company and related governance structures, property and commercial transfer agreements, funding issues, restructurings and establishing new schools. It also acts for higher and further education institutions on student residence transactions and IP commercialisation. Recent highlights include assisting Link Academy Trust with establishing its multi-academy trust status, advising Truro and Penwith College on the development of a new campus and representing a multi-academy trust in an ongoing Education Funding Agency (EFA) investigation in relation to governance, procurement, conflict of interest and employment issues. Plymouth University, St James School, Woodland Academy Trust and Aberystwyth University are also clients.

Bevan Brittan LLP leverages its strong local government practice to act for local authorities on matters relating to their school PFI projects and advise them on the impact of schools converting to academy status. The practice also continues to handle major capital funded projects for schools, academies and university technical colleges. Team head Andrew Tobin is assisting the EFA on the delivery of over 120 new schools, academies and free schools under the priority school building programme, and also recently acted for Bristol City Council on the delivery of its primary schools building, expansion and refurbishment programme.

Burges Salmon LLP displays ‘consummate knowledge and pragmatism’, delivering ‘clear value for money advice in a timely manner’. Matthew Ramus heads the team, which includes Roger Bull and senior associate Huw Cooke, both of whom are ‘clear and effective communicators’ who give ‘effective, practical and pragmatic employment advice that is solutions-focused’. Bull recently advised a higher education institute on its response to a complex grievance appeal relating to allegations of discrimination. The team also handled a number of student accommodation projects, PPPs, joint ventures and academic restructuring programmes. It has particular experience in advising higher education institutions on their PPP redevelopment projects.

Foot Anstey regularly advises on collaborations between further education colleges and private business, the financing of student accommodation, and international investment by offshore funds. Leveraging his ‘outstanding’ breadth of knowledge, property specialist and education group head Duncan Tringham is ‘an outstanding source of guidance and advice’. He assisted City College Plymouth with its £12.8m development of a new purpose-built educational facility and acted for Cornwall College on a joint venture with the Eden Project which is funded by education charity Edge Innovation and Development Fund. Exeter College, Heart of the Southwest LEP, University of West of England and Unite Students are also clients. Employment specialist Karen Bates advised on the employment and pensions aspects of a large scale college merger, which included handling TUPE matters and consultations with trade unions. James Evans left for Tozers Solicitors LLP in January 2017 and senior associate Anna Roderick also departed.

Porter Dodson LLP advises schools in relation to academy conversions, employment law, challenging unfair Ofsted reports, corporate governance matters and recovering school fees. Taunton-based Lesley Gaskell heads the team and focuses on advising on the property aspects of academy conversions.

At Steele Raymond LLP, John Andrews advises on all aspects of education in the maintained and independent sectors, with particular expertise in handling disputes relating to a wide range of issues including special educational needs and student discipline. The team recently represented the parents of a child in an expulsion related matter and advised a number of schools on property-related mandates.

Wilsons advises head teachers, governors, bursars and HR professionals on a wide range of issues, acting across the independent and maintained education sectors. As well as advising on education law, the practice also advises on charity, employment and property law. Employment specialist Stephen Oxley heads the team.


