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  1. Education
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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Browne Jacobson LLP 's repertoire in education includes advising on employment, property and governance issues. Nick Mackenzie heads the team and recently advised Pershore High School on its conversion into a multi academy trust and the establishment of new governance arrangements. He also assisted The Mercian Trust with setting up a new multi academy trust, which incorporated both Queen Mary’s Grammar School and Queen Mary’s High School. Academy conversions expert Richard Freeth is also a key figure, who advised Everton Football Club on its arrangements with a nearby MAT, the DfE and ESFA, which involved supporting the club’s academy players with their educational needs. Helen Badger works on employment matters and advised a multi academy trust on a grievance and whistle-blowing investigation.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong reputation in handling employment, administrative, commercial and real estate matters, with clients that include Aston University, Birmingham City University and Coventry University. Employment specialist Nick Abbot heads the practice and recently advised Aylesbury College on its merger with Amersham & Wycombe College to become the Buckinghamshire Colleges Group. Public and administrative law specialist Richard Sykes is known for his ‘very impressive technical expertise in HE legal issues’ and advised Nottingham Trent University on its compliance with GDPR. Real estate specialist Christian Bull advised The University of Birmingham on its new exhibition venue at the Municipal Bank building in Birmingham. Associate Robbie Turner is also experienced in property matters. Construction specialist Stuart Pemble has ‘an acute concern to do the best for his clients while still being commercially pragmatic’. Tim Winn advised University of Nottingham on renewing its agreements with veterinary hospitals, zoos and placement providers. Helen Tringham  focuses on non-contentious matters and is ‘an extremely competent lawyer’ with 'an articulate and objective analysis on issues’.

Pinsent Masons LLP is headed by Gayle Ditchburn, who has extensive experience in regulatory, governance, constitutional and structuring matters. She advised the University of London on the University of London Bill 2016 which made new provision for the making of statutes for the University of London and for related purposes. She also assisted Dyson Technology with establishing the Dyson Institute of Engineering. Employment specialist Helen Corden is also a key name, with strong expertise in advising on TUPE regulations, restructurings and employment disputes. Former practice head Nicola Hart has retired.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is known for its ‘excellent service’, with expertise in real estate, governance, regulatory, contentious, commercial and employment matters. Smita Jamdar heads the team and is ‘very knowledgable about the HE sector’ and ‘has a fantastic network’. One client noted: ‘we constantly want to clone her. She is both pragmatic and strategic and she can bring the dullest subject to life’. She recently advised the University of Warwick on its partnership with Dyson. Director  Geraldine Swanton is also a key figure and is ‘good on information governance issues’. Joanne Forbes is experienced in constitutional matters and recently advised Bishop Grossesteste University on becoming an incorporated company limited by guarantee. Transactions specialist Gary Davie advised the University of Central Lancashire on acquiring the training association 'Training 2000'. Employment specialist Tom Long advised a university on setting up a subsidiary for employing non-academic staff.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is led by Diane Gilhooley , who is particularly strong on employment and governance matters. Glynne Stanfield  is an expert in education mergers and recently advised a 6th form college in Hampshire on its conversion to academy status. Nicola Bennison  is an expert in student-related issues and assisted the National College for High Speed Rail with procurement, pensions, governance and staffing issues, relating to the client’s new mobilisation programme. Mark Taylor was made partner in 2017, and advises on corporate, commercial and governance issues. Recent work highlights of his include advising Nottingham College on the financing behind its new build project in Nottingham City Centre.

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) work in this space stems from a number of practice areas, with notable expertise in commercial, employment and dispute resolution matters. Frances Anderson is a key figure who works primarily on commercial matters for universities and their industrial partners. Jane Byford, Kathy Halliday and Alice Reeve focus on contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Hallidy advised the King Edward VI Foundation on converting King Edward VI academies into one multi-academy trust (MAT). Dee Kundy is an expert in commercial litigation, particularly on debt recovery matters. Also recommended are property specialists Clive Read, Adrian Watson and Julie Newell . Read recently advised the University of Northampton on a new tannery/leatyher centre on its campus.

Ashley Norman  is a key figure for Bevan Brittan LLP  and specialises in employment and immigration matters.  Recent work highlights include advising the London School of Economics & Political Science on Brexit's impact on its workforce.

The ‘approachable’, ‘adaptable’ and ‘authoritative’ FBC Manby Bowdler LLP focuses on commercial, corporate, transactional, constitutional and governance work. Stuart Rea heads the practice and is known for his ‘depth of knowledge’ in this sector, with a strong background in corporate-related matters. He advised Wolverhampton Grammar School on the establishment of a Charity Commission Scheme for the vestment of functional permanent endowment land on the school grounds. He is supported by senior associate David Raymont, who specialises in property issues.

Lanyon Bowdler ’s skillset in this space includes advising on employment, real estate and planning, corporate and commercial and disputes. The  team ‘responds promptly’ and ‘when research is required they turn it around quickly’ and ‘think through challenging issues in creative ways’. William Morse heads the practice and focuses predominantly on employment matters. He recently advised Severn Bridges Academy Trust on its formation and conversion to a multi academy trust. Corporate partner Gráinne Walters advised Great Chatwell on the legal aspects of delivering accredited courses and workshops. Also recommended are planning specialist David Brammer and property expert Andrew Evans.

