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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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John Christian leads Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘exceptional’ practice, which has notable expertise in property taxation and real estate structuring, private equity issues and incentives plans and acting for clients in the education, health and financial services sectors. In a recent highlight, Christian advised Legal & General Capital on the tax elements of its acquisition of Renaissance Villages from Helical; he also assisted Axa Investment Managers with its acquisition of Retirement Villages Group, handled the tax aspects of Jacobs Holding’s acquisition of Southern Dental Group, and acted for Livingbridge on the tax aspects of its second MBO of Giacom Holdings. DCC, Mayfair Capital Investment Management, UDG Healthcare and the University of London are also clients. Associate Andrew McCarthy acts for private equity, dental and care home clients, and legal director Suzannah Crookes is the main contact for share plans and incentives issues; Crookes recently advised Imperial Brands on its global share plans.

Squire Patton Boggs’ ‘prompt, efficient and commercial’ department is ‘exceptionally client focused and is made better by its ability to listen to the commercial imperatives of the matters it deals with’. Clients single out ‘brilliant individual’ Mark Simpson !Leeds and Tim Jarvis !Leeds, whose ‘theoretical knowledge is astounding’; Simpson focuses on real estate tax work and Jarvis is the main contact for private equity, banking and corporate finance transactions. Peter Morley !Leeds’s expertise encompasses national and international tax issues, M&A transactions, private equity mandates, IPOs, takeovers and restructurings. Recent highlights include advising Fore Advisors on an acquisition and securing finance for two further acquisitions, acting for LDC on its acquisition of a stake in Pelsis, and assisting Animalcare with its acquisition of Ecuphar. Six Degrees Group and Warrington Borough Council are also clients; Simpson advised the latter on the tax elements of its acquisition of Birchwood Park from Oaktree Capital Management.

Lynda Finan is the key name in DLA Piper UK LLP’s Leeds office and was recently joined by new practice head David Smith  and senior associate Richard Johnson, who were recruited from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in 2018. Chartered tax adviser Finan specialises in equity incentives, share schemes and employment-related tax issues, Smith handles corporate and employment-related tax matters, and associate Sally Robertson is another key name to note; the team also works closely with Manchester-based David Thompson. Highlights included advising Clinigen Group on the share scheme elements of its acquisition of Quantum Pharma, assisting Proprium Real Estate Special Situations with the tax elements of its acquisition of Admiral Taverns, and handling Sytner Group’s acquisition of Car Shops. NCC Group, Renew Holdings and CVS Group are also clients.

The ‘brilliant’ practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is recognised for transactional and advisory services, real estate tax, VAT issues, employment tax work and renewable energy mandates, and has seen an increase in US transactional and structuring work following the firm’s merger in 2017. Team head David Jervis is a key name for renewable energy projects and international matters; his recent work includes advising Pension Infrastructure Platform on the tax aspects of its acquisition of multiple solar farms from Trina Solar, assisting Medical Research Council with the tax elements of its joint venture with its charity partners Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK to form the UK Dementia Research Institute, and providing tax support to Capita on its sale of its asset services division to Link Group. The team also advised SPX Flow on its restructuring and handled H2 Equity Partners’ investment in BA Components. Principal associate Amanda Dodsworth joined from KPMG United Kingdom and is recommended for employment-related tax issues. David Smith and Richard Johnson joined DLA Piper UK LLP.

In Walker Morris LLP’s ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ practice, director Sarah Bruce has ‘a straightforward approach that is always upbeat’ combined with ‘an ability to be informative and willingness to listen while delivering the complex advice in a pragmatic and easy-to-follow way’. Her recent work includes assisting the shareholders of Karro Food Group on the tax aspects of its sale to CapVest and acting for the management team of Pelsis Holding on its MBO. Clients also praise Director Nicola Parkinson, who has ‘excellent business acumen and industry knowledge’; she led advice to Servelec Group on its employee share incentives and advised Proactis Holdings on its reverse takeover of Perfect Commerce. Mattioli Woods, Total Capital and Vantage Motor Group are also clients. Simon Concannon retired in 2018.

DWF’s ‘dedicated practice’ provides ‘a great service with a responsive and knowledgeable team of individuals who give the best commercial guidance’. John Toon leads the group and specialises in property fund work and private equity issues; he is closely supported by senior associate James Cashman in Manchester who handles employee incentives, and Birmingham-based  Jon Stevens. Toon’s recent work includes advising Tatton Asset Management on its pre-IPO reorganisation, assisting Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority with the tax elements of the termination of the Greater Manchester Waste PFI project, and acting for Assura on the tax aspects of its acquisition of multiple property SPVs. Learning Technologies, Wm Morrison and Cornwall Council are also clients.

Freeths LLP fields ‘a team of thorough, motivated and knowledgeable individuals who go the extra mile and are a pleasure to work with’. Key areas of expertise for the group include corporate and property transactions, M&A work, private equity fund structuring and tax litigation. In a recent highlight, Adrian Hackett  advised on the structuring of the Fair by Design Venture Fund, and acted for Celox Management on the restructuring and establishment of a UK management company. In another highlight Claire Boyce assisted the shareholders of Monica Healthcare with its sale to GE Healthcare.

At Lupton Fawcett, group head Julian Moran divides his time between the Leeds, Sheffield and York offices and advises on all aspects of corporate tax including VAT and stamp duty issues. The team handles group reorganisations, tax efficient exits, MBOs, private equity matters and employee benefit trusts. Moran recently led the tax advice to Snatch Media relating to an interim funding round; he also advised a private equity firm on the establishment of an EIS fund and set up a long-term incentive share arrangement for an AIM listed company.

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