Health

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Bevan Brittan LLP acts for an impressive number of trusts, commissioners and central health bodies as well as a growing number of private clients who interface with the NHS. The firm’s track record and reputation in healthcare mean it handles a very broad range of matters including contract bids, sales and acquisitions, employment issues and infrastructure projects. Demonstrating this, the team advised NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group on the procurement of a single view patient record system for health and social care services and in a separate matter, handling claims on behalf of NHS Foundation Trust against an outsourcing company. The group includes Sharon Renouf, who heads the commercial health practice and advises on high-value procurements for NHS clients. She assisted Northern Devon NHS Trust with the delivery of social care packages and advised Barts Health NHS Trust on its £600m outsourcing to Serco Group of facility management services across all of its hospitals. David Owens is recommended for advising NHS trusts and care commissioning groups (CCGs) on governance arrangements, contractual and regulatory issues as well as constitutional and general commercial mandates. Administrative and public law specialist Vincent Buscemi advises NHS trusts and private sector healthcare organisations on commercial matters and issues relating to powers and governance arrangements. Simon Lindsay has particular experience in representing NHS clients in inquests, Court of Protection matters, challenges to treatment decisions and health and safety issues. Associate Lynda Thomas is ‘a very effective solicitor in defending clinical negligence claims’.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘a pre-eminent health advisory and litigation firm in the South West’. The ‘excellent’ team displays ‘responsiveness, good knowledge of issues facing the trust’ and gives ‘speedy, clear and concise advice’. It is adept at handling a broad range of mandates in the sector, drawing on its solid knowledge of, and experience in, dealing with the NHS and independent health sector actors. In 2016, it represented a trust in its defence of an employment tribunal claim brought by a consultant surgeon and also advised a number of NHS hospitals on the junior doctor’s strike, which included assisting with the implementation the new junior doctor contract, and handled High Court injunction cases involving doctors being managed under the maintaining high professional standards framework. It is also acting for several independent sector and NHS clients on criminal investigations into neglect and corporate manslaughter arising from clinical incidents. Within the 14-partner practice, Corinne Slingo leads the national healthcare regulatory team; health group head Nigel Montgomery has notable experience of handling clinical negligence claims; Rachel Roberts-Jenkins handles very high value claims and ‘negotiates very effectively’; and ‘excellent communicator’ Simon Perkins specialises in independent sector medical malpractice claims via insurers. Hannah Volpe, who is noted for her ‘excellent legal brain, finely honed people skills and superb tactical nous’, was promoted to the partnership. Giles Taylor, Anne Batanero and Sarah Woods are also recommended.

Lester Aldridge LLP is singled out for its ‘deep understanding of the NHS’, ‘excellent response times’, ‘value for money service’, and ‘ability to provide detailed explanations and real resolutions’. The team is ‘professional and sensitive’ and ‘applies common sense to the challenges facing the care sector’. Its healthcare regulatory practice regularly assists equity funds and lenders with handling due diligence on acquisitions and disposals of large care groups. Healthcare group head Peter Grose acts for a range of providers of, and investors in, care homes, specialist children’s homes and independent hospitals; he also represents care groups on their disputes with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and local authorities. Guy Morgan is ‘an outstanding lawyer with extensive knowledge and understanding of health sector and property law’. He is assisting Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust with the planning of a £150m mixed-use development which includes the construction of a new hospital, a primary school and large residential units. Associate Laura Guntrip has experience of public law judicial review proceedings within the care sector, and is particularly experienced at defending criminal prosecutions and regulatory enforcement action by the CQC. In 2016, she represented HC-One in the coroner’s inquest following the death of a nursing home resident who was given the wrong medication by an agency nurse. Registered Nursing Homes Association, National Care Association, National Fostering Agency and Keys Childcare are other clients.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) significantly strengthened its dental and primary care capability when it merged with Lockharts in January 2017. The team’s standout strengths and qualities include its ‘responsiveness’ as well as its ‘excellent commercial understanding and knowledge of business risks’. It acts for an impressive number of GP practices from across the country, regularly handling takeovers and mergers. In 2016, a cross-disciplinary team advised Adcroft Surgery and Bradford Road Surgery on their joint acquisition and development of surgery premises as well as their subsequent merger. Practice head Ben Willis handles healthcare development and funding work, particularly for GP surgeries. Oliver Pool, who has expertise in handling disputes between GP partners, was promoted to the partnership. Emma-Jane Dalley, Nick Martindale and Rebecca Beardsley are also key contacts. David Hansom joined Clyde & Co LLP

Noted for its expertise in social care issues, Browne Jacobson LLP’s Exeter-based team expanded its clinical negligence practice by recruiting Michael Chambers, who joined from an in-house role at NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership. The practice is led by ‘highly experienced litigatorMark Barnett, who is experienced in defending clinical negligence claims on behalf of the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) and has ‘ample expertise in inquest work’; he also recently handled several Court of Protection cases relating to patients’ capacity and residence. Other names to note include Lynne Rathbone, whose recent work highlight include advising a mental health provider on a joint venture with an independent healthcare provider; and Joanne Pruden who focuses on defendant litigation and heads the technical claims team. Mark Fowles left to join DWF in September 2016.