Shoosmiths LLP focuses on special educational needs under its consumer litigation Access Legal brand. Education specialist Victoria Federico has ‘a wealth of knowledge’ and ‘goes the extra mile’. She recently advised parents of a child with special educational needs on appealing at the Special Needs Tribunal for the child to attend and reside at an independent specialist college, paid for by the local authority. She also assisted on obtaining an Education, Health and Care Plan for a child with cerebral palsy, hemiplegia and ADD.


Health

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Browne Jacobson LLP  has expertise in clinical negligence, inquests, employment, property and commercial matters. Sarah White is an expert in high profile clinical negligence defendant work, as is her colleague Rachel Lyne . Neil Ward is also a key figure and is an expert in complex and sensitive inquest cases. Jonathan Hayden is an expert in commercial contracts and new care models, and recently advised NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG on developing a new care model where community services are commissioned on an outcome-focused basis. Helen Badger specialises in employment, particularly on complex tribunal claims and Martin Cannon works on construction disputes. Employment law expert Jacqui Atkinson recently joined from Capsticks LLP.

Capsticks LLP 's skillset in this space includes advising on corporate, transactional, employment and public matters. Michael Clifford leads the Birmingham office and focuses on M&A, restructurings, joint ventures, outsourcings and partnerships. Tracey Lucas regularly represents NHS bodies on public law issues and recently advised a trust on a patient with schizophrenia refusing a potentially life-saving knee amputation. Employment specialist Bridget Prosser is also a key figure. Other names of note include: associate Chloe Edwards, who is an expert in discrimination cases; inquests solicitor Claire Quinn and associate Henry Matveieff, who advised Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust on the disposal of a substantial part of the Birmingham City Hospital to the Homes and Communities Agency. Jacquis Atkinson recently joined Browne Jacobson LLP > Birmingham.

Mills & Reeve LLP has expertise in transactional, regulatory and technology matters within this sphere. Bridget Archibaldheads  the practice and is active on the development of new healthcare facilities. Commercial specialist Rhian Vandrill  advised Dudley CCG on its £4b contract on a Multispecialty Community Provider model. Employment expert Jog Hundle   recently defended a teaching hospital against allegations of race discrimination and victimisation by a consultant employee. He also advised 2gether NHS Foundation Trust on its merger with Gloucestershire Care Services, including on the transfer of its staff. Martin Brewer  is also experienced in employment matters. Also recommended are mental health specialist Jill Mason  and corporate specialist Julian Smith  , who recently assisted Elysium Healthcare with its acquisition of Broadham Care. Consultant Stuart Knowles  works on inquests and investigations and recently conducted inquests on two deaths at Rampton Hospital. He also advised four NHS and Foundation Trusts together on a patient sharing information agreement on their IT systems.

Weightmans LLP focuses primarily on regulatory, employment and governance work. Tony Yeaman leads the team and is an expert in reputational issues, inquiries, litigation and human rights cases. Deborah Bannister is particularly active on governance and risk management matters. John Glendening advises on inquests, consent to treatment, confidentiality and risk management matters. Other notable names include Morris Hill, who is experienced in health and social care law, and Edwina Farrell, who is particularly active on real estate matters.

Gowling WLG’s key strengths in this field lie in transactional and contractual matters, with a number of NHS trusts among its client base. Practice head Robert Breedon advised Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust on the sale of two medium secure units to its subsidiary Summerhill Services. He also assisted NHS Mansfield and Ashfield CCG and NHS Newark and Sherwood CCG with their health and care alliance, as well as Lakeside Healthcare on its merger with six other GP practices. Other key figures include: structured finance specialist Jon Lent; real estate expert Christine Jackson;  Andrew Litchfield, who focuses on regulatory work; and transactions specialist Michael Lacey.

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on the financing, regulatory and corporate aspects of healthcare for a wide range of clients including PE houses, property funds, banks and corporates. Joanne Ellis leads the team and is particularly known for her work on healthcare transactions. She recently assisted Jacobs Holding with its purchase of the Southern Dental Group as well as advising the shareholders of Porthaven Group Holdings on its sale to Fremont Realty Capital and other investors. She also worked with Embrace Group on 17 corporate disposals. Ellis is assisted by legal director Tom Eastwood, who focuses on real estate matters, and Kate Orviss , who advised Indo UK Healthcare Private and UK Global Healthcare on a collaborative initiative on the construction of a number of hospitals and polyclinics in India. Other key figures include: health and safety specialist Sean Elson; Michel Lakin, who is experienced in corporate work; associate Daniel Braithwaite; real estate specialist James Lang; and legal director Louise Fullwood.

Sydney Mitchell LLP focuses on GP mergers, disputes, leasing and tax issues. Fahmida Ismail leads the team and is heavily involved in property and finance matters pertaining to GPs and medical practices. Consultant solicitor Tony Harris is active on Primary Care Commissioning and extending existing GP premises. Consultant solicitor Dean Parnell works on commercial disputes and employment issues.