Deighton Pierce Glynn is a claimant public law specialist firm. The Bristol-based team fields several highly regarded experts in the field and works closely with the London office. Highlights included acting in a challenge to the guidance permitting sharing of patient data between the NHS and the Home Office; handling a judicial review of healthcare regulations discriminating against certain migrants; advising on Court of Protection matters; and assisting with challenges to withholding of medical treatment. The team also litigates against local and national authorities on issues relating to access to social support, healthcare, consultation and unlawful policy and practice. Adam Hundt is particularly experienced in advising on healthcare issues affecting migrants, in particular detainees and trafficking victims. Hundt and London-based Louise Whitfield represented an NGO on the successful Court of Appeal challenge to NHS England’s decision not to commission a life-saving drug that prevents HIV infection.

Foot Anstey’s team is led by Helen Wallwork, who has solid experience in advising GP provider companies and GP practices on governance and structure, practice mergers, joint ventures and other collaborations. Its impressive client roster includes the Department of Health, Oasis Healthcare, Somerset Care and St Luke’s Hospice. Work handled spans real estate, inquests, commercial contracts, regulatory matters and employment issues. Recent highlights include assisting on the merger of two large GP practices involving the transfer of assets and employees into a new partnership structure, and advising care homes on real estate portfolio management as well as employment and pension issues. James Falle is ‘a good listener with comprehensive knowledge and attention to detail’; he specialises in procurement, competition law and state aid.

Osborne Clarke is particularly well placed for handling cross-border healthcare matters, leveraging its growing international presence. It also excels in advising investors and service providers on healthcare PPP and PFIs as well as social care accommodation projects, also regularly assisting private service providers with large public healthcare outsourcing contracts. Practice head Simon Hancock is ‘an exceptional solicitor, with particular respect for adhering to time and cost commitments and providing value for money’. He is assisting a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with a £41m hospital PFI project, which includes advising on a variation to remove a soft FM services and handling health and safety issues. Another name to note is Catherine Wolfenden, whose recent highlights include successfully representing Healthcare Locums in challenging the multimillion-pound framework for the supply of temporary healthcare workers to the NHS run by Healthtrust Europe and acting for Grifols in responding to NHS procurements for blood testing technology.

Burroughs Day LLP demonstrates ‘a high level of expertise in the areas of social care, pharmacies and dental practices’. The team ‘maintains an up-to-date oversight of the health sector’ and ‘proactively identifies the issues that are of the most concern to care providers’. It continues to represent a large number of providers in safeguarding investigations, enforcement actions and CQC inspection report challenges. The team is now led by Mei-Ling Huang following the departure of James Sage to Royds Withy King in October 2016. Huang has ‘specialist sector knowledge’ and ‘excellent communication skills’, provding ‘practical and moral support to those looking to challenge the CQC’.


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Bevan Brittan LLP is a widely recognised ‘leading adviser to public bodies’. It acts for over 300 local authorities in England on matters including property regeneration, procurement, inquiries and various commercial mandates. Clients particularly praise its ‘excellent response times’, ‘outstanding knowledge of local government’ and ‘precise as well as practical advice’. In a typically prolific year Matthew Waters advised Brighton & Hove City Council on a £176m joint venture with Hyde Housing and assisted London Borough of Brent with the establishment of its housing investment vehicle while Richard Lane represented London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham in its £8m dispute with BT relating to the provision of finance, HR and payroll services. Sarah Lamont handles a broad range of contentious and non-contentious employment and pension issues; Bethan Evans and Judith Barnes, who have ‘excellent knowledge and client care skills’, focus on constitutional as well as governance issues, alternative service delivery vehicles and regeneration projects; Nadeem Arshad is an expert in waste, energy and district heating projects; and Emily Heard has notable experience in procurement matters, including contentious ones. Senior associate Wesley O’Brien is another name to note, particularly for commercial disputes with an international element.

Ashfords LLP’s multi-disciplinary local government team, led by Elizabeth Gibson, acts for a large number of local authorities and public sector bodies. It continues to handle major infrastructure, including broadband infrastructure, and regeneration projects, as well as state aid, employment and regulatory matters. Highlights included assisting the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea with the £30m Edenham Way regeneration project; acting for Cormac Solutions, a Cornwall Council wholly owned Teckal company, on its highways joint venture with Nottinghamshire County Council; and advising Exeter City Council on the procurement of a design team for a new leisure facility. Wandsworth Borough Council is a key client which has recently instructed the team on a broad range of matters including housing claims, employment tribunal claims as well as TUPE-related and Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) issues arising from of the outsourcing of various services. Gibson specialises in procurement law including outsourcing arrangements, project structuring, fund arrangements and state aid. Property litigator Sian Gibbon, planning specialist Graham Cridland, employment law expert Charles Pallot, as well as senior associate Lucy Woods are other names of note.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s strength in representing local government was once again on display when it acted for West Berkshire District Council on its successful High Court defence of a judicial review and procurement challenge brought against it by Faraday Development alleging the council’s failure to comply with the public procurement regime. Other noteworthy highlights include assisting a consortium of local authorities with the reopening of the railway project between Bristol and Portishead for passenger train services, representing Three Rivers District Council in the property litigation arising out of the South Oxhey regeneration in London, and advising Fareham Borough Council on planning procurement and compulsory acquisition for a new 6000 dwellings settlement. The firm is also particularly strong in advising local authorities on large scale waste and district heating projects. Within its 20-partner team, Jonathan Bower and Charles Robson have expertise in infrastructure projects; Kevin Gibbs, a dual qualified chartered town planner and solicitor, specialises in property and environmental law; Patrick Wetherall handles high value real estate disputes; and Katherine Douglas is recommended for regeneration and development transactions.

Burges Salmon LLP’s expertise ranges from handling transport, waste and infrastructure projects as well as redevelopment schemes to advising on the provision of children’s social services and pensions restructuring. Highlights included John Houlden assisting Bristol City Council with the financing and establishment of Bristol Energy; Marcus Harling advising Greater London Authority and Transport for London on a series of connected major regeneration project in east London; Matthew Ramus acting for Sunderland City Council in the children’s services transition project involving externalising the council’s embedded children’s services and outsourcing with a newly formed corporate vehicle, wholly owned and controlled by the council; and construction expert William Gard representing a local authority in major contractual disputes arising out of the operation, maintenance and improvement of roads network. In addition, Gary Soloman and Patrick Robinson continue to advise Isle of Anglesey County Council on the proposed development of a new nuclear power station and grid connection while Tom Dunn is acting for eight councils in Wales on the pooling of their respective LGPS pensions schemes.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s expertise in the area covers real estate, projects, pensions, state aid, safeguarding and governance. The team is led by ‘insightful and extremely professional’ litigator and public law specialist Rosalind Ashcroft, who advised on the establishment of a new joint venture company discharging administrative and investment functions for Lancashire County Council and the London Pension Fund Authority in their capacity as administering authorities of LGPS funds. Giles Taylor assisted Somerset County Council with its building schools for the future programme, which included handling partnership arrangements, a variation to the PFI contract, and disputes with the private sector partner. Ben Pariser and Ben Thornycroft are key contacts for real estate, development and regeneration matters.