Local government

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The ‘professional’, ‘detailed’ ,’thorough’, ‘hard-working’ and ‘committed’ Pinsent Masons LLP  runs the gamut of public sector work, with clients that include Swindon Borough Council,  Peterborough City Council and the London Borough of Haringey. Didar Dhillon leads the team and possesses ‘great interpersonal skills’ and is ‘always easy to talk through with to understand complex documents’. He advised The Cardiff Capital Region on the £1.2bn Cardiff Capital Region City Deal and assisted Sunderland Council and South Tyneside Council with initiating a joint venture, IAMP LLP, which will promote and develop a 100 hectare manufacturing park in the region. Regeneration projects specialist Kultar Khangura has 'a very detailed depth of knowledge’, ‘proactively gives wider observations’ and ‘highlights potential further risks and considerations’ He assisted Coventry City Council on its £250m regeneration scheme. David Meecham is also an expert in regeneration projects and advised Birmingham City Council on the procurement of a development partner for an employment site at Peddimore. Also recommended is senior associate Oliver Mangiapane, who is experienced in handling property development and regeneration projects.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  is led by Olwen Dutton who has extensive experience in advising local authorities. She recently advised Reigate and Banstead Borough Council on property, governance, commercial and funding matters. Public sector specialist Mark Cook advised the Watford Community Housing Trust and Watford Borough Council on devising two new joint-venture vehicles and assisted Tamworth Borough Council with a private individual bringing forth a planning appeal against the council rejecting planning consent. Alex Lawrence and Gayle Monk advised Torbay Council on setting up company structures.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP regularly works on transactional, governance and regulatory issues in this space. Lesley Davies  heads the private client team in Birmingham and often advises on charitable trusts. Anne Tromans and Solihull-based Claire Laird specialise in advising trustees on their duties and reporting requirements. Stratford-based Rachel Gwyne joined in 2018 from Wright Hassall LLP and is an expert in governance and corporate work.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP  has 'a strong business acumen’ with expertise in commercial, regeneration and housing matters. Managing partner Amardeep Gill co-heads the practice and regularly advises on public sector-related transactions and projects. He advised Wolverhampton City Council on a £60m refinancing on a Building Schools for the Future contract and assisted Belfast City Council on forming a new company to manage the Waterfront Hall and Ulster Hall concert and conference venues. Fellow practice head Christopher Plumley is an expert in regeneration and development projects and recently worked with The Urban Growth Company on commercial, real estate and funding issues pertaining to the UK Central Hub scheme. The team has been boosted with the additions of real estate solicitor Farah Chaudry who joined from Gowling WLG and senior associate Moad Giebaly who joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.

Weightmans LLP presence in local government is most notably handling employment, regeneration, real estate and social care matters. Jawaid Rehman leads the Birmingham team and regularly works with local authorities on employment matters. Zo Hoida is also a key figure and is an expert in real estate and regeneration projects. She recently worked with Nottingham County Council on the Gedling Access Road project. Also recommended is social care provider Chris Webb-Jenkins, who regularly defends local authorities against claims.

DWF predominantly focuses on liability and negligence claims and is known for its ‘quality of service’, in terms of ‘knowledge’, ‘response times’ and ‘meeting client needs’. Insurance law specialist Derek Adamson heads the team and is especially experienced in handling mesothelioma and legionnaires' disease claims. Professional negligence experts Caroline Coates and Lindsey McQueen regularly represents public sector bodies on claims. Liability claims specialist Paul Donnelly advised both Coventry City Council and Zurich Insurance together on historic abuse claims relating to Kevin Donaldson at a care home in Coventry. Fellow liability claims expert Denise Brosnan is also highly active in this sector, focusing on stress, bullying and harassment cases. Melanie Williams’ work in the space focuses on the investment and funding of development projects. Real estate specialist Toby Askin, who works between both Birmingham and London offices is also a key figure.

Freeths LLP is led by local government law specialist Nathan Holden who regularly advises on real estate and commercial matters,  and recently worked with Leicester City Council on the redevelopment of its Waterside site. Private equity and corporate specialist Lee Clifford conducted due diligence support on state aid for Birmingham City Council. Commercial property expert Mitchell Ball provides ‘thoughtful’ and ‘considered’ advice and assisted Cherwell District Council with its acquisition of Castle Quay Shopping Centre.

Wright Hassall LLP handles governance, regulatory, employment, property and contentious matters. Senior associate Keith Ainsworth works on corporate matters, including transactions, restructurings and joint ventures. Monica Macheng has expertise in corporate and governance matters, with a strong emphasis on healthcare and housing. He recently advised Penderels Trust on disposing two offices and replacing them with a single larger unit. Inheritance disputes specialist Martin Oliver is also a notable name.

BLM s work in this space exclusively involves public sector disputes. Paul Owston heads the practice and recently represented Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in an occupiers liability claim involving an accident that occurred on the client’s land. Joanna Brocklehurst, Jagdeep Hayre and Val Hughes are also recommended. Birmingham City Council, Derby City Council and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council are key clients.


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