Real estate specialist firm Davitt Jones Bould acts for over 50 local authorities on large regeneration and acquisition mandates. It is singled out for its ‘in-depth knowledge’, ‘quick responses’, and ‘detailed, but easy-to-follow advice’. The team advised Chelmsford City Council on the sale to Aberdeen Investments of property assets, including a well-known local landmark, owned by Britvic and acted for Borough of Poole Council on the property aspects of several academy transfers. Woking Borough Council, Slough Borough Council and The Department for Communities and Local Government are new client wins. Malcolm Iley splits his time between London and Taunton, and is recommended alongside Sean Bulman, Sophie Philippon-Thomas, Philippa Hipwell and Robin de Wreede, all of whom have ‘a client-friendly approach and are conscientious in dealing with matters in often tight timescales’.

Foot Anstey recent highlights include acting for Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council and Somerset County Council on the procurement of new highway maintenance providers, successfully defending Honiton Town Council in judicial review proceedings brought by a councillor following a breach of the council’s code of conduct, and assisting The London Borough of Tower Hamlets with the planning and compulsory purchase aspects of the £300m regeneration of Blackwall Reach through a partnership with Swan Housing Group and the Greater London Authority. The team is ‘willing to go the extra mile to ensure deadlines are adhered to and client needs met’. ‘Diligent as well as personable’ practice head James Falle is singled out for his ‘in-depth, practical knowledge of procurement law’; employment specialist Karen Bates has experience in handling collective employment issues, defending employment tribunal proceedings and providing pension law advice on matters relating to LGPS schemes and TUPE transfers; while Chris Pritchett and Becca Doman are ‘very knowledgeable of the renewable energy and community energy sector’. Richard Bagwell and Duncan Tringham are also key contacts, handling, respectively, contentious and non-contentious property work.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s impressive experience includes advising Cornwall Council in a high-profile High Court case relating to the Council’s entitlement to terminate a major service contract with BT Cornwall following an alleged material breach. Lynne Rathbone is the key name to note; she advises on a broad range of outsourcing, partnerships and joint ventures. Mark Barnett defends local government in clinical negligence claims.

Deighton Pierce Glynn represents claimants in High Court litigation against local and national authorities on issues regarding access to social support, healthcare and human rights. Adam Hundt, Daniel Carey and Clare Richardson are the main contacts.

Michelmores LLP advises on a wide range of joint ventures between the public and private sectors, and its caseload spans redevelopment as well as regeneration projects, state aid and compulsory purchase orders; it is assisting a local council on a proposed investment into a research centre development project which will be publicly and privately funded. Brian Hitchcock is acting for Plymouth City Council on several regeneration projects while Sally Rice assisted Swindon Borough Council with its regeneration project involving the restoration of grade 2 listed buildings and their transformation into mixed-use properties. PPP and infrastructure projects expert Carol McCormack heads the team. Mark Howard, Ben Hogan, Andrew Tobey and Tom Torkar are also recommended.

TLT’s recent work covers project finance, data protection, renewable energy transactions and reorganising council-owned Teckal subsidiaries. Bill Hull has a wealth of experience in acting for local authorities on public procurement, while David Isaacson specialises in commercial property investment. Clients include the City of London, North West Legal Consortium, Somerset County Council and London Borough of Lambeth.

Led by employment specialist Allison Cook, VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) acts for local authorities on a range of issues including public procurement and property matters. The team attracts plaudits for its client-friendly approach and responsiveness. In 2016, Cook represented a local council in a high value employment tribunal claim brought by a former employee; David Bird assisted Oxford City Council on the redevelopment of the NHS sites at Littlemore Road and Churchill Hospital; and Clive Read acted for Coventry City Council on the proposed sale and redevelopment of redundant brownfield parcels of land to registered provider Whitefriars Housing Group.